19 covers from 19 different bands and artists come together to form this wonderful tribute cover album of great Woods of Ypres tracks. I’m not usually into cover albums but I’ll listen to them from time to time and this one is especially good. These guys did these songs a great amount justice and they sound magnificent!!! Well done my friends!!!!!
Enjoy part 1 of the mini documentary for Amon Amarth’s “Forging Mjölnir”. I cannot wait for Deceiver of the Gods!!!!
Guitar World….always coming out with these silly posts, recently put together a Top 10 list of the best 7-string songs of all time list. While I do agree some of the songs on that list are worthy, I get the feeling they truly didn’t listen to the “best” song from that particular band. Korn’s “Blind” might have been ground breaking as it tore through the grunge standard and began something new (or “nu”). Is it the best song by them? No. I felt the same way about some of the other bands. However, I’m glad Nevermore’s “Born” made the list. I love that song. Check out the list here: http://www.guitarworld.com/magnificent-seven-10-greatest-seven-string-guitar-songs-all-time?page=0,0
Master fortune teller Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying wrote on his Tumblr a year ago telling us about his Prison Style Workout for when he is out on tour. Well, I hope he is able to still workout during his incarceration with such fire in his heart because there isn’t much to do when you’re in the slammer. He wrote the following:
Whitechapel are currently on tour with Asking Alexandria in support of both their most recent self-titled full-length album, and the re-issue of their debut album, The Somatic Defilment. The band will be highlighting some of the album’s fan favorites through a series of lyric videos. The first video to be released, Devirgination Studies, is making its worldwide debut today on MetalInsider.net. In addition to the video, fans can enter to win a signed ESP EC-10 guitar! Watch Devirgination Studies and enter to win now at metalinsider.net.
It’s been six months now since the passing of motorcycle enthusiast and front man Mitch Lucker. While it seems longer than that, I realize that is still an amazingly short time. It may take years before the band can stomach trying to fill in the spot for their fallen brother. I truly dig Suicide Silence and I think they should continue on. Mitch’s vocal style was pretty intense and his stage presence was always turned way up. Stomping, headbanging and getting the crowd pumped up. They need someone like that again. I have some recommendations for Suicide Silence if they ever decide to bring on a new vocalist.
The excellent artists over there at Game Over Cycles have been tirelessly working on their new Behemoth inspired motorcycle and the results are absolutely breathtaking! I want to ride this thing so fucking bad. Like Behemoth or not, this bike looks incredible! The attention to detail and the craftsmanship is nothing short of amazing.
Many sites have posted about this strong tour rumor featuring a fall tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Ghost and Deftones. Three random bands whom really have no purpose sharing a stage, could possibly be doing so later this year! How do you feel about this? If Avenged is headlining I’ll be dipping out early. I love me some Deftones and the new Ghost has me pumped up but other than that….it’s truly one weird lineup.
Growing up in the area that I’m from, we never really had a great music scene. There were talented bands scattered around, but most of them never lasted very long. There isnt really a surplus of musicians. When I was about 15 or 16, I started finding out about some bands from an area about 40min south of the town I live. The musicians in some of these bands were(and still are) some of the best musicians I’ve ever had the chance to know. One in particular is a guitarist by the name of Aaron Carey. At that time he was in a melodic death metal band called Angelrust. I had never heard anything like them yet, and didn’t know how to take their sound at first. But I do remember seeing Aaron play for the first time at my first Tombfest(a local summer metal show that sadly is no more), and to this day he is one of the most impressive guitar players I’ve ever seen.
So fast forward to 2013. Angelrust has been disbanded for quite some time now after writing an INCREDIBLE final album(The Nightmare Unfolds, Link will be at the end of the review). Aaron has moved on and started a project called “Nechochwen”. Blending his infleunces of early 90′s death, thrash and black metal with his Native American heritage, Nechochwen is truley uniqiue and amazing. A sound which I can only describe as Native American Folk Metal. While being a very extremely talented metal guitar player, Aarons acoustic and classical playing is where he really shines. The first album “Algonkian Mythos” is mostly acoustic music, but the metal influence hasnt come into play just yet. Still, Incredible guitar playing. Mythos is followed up by “Azimuths to the Otherworld” which is where metal starts to make its stand. This album is truely incredible and bounces back and forth, while staying closer to the darker metal sound. “OtO” is a natural progression for Nechochwen. Adding into the mix on “Azimuths” is former Angelrust bandmate and engineer Andrew D’Cagna on Drums and Bass, with some vocals as well.
OtO is a hard album to describe using only words. Imagine some metal dudes took a weekend trip to some forests in The Appalachian area. Both guys very talented musicians taking natural influences from culture and heritage of this area. Listening to Nechochwen is like taking a spiritual journey. Not following the pattern of Azimuths, OtO starts off pretty calm and melodic. Focused primariy on the classical guitar parts for the earlier part of the record, the rythym section does a good job of playing tastfully and dynamically giving some of these passages the exact skilled backing they deserve. Electric guitar work is also scattered throughout tastefully and skillfully. As Im writing this, Im about halfway through OtO. Its starting pick up, and is really foreshadowing the epic and powerful music thats on its way. While skillful guitar playing is thing that draws me most into this music, there are also other native wind instruments that I sadly do not know the names of, but rest assured Aaron is also skilled at these as well. Track 5, “Hey Ya Ho Na”, is one of my favorites off the album. Bringing back the extreme metal sound that was all over Azimuths, this track starts off heavy and melodic. All you can do is headbang. Tribal style drums and harmonized vocals chanting along similar to the title of the track make a nice little break in the action and then back to melodic headbanging metal. Continuing you through the musical journey that is OtO. \m/ . The album is closed with the track “Pekikalooletiiwe (instructions; an exhoration)” (dont worry, i dont know how to say that either). Excellent thrashy death metal riffs accompanied again by skilled and tasteful drumming, this album is coming to an extreme and climactic ending. The masterful riffs in this song really carry it. Getting very complex while still sounding intelligent, this is a good song to wrap up the album.
The arrangement of OtO is very important. This is not an album that you just pop one song on and are done with it. The flow is everything. Starting off calm and smooth, while branching into heavier parts towards the end, and bringing it back to the calm native folk sound that you will grow to love. It’s also important to note that this album was written and recorded for vinyl and intended to be heard that way. While the prodcution of the digital version youll more than likely hear is still good, this album can only improve when hearing it as intended. Aarons skilled and disciplined guitar playing deserves to be heard. Please do yourself a favor and add Nechochwen into your personal music collection.
Available now on bindrune recordings. Here are a few links to check out.
I give OtO a 4.5 out of 5. Listen to it TODAY!
Inter Arma is a metal band from Richmond VA. Combining elements of Doom, Post Rock, and Black Metal, the guys in Inter Arma have created a very cool sound. Given the inlfluencing styles, this is something that is right up my alley. Even when theyre playing sludgy riifs, the tempo is kept fairly upbeat making it never really drag on. The black metal elements are performed with skill and used well thoroughout the almost 70 min long album titled “Sky Burial”. Add in some spacy hynotic post rock riffs and you are in for one well performed and written album. With each of the main songs clocking in at over 10 min each, there are a few “interlude”(For lack of a better word) tracks places on the CD which break up the songs nicely.
The Survival Fires starts off the album. Crashing right into some blackened stlye doom, it grabs your attention right away. The riffs tend to be repetative, but they are interesting. So it doesnt really get boring, which is great. Inter Arma blends the influencing stlyes with ease and its never a drastic change when they do. The songs flow very well. There arent a ton of guitar solos on this album, but there are a few, and when the guitarist breaks off, his lead work is very bluesy and well thought out while not doing too much. At points throughout the album, some sections border on an almost uplifting sound, which I really enjoy. Anytime you think its going to stay in that direction however, they take it back to the black metal influence that Im really growing fond of with this band. One of the “interlude” tracks titled ” ‘sblood” does a really good job at building a very tense feeling of anticipation. Add in some howling satanic style black metal vocals pushed into the background and this track does its job well! Inter Arma are a truley heavy and aggressive band with an awesome punishing sound. They also do a really good job of bouncing back and forth between high shreiking black metal vocals, to low howling doom yells which put me in mind of bands like Mastodon. This album is a MUST HAVE for any fan of black metal, doom, post rock, and anything in between.
Inter Arma are signed to relapse records and “Sky Burial” was release in March 2013. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this. also check out their facebook page and their bandcamp for upcoming tour dates. I have a feeling this is a band you will hear a lot about in the future.
I give “Sky Burial” a 4 out of 5. go check it out today!!!
A few days ago the Chimaira’s Facebook page posted a word finder challenging their fans to figure out what their 3 part name of their new album is going to be. No one was able to figure it out, so today Chimaira dropped the ball and announced the album name, date release as well as their Indie-GoGo campaign!
Chimaira’s new album “Crown of Phantoms” will be released on July 30th via eOne Records!!!! Definitely head on over to their Indie-GoGo page now and support them! You’re basically pre-ordering the new album.
We’re in April now and usually every year I post a 3/6/9 month update on my top albums of 2013. I’ve listened to a ton of great music so far this year but these are the bands that have just put out a solid release and I still can’t get enough of them. Love it, hate it, argue about it. Here are my top 10 albums of the year (so far), in no particular order:
Today is the last day to vote for the Golden Gods 2013!!!! I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, you can make your own decisions. I’m just gonna leave some videos here to help calm your nerves while you’re in the voting booth. Just make sure Halestorm doesn’t win shit. Album of the Year nominees are a fucking joke.
A gloom and doom day today as Chi Cheng has passed away yesterday. RIP Chi. However, today is the anniversary of Peter Steele’s death. On April 14th 2010 he passed away due to heart failure, he was only 48. Today I’ll celebrate his life the only way I know how. By listening to his wonderful voice being sung over depressing doom music. Listen to Type O Negative!
Amon Amarth just revealed the new cover art for their new upcoming album from Metal Blade Records called “Deceiver of the Gods”!!!! I AM SO DAMN EXCITED!!!!!!
The band explains the art:
The cover depicts the last battle between the Gods and Loki who arrives at Vigridr field accompanied by the army of the dead during Ragnarok, the end of the world. We hope you enjoy it.
Of course you know, along with great art comes great music, and Amon Amarth deliver every time!!!! I can’t wait to see them on their Bonner Springs, KS Mayhem Fest off date!!!! Let the whirlwind headbanging commence!!!!!
Troglodyte, Kansas City’s neanderthal death metal act, needs our help!!!! Rob Zombie, Machine Head, Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom will be stopping by here on an off date Mayhem Fest show and we all know who needs to open this bad boy for us. That’s right, TROGLODYTE.
FLOOD 98.9 The Rock’s Facebook, Twitter, website and email stating how badly you want to see the almighty TROGLODYTE open for this amazing set on August 5th at Sandstone. I’m calling it Sandstone, I’m tired of the name change every fucking year.
First off, if you have never heard The Atlas Moth, you’re just doing it wrong. Do yourself a favor and check them out right now
The band is currently on tour in Europe with Intronaut and Castle.
Guitarist/Singer Stavros using his social networks has started to wage a prank war of sorts with ”Hardcore” act Emmure. Apparently Frankie Palmeri has tagged a lot of venues, so the wonderful Atlas Moth has decided to cover them with loads and loads of dicks because, well, it’s Emmure and they kinda suck anyway. Hopefully the constant harassment will cause Emmure to do some self-reflecting and maybe improve their “sound”, but I highly doubt it.
Long Live The Atlas Moth!!!
check them out on tour in Europe right now!
04/05 Essen, Germany @ Cafe Nova
04/06 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Baroeg
04/07 Bruxelles, Belgium @ Magasin 4
04/08 Koln, Germany @ MTC
04/09 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
04/10 Wien, Austria @ Arena
04/11 Budapest, Hungary @ Rocktogon
04/13 Fidenza, Italy @ Taun
04/14 Milano, Italy @ Lo Fi
04/15 Toulouse, France Dynamo
04/16 Nantes, France Le Ferrailleur
04/17 Paris, France Glazart
04/18 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival
04/19 Stuttgart, Germany @ Roadburn Festival
04/20 Bischofswerda, Germany @ East Club
04/21 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
Usnea. Self proclaimed Funeral Doom from Portland Oregon. As I’m writing this, I’m taking my second listen through their bandcamp tracks(which if I’m correct means im listening to 2 songs from their actual EP and two bonus tracks) and again I’m forcing myself to listen to some of the coolest riffs I’ve ever heard. Kind of a weird statement, I know. The guys in Usnea really know their way in and out of some very awesome, black metal inspired doom riffs which almost border on psychedelic at points. Not a single member of this band brought anything less than their A game on this, but the only downside is that in order to get to these badass riffs(I do stress that. When these dudes get to the point, it gets really good) I have to wait through some very boring drone parts. And I get it. Its doom. Its slow. But 9 minutes into the 17 minute second track, and I’m ready for this to get somewhere. Its like being stuck in a bus station in the shitty part of town real late at night. It’s very ominous. A little unsettling. To either side of you there are people, but not the kind you’re really looking to interact with. One dude more than likely is on meth and feeling a little stabby. the other is that fat lady who’s passed out taking up 5 seats and all you can see poking out from under her cheeseburger smelling coat turned blanket is her fat gunt. So you realize, you better just sit still and wait for the bus that isn’t coming. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, here’s the wonderful pot head kid traveling across the country and is willing to smoke his weed with you because, lets face it, he doesn’t want stabbed or eaten either. Its going well for a bit, and now you’re enjoying some really tasty riffs again. For a little bit, it gets exciting again. Only for you to realize, there’s still 2 more songs to go. And now I’m just even more anxious and unsettled because my pot head friend somehow disappeared, and I’m back to waiting, with that lingering restless feeling like Stabby Mc Meth is gonna just pop right out of his seat and introduce me to a knife real fast carries on. This continues for the rest of the time.
Overall, I do like this band. Doom just isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. But in an attempt to make you feel uneasy, while keeping your interest with really cool riffing in between, Usnea succeeds. And does it well. The black metal influence is apparent all over the place, which I really like. These guys do really well with making riffs that sometimes are almost uplifting, still sound depressing. If you’ve got about almost an hour to check out 4 songs, then I suggest you check these ones out.
I give Usnea a 3 out of 5. check them out an decide for yourself.
HELLYEAH‘s Vinnie Paul (also ex-Pantera, etc.) gave a somewhat oddball choice when it came to what he described as his “favorite record”. Paul was talking about hanging with acclaimed producerTerry Date during HELLYEAH‘s recent Seattle, WA show and offered the following about that via Facebook: