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.

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.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2013

carcass.surgicalsteelOnce again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close.  We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS.  The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION.  We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums.  Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.

Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel.  There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create.  Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.

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Kirk Hammett Expresses Love for CARCASS in New Video

Extreme metal legends CARCASS, in cooperation with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviLhave made the music video for “Unfit for Human Consumption” available for viewing here.  Original member Ken Owen makes a welcome appearance in it.

Directed by Glenn Maguire, the song comes from CARCASS’ recent acclaimed release, Surgical Steel.

Make sure you catch CARCASS perform this upcoming February at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL, Hammett’s first annual horror convention in San Francisco.  Private “crypt” tours, signing sessions, and musical performances by other Nuclear Blast Bay Area artists DEATH ANGEL,and ORCHID, will also be included in the three-day event.

In other CARCASS news, the band will be heading out with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GORGUTS, and NOISEM in March 2014 for a North American tour.   Tour dates can be found here.

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – Earth Blues

Spiritual Beggars - Earth BluesIf someone were to tell you that Earth Blues is a near perfect record for what it is, that would be an accurate statement.  One would be hard pressed to find anything wrong or bad about it.  Everything is what it should be.

Eight albums into their career and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are right in the pocket.  Perfect chops and production only lead one to look to the songs to determine one’s enjoyment level.  The twelve songs on Earth Blues are wonderfully diverse, rockin’, and proudly carry on the sound of 70′s rock.  Will it change your life?  That’s probably going too far but it easily fills in the gaps in your classic rock collection.

Look, it’s pretty simple – you either love 70′s rock or you don’t.  And while there are some up and coming bands that play this general style, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS are at the top of the mountain.  (Inside Out Music)

CARCASS @ The Troubadour (9/28/13 & 9/29/13)

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An improbable reunion, followed by an improbably killer new album (Surgical Steel), followed by a still improbable small-venue mini-tour, CARCASS have found a second wind in their lengthy career to deliver more than just a “reunion” jaunt. With two nights at The Troubadour in West Hollywood on September 28th and 29th, CARCASS paid a visit to the very venue that came to be their “last” Los Angeles show (1994) before their extended period of inactivity.
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Additional Reasons Why CARCASS Rule

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So today is the U.S. release date of CARCASS‘ invincible comeback, Surgical Steel, and vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker issued this statement via Facebook to further prove why CARCASS rule:

“So? It’s like ‘D Day’ to us as far as the USA goes…believe it or not it’s NOT about the money – couldn’t give a shit -how much do you think I personally spent on all the med tools & weapons & material for the cover? How much time did me Bill & Dan put into this album? It’s about PROVING something – not only for the band-but for YOU…..CARCASS “fans” (I hate that word!) It’s more about sticking it to “the Man”, the mainstream & the fucking posers who have usurped our beloved music. I rest my case M’Lord…am gonna go watch the new Breaking Bad! (Jeff)”

Fuck yeah!

CARCASS – Surgical Steel

carcass.surgicalsteelAfter what seems like a lifetime of waiting, the CARCASS comeback album is finally here.  The long and short of it is that Surgical Steel is great; an instant classic.  It is just as exciting as you are hoping it could be.

Usually, bands make a comeback and they are able to be as good as they once were.  Well, CARCASS have done more than that as they are better than ever.  The craftsmanship and artistry is on another level.  Jeff Walker sounds absolutely amazing.  His vocals are so powerful and his lyric writing is as sharp as ever.  Bill Steer has somehow improved as a guitar god.  Sick, I know.

And what of the newcomer, drummer Dan Wilding (guitarist Ben Ash does not play on the album)?  He is a perfect fit.  And it is true what Jeff Walker says about Dan‘s drumming on Surgical Steel.  It definitely sounds like CARCASS.

The band make it no secret that they are not out to reinvent themselves with Surgical Steel.  Rather, it is largely a revisitation and continuation of their greatest release, Heartwork.  Swan Song and Necroticism play a smaller, secondary role in terms of sound and style, mostly the former. But the band have learned new tricks while they were away and you will hear new riffing, melodies, and song structures.  So expect insanely played dual guitars, balls out solos, grinding, blasting, melodies, tons of hooks, and lots of energy.

Diehard CARCASS fans will easily be able to spot familiar riffing, drum patterns, vocal lines, and melodies throughout.  Is that a drawback?  Not when they are this well done.

There’s a difference between merely a comeback and CARCASS‘ comeback.  Surgical Steel is the sound of a hungry and reinvigorated legend.  The band have answered the call to the utmost and we are all better off for that.  (Nuclear Blast Records)

CARCASS Heading Back to North America September 2013

Carcass tourBritish extreme metal legends, CARCASS, will embark on a select amount of intimate headlining North American shows this September in support of their upcoming sixth full-length release, Surgical Steel. “Well we thought we’d play a few small key shows, kinda like the vibe we had in London earlier this year,” commented bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. “Maybe we’re being a bit optimistic thinking we can fill these venues? Well to make sure we do we’re bringing along some old friends & bands who will probably blow us away. We’re too much of a bunch of tight wads to throw a record release party so this is the closest you’ll get – come on down, and bring your receipt with the new album purchase and demand a refund!”

Confirmed dates are as follows:

9/21/13 Mac Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
9/23/13 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (w/ MACABRE)
9/25/13 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (w/ IMMOLATION)
9/26/13 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (w/ IMMOLATION)
9/28/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED)