FLEURETY: New Tracks Recorded for Upcoming EP

Norways’ FLEURETY have completed recording two new tracks, “The Animal of the City” and “Summon the Beasts“, to be released as a forthcoming 7” EP. It’s the band’s first new material to be properly recorded since 1998.

The lineup for this EP consists of guests Ayna B. Johansen (who also performed on the Last-Minute Lies EP) on vocals and Andreas Barsleth (THE WHITE TIGER PREPADE, EN) on drums, as well as the usual suspects, Alexander Nordgaren on guitars/bass and Svein Egil Hatlevik (ZWEIZZ, ex-DØDHEIMSGARD/DHG) on vocals.

The new songs were recorded at Crystal Canyon Studios (TURBONEGRO, EUROBOYS, SCUM) with the assistance of Tore Ylwisaker (ULVER).

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2007

It’s been a grossly successful 2007 for APESHIT, and though we find it hard pressed to make that same general claim for metal in 2007, a handful of albums did manage to leave a strong impression on us. We here at APESHIT individually compiled our own top 10 metal albums of 2007 lists for a new “blog” category that we look forward to experimenting with in 2008. Let us know what you think and post your own top 10 metal albums of 2007 in the comments section below. Cheers!

dr.park’s top 10

1. MANES How the World Came to an End

This album really just came out of nowhere and turned out to be one of the best albums in recent years. The album is so deep in its scope, ambition, and execution and is a winner in every facet. Ideally, this should be an underground/indie hit. [Read our full review]

2. ULVER Shadows of the Sun

It’s sounds tired to say but ULVER have done it yet again. Shadows of the Sun is another creative gem. The strong melancholic, subdued atmospheres make for some of the best mood music you can find. [Read our full review]

3. TURBONEGRO Retox

Retox is far better and more solid than their recent efforts. Finally, fans have been given an album that comes as close to their zenith, Apocalypse Dudes, as the band can get. Retox is also prime party music. [Read our full review]

4. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

Just when you thought Norwegian black metal had grown too safe, accessible, and popular, MAYHEM makes an essential album that crushes all. Ordo Ad Chao is a powerful statement of true Norwegian black metal the way it used to be: pure, dark, raw, and evil. [Read our full review]

5. SHINING V: Halmstad

SHINING are one of the best underground Swedish death/black bands that many underground fans have yet to hear. Great riffs, flow, balance and strong vocal presence from band leader and raging maniac, Niclas Kvarforth. V: Halmstad is some of the best (Swedish) metal not coming from Gothenburg. [Read our full review]

6. DIR EN GREYThe Marrow of a Bone

Though most of their U.S. fans are teenage girls with Japanese pop culture fever, don’t let that subtract and detract from this quality album. The Marrow of a Bone is ugly, dark, and has the right balance of hooks and brutality that has allowed it to be another worldwide hit for the band. [Read our full review]

7. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

To steal a thought from shady rajah: This is the album that DISSECTION should’ve written as their final album. WATAIN keep the flame of classic Swedish black/death metal burning with no peers in sight. [Read our full review]

8. PRIMORDIAL To the Nameless Dead

Ireland’s premier metal band, PRIMORDIAL, have written yet another excellent album of folk/black metal that is so much grander, powerful, and spirited than so much else out there. [Read our full review]

9. MELECHESH Emissaries

If you haven’t heard this band or this album, you are missing out on a lot. There’s nothing like MELECHESH‘s Mesopotamian metal and Emissaries is easily their best album. NILE is good and all but MELECHESH are better at conjuring the ancient rhythms, spirits, and mythology of the gods. [Read our full review]

10. PARADISE LOSTIn Requiem

It’s always a great thing when underground legends can continue to make high quality music so deep into their careers. In Requiem is not your flavor of the month underground metal but who cares…it’s timeless stuff. [Read our full review]

shady rajah’s top 10

1. WATAIN Sworn to the Dark

As the only worthy successor to the departed DISSECTION, WATAIN has carved their own bloody path to black metal glory. Sworn to the Dark is an album filled seething aggression and evil atmosphere that is complex in details, but undeniable in song craft. WAITAIN are a band that’s made black metal dangerous again. [Read our full review]

2. DOWNIII: Over the Under

DOWN‘s third album couldn’t have had a more fitting title, as the band overcame a mountain of adversity. Over the Under successfully captures all the pain, sweat and struggle with all the heat and density of an Louisiana swamp, resulting in 2007’s most heartfelt, honest and real album. [Read our full review]

3. EXODUSThe Atrocity Exhibition Exhibit A

A recent thrash metal trend has surfaced ushering hordes imitators still trying capture that classic 80’s sound. EXODUS isn’t it making it any easier for these wannabes as The Atrocity Exhibition drove shards of razor sharp thrash in to the jugular of pretenders everywhere. Nearly thirty years later, these Bay-area bruisers just seem to keep getting heavier, and are keeping true thrash alive and killing. [Read our full review]

4. SHININGV: Halmstad

Niklas Kvarforth has kept the flame of darkness and hatred burning for a decade now, with each album becoming increasingly more complex and intricate while retaining the feeling dread and despair that has existed since the band’s beginning. V: Halmstad is the band’s masterwork, engulfing the listener in darkness. Suicide has never sounded better. [Read our full review]

5. MIDDIANAge Eternal

Formed from the ashes of YOB, MIDDIAN was the vision that continued Mike Scheidt‘s path of doom metal mastery, laying the foundation for the future of sludge. Age Eternal brought the power of slow and the strength of the riff. Unfortunately the band was dropped and forced to change their name, but in their brief moment time, MIDDIAN created a small piece of doom metal history. [Read our full review]

6. DIMMU BORGIRIn Sorte Diaboli

Norway’s premier black metal(ish) super group, DIMMU BORGIR delivered yet another powerful entry in their already considerable catalog, with a driving guitar heavy album that was catchy as it was complex. Having Hellhammer on board didn’t hurt either, as Jan Axel carved layer of intricate drum patterns to enhance the band’s already ambitious anti-Christian concept album. A successful anti-Christian concept album…how awesome is that? [Read our full review]

7. ABORTEDSlaughter and Apparatus: A Methodical Overture

Sven De Caluwe may have lost all his original members, but nothing detered the growling machine. He simply assembled a new death squad and delivered another precise, surgical slaughter of bludgeoning death metal. Relentless and furious yet containing some of the catchiest songs about mutilation written in recent memory, Slaughter and Apparatus continues the band’s excellent carnage. [Read our full review]

8. MACHINE HEADThe Blackening

After dabbling in bland nu-metal for a spell, MACHINE HEAD came roaring back with their return to form, Through Ashes of Empires. But that was just the warm up. The Blackening is the main course, with the band firing on all levels, encompassing MACHINE HEAD‘s most challenging work to date. The Blackening serves as both a defining moment in the band’s history as well as one of 2007’s finest albums. [Read our full review]

9. IMMOLATIONShadows in the Light

These death metal veterans helped shape and form death metal in it’s earliest stages, but the Yonker’s natives still show they have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. IMMOLATION deliver an intricate maze of riffs, complex drum patterns, and heapings of sinister atmosphere…not to mention an ample amount of guitar shredding. Their legacy of death continues to grow. [Read our full review]

10. SOILWORKSworn to a Great Divide

Despite losing a pivotal member with the departure of Peter Wichers, the band nonetheless stepped up to the plate, dove in to their considerable arsenal of hooks, and soldiered on with one of the year’s catchiest records. Balancing song craft and drummer Dirk Verbeuren‘s well thought out drum patterns, Sworn to a Great Divide is full of hooks that stick in your head. [Read our full review]

roycifer’s top 10

1. HIM Venus Doom

These Finns have always been top-notch songwriters, and they succeed again while under the delicious influence of doom. Ville Valo‘s singing and songwriting don’t miss a step, and the band sound at home with the heavier vibe. “Sleepwalking Past Hope” is a magnificent epic of “November Rain” proportions.

