New Zealand's Blindfolded And Led To The Woods stream 'Modern Adoxography' via Decibel Magazine; Album out Friday
As Christchurch, New Zealand-based death metal outfit Blindfolded And Led To The Woods prepares to independently release Modern Adoxography this Friday, Decibel Magazine has hosted a stream of the entire brutally demented album.
Decibel declares, "New Zealand's Blindfolded And Led To The Woods play death metal with a crazed edge... they sprinkle in a helping of mathcore insanity that leaves everything sounding a bit unhinged. For all the insanity, however, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods never leave technical precision behind. Following in the vein of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, their hectic riffs are airtight and fluid."
Witness the fury of Blindfolded And Led To The Woods' entire Modern Adoxography at Decibel RIGHT HERE.
Blindfolded And Led To The Woods will independently release Modern Adoxography on CD and digital platforms this Friday, October 13th; see the band's brutalizing "Meth Tooth" video HERE and stream "Licking A Landmine" alongside pre-orders for the record HERE.
Modern Adoxography is set to see release in conjunction with Blindfolded And Led To The Woods' direct support slots for The Dillinger Escape Plan on the band's final New Zealand tour dates, playing Wellington on October 24th and Auckland on October 25th. The band has also just confirmed a record release show has been scheduled for November 25th in their native Christchurch. The band will announce additional live performances in the months ahead, and will tour beyond their native continent in 2018.
Blindfolded And Led To The Woods Live:
10/24/2017 San Francisco Bathhouse - Wellington, NZ w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan [info]
10/25/2017 Kings Arms Tavern - Auckland, NZ w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan [info]
11/25/2017 The Club Tavern - Christchurch, NZ w/ Secularity, Set On End
Blindfolded And Led To The Woods recorded their sophomore album Modern Adoxography, the record manifesting everything audiences have come to love about the band, with ten relentless tracks in thirty-five minutes of crushing riffs, technical wizardry, and merciless vocals. While the band's musical foundation is built upon brutal death metal, elements of demented grindcore and bizarre sci-fi tones weave their way into the complex structures, resulting in an engaging and damaging listening experience. Modern Adoxography was produced by Joseph Veale and Blindfolded And Led To The Woods, the album recorded at Blue Barn Studios with James Goldsmith, mixed by Samuel K. Sproull, and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, completed with artwork and design by Syn Photography.
Californian black metallers Gloam stream the entirety of their highly anticipated new EP, Death is the Beginning, through CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on October 13th via Blood Harvest Records on CD and 12" vinyl formats, hear Gloam's Death is the Beginning in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Death is the Beginning is the Gloam's first new material since their malevolent Hex of Nine Heads debut album in 2015. Here, Gloam go from strength to strength, maximizing the acute attention to pacing that so marked Hex of Nine Heads and upping the dynamic details, marching forth with an epic, doom-drenched sort of black metal that's idiosyncratic to the last. Comprising three tracks in a taut 'n' terrifying 19 minutes, Death is the Beginning indeed is a journey, and works essentially like one unified piece, winding the listener through spiritually scabrous terrain. By turns equally mournful and majestic, resigned yet righteous, truly Death is the Beginning for Gloam!
March forward entirely HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
Spanish death metallers Bloodhunter stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, The End of Faith, at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on October 16th through Xtreem Music, hear Bloodhunter's The End of Faith in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed back in 2008, Bloodhunter is one of Spain's leading death metal forces. Led by virtuoso guitarist Fenris and vocalist Diva Satanica, the band released their debut album, Bloodhunter, back in 2014, where they started to create a solid fan-base around the country thanks to their strong live performances and high-quality death metal with a melodic & brutal edge.
Bloodhunter have now finished recording their second album, The End of Faith, whose line-up is completed with bassist Éadrom and magnificent session drummer Marcelo Aires. The result is fantastic and will definitely put Bloodhunter on the map as a force to reckon. Just imagine if Arch Enemy would play death metal - yes, death metal, not aggressive modern heavy metal - with a much more brutal approach.
Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Additionally, you can view the video for "All These Souls Shall Serve Forever" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel.
L-R: Liam Maguire (Guitars/Backing Vocals), Steve "The Animal" Mitchell (Drums/Backing Vocals), Jay "Beard" Sarrazin (Guitars/Lead Vocals), Kyle "Tiny Basstank" Clark (Bass/Backing Vocals)
Toronto-based metal messiahs Decatur will be unleashing their debut album “Badder Than Brooklyn” produced by Joe Duplantier of Gojira on October 6th, 2017. In preview to its release, the band have teamed up with MetalUnderground.com for the premiere of its full stream. The debut is all-killer, no filler! It doesn’t hide behind its production; it compliments it. These are truly songs of power and empowerment, a clarion call for strength in life’s battles…healing through headbanging. From the power shredding of “Into The Night” and the storytelling of the album's title track “Badder Than Brooklyn” to the brutal beat down of songs like “Bottled Inside” and “Internal War”, Decatur feel modern metal has lost its way and they’re here to provide the roadmap forward to the future!
Vocalist/guitarist Jay Sarrazin comments:
"Working on this record was a dream come true for us. We were honoured to be able to work with Joe Duplantier. His vision and knowledge of music is so vast that he opened up so many gates for us. There are so many musicians in the world, but very few true artists and Joe is definitely one of the artists. Getting the chance to work side by side with him was an amazing experience for us. This album turned out better than we hoped. We put a lot of time and effort into the final product. We really scrutinized every piece of it. Our goal was to bring metal back to its hay day. To write a great album and not just a great single. We definitely created something original with this album. Something that's not happening in metal at the moment. It's for real fans of real metal. We couldn't be more excited to take this across Canada to kick off the tour. You should expect us to come for the kill live. We are very excited to unleash this album on the world and to start touring it."
Listen to "Badder Than Brooklyn" at the following link: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=137319
Album pre-order available here.
In support of the debut album, Decatur will also be embarking on a cross Canada tour kicking off in Toronto on October 6th and going West as far as Victoria, BC to then wrap up in Eastern Canada in Montreal on November 25th (dates listed below).
Oct 6 - Toronto, ON - DC Music
Oct 7 - Hamilton, ON - Che Burrito
Oct 11 - Calgary, AB - Dicken's Pub (moved from Distortion)
Oct 12 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat Pub
Oct 13 - Edmonton, AB - Rendez Vous
Oct 14 - Kelowna, BC - Muninn's Post
Oct 16 - Nanaimo, BC - The Cambie
Oct 19 - Victoria, BC - Logan's Pub
Oct 20 - Vancouver, BC - Pub 340
Oct 26 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Hotel
Oct 27 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Algonquin Pub
Oct 28 - Windsor, ON - The Rockstar
Nov 3 - Guelph, ON - Dstrct
Nov 4 - Cornwall, ON - Lola's
Nov 10 - Niagara Falls, ON - The Geekery
Nov 11 - Sudbury, ON - The Asylum
Nov 25 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
Chilean metallers Bólido stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Heavy Bombers, at Deaf Forever magazine's website. The album was released earlier this year only on digital format, but will now see international CD release on October 10th via Fighter Records. Hear Bólido's Heavy Bombers in its exclusively HERE.
Formed back in 2010 in Santiago, Chile, Bólido self-released their debut album, We Are Rock, in 2014, gaining a solid reputation in their native country thanks to their powerful live performances. In March 2016, the band released - only on digital format - their second album, Heavy Bombers, showing a heavier approach in the vein of bands like Judas Priest, Anvil, early Jag Panzer, Malice, and Liege Lord, and catching the attention of Fighter Records, who signed them for this and their upcoming album - on which the band is currently working - as well as auditioning new members to complete their live lineup.
In the lead-up to the release of Heavy Bombers on CD on October 10th, stream the whole album HERE courtesy of Deaf Forever, Germany's defenders of the true.
Denmark's Hexis have teamed up with Cvlt Nation and Legacy Magazine to stream the entirety of their new release XII which will be released tomorrow.
Stream XII via Cvlt Nation here: http://www.cvltnation.com/warpremiere-streaming-hexis-xii/
The Symphonic Gothic metal band Serenade unveil the track list and premiere of their new album “Onirica" out via Revalve records on November 10th. Check it out below:-
The first single from the album and video-clip will be available on October. Special guest on the song "Luceafarul" Fabio Dessi (Arthemis)
The band will be on stage with Sweden's Smash Into Pieces:
13.10 Wetzikon w/Smash into Pieces (Hall of Fame) Switzerland
4.10 Brescia w/Smash into Pieces (Circolo Colony) Italy
15.10 Roma w/Smash into Pieces (Traffic) Italy.
Chile's Thy Serpent's Cult set release date for new Ordo MCM album; reveal first track + lyric video
On October 27th, Ordo MCM is proud to present the third and final album of Thy Serpent's Cult, Supremacy of Chaos.
Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Chile, Thy Serpent's Cult have been a veritable force of nature for nearly 10 years. Forming in 2008 and now gracefully bowing out on a high note, the quartet have skilfully crafted a scorching firestorm of a sound lo these many years, marrying the sulphurous atmosphere of ancient South American black metal to the jackhammering militancy of classic Krisiun, Deicide, and Angelcorpse. Thy Serpent's Cult released their second album in 2014 under the banner of Ordo MCM. Fittingly titled Sedition, Sorcery and Blasphemy, it was a whirlwind of darkness and dread, and was suitably hailed in the underground.
