NADER SADEK Announces Canadian and European Tour Dates with New Line Up

Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.

The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:

Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek

Tour dates are as follows:

5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N’Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart

MANES – Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets

Manes - Teeth, Toes, and Other TrinketsAh yes, it’s been a long wait for anything new from Trondheim, Norway’s MANES.  As a nice stop gap measure before they release their upcoming work, Be All End All, the band have released a compilation entitled Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets.  The comp is a mixed of alternative versions, unreleased, studio recordings, live recordings, and other nuggets in the MANES collection.  You’ll get a unique and wide spectrum of sounds within and overlapping rock, electronica, and metal.

So does it stand on its own as a worthy release?  Absolutely.  Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets is wonderfully morose and soulful in that way.  It starts more uptempo but eventually falls deeper into despair towards the conclusion.

Most tracks have vocals with a few scattered instrumental ones.  The biggest standout is the live version of “Ende” which is just so passionate.  “One More Room” and “Nobody Wants the Truth” are the kinds of great songs that prime RADIOHEAD used to dish out.  The way second to last track, “Diving With Your Hands Bound [Nearly Flying],” pulls the listener down into the depths is profound to say the least.  Final track, “Deeprooted [8-bit],” is given the classic video game-style treatment and more or less diffuses the atmosphere that the previous songs created.

To say that Teeth, Toes, and Other Trinkets is “mood music” is an understatement.  If you’re not in the mood for this, then it’s best to save it when the mood strikes you.  The best aspect is the fact that the material here is good enough for you to be chomping at the bit for their forthcoming record. (Debemur Morti Productions)

ANIMALS AS LEADERS – The Joy of Motion

Animals As Leaders - The Joy of MotionTo be totally blunt, ANIMALS AS LEADERSThe Joy of Motion is a flawless album for what it’s meant to be.  From basically every aspect, the band has achieved pure prog bliss.  Expect the band’s technical wizardry to provide a nice range of different sounds and vibes all in perpetual motion.

Songwriting is the priority throughout The Joy of Motion so you won’t find self indulgent song sections that are there just for the sake of showing off.  Fans of the heavier end of the musical spectrum will enjoy the heavy MESHUGGAH-inspired riffs and the nods to technical death metal found scattered throughout.  But for the most part, ANIMALS AS LEADERS keeps it light and bright.

Prog nerds will differ on what they like best about The Joy of Motion but a personal favorite is the string slapping.  Who needs bass when you’ve got 8-string guitars?

Deep analysis or discussion is totally unnecessary.  ANIMALS AS LEADERS have made it as easy as possible for you to just sit back and wholeheartedly enjoy the album.  Flows like melted butter.

If you want to hear from one of the best prog bands around, then look no further.  Prog the fuck out. (Sumerian Records)

AMON – Liar in Wait

Amon - Liar in WaitIt’s been a very long time since the metal world heard from the Hoffman brothers following their departure from DEICIDE.  Using the pre-DEICIDE band name of AMON, they are back with a new style of death metal.  AMON is now more technical than the first four DEICIDE albums ever were.

Brian and Eric Hoffman go for a technical death metal sound that varies between off-time dissonance, melodies, more technical solos, and straight forward brutality.  It is cool to hear new sides of their playing after all these years.  Who knew they could solo like this?

However, there is so much shit packed into each song that the cohesion or flow is often broken or thrown out the window at seemingly random times.  There are plenty of good sounds throughout Liar in Wait though. And there’s no denying the KRISIUN-like approach to pacing and intensity. Don’t expect any breakdowns or any breathing time.

The production leaves something to be desired as it sounds like high quality demo recording rather than a record from two guitarists who helped to pioneer the death metal genre.  You will be hard pressed to find a more frequently used crash symbol in metal than on Liar in Wait.

It’s going to take many spins to remember much of what AMON has recorded due to the combination of riff overkill and more or less “standard” death metal stylings.

Overall, Liar in Wait is raw and rough in obvious places.  But the bottom line is that two guys that played on some of the most groundbreaking albums in metal should do better.  (Amon Records)

Season of Mist and CANNABIS CORPSE Join Forces

Death metal band CANNABIS CORPSE have signed with France’s Season of Mist and have announced From Wisdom to Baked as the title of their forthcoming new album. The American powerhouse’s fifth album will hit the stores on June 20th (June 24th in North America).

CANNABIS CORPSE’s first four releases, Blunted at Birth, Tube of the Resinated, The Weeding, and Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, were reissued last year and are available on the Season of Mist e-shop.

CANNABIS CORPSE is the project of MUNICIPAL WASTE bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and his brother Josh “Hallhammer” Hall. The band, rounded out by guitarist Brent Purgason (aka “Pustulus Maximus” of GWAR).

SOLSTAFIR Finally Set for First North American Tour

Iceland’s best metal export SÓLSTAFIR have announced that they will finally be touring North America for the first time.  The only downside is that it’s strictly an East Coast tour.  JUNIUS will be the opening band, which makes for a very cool touring combo.  The tour starts May 15, 2014 in Toronto and concludes at the glorious Maryland Deathfest on May 23, 2014.

In other news, the band recently wrapped up the recording sessions in Studio Sundlaugin for their upcoming album.  Check out photos on their Facebook page.  It should be a damn good album.

MESHUGGAH Announce 25th Anniversary North American Tour

Stockholm, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH will hitting the road this summer to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  They plan to play a very special 25th anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography and possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear via MESHUGGAH’s online song poll: www.facebook.com/meshuggah/app_151503908244383.

The tour starts in LA on June 6, 2014 and wraps up later in the month in New York.  Check out tour dates here.  BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be opening.

Video of the Day: IMMORTAL’s Abbath Tears It Up with MOTORHEAD Tribute Band

Big time IMMORTAL nerds are aware that vocalist/guitarist Abbath also has a side project called BOMBERS.  The band is a great tribute to classic MOTORHEAD with Abbath doing the best impersonation of Lemmy possible.  Pretty awesome that BOMBERS has been around since ’96 and is still playing shows.

Check out this clip from a show they did in 2011.  They run through “No Class,” “Killed by Death,” “Jailbait,” and “I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care)“: