Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Olde- I

Olde is a blackened doom metal band from Toronto, Ontario. Featuring current and ex-members of Cunter, Sons of Otis, Moneen, and Jaww. Think of Sleep meets Mastodon. The highly anticipated debut album 'I' has been receiving tons of praise, you can check it out below to see just how good it is.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Grizzly- Rapturous Decay

Grizzly is a stoner/sludge band from Budapest, Hungary. Their latest release 'Rapturous Decay' is 6 tracks of great 'sludge n roll'. Combining elements from stoner, sludge and doom with loads of groove and rhythm thrown into the mix this is one great sounding ep. Check it out for yourself below.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

10 Creeptastic Metal Songs for this Halloween Season

October is the best month of the year, sweet treats, new horror flicks and the perfect time to crank the volume up on your favorite blackened sludge track. With so many bands creating music fit for this time of year, it seems strange that almost every 'Top 10' list in the vast online world consists of the same songs. Not to say these songs are bad, in fact many of them are brilliant hits from great artists but how many times do King Diamond, Helloween, Alice Cooper and Ozzy need to be mentioned.

Compiled below are 10 tracks that are perfect for this Halloween season. Let's break away from the mold and listen to some killer new music.

10. Acid Bath- Jezebel
Its hard to pick just one song from Acid Baths catalog. Almost every song is packed with such morbid poetic symbolism. Jezebel has always stood out as one of Acid Baths strongest tracks.

Hearts will stop and brain cells pop
Apocalyptic high
She screams bloody murder as they chop off her fingers
So this is how it feels to die
But it's okay
Yeah everything's okay 

9. Annihilator- Alison Hell
Now this one is on a couple other top lists but not nearly enough. Plus skipping out on one of Canadas best metal acts would just be shameful. This song and accompanying album conjures up loads of imagery from  classic 80s horror flicks.

Don't look around the corner
I might be lurking there
Under the bed at night
You're up till dawn again

8. Arkham Witch- Burn the Witch
Arkham Witch is a brilliant band who rock that retro NWOBHM feel. Their songs often tell a story much like classic Maiden did. Burn the Witch is a hard rocking anthem perfect for any Halloween party.

Witch woman I loved you don´t you know
Your fire burns inside my soul
Repent my child before it´s too late
See how the devil can steal your fate

7. The Black Dahlia Murder- The Raven
Another band whose majority of work consists of horror and occult inspired lyrics. In the case of the Raven it is hard to deny the roots of classic horror and though the track doesn't have anything to do with the Poe tale, the title instantly brings forth one thought. Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Bird of omens,
Ill harbinger of blight,
The raven waits with vengeance in his sights.

6. Blood Ceremony- My Demon Brother
Blood Ceremony helped bring back that retro occult rock sound of the 60's and 70's that Black Widow and Coven pioneered. Clearly, occult rock fits into the month of October better than any other. My Demon Brother is a great track about summoning forth a demon, who wouldn't want to try that out!

Dreaming demon, open your eyes
We humbly ask of you your presence this night
We call your name and offer sacrifice
Chanting forbidden hymns in black magic rites

5. Candlemass- The Bleeding Baroness
How could  a song based off of Countess Elizabeth Bathory not be on this list. Said to be the worlds most prolific female serial killer, the Countess often bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth. Candlemass romanticizes this tale in the Bleeding Baroness and turns it into a thing of beauty.

The Bleeding Baroness
Crimes of passion
She needs you and feeds you and bleeds you with the rise of the moon

The Bleeding Baroness
Hours of slumber
The spell I'm under

4. The Creepshow- Cherry Hill
Psychobilly horror punks the Creepshow have many tracks that fit the theme but Cherry Hill hits way too close to home. Based off of the House on Cherry Hill, one of Canada's top haunted houses. The stories of Cherry Hill are numerous and many believe that their is more to the house than can be explained.

Darker still as I walk
Through the front door
My body’s trembling as I make my
Way across the floor
What’s over there?
There’s something moving…
Oh my god there’s something touching me!

3. Doyle- Cemeterysexxx
The ex Misfits axeman Doyle von Frankenstein released a solo album last year filled with loads of horror and the macabre. If you want to get lucky this Halloween take the Doyle approach when it comes to seduction.

We'll scale the walls of the funeral home
In the dark of night
With no one in sight
We'll taste a thousand forbidden delights

2. Electric Wizard- Lucifer's Slaves
Though there may be more suitable tracks to choose out of the Wizards extensive catalog. Lucifer's Slaves off of their latest release 'Time to Die' is a brilliant track. Give it a play to anyone who hasn't heard an Electric Wizard song and I guarantee they will be creeped out.

Lucifer's Slaves
Beyond being saved
You can't beat the dead...

1. Ghost- Year Zero
Realistically Ghost's Infestissumam album is perfect for Halloween. From start to finish it creates an amazing atmosphere of the occult and an eerie sense of wickedness. Year Zero reigns supreme, it literally chants the names of demons and hails Satan. If only one song could sum up Halloween it would be this one.

Hail Satan, Archangelo
Hail Satan, Welcome year zero
Hail Satan, Archangelo
Hail Satan, Welcome year zero

Belial, Behemoth, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Satanas, Lucifer

Have better songs to add? Leave them in a comment below.

Lotus Ash- The Word of God

Lotus Ash is doom metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 'The Word of God' is their debut release and it brings us 5 tracks of sludge infused doom and drone. A pretty solid release, here's hoping they have more to come in the future.

Tormentor- Prophetic Deceiver

Formed in 2007, Tormenter is an aggressive metal quintet from the San Gabriel Valley just east of Los Angeles. Blending forms of thrash, death, and melodic metal, the 5-piece onslaught have honed a sound they can call they're own. Metal is in need of a kick in the ass...Tormenter is here to oblige! Below you can check out their brand new album 'Prophetic Deceiver'. A thrashing assault on the senses, it offers up 9 tracks of killer metal.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Super Rats- Self Titled

Super Rats are a rock trio from Pittsburg, Kansas who play a classic and fun style of rock n roll. A little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and a little bit of groove is what you will find on their debut self titled ep. Ultimately bringing about this wonderful atmosphere of nothing but good times. Check it out below.

Depths of Hatred- Hellborn

 Depths of Hatred is a technical deathcore band from Montreal, Quebec. The band has just put out their self released sophomore album 'Hellborn', bringing us 11 tracks of brutality. The metal scene in Montreal has been gaining momentum and lots of impressive acts are coming forth. Depths of Hatred are no exception. Listen for yourself below.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Hot Wires- Phantom Fire

 Gritty Louisville, Ky trio the Hot Wires have a sound that pulls together some of the best elements of psych-rock, garage punk, surf and early rock n' roll. 'Phantom Fire' is their first proper full-length independent release. Check it out below!

Temple of Void- of Terror and the Supernatural

 From the first listen of their demo tape earlier this year, I knew Temple of Void were going to blow it away on their debut full length. Released last month 'of Terror and the Supernatural' hammers us away with 51 minutes of the greatest death/doom that I have heard. Racking up praise and acclaim all around, this is an album that every metal fan should own. To quote their personal bio, this album is 'heavier than Thor's hammer' so check it out right this instant.

Serdce- Timelessness

The world will never be prepared for the onslaught that is SERDCE. This Belarussian powerhouse is set to make a massive blip with the release of their fourth album, "Timelessness." Taking 5 long years to carefully compose and produce the record, it's a perfect mixture of the best of 90's progressive death metal -- classics in the genre, such as Cynic "Focus" and "Traced in Air," along with early Pestilence, Atheist, and Dream Theater. (bandcamp bio)