But now, sensing the end was nigh, Thy Serpent's Cult unleash their foulest and most dread energies with Supremacy of Chaos. Once again fittingly titled, Supremacy of Chaos reaps a hellish harvest of tornado-torn death metal, deeply and diabolically suffused with a tangibly occult aura. Here, Thy Serpent's Cult span all their trademark traits - martial surge, swirling vortex, boiling pressure - and send them deeper into the bowels of Hell. The title Supremacy of Chaos is telling, in that the band do indeed hail the supreme powers of chaos; and yet, in other ways, their songwriting is strict and finesse and hardly a chaotic thing. Nevertheless, with a production that ably balances the blood-red raw and robustly professional, Thy Serpent's Cult smother the senses with their overwhelming onslaught, thereby instilling a sensation of imminent chaos.
And as its last notes ring out, Supremacy of Chaos seals the coffin on Thy Serpent's Cult and preserves a legacy that will remain untarnished. Hail the old gods!
In the lead up to the album's release, a special lyric video for "Into the Depths of Hell" can be viewed HERE at Ordo MCM's official YouTube channel. Additionally, the track can be heard at the Ordo MCM's Bandcamp HERE.
British doomlords Lucifer's Chalice stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, The Pact, at slow & low authority TheObelisk.net. Set for international release on September 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Lucifer's Chalice's The Pact in its entirety exclusively HERE.
With members concurrently doing time in such bands as Winds of Genocide, Uncoffined, and an ex-member of new Shadow Kingdom signees Horrified, the four-piece Lucifer's Chalice play pure 'n' true doom for total doom maniacs! Sounding as old as time itself, the eldritch atmosphere of The Pact is brewed in the foundational NWOBHM sounds of Witchfinder General and then steeped in witchcraft across the centuries and across continents. Its heaviness is forlorn yet yearning, unrepentantly dark but searching for light, plumbing doom metal's most abyssal recesses but equally brimming with the true metal spirit that defined the early '80s metal scene: doom metal may be the chosen genre of Lucifer's Chalice, but they inherently understand its total essence and the building blocks which made it in the first place, and thus span the whole panoply of metal and rock from 1977-1984. As such, across four epic-length tracks in a concise 'n' cutting 36 minutes, The Pact takes the listener on a moonlit journey across misty moors and through cobwebbed catacombs, from tragedy to triumph and back to tragedy again, inhabiting the subconscious of both the accuser and the accused.
Originally self-released digitally earlier this year, Shadow Kingdom now steps in to unveil The Pact to a larger audience for which there's no returning from this covenant of total doom. Take the whole journey exclusively HERE, courtesy of TheObelisk.net.
Timezapped neuropunks Expander stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Endless Computer, at Decibel magazine's website. Now set for international release on October 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions, hear Expander's Endless Computer in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although black and death varieties of metal have largely thrived in the modern era, it has been conspicuously more difficult over the past decade or more to find a thrash band that both follows in the strong traditions of its forefathers and at the same time pushes beyond established boundaries to develop a sound that is unique unto itself, rather than being a stale form of mimicry of the subgenre’s heyday. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and to this point having released two EPs, Expander has broken the mould and developed its own niche through a novel concoction and recombination of musical and thematic elements that broadly span the genres of metal and punk. Expander’s music, lyrical themes, and chosen artwork are decidedly futuristic without being gratuitously experimental. The most appropriate point of reference that one might choose in drawing a direct comparison would be to Killing Technology-era Voivod. Expander, however, is noticeably more aggressive than its Canadian predecessor in its approach and delivery, which is clearly demonstrated on Endless Computer.
The concept behind the album is that of a shapeless cosmic entity which represents the pinnacle of technological advancement and seeks autonomous control over all atomic matter in the universe. This vision is musically reflected in the myriad of often times unconventional riffs and progressions that manage to tunnel their way into the inner-consciousness of the listener and subvert independent cognition, much in the same way that a digital virus infects and takes control first of a single machine and then progressively engulfs entire networks of them. Not to be underestimated with respect to its overall impact on this album is the level of mindfulness to all aspects of production on this recording.
Whereas a great deal of metal, particularly that of the black/death variety, runs a high risk of overproduction, thrash metal with a futuristic focus, such as this, benefits immensely from a healthy degree of attention to clarity and precision, which is proven in this case. Also a product of the band’s diligence in capturing the best-possible recording was its decision to faithfully reproduce its live sound to the greatest extent possible. To this end, the band transported its entire backline from its home base in the heart of Texas to faraway GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, rather than rely on the house equipment to only approximate the desired outcome. The final nod to detail is the perfectly representative cover artwork by Luca Carey, with whom the band worked very closely to ensure that the artwork reflected the lyrical themes of the music as accurately as possible.
Given the blistering pace at which humankind increasingly finds itself entangled in the web of its own creations, Endless Computer may indeed serve as a harbinger of the fate that we have sealed for ourselves. Face that fate in its entirety exclusively HERE, as well as read an outer communique with the band, all courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
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