Wednesday, August 16, 2017

issue number 128 of Metal Bulletin zine

At the first link below you can read number 128 of Metal Bulletin zine.
Assassin's Blade (Sweden/Canada)
Damnations Day (Australia)
Al Joseph (U.S.)
Firespawn (Sweden)
PLUS: Axemaster (U.S.)
fuglymaniacs.com/pdf-files/MetalBulletin128.pdf
fuglymaniacs.com

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kömmand comes to Everett on August 17

“Stop triggering drums. This is metal, not a typewriting class.”
That’s Kömmand. This Seattle band captures the spirit of underground old thrash. A long time ago, before thrash bands began thinking like business people, before thrash became streamlined, commercialized and packaged with releases like Master of Puppets and Reign in Blood, thrash was a down-and-dirty endeavor. Kömmand is thrash, but it’s the spirit of Venom, very early Destruction and Sodom, early Bathory, so on and so forth. Kömmand’s black thrash came to be because they are not happy with the mechanized robotic computerization in metal music. Instead of complaining about it online like impotent losers, they decided to form a band to show how it is done.
Listen to their full-length album Nekrö Kömmandö Attack!
Observe that Kömmand will be playing in Everett.
August 17 at Obscurus, Everett, WA
Sentient Divide, Kömmand, Morrow, Florida Man, Lore of the Cannibals
kmmnd.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/Kmmndmusic/

Hyper Fury

Hyper Fury is progressive metal from Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. This year they an EP called Diamonds. They are a new band to this publication. Find out more about them below.
OFFICIAL: Hyper Fury was started in February of 2014 by Christopher Thornton, Chris McCoy, and Andrew Smothers. The band began on the concept of forming a faster progressive sound. The goal, to stray away from the common hard rock three chord theme of many area bands. The trio knew they would need a great singer to back this sound. After a short search, the band settled on the idea of a female voice. Their first initial attempt fell flat, and after about a year the band decided to part ways with their first vocalist. After a short search the band found the amazing voice of their current singer Amber King in May of 2015.
Chris McCoy and Amber had known each other for quite sometime, running into each other several times in different areas in the Memphis music scene. Amber was contacted and was immediately on board. In fact with in a few short months the band was once again playing live shows, and recorded a new song "Manipulation" for their fans, flaunting their new vocalist. Shortly after the band began gaining in popularity, and experienced their songs being played on local radio shows such as Rock 103's "Locals only", and The Cock and Crow Show, a facebook live radio show, and more.
Overtime the bands sound has evolved, and although still technical and fast, has developed more into being just a straight metal band rather than a progressive band. However progressive elements are always at the root of their music. The band has many fans, and quite a few worldwide, many in Canada and the UK. In a few short years they have overcome many obstacles, and have set themselves up to conquer even more. Check out their website for the latest in the bands adventures.
The band’s sound: Hyper fury produces a tight, fast, more technical sound, with melodies, grooves, soaring leads, and tight destructive low end by the bass guitar. Many elements come together to form this band's sound. Components of the sound include, but are not limited to, Thrash Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock and Metal, Soul, Jazz and Blues. Each element is formed into songs that are relevant to the average ear, but traditionally true to the most hard core of metal listeners. Each song is worked to get the best impact for modern listeners, and technical Musicians alike. A tight rhythm by the drums ,and a vocalist with a beautiful sometimes soulful voice top off the energy that is Hyper Fury, a truly unique gem of a band.
hyperfuryband.com
soundcloud.com/hyper-fury
facebook.com/hyperfury/
hyperfuryband@gmail.com

Gateway to Hell

Gateway to Hell is a doom band from Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. This year they have an EP called Clovers. Their sound is descended from 1970s Black Sabbath, with bits, pieces and echoes of other sounds that crept their way into the band’s identity. This is a new band to this publication. Learn more about them below.
OFFICIAL: GATEWAY TO HELL was forged in 2013 when drummer Dan Petruccelli and bassist Rudy Gomez started jamming in the basement of an otherwise reputable Baltimore cake shop. Taking cues from John Carpenter soundtracks, Type O Negative, and Ministry, they realized they were onto something fun and brought in Jerrod Bronson on vocals and Jo K on guitar to complete the initial lineup. The band released a self-recorded demo in October of 2014 and shows with the likes of The Skull and Crypt Sermon ensued.
By 2015, Gomez moved to Austin, Texas but remains an integral part of the band as the painter responsible for much of the band's artwork. Eric Smythe was brought in on bass and later Alex Briscoe joined as a second guitarist. Together, they played shows regionally opening for Valient Thorr, The Bronx, Mac Sabbath, and Mondo Generator. In the spring of 2016, they recorded the soon-to-be-unleashed Clovers EP featuring five songs of atmospheric and crushing metal that fuses their many metal and punk influences. Later that year, Jo K. fled the band to pursue new projects. The band remains a four-piece. GATEWAY TO HELL's catalog includes a self-titled demo, one single titled "Scorched Earth," and their upcoming 2017 debut EP Clovers. The band is currently writing new material for their next album.
gatewaytohell.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/Gatewaytohellbmore

Monday, August 14, 2017

review: Opposer

review by MMB
Opposer
Darkest Path
release date: February 9th, 2017
label: Morbid Shrine Productions
Opposer is uptempo, nonblasting traditional death metal with melodic guitar solos, and with vocals in the classic style of the prime and early Death/Obituary school. This work is the group's second effort, which follows the 2013 debut Remember the Past. It cannot be an accident that they gave their debut that special and specific title. In addition, if we reasonably postulate that a band's music speaks louder than any word ever can, then their brand of death metal has to express their frustration with the directions that the genre and forms of death metal have taken. Why? Opposer—their name now begins to seem more logical, doesn't it?—makes its case very clearly, succinctly and skillfully on this, the 2017 second album.
The history of the band itself is curious. They have two albums so far, as already mentioned. They began in 2010. Yet, that's not the whole story. Opposer existed in another life before. This is actually a reincarnation, a resurrection or a second chance at life, if you will. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s extreme metal music was reaching every corner of the world and Spain was no different. Thrash and death metal were attracting new recruits everywhere and it convinced some young metal fanatics to form Opposer and join the crusade. By 1992 Opposer was active as a band working to improve its chops. The songs originally had lyrics in Spanish, but as time went on and some member changes took place, they switched over to English. The band recorded several demos, but the instability that young inexperienced demo bands go through caused to them to transform into another band altogether called Moonshine. Eventually, however, the old Opposer would emerge again.
Here we are. Let's see what the situation is with Opposer in 2017 and the second album Darkest Path. Opposer might strike the new listener as different from the vast majority of extreme metal. They do not have any gimmicks, they seem unconcerned about their image, and their music is devoid of any trends, fashions and 2017 stylistic concessions. I wonder what year we would all guess this music is from, if we did not know that it is issued in 2017. I am pretty sure that I would not know. Why? It's probably because the band is convinced that they want a more timeless form of sound. Opposer relies on nothing but the songs themselves to make its case to the audience. Playing fast or playing slow for the sake of it isn’t what the band represents. Given that it is death metal, there's no point in trying to be the heaviest thing ever because it's already heavy. There's none of that singing/growling cliché and there's no attempts at being cool or hip to the current expectations.
The guitar tone is straight from the classic Obituary (or if you want to go back further, it comes from Celtic Frost) school: simple, thick, heavy, direct and catchy. It's also possibly not too different from the tone/heaviness that you find in later, more melodic Bolt Thrower. There is a somewhat melodic component to the tone, and the overall speed is uptempo, perfect for headbanging along with the music. The drumming (Are these real drums?) plays to the song at all times. It's not there as a gimmick or to steal the show. The show is the song, not a particular element of the song. Unfortunately, I cannot hear the bass guitar too much, but I would have liked to hear it more.
The vocals are the old-school scream growling, with a distinctive intonation and the characteristics of long-syllable, slower and more emphasized enunciation. Opposer is about taking your time and savoring the music, so that you can hear what they do, and the vocals are no different: they take center stage when it is appropriate. The growling is one the most characteristic elements of the album. Finally, the last thing to mention is the guitar playing. The riffs have a bit of melody, a bit of a melancholic feel sometimes, and at other times it is just upfront pummeling of power upon power. The solos can be uptempo, too, but they are just as likely to be a bit slower, with melody.
That's the story with Opposer. Those looking for death metal in which the songs are memorable and are the only thing that really matters, then look into this band for some good quality extreme metal.
morbidshrineproductions.bandcamp.com/album/opposer-darkest-path-cd-2017
facebook.com/Opposer1992/

Saturday, August 12, 2017

review: Striker

review by MMB
Striker
Striker
release date: February 24th, 2017
label: Record Breaking Records
The Canadian heavy metal prodigies followed 2016's very good album Stand in the Fire with a new album early in 2017 and it's a self-titled work. They know very well that in today's musical climate you have to strike when the iron is hot and take all the chips that you can get while you can get them. The 2016 album was very well received and it put the band in a good position to continue making progress with the band's objectives on all fronts. Therefore, here they are ready to go at it again. Striker's 2016 album had everything in heavy metal: great singing, catchy songs, the guitar riffs and solos and a wonderful energy about it all, with fast songs, uptempo tracks and the hits all over.
The new songs sound exactly like Striker should. The energy, the vibe is fun and rocking. They sound enthusiastic and entertaining, and there's a feeling that they have confidence in their abilities as a band, with headbanging riffs and a general high level of energy. The guitar work is classic-style sounds that are meant to connect quickly with the listener. Hooks and melodies are stockpiled and utilized to great success, as the band has done in the past.
The simplest way that I can explain how great the singing is that I can put this music on with a smile, knowing that I will hear good singing without any irritating qualities. The voice does not bother my ears in any way. Striker happens to have one of the best and clearest singers that you will hear nowadays amongst the younger generation of traditional heavy metal bands. The voice hits the high notes when called for and when that happens it sounds good, without any problems; just natural and smooth, which is important in this type of singing.
The album is just 33 minutes long, and it's actually less than that because the track "Cheating Death" is not a song but rather a one minute interlude. Metal Archives shows a bonus track called "Desire" (Ozzy cover) but I have not heard it because my copy doesn't have it.
Anyway, in traditional heavy metal you can have good riffs, solos and songs and everything, but if the singing is not right, it doesn't work. It's hard to listen to music with vocals that, for whatever reasons, annoy you. When everything is right and the singing is right, too, that's when the magic happens. That's the time for Striker.
By the way, Seattle, Striker comes to town with Dark Tranquillity and Warbringer on September 29 at El Corazón.
striker-metal.com
facebook.com/strikermetal

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated August 12, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated August 12, 2017
August 13 Hundred Suns, Deathbreaker at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 13 Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth,Spite,Divitius,Vultures Above Us at Neumos, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 17 Sentient Divide, Kömmand, Morrow, Florida Man, Lore of the Cannibals at Obscurus, Everett, WA
August 17 Summer Slaughter 2017: Headbang for the Highway, Lorna Shore, Betraying the Martyr, Rings of Saturn, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Oceano, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 18 Sentient Divide at Mootsy's, Spokane, WA
August 19 Xoth, Oxygen Destroyer, Master Kush Ultra at 1017 East First Street, Port Angeles, WA
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 19 Thou Shall Kill, The Morning After, Dilapidation, Urdr, Religicide at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 19 Thread the Sky, Ergo I Exist at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 19 Countless the Dead at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
August 20 DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, Uncured at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 24 Diamond Head, Substratum, Skelator, Ape Machine, Salem Knights at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 25 Hell's Belles at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, Spanaway, WA
August 26 Ashen Pyre at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 26 Oxygen Destroyer, Religicide, Blood and Thunder, Religicide, Wuththphuk at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
August 28 Metal Mondays: Beekeeper (CA), Iron Nightingale + Guests at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 30 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 31 Whythre, Prey the Hunter, Born without Blood at The Skylark, Seattle, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 2 Monsters among Gods, Crowskull, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 5 Inquisition, Uada, Volahn, Noceur at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 8 The Drip at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey, Killian Mahaffey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 9 Versus, Dead Crown, Follow the Lights, Down the Scope, Rucker, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 TitanFest 2017: Motograter, Chronological Injustice, The National Guard - Music, Invasive, Bleed The Stone, Syztem7, Jesus Wears Armani, Vial 8, Heart Avail, Salem Knights, Hammerz Down, Voodoo Death Gun at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 13 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescene, Rutah, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, Noctium at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 14 Isenordal, Vradiazei, Omens, Exulansis at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 15 Hell's Belles at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
September 16 Thrash or Be Thrased: American Overdose, Method 13, Chronological Injustice, Devilation, Chamber 6, Casualty of God, Massacre at the Opera, What Thou Wilt, Violent Hallucinations at Uncle Sam's America Bar and Grill, Spanaway, WA
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Wythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 20 Lich King at Tony V's Garage, Everett, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle at Highline, Seattle, WA. Friday September 22nd. Witchtrap (Colombia), Witchaven (Los Angeles), Drawn And Quartered, Malleus (Boston), Xoth. Saturday September 23rd. Hirax (from Los Angeles), Plague Bearer (Ancient Seattle Death Cult reunion), Effluvia (recently refomred death Metal from Washington), Raptor (Portland, Oregon), Oxygen Destroyer
September 23 Wovoka, Drainage, Addaura at McCoy's Tavern, Olympia, WA
September 24 Black Table, Hexis at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, Last Bastion, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Savage Master, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 3 The Devils of Loudun at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 4 Cerebral Incubation, Cordyceps, Angel Splitter, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 7 A Flourishing Scourge, Anthrocene, Shades Of Static at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 15 Warning, The Body, Worm Ouroboros at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 25 Wolves in the Throne Room at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 28 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, Countless the Dead at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
November 11 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: The Charleston (Monsters Brawl Main Stage) 6pm: Embryonic Devourment, Violent Hallucinations, Progenitor, Whythre, Ghostblood, Nihilist Nation, Ashen Pyre, Oxygen Destroyer. High Fidelity lounge (The Chaos stage 2) 4pm: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
November 24 Arch Enemy, Trivium, While She Sleeps, Fit For An Autopsy at Showbox Sodo, Seattle, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
December 29 Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
March 19 Udo Dirkschneider, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
March 22 Michael Schenker at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
April 6 Nightwish at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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Monday, August 7, 2017

