Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Washington quick news: Ghostblood finally announces a new album and everybody's wondering why it has taken so long, but they are also relieved that the band is ok and ready to thrash again and make videos about the swamps of Queen Anne Hill

This is it! Ghostblood is back with a new album! Isn't it exciting, Finland? Yes, it is! The Seattle thrash contingent component named Ghostblood has finally, finalleeee done it and now they are going to show you rock and roll, Seattle!
Just for the fun and giggles of it, here is their famous video that I have watched about 786 times in total!
APR 20
GHOSTBLOOD Album Release Barf-Stravaganza at the Central Saloon Featuring: Xoth GHOSTBLOOD Oxygen Destroyer Kömmand
HERE IS AN OLD INTERVIEW just in case you have not noticed that this publication writes about Ghostblood a lot and it's because they pay a lot of money for the coverage and we like the money and you like the money and we are all making lots of big, dirty, sweaty, unethical dinero from Ghostblood's adventures, my friends!
This publication features Ghostblood often and I am not sure why that is. It might be due to the barrels of cash that the band pays for each mention, concert calendar listing, review, interview and shout out. It was a year ago that they sucker punched the world with their debut album Blood from Beyond the Grave. After the album, they have been playing shows and playing pranks on humans. Their brand of swamp horror comedy gore thrash metal has been a hit with everyone from myself to all three members of the band and some of their cousins, too. Recently they had some time to look up some new words in the dictionary. They came across the word “eviscerama,” and they decided to name it their new, hot smacking single. You’ll want to mosh, break dance and do the hokey pokey when you hear this mutant thrashing. Personally, I prefer to do the twist. "C’mon, baby, let’s do the twist. Take me by my little hand, and go like this!" Yeah, baby, that’s my bag!
By the way, the band sent back these replies to some serious questions about the present state of affairs for Ghostblood. Put your apron on because this is going to get messy. Here’s the interview, which was answered by Adam, who is one of the best bassists in the band. He does some screaming, too.
What it is, Ghostblood! What has happened since the debut album one year ago? Have you changed any members? What have you discovered about each other after spending so much time together? Who is your fearless leader? Who is the one always eating potato chips at your rehearsals?
Hello! Wow, it's been a whole year since Blood From Beyond the Grave...that's like 12 months! To answer your first question, we haven't changed any members since then — we've barely changed our underwear, to be perfectly honest. We're all still getting along just fine, aside from the occasional knife fight over mortuary table-scraps. When you spend as much time together as we do, you really get a sense of the other band members' greatest fears: spiders, rejection, and rejection by spiders, respectively. We don't have a leader, per se — instead we rule by triumvirate, and take turns acting as supreme executive officer on a biweekly basis. Band policies regarding snacks and beer must be ratified by a two-thirds majority, while practice and show scheduling requires unanimous consensus.
Your latest recording is a single called “Eviscerama.” Can you explain a couple of things about the new song: Is the single a test recording? To see how it sounds before recording any more material?
The single is, indeed, a test recording (the test came back positive — we're pregnant!). The process of recording the first album was kind of a mess; we did it ourselves (awesome), piecemeal, over about nine months, recording songs as we wrote learned them (less awesome). The Eviscerama single (which we also recorded ourselves) was kind of a practice run for us in preparation for recording a second full-length. We also wanted to have some new material recorded for us to dangle in front of people, so that we may stay relevant. YOU HAVE TO DANGLE TO BE RELEVANT.
Ghostblood has been doing shows in the Northwest. So far, are you liking the experience of being a live band? Do you have plans to start venturing out of the Northwest? Is the United States ready for Ghostblood’s swamp thrash?! Is Ghostblood ready for the United States?
First off, I wouldn't really call us a "live" band, as we are all cannibal mutant ghosts. But yes, to answer your question, we enjoy the experience of being a reanimated necroplasmic manifestation-band — very much so, as a matter of fact. There's usually free beer when we play shows; occasionally there's free food, too, if a member of the audience appears to be sick or wounded. We're venturing down to Portland in November with Carnotaurus, and hopefully we'll make it down to California at some point this winter. Our ultimate goal to tour the United States on foot, like Forrest Gump.
I refuse to watch the movie Ghostbusters because that movie gives us ghosts a bad name. I think that we need Ghostblood’s celebrity status to do a public campaign in defense of ghosts. Have you been contacted by ghosts recently asking you to stand up for us (I am a ghost, too)? Are you going to help us out or not?
We believe in leading by example. It's really easy to espouse a ghost-positive ideology, but you have to be committed to really live it. So, to answer your question, we already are helping out. Every highly visible act of cannibalism or public decapitation we perform speaks louder than any words.
What is the best Ghostblood song that I should play at my upcoming wedding and why? I am having problems deciding between songs about gratuitous violence and songs about the grave. Both have many positive sides.
We typically recommend songs about opening graves and eating the dead for the reception, whereas songs about gratuitous violence are more appropriate for the actual ceremony. Incidentally, at least one of us is an ordained minister. We would love to preside over the nuptials; all we would ask in terms of payment would be first crack at eating any wedding crashers.
What is the best Ghostblood song that I should play at my second wedding and why? (I like to look ahead and make plans for my future. My teachers always told me to plan ahead, so I do.) Don’t you have songs about broken hearts and evisceration, too?
We definitely have songs about evisceration! We haven't written any songs about broken hearts just yet, but we HAVE recently perfected our technique for breaking them.
1.Open chest cavity to access heart
2.Freeze heart with liquid nitrogen
3.Once heart is frozen solid, strike with hammer/rock/rifle butt/human femur.
(Fun fact: Like you, we were taught to plan ahead, but in decapitation school).
Ghostblood has not written any songs about Casper The Friendly Ghost so far. How can this be? Casper has made entire towns fear his name and many children and adults have needed a diaper change upon seeing Casper. What else do you need to write a song? There you have fear, confusion, and terror. The songs practically write themselves!
According to a cease-and-desist letter we received in the mail, we shall not publish any material featuring or referencing the trademarked intellectual property "Casper the Friendly Ghost," under penalty of civil and criminal prosecution as outlined in U.S. Code: Title 17. Stay tuned for our new jam about Jasper the Amiable Spirit, though!
I have been trying to learn to play Ghostblood songs. In order to do that I have been eating a lot, sleeping and taking naps whenever I can, and I have been climbing the trees in my neighborhood and howling like a wolf. Somehow, these activities are not helping me to become a better musician. What do you think I am doing wrong?
Hmm...honestly, we couldn't tell you; it sounds like you're doing everything right. Here's a list of our best guesses, though:
1.You mentioned you were eating a lot. Are you drinking enough beer to soak up the food? Also, are you absolutely sure your diet contains enough human remains? The only reason we ask is that many people think they're consuming enough, but in reality there's a huge deficit in their diet.
2. Try punching your instrument harder.
3. Play louder?
4. Sacrifice a chicken in a graveyard under a full moon. Eat the chicken. Enjoy it so much that you abandon music to pursue a career in culinary arts.
5. Get drunk.
I have other questions for you, but I have to go and play with my snakes now. I have a snake farm and they need attention. One last question: what is the best way to keep up with the news of Ghostblood? Are you on the Myspace? I have read that the Myspace is very popular with the youth of today. Do you use the electronic internets sometimes? Do you have a hotline that humans can call about Ghostblood news?
For sure! You're not much of a snake farmer if you neglect your scale-babies — they need love just like kittens or baby rabbits or pet bears or domesticated mummies.
Anyway, we've never heard of MySpace, but then, we've never been huge into astronomy (MySpace is like a NASA dating site, isn't it?).
The best ways to contact us are:
1.On the Facebook, www.facebook.com/ghostbloodmetal
2.Over our electric mail, ghostbloodmetal@gmail.com
3.On our Bandcamp page, www.ghostbloodmetal.bandcamp.com
Anyway, we have to go — it's been a long week, and those brains aren't going to smoke themselves! Thanks for asking us questions!

Washington state concert calendar, updated March 20, 2018

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.
Washington state concert calendar, updated March 20, 2018
March 20 Tetrachromat, others at Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA
March 21 Whipstriker, Negative Vortex, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 21 Dio Disciples, Thou Shall Kill, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
March 22 Michael Schenker at Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
March 22 Shizerdome, Whythre, Hexengeist at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 24 The War Within at Tony V's, Everett, WA
March 24 Alda, Huldrekall, Forest of Grey, Vouna at Cryptatropa Bat, Olympia, WA
March 24 Eyas/Luna, As Pillars Fall, Down the Scope, others at KTUB, Kirkland, WA
March 24 Metal Up Your Pass: Pagan Country Rebels, Nocturnal Mayhem, Salem Knights at Bubba’s Roadhouse, Sultan, WA
March 25 Human Agony, Rohit, Putrid Temple at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 25 Prying Free, Simulation Theory, Forever Convicted at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
March 26 Metal Mondays: Born Without Blood, Infernal Realm, Speaks In Tongues at Substation, Seattle, WA
March 28 Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth, Sanction, Scourged at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
March 28 Zan, Steaksauce Mustache, American Standards, Faus at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
March 29 Steaksauce Mustache, American Standards, The Anchor, Florida Man at 2nd Cycle, Tacoma, WA
April 29 Tetrachromat, others at Luigi’s Mansion (?), Bellingham, WA
March 30 The Sword, King Buffalo at The Pin, Spokane, WA
March 30 Deathbed Confessions, SwampheavY, Kyberox at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, Tacoma, WA
March 30 Suppression, Acid Feast, Sidetracked, PWWMA, Ruptured Silence at Highline, Seattle, WA
March 30 Top Knot Fest: Czar, Heiress, Steak Sauce Mustache, American Standards, Faus, Smooth Sailing, Into the Storm, Florida Man, Blacktracks, Kihalás, Inhaulation at Southgate Roller Rink, Seattle, WA
March 31 Obscurus Infestus: Simulation Theory, Voidthrone, Kihalás, Nick Superchi, others (about 12 performances) at Obscurus, Everett, WA
March 31 Dominus Nox, Battle Axe Massacre, Rat King at Erebus, Kelso, WA
March 31 Effluvia, Disease, Snake, Bummer at Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle, WA
March 31 Year of the Cobra, Kal-El, Wizzerd, Witch Ripper at Substation, Seattle, WA
April 2 Ross the Boss, Ethan Brosch, Old James at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 5 Noceur, ION, Serpent Sun at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 5 Villains of the Story, Deadships, We Gave It Hell, Anchor Point, Jesus Wears Armani at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 6 Witchaven, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand, Carnotaurus at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
April 6 Nightwish at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
April 7 Black Sun Moon, Beyond the Woods, Tetrachromat, The Circus In Your Town at Hard Rock Café, Seattle, WA
April 7 ReEvolution, Glass Cannons, Aphelion, Simulation Theory at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
April 7 Pacific Northwest Death Fest: I, Detest; Dismembering Mary, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 12 The Devils of Loudun, Neck of the Woods, Weaponlord at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 13 Neck of the Woods at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
April 13 Dead Crown, Avoid at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 13 Profane Order, Hissing, Putrid Temple, others at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
April 14 Neck of the Woods at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
April 14 Summer Slaughter 2018 Official Showcase, Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 14 Crazy Train (Ozzy), Priest Unleashed (Priest) tributes at The Heavy Metal Brewing Co., Vancouver, WA
April 14 Theories, Burials, Spacebag, Impulse Noise at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
April 15 Uli Jon Roth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
April 15 Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Star Riders at ShoWare Center, Kent, WA
April 15 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
April 16 Black Star Riders, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 17 Sirenia, Threat Signal, Valinor Excelsior, Graveshadow at Studio, Seven, Seattle, WA
April 18 Slaughter to Prevail at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
April 19 Windhand, Ruby the Hatchet, Un at Neumos, Seattle, WA
April 19 X Suns, Tetrachromat, You May Die in the Desert, others at Central Saloon, Seattle, WA
April 20 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
April 20 Gigan, Sunless at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
April 20 Tetrachromat, Die Like Gentlemen, Marv at the Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
April 20 Blood and Thunder, Dilapidation, Violent Hallucinations, Odyssian at Obscurus, Everett, WA
April 20 Xoth, Ghostblood, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at Central Saloon, Seattle, WA
April 21 Rat King, Effluvia, Whythre at Erebus, Kelso, WA
April 21 Tetrachromat, others at Boscoe’s, Bellingham, WA
April 25 Year of the Cobra, Mos Generator, Destroyer of Light, Kybetox at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
April 27/28 The Tony V's Hybrid Festival: Jesus Wears Armani, The War Within, Silent Theory, Massacre at the Opera, Casualty of God, After the Fallout, Noctium, Chamber 6, others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
April 28 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
May 1 Savage Master, Bewitcher, Substratum, 1967 at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 1 Carnifex, Oceano, Winds of Plague, Archspire, Spite, Buried above Ground, Shadow of Intent, Widowmaker, Dismembering Mary at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 4 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
May 4 Morbid Angel, Origin, Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm Annihilation at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 5 Wet Temple, Down the Scope, After the Fallout, Simulation Theory, Skiz Dizzard at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
May 5 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
May 10 Weaponlord, others at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
May 12 Whythre, Born Without Blood, Effluvia, Orator, ShizerDome at Obscurus, Everett, WA
May 12 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino, Anacortes, WA
May 13 Soulfly, Nile, After the Fallout, Devilation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 13 Silent Scream, Madrost at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 16 Satyricon, Inquisition, Inquinok, Voidthrone at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 17 Cough, Grime, Serial Hawk, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 18 ApHelion, Whythre at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 18 Noceur at Make.Shift, Bellingham, WA
May 19 Hells Bells at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 22 Obituary, Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch, Dust Bolt at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 23 Texas Hippie Coalition, Kobra and the Lotus, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 23 The Black Dahlia Murder, Homewrecker, The Convalescence at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 24 Bat, Midnight, Wormwitch at El Corazón, Seattle
May 24 Tetrachromat, Designer Disguise, Hexengeist, Pill Brigade at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 26 D.R.I., Deathwish at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 26 Anvil at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 28 Power Trip, Sheet Mag, Fury, Red Death at Neumos, Seattle, WA
May 31-June 2 Northwest Terrorfest at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
June 2 Insomnium, Anthrocene, ApHelion at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 2 Battle for Mordor: Blood and Thunder, ReEvolution, Odyssian, Oxygen Destroyer, Dilapidation, Violent Hallucinations, Simulation Theory at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
June 2 Born Without Blood, Jugs of Blood at Philip Stengel Presents, Aberdeen, WA
June 4 Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 5 Sleep, ell Witch at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
June 6 Devastation on the Nation: Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath, Primordial Atrocity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 14 Queensrÿche at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 15 Filth; Insvrgence; Loser; I, Detest at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 15 The Accused AD, Effluvia, Dilapidation at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 16 Bitter End, Coven, Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 16 Uli Jon Roth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Washington Deathfest III: Infernal Legion, Thou Shall Kill, Cryptic Enslavement, When The Broken Burn, Divide Paths, Helles, Shred Bundy, Whythre, Voidthrone, At Home In Hell, ApHelion at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 21-25 Thirst for Light V festival: Addaura, Alda, Isenordal, Void Omnia, many, many others in Raymond, WA
June 24 Will Haven, Heiress, Into the Storm, Old Iron at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 27 Krallice, Wayfarer at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 30 UADA, Wolvhammer, The Black Moriah at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 7 Crimson Guardian, Morbid Fascination, others at Erebus, Kelso, WA
July 7 Glass Canons, Wet Temple, Tetrachromat, Anyarez Rockz at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
July 13&14: WADM Metalfest at Erebus, Kelso, WA: Cursed, Oxygen Destroyer, Hang the Kode, Battle Ace Massacre, Inside Defiance, Crüd Güns, Simulation Theory, Noose; Aggression, Violent Hallucinations, Antiform, Hyborian Rage, Pre Embalmed, Dilapidation, After the Fallout, Trojan Swamp Monster
July 14 Queensrÿche at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
July 20 The Backyard Festival:After the Fallout, others Louie G’s Pizza, Fife, WA
August 19 Alice Cooper at Angel of the Winds, Everett, WA
August 20 Powerglove, Xoth at El Corazón, Seattle, W
September 4 The Exploited, Total Chaos at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 8 Effluvia, Oxygen Destroyer, Disease at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
September 15 Northwest Tribfest at Historic Everett Theater, Everett, WA: tribute bands Dr. Crue, Infinity Project (Journey), Blistered Earth (Metallica), Second Sting (Scorpions), Almost Human (Kiss)
September 20 Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 3 Graham Bonnet Band, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 2 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
November 10 Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Drawn and Quartered at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Washington quick news: After The Fallout seeks bassist

