Category Archives: Heavy Metal

Exclusive Interview: ENABLER’S Jeff Lohrber

Enabler has since their formation in 2009 gained a sizable following by releasing a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits showcasing their potent combo of punk,hardcore,thrash,grind, and crust. Following up on their critically acclaimed 2012 LP All Hail The Void, released on Southern Lord Records, will be La Fin Absolue Du Monde, a rawer ,even more intense exercise in brutality than anything else in Enabler’s discography.

Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Jeff Lohrber was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview via email. Read on after the break.

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ENABLER: Second Full Length To See Spring Release; New Spring/Summer Tour Dates Announced

Milwaukee based hardcore/crust/thrash/grind/whatever unit Enabler will see the release of their second full length, La Fin Absolue Du Monde this spring. Set to hit stores in vinyl and CD versions this May 27, just one day after their debut appearance at Maryland Deathfest. A collaborative effort between San Francisco based Creator-Destructor Records and NYC-area-based The Compound, the label arm of media/PR outfit The Earsplit Compound, La Fin Absolue Du Monde, (“the absolute end of the world” in French) , comes hot on the heels of  Shift of Redemption and Flies , the two EPs the band released in 2013.

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Selim Lemouchi Of THE DEVIL’S BLOOD And SELIM LEMOUCHI & HIS ENEMIES Passes Away

selimSelim Lemouchi was a musical genius. Between his work with The Devil’s Blood and his latest project Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, who released their debut album in December, the man was a treasure. It saddens me to inform you that Selim has passed away at the incredibly young age of 34. It has not yet been released what exactly his cause of death was, but it is terrible to lose anyone that you admire.

To Selim. I toast one to you.

MOUNT SALEM Are Brilliant And I Am Late To The Party

MountSalem-EndlessI hate when I arrive to a party too late and I miss all the fun. Well, that’s how I felt when I finally listened to Mount Salem, one of Metal Blade Records latest doom acts. The band is one of the most amazing neo-classic doom bands I have ever heard (right on par with Pilgrim, who were a subject of a post yesterday). Not only are they heavy and powerful, they have the additive gift of being lead on vocals by the lovely Emily Kopplin. This is definitely a that needs to be watched. Check out a track from the upcoming re-press of their long out-of-print EP below.     Continue reading

PILGRIM Streaming New Track “The Paladin”

Pilgrim-Void-WorshipNeo-classic doom metallers Pilgrim have been secretly working on their follow-up to their amazing 2012 release Misery Wizard and the band have sprung a righteous, crushing new track titled “The Paladin.” This track comes off of Pilgrim‘s sophomore album II: Void Worship. Isn’t that an amazing title for an album?! Check out this beautifully crafted doomer after the jump. It’ll rock your world in half.     Continue reading

THE SWORD Release Lyric Video For “ARCANE MONTANE”

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Stupid, low-quality videos…

I still don’t get bands releasing lyric video not months, but years after the release. With this one I somewhat understand because The Sword recently released a group 7″ releases, one featuring the track “Hidden Masters” with a remix of the song on the b-side and the second featuring the track “Arcane Montane” with a remix of the track on the b-side. So, The Sword decided to release a lyric video for “Arcane Montane.” This isn’t the first time this band has waited a long time to release a lyric video however. Anyway, check out the video after the jump. Rad song regardless.     Continue reading

ELECTRIC WIZARD Tease New Album

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Late yesterday famed doom metal group Electric Wizard posted a flyer on their Facebook page indicating a new record would be coming this year. The flyer does not specify a title or release date, but the band later posted what appears to be a scan of some kind of magazine article describing the as yet untitled release. Jus Oborn describes the new record as “primitive,” “morbid,” and “death obsessed.” That’s just what I like to hear, considering that I wasn’t a huge fan of the washed out heavy psych direction the band took with Black Masses nearly four years ago. Here’s hoping for some nice, bassy riffs you can smoke it out to on this new one. Links to these respective facebook posts after the jump.

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SISTER Release Music Video For “My Enemy”

sisterI wasn’t as pleased with the new record by Sweden’s Sister. Hated was such a strong album, I guess I was expecting sooo much more from Disguised Vultures and it just didn’t deliver how I wanted it to. There are a few good tracks on the album, but more than a few began to remind me of Wednesday 13… Well, Sister have released a new music video for their song “My Enemy” which you can see after the jump. It’s a fucking strange video featuring a lot of abstract and haunting imagery. Not sure how I feel about it, really. It’s just… Well, it is what it is.      Continue reading

INDIAN Streaming New Track “Directional”

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Long running sludge/doom outfit Indian are ringing in the new year’s gloom just right with the premiere of a new track entitled “Directional”, off of their long-awaited and upcoming fifth full length LP, From All Purity. Currently streaming exclusively over at Invisible Oranges HQ, “Directional” is a six minute trudging journey into hypnotic bleakness with rolling doom riffs canvassed across a sea of piercing power electronics and amongst some of the group’s most scathing vocal recordings to date. Drone out to the new buzz here, check out the first tease “Rhetoric Of No” here, and pre-order From All Purity via Relapse Records here.

The record hits North American shores the 21st of January, Germany/Benelux/Finland on the 17th and the rest of the world on the 20th.

 

Review: MAMMOTH GRINDER-”Underworlds”

By Lane Oliver

In the four years since Extinction of Humanity, the Austin metal-heads Mammoth Grinder have been carefully crafting their next opus. With a few splits and 7” hinting at what’s to come, the body will still not be fully prepared for Mammoth Grinder’s third full length, Underworlds. Underworlds is a high velocity, bone shattering collection of the band’s most virulent material to date. These are the unholy chants to summon some subterranean beast from its billion year slumber to wreak havoc upon an unsuspecting civilization and your ear holes.

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KEN MODE Announce Fall Canada Tour With FULL OF HELL

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In addition to their currently ongoing Summer dates and plans for a Fall European tour, KEN Mode have announced an additional slew of tour dates to round up the close of the year, this time aiming for the Canadian provinces with direct support from Full of Hell. Peep the complete tour details above and stream the latest albums from both groups below. 

 

Revocation Debut New Track “Fracked”

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Progressive tech thrashers Revocation are currently streaming an all new track entitled “Fracked” off of their upcoming epic fourth full length, the self-titled Revocation, exclusively over at Loudwire. The anti-fracking anthem is definitely my favorite of the teased tracks so far, a more sustained and expansive track that treads along a more progressive inclination, boasting some almost electronic sounding complimentary basswork and an epic solo section. Musings aside, you can stream “Fracked” via Loudwire here and pre-order Revocation via Relapse Records here, out August 6th. Be sure to catch Revocation on the remaining dates of this year’s excellent Summer Slaughter tour.

Exclusive Interview: Bo Lueders of HARM’S WAY

Based out of Chicago, IL, Harm’s Way are one of the hardest hitting and original bands in contemporary hardcore today. Initially surged with a powerviolence bite, the Chicago group eventually took a turn towards caustic metallic hardcore infused with the spirit of Merauder, Machinehead and 90s death metal, even stepping into industrial territory on their acclaimed 2011 sophomore LP, Isolation. The group’s relative silence since then has recently been broken with this year’s March announcement of the group’s signing to Deathwish Inc. along with the announcement of a new EP for the group, Blinded. I recently checked in with lead guitarist Bo Lueders to talk about Blinded, touring in Europe, growth beyond the scene, Wolfnote, Bo’s new pop punk group, and more. Check it all out after the jump. 

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Photo Credits to Danielle Parsons (http://dressingcold.tumblr.com/)

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CRYPTIC PASSAGES Volume Eleven: The California Love Edition

“It’s all in the hips.” – Happy Gilmore, 1996

Welcome to the eleventh edition of Cryptic Passages, a weekly hopefully-weekly column in which I, Eric Nguyen, will be presenting for your torture, some of the most brutal, unrelenting, and hate drenched pieces of audio I’ve found journeying through the misanthropic plains of the internet. This week’s special re-summoning of the Cryptic Passages column brings with it a local focus, on bands from my neck of this circle of hell, Southern California. For now, I return to my place on the altar of sacrifice and offer you three fresh kills…after the jump.  Continue reading