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UK Extreme Metallers THE BLEEDING are set to return with Morbid Prophecy, their hotly anticipated follow-up to 2018’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Rites of Absolution.
The band has unleashed the official lyric video for album track “Demonic Oath.” Vocalist Germ says about the track: “Demonic Oath is a pulling back of the curtain on society’s unseen manipulators. Wherever power is wielded on such a scale, occult forces lurk. How far are you prepared to go to manifest your own sinister desires?”
Check out the video here!
Morbid Prophecy is set for release October 18 on World War Now Records.
Track listing: 01 – Demonic Oath 02 – Maelstrom 03 – Entering The Pandemonium 04 – Morbid Prophecy 05 – Storm of The Hellspawn 06 – Sadistic Saviour 07 – Repentance 08 – Hammer of Penance
Formed in 2010 by Themis on vocals and Tasos on guitar, THE BLEEDING was soon joined by Jeff on guitar and Dimitris on drums. Sean on bass completed the line up. The band’s first public performance took place on September 30, 2012 at The Monarch in Camden Town, London and introduced Jamie on vocals. Death Eternal, the band’s debut album was unleashed in 2013. Followed by the 2018 release of the highly acclaimed Rites of Absolution album via World War Now Records.
Madison (WI) – Midwest Death Machine CASKET ROBBERY have released new single “From Hell.” Decibel Magazine describes the single aptly: “Interspersing melodic leads in between neck-whipping grooves, Casket Robbery pull from death’s metal’s melodic side as well as its brutal one.”
CASKET ROBBERY vocalist Megan Orvold had this to say about the single and video: “From Hell was inspired by the gruesome slayings in London by Jack The Ripper in 1888. Lyrically we tried to keep it pretty ‘classic’ Casket, very dark and tongue-in-cheek. My favorite lyric is ‘fried her kidney in a pan (yum yum), sent half, signed catch me when you can’. We also really wanted to get our amazing fans involved so we ran a contest where they could send in their best evil laugh. We actually layered them all together into different parts of the song, it was a blast! We are super excited to have Chris Collier mix and master this song, he did a fantastic job bringing this to life. For the video, we were very lucky to work with Eddie Curran of Enterprise Films. This was our first time working with him and his enthusiasm and energy for this video really came through. We’re very proud of the artwork that we will unveil later on for the single as well and we have a bunch of Midwest dates coming up. We can’t wait to see you on the road!”
Casket Robbery Summer Midwest Dates From Hell: 7.12 Dubuque, IA @ The Lift 7.13 Madison, WI – SMP Presents Midsummer Metal Mayhem 2019 @ The Wisco 7.25 Green Bay, WI – Midsummer Madness Featuring Casket Robbery and more! @ SV2 7.26 Kenosha, WI @ Hattrix Baby!! 7.27 Menomonie, WI – Zymurderfest 2019 @ Zymurgy Brewing Company 8.9 Minneapolis, MN – Cerberus Entertainment Fest @ Hollywood Roadhouse 8.10 Rhinelander, WI – Project Mayhem 2019 (official) @ Camp George Campground 8.17 Sioux Falls, SD – Eat Your Face Metal Feast
Chicago’s Black/Death/Thrash Metal beasts SONS OF FAMINE return to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions with the debut full length album As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves!
Hailing from Chicago, SONS OF FAMINE exploded onto the scene with the EP Alcohol And Razor Blades, released in 2017 on HPGD. As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves is a changing amalgamation of Death Metal and Black/Thrash, with dark menacing tones, elements of marauding Punk and a loud, raw and rotten sound.
As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves is set for release on August 2 on CD and digital formats. Check out album track “Lord Of The War Cry” below!
SONS OF FAMINE feature current/ex members of CorpseVomit, Lividity, Gigan, Kommandant, Summon, Yakuza, Nachtmystium, Evil Incarnate and Imperial Savagery. For fans of Absu, Aura Noir, Bolt Thrower, Coroner, Desaster, Destroyer 666, Emperor, The Exploited, Goatwhore, Motorhead, Slayer and Venom.
