Well here’s a little bit of delightful news for the day. Yesterday evening the folks over at Scion A/V, the in-house record label of the Scion automotive brand, released a free six track Arsis EP titled Lepers Caress. While I’m not quite sure what the Lepers mentioned in the title of the new EP are Caressing, I gotta give the band a hand. After 2010′s abysmal Starve for the Devil, I was nearly ready to call it quits on this band, and while Lepers Caress isn’t an altogether return to form, it does see the band taking several steps in the right direction. Lepers Caress sees the band bringing in delicious noodley tech death riffs, and expertly mixing them into intricate melo-death rhythms that should appeal to fans of the band’s earlier catalog of work, as well as the five people who liked Starve for the Devil (our own Gunnar will be so stoked). While I would have liked to see a much more (for lack of a better word) “brutal” Arsis release, sadly I think the band is past that point in their career, but whatever, Lepers Caress is a great little diddy that should hold fans over until the band release their fifth full-length album Unwelcome.
And while I don’t know what spurred their interest in the metal scene, I sincerely hope that Scion A/V’s appeal and devotion to the community is paying off for them, because they’ve helped release some of the best EPs over the past few years, as well as numerous music videos and tours in support of big and small name metal bands, and I would love to see that trend continue. Nothing wrong with a little corporate love if the end result is some uncompromised metal releases, right? The fact that these releases are also free is just an added bonus. So thank you Scion A/V, we appreciate the love.
We’ve mentioned Heavy Blog contributor Noyan Tokgozoglu’s NYN project before, but now the progressive death metal act finally has a release under its belt. NYN’s debut EP The Anachronist really is is a standout independent metal release, and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with the guy. Fans of bands like Obscura, Death, and Atheist should enjoy The Anachronist.
The Anachronist is a conceptual piece, telling the story of a god named Ynareth The Destroyer, who has come to destroy humanity. The tale comes to a head in the very theatrical ‘Conquering Worlds’ when a nomad leads an army to battle against Ynareth. You can stream the EP (which also features a cover of In Flames‘ ‘Jotun’) below:
Two years ago, Barcelona, Spain based progressive metal act Obsidian Kingdom released an EP titled 3:11, which we featured alongside an interview. Now the band are back with a new full-length album titled Mantiis, a rock-opera the melds genres from across a rich and varied palette. Classic progressive metal, post-metal, and black metal all come together in powerful influence to carry the story through bouts of despair and violence. Making comparison is difficult, but it wouldn’t be out of the question to associate Obsidian Kingdom with the likes of Opeth, Katatonia, Enslaved, and Ihsahn.
If you enjoy the album enough, there’s also a marvelous physical copy of the album with artwork curated by minimalist artist Ritxi Ostáriz (Ihsahn, Ulver) and fashion designer Elena Gallen (Kulte, VICE). If you’re one to collect outstanding physical albums, make this one a part of your collection.
As I’m sure some of you regular readers know, our regular contributor Noyan Tokgozoglu is an active guitarist. He was picked up as a guitarist for Carthage in the past year and has a custom nine-string guitar coming his way shortly (more on that later). Before Carthage though, Noyan has been writing a collection of songs for a solo progressive death metal project — now titled NYN — which has finally come to fruition.
A single titled ‘Ynareth: The Destroyer’ has been posted online, and is available for streaming below:
Though only just beginning to make a name for themselves in the world of death metal, Stockton, CA’s Symbolik are already poised for strong footing. Pulling aspects from throughout the genre — particularly melodic and technical death metal with slight swathes of blackened thrash flourish — into an all-encompassing and diverse repertoire, the group released a free digital EP titled Pathogenesisin late 2011 that is just this month seeing physical re-release. To celebrate Pathogenesis getting the physical treatment, the band put together a lyric video for the EP’s closing track ‘Twin Fates.’
Speaking on the video, the band had this to say:
“This lyric video has been a fun collaboration between Symbolik and our good friend Charlie Vang. In making this video, we decided to use some of best live photos that we had of the band to showcase how much energy the music actually produces between us and the fans during our live shows. The photos are from various shows we have played over the past year and many of our friends and longtime fans can be seen among the masses. We felt that it would be a good addition to the video, so that anyone watching might be hitting replay just to see if they can find themselves in one of the shots. The visual effects were added to the background and images to keep the video interesting. We didn’t want something simple with the words just scrolling down as the song plays, as that can get boring pretty fast.
We also used images of our album art which was done by Mark Cooper/MindRape Art, so that people may get a better look at the amazing artwork used on our debut EP. The song we chose for this video, ‘Twin Fates,’ is the final track on the ‘Pathogenesis’ EP. We chose ‘Twin Fates’ not only because of how it progresses musically, but also because of how much the vocals stand out in this track. Right from the start, Chris is belting out his lyrics a mile a minute and he keeps it up for the entirety of the track, which definitely adds interest to viewers that are trying to follow along with the lyrics. If you think you’re a fast reader you might want to step up to the challenge of screaming along to this video, or you can just enjoy all the cool visual effects. The choice is yours! Either way, this is a fun and entertaining video that we made to share with the world and we hope you all enjoy it!”
You can view the lyric video for ‘Twin Fates‘ below:
Like chuggawuggas? Like meedlyweedlies? Then the new Rings of Saturn record Dingir should be right up your alley. After an apparent pre-pro version of the album leaked online, the band gave a resounding “fuck it” and decided to give away their album to fans for free via Total Deathcore. The band had this to say:
Here is the official album version of Dingir streamed in high quality. There are many reasons as to why we decided to stream our new album in its entirety before its scheduled release date. One big reason is because we are dealing with legal issues right now which unfortunately WILL push back the release date of Dingir from Nov. 20th to Feb. 5th.
The second reason is that a very poor quality, unfinished, and unmastered, pre-production version of our album went viral across many metal blog spots, torrent sites, and youtube this morning. It is unclear whether the original poster thought that the pre-production version of the album was the actual album, or if the original poster leaked it maliciously. In any case, If you guys are going to listen to a leaked version of our album, we would much rather you listen and jam out to the ACTUAL high quality finished album, rather than a low quality unfinished product. If you DID happen to upload the pre pro version to your Youtube channel (chances are that you did since our video is the first video of the actual finished album) we ask that you please take it down now that the actual album is up streaming because we don’t want to confuse people.
The third reason is that we know you are all tired of waiting for this, we are also EQUALLY tired of waiting, and we know that our true fans will continue to support the band, pre order our album, buy our merch, and come out to our shows. If you ARE in fact a true fan of Rings of Saturn, or you like what you are hearing, or you want to see us come to your town our city, then you will share this video EVERYWHERE, you will show all of your friends, and you will pre order and actually still buy our album when it does come out on Feb. 5th because a band’s first week album sales dictate what tours the band gets on, what slots they get, and where they are able to go. If you want to see us play in Europe, or Australia, or come back to Canada, or back to your state, then you will pre order Dingir or pick up your copy within the first week of its release. We are only able to keep doing this because of your guys support. We will keep everyone posted on pre-orders and new merch from this page. Again the new release date for Dingir is Feb. 5th and remember, SHARE THIS VIDEO and Enjoy!
You can stream the record below:
I’ve never been able to get into Rings of Saturn prior to Dingir, and while I have yet to sit through the whole record, it’s already their best work yet. I’ve seen a few mutterings of general disappointment (ie., butthurt) from folks, but if you think Dingir isn’t as good as their older material, you’re dumb and we can’t be friends anymore. At least Dingir has been listenable — their older material has leaned towards obnoxious. This one shows promise, though.
Dingir will be available for purchase on February 5th, 2013 on Unique Leader Records.
Remember that silly tech-deathcore band from last week that ran around the woods and had buttsex with each other? Well as a token of gratitude for the support and their viral reach with the video, Infant Annihilator have done a deathcore style cover/remix of PSY‘s cross-cultural pop hit ‘Gangnam Style.’ They’ve left the original vocals intact, which makes for an odd clash against the brutal musical stylings, bit it’s certainly interesting enough. I can dig the instrumental work aside from the gratuitous use of breakdowns, but it’s still pretty damn cool.
Based in the UK, Sithu Aye is an instrumental shredroom project. It’s really great stuff. Full of emotional chords and soaring solo’s it’s a miracle that this guy hasn’t run out of licks yet. If you imagine what Chris Letchford, Tosin Abasi and Piotrek Gruszkas’s had a baby and turned out to be an honor roll student, then you have a pretty good idea of what Sithu is capable of. From what I’ve heard, Invent the Universe doesn’t disappoint. The riffs and layers are tasteful and the production is outstanding. The songs are dynamic and usually don’t deviate from a certain theme or melody. As far as instrumental music goes, Sithu is one of the best. Invent the Universe and his other two releases are out for free on his bandcamp. Check it out and give him a like on Facebook.
There’s so much going on this week that I couldn’t possibly fit in the schedule so far, so excuse me if I use today as a day for catching up on the important news that I’ve missed. Earlier this week, the post-Nine Inch Nails spinoff group How To Destroy Angels have released their new single ‘Keep It Together.’ Disregard our site’s name for a second (since when do we live by the ‘heavy all day’ motto, anyway?) and float off to this poppy and ethereal industrial track below:
The group’s new EP An Omen is due out November 13th, but we can expect a full-length album by early 2013!
A good friend of mine introduced me to Pomegranate Tiger on the premise that it’s an enjoyably techy listen that doesn’t overdo it; he’s right. Look no further if you’re trying to find the next big name in progressive metal. These up-and-comers have enough talent to create mutant offspring clones that would form a band and still be better than you. That’s right. Not to mention they’re Canadian, which just makes everyone’s list of “Great Musicians from Canada” a little bit longer, or even your “Ways Canada is Still Apologizing for Celine Dion” list better.
Here’s what’s really important! Do you have what it takes to be Pomegranate Tiger’s new vocalist? Well then head on over to their Bandcamp site, download their two free instrumental tracks and follow the instructions! I’d recommend downloading them even if you’re not trying out. As a stand-alone instrumental jam EP, it’s really damn good. Go give their Facebook page a like while you’re at it and keep with the band.