In the deluge of metal that come out each month, it’s easy to overlook or just miss good releases. One band that should always be on your radar is Sweden’s SHINING. Aside from mainman Niklas Kvarforth‘s extreme on stage performances, the band’s unique style of suicidal black metal is damn good. In many ways, they are like a dark version of OPETH.
So last year they released an EP entitled, Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt, via Spinefarm Records. This all covers releases showed a different side to the band, one that embraces sad, melancholic music that wasn’t in the “extreme metal” category. With this release, Niklas Kvarforth shows the world his talent with clean vocals.
The band opens with a cover of KATATONIA‘s “For My Demons” from the classic, Tonight’s Decision. It’s not that much from the original but sounds damn good.
Then the band go into more dark rock territory starting with ”Utan dina andetag” by Sweden’s KENT. You don’t have to know Swedish to feel the power and soul of this one. Next up is a cover of another Swedish language song, “Kung av jidder,” by IMPERIET. SHINING add some extra meatiness to this great new wave song. Lots of Girls Gonna Get Hurt ends on a high note with “Carnival of Rust” by POETS OF THE FALL. The original is great but SHINING slow it down just a hair to add more power, and give it a more desperate, darker feel.
In conclusion, there are two things you must do: 1) appreciate the fact that SHINING is one of the best metal bands on earth; 2) purchase this EP.
After a few lifetimes of waiting, a new CARCASS song has been posted online. Our friends at Nuclear Blast have informed us that their comeback album, Surgical Steel, is really, really good. Judging from “Captive Bolt Pistol,” I have to believe that they aren’t lying. Grind!
Without a doubt Swedish death metal legends HYPOCRISY have written many excellent songs through out their career. However, one song stands alone as their absolute best. No, it’s not something from early days with Masse Broberg or the doomy period but from their more melodic era.
On their self-titled sixth album, released in 1999, HYPOCRISY dig from within with “Elastic Inverted Visions.” The song is simply epic in its feel and mainman Peter Tatgren puts out a great vocal performance. The melodic guitars and the balls out guitar solo in the middle are so damn good. Check out the song and let us know if you agree.
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2013 has now concluded, and many new and innovative products were featured on the massive lot at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of these products pertain to musicians in the Metal scene, and some of the products are just plain cool.
The turnout was crazy as usual – some were there to do business, while others were there to be seen. Metal remains one of the best represented genres of music, as members of SLAYER, ANTHRAX, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, NILE, MONSTROSITY, MEGADETH, and morewere checking out the latest and greatest gear as well. Without further ado, let’s get started with what APESHIT thought were the best products NAMM had to offer for our metal fans out there. Continue reading →
Sweden’s GHOST B.C. (formerly known as “GHOST“) recently released their first promo video for the song, “Secular Haze.” While the video is a performance on a stage from a 70′s variety tv show, the song itself is pretty psychedelic. Let’s see if their upcoming sophomore album can follow up their excellent debut, Opus Eponymous.