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.

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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.

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Formed in 2006 after a drinking competition, UK extreme metallers Aghast! have finally scheduled the release of their debut album. *Applause*

Entitled ‘All The Rage’, the album will see the light of day on 1st October 2014 and in their own words expect “Fast. Heavy. Catchy.”

Since their formation Aghast! have recorded a number of EP’s  and have gained a reputation for delivering the goods every time. Their most recent record ‘Live Dangerously’ seen media attention soar with Thrash Hits commenting on the EP as, “…three tracks of straight-up speed, for those of you who like stuff where guitars shred faster than a Betterware onion slicer and the sound of drummers feet snapping away from their ankles", while Metal Hammer said, "Blasting fury? Check. Venomous brutality designed to tear flesh from bone? Check. Sadistically evil in a way that's worrying? Check. Really fucking good? Hell yes."

Why the long wait for a debut you say? Well… “We have spent years experimenting and honing our sound” commented the band. “But you only get one opportunity to release your debut album and ‘All The Rage’ is a statement of intent. It exemplifies every aspect of the Aghast! sound and our attitude to making heavy music. We wanted it to be brutally heavy with a recognisable groove and packed with hooks that people can grab on to. Heavy metal should be entertaining and fun to listen to and that’s what we feel we have achieved with this record. It is a thrill ride from start to finish and we hope that everyone can get on board with us!”

‘All The Rage’ artwork was completed by comic book artist Zak Simmonds-Hurn. 

Track List
01) Die Laughing
02) All The Rage
03) Hollywood Ending
04) Afterlife Crisis
05) Drop Dead Famous
06) Bang To Rights
07) It's Your Funeral
08) Look Alive!
09) Sea of Trees
10) Hells Bells (and Buckets of Blood)
11) We Fear Silence
12) Noise Pollution

The album was recorded by Derya Nagle at Playgle Productions, London, UK & Johnny Walker at Moles Studio, Bath, UK and mastered by Ue Nastasi (Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Anthrax, Lamb Of God).

Check Out Title Track Lyric Video ‘All The Rage’

The band will also be taking the album on the road and touring throughout England later this month and into October.

29th September – Brighton, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
01st October – Norwich, B2
02nd October – Bristol, The Gryphon
03rd October – Birmingham, The Asylum
04th October – Southampton, Firehouse
05th October – Preston, The Adelphi
06th October – Leeds, Fox & Newt
07th October – Manchester, Star & Garter
19th October – London, Black Heart w/ Arsis
31st October – Hitchin, Club 85
22nd November – London, The Unicorn

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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This is the new home for my other page which I lost! Thanks for all of the support!

The original Black Sabbath Fans of all eras. page was hacked on Monday 8th September 2014 and is no longer run by us this is the new home of the Sabbath family!

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The original Power of the Riff Compels You facebook page was hacked on Monday 8th September 2014 and is no longer run by us this is the new home of the riff!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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As of now the facebook page is no longer run by us and has been hacked and taken over by imposters. Please don't support the page anymore and give us some time to rebuild. The blog will be inactive for the next while until we decide what to do. Thanks for all your support over the past two years and stay tuned.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Veteran metal/rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos, has unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book, ...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.  
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer's Reign In Blood, Morbid Angel's Blessed Are The Sick, Metallica's ...And Justice For All, Black Sabbath’s 13, Death's Symbolic, Carcass' Heartwork, Cormorant's Dwellings, Mayhem’s Grand Declaration Of War, Testament’s Dark Roots Of Earth, Opeth’s Heritage and  many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music's icons like Jeff Walker (CARCASS), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Paul Masvidal (CYNIC), Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD), David Vincent (MORBID ANGEL), Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION) among many others. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by critically acclaimed illustrators such as Michael WhelanEliran KantorDan SeagraveJoe PetagnoArik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

"Working on the '…And Justice For Art' book was an amazing experience," comments the artwork's creator, American illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like SLAYERSlash and SOUNDGARDEN. "Ramón Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!"

Obviously impressed by the imposing artwork, Martos comments: "Today's metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That's the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that '…And Justice For Art''s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both metal and arts.
"I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one."

Martos is now running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the printing and distribution of this book that, according to MORBID ANGEL's David Vincent (who wrote the foreword), has all the potential to become "a historical document about the importance of metal album covers."

OBITUARY drummer Donald Tardy declared: "I think this is an important book and will help to keep alive all these artworks."

CATTLE DECAPITATION frontman Travis Ryan commented that the volume is "exactly what the music world needs to remind us all just how important album covers have been to all of us that grew up surrounding ourselves with physical media."

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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:

Dismemberment Online