Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Greek Thrashers Biotoxic Warfare Unleash New Single From 'Lobotomized'

In order to whet appetites, Biotoxic Warfare have released a single from their upcoming album ‘Lobotomized’ which is released this coming Monday 19th January via Slaney Records. The track, also named ‘Lobotomized’ is a meaty introduction to the band’s debut full-length release.


Listen to 'Lobotomized' Here!
http://youtu.be/yShCdJahEOs


Since their formation little over two years ago and having already supported the likes of Enforcer and Suicidal Angels and released one highly lauded EP, ‘Baptized in Blood and Greed’ [2013], Biotoxic Warfare are emerging from the Greek underbelly as a force to be reckoned with. This is demonstrated in full on their debut album release, ‘Lobotomized’.

‘Lobotomized’ is a blistering aural attack from the start and does not let up the onslaught through the album’s eight tracks. Talking of the album, the band had this to say -

“The sound of ‘Lobotomized’ is mostly influenced by the European Thrash Metal scene (Kreator, Sodom) with a mix of old school American Death Metal (Obituary, Death, Morbid Angel). It also combines dark melodies, shredding guitar solos, technical riffing and many well-combined fragments of the whole extreme metal spectrum.

“Lyrically the album opposes strictly to any religious fanatics and cults who use their lies to control every human being with ambitions to reign upon arrogance and false reality created by religions worldwide since the dawn of time. The lyrics call the people to rise against their oppressors, stand out for what they believe and break the chains that bond both mind and soul.”

And this is what the press is saying –

“If ‘Lobotomized’ is a sign for all the good albums that are to come in 2015, then I cannot fucking wait…an amazing start to the year’s metal releases.” 10/10 Metal Addicts



The band recorded the album at their home studio and went on to have it mixed and mastered by Vaggelis Theodorakis (Revolted Masses). ‘Lobotomized’’s artwork, designed by Roberto Toderico, encapsulates the messages from within the album. The band describe the artwork as depicting “the massive lobotomy and brain washing that terrorizes our society by any organized religion party, and aims to a global propaganda in order to control and twist the freedom of thinking and acting for yourself.”


'Lobotomized' Track Listing
1. Mors Indecepta
2. Proclaim The Gospel Of Lies
3. Baptized In Blood And Greed
4. Dysphoric Reality
5. Lobotomized
6. Lust For Hate
7. Parasitic Life
8. As We Rot (Promises Of Heaven)


Band Members
Mike – Vocals
George – Lead Guitars
Stelios – Rhythm Guitars
Panagiotis – Bass
Orestis – Drums 



Biotoxic Warfare on Facebook

Friday, January 2, 2015

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Free Music: Irish Tech Metallers Vile Regression Release 'Empires'

Yes, you did read it right, Irish tech metallers Vile Regression have just announced the release of their brand new record 'Empires' and it's free for all.

Guitarist Brian Brady comments: "We've been blown away by the positive feedback we have received from the online metal community and printed metal press for 'Empires'. The reviews have been incredibly positive and at this stage we want as many people to hear the record as possible! On top of this, the EP has already become available to download on various blogs and torrent sites, so rather than metal fans downloading a poor quality version, we want them to be able to download a full quality release of 'Empires', along with the artwork, lyrics and be able to share the download link with their friends. We hope people will enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it and look forward to seeing many of you on the road in 2015. Happy Christmas from Vile Regression!"


"...progressive death metal that easily sits alongside the output from most of today's big extreme metal names."
Metal Hammer

"The talent coming out of Ireland has been nothing short of staggering, and this Dublin-based crew are up there with the best of them."
Zero Tolerance

"Another blistering metal band from the Emerald Isle that could have a big future."
Powerplay Magazine


DOWNLOAD 'EMPIRES' HERE



Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011 via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

'Empires' was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical, but not technical for the sake of it, and songs which would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end. The record was officially released on 21st July 2014.


‘Empires’ Track Listing
1) Tides
2) Raze The Complexity
3) Dream Of The Red Chamber
4) Thought Replication
5) The Abstract
6) Down To A Sunless Sea
7) The Empyrean Divide 


Check out 'The Empyrean Divide' (Playthrough Video)
http://youtu.be/2DwoYYowlHo


www.facebook.com/vileregression

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Legendary Swedish Extreme metal band Mefisto have just announced there long awaited reunion. Underground metal fans will be aware of their two demos "Meglomania" 1986 and "The Puzzle" 1986 both demos which displayed metal taken to it's extreme and pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved within extreme metal. Disbanding after releasing two ground-breaking demos it seemed that was all we would hear from these the band but now after 30 years their silence has been broken.
This metalhead for one can not wait to hear what is to come!


Bio: In their own words!

Mefisto started back in 1984 under the name Torment. Along with Obscurity (as well as Merciless shortly after) the 2 were the first Swedish extreme bands to follow Bathory. Both bands were of superior quality, however after just 2 demos both folded as they were simply too early with their extreme music at the time, getting virtually no support.
Mefisto since gained a cult status, heavily influencing the upcoming extreme music underground, especially the local Stockholm Death Metal scene. Featuring megatalnted guitarist Omar Ahmed, who delivered tight riffs and great solos, played out in a classic yet extreme manner, that to this day sounds fresh and relevant. Roberto Granath delivered violent drumming like few have before, and the singer Sandro Cajander did much deeper and harsher vocals than Bathory or Venom. This deep/harsh style was later further developed by LG Petrov of Nihilist, when the group finally delivered Sweden's first 100% Death Metal effort.

http://www.mefisto.se/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mefisto-Sweden/234630006720804?fref=ts



Thursday, December 4, 2014

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In the Riff the we Trust with Zak Carter of Castle Freak.



THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Where Eagles Dare by Iron Maiden

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Probably some Maiden or Ozzy or something,  I don't remember to be honest. 

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Other than Tony Iommi?  
1.) Matt Pike, because come on, every Sleep riff is legendary and there isn't a bad riff on any High on Fire album
2.) George Lynch.  Listen to the first 4 Dokken albums and tell me I'm wrong.
3.) Ty Tabor from King's X.  Most underrated guitarist in hard rock/metal in my opinion.  Just listen to the albums "Dogman" and "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska".  So good.

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
 Tony Iommi.  Obviously.

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
 "Freelance Fiend" by Leaf Hound.  Just the intro.  The part with the cowbell. 

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
 I know everyone probably says "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath, but I'm gonna say either "Mr. Scary" by Dokken or "Emerald" by Thin Lizzy.  Both of those riffs are just too good.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
 Anything associated with C.C. Deville

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
As far as riffs alone, my top five albums are: Black Sabbath - "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", Annihilator - "Never, Neverland", Sleep - "Holy Mountain", Electric Wizard - "Come My Fanatics...", and Candlemass - "Nightfall".  There's not a bad riff on any of those albums in my opinon.

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
"Fast as a Shark" by Accept.  Anything with Flying Vs and German midgets is heavy metal.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Just play the entire "Nightfall" album by Candlemass, please and thank you.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
A good riff can make you feel like you're on top of the world.  Like, when I hear the riff to "Fast as a Shark" I feel like I'm riding a motorcycle on top of a '69 Dodge Charger speeding down the highway while playing a Flying V, and I've got a sidecar on the motorcycle with 2 naked sluts in it making out.  It rules.


http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Castle_Freak/3540356175
https://www.facebook.com/CastleFreakPhilly
https://castlefreak.bandcamp.com/


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In the riff we trust with Dennis Ullehus of Roarback




 THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
It was Korn - Falling away from me (start riff)

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
I think it was either Korn's somebody someone or Freak on a leash

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
All 3 from Dethklok songs!:

Briefcase full of guts (Main riff)
The Galaxy (Outro riff)
Thunderhorse (if you know the song, you know what riff I am talking about ;) 

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
obviously it is Brendon Small

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
White Zombie - Thunderkiss 65



THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
Nothing else matters (couldn't we all use the money?)

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

Pantera - Good friends and a bottle of pills (that high pitch riff shit, if that even is a riff?)

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

Dethklok - The Dethalbum
Dir en Grey - Withering to Death
And some Metallica and Megadeth albums (I can't choose between their albums)

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

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Dethklok - The galaxy

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Because they make songs last for eternity...




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Back in the day people used to make mixtapes for each other on actual cassette tapes. With the coming of CDs, CD compilations became a big thing. The internet age in the 21st Century is fastly eroding the physical in music and digital is how everything is done. Compilations and mixtapes have not died away though and thanks to such streaming sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, people can freely share their favourite tunes.

Dewar PR, which specialises in effective heavy metal and hard rock publicity, has put together a digital compilation of some of the most interesting tunes coming from the heavy metal underground at the moment. This collection of songs represents what Dewar PR strives for: discovering talent deep in the underground and providing it with the media coverage it deserves.

The compilation is available for free streaming and download via MetalRecusants. (URL: http://metalrecusants.com/2014/12/03/dewar-pr-releases-free-compilation-via-metalrecusants/)

For more information regarding Dewar PR, please visit us on FacebookTwitter or simply email us at dewarpr@gmail.com

Included on this digital mixtape are bands that have worked with Dewar PR and those who haven’t but we thought that you would enjoy. 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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When it comes to late 80's early 90's death metal we all know about the ground breaking and pioneering Florida and Swedish death metal scenes and rightly so but it's seems that the rest of the world sometimes gets overshadowed. Which brings me to Finland in my eternal search for that overlooked hidden underground gem which will give the metalhead in me that fix which never seems to quite satisfy my ferocious need for metal. When it comes to Finland the bands that usually get mentioned are Demigod, Convulse, Amorphis and Demilich but there is one other band whose legacy shouldn't be underestimated releasing two underground demos at the tail end of the 80's and turn of the 90's and equaling in my opinion the deathly rumblings of most of what was coming out of neighbors Sweden at the time. Children of the Scorn is a bonified underground death metal classic warts and all. A filthy and brutal album which is unforgiving in it's relentless drudgery sounding like a swampy beast crawling from the deepest pits of morbid insanity. The guitars have an even more distorted and grittier sound than their Swedish counterparts and incorporate a lot of doom elements, think autopsy and your close. The album has a lot of atmosphere which is unusual for death metal releases at the time and along with the doomy riffs, some sporadic and background keyboard effects help to create this eerie feeling of unease. An album for death metal fans who are still in search of a classic death metal album of the 90's.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Funebre/9651

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.