review: Sacrament ov Impurity

review by MMB
Sacrament ov Impurity
The Purest of Sins
release date: February 13th, 2017
label: independent
1.Apparation of Bygone Lament 10:08
2.Your Sleep, I Covet 06:04
3.Sepulture of Modern Man 08:17
4.A Time of Darkness and Decay 06:42
5.Bowing unto a Monolith of Grief 09:10
6.Sacrificial Descent 08:20
7.hidden unnamed track 5:40
total time 54:35
Sacrament ov Impurity is from the town of Mount Vernon, which is located to the north of Seattle, in the state of Washington, United States. The music of the darkness is the mission of Sacrament ov Impurity, an independent occult black metal band. The new album begins with a ten-minute statement, “Apparation of Bygone Lament,” on the essence of the band, what has been, what is and what will be. This is an epic composition in which several main, fundamental elements are present. The first three minutes and forty seconds are a midtempo black metal monolith with their signature disturbing screams, building up to the directions that the music will take. By the four-minute mark the chaos has been unleashed and is on the loose. Soon, everything is a lot clearer: the dimensions of the song open up. Blasting black metal and headbanging, fist-raising metal arrives. This show is on the road. Once this happens, they give themselves the freedom to go anywhere, from moods of torture and anguish to the speeds to wake up slumbering minds.
A very good and exemplary introduction to Sacrament ov Impurity in 2017. After that mammoth opening hymn, what follows is a different and uptempo beginning. It's Sacrament ov Impurity doing their version of the "Living after Midnight" start for a song. It's contagious! Now this song, “Your Sleep, I Covet,” goes into complete headbanging mode. Do people even realize how much fun Sacrament ov Impurity music is?! Tap your foot, nod your head, raise your fist, bang your head, mosh, slam, whatever your inner instincts tell you to obey, obey this! To end, the last couple of minutes switch to the band's controlled, disciplined doses of doom.
They do whatever they want and somehow make it sound very coherent and you might forget to notice how it is all taking place. Going from full necro black metal speed to rocking segments is something that they do easily. The totally blazing speed gives way to a pensive moments and then back to absolute blasting, and it all goes together smoothly, in my opinion. By the way, what a great drummer. Just listening to the drumming and all the crazy little details is entertaining by itself. As a general rule, they like to switch things up a bit and not keep a song totally linear from beginning to end. Expect meandering ways. Having said that, "A Time of Darkness and Decay" is one of the more direct ones. There's a contemplative start that goes until the 1:30 mark, then the headbanging metal rolls out and that's pretty much how it stays, with some brief changes here and there. This song is certainly one of the more direct ones on the album. On the other hand, it would not be right to give the song the name "Bowing unto a Monolith of Grief" without a healthy dose of doom, now would it? They do anything and everything they can and feel like doing with their black metal, including incorporating slow moments that build up towards frenzies of speed and intensity, and everything in between.
Actually, there are a few surprises on this album. The band rocks out quite a bit and shows off some handsome chops in the process. You'd be pleased with how memorable the songs are, too. Some songs are long, certainly. Within those, there are definitely segments and sections that you will recall later and want to return to, to see if you remember it accurately. The last track, “Sacrificial Descent,” appears as a 19-minute song, but the time frame is structured as follows: eight minutes of music, then a long silence, and the music returns for the last five minutes and 40 seconds. This last portion of music begins with the sounds of air raid sirens and airplanes diving to bomb the living daylights out of everything in sight and then they unchain a fierce campaign on the ears, sounding at the top of their game. This track, which I will here call “Carpet-Bombing Black Metal Scorching the Earth to Rubble and Ashes,” features possibly, as you can tell, the most horrendous moments on the album, and in addition, the album’s most elegant moment in the form a melodic guitar. Then, it’s time to bring it all to an end. For that, they need the most ravenous black metal once again and the sounds of machine guns firing.
So ugly, so beautiful.
Sacrament ov Impurity.
sacramentovimpurity.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/SacramentOvImpurity/

Friday, August 4, 2017

right now, Friday night, Excuse All the Blood metal music show

Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
www.twitter.com/EATBRadio?lang=en

SINICLE - DAMNATION Official Animated Music Video

OFFICIAL: "Damnation" is the new animated video from Los Angeles power trio SINICLE. The track is taken from forthcoming album Angels & Demons. SINICLE will Angels & Demons on September 22. The band combines the groove of Heavy Metal, the angst of Rock, and the soul of Blues, setting them in a world of their own.
The sound of Angels & Demons reflects the title, as it takes you through soft melodic sounds into harsh brutality. Angels & Demons was produced, mixed and recorded by front man Drew Zaragoza and Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, CA.
Biography: Set to release their new album Angels & Demons 9/22/17
Los Angeles power trio Sinicle combine the groove of Heavy Metal, the angst of Rock and the soul of Blues. They recently played Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016 and finished their Wild Wild West Coast Tour sponsored by COLDCOCK WHISKY with great success packing venues and receiving positive feedback and new fans.
After 11 years of performing and releasing countless EPs and demos, the band is releasing their first full length album in February of 2017; Angels & Demons which will be followed up with multiple tours. The album covers the diverse sounds that blend together and set Sinicle in a world of their own.
Their last EP Still in Mind sold hundreds of units and brought them prominent success including multiple tours, press coverage, festivals and shows with artist such as Exodus, Ghoul, Otep, Rex Brown, Allegaeon, Revocation and more.
Endorsed by Reunion Blues Gig Bags, Pig Hog Cables, Strukture Gear & TonePros. The band has also done gigs for numerous charities and non-profit organizations.
SINICLE - DAMNATION Official Animated Music Video
sinicle.bandcamp.com/album/angels-demons

EXPULSION - "Total Human Genocide" (Guitar Playthrough)

OFFICIAL: Extreme metal act EXPULSION -- featuring members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome and numerous others -- in cooperation with the tech sorcerers at Gear Gods, today unveils a playthrough video for "Total Human Genocide" performed by guitarist Matt Olivo. The track comes by way of the band's debut album Nightmare Future out now on Relapse Records.
Produced by grind legend Matt Olivo of Repulsion, mixed by Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), Nightmare Future is available on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical orders and bundles are available at Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION where the album is also streaming in full.
Spawned from the cerebral mind of Olivo, EXPULSION combines grind, punk, and crust into a caustic musical vomit guaranteed to stack the corpses high. Olivo's partner-in-grind, Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) was recruited over beers in a sweaty Los Angeles apartment to bring his classic brand of oratory assault. The additions of veteran musicians - drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia) and bassist Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords Of Death) - complete the fit-to-burn outfit. Expect nothing but the best of throat-shredding vocals, relentless blast beats, buzzsaw riffs, and raw bass tones. EXPULSION will leave you horrified with their vile brand of classic, '80s sickness!
Biography: Just in time for the end of civilization as we know it, old school extreme metal makes a comeback with EXPULSION! Spawned from the cerebral mind of grind legend Matt Olivo (Repulsion), EXPULSION combines grind, punk and crust into a caustic musical vomit guaranteed to stack the corpses high. Olivo's partner-in-grind, Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) was recruited over beers in a sweaty LA apartment to bring his classic brand of oratory assault. The additions of veterans Danny Walker (Drums; Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia) and bassist Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords of Death) complete the fit-to-burn outfit. EXPULSION then immediately signed to Relapse Records for their highly anticipated debut, Nightmare Future. Expect nothing but the best of throat-shredding vocals, relentless blast beats, buzzsaw riffs and raw bass tones. EXPULSION will leave you horrified with their vile brand of classic, 80's sickness!
EXPULSION - "Total Human Genocide" (Guitar Playthrough)
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

