Monarch's monstrously heavy French doom, and the new one sounds great so far. Three songs, 35 minutes. Dead Men Tell No Tales turned me on to them back in 2007.
― A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Nice to see the site back up and running! Happy new year y'all. :)
― Nate Carson, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
Happy New Year Nate!
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 23:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
nate your band got in our poll!
― Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Much appreciated sirs! It was a great year for us, and we are looking forward to a bigger and better year now.
― Nate Carson, Thursday, 19 January 2012 04:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Went off that Liberteer album spectacularly quickly to be honest. The new Cannibal Corpse on the other hand is a fucking belter...
― Doran, Thursday, 19 January 2012 17:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
My favorite metal-related things so far this year are not themselves actually metal:
- I'm really loving Andy Julia's darkwave band Soror Dolorosa. Recommended if you liked the Sound or the gloomier bits of the Icicle Works, or if Interpol made you nostalgic for the original New Wave.
- I was a big fan of the Gathering circa Mandylion, but they kind of lost me after that, and I wasn't much into Anneke's solo work. Until now. This new album, Everything Is Changing is fabulous high-energy alt-pop.
― glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 19 January 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
Holy hell, the new Napalm Death is fucking fantastic. I'm pretty sure the guest saxophone on the third track is by John Zorn, and there are probably some guest vocalists, too, but I don't have a press release, just a download, so I can't be sure yet.
― 誤訳侮辱, Friday, 20 January 2012 03:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
Holy shit, sounds fantastic.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 20 January 2012 04:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Hey Nevermore fans, did you know that there was a precursor to that band? You can find out about it in this week's spam: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/the-lazarus-pit-sanctuarys-into-the-mirror-black/
― Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 January 2012 21:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
At the risk of being laughed off of here am I the only one looking forward to the new Iron Maiden live DVD/CD? Yeah, I kinda thought so.
― Steampig, Saturday, 21 January 2012 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
I've seen Maiden live five times since 2003, and they're fucking killer, but I'm not sure any of their live records from the 2000s sums up their recent output the way Live After Death encapsulates their early peak.
― 誤訳侮辱, Saturday, 21 January 2012 16:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
I agree. I saw the Live After Death tour in person and love the DVD but I'm still a sucker for them. 2003 was the last time I saw them so I guess I look at it as a cheap way to catch the highlights of the most recent tour.
― Steampig, Saturday, 21 January 2012 17:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
Of course I'm looking forward to the new Maiden DVD!
No, you can't top Live After Death, but they're still tremendous live, and their DVDs are always great fun. Plus the last album was their best since 1988, so it'll be great to hear the new stuff. Last time I saw them they only played "El Dorado".
― A. Begrand, Saturday, 21 January 2012 17:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
"A new Burzum album, titled "Umskiptar" (Metamorphoses), is scheduled for release in May 2012 on Byelobog Productions. "Umskiptar" consists of 65 minutes of skaldic metal, recorded in Grieghallen Studio in Bergen in September 2011. The lyrics on "Umskiptar" are all taken from a Norse poem, Völuspá. For an English translation of the lyrics see the book "Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia". The original Norse lyrics for "Umskiptar" can be found http://www.burzum.org/eng/discography/official/2012_umskiptar.shtml "
― Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Sunday, 22 January 2012 00:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
Howdy - not really following this thread, but here are samples of the new Drudkh, out Feb 24th
― StanM, Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just to elaborate on the Anneke thing, I relistened to her other solo records last week, and saying I was not much into them is being kind. Yeek. Maudlin, lifeless, blech. The new one, on the other hand, is still not metal, but it sounds like a record whose author was once in a metal band, and isn't trying to convince anybody that she wouldn't ever be in one again.
― glenn mcdonald, Monday, 23 January 2012 01:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
I can't say too much about it just yet, 'cause we haven't even officially announced the project, let alone given it a street date, but I brought home the "Mikael & Steven" album this weekend, and it's fucking fantastic. Is it metal? Hell no. To me, it sounds like a cross between Kid A, the first two Peter Gabriel solo albums, and some other dark '70s prog stuff like Univers Zero or Van der Graaf Generator. But it's beautiful, too.
Brought home the new Soulfly, too, but haven't really dipped into that one yet. Personally, I prefer Cavalera Conspiracy. Still, it's supposed to be their most aggressive one yet, and with the bassist from Static-X and Asesino, and the drummer from Borknagar, I'm ready to believe it.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 23 January 2012 02:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm not a big Steven Wilson fan, but that looks interesting.
Meanwhile, the new Meshuggah album is great. Where Obzen felt like an amalgamation of everything the band had done up until then, Koloss returns to challenging listeners more, throwing some interesting curveballs. And there are no"djent" riffs to be found; they leave that to all the kiddie bands imitating them these days. Easily their best since Nothing. I'll have an interview with Haake up at MSN around Feb. 1st.
― A. Begrand, Monday, 23 January 2012 04:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Excited to hear that Meshuggah!
In catching up with 2011 releases news, what the hell happened to Maylene and the Sons of Disaster? I know they've never been exactly a brilliant band, but their particular brand of southern fried metalcore was a guilty pleasure. But now, wow are they awful. IV might as well be a Shinedown album or something. This is terrible.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 23 January 2012 15:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh man, really want to hear that new meshuggah album!
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Monday, 23 January 2012 17:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, that Maylene record was a pretty big disaster. My guess is, their previous albums didn't do as well as people had hoped and so this was a last-ditch effort to find that elusive success by going for rock radio. Unfortunately, I guess nobody realized that rock radio isn't really a path to success for anybody anymore (except maybe Five Finger Death Punch).
― Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Monday, 23 January 2012 18:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
I was just handed the new DragonForce album. There was some mild dismay at the fact that while there is a song with "Storm" in the title, and one with "Sword" in its title, there is no song with "Fire" or "Flames" in its title.
More seriously, this is a more aggressive, and more concise, album from them. There's only one song that's more than six minutes long, plus you get an acoustic version of one song (presumably this will be a bonus track on the deluxe edition, or something). I like it, but I've always liked DragonForce.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 23 January 2012 19:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
Eh, tbh, if I'm going to listen to DragonForce, I want long songs! Only one song over six minutes isn't really a selling point for me.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 23 January 2012 19:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
Well, the other songs are all in the 4-5 minute range, and the new singer is much better than ZP was, at least to my ear.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 23 January 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
Sounds promising. I can't ever not like DragonForce.
― A. Begrand, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm about halfway through the album now, and while it still sounds every bit a DragonForce album, there are a lot of different sounds on it (more human-ish guitar playing, weirder synth tones, occasional slow drumming) and it's really, genuinely heavy at times. I'm liking this a lot.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
Oh I'm definitely going to check it out, I've just always liked the longer epics.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 23 January 2012 20:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
I also like DragonForce.
― glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 01:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Wolves in the Throne room plyed in SF tonight and I didn't go... for fucks sake I'm getting old!
― SeanWayne, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
i continue to be shocked by people enjoying meshuggah. however considering i have gotten a few calls about ordering the new ibanez $5000 meshuggah signature, i support them from a business perspective. go meshuggah, you terrible terrible band!
― blurgh (jjjusten), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
btw i just did the sabermetrics on our sales of metal guitars last year and we sold more 7/8 strings than 6 strings. which is insane, and thats w/o counting baritones.
― blurgh (jjjusten), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
7-string guitars are still a thing? damn.
― call all destroyer, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Of all the bands to single out as "terrible terrible", Meshuggah strikes me as a weird one.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
They're not terrible, but unless I hear something really revelatory on this album, I'm probably gonna shrug them off.
― 誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah I'd say Meshuggah is mediocre at worst.
― Nate Carson, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
I like to think of them as the powerman 5000 of tech metal.
― blurgh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm not even sure what that means but yeah basically I think they are awful
― blurgh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
You're meshuggina, John.
― Gamera died for our sins (J3ff T.), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
jjj actually likes powerman 5000 so just ignore him.
― Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
A big ol' Fenriz interview:
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
that reads really weirdly, like part email interview part telephone
still cool tho
― Saltines of Pink - 'Whites Me Tumblr?' (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, it also kind of just dives right into the commentary track question with no setup or anything, sort of confusing without some sort of context via an introductory paragraph. Anyway, minor quibbles, its a cool interview.
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Decibel's Feb issue has the Top 25 most anticipated albums and a pretty thorough release schedule. I'm surprised they didn't include the Electric Wizard and Ufomammut releases in their top 25, but otherwise was a cool feature. These stand out for me:
Ancestors - In Dreams And Time (Tee Pee) AprBible of the Devil - For the Love of Thugs and Fools (Cruz Del Sur) May 8Christian Mistress - Possession (Relapse) Feb 28Corrosion Of Conformity (Candlelight) Feb 28Death - Vivus (Relapse) Feb 28Drudkh - Eternal Turn Of The Wheel (Season Of Mist) Feb 24Napalm Death - Utilitarian (Century Media) Feb 28Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned (Candlelight) Feb 14Sigh - In Somniphobia (Candlelight) Mar 20Ufomammut - Oro: Opus Primum (Neurot) AprVan Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth (Interscope) Feb 7
Also coming: Ancestors, Baroness, Black Math Horseman, Black Sabbath, Church Of Misery, Cobalt, The Darkness, Electric Wizard, Ghost, Gojira, Gozu, Graveyard, Greenleaf, Gypsyhawk, High On Fire, Horisont, Kylesa, Kyuss, The Mars Volta, Neurosis, Om, Queens Of The Stone Age, Saint Vitus, Shrinebuilder, Sons Of Otis, Tool, Torche, Truckfighters, Wight, Witch Mountain.
Anyone heard anything?
― Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
ugh ghost show is tonight and i am really stuffed head sick do i go
― blurgh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
buddy of mine on fb had a blast when they were here
― call all destroyer, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
I've heard one cut from the Christian Mistress and it was great. Word from on high is that it is consistently good.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
This is only Ghost's second tour, correct? They're in Mpls tonight, I believe. I was sick as a dog for Slayer/Megadeth over a year ago, and I just loaded up on cold meds. Glad I went. I was at the Ghost show last night, and it was awesome. So great to see a band committed to costumes and stage show, not to mention the anonymity. An Anonymous Ghoul addresses that in an interview:
Offstage, do you guys like to get wild and party or are you pretty straitlaced?We have this anonymity bond. We don't regularly get invites because nobody really knows who we are. I wouldn't say that we are a hundred percent clean in every aspect, but we are quite innocent in comparison to a lot of other groups that would jump at every opportunity to go nuts. We're here for something else. Some of the single guys in the band might think it's a drag, but those of us who aren't are pretty happy.
One of the strangest/greatest moments of the show was when they launched into a pretty straight, and quite pretty, version of "Here Comes The Sun." It was oddly moving, the spell not even completely broken in the end when someone inevitably shouts, "SATAN!!!"
A dude was wearing a Repugnant t-shirt. I guess Papa Emeritus is supposedly Tobias Forge of Repugnant/Subvision. It's hard to tell listening to Repugnant's Epitome Of Darkness. It would be just as well if it's unconfirmed, as it would be more fun if they maintain the mystery.
Blood Ceremony were great too. I feel like their sound (especially the thick Sabbathy drum sound!) and musicianship was better, but Ghost still put on a more exciting show. But they're very different kinds of bands, despite the common occult interests.
― Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink