Mesopotamian Assyrian Armenian obscured metal octahedrons Melechesh are to yield this Winter Solstice their sixth full-length studio album, entitled in its complexity as ‘Enki’, alluring to the quintessential enlightenment of the Sumerian god latterly known as Ea. This in both Akkadian and Babylonian Mythologies, whilst was originally the patron god of the city of Eridu, referred to as a cult martyr throughout the Mesopotamian, Canaanites, Hittites and Hurrians civilizations.
Let me just start this by stating a couple facts that would help people wrap their mind around what YOB represent to me: I saw them last night at Saint Vitus Bar, then Mike Scheidt (singer/guitarist/brain behind YOB) insisted my name will be on the guest list for tonight’s show as well (12-13-2014). That’s two back to back shows at Saint Vitus Bar, put together by Pitchfork and this amazing venue that always book the best underground bands, most of which aren’t even touring or playing anywhere else, the shows always sell out so I can’t see how bands would turn down the gigs. Anyway, my head and my very soul are full of YOB this weekend, now to talk about the music.
We finally got to witness Bongripper’s crushing live performance last night, December 6th 2014 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York, and aside from the ringing in my ears the following day; I can feel as though I have a herniated disc in my back as well as my spine slowly repartitioning itself. Thankfully it is Sunday and I am not going anywhere. Even though I had seen them at Maryland Deathfest XII, 2014 edition in Baltimore, Maryland, nothing compares to being this close to their action at a small venue indoors.
Iconic bands built themselves after developing an entire imagery around them that goes accordingly with the music they play. Not only through album artworks, or videos, but through everything they do.
United Kingdom grind masters Napalm Death are set to release their fourteenth studio album called ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ on January 27th. The British band has come a long way since ‘Scum’, the pioneering grindcore album and despite a lot of line-up changes in the beginning; the band has been an unstoppable force since its inception.
Norwegian blackened folk oriented Kampfar are to return to Inferno Metal Festival in 2015, a year which will mark the 15th anniversary of the festival. For those still unaware of the grandeur of Inferno Metal Festival; it is the longest, biggest and most extreme metal festival running in Norway, and one of the most recognizable currently active within European shores.
If you’re into stoner doom metal, you recognize when a band is able to achieve a certain sound. From the amplification, to the pedals and sound effects used, to the low droning down tuned guitars and bass, even the tightness of the drum skins and how hard the drummer bangs on them. When a band’s sound stands out in their scene as far as even being referred to as the heaviest in stoner doom, you know they’re doing something right.
Swedish blasphemous black metal warmasters Marduk, are preparing to invade Europe by releasing their forthcoming and thirteenth new studio record entitled ‘Frontschwein’ on January 19th, 2015 through Century Media Records.
Fans of black metal rejoice, for the forefathers of the genre, British Venom have just announced their hellish return as an aftermath to Christmas, and they promise to drag you straight to hell.
British modern progressive melodic death trashing metallers Sylosis will be releasing their much anticipated fourth studio record, ‘Dormant Heart’ at the beginning of next year, on January 12th in the United Kingdom, January 13th in North America and January 16th, 2015 at a worldwide scale via Nuclear Blast Records, the record company to which they signed in 2007.
Relapse Records is a renowned independent music label based in the United States, currently making final arrangements to celebrate its 25th anniversary throughout 2015 in a millstone manner. The record company has been originally spawned by Matthew Jacobson in August, 1990 and has been growing since as one of the most celebrated and extremely influential metal record companies presently reigning in the heavy metal industry.
For those still unfamiliar with Triptykon, this Swiss quartet is under the capable hands and mastermind of the inponent personality of Thomas Gabriel Fischer (better known as Tom G. Warrior), the once outspoken and charismatic leader of mythical enshadowed undergrounders Celtic Frost. Besides his remarkable musical career, he was also deeply involved in Hellhammer and Apollyon Sun, acts which he is no longer actively participating.
Switzerland, Winterthur, Zurich-based sharp and skillful folk metal pioneers Eluveitie have recently announced that they elected to part ways with multi-instrumentalist Patrick Kistler (commonly known as Päde), and recruit Matteo Sisti from countrymates Krampus as a session musician.
The modern punk rock subgenres that nowadays overpopulated the metal scene while obtaining some intriguing notoriety, cannot leave the most elitist metaller assisting to its uprising precondition as an ordinary bystander.
European festivals are a maelstrom set to upheaval although there is a slight minority that opted to be hackneyed, which consequently oxygenated an oddity that needs a changeover in the scenery. French, Clisson based Hellfest Open Air Festival remains uncompromised throughout a decade of gyroscopic craves, ingeniously avoiding to be retrogressive.
During my diurnal yet diversified activities, I came across with some interesting news regarding the brand new and special issue of United States extreme metal publication, Decibel Magazine. A special collector’s edition featuring in-depth insights, a praising homage to the doom metal odyssey, forethought oversights carefully represented in printed words and confident illustrations that may aback while they taunt the top 100 doom metal albums of all time.
The local press has the tendency to primarily favor international acts, Horna in this particular case, over their national supporters. In all its truthfulness, most International acidic black metal fans are already quite familiar with infamous Finnish Horna, but not with Colombian hellish hordes Lost Above Ether.
British melancholic gothic rockers Anathema benefit from an overwhelming impressum of various kinds of audiences through their spacious yet deeply emotional music that market their career.
Colombia promises to end this year, 2014, in a very fervors and unforgettable attempt to bring back some credibility to the metal fans, by collecting several International acts in a myriad of flawless events.
Weather conditions on the second day were more favorable, however traffic jams made difficult my arrival on time to Teatro La Media Torta. It was 12:54 pm when I finally arrived on site and Round Up Ultra were already on stage devastating the crowd with top-notch brutal grinding death metal that sounded as a crossbreed between Napalm Death and Brutal Truth. Besides the quartet true inclination for the grinding parts, it was obvious that the band had some rock’n’roll vibe going on in certain parts of their rhythm section.
After a two hour bus ride to Teatro La Media Torta, I arrived at 11:00 am as predicted, since the event was scheduled to begin at 10:30 am, however it didn’t begin until it was already 11:37 am. After showing my ticket at the checkpoint and be searched by the police in a routinary admittance procedure which didn’t made me feel any comfortable at all, but nonetheless, I understand that security matters are required and they were merely doing their job in order to secure everyone attending at the event. It turned to be a whole new experience for me as they decided to begin chatting in a very friendly and relaxed mood since they were curious about my citizenship.
During my morning routine, between black coffee and news feeds, I came across with an event that seemingly started to be promoted in September, 2014. Believing we are already in November, 2014, it made me question what kind of “promotion” has actually been executed for this live show...
Montreal, Canada based death metallers Kataklysm are preparing to go into the studio in January, 2015, to record what will be the successor of their highly acclaimed 'Waiting For The End To Come' album, which has been put out on October 25th, 2013, via Nuclear Blast Records.
It is not often that we have the pleasure to exclusively premiere a full-length EP, and whence Jan Wischkowski from Metal Promotions approached me this morning asking if I wanted to have the opportunity to premiere Arcturon in our pages, I immediately replied back with an affirmative answer and got back to work with a sense of deep loyalship.