Album Review: Red Before Black-Cannibal Corpse

 Cannibal Corpse. We all know these guys right? “Yeah, sure we know these guys,” you all respond with enthusiasm, and I salute you. Problem is, I heard one voice mumble what sounded like a “NO” to me. Really? You haven’t heard of Cannibal Corpse?

My first reaction to said NO would be to say get the fuck off this site and go knit yourself a teddy bear or something. Maybe take up golf or whatever makes you a happy sod. I don’t really give a shit. Whatever it is, make it productive. Or not. Just go away..

On second thought though, we are all here for the same reason are we not, and that is to talk about Metal, so let’s get some quick background down and then onto the main feast.

Since formation in 1988, Cannibal Corpse have had one thing on their mind only. That is to brutalize the listener, this being you, with nothing more than the heaviest form of Death Metal that not only intends to pummel you into the ground, but also shock you to the core with its lyrical content.

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Album Review: Serenade of Slitting Throats- Sicarius

There are plenty of bands out there seeking to push the envelope in the metal world but one in particular has gone to the extreme, spreading their aggressive brew of unforgiving Black Metal to the masses. Sicarius have created one hell of an album that is quite literally the sound of violent bloodshed like a horde of dagger wielding predators. Serenade of Slitting Throats is a tortured ride through all elements of Black Metal but with that extra adrenaline rush. Everything from the extreme vocals, harsh melodies, and fierce drumming this album has it all. I feel that in this scene there are numerous bands trying to set the bar but Sicarius have surpassed that mark.. Do yourselves a favor and delve into the chaos.

Produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh Serenade of Slitting Throats is the ultimate violent mega anthem that could easily push any listener to the brink of destruction. The opening track ‘Flatline Noxiphilic’ serves as a great opener, brooding melodies that break off into the apocalypse that is the next song ‘Ferox Impetum’. With what has been said already this song is fast, aggressive, and evil, combining powerful riffage that spears right through the heart. The title track ‘Serenade of Slitting Throats’ stands out as blood soaked decent into a killing spree, the words “Watch You Die” vocalized in perfect harmony with the music.

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‘Torture Trials’ can quite literally accompany said act, being on somewhat of the slower side of the spectrum it is almost as if the you are looking through the eyes of the witnesses awaiting the bloodshed that is about to be committed. Catchy breakdowns and pure Black Metal goodness are oozing throughout. ‘The Onyx Void’ pays homage to the slower melodic songs while ‘The Beast in Your Heart’ feels like it came from the icy halls of the north (IE: Dark Funeral, Dissection).

The final track ‘Wampyr’ is a dark track and a great closer, toning down the aggression and going straight for an all around solid listen. This album is sure to satisfy the most extreme fans who are hungry for something new and engaging while also catering to those who crave a journey into the influences of the modern Black Metal Scene. Sicarius have taken everything one could hope for and added their own twist, definitely putting them right in the ranks of today’s top bands. Now go support these guys and join the Dagger Cult and spread the Black Metal Terrorism to those who dare listen!

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EXHUMED: Matt Harvey Featured On Relapse Records’ Podcast #52; Death Revenge Out Now And Streaming

 

 
The Relapse Records Podcast returns just in time for the Halloween season with special guest Matt Harvey of EXHUMED. Harvey discusses writing the band’s first-ever concept album, Death Revenge,
horror movies and more. Also on the podcast are upcoming Relapse tracks from Myrkur, Iron Monkey, Primitive Man, Haemorrhage, S U R V I V E, Death, and more! Download, plug in, and turn up!
 
Stream the podcast via Relapse.com HERE or Youtube HERE.
 
EXHUMEDs Death Revenge is out now on CD, LP, deluxe LP with cassette, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
 
Stream Death Revenge in full at Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION or Youtube HERE.
 
Relapse Records’ Podcast #52 – October 2017:
Myrkur – Ulvinde (0:00)
Iron Monkey – OmegaMangler (5:46)
Integrity – Burning Beneath The Devil’s Cross (10:33)
Incantation – Messiah Nostrum (13:34)
Death – Overactive Imagination (LP Reissue) (17:52)
Atriarch – Repent (23:16)
Poison Blood – A Cracked And Desolate Sky (26:54)
Expulsion – Nightmare Future (29:14)
Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore (32:56)
Steve Moore – Welcome to TSC (36:12)
S U R V I V E – Cutthroat (Remix) (37:58)
The Obsessed – The Way She Fly (Remastered) (46:43)
Cloakroom – Concrete Gallery (49:00)
Primitive Man – My Will (55:18)
Usnea – Pyrrhic Victory (1:00:19)
 
EXHUMED Takeover:
Exhumed – Defenders Of The Grave (1:41:48)
Exhumed – Dead End (1:46:10)
Repulsion – Slaughter of the Innocent (1:51:39)
Num Skull – Off With Your Head (1:53:59)
 
EXHUMED‘s sixth full-length sees them tread into ambitious new territory with their first concept album: a musical melodrama in thirteen parts based on shocking true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge takes the band’s signature gore-drenched, death metal mayhem to theatrical and ghastly new depths. Cover illustration is by Orion Landau with interior illustrations by Lucas Ruggieri (lucasriggieriillustration.com).
 
In related news, EXHUMED will take to the streets next month on a US headlining tour set to commence November 15th and run through December 8th. Support will be provided by Arkaik. The trek will follow the band’s previously announced short run of live dates with The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, and more as well as a performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on November 5th in San Bernardino, California. See confirmed dates below.
 
EXHUMED w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch:
11/01/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA [tickets]
11/02/2017 HIFI Music Hall – Eugene, OR [tickets]
11/03/2017 Vinyl at Hard Rock – Lake Tahoe, NV [tickets]
11/04/2017 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA # [tickets]
11/05/2017 KnotFest – San Bernardino, CA **
11/06/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ [tickets]
# = No Suffocation
** no Necrot, Wormwitch
w/ Arkaik:
11/15/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/16/2017 The Garage – Ventura, CA
11/18/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
11/19/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
11/21/2017 Alamo City Music – San Antonio, TX
11/22/2017 White Oak –  Houston, TX
11/24/2017 Club 529 –  Atlanta, GA
11/25/2017 Hideaway –  Johnson City, TN
11/26/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/27/2017 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/28/2017 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/29/2017 Sonia’s – Boston, MA
11/30/2017 Fuzebox – Albany, NY
12/01/2017 Buzzbin – Canton, OH
12/02/2017 Pike Room – Detroit, MI
12/03/2017 Northside Yacht – Cincinnati, OH
12/04/2017 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
12/05/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
12/06/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/07/2017 Vaudeville Mews -Des Moines, IA
12/08/2017 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
 
“…a fun, worthwhile listen, especially with Halloween just around the corner. I’m especially impressed with the historical inspiration, which gives it some more weight than the usual slasher fest.” — Metal Injection
 
“…a magnum opus that sees a much more ambitious EXHUMED.” — Paste Magazine
 
“…serious killer classic headbanging shit…” — Team Rock
 
“The album is filled with blood-curdling growls and powerful drumming, which is to be expected from Matt Harvey and company, but it still feels fresh and compelling. And while EXHUMED have always had a theatrical aspect to them, Death Revenge has brought out a more pensive side of the band. It was an ambitious undertaking and it paid off, proving just how much psychotic creativity they still have to offer. — Exclaim!
 
“…an absolute blast of a record. Six studio albums into their career, and EXHUMED continue to show their commitment and talent for creating fun and pulse racing death metal. With an intriguing concept and incredibly fast and technical instrumentation that creates emotion, EXHUMED present a terrific work that will get folks moshing through graveyards and partying with the dead.” — New Noise
 
 

 

Featurelust: 10:13 ‘Oathbade’

When it comes to Black Metal there are a significant number of artists out there who are doing it all on their own. While most churn out promising albums there are some who tend to stand out from the rest, offering something new and fresh to our beloved scene. 10:13 from Orange County CA is a one man project that has created a sound all his own. Neil Carter the man behind the music is a talented musician and he has used this as his medium to channel his own inner feelings.

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a listen to his new single entitled Oathbade and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall sound. Using everything from a harmonica to a mandolin this song speaks volumes and is one you need to listen to alone and in isolation in order to take it all in.

 

While this does not quite classify as straight Black Metal it holds an almost primal ritualistic feel that seeps with an other worldly presence. Combining aspects from Atmospheric, Symphonic, and even raw Black Metal Oathbade is reminiscent of bands like Lustre and Leviathan. It as if Neil took everything and threw it into a cauldron and mixed it all together.

The song itself starts off with the sound of the mandolin and harmonica working harmoniously together like the chant of an old folk Bluegrass song then unleashes into a meld of furious drumming and melodic synth then slows down into an Atmospheric Black Metal harmony that is constant throughout the whole song. The drumming is fantastic and it adds just enough heaviness to add fluidity. In addition there are some spoken word passages that give off a haunting feel. 10:13 is a project that definitely deserves more recognition and if you are a fan of anything within the metal community you should definitely give this a listen. Be sure to also delve into the promo that was released last year. 10:13 is also working on a full length album with the release date still pending.

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Album Review: Terraforming- Jupiterian

Doom Metal is one of those genres that welcomes variety and often times creates an all around rumble that can leave the listener shaking. One such band that is making their way through the radar is Jupiterian from Brazil and they have an album that will be released on Nov. 15th via Transcending Obscurity Records entitled Terraforming. 

 Jupiterian possess a certain alure in that they mask their identities which only adds to their unearthly atmosphere. Fans of the genre rejoice this band is jam packed with hefty amounts of Doom but you will also find hints of Sludge, Atmospheric, and Black Metal.

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BELL WITCH: Seattle Doom Metal Duo Announces US Tour Dates With Monarch!; Mirror Reaper Movie Trailer Posted + North American Tour With Primitive Man Draws Near

 

BELL WITCH: Seattle Doom Metal Duo Announces US Tour Dates With Monarch!; Mirror Reaper Movie Trailer Posted + North American Tour With Primitive Man Draws Near

Seattle doom metal duo, BELL WITCH, will join French doom metalists/labelmates Monarch! for a stretch of US live dates this December. The tour will commence on December 1st and run through December 7th with additional performances to be announced in the coming days. The trek follows BELL WITCH’s previously announced North American tour with Denver doom troupe Primitive Man from October 25th to November 17th. See all confirmed dates below.

Additionally, BELL WITCH will bring their devastating odes to the stages of Roadburn Festival 2018. Set to take place in Tilburg, The Netherlands, the band will perform two sets, the first on Saturday April 21st at the 013 venue and Sunday, April 22nd at Het Patronaat. BELL WITCH will be recreating their soon-to-be-released, eighty-three-minute offering, Mirror Reaper, in its crushingly exquisite entirety. The feat requires the input of honorary member, vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), who will be joining the band to complete the performance. Expect his fragile yet evocative vocal style to lend an even more ghastly and ethereal quality to BELL WITCH’s already otherworldly sound.

The anticipated Mirror Reaper is set for release worldwide via Profound Lore Records on October 20th. With their latest output BELL WITCH has created a truly enormous work – one continuous, eighty-three-minute piece unfolding as a single track. Engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Sleep, Neurosis), the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ) have pushed the band’s sound further beyond their landmark 2015 LP, Four Phantoms. While retaining the colossal heaviness of their previous releases, Mirror Reaper sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of Moggridge, offering a prominent presence.

In conjunction with the release, BELL WITCH has created a feature-length music video. The film is a video collage comprised of dozens of archival films. Each of these clips are woven together with the album to build a patient, heavy, and haunting narrative. The film aims to hold the viewer in the state of a lucid dream, feeling trapped as a specter drifting through places of darkness. Mirror Reaper will be a projection for the band’s live performances, as well as a standalone cinematic experience.

View the stunning trailer at  THIS LOCATION.

Issues director Taylor Bednarz, “I was given the opportunity to work with Dylan and Jesse on their incredibly ambitious new project, Mirror Reaper. I had started making small fan music videos by chopping up old archival film originally as editing practice. I started to find that you could craft these visceral narratives by weaving these different films together with the context of the music. What developed were deep and mysterious stories that were framed in the tone and rhythm of the music. I noticed how much symbolism and atmosphere I could pack into these four-five minute songs that I knew it had very unique cinematic potential.

When I met Dylan and Jesse, they were just finishing up the last of the album and had been kicking around the idea of a music video. I mentioned I was a filmmaker, showed them some of my work, and they extended the opportunity to make a film with them. After listening to the album and talking with the two, I started collecting dozens of old horror movies, anatomical films, historical documentaries. I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible project.”

BELL WITCH’s Mirror Reaper will be available on 2xCD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION

BELL WITCH w/ Primitive Man:
10/24/2017 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT * no Primitive Man
10/25/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
10/26/2017 O’Leavers – Omaha, NE
10/27/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Rock Island Brewery – Rock Island, IL
10/29/2017 The New Dodge – Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2017 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/31/2017 Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
11/01/2017 Coalition – Toronto, ON
11/02/2017 Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
11/03/2017 Geno’s – Portland, ME
11/04/2017 Cop Frat – Oneonta, NY
11/05/2017 ONCE – Boston, MA
11/06/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
11/07/2017 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/08/2017 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
11/09/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
11/10/2017 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2017 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
11/12/2017 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/13/2017 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR
11/14/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/15/2015 Santos –  New Orleans, LA
11/16/2017 Lost Well – Austin, TX
11/17/2017 Ridgelea Lounge – Fort Worth, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Thra, Ceremented * no Primitive Man
w/ Monarch:
11/30/2017 Cobalt – Vancouver, BC * Bell Witch only
12/01/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/02/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
12/03/2017 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
12/05/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
12/06/2017 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
12/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA

“The title ‘Mirror Reaper’ is indicative of the Hermetic axiom ‘As Above, So Below,’ written with two sides to form one whole,” notes the band of the themes surrounding the concept and lyrics of Mirror Reaper “The song is both its own and its reflection, as an opposite is whole only with its contrary. Our focus as a band has always been the perception of ghosts and the implied archetype of the dichotomy of life/death therein. ‘Mirror Reaper’ is a continuation of that concept. During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album. This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well. ‘Mirror Reaper’ was the first collaborative writing project with the new lineup, and Adrian’s death during it brought extra emotional weight. We sought to match the complexity and weight of these events within the composition of the piece.”

Formed by Desmond and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra, BELL WITCH released their first self-titled demo in 2011 and partnered with Profound Lore Records for their debut album, Longing, in 2012. The duo’s second LP, 2015’s acclaimed Four Phantoms was recognized as one of doom metal’s triumphs of the year. The band extensively toured in North America and Europe, securing notable festival appearances including Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Sled Island, and Psycho California.

Album Review: “Isolated Evolution”- Necrolytic Goat Converter

Necrolytic Goat Converter is probably one of the most interesting band names I’ve stumbled upon in recent years but do not let a name deter you. Isolated Evolution is a treasure trove combining all things Black Metal into a cauldron of memorable tunes and goats… just kidding about the goat part but if converting them is a form of creating solid musical composition then mastermind Chris Voss has achieved just this. 

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