Paul Speckmann needs musicians

May 30, 2011 –
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Paul Speckmann (ABOMINATION, DEATH STRIKE, MASTER) writes:

Looking for a guitarist drummer team in Europe to fill the position on the Abomination tour in November. Interested?
November 3rd until date unknown. 15 shows.

If interested, contact the Speckmaster through http://www.facebook.com/Speckmetal.

The death metal Kiss covers album

May 29, 2011 –
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I never was really all that into Kiss, mainly because everything they did someone else did first and in less of a grandiose, overblown style. But when death metal bands comb through the Kiss catalogue and selectively cover some of the more intense moments, I have to applaud it. Back in the middle 1990s there was a rumor of a Kiss covers album featuring Tampa bands including the two who are featured in this article. Then, probably as soon as a lawyer saw the plan, it evaporated. Does anyone know anything more?

Here are two of the surviving tracks that made it to individual albums:

Death – God of Thunder

Resurrection – War Machine

Others, hilarious but unrelated:

Death Angel – Cold Gin

Arch Enemey – The Oath

Goatlord – War Machine

Masacre – Strutter

Black metal and modern classical

May 27, 2011 –
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KAOS radio (Austin, TX) has stepped up to the plate with a 2 hr show of black metal, classical, and soundtracks. As they say in their tagline, “If you don’t like classical then you aren’t a real metal fan.” We tend to agree. Direct download link here, or you can browse the show page at the following link.

The Winter of Our Discontent: A Bruckner Romance

Disregard that; I suck cocks

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This place has the best trolls on the internet. They make it entertaining. Much more so than the articles (oops). In fact, the reason we keep posting them is so the chaotic trolling continues. Penis!

Matter/Form; Surface/Structure; Instance/Essence

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I love cosmic music. When downtrodden 1970s Germany had to re-invent itself, it came up with this devotional, esoteric, futuristic, reverent and hopeful music.

Cluster – Zuckerzeit

This is one of those albums that gets pointed out to you by the sage music veteran in a corner at an impromptu house party. “Yeah, you like Tangerine Dream and Eno? Try this out. It’s the real deal. A big improvement over those.” So you get it from your record store or favorite blogspot, and throw it on the speakers, and listen. What will strike you quickly is how aesthetically powerful and diverse this is. Each song picks a different set of sounds, and as a result, stands apart from the others. How they did this with 1970s technology I will probably never know, but I can imagine it involved hours of painstaking work. You will not find this breadth of richness of experience and variety on a Tangerine Dream album, and Fripp/Eno loses its surface shine in comparison. For this reason alone, I can see why so many people swear by this album. For those who like mid-1990s ambient, you can hear how this album must have been a major influence on Aphex Twin and clearly was on Electric Company. The same zen for many different perspectives on the same object applies. However, all the effort went into the surface: melodic development is near non-existent, and song structures are linear or cyclic but embrace no particular narrative and go really nowhere. The result is a listening experience that’s all on the surface and misses the real point of music, which is composition: writing melodies and fitting them into songs that sound like the profound truth of some experience. “Zuckerzeit” doesn’t hold a candle to Tangerine Dream or Fripp/Eno in this regard. Those august composers can show the same view of many different experiences, while Cluster resort to many perspectives of what is essentially the same underlying experience.

Ash Ra Tempel – Inventions for Electric Guitar

This is another album favored by insiders. Unlike many of the more keyboard oriented sounds of the 1970s, this is pure guitar noise. Hazy, beautiful guitar noise in long sprawling compositions. At least a thousand notes get played on each, it seems, and the styles vary in a deep tapestry from fast and furious to slow and bluesy. You can see every part of the whole that is our modern world embedded in this album. Unfortunately, it’s also a surface treatment; these songs are wholly linear. Ash Ra Tempel have mastered the aesthetics of the cosmic bands and in fact best them in that regard, but have not plumbed the underlying composition. These songs use the right type of simple infective melody, both cheerful and slightly melancholic, and build intensity in the way way as a Tangerine Dream song with lots of chaotic noise harmonizing, but there’s nowhere to go. Songs gradually get more intense and then fade away. They resemble nothing, whether objects in reality or in the mind; their experience is evident from the first note and as the last falls, is fulfilled but without surprise and thus depth. At some point, it becomes clear that Ash Ra Tempel make these songs from a pastiche of influences taken to a new aesthetic extreme, but there may be no content, which is why this release falls short of the true cosmic bands.

Your local hipsters will not understand the points made in this article. Good — the Dunning-Kruger effect triumphs again.

