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MOVE are a high energy Boston hardcore act who are defying racism while crafting timely and Earth shaking punk anthems for change! Hit up Triple-B Records for the Freedom Dreams 7" HERE or head to Bandcamp and support this electrifying band on our favorite digital platform. "...We march on to achieve salvation/Say their names we won’t be intimidated/ I fight and I fight and I fight I refuse to rest until I see progress/All to one day see these fucking freedom dreams/ We'll never stop until we find liberation, Black Excellence unstained by degradation/ Where freedom reigns over incarceration/ Where Black joy is only met with celebration." RIYL Cold World, American Nightmare, Jesus Piece.
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During the UK national lock down in 2020, Serena decided to write an entire black metal album themed to the RPG computer game Skyrim. Each song is about different dungeons, story lines and weapons within the award-winning game. She notes: “I have always associated Skyrim with black metal. The snowy mountain settings, the morbid themes, the Norse mythology backbone – it just goes hand in hand for me.” Prior to her 10 year career as the front woman of Svalbard, Serena previously played in a black metal band and has been excited to get back to her musical roots. With hypnotic, interlocking tremolo guitar leads, pummeling blast beats and reverb drenched vocals; NOCTULE sees Serena spread her dragon wings and take off in an intriguing musical direction on her own.
Today, listen to the title track to Wretched Abyss in the form of a music video. The video is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “The video was shot at The Gryphon, which is Bristol’s best heavy metal pub and venue. We filled the live room with smoke and candles to create that ethereal vibe. The video was filmed by David Gregory and James Morgan of Cineoteric Films,” comments Cherry. “‘Wretched Abyss’ is a song about Hermaeus Mora — who is the daedric prince of fate, knowledge and memory in Skyrim,” Cherry tells us. “He often appears in a Lovecraftian form of tentacles in the game, this imagery combined with his unsettling psychological questline is what inspired me to write this song.”
1. Elven Sword
3. Wretched Abyss
6. Deathbell Harvest
7. Unrelenting Force
8. Become Ethereal
Recorded, mixed, and mastered in Bristol, UK, in January 2021 with Matt Francis.
Additional guitars & additional writing on Evenaar and Deathbell Harvest by Matt Francis
Photo: John Ashby @gryphonbristol
La Nausée from Ghent, Belgium have released an unbelievably heavy new sludge monster of a song called “Split”. It kind of reminds me of Black Tusk channeling White Zombie, just completely devilish and infectious but clobbering riff patterns with an extra aggro vocal intensity as the cherry on top. It kind of feels like…well, like having a giant antler shoved through your face! : )
La Nausée on the song ‘SPLIT’:
‘This song is about where we can place ourselves in this world, in this life. The force of nature is unparalleled. The mind is too small to grasp the whole picture. Essence precedes existence, but not for us. We are to decide our state of being and make ourselves whole.’
‘For this song we teamed up with Stef Exelmans to do the mix and master and we really like the result. He did an awesome job in the past recording the latest TURPENTINE VALLEY and BEAR albums and we knew immediately that he was the man we wanted to work with.’
‘The artwork was made by Kacper Gilka Art who is an amazingly talented illustrator from Poland and we love his work and felt a connection between the song and the art so that was an easy choice.’
The 2021 incarnation of Texan veteran groove maniacs PISSING RAZORS sees original members Eddy Garcia (Drums) and Mat Lynch (Guitars) joined by Joe Rodriguez (Vocals) and Geo Gomez (Bass).
The band returns with their latest single and video “Wasting Away” (1.22.21) – a blistering interpretation of the Nailbomb classic featuring Skinlab frontman Steev Equivel on guest vocals alongside the band. The cover is faithful and as intense as you would hope. This only makes sense, since Nailbomb is still maybe the most intense Max stuff (with maybe some of Blunt Force Trauma like “Warlord” coming close). Pissing Razors do an admirable job in channeling the chaos of the original with their own rabid spin on it.
“Shortly after Nailbomb’s 1994 Point Blank release, we added ‘Wasting Away’ to our live set simply for its sheer intensity, brutally honest approach, and blatant raw attack. There’s no smoke and mirrors, no fancy production tricks there. The track demands attention, commands respect, and we are proud to revisit its place in the early development of our own musical pursuits and sound. The pure cut-throat approach to its sonic foundation is what we have consistently strived to ingrain into our own body of work and it still holds true today. We hope we do it justice…” Mat Lynch (Guitars)
New York is known for a ton of uncompromising bands unafraid to tell tales from the hard side over the years from Madball to Black Anvil to Crisis to of course Biohazard to Made Out Of Babies to Gridfailure to Krallice to Locked In A Vacancy to Indecision to Unsane, to name a few (haha). Add grime mongers GRAVESEND to the list. Methods Of Human Disposal is a very Sopranos sounding album title if I ever heard one (and yes, I know that is dirty Jersey).
20 Buck Spin has chosen the band as their first release of 2021 and it is fitting. While we all want to move forward like 2020 never happened, you can’t just ignore the horrors of any past period of history. New York’s blood curdling and tough as nails history is on display in these tracks, crucified and yet still alive. The drums sound like a blood soaked cardboard pillow (in a good way), the music churns like a haunted subway tunnel and the overall effect is terrifying as the band absolutely destroy on their new track “End Of The Line”. Guitar pounds like jackhammers at your sanity and the noxious vocals emit a foul haze of corruption and downtrodden malaise. Love it!
The record releases Feb. 19th but you can get a fix now.
Methods Of Human Disposal was recorded in September 2020 by Nolan Voss of Thirty Legion, mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Xibalba), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Vastum, Terminal Nation). That’s quite a team!
Devastating news today as I learned from Revocation’s Instagram of the sudden passing of the true rock n roll warrior Alexi Laiho. Hot on the heels of the news of another musical genius of another genre, the enigmatic rapper MF Doom, we now start 2021 saying goodbye to a hero of shred with the passing of Alexi.
I am so glad he had a keen work ethic and there are many CoB releases for us to treasure for years to come. I am so glad I got to see them live finally once when they toured with Clutch and Black Label Society. The metal scene weeps today. Some people may think shred virtuoso playing is “cheesy” or over the top but it is a bedrock foundational corner of thrash and heavy metal. When I hear Alexi play soaring solos that bordered on power metal at times but soaked in the grim blood of rock n’ roll infused thrash madness, it could lift me out of my daily pains and into a world of possibility and thankful escape. I am sure I am not alone in this.
Laiho was an Aries like me and just a year and a few days younger and it makes me really want to underscore to you readers to please, please treasure your loved ones, lives and moments. Don’t waste the opportunity to reach for your dreams!
A statement from his official Facebook team can be read below:
One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.
Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.
Besides Children of Bodom, Laiho was known for acts such as Warmen, Sinergy, Kylähullut and The Local Band. Awarded with a Metal Hammer Golden Gods and several other international prizes, the guitarist was also the main star, leading a group of one hundred guitar players at Helsinki Festival in 2015 in “100 Guitars From Hel” – a massive concert piece he composed.
“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel”, Daniel Freyberg, Mitja Toivonen and Waltteri Väyrynen from Bodom After Midnight state.
The talented guitarist and musician relished his roles as stepdad in his patchwork family, and as uncle and godfather. Especially during the last years, the important family ties brought a welcomed balance to his life and the active touring. Laiho was particularly close with his big sister, parents and his sister’s daughter. Laiho’s sister says:
“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately.”
Alexi Laiho will also be deeply missed by his family in Australia.
“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken”, Kelli Wright-Laiho says.
The remaining members of Bodom After Midnight do not give any interviews at this time.
