At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.
A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.
(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)
This week's collection of short reviews includes nearly 20 new releases, including the latest from Anubis Gate, Below, Dark Days Ahead, The Drip, Emmure, Enthroned, Erebus Enthroned, I Declare War, Mos Generator, Reality Grey, Sinbreed, Stoneburner, Teramaze, Thantifaxath, T.O.M.B., Words Of Farewell and Wormreich. Also check out several new full reviews.
(album cover courtesy 7Bros Records)
Burn the Serum is the second full-length from California's Kyng. I caught up with the band's drummer Pepe Clarke Magana, who fills us in on the recording of the new album, working with producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry, signing with a new label, tour plans, tales from the road and other topics.
(photo courtesy Razor & Tie)
Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week. For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.
April 15, 2014
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (Rise Above)
Anubis Gate - Horizons (Nightmare)
Below - Across The Dark River (Metal Blade)
Black Sabbath - The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1978) Box Set (Rhino)
Bokluk - Taphonomy (Memento Mori)
Brainstorm - Firesoul (AFM)
Clawfinger - Deafer Dumber Blinder CD/DVD (AFM)
Countess - Ancient Lies And Battle Cries (Barbarian Wrath)
Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here (Deathwish)
Dark Days Ahead - North Star Blues (Inverse)
Desecresy - Chasmic Transcendence (Xtreem)
The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics EP (Relapse)
E-Force - The Curse (Mausoleum)
Emmure - Eternal Enemies (Victory)
Enthroned - Sovereigns (Agonia)
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead (Armoury)
I Declare War - We Are Violent People (Razor & Tie)
Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence (Profound Lore)
Kyng - Burn The Serum (Razor & Tie)
Memories Of A Dead Man - Ashes Of Joy (Send The Wood)
Morbid Flesh - Embedded In The Ossuary (Unholy Prophecies)
Mos Generator - Electric Mountain Majesty (Listenable)
The Oath - The Oath (Rise Above)
Pact - The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating the Threshold of Night(Moribund)
Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragments of Uniforms (Candlelight)
Polar - Shadowed By Vultures (Prosthetic)
Reality Grey - Define Redemption (Bakerteam)
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires (7Bros)
Seventh Circle - Seventh Circle EP (Dead Chemists)
Sinbreed - Shadows (AFM)
Sleeper Effect - The Hero Clone EP (The Orchard)
Stoneburner - Life Drawing (Neurot)
Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism (Nightmare)
Thantifaxath - Sacred Noise (Dark Descent)
T.O.M.B.- Pennhurst/Xesse Re-Release (Crucial Blast)
The Tower - Hic Abundant Leones (Bad Omen)
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata (Century Media)
Tuomas Holopainen - The Life And Times Of Scrooge (Nuclear Blast)
Turbo - The Fifth Element (Metal Mind)
Various Artists - Monsters! (Six of a Kind) (Kaotoxin)
Words of Farewell - The Black Wild Yonder (AFM)
Wormreich - Wormcult Revelations (Moribund)
The annual Metal Alliance Tour is underway, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate. The trek's second show was at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. That's where our intrepid West Coast concert correspondent Dave Schalek was planted front and center to enjoy an evening of extreme metal. Check out his review of the concert along with photos of Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349 and Inquisition.
(photo courtesy Dave Schalek/About.com)
Florida death metal legends Massacre hadn't released a new album since 1996. They reunited again a few years ago, adding a couple of new members along with veterans Terry Butler (bass) and Rick Rozz (guitar). That lineup has released Back From Beyond. I caught up with Butler, who tells us how this incarnation of the band came to be, the recording of the new album, the latest on his other bands Obituary and Denial Fiend, his experience playing in Death back in the day, being at the center of the beginning of the Florida death metal scene and other topics.
(photo courtesy Century Media Records)
Sweden's Meshuggah will return to North America to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary. Opening for the trek that kicks off June 6 in Los Angeles will be Between The Buried And Me.
During the tour Meshuggah will play songs from throughout their career, including some tracks that haven't been played live in a long time. Fans also had the chance to vote for the songs they want to hear during the shows.
Meshuggah and Between The Buried And Me Tour Dates:
06/06/14 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Wiltern
06/07/14 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Regency Ballroom
06/09/14 -- Denver, CO -- Ogden Theater
06/11/14 -- Dallas, TX -- House of Blues
06/13/14 -- Manchester, TN -- Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/14/14 -- Sauget, IL -- Pop's
06/15/14 -- Chicago, IL -- Vic Theatre
06/17/14 -- Silver Spring, MD -- The Fillmore
06/18/18 -- Boston, MA -- House of Blues
06/19/14 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Sound Academy
06/20/14 -- Montebello, Quebec -- Amnesia Rock Fest
06/21/14 -- New York, NY -- Best Buy Theater
5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Satyress hail from Portland, Oregon, who just released their debut album Dark Fortunes. Vocalist Jamie LaRose, guitarist Billy Nitetooth and bassist Alex Fast introduce us to their band.
Give us a brief history of Satyress.
Jamie LaRose: I remember I started playing with everyone originally to learn and record the previously recorded LSD&D tracks which were just missing vocals. After about a month of everyone collectively deciding to continue working on new material, we decided to move forward. With a new lineup and option to change the name of the band, we came up with email threads filled with options, and we all seemed to do our research well. I wore sunglasses at the initial practices. I think that kept it dark for me.
Alex Fast: 3 members of LSD&D forging ahead with music after 5 years as that band. After knowing Jamie for a decade, I knew she could sing and front a band. It started as a recording project from the ashes of LSD&D then became more as time progressed.
Billy Nitetooth: Satyress formed in early 2013. Former members of Portland's dirty wizard doomsters LSD&D began a new project with singer Jamie LaRose. Building upon previous songs and forging new material, Satyress entered the studio in early fall to began recording our first album Dark Fortunes.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for Dark Fortunes.
Jamie: I think we all have an answer to how each song was written. There are many with backbones started by Alex or Billy, but from the sounds being played loud enough at the right speed, the songs wrote themselves onto those structures in all of our ways. We all have our perceptions about what each riff meant, and that's what we'd interpret to. What makes this band write is that we can all come to an agreement about understanding each part.
Alex: Old songs coming into new life. Billy and I are the principal songwriters with Jamie on lyrical content and vocal sounds. The recording process involved under a year of crafting old songs and a few new gems with Jamie LaRose adding that vocal element which pushed it over into something great.
Billy: Alex and I wrote the riffs and all lyrical inspiration was channeled through Jamie. When we play loud enough at the right speed, the songs write themselves into each of our individual songwriting structures. Satyress used an array of different methods to craft our songs: we gather elemental energy, we collectively elaborate, we come to understand the part each of us contributes.
How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
The latest album from the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain is The Human Contradiction. Vocalist Charlotte Wessels gets us up to speed on what Delain has been up to, including the songwriting process for the new album, signing with a different record label, guest appearances from Nightwish's Marco Hietala and Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz, tour plans, her interests outside music and other subjects.
(photo courtesy Napalm Records)