Mar 08

Heavy Metal Tribune #013

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OUT NOW: Heavy Metal Tribune #013

Returning after a 7-year long wait since their last album, Fields of Rot, Norwegian black/thrashers Nocturnal Breed grace our cover, with band mastermind S.A. Destroyer giving us a peek behind the scenes on what went on in the writing of their latest album, Napalm Nights.

In our chat with Matti and Jyri of old school Finnish death metallers Corpsessed, we uncover the history behind the band and their insights on the recent rapid growth of the Finnish death metal scene.

The departure of the Hoffman brothers from Deicide also marked the revival of Amon. While the band’s last release prior to the hiatus was in the 1989 demo, SacrificialAmon returns stronger than ever, and brothers Eric and Brian finally get to show their technical flair on their latest album Liar in Wait. Eric Hoffman, one half of the axe-wielding brothers gives us a short history lesson on Amon.

Marco’s reputation as ex-Blasphemy guitarist (aka The Traditional Sodomizer of the Goddess of Perversity), with even a track by the Ross Bay legends written in his honour (Goddess of Perversity off Fallen Angel of Doom), fans would expect Tyrants Blood to be equally bestial to Blasphemy‘s trademark war metal style. But Into the Kingdom of Graves proved to be a different breed of monster, and unlike previous releases of Tyrants BloodInto the Kingdom of Graves is a much more technically challenging release. Marco explains the difference in stylistics to previous Tyrants Blood releases, as well as his performance in Blapshemy.

Oriental extreme metal has quickly gained a foothold internationally, with ChthoniC amassing a sizeable fanbase. Over at Hong Kong, Evocation is slowly building up their brand of melodic extremity, and with comparisons of their newest album, Abracadabra to the early works of ChthoniC and Anthelion, the band is ready to leave their mark in the international metal scene. Tomy, guitarist and vocalist of Evocation, tells us what sets their band apart from other bands out of the region.

Swedish black metal band Necrophobic closes the 13th issue of Heavy Metal Tribune. In our second ever chat with Joakim, he explains the return of the style on their latest album, Womb of Lilithu to the one that fans of Hrimthursum are familiar with, as well as their quest in finding the void that has been left from the departure of Robert Sennebäck. (Read our previous interview with Joakim, conducted in 2010 right here.)

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Local friends of Heavy Metal Tribune, grab your copy of #013 from Inokii and Roxy Records soon! More outlets to be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Foreign friends of Heavy Metal Tribune, as usual, cancontact us for a copy of issue #013 (P+H of USD2.00 applies).

Jul 29

OBITUARY: New Album Title Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY have set “Inked In Blood” as the title of their ninth studio album, tentatively due at the end of October via the band’s new partnership with Relapse RecordsOBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy revealed the CD title during an interview with the Italian blog Metal Skunk before the group’s July 17 concert in Rome.

OBITUARY‘s first full-length CD in over five years was recorded by the band this past April at its own RedNeck Studio in Gibsonton, Florida.

Fan-filmed video footage of OBITUARY performing the “Inked In Blood” title track on June 13 at the Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark can be seen below.

Commented OBITUARY on the new material: “We don’t know how to explain it but we really hit the ‘metal nail’ on the head with this album.

“We have been writing and working on the new material for nearly three years now and we could not be more excited how these songs have all turned out.

“All the stars seem to have aligned for us and this release, with the songs, production and overall feel of this record, the band is more solid than ever.”

The album recording was funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013. Now the band has partnered with Relapse worldwide to maximize the release and impact of what is surely their heaviest and most cohesive record in 20 years.

The group elaborated on the decision to create the Kickstarter campaign and sign with Relapse.

“We always knew that our fans were some of the most devoted fans on the planet and they proved it by stepping up, being a part of something new and supporting us with our Kickstarter campaign,” says the band. “This was an amazing display of true fan support and we could not be more proud of everyone who helped raise the money to record this album by pre-ordering it, buying all the cool stuff we offered and just being a part of something that we believe will be the way of the future. Now we have teamed up with Relapse Records to have them get this new album out there, in stores and available to the fans worldwide.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Relapse and are looking forward to working beside them with the release. They are a great label and super-cool people who have shown us that they are excited to have OBITUARY on their roster and are ready to push this album to its fullest potential.”

OBITUARY is:

John Tardy - Vocals
Trevor Peres - Guitar
Donald Tardy - Drums
Terry Butler - Bass
Kenny Andrews - Guitar


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/obituary-new-album-title-revealed/#cZ3K062llCU5VqJy.99

Obituary 2014

Jul 27

Album Review: The Dagger – The Dagger

The Dagger - The Dagger

The Dagger [Sweden]
The Dagger
2014
Full Length
Century Media Records
Heavy Metal/Hard Rock

We already know the love for the old school with the ever-increasing number of bands emulating the style that Sweden pioneered, particularly in the death metal genre. On the other hand, there is an increasing number of Swedes moving away from their extreme metal roots, what with bands like Enforcer featuring former Tribulation bassist/vocalist Olof, and the rumoured involvement of Repugnant‘s Mary Goore in Ghost. Whatever it is, this trend is certainly one that is welcome for me, and The Dagger is one of the latest addition to this trend, featuring amongst its ranks past and present members of bands such as Dismember and Grave.

Honestly, knowing about the lineup left me thinking that this was another all-star death metal project, but having Sideburn vocalist Jani in the band should have been a dead giveaway. Kicking off with Ahead of You AllThe Dagger instead indulges in some proto-heavy metal/hard rock with elements of early heavy metal. The opening riffs quickly brings one back to the material of early 80s Maiden, but things escalate quickly and gets much more interesting as the track progresses. Guitarist David shows off his knowledge and his enthusiasm in early hard rock and heavy metal, and on the leads of songs like Ahead of You All, one can’t help but be reminded of the works of Ritchie Blackmore in his works with Deep Purple or Rainbow.

In keeping with the rather psychedelic history of rock, the band also makes rather heavy usage of synths and the hammond organ throughout the album, and this works especially well on slower tracks like Ballad of an Old Man, with every element on the track, from the heavy riffs of David (that reminds us of Dio-era Black Sabbath), to the vocal harmonising having that nice old school touch. The lead guitars on the track even remind one of the ballads of Dio-era Rainbow and Black Sabbath, think a mix between Catch the Rainbow and Children of the Sea. Furthermore, Jani’s vocals, along with the groove of the music on tracks like Skygazer even give the band a rather stoner rock feel at times, though there are moments like on 1978 where one is reminded of the light vocals of Papa Emeritus II of Ghost fame.

As one already knows what the band is capable of, considering the aggression that is on other releases they have been on, one wouldn’t expect or imagine the band to be able to produce such mild-sounding music, yet remaining as infectious and addictive as ever. With releases such as The Dagger, and bands like Enforcer and Ghost, one can be assured that there is an old-school heavy metal fanatic in every metalhead, and with quality as such, I honestly have no qualms at all with this increasing tendency towards old school heavy metal.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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Jul 27

Album Review: Coffinborn – Beneath the Cemetery

Coffinborn - Beneath the Cemetery

Conffinborn [Hungary]
Beneath the Cemetery
2014
EP
Xtreem Music
Death Metal

Featuring members of such bands as Morbid Carnage and GravecrusherCoffinborn is one of the latest Hungarian death metal exports, and this year sees the release of their debut dosage of filthiness under Xtreem Music. With myself being very much a fan of Morbid Carnage‘s addictive and energetic style of thrash metal, it left me with rather high hopes of their death metal project, and looking at the rather enchanting artwork, one instinctively knows what is in place for them on this short 4-track EP.

The first riffs of Churchburner and Disguster leaves one in eager anticipation, and as soon as the first hit on the skins by Blasphemy, all hell break loose and one is thrown into a wall of noise, a style that is rather reminiscent of such bands as Rottrevore and Putrevore in the relentless aggression that is presented by the band, along with the rather abrasive tone of the guitars. It certainly helps that Blasphemy’s drumming often alternates between your usual blasting style and one that is more simplistic and d-beat driven, helping to give the music of Coffinborn a rather Swedish death ‘n’ roll feel, and an early-Autopsy reminder at times. The groove on title track Beneath the Cemetery provides a nice opportunity to start a pit and just mosh the fuck out.

That said, the band does not just indulge in mindless speed and chaos, as tracks such as Putrid Stench of Death puts in a slightly doomish element into their songwriting. As though the style of death metal that Coffinborn plays in weren’t filthy and disgusting enough, the slow pace that the band goes at on this track leaves one feeling rather disturbed and unsettled, reminding one of the works of bands like Asphyx or later Grave material.

Coffinborn‘s debut is a nice compilation of the various old school death metal genres that we have come to love and revere over the years, and while in recent times such similar-sounding releases have been common, Coffinborn‘s onslaught manages to leave one constantly at the edge of his seat, awaiting the next round of aural abuse.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coffinborn on the internet:
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Jul 25

SEPULTURA: Brazilian Metal Icons To Release ‘Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio’

In celebration of an astounding thirty-year career, SEPULTURA – who stands among Brazil’s most successful bands ever — will unleash a new live offering entitled Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio.

In a spectacular performance that finds SEPULTURA accompanied throughout by the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles, the show was recorded from the band’s main stage appearance at the legendary Rock In Rio gala in 2013. Featuring SEPULTURA‘s most revered tunes including “Refuse/Resist,” “Territory” and “Roots Bloody Roots,” which sees the audience chanting the entire cut from beginning to end, the sheer volume of sound, percussive enormity and powerful presentation sets this release apart from any previous SEPULTURA concert offering to date.

With a one-hour run time divided into thirteen cuts, the album also features a cover of Prodigy’s “Firestarter,” the fan-chanted “Sepulnation,” and music from the band’s Kairos full-length. Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio will come available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band’s history, Blu-Ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and sound-check footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage.

Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio Track Listing:

1. Kaiowas
2. Spectrum
3. Refuse/Resist
4. Sepulnation
5. Delirium
6. Fever
7. We’ve Lost You
8. Firestarter (Prodigy Cover)
9. Requiem
10. Structure Violence
11. Territory
12. Big Hands
13. Roots Bloody Roots

Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio will be released in North America via Eagle Rock Entertainment on September 16th, 2014.

Sepultura - Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx

Jul 25

BEYOND CREATION: ‘Elusive Reverence’ Available For Streaming

Canadian progressive death metallers BEYOND CREATION have announced the release of their new album! The follow-up to 2011’s highly-acclaimed ‘The Aura’ is entitled ‘Earthborn Evolution’ and has been scheduled for an October 24th release (October 28th in North America). New track “Elusive Reverence” is now streaming via the SoundCloud widget below.

The track list and cover artwork of ‘Earthborn Evolution’ are as follows:

  1. Elusive Reverence
  2. Sous La Lueur De L’empereur
  3. Earthborn Evolution
  4. The Great Revelation
  5. Neurotical Transmissions
  6. Abstrait Dialog
  7. The Axiom
  8. L’exorde
  9. Theatrical Delirium
  10. Fundamental Process

‘Earthborn Evolution’ will be released as a Digipak CD, gatefold double LP in various colours, cassette, and merchandising.

Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution

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