Posts Tagged ‘Extreme Metal’

pedal cup 2020Two years ago instead of doing the pedal to the metal tournament which was emulating the NCAA basketball tournament, I decided to change it and call it the Pedal Cup. For the first year, we did the world cup edition of the competition and that was won by Japan and Babymetal. That year, we tried our best to get as many bands from different countries as we could and while it sometimes can prove difficult to do, we also plan to do the same for the European edition of the Pedal Cup for this year which will coincide with the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Returning to this year’s tournament are the third and fourth place finishers from the World Cup edition in Portugal and Poland and they will be joined by Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, England, Ukraine, Holland, Austria, Denmark, and so many more celebrating the best in Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, and more. So stay tuned here for more info as the bands will be chosen and all of the countries competing will be revealed.

Enslaved-E-SmallWhen one thinks of metal and the country of Norway, the first thing that comes to mind for most is the Black Metal genre that essentially took off from there. Very few realize that Black Metal is not the only genre that breeds bands to the world as we have seen in the 80’s with TNT or even in the last 15 years in Extreme Metal band Enslaved. So, I have decided that for this week I would check out an album from the band and I thought that I would start with E which was released on October 13, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records and the album featured Grutle Kjellson (Vocals/Bass), Ivar Bjørnson (Guitars, FX, synthesizers, Piano), for the last time Cato Bekkevold (Drums),  for the first time Håkon Vinje (Keys, Organ, Vocals), and Ice Dale (Guitars). While it may have failed to chart in the US, the album was a success for the band as they took home the 2017 Spellemann Award for best metal album which is Norway’s equivalent to the Grammy beating out Satyricon. The album may only contain six songs total with two bonus tracks depending on what version you get, but it’s 50 minutes of intensity.

CS663979-01B-BIG1. Storm Son– It’s back to their Viking roots with this track as you hear the chants, the horses, the blowing of the horn, etc before a very melodic riff comes in to this 10 minute epic. Ivar explains to Loudwire that the track, “Storm Son’ deals with the duality of man and nature, how important and basic that relationship is.” The track is incredible especially with all the tempo changes and changes in vocal style.  5/5

2. The River’s Mouth-an in your face double bass smashing track that pays respect to Bathory and kicks ass as Ivar explains, “The theme here is your relationship with the “future”, as we describe it: The sensation of time moving along is a construction of our brains – physics claims all time to already have been “rolled out”; try wrapping our brains around that one!” 5/5

3. Sacred Horse– An 8 minute epic from the band that features one part with the organ playing that makes it sound like a heavier version of Deep Purple. The track is great and it has to be talking about Sleipnir who was an eight legged horse that was ridden by Odin. 5/5

R-10839532-1507817949-3685_jpeg_grande4. Axis Of The Worlds– I feel like this is a track that is referring to the fact that no matter what you do whether in life or death there will always be good and evil. I know they make references to Eihwaz which is kind of like a tree that is considered the passage way to another world through death. 4.5/5

5. Feathers of Eolh– a very entrancing track from the band that is another eight minute epic that takes you on a journey. The last track may have spoken about the Eihwaz and what it is, but I feel like this track talks about the other side. 4.5/5

6. Hiindsiight– I love how they transition from melodies right into doom like metal so easily and it especially is true on this track as they able to bounce back and forth. I love the different instrumentation that is present int his track as well. It was a bold move adding the sax to the track, but it works. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I had honestly never listened to Enslaved before this experience and I have to be in honest in saying that I absolutely loved it because their seems to just be so many layers to this band that makes them more than just an Extreme Metal band. Kick back, relax, and just let the music take you on the journey. I am going to give the album 4.8  stars out of five for a final grade.

cattle decap singleIn a world where bands come and go just as quick as the fad sub-genres of metal come and go, no other has had the kind of staying power as San Diego’s very own Extreme Metal kings Cattle Decapitation. There are quite some few that slip under the radar, but these guys have been grinding it out on the road for years and fans of the band should be excited. I say that because the band has just announced that they are going to release their long anticipated ninth studio album Death Atlas on Black Friday in November via Metal Blade Records. It’s the band’s first effort since 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction and it promises to be epic and we here can not wait to hear it. So to get us ready for the album’s release, the band has unleashed the single One Day Closer To The End Of The World. The track itself is punishing and in your face as it should be as they grind your bones into ash. The album has some incredible pre-order packages that you definitely need to check out and you can do that here. You can catch the band in Europe for most of the fall just before they return to the states for The Geocidal Tendencies Tour with Atheist, Primitive Man, ands more that leads right into the release of the album. Check out the single below:

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download (1)One of the most controversial and probably one of the most influential bands in metal is none other than England’s most satanic group Venom. The band which was made up of Conrad “Cronos” Lant (Vocals/Bass), Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn (Guitars), and Tony “Abaddon” Bray (Drums) started what could have been one of the most controversial bands at the time with the Satanic imagery and lyrics. In 1981, the band would release what Loudwire ranked 14TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list in the band’s debut record Welcome To Hell via Neat Records at the tail end of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The album had such a distinct sound to it that it sounded like an demo, but was released as an album. That very sound would be very influential in the beginning days of Black Metal, but let’s not forget that their mix of heavy metal and speed metal would have great influence on Thrash, Black, and Death Metal. I don’t believe that the album ever charted and I am not sure how many albums it has sold, but they definitely have sold enough shirts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the album 74TH on their The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list so let’s check it out.

to-hell-and-back-venom1. Sons Of Satan– The track starts right out of the gate with some fury in this track that I think is about Satan’s sons reeking some havoc as they get followers. 4/5

2. Welcome To Hell– a very Motorhead/Saxon like track from the guys in the title track as they talk about raising some hell. The track features some furious playing as you can compare it’s sound to 2 Minutes To Midnight by Iron Maiden. 5/5

3. Schizo-an in your face metal scorcher about a guy who is obviously a schizophrenic that commits murders. 4.5/5

4. Mayhem With Mercy-The band Mayhem took their name from this track that starts with an eerie but melodic intro instrumental track. 4/5

5. Poison-a raucous track that is all about what happens when you have sex with someone that has a dirty little secret. 4/5

6. Live Like an Angel (Die Like a Devil)-This was one of the first Venom songs I had ever heard and it has that in your face speed of Motorhead which is about living one way to those you love, but being an absolute hellraiser around town. 5/5

2013-09-21-18-32-341-e13797936271367. Witching Hour-If you had the vinyl this was the beginning of side B and it’s a very heavy and fast face melting track that is all about that very hour when Satan comes to Earth to take what he wants. 5/5

8. One Thousand Days in Sodom– a hammering track that is all about that city that God destroyed because they were all sinners and some freaky stuff happened there. 4/5

9. Angel Dust-Venom never really put any hidden meanings to their songs and I am pretty sure that this one is pretty self explanatory. 4/5

10. In League With Satan– This was the second ever song I had ever heard from the band with it’s backwards messaging in the beginning before Abaddon’s tribal drum beats come in as the band preaches that they are in league with Satan. 5/5

11. Red Light Fever– The track starts with some fancy classical music before the band comes in sounding like they crashed the party with a riff that sounds like it could be similar to Symptom Of The Universe, but we could say that about a lot of tracks. The track is all about visiting those pleasure palaces. 4/5

My Final Thoughts-I definitely believe that I enjoyed this album a lot more than I did when it came to Black Metal, but even that album had some highlights. The sound of this album doesn’t bother me that much as it sounds pretty decent to me. My favorite tracks on the album are In League With Satan, Witching Hour, Welcome To Hell, and Live Like An Angel…. My least favorite track on the album is probably Red Light Fever and One Thousand Days In Sodom. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. So, now we just want to hear from YOU guys and see who you pick to win each award. You have until March 13TH to decide so choose wisely and just have some fun.

hexedEveryone’s favorite Finnish extreme metal band Children Of Bodom is back and they have new music for all of us. The band is gearing up to release their latest album Hexed which has a lot of fans wondering what the album is going to sound like. Well, the band’s latest single Under Grass And Clover should the indicator of things to come when the album is finally released on March 8TH via Nuclear Blast. Frontman/Guitarist Alexi Laiho talked about the track saying, “‘Under Grass and Clover’ is the sound of CoB on fire and has been my favorite song since it was written. It’s fast, melodic, heavy and dark but also short and sweet. Someone told me that it’s kinda like old school Dimmu Borgir and AWK and that’s pretty damn cool in my books so we must’ve done something right.” The track is pretty amazing as the band flexes their technical skills and they showcase it in this week’s Metal Video Of The Week. The video is mainly performances based and it looks like the band is just having fun. Check out the video below and if you’d like to Pre-order the album, you can do so here.

1000x1000This past week, we posted an article where we had discussed that Venom has often been considered the founders of Black Metal music simply because they named an album Black Metal. If there was ever a band in the genre that could take credit as one of the founding fathers of Black Metal, it would be Sweden’s own Bathory who took what Venom had done with the recording quality and they molded the sound that would spawn a generation. The band which was made up of Quorthon (Vocals/Guitars) a.k.a. Thomas Börje Forsberg, Stefan Larsson (Drums), and Rickard Bergman (Bass Guitar) released their self titled debut album in October of 1984 via Tyfon Grammofon originally. The band originally gained notoriety when a band dropped out of a compilation album so the label asked it’s employee who was Quorthon to record a couple of tracks. After it was all said and done, the band’s two songs were the most popular on the album and the label asked Bathory to record a full album. The album artwork was originally released with the yellow look goat known to passionate fans as Gula Geten because it was originally supposed to be in Gold, but that was deemed too expensive. Quorthon asked them to get it as close to Gold as possible, but when he saw the final product, he hated it and after a printing of 1,000 copies, he changed  it to the B&W version we all know today.

MI00021198661. Storm of Damnation (Intro)– an ominous instrumental opens up the album sounding as if you are walking through the depths of hell. 4/5

2. Hades– It leads right into this track that kicks off with that in your face death metal fury in this track about where Hades dwells which is the underworld. 4.5/5

3. Reaper-another facemelting track that is all about the one and only Grim Reaper and what he can do which is taking your soul when he choses. 4.5/5

4. Necromansy– a thrash sounding track that is all about sacrificing in the name of Satan in the art of Necromancy. 4.5/5

5. Sacrifice-a song that is bad ass musically as it’s more of a metal track that is unrelenting and I love it. Another track that is all about sacrificing in the name of the lord of hell. 5/5

40127430101126. In Conspirasy with Satan– The first track on side B or the side titled Evil. The track is an in your face, I will rip your face off track that is all about claiming your allegiance to Satan. 4.5/5

7. Armageddon-a bad ass metal track that has a bad ass bass riff to go along with the guitars in a track that is all about the end of the world from the demons perspective. At the 1:20 minute mark, you can hear Bergman’s bad ass bass playing real well. 5/5

8. Raise The Dead– The church bells kick off this track before more bad ass extreme metal smashes through your speakers in this track about someone coming back from the dead for vengeance. 5/5

9. War– War is officially called for and declared against the heavens in this hellraiser of a track that combines elements of Motörhead with GBH and some extreme metal. 5/5

10. The Winds Of Mayhem-Outro-The sounds of hell see this outro track through to signify the end. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While Quorthon claims that he was influenced by Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and GBH, a former drummer of the band claims that Venom was a total influence. Nonetheless, you can definitely hear the elements of Venom in this album, but Bathory very much made the sound their own. My favorite tracks on the album are War, Raise The Dead, and Armageddon. I am going to give the album which was voted number 40 on Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time an 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.