There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of "fuck it/let's really go for it" more than others. NY's Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.
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While they don’t seem to be quite as into trolls, The Iniquity Descent are brutal in there own right. You can see it in a video clip for the song “An Empty Temple” by clicking here.
The band is set for a May 25, 2012 release for its debut album called The Human Apheresis, under Massacre Records.Add to My Radar
How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? Unfortunately, with the growth of iTunes and Pandora it seems easier and easier to overlook album cover art in general, but in the world of Heavy Metal we’re here to remind you that the art form is still alive and well!
Each Tuesday we will present to you the best album covers of the week and draw focus into what makes each cover so damn badass.Add to My Radar
“Arven are special and they’re professionally educated musicians share one important attitude: a strong passion for melodic metal. A metal band with five females up front, the only male influence is restricted to the drums.
Carina Hanselmann’s nightingale-like vocals are the priority for this band, giving Arven its unique sound. All in all the sound appears powerful and dynamic, filled with all kinds of dreamy and catchy melodies. Heavy guitar riffs, accompanied by a double-bass thunderstorm and groovy parts are combined with both orchestral and medieval instruments.”
“Arven’s debut album “Music Of Light” is going to be released on September 23, 2011! “Music Of Light” features 10 tracks and comes with an artwork by Jan Yrlund (Korpiklaani, Statovarius, Sirenia).”
“Welcome to the Massacre Records family, ARVEN!”Add to My Radar
The label comments on the band:
“Furor Gallico is the description that the ancient Romans gave the Celt warriors, who prepared for battle and were ready to die to defend their people and land. Furor Gallico are the bards that bring the ancient legends of the Celtic world to life again with their folk metal! Their music features metal riffs with powerful growl and scream vocals that blend in with the melodic folk melodies of the violin, flutes, Celtic harp and bouzouki (a Greek lute).”
Click here to see the track list.Add to My Radar
Dutch death metallers Sinister have announced that all members other than vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard have left the band. Guitarist Alex Paul, dummer Edwin van den Eeden, and bassist Joost van der Graaf have all decided to leave the band.
The band has also announced they will not be performing at the Metal in the Forest Festival which was slated to be their final show.
As the last remaining member, Aad Kloosterwaard comments:
“”But don’t be afraid the band will go on with a new line-up .. and will let the Sinister flame burn for some more years to come.”Add to My Radar
Dutch thrash outfit Legion of the Damned has reported the suicide of their ex-bassist Twan Fleuren. The band has issued the following statement:
“After swallowing the departure of guitarist Richard Ebisch a few weeks ago, Legion of the damned got yet another sad news delivered to their camp: ex bassplayer and friend Twan Fleuren commited suicide.
Twan joined the band Occult in 1998 where he directly joined them on a tour with Morbid Angel, Amon Amarth and Gorgoroth in 1999, after the recording of Occult’s “Rage to revenge” in 2001 and 2 great tours with Dark Funeral in 2001 and Exodus, Nuclear Assault and Agent Steel in 2003, Twan Fleuren was also at the beginning of the succes of Legion of the damned and recorded with the band the legendary “Elegy for the weak” with Andy Classen in 2003 that was later re-released under the name “Feel the blade” in 2007, as well as the recording of “Malevolent rapture” in 2004, which was released in 2006, the album that brought Legion of the damned to a level where they are in right now…”
To read the full statement click here.Add to My Radar
Massacre Records announced that they have signed a deal with UK’s Hunted. Born from a shared passion for metal music in all its forms, Cardiff-based band Hunted began life as a four-piece covering the bands that first inspired them to play. The band’s early quest to develop their own unique sound led to several changes of personnel but developed over time into the rock-solid core of guitarist Steve Barberini, bassist Jon Letson, drummer Matt ‘Animal’ Thomas and vocalist Chris G.
Having begun to cement a fierce live reputation on the British gig circuit, they also received an excellent response from several early demo releases, leading to further exposure and further massively well-received shows.
With their heavily anticipated debut full-length – scheduled to be released on July 29, 2011 via Massacre Records – they aim to take their unique sound and blistering live shows to new heights and new audiences everywhere.Add to My Radar
Founding Legion of the Damned member Richard Ebisch quit his band Legion of the Damned almost a month ago, but the band has wasted no time in picking a replacement: Flesh Made Sin’s Twan van Geel
Vocalist Maurice Swinkels commented on the band’s dilemma and final decision to choose their new axeman:
“After guitarist Richard Ebisch quit the band around three weeks ago, we have not been sitting still. The day after Richard’s departure, I already had in mind to call guitarist Twan van Geel. I’ve known him for more than 10 years already and I knew he would be the perfect replacement. I called Twan that evening to tell him the situation in Legion of the Damned and asked him if he would be interested in a meeting with Harold, Erik and me. It didn’t really took long before he called me back and said he would be looking forward to it.”
Said van Geel on his new gig with Legion of the Damned:
“Asking me to be their new guitar player struck me as a bomb, Legion of the Damned has become a band that no one can deny or go around it, of course. Therefore it didn’t really take me a long time before I decided to take the shot and meet the rest of the gang. Being able to play in Legion of the Damned is an offer I can’t refuse, being able to finally play with the big boys, so to speak!”Add to My Radar
The European digi-pack and the Japanese version will contain different previously unreleased bonus tracks, and Massacre Records will also release the album as a limited gatefold vinyl edition.
This will be a follow-up to their “Heading Northe” album released on Locomotive Records in 2009.
Click here to view the tracklist and the artwork by Uwe Karczewski.Add to My Radar
German gothic metal act Crematory have released the music video for their song “Black Celebration” off of their album “Infinity” which was released on January 29th, 2010 on Massacre Records. “Black Celebration” is actually a cover of the song, originally done by Depeche Mode.
To watch the video, click here, but be warned the video is NSFW.Add to My Radar
Bassist Jan Bünning of German power metallers Paragon has issued the following update:
“After two successful shows we played with our new lineup at theSwordbrothers IX festival and at the Halford in Berlin, we are now started to gather first ideas for our next album. So far we made rehearsal demo recordings of four ideas more to come. Buschi (vocalist Andreas Babuschkin) also already wrote some lyrics for one of the songs and they fit pretty good. We also already spoke with one of our favorite producers a while ago and hope that he will produce our next record. I guess some of you can already imagine who it is.”
Paragon recently acquired two new guitarists, David Wieczorek (ex-Stormwarrior) and Wolfgang Tewes (Black Hawk, Wheels of Steel).
Paragon’s latest album, “Screenslaves”, was released in November 2008 on Massacre Records and produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-Grave Digger, Rebellion) at Black Solaris studio in Frankfurt.Add to My Radar