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Heavy Metal & Extreme Music And Culture

Album Review: Great American Ghost – Torture World [EP]

I’ve gotta confess, I’ a sucker for the EP format. Bands can either provide a taste of what’s to come, bust out a few cover versions, or stretch themselves into areas they wouldn’t feel comfortable with in an album format. Given our current global situation, the past year plus has given cause for many bands to pause and reflect on what it means to continue on, or if they can even financially/emotionally manage to do so. And, not for nothing, some brilliant art in all forms has been born from that reflection. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST has taken that time, looked […]

CROWBAR To Release Zero And Below Full-Length March 4th, 2022 Via MNRK Heavy; New Single/Video ‘Chemical Godz’ Now Playing At Revolver + Preorders Available

New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal pioneers CROWBAR will release their long awaited new full-length, Zero And Below, March 4th, 2022 via MNRK Heavy! In celebration, today the band is pleased to unveil the record’s artwork, track listing, and first single/video, ‘Chemical Godz’, now playing at Revolver. CROWBAR songs are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness. Zero And Below, which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doomy CROWBAR record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest. Produced, mixed, and mastered by […]

Album Review: Gaahls Wyrd – The Humming Mountain

Black metal thrives on controversy, whether intentionally created by the artists/bands themselves or a by-product of media hype. In that realm, few have lived that life to the degree of Gaahl. I don’t need to rehash, and won’t as a cursory web search can do that for those interested. GAAHLS WYRD’s debut album in 2019 was a chance for Gaahl (the man) to move away from Gaahl (the media/meme fodder) and simply record as an artist with like-minded comrades – and it succeeded. 2021 brings The Humming Mountain, a self-described “mini-album” that swims in the pre-history first explored on GastiR […]

CATTLE DECAPITATION Readies For Death…At Last Headlining Tour, Set To Begin January 18th

In less than one month, San Diego grinders CATTLE DECAPITATION will kick off their long-anticipated US headlining tour. The Death…At Last Tour runs from January 18th through February 20th. Support will be provided by The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Creeping Death, and Extinction A.D. Tickets are on sale NOW! See all confirmed dates below. CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their critically lauded Death Atlas full-length release via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Dave Otero, Death Atlas was named one of the best records of 2019 by Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and many more, and it […]

Album Review: Wombbath – Agma

Sweden’s WOMBBATH were there in the gory glory days of almost my favorite style of death metal. Gimme an HM-2 and I’m at least giving your band a chance. A demo, EP, split, you know the drill, and then 1993’s Internal Caustic Torments showed some promise…and then, the aptly-named Lavatory EP flushed all the gains of before right on down. It’s really only since 2015 that the band has come into its own, of a sort, and an argument could be made that the hiatus was simply a case of “right band, wrong time”. Clocking in at over 70 minutes […]

NILE Mastermind KARL SANDERS to Release New SAURIAN Solo Project Music, Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records

Just shortly after announcing the signing of almighty death metal icons NILE to Napalm Records, the premier international rock and metal label is pleased to announce the additional signing of the band’s own mastermind KARL SANDERS’ solo project, with plans to release brand new Saurian music next year. Following the first two SAURIAN project albums – Saurian Meditation (2004) and Saurian Exorcisms (2009) – KARL SANDERS is ready to unleash more musical musings from inside his eclectically influenced mind. To date, each Saurian release has explored unique, original compositions of haunting, primarily Middle Eastern inspired music in a cinematic, ambient […]

Album Review: Death SS – Ten

Italy’s DEATH SS have been haunting the European metal scene for 40 years and have always had a cult following, but somehow I’ve never investigated them very deeply, which is strange considering my usual love any mix of horror and metal, which these guys embody. Maybe 2021 is the time for me to venture into their crypt. I think some sort of sixth sense kept me out of DEATH SS’ path all these years. Not only do they look like they should be working at the local cut-rate Jaycees haunted house, but their music is about as sinister and underground […]

Czech brutal death heavyweights CUTTERRED FLESH premiere official video via Metal Injection

CUTTERED FLESH from Czech Republic have quickly made a name for themselves for rising above the clichés of brutal death metal and doing a lot more with it. There are plaintive melodies, dissonant parts, raspy vocals, slams, all of that without losing the overall sound. It makes for a fascinating, riveting listen. Metal Injection premiered their official video recently at THIS LOCATION Excerpt:“CUTTERED FLESH is here to completely pound your day into dust with their new single ‘Vibrio Vulnificus’. The single is off the new CUTTERED FLESH record Sharing Is Caring, whose artwork is as gleefully brutal as the music. […]

Album Review – Shield Of Wings – Unfinished

Alright, first off, it’s not the late ‘90s anymore, or had you not noticed? SHIELD OF WINGS apparently hasn’t. The Illinois fivesome features not one but two female vocalists, so credit for that, as ‘Crushing Hail’ does give a bit of difference from the norm, Mordian and Daye (also on keys) blending to create an interesting melody. Musically, the band is exactly what I expected, and that’s unfortunate, especially when I’d actually been taken back to those early NIGHTWISH / LACUNA COIL / EPICA days for a moment…until the absolute bottom drops out right around the 3 ½ minute mark. […]

EIGHT BELLS release first single ‘Nadir’, taken from the forthcoming new album, Legacy Of Ruin

EIGHT BELLS are now revealing the volcanic video single ‘Nadir’ taken from their forthcoming new album Legacy Of Ruin, which is slated for release on February 25, 2022. The avant-garde doom project from Portland, Oregon conceived by guitarist and singer Melynda Jackson has also unveiled cover art, tracklist, and further details of their new full-length below. Enter your ‘Nadir’ HERE Pre-Order at THIS LOCATION On further news, EIGHT BELLS will reissue their first two albums The Captain’s Daughter (2013) and Landless (2016) parallel to the release of Legacy Of Ruin. Both full-length recordings will be joined together under the title […]