Wednesday, December 7, 2016

new Queensryche video

Washington state's Queensryche has a new video from 2015's Condition Human.
Recently vocalist Todd La Torre commented about his time in the band so far: "I have to say, I'm really feeling so much more comfortable with these songs. Aside from the variables that touring can and often imposes, these songs are becoming much easier for me to sing. (This one for example is now about a 2 or 3 for me, on a 1-10 difficulty scale.) Even though the range is typically not an issue for me, I made a vow when i joined not to have the band tune down, and it's only made and making me a better singer.
Joining Queensryche was a feat in and of itself, but joining my favorite band AND gaining the acceptance of you all? A grand slam, and I am humbled and grateful.
4+years, 2 albums in, hundreds of shows...that's more than I ever would have imagined. Thx to everyone for making me feel like I truly belong in this band, and like it really was meant to be. Let's ride this 'til the wheels fall off."
OFFICIAL: Queensrÿche first burst onto the music scene in 1982 with the release of their self-titled 4 song EP “Queensrÿche”. They very quickly gained international recognition and performed to sold out audiences around the world. With the follow up first full length album “The Warning” in 1984, and the ground breaking 1986 release of “Rage For Order”, Queensrÿche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. In 1988 the band turned out yet another monumental album “Operation: Mindcrime”, which would go on to become one of the TOP 10 best selling concepts records of all time, and set the stage for continued sold out performances around the world. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Empire” in 1991, the band earned multiple Grammy Award nominations and won the MTV “viewers choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit “Silent Lucidity”. During the next ten years, the band continued to release albums and tour the world to sold out audiences. Queensrÿche has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and have continued to break new ground and push their creative process.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
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new Metal Church video

Washington state's Metal Church has a new video from the 2016 album XI.
OFFICIAL BIO:
Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlight all on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting to rise in the U.S., Metal Church set out on a very successful tour with label mates Metallica.
Next came "The Dark," the fury of its opening track, "Ton of Bricks" was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's. The Dark also led to one of a few lineup changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the addition of former Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, and Metallica guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matter deeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of "Blessing In Disguise" and "The Human Factor." At a time when heavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, Metal Church stayed true to their roots.
During the mid 90's, the members of Metal Church headed in their own directions. Kurdt Vanderhoof worked on his namesake project, Vanderhoof, while Kirk Arrington was playing on various sessions including a recording with Sir Mix-A-Lot. 1999 led to a well-received reunion of the original Metal Church lineup with the release of "Masterpeace". The band went back to their classic sound and played several festivals overseas.
2004 saw them back with a new vocalist, whose style has been described as "Rob Halford meets Dio", as well as Jay Reynolds (Malice) on guitar and Steve Unger on bass. With a new record "The Weight of the World" and some new blood, heavy metal legends Metal Church picked up where their aptly titled last release "Masterpeace" left off.
In 2006, twenty years after their cult album "The Dark", Metal Church presented their brand new release, "A Light In The Dark", forging a creative arch that skillfully links the band's past with the present. Ten new tracks, (plus a new version of the classic "Watch The Children Pray", a tribute to original frontman David Wayne), document the development of a band that, despite all innovation, has never denied it's typical trademarks. That lineup consisted of Kurdt Vanderhoof, Ronny Munroe, Jay Reynolds, Steve Unger and new addition Jeff Plate on drums. "Jeff is an incredibly dynamic and professional drummer," Vanderhoof points out. "He has propelled us to a musical level that surprised even ourselves." Plate has replaced Kirk Arrington, who left the group for health reasons, and proves a real stroke of luck on "A Light In The Dark".
In 2008, guitarist Jay Reynolds was replaced by Rottweiler guitar player Rick Van Zandt. This Present Wasteland, Metal Church's ninth release, is a return to their roots and contains some of their strongest material to date.
In 2013 the band released the highly successful "Generation Nothing” but by 2014 singer Ronny Munroe had left the band to pursue a solo career with his girlfriend.
In 2014 founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof convinced Mike to rejoin Metal Church. “Sometimes I still can’t believe it myself, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost 2 decades ago” says guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof. “At first I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn’t resist, the music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!” says Mike.
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of group’s popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday.
“Mike’s voice sounds the same as it did 2 decades ago when we were writing “The Human Factor” and the band is about as tight as you can possibly get!” says Kurdt.
Recorded in the spring & summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, Metal Church “XI” not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level!
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METAL CHURCH "NEEDLE AND SUTURE" OFFICIAL VIDEO

Jenner

by MMB
Jenner (Serbia) is a thrash band that began in 2013 covering the classic and legendary anthems of Dio, Judas Priest, WASP, Saxon, Grim Reaper, Doro, Diamond Head and others. They honed their skills on these big riffs and the sounds of headbanging heavy metal. They played their hearts out, and they wanted more metal, always more metal, and before you know it, something was happening. The chops got better and more adept, sharper and faster, and soon they were bringing up the speed and intensity in the form of covers of prime time Exodus, mid 80s Anthrax and mid 80s Overkill, and other similar names of the classic times. The metal was becoming more direct and more intense and the band was on the verge of stepping out on its own and bringing out something that went beyond tributes to the golden past. The time for Jenner music had arrived and in 2015 the demo saw the light of day. It was time to find out if they had the goods. "On the Judgement Day" showed a passion for high velocity thrash riffing and immediate results geared towards conquering the metal hearts in one fell swoop. It sounded tight, compact and made to start mosh pits. The guitar solo in the song shows that they have studied the art of doing a good solo like those found in the mid 80s classic thrash albums; solos that are part of the song; speed and melody rolled into one. The song "Hear the Thunder Roar" is a one-way ticket to wreck your neck city, packed with a guitar solo that is a bright spot of the song. The band's vocal style is fast enunciation as is the usual in thrash, but there is a certain melodic streak in the vocals that fits the sound well, including some segments that are a bit more like singing. No doubt, we hearing hints of where the future will be. Therefore, what is the next step for Jenner now? They say that they have an album coming up and it will be called To Live Is Die. In anticipation of the new album, why not starting looking into this band now?!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated December 6, 2016

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December 9 Dokken at ShoWare Center, Kent, WA [postponed until February]
December 9 Macabre, Witchaven, Xoth, Blood Freak, MRSA, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle
December 10 Blood And Thunder, Chronological Injustice, A Flourishing Scourge, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 10 Voidthrone, others at Fifth Dimension, Tacoma, WA
December 11 Xasthur acoustic, Isenordal at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
December 13 In Flames, others at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
December 15 Abigail Williams, The Devils Of Loudun, A God or an Other, East Sherman at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 16 Vesuvian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
December 17 Devastation in December 5th Annual: Dilapidation, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 17 Abigail Williams at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 19 Yob, others at Neumo's, Seattle, WA
December 20 Wilt, Void Omnia, Addaura, Isenordal, Huldrekall at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 21 Void Omnia at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill at Substation, Seattle, WA
December 30 Generation Decline, Oxygen Destroyer, Darkmysticwoods, Truth Decay at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 31 3pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
December 31 9pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
January 5 Hissing, Bone Sickness, Infernal Coil at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 10 Ascended Dead, Grave Ritual, Hexenslaught, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 13 The Drip, others at The Observatory, Spokane, WA
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept" at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
Feb 1 Inquisition, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 26 Uli Jon Roth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Shobox Market, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
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Monday, December 5, 2016

NEWS: Out Now! Horror Metal MALACODA Unleash New EP 'Ritualis Aeterna'

OFFICIAL: Canadian horror inspired symphonic power metallers MALACODA (named after a demon from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’) return with their new six track EP 'Ritualis Aeterna' out now as of December 2nd. The EP is the follow up to their well-received 2014 self-titled debut album. Packed with dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century with intelligence and intensity to rival that of their infernal inspirations!
Vocalist Lucas Di Mascio comments on the EP:
"After a long journey filled with equal measures of happiness and misery, large helpings of hope and despair, and a pinch of euphoria and rage.... we can finally say "It's here!" Enjoy the tracks, and we'll see you on the road soon.... These six tracks are full of character and are definitely a sign of things to come."
About: Taking their name from a demon from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, Malacoda’s dark gothic vision is indeed divine but no laughing matter.
As band leader Lucas, who studied Literature and Religion at University explains: ‘Malacoda was the name of a very minor character in the book, a fallen angel who flies around with a small army of demons torturing helpless souls in Hell. From a literary perspective, I found it interesting that he wasn’t merely an evil creature being tortured for his sins, but was given free reign to do what he pleases and takes it upon himself to torture other wicked souls in the spiritual prison that is Dante’s Inferno. I wanted a powerful name that fit not only the sound of the band but also the lyrical themes I touch upon. I wanted something dark, but not something that would be blatantly devilish sounding. The name translates roughly in Italian to ‘Cruel Tail’ and most people don’t see it and think “this band is named after a demon” and see it as something more romantic sounding.’
Like the ‘Inferno’ that inspired their name they forge metal without limits in sonic shapes endless and horrifying in equal measure. Malacoda’s music vision shares much in common with Dante’s, they are unafraid to gaze into the abyss, unafraid to be inspired by the myriad of human horrors within and without. They are not blind to the worlds within them waiting to be born.
Malacoda are about to follow their well-received self-titled debut with the horror-themed ‘Ritualis Aeterna’, which enters this world on December 2, 2016. Festive it most certainly isn’t, magnificent it certainly is. Full of dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century, intelligence and intensity to rival that of their infernal inspirations!
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Slutvomit (Washington state) issues statement

OFFICIAL: Opinions have been disseminated quickly by a bunch of people who weren't at the Claytanas memorial show, so it seems a statement is in order. Views on this third hand information have already been made concrete by those of you social justice obsessors, so this probably won't even matter, but here it is:
The issue of "racist things that were said" are due to one door guy, who had it out for us from the beginning. Even before any of the show had happened, there was a clear impatience. He threw a shit-fit about Crurifragium's use of severed lamb heads as a stage prop, and things only got uglier from there. During the raffle after the show, in which a Burzum tape was auctioned off as a prize, our singer said "Everyone's favorite white supremacist band, Burzum..." At this point, Door-guy came in and cut the PA, screaming like a toddler about how he "wouldn't allow that racist shit," and some other unintelligible shit amidst the booing crowd. Any of the hundred of attendees can attest to this point in the show, as it seems to be the main point of contention, which is confusing to say the least. After that he prodded us to get our shit off stage and get the fuck out. Understandable, as the show was running late, but completely unnecessary. Being fed up at that point, we brandished the lamb heads, as he involved the other bar owners in a confrontation outside. During this, Door-guy took the first swing at concert goer who was screaming at him, and a fight broke out. This lead to us delivering the lamb heads to the venue door, admittedly not helping the situation.
A big fucking middle finger to you hippie, PC, metal-safe-space, gossiping pieces of shit. Your need for drama in your lives is apparently too great, so have fun with your metal blogs, we don't fucking care. Facts have clearly never stopped you before. Those of you who have either written us or about us were not there, so continue believing what you want.
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remembering Znöwhite, part 4: Cyclone Temple

by MMB
part 1
metalbulletin.blogspot.com/2016/10/remembering-znowhite-part-1.html
part 2
metalbulletin.blogspot.com/2016/10/remembering-znowhite-part-2.html
part 3
metalbulletin.blogspot.com/2016/10/remembering-znowhite-part-3.html
Znowhite’s last album was Act of God and that band came to an end in the late 80s. However, the band’s remaining members—guitarist Greg Fulton, bassist Scott Schafer and drummer John Slattery—went on to form Cyclone Temple with new vocalist Brian Troch. In 1991 Cyclone Temple’s debut was issued and it was called I Hate Therefore I Am.
In 1991 too many bands and audiences were concerned with trends, fashions, what’s cool, what’s in, what’s out, and this album is the opposite of fickle thinking: it is thrash, but it’s not the young-and-dumb thrash of the 80s, and that puts it in nobody’s land. It’s not straightforward thrash, it’s not the trend of the moment: death metal; it’s not traditional heavy metal. The album, for the sake of reference points, has a lot in common with Forbidden’s Twisted into Form (1990) and Heathen’s Victims of Deception (1991). It’s one of the furthest that thrash had gone in terms of maturing at that time, and it’s actually prog thrash, but people do not call it that because it’s not a term or category that was generally used. Cyclone Temple could not go further than this album because they were really swimming against the stream not just in rock music, but within metal music itself and its tastes of that time.
Everything about the album is professional and the quality is undeniable. This is not one those forgotten recordings that was done in a garage and that sounds like a demo. Greg Fulton’s guitar thrash tone is upfront, strong and heavy and it’s easy to feel it, easy to get into it, and there is melody. The overall production is solid and you can listen to it without worrying that the recording quality brings down the songs. In addition, there is another outstanding trait that takes the album to the next level of quality: the singing of Brian Troch, who has the skills to sing in a real way, mostly in a midrange and upper midrange that annoys nobody (or almost nobody), and pleases many people; a real singer, as opposed to someone “doing vocals” because nobody else in the band wanted to do it or was able to do it.
Read the reviews for this album on Metal Archives and you’ll begin to see what has happened and how some people’s thinking has changed about this album. In fact, there is only one bad review of the album and that person is complaining about how “slow” some songs are or that the lyrics are “bad.” This negative review exemplifies the shallow thinking, knee-jerk reaction that won’t let the music be what it is and that wants the music to be something else from what it is.
That brings up the next point: speed. The album is more than 50 minutes long and it has nine songs. It has plenty of thrashing speed during that time, but it is not an album exclusively concerned with speed. For example, the two slowest songs “Words Are Just Words” (7:18) and “I Hate Therefore I Am” (7:12) are thrash power ballads. They do start out slow, but they pick up the tempo a lot. In short, this album is a mix of thrash and heavy metal, and not a pure thrash album. In addition, the album violates a tradition in metal music: the first song of the album does not race out of the gates. It takes one minute and 23 seconds to kick into gear, and apparently this amount of time is too much for some people. Once the thrash kicks in, it arrives big time, huge riffs, a great voice, pounding drumming.
The lyrics deal with a variety of issues, but there is one type of issue that it does not have: not one of the songs glorifies rape, violence, evil and war. What you will find is lyrics about broken friendships or relations, the corruption of corporate money, the brutality of war, and injustice based on the color of skin, and other such matters.
With this very good album we are now at the end of the most interesting aspects of the story of Znowhite/Cyclone Temple. After the album, the band made a valiant to continue and did so, but things were looking rougher. They did an EP in 1993 and a final album in 1994, My Friend Lonely. However, by this time, it seems like the band’s leader, Greg Fulton, was getting restless and wanted to break out of the genre of metal. Perhaps the frustration of laboring in a metal band for years and years in obscurity had set in for good. As result, the 1994 album is, from a metal perspective, simply substandard, less interesting and not as smooth as the 1991 work. The music sounds like groove, chugging tunes, with a bit of rap and reggae and those 90s mainstream U.S. metal/rock vibes. They had a different vocalist by this time and his name was Sonny DeLuca, who has pipes and skills, perhaps a bit grittier compared to Brian Troch, but not as melodic and smooth. We can say that the album is serviceable, it has its moments, but as a total work it does not hold up as well now.
Thus, friends, we come to the end of the story of Znowhite/Cyclone Temple. Greg Fulton has continued making music, but from a metal viewpoint, it is of no interest to us. If you are really curious, remember that you can look him up on Metal Archives and you will be able to find him with no problem and explore for yourself his post-Cyclone Temple, non-metal musical endeavors.
For metal music, Greg Fulton’s contribution will always be Znowhite and Cyclone Temple. That’s lot, that’s plenty, we could not ask for more from someone and his bands that worked for years with little reward for their passion for metal. It’s tough making metal music and it’s tougher when even the metal audiences do not know or care about your band after more than a decade of making albums.
Here are two songs from the album I Hate Therefore I Am. This is “Words Are Just Words” in its entirety. Cyclone Temple - Words Are Just Words
This is “I Hate Therefore I Am”
Cyclone Temple - I Hate Therefore I Am
For visual purposes, here is the video for “Words Are Just Words.” Unfortunately, this is a shorter, dumbed down version of the song.
Words Are Just Words - Cyclone Temple (HD)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Matt Spall's top 30 of 2016: number 28

Every year Matt Spall does a list of his top 30 rock and metal albums for his blog. This year he has already started counting down! Check it, and keep up with him at his blog listed below.--MMB
Album of the Year 2016 – Number 28
Here we are already at day three of my annual countdown of the best albums released during 2016 as far as I am personally concerned. And, because the Blog Of Much Metal is a one-man blog, there is no voting system or complicated formula – the 30 albums that will feature in this list are those that have had the biggest impact on me personally this year. Simple as that.
If you disagree with my choices, tell me. I’d love to hear your opinions, whether or not you agree with me. Music is subjective and that’s part of the magic of it. So if I’ve put your favourite album too low in the list or if you hate a band in my list, let’s get some discussion going!
As I’ve mentioned before, I have reviewed justabout every album in this list, so I will keep the content here quite brief, whilst linking my full 1000+ word reviews if you want to take a closer look.
And with that, allow me to reveal my choice at number 28:
Number 28
Testament
Brotherhood Of The Snake
Nuclear Blast
“Speaking of sounding ‘fired-up’, this would be a worthy description for the vast majority of the material on ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ and explains to some extent why this is such a great album. There is an audible hunger and desire throughout the record that translates into the music to excellent effect. When you’re confronted with a bulldozing riff, blazing lead, full-on rhythmic assault or a snarl or growl from Billy, you believe it. The energy that oozes from the music isn’t forced or some attempt to recapture their early youth; this is the real deal. Five quality musicians delivering some of their most accomplished work and apparently loving every second of it.
With ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, Testament have produced a record that has truly captured my imagination, delivered enjoyment in spades and breathed life into a genre that had lost its spark for me. As a result, Testament have almost certainly managed the unthinkable – put a thrash metal album slap bang in my end of year ‘best of’ list. Yup, it’s that good.”
I think the last quote above says it all really. I’ve never been the biggest thrash metal fan to be honest and so, to find one mentioned in this end of year round-up should speak volumes as to its quality.
As the weeks have gone by, I had expected the sheen to wear off ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’. However, the opposite has happened. The blend of razor sharp riffs, snarled vocals and the juxtaposition between all-out aggression and strong melodic sensibilities means that this record remains on regular rotation in my house and on my headphones on these cold dark nights. There’s nothing like a bit of solo moshing to warm you up, am I right?!
There is something incredibly intoxicating about this record that makes it a compelling listen for me – in a way, I think it serves to remind me just why I got into heavy metal in the first place. The energy, the power, and the groove all come together expertly to create a listening experience which is intense but also a lot of fun. The performances all-round are on-point and the overall production takes everything to another level. ‘Brotherhood of the Snake’ is a behemoth of thrash metal, easily the best thrash metal album released all year.
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Matt Spall's top 30 of 2016: number 29

Every year Matt Spall does a list of his top 30 rock and metal albums for his blog. This year he has already started counting down! Check it, and keep up with him at his blog listed below.--MMB
Album of the Year 2016 – Number 29
Welcome to day two of my ‘Album of the Year 2016’ top 30 countdown.
As I stated at the beginning of the last post, 2016 has been an incredibly strong year for my personal music taste. I have listened to countless new releases and have reviewed, in full, nearly 100 of the best. Whittling them down into a top 30 has been excruciatingly hard and even now, I’m still tinkering with the order and making 11th hour swaps.
In some cases, my opinion of the music has increased whilst in others, my initial love has waned disappointingly. As such, my final 30 contains a few surprises even to me. Mind you, going back and revisiting all these super albums has been a delight and is something I’ve enjoyed immensely. However, rest assured that every album that’s featured in this list is worthy of its place, whether it was released 11 months or 11 days ago.
So, back to the main issue at hand – what is today’s album of choice?…
Number 29
In Mourning
Afterglow
Agonia Records
“‘Afterglow’, the fourth album from In Mourning, is such a positive album because Messrs Tobias Netzell (guitars, vocals), Pierre Stam (bass), Björn Pettersson (guitars, vocals), Tim Nedergård (guitars) and former katatonia drummer Daniel Liljekvist have really come up trumps in terms of merging three or four key ingredients into a cohesive and believable end product. They take the crushing brutality of death and doom metal and blend it with mournful, elegant melodies, a progressive bent and a liberal dose of dark, foreboding atmosphere.
I am hugely impressed by what I have heard. There’s not a weak track anywhere to be found and the consistency of the song writing and indeed the execution is out of the top drawer…‘Afterglow’ is a damn fine record and is one of the finest melodic death/doom releases I’ve heard in a while, right up there with label mates October Tide and last year’s opus from Swallow The Sun.”
This record was released back in May 2016 and, if anything, the more I listen to this album, the more I like it. ‘Afterglow’ made a big impact right away but it is one of those releases that actually gets stronger with time and repeated listens. It is particularly satisfying when it is returned to after a bit of a break because I find that the heavy and uncompromising riffs hit harder whilst the melodies and the dark atmospheres feel even more emotive and elegant.
Some six months on, ‘Afterglow’ really feels like a remarkably consistent record with plenty to enjoy throughout, most notably the progressive elements that keep the listener on their toes. However I have to admit that ‘Ashen Crown’ is the standout moment; I just love the juxtaposition between the heavy opening and the shoegaze-infused second half that sends shivers down my spine thanks to its subtlety and acoustic-led elegance that conveys real depth, emotion and poignancy, not to mention its uplifting overtones. That said, there are plenty of other fantastically mesmerising moments to be found littering this impressive album.
If you’re looking for an album that is brutal, sophisticated and dripping with dark atmosphere, make sure that you check out ‘Afterglow’ as it is easily the best and most accomplished release from this talented Swedish extreme metal band.
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Matt Spall's top 30 of 2016: number 30

Every year Matt Spall does a list of his top 30 rock and metal albums for his blog. This year he has already started counting down! Check it, and keep up with him at his blog listed below.--MMB
Album of the Year 2016 – Number 30
Hello and welcome to my annual musical extravaganza that’s my countdown of the year’s best album releases from across the rock and metal spectrum. As usual, you’ll find just about everything in this list, from black to death metal, from prog rock to extreme prog metal and plenty in between. I am a fan of heavy music in most of its guises and that, I hope, will be reflected in this list.
In keeping with last year, I have decided to keep the ‘top 30’ format, just bescause I quite enjoy writing these posts and because 2016 was an insanely great year for rock and metal music. The quality has been unbelievable at times and hopefully this is something that can be underlined by the albums that made it on my list as well as those that have just missed out.
However, this year, I will do things slightly differently. This is the first year where I have reviewed albums exclusively on my blog. As such, everything in this list will have been reviewed by me at some point in the year on the Blog of Much Metal. Therefore, I shall keep these posts quite short, adding a brief commentary about my thoughts on the album some days, weeks or months on from their release. In addition, I will quote a passage from the review, with links to the full article and, where possible, will include different sample tracks, possibly different photos too – we’ll see how I get on with that.
As always, I love the banter that this series initiates – please keep it coming. I know that there will be some releases that don’t feature that you think should and vice versa. Let me know what you think as we go along & hopefully get some debate going in the process.
There are also links to the previous series from 2012-2015 at the bottom of this post, so if you’re new to these and you’re intrigued by my choices from other years, feel free to check them out.
Ok, on that note, let’s get down to it. From this point on, there’s no going back…
Number 30
Amaranthe
Maximalism
Spinefarm Records
“…above all, when all is said and done, who doesn’t like a good dose of feel-good, memorable music that perhaps doesn’t require a huge amount of effort to enjoy? Sometimes, we’ve all got to rock out, yes? Sometimes, we all need to hear something that you can sing in the shower, yes? Well, in that case, there’s no one better than Amaranthe.
Once again, the sextet has delivered an excellent album that will almost certainly hit all the right notes in the live arena. ‘Maximalism’ demonstrates yet again that Amaranthe are consummate professionals at writing and performing music that is succinct, powerful and infectious as hell. Amaranthe are no longer a guilty pleasure; they’re simply a pleasure.”
After a few initial misgivings, I really grew to like this polished and pristine slab of modern melodic metal from Amaranthe. As the quotes above indicate, ‘Maximalism’ is big on excess, be it in the form of huge choruses, over-the-top vocals or the massive mainstream pop influences.
I accept that Amaranthe is a love or hate band but I’m a lover – the whole thing is so damn catchy that it is almost impossible not to get swept up in it. So why is it not higher in my top 30? Good question.
The answer, quite simply and honestly, is that it is a victim of an impossibly strong year where I have been inundated with superb music left, right and centre. Another year, ‘Maximalism’ may have found itself within my top 20 or higher. But as it is, as excellent as it is, it only just sneaks into the list. But don’t let that put you off – ‘Maximalism’ is a great record, deserving of your attention.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

review: Zarpa

review by MMB
Zarpa
Dispuestos para atacar
Pure Steel Records
The 2016 album by traditional heavy metal band Zarpa represents another great chapter in the decades of history of the Spanish steelmakers. Formed in 1977 in Valencia, Spain, Dispuestos para atacar, which translates to something like “willing to attack,” has some 17 studio albums, according to Metal Archives. Zarpa’s debut Los 4 jinetes del apocalípsis is from 1978, then they had demo in 1980, an album in 1983 and another one in 1984.
Unfortunately for them, the 1990s were not a good period for them and they virtually disappeared during that time, and it wasn’t until 2000 that they had the returning album Zeta. Ever since then, more or less, they have been active, making albums and doing gigs.
If you support traditional heavy metal in Spanish and you are not too familiar with Zarpa, you are going to be surprised in two ways. First, you will find a massive discography that goes back all the way to the late 70s. Second, this new album is total devotion to the sounds of true/classic heavy metal. The band represents everything that is heavy metal; the riffs that you want, and the energy that you seek, and the melodies that you hope for. From fast, rocking headbangers to uptempo sing-along winners, Zarpa is very experienced and it shows. Of course, it is in Spanish, and that may be a problem for some people, but the choruses and lyrics are the same in any language and if you have the lyrics in front of you, you may find yourself learning a bit of Spanish through the magic of Zarpa.
Zarpa is serious heavy metal, as you can tell, but they also have a heavy metal sense of humor in the form of the track “El reverendo judas,” which, as you might have guessed by now, it is in honor of Judas Priest. Zarpa guitarist/singer/mastermind Vicente Feijóo praises the Brummies and their 1977 wonderful album Sin after Sin. Remember that Zarpa started in 1977. Zarpa in 2016 is in good shape, and for those that have not acquainted themselves with the band before, it’s never too late to start.
Zarpa, "Dispuestos para atacar"-2016-Album completo-
puresteel-records.com/news/view/2915/ZARPA_Dispuestos_Para_Atacar_officially_released
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Seattle black metal band INQUISITION North American tour

OFFICIAL: "Bloodshed Across North America" Tour 2017 ~ Inquisition brings its new opus to the altar throughout North America. We are in direct support of Mayhem who will be performing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.
01/20 – Montreal, Quebec @ Club Soda
01/21 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater
01/22 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Ballroom
01/23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
01/24 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom
01/25 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Mill City Nights
01/27 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theater
01/28 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
01/30 – Calgary, Alberta @ Marquee
01/31 – Edmonton, Alberta @Starlite Room
02/02 – Seattle, Wash. @ El Corazon
02/03 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rickshaw
02/04 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theater
02/06 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Social Hall SF
02/07 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory
02/08 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Club Red
02/10 – San Antonio, Texas @Alamo Music Hall
02/11 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
02/13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
02/14 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Thorne Theater
02/15 – Washington, D.C. @ The Howard Theater
02/16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theater of the Living Arts
02/17 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance Theater
02/18 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
02/19 – New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theater
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inquisitionbm.bandcamp.com/album/bloodshed-across-the-empyrean-altar-beyond-the-celestial-zenith

Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated December 3, 2016

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
December 3 Demoncy, Slutvomit, Crurifragium at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
December 7 Diskord at Foundation Nightclub, Seattle, WA
December 9 Dokken at ShoWare Center, Kent, WA
December 9 Macabre, Witchaven, Xoth, Inquinok, MRSA, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle
December 10 Blood And Thunder, Chronological Injustice, A Flourishing Scourge, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 10 Voidthrone, others at Fifth Dimension, Tacoma, WA
December 13 In Flames, others at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
December 15 Abigail Williams, The Devils Of Loudun, A God or an Other, East Sherman at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 16 Vesuvian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
December 17 Devastation in December 5th Annual: Dilapidation, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 17 Abigail Williams at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 19 Yob, others at Neumo's, Seattle, WA
December 20 Wilt, Void Omnia, Addaura, Isenordal, Huldrekall at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 21 Void Omnia at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 30 Generation Decline, Oxygen Destroyer, Darkmysticwoods, Truth Decay at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 31 3pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
December 31 9pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
January 5 Hissing, Bone Sickness at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 10 Ascended Dead, Grave Ritual, Hexenslaught, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept" at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 18 Ash Borer at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
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Friday, December 2, 2016

NEWS: Netherbird

The black metal band Netherbird (Sweden) began more than 10 years ago and they have a colorful discography of albums and EPs. However, 2016 marks a big return to action with a strong album in the form of The Grander Voyage. It is possible that in some places you may have read that they are a post-metal band or a new-jack type of band, but that really is not the case. It is black metal with a professional sound and with emphasis on riffs, melodies, atmosphere and quality. It's not necessary to take anyone's word for it: listen to the complete album at the first link below.
OFFICIAL: After almost three years of silence NETHERBIRD return with their strongest album to date. Filled to the brim with their signature style of songwriting, which incorporates black, death and even doom metal, this record is a new monument of harsh yet melodic music craft. They keep true to their origins also lyric-wise as Nephente keeps weaving his dark and personal reflections upon the world into the songs. This album is a journey spanning seven songs, and you are now invited to join the descent into uncharted territories. Staying true to their roots in the 90s Black and Death Metal underground, the band is branching out into the new soundscapes, such as Doom and even Post Metal influences. Authentic production creates increased sound clarity and the lack of triggering adds a lot of presence to the experience. All songs were Mastered by Sverker Widgren, a renowned veteran of sound engineering on the Scandinavian extreme metal scene (October Tide, IXXI, Diabolical etc). This is the second step to "The Grander Voyage". Cover artwork: J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) by permission from Tate Images.
OFFICIAL: NETHERBIRD sprung into existence October 30th 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden when Nephente, Bizmark and Grim decided to start collaborating. The was goal was to create harsh metal with influences from both black and death metal without any regard or limitation when it comes to style or even line up.
2004-2010: Foundation
"Stockholm, Sweden's Netherbird have been blurring the boundaries between black, death, and other extreme metal strains (goth, symphonic, etc.) since 2004, when founders Nephente (vocals), Bizmark (guitars, keyboards), and Grim (guitars) first convened to record a promotional single entitled "Boulevard Black," made available the following year. This first step in due time paved the way to two separate EPs, Blood Orchid (Grim's final outing with the group) and Lighthouse Eternal (both 2007), that Netherbird distributed for free on the Internet, before landing a contract with Pulverised Records. At this point, it should probably be noted that, thus far, Netherbird had remained a strictly in-studio proposition, and a rotating cast of characters (including drummer Adrian Erlandsson of At the Gates and Cradle of Filth, Brice Leclercq of Nightrage and Dissection, Janne Saarenpää of the Crown, etc.) continued to lend a hand on a temporary basis during the production of 2008's debut full-length, The Ghost Collector. But the very next year, Netherbird announced a firm lineup of Nephente, Bizmark, guitarist Nord, and bassist Tobias Gustafsson (ex-Eucharist) during the recording of the next full-length album, Monument Black Colossal (2010), after which it was announced that Erik Röjås had also joined as a permanent drummer." Netherbird biography on Allmusic.com, by Eduardo Rivadavia
2010-2014: Underground ferocity
Netherbird took on a more stable form from 2010 to make it possible to perform live shows. During this period Netherbird made two longer tours, festival gigs and various underground gigs around Europe takning them to Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. The 10 year celebration gig November 14th in Stockholm Sweden offially ended this era.
2015: Entropy
Netherbird took a step back into the shadows at the end 2014, all according to the initial plan. What happens next, time will tell.
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NEWS: Ancillotti

