Sunday, January 22, 2017

Death - Zombie Ritual

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Scream Bloody Gore" is the debut studio album by American Death metal band DEATH, released on May 25, 1987 by Combat Records. It was considered "the first true death metal record". Chuck Schuldiner plays bass and guitar, wrote all the songs on the album and provided all the vocals. John Hand is noted on the cover as playing rhythm guitar, though this was incorrect and Hand was only in the band for a short period and was not on the recording. This is also the only DEATH album to feature drummer Chris Reifert, who had joined for the Mutilation demo.

Perseverance Holdings, Ltd. and Relapse Records reissued the album on May 20, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and cassette. The album was remastered for this release, and also included the original Florida session as well as recordings of rehearsals performed in 1986.

"Scream Bloody Gore" was actually recorded twice, with the second Los Angeles-based session being released as the complete album by label Combat Records (later Relativity). It was first recorded in Florida, although only the rhythm guitar and drum tracks were recorded. The track listing consisted of "Torn to Pieces", "Legion of Doom", "Scream Bloody Gore", "Sacrificial Cunt" (later shortened to "Sacrificial" because the label asked the band to do so, possibly because "they didn't want to get P.M.R.C. on their case"), "Mutilation", "Land of No Return", and "Baptized in Blood". The label were unsatisfied after hearing the initial mix, so Schuldiner and Reifert re-recorded the album in California with Randy Burns as producer. Once returning to Florida, the first session was released as a promotional tape, and was eventually bootlegged. "Legion of Doom" was a longtime staple of DEATHs rehearsals and live shows, and was indeed the first song written, reaching back to when they were known as Mantas.

Despite the many songs written during DEATHs demo days, only half of them were re-recorded for the album, the rest being new compositions. "Infernal Death" and "Baptized in Blood" originally appeared on the Infernal Death demo. "Zombie Ritual", "Mutilation" and "Land of No Return" originally appeared on the Mutilation demo, and "Evil Dead" and "Beyond the Unholy Grave" were originally on Death By Metal. "Beyond the Unholy Grave" and "Land of No Return" were also cut from the album, though were included on the re-release, with the live audio tracks taken from the Ultimate Revenge II video.

Certain songs on the album were inspired by horror movies. For example, "Regurgitated Guts" was inspired by the 1980 film City of the Living Dead (a.k.a. The Gates of Hell), "Beyond the Unholy Grave" was influenced by the 1981 film The Beyond, and "Zombie Ritual" was inspired by the 1979 film Zombie, all of which were directed by Italian director Lucio Fulci.

DEATH was an American death metal band from Orlando, Florida, founded in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner. DEATH is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's driving force, Chuck Schuldiner, is acknowledged as the originator of extreme metal. DEATH had a revolving lineup, with Schuldiner being the sole consistent member. The group's style also progressed, from the raw sound on its early albums to a more sophisticated one in its later stage. The band ceased to exist after Schuldiner died of brain cancer in December 2001, but remains an enduring metal brand.

Today's tune "Zombie Ritual", taken from "Scream Bloody Gore", enjoy!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Vipassi - Elpis

VIPASSI is an Australian progressive technical metal from Melbourne featuring members of A MILLION DEAD BIRDS LAUGHING/HADAL MAW and NE OBLIVISCARIS. The band has proudly signed with Season of Mist!

Ideas for VIPASSI span back many years, with Dan and Ben first jamming circa 2006/7. It wasn't until 2011 that the concept took on a full form.

VIPASSI consist of:

Ben Boyle - Guitar
Dan Presland - Drum
Benjamin Baret - Guitar
Brendan Brown - Bass

Album layout on "Sunyata" by Mike Winkler.

Today's tune "Elpis" is taken from new album "Sunyata", released January 20th, 2016. Additional Vocals on 'Elpis' by Ben Boyle.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Asphyx - Forerunners Of The Apocalypse

"Incoming Death" is an epic and monstrous Death/Doom artillery, a real welcome back from the Dutch pioneers ASPHYX.

The quartet formed in Overijssel, Netherlands in 1987, under the morbid influence of such infernal genre forefathers as VENOM, HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST, SLAUGHTER and DEATH, ASPHYX started building their legendary reputation via several demos that spread like a plague within the tape trading and uprising underground metal community.

Today's tune "Forerunners Of The Apocalypse", taken from the latest album "Incoming Death", released Sept 30th 2016. The Video was filmed and directed by Maurice Swinkels / Younique Film. Additional illustrations by Roberto Toderico.

ASPHYX – Live:

14.01.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Slaughterhouse
11.02.2017 Dublin (Ireland) - Voodoo Lounge
04.03.2017 Umea (Sweden) - House Of Metal Festival
08.04.2017 Wien (Austria) - Arena / Vienna Metal Meeting
16.04.2017 München (Germany) - Backstage / Dark Easter Metal Meeting
25.03.2017 London (UK) - The Underworld *
25.04.2017 San Diego (USA) - The Brick
26.04.2017 Los Angeles (USA) - TBA
27.04.2017 Oakland (USA) - Metro Operahouse
28.04.2017 Portland (USA) - The Raven
29.04.2017 Seattle (USA) - Highline
30.04.2017 Vancouver (Canada) - Rickshaw Theatre
22.07.2017 Brescia (Italy - Colony Open Air *

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ash Borer - Lacerated Spirit

West Coast black metal band ASH BORER, over the last several years, have been recognized as one of the more prominent and active bands in the U.S. black metal scene today. With their third full-length album "The Irrepassable Gate", which follows 2012’s "Cold Of Ages" and was produced by Randall Dunn (SUNN 0))), MARISSA NADLER, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM), ASH BORER have created their most dynamic and sprawling album to date. Continuing to harness the wall-of-sound harshness and expansiveness of their signature time-stretching tracks, having Randall Dunn at the engineering helm has helped the band deliver their biggest sounding album yet, creating a much more enveloping all-encompassing atmosphere while still maintaining the raw, abrasive, and primal aura that has defined the band’s sound.

ASH BORERs third full length "The Irrepassable Gate" was released December 2nd, 2016 by Profound Lore Records on CD/Digital. A vinyl edition will follow this coming Spring, and a cassette edition is in the works through Psychic Violence Records for an early winter release.

The album was Produced, engineered, and mixed by Randall Dunn. Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. Art and Design by Glyn Smyth for Stag and Serpent.

Today's tune "Lacerated Spirit" is a dreamy piece taken from "The Irrepassable Gate"

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