The lineup for Hellfest was announced and I must say it’s quite the lineup. Look at all that black metal! Emperor, Watain, 1349, Behemoth, Gehenna, Tsjuder, Vreid, Windir.. god damn.
There’s tons of other great bands in there too, as you can see, but there’s also Trivium.
What the hell is Trivium doing on this lineup?
I took 2 because I figured a friend of mine would want one. It’s the booklet for Carving Out The Eyes Of God.
Deicide - In The Minds Of Evil (2013)
Deicide announced today that their latest and greatest album will drop on November 25th through Century Media records. Everybody is in a complete buzz about a new Deicide album, and the “sickkk” album art.
Album art that was pretty cool back in 2008 when Deviant Art user crump3t (Simon Cowell, Australia) originally made it. Everybody is hollering about the artwork, and yet not a single metal news source is talking about who made it, or where it came from. Does Deicide even have the rights to use this? I saw a blurb somewhere about Simon but it still seemed like a correlation between the fact that this art is made by this guy, but not how Deicide found it and made sure to give credit where it’s due. Oh well
Regardless of who owns it, or if anyone cares, Glen is a bit pumped about the new record:
“Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Satan singing along to the new DEICIDE! ‘In The Minds of Evil‘ is like King Kong taking a shit on a daisy.”
So he’s excited. King Kong taking a dump is pretty monstrous, no doubt.
Here’s the 11 tracks of bible bashing blasphemy that will soon grace your ears:
1. In The Minds Of Evil
2. Thou Begone
4. Beyond Salvation
5. Misery Of One
6. Between The Flesh And The Void
7. Even The Gods Can Bleed
8. Trample The Cross
9. Fallen To Silence
10. Kill The Light Of Christ
11. End The Wrath Of God
Here’s something cool I got from work today. They were just sitting around and nobody knew what to do with them so I got one. Yes, Tim Lambesis really signed it, and I also got ones for As I Lay Dying and Goatwhore \m/
Havok - Burn (2009)
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Havok’s debut album on Cadlelight Records is such a quality thrasher. It’s stuffed full of great riffs played with a great tone, excellent solos, and those little bass doodly-doo parts that add a nice touch to the song (such as on Morbid Symmetry and Path to Nowhere).
I became an instant fan of them last year when I saw them with Skeletonwitch. They’re just great musicians who want to do nothing but thrash! For this being their first album it’s more entertaining than a lot of other music, and honestly feels like maybe a 5th album. Check it out!
Very Special Guests Enslaved and Skeletonwitch
Swedish heavy metal titans AMON AMARTH have announced a headline tour of the US for January and February 2014 in support of their newly released album Deceiver of The Gods. Very special guest on the dates will be ENSLAVED with additional…
This routing is kind of weak…
Conducting From The Grave - Self Titled (2013)
For those who don’t know, CTFG went solo and flew the Sumerian coop. Their new album, coming out October 1st, is a pure DIY project which was made possible by the fans. It’s a purely crowd-funded album and goes to show what actual GOOD bands can do with crowd funding. No restrictions at all by a label.
The album itself is actually surprisingly good. Granted I was a CTFG fan a few years back and was super bummed about them potentially falling apart, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The single they relased a few months ago titled Into The Rabbit Hole (click for YouTube) was pretty damn good. They had some unfinished pre-prod releases at well with Mikey’s clean vocals being presented to us for one of the first times. The song Signs has more of Mikey’s clean vocals and they’re pretty damn good. It’s not taking away from the song, thank god. My only true beefs about a few songs are the breakdowns, but thankfully don’t go into bullshit 70bpm deathcore nonsense with the drummer riding the crash cymbal.
There’s definitely a good range of metal subgenres being tossed into the songs. I get a Black Dahlia Miasma vibe from the first track titled Honor Guide Me. There’s definitely a strong melodic death metal vibe overall for the album, but it’s mixed in with some small proggy bits, deathcore breaks, and a handful of really techy riffs here and there. Not to mention an instrumental clocking in at a smidge under 3 and a half minutes. An instrumental that is, well, pretty serene to begin with and certainly progresses to some chaos.
Something that certainly needs to be noted is the god damn mix. I’m not sure who mixed and mastered this, but as much as I want to nitpick I don’t really think I can hear anything that bothers me. The guitars are quite audible and the frequency ranges are all appropriately set for each instrument. Nothing is mashing into another element, and each instrument cuts through in its own way.
This should be on your list of albums to buy in October, for sure. It should be right by the new Rivers of Nihil and the Skeletonwitch albums coming out. Bottom line though? CTFG’s self titled album is amongst the monsters released this year by Suffocation, Carcass, and The Black Dahlia Murder. It’s taking a stable spot in the top 10 albums of 2013.
What'd you think of the bassist Allegaeon had on tour with them?
Honestly I can’t really complain about him. The bass parts for Allegaeon aren’t exactly insane shred, at least not in comparison to the guitars. I was able to have a 1 on 1 lesson with Greg Burgess and as he explained a few Allegaeon riffs I was dumbfounded by how essentially simple they are, solos aside.
As far as stuff like stage presence, well he didn’t have a whole lot. At the same time Greg and Michael were absolutely tearing shit up. Michael S, the guitarist they had in replace of Ryan Glisan for the tour, did an absolutely remarkable job. I was thoroughly impressed with his musicianship, skills, and ability to mesh with Greg so well on stage. Dude absolutely kicks ass and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was picked up as a full member.
The bassist, Austin Stewart, is a damn talented musician regardless of his bass spree with Allegaeon. He’s a wizard on the guitar.
This video of Nails performing on August 10th is absolutely insane. I’ve watched it twice in awe at how huge the crowd is and how berzerk everybody is.
Windhand - Soma (2013)
This album is simply a trip. Soma contains 6 songs that will satisfy every stoner metal need you have. It’s just so heavy and crushing in all the best ways. Boleskin clocks in at just over half an hour and it will chill you out so hard, but make sure you have a good chunk of time available to listen to it. Even though it starts out with a few minutes of nothing but acoustic chords, it eventually picks up and takes you on your merry way.
Any fan of stoner doom metal needs to check this album out. Listening to it the other night driving to and from some shows was just awesome.
Australian band of kangaroo riders Thy Art Is Murder will have a headlining tour across the US this November and December. They will be supported by I Declare War, Fit For An Autopsy, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, and Kublai Khan. Hopefully someone is pumped for this because I’m sure as fuck not.
Also Fit For An Autopsy has a new album coming out on September 10th called Hellbound. Click that link to check it out!
High On Fire is hitting the road again this November for a 1 month spree across North America. The mighty Kvelertak will be supporting them the entire way, and the opening spot will be split amongst Doomriders,and motherfucking Windhand, with one show opened by Pack of Wolves.
Kvelertak will support on all dates; Evening openers rotate: Doomriders – Nov. 10 to 23, Pack of Wolves – Nov. 27 and Windhand – Nov. 29 to Dec. 12.
November 10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
November 11 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
November 12 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
November 13 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
November 15 New York, NY Webster Hall
November 16 Boston, MA The Middle East
November 17 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
November 18 Toronto, ON Opera House
November 19 Detroit, MI Crofoot Ballroom
November 20 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
November 22 Chicago, IL Metro
November 17 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
November 23 Sauget, IL Pop’s
November 25 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 26 Dallas, TX Tree’s
November 27 Austin, TX Mohawk (outside)
November 29 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
November 30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
December 2 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Center
December 4 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
December 5 Calgary, AB Republik
December 7 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver
December 8 Seattle, WA El Corazon
December 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
December 11 San Francisco, CA Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre