How often does the band that is paying tribute to their idols go as far as to surpass them? Well, GRUESOME‘s Twisted Prayers is one of those rare instances where the students becomes better than the master. Modeled after the style of DEATH‘s leap forward, Spiritual Healing, GRUESOME perfectly capture the birth of progressive/technical death metal.
Not only are all the nuances, that only true fans could recognize and capture, but the damn riffs and hooks are just killer. There are no drop offs throughout Twisted Prayers. Thus, there is no need to highlight any songs. Those beautiful instrumental runs and that heart pumping sense of urgency keep things moving.
Hell, you even have guitarist James Murphy, who played on Spiritual Healing, playing solos on “Crusade of Brutality” and “At Death’s Door” to add to the authenticity of the experience.
What is also important to note is that GRUESOME‘s guitar crunch here is perfection. Also, Gus Rios‘ drums sound so natural and balanced in the mix. Big props to producer Jarrett Pritchard for created such a modern, yet true death metal sound to the album.
Somewhere Chuck Shuldiner has a huge shit eating grin when he sees how GRUESOME is carrying on his legacy. Hail. (Relapse Records)
Another strong year is in the books for heavy music, so strong that making a year end list seemed unfair to every release that we did not include in our lists. The underground continues to thrive with releases from legendary bands such as DARK FUNERAL, VADER, and NEUROSIS that will stand the test of time. Actually, most of the long running bands did not fail to meet or exceed expectations. Thrash metal pioneers, MEGADETH, VOIVOD, and TESTAMENT, certainly released excellent records. What is more important is that 2016 saw a lot of great releases from less trendy, more obscure bands.
This past year is personally notable as lost a dear friend and contributor, Brandon Stratton AKA rocknro11chef13. As a small tribute, we’ve included albums that he would’ve likely picked for his year end list. Life is short, my friends. Embrace it.
Three years subsequent to the formation of elite metal project, NADER SADEK, and the release of the collective’s debut album, In The Flesh, the final video from the album has been released.
“Re:Mechanic” was re-recorded with vocals by Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION), backing vocals by Mike Hrubovac (MONSTROSITY, VILE) and Tim Rocheny (MAUSOLEUM), drums by Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), main guitars from Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), leads from Orestis Nalmpantis, and bass by Kelly Conlon (PESSIMIST, ex-DEATH, MONSTROSITY). Yet in the ever-morphing fashion of the NADER SADEK entity, the video hosts an altered cast. While Eriksen and Mounier are featured, the rest of the filmed lineup is rounded out with bassist and vocalist Novy Nowak (CONDEMNATION, ex-VADER), as well as SADEK himself not only directing the video but also appearing as the Desert Druid.
The video was filmed on multiple continents, in both underground NYC locations as well as at the ancient Crystal Altar in Egypt.
Technical death metal legends Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert have spoken publicly for the first about their sexuality via interview with the LA Times. Like JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford and GODSEED‘s Gaahl, the founding CYNIC members have publicly revealed that they are gay.
Drummer Sean Reinert summed it up best in the interview:
“Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been…It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.'”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Cheers to Paul and Sean for having the courage to come out. And if you have a problem with it, then leave this website. 🙂
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
Pat Egan, longtime Director of Retail Sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday, February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including MASTODON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, ABYSMAL DAWN, DEATH, and many more, including a never-before-released track from EXHUMED.
100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie. Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family. The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want. Direct contributions may also be made via paypal to [email protected].
EXHUMED frontman Matt Harvey has been added as a special guest lead vocalist to the all-star studded Death to All Tour 2012. Matt Harvey will be joining drummers Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns/Symbolic) and Sean Reinert (Human), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (Human/Individual Thought Patterns) and Scott Clendenin (The Sound of Perseverance), guitarists Paul Masvidal (Human), Shannon Hamm (The Sound of Perseverance) and Bobby Koelble (Symbolic), and vocalist/label-mate Charles Elliott of ABYSMAL DAWN/BEREFT.
Harvey replaced OBSCURA vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only 9 days to learn his entire set. Matt Harvey elaborates on the opportunity: “To say that I’m excited about hitting the stage with such amazing musicians would be a massive understatement. To say that I’m overwhelmed standing in Chuck‘s spot singing his songs would be the understatement of the century. Phrases like ‘it’s an honor’ get tossed around pretty casually, but taking part in this unique celebration is truly exhilarating, humbling and magical for me. Even though the name of the band is DEATH, this event is a celebration of Chuck‘s life and the vitality and staying power of his work. To be able to share what DEATH‘s music has meant to me this way is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I am incredibly grateful to have.”
Death to All Tour Tribute 2012 [remaining dates] 6/26/2012 House of Blue – Chicago, IL [TICKETS]
6/28/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [TICKETS]
6/30/2012 The Beacham – Orlando, FL [TICKETS]
It doesn’t happen too often, especially when lawyers get involved, but sometimes bands end up using the same name. Bands with the name “MAYHEM,” “SHINING” and “DISGORGE” have managed to coexist in harmony while also offering very cool music to the world.
While we’re on the eve of the Death to All Tour, the other band named “DEATH” is also making news with a documentary about their obscure career. Check out the article.
This summer, former members of DEATH, will assemble a series of DEATH tribute shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Orlando to not only pay tribute to Chuck Shuldiner but to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The organization is dedicated to assisting musicians without health insurance, which is exactly the situation that the late Chuck Shuldiner found himself in when he was diagnosis with brain cancer.
Back in 1998 on a cold December night, the legendary DEATH were set to perform at The Whisky. What would eventually become the Apeshit goons were all in attendance for this mandatory show. The band recently released what ended up being their final album, The Sound of Perseverance. This was to be my first (and last) time seeing DEATH and I was excited. This show was recorded and later released as the Live in LA: Death and Raw album.
The Whisky was packed that night with plenty of old school death metal fans. The show was clearly oversold as indicated by the sauna-like conditions inside. Newly born darlings of the metal media, HAMMERFALL, opened the show. Their brand of traditional heavy metal/power metal got them a great reaction from the crowd who was clearly into it. The band took off to bigger (underground) heights in the years to follow before falling back to earth.
We had to wait what seemed like an eternity before the DEATH intro of the Halloween movie theme song came on to the approval of the crowd. I managed to get some prime real estate close to the stage between where Chuck Shuldiner and Scott Clendenin would play from. As soon as DEATH started playing “The Philosopher,” the crowd was energized and totally engaged. This show was about feeling the music instead of trying to act like a tough guy. Continue reading →