If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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NOLA sludge metal band Eyehategod have revealed the name of their new drummer, Aaron Hill. Hill will have big shoes to fill as he will replace original drummer Joey LaCaze who passed away in August from respiratory failure.
Click here to read the official press release.
The bands last, and fourth studio, album titled Confederacy of Ruined Lives was released in 2000 via Century Media.
As most of you have heard by now, A Day To Remember is set to release a new album. The album is titled Common Courtesy and due out on October 8th.
What you probably don’t know is that you can now pre-order the album for as little as ten dollars, or if you dish out a little more cash you can grab some sweet merchandise with the different pre-order packages they have available here.
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Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Greg Puciato, of Dillinger Escape Plan, along with former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch have announced that they have entered the studio for as as of yet untitled band/album set to be released in 2014. The album is being recorded at Fortress Studio in LA by Josh Wilbur.
Max Cavalera stated the following to Terrorizer: “It’s going to be cool, we just don’t have a name yet, the name is a pain in the ass to find a name but the music is great. We have been working on this for two years!
“Greg approached me kinda like how Alex [Newport] approached me to do Nailbomb in that he was really, really trying to get me to do this project. I told him already I was pretty busy doing Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy [and] I was not really looking for an extra thing, but he was pretty insistent and then I just gave up and was like ‘let’s fucking do this!’
“It started with just me and Greg and then we got Dave Elitch – he’s an amazing drummer – and then Greg knew Troy and we asked him to be the bassist so it kind of became a supergroup all of a sudden. We jammed a couple of times and the last jam we did it sounded killer; the songs are really powerful real heavy. It’s hard to describe but I think the coolest thing about this project is that all three of us are going to sing on every song.”
In 2013 I had had “one of the must unbelievable musical experiences” of my life. Gilead Media Musical Festival 2012 was 2 days, 15 hours of live black metal, doom, punk, and drone from 19 bands originating from across the United States; bands such as Northless, Thou, False, Ash Borer, Aseethe, Protestant, Fell Voices, Loss.
When last year’s festival came to an end, I was desperately hoping for a another such event (and I was not alone). Well, early this morning I received word that Gilead Media Music Festival 2014 was locked and loaded. Check out the official announcement here.
Corrections House, a project of Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX Williams, Neurosis vocalist Scott Kelly and a couple of others are streaming the song “Serve or Survive” off of their upcoming album Last City Zero. There is scant information on the band that I can find besides whats in the press release but you can read that below.
You can listen to it here.
Official press release:
“Today the musical miscreants at Pitchfork offer up the first sampling of Last City Zero, the forthcoming debut full-length from recent Neurot Recordings signees, Corrections House. A shadowy legion of lost souls, fused together by the impulsive forces of nature and altered states of consciousness, Corrections House is the maniacal creation of Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero offers up eight psychologically alarming hymns that span well beyond the traditional confines of sound. At once cold, mechanical, prosaic and pungent, Last City Zero is a full body experience rather than a casual listen.
In celebration of its impending release, Pitchfork is currently streaming opening track “Serve or Survive,” which they call “every bit as strange and unwieldy as its membership might suggest. ‘Serve or Survive’ opens as an oblong bed of noise, the circuits of producer Sanford Parker, struggle to catch their breath while Bruce Lamont broadcasts whale song by saxophone. Above the gray drift, Neurosis’ Scott Kelly intones his familiar doom.”
Comments Fairbury of the tune: “How can the choice be any clearer? The less Serving you do, the more chance you have to Survive. Serving is rarely a positive experience and Surviving, although a victory of sorts, is truly the most basic form of existence. Either way, you’re fucked.”
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Norwegian black metal musician, and a bunch of other stuff, Varg Vikernes has been released from custody by the French Authorities. Varg was arrested Tuesday, July 16, 2013 on suspicion he might be planing a “terrorist attract” and he was released yesterday while his wife, Marie Cachet, was released on Wednesday July 15, 2013. According to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Varg will still have to appear in court for a “breach of racism law in France.”
While not a band I figured this was news worthy, Canadian horror/comedy show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil has set up an Idiegogo, think Canadian Kickstarter, for those who “Want a happy ending to the prematurely-eradicated series.” The co-creator Craig David Wallace is looking for $75,000.00 Canadian in order to produce an animated movie to bring an end to the show that ended on a cliffhanger.
You can throw your money at them here.
In the short run Todd and the Book of Pure evil featured such bands as Doomriders, Children of Bodom and Suicide Silence to name a few. The original series ran for 26 episodes in 2010 on the Space Channel.
Legendary thrash metal band Slayer have recently lost one of their own with the passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and for a while there seemed to be some mystery surrounding the cause of his death. Slayer has officially released that his death was due to “alcohol related cirrhosis.” Regardless of the reason the metal community has suffered a great loss, R.I.P.
You can read Slayer’s official statement below:
“While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman’s life sometime later this month, along with Jeff’s family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.
Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared.
Kerry: “I had so many great times with Jeff… in the early days when we were out on the road, he and I were the night owls, we would stay up all night on the bus, just hanging out, talking, watching movies… World War II movies, horror movies, we watched “Full Metal Jacket” so many times, we could practically recite all of the dialogue.”
Tom: “When we first formed Slayer, we used to rehearse all the time, religiously, 24/7. Jeff and I spent a lot of time hanging out together, he lived in my father’s garage which was also our rehearsal space. When he got his own apartment, he had an 8-track and I would go there to record songs I’d written, not Slayer songs, other stuff I’d written. At a certain point, you still have the band but you start your own lives outside of the band, so that 24/7 falls to the side, you don’t spend as much time together as you once did. I miss those early days.”
Kerry: “He was a gigantic World War II buff, his father served in that war, so when Slayer played Russia for the first time – I think it was 1998 – Jeff and I went to one of Moscow’s military museums. I’ll never forget him walking around that place, looking at all of the tanks, weapons and other exhibits. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. But that was Jeff’s thing, he knew so much about WW II history, he could have taught it in school.”
Tom: “We were in New York recording South of Heaven. Jeff and I were at the hotel and we had to get to the studio – I think it was called Chung King, a real rundown place. So we left the hotel and decided to walk, but then it started raining. We walked maybe five blocks, and it was raining so hard, we were totally soaked, so we decided to get a cab. Here we are, two dudes with long hair and leather jackets, absolutely soaked, thumbing to the studio. No one would stop. We had to walk the entire way.”
Tom: “Jeff was a lifeline of Slayer, he wrote so many of the songs that the band will always be known for. He had a good heart, he was a good guy.”
“We’ve just learned that the official cause of Jeff’s death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life. Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.”Add to My Radar
San Diego metalcore band As I Lay Dying have released a statement regarding their lead singer, Tim Lambesis, allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his wife. Its pretty much what you would expect but have at it.
“To our fans,
As we post this, the legal process is taking it’s course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We’ll keep you informed as best we can.
Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation – and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.
Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying.”
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San Diego metalcore band As I Lay Dying’s lead singer is in a bit of trouble. Apparently, Tim Lambesis has been arrested for hiring someone to kill his wife. From what we understand Lambesis asked an undercover cop to murder her and was arrested. So yeah, I guess they actually weren’t a Christian band.Add to My Radar
Finnish metal band Children of Bodom have released a lyric video for the song “Transference” off of their upcoming album Halo of Blood. The album is set for release on June 6 in Europe, and on June 11 in North America and is a follow up to the bands 2011 Relentless Reckless Forever. Halo of Blood is the bands eighth studio album and will be released via Nuclear Blast.
You can see it here.
Frontman Alexi Laiho commented: “Halo Of Blood’ is the eighth studio album from Children of Bodom, and believe it or not, but we still managed to keep it fresh and new while still maintaining the elements that make COB sound recognizable. It’s got the fastest and the slowest song we ever made and lyrics wise there are themes we had never had before. It’s 10 new songs of pure Nordic metal and whether you enjoy it with a beer or a glass of water, I’m sure you will have a good time.”Add to My Radar
Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth have announced the title and revealed the artwork for their upcoming album. The upcoming album is titled Deceiver of the Gods and is set for release June of 2013 via Metal Blade Records. Deceiver of the Gods will be the bands eighth studio album and is a follow up to the bands 2011 Sutur Rising.
You can see the artwork here.
The album was produced by Andy Sneap of Arch Enemy, Exodus and Megadeth fame. The band explained why they chose to go with Sneap here: “We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper.”
The band also had the following to say about the album artwork: “The cover depicts the last battle between the Gods and Loki who arrives at Vigridr field accompanied by the army of the dead during Ragnarok, the end of the world.”Add to My Radar