We may be right of the cusp of the release of the new Black Dahlia Murder record Everblack, but that hasn’t stopped the band supporting their previous album Ritual, with the recent release of a live video of, what was by far the stand-out track, ‘Moonlight Equilibrium‘. Now I understand the band’s amazing chops may be the most immediate thing for most people, but for anyone like myself who has seen the band quite a few times now, the most shocking revelation was the fact that vocalist Trevor Strnad is actually wearing a t-shirt.
And that song is beyond awesome, and is easily my favorite song they’ve done so far. My affinity for this new track ‘Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn‘ doesn’t stop at its subject matter, but the song’s somewhat nostalgic view of classic melodic death metal brought into a contemporary context is really quite brilliant. The song is ridiculously catchy with the right amount of tech; that solo for instance is just blissful. Stream it here courtesy of Revolver.
Everblack has been a long time coming, the announcement came in the earliest moments of the year leaving everyone and their mother on their toes. A couple of hoaxes later, I saw a video pop up late last night on a Facebook status from The Great Northern Blogkill and promptly reminded myself ‘fool me twice, shame on me’.
Into the Moat were a band before their time, doing tech metal before the tech metal thing really took off like it has now. I discovered them on MySpace “back in the day” while searching for bands similar to The Dillinger Escape Plan during the rise of mathcore in the mid-to-late 00′s. Also, back in the day totally now means “about half a decade or so, I guess.” But back on point, while not sonically all that similar to The Dillinger Escape Plan, they did have some of that chaotic and technical metalcore sound that I was searching for, and not too long after that discovery, they sort of faded out of existence up until last year when the band played a reunion show.
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.
Dark Sermon are an up and coming death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Their sound is reminiscent of The Black Dahlia Murder, Job For a Cowboy and Behemoth. Basically, constant heavy fast riffs with some ambience thrown in. Their debut album In Tongues will be released on the 12th of April via Nuclear Blast in Europe, and eOne/GoodFight in the US. That’s some pretty strong backing for a debut album, so what do Dark Sermon actually sound like? Thankfully, they’ve released a video for the title track of their upcoming album. You can check it out below.
I’ll be honest with you guys, I’ve been holding on to this one for a long time, with all thanks going to fellow contributor DeusExMachina. I was waiting on my pre-order package to turn up (a t-shirt, EP and a poster for only a fiver/~$8, complete bargain) so I could give you the full run down rather than just going by what’s on Youtube, but there’s no point depriving you guys of this amazing band any longer.
Shannon Lucas is one of the best metal drummers ever. Period. Nobody can tell me otherwise. Even when he was in All That Remains he ruled, and to be honest, that’s all the band ever had going for them. But I digress. After announcing his departure from The Black Dahlia Murder a month or so back, I’ve been really digging deep into his work with them and other bands. His playing is just so fluid and so effortless that it’s almost disgusting. He had announced a side project in the same video talking about Adam from Killswitch Engage and Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse doing a sideproject with him, but it seems to be shelved for the moment. But now we’re getting word that there will be another supergroup, consisting of current TBDM vocalist Trevor Strnad, Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury and Adam Faris, who was a member of Wartorn, Lucas’s previous band.
I am super stoked. This lineup is killer, and it’s not going to be hard to make a killer record. The group, unnamed as of today, apparently already has guitars tracked and will be heading into the studio to track vocals and drums very soon. We’ll get you more details as they come!
Ladies and gentlemen, time to start taking bets and making projections for this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Last year, we made a few educated guesses based off rumor and likelihood and more or less nailed a majority of the lineup long before it the best iteration of Summer Slaughter to date was even fully announced. This year, we’ve got a few names being thrown around thanks to the official Summer Slaughter Tour Facebook, and one possible lineup may include Children of Bodom, All Shall Perish, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gojira, and The Ocean.
We didn’t just pull these names out of thin air, either. Summer Slaughter often throws out possible names to gauge reaction, and more often than not, those bands make it to the final lineup. One such band that could be seen with top billing in this year’s Summer Slaughter is The Dillinger Escape Plan, who were recently signed to Sumerian Records, a label that has a major stake in the tour. This yearly tour is starting to branch out to wider variety lineups — last year’s had something for everyone, having Periphery and Cannibal Corpse on the same bill which would have previously been unheard of in a non-festival — so having a band rooted more in the realm of hardcore than death metal like previous top-billing bands would still make sense depending on how the rest of the show looks. They have a new album coming out this year as well, and will be in the market for a tour such as this that would put them in front of a large number of fresh faces. It’s perfect for everyone involved.
2012 was no doubt an amazing year for music in general. Indeed, it was without question my best year when it came to new releases and in terms of introducing me to all of these amazing new bands. However, 2013 is already shaping to eclipse the previous year in terms of quality releases by the biggest names in the industry, and it is my mission to prepare you folk for the year to come.
Kvelertak – Meir (Indie Recordings)
It’s fair to say that Kvelertak‘s 2010 self-titled debut record came out of nowhere to surprise basically everyone in the scene. Their loud, innovative, and downright catchy blend of black metal, hardcore, and rock n’ roll (cleverly titled black’n'roll) subjugated everyone’s ears and ended up on many people’s year end list. Thus, it’s not surprise that Meir is one of the more anticipated records of the year. The eleven track album is set to be released in March, and was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou, guitarist of Converge, and has an incredible knack for having everything he produces turn to gold. Be sure to pick this up, as it will undoubtedly be the most fun you’ll have with a record all year.