Bodom After Midnight management
Well, it has been a GREAT morning. 21 Savage and BlackPink gifting us with new fire. Full moon October blood magick bringing the sweet overnight news that Hope Hicks gave potentially most of the worst GOP traitor morons Rona. I am living. Kim Gordon in full no fucks given mode posting memes of Trump in a coffin from the Simpsons. You love to see it. FYI if the Heroes act isn’t passed by the greedy GOP scum who have been blocking well deserving concerned Americans from getting 2k a month while bailing out their corporate welfare recipient top tier 1% cronies and calling social democracy ‘communism’, airlines are reporting they might have to FIRE up to 36,000 workers.
Pardon me if I shed zero tears for a Covid denying mobbed up, tax dodging racist rapist grifter failson who has tried his hardest to destroy our country for Putin and for self-enrichment, upcharged the fucking Secret Service and who is tanned the color of Kraft mac n cheese powder! Trump Jr really on Insta trying to talk shit on Hunter Biden with a prostitution ring and trafficking conspiracy when his own family is buck toothed nepotism incarnate and his dad hired Epstein’s ENTIRE fucking legal team and is linked to the Russian mob. And we all know your dad is fine with exploiting then shaming sex workers. Stormy, I love you. Keep doing ya thing, girl.
Trump and Melania getting Rona is straight up Karma and if you have a problem with that, suck it. Thoughts and prayers…that it gets worse! Stealing millions through golfing for your ‘health’. Your health isn’t worth the suffering you cause the whole world, rancid slob.
Anyway, celebrating by sharing some bad ass metal with y’all this morning. The unforgiving and frenzied fantastic riff filled thrash of Netherblade! Brave The Cold! Brutal Hardcore Death Grind featuring Mitch Harris (Napalm Death) & Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth / Soilwork). And lastly, ATLASES brilliant melodic post-metalcore glory! Hails, y’all.
Happy October. Fuck White Supremacy and you if you have a problem with that!
‘Each song is teeming with rancor and a profound disgust with the things we see happening every day in the world, in the news, in our cities, in our backyards… the title, Detest is violently appropriate for the mood of this EP. Music is art and art has always been a non-bastardized, unfiltered version of history as told through those who lived it in their own words.’ – Matthew (vox)
Hell’s Teeth have made an explosive statement on their new DETEST EP. This metallic hardcore infused deadly extreme metal band could be huge if they get the right support, but either way they will make powerful and corrosive, heavy art. Fans of everyone from Power Trip to The Black Dahlia Murder to Turmoil to Baptists could hang hard with this release. Honestly though, with a band this legit and driven it is lazy to simply compile easy ‘sounds a little like sometimes’ points. You’d be selling yourself and the band very short if you didn’t hear their original vision for yourself free from bias.
Made up of scene die hards from the Hudson Valley area, Hell’s Teeth are just the shot in the arm the scene could use to keep things enthusiastic, no bullshit and venomous. I spoke to some of the band about this exciting release, tracked by Sean Paul Pillsworth (of Nightmares For A Week, The Inevitables) at Nada Recording Studio in beautiful Montgomery, NY. You wouldn’t believe such a serene setting could produce a recording this hostile!
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band photos by Michael Mannhaupt
Rotterdam’s DISTANT are pretty much the most brutally no frills downtempo deathcore band I have heard in awhile. I am not quite convinced they do not want to destroy us all, even if they seem to be normal folks. There has to be some kind of demonic inhabitation going on here. Also, I have gotta say I am a big fan of the simplicity of their vibey band name, the implied alienation really works for me. How did no one have that name yet?!
The band- who could certainly appeal to fans of Oceano, Black Tongue or Chelsea Grin – have an EP due out on tastemakers Unique Leader on October called Dawn of Corruption. The 6 song release was mixed and mastered by Simone Pietroforte at Divergent Studio and sounds like Colossus shitting out Wolverine (in a good way).
“Hellmouth” has been out about a week and some change but I just caught wind of it and so wanted to make sure we had you fanatics covered over here for your RDA of heavy!
NYC extreme metallers Pyrrhon have released their earth shattering new full length Abscess Time via Willowtip. Some how they defy and embrace death at the same time. This is some of their most impressive technical and vivid songwriting yet. “Human Capital” is one of the most timely and savage songs of 2o2o in experimental death metal with killer lyrics about modern class inhumanity.
Throughout the entirety of Abscess Time, PYRRHON explore the turbulent and ripping darkness of everyday survival. “This album is about watching the human world slowly slide towards collapse while you’re too busy trying to survive until the next day to do anything about it,” comments PYRRHON vocalist Doug Moore. “The process seems to take forever, even though little things change every day. And since you’re constantly straining to keep your head above water, it’s all just the background against a foreground of more immediate dangers.”
PYRRHON entered Menegroth: The Thousand Caves studio in January 2020 with mastermind engineer, Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) at the helm. “Colin Marston has worked on every Pyrrhon record so far – he’s mastered all of them, and mixed our last three. We do a pretty unusual combination of things during our recording process, and he’s about the only engineer out there who’s got experience with all of them,” explains Moore.Add to My Radar
Hey everyone. I am feeling pretty emotionally drained after having to explain to cis people what I mean by “demiflux” as if I am an alien. Very thankful for Daniel Radcliffe speaking out against JK Rowling’s transphobic problem spots. No one is trying to “erase” cis people. That is stupid. I also can’t fathom how JK Rowling could invent the Obscurial with all the horrible repression that goes with that dark cloud of energy and have the part PLAYED by a real life enby and still not see the irony of her own phobias. Everyone PLEASE read this Scientific American article again.
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“Hi. We released our cover of Nine Inch Nails’ March of the Pigs this past Tuesday, but felt it would have been inappropriate to latch onto the outrage we’re all experiencing to promote a cover album, even if by happenstance. If you want to hear it, it’s out there. In the meantime, we suggest that you continue to fight against police brutality and institutionalized racism however you can. It’s working. If you’ve got the means, please consider giving a few or a lot of dollars to the Richmond Community Bail Fund and/or BEAM (Black Emotional And Mental Health). Links below. Black Lives Matter.
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British death metal ballers INGESTED have unveiled a lockdown video for new single ‘Dead Seraphic Forms’, and announced the release of new album Where Only Gods May Tread on 14th August via Unique Leader. A new lockdown video featuring thirty eight (phew) cameos of bored metal musicians goofing around in quarantine can be consumed below. Expect much intense riffing and clowning.
Drummer Lyn Jeffs comments “So, here is our second single ‘Dead Seraphic Forms’ from our upcoming album Where Only Gods May Tread. We’ve put together a lockdown music video and brought a load of our good friends for the ride, and we want you involved too! All you have to do is name as many people as you can in the video in the video comments below, then like this post and share it on social media! We will pick a winner at random from the people who name the most correct cameos and they will WIN A PRE ORDER BUNDLE FOR THE NEW ALBUM! So what are you waiting for?! Watch the video and get on this competition!! Big love and STAY SAFE X”
Dominic Grimard (Ion Dissonance, The Last Felony) handled bass duties on the album and there are special guest appearances from Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down), Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain) and Matt Honeycutt (Kublai Khan).
The new album was mixed and mastered by long time producer of INGESTED and Cryptopsy guitarist Christian Donaldson (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist), engineering was handled by both Nico Beninato and Sam Yates at Foel Studios in Wales. The artwork was created by legendary artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Hypocrisy, Entombed, Rivers Of Nihil, Gorguts, Decrepit Birth).Add to My Radar
New York extreme death metal mental gymnasts (in a good way) PYRRHON have big news, a new full length called Abscess Time due this year. Abscess Time will be released on double LP – with a vinyl exclusive D-side bonus track, compact disc, and on all digital platforms on June 26, 2020. Physical pre-order is available today via Willowtip HERE and digital can be found HERE.
