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My biggest issue with metal in the 2010s is that in contrast to the past three decades, there's just a lack of creativity. Newer metalcore is being increasingly influenced by nu-metal and post-hardcore as the new musicians who are in their 20s and 30s are now playing music that's entirely an amalgam of what they grew up with as teens rather than creating anything new.
Blackgaze was novel for the first few years but now feels like the light beer version of black metal at this point that doesn't have the same edge that metal is supposed to have. I'm not sure if I want black metal to have a kinder, gentler, dare I say, “cuddlier” face when compared to the antisocial behavior that defined the second wave. When I hear a band like Alcest or Deafheaven, I don't feel like these are maniacs with serious mental issues precisely because it sounds way too calculated and professional for my aging ears.
Djent is nice but often feels too monotonous to really do justice to how technical it is. For, “progressive metal” the songwriting lacks the same level of unexpected changes in direction that make progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes so appealing. Yeah, Djent is heavy but it's also often predicable when unconventional songwriting is half of what separates metal and makes it so special and unique. Blackened sludge on the othe rhand is only going to appeal to people who want extremely raw production... who will never be great enough in number to establish a trend rather than a fad. More...
U.K. grindcore outfit Napalm Death is currently on a massive touring campaign across North America as part of the "Savage Imperial Death March" together with The Melvins and Melt Banana.
Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury checked in with the following status report: "This ongoing tour with Melt Banana and the The Melvins has been awesome! A really great vibe between all 3 of the bands with a lot of the shows selling out which is great to see. The diversity of the fans and the musical styles of the bands on offer for me is really refreshing! I also got to play 'Night Goat' live with The Melvins, which for me is one of the best songs ever! But for sure this kind of tour is inspirational food for thought as I look towards writing for the next Napalm Death album!"
Napalm Death has also revealed a string of new European festival dates, a tour across South America for June/July, and a first show of 2017. See the band live: More...
Napalm Death is about to start a massive touring campaign across North America as part of the "Savage Imperial Death March" together with The Melvins and Melt Banana.
Today a new video clip for the track "Dear Slum Landlord" off Napalm Death's 15th studio album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" has been launched and can be seen below.
This very special clip for "Dear Slum Landlord" was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight Media and includes performance footage shot by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear.
Napalm Death vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway checked in to comment on the video as follows: "Being a very queasy and deliberately monotone kind of song, we felt simplicity was the key with the video for 'Dear Slum Landlord.' Suitably, thanks to two production people in Oliver and Costin - who really understand the contrasting elements of Napalm Death - it's simple, desolate, black and white and just that little bit grim, befitting the subject matter of interconnected housing/labour exploitation which does its best to remain hidden from view." More...
Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.
Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...
So this is an odd and interesting pairing: Napalm Death and the Melvins join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week spring trek that that kicks off on March 26th at The Marquee in Phoenix, Ariz.
“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” says Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”
Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun… and I mean that in a good way. We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”
This isn’t the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Concept.
The Melvins also released "Across The USA in 51 Days: The Movie!" on Friday. The DVD release, filmed by the band and crew during a 2012 attempt to break the record for the fastest tour of the United States (plus DC), dedicates one minute to each state (and district). More...
U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death and Germany's Heaven Shall Burn have teamed up for a very special split 7" EP release.
Entitled "The Mission Creep," this limited vinyl-only split 7" EP will be released on December 11, 2015 via the bands' longtime label Century Media Records and it will include both an unreleased song by Heaven Shall Burn called "Battle Of Attrition" as well as the unreleased Napalm Death track "An Extract (Strip It Clean)."
Heaven Shall Burn comments: "It is a huge honour for us to be releasing this split 7" EP. It not only is the first 7" in Heaven Shall Burn's career, but also shared with a band that has been an influence on all levels of our band's development. Napalm Death have been a constant inspiration and will always remain innovators. We are as happy as young kids, again! Our song 'Battle Of Attrition' deals with the happenings on the battlegrounds of Flanders from more than a 100 years ago and the unfortunately repeating tragedies for all Nations, which are misled into devastating war scenarios."
Napalm Death adds: "Split recordings are a great opportunity to explore something a little different, and with the voice that Heaven Shall Burn have out there in the world, we thought it was a nice route down which to spread our own tentacles of music and ideas. The convergence of ideas between our two bands on the design side of the EP was quite seamless, so as good a meeting of minds as there should be." More...
Watch Carcass guitarist Bill Steer below, rejoining his former band Napalm Death for the first time since 1988 to perform the classic ND track "Deceiver". The track originally appeared on the B-side of Napalm Death's debut album "Scum", which was released in July 1987 via Earache.
Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, Voivod are currently touring Europe. Check out all remaining dates of the European "Deathcrusher Tour 2015" below: More...
Every once in a while, a tour comes along with a lineup that's more or less impossible to ignore. This year, Europe is being treated to a veritable wet dream of extremity, as two of death metal's most revered bands, Carcass and Obituary, are teaming up with grindcore godfathers Napalm Death and Canadian progressive thrashers, Voivod, as well as Swiss act, Herod, to give headbangers the Deathcrusher tour. As if to get the grey island out of the way first, the trek began this past week in the United Kingdom and this reporter was lucky enough to witness the event in Bristol, at a venue called The Motion.
Opening the show was Herod, a progressive sludge metal band from Vevey in Switzerland, who released their debut album, "They Were None" last year. Although they didn't feel out of place as such on this bill, opening such an exciting lineup with sludge didn't seem like a particularly good idea and as a result, Herod came across as a boring start that created the sentiment opening bands dread; the old, "Let's just get this over with so we can watch what we came for," vibe. They received a relatively warm response from the crowd however, who it must be said of Bristol audiences, are usually supportive of unknown or new bands. Whatever the case, with a dull stage presence and uninteresting repertoire, Herod will need to wait until their next album before they seriously impress any passing punters. More...
Obituary is gearing up for it's European Death Crusher Tour with Carcass, Napalm Death and Voivod starting this Friday in Wolverhampton, UK.
Asks Obituary on the band's Facebook page: "Are you ready for the RedNeck Stomp?"
Check out all dates below: More...
Napalm Death continues to promote 15th studio album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and today the group debuts a new video clip for "How The Years Condemn."
Check out the enthralling effort, composed by live footage shot in North America by
Doug Brown and enhanced by animation courtesy of Costin Chioreanu / Twilight Media, in the player below. Napalm Death comments:
"Subject-wise I think this is one of the more open-ended of the tracks that we have in the sense that everybody has their own ideas toward living a vibrant and fulfilling life. To me, Costin expertly captured some elements that can be detrimental to that and keep us in a bubble: becoming progressively stupefied by television / mass media... leaving unnecessary burdens upon another person sharing life with us... only seeing an altered perspective through the bottom of a bottle or suchlike.
"Don't misunderstand, this is not an anti-alcohol / intoxicant song - as some might conclude - but more to understand that any form of stimulant that controls us rather us controlling it (from TV to drugs and many things in between) really can impair and reduce the quality of life that is possible for our finite time on earth." More...
After having just supported Faith No More on a U.S. run, and in addition to the previously revealed European dates for the "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, Napalm Death will continue touring by joining up with Carcass, Obituary, Voivod as well as Herod on a string of U.K. and Ireland dates of the "Deathcrusher Tour."
An announcement from Napalm Death about the tour can be seen in the video below, while a full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump.
Following a return to European stages in May, the Canadian progressive metal pioneers from Voivod are confirmed to return to Europe in October as part of the heavyweight "Deathcrusher 2015" tour alongside Carcass, Obituary, Herod, and label mates Napalm Death.
Voivod's drummer Michel "Away" Langevin checked in with the following comment about the upcoming tour: "We are proud to be part of this crazy line-up and psyched to go back to Europe again this year. What a thrill to meet all our friends once more and share the stage with our partners in metal."
And just in time for this tour package and as further teaser for a next studio album, the follow-up to 2013's "Target Earth release," Voivod will release a special and limited split 7" EP together with Napalm Death. Look out for more details about this project very soon! See Voivod live on these dates: More...
British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much-praised studio album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and have recently announced their participation on what will be one of the heaviest tour packages of the year: The "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, which sees NAPALM DEATH and label mates VOIVOD join up with headliners Carcass, Obituary as well as Herod all throughout November in Europe. Here are the dates revealed so far:
"Deathcrusher Tour 2015"
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Rage Wear, Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin & Big Cheese
01.11. Gent (Belgium) - De Vooruit
02.11. Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
03.11. Geneva (Switzerland) - L'Usine
04.11. Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
05.11. Prague (Czech Republic) - Folimanka Hall
06.11. Magdeburg (Germany) - Factory
08.11. Gothenburg (Sweden) - Tradgar'n
09.11. Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
11.11. Gdansk (Poland) - B90
12.11. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
13.11. Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
15.11. Vienna (Austria) - Simm City
16.11. Munich (Germany) - Kesselhaus
17.11. Bologna (Italy) - Estragon Club
18.11. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
19.11. Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
21.11. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest
26.11. Madrid (Spain) - Sala Riviera
27.11. Lisboa (Portugal) - Cine Teatro Corrois
28.11. Bilbao (Spain) - Sala Santana 27
29.11. Barcelona (Spain) - Sala Razzmatazz
More dates to be announced soon...
NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury comments as follows:
"It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to the upcoming "Deathcrusher Tour". The Musical history and relevance between all 4 of the bands truly speaks for itself I think - It's heartwarming to be a part of it.
All of the bands involved in this tour have been great friends for what I guess is a lifetime now - we have played together on many separate occasions before BUT this tour! This tour is something very special, I mean come on...VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY & CARCASS are you kidding? All on the same bill night after night?? This is the A to Z of heavy, grinding, progressive, crushing riffs in one insane package!
I expect to see nothing less than savage mosh pit mayhem every evening....this is one tour nobody should miss..." More...
Full Terror Assault is a three day, open air metal festival to be held at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois later this year on Sept 10th, 11th, and 12th.
The event will feature over seventy bands spanning every genre of metal along with contests, vendors, a DJ after hours party, and more. Festival goers will be able to camp on-site and enjoy over 115 acres of nature with fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities. Various ticket packages are available online with a buy-one-get-one-free special available through June 21st. The lineup includes the following artists: More...
After a successful run of dates in Australia and New Zealand together with Carcass, British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death continue to promote 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" with festival appearances this past weekend in North America (Maryland Death Fest and Fort Worth Metal Festival) as well as dates in Europe and Russia this coming Summer. Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury checked in briefly with greetings while on travels as follows:
"We had an awesome time down in Australia & New Zealand with our old friends Carcass! A lot of history between us as everyone probably knows and the crowds were very appreciative with most of the shows sold out. And what a great line up, also with Extortion opening...a truly awesome band from Australia. All in all a killer tour and I almost got Bill Steer up onstage for a few of the old songs, but we never quite managed it with all of the crazy traveling and early flights. But one day soon though, I tell you...Cheers!"
See Napalm Death live on these dates: More...
The recently reformed sludgecore beasts from Raging Speedhorn will be bringing their filthy riffs to the Ronnie James Dio main stage of the upcoming Bloodstock festival. The band’s Gordon Morison comments: “We’re over the moon to be playing Bloodstock 2015. It’ll be awesome to share the stage with some of our old friends like Orange Goblin and Napalm Death. See you down the front!”
Progressive metal Brits Xerath also bring the heavy to Friday’s main stage. The band enthuses, "We are utterly stoked to announce we will be returning to Catton Hall once again to perform at this year's Bloodstock festival. We are especially proud to confirm we will be gracing the mainstage for the first time since our debut at the festival in 2009 which promises to almost certainly be a career defining moment for the band. We sincerely cannot wait to see you all there! Warm up those necks Bloodstockers!"
French groove metal eccentrics Trepalium and Dutch death metal outfit Villainy are also set for Sophie stage slots on Sunday. The currently announced lineup is: More...
U.K. grind pioneers Napalm Death just released a track-by-track clip explaining the songs on new album "Apex Predator - Easy Meat."
Check out vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway explaining the lyrical themes of the songs below, and you can also find a list of upcoming Napalm Death tour dates after the jump.
"Apex Predator - Easy Meat," the 15th studio album by the restless and unrelenting U.K. grind squadron Napalm Death was recently released by Century Media Records.
The album has managed to enter the national sales charts in several countries with some of the best positions the band has ever achieved:
Belgium (Flemish): #103
Belgium (Wallonia): #117
UK Rock Chart: #15
US Top 200: #113
US New Artist Top 50: #2
Napalm Death vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway checked in during the band's current North American tour to say:
"We are pinching ourselves yet again, especially considering the ongoing noise quotient of our output. Thank you and thank you. From the other side of the pond, our ND / Voivod / Exhumed / Iron Reagan / Black Crown Initiate tour is making some nice waves.
"There's something for everybody in this buffet of many extreme flavours, and people are chewing it up. There are old friends, very drunk friends and everybody is indeed happy. Back to Europe, we're giving you all a little time away (though we miss you dearly), but in the meantime we have a tasty little trip planned with Carcass in Australia and New Zealand, with maybe some extra Asia dates sandwiching the whole thing.
"I am looking forward to seeing Shane dressed as an Orc when he finally lives his dream of taking in the Hobbit set down New Zealand way - not to be missed at any costs. All the best for now." More...
The 15th studio album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" by U.K. grind pioneers Napalm Death is released as of today in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland via Century Media Records. North American fans can pick up a copy starting Tuesday, January 27th.
To celebrate the album's first release, a special promotional video clip for the short and intense track "Smash A Single Digit" is being debuted today. Check it out below, thanks to Decibel Magazine.
The video for "Smash A Single Digit" was directed and produced by Michael Panduro, who has previously worked for bands like Cephalic Carnage, Saint Vitus, and Job For A Cowboy. The video is made up of 1,093 unique drawings, each one hand-drawn in ink on paper by artist Lisbet Fredslund and 225 of the drawings are of the face of Napalm Death vocalist "Mark "Barney" Greenway, who checked in to comment the clip as follows:
"Couldn't be happier with the 'Smash A Single Digit' video clip. It shows nothing of dignity or life's fundamental pleasures - only a snapshot of those unfortunate enough to only be deemed as numbers for production quotas in this world. When a 'digit' has therefore been expended, it is rubbed out (or consumed leaving no trace, as in the case of this video). In my opinion, Michael Panduro and the team produced a real work of art and I think the general style holds some really nice future artistic possibilities for Napalm Death." More...
Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.
Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.
The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Claim the Throne
Gama Bomb More...