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 CARCASS‘ Surgical Steel). But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks. Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.
DECAPITATED, who are currently on tour with GWAR and AMERICAN SHARKS, were involved a serious van accident this past Friday. Thankfully, no one was killed. Here is official word from the band:
“DECAPITATED was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky. was involved in a serious van accident on Friday afternoon on their way to a show in House of Blues, New Orleans, LA. We are all ok (two persons were hospitalized and released after a few hours) and we will continue our tour with AMERICAN SHARKS and GWAR. This time we were lucky.”
Let’s hope this is the end of the band’s troubles…forever.
VESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED, have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, Deus Ex Machina, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard below.
VESANIA is: Orion – guitars and voices Daray – drums Siegmar – synths and samples Heinrich – bass Valeo – guitars
There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on Deus Ex Machina, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, VESANIA‘s Deus Ex Machina is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless.
Polish killing machine, DECAPITATED, recently performed a great set at Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, UK. Check out their near 45 minute set below. The sound quality is great and their performance is nearly perfect.
Stay tuned for a review of their new album, Blood Mantra. No spoilers for now.
The new DECAPITATED album, Blood Mantra, doesn’t come out until September 30th. But the song, “The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation,” is online. The track is a little bit of a departure as the song is a lot more simpler and more direct with less time changes or parts. In any case, it sounds pretty good.
Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.
The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:
Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek
Tour dates are as follows:
5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N’Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart
Polish death metallers DECAPITATED entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland this week to record their sixth studio album and follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed Carnival is Forever.
Drummer Michal Lysejko – who assisted with the band’s live shows on the most recent LAMB OF GOD tour – has been announced as a full-time addition to DECAPITATED.
DECAPITATED founding member & guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kie?tyka comments:
“We would like to share few news with you. First of all, we want to introduce you to DECAPITATED’s new drummer Michal Lysejko. Some of you had a chance to meet him already during the tour with LAMB OF GOD. Also, I want to say THANK YOU to the rest of the people who took a challenge and sent their video for an audition.
“All of you know that we’ve been quite busy lately. We had some personal/personnel changes in the band and also we did the best tours we’ve ever had with MESHUGGAH, LAMB OF GOD, and CHILDREN OF BODOM. Since January of this year, we signed a worldwide management contract with Continental Concerts & Management. That’s for sure a big step and opportunity for us and a big challenge. But I guess the most important news for most of you is that after almost nine years, we went back to Hertz Studio (albums: Nihility, The Negation, Organic Hallucinosis) to record the new album which will be released this year. We will inform you about details soon. Keep in touch!!”
Check out the video for “Carnival is Forever” where the band take a lighthearted approach to metal videos:
The month of January brings excitement to the City of Anaheim every year, and the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 2014 show is no exception! Let’s cut to the chase this year! A few highlights of the gazillions of musical instruments and gadgets are found below…enjoy!
After debuting the amazing looking Gen16 nickel-plated models not too long ago, Zildjian has added a beautiful bronze line to 2014. These new buffed bronze Gen16 models stand to produce an even warmer tone than the original, and many drummers were excited to find conga lessons at the Zildjian booth.