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UK’s legendary extreme metal icons CRADLE OF FILTH have released the second single off their eagerly awaited 12th album, Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay.
Commented singer Dani Filth: “This track is one of my favourite songs from the new ‘Cryptoriana’ album – aside from ‘Achingly Beautiful’, ‘Death And The Maiden’ and the title track- due to its very unique flavour and its vehement brutality. The culminative strike is especially very ‘Dusk… and Her Embrace’ era Black Metal…
Inspired by the works of H. Rider Haggard, a Victorian author who schooled in my home town of Ipswich, this song uses the railroad annexation of the Transvaal in Africa during the 19th century to paint a vision of the greedy machinations of man coming up against a furious, displaced natural foe, thus posing an allegory for the downtrodden, revolting.
I also have the latin of this expression tattooed on my arm (due to being the usual supercilious Leo!).
The quote was made famous having been said in 1697 by Johann Bernoulli about Isaac Newton’s anonymously submitted solution to Bernoulli’s challenge regarding the Brachistochrone curve.
So… Enjoy. Indulge. Desire. Darken.”
Southern sludge pioneers Damad’s vocalist Victoria Scalisi has very sadly succumbed to her battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed by the scene. Our hearts go out to her friends and family. Fred Pessaro wrote a short but sweet tribute at Revolver with more info and some live footage from the recent sadly cut short Damad reunion.Add to My Radar
When people look back at this particular era of hardcore, metalcore and experimental music with extreme dabblings, the last few years will show bands like Couch Slut, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Ascend/Descend, Full Of Hell and perhaps even a band like South Wales’ upstarts Continents (who have had support of more mainstream labels but pushed their sound further regardless without aping Bring Me The Horizon) were some of the real standouts in quality and long run importance.
Couch Slut return with a quite anticipated sophomore release after a much debated and uncompromising first record. The first album was good in a certain raw and pure sense of purpose stage setting way, certainly with some very worthy moments. Contempt is a step up in that the band sound like they have really benefited from playing more live. There is a sort of synergy in the performances – especially the clobbering and discordant “Company Picnic With Dust Off” you hear a lot on some of the better Am Rep and Touch And Go releases by Tar, Helmet, Jesus Lizard or Today Is The Day where you know the bands were really breathing their material, living in it and running shit a lot. Who knows? Maybe Couch Slut just party and don’t need to rehearse a lot, tapping into the well of unquenchable radness from which Ronnie James Dio (who has been rumored to have not needed vocal warm-ups to ride the tiger and be master of the moon) drank from.
The mix is great and the tones compliment one another, chunky but with some room. I really like Theo Nobel’s drum sound and how it pads out the mix. The snare is driving but you feel like you are in the room with the band, despite good tones nothing feels over processed and front rager Megan’s vocal sits within but not massively above the mix, more akin to older hardcore records. It frankly sounds like a loud punch in the head in a pissed off traffic jam at times, in a good way. Contempt was recorded by Couch Slut’s Kevin Wunderlich and former member Amy Mills. It was mixed by Caley Monahan-Ward (Extra Life, Voice Coils) and mastered by James Plotkin (Leviathan, Sumac). It sounds like Plotkin knew just how much to boost everything.
Belgian experimental death and black metal band EMPTINESS have released a live video for the track “Your Skin Won’t Hide You”. The video, captured during a live performance in Brussels, is streaming at the band’s official Bandcamp page.
“Your Skin Won’t Hide You” comes off EMPTINESS’ newest album, ‘Not For Music’. Not For Music was recorded at Blackout Studio, produced by Jeordie White (MARYLIN MANSON), and mixed by Sean Beavan (GUNS AND ROSES, NINE INCH NAILS and more). The new album is available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.Add to My Radar
If you like your metal conceptually subtle but otherwise pretty much not subtle at all in any way, chances are you probably are a big Cradle fan. The UK’s favorite mischief makers summon the darkness once more with new album Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay. Their 12th offering in a long and storied career, it is surely one of the more anticipated records for the metal scene of 2017. September 22 is the official release date, giving you a full month to learn the lyrics before Halloween. Watch the video below to see Dani looking kind of like a Goblin King/evil deer hybrid in a snowy realm with the band and a pile of I think naked virgins? The production value all around is great and I love the melodic choral style vocals over the blackened speed charnal shred and Filth’s shrieks.Add to My Radar
Southern Lord will release UNSANE‘s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017. The cover art and track listing for the album have now been made public. This is def one of the releases we are most excited for this year and old school fans will be pleased to see that they didn’t exactly stray far conceptually for the new cover art, hahaha.
