Saturday, July 21, 2018

NEWS: Watch the New FROZEN CROWN Video

The Italian power metal band Frozen Crown has a new video for the cut "Everwinter" from the album The Fallen King from 2018. Below you will find a review by this publication from earlier this year, and you will also find some official information about the band.
REVIEW: Big pop power metal primed for international massive success in Europe, Japan and South America may be the destiny and aim of this band. The album is carefully designed to leave no stone unturned in order to hit every check mark that the loyal fans of the genre want, demand and love.
The band features prominently two vocal energies, male and female, as a general rule. Both voices work well together, harmonious and catchy, starting with the first song, a fast track of European power metal. They add little spices all over the place. For instance, the second song is a radio-style pop metal song with a fun, uptempo vibe. It’s definitely pop music. Of course, they do the power metal rocking songs, the band’s go-to mode is, in fact, uptempo and fast songs loaded to the gills with melodies. The guitar melodies are big for this album, but the keyboards are important, too.
The band has a bit of a wild side to them. For instance, on the last song, they go into blasting mode and incorporate growling into the song and they end this thing in big bang style. Here and there, they have a bit of growling in some songs. The band does quite a bit of variety, but they are not a blank file or a replica, blindly following a strict formula. The band has given a kingdom for a heart like this, one that can take the music in different directions.
Now, you may be saying, “That’s all well and good, but why don’t you give me the bad news?! Tell me about the bad side of the album, show me the weaknesses.”
Well, you have a point. I will most certainly show you the bad parts of the album. I will tell you all about the weak aspects of this album for sure. I will tell you about the bad elements of the album just as soon as I find them.
It is true that bad news travels fast, but this good news should travel faster. Hopefully this is not the end of this chapter.
BIO: Frozen Crown is a Melodic Power Metal band with female and male vocals, drawing inspiration from early Sonata Arctica and Nightwish, as well as from the most recent European metal acts like Orden Ogan. Between catchy and epic refrains, melodic guitar riffs and vocal duets on a solid Power Metal basis, the band makes frequent incursions in Classic Heavy Metal (Iced Earth, Iron Maiden), Folk and Melodic Death (early Children of Bodom and Dark Tranquillity), occasionally adding screaming vocals. The use of Keyboards enriches the songs and adds an epic edge to them, without being too invasive for the band's sound, which still remains heavily guitar driven. The songwriting duties rely on singer, guitarist and keyboard player Federico Mondelli (Be The Wolf), flanked by singer and frontwoman Giada Etro (Ashes You Leave, Tystnaden). The rest of the band is formed by 17 years old female guitarist Talia Bellazecca, bass player Filippo Zavattari and drummer Alberto Mezzanotte.
FROZEN CROWN - Everwinter (Official Video) 4K UHD
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NEWS: LAST PHARAOH Upcoming Album in September via Pure Steel Records

Fans of traditional high screaming shredding heavy metal should be on the lookout for the American band LAST PHARAOH. By way of Pure Steel Records they will have their debut full-length album The Mantle of Spiders on the 21st of September of 2018. The pre-order starts on September 7th. Read the official information about the album and band below.
LAST PHARAOH combines the rhythmic power of eighties heavy metal with the virtuosity of neo-classical master shredders. The US hopeful hails from the Hudson Valley region of New York. The band consists of vocalist Tommy Santangelo, guitarist Ron Toth, bassist Michael James and drummer Ed Shelinsky.
In contrast to other bands of this genre LAST PHARAOH delivers powerful and melodic songs without getting too progressive, they hit the heart and brain of all headbangers instantly. Their debut album “The Mantle of Spiders” is not only recommended to fans of Malmsteen and Impellitteri, but also Queensryche and Judas Priest.
TRACKLIST:
1. Into The Darkness
2. The Headless Horseman
3. Jekyll And Hyde
4. Deadly Dreams
5. Machinic Non-Conscience
6. Slave To The Kill (The Son Of Sam)
7. Desert Dreams
8. Mantle Of Spiders
9. Psycho House
Total Playing Time: 46:09 min
LINE-UP:
Tommy Santangelo – vocals
Ron Toth – guitars
Michael James – bass
Ed Shelinsky – drums
LAST PHARAOH is a melodic Power Metal/Progressive Metal/Neo-Classical band from the Hudson Valley-Westchester region of New York. Their sound features melodic and refined vocals, blistering solos, and a driving rhythm section. All flow fluidly well into crafted catchy songs. Recently formed, the band consists of veteran pros with years of performing and recording experience.
Ron started playing music at a very young age. He first started on the clarinet, but quickly switched to guitar when he heard the opening guitar riff to Alice Cooper's, "School's Out." From then on he was hooked on guitar. His band Pegasus made it to #13 band in Ohio while he was still in High school. He then moved to New York & got a gig with William Ames {Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra} doing Neo-Classical Hard Rock/Metal. Ron has appeared on ESP records, and Prisonrock records. Ron has now found a perfect musical fit in LAST PHARAOH.
Tommy fell in love with, "The Voice Of Metal" in 1982 while giving Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast its first initial listen after receiving a copy from his Uncle. From there, he took on the vocal styles of Queensryche, Dio, King Diamond, Grim Reaper, Savatage and Helloween, melding all those vocal aspects into his own unique style. Tommy's vocal range is very wide and dynamic. He can switch from aggressive melodic, (DIO) to stratospheric, piercing falsettos (King Diamond) at the blink of an eye. Tommy's vocal style is a perfect fit for LAST PHARAOH.
In 1986, Michael picked up the bass for the first time, and began a voyage that would see him fusing the technicality of Progressive Metal, and the speed of Thrash, with his own adaptive and versatile style which transcends the Metal Spectrum. Michael's bass playing is a perfect fit for Ron's style and they compliment each other wonderfully. Michael's fingers blaze through notes and progressions with pin-point accuracy, making him the perfect fit for LAST PHARAOH.
Ed started playing drums at the age of 8. Beginning with Led Zeppelin, then moving on to Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Pantera. A hard hitting drummer, Ed can play anything thrown his way. Melding wonderfully constructed rythms into gigantic drumming beats and incredible fills, Ed has finally found his home as the backbone for LAST PHARAOH.
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NEWS: New SKELETONWITCH Album Out Now & Streaming in Entirety

