Video of the Day: Dani Filth Explores Life Outside CRADLE OF FILTH

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?

Poland’s VESANIA Returns with New Music After Seven Years

VESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED, have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, Deus Ex Machina, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard below.

VESANIA is:
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars

There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on Deus Ex Machina, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, VESANIA‘s Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless.

THE HAUNTED – Exit Wounds

thehaunted.exitwoundsShort review: Exit Wounds is THE HAUNTED‘s best album since One Kill Wonder.

[Read on for the longer version.]

After the excellent teaser, Eye of the Storm 7″, THE HAUNTED make their full declaration with Exit Wounds.  All the great things that make the them the best thrash band in the world are here in full force.  Led by returning vocalist Marco Aro and his career-best vocal performance, THE HAUNTED bring back the violent and dark themes, and prime riffing.

After the near career killing Unseen, the band had two choices: call it a day or remember what made them great.  In all facets, they chose the latter.  In addition to being their work in years, many songs on Exit Wounds rank as the best in their catalogue.  Songs like “Psychonaut,” “Trendkiller,” and “Time (Will Not Heal),” lay everything to waste.  The album is not perfect as there are two clunkers – one being “All I Have.”

New member, lead guitarist Ola Englund, could not be a more perfect fit.  His solos are impeccable as every single note perfectly placed and is line with THE HAUNTED-sound.

The bottom line is that we should celebrate the fact that one of metal’s best bands are back to form.  The thrash throne has been reclaimed.  (Century Media Records)

First BEASTMILK Releases Finally Coming to the U.S.

To satisfy the rabid demand for BEASTMILK‘s first releases, White Stains on Black Wax and Use Your Deluge, Magic Bullet Records will bring them to the U.S. on October 14, 2014.

Initially issued as a self-released cassette in 2010, which Fenriz of DARKTHRONE praised in his Band Of The Week features, several hundred copies of the White Stains on Black Tape demo tape sold out immediately. The strength of the material on White Stains on Black Tape garnered the attention and appreciation of Finland’s Svart Records, who issued the songs on vinyl in 2011. In the years to follow, the 7” and tape became cult favorites amongst rabid underground music fans.

Use Your Deluge was originally issued as a four-song 7” in 2012. Early discoverers of the EP were treated to the apocalyptic post punk brilliance that the rest of the world would come to clamor for a year later with the band’s Climax LP.

No more getting ripped off on ebay.

BLOODBATH Announce Surprise New Vocalist

Swedish all star death metal band, BLOODBATH, have announced PARADISE LOST‘s Nick Holmes as successor for the vocalist spot left vacant by Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Tatgren. Their fourth album, Grand Morbid Funeral, comes out on November 18 through Peaceville Records.

Blakkheim (guitar) commented, “Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic Lost Paradise, or the genre defining Gothic, and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream. With his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath‘s Grand Morbid Funeral!”

Jonas Renkse (bass) commented, “Ever since I got into Lost Paradise back in ’90, Nick Holmes has been one of my favorite growling vocalists out there. He was always audible and articulate but still deep and definitely morbid. It is a great pleasure to work with him some 25 years later after I was introduced to his thunderous roar!”

Can’t wait to hear Nick Holmes do his great death vocals again.

ANAAL NATHRAKH: Taste of Desideratum Released

Birmingham-based extreme metallers and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length October 28, 2014. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012′s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

Check out the song, “Idol,” which is a bit laid back by ANAAL NATHRAKH standards:

Stream the New ABYSMAL DAWN Song “Inanimate”

The new song from LA death metallers, ABYSMAL DAWN, is now online for streaming.  Check out “Inanimate“:

“I’m very happy to present a new ABYSMAL DAWN track after almost three years of waiting,” commented vocalist/guitarist Charles Elliott. “It’s a heavy one, so get ready to bang your fucking head with the song on repeat until your neck won’t move anymore!!!”

“Lyrically this one is about losing your idealism and becoming a cold, unfeeling shell of a human being, in order to survive our modern society. An inanimate object if you will; one without hope that has cut themselves off from emotion. Our experiences in this life can carve us into stone, but they can also desensitize us in the process. In short, this might be the most depressing song you ever wanted to circle pit too.”

“We hope you enjoy ‘Inanimate‘ and that you catch us on our tour with Deicide this fall. We’ll also be playing a few headlining shows that we hope you’ll cause chaos at as well. See you soon and cheers!”

ABYSMAL DAWN‘s new album, Obsolescence, hits late October 2014.

STAROFASH – Ghouleh

Twelve years after STAROFASH‘s excellent debut, Iter.Viator, the brainchild of Heidi S. Tveitan proves to only reach new heights over the course of time.  Ghouleh, featuring a song for every month of the year plus one bonus track, is an imaginative, ethereal album.

Unlike Lakhesis, Ghouleh‘s foundation is not entirely dependent on a traditional band configuration (drums, guitar, bass).  Instead, a portion is based on electronic/programming in addition to the trademark STAROFASH classical instruments of pianos and synth.  New dimensions of the band’s sound are sometimes obvious yet often subtle.

The variety of the material is wide yet cohesive.  A song like “Shimmer” is on the grandiose side of things compared to the minimalist electronics of “Draum.”  The results are always beautiful, delicate, organic soundscapes.

What really matters most with Ghouleh is that the music is compelling and straight from the heart.  STAROFASH directly communicates with the listener on a deep level.  With music this good, it’s so easy to just drift off to another place.  One of the best albums of the year.  (Mnemosyne Productions)