California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. "Firepower Kills" probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. "Crushed Beneath The Tracks" and "Power Unsurpassed" in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band's performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/
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While I am a fan of the site No Clean Singing, I was always mainly a melodic vocalist in bands of mine like Antidote 8 , Divest or Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch over the years. I love melodic rock and metal singers just as much as a good roar or guttural grindcore Barney Greenway bark as long as their is soul, a cool energy and lyrics I can relate to or at least appreciate. Heck, metal without melody means no Judas Priest and that is just unacceptable. Even bands like Darkthrone, Candiria or Converge have embraced some melodic singing at times, so what’s the big deal? There is room for all kinds of styles in music.
Anyway, I decided to make a short list of some recent singles or album cuts that I dig which have cool choruses that don’t cheapen the song despite being catchy.
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The first time I heard Drug Honkey was almost a decade ago now! It stuck out from a pile of boring emo-goth promo cds like a cancerous growth – Death Dub. ‘WTF is this?’, I thought. I took the cdr home from my then editor’s apartment and soon was lost in a swirl of cacophony and acidic rage amidst a Scorn-like clatter of urban blight and very cool, weird atmosphere. The vocals sounded like they were sung by a demon punching up through concrete but the music was both smothering and spacious. Fuck yeah!
I remember thinking how cool it was that there were still some underground bands who took the lessons of Godflesh to heart that you can do something outside the template of what is standard metal and add some punk freedom into the recipe to create a unique experience. This was a nightmarish but addictive sound and perfect with a spliff for those already halfway into an existential crisis who figure, ‘Fuck it, let’s go full bore.’
Cue 2017 and the band are still around and getting better reviews, and deservedly so, than ever for new album Cloak Of Skies on the label Transcending Obscurity. Cloak of Skies boasts seven tracks, including a remix by the legendary Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu) and a guest saxophone feature from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles). Cover art was hand-painted by renowned artist Paulo Girardi (Inquisition, Power Trip).
Let’s catch up with Paul Gillis and learn more about this current era of a long running project who do things their own way! Read it BELOW.Add to My Radar
Wednesday 13 speaks about the title track:
“We weren’t trying to do a really long, Iron Maiden-type of song — it just came out that way. It wasn’t forced and I think it’s awesome! It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the record. The title Condolences came from when David Bowie passed away; I kept seeing ‘Condolences, sorry for your loss.’ I realized how powerful that word was, so I picked my guitar up and started writing the riff for it; I had the chorus instantly.”
“We shortened the song for the video — we cut two minutes off of it. But it’s still a really, really dark song. And I think we captured that vibe in the video. It’s definitely the strangest thing I’ve ever done – I filmed my fake funeral. I had all my friends there, putting flowers on a casket; it was really weird! I had a wreath that said, ‘In Memory of Wednesday 13.’ I’m the priest in it, doing my eulogy, and I’m also inside the casket, like I’m being buried alive. When we filmed the video, the director, Matt Zane, said, ‘This reminds me of Twisted Sister – ‘Burn In Hell’ or ‘Captain Howdy.’ And I was like, ‘Holy shit, it does! I didn’t even realize it.”
Read more about the video for “Condolences” and watch it here. You can also find Wednesday 13 tour dates at the link.
Danish metallers The Interbeing have released their latest single “Deceptive Signal.”
The song comes off the band’s forthcoming album Among the Amorphous which is due out June 23 via Long Branch Records.
Singer Dara Corcoran on “Deceptive Signal”:
“Deceptive Signal is the 2nd track on our coming concept album about The Interbeing’s struggle with his creators. In this song The Interbeing hears a signal and is drawn to it but it turns out to be a trap made by his creators. To realize the visual storyline we contacted the gifted Jeb Hardwick and flew him in to Copenhagen to shoot the ambitious video. The countless hours playing in a green screen studio and postproduction really paid off. Jeb did an amazing job creating this other dimension with us and The Interbeing in it.”
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I’d bet cash that many of the people who are appalled that Antifa and Berkeley students wanted to protest Anne Coulter and Milo Nambla-palooza have someone in their family who prob was very up in arms when Marilyn Manson was touring Antichrist Superstar. And yes I know about the Nambla/Antifa story, which certainly is not the rule for every anti fascist. Unless you fucking believe #pizzagate, where every Democrat is a pedophile if they ordered pizza once. In which case I don’t know what to say other than… God speed. If you need me I’ll be over here trying to figure out the best way to remove my own rib so I can…nevermind.
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One of the best shows I have seen in awhile made it worth it to trek out on a kind of gloomy Thursday night to the Hudson Valley, NY’s best indie concert venue BSP Kingston (I also am partial to Bearsville and The Chance for mostly other genres). There was a solid, if infrequent, metal booking of three bands who I really enjoy, Kingston’s own sludgy grimers Clover, expansive Boston space trio InAeona and the proggy mathic doom of Junius.
Of the three, I had been a fan of all of them for awhile (especially InAeona who are in my top ten fave bands in the world right now), but I’d only had the fortune of raging to Clover before. I was a bit fried from a long concert the night before in Albany, but am so glad I soldiered out to this smaller town show.
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Aborym always do something interesting, even if they will never be the type of project that will please everyone. That’s certainly never been the point of the band. That said, some people will never get over that they don’t sound like Fire Walk With Us anymore, an admittedly exceptional moment for the group. Still, Fabban has never been content to let the band become a repetitive copy of itself. Anyone with ears should try and trust that while the direction may shift, it will always be somewhat negative (haha, see what I did there?).
Dirty was more of a nihilistic party record, as shock rock as they have been in some ways. Shifting.negative has an all new line up backing Fabban, a very 90’s industrial type record that has some of the projects most dense textural layering yet. There is a lot to unpack here but the listener will find so much new ground with every listen. It is both organic and very electronic, a garden for the ears.
This is Aborym’s best SOUNDING record by far. Engineered by Emiliano Natali and Luciano Lamanna, mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning Marc Urselli with post-production work from Guido Elmi, this album has some serious juice. Fabban has always had an amazing ear himself and has also gotten an insane array of cool guests for this one, from Ministry’s Sin Quirin to Youko Heidy and many more.
Read more below.
“We needed a name. We did this surgically in a sense that it was me and Sam. Jello came down for a weekend but otherwise it was two of us hashing out ideas. So it was surgical. The first half of the record was so fast. I did the guitar and bass on it and had stiff little fingers playing meth music to keep up with the kids. And the drums were machines because Sammy did all the programming. So, Surgical Meth Machine. And it is funny because now I am doing more press on this than Ministry, Revco and Lard combined! It’s pretty gross.” -Al Jourgensen.
Surgical Meth Machine is the latest brain boggler from industrial legend Al Jourgensen. It is pretty much down to Al and Keef Richards in the rock n roll unkillable deadpool at this point, but Al shows no signs of releasing anything less than crazy before the apocalypse (or being in a Disney movie). SMM is a rollercoaster of a weird record that has some of his most unhinged, white knuckle/teeth gnashing machine thrash in years but gets increasingly through the looking glass and trippy as the record eggs you on into a black hole.
The album was crafted off-and-on over a period of 12 months, mostly in the
Cuban-American singer and multi-instrumentalist’s Burbank, California studio
with longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.
So, first time I interviewed Al years ago he told me I should make a necklace out of my vas deferens and about how doctors lost his toe once and teaching his dog to be a designated driver.It was awesome to talk AGAIN to Al today and pick his brain about medical marijuana, the algorithms of the apocalypse, politics and this awesome new record from Nuclear Blast.
Disturbed have been back hard riding the wave of success for new album Immortalized after a 4 year break (though I secretly liked Device much better). Still, you can’t blame Draiman because he and his fellow Disturbed bandmates really built a juggernaut with that group. Personal taste aside, this tour is gonna be huge. Congrats to the Pop Evil guys for showing that a hard rock band can still rise up through the ranks via hard work to land an opening slot on something like this. Also respect to Rob Zombie and Disturbed for trying to give fans a larger tour. People have no ambition these days.
Ps. I know we all want to be too cool for school and say we killed nuns listening to Dissection in 4th grade, but without gateway bands and larger arena shows drawing in more populist, thrill seekers…there just isn’t gonna be any money to keep bands able to tour beyond limited scenarios. DIY is awesome and can be amazing but with the added expenses and lack of support these days, most bands can’t cut it.
I’m all for the bigger scene vets helping keep a larger tent open so there is someplace to reach a wider audience (ie. Danzig and Zombie recently did a show with critical darlings Witch Mountain, for example).
Anyways…GET UP AND KILL!
Jonny McBee had this to say about the signing:
“I am really proud of what THE BROWNING has become. It’s been a long, hard road. Signing with Spinefarm is a big step in the awesome direction this band is going and I cannot wait for the future. Excited for the world to hear this next album!”
The Browning’s last album Hypernova came out in 2013. The follow up (and Spinefarm debut) is due out this summer.
In addition to signing The Browning, Spinefarm has signed Helhorse and Royal Thunder. Read more about those signings here.
This new Mortiis track and spooky video (that looks like someone let Floria Sigismundi loose in Dr. Jeckyl’s lab) rocked us this week. It’s a track that could’ve fit well in mid-90’s industrial DJ sets alongside Skrew, 1000 Homo DJs or Pigface.
It also could just as easily appeal to Cradle Of Filth fans for attitude and glammed out darkness dalliance. I for one am all over this track.
Ministry-esque big guitar industrial metal with a dancing. blacker heart. Crank it and spank it.
One of our favorite releases of last year was 2015’s Force Rise The Sun from melodic power rockers INAEONA. The band features the knife sharp roar of guitarist and frontwoman Bridge , bassist Dave and the pounding drums of James (all seasoned scenesters). This band is poised for bigger and better tomorrows if they keep up this grind. We love them!
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