Thursday, July 19, 2018

NEWS: WEAPON UK "Rising From The Ashes" - LIMITED VINYL EDITION - Cover, Tracklist, release date: 28th September 2018

Weapon UK--the real Weapon that is, the one from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal--in September will see their 2014 album Rising from the Ashes issued on vinyl by the folks over at Pure Steel Records. Fans of the cult bands from this particular period of British heavy rock certainly will be interested in the news of Weapon UK. Metallica has helped to bring attention to the band's early work, but nowadays the band is active and going as the album illustrates. Rising from the Ashes shows a band playing its music decades later, finding new ways in its sound after they broke up decades ago. At the same time, don't doubt it, Weapon UK is here to rock, above all; and Rising from the Ashes proves it time and time again.
Below you will find a couple of links about Weapon UK and the album.
“Set The Stage Alight” must be considered one of the biggest hymns of the entire New Wave Of British Heavy Metal period. Just ask a certain Lars Ulrich. (More of that a bit later). “Set The Stage Alight” originally appeared on the B-Side of Weapon’s debut 7”/12” single »It’s A Mad Mad World« (issued in 1980).
The original “classic” line-up of Weapon consisted of Bruce Bisland (drums), Jeff Summers (guitars), Barry Downes (bass) and Danny Hynes (vocals). The band was initially called Fast Relief but changed its name to Weapon in early 1980.
People have for a long time been baffled by the astonishing similarities between “Set The Stage Alight” and Metallica’s “Hit The Lights”, especially regarding the main riff. Has the band ever talked to Lars or James about this? Danny Hynes explains: “Anyone who knows the history of Weapon will know that ‘Set The Stage Alight’ was written by Jeff in 1979, three to four years before ‘Hit The Lights’. Metallica actually lifted the whole intro and used it for their song ‘Hit The Lights’!”
Due to management problems, the original incarnation of Weapon split up in mid-1981 before having recorded their long awaited debut album. Pure Steel’s »Set The Stage Alight« record compiled on glorious vinyl what would have been Weapon’s first full-length album. Danny Hynes explains: “We would have completed the four demos and put twelve songs on the album. All the finished tracks were recorded between July and August 1980 at The Manor Studios, Oxford (which was also the home of Richard Branson) and Townhouse Studios, Shepherds Bush, London. The demos were recorded at Alvic Studios in West Kensington, London.”
Weapon did briefly reform in 1984 and even recorded some demos with Andy Scott of Sweet. In 2014, their proper comeback album »Rising From The Ashes« was released. Danny Hynes comments on the exclusive vinyl edition put out Pure Steel Records: “»Rising From The Ashes« was a direct continuation of our early material but we've matured as people and musicians over the intervening years so have a much more modern sound. Overall the material its a bit more melodic, a bit more polished. We received incredible reviews by the press and fans. My personal favourites are ‘Ride The Mariah’, ‘Alemain’ and ‘Burning Skies’. I wrote the lyrics to ‘Burning Skies’ on the flight to London to record the album. I had the music on my phone and was thinking about the 9/11 disaster and the whole thing came to me in a matter of minutes.”
Seite A
1. The Awakening (Prelude)
2. Ride The Mariah!
3. Fountain Of Paradise
4. Warrior
5. Ready 4 You
6. Burning Skies
7. The Rocker (Bonustrack)
Side B
8. Alamein
9. Wonderland
10. Bloodsoaked Rock
11. Bad Reputation
12. Celebration Time
13. Killer Instinct (Bonustrack)
Total Playing Time: 51:19 min
[To satisfy your curiosity about the early sound of the band, listen here so you can hear what got a young Lars Ulrich excited a long time ago.]
Weapon - Set The Stage Alight

NEWS: HITTEN Upcoming New Album "Twist of Fate"; Watch New Video Now "On the Run"

Hitten is a celebration of classic traditional heavy metal, an incarnation of anthems invoking physical movement and dedicated loyalty of the followers of the spirit of golden tunes. They are on the verge of issuing a new album called Twist of Fate on High Roller Records. Twist of Fate is the third album of this Spanish band from Murcia. The band prefers to craft uptempo, banging songs driven by the power of the riff and the energy on the drums to match. At the same, they reveal an even more melodic side, like on the song "Evil within" in which the guitars open up another angle for Hitten by slowing down for part of the song, before kicking it up to the banging vibe again. Of course, Hitten's music would not work as well as it does, if they did not feature the singer who can interpret this music the right way. With Hitten you will get high, clear singing and plenty of high screams as the standards of the genre require. From top to bottom, the Spaniards aim to win the allegiance of the devoted fans of classic, traditional and melodic metal.
Below you will find all the official information about Hitten.
The release of Twist of Fate is coming up in September. The band's new video for the cut "On the Run" offers a strong indication of the entire work. Check it out below.
HITTEN - "Twist Of Fate"
Label: High Roller Records
Release date: 14.09.2018
HITTEN formed in 2011 in the city of Murcia in the South-East of Spain (near Alicante). The same year the band issued their first demo entitled »Darkness Queen«. Two EPs and one full album entitled »First Strike With The Devil« (2014) followed, before HITTEN signed to High Roller Records for their second full-length record »State Of Shock«. With captivating heavy metal songs such as “Don’t Be Late”, “Endless Race” and “Eternal Force” »State Of Shock« was a clear improvement on the band’s rather naïve debut effort, altogether a more rounded effort. Founding member and guitarist Dani Meseguer cites Accept, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon as HITTEN’s musical inspiration, as well as US Metal bands such as Fifth Angel, Crimson Glory, Shok Paris and Metal Church.
“Me and the boys are pretty satisfied with how »State Of Shock« was received,” explains Dani Meseguer. “The album reached a lot of shops, labels, magazines, and webzines all over the world. It also took us on a really good tour around Europe, we played cool festivals and appeared in Japan for the very first time. We are really happy with how High Roller Records works overall.”
However, the period between »State Of Shock« and the brand new album »Twist Of Fate« saw some changes in the HITTEN camp: “In September 2017, our singer Aitor played his last show with HITTEN and then left the band. As we all know, it’s very hard for a band to find a new vocalist. Well, not for HITTEN though. Alexx is a gift from heaven, he was there for us at the perfect time.”
“We are more than happy with the final result of »Twist Of Fate«,” continues Dani Meseguer. “From the cover art to the music, it’s all high quality stuff. We truly believe that people who enjoyed »State Of Shock« are going to enjoy »Twist Of Fate« even more. The mix (by Javi Félez) and the mastering (Patrick W. Engel) is simply incredible. The album is full of crazy twin guitar passages, very emotional solos, high-pitched screams, vocal harmonies and powerful backing vocals … all the necessary ingredients for a great metal album! Alexx did a hell of a job with the vocals, he really is amazing. He has a very broad vocal range. He can perfectly sing in a low range but at the same time also go for those insane high-pitched screams that we all love.”
Twist of Fate
release date: September 14th, 2018
label: High Roller Records
1. Take It All
2. Final Warning
3. Twist of Fate
4. Flight to Freedom
5. Svccvbvs
6. Evil Within
7. On the Run
8. In the Heat of the Night
9. Rockin' Out the City
10. Heroes
HITTEN - On the run (Official Video) | High Roller Records

