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Originally slated for release via Static Tension at the end of 2016, a label shift saw Nashville doom crew Season Of Arrows holding off on dropping new album "Give It To The Mountain" until this week.
Due out Friday, March 24th, via masters of all things heavy and slow - Argonauta Records - "Give It To The Mountain" is about to hit the metal world like a ten ton sludge hammer! Now just a mere handful of days from its official arrival, guitarist Dave Gates got in touch with us to chat about the album, joining Argonauta Records, and much more.
Four years after going through some serious black metal "Withdrawal," U.S. group Woe has returned with stunning follow-up "Hope Attrition" (reviewed here), which officially sees release today - March 17th.
Corresponding with that release, I got the opportunity to hit up band founder Chris Grigg once again so we could reminisce about a full decade of unholy black metal expression, the project going from solo to a full band, and the state of a seemingly hopeless world.
Check out our full interview below, and you can also pick up "Hope Attrition" via Bandcamp here.
Part two of my discussion with Florida Death Metal Legend Chris Barnes goes back to the early days of Cannibal Corpse. We discuss topics such as early support for the band and Chris’ influences as a writer. Murder is a main topic and we discuss several serial killers, or “dissect,” as one could say. First, though, we need to step back in time and relive my intro to Cannibal Corpse first authored here, in my first column of an ongoing series I’m going to present on “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” This excerpt was taken from the column “The Golden Years of Death Metal: 1985-1995.”
“It was the fall of 1992 my friend and I were waiting to see Metallica for the first time. We were still figuring out metal and listening to mostly popular bands, but this crazy, Satanic metal head at school let me borrow Cannibal Corpse’s “Butchered At Birth” (1991) and “Tombs of the Mutilated” (1992) The lyrical content was especially offensive.
You just don’t paint pictures of zombies cutting up babies and hanging them on clothes lines out to dry. We heard songs of war, personal strife, Satan, etc, but never having sex with corpses, putting people on meat hooks or smashing in someone’s face with a hammer.
The music was too fast and the vocals weren’t clear, even with the lyric sheet. It wasn’t until three years later when a buddy in college let me borrow “The Bleeding” (1994) that I began to understand Cannibal Corpse. This album featured understandable lyrics and refrain that wasn’t as apparent on earlier efforts.
While not losing a step, or a foot, in their quest for semi-stardom, the group brought out it’s crown opus—the one that produced their theme song that they also close their set with, “Stripped, Raped And Strangled.” In 1995, during recording sessions for a new album, singer Chris Barnes was dismissed and replaced by Monstrosity singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Barnes rose from what may have seemed his tomb and formed one of the most popular death metal bands in the coming years, Six Feet Under, which also featured members of Obituary and Massacre.”
“Torment” is the ultimate culmination of death metal legend Chris Barnes’ career. It encompasses some of the best elements of the cookie-monster-voiced singer’s storied career from not only Six Feet Under, but also Cannibal Corpse. It has the technical prowess of Cannibal Corpse, the sharp, lancing bass lines and battering drums of CC, but also SFU’s infamous groove. Much of this has to do with Barnes collaborating with Jeff Hughell (bass/guitar) and Marco Pitruzella from Brain Drill, a band I always felt was helping carrying the all-consuming torch “burned” by CC.
Finding great players from the DM underground has never been a problem for Barnes. Starting with the classic Florida-death-metal stylings of “Haunted” (1995), Barnes joined forces with such vaunted artists as Obituary alums Terry Butler and Allen West. Butler certainly had a foot hold in the Florida scene, having played in Massacre and Death as well as Obituary. These two definitely brought the Obituary sound to life, but with CC’s former singer at the helm. Other great artists that have played with the graveyard cowboy include Kevin Talley—a drummer’s whose resume is too long to even touch upon on this article, and Swedish DM royalty in Ola Englund and Victor Brandt who has played with Entombed and Firespawn.
SFU hasn’t always been every death metal fan’s dream band, in that so much of their music has been, at least in the past, mid-paced and even doomy and Barnes’ didn’t execute his vocal pukings to the extent of the first three Cannibal records, but, trust me, “Torment,” which comes out today (February 24, 2107) will have naysayers saying yes! Read further to learn more about how these audio ghouls dug in and created what will be, arguably, a top five DM album of the year! Also, play the audio to hear Barnes’ voice. I edited the language to allow for a greater flow.
Bringing 80's Bay Area thrash back to the forefront of the metal scene, Cultural Warfare is made up of four seasoned musicians with one common goal - absolute mass destruction!
The band's latest release, a blistering 5 track mini-album titled "Future Kill," just dropped last month via M-Theory.
After that release we got in touch with new-ish vocalist Jacques Serrano, who joined the band in 2015 and made his first recorded appearance on "Future Kill."
In the full interview below, Jacques shares his thoughts about bands getting political on Facebook, how his new vocal work expands the range of Cultural Warfare's music, and teases when fans can expect a proper full-length album release.
There's only a week left to go before Nevada metal outfit Sicocis officially drops new album "Requiem of the World" via M-Theory Audio.
As we get ever closer to that February 24th release date, the group - which previously won the title of best local metal band from Vegas Rocks magazine - got in touch with Metalunderground to discuss the impending studio offering and what's been going on with local Las Vegas venues.
Check out the full interview with Ernie, Rafael, Travis, and Rob below, along with streams of a few select tracks from "Requiem of the World."
xFiruath: How long has the band been together and what was Sicocis up to prior to the recording of “Requiem Of The World?”
Rafael: There have been many incarnations of the band from the garage band days to the new lineup that is today. The main journey began back in 2008 when we were at a Dark Tranquillity / Firewind show here in Las Vegas out off all places for a tour to stop by. We met our previous bassist at the show and quickly formed a band that represented that kind of music on that tour. A kind of band with the sound heavily influenced by European bands or American bands that strictly tour in European markets. Prior to the recordings we’ve just been getting out there playing with who we can where we can and we’ve been blessed to know some incredible promoters and music lovers in town that helped us share the stage with many amazing acts that helped build our reputation. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride getting to where we are now.
xFiruath: Is there a particular story behind the band name?
Rob: A long time ago (in a galaxy far away) I was messing around with different band name ideas on paper. I thought it would be clever to create a Palindrome that represented the idea of escape, and something that represents a circular connection, much like Yin and Yang, which inspired the symbol design (you can find each letter of SicociS in it as well).
Over the last few years I've been consistently impressed with the quality of the underground metal scene across Canada.
Counted among that thriving metallic community is melodic death outfit Hammerdrone (and now I can't stop thinking about a drone that launches Super Mario style hammers instead of missiles - sorry guys, that's probably not what you were going for!).
Following the "Clone of Europa" album from back in 2013, the Hammerdrone is getting ready for another strike in the form of second full-length album "Dark Harvest." While that album isn't due until late March, we've got plenty of advance info to fans to wade through after checking in with vocalist Graham Harris.
From the real life, stranger-than-fiction origins that inspired the album to the tendency of Americans to view Canadians as hyper nice people, we cover a bit of everything below, including all things "Dark Harvest!"
Philip H. Anselmo is one misunderstood cat. Over his career, especially over the last year, he has been subjected to harsh criticism, mostly by the press. He made a joke on stage at the end of a performance. He was getting loaded on white wine and saluted a Seig Heil.
20 years ago, people would have laughed. People still laugh at it today, but we live in a super-offended, PC culture today. Yes, this probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say in a time that our First Amendment rights are tattered, but don’t get him wrong! He loves his fans, different races of fans from all over the world—a major reason he is so beloved around the world! And he’s a musical genius.
Arriving int Austin for Superjoint’s first show on their U.S. tour with Battlecross and Child Bite, Anselmo and his Superjoint “buds” came loaded with one of the angriest albums of his career. “Caught Up in the Gears of Application” is the first record in 13 years for him and his mates. Don’t think he has any rust on his wheels, though. Phil and his boys, Joey “Blue” Gonzalez (drums), Jimmy Bower (guitar), Kevin Bond (guitar) and Stephen Taylor (bass) are no green horns when it comes to recording. They’ve all spent time together in the studio recording. They're all veterans of several major bands including Warbeast, Eyehategod and Down. In fact, Phil and his mates have several albums just sitting and waiting to be released.
