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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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On November 3rd, kings of death metal Cannibal Corpse will release their 14th full-length, Red Before Black, via Metal Blade Records. This is their best album title in awhile. A Skeletal Domain was cool and all but the cover art was more haunting and didn’t really give the sense of mayhem as well as this cover. The title Red Before Black also just sounds like it is gonna be classic while having more imagination than, say, KILL. Hahaha.
For a first preview of Red Before Black, the band has launched a video for the single, “Code of the Slashers”. Directed by Zev Deans (www.panoramaprogramming.com – who created videos for Behemoth‘s “Messe Noire”, Ghost‘s “Square Hammer”, Portal‘s “Curtain”), “Code of the Slashers” can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpseAdd to My Radar
UK extreme metallers Venom Prison are one of the most exciting and take no shit bands in death metal right now, a massive breath of fresh air. Now the band have done the right thing and pulled out of upcoming tour dates with Decapitated in response to the band’s gang rape allegations. Read their statement below.
It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.
It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.
Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.
It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.
As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.
Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.
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TW: Sexual assault, scene idiot fans.
So, I have been a Decapitated fan for years and was really looking forward to covering their NYC show next week. I was on the guest list and have several of their records and was stoked. Do you think that my primary concern upon hearing that the band are accused of gang rape is that I hope it is not true and their career is not maligned? No.
If your first response upon hearing a fan say they were assaulted is to automatically discount them because you like the art of someone who is also human and capable of being very flawed or massively fucking up as many humans throughout history have proven (trust me – some VERY popular bands are major liars), if your first response is to knee jerk call the accuser a slut or groupie or liar, if your first response is to go buy merch from the band to prove you believe in them no matter what (see As I Lay Dying fans after Tim’s arrest), perhaps your priorities are super fucked up? Yes.
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Hey, it’s 3AM here and I just got back from a late night coffee at a diner with a friend conceptualizing world takeover. Metal Riot and Dying Scene had some hack bot bullshit again but we are back and I am really stoked to remind all our European readers to attend the Immolation ATONEMENT Tour ASAP. This is one of the most perfect live tour line ups for death metal and various extreme extremities of the Fall! Let’s face it – Immolation are friggin’ death metal gods. “Destrucive Currents” seems like a fitting song for the times right now.
Yes, Immolation of course are always amazing and I am really a fan of Polish death lords Azarath’s latest record In Extremis in particular from this line-up of groups at the moment. Completely uncompromising and incredible ferocity, technical but not pompous and still very old school in enraged bashing execution.
Anyway, a moment of metal respect and silence for everyone struggling with hurricane forces right now. And for the fans who need a lift up remember metal is there for you and may your days and nights be full of only the best of it! This tour is a good way to ensure that is what happens to you!!
Dates and music below.Add to My Radar
Winnipeg tech death band Inverted Serenity have a new song out today called “We Who Wander” that you can check out HERE at The New Fury blog. It is a blur of speed, well executed and precise death metal, tricky melodic instrumental passages and even a sleazy guitar solo moment or two amidst the progressive and straight up newer tech death metal influences. Fans of everything from the skillful insanity of Augury, Beyond Creation or Decrepit Birth to the prog touched inspiration of Circuitry or Fallujah can find aspects to enjoy. Pre Order As Spectres Wither , their new album HERE (it is out early October and has cool and not cliché cover art.
Inverted Serenity member Marc had this to say about today’s song premiere for “We Who Wander”:
“What provoked the lyrics for “We Who Wander” was the frustration I felt after someone told me I would “grow up and play country some day”. Of course, their condescension ticked me off, but as I reflected on that statement more and more it was this person’s lack of passion and understanding for art that bothered me more. There isn’t much that is more subjective than art. Every art form is as valid as the next. You can’t tell someone what can and can’t inspire them, especially if you aren’t inspired by anything yourself. If it’s unorthodox to play death metal, so be it. There’s nothing wrong with defying convention from time to time. But if “growing up” means suppressing passions and abandoning any creative thought that crosses my mind, I’d much rather wander in immaturity than conform to whatever bland existence is deemed more admirable.”Add to My Radar
Death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE are streaming a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Left Hand Pass’. The album’s title track, a ripping dose of death metal is available for streaming and sharing now, here.
‘Left Hand Pass’ will be released worldwide on September 8. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
The track list and artwork for ‘Left Hand Pass’, painted by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and more) can be found below:Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
Many death metal disciples are rightfully rejoicing over Axis Mundi, the return offering from tech death vets Decrepit Birth. ‘Hieroglyphic’ is one of the most intimidating musical performances of the year and so what could be more perfect for the band to release as a playthrough track? You can check out the dizzying spectacle of complete and utter sickness below.
“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from …And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. …And Time Begins has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs”.
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No Clean Singing hosts the official stream today for the Bay Area band of the progressive deathers and it will blow you away. Do NOT be left in the dark regarding one of the most important extreme records of 2017, full of lengthy yet engaging and soul churning performances. “Preserved In Ash”
in particular is a tornado of intense emotion paired with the tempered focus skilled musicians bring to complex arrangements yet with neither subordinate to the whole affect (plus you gotta love that statement of intent drum intro).
ARCHSPIRE will take part on the forthcoming “Bloodletting North America XI” Tour. “Bloodletting North America XI” is slated to begin on October 20 and will continue through November. A full lineup and confirmed list of tour dates will be unveiled in the weeks to come.
ARCHSPIRE will be touring in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Relentless Mutation’. The recently released a new track titled “Remote Tumour Seeker”. The track, another insane dose of masterful death metal musicianship, is streaming now at Lambgoat.
‘Relentless Mutation’ will see a worldwide release on September 22. The album was recorded and engineered by Dave Otero at Flatline Studios (CATTLE DECAPITATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, ALLEGAEON, NIGHTBRINGER) and features artwork from Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, SOULFLY, HATE ETERNAL, and more). Pre-orders for ‘Relentless Mutation’ are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.Add to My Radar
Highly regarded critically yet not a household name by any means, the nonetheless awesome death metal band Spawn Of Possession have sadly broken up and released a statement:
Last week we decided to put SoP to rest due to several problems, mostly because we now realise we dont have the time to either finish a beast like a new album properly or do anything else with SoP for a long time. So the band has pretty much just faded away at this point. Anyway! We are very thankful for all the support we had through the years!
Metallum mentions that a follow up to final LP Incurso was planned, but now that the band is kaput we have no idea if this will ever happen.Add to My Radar
Bandcamp has released a statement announcing that they are doing a fantastic pro trans rights campaign this week:
This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, we will donate 100% of our share of the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center, who support and protect trans rights on multiple fronts. Please read more about why we’re doing this, and help us spread the word.
As two of our writers are trans (myself included), it means a lot to us. I am starting my transition and am crowd funding HERE if you would care to support. I have found some love and support from various parts of the metal community (shout out to Karyn Crisis, My friend Drew Smerdon who was in Merauder and Unbalanced, Mina Caputo , Hammercult and Blake Judd for being extra awesome and supportive when I told them), but it would be a lie to say it feels like society as a whole is accepting. As Bandcamp elaborates:
Bandcamp is a platform for artistic expression, and all manner of variance in experience and identity, including gender and sexuality, is welcome here. We support our LGBT+ users and staff, and we stand against any person or group that would see them further marginalized. This includes the current U.S. administration, and its recent capricious declaration that transgender troops will no longer be able to serve in the military. That this announcement was motivated in part to help fund the border wall exposes it as part of the administration’s cynical, discriminatory agenda.
In response, we will be donating 100% of our share of every sale on Friday, August 4th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) to the Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to change law, policy, and culture for the more equitable. TLC does critical policy advocacy and litigation on multiple fronts, fights for healthcare for trans veterans, defends incarcerated trans people from abuse in prisons and detention centers, supports trans immigrants, and helps trans youth tell their stories and build communities.
A few great recent releases or just damn good purchases I would recommend for you music lovers are:
Downtown Boys‘ Cost Of Living
Car Bomb‘s Meta
Astari Night‘s Dreams Of Majesty
Less Art‘s Strangled Light
or whatever your heart fancies. Just get something.Add to My Radar
Holy shit. Cannibal Corpse has announced Winter tour dates n support of a yet to be named new record! Damn, this looks like it is gonna be the heaviest and most insane, high energy package to end out the year with a geyser of blood. Power Trip and Gatecreeper are the next big thing bands of the moment in thrash and death metal and paired with the legends of Cannibal you know you are seriously getting your money’s worth!
Dates below.Add to My Radar
Gloomy and introspective yet contrarily heavy and distorted tribal extroverts Atriarch spread their black wings on the timely monickered Dead As Truth (Pre Order from Relapse HERE). Imagine some of the barren dirge of older My Dying Bride if filtered through a West Coast penchant for organic punk and extreme metal scene history, harsher vocals and crescendos to match bands like Intronaut and Inter Arma (albeit with a much more sinister dynamic to the dynamics).
Dead As Truth could have been a two song with the opening crusher “Inferno” (one of the most compelling pieces yet from the group) and the almost Death Rock meets New Order by way of Rudimentary Peni sounding bassline genius of single length “Dead”. These songs are going to make the band really able to flex their muscle and range live in a way that I bet will be hard to ignore. Atriarch have refined their sense of dirge here while audibly coming together more as a unit. Their past work is great but there are certain jaw dropping moments of synergy here. 1:50 or so into “Dead” when the sheets of melting glass noise solo starts and into the next, more subdued nest verse is a key example, the band treating each section with respect and then exploding into the next heavy section due to the emotional weight of it all rather than for heavy style points.
These kind of tricks, authentic reaction versus trying to be “brootal”, makes this band or Deafheaven or even older bands in very different modes like the early stuff from The Used or Blood Brothers more interesting at times than some of their peers past and present in that whatever you say about the band’s various sub-genres or career preferences, you can’t deny they are/were feeling it.
“Devolver” is ok but kills the pace a little bit. The song is like banging an anvil with a sledgehammer and that is certainly awesome. Maybe it is because I chilled out with a joint before really digging into it. I am sure it will clobber with a certain early Swans/ Neubauten brutishness live. It isn’t bad just les original than the two songs before it which managed to subvert expectations while tipping the cap to predecessors.
Whatever your take away from this record, if you didn’t know the band’s earliest stuff you will still as a newer fan be stoked that the group are able to match the quality of “Bereavement” and prove their staying power. Check out “Inferno” for a song that uses the space of the intro to cast a thick spell, like clinging to a buoy in a foggy night as ghosts, regrets and the vague outlines of ships and memories pass you in the lonely night. The song conjures personal hells quite literally and would almost give Neurosis a run for their money in places. I am glad “Inferno” was a single because you won’t forget it and the song absolutely punishes. Some people might not like the growled spoken vocal style in the verses, but I think it works very well.
The record streets on August 11th and is an eye opening, ear bleed inducing morass of knotted emotion, leaving you feeling like old tree roots, tight in the shoulders and tired but braced to endure. You’ll likely wonder at impermanence and the things we can and cannot change about others and yourself.