Tuesday, April 21, 2015

INFERNAL WAR stream full new album "Axiom"

Polish black/death metallers, INFERNAL WAR, are streaming their full new album "Axiom", ahead of its official release on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America via Agonia Records. The stream is available through Musick Magazine, at this link:


"Axiom" was recorded, mixed and mastered in No Solace Studio with M. (Mgła/Kriegsmaschine), who also guest appears on the album on vocals. The 11 new songs on "Axiom" clock in at around 42 minutes. The album cover was created by Mentalporn.

I. Coronation
II. Militant Hate Church
III. Into Dead Soil
IV. Paradygmat
V. Nihil Prayer
VI. The Parallel Darkness
VII. Transfigure
VIII. Eater Of Hope
IX. Camp 22
X. No Forgiveness
XI. Axiom

On the new material, the band commented: "Axiom is the essence of Infernal War. At the same time, it's not a copy of our previous works. The new material is more mature, diversified and bloody uncompromising. It's very grim, both musically and lyrically. We have no doubt, that Axiom is our crowning achievement".

"Axiom" will be available in: slipcase CD12" gatefold LP with booklet, 12" silver LP (limited to 150 hand-numbered copies), 12" die-cut picture LP with booklet (limited to 300 hand-numbered copies) and digital formats.

Pre-orders are available 

Herr Warcrimer - vocals
Zyklon - guitars
Triumphator - guitars
Godcrusher - bass
Stormblast - drums


"Into Dead Soil" clip:


Agonia Records:

Monday, April 20, 2015

The History Of Noisecult

I came across these Nashvillian heavy hitters by pure chance, when I was invited to a show by an out-of-town band. On the bill was Noisecult and they blew me away from the get-go, even more so since they proved to me that there are heavy bands in the capital of country. As it happens I got my hands on their entire discography, five full-lengths in all, and felt it is more than appropriate to write about the albums chronologically. So read on, I hope you like what Noisecult are about and get interested enough to check out their music.

End Of Days(2005)

Their self-released debut is a raw, punkish affair mixed with a lot of Slayer especially in the vocal department. Bassist/singer Bo Heyward's rough voice reminds me a lot of Araya which is not a bad thing at all. The production is a bit unpolished and a bit rushed here and there but the music is really good. More importantly, you can tell the guys had fun recording 'End Of Days'. Founder Don Carr throws in a lot of cool, good riffs adding a nice 70's heavy rock vibe to the overall sound. The only downside is drummer Vinny Doody, yes that is his real last name. He is all over the place in the faster songs but does good in the mid-paced tracks. My favourite tracks are: 'End Of Days', 'Never Meant To Be' and 'From The Void'.

One From None(2006, 2009)

The sophomore album, 'One From None' saw the light of day a year after the debut and some changes had occurred. Ben Bomlitz was the new drummer doing a much better job than his predecessor. Another change is the production has improved. The sound is still raw and punkish but also fuller with all instruments pushed to the right levels. Along with all the transformations the band has gone through hints of Slayer is still present but they have taken several steps forward in finding the Noisecult sound. Very good stuff indeed with some excellent guitar work from Don Carr. My favourite tracks are: 'Incinerate', 'Blood Feast Tonight', 'No Sanctuary' and 'Digital Gods'. This album was re-recorded and re-released in 2009 with Sean Kay on bass guitar

Volume III: Vociferous(2007)

More changes within the camp again. A new drummer appeared with the band's producer Matt McElroy banging the skins.  Going more for old style thrash with a real sharp guitar throughout, Noisecult still retains an air of Slayer but have added bits of doom metal and Motörhead as well. Along with a great production '...Vociferous' surpasses everything the band has done up to this point. They're definitely on the right path...excellent album! My favourite tracks are: 'Into The Never', 'Swarm of The Electric Death', 'Pretty When You Bleed', 'Just Another Blackout' and 'Disciples Of War'.

My War My Enemy(2009)

Noisecult definitely has come of age here. It's more metal with thrash metal undertones with the snarl of Motörhead and the drive of AC/DC at their very best. Founder Don Carr is in top form playing some very deft parts on the guitar. Sean Kay is the band's new bass player with Bo focusing only on the singing.  Matt McElroy and the returning Ben Bomlitz share the drum stool to great aplomb. And staying true to their progress the production is very good to say the least. My favourite tracks are: 'My War My Enemy', 'Spiders Wanna Eat My Brain', 'Dante's Inferno', 'Kill-Kill-Kill' and 'Blood Feast Tonight(re-recorded).

Psychedelic Death Trip(2012)

The most current of Noisecult's releases and by far the best one. Everything has fallen into place for them despite yet another line up change. Mike Liffick has replaced longserving singer Bo while Matt McElroy once again shares the drum duties, this time with Don Berger. Super sharp guitars with a heavy and tight rhythm section sweeps through the songs with such ease and enjoyment. Widening their palette Noisecult incorporates more variation and diversity in the songwriting department, check out 'Sins Of Yesterday' and 'Innerlewd' and you know what I mean. Still holding on to the "brutality" from their previous albums, they have now added parts of Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Iron Butterfly and it works wonderfully. 'Psychedelic Death Trip' is a fantastic album that deserves more recognition. My favourite tracks are: 'Sins oif Yesterday', 'Psychedelic Death Trip', 'Innerlewd', 'The One True God', and 'Marching Unto Death'.

I hope I  have stirred your interest enough to check this great Nashville band out. Like many other non-country and hipster artists in Music City, they get overlooked for the mere reason of not conforming to "ruling" trends here. Not giving up is worthy of praise alone and to have put out five albums of great music in the process, makes Noisecult's journey even more impressive.

- Swedebeast

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SIXTY WATT SHAMAN: Long-Running Desert Rock/Doom Unit Joins Ripple Music; Band To Enter Studio With J. Robbins + Live Assaults Announced

Long-running, Baltimore-based heavy desert rock/doom unit, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, are pleased to announce their official union with California rock powerhouse, Ripple Music, for the release of their forthcoming new full-length. Titled Tabula Rasa and slated for release this Winter, the record will be tracked by J. Robbins of Jawbox at Magpie Cage Studio in Baltimore, Maryland next month.

Comments the band: "We are honored, proud, and excited to release our fourth album, Tabula Rasa, with Ripple Music, and join the incredible roster of such a fan driven, artist supportive and creatively freeing label. With our new material we have wiped the slate clean, the past is the past. It's darker and heavier than our previous efforts, with the energy and soul that made us who we were, and will always be. Brothers, climbing up and down that mountain. Toss genre tags around as you will, we're SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, and we're back."

In the meantime, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN -- vocalist/guitarist Daniel Soren, lead guitarist Todd Ingram (King Giant), bassist/backing vocalist Rev. Jim Forrester and drummer/backing vocalist Chuck Dukehart III -- will bring their blues-laden swagger to the stage of the The Opera House next month in Sheperdstown, West Virginia with Karma To Burn and RHIN. The following evening, the band will rumble the Empire in Springfield, Virginia as part of King Giant's record release show. In June, the band will quake pavement at The Maryland Doom Fest in Frederick, Maryland with additional onstage jam sessions to be announced soon.

5/29/2015 The Opera House - Sheperdstown, WV w/ Karma To Burn, RHIN
5/30/2015 Empire - Springfield, VA King Giant CD Release Party w/ Foghound
6/26/2015 The Maryland Doom Fest @ Club 611 - Frederick, MD

SIXTY WATT SHAMAN delivers a varied repertoire of hard hitting groove rock and ethereal psychedelic jams. The band's influences vary from classic tube tones to heavy blues, southern groove, doom, and even the ghostly spirit of historic Americana and Appalachian bluegrass. With emotive impact as a center point in every song, from fully-amped hard hitters to the celestial space of acoustic tones, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN are true masters of all things heavy. With diverse musical influences and backgrounds, from punk, hardcore, and thrash metal to the distorted, fuzzed out, bands of the '70s to dark, experimental sludge, crust and noise and bluegrass, outlaw country and American southern rock, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN has become a true amalgamation of stimuli making for an uniquely undeniable "Sixty Watt Sound." Having spent the nearly two decades manifesting their own untouchable brew of creativity and power, this year SIXTY WATT SHAMAN are back to defy and erase categorical definitions and make their own brand of bad ass, American rock 'n' roll.

Further SIXTY WATT SHAMAN developments to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Azavatar Set Release Date For Art Of Propaganda Debut, Premiere First Track

Art Of Propaganda is proud to present AZAVATAR's debut album, AZAVATAR, set for international release on June 29. Formed in 2013 by former Saeculum Obscurum guitarist AZAVATAR as a solo-project, the selfsame band AZAVATAR features C.A. (Odem Arcarum) on drums, KHOTHRON (Saeculum Obscurum) on vocals, and umbrA (Atrorum, Nebelkrähe) on keys. Together, the German quartet create a spiraling whirlwind of unease and unrest across AZAVATAR. At once overwhelmingly hypnotic and restlessly manic, the five-track album explodes with harrowing fury, often to simmer while tension mounts and the listener is kept on the edge of a knife, only for yet further explosions of grimy, teeth-gnashing, and yet strangely melodic black metal and that knife sinks deeper. Fittingly, AZAVATAR conceptually deals with the sick and perverted nature of worship and the cycle of rebirth into a numb and meaningless existence. It was likewise only fitting that the album was recorded and mixed by M. Zech at The Source Studio - well known for the latest recordings of Ascension, Secrets of the Moon, and Odem Arcarum - and mastered by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) at Woodshed Studio. Completed by stark 'n' haunting cover artwork by Comaworx (Deathspell Omega, Bölzer, The Devil's Blood), AZAVATAR's AZAVATAR will seep its way into one's subconscious like a poison, and the only way to escape is to draw blood... The first sounds of that bloodletting can be heard HERE and HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for AZAVATAR's AZAVATAR


Saturday, April 18, 2015

FUZZ EVIL: Arizona Riff Squad Announces Southwest Tour with SWITCHBLADE JESUS

Sierra Vista, Arizona's FUZZ EVIL is a three-piece rock and roll band (featuring the brothers Rudell from POWERED WIG MACHINE) that tames the fuzziest guitar and bass tones on the planet and wields them to blast a monolithic speaker-ripping fuzzapocaplyse for your ears and soul. Raw and dirty in "Stooges-like" fashion with soaring, soulful vocals akin to Pentagram. With a full-length LP out later this year on Battleground Records and plenty of shows under their belts, the boys are hitting the road in Texas with Switchblade Jesus in just a couple of weeks. Don't miss out.

Hear "Glitterbones" from their recent 7" split with CHIEFS at THIS LOCATION.

Check the dates below:

4/21 Sierra Vista, AZ @ JR'S Bar*
4/22 El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace
4/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
4/24 Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
4/25 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

* No Switchblade Jesus

Fuzz Evil is:
Wayne Rudell - Vocals/Guitar
Joseph Rudell - Vocals/Bass
Marlin Tuttle- Drums


Deathhammer Set Release Date For New Hells Headbangers Album; To Play "Hells Headbash - Part 2" Fest

Today, Hells Headbangers announces June 30th as the international release date for Deathhammer's massively anticipated Evil Power, to be released on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. An iron-fisted statement of intent in both title and execution, Evil Power proves that this Norwegian duo continue to get better with age, retaining their original youthful enthusiasm which endeared the Hells Headbangers-released Onward to the Pits to so many the world over whilst pushing their songwriting toward more mature but no-less-deadly ends. Once again, Deathhammer are firmly committed to their blackthrashing metal here, storming with vengeance as if 1985 never ended, braving nuclear winter and eternal devastation, but make no mistake: Evil Power is no repeat of past glories. Like those eternal bands who find a special sound and continue to expand it without losing their identity, Deathhammer render Evil Power a rollicking ride through past, present, and future, at once rawer and more refined, more manic and also more measured - but always, always VERY METAL. Because when all is said and done, Evil Power will always prevail! Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Deathhammer's Evil Power
1. Warriors of Evil
2. Total Metal
3. Satan is Back
4. Powertrip
5. Sinner's Possession
6. Belial's Curse
7. Rot in Shreds
8. Omen of the Beast

In other Deathhammer news, the band is slated to play Hells Headbangers' "Hells Headbash - Part 2" festival, set for September 4-6 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Theater and Ballroom. Deathhammer will join other such Hells Headbangers-affiliated bands as Satanic WarmasterProfanaticaArchgoatMidnightInquisitionAcid Witch,DestruktorBlack WitcheryHigh Spirits, and tons more. More info can be found HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kings Destroy - S/T

Imagine music wasn’t invented until five minutes ago, and you’re about to listen to the new self-titled album from Kings Destroy with no prior experience hearing music ever, because it didn’t exist.  We’ve been trained to associate greatness with distinctiveness, so, on some level, we think that’s how we ought to listen to a new record:  without comparing it to or even acknowledging any other music. 

The counter-argument is that all those years spent pummeling your ears with thousands of derivative bands in order to discover gems like YOB and Pentagram is exactly what resulted in your ability to dig what Kings Destroy is doing.  You have to listen to eons’ worth of music so your ears and brain can learn to decipher the elements of what you consider quality… don’t you?

I think you do, and that’s why I make no apologies for appreciating a good point of reference.  On the new Kings Destroy, I hear Trouble.  I hear post-metal.  I hear mid-70s-era Scorpions.  Maybe a tiny bit of Agnostic Front.  We think we want originality, but really, most of us seek out new bands based on their commonalities with what we already know we like.  Why not embrace that?  I’m not saying I want everything new to sound like something I’ve already heard.  I’m saying that a perceptible undergrowth of well-digested influences isn’t a bad thing.  That clicking-into-place feeling when I noticed the NWOBHM nods on the new Kings record created an immediate familiarity that made me even more inclined to want to like it.

And I do like it.

Kings Destroy pack grim, contained aggression into churning mini-epics.  Clean, somber vocals communicate struggle and resignation.  Occasional harmonized guitar solos and brief up-tempo sections break up lumbering riff passages before things get too bleak, so there’s never a feeling of dragging or sinking.  The lyrics allude to long-ago battles and down-the-block building fires.

I don’t think Kings Destroy’s NYHC roots come across stylistically as much as psychologically.  This isn’t hardcore.  It’s contemporary, metallic sludge that sounds like it was written by guys who obsessively watched Escape from New York and The Warriors.  But it does radiate hardcore.  It’s raw, pissed-off, and aching.  It’s the unwelcoming, meatgrinder city.  It’ll beat your ass and never ask itself why.  And, all my talk of reference points aside, it blends originality and authenticity in exactly the right proportions for my taste.

Kings Destroy will be released on LP, CD and digitally on May 5th, 2015 via War Crimes Recordings.

- MeteorJadd

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