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Song of the Week: The Seer – Abhorrence


This song is the from debut full-length album, Prologue, by a brain-blasting Australian prog death metal band from New South Wales. They released an EP with the same title in 2011. The four members of The Seer – Ryan Huthnance (vocals and guitar), Allan Swaffield (bass), Mark Van Tongeren (drums) and Daniel McInnes (guitar) – have put together a fine selection of highly melodious songs here.

No faffing around. Australians don’t usually go for that, they get down to the business at hand the way their cricket team does most of the time. If you know cricket… er, metal… no, dammit, cricket… this song will either clean bowl you or hit you for six.

 

Song Of The Week: Vangough – Separation


“And I’ll burn this flesh you made
But it’s just so hard to say
Digging deeper to the core

Come feel what I feel tonight
Where lost souls hide from the light
Hear the silence of my pain
Alone my heart grows dim

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Song of the Week: Arakain – Tisíckrát


It must be difficult to stay with your roots and sound modern at the same time when you’ve been making music for 32 years. One band that seems to achieve this effortlessly is Arakain, not hugely known outside their homeland of the Czech Republic although they’re recorded no fewer than 16 albums. They began as a heavy metal/thrash band in Prague. Their newest album, Adrenalinum, combines power metal and thrash in a set of songs which are overflowing with melody, great riffs, high-speed and creative drumming, as well as nice touches of modern metal. This should appeal to prog metal fans as well as the power, heavy and thrash lovers.

Song Of The Week: Wings Denied – In Search Of Sunrise


A new kick-ass single from prog metallers Wings Denied! Available for free at their Bandcamp page. I will certainly be keeping an eye and two ears out for their debut album coming out later this year!

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Song of the Week: Devil You Know – Shut It Down


Metalcore fans will have to wait until 25 April for the scheduled release of The Beauty of Destruction, the much-anticipated debut album by Devil You Know, a new metalcore supergroup . This song, “Shut It Down”, is a demo track recorded some months ago. So far it’s all we’ve heard from the new album.

Devil You Know brings together three huge names - Howard Jones, vocalist from Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed; Francesco Artusato, guitarist from All Shall Perish and The Francesco Artusato Project; and John Sankey, drummer from Devolved, Fear Factory and Divine Heresy. The line-up is completed by bassist Ryan Wombacher, from Bleeding Through, and guitarist Roy Lev-Ari.

With credentials like that, Devil You Know should produce something grand. The demo track certainly indicates as much.

 

Song Of The Week: Centiment – Bloodshot


Release the booze hounds

I like to drink mother fucker, yeah it’s my favourite thing to do. 
And when I wake up hungover the cabinet is the first place that I go to. 
People all around me bitching, they say that I have a problem. 
I order me a double & another so fuck them. 

They used to say that I was a party animal but now they say that I am a drunk. 
Alcohol consuming alcohol until it becomes its own cannibal. 

My kinda fun well it isn’t too healthy but I always like to have too much fun. 
Growing old it seems kinda hairy & hairy it kinda scares me. 
Bloodshot eyes they will not disguise. 

Take my money mother fucker. 
Just take my money you wanker. 
Take it, take it all. 
And I will make you rich. 

They used to say “That kid yeah he’ll go a long way.” 
But now they say that I have washed it all away. 
(What a cost to pay.) 

I’ll hide my pain away from you. 
I’ll keep it a secret if you force me to. 
What you all call a disease, I choose to call necessity. 
Please drink responsibly they say, sure thing, consistently every day. 
Recommended daily allowance. 
Pretending & failing compliance. 

Blacking out in a strange place. 
Waking in doubt, another shamed waste. 
Déjà vu. 
Alcoholic animosity. 
I hate you. 
Savage chronic constant curiosity. 

I don’t know who I am anymore. 
What have I become? 
What have I done? 

Cut it out.

Song of the Week – Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer


It seems like a lot of people are talking about the new Behemoth album.  No, there ARE a lot of people talking about the new Behemoth album released this week called, The Satanist.  I don’t think I need to go much in-depth on what the album has in store for new listeners…it’s probably laced with (insert Church Lady voice) Saaaatan!  Personally, I am behind the power curve on this band, but this Song of the Week has me intrigued to say the least.  It think this is going to be very high on my list of albums to buy soon.  Never mind, it’s downloading right now.  What can I say, I’m easy.  Enjoy the lyric video for Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.  I threw in Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel as an added bonus if you are not convinced after one song.

Song of the Week: Al Namrood – A Aj Al Safeeh


I love Middle Eastern and Oriental metal. Sometimes it draws entirely from traditional music and sets it metal. At other times it takes Western metal and transforms it by adding traditional instruments and snatches of ancient melodies. Al Namrood does the latter. The band has just released its fourth full-length studio album, Heen Yadhar Al Ghasq, which has been issued as “Arabian folk black metal.” It’s unlike much of the black metal that some of you folks will have heard. It’s fascinating, even if I have no idea what the words mean! I do know that Al Namrood is a mythical god-type being who is very unpleasant.

Song Of The Week: Nerve End – Thrive


I didn’t have to think twice about what song to pick for this week; Nerve End‘s two EP’s have been played almost obsessively every day in my house the past two weeks, and ‘Thrive’ is one of my favourite songs from them. After you press play, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. They are an unsigned four piece metal band from Finland and play energetic progressive/alternative metal with some of the catchiest, greatest melodies I’ve ever heard. Combined with excellent songwriting, interesting arrangements and a vocalist in possession of a very sexy voice, this is a band to look out for. I can’t wait to get my hands on a full length album from these guys!

Song(s) of the Week: Metallica in Lights


Whatever your faith and however deep it may be, we hope all of you have a wonderful, peaceful day full of love and cool music. For Christmas we have a medley of songs set to a video by Slayerbob, an American sound and lighting engineer who sets up displays like this all over the place. That must be a fun job!

This is music with a video but it couldn’t be Video of the Week on Friday because Friday won’t be Christmas Day and our videos usually feature the bands themselves in person, not just the electricity. So, enjoy the light show set to some classic Metallica. We suspect most of you will be listening to music something like this today while other people are singing “Deck The Halls,” etc.