Posts Tagged ‘Death Metal’

necrophagiaWhen you look up some of the major influences of Death Metal, some of the bands that pop up are bands like Death, Possessed, and the one and only Necrophagia. Necrophagia was one of those bands that was very influential on the scene, but they had the luck. After releasing their debut album Season Of The Dead, the band essentially disbanded in 1987. It wasn’t until a chance meeting between vocalist and founder Frank “Killjoy” Pucci and Phil Anselmo that Pucci decided to take Phil’s advice to continue making music. In 1998, along with Phil who was going under the name Anton Crowley (Guitars), Wayne Fabra (Drums), and Dustin Havnen (Bass) rounded up the lineup for the band’s second album Holocausto de la Morte. The reason I chose the album for today is because we are celebrating Halloween all month long on the blog and there was no bigger fan of horror than Frank “Killjoy” Pucci who modeled a lot of his lyrical themes around the genre of horror. We are also paying tribute to Killjoy who sadly passed away earlier in the year.

holocausto-de-la-morte-4fd8eb77-06a2-4f01-a397-48e29357502-resize-7501. Bloodfreak– The track starts with some dialogue from a film I can not make out with some really evil sounding music before the true terror comes in this song about a serial killer who is also a necrophile. 4/5

2. Embalmed Yet I Breathe– This punishing track is the story of a zombie who wakes up still inside his grave wondering why and craving flesh. 4.5/5

3. The Cross Burns Black– An interesting track that I believe to be about the apocalypse or end of the world. The track starts off with sounds like demons talking to an ominous drum beat and it does it for a bit before it changes into an all out metal assault. 4/5

4. Deep Inside, I Plant the Devils Seed– These have some pretty interesting lyrics as it’s a track about a demon who impregnates a woman withe the anti-Christ who will bring the end of the world.  4/5

necrophagia vinyl5. Burning Moon Sickness– A real crushing riff to start off the track that I believe is about Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who created lamp shades out of human skin. 4.5/5

6. Cadaverous Screams of My Deceased Lover– A Sabbath like opening kicks off the track that is about a guy who loves his girlfriend or a woman even after death if you get what I am saying. 4.5/5

7. Children of the Vortex-an in your face track that I believe is a tribute to the film Hellraiser. 4/5

8. Hymns of Divine Genocide– An outro track with a pretty interesting message. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I do have to say that Phil is a pretty decent guitar player and that he did well for himself on this album, but I didn’t hear any guitar solos. I think that was what I was waiting to hear the most out of it, but that’s OK cause the music was punishing. My favorite track on the album is Embalmed Yet I Breathe while my least favorite track is Bloodfreak. I don’t have a problem with Killjoy’s vocals on the whole album, but that one song. I am giving the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

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MI0002497429One of my earliest memories of Norweigan Black Metal was through a picture of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo who was wearing a Transylvania Hunger shirt from Darkthrone on a poster that I received from Metal Edge Magazine when that was still a thing. So of course, I became curious about Darkthrone and they instantly became one of my favorite Black Metal bands. The band which was made up of Nocturno Culto (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Zephyrous (Rhythm Guitar), Fenriz (Drums), and Dag Nilsen who played bass for the last time on the band’s 1992 album A Blaze In The Northern Sky which was self produced. The album is considered the first chapter in the band’s Unholy Trinity which also included Under a Funeral Moon and Transilvanian Hunger which are the band’s most popular albums. The album had some controversy surrounding it because it was the first black metal record after originally being a death metal band. The decision caused bassist Nilsen to agree to record his bass parts as a session musician because he was done with the band. The band’s label Peaceville Records also disliked the change and would only release the album of the band agreed to allow them to remix it. The band threatened to have the album released with a different label and then Peaceville succumbed to their threats. The album was voted the 46TH greatest metal album of all time out of 50 by Loudwire.com which is why I am reviewing it.

MI00014803031. Kathaarian Life Code– A 10 minute track to open the record which starts with a very evil and ominous intro with someone saying something before the band kicks in with some face melting riffs. I’m not 100% positive on the lyrics, but it seems to be about the creation of what was good and evil. 4.5/5

2. In the Shadow of the Horns– A bad ass metal track with poor production sound in a seven minute track is what we have here in this track that touches upon Ancient Egypt and other evil topics. 5/5

3. Paragon Belial-an interesting track lyrically which explores a man that comes face to face with a being that tells him that what the Christians had been telling him is wrong and to create his own “devil”. 4.5/5

a-blaze-in-the-northern-sky-500cf616bfd494. Where Cold Winds Blow– another track that just sonically rips your face off as they sing about the one and only evil one. The track features some pretty sick guitar solos. 4.5/5

5. A Blaze In The Northern Sky– The title track hits you right from the start as it doesn’t let up in this interesting story of how they lived a thousand years as pagans before Christianity came storming in looking to erase their history. 5/5

6. The Pagan Winter– I feel like this track just is a continuation of the same story as the last track, but in a sense of how terrible the time was when it happened. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a line in the last track and I swear that is how Phil Anselmo named his side project Superjoint Ritual. Anyways, this was a ballsy album for the band and it paid off for them in the long run as it’s a highly recommended black metal album and number 46 on Loudwire’s list. My favorite tracks on the album was definitely the title track and In The Shadow Of The Horns while my least favorite track was The Pagan Winter. I am going to give the album 4.58 stars out of five for a final grade.

I-Loved-You-At-Your-Darkest2018 has been a weird year because it’s been a year where we are seeing many things we love in the music industry come to an end. Slayer is calling it quits after 35 years in the business, The Warped Tour is coming to end this year, and Ozzy Osbourne is starting his retirement tour this year as well. A very interesting question was raised the other day with all of these bands calling it quits who will rise to be the next headliners? I believe that I have the answer and one of them is certainly Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth. After touring successfully on 2014’s The Satanist and taking some time off, the band is back with a vengeance in the form of a new album and single for all of us to enjoy. On October 5TH, Behemoth will be releasing their 11TH studio album in I Loved You At Your Darkest and to help celebrate the big news the band has unleashed a new single and a video for it. The name of the track is God = Dog and the music is bold as Behemoth flex their musical muscles at first before launching into an all out metal assault. The music video itself is very bold and if you are religious in any way shape or form then you may not want to view this as Nergal reenacts the crucifixion of Christ. The video itself is visually stunning, but it’s a very bold move against Christianity with all of the imagery that appears. The track is bad ass and it’s an example of what is to come. If you want to pre-order the album, you can do so here. Check out the video below:

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS CHAMPIONThe dust has finally cleared and we have a clear cut winner by a mile and there is nothing controversial about the win. BABYMETAL won the match fair and square with the power of their fan base. I’ve seen this happen over the years during the Pedal To The Metal Tournaments when the fan bases of Kreator, Destruction, and Queensryche all led them to be winners. I post a link of the tournament to every single band’s page giving everyone a equal shot at winning and they did just that beating Behemoth 334 to 80. I gave everyone three options on how to vote and the fan base killed it and showed up in style for sure. It was definitely one heck of a win for the Japanese Kawaii Metal band, but that wasn’t the only match you could vote on. We also had the third place match that saw the final four runner ups Moonspell take on Morbid Angel. Moonspell jumped out to an early lead and believe me they never looked back earning them a third place finish. It’s sad that this is over for now and it won’t be until 2022 until we do another one, but we have the Euros coming up in two years so we’ll see you there. Once again, Congratulations to BABYMETAL!

BABYMETAL CHAMPIONS

BOX SCORE BABY VS BEHEMOTHBOX SCORE MOON VS MORBID

pedalcup trophyThat is right metal heads, the finals of the first ever Pedal Cup (the World Cup of Metal) is here and this is the moment you have been voting for. You the fans, took two bands in Behemoth (Poland) and BABYMETAL (Japan) and you voted them all the way to the finals and it was quite the run for both bands. Unfortunately, only one of them will walk away from the tournament as the first ever Pedal Cup champion. We also have the third place match which is traditionally played in the FIFA World Cup and we are going to keep that tradition as Portugals’ Moonspell take son US Death Metal legends Morbid Angel for the right to Bronze. Today, we are also revealing the Pedal Cup trophy which we dedicated and designed some specifics of it to honor the legacy of one of music and Metal’s greatest inspirations in the late Motorhead Frontman/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. There is a Spade from the Ace Of Spades on the top of the trophy along with a coin of Lemmy on the bottom and the Pedal To The Metal logo beneath that. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog. You have 24 Hours to decide who is the first ever Pedal Cup Champion and the third place band. Good luck!!!!

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 FINALS

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nHere is the moment you have all been waiting for, it is the semifinals of the Pedal Cup in case you didn’t know is the World Cup of Metal. You guys came to play in the knockout stage, once again in the quarterfinals, and I want to thank every single one of you guys for that because without you none of this is possible. Now we have some interesting matches moving forward as the final four was set last night. We have Moonspell (Portugal), BABYMETAL (Japan), Morbid Angel (USA), and Behemoth (Poland) all eyeing to be the world champions of Metal. Moonspell has done pretty well for themselves as they easily defeated Egypt’s Crescent before holding the edge against Dimmu Borgir in the Quarterfinals. Now, they are tasked with trying to defeat the band who has recorded the most amount of votes in the tourney in Japan’s BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL scored a record amount of votes in their first match against Belgium’s Leng Tch’e (44 votes total) before surviving one heck of a match against Brazil’s own Sepultura (34 votes combined). The other match features two powerhouses of their respective subgenres. In one corner, you have Death Metal legends Morbid Angel who is the only band to record two straight shut out wins going against Blackened Death Metal act Behemoth who took care of business against Cradle Of Filth and Arch Enemy. It’s anyone’s ball game, but remember you guys have 24 HRS to vote, so vote for the bands you love and have some fun with it. As always, there are three ways to vote with one being on the Facebook page, the other on Twitter, and the last way to vote right here on this blog.

Pedal Cup Bracket 2 SEMIFINALS

 

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nI just wanted to take the time once again to thank everyone who has gotten involved in the voting process because without you this is not possible. The Pedal Cup which is our metal version of the World Cup has had some surprising results since the first round and the quarterfinals went without a hitch. As usual, we gave you three ways to cast a vote in the tourney with one being the Facebook page, the second being my Twitter page, and the third being right here on the blog site. One of the matches that took advantage of most of the ways I gave you was the BABYMETAL vs Sepultura match and what a weird outcome it turned out to be as all BABYMETAL needed was the Twitter count to win. Morbid Angel’s win was the most lopsided of the tournament as Confess was the only band that failed to gain a vote. The semifinals are now set, but you’ll have to wait until later to be able to participate and vote for the two teams that will move on tot he championship. Check out the box scores down below:

BOX SCORE BABYM VS SEPULBOX SCORE BEHEM VS ARCHBOX SCORE MOON VS DIMMUBOX SCORE MORBID VS CONFESS

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