Swedish outfit Denied – featuring Johan Fahlberg of Jaded Heart on vocals and former members of Opeth, Therion, and Grave – has a brand new video out now from latest album “Let Them Burn.”
“Let Them Burn” was produced, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Folkare of Unleashed at Chrome Studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
Spanish doom metal group Dantalion just released a new music video for the track “Raven’s Dawn.”
The track comes off new album “Where Fear Is Born,” which was recently released through Sleaszy Rider Records. Watch the video directed and edited by Thomas Dylan.
Two years and a few line-up changes following the release of fourth full-length album “Return to Deep Lethargy,” Dantalion now returns with fifth record “Where Fear Is Born,” which Sleaszy Rider describes as the “their most mournful and anguish-filled slab of doom yet.”
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Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band – ‘Black Power Flower’ (Napalm)
Genre: Stoner Rock
Similar to a couple other former Kyuss members, Brant Bjork is putting his name in lights and releasing a new record with a new group. Joined by the Low Desert Punk Band, the album is entitled Black Power Flower, and it’s pretty much what you expect: bluesy, slow-growing stoner rock that may have taken one too many bong hits to the head.
Drummer-turned-vocalist/guitarist Bjork does a nice job leading; his voice is suitably weathered, his lyrics waxing poetic and spacey, and his axe-work is soaked in enough blue-doom resin to keep things interesting. It’s a mellow affair, and a relatively repetitive one to boot, but songs like “Stokely Up Now” and “Buddha Time (Everything Fine)” should keep you nodding into the sunset.
Cadaveria – ‘Silence’ (Scarlet)
Genre: Black/Gothic Metal
The title of Cadeveria’s 2012 albumHorror Metal is also an apt description of the Italian band’s fifth full-length, Silence. There are a lot of cinematic elements that would make for an excellent horror movie soundtrack.
The album has plenty of gothic and black metal influences. They even get thrashy in places. Vocalist Cadaveria gives a diverse performance. She easily transitions between various screams and styles of melodic singing. The songs are angelic one moment, demonic the next. That makes for an album that’s well-executed and varied.
The Deathtrip – ‘Deep Drone Master’ (Svart)
Genre: Black Metal
Flat-footed songwriting raised up by an inspired vocal performance, The Deathtrip’s debut barrels out of mundane territory thanks to Aldrahn’s presence. The vocalist for Thorns and the short-lived supergroup Zyklon-B, Aldrahn puts a thematic take on the blasphemy he spews out.
Somehow, he is able to make filthy jams like “Something Growing in the Trees” and “Cocoons” infectious. The music itself is nothing to note, though “Syndebukken” strives for grander pastures with less than fruitful results. Fans who need a quick fill of black metal will get it from Deep Drone Master, but not much else.
Dimension – ‘Revolution’ (Nightmare)
Genre: Progressive Metal
After a 7 year absence, the Denver, Colorado trio Dimension have returned with the double disc opus Revolution. You’ll hear extended instrumental jams with plenty of atmospherics, but also heavy, focused riffs.
David Quicho has a powerful voice and used a lot of texture and expression in his delivery. In addition to the original material, the band throws in a couple of cover songs as well: The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” There’s a lot of material to absorb, but the arrangements are compelling and the musicianship top-notch, holding interest throughout.
Dire Omen – ‘Wresting the Revelation of Futility’ (Dark Descent)
Genre: Death Metal
Deep below the ninth circle of Hell you’ll find Dire Omen and their infernal debut LPWresting the Revelation of Futility. It’s a filth-ridden madness from the Edmonton trio threatening to unravel the fabric of reality.
Full blown chaos is forcibly molded into sinister and grotesque black/death bursting at the seams to enshroud the listener in the roots of all evil. Heart rates quicken and lumps form in the throat in the face of their arresting darkness. With lo-fi production yet instrumental clarity, Dire Omen unleash an unholy terror through broken chords and convention. Grinding intensity and an unfailing dedication to misery and hatred make this one of the year’s most truly terrifying releases.
Ghost Brigade – ‘IV: One With the Storm’ (Season of Mist)
Genre: Doom/Death Metal
Continuing to straddle not just the divide between death and doom, but also one between grittier and more melodic variants of death metal, Ghost Brigade’sfourth full-length, IV – One With the Storm, is yet another Dark Tranquillity-meets-Insomnium affair with bits of old Hypocrisy strewn about.
While not quite as melodically inclined as the former, nor as downcast as Insomnium, these Finns actually sound quite non-committal on quite a number of tracks, with only “Aurora” and “Elama on Tulta” showing something in the way of fervor. Everything is as tight as one would expect, but somehow things never reach an optimum level of energy and/or excitement.
The Ghost Inside – ‘Dear Youth’ (Epitaph)
The Ghost Inside, a two guitar, background-vocal heavy Jasta-Core band from L.A release Dear Youth, their fourth album. It’s stuffed with enough melodic guitar lines to make you forget that it threatens at any instant to spin into a Hatebreed tribute album.
The lyrics aren’t the usual metalcore bawling, but rather a cut above the standard. They are punky and defiant, even optimistic. The playing is perfectly serviceable, but the glossy production never seems to mirror the sweat that metalcore produces. “Avalanche” is a fine opener, but what was the band thinking with that middle minute in “Wide-Eyed?” When the clean vocals die, and Johnny Vigil returns, he sounds like the roar of all perdition’s screams. Skip track 9, and enjoy the rest, all you fans of The Ghost Inside.
Hands Of Orlac – ‘Figli Del Crepuscolo’ (Horror)
Genre: Doom/Stoner Metal
For their second full-length album Figli Del Crepuscolo, the Italian band Hands Of Orlac have relocated to Sweden. Even though their location has changed, their sound remains similar.
That sound is mid to uptempo doom/stoner metal with catchy riffs. Vocalist The Sorceress also plays the flute on a few of the tracks, giving those songs a dose of uniqueness. There’s definitely a retro flavor to the album, but the production is crisp and modern. Hands Of Orlac also have some progressive blood running through their veins, with several extended jams and lengthy songs.
Hombre Malo – ‘Persistent Murmur of Words of Wrath’ (Disciplin)
From the frozen fjords of Norway comesHombre Malo and their decidedly un-frosty second album, Persistent Murmur of Words of Wrath. Taking a page from compatriots Kvelertak, they take the hybridization of hardcore very seriously.
Their amalgamation of genres both within and without of tunes leans toward sludgecore. Filthy, overdriven tone and noisy angularity pummel and crash while keeping the listener off balance. Mix and match vocals and smart samples reflect their world views. They work in crust, doom and stoner sensibilities while keeping an eye on the hooks. You might even hear a touch of the Melvins and Neurosis if you listen closely. Spanish or Norwegian, boring definitely isn’t in their vocabulary.
Kaledon – ‘Antillius: The King of the Light’ (Scarlet)
Genre: Power Metal
Releasing their debut twelve years ago, Italy’s Kaledon have been one of the most prolific bands in the symphonic power metal scene. Only a year and half since their last release, they are back with their eighth studio album Antillius: The King of the Light. A concept album that tells the story of Antillius, the King of Kaledon who was introduced on earlier albums.
The musicianship is first rate as there are blazing guitar solos and exceptionally quick double bass drumming. Vocalist Marco Palazzi has a tremendous range, but thankfully never hits ear shattering levels. The gorgeous duet with Angela Di Vincenzo on “Elisabeth” is a great change of pace as the melodies are melancholy but still retain a memorable refrain.
Adaliah – Shedding Skin(Mediskare)
Albert Bell’s Sacro Sanctus -Deus Volt (Metal on Metal)
Anguish – Mountain (Dark Descent)
Aphotic Threnody – When Death Comes (Doomentia)
Axx of Hate – Risen (Mulligore)
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral (Peaceville)
Born of Fire – Dead Winter Sun (Pure Steel)
Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower (Napalm)
Cadaveria – Silence (Scarlet)
Carnal Agony – Preludes & Nocturnes (Sliptrick)
Crimson Blue – The Angelic Performance (My Kingdom)
Cuff – Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere (Gore House)
Dantalion – Where Fear Is Born (Sleaszy Rider)
Darkher – The Kingdom Field (Prophecy)
The Dead – Deathsteps To Oblivion (Transcending Obscurity)
The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master (Svart)
Dimension – Revolution (Nightmare)
Dire Omen – Wrestling the Revelation of Futility (Dark Descent)
Dominanz – Noxius (Industrial Silence)
Evil Spirit – Cauldron Messiah (Horror)
The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth (Epitaph)
Hands of Orlac – Figli Del Crepuscolo (Horror)
Hi-gh – Til Death and After (Metal on Metal)
Hombre Malo – Persistent Murmur of Words of Wrath (Disiplin)
In This Moment – Black Widow (Atlantic)
In Tormentata Quiete – Cromagia (My Kingdom)
Kaledon – Antillius: The King Of the Light (Scarlet)
Korzus – Legion (AFM)
Kult Ofenzivy – Nauky Ruznic (Iron Bonehead)
Metal Cross – Metal Cross (Horror)
Manimalism – Manimalism (Adversum)
Monster Magnet – Milking The Stars (Napalm)
Mortuary Drape – Spiritual Independence (Iron Tyrant)
Nesseria – Fractures (Throatruiner)
Paul Di’Anno – The Beast Arises DVD (Metal Mind)
P.O.D. – SoCal Sessions (Universal)
Satan – Trail of Fire: Live in North America (Listenable)
Scott Ian – Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD (Megaforce)
Senser – Stacked Up XX (Strike Back)
Sonata Arctica – Ecliptica Revisited: 15th Anniversary Edition (Nuclear Blast / Metalville)
Soulburn – The Suffocating Darkness (Century Media)
Stormvold – Third Bestial Mutilation (Xtreem)
Stubb – Cry Of The Ocean (Ripple)
Thanatos – Global Purification (Century Media)
These Are They – At The Feast of Seven Funerals (Unruly Sounds / The End)
Threshold – For The Journey (Nuclear Blast / Metalville)
Timeworm – Luminescent Wake (Disiplin)
Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997 Box Set (Century Media)
V-Anger – In Shovel We Trust (Sliptrick)
While Heaven Wept – Suspended At Aphelion (Nuclear Blast)
Xtrmst – Xtrmst (Dim Mak)
Fan-filmed video footage of SLAYER‘s entire November 14 performance at The Forum in Inglewood, California is online.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. World Painted Blood
03. Hate Worldwide
04. Die By The Sword
05. Chemical Warfare
06. War Ensemble
07. Mandatory Suicide
09. Spill The Blood
10. Hell Awaits
11. At Dawn They Sleep
12. Altar Of Sacrifice
13. Jesus Saves
15. Seasons In The Abyss
17. Dead Skin Mask
18. Raining Blood
19. Psychopathy Red
20. South Of Heaven
21. Angel Of Death