01. The Shepherd’s Staff
02. Imperfect Contrition
04. The Scales of Justice
06. Forfeit I – The Crooked Quill
07. Forfeit II – Worn Thin
08. The Tree of New Life
11. In Tongues
Dark Sermon are a Floridian modern death metal band. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, later Job For a Cowboy and Behemoth at times, they have a sound that is aggressive and melodic. Those bands are all highly regarded within their own communities, but their brand of metal is done by so many other bands that it can be tiring at times, and finding a good band among those can be quite difficult. Dark Sermon’s debut effort In Tongues is their try at this sort of sound, and it succeeds in some ways, but it also falls into some trappings of the genre.
Oh damn, just look at that artwork. It’s like Sylosis’ Monolith cover without all the pea green.
Amorphis‘ eleventh studio effort, Circle, now has a face, some tracks, and a pretty high mark to hit. Their 2009 release Skyforger got me interested in the band, and I’ve delved pretty deep into their back catalogue. 2011 rolled around and I picked up the Beginning of Times, which could have been ten bucks I spent on a pretty kick ass sandwich or the life’s blood known only as coffee. It was a lengthy album that jumped from idea to idea without sticking on one long enough for me to get into it. Go ahead and take a look at what Circle has to offer thus far-
Members of Hellyeah, Lamb of God, In Flames, and Sylosis Pay Tribute to Dimebag Darrell
Saturday night was the anniversary of the passing of the great Dimebag Darrel Abbot, guitarist for Pantera who was tragically shot and killed on-stage back in 2004. Eight years is a long time, but for those who respcted and loved Darrel, no amount of time will ever be able to effectively heal those wounds. So in honor of Darrel’s passing several bands were filmed paying tribute to the man and his music over the weekend. From Machine Head, to Sylosis, these band’s took special time out of their day and did their best to honor a man who was, for better or worse, a key-player in bringing metal to the masses during the late 80′s, 90′s and early 2000′s. I’m not going to say much else, because really what can I say? If you’re interested, click the videos, watch them, and then go listen to Vulgar Display of Power and pour one out for a fallen homie. Cheers.
Italy has been a hotbed for extreme metal bands in recent years, and you can add Eyeconoclast to the ever-growing list of pasta-munching headbangers and riff makers. These Romans have a pretty notable lineup, featuring robot octopus/drummer extraordinaire Mauro Mercurio (ex- Hour of Penance, session work on Fleshgod Apocalypse’sOracles) and guitarist Stefano Morabito, who also owns 16th Cellar Studios (every European death metal record ever). They play a thrashy and utterly insane style of death metal that manages to keep a well-developed structure and some smatterings of technicality while still giving out a big fuck you to the progressive tendencies demonstrated by their contemporaries in Sylosis and Revocation.
Take the track below, for example, which comes from their 2011 EP of the same name. Following the brief sampled intro, the song suddenly kicks in with a freight train of a riff, ferocious vocals, and some stupidly fast blasting. It never lets go from there, even though there’s enough dynamics and variances to ensure it doesn’t grow old. The sound is really modern, but in this case I believe that works in the band’s favor, as this is the type of aural assault which you want to hear in full effect.
Apart from this 3-song EP, Eyeconoclast also released a full-length in 2008 called Unassigned Death Chapter. You can check out all of this stuff on their (gasp!) Myspace, buy it from their store, or just say hi on their Facebook page. The band is also working on a follow-up record, so expect more news from them in the near future.
I don’t really know much about the band, but from what I’ve heard off of their new record, I dig them. Really good, quality metal. And the best part? Now you fellow metalheads can listen to the album, too! Metalsucks has the full album stream here. Nuclear Blast has pre orders here. And while you’re here, be sure to backtrack and discover more about the band than you ever knew before.
For a while late last year and earlier this year, I was involved in a project that a group of friends and I came up with called The Monolith. In its initial stages, the basic idea was this: three blogs — The Number Of The Blog, No Clean Singing, and Heavy Blog Is Heavy — would come together to create a hub dedicated to the best of music and film centered around this community of underground music fans. There was a board of five editors when I left, but now there remains the two forces which are now the heart and soul of The Monolith, my good friends Quigs Quigley (of the now defunct The Number of the Blog) and former Heavy Blog editor Chris ‘Disinformasiya’ Grenville.
