Death Metal is in rude health. It is a status that has been brewing and broiling over the last ten years, with pushes and spurts in pocketed sub-sub genres, until now the whole scene, and its multitude of variants and mutations and off-shoots, feels like it is not just doing alright, but burgeoning with a lush virility unseen since it’s fomentation some thirty years ago.
No better way than to start the year than with some new Death Metal is what I say. I’ve quit coffee and don’t touch Red Bull, so I need something to kick start the day. It’s a particularly cold winter here in New England and every time I check Twitter there is a freshly developed shitshow going on so the more extreme music the merrier. Long story short, thank you Frozen Soul for kicking in the 2021 door with Crypt of Ice (Century Media).
There was a time where Metal had an ageism problem; the perception prevalent that once heavier bands passed certain milestone birthdays or anniversaries, or wracked a certain number of albums, or miles on the road, they became jaded, watered-down parodies of themselves. The late nineties, and, to be fair, a good chunk of the first decade of this millennium, were not kind to our grizzled veterans, some of whom fed into the prophecy, with stock output outweighing those who could still hold their own.
Silent for many years since going on an apparent hiatus 2017, Scott Rockenfeld says he is still a member of Queensryche and the fans “have not been given the facts, by any means.” Scott hasn’t recorded or performed with the band for four years at this point and did not appear on the 2019 album The Verdict (Century Media Records). Drums on the album were performed by vocalist Todd La Torre and live drumming has been provided by Casey Grillo. Rockenfeld promised more details soon.
Long-running Death Metal band Morgoth has announced they are permanently breaking up. The band had formed in 1985 as Exterminator and operated from 1987-1998 and then reunited in 2010. The band went on hiatus again in 2015, and at the time hinted that they might return. The band posted to their official Facebook page, to bring the news to fans. Their last album was Ungod in 2015, released on Century Media Records.
We caught up with Mikael Stanne of Melodic Death Metal legends Dark Tranquillity. The bands’ new album Moment is out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Mikael all about the new album, changes in the band with Niklas Sundin taking a step back from the band and adding Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band, changes in the music industry over time, the incredible artwork of Moment, created by Sudin, and much more. Interview by Keefy. Purchase and stream the album here https://darktranquillity.lnk.to/MomentID, and check out our chat. Continue reading
Melodic Death Metal pioneers, Dark Tranquillity, release their twelfth studio album Moment (Century Media Records). The twelve-song album began recording shortly after founding member Niklas Sundin announced his departure from the band (Editor’s note: although he is still involved with the band behind the scenes) on their social media platforms, after touring members, Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Andromeda) formally joined Mikael Stanne, Anders Jivarp, Martin Brändström, and Anders Iwers as part of the official dT lineup.
Spirit Adrift could’ve followed the more accessible bent of 2019’s Divided In Darkness with more of the same but chose to mix things up to an even greater degree with their fourth full-length album. The tug o’ war between Doom and Traditional Metal that has defined their style has turned in the latter’s favor with more songs taking on upbeat tempos. The lyrics have also undergone a noticeable attitude adjustment with a decidedly optimistic outlook and an emphasis on metaphysical galactic imagery. There are enough common denominators to help Enlightened In Eternity (20 Buck Spin/Century Media) fit in with their established trajectory, but it may be their most drastic sound shift thus far.
Stoner Doom and Heavy Metal leaders Spirit Adrift have shared a new single and music video, “Screaming From Beyond”, the second single from their upcoming Enlightened In Eternity, due this fall via 20 Buck Spin in North America (on Century Media in the rest of the world). Preorder directly from 20 Buck Spin and on Bandcamp. Watch the clip right now Continue reading
Devin Townsend who launched his own podcast series during the pandemic has released its tenth episode. Check out Episode #10, featuring Devy’s take on “Ziltoid The Omniscient” Continue reading