Metal Meets Cats in New Book

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. No dogs in Adidog hoodies, only cats this time.

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.

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Metal Swim: Free Compilation of Rare, Unreleased Metal Courtesy of Adult Swim and Scion A/V

Adult Swim, the home of DETHKLOK and Metalocalypse, and Scion A/V, who have been responsible for a wave of metal fests and free shows, have come together to bring you Metal Swim, a collection of 16 rare or unreleased metal. The album is free to download and features the following tracks:

SKELETONWITCH – “Bringers of Death”
TORCHE – “Arrowhead”
LUDICRA – “Path of Ash”
KYLESA – “Forsaken”
BLACK TUSK – “Fatal Kiss”
RED FANG – “Hank is Dead”
BLACK COBRA – “Frozen Night”
SAVIOURS – “Dixie Dieway”
WITCH MOUNTAIN – “Veil of the Forgotten”
ISIS – “Pliable Foe”
JESU – “Dethroned”
PELICAN – “Inch Above Sand”
ZOROASTER – “Witch Hammer”
WITHERED – “Extinguished With the Misery”
BORIS – “Luna”

Visit the Metal Swim site to download the free album and view interviews and performance footage from past Scion Rock Fests:

MAYHEM Announces the Deconsecrate the States 2007 Tour

For the first time in 6 years, and quite possibly the very last, MAYHEM’s Deconsecrate the States Tour 2007 is sure to be the hottest on record.

Their long awaited new Ordo Ad Chao album and tour feature the return of vocalist Attila Csihar, who sang on the band’s pinnacle album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Attila has never before performed on US soil as a MAYHEM member, which makes this tour the closest North America will ever have of witnessing the classic MAYHEM line-up.

Here the tour dates:
July 16th – DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
July 17th – Galaxy Club – Santa Ana, CA
July 18th – Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
July 20th – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
July 22nd – Joe’s – Chicago, IL
July 23rd – BB Kings – New York, NY
July 24th – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
July 25th – The Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA


LUDICRA – Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis

This quintet from San Francisco has been honing its sound since forming in 1999. The result on Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis is a ride through dark soundscapes filled with dreary doom sequences and sharp black metal passages. Clearly of the OPETH school of songwriting, this album clocks in at just under forty minutes with only five tracks. The dark atmosphere remains throughout the entire album, and the opening track, “Dead City,” quickly establishes the mood with its plodding, doom-ridden intro. The use of acoustic passages and both male and female clean vocals throughout the album helps vary their songwriting approach, and the band smartly uses such techniques sparingly to keep them fresh and interesting when they are heard.

While LUDICRA‘s sound has been likened to aspects of DARKTHRONE, GORGOROTH, DODHEIMSGARD, and BETHLEHEM, it should be clear that LUDICRA‘s sound is all their own. All of the instruments are played with great proficiency, but no single aspect stands out on its own. Some people may find this album lackluster, but overall each band member greatly contributes to the atmosphere of the songs. However, the songwriting itself is not advanced enough to place this band among the avant-garde of black metal. With that in mind, most old school black metal fans will appreciate LUDICRA‘s complete lack of keyboards, orchestral pieces, and choral arrangements. This band is truly about the music made by its members and not about overproduced supporting sounds.

LUDICRA‘s third release, Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis, further establishes their sound as one of the more modern, thoughtful approaches to black metal without giving in to the temptations of overproduction, big budget orchestras, or excessive synthesized soundscapes. (Alternative Tentacles Records)