Posts Tagged ‘Metal Blade Records’

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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whitechapel singleThe deathcore genre is one that has gone under the microscope as fans have accused bands to selling out to the point that bands are defending their decisions. Back with the release of their album Mark Of The Blade back in 2016, Tennessee Deathcore originators Whitechapel began reinventing themselves with a little bit of clean singing. Now with their seventh studio album The Valley due out on March 29TH via Metal Blade Records, they have released a new track that explores the depths of what they can achieve a little more. Phil Bozeman has said about the album, “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place. There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.” The track is called Third Depth and it has the feel of a Tool song with Maynard James Keenan like vocals mixed in with some deathcore growls. It’s an excellent track for what it is and it’s definitely one that you should check out with it’s eerie melodic tones and hypnotizing vocals. I give these guys a lot of credit for branching out and exploring themselves musically. Check it out below:

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!

If you love your metal with a giant sized can of whoop ass that never gives up then I have the perfect track for all of you in this week’s single of the week. Boston technical death metal titans Revocation are back with a brand new record and single for all of us to enjoy. The band is gearing up to release their sixth album overall in Great Is Our Sin and to do so the band has unleashed a single from the album called Monolithic Ignorance. After already being five albums deep the band is continuing to be relentless and are showing no sings of slowing down at all. The track just hits you with an intensity right from the opening chord and never lets up for the rest of the track. Brand new drummer Ash Pearson is also fitting in nicely with the band as Great Is Our Sin is his first record with the band. The album is slated for release on July 22ND and the band is excited stating, “We can’t wait to bring these songs out on the road and perform them for different audiences all over the world. Great Is Our Sin is a new chapter for the band, and collectively we feel that it is our defining record to date.” Check out Monolithic Ignorance below:

As promised, here is your second Single Of The Week which brings us the metal side of it and what a band to have. There has been quite some controversy with Whitechapel lately ever since there was an announcement that there would be some clean singing on the band’s upcoming album Mark Of The Blade which gets released June 24TH via Metal Blade Records. Apparently, the clean vocals is only in a couple of tracks in certain places because this week’s single of the week which is also the title rack proves they are not getting soft at all. Maybe just a little more polished, but the band still has the fury. Guitarist Alex Wade talked about the album saying, “It’s the most dynamic record we’ve done, in the sense that one song can be very aggressive while the next one will be softer and sentimental. At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.” You can’t really blame thew band for wanting to evolve, but this track should give you faith that they still have it. Whitechapel will be hitting the road for their Decade Of The Blade tour which celebrates their tenth anniversary with Fit For A King, the Plot in You and Enterprise Earth until May 22ND before they hit the road for The Warped Tour. Check out the track below and check out the track listing and album cover below that.

Whitechapel-Mark-of-the-BladeMark of the Blade by Whitechapel Track Listing

01. The Void
02. Mark of the Blade
03. Elitist Ones
04. Bring Me Home
05. Tremors
06. A Killing Industry
07. Tormented
08. Brotherhood
09. Dwell in the Shadows
10. Venomous
11. Decennium

There are so many bands in the world, but none of them better represented the spirit of Horror and Halloween than Metal Blade Recording artist GWAR. Dave Brockie who was known by many of his fans as Oderus Urungus, brought all of that to the forefront when it came to GWAR and that is why I chose one of their videos for the Music Video Of The Week. We are celebrating everything that is great about Halloween here on Moshpits & Movies and to help kick off all of the Halloween/Horror related posts, we chose Zombies, March! which was from GWAR’s 2010 album Bloody Pit Of Horror. The video itself was directed by Fangoria director Dave McKendry and features a balance of the band performing with Zombies taking over the city. It’s absolutely awesome as the zombie apocalypse occurs taking out everyone in sight from sorority sisters to a couple of bros hanging out getting high and so much more. The video has some unique parts in it like a man getting his manhood eaten by a zombie stripper or a dead fetus that comes back to attack the doctor. The video has it all so check it out below:

For this week’s Music Video Of The Week, we turn to Metal Blade Records artist and Pennsylvania Death Metal act Rivers Of Nihil and their video for the track Sand Baptism. The track comes off of the band’s upcoming sophomore release Monarchy which sees the band bring their crushing in your face brand of metal to the forefront. When describing the track Rivers Of Nihil say, “Sand Baptism’ is a track where we purposely fused our more traditional death metal sound with the newer elements that we brought to the table on this new album. This track is a well balanced serving of emotion, brutality, technicality, and catchiness. We really wanted to focus on writing SONGS on this record instead of just stringing riffs together. ‘Sand Baptism’ does a great job of showing how we have evolved as a band both in a song writing capacity and also as individual players.” The band is not lying either when they say that because the song has such an amazing groove to it that goes well with their elements of Death Metal. The video itself is a performance based video with some clips of a mystery man getting dressed in all orange which makes you wonder if he is a prisoner or something else, but you won’t find out until the very end. Check out the video below and look out for the album which drops August 21ST and you can pre-order the album here. While you’re at it, like the official Facebook page for Moshpits & Movies here