2. MAYHEM Ordo Ad Chao

With Ordo Ad Chao, MAYHEM made black metal sound exciting and totally fucking evil again! The album trembles with such unnerving, nihilistic ferocity not heard since the inception of black metal. Hellhammer‘s best performance. [Read our full review]

3. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGEEra Vulgaris

Josh Homme is a music making beast with such a distinct style and vision. Everything he touches, turns into gold. Their best album since Rated R. [Read our full review]

4. SCARVE The Undercurrent

Guitar music hasn’t been this exciting since SOILWORK emerged onto the scene. But SCARVE are not merely a guitar band. Drummer Dirk Verburen really helps shapes the band’s sound and provides a necessary dynamic with his drumming. [Read our full review]

5. CHIMAIRA Resurrection

This was the album that should have followed The Impossibility of Reason. CHIMAIRA have always had a lot of potential and are continuing to show their steady growth as musicians and songwriters. Move over LAMB OF GOD, CHIMAIRA are the true heir to PANTERA‘s throne. [Read our full review]

6. SHINING V: Halmstad

V: Halmstad is uniquely black metal in that it draws a lot of influence from rock and classical music but is pieced together in a very progressive manner. The excellent songwriting is topped by the tortured vocals of Niclas Kvarforth. Suicide never sounded so damn inviting. [Read our full review]

7. MANES How the World Came to an End

How the World Came to an End is an eclectic album for the ages that spans rock, electronic, and hip-hop while still feeling every bit metal. ULVER, eat your heart out. [Read our full review]

8. AMORPHIS Silent Waters

Silent waters was where the band was treading about for a few releases. But their latest album is solid collection of timeless listening. Singer Tomi Joutsen has breathed new life into a group of vets making waves once again. [Read our full review]

9. MARDUK Rom 5:12

Black metal’s ever-black sons of Swedish blackness keep getting better (and blacker) with age. New singer Mortuus‘ is ferocious and has a voice all his own. To quote dr.park, “it sounds like he’s gurgling blood.” Rom 5:12 also marks a newfound reach to diversify and expand their style…and those risks certainly pay off. [Read our full review]

10. ION DISSONANCEMinus the Herd

While the bees were busy buzzing about JOB FOR A COWBOY, ION DISSONANCE were having a ho down of their own. Minus the Herd tops JOB FOR A COWBOY‘s Genesis on technicality, dynamics, and lasting interestingness. [Read our full review]

Rune Rebellion to Leave TURBONEGRO

It has been reported that founding guitarist Rune Rebellion has decided to leave TURBONEGRO. While he is stepping down from his post as rhythm guitarist, he will continue in his instrumental role in running the band’s label, Scandinavian Leather Recordings, as well as managing a lot of the touring business. These tasks have been largely his responsibility also thus far, and the workload of the combined roles as on-stage rebel and behind-the-scenes organizer was what made it necessary for him to leave the band.  Rune‘s last show will be this Saturday in Stavanger, Norway.  It’s not certain yet, but it’s likely he won’t be replaced.

TURBONEGRO: Rocking Hard On

Norway’s least classiest band, TURBONEGRO, are now three albums strong since their much ballyhooed reunion in 2003. Their latest, Retox, certainly isn’t a return to their filthy deathpunk past, but it’s timeless much like their feel-good-but-feel-naughty rock ‘n roll they’ve perfected of late. Having recently taken their raunchy rock ‘n roll rollercoaster on the road, we pulled bassist, Happy Tom, aside for a quickie and a lightening round of questions to uncover the mystery of the German Shepherd, the homo shtick, and the magic of Retox.

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TURBONEGRO – Retox

Norway’s TURBONEGRO are back with yet another hard-on inducing album of feel good rock ‘n roll. While Retox is hardly a departure from the band’s post-Apocalypse Dudes past, the album is certainly the grittiest of the new era and the most seamless since the band’s reformation four years ago. TURBONEGRO sounds to have sharpened up by forgetting about trying to out-do the magic of Apocalypse Dudes. They focus on throwing down some good riffs with catchy hooks while topping it off with humorously offending lyrics. Songs are sweet and to-the-point, never exceeding the four-minute mark (except for closing track “What is Rock?!“). The lack of pretension displayed by the lo-fi, non-black album art with scribbled liner notes even helps to play down pomp and expectations. TURBONEGRO kick up the intensity with the quick and punky, “Welcome to the Garbage Dump,” and the album’s most Ass Cobra-tempo’d number, “No, I’m Alpha Male.” At the same time, the album is awash with hooks and melodies. Lead single “Do You Do You Dig Destruction” is a sing-along radio/arena-worthy anthem, and “Boys from Nowhere” is splashed with an almost 80’s-like feel. Retox is bookended with the killer intro riff of “Welcome to the Garbage Dump” and the goofy lyrics of “What is Rock?!” where singer Hank von Helvete quips “No, I’m not talking about Canadian producer and fifth METALLICA Bob Rock you fool.” The band’s precision and musical maturity are everything we’ve seen from Scandinavian Leather and Party Animals. But most importantly the cheekiness and rock ‘n roll IQ the band is known for are well intact. Retox is a instantly enjoyable offering. (Cooking Vinyl)

TURBONEGRO: “What Is Rock” North American Tour

TURBONEGRO will be returning to North America for a fall tour in support of their new album Retox, which drops in North America on August 14th through Cooking Vinyl. Support will come from Nick Oliveri‘s MONDO GENERATOR.

9/19 – Chicago, IL Metro
9/20 – Detroit, MI Smalls
9/21 – Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop
9/22 – Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
9/24 – Boston, MA Paradise
9/25 – New York, NY Nokia Theatre
9/26 – Washington, DC The Black Cat
9/28 – Winston Salem, NC Ziggy’s
9/29 – Atlanta, GA Centre Stage
9/30 – New Orleans One Eyed Jacks
10/1 – Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
10/2 – Austin, TX Emos
10/4 – Phoenix, AZ Brickhouse Theatre
10/5 – San Diego, CA House Of Blues
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA LA Weekly Festival
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
10/8 – San Francisco, CA Slims
10/10 – Seattle, WA Showbox
10/11 – Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/12 – Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom

Additionally, TURBONEGRO‘s full back catalog will be reissued on September 25th. This includes their classics Apocalypse Dudes, Ass Cobra, and Never is Forever.

Listen to TURBONEGRO’s New Album Retox!

TURBONEGRO‘s forthcoming new album, Retox, has been posted for streaming in its entirety on the band’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/turbonegro.

The new album is scheduled for various released dates throughout the world–June 11, 2007 in Norway, June 13, 2007 in Sweden, June 15, 2007 in the rest of Europe (excluding the UK), June 23, 2007 in Australia, July 9, 2007 in UK, and finally August 14, 2007 in the U.S.

The full album tracklist is as follows:
1. “We’re Gonna Drop the Atom Bomb
2. “Welcome to the Garbage Dump
3. “Hell Toupée
4. “Stroke the Shaft
5. “No, I’m Alpha Male
6. “Do You Do You Dig Destruction
7. “I Wanna Come
8. “You Must Bleed/All Night Long
9. “Hot and Filthy
10. “Boys From Nowhere
11. “Everybody Loves a Chubby Dude
12. “What Is Rock?!
13. “Back In Denim” (Special Edition Digipak bonus track)
14. “Into The Void” (Special Edition Digipak bonus track)

TURBONEGRO: Studio Update and New Website to Launch in December

TURBONEGRO bassist Happy Tom issued a very brief studio report via the Norwegian band’s MySpace page:

“Fellas.  FELLAS.  Last day of bass guitar today, which means that the songs have more or less been STRUCTURALLY completed.  New titles are kept secret until further notice, SORRY.

“We’re STILL trying to get ahold of Nate Dogg for some backing vocals.

“Gotta go; the beer ain’t gonna drink itself.”

Meanwhile, it has been announced that a new and official TURBONEGRO website is under construction with a December launch date.  The site will feature a complete historical biography, band diaries, tour dates, videos, an official merchandise store, and other exclusive stuff.