29 June, 2011

Full Album Stream: Exhumed: All Guts, No Glory – new album


Hear, hear: “Gore-grinding metal gods EXHUMED have awakened from their slumber and delivered unto us ‘All Guts, No Glory’, their first new record in almost eight years,” reads the press release. “ ‘All Guts, No Glory’s 11 choice cuts of grinding death metal combine the raw ferocity of their legendary ‘Slaughtercult’ album with the wild ambition of 2003's ‘Anatomy Is Destiny’. As crimson concertos such as ‘Dis-assembly Line’, ‘As Hammer To Anvil’, and ‘Funereality’ illustrate, ‘All Guts, No Glory’ is EXHUMED's finest moment yet.” Head over to BandCamp here (or make use of the player embedded below) then and listen to this glorious album in its precocious entirety. EXHUMED recorded the beast at Arcane Digital Recordings in Arizona with engineer Ryan Butler, and at Trench Studios with John Haddad. ‘All Guts, No Glory’ was mixed and mastered at Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott:



EXHUMED: All Guts, No Glory



‘All Guts, No Glory’ will see its North American release on July 5th, 2011 and will be released internationally on July 11th, 2011 via Relapse Records. The album will be available as a CD (pre-order), as a deluxe digital (pre-order), as a limited edition 2-disc set that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus tracks (pre-order), as a single LP vinyl, and as limited edition buzzsaw shaped vinyl. The strictly limited deluxe sawblade-shaped vinyl will include 2 LPs on blood red vinyl in a gatefold jacket with insert – pre-order that, if you dare, right here.

San Jose, California's EXHUMED first came to be in the year 1990. Matt Harvey (guitar and vocals), Col Jones (drums), Derrel Houdashelt (guitar), Jake Giardina (vocals), and Ben Marrs (bass) kept recording and releasing numerous demos, split CD's and split EP's for almost a decade. During this time the band endured numerous line-up changes; Matt Harvey (guitar and vocals), Col Jones (drums), Ross Sewage (vocals and bass) and Mike Beams (guitar) signed to Relapse Records and finally released their first official full-length (“the genre-(re)defining and critic-repulsing”), ‘Gore Metal’, in 1998. Sewage left the band shortly after the release, leaving Harvey, Beams, and Jones to record its follow-up. 2000's ‘Slaughtercult’ featured backup vocals from DAWN/IN FLAMES' Henke Forss: “When you’re dealing with an EXHUMED CD, you can safely expect several things: a disgusting album cover, humorously tasteless song titles, ridiculous guitar solos, and plenty of no-frills, CARCASS-inspired death metal riffing. ‘Slaughtercult’ comes through on all counts. There’s a tendency among bands with such a patented approach to stagnate or become predictable, but while EXHUMED doesn’t throw any real curveballs here, they still deliver the goods. That’s because songs here are well written (it may take a few listens, though, to figure out exactly what’s going on) and the performances are just plain savage,” writes William York, AllMusic Guide. The enthusiastic reception took the band on three U.S. tours as well as their first European tour. One of the band's original members, drummer Col Jones, left EXHUMED soon after the release of 2003's ‘Anatomy Is Destiny’ (“though his swansong is liable to make many in the death metal community wonder why he left since the band's third disc is easily the band's best,” – W. York). After his departure, the band issued a 2CD compilation of their early recordings dubbed ‘Platters Of Splatter’ (2004). Bassist Leon DelMuerte replaced Bud Burke, and after some heavy-duty touring that followed, the band adjusted its personnel once again, resulting in the departure of long-time guitarist Mike Beams and the recruitment of new six-stringer Wes Caley, and drummer Matt Connell. This new, reinvigorated line-up released a covers album entitled ‘Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated’, filmed a DVD and went on indefinite hiatus in 2005. EXHUMED reunited in 2010.

EXHUMED features: Matt Harvey - decrepit death rattle and repugnant requiems (guitar & vocals), Leon DelMuerte - gargled gurgitations and decayed dirges (bass & vocals), Wes Caley - thanatotic threnodies and ulcerous ululations (guitar) and Danny Walker - tympanic trituration (drums).

28 June, 2011

Azarath: Blasphemers' Maledictions – new album

“Inferno's” (also known as Zbigniew Robert Promiński, also known as one of the fastest and most technically proficient drummers in today's death metal circles) other band, AZARATH, is about to release its fifth album entitled ‘Blasphemers' Maledictions’ via Witching Hour Productions. Albums' international release date is set for June 29th, 2011; ‘Blasphemers' Maledictions’ comes available as exclusive digibook and limited 12” LP. Recording of the album took place in Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland with Wiesławscy Bros who were responsible for production, mixing and mastering of the record. Album's artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak. Listen to the new track, ‘Behold The Satan's Sword’, here (MySpace) or here (Facebook).

AZARATH was founded in 1998 in Tczew, Poland by “Inferno” (BEHEMOTH), “Bruno” (DAMNATION) and “D.”. After self-releasing a couple of demos, ‘Traitors’ and ‘Promo 2000’, and after adding “Bart” (DAMNATION) to the line-up, this brutal, old-school death metal band released their “aggressive, dirty and sinister” debut album ‘Demon Seed’ in 2001 through Pagan Records. Second full-length, ‘Infernal Blasting’, followed in 2003: “This album got even more fuckin’ great reviews,” assures official bio. After its release, guitarist “D.” (Andrzej Zdrojewski) left and was replaced by “Trufel”. ‘Death Monsters’, a split with fellow-countrymen STILLBORN, followed in 2004 on Time Before Time Records. ‘Diabolic Impious Evil’ came next in 2006, AZARATH's last for Pagan Records. A new deal was signed with Agonia Records and Deathgasm Records for the release of the band's 2009's ‘Praise The Beast’. Longtime vocalist and bassist “Bruno” (Bartłomiej Waruszewski) left the group after the promotional tour that ensued and “Necrosodom” (ANIMA DAMNATA) was enlisted as his replacement. AZARATH signed with their current label in 2010, through which they have already released an EP entitled ‘Holy Possession’ earlier this year. In January 2011,  guitarist's “Trufel” (Mariusz Domaradzki) departure caused vocalist “Necrosodom” to exchange four-strings for guitar and the enlisting of new bassist, known to his bros as “P.”.

AZARATH features: Marek “Necrosodom” Lechowski – vocals & guitar, Bartłomiej “Bart” Szudek – guitar, Piotr “P.” Ostrowski - bass and Zbigniew “Inferno” Promiński – drums

27 June, 2011

Breed Machine: Âme Perdue – new video


France's BREED MACHINE have released new video for ‘Âme Perdue’ (“lost soul”), track taken from their third album, ‘3’, released back in March 2011 via Label44. The above video was produced and directed by Etienne Muller and Olivier Coll. ‘3’ was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Studio NSR by Laurent Nafissi and BREED MACHINE. The album artwork (representing an ichtyocentaurus fighting a sea snake) was created by artist Joolz. You can get your own 16 tracks of “thrash & hardcore anthems,  direct and violent songs and hauntingly dark dissonant tones” right here (BREED MACHINE webshop).

“Tracks on ‘3’ hit the listener like a meaty punch to the rib cage and whilst not doing anything overly remarkable the band have developed a raw, live sound that should grab many listeners attention,” writes Robert G. for Sputnik Music – read the rest of his review here.

BREED MACHINE features: Ja – guitars, Deub – drums, Mike – vocals and Kriss – bass.


