Sep 21

Album Review: Lavatory – Morbid Terror

Lavatory - Morbid Terror

Lavatory [Malaysia]
Morbid Terror
2014
Full Length
Pulverised Records
Death Metal

True to their name, Malaysian death horde Lavatory‘s music is filthy as fuck, like a post-apocalyptic lavatory left to rot. With the putrid artwork by none other than Daniel ‘Devilish’ Johnsson, one almost already knows what to expect the moment they pop Lavatory‘s debut full length Morbid Terror into their player – uncompromising Swedish death metal.

Album intro Absorption presents a false calm before the storm, with that almost calming soundscape with the acoustic guitars and what not, but things Descent into Madness extremely quickly, as guitarists Ben and Jahanam pulverises the listener’s eardrums with their abrasive riffs and guitar tone. The riffs unleashed by the axe-wielding duo quickly reminds one of bands such as Dismember and Entrails, particularly in the way they alternate between intense, furious trem-picked sections and more crushing, palm-muted chugging ones.

At the same time, there is that intentionally sloppy drumming of Pelesit, adding a nice, primitive touch to the band’s sound. The mid-pace that the band sometimes tend to indulge in, along with that semi-howls of vocalist Muntah who resembles a cross between John Tardy and Martin van Drunen, one also can’t help but draw comparisons with Obituary and the great Asphyx. There are even a few doom moments, with songs like Restless Souls taking quite some inspiration classics like Dethroned Emperor.

Backed by a production that is equally dirty and primitive, with Morbid TerrorLavatory would have easily sounded like a veteran Swedish death metal band despite their Malaysian origins. Fans of old school, loud and bombastic death metal will easily fall in love with this record from the first listen.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Sep 20

AMON AMARTH Premieres “Deceiver Of The Gods” Video

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The video for “Deceiver Of The Gods”, the title track of the ninth studio album from Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH, can be seen below. The video features clips from the upcoming film “Northmen – A Viking Saga”, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg as Valli.

“Northmen – A Viking Saga” was shot for eight weeks primarily in South Africa, with some additional shooting in Germany.

Johan commented on his role: “Valli is a very experienced warrior and has a strong bond with his younger brother Bjorn. Valli looks brutal with his broad back and leather-dominated clothing. He has already experienced and survived a great deal. His face is full of scars.”

Plot synopsis: “In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his ‘wolfpack’ — a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery — on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…”

“Northmen – A Viking Saga” is set to receive a theatrical release in Europe on October 23.

“Deceiver Of The Gods” sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25, 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

Recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), “Deceiver Of The Gods” delivers ten fiery battle hymns made of buzzsaw riffs and epic harmonies all driven by vocalist Johan Hegg‘s commanding Viking roar and absorbing accounts of Norse crusades and treachery.

“Deceiver Of The Gods” comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (CANDLEMASS) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, “Hel”.


Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-premiere-amon-amarths-deceiver-of-the-gods/#T6OSrIwXpqIBCt7B.99

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Sep 20

STENCH: New Instrumental Track “Way” Available For Streaming

Death metal brigade of Swedish origin, STENCH, present an atmospheric side of the forthcoming album “Venture”, in the form of an instrumental track premiere. The song entitled “Way” is available for streaming below, via YouTube.

http://youtu.be/zT8Z5jX1MRg

“Venture” will hit the shops on the 26th of September in Europe and 7th of October in North America via Agonia Records.

The new album features seven brand new songs reminiscent of horror infected old-school death metal. Jonathan Hultén (guitars) commented: “Venture” is a journey from the rawest, most monotonous cellar-darkness up to a desolate mountain top, from which you are thrown into the abyss below in a castanedian manner. If only but for a moment or even throughout the whole 38 minutes, be prepared to enter the other world. For four years we have been boiling down our material to the bone in pursuit of the essence of this type of music. Our conclusion is that the simple and repetitive riffing is holding the key, and is enhanced by more or less subtle choirs and sound textures. Primitive, yet atmospheric”.

“Venture” was recorded in Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Portrait) in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be available in a digipack CD, digitally and in a 12″ vinyl (black, limited picture disc and a special colour version).

Tracklist:

1. Archways
2. The Vast
3. Road
4. Small Death
5. Celebration
6. Way
7. Venture

Line-up:

Mikael Pettersson – vocals
Jonathan Hultén – guitars
Johannes Andersson – drums

Stench - Venture

Sep 19

AVATARIUM To Release ‘All I Want’ EP

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, “All I Want”, on November 14 via Nuclear Blast.

In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards and Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals.

In early 2014, AVATARIUM felt the need to break new musical ground and, after listening to some old vinyl records, the desire to get closer to this kind of material was born. With a new demo track at hand, Edling was joined by Jidell to work on the song that would be called “All I Want”.

While the two musicians got deeper into exploring where they want to take the music of AVATARIUM and how they can keep things interesting for themselves and for the fans, yet another song was created, and the idea to make a new EP was fully set.

The old spirit comes even more alive, with psychedelic percussionist Michael Blair, who has worked with Tom Waits and Lou Reed, among others, guesting on “All I Want”.

Commented Jidell: “[Michael] showed up at the studio with a big ‘bag of tricks’ with metals, crashers, shakers and a lot of strange things which he made sound like if you throw in a punkrocker at Woodstock and feed him with psychedelic pills!” About the new songs, he adds: “We tried to keep things simple and spontaneous during the recordings, something I hope people will be able to hear. Also, I think that Jennie-Ann Smith has reached new levels with the way she sings on both of the new songs!”

“All I Want” EP track listing:

10-inch single:

Side A (45 RPM)

01. All I Want
02. Deep Well

Side B (33 RPM)

01. Pandora’s Egg (live)
02. Tides Of Telepathy (live)
03. Bird Of Prey (live)

The three live songs were recorded at the 2014 edition of renowned Roadburn festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, which was the second ever AVATARIUM show and the first one outside of Sweden.

Due to his health condition, Edling was unable to perform with AVATARIUM at some of the band’s most recent gigs. Filling in for him once again was Anders Iwers from TIAMAT.

AVATARIUM‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on November 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

AVATARIUM‘s first release was a 12-inch mini-LP, “Moonhorse”, featuring the title track, the B-side “Boneflower” as well as an acoustic cover version of BLACK SABBATH‘s “War Pigs”. It arrived on September 20, 2013.

AVATARIUM is:

Leif Edling: Bass
Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals
Marcus Jidell: Guitar
Lars Sköld: Drums
Carl Westholm: Keyboards
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/avatarium-to-release-all-i-want-ep/#PiJWqlBoBiLSsDRT.99

AVATARIUM - All I Want

Sep 19

OBITUARY: New Song ‘Violence’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY will release their ninth studio album, “Inked In Blood”, on October 28 via the band’s new partnership with Relapse Records. You can pre-order the disc at Relapse.com.

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.

“Inked In Blood” track listing:

01. Centuries Of Lies
02. Violent By Nature
03. Pain Inside
04. Visions In My Head
05. Back On Top
06. Violence
07. Inked In Blood
08. Deny You
09. Within A Dying Breed
10. Minds Of The World
11. Out Of Blood
12. Paralyzed With Fear

The song “Violence” can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget 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-song-violence-available-for-streaming/#8OIvHVdlHxFgsWQh.99

Obituary - Inked in Blood

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