Brisbane, Australia’s own Portal are celebrating Halloween in their own special way by surprisingly dropping a music video from a cut off their new album Vexovoid. It’s just as frightening as you think it is.
Formed out of the remnants of the late and great Lapse and Eddie Brock comes Sokushinbutsu, a new Baltimore based group so accurately self-described as “not metal dudes playing death metal”. Presenting death metal strained through the filters of hardcore, powerviolence, grindcore and d-beat, Sokushinbutsu assault with a bite not ill-compared to the more recent iterations of Mammoth Grinder and Hatred Surge on their debut demo Holy Ground, albeit sustained with a bit more focus. In accordance with the aforementioned groups and in contrast to the dirgy death metal archetype, Holy Ground’s tracks run short and sweet with the majority of tracks running under two minutes, however, the tonality and vocals remain firmly ingrained in doomed out death metal, making the group’s excursions and diversions into their more familiar genres seem just that, extremely moshable “additives” to an already firm death metal base. Holy Ground is currently available for streaming below and free download via Sokushinbutsu’s official bandcamp here. Follow Sokushinbutsu through their official Facebook here and be sure to lookout for a tape version via Arctic Night Records soon as well as a full length from these maniacs on the horizon.
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
Favorite Track: “Nail Through The Immortal Hand”
For Fans Of: Coffins, Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge
Experimental powerviolence band Bucket Full of Teeth have put their entire output; EPs I, II, III, and LP IV, up for free/name your price download on their bandcamp. So now instead of scouring the internet for crap quality rips of their utterly revolutionary take on the powerviolence genre you can conveniently download high quality versions of all 4 of their releases in one place and since the band if offering it them free you can do so guilt-free.
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Vancouver, BC experimental blackened death metal hounds Mitochondrion are currently streaming a mind-melting new track entitled “Insummation” off of their long-awaited EP, Antinumerology. Tight, discordant, and ripe with the group’s vitriolic militancy, “Insummation” is a well awaited slice of fine death metal and in my opinion, strikes the perfect balance between the group’s war metal-esque assault and eerie atmospherics. While the track itself has been a part of the group’s live repertoire for awhile and should be no stranger to followers of the group, the two-year gap between 2011′s Parasignosis draws blood with two additional new tracks to round out three on this latest EP( “137″ and “Antinumerology”), available for pre-order now as limited black or white vinyl via Dark Descent Records. Stream “Insummation” below, pre-order Antinumerology here and check out it’s awesome artwork above, done by Richard Friend (Loss, Father Befouled).
Emerging out of the shadow of early 2000s nu-metal and shock rock, Morbid Angel are set on reclaiming their cool with their upcoming 20th Anniversary Covenant: 1993 – 2013 tour, in which they will be performing the legendary album in full along with an expected slew of old school hits. Ironically, Covenant was both the band’s greatest hour, holding as of 2003, the title of best selling death metal album by record of Nielsen Soundscans, and the birth of what has been widely regarded as their worst effort, the dreaded “I” album, with the band’s electronic musings starting with the Covenant’s Laibach remixes. Peep the full tour schedule and a stream of Covenant below. Continue reading »
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My first encounter with Weekend Nachos was an advertisement for the album, Worthless, on the side panel of prominent metal blog, Invisible Oranges. But it was just that, an advertisement. At the time, I was an ignorant fuckhead attempting to present myself as a sophisticated underground death metal hipster. Luckily, that transformation never fully occurred and in a move of self-rediscovery to reclaim all I had lost in my egotistical musings, I turned to hardcore. Aiding that transition back to the mosh was none other than Weekend Nachos, a band whose brash juxtaposition of the ridiculous with an inane amount of vitriol and hatred would lead them to become one of my favorite bands ever. I recently had the chance to interview John Hoffman, lead vocalist and prominent song-writer of Weekend Nachos, to talk about the band’s upcoming record, the Weekend Nachos theme park, Attack Attack, the one time John met Robert Englund, the ethics and function of labels and more. Check it all out after the jump.
-Eric Nguyen, CrypticChasms
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.
While unfortunate legal issues have forced Gehenna to cancel all current tour outings(including all dates with Full of Hell and appearances at Maryland Deathfest and Chaos In Tejas), the Reno,NV war-mongerers have staked their claims for the near future of total war with the limited lathe-cut exclusive 7″ They Begged For A War. Limited to 40 copies, They Begged For A War unleashes three absolutely caustic tracks drawn from upcoming Gehenna releases, Deathkamp Of The Skull LP and First Blood Part II 7″ and can only be obtained at Chaos In Tejas 2013 by enacting the following commands: Continue reading »
The legendary Bolt Thrower have recently announced a string of tour dates surrounding their appearances at Maryland Death Fest and Chaos In Tejas. Mostly focusing on the West Coast, Bolt Thrower come to arms with Benediction, set for support on all non-fest dates, and Autopsy, who will buttress arms for the Pomona and Oakland dates. There are no prerogatives here, but eternal war. Scout the tour battle plans (credit due to Invisible Oranges) as well as a stream of Bolt Thrower’s classic Earache release, War Master, below. Continue reading »
“It’s all in the hips.” – Happy Gilmore, 1996
Welcome to the tenth 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. For the past few weeks, I have been absent grinding off at school and so have been unable to deliver on my weekly blood rituals. This week, I return to my place on the altar of sacrifice and offer you three fresh kills…after the jump. Continue reading »
Occult doom outfit Seven Sisters Of Sleep are currently streaming a new track entitled “Reaper Christ”, which is set to debut on the group’s upcoming 2013 sophomore full length record, Opium Morals. “Reaper Christ” sees the group assault with their usual sledgehammer to the jawline sludge whilst adding a bite of speed for extra damage. Stream “Reaper Christ” and try to decipher the A389′s recently leaked “track listing” for Opium Morals after the jump. Continue reading »
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s arm of the Holy Terror Church, Withdrawal, return with an all new track entitled “Guardian Angel” off of their upcoming A389-released split with Charlotte, North Carolina’s atmospheric blackened crust Young And In The Way. Bridging the line between their debut EP Unknown Misery’s metallic hardcore thrash and their sophomore EP Faith, Flesh, and Blood’s more Slayer-esque approach, “Guardian Angel” pummels with triumphant double bass drum blast, Behemoth-ian riffs and the group’s usual brand of angular hardcore riffing. Withdrawal have also announced a string of East Coast US dates surrounding their appearance at the upcoming Baltimore A389 IX Anniversary Bash. Stream “Guardian Angel” and peep the dates below. Continue reading »
With a current bodycount of two full lengths and a split with fellow death doomers, Hooded Menace, the 2009 evoked Ilsa have returned with their third full length release and debut A389 LP, Intoxicantations. Recorded with Kevin Bernstein at Developing Nations and mastered with James Plotkin of legendary drone/doom act, Khanate, Intoxicantations shows Ilsa masterfully melding the mid-paced death metal bite of acts like Bolt Thrower and Dismember with the dizzying psychedelia of doom in a ten track closed casket journey to the underworld. Stream the crushing record in full below and be sure to pre-order it off of A389 Records here.
“We have such sights to show you!” – Hellraiser, 1987
Welcome to the second edition of Cryptic Passages, a 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. Three satanic passages await you in the cryptic chasm…after the jump. Continue reading »
Legendary Pennsylvanian death metal forefathers, Incantation, return with their long awaited LP, the first since 2006′s Primordial Domination. Recorded at Mars Recording Compound with Engineer Bill Korecky, and mixed/mastered by Swedish death metal icon Dan Swanö. Vanquish In Vengeance is a ten track soundtrack to the end of the universe that is doomier, gloomier, and as bleak as can be. Vanquish In Vengeance comes out November 27th through Listenable Records(order here). Stream the monstrosity and read up on some of themes and track breakdowns exclusively via Decibel here.