Posts Tagged ‘Metal Blade Records’

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

I am always looking for unique bands that are doing something I haven’t heard before or have music videos that are cool and interesting to watch. Secrets Of The Sky, the Oakland doom/black metal band is one of those bands that is doing something different on the scene and their music video is cool as well. Pathway is the name of the band’s new record which came out back in May of this year via Metal Blade Records and the band has just unleashed the music video for the seven minute track called Eternal Wolves. The music video for the track is primarily a performance based video which you never really get to see what the band looks like as they are playing in shadows of sorts, but their instruments are visible as well as the band’s singer Garett Gazay. The one thing I really liked about this band (because this was first time hearing them) is the fact that you have Gazay singing in a black metal style voice over this eerie doom metal styled music which is something new for me and I really enjoyed it. The band is definitely worth checking out and you can do so by visiting their Facebook page here. Otherwise, check out the video below:

On September 18, legendary American melodic death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder will be releasing their seventh studio album Abysmal via Metal Blade Records. When describing the album, frontman Trevor Stmad described it saying, “The new album, Abysmal, is true to The Black Dahlia Murder formula, but further down the evolutionary path we began with our Ritual release. It has bigger, more dynamic and developed songs. People can expect a more raw and natural sounding TBDM record. It’s the most real and live sounding thing we’ve done since our debut. It has a real energy and urgency to it. We made a conscious effort of having a more lively and dynamic sound and I feel the result is truly excellent.  What I hear is my band playing as they do live when I step off the stage at soundcheck. Therefore, this is the real TBDM incarnate.” As far as touring for the album is concerned, the band does promise that there will be plenty of that, “Expect a relentless world ravaging touring cycle from us for the next couple of years. You’d better start exercising your necks now!” Check out the track below and be on the lookout for tour dates as soon as they are available.