I know there are more than a handful of you who hit up the Summer Slaughter festival every year, even if it’s for a single band. Every metal site looks forward to this tour for the simple reason of wanting to see who has been announced will be a part of Summer Slaughter. This years line-up looks fucking killer, if I say so myself. Check out the full line-up and poster below. Continue reading
Similar to the conflicted state of mind the character Jules Winnfield Of Pulp Fiction was in when he decided not to execute the characters of Honey Bunny and Ringo like “fucking fried chicken”, my American Aftermath writership came at a period in my life of transition, a time of both fleeting and returning tastes. In short, my idea of “music” was flipped upside down. What was once a streamlined process of music listening and discovery was overloaded and overridden by my previous months exploration into a multitude of realms and genres previously unexplored, most notable among that being my new found discovery of hardcore and the cascading effects of that discovery, which led to realms from sludge metal to pop punk.
The following thirty album list reflects the few difficultly chosen releases that stuck with me the most throughout both the bombarding ocean of releases this year and the aforementioned musical overturn. Before we actually begin, I’d like to thank the American Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane Oliver, and Josh Huddleston for allowing me to be a part of their team. I would also like to thank the musicians and bands that have created music for me to write about and those that have helped out in interviews and features. Last but not least I want to thank you, the readers, for giving a shit. See you all after the jump.
Currently streaming exclusively over at Terrorizer is Aeon’s Black, the follow-up album by Swedish death metal giants, Aeon to their 2010 crusher, Path Of Fire. Running fifteen tracks and nearly 51 minutes(making this the group’s longest effort to date), Aeon’s Black follows through with Aeon’s promise of delivering their “grooviest” album to date, showcasing the group’s signature brutal riffwork with a new found sense of melody and attack. Stream the death metal epic, here, courtesy of Terrorizer. Aeon’s Black comes out the 20th of this month through Metal Blade Records. Pre-order the record here and be sure to check Aeon out on their upcoming UK 2013 Tour. Dates after the jump. Continue reading
Ahh, Aeon. Aeon is one of those death metal bands that continuously break down the wall that was their previous album and builds up something new and more crushing. I have been a big fan of this band ever since I read the lyrics to “God Gives Head In Heaven” and I remain rooted in my love of their destructive death metal. The band is now streaming a new song off of their forthcoming album Aeon’s Black which will be released by Metal Blade Records on November 20th. The track is called “The Glowing Hate” and it’s everything you want from a death metal band in 2012. Check out the track here and then talk about it in the comments. Enjoy. Continue reading
Swedish death metal band, Aeon, have been busy as fuck trying to build hype for their upcoming release “Aeons Black“. First the band made the title track available for streaming, then they released a lyric video for it and now they have posted their first in-studio update. Unlike most studio updates, this series starts members of Aeon tracking bass and vocals which is unusual considering you always record drums first.
It sounds like the song being tracked in the video is “Aeons Black“, which is dumb considering we’ve all heard that song, but whatever. Watch the video and get stoked for “Aeons Black” out November 20th on Metalblade records.
– Josh Huddleston
Sweden’s Aeon have just finished up tracking their upcoming fourth full length album entitled, “Aeons Black“. This mammoth album is due out November 20th on Metalblade.
The band is toting this album to be their “grooviest” album to date which is generally a turn off for me when it comes to death metal. However, the new song does sound pretty dope. I haven’t been too into death metal in the past year or so but I am highly anticipating the release of this album. Continue reading for the official press statement and comments from the band -
Since extreme metal wiggled its way into my life, Cannibal Corpse has been a constant. My all time favorite band. Their stories of zombies, murder and skulls full of maggots have kept me entertained and head banging for years. I have had the pleasure of having a member of Cannibal Corpse to answer a few questions for me. This was fucking exciting. Please read on to hear Paul talk about KISS, Aeon and the fact that 22 years is a long fucking time.
Over two decades of amazing metal under your belt, do you ever wake up and think it’s all a been a dream?
Well thank you, and yes! We never thought we would have lasted this long and a lot of times it does feel very surreal. For us to be around 22 years is nothing short of remarkable to me!
Do you still get the same rush playing today as you did when the band was starting?
Yes I do or I wouldn’t be doing it! Of course it has changed in the sense that we have been doing it for so long, the whole newness factor is gone, but we love playing and if we didn’t we wouldn’t still be here!
Out of all the bands you have played with and seen live, has any band made a big impression on you?
Slayer! It was great to finally do a tour with them in ’09 with the Mayhem Festival! They are one of our biggest influences and getting to watch Dave Lombardo play every night was incredible for me!
Are there any newer bands that you have come to like?
Aeon from Sweden! They are what death metal is all about!
What was the first metal album you remember hearing?
Tell me about the filming process for Centuries of Torment. A DVD of the history of your band must have been insane to work on.
Denise Korycki should get all of the credit. She was the one doing all of the interviews while sorting and editing the raw footage we had. Our job was quite simple actually. She interviewed us a few times and we compiled all of the archive footage that we had and that was it for us. She did a great job and deserves all of the credit for making a killer documentary about Cannibal Corpse!
The band has toured like crazy since the early ’90s. What do you do in your downtime?
I just spend time with my family and my pets. I also play ice hockey so when I’m home I’m on the ice at least once a week!
I can’t begin to understand how crazy touring can be. Do you guys ever get on each other’s nerves on the road?
Of course! Haha. Sometimes it’s tough being in close quarters for an extended period of time.
Last year saw the release of Cannibal’s 11th record. What did you think of the recording rocess with Erik Rutan and the final product?
I think Erik did a great job and is a great producer! The fact that he is from a death metal background is a tremendous asset! He also is a good friend an awesome guy all around! He works his ass off and gets you to do the same!
Can you tell me a few of the lyrical elements present on Evisceration Plague?
Pretty much the typical content for us… Killing, massacres, zombies… We really don’t stray from our formula.
I’ve come to understand that horror movies serve as some of the inspiration for many of the band’s songs. What are some of the best, goriest movies you’ve seen?
My favorite horror movies are the late 70′s early 80′s classics like Halloween, the Exorcist, Friday the 13th. Not too gory but just plain scary!
Has there been any work on the next Cannibal album you can tell me about?
We are starting the writing process for the new album. Hopefully we’ll record in the summer of 2011 and have a new one out in early 2012. That’s the plan so far!
What is your best memory from your tenure in the band?
My best memory would be just those early years when everything was new! Getting signed and holding our first CD in my hands. Touring for the very first time. All of these firsts are definitely the most special to me!