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)
Relapse Records is proud to announce the official signing of extreme metal act EXPULSION. The newly formed group features members of REPULSION, EXHUMED, PHOBIA, INTRONAUT, GRUESOME and numerous others. The band has shared the full details of their debut album Nightmare Future due out July 14th on CD/LP/Digital. Hear the track “Altar of Slaughter”:
Spawned from the cerebral mind of grind legend Matt Olivo (REPULSION), EXPULSION combines grind, punk and crust into a caustic musical vomit guaranteed to stack the corpses high. Olivo‘s partner-in-grind, Matt Harvey (EXHUMED, GRUESOME), was recruited over beers in a sweaty LA apartment to bring his classic brand of oratory assault. The additions of veterans, drummer Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, EXHUMED, PHOBIA) and bassist Menno Verbaten (LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH), complete the fit-to-burn outfit. Expect nothing but the best of throat-shredding vocals, relentless blast beats, buzzsaw riffs and raw bass tones.
VOIVOD have recently recorded a new song for a split 7″ vinyl release with label-mates AT THE GATES. The collectors item will be available in stores April 7th, 2015. Check out the song, “We Are Connected“:
Pure VOIVOD! Also, catch the band on their current tour with NAPALM DEATH, IRON REAGAN, EXHUMED and BLACK CROWN INITIATE.
It was inevitable. The worlds of metal and people who love cats have finally converged in a new book, Metal Cats. The book features photos of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal with their cats, including members of ISIS, AKIMBO, GHOUL, LUDICRA, EXHUMED, MORBID ANGEL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAUSEA, PHOBIA, and NAPALM DEATH.
A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited. No dogs in Adidog hoodies, only cats this time.
Photographer Alexandra Crockett had the idea to give accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.
Pre-order the book at Amazon.com.
Tankcrimes is very pleased to announce the release of a split 12″ between the Bay Area’s favorite gore-sworn death metal deviants EXHUMED and Virginia hardcore thrashbangers, IRON REAGAN, who feature within their crossover ranks Tony Foresta (MUNICIPAL WASTE) and LandPhil Hall (MUNICIPAL WASTE/CANNABIS CORPSE).
The split will offer up a total of eight tracks, two of which find EXHUMED delivering soul-smearing covers of MINOR THREAT‘s “Seeing Red” and NEGATIVE APPROACH‘s “Ready To Fight.”
The EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN split 12″ will be unleashed January 7, 2014. Further info, including preorders and track teasers, to follow.
EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN Split 12″ track listing:
Side A – EXHUMED
2. “Dead to the World”
3. “Seeing Red”
4. “Ready to Fight”
Side B – IRON REAGAN
5. “Life Beater”
6. “Gave Up on Giving a Fuck”
7. “Mini Lights”
8. “Holy Water Makes Me Wet“
British 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)
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]
Rising out of the ashes of progressive doom merchants, ANUBIS RISING, and tech grind anarchists, UPHILL BATTLE, Southern California’s INTRONAUT have quickly made their mark on the underground scene with their unique mixture of molten heaviness, odd-time signatures, and complex atmospheric passages. APESHIT caught up with lead singer/guitarist Sacha Dunable following the group’s second performance in support of MISERY INDEX. Sacha dropped some science on everything from the group’s new album, Canadian border patrol, and what “Teledildonics” is all about.
INTRONAUT‘s debut EP, Null, made an impression on the underground scene with some of the most refreshing music to come out of the L.A. scene in years. Now only a year later, INTRONAUT is making good on the potential promised with Null with their first full-length album, Void. Although the band boasts some of death grind’s finest talent, INTRONAUT is a completely different animal. Vocalists/guitarists Sacha Dunable and Leon Del Muerte both alternate between high and low snarling death metal vocals throughout the album, but that’s where the similarities between their previous bands and INTRONAUT end. Musically, the band delivers involved, complex, intricate instrumental journeys with a strong attention to detail, resulting in some powerful, epic songwriting. “Faultlines” and “Nostalgic Echo” are both prime examples as the band weaves in almost sleepy, dream-like passages before building to powerful, sustained peaks. The oddly titled “Teledildonics” on the other hand, sees the band shifting in and out of syncopated rhythms effortlessly with a strong progressive edge, with a section that even explores fusion jazz. But that’s not to say Void is a masturbatory shred fest. On the contrary, the band’s firm grasp on groove keeps things flowing smoothly so as not to dissipate into a sloppy mess, which may be the key to the band’s success with such inventive material. Void is a complex, impressive album from a creative, ambitious force of musicians that reveals new and interesting surprises with each new listen. Easily one of the most engaging and original albums of the year. (Goodfellow Records)