Featurelust: 10:13 ‘Oathblade’

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 Oathblade 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 Oathblade 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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Featurelust: Imperialist

Black Metal is a genre where bands are able to shine in various points and their repertoire is not limited to generic songs and or a stereotypical facade. There is wiggle room and bands can come into their own. Imperialist from Monrovia California are a prime example of this very thing, they play their own brew of Melodic Black Metal with hints of Death Metal creating their own unique sound. There is no shortage of what one could expect with said genre but they deliver a powerhouse of sound. From the furious guitar work to the hammering of drums Imperialist will leave the listener shaking in their boots. With one album under their belt entitled Quantum Annexation they have paved their path to deliver Melodic Black Metal spawned from the deep recesses of the beyond. They recently played a show in LA at The 5 Star in support of One Master and Imperialist delivered. Their stage presence is strong and furious, giving off plenty of tasty riffs to headbang to and you can feel the dedication and aggression. Guitar wise the melodic aspect is prominent immediately while at the same time they stand out to be different. It is definitely refreshing to see this with bands who strive to not be your run of the mill metal act. Imperialist is currently working on a new album and I feel that this is going to be a stepping stone into new realms. This is the talent of the underground metal scene, and I am happy to be a part of it and Imperialist are sure to impress and bring themselves to the forefront. 

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Sergio Soto: Guitar/Vocals

Rod Quinones: Drums

Bryant Quinones: Guitar

Adrian Castaneda: Bass 

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Review: Iceland’s Nexion Delves into the Void

Iceland continues to prove their worth in todays metal scene. The country has become a driving force, spewing forth talent like a volcanic eruption. Nexion out of Reykjavík are just one of many sure to cause a stir within the underground, combining elements of Death and Black Metal tinged with that special Icelandic finesse Nexion are already at tier level with their peers. Their self titled debut EP released on April 14, 2017 is a 4 track powerhouse of angry and desolate sounds. 

I. Of Genesis rings chaos as the first notes blast through, immediately enveloping darkness mingled with dissonance. The vocals of Josh Rood shine ranging from pain staking screams to low guttural chants. This is a great opening track, it immediately hooks the listener to the bands sound as a whole. Waking from a dream II. Of the Coiling Void is reminiscent of a crumbling dreamscape, futile and evil. If walking through a desolate nightmarish setting had a theme song this would be it. It is so catchy and fun but that still does not take away from the ideologies. Jump into a concoction of death and pestilence, with a melody that hooks you right in, III. Of the Pestwielder culmimates the art of this beast, full of headbanging passages and evil melodies that embody the bands sound. Crossing the bridge into new beginnings IV. Of the Final Throes of Creation has a sound that will rip through your ears. Violent drums and swift ominous guitar riffs make for a painful angry birth into oblivion. Nexion has released a stellar debut EP and fans of Blackened Death Metal are sure to get their fill while leaving room for more. These fine gentleman are doing it right, a very promising EP and hopefully more to come in the near future. 

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Jóhannes Smári Smárason-Guitar

Óskar Rúnarsson- Guitar

Josh Rood- Vocals

Kári Pálsson- Bass

Tumi Snær Gíslason- Drums

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Nightmare Future By Expulsion

Something new has boiled down at Relapse Records from Repulsion’s Master Mind, Matt Olivo. Along comes a crew of musician’s that will assail your mind and you won’t be able to take cover. Be ready to have your whole existence stimulated without your consent, because EXPULSION won’t ask for your permission!

Expulsion is fused with Matt Olivo, Matt Harvey, Danny Walker and Menno Verbaten, such a deadly combination with such old school grind/death metal legacies. With their Nightmare Future album in debut for the last week, you’re bound to want to seal your head on tight before you dive into this creative madness. Keep in mind that Matt Harvey’s shredding vocals, are chaos itself in telling these gory stories. Envision it all, you won’t be able to escape.

Total Human Genocide opens with buzzed bass slaps fallowed by unrelenting guitar riffs and hammering drum beats, making you raise a hell of an eyebrow, catching you off guard, this is where the battle of human destruction begins.

Have you started your daily worship yet? Prepare your Altar of Slaughter for you’ll need to protect yourself from the deaths you’ll cause. Entering with a deadly grunt followed by an explosion of riffed schemes, you’d want to pick up your club ax or machete to begin the slaughter of the day. Perhaps your first kill was to unmask a wary friend. Mask of Fear may offer a gory truth, and your friend can’t hide forever.

Riffs that leave you wanting to scratch off the visions you have prophesied, skimmed punk drum beats that intertwine with grind scraped loops, Nightmare Future will make you want to gauge your eyes out. In Funeral Bells, guitar riffs break and conquer, you wonder if you’re listening to the same song after a minute. Your escape is useless, this is the place where you will meet your doom but there is no place for you in the depths of hell anyway. But don’t fret, the bells will sing for you after a mind crushing instrumental chaos.

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You are off in the country side you come across a place you can call home for the night… but confined in this dark place is where perhaps you’ll meet your death.  A maniac that suffers from Compulsions doesn’t know what it’s doing until it sees its knife in its own hand. Doesn’t remember a thing after nearly ending your life and where else do you end up but on a hospital bed…….. Comatose… you are barely hanging on…. When will you slip away? ….. You can’t just listen, Expulsion will MAKE you visualize every gory detail that’s slapped in your face throughout this album.

I think I just attended my own funeral and watched my deadly descend to hell. Honestly I can’t even tell you more. You need to catch yourself a ride with these fellas, they’ll take you along the most brutal story lines. Need I say that Old school 80’s grind metal has made its damned f***n return? Expulsion will leave you sickened within 15 minutes.  I don’t know about you all, but I have certainly made my rounds across a self-made mosh pit in my living room.  Here’s to some more regurgitation from EXPULSION in the future, Hail the Darkness!

NECROT To Kick Off US Tour With Undergang TONIGHT

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“Blood Offerings is all old ground, but it is hallowed earth. We’ve heard everything played on this album before, but we’ve never heard it played quite like this. If you’re that curmudgeon who keeps saying nothing can displace your aging death metal album collection, it might be finally time to buy a new record.” — Decibel


Blood Offerings is the newest studio recording from Bay Area death cult NECROT. Released via Tankcrimes on June 9th, the record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release!

The eight ravaging tracks comprising NECROT’s Blood Offerings were captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer (Vastum, Graves At Sea), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Gatecreeper), and comes shrouded in the unhallowed cover art of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness). Blood Offerings is out now on CD, LP, and digitally on Tankcrimes and on cassette through Sentient Ruin Laboratories. The limited vinyl edition comes as a foil-stamped, gatefold deluxe LP available in four color variants: 150 in purple splatter, 350 in gold splatter, 500 in black, and 1000 in gold.


Stream the record in full THIS LOCATION where you can also purchase the record digitally. Find physical preorders at THIS LOCATION.


NECROT will embark on the month-long North American tour with Denmark-based death metal tyrants, Undergang, beginning June 30th and rolling through July 29th. The band will also make their way to Europe this fall for a journey that will include stops at Bloodshed and Graveland Fests. Further details to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

NECROT w/ Undergang:
6/30/2017 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
7/01/2017 5 Star – Los Angeles, CA
7/02/2017 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA
7/03/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
7/04/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
7/05/2017 Sidewinder – Austin, TX
7/06/2017 Satellite Bar – Houston, TX
7/07/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/08/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
7/09/2017 The Brass Mug– Tampa, FL
7/11/2017 Slim’s – Raleigh, NC
7/12/2017 The Camel – Richmond, VA
7/13/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
7/14/2017 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA
7/15/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
7/16/2017 Dusk – Providence, RI
7/17/2017 Stamps – Buffalo, NY
7/18/2017 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
7/19/2017 The Summit – Columbus, OH
7/20/2017 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI
7/21/2017 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/22/2017 Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
7/23/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/24/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, CO
7/26/2017 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/27/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
7/28/2017 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
7/29/2017 Eli’s – Oakland, CA

Forged in 2011, NECROT — founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, Rude, and more — unleashed the audio bone-crush of their The Labyrinth full-length in 2016 via Tankcrimes. Spewing forth eight tracks amassed from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, the record reaped critical acclaim from fans and media alike compelled by the band’s unrepentant Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, and Sacrilege worship.

“Metaphorically, it’s like putting your ear up to the chest of a rotting corpse and listening to the parasites eat it from the inside out. NECROT has recorded an album so putrescent you can almost smell it.” – Paste Magazine


 “…essential listening…” – Indy Metal Vault


 “…a modern-day classic…Bolt Thrower played a simple, but highly aesthetic style of death metal. NECROT refreshes the template with a slew of quality, catchy riffs and accessible song structure that sounds quite original.” — Echoes And Dust


“…an album that does the region’s growling, guttural legacy proud, and with a new layer of contemporary punch.” – Treble

“…raw, fast and razor sharp…  a pummeling at its finest!” – Metal Assault


“…Blood Offerings separates itself from the pack by offering, in addition to blood, some damn fine riffs.” – Last Rites


“Engrossing from start to finish, NECROT have crafted a death metal masterpiece in “Blood Offerings” that looks reverently towards the genre’s past while casting its own deadly shadow for the future.” – Riot Nerd


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EXPULSION Shares “Comatose” Via BrooklynVegan And Invisible Oranges

EXPULSION Shares “Comatose” Via BrooklynVegan And Invisible Oranges

 

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“The tune aims for a pure high. Speed hits nostril. Nerves hit overload. Volume hits maximum. As it should be.” – BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges on “Comatose”

 

Extreme metal act EXPULSION — which features members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome, and numerous others within its ranks – today shares a new track off from their forthcoming debut album Nightmare Future due out July 14th via Relapse Records.

 

Hear closing track “Comatose” via a shared premiere through BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges HERE and HERE respectively.

 

Comments guitarist Matt Olivo, “You’re living an undead existence connected to machines to keep you alive. Death is imminent, but when? Minutes? Days? Years? Decades? ‘Comatose’ tells this cautionary tale with vivid morbidity and sheer ultra-violence.”

 

Adds the respected blogs, “The band sound a whole lot like Motörhead writing a grindcore LP. The bass is thick, the riffs come first, and each brief piece of the record seems catchy as well as mosh-inducing,” furthering of “Comatose,” “The tune aims for a pure high. Speed hits nostril. Nerves hit overload. Volume hits maximum. As it should be.”

 

Produced by Matt Olivo, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), Nightmare Future will drop on July 14th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and bundles are available at Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

 

Spawned from the cerebral mind of grind legend Matt Olivo (Repulsion), EXPULSION combines grind, punk, and crust into a caustic musical vomit guaranteed to stack the corpses high. Olivo’s partner-in-grind, Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) was recruited over beers in a sweaty Los Angeles apartment to bring his classic brand of oratory assault. The additions of veterans – drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia) and bassist Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords Of Death) – complete the fit-to-burn outfit. Expect nothing but the best of throat-shredding vocals, relentless blast beats, buzzsaw riffs, and raw bass tones. EXPULSION will leave you horrified with their vile brand of classic, ’80s sickness!

 

“The production is raw yet meaty. The guitars are thick and the drums are like mini gunshots. Even during the chaotic moments of the songs, you can easily identify the riff patterns which makes this album enjoyable right from the first spin. EXPULSION hits the mark with their debut Nightmare Future. They deliver what they promise and don’t disappoint even a bit despite the mountain of expectations the listener may have considering each member’s legacy.” – Metal Wani

 

“…high speed, take-no-prisoners bangers that give Iron Reagan or Lock Up a fair fight in the over the top intensity department.” – Metal Riot

 

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Matt Harvey – Vocals
Matt Olivo – Guitar
Danny Walker – Drums
Menno Verbaten – Bass

   

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Announces Headlining Tour With Revocation, Full Of Hell, And Artificial Brain

 


This fall, CATTLE DECAPITATION will headline the MetalSucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents: The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support. The tour will run from October 10th through November 20th with Tijuana, Mexico’s mad doctors of gore, Thanatology, replacing Full Of Hell as support on the first three  
dates. See below for all confirmed shows.
 
MetalSucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents:
The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings  
CATTLE DECAPITATION w/ Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain:
10/10/2017 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA * ^
10/11/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * ^
10/12/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ * ^
10/13/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
10/14/2017 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/15/2017 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
10/16/2017 Bossanova – Portland, OR
10/17/2017 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/18/2017 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/20/2017 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
10/21/2017 Dickens – Calgary, AB
10/22/2017 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10/23/2017 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
10/24/2017 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
10/26/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/27/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
10/28/2017 Madison Live – Covington, KY
10/29/2017 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
10/31/2017 Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/01/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/02/2017 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2017 Once Ballroom – Boston, MA
11/04/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
11/05/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
11/06/2017 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
11/08/2017 Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, VA
11/09/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
11/11/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/13/2017 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
11/14/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/15/2017 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/16/2017 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
11/17/2017 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
11/18/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/19/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
11/20/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
* = no Full Of Hell
^ = with Thanatology
 
CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and Metal Injection among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed record, visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.