ALBUM REVIEW: Sigh – Shiki


 

Four years after previous studio outing, Heir To Despair (Candlelight), Japanese avant-garde black metal act Sigh switch record labels once again and return with twelfth full length album Shiki (Peaceville). In their native language, the title translates into many different things such as ceremony, colour and motivation but the main themes present here are “four seasons” and “time to die”. A concept derived from a traditional Japanese poem, frontman Mirai Kawashima takes an existential approach to the seasons, watching cherry blossoms (a symbol of Spring) in full bloom while going through the Autumnal stage of his life with Winter just around the corner.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Imperial Triumphant – Spirit of Ecstasy


When the death metal scene blew up in the early nineties, it was exciting to watch fresh new blood delivering a much-needed kick up the backside to many lethargic established acts. However, with little room for growth and proliferation of bands all covering the same ground, stagnation, and panic soon set in. Just as their predecessors had found, forward-thinking and experimentation were often frowned upon while the alternative was perceived as merely playing safe or laziness. It was survival of the fittest in a catch-22 situation and the fans were a fickle and unforgiving judge.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Pure Filth Festival at Sharkey’s Event Center, Liverpool, New York


 

Sharkey’s Event Center in Liverpool, New York hosted the Pure Filth Festival, a one-day outdoor festival featuring both new and legendary metal bands, with a focus on Thrash Metal in particular. The roster included Exodus, Municipal Waste, Voivod, Integrity, and five more bands.Continue reading


Exodus, Municipal Waste, Voivod, Integrity and More to Play this Weekend’s Pure Filth Festival in New York


 

Pure Filth Festival, an all-day metal event, is set to take place at Sharkey’s Event Center, Saturday, June 18th, 2022 at in Liverpool, New York, taking place this weekend! The event is presented by Filthy Nasty Productions. Exodus, Municipal Waste, Voivod, Integrity, Carnivore A.D., Extinction AD, Bewitcher, and Savage Existence. The event will also feature a vendor row with metal distros, an appearance from The Metal Hall of Fame, and other cool finds. Get tickets at the link below and watch the video trailer here:

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yatra – Born Into Chaos


 

After the success of previous album All Is Lost, Maryland-based pagan doomsters Yatra return not only with their fourth full length studio release in three years but with a complete overhaul of their original sound. The crawling fuzz of their earlier albums is all but gone here as the band rejuvenate themselves, adding thrashing death metal with a blackened edge to their own particular brand of doom-laden sludge.

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Cannibal Corpse, Candlemass, Wolves In The Throne Room, The Red Chord and More Booked for Decibel Metal and Beer Fest


Decibel Magazine has announced its 2022 Philadelphia edition of their popular Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly. Taking place June 10th – and 11th, 2022,— the world’s loudest, two-day craft beer event has booked a killer bunch of bands for the event Cannibal Corpse, Candlemass, Wolves In The Throne Room, The Red Chord, Voivod, Full of Hell, Soul Glo, All Else Failed, Derkéta, Craven Idol, Sanguisugabogg, The Silver, and Deathevokation. For exclusive performances WITTR will perform all of Two Hunters, Nuclear Assault will perform all of Game Over, and the reunited Red Chord will perform all of their classic Clients album. All tickets are on sale Friday, February 4 at 10 a.m. EST.

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Voivod Shares New Single and Lyric Video for “Paranormalium”


Metal legends Voivod continue hyping up their new album Synchro Anarchy, out worldwide on February 11th via Century Media Records. Today, the band have released their second single and opening track “Paranormalium”. Pre-orders are now live as well as the details for the deluxe edition. Watch the lyric video created by Cloud Music Typography below:Continue reading