Posts Tagged ‘Extreme Metal’

altars of madnessI usually release my album of the week post every Wednesday and I have for the last four year or so. Unfortunately, Halloween lands on a Tuesday which means that my lost October Halloween themed posts were to end last week. In my right mind, I just couldn’t let that happen so I am releasing an album of the week post one week early this year and I have a good one. One band that has always always stuck out to me in the Death Metal community has always been Florida’s own Morbid Angel. There is a reason for that and it’s current vocalist Steve Tucker once told me on the Superjoint Ritual tour in 2003 to “get off your ass p*ssy because no sits at a Morbid Angel show.” I thought it was the coolest thing in the world because I was the only sitting on top of this bar top at the Worcester Palladium. Nonetheless, the band absolutely crushed it and I have been a fan ever since. The album I chose for today was based off a recommendation by MetalInjection.net and it’s the band’s debut album Altars Of Madness. The album featured David Vincent (Bass & Vocals), Trey Azagthoth (Guitars), Richard Brunelle (Guitars), and the “father of the blast beat” Pete Sandoval (Drums).

altars of madness back cover1. Immortal Rites– The track that kicks things off and the track is punishing as they sing about a ritual or offering to the lord of the dark. 4.5/5

2. Suffocation– a track with a real metal flare before the father of the blast beat takes over with the band whose chord progressions are insane. The track seems to be talking about a time when evil ran over the land just suffocating everyone’s judgement. 5/5

3. Visions from the Dark Side– A hammering track that is unrelenting as it bludgeons you to death in this track about how sometimes it’s the force of the dark that makes us do the things we do. 4.5/5

4. Maze of Torment– The intro has a real thrash like intro while integrating with their death metal sound. You can definitely hear a Slayer like influence on the track and it’s bad ass. This is one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion. 5/5

5. Lord of All Fevers & Plagues– The band pays tribute to various gods like Ningishzida who appears in the Simon Necronomicon and H.P. Lovecraft’s writings. 4.5/5

MOSH011PD-REVERSEsmall6. Chapel of Ghouls– A punishing riff that reminds me of early Slayer in a track that is about hell’s all out war against Christ and his churches. This is another amazing track on the album. 5/5

7. Bleed for the Devil– A track that is punishing like a sledgehammer that is all about what are willing to do for the lord of darkness. I love the guitar solo, it’s very Hanneman like. 4.5/5

8. Damnation– a hammering metal track that seems to be about hell on earth commencing and all of us being in damnation. 4/5

9. Blasphemy– Another blast beat heavy track that is all about being blasphemous towards God which is the ultimate unforgivable sin (I believe). I love the guitar solo in this track, it’s very cool. 4/5

10. Evil Spells– The last song on the album that is a very cool track with metal influences in it that put most Thrash bands to shame in a track that is all about hell. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is as bad ass as it gets people especially if you are thinking about getting in to Death Metal. I have always been one that says you don’t have to pay attention to the lyrics to enjoy the music, but know that the lyrics are an important piece of the puzzle. This album does put a lot of metal bands to shame as these guys wrote some amazing songs. I am giving the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade. Happy Halloween everyone!!!

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War Of The Covers Silent ScreamOn last week’s War Of The Covers, we had you guys engage in a triple threat match to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s The Mob Rules better and you overwhelmingly decided that Adrenaline Mob had the best version as they had a huge lead and never looked back. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are looking to one of the most legendary and bad ass thrash metal bands of all time in the mighty Slayer. After releasing one of the most epic extreme metal albums of all time in 1986’s Reign In Blood, Slayer wanted to prove that they could be just as evil while being more melodic with 1988’s South Of Heaven. The featured track that you will all be battling over is the punishing track Silent Scream and we have two intense bands that have covered the track. In 1998, Vader recorded a version of the track for the Slayer tribute album Slatanic Slaughter, Vol. 2. In 1998, Children Of Bodom released their debut album Something Wild, but when the album was reissued, it featured the band’s cover of the track. Now it is up to you guys to decide whose version is better and as usual you have until next week’s War Of The Covers posts to decide.

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2017-headerIt is officially here, it is time for everyone’s favorite heavy metal march madness style tournament, the 2017 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. The division that we are looking at today has produced the last two Pedal To The Metal Tournament champions with Kreator winning in 2015 and Destruction winning in 2016. This is one of those divisions that we look forward to, but also have a hard time deciding who to choose to participate because there are so many great Extreme Metal, Black Metal, and Death Metal bands out there. I think we may have nailed it down and I think we have a great class this year. Defending champions Destruction have the task of trying to slay tournament mainstays Entombed A.D. in their first round match. Newcomers Amon Amarth and Witchery will have their first match ever in the tournament against each other. Former champions Kreator are looking to get back into the hunt, but they’ll have to defeat the mighty Vader if they look to do so. Tournament newcomers Behemoth are looking to make a statement this year and they’ll have to do so against Death Metal giants Cannibal Corpse. This is a first round that is going to be worth checking out to see if there’s any upsets or not. You have until March 18TH to vote.

destruction vs entombed

amon vs witchery

kreator vs vader

cannibal corpse vs behemoth

2017-headerIt’s the sixth annual Pedal To The Metal Tournament which has been constantly evolving from what it was in the beginning (an all 80’s rock/metal tourney) to what it is now where we check out the best of all metal that is current and active. Active is the key word in the sentence because in order to qualify for the tournament, you had to have either released an album within the last three to four years or are actively touring all the time. Two of the division have changed in which now the Ronnie James Dio division is now The Dio/Lemmy Division as the old Lemmy division changed to the Metal To The Core (play on Metal-core and Deathcore) division. That division features everyone from the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal to any active Metalcore or Deathcore acts. The tournament is going to kick off as usual because the tournament coincides with the actual March Madness Tourney except we’ve shortened a round and extended another one. The tournament begins March 17TH right here and goes all the way until April 4TH. Below you will the bracket for the tourney and all of the match ups that we have for you. As always, the matches were drawn from a hat so that the matches were totally random. There are some really interesting matches so it’ll be fun to see how you guys vote. Be ready to start voting on March 17TH!!!

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witchery_in-his-infernal-majesty-serviceAs promised here on Moshpits and Movies, we have covered the album of the year (Post Pop Depression), the rock album of the year (Gore by Deftones), and the metal album of the year (Dystopia by Megadeth) from the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards. Now we are tasked with covering the last album from the awards show and it’s one of our favorites in the Extreme Metal Album of the Year and it’s from an artist we feel is extremely underrated. Swedish Thrash Metal band Witchery won the award for Extreme Metal Album of the Year for their record In His Infernal Majesty’s Service which is also the band’s sixth album to date. The album is also the first to feature Angus Norder (Vocals) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums) as they replaced Emperor Magus Caligula (Never recorded an album with the band) and Martin Axenrot respectively. The rest of the band is rounded out by Patrik Jensen (R. Guitar), Rille Rimfält (Rhythm and Lead Guitar), and Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass). The album was released on November 25, 2016 and was produced by the band themselves.

witchery-in-his-infernal-majestys-service-2016-eu-red-lp-21. Lavey-athan– The track is an all out metal assault that gives you the best of both worlds with the fierce thrash metal with a touch of black metal. This is what thrash bands should sound like today. 5/5

2. Zoroast– a thrash track with a little more of a punk attitude in the beginning, but that fierceness is still there with an amazing guitar solo towards the end. The track sort of sounds like what would happen if Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir sang thrash metal. 4.5/5

3. Netherworld Emperor– a kick ass trash track that sounds like a tribute to German thrash and Slayer. This would definitely be Satan’s theme song if he marched with troops. 4/5

4. Nosferatu– A clear tribute to Late 80’s Slayer (it has a flow like Mandatory Suicide) on this one about the famous silent era vampire that does kick ass. 4/5

5. The Burning Of Salem– A face melting thrash track with a little speed/death metal influence on the track that is about the village of Salem. 4.5/5

6. Gilded Fang– Another in your face speed metal track that reminds me of Slayer’s Jesus Saves because it doesn’t waste time and it cuts out the fat. 5/5

max1481450599-potlaccd-cover7. Empty Tombs– a straight up thrash metal track with a little groove metal in it that reminds me of early Sodom, but I love Norder’s vocals in this track because he gives it that black metal feel to it. 5/5

8. In Warm Blood– A cool trash track that has a little Mercyful Fate mixed into it as far as the metal feel to the track. 4.5/5

9. Escape from Dunwich Valley– I love the intro to this track with the creepy organs before the band hits the red button and explodes into your speakers. 4/5

10. Feed The Gun– A hard charging supercharged thrash track that is guaranteed to start a moshpit and be a live anthem for the band. This may be my favorite track on the album or at least one of them because it makes you want to slam dance and the solos kick ass. 5/5

11. Oath Breaker– The last track on the album that that competes with the best out of Germany as far as modern day thrash is concerned. It has the fast double bass playing of death metal with the thrash guitars and the Slayer esque solos. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are one of the most kick ass bands on the scene who have definitely done their homework on Thrash metal and German Thrash metal. As I said, this album sounds like what would happen if Dimmu Borgir had a baby with every thrash metal band in the world. I say that because the vocals are black metal esque with the thrash metal sounds. This was definitely a pleasure to listen to, lovers of Thrash should check it out. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the music side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

112For those of you out there that do not know who The Agonist are, it’s about time you got your self acquainted with the band’s catalog. The Canadian Extreme Metal band is famous for being the band Alissa White-Gluz was apart of before she left to join Arch Enemy back in 2014. The band soldiered on with their current vocalist Vicky Psarakis as they had released their fourth album Eye Of Providence in 2015. Now the band is gearing up to release their fifth studio album Five on September 30TH via Napalm Records (which is their first with the label). To celebrate the great news, the band has unleashed a single off the record entitled The Chain. The track is everything you would want from it where it pummels you with it’s sledgehammer like drum beats to the sonic assault of the guitars. Danny Marino talked about the record saying, “We are so anxious to release this record to our fans and the rest of the world! This album represents another shift in the evolution of The Agonist! Vicky and I went even deeper into what makes a song really connect. I’m very proud of everyone’s hard work making this the most diverse and interesting record for us to date!  It was a great learning experience working with Mike Plotnikoff and fully immersing ourselves in the recording process 24/7. Just as much as we are excited to release this album we are psyched to get back out on the road and connect directly with our fans! Europe gets the first taste before we unleash on North America this November with Epica.”

Vicky added to the conversation saying, “Being in The Agonist for over two years now and after releasing my debut album with the band and numerous tours, I can say that Five is the record where I believe that we finally found our sound! There’s a certain confidence that comes with experience and there’s something about being fully comfortable that can take your approach towards songwriting to a whole other level. Working on the lyrics and vocals on this album was an incredibly natural process. Halfway into the pre-production, we realized that a lot of our songs seemed to be telling a story and hearing the album in its entirety is like escaping into our world.” If you would like to pre-order the album, you can check out all the cool stuff they have for sale by going here. Just like Danny Marino mentioned above, the band will be on tour starting in November when they hit the road with Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Arkona. Check out the tour dates and the track listing to the album below:

Five Tracklisting:

1. The Moment
2. The Chain
3. The Anchor and the Sail
4. The Game
5. The Ocean
6. The Hunt
7. The Raven Eyes
8. The Wake
9. The Resurrection
10. The Villain
11. The Pursuit of Emptiness
12. The Man Who Fell to Earth
13. The Trial
14. Take Me to Church (Hozier cover) (Bonus Edition Only)

Epica, The Agonist, Fleshgod Apocalypse + Arkona North American Tour Dates:

11/8: Chicago, Ill. @ Concord Music Hall *with Xandria
11/9: Minneapolis. Minn. @ Cabooze *with Xandria
11/11: Saskatoon, Sesekatchewan @ Saskatoon Event Center *with Xandria
11/12: Calgary, Alberta @ Marquee
11/13: Edmonton, Alberta @ The Ranch
11/15: Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
11/16: Seattle, Wash. @ Studio 7
11/18: San Francisco, Calif. @ Social Hall
11/19: Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Regent
11/20: Las Vegas, Nev. @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel
11/22: Denver, Colo. @ Summit Music Hall
11/23: Lawrence, Kansas @ Granada Theater
11/25: Dallas. Texas @ Gas Monkey Live
11/26: Austin, Texas @ Empire Control Room
11/28: St. Petersburg, Fla. @ State Theater
11/29: Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
12/1: Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage
12/2: New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
12/3: Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium