Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NEWS: Diabolic to play Domination Fest 4 in Chicago in July

Traditional death metal band Diabolic (Florida, U.S.) has announced that they will play Domination Fest 4 in July in Chicago. Check out the flyer. In addition, recently they shared this old interview with drummer Aantar Lee Coates. Check it out below, too, where you will also find an older piece that this publication posted, in case you missed it.
interview with Aantar of Diabolic/Unholy Ghost/Blastmasters/Exmortis
Diabolic is a veteran death metal band from the U.S. Unfortunately, they are overlooked, but make no mistake, Diabolic represents the values of traditional extreme metal completely. The band makes clear where they come from: BATHORY, KREATOR, VOI VOD, DARK ANGEL, POSSESSED, METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, SLAYER. The origins of the band date back to 1996, but as it often happens in bands, they have had their share of troubles within the band, and they have gone through periods of inactivity. Of course, these things have not helped the cause of Diabolic in a world in which if your band disappears for a bit, people forget about your band, and move on to the next band, trend or whatnot.
Below you will find two links at which you can hear a bit of the music. If you are serious about death metal, and not just a casual listener, and you want to hear bands that have experience, and you have not given much attention to Diabolic, consider what a review at Metal Archives says about the band: "Most of the tracks on Excisions of Exorcisms are high octane blasts of satanic fury. "Fragmented Kreation" and "Venomous Habitations" are highlights in this regard. The higher tempo tracks feature blasting drums courtesy of founding member Aantar Coates that threaten to come off the rails and fly apart, yet never quite lose control. Morbid Angel-style guitar riffs and traded solo freak-outs are also abundant thanks to Kelly McLauchlin (also of Pessimist) and newcomer Jeff Parrish. Returning vocalist / bassist Paul Ouellette rounds out the lineup with a solid guttural vocal performance that recalls David Vincent's heyday. This is a very strong Diabolic lineup indeed. The guys also show that they know how to reduce the tempo and crush the listener near the end of Excisions of Exorcisms. "False Belief" and "Entombed" both slow the pace, and as a result they really stand out from the rest of the album. Besides the more moderate tempo, these tracks also feature some of the best riffs on this release. "False Belief" instills a sinister feeling of dread in the listener with its slow, suffocating riffs, while "Entombed" uses descending chords that will make you feel like you are actually about to "descend into your tomb." The whole album gives off a wicked vibe, but these tracks are two of the darkest."
Recently, the band seems to be playing some shows, but there is not much in the way of updates posted. Some things remain unclear still. Is there a new album in the works? If so, for when, for 2017? Are there plans to embark on tours or is Diabolic a project at this point? At any rate, despite these questions, there is no doubt that Diabolic has done strong work in the past and any future recording and activities should be of interest to the devoted supporters of death metal.
Band information as found in Wikipedia:
Diabolic is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, founded in 1998 by drummer Aantar Lee Coates and guitarist Brian Malone.The very earliest beginnings of Diabolic started in 1996, when drummer Aantar Coates (Exmortis, Horror of Horrors, Unholy Ghost, Blastmasters) teamed up with guitarist Kelly McLauchlin (Pessimist, Unholy Ghost, Possessed) to record the very first 4-song Diabolic Demo. Although this demo was never officially released, and sent only to select contacts in the underground, it marked the beginning of success to follow for the band.
By January 1997, Diabolic drummer/founder Aantar Coates had relocated to Tampa, Florida and after forming the first complete lineup, recorded and released the successful demo "City of the Dead". This demo immediately got the band noticed in the worldwide underground press and was later released as MCD on Fadeless Records. By 1998, Diabolic made their debut live appearance opening for Vader in Tampa, Florida followed by Milwaukee Metalfest XII. The lineup was soon solidified to include Aantar Coates on drums, Paul Ouellette on lead guitar and vocals, Brian Malone on lead guitars, and Ed Webb on bass.
In 1999, Diabolic recorded their debut full-length album Supreme Evil. This CD, which was mastered at Morrisound Recording Studios in Tampa and featured the artwork of Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Marduk, Krisiun), was released on Conquest/Hammerheart Records and received a multitude of excellent reviews and established an enormous international underground following for the band. More live shows soon followed, and the band continued gaining notoriety and writing for their next release.
The following year in 2000, Diabolic recorded their second full-length album Subterraneal Magnitude, again released on Conquest/Hammerheart Records. Produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Terrorizer), this over-the-top destructive force expanded the unique Diabolic sound to new extremes. By this time, vocalist Paul Ouellette had switched to bass, and the band had recruited Brian Hipp (Brutality, Cradle of Filth, Acheron) on lead guitars. Again featuring the art of Joe Petagno, it was clear that Diabolic was destined for success.
Diabolic was soon enlisted for the "Death Metal Massacre Tour 2000", opening for Cannibal Corpse, God Dethroned and Hate Eternal, playing to sold-out venues for four weeks, all across the USA. In 2001, Diabolic was honored to be chosen for the prestigious Metal Maniacs "Xmass Ball Tour 2001", opening for Enslaved and Macabre (which included a one-off with Lacuna Coil!), followed by a 3-week North American Tour of the U.S. and Canada, supporting Marduk and Amon Amarth. Later that same year, Diabolic was hand-picked to open several dates across the southern U.S. with death metal pioneers Morbid Angel.
In 2002, Diabolic signed to Century Media/Olympic Records and surpassed all earlier releases with their third CD, Vengeance Ascending. Once again produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, this devastating attack redefined extreme metal in a relentless onslaught of anger, vengeance, and victory. Again this CD featured the art of Joe Petagno, and new lead guitarist recruit Jerry Mortellaro. The band then departed on a month-long, sold-out U.S. Tour supporting Dimmu Borgir, Cryptopsy, and Krisiun, further solidifying the band as one of the underground's most ferocious upcoming death metal acts. In November 2002 Diabolic made their European debut, for a month-long tour of 10 countries in support of Behemoth, Deströyer 666, and Deicide.
By 2003, and after the European Tour, the band had gone through several major lineup changes. Gone was the original lineup, who had all been replaced. Led by sole remaining original member Brian Malone, the band recorded their fourth full-length CD, Infinity Through Purification. Produced by Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Judas Priest) and released on Century Media Records, this album had great potential, but without the trademark Diabolic of the past it garnered lackluster reviews. The band had even secured an opening slot on Deicide's upcoming U.S. Tour, but soon after the album's release, it was announced that the band was being dissolved permanently. It seemed that this would be the end of Diabolic.
Meanwhile, Diabolic original members Aantar Cotes (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals, bass) along with guitarists Kelly McLauchlin (Pessimist, Unholy Ghost, Possessed) and Jerry Mortellaro (also formerly of Diabolic) had joined together in 2003 to form a new band, Unholy Ghost. The band signed to Century Media/Olympic Recs, and released the debut CD Torrential Reign, produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Terrorizer) as well as recorded a video for "Under Existence", released on Century Media Europe DVD. The band went on to play several hi-profile fests such as "Sun 'n' Steel" Florida Metalfest, Snakenet.com "Metal Nation" Fest, Las Vegas Metalfest, and "Gathering of the Bestial Legions" Metalfest in Los Angeles. Despite its apparent success, Unholy Ghost soon disbanded in 2005 and lead guitarist Kelly McLauchlin went back to work with Pessimist, and drummer Aantar Coates went on to form yet another new band, Blastmasters.
By 2006, and amidst legal battles over the rights to use the name, Diabolic had re-formed. Original drummer Aantar Coates along with Unholy Ghost/Pessimist guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and parts of the Blastmasters lineup (RJ/guitars and Jesse Jolly/bass, Vox) recorded their comeback EP, Possessed By Death in 2007. Then after re-enlisting original bassist/vocalist Paul Ouellette in 2008, the band recorded yet another new EP, Chaos in Hell. Both self-produced EPs were recorded at DOW studios in Tampa, Florida again with long-time producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez. The band then signed to Deathgasm Records in 2008, and released both EPs on one CD, Chaos in Hell/Possessed by Death. Diabolic continued by playing select shows in Tampa with Monstrosity and Six Feet Under, and festivals including "Mayhem in May" in Louisville, Kentucky and "Gathering of the Bestial Legions III" Metalfest in Hollywood, California.
The band returned once again to DOW Studios and longtime producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Terrorizer, Unholy Ghost) and in 2010, Diabolic has unleashed their newest slaying, Excisions of Exorcisms on Deathgasm Records with a return to a core lineup that featured original drummer Aantar Coates (Unholy Ghost, Exmortis, Horror of Horrors, Blastmasters), original bassist/vocalist Paul Ouellette (Unholy Ghost), and lead guitarists Kelly McLauchlin (Unholy Ghost, Pessimist, Possessed) and Jeff Parrish (Blastmasters).
In April 2010, Diabolic was hand-selected to open the first several dates of the Cannibal Corpse "Evisceration Plague" Tour (in place of 1349), including shows in Atlanta GA, Raleigh NC, Washington DC and Long Island, NY. The band then made festival appearances at Las Vegas Deathfest II and Hostile City Death Fest II in Philadelphia, PA.
Jeff Parrish died on February 14, 2013 from a heart attack in his sleep. He was 40 years old.
Diabolic is currently writing new music for the next CD.
discography:
City of the Dead Demo 1997
Supreme Evil Full-length 1998
Subterraneal Magnitude Full-length 2001
Vengeance Ascending Full-length 2001
Infinity Through Purification Full-length 2003
Possessed by Death EP 2006
Chaos in Hell EP 2007
Chaos in Hell / Possessed by Death compilation 2008
Excisions of Exorcisms Full-length 2010
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www.youtube.com/user/Aantar1
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Nubian Rose

Publications have raved about the fun, memorable songs and the great singing of Nubian Rose, a melodic band from Sweden that has two albums so far: Mountain (2012) and Mental Revolution (2014). Find out a bit more about them below and watch some of their official videos. If you like traditional singing and rocking, then you'll see why people are loving this band.
This is what Hard Rock Haven has said about about Nubian Rose: "Swedish Melodic Hard Rockers Nubian Rose returned at the close of 2014 with their second album, titled Mental Revolution. It’s the follow-up to their 2012 debut Mountain, and once again features the vocal talents of powerhouse singer Sofia Lilja alongside guitar wizard Christer Akerlund.
It’s not exactly unusual to find a Melodic Hard Rock that features a female vocalist. What is unusual is to find one with a vocalist this powerful. Lilja brings real power and emotion to these songs, and follows the the footsteps of singers like Sandy Saraya and Ann Wilson. There’s nothing dainty about her vocal performance here. Of course it helps that she’s belting out songs that are written to have as much hard rocking punch as they have catchy melodies. Akerlund’s guitar hooks are razor sharp, and perfectly play off Lilja’s vocals. It’s very easy to imagine the songs on Mental Revolution being just as effective in the hands of bands like Hardcore Superstar or H.E.A.T, though that may be the mark producer Tobias Lindell, who mixed the album, left on it.
It’s not quite a Sleaze Rock record like what Hardcore Superstar or Crashdiet would do, but Nubian Rose is definitely worthy of inclusion alongside their fellow Swedish melodic hard rockers. They bring the hooks, the heavy rhythms and a very memorable vocal performance. For proof, sample the completely catchy, completely rocking “Break Out” or “Time Again.” Even a slower song like “You Will Never Walk Alone” carries a measure of power, like a good ballad should.
Mental Revolution is another rock-solid offering from a band that could become one of the best in the melodic rock scene. Fans of Swedish melodic rock definitely need to check out Nubian Rose, as should fans of powerful female-fronted rock bands like Saraya, Robin Beck, Annica and of course Heart."
OFFICIAL: Nubian Rose evolves around the magnetic charisma and majestic voice of Sofia Lilja, combined with the unique talent of guitarist Christer Åkerlund. In combination with powerful guitar riffs and great melodies, they put a new spirit in the classic melodic hard rock.
Nubian Rose was founded in 2011. Guitarist Christer Åkerlund knew he found a unique talent in Sofia Lilja when he first heard her sing. Her powerful voice and charismatic stage presence were something very special and meant for greatness. When they started to write music together they knew they were on to something big and they decided to make an album. After planning a self-financed, low-key release of their debut album, ‘Mountain‘, in 2012, they were shocked and excited by how the music spread like wildfire worldwide. Within weeks of the Swedish release, they were played on radio stations in the US, the UK, Italy, France and throughout Europe. Rock fans everywhere immediately recognised their hook-filled brand of Hard Rock with tunes such as; ‘Ever See Your Face‘, ‘Reckless‘, ‘Mountain‘ and the outstanding power ballad ‘How Am I‘. Soon they were featured in great rock magazines such as Classic Rock and the legendary Japanese publication, Burrn!. The reviews were excellent, Classic Rock Magazine (8/10), Powerplay (9/10), Rock Hard (8/10), Burrn! (83%); to name a few of the key publications.
Long before the European release of ‘Mountain‘, NUBIAN ROSE were also booked to play the main stage at the first Hard Rock Hell AOR festival in Rotherham 2013. This was the band’s first European show and their appearance was one of the festivals most talked about with Sofia Lilja sporting a Union Jack cat suit for part of the show to mark the event!
With some changes in the band line-up, Nubian Rose is now back with their sophomore album. It’s called Mental Revolution and is clearly a step forward. Christer Åkerlund has produced it and Swedish superproducer, Tobias Lindell(HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch), has once again done the mixing. The production is more edgy and bigger in every way; drums and guitars are dominating together with great melodies. Christer and Sofia’s cooperation as a songwriting duo has deepend and matured. It’s obvious that the roots of the Nubian Rose music is coming from the same place as before, but with Mental Revolution they have clearly been taking a big step forward.
NUBIAN ROSE - BREAK OUT (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
NUBIAN ROSE - YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE(OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Nubian Rose - EVER SEE YOUR FACE (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
NUBIAN ROSE - RECKLESS - OFFICIAL VIDEO
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Filth will be back in Seattle

The "downtempo" heavy deathcore squad Filth (North Carolina, U.S.) has been bringing their brand of tunes throughout the United States and they have some more cities to visit. They are now in the Southwest, then back to the West Coast and they have also Seattle lined up. Actually, more accurately, they will be returning to the state of Washington because they started their current tour in this area. This publication's concert calendar has been showing the date for a while now: April 8 Angelmaker, Falsifier, Extortionist, Filth, ReEvolution, Species Splicer at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA. Check out the flyer.
OFFICIAL: It isn't very often in today's heavy music scene that the listener can dive right into a band knowing exactly what they're in for. With names that are designed to grab the listener's interest--but often music that fails to do the same--checking out new bands is a gamble, or, was a gamble. With North Carolina's latest addition to the downtempo deathcore scene, Filth give the listener a picture-perfect premonition of their sound before they can even press play. Murkier than a tar pit and harsher than a jackhammer burying into the listener's ears, this sinister Shelby quartet are here for one thing, and one thing only: to inflict the most damage to the listener in the shortest amount of time possible, and they do it with unbelievable efficacy.
Born in 2015 as a side project for guitarist David Gantt, bassist Nathan Pittman and vocalist Dustin Mitchell's main band, InVoker, Filth quickly took on a life of its own, with the purpose of spreading soul-smothering heaviness to the heads of heavy music enthusiast around the country. Erupting out of sheer nothingness with the release of their debut EP, Tales from the Gutter, Filth began like a ball of mud rolling down a steep hill of trash and grime--picking up mass and speed with each passing second. The group played as regional support for heavy music's heaviest hitters before embarking on a co-headlining nationwide tour with InVoker and Vessels, titled the "Tune Down for What? Tour." With one immensely successful stretch of live performances under their belt, and a critically acclaimed display of hyper-dissonant heaviness in the form of their debut EP to match, in fall of 2015, the band took off on their second co-headlining and EP support tour with U.S. Heavyweight legends A Legacy Unwritten--titled "Tales from the Guttour." Meeting with continued success in every venture, the band's intense work ethic and overwhelmingly aggressive style of ultra-heavy deathcore earned them a spot on True Initiative Management's roster--one already packed with enormous talent.
With most of 2015 in the rear view mirror, and a wide-open 2016 ahead of them, this Filthy quartet are poised to continue their dominion over the world of downtempo deathcore, be it with tours, terrifying new tunes or both. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pressed to the ground--because before you know it, both will be flooded with Filth.
FILTH - INSOMNIAC (Official Video)
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Cadaveric Curse

In Belo Horizonte in the far away lands of Brazil there is a monster lurking, waiting in the shadows, hiding behind the trees, working in obscurity and darkness of the unknown underground. They simply call themselves Cadaveric Curse and they do not release much information about themselves. The music is crazy extreme metal grind with angry animal growling and even angrier primal drumming to call for disaster and chaos of the guitars to the realm of the Cadaveric Curse annihilation of order and scrutiny of the eyes unseen by it. They are Alex Grind and Fabio Grind, two chaos brothers united for the cause of the unapproachable and unreachable sounds. You want names. You want names! Names for the hereafter and names for the now. Cadaveric Curse has three names for you: Sarcófago, Napalm Death and Terrorizer.
Grind maniacs must contact this band and ask them to provide more music and more information. They seem to claim that they have a new recording coming up, but it's not clear because they do not say much online. At the first link below you can three tracks as support for their campaign to destroy music. Listen only if you have a tendency for the fugly sounds of disorder.
soundcloud.com/ALEX-GRIND-MASSACRATOR
facebook.com/Cadaveric-Curse-223352334678701/

rewind: Bad Brains

In the early 80s they were known for their particularly raucous performances in terms of sheer speed and their wild mixture of very fast rock and roll, the kind that many New York punks welcomed with open arms, and of the infusion of reggae. As time went on Bad Brains expanded their music even more, while exploring heavier sounds, like on their album Quickness. The band has had its fair share of personnel issues and other problems, and they are still active today, but for more open-minded music listeners who like old fast sounds and experimentation with genres, Bad Brains will remain as one of the most noticeable 80s bands from the United States. Check out the live performance below from the early days. Below you will also find some of their studio recordings, just for evidence and information. The band's supporters, as expected, disagree vehemently about what are the band's best albums, so it's no use trying to open that can of worms here.
"Bad Brains are an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977. They are widely regarded as among the pioneers of hardcore punk, though the band's members have objected to this term to describe their music. They are also an adept reggae band, while later recordings featured elements of other genres like funk, heavy metal, hip hop and soul. Bad Brains are followers of the Rastafari movement.
Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound which came to be labeled "hardcore", and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. The unique factor of the band's music was the fact that they played more complex rhythms than other hardcore punk bands, also adapting non-punk style guitar riffs and solos into their songs.
Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their early material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers. Since 1994, the "classic" lineup of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson (H.R.'s younger brother) has reunited, albeit performing sporadically." [Wikipedia]
Bad Brains - Live at the CBGB's 1982 (Full Concert)
Bad Brains, "Quickness" Album
Bad Brains - Rock for Light [Full Album] Original vinyl mix (1983)
Bad Brains - Bad Brains (1982) Full Album
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Monday, March 27, 2017

NEWS: Irony Destroyed's EP coming up

The metalcore band Irony Destroyed (Kenya) is now flashing pictures of its upcoming EP "Strife to Legacy." They want their supporters to get on this ball and getting it rolling. Go to their Facebook page to find out a bit more of the details.
BELOW is some previous information about the band, in case you missed it.
Irony Destroyed is a metalcore band from Kenya. They say that they formed in 2012 and below you can read their biography. One interesting fact about the band right now is that they have recorded a new song and below you will find the link to the track. They had been telling their supporters on Facebook about the song, but now it is a reality and if you are interested in the band, you will get an idea of their sound. Of course, they are a young band, so they are just beginning. Even more importantly, they have announced that they have an EP on the way, so this year we will hear more from this band. Below are some announcements that they have on Facebook. This is Irony Destroyed. Find out more about them.
OFFICIAL: Wssup MetalHeads!!! Are you excited like us to release our single #oreon off our EP #STRIFETOLEGACY tomorrow.We can confirm The album will be out on 10.04.2017 with that said pre-order is now available don't miss a chance to get exclusives, even past 10 you will be informed of what bonus you will get. Incase of any questions or enquires feel free and hit us up \,,/
OFFICIAL: Oreon is Officially out go listen to it links are down below like,share and subscribe to our youtube channel as well. We suggest you check it out first on YouTube. The track is free to download on bandcamp enter $0 and proceed to download or you can still name your price to show support.Pre order is still available don't miss your chance to be the lucky 10 otherwise enjoy and have a brutal week
OFFICIAL: We appreciate the support so far we got on our single #oreon that came out yesterday,share the song with friends and download it for free on bandcamp. This is the Official Album cover For our EP #STRIFETOLEGACY available on 10.04.17 Pre-order now for exclusives don't miss your chance in owning a copy of the album. For pre-order details check our previous post. Stay brutal people \,,/
BIO: Irony Destroyed was formed in 2012 by Nelson “Ecclesiastes” Musyoka. Still young and in high school but that did not stop him from forming a hard-hitting metal band. He wrote some songs and met up with three of his friends to make all their dreams come true.
They played and practiced some covers and recorded two tracks namely, “Think Twice, if Possible Thrice” and, “Sun as a Home” in 2013 when everyone was through with high school. That was until when the members of the band left to continue with their further studies. By then, Irony Destroyed (Earlier) had only recorded two songs in their practice room (On a laptop).
In 2014, Nelson found the Lead guitarist, Lenny Kiano on Irony Destroyed’s Facebook page and boy could he shred. Had some awesome riffs, he was definitely going to be the lead guitarist. Lenny then became in charge of the band and recruiting new members when Nelson left to study as well.
ironydestroyedofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
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Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 27, 2017

Kreator and Obituary will be in Seattle tomorrow night, Tuesday night. The Washington state grind brigade The Drip has two immediate shows coming up in WA, with Kreator/Obituary and then Wednesday night in Olympia. After that, there is a flood of shows coming up in March and April and beyond.
If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Rhythm of Fear, Dismal Dream, Cringe, Momentum, Crooked at Bremerton, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Rhine, Black Liquid Funeral at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 8 Angelmaker, Falsifier, Extortionist, Filth, ReEvolution, Species Splicer at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 8 Shame, Bruise, Sledge, Infrablaster, Narrow Minded at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 13 Lesbian (last show), He Whose Ox is Gored, Lb.!, Dangg at Neumos, Seattle, WA
April 13 Brant Bjork, Royal Thunder, Black Wizard, Witchburn at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Drug of Choice, The Thorium Switch, Dilapidation at Stonehenge, Tacoma, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 14 Depths of the Sunset, Species Splicer at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 19 Sykosis, Beneath a Dying Sun, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 23 Intronaut, Bell Witch, Scriptures, Breag Naofa at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Dawn of Ashes, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 5 Anaeroba, Generation Decline, Muppet Fetish at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Gruesome, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus Infernus, Everett, WA
May 14 Conan, North, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Serial Hawk at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Municipal Waste at Centurylink Field North Lot, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 26, 2017

Today is Sunday, March 26th, 2:16 pm. There many shows coming up, including tonight. Below you will find many additions to the calendar.
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March 26 Bone Sickness, Hissing, Pagan Scum at Airport Tavern, Olympia, WA
March 26 Hideous Creep, Kovaa Rasvaa, Sciatica at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 27 Nordus, Dilapidation, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Rhythm of Fear, Dismal Dream, Cringe, Momentum, Crooked at Bremerton, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Black Liquid Funeral, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 8 Angelmaker, Falsifier, Extortionist, Filth, ReEvolution, Species Splicer at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 8 Shame, Bruise, Sledge, Infrablaster, Narrow Minded at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Drug of Choice, The Thorium Switch, Dilapidation at Stonehenge, Tacoma, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 19 Sykosis, Beneath a Dying Sun, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 23 Intronaut, Bell Witch, Scriptures, Breag Naofa at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Dawn of Ashes, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 5 Anaeroba, Generation Decline, Muppet Fetish at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Gruesome, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus Infernus, Everett, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadown, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Municipal Waste at Centurylink Field North Lot, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

OUT NOW: Woe

The U.S. black metal band Woe now has its new album ready for your listening experience. At the links below you can hear the complete album, the band's fourth, called Hope Attrition. The album is black metal with a solid, modern production, the music ranges from all-out speed of blasting frenzy to passages that show a bit more melody here and there, but overall it is an energetic album, and certainly not an experimental one. The band has a pretty good reputation so far and this work should continue to provide them with more praise.
OFFICIAL: Out now on Vendetta Records, Hope Attrition is a dark, mournful work that draws from WOE's darkest black metal influences while drawing out dormant death metal undertones, bolstered by the crushing production of renowned engineer Stephen DeAcutis (Evoken, Dim Mak) at Sound Spa Studios in Edison, New Jersey. Hope Attrition is a personal commentary on the chaos of the modern world that only WOE can offer. Hope Attrition is out NOW on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats. Physical editions come swathed in the artwork of artist Justin Miller who's handled artwork for all past WOE releases.
Stream/order Hope Attrition at the official WOE Bandcamp page below. In Europe, visit the Vendetta Records Bandcamp page below. WOE will play two domestic shows later this month opening for Inter Arma before bringing their warring odes to Europe with German black metal unit Ultha. The trek includes an appearance at Roadburn on April 22nd with future onstage assaults both stateside and abroad in the plotting stages.
WOE:
3/27/2017 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
3/26/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma. Holy Mountain Removers
w/ Ultha:
4/13/2017 4/13/2017 Het Bos - Antwerpen, BE
4/14/2017 Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
4/15/2017 Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund - Berlin, DE
4/16/2017 Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL
4/17/2017 Nexus - Braunschweig, DE
4/18/2017 Club Famu - Prag, CZ
4/19/2017 Escape - Vienna, AU
4/20/2017 Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
4/21/2017 Dudefest Festival @ Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
4/22/2017 Roadburn Festival @ O13 - Tilburg, NL
WOE was formed in 2007 as a black metal solo project of multi-instrumentalist Chris Grigg. After catching the underground's attention with a strong demo of ugly, raw black metal, the first full-length, A Spell For The Death Of Man, was unleashed in 2008. The album presented the first glimpse of modern WOE: faithful to the traditions established by the black metal classics but a willingness to inject a very American perspective by way of punk and hardcore influences. It found critical acclaim both in the underground and beyond.
Demand for live performances encouraged the assembly of a full band, which was put together with veterans of the Philadelpahia scene. After two years of live work, they signed a contract with longrunning metal label Candlelight Records and released Quietly, Undramatically in 2010. The first recording to feature a full band, the album continued the direction established by A Spell For The Death Of Man but pushed further outwards, showing WOE's willingness to experiment with an expansive "post-black metal" sound while not completely ignoring their roots. The risks paid off, as the album received an enormous response and propelled the band to new levels of recognition. Performances at Scion Rock Fest in California and a brief tour opening for the infamous Mayhem followed.
After three years and a relocation from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, the band released Withdrawal on Candlelight in 2013 to more rave reviews. Their strongest, most abrasive material to date, it drew from the dynamics of Quietly, Undramatically while descending back towards the controlled chaos that were central to the WOE's ideals. The band toured heavily in support but were ultimately forced to put the project to focus on responsibilities outside of music.
"...Hope Attrition ups the ante for anything that comes after it." - Decibel
"While past WOE records have dealt with Satan, religion, and, later, depression and emotional turmoil, Hope Attrition trains a laser focus on human evil... Explicitly anti-fascist black metal is not new, but as the divisions rending the rest of American society continue to grow, the equally fractured metal community needs bands like this to rally behind. Black metal fans are lucky to have WOE in our corner." - Noisey
"They sound sharp and clear on this record, and not at the expense of aggression. If anything, what makes WOE stand out amongst their peers is just how aggressive they are. They're accessible but not pretty. This is knuckle-whitening, teeth-clenching stuff." - BrooklynVegan
"...a firestorm of an album... WOE's mission never has wavered and always has been here to shake, prod, and provoke, and as this new record proves, there are very few who could hold a candle to their rage. - Meat Mead Metal
"It is the kind of record that sounds almost beautiful within its chaos of despair and anguish, and it doesn't feel at least even one bit hokey, which is a plus. WOE simply have no desire to sing about demons and monsters and aspects of the occult, because they want to focus on a more down-to-earth and accessible sort of poetry, which comes off as dark and moody as one might expect." - The Grim Tower
"This is music that is deeply rooted in darkness that still somehow manages to be transcendent and uplifting. If you liked the incredible promise presented by A Spell For The Death Of Man, this album exceeds it in every way." - The Sludgelord
"Take everything about USBM and some of the UK Candlelight bands (WOE's old label) of the past couple years, throw them in a blender, sprinkle in some of that unique East Coast US isolation, and you get the mass of anguish that is WOE's Hope Attrition." - New Noise
"The songwriting is clearly Grigg's, in the vein of Dissection, Sacaramentum, and maybe a little Emperor, but holy shit do the vocals sound pissed. Replacing his mostly high register shrieks, Grigg finds himself hitting lows that would sit comfortably on a death metal album, but work stunningly well here." - Sbvterranean
"It's easy to fall in love with what WOE do on Hope Attrition. This is a band who blaze forth time and time again, each song a veritable sally into the darkest parts of the human psyche. The power of the melodies and the burning magic of the most frostbitten riffs will keep your head spinning." -- Two Guys Metal Reviews
"WOE demonstrate with Hope Attrition that there's still plenty to be said for embracing (whilst subtly twisting) the core sound, and playing it with enough passion and talent. This is an emotionally exhausting, musically intense listen, and though it's still early days, is sure to be one of 2017's black metal highlights." - Broken Amp
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OUT NOW: Goat Worship

Friends into black thrashing black metal,
Is it possible that you missed this Brazilian entity? If the sounds of classic extreme metal appeal to you, then why not listen to the complete album at the link below? This is the debut album. There was an EP in 2015 which was dedicated to Bathory and now the new album continues those primal sounds, but with better sound quality than the early days of extreme metal all those years ago of the genre's youth of sacrifice burning darkness metal. Goat Worship believes in black metal and believes that the old days were not a mistake and that they were not an accident and that there is no reason why that music and those values have to disappear as victims of modernity, politically correct thought and fashions. Goat Worship is an incarnation of the classic sounds. Goat Worship believes. Do you?
Goat Worship's candles burn for first-wave-black-metal-style extreme metal in all its total spirit and mind. The times have changed but the song remains the same: Venom, Sodom, Bathory, Kreator, Destruction, Hellhammer, Sarcófago and the like. You will need exactly one listen. Press play. Listen. Bang your head immediately. "Lay down your soul to the gods rock `n' roll."/"It's the return of the darkness and evil."
GOAT WORSHIP (Brazil) - 'Blood and Steel'
Release Date - December 10th, 2016
Record Label - Xtreem Music
OFFICIAL: 1st full length album by this brazilian band that plays a furious, savage and primitive Black Metal with a a dirty crusty feel that perfectly keeps the essence of the early BATHORY albums. Any lover of the early Black/ Thrash/ Punk edged works of Quorthon, will love this band!
Xtreem Music has a penchant for thrash and here's another evidence of a brilliant discovery from the Spanish label. GOAT WORSHIP from Brazil here churn out some excellent black metal-flavoured thrash with gusto. It's reminiscent of the glorious late '80s period in that country but GOAT WORSHIP's album sounds fresh and crisp and still retains the old charm. The band sounds fired up and belts out nine tracks of aggressive black/thrash metal here that will have everyone moving about and headbanging in a frenzy. 'Blood and Steel' is merciless and lethal, and will be one of the best sounding releases you'll hear in this style today.
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Seattle/Washington concert calendar, updated March 25, 2017

If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
March 25 Kill Closet, 3 Chord Killer, Thou Shall Kill, Religicide at Tony V's, Everett, WA
March 25 Chemical Rage, Knights of Salem, Sons of Mercury, and MOSGILA at Louie G's, Fife, WA
March 25 Blood and Thunder, Alcohology, Forest King, others at The Pallomino, Spokane, WA
March 25 Isenordal at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA (album release show)
March 26 Bone Sickness, Hissing, Pagan Scum at Airport Tavern, Olympia, WA
March 26 Hideous Creep, Kovaa Rasvaa, Sciatica at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 27 Nordus, Dilapidation, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Kreator, Obituary, Midnight, Horrendous, The Drip at Neptune, Seattle, WA
March 29 The Drip, Big Idiot, Repudiate, Sister Act at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
March 29 Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper, Bone Sickness at Neumos, Seattle, WA
March 29 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 29 Lethal Injektion, Vesuvian, Blood and Thunder, Often Rottin at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
March 30 Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 30 DS-13, Endorphins Lost, Toecutter, Cujo at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Oathbreaker, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle, Dust Moth at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 31 Iron Reagan, Power Trip at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 1 Noothgrush, Nepenthes, Wilt, Pagan Scum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 2 So This Is Suffering, Signs of the Swarm, A World without, Groundfeeder, Dismembering Mary, Sinners & Saviours at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Amorphis, Swallow the Sun, Black Liquid Funeral, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 4 Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 7 Captured! by Robots, Xoth, Crud Guns at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 14 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at The Pin, Spokane, WA
April 14 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 14 ObscurUs in Darkness: Amsi, The Blood Of Others, Solve, The Walking Wounded, Chrome Corpse at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 15 Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Aversions Crown, Spite, No Zodiac at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 15 Mastodon at The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
April 15 Unforgiven Fest I: Transcribing the Necronomicon, Progenitor, Primordial Atrocity, Dead Nexus, Deathbed Confessions, Dilapidation, Voithrone, Blackline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 15 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 15 Vesuvian, Salem Knights, Method 13 at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
April 18 Ghost Bath, Astronoid, Voidthrone at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 21 The Alumni Fest Battle of The Bands: Monsters among Gods, Rucker, Visceral Embodiment, Dismembering Mary, Chamber 6 at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 21 Femme Halen (Van Halen tribute) at Rocko's Fireside, Everett, WA
April 22 Fifth Angel (reunion), Palooka, Hellbilly at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 23 Windhand, Hell, Un, Wounded Giant at Neumos Seattle, WA
April 24 Blame the Wizards, Iron Nightingale, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 25 Anthrax, Killswitch Engage at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
April 26 The Obsessed, Fatso Jetson at Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 27 Weedeater, The Obsessed, Primitive Man, Fatso Jetson, Karma to Burn at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 28 D.R.I., The Accused AD, Acid Teeth, Disciples of Dissent at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 28 Signal Lost, Deathraid, Babylon, Arcane at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 29 Asphyx, Hissing, Fetid, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
April 30 Trap Them, Call of the Void, Heiress, Wake of Humanity at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 2 Superjoint, Battlecross, Child Bite at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 4 Substratum, Nasty Bits, Kings of Cavalier, K'atun at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 6 HammerFall, Delain at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 6 Mortician, Drawn and Quartered, Logic Slaughter, Stages of Decomposition, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 8 Sabaton, Battle Beast, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 11 Testament, Sepultura, Prong at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 11 Downstream Music Fest Metal Main Stage: Blood and Thunder, Oxygen Destroyer, Skelator, American Wrecking Company at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 13 Negura Bunget, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 13 Queensryche at The Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
May 13 Raiju, A Sense of Gravity, The Devils of Loudun, Rhine at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 14 Isenordal, Circle of Beings, Noceur, Antitheus, others at Obscurus Infernus, Everett, WA
May 16 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 19 Bone Sickness, Noceur, Withheld Judgement, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 20 Taake at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Ascendia, Need, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Municipal Waste at Centurylink Field North Lot, Seattle, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle
October 2 Lady Beast, Bat at Highline, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday night in Everett: Thou Shall Kill

Seattle extreme metal band Thou Shall Kill reminds its supporters that this Saturday they will play in Everett, WA: "This Saturday our last show of March. Before we announce some new news and status. Hails legion gather your armor, swords and horns. This war is approaching!!"
OFFICIAL: The time has come once again for a new reign of power. From the north through rain, wind, and storm comes a new breed of death metal. Bringing back what was once lost in today's death metal. The art of creating dark and spiritual music that enpowers the listener with a sonic soundscape of the past, present, and future. Thou Shall Kill are visionaries, not followers of trends but in fact creators of a new & truly different style of sheer apocalyptic destruction. This art of extreme metal will see new horizons as we strive to work hard and continue to bring quality yet devastating metal to the masses. Showing extreme technicality and memorable songwriting skills and show no mercy attitude to create memorable song's. Bringing back the sound, the attitude, the darkness of 90's European/ Florida death metal with a modern day touch. Releasing the 2006 demo " Penance Of Death." Then releasing the 2008 "Feeding Christians To Lions" and 2009 "True Evil" promo songs. Started as a one man project founded in 2004 in Los Angeles Ca. The living entity of founder guitarist/vocalist Dragonis Khan stopping at nothing and never compromising to change. Staying true to the the spirit of death metal and it's legacy. Danny Uther Pendragon on vocals the screaming dead voices from the north. Frank "Freak" Kattner the headhunter on bass lows from the darkest depths of earth. Releasing the "From The North" four song E.P. Aprill 2011 release. Then the hunt begins for a label And the debut album to be released by 2012. Circle pits will become the new coliseum of blood elbows, ears, and necks will never be the same again. The new kings of Seattle death metal and the assassins throne are ready to rise, rule, and dominate.
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NEWS: Iron Kingdom

Traditional heavy metal band Iron Kingdom (Canada) issued an update today:
Day 2 of our 3 day Island tour and it really wouldn’t be a tour if something at least potentially bad didn’t happen near the start. We set out yesterday bright and early to catch the ferry to Nanaimo, expecting the short drive to the ferry terminal to be pretty uneventful. We were wrong. We started to smell burning rubber and trying to figure out if it was us or not, when we stopped at red light and were informed our tire was on fire! If you know our history with tires, you will understand our sense of panic and dread. We jumped out ready for anything and found smoke drifting out from the wheel well and a tire hot to the touch. We didn’t find any evidence of melting on the tire so we moved to a safer spot and kept looking around. In the end we figured the smoke and heat was caused by some residue or build up burning off. Not bad considering our first thought.
We got to the terminal and boarded the ferry with no further issues and made it the venue. Last year when we were in town, we dropped into The Queen’s to catch their Blues Jam night. We dug the venue when we were there as visitors, so we were looking forward to experiencing the room from the stage. We had a great time, the crowd was awesome and super supportive of all the bands! It was great to see so many repeat faces from last time we were in town!
We also used the trip as an excuse to extend our distro network to the Island. The people of Nanaimo can now find our music at Heritage Sound and Fascinating Rhythms!
Tonight has us in Cumberland at the Waverly Hotel and has me excited! The kitchen at the Waverly is top notch and the food alone makes me want a return trip! Come on down to the Waverly and Rock the night away with us!
Keep the Faith,
Leighton Holmes
(Bass Guitar)
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NEWS: Kaotoxin Records update

The French label Kaotoxin Records has issued the following update. Kaotoxin has been the home of bands like: Ad Patres, Mercyless, Nephren-Ka, Otargos, The Lumberjack Feedback, The Negation, Mithridatic, amongst others.
OFFICIAL: So, on October 7th, 2016, I got diagnosed with leukemia ("blood cancer") right during the Mercyless "Pathethic Divinity" release. It was obviously very bad news as I immediately got trapped at the hospital for an unknown duration, but it should have been cured after a few chemo-therapies, reason why I decided to go on with the label anyway, asking Juliette to take care of it while I was away and announced it’d be on-hold for the foreseable future, even though we managed to release the brand new EP by FLAYED, "XI Million" meanwhile.
Sadly, after the first chemo-therapy, I got informed that genetic tests were showing that chemo-therapy wouldn’t suffice to cure my severe case of (cancerous) mutation and that I’ll have to get a stem cells graft on late January. That was very bad news. In France, 75% of people that are getting cured through chemo-therapy survive while only 50% of the ones treated by a graft do and it takes up to two years to know if a graft succeeded...
But, back to the point... between mid-November and late January, I had to get two more chemo-therapies « in order to "wait for the graft", though. That’s when I’ve decided I couldn’t afford, physically and psychologically-wise, if I wanted to stay true with the « family-spirit » the label always tried to achieve with its artists and work as much I always did for and with them and the best of choices would be to let Kaotoxin on-hold for the foreseable future and set the label’s artists free of their ties with Kaotoxin for any future release.
I had to have plans for "after" the graft though. Two years of wait to know if it'll succeed is a very huge amount of days one wouldn't need "something" to do... But, what to do when you’ve spent most of your life into the underground scene and all you think you know a bit about is running a label ? Opening a new label!
Kaotoxin has always been a very open-minded label, style-wise, and offered a broad spectrum of artists ; a lot of them, too. It was basically 18 hours of work a day, six days a week for me and countless after-work hours for Juliette all year long and I knew that, after the graft, I wouldn’t be able to "offer" this commitment to the artists and customers so I had to find other ways.
That’s when XENOKORP came to mind, late December 2016, between chemo-therapy #2 and #3. It slowly but surely took shape in my mind : a smaller label, with a more « focused » style spectrum, a « fun » concept, less artists but still the same fetish for quality releases and a human and friendly collaboration with everyone involved. Then came chemo-therapy #3 and the graft late January, followed by nearly six weeks of hospital sterile isolation… and here we are : XENOKORP is announcing its first release (check the label’s page at Facebook.com/XenoKorp and give it a like!).
So… What’s XENOKORP, then ? A small indie records label focusing on new release and reissues by artists playing Death Metal and all its subgenres (from Thrash / Death to Death / Grind, from Doom / Death to Slamming Brutal Death, etc.). What’s happening to Kaotoxin’s back-catalogue may you ask. Well, we’re currently working on it. But, even if we’re not planning any future release under the Kaotoxin or KaosKvlt brand*, we’ll keep the Kaotoxin Shop alive while stock lasts and will most likely reprint some Kaotoxin titles under the XENOKORP brand if they fit the new label’s style-spectrum and if we feel the need too.
What’s happening to the Kaotoxin artists, then ? One of them already signed to XENOKORP (see the page !) and we’re talking with a few others about possible releases in the near or mid-term future. Yet, most of them are now free for any future release, like Volker who signed with our friends at Overpowered Records and will release their debut full-length there, or like Nephren-Ka and Savage Annihilation, both with a brand new album freshly recorded, shopping for a new label.
Talking about the later two, fact is we could have released these albums through XENOKORP, but since my personal future is pretty unsure, health-wise, we decided it was for the better of all parties we don’t work together on these release unless they can wait I’m diagnosed as "cured", which should take up to two years if everything goes as planned, reason why XENOKORP will, for the foreseable future (aka as long as I’m not "cured"), focus on collector new releases and reissues like 7" EPs, etc. instead of extremely demanding, work-wise, full-lengths, etc. but, time will tell and let’s see what the future will be both for me and the new entity!
Now that you got the whole of the story, let me sincerely and from the deepest of my heart, thank everyone that’s ever been involved with Kaotoxin and KaosKvlt in a way or an other, might you be fans, artists, supporters, medias… whoever you are, including some people we got in trouble with along the way (shit happens, right ?) but proved me people can have arguments and yet care one for the other when s## seriously hits the fan (they know who they are). Of course, millions of thanks go to everyone that ever supported me or the label, first and foremost, Juliette Morand, who’s opening Malpermesita Records… but more on it when the time will come, with a separate post : no doubt it’ll be worth your attention!
Thanks for all the years of Kaos & Konfusion, dear friends, fans and supporters. See you on the other side and… ALL HAIL THE XENO-LORDS!
Nico
* PS: it might happen that we release one last Kaotoxin title sometimes this summer... to somehow "close a chapter", but more on this later if it's ever happening.

right now, Friday night: Excuse All the Blood

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Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
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review by Dee: Heretoir – The Circle

Journey with me into the colorful phases of the human experience. There’s newness, hardship, healing, triumph and bleakness of ending. Our companion is dressed up in the atmospheric/post-black metal tones of Heretoir. The name (meaning “going an own way”) suggests the band’s devotion to individualistic discovery; so, you know Heretoir’s musical efforts buzz with emotive depth and a keen eye. From their debut full-length (2011’s Heretoir), we watch the band expanding these elements as they settled deeper into the modern metal side of the music scene. Heretoir’s latest effort (out in March) is The Circle, ambitiously addressing the cycle of life.
The Circle starts off with a fleeting introduction, “Alpha.” The tune serves as a passageway to some serene realm. Early on in “The White” calm, clean vocals rest against a tasteful batch of melodies. Drums dance us into other shades of the album, and sure enough, we get acquainted with harsh vocals that channel desperation. A quick shift in percussion brings us to another phase in our musical trek: It’s the guitars’ turn to shine on “Inhale.” Notes seem to sparkle under distant beams, and suddenly, our soundscape releases a sprinkling of Opeth-like sensibilities. A thumping bass sweeps up these remnants as it leads us into a dimmer zone.
The approaching track, “Golden Dust,”is a whirlwind from a more neutral plane but that doesn’t stop it from making an outstanding impression. I enjoy the percussion, softly ticking underneath delightful harmonies.
Two instrumental pieces, “My Dreams are Lights in the Sky” and “XIX XXI XIV,” carry ambition with them from the moment we first meet until our parting. Next up is “Exhale.” those with a taste for the intense, darker side will be satisfied with how this well this track satiates. We’re also treated to a stampede of percussion and aggressive vocals.
Much like its moniker, “Eclipse” shows that change is underway. Several musical sections appear here, then duck and cover themselves, sticking to the title. Meanwhile, we’re still walking hand-in-hand with the Heretoir post black metal formula. Undertones call to mind the feeling of being drenched, weighed down after some downpour. Then, the renewing sounds of “Laniakea Dances (Soleils Couchants)” give a musical pep talk. The harsh vocals here seem to be reaching toward regained hope and light. Passion quickly fills up “Fading with the Grey” and fizzles out with the last number, “The Circle (Omega).”
On The Circle‘s shell are the glossy tones of post black metal and the thick presence of atmosphere. After having peered into the album, the textured planes of existence are revealed: It seems every emotion is explored, and there’s a jagged riff or hazy melody to describe it. The Circle sums up the life journey beautifully; add the album to yours and be rewarded.
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review by Matt Spall: Ghost Ship Octavius

Artist: Ghost Ship Octavius
Album Title: Ghost Ship Octavius
Label: Independent Release
Date Of Release: 2015
What I’m about to say might shock you. There are some of you who might even vehemently disagree. But it is true, I can assure you.
I am human and I am fallible.
I know this for sure because I have dropped the proverbial ball from a great height. As you can see from the heading above, this self-titled album by Ghost Ship Octavius was released in 2015. Two years ago! Many of you will already be well aware of its existence and may even have it nestled within your collections. But I missed it. As I feverishly tried to cover as many releases as I could, this record passed me by. And by that, I mean that it really passed me by. I had to be gently nudged by a reader to even learn of its existence and to check it out.
And by heavens I’m glad of the prodding because this album is right up my street and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it over the past few weeks.
For those poor, unfortunate souls like me who are in need of a bit of background, Ghost Ship Octavius was formed in 2012 and this impressive record is their debut. Mind you, the quality of this album is hardly a surprise given the clientele involved. As a huge fan of Nevermore, my attention was initially drawn to the fact that the beast that is Van Williams sits behind the kit. Conducting a little further research has led me to understand that God Forbid guitarist Matthew Wicklund is also involved, as is Dagna Silesia who has worked with another member of the Nevermore alumni, Warrel Dane, on his solo material alongside Wicklund .Completing the line-up is vocalist Adon Fanion, a relative unknown but as it transpires, the owner of one hell of a set of pipes.
On paper then, the prospect of this band is very exciting. The reality is equally so. No damp squibs present, no deflated expectations. ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ is a melodic progressive metal monster that’s not afraid to dip its toe into the realms of other metal subgenres.
Before I dissect a few of the tracks in more detail, there are a few more general aspects to this album that need to be mentioned. First, there are the performances of each member of the band which, as you might expect are highly professional throughout. But, intrinsically linked to this is the song writing. Well-executed instrumentalism only goes so far and will ultimately fail if it is not used to create strong compositions. Ghost Ship Octavius do not have this problem, as the music is incredibly well-conceived.
Being a melodic metal band, you’d expect there to be plenty of big choruses and hooks to pull you in. There are. Just about every one of the eleven tracks on this record provides some satisfying and addictive ear candy, be it overt or more subtly-placed.
Being a band with progressive leanings as well, you’d also expect the songs to have a fair amount of variety to them and for the music to offer something a little bit different. They do. There is more than enough virtuosity and technicality from each corner of Ghost Ship Octavius to supplement the melodies and the more immediate aspects of the music. Furthermore, there are several eyebrow-raising moments where the band goes all-out to intrigue and test the listener, something I really enjoy and fully welcome.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a more intangible aspect to ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ that has an effect on me, and that’s the vibe of the record. Melodic and progressive it certainly is but it is also extremely heavy and quite dark. As befits a moniker like Ghost Ship Octavius, there’s a slightly menacing and brooding underbelly to the album that I find compelling and refreshing for a melodic metal band. The lyrics, the atmospheres, the vocal delivery and a million other minute ingredients lend the music on this debut a morose and haunting aspect. I love it.
Throw in a robust production that also allows sufficient clarity and space for everything to be heard, even Silesia’s impressive bass work, and it becomes evident pretty quickly that we’re on to a real winner here. Everything about Ghost Ship Octavius screams quality, focus and purpose. It only serves to heighten my embarrassment for missing out on this album when it was released.
The album opens with ‘Saturn and Skies’. It isn’t a long track but it immediately throws down the Ghost Ship Octavius gauntlet. It has a vague Nevermore feel to it in the riff department, but this is a theatrical, dynamic and ambitious composition that has its own strong identity, changing tack frequently within its relatively short existence. Fanion’s vocals immediately come to the fore, displaying a huge range but also impressing thanks to his ability to convey emotion with genuine power and conviction.
‘Alive’ has a sinister edge to it, driven by the monstrously powerful rhythm section of Williams and Silesia. Wicklund indulges in several wailing solos but they are as melodic and emotive as they are dextrous and technical, meaning that they genuinely add to the song. A mix of all-out blastbeat-led power and quiet, contemplative sections, complete with string and piano embellishments adds to the sense of drama and theatrical grandiosity that permeates the entirety of this record.
The stomping opening of ‘Silence’ is delivered with pin-sharp accuracy, ultimately giving way to one of the best choruses on the album. After about the third spin, the melodies get right under my skin and they don’t let go. Its strength lies, I think, in the fact that it is so powerful yet is also quite subtle, with Fanion showing restraint in his delivery, allowing his voice to be at one with the music rather than overpower it.
If the preceding few paragraphs have whetted your appetite, allow me to then introduce you to ‘In Dreams’. Buried within the middle of the album, it was the first Ghost Ship Octavius track I heard and was the one that made me realise the enormity of my mistake. Having listened to it several more times, I have to declare it to be one of the very best melodic metal tracks that I have ever heard. Everything about it is just about perfect. The riffs, in keeping with the entirety of the album, are fantastically muscular, the solos are exuberant, the bass is glorious, the drumming is thunderous and the vocals are superb. Then there’s the chorus, which is completely killer; hook-laden and hugely powerful, it slays.
It’s on this track that Fanion also produces arguably his best performance, full of anger and frustration during the chorus but something more measured, thoughtful and sorrowful in the quieter passages. I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have got a bit carried away when listening to this song on my headphones whilst walking the dog in my neighbourhood. But hell, music is meant to move you right?
Elsewhere, the introduction to ‘Pendulum’ is a thing of real beauty if you’re a sucker for the sound of a wailing guitar solo. It also ups the ante in terms of the band’s use of symphonic embellishments and is a wonderfully grandiose piece of music as a result, particularly in the more melodic mid-section onwards where there’s the sense of a group of musicians cutting loose a little bit. ‘Bloodcaster’ on the other hand, is one of the songs where the aforementioned eyebrows are raised thanks to its overtly quirky and borderline avant-garde nature juxtaposed by some of the most extreme music to be heard anywhere on the record.
‘Epitaph’ is a shorter blast of exuberant heavy metal underpinned by an insidious melody whilst ‘Burn Away’ has more of a power metal feel to it. Immediately melodic and up-tempo from the get-go, it then settles into more of a ballad-like composition. Fanion offers his most sensitive performance within yet another strong chorus, accented by a delicious piano that weaves itself nicely into the song.
I could go on because truth be told, ‘Ghost Ship Octavius’ doesn’t contain any filler material at all. This is a brilliant example of how wonderful melodic metal with a progressive edge can sound when done properly with care and skill, not to mention a clear vision and clarity of purpose from every member of the band. Become familiar with the name of Ghost Ship Octavius because if this is how good they sound on their debut album, just imagine what they might produce in the future. The mind boggles but I can’t wait.
The Score Of Much Metal: 9.25
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