upcoming Void Ritual black metal music; hear a new song now

At the link below check out a new song from the upcoming recording by one-person black metal Void Ritual from New Mexico, U.S.
OFFICIAL: Void Ritual will return with Heretical Wisdom on August 18th 2017. The album will be released on CD via Throat Productions and on cassette via Tridroid Records.
Tracklist:
1. The Flood
2. Breathing Ice
3. A Mockery of Flesh & Bone
4. Heretical Wisdom
5. The Frozen Altar
6. Maelstrom
7. Dead in Blackest Night
8. Nachzehrer
Biography: Daniel Jackson creates black metal out of Albuquerque, NM under the name Void Ritual. In the summer of 2014, Void Ritual released its debut EP, Holodomor (now sold out) through Tridroid Records. The goal was simple: craft powerful, memorable black metal with a reverence for the genres’s second wave. The reaction was very positive, with Holodomor getting positive coverage from Metalsucks, Cvlt Nation, and Invisible Oranges, along with Metal Injection listing Void Ritual as one of “10 Underground Bands You NEED To Hear” and including Holodomor in their best of the year list (EP Section).
Next, Void Ritual contributed three songs to a split with Scotland’s Barshasketh, released in February of 2015 through Broken Limbs Recordings, which again was met with strongly positive reviews, being featured via stream premiere and subsequent review at Metal Injection and earning positive reviews from numerous outlets, along with interviews at Cvlt Nation and Nine Circles.
In 2017, Void Ritual returns with Heretical Wisdom; its first full length album. While the production may be clearer and heavier, the songs retain all of Void Ritual’s prior ferocity. Heretical Wisdom is meant to provide a spirited experience: an ice-cold melodic black metal album with instantly memorable riffs, raging speed, and commanding vocals.
Heretical Wisdom will be available in August via Throats Productions on CD, and Tridroid Records on Cassette.
throatsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/heretical-wisdom
facebook.com/voidritual

WILDERNESS DREAM Has Begun West Coast Tour; Paralysis Rise EP Out Now Via Creator-Destructor Records

OFFICIAL: WILDERNESS DREAM is embarking on their West Coast tour supporting the newly-released Paralysis Rise EP, the tour kicking off in San Francisco this evening. The rest of the run sees the band raiding Fullerton, Phoenix, San Diego, and Fresno through the weekend, playing alongside their cohorts in Viral on all shows. The Oakland-based hardcore/thrash outfit released Paralysis Rise through Creator-Destructor Records in mid-July, unloading seven new tracks infusing WILDERNESS DREAM's blistering twin guitar assault and scorching vocal attacks which showcase a naturally evolution into a more blackened and ominous thrash metal act. Recorded February through April of 2017 with Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburgh, California, Paralysis Rise pays homage to the death metal pioneers and legends of the '90s while injecting the band's own special vicious brand of intensity. Stream WILDERNESS DREAM's Paralysis Rise in its entirety now at the link below. Paralysis Rise is available on 12" vinyl and digital platforms via Creator-Destructor Records.
WILDERNESS DREAM is currently exploring options on future tours for the rest of this year and into next, with plans of hitting the East Coast US and Mexico next. An official video for the new EP's crushing "The Observer" is also nearing completion for release in the days ahead.
WILDERNESS DREAM:
8/02/2017 El Rio - San Francisco, CA w/ Viral
8/03/2017 Programme - Fullerton, CA w/ Viral
8/04/2017 PV Lounge - Phoenix, AZ w/ Viral
8/05/2017 Til Two Club - San Diego, CA w/ Viral
8/06/2017 Strummer's - Fresno, CA w/ Viral
9/23/2017 Eli's Mile High Club - Oakland, CA
creator-destructor.bandcamp.com/album/paralysis-rise

REBEL WIZARD - The Warning Of One EP

Listen to a new song at the link below by Rebel Wizard, an entity that plays "negative wizard metal," which you might recognize as black heavy metal. If you are ready for the wedding of elegant and melodic guitar solos that make you want more and more big time, on one hand, and broken-glass grim vocals, on the other, then put those cookies down now and grab your headphones. The production is necro black metal and the riffs and drums are so heavy metal that you won't believe it, unless you have heard Rebel Wizard before, in which case, put those cookies down now, too, and get ready to more glorious black heavy metal. Are you heavy metal? Are you black metal? I'm telling you, you are in for a treat.
Rebel Wizard
The Warning of One
release date: August 18th, 2017
label: Prosthetic Records
1.One I Seek
2.One I Know
3.One I See
4.One I Call
OFFICIAL: Negative metal act REBEL WIZARD will issue four brand new anti-shamanic, pre-fetal anthems later this month in the form of The Warning Of One EP. Set for release on August 18th via Prosthetic Records, the EP will be available on cassette and digital formats. Comments REBEL WIZARD mastermind NKSV, “negative wizard metal once again proves that in an era of ‘the shell’ and fevered, self-righteous evolution, we can abandon hope and rest blissfully within the mystical indifference of the wizards majestic riff.” Preorder The Warning Of One at the link below.
A creation from Australian musician NKSV, who’s most well-known for his work with the black metal/noise group Nekrasov, REBEL WIZARD’s delivery is difficult to sum up with one simple label. While containing traces of black and thrash metal roots, with a touch of NWOBHM and the epicness of power metal, NKSV has coined the term “negative metal” to describe REBEL WIZARD’s unique output. Negative metal, as defined by NKSV, is an, “anarchic alchemical process of outsider energies respecting the power of traditional triumphant metal into a unique sound to smash out the coerced gloom and banality of our times.” The term is not meant to be construed with the sense of depression or nihilism, but instead to focus on self-negation, a doing away of limiting one’s full potential by limiting oneself to a category or label. REBEL WIZARD seeks to destroy any hindrance of this sort with triumphant pounding fists.
Formed in 2012 by NKSV, REBEL WIZARD acts on instinct and has absorbed the emotional impact of over thirty years of listening to various metal genres to develop his inborn sound heard starting with the release of a self-titled demo in 2013 through five EPs in 2015, a mini-album, and most recent full-length album Triumph Of Gloom, reissued via Prosthetic earlier this year.
rebelwizard.bandcamp.com/album/the-warning-of-one
rebelwizard.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/rebelwizard

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

NEWS: SKINFLINT: Rainbow Snakes official single from the album Chief Of The Ghosts.

Check out the information about the single from heavy metal band Skinflint (Botswana).
SKINFLINT: Rainbow Snakes official single from the album Chief Of The Ghosts.
The second single of the Heavy Metal Band SKINFLINT from Botswana - "Chief Of The Ghosts" was released on Soundcloud. The release date of the SKINFLINT album Chief Of the Ghosts on CD was July 7th, 2017. SKINFLINT from Botswana, a country that is not well known for traditional Metal or Rock in general, already can be considered to one of the old guards on our label. Very rightly, albums like Iklwa (2010) and Dipoko (2012) are small classics nowadays in the underground. A perfect combination between traditional Heavy/Epic Metal and decent African folk music. The trio around Giuseppe Juice Sbrana continues with their old tradition also on the fifth long player Chief Of The Ghosts. Rough and simple, yet with much sensitivity for the decent exotic touch, there are nine new songs, again partly sung in their native language Setswana. Those who already love the predecessors won't be disappointed with Chief Of The Ghosts at all.
soundcloud.com/user-857309158/skinflint-rainbow-snakes-pure-steel-records
puresteel-shop.com/SKINFLINT-Chief-Of-The-Ghosts_1
www.facebook.com/SKINFLINTMETAL

NEWS: CHASTAIN - Video "I Live For Today"

CHASTAIN - Video "I Live For Today" released!
CHASTAIN has just released 2 Promotional Videos from the upcoming "We Bleed Metal 17" CD/Digital/Vinyl on Pure Steel Records and Leviathan Records Worldwide. European CD and Worldwide Digital release date is August 25. US CD release date September 1. Vinyl release date is September 22.
OFFICIAL: CHASTAIN's We Bleed Metal 17 is the next generation of the band's 2015 Cd We Bleed Metal. Guitarist David T Chastain explains the new release: "As everyone knows I don't tour any longer and spend all of my time in the studio. So I experiment a lot with both new and old material. We Bleed Metal 17 has the same drums and vocals as the original We Bleed Metal but it has 100% new and completely different music. A totally different sound and feel from the original version. Also on most CHASTAIN albums there are always at least 5 guitar tracks per song. However on We Bleed Metal 17 there is only 1 guitar track per song. So this is a very live sounding release with actually more lead guitar than the original. This is as close as anyone is ever going to get to a high quality live CHASTAIN album. There is 1 guitar, bass, drums, lead vocal and a couple of harmony vocals. Also We Bleed Metal 17 has a very live sound with more drum room mics incorporated into the mix. You can hear Stian Kristoffersen's drums more as they are front and center on this release without a massive wall of rhythm guitars taking up space in the mix."
Returning vocalist Leather Leone adds: "This is my favorite CHASTAIN release since Mystery of Illusion!" David continues, "As time goes on I have learned to enjoy the more stripped down sounds. In the early days sometimes there would be 20 guitar tracks on a song. Needless to say it was impossible to replicate that live and a major reason I never liked to tour. To me there was too much missing from the recorded versions for me to enjoy myself." Vocalist Leather Leone was the vocalist on the classic CHASTAIN albums: Mystery of Illusion, Ruler of the Wasteland, The 7th of Never, The Voice of the Cult and For Those Who Dare. Leather rejoined the band in 2013 with the release of the impressive Surrender To No One. She has just recently toured Europe as a solo artist with her new Brazilian backing band being billed as "Leather Leone: The Voice of Chastain." Leather is putting the finishing touches on her new solo album that should be out later in 2017. Leather adds, "The response has been fantastic on my live concerts! I have been signing autographs for 20-year-old boys whose parents had turned them on to us. They come up to me crying. The boys from Brazil are so blown away by our fans. Spain, Germany and Sweden were crazy. I feel like I'm 20. The female fans are so hot and the boys in the band are loving it!"
Also returning for We Bleed Metal 17 is original CHASTAIN bassist Mike Skimmerhorn who once again lays the foundation so that the rest of the band can explore and create.
Guitarist David T. Chastain states, "This one live guitar sound is something I have been use to most of my professional life in concert situations but never recorded a metal record in that format. We still have a foot in the past but we are also embracing the future. I have my style of writing metal and it isn't ever going to change to any major degree. Leather proves she hasn't lost anything from her glory days. Stian's kicks the band to the next level, as he is the youngest member with the most modern influences. For me this album is one of my favorite CHASTAIN releases in the catalog because it could be replicated100% in concert. I find myself being able to listen to We Bleed Metal 17 over and over."
As the title track declares: "We will sacrifice and we will pay the price cause WE BLEED METAL!"
CHASTAIN "I Live For Today" Official Video
CHASTAIN "All Hail" Official Video
leviathanrecords.com

NEWS: DEMONSTEALER release new lyric video, announce new single with BENIGHTED drummer

OFFICIAL: DEMONSTEALER released a new lyric video/playthrough video. Says Sahil Makhija aka DEMONSTEALER - "Even though the release is over a year old now I always want to release a video for every song on the album, which is why this video comes out now. It's been one of the more popular songs among fans and it's one of my personal favourites from the album and so I decided to release this guitar play-through and lyric video all rolled into one." The band recently announced a new single which will have the BENIGHTED drummer Kevin Paradis. More details will be revealed soon.
DEMONSTEALER (India/International) - 'This Burden is Mine'
Genre - Progressive/Experimental Death Metal
Release Date - March 26th, 2016
Record Label - Demonstealer Records (India)
For fans of - NILE, SOILWORK, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, BENIGHTED, ABORTED, DEMONIC RESURRECTION, REPTILIAN DEATH, ADE
Sahil Makhija aka DEMONSTEALER, helming bands like DEMONIC RESURRECTION and REPTILIAN DEATH, teams up with none other than George Kollias of NILE fame on drums, to release a groundbreaking album in 'This Burden is Mine'. With a vast experience and multiple instrument proficiency, DEMONSTEALER, on the new album create music that surpasses simple genre categorization, for this is a new blend of styles from all over - from death metal to thrash metal, laced with elegant and stunning atmospheric parts, propelled by the world class drumming of the legend George Kollias. This is a new epic coming from the biggest names in not just the region but also worldwide, and this could very well be a tour de force, the album we've all been waiting for. The album showcases rare maturity, with DEMONSTEALER indulging in melodic solos and accentuating them with moments of clean vocals. This is easily the most ambitious release to come out from these parts and it's imperative to give 'This Burden of Mine' a check.
Demonstealer(feat. George Kollias) - The Last Jester Dance (Official Video)
demonstealer.bandcamp.com/album/this-burden-is-mine

NEWS: Old school death metal band OPPOSER release new album under Morbid Shrine Productions

Supporters of traditional death metal check out the information about Opposer and listen to the complete album at the link below.
OPPOSER (Spain) - 'Darkest Path' (February 17th, 2017)
Genre - Old School Death Metal
Release Date - February 17th, 2017
Record Label - Morbid Shine Productions (Spain)
For fans of - OBITUARY, MASTER, SEPULTURA, BOLT THROWER, GRAVE, HYPOCRISY, PARADISE LOST, AMORPHIS, MALEVOLENT CREATION
OPPOSER from Spain have been around since 1992 and even 25 years later, they've come out with a very solid album that encompasses the classic death metal sound along with the thrash metal influences. It's not easy to write an album like this. It's extremely riffy, redolent of bands like BOLT THROWER, OBITUARY, HYPOCRISY, MALEVOLENT CREATION and early SEPULTURA and the surprising part is how they're able to merge it all together, even imbibing melodic touches of AMORPHIS and PARADISE LOST, and serve it with a lethal dose of thrash. The execution is particularly remarkable and so is the overall treatment. Here's everything that you'd probably like in your dream death metal album of an old school nature, but OPPOSER have actually managed to pull that off over here. 'Darkest Path' is an authentic album of old school death metal music with the right intent, sound and even atmosphere. Morbid Shrine Productions have unravelled a gem.
morbidshrineproductions.bandcamp.com/album/opposer-darkest-path-cd-2017

NEWS: Black Metal CRAFTEON Announce Show Dates (CO/WY/UT) + H.P. Lovecraft Inspired Album Out Aug 25

