Check Out CATHEDRAL’s Video Trailer for The Guessing Game

Psychedelic UK based doom metal legends CATHEDRAL, have posted a video trailer offering audio samples from their upcoming record The Guessing Game here:

The Guessing Game will be released on March 26 in Europe and on the unofficial stoner friendly holiday of April 20 in N. America.

Produced once again by Warren Riker (DOWN, CROWBAR), who also took care of the band’s last effort, The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, in 2005, The Guessing Game is one wild and unpredictable ride with one of the most unique and exciting acts the metal genre has got to offer. For the first time in the band’s history, they have recorded a double album that boasts thirteen tracks offering a colourful variety of musical styles and lyrical themes: “Requiem For The Voiceless“, for example, is pure, down ‘n’ out crawling doom — and the first animal-rights song in doom metal history! Then you’ll get classic stomping and grooving CATHEDRAL material with the catchy “Painting In The Dark“, plus many songs wading through psychedelic and proggy waters — especially “Funeral Of Dreams“, featuring none other than Alison O’ Donnell of MELLOW CANDLE (’70s Irish folk rock band) fame doing guest vocals.

It comes as no surprise that this time around CATHEDRAL went as far as to include exotic instrumentation such as mellotron and sitar. And pay special attention to the lyrics of “Journeys Into Jade“; Lee Dorrian and Co. are celebrating 20 years of CATHEDRAL with this one!

The Guessing Game track listing:

Disc 1:

01. “Immaculate Misconception” (02:24)
02. “Funeral Of Dreams” (08:28)
03. “Painting In The Dark” (06:18)
04. “Death Of An Anarchist” (07:12)
05. “The Guessing Game” (03:08)
06. “Edwige’s Eyes” (07:08)
07. “Cats, Incense, Candles & Wine” (06:01)

Disc 2:

01. “One Dimensional People” (02:30)
02. “The Casket Chasers” (06:41)
03. “La Noche del Buque Maldito (a.k.a. Ghost Ship of The Blind Dead)” (05:46)
04. “The Running Man” (08:46)
05. “Requiem for the Voiceless” (09:50)
06. “Journey Into Jade” (10:36)

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/CATHEDRAL & www.CathedralCoven.com.

APESHIT’s Top Albums of 2009

It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009…
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NAPALM DEATH – Time Waits for No Slave

The godfathers of grind are back, and Time Waits for No Slave is not for the weak! NAPALM DEATH have been on a roll with their last few albums, and this release is no exception. All the trademark NAPALM qualities are included – Barney‘s barking, Mitch‘s high pitched squeals, Shane‘s ferocious bass attack, Danny‘s immaculate drumming, and of course the political lyrics that actually make you think with your brain, instead of being just a mindless metal clone.

Strong Arm” punishes the listener immediately and the classic Barney/Mitch Harris dual vocal combo infiltrates your audio senses. The chaos of all the instruments mesh together perfectly, as ”Diktat” exemplifies the word “extreme.” Unlike any MORTICIAN release, NAPALM‘s songwriting ability proves that their songs are not just a wall of noise with no thought put into it. The band sometimes writes extremely simple but catchy riffs, such as with “On the Brink of Extinction,” but the simplicity is enjoyable and sticks in your head. A few parts of Time Waits for No Slave are reminiscent of the underrated Diatribes album, especially on tracks such as “Procrastination on the Empty Vessel.”

Time Waits for No Slave is relentless, and the title track is an absolute standout track, with memorable breakdowns and grind riffs that grind purists will drool over. “Downbeat Clique” provides an instant classic headbanging riff, and only solidifies the great entity known as NAPALM DEATH. The new NAPALM sound is perfectly illustrated on “Fallacy Dominion,” as Danny‘s grinding compliments the vocals and slower discordant riffs. “De-evolution Ad Nauseum” continues to pummel your skull until this 50 minute grind filled album comes to a deafening halt, and all is silent.

Although Time Waits for No Slave suffers somewhat of “KATAKLYSM Syndrome” – meaning NAPALM has released a lot of albums in the last few years, and some tracks and riffs are interchangeable; do not let that fact discourage you. This is still one of the top albums of 2009, and is definitely still EXTREME music and not for the faint-hearted. The bottom line is: check out the grind legends when they hit your town, because these songs are best enjoyed live and at maximum volume. (Century Media Records)

NAPALM DEATH’s New Album Available for Streaming

NAPALM DEATH‘s forthcoming new album, Time Waits for No Slave, has been posted for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/napalmdeath

The album was produced by Russ Russell and recorded at Parlour Studios and Foel Studios. Time Waits for No Slave is scheduled for a February 10th release in the U.S. on Century Media Records.

Time Waits For No Slave track listing:

01. Strong Arm
02. Diktat
03. Work To Rule
04. On The Brink Of Extinction
05. Time Waits For No Slave
06. Life And Limb
07. Downbeat Clique
08. Fallacy Dominion
09. Passive Tense
10. Larency Of The Heart
11. Procrastination On The Empty Vessel
12. Feeling Redundant
13. A No-Sided Argument
14. De-evolution Ad Nauseum

Various Artists – Immortalised: Earache Records 1986-2000

The golden age of Earache Records is simply legendary. Rarely has there ever been such a collection of pioneering bands of extreme music on one label at a special period of time. This DVD features many of the greatest bands ever such as MORBID ANGEL, CATHEDRAL, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, and ENTOMBED as well as some that never quite broke big such as GANDALF and DUB WAR. The most glaring and immediate characteristic of this compilation is the grainy visual quality of it all. The DVD looks as if it was taken off of an old VHS master tape. Some videos look worse than others. Immortalised finds redemption for this flaw in the fact that the material on the DVD is just too strong, diverse, and entertaining to deny. There are serious and dark videos such as “God Emptiness” from MORBID ANGEL and just some straight out annoying songs such as “Meat” by LINEA 77. Comedic highlights can be found in the blatant musical equipment endorsements in SLEEP’s “Dragonaut” or the pro wrestling highlights in IRON MONKEY’s “Supergorgonizer.” There are also bonus live songs from bands in which Earache has already released live DVDs of. Whether you’re a metal newbie, a seasoned veteran looking to relive the good old days or just somewhere in between, there’s truly plenty for everyone. (MVD Visual)

NAPALM DEATH Reveal New Album Title

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury recently revealed the title of their forthcoming interview in an interview with Paul Travers at Suite101.com.

“We’ve got about seventeen songs together,” Embury said. “I guess it’s moving on again from the last album [2006’s Smear Campaign]. It’s still very fast and hopefully heavy. There’s a couple of strange kind of moments in the music, with a little more experimentation and a little more discordance in the guitar perhaps. I think Barney’s [Greenway] trying to move forward vocally in some areas like he did on tracks like ‘Smear Campaign‘ and ‘Persona Non Grata‘. The album is gonna be called Time Waits For No Slave and, yep, it’s going along rather well.”

The British band’s thirteenth full-length studio album is tentatively due before the end of the year through Century Media Records.

NAPALM DEATH: Purveyors of Fine Grind

Godfathers of grindcore, NAPALM DEATH, are still going strong after more than two decades of churning out loud, fast, conscious music. Their latest album, Smear Campaign, is a solid continuation of their perennial effort to unsettle the common individual’s mental indifference through the intensity of their words and music. Barking against the common “enemy” of religion, NAPALM DEATH, rile with the same ferocity in 2008 as they did in 1987. Frontman Barney Greenway took some time off their last U.S. tour to talk to APESHIT about their undying craft, conservatives in metal, the digital future of music, and more.

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VENOMOUS CONCEPT – Poisoned Apple

Despite having some of the worst album artwork in recent memory, VENOMOUS CONCEPT‘s second album, Poisoned Apple, packs a considerable punch. But this should come as no surprise as the band features half of NAPALM DEATH and half of BRUTAL TRUTH as its members. “Drop Dead” starts things off with a bang as the band unleashes a catchy exercise in d-beat crust punk fury. “Toxic Kiss” and “Life” quickly follow keeping the energy level high. However, the band soon loses momentum with a series of somewhat bland, uninspired tracks that aren’t necessarily terrible, but are a bit of a disappointment when you consider the talent involved. Things get back on track with the blasting “Every Mother’s Son“, the driving blue collar punk of “Workers Unite” and the harsh, throat-scraping highlight, “Hero.” Overall, the band’s performances are beyond solid, with Kevin Sharp leading the charge, giving his vocal chords an intense workout, as Dan Lilker serves as the super glue that holds VENOMOUS CONCEPT together with his thick-as-fuck rumbling bass lines. Meanwhile, Danny Herrera effectively alternates between punchy punk beats and blasting grindcore, while Shane Embury ably holds down the fort on guitar. All in all, a tight-as-shit exercise in punishing punk with ample helpings of grind, creating an album that while solid as stone, suffers from some inconsistencies and at times, tepid songwriting. That being said, Poisoned Apple nonetheless serves as a capable excursion from some of the underground’s finest. (Century Media Records)

NAPALM DEATH Returns to North America with DEVILDRIVER

Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are set to make their triumphant return to North America at the end of the month joining up with DEVILDRIVER, WALLS OF JERICHO, 36 CRAZYFISTS and INVITRO for the “Bound By The Road” tour. The massive six week plus trek kicks off on Feb. 27th and will mark the end of the Smear Campaign touring cycle.

Vocalist Barney Greenway states: “With so many tours under the belt now, I am wary of rolling out the tired out ‘it will be awesome to see you all again’ stuff. But it will be, all the same. Shit, there I go. I really haven’t had much room/time to breathe in any particular direction since we were last in the U.S. and here we are again preparing to come back with DEVILDRIVER. I think we’ll be bringing back ‘Greed Killing’ and ‘Necessary Evil’ (well, that’s the plan at this point) and otherwise it’s going to be breathless, fast, heavy and spontaneous.

“The setlist will feature some Scum stuff to Smear Campaign and something of everything else – all in a pleasant 45-minute package. Yummy! Otherwise, we are finally discussing and planning the nucleus of the next album. Don’t have any finished songs yet and not really any lyrics that I want to mention – in case they end up not being used. If this all sounds vague, it doesn’t mean that we won’t have an album ready to go by August. We don’t fuck around when the prospect of progress dawns. I did get a tiny sneak listen of one or two of Shane’s songs he’s working on – and they are crazy chaotic-fast-hardcore-mongous. I think we may also further develop the SWANS-esque/avant garde angle a little more too in places. We shall see and we hope to see you all soon.”