Leviathan Records Worldwide has just released the first official video off the CHASTAIN Cd “Surrender To No One.” Guitarist David T. Chastain states, “We wanted to get something official up there as soon as possible so we arranged for a lyric video of ‘Rise Up.’ I think it turned out pretty damn good all things considered. There are already quite a few fan videos out there for the new Cd. Some more elaborate than others. We hope to have performance videos for a few of the tracks in the not too distant future. However with members living all over the world it is going to take some ‘studio trickery’ to pull it off. However we have done something similar in the past so it is just a matter of time.”
Following a 17-year recording hiatus, Surgical Steel was the perfect comeback album for England’s resuscitated Carcass. The band produced a death metal masterpiece that not only sounded fresh, new and vital, it raised the bar for contemporary metal, much as they had done already with the gore-grind of their first two albums and the melodic death metal benchmark Heartwork – 20-some years ago. That they continue to amaze is, in and of itself, amazing.
2. Ulcerate – Vermis
Ulcerate – Vermis
The fourth album from this New Zealand trio, Vermis was an avalanche of swirling, elliptical riffing and chaotic drum salvos and stilted tempos that offered the technical dexterity and brutality of Morbid Angel in their prime, the eccentricities of Gorguts and the turbulent rhythmic dynamics of Neurosis – all while managing to sound very little like any of them in particular. That just three guys were making all this glorious noise was nothing short of astonishing.
3. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth
Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse put the emphasis on the “symphonic” in the symphonic black/death metal of their wildly ambitious third full-length. Fleshgod took everything to a whole other level of extreme here, creating an staggering the wall of sound with cascading guitars, grandiose keyboards and orchestration and some of the fastest drumming imaginable, and lathering on the layer upon layer of vocals, including some genuine female operatic warbling. Fittingly, to go along with labrynthian arrangements, album is built around a concept based on the Labyrinth of Knososs – the maze from Greek mythology that held the Minotaur.
4. Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light
Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light
These Reading, Pa., upstarts did just about everything right on their remarkable debut full-length. Ass-ripping, challenging tunes with a unique spin on progressive death metal, heady lyrics, cool Dan Seagrave cover art and crackling production from Hate Eternal mainman Erik Rutan combined here to make The Conscious Seed of Light the year’s top death metal debut.
5. Shining – One One One
Once an acoustic jazz outfit, Norwegian avant-gardists Shining created their own metallic sub-genre with 2010’s phenomenal Blackjazz, which fused the disparate elements of wailing jazz, industrial clangor, hard rock hookiness and thrash metal energy. The follow-up One One One could almost be called “blackfunk” thanks to its bouncy, swinging bottom end and loads of groove that go along with churning guitar salvos and frontman Jørgen Munkeby’s shit-fit vocals and John Zorn-like saxophone freakouts. Nobody sounds like these guys, which these days is really saying something.
6. Exhumed – Necrocracy
With their second album since re-animating in 2010, California’s Exhumed offer death metal the wayit should be, but hardly is anymore: complex but still compact, well-played without being wanky, brutal without going to ridiculous extremes, and listenable, if not inviting, in spite of its inherent ghastliness.
7. Gloria Morti – Lateral Constraint
With a definite flair for the dramatic, and a taste for the blasphemous, Finland’s Gloria Morti turned in a masterful symphonic blackened death metal mashup with their fourth album. The band made liberal use of keyboards/synths as a background element, employing them to add depth and bigness to their sound, while being careful to not seem overblown or needlessly theatrical. The effect was brutality with a sense of grace or elegance, especially with the rich, crystalline production. Brilliant stuff.
8. Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam
The fourth album since their comeback, and first since 1995 without departed drummer Mike Smith, Pinnacle of Bedlam showed a tauter, tidier, thrashier side to death metal legends Suffocation, with their technical tendencies taking a backseat to big riffs and vicious delivery. A different kind of brutality, but brutal nonetheless.
9. The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
A new rhythm section helped get The Black Dahlia Murder back on track after a couple workman-like releases. Loosier, livelier, grittier and more ferocious than they’ve been in a few years, Everblack showed with jarring authority that the band still meant business.
10. Holy Grail – Ride The Void
Their second album Oakland re-thrashers Holy Grail harnessed some of the sheer abandon of their 2010 debut, Crisis In Utopia, tightened up the songwriting and performances and blended power with clever melodies. Delivering booming, moshable hooks and infectious sing-songy choruses by the truckload, not to mention loads of glorious guitar harmonies and shreddy, yet not too indulgent, soloing, Ride The Void was darn near a perfect thrash album.
11. Motörhead – Aftershock
12. Broken Hope – Omen Of Disease
13. Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood
14. Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods
15. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
So having a second dose of Black Metal in 24 hours may sound too good to be true, but after catching Hecate Enthroned the night before, it was time to return to Camden for a second dose of brutality from one of the most dedicated and highly acclaimed Black Metal line up’s to be recognized during these modern times.