One of those albums shows Anselmo collaborate with horror movie icon, Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre II,” “House of 1,000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”) on their Phil + Bill album “Songs of Darkness and Despair.” Mosley was a fixture at Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival. The two combined their dark imaginations and astute outlook on the world today in a record that must be heard by fans of both artists (to be released January 20th, 2017 via Anselmo’s Housecore Imprint.)
Philip, Blue and Stephen joined me and my assistant, Michael Eisele, for a good sit-down on their tour bus. Check out what went down in the following feature.
After signing with Argonauta Records back in June, Maryland's bluesy doom outfit Mangog just released debut album "Mangog Awakens" last week.
Featuring members and ex members of Revelation, Iron Man, Against Nature, and Beelzefuzz, "Mangog Awakens" is a true doom manifesto kicking off the year in a very unique way for the metal scene.
With the album out now, we got in touch with Mangog's Bert Hall, Jr. (Revelation, Beelzefuzz) to discuss the band's recent formation, the origin of the distinctive name, and the insanity of the Maryland Doom Fest crowd.
A new majestic beast has arisen from the frozen Polish winter: Ur is here to "Hail Death" with a new EP freshly released via Arachnophobia Records. You can pick it up physically or digitally at Bandcamp here.
After covering the group in our first Unearthing The Underground column of 2017, we checked in with band mastermind Gregor for more details on how this new project came together and what went into the creation of Ur, from the band's drink of choice to landing a record deal and working on upcoming material.
xFiruath: I noticed over at Metal-Archives that you are listed as the sole band member, but the press releases about “Hail Death” sort of indicated Ur is a full band and not a solo output. What was the actual lineup for “Hail Death,” and are the members other than Gregor full time or just session warriors?
Gregor: Ur is not my solo project but a band with three members and each of them contributes to the final artistic vision. The rhythm section of the band is formed by Kroll - drummer with whom I play also in Bloodstained - and our longtime friend - Bony, who handles bass. Unfortunately Metal Archives does not always guarantee full information but thanks for paying attention to it - I'll have to take care of this issue and update data.
xFiruath: “Hail Death” is your first official output under the Ur moniker. What prompted the creation of this group, rather than going with any other project you're involved with, and how did the band originally come together?
Originally released in 2013, a new vinyl edition of "Into The Kingdom Of Graves" from Tyrants Blood is due to drop via Tridoid Records.
Coming very soon (December 23rd), this vinyl edition features liner notes from guitarist Marco Banco along with a digital download of the "Coven" compilation release.
We had the pleasure of originally premiering music off this classic extreme metal record three years back, and can't wait for the new version to hit the hands of a hungry fan base.
With that re-issue just about here, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Tyrants Blood also has new material in the works and lots to share about what's been keeping the band busy lately. Read on for a full new interview with Marco Banco about all things Tyrants Blood!
Dobber Beverly is one of the premiere drummers in the 4th largest city in the United States—Houston. Those who have heard his drumming in extreme bands Demoniacal Genuflection, Insect Warfare and War Master (Oceans guitarist Anthony Contreras also plays in War Master) can attest to his technical skill and speed. With Oceans of Slumber, though, he sought melody over speed. Not that there aren’t really fast parts in the group, but these are part of their dynamics. Singer Cammie Gilbert further adds to the group's harmonious nature. Her voice is smooth, jazzy and emotive.
In addition to writing their own deeply moving, emotional songs, the band has made a name for itself covering classic songs like Emperor’s “The Wanderer,” The Moody Blue’s “Nights in White Satin," and most of, Candlemass’ “Solitude.” The group strikes a balance between capturing the essence of the original song and creating their own, unique take.
The band has released the “Blue” EP and earlier this year the “Winter” album through Century Media records. They have participated in major European tours warming the stage for My Dying Bride and Enslaved. Before a Texas crowd full of friends, Dobber Beverly and Cammie Gilbert answered a few questions pertaining to their albums and recent tours.
Hailing from Poland and offering a more experimental and avant-garde take on the typical black metal sound, Misanthropic Rage has arrived to show us the "Gates Are No Longer Shut!"
