New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 30, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week:
Bobaflex – Hell In My Heart (Megaforce)
Century – Red Giant (Prosthetic)
Eat The Gun – Runner (Metalville)
Entrenched – Preemptive Strike (Horror Pain Gore)
Hackneyed – Carnival Cadavre (Lifeforce)
Kittie – I’ve Failed You (eOne)
Nocturnal Fear – Excessive Cruelty (Moribund)
Pentagram – When The Screams Come DVD (Metal Blade)
Pro-Pain – 20 Years Of Hardcore CD/DVD (AFM)
Shadowside – Inner Monster Out (SHP)
Stray From The Path – Rising Sun (Sumerian)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 23, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week:

All Else Fails – The Oracle, What Was Is and Could Have Been (Suicidal Brides)
Atriarch – Forever The End (Seventh Rule)
Black Tide – Post Mortem (DGC)
Discharge – Desensitise/War Is Hell Re-Release (Candlelight)
Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (Season Of Mist)
ICS Vortex – Storm Seeker (Century Media)
Jorn – Live In Black (Frontiers)
Leprous – Bilateral (InsideOut)
Minushuman – Bloodthrone (Season Of Mist)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 16, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Aliases – Safer Than Reality (Basick)
All Pigs Must Die – God Is War (Southern Lord)
Assassin – Chronicles Of Resistance (SPV)
Attila – Outlawed (Artery)
Chimaira – The Age Of Hell (eOne)
The Cleansing – Feeding The Inevitable (Deepsend)
Moab – Ab Ovo (Kemado)
Psychostick – Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D (Rock Ridge)
Revocation – Chaos Of Forms (Relapse)
Squash Balls – Tnyribal Re-Release (Selfmadegod)
Today Is The Day – Pain Is A Warning (Black Market Activities)
Totimoshi – Avenger (At A Loss)
Voices Of Extreme – Break The Silence (Metalville)
White Arms Of Athena – Astrodrama (Prosthetic)
YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 9, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Arsis – A Celebration Of Guilt Re-Release (Willowtip)
Diamond Plate – Generation Why (Earache)
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony (Nuclear Blast)
Goreaphobia – Apocalyptic Necromancy (Dark Descent)
NewBreed – NewBreed (Metal Mind)
Skalmold – Baldur (Napalm)
Svartsot – Maledictus Eris (Napalm)
Trivium – In Waves (Roadrunner)
Vale Of Pnath – The Prodigal Empire (Willowtip)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: August 2, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Battlecross – Pursuit Of Honor (Metal Blade)
Beherit – At The Devil’s Studio 1990 (Hells Headbangers)
Bitch – Be My Slave/Damnation Alley Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Brainoil – Death Of This Dry Season (20 Buck Spin)
Bury Your Dead – Mosh N’ Roll (Mediaskare)
Caina – Hands That Pluck (Profound Lore)
Chained and Desperate – Divine Authority Abolishment (Pitch Black)
Cianide – Gods Of Death (Hells Headbangers)
Denial Fiend – Horror Holocaust (Ibex Moon)
Dir en Grey – Dum Spiro Spero (The End)
Excruciator – The Devouring (Heavy Artillery)
Flourishing – The Sum Of All Fossils (The Path Less Traveled)
Hexentanz – Nekrokrafte (Agonia)
Last Winter – The Heart & The Broken Compass (Lifeforce)
Malefice – Awaken The Tides (Metal Blade)
Powerwolf – Blood Of The Saints (Metal Blade)
Unkind – Harhakuvat (Relapse)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 26, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

All Shall Perish – This Is Where It Ends (Nuclear Blast)
As Hell Retreats – Volition (Ain’t No Grave)
End Of Level Boss – Eklectric (Exile On Mainstream)
Fullforce – One (SPV)
Hrizg – Inferno (Moribund)
Isis – Live V: 07.23.06 (Ipecac)
Iwrestledabearonce – Ruining It For Everybody (Century Media)
Jamey Jasta – Jasta (eOne)
Karmakanic – In A Perfect World (SPV)
Malevolent Creation – Death From Down Under DVD (Arctic)
The Quill – Full Circle (Metalville)
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time (Earache)
Serianna – Inheritors (Bullet Tooth)
World Under Blood – Tactical (Nuclear Blast)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 19, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Ave Maria – Chapter One (AAP)
Avichi – The Devil’s Fractal (Profound Lore)
Chelsea Grin – My Damnation (Artery)
Crown The Lost – Cold Pestilent Hope (Gas Can)
Demonical – Death Infernal (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade)
Disma – Towards The Megalith (Profound Lore)
Dying Fetus – History Repeats EP (Relapse)
40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire/Metal Blade)
The Greenery – Spit & Argue (Prosthetic)
Hail Hornet – Disperse The Curse (Relapse)
I Am Abomination – Passion Of The Heist EP (Good Fight)
It Prevails – Stroma (Mediaskare)
The Konsortium – The Konsortium (Agonia)
Pestilence – Doctrine (Mascot)
Ringworm – Scars (Victory)
Sarabante – Remnants (Southern Lord)
Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command (Relapse)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 12, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Aurvandil – Yearning (Eisenwald)
Baring Teeth – Atrophy (Willowtip)
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise (Tankcrimes)
Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever (Nuclear Blast)
Dischord – Casualties Of War (Diminished Fifth)
Earth Crisis – Neutralize The Threat (Century Media)
Fair To Midland – Arrows and Anchors (eOne)
The Great Commission – Heavy Worship (Ain’t No Grave)
Hekate – Die Welt Der Dunklen Gärten (Prophecy)
Icon In Me – Head Break Solution (Goomba)
In The Nursery – Blind Sound (Plastic Head)
Isis – Live IV: Selections 2001 – 2005 (Ipecac)
Isolation – Closing A Circle (Eisenwald)
J.D. Overdrive – Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood (Metal Mind)
The Living Fields – Running Out Of Daylight (Candlelight)
Lock Up – Necropolis Transparent (Nuclear Blast)
Mayan – Quarterpast (Nuclear Blast)
Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying Re-Release (Capitol)
NeraNature – Foresting Wounds (Metal Mind)
Rhapsody Of Fire – From Chaos To Eternity (Nuclear Blast)
Sepultura – Kairos (Nuclear Blast)
Sleeping Giant – Kingdom Days In An Evil Age (Ain’t No Grave)
Sol Invictus – The Cruellest Month (Prophecy)
Spellcaster – Under The Spell (Heavy Artillery)
SSS – Problems To The Answer (Earache)
Suicide Silence – The Black Crown (Century Media)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: July 5, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

Draconian – A Rose For The Apocalypse (Napalm)
Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory (Relapse)
Harm’s Way – Isolation (Closed Casket)
Intensus – Intensus (Metal Blade)
Morta Skuld – Through The Eyes Of Death : The Early Demos (Relapse)
Murder Death Kill – Instigate Infiltrate Annihilate (Mediaskare)
Shadowside – Inner Monster Out (SHP)
Stream Of Passion – Darker Days (Napalm)
Unearth – Darkness In The Light (Metal Blade)
Whitehorse – Progression (At A Loss)

New Heavy Metal CD Releases: June 28, 2011

Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.

The Android Meme – Ordo AB Chao (Magna Carta)
Bohren and der Club of Gore – Beileid (Ipecac)
Burn Halo – Up From The Ashes (Rawkhead)
Degradead – A World Destroyer (Metalville)
Evan Brewer (The Faceless) – Alone (Sumerian)
Faces Of Bayon – Heart Of The Fire (Ragnarok)
The Francesco Artusato Project – Chaos and The Primordial (Sumerian)
Fullforce – One (SPV)
Futur Skullz –Futur Skullz (Kemado)
Isis – Live III: 12.17.04 (Ipecac)
Misguided Aggression – Flood The Common Ground (Year Of The Sun)
Moon – Caduceus Chalice (Moribund)
Mortualia – Mortualia (Moribund)
Queensryche – Dedicated To Chaos (Roadrunner)
Riverside – Memories In My Head (The Lasers Edge)
Seven Witches – Call Upon The Wicked (FrostBytes)
Shraphead – Blind & Seduced (Metalville)

The Making of….A Death Metal Video?

We all know that metal videos are usually pretty piss poor. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, but one particular avenue of metal that almost always releases garbage, is death metal bands. The latest victim to the tired “stand still and headbang profusely in an abandoned locale” is Victory Record’s Jungle Rot. Make no mistake, this band is killer and I am looking forward to hearing this release, but Victory’s latest promo item: the making of Jungle Rot’s video for “Rise Up and Revolt,” is possibly the most un-necessary piece of promo material I have ever received. What could possibly go into a behind the scenes video? A close up of the band members getting make up? Actually…yes, that’s exactly what happens, along with heavy doses of headbanging. Watch and learn the inner magic of the death metal video!


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1980′s – The Endangered Decade of Heavy Metal

Once upon a time, the 1980′s were hailed as the golden years of heavy metal, with some of the era still maintaining that faith. Every major sub-genre of metal found it’s mark in the 80′s, far more than any other era in metal, yet it seems like the newer generation of metal fans completely ignore their past, or write it off as a simple building block for the current field of up and comers. Am I the only one who has a problem with eliminating an entire decade of groundbreaking metal, that is still the embodiment of what we listen to today?

Quarthon – Bathory

I’m no old codger who often spends his days recollecting on the glory days of metal, I am in the thick of things just as the next guy, enjoying all the new material coming out month after month. Progression in metal is what fans live for, and there’s nothing wrong with that, however, understanding our roots, and appreciating it, are critically important to the enjoyment output of the modern era. Truth be told though, as the years roll on by, and new fans are established, the connection to our roots gets more distant, and more faint. No longer do we compare great new death metal acts to those from the 80′s (unless they still make music), but instead we compare them to acts from the 90′s, and even later. When we have an old school retro band come up, most fans are limited to comparisons like Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Judas Priest, while ignoring the hundreds of other bands that were a part of the NWOB HM, as well as the various scenes in America. I’ve even heard that bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest are hard rock, along the lines of AC/DC, and not metal, because they aren’t heavy enough. Crazy right? Well go ask some of the 16 year olds going to shows, and they’ll likely echo the same sentiment.


I didn’t spend my adolescent years and early adulthood in the 80′s, so I didn’t experience the scene as some did, but even during my era, when I first started getting into metal, it was essential that if you were going to delve into the world of real metal, you needed to establish yourself with the classics in order to properly understand what metal really was. This is no longer the case. Kids now, in the post nu-metal and metalcore era, are in a world were the classics are what they listened to when they first started with mainstream crossover acts like Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and the melo death scene in Sweden. Make no mistake, there are classics of 10-15 years ago, unmistakably, but even these acts were inspired by the first generations of metal, and if you asked all of those guys, they I’m sure would undoubtedly make their own recommendations of their favorite records from the 80′s, because that’s where everything started.

These days, when someone refers to “80′s metal,” it’s often derogatory, to make fun of a clean, old school falsetto vocals, or shredding tactics by guitarists. I understand this old school sound was driven into the ground for years, but this style also contains some of the best arrangements in metal, that very few artists have matched since in terms of uniqueness and power.

Again, I don’t want to be the old fart saying all the new music sucks,  because if I did that, this blog would suck and would be re-dubbed, and fuck if I want to be called that. With every storied canon though, no matter what the subject matter may be, it’s necessary to know the whole story to understand what paths may arise in the future. Foundations are everything, and the metal of the 80′s needs to be recognized and respected.


(BTW Loudness still fucking rocks:

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Sexism in Metal

Before we begin, let me first start by saying that I love women’s rights. I’m all for feminism. Women should earn the same as men, women should be able to fight on the front lines in battle if they’re physically capable (the “physically capable” isn’t sexist, it’s realistic), and I even think women should have to register for the draft the same as men. I am clearly not a sexist. Except in one place; metal.

As far as metal goes, it’s not 2011, it’s 1911. This will definitely be a tightrope affair as far as writing; trying to prove I’m not sexist while at the same time asserting that I am. The simple fact of the matter is that I have this insurmountable aversion to women doing vocals in extreme metal. I don’t mean basic backing melodies like Laura Pleasants in Kylesa. I think she’s great and Kylesa is great. What I am talking about are women that front bands that do the extreme, guttural or shrieking vocals: vocals that until recently have been occupied by males. They are the definitive hyper-masculine vocals. When someone of the female persuasion does them, my mind just can’t digest it. This isn’t some douche bag indictment that says “oh, women just can’t compete with men,” or “females just can’t measure up as far as brutality.” I’m not saying that at all. In fact, I’m saying the exact opposite.

Katherine Katz from Salome and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Stevie Floyd from Dark Castle. Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy. All of them are fantastic vocalists. But ever since I was a metal virgin, I couldn’t accept the idea of a women making that noise. I remember being in high school and my friend trying to get me into Arch Enemy by saying “dude, the vocalist is so hot though!” This friend turned out to be gay, but that’s beside the point. Deep down, it was her gender that turned me off to her vocals, and it was her good looks that served as the icing on the cake as far as me not being able to enjoy the band.

The first time I ever encountered Dark Castle was at the Scion Rock Fest, when I stumbled into Tent #1 randomly to see who was playing. It was a bit more doomy than I prefer, but I was definitely impressed by the vocals and general vibe of the band. And yet her femininity results in me writing the band off as one to respect, but not to actively listen to.

Like I said before, I’m not going to fight against this attitude as somehow not being sexist. It definitely is. What I’m trying to figure out is why I feel this way, when I’m such a booster for equality in every other regard. Why have the most extreme and brutal vocals been sanctified as an arena only to be occupied by men for me? Is this shitty attitude and perspective only participated in by me, or are there other closet metal sexists in the world? And last but not least, does this hurt female fronted bands? I mean, I’m sure on some level their gender could serve to promote the band as something new or different as a thinly veiled gimmick, but exactly how much does it help and how much does it end up hurting?

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