Oct 01

PRIMORDIAL To Release New Full-Length This November Via Metal Blade Records

Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album,Where Greater Men Have Fallen, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.

Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, Where Greater Men Have Fallen serves as thefollowup to PRIMORDIAL‘s critically-adored, 2011-released Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma).

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”

Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing at THIS LOCATION. 

Where Greater Men Have Fallen Track Listing:

1. Where Greater Men Have Fallen

2. Babel’s Tower

3. Come The Flood

4. The Seed Of Tyrants

5. Ghosts Of The Charnel House

6. The Alchemist’s Head

7. Born To Night

8 .Wield Lightning To Split The Sun

Where Greater Men Have Fallen will be released in North America on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Point your browser to http://www.metalblade.com/primordial for a host of preorder options. The record will come available as a standard jewelcase-CD and on vinyl in various color variants. Where Greater Men Have Fallen will also be released as a limited European deluxe edition wood boxset which includes a CD+DVD digibook, an exclusive 7″, a leather wristband, a poster and a certificate of authenticity.


A.A. Nemtheanga – Vocals

Ciaran MacUiliam – Guitar

Michael O’Floinn – Guitar

Paul MacAmlaigh – Bass

Simon O’Laoghaire – Drums

PRIMORDIAL - Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Sep 30

SOEN: ‘Tabula Rasa’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Tabula Rasa”, the new video from SOEN — the Swedish progressive rock band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (WILLOWTREE), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg — can be seen below. The song is taken from the group’s sophomore studio album, “Tellurian”, which will be released on November 4 via Spinefarm Records.

Says Platbarzdis: “It is finally time for the first video from our forthcoming second album, ‘Tellurian’, to surface. The video features the song ‘Tabula Rasa’, and gives a glimpse into our common frustrations with the world, the way it’s run today and how the effects of it exclude no one…”

The “Tabula Rasa” video was directed by Kirke Ailio Rodwell, whose work displays a flair for style, attention to detail and one-of-a-kind perspective. He says: “In a way, the video summarizes life, with its moments of zest and sadness.

“It was such a great experience to work with SOEN, who trusted me and my team to capture the extremes of life. They are talented musicians and have visions that closely coincide with my own — which is rare and truly special for me.”

As “Tellurian” makes plain, SOEN is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter José Luis López Galván, that consistently challenges without being “clever-clever” or tough to enjoy.

The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values — skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork — that seem to be back in vogue.

Produced by Platbarzdis, mixed by the legendary Grammy Award-winning David Bottrill (TOOL, SMASHING PUMPKINS, MUSE, KING CRIMSON) and mastered at Bob Ludwig‘s Gateway setup in the U.S. by Adam Ayan, also a Grammy winner, “Tellurian” sees SOEN taking the approach of their “Cognitive” debut (2012, Spinefarm) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice.

Rhythmic, experimental and flowing, and with the “muso” side never taking precedence over a good song and a telling chorus, “Tellurian” (“relating to, or inhabiting the earth”) will appeal to anyone with an ear for quality playing, and there’s further reward to be had below the surface, with the lyrics taking a more direct route than on “Cognitive”, and the construction of the material — including first single/video “Tabula Rasa” (“Clean Slate”) — allowing room for the raw emotion to shine through.

“Tellurian” track listing:

01. Komenco
02. Tabula Rasa
03. Kuraman
04. The Words
05. Pluton
06. Koniskas
07. Ennui
08. Void
09. The Other’s Fall
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-opeth-drummer-martin-lopezs-soen-tabula-rasa-video-released/#2BKckMjZL2QjQdvr.99

SOEN - Tellurian

Sep 30

MASTODON: ‘The Motherload’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“The Motherload”, the new video from Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s sixth album, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”, which sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24 via Reprise Records.

MASTODON‘s fifth album, 2011’s “The Hunter”, opened with 39,000 units to enter the chart at No. 10. The band’s previous CD, “Crack The Skye”, registered a first-week tally of 41,000 copies back in April 2009 to debut at No. 11. MASTODON‘s 2006 effort, “Blood Mountain”, came in with just over 24,000 units — significantly more than the 8,000 first-week total of its predecessor, 2004’s “Leviathan” — which put it at No. 32.

“Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS. Also available on June 24 was a stunning deluxe 2LP vinyl edition of “Once More ‘Round The Sun”. This limited edition includes two discs pressed onto 180-gram black vinyl housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner, plus a CD of the complete album. The package includes four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mastodon-the-motherload-video-released/#67EmbMPiZzTz3ppm.99

Mastodon - Once More Round the Sun

Sep 30

STENCH: ‘Venture’ Streaming In Full

Sweden-based progressive death metallers STENCH have temaed up with Decibel Magazine for a full stream of their adventurous new album “Venture” that is set to be released on October 28th in North America (September 26th in Europe). The stream is available at this location:


The new album features seven new songs reminiscent of horror infected old-school death metal. According to Stereogum, “each of those tracks builds around its own central riff, swelling and shrinking progressions to achieve a hypnotic swirl”.

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 tri-colour version).


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


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

Stench - Venture

Sep 27

Album Review: Those Who Bring the Torture – Piling Up

Those Who Bring the Torture - Piling Up

Those Who Bring the Torture [Sweden]
Piling Up
Full Length
Selfmadegod Records
Death Metal/Grindcore

Those Who Bring the Torture is yet another one of many projects of Swedish death metal stalwart Rogga Johansson, and boasts among its ranks fellow Paganizer band mate Dennis Blomberg. Piling Up being my first encounter with the band, I already half-expected this to be yet another slab of Swedish death metal, judging from the whole host of Rogga projects that I have listened to thus far.

Yet Those Who Bring the Torture surprised me quite a bit on their fourth full length release, and opening track Under Twin Suns instead presents a style that is more reminiscent of that grinding style of Bolt ThrowerBenediction and the likes. The riffs of Rogga and Dennis are crushing yet with that sense of groove at the same time, backed heavily by the equally prominent bass lines. Rogga is also top of his game, vocal-wise on Piling Up, and the alternating between gruff growls and higher-pitched shrieks further add to the aggressive touch and intensity on the record.

At the same time, the band infuses some elements of melody into the songwriting, and along with the grooviness on tracks like The Gateway, one is also reminded of the later works of bands like Jungle Rot.

Rogga and his many projects may have become type-casted into certain subgenres within the metal scene, yet with projects such as Megascavenger and Those Who Bring the Torture, he once again brings some nice surprise to fans of his works.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Those Who Bring the Torture on the internet:
Selfmadegod Records

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