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Aborted – The Necrotic Manifesto


Eight albums into their career, Aborted are showing no signs of slowing down, despite being plagued with an ever-changing lineup. Sure, they’ve released a few duds, but their entire discography is for the most part universally celebrated, and it could be argued that Aborted are one of the few modern death metal bands who have stayed true to the ideals of the genre whilst evolving along with it. Their 2012 opus Global Flatline was released to critical acclaim, and for good reason; frontman and Aborted ringleader Sven de Caluwe has even said so himself that the album that preceded Global FlatlineStrychnine.213, wasn’t really true to the Aborted sound, and on Global Flatline, Aborted got back in touch with their brutal, gory and groovy roots and created a modern death metal masterpiece. Global Flatline put Aborted back on the death metal map (even though they were never really off it) and proved that they are still an absolute powerhouse, and this rekindled momentum has led to the creation of Aborted’s finest album to date, The Necrotic Manifesto.

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aborted guests

Fans of Aborted, rejoice: the recording sessions for the band’s highly anticipated upcoming album The Necrotic Manifesto are wrapping up, and mixing is about to begin. Not only that, the band announced via Facebook that the album will feature Phlegethon from sci-fi obsessed Spanish brutal death stalwarts WORMED and Vincent Bennett from everyone’s favorite deathcore band, The Acacia Strain.

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There are some news bits that come along and I feel compelled to share, yet have nothing of my own to add. This is one of those posts.

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the acacia strain lyric video

I’ve never really been a big fan of The Acacia Strain, but as far as loud and dumb hardcore/deathcore goes, The Acacia Strain are among the most listenable. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. The guilt isn’t there, even though songs with nothing but open note chugs come in spades. Vincent is just so damn angry!

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where is our liberty countdown

With the new release from Northlane receiving tons of praise, a new song from Architects and the promise of a new album soon, The Acacia Strain, Terror, and Glass Cloud releasing new albums last year to much acclaim, and the upcoming album from Misery Signals on nearly everyone’s most anticipated albums lists, could these bands be doing a tour together?

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damnes spring fragrantia - divergencesDamned Spring Fragrantia


01. Still Alive
02. A Common Tragedy
03. The Obsidian Fate
04. D.M.Z
05. Pariah
06. Lost Shores
07. Drowned in Cyan
08. Divergences
09. The Refusal Effect
10. Heritage

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When music comes at you like this, attacking from every angle, it’s often all too easy to phase the individual sounds into a conglomeration and assume that everything you are picking up is identical. This band aren’t all blitzkrieg, nor are they a single-minded, unoriginal, write-off. Sensitivity to multiple sound sources isn’t going to help here – this isn’t music for the faint of heart. However, for those hard-skinned devils willing to apply a little patience and perseverance, sounding out these Italians can offer rich rewards. Listen long enough and you will discover that the key to unlocking Damned Spring Fragrantia, and this may seem odd considering their strength of purpose, is to focus on their subtlety of touch.

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Lamb of God

Lamb Of God are undoubtedly one of the most consistent bands in metal, with each album being an evolution for the band. They’ve never released a bad album, and Resolution, which is a little over a year old, was one of the best records of 2012. But with the recent legal troubles of frontman Randy Blythe over an incident in which a fan passed away due to injuries sustained at a show, the future of the band looked uncertain. Luckily, Randy was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges against him. So what does the band do to celebrate? Pick up where they left off by scheduling 30 new tour dates! The support will be Decapitated and Terror OR just The Acacia Strain depending on which date ends up closest to your hometown, so it’s a pretty good lineup. Also, they have announced something really cool for their fans called the Metal On The Mountain Retreat, which is like a getaway of sorts where the band and fans can interact with all kinds of activities and so forth. You can read the full statement from the band below, and look for a date near you!

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Dark Sermon – In Tongues

Dark Sermon - In TonguesDark Sermon

In Tongues

01. The Shepherd’s Staff
02. Imperfect Contrition
03. Hounds
04. The Scales of Justice
05. Cursed
06. Forfeit I – The Crooked Quill
07. Forfeit II – Worn Thin
08. The Tree of New Life
09. Carcass
10. Testament
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.

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When it comes to a lineup that includes the likes of Every Time I Die and The Acacia Strain, it should go without saying; YOU’RE MOSHING. Resident curly fro Maclyn Bean hit up his local stop at Union Transfer in Philadelphia to shoot the show (also featuring Hundredth) in case you couldn’t make it yourself, so live vicariously and mosh at your desk (imagination!) while checking out the photos below:

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The Acacia Strain

Not in the way that you’re hoping for though!

The Acacia Strain have been reported to be releasing their Money for Nothing EP on February 19th. Most of the tracks are just alternate versions of songs and b-sides that never quite saw the light of day on a larger scale, though the title track is only reported to be an outtake of ‘The Dead Walk.’ I’ll just sit here and quietly hope they’ve taken the Dire Straits classic and made it thirty-thousand tons heavier instead. Anyway, the track list is as follows-

01. ‘Money For Nothing
02. ‘Brown Noise
03. ‘Global Warming
04. ‘Stay Puft
05. ‘The Hills Have Eyes (Pentagon.3 version)
06. ‘Terminated (Pentagon.3 version)

I’m a huge fan of these little compilations scattered throughout a band’s career. It gives me that little something extra to nerd out over, and tides me over until their next release… even though we just got Death is the Only Mortal a few months back.

Maybe I’m too much of a high-maintenance fan.

- GK

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