The cat is out of the bag now and it is time for you to hear the new direction of SKELETONWITCH. The American band is now letting people hear its first full-length album with the new vocalist Adam Clemans. Devouring Radiant Light is out now on Prosthetic Records. This is a case of an album that you have to hear for yourself because it involves a different screamer on an entire new studio album. The old fans will certainly demand to hear the transition and now they can, and the new fans will hear the veteran act in its latest incarnation. It is a good idea not to judge it based on one song. This one has various sides and a complete listen will show a lot better than one song where Skeletonwitch is headed in the years to come. Below is the official information.
SKELETONWITCH
Devouring Radiant Light
Prosthetic Records
20 July 2018
With Devouring Radiant Light, their fifth full-length album for Prosthetic Records, an American heavy metal institution, SKELETONWITCH have succeeded where many have failed: they have reformulated their sound mid-career with dizzyingly triumphant results. Since their inception, Skeletonwitch have been known for blending and bending metal subgenres. The members’ collective love of Judas Priest, classic-era Metallica and Immortal has always been worn on their sleeves and remains evident. However, it’s the band’s blacker leanings that have shifted to the forefront and altered the tenor of the through line on this latest offering.
Grasping the blackened thread of “White Light” that revealed itself on their 2016 EP, The Apothic Gloom (the band’s first recording with vocalist Adam Clemans), Skeletonwitch has emerged with the eight-song, searing, soaring, burning statement of purpose: Devouring Radiant Light. The record demonstrates a band coalescing both compositionally and conceptually. Three of the eight tracks on “Devouring Radiant Light” hover near the seven minute mark and a fourth nearly reaches nine minutes. This is a band cultivating new ambition.
While black metal has always been a recognizable component of the Skeletonwitch DNA, Devouring Radiant Light sees the band crashing headlong into the subgenre like never before. And where Skeletonwitch previously ran its output through a Second Wave Black Metal filter, Devouring incorporates a strong atmospheric influence. Bergtatt-era Ulver and Cascadian black metal lineage are palpable. From ethereal intros to tremolo sky-ride leads Devouring is draped and adorned with the musical lexicon of black metal. But the expansion of influence does not stop there.
Nathan Garnette and Scott Hedrick are still co-captaining the dual-guitar stratospheric charge but they’ve dramatically expanded their palette. Celestial crunch that evokes post-metal pioneers, Isis? Check. Gothic doom passages à la Paradise Lost? Check. High-flying Åkerfeldt-ian solos slingshotting over mountains of undulating progressive rhythms? Check. The foundation for this sonic structure is the thunderous drumming and the effortless bass work of Evan Linger who possesses some of the strongest 4-string chops of any player in heavy music.
And then there’s vocalist Adam Clemans. Equal parts Tompa Lindberg fury and Jacob Bannon punk rage, Clemans’ creative intensity and sense of purpose fueled the band’s new musical trajectory which surfaced on The Apothic Gloom. His organic writing lends the band a newfound gravitas and his vocal performance is nothing short of epic.
Originally hailing from Ohio, Skeletonwitch were cheekily dubbed the Sons of Midwestern Darkness in their early days. That nom de guerre now applies in spirit only as the band’s members span the Coasts. This separation forced the band to transcend geography, crafting and refining the material digitally from a distance.
Like the previous full-length, this album was recorded by Converge guitarist and engineering deity Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Kvelertak, Dillinger Escape Plan) at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. The band’s rapport with Ballou provided the familiarity necessary to embrace uncharted creative territory. Melodeath genre architect Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, At the Gates) mixed the album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden to massive results. The record was mastered by Brad Boatright of metallic hardcore greats From Ashes Rise at Audiosiege Engineering in Portland, Oregon.
Devouring Radiant Light is black metal. It is thrash metal. It is death metal. It is prog metal. It is doom metal. It is HEAVY METAL. Skeletonwitch have successfully ushered in a new era landing on “Sacred Soil.”
skeletonwitch.bandcamp.com

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.”
TRACKLIST:
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
puresteel-shop.com/WEAPON-UK-Rising-From-The-Ashes_1
puresteel-shop.com/WEAPON-UK-Rising-From-The-Ashes-DOWNLOAD_1
facebook.com/Weapon.UK
[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.”
Hitten
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
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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.
Вольга
Солнцеславие
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.
volgafolkgroove.bandcamp.com/releases

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.
anesthesiaofbeer.bandcamp.com

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

[by MMB]
Cryonic Temple
Deliverance
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.
facebook.com/CryonicTemple/?ref=ts

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.
facebook.com/terrorizerofficial

NEWS: LEGENDARY SCOTTISH HARD ROCKERS NAZARETH RETURN NEW ALBUM "TATTOOED ON MY BRAIN"; AVAILABLE ON CD/LP/DIGITAL OUT OCTOBER 12, 2018

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)
facebook.com/nazarethofficial/

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.
ALBERT AMMONS BOOGIE WOOGIE STOMP
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.
nogodspa.bandcamp.com/album/paradise

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
headsforthedead.bandcamp.com

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)

Battleroar
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.
battleroar-epic.bandcamp.com

Finnr's Cane (review by MMB)

Finnr's Cane
Elegy
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.
finnrs-cane.bandcamp.com/album/elegy

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
Demo
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
sedationtherapy.bandcamp.com/releases
sedationtherapy@gmail.com

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.
prezir.bandcamp.com/album/as-rats-devour-lions

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.
effluviatacoma.bandcamp.com/album/laboratory-casualties

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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

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".
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