OFFICIAL: Set to unleash their H.P. Lovecraft inspired debut album "Cosmic Reawakening" on August 25th, Denver, CO's CRAFTEON announce upcoming show dates in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah in support of the release (dates listed below). The band is the conception of vocalist and guitarist Lord Mordiggian whom has been inspired to create an entire album influenced by his favorite writer H.P. Lovecraft. The eight tracks on the release are based on classic H.P. Lovecraft tales such as ‘The Outsider’, ‘Dagon’ and ‘From Beyond’. Achieving the unachievable in crafting music to match the stories, CRAFTEON can be best described as Bardic Black Metal.
Lord Mordiggian comments: “This recording prudently recounts an antiquarian bundle of peculiar short stories authored by the famed American horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft, featuring a blasphemous potpourri of amorphous black metal enmeshed with spurious, assonant passages of hope juxtaposed and vanquished by discordant strains of utter despair and madness.”
Album pre-order: crafteon.bandcamp.com
Show Dates:
Aug 25 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake - info (CD release show) w/ Sar Isatum, Amdusias, Solarfall
Aug 26 - Cheyenne, WY @ Peterfest w/ Horde of Draugr, Plaguehammer, Wodens Wrath
Sept 3 - Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside 7 - info w/ Endlight, Infinite Conscious
Sept 29 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Ancient Mariner w/ Sceptres, Oaken Throne, Tovenaar
Oct 27 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X - info w/ Principium, Envenom, Unceremonial
About:
"That is not dead which can eternal lie yet with strange aeons even death may die." - H.P Lovecraft ‘The Nameless City’
H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), creator of the Cthulu Mythos, was the most influential horror writer of the 20th century. Indeed, no less a talent than Stephen King said Lovecraft was ‘the 20th Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.’ Lovecraft’s ability to evoke brooding otherworldly horror is unsurpassed and has influenced a great many heavy metal artists from Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath to Metallica. Yet no band has ever paid tribute to Lovecraft with the same degree of scope and immersion as the appropriately CRAFTEON.
CRAFTEON is the conception of vocalist and guitarist Lord Mordiggian. A teacher of literature, Lord Mordiggian was inspired to create an entire album inspired by his favourite writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Musically inspired by the likes of Shining, Dissection, Nyktalgia, Cradle of Filth and Iron Maiden, Lord Mordiggian describes the sound of CRAFTEON as ‘rough-hewn, distraught, mucilaginous, archival and multiplanar.’
CRAFTEON’s debut album “Cosmic Reawakening” features eight tracks inspired by classic Lovecraft tales such as ‘The Outsider’, ‘Dagon’, and ‘From Beyond’. CRAFTEON have achieved the unachievable in crafting music to match the stories, indeed, such are their storytelling prowess and their style of music could be dubbed Bardic Black Metal. Lord Mordiggian is optimistic about the album’s reception and there is more music to come.
“I expect the general fans of black metal to enjoy the influence of early Swedish black metal…This band will remain in the realm of Lovecraft and at least his genre, and considering he has hundreds of other stories, the music to come in the future is virtually limitless as far as the concept goes. I already have several songs in the works for the sophomore album, and this time the other band members are contributing their own original pieces as well.”
CRAFTEON’s debut album “Cosmic Reawakening” is due out August 25, 2017. (bio written by Steve Earles)

NEWS: new music from Argus and shows in Europe

OFFICIAL: Pittsburgh, PA traditional metal force ARGUS have released the lyric video for “You Are The Curse”, which is taken from their forthcoming “From Fields Of Fire” album. The LP is set for a September 8 release via Cruz Del Sur Music.
ARGUS "You Are The Curse"
Comments vocalist Brian “Butch” Balich: “‘You Are The Curse’ was the first song we wrote for ‘From Fields Of Fire’. Dave [Watson, guitar] brought it in and it immediately fit. I knew we had exciting things coming for the album when it came together. It’s classic ARGUS and a good song to introduce ‘From Fields of Fire’ to our friends worldwide. It’s an up-tempo, rhythmically aggressive but melodic song shot through with dark undertones. Lyrically, this song deals with the idea that sometimes we need look no further than ourselves for why things go wrong in our lives…as you sow so shall you reap. It’s been a live mainstay for about a year-and-a-half and one we expect to play often.”
To coincide with the release of “From Fields Of Fire”, ARGUS is embarking on a nine-date European tour with Chicago high-energy rock heroes HIGH SPIRITS. The tour kicks off September 8 in Dornbirn, Austria, culminating with their September 16 appearance at the Storm Crusher festival in Püchersreuth, Germany.
“HIGH SPIRITS have been friends of ours for several years and a band we all really dig a lot,” says Balich. “We are very excited that this came together—it’s going to be a great show for the fans of both bands —the energy HIGH SPIRITS and ARGUS put out on stage is very high, and I think we complement and balance each other as well. It truly is a can’t-miss show. We’ll be playing material from the new album, of course, but expect to hear something from every album including a couple songs we haven’t played in a long time. All of us in ARGUS cannot wait to return to Europe. It’s something we look forward to doing every year and this trip is going to be a blast getting to hang out with and watch HIGH SPIRITS every night, too!”
HIGH SPIRITS + ARGUS “Motivatour” European tour schedule:
SEPT 8 Dornbirn, AT,- Schlachthaus
SEP 9 Olte, CH – Coq D’Or
SEP 10 Münster, DE – Sputnikhalle
SEP 11 Marburg, DE – Trauma G-Werk
SEP 12 Oldenburg, DE – MTS Record Store
SEP 13 Hamburg, DE – Bambi Galore
SEP 14 Berlin, DE – Urban Spree
SEP 15 Weimar, DE – Kasseturm
SEP 16 Pückersreuth, DE – Storm Crusher Festival
facebook.com/argusmetal

NEWS: new music from Seattle's ReEvolution

Go to the band's Facebook page to learn about this band from Seattle. Here are a couple of announcements that they have posted.
OFFICIAL: Check out the single, "Forgotten in Time," from our upcoming EP set to release digitally on August 18. Like our page if you enjoy what you hear and share with your friends!
OFFICIAL: Here's a preview for our upcoming EP, Misery in Memories. Official release date soon to be announced along with the release of our first single. Come check us out live with Dark Tranquillity on Friday, Spetember 29 at El Corazon, Seattle.
facebook.com/ReEvolutionOfficial/

NEWS: new album from Seattle doomsters Army of Dagon

Listen to the complete new album by the Seattle metal band Army of Dagon.
Biography: Army of Dagon formed in Seattle in the spring of 2011. They combine elements of Heavy Metal, Traditional Doom, and Heavy Rock to create anthemic dirges that speak of nature, ghosts, old religions, and battles lost. In the summer of 2017, the band celebrated the release of its second album, titled 'Night of the Mystics'.
armyofdagon.bandcamp.com

NEWS: The return of Seattle's Plague Bearer

Recently the Seattle death metal veterans Drawn and Quartered made a very interesting announcement. They announced that Plague Bearer had been resurrected. With that in mind, this publication asked for a bit of history and context about Plague Bearer and its relation to Drawn and Quartered. For Seattle underground death metal supporters and supporters of underground death metal in general, this news should be of interest. Below you will find the text by guitarist Kelley Kuciemba.
PLAGUE BEARER is a music project that I developed in 1992. I was influenced by the emerging music of the time such as MORBID ANGEL and BOLT THROWER as well as all of the bands of that era, including grindcore and black metal bands. After a few attempts at being in or starting a band, I established PLAGUE BEARER and recruited some like-minded individuals (Jeff Smith-bass, Eric Brewer-drums, Shalom-vocals, Kelly Kuciemba-guitars). After some rehearsals and a performance at the legendary LAKE UNION PUB. The line-up changed in 1993 to Dave Procoppio-drums, Danny Hodge-bass and Herb Burke-vocals, Kelly Kuciemba-guitars and the “Bubonic Death” demo was recorded. 3 more shows at the LAKE UNION PUB, the last 2 with Jason Austin-drums were performed. Ultimately we needed a permanent drummer to try to get off the ground. In 1994 Matt Cason joined as the drummer, along with Herb and I. We had both Jeff and Danny as bass players early on. We renamed the band in 1995 or so as we slowly worked on our new material Danny helped record the self titled DRAWN AND QUARTERED later in 1996. PLAGUE BEARER became DRAWN AND QUARTERED.
Over the years I would develop new music ideas and concepts outside of DRAWN AND QUARTERED. In 1999 I started writing and rehearsing some THRASH and BLACK METAL inspired DEATH METAL in different tunings from the original PLAGUE BEARER. From 2000-2001 we recorded the “Incinerate the Flesh of Christ” 4-song demo and a 7-song album that has yet to be professionally released called “Defiled by Sodomy”. The line-up was Kelly Kuciemba-guitar and Tadd Grinke-drums, with Greg Reeves-bass and Herb Burke-vocals. This was music and lyrics I wrote with Tadd, and I had my bandmates in DRAWN AND QUARTERED help in the recording. We started working towards playing a show, and release the recordings, but had to stop the project due to a work change and my other band changing drummers while writing our 2nd D&Q album.
In 2004 I was able to record 4 new PLAGUE BEARER songs for an EP “Rise of the Goat” that was eventually released by NUCLEAR WINTER records. The line-up consisted of Mike-drums(FUNERAL AGE), Kelly Kuciemba-guitars with Herb-vocals and Greg Reeves-bass. These were in some ways a continuation of the 1999-2001 PLAGUE BEARER style, but the guitars were tuned back down and Herb mixes death and black metal style vocals. The EP was recorded at the AUTOPSY ROOM, where we'd done 4 of our full-length records as DRAWN AND QUARTERED. We were all too busy with other projects to work on PLAGUE BEARER any further at that time.
In 2004 members of DRAWN AND QUARTERED formed WINDS OF PESTILENCE. To me, it was basically a continuation of PLAGUE BEARER (band name came from our 1993 demo). Greg Reeves-drums, John Fryer-guitar, Kelly Kuciemba-guitar, Herb Burke-bass/vocals. Some of the songs were from my PLAGUE BEARER back catalog of songs and riffs. Herb also contributed a song that was never recorded, unfortunately. WINDS OF PESTILENCE rehearsed, performed shows and did a small tour before recording a demo produced by Dario Derna in 2008. The band disbanded soon after.
Over the last 16 years I'd occasionally run into my friend Tadd, and talk about jamming again. Finally in 2017 the time was right for us to start rehearsing as PLAGUE BEARER again! I have also been working on getting all of the recordings released in various formats. In 2017 the DRAWN AND QUARTERED-“Plague Bearer” cassette album was released on END OF MUSIC. This tape consists of the 1993 “Bubonic Death' demo and 2004 “Rise of the Goat” EP with a new logo, artwork and lyrics. The music consists of material sounding similar to DRAWN AND QUARTERED, and the members are from D&Q thus the title. A CD project has been proposed with VOMIT RECORDS, and the next release is to be titled PLAGUE BEARER-“Winds of Pestilence” Tape and CD to be released by END OF MUSIC. I'd like to release vinyl of those recordings and possible the “Incinerate the Flesh of Christ” demo. The concept of the project is to perform songs from our PLAGUE BEARER and WINDS OF PESTILENCE recordings.
Will there be new PLAGUE BEARER music? There is a very good chance of that. I'd like to spend some time just working on these songs. I've spent a good deal of time reworking certain songs and trying various things. To keep my life easy, we've tuned back down to B (from the Eb of WINDS OF PESTILENCE), since my guitars are set-up for that. So we've been working on getting a set of songs together chosen from our old demos and recordings. I'd like to work on the songs we have, focus on being a live band. We have plenty of room to grow and at some point work on new music and recordings.
PLAGUE BEARER is Tadd “Anus Defiler” Grinke-drums, Kelly "Plague Bearer' Kuciemba-guitars, Herb “The Butcher” Burke-bass/vocals and Mike “Nihilist” Sheldon-vocals (THY INFERNAL/WRAITHEN/LORD GORE/IN MEMORIAM/ABAZAGORATH). We are rehearsing for FAMINE FEST SEATTLE INVASION 2017 September 22-23rd!
Thanks for the support! HAIL METAL MANIACS!!! K.S. Kuciemba 7/27/2017
facebook.com/drawnandquartered

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

review: A Flourishing Scourge

review by MMB
A Flourishing Scourge
A Flourishing Scourge
release date: June 9th, 2017
label: independent
1.Tidal Waves 09:54
2.To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse 06:30
3.Insatiable 06:50
4.Onerous 08:18
5.Awakened 02:58
6.Vacant 07:17
7.The Hedonist 08:12
8.Solace 09:20
total time 59:19
Alright, that's it, I've had it! I've had it with the polite, politically correct commentary about this album. It's time to get excited about A Flourishing Scourge! It's time to tell the truth.
I have read some well-meaning comments, commentary and reviews of A Flourishing Scourge, but some of the opinions make it appear like this band makes music for people with a PhD in mathematics. Hey, you don't need a college degree, you just have to be a metal fanatic. You're the perfect audience that this band needs.
Seattle's A Flourishing Scourge is progressive extreme metal, but maybe we need to say what they are and what they are not, given that progressive has so many meanings. Some people have noticed that progressive is often used for various forms of punk, hardcore, postrock, djent, deathcore, metalcore and that type of groove-guitar/chugging stuff. That's not A Flourishing Scourge. This band has big riffs, hooks, melodies, the type that come from heavy metal because this is a heavy metal band: anyone into thrash, death and black metal will feel at home with the guitar work, and with the intense drumming. This is not a band that plays “grooves” and this is not a band that chugs away at the low strings. The drumming is, basically, traditional death and black metal drumming, it’s not “groove” drumming.
The vocals are growled and deep, not whiny or screamo. This may or may not be a problem for some. You'll have to decide. It's traditional extreme metal growling, basically; not microphone-cupping, low-intensity growling. It's extreme metal vocals with fullness and depth.
Supposedly, there is a problem with the length of the album. It is almost an hour of music and this is a turn off for some or it is too much for others or whatnot. Is the music too much today and don't feel like listening to the complete album? Press pause or stop and come back to it another time. Maybe you can handle it only a couple of songs at a time? I bet A Flourishing Scourge has no problem with that.
This is a professional album by an independent band. I can tell you for a fact that this album has cost a pretty penny to make. Who knows if there will be another album? Maybe they will break up? Maybe the next album won't be for another seven years? If a band spends its own money, and they have gone way above the call of duty to make an album that makes them and Seattle metal proud, isn't that something to celebrate?
Maybe you don't like extreme metal. Understood. Maybe you don't like prog. I get it. But if you want skills, professionalism, intelligence, dedication to the craft, a love of metal music, thoughtfulness, effort, hard work and songs by a heavy metal band that is thinking big, then this is what you will find on the album. Let me show you.
1.Tidal Waves 09:54
You could say that A Flourishing Scourge starts the album with a song of melodic black metal with a robust death metal production. Right away you can hear the importance of black metal for the band. The guitar work is definitely based on black metal, then around the three-minute mark the pace changes through a mellow pause before once again diving into extreme metal territory and before you know it, now there is a big progressive feel in the guitar while the speed seems to have increased. Lots of tremolo moments backed up with a thick, thrashing rhythm. Then, down the stretch, things slow down a bit, the bass guitar transitions to slower guitar work, then some tremolo melodies wrap it all up. Big statement from the band: Here we are, this is what we do. How do you like them apples?!
2.To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse 06:30
The title is the most different of all the songs. You would think it's a brutal death metal band. Kind of strange. Sure. This track begins very softly and contemplatively, but then out of nowhere the blasting black metal tears through the peace, then a transition to less frenzied pace yet still very much uptempo. The song does have vocals, but the guitar power is so decisive that the guitars are rulers of this realm. In particular, the last portion of the song is very melodic and the melodies go at a nice, ear-friendly pace, and that’s how the song ends. Very nice.
3.Insatiable 06:50
Total blasting black metal at the beginning. This is A Flourishing Scourge going as fast and as black metal as they can. At about the 1:30 mark the speed lets up a bit, for an uptempo mood, with some lower, brutal growling. At about 3:00 the song is still a headbanging tune, still going strong, but something else has crept up: the progressive riffs, the thrashiers bits, the melodies all have entered the door and have made themselves comfortable and by 4:30 the guitar solo is in full swing. The guitar harmonies, the melodies are taking this one home, but not before a very pleasant segment, about a minute, of acoustic guitar comes in and takes the song to the very end.
Ok, that's the first three songs. Let’s say that the album is difficult. After listening to the album repeatedly the music, to me, sounds memorable, melodic and of very good quality, but I can see how it may be more difficult than some other bands or albums. Instead of worrying about knowing the whole album now, why not explore these first three songs and listen to them a few times and see how the perception changes.
You can always come back to the rest of the album. Me, too. I’ll come back to the other songs at a later date. Until then, consider dedicating some time to A Flourishing Scourge.
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Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated August 1, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated August 1, 2017
August 2 Wounded Giant at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 2 Lungs, Serial Hawk, Witch Ripper, Githyanki at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 3 Wounded Giant at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
August 3 September Mourning, What Though Wilt, Sysztem 7, Pelligrini Thursday at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 4 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Drug of Choice, Monsters among Gods at The Y Sports Bar, Spanaway, WA
August 5 Transcribing the Necronomicon, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year Of The Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 5 Wounded Giant, Year of the Cobra, Swampheavy, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 5 Armed for Apocalypse, At Home from Hell, Devilation, Sausage Slapper at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 6 Triac, Doc, Transient, Disease at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 7 Hemlock, Jesus Wears Armani, TwasmonauT, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 7 Sausage Slapper, Pelligrini, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 9 Barbarian, Peucharist, Kömmand, Ghostblood at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 9 Eyehategod, Capitalist Casualties, The Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 10 Gojira, Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 10 Dismembering Mary, Breather, Vesuvian, Prey the Hunter, We Were Giants at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 10 Breather, Primordial Atrocity, Dismembering Mary, Vevusian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 11 Toe Tag, Power Skeleton, Suburban Hell Kill, The Sharp Teeth at Victory Lounge, Seattle, WA
August 11 Tit Nun, Jugs of Blood, L80 at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 11 Morrow, You May Die in the Desert, Burning of I at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Skelator, Weaponlord, Nasty Bits at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 12 Inter Arma, Atriarch, Addaura at Barboza, Seattle, WA
August 13 Hundred Suns, Deathbreaker at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 13 Make Them Suffer, Enterprise Earth,Spite,Divitius,Vultures Above Us at Neumos, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 17 Sentient Divide, Kömmand, Morrow, Florida Man, Lore of the Cannibals at Obscurus, Everett, WA
August 17 Summer Slaughter 2017: Headbang for the Highway, Lorna Shore, Betraying the Martyr, Rings of Saturn, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Oceano, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, The Black Dahlia Murder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
August 18 Sentient Divide at Mootsy's, Spokane, WA
August 19 Xoth, Oxygen Destroyer, Master Kush Ultra at 1017 East First Street, Port Angeles, WA
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 19 Thou Shall Kill, The Morning After, Dilapidation, Urdr, Religicide at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 19 Thread the Sky, Ergo I Exist at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 19 Countless the Dead at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
August 20 DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, Uncured at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 24 Diamond Head, Substratum, Skelator, Ape Machine, Salem Knights at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 25 Hell's Belles at Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill, Spanaway, WA
August 26 Ashen Pyre at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
August 26 Oxygen Destroyer, Religicide, Blood and Thunder, Religicide, Wuththphuk at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
August 28 Metal Mondays at Substation, Seattle, WA
August 30 Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 5 Inquisition, Uada, Volahn, Noceur at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 8 The Drip at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey, Killian Mahaffey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 9 Versus, Dead Crown, Follow the Lights, Down the Scope, Rucker, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 9 TitanFest 2017: Motograter, Chronological Injustice, The National Guard - Music, Invasive, Bleed The Stone, Syztem7, Jesus Wears Armani, Vial 8, Heart Avail, Salem Knights, Hammerz Down, Voodoo Death Gun at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
September 11 Epica, Lacuna Coil, Insomnium, Elantris at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 13 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescene, Rutah, Dysfunktynal Kaos at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 14 Venom, Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, The Convelesence, Noctium at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 14 Isenordal, Vradiazei, Omens, Exulansis at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
September 15 Hell's Belles at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
September 16 Thrash or Be Thrased: American Overdose, Method 13, Chronological Injustice, Devilation, Chamber 6, Casualty of God, Massacre at the Opera, What Thou Wilt, Violent Hallucinations at Uncle Sam's America Bar and Grill, Spanaway, WA
September 18 Orphaned Land, Pain, Voodoo Kungfu, Wythre at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle at Highline, Seattle, WA. Friday September 22nd. Witchtrap (Colombia), Witchaven (Los Angeles), Drawn And Quartered, Malleus (Boston), Xoth. Saturday September 23rd. Hirax (from Los Angeles), Plague Bearer (Ancient Seattle Death Cult reunion), Effluvia (recently refomred death Metal from Washington), Raptor (Portland, Oregon), Oxygen Destroyer
September 25 The Casualties at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, Last Bastion, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Savage Master, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 3 The Devils of Loudun at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 4 Cerebral Incubation, Cordyceps, Angel Splitter, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 5 American Wrecking Company at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 7 A Flourishing Scourge, Anthrocene, Shades Of Static at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 10 Soulfly does Nailbomb performing "Point Blank"; Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, Lody Kong, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 15 Warning, The Body, Worm Ouroboros at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain, Transcribing The Necronomicon, Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
October 24 Aura Noir, Mutilation Rites, Weregoat at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 25 Wolves in the Throne Room at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
October 28 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 28 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 29 Vale of Pnath, First Fragment, Virvum, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 4 Narcotic Wasteland, Dreaming Dead, Countless the Dead at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
November 7 Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society, Uncured at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper at Neumos, Seattle, WA
November 17 Washington Deathfest at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA: The Charleston (Monsters Brawl Main Stage) 6pm: Embryonic Devourment, Violent Hallucinations, Progenitor, Whythre, Ghostblood, Nihilist Nation, Ashen Pyre, Oxygen Destroyer. High Fidelity lounge (The Chaos stage 2) 4pm: Monsters Among Gods, Abiosis, Inside Defiance, Prey The Hunter, Noceur
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kömmand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
December 29 Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
March 19 Udo Dirkschneider, Zero Down, Children of Seraph at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
March 22 Michael Schenker at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
April 6 Nightwish at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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