As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves TRACK LISTING 1. Lord Of The War Cry 2. Surge Of Steel 3. Hail The Aggressor 4. Cackling Whips Consume 5. Exterminate 6. As Razors Gnaw Like Wolves 7. Shit Tower 8. Cunting Gavage 9. Vigorous Procession Of Death
Madison (WI) – Midwest Death Machine CASKET ROBBERY will release new single “From Hell” on July 12. Decibel describes the single aptly: “Interspersing melodic leads in between neck-whipping grooves, Casket Robbery pull from death’s metal’s melodic side as well as its brutal one.”
CASKET ROBBERY vocalist Megan Orvold had this to say about the single and video:
“From Hell was inspired by the gruesome slayings in London by Jack The Ripper in 1888. Lyrically we tried to keep it pretty ‘classic’ Casket, very dark and tongue-in-cheek. My favorite lyric is ‘fried her kidney in a pan (yum yum), sent half, signed catch me when you can’. We also really wanted to get our amazing fans involved so we ran a contest where they could send in their best evil laugh. We actually layered them all together into different parts of the song, it was a blast! We are super excited to have Chris Collier mix and master this song, he did a fantastic job bringing this to life. For the video, we were very lucky to work with Eddie Curran of Enterprise Films. This was our first time working with him and his enthusiasm and energy for this video really came through. We’re very proud of the artwork that we will unveil later on for the single as well and we have a bunch of Midwest dates coming up. We can’t wait to see you on the road!”
Recorded and Produced by Cory Scheider at Old Dark House Studio
Drums Recorded/Engineered by Troy Powell at Unintended Studios
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Collier at CMC21 Productions
Video directed by Eddie Curran at Enterprise Films
Evil Laugh voice-overs by our fans Mike Odom, Austin Armstrong, Nick Jones, Eric Overturf, Erick Christensen, Victor Augusto, Sam Giguere, Gemma Baker, Cat Sullivan, and Ian Gray.
Casket Robbery is:
Megan Orvold – Vocals Cory Scheider – Guitars Alex Simpson – Drums Jeremy Kohnmann – Guitars Eli Pete – Bass
Sponsors: Dean Markley Strings, Vader Cabinets, Scorpion Percussion, EMG pickups, ESP Guitars, Dirtbag Clothing, The Jimmy Clip/Midnight Motions, Neunaber Audio Effects, and Temple Boards
Casket Robbery Summer Midwest Dates From Hell: 6.29 Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Event Hall + Lounge 7.12 Dubuque, IA @ The Lift 7.13 Madison, WI – SMP Presents Midsummer Metal Mayhem 2019 @ The Wisco 7.25 Green Bay, WI – Midsummer Madness Featuring Casket Robbery and more! @ SV2 7.26 Kenosha, WI @ Hattrix Baby!! 7.27 Menomonie, WI – Zymurderfest 2019 @ Zymurgy Brewing Company 8.9 Minneapolis, MN – Cerberus Entertainment Fest @ Hollywood Roadhouse 8.10 Rhinelander, WI – Project Mayhem 2019 (official) @ Camp George Campground 8.17 Sioux Falls, SD – Eat Your Face Metal Feast
The “Phantom Hawk” arrives to enslave ancient Egypt! Here to tell the tale is Pulver, a German metal five-piece who batters like classic Tank and dazzles like early Iron Maiden.
Recorded in October of 2018 at Big Snuff Studio in Berlin, Germany, with producer Richard Behrens at the helm, Kings Under the Sand is stocked with eight compact, gritty metallic forays, successfully bridging the gap between NWOBHM and late 1970s hard rock. Pulver (who consist of vocalist Dave Fröhlich, the guitar tandem of Alex Oster and Lukas Kunkel, bassist Gabor Eichstätter and drummer Danny Oster) found the benefit of songwriting as a unit where no idea went unheard, but, a regimented and critical process was implemented to ensure the best results.
Accordingly, Kings Under the Sand is without filler, relishing in classic metal gallops and the rough, imitable vocals of Fröhlich, who, across album highlights such as “Blacksmith’s Lament” and “Warrior Caste,” sounds like he’s channeling the ghosts of Manilla Road’s Mark Shelton, Pagan Altar’s Terry Jones and, for good measure, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. Pulver has also made a concerted effort to introduce their unofficial mascot, the “Phantom Hawk” to the metal world. Described as an alien warrior tribe that made its first appearance on the band’s self-titled EP, this time, the Phantom Hawk (who is featured on the album’s cover art created by Max Löffler) has ancient Egypt under enslavement. In true storytelling fashion, Fröhlich and band takes the listener through a science fiction-themed journey that concludes with the epic “Curse of the Pharaoh.” The depth and scope of Kings Under the Sand cannot be disputed — Pulver has created an album that will easily satisfy the classic metal horde while offering a glimpse into the universe they’ve created with the Phantom Hawk. Well-executed classic metal with a concept to boot? It’s icing on the intergalactic cake.
Track Listing: 1. Rising 2. Phantom Hawk 3. Blacksmith’s Lament 4. Kings Under the Sand 5. Qarînah 6. Warrior Caste 7. Alpha Omega 8. Curse of the Pharaoh
Inspired by bands such as Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, Blind Guardian, Procession, Altar of Oblivion and, Black Oath, Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is the result of countless songwriting sessions and intercontinental file-sharing. With lyrics provoking the imagination while testing the mind, SMOULDER emboldens the listener with literary and fantasy-driven stories with six songs of climatic and challenging epic, doom crossed with elements of power metal!
“Llian of Garathorm” is the epic introduction to this six-track masterpiece. With thundering bass and commanding drum beats, we are drawn into the tale of Llian. Marching into battle with warriors against the rifts of time and destiny; this tale cracks Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring wide open. “The Sword Women” has an intro that flawlessly blends from “Llian Of Garathorm.” This track has hints of doom in it as it treads slowly through the rhythms; the guitar is lightly dancing on top while being lead by soaring vocals. The guitar solo carries us through to the ending of this very compelling tune.
“Bastard Steel” is easily my most favorite track on this album. I can’t get enough of that super catchy guitar hook! This tune reminds me so much of everything I always loved about Iron Maiden. This track was an instant add to my playlist. I love everything about it. It’s fast, powerful, dramatic and triumphant. I feel the climax of battle really come to life here.
“Voyage Of The Sunchaser” continues us through this journey with a slow intro that picks up as the track progresses. The bass in this track is really brought forward; it compliments the guitar solo very well also. Things slow down once again for the ending of this one until we are left with only the drums. This tune is really dynamic and thrashy. “Shadowy Sisterhood” kicks things in with an instant guitar-heavy lead. I can feel vibes of Maiden once again strongly in the bass style. That familiar ‘pop’ always brings me life! This is a really epic and interesting tale of the occult. Witches, shadows, demons, magic, sacrifice, and REVENGE!
We reach the final track of this masterpiece- “Black God’s Kiss.” This one is slow, heavy and full of the darkness you love and crave. It feels like it is spun from the musical clothe that gave life to Black Sabbath and Dio- I love it! Tales of vengeance, adventure, and Satan always unlock a special place in my heart. This tune certainly focuses on the ‘Obscene Evil’ portion of the title as well. Throughout this entire album, I could feel it all- the conflicts, the rises, and the falls. It was all put together beautifully. I know this won’t be the last we hear from Smoulder and I am looking forward to what they will be bringing to the world of power metal!
Track List for Times Of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring 1. Llian of Garathorm 2. The Sword Women 3. Bastard Steel 4. Voyage of the Sunchaser 5. Shadowy Sisterhood 6. Black God’s Kiss
Hello there local readers and music lovers! Mitchel here to give you another killer look through the power metal eye glass at the new Canadian fan favorite and Self-titled release – Traveler. Following the release of their debut 2018 demo; the 3 track compilation caused quite a buzz, landing them a record deal and soon their first full album 2019 release. In light of this 8 track self-titled gem, I’ve put together this review for you!
The opening track “Star Breaker” kicks a hole in the wall with a blast of energy! Delivering an undeniable 80’s vibe and that kick ass low-end drive we all love about power metal from the very moment it was born. The adventurous nature and impressive vocal range pull you into the great depths of imagination. The shredding guitars have every element needed, but add a warmer tone- certainly an excellent opening track.
The first two tracks (“Star Breaker” and “Street Machine”) are a nostalgic blast to the past. Painting dramatic battles and stories of deities of war and chaos- just like the bands I grew up loving, such as Iron Maiden or Iced Earth did. Their bassist has a very interesting combination of 80s power metal and dirty thrash style/tone which really works in their favor.
The composition and technicality change things up when you reach the third track- “Behind the Iron.” The drummer has an amazing sense of what to make the riffs pop out, and when to pop out and fill the foreground. It’s a very fun and powerful style. I enjoy the vocal structure and patterns in this tune. Passionate and catchy.
Right on time! “Konamized” is a two minute instrumental that brings all of the electricity back to the listener to prime them with nonstop screaming epic expression; giving you a hard push back in the right direction! Right into the face of the next track-“Up To You.” Pulsing Triplets and lyrical empowerment keep the fists pounding and the heart pumping. The intro is catchy as hell and allows the song to build and drop with a more dramatic change. Of course, their drummer understands their genre and manipulates the story as he sees fit.
The next track “Fallen Heroes” takes a bit of a more mainstream approach. Do not mistake that as an insult; as this jam grabs the passion as and integrity, the greats were so good at bringing to life. We all have unsung heroes, and we all love a great jam in their honor.
A clean Neo-classical intro leads us through our last two tracks. “Mindless Maze” begins slow and strong but quickly builds up to live to its name. I love that through this entire album I haven’t felt a loss of spark or fuel to the fire of each track. Every genre has their ‘Go To’s’ and a certain feeling they like to keep everyone attentive to. Traveler has an amazing way of doing just that. Which brings us to our last track “Speed Queen.” The classic tremolo picking and lighting fast fills from all of the instruments is nothing short of what you’d expect with a title like this. The guitarists really have an amazing style that is shifted into high gear on this last track to leave us with 5 minutes of “Oh, Hell yeah!” – With an epic finish to an epic album.
Well Damn! That was a righteous ride through another righteous album. I will be adding this to my power metal montage! Keep your eye out for my next review! Until then- THRASH FAST!
Track Listing 1. Starbreaker 2. Street Machine 3. Behind the Iron 4. Konamized 5. Up To You 6. Fallen Heroes 7. Mindless Maze 8. Speed Queen
Interstellar duo NEORHYTHM have released a new digital single, a cover of DEATH’s “Crystal Mountain.” The original song appears on DEATH’s 1995 album Symbolic. Stream the single HERE
NEORHYTHM recently released the Meteoric Thoughts EP. The follow-up to this year’s creatively aggressive debut album, Zetetic, includes three new tracks, as well as pummeling covers of DISTURBED’s “Stricken” and MUDVAYNE’s “Dig.”
Stream Meteoric Thoughts in its entirety HERE Meteoric Thoughts is available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Google Play, Napster, Deezer, Tidal, and Amazon HERE
NEORHYTHM offer what can only be described as Metal from Space. Creative in concept and aggressive in approach, you are cordially invited to take an interstellar journey that will prove impossible to forget. Meteoric Thoughts was recorded and produced by NEORHYTHM. The EP was mixed/mastered at BlastbearSound. The artwork was created by Orm Embar.
On a distant planet in the constellation E61,3 (which we call Neuw ourselves), two renegade traitors of interstellar spaces from the red subrace of Nameless decided to penetrate the Virgo Supercluster. It happened on the earthly calendar in the year 1703. For more than 300 years our spaceship plowed through the galaxy until it came across the Milky Way to the bright yellow dwarf G2V, which you call Sol.
A strong stream of stellar wind carried us to the orbit of planet Earth, where as a result of a breakdown of one of the plasma engines we were forced to land in the geographic terrestrial region of Lapland, in a barren taiga. Since we needed help, we sent encrypted sound signals to all regions of the universe, as well as to the top leaders of the human Terra planet, to provide us with technological support. Our signals, converted into musical scales, were intercepted by the developed radio frequencies of earthlings, and you can now listen to them in the form that you call songs.
“Ever wondered what Meshuggah would sound like if their rhythms weren’t so complicated?” Neorhythm are the answer.” – The Independent Voice NEORHYTHM Release Cover of Death’s “Crystal Mountain”
One-man instrumental black metal act 10:13 have partnered with Decibel for the premiere of “Conduit Closing…,” the closing track from forthcoming debut album Result of an Iron Age. The song features a guest appearance from acclaimed keyboardist Derek Sherinian (PLANET X, ex-DREAM THEATER, et al.). 10:13 will release Result of an Iron Age on January 24.
The band previously released an official video for opening track “Oathbade,” which is available HERE. The track features a solo from guest guitarist Mario Romero and is also available for streaming/purchase at this location. The album’s second single, “Beyond the Grip of Humanity,” can be streamed/purchased here.
From the mind of multi-instrumentalist/composer Neil Carter, Result of an Iron Ageis a bleak, futuristic soundtrack to humanity’s descent into a hellish, post-apocalyptic world. Indeed, the album’s 11 tracks form a cohesive whole, a musical journey that transcends the common constructs of depressive black metal by seamlessly incorporating progressive elements, not the least of which includes rhythmic complexity, obsidian keyboard layering, penetrating samples, and even the periodic use harmonica to create an immersive experience that twists, churns, and chills to the bone.
Carter will be performing a series of local one-man shows with him serving as drummer playing along with the album.
“The progressive project spends its run time of 11 tracks creating defiant, psychedelic black metal that feels as forward-thinking as it does traditional.” – Decibel
Track Listing 1. Oathbade 2. The Worst in Me 3. Misanthropic Delirium 4. Deconstructual Integrity 5. In the Black Book of Death 6. Result of an Iron Age| 7. Son of Monotony 8. Nashiteric 9. Beyond the Grip of Humanity’ 10. A Day too Late 11. Conduit Closing
Chilean Thrashers CRITICAL DEFIANCE have unleashed a new track from forthcoming debut album Misconception. Stream the U.S. or European (Spanish) premieres of “Spiral of Hatred” at one of the links below.
“Spiral of Hatred” (English) HERE “Spiral of Hatred” (Spanish) HERE
Thrash or be thrashed! CRITICAL DEFIANCE will release Misconception February 8 on Unspeakable Axe Records. Pre-order it at this location.
CRITICAL DEFIANCE goes straight for the jugular with their relentless and intricate brand of old-school thrash metal. Though spawned in the depths of Chile’s underground, CRITICAL DEFIANCE bear all the markings of a band that came straight from the 80s Bay Area scene.
Following two demos and a limited-edition split with Santiago’s PARKCREST, CRITICAL DEFIANCE signed with Unspeakable Axe Records for the release of Misconception. This eight-track album is an aggressive assault of violent riffs, shredding, yet melodic leads and shouted group vocals. Stream album track “What About You” here
“A melodic explosion of energetic aggression, this is thrash metal at its finest!” – The Metal Channel
“Misconception is a hellfire blaze being transported via missiles running at hyper speed. It’s full of cacophonous, agile, feral, flesh-ripping riffs with a passionate, powerful vocal delivery that channels the sincerity of an Apache warrior.” – No Clean Singing
“If you are a fan of well played thrash metal that pays respect to both the 80’s thrash gods while adding their own creativity then be sure to pick up a copy of Misconception.” – Winter Torment Zine
“This record is an angry beast filled with advanced riff work. What a find!” – Indy Metal Vault
“An aggressive assault, a violent mashing of your ear drums, one that shreds and urges you to head bang until your head falls from your neck, and goddamn it is entertaining.” – Cadaver Garden
“They have an identity of their own and the best thing is that it makes you want to return to listen to it. My respects and congratulations to the band for this excellent work.” – Grinder Magazine
“Chock full of chopping guitars, brutality and some great riffs.” – The Moshville Times