Currently finishing work on their upcoming eighth full-length, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will head back out on the road this summer, as co-headliners of The Summer Slaughter Tour with Dying Fetus.
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Shores Of Null‘s Quiescence was a sleeper of a debut that was so good it enabled me to get people who hadn’t been much interested in more extreme metal since Pantera or, more recently, Dillinger to get into it. Some of that is that the vocals are not only gruff growls but also dip into a rich and honeyed well of powerful and bold melody that stirs the soul. Above all the band are well-paced, don’t over do any one element and are firm in their identity.
These traits continue on new, better produced album Black Drapes For Tomorrow (which is really fucking hard to Google without getting home decoration websites as a result, dudes!). For the moment I like the debut better, but only because it made a big impact on me from the get go and I listened to it a lot. I feel like this new record is likely just as strong and am certainly yet to find fault with it, rather I need the songs to just get into my bones a little more as much as “Kings Of Null” did. That said, if you loved the band before you certainly still will. With all due respect to Katatonia, this band is packing a bit more punch these days despite not having as storied a history of releases to draw from live.
SoN are clearly hungry, however. This Rome based band sound fully committed to their art on songs like “Tide Against Us”, which gives the feeling that the tide will not be enough to halt their determination. This is one of the handful of metal bands I really want to see live these days that I haven’t. I really hope they release “A Thousand Storms” as a single if they haven’t. I feel like that could be a big song for them from this record and win both Amon Amarth type fans as well as fans of more melodic vocal, epic heavy metal. It also just has some killer guitar work.
Fans of Novembers Doom will appreciate the often borderline ponderous and morose feel of many of these songs but the band manage to inject traits of melodeath elements and classic metal flourishes as well as prominent drum fills that add forward motion to the sounds like a battle march. The stunning “House Of Cries” almost sounds like black metal meets melodeath in places and I think this band should really get on a tour with Wolfheart after hearing it, despite having much more melodic vocals. I think that would be a popular pairing.
“Carry On, My Tiny Hope” is not about how metal will make your penis grow bigger if you are a dude (though that is actually true). I have a feeling it is actually about something more inspiring like passing down legacy of heritage to family, but I have not spoken to the band about it. I DO know that it is one of the finest arrangements from the group to date, seriously setting them in a cool place and almost sounding like if Hetfield sang with Jerry Cantrell in places. It is a hard song to even do justice to descriptively as it has many movements that move even the casual listener.
The closing classical guitar influenced number “Death Of A River” also bears specific shouting out, evidence that the band’s dynamics are not a fad and they are continuing to build on some of what makes their style work so well. I really hope this group catches on more in the United States.
Technical , extreme, hooky and accessible all without ever sucking? Of course we are discussing mighty Soilwork. When their former drummer Dirk peaced out (to inferior, yet more popular) band Megadeth, it left a big hole in Soilwork. The band have a shit ton of songs and any one of them presents many challenges to even a skilled player. Listen to, say, “Enemies In Fidelity” on recent masterpiece The Ride Majestic alone and tell me that a lot of drummers come to mind who could smoke that song in their sleep. Short list, huh? Well, it seems the Swedes have finally found a new member who fits the bill! Bastian Thusgaard, welcome aboard one of the greatest acts in metal!
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Fiction is one of Dark Tranquillity‘s greatest works, the melodeth and piano laced compositions taking the band’s sound to the next level of morose and demon clutching, teeth gnashing splendor. This is one of their records that can really stand next to any At The Gates release with pride, even if they don’t get as much love. Outstanding album full of darkness, hope and striving. Seriously, “The Lesser Faith” is one of the best metal songs I have ever heard in my fucking life.
On vinyl for the very first time – the expanded edition of Dark Tranquillity‘s powerful 2007 album Fiction.Package includes the original Fiction LP as well as a bonus 7″ featuring all four of the expanded edition tracks.The release will be available on 4/16/16 just in time for Record Store Day. Limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl (with the 7″ on black vinyl, housed inside a black dust sleeve) and under exclusive license from Century Media.Here’s a list of participating locations that will have copies!
Yesterday they released the video for their song “At Dawn’s First Light”, off of the upcoming album.
