EP Review: Castrator – “No Victim”

Posted by Joan on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:26 PM (PST)

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“Tightly she holds the blade With which the rapist will be raped . Castration Of the rapist! Emasculation.” Talk about a reply to any number of songs from Cannibal Corpse’s discography! Having discovered these ladies last year, right before their demo was released, I was ecstatic to finally hear Castrator‘s 4-track EP released in early May under the Horror Pain Gore Death Productions label. These five ladies hail from all over the map (Sweden, Colombia & Norway to name a few countries), marking this group as both ethnically diverse and fem-tastic! Shrouded in a bit of mystery, the ladies are credited as M.S. (vocals), M. Akesson (rhythm guitar), Robin Mazen (bass), C. Perez (drums) and P. Serrano (lead and vocals). You might already be familiar with many of the ladies from their other bands, which with time, I’m sure you’ll all figure out.

It’s sort of a supergroup in the making. Castrator’s EP has brushed off the dust to reinvigorate traditional death metal, and, in fact, does so with a healthy dose of feminism. And for you males out there who shy away from the f-word – put simply, it’s about leveling the field.

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The black metal band Gorgoroth takes their name from the Plateau of Gorgoroth in JRR Tolkein's Lord of the Rings.


 

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Goatsnake emerge and reclaim their heavy throne with Black Age Blues. “House Of The Moon” shuts down any foolish few critical of the stomping immensity of the Goatsnake ride well before the vocals even come in, and it is just one of many examples of what makes this band more venomous than ever. After fifteen years the band is back strong and fans will revel in the heavy, deep from the Earth rock vibes on this must have class of 2015 doom entry.

Black Age Blues showcases vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) working as a real team to dust off a monster. With guests from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).

I caught up with Greg Anderson via phone from his lair at Southern Lord Records and he answers my questions BELOW.

Slayer release announcement video for “Repentless”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:46 AM (PST)

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Slayer have released a teaser video revealing their next record is called Repentless . You can watch the clip BELOW.

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WRVTH release “Into Bloom” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:55 PM (PST)

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Northern California death metallers WRVTH have released a video for their song “Into Bloom”.

“Into Bloom” comes off the band’s upcoming self-titled third album, which is due out on June 16 via Unique Leader Records.

The band comments that the song is very personal, “This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams.”

Check out the “Into Bloom” video and WRVTH tour dates here.

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Watertank debuts “Surrender” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM (PST)

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Nantes natives Watertank have debuted the video for their song “Surrender” ahead of the release of their sophomore LP Destination Unknown via Solar Flare Records.

Check out the video for “Surrender” as well as Watertank tour dates here.

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The Great Discord release “The Aging Man” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:05 PM (PST)

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Swedish metallers The Great Discord have released a video for their song “The Aging Man”.

“The Aging Man” comes from the band’s forthcoming album Duende which will come out on June 2 via Metal Blade Records.

The band had this to say about the “The Aging Man” video:

The video is a mix of a presentation of our band, and a visualization of the concept behind our song, The Aging Man. The idea is that a man, facing his mortality, struggles with his impending death, here personified by Fia’s stage persona. Acting as a sort of inverted Saint Peter, or Charon, she is a gatekeeper, a guide, challenging his thoughts and beliefs about what is going to happen, and forces him to face his demons and his regrets. The game of chess is a symbol for this struggle. Welcome to THE GREAT DISCORD.

Check out the “The Aging Man” video here.

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Napalm Death announce US festival and European tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM (PST)

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British grindcore godfathers Napalm Death are preparing to be on the road this summer.

Napalm Death are touring to promote their 15 album Apex Predator – Easy Meat.

Bassist Shane Embury had this to say about the upcoming tour:

We had an awesome time down in Australia & New Zealand with our old friends Carcass! A lot of history between us as everyone probably knows and the crowds were very appreciative with most of the shows sold out. And what a great line up, also with Extortion opening…a truly awesome band from Australia. All in all a killer tour and I almost got Bill Steer up onstage for a few of the old songs, but we never quite managed it with all of the crazy traveling and early flights. But one day soon though, I tell you…Cheers!

Check out the Napalm Death tour dates here.

Make sure to check back for details on an upcoming Napalm Death 7″ split EP.

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Revocation release “Madness Opus” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM (PST)

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Boston metallers Revocation seem tireless. Earlier today they dropped a lyric video for their song “Madness Opus” off of their newest album Deathless which came out in October.