Beherit – At the Devil’s Studio 1990

May 26, 2011 –

This looks to be an interesting release. The story is that after 20 years, a tape is found of Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance and Sodomatic Slaughter going for broke on tracks from the first two albums… and it’s (as always) rawer, less controlled, more chaotic, and more evil. It seems to me that it’s a more controlled version of The Oath of Black Blood, while the band were still trying to be more dramatic like Venom/Sarcofago and before they discovered the detached, organic, withdrawn evil of the second album.

But it’s best you see for yourselves:

The Oath of Black Blood

Six Days with Sadistic Slayer

Order from Hell’s Headbangers here — to be released in June 2011.

NWN’s Yosuke Konishi does a radio show

May 25, 2011 –
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I can’t believe that, in a community of people who claim to be so tight and supportive, this hasn’t gotten more traction.

Nuclear War Now! Productions label head Yosuke Konishi logged on to KSFJ radio and recorded a six-hour live broadcast of his favorite metal tracks:

Playlist / Parts 1 ~ 2 ~ 3 ~ 4 ~ 5 ~ 6 ~ 7 ~ 8 ~ 9 ~ 10

Mostly old-school stuff with some new-underground additions.

For your convenience, here are all of the shows in a single archive (635mb, Megaupload) so that you can download them with one click and happily listen away.

I have to say that Yosuke K. did an excellent job with these shows. The purpose of radio, like sampler CDs or written reviews, is to expose an audience to contenders for quality and/or insightful music. By providing a contrast between samples, the DJ shows his audience what he has learned (as an expert in the subject) and allows them to make their own choices about where they fit into that vision. More information from the man himself in this forum topic.

Interview with GAY CHRIST RECORDS

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The never-resting war machine of THE RIGHT HAND PATH rolls forward with an interview with GAY CHRIST RECORDS manager Evan Busch:

The Right Talk: Exclusive Interview With Evan Busch, The Co-Founder Of Gay Christ Records

Free metal compilation

May 22, 2011 –
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About half of us spend about half of our time complaining about how labels don’t get it, and haven’t adapted to the new MP3 age, it seems. Small production company METALHIT founded by artist and musician Mike Riddick is trying to change all that, by selling reasonably-priced metal MP3s and giving away a free compilation:

ACEPHALIX “Interminable Night”
from the album, “Interminable Night”

AUTOPSY “Always About to Die”
from the album, “Macabre Eternal”

INEVITABLE END “Memento”
from the album, “The Oculus”

INDESTRUCTABLE NOISE COMMAND “Bleed the Line”
from the album, “Heaven Sent, Hellbound”

VREID “The Sound of the River”
from the album, “V”

AMORPHIS “You I Need”
from the album, “The Beginning of Times”

TYR “Hall of Freedom”
from the album, “The Lay of Thrym”

GAMMA RAY “Brothers”
from the album, “Skeletons & Majesties”

BLEEDING FIST “Devil’s Ferox”
from the album, “Devil’s Ferox”

FLAME “Black Realm of Satanas”
from the album, “March Into Firelands”

GALLHAMMER “Aberration”
from the album, “The End”

Here’s a huge variety of stuff from labels big and small, bands known and unknown, for you to appreciate at zero cost. No signup necessary; just download — although you can enter to win a free PHYSICAL copy of the new AUTOPSY CD.

Free Metal MP3 Compilation (MetalHit Records)

International Day of Slayer — June 6, 2011

May 21, 2011 –
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Inter-National Day of Slayer — June 6, 2011.

The Inter-National Day of Slayer is a worldwide holiday for metalheads by metalheads.

Slayer is an emblem of metal: fast, powerful, still alien to the mainstream after 28 years.

If every other religious, ethnic and political group gets their own holiday, we deserve one too.

Who is Slayer

Slayer is a band from California. Their music has come to epitomize Satanic speed metal music in the latter half of the 20th century. Their 1986 album, “Reign in Blood” is one of the single most influential metal albums of all time, typified by the modern classic “Angel of Death”.

How to Celebrate

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren’t just about celebrating; they’re about forcing it upon non-participants.

Taking that participation to a problematic level:

  • Stage a “Slay-out.” Don’t go to work. Listen to Slayer.
  • Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
  • Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
  • Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
  • Kill the neighbor’s dog and blame it on Slayer.

Visit the Inter-National Day of Slayer website for more information!

Where to purchase Slayer albums

If you don’t already have at least one Slayer album in your collection, purchase from amazon.com:

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Thanks for reading!

- Inter-National Day of Slayer team