30 June, 2012

Full Album Stream: Bosse-de-Nage: III – new album


Described as “one of the most powerful collisions of indie rock and black metal you’ll hear this year”, enigmatic and mysterious BOSSE-DE-NAGE have a new album out on Profound Lore Records. It is simply titled ‘III’, being their third longplayer, and the follow-up to last year's ‘II’.

“With live-appearances pretty much rare and the band's refusal to partake in any kind of promotional activity whatsoever, all coupled with the band's bizarre mix of avant-outsider black metal, SLINT-inspired indie-rock, and classic-era “screamo”, have made BOSSE-DE-NAGE one of the more intriguing, unique, uncompromising, and ultimately psychotic and murderous-sounding bands out of the Bay Area,” [reassures the label, Profound Lore Records]

‘III’ was released on June 26th, 2012; listen to the entire album here (BandCamp) or below, courtesy the label, do “pay attention to the drumming”, and finally, if you like what you hear, buy the record here (Profound Lore):




Supposedly formed around 2006, BOSSE-DE-NAGE recorded their first demo (‘Demo I’) soon after their supposed inception, released it through Funeral Agency, recorded another demo (‘Demo II’) which they never managed to release, followed the achievement up with a record they recorded in 2007 and which was eventually picked up by Flesner Records and issued in 2010 as BOSSE-DE-NAGE's self-titled debut full-length. The band's second album, ‘II’, came next in 2011; recommended “for fans of challenging black metal like KRALLICE, CIRCLE OF OUROBOROS, VIRUS, and any band that dares to look toward the Norwegian elders for inspiration before taking a hard left turn towards a path of their own” by Brooklyn Vegan, listen to the full album here (Brooklyn Vegan) if you like what you hear below:

BOSSE-DE-NAGE: The Death Posture – courtesy of Flenser Records

29 June, 2012

Orange Goblin: Acid Trial – new video & A Eulogy For The Damned – full album stream



ORANGE GOBLIN have just released their second video in promotion of their seventh album ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’, released in February 2012 on Candlelight Records. The clip is said to “deliver a heaping helping of deep-fried riffola, dancing girls and kaleidoscope eyes” according to Scion AV where ‘Acid Trial’, directed by Tom J Cronin, has premiered. Their video for ‘Red Tide Rising’ is available for your viewing pleasure below the text. ORANGE GOBLIN's first recording issued through Candlelight Records was recorded at The Animal Farm studio in South London, UK, produced and engineered by Jamie Dodd, and mastered by two-time Grammy-nominated engineer Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering. ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’ can be enjoyed in its sweet entirety here (BandCamp) or via player available below, courtesy the label. Furthermore, the band has just announced Rise Above Records will release the first two ORANGE GOBLIN albums, ‘Frequencies From Planet Ten’ and ‘Time Travelling Blues’, on vinyl on July 23rd, 2012. Both records come with “awesome gatefold sleeves featuring killer artwork, a choice of coloured vinyl and a bonus 7” and 10” respectively” therefore pre-order now!

“ ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’ is a pretty diverse set - maybe the most diverse of ORANGE GOBLIN's oeuvre - and while that hardly means they’ve turned into FAITH NO MORE, it does explain why lucky LP number seven arguably betters everything released by the group over the previous decade. Talk about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat!” [liked what he heard Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – read the rest here while you listen to the album:]


ORANGE GOBLIN: A Eulogy For The Damned


Formed in 1995 under the name “Our Haunted Kingdom”, ORANGE GOBLIN released a 7” split with ELECTRIC WIZARD in 1997 (as OHK), before adopting their current name. As ORANGE GOBLIN, bassist Martyn Millard, singer Ben Ward, guitarists Joe Horri and Pete O'Malley and drummer Chris Turner released their LOTR-inspired debut full-length, ‘Frequencies From Planet Ten’, through Rise Above Records in 1997, followed by ‘Time Traveling Blues’ in 1999. In 2000, ORANGE GOBLIN finally won over those stubborn music critics with their third album ‘The Big Black’. On 2002's Scott Reeder-produced ‘Coup de Grace’, the group introduced punk as well as doom metal influences to their otherwise post-stoner rock. As a quartet - without second guitar player Pete O'Malley - ORANGE GOBLIN recorded ‘Thieving From The House Of God’ (2004), followed by 2007's ‘Healing Through Fire’ (Sanctuary Records), which marked the band's departure from their longtime label, Rise Above Records. In 2011, Metal Blade Records re-mastered and repackaged (with added bonus tracks) the band's first five albums. Download yourselves the re-mastered tune ‘Some You Win, Some You Lose’ free of charge here at Metal Blade SoundCloud:

ORANGE GOBLIN: Some You Win, Some You Lose – courtesy of Metal Blade Records

ORANGE GOBLIN features: Ben Ward – vocals, Joe Hoare – guitar, Martyn Millard – bass and Chris Turner – drums



