SEPTICFLESH: First Single from Titan Released

Extreme symphonic metal gods, SEPTICFLESH, have released their first single, “Order of Dracul,” off their upcoming album, Titan.  The album hits June 2014.

The band says, “‘Order of Dracul‘ is the first taste of the new album. It is a bombastic song with colorful classical orchestration. The title refers to Vlad Tepes, the notorious prince of Wallachia.”

We say that the song is an epic monster.  No one does orchestrations like these guys (Sorry DIMMU!).  The follow up to The Great Mass should be another winner.

Catch GODFLESH on Their 2014 U.S. Tour

Reunited extreme metal legends GODFLESH started their U.S. tour last week on the East Coast.  It’s been quite some time since the band toured the States so be sure to catch them because you never know if this will be the last time.

The End Records reissued the band’s final studio album, Hymns, as a 2-CD set with tons of bonus material.

Remaining tour dates:

4/15 – Metro – Chicago, IL
4/17/14 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
4/18/14 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/20/14 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/22/14 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
4/24/14 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

Here is some footage from their show in New York:

Song of the Day: THE OATH May Be the next GHOST

Extreme metal legend, Lee Dorian, has hit quite a few homeruns with his label, Rise Above Records, particularly with GHOST.  Well, it looks like he has another superstar band in the making with THE OATH.  Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis teamed up to write some excellent classic metal with a dark feel.

Check out the song, “All Must Die,” from their debut full-length, The Oath, which is out available now.

TIAMAT’s Johan Edlund Announces Resignation

TIAMAT mainman Johan Edlund (vocals/guitar) announced last night that he is quitting the band.  He cited health issues.  Check out his statement:

“I have decided to leave Tiamat. My health etc.. Doesn’t work anylonger. I say leave because I don’t claim anything Tiamat. If the other guys wanna continue, fine.. Go ahead. Get a great goodlooking vocalist, sign to Century Media & just do it. But I’m out & not even intrested apart from wishing all the best for the band. All contracts & such will be handed out to Anders, lars & Roger, if they’re into it. I want nothing from this, I was spoiled too much of being an adult. Give someone a better chance. I will do the four festivals we have booked for the summer. Face it, there are other bands, plus even Tiamat might get better! Love my brothers & thank YOU for your support! KISSES!”

So without the band’s songwriter, it looks like the band will have a hard time carrying on.  What a shame.

STAROFASH’s New Meisterwerk Ghouleh is Available Now

Notodden, Norway’s STAROFASH, featuring Heidi S. Tveitan (ex-PECCATUM), has just released their fourth album entitled  Ghouleh.  The album is available for free streaming and purchase on Bandcamp (http://starofash-official.bandcamp.com/) in addition to iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.  In other words, Ghouleh is a digital only release via Mnemosyne Productions.

Here is what she had to say about the album:

“I am very happy to share the following announcement with you :)
Mnemosyne Productions are proud to present the fourth album from Starofash, titled ‘Ghouleh‘. This completes Heidi S. Tveitan‘s 2013 project, where she wrote, recorded and released one song for each month of the year. The album contains all twelve songs, and finishes off with a bonus track. Artwork and design by Ideophony. Photos by Heidi S. Tveitan.”

After listening to the first few tracks, it looks like STAROFASH have another winner on their hands.  Awesome.

Deathwish Inc. Announce Deathwish Fest 2014

Deathwish Inc. is proud to announce the two-night Deathwish Fest July 22nd and 23rd at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA, featuring Deathwish-affiliated artists. This is the first in a series of Deathwish Events that will happen in the future worldwide.

CONVERGE and TRAP THEM will headline both nights of the event, and it will be both bands’ only Boston area appearances this year. It will also be the only area appearance for MODERN LIFE IS WAR, HARM WULF (G. of BLACKLISTED), and YAITW who are all making the journey exclusively for these shows.

Tickets go on sale 04/11/14 at www.sinclaircambridge.com, and are $20 a day/$50 2-day pass w/ J. Bannon limited silkscreened print (limited to 100 copies, to be picked up in person at show).

More info can also be found at www.deathwishinc.com.

NADER SADEK Announces Canadian and European Tour Dates with New Line Up

Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.

The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:

Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek

Tour dates are as follows:

5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N'Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart

MANES – Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets

Manes - Teeth, Toes, and Other TrinketsAh yes, it’s been a long wait for anything new from Trondheim, Norway’s MANES.  As a nice stop gap measure before they release their upcoming work, Be All End All, the band have released a compilation entitled Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets.  The comp is a mixed of alternative versions, unreleased, studio recordings, live recordings, and other nuggets in the MANES collection.  You’ll get a unique and wide spectrum of sounds within and overlapping rock, electronica, and metal.

So does it stand on its own as a worthy release?  Absolutely.  Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets is wonderfully morose and soulful in that way.  It starts more uptempo but eventually falls deeper into despair towards the conclusion.

Most tracks have vocals with a few scattered instrumental ones.  The biggest standout is the live version of “Ende” which is just so passionate.  ”One More Room” and “Nobody Wants the Truth” are the kinds of great songs that prime RADIOHEAD used to dish out.  The way second to last track, “Diving With Your Hands Bound [Nearly Flying],” pulls the listener down into the depths is profound to say the least.  Final track, “Deeprooted [8-bit],” is given the classic video game-style treatment and more or less diffuses the atmosphere that the previous songs created.

To say that Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets is “mood music” is an understatement.  If you’re not in the mood for this, then it’s best to save it when the mood strikes you.  The best aspect is the fact that the material here is good enough for you to be chomping at the bit for their forthcoming record. (Debemur Morti Productions)

ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Joy of Motion

Animals As Leaders - The Joy of MotionTo be totally blunt, ANIMALS AS LEADERSThe Joy of Motion is a flawless album for what it’s meant to be.  From basically every aspect, the band has achieved pure prog bliss.  Expect the band’s technical wizardry to provide a nice range of different sounds and vibes all in perpetual motion.

Songwriting is the priority throughout The Joy of Motion so you won’t find self indulgent song sections that are there just for the sake of showing off.  Fans of the heavier end of the musical spectrum will enjoy the heavy MESHUGGAH-inspired riffs and the nods to technical death metal found scattered throughout.  But for the most part, ANIMALS AS LEADERS keeps it light and bright.

Prog nerds will differ on what they like best about The Joy of Motion but a personal favorite is the string slapping.  Who needs bass when you’ve got 8-string guitars?

Deep analysis or discussion is totally unnecessary.  ANIMALS AS LEADERS have made it as easy as possible for you to just sit back and wholeheartedly enjoy the album.  Flows like melted butter.

If you want to hear from one of the best prog bands around, then look no further.  Prog the fuck out. (Sumerian Records)

AMON – Liar in Wait

Amon - Liar in WaitIt’s been a very long time since the metal world heard from the Hoffman brothers following their departure from DEICIDE.  Using the pre-DEICIDE band name of AMON, they are back with a new style of death metal.  AMON is now more technical than the first four DEICIDE albums ever were.

Brian and Eric Hoffman go for a technical death metal sound that varies between off-time dissonance, melodies, more technical solos, and straight forward brutality.  It is cool to hear new sides of their playing after all these years.  Who knew they could solo like this?

However, there is so much shit packed into each song that the cohesion or flow is often broken or thrown out the window at seemingly random times.  There are plenty of good sounds throughout Liar in Wait though. And there’s no denying the KRISIUN-like approach to pacing and intensity. Don’t expect any breakdowns or any breathing time.

The production leaves something to be desired as it sounds like high quality demo recording rather than a record from two guitarists who helped to pioneer the death metal genre.  You will be hard pressed to find a more frequently used crash symbol in metal than on Liar in Wait.

It’s going to take many spins to remember much of what AMON has recorded due to the combination of riff overkill and more or less “standard” death metal stylings.

Overall, Liar in Wait is raw and rough in obvious places.  But the bottom line is that two guys that played on some of the most groundbreaking albums in metal should do better.  (Amon Records)