About Abscess Time, PYRRHON vocalist Doug Moore comments:
“The album is about watching the human world slowly slide towards collapse while you’re too busy trying to survive until the next day to do anything about it. The process seems to take forever, even though little things change every day. And since you’re constantly straining to keep your head above water, it’s all just the background against a foreground of more immediate dangers. Humans can adapt to anything, so fool yourself into thinking it can last forever – but then, one day, the boil bursts.”
PYRRHON have released a new track off Abscess Time titled, ‘Another Day In Paradise’ alongside a long form interview with the band. The track and interview are up now at Decibel Magazine. I am loving the performances, especially the cutting Steve Schwegler cymbals and general drum madness. Any of their releases slay but this new tune makes the latest offering seem VERY promising and a welcome distraction right now.Add to My Radar
This Covid-19 challenge has made a of musicians have to get creative after tours were shut down for safety (my heart goes out to Chuck Billy of Testament and others who have contracted the virus). Darsombra are touring rooms of their home and undisclosed locations in Maryland via live stream, for example. My girlfriend Globelamp has been a live streamer for years playing psych folk and engaging with her fans, so it has been interesting to see the connective impact that can have in building a micro community. Obviously everyone has IG and Facebook live now or sometimes uses YouTube to stream, but not everyone uses it for live performance as opposed to general pseudo reality tv style posts of themselves rambling, hahaha.
Snow Burial, one of the coolest (snow pun painfully accidental) bands out there at present, are doing their part to take this moment to stream for local charity. The Prosthetic Records signees announced that they will be live streaming an acoustic performance this week, via the Prosthetic Records YouTube channel. The stream will take place on Thursday, 26 March at 8 EDT/ 7 CDT/ 5 PDT. The band will be accepting donations throughout the performance, and will be sending all money raised to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
SNOW BURIAL’s Ben Bowman comments:
“Like pretty much everyone involved in the music industry we have shifted rapidly from being extremely bummed about cancelling our tour to wondering what we could do to help. Doing a livestream and donating all the proceeds to a local food bank seems like one of the best ways that we can do that. Well, Brandon is actually providing the true best help – he’s a physician’s assistant, treating patients through this pandemic. I can just play guitar and sing a bit.
“It’s not the same as touring (at all) but I am very excited to have an excuse to experiment with our songs and play for folks over the internet. I’ll be playing acoustic-ish versions of each song on Ostrava (I’m physically incapable of not using a delay pedal) with some commentary on the songs and the chance to chat with everyone live. I’m stoked to take a new approach on the tunes, and, frankly, to have something to look forward to. All of Illinois is under a shelter-at-home order and it’s easy to have a very hard time through this. Having some fun in a way that can help those in real need is exciting.”
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Immortal Bird took our album of the year spot for 2019 and now singer Rae Amitay is already back with more music via a fresh new excellent solo endeavor called Errant. A CD limited to 100 copies is available for pre-order via Manatee Rampage Records and on Bandcamp HERE. Since I have already gotten my new Ozzy and sepultura (which were both pretty rad), I have to say that I am most looking forward to this EP and the rumored new Blues Pills in 2020 thus far in the days yet to come.
Errant is a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird, Thrawsunblat) conceived in 2019, meant as a vehicle for realizing ideas that exist in a separate space from Immortal Bird.
I enjoyed hearing Amitay’s clean vocals over the sort of brooding alternative rocky gloom-gaze of the verses of first available tune “A Vacillant Breath” before a punchy and driving series of riffs serve as the support for her more familiar patented harsh screams, which sound here like she has defeated Tomas Lindberg in single combat or at least Connect 4. I don’t know what I am writing. Anyhow, the point is this shit is super cool and very vibey and you should support it. Looking forward to hearing the promised Failure cover as well.Add to My Radar