28 June, 2012

Full Album Stream: Agalloch: Faustian Echoes – new EP


We Israelis love AGALLOCH and those of us who have witnessed their epic and impeccably performed three hours long gig here in Tel Aviv, are certainly not surprised the band’s managed to come up with ‘Faustian Echoes’, AGALLOCH's longest ever written song. ‘Faustian Echoes’, a single, nearly 22 minutes-long two-part song based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's “Faust”, is being streamed in full here (BandCamp), courtesy the band, and below. The EP will be available as a digital download at AGALLOCH's BandCamp site starting July 11th, 2012, while the LP and CD versions will be eventually released through the band's own imprint, Dammerung Arts. Shop AGALLOCH here (AGALLOCH store) and enjoy even more of AGALLOCH's dark music here (BandCamp). ‘Faustian Echoes’ were recorded at Jackpot Studio in Portland, Oregon by Billy Anderson, mixed by Anderson and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx studio:


AGALLOCH: Faustian Echoes


AGALLOCH was formed in 1995 by vocalist, guitarist, an artist and graphic designer John Haughm. The band has thus far released four EPs, three full-length albums, two demos, one split album, one compilation album and one live DVD. Their debut for a major record label, The End Records, came in 1999; ‘Pale Folklore’ was described “as important a black metal album as any American band ever produced” by AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia (more here). AGALLOCH's critically acclaimed second full-length, ‘The Mantle’, came next in 2002:

“It is not just the range of sounds that’s impressive, though, but rather how smoothly they are woven together, creating an album that flows from beginning to end, using its entire 68-minute running time to make its point without wearing out its welcome. AGALLOCH's biggest strength, much like the early work of ULVER and KATATONIA, is their ability to create an epic type of listening experience without resorting to bombast or heavy-handedness, and that quality is plainly evident here,” [added his William York, AllMusic – more here]

2006's ‘Ashes Against The Grain’ prompted the knowledgeable one, AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, to exclaim:

“Quite possibly the greatest American black metal band ever, or at the very least, the first American black metal band that really mattered! Such claims should not to be thrown about lightly, its true; but why measure words when faced with the worshipful fervor with which extreme metal fans embraced the enigmatic quartet's inspired creations, featuring corrosive black metal spliced with delicate folk music into arrangements improbably fluid, majestic, and avant-garde? Oh, and the torturously long waits in between their releases didn’t hurt matters either, only fueling the notoriously withdrawn band's budding cult legend, while their supporters dug in their heels for what wound up becoming an anxious, four-year vigil leading up to the arrival of AGALLOCH's third magnum opus [‘Ashes Against The Grain’]”, [read more here while you listen to the album's 18 minutes-long bonus track ‘Scars Of The Shattered Sky’ here (BandCamp) or below:]


AGALLOCH: Scars Of The Shattered Sky


AGALLOCH's fourth longplayer entitled ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ was issued via Profound Lore Records in 2010. The album was recorded entirely in analog on vintage equipment at Audible Alchemy Studios in Portland, Oregon, with producer Steven Wray Lobdell and had featured new drummer Aesop Dekker who replaced Chris Greene. ‘Marrow Of The Spirit’ was celebrated enthusiastically by music press, being named among NPR's Top 50 albums of 2010 and taking the first prize among the albums released that year according to Decibel Magazine.

AGALLOCH features: John Haughm – vocals and guitar, Don Anderson – guitar, Jason Walton – bass and Aesop Dekker - drums

27 June, 2012

Full Album Stream: Old Man Gloom: No – new album


Visit their BanCamp page here or make use of the player available to you below and listen to OLD MAN GLOOM's fifth album ‘No’. You can also visit Self-Titled magazine here and read track by track explanations by guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (“ Kneel all you who seek to be cleansed. Silence! This is a Holy Place and as such, the sanctity of it must be observed through your obedience. Prepare to be scoured in the white hot flames of Salvation.”) and drummer Santos Montano (“This is a track that no one will put up on YouTube, and jerks who like to post comments will write “tHiS AlBumZ CooooL but eye SkiPz the nOyze traCKz LoL”… for example) while thou listened to ‘No’. The tellingly titled album is out and conquering the masses since yesterday, June 26th, 2012 on Hydra Head Records. ‘No’ was recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studio, and mastered by James Plotkin. The album's artwork was created by Aaron Turner and Faith Coloccia. Buy the album here (BandCamp) or here (Hydra Records) and get your latest favourite OLD MAN GLOOM T-shirt here (OMG webstore):




Massachusetts-based group OLD MAN GLOOM was founded in 1999 by ISIS guitarist Aaron Turner and (these days ZOZOBRA) drummer Santos Montano. Their debut album, 2000's ‘Meditations In B’, was described as “a solid - not a brilliant - first step” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic, that “determined the blueprint for hard/soft sonic extremes to be further played out on subsequent efforts” (more here). You can listen to ‘Meditations In B’ here (BandCamp) or below, courtesy the band, and buy it here:


OLD MAN GLOOM: Meditations In B


OLD MAN GLOOM released two albums simultaneously in 2001: ‘Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism’ and the single-tracked ‘Seminar III: Zozobra’ featured CAVE IN's Caleb Scofield on bass, CONVERGE's Nate Newton on guitar and the electronics man, Luke Scarola alongside founding fathers Turner and Montano. On ‘Seminar II’, Steven Brodsky (of CAVE IN) wrote the lyrics for one song, and Jay Randall of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED contributed on electronics:

“On first hearing, this album can seem a bit schizophrenic – it’s really loud and intense one minute, quiet and eerie the next - so it requires some patience and attentiveness, but it is well worth it, especially if the thought of NEUROSIS, EARTH, LED ZEPPELIN and GODFLESH holing up in a studio together sounds like an appealing combination,” [found his way through ‘Seminar II’ William York, AllMusic – more here. Listen to the album here (BandCamp) from where you can purchase it as well, or below:]


OLD MAN GLOOM: Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism


Mister York was even more impressed with its companion, describing ‘Seminar III: Zozobra’ as “far from being an afterthought”:

“It begins with near-silent electronic hums and static noises before giving way to several minutes of slow, despairing guitar chords; the drums don’t kick in until nearly one-third of the way, but after that point, there is plenty of heavy, almost tribal guitar riffing, accompanied by agonizing, semi-buried screams and sampled voices (mostly talking about destructive primates, in keeping with the band's running theme),” [more here and yes, OLD MAN GLOOM's interests lay with primates, science and research]

Again, visit the OMG Institute here (BandCamp) to listen to and to buy ‘Zozobra’. Or indulge your senses below:


OLD MAN GLOOM: Seminar III: Zozobra


Before they took their well deserved break, OLD MAN GLOOM released ‘Christmas’ in 2004, their third long-player. As were their previous releases, ‘Christmas’ was issued through Tortuga Records:

“… you don’t have to be a musical masochist to love OMG, but it sure does help. Maybe it’s the harsh disparities in volume from song to song, which make the use of headphones almost mandatory, or perhaps the disappointing brevity of so many positively stunning compositions (cruelly snatched away like candy from a child, after just a few licks), compounded with the knowledge that had they fallen under the aegis of sister band ISIS, these hypnotic wonders would have been stretched almost indefinitely,” [approved Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here]

Reward your open-mindedness here (BandCamp) or listen to ‘Christmas’ below, courtesy OMG:


OLD MAN GLOOM: Christmas


OLD MAN GLOOM features: Aaron Turner – vocals and guitar, Santos Montano – drums, Nate Newton – guitar and vocals, Caleb Scofield – bass and vocals and Luke Scarola - electronics

Impending Doom: Deceiver – new video


World's foremost practitioners of brand new sub-genre (self)described as “gorship” (a combination of savage death metal, intense atmosphere and subversive melody “hatched from a formula melding the aggressive angst of SLIPKNOT, the modern metal brutality of LAMB OF GOD, the stop-start riffage of FEAR FACTORY, and the trailblazing experimentation of DEFTONES”) stand undeterred in their convictions:

“This video is a representation of the filthiness of sin that ultimately leads to hell and that it doesn’t matter if someone calls themselves a Christian with their mouth if they are not producing fruit in their lives. There are a lot of Christians out there who are fakes and will try and deceive you for power, money, or other lusts of the flesh especially in these last days. So it’s up to genuine, real, and courageous Christians to stand up and speak truth and not compromise,” [entrusted Noisecreep – where this video was first shown - IMPENDING DOOM's singer Brook Reeves]

‘Deceiver’ is taken from IMPENDING DOOM's fourth album entitled ‘Baptized In Filth’, produced by Andreas Magnusson and Machine who mixed the album as well, and which was released in March 2012 througheOne Music. ‘Baptized In Filth’ became the band's highest charting record, peaking at position number 98 on the American Billboard Top 200:

“This record is a lot darker. It’s scary and eerie sounding,” [offered vocalist and co-founding member Brook Reeves] “What we’ve wanted to capture with most of our stuff - from our sound to our appearance, artwork and stage presentation - is an overall tone [drawing from] the darker side of music. There’s some experimentation and newer elements that we’ve introduced on this album as well.” [Added bassist David Sittig:] “ ‘Baptized In Filth’ represents the mindless indulgence and self-worship in the vile world we live in. This album is meant to scare the hell out of you!” [Continued Reeves:] “To be ‘Baptized In Filth’ means to just dwell in the unhappiness of sin. Before I came to Christ that’s where I sat. I loved being a sinner. I loved doing that. I still sin, of course. I stand next to that puddle of filth, so to speak. I dip my foot in it and I’m like, “I don’t like that any more.” I was there, I don’t want to be there, but there are some people who love to dwell there.” [Hmm, hmm, hmm…]

