Exclusive Interview: THE CONTORTIONIST

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Earlier this week (September 16) progressive metal act The Contortionist released their latest album, Language. Their third full-length and follow-up to 2012’s Intrinsic features a new line-up, with original members, Joey (drums) and Robby Baca (guitar), now accompanied by Michael Lessard (vocals), Jordan Eberhardt (bass) and Eric Guenther (keyboards). Along with the personnel change, Language sees the band delve further into experimental and atmospheric territory. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, Joey Baca discussed the new release, the member change and The Contortionist’s progressive sound, as well as the themes behind Language and more. Continue reading

TODAY IS THE DAY Release Music Video For “Masada”

animal motherToday Is The Day always pleases my earholes and I like seeing really intriguing, off-the-wall music videos, so today is a nice day because I get both. I get new Today Is The Day and I get an insane David Hall-directed music video for the bands song “Masada.” I’m not sure if it’s ignorance or my upbringing void people of the Jewish faith, but I wasn’t aware of what the name of the song was derived from until I looked it up. Apparently it’s the name of a plateau in which a bunch of Israelis committed mass suicide. METAL! Check out the video for “Masada” after the jump.      Continue reading

CARCASS To Release New EP “Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel”

Carcass have announced the release of a new EP that comes on the heels of their critically-acclaimed album Surgical Steel of 2013. The EP, Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel, compiles B-Sides that were recorded during the Surgical Steel sessions. The EP will be released on November 11th via Nuclear Blast. The track listing for the effort and a stream of “Zochrot” can be found below.

  1. A Wraith in the Apparatus
  2. Intensive Battery Brooding
  3. Zochrot
  4. Livestock Marketplace
  5. 1985 (Reprise)

 

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GODMAKER Streaming New Track “Megalith”

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Brooklyn-based sludge outfit Godmaker have released a new track from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which will be released on November 11th through Aqualamb. The new track is the eight minute behemoth, “Megalith”, that churns out devastatingly crushing and catchy riff after riff. The song sounds like a mash-up between all the best parts of Sleep and sister band High on Fire. You can check out the track fro yourself after the break.

Pre-orders for the album can be found here.

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PISS VORTEX Announce Debut Album, Stream New Track

Danish chaotic grindcore quartet Piss Vortex have announced the release of their self-titled debut full length. The self-titled full length will be released through Indisciplinarian on November 3rd digitally and on limited vinyl (500 copies). The 14 track record was produced by Jakob Reichert Nielsen (Anti-Ritual, etc) and was mastered by Brad Boatright. The album’s artwork and track-listing can be seen after the break.

No Clean Singing is providing a stream of the track “Of Bodily Waste and Desire” from the album here. Three other tracks from the album can be streamed after the break via the band’s Soundcloud.

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IMMORTAL BIRD Announce October Tour Dates

Chicagoan blackened death/thrash trio Immortal Bird have announced a string of October North American tour dates. The band will be invading seven U.S. cities as well as making their first appearances in Canada. The tour will be in support of the group’s 2013 debut EP, Akrasia, which can be streamed below. You can check out the touring schedule after the break.

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Exclusive Interview: LAST PLAGUE

Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.

How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?

Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.heath

What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?

The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.

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REVOCATION Release Making-Of Video For Deathless

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Revocation have released the first episode of the Making-Of special feature for their upcoming Metal Blade Records debut and fifth LP, Deathless. Shot by Naughty Mantis Productions, who recently brought forwards Whitechapel’s crowd-funded documentary, the pro-shot footage features one-on-one interviews with each individual band member on the weight and inner gimmicks of the new record. Personally, I feel the video missed the opportunities for the band’s well known comedic shenanigans but it’s a pretty tight affair. Peep the teaser below and be sure to catch Revocation on one of their upcoming tours (US with Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy and Armed For Apocalypse, Europe with death metal peers Cannibal Corpse and Aeon and Australia with Thy Art Is Murder). Deathless comes out the 14th Of October. Pre-order it on CD and vinyl via Metal Blade here.

EVERY TIME I DIE Announce U.S. Tour

Every Time I Die have officially announced their new U.S. headlining run in support of their most recent effort, From Parts Unknown. The band will be joined by the likes of The Ghost Inside, Architects, Hundredth and Backtrack. Those dates, as well as Every Time I Die’s video for “Decayin’ With the Boys”, can be seen below.

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IDES OF GEMINI Streaming New Track “Fememorde”

Ethereal doom outfit Ides of Gemini have premiered a new track from their upcoming sophomore album, Old World New Wave, over at CVLT Nation. The new track is entitled “Fememorde” and it is a very sludgy, guitar driven jam that features the bands’ ever so angelic vocals. The trio’s guitarist, Jason Bennett, had the following to say on the new track:

“‘Fememorde’ is the first song that was written for Old World New Wave, and appears on the ‘new wave’ side of the album. In that sense, it was the impetus for the entire OWNW concept. It’s a completely different kind of song for us — probably because all the guitar parts were composed in my head rather than on an actual guitar. That hadn’t happened before and hasn’t happened since. So I’ll chalk this one up to something like destiny.”

Head over to CVLT Nation to stream the track now. Old World New Wave will be released on September 16th via Neurot Recordings and SIGE Records.

OLD MAN GLOOM Streaming New Track “The Lash”

Old Man Gloom (Isis, Cave In, etc) have released  a new track of their forthcoming album, The Ape of God, which is due out on November 11th via Profound Lore (CD/Digital) and SIGE Records (2XLP). The new track is entitled “The Lash” and it trudges along with bass-heavy grooves and cycling, sludgy riffs.  Check out the track for yourself after the break.

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Stream The New GODHUNTER/SECRETS OF THE SKY Split LP

The new split LP between Arizona sludgemakers Godhunter and Oakland post-metal outfit Secrets of the Sky, GH/OST:S, can now be streamed in full over at Revolver. The album is available today digitally and can be purchased here. A vinyl pressing of the record is due out on September 30th and can be pre-ordered here. Feel free to stream all four tracks of earth-shaking goodness over at Revolver now.

Both bands’ forthcoming touring schedules can be seen after the break.

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