Friday, July 24, 2015

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Mentally Defiled




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

Easy question. The “Blitzkrieg”.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

All of us guitar players, usually learn to play the main riff from Smoke on the Water. I soon tried to move on to most Metallica riffs with insane pace and minimal results.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Mega-Dave, Ian Scott, Chuck Schuldiner

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

It has to be Chuck.

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Fabulous disaster, the fast part.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

I’m gonna say two. Forbidden Evil by Forbidden and the opening riff to Desecrator by Exhorder.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

I could get burnt to the torch for this, but I really think the main riff from Practice What You Preach by Testament is below the band’s standards.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Sepultura – Beneath The Remains, Death – Human, Slayer – Reign in Blood, Metallica – Master of Puppets, King Diamond - Them

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

Hammer Smashed Face. Eat that!

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Anything by King Diamond would be appropriate.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?


What’s not so great about riffs?!






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Morbid Panzer's demo is one of the best demos I've heard this year. The band play a form of blackened thrash which sounds like a demo from the 80's and as if it couldn't have warmed a metalheads's heart anymore it comes released on cassette the old faithful of tape traders back in the day. It's great to see that the spirit of the underground is alive and well!

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Morbid_Panzer




Sunday, July 12, 2015

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"Eternal Mystery - Rediscovered" is truly a "Heavy Metal Symphony" featuring Opera singers from the Serbian National Theatre of Novi Sad and a full string quartet that guide the listener through a musical journey, about the Secret of Life and Death. A highlight of the album is the live bonus track "Mordor" with which displays the full power of this now 11 musician outfit called ARMAGEDDON.
ARMAGEDDON's "Eternal Mystery" was originally recorded 25 years ago and this upgraded album entitled "Eternal Mystery - Rediscovered" is a special anniversary edition. ARMAGEDDON are considered to be one of the first Sympho Power/Prog Metal groups in the region of Europe. The original album was recorded in very poor conditions, on only 8 channels, by analog equipment. This new modern "Rediscovered" version of the album was rerecorded and remixed with additional recordings on 128 channels!
Now, after so many years this piece of Heavy Metal history will be released July 10th through Grom Records.

LISTEN:
 https://youtu.be/f4JlJyDKqWY
BUY: http://www.gromrecords.net

Eternal Mystery - Rediscovered Tracklisting:
1. Appearing
2. No Advice
3. Curse of Black Swan
4. Black Swan Rider
5. Magic Star
6. Sarabanda
7. Heavy Metal Symphony
8. No Advice  (Short Version)
9. Funeral March (Sarabanda 2015)
10. Heavy Metal Symphony (Short Version)
11. Mordor (Live)



A little about ARMAGEDDON:
ARMAGEDDON is a band from Novi Sad and are among the veterans of the local Heavy Metal scene in Serbia. The band was formed in 1987, and it is the creation of the solo artist Djordje Letich, who is also active in other bands on the scene, with the band Tornado being the most significant among them. ARMAGEDDON has existed for many years as a one-man band, while Djordje Letich, in the manner of true virtuoso, was combining elements of Heavy Metal sound with other similar and not so similar musical streams, examining the possibilities of complex styles and incorporating them together.
In its long history, until recently, ARMAGEDDON never set foot on the concert stage! Their performance at Exit 2012 was the exclusive live appearance of the band. Later, in December2012, the band held its "Doomsday Concert" which live recordings are the backbone for this new, currently issued album.
ARMAGEDDON members now consist of  – singers: Milos Krsmanovic – lead vocal, Vanda Marijanski – mecosopran, Marko Skendzic – tenor, Zeljko Andric – bass-bariton, Vladimir Zorijan– bass; musicians: DjordjeLetic – electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, backing vocals and narrator, Zoran Drazic – electric and acoustic guitars, NebojsaBjeletic – bass guitar, Milos Marceta – keyboards, Tara Kerac – drums, growl vocals.
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Tridroid Records is proud to announce that we will be releasing the cassette version of Ride for Glory by traditional metal band Iron Kingdom on July 31 2015.

This is a themed album focusing on warriors from around the world, many of the songs are written about actual events in history.



Iron Kingdom is:

Chris Osterman - Lead Guitar / Lead Vocals
Leighton Holmes - Bass Guitar
Amanda Osterman - Drums
Kenny Kroecher - Lead Guitar

Album credits

Cover Illustration: Alan Lathwell
Recorded at: True Sound Studio (www.truesoundstudio.ca)
Engineered and Mixed by: Andy Boldt
Co-Produced: Chris Osterman / Andy Boldt
Mastered by: Greg Reely at the Green Jacket

All Music and Lyrics Written and Recorded by IRON KINGDOM

Copyright IRON KINGDOM 2015
Registered Under SOCAN
All Rights Reserved

Pre-Sales are available now:
http://ironkingdomsofficialmerchstore.bigcartel.com
 
Iron Kingdom:
www.facebook.com/ironkingdom
www.iron-kingdom.com
 
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Although Cianide haven't received the same legendary status or admiration as other doom/death bands their impact and influence cannot be denied as the underground legions of doom/death fans will confirm as mention of this classic album comes up during a conversation over a beer or two at the local. One of those albums which gets overshadowed and overlooked but none the less finds it's audience as those who scour the underground in search of a gem stumble across this sick infested slimepit of an album. A slow, crushing, dark and brutally painful experience as the agonisingly slow death metal casts it's shadow of doom upon mankind. Cianide give us the sound of death metal after you strip away all the speed and technicality and are left with the crushing brutality in all it's heaviness. However the best thing about this album is the songs which are well written and worm their way slowly but surely into your skull seeping it's poison into your bloodstream and corrupting your soul from the inside out as you fester and rot. An underrated gem if ever there was one.






http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Cianide/4296
http://cianide-chicago.blogspot.com/
https://myspace.com/cianidekills
http://www.last.fm/music/Cianide


Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Swedish melodeath upstarts Archaea are proud to present a track from their upcoming début album Catalyst, now premièring over at Metal Underground. “Silhouette” is a thundering yet symphonic affair with impressive orchestral work from keyboardist Hannes Heidarsson, while his brother Markus lays down thick grooving riffs. Vocalist Nils Bossius delivers a unique throaty rasp atop the track

Metal Underground comments: “These Swedes roll out a thrashy style of melodeath, with orchestral strains to counterbalance the harsh ’n’ heavy.


Bio:
Archaea was founded in 2007 by the Heidarsson brothers Hannes and Markus, on keyboard and guitar. After a few intense formative years in the Gothenburg underground scene, Archaea set its sights putting their songs to tape. During this process Archaea was radically reshaped, with half the original lineup making way for new talent in guitarist Magnus Lindegård, drummer Alexander Molnar, bassist Richard Mikulasi and former guitarist Nils Bossius Klintenberg switching to take center stage as vocalist.

Despite little studio experience, they built their own studio to record the first album Catalyst during 2014. With the help of Johan Treptow for mixing and mastering, and with original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi, Catalyst has turned out to be a creation that surpassed expectations.

Catalyst is an album that showcases the current form of Archaea, as well as capturing material from throughout the band’s existence. Ranging from crushing darkness to brilliant melody, with sharp contrasts and fluently shifting dynamics, Catalyst constitutes an intense musical journey. Archaea is now eager to unleash their unique form of melodic death metal upon the world!

Archaea are:
Nils Bossius - Vocals
Hannes Heidarsson - Keyboard
Markus Heidarsson - Guitar
Magnus Lindegård - Guitar
Richard Mikulasi - Bass
Alexander Molnar - Drums

Discography:
Catalyst - 2015
Evolution EP - 2009
Primary Excavation demo - 2007
 
Original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi. Photography by Jessica Blomé.

Archaea online:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Archaeaswe
Twitter - @ArchaeaSwe
Instagram - @ArchaeaSwe



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HE RIFF WE TRUST! WITH MERCY BROWN!





THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
KoRn – Falling Away From Me (3:33)
I don’t think I ever actually figured out how to play it…

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Nirvana – Come as You Are (Intro)
Pretty standard for someone my age from the PNW

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

I’ve always been into the more rhythmic style of guitar playing… these guys all have killer right hands and great riffs!

Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole, Devin Townsend, Tenet, Front Line Assembly, Scar the Martyr)
Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka (Decapitated, Vader, Lux Occulta)
Tommy Victor (Prong, Danzig, Ministry, Tapeworm)

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
StSanders

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Devin Townsend – Ants (0:25)

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Mercy Brown – Lemons McNutt (Intro)
Our old guitarist Ryan Kruger wrote the main riff (and most of the others) in Lemons McNutt and I never get sick of playing it!

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Rolling Stones – Symphony for the Devil (3:13)
I guess this isn’t metal, or a riff... but the lead playing in Symphony for the Devil always makes my skin crawl.  Keith Richards always seems like a cool dude in interviews though!

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Hard to narrow it down to five, but these have all had a lasting impact on me:

System of a Down – Toxicity
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Immortal – Sons of Northern Darkness
Strapping Young Lad - Self Titled
Type O Negative - World Coming Down


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Bloodbath – Hades Rising (0:11)


THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Does it have to be a guitar riff?
Matt Mulholland – My Heart Will Go On (Recorder by Candlelight)

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

I’ve never been great at writing catchy riffs as I usually end up complicating and drawing out a lot of my musical ideas, but I have a huge appreciation for guitarists that are able to write memorable parts that sound cool outside the context of the song.  R1FF$!!!!!!!




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Shardborne Stream 'Living Bridges' In Full Ahead Of Its Release! 

Ahead of its July 10th release, Ireland’s Shardborne have teamed up with Metal Underground to offer a full stream of their debut album Living Bridges!

Access The Stream Here!
http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=114945


Metal Underground also had a chat with the band about the album, which is the follow-up to their 2011 EP Aeonian Sequence. Comments drummer Ben Wanders, “Living Bridgesis a culmination of our interests and pretty accurately represents the type of music we like to create. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes, and that results in having many varied influences on the music.”

Offering up progressive metal, the album is also entirely instrumental yet contains plenty of sonic twists and turns to keep the listener hooked throughout. Metal Underground adds that, “Each track stands unique on its own or can be listened as part of a 51 minute sonic journey which has often more similarities towards classical composition than the modern day verse, chorus, verse repeat set-up.”

Read the full article over on the Metal Underground site.

 
Living Bridges, was recorded by the band’s Ciaran Culhane and Ben Wanders before being mixed and mastered by longtime Between the Buried and Me Producer Jamie King at Basement Recording NC. Artwork was designed by Duncan Storr [Skyclad]. The band comments on working with the renowned artist, “The artwork incorporates several of the titles on the album, but the main image is based around the album and title track ‘Living Bridges’. We narrowed down a few artists we liked and picked one. He did great work for bands such as Scale the Summit and Hawkwind and after we saw his work we knew we wanted him to do it.”


If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the band’s official video for track ‘Room Within a Room’, which recently premiered with Prog Magazine UK.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrbATu12PY



www.facebook.com/ShardborneIreland
www.shardborne.com


Living Bridges is out on 10th July on Out On A Limb Records. 
Pre-order Living Bridges Here!