Christian extreme metal band from Riverside, California, IMPENDING DOOM, was founded in 2005 by vocalist Brook Reeves and guitarist Manny Contreras. The band quickly self-released an EP entitled ‘The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men’, lost old and added new bandmembers and signed with Facedown Records, on which Reeves, Contreras, guitarist Greg Pewthers, bassist David Sittig and drummer Andy Hegg released IMPENDING DOOM's debut full-length, not-so-subtly tiled ‘Nailed. Dead. Risen’, in 2007. Further changes in personnel department ensued as Chad Blackwell became the group's new drummer and guitarist Cory Johnson replaced Pewthers. AS I LAY DYING's Tim Lambesis co-produced IMPENDING DOOM's second album with Daniel Castelman; 2009's ‘The Serpent Servant’ broke onto the Billboard 200 at number 144. Drummer Blackwell decided to continue his studies after the record was issued and was replaced by the band's first drummer Isaac Bueno who left just prior to the recording of their next album. The recording process, again spearheaded by producers Lambesis and Castelman, for IMPENDING DOOM's 2010 ‘There Will Be Violence’ proved too much for founding member Contreras who departed from the group during the recording of the album. ‘There Will Be Violence’ charted even higher than its predecessor, reaching position number 123 on the Billboard 200. Brandon Trahan has since filled the left vacancy behind the drum kit.




Municipal Waste: You’re Cut Off – new video



MUNICIPAL WASTE's second instructional video has been just released, accompanied by these fine words by the band's “very enthused” frontman Tony Foresta:

“We’ve always wanted to see an animated WASTE video and this blew away our expectations. I’m stoked that the Wizard came out of his brief retirement to make an appearance as well. I’ve watched this thing over 40 times and I still keep finding hidden gems. If you hated our band before, you are really going to hate us after you witness this beautiful piece of work.”

The video is the work of Pierre Mousquet and Jerume Cauwe of IMOV Studios and its happy tune comes off MUNICIPAL WASTE's latest album, ‘The Fatal Feast’, cannibalizing this world and beyond since April 2012. The spaceship was provided by Nuclear Blast Records, the menu was drawn by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design, while the introductional video, available below, was directed by Jeff Speed and produced by Halo of Flies.

Founded in Richmond, Virginia in 2000, crossover thrash metal band MUNICIPAL WASTE played their first show on New Year's Eve 2001. They had toured USA and Mexico throughout 2001 and 2002, recorded an occasional demo and released a couple of splits, before settling down to record their debut full-length, ‘Waste ‘Em All’, in 2002. Released the following year, the recording brought about the listening ear of Earache Records through which they issued their next album, ‘Hazardous Mutation’, in 2005. The album which was received by mostly positive reviews and was fondly described as a “happy visit to your past” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic Guide, was succeeded by MUNICIPAL WASTE's third full-length, Chris “Zeuss” Harris-produced ‘The Art Of Partying’ in 2007. The group returned to the renowned producer for their next effort, 2009's ‘Massive Aggressive’.

MUNICIPAL WASTE features: Tony Foresta – vocals, Ryan Waste – guitar, Dave Witte – drums and Land Phil – bass



25 June, 2012

Ahab: The Giant – new album


AHAB braves the seas for a third time to deliver their unique brand of “nautik” doom metal to their fans and draw them down into the depths of the ocean and the human psyche.  While the band's previous releases took on Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”, as well as the tragic fate of the crew on the whaling vessel “Essex”, they now turn to Edgar Allan Poe's solitary novel “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” for inspiration.  The story comes to life within the musical confines of ‘The Giant’.  The songs are long in duration and turn into miniature epic tales embellished by hypnotic and heavy doom riffs, brutal vocals, but also melodic moments that include clean vocal interludes.  Those who chose to dive into this monolithic album will surely be rewarded with an extraordinary musical experience that will further confirm the band's top status,” [the press release says it all]

AHAB's third full-length ‘The Giant’, which features guest appearance by ENSLAVED keyboarder and singer Herbrand Larsen, is out now, June 25th, 2012, on Napalm Records. Listen to the title-track below and then sail the Seven Seas with AHAB and their new music which you can buy here (Napalm Records), and/or join the AHAB crew here (AHAB store). ‘The Giant’s beautiful artwork was created by Sebastian Jerke:

AHAB: The Giant – courtesy of AhabDoom

Formed in 2004 by guitarists Daniel Droste (PENETRALIA), Christian Hector (MIDNATTSOL) and Stephan Adolph (ex-ENDZEIT), AHAB, named after “Captain Ahab”, a character in Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”, recorded their first demo, ‘The Oath’, in 2005 with ten session drummer  Cornelius Althammer. In 2006, the band issued their formidable debut album ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ through Napalm Records/Deviant Records; it was recorded by AHAB bassist Stephan Adolph at SAD Studio:

“… [the album's] meticulously assembled husks of words and music (plus, in terms of pure heaviness, this leviathan makes MASTODON's sound as light as a sparrow!). The titanic tandem of ‘Below The Sun’ and ‘The Pacific’ steers listeners away from port, and casts them directly down into the darkest ocean abyss with slothful, somber synthesizer melodies, cataclysmic downtuned guitar waves, and echoing percussive thunders. These provide a formidable frame for lyrics frequently adapted directly from Melville's writings and delivered in an impossibly deep, guttural vocal style that sounds as though it was performed by Moby Dick himself - har-har! But it’s surprisingly clean-droned baritones substituting these rumblings on ‘Old Thunder’ which features an unusually uplifting, orchestrated central portion, bridged by an atmospheric interlude called ‘Of The Monstrous Pictures Of Whales’ to yet another colossal epic in ‘The Sermon’, itself boasting a shimmering central passage of near-silent melodic ripples that temporarily interrupt the album's prevalent, monolithic guitar grinds. ‘The Call Of The Wretched Sea’ subsequently achieves a dual climax via ‘The Hunt’ and ‘Ahab's Oath’, both of which are marked by keening, rather infectious melodies, but which still leave the listener feeling as if crushed under the pressure untold fathoms,” [was inspired Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here:]

AHAB: The Hunt – courtesy of AhabDoom

2009's ‘The Divinity Of Oceans’, produced by the band's drummer Cornelius Althammer, featured new bassist Stephan Wandernoth. This time, the group's songwriter Daniel Droste  immersed himself into the tragedy of the “Whaleship Essex”:

“The music juxtaposes huge riffs with delicate keyboards, chimes, etc., creating a dynamic that's more interesting than the usual chest-beating and despair-wallowing. Furthermore, AHAB's willingness to punish the listener at length - four of this album's seven tracks pass the ten-minute mark with ease - add to the feeling of rolling endlessness inspired by the ocean. This album is artier than one might expect, and worth the attention of listeners outside the doom metal cult,” [commented Phil Freeman, AllMusic – more here:]

AHAB: The Divinity Of Oceans – courtesy of AhabDoom

AHAB features: Daniel Droste – guitar and vocals, Christian Hector – guitar, Stephan Wandernoth – bass and Cornelius Althammer - drums

22 June, 2012

Full Album Stream: Blacklodge: MachinatioN – new album

Ready or not, additional evil has been set loose to ravish Europe today, June 22nd 2012, by those fiends Season Of Mist; industrial black mettalers BLACKLODGE have entered the Chamber of Control. Their new album ‘MachinatioN’ is unleashed:
“As humanity enters Kairos times, the Alchemical self of the Templar sees clearly through the shades of illusion. Prophecies and History are converging. The Ultimate Throne of SataN is rising from the NeXus and His masterplan appears clear : Humanity is under His Control,” [BLACKLODGE express their contempt]
“BLACKLODGE are entering a new dimension of mechanical insanity with their fourth album ‘MachinatioN’. The French alchemistic explorers stand at the fiery crossroads of innovative audacity in extreme music creation and rigorous research in dark psychodelic mysticism,” [spits venom the press release:]
Alas, even such nefarious records, recorded, mixed and mastered at the notorious Necromorbus Studios, have to be bought in case He is delayed: do so here (Season Of Mist e-shop) while you shiver in fear: ‘MachinatioN’ is being streamed in full here (BandCamp) and below. North American release date is set for July 17th, 2012:

Envisioned by vocalist, guitarist and programmer Saint Vincent (somewhere in France sometime around 1999); Saint Vincent recorded two demos, 1999's ‘InnerCells’ and ‘Prince Of Dark Cellars’, before he was joined by Silence and Diam's with whom he then “strengthened the identity of BLACKLODGE through substances abuses and rising totemic fascination for contemporary environment and technology”, and with whom he recorded the band's third demo as well as entered the “Chamber of Darkness area”. Out of that chamber and through Dutch label Blazing Productions came BLACKLODGE's debut album ‘Login:SataN’ in 2003. Diam's was replaced by AcidJess in the bass guitar department before the vile group entered the “Chamber of Illumination area” from which they emerged illuminated in 2006 with their second full-length ‘>SolarKult<’ (End All Life Productions):
“Their temples and idols are rusted, and new dogmas are rising. This is the prequel to the new kult,” [affirms the official bio]
Although Silence was replaced by Narcotic on guitar in 2007, it took awhile before BLACKLODGE and Austrian co-villains ABIGOR went through “alchemical transformation [which] led both bands to a deep, spiritually connected work, a split album dealing with the satanic concept of time”. Called ‘T/ME’, the album was mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the Necromorbus studio and released by End All Life Productions in 2010.For further information please visit BLACKLODGE's dungeons here and inspect the “Templars” section.
BLACKLODGE features: Saint Vincent - vocals, guitar and machines, AcidJess – bass and Narcotic - guitar

21 June, 2012

Dawn Of Demise: Rejoice In Vengeance – new album / We Drink To Your Demise - new video


Danish death metallers DAWN OF DEMISE have a new album out and an even two new videos filmed in its promotion; ‘We Drink To Your Demise’ and ‘Rejoice In Vengeance’ were both directed by Hans Asmussen. ‘Rejoice In Vengeance’, recorded, mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studios, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen, was released on June 19th, 2012 through Unique Leader Records and can be bought here (Unique Leader store) along with DAWN OF DEMISE hoodie which will keep you warm in any weather, heh. The album's cover was created by Marco Hasmann.

Formed in 2004, DAWN OF DEMISE needed only to record a demo, 2006's ‘…And Blood Will Flow’, and to perform some to be awarded with “Best Live Band” award by the Danish Metal Awards (DMeA) in 2007. Encouraged, the band then proceeded to record their debut album ‘Hate Take Its Form’, which was released in 2008 by Deepsend Records. An EP ‘Lacerated’ followed shortly and DAWN OF DEMISE's second full-length, ‘A Force Unstoppable’, was issued in 2010, again on Deepsend Records.

DAWN OF DEMISE features: Scott Jensen – vocals, Bjørn Jensen - bass & backing vocals, Thomas “Hotdogger” Egede – guitar, Martin Sørensen – guitar and Simon Blaabjerg – drums



Ruined Soul: Rewind – new video



Gothenburg, Sweden's RUINED SOUL have just released their second video in promotion of their 2010-released debut album ‘My Dying Day’. ‘Rewind’ also marks the group's second cooperation with director René U. Valdes. The ten songs that make up ‘My Dying Day’ were produced by Johnny Johansson who started RUINED SOUL in 2009 as a solo project and who has written all the album's music, lyrics, and plays guitar and bass himself, and were mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque at the Sonic Train Studios. The album's artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes. ‘My Dying Day’ was issued through Suicide Records.

RUINED SOUL features: Johnny Johansson (DISDAIN) – guitar, Patrik Johansson (ARISE) – vocals, Janne Jaloma (DEALS DEATH) – drums and Jonathan Thorpenberg (TRENCHES) – guitar



19 June, 2012

Every Time I Die: I Suck (Blood) – new video



‘I Suck (Blood)’ is Buffalo, New York's EVERY TIME I DIE new and third promotional video for their sixth full-length ‘Ex Lives’, which was released in March 2012 through Epitaph Records. ‘Ex Lives’, produced by renowned producer Joe Barresi, earned the band high grades from Metal Hammer (8/10), Rock Sound (9/10) and Absolute Punk (9.5/10), to mention but a few of the knowledgeable ones, and has become EVERY TIME I DIE highest charting album to date, debuting at number 20 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. ETID's latest exploration of the human condition was directed by Carlo Oppermann, while their previously released videos come courtesy vocalist Keith Buckley (‘Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space’) and director Robert “Robo” Schober (‘Revival Mode’). Buy ‘Ex Lives’ here (Epitaph Store):

“While the bulk of the album is filled with the kind of intense, emotionally explosive fits of musical violence that fans have come to expect, the moments where the album gets really interesting are the ones where the band takes the time to do some exploring. … Though these kinds of diversions might turn off fans of the band's more fiery moments, this kind of evolution shows that EVERY TIME I DIE are moving in some promising new directions,” [commented Gregory Heaney, AllMusic – more here]

Formed by vocalist Keith and guitarist Jordan Buckley in 1998 in Buffalo, New York, EVERY TIME I DIE's debut recording came in 2000 when the brothers, aided by guitarist Andrew Williams, bassist John McCarthy and drummer Sean Hughes, released ‘The Burial Plot Bidding War’ EP. With new drummer Michael “Ratboy” Novak Jr. and new bassist Aaron Ratajczak joining ranks, the band signed with Ferret Records and released ETID's debut studio album ‘Last Night In Town’ the following year. Yet another new bassist, Stephen Micciche, was engaged before the release of their second full-length, 2003's ‘Hot Damn!’. Relentless touring in support of the album, including an Ozzfest 2004 tour, claimed ETID's bassist Micciche, whose position was filled by Kevin Falk and with whom the band recorded their next album, ‘Gutter Phenomenon’, released in 2005. ‘Gutter Phenomenon’ introduced EVERY TIME I DIE to top American music charts, reaching position number 71 on the Billboard Top 200. Falk though, in true ETID's tradition, soon departed and was replaced with bassists Chris Byrnes, Keller Harbin and Josh Newton on the band's consequent tours. Their fourth record was issued in 2007; ‘The Big Dirty’ debuted at number 41 on the Billboard 200 and sold around 14,000 copies in its first week. EVERY TIME I DIE's first album to be released by their new record label Epitaph was 2009's ‘New Junk Aesthetic’ which again charted well, reaching position number 46 (Billboard 200). Drummer Novak though left the band in 2009, and was replaced by Ryan Leger a week before the release of the band's fifth album. He was dutifully followed by bassist Newton who departed from ETID in 2011. EVERY TIME I DIE's bassist at the time ‘Ex Lives’ was released appeared to be Stephen Micciche, but as it turns out, Josh Newton is once again the master of the four strings.




17 June, 2012

Lamb Of God: Desolation – new video



“The first and foremost thing that you have to realize about LOG (LAMB OF GOD) is that we do exactly what we want, when we want, and how we want to,” stated articulate Randy Blythe. So here comes their new video, ‘Desolation’, taken from these resolute Virginians' latest record ‘Resolution’. Released in January 2012 through Epic and Roadrunner Records, the album has thus far sold over 117,000 copies in the U.S. alone where it had peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. LAMB OF GOD's “100 percent trend-free and intelligently constructed album that could power a small country with its unstoppable energy and potent riffery”, ‘Resolution’, was recorded in studios in Virginia and New York in 2011 and produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur. For further fuel, watch LOG's animated video put together by animation company Moreframe Animation, ‘Ghost Walking’, below.

“Where LAMB OF GOD - among the last real practitioners of the dying art of groove metal - really succeed here is in the simplicity of their approach, shying away from modern studio trickery in favor of a rawer sound that doesn’t make any attempts to smooth the edges off of anything. … Rather than feeling like an indictment of the more heavily processed stuff that’s been on the rise, the album serves more as a reminder that sometimes simpler is better, and that sometimes all you need to make a good album is some flaming hot guitar work, thundering double bass drumming, and a whole lot of screaming,” [wrote Gregory Heaney, AllMusic – the rest here]

“[Here is what bandmembers had to say about their seventh album:] We’re not spitting out a LAMB OF GOD template record. If it’s uninspired or you have nothing left to say, you stop. We’re all putting other things in life off to do this, and we’re not going to do it if gets boring to us. Unlike any other album before, this album was written over the course of a couple of years, at least with the guitars. Willie [Adler, guitarist] and I starting songwriting as soon as we started touring with ‘Wrath’,” [explained guitarist Mark Morton. Added drummer Chris Adler:] “A lot of bands get to the point where they put out seven or eight records and fans start to take them for granted. They aren’t the “cool guys” anymore. I’m not immune to that, and we wanted to push ourselves and surprise ourselves by not resting on prior successes and by default surprising our fans. What inspires me is to outdo the 21-year-old that I was,” [he continued] “I have to prove to myself that I am still a player in this game and keep up with the best. As a band it was important to us to prove to ourselves that we have something left to offer. We don’t need to put out records anymore, but we want to put out records. We don’t want to tarnish the legacy of the band, so whatever we do has to be stronger than what we’ve done. And we’ve done it with ‘Resolution’. There are some frantic moments in the music [/album which also contains some of “the swampiest, sludgiest stuff” of their career], they sound almost panic-inducing. The album is overwhelmingly aggressive and will definitely get people off their asses and driving fast.” [Concluded LOB's bellowing voice Randy Blythe:] “It’s an introspective record and goes over some uncomfortable things for me. I hope people that hear those lyrics will look at themselves and look at the world around them and say: “This is where I am, I don’t like this” and try to invoke a change in themselves. My overall feeling for this record is “awakening”. I’m 40 years old, and I’m just now really getting some clarity on where my place in my life is. This is about me getting clarity after partying for a long amount of time, looking at my life and saying: “This is where I am, where do I want to go now?”


When they started out 1990 in Richmond, Virginia,  guitarist Mark Morton, drummer Chris Adler and bassist John Campbell called themselves “Burn The Priest” for a while, and as such they released three demos and, with singer/drill-sergeant Randy Blythe joining the ranks, their 1999's debut self-titled album (Legion Records). As a deal with Prosthetic Records was signed, Willy Adler became LAMB OF GOD's second guitarist. Their second full-length, 2000's ‘New American Gospel’, has sold over 100,000 copies in the U.S. alone:

“What elevates this Richmond, VA, quintet's assault above the majority of modern metal is the attention given to constructing definite melody and complete songs; this is a creative act who generally is subordinated by most metallers to the pursuit of heaviness,” [commented Patrick Kennedy, AllMusic – more here]

After heavy touring that ensued the release, LAMB OF GOD eventually settled down in a studio with producer  Devin Townsend with whom they recorded their next record, 2003's ‘As The Places Burn’, which was followed quickly by Machine-produced ‘Ashes Of The Wake’, released in 2004 via their new label Epic Records. The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200 and has, to date, sold around 400,000 copies in the U.S. alone. LAMB OF GOD continued to climb up the music charts with their once again Machine-produced exceptionally brutal and Grammy nominated album ‘Sacrament’. Released in 2006, ‘Sacrament’ debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200. Documenting multiple live performances from across the globe on their ‘Sacrament’ World Tour, LAMB OF GOD issued a live DVD ‘Walk With Me In Hell’ in 2008. Josh Wilbur-produced ‘Wrath’, released in 2009 on Roadrunner/Epic, nearly conquered the American music charts, debuting at number 2 on Billboard Top 200 chart and selling over 68,000 copies in its first week. A bulky 3-disc retrospective entitled ‘Hourglass: The Anthology’, covering their independent releases as well as their major-label ones, was issued in 2010.

LAMB OF GOD features: Chris Adler – drums, John Campbell – bass, Mark Morton – guitar, Randy Blythe – vocals and Willie Adler – guitar




15 June, 2012

Terror: Keepers Of The Faith – full length documentary



Scott Vogel's TERROR keep releasing videos and I keep track (click here for previous post on TERROR). This time they have posted the full and uncut documentary about the band and their legendary frontman Scott Vogel. The documentary focuses on Vogel's early bands and overviews TERROR's history from their beginnings through the making of their latest album, ‘Keepers Of The Faith’. The L.A.-based hardcore group's latest release was produced by Chad Gilbert at Buzzbomb Studio, engineered by Paul Minor, mixed by Matt Hyde and released in 2010 on Century Media Records. ‘Keepers Of The Faith’, along with the rest of TERROR stuff, still awaits you here (CM Distro):

TERROR – courtesy of Century Media Records

TERROR was formed by vocalist Scott Vogel (formerly lead singer with bands like DESPAIR, SLUDGEFEST and BURIED ALIVE) in 2002. A four-song demo, an EP and a lot of touring later, the band had signed with Bridge 9 Records and released a nine-song EP entitled ‘Lowest Of The Low’ in 2003. TERROR had spent the rest of that year touring, including a stint in Europe with BIOHAZARD. The group later on signed with Trustkill Records and issued two albums through that label; 2004's ‘One With The Underdogs’ and 2006's ‘Always The Hard Way’ – the latter reaching number 10 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. After ‘Always The Hard Way’ bassist Carl Swartz and guitarist Frank Novinec left TERROR in order to concentrate on FIRST BLOOD and HATEBREED respectively. ‘Rhythm Amongst The Chaos’ EP followed in 2007 (Reaper Records) and the band got included in Century Media's 20 year celebration covers album, 2008's ‘Covering 20 Years Of The Extreme’. ‘The Damned, The Shamed’, TERROR's fourth full-length, was released by Century Media Records that same year.

TERROR features: Scott Vogel – vocals, Nick Jett – drums, Jordan Posner – guitar, Martin Stewart – guitar and David Wood - bass

Purified In Blood: Flight Of A Dying Sun – new album


Norwegians PURIFIED IN BLOOD have just unleashed their new album, ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’, upon Europe today, June 15th, 2012 via Indie Recordings. The album was recorded with Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat Studio in Århus, Denemark, and mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (“the heaviest combo known to man” or so the rumor goes). ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ was described by vocalist Hallgeir S. Enoksen as the missing link between the band's 2006's ‘Reaper Of Souls’ album and 2010's ‘Under Black Skies’. As reported by PURIFIED IN BLOOD's staunch supporter as well as their label, Hallgeir S. Enoksen has dealt with the challenge of being the band's single vocalist “with no problem what so ever”. Furthermore, they insist that his voice range has developed a lot and that he “takes on the task with no remorse, no repent”. Nevertheless, PURIFIED IN BLOOD's former second vocalist Glenn Reaper kindly graces the power anthem ‘Iron Hands’ with his guest appearance. Alongside Glenn Reaper, Erlend Hjelvik from KVELERTAK appears on the album's first single ‘Mot Grav’ (watch its video below), as does saxophonist Kjetil Møster, organist Ådne Sæverud, bassist Jens Borge and, last but certainly not least, (“Siberian throat singer”) Albert Kuvezin lends his abilities in order “to start the whole album off with his voice of war”. The album's artwork was created by Jondix Mahashakti. Spend your spare Norwegian kroner here:

PURIFIED IN BLOOD: Storm Of Blood – courtesy of Indie Recordings

They hail from Stavanger, Norway and they have been perfecting their craft since 2003; PURIFIED IN BLOOD released their debut EP ‘The Leaves Of A Poisoned Tree’ in 2004, which they followed up with their raw and intensive debut full-length ‘Reaper Of Souls’ in 2006. The album was recorded with Jacob Bredahl and released through German label Alveran Records:

Gates Of Gehenna – courtesy of PURIFIED IN BLOOD

In 2007, some of the bandmembers apparently strayed from the vegan-straight-edge lifestyle, hence PURIFIED IN BLOOD disbanded. They have nevertheless patched up their disagreements by 2008 and recorded their second album, ‘Under Black Skies’, by 2010. The CD was issued through Spinefarm Records, produced by Ashley Stubbert and mixed by Matt Bayles:

Death Priest – courtesy of PURIFIED IN BLOOD

Under Den Svarte Himmel – courtesy of PURIFIED IN BLOOD

Mouth Of Doom – courtesy of PURIFIED IN BLOOD

PURIFIED IN BLOOD features: Hallgeir S. Enoksen – vocals, Sander Sagblad Loen - lead guitar, Tommy Svela – guitar, Stig Skog Andersen – bass and Anders Mosness – battery (drums)