Black metal and folk metal, two genres that are pretty damn good separate, and yet I’ve never thought about how it would sound if you combined them both. Thrawsunblat’s new album, “Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings”, is probably the best result you’ll ever get. To be honest, I’ve been a fan of this band ever since I first heard of Thrawsunblat’s first album, “Canada 2010″. Heavily influenced by life and his surroundings, Joel Violette puts together a wonderful album and the musicians he has brought onto this project make everything come together so beautifully. Rae Amitay on drums and Brendan Hayter on the bass make this release such a step up from Canada 2010, it’s as if they had a major label backing them, million dollar producers and engineers putting forth every bit of musical science into the album. However, this band put together a fundraiser and the fans reacted and come together to help fund this album. With the help of the fans and the masterful musicianship from the band itself, it all resulted in one of the most fulfilling metal releases of the year!!!
Adora Vivos intrigued me instantly because it was the name of a song on Woods of Ypres’ final album. I HAD to listen to it. Woods is one of the best bands to ever exist and after listening to one single song from Adora Vivos, it’s clear that they are incredibly influenced by Woods’ style and song writing. Ever since Gold’s death, there has been a void left within my soul and it’s hard to find a band to fill that spot again. Well after many “spins” of this new EP from Adora Vivos, it’s left me with a great sense of fulfillment and excitement. Many more bands will come and many more will go. Another band will grant me pure enjoyment and satisfaction like Woods of Ypres once did…..and Adora Vivos have definitely done just that.
Having just come off of a successful tour of them being a band for 20 years and playing 2 hour long sets each night, Karl Sanders is finally back at home and relaxing. Well, actually not relaxing as he has stated he has a “gazillion” things to do, from producing albums to working on his 3rd solo album. Karl writes: “Back Home ! I’m fucking utterly thrilled to have 4 months time back home until the next Nile tour begins – Europe in Sept/Oct .
Time to take care of a gazillion things here at the house that need attention – and get to work on my 3rd solo record….and oh yeah -
finish producing the PyschoSpoon album !”
Man, Woods of Ypres has won a JUNO Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal album of the year for Woods V: Grey Skies and Electric Light!!! Beating out many good albums as well as the album “Epicloud” from Devin Townsend Band. What a monumental achievement for the band and a wonderful addition to their final album. The legend continues and the story shall never die: Woods V is a wonderful album and they definitely deserve this win! Joel Violette accepted the award and I’m incredibly happy for him and the late David Gold. Congratulations!!!!!
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.
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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!!!
Kinetik is one of those bands whom embraced that thick chuggy sound of djent, add some ambient background noise, have a guy of front yelling at you and fantastic rhythmic progression that will win over any fan of this style. Yes, this band delivers on sound, execution and overall sound. If you’re a fan of In Flames, Meshuggah, Intervals and Periphery then this album is a no brainer for you.
Here’s one for you sick Grindcore fans out there. Hailing from Italy SpermBloodShit are bringing some nasty grinds to you from Coyote Records. Imagine if Napalm Death and Cephalic Carnage had a crack baby, that baby would be SpermBloodShit. The Tourette’s Syndrome has 15 disgusting tracks for you to defile your ears with, which is quite a number in my opinion. These guys have created some relentlessly awesome music and I definitely look forward to their future releases.
In case you aren’t familiar with these bands I’ll post some music up from each band but this tour is exciting!!!! Dates coming soon!!!
After listening to The Bunny The Bear‘s album last year “The Stomach For It”, I was fully aware and understood what they were all about. It’s electronic hardcore with a weird Hot Topic blend of unique dance moments with a guy that can sing really well behind a guy who can scream decently. It’s a weird combination of genres and it’s hard to get into. Just take it in with an open mind and maybe you’ll enjoy it. TBTB can definitely write a catchy hook and get a chorus or two stuck in your head. I know it happened to me on the last album and it happened again on this one as well.
First, I’d like to preface this review with a bit of a confession… with the exception of a few bands, namely the still-active metalcore greats, today’s metalcore scene appeals very little to me, and in fact, often even causes quite a few feelings of outright contempt. After years of listening to some of the bands that helped define the sound of the genre, I have all but entirely quit caring about it. It has become so saturated with shitty bands that I no longer put forth the effort to find worthwhile new bands or albums. In this regard, I’m essentially reliant upon my friends to give me a heads up when something good does come out. Despite actually being a former listener/fan of Shai Hulud, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve given this album much of a chance without being asked to write this review. Luckily for me, however, this is one metalcore (in the original, “metallic hardcore”, sense of the genre) album that isn’t going to fly under my radar.
Children of Bodom, the drunken Finnish melodic death metal band we all know and love, is coming out with a new album this summer called “Halo of Blood”. Sounds like a nifty tampon product but it’s actually packed with lead guitars wailing and keyboard solos than panty liners. However, I’m sure the technicality awaiting our ears would make us all wish we had liners in our underwear.
Dates announced soon…
Fresh off the road with MESHUGGAH and ANIMALS AS LEADERS, post-metal proggers INTRONAUT are pleased to announce they will head out on a North American headlining tour this June in support of their new album, ‘HABITUAL LEVITATIONS,’ that was released this past Tuesday. Presented by Metal Sucks, the run will feature direct support from SCALE THE SUMMIT and feature MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT and CASTLE on select dates. A list of confirmed dates is below, with a few additional dates to be announced shortly.
In addition to touring with HYPOCRISY, KRISIUN, ABORTED, and ARSIS this May, Chicagoland-based STARKILL will also be playing a few headlining and supporting shows after their stint on the trek. See below for all upcoming tour dates:
Very little has been released about this but all you need to know is that Strapping Young Lad is releasing a 7-LP box set and it’s release date is April 17th, 2013. Well that’s either the release date or the pre-order date. Either way, you are getting the entire discography in one giant collector’s set. Get your ears ready.