Thursday, March 5, 2015

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With the release of their debut album, Catacombs later this month, Dubai based prog death metallers Voice of the Soul have unleashed yet another taste of what's to come, a full album teaser and a comment on each song from guitarist Monish and frontman/guitarist Kareem of the band.


Check out the full album teaser here!
http://youtu.be/xx-J-wY0HeA


The band also recently posted a lyric video for the albums penultimate track 'Defiled' which you can see here...
http://youtu.be/padkcOX_5ck


Catacombs is set for release on 27th March 2015 distributed via UK label Hell’s Hammer & India’s Transcending Obscurity.


Pre-Order the album here: http://www.ukemrecords.co.uk/product/voice-of-the-soul-catacombs/


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Ukraine's oldest protagonists of old school doom APOSTATE have unleashed their hellish and horror inspired sophomore album "Time of Terror" TODAY March 02, 2015 throughFERRRUM RECORDS 

The sound on Apostate's "Time Of Terror" is massive. Great walls of dark, opaque guitars crashing down, chugging along at a tempo that conveys an urgency and brooding sense of menace. There's something almost regal about Apostate; their sound maintains that sedate, classy Continental vibe but holds onto a tension and aggression, even in the slowest songs. Fans of Anathema, Hooded Menace and Eye of Solitude will be salivating at the prospect of this unholy feast of doomed death metal fury! An epic statement and a watershed in doom metal, location be damned. Order your copy here: http://ferrrum.tictail.com/product/apostate-time-of-terror-2015



Time Of Terror Tracklisting:
1. Solar Misconception
2. Pale Reflection
3. Pain Served Slow
4. Memory Eclipse
5. World Undying

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Melechesh are to hit the road in Europe in May!

European Tour 2015
MELECHESH
KEEP OF KALESSIN
TRIBULATION
EMBRYO
& GUESTS
01.05.2015 (GER) Berlin / Postbanhof*02.05.2015 (DEN) Copenhagen / Pumpehuset*03.05.2015 (HOL) Almelo / NAXTstage04.05.2015 (GER) Kassel / Goldgrube06.05.2015 (HOL) Arnhem / Willemeen 07.05.2015 (BEL) Hasselt / Muziekodroom08.05.2015 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Druckerei09.05.2015 (UK) London / Incineration Fest10.05.2015 (GER) Essen / Turock 12.05.2015 (CH) Pratteln / Z7
13.05.2015 (CH) Martigny / Caves du Manoir15.05.2015 (SP) Bilbao / Sonora16.05.2015 (POR) Porto / Hard Club17.05.2015 (POR) Lisbon / RCA Club18.05.2015 (SP) Madrid / Caracol19.05.2015 (SP) Murcia / Garaje 21.05.2015 (SP) Barcelona / Razz3
22.05.2015 (FR) Montpellier / Secret Place23.05.2015 (ITA) Padova / Work in Progress 24.05.2015 (ITA) Milan / Cerbero Club
26.05.2015 (GER) Weinheim / Café Central
27.05.2015 (GER) Munich / Backstage28.05.2015 (SLO) Ljubljana / Channel Zero29.05.2015 (A) Wien / Escape30.05.2015 (GER) Erfurth / Club From Hell*
* without Tribulation


Saturday, February 28, 2015

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Probably the “Shock Me” riff.  I remember seeing Kiss on the reunion tour in 1996 and watching Ace play that night was the reason that I bought my first Les Paul guitar. 


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Pablo Roybal:  The “Crazy Train” riff played by Randy Rhodes.


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Pablo Roybal:  Have to go with Michael Wilton, Reb Beach, and Jeff Loomis.


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Pablo Roybal:  Tony Iommi is arguably THE master of the metal riff.  Not necessarily one of my favorites, but his track record speaks for itself. 


THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Hard to narrow it down to one, but I’m going to go with Maiden’s “The Trooper.”  Iron Maiden has become the soundtrack to my life and attending their concerts in an empowering experience.  When they go into “The Trooper,” EVERY Iron Maiden fan knows that song regardless of if they just discovered the band or if they have been a fan for 30 years.  Nothing like being immersed in a crowd of thousands of fans all singing along to the same song.  It is like a battle cry.


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Too many to narrow it down to a definitive one, but one riff that I have always loved and have unsuccessfully tried to copy several times is the “Smoke The Sky” riff on Motley Crue’s self-titled 1994 album.  That riff is just crushing!  If I show it to someone who has never heard it, no one believes that it is Motley Crue. 


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Tough question.  Off the top of my head, I would have to say Pantera’s “Walk.”  Nothing against Dime or Pantera because they have some pretty killer ones too, but that one just seems really beneath them.  It’s a shame that it is one of the songs that they are most recognized for because they have so much better. 


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
Pablo Roybal:  Thinking about this question and I realized that a lot of my favorite albums are actually more melodically based than riff based.  Taking riffs into consideration, I would have to go with:

Operation: Mindcrime (Queensryche)
Erase The Slate  (Dokken)
Gambling With The Devil  (Helloween)
Silicon Messiah (Blaze)
Dead Heart In A Dead World (Nevermore)


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Pablo Roybal:  As much as I hate to admit it, probably the main riff on Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets.”  It has kind of been beat into the ground but that is part of why it is one of the quintessential metal riffs of all time.


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Pablo Roybal:  Probably the bass riff to Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.”  Kind of says it all and just about everyone knows that riff.   


WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Pablo Roybal:  A great riff can be a great hook in itself.  It gets stuck in your head and can compel you to pick up a guitar either learn how to play it or try to create your own. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Their is a fine tradition of doom bands which can be traced back to Sabbath's early and highly influential albums. Albums which inspired a whole host of metal bands from Saint Vitus to Trouble to slow things down to a sometimes primordial crawl while the the rest of the metal world were trying to break the speed barrier and take things to new extremes. Metal needed bands who carried on the original template and kept the fires of the foundation burning so with each new extreme in metal there has always been  a doom band amongst them like Pagan Altar and their like emerging at the height of the nwobhm movement or Dream Death in the thrash movement incorporating the Sabbath doom. Of course not to forget to mention Pentagram but for me they belong to the first wave of doom along with Sabbath. Conviction follow the path taken by Saint Vitus and play a very doomy and extremely slow paced hellish and tormented style of metal. The album is close to the reunion Vitus album with Wino in feeling and style. The music will not impress the average metalhead but with those who have a knowledge of the underground and the origins of the genre, this is where Conviction will find their home. For the true doom heads out there.

https://www.facebook.com/convictiondoom


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Following shows at DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, HAMMERFEST and UK tour with HELLYEAH - one of the UK's finest melodeath bands close the chapter on one era and prepare for the next.

'Beyond Reprieve' by London, UK metal act GRAVIL is the new music video from the band's critically acclaimed album 'Thoughts Of A Rising Sun'.





Watch 'Beyond Reprieve' music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h26ShlCiFb8

Frontman Grant Stacey reflects back on what has been an exciting and fruitful journey since the band released their 2nd album - "We were blown away by the reaction to 'Thoughts Of A Rising Sun', it was one of those moments where we took the opportunity to make what we felt was our best album to date and then step back to watch things unfold."

GraViL are currently in pre-production for their next album release with the band again working with producer Dan Alba (Voices, Sarah Jezebel Deva) ."The material has got to be right, the songs have to be the best we've ever produced - that goes without saying. 'Beyond Reprieve' is one last bloody love letter from us to you before we move onto the next chapter of GraViL. Bring on 2015!" roars Stacey.

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  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!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Recently reformed death metallers DEVAST, return with their second and most extreme studio offering, Into Decimated Reality. DEVAST treats its instruments as weapons of mass destruction and seem to have no concern for providing the listener with a tool for meditative thought and surely are not concerned with the creation of a relaxing atmosphere. An apocalyptic and destructive concept of the human world and remarked structure in the veins of brutal technical death metal band such as Origin, Dying Fetus, Internal Suffering, and more. After a 6 year hiatus, relocation and new line up, DEVAST proves that no boundaries can stop the technical death machine entitled "Into Decimated Reality"

Featuring artwork by Tony Cosgrove (Stages Of Decompostion,Saprogenic, Syphilic), Into Decimated Reality was recorded at Rockoletta Studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was mixed/mastered by Mahdi Riahi at Painful Productions in Germany.

Into Decimated Reality Tracklisting:
1. Remains Of Human Decomposition (Intro)
2. Physical And Mental Affliction
3. Torture And Suffering With Archaic Process
4. Condemned And Slaughtered Unmercifully
5. Dismembered Alive With Extreme Violence
6. Eradication
7. Radical Excruciation Concept
8. Cruel Methods Of Punishment
9. Humans Pushed To Commit Self Genocide



Digital Pre Orders can be found here:
https://gorehouseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/into-decimated-reality

Official Video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnWsTZdzJyE

Into Decimated Reality is set for release 03/09/2015 in UK and 03/10/2015 in the U.S. via Gore House Productions as CD and Digital

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