“For the Horde” is a celebration of the bands 10th anniversary, the friendships surrounding the band and a taster of new material to come in 2014.
“It’s a positive, optimistic song despite our dark sound and imagery,” iterates Mortiroth, guitarist. “The metal scene is like a big family. We wanted to use that concept as our inspiration for this track.” Read the rest of this entry »
German metal queen DORO has posted a video diary from her Winter Tour 2013, shot in Saarbrücken and Nuremberg, filmed and edited by Ronald Matthes:
On May 2nd and 3rd, 2014, Doro will celebrate her 30 Years – Strong & Proud Anniversary with two special shows in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Says Doro: “The first night will be classic with an orchestra – as the fans got to know and love it 10 years ago through the Classic Diamonds Tour. The second night will be a full power rock show with all highlights from 30 years of Doreo and several special guests, who accompanied me in the course of my career.”
Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory)
The 9th of December 2013
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Pictures by Arto Lehtinen
Gigs on a Monday evening are never an ideal time for concert goers, as getting up the next morning can be nothing but an exhausting deadly experience. In this case, when three are awesome bands sharing the bill: Hell, Carcass and Amon Amarth, the exception can be accepted and getting up late for the work or school can be approved. The Cable Factory was totally packed as over a thousand metal bangers had arrived to share the metal feeling despite the blowing ice cold winter wind.
The British band Hell, recently visited Finland. They were here to open for Carcass and Amon Amarth. Before the Britsh five piece metallers went one stage, we had a good opportunity to talk with Andy Sneap about the most recent Hell album CURSE AND CHAPTER and of course about his views on producing albums and his feeling on old school sounds. Here is the brief interview with Mr. Sneap.
Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop will be the exclusive online distributor of the 10 seminal albums from SLAYER’s American Recordings catalog on clear, Collector’s Edition vinyl. Each album will be sold individually, is strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and can be shipped internationally. Full audio has been re-mastered from the original analog flat master tapes and pressed on the highest quality,180-gram audiophile vinyl to satisfy the most discerning turntables & SLAYER collectors.
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It’s been almost 15 years since the immortal album Panzer Division Marduk rolled onto the black metal scene, but it’s a ruthlessly aggressive today as it was all those years ago. Having played Serpents Sermon on tour earlier in the year, Marduk have returned to London to give us a taste of the old school, playing both Panzer Division Marduk and Those of the Unlight in full that evening. Sitting down with the only remaining founding member, guitarist Morgan, we chat about the album tour and Morgan’s love for the ultimate metal machine, tanks.
No matter how big Grave become they’re always going to be underground. Their subject matter may be gruesome, but this band are far from ruthless, bloodthirsty killers or demonic tyrants. On stage these guys are gods but offstage they’re down to earth guys just out there to play brutal music.
Having been playing for over 20 years now, they’ve been around almost as long as death metal itself. Joining Marduk on their tour of the Panzer Division album, we caught up with the only remaining founding member Ola Lindgren at the Underworld for a catch-up on the future of Grave.
Death Wolf live and breathe Glen Danzig. Beginning life as a Samhain/Misfits cover band, even when they departed from the covers and embarked into writing original music their music still drips with the influence of Danzig. The release of their 2nd studio album II : Black Armored Death this year has seen the band go from strength to strength, and vocalist Maelstrom reveals to Metal Rules that there’s no stopping them there.
Recently reformed Canadian classic metal band Ivory Knight is pleased to announce its return to the stage on February 7, 2014, at Café Dekcuf in Ottawa, Canada.
The venue, then called the Whipping Post, was the location of the first performances of the current and recording line‑up of the band, which features guitarist Rob Gravelle, bassist Steve Mercer, drummer George Nesrallah, and singer John Perinbam. Also scheduled to appear are EYEDOLLZ and 1993.
Ivory Knight released its last CD, titled Unconscience, in 2005. The album was mixed and mastered by legendary guitarist Jeff Waters of the great Canadian metal act Annihilator. The album was very well received by fans and critics alike, and was a worthy successor to the critically-acclaimed 2001 album ‘Up From The Ashes’. The band’s first recording was its 1988 demo called “Voices In Your Nightmare” which received excellent reviews from all over the world, despite having been recorded in the bands rehearsal space on a lowly 4-track tape machine.
2013 has been yet another busy year for Michael Monroe. The band completed its long awaited successor to the previous SENSORY OVERDRIVE album and the man has been working on several TV-projects and not forgetting, of course, touring, which has continued steadily through the year. HORNS AND HALOS was released in August, and it presented a more punky and straightforward Monroe.The “Horn and Halos” tour reached rainy Helsinki on December 7’th and the band, which now consists of Monroe, bassist Sam Yaffa, drummer Karl Rockfist and guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, offered a great two hour set of energetic rock without any needless gimmicks. It’s time to “Rock like F**k!”