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The Saint Vitus Bar listening party for the sure to be a hugely victorious new Amon Amarth ear pillager Jomsviking was a great event. The already classic yet still newer venue (in the larger scheme of things) hosted a small gathering of some of the most viking metal faithful writers in the scene and various label and musician types as vocalist Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth held court.
The thunderous music was a delight to behold, the full throttle charge of instant anthem “First Kill” (complete with some awesome descending riffs and Johan’s mighty roar) letting us know this was indeed a full blown Amon Amarth battle cry. One does not simply get to their tenth album of Viking themed melodeath and suddenly put out an album of squishy water in your jelly flip flop pool party tunes, for example.
No. Dudes open their new record with the lyrics ,“The first man I killed was the Earl’s right hand man!” growled like it means everything to Johan. These dudes have the power of At the Gates yet with the intense epic feel of European sagas. Outlaw anthems to melt the heart of Skade, the Ski-goddess.
Johan welcomed the writers and PR people, some of us meeting for the first time as people had flown in from the West Coast for the special, exclusive event. He was very friendly but said he hoped we liked the record and made a funny threatening growl at us. My guitarist Ryan Rios from our band GET OUT. had driven me, as I am pretty nearsighted and shitty in metropolitan areas, and he noted that “Raise Your Horns” in particular reminded him of some of the classic styles that made “Runes To My Memory” from With Odin On Our Side so memorable. “The Way Of The Vikings” stood out to me as one of the most aggressive and anthemic tracks yet from a band known for crushing mead halls beneath their treading boots.
The record sounded absolutely incredible and it was cool to run into some old friends like John from Candiria or meet Frank from Metal Injection in person finally or other assembled Metal Blade homies. Jomsviking is really, really uncompromising and good. The epic feel you love is there and yet the songs seem a bit faster, at least to me. There are still some slower war marches and even an awesome, prickly inside cameo from the legendary Valkyrie, er …warlock (World of Warcraft forums say ladies can be Warlocks too) Doro Pesch that raises the whole record to even further Asgardian heights on penultimate track “A Dream That Cannot Be”.
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Swedish melo-death metallers At The Gates have released a live video for their song “The Circular Ruins”.
The video was shot at a performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on the Decibel Tour 2015. “The Circular Ruins” came off of the album At War With Reality (Century Media).
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Late March Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).
The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings. As front-man Johan Hegg explains: “The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee – but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story.”
By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats now at amonamarth.com (see below for the official track-listing) – where fans can also view the video for the album’s first single, “First Kill”. Produced by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com) and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), “First Kill” was filmed in Gohrweide (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) and features a cinematic depiction of the violent, brutal lyrics, along with powerful live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.
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While twelve photos cannot capture the full year in metal, I looked around on Instagram for some shots or moments that seemed to me to fit the overall spirit of the year.
I tried to keep it more celebratory , so there aren’t any Paris attack photos in here, though it was an important event for all music. I also chose to show different genres of metal, to remind us we are stronger with one another.
See the choices (including some gig fliers) BELOW.
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Melodeath kings At The Gates have revealed a moody and dark new clip for “The Night Eternal” from recent return record At War With Reality. One of the best “comeback” albums in recent metal history, or any genre, the album features jaw dropping performances that will make you potentially forget all the years since Slaughter Of The Soul or agree the wait was worth it. My only gripe is the song name is really close to one of my favorite Moonspell tunes, but it rules nonetheless.
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Michigan melodic death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder have announced a North American tour.
The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of their latest album Abysmal.
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Swedish melo-deathers Amaranthe have released the music video for their song “True”
“True” comes off the EP Breaking Point – B-Sides 2011-2015 released today.
Check out the video for “True” and a full list of North American tour dates here.
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Defy The Tide have been placing themselves in as many circumstances that will spread their music to the masses as they can since forming in 2014. The Pittsburgh, PA melodic metal band has just released a new music video for their current single "Traced In Flames", a meld of metalcore and classic heavy metal elements paired with the warm voice of Carly Simon-Warneke. She almost sounds like a female version of Devil You Know's Howard Jones' famous clean vocals. We ship a duet, please! The cool song comes from their four track EP, Soteria which was produced by John Burke of Vibe Studios and released this past April.