After releasing the "Qualia" EP this summer, debut full-length album "Gates Are No Longer Shut" just dropped last month via Godz Ov War Productions and can be picked up in various formats right here.
We got in touch with the mysterious Misanthropic Rage duo, known only as W. and AR., to find out all about recording these releases in seclusion from humanity, signing a record deal, and even chat about the subjective nature of realty. For more info on the band, head over to the Misanthropic Rage Facebook profile.
Since their inception, Finland's Lordi has become one of the flag bearers for old school heavy metal. Their use of costumes, theatrics and pop culture references has made them a favourite for many who enjoyed the style which was most prominent in the eighties, while others have not warmed to the group quite so much. Over the cource of their career, the band has gained a significant fan base in Germany, the Balkans and the United Kingdom. During their stop in Bristol (reviewed here,) as part of their extensive tour of Great Britain, I was able to sit down and speak with the band's drummer, Mana, with whom I discussed a variety of subjects from their recent album, "Monstereophonic," where they find the most success and why they continue to make such use of the classic heavy metal stage show.
Back in 2001, I was eleven years old and obsessed with two things; Professional wrestling and the "nu metal" music that often accompanied it. I discovered such bands as Drowning Pool and Sevendust through wrestling and it led me to check out the Kerrang! TV channel, where I found more bands that gave me what I wanted. One band which I still remember seeing (and hearing) for the first time on the station was SOiL, with their filthy and punchy single, "Halo." It became one of the anthems for those of us into that genre and remains their best known song, even after lineup changes and five albums, the latest of which was 2013's, "Whole."
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with singer Ryan McCombs about a range of topics, from "Whole" to his love of food in the United Kingdom, the cult status of "Halo" to the election victory of Donald Trump and more. You can check out the video.
Formed in the Greek capital city of Athens in 1987, Rotting Christ remains one of Europe's longest running and most respected extreme metal bands. Emerging initially as a grindcore band, they soon became one of the first names in black metal, with their demos spreading across Europe and influencing the infamous Norwegian black metal scene as well as other groups on both sides of the continent. They have since gone on to release twelve studio albums and one EP, in addition to a live album and comprehensive DVD and are still one of the most unique sounding bands in extreme metal music.
At their recent show in London, I had the pleasure of sitting down with frontman and founder Sakis Tolis to discuss their latest album, "Rituals," as well as the legacy of the band, his side group Thou Art Lord, the current political and economic climate and our mutual love of association football. You can listen to the conversation below.
After recently premiering a new music video from the band's upcoming "Nomad" album, we decided to get a closer look at the musical entity that is Chasing Safety.
Below is our full interview with the U.S. post hardcore outfit, which is currently gearing up to hit the stage for an Outerloop label showcase and unleash this sophomore album to the masses early next year.
xFiruath: Let's start with the “Brand New Prison” video we are premiering – what's going on in the clip and where did recording take place?
The video is a live play-through of the song while we were in the studio doing our album. It wasn't very hard to put it together. Shooting was simple we just had the video guy hang out and film while we ran through the song a few times, it was painless.
Doom and sludge metal bands weren’t as common in the late eighties as today. Back then bands most often looked to hair metal and thrash for inspiration. New Orleans, Louisiana was no different. When the saints go marching in, they were doing it to the cadence of Exhorder. After a few years, every music genre becomes oversaturated. Thrash was no longer a novelty to friends Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower. Instead of worshipping speed, the two went the other direction, one treaded by bands such as Trouble, Saint Vitus, and of course, Black Sabbath.
Down tempos were a major facet of Crowbar’s sound, but they also liked to push the pace with circle-pit inducing hardcore rhythms. You get hit with a bass bomb and then a machine gun blast. Windstein’s vocals were cast from the same cinder blocks as his guitar grooves, resulting in a more aggressive take than any doom band. Crowbar is a band about fighting, but not in the sense of punching some one in the mouth. Their lyrics are about inner conflict, about fighting to overcome adversity. As hard as the band hits, though, melody is also a major tool to express these ideas.
The mix of hardcore, doom and southern rock became known as sludge. Just like many scenes the NOLA scene was built on friends influencing friends, sharing stages and sharing bands. Bower played drums for Crowbar in the early days. Windstein and Bower both also played together in Down. Add Bower’s other band, Eyehategod, and you have the scene that propagated sludge to the world’s masses. If not for bands like these three, sludge wouldn’t experience its current popularity. The sound has evolved into more of a stoner tag, but at the roots were NOLA bands.
In 1993, Down band mate Phil Anselmo helped NOLA sludge climb into the light. Anselmo had made a name for himself singing for Pantera, so the masses noticed when he produced Crowbar’s self-titled album and brought them on tour. He also sported Eyehategod shirts and took them on tour as well. Animated morons Beavis and Butthead watched “Existence is Punishment” and made fun of Crowbar’s weight. The dimwitted duo made fun of a lot of great metal videos—Death “The Philosopher” and Morbid Angel “God of Emptiness” for example. But even negative exposure is still exposure, especially on MTV.
Nearly three decades after they struck their first chord, Crowbar has looked to the past for inspiration. “The Serpent Only Lies” (due October 28th) is a throwback to the band’s early years. Often a band’s early records are fan favorites because those records are fresh and novel. Even though Windstein wrote the way he wanted to write the album, it’s still cool that he did something fans ask for but never get. Bands cringe at the idea of revisiting early records. In the following interview, singer/guitarist/lyricist Kirk Windstein talks about what inspired him to make this record and how their influences help define the band as a whole.
Utter devastation is coming your way at the end of the month with "Answers To No-One," an album filled to the brim with 20 short but massively destructive metal tracks.
Next week we'll be premiering the full album in advance of the October 28th release, but for now check out our interview with the Texas band below.
You can also follow the latest on this Austin trio at Facebook here while awaiting the impending release.
In our chat with the band, we discuss the album's title, how 30 second grind tracks come together, and much more!
Massachusetts metalcore group Attraction To Tragedy is about to turn some heads with new album "Passion Over Fashion" that releases tomorrow (October 14th).
In addition to the album release, we'll also be premiering a music video for the "Desperate" track that same day, but before all those festivities kick off we checked in with Attraction To Tragedy for a deeper look at this emerging outfit.
Check out our full interview below with members Jaiden, Izzy, and Brandon covering the entire history of Attraction To Tragedy from high school garage band to an independent group now releasing a full-length album.
Ever since its inception in 1993 and revered debut "Legendary Tales" in 1997, Rhapsody Of Fire has been one of the pioneers of the classical power metal sound. The band is credited as being one of the very best bands in the history of power metal, releasing such classics as "Symphony of Enchanted Lands, Pts 1-2" and "Dawn of Victory," albums that have influenced a large swath of acts which followed.
In 2011, in a legendary mutual split, co-founders Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli agreed to separate – each retaining the entire back catalog of the band up to that point, but one which would see a new vision of cinematic metal for Turilli (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody) and a return to the heavier film score metal direction of old for Alex Staropoli (Rhapsody Of Fire). Vocalist Fabio Lione would work with Rhapsody Of Fire and drummer Alex Holzwarth would initially work with both bands before committing to Rhapsody Of Fire exclusively in 2012.
Since that time, Rhapsody Of Fire has released two studio albums: "Dark Wings Of Steel" in 2013 and "Into the Legend" released earlier this year. On September 28th, in a major lineup change, Fabio Lione announced his departure from the band citing a new chapter with his commitments with Angra and new band Eternal Idol. On October 9, 2015, drummer Alex Holzwarth announced his departure, citing his own commitments with Serious Black.
Rhapsody Of Fire has vowed to continue with a new vocalist and drummer (to compliment keyboardist/composer Alex Staropoli, guitarist Roberto Di Micheli and bassist Alessandro Sala) and expressed a renewed energy to take on the exciting new challenges. In the band’s first post interview since Lione and Holzwarth’s departure, Alex Staropoli sat down with Metal Underground.com to talk about the latest happenings and the future of the band.
