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New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: May 7, 2013
May 8th, 2013 at 8:11am

Amber – ‘Lovesaken’ (Halo of Flies)

Amber - 'Lovesaken'
Halo Of Flies

Genre: Post Metal
Lovesaken is the first full-length from Maburg, Germany’s post-metal outfit Amber, following a promising self-titled EP released in 2012. The five-piece combine the strange, elliptical songs structures favored by hands like Isis with heavy, exploratory and occasionally sludgy riffs, delivered with a post-hardcore grandness that recalls Cult of Luna.

While much of the instrumental is solid, even monumental in places, it is the light and ethereal quality of the vocals and occasional guitar experiment that defines Lovesaken. Each song on the five-track record is vast and full, most clocking in around six minutes and the title track reaching ten and a half. Each track listens like a novella, unraveling at its own pace and making the most of the time and weight Amber allow. If their debut piqued listeners’ interests, Lovesaken seals the deal.

Rating: 3.5
(Natalie Zed)

The Amenta – ‘Flesh is Heir’ (Listenable)’

The Amenta – 'Flesh is Heir'
Listenable Records

Genre: Industrial Death Metal
Aussie extremists The Amenta have unleashed Flesh is Heir, their third full length and first since 2008. Moving away from the blackened aspects of previous albums, The Amenta are now firmly based in industrial death metal territory.

Mechanical samples and a general robotic feel augment their death metal machinations. Powerful, crunchy riffs steamroll the listener while multi-textured vocals scream and howl. The kick drum is especially prominent and speedy, following the riffs as is common now. It’s exquisitely executed and plays to the sort of aspects young metalheads are looking for. Flesh is Heir is not your boring old death metal, yet neither is it overly complicated.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)

Blowsight – ‘Life & Death’ (Eclipse)

Blowsight - 'Life & Death'
Eclipse Records

Genre: Hard Rock
The Swedish band Blowsight has a gift for writing radio friendly hard rock, and their latest album Life & Death is packed with potential chart-toppers. Their harder edged tracks like “This Pain” use some harsh vocals, and on the other side of the coin they also are able to pull off ballads.

In addition to crunchy guitars, Blowsight utilize electronic elements for added atmosphere, although sometimes a bit too much for my liking. If you’re a rock or hard rock fan, you’ll find plenty to like with Life & Death.Nick Red is a step above the usual generic hard rock vocalist, and Blowsight know to write catchy, memorable songs.

Rating: 3.5
(Chad Bowar)


New Heavy Metal CD Releases: May 7, 2013
May 7th, 2013 at 6:55am

new-metal-releases1Acolyte - Alta (Mordgrimm)
Amber - Lovesaken (Halo Of Flies)
The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir (Listenable)
Atrocity - Okkult (Napalm)
Control Human Delete - The Prime Mover (Code 666)
Delain - Interlude (Napalm)
Dug Pinnick - Naked (MVD)
Earthling - Dark Path (Forcefield)
F.K.U. - 4: Rise Of The Mosh Monsters(Napalm)
Freedom Call - Ages Of Light (SPV)
Gama Bomb - The Terror Tapes (AFM)
Gloomball - The Distance (SPV)
Grime - Deteriorate (Forcefield)
In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad (Sensory)
Kingdom Come - Outlier (SPV)
Magister Templi - Lucifer Leviathan Logos (Cruz Del Sur)
Metal Law - Lawbreaker Re-Release (Metal On Metal)
Mpire Of Evil - Crucified (Deadline)
Nordheim - Refill (Maple Metal)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Live: From Chaos To Eternity (AFM)
Sacred Gate - Tides Of War (Metal On Metal
Sadgiqacea - False Prism (Candlelight)
Sidious - Ascension to the Throne ov Self (Kaotoxin)
Sodom - Epitome Of Torture (SPV)
Temple of Thieves - Passing Through The Zeros (Goomba)
Tormented - Death Awaits
V8 Wankers - Got Beer? (SPV)
Vicious Rumors - Electric Punishment (SPV)

Winners of the Golden Gods 2013 Awards
May 4th, 2013 at 9:49am

Golden-Gods-LogoLast Thursday night was the fifth annual Golden God Awards. This included special performances by Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Danzig and Metallica. There was also a special toast by Slayer’s guitarist Kerry King that shared a toast to his fallen bandmate Jeff Manneman. All the winners are fan-voted awards (lame) and you can see the list below. There are very few I agree with.

Best Guitarist:

Winner: John 5 of Rob Zombie

Alex Lifeson of Rush
Brendon Small of Dethklok
Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Misha Mansoor of Periphery
Stephen Carpenter of Deftones

Best Drummer:

Winner: Arejay Hale of Halestorm

Abe Cunningham of Deftones
Gene Hoglan of Dethklok/Testament
Mario Duplantier of Gojira
Neil Peart of Rush
Roy Mayorga of Stone Sour

Most Dedicated Fans:

Winner: HIM

A Day To Remember
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides

Best Live Band:

Winner: Slipknot

Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb Of God

Best New Talent:

Winner: Device

Miss May I
Of Mice & Men
Young Guns

Comeback Of The Year:

Winner: Tenacious D

The Darkness

Paul Gray Best Bassist:

Winner: Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead

Geddy Lee of Rush
Jason Newsted of Newsted
Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill
Sergio Vega of Deftones
Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

Best Vocalist:

Winner: Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/Slipknot

Chino Moreno of Deftones
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden
Maria Brink of In This Moment
Phil Anselmo of Down
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Most Metal Athlete:

Winner: Triple HHH

CJ Wilson
Clay Guida
Geoff Rowley
Tanner Foust
Tom Crabtree

Song Of The Year:

Winner: Black Veil Brides – “In The End“

Avenged Sevenfold – “Carry On“
Asking Alexandria – “Run Free“
Dethklok – “I Ejaculate Fire“
Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)“
In This Moment – “Blood“

Album Of The Year:

Winner: Deftones – “Koi No Yokan“

Gojira – “L’Enfany Sauvage“
Halestorm – “The Strange Case Of…“
Marilyn Manson – “Born Villain“
Stone Sour – “House Of Gold & Bones Part I“
Soundgarden – “King Animal“

Riff Lord Award:
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath

Golden God Award:
Rob Zombie

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award:

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies
May 3rd, 2013 at 8:07am

SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away at about 11 a.m. today on Thursday, May 2  near his Southern California home. He was 49. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael andLarry, and will be sorely missed.

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Dave Lombardo, Tom Araya

Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival Lineup Announced
May 1st, 2013 at 2:29pm

http-__sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net_hphotos-ak-prn1_601739_183628545123629_1954388207_nCCE productions, We Party Productions, and Jurassic Ink are proud to announce the return of this year’s 2013 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.

With three days of face melting metal from August 23rd – 25th in the heart of the Canadian badlands, the show will feature 3 Inches of Blood, Into Eternity, Divinity, and All Else Fails among many more. The lineup is as follows:

Friday, August 23

Dead Locals (Drumheller)
Days of Atonement (Drumheller)
Magnus Rising (Vancouver)
Into Eternity (Vancouver)

Saturday, August 24

Tramp Stamper (Edmonton)
Archeleos (Calgary)
Dalhmers Relm (Edmonton)
Without Mercy (Vancouver)
Leave the Living (Red Deer)
Until Dawn (Fort McMurray)
Exit Strategy (Calgary)
Divinity (Calgary)
All Else Fails (Edmonton)
Three Inches of Blood (Vancouver)

Sunday, August 24

Parapsychotic (Lethbridge)
Maimed Wolf (Didsbury)
Naraka (Medicine Hat)
This is War (Edmonton)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews: May 1, 2013
May 1st, 2013 at 8:26am

Agrimonia – ‘Rites of Separation’ (Southern Lord)

Agrimonia - 'Rites of Separation'
Southern Lord Records

Genre: Post Metal/Sludge Metal/Crust
Gothenburg, Sweden’s female-fronted Agrimonia have unleashed an epic full-length with Rites of Separation. With only five tracks, it clocks in just shy of a full hour of quality post metal, sludge and crust goodness.

Songs like ‘Hunted’ and ‘The Battle Fought’ are crushing and, at times, beautiful. The length of the songs allows the members of Agrimonia to venture into quite a few dark places, and with good results. All five tracks on Rites of Separation are extremely good. The band’s musicianship is beyond stellar. The production is great; crisp and loud. Well done.

Rating: 4
(JH Statts)

Altar of Plagues – ‘Teethed Glory and Injury’ (Profound Lore)

Altar of Plagues – 'Teethed Glory and Injury'
Profound Lore Records

Genre: Experimental/Post Black Metal
Teethed Glory and Injury from Altar of Plagues is an intensely challenging listen. The unconventional song structures and idiosyncratic riffs deny the listener a chance to get comfortable. Torturous black metal screams and howls wrack the senses from the deepest recesses of hell’s dungeon.

A number of unexpected instruments take the album to atmospheric heights while deep frequency vibrations freeze the nerves, leaving you locked in place and unable to escape the disaffecting nature of the album. Teethed Glory and Injury is far from a casual listen, demanding the utmost attention for maximum gratification. It’s entirely unsettling and one of the most intriguing releases of the year.

Rating: 3.5
(Matt Hinch)

Battle Dagorath – ‘Cursed Storm of Ages’ (De Tenebrarum Principio)

Battle Dagorath – 'Cursed Storm of Ages'
De Tenebrarum Principio

Genre: Black Metal
No war is fought without a great well of ambition, and California’s Battle Dagorath are certainly not lacking. Akin to their two prior full-lengths,Cursed Storm of Ages is a massive 100-minute album of windswept character and bitter black metal that rushes away from civilization, into the wuthering passes, howling its hurt with a maddening, if not completely pitiable, resolve.

Although the ambient sections remain a tad extraneous, the music on hand casts its listener into realms of a cold, convincing scope. If the album is not dragging you through the storm, songs like “Awakened by the Spell of the Wind” will find their ways to enchant you. A marathon of disturbing and rewarding black metal.

Rating: 4
(Evan Mugford)



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