The Black Dahlia Murder is a band I’ve been following for quite a while after being invited to tag along to a concert of theirs back in the early 2000s. With each release the band consistently becomes stronger and more dynamic while never giving up that extreme edge that makes their earlier releases so kick ass. Their new single “Into the Everblack” looks to show that TBDM look to be embracing their death metal end fully with those kick ass guitar solos and leads still playing a major part of their style. I totally dig how vocalist Trevor Strand’s voice sounds to be becoming more refined with each release as he now sounds like a general of a hellspawn army. Great stuff. Hit play and get your headbang on! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Everblack is out on June 11, 2013 through Metal Blade Records. Buy it up!
Shade Empire is a band that I just recently discovered. They are from Finland and play symphonic black metal mixed with industrial/melodic death-influences. Their new, upcoming album sounds very promising based on the two singles they have released so far and I wanted to share one of them with you today. This song reminds me a bit of Dimmu Borgir’s style of music, although much more varied and dynamic.
The album ‘Omega Arcane’ is planned to be released in May.
Lately a lot of the lighter side of metal has been getting a lot of playtime in my music players. Between the new the Ghost and Clutch albums, my current obsession with Occult Rock, and a hearty Jethro Tull listening streak, ya, I haven’t been the most brutal of metal head. I think it’s time to balance that out with a hefty dose of chaos and aggression. And how about something that hasn’t been spun in a while. While browsing my music library for something to fit the bill I saw Norma Jean sitting there just begging to be played so I popped on Oh God, the Aftermath and remembered just how f’n awesome that album is. Pretty much, the record is pure chaos and raw emotion and the tune “Delemmachine: Coalition Hoax” is one hell of a headbanger. Check it out and enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Here’s a song I can’t get enough of. The passionate and hypnotizing combination of black metal and traditional folk melodies from the Romanian black metal band Negură Bunget is something truly special. I like that all the lyrics are sung in Romanian; it adds so much more depth and feeling to the epic imagery their music creates. This highly textured song flows very naturally and convincingly, which captivates me every time. The sincere music together with the visual effects in the video makes for the perfect entrancing listening experience!
Over on a forum I’m part (join up here)of a game was started where we would pick a person and try to find a song/band that they have never heard and would dig. Turned out to be pretty fun and lots of new music was discovered by all. One person tagged me with the song I chose as The Song of the Week, and boy is it a doozy. Take the funky styling of Dog Fashion Disco and blend it in with some Cannibal Corpse and you will get “Sick Boogie Murder” by Trepalium. I’ve gone on to check out some more stuff by the band and found them to be one hell of a great hidden gem with a really fun and unique take on the groovier side of death metal. Well worth checking out if you dig this tune, which honestly, you should. I mean who couldn’t love a death metal song with full on Louis Armstrong style scat vocals jazzing up the tune! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
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Today’s song of the week was selected at random. The self-titled album from Danzig was the first album I got into from the dark and mysterious one. It was out quite a while before I was exposed to it, but I thought it was pretty cool and different from what I was listening to at the time. I haven’t listened to or followed Danzig for many years. After having a dose of it today, this album held up well over the years. The New Jersey quartet formed in 1987 and today still make music. They have released nine studio albums with their latest release in 2010. Here is your song of the week. Have a great hump day!
Chronicled by Tjaele Ichskald of the Swedish band Istapp:
“In the beginning there was nothing but cold. Worlds beyond worlds were covered in beautifully shimmering ice, draped by a thick layer of darkness as pure in perfection as could be.
Three Winter Gods had been instructed to govern it all and make sure no intruding force was to ever compromise that which meant everything to them. The Gods often times marveled upon the frozen harmony of the worlds without any suspicion that something was about to go terribly wrong. A vague light in a far distance suddenly appeared to the Gods, an alarming disturbance, and they rushed throughout the snow covered realms to investigate the origin from where the uninvited guest hailed from. To their grave indignation, they discovered that what they had spotted were rays of light shot out from an unseen evil star rose on the horizon who had set its sights on a far planet called Earth.
Since falling head over heels for psychedelic/doom retro revival bands like Blood Ceremony, Castle, Ghost, and Jess and the Ancient Ones I started working my way back into the history of the genre branching out my knowledge of pioneering psychedelic and doom bands other than Black Sabbath and Jefferson Airplane. During my ventures I became privy to a band from the late 60s-early 70s that went by the name of Coven. And since one of the big draws to my to the modern band I’ve been digging is that ominous witchcraft sound, a band name like Coven is a sold deal already. While digging around online about the band while rocking out to some of their tunes a few neat fun facts caught my eye.
Before Ronnie James Dio popularized them and John Lennon added another clue to the whole ‘Paul is Dead’ rumor, vocalist of Coven, Jinx Dawson was making regular practice of branding the universal symbol for metal at the beginning and end of all their concerts. The Devil Horns gesture is also featured on the back cover of their debut record (and the album this weeks song is from) Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls and is the first usage of them in association with rock music.
Charlie Manson and crew had mentioned that Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls was a preferred album they would listen to while they performed their ‘black masses’. In reaction to this the band’s label immediately pulled the record from their catalog and to this day the only ways one can get their hands on the album is through the bands personal website or finding it on Spotify (which is how I discovered the band).
While not confirmed, it is said that the band signed their first record contract in blood. They are also credited with being the first band to utter the phrase ‘Hail Satan’ on record. While by today’s standards that may not be too shocking (and imo hilarious, cheesy, and cheeky), think of all the eyebrows it raised and biblethumpers it pissed off. The album also contains a 13 minute track of the recording of an initiation of an acolyte in a black mass. If you want a good laugh give it a listen, the acting is so hammy and the over exaggeration makes me wonder how anyone in their right mind ever took this stuff seriously (I’ll post the Spotify player of the album below so you can check it out).
Anywho, enough with the facts, check out the song “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” (ok, one more quick fun fact, it is false that the worlds most versatile word originated from that phrase and neither ‘Fornication Under Consent of the King’. Its etymology derives from Germanic language origins circa the 15th century, especially the Middle Dutch word ‘fokken’- to thrust; copulate with. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is also the name of a Van Halen album). The tune is groovy as hell and hearing elements of early heavy metal past the Occult imagery can be heard. But above all, it’s just a damn fun and killer tune. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
Here’s the Spotify player containing the album, the track I referenced above is subtlety titled “Satanic Mass”.
‘April’ is the tenth track from the progressive metal band TesseracT’s debut album ‘One’. It’s not only my favourite album, it’s my favourite favourite album of all time, of all space and of all other things. It’s difficult for me to select only one song from it, since I always listen to the whole cd from the beginning to the end, but this track will give you a good example of their groovy, technical style and impressive songwriting skills. What I enjoy the most is the passion and sincerity in their music, their talent has amazed me since the first listen. The loud bass is pounding through my speakers and forms the perfect rhythm section together with the drums, the heavy guitars combined with ambient melodies create a complex, layered sound and the vocal performance is creative, emotional and flawless. What more can you ask for?
Today, Feb. 13, marks the 43rd birthday of quite possibly the most important album in all of metal’s history. To call Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut anything less than pioneering, innovating, genre defining, and all those other adjectives saved for use when describing something of the highest order would be considered a grave crime. If not for Ozzy, Tony, Geezer, and Bill making throughout use of the diminished 5th, dark blues sound, and menacing lyrics, the music that we all love so much today would not be here.
One of my favorite moments of the hallmark album is right on the first song of the record and simply sums up what I thought the first time I heard Sabbath’s debut. After the sounds of a storm rolling in and the dirge bells ringing the dark and oppressive atmosphere of the song takes a turn for evil as Tony Iommi plays what may be the most recognizable intro riffs ever in music. The sheer darkness and evil that exudes those notes is undeniable and then Bill Ward’s drums echo in to add a sacrificial ritual feel and Geezer’s bass calls in the thunder. But the part that really gets me is Ozzy’s first line, which pretty says what we were all thinking. “What is this that stands before me?”
I can only imagine what it was like for people first hearing this back in 1970 and how this new and crazy style of music must have effected them. How it must have terrified them and made them run for safety, lol. Actually, some people did take the evil sound of the music in the wrong direction and label Sabbath as Satanists, when in fact, the song “Black Sabbath” was more a warning against turning to the dark side. Oh, well, that’s people for ya. Anywho, a huge happy birthday to Black Sabbath and one of the best metal songs ever written. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!