Check out our preview of the new music coming out this week!
Check out our preview of new music coming out this week!
We caught up with Kyle Shope of Bodysnatcher to discuss the new album Bleed Abide – out now via MNRK Heavy! We talked to Kyle about the band’s process for writing the album, working with MNRK Music Group, what it’s like for a signed band focused on growing a following, and much more!
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.
Danish death metal band Baest has announced their third full-length album Necro Sapiens out early 2021 via Century Media. More details about the release are coming soon. Formed in 2015, they signed to Century Media in 2018 and have spent the past few years releasing new music and touring with bands like Aborted and Entombed A.D. The band has won a total of three Danish GAFFA awards. Now, Baest is happy to announce their new album and a massive European tour in support of the forthcoming release, with dates opening for Benediction and major festivals, such as Roskilde, in their homeland.
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Maik Weichert of Heaven Shall Burn, who just released a brilliant double album (review here), Of Truth And Sacrifice, out now via Century Media Records. We talked to Maik about the German metal legends ambitious decision to create a double album, the meaning behind the topics, their lyrics tackling topics such as content supports anti-racism & anti-fascism along with resistance, oppression and animal rights, their new music videos for ‘Übermacht’ and ‘Eradicate’, his take on the history of the genre, the longevity as a band and much more. Order Of Truth And Sacrifice here and listen to the podcast now! Continue reading
Reanimated Techdeath/Grindcore band Hivesmasher posted to their social networks that they are plotting summer 2019 tour dates. The band has played sporadically the last few years after a long hiatus. The band has not released new music since 2012’s brilliant Gutter Choir but has in the past teased new music is not out of the question someday. Continue reading
Carnifex’s latest LP, Slow Death, is nothing if not about getting down to brass tacks. Quick off the blocks, the San Diego natives jump into the two strongest bangers of the batch, ‘Dark Heart Ceremony’ and ‘Slow Death.’ While doing so, they also set the template of what else to come in the remaining 29 minutes; Carnifex gonna be Carnifex.Continue reading
Confession time. Up until two days ago when my editor sent me this assignment I had never heard of Crossfaith. So yeah, for a band that has been kicking since 2006 and consistently on tour it took me until their fourth LP Xeno (Razor & Tie) to acknowledge their existence. I am the definition of timeliness.
Anyways, during my lunch break I browsed the web out of boredom and realized that Crossfaith’s sound has been described as renown for combining metalcore and electronic dance music. Naturally when reading that combination of genres the first thing that comes to mind is “I’ve died and gone to hell.” Immediate visions of laptopcore bands like The Browning and Blood on the Dance Floor flooded the brain. Fuck me.
But don’t knock it till you try it, or at least that’s what the girl as the grocery store seems to always tell me. Look at the bright side, Crossfaith is from Osaka, Japan and the land of the rising son has fostered plenty of eclectic and talented metal bands such as X-Japan, Dir en Grey, and Maximum the Hormone. Just press play.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and Crossfaith for the most part hits the mark. Instead of the Hot Topic goth dance party I was dreading the music on Xeno was actually listenable. Multifarious to a fault, but still listenable. Pretty good, actually. However if you are looking for some dance party action then check out ‘Wildfire’ (featuring Skindred’s Benji Webbe) and it’s unholy matrimony of EDM and Reggae. And I can say with no shame that I blasted it out loud in my car.
That being said the tunes here are more in line with Slipknot, mid-career Soilwork and even some Linkin Park for good measure. Frontman Kenta “Ken” Koie leans more on his singing voice on this effort and it helps elevate songs like ‘Raise Your Voice,’ ‘Devil’s Party’ and the excellent title track to radio rock anthem status. In addition to Koie’s strong performance, much attention should also be paid to drummer Tatsuya Amano’s frantic bursts of aggression and producer Josh Wilbur’s (Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God) masterful work behind the studio board.
The one moment on Xeno that lost me was power ballad ‘Tears Fall.’ It’s an excellent showcase for Koie’s pipes and it does feature a tuneful solo from guitarist Kazuki Takemura, but it’s way too sappy to fully take seriously. So much so that you could sell it for parts to Bullet for My Valentine. While that gamble doesn’t pay off, Crossfaith pick up the pace again with ‘Paint it Black’ and the drumming showcase that is ‘Vanguard.’ But before the album comes to a close these Osaka natives get a another chance to play with dynamics and texture on ‘Calm the Store’ a melodic track that is much more in line with the aforementioned Linkin Park or Dead Letter Circus.
I feel slightly less hesitant about the melding of electronics and metalcore. Slightly. You done good, Crossfaith.