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

folk metal salutations from Russia: Вольга

Вольга (VOL'GA) is Russian-language folk metal from Rybinsk, Russia. This album is recommended for fans of folk metal in general because the quality of the recording is good and the songs are catchy. The album Солнцеславие is available as a name-your-price recording at the link below, where you will also find official information about the album.
release date: June 21st, 2018
label: independent
1. Грезилось 02:51
2. Солнцеславие 05:22
3. Жаворонки 04:21
4. Как по горам 01:45
5. Ветры 04:11
6. Стрижочки 05:02
7. Сварожич 02:36
8. Роса 04:48
9. Полдень 04:45
10. Родник 04:22
total time 40:03
The album 'Heliolatry' is a story about warmth and light, and the triumphant joy of the sun worshipers. It’s a tale about the way how he, Yarilo, the young prince of the firmament, descends to earth with his shining crown on his head… how he does not disdain to be behind the plough in order to plow the ice and snow, and crack the ice chains with his full force… how he starts dancing in a round and involves all the folks in the reel, and this kingly young man plays the flute just like an ordinary skomorokh… how he dances faster and faster, whirling and sweeping the snow and cold with his violent dance… how he drives the old lady-winter away… and how, having dealt with this disgusting winter, he walks through the blossoming fields, enters the green groves, where he is to be met by the choir of spring birds full of adoration with him.
The thawed soft soil waits with love for the grain to give birth to a bountiful harvest. The plowman walks across the field behind the plough, and, above his head, in the azure sky, a lark sings – the joyful bird of these glorious days! The gardens, groves and ravines are covered with flowers, the leaves are green, and the singing birds sing their hymns day and night – everyone tirelessly glorifies the Sun in their own manner.
Summer follows after spring - the grass grows, the meadows blossom, and the bees busy buzz over them the whole day – it’s the high point of the honey harvest. Hot drunken air of meadows, sweet fragrant haze of wild grasses! What a great time!
Oh, summer storms! The wind rushes suddenly, and breaks the branches and grass down, tears the leaves from the trees, churns the rivers. The horizon is poured with lead blue – it’s the way the warrior hosts of clouds flow as lava. The thunder splits the sky, the lightning flashes, they strike the ground together, and the divine living fire will be born on earth from their thunderbolts. It is not easy to find such kind of fire, but it’s even harder to revive, nourish, and bring it up. And then – tame, entame its upbringing power. So the gods descend to earth and rejoice with the people, they drink the heady joy of Life from a common bowl as equals!
The evening succeeds the day, the twilight follows the light. Tired grasses enjoy the dew, and we walk along the wet grasses, we walk through the dew deep into the forest. Without saying anything, without saying to anyone. We’ve got a case and a goal there, the goal we will say not a word about, because there are no words of this kind in the whole world. We will be in the darkness of the summer night there – looking for and find… we will find IT in any way. And, having found IT, we will be able to take, take IT with us. Namely THIS.
And again – the day follows the night, it’s the time of a shining hot noon! Glittering of glossy foliage… the waves of grasses, over which a warm wind runs about… the Volga is spreading below the bluff from horizon to horizon. I feel free and joy on open spaces of the Volga, on my land!
…And this cycle of life will never end.

drunk greetings from Brazil: Anesthesia of Beer

When they were kids growing up in Brazil, these boys used to watch many football (that's soccer, for you, U.S.-Americans) games and the elders never stopped telling stories about Pelé, and they would see the beer commercials and they started to think that many there was a connection between Pelé and beer, and then later on in high school they ran into kids who used to wear DRI and Municipal Waste shirts and they started to think that beer could be a good profession for them.
Years later they named their thrash band Anesthesia of Beer and they are still interested in football (they are Brazilians, they can't help it), but they mostly think about writing songs about beer and other issues related to beer. The music sounds exactly like you think it might sound: a bunch of party metal thrash punks stand-up comedians making lots of noise between the sessions of drinking and fighting each other and visits to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
The album is called Altars of Drunkenness and it is a name-your-price recording at Bandcamp.
They are thinking about possible names for their next album and so far they have the following titles in mind: Beer Is My Business ... and I'm Drunk; How Will I Drink Tomorrow When I Can't Even Find My Beer Today; Extreme Drunkenness Demands Crazy Brazilians.

favorite album released this week, July 15-21, 2018: Cryonic Temple

[by MMB]
Cryonic Temple
Scarlet Records
July 20th, 2018
The melodic power metal band Cryonic Temple (Sweden, 1996) released some seven, yes, seven demos between 1997 and 2000, then four studio albums (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008), and then there was silence until 2017’s return-to-the-throne excellent Into the Glorious Battle (12 full songs).
They are on a roll now. A strong album in 2017, another one in 2018. Deliverance is 13 full songs; about an hour of music. Frankly, it is very surprising that they are back already with a new album, but the long silence did cost them a lot of ground and they have to get back on track, get some momentum going again and begin taking back the territory that they lost. Well, Deliverance is another gigantic campaign to get Cryonic Temple back in the spotlight. They are showing great resolve and a will to work hard and to let the people know that the band is not going to disappear.
Deliverance is such a wonderful album from start to finish. Fans of European-style contemporary melodic and power metal should consider putting Cryonic Temple at the top of the agenda. They deserve that more fans of the genre discover them. If the Swedes continue putting out such quality albums on a regular basis, in five to ten years from now they will be on their way to getting a much bigger piece of the European pie. With albums like this one, it is going to be a really bad idea to ignore them.
Some reviews by power metal fans have complained that bands like Kamelot and Edguy and others just cannot seem to make good power metal albums anymore as when the genre experienced a revival around the turn of the century. Some fans might agree or not with that negative view. Regardless, power metal supporters today in 2018 that are into big songs should enter the Cryonic Temple. The fast songs, the huge melodies, the power ballads, the catchy tunes, the pop sensibilities, and of course, the singing, it’s all here the way that this genre is supposed to be.
Power metal fans, Cryonic Temple is coming to join the kingdom, lower the bridge and let them into the castle.

NEWS: TERRORIZER: American Grindcore Icons Join The End Records For The Release Of Caustic Attack This Fall; Artwork Revealed

Below is the official information about the upcoming album by Terrorizer.
Caustic Attack is the sound of a world nearing apocalypse. The songs conjure images of warplanes on bombing runs, giant tanks obliterating small villages and the endless rattle of machine guns mowing down everyone in sight.
American grindcore icons TERRORIZER, featuring legendary drummer Pete Sandoval, have united with The End Records for the release of their long-anticipated new full-length, Caustic Attack. Produced by Jason Suecof (Deicide, All That Remains, Kataklysm, Battlecross) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and featuring the apocalyptic cover art of Timbul Cahyono (Rotting Corpse, Pyrexia), the record serves as the band's first studio offering in six years.
Before Pete Sandoval recorded Morbid Angel's first album, 1989's Altars Of Madness, he performed on two demos and a split album with his original band TERRORIZER. Today, the group's 1989 full-length debut World Downfall is still considered a pinnacle for death metal and grindcore, featuring impossibly fast blast-beats and double-bass drumming along with a blitzkrieg attack by late guitarist Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death), and ex-vocalist Oscar Garcia (Nausea). The 1989 lineup was rounded out by Sandoval and then-fellow Morbid Angel bandmate David Vincent on bass.
Over the next twenty-three years, Sandoval took time between Morbid Angel albums to continue working with TERRORIZER, recording two more cataclysmic full-lengths, 2006's Darker Days Ahead and 2012's Hordes Of Zombies. And now, another six years down the burning highway, TERRORIZER is back with Caustic Attack, their heaviest and most eclectic album to date.
TERRORIZER started working on Caustic Attack in 2014, but before they could lay down a single bar of music, Sandoval had to make sure he was healthy enough to work on a new album - which was far from a sure thing. Rewind to 2009 when Sandoval's suffered a severe back injury caused by decades of Olympic-class death metal drumming. After seeing different doctors and exploring his options, Sandoval opted for invasive surgery to repair the deteriorated discs between interlocking vertebrae in his spine.
By 2013, Sandoval was feeling pretty good, so he got together with multi-instrumentalist Lee Harrison, who played on Malevolent Creation's 1989 demo a year before giving birth to metal veterans Monstrosity, which have released five full-length albums to date. In 2007, Lee joined up with fabled Crimson Glory singer, Midnight, with whom he worked until the vocalist died in 2009. Lee has also played guitar with Obituary on tour in South America in 2012. Now, he's deadly serious about his role in TERRORIZER, but at first playing with Sandoval was more like a hobby.
"We started playing some songs just for fun," Sandoval explains. "We did some of the World Downfall songs, and then we learned a few cover songs and we did our first show as a party. That's how everything started."
Feeling confident and comfortable again behind the kit, Sandoval invited Sam Molina, who played with Harrison in Monstrosity, to join them on bass, and the trio started working on songs for Caustic Attack. A violently explosive album for increasingly turbulent times, Caustic Attack is the sound of a world nearing apocalypse. The songs conjure images of warplanes on bombing runs, giant tanks obliterating small villages and the endless rattle of machine guns mowing down everyone in sight.
Sandoval has long been known as one of the fastest players in death metal - the pioneer of blast beats -- and he doesn't hold back on Caustic Attack. At the same time, even the fastest songs are tighter and more precise than TERRORIZER have ever been thanks to veteran producer Jason Suecof, who's painstaking method of recording showcases Sandoval and his team at peak capacity. The only minor hitch in the process was deciding whether or not to include guitar solos.
"The original TERRORIZER didn't have solos, so we took the same approach," Harrison says. "It was just riff after killer riff. That was an interesting challenge for me - to keep the music fresh without relying on solos. But the great thing about not having solos is it allows us to keep a dense sound as a three-piece. When you put leads in there, you need a second guitar or else the bottom falls out. Staying a three-piece makes it easier to travel and tour, and we didn't want to mess with that formula."
Now that Sandoval is devoting all his time and effort to TERRORIZER (he left Morbid Angel in 2013), he plans to tour extensively and then record another album. The six-year curse is officially broken. "It feels so great to be back playing every day," Sandoval says. "I worked really hard on my recovery and all that work is really paying off now because when I play these songs I feel the same way I did in 1990 or 2000. I feel young again and I can play with no problem. And that's hard to do because this new album has a lot of changes, double-bass, fast blast beats. You name it." [words by Jon Wiederhorn]
TERRORIZER's Caustic Attack will see release via The End Records this fall. Further details including track teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay alert.


Below is the official information about the upcoming album by Nazareth. At the bottom you can listen to a new song.
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a band in 2018, Nazareth is marking the occasion with a hard rocking new album, "Tattooed On My Brain". Scheduled for release on Frontiers Music srl on October 12, 2018, the album will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. "Tattooed On My Brain" is their 24th full length album and the first to feature new vocalist Carl Sentance (ex-Persian Risk, Don Airey).
Founding member, bassist Pete Agnew says about the new album: "What I know and expect is that this record, because of our new line up, will come under the highest scrutiny of any record in Nazareth's istory and after that, hopefully be judged as one of the best of Nazareth's career. While there is always going to be hints of the classic Nazareth sound on our albums, when you consider that all the musicians have been playing classic Nazareth songs for most of their lives, what is fresh, and inspired the new songs and new approach, is the fact that we have a new singer: Carl Sentance. You can change band members and still keep pretty much on the same road, but there is nothing that changes a band's approach so definitively as the sound, style and performance of a new frontman. It also influences the way the other guys write songs because mostly when you write a song for the band you have in mind whether it will suit your singer's style and how he'll sound singing it. And of course, with Carl we have not only a new singer but a great new songwriter as well, so the whole project was always going to be fresher than a new laid egg, given all these ingredients we had to work with. Tastes fantastic, by the way."
While it is difficult to sum up in few words the history and the influence on the history of rock that an act like Nazareth has had, there is no doubt that they have left an indelible mark. The band originally formed in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1968, releasing their eponymous debut album in 1971. The band broke through to a larger audience when, after supporting Deep Purple on tour, they released the Roger Glover-produced "Razamanaz" album in early 1973. A string of hit records including "Loud 'N' Proud", "Rampant",and their biggest success "Hair of the Dog"(featuring the smash hits "Hair Of The Dog" and "Love Hurts") followed, cementing the band's legacy in the history of hard rock. Nazareth continued on throughout the '80s and '90s, making new studio albums and touring the world.
In 2014, original singer Dan McCafferty had to leave the band for health reasons and with his blessing, Carl Sentance is now fronting the legendary band. Rejuvenated and as energetic as ever, Nazareth is back with an album that firmly shows their roots, but also sees the band progressing forward and seeing the future. These songs are infectious, hooky and instantly memorable.... just as you'd expect from Nazareth!
The band has a wealth of tour dates commencing this Friday, July 20th and running through August, before picking up again in November.
Nazareth - "Pole To Pole" (Official Audio)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rock and Roll in the 1940s (The Blues and Heavy Metal, Part 3)

In the popular imagination the blues is frequently a downtempo and slow form of music, in the same way that country music for many people means slow rhythms, but in the 1940s some musicians are taking the blues (and country) in a more uptempo, danceable direction.
The blues, country music, African-American gospel music, and boogie woogie are crisscrossing paths. The uptempo blues comes to be known as jump blues, and jump blues for all practical purposes is none other than what we now call rock and roll; it simply not called rock and roll yet. Labeling the music as rock and roll is a marketing tool that has not happened yet, but which will be used in the 1950s as a way to differentiate it from “race records” (music performed by Black people). In capitalism the selling, marketing and fashions are key to the music business, and it’s generally a good idea to make a product seem cool and trendy by giving it a name that suggests newness.
Boogie woogie influences the way that some musicians intensify the pace in songs. For example, the African-American pianist Albert Ammons’ performance of “Boogie Woogie Stomp” in the 1930s influences on the idea of fast or uptempo blues. Boogie woogie in general translates into music for dancing and in time this idea carries to the blues when it becomes jump blues ("rhythm and blues" is another common name for the music in this period). On the other hand, in country music you will find uptempo songs in Western swing dance music like Buddy Jones’ 1939 song “Rockin Rollin’ Mama.” The 1940 song “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” performed by Will Bradley and His Orchestra is another example of the danceable boogie woogie music that is popular at the time.
BUDDY JONES - Rockin' Rollin' Mama - 1939
Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar-Will Bradley Orchestra
Jump blues, though, is a bit of something else, something that we know as rock and roll starting in the mid 1940s and after. The lively beat in jump blues is meant to be contagious and make people move. Louis Jordan does a lot to popularize the vibe of jump blues. In 1945 Jordan has a hit with the song “Caldonia,” a work filled with a fun atmosphere through and through. The same year we have Champion Jack Dupree and his song “Let’s Have a Ball,” another track that makes audiences want to dance. In 1947 Stick McGhee does “Drinking Wine Spo-de-o-de.” These songs are characterized by a pep in the step so immediate upon hearing them.
(Champion) Jack Dupree Trio - Let's Have A Ball
Caldonia / Louis Jordan
Drinkin' Wine Spo-de-o-dee - Stick McGhee
Something is cooking and it won’t be long before more people catch the good smell of it. Often it was simply called rhythm and blues and the following year the music keeps on coming down the pipeline. By 1948 it really begins to sound like the rock and roll of the mid 1950s. There is “Good Rockin Tonight” performed by Wynonie Harris, which is a cover of the song that Roy Brown released in 1947, and Harris gives it a more uptempo feel, makes it less jazzy and more rock and roll. In 1948 Wild Bill Moore does “We’re Gonna Rock; We’re Gonna Roll” and Albinia Jones sings “Hole in the Wall Tonight.” Then in 1949 there is “All She Wants to Do Is Rock” (Wynonie Harris); “The Fat Man” (Fats Domino); “Atlanta Boogie” (Tommy Brown); “Let’s Have Some Fun” (Jesse Thomas); “Rock that Boogie” (Jimmy Smith).
Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight
We're Gonna Rock by Wild Bill Moore 1948
Hole In The Wall Tonight
In 1949 “Rock Awhile” by Goree Carter has a nice, robust electric guitar in a prominent way. Louis Jordan continues his catchy music and in 1949 Jordan had a major success with “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” This song is notable for the both uptempo sound and for its rock and roll lyrics and vibe.
Goree Carter Rock Awhile (1949)
Louis Jordan - Saturday Night Fish Fry
As the 1940s end, rock and roll (in the 1940s: “rhythm and blues”; “jump blues”) is no longer an isolated song by one artist. It is a style that is picking up steam and reaching wider audiences. The contagious, upbeat sounds are hard to resist. The 1950s will begin just as the 1940s end: more rock and roll is on the way.
We’ll take a look at the 1950s in the installment of this series.

NEWS: NO GODS Streaming New Album Now

"No gods, no masters and no prisoners taken. The bastard lovechild of death and thrash metal with a hardcore surrogate father is never a pretty affair, but No Gods take it one stage further. The Pennsylvanian outfit already earned their stripes on their début eponymous EP, which specialist extreme metal label Horror Pain Gore Death put out at the tail end of 2016. Now the band are back, and the sarcastically named Paradise seems apt for a band from Bethlehem."
"Once the band have 'thawed' in the opener, they’re straight out the gate with their vicious riffs and hammering drums. The vocals, meanwhile, flip between Araya’s trademark yell and brutal barks as seen on Nails and Revocation records - both totally apt for the noisy carnage going on around them. No Gods are abundantly vitriolic, and the one-to-two-word song titles are built to be bellowed before the quartet launch in guns blazing."
"No track exceeds more than three minutes, so each moment is lean of the fat and extraneous padding that thrash bands can occasionally indulge in. 'Baptism' is the longest, also highlighting the band’s love of good ol’ punk riffs, before the frenetic skins pounding brings about a flurry of tremolo and the briefest moment of Joey Torelli’s throat shredding, before the whirlwind kicks off again."
"No Gods are already seasoned on the road, with shows supporting DRI, Lich King, Warbringer and Havok under their belts. With Paradise behind them, there’s nothing to stop them as they roar off down the highway, targets to decimate in their sights. FFO: Reign in Blood-era Slayer, Nails, Revocation, Power Trip."
Paradise is available via Bandcamp and all streaming services now.

NEWS: Death metal supergroup HEADS FOR THE DEAD unleash official video

"Members of REVEL IN FLESH, WOMBBATH and URSINNE have come together to create a new masterpiece in the style. In collaboration with Suspiric Noir (MINDKULT, BEASTMAKER), they have created a video that best represents their vision in true old school horror style."
HEADS FOR THE DEAD (International) - 'Serpent's Curse' (September 24th, 2018)
> LP Box Set
> Gatefold LP
> Autographed CD Box Set
> 8-Panel Digipack CD
> Digital
Genre - Death Metal
Release Date - September 24th, 2018
Record Label - Transcending Obscurity Records (India)
For fans of - Ursinne, Nattravnen, Edge of Sanity, Entombed, Just Before Dawn, Autopsy, Wombbath, Revel In Flesh
Members of well-known death metal groups such as URSINNE, WOMBBATH and REVEL IN FLESH have created the finest kind of death metal that draws heavily from the old school horror movies. Jonny Pettersson (also in HENRY KANE, PALE KING) has used all his experience to create truly menacing music that is epic in scope and also fairly original. There are few albums that you'll hear such as this one that has perfectly encapsulated various facets of death metal without compromising on the overall sound. REVEL IN FLESH's Ralf Hauber is terrifying on vocals and brings this whole event to life. Members of SENTIENT HORROR (Matt Moliti) and WOMBBATH (HÃ¥kan Stuvemark) furthermore liven up the proceedings with their guest solos, with the session drummer of DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (Erik Bevenrud) pounding away triumphantly. Right from the hair-raising warning that goes off to the fitting finish with a WOLFBRIGADE cover, the debut album of HEADS FOR THE DEAD will keep you riveted, thoroughly enthralled, and will invariably have you scrambling to hit the repeat play button of what is arguably this year's most awaited release from Transcending Obscurity Records.
HEADS FOR THE DEAD (International) - Serpent's Curse (Death Metal) OFFICIAL VIDEO

NEWS: KINGCROW: Italian Prog Troupe Releases Title Track From The Persistence LP Set For September Release Through Sensory Records

"Italian modern prog rock/metal outfit KINGCROW presents the title track and first single from their impending The Persistence LP, set for worldwide release in September through Sensory Records. The album will be released in conjunction with the band's European tour supporting Pain Of Salvation."
"KINGCROW's upcoming third album for Sensory Records, The Persistence closes a three-year gap since their acclaimed Eidos album. Describing KINGCROW today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of different kinds of music; progressive rock, alternative rock, ambient music, metal, and more are all present in the band's songs. With each release, they take a step further away from their original roots and is regarded today as one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer. Recorded at Sound Under Pressure, The Persistence was produced by KINGCROW's Diego and Thundra Cafolla, mixed by Giampiero Ulacco, and completed with the photography and design of Devilnax, all the same as the album's predecessor."
Diego Cafolla issues with the release of the album's title track, "'The Persistence' is one of the first songs I've written for the record. I was determined to have an unusual rhythm as the back bone of the song and worked on it several hours with Thundra before we nailed it. We think it's something somehow unusual for us and shows something new while still sounding like KINGCROW. Why we did choose it as the first single? Simple, it's the longest track on the record."
The Persistence will be released on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats worldwide on September 7th via Sensory Records. The vinyl version features three bonus tracks recorded at ProgPower USA have a new mastering by Alan Douches on the D-side. Stand by for audio samples, preorders, and more info on the album to be issued shortly. Fans of Steven Wilson, Riverside, and Dream Theater, this is required listening.
The release of The Persistence is tied in conjunction to KINGCROW's support slot for Pain Of Salvation, which will run from August 31st through September 20th.
KINGCROW w/ Pain Of Salvation:
8/31/2018 Columbia-Theater - Berlin, DE
9/01/2018 Progresja - Warsaw, PL
9/02/2018 Studio - Krakow, PL
9/04/2018 MMC - Bratislava, SK
9/05/2018 A38 - Budapest, HU
9/07/2018 Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, DE
9/09/2018 Markthalle - Hamburg, DE
9/10/2018 Zeche - Bochum, DE
9/12/2018 Academy Club - Manchester, UK
9/13/2018 Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
9/14/2018 Muziekgieterij - Maastricht, NL
9/15/2018 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
9/17/2018 Z-7 - Pratteln, CH
9/18/2018 L'Empreinte - Savigny-le-Temple, FR
9/19/2018 Ninkasi Kao - Lyon, FR
9/20/2018 La Laiterie - Strasbourg, FR
KINGCROW's Diego Cafolla offers of The Persistence, "With the last record, Eidos, we finished what we call the 'life trilogy' which included Phlegethon, In Crescendo, and Eidos, and when we started talking about the new chapter everyone agreed we needed somehow to step a bit outside of our confort zone and refresh our sound. With that in mind, I started to write a lot of music, which ended up being three hours of music more or less, trying different things until I came up with a couple of songs that sounded interesting and fresh to us and showcased the 'X factor' of the new record. 'Everything Goes' and 'Devil's Got A Picture' were the first two written. These early songs sounded different from what we did in the past but still somehow sounding like us, with a kind of a dark ambient, more modern vibe mixed with a heavier rock attitude. Devilnax was also determined to have a different cover style for the album, and after nights spent listening to the demos and discussing the lyrical content, for the first time all by vocalist Diego Marchesi, he came up with that very powerful image that fits beautifully with the main vibe of The Persistence."
KINGCROW - The Persistence

NEWS: CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces US Tour With Hate Eternal And Harm's Way

"Following the release of their critically-lauded fourteenth studio album, Red Before Black, last year, CANNIBAL CORPSE will head back out on the road this winter for US live takeover. The tour will run from November 2nd through December 6th with support provided by Hate Eternal and Harm's Way. See all confirmed dates below."
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Hate Eternal, Harm's Way:
11/02/2018 The Music Farm - Columbia, SC
11/03/2018 Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
11/04/2018 Shaka's Live - Norfolk, VA
11/05/2018 Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
11/07/2018 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
11/08/2018 Fete - Providence, RI
11/09/2018 White Eagle Hall - Jersey City, NJ
11/10/2018 Anthology - Rochester, NY
11/11/2018 Skully's - Columbus, OH
11/13/2018 The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
11/14/2018 Civic Music Hall - Toledo, OH
11/15/2018 The Castle Theater - Bloomington, IL
11/16/2018 Durty Nelly's - Palatine, IL
11/17/2018 The Majestic Theater - Madison, WI
11/18/2018 Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
11/20/2018 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
11/21/2018 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
11/23/2018 House of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
11/24/2018 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
11/25/2018 The Varsity Theater - Baton Rouge, LA
11/27/2018 Cosmic Charlies - Lexington, KY
11/28/2018 Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2018 The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
11/30/2018 Delmar Hall - St. Louis, MO
12/01/2018 The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
12/03/2018 Growlers - Memphis, TN
12/04/2018 Georgia Theater - Athens, GA
12/05/2018 The Abbey - Orlando, FL
12/06/2018 The Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Goatwhore), their latest album, Red Before Black, serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. "Throughout our career, we've tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. Red Before Black continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It's definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we've done recently," asserts bassist Alex Webster. "We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums," adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. "And as Alex said, musically I think it's the rawest sound we've had - and at the same time I think it's our most focused, tightest, and catchiest record."

Monday, July 16, 2018

Battleroar (review by MMB)

Codex Epicus
release date: June 8th, 2018
label: Cruz del Sur Music
For many people the word epic in cinematography probably conjures up movies like the series The Lord of the Rings, while in literature, epic is often linked to works such The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Poem of the Cid, The Song of Roland, Paradise Lost, so on and so forth. In any case, the general concept often involves tales of the deeds of heroic figures and their struggles to overcome the treacherous acts of their antagonists. Heroes, kings, queens, wars, glory and ignominy are components of the epics.
Battleroar assumes that type of framework as they labor to create works that can stand the test of time in order for the listener to see the music as more than a temporary fashion of a particular year. Few things are as embarrassing for musicians who consider themselves artists than to have their work later be judged as a silly flavor of the week that no one remembers fondly and seriously, in the same way that people look back at photographs of years gone by, only to laugh at how silly and outdated the fashions look now.
What exactly do these musicians have to offer? The guitar playing is witness to composer Kostas Tzortzis’ decades of dedication to the instrument, and the riffs that speak volumes about the respect for heavy metal tradition. Uptempo and galloping rhythms are part of the identity, but there are moments of slower, more melodic segments, too. The singer is Gerrit Mutz from the German band Sacred Steel with which he has been doing his singing since at least 1997. In addition, on this album Mark Shelton, the leader of the long-running U.S. metal band Manilla Road (founded in 1977), is a guest on a song.
The previous album Blood of Legends is from 2014. It seems like they knew that they needed something awesome in order to follow up a very good like that one. That’s a good sign. They felt the necessity to turn in a strong comeback, and they have.

Finnr's Cane (review by MMB)

Finnr's Cane
label: Prophecy Productions
release date: 20 July 2018
This particular Elegy musically signifies a place to find melancholy and despondency in abundance. It’s where time slows down and the sorrowful notes stay for a while welcoming patience and the willingness to escape the ever-present speedy march of time, deadlines, and hurrying up. In a way, if you don’t feel like taking the time to give the music a proper listen, then you won’t understand it because in order to comprehend the constitution of the album it is necessary to permit it more than a few seconds, more than several minutes to unfold.
Fans of atmospheric and ambient black metal, of doom, of folk and of slow genres it general would be the potential audiences for this album. The vocals are extreme metal growling, but the overall feeling is melancholic, not angry, not violent. The vocals are not an upfront obnoxious roar, but a bit more a distant, gentle murmur growling without the intention of drowning out the other instruments. There is a wee bit of depressive singing here and there, too.
As if you didn’t know it already, the band is not the type that goes around giving the metal horns and telling people to “start a f****** mosh pit, m************!”; it’s not “bros, wrestling, and beer metal” and they are probably ok with the idea that some people may not consider them metal at all.
In conclusion, it’s inward-looking music. Doom, black, and folk metal are in there in various forms, but so are the rain, the cold, the fall, the clouds and depression and loneliness.

NEWS: Sedation Therapy's 2018 Demo

Not much information is available at this moment about Sedation Therapy. Online the band says that they are from Tacoma, Washington, U.S. What they have on Bandcamp is a demo from June of 2018. The recording is old-school death doom with simplistic, super heavy guitars, and some moments of uptempo energy, and super low gruff vocals that are completely indecipherable, and fit well into the nebulous mass of their sound.
No information about the personnel seems to be available at this point, but you can hear the entire recording at the link below.
Sedation Therapy
release date: June 23rd, 2018
label: independent
1. Intro 02:18
2. Crippling Disbelief 02:35
3. Withered 02:10
4. Dissolving Sensible Thought 04:22
total time 11:25

NEWS: BEHEMOTH Announces North American Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. Tour With Special Guests At The Gates And Wolves In The Throne Room

Behemoth has announced a new tour for the fall of 2018. Below are the dates, notice that Seattle is on the list. Below is the official information about the tour.
This fall, Polish black/death overlords BEHEMOTH will return to North America to headline the Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. tour. featuring special guests At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room. The tour will run from October 20th through November 24th.
Behemoth vocalist, guitarist, and main-man Nergal comments, "I hereby announce BEHEMOTH's triumphant return to the North American shores this fall. We will be in the noble company of At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, who will be supporting us on our eleventh opus. Even though it's only been a few moments since we played for you, our American legions, we cannot wait for this tour to start! It's gonna be the first headlining run supporting new music and we are bringing all the artillery, which means the biggest production thus far! Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. arrives soon and we want you to celebrate this sonic pandemonium with us!" See all confirmed dates below.
BEHEMOTH Ecclesia Diabolica America 2018 e.v. Tour w/ At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room:
10/20/2018 Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2018 House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
10/23/2018 The Aztec Theatre - San Antonio, TX
10/24/2018 House Of Blues - Houston, TX
10/26/2018 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
10/27/2018 Janus Landing - Tampa, FL
10/29/2018 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
10/30/2018 The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA
11/01/2018 House Of Blues - Boston, MA
11/02/2018 The Fillmore - Silver Spring, MD
11/03/2018 Playstation Theater - New York, NY
11/04/2018 M-Telus - Montreal, QC
11/06/2018 The Danforth - Toronto, ON
11/07/2018 St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
11/09/2018 House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
11/10/2018 Cabooz - Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2018 The Truman- Kansas City, MO
11/13/2018 The Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
11/14/2018 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2018 MacEwan Ballroom - Calgary, AB
11/17/2018 Union Hall - Edmonton, AB
11/20/2018 Showbox Market - Seattle, WA
11/21/2018 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
11/23/2018 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/24/2018 The Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
BEHEMOTH recently completed work on their eleventh full-length album, which will see a worldwide release via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe this fall. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

NEWS: Milwaukee's PREZIR Releasing 'As Rats Devour Lions' September 17 on Godz ov War Productions

The Wisconsin, U.S. black metal group Prezir is now streaming the title track from the upcoming album As Rats Devour Lions. Below you will find the official information about the band and the album.
Milwaukee black metal group PREZIR are releasing their first full length album, As Rats Devour Lions, on September 17 on Godz of War Productions. The follow up to 2017 debut EP Contempt, As Rats Devour Lions delivers a scornful blow to the wasteland of safe metal modernity. A contemptuous rebuke of all extremist ideologies, both present and historical, PREZIR epitomizes black metal ferocity (DESTROYER 666, DAWN, EMPEROR) laden with thrash (MEGADETH, SLAYER) and death metal (MORBID ANGEL, IMMOLATION, DEICIDE) influences. This record is a faster, more melodic, and heavier auditory assault than their previous effort.A black metal cyclone, PREZIR features guitarists Rory Heikkila (SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY) and Tyler Okrzesik (SHROUD OF DESPONDENCY), vocalist and lyricist Luka Djordjevic (KHAZADDUM), drummer Brian Serzynski (PIGS BLOOD), and bassist Jerry Hauppa (ARA/NORTHLESS. As Rats Devour Lions was skillfully recorded and mixed by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings. Bass recorded by J.Hauppa; artwork and layout by L.Djordjevic; and photography by David Warner.
Track List
1. As Rats Devour Lions
2. Ideologue Alchemy
3. Janičari
4. Dar al-Harb
5. Serpents in the House of Ra
6. Hamatsa Death Ritual
7. Plagiarized Infamy
8. Oedipus Context
Biography: Formed in 2016, Prezir is a Serbian word that means contempt. We are thusly named because the goal of this band, and the music that we write is to create acrimonious heavy metal in the vein of our influences, with a mutual disgust for the safety of modern metal. The nature of ideological dogmas and herd like adherence to the fables of superstitious charlatans is anathema to the pursuit of intellect and reason. Bad ideas are best fought with good ideas and truths. Derision of the false is essential to the preservation of philosophy.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

NEWS: New EFFLUVIA (Tacoma, WA, USA) Album on the Way

Steve Miller once declared he had been to Tacoma in the state of Washington and when he was there he surely must have smelled the Tacoma aroma, but when he comes back the next time he will have to deal with two aromas because there is another one now. Can you smell what Effluvia is cooking? Effluvia is about unleash the people's elbow of death metal and it's going to be called Laboratory Casualties, scheduled for the 8th of August, 2018. All the jokers and the midnight tokers will be flying like an eagle of death metal when they hear the new odors from the graveyards. Effluvia is putting the fun back in funeral with two new songs that they are streaming at the link below.
They used to be called Defecated Corpse back in 1990, but after a friend actually showed in the dictionary what their name really means they collectively decided to have a more classy name to reflect the fact that they are, above all, gentlemen of grace and elegance, which is why one of their new songs is called "Butchered Fetus."
Tacoma is lucky to have them.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

album of interest released this week, July 8-14: DYGORA

Chambers of Reflection
Self released
13 July 2018
DYGORA is extreme metal from the U.K. and the recording is called "Chambers of Reflections." The date of release is the 13th of July of 2018 and it is an independent recording of four songs, with a total time of some 24 minutes. According to Metal Archives, they formed in 2015. This is their third recording.
The music is grooving, downtempo growling heaviness with a big minimalist approach. They play a riff, and milk it for what it’s worth, and move on to a new one and then proceed to juice that one with the vibe of a hardcore band. In short, it is mostly chugging, grooving heaviness. On top of the heaviness you will find a devoted growler who often prefers to do extended, long growling and dwells on the growling itself as an art worthy of developing.
The band so far shows no interest in melody, and seems totally focused on being as heavy as they can at this point. Listen to the recording at the link below. Learn more about them through the following official information.
Death/Doom metal band DYGORA will release their new EP "Chambers of Reflections" on July 13 2018.
The band commented "The journey of this E.P has been set on a curious path. The death of a mother, a brother, family turmoil have all been the things which have shaped this release into something which goes beyone us. We set out with an idea for this EP, but things in life directed us all to another place where we felt dark, but comfortable with it. The amount of learning and growing with one another which has had to be done over the writing period is substantial; also, the self discoveries we've all had to observe within ourselves has been welcoming. This EP is the epitome of our challenges as individuals and a group, as well as our hope to see beyond the veil which we have created, as people, and as a planet."
About DYGORA: The Death/Doom metal legion Dygora came to life in 2016 with the initial collaboration of vocalist Omar Swaby & guitarist Reece Beasley in London. To complete this early incarnation, the band rounded out their sound with a second guitarist Mark Cross and Kieran Heraghty on drums, and a year later solidified the line up with the addition of Archie Farrer on bass guitar.
Dygora set out early on to hit as much of the UK as possible, playing live to showcase their unique blend of metal, with evil throaty vocals that could curdle blood, non-stop pummeling drums and blistering guitar riffs that go from articulate death metal picking to some of the heaviest doom-laden progressions that this planet has ever heard.
2018 sees a new year for Dygora with the unveiling of their latest EP titled “Chambers of Reflections”. This follow up to their previously released demo is slated to come out in July to an eagerly anticipating audience of metal heads. This also marks the year that Dygora will play their first international show when they head out to Tokyo this September. Dygora have been writing, touring and recording for almost two years now, and making a prominent mark in the local scene, and delivering an auditory message that reflects upon their turmoil. They are ready to bring their interpretation of extremity and perseverance around the world.
"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken".

Washington state concert calendar, updated July 14, 2018

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin zine.
Washington state concert calendar, updated July 14, 2018
July 15 Havok, others at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
July 18 Aggression, others at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
July 19 Expain, Darkness Stole the Sky, Exiled to Fire at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
July 19-21 The Backyard Festival (40 bands/2 stages) at Louie G’s Pizza, Fife, WA
July 20 Massacre at the Opera, others at The Heavy Metal Brewing Co., Vancouver, WA
July 20 Rest, Repose; Drewsif Stalin, For the Likes of You, As Pillars Fall, ReEvolution at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 20 Red Fang at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 20 Aggression, Oxygen Destroyer, Voidthrone, Urðr at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
July 20 The Accused AD, Effluvia, Why Won’t You Die, Soul Grinder at Erebus, Kelso, WA
July 20 Bummer, Al Gore, Goon, Seizure, Pustulous at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
July 21 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute), others at Uncle Sam’s, Spanaway, WA
July 21 Valhalla (Led Zeppelin tribute) at The Brothers Gemini, Port Angeles, WA
July 21 Skelator, Expain, Substratum, Xoth at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 21 Infernal Legion, Blood and Thunder, Kömmand at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
July 22 Exmortus, The Absence, Hatchet at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
July 22 Haggus, Botched Anastomosis J-Pouch, Sarin Attack, Pustulous, Goon at The Valley, Tacoma, Wa
July 23 Isenordal, Suicide Forest, Vouna, Ox Hunger at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 23 Primordial Atrocity, Substratum, Expain, Without Chemicals He Points at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 23 DTI at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 23 Haggus, Disease, Al Gore at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
July 25 Graveshadow at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 25 Mournful Congregation, Bell Witch, Mortiferum at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 26 Nocturnal Mayhem, others at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
July 27 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Nograves at Brews and Cues, Yakima, WA
July 27 Thou Shall Kill, others at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
July 27 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Muze Ilani, Ridgefield, WA
July 28 Zero Down (album release show), Detonator, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Zombiefest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
July 28 Soiree Macabre III: A Flourishing Scourge, Voidthrone at Barboza, Seattle, WA
July 28 Leed Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
July 28 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Ocean Shores, Seattle, WA
July 28 Heavy Summer (multiple bands) at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
July 29 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Stones Summer Jam, Seattle, WA
July 29 Worshipper, Old Man Wizard at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 1 Traitors, Signs of the Swarm, Vultures Above Us, Dismembering Mary, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 2 Christ Killer, Florida Man, Open Veins, others at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
August 4 Wasteland Meltdown Festival 2018 at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
August 4 Primordial Atrocity, Countless the Dead, others at Centralia, WA
August 4 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at The Emerald of Siam Thai, Richland, WA
August 4 A Flourishing Scourge, Rat King at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
August 6 Thou Shall Kill, Orator at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 7 Summer Slaughter Tour at Showbox, Seattle, WA
August 7 Novereign, Railgun, Weaponlord at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 9 Pathology, Within Destruction, Parasitic Ejaculation at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
August 9 Usnea, Amarok, Isenordal at Lo-Fi, Seattle, WA
August 10 Pathology, Within Destruction, Parasitic Ejaculation, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Cold Hearts, Xingaia at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 10 Night Demon, Blood Star, Demon Hammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 10 Aethereus, Theories, Blood and Thunder, Xoth at Airport Tavern, Tacoma, WA
August 14 Plague Bearer, Draghkar, Tyrants from Hell, Dilapidation at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 17 The Accüsed AD at Slim’s Annual Hillbilly Headbanger’s, Seattle, WA
August 19 Alice Cooper at Angel of the Winds, Everett, WA
August 20 Powerglove, Xoth at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 20 Apotheon, Aethereus, Enigma, Increate, Odyssian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 22 Lamb of God, Napalm Death, The Accused AD at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 22 Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Postulous at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
August 24 Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death at White River Ampitheatre, Auburn, WA
August 26 Dead Crown at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
August 31 Urðr, Armed for Apocalypse at Hi-Fidelity Lounge, Bremerton, WA
September 1 Armed for Apocalypse at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 3 Vicious Rumors, others at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 4 The Exploited, Total Chaos at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 5 Vicious Rumors at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
September 8 Effluvia, Oxygen Destroyer, Disease, Al Gore at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
September 8 Xoth, Blood and Thunder, Ghostblood, Progenitor at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
September 8 American Wrecking Company at Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle, WA
September 14 Splitskull, The Crüd Güns, Exiled to Fire, Darkness Stole the Sky, Infernal Realm, Religicide at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
September 15 Speaks in Tongues, The Crüd Güns, DTI, others at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
September 15 The Accused AD at Bainbridge Island Private Party
September 15 Northwest Tribfest at Historic Everett Theater, Everett, WA: tribute bands Dr. Crue, Infinity Project (Journey), Blistered Earth (Metallica), Second Sting (Scorpions), Almost Human (Kiss)
September 15 Obscura, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Inferi, Exist, Aethereus at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 17 Alestorm, GloryHammer at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 19 Woe at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 20 Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Blood and Thunder at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 21 Wiegedood at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 22 Coven, Disciples of Dissent, others at Wally’s House of Booze, Wenatchee, WA
September 22 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino & Lodge, Anacortes, WA
September 26 Angra, Scarlet Aura, Forsaken Fortress at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 27 Kingdom Come, Zero Down, Celia at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
September 28 Dominus Sabbata (Black Sabbath tribute) at Rocko’s Fireside, Everett, WA
September 29 Pallbearer, Tribulation at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 29 The War Within, Corvoid, Metaphoria at Darrell’s Tavern, Seattle, WA
October 2 Incantation, Dying Fetus at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 3 Graham Bonnet Band, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 5 Revocation, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 5 Oxygen Destroyer, Gravewitch, Progenitor at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
October 6 The Accused AD, Zero Down at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
October 9 Satan, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 9 Carach Angren, Mors Principium Est, Wolfheart, Empyrean, Blood and Thunder at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
October 15 Enemy Soil, Antigama, Violent Opposition, Treasonist, The Drip at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 15 Paradise Lost, Sólstafir, The Atlas Moth at Neumos, Seattle, WA
October 24 Captured by Robots, The Drip, others at The Big Dipper, Spokane, WA
October 25 Danzig, Venom Inc., Power Trip, Mutoid Man at Showbox, Seattle, WA
October 27 Method 13, Arisen from Nothing, The War Within, No Such Season at Madison Pub, Everett, WA
November 2 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
November 10 Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Drawn and Quartered at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
December 28 Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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Friday, July 13, 2018

NEWS: Blackened Divine Death Operation (Tacoma, WA)

Some weeks ago here in the city of Everett, Washington there was a cool metal show with Aborted headlining the Devastation on the Nation Tour. After the show, there was a long-haired person handing out compact discs to people who would take them. When asked about it, the person responded that the band is from Tacoma. There are three songs on the cd-r, and all the songs are lovingly written by hand with a black marker, and with a circled pentagram and a "666" written on it. The disc comes with no lyrics.
After listening to the recording, here is an assessment of the band Blackened Divine Death Operation. It is melodic-technical death metal with some blasting and traditional or old-school gruff vocals. The music is balanced relatively well. The band is focused on writing songs for getting people moving. You can tell that they have the chops on the guitar and the guitar solos are a highlight of the recording, but the riffing is good, too, and the technical and melodic and groove elements make the songs rather intelligible without having to work like a scientist in a laboratory to figure out where the songs are located. In addition, the vocals are surprisingly clear. Total extreme metal growling, but you can understand just about all the words. For instance, some of the lyrics, which are not present here, are focused on organized religion, of which this band seems not to be very supportive.
This demo is a good representation of the overall style of the band. You can tell where they are headed with these songs. You can hear that there is a certain level of instrumental and vocal maturity/skill going on, which suggests that the musicians are not novices at their chosen positions. The three songs on the disc are: "Delusional God Complex," "Immaculate Deception," "Blackened Divine Death Operation."
Biography: Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Blackened Divine Death Operation are a 3 piece band looking to make waves around the globe with their sinister brand of blackened death metal. Formed in L.A. by Ben Cole and Lief Larson, the band moved to Tacoma in 2016 where they met vocalist Cody Frazier and have been writing and recording steadily ever since. The music, which can only be described as utter annihilation, is a punishing assault on the listener's senses, guaranteed to captivate and delight any fan of extreme metal. Technically proficient, the band are currently searching for the right drummer to perform with and are looking to release their debut album over the summer. Keep on the lookout for the hurricane that is Blackened Divine Death Operation!