Internal Bleeding “Imperium” Album Review‏

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                   INTERNAL BLEEDING the New York Godfathers of Slam Metal have returned with their first new release in 10 years. The new album, their first of new material since 2004’s “Onward To Mecca”.  is entitled “Imperium” and contains 9 tracks of brutal New York Death. Opening track Fabricating Bliss wastes no time in getting started and pummels from the opening notes. With a clean, dry yet powerful production the Internal Bleeding sound bursts through the speakers/headphones. Original members Chris Pervelis (Guitar) and Bill Tolley (Drums) ensure elements of the classic Internal Bleeding style. Newer members Keith Devito (Vocals) and Jason Liff (Bass) handle their parts admirably, bringing great energy, and with Jason incredible technical prowess.  Alternating between fast, mid-tempo and slow sections the ferociousness never relents.

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                  Another highlight track that is especially brutal is track 3 The Pageantry Of Savagery, combining extreme technicality along with aggression that definitely will get your head slamming. Another interesting part of the album is the mini 3 part Trilogy The Patterns of Force, which covers tracks 4,5 and 6 (Acts 1,2,3). The tempo rises and falls with a common theme throughout the tracks.The album finishes strong with the epic, near six minute Castigo Corpus Meum (track 9). This is a triumphant return for a classic, influential band. A Brutal no frills album of classic Death Metal with a Groove. Going on 23 years since they first started putting out brutal underground demos that ushered in Slam Metal, Internal Bleeding are still going strong and this release will stand up against most of the current offerings in Extreme Metal.If you are a fan of classic Death Metal, Internal Bleeding or are just looking for pure technical brutality this release is recommended.

Todd Owens/Capital Chaos TV

Eyehategod announces U.S. tour dates with Iron Reagan & Power Trip

10/29 Seattle, WA @ el Corazon
10/30 Portland, OR @ Bosonova Theater
10/31 Sacramento, CA @ Star Lite Lounge
11/1 Oakland, CA @ Metro w/ Today Is The Day
11/2 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory w/ Today Is The Day
11/3 Los Angeles, CA @ Los globos
11/4 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
11/5 Ventura, CA @ The Garage

THE HAUNTED launches “Eye Of The Storm” video.

Swedish death-thrashers THE HAUNTED continue to spread the word for their 8th full-length album, Exit Wounds, recently released worldwide via Century Media Records. Today, the video clip for the high-energy track “Eye Of the Storm”, produced by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear / http://www.visions-in-fear.de, is being debuted at the following location: http://youtu.be/uNAwrj1EUo8

Upon release, Exit Wounds managed to enter the international sales charts:
Germany #64
Finland #15
Switzerland #100
Sweden #32
USA #151 Top Current Albums
USA #5 Heatseekers

For another preview of Exit Wounds, stream below.

https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/02-cutting-teeth/s-qMlvc?in=centurymedia/sets/the-haunted-album-stream

Exit Wounds is available in the following different formats:
-Standard Jewel Case CD
-Digital Download
-Limited edition Mediabook CD (Incl. 2 bonus tracks and expanded booklet)
-LP / Black 180gr. Vinyl – Unlimited
-LP / White 180gr. Vinyl – Limited to 100 copies (exclusive via CM Webshop)
-LP / Transparent Red 180gr. Vinyl – Limited to 200 copies (exclusive via CM Distro USA)
-LP / Clear 180gr. Vinyl – Limited to 100 copies (exclusive via NBR)
-Boxset – Limited to 500, hand-numbered copies worldwide (exclusive via CM Distro; contains the Mediabook CD, a beanie, a patch, 3 buttons and a poster)

Exit Wounds track-listing:
1. 317
2. Cutting Teeth
3. My Salvation
4. Psychonaut
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. Trend Killer
7. Time (Will Not Heal)
8. All I Have
9. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill The Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost In The Machine
The two exclusive bonus tracks featured on the Mediabook CD edition are “As The Poison Sets In” and “The Manifestation”.

The physical formats can be purchased here: http://smarturl.it/thehauntedCMD. To purchase the album digitally via iTunes, head here: http://smarturl.it/exitwoundsiTunes

Featuring artwork by Andreas “Diaz” Pettersson (who designed the band’s first four releases, as well as their iconic logo), Exit Wounds is an unmistakable return to form for THE HAUNTED. The album sees a revamped line-up that includes founding members Jonas Björler (bass) and Jensen (guitars) teaming up with former members Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and Marco Aro (vocals), together with newest member Ola Englund (guitars). Exit Wounds contains the full spectrum of artillery that a modern extreme metal band can possibly showcase.

Limpbizkit & The Offspring live video from Aftershock Fest 2014 in Sacramento, California

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Limpbizkit perform “My Generation” @ Aftershock 2014 – Sacramento, California

The Offspring perform “Nitro (Youth Energy)” @ Aftershock 2014 – Sacramento, California

Crucified Barbara premiere “I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll” music video‏

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Scandinavia’s leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has teamed up with CraveOnline.com to launch a music video for the new track “I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll.

The song comes from the band’s recently released fourth album In the Red, out now on Despotz Records.

“Crucified Barbara would like to thank the narrowness and prejudice that grows and thrives all the way up to the elite of the music business for the inspiration for this song,” the band told CraveOnline.com.

 

In the Red can be purchased on iTunes 

 

The band’s Despotz debut was recorded at Studio Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip. Artwork for album number four comes courtesy of Stockholm, Sweden artist Erik Rovanpera.

 

Dealing with topics like misogyny and animal rights, Crucified Barbara calls In the Red“the best thing we’ve ever done musically. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression, and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the songwriting.”

1. I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll

2. To Kill a Man

3. Electric Sky

4. The Ghost Inside

5. Don’t Call On Me

6. In The Red

7. Lunatic #1

8. Shadows

9. Finders Keepers

10. Do You Want Me

11. Follow The Stream

 

Crucified Barbara formed in 1998 in Stockholm, Sweden with punk as a first inspiration, which can still be found as a presence today. However, throughout the years the quartet has evolved towards a harder, heavier and more contrast-filled rock sound, mixing elements of thrash, sleaze and hard rock.

 

Over the course of its 15-plus year existence, Crucified Barbara has toured alongside and supported such acclaimed acts as In Flames, Sepultura, Motorhead, Backyard Babies, Doro and more, while touring extensively across Europe. The band has also visited Russia, Australia and both South and North America.

 

Crucified Barbara will head out for a lengthy European tour in support of In the Red this fall.
Stay tuned for more information on Crucified Barbara and In the Red, out now on Despotz. 

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Crucified Barbara is…

 

Mia Coldheart – Vocals, guitar

Ida Evileye – Bass
Klara Force – Guitar, backing vocals
Nicki Wicked – Drums, backing vocals

 

 

Crucified Barbara online…

 

www.crucifiedbarbara.com

www.facebook.com/crucifiedbarbara

www.youtube.com/user/crucifiedbarbaratv

www.twitter.com/CrucifiedBarbar

http://instagram.com/crucifiedbarbara_official

www.crucifiedbarbara-shop.com

 

Despotz Records online…

 

www.despotz.se

www.facebook.com/DespotzRecords

www.youtube.com/user/despotz
www.despotz.bigcartel.com/ 

The Return Of 36 Crazyfists And Skinlab

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36 Crazyfists is a four-piece Alaskan band originally based in Anchorage and later based in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The band’s name comes from a Jackie Chan movie, Jackie Chan And The 36 Crazy Fists. They have released six studio albums, In the Skin, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance, Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide And Its Takers and Collisions and Castaways.

Kattah – “Lapis Lazuli” Album Review‏

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Looking at the band logo for the Brazilian based band Kattah, you’d think you were about to listen to something out of the Middle East. Upon listening to their music, it gets even more confusing but if you stick it out, you will be exposed to one of the most diverse albums I’ve heard in a long time. In their second album titled Lapis Lazuli, (which is the name of blue semi precious stone that is mined in Afghanistan) which comes out October 27th, Kattah have delivered an amazing and eclectic mix of metal, Middle Eastern grooves and a dose of Brazilian flare that will have you coming back for more. Lead singer Roni Sauaf delivers vocals that are clearly reminiscent of one of his influences, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. The vocals soar in this album and Roni does an amazing job of changing his tone during some songs which really adds gravitas to the music. Guitarist Victor Brochard rips through the album with old school metal thrashiness, heavy grooves but also very light acoustic work and killer leads; all around a Hell of a musician. Drummer, Cristian Alex and bassist, Cicero Chagas, round out the lineup in this killer 13 track album that runs just under an hour. Stand out tracks in this album for me were “Vetus Espiritus” (latin for “old spirit”) which I think truly showcases Roni’s vocals perfectly and delivers heavy guitar rhythms, a VERY catchy chorus and a great guitar solo to boot.

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Another stand out track was the title song “Lapis Lazuli” which starts with a traditional Brazilian themed rhythm and then pounds into metal guitars to then stop tempo and go into a slow vocal focused section where Roni’s whispers begin in English and then goes into a Brazilian chant. It was a breath of fresh air to hear them in their native tongue as I would hate to think that a Brazilian based band wouldn’t add in some of their culture, which they do more in the song when vocalist Roni recites a lullaby with children’s voices accompanying him. A really wild track that showcases everything Kattah can do musically. The final track was the BIG breath of fresh air “A Capoeira”. This is only a 43 second track but it’s a traditional Capoeira beat that would accompany a ginga, a triangle step in the Brazilian martial art, but then switches into metal version of the beat. I can’t say enough of this album and how much I enjoyed it and how much I appreciate what Kattah is bringing into the metal genre with their brand of metal. I look forward to seeing them branch out more and tour as well as they definitely need more exposure. Killer vocals, great guitar work and musical ideas that are unique and different. Look out for Kattah’s album Lapis Lazuli October 27th 2014. This needs to be in everyone’s collection.  Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

First EXODUS Bonus DVD Trailer‏ Available

“Aggressive and in-your-face and the fastest album we’ve ever done.  I was able to concentrate on leads and I played some of the best stuff I ever have.

 

This is how guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt of Bay Area thrashers EXODUS describes his work on the band’s tenth studio album, Blood In, Blood Out in the first of five trailers showcasing material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” which will be included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions.

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Listen to the new album EXODUS track “Salt The Wound” featuring a guest guitar solo by original EXODUS & current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead vocal work by returning band frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P4egVHvggweOlSKfM2oB7qs

 

Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION) + a poster (while supplies last).

 

Fans who pre-order Blood In, Blood Out on iTunes will receive an instant “Salt The Wound” download.  Get yours here: http://geni.us/exobiboitunes

GOATWHORE Readies For Forthcoming Live Assaults; Additional Dates Announced‏

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Louisiana blackened thrash perpetrators, GOATWHORE, are currently readying for their next round of headlining live assaults. Slated to commence in Houston on September 15th, the band will quash nearly two dozen US cities including recently added dates in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Georgia and Florida as well as five shows supporting death rock/horror punk icons, Samhain! From there, GOATWHORE will bring their canticles of chaos overseas for a European invasion with Dying Fetus an Fallujah. The lengthy expedition embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium and comes to a ceremonial close on December 19th in Hamburg, Germany.

Due to the upcoming birth of his first son, GOATWHORE bassist James Harvey will be sitting out both tours. In the interim, the band has enlisted bassist TA from San Antonio blackened death horde, HOD.

Comments Harvey of his absence, “Unfortunately, I will be staying home for the upcoming tour dates with Samhain as well as the European tour with Dying Fetus and Fallujah. This is due to the upcoming birth of my first son by my longtime girlfriend, Lorrena. He is due between the middle and the end of September and I will be staying home to fulfill my paternal duties. Obviously we have known about this for months and have planned accordingly – our friend TA from the Texas band, HOD, will be filling in on bass duties for the upcoming US tour. I am bummed that I will not be able to go back out on the road for the rest of the year, but I’m sure everyone understands the gravity of welcoming a new life into the world. I wish the best of luck to the guys on the upcoming runs and hope to see everyone soon.” Tour dates here..

New Corrosion Of Conformity music video released.

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Corrosion Of Conformity have lifted the veil on their new music video for their track “On Your Way“.  This fall will see the band on the road as part of a touring package with with Gwar and American Sharks.

Gwar:

09/12 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

With Decapitated and American Sharks:

10/15 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/17 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
10/18 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (‘Rock and Shock Festival‘)
10/19 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
10/21 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
10/22 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
10/23 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
10/24 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10/25 Austin, TX – Emo’s (‘Housecore Horror Film Festival‘) (no American Sharks)
10/26 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/28 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/29 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/30 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10/31 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall (feat. Havok)
11/01 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
11/03 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
11/04 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert House
11/05 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/06 Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
11/07 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
11/08 Magna, UT – The Great Salt Air
11/10 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/12 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO

With American Sharks & TBA:

11/14 Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom

With Corrosion Of Conformity & American Sharks:

11/15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
11/19 Fargo, ND – The Venue
11/20 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
11/21 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/22 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/23 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
11/25 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
11/26 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/28 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
11/29 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/02 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
12/03 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
12/04 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
12/05 Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
12/06 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/07 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
12/08 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
12/09 Toronto, ON – Opera House
12/10 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
12/12 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/13 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage

New music from Psychosomatic live in Oakland

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From the depths of Sacramento California the crossover thrash metal, punk rock band PSYCHOSOMATIC was twisted into form in 1988. Spewing forth chaotic blasts of jackhammer style guitar picking on top of super tight speed drumming, ripping fast bass guitar lines and ferocious vocals, spitting out lyrical topics ranging from anti-establishment social issues to horror and insanity.

 

The Sacto thrashers barrage listeners with fast, tight, punk style energy songs into the technical darkness of metal. Psychosomatic has carved their trench in the underground thrash metal world with several US tours, leaving blistering eardrums in their wake.
Psychosomatic has four full length releases to date including 2006′s Unquenchable Thirst and 2010’s Another Disease. Along with two video cuts “Another Disease” and “Everybody Hates Me” featuring guest singer Nickie Sickie from Verbal Abuse. Psychosomatic has several tracks on various compilations such as, Thrasher Magazine’s Skate Rock vol. 9. Cheap Ass Music vol. 1 on Cheap Ass Records. Mechanized Death: A Tribute To The Accused on Transparent Records. Shred or be Shredded on Buried in Hell Records. And Econo-Comp on RecordsOnTap. Psychosomatic has played various fests including San Francisco’s Tidal Wave as support for Exodus, Hirax & Attitude Adjustment, and New Jersey Death Fest 4.

For their last album “Another Disease” Psychosomatic toured the U.S. four times in two years, two weeks San Diego to Seattle tour with Australia’s Vicious Circle, two weeks west coast tour with New Jersey’s Hammer Fight, also playing several shows between tours. Currently Psychosomatic has just finished recording their latest full length album, stay posted here or visit them at www.officialpsychosomatic.com.

“Sacramento’s Psychosomatic are a unique beast of a band. They play brutal, tight, greased-lightning thrash that also has an underlined punk snottiness to it… One second they’ll lay down a surf beat, then the next, a blast beat. Seemingly, Psychosomatic is a skate punk band that saw one too many “No Skateboarding” signs and finally snapped…they started listening to Slayer on 45 RPM… then tried to play even faster.” – Aris Wales, The Portland Mercury

LO-PAN – “Colossus” Album Review‏

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Ohio stoner rockers LO-PAN are about to release their latest full length album, Colossus, on October 7th. I’ve had the pleasure to check out the latest album and I must say I found myself headbanging and overall enjoying the Hell out of this album. The album is named after the Colossus of Rhodes, a 96 foot tall statue of the Greek Titan-God, Helios. This colossus of an album delivers 10 rock tracks clocking in at about 42 minutes that you will find yourself blasting at full volume in your car. Why your car? Cause this album was bred to be listened to while driving down a desert highway, top down with a hot blonde next to you, rockin’ out right along with you as you head to the beautiful coasts of California. The vocals are smooth and inspire you to sing right along with Frontman Jeff Martin.

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The guitars deliver stoner rock that’ll have you movin’ and groovin’ and feeling like all is right in the world. If you’re into great rock with a chill sound or are looking for just some music that you can play at a party that everyone will enjoy having on while getting on with their convo’s, this album is it. Drive with this album, play it on the weekends while you work on your car, play it while driving… there’s no end to the replay value of this album. LO-PAN’s Colossus is a great fourth album effort on their part and I look forward to hearing more from them. LO-PAN is currently on tour, if they happen to hit your city, I strongly suggest in checking them out as they are a band that is truly appreciated at their lives shows. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Complete with cover art courtesy of Jason Alexander Byers (ex-Disengage, Black Black Black), Colossus, like its namesake, was built in defiance of gods and men, and while LO-PAN’s loudest statement has always been made on stage, the material they craft and the power with which they execute it on this album is bound to stand for years to come.
Colossus Track Listing:
1. Regulus
2. Land Of The Blind
3. Black Top Revelation
4. Marathon Man
5. N.P.D.
6. Colossus
7. Vox
8. Eastern Seas
9. Relo
10. The Duke

LO-PAN w/ Black Cobra [remaining dates]
9/04/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
9/05/2014 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
9/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/07/2014 Gramps – Miami, FL
9/08/2014 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/09/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/10/2014 The Mothlight – Asheville, NC
9/11/2014 TBD
9/12/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/13/2014 The Pinch – Washington, DC
9/14/2014 Dusk – Providence, RI
9/15/2014 Nectars – Burlington, VT
9/16/2014 TT The Bears – Boston, MA
9/17/2014 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/18/2014 Saint Vitus – New York, NY
9/19/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
9/20/2014 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
9/21/2014 The Outpost – Kent, OH *
9/22/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
9/23/2014 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/24/2014 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
9/26/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS
9/27/2014 Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
9/28/2014 Burt’s Tiki Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/29/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/30/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
10/01/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
10/02/2014 New Parish – Oakland, CA
10/04/2014 Downtown Lounge – Tulsa, OK *
10/17/2014 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH * Record Release Show
*LO-PAN headlining date/No Black Cobra

Colossuswill be released via Small Stone October 7th, 2014. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION..         Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Those Who Bring the Torture “Piling Up” CD Review

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Swedish death metal band, Those Who Bring the Torture, have released their fourth full length effort Piling Up. The album is 10 tracks long and each one brings the brutality full force. It starts with a headbanging metal onslaught in the song “Under Twin Suns” and continues through the next 39 minutes serving you beautiful death metal that’ll make you smile as the bodies are buried in your houses crawl space. The project is helmed by mastermind and TWBTT founder, Rogga Johansson who supplies guitar, bass and vocal duties. Dennis Blomberg is the second man in this dynamic duo and he provides guitar and bass duties as well. For a two man job, this album delivers some heavy hitting tracks that’ll satisfy Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation and Grave fans. The guitar work in this album is worthy of the greatest headbangers.

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Just listening will inspire anyone to start doing windmills. The vocals are gutturally low and the high’s are screechy goodness, like a man-bat being torn in half. The only thing that stood out for me was that the drums seemed a little too alike in every song. Same snare, high hat, kick drum combo. Occasionally there would be a double bass that would stand out, or a mild blast beat, but otherwise, it was quite repetitive on the percussion front. In any event, Piling Up is an entertaining album to listen to front to back and you’ll find your moments where headbanging is a must. If you’re looking for technical drum technique and shred-tastic guitar solo’s, this is not the place to look. If you’re looking for good ole fashioned Death Metal fair, then Those Who Bring the Torture have just what you’re looking for in this album.

Piling Up is set for North American release on August 19th, 2014 via Selfmadegod Records.  Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Norman Skinner Interview With Capital Chaos TV

 

 

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Vocalist Norman Skinner himself has released 9 studio albums world-wide and has played countless shows & tours. He has made quite an impact as a force to be reckoned with in the Metal world. Dubbed the Metal Chameleon by members of the press, Skinner possesses a very wide range and utilizes it in a unique style to effortlessly switch between the beautiful and the brutal. Mr. Skinner is a very sought after vocalist being recruited often for live guest appearances as well as recordings. Norman has shared the stage\studio singing alongside such vocalists\musicians as James Rivera (Helstar), Andy Larocque (King Diamond), David Garcia (Cage), Lance King (Krucible), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Mark Briordy (Jag Panzer), John Macko (Fifth Angel) & many others. He can also be heard as a guest vocalist on albums with bands Legen Beltza (Spain), Katagory V (Salt Lake City, UT) & Project:Roenwolfe (Atlanta, GA).

Robb Napalm-You have made quite a name for yourself in the last twenty-some odd years of being a metal vocalist and your reputation certainly precedes you. Before anything, where did your inspiration to become a vocalist come from?

 

Norman Skinner – I was in high school at the time and honestly had never given any thought to becoming a lead vocalist. I played no instruments and was just another Metalhead hanging out with my friends. I did however have a beat up guitar I never learned to play collecting dust in my closet and had given it to my best friend our sophomore year. He started learning to play over the summer and by our junior year joined up with a group of musicians to play the annual talent show.  They originally had a guy from the school choir on board to sing for them but just 2-3 weeks before the show he flaked on them for reasons unknown to me.  I received a call from the other guitarist in the group asking if I would sing in his place. I really have no idea why I was asked. I had never sung before. Nobody in their group had ever heard me sing. I was just the close friend that would hang out at their rehearsals. I’ve always been a laid back go with the flow kind of guy so I said why not. Ha Ha! We played the show and were disqualified due to our friends pitting and stagediving. After that one show I was hooked and just followed a new path that led me to where I am today musically. Crazy how life works out.

 

Seeing as you are a metal veteran with years of experience under your belt, how do you think metal, as a culture and style, has evolved in your eyes?

 

I think overall “Metal” as a style has grown and become so much more than the early Heavy Metal pioneers could have ever envisioned. I say this because in my opinion Metal music has become one of the most experimental and adaptable musical styles to date. I can’t think of any other style of music with so many different sub-genres and sounds. We have Death, Thrash, Power, Industrial, Progressive, Doom, Stoner, Speed, Classic, Operatic, etc. So in regards to style in many ways Metal has evolved to great lengths and at the same time for some of the sub-genres it has stayed exactly the same true to its roots. Metal as a whole is very universal, yet at the same time splintered. The same can be said for the Metal fan… a universal Metal culture with degrees of differences in each of the sub-genres. As a metal fan you can find yourself at a concert surrounded by other metalheads and see one person wearing a Deicide shirt and the next wearing a Winger shirt. I personally love it! I as a metal fan am able to radically change what I am currently listening to all while staying within the “Metal” umbrella.

 

-Skinner, Dire Peril and Hellscream. How did you come to be the voice for these 3 powerhouse bands?

I spent 2004-2010 fronting the Power-Thrash band Imagika. After our US tour in support of what would become the final Imagika album “Portrait of a Hanged Man” I knew my time with the group had run its course and I was eager to branch out and try something new.  I had no idea that my leaving the band would start a chain reaction resulting in the group disbanding just 3 months later. Guitarist Robert Kolowitz & bassist Jim Pegram approached me about starting a new project and that was the beginning of “Skinner”. The group has been going strong ever since performing often while writing and recording. We released our Album “Sleepwalkers” last May  as well as a music video for the title track. We are about to enter the studio to record a new album “The End of Tribulation” and are very excited to see what the next year holds for us.

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Dire Peril was a band\project that guitarist Jason Ashcraft had been trying to launch for a couple years prior to contacting me in 2010 shortly after my departure from Imagika. I first met Jason in 2002 when my now defunct band “Machine.Called.Man” performed alongside “Symphony X” in San Francisco. He became a fan of my voice & style and years later when the time came to record his 1st album he reached out to me as a hired musician to record all vocals for the debut album. The music was a perfect fit for my type of vocals and he gave me free reign to alter the existing lyrics to fit my melodies. I loved the songs that we were creating so mid-way through the recordings I told him I would accept no more money and would finish the remainder of the album for free. I later was asked to perform just one live event to showcase the music and launch a vocalist search. I enjoyed the performance so much I made the decision to join permanently. The debut album was eventually chopped into 3 EP releases. The 1st being “Astronomical Minds” which we released in 2012 and the second is “Queen of The Galaxy” which will be released on September 26th here in the US. We just released a lyric video for the track “Space Invaders” and I urge all of our fans to find it on YouTube and check it out.  We currently are recording a couple tracks to finish the 3rd EP “Through Time And Space” which we will be releasing through Dead Inside Records Spring 2015. Since we have had most of the songs already recorded for the three releases we have been hard at work writing for our fourth release but first full-length album title “Final Scenes For Forgotten Worlds”. We have just 1 song to complete before we begin working on recording plans. We love to stay busy!

 

Hellscream was the product of a chance meeting between guitarist David Garcia (Cage) and myself at the NAMM convention in 2012. He had mentioned during a conversation that he had a bit of downtime between Cage albums and was working on some music for possibly a side project. I stated I was very available and interested in working with him and gave him my information. Two months later I received a song to write & records vocals for. He loved what I had done with the track and decided we would work on an album.  We released “Made Immortal” in 2013 to excellent reviews and an overwhelming response from metal fans globally. We currently have no plans for a second album but I have my fingers crossed.

