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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...
A month back we idly asked why more video game developers aren't using heavy metal soundtracks, since gunning down enemies, conquering rival armies, and slicing apart demonic hordes seem like they should all be tailor fit to shredding guitars and harsh vocals.
We've been bombarded with suggestions from readers since then about games with solid metal or metal inspired soundtracks, and we'll be sharing those every few weeks – but don't stop letting us know about your favorites! Be sure to give us some suggestions below or over at Facebook.
The heavy metal gaming madness continues today, and this week we're going entirely retro, ranging from Super NES and Genesis to the PS1/N64/Dreamcast era, but advancing no further into the ever-increasing hardware specs of consoles.
If you missed our previous examinations of video games with heavy metal soundtracks be sure to check 'em out here:
Part 1: Brutal Legend, Saints Row III, Killing Floor 2, Pain Killer, and Guilty Gear X2 Reload
Part 2: Splatterhouse, Twisted Metal 2, The Witcher's bonus music disc, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Damned.
Without further ado, here's our tribute to all things metal in retro gaming history:
Rock and Roll Racing
This forgotten gem originally came out on SNES and Genesis, but was then later ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2003. For you folks who use emulators like ZSNES, this one is readily available on any given ROM site.
Featuring compressed, digitized versions (minus the vocals) of hard rock and metal songs in that distinctive Super NES quality, the soundtrack included songs like “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and “Bad To The Bone” by George Thorogood. Like the classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors, in true old school style Rock And Roll Racing spat out a passcode to remember for returning to specific levels with all your car upgrades saved.
I have to wonder if some of the themes and imagery from these cars and tracks ended up as inspiration for the pinnacle of heavy metal video games – Brutal Legend – which featured its share of vehicle mayhem with heavy metal backing. A sequel to Rock And Roll Racing actually showed up for the Playstation a few years later titled Red Asphalt (named after those driver's ed videos meant to scare kids straight) with much updated sound quality. Seems like we're overdue for another one though – so game developers, get on it!
Swedish death metallers Entombed A.D. (an offshoot of the original Entombed featuring various former original members) have apparently been pulled off the "Metal Alliance Tour" with Deicide, Hate Eternal, and Black Crown Initiate.
Comments Entombed A.D. in a statement:
"Attention US headbangers! We got pulled of the U.S. Tour for reasons we don’t yet know. On our way to Sweden now. Never in 30 years have we experienced something like this. But we will be back soon! Cheers!!"
This weekend's Bloodstock Open Air Festival will be streamed live over at this location, or by simply watching it in the player here:
The schedule of acts set to be streamed live is as follows (all times are BST):
Friday, August 8th:
Bloodshot Dawn - 11.00am
Entombed AD - 12:00
Primordial - 13.05
Flotsam & Jetsam - 14:10
Prong - 15.20
Triptykon - 16.35
Dimmu Borgir - 19.30
Down - 21:15
Saturday, August 9th:
Evil Scarecrow - 11.00am
Shining - 12.00
Decapitated - 13:05
Orphaned Land - 14.10
Lacuna Coil - 16.35
Children of Bodom - 17.55
Carcass - 19.40
Emperor - 21:30
Sunday, August 10th:
Arthemis - 11.00am
Aborted - 12.00
ReVamp - 13.05
Biohazard - 14.10
Obituary - 16.35
Amon Amarth - 19.30
Megadeth - 21.15 More...
The wait is over: "Back To The Front," the new album from Entombed A.D., is out today in North America.
For a preview of "Back To The Front," be sure to check out the new video for "Pandemic Rage" below, which was directed and produced by Death Wolf's Valentin Mellström (vocals) and Stian Roenning in the swamps of Florida. You can also read our interview with the band about the new album at this location.
Featuring cover artwork by Zbigniew Bielak, "Back To The Front" was recorded at Studio Bohus in Kungalv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi. The track listing is as follows:
1. Kill To Live
2. Bedlam Attack
3. Pandemic Rage
4. Second To None
5. Bait And Bleed
6. Waiting For Death
7. Eternal Woe
8. Digitus Medius
9. Vulture And The Traitor
10. The Underminer
11. Soldier Of No Fortune
12. Gospel Of The Horns *
*=Bonus track available on limited edition mediabook More...
The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).
Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.
Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.
This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.
The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.
The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...
Swedish act Entombed, now going under the moniker Entombed A.D., is streaming the new track "Bedlam Attack." The song appears on the new release "Back to the Front," the band's first studio release since "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" was issued 2007, which is set for release on August 4th (EU) and August 5th (USA) via Century Media Records.
The song is available as a free download from this location (email address required for download).
Check out track here:
LG Petrov and his fellow band members are ready to release the "Back To The Front" album under the new name Entombed A.D.! The band is eager to let the music do the talking and get back on the road.
LG Petrov (vocals) comments: "After a year of struggles, we are happy to finally get 'Back To The Front' out! There is no one stopping us this time from playing music, being on the road and headbanging as metalheads do!"
"Back To The Front" will be released on August 4th in Europe and August 5th in North America via Century Media Records. The first live shows will be announced soon. Entombed A.D. consists of:
LG Petrov - Vocals
Nico Elgstrand - Guitars
Victor Brandt - Bass
Olle Dahlstedt - Drums More...
Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about re-issuing "Wolverine Blues" from Entombed:
"Where 'Left Hand Path' and 'Clandestine' helped define a genre and launch a sound, 'Wolverine Blues' was the foundation that Entombed laid down for a new style in extreme music altogether.
"Here we can hear the beginnings of what would be coined as Death & Roll. Forever influential and chock-full of that sought after guitar tone, 'Wolverine Blues' is a must-have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of underground music.
"This classic album has been re-envisioned, pressed on blood red wax with black marbling and spread across two 10" LPs, with side four being an etching of the now iconic Skull & Bones symbol. Inside the double gatefold jacket, there is also an array of bonus material, including: (1) the album lyrics, (2) a classic collage of photos from this era of Entombed, and (3) a collectible 20"x20" double-sided poster.
Original Entombed members Alex Hellid (guitar), Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund (guitar), and Nicke Andersson (drums) will rejoin forces to perform the band's classic second album, "Clandestine" (1991).
The event takes place on February 1st, 2014 at Gävle Konserthus in Gävle, Sweden. They will be backed by the 65-piece Gävle Symphonic Orchestra and a 40-piece choir. Comments Alex Hellid:
"We will be performing 'Clandestine' as arranged by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt and it will be the first time in 17 years that me, Uffe and Nicke play together again as Entombed."
Entombed, which was covered in our Sunday Old School series earlier this year, has inked a deal with Century Media. The label comments:
"We are happy to announce the signing of Swedish death metal legend Entombed!
"Their 10th studio album 'Back To The Front' will be out on October 28th in Europe and October 29th in North America and don’t be afraid that it will sound like Abba – it’s 666% true to the Entombed everybody loves.
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Going through the Sunday Old School archives, it’s notable that most of the death metal we’ve covered tends to focus on American bands such as Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide, but the country that arguably has one of the most respected death metal scenes in the world, is the northern European country of Sweden, and one of their most notable contributions was Entombed. Entombed began life from the ashes of another acclaimed extreme metal group, Nihilist, who formed in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm in 1987 and quickly established themselves as one of the most important names in the then burgeoning death metal in Sweden. After bassist Johnny Hedlund left to form, Unleashed, the rest of the band carried on as Entombed and soon signed a deal with Earache Records, who had recently released such seminal works from Napalm Death, Carcass and Godflesh, through which they released their debut album, "Left Hand Path" in the spring of 1990.
The album was an instant favourite among the extreme metal crowd, and has gone on to be described as the blueprint for Swedish death metal, thanks primarily to the guitar tone used and is now regarded as one of the best death metal records in history. This tone was used once more on their sophomore album, "Clandestine," which again received rave reviews from the metal media and established the group as one of the most exciting, in a genre that was at the top of it’s game. "Clandestine" was also seen as more accessible than "Left Hand Path," and as a further step towards the unique Swedish take on death metal.
Despite receiving acclaim for their first two albums, Entombed took the surprising step of changing their sound somewhat, incorporating a more rock and roll vibe into their death metal roots, to create a genre known as "death and roll." This change in direction resulted in the 1993 album, "Wolverine Blues," which caused a rift between the band and Earache after the label agreed a deal with Marvel Comics to use images of their famous character of the same name, to help Entombed reach a broader audience, without consulting the band. This included featuring the Wolverine character on the front cover of the record, and even including a mini Wolverine comic inside the album. The Marvel version of "Wolverine Blues" was also heavily censored, going as far as to remove the song, "Out of Hand" completely. The album itself received a very mixed response, with some fans not to keen on the change in direction, while publications such as Guitar World hailed it as the best death metal album of the year. More...
Swedish act Entombed has issued the following statement online about guitarist Alex Hellid recovering from a medical operation:
"Alex has this week undergone a major operation, which thankfully went very well. He is now recovering and looking simultaneously forward to continuing to work with the new Entombed album."
Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.
“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...
The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:
Guns N Roses
Blue Oyster Cult
Other headline acts for the various stages include:
June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...
The Way of Darkness VI festival is running from October 6th through the 8th at the Stadthalle (city hall building) in Lichtenfels, Germany. The line-up of bands for the three day fest is as follows:
ABYSMAL TORM ENT (MT)
AVULSED - 20 Jahre Avulsed (ES)
CEPHALIC CARNAGE (USA)
DYING FETUS (USA) - Exclusive European Show 2011
ENTOMBED (SE) - Special Old School Show: Only songs from "Left Hand Path" & "Clandestine"
EXHUMED (USA) FLESHCRAWL - 20 years Fleshcrawl
GRAVE (SE) - Special 20th anniversary show ("Into the Grave")
HAIL OF BULLETS (NL)
LEGION OF THE DAMNED (NL)
MALIGNANT TUMOUR (CZ) - 20 years Malignant Tumor
MARTIN MISSY AND THE PROTECTORS
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
MORGOTH - 20 years "Cursed" (Exclusive Southern Germany show)
SEVERE TORTURE (F)
THANATOS (F) More...
A number of documentaries pertaining to specific scenes and genres in heavy metal, most notably grindcore and black metal, have been posted online via YouTube and are now available to watch, uninterupted, from start to finish. "Grindcore - 85 Minutes Of Brutal Heavy Metal," features segments on a number of bands signed to Earache Records during the 1990's, including Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Carcass and Paradise Lost amongst others and includes live footage, interviews and music videos.
Meanwhile, two different documentaries on black metal have also been posted online, including "Until The Light Takes Us," which examines the black metal scene in Norway during the 1990's and looks at such bands as Burzum and Darkthrone, complete with interviews with Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and the then incarcerated Varg Vikernes. Alternatively, there is "Murder Music: A History of Black Metal," a British documentary hosted by Contraband Candy host René Ackermann that gives a much broader insight into black metal, tracing the genre's roots from the theatrics of Black Widow to the Christian black metal scene, and everything in between. You can view all of these films below. More...
A performance footage has made its way online featuring Amon Amarth performing with Entombed vocalist L.G. Petrov. The video, which includes the track "Guardians Of Asgaard" can be viewed in the player below. You can also check out the some upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates at this location.
Bulgarian death metal band Enthrallment will be performing at the upcoming Obscene Extreme 2011 festival, which takes place in the Czech Republic from July 7th - 9th.
Other bands confirmed for the show include Brujeria, Brutal Truth, The Rotted, Rotten Sound, Benediction, Entombed, Lock Up, Inhumate, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.
Enthrallment also recently entered the recording studio to begin laying down tracks for the band's new album "The People From The Lands Of Vit." Further information is available here.