DIR EN GREY’s New Album Arche Details Announced

Tokyo, Japan’s DIR EN GREY have announced that the follow up to Dum Spiro Spero, entitled Arche, will be released in late 2014.  The band breaks down the details:

“This album has been named ‘ARCHE‘ which stands for “the origin” in Greek. From the point where ‘the album has finally taken form’(Shinya) the band embarked on their nationwide tour as they continue work on the album.

“This album is being worked on with me thinking about the past and future of myself as a vocalist, more than I have had ever before. That place where the old me and the new me crosses is what is being put into the 9th album ‘ARCHE’ (Kyo). Showing their inclination in regards to the new album from the musical point of view they commented with the following, ‘We will end up with an absolutely new and different sound from DIR EN GREY as compared to the previous album’ (Die), ‘No matter how I try to explain this ‘sound’ with words I will never be able to do it” (Toshiya).
“We received the following words of assurance, ‘I can’t really be overstating the album, which is yet incomplete, but please wait for that first blow of the force that will be’ARCHE‘. (Kaoru)”

The Legendary IN THE WOODS… Announces Return

It’s been 14 long years but Norwegian legends, IN THE WOODS…, have announced their return.  The line-up includes the Botteri brothers and Anders Kobro along with some as yet unannounced members.  Truly a beautiful announcement for a band that didn’t get the amount of respect they were owed.

Here’s the band’s official announcement:

“Back into the woods The woods are full of trees, some old, some not. Some have been cut down, some recycled, and some are still standing, defying the harshness of the nature. This goes for the Kristiansand-based band as well. Some of the trees have decided to rear their ugly heads once again, with a battle plan including the recording of two albums, two albums which were planned released back in the year 2000. Later this month the members will get together, rehearsing and polishing the songs. During the period prior to the farewell gig in Kristiansand 14 years ago, on the 29th of December at Caledonien Hall, the lineup changed several times. But a core, consisting of original drummer Kobro and the Botteri twins Chris and Christopher, has always been present. The lineup today consists of these three aforementioned gentlemen, as well as several other musicans will be announced soon, also a very good replacement that will fill the shoes for Oddvar who tragically left us last year. The band will not rush the production of the material, but state they will take their time to ensure a high quality process resulting in music which will stand the test of time.”

Video Highlights from Wacken Open Air 2014

This past weekend, the biggest metal fest in the world, Wacken Open Air, went down with another amazing line up of bands.  None of us, APESHIT goons, were able to make the trip over to Germany but let’s check out some great footage.

MOTORHEAD played a short but sweet set.  Make sure to check them out before the opportunity ends, you know?

KREATOR always put on a good show and their performance was top notch as usual.

EMPEROR played their second to last show in honor of the 20th anniversary of the mandatory, In the Nightside Eclipse.  Ihsahn makes playing with eyeglasses cool.

The interest level in CARCASS is seemingly at all time high so let’s enjoy the band’s well deserved success.

You may not know this but AVANTASIA are huge in the metal world (outside the US).  They sell tons of records.  Check this out to see what the hype is all about.

I remember when APOCALYPTICA was just a novel band that covered METALLICA songs in a novel way.  Look at them now.  Amazing.

Bazillion Points to Publish Massive NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990

Bazillion Points Books is proud to announce the November 2014 release of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990,  by hardcore punk historian and author Tony Rettman. This dense 450pp volume will include over fifty chapters covering the bands, venues, labels, hangouts, and larger-than-life characters that built New York hardcore, based on new interviews with over 100 key historical figures.

“New York City has an energy that you’re not going to find anywhere else. People who have that passionate, driven mindset; they gravitate to New York City. Being in that intense environment—you had to come into your own to survive that area.”—John PorcellyYOUTH OF TODAY/SHELTER

Known for its glamorous 1970′s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980′s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like AGNOSTIC FRONT, CRO-MAGS, MURPHY’S LAW, and YOUTH OF TODAY confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.

Tony Rettman‘s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.

The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of the bands that were there.

Tony Rettman is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, The Wire, Philadelphia Weekly, Cleveland Scene, Arthur, Swindle, Signal to Noise, Mean, and Thrasher. At age 14 in the 1980′s, he was the coeditor of Common Sense zine. He has provided liner notes for such artists as Hackamore Brick, Bored Youth, Beyond and many more. He is a contributing editor to DoubleCrossXX.com. In 2010, Revelation Records released his acclaimed first book, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985.

“In other parts of our neighborhood, guys were breakdancing against each other; we were moshing against each other. It was all about who had the most style, as opposed to today where it’s just picking up change and karate kicking. It was all about trying to keep dancing, while still blasting into someone from D.C. or Boston, and all about who had the hardest pit for their town’s band. It was like supporting your city’s hockey team or something.”- Jimmy GMURPHY’S LAW

“At that time, the Lower East Side was a warzone. It wasn’t the gentrified neighborhood that it’s been for the last twenty years. It was a fucking warzone, without question. It was worse than the worse neighborhoods you know in New York City today. It was a trip to be down there and go to those bars and A7 and shit like that. I wasn’t even eighteen yet, and I was getting a peek into a world that most people will never see.”- Eddie SuttonLEEWAY

“I had my personal experiences from life; being on the streets, being locked up, and being in abusive foster homes. I was fighting. I was shot and stabbed, and that’s what came out. We sang about street justice and survival on the streets because that shit was for real. That shit was a way to express ourselves and get out that angst. It was real. It wasn’t some hypothetical bullshit.”- John JosephCRO-MAGS

 

Tankcrimes to Re-release BRAINOIL’s Debut Album

On September 14, 2014, Tankcrimes will reissue the debut full-length from Oakland-born punishing sludge power trio, BRAINOIL.

BRAINOIL‘s sludge style is chock full of up-tempo crust-inspired breaks and monstrously baked breakdowns undoubtedly suited for diehards of IRON MONKEY, DYSTOPIA, BUZZOV*EN and EL DOPA. Originally released on Life Is Abuse Records in 2003 but sold out for over five years, the monolithic Brainoil was recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios.

Brainoil will be released on CD and vinyl limited to500 copies in two color variants: 150 – gold, bone, brown mashed vinyl and 350 – bone vinyl. All vinyl orders come with a download card to satiate your digital listening pleasures.

CANNABIS CORPSE – From Wisdom to Baked

Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to BakedIf you’re unfamiliar with the band, the most fatal mistake you could make is to not take them seriously.  Of course, the band embrace humor and parody but CANNABIS CORPSE are focused on making killer music.  With From Wisdom to Baked, the band have jumped to elite status.  Prime classic US death metal.

CANNABIS expand their sound from being a predominantly Chris Barnes-era CANNIBAL CORPSE clone to one that incorporates more influences from all the classic US death metal bands, such as DEATH and MORBID ANGEL.  Not only that but they explore the spaces for nuances within these established styles of death metal.  Thus, avoiding sounding like a compilation CD mash up.  CANNABIS CORPSE answer questions like, “How would CANNIBAL sound with good drumming?,” and “How would DEATH sound with gutteral vocals and more mosh-friendly parts?”

As with every CANNABIS release, fans can quiz themselves to figure out which album and song titles each song is derived from.   What other band provides the additional value of metal trivia with every album?

With endless hooks, killer playing, and no discernible weak points, From Wisdom to Baked ranks as a pure gem in an oversaturated market filled with mostly irrelevant metal.  Buy or die.  (Season of Mist)

Video of the Day: Faceculture Sits Down with CARCASS’ Bill Steer

Not sure how many of you are familiar with the excellent music zine, Faceculture, based in the Netherlands.  They cover a wide range of non-mainstream and some mainstream music.  What I enjoy most about them is their insightful and candid band interviews.  Check out their recent video interview with CARCASS guitar god Bill Steer.  They discuss the entire history of the band and the details of their comeback.  Very cool stuff.

CATHEDRAL’s Gaz Jennings Returns with DEATH PENALTY

Following the demise of CATHEDRAL, guitar god Gaz Jennings has returned with his new band, DEATH PENALTY.  After releasing the Sign of Times/Seven Flames 7″, the band is set to release their self-titled full-length debut on September 16th via Rise Above Records.  Expect a new mix of doom, NWOBHM, and other elements.

“When Cathedral split I didn’t have any intention of getting another band together,” Gaz admits. “I wanted to do a record, because Lee [DorrianCATHEDRAL front man and Rise Above Records boss] has been saying for years that he’d give me a deal! But all my time was taken up writing stuff forCathedral. I had a few bits and bobs lying around, so I started writing material a few years back and that’s where it all started. And now the album is ready to go.”

Dubai’s NERVECELL Sign to Unique Leader Records

Dubai’s death/thrash assault, NERVECELL, is pleased to announce their union with Unique Leader Records.

Spawned in 2000 as one of the first extreme metal bands to emerge from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and having toured alongside legendary metal acts such as METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, DECAPITATED and SUFFOCATION, NERVECELL are true torchbearers for a Middle Eastern wave of metal.

Comments the band of joining Unique Leader‘s expanding roster of brutality: “We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Unique Leader for a worldwide multi-album deal. As a Middle East-based extreme metal band, we have constantly strived to take our music to all ends of the world and as a record label specializing in extreme metal, we couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new relationship. The new record is currently being worked on and we can’t wait to bring the chaos live to a stage near you soon!”

NERVECELL released their debut full-length, Preaching Venom, in 2009 via Germany’s Lifeforce Records (Europe) and Spellbind Records (Middle East) followed by their critically-adored Psychogenocide long player just two years later.  The widespread success of latter also awarded NERVECELL the honor of being crowned the “All Time Best Selling Metal Act” in the Middle East and North Africa region, consequently receiving a plaque of recognition from Virgin Megastores (MENA) in January of 2012 certifying this huge accomplishment.

Check out this great article in Rolling Stone India.

 

Thank You, Tommy Ramone

As you may have heard, the legendary Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at age 65.  He had been battling cancer.  Tommy is the final original member of the RAMONES to pass away.

Aside from the band’s first three albums, you can gain great insight into Tommy and the rest of the band in the excellent documentary, End of the Century.  The trailer is below.

Those first couple albums changed my life as a teenager.  In the middle of all the aggro and gloom I was listening to at the time, the RAMONES showed me that I could smile and be happy while listening to something heavy and fast.  Another life lesson that I learned back then was that if the music isn’t catchy, memorable, and real, forget about it.  Tommy, thanks for the timeless music and for keeping the rest of the guys together when they went over the deep end.  Nice guys can finish first.