25 June, 2011

Byfrost: Of Death – new album


Norway's blackened thrash & black 'n' roll trio BYFROST has just released its second album entitled ‘Of Death’ via AFM Records. The album was recorded in the Conclave and Earshot Studios in the band's home town of Bergen, and was produced by ENSLAVED's Herbrand Larsen and VULTURE INDUSTRIES' Bjornar Nilsen. Below you’ll find two new BYFROST songs, ‘Of Death’ and ‘Buried Alive’, as well as three tracks off the band's debut full-length entitled ‘Black Earth’; ‘Horns To The Sky, ‘Black Earth’ and ‘Desire’ - featuring Arve Isdal of ENSLAVED fame. ‘Of Death’ comes as a CD and as a very limited edition vinyl (of 666 copies only).

Formed in 2007 in Bergen, Norway, BYFROST is a trio comprised of HeavyHarms on guitars and vocals, R.I.P Meister on five-string bass and HELLISH OUTCAST's Alkolust on drums. The band released an EP entitled ‘Byfrostmetal’ in 2008 and in 2009 BYFROST began working on their first full-length album, ‘Black Earth’, which featured ENSLAVED's Arve Isdal and Herbrand Larsen, who, along with Bjørnar E. Nilsen, produced the album as well. ‘Black Earth’, which came equipped with the artwork by Christian Sloan Hall, was released on Painkiller Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. BYFROST signed a deal with AFM Records earlier this year.

BYFROST – courtesy of BYFROST

23 June, 2011

The Chariot: Evan Perks – new video


Atlanta, Georgia-based Christian (mathcore/metalcore) alternative metal act, THE CHARIOT, have released a live performance clip for ‘Evan Perks’, opening track from their Matt Goldman-produced 2010release entitled ‘Long Live’ (Good Fight Music). The footage was shot over the band's three performances in Australia by Her Name Is Murder Productions.

“There isn’t anything specifically religious in his [Josh Scogin's] rants, except, perhaps, by implication, in terms of the exhortation to change the world and better one's behavior. When he repeats, “Disappointed, I know you are,” many times at the end of ‘Evan Perks’, he may be speaking to his God, but that’s not clear. Surely, his followers will not be disappointed that he is continuing to follow his muse, even to the edge of incoherence,” writes AllMusic's William Ruhlmann in his review of the album.

“While THE CHARIOT have produced a number of critically and commercially acclaimed recordings,” reads the press release, “it is their live show that shall forever live on as the beating pulse of the band's heart. The sheer force of their thunderous live renditions while maniacally pouring their entire physical being into each note captivates and jolts an audience into awe and utter appreciation. It is this experience, undeniable and unavoidable by anyone attending their show, that fully supports the weight of the words ‘Long Live’.”

THE CHARIOT features: Josh Scogin - lead vocals, Stephen Harrison – guitar & backup vocals, Jon Terrey – guitar & backup vocals, Jon Kindler – bass & backup vocals and David Kennedy – drums.

22 June, 2011

Elitist: Fear In A Handful Of Dust – new album


Portland, Oregon's ELITIST have just released their debut album ‘Fear In A Handful Of Dust’ with some help from Season Of Mist Records. The album became available in Europe on June 20th, 2011 and in the U.S. on June 21st, 2011. The band that mixes its death & black metal with sludgecore, dispatches no uncertain message with its debut full-length: “This is for those of us who observe and recognize the evidence of evil in faith, hypocrisy of government and the poisons of herd mentality. We’ll scream our message of discontent from bloody throats and open wounds.” Listen to the track ‘Human All Too Human’ off the new album here, and buy the beast here (Season Of Mist).

Commented MetalSucks: “Recorded dirty on purpose, ELITIST are definitely proud of their filthy approach to the genre, and although proper melodies are difficult to find here, that’s the entire point.”

ELITIST unleashed their “burning hatred of blazing guitars carrying the force of death and darkness” for the first time in 2009 with their self-titled EP. A split 7” with TRANSIENT followed in more or less the same vein via Relapse Records in 2011.

ELITIST features: Joshua Greene – vocals, Taylor Robinson – guitar, Nickolis Parks – drums and Justin Yaquinto – bass.

ELITIST: Human, All Too Human – courtesy of Season of Mist

21 June, 2011

Gentleman's Pistols: At Her Majesty's Pleasure – new album


UK rockers GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS have just released their sophomore LP, ‘At Her Majesty's Pleasure’ today, June 21st, 2011 via Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records. The album (“a labor of love, not to mention copious late nights, equipment malfunctions and frayed nerves”) was produced by the band's singer & guitarist James Atkinson at Mutiny Studios in Bradford, UK: “It wasn’t easy,” admits Atkinson. “The studio was so cold that the guitars kept falling out of tune between takes and most of the album was recorded while the band were wearing gloves and coats! … This took a little longer than first imagined,” he continues, “I was fully expecting a Brian Wilson style meltdown at one point but luckily managed to get it finished and remain happy with the outcome.” You can buy this labor of love here (Metal Blade), among other places, and find out more about the gentlemen themselves here (official blog).

“If ‘At Her Majesty's Pleasure’ had been released in 1975,” reads the press release, “it would be safe to call it proto-metal; GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS belong to that rare grouping of acts who have preserved classic 1970's rock/metal and transported it to the year 2011 with a sledge hammer delivery. Imagine the rawness of Sir Lord Baltimore and the heavy groove of FREE merged with classic heavy rock-riffing and a convincingly energetic, near punk-rock delivery and you’re getting close to what is unleashed in the music of GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS.”

Drawing inspiration from the classic glam bands like SLADE and SWEET and 70's bands such as DEEP PURPLE and CAPTAIN BEYOND, GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS was formed in 2003 by singer & guitarist James Atkinson (ex-VOORHEES), bassist Douglas McLaughlan and drummer Simon Mawson, who was replaced by Adam Clarke a year later. Before they recorded a 7'” single ‘Just A Fraction’ in 2006 for the Art Goes Pop label, the band added second guitarist, Chris Rogers, to the lineup. Another 7” single, ‘The Lady’, was released through Rise Above Record that same year. The group's self-titled debut full-length came out in 2007 via the same label. Bill Steer (of FIREBIRD, CARCASS, ex-NAPALM DEATH fame), recently joined the GENT’S on lead guitar, replacing former six stringer Chris Rogers.

GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS:I Wouldn't Let You – courtesy of Metal Blade Records

15 June, 2011

Buried In Black: Black Death – new album


People at AFM Records have decided that more of us should get to know Hamburg, Germany-based death metal band BURIED IN BLACK and have therefore made the group's just released debut album entitled ‘Black Death’,  available for free listening - please use the player available below. (The stream has since ended.) ‘Black Death’, released via AFM Records on June 10th, 2011, was recorded at Recorder Studio in Hamburg, with Hamburg scene veteran “Bunker” handling the mixing.

BURIED IN BLACK was formed in 2008 by guitarist Ben Liepelt (ex-MAD DOGGIN) and vocalist Ron Brunke (ex-NAYLED) who enlisted bassist Torsten Eggert (ex-DARK AGE), drummer Sören Teckenburg and guitarist Etienne Belmar (ex-UNDERCROFT / LOBOTOMY) to complete the band's lineup. BURIED IN BLACK's  7-track demo entitled ‘Arms Of Armageddon’, recorded in 2009 in Mark Geiger's Kick That… Studio, was chosen by Metal Hammer Germany as the “demo of the month” and was featured in its May 2010 issue. The group has opened for acts such as MAROON, DISBELIEF, MAINTAIN, DARK AGE and ALL THAT REMAINS. AFM Records took notice in 2010 and signed the band.

13 June, 2011

Necrodeath: The Age Of Fear – new album


Listen to Italy's black & thrash metallers', NECRODEATH, compilation album entitled ‘The Age Of Fear’ in its entirety here (AOL Music) while it lasts. 'The Age of Fear' features 15 tracks, 12 of which are taken from the band's past eight albums, arranged chronologically, a previously-unreleased live recording, an “onyric” version of the song ‘Queen Of Desire’, featuring guest appearances by Giorgia Gueglio (MASTERCASTLE) on vocals and Botys Beezard (GODYA) on piano, and the cover of SLAYER's ‘Black Magic’. The album was released in Europe May 26th, 2011 and will hit USA stores tomorrow, June 14th, 2011 via Scarlet Records. Album's artwork was created by French artist Pierre-Alain D. at 3mmi Design.

Inspired by such greats as SLAYER, POSSESED, KREATOR, CELTIC FROST and BATHORY, NECRODEATH formed in 1984 in Genoa, Italy. The band released a demo tape entitled ‘The Shining Pentagram’, which is still considered a real “piece of thrash & black history”, with debut full-length album ‘Into The Macabre’ following in 1987. Blending old-school speed metal and thrash with the newly popular black metal style, NECRODETH's second album, ‘Fragments Of Insanity’, came out two years later. After this release, personnel problems and record company-related problems, caused the band to split up. Guitarist Claudio and drummer Peso reunited in 1988, and with new members Flegias (vocals) and John (bass), the group signed with Italian label Scarlet Records, which immediately re-issued their previous works and NECRODEATH's consequent albums: 1999's ‘Mater Of All Evil’, 2001's ‘Black As Pitch’ and 2003's ‘Ton(e)s Of Hate’ and 2005's compilation album entitled ‘20 Years Of Noise 1985 – 2005’. Long-time member, guitarist Claudio, left the group and was replaced by Andy with whom NECRODEATH recorded 2006's ‘100% Hell’ – featuring guest appearance by VENOM's Cronos – who was in turn replaced by LABYRINTH's Pier Gonella following the release. After inspired-by-the- life-of Vlad III the Impaler, properly-entitled-album ‘Drakulea’ came out in 2007, bassist GL (replacing John) and guitarist Pier Gonella, alongside old-timers Peso and Flegias, and marking the band's 25th anniversary, ‘Phylogenesis’ was released in 2009. To celebrate fittingly those 25 years of noise, NECRODEATH recorded a cover album entitled ‘Old Scull’ in 2010 – all due to Scarlet Records.

10 June, 2011

Origin: Entity – new album


“Ridiculously technical, fast, and punishing” death & grind metal trio comprised of Mike Flores (bass and vocals), Paul Ryan (guitar and vocals) and John Longstreth (drums), continues to churn out frantic, hell-paced grids of metal torment; ORIGIN's new album, ‘Entity’, was released in Europe today, June 10th, 2011 (June 7th, 2011 in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Chapman Recording Studios in Lenexa, Kansas with engineer, and longtime friend, Robert Rebeck. ‘Entity’ artwork was created by Colin Marks. Nuclear Blast has made it possible for us to preview – or pre-listen – the album via player available below, where you’ll also find ORIGIN's brand new tracks, ‘Expulsion Of Fury’ and ‘Saligia’.

ORIGIN was founded by guitarists Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner in Topeka, Kansas in 1997. The duo enlisted bassist Clint Appelhanz, vocalist Mark Manning, and drummer George Fluke to fill out the first ORIGIN lineup, which went on to record a self-financed demo, ‘A Coming Into Existence’, the following year. In 1999, group's rhythm section was replaced with bassist Doug Williams (ex-CEPHALIC CARNAGE) and drummer John Longstreth (ex-ANGEL CORPSE). As such, the band managed to secure a record deal with Relapse Records and went on to record debut self-titled album released in 2000. ORIGIN toured extensively with the likes of VADER and DYING FETUS following the release. Vocalist James Lee stepped in to replace Manning and bassist Mike Flores moved in instead of  Williams, before ‘Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas’ came out in 2002: “ORIGIN's specialty is the kind of inhumanly technical, high-speed death metal that causes listeners to sit back and say, “Wow, how on earth do they play that stuff?” There are few parts of this CD where the drums (which are heavily triggered and almost electronic sounding) are not going at full speed - either with some kind of blastbeat or double-bass drum part - and about half the time, they’re doing so in some difficult, uneven time signature. Meanwhile, the two guitars are also playing complicated parts, interweaving and harmonizing with one another rather than merely playing the same riffs or splitting up into lead versus rhythm roles,” expressed his amazement AllMusic's William York. The tour in support of the album caused Jeremy Turner to leave the band with Clint Appelhanz taking over guitar duties; drummer John Longstreth resigned shortly after to be replaced by James King. 26 and a half minutes-long third album, ‘Echoes Of Decimation’, was released in 2005 and turbulent tours that laboriously  came next, this time claimed James King and Clint Appelhanz. Drummer John Longstreth returned to ORIGIN in 2006 and guitarist Jeremy Turner answered the call in 2007; ‘Antithesis’, group's last records for Relapse (2008), was described by AllMusic's Greg Prato as “death metal at its most complex and challenging”. The album peaked at number 21 on the American Billboard Top Heatseekers music chart (for new and developing musical recording artists).

  ORIGIN: Entity – album preview – courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records

ORIGIN: Expulsion of Fury – courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records

ORIGIN: Saligia – courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records

Amebix: Knights Of The Black Sun – new video


England's AMEBIX, one of the most influential heavy metal bands in the history of heavy music, have spent the last two years working towards the release of their first collection of all-new material since 1987; ‘Knights Of The Black Sun’ is a maxi-single taken from the band's upcoming album entitled ‘Sonic Mass’, due out September 20th, 2011. The album was recorded at Rock Cottage in Derbyshire and The Lodge Studios in Northampton, England, and engineered, mixed and produced by AMEBIX drummer Roy Mayorga.Sonic Mass’ will be released digitally and on CD by the band's own Amebix Records (distributed world-wide through Cargo), with a deluxe 12” vinyl edition from Profane Existence. The animated video was created by Andy Lefton and director Fin McAteer.

According to a press release, nine new songs represent the past, present, and future of the band, and will enthrall and inspire longtime fans and new converts alike. As dark, crushing, and honest as anything on their classics ‘Arise!’ and ‘Monolith’, but imbued with a lifetime of hardship, raw emotion, and eternal hope, ‘Sonic Mass’ is the album AMEBIX have always wanted to create.

AMEBIX features: Rob “The Baron” Miller – vocals and bass, Stig C. Miller – guitar and backing vocals and Roy Mayorga – drums, percussion and keyboards.

06 June, 2011

Full Album Stream: Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult: I Declare: Treason – new album


Season Of Mist Records keep me busy these days;  today is the day of international supergroup's DOCTOR MIDNIGHT & THE MERCY CULT - comprised of Hans Erik Dyvik Husby (aka Hank von Hell, ex-TURBONEGRO) on vocals, Tim Skold (MARILYN MANSON, KMFDM…) on bass, Anders Odden (SATYRICON, ex-CELTIC FROST…) on guitar, David Husvik (ex-EXTOL) on drums and Audun Stengel (ex-APOPTYGMA BERZERK) on guitar - debut full-length album release entitled ‘I Declare: Treason’. North American release date is set for June 7th, 2011. Listen to the entire album here (BandCamp) or via player available below, download the album's first single, ‘Don’t Waste It’, for free right here (Season Of Mist), get your digital copy via iTunes or Amazon, and you’ll find all kinds of physical versions of the album at Season Of Mist's e-shop:

  • DOCTOR MIDNIGHT & THE MERCY CULT: ‘I Declare: Treason’

