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Love Me To DeathSuicide Silence is one of those bands that took a lot of crap over the sound and clean singing that was on an album that I personally loved in the self titled fifth album that came out in 2017. Now, we fast forward two years later and the band is ready to shut their haters the f**k up as they turn the volume and the intensity up in this week’s Metal Single Of The Week and the band’s brand new single Love Me To Death. The track is the fourth song on the band’s upcoming sixth album Become The Hunter and it goes right back to the band’s Deathcore roots which means it’s going to deliver some blunt force trauma to all the naysayers. The album comes out on February 14, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and the album was produced by the great Steve Evetts who has produced albums by Hatebreed, Sepultura, and more while the album was mixed by Josh Wilbur (Trivium/Gojira) and mastered by the one and only Ted Jensen (Pantera/Slipknot). Believe me as soon as you hit play on the player below, you will be a fan of the track so check it out and check out the artwork below and the track listing too.

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Become The Hunter Tracklisting:

1. Meltdown
2. Two Steps
3. Feel Alive
4. Love Me to Death
5. In Hiding
6. Death’s Anxiety
7. Skin Tight
8. The Scythe
9. Serene Obscene
10. Disaster Valley
11. Become the Hunter

sep 2This past Friday was a huge week for metal fans as we were treated to so many great things from Slayer releasing The Repentless Killogy Blu Ray, Ozzy Osbourne releasing his first single in ten years in Under The Grave, and King Diamond releasing his first single since 2007 in Masquerade of Madness. Those were not the only things to be joyous about as Brazilian Thrash legends Sepultura just unveiled the music video for their new single Isolation which is coming off their new album Quadra (it means Block in Portuguese) which will be released in 2020. The video is primarily a performance based live concert video that was filmed at one of the festivals they played at, but the most important thing to me is the music itself. Guitarist Andreas Kisser reminds us of why at one time Sepultura was being considered the Brazilian Slayer as he brings the ferocity in his guitar riffs whjich is matched by Paulo Jr.s amazing bass playing and Eloy Casagrande thunderous machine gun like drum playing. I know that there are a lot of people out there that will say it’s not Sepultura because of the fact that Max Cavalera is not there, but this is by far my favorite effort from the group in the post Cavalera era.

sepAndreas spoke to Blabbermouth.net and he explain the title of the album saying, “Quadra, among other meanings, is the Portuguese word for ‘sport court’ that by definition is a limited area of land, with regulatory demarcations, where according to a set of rules the game takes place. We all come from different Quadras. The countries, all nations with their borders and traditions; culture, religions, laws, education and a set of rules where life takes place. Our personalities, what we believe, how we live, how we build societies and relationships, all depends on these set of rules that we grew up with. Concepts of creation, gods, death and ethics. Money, we are enslaved by this concept. Who’s poor and who’s rich, that’s how we measure people and material goods. Regardless of your Quadra, you need money to survive, the prime rule to play this game called life. Hence the coin. The coin is forged with the senator skull, who represents the set of rules and laws we live by; the world map on his head delimiting the borders of all nations, imaginary lines separating people by concepts of race and the sacred.” Be on the look out for the album when it comes out February 7, 2020 via Nuclear Blast Records and check out the video below:

exhorder singleWhen you think of Groove Metal, the first band that pops into the minds of most metal heads is that of Dallas, TX’s Pantera. After all, they made the genre popular and they took it to new heights back in the 90’s, but what if I told you there was a band that pre-dated them in the groove metal genre. Would you believe me? Well, you should because the band that is considered the progenitors of the groove metal scene is none other than New Orleans Exhorder. The Groove metal titans returned to action back in 2016 when they reunited and now in 2019 have released their first album in 27 years (The Law was the last one) in Mourn The Southern Skies which was released on September 20TH via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Duane Simoneaux. The lineup now features former Superjoint Ritual guitarist Marzi Montazeri, Jason Viebrooks (Heathen) on bass, Forbidden’s Sasha Horn on Drums with vocalist Kyle Thomas and guitarist Vinnie LaBella as the only two from the original lineup that returned. The track I am presenting to you is the title track which is a nine minute epic that starts off very ominously with wind in the background as a clean channel guitar plays before Kyle Thomas comes in. The track does not disappoint as they bring the thunder and you should check it out below:

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phil-campbell-old-lions-still-roar-altPhil Campbell was the guitarist of Motörhead from 1984 until the death of beloved singer Lemmy Kilmister in 2015. That is 21 years of service in one of the greatest metal bands ever which means that Phil Campbell is royalty to us. With that being said, the former Motörhead guitarist is gearing up to release his first ever solo album titled Old Lions Still Roar which comes out October 25TH via Nuclear Blast Records. The album features quite an impressive group of guest musicians that the guitarist has employed for his first solo effort which shows that the 58 year old is far from slowing down anytime soon. To get us ready for the album he has unleashed a video for the track These Old Boots which features Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), and Chris Fehn (ex-Slipknot). Musically, the track resembles that hard blues rock sound that we were used to from Motörhead with some amazing vocals from Dee Snider. The video itself is animated and it follows a pair of boots that seem to outrun the law. Phil spoke about the record saying, “I’m really happy to release my first solo album, Old Lions Still Roar, worldwide. I’m also honored to have mega talented guests and friends do their thing. Looking forward to everyone taking a listen!” Check out the video below and make sure you check out the bundles for pre-order here.

Old Lions Still Roar Tracklisting

01. “Rocking Chair” (feat. Leon Stanford)
02. “Straight Up” (feat. Rob Halford)
03. “Faith In Fire” (feat. Ben Ward)
04. “Swing It” (feat. Alice Cooper)
05. “Left For Dead” (feat. Nev MacDonald)
06. “Walk The Talk” (feat. Danko Jones, Nick Oliveri)
07. “These Old Boots” (feat. Dee Snider, Mick Mars + Chris Fehn)
08. “Dancing Dogs (Love Survives)” (feat. Whitfield Crane)
09. “Dead Roses” (feat. Benji Webbe)
10. “Tears From A Glass Eye” (feat. Joe Satriani)

Human_Target_-_Thy_Art_Is_MurderOne of the few bands in the Deathcore scene that is still flying the flag is none other than Sydney, Australia’s own Thy Art Is Murder. The band who now features former Jungle Rot drummer Jesse Beahler just recently announced their upcoming fifth studio album entitled Human Target which was produced by Will Putney (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index) and will be released on July 26TH via Nuclear Blast. To get the fans pumped up for the record, the band released a video for the punishing, but grim look at humanity title track. The video itself is primarily a performance based video, but it does feature some scenes with humans being used as targets and various other surreal imagery. Guitarist Andy Marsh talked about the track saying, “‘Human Target’ was the last song written for the album as I felt we lacked an opening track to set the mood and provide the impact for what was to come. Human organ harvesting had been brought to my attention as a serious matter that wasn’t receiving much coverage (or not enough for me to hear about it) and I thought the issue required more scrutiny and awareness. To distill the metaphors of proletariat subjugation down to the visceral injustice of taking away the engines of life, seemed to be a powerful atmosphere to open the record.” Check out the video below and be sure to pre-order the new album here.

Death Angel singleOne of the most underrated bands to come out of the late 1980’s thrash metal scene has to be Death Angel who have been holding it down for Bay Area Thrash for quite some time. The band has a brand new album entitled Humanicide which drops May 31ST via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Jason Suecof. To keep the fans enticed until then, the band has a special track that they have released as one of the album’s singles in The Pack which is a tribute to the band’s fan base. Guitarist Rob Cavestany talks about the track saying, “The Pack’ is inspired by and dedicated to our fans! When I wrote this song, we had just come home from tour and I was still feeling the rush of performing at open air festivals. The energy exchange between us on stage and the mass of metal heads in the crowd is unlike any other. I wanted to capture it in a song about unity, like our song ‘Kill as One.” He continues to say, “Our fan club is called ‘The Pack,’ our fans get it! But it’s not only for them, it also branches out to represent our families, friends, team, crew… and all metal heads! We feel honored to belong to this worldwide ‘pack.’ This song requires crowd participation, we are SO looking forward to playing it live!” Check out this banger below and be sure to get your copy which you can pre-order here. Check out the track below and be sure to check out the band live right now with Overkill:

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.

black frost“Finding the right niche, finding your own place, appreciation and identity can be a rather tedious undertaking especially if you are “just” a German doomy death metal band, and strive for sticking out of a never-ending stream of new bands that usually are as quickly formed as they vanish.” That is a quote from Melodic Death/Doom Metal band Nailed To Obscurity‘s website and it is so true. The band which got their start in 2005 has been hard at work trying to carve their very own niche and I think they have done well in accomplishing that. Now, the band is gearing up to release their fourth studio album, a follow up to 2017’s King Delusion, and the band’s very first release via Nuclear Blast Records in Black Frost which is due out January 11, 2019. To get fans ready for the release, the band has unleashed a music video for the title track and singer Raimund Ennenga describes the track saying, “While we try to route our sanity through daily grind and to skip facing our fears, our darkest emotions are able to create a burden in secrecy – they are able to cause our mind to capsize. We tried to capture this atmosphere in the lyrics and the music of our song ‘Black Frost’. A sinister maelstrom.” The music video is primarily a performance based video and you need to check it out below. You can also pre-order the album by clicking here.

lemmyOne of the most legendary women singers in the metal genre has always been the very cool and sweet Doro Pesch who at one time was the frontwoman for the band Warlock before going solo. The metal queen has been tearing up the scene since 1982 and it doesn’t look like she’s ready to stop anytime soon. With her new album Forever Warriors, Forever United coming out on August 18TH via Nuclear Blast, Doro was kind enough to share a brand new music video with all of us which is also this week’s Metal Video Of The Week in the track All For Metal. The video is primarily a performance based video which shows clips on stage and the craziness of the crowds in Europe as well as some special guest appearances from peers like Chuck Billy of Testament, Amon Amarth, Zakk Wylde, and many more of her peers as well. One of the cool shots that you get to see in the video is Doro partying with fans near the Lemmy statue because I am very sure that if Lemmy Kilmister was still alive he would have been in the video. Check out the video below and be sure to check out the record and these awesome pre-order packages right here.

Fleshgod-Apocalypse-King-500x500When you think of Death Metal, the places that come to mind are Sweden, Poland, Norway, and Florida (among other places in the US because history has given us bands like Possessed (US), Behemoth (Poland), At The Gates (Sweden), and a young Darkthrone (Norway) before they turned to Black Metal. What if I told you that there was a death metal band from Italy? If you know the band I am referring to then props to you, but if you do not then I am talking about Fleshgod Apocalypse. The band is currently on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and I figured I would check out one of their albums and I am going with their fourth studio album King. The band at the time was made up of Paolo Rossi (Bass/Clean Vocals), Francesco Paoli  (Drums/Guitars), Cristiano Trionfera (Guitar), Francesco Ferrini (Piano), and Tommaso Riccardi (Vocals/Guitar) who would leave the band in 2017 making this his last album with them. When describing the concept of the record, Tommaso told Decibel Magazine, “The King in this album represents the brave part of ourselves: the one we should cultivate to become strong and rise again from this Dark Age. He’s the only positive figure of this story—a man who has integrity and love for the values and truth that we all should hope for ourselves. All the other characters in the court represent the fears that can lead us to make everything worse. They try to affect the King’s decisions for their own advantage and hope for a loss of power, regardless of the suffering they’re going to create for their own world and people. As we already said when we presented King to our fans, we should all hail the King who lives inside every one of us.”

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE---KING-2016-German-Gold-LP-21. Marche Royale– an instrumental that slowly fades in kicks off the album and it kind of sets the tone for what to expect in this album conceptually. 4.5/5

2. In Aeternum– It continues right into this track that kicks off with some epic playing from the band and some insane double bass barrage that will have you headbanging. The title is Latin for Forever and that could be a direct hint to the theme where the King is saying that I am forever meaning his bloodline. 5/5

3. Healing Through War– The all out metal assault continues on this track as the band talks about how a general or war minster looks at war as the answer to solve societies problems. The track also contains a speech from ‘De Bello Gallico’ by Julius Caesar. Musically this is a dynamo track featuring an amazing guitar solo and some awesome drumming from Paoli. 5/5

4. The Fool– I thought that this was an interesting track lyrically because one look at the title and one could say it’s about a jester or fool. It seems to me they are talking about a man who wished for certain things and is now paying for it dearly because he is now the fool. It starts with the jesters song before launching into a symphonic metal assault. 4.5.5

5. Cold As Perfection– I see a lot of influence on this track from what Dimmu Borgir has done in the past and it works beautifully. It seems like the King in this track is trying to persuade a woman who has been down on her luck or as equally cold as him to join him. I could be wrong. This is one of two tracks that features Nate Kantner doing a speaking role. 4.5/5

6. Mitra-Mitra is a Indo-Iranian divinity that has been known as the protector of truth and order. I’m not sure in the context of this hammering track what they are talking about with mentions of the birth of christ, God of scum, and lord of cum. 4/5

7. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden)Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden literally translates to The passion brings suffering. It features lyrics taken from Trilogie der Leidenschaft’ by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and Veronica Bordacchini sings soprano on this uncharacteristic track by a death metal band. 4/5

FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE-King-LP-2-400x4008. And The Vulture Beholds– After a little break, it’s back to the symphonic operatic death metal that we love. I am trying to figure out the lyrics to the song because it seems that it’s about the devil saying that he wants to rise from hell and take the crown that is rightfully his. The semetrics are there with words like Lion (God), but then again it could be about the heir to the throne wanting to take his rightful place. 4/5

9. Gravity– The track opens and pummels through with an intensity that reminds me of Morbid Angel in a track that could be talking about the effects of greed or drugs. 5/5

10. A Million Deaths– The track keeps the all out assault raging forward with some amazing guitar work in this track about honor through war and showing your devotion to your king. 5/5

11. Syphilis– A seven plus minute epic from the band showcasing their talent musically. The track once again features Veronica Bordacchini in this track that seems to be a call and response track between the King and his Queen where the King wants to protect his bloodline at all costs while she just wants him to protect her now. 5/5

12. King– a four minute piano track closes out the album kind of bringing an end to this epic journey that we were on. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is actually the very first record that I have ever heard from these guys and this was quite the journey musically. I love the fact that they are not afraid to keep a sense of nationalism in adding the operatic material to their arsenal. It definitely differentiates them from the rest of the herd and I won’t knock that. My favorite tracks on the album are In Aeternum, Healing Through War, and Syphilis. My least favorite track to be honest is probably Mitra only because of the lyrical content making no sense to me. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.