In its early phase, I dropped off the project for several reasons. I’ve recently taken up an internship for my major, which cut back tremendously on my day job as well as my time working on this very website. I needed the ad revenue that this site gets to stay afloat, and I was right. Without my work on this site I probably would have had many uncomfortably hungry days. Most importantly though, Heavy Blog is my ‘baby’ of sorts, and I just wasn’t ready to give it up yet. I like the way things are ran here, and the thought of losing control frankly scared me. I was also in a bad state of mind at the time and was being a bit of a pessimist, but that’s neither here nor there.
However, in the past few months that Quigs and Chris have been developing The Monolith, it has grown with great promise and ambition, and I am beyond excited that they are finally unveiling this new site that I had once thought would never see the light of day, and as it stands right now, totally exceeds expectations. Features that were thrown around in passing that I thought wouldn’t work are now apparently blossoming behind the scenes, and I couldn’t be happier to be wrong.
Burgeoning prog-thrash Brits Sylosis are gearing up to release their upcoming album Monolith, and the new songs are starting to pour in. Thunderous galloping riffs and wowwing guitar leads everywhere, and Heavy Blog was pleased. We’re looking at a 2012 highlight, here.
First up, the song ‘Born Anew’ was debuted on BBC Radio 1′s Rock Show this past weekend, and luckily they didn’t make us wait long to hear it. The song is available on the band’s Facebook page. The second song, ‘A Dying Vine‘, is also available on the band’s new website in the upper right hand corner. I don’t know what else to tell you except that they’re both fucking excellent, and you will probably definitely enjoy them both. This is a band you need to be familiar with, because they’re going places.
Monolith will be out October 9th on Nuclear Blast Records.
Modern prog thrash rising stars Sylosis are getting ready to release their new album Monolith in a couple of months (their second album in two years!), and as such, the press cycle has begun! They’ve released the excellent album art a few weeks back (above) a few weeks back, and now the band’s label Nuclear Blast are giving us some insight on the album’s creation via the first in a series of studio videos which you can watch below.
Speaking on the album, guitarist and vocalist Josh Middleton said, “Monolith is the best representation of us as a band in terms of our diverse influences, and stylistically it’s what we’ve always been aiming for; a mixture of thrash, big doomy riffs and dark atmospherics and ambiance,” so I’m excited over what’s to come. That massive nature of Edge of the Earth is what made it so excellent, and it’s good to see that the group is going further in that direction. What little bit of new music in the studio video tickles my fancy as well.
Monolith will be out October 9th on Nuclear Blast Records.
It looks like Devin’s throwing it all into touring this year! Like the recently announced North American Epic Kings and Idols Tour (featuring Katatonia, Paradise Lost, and Stolen Babies), his upcoming European tour sees Devin teaming up with a co-headlining tour with album title portmanteau-esque names, this time with Fear Factory and support from Sylosis on The Epic Industrialist Tour. Lucky Europeans!
Here are the dates:
10/29 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
10/30 Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
10/31 Hamburg, GER – Logo
11/02 Aalborg, DEN – Aalborg Metal Festival
11/04 Oslo, NOR – Betong
11/11 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/12 Berlin, GER – C-Club
11/13 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
11/14 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
11/16 Bordeaux, FRA – Barbey Club
11/17 Durango, SPA – Plateruena
11/18 Porto, POR – Hard Club
11/19 Lisboa, POR – Paradise Garage
11/20 Sevilla, SPA – Fanatic
11/22 Madrid, SPA – Penelope
11/23 Valencia, SPA – Rock City
11/24 Montpellier, FRA – Le Rockstore
11/25 Milan, ITA – Magazzini Generali
11/28 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/29 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/30 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
12/01 Zagreb, CRO – Boogaloo
12/02 Budapest, HUN – A38
12/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
12/05 Poznan, POL – Eskulap
12/08 Geiselwind, GER – Christmas Metal Festival
12/10 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
12/13 Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
12/14 Glasgow, UK – ABC
12/15 Manchester, UK – Ritz
12/16 Bristol, UK – Academy
12/17 Southampton, UK – Mo’Club
If only the North American tour were nearly this extensive. Oh well! Make it out if you can!
British prog/death/thrash/etc four-piece Sylosis have uploaded a new teaser video this weekend, showing the band in the studio recording their third album. This comes at a little over a year since they released their second album Edge of the Earthto great acclaim. Dudes must have been busy the past year! Not much else is known at the moment, but prepare yourselves for new Sylosis later this year!