IMPERIUM DEKADENZ Procella Vadens (Season of Mist)
Trapped on tundra, hardly anything in sight but blizzard, sitting behind the wheel of a car deciding whether to carry on, abandon the journey, wait for help. It’s never been like this before, and your eyes are challenging you because they can’t process the scene in front of them quickly enough for you to react. You need something.
When IMPERIUM DEKADENZ’s third album Procella Vadens dropped the first month of this year on Season of Mist (who’ve easily become one of the most active, talked-about metal labels going in 2010), this was the setting in the Northeast region of the United States.
Snow was blanketing, then choking out, the area, and with people preparing to be trapped inside for the better part of two weeks, what could one do to pass the time without going cabin fever insane? Anyone who picked up Procella Vadens found their sanity duly padded and their imaginations bursting as each drop of this spacious and epically cinematic album exploded from the speakers.
Even more amazing than the sound is the fact that just two men – Vespasian (drums, guitars, bass, keyboards) and Horaz (vocals, guitar) — are to credit for this massive piece of work. In fact, the only time the ranks swell is when IMPERIUM DEKADENZ plays a live show, where they receive support from their close friends in VARGSHEIM. (more…)
Sat, Aug 14 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amp.
Thurs, Aug 19 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat , Aug 21 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 Camden, NJ Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 Boston, MA Comcast Center
Warbeast is a band that was formed from the ashes of RIGOR MORTIS and GAMMACIDE. They are about to release an album through PHIL ANSELMO’s HOUSECORE RECORDS, lead singer BRUCE CORBITT was nice enough to answer some questions regarding the band, their writing process working with Philip as he puts it, etc.
1. Why did you all decide to get together and form WARBEAST?
We originally just put this band together for a one-time benefit performance. But we released afterwards that the chemistry was there and that this band could be a full-time project. RIGOR MORTIS and GAMMACIDE just weren’t able to get together often enough after both bands started doing reunion shows back in 2005. So for Scott Shelby, Rick Perry and myself… this gave us a chance have a full-time project.
2. Would you consider yourself a DFW supergroup?
I think we have a solid lineup and I don’t believe there are any weak links in the band. A few of us are also veterans from some of DFW’s pioneering and legendary thrash bands. But to say that we are a supergroup would be a huge exaggeration.
3. How long did it take to write and record the album?
We wrote the songs over a 2-year period. We didn’t start out from day one with a plan to write 10 songs for a full-length album. We just wanted to jam together and keep busy because of RIGOR MORTIS and GAMMACIDE being like part-time bands for some of us. So we just played our old music from Rigor and Gammacide when were doing our first gigs. Then we worked on new originals to add to the set. Once we had 4 or 5 songs written… we decided to record a demo and see if any labels would be interested. Philip liked the demo and said he wanted to sign us. From that point on we concentrated on writing enough material for a entire album before we entered the studio.
The Music was recorded over a 10-day period. The vocals were done in about 5 days. Then we spent a really long time listening to it and taking notes for the mixes. We took our time with it and mixed it several times before we knew we had the right one. Nothing was rushed and I think you can tell when you hear the final product. (more…)
YETI “Trees On Fire With Songs Of Blood” (unsigned)
Even from a first listen to YETI’s“Trees On Fire With Songs Of Blood”I could immediately sink into the Groovy and raw sound that they achieve. This Southern California quintet have created a focused work bent on catchy southern grooves and edgy death
metal attitude. The guitar work could be considered minimalist, but the riff smithing is first and foremost in service to the song structure which results in memorable riffs and smooth transitions. Sure there aren’t any super “shredy” guitar solos or multi-layered harmonies, but these songs are about heavy, primal attack. The thundering rhythms from the drums and bass leave breathing room for some killer tempo changes. They have a meat and potatoes feel to them, always in service to the thick grinding feel of the songs. Yetihas got some very interesting vocal dynamics here.
Unlike many bands who try to mix up singing styles from soaring clean choruses all the way to guttural death metal growling, Yeti never sounds jarring or forced. The vocals always seem to find a balance in each song. You get the feeling listening to Yeti that they know exactly what they’re doing with these songs, and this lets the listener sit back and enjoy the ride. Yeti ends up giving you a lot of reason to dig them, and I would bet I’ll be hearing more and more about these guys in the future.
5/14/2010 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/15/2010 The Fox Theater (California Metal Fest) – Pomona, CA
5/16/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
5/17/2010 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
5/19/2010 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
5/20/2010 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
5/21/2010 Club Sound @ In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
5/22/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
5/24/2010 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
5/26/2010 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
5/27/2010 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
5/28/2010 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
5/29/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/30/2010 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/01/2010 The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
6/02/2010 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
6/03/2010 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
6/04/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/05/2010 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
6/06/2010 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
6/08/2010 Higher Ground – S. Burlington, VA
6/09/2010 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
6/10/2010 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
6/11/2010 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
6/12/2010 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
6/14/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Sweden thrashers THE HAUNTED have posted a new live song called “Little Cage” available on MySpace now! “Little Cage” originally from “Versus” is one the 21 songs featured onthe live CD/DVD Road Killset for North American release of June 8th
THE HAUNTED “Road Kill” CD Tracklisting
Live At Melkweg – Amsterdam 2009:
01. Little Cage (3:05)
02. The Drowning (4:15)
03. Trespass (3:40)
04. The Premonition (0:48)
05. The Flood (3:42)
06. Medication (4:47)
07. Moronic Colossus (3:45)
08. D.O.A. (4:19)
09. All Against All (6:18)
10. In Vein (3:54)
11. Trenches (3:58)
12. Dark Intentions (1:24)
13. Bury Your Dead (3:17)
14. Faultline (3:50)
15. 99 (4:42)
16. Hate Song (3:19)
• Studio Bonus Tracks:
17. Sacrifice (4:44)
18. Meat Wagon (3:05)
19. Walk On Water (3:27)
20. Seize The Day (2:11)
21. Infernalis Mundi (0:44)
During this interview we talk to Cary Geare from Sons of Aurelius. During the interview we discuss everything from gear, graphics, to what’s in store for the band. All of you gearheads should be pleased.
1. Why SONS OF AURELIUS?
-The name “Son of Aurelius” was originally going to be a song title. Josh our vocalist, really went all out with these lyrics about gladiator combat and ancient Rome imagery. Everyone thought it was a cool idea to expand on it, make it a theme for the band. We all dug on the name, so we decided to use it as the band name which at that time still had not been coined.
2. Why did you decide to get together?
-For me it was an opportunity presented to me to work with some great musicians and do a professional recording with ZACK OHREN at CASTLE ULTIMATE. It started out purely as a recording project, do 3 song demo for fun. It came out great though and we knew we had something good going. I didn’t know any of these guys that well back then, it was just a last minute thing that turned into a really fun band.
3. How long had you been playing together before being signed?
-About a year. We did the demo project in February of 2009. We got picked up by GOOD FIGHT pretty quick and we’re stoked to get label support so fast.
4. What is your song writing process like? Does one member compose the majority of the music, or is it a group effort?
-It’s a group effort so much in that everyone contributes a song they wrote. Generally one member writes one song, there might be a riff or idea contributed here or there but mainly if someone in the band starts writing a song they will finish it. With everyone contributing this way we tend to get a more diverse sound song to song which is what we want. (more…)
The tour is called “BlackDiamondSkye” a play off of each bands current record Alice In Chain’s‘Black Gives Way to Blue’Deftones’‘Diamond Eyes’ and Mastodon’s‘Crack the Skye’ Check out more info here: http://blackdiamondskye.com/
“We’re really looking forward to touring with our friends, DEFTONES & MASTODON, Each band has its own unique flavor and the combination of all three will make for a great show and a good time on the road.” says Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
BlackDiamondSkye tour dates:
Sep. 16 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sep. 17 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 18 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep. 20 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep. 22 – Boston, MA – Agannis Arena
Sep. 24 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sep. 28 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Oct. 01 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Oct. 04 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct. 07 – Vancouver, BC – General Motors Place
Oct. 08 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Oct. 09 – Portland, OR – Rose Quarter – Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint