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Hate Eternal signs to Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM (PST)

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Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of legendary death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Helmed by founder, guitarist/vocalist, primary songwriter and acclaimed producer Erik Rutan, HATE ETERNAL has been one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years. The band’s five full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

HATE ETERNAL (Rutan [guitar, vocals] and J.J. Hrubovcak [bass/vocals]) are currently holed up in Rutan’s Mana Recording studio (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOUNTAIN GOATS, GOATWHORE) recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.

Regarding the recording Rutan comments, “We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

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1349 release “Slaves” music video from MCoC LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM (PST)

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Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves”. “Slaves” is the lead track from the bands forthcoming new album Massive Cauldron of Chaos.

Massive Cauldron of Chaos will be released in North America on September 30, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats. Pre-orders are available here.

Click HERE if you can handle being dropped head first into the cauldron. The thundering intro, subterranean imagery and ferocious drumming ritually wed to dire vocals and near perfect guitar tones is one of the undisputed best black metal voyages of 2014.  This WILL tear your soul out of your face holes. of particular note is the 2:06 mark, a stirring and gloomy onslaught into dark osmosis.

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Weedeater “…And Justice For Y’all” finally on vinyl

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM (PST)

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Cape Fear’s own WEEDEATER are like no other heavy band. With a style and presence that is unfiltered, unrefined, and unruly, the notorious North Carolina trio have burned through the heavy rock underground for over fifteen years. Now, WEEDEATER and Season of Mist bring you ‘…And Justice For Y’All’, a reissue of their classic first album on cd and  – for the very first time – on vinyl.

WEEDEATER …And Justice for Y’all Release date: North America September 2, 2014

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Cynic’s Masdival launches sweet chorus pedal line

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM (PST)

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CYNIC mastermind Paul Masvidal has launched a line of his signature guitar pedals. The ProTone signature chorus pedal was designed to replicate the guitar tones heard on CYNIC’s groundbreaking albums Traced in Air and Focus. The ProTone are available in two different models, bearing the artwork of ‘Traced in Air’ and ‘Focus’ respectively. More information about the pedals can be found here.

Regarding the new pedal line, Paul Masvidal comments: “To work with ProTone on a signature chorus pedal is an absolute honor and a dream come true. I’m reinventing my effects rig with foot pedals and couldn’t be more thrilled about the lush beauty this pedal adds to my clean tones. The pedal has an analog design with a rare limited chipset, which sounds fuller than typical modern chorus pedals. I love the purity of this classic piece. There’s nothing like it out there!”

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Cynic East Coast tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM (PST)

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CYNIC – EAST COAST DATES with Lesser Key and Reign Of Kindo have been announced – Come join the party and support progressive music!

Kindly Bent To Free Us is pretty much a masterpiece
(with a few weaker tracks here and there) and features maybe the catchiest prog song of the year, “The Lion’s Roar”, a real work out of songwriting chops and musical talent.

Click HERE for dates.

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Oslo library praises “METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:21 AM (PST)

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The Oslo Public Library, Norway’s oldest and largest literary institution, has recognized and praised Jon “Metalion” Kristiansen‘s monumental METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries (ISBN 978-0979616341, Bazillion Points Books) as a “unique and important” book in Norwegian history and culture.

Get the book HERE.

Oslo librarian Terje Haugsgjerd writes: “Which is the heaviest book published in Norway the past few years? No, it’s not [Karl Ove] Knausgård’s My Struggle even if the title would be a fitting one for this book too. The book in question is Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. The period is depicted from the point-of-view of the author and paints a personal, but certainly non romanticizing, picture of an astonishingly creative period in Norwegian metal, a period that was also dangerous and controversial with its murders, suicides and church burnings.”

“In short, this is, for me, a unique Norwegian book, both physically with all its kilos, but especially for its content. In one hundred years, this will be a book about what once was.”

Comments Jon Kristiansen: “From the start, I made Slayer Mag as honestly and as well as I could. I never knew any other way. I hope that I have produced something that will stand the test of time.”

In 756 pages, METALION unravels thirty years of underground metal history, centered on the unique Norwegian black metal music scene of which author Kristiansen was a central figure. The book includes reproduction pages from every issue of the Slayer Mag metal fanzine, spanning from the early 1980s through 2010. In addition, Kristiansen recounts his personal experiences in tumultuous “diary” section.

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Album Review: Mayhem – “Esoteric Warfare”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM (PST)

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I have been listening to Esoteric Warfare quite a bit, trying to let it sink into my brain, to let it confuse me.Other than the “MILAB” track’s great structural twists and out of body drift through chaos clouds, it is a more straight forward fair than I expected, though still incredibly engaging. While it may not be their violently rawest or most idiosyncratic/experimental release, it is in some ways the most ambitious Mayhem release of all. Whether that ambition is realized is up to the listener.

A more triumphant album marrying raw rage and esoteric philosophy with moments of inspired weirdness would be Inquisition’s masterful Obscure Verses For The Multiverse (yet now, much like most of Mayhem’s career, tragically overshadowed by recent controversy the band seemingly brought on themselves). Mayhem have spent the better part of their career being known for a relatively brief, yet massively infamous period. People can’t listen to them without thinking of it (much like how Nachtmystium’s amazing music takes a back seat to debates about if it is ok to like Blake or who really wrote what on which Nachtmystium album, for another sad example).

Mayhem should not be punished for having more self-awareness as writers and people these days than the early days of their raw as fuck, shoot from the hip, hack and slash approach (an unintentionally horrible metaphor since former members actually killed themselves or others). Esoteric Warfare doesn’t feature my favorite line-up (blasphemer/rune is the best guitarist for Mayhem ever), but it nonetheless is a killer album that seems to attempt to unify various parts of the band’s career into a palatable whole. The “fuck you” spirit remains, but it is a fairly cohesive record. The question is, is that enough?

My answer is yes.

Click HERE for more of the review.

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Interview: Arkan – Somber Secrets of “Sofia”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM (PST)

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The evolution of our music to Sofia is natural for us. We must take into account the emotional background where the loss of a loved one allows a whole entity to forgather and compose an album. We didn’t intend to adapt our composition to a specific musical style. It was rather a question of writing a love letter, both sad, poignant and sincere. Everyone of us has experienced this tragedy in his own way, and like many things, an event that affects one of us, affects us all. Sofia is a reflection of our state of mind today. As Salam represented our concerns of the moment. – Foued Moukid

Arkan caught my ear a few years back with their debut full length Hilal, an adventurous journey into metal with an Oriental influence. Foued (drums) was once a member of The Old Dead Tree, of whom I am still a big fan to this day, so when ARkan was getting off the ground I had to know more. As it was, a few years passed and I hadn’t heard much from the group, though admittedly they were very busy. It is my own fault due to helping raise a child, being crazy busy all the time and other factors in no way related to the quality of Arkan’s music. Shit, I wish I had kept closer tabs on them but it was a nice surprise to be floored with a new promo of their latest effort Sofia, an album of tight arrangements, melancholy sentiment and attention to finest details.

Somehow Arkan’s shifting music can manage to hold a light up to the world and illuminate hope, sorrow and personal growth amidst the yawning void of time. Click HERE to learn more about this always evolving, superb metal act.

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Mayhem stream “Esoteric Warfare”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM (PST)

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Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM are streaming the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare’ with Pitchfork. While not my favorite line up of the band sans Blasphemer, this record has some great, if not their most forward thinking, black metal tracks.

MAYHEM will see the release of ‘Esoteric Warfare’ on June 10th in North America. The album will be available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats here.

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Cynic’s Paul Masividal and Sean Reinert out of the closet

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PST)

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I just saw on the Advocate  that Cynic members Paul Masividal and Sean Reinert have come out. Good for them. The band have opened minds since inception and continue to write great music, so who cares what their sexual preferences are. SImply some of the most talented dudes in metal. It goes to show how people are people and regardless of gender or sexual orientation, we shouldn’t be biased towards them as music fans.

People were shocked by Rob Halford years ago or recently when Mina Caputo transitioned, but it doesn’t in any way diminish their greatness as artists. Hopefully in 2014 we can have more of a sane environment wher people can be accepted for the quality of their work alone, male or female, straight or gay.

“Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been,” Reinert told the L.A.Times. “It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.'”

As someone who identifies as bi myself, thank you Cynic for helping to state the case eloquently as to why archaic ways of thinking have no place in a modern society.

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Album Review: Floor – Oblation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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Floor‘s long overdue sophomore full length (after an endless series of smaller format releases) delivers on everything that made this band great the first time. Massive riffs, bomb string earth moving rumble and Steve Brooks’ vocals either spacey and laconic or engaged and up front but always catchy.

Most fans know Steve more for his Torche achievements than the great band that preceded them, but hopefully Oblation will change that. This record is just as good as anything Floor have done before, with “Rocinante” a real anthem that may be my favorite new song from the band. There are just so many good riffs here. Like Season Of Mist label mates Hark (basically Taint 2.0), Floor have made a record that clearly represents a love of playing together. The songs have that vital organic feel, with every snare hit energetic and every song offering great passages.You’ll thrill to each shifting tectonic surge of power from the two downtuned guitar/no bass attack.

“Lord knows, she’s never wrong,” sings Brooks on the massive “Trick Scene”, which rocks like, well, Torche meets Melvins. The awesomely titled “Love Comes Crushing” is also super liberal with a heavilly maxed out daily allowance of doomage. The music sounds like the hull of a huge ship ripping in half and sinking. Then the drum hits crack down. Other high energy songs like the upbeat ‘War Party’ are serious head nodders and easy to lose yourself in. This album has a very high repeat listen factor, with the songs really growing on you. It’s not as raw as the S/T and still feels a bit more subdued than a band with these frequencies would live, but it is nonetheless a real keeper and my favorite thing Floor have done yet.

Click HERE for more.

Summer Slaughter announces line-up

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM (PST)

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Summer Slaughter is bringing back the heavy in 2014.

Summer Slaughter was arguably the heaviest national tour that tears across North America until the Decibel Magazine Tour started last year.

And in a year when Mayhem Festival is bringing Cannibal Corpse and Warped Tour is bringing Born of Osiris and Chelsea Grin Ash Avildsen and co. seemed to have stepped up their game.

With bands like death metal stalwarts Morbid Angel, the brutal Dying Fetus and the relentless Goatwhore, Summer Slaughter is prepared to thrash and pillage this summer.

Check out the full line-up as well as comments from Morbid Angel’s David Vincent here.

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Septicflesh release 2nd “Titan” behind the scenes video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:03 PM (PST)

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Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have unveiled a second behind-the-scenes look at the making of their upcoming Prosthetic debut Titan, which will be released in North America on June 24. In this episode, follow drummer Fotis Benardo during his tracking session.

You can also view the previous episode, featuring the band’s collaboration with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a full children’s choir, HERE.

As previously reported, Titan will consist of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory, Cavalera Conspiracy). More information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

SEPTICFLESH has earned extensive international praise for their eight albums to date, as well as their performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Children of Bodom.

 

To watch the new behind the scenes video click HERE.

 

 

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Gorguts gets new drummer as well.

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM (PST)

gorguts1Canadian death metal band Gorguts have announced that they have replaced drummer John Longstreth with drummer Patrice Hamelin.

The gist of it seems to be scheduling problems but I will let the guitarist/vocalist Luc Lemay explain:

“I’m writing today to share with you that we will now have a new drummer sitting behind the kit for Gorguts. Unfortunately, John [Longstreth] won’t be playing with us anymore.

“When I first asked John, Colin [Marston, bass] and Kevin [Hufnagel, guitar] to join me to be part of Gorguts, rule number one, for me, has always been that each of their respective bands and solo career would always come first.

“John, having a very busy touring schedule with Origin, brought Patrice Hamelin in the picture to replace him on more than several occasions. This being said, I was not going to get a replacement for each players. Then, as tour offers came in, we ended up playing more shows with Patrice than John. Seeing the new Origin record coming along and being released this year, John is also developing his solo career with drum clinics; I was apprehending the complexity of orchestrating schedules for future Gorguts tours. Having a very busy schedule planed for 2014 already, thing would eventually get impossible to work out.

“As far as Patrice being in demand with a lot of different projects, I could have ended up with no drummer available at all to push Gorguts. Patrice and I living close to each other, we can work on music together on a weekly basis and that’s an important factor for me as well. John and I shared on this way before our December tour in 2013 and I really insisted that he played that tour with us since he was part of ‘Colored Sands’ since the very beginning and I wanted to perform the record live with the Original lineup.

“All I can say is that I had a great experience playing and making a record with John. He’s a very creative, curious, polyvalent player and a great person to be around. I will miss our long conversations while driving to New York City to Colin’s place. 

“It’s not a question of personality or whatsoever; it’s a question of each of us pushing our individual goals and plans as artists. I want to whish him all the best and in the end, what’s most important for me, is when we’ll see each other in 5, 10 or 20 years, we won’t be talking about not doing a tour together in 2014… we will talk about our friendship through music and how happy and proud we are of having made a wonderful record together.”

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Mayhem stream new song “Psywar” via Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:57 PM (PST)

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Black metal legends Mayhem have finally returned with “Psywar”, the controversial group’s first new song in seven years. Everybody is posting about it today and what kind of metal site would we be if MR didn’t chime in with praise? While musical genius Rune is still missed on guitar (there’s always Aura Noir), the new track really burns and has one of those spooky ass Atilla as dying poetic goblin from hell atmospheric bridge sections we know and love.

Click HERE to listen to “Psywar”, streaming now via Decibel.

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