Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Whitechapel Song 'The Saw Is The Law'!

Deathcore titans Whitechapel have been hard at work on a new album since last August, but the real details are surfacing about it now, including the cover/title and a new single! The album is titled Our Endless War and is a bit more visually interesting than their last cover, although they've definitely made a shift from their older album covers that were more conventional metal covers. The new cover is pretty clean looking for sure, also there's quite a rift with people at the moment about the second band name logo they've been using. While I do love the old logo, the new one fits this cover more and is frankly really clean looking. I think it works really well for them.

Check Out The New Boris The Blade Track!

Boris The Blade are getting set to release their debut album The Human Hive, although the band made a good impression with the last EP The Tides Of Damnation. This tech deathcore outfit show plenty of promise and their debut album is definitely something to be excited for.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Incoming Whitechapel Song!

Whitechapel just made a post on Facebook all but confirming that a new single will drop tomorrow. Hype level is through the roof! If the hashtag is to be taken as the song title than it'll probably be called 'The Saw Is The Law'.

New I Declare War Song 'Quiet'!

I Declare War are heading towards the release of a new album entitled We Are Violent People By Nature, which is set to release on April 15th this year. This album follows up their self titled album from 2011, which was one of my favorite albums that year and the strongest outing the band has had yet. 'Quiet' feels exactly in line with the tone they set with the self-titled album and while the lyrics are a little more generic than the last albums fare, they fit the band well still.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Band Of The Week: Lorelei

According to there are at least 9 artists/bands that share the name Lorelei. This might be a record for most shared name, which is surprising as it's not some stereotypical metal name or anything, but none-the-less it's apparently a common name. Despite that though a quick Google search of the term 'Lorelei band' will almost certainly point you towards this weeks band of the week. Lorelei recently dropped their debut album Lore Of Liesand it's already vying for one of this years best albums.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Kennedy Veil - Trinity Of Falsehood

Metal as seen by outsiders who don’t listen to the genre is a garbled mess of instruments being played a beyond comprehensible speed mashed together into what sounds and feels like a literal wall of noise. Not the wall of sound idea made popular by Phil Spector in the 60’s, but more of a wall of sound that’s crumbling down and burying you alive. Now as a metal head we generally scoff this stuff off and move on because we’re more trained to hear the subtleties and the talent packed into these walls of noise. There’s almost a challenge to it and it makes repeat listens that much more important and enjoyable.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Restitution - Waves

In the ever broadening subgenre of metalcore there is a huge divide between radio friendly cookie cutter bands, and progressive/experimental bands. Bands like Norma Jean and Oh, Sleeper cut their teeth pushing the genre to darker tones and all over the map playing, collections of noise and rhythms that when put together make wonderfully energetic music that’s unafraid to give the listener a wild ride. LA based band The Restitution are doing their best to further that progressive push. Waves is a swinging thundering giant, fighting for your attention and once it has that it does everything it can to keep you guessing what comes next. The album flows very well and the strong writing keeps things from falling into a lull.

Band Of The Week: Near Death Condition

I might have just found these guys recently, but Near Death Condition have been killing it for about 13 years now. This Sweden based technical death metal group have two albums under their belt and a third album on the way here in a short number of weeks. I've been playing their last album relentlessly though in preparation for it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Demon Hunter Song/Video!

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Demon Hunter, their last album didn't exactly wow me, but This World Is A Thorn, The Triptych, and Summer Of Darkness are some pretty fantastic albums. I've also enjoyed much of Ryan Clark's artwork for many bands. Today the band released a lyric video for a new song from their upcoming album Extremist. The song is titled 'Artificial Light' and while the video itself isn't particularly that interesting, the song is pretty good and the guitar solo is great.

Details Surface For Devil You Know's Debut Album!

Devil You Know, the supergroup formed by Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed) Francesco Artusato (ex-All Shall Perish), and John Sankey (ex-Devolved, Fear Factory), announced their formation a while ago, but now details have surfaced for their debut album via the bands Facebook page. Above you've got the album artwork, and the title which is The Beauty Of Destruction.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Band Of The Week: Nightshade

Nightshade's members hail from both France and the US, originally founded by their french guitarist Bastien Deleule, the band has since released two full length albums and signed with Bullet Tooth Records. They are a deathcore band with a heavy influence from melodic death metal. They aren't too incessant with the breakdowns, and the lead guitar work makes for some great songs.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Preview New Austrian Death Machine!

It's been almost exactly a year since the successful crowd funding campaign of Austrian Death Machine's new album Triple Brutal and while the delay is most definitely related to the whole mess of a situation Tim Lambesis got into, it's good to see that the album is finally going to see the light of day. After getting a real mastering session done in August last year the album is slated to be released April 1st. I can't imagine this ending up to be a giant April Fools Joke, I would venture Tim doesn't want any more negativity around him, and that this release date just coincides with the comical nature of the project itself.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fleshgod Apocalypse Post Video For 'Pathfinder'!

Fleshgod Apocalypse's Labyrinth is a pretty phenomenal album, and it made my best of list for last years albums. It's a great continuation of the sound they established with Agony, with a heart around the story of the Minotaur. The band has posted a video for the song 'Pathfinder' and int he video they deal with the themes of the story they are telling on the album. It's a well shot video and makes for an entertaining few minutes. Well worth your time.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hear 15 Seconds Of New Whitechapel!

Whitechapel's one of the biggest names in deathcore and fans have been patiently waiting for new material from their upcoming yet to be titled release they've been working on. While we still don't have many details and this update is not huge, it's still something to be excited about. There is a 15 second clip from a song supposedly titled 'Anxiety'. The clip mostly shows off Phil Bozeman's excellent vocal talent with a fast paced vocal verse.

Band Of The Week: Dan Dankmeyer

Instrumental metal is not the biggest genre around, but it's fans are damn loyal. Bands like Animals As Leaders, Chimp Spanner, and Scale The Summit have garnered quite the following for themselves. There's also Drewsif Stalin, who has made quite a name for himself via his djent instrumental cover songs as well as his own material. It's been covered plenty of times before how the advent of technology as it is today allows for bands to produce great quality work with an instrument, a laptop, and the right software. One man bands are bigger than ever. I don't quite recall how I found Dan Dankmeyer, probably just browsing Bandcamp, but his instrumental work is top notch.