Saturday, June 29, 2013
Las Vegas-based doom metallers DEMON LUNG will venture west in the coming weeks to perform selections from their recently released full-length debut, The Hundredth Name. Joining the quintet on select dates will be friends Wounded Giant and Castle. Dates are set to begin June 29th in Salt Lake City and wrap with a hometown show on August 18th. DEMON LUNG Summer Tour 2013: 6/29/2013 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City UT w/Odium Totus 6/30/2013 Red Room - Boise ID w/Mariana 7/01/2013 Duffyâ€™s Hangar - Salem OR w/Wounded Giant 7/02/2013 Tiger Bar - Portland OR w/Wounded Giant 7/03/2013 The Mercury - Seattle WA w/Wounded Giant 7/05/2013 Red Room PDX - Portland OR w/Wounded Giant 7/07/2013 Please for Peace - Stockton CA w/Tales of the Grotesque 7/08/2013 Billy Oâ€™s - Ventura CA w/Castle 7/09/2013 Industry Theater - Lancaster CA w/Castle 7/11/2013 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas NV w/Spellcaster 8/16/2013 The Shakedown - San Diego CA w/Wounded Giant 8/17/2013 Icehouse Tavern - Phoenix AZ w/Wounded Giant 8/18/2013 The Dive - Las Vegas NV w/Wounded Giant 8/19/2013 Burtâ€™s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City UT w/Wounded Giant www.facebook.com/demonlungband
symphonic, melodic, modern black metal: Chthonic (Taiwan): "Bú-Tik" This is the band's 7th album. Once again, it is nothing, if not professional quality music. They play fast-blasting most of the time, but the constant use of keyboards, symphonics, clean vocals, clean melodic guitars and other instrumentation, they make their songs a bit easier to know, even though it can be a little blurry at times. Not quite instant gratification, but also not monotony. Consistent and reliable, they continue to walk the path they set out for themselves years ago: melodic, fast black metal. The guitar work is crisp and clear, with their heavy use of play-on/thrashy riffs to play fast, while letting the keyboards add a major component of melody. The guitar solos are more melodic, but the rhythms are that chunky-semichugging-play-on buzzing speed. Thus, the keyboards and the vocal lines take the main stage in terms of memorability, and the guitars and drums have a somewhat less important role, in that respect. The guitars come to forefront when called upon, and they recede to the background during the speed. I think the band has done a solid job with the album. To me, they are still searching for the big breakthrough album that will propel them into greatness. By now, this band is consummate professionals, very experienced, and it shows. That breakthrough is still in sight! They are not resting on their past glories, and ultimately, that's what it's all about, working towards the great album. By the way, the drum sound on this album is very plastic, clicky and highly computerized. It does not sound like real drums. It is a very tight and fast sound, but the drum rolls sound cartoonish-plastic because they sound so blurry-fast that it does not sound real. Of course, this type of drum sound is a HUGE problem in metal music. I wonder if this is the bands' decision, or if the bands are getting pressured by the studio/engineers/producers/record labels/experts to just go with this sound because it's what "everyone" is doing. In that sense, Chthonic is just doing what many, many other metal bands are doing, so it is not a particular problem of this album or band. www.facebook.com/chthonic
Friday, June 28, 2013
finally over the hump? masterful death metal: Panzerchrist (Denmark): "The 7th Offensive" They have reached that point where just blasting away, no matter how entertaining, will never automatically equal a great song. One can blast all one wants, but if the guitar work does not have it, then it doesn't have it, and if the song doesn't have it, then blasting doesn't really matter. The songs first have to be outstanding and give the listener something to remember once the music stops. Otherwise it is an entertaining blur. Panzerchrist is an old band, mind you. Their debut is from 1996, and this is their 7th album, so the expectations and the standards are pretty high. What they have done is: they managed to utilize the brutality and blasting for the song. Blasting is not a song, and this band understands that very, very well. It is not necessary to listen multiple times to understand that the riffs are distinctive (lots of tremolo picking), and abundant guitar soloing that sounds fast and a bit melodic, shredding. Add to that, the basic structure of the song, and the result is an album that is comprehensible the first time around, and the listener can hear the guitar work pretty clearly. See if you agree, check out the song "Attack of the Lycanthrope Legion" and see if you think it is "generic" or "ok." I think this is way beyond "pretty good." Panzerchrist deserves to be heard! Despite the usual metal "macho-man" stupid gimmickry or the "evil" posturing (just look at the pictures) and the glorification of violence, Panzerchrist has made a memorable and melodic album, yet still very much blazing fast, modern and brutal, and all that stuff. I wish the drums did not sound so plastic and clicky, but I guess that's just my opinion, and the band likes the "modern robotized" drum sound that brutal death metals are using. Besides, those two points of whining, the band has made a very entertaining death metal album, very professional. If you like death metal bands that emphasize songwriting, then Panzechrist should be pleasing. Mark down Panzerchrist as a band on your list of quality death metal bands that you need to check out. They are not rock stars, but fame is a different issue. I'm talking about the music, the songs. www.facebook.com/panzerchristofficial
Nervecide (Italy): "Impermanence" I can't find a picture of the one-man-chugging-death-metal machine, but maybe this description will do: Woof-woof, wooooooof! Rooooooooooooooooooar! Ughwowobahdahbahwooofff! Chug-chug, chug-chugga-chugga-chug!! Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, arggggggghhhhh! That drum programming is blazing fast! Computers can go reeeeeeeally fast!! Nervecide wants to make Kannibale Kourpse sound like Da Beech Boyz or Da Bakstreet Boyz or Da Won Direkshun. You want brooooootal?! You can't handle brooooooooooooooooooooooootal!! Run away, run away to your parents! And don't ever come here again!! Music strictly for zombies. If you ain't a zombie, you best get the stepping. www.nervecide.bandcamp.com
Destroyers of All (Portugal): "Into the Fire" I am not able to post a picture of the band right now, but here's a little a bit about them. Destroyers of All is potty-mouth, macho-man, vulgar-street-jerk groove-thrash, like lots of Pantera and thrash, with growling. This is an EP by this unsigned/independent band. I would say that Destroyers of All loves 90s metal, from groove Pantera/Sepultura to Machine Head, and a general angry-man attitude. Not too much melody, instead it is pinch harmonics and groove. Sometimes it sounds like they might like rap-rock, too, but I am not sure. That's what I hear in the song "M4," like the vocalist is borderline-rapping, but that could be just an accident. This band is also sort of mish-mash of different styles, but everything is inside the structure of groove-thrash. A bit of singing, here and there, and some melodic/growl notes also appear. But the bottom line: it is all about groove-metal, 90s style! My ears are telling me this. www.destroyersofall.com
Grimus (U.S.): "Omnicide" www.facebook.com/jerseygrimus
Very recently Metal Bulletin Zine ran a review of sludge-punks Armed for Apocalypse. If you are in any of these places in California and Nevada, make a stop at their show, it's going to be heavy and sweaty! Check out the recent review of this band in the section of grind/punk bands, from a couple of days ago.
Cadaveria (Italy): "Horror Metal - Undead Edition" www.cadaveria.com
Earthling (U.S.): "Dark Path" www.facebook.com/earthling.virginia
for whom the bell dooms: Grime (Italy): "Deteriorate"; I Klatus (U.S.): "Kether"; Lycus (U.S.): "Tempest"; Crown (France): "Psychurgy"
Grime (Italy): "Deteriorate" www.facebook.com/pages/Grime/209557405747608
-- -- I Klatus (U.S.): "Kether" www.iklatus.com -- -- Lycus (U.S.): "Tempest" www.facebook.com/pages/Lycus/156095311142662 -- -- Crown (France): "Psychurgy" www.facebook.com/CROWNBAND
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Foul-mouthed, low-intelligence, Rush Limbaugh-like, proud-jerk basic rock and roll. This is 5 cover songs from bands like Gwar and other bands that are old and gone, I think. www.facebook.com/GhoulunaticsAsylum
Bangladeafy (U.S.): "The Briefcase"
OK, this is like this, except that Bangladeafy is very serious. Ross would be proud. Geddy Lee from Rush might be proud of the bass on here. It is some loud, in-your-face bass!
Today I posted about a bunch of punk/hardcore/grind/whatever bands. A lot of interesting things are happening. But I forgot to include Reproacher in that section! Reproacher (U.S.): "Nothing to Save" www.facebook.com/repr0acher
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
the punk/core/crust/grind/death has arrived: All Pigs Must Die, Armed for Apocalypse, Centuries, Honduran, Mammoth Grinder, Quest of Aidance, Squash Bowels, Ramming Speed
These bands do not sound alike! They all have their sound. The reason they are all congregated here is because they have an obnoxious punk attitude. Some are grind, some crust, some hardcore, some a bit more thrashy, and some just don't give a flying flip about any genres and simply play loud. Let's get to the details! All Pigs Must Die (U.S.): "Nothing Violates This Nature" www.facebook.com/apmdband -- Armed for Apocalypse: "The Road Will End" www.facebook.com/armedforapocalypse -- Centuries (U.S.): "Taedium Vitae" www.facebook.com/centuriesfl -- Honduran (U.S.): "Street Eagles" www.facebook.com/honduran - Mammoth Grinder (U.S.): "Underworlds" www.www.facebook.com/MammothGrinder -- Quest of Aidance (Sweden): "Misanthropic Propaganda"
www.facebook.com/questofaidance -- Squash Bowels (Poland): "Grindcoholism" www.facebook.com/squashgrind -- Ramming Speed (U.S.): "Doomed to Destroy, Destined to Die" www.prostheticrecords.com
All these bands have something in common: traditional heavy metal: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Accept, U.D.O., Scorpions, Angel Witch, Raven, Blitzkrieg, Armored Saint, Savatage, Omen, Primal Fear, and lots of other upfront, rocking heavy metal. The bands reviewed here have listened to classic heavy metal and decided to take matters into their own hands and make their very own heavy metal. Night Demon (U.S.): "Night Demon" www.facebook.com/nightdemonband -- Sinister Realm (U.S.): "World of Evil" www.facebook.com/sinisterrealm -- Circle of Silence (Germany): "The Rise of Resistance" www.facebook.com/circleofsilence -- Twins Crew (Sweden): "The Northern Crusade" www.twinscrewband.com
3 bands that take doom to the heaviest of places. Let's find out what's going on. Demon Lung (U.S.): "The Hundredth Name" www.facebook.com/demonlungband -- Mirthless (Peru): "A Dirge for Your Suicide" www.dunkelheit-produktionen.de -- The Vein (Denmark): "Scouring the Wreckage of Time"
Today there are 3 talented and different prog metal bands that I want to tell you about. De Profundis (U.K.): "The Emptiness Within" De Profundis is not an old-school prog metal band. Instead, it is new-jack, "extreme" metal that sounds a bit close to melodic black metal, while at the same time, they are much more varied than the style of melodic black metal. It would appear that De Profundis asked themselves: "How can we make prog metal more exciting? We like prog, but if we speed it up to energetic, and often blasting death/black levels?" The vocals are mostly growled, and the overall energy is that of "modern," and "extreme" metal. Where they sound different is in the ways that the music allows for wandering, melodic segments, in which the instrumentality kicks it upfront and the musicians have a chance to show their abilities through melodic soloing or giving the bass guitar room to breathe, and not just follow the guitar. De Profundis wants the listener to hear the bass guitar. In a lot of metal, the bass just seems difficult to hear, but this is not the case here. Of course, there is a lot "noodling" and "shredding," too, and they are quite good at it. www.facebook.com/deprofundistheband -- Surgeon (U.S.): "Chemical Reign" Surgeon plays traditional, melodic prog heavy metal. Thus, Surgeon does not use "extreme" metal as a significant component of what they do. This is where you go when you want traditional singing, guitar-hero finger-twisting, heavy metal and semi-thrashy riffs, and a tight bass guitar-and-drum backbeat. Expect playing of a high quality, and a serious approach to metal. The songs are catchy, but not "super melodic" or "poppy" sing-along style, because Surgeon doesn't play that game of pandering to the audience that wants "easy songs." It does take time for the "proggy" to sound "musical," but it is not very difficult to understand for the willing listener.
Surgeon deserves the support of prog fans! www.surgeonband.net -- Trials (U.S.): "In the Shadow of Swords" Trials is much more of a prog thrash sound, with a very "modern" combination of growling and singing, melody and intensity, and the sound it's a bit of different genres, but they surely concentrate on headbanging music. They sound thrashy, and execute the material very well. I would recommend this to fans of Nevermore, not because they sound like Nevermore per se, but because Trials sounds like a band that thrash people would like, as long as it is understood, that this is a different type of "thrash." The guitar tone gets to close to death metal heaviness at times, and the music is thick, heavy uptempo headbanging style. www.facebook.com/trialsmusic
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
the death metal legions: Dehuman Reign, Eternal Rest, FaithXtractor, I Killed Everyone, Humiliation, The Pete Flesh Deathtrip
This review is for those that love death metal! Here you will find a variety of approaches to our beloved genre, from old styles to new-jack intensity. This is a buffet of death metal, and it's time to feast! -- Dehuman Reign (Germany): "Destructive Intent" Dehuman Reign shows a love for classic, 90s blasting death that emphasizes tightness, guttural vocals, while never forgetting to keep the song at a mood that the listener can remember. It's fast, blasting, but not monotonously-claustrophobically so: the songs have a pace and riffs that will make you move. www.facebook.DehumanReign -- Eternal Rest (Australia): "Prophetic" www.facebook.com/eternalrestband?sk=info -- Faithxtractor (U.S.): "The Great Shadow Infiltrator" www.deathgasm.com -- I Killed Everyone (U.S.): "Necrosphire" www.facebook.com/ikilledeveryone -- Humiliation (Malaysia): "Turbulence from the Deep" www.deepsend.com -- The Pete Flesh Deathtrip (Sweden): "Mortui Vivos Docent" www.facebook.com/PeteFlesh
Monday, June 24, 2013
Greetings to the thrashers! Here are 4 bands for the thrash-obsessed! Death Mechanism (Italy): "Twenty-First Century" Death Mechanism parties like this is 1985 and those speed metal riffs and high-speed soloing don't stop. Like someone turned this thrash machine "on" and the thing just doesn't know how else to go, except fast. Death Mechanism also has a distinctively angry gremlin for a vocalist. Seriously, the vocalist is not yelling or screaming, but rather vocalizes like a possessed gremlin or perhaps like a furious witch. Whatever you did to this vocalist, the gremlin witch will make you pay. www.scareletrecords.it -- Havok (U.S.): "Unnatural Selection" Havok is angry-yelled traditional (think: Destruction's Schmier), hard-hitting, head banging thrash, with sharp riffs, head banging songs. If you love thrash (possibly above all other genres), then: hello, moth, meet the flame.
www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial -- Power Trip (U.S.): "Manifest Decimation" Like Havok, Power Trip is huge galloping riffs and the metal command is to bang your head. Power Trip's vocalist is more of a semi-growl-furious-punk (not a yeller), and huge, fat riffs. The guitar tone is a pretty thick thrashing style, and makes Power Trip sounds like serious business. In fact, I would say that this band would appeal to death metal fans, too, because the energy is heavier than just thrash, and crosses the line into semi-growling and thicker sounds. www.southernlord.com -- Noisem (U.S.): "Agony Defined" Finally, here is Noisem. Noisem is thrash, but a much more mutated form of thrash: the vocals are death metal-ish (not super guttural, but way, way closer to dm, than anything else). However, the riffs plant Noisem firmly in thrash territory. I was impressed the first time I heard Noisem, and now after more listens, I am convinced that it is not simply a good first impression. The vibe is there, the quality is there, and the songs are intense. www.a389records.com
Sunday, June 23, 2013
melodic, black-core metal: Eshtadur (Colombia): "Stay Away from Evil and Get Close to Me"The first song I heard by Eshtadur was the title track "Stay Away from Evil and Get Close to Me" and I liked what I heard. That song, and "Son of a Witch" showcase, in my perspective, the band's strengths. In both cases the music is faster, melodic black metal, with a clear sound quality, and both numbers are immediately intelligible, and likable. Coming across as a "modern" band, they do well, with a youthful energy that is encouraging. The raspy vocals and the drumming, in particular, appear to be by musicians with a good attitude and effort. At times, the drumming seems to carry the brunt of the song, pushing forward the speed and rhythm. Similarly, the vocals are pretty good, with some death metal low growling in places, to add variety, as well as some really screechy yelling. One thing that I do find surprising is how much Eshtadur actually mixes their influences and wear them on the sleeves. At times, I think the unity of the sound takes a turn for the worse because the more midtempo moments illustrate a feature of the band that is not their strongest, in my opinion. In particular, I find some of the guitar work to be less effective when the music is midtempo. When the music goes fast, the riffs, while perhaps reminiscent of melodic/growl metal's most influential band's, sounds friendly to my ears. The midtempo moments show a recurring tendency to sound like "metalcore," including with breakdown moments, such as found in the most famous core/breakdown/melodic/growl bands. To me, that does not sound as effective. Bands can mix all sorts of influences, and I'm sure that perhaps a younger audience would like that, given that that style is widely popular, like Killswitch Engage. However, in the case of Eshtadur, the chugga-chugga guitar goes a long ways towards undoing the ferocity of the speed in others songs or other parts of the songs. Eshtadur sounds promising. To me, it would be better to concentrate more on the non-breakdown, non-core style, and instead use the strengths to build on the sound of the band, to reach out for the sound that can be consolidated in Eshtadur, along the lines of the better songs here, in the style of fast, melodic, symphonic metal. www.facebook.com/pages/Eshtadur/177549565617566
Saturday, June 22, 2013