Friday, April 20, 2018
U.K. duo khost released their third full-length album titled Governance in June of 2017. What Damian Bennett and Andy Swan have created is a nightmarish soundscape that will leave you feeling battered, bruised and irrevocably altered.
Throughout Governance the harsh industrial noise, distorted guitar loops, punishing vocal snarl and intoxicating chants combine to create feelings of fear, anguish and unassailable desperation. Opening track Redacted Repressed Recalcitrant makes it abundantly clear that themes like hope and salvation will find no tenor in this punishing aural tome. Tracks like Subliminal Chloroform Violation, Cloudbank Mausoleum and Defraction are permeated with the strong feeling that an individual force is working at a quite deliberate pace to prolong the listener’s torment.
Numb and despondent, the torment continues unabated with the tracks Demenized, Depression and Stockholm Syndrome. However, the individual force mentioned above has been violently replaced by multiple forces working in conjunction to further precipitate your pain and suffering. The hour of reckoning is near and the only question that remains is will you survive this ordeal with your soul intact.
Governance plays like the soundtrack of a movie about the final gasps of a being whose life force has all but extinguished, but refuses to die. If you have ever wondered what it is like to witness a battle for soul and sanity then Governance is the album for you.
-El Pedo Caliente (aka Uncle Jameson from the Fistful of DOOM show)
PS: This one pairs well with The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout from Lakewood Brewing Company.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
What if I told you that shortly after leaving Deep Purple, Roger Glover wrote a concept album based on a children’s poem. And what if a young Ronnie Dio, as he was known at the time, co-wrote some of the songs and did some vocals. Oh, and let’s throw in Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale and their vocal talents as well. Michael Giles, a co-founder of King Crimson, played drums. Before you think I wrote this on 4/20, check out the album online, and you’ll see that all of this and more is true.
I had no idea this album existed before stumbling across it at a used record store. I saw Roger Glover’s name attached and thought that it certainly had to be worth four dollars to check it out. It is a cool album and has some very interesting music. One song from the album, “Love Is All”, was a number one hit in the Netherlands and Belgium, and an animated video for the song has gotten a lot of play on television over the years. There was even a one-off concert in October 1975 performing the whole album in running order with an all star cast, including Jon Lord and Ian Gillan, and Vincent Price as the narrator.
This is a fun album to listen to and definitely shows off a different side of Roger Glover. He certainly has some songwriting skills that didn’t see enough of the light of day in Deep Purple. The album was released in 1974 and a lot of it is in the vein of the pop and psychedelic pop that was all the rage back then. There are a couple of tracks, though, that would be right at home on a Deep Purple album of that time period, and one song is positively ELP-esque, so Glover was obviously drawing on several influences. It says a lot for Glover that he wrote or co-wrote the entire album, produced it, and convinced many of the leading British rockers of the time to take part.
There are several songs on this album that I really like. The first track, “Dawn”, is all synths, and first few seconds make you wonder the direction of this album, but it resolves into what you think it would be. Track two, “Get Ready”, is a nice little rocker that gets you in the flow for what is to come. “Old Blind Mole” is barely over a minute but its a cool song, with a half spoken, half sung delivery over tablas and finger snaps. Its almost what you imagine a beat poet reading would be. I really like “No Solution”, another straight ahead rocker with a horn section and a message about pollution and the damage that mankind was doing more than 40 years ago. Lastly, “Sir Maximus Mouse” rails against the evils of commercialism and letting a mind for business take precedence over any other concerns.
This album is really surprising and the more you listen the more you get out of it. There's a lot of meat to these songs and you can hear how this seemingly innocuous work based on a children's poem really tackles some of the larger concerns of its time. And there are some damn fine performances here to boot. Ronnie Dio could have been a straight up pop singer if the heavy metal thing hadn't worked out, but I think we're all glad that it did. For me, this is a lost gem of the 70's and I'm glad I dug it out of the discount bin. This will provide some great listening time and time again.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Elegiac – Black Clouds of War
Zane Young – Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Drums
Black Clouds Of War acoustic guitar starts then the rest of the instruments kick in with a slow and heavy pace along with some demonic vocals, Cosmic Holocaust grabs you and takes you down to the black abyss. Beyond The Psychical Realm works its way into your brain and just sears it with evil intent. Transcendence Interlude slowly weeds its way into your very being. Heathen Supremacy power evil incarnate just ripping into you. The Hanging Head Of Death more death and destruction ready to rip and tear and kill. Symbols of Power grabs you and screams right in your face till your ears bleed. Ashwind Interlude slow mellow acoustic guitar. Creatures Of Night the evil of the underworld just rises and rips the earth to pieces. Visions sights of death destruction and evil invade your mind and dreams trying to drive you to madness.
Enclave - New Age Disorder
Rainer Hollersberger – Vocals/Bass, Michael Schifrer – Guitar, Martin Zahedi – Guitar,
Martin Gschopf – Drums
The Infiltration over driven feedback dual lead guitars marching drums slowly building. Capitalypse Now fast heavy speed metal thrash with screaming vocals get the pit ready to mosh. Mediocy an interesting off tempo beat and some scorching guitars get ready to rumble and kick ass. Shades Of War classic power metal riff with some excellent musicianship takes you back on a trip to the day when metal was king. New Age Disorder thrash is back with a vengeance and ready to make some heads roll. Austrian Thrash Command the pit is rumbling the guitars are scorching and the beats are pounding thrash till you drop. Cannibal Cops mix Metallica Anthrax testament and Overkill and this band has all the influences. The Aftermath slow melodic guitar then the riff fest kicks in with screaming guitars and pounding rhythms speed thrash is on its way back if these guys have anything to say about.
Exist – Get Your Own
Kacper – Vocals/Guitar, Felix – Guitar, Jacu – Drums, Kamil – Bass
Get Your Own has some amazing flamenco guitar then a power speed metal song kicks in and takes over with power and fury with screaming guitars. Lawlessness fist in the air power metal solid as hell and ready to rock and thrash about. On Your Own Accord grabs you and takes you on a trip thru metal times and places these young men can really kick it. Exist fist pumping head banging foot stomping metal that just grabs you and takes you on a great ride.
Fabulous Disaster - Hang ’Em High
Jan – Guitar/Vocals, Matthes – Guitar, Andi – Bass, Luke – Drums
Death Is Loud the pit is swirling around in fury with metal forces and power. Faster Than Light fast riffs speed metal rhythms and searing guitars this is classic exodus reborn. Warsaw get ready for a ride through classic speed thrash metal riffs screaming vocals and scorching lead guitar work. Thrash Bang Wallop makes you believe these guys grew up listening to Raven as well what an awesome thrash metal song. Midnight Fistfight speed thrash metal that is just in your face relentless and powerful. Wellness in Hell the pit is thrashing about body’s slamming into each other in fury. R.I.P. Rest In Power these guys never slow down or get mellow thrash the way it was meant to be. Thrash Metal Symphony man these guys are tight and what amazing musicianship get ready to be impressed. Toxic Nuclear War grabs you and pulls you into the thrash metal pit of aggression. Customized ends the thrash speed metal music festival and leaves you drained.
Forgotten Woods – The Curse of Mankind
Olav Berland – Guitar/Drums, Rune Vedaa – Bass, Thomas Torkelsen – Vocals, Rune jamme – Vocals
Overmotets Pris drak fast heavy in your face ram it down your throat death metal. My Scars Hold Your Dreams slow dark and melancholy taking you down with fear and anger. The Starlit Waters/I The Mountain demonic sounds heavy beats and gothic style added vocals along with death metal screams. With Swans Ill Share My Thirst slow and mellow softly drifting this entire song is very mellow. Den Ansiktslose starts out with melody and melancholy feelings that slowly builds thru the song get ready to take a strange trip. The Velvet Room fist pumping foot stomping metal with a catchy riff and some excellent lead work the end kicks into overdrive.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
MIST, the Slovenian priestesses of doom, return with their debut full-length!
"Free Me Of The Sun" will be released through Soulseller Records on 1st June 2018 on CD, vinyl and in digital formats.
Staying true to their traditional Doom Metal roots, the band builds upon strong riffs with bright female vocals and epic guitar solos. The album was recorded in Studio Ork, produced and mixed by Benjamin Kic and mastered by Patrick W. Engel ( Temple of Disharmony).
With this release MIST are starting a new chapter on their path in the depths of doom!
"Disembody Me" - Official Track Stream: https://youtu.be/jz7B3sUUAT4
1. The Ghoul
2. Ora Pro Nobis
3. White Torch
5. Altar Of You
6. Disembody Me
7. The Offering
10. Free Me Of The Sun
London cinematic post-metal quintet THE EVER LIVING have unveiled 'New Mutiny', the second single and video which shows the band at their most melodic, ferocious and grand. 'New Mutiny' is taken from the band's debut album Herephemine which is released on May 4th via Chromism Records.
The band previewed the track via Nine Circles earlier this week, with the video premiere appearing via Metal Injection on Thursday.
Check out the new video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5VHUYyVwxo
The 'New Mutiny' video is highly immersive: the story of a child who spends his days watching his family consumed by the Herephemine system, a virtual reality platform. Feeling so strongly that he wants to create rather than consume, he escapes from home and wanders through the city, joining a group of young creators. He ends up co-directing a video for THE EVER LIVING before trouble arrives in the form of a law enforcement officer who is hunting him down.
Keyboardist / vocalist Chris Bevan Lee explains: "I felt like I had a lot to say so there are a few things going on in the video, from the feeling of wanting to create than to consume to the reality of artists having to do a lot more for a lot less for an audience who want everything for free. Setting it in the near future and using technology as a device is a way of exaggerating those concerns."
The video complements the band's debut album Herephemine, a 12-track transcendental journey through darkness, euphoria and dense atmosphere.
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As the long awaited follow up to the band’s self-titled debut EP, Herephemine expands on THE EVER LIVING's established sound by further exploring sonic extremes via greater dynamics and deeper production. Clocking in at 66 minutes, THE EVER LIVING fully utilise intensity as much as they do space, creating an immersive world for the listener to explore.
Known for their engrossing performances, THE EVER LIVING will unveil their new live experience at their album launch show on 17 May at Boston Music Room. The band will take the show nationwide later this summer, dates to be announced soon.
Find out more about the band
Monday, April 16, 2018
This band from Saarbrucken, Germany has put together their brand new fifth album and third part in their Mirror of Creation series of records. This prog band has elements of classic ‘80s bands mixed with more modern sounds and it works out well.
The album has soaring vocals throughout that just bring back the ‘80s and bands that really had vocalists who put their all into melody and really let loose. The band is tight with ripping guitar playing, flowing bass and bombastic drumming that gives such power to these songs. The production is great, with a crisp sound that gives the listener a chance to hear the emotion behind the incredible playing. Maybe not as prog rock sounding as what most people think, ambling songs, lilting, pretentious music, this has experimentation in sounds and hard and heavy mixed into the songs in such a way that if you like hard music, you will be able to get into this. Not one spoiled song, nothing out of place, everything played with conviction and energy, just what I wanted from them and they delivered in spades.
With so much going for them, it’s a no-brainer, you need to get this album, play it loud, this isn’t any quiet fest kiddos, and this is a killer. I hope that they don’t take too long in following this up and that they just keep on going with the same force as on this one. As they say on the killer opening track, “Welcome To The Show.”
Sunday, April 15, 2018
CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS are proud to announce the signing of heavy rockers LUCIFER, who will release their much anticipated, second studio album, “Lucifer II”, on July 6, 2018.
Singer Johanna Sadonis comments: "We are beyond thrilled to roll our Heavy Rock tank to the monster fortress of Century Media. What better place to kick off the new chapter! This should go together like Buck Dharma and his mustache. Here's to an unholy union!"
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R Europe adds: “We are very proud to support LUCIFER’s next chapters. I met Johanna a couple of times and was always impressed about her strong vision for LUCIFER. The addition of Nicke Andersson makes it even more interesting, because he always contributed the highest level of rock’n’roll to every band he has been involved in.
Looking forward to see LUCIFER rising!”
Apart from a new label home, the follow up to 2015’s “Lucifer I” also marks the first studio release of the new LUCIFER incarnation now consisting of vocalist Johanna Sadonis, guitarist Robin Tidebrink, and multi-instrumentalist Nicke Andersson, who plays drums and also took over bass and guitar when recording “Lucifer II”. The band’s live line-up also features Martin Nordin (Dead Lord) on guitar and bass player Alexander Mayr.
“Lucifer II” was recorded at the Honk Palace in Stockholm and Ola Ersfjord (Dead Lord, Tribulation, Primordial) mixed it at Cuervo Recording Service in Madrid.
Originally, LUCIFER formed in Berlin back in 2014 consisting of singer Johanna Sadonis and members from Cathedral, Angel Witch and Ladytron. The first 7-inch single ‘Anubis’ and debut album “Lucifer I” were released by British label Rise Above Records, quickly establishing the group as a promising new act offering excellent 1970s hard rock with a good dose of proto metal and doom added to the mix. Citing Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult, Lucifer’s Friend, Steppenwolf, 70’s Heart and Fleetwood Mac as inspiration, LUCIFER corrupted the souls of many and achieved international recognition on tours through Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.
With a shift of constellation within the band in 2016 and Johanna Sadonis moving from Berlin to Stockholm, LUCIFER are now ready for an exciting new chapter in their career. With Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Entombed, Imperial State Electric, Death Breath etc.), Sadonis found a congenial new song-writing partner, and “Lucifer II” turns out to be a strong sonic statement.
As a first glimpse at what is to come, the doomy single ‘Faux Pharaoh’ was released in December 2017 and can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUDDwcg_VL4
Next up is the launch of the album’s opening track and first video ‘California Son’. The track will be released as 7-inch via US label Electric Assault and digital single via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS on May 4, 2018. Pre-order the 7-inch here: https://electricassaultrecords.bandcamp.com/album/california-son
LUCIFER are already booked for a number of international festivals and concerts like Psycho Las Vegas, Hellfest, Desertfest and Germany’s cult TV show ‘Rockpalast’. Check out the full line-up of dates below!
5/2 Gothenburg, SE - The Abyss
5/3 Halmstad, SE - Kajskjulet
5/4 Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
5/5 Berlin, DE - Desertfest
5/31 Alvesta, SE - Muskelrock Festival
6/2 Netphen-Deuz, DE - Freak Valley Festival
6/24 Clisson, FR - Hellfest
8/17 Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas
10/10 Bonn, DE - Rockpalast Crossroads Festival
10/19 Leeuwarden, NL - Into The Void Festival
THE SECOND COMING STARTS NOW.