Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Carcass' "Exhumed To Consume II" dates
Mar. 13 - The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Mar. 14 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (w/ ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
Mar. 15 - The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
Mar. 16 - Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI (w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
Mar. 17 - Headliner's - Louisville, KY
Mar. 21 - Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX (w/ SUFFOCATION)
Mar. 22 - Meridian – Houston, TX
Mar. 24 - Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
Mar. 25 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 26 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA (THE FACELESS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
Mar. 27 - The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ (w/ SUFFOCATION)
Mar. 28 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest)
Monday, January 26, 2009
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Hot Topic Stage:
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
JOB FOR A COWBOY
ALL THAT REMAINS
Those last two stages are obviously backwards.
July 21st - Kansas City, MO (probably at Sandstone)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Metal Blade Records
January 20th, 2009
Cattle Decapitation - The Harvest Floor
Want a pretty tasty slab of pseudo-progressive grindcore from a band who's been around long enough to know what they're doing? Look no further than Cattle Decapitation's blistering release “The Harvest Floor”. It's not their best album, but close to it. Better than the album before it, “The Harvest Floor” will have you banging your head one minute and then trying to figure out how the band members keep the insane technicality in check while maintaining the ridiculous speed. And there are a few surprises that we haven't heard from Cattle before.
The first thing I thought of upon hearing this album was about how much more progressive this album is compared to their other releases. No longer just straight-forwad goregrind/death metal, Cattle uses several time-signature changes and interesting use of their instruments to create a mind-numblingly complex tornado of musical ability. This is most apparent on the song “The Ripe Beneath The Rind” with it's killswitched guitars sounding off behind Travis Ryan's inhuman vocals or the almost prog-quality solo included about halfway through the song, although you can find it in just about every song. Think of this album's incarnation of Cattle Decapitation as metal's version of The Dillinger Escape Plan but can also hold it's own against death metal stalwarts as well.
It should be stated and re-stated that this band has some serious musicians in it. First and foremost, Travis Ryan's performance all but solidifies his place in extreme metal as one of the best current vocalists out there. He about hits the lower and upper boundaries of his vocal range in almost every song and comes off as a deranged madman throughout it all. Absolutely splended. The drummer, David McGraw, makes use of the hyperblast on several songs (see the beginning of The Gardeners Of Eden) and pulls it off quite well. Not up to par with John Lengstreth, but close. The bass player and guitar player are fantastic as well, but they pretty much have always been solid.
There's really only one flaw to this album: If you're not paying too much attention, it's really easy to miss the transition to another song and still think you're on the previous. It's not that the songs themselves aren't memorable, but some of them segue into eachother without a huge change in style. However, the lyrics themselves are above Cattle Decapitation's standards and are a delight to read through. “Into The Public Baths” might be the sickest song ever written.
This album will satisfy long-term fans of the band and is a great starting point for new fans. Things are looking very bright for the future of these misanthropes.
Highlights: A Body Farm, The Ripe Beneath The Rind, Tooth Enamel And Concrete, Into The Public Bath
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
First off, it seems that the Mayhem tour with Marduk IS happening, and Cattle Decapitation and Cephalic Carnage are opening. This might just be the best tour of 2009 by far. So far, all four bands are confirmed to play the Maryland Deathfest (GO) and there's a rumored date of Seattle in June. I'll keep an eye out for more dates.
As for Suffocation, it looks like they aren't taking Napalm Death out on the road, but instead have opted for a tour with opening bands Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth and Veil Of Maya. A downgrade, but I think it should still be worth it. Only a handful of dates confirmed so far (including California Metalfest with CARCASS!!!) but I'll still keep an eye on it.
Now go out and buy the new Kreator and Cattle Decapitation CD's.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Lamb Of God
As I Lay Dying
Children Of Bodom
Lamb Of God was here for Ozzfest 2007, Bodom was here back in October (and was phenomenal) and God Forbid was supposed to be here with Iced Earth, but dropped. Aside from AILD, this tour should be pretty good.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
January 19th, 2009
Kreator - Hordes Of Chaos
Kreator return in early 2009 with one of the best thrash metal albums in recent memory. This reviewer can't think of an album in the last 15 years by the Big 4 of US thrash (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax) that even comes close to the thrash assault offered up by Kreator. Even in Germany, the only album that comes close to matching Hordes Of Chaos in old-school thrash intensity mixed with modern musicianship and writing is maybe Sodom's latest self-titled release, but Kreator just blows it out of the water and is sitting comfortably on the thrash throne.
There are some moments in this album where you might begin to dismiss as not being thrash (beginning of Amok Run), but Kreator fixes it right away with speedy riffs and headbanging breaks that make it feel like the '80's thrash movement all over again. These remedied faults are the low point of the album but they don't so much detract from the album as they just serve as the “good” part before the “awesome” part. Even when the guitars aren't blisteringly fast, the mid-tempo songs (Radical Resistance, To The Afterborn) are really fist-pumpingly great. A note about “To The Afterborn” though: Milli really should not try to sing. When he screams, he sounds like the world is ripping in half, but that really does not do a good job of transferring to his singing vocals. It really doesn't take away from the overall strength of the album, however.
Every song has a bit in it that was practically written to include the crowd in it. This album would transfer over to the live setting extremely well. There are breaks in the thrashing for lots of headbanging breaks and vocals that were made to shout along to (just about every song on the album, in fact). I can imagine screaming along with “Amok Run” or “Hordes Of Chaos” live. “EVERYTHING AGAINST EVERYTHING!” Kreator really should play this whole album live.
When the speed let's up in those rare moments, Hordes Of Chaos makes sure to make you bang your head and never gives you a moments rest. The solos are here, the aggression is here, the vocals are top notch, and everything about this album makes it work. I'm no expert on thrash, but as far as the big US thrash bands and the Teutonic thrash bands, this album is leagues ahead of what any of them have done in the past 15 years, Kreator included. An undeniable high point, if not peak, of their career. Do whatever it takes to get this album, and then cherish it for many, many years to come.
Highlights: Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite), Amok Run, Absolute Misanthropy, Demon Prince
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The first band I saw at Wakarusa 2008 was Mates of State, and they had a very good indie-pop sound to kick off the day for me. They'll be arriving at the Beaumont Club on April 13th with opening act Black Kids.
Friday, January 9, 2009
It's sponsored by Scion.
It's called a "rock fest".
It's in Atlanta.
It can't be that good, can it?
High on Fire
Wolves in the Throne Room
A Storm of Light
And it's free.
Death Metal stalwarts General Surgery and crossover deaththrash band Ghoul have announced a handful of dates near the west coast.
May 9 2009 Knitting Factory Hollywood, California
May 10 2009 The PHiX Phoenix, Arizona
May 11 2009 The Blue Lagoon Santa Cruz, California
May 12 2009 Your House Oakland, California