Dependability is crucial to any band’s fanbase and 2017 did not disappoint. All of the bands that we’ve come to depend on for great music more or less delivered the goods. One band stood out to us all were the death metal gods from Yonkers, New York, IMMOLATION. They continue to stand as a pillar for metal with their unending well of creativity and longevity. Atonement blew us away with its complexity, ominous atmosphere, and inventive brutality.
Enjoy our lists of our favorite albums of 2017. And remember: Buy or die!
If you’re unfamiliar with the band, the most fatal mistake you could make is to not take them seriously. Of course, the band embrace humor and parody but CANNABIS CORPSE are focused on making killer music. With From Wisdom to Baked, the band have jumped to elite status. Prime classic US death metal.
CANNABIS expand their sound from being a predominantly Chris Barnes-era CANNIBAL CORPSE clone to one that incorporates more influences from all the classic US death metal bands, such as DEATH and MORBID ANGEL. Not only that but they explore the spaces for nuances within these established styles of death metal. Thus, avoiding sounding like a compilation CD mash up. CANNABIS CORPSE answer questions like, “How would CANNIBAL sound with good drumming?,” and “How would DEATH sound with gutteral vocals and more mosh-friendly parts?”
As with every CANNABIS release, fans can quiz themselves to figure out which album and song titles each song is derived from. What other band provides the additional value of metal trivia with every album?
With endless hooks, killer playing, and no discernible weak points, From Wisdom to Baked ranks as a pure gem in an oversaturated market filled with mostly irrelevant metal. Buy or die. (Season of Mist)
Crossover beasts IRON REAGAN have announced their sophomore album, The Tyranny of Will, will be released September 16th for North America, (Sept 15 (UK/World), Sept 12th (Germany/Benelux/World) via Relapse Records.
Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the new album:
“This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever worked on. It’s definitely the heaviest sounding. I’m really excited to get this record out to people. Everyone worked their asses off on this one and I think it shows”.
Drummer Ryan Parrish added:
“This record looks exactly how it sounds. Savage. Everyone involved with Tyranny Of Will, from the artwork to the recording, mixing, and mastering process, went above and beyond and hopefully all of you maniacs out there will crank it to 11!”
Death metal band CANNABIS CORPSE have signed with France’s Season of Mist and have announced From Wisdom to Baked as the title of their forthcoming new album. The American powerhouse’s fifth album will hit the stores on June 20th (June 24th in North America).
CANNABIS CORPSE’s first four releases, Blunted at Birth, Tube of the Resinated, The Weeding, and Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise, were reissued last year and are available on the Season of Mist e-shop.
CANNABIS CORPSE is the project of MUNICIPAL WASTE bassist Phil “LandPhil” Hall and his brother Josh “Hallhammer” Hall. The band, rounded out by guitarist Brent Purgason (aka “Pustulus Maximus” of GWAR).
Relapse Records has announced the signing of Richmond, VA hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of MUNICIPAL WASTE, CANNABIS CORPSE, DARKEST HOUR, MAMMOTH GRINDER, SUPPRESIONand more, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of Tony Foresta – vocals, Phil Hall (AKA Landphil) – guitar, Mark Bronzino – guitar, Rob Skotis – bass, and Ryan Parrish – drums.
The group is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and will be self-producing the record before sending it off for mixing with CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballou. A fall release is expected via Relapse Records. Vocalist Tony Foresta commented on the signing and the new material:
“I’ve always wanted to work with Relapse for years. Their reputaion of releasing so much great underground music speaks for itself. We are all extremely excited about signing with Relapse and putting out this rager of an upcoming record. Having Kurt Ballou on board mixing is just the icing on he cake. We are about 75% done tracking the record here with Phil in Richmond and between this and the rad tours we have coming up its looking to be a very exciting year. I couldnt think of a better label to put this record out on and am really looking forward to a long future with Relapse.”
Additionally, the band is currently on a seven week run that will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with OCCULTIST and GHOUL. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.
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.
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.
The maniacs at Oakland’s Tankcrimes Records are pleased to announce details of this year’s Brainsqueeze II Fest. Set to take place April 18th and 19th at the Oakland Metro and April 20th at Eli’s Mile High Club, which will include BBQ and an Andrei Bouzikov art show, the mammoth event features more than a dozen choice bands including MUNICIPAL WASTE, FINAL CONFLICT, and GHOUL as well as new Tankcrimes releases to be revealed soon.
Tankcrimes‘ Brainsqueeze II Fest Lineup: MUNICIPAL WASTE FINAL CONFLICT GHOUL NEGATIVE APPROACH FUCKED UP CANNABIS CORPSE IMPALED THE SHRINE IRON REAGAN BAT BRAINOIL KICKER CONQUEST FOR DEATH FUCKTARD DENY THE CROSS CONNOISSEUR
A special digital fest-only compilation featuring numbers from the entire lineup will be available via the Tankcrimes BandcampPage soon. Ticket info, schedule and further info to be announced shortly.
Tankcrimes Records is pleased to welcome BAT to their roster of audio decadence. An unholy union of MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and VOLTURE guitarist Nick Poulos, the Virginia/Texas punk metal marauders invoke the spirits of VENOM, HELLHAMMER, MOTORHEAD, and DISCHARGE with their Primitive Age demo EP.
BAT was forged in fire when Ryan Waste met Griffin in Austin at a MUNICIPAL WASTE gig in 2007. Sharing the same musical tastes and metal/punk backgrounds, the two immediately hit it off. Griffin hadn’t performed with DRI since the late eighties and itched to play again. “We eventually spoke of doing a project together,” relays Ryan. “Originally I was going to play all the guitars, bass and vocals and it would be a studio thing. We sat on this idea for years and humored it every time I’d pass through Texas. It seemed too exciting to not make this a real live band so I asked Nick from our current heavy metal band VOLTURE if he wanted on board as a permanent guitarist and it was a done deal. I would have my hands full singing and playing bass as it was.” BAT, which was the original working title before VOLTURE, seemed to suite the style they were going for so it stuck. “Nick and I cooked up a few raw demo songs, I laid down some basic garage band drums and we sent the tracks to Felix. With Felix living in Austin and Nick and I in Richmond, Virginia, it had to be arranged like that to start. Over this last summer Felix flew in town for a week and we banged out those songs with live drums and wrote a couple more on the fly. With only a few practices under our belts we recorded all the music in one day on reel-to-reel analog tape. It was a challenge to not over analyze and nail down all live takes. It was indeed primitive. We wanted a raw sound to begin with and this turned out to be the ultimate way to achieve it.”
The Primitive Age EP is available as a “Pay-What-You-Want-Including-Free” download at the official BAT BandCamp page here. Tankcrimes is also offering a “Primitive Pack” preorder bundle which includes a double sided T-shirt, embroidered patch, die-cut sticker and cassette tape all for a thrifty $20 plus shipping. Nab your bundle today at this location.
On January 7,2014, the good folks at Tankcrimes will release a GHOUL and CANNABIS CORPSE split fittingly dubbed Splatterhash.
Featuring four tracks of rabid, brutalic insanity, the Splatterhash split will be unleashed via 12″, CD and digital download. For their portion of the split, GHOUL returned to Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California where they recorded both Transmission Zeroand Splatterthrash. CANNABIS CORPSE recorded at bassist/vocalist Land Phil‘s own Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, Virginia. The split was mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound in Santa Cruz, California and features cover art by Andrei Bouzikov. The release marks the first CANNABIS CORPSE material to feature Land Phil on vocals and Brent Purgason (GWAR) on lead guitar.
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“