APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2014

Unlike everyone else, we waited until 2014 was actually over to recount our favorite albums. It’s been a great year for extreme music with a healthy amount of excellent releases.  We saw the return of legends in GODFLESH and AT THE GATES as well as welcome returns from long recording breaks in BEHEMOTH and MAYHEM.  And who can deny the GHOST B.C.-like popularity explosion of Japan’s BABYMETAL?  Crazy shit.  Metal is certainly a diverse genre.

For 2014, the APESHIT goons did not have any unanimous or semi-unanimous album of the year (i.e. 2013’s CARCASSSurgical Steel).  But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks.  Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.

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ELECTRIC WIZARD: New Album Details Released

Electric Wizard - Time to DieELECTRIC WIZARD have announced Time to Die as the title of their forthcoming studio album. Time to Die is the eighth full-length offering from these doom staples.

This will be the band’s first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

Says ELECTRIC WIZARD founding member, Jus Oborn:

“All of our albums in the past have had a theme — revenge, drugs, black magick — and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle — it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.”

The artwork, once again created by Oborn, is an extension of that theme; this is further solidified by the LP gatefold image, which will be revealed soon.

Here is the band performing “Funeralopolis” at Hellfest Open Air 2014 last month in France:

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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Final List of Confirmed Bands for Maryland Death Fest X

The final list of bands confirmed to play next year’s Maryland Death Fest X has been announced. Headliner acts include GODFLESH, MORBID ANGEL, ELECTRIC WIZARD, NAPALM DEATH, AUTOPSY, and SAINT VITUS. The full roster can be viewed here.

The event will take place May 24-27, 2012 at Club Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 26, 2011. They can be purchased here: http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/.

ELECTRIC WIZARD – Black Masses

In a (metal) world of fakes, you can always depend on the soothing sounds of ELECTRIC WIZARD. Their music is as honest as it comes. Three years after releasing the excellent, Witchcult Today, we are blessed with Black Masses. And yes, Black Masses is another quality record from one of the best doomsters in the business. While it is arguable that Witchcult Today has more immediate, catchier songs, the songs here are not to be denied either.

The record has such a good sense of feel. It’s so appropriate and enjoyable to just toke, sit back, and enjoy. Throughout the record’s nine songs, we get what makes the band so great: killer grooves, fantastic croons from Jus Osborne, smoke-filled atmospheres to get lost in, fuzzed out guitar solos, and just strong songs. Highlights include the flavorful, “Venus in Furs,” which features meaty riffs and sweet lead guitar parts. “Turn Off Your Mind” is a true doom anthem with its excellent lyrics.

There is a darkness and underlying melancholy on Black Masses but it all feels extremely inviting and comforting, and this perfectly personifies the record. It’s time to set aside all the overly complicated facades in metal and embrace the power of doom with ELECTRIC WIZARD. (Metal Blade Records)

ELECTRIC WIZARD to Release New Album Black Masses on January 18th, 2011

British doom metal band ELECTRIC WIZARD will release its long-awaited new album Black Masses in North America on January 18, 2011 via Lee Dorian‘s Rise Above Records. The legendary group’s seventh studio album and first since 2007’s Witchcult Today, Black Masses was recorded with Grammy Award-winning British recording engineer Liam Watson (THE WHITE STRIPES) in London’s Toe Rag Studios and promises to deliver “a crushing behemoth of funereal march pyschedelia” and “the oblivion and ecstasy of 10,000 watts of doom!”

“This ritual incantation of heavy metal sorcery will break down your psyche as wave upon crushing wave of lead weight acid-laced Doom leaves you numb and broken before our unholy altar,” declared ELECTRIC WIZARD cult leader Jus Oborn when reached for comment. “Violent, bleak and ritualistic, we bow to the black altar of the RIFF. We do not rock, we kill!”