After helping to pioneer death metal, DEICIDE show on In the Minds of Evil that there is plenty left in the tank. It may come as a surprise to some but the album is pretty damn strong.
Stylistically, the band continue the direction that they have been pursuing since The Stench of Redemption. Thus, the action is straight forward and easily digestible with lots of lead guitar work. However, there are some nods to classic DEICIDE and a noticeable CANNIBAL CORPSE-era Jack Owen touch.
The band sound very cohesive as everyone contributes equally with excellent performances. Vocalist/bassist Glen Benton‘s vocals are powerful and strong and nearly every vocal line is catchy to varying degrees. The riffing is very beefy and always busy. Kevin Quirion is a fine lead guitarist and he puts nice accents on the songs and his well rounded solos are as good as well touted players like James Murphy.
Overall, In the Minds of Evil doesn’t let up quality with only a few places getting monotonous. While it doesn’t rank among their classic first three albums, you’d be hard pressed not to be able to enjoy such a solid and catchy album. (Century Media Records)
Polish legends VADER have entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland to record their twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI. The Wies?awski Brothers, Wojtek and Slawek, will share duties at the production helm.
“VADERMANIAX!!!! The next chapter, a new bible for all those hungry for extreme massacre and dark challenges is called: TIBI ET IGNI,” states VADER mainman Peter W. “Translated from Latin, this pretty symbolic title is ‘For You (and only You) and Fire.’ Ten songs + bonuses are in the plans to be created. We’ll record all of these bloody tracks of new incarnations. Today we’re calibrating the heavy weapon for James [Stewart, drummer], so his drumming can your blow heads off your necks. More details soon. Will we set anxiety in your minds? We’ll film the recording process to show the whole thing in a while. Of course, we’ll keep you informed about each next step in recordings regularly. STAY ALERTED!!!!”
If you were into underground metal back in the late 90′s, then you were probably into an excellent Swedish band called SACRAMENTUM. If DISSECTION were the number one Swedish black/death metal band, then SACRAMENTUM were the number two. Back in 1996, the band had their classic debut, Far Away from the Sun, released on France’s Adipocere Records. To this day, the album is untouchable.
Since Far Away from the Sun has been out of print for a long while, the good people at Century Media in Europe have recently reissued it with improved artwork and liner notes. Additionally, they have released this previously unreleased video for “Fog’s Kiss.”
To state that hyperbole and false statements of quality are hallmarks of the music industry would be stating the obvious. Additionally, the term “super group” is often thrown around too haphazardly. Just because a bunch of guys from bands that people dig form a side project doesn’t really mean a thing.
Well, the truth is that CORRECTIONS HOUSE have proven to be one of the best new bands in extreme music and their full length debut, Last City Zero, is an instant classic. The band is indeed a collection of guys from bands that people have dug for a long time: Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and Seward Fairbury.
Sonically, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is free form in the sense that the songs are not composed of a traditional band configuration (guitars, bass, drums) nor traditional song structures. Instead, the band are unbound in their sound – using layers of cold mechanical electronics, different brooding guitar and saxophone sounds, various vocal styles, and various other sound effects. The album explores experimental stylings and acoustic guitars in varying degrees. Some songs are sonically heavy like “Serve or Survive” and “Bullets and Graves” while others are stripped down like the title track.
Last City Zero is more of an experience than anything else and a spiritual one at that. The band’s atmospheric soundscape approach is absolutely potent. The feelings of desolation, desperation, and nihilism cannot be understated. What I’m trying to get at is that for many, Last City Zero will speak to them on a deeply profound level; a life changer if you will.
Bands like CORRECTIONS HOUSE don’t come along too often and the magic here is undeniable. Awesome. (Neurot Recordings)
Century Media Records has signed a worldwide deal to license the entire discography of Sweden’s DAWN. Formed in 1990, DAWN quickly evolved from the pure death metal found on their first demos into a more complex, melodic, epic and atmospheric style that culminated in the masterpiece, Slaughtersun – Crown Of The Triarchy (1998). Along with UNANIMATED and EUCHARIST, DAWN is considered to be one of the most underrated acts that merged death and black metal during the mid 90′s.
In the first half of 2014, the band’s catalog will finally be made available again on CD and–for the first time ever–on vinyl. Carefully re-mastered by Dan Swanö, these re-issues feature re-worked artwork and more (all done in full cooperation with the band). The planned DAWN releases are:
- Demos 1991-1993 (title TBA) on CD/LP
- Nær Sólen Gar Niþer For Evogher (originally released in 1994) on CD/LP
- Sorgh På Svarte Vingar Fløgh (originally released in 1996) on MCD/MLP
- Slaughtersun – Crown Of The Triarchy (originally released in 1998) on CD/2LP
These releases has long been out of print and have gone for big money on ebay. It’s great that this band is getting some love.
Remember the good old 90′s and early 2000′s when a plethora of metalcore, mathcore, post-hardcore, etc. were busting out so many underground gems? Well, that fine tradition continues thanks to Winnipeg, Canada heroes, KEN MODE.
KEN MODE‘s dynamic range and overall musicality is what continues to distinguish them from any perceivable peers. You’d be hard pressed to be able to predict what comes next on Entrench. The best way to summarize Entrench is “atmosphere.”
The band can crash and bash with anyone (i.e. “Counter Culture Complex” and “Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sic“) but it’s the unique way in which they create atmosphere that is the most compelling trait. KEN MODE show no interest in creating fleeting, temporary impressions. They are focused on only dishing out compelling songs. Be sure to check out “Romeo Must Never Know,” “Figure Your Life Out,” and “Monomyth.”
Entrench also has a good mix and song order to keep you on your toes and not fall into a lull of up tempo poly rhythms or slower, chunkier songs.
Any further description or analysis would only delay you from checking out one of the best albums of 2013. Also, make sure to catch these road warriors when they come through your town. (Season of Mist)
Bodø, Norway’s ISKALD have the track, “Nidingsdåd,” from their upcoming album, Nedom og Nord, online. The album is available this January via Indie Recordings.
ISKALD are part of the new generation of Norwegian black metal and from the sounds of things, they are doing it right. This track is some very solid, atmospheric black metal.
Maryland’s SIXTY WATT SHAMAN rides again, as the act has risen from the ashes to make their return to the stage and studio in 2014.
The classic SIXTY WATT SHAMAN lineup of vocalist/guitarist Dan Soren, bassist Rev Jim Forrester and drummer Chuck Dukehart III — three quarters of the crew who brought the band’s Seed of Decades and Ultra Electric albums to fruition — will be delivering a set of time proven classics as well as some new surprises to celebrate the relaunch of this mighty outfit. Additionally, the band welcomes Todd (TI) Ingram from KING GIANT.
On the new band activities, Chuck Dukehart III stated, “We are beyond ecstatic to be making music together again! SIXTY WATT SHAMAN is and always will be a brotherhood and we are bonded by blood. It’s always been ingrained in our bones. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to writing this next chapter of the journey with my brothers in arms.”
For 2014, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN has confirmed their spot headlining the much revered The Eye of the Stoned Goat IV Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 3rd.
Besides additional live ventures coming together for the year, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN will also be reissuing select material from the band’s back catalog, and will also step back into the studio to bring a fresh batch of tunes to life.
Having just begun their march through Europe, the CORRECTIONS HOUSE legion — Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and their minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury — announce a short run of Stateside takeovers to usher in 2014. Set to commence January 2nd in Seattle, CORRECTIONS HOUSE will pillage their way through Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
CORRECTIONS HOUSE are currently touring in support of their Last City Zero debut, issued via Neurot Recordings in late October. Produced by Parker at Electrical Audio, Soma Studios, 60 Psycho Hum and Nodferatu’s Lair, Last City Zero is an audio product of societal ruin and psychological decay. At once beautifully hideous, graceful and terrifying, the record travels far beyond the confines of any one specific genre and continues to reap the applause of exploratory fans and critics globally.
In related news, CORRECTIONS HOUSE recently unleashed a video for the track “Bullets And Graves“:
LA’s prog metallers INTRONAUT has released their new video for “Harmonomicon” taken from their latest, Habitual Levitations.
The guys are currently in Europe and will be back stateside for a tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, DEAFHEAVEN and THE KINDRED.