Traditional heavy metal band Ancillotti (Italy) in 2016 has a new album called Strike Back on Pure Steel Records. Strike Back follows the debut album from 2014 The Chain Goes On. Ancillotti is a traditional band for supporters of traditional metal and classic rock. The music is sing-along songs, uptempo rockers and melodies that are direct, with gritty vocals. Below is a new song.
OFFICIAL: More than two and a half years after the longplayer debut The Chain Goes On“ (also released through Pure Steel Records) the Italians ANCILLOTTI are back with their second output „Strike Back“. Formed by the ANCILLOTTI brothers Bud (Strana Officina) and Bid as well as son/nephew Brian ANCILLOTTI with the blood brother guitarist Ciano, the family business committed themselves to classical Heavy Metal. Melodic, yet modern produced, but also with a big Rock’n’Roll drive. On the – plus intro – eleven new tracks ANCILLOTTI offer everything in handmade Heavy Metal; no matter if emotional ballads (“Lonely Road”), the anthem "Fight" or banging midtempo tracks (“Life Is For Livin’”) or doublebass parts (“The Hunter”). Traditional Italian Steel is reborn!
Ancillotti is a new band that not only encompasses the history of Italian heavy metal but above all is a family formed by: Daniele "Bud" Ancillotti, long standing singer of the best known Italian Heavy Metal band Strana Officina as well as founder of Bud Tribe, his brother Sandro " Bid" Ancillotti bass player with Bud Tribe , Brian Ancillotti drummer with Rayden, J.R. and member of the historic band Shabby Trick and guitarist Luciano "Ciano" Toscani leader and founder of the internationally know band Listeria on the Italian hard & heavy scene for more than ten years playing concerts with international names such as Michael Schenker Group, Dokken, Anvil, Dokken, Iron Saviour and many others. The monicker Ancillotti is the best expression of the concept of family, the band's name is in fact a tribute to Daniele and Sandro's father, Renzo Ancillotti who at the venerable age of 87 is still their number one fan always ready to support the passion of his sons and nephew for rock music, even following their concerts when possible!
After several shows in 2012 Ciano composes a good number of riffs and song ideas that are brought to various forms of completion by the band and then, in july of this year, Ancillotti enter Tartini Studios 5 in Italy with the producer Fausto Tinello, to record their first live promo cd called “Down this road together”. The music is dynamic and powerful with monstrous riffs that become big-time rock anthems such as “Legacy Of Rock", “Living For the Nightime", “Warriors” or passionate and emotive ballads such as “Sunrise”. Beyond the music, however, in the last year Ancillotti has become a real band, establishing a trust in one another that happens very rarely in the music world. The band now is ready for the next step, for the next tour and to enlarge their steadily increasing fanbase!
ANCILLOTTI – “Fight” (PURE STEEL RECORDS) - official lyric video
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

NEWS: death metal wrecking ball team Unmerciful on U.S. tour now

The Kansas death metal band Unmerciful is hitting the road right now! See the flyer and go to their Facebook page for more information. Listen to the band's 2016 album Ravenous Impulse at the link below, too.
OFFICIAL: UNMERCIFUL - which unites the extreme metal ingenuity of bassist Jeremy Turner (ex-Origin), guitarists Justin Payne and Clint Appelhanz (ex-Origin), drummer John Lonstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, ex-Gorguts etc.), and vocalist Kris Bolton (D.F.W.B.) - unleashes the sonic brutality of their Ravenous Impulse full-length via Unique Leader Records. Captured at Appelhanz's own Waveworks Studio with drums recorded at Chapman Studios (Origin, Tech N9NE) with longtime producer and friend, Robert Rebeck, Ravenous Impulse raises the proverbial bar of inexorable, unsparing, belligerent, and plainly vicious death metal.
Founded in 2001, UNMERCIFUL released its debut, Unmercifully Beaten, in 2006. With intensive tour runs from 2006 through 2009 with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Cryptopsy, and more, the band went through various personnel changes before deciding to disband in 2009. What started out as just a reunion show in 2012, quickly returned the band to working status. With consistent live shows and numerous metal fest appearances, the band released a self-titled demo in 2014 as a first step in the process to completing its first full-length release in nearly a decade. After the abrupt departure of drummer James King, John Longstreth was enlisted to record drums for Ravenous Impulse.
(guitarist Clinton delivering the goods.)
www.uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ravenous-impulse
www.facebook.com/Unmerciful-347016405378181/

NEWS: black metallers KRATORNAS album preview Devoured By Damnation

The pro-blasphemy, hatred-loving black metal entity Kratornas has a preview of the new album that is coming up.
OFFICIAL: If any band has ever earned its chance it is KRATORNAS, the brainchild of a certain Zachariah. He began KRATORNAS in the early 90's despite dealing with problems many Western bands never encounter like crime, corruption, poverty, lack of equipment, or even an outlet to buy records! Truly we can see why KRATORNAS are inspired by real-life horrors. Zachariah’s love of metal was born from tape-trading. To put Zachariah’s glacial patience in perspective, after many primitive demos, KRATORNAS’ debut album was finally released in 2007! In 2011, Zachariah left the Philippines to seek a place more friendly to his art, finally settling in Canada. KRATORNAS’ new album, ‘Devoured By Damnation’ is the first that was properly recorded. The music is inspired by ‘Bathory, Deicide, Sadus, Terrorizer and Vader’ and will ‘treat listeners like punching bags!’, it’s sound being ‘raw, primitive, deranged, high octane, fast, a combination of grindcore, raw black metal, death metal punch and thrash metal riffs. Before the album is unleashed on December 8th via Grathila Records, KRATORNAS have posted an album preview streaming below.
KRATORNAS - Devoured by Damnation - Album Preview (2016)
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NEWS: Cognitive: tech-death ensemble confirms January tour with Artificial Brain

U.S. tech-death band Cognitive will be hitting the road in the new year. Listen to the band's 2016 album Deformity below.
OFFICIAL: Garden State-based brutal death metal miscreants COGNITIVE will kick off the New Year with a ten-date US journey with tech death collective Artificial Brain. The Deformity Constellation Tour will commence January 13th and run through January 22nd with additional 2017 COGNITIVE live takeovers to be revealed in the weeks to come. "Last year two death metal bands from two different realms of brutality set out for a four-day mini-tour to expand minds and open a rift to the fourth dimension," relays COGNITIVE in a collective statement. "Back at it again for ten days, we are beyond excited to set out on the road with Artificial Brain once more. We can't wait to see what Artificial Brain has been working on this past year. Artificial Brain is a band that breaches deep within the recesses of your psyche while simultaneously throwing you into the blackest depths of the celestial abyss. Come out and witness the constellations become deformed."
COGNITIVE w/ Artificial Brain:
1/13/2017 Hartley's - North Arlington, NJ
1/14/2017 Maximum Capacity - Chicopee, MA
1/15/2017 Dusk - Providence, RI
1/16 /2017 The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
1/17/2017 Webster Hall - New York, NY
1/18/2017 Club Risque - Philadelphia, PA
1/19/2017 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
1/20/2017 Drunk Horse Pub - Fayetteville, NC
1/21/2017 The End, Nashville - TN
1/22/2017 Reggies Music Joint - Chicago, IL
COGNITIVE will be touring in support of their pulverizing Deformity full-length released in October via Unique Leader. The nine-track slab of inexorable brutality was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized), mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and includes a guest appearance by Misery Index's Mark Kloeppel.
Metal Injection hails the band's, "perfect mix between brutal, progressive, and chaotic that all melds together into one singular form with only one goal: sheer destruction," while Dead Rhetoric, in a recent 8/10 review of the record, writes, "No matter your preference within death metal, you should be able to find elements of COGNITIVE to your liking. Deformity revels in technical riffing that never goes too overboard, grooves and subtle melody that hold your interest, and searing aggression from start to finish. COGNITIVE is ready to make their mark upon death metal." Decibel Magazine commends COGNITIVE's, "deftness in marrying technicality, brutality, and the power of bumpy grooves." HeavymuiscHQ champions, "A modern showcase of meaty, chugging riffs, as savage as they are intricate, with hammering octopod drumming, a tandem of ursine and demonic vocals, and an affinity for atonal leads and energetic staccato rhythm," further elaborating, "COGNITIVE embrace the weird and deliver some seriously rad and groovy death metal. If Decapitated, Aborted, Benighted, and, say, Pathology, get your blood flowing, then by all means, check out COGINITIVE." Upon their premiere of "Haunted Justice," No Clean Singing observes, "At the outset, it's an overpowering torrent of vicious sound propelled by drumming that simulates a war zone and by slashing, meat-cleaving riffs operating at top speed, coupled with monstrous roars and hair-on-fire shrieking. After this opening barrage has effectively cracked open your cranium like an egg and ejected your eyeballs from the skull due to explosive pressure, then COGNITIVE starts messing with your brain in an eerie, neuron-scrambling interplay between solo guitar and bass. And finally, the band erupt in one last frenzy of rampant hammering decimation." While Teeth Of The Divine gushes, "Deformity from start to finish will make you level neighborhoods with atomic leg drops and abdominal stretches all day long. Buy or Rot in Hell!!"
Hailing from South Jersey, COGNITIVE was born in 2011 with the sole intent to create heavy, intensely technical music, while maintaining an edge of creativity that separates them from the over-produced sea of subgenres. Combining technicality, guitar solos, grooves, and abstract ideas within their songwriting, COGNITIVE is continually pushing itself to think outside of the proverbial box while maintaining an organic and unapologetically brutal edge. COGNITIVE seeks only to advance itself musically and export New Jersey's undying hatred globally.
www.uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/deformity
www.facebook.com/Cognitivenj

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEWS: live Leather Leone/Chastain/CJSS videos

OFFICIAL: David T. Chastain and Leather Leone performed live together for the first time in over 25 years on October 8th at Bogart's in Cincinnati, Ohio. This special performance was shot on video along with the CJSS 'Last Show on Planet Earth 2' concert. David says, "We are posting these videos so the fans around the world who couldn't make the show will have access to them for free and before they get bootlegged. We made sure to include CHASTAIN favorites such as "Ruler of the Wasteland," "Angel of Mercy" and "For Those Who Dare" as well as CJSS fan favorites "World Gone Mad" and "Metal Forever." This was just a 4 camera video shoot and the audio is basically a direct off the soundboard mix. Due to a scheduling conflict we were only able to rehearse with Leather one night before the show so there are a few mistakes here and there. However all things considered it is a good portrayal of the show. We just felt it was important to document this event."
CJSS biography: CJSS was formed by guitar wizard David T. Chastain during early 1984 with two other members of the band Spike, drummer Les Sharp and bassist Mike Skimmerhorn, and vocalist Russell Jinkens who had gained fame for his stint in local Cincinnati cover band Prizoner.
Spike had recorded and released the album 'The Price of Pleasure' in 1983. Spike toured the United States with many acts, the most well known being Black Sabbath. David was not satisfied with the commercial slant of Spike's material and was at constant odds with the band's management and booking agency whom had been trying to push the band in a even more commercial direction. In order to play the music they loved the four musicians decided to form the band CJSS.
The band's first show was October 4, 1984 at Bogarts. The club's management had expected a week night crowd of only a few hundred but were pleasantly surprised when well over a thousand fans showed up. This was just the beginning as CJSS regularly appeared at the Cincinnati venue drawing huge throngs throughout the 80's. Even to this day the band still holds all attendance records at the club. The largest being November 15, 1986 with a crowd of 1452 paid and more turned away at the door.
In the summer of 1985 the band went into the studio and recorded the album 'World Gone Mad.' This album was released in January 1986 and was received very favorably worldwide. This album included some of the band's classic cuts such as; 'Hell On Earth' 'World Gone Mad' 'Destiny' and the band's contemporary version of the Zeppelin classic Communication Breakdown.
After doing a short tour of the US the group went into the studio in the summer of 1986 and recorded the bands pinnacle release 'Praise the Loud.' The album was released in October 1986 to intense worldwide acclaim. The track 'Metal Forever' became a rallying cry for metal fans. The praise lavished upon the band was universal. CJSS had released two classic metal albums in the less than one year. A feat unmatched in metaldom.
It is safe to say that when musical historians look back at the metal era 'World Gone Mad' and 'Praise the Loud' will be considered metal classics.
To view the latest LEATHER LEONE/CHASTAIN live videos go direct to one of the DTC Facebook pages at: Live Leather Leone/Chastain Videos
www.facebook.com/DavidTChastain2/
To view the latest CJSS live videos go direct to the band's Facebook page at: Live CJSS Videos
www.facebook.com/CJSS-49868321308
Or you can go to the new Leviathan Records Youtube page to view the highlights of the show and other label related videos: Leviathan Records Worldwide Youtube Channel
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBhQFjPKz3w9p4PxCpQ79g/videos

NEWS: new songs by industrial metallers INVERTIA

OFFICIAL: New England Industrial Metal Duo INVERTIA will release The Biddings of Tyrants on December 9. Following 2014's sophomore tour de force Another Scheme of the Wicked (Ohm Resistance), the new self-release sees INVERTIA taking its oppressive industrial metal to harsh new heights. The Biddings of Tyrants still retains the INVERTIA sound of industrial black metal with added elements of death metal and hardcore punk. The album as a whole, musically and lyrically, focuses on the world around us and its effect on the human psyche. However, each song is a different Bidding from a different Tyrant. Produced by INVERTIA, The Biddings of Tyrants again features the multi-talented tandem of Dave Coppola (vocals, guitars, bass, FX, samples) and Tim Winson (drum programming, synth, mixing/mastering). The album also features the drumming of Aaron Rossi (MINISTRY, PRONG) and Kevin Talley (SUFFOCATION, DYING FETUS, SIX FEET UNDER); the former performing on "Dystopiate," "Non-Sunni," and "The Forever Incision," and the latter on "Scatter" and "Not for Taste." INVERTIA is influenced by many styles of music and many artists, including MINISTRY, ABORYM, MAYHEM, IMMORTAL, GODFLESH, and SKINNY PUPPY, as well as WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS and GEORGE CARLIN.
INVERTIA - "Dystopiate"
www.invertia.bandcamp.com/album/the-biddings-of-tyrants
www.facebook.com/invertiametal/

Seattle & Washington concert calendar, updated November 30, 2016

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
December 1 Lord of War at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
December 2 Ghoul, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 7 Diskord at Foundation Nightclub, Seattle, WA
December 9 Dokken at ShoWare Center, Kent, WA
December 9 Macabre, Witchaven, Xoth, Inquinok, MRSA, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle
December 10 Blood And Thunder, Chronological Injustice, A Flourishing Scourge, Children of Seraph at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 13 In Flames at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
December 15 The Devils Of Loudun, A God or an Other, East Sherman at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 16 Vesuvian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
December 17 Devastation in December 5th Annual: Dilapidation, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 17 Abigail Williams at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 19 Yob at Neumo's, Seattle, WA
December 20 Wilt, Void Omnia, Addaura, Isenordal, Huldrekall at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 21 Void Omnia at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
December 30 Generation Decline, Oxygen Destroyer, Darkmysticwoods, Truth Decay at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 31 3pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
December 31 9pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Key Arena, Seattle, WA
January 5 Hissing, Bone Sickness at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
January 10 Ascended Dead, Grave Ritual, Hexenslaught, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 18 Udo Dirkschneider "Back To The Roots - Farewell To Accept" at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
January 19 Ash Borer, Bell Witch, Hissing at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 21 Entombed AD, Full of Hell, Turbid North, Deathraid at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 27 Queensryche at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 27 Drawn and Quartered, Sakrificer, Raptor, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
January 28 Blue Öyster Cult at Historic Everett Theatre, Everett, WA
February 2 Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
February 4 Lordi at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
February 22 Nile, Overkill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I. at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Extremity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
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NEWS: Goatwhore begins co-headlining tour with Crowbar

This tour is underway now. See below for more details.
OFFICIAL: New Orleans' most toured metal unit GOATWHORE will kick off their final live takeover of the year with hometown comrades, Crowbar, tonight November 30th. The co-headlining trek will begin in Pensacola, Florida and run through December 14th in Macon, Georgia. Support will be provided by Lillake. From there, GOATWHORE will play three more headlining shows in Florida in Winter Park, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa respectively before heading home for the holidays. The band's latest excursions follows their recent US mini tour with The Blood Royale which included a pulverizing performance at Ozzfest in San Bernardino, California.
GOATWHORE w/ Crowbar, Lillake:
11/30/2016 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
12/01/2016 Riverside Warehouse - Shreveport, LA
12/02/2016 Rev Room - Little Rock, AR
12/03/2016 The Shrine - Tulsa, OK
12/04/2016 Fubar - St Louis, MO
12/05/2016 5th Quarter - Indianapolis, IN
12/06/2016 The Hub - Ft Wayne, IN
12/07/2016 123 Pleasant Street - Morgantown, WV
12/08/2016 The Golden Pony - Harrisonburg, VA
12/09/2016 Broadberry - Richmond, VA
12/10/2016 Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
12/11/2016 Capone's - Johnson City, TN
12/12/2016 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/13/2016 The Jinx 912 - Savannah, GA
12/14/2016 Macon Venue Project - Macon, GA
12/15/2016 Haven Lounge - Winter Park, FL **
12/16/2016 Kreepy Tiki Tattoos & Boutique - Fort Lauderdale, FL **
12/17/2016 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL **
** GOATWHORE only
GOATWHORE recently completed tracking the follow-to their globally adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length at Earth Analog recording studio near Champaign, Illinois. Further details to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Issued in 2014 via Metal Blade Records, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, topping their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Crowned their most "varied record to date, as well as their strongest," by Pitchfork and, "unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive," by PopMatters, Constricting... also hit the #21 spot on Billboard's Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, and #13 on the Independent chart.
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NEWS: So This Is Suffering: U.S. core band to release Palace Of The Pessimist album; new video now

So This Is Suffering is a core band from the U.S. They have a new album coming up and a video available now.
OFFICIAL: California technical death metal unit and recent Unique Leader signees SO THIS IS SUFFERING will release their new full-length Palace Of The Pessimist next year. Set for a February 24th unveiling, the ten-track offering was captured at Interlace Audio and features artwork by Chris Panatier (Dopelord, Totem Skim). "We're excited to be working with one of the top leading labels in extreme music," offers the band in a collective statement. "It's been a long journey and we want to thank our fans, friends, and family for their endless support along the way. This album is everything we all wanted, bone crushing and in-your-face with obese breakdowns, finger-licking riffs, and a bit of melodies for some soft listening. We can't wait for you all to hear it. It's an exciting time for us and the future of SO THIS IS SUFFERING!"
Palace Of The Pessimist track listing:
1. Sleeper Hold
2. Lecherous
3. Xenomorphic
4. Palace
5. Columbine
6. Surveil
7. Muerte Bella
8. Portraits Of Fixation
9. Dreameater
10. The Sum Of All Fears
SO THIS IS SUFFERING is a post-deathcore outfit founded by Zedadiah Martinez and Zechariah Gamez in 2006. The band later solidified its lineup with longtime friends Rudy Florez, Robert Brown, and James Williams. Having self-released three albums and relentlessly performed across the United States multiple times, they've earned a name as one of the heaviest and hardest-working currently active DIY bands. By melding emotionally driven lyrics with a sound influenced by a broad spectrum of musical tastes, the members plan to leave their mark on extreme music.
So This Is Suffering-Dreameater(OFFICIAL VIDEO)
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

METAL BULLETIN ZINE #109

Read online or download it: METAL BULLETIN #109
Analogy (El Salvador) Gorgosaur (Sweden) Hessian Wolf Children (U.S.) Old Scratch (U.S.) Thou Shall Kill (Seattle)
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Swedish Black/Death Vets OMNIZIDE Releasing 'NekroRegime" in December

OFFICIAL:Swedish Black/Death Metal veterans OMNIZIDE will release their sophomore album NekroRegime December 16 on Carnal Records in Europe and Daemon Worship Productions in the U.S. Featuring vocals by Nox (CRAFT) and music written by Anders/AE (AVSKY), NekroRegime consists of nine tracks of pure War! Stream the title track below.
NekroRegime was recorded and mixed by Erik Hagelberg at DeathWomb Studio in the winter of 2015/2016. The album was mastered by Jona Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studio.
Decibel Magazine nailed it in describing OMNIZIDE's sound as "old-school DARKTHRONE, and falls somewhere between the nexus of death metal and physically imposing Swedish black metal, bands such as NAGLFAR and WATAIN." Get the picture? Now prepare for War!
Track Listing:
1. Himmelstrasse (330ft)
2. The Return of the Loving Dead
3. Walls of Flesh
4. Doomsday Revelations
5. Deathwomb
6. NekroRegime
7. Nekromantic
8. Shockwaves
9. Devil in Me
Omnizide - 'NekroRegime" (Carnal Records / Daemon Worship Productios)
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