THE SIRENS: Godmothers of Female Metal Vocalists Join Forces in New Project

The progenitors of female lead vocalists in metal, Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES, ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-THE GATHERING) and Kari Rueslåtten (ex-3RD AND THE MORTAL), have teamed up for a new project, THE SIRENS.

Two songs have been posted online:

THE SIRENS are also hitting the road in Europe this month.  As a special treat for fans, they will be performing classics from their former bands.

Norway’s MANIMALISM Announce First Full-Length After 22 Years

Norwegian post-black metal band, MANIMALISM, is returning from a long hiatus to release their first full-length album, Manimalism.

After releasing two demos in the mid-nineties as TAARENES VAARMANIMALISM went quiet; or so it seemed on the outside. Composed between 1993 and 1999, this album—apparently cursed from birth—has since been hovering in a near-completed form burdened by a constant barrage of breakdowns, line-up changes, and recording difficulties. Slithering from silence is the crew of renown artist/designer Kim Sølve, Bjeima (YUREI, ex-VIRUS), Petter ‘Plenum’ Berntsen (VIRUS), Member 01 (THE CONSORTIUM), and Joachim Svebo.

First up is the single “Demons in Tuxedos,” the opening track from their first demo from 1996:

Manimalism is being released on black and gold 12 inch vinyl by Adversum, the label that gave you YUREI, I LEFT THE PLANET, ALFA OBSCURA, and STAGNANT WATERS.

Video of the Day: Revisiting MACHINE HEAD’s Nu Metal Period

With the release of MACHINE HEAD‘s debut, Burn My Eyes, during the tail end of metal’s time in the mainstream eye,  the band set its sights on the next big thing with their third album, The Burning Red.  Yup, the band had gone nu metal in sight and sounds.  Check out the video for “From this Day“:

The video really speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  The interesting thing is that The Burning Red is actually a solid album and is better than their second album, The More Things Change.

You’ve got to wonder though that had nu metal stayed big whether MACHINE HEAD would’ve returned to playing straight up metal or continue with nu metal.

Irish Heroes PRIMORDIAL Return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Dublin, Ireland’s PRIMORDIAL will make their return with Where Greater Men Have Fallen.  The new album is set for a November 25, 2014 release via Metal Blade Records.   Sing along to the title track:

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”

Watch THE WRETCHED END’s Nils “Dominator” Fjellström Prove He is a Beast

THE WRETCHED END are currently working on their third album, which is set for a 2015 release.  They just posted a video of Nils “Dominator” Fjellström laying down some of his drum tracks.  Check out why he is the blaster master:

As you can see and hear, Nils exemplifies extreme metal drumming with the key ingredients of ride and crash cymbal work.  Awesome.

Video of the Day: Dani Filth Explores Life Outside CRADLE OF FILTH

CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth is no stranger to side projects (i.e. TEMPLE OF THE BLACK MOON).  One of his new bands, DEVILMENT, has a new music video for the song, “Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me,” posted online.

The riffing is pretty simple and the song is vocal driven.  The video features a lot of close ups of Dani‘s face.  What do you think?

Poland’s VESANIA Returns with New Music After Seven Years

VESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED, have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, Deus Ex Machina, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard below.

VESANIA is:
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars

There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on Deus Ex Machina, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, VESANIA‘s Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless.

THE HAUNTED – Exit Wounds

thehaunted.exitwoundsShort review: Exit Wounds is THE HAUNTED‘s best album since One Kill Wonder.

[Read on for the longer version.]

After the excellent teaser, Eye of the Storm 7″, THE HAUNTED make their full declaration with Exit Wounds.  All the great things that make the them the best thrash band in the world are here in full force.  Led by returning vocalist Marco Aro and his career-best vocal performance, THE HAUNTED bring back the violent and dark themes, and prime riffing.

After the near career killing Unseen, the band had two choices: call it a day or remember what made them great.  In all facets, they chose the latter.  In addition to being their work in years, many songs on Exit Wounds rank as the best in their catalogue.  Songs like “Psychonaut,” “Trendkiller,” and “Time (Will Not Heal),” lay everything to waste.  The album is not perfect as there are two clunkers – one being “All I Have.”

New member, lead guitarist Ola Englund, could not be a more perfect fit.  His solos are impeccable as every single note perfectly placed and is line with THE HAUNTED-sound.

The bottom line is that we should celebrate the fact that one of metal’s best bands are back to form.  The thrash throne has been reclaimed.  (Century Media Records)

First BEASTMILK Releases Finally Coming to the U.S.

To satisfy the rabid demand for BEASTMILK‘s first releases, White Stains on Black Wax and Use Your Deluge, Magic Bullet Records will bring them to the U.S. on October 14, 2014.

Initially issued as a self-released cassette in 2010, which Fenriz of DARKTHRONE praised in his Band Of The Week features, several hundred copies of the White Stains on Black Tape demo tape sold out immediately. The strength of the material on White Stains on Black Tape garnered the attention and appreciation of Finland’s Svart Records, who issued the songs on vinyl in 2011. In the years to follow, the 7” and tape became cult favorites amongst rabid underground music fans.

Use Your Deluge was originally issued as a four-song 7” in 2012. Early discoverers of the EP were treated to the apocalyptic post punk brilliance that the rest of the world would come to clamor for a year later with the band’s Climax LP.

No more getting ripped off on ebay.