For some death metal bands starting out, the goal is to have the most extreme “brootal” sound possible and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. There are some great extreme death metal bands out there that are a lot of fun.
For others, the goal is more complex; it’s to create a sound that is both heavy and accessible and ultimately that has its own unique identity. Hailing from the Chicago burbs, Cimmerian definitely fits among this second group. Vocalist and lead guitarist Dean Nagel founded the band with a friend who eventually moved on. He then added his brother Tim on bass and friend Evan Dale on guitar and backing vocals.
Cimmerian already has a full-length out, Infinite Perdition, and has just released a single ‘Among Ghosts, We Slept’ off the upcoming record, Hollowing.
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Have you got another confession to make? Are you a fool who has never tried egg foo young? Well, it’s time to be my hero and try out this ultra delicious recipe for a Chinese omelette packed full of veggies and smothered in gravy that will put you end over end and you’ll definitely want these to stick around.
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The rumors are true! Norwegian black n’ roll band Kvelertak have signed to Roadrunner Records. An interesting choice for both parties, but Kvelertak had a huge breakout in 2011 that no doubt afforded them the luxury of shopping around for the label that gave them the best offer. After critical success as well as other career highlights such as sharing the stage with Foo Fighters, it’s undoubtedly only going to get better.
The tracklist to their Kurt Ballou produced sophomore album Meir is as follows:
2. Spring Fra Livet
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
The leading single from the album, ‘Bruane Brenn,‘ can be heard below:
Meir will be released March 26th. According to Roadrunner, we can look forward to Kvelertak North American tour dates that are to be announced soon. Get the mead ready, because it’s going to be a raging party.
Record Store Day, the bastion of the independent music retailer, already has a huge string to its bow – a notch for its bedpost, if you will – for their fifth year in 2012, in the form of a special split 7″ record proposed from Mastodon and Feist.
If this comes off I’m sure it’ll be great; despite some negative criticism of The Hunter, I still think Mastodon have more than got ‘it’.
Bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders let slip the news in this interview with MTV Canada:
With the support Record Store Day received from the likes of Deftones, Foo Fighters and Rush, I’m sure there’ll be a plethora of additional support for RSD 2012, which I believe is happening on April 21st.
So over the weekend I finally got around to checking out the Foo Fighters latest, Wasting Light. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I have nothing but respect for Dave Grohl and the boys for consistently delivering high quality rock records. And since Wasting Light has sold about a billion copies so far and has received nothing but high praise, I decided to give it a spin. Sure enough, it is a damn fine rock album. BUT-one thing I was really looking forward to that slowly drove me nuts while I was listening to it, is their brand new three guitar attack-specifically, the lack of it.
Despite reading an interview with the Foo Fighters in Guitar World a few months back stating that they have all these crazy, interwoven guitar lines throughout Wasting Light and Grohl saying something to the effect of “with three guitarists, you have to be really careful or everything turns into a big fucking mess…”, I found myself desperately searching each track for a part, ANY part, where I could even tell there were three different guitars playing. Much less playing three separate parts….
Which brings me to my point, and I think all bands with three guitarists (Periphery, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Iron Maiden) suffer from this. I’ll call it “trying so hard to not overplay that everybody underplays” syndrome. Or to reference Grohl’s statement above, they try so hard not to make a mess with their three guitar attack, that they end up sounding like they don’t have three guitars at all.
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Mastodon let their fans know that they’ve recently stepped into the studio to write and record their new album by uploading a series of photos in the album ‘New Album Recording April 2011′. The above photo of the legendary Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Probot, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures, etc if you somehow forgot his legacy) was tucked neatly at the end, leading rock fans everywhere to salivate in awe at the possibility of Dave contributing to the new album. Dave is certainly fit for Mastodon’s sound, just as Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures, etc) fit in perfectly in “Colony of Birchmen” from their album Blood Mountain. Hopefully this ends up being more than friendly goofing off and we see a recorded collab between Dave and Mastodon; it’s just undeniably sweet and should be excellent!
Expect to hear more about this soon enough. We’ll have the record later this year!