THE WRETCHED END are currently working on their third album, which is set for a 2015 release. They just posted a video of Nils “Dominator” Fjellström laying down some of his drum tracks. Check out why he is the blaster master:
As you can see and hear, Nils exemplifies extreme metal drumming with the key ingredients of ride and crash cymbal work. Awesome.
THE WRETCHED END‘s new video for “Death By Nature” has been posted online. The song comes off the band’s new album, Inroads, which is scheduled for an April 23, 2012 release via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.
Ten years ago today, the metal world lost death metal pioneer, Chuck Shuldiner. I remember hearing the news early in the morning as I started my shift at work. It was a very cold morning and the news of his death made the day a whole lot worse. MTV had posted a video interview they had done with him following his latest round of treatment so I was thinking that maybe he would be able to pull through and beat the odds.
Let’s pay tribute to the metal god and blast DEATH and CONTROL DENIED today in his honor.
Check out ZYKLON‘s supreme cover of the DEATH classic, “Pull the Plug.”
THE WRETCHED END are currently in the studio recording their sophomore record, which is set for a 2012 release (read more details here). The band has posted the following video showing drummer Nils Fjellström laying down the drum tracks:
THE WRETCHED END, formed in 2008 as a creative collaboration between Samoth (EMPEROR/ZYKLON) and Cosmo (MINDGRINDER), are currently heading into Strand Studio, Oslo, to record the drum tracks for the follow up to last years debut album Ominous. Once again it is Swedish skinbasher Nils Fjellström (aka Dominator from DARK FUNERAL, AEON and IN BATTLE) who’s behind the kit.
The new album is tentatively entitled Inroads and confirmed song titles include: “Death by Nature,” “Cold Iron Soul,” “Blackthorn Winter,” “Fear Propaganda,” “Hunger,” “Throne Renowned of Old,” “Tyrant of the Mountain,” “Deathtopian Society” and “The Haunting Ground.”
The album recording is scheduled to be completed by the end 2011 and is tentatively scheduled for release in the first half of 2012 through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records.
Avant-garde artist Nader Sadek has brought his project to life with a supergroup of metal warriors respected in the underground scene. By recruiting Steve Tucker (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY) as the core of the band, this brutal album coincides with his art and vision. While the project is called “NADER SADEK,” Sadek himself is the mastermind and “director” while the musicians bring In the Flesh to life.
The eerie intro features the maniacal sounds of MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar, and leads directly into the brutalizing track, “Petrophilia.” The track pounds away with the masterful blasting and double bass magic of Mounier, and some of the riffs are quite reminiscent of MAYHEM’s Ordo Ad Chao. Tracks like “Soulless” are largely death metal influenced, with huge hints of CRYPTOPSY found within them, and guest shredder Destructhor (MORBID ANGEL) provides some ZYKLON-esque leads to balance out the culmination of thrashy black/death metal riffs.
“Mechanic Idolatry” is catchy, brutal, and utilizes the skills of all the musicians involved. Tucker’s vocals never sounded better, and Mounier attacks the drum kit with a barrage of continuous double bass and flashy cymbal hits. While all of the songs on In the Flesh are excellent, “Sulffer” is one of the best tracks, and some riffs sound lifted from MAYHEM’s Chimera album. There’s no better track to end an album such as “Nigredo in Necromance,” with a crescendo leading up to a monstrous riff and solo, and finally crashing down to a melodic end. The album is short, with six real tracks, and three artistic tracks that break up the brutality, and the listener will yearn for more.
In the Flesh is an amazing mish mash of the disharmonic riffs from MAYHEM, the brutality of MORBID ANGEL, and the complex speed and intricate drumming of CRYPTOPSY. Forget the atrocities of CRYPTOPSY’s The Unspoken King or MORBID ANGEL’s Illud Divinum Insanus, and feed your ears with this album instead. The artwork and packaging of the CD also illustrates how Sadek went through great lengths to produce an amazing product. There is no doubt that In the Flesh will end up as one of the top albums of 2011 in many polls at the end of the year. (Season of Mist)
Back in 2003, Norwegian supergroup, ZYKLON, composed of members of EMPEROR and MYRKSKOG, released their second album, Aeon. And on that album, they dished out this excellent album closer, “An Eclectic Manner.” A nice fusion of the band’s apocalyptic, industrial, and extreme metal sounds, which was influenced by friends, RED HARVEST. They even got RED HARVEST‘s Ofu Kahn to lay down lead vocals on it.