Emperor Booked To Headline Netherlands Deathfest 2018

Continuing a string of headline appearances at European metal festivals, Emperor will headline Netherlands Deathfest 2018. Nine other bands have also been added with more bands and details to follow. Continue reading

Carcass, Angel Witch, 1349, Skinless And More To Play Netherlands Deathfest 2018

 

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Having just completed its latest edition three weeks ago, Netherlands Deathfest 2018 has announced its first wave of bands! Carcass is the first named headliner along with Angel Witch, 1349, Sadistic Intent, Skinless, Broken Hope, Devourment, Rotten Sound and more! Details below: Continue reading

Aborted – Retrogore

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Belgian death metal outfit, Aborted, are back in a big way with their ninth full length entitled, Retrogore (Century Media). All of the typical elements are there from previous albums like the movie samples at either beginning or endings of songs, thunderous drum work, Sven (De Caulwe) being Sven, etc. Based off of the album title and some of the samples used, it appears they wanted to stick to some old classics (one of my favorite samples coming from ‘Re-Animator’; see tack ‘Forged for Decreptude’). Being a huge horror fan, this only scores more points for me.

Outside of the samples, there were quite a few guests on Retrogore as well. The first is on the track called ‘Divine Impediment’ and features guest vocals from Cattle Decapitation‘s own Travis Ryan. The mixture of Sven’s deep growls and high-pitched screeches with what seems like only Travis can do vocally makes for one of the more memorable tracks on the album. The very next track, ‘Coven of Ignorance’ also features guest vocals from Dave Davidson of Revocation fame. Again, the contrast of the two vocal patterns tossed over some chugging and riffing is simply pleasant. Towards the end of the track, we also get a quick sample from a ‘House M.D.’ episode from Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) himself. If you simply cannot get enough guest vocalists, then you will find ‘The Mephitic Conundrum’ to be a great track as well. Jason Keyser from Origin/ex-Skinless hops on the mic for sections throughout the song. Literally, three songs in a row have guest vocalists and it may be the best stretch on the album.

As a whole, I found that I could listen to Retrogore from front to back without even thinking of pressing the skip button. There were certainly tracks I may have liked more than others, but even my least favorite track was still a solid track. Each track told its own story and stood out in its own way which helped keep the album fresh which is not the easiest to do in the death metal world nowadays. While previous releases from Aborted kind of fall into a dark void after a handful of listens, I find that this latest record will be hanging around for quite some time.

8.0/10

TIM LEDIN

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Festival Preview: Denver Black Sky Fest III

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All hell will descend on Denver, CO’s Gothic Theatre on Saturday December 5th as the third edition of the Denver Black Sky Festival gets underway. Sponsored once again by Relapse Records, Black Sky features the very best in national and local death metal, grindcore, thrash, and doom acts the scene has to offer. Grindcore masters Pig Destroyer and reactivated death metal lords Skinless head the line up of crushing, uncompromising bands. Also on the bill are Havok, Ringworm, In The Company of Serpents, Nekrofilth, Khemmis and Axeslasher. All of this has come at the impetus of the excellent Black Sky Brewery whose love of metal has only been matched by a deep craft brew list that changes daily, and tons of great food pairings for the discerning hesher. Tickets are still available for the show at this link:

 

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Audio: Skinless – Serpenticide

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Skinless is streaming “Serpenticide,” off of their forthcoming album Only the Ruthless Remain out June 2, 2015 via Relapse Records below. Featuring their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, and the record was recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, OR.

Watch the making of the new record video below.

The band has booked a couple of upcoming festival appearances.

May 21: Soundstage (Maryland Deathfest) – Baltimore, MD
Jun 20: Hellfest Open Air – Clisson (FR)

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Krisiun and Origin Co-Headline North American Tour

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Krisiun and Origin have announced the Devastation on the Nation tour with Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption and Ingested as support. Krisiun had previously announced that they were working on their next record with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, Malevolent Creation, Madball, Agnostic Front) at Mana Studios in Tampa, FL. Origin is supporting their latest release Omnipresent, which was recorded and mixed with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS, mastered at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Kataklysm, Exodus). The album marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (Skinless), who has being touring with them as their vocalist since the release of Entity.

“Devastation on the Nation” tour dates feat. Krisiun & Origin with Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption, Ingested
Sep 04: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Sep 05: High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Sep 06: Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
Sep 07: Dickens – Calgary, AB
Sep 08: Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
Sep 09: Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
Sep 10: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Sep 11: The Pin! – Spokane, WA
Sep 12: Duffy’s Hangar – Salem, OR
Sep 13: Rockbar Theater – San Jose, CA
Sep 14: The Grizzly Den – Upland, CA
Sep 15: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Sep 16: Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Sep 17: LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Sep 18: Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 19: Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
Sep 20: Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
Sep 22: Gas Monkey B&G – Dallas, TX
Sep 23: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Sep 24: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Sep 27: Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
Sep 28: Diamonds Pub – Louisville, KY
Sep 29: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Sep 30: Reverb – Reading, PA
Oct 01: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 02: Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Oct 03: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Oct 04: The Foundry – Lakewood, OH

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Skinless Posts Trailer For New Album

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New York death metallers Skinless has posted a video teaser for their forthcoming new record titled Only The Ruthless Remain, which is due out June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Watch it below.

The record will feature their classic late 90s lineup with guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser, drummer Bob Beaulac, and new guitarist Dave Matthews. The record was recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing:
01: Serpenticide
02: Only The Ruthless Remain
03: Skinless
04: Flamethrower
05: The Beast Smells Blood
06: Funeral Curse
07: Barbaric Proclivity

The band will be doing a couple festival appearances coming up.

May 21: Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest)
Jun 20: Hellfest Open Air – Clisson (FR)

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Reunited Skinless Releasing Only The Ruthless Remain on June 2nd

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Reunited New York death metallers Skinless will be releasing their first new studio offering in nearly a decade titled Only The Ruthless Remain, out via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland).

Skinless was forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, Skinless established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup.

Recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Only The Ruthless Remain boasts seven tracks of their signature fusion of punishing, concussively heavy grooves and surgically precise, blasting severity. Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic yet addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Comments the band,

“Stockpile your beers, gather your minions, it’s time to get RUTHLESS.”

The band has a couple of upcoming live appearances:

May 21: Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jun 21: Hellfest Open Air – Clisson (FR)

 

 

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