Decibel show in Philly is the same day as The Body at another venue... That doesn't make a damn bit of sense!
Wonder how many Deci-dudes will be at the Philly show...
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 14 April 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
It was so great! Even though it was sold out, it was totally comfortable in there, plenty of good spots. The first few songs of In Solitude's set sounded a bit murky, and I was having trouble getting into it. But I was hanging in the back waiting to get a ticket to a friend who arrived late. Once I got a good spot in the middle of the room it was much better, and I got to enjoy the twin guitar action. Then we moved up to three guitars with Devil's Blood! F (the singer) was truly spooky. In between songs she'd just stay inert like a statue with her eyes rolled back into her head. They played most of my favorites with the catchiest melodies, and near the end had two extended jams. It was pretty hypnotic, and I didn't get bored with the solos at all, as there's all sorts of twists and subtle references to the likes of Wishbone Ash and all sorts of obscure 70s European prog and folk I've probably never heard. Would live a peek at their record collections. I couldn't stay for Behemoth, as I had to get up at 6 for a race this morning, so it's just as well Watain couldn't make it.
― Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
now listening to the new Jeff Loomis - first track is fucking knuckles-down thrash tempo! and then he starts soloing...this dude's tone, fucking A. He slays. So stoked for this record. Probably going to see him live on Wednesday, fuck yes
― same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 16 April 2012 17:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
Thantifaxath/Aesahaettr/Eggs of Gomorrh coming to my town next week, US ilxors, is this worth seeing?
― Siegbran, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 08:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
I got into a flamewar with a friend of James Murphy on Murphy's Facebook page about the Violence Against Women Act. It turns out that Murphy leans Democrat but I find this atypical of most American metalheads. Why oh why are metalheads so conservative politically, relative to others in their age group and interests? I never understood this.
Can one of you guys who writes for Decibel kindly write an amazing story that addresses this phenomenon?
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
I feel like you could armchair analyze the phenomenon pretty easily. It might only bear a passing resemblance to the 'truth,' tho.
― Mordy, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
Huh. All the metalheads I knew growing up and know now are left-leaning. Or at least socially liberal and fiscally conservative. One calls himself a "liberaltarian".
― EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
There is not a shortage of libby metalheads, to be sure, but I (possibly because I am biased) have been shocked at the sizable number who are not.
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, all the metal dudes I know are firmly on the left. Of course, I live in Los Angeles, so might have more to do with that.
Are those real bands, Siegbran, or did you just smash your fingers on the keyboard to make weird band names to make fun of us?
― NWOBHamster (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
I love that bands are not just making logos that are unreadable but have extended it to the names themselves.
― EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
THOSE ARE REAL BANDS
― NWOBHamster (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink
There's likely a good number of metal dudes who model their politics after the Nuge:
― Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
Really? American metalheads are so right-wing that even the liberal ones are economic conservatives? The metal/hardcore guys I knew growing up were like left-anarchist. Except for the ones who were just apathetic stoners, I guess.
― EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
I guess maybe I'm thinking more of guys who were into Neurosis and Union of Uranus than guys who were into Fear Factory and Cannibal Corpse.
― EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
i wonder what guys who listen to black label society and pantera are into. Here in the UK id be surprised if they were right wing tbh.
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
You need some new whipping horse bands. Have you considered Five Finger Death Punch?
― NWOBHamster (J3ff T.), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think there are more right-wing metal fans than left-leaning boohoos like yours truly.
― A. Begrand, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 07:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
I would think most are apolitical? to me this makes sense since the majority of metal lyrics don't tackle political issues and stick to fantasy and escapism.
most metalheads I know lean left fwiw.
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
Siegbran I don't know those bands & was gonna say something snarky about the New Wave of North American Black Metal (which I'd generally advise you to ignore) but a quick check reveals Thantifaxath is on Dark Descent - that's a good label - they put out Goreaphobia, who're just reliably great, and Father Befouled, who were pretty enjoyable HHB-friendly BM, and Grave Ritual, who aren't breaking down any doors but have an ear for atmosphere & some chops too. Thantifaxath does however have only 1 release, a tape, to their name...I have mixed feelings about new bm bands making tapes.
Eggs of Gomorrh look like decent enough warlike bm
― same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
Another 15 new metal albums reviewed, rounded up, and ordered (including only a handful that stretch the definition -- two of which were reviewed by other people):
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
I refuse to listen to any band with the word egg in their band name.. lol
― SeanWayne, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
UGH JEFF LOOMIS IS SHREDDING SO HAAAAAAAARD ON THIS NEW RECORD BUT MRS A IS SICK I MAY HAVE TO STAY HOME AND PLAY NURSE INSTEAD OF SEEING HIM TONIGHT but that's the breaks but anyway yeah this record kills
― same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anyone hear the new UFOMAMMUT yet?
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
Have y'all seen the Gojira album cover? I think it's gonna look excellent on a T-shirt.
― 誤訳侮辱, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
I like Gojira but not that cover.
The UFOmammut is good. I think it's still streaming at Roadburn website if you want to hear it.
― EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah thats actually one of my least favorite Gojira covers, looks like some second tier indie band cover.
― heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
I kinda dig it. There was an earlier cover design I liked a lot more, but this one's pretty good. Besides, it's not like we had veto power - it was designed by Mario Duplantier, the drummer.
― 誤訳侮辱, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'd say the Ufomammut is more than just good!
I stumbled on this - sales info on metal albums:http://www.metalinsider.net/metal-by-numbers
Notable debuts: first week sales after album debuts
Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope) #2, 187,500 soldShinedown, Amaryllis (Atlantic) #4, 105,770 soldThe Used, Vulnerable (Hopeless) #8, 31,520 soldHalestorm, The Strange Case Of… (Atlantic) #15, 23,840 soldThe Mars Volta, Noctourniquet (Warner Bros.) #14, 20,900 soldMeshuggah, Koloss (Nuclear Blast) #16, 18,340 soldEvery Time I Die, Ex-Lives (Epitaph) #20, 14,020 soldDemon Hunter, True Defiance (Solid State) #34, 12,500 soldCannibal Corpse, Torture (Metal Blade) #38, 9,600 soldVeil Of Maya, Eclipse (Sumerian) #62, 7,750 soldHigh On Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne) #61, 7,400 soldEmmure, Slave to the Game (Victory) #59, 7,040 soldOverkill, The Electric Age (eOne) #73, 6,500 soldMark Lanegan Band, Blues Funeral (4AD) #89, 5,740 soldAccept, Stalingrad (Nuclear Blast) #76, 5,383 soldJob for a Cowboy, Demonocracy (Metal Blade) #80, 4,880 soldEluveitie, Helvetios (Nuclear Blast) #109, 4,240 soldCorrosion Of Conformity, Corrosion Of Conformity (Candlelight) #120, 3,840 soldGoatwhore, Blood for the Master (Metal Blade) #171, 3,110 soldMinistry, Relapse (13th Planet/AFM) #154, 3,020 soldThe Pretty Reckless, Hit Me Like A Man EP (Interscope) #150, 2,900 soldJeff Loomis, Plains of Oblivion (Century Media) #139, 2,880 soldMunicipal Waste, The Fatal Feast (Nuclear Blast) #152, 2,680 soldd3 Inches of Blood, Long Live Heavy Metal (Century Media) #198, 2,360 soldNapalm Death, Utilitarian (Century Media) 2,180 soldPelican, Ataraxia/Taraxis (Southern Lord) 1,280 soldOrange Goblin, A Eulogy for the Damned (Candlelight) 990 soldEarth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (Southern Lord) 920 soldBlack Breath, Sentenced to Life (Southern Lord) 700 soldUnsane, Wreck (Alternative Tentacle) 620 soldAngel Witch, As Above So Below (Metal Blade) 530 soldDeath, Vivus! (Relapse) 520 soldChristian Mistress, Possession (Relapse) 520 soldNaglfar, Teras (Century Media) 450 soldTerrorizer, Hordes of Zombies (Season of Mist) 380 sold
Ghost, Opus Eponymous (Rise Above) 400 soldQuite possibly the biggest surprise of the week is seeing Ghost’s over a year old debut album experiencing an impressive 59% increase in sales. While the mysterious Swedish doom group have just been added to the Orion Music & More lineup, this sudden jump in sales is most likely due to their current opening stint on Mastodon and Opeth’s tour.
I guess Christian Mistress isn't exactly taking over the world yet.
― Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
caught the Loomis show. got there a little late. probably the best guitar playing I've seen outside of the classical world. fucking nuts and awesome. go see him if he comes to your town. it's a short set, he's on a package tour but fuckin A he is tremendous.
― same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 19 April 2012 02:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
wouldn't surprise me that the Heritage Hunter is really helping Ghost out, i was impressed by how people got there early to see them and they converted a lot of skeptics around where i was standing.
but sadface at "400 sold". i mean, 2012 music industry and all, but goddamn thats a tiny number.
― heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 19 April 2012 02:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
G4y witch abortion/wizard rifle/nightosaur show tonight! Should be awesome
― Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 April 2012 03:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
― EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 April 2012 03:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
cant remember who it was that pimped wizard rifle in the past (i think nate maybe) but let me just say HOLY SHIT.
super nice dudes too. great great show.
― Badu and a sax run hand-in-hand (jjjusten), Thursday, 19 April 2012 06:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anybody planning on seeing Negura Bunget? Their US tour kicks off tomorrow, and I can't go (show's in Brooklyn) but I really want a T-shirt. If someone's gonna be there (or at any of the dates) and can help me out, let me know.
― 誤訳侮辱, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
Thinking of going to see Crowbar/Prong/Witchburn tomorrow at Cobra Lounge. A friend knows Witchburn, who I'm especially interested in, as I've been greatly expanding my Metal Sirens piece (update should be done this weekend, including Mares Of Thrace, Undersmile, Ides Of Gemini, Alunah, Worm Ouroboros, Shroud Eater & Dark Castle). I'm also enjoying the new ones by Royal Thunder, Castle and Witch Mountain immensely. Witchburn will be following up This Is How We Slay Our Demons (2010) with another Jack Endino produced album this summer. There's so much many good bands with female leads these days!
― Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, I was just commenting to my buddy last night that this has been a really great year for female fronted metal, but ironically very little of the great stuff has been what I would define as "girly metal."
― NWOBHamster (J3ff T.), Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
was thinking of catching it but got sick, sorry. :-/
still curious... anybody know if they're good live? only one original member remaining, right?
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 20 April 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
I reviewed the new Pelican here: http://thumped.com/music-reviews/pelican-ataraxia-taraxis.html
― wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Friday, 20 April 2012 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink
Free download of the new album by awesome death metal act Dreaming Dead, today only. You have to give them your e-mail, but I'm sure you guys have junk folders.
― NWOBHamster (J3ff T.), Friday, 20 April 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
I am indeed Wizard Rifle's pimp. They're hitting the full US now. Catch them if you can.
― Nate Carson, Saturday, 21 April 2012 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
I enjoyed the hell out of Devil's Blood on the Decibel tour last night. In Solitude were kids having fun, but terrible sound. Devil's Blood really brought it. I'm sure Watain was good too but I had somewhere to be...
― Nate Carson, Monday, 23 April 2012 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
I heard the upcoming debut from Jess and the Ancient Ones, a Finnish band with some similarities to The Devil's Blood. I think I might like it even more than The Thousandfold Epicentre. They're included in my piece here - http://www.fastnbulbous.com/metal-sirens.htm, but I there aren't any links to stream via Bandcamp or Soundcloud yet. Hopefully they'll correct that soon. Writers who want to hear it can contact Tomi at Svartrecords.com. That makes seven new releases of heavy bands with female lead vocalists coming out in the next six weeks, and most of them are mindblowingly great!
By sheer chance, I learned last minute that another band that would fit my piece, Witchburn, were opening for Prong and Crowbar Friday night. A friend from work who went to hs with the drummer told me about it, and since it was sold out, got me on the list. I was so impressed, and bought the CD (This Is How We Slay Our Demons... (2010) and a t-shirt. The album was produced by Jack Endino, and they're heading to the studio next month to start on their next one with Endino. Also coming out later this summer is English band Alunah's second album, White Hoarhound, Purson's debut on Rise Above, and hopefully Spiders.
― Fastnbulbous, Monday, 23 April 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
Saw Huntress and DragonForce last night. (Didn't see the middle band on the bill, Holy Grail, as I was in DragonForce's dressing room talking to them and their manager.) DragonForce are really good live - the new frontman, Marc Hudson, is about 6'5" and blond - he kinda looks (and carries himself) like a young, guileless Sebastian Bach. I mean that in a good way. He's totally excited about being up there, has already learned how to duck out of the way when the other members come forward for their solos or line up for guitar choreography (including the bassist and the keyboardist, who wields his keytar like a broadsword). They're playing four or five songs from the new album live, which considering that the new songs are on average two and a half minutes shorter than songs from previous albums, helps keep the set going that much faster than previous tours. Seriously, if they come through your town, check 'em out.
Huntress were pretty good, too. The band's instrumentalists dress in denim vests and jeans and with their long hair and beards they kinda looked like Valient Thorr, but they have approximately .0001% of Valient Thorr's showmanship and stage presence - they mostly stand in one spot, occasionally pointing a pointy guitar at the ceiling. Jill Janus is an excellent singer, but not much of a frontwoman - she wears more clothes on stage than she does in the band's promo photos, sporting a spandex catsuit rather than a tiny bathing suit on this particular occasion (and since she shouted out her younger sister in the audience, I was actually kinda glad about that, for her sake). But her voice is really solid. I recommend getting there early to hear them, if not necessarily to see them.
Funny thing about that show: It was all-ages, so when Janus came out to the Huntress merch table after their set, she was immediately besieged by, and spent close to half an hour taking pictures with, a small army of 16-year-old boys.
― 誤訳侮辱, Monday, 23 April 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hellbeard played with Behold! the Monolith on Saturday night in Reno, Nevada.. I talked to the bass player/singer for a minute, seemed like a cool guy. He invited us to L.A. whenever we get the notion to go down there, and he said they hook us up.. The rabid fans of about 25-30 that peppered Jub-Jub's thirst Parlor on this Day of the Loud Fest coaxed them into an encore, for which they granted.. Good, solid set of fist pounding metal in the HoF vein from those guys... And the 'Beard didn't play too bad either if anyone is asking..lol! especially for being 8 months since our last show...
― SeanWayne, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 03:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
Behold! The Monolith seem like really good people. And their album impressed me. Looking forward to seeing them live one day. Seems like they have aspirations to tour a fair amount.
― Nate Carson, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
what you say seems true, Nate.. Just booked Hellbeard to open up for them here in Oakland in June..
― SeanWayne, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
Twitter is buzzing about Roadrunner firing a lot of people...
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, Roadrunner UK has been shut down, and rumours are rampant that the same goes for Roadrunner Europe too.
― A. Begrand, Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
Soon only Blabbermouth remains...
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink