Aug 30

Album Review: Truth Be Known – By Any Means Necessary

Truth Be Known - By Any Means Necessary

Truth Be Known [Singapore]
By Any Means Necessary
2014
Full Length
MourningSound Records
Death Metal/Grindcore

Truth Be Known is one of the first local bands that I encountered early into my exploration of local metal, and until today, they remain one of the few local bands that have stayed in my iPod, despite the rather huge shift in sound from their debut album, Just Another Lamb to their last EP release, Asphyxihate. 4 years since Asphyxihate, the band finally releases their highly anticipated second full length album, By Any Means Necessary.

Compared to what was on their debut, Just Another LambBy Any Means Necessary sees the band going in the more grind-ish direction that was laid down on their self-titled and Asphyxihate EPs. Kicking off with No Longer an ExcuseBy Any Means Necessary promises at least 40 minutes of non-stop death/grind attack, a la classic bands such as Napalm Death, Nasum and the likes. Yet the band prevents themselves from being a carbon copies of any of their influences, as the band doesn’t forget the element of groove in their songwriting. Songs like A Song for the Masses puts in huge and addictive chunky guitar riffs and hooks to completely captivate the listener, courtesy of guitarists Damien and Selvam. Album closer Throwback even sees the band going in a more conventional, old school rock ‘n’ roll direction, before going into a balladish segment in the middle, where I half-expected the band to belt out Home Sweet Home.

The inclusion of a re-recorded version of the crowd pleaser track Life Kills You is also a nice touch, giving followers of the band some sense of familiarity right from the first time listening to the album.

Furthermore, movie buffs will find some appreciation in By Any Means Necessary as well, with the band including clips of a whole range of classic movies throughout the album as intros to their tracks, from The Usual Suspects to The Big Lebowski. And the band does this with reason as well, with some samples helping to set a somewhat comedic mood, while others being more sinister, displaying the hate and anger on the track.

My only gripe though is in the rather inconsistent production quality on the album, though the extremely entertaining songwriting and musicianship more than makes up for this.

TBK has gained a reputation of being an extremely fun live band over the years, with their local performance almost always promising a hyperactive and full crowd, and By Any Means Necessary has managed to capture this very infectious energy of the band, making it an extremely fun album.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Truth Be Known on the internet:
Official website
Facebook
Bandcamp

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.)

Read it all over here:

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).

Aug 31

Album Review: Morbider/Abyssus – From the Abyss Raised the Morbid

Morbider - Abyssus - From the Abyss Raised the Morbid

Morbider/Abyssus [Czech Republic/Greece]
From the Abyss Raised the Morbid
2014
Split
Ablaze Productions
Death Metal

Yet another split featuring acts from countries other than Sweden playing death metal in the veins of old school Swedish style. Morbider, hailing from Czech Republic and Abyssus from Greece comes together on their brand new split, From the Abyss Raised the Morbid to present 9 tracks of crushing, abrasive Swedish-styled death metal.

While formed all the way back in 1992, it was not until 2009 that Morbider released their first full length release after a whole chain of demo releases, but the list of releases under their belts prove that they have not been lazy in honing their craft. 5 years after their last release, the band strikes back and opens the split with Unhealing Pain. On first listen, one is immediately impressed with the huge wall of sound that engulfs the listener, with the riffing style of Dan quickly reminding one of classic Swedish death metal acts such as Dismember, though as their portion of the release progresses, influences from others such as Demonical and projects of Rogga Johansson start to show. This especially in the usage of the lead guitars on tracks like No More Life giving the track a nice, haunting touch.

God of Torment even displays some of the more melodic side of the band’s playing, and is probably one of the more memorable tracks off Morbider‘s side of the release. Side closer Redemption goes out nicely, with the ominous lead guitars bringing in some comparisons to Bloodbath or Grave, yet retaining that haunting, atmospheric touch and contrasting the speed and aggression that one has sat through so far.

Abyssus comes in on a different tack, with a somewhat more thrashy edge to their playing, kicking off with a rather percussive, chugging riff on Morbid Inheritance. Unlike the loud, bombastic style that is presented by MorbiderAbyssus‘ style sticks closer to that of AutopsyDeath or even some Obituary. The vocal style of Kostas certainly helps in this resemblance, sounding like a cross between Chuck Schuldiner and John Tardy.

This comparison is further aided by the rawness in the production of their tracks, bringing one back to the early days of death metal, and reminding one of releases such as Severed Survival or Mental Funeral.

For fans of early Swedish death metal or AutopsyFrom the Abyss Raised the Morbid would very well be an extremely enjoyable release, bringing the different styles of the bands together onto one album release.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Morbider on the internet:
MySpace

Abyssus on the internet:
Facebook

Ablaze Productions

Aug 30

EXODUS: More ‘Blood In Blood Out’ Album Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS will release their tenth studio album, “Blood In Blood Out”, in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS‘ “Let There Be Blood”.

“When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like ‘Gangland’ and all these locked-up prison reality shows,” says EXODUS guitarist and main songwriter Gary Holt. “And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s like EXODUS.’ It’s a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out.

“I’ve been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager, and I’ll be doing it ’till I can’t physically do it anymore.”

The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains: “The concept came from Pär Olofsson. I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it’s perfect! One of my favorite covers we’ve ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!”

“Blood In Blood Out” is EXODUS‘ first album since the departure of the band’s lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

“Blood In Blood Out” track listing:

01. Black 13
02. Blood In, Blood Out
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt In The Wound
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
09. Numb
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms

“Blood In Blood Out” features a guest appearance by METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett on the song “Salt In The Wound”. “It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett told RollingStone.com. “Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the EXODUS demo that’s been heard by a lot of people, it’s the only time I ever recorded with EXODUS. It was a huge thing for me.”

He added: “I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that and thought, ‘Wow, it’s 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other’s heads off with our guitar solos.’ Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys. I’ve only known them for most of my life, so I’m really happy that I finally got to record with them.”

Asked what EXODUS is doing differently on “Blood In Blood Out” compared to the band’s previous efforts, Souza said: “I just think it’s way more brutal now. I think if you look at the production value in the albums, from ‘Bonded By Blood’ [1985] and even ‘Impact Is Imminent’ [1990] and now you look at them, from ‘Tempo Of The Damned’ [2004] and then ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine’ [2005] and ‘The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A’ [2007] and ‘Exhibit B: The Human Condition’ [2010] and now to ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, I just think the maturity level and knowing what you wanna sound like and knowing what you’re going for and knowing what you do well. Not trying to second-guess yourself and go, ‘Oh, we’ve gotta do this because of this.’ It’s not like that anymore. Now it’s all about, ‘Hey, we’re EXODUS. We’ve been EXODUS for 30 years. And let’s just be EXODUS.’”

The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA webshop in CD, digipak, and 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).

EXODUS will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11 with two shows at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day.

For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP Experience, contact SLO Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or customerservice@slotix.com.

Hammett was a member of EXODUS‘ original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in METALLICA in 1983. In fact, Hammett was not only the person who came up with the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet original EXODUS singer Paul Baloff and brought him into the group.

Dukes joined EXODUS in January 2005 and appeared on four of the band’s studio albums — “Shovel Headed Kill Machine” (2005), “The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A” (2007), “Let There Be Blood” (2008, a re-recording of EXODUS‘ classic 1985 LP, “Bonded By Blood”) and “Exhibit B: The Human Condition” (2010).


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/exodus-more-blood-in-blood-out-album-details-revealed/#RyY3ioFqr7VKSlZL.99

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Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Aug 29

MORGOTH: New Song ‘God Is Evil’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Reactivated German death metallers MORGOTH have just released a seven-inch EP/digital single titled “God Is Evil” featuring two brand new tracks.

The song “God Is Evil” can now be streamed below.

Comments the band: “Finally, after 17 years, we have some new tunes to share with you.

“We are excited about the nearing release of the ‘God Is Evil’ single, which contains the title track as well as the song ‘Die As Deceiver’. These two brand-new songs are meant to be a first teaser for our upcoming album, ‘Ungod’, which we will be recording later this year for a release early 2015 via Century Media Records.”

“God Is Evil” is available on black vinyl and limited golden vinyl (300 copies). The powerful artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, who has previously worked with ARCH ENEMYGRAVEDARKTHRONE and many others.

MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, “Cursed To Live”, on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETHKATATONIADISSECTION).

“Cursed To Live” is the documentation of MORGOTH‘s 20th-anniversary celebration of the band’s all-time classic album “Cursed” (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band’s triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off “Cursed”. The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original “Cursed” art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEININ EXTREMOAPOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for “Cursed”.

MORGOTH 2014 is:

Marc Grewe - Vocals
Harry Busse - Guitar
Sebastian Swart - Guitar
Sotirios “Soti” Kelekidis - Bass
Marc Reign - Drums


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/morgoth-new-song-god-is-evil-available-for-streaming/#E41zr3uJQtyBae3o.99

Morgoth - God is Evil

Aug 28

BEYOND CREATION: New Track ‘Neurotical Transmissions’ Available For Streaming

Canadian progressive death metallers BEYOND CREATION are premiering a new track off their forthcoming album, ‘Earthborn Evolution’. The song is entitled “Neurotical Transmissions” and is streaming now on Revolver in North America, and on Terrorizer for the rest of the world.

The follow-up to 2011’s highly-acclaimed ‘The Aura’, ‘Earthborn Evolution’ has been scheduled for an October 24th release (October 28th in North America). The track list and cover artwork 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. All items are available for pre-order at the Season of Mist e-shop.

Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution

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