Mickey Mouse. Universal Studios. The Everglades. It’s a safe bet that among the first things that come to mind when everyday folk think about Florida, Death Metal wouldn’t even be as high on the list as some of those often unbelievable “Florida Man…” headlines. However, to a certain breed of humans, that particular southeastern state has been a location of serious interest since Death released their debut album back in 1987.
The pandemic spawned death metal “supergroup,” Malefic Throne is a three-headed beast of death metal royalty: guitarist Gene Palubicki(Perdition Temple, Angelcorpse, Blasphemic Cruelty), vocalist/bassist Steve Tucker (Morbid Angel, Warfather), and drummer John Longstreth(Origin, Hate Eternal, ex-Angelcorpse). The band shared their first single and a visualizer “A New Hand Upon the Blade!” Their self-titled EP Malefic Throne comes out on the 28th of January. It will be available in CD, 12″ vinyl, and cassette tape formats via Hells Headbangers. Watch the visualiser for the debut track now!
While it seems strange to refer to a sound that has been around for over two decades as “modern”, it feels completely accurate to describe the sonic barrage of Aeon as Modern Death Metal. Renowned for keeping the intensity levels up – backed by a production to level small towns with its ripped, lean torso – for their fifth release Swedish violence-dealers have shown no relenting despite lockdown, No extra inches have been added to their waist-bands, and no sign of flabbiness added to their carb-free sensory assault.
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.
Slovenian extreme Metal band Noctiferia is releasing a Laibach tribute album, Reforma, coming out in May on Blood Blast Distribution. For the first single and video – “Now You Will Pay” they enlisted a guest appearance by Metal legend David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid) which is killer. Laibach is one of the most underrated bands of all time and Noctiferia has put their own, brutal stamp on the track, making it a must-hear!
Legendary Death Metal frontman, Outlaw Country solo artist and music industry personality David Vincent will release his autobiography in 2020. I Am Morbid was written with best-selling author Joel McIver (Max Cavalera, Bass Player Magazine) and will release viaJawbone Press in February of 2020 in paperback and ebook formats. It will also be available in a deluxe hardcover collector’s edition, strictly limited to 100 copies — of which, full details to be announced soon. Ahead of the book’s publication, David will be touring across Europe with VLTIMAS throughout January and February 2020. With a foreword by Rosetta space mission project scientist Dr. Matt Taylor, I Am Morbid promised to be more than just a memoir, but an instruction manual for life. Continue reading →
Swedish Black Metal greats Waitain have run into trouble trying to enter the USA for their tour beginning tonight in Houston, TX with Morbid Angel and Incantation. According to a lengthy post to Facebook, the band’s guitarist was detained, interrogated and mistreated by US Border Authorities sent guitarist Pelle Forsberg back to Mexico, where he was staying prior to the first tour date in Houston. The post claims that the authorities used Google Search to find evidence that Pelle was anti-American should not be allowed in the country, despite having a current and active work Visa and entering for five prior visits without incident. The rest of the band also had issues entering the country but managed to get in today after rebooking flights and having lawyers advocate for them. and without their guitarist, they will perform as a reconfigured four-piece. The band will miss tonight’s show in Houston.Continue reading →
When Axl Rose waxed romantically about cold November rain in back in 1992, he clearly wasn’t singing about Leeds on a Saturday morning. A cold, depressing day darkened by oppressive black clouds showering their misery relentlessly from above, there is nothing romantic about Leeds city centre. However, above the sound of rain pelting against umbrella canopies, and cars splashing through ankle-high lakes of dirty water, there is hope. Somewhere out there is Damnation Festival.Continue reading →
If you need more evidence that Metal is far from dead, check this out. Invading one of pop cultures most sacred of cows, on the legendary game showJeopardy last night (11/12/2019), Morbid Angel and Obituary were answers to the question “Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre”. The answer, “What is Death Metal”. Duh. Continue reading →