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Watch Thy Art Is Murder’s “Stories Of Desolation” trailer

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:15 PM (PST)

THY ART IS MURDER have released the “Chapter 3: Stories of Desolation” trailer ahead of the release of their latest album Dear Desolation. The album arrives this Friday, August 18, via Nuclear Blast.

Watch the clip here.

It may be only four minutes in length, but it’s a deep dive into the heart of Dear Desolation.

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Enslaved release new song “Storm Son”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 6:41 AM (PST)

The progressive blackened metallic vikings of Enslaved have released a new video for “Storm Son” from pending record E. As ever, the band remain one of the premiere extreme metal groups who actually continue to grow and challenge audiences while remaining awesome. Comments on the album and video below.

The cover artwork was once again hand-painted by our friend and artist Truls Espedal and this time around we are also very happy to announce a few guest musicians on board for the songs “Hiindsiigh”‘ and ‘”Feathers Of Eolh”, including our dear friend of Wardruna Einar Kvitrafn Selvik as well as flutistDaniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.

Ivar explains about the title E:
“The concept of the album lies in both its meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet, and it’s runic reference: the rune “Ehwaz”, that is depicted as an “M” when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) – the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what’s known as E, but drawn as an “M”) looks like and means ‘horse’. Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is ‘trust’ and ‘co-operation’. One of mankind’s oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any “outside” entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilised there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses.
So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development – on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir – wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis.”

The video was designed by the mega talented Josh Graham of A Storm Of Light/Battle Of Mice/Neurosis fame. E is out October 13th on Nuclear Blast.

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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.”

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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.

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Wednesday 13 releases newest video for “Condolences”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:11 PM (PST)

Wednesday 13 released his newest album Condolences on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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.”

He continued:

“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.

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Decapitated release “Never” guitar playthrough via GearGods

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:34 PM (PST)

Polish extreme metallers Decapitated have released a guitar playthrough for their song “Never” via GearGods.

“Never” comes off of the band’s upcoming album Anticult due out July 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Check out the music video for “Never” as well as Michal Lysejko’s drum playthrough here.

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Suffocation “Return To The Abyss”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:39 AM (PST)

Ok, so this new Suffocation song “Return To The Abyss” is a total monster. That’s my welcome just desserts for saying yesterday I was feeling more pumped for the new Pathology. Really feeling this song “Return To The Abyss” more than the first single “Your Last Breaths”, which was good but…this one is damn near flawless death metal. Still not super crazy about the snare sound but, we will let that go. Def probably going to buy this record when it comes out.

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Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam) joins Overkill

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM (PST)

Jason Bittner, a drummers drummer who is a scene vet and has of course played with bands like the much missed Shadows Fall, Flotsam and Jetsam and briefly with Crisis, has joined thrash titans Overkill. This is a pretty fucking insanely good fit as Jason’s style is going to synch up very well for the band.

Press release here:

Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, The Grinding Wheel, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to the OVERKILL history with their new drummer, Jason “Sticks” Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM).
“OVERKILL would like to announce it’s newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason “Sticks” Bittner,” comments Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. “We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy “The Mexicutioner” Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the OVERKILL machine.
Jason is a long time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoke for themselves. Let the touring continue…onward-upward!”

Jason “Sticks” Bittner states, “When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said ‘Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?’ It really didn’t take much for me to write back a one word answer………ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I can not wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the ‘Mean Green Killing Machine!'”

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Decapitated release “Never” from next album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Decapitated remain one of the most important bands in extreme metal, a death metal consortium of the truest order. New song “Never” has an intro that gives me some of the more moody Carnival Is Forever vibes before a more old school attack begins. The new album is called Anticult and I for one am sure as hell excited. That solo section and the three minute or so almost hardcore breakdown riff are the fucking bomb. God, I love this band.

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Soilwork announce new drummer, Bastian Thusgaard

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:32 AM (PST)

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!

Read a statement from the band and Bastian below.

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Suffocation reveal “Your Last Breaths”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:39 AM (PST)

Death metal legends Suffocation have released a new song entitled “Your Last Breaths”. Not “Breath”? I guess that “Last Breath” is already a stone cold on the slab Hatebreed classic.  And I suppose if you are dying in the murder induced puddle that precedes most death metal songs you would be grateful for every final gasp, so maybe plural is the way to go? Except that if it really hurt you would want it to be over with and be a singular final breath. Hmmm…

Anyway, the song is probably going to be huge in a live setting but the drum sound here doesn’t do justice to the rest of the arrangement. The guitar solo sections, heavier slam parts and technical flourishes as well as the signature low growls and attacking guitar tones are on point though. All in all it still certainly is a solid cup of DM for the day and gives an idea of some of what to expect from …Of The Dark Light. I mean, you know it was gonna be Suffocation but the cover art sort of looks like Fallujah got more evil or somesuch.

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Dimmu Borgir‘s resurgence is clearly firmly at hand with the level of excitement very high surrounding the new double DVD Forces Of The Northern Night (4/28). Check out “Gateways” below. Man, that stage production is friggin’ awesome.

 

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Album Review: Lancer – “Mastery”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:40 PM (PST)

Lancer are sure to break out bigger in the metal scene with Mastery, their first album since signing to Nuclear Blast. Do these Swedes deserve it? The passion is certainly there as are the serious playing chops needed for power metal, perhaps the sub genre that prides itself on skill more than any other maybe besides prog and tech death. Power metal is basically 80’s metal without the sex and with way more fantasy elements, soaring choruses and often insanely ambitious guitar solos that defy human reason. It satisfies geeks and nerds on an almost subatomic level.

Granted, this means the good bands in the genre are really amazing and the bad ones are almost unfathomably bad. Lancer are quite good. I came to this with a bit of a chip on my shoulder because I am such a Stratovarius fan that I never expect something I haven’t heard to tickle my fancy as much in this genre. When Strato’s Infinite or Polaris and, say, the over the top brilliance of Sabaton’s The Last Stand demand so many replays on their own, why waste time on something else?

Well, if you don’t keep an open ear you will miss out. Lancer have a lot to offer for fans of this genre, though some songs are much better than others. The strongest, from the battle ready and very well composed/confident “Freedom Eaters” to the epic Maiden-indebted but by all means rad “Envy of The Gods” or the album opening heavy metal charge of “Dead Raising Towers” are more than worth the purchase. Classic heavy metal is celebrated with aplomb, the band racing through some very demanding sections. Ewo Solvelius and Fredrik Kelemen on guitars pretty much steal the show on many of these numbers, keeping this a very guitar focused journey. The rhythm section are locked in and capable, keeping up but never tipping their hand, though you also get some awesome surprises from the quite thankfully audible bassist Emil Öberg who makes his mark in a jaw dropping way on the aforementioned “Freedom Eaters”, for instance.

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Enslaved to release Roadburn 2x live album for Record Store Day

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 4:03 PM (PST)

Roadburn Live is ENSLAVED‘s first official live album, a split release between Roadburn Records and By Norse Music. The album was recorded during one of band’s headlining shows at the renowned Roadburn Festival 2015, an edition curated by ENSLAVED‘s guitar player Ivar Bjørnson.

Walter Hoeijmakers, Roadburn’s Artistic Director comments on the release: “It’s no secret that there’s a strong friendship between Roadburn and ENSLAVED. One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, ENSLAVED has played a significant part in the festival’s history – both musically and antically. Not only has ENSLAVED been our artist in residence, bringing side-projects such as The Armageddon Concerto (the ENSLAVED/Shining collaboration), Dream Of An Opium Eater, and Trinacria to Roadburn, Ivar Bjørnson has also been our 2015 co-curator, along with Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, resulting in Skuggsjá’s first ever performance outside of Norway. ENSLAVED‘s 2015 performances were the pinnacle of this enduring and artistic friendship, and showcased the massive influence the band has had on both Roadburn and the (underground) metal scene for the past two decades. To have these shows captured on vinyl is a dream come true for me, and I truly hope it’s the same for anyone who was in attendance, or those who want to indulge themselves in the Northern magic of ENSLAVED.” 

Roadburn Live will be available as limited and exclusive Record Store Day color editions and as Roadburn/ENSLAVED-Webshop Gold edition including the original A3 Roadburn poster and color stickers!

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For this generation a lot of self-esteem comes from the phone or a picture like on Instagram. A Facebook comment. Since we didn’t have that when I was a kid we would talk about bands, shows, ideas. So I try to get back to that with my daughter or my circle of friends. – Jamey Jasta.

It’s always a pleasure to interview Hatebreed as one of the most consistently heavy, scowling bands in the world are actually some of the most down to Earth and grateful dudes in the business. Hatebreed are a band whose (cough) perseverance makes me never believe haters or doubters in my own life who say things can’t be
accomplished, the worm-tongue types or divider who will whisper negative mantras or lazy couch warriors who give up too soon for want of trying rather than take a hard
fucking look at why they are such losers.

New album The Concrete Confessional proves this unkillable band never settle for living in the past or resting on their laurels. It is a barrage of meaningful and
impactful tunes that will earn more praise and respect from anyone worth a shit. There are some bad ass pre-order packages up HERE.

Album deets from the press release:

The Concrete Confessional was recorded in Connecticut, produced by long-time collaborator Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel), and mixed by Josh Wilbur(Lamb of God, Megadeth). Artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer). The new music is crushing and heavy with provocative lyrics that touch upon a number of topics that have become front-and-center in today’s New Normal: the rise of terrorism, police brutality, moral decay, greed and betrayal, increased divisiveness, and the fading promise of the American Dream, potently covered on the track “A.D.”

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