Oct 25

Album Review: Skelethal – Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity

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Skelethal [France]
Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity
2014
EP
Iron Bonehead Productions
Death Metal

Earlier this year, French death metal maniacs Skelethal surprised me with their excellent EP release Deathmanicvs Revelation, leaving me craving for even more of the abrasiveness and darkness that was on that record. A short half year later, the band followed up with that release with yet another EP, Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity. With the artwork keeping to the same theme that the band has set up with Deathmanicvs Revelation, one would also instinctively expect the band to maintain that style that was so captivating as well.

Skelethal certainly did not disappoint. Kicking off with that similar vibe as they did on Deathmanicvs Revelation with a piano-driven ambient track Subterranean Sigh, the band sends chills down the listener’s back with that haunting atmosphere that is set up on the track. The real fun begins as soon as Sabbatical Demonic Invocation kicks things into high gear, and instead of the bestial black metal that one would expect with a track title as such, the band instead presents some nice old school death metal with Swedish and Finnish touches. The abrasive tones of Gui Haunting along with his playing style quickly bring to mind Swedish pioneers such as Entombed and Dismember, especially the chugging riffs on the title track. That slight punkish style that Jon Whiplash displays behind his kit also invokes comparisons to Autopsy or the more d-beat driven style of Bastard Priest or Bombs of Hades.

Yet at the same time, the band ensures that the listener is constantly shrouded in this oppressive darkness while listening to Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity. The doomish vibe that the band incorporates into their music can get rather reminiscent of Finnish classics of Convulse and Demigod as well. This especially so with the rather generous usage of synths and keys to create that atmosphere, like towards the end of Sabbatical Demonic Invocation.

The French may be known more for their weird black metal styles, but bands such as Skelethal and Mercyless bear the flag for old school death metal out of the region. Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity is an fine example of old school death metal perfection.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Skelethal on the internet:
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Iron Bonehead Productions

Oct 25

DANZIG: New Album Due In Fall 2015, Covers Collection To Arrive In March

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

According to Examiner.com, the new studio album from Glenn Danzig‘s namesake band is set for a fall 2015 release, and his long-awaited covers effort is due in March. He is also working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers.

Asked if there is any other musical ground that he is interested in covering, Danzig laughed and said, “No, probably ‘Danzig Sings Elvis’ will be about it.” He added: “I’m pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label. So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect DANZIG to sound like and hopefully they’ll like the product when it comes out. That’s really all that I do.”

DANZIG‘s cover version of the the classic Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra song “Some Velvet Morning”, featuring a guest appearance by Cherie Currie (THE RUNAWAYS), was made available for streaming last year. The track was supposed to appear on Danzig‘s covers album, which was also due to include Glenn‘s renditions of classic songs from BLACK SABBATH, ELVIS PRESLEY and ZZ TOP, among others.

Danzig was in the studio in February with DANZIG guitarist/bandmate Tommy Victor (also of PRONG) recording three new tracks for the next DANZIG album. As of six months ago, Glenn had five new songs in various stages of completion.

The first new DANZIG studio album in six years, “Deth Red Sabaoth”, sold 11,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Deth Red Sabaoth” was released on June 22, 2010 via Evilive/The End Records. Produced by Glenn, the CD was recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009.
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/danzig-new-album-due-in-fall-2015-covers-collection-to-arrive-in-march/#hSt3LyqLLd8tUKxm.99

Danzig

Oct 24

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: ‘Babylonian Pandemonium’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Babylonian Pandemonium”, the new video from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, the band led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max (also of SOULFLY) and Igor Cavalera, can be seen below. The song is taken from CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s third album, “Pandemonium”, which will be released on November 4 (one day earlier internationally) via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by John Gray, who has previously worked with SOULFLY.

“Pandemonium” track listing:

01. Babylonian Pandemonium
02. Banzai Kamakazi
03. Scum
04. I, Barbarian
05. Carmunhao
06. Apex Predator
07. Insurrection
08. Not Losing The Edge
09. Father Of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

Commented Igor Cavalera on the “Pandemonium” artwork: “It is exciting to work with one of the most amazing living artists, who is also one of my best friends.

Stephan Doitschnoff expresses in a beautiful way what is tense and ambiguous and makes people think through images and words. For me, it’s the best fit to combine with one of the most exciting pieces of music I have written, which is ‘Pandemonium’.”

During an appearance on the “Metal Hammer” magazine show on TeamRock Radio, Max stated about the upcoming effort: “It’s very, very heavy — the heaviest of all the three [CAVALERA CONSPIRACY albums]. I was really possessed to get Igor back to his ‘Arise’ [SEPULTURA] era of drumming, everything fast.”

Max recently told HardRockHaven.net about “Pandemonium”: “There aren’t really any guests on the album. Nate [Newton] from CONVERGE plays bass and he sings one song called ‘The Crucible’ — it’s about the witches of Salem; we did a song about that. Nate‘s got a great voice, ’cause he sings for DOOMRIDERS and I love his voice, so I got him to sing one song. That’s the only guest. The CAVALERA album is really more about me and Igor [Cavalera, drums], the brothers, thrashing. This one is almost grindcore. I was really a dictator in the studio with Igor to try to keep him from going into the groove and tried to keep him playing fast; I wanted him play fast for most of the record. So every time he’d go into the groove, I would be, like, ‘Fuck the groove! Get out of the groove! Go back to the fast shit.’ And I succeeded, man. It’s a really brutal album. I think it’s definitely the most brutal of all the CAVALERA albums and it’s definitely gonna turn some heads when people hear this one.”

Gray stated about the “Pandemonium” recording process: “This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera.

Max, Igor and Marc [Rizzo, guitar] were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process.

“I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary. Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso.

“I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he’s under pressure.

“What can I say about Nate Newton — he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth. I’m really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him some day.”

Added Newton: “It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record. For me, it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them. It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max writes songs and I am glad to have been a part of it.”

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/cavalera-conspiracy-babylonian-pandemonium-video-released/#dYuuiXTiLBgm1kGO.99

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY - Pandemonium

Oct 24

ANAAL NATHRAKH: Revolver Magazine Streams Ferocious “Desideratum” Full-Length In Its Entirety

Desideratum is the forthcoming new long player from UK extreme metal misfits, ANAAL NATHRAKH. Applauded for consistently manifesting, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” by Metal Injection, and crowned, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” and “aural devastators” by Decibel Magazine, Desideratum takes the definition of the word “extreme” to an entirely new realm of chaos.

In celebration of its official North American release, now less than one week away, today Revolver Magazine offers up a stream of

Desideratum in its sinister entirety. Get devastated at THIS LOCATION.

ANAAL NATHRAKH – guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – replicates the sounds of true evil. With both screaming banshee tirades and traditional vocals set against an dense wall of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKHmanifests is wholly petrifying yet inexplicably inviting. Hallmarked by crushing musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence,ANAAL NATHRAKH‘s sound is infused with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in the metal world. Desideratum was produced by Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

Desideratum is slated to detonate on October 28th, 2014 on Metal Blade Records. In the interim, visit metalblade.com/anaalathrakh where you’ll find a host of killer preorder packages.

ANAAL NATHRAKH - Desideratum

Oct 23

Album Review: Dying Out Flame – Shiva Rudrastakam

Dying Out Flame - Shiva Rudrastakam

Dying Out Flame [Nepal]
Shiva Rudrastakam
2014
Full Length
Xtreem Music
Death Metal

Mention the genre of Vedic metal, and immediately Singapore’s Rudra comes to mind, having created a sound that is uniquely theirs since 1992. Yet few bands have managed to really emulate a style close enough, with the closest comparison so far being Purvaja and they still lean closer to the black metal end of the spectrum. This year sees Nepalese band Dying Out Flame burst out into the scene with Shiva Rudrastakam, and with the band’s sound being described as being rather similar to Rudra, it got me extremely excited.

Opening track Praise of the Omnipresent One is a rather psychedelic experience, with the opening moments sounding more like what Cynic or Atheist would come up with, hinting towards the technicality and complexity in their playing. But soon enough the band brings in their Vedic influences, with the accompanying traditional instruments and the haunting female vocals chanting “Hara Hara Shankara Shiva Shiva Shankara”, lines familiar to fans of Rudra.

Enough of the Indian influences in the music, what about the actual death metal itself? Rather than completely emulating the blueprints as set by RudraDying Out Flame ensures that their death metal is as brutal as possible, and the riffs of Bikalpa and Saujanya immediately reek of the crushing brutality of bands such as Nile and Behemoth, strengthened by that slightly blackened elements that are aplenty throughout the album. Vocalist Aabeg’s gruff growls even help to bring in some Deicide comparisons, making the experience all the more intense. Prachanda’s drumming is relentless as well, and one is constantly under the battery of his merciless punishment on the skins.

Of course, the thing that everyone is curious about is whether Dying Out Flame manages to fuse the Vedic elements nicely into their death metal. Similar to Rudra, they have managed to incorporate Eastern scales into their riffs, and along with the traditional instruments and chants that intertwine with the death metal, one often finds himself almost drifting off into a trance as the album progresses before the next hard-hitting riff pulls one back to reality. Songs like Eternal Mother of Great Time even bring in some nice, epic moments for the listener.

The name of the band, Dying Out Flame might signify the end of an era, but the quality of the music that is written on Shiva Rudrastakam instead points towards the beginning of a new era of Vedic metal. Fans of Rudra who prefer something more brutal and more chaotic will certainly embrace Dying Out Flame‘s debut.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Dying Out Flame on the internet:
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Xtreem Music

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