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Interview: Chaostar – Les Réminiscences Extatiques

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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“Compromising with things already done is not something that attracts our interest.” -Androniki (vocals)

Greece’s Chaostar began as a classical influenced offshoot of the always cutting-edge and generally well-revered Septicflesh. When the death metal act flirted with more and more classical influences on their crucial, evolutionary album (and recently reissued) A Fallen Temple, Christos Antoniou of Septicflesh decided to cast the dice and start another project to further explore that direction parallel to the metal thrust of  his “main” band. Within the span of several albums (and a short hiatus), Chaostar made their own mark via a masterful synthesis of heavy music’s pedigree with true opera (not just symphonic metal’s often great but select borrowing of high soprano vocals). Lush strings, mournful brass, percussion and world instruments eloping in a post-modern blender under a cloud of Gothic splendor? Most bands might make a hot mess of such varied combinations and source material, but Chaostar’s recent Anomima is breathtaking in scope, a real odyssey. In my opinion, the current Chaostar line-up is their strongest yet.

Kurt Vonnegut asked in his “self-portrait” Palm Sunday ,” Are many novelists schizophrenic – at least marginally so? Do they hallucinate, seeing and hearing things that healthy people cannot sense? Do they turn disordered perceptions into gold in the literary marketplace…or if writer’s themselves aren’t crazy, perhaps a lot of their ancestors were?”

This would certainly also apply to those rare musicians in it for the right reasons, panning for gold in an industry cluttered with acts who make lifeless, flaccid and watered down imitations of once great genres. Not so with trailblazers like Chaostar. This is a group who restlessly work to create alchemy that will permanently mark and alter your consciousness. Jung would have had a field day with this band!

Most recent Chaostar vocalist Androniki Skoula is frighteningly talented, a gorgeous chameleon with a voice from Olympus. It was an honor to interview her about Chaostar’s Anomina as well as other matters.

Click HERE to read the interview!

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Septicflesh have earned the right to title next LP “Titan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM (PST)

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Greek symphonic death metal group SEPTICFLESH have chosen “Titan” as the title of their highly anticipated Prosthetic debut, due out this summer. The group has also posted the first in a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes videos documenting the making of the album, which sees them collaborate with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a full children’s choir. Check it out HERE .

 The band 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. The group, who recently headlined the “Conquerers of the World” North American tour, is currently touring Japan and will tour Australia this spring.

Stay tuned for further information on “Titan” in the coming weeks via: 
http://septicflesh.com/
https://www.facebook.com/septicfleshband

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Cynic premiere “Kindly Bent To Free Us”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM (PST)

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Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have premiered their new full-length album, Kindly Bent To Free Us. This musical doozy is s
treaming now, via Pitchfork Advance,.

Regarding the album premier, band founder/visionary Paul Masvidal (DEATH) said “Leap before you look. Kindly Bent To Free Us is an epic album, full of cosmic riddles, alien transmissions and tasty riffs. Play it loud and play it often.”

About the new album, drummer Sean Reinert said: “It’s a bold new sound for CYNIC and marks a gigantic leap in the band’s progression. We’ve had a lot of time to let this material develop and gestate, and it finally feels ready to be unleashed on the world. I’ve been in trio mode with Malone and Masvidal flushing out a zillion and one details, and couldn’t be happier about what’s happening with these songs. They are truly alive!”

Kindly Bent To Free Us is scheduled for a North American release date on Feb. 18, 2014 (Feb. 14 worldwide). The album will be available as a CD-Digipack a limited edition collector’s box, limited edition Double-Lp here, and digitally here.

The track listing can be found below.

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Album Review: Endstille – Kapitulation 2013

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Endstille return with more patented German war-themed black metal ferocity. Kapitulation 2013 is one of the band’s best executed and darkest records yet, a grim portrayal of unflinching war. You can practically feel winter’s cold bearing down on soldiers as they place one foot towards another marching toward’s death. The band are often accused of Nazi sympathy because they sing about German history but they have distanced themselves from such pathetic allegiance. This is about humanity’s folly and the ugly truths of history. From the “Blasphemer” Sodom cover to the ripping ‘Sick Heil” or the vertiginous “Stalin Note”, this is both top notch metal and nauseatingly powerful when you think of what it is about.

This is perhaps my favorite war metal album of 2013, though the newest from Panzerchrist might have taken the cake if they hadn’t biased me by never returning my email questions for another publication (but no hard feelings). But yeah, Endstille kill it on here. My only complaint is that, like Turisas2013, I am not really a fan of year dates in album titles (except for Public Enemy’s Apocalypse ’91: the Enemy Strikes Black. PE it is still cool when Chuck D says “1989, a number! Another summer…” on “Fight The Power”. With metal or, the worst, emo bands singing about summer in the late 90’s or  early 00’s, it isn’t as cool). But, to get back on track…Black metal or war metal fans alike need to check this out. It is completely engrossing. “Reich an Jugend” will give you chills of the power of propaganda, while “The Refined Nation” is like a careening punk-infused black metal train off course and bearing down on you. L. Wachtfels perhaps delivers a career performance on “Nostalgia”.

If you can’t handle harsh BM with an oppressive examination of history, go back to your Five Finger Donkey Punch and steer clear. Otherwise, this will fucking grab hold of you and not let go, like a dying hand at your throat.

 

 

Kylsea have released a video for the song “Low Tide”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:28 AM (PST)

kylesa goldSavannah sludge metal band Kylesa have uploaded a video for the song “Low Tide.” The song is off of the bands most recent release, Ulltraviolet. Ultraviolet is the bands third album was was released in May via Seasons of Mist.

You can see the video here.

Guitarist/vocalist Laurie Pleasants had the following to say about the album: “All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we’ve always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With ‘Ultraviolet’, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience.”

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Necrophobic parts ways with vocalist Tobias Sidegård

Posted by GageT on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM (PST)

necrophobicSwedish black metal act Necrophobic has announced that they’ve officially parted ways with their vocalist, Tobias Sidegård. This came after a Swedish appeals court found Sidegård guilty of assaulting his wife and given a prison sentence of six months. Originally, he was found guilty of “gross violation of a woman’s integrity” (whatever that is supposed to mean in Swedish law) and given eighteen months, but the appeals court brought the sentence down.

The band released a statement on their Facebook page today saying:

“Tobias is no longer a member of NECROPHOBIC. The verdict following his trial regrettably left us, the band, with no other choice. As stated before, NECROPHOBIC do not accept or tolerate domestic violence in any way.

We will now search for a replacement.”

This awkwardly comes right before the band releases their seventh album, Womb Of Lilithu, on October 29 via Season of Mist.

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Inquisition reveal new album details and artwork, post trailer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM (PST)

705675_507744639258734_286751300_oTenebrous black metal outfit Inquisition have lurked out of the murk to announce the details of new offering Obscure Verses For The Multiverse (Season of Mist). You can check out the video trailer after the jump and I have to say the slow riffs especially sound fucking incredible, full and engrossing.

The American/Columbian duo’s sixth full length will be out Oct. 29th in North America and Oct. 25th worldwide. The track listing, trailer and gripping occult album artwork can be found by clicking HERE!

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Art of Dying: Graphic Noise – Where metal meets art

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM (PST)
0000126_seth-siro-anton-the-tongues-kiss_330I’ve been a bit mopey this week from the news that both The Chariot AND God Forbid are breaking up, but this news item in my inbox cheered me up considerably. All you rockers, ghouls and ladies of the night with a taste for macabre art and a love of H-E-A-V-Y-M-E-T-A-L need to read this press release!:

Season of Mist label owner Michael Berberian has launched Graphic Noise, an e-gallery offering rare and exclusive works of art and prints from some of the most influential and groundbreaking visual artists/illustrators in metal today. Among the artists involved with the project from it’s launch are Arik Roper (SLEEP), Zbigniew M. Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST), Valnoir (PESTE-NOIR), and Seth Siro Anton (SEPTICFLESH, MOONSPELL). Graphic Noise recently launched an official website and e-store, which can be found HERE.”

Regarding the new project, Michael Berberian said: “Blame my parents. They are the ones who were dragging me into museums in Florence at the age of 6. And never stopped. Not unlike some parents who forcefed their kids into learning music theory and piano, they “taught” me how to appreciate art. I can walk into a museum and recognize, understand, and talk about art history, to some degree. As an adult, I even started collecting on a small scale. Japanese woodblock printing among others. It’s not unlike any other collecting habit, you analyze, buy, auction, trade from fellow collectors that you meet online or during your travels. So It’s always been a part of me. But it never occurred to me to do the link between my job – label manager, in the metal world, for now almost 15 years, and the art world. Until now.”

To read more, click HERE.

KELLS announce Euro headlining tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM (PST)

imageKELLS from Lyon, France are the oddball nu-metal influenced band who truly rock. It helps that they don’t only have one source of inspiration or seem to care about “genre” as much as being open. KELLS are known for their blend of modern and older metal with quirky textures and a sense of groove lost on many other bands obsessed with speed. KELLS are also known for featuring the show stopping legs and at times throaty or hypnotic range of vocalist Virginie Goncalves. I discovered them about a year ago and kept an eye on them, hoping they’d start making a bigger splash.

KELLS have now announced a new European tour. The trek, which starts on September 13th, will see KELLS follow-up recent runs supporting APOCALYPTICA with a run of  headline dates across France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

KELLS are touring in support of their latest album, Anachromie. Anachromie is streaming in its entirety at the KELLS official Bandcamp page  and should be played loudly.

Click HERE for tour dates.

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A Life Once Lost breaks up

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM (PST)

ALOLlogoTenured Philadelphia metalcore band A Life Once Lost frontman Bob Meadows had announced that the band has broken up. In an interview with Doylestown blog Fig Meadows announced the end of the bands 14 year run to better himself as a person.

You can read the full Fig article here.

A Life Once Lost was formed in Philadelphia 1999 and has put out 5 full length studio albums and toured the Europe and the United States with such bands as Opeth, Lamb of God and As I Lay Dying.

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Music Video: The Dillinger Escape Plan – “When I Lost My Bet”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM (PST)

dillingeroneofusJersey mathcore pioneers, The Dillinger Escape Plan, have released a brand new music video for the song “When I Lost My Bet.”  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer.  It is due to be released May 14th via the band’s own Partysmasher Inc. imprint.

To check out “When I Lost My Bet” click right here (I threw another new song called “Prancer” in there with it too). THIS JUST IN: THE VIDS WON”T EMBED SO JUST CLICK THE PICS AFTER THE JUMP

The Dillinger Escape Plan chose to have longtime producer Steve Evetts record the One Of Us Is The Killer, with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman’s studio. Mastering was done by Tom Baker.  When asked about the album,  vocalist Greg Puciato had the following to say about the recording process:

“Dillinger is a different beast in tracking than most normal bands. Even Steve has told me that there’s no other band that he has recorded that requires this amount of attention to detail. We take a longer amount of time to do one thing than most bands take to do ten. At this point, talking to Ben about it, we only do this once every three years on average so ten years from now I don’t want to look back and think, ‘Fuck man, we should have finished that one three weeks earlier!’ Who cares? You want it to be right and you want it to be the thing that was the closest to what your vision actually was.”

Puciato also stated on the direction:

I can hear [the influence of old punk and hardcore records] a lot. I can definitely hear that in some of the riffs, which are really aggressive. It’s not a blatant hardcore record or anything like that. I actually think this is the most all over the place and weirdest record we’ve ever written. It’s the first one since I joined the band where Ben has sent me songs and I’ve been like, ‘What the fuck is happening? This sounds like a beehive!'”

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kylesa-ultraviolet-coverGeorgia doom metallers Kylesa have teamed up with Loudwire to premiere their song “Vulture’s Landing” and you can check it out right here. The song is off the band’s upcoming album Ultraviolet which is set to be released on May 28th via Season of Mist. You can pre-order it online at the label’s website.

The band will be kicking off a Spring tour on May 10th in Gainesville, Florida. Support on this tour will come from Bloody Ceremony, White Hills and Lazer/Wulf. Click here to check out a list of tour dates, cities and venues which was recently released.

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Kylesa announce headlining spring tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM (PST)

Kylesa Southern sludgers, Kylesa have announced a spring North American headlining tour, the first in support of their new album Ultraviolet which will be released via Season of Mist on May 28.

Kylesa will receive support on the tour from Blood Ceremony, White Hills, and Lazer/Wulf.

Check out “Quicksand” from Ultraviolet here.

Check out tour dates here.

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Music: Rotting Christ – “Kata Ton Demona Eaftou”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM (PST)

RottingChristLogoGreek black metal band Rotting Christ have released the title track off of their upcoming album Kata ton Demona Eaftou. The album will be the bands 11th studio album is set for release on March 5th in the States and March 1st in Europe. Kata ton Demona Eaftou will be a follow up to the bands 2010 album Aealo and will also be released via Season of Mist.

You can listen to the song here.

The album was recorded at Deva Soundz studios in Athens and mixed by Jens Borgen in Orebro, Sweden at Fascination Street.

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Video: Rotting Christ – “In Yumen – Xibalba”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Dave Mustaine’s favorite favorite Greek black metal band Rotting Christ have uploaded a track from their upcoming album. The song is entitled “In Yumen – Xibalba” and is off the upcoming album Kata ton Daimona Eautou.

You can watch it here.

Kata ton Daimona Eautou is the bands eleventh full length album and will be released March 5th, 2013. The album will be a follow up to the 2009 Aealo and will be released via Season of Mist.

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