Monday, October 27, 2014

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If there is one period of metal which has a wealth of hidden underground gems then it has to be The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Before Tokyo Blade and before Genghis Khan there was Killer who released one demo  before developing into Genghis Khan and then finally settling on Tokyo Blade and the rest they say is history. This demo is probably one of my favourite things ever done by any of the aforementioned bands. This captures the heart and soul of classic nwobhm. The riffs and songs are the sound of a band taking their instruments and going all out in pure unabashed metallic joy. For those who love nwobhm, Tokyo Blade or metal for that matter this is one of the must hear etal demos of the 80's.






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A set to be classic cult metal debut taking Slayer era Show No Mercy and upping the nwobhm influences to metal perfection.Hailing from Norway this two man metal beast are creating metal how it was in the heydays of the 80's when it all boiled down to the riffs and songs, no bullshit and that just about sums up this album it's not about anything else other than a pure and honest release of heavy metal. 


http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Magic/118868
http://www.hrrshop.de/BLACK-MAGIC-Wizards-Spell-CD_1
https://www.facebook.com/blackmagicnorway

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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In the riff we trust with Carter Hicks of Valdrin.



  
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

 It'd probably have to be the main riff in Enter Sandman. I don't even remember how old I was when I heard it (probably 6 or 7?) I think it sparked my interest in guitar...even if I didn't know it at the time.
WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

I believe it was Iron Man by Black Sabbath (is it even necessary to name the band here?)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Id say Trey Azagthoth, Mike Sifringer (Destruction), and then I'd say a tie between Jon Nodtveidt (Dissection) , and La Sale De Famine (Peste Noire)

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Tommy Iommi of course!

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

The final fantasy prelude!.....no really though.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

The Angel Of Death bridge riff (doesn't every metal head feel this way?)

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

I don't know....sometimes bad riffs are funny and amusing but I guess I'd just have to say every Metallica riff after 1990 are pretty much the worst riffs ever.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Riff for riff...I don't define it that way but I guess some of my favorite albums would be                                     
Bathory - The Return
Possessed - Seven Churches
Sarcofago - Rotting
Morbid Angel -  Covenant
Windir - Arntor Ein Windir

 A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
HOLY WARS...The Punishment Due!!!

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

The beginning of One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu!

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IN THE RIFF WE TRUST WITH POLISH THRASH METALLERS DEATHINITION



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

 Main riff from Animals – House of the Rising Sun, But I don’t know if it’s even a riff, it’s just few chords.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY? 

The same again, Animals – House of the Rising Sun J



YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE? 

Piranha by Exodus, Helstar – to sleep per chance to scream, Metallica – And Justice for All.

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF? Gary Holt from Exodus I guess

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS? Highway to hell ;)

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS? Riff for Khomaniac by Artillery.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS? Do not need to remember ;)

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

 And Justice for All, Individual Though Patterns, Twisted into Form, Opressing The Masses, Tempo of the Damned. 



A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS? 

Some random riffs usually on E with bunch of melodies in this key.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

 Hehe, I used to work in funeral company so I have been asked about that few times back then, but I have always tell different answer.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

 If riff is good, and fill right in the song, it will be always great. Personally I like more complex riffing rather than simple, basic approach, but it’s individual.







Monday, October 6, 2014

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IN THE RIFF WE TRUST WITH DIRK OF RAGING ROB!




THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Dirk: Riff in the begining on KISS' Shock me

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Dirk: Smoke on the water (Deep Purple)

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Dirk: 1. Middlepart from Slayer's Angel of Death
        2. First Riff on Ozzy's Miracle Man
        3. First Riff on Forbidden's Through Eyes of glass

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Dirk: Rich Ward (only on Stuck Mojo!)

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Dirk: Complete Slayer Discography!



THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

Dirk: Smoke on the Water! I would be millionaire and everyone would know my f***ing name!

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Dirk: Almost everything from the Glam Metal times!!! These suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Dirk: 1.  Slayer Raining Blood
         2. Forbidden Forbidden Evil
         3. Metallica Master of Puppets
         4. Kiss Alive II
         5. AC/DC Let there be blood

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Dirk: Middlepart from Slayer's Angel of Death

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Dirk: Slayer's Raining Blood (complete Album)

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

Dirk: The chunk spreads power! Gives me a peaceful kind of relaxation!
      
STAY METAL, my friend!!!
-dirk-


Sunday, September 14, 2014

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South West UK metal juggernaut Engraved Disillusion have today revealed details for their second album and follow up to 2011’s acclaimed ‘Embers Of Existence’.
 
Entitled ‘The Eternal Rest’, the album was recorded at Thin Ice Studios with Karl Groom (Dragonforce, Threshold…) during the summer of 2014 and features 10 tracks of epic, diverse and at times unrelenting metal. The addition of new vocalist Matthew William Mead and bassist Aaron Preston has allowed the band to diversify and bring new elements to their sound, namely the inclusion of clean vocals.
 
Guitarist Toby Stewart comments, “When we started writing the album we made sure to write exactly what we wanted to do even if it took us in some different directions to our other releases. We felt a bit tired of bands having to make the music people expect them to when they’re capable of a lot more. The initial word that we had in our heads when writing album was 'epic'. We wanted a huge melodic sound. We feel the songwriting has gone up another level and we've achieved exactly what we wanted to on this album.”


Artwork was completed by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design (Strapping Young Lad, Saille, Exodus, Scar Symmetry…) and can be seen below.
 
 
‘The Eternal Rest’ Track List
01) Life is...
02) Embrace The Flames
03) Lost
04) Curse The Sorrow
05) Shadows Run Black
06) No Tomorrow
07) Into Oblivion
08) In Aeternum
09) Echoes From A Silent Sky
10) The Eternal Rest
 
‘The Enternal Rest’ will be released independently on 31st October.


www.engravedband.co.uk
www.facebook.com/EngravedDisillusion

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One of the most promising extreme metal outfits to emerge in the last 5 years, Saille, today reveals details for a brand new concept album. Featuring 9 tracks and 55 minutes of epic black metal in which the band have explored several well known masterpieces of classic and modern horror literature; ‘Eldritch’ sees the Belgian sextet return with their third album and much anticipated follow up to the highly acclaimed ‘Irreversible Decay’ and ‘Ritu’ albums released in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

‘Eldritch’ will be released in an elaborate digipak edition as well as digitally on 10th November via Code666. See below for a complete track listing.

01) Emerald
02) Walpurgis
03) The Great God Pan
04) Aklo
05) Cold War
06) Eater of Worlds
07) Red Death
08) Dagon
09) Carcosa

‘Eldritch’ recording sessions were once again supervised by Reinier Schenk, who prepared all songs for the final mixing and mastering by Klas Blomgren (SW), known for his work with Svart, the project of Shining's bass player Draug.

The band commissioned England’s Colin Marks of Rain Song Design for the cover art who is most noted for his work with bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Suicide Silence to name a few.


Keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen founded Saille (pronounced sahl-yeh) in 2009, in order to create his favourite style of music (melodic black metal with a threatening and epic feel, like Tartaros, Limbonic Art and Keep of Kalessin). The debut album ‘Irreversible Decay’ was recorded at the end of 2009 and finalized in September 2010. After being contacted by several labels, Saille chose to work with Code666 records and the album was released on 4th March 2011. At first Saille was only intended as a studio project. However, it soon became clear the music should be brought to life and several shows followed. The live shows of the first album were concluded with a slot on Belgium’s biggest metalfest Graspop Metal Meeting 2012. At the end of 2012 another highlight was their appearance at The Netherlands Eindhoven Metal Meeting.

In July 2012 the band hit the Shumcot Studio again to record their second album entitled ‘Ritu’. With lyrics inspired by death rites in ancient cultures and vocalist Dennie Grondelaers’ interest for H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu, the next album had a much darker setting. Again classical skilled guest musicians were invited to create the irreplaceable real sounds. After two months of intensive recording sessions, the final mix was finished in September and sent to the Norwegian mastering specialist Tom Kvålsvoll (Strype Audio). On 18th January 2013 ‘Ritu’ saw the light of day as a digipak.

After the release of the ‘Ritu’ Saille was looking forward to an intensive year. They embarked on their first tour in January 2013, with Transylvanian black metal legends Negura Bunget. Followed by more gigs in Belgium and the Netherlands, supporting bands like Textures, Von, Winterfylleth, In-Quest and The Monolith Death Cult. During summer, Saille was invited to perform on several festivals like AMF (with Napalm Death), Vlamrock (with Exhumed, Belphegor, Rotting Christ) and Metal Méan (with Marduk, Dying Fetus). In September, Saille supported Winterfylleth, a British band they consider as friends since they first met on Graspop 2012, on three UK shows. The band’s last performance for 2013 took place in Denmark for a headlining position on the Black Winter Fest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014 started with shows alongside Carach Angren, Asphyx and a second UK visit to Liverpool and London. While composing and recording the songs for the third album ‘Eldritch’ (adj. weird, sinister, unearthly or ghostly), Saille joined founders of black metal, the true Mayhem, on stage in Belgium's most known concert venue - AB Brussels. During summer 2014, recording sessions were at full speed, and Saille played at Black Way Open Air festival in Germany, along with their friends in Aborted.

‘Eldritch’ will be presented in Bredene, Belgium at a release show with Winterfylleth on 10th November 2014 and again at Eindhoven Metal Meeting in The Netherlands on 12th December 2014.


www.saille.be
www.facebook.com/saillemetal


Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Dismemberment to reissue EP's on single disc

 

Ohio's DISMEMBERMENT are pleased to announce that they will be releasing a reissue of their EP's The Condemned and Denied Salvation on a single compact disc.The reissue is slated to arrive this winter via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

Guitarist Jacob Shively had the following to say about the reissue:

"We get asked a lot when 'The Condemned' and 'Denied Salvation' will be available on CD again. Well the time is finally here as HPGD Productions will be releasing both long out of print EPs compiled onto 1 disc with new artwork and packaging. Look for these this winter."

In further news, the band have also announced a sale on all merchandise purchased directly through the band. All merchandise currently available will be discounted until Sept 2nd 2014. This includes purchase of the band's popular "Type O Negative" style shirt.

The band's merch store can be found here:  http://dismemberment.myminto.com/

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