Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

a0250331809_5Halloween is now officially 20 days away and I am super excited for what the month has already brought for me and what it has in store. We are continuing on in our tradition of covering bands who dabble in the macabre for our album of the week post and we have a good one for this week. One of the most bad ass underground American Death Metal bands comes all the way from San Jose, California and they are sometimes referred to as a goregrind and even deathgrind band in none other than Exhumed. The band has been dabbling in the art of horror in their lyrics since their first album in 1998 (Gore Metal) and that is why we chose to cover them for this week. The album that we are looking at is the band’s third studio record in Anatomy Is Destiny which is a famous quote that was coined by Sigmund Freud. The album featured Matt Harvey (Guitar/Vocals), Bud Burke (Bass), Sakara Birdong (Add. Vocals), and it was the last record to feature Mike Beams (Guitar) and Col Jones (Drums). I don’t have exact figures as to how many copies of the album the band sold or if this album charted, but it is considered to be their critically acclaimed record.

exhumed 21.Anatomy Is Destiny– This is an intro track that fades in with some guitars and some sound effects. 4/5

2. Waxwork– The band comes blasting in with those blast beats on the drums and the razor fast melt your face off guitar riffs about a mad man who is turning humans into wax figures at his museum. 5/5

3. The Matter of Splatter– The next track on the record that starts with Harvey and a major scream from him that sets the tone for the rest of the track in which a man is lingering on the edge of a killing spree. 4.5/5

4. Under The Knife-Much more of a metal track that leans on Thrash rather than a death metal track even though it does contain elements of it. The track is all about the chance you take when you’re in surgery. 4/5

5. Consuming Impulse– The intensity of the last track keeps going in this one whose lyrics are pretty intense as our narrator threatens to feed his victim with the said person’s own body. 4.5/5

6. Grotesqueries– a hammering intro starts the track before the thrash like riffs take over in this song about how band humanity really is. The whole world is a Grotesquery if you think about, just look at supermarkets. 4/5

exhumed7. In The Name Of Gore– Not lifting the foot off your throat, the band charges on in this track that celebrates everything awesome about gore. The track features a great guitar solo in the last half of the song. 4/5

8. Arclight– My favorite part of this track is around the 1:28 mark where the band goes from 1000MPH to slowing it down with an intense Thrash riff and an epic guitar solo that would make Exodus proud. 5/5

9. Nativity Obscene (A Nursery Chyme)– a track that seems to be about stillborn children (they die in the womb). 4/5

10. Death Walks Behind You– a track that is all about a man who decides that he is death and he wants to carry out his work. 4/5

11. A Song For The Dead– A very cool track that is a punishing metal track, but a very cool tribute to those who have passed only the way Exhumed knows how to do. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is the first time that I listened to an album from Exhumed and I have to say that I don’t regret listening to a single second of it. This is a lesson in just how brutal and beautiful death metal can be. One thing that I will say about this is the lyrical sense of the band is on point, just read the lyrics for yourself if you don’t believe me. I am giving the album 4 stars out of five for a final grade.

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war of the covers possessedThis week we have a history lesson of sorts for all of you out there, but before we do that we have to inform you of the results of last weeks War Of The Covers. In a match to decide who covered Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name better, you all overwhelmingly decided that Machine Head’s version was better than Cradle Of Filth’s. As I said before we have a history lesson for all of you modern death metal fans out there that need to learn the history of your genre. Back in 1985, the first album to be considered the first death metal record was released and it was by Bay Area Death Metallers Possessed with the highly influential Seven Churches album. In the same vein as Venom had done with naming an album Black Metal, Possessed did the same thing with a track called Death Metal, but that is not the song we are focusing on. The albums opener The Exorcist which was based off of the film and even featured producer Randy Burns performing Tubular Bells which is performed the same way as it was in the film The Exorcist. The song and album were so influential that in 1993, Cannibal Corpse recorded a cover of the song for their Hammer Smashed Face EP. In 2008, with the newly reunited Cavalera Brothers (Igor & Max) forming Cavalera Conspiracy, they recorded a cover of the track as a bonus track for their debut album Inflikted. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered the song better and you have until the next War Of The Covers to do so.

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war of the covers war machineLast week, we had a battle between Hatebreed and Gojira as to who covered Metallica’s Ride The Lightning track Escape better. You voted, the results are in, and the winner of that battle is Hatebreed by two votes which means it was a closer match than the first one. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you as we feature two titans of their respective metal sub-genres covering one common track between them. In one corner, we have Floridian death metal act Six Feet Under who have been destroying everyone in their paths since 1993 when they signed with Metal Blade Records. In the other corner is their label mates who come from across the ocean from deep in the heart of Europe in Swedish melodic death metal (often credited as Viking Metal) band Amon Amarth. What could be the common thread between the two of them besides the fact that they are on the same label and almost the same genre? Well, if you are observant, then you would see that it is the fact that they both covered War Machine, a cool track from Kiss’s tenth studio album Creatures Of The Night. It’s not surprising that they covered a Kiss track as Kiss had influenced a lot of different metal bands, but who did the song better? Six Feet Under covered the track on their third album, 1999’s Maximum Violence while Amon Amarth had it as a bonus track to their eighth studio album Surtur Rising. Unfortunately, only one of them can win and you are going to decide who by voting. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide. So, vote wisely and carefully!

2017 finalsIt is that moment that you all have been waiting for, the Pedal To The Metal finals is finally here and a lot of people are butt hurt over this tournament still. While I have been enjoying the tournament, I hope all of you whiners out there have your cheese and wine because the two bands that are in the finals are here for a reason and that is because there fanbase has gotten them to this very point. I mean you can not argue with Queensrÿche and the fact that they defeated Megadeth by a 1000 votes. It’s what this tournament has been all about from day one is for the fanbases to vote for their favorite bands. It has always been that way ever since the tournament started and I’ve seen the upsets like Savatage over Judas Priest some years ago or even this year with Accept over Iron Maiden which still has metal fans butt hurt over that. Two years ago or so, Death Angel bounced Metallica out of the tournament and no one had a problem with it then, but that is because that is the beauty of this tournament or any tournament you see on Metalinjection.net or even Loudwire where they have fans vote. Again without the bands sharing this or the various fan forums, there is no tournament. Who is Queensrÿche facing in the finals, well they are facing Viking Metal titans Amon Amarth, a band that has battled back many times in the tournament and they did that against Lamb Of God, who for a while looked like they were moving on, but Amon Amarth’s fans voted them back into the finals when it counted. So, there it is, Amon Amarth vs Queensrÿche for the title of Pedal To The Metal champion, you have until April 5TH at 6AM ET to vote for the pedal to the metal champion so just have fun and vote.

2017 final fourIt is here, the moment you have all been waiting for when we separate the men from the boys. Two bands are one step closer to realizing their goal of winning the pedal to the metal championship which has seen the likes of Motley Crue, Judas Priest (2013 & 2014), Kreator, and Destruction (defeated Iron Maiden to win championship) all win the pedal to the metal championship. I was wondering heading into this tournament if we would finally see someone other than Judas Priest go back to back, but after three rounds of fan voting, we are going to once again have a brand new champion. In fact, all four bands in the final four have never been this far in the tournament which makes it even more exciting and this is also the first time in three years that not a single member of the Big Teutonic Four are in the final four. For Lamb Of God and Amon Amarth, this is the first time these two bands have been in the tournament so it’s a win no matter the result for both these bands. For tournament veterans Queensryche and Megadeth, this is a chance for both bands to finally win the championship that has been alluding them both since 2011 when the tournament started. You have until March 28 at 11PM ET to vote for who you want to see in the finals. I want to remind people that without the bands sharing the tournament, there is no tournament. This is a fan base vs fan base tournament so vote for the band you love and show your unity. If you forget how it works then follow this link.

2017 final fourI am hoping that at this point in the game that you understand how the tournament works and that you stop crying about Iron Maiden not being in the tournament anymore. We have an interesting scenario this year and one is that this is the first year that Iron Maiden is not in the final four and that there will completely be a new champion when it is all said and done. This tournament has always been about one fan base versus another and if a band does not share the tournament on their Facebook page, then I cannot be held responsible for them not winning. I am not Loudwire or Metalinjection.net, I don’t have their kind of pull. I am just a guy who loves metal and tries his best to promote it when he can. Anyways, one fan base that showed up to the tournament for sure was Queensryche’s fan base as they without a doubt sent their band through to the final four by 753 votes. Megadeth’s fan base also came to bat as they destroyed Testament by 728 votes setting up a match with Queensryche. The next match featured two newcomers with something to prove as Lamb Of God took on Trivium. The match was close for the most part, but in the end Lamb Of God distanced themselves winning by 316 votes.

Pedal Is WorldwideOur last match of the Elite 8 round was the most interesting one because it was so darn close right up until the end. Tournament newcomer, Amon Amarth took on 2015 champion (who defeated Iron Maiden to win the championship) Kreator in our last match of the elite 8 round. These two bands were separated by a couple of votes for almost the whole entire round. It was quite an amazing site to see, but in the end Amon Amarth pulled off the win by only seven votes (710-703). I will be setting up the matches real soon so stay tuned. I also wanted to express how excited I was at the turn out for the tournament and where you guys are coming from because we have reached nations like Singapore, Mexico, Netherlands, Finland, Argentina, Bulgaria, Thailand, Israel, Peru, Lithuania, Taiwan, Cayman Islands, Faroe Islands, Vietnam, Macedonia, and an island named Jersey just to name a few. There were way too many nations to list, but to me that is exciting and that is what this is all about. I just hope that we can get more and more countries involved in this tournament and that Iron Maiden fans stop being so salty over this.

2017-headerWe can never have a tournament without a little controversy and in reality there is no real controversy. The tournament has always been about a fan base of one band versus the fan base of another. So, if your band was eliminated two rounds ago then sorry for that, but a lot of my favorite bands have been eliminated too. Anyways, we are here to celebrate the fact that if you made it this far it’s because your fan base kicks ass and you belong here. We have some exciting matches for all of you like Queensryche taking on Judas Priest or Amon Amarth taking on German Thrash legends Kreator. We also have Lamb Of God taking on Trivium and Testament taking on Megadeth in a super match for the Thrash division finals. After this, it only gets harder to choose a winner and that will ring especially true in the Dio division finals where Queensryche has to dethrone former two time champion Judas Priest. Does Testament have what it takes to dethrone Megadeth who have been riding the rollercoaster of success lately with a Grammy win and all? All of these questions will be answered as soon as YOU THE FANS VOTE! You have until March 24TH to vote for who you want to see make the final four, so as always choose wisely!

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