Evile will be releasing this new epic Thrash album simply called “Skull” on May 27th!!!! Earache Records are advertising new merch and pre-order bundles on their website now and together they have released a trailer showcasing how the new album will sound. I enjoyed the hell out of “Five Serpent’s Teeth” and I have a feeling this will be contender for my end of the year “Best of” list. I mean just listen to this! This is heavy and fast!!!!!
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 it is ladies and gents, new Jungle Rot! They’ve brought us 11 wall-punchingly brutal tracks that push the definition of heavy. After listening to Terror Regime at least 4 times through, I can say it will definitely be one of my favorite albums of this year already and I will try my hardest to see these fellas live. Now, myself being a huge thrash fan, this album pleased me a lot as they incorporated a lot of thrash elements but still kept their devastating death metal ways to produce some nasty ear drum bursting music.
Do you guys always wear sunglasses? Why does that bother me so much? Oh well. Lightning Swords of Death is a blend of Watain, Goatwhore and Behemoth…crusty blackened thrash death greatness. Here is the video for their song “Baphometic Chaosium”.
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.
First up is Testament with a new metal as fuck track “True American Hate”. This toe tapper should definitely perk up your Wednesday morning.
Next up is some headbangin’ hardcore brought to you in part by the band Gallows. Full of groove riffs and gang vocals, this song is pretty good. I’m not even a fan of this particular genre of music but I enjoyed it. Check out the new Gallows track “Last June”.
Gornography playing their hit “Lakes of Blood” from their Visions of Gore album. This shit is like a recap of 2 of the great shows I’ve been to this year, I love it. Press play and headbang!!!
KATAKLYSM WITH ORIGIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, AND ROSE FUNERAL
8/11 – Montreal, QC – HEAVY MTL
8/12 – Toronto, ON – HEAVY TO
8/14 – Lansing, MI – Blackened Moon
8/15 – Des Moines, IA – People’s Court
8/17 – Regina, SK – The Exchange*
8/18 – Calgary, AB – The Distillery*
8/19 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Night Club*
8/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre*
8/21 – Prince George, BC – The Generator*
8/22 – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop*
8/23 – Brandon, MB – North Hill Inn*
8/24 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre*
KATAKLYSM WITH FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, VITAL REMAINS, AND ROSE FUNERAL
8/25 – Saint Paul, MN – Station 4**
8/26 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club**
8/27 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
8/28 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
8/29 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
8/30 – Amityville, NY – Ollie’s Point
8/31 – Springfield, VA – Empire (previously known as Jaxx)
9/02 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
9/04 – Houston, TX – Numbers Night Club
9/05 – Dallas, TX – Trees
MORE DATES COMING SOON
*with Diabholico (feat. ex-Kataklysm member)
As soon as you press play, your ears are graced with sweep picking and high intensity drumming. Yup, it’s a Dying Fetus album. They clearly let you know what you are in for within the first ten seconds of the album. The trio is back with another monster album also known as “Reign Supreme“. The technical death metal band pushes their limits once again, releasing another high quality album that keeps slam interesting and still gets respect and credit for being one of the best bands in the metal community. Trey Williams hyper speeds with his feet and hands are the star of the show really, while Sean Beasley and John Gallagher still push the limits with their frantic fretwork, I found myself mimicking Trey’s patterns and blasts more than anything. The entire album is crushingly heavily and with breakneck speeds and whiplash tempo changes…you’re in for a wild metal ride while listening to Reign Supreme.
David Gold, founder and frontman of the great band Woods of Ypres, would have been 32 today. Remember him and listen to his great work. Listen to Woods of Ypres and hear him play drums in Thrawsunblat and Necramyth!!! HAIL DAVID GOLD!!! We all miss you man. You still continue to inspire and influence me to this day. See you on the other side my friend. Cheers!!!!
Here’s a nice little block of new tunes for you guys. I’m a bit late on the Baroness post but better late than never right? Right?
First up is Polarization’s “Pulse”, which sound like an RPG-Final Fantasy like boss fight soundtrack. It’s not a bad thing though, the tunes are really good. Check it out!
Metallica has always been helpful and have always pushed for people to speak up if anyone has any information regarding the murder of Morgan Harrington, a fan whom disappeared after a Metallica show on October 17th 2009. The reward for any information resulting in the arrest of her murderer will receive a $150,000 reward. DNA evidence links the same suspect to another case from 2005. Hetfield covers this in the PSA, take a look:
If you have information, please call Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467
Bravo! Great song and very good video.
Yes I am flooded with new music at the moment. Starting off with a fantastic new track from Gojira. Enjoy the new tunes!
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