 

-You also have the Skinner album “Sleepwalkers” that was released this year and the EP “Queen of the Galaxy” with Dire Peril to be released in a few weeks. How do you juggle the writing and vocal responsibilities between 3 bands full time and still manage a personal life on top of all that?

 

Luckily I have always been extremely good at multi-tasking. Part of my day job is project management so to work on many different projects at once whether it be business related or music just seems to come naturally to me.  I am a firm believer that life is too short and we should live in the now so I try to do as much as I can with the time I have. It’s true that at times I feel I need to take a break or breather for a week. Between my day job, wife\kids, 3 bands, running a record label and not to mention all the guest vocal appearances live & recorded that most people don’t put into consideration it can get pretty hectic. For instance besides my own two releases this year I was also featured on 3 albums as a guest for the bands Lipshok, Project: Roenwolfe, & Steamforged. I just feel if you truly love something and are passionate about it… you can find a way to make it work. This year marks the second time I have released 2 albums in one year. In 2005 I released “2.004” by Machine.Called.Man & “Devils On Both Sides” by Imagika. It’s almost a running joke with those close to me to ask how many bands I am in or how many albums am I working on. I embrace it though and next year if all goes well I hope to see the release of 3 studio albums. I’m not about to slow down and I am sure when my time comes to leave this life I will surely be leaving behind a lot of unfinished music.

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-I had the opportunity of listening to “Queen of the Galaxy” from Dire Peril and the EP is fantastic. How was it working with the Canadian Power Metal Queen, Brittney Hayes (Unleash the Archers)?

Jason (Ashcraft) approached me with the idea of writing a song called “Queen of The Galaxy” based on the film “Barbarella”. He had been talking with Brittney (Hayes) about recording on the song since he is a huge fan of her voice. He had already written and demoed the music and was planning to use the track as the title for the EP. He was even getting artwork designed after her likeness for the cover so I agreed even though at the time I was unfamiliar with both the band “Unleash the Archers” and the movie “Barbarella”. Ha Ha!

Step one was to watch the movie which was HORRIBLE!! I hated it… writing lyrics was going to tough as to me the movie is about a space chick banging aliens and stuff. I had to be creative and just took a portion of the movie where she meets the Angel and they try to escape the labyrinth etc. Next I did my homework and listened to clips of Brittney singing to get a feel for her style and voice. As I began writing the melodies and lyrics it became very apparent to me that this song should not be a duet and should mainly feature Brittney with a minimal amount of my vocal. Brittney recorded her parts with her engineer near where she lives and they turned out fantastic… just the way I heard them in my head when creating the melodies. I recorded my backing tracks in my own studio and the song was complete. I have never met nor talked to Brittney before so I have no personal experience working with her but I am sure our paths will cross one day.

-Any plans on possibly doing a “North American Power Metal” Tour with Unleash the Archers and Dire Peril (because that would be awesome)?

 

I don’t see why not. I agree it would be very fun as the music is a great fit and Dire Peril is starting to branch out of our area for performances. Plus, I’d love to meet the woman behind the voice.

 

-I also listened to Sleepwalkers. Killer stuff. Pure in your face carnage and the vocal job is tight as Hell. How do you keep your batteries charged and the new ideas and creativity constantly flowing? What inspires your lyrical ideas?

When I work with such talented musicians like my Skinner band mate’s and I’m submitted such phenomenal music it’s easy to stay excited and energized. I’ve been lucky enough to work with dynamic songwriters over my career. When the music is dynamic it’s much easier to write songs that don’t all sound the same. Each track has its own identity and feel.  I have turned down most bands\projects over the years for exactly that reason where all the music has a similar sound. My lyric ideas… well, it really depends on the project. I make a conscience effort to remember to make each project I am in have its own sound identity otherwise why be in more than one band. In Dire Peril it’s easy as Jason comes up with 90% of the concepts and ideas and I write lyrics based off of that. Plus everything is Sci-Fi based. In Hellscream I stuck to subjects like Mythology, Heaven\Hell, Life\Death, War, Armageddon… everything that is METAL!! In Skinner I practice freer reign. I write based on whatever inspiration I am feeling from the music. Personal life experience, something I watched or read, or whatever my brain can conjure up. So all in all I guess you could say I gather my lyrical ideas from everywhere. Perhaps that’s why I am not short on ideas. HA!

-You are called the “Metal Chameleon” and the name truly suits you as your vocals could easily be a 3 man job, but you handle it all. What do you do to keep your vocal chords in their chameleon like state?

 

I was first dubbed “The Metal Chameleon” in 2005 I believe. Little by little I saw the term being used more and more and I thought it was cool. I never set out to be any particular style of singer. When I was first teaching myself to sing I would have mixed cassette tapes I would create and like most beginning vocalists I would try and emulate those singers and songs in my room or in my car. The only difference I think is I loved a lot of diverse styles of vocals… so my listening pattern from song to song was a bit chaotic. For example… Testament, Queensryche, Faith No More, Obituary, Skid Row, Pantera. I just got used to changing my tone and timbre  of my voice and as the years went on it showed through in my music. I love to do straight up metal vocals with clean singing and some Rob Halford screams and let’s add a dash of death vocal as well all in one song. Why not? It’s all the stuff I’ve grown up listening to and it keeps the songs that much more dynamic. Regarding your question of how I keep my voice in shape… it must be the constant writing, recording, & singing. If I didn’t do as much as I do I believe my voice would get rusty very quickly.

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-Are there any tours planned for you and what can the metal world expect from you moving into

 

The end of 2014-2015 fans of my work can expect 2-3 more studio albums as well as a couple new music videos. I will be performing West coast US dates but no formal tours are currently being planned. Skinner will definitely be planning a tour to support our next release.

 

Thank you so very much for your support and for taking the time to interview me.

 

With the current line-up now in place 2013 saw many new live performances and lots of studio time as the band recorded their full-length effort “Sleepwalkers” due out Summer 2014. The band also worked alongside Director Mike Sloat (Testament\Machine Head) to film their 1st music video for the title track “Sleepwalkers”. The video was released to fans world-wide on March 9th 2014.
Although “SKINNER” has only been in existence for a few years they have already established a solid reputation as one of the premier Metal acts in the San Francisco \ Bay Area.

Unearth Debut New Single, “The Swarm”‏

UNEARTH has released a new single called “The Swarm,” the first bit of new music from their forthcoming LP today.

The band recently announced their all new LP Watchers of Rule to be released via eOne Music on October 28th, 2014. Mixed by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), this marks the band’s six full length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure. Pre order bundles are now available from the band, seen here.

This time, the band is heading out with friends DARKEST HOUR on the Hell or High Wattage Tour with CARNIFEX, ORIGIN, I BREATHER and fellow label mates BLACK CROWN INITIATE in support. Click here for all tour dates.

EXODUS Premieres New Track ‘Salt The Wound’ Featuring METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett

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Blood In, Blood Out comes out October 14th and, in addition to Hammett, it features guest appearances by Dan the Automator and Testament frontman Chuck Billy. It also marks the return of vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who had departed the band in 2004. A deluxe edition of the record includes a bonus DVD with a making-of feature and footage of the group playing Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The album will also be available as a double-LP yellow vinyl release. The digital version will contain a cover of Angel Witch’s “Angel of Death.” The record is available for preorder now. Exodus will be hitting the road this fall, touring with Suicidal Tendencies and another band featuring Gary Holt, Slayer.

Additionally, Holt is set to appear on the September 10th episode of Bravo! TV’s Top Chef Duels. The guitarist, along with Rob Zombie and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, will judge a vegan competition.

 

Electric Wizard have premiered a visual piece for SadioWitch, a song from their forthcoming full-length Time to Die (Sept. 30, Spinefarm Records),

According to Electric Wizard vocalist / guitarist Jus Oborn, the footage – captured in
various locations, including Iceland – features “Clandestinely filmed scenes of Luciferian depravity” of the kind “long-awaited by the diehard cult of Wizard fans… A visual amalgamation of Kenneth Anger’s psychedelic occultism, the monomania of Jess Franco and the unbridled excess of Robert Hartford Davies, documenting fully the pleasures of the flesh, drugs and sadism… as they really happen today…”

The UK doom progenitors are featured on the current cover of Decibel Magazine  while The Guardian said “Lots of bands make claims to be the heaviest of all, but only Electric Wizard really qualify for the title. Masters of crushing doom metal and sinister B-movie kitsch, the British veterans are more popular than ever right now, and new album Time to Die looks certain to be their biggest to date. A slow-motion, Sabbathian horror show thrumming with drug-ravaged psychedelic menace and bulging with hypnotic riffs”

Pre-orders for highly limited (500 copies, available Oct. 21) SadioWitch 7-inch, as well as Time to Die bundles, are also available via the Electric Wizard website.  Digital pre-orders for the album are available via iTunes and Amazon.

Capital Chaos TV Playlists 2014

January 11, 2014 Bree – i’m the boss Avenged Sevenfold – shepherd of life Diamond Head – am i evil (live @ DNA Lounge 2013) In This Moment – whore

January 25, 2014 Watain – outlaw Amon Amarth – father of the wolf Behemoth – blow your horns gabriel Necronomicon – the time is now Deicide – end the wrath of god

February 8th, 2014 Overkill – hello from the gutter (live in San Francisco & interview) Iron Reagan – live in Oakland Suffocation – thrones of blood (live in Oakland & interview) GWAR – live in San Francisco

February 22nd, 2014 Soulfly – bloodshed – & interview Hanneman Lecter feat Gary Holt of Slayer/Exodus – the antichrist Chris Hadfield – space oddity Orgy – crime of the century & interview The Legendary Josh Mosh

March 8, 2014 Capital Chaos TV @ NAMM 2014 Savage Messiah hellblazer & interview with Dave Silver and Stefano Selvatico Blue Oyster Cult with Alex Skolnick of Testament – don’t fear the reaper Deadlands – deadlands and interview with Brian O’Conner & Kevin Rohr Wolf Hoffmann of Accept – shred Jeff Hughell – solo performance

March 22, 2014 Skinner – sleepwalkers Buck Cherry – check your head and interview with Stevie Dacanay Crucifix – “Annihilation/How When Where/Skinned Alive” live @ The Continental Club – Oakland, California 02/22/14 Skeletonwitch – submit to the suffering & interview with bassist Evan “Loosh” Linger Kinnefret – live in Berekley

April 12th, 2014 Beastie Boys – she’s on it Kid Rock – american badass 3 Inches Of Blood – the goatriders horde & interview with Shane Clark Kottonmouth Kings – bump Trick Daddy – i’m a thug Luicidal – facist pig (live in Concord 2013)

April 26th, 2014 Týr – the lay of our love and interview with Gunnar H. Thomsen and Terji Skibenæs Exodus – toxic waltz (live in San Francisco 2013 Reverend Horton Heat – let me teach you how to eat & interview with the Reverend Suicidal Tendencies – smash it(live in San Francisco 2013)

May 10, 2014 Body Count – talk shit, get shot Amon Amarth – as loke falls (live in San Francisco 2014) Destruction – total desaster (live in San Francisco 2014) & interview with Schmier Exmortus – foe hammer Krisiun – ominous

May 24, 2014 Týr – the lay of our love and interview with Gunnar H. Thomsen and Terji Skibenæs Exodus – toxic waltz (live in San Francisco 2013 Reverend Horton Heat – let me teach you how to eat & interview with the Reverend, Suicidal Tendencies – smash it(live in San Francisco 2013)

June 14, 2014 Emmure – e Conducting From The Grave – natural born killaz + band interview Saviors – dixie dieway Voyager – hyperventilating Sleepy Sun – galaxy punk

June 28, 2014 Cradle Of Filth – from the cradle to enslaved Cultural Warfare – live in Oakland + band interview Mastodon – high road Possessed my belief ( live in Oakland) Gramatik – brave men feat. Eskobars

July 12th, 2014 Beastie Boys – she’s on it Kid Rock – american badass 3 Inches Of Blood – the goatriders horde & interview with Shane Clark Kottonmouth Kings – bump Trick Daddy – i’m a thug Luicidal – facist pig (live in Concord 2013)

July 26th, 2014 Týr – the lay of our love and interview with Gunnar H. Thomsen and Terji Skibenæs Exodus – toxic waltz (live in San Francisco 2013 Reverend Horton Heat – let me teach you how to eat & interview with the Reverend Suicidal Tendencies – smash it(live in San Francisco 2013)

August 9th, 2014 Capital Chaos TV @ NAMM 2014 Savage Messiah hellblazer & interview with Dave Silver and Stefano Selvatico Blue Oyster Cult with Alex Skolnick of Testament – don’t fear the reaper Deadlands – deadlands and interview with Brian O’Conner & Kevin Rohr Wolf Hoffmann of Accept – shred Jeff Hughell – solo performance

August 23, 2014 Skinner – sleepwalkers Buck Cherry – check your head and interview with Stevie Dacanay Crucifix – “Annihilation/How When Where/Skinned Alive” live @ The Continental Club – Oakland, California 02/22/14 Skeletonwitch – submit to the suffering & interview with bassist Evan “Loosh” Linger Kinnefret – live in Berekley

September 13, 2014 Anti Mortem – stagnant water & interview with Levi Dickerson Limpbizkit – my generation live in Sacramento Hellyeah – moth with Chad Gray & Kyle Sanders Butcher Babies – i smell a massacre with Carla Harvey

September 27, 2014 Call Of The Void – napalm lungs Devil You Know – seven years alone and interview with Francesco Artusato Abiotic 0 live in San Francisco Nothing More – christ copyright Anne Sophie – get over yourself Islander – coconut dracula and interview with Michael Carvajal

October 11, 2014 Year Of The Goat – spirits of fire Danzig – juju bone Zeroclient – shapes (lyric video) and interview Motorhead – iron fist Municipal Waste – terror shark live in Oakland Hella – try dis

October 25, 2014 Anti Mortem – stabnant water & interview with Levi Dickerson Limpbizkit – my generation live in Sacramento Hellyeah – moth with Chad Gray & Kyle Sanders Butcher Babies – i smell a massacre with Carla Harvey

November 22, 2014 Aeon – forgiveness denied Milking The Goatmachine – human domestication Witchery – witchkrieg Slayer – beauty in black Exodus – war is my Sheppard Static X – the one Prodigy – smack my bitch up

December 13 2014 Exodus – blood in blood out Escape The Fate – picture perfect & band interview Lacuna Coil – spellbound and interview with Andrea Ferro The Last Internationale – wanted man and band interview

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NACHTMYSTIUM pre-order label statement‏

Century Media Records understands that many people have not received their copies of ‘The World We Left Behind’ even though they pre-ordered the album directly from front-man, Blake Judd. We know that this is not only frustrating but also a let down to the fans of the band. So, we’d like to help out in this situation and deliver the fans their pre-ordered copies on the format that they ordered.

 

Please e-mail us at: nachtmystiumorders@centurymedia.com with proof of your order and we will get you your copy of the album on the format(s) that you ordered them on. We just ask that this e-mail address be used for issues with ‘The World We Left Behind’ band direct pre-order issues only. Blake will not be reading any of the e-mails and we will not be forwarding any e-mails about other items that Blake sold through his personal pages or the NACHTMYSTIUM Facebook page.

 

‘The World We Left Behind’ also marks the last album NACHTMYSTIUM has with Century Media Records. We wish Blake Judd the best of luck with all future endeavors, both musically and personally.

Soreption – “Engineering the Void” Review‏

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Technical Death Metal hailing from across the pond in Sweden, Sundsvall based band Soreption have put out their second full length titled Engineering the Void. The latest effort came out early February along with a reissue of their first album Deterioration of Minds through Unique Leader Records. If you haven’t listened to this album yet, you have no idea what you are missing. The level of precision that these guys are pulling off is some of the best I have heard so far in 2014. Stefan Nordlander and Anton Svedin lay down some killer guitar riffs that have a brutal rhythmic groove and time shifts that just catch you off guard mid-headbang. Tony Westermar leads the group with his massive drum lines that can be akin to a satanic war march. The precision and double bass is ever present and shines brilliantly. Fredrik Soderberg lays down some vicious vocals and truly conjures free thinking and unique mindedness with his lyrics that speak of breaking out of the mold and standing on your own.

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As per usual, the bass line, provided by Rickard Persson, is present but merely a tool of maintaining rhythm which the drums handle quite well on their own. One thing that truly stood out, or two things I should say, was two specific tracks on the album; Breaking the Great Narcissist and Monumental Burden. These two tracks stood apart from the rest in an amazing way that I truly appreciated. I feel that music has lost its drama and its theatricality. These two songs not only deliver on the Technical Death Metal front, but Soreption breaks into these operatic and black metal themed rhythms that just invoke the Lord Satan himself and just as your soul is about to be transported to Hell, a guitar solo comes in and pries you out of Lucifer’s dark clutches, to then bring you into a truly impressive duel harmonized solo by Nodlander and Svedin (at 2:09 in Monumental Burden for those interested.) I can go on and on about this album but do yourself a favor and listen to this impressive album yourself and you be the judge. Beezlebub would approve. Robb Napalm/ Capital Chaos TV

 

Dire Peril – Queen of the Galaxy EP Review‏

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Citrus Heights, California brings a unique brand of Power Metal in the band Dire Peril. Sci-fi Power Metal to be exact. In their brand new EP Queen of the Galaxy, Dire Peril delivers four tracks that will cater to any listener. Happen to be a gamer? They have you covered with the first two tracks. “My Vengeance is Everything (Chaos Reigns)” and “Space Invaders”. The first track is the most aggressive on the EP and is inspired by the video game God of War. You can feel the anger of lead character Kratos in the lyrics and Norman Skinner’s soaring vocals that are reminiscent of a young Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares). “Space Invaders” is inspired by the 1980’s game of the same name. Rocking guitar riffs by Jason Ashcraft and Jearme Greathouse which really make you feel like you’re listening to VG music turned into metal.

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Following those two tracks is the song that I feel is the diamond of the album is the title track, Queen of the Galaxy. In this song, prominent vocal duties are given to Brittney Hayes (Lead Vocalist of Unleash the Archers) and the duality between her vocal tone and Norman Skinner’s epic singing voice make for a beautiful Power Metal tour de force. Rounding out the album is a cover of Boston’s “Something About You”. I love covers as much as the next guy, but I feel this is the weakest song on the EP. While not a horrible cover, it just doesn’t have the gravitas of the other songs and after following the powerful vocal and guitar track, Queen of the Galaxy, this cover just feels out of place. All in all, Dire Peril delivers a great 4 track EP and I absolutely look forward to seeing what they bring to their next EP.
-Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

EXODUS Reveal Special Guests on New Album BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT‏

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Bay Area thrash metal provocateurs EXODUS proudly announce the special guests appearing on their latest showcase of unrefined rage Blood In, Blood Out, the band’s tenth studio album due out on October 14th in North America.

 

Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener “Black 13” is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030).

 

“We ran into each other a couple times,” shares EXODUS guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it.”

 

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track “BTK,” one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who recently said, “Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together, we know each other really well. So if I’m doing my vocals and he’s there, I can trust him to go ‘No way Zet, doesn’t sound good like that. Do it like this,’ or ‘Yeah that’s killer.’ If he says it sounds killer, I know it is.”

Original Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) contributed a solo to “Salt The Wound.”

 

This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official EXODUS release,” states Holt.  “He did the early demo, and then joined Metallica and didn’t do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer.

 

“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett confessed to RollingStone.com in July.

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Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In Blood Out features cover illustration by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION).

 

The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition boxset formats.  Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).

 

Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out is:

01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)

02 – Blood In, Blood Out

03 – Collateral Damage

04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)

05 – Body Harvest

06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)

07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage

08 – My Last Nerve

09 – Numb

10 – Honor Killings

11 – Food For The Worms

 

BONUS DVD includes:

-“Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage

-Behind-the-scenes tour footage

-Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con

 

The digital version of Blood In, Blood Out will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).

 

The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.

 

EXODUS heads out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run this November with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.  The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California.  The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon.  Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

 

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are now available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.

 

All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar.  At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!

 

EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies

11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)

11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA

11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK

11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX

11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX

11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)

11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)

11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY

11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA

11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ

11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA

12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH

12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)

12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)

12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)

12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)

12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)

12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA  (EXODUS ONLY)

12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR  (EXODUS ONLY)

 

Abre Ojos – “Gates” Review

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Abre Ojos is an audio-visual project by Melbourne, Australia native Scott Baker. He has had over 20 years of experience working in the fields of experimental music, video and illustration. Abre Ojos is Baker’s exploration of synthetic music along with geometric animations and extreme audio frequencies. I had the pleasure of listening to his latest installment for his project called Gates which was quite impressive to listen to. The album has an accompanying DVD which enhances the music with visual images created by Baker but this album is quite interesting to listen to on its own. The music is very ambient in style and meant to be listened to bring you into a meditative state of mind. The sounds are very eerie and possibly make you see visuals in your mind akin to that of Clive Barker or Stephen King, depending on what twisted creatures lay in your mind.

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This album can easily be the score for a thriller/horror movie. I found myself frequently transported to the darkest recesses of my mind and conjured twisted visions of my own. The music is soothing and yet equally haunting. One thing I found very intriguing as well is that all the song titles, when read together, make for a poem with a message that Scott Baker connects with our souls. If you ever wanted to listen to ambient music that can make your skin crawl but also give you a free trip through your own spirituality, Abre Ojos’ album Gates is the way to go. I also suggest getting the accompanied DVD as well to get the full effect of Bakers work.

The Kennedy Veil – “Trinity of Falsehood” Review‏

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The Kennedy Veil is a death metal outfit from Sacramento, California who have released their latest full-length, Trinity of Falsehood, and it does not disappoint. With the addition of vocalist Taylor Wientjes, their sound is rejuvenated and has an extreme sound that must be heard to appreciate. Gabe Seeber does a phenomenal job with blast beats that you will feel in your chest and double peddling that really ramps up the BPM. The guitars, played by KC Childers, are especially crunchy and really soar in the title track of the album. Rounding out the lineup is bassist Shawn Peterson, who has his moments where he stands out but the mixing in the album almost makes him get lost in the flurry of guitar tracks.

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Not all the time, but I’d like to hear Shawn more and really show his bass chops more. You can hear the influences from such heavy hitters such as Suffocation, Morbid Angel and Decapitation which The Kennedy Veil uses to bring brutally heavy tones and lyrics filled with a light being shed on the inconsistencies and greedy nature of religion. Overall, lyrically, thematically and musically, The Kennedy Veil have released an amazing follow up album and have really stepped up their game since The Sentence of Their Conqueror back in 2011. Trinity of Falsehood is a must have album for 2014 to add to the death metal collection. Go out and get yourself a slice of Sacramento brutality…..Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV

Cannibal Corpse – “A Skeletal Domain” Review

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The new Cannibal Corpse album “A Skeletal Domain” due out September 16, 2014 is one hell of a beast of an album!  From start to finish it doesn’t disappoint.  Some notable tracks are the title track “A Skeletal Domain”, The opening track “High Velocity Impact Splatter”, “Sadistic Embodiment”, and “Icepick Lobotomy”.  The band sounds tighter and more driven than ever.  Corpsegrinder’s vocals are still just as strong as ever.  He still sounds like a demonic ghoul from the darkest depths of Hell preaching to the Metal Masses!

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Let us hope that they have a U.S. tour next year with the same ferocity as “A Skeletal Domain” with a lineup to match it.  As it stands we are looking at a possible U.S. for early next year after they are done with Japan and Europe this fall.  This album is right on par with earlier releases from the band and it is definitely their best since “Kill.”  So, all in all make sure and pick it up in two weeks…you won’t be disappointed!  Jon Rexius/Capital Chaos TV

Faith No More Prepping New Album; Limited Edition 7-inch on Nov. 28‏

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2, 2014 – Faith No More, who reunited in 2009 for a series of sold out performances and international festivals, is currently recording their first full-length album since 1997’s Album of the Year.
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A limited edition (5000 copies) 7-inch single of the song “Motherfucker” will precede the April 2015 release, available via Record Store Day’s Black Friday event (Nov. 28).  The single will be released digitally on Dec. 9.
“We’ve always shared a chemistry between ourselves that’s unique to this band, but these past few years of touring together have made us aware that we not only play better as a unit, but we like the new stuff we’re coming up with,” explained Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould, who also spoke with Rolling Stone in more detail . “So we’ve decided: we’re going to get busy in 2015…make an album we’re proud of, kick things up a notch, get out there and perform it and maybe even dedicate a little more focus to our fans in the States this time.”
The as-of-yet untitled album is being recorded in an Oakland, Calif. studio with Gould handling production.  The release will be the first from Faith No More’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which will be distributed by Ipecac Recordings.
Prior to the new album’s release, Faith No More will headline Australia’s Soundwave Festival in February 2015.  Worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.
Faith No More is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals).