Well since I CAN’T stay home and play video games all day, I need a boost. Fulgora has that covered with this new 2 track EP now streaming on Grindcore Karaoke. Fulgora’s EP is hard hitting and quite the frenzy to have on at this hour. I dig the shit out of it. Listen to the EP NOW. I mean it’s free to download. Enjoy it a ton? Want to support them? Buy the vinyl! Hit em up on Facebook and show your support.
Upon first glance of the band name “Terrortory” I’ve found myself feeling suspicious about what I am in for. I envision a picture of Tory Lane really pissed off after some dude shoots his wad in her hair. I see what they are getting at tho. Like “Hey bro! This is our territory!” but…its Terrortory? Kind of a cheesy name right? My thoughts exactly! Metal archives informs me that they are from Sweden. That was my first thought after listening to the first track “New World Order” off of their latest EP “City of Ghosts”
Here on this metal blog, I’ll get the random submission from an experimental band and I’ll listen to it with an open mind and indulge in what the artist or band has delivered. This is one of those fine examples where I was at home just cleaning and going through emails and I received a submission from a band from Memphis, TN. It wasn’t the remastered Whitechapel…it was an orchestral band named Glorie…and my ears weren’t ready for the true amount of talent and beauty that was to come over the next twenty two minutes.
Road To Horizon released this little piece to show off that they are coming back in 2013. New tunes, new riffs and some pretty aggressive moments for this type of music. Clean singing that will swoon any pre-teen girl and screams that will call to boys of the same age. This EP just plays out to the younger generation and I know the next time I walk into a Hot Topic I’ll be hearing this over the PA.
Being unfamiliar with Warbeast and the entire opposite happening with Phil Anselmo, I feel as if this is great exposure for Warbeast. With that said, they definitely deserve it since their brand of metal is really good. Anselmo’s other side project sounds nice and heavy and has a strong Superjoint Ritual undertone to it. A great 4 song EP to get you pumped up for the new releases both bands will be releasing this year. “War of the Gargantuas” is a definite headbanger.
Very little is known about this post-metal act known as Barrow. I just stumbled upon this 3 track EP on bandcamp and enjoyed every single bit of it. I have no links other than that so just hit up that link and drop 2 quarters for their new EP called “The Depth”. Surprisingly enough, there is quite a bit of depth to this EP for only being 3 songs. Hell the first song alone is worth way more than 50 cents. Their post-metal sound resonates through my soul with every passing second of their EP playing and to top it off, they have one of those vocalists that can pull off a tone that very few can mimic. The vocals are a combined raw mid-high range scream similar to Wayne Static and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow). The vocals for Barrow side more with Windstein however and it’s perfectly fitting with the music.
Kansas City’s own Solace and Stable sent me this 3 song demo/EP without a name. This metalcore act came out of nowhere…I’ve been into the local scene here and I’ve never heard of them before. I mainly focus on the death metal music in the area so that may be a reason why. Back to Solace and Stable: their ability to write some interesting music is up there, I was impressed with their attack and execution. I’ve usually not into metalcore but these guys definitely make it hard to not enjoy what is being played through the speakers.
The EP consists of 3 jammin songs: “Culture Of Corruption“, “Design and Deceit” and “Satisfiction“. It almost sounds like there is too much going on, amidst the frenzy though you’ll hear great composition and fun riffing. The leads are almost as if they didn’t really give a fuck where their fingers went yet it sounds good. It’s controlled chaos, it’s a beautiful disaster. It’s something I wasn’t too positive about going in to but the experience changed that around. I enjoyed it each time I listened to it!
The EP is terribly short, just over 10 minutes long….but it’s enough to understand what this band is about. It’s not deathcore at all, which is good. It’s not that catchy metalcore from 2005….it’s a faster paced and very angrily riff oriented metal. So prepare your necks for the headbang because this album will definitely make you do so. Solace and Stable have my attention now, I’ll be looking forward to seeing them on stage and hearing new material hopefully soon.
4 out of 5
A Skyrim themed death metal EP? YOU GOT MY ATTENTION!!! Let’s listen…………
Holy shit this is actually GOOD!!!! This is GREAT!!!! The Blood and Ebony EP is filled with great hooks, riffs and is overall a fantastic album. The composition and riff transitions are excellent. Staying interesting and fun throughout the entire EP. There are minor mistakes here n there but it keeps it real. It makes it unique, especially on the track “Skewered by Arrows, Pinned to Oak” at the 2:43 mark when you here the vocalist clear his throat before executing the final verse. I don’t know what it is about that but I love the fuck out of it. “Skewered” is a fantastic song and it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the album. It’s just hostility, brutality and filled with great Orc slaying death metal riffs.
“Dragons Over Dawnstar” is another favorite of mine on this EP, the riffs, layout and style just rule. It’s masterful death metal and writing. Very impressive for one single guy who doesn’t seem to have any other musical projects in the works. The ending of this track is so good, that hammer on – pull off riff is truly magnificent. “The Eyes of the Falmer” is another unique stroll down riff lane. The drums sound so good, it’s hard to tell if they are programmed or not. They are dialed in so well. The next song is one I break my neck to each and every time, it’s an instrumental piece called “Built By Dwemer” and it’s fucking HEAVY!!!! It’s a simple piece yet it’s constructed so well that it’s my favorite track on the EP. It’s short so I listen to it 2-3 times in a row before continuing on. The way it marches on though is so fucking good.
“Slain by the Skilled Hand of Lydia” is more of an upbeat song with the riffing going on and the vocals remind me of “The Black Dahlia Murder”. The treble is pretty high on this track, for sure. This track has a neat flow to it, the way the riffs begin and end is pretty seamless. I love how the tempo slows down at the 2:10 mark though, making the track much more dark. “Khajiit Corpses Strewn in Snow” is a pretty gnarly technical death metal track, bringing out the Necrophagist and Obscura influence out. The track is technical and has this timing about it that’s not quite progressive and definitely not djent. The stop and go lead guitars over the rhythm is awesome. Lyrically, the entire album is just captivating. Using things from the world of Tamriel and telling stories from that universe just sits so well with me. I couldn’t ask for a better album based off of this theme.
This EP is just fun to listen to. Each song is truly different yet so heavy. I just finished playing the game a month ago and this album makes me want to play it again so bad. Bravo to “Euryale” for creating such a masterpiece. Check it out for yourself and listen to the wonder that is Tamriel – Blood and Ebony.
Pros: Music is rad, vocals are impressive, Skyrim theme makes the songs even more epic. If you like TBDM and Necrophagist, you’ll love this.
Cons: Just a few minor hiccups, hardly noticeable
5 out of 5
A single man death metal project with a Skyrim theme, I thought this was going to be a joke. Tamriel prove me dead fucking wrong though. The “Blood and Ebony EP” is absolutely magnificent!!! It’s a great death metal album, some damn catchy riffs, good technicality at times and the vocals are nice and heavy. I also love the lyrics, it makes me want to crack the game open again and go kill shit. I highly highly highly recommend checking this album out. Thank you Ross Gnarly for sharing! I love this album!!! Oh and be sure to download the EP, it’s FREE!!!
Yes. This is true. Metalsucks’ very own Axl Rosenberg reports:
“According to the Deathwish Inc. official website, the legendary bands will contribute two tracks each to the release, which will come out as both a 7″ and a digital EP: Converge’s side will consist of “No Light Escapes,” the new song the band has been playing live as of late, and “a ‘We Are The World’ styled rendition of the influential Entombed classic ‘Wolverine Blues’” featuring guest appearances by Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates, Lock Up), Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Split Cranium), Kevin Baker (All Pigs Must Die, The Hope Conspiracy), Brian Izzi (Trap Them), “and more.” Meanwhile, Napalm Death’s side will “offer up two new aural monsters,” entitled ”Will By Mouth” and ”No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal).””
Well needless to say this is exciting as all hell. I cannot wait to hear these two grind titans together on one split.
The best part of waking up, is grindcore in your cup. The Drip from Richland, WA bring you some very intense and non-stop ass raping grind on their latest masterpiece, The Wasteland EP. The album is just extreme, like…..Aborted & Pig Destroyer had rough sex and this is what it sounded like. I’m just honestly blown away by how crisp and clean the sound is since the music is so chaotic and everywhere. If you enjoy metal of any form, you’ll appreciate this album. Check it out, I highly recommend it. Be on the look out for an official review soon.
There are two genre’s I absolutely love. Doom and Grind. The Drip is the latter with furious gut stabbing grind that pummels your anus until it collapses on the floor. No seriously, this EP fucking rules. You can listen to the punishment here on their bandcamp.
If you have any self respect you’ll listen to them, buy their shit and like them on Facebook. Because it ain’t official until you like a band on FB.
Don’t be retarded, listen to this EP.
Just for fun, I want to share with you my top five albums of the year so far. These albums are great and I think they’ll be contenders for the end of the year list that is just SO much fun to put together. So far we have the following:
5: Exotic Animal Petting Zoo – Tree of Tongues. This awesome gem was an unexpected gift sent to me for review. I’ve never heard of the band until earlier this year and the album just continues to get played to this day. I rocked this shit while in the garage yesterday! It’s really good.
4: Cannibal Corpse – Torture. It just came out but this one is on a continuous loop , I listen to it twice a day at least. The songs on the album are just so fucking entertaining. It takes no time at all to fully enjoy this album for what it is.
3: Plague Widow – 2012 EP. A new band with a big sound. This is how you do death grind. Songs are short, to the point and incredibly heavy. If you haven’t checked out Plague Widow yet after all of these posts I’ve been making you are a fucking retard.
2: Crosses – EP II. Not metal, actually far from it. Chino Moreno/Shaun Lopez/Chuck Doom come together to write some beautiful music. It’s slow & tragic yet romantic. Crosses is one of the best side projects to have come out in recent years.
1: Woods of Ypres – Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light. Words cannot describe my love for this album. The bands final album, Woods V, is a really tough album for me to listen to and sing along to all the way through and not get a tear built up. I miss David Gold and this is his amazing last work of art. This album inspires me, it motivates me, it calms me and it makes me think. Not to mention the tunes are fucking good, this is a different take on doom. It’s not just toned down guitars and growling, it’s singing….really good singing. David’s lowest vocal tone ever, and the fact there are so many instruments contributing to the sound on this album makes Woods V that much more unique. Also, even with all of the heavy death metal put out so far this year, nothing makes me headbang harder then the part on “Alternate Ending” on the 1:48 mark, the doom breakdown is so fucking good. I love this album. RIP David Gold, you’ve inspired more than any man ever has.
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Ben Harclerode, Whitechapel’s drummer extraordinaire. Recently joining the band and running with them live and recording last year’s EP with them, he talks about just finishing up the new album and tour life. I’d like to thank Metal Blade and Daniel Robben for setting up this interview and giving me the opportunity. This is Headbang or GTFO’s first interview and it was a privilege and an honor to speak to Ben and step foot inside their tour bus. Bold words are my own, normal font is Ben Harclerode’s words. Enjoy.
Thank you for doing the interview with me.
Yeah of course man.
This is Ben with Whitechapel, the drummer.
How’s the tour so far? I know it just started n all.
It’s been great. It’s been off to a really great start, I guess. Memphis is kind of a weird place usually as far as heavier music goes but Knoxville and that whole show was awesome. It’s been really good man, the bands have been really cool.
Right on. What’s your favorite band to watch so far?
After the Burial, those guys fucking shred. Sorry, excuse me. Ahh, those guys are good.
You can say “fuck” as much as you want, I don’t care. Do whatever you want.
Ok, yeah those guys are awesome. They sound great every night, they’re all really tight players and I dunno it’s kinda tech-ier stuff and it’s up my alley.
Yeah, that’s good shit. Have you heard Spawn of Possession’s new album? Incurso? Just came out this week. (March 13th)
No I haven’t.
Oh, it’s fucking brilliant. You’d like it if you like technical death metal.
I like those guys, for sure.
What’s your setlist like on this tour? Is it mainly older shit? Or is it just newer songs? Are you playing anything brand new?
No, I mean the tour is called “The Recorruptour”, we released the Recorrupted EP in November. So we’re naturally playing “Section 8″, the new song off of the EP. Other than that nothing new, we just finished up recording literally the day before we went on tour.
Any details on the release of that album or at least when a single will be released?
Umm, yeah I’m not 100% as far as the single, I mean we’re shooting for a pre-Mayhem release because we’re doing the Mayhem Tour this summer. So I don’t know if I’m technically supposed to say any specific dates but I mean like I said we’re shooting for a pre-Mayhem release.
Will there be any special guests on this album? Guitarists? Vocalists? I know you had two guest vocalists on the last album.
No, as far as vocals go nothing really. As far as leads we have one guy from Knoxville that came in and dropped a couple nasty leads over a couple of the songs. Other than that it’s pretty straight forward.
What do you usually do during the day? What’s tour life like?
I practice a lot, play a lot of video games. I don’t know it’s nice having the bus be an option.
Yeah, it’s fucking nice. (I look around, admiring)
I definitely have done some shitty van tours and it’s nice to be able to hang out or have a place to go take a nap. I just do stupid shit over the course of the day to keep myself occupied. Play drums when I have to, warm up, some people would say I do that more than I need to.
What games do you guys usually play? I see Phil (Bozeman) on Twitter all the time talking about Modern Warfare 2 and 3, is that what you guys usually play?
Yeah, that’s kind of our jam. Play a lot of Modern Warfare 3.
Any good at it?
I’m not very good at it, Phil smokes everybody. He’s like 9th level prestige or something right now. He’s into it.
Well that’s all the questions I have. I just want to congratulate you guys on another headlining tour and finishing up on the album and getting on Mayhem Fest. I can’t wait to hear your new album! Thanks for talking with me. See you tonight and put on a great show!
Yup, thanks buddy.
Newcomers from Sacramento, CA known as Plague Widow came together and recorded this EP last winter and just released it through Buriedinhell Records. This 3 piece death/grind band produces a straight forward metal attack that is filled with lightening fast riffs, blistering drumming and deep monstrous vocals. Vocals usually tend to stay on the low end with a couple of high registered screams on the EP. Drumming is always going non-stop; Tons of blasts, fills and interesting patterns when the music isn’t out for blood. Guitar is tuned low but that adds to the brutality and it’s used for actual tremolo riffing and sinister chords. Not just open string palm mutes and breakdown shit, Hal Rotter’s guitar work is sheer madness and his technique and style is quite deranged; he is trying to kill you with his guitar. Throw all three of these together and you have one solid EP, just murderous death metal that is some of the finest I’ve heard so far this year.
My only complaint isn’t even about the music itself, I find the music ultra satisfying and headbang worthy. I’d blast this shit in my garage/office or car anytime. It’s the obnoxious interlude/intro/outro stuff that takes up 45% of the EP’s space. I don’t find it necessary nor interesting to listen to. I skip them every single time, unless I am just too busy to switch it out. Even then I’m thinking to myself “Come the fuck on, get to the music”. The songs are rather short too but they are so good you can listen to them over and over and they still held my interest even after 10 full listens back to back. The EP is solid and just incredibly heavy, so if you’re a fan of death/grind you’ll appreciate the self titled EP that Plague Widow has released.
Pros: The music is straight up death metal riffs, blast beats and growls. Great production. 8.5 minutes of some of the best death metal so far this year.
Cons: Songs are rather short, the non music crap should be cut from the next EP or full length.
4 out of 5
Inspired by an acoustic session that took place during a 2011 tour of North America, TesseracT decided to expand upon the ideas that were spawned as a consequence of having to look at their songs in different ways in order to make them work in the acoustic setting. The result is the acoustic inspired EP, ‘Perspective‘. It is a re-imagining and development of some of the more melodic songs off TesseracT’s debut ‘One‘, and shows a completely new side to the band.
Human Transmutation have just finished work on their new EP and have given me the opportunity to give you guys a new track bright and early this morning. Opening with a sample, into a hammer on and drum pattern that reminds me of System of a Down for some reason, then into pure chaos. “I’m Not Small, Motherfucker, I’m Fun-Sized” has intense guitar work, insane vocals and explosive drumming; it’s raunchy and barbaric. You’ll want to give it a listen a couple of times just to make sure you catch everything. Be on the look out for their new EP coming soon!!
Rise and grind, mother fuckers.
Human Transmutation – I’m Not Small, Motherfucker, I’m Fun-Sized
From the black depths of America hails a mysterious band with little known information about them. Obolus has recently released another EP entitled “Lament“, a follow up to last years 2 song demo release. The depressive black metal pouring from my speakers fills my soul with dread, despair and total fuckin misanthropy. That’s how you should feel while listening to this music. Vocals are barely understood and are desolate, guitars are heavily distorted and fuzzy, drums are intense with blast beats from hell and overall song writing, while not entirely original, is executed very very well. “Five tracks of misanthropic ritualistic blackness mixed with melancholic guitars” is one good way to put it.