Dates announced soon…
Best albums of 2012!!!!! This year was a great year for metal. Tons of bands from many different genres put out incredible music this year. I was surprised by the swarm of submissions I got this year and many of the lesser known bands scored really high. There is a mix of well known bands and “who the hell is that?”, be sure to check these albums out if you haven’t yet.
Well here you go, the top 10 albums of 2012!
FUCKING TOUR DATES MAN. Last minute Cattle Decapitation shows booked in place of dropping off the Autumn Apocalypse tour, more to come!!!!
11/08 Lowell, MA @ The Worthen House (141 Worthen St.)
11/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project w/ Vektor
11/11 Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/13 Wooskie, VT @ Monkey Bar
11/14 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Pickwick Pub w/ Deiphago
11/15 Keene, NH @ Railroad Tavern
11/16 Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts
11/17 Middletown, NY @ Sounds Asylym
11/20 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Champs
11/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Well let’s kick off this morning with my true thoughts and feelings on metal blogs, bands, fans and everything within the metal community. These things are what is wrong with metal and why metal will never evolve into the powerful being that it should be. Sure, we listen to the most musically profound music in the entire world. Like Brian Posehn said: “Metal heads go crazy when you mention metal. You never see a guy with his shirt off screaming “R&B”!!!” Besides the excellent music, fans of metal are usually very cool people to talk to. However, anymore…it’s a pain in the ass. Everyone has something negative to say, everyone is hyper sensitive when they don’t like it, there are elitist jerkoffs on every YouTube video and forums, don’t forget all of the drama that get’s caused by douche nozzles on tour and shit getting blown up by blogs like they are TMZ all of a sudden. The actual musicians are the least of the problem, it’s the god damn fan base and blogs.
Jeff from Grindstopher Productions, Sick Drummer Magazine and the Cattle Decapitation fan boy club is celebrating his 33rd birthday today! Hit him up on Facebook and leave him a message! Oh, and he recently shot and edited a lyric video for an old song of theirs. “Diarrhea of the Mouth” from their album Homovore from 1999. I’m a huge fan of Jeff’s work and everything he does within the realm of extreme music.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!
Enjoy “Diarrhea of the Mouth” below:
Grindstopher Productions: Here are some recent videos he shot. Jeff travels through out the Midwest to capture bands tearing it up on stage. While he mainly shoots drum videos for Sick Drummer, he sometimes captures the entire band performing a song or two. Here are some recent videos he put together. An overall great guy, go check out his Facebook page and give it a like. Tell him I sent you.
Yes, the grind gods from San Diegore came back to the Midwest and killed a couple of crowds on their way to the East Coast to begin their real tour with Six Feet Under. Lucky for us, Cattle Decapitation stopped by Kansas City on one of these nights and chose to be direct support for Gwar at The Beaumont Club. One of my favorite bands playing at one of my favorite venues, a deadly combination. Their set was shorter than ever since they were added on the bill late. However, this did not stop them from absolutely blowing our heads off within only 30 minutes. They came, they conquered and they killed it.
Bloody Disgusting premieres the ultra bloody, gore filled, highly chaotic and maniacal music video of all time. The highly creative minds of Mitch Massie and Cattle Decapitation come together to make one of the most uncomfortable yet “you cannot turn away” music videos of all time. Watch it over and over in case you missed something. The “drill” sequence is what got me….that was fucking gnarly man….wow. I dig it, it’s fucked up and little children, your boss, your parents…..anybody you know should not be around while watching this video. If you’re around others I suggest putting on a headset because not only does it sound better for you, the other poor souls don’t have to hear people getting cut open and raped. Yeah, so enjoy the video. Hope you had a great lunch break!
The most brutal NSFW video will be here on October 15th. I cannot wait! The photos are available after the jump. They are bloody…
I’ve heard this will be the most gore/bloody/morally wrong music video ever. More distrubing than Cephalic Carnage’s “Ohrwurm” video. Yup.
Well fuck, if I’m going to catch this show I’m going to have to travel. I don’t travel. Looks like I’m missing this show then. Dates after the jump!
A buddy needed my perspective on death metal, sub-genres and the difference between American metal and European metal. Here was my response:
My perspective on death metal is that it’s the most true form of expression in music to date. Not only in the topics and lyrical content but also in the music composition itself. It’s some of the most demanding and complex music to ever exist! From sludge & doom to technical & progressive, metal (especially death metal) covers a broad range of tempos, styles, topics and stories.
I don’t usually do copy/paste posts but….this is worth it. Listen to Murder Construct while you read this.
Los Angeles, CA death dealers MURDER CONSTRUCT have completed work on their highly anticipated debut full-length entitled Results. Featuring 11 tracks of violent, uncompromising death/grind, the quintet display cut-throat songwriting and top-notch musicianship mixed with their own brand of twisted experimentation to create one of 2012’s most punishing auditory experiences. Results will be released via Relapse Records on CD/LP/Digital on August 28th with pre-orders and a preview of the album art available at this location.
The album was recorded in , Hollywood CA at Architeuthis Sound with engineer Sean Vahle while drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Exhumed, Intronaut).
This. Is. Rad.
The Granada Theater….May 18th 2012….Lawrence, KS…..The final night of this ultra heavy tour makes it’s way to the middle of the U.S. I enter right as Battlecross is setting up the stage for their set. Apparently I missed the two opening acts (One of them being Troglodyte, god damn it) and I found out Decrepit Birth wasn’t going to make it. Which I was fine with because that meant I was going to enjoy Aborted and Cattle Decapitation sooner than I thought! Battlecross set up their instruments and suddenly just began playing with no light dimming or weird intro. They broke straight into “Push, Pull, Destroy” and I wanted to headbang so bad (I was working photo) and the crowd loved it. Battlecross again sounded amazing and they ripped through their set. Playing favorites such as “Man of Stone“, “Breaking You” and “Kaleb“. They had a great time playing and they were down to party as well as play some kick ass music. Battlecross‘ modern thrash style blended with a little bit of death metal is so good and they were definitely a pleasure to see again. With energy this massive and looking like they are having a blast, it was a good start to my night.
Next up was Rings of Saturn, a deathcore meets technical death metal kind of band whom I’ve never really listened to before this show. Their roster included 2 lead guitarists rocking 7 strings each with no bass guitar….however even without the monster thunder of a bass guitarist they still impressed the shit out of me. When I say technical death metal I mean TECHNICAL DEATH METAL. It was awesome because after all of the crazy fretwork they bust out a balls to the wall breakdown and it’s more respectable due to the fact these cats can shred like motherfuckers. Rings of Saturn are great and I’m now a fan of their music. I’m glad they were on the bill because they brought something different to the table, of course it was a technical death grind tour but their sound and style is different from the rest of the bands.
After Rings of Saturn raped our faces clean off, Aborted took the stage and played a set I wasn’t ready for. I’ve seen some live performances from them online before but NOTHING compares to seeing them live in person. They flat killed it and their setlist was fucking gnarly. Calling their set “heavy” or “brutal” just isn’t good enough. Their energy while playing this magnificent death/grind is god like. Sound was killer, so clear and so loud. I feel so privileged to have seen Aborted, they put on such a great show. Sven’s vocals were fucking dead on with how they sound on the albums. So god damn good.
Next up was Cattle Decapitation and honestly I’m even more glad Decrepit Birth couldn’t make it because I think Cattle would have had a short set. It took them awhile to get set up with PA systems not working and Derek’s cord to his amp not working correctly. However, once all was set up the band took off with new material from their latest album. Their set was mostly new material and it sounded so damn good live. Travis’ vocals have never sounded better and Josh, David & Derek performed with fierce intensity. David’s drum work is out of this world. His blasts, double bass and stamina is unmatched. Josh’s riffs and crazy leads are always fun to witness live. Derek dominated that beautiful 5 string bass guitar and his sound was clear and ominous. This was the best performance I’ve seen from them, ever. The guys put on one hell of a show and the fact their set was mostly new songs (Only 2 songs were older) made it even more special because I fucking love the new album. I think the only songs they DIDN’T perform from the new album was “Gristle Licker” and “Do Not Resuscitate”. Cattle Decapitation stole the show in my opinion.
However, the bulk of the building was ready for the headliner. The technical death metal gods from right down the road…..ORIGIN. I’m not heavy into this band and I’ve never seen them live so I didn’t know what to expect. Well, to say the least….pure fucking chaos. Their set was the loudest (of course) and both Paul and Mike’s hands were all over the place…while performing vocals. They put the “tech” in technical death metal for sure. I’ve never seen such furious fretwork before. Not only that, John’s drumming was fierce as fuck. Merciless blasting, killing it behind that drum kit. Oh and to top it off, Jason was a maniac on vocals. Doing his duties perfectly…but not only that. He was the director of chaos. He formed 2 walls of death (In a tiny area nonetheless), a few circle pits, requested headbanging, told everyone to move and made people crowd surf. He wanted movement, no doubt about it. He wanted a good time! Jason would even grab peoples hands and pull them onstage. It was fun watching all of the people stage dive. One guy did the most wussy ass dive, just curled and fell lightly and Jason called him out on it: “Really?!” Origin blew the fucking doors off of the building and they did a phenomenal job. I’ve never seen such intensity in a live performance before. Sure I’ve seen headbanging and movement….but Jason and the guys were over the top and impressive. I loved it and so did the entire crowd. Non stop moshing ensued and hardly anyone stood still. So much brutality during the last song “Portal” that a chick was knocked out cold, while the band didn’t stop playing (as if nothing happened), Jason made DAMN sure that the crowd formed a circle around her until help arrived. It wasn’t until AFTER the song was over though that a medic showed up to check on her.
This was the show that I was waiting for. Each band performed very well and the energy was amazing. This show will be hard to top. Occupation Domination 2012 was a complete success. Thank you to all of the bands that played and thank you to all of the guys I spoke to. Every single member in Battlecross is genuinely nice and awesome people. Thank you Josh Elmore for not shooing me away when I stopped you, thank you Derek Engemann for bullshitting with me while setting up your equipment (Monolithic Merchandise ftw!), thank you Sven (Aborted) for the merch and talking with me and hope to see you all again soon. Great show!!! \w/
Photography and Review by Thomas Mergel
First we have Whitechapel recording guitars. Some interesting riffs in there and a ghetto bass guitar fix. Does Gabe record his own riffs or does Ben record bass for him? I dunno. Oh well, hear the final product on June 19th.
Next up is a vocal studio (update? The album is already out) footage of Travis Ryan recording vocals for Monolith of Inhumanity. The process is entertaining, Travis’ sense of humor mixed with his ability to knock this shit out of the park without music behind it. There were definitely some laughable parts on this video. Also, some mind blowing parts as well. Travis’ experimental ways in the end made the new album incredible yet again. Great job. Here is the video.