We're a bit late on this posting, but After The Fallout is in market for a new bassist.

Hey brothers and sisters! Looking forward to throwing down at The Charleston in Bremerton WA this Friday! This will sadly also be our bassist, Adam Vosler’s, last show with After the Fallout. So come out and give him a good send off. Adam has other things he needs to focus on going forward but he’s a brother to all of us, one of our closest friends, and we wish him all the best. 
This means that ATF is looking for a new bassist! We have a busy schedule coming up, are working on pre-production for a new release, and are looking for someone able to step in and get up to speed quickly. As we play many areas you need transportation. We’re all functional adults able to contribute to the financial aspect of being in a working band and you should be too. You need to have pro gear, experience, and stage presence (we don’t stand around onstage looking bored so you can’t either)! There are shows where you’ll be asked to guarantee ticket sales. You need to be able to do this. You need to be 21+.
Initial auditions will be on our 2 singles, “Mindless Reaction” and “Lambs Become Lions”. PM us if you want a shot.


Washington quick news: Noctium seeks drummer

Here is the message from the Marysville area band Noctium:

Hello All!
The time has come to officially announce that we are currently seeking to recruit a full time Drummer for Noctium! Alan Reis has been our fill in for the last year and has gifted us with terrific talent behind the kit but now we must find a permanent member!
In holding auditions, we will require that those interested record a video of themselves playing along to one of our tracks from our Ep “118”
If we feel you have what it takes, we will send you an MP3 of one of our newer songs that we would like you to write and submit a video for as well!
If you are interested, please reach out to us either through our page or directly message Shawn Aaron Thompson


Washington quick news: Xoth

Seattle Space Shredders XOTH Release New Single "Plague Revival"
Seattle space shredders XOTH are back with a new single entitled "Plague Revival." The follow-up to 2016 debut album Invasion of the Tentacube, XOTH paints a horrific vision of a reemerging viral outbreak that unleashes the most primitive aspects of humanity. Check out "Plague Revival" at the link below. XOTH's sophomore album will be released later this year. Stay tuned!
BIO: In the year 2014, four musicians from different regions of North America came together in the Pacific Northwest to create XOTH, a band that captured their love of space, science fiction, Lovecraftian horror, and most importantly Shred. The band's first EP, Hostile Terraforming, was self-released in July 2014 and was immediately followed by a short West Coast tour with MOBILE DEATHCAMP. After the success of what can only be called a musical adventure, XOTH booked and promoted two more tours on their own, every time gaining more loyal fans who recognize their passion and genuine way of connecting with crowds on and off stage.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Judas Priest (review by MMB)

Judas Priest
March 9th, 2018
Columbia Records
I like the album, but what is missing is Judas Priest. It has the guitar tone, the voice, the sound of Judas Priest; it’s a case of: it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and everyone says that it is a duck, but people are prisoners of the moment, and are glad to have a new album, especially because the band is a very old and legendary name, and the elderly rock icons are in bad health, dying, nearly dead or in the grave already.
The problem is clear. Longtime guitarist and founder K.K. Downing is not here. The other longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton is unable play guitar competently because of his illness. Thus, the heart of the sound and the creators of the sound are no longer here. What we have is Richie Faulkner, a capable guitarist by all accounts; Andy Sneap, a veteran guitar master, as producer and undoubtedly an important contributor to the album in more ways than one; and Glenn doing as much as he can within the limits of his very serious illness.
However, there is no way to recreate the chemistry, personality, style, the feel, the intangible sound that was Judas Priest’s twin guitar identity.
Business is business; the show must go on; egos have to be stroked; people don’t know when to quit; corporations want money; fans don’t want to accept the end; nobody wants to die; being on the stage is a glorious experience; individuals have family and careers and want as much money as they can get; the green in your eyes is the love of money; old people don’t want to sit at home as elderly citizens when they can worshipped by thousands of drunk metalheads.
Does the album sound bad? Of course not. Does it have good singing? Of course (Let’s leave aside the issue of how much studio magic technology has been used to shore up the sound of a senior citizen singing). Does it have good guitar soloing? Yes. Does it have terrible songs? No.
What is the problem? The guitar work, for one. The guitar work, again while competent and professional, is missing the specific personality and chemistry that is Judas Priest. For instance, the guitar tone is Judas Priest, but the interplay of the masters of the guitars is not there. I don’t hear that communication where the two masters read each other’s minds as songwriting partners and where they took turns at the finger-twisting solos, in which the solos are a song within a song, in which you look forward to hearing the interplay between the two guitarists, working together. That’s not here, and that is indisputable.
Another problem is the songwriting. You can definitely hear the difference and the lower quality in the songwriting. There is no way to make up for K.K. Downing’s missing contributions and there is no way to make up for the fact that Glenn Tipton is not able to play guitar at the level required for Judas Priest, which affects the songwriting and the execution. What do we have then? Musicians who have consciously tried to cut, copy, paste, rewrite, recreate, reformulate, reconfigure bits, pieces, segments, details, trademark licks and riffs to repackage them, and they have done a good job of it. I won’t comment on the fact that the album has quite a bit of a midtempo and groove vibe that is foreign to the sound of Judas Priest, but this element is certainly a big part of the new album.
Things have not been right with Judas Priest for a long, long time, but I am not going to go into that here. I’m talking about this particular album. There is no need to be hostile to the album or to exaggerate the criticism of it. There is also no need to act as if the album is a total failure; it is a solid, good album by the Rob Halford Band, paying tribute to Judas Priest.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Apathy Noir (review by Matt Spall)

[Our friend Matt Spall (U.K.) decided to focus on a band that is not signed. It is Apathy Noir from Sweden. What does Matt have to tell us about Apathy Noir? By the way, at the end of this review you will find Matt's Twitter link where you can find him at work telling the world about his writings. ---MMB]
Artist: Apathy Noir
Album Title: Black Soil
Label: Independent
Release date: 31 January 2018
Formed back in 2003, Apathy Noir is the given moniker for the artistic output of solo artist Victor Jonas, who welcomes into his personal musical vision, Andy Walmsley, vocalist with Twilight’s Embrace and Beyond Grace. ‘Black Soil’ is the fourth full-length release from Jonas under the Apathy Noir banner, although just to confuse things, prior to 2016, the ‘band’ went by the name of Apathy.
Any time the email or press release mentions names like Katatonia, I’m going to sit up and take notice. In the case of Apathy Noir, the reference was to old Katatonia and Opeth. And, when the words ‘progressive death/doom’ are also mentioned, it was a done deal, even if I am a little late to the party on this occasion.
I must admit that I have not been misled by the references above, because this is pretty much what I expected I’d hear before I hit the ‘play’ button. The mournful lead guitar notes do call to mind the output of early Katatonia, whilst the crushing heaviness is tempered just a little by a production that is authentic to the genre some 20 years ago. Is that a kind way of saying that the production isn’t that great? Well, no, because the production isn’t actually that bad – with a bigger budget, the album could have sounded fuller, richer and clearer of course. However, it is perfectly acceptable and provides some raw grittiness and a taste of bygone days, regardless of whether this was deliberate or not.
I seem to be saying this a lot lately when it comes to the death/doom genre, but ‘Black Soil’ will not win any awards for originality. This is not re-setting the bar or moving it into completely new territory for others to hastily follow. However, what it is, is a thoroughly enjoyable slab of death/doom metal with plenty of melodic sensibility and just enough ‘progressive’ intent to allow then the use of the tag. That said, it’s in no way challenging in that respect, so don’t expect a plethora of tempo and time changes or a radical juxtaposition of apparently disparate ideas. These elements exist on occasion, but instead, Jonas tends to prefer a subtler approach, with plenty of light and shade and dark atmosphere his main weapons to stave off boredom and keep things sufficiently interesting.
Alongside the aforementioned Katatonia and Opeth influences, I also hear a dose of Swallow The Sun as well as, unsurprisingly, Twilight’s Embrace within the seven tracks that make up ‘Black Soil’. None of the songs come in at under the six-minute mark, meaning that there is still over 50 minutes of material to wrap your ears around.
This is the kind of album that proves that I must have a huge soft spot for this kind of music. I say this because whilst it is not at the very highest end of the melodic death/doom genre league table, I still derive an awful lot of pleasure from it.
Opening track, ‘The Glass Delusion’ starts things off wonderfully. The atmospheric sound of synths is joined by a bass and drum beat to set a nice tempo before the track explodes. The savage, almost black metal retching vocals of Andy Walmsley take no prisoners as they do battle with some expertly crafted staccato-style riffs which are both rich and icy sharp. The central melody that is introduced subtly in the intro is maintained throughout via the lead guitars to provide a mournful yet sumptuous feel to the song. It is then topped off quite surprisingly by a flamboyant guitar solo and more layers of atmospheric synths and an occasional foray into much quieter territory.
The Katatonia-isms are brought to the forefront of proceedings within ‘Samsara’, most notably through the sorrowful lead guitar lines. The use of melancholy minor notes is classic ‘Brave Murder Day’ era fodder but the song is executed with such style and elegance that the plagiarism is easily forgiven and forgotten. The introduction of deep and resonant clean vocals is a nice touch too, as are the changes of pace and intensity.
The clean vocals make a return within the beautiful dirge that is ‘Black Soil’, one of the more overtly ‘progressive’ tracks on the record thanks to its more complex and varied structure. Another strong melodic thread runs through the song, but what I also like are the more pronounced tempo changes and the way in which the guitar is allowed to hold a note or two, to allow a little more space into the composition.
If I’m being extremely critical, the clean vocals within longest track, ‘The Void Which Binds’ could do with being just a little stronger, especially early in the song. And I am not overly convinced that it warrants its nine-minute life – there are some nice moments within it, particularly the juxtaposition between the crushingly heavy riffs and the more atmospheric and minimalist interludes. However I certainly think it could have been trimmed by a couple of minutes.
There are a few other very small quibbles I have with the music on ‘Black Soil’, like the fact that I wish I could hear the bass more and occasionally, even the drums are a little anaemic within the final mix.
However, these issues aside, the quality demonstrated in the opening songs by-and-large remains present until the very end. The twisting and writhing riffs that emerge from the calm within ‘Bloodsong’ for example are very nice indeed, as are the particularly anthemic melodies that unfurl in the song’s latter stages.
It all makes for a very pleasant listening experience indeed, one that I am more than happy to recommend to anyone who might be looking for a quality slab of melodic death/doom metal away from the usual suspects and big hitters within the genre.
The Score of Much Metal: 8

Washington quick news: Voidthrone

Voidthrone is an extreme metal band from the state of Washington and they prefer to refer to their music as "unconventional blackened death metal." Unconventional means different things to everyone, but even though according to Metal Archives they began recently, in 2016, they already have a full-length album of 33 minutes of duration and four songs of black metal by the name of Spiritual War Tactics. The music would be interesting to the supporters of Washington state black metal, especially the more open-minded ones, but also to the fans of extreme metal that want to hear something that is a bit more out there. As they themselves say, they are not black metal, strictly speaking, given their incursions into some dissonant segments and some moments that point towards possible avant-garde and/or post-metal leanings. On the other hand, the vocals are, for the most part, black metal, with some death metal, and overall the music is heavy, sick and twisted, inviting listeners to find out for themselves how to interpret the band's unique chaos. The good news is that the entire recording is available for listening at the first link below. If you visit the Facebook page you will see that they do play shows in the state of Washington, that they have issued a video of the drummer at work with one of their songs, amongst other activities.
Voidthrone - Their Recursive Communion Drum Playthrough
Voidthrone - Live at the Highline in Seattle, 29JAN2017

Thursday, March 15, 2018

read online Metal Bulletin zine issue number 142

If you would like to read online issue 142 of Metal Bulletin zine, see the first link below. Issue 142 has interviews with Grethor (U.S.) and Zifir (Turkey), in addition to reviews of Revenge (Colombia), Rapture (Greece) and Visigoth (U.S.).

NEWS: video from traditional death metal band Skeletal Remains

Californian death metal act SKELETAL REMAINS have launched the official music video for "Seismic Abyss," the first single off the band's forthcoming new album Devouring Mortality. Guitarist/vocalist Chris Monroy comments on the video: "The song is simply based on devastation of earthquakes and how unpredictable they can be with SR's own touch on the topic. The footage from the video was filmed here in Los Angeles. It was our first time doing something like this and we had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!"

SKELETAL REMAINS will release Devouring Mortality, on April 13 via Dark Descent Records in North America and Century Media Records for the rest of the world. Tracked at Trench Studios (Abysmal Dawn, Exhumed, Hirax, etc.) in California and mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio (Asphyx, Dissection, Bloodbath, etc.), Devouring Mortality features cover artwork by Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Morbid Angel, Pestilence etc.). SKELETAL REMAINS formed as Anthropophagy back in 2011, released the two much lauded studio albums Beyond The Flesh (2012) and Condemned To Misery (2015) via German label FDA Rekotz, constantly toured Europe, the US or also Japan, performing at such renowned festivals as Maryland Death Fest, Party.San, Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme or also Hellfest. 


Washington quick news: ReEvolution

Friends into melodic extreme metal from Washington state,

ReEvolution is a relatively new band in Washington state, having formed in 2016, according to their official information. However, as new as they are, they already have a debut EP out and it is called Misery in Memories. They are melodic extreme metal with growled vocals, grooving drums and they definitely focus on keep the rhythms on the guitar strong by way of heavy chugging. The EP is four songs and would be recommended for supporters into the varieties of these sounds: from melodic death metal and to metalcore and other similar styles, whether it's a bit more European or American, depending on your preferences. In this case, the sound leans more in the direction of melodic death metal, but with American groove features. If you have not heard the band yet, visit their page and learn more about them. They also have some shows coming up in Arlington, but will probably add more shows as the summer gets closer.


Washington quick news: Blood Etchings

Friends into Washington state black metal, 

In case you have not done so, be sure to check out the teaser posted by Blood Etchings. They say that they have a new album for 2018. What they have posted is a clip that they say is a rough mix, but supporters will already be able to tell that the band is up to the same old black magic as ever. Of course, remember that the band is vehemently and venomously married to its message against Christianity and the new music is no different. It is as poisonous as what they have done before, if not more so, but probably more so than before. At any rate, go to their page if you love the hatred of Christianity and if you love to hate in general. The music is clearly for angry souls fueled by the flames of everything negative and pessimist and cynical. You'll love it.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Leather (review by MMB)

High Roller Records
March 13, 2018

The name of the cult singer Leather Leone has been linked to her work with the band Chastain. A veteran of the profession, Leather is beloved for a set of powerful lungs. You know it’s Leather singing when you hear the voice. The young Leather made a mark in the world of cult 1980s heavy metal, but time keeps rolling along and the mature Leather continues the work with Chastain today. However, this is not a Chastain album! Years ago there was a Leather solo album, and now decades later we get Leather II, in a different time, with different musicians; it’s a second chapter; it’s a different chapter, not a follow-up to the old album.

One thing to note is that the band decided to keep their foot on the gas pedal for the vast majority of the time on this new work. The first song is called “Juggernaut” and the album hits the ground running. There’s a certain sense of urgency and hunger in the music. They stay on point for the entire album, one that rocks from start to finish. In point of fact, as far as I can tell, there is only one true power ballad and it is called “Annabelle.” Anyway, this album delivers the energy that you want in a traditional heavy metal album. Kudos to the band for the decision to keep it metal, and keep up the tempo.

The guitar work goes straight for the riffs that have proven true in the history of metal. The riffs are steeped in tradition and they pull no punches. Every fan of the style can say that they’re going to get exactly what they were promised, as good as advertised. In addition, the drumming is no slouch, either. The pounding heart of the album is found right there. Of course, the singing is the sound of a performer with an established tone and personality. The young singer who gained the loyalty of the fans all those years ago continues as a mature performer with a lifetime of experience behind the words sung and her fans will be glad to hear the wailing of the voice of the cult.

Keep in mind that this is not a melodic album. Don’t expect sugary songs, poppy and catchy beats. Expect hard-hitting songs, and an album that is hard, and even confrontational at times. Leather’s voice shows some moments of anger and intensity that perhaps may be new to some fans. Essentially, the band found one mode of operation and it is “on” and they stay on it, for the cult. Fans of direct, no nonsense, old-school heavy metal are the intended audience.