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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CANNABIS CORPSE – From Wisdom to Baked

Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom to BakedIf 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)

Season of Mist and CANNABIS CORPSE Join Forces

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).

Crossover Kings IRON REAGAN Sign to Relapse Records

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, SUPPRESION and 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.

Tankcrimes Records Announces Brainsqueeze II in Oakland, California

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.

TankcrimesBrainsqueeze II Fest Lineup:

A special digital fest-only compilation featuring numbers from the entire lineup will be available via the Tankcrimes Bandcamp Page soon. Ticket info, schedule and further info to be announced shortly.

GHOUL and CANNABIS CORPSE to Release Splatterhash Split Via Tankcrimes

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 Zero and SplatterthrashCANNABIS 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.

Both bands’ entire catalogs can be streamed (and purchased) via the Tankcrimes BandCamp page.

EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN Split 12″ to Detonate Via Tankcrimes

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:


1. “Gravewalker
2. “Dead to the World
3. “Seeing Red
4. “Ready to Fight


5. “Life Beater
6. “Gave Up on Giving a Fuck
7. “Mini Lights
8. “Holy Water Makes Me Wet


hate eternal tourTampa, FL death metallers HATE ETERNAL are teaming up with CANNABIS CORPSE and ORDER OF ENNEAD for a quick string of dates on the east coast before the band heads back home to begin writing the follow up to 2008’s Fury and Flames.

Tour dates:
8/24 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
8/25 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
8/26 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
8/27 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
8/28 Philadelphia, PA Polaris – Hostile City Death Fest**

CANNABIS CORPSE Premiere New Video, “Skull Full of Bong Hits”

Richmond, VA’s CANNABIS CORPSE have premiered the music video for “Skull Full of Bong Hits” off of their 2009 EP, The Weeding, on Metal Injection. Directed by Luna Duran and Landphil, the video combines footage from 2009’s “CANNABIS CORPSE & RAMMING SPEED Do America” tour.

Landphil commented, “CANNABIS CORPSE are happy to announce the release of our first music video for the song ‘Skull Full of Bong Hits.’ It was made by us on a budget of $0.00 over the holidays; we used footage from our full U.S. tour in October and couldn’t be happier with how great it turned out. We even used real pigs brains for all the gore shots! I hope that all the CANNABIS CORPSE fans out there roll up a fatty and check it out!”

CANNABIS CORPSE are gearing up for a European tour this February, then will be returning to the States to terrorize California on a short run. Check out the dates below:

Feb 7 2010 13 Tilburg, the Netherlands
Feb 8 2010 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
Feb 9 2010 Cassiopeia Berlin, Germany
Feb 10 2010 Fierwerk Munich, Germany
Feb 11 2010 Atlantide Club Bologna, Italy
Feb 12 2010 Elfer Music Club Frankfurt, Germany
Feb 13 2010 Korjaamo Helsinki, Finland
Feb 14 2010 The Frontline Gent, Belgium
Feb 15 2010 Engine Rooms Brighton, UK
Feb 16 2010 Fighting Cocks Kingston, UK
Feb 17 2010 Josephs Well Leeds, UK
Feb 18 2010 Ousburn Regeneration Center Newcastle, UK
Feb 19 2010 Corporation Sheffield, UK
Feb 20 2010 South of the Border London, UK
Feb 26 2010 TBA Los Angeles, California
Feb 27 2010 Winter’s Tavern Pacifica, California
Feb 28 2010 Thee Parkside w/ VOETSEK, Stormcrow San Francisco, California

CANNABIS CORPSE: Limited “Pro Stoner Die Hard” Edition of The Weeding EP

CANNABIS CORPSE have released the “Pro Stoner Die Hard” limited edition bundle of The Weeding EP. Strictly limited to 420 copies, the set is exclusively available through Tankcrimes mail order. The “Pro Stoner Die Hard” edition consists of the following, all housed in a zip-lock baggie:

– 8″ square picture disc
– 13″ x 18″ full color “Vaporized” poster
– 4″ x 7″ “Skull Full of Bong Hits” vinyl sticker
– original 2 sided poster insert (not pictured)

Order the set here: http://www.tankcrimes.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=995