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VENOM To Release New Album In January

VENOM , the hugely influential British heavy metal trio, widely revered for driving and shaping many aspects of the music industry, including black and thrash metal as well as for their instinctive blending of metallic power and punk spirit, have confirmed the release of their new studio album, From the Very Depths . It will be released January 27 via Spinefarm Records.

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

In a time when the world remains under the omnipresent threat of a new Nickelback album, news of Irish-Celtic folk-laden black metal masters Primordial releasing their eighth full-length come to comfort the weary misanthropic modern metalhead. Despite having been around for more than twenty years, the wise men in Primordial have never really chosen to be in the limelight, instead opting for a rewarding career where fans with three digit IQs can digest their music and appreciate its subtleties over multiple listens. On this new record, entitled Where Greater Men Have Fallen , the layering of sound is as meticulous as ever with nary a catchy segment in sight; which is a good thing. Primordial’s modus operandi is based on the construction of an immense wall of sound rife with subtle nuances only available to the discerning ear. The guitars complement each other with various drawn-out chord arrangements while the drums and bass do most of the muscle work in the background. In the infrequent instances where they opt to add some lead guitar work, it’s never in the flashy sense of a guitar solo; instead it’s a more measured line where one guitar shines without eclipsing the rest of the band. Frontman Alan Averill (aka Nemtheanga) on the other hand uses this wall of sound as a platform for his ever so theatrical vocal delivery. Song lengths are usually upwards of six minutes which allows the band to take its time with build-ups and allows Alan to dramatically orate his haunting stories. The album kicks off with the patiently plodding title-track as Alan revisits the themes of nations oppressed and abused under hollow promises. The powerful start is not capitalized upon though in spite of some noteworthy lead guitar work because ‘Babel’s Tower’ and ‘Come the Flood’ drag on just a little, but ‘The Seed of Tyrants’ comes as a swift return to form. Alan screams ‘TRAITOR!’ and then a furious blast explodes for almost three minutes, compounding a feeling of unease. The guitars shriek and wail in despair while the drums thunder forward and then suddenly…it’s all over. Alan steals the show again on ‘Born to Night’ where he sounds like an inspiring leader for the downcast and the downtrodden; the one people should have listened to before everything went awry. This is also the case on ‘Wield Lightning to Split the Sun’ as the anguish in his voice couples wonderfully with the choice of chords to create a bleak and dreary image that is simply sublime. Where Greater Men Have Fallen is another fine example of what Primordial is capable of as a band yet it honestly fails to re-create the glory of their 2007 effort To the Nameless Dead . The album starts and ends on a very high note but these peaks are not maintained throughout the album’s fifty-eight minute span. A couple of slow pieces do in fact weigh the album down but there’s still a lot to feast upon for the die-hard fans. There are lots of emotional and evocative moments on this record and they are done with class but it’s the album’s compositional inconsistencies that keep it from shining brightly on the current scene. ? Primordial’s Where Greater Men Have Fallen gets… 3.5/5 -AHEN

The Infernal Sea-Call of the Augur

Self-Release/Independent 2012 Debut-releases can be hit or miss to begin with, but when you’re talking about black metal/death metal bands? Well, that’s a whole different game you’re talking about. It always seems to me as if they’re really good or really awful. And, more often then not, when it comes to black metal self-releases, well, let’s just say I’ve heard some stuff that no one, not even you’re worse enemy, should be forced to endure. Let’s all bless the creatures of the night that this 4-piece UK not only know what they’re doing, but they do it well. The band was formed in 2009 with it’s members (vocals-Dean Lettice, guitar- Jonathan Egmore, bass- Geoff Taha and drums- James Burke) having come from UK acts like The Argent Dawn, Raise the Dead and Middenhelm. from various. Not only did these four come from other successful OK acts (hence the skill-level here), the group has shared the stage with the likes of Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, 1349, Vreid, Martyr Defiled, Romeo Must Die, Gorath and Annotations of an Autopsy .? Not too shabby at all. Interestingly enough, this very evening (February 27th, 2013), the band is set to release their new EP, “The Crypt Sessions”, digitally. A very limited run of cassettes will be available for that one (30!) and, by the time this goes to print, I wouldn’t be all that surprised to find them sold-out! I’ve review that EP in a day or two (time allowing), but for now let’s turn our attention back to the band’s debut-album. Rumor has it that this release is already on its second print run which, again, comes as no real surprise considering how solid The Infernal Sea is. What I like best about these 7 tracks is that while it’s blackened death metal there’s elements of melodic death and even some doom to be found here. I’m not suggesting this is “slow me down black metal as I’m falling madly in love with Black Sabbath” style doom/death. Nope. It’s more this feeling of overall doom you get as you struggle to come to gripes with the fact that misery can sound so mature and melodic, and yet decidedly and old-school, from a band less then a decade old! Whether these guys make it or break it depends on exposure as black/death metal, like metalcore in years past, is flooded with imitators and wannabes. My curiosity is peaked now for their new EP so it looks like I’ll have to clear my schedule some for this UK 4-piece ! ? http://theinfernalsea.bandcamp.com/album/call-of-the-augur

Cradle of Filth Unveil New Track ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation’ + Website For Next Album

British extreme/black metal heavyweights Cradle of Filth have launched a new website dedicated completely to their upcoming album ‘The Manticore and Other Horrors.’ Along with the website, Cradle of Filth have given fans their first taste of the ‘Manticore’ album with the track ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation,’ which is currently available for free download. Fans may be surprised by ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation,’ as it displays the classic goth style

Gorgoroth Announce New Vocalist After Firing Thomas ‘Pest’ Kronenes

Infamous Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth have announced the departure of yet another vocalist. Singer Thomas ‘Pest’ Kronenes was recently kicked out of the band by founding member and guitarist Roger ‘Infernus’ Tiegs as declared in an official statement released by Gorgoroth on Aug. 21. Gorgoroth have gone through a ton of musicians during their 20-year career, with seven drummers, seven bassists and four lead vocalists having been with the

Black Metal Band Portrayed in Bizarre FedEx Commercial

How do you know that you’re part of a subculture that most people don’t ‘get’? One clue may be that the subculture is parodied in a commercial. We do need to give credit where it’s due, however, because FedEx just premiered a pretty entertaining ad where a black metal band needs to find a way to ship their golf clubs. Created by New York City-based ad agency BBDO, the FedEx

Extreme Metal Olympics: Group 1, Round Two

Welcome to the second round of the Extreme Metal Olympics, where some of the world’s heaviest and most iconic bands defend their country’s honor in a series of battles to the death. Each band has been chosen for their importance and contributions to death metal, black metal, extreme metal, grindcore and other various offshoots. 16 bands have emerged victorious from the Opening Round, and have advanced to compete in Round

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