Combichrist started in Norway in the early ‘90s by Andy LaPlegua. He was enraptured by the ambiance found in industrial music. While techno bars are a common site in Europe now, LaPlegua’s hometown was unaccustomed to the hard beat at this time. Being such a small town, the musicians were part of a close-knit scene where he lent his time to various projects and genres. Metal was his main love and if it weren’t for a legendary black metal player, LaPlegua would have never known the dark sonic passageways of industrial music. This new discovery led to him trying something different, which alienated the metal scene but brought in new faces.
While LaPlegua disenchanted his metal scene when he formed Combichrist, now many of his early followers of Combichrist dispute his new-found direction. “This is Where Death Begins,” the group’s eighth studio full-length, shows the group stepping away from the synth-based electronica of their earlier period and donning a more metallic shell. This new-found direction has led to the most success of the band’s career. “This is Where Death Begins” is on pace to be his all-time best selling album. This was done without feeling trapped by the approval of his fans. The band recently played in front of a massive crowd at Knotfest and has been on tour with Cavalera Conspiracy. With a six-man live group, including two drummers and two guitarists, Combichrist puts on an energetic show few can duplicate.
On the off days of the Cavalera tour, Combichrist heads to smaller cities to headline their own shows. These concerts give their fans much meatier performances, including a set list culled from throughout their career plus many current favorites. Before they took the stage in Austin, Texas, Andy LaPlegua spoke with me about their new album and tour.
Morbid Angel and Deicide are synonymous with evil, satanic death metal, so when Montreal’s Necronomicon started to release albums in the early nineties it only made sense to compare them to those classic bands. Band founder, Rob Tremblay didn’t exactly see it that way. While his band contained similar occult trappings and extreme tempos, one would expect that from a band taking its name from Lovecraft’s infamous book of incantations, but he approached his music with a different mindset. From female choirs to orchestral segments, he infused his music with a greater sense of ambiance.
As is the case with many bands early in their career, Necronomicon has progressed over the years. Their music has become more complex and faster. Tremblay states their latest recording, “Advent of the Human God,” released earlier this year via Season of Mist, Records, is near perfection. He feels it is the closest thing to fully realizing his vision.
The group has been on the road continuously and has made several U.S. appearances throughout the last five years. At the time of this interview, Necronomicon was on the last day of their U.S. tour with Rotting Christ and Carach Angren. The band had previously toured their home country, logging in over two months total on the road. This tour was originally set to feature Marduk, but the group cancelled due to vista issues. All three of the bands decided the package was strong enough to carry on, so Tremblay was able to give the following interview.
Controlled Bleeding is a name synonymous with experimental music that crosses any and all boundaries - if you think you know weird, get ready to redefine your definition!
The band just returned with "Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps," released at the end of August via Artoffact Records.
With the album out now, we checked in with Paul Lemos (guitarist/co-founder) to hear more about the eclectic mix of industrial, progressive rock, jazz and heavy metal on display.
Just judging by guitarist JT Royale’s pants, which contain a plethora of patches, he’s a do-it-yourself kind of guy. In fact, the whole band’s hard working DIY ethic has led them to become one of the most visible bands in Austin, Texas. Their merch is everywhere. They’re on several bills seemingly every week, from local shows to opening gigs for touring bands. But the buck doesn’t stop in Austin. The band has self-financed an interstate tour and are currently on the biggest tour of their careers with one of the most popular extreme metal bands of the last decade, Goatwhore.
Touring with Goatwhore is extra special as their friend and Austin local, Trans Am plays with the Metal Blade recording artist. Trans Am is not only a friend, but sometimes a member of The Blood Royale. In fact, the band features three bassists. Whoever fills the spot depends on where and when they play. Tonight, two of the three bassists (O’Neal and Diego who also play in Hexist and God Fearing Fuck, respectively) were on hand to talk about their contributions to the band.
Suds flowed, smoked billowed, hair twirled, fists pumped, bodies bumped as The Blood Royale played filthy, crust-addled metal (think Venom meets Discharge) on a stop off in their hometown. Before they kicked out the jams, the entire band, including two-thirds of their bassists, gathered to discuss their tour, including an especially bloody show, and upcoming releases. Thank you to Nathan Daughdrill for providing us with professionally-shot videos of the band.