It takes a lot of blood, sweat, beers to make it in the music business. A lot of bands form around a good idea, some beers, mutual bands, or a few riffs, heat up, run cold and call it day. Few bands have the temerity to overcome real adversity with all the music industry shit that crushes your soul. If you know, you know. Graveslave has overcome the death of their original vocalist Don “Doombringer” Durkee in 2019, and are still here. Putting out a killer EP during the lockdown Devotion, and now a new album, this is far above what most others could muster. No matter what happens in their career, they have defied the odds for the love of music.
Enigmatic Progressive Death Metal Band Rivers of Nihil have teased a new album, music and music video. The one-minute teaser was shared to YouTube with album artwork popping up in other places such as social media and the Bandsintown app. The ominous shot of the band says “The Work” begins July 27th, apparently when a song/video will drop, like their new album, from Metal Blade Records. It remains to be confirmed if the “The Work” is the single title or album title. The teaser has some pretty dramatic intro music too. They shared a previous teaser a week ago which you can see below. The band will also participate in the Up From The Sewer Tour, headed up by The Black Dahlia Murder, After The Burial, Carnifex, and Undeath.
Brazilian death grind band Desalmado has released a brand new music video for their song “Hollow.” The second single off their upcoming new album due later in 2021, due out via Blood Blast distribution. The new album title is still to be announced and more details to follow soon. The track features Argentinian singer Noelia Recalde, acclaimed for her expressive voice and talents in South America. Formed in 2004, Desalmado is today one of the leaders in the Brazilian underground, and even the father of Brazialn metal, Max Cavalera (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly and ex-Sepultura), is a fan! Watch the video here!
Extreme progressive band Voidgazer will release their new album, Dance of the Undesirables, on August 27th, 2021. The band just dropped their new music video for their song “Jesus Take The Needle” and it is a banana-balls slab of riffs, beats, and shrieking guttural howls. Like the bastard child of Lemmy and Obituary, this band is sick, ugly, and possibly hammered all the time. Check out the lcip and pre-order the track from the band on their Bandcamp page.
If you can rely on one thing it’s that legendary Norwegian twosome Darkthrone will continue to not give a flying fig about convention or what people think about them until the day they die. No live shows since 1996, an early decisive leap from death metal to black metal, a total lack of adherence to any kind of rule book, and a succession of albums which basically read as unadulterated love letters dedicated to the music on which they grew up. If you don’t get Darkthrone by now then you never will.
At The Gates is a household name to every Melodic Death Metal fan out there. Formed over thirty years ago, this group of guys invigorated the scene by gifting the people with their unruly and extreme proclamations. Along with several other eager acts from their hometown, like Dark Tranquility and In Flames, ATG bolstered what is now defined as Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal. The signature sound that they captured still storms the scene today, showing off the band’s Swedish roots with a grim and wistful flourish. They continue on to profess their dark truths on their new seventh full-length record, The Nightmare of Being (Century Media Records).
Carcass is back with a new album! Torn Arteries will arrive on September 17th via their longtime label Nuclear Blast! The band also dropped a brilliant new song: “Kelly’s Meat Emporium!” You can check it out now, along with the new artwork for the album and the pre-save for streaming!
While all things toxic (waste; holocausts; um, waltzing) have long been a regular bedfellow for the lyric writers and album cover artists that inhibit the pungent worlds of Thrash and Death Metal, it also lurks in another sense; behind the scenes and pervading the environment of many bands relationships. Escaping the cryptic realms of one such biohazard of a relationship was a necessity for legendary bassist Terry Butler (Obituary, Death, Six Feet Under), guitarist Taylor Nordberg (Wombath, Ribspreader), and vocalist/drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom-Inc, Goregang, The Absence). Continue reading
It lies deep within the cold vastness of space. A distant, inhospitable land that exists at the farthest reaches of an unforgiving, lonely planet. Cast adrift and surrounded by an ocean of venomous, fanged, and tentacled monstrosities lies an island of such unimaginable manifestations of horror that madness and fear await every nervous footstep with eager, slurping lust. Crawling, slithering, scuttling, swimming, hiding. It waits.
Eleven long years after their last full-length studio release, Floridian act Solstice makes a glorious comeback with Casting the Die (Emanzipation Productions), reuniting founder members Alex Marquez and Dennis Munoz for the first time since 1995’s Pray (Steamhammer SPV).