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“Mankind Will Have No Mercy” is the latest single from Goatwhore. New album Vengeful Ascension, set for worldwide release this Friday, June 23rd, via Metal Blade Records.
If you don’t like Goatwhore for some reason you should just leave this site now. They have never made a bad record and basically combine many of the best attributes of real metal into a consistent and world defiling whole. Sammy remains the riff master extraordinaire and are there really that many frontpersons as metal as Ben? We thinketh not. Hail the whore! Give me a G. Give me an O! Give me an A! Give me a T! Nevermind. But really.
Check out the audio menace of “Mankind Will Have No Mercy” at: metalblade.com/goatwhore – where the record can also be pre-ordered.Add to My Radar
Nowadays you have a lot of caustic and rowdy bands from The Midnight Ghost Train to Couch Slut to Ken Mode, Chrome Waves, Fucked & Bound or Lord Dying to choose from, but was a time when Unsane stood nearly alone in the sludgy and anti-social face peeling department. Sure, bands like Today Is The Day, Helmet, Quicksand and Hammerhead held down the fort as well for mean and lean grooves with vocal bite, but Unsane were perhaps the most dangerous. You could smell the bum piss on a subway support beam and hear the screeching sound of failing brakes, the metallic taste of blood in your mouth and a fear spike of adrenaline amidst the careening guitar and rolling rhythms of Chris Spencer and his band. Matador certainly never put out anything close to as ugly as Total Destruction, a mandatory listen for any noise rock and extreme music fan as far as I’m concerned. I wore that tape out like a motherfucker.
Here’s the thing. Unsane STILL out rip most bands. By FAAARRRR. They make try too hard deathcore bands seem like a fucking joke to me because Unsane never had to work so hard to be intense and it comes off as a hell of a lot more authentic than a lot of heavy styles. Plus, that slide guitar and screaming telecaster! Totally pioneering shit. And seriously, what the FUCK was Hootie and The Blowfish thinking trying to name an album Scattered, Smothered & Covered?!! That shit is on lock. You might as well try to name your album Nevermind or It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back for how absurd it is to try and have the same record title as Unsane’s most famous masterpiece.
It has been five years since true to form stomper Wreck and awhile since I last saw the band with my friend Elodie from New Noise (France) fucking destroy Union Pool with the much missed Made Out Of Babies, easily one of the funnest shows I ever saw in my fucking life. I was just thinking YESTERDAY as the Comey revelations about Conald Dump heat up how I could really use some new Unsane to blow out my ears and vent out all the collected shit detritus and performative emotional labor of being part of society these days.
Dave Curran tracked the new album at Gatos Trail Studios in Yucca Valley, California, it was mixed by Andrew Schneider at Acre in New York City, and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago. That’s a damn good team.
Southern Lord will release UNSANE’s Sterilize on September 29th, 2017 with cover art, track listing, audio samples, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.
Advancing the release of Sterilize¸ UNSANE has announced a run of US tour dates from July 15th through August 3rd, booked around the band’s performance at AmRep Bash 17 in Minneapolis, with Fashion Week providing support for the trek. Additional tour dates through the release of the new LP are to be expected.
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Tribulation have a few records, but it was the darkly romantic and brooding The Children Of The Night that thrust them to new heights atop gothic death ramparts and crusty crenulations. Truly one of the more captivating bands of our current age, refining like blood wine.
Tribulation recently published the following statement about the departure of drummer Jakob Ljungberg, who had been with the group since the album The Formulas Of Death:
“As the summer in the year of their lord 2017 draws near and the world in the north is again fully starting to wake from its slumber we, on the other hand, are forced to face an inevitable end in the departure of our drummer Jakob Ljungberg who has decided to leave the band. We have spent the last five years together through pain to heaven, in chaos to bliss! It’s been such a strange, wonderful, tiring and inspiring time and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this time the most important in the history of the band. We surely couldn’t have done it without you. We were like brothers even before the time of Tribulation and we certainly will be in the time after! Make sure to check out Jakob’s unique and most excellent band Second Sun (https://www.facebook.com/Secondsunswe/) where he sings and plays guitar!”
Jakob Ljungberg also commented as follows: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Tribulation. These last years have been among the best in my life, but they wore me out and now I have to continue life on different paths. Thanks to everyone involved – you made this journey spectacular, thanks to everyone that came up and said hi – it meant the world to me, thanks to everyone who believed in me – you made me believe in myself. Jonathan, Adam and Johannes: I love you. “The end of nights we tried to die – this is the end.””
But as every end is also a new beginning, TRIBULATION have already secured a new drummer in Oscar Leander and have further good news to spread: “After this period of silence, renewal and contemplation the time has now come to give you the new Tribulation! We have now fully immersed ourselves in the making of a new album that will be recorded at summer’s end. We are very pleased to announce that Oscar Leander (previously in Deathstars) is our new drummer. He will make his first appearance with us on Muskelrock now on Thursday, June 1st! Are you ready? We are!”
Stay alert for TRIBULATION’s new studio album which is planned to be released early 2018.
TRIBULATION – Live 2017
6/1 Alvesta, SE – Muskelrock Festival
6/16 Dessel, BE – Graspop Metal Meeting
7/7 Idraetsvej, DK – Metal Magic Festival
8/25 Siegen, DE – Jomsviking Open Air
9/28 Hultsfred, SE – Mörkaste Småland Festzival
10/7 Hoogeveen, NL – Graveland Festival
* Please note that TRIBULATION’s previously announced appearance at Germany’s Bang Your Head festival has unfortunately been cancelled for 2017.Add to My Radar
First, let me start by saying props to Toilet Ov Hell for calling Sweden’s Shining what they have become…‘edge lords’. I’ll give credit there for the inspiration for the title of this article, because it made me laugh. Niklas Kvarforth makes some bad ass music but has always kind of been a black metal poor man’s GG Allin. It’s been done before and that route of “shock” rock antics is, well…kinda tacky and frankly, basic. Dude’s brilliant music is completely cheapened by this shit, like getting clicks by doing obnoxious shit and then saying people are “pussies” if they roll their eyes or that they are like, ‘bound to the norms of a society you despise’ or some black metal shite. Cool story, bro. Grow the fuck up. At least Kvarforth also supports some pretty anti-social rap whereas a lot of black metal people would just be bigots and call the rappers savages while then using basically the same kind of language against women you find in the most sexist rap, for example.
Many years ago in my early twenties I was kicked out of CBGB once very trashed for throwing chairs at the audience and fighting the sound guy on stage after drinking most of a bottle of I don’t even remember what. Some of this was documented in an article in the porn/music mag Screw Magazine, which was amazing…but I was still a jerk. And I am told I was spitting in the face of Josh Eppard, my drummer at the time, for having worked once for a local police benevolent association. Ridiculous shit. Then we got beer bottles thrown at us meant for me that whizzed instead by Josh’s head barely missing him. I can’t blame dude for having quit the band after that. I think I thought I had to be a maniac to compete with the punk legacy of the place but in hindsight, I was a total asshole and could have hurt someone. WTF is so cool about alienating people who might actually support your cause?
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Virginia’s Inter Arma have announced a new stretch of European tour dates with Der Weg einer Freiheit.
Inter Arma will be on tour starting May 25 with Pallbearer and Gatecreeper. They will start their tour with Der Weg einer Freiheit on September 21 and that tour will run til October 14.
Check out the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
On this national day of prayer where we are fucking the poor and sick and pissing on anything holy by allowing Churches to dictate politics and still pay no taxes (much like the very rich), you might as well blast some fucking Goatwhore and point your middle finger at the sky, right?! I for one am psyched as fuck for the latest from one of the most consistent killer acts in metal. Can they top the last two? This is one of the few bands in metal who have only improved with every release and yet the early stuff inverts virgins as well!!
Goatwhore will release their anticipated Vengeful Ascension full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. The band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome), breaking a four-album tradition of working with Erik Rutan.
“Working with Rutan was awesome,” says Goatwhore front-man Ben Falgoust. “We did some great records with him. But you come to a point where you’re like, ‘All right. Let’s try something new.’ It was part of trying to remove ourselves from a comfort zone and a risk thing we needed to take. Plus, we really wanted to hit the essence of where we are live and what better way to harness that than by having our live sound guy involved. Jarrett is knowledgeable with the studio stuff. He also knows how we sound coming out of a PA and we really wanted to get closer to that.”
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Gold are really good. You should listen to them. I classified them in our power metal category only because if Gold played power metal that would actually maybe be the weirdest experimental music ever and very rad. They DO play their own awesome kind of music, which is different than what many bands are doing. Optimist has some sweet jams. "White Noise" has a great intro. Prepare to be melted in a metallic wash of BM, post-rock and plaintive melodic musings.