In addition, the band has provided us with a fine bed-time story: “Once upon a snowy night in Oslo, during early 2009, five musicians of much fame and even more renown gathered together and an idea was sparked at that meeting. They would combine all their experience, talent drive and passion to create something hard, loud and completely new. Thus DOCTOR MIDNIGHT & THE MERCY CULT was born. Those five men are drawing from very illustrious pasts: The stunning vocals are contributed by Scandinavian superstar Hans Erik Dyvik Husby aka Hank von Hell of TURBONEGRO fame. Tim Skold is so far best known for his tremendous bass lines in MARILYN MANSON and KMFDM. Guitar duties are shared by Anders Odden, who played for SATYRICON and CELTIC FROST amongst many other bands and Audun Stengel from APOPTYGMA BERZERK. Last but definitely not least is EXTOL drummer David Husvik with a huge reputation for his technical excellence and complex patterns. Now DMTMC unleash their amazing debut, ‘I Declare : Treason’, which is much more than just a tribute to its members different heritage. Dark but catchy, hard but full of groove, melodic but inviting to dance, ‘I Declare : Treason’ will quickly take the listener firmly into its grip. DOCTOR MIDNIGHT & THE MERCY CULT proscribe a heavy dose of their unique “metal shock rock” cure. Open your ears and get yourself a treatment!”

02 June, 2011

The Red Shore: The Seed Of Annihilation – new video


This sonic assault belongs to Australia's extreme metallers THE RED SHORE; ‘The Seed Of Annihilation’ comes off band's third album entitled ‘The Avarice Of Man’, released through Roadrunner Records (Australia), Listenable Records (Europe) and Rise Records (USA) in September 2010.  The album was tracked by the band's guitarist and producer Roman Koester at the Complex Studios in Melbourne, Australia and mixed by TEXTURES' Jochem Jacobs at Splitsecond Studios in The Netherlands. ‘The Avarice Of Man’ was described as “a concept piece, masterwork, a thought provoking, stunning piece of extreme metal that is heavy, intelligent, emotive and very very dark.”

THE RED SHORE formed in 2004 in Melbourne, Victoria, and, inspired by the likes of HATE ETERNAL, DEVOURMENT, DECAPITATED and BEHEMOTH, released a demo that got them signed to Big Phat Adelaide Records and Modern Music. After recording their debut EP, 2006's ‘Salvaging What’s Left’, producer and engineer Roman Koester joined the band as a second guitarist. The group was involved in a tragic traffic accident in 2007 when on tour supporting American band ALL SHALL PERISH, that claimed the lives of singer Damien Morris and driver and merchandiser Andy Milner. Jamie Hope exchanged four-strings for vocal duties and Jon Green was enlisted as a bassist for THE RED SHORE's debut full-length, 2008's ‘Unconsecrated’ (Siege Of Amida Records). ‘Lost Verses’, a compilation of band's earlier material and the last release to feature founding member Jamie Hope, followed a year later via Stomp Entertainment and reached position number 91 on the ARIA Charts (Australian music sales charts).

THE RED SHORE features: Chase Butler – vocals, Roman Koester – guitar, Jason Leombrunni – guitar, Jon Green - bass and Tim Shearman – drums.

Van Cleef: Dalek Gulch – new video


VAN CLEEF, a four-piece space rock (blues, southern, stoner, swamp) band from Adelaide, Australia, have written, produced and directed the video for ‘Dalek Gulch’ all by themselves. ‘Dalek Gulch’ comes off the band's debut full-length entitled ‘Where The River Meets The Rock’ you can listen to right here (bandcamp) and which you should, of course, buy. The album was produced and recorded by Matt Hills at Hillside Recordings, Adelaide and mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, California. And that’s all I know about this band.

For more information you should head over to The Obelisk whose H.P. Taskmaster discovered this video: “Here I was, wondering when someone would make a song that included - nay, featured - the line “Cryogenics won’t mend a broken heart,” when along comes weirdo Aussie four-piece VAN CLEEF with the song ‘Dalek Gulch’ to impart that very knowledge. Ask and ye shall rock.” Read the rest of it here.