In addition to the video, Revocation are currently on tour. They’re playing 20 shows starting today in Pittsburgh and wrapping up on June 14 in Winnipeg.

Revocation are joined on tour by Veil of Maya, Oceano, Gift Giver and Entheos.

Check out tour dates and the video for “Madness Opus” here.

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Connoisseur announce tour, release “Pot Hole” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:06 PM (PST)

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Oakland death metal burnouts Connoisseur are ramping up for a 49-show tour starting at home in Oakland on May 22 and ending on July 11 in Berkeley.

Their album Stoner Justice will drop on June 9 via TankCrimes records.

Check out tour dates as well as the “Pot Hole” video here.

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Rise Of Doom are a rock solid new metalcore band from France who are better than about 80% of the pack, which means they certainly deserve to be on the radar of all metalcore fans. The band show a lot of promise on the very heavy yet colorful and effective self-released Purgation. Check out our interview with some of the guys BELOW.

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Dark Roots of Thrash hit Poughkeepsie, NY (Show Review)

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:41 AM (PST)

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DROT returned strong to Poughkeepsie, NY and The Chance Theater when Testament, Exodus and young pups Shattered Sun hit town. Don’t fret, the old wolves still had it and the up and comers certainly growled and howled as well. The night arguably belonged to Exodus (with two Heathen members filling in, I believe), Steve Souza yelling at the crowd that he hadn’t played The Chance in years. Souza has been miraculous since his return to the band and as much as I love the Rob Dukes era stuff, Steve “Zetro” has been continuing to kick serious ass live and prove Blood In, Blood Out was no fluke. The whole crowd pumped their fists and chanted like crazed hyenas forced to obey the Gods.

That said, Shattered Sun opened the night and you never would’ve known they were a new band if they weren’t so baby faced. The boys from Alice, TX who are recent Victory Records roster additions completely kick started the night and from the get go had support from a crowd who had mostly never heard them. “Hope Within Hatred” filled the room with melodic thrashing goodness and hair and necks started banging accordingly. It will be great when these guys have more songs the crowd loves and let’s hope they don’t have any setbacks like recent hopefuls Lazarus A.D. who were doing so well as a new thrash band only to really slow down (plus, RIP to Lazarus’ drummer).

Testament were the proven metal icons of underground integrity that you’d expect. Like Anthrax these days the Testament guys are really on point with their vision, line up, new music and everything the fans crave. I cant wait for their next release! Chuck still has the most untouchable below in metal, though Mad Joe Black from Wisdom In Chains has a considerably huge bellow as well if you like hardcore music. But yeah, Testament!!!

We’ve got electric show photos from Matt Slater BELOW.

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Shining‘s IX: Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends is upon us and it’s prime time for scaredy cats out there to bust out their “The End Is Nigh” placards. Niklas Kvarforth discusses the creation, cultivation and concerns behind the 6 new tracks BELOW.

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The drums sounded. The horns blew. Battle paint adorned, bladed weapons drawn, beer upon their breath, the tribesmen of Finland and their Norwegian allies charged through Chicago, laying waste to the those who sought to oppose them, raising their fists proudly in mutual purpose to those who joined them in the sounds and revelry of battle lust.

The Trolls zealously feasted upon the slain and fallen. The Forest Clan danced upon bloodied flesh and crippled bones. The Sword Bearers left nothing in the brutality of their crushing wake. All those who witnessed the carnage and what remained will surely remember the day Trollfest, Korpiklaani, and Ensiferum came marching through their town.

For further details of the Bottom Lounge Battle of Chicago, click here.

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Ancient Sky release new track “Two Lights”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:04 PM (PST)

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Brooklyn doom metallers Ancient Sky have dropped a new track off of their forthcoming album Mosaic, which is due out June 9 via Wharf Cat Records.

Ancient Sky dropped “Two Lights” earlier this week.

Check out “Two Lights”, previously released track “Garbage Brain” and Ancient Sky tour dates here.

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Fuck The Facts release details for ‘Desire Will Rot’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:36 PM (PST)

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Canadian grindcore band Fuck The Facts have released a bunch of new details for their upcoming album Desire Will Rot which will be released on August 25 via their own label, Noise Salvation.

Check out the album cover as well as the track list for the album here.

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