Back in 2000, the, now, juggernaut known as OPETH was only known by the most devotee followers of underground metal. While the first three albums were released domestically in the U.S. via Century Black (AKA Century Media Records), the newest one at the time, Still Life, was available as an import only. You had to throw down $20+ dollars for that album but it was well worth it. The lack of an official U.S. release for Still Life for many years really hurt that album’s exposure to fans. It was like the final chapter on the early OPETH sound.
Lucky fans got to witness the band’s U.S. debut at Milwaukee Metalfest 2000 (Remember those awesome fests?). Check out this video of their full set, complete with rental equipment. So damn cool.
This morning, Norway’s JAGA JAZZIST performed a live set on Los Angeles radio station, KCRW. Check out this video of their performance of the title track of their brand new masterpiece, Starfire.
Tomorrow the band will play their second ever LA show at the Teragram Ballroom. Don’t miss it.
On ABYSMAL DAWN‘s latest, Obsolescence, the band wrote their most moshable track. With its death metal groove and straight forward approach, “Inanimate” was meant to get circle pits going. After all, sometimes the crowd needs a little interlude between lighting fast, blasting intensity.
The first music video from NAPALM DEATH‘s new album, Apex Predator – Easy Meat, is now up. Check out “Smash a Single Digit” below:
The video is made up of 1093 unique drawings, each one hand-drawn in ink on paper by artist Lisbet Fredslund (www.facebook.com/ElfShotLameWitch) and actually 225 of the drawings are of the face of NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway, who provided his comments:
“Couldn’t be happier with the ‘Smash A Single Digit‘ video clip. It shows nothing of dignity or life’s fundamental pleasures – only a snapshot of those unfortunate enough to only be deemed as numbers for production quotas in this world. When a ‘digit’ has therefore been expended, it is rubbed out (or consumed leaving no trace, as in the case of this video). In my opinion, Michael Panduro and the team produced a real work of art and I think the general style holds some really nice future artistic possibilities for NAPALM DEATH.”
Apex Predator – Easy Meat is out now.
It was 10 years ago that the music world lost a great talent in NASUM vocalist/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk. He, like many others, died tragically during the great tsunami that hit South Asia. His final act was protecting his girlfriend when the tsunami first hit.
I had a chance to see NASUM once during their appearance at Milwaukee Metalfest 2001. They were awesome and I never forgot the stage presence and power that Mieszko played with. Let’s revisit those awesome grind albums today.
Check out the memorial page that the band set up in his honor.
A little over a week ago, Iceland’s SÓLSTAFIR made their LA debut at The Roxy in Hollywood. The band are currently on a U.S. tour with PALLBEARER and MORTALS.
Check out their full set from Hollywood and then weep that you’re weren’t there. Cheers to sexthrash69 for posting this.
Osaka, Japan’s CROSSFAITH played the Download Festival this past summer and the band recently release their performance of “Monolith.” The performance and the energy from the crowd is absolutely awesome. Wish we were there.
Try to spot the person dressed as Elmo in the crowd.
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.
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?
Polish killing machine, DECAPITATED, recently performed a great set at Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK. Check out their near 45 minute set below. The sound quality is great and their performance is nearly perfect.
Stay tuned for a review of their new album, Blood Mantra. No spoilers for now.