Archive for January, 2011
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Bloodshot-Murder the World (Scarlet)
Of course, what else could one expect from a band like Bloodshot, whose Belgian heritage is a direct line from the country’s legendary H8000 scene in the late nineties and early millennium; a vicious, metal influenced subsect of hardcore which took an immense amount of influence from extreme metal culture, aesthetic and musicianship.
Though Bloodshot are comparatively less thrashy and blasphemous than their classic countrymen in Liar or Congress, the overall beatdown style of Murder the World still possesses enough Slaytanic Wehrmacht moments to satisfy even the most close-minded classic metal purists. Bloodshot do a nice job at balancing what we’ve come to expect conceptually from this brutal style of hardcore with a surprising tunefulness and attention to musical detail.
The riffs fly fast ‘n furious, the vocals pissed ‘n mean, the drums pit-ready ‘n pounding…it’s basically a neo-hardcore fan’s wet dream, with enough battery ‘n brutality to please the death metal crowd, to boot. As usual, the Europeans are able to take anything American and improve upon the formula, with Bloodshot’s Murder the World being just another prime example. Solid.
Written by MetalGeorge
Despite kicking black metal stalwart SATANIC WARMASTER to the curb, the event has brought forth a pretty impressive lineup of bands this year. The thing that baffles me though, is that the lineup is so cool until you get to the main stages and see the pure embarrassment that ends each night. I’ll break it down like this…
Awesome Bands: Architects (UK), The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Coroner, The Haunted, Opeth, Anathema, Orphaned Land, Turisas, Atheist, Mayhem, Gorguts, Unleashed, Dodheimsgard, Bolt Thrower, Triptykon, 1349, Septic Flesh, Lock Up, Exhumed, Morgoth, Tsjuder, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod, Converge, Terror, Comeback Kid, Deez Nuts, Kyuss, Goatsnake, Electric Wizard, Kylesa, BuzzOv-en, Knut, Red Fang, The Gates of Slumber, Ancestors, Morne
Leave it at that and you’ve got an awesome festival!
Watchable Bands: Iggy and the Stooges, Rob Zombie, Valient Thorr, Cavalera Conspiracy, Doro, Firewind, Angel Witch, Suicide Silence, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Municipal Waste, Therion, Pain of Salvation, Audrey Horne, Belphegor, Vader, Krisiun, Malevolent Creation, Skyforger, Skeletonwitch, Grave, Hail of Bullets, Monster Magnent, The Melvins, Clutch, In Solitude, Bad Brains, DRI, Times of Grace, Shai Huluud, Hawkwind, Grand Magus, Black Dahlia Murder
I don’t care about these, but I’ll watch who I can without feeling disappointed if I miss one.
Who Cares: Scorpions, Apocalyptica, Black Label Society, Hammerfall, The Exploited, Dagoba, The Dwarves, Svart Crown, Total Fuckin Destruction, Korpiklaani, Cradle of Filth, Your Demise, Nasty
I get why they’re on the bill, I just don’t care that they’re on the bill.
What the fuck?: Disturbed, Alter Bridge, Trust, UFO, Blackrain, Crucified Barbara, Mr. Big, SUP, Maximum The Horomone, Klone, Mekong Delta, Lyzanxia, Arkona, Impureza, The Young Gods, Karma to Burn, Masters of Reality, Church of Misery, Kruger, My Sleeping Karma, Hangman’s Chair, US Bombs, Raw Power, Arma Gathas
I don’t get why they’re on the bill and I don’t give a fuck that they’re there either. Seriously??? Disturbed, Alter Bridge and Mr. Big??? WHAT THE FUCK???
Tags: 1349, Alter Bridge, anathema, Ancestors, Angel Witch, apocalyptica, architects uk, Arkona, Arma Gathas, atheist, Audrey horne, bad brains, Belphegor, Black Dahlia Murder, black label society, Blackrain, Bolt Thrower, BuzzOv-en, cavalera conspiracy, Church of Misery, Clutch, comeback kid, Converge, Coroner, corrosion of conformity, cradle of filth, Crucified Barbara, dagoba, deez nuts, Destruction, Disturbed, Dodheimsgard, Doro, DRI, electric wizard, Exhumed, Eyehategod, firewind, france, Goatsnake, Gorguts, Grand Magus, Grave, Hail of Bullets, hammerfall, Hangman's Chair, Hawkwind, hellfest, Iggy and the Stooges, Impureza, In Solitude, Judas Priest, Karma To Burn, Klone, Knut, Korpiklaani, kreator, Krisiun, Kruger, kylesa, Kyuss, LOCK UP, Lyzanxia, malevolent creation, Masters of Reality, Maximum The Horomone, mayhem, Mekong Delta, Meshuggah, metal, Monster Magnent, Morbid Angel, Morgoth, Morne, Mr. Big, municipal waste, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Opeth, orphaned land, ozzy osbourne, Pain of Salvation, Raw Power, Red Fang, Rob Zombie, Satanic Warmaster, Scorpions, Septic Flesh, Shai Huluud, Skeletonwitch, Skyforger, sodom, Suicide Silence, SUP, Svart Crown, terror, the cult, The Dwarves, The Exploited, the Gates of Slumber, THE HAUNTED, The Melvins, The Young Gods, therion, Times of Grace, Total Fuckin Destruction, Triptykon, Trust, Tsjuder, turisas, UFO, UNLEASHED, US Bombs, vader, Valient Thorr, Your Demise
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The mighty SATANIC WARMASTER has been booted from France’s Hellfest due to other artists on the bill refusing to play alongside the band and accusing the band of nazi ideology. This has long been a problem for the band, but also one that the band disputes vehemently in recent years. The latest SATANIC WARMASTER album ‘Nachzehrer’ has seen much praise from metal press, including us, but I’m curious to see how long it is before people stop supporting the band, much like the backlash that BURZUM has faced in recent years.
Accusations began to fly early in the band’s career when Nazgul made some controversial remarks to a fanzine during an interview. Things intensified more when the band began touring with the likes of German NSBM band ABSURD and Greek NSBM Der Sturmer. While there is certainly evidence that SATANIC WARMASTER has had ties to the NSBM movement over the years, the band maintains their innocence. The following statement was released by SATANIC WARMASTER and their label, Werewolf Records.
”It has been brough to my attention, that the organizers of the festival cannot hold on to our agreement to have SATANIC WARMASTER perform at the 2011 Hellfest. This was because of pressure put to the organizers by other artists booked on the festival.
”It is a disappointment (despite being totally expected) to see such mentality still present in the ’individualist’ and ’free-thinking’ metal community that any musical act can still be boycotted because of false preconceptions and arbitrary political motivations of other, ’bigger’ artists. It is also more than amusing to see that the censorship and boycott some of the French authorities tried to push on the festival earlier are now excercised by the festival organization itself.
”Obviously because I have never upheld any modern taboos or lived my life as an apologetic dabbler, it makes me also a target for politically motivated artists to keep us from playing because of their self-righteous reasons. Any artist can be put on a mock trial by taking words out of their context without thinking of the actual message, and SATANIC WARMASTER once again hangs crucified by hysterics driven by the love for a world and values I feel no oneness with.
”Everyone who has even slightest interest in this musical style knows what black metal is about, and in that light only a moralist or someone with a very extreme double standard can say that SATANIC WARMASTER is in some manner different from other artists of the genre.
”It makes me want to puke for making a statement like this, which is almost something that a politician would do, but to clear some things, it was mandatory to bite the bullet this time.
”Just to make sure everyone has their labels right, SATANIC WARMASTER’s ideology is Satanism and music style black metal. Whoever claims otherwise does so only because of personal feelings and/or resentment.
-Werwolf / SATANIC WARMASTER”
Tags: Absurd, black metal, Burzum, controversy, Der Sturmer, hellfest, Nachzehrer, National Socialist Black Metal, Nazgul, NSBM, Satanic Warmaster, Werewolf Records
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The Grime and the Glow (Pendu Sound Recordings)
CHELSEA WOLFE is black metal.
OK, maybe not exactly. Her music is more MARISSA NADLER fighting to the death with a more morose LYKKE LI (at least vocally), but her aesthetic is more true black metal than many of the umpteen million black metal bands that have popped up the last decade. You know, where it’s all image, no substance. Where not a note of music makes you feel anything. Where not once does your skin chill over from what you’re hearing. From whom you never feel even a slight sense of danger, that everything just might not be OK when it’s over. We’ve had too much of that lately. I have cardboard boxes filled with it, and one day when I’m motivated it, I’ll discard it all.
WOLFE might seem an odd choice for review on this site, and I’d agree if I didn’t know anything about her other than the NADLER/LI deal above. And that’s really just a lazy, toss-something-out-there connection for anyone who just wants the most basic idea of what to expect from a musical standpoint. What you get on The Grime and the Glow is darker, grimier, and more sinister than all of that, and it should make some of these corpse paint pretenders put down the makeup and reconsider just how earnest their paths are. WOLFE’s got you beaten by buckets and buckets of blood, you see? Go ahead, play as heavy as you wish, black metal pretenders, but you still aren’t registering.
Before digging into her record, do you know she did her own take of BURZUM’s “Black Spell of Destruction”? It’s massive. You have to hear it right now (link below). If you come back complaining that it’s not metal enough, then you don’t get it. It isn’t always about decibels. Sometimes it’s about intent, and what’s going on behind the artist’s eyes. This is a reimagining, to be quite honest.
The description I’d affix to WOLFE is ghost folk noir, and sure, that might seem alien to many metal fans, but there’s a connection. From the misleading opener “Advice and Vices,” which sounds like haunted pop, there’s something in WOLFE’s voice that is both seductive and seething. It’ll make you want more. If you want some imagery attached to this song, check out her hollow-eyed promo shots or the graveyard bloodshed of a video she made for this cut (link below). Both the song and the video made me think that WOLFE and PJ HARVEY could get together for a collaboration that would scare the holy shit out of you.
The rest of the record is more damaging than the false sense of security you get with “Advice.” “Cousins of the Antichrist” is noise-drenched, washed-out folk that could rattle a haunted house; “Moses” is covered with soot, yet her siren melody shines through, especially when she’s calling, “My eyes are burning like the sun.” “Deep Talks” has bruising guitar and wail that will challenge your shoddy speakers; while “Halfsleeper” is positively gorgeous and otherworldy; and “Bounce House Demons” will charge your fists and get your skeleton moving with her gritty guitar chunks and wailing voice. My guess is Scott Conner will be jealous hearing this and wonder why he couldn’t come up with something this quivering on his more recent XASTHUR albums.
So yeah, we’re branching out here on WOLFE. She’s not what we expect from metal because musically she isn’t. But she’s one of those artists I could see Southern Lord snapping up, because they’d understand the crossover appeal. I could see Profound Lore releasing her music because they don’t limit their borders and they know the concept is just as important as the sound. This record’s scary as shit, sexy like a snuff film, and alarming in a way where you’ll both want to run away and scurry back for fear you’ll miss the path she’s carving for you into the netherworld. WOLFE will broaden your horizons, erase your inhibitions, and perhaps alter what you consider true black metal. It’ll be uplifting just to feel again.
- We announced the next Metal Army Night featuring ABYSMAL DAWN (above) and that GUS G would be ‘Live from the Compound’ next week!
- Dan Hardy told us about his favorite music to train to.
- We were let down by the Mayhem Festival lineup.
- We were doubly let down by the Big Bore in America.
- The trifecta of let down was completed by Coachella.
Thanks for reading this week, have a metal as fuck weekend and we’ll be right back here in the same place on Monday! Horns up!
Tags: abysmal dawn, APMD, Big Four, Coachella, Dan Hardy, firewind, Goes Cube, gus g, Mayhem Festival, metal, MMA, Ozzy, ozzy osbourne, rotten sound, shroud of despondency, Sonne Adam, ufc
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Thomas Giles-Pulse (Metal Blade)
Proving once again that both Giles and his main gig, Between the Buried and Me, are more than worth ALL of the hype they receive, the former Prayer For Cleaning guitarist and current BTBAM singer/keyboardist has unleashed his first solo album to the masses…and its brilliant.
Forget anything you know or expect to hear from this ‘metalcore’ frontman, for once again Giles has defied everything musicians from this blighted sub-genre are ‘supposed’ to achieve by releasing an album which practically bursts with creativity and joy.
Pulse is a record which plays upon the same post-prog strengths as Steven Wilson’s Porcupine Tree, while also indulging quite adeptly within Giles established pomp-rock fetish. There are tons of bombastic riff passages to be found here, tempered with tender piano playing and, of course, Thomas’ warm, soaring voice.
Given that Giles pretty much had his hands involved within each and every aspect of Pulse-from the writing, recording and tracking-this is nothing short of impressive, and indeed ASTOUNDING that something this caliber of quality was the result of simply one man’s brainstorm.
Indeed, however, Pulse IS it; a varied and engaging listen which grabs hold of the listener by the heart strings with good, old fashioned passion and subtlety. It’s an album for BTBAM and prog fans alike; something which truly makes the soul leap for joy. Awesome.
Written by MetalGeorge
Check this out at about the 1-minute mark and tell me if that looks like ‘technical difficulties’. That is what’s been claimed by MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 after axe man and SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison threw his guitar and stormed off the stage during their recent concert in France. Jordison later returned after the band finished “Twist My Sister” only to storm off again a few songs later.
Someone’s got an ego…..
Tags: Chapel of Blood, Dope, Genitorturers, joey jordison, murderdolls, roadrunner records, Slipknot, tour, vampires everywhere, wednesday 13, Women and Children Last, Zeuss
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That’s right! It’s time once again for a ‘Live From The Compound’ broadcast. Last time, INTRONAUT came in and jammed for us. This time, we have the mighty GUS G in the house for a special broadcast where he will talk about anything you ask him. If you’re nice, maybe he’ll even play a few riffs for us!
So tune in to ‘Live from the Compound’ on Weds, Feb 2nd at 7PM Pacific / 10 Eastern to be a part of another awesome Metal Army broadcast!
“I think we should be bigger everywhere!” admits Evergrey guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund with a hearty laugh. “That’s the honest truth! We had a good thing going in America when we had all of these videos on MTV and were doing these cool tours with Iced Earth, In Flames and Arch Enemy. We were there quite a lot over the span of two years—which is how you have to do it in America. When the Torn album came out, however, our label almost went into bankruptcy, so that affected our album in a major way. No money was spent on promotional trips or interviews like this one right now, so of course it died for us. Now we’re back!”
Sweden’s Evergrey are indeed back, and have brought their inimitable brand of passionate, thoughtful metal to the masses once again with Glorious Collision. Following up 2008’s troubled Torn opus, Collision reveals three new pieces of the Evergrey lineup puzzle—guitarist Marcus Jidell, Therion bassist Johan Niemann and drummer Hannes Van Dahl—who have entered the fold, with the band sounding leagues stronger and heaps more energized, as a result.
“Well, at first we were terrified, of course,” admits Englund about the personnel shift. “We didn’t even know if we were going to continue. We decided to compose for a week and see what came out, and material just started flowing out of us! We’re really happy now, and relieved I’d say is the biggest word to describe Evergrey right now.”
Although the band’s new blood didn’t have much of a say when it came to the lion’s share of Collision’s stylistic course, Englund is more than enthusiastic about how the whole process came together, revealing, “It was fresh enough being able to decide things with Rickard [Zander, keyboards]; that was a big change. Before this, we had always been a democratic band, where everyone had their say, regardless of whether or not they wrote the song. This time, Rickard and I could create what we wanted for whomever we wanted, for as long as a time as we wanted! It was really weird for us, but cool, as well. The new guys came after we had created most of the album ourselves, but they offered their own views and ideas, and there was a really harmonious way of thinking between all of us. Even though they didn’t write the majority of these songs, they most definitely had their input.”
There are a couple of aspects surrounding Englund’s unique vocal style which set it apart from so many of his contemporaries: his emotional delivery, and the personal threads which are woven into each, expressive line torn from Tom’s velvet vocal chords.
“Some bands sing about dungeons and dragons, and do that very well,” says Tom, “…but for me this is like writing a book, with me in the starring role. Other than Inner Circle and The Search For Truth, Evergrey is very much about these feelings I myself have, down at the core of things. For me, it’s easier to write from this personal standpoint; I can’t imagine doing it any other way. Of course, you change as a person over time, and the way you write and think changes with that, especially for a band like Evergrey.
“For me, it’s been an ongoing evolution. I grow as a person, and that immediately affects my songwriting, because everything I write is personal; it’s about ME.”
The unfortunate other end of wearing the heart on one’s sleeve is that unenviable airing of dirty, inter-band laundry. Yet, Evergrey has remained nothing if not professional—some might even say ‘mum’—about what’s gone down over the previous few years surrounding the Torn album; a record which served as the band’s career low point, quality-wise.
“These [problems in the lineup] started to occur maybe one year before Torn,” says Tom, “and I wouldn’t really say it affected the songwriting, because we’ve always remained professional, so even though we didn’t enjoy each other’s company, we still made all the shows…even if they weren’t always fun. Same thing with Torn; we made the best album we could make at the time, and I think it has some killer songs. I also think that maybe the audience is able to see, feel and hear things which you, as a band, might expect them to either not notice or gloss over. They can tell if it’s genuine or from the heart…so all props to them! Of course, we’ve never intentionally went into any situation to make a bad album, or even a half-hearted album, but—and this is the honest truth—we’ve put our hearts into every record. Being emotionally satisfied or unsatisfied will, of course, affect how that album turns out, as well.”
Although we’re proud to report that all IS well that ends well—Glorious Collision is a barn-burning return to form revisit from the Evergrey we know and love—there still exists that bit of confusion which has always seemed to have swirled ‘round the band’s sound…is it ‘progressive?’
Maybe, but not as we know it, Jim.
“I actually think that the term ‘progressive’ mean to different things, depending on which audience you’re speaking,” explains Tom. “The smaller audience already has an idea of what ‘progressive’ means, yet to the larger audience, ‘progressive’ means ‘weird.’ This is something which hasn’t helped us very much; it’s actually put us in a genre and corner where we don’t belong. I also don’t feel it’s fair to us musically, or to bands who are actually playing progressive music. Of course we have elements which I would call quite…’musical.’ We’re not as talented as Dream Theater of course. We’ve never been, and we’ve never claimed to be.
“Our goal was to go out to be as good at our instruments as Dream Theater, and to bang our heads like Deicide. That was our goal…and we’ve accomplished the latter!”
“We just play metal. Melodic metal. DARK, melodic metal, if you want to, but we’ve never labeled ourselves as ‘progressive’. Technical at points, perhaps, but this isn’t the element which we’ve wanted to bring to the forefront. Writing good songs is the key.”
Written by MetalGeorge
Tags: deicide, Dream Theater, evergrey, gothenburg, interviews, melodic, metal, metalgeorge, Opeth, prog, progressive, Sweden, Swedish Metal
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