Terrorizer “Hordes of Zombies”

The first thing people say, almost like a spell to ward off mistaken appreciation, is that this band is not the same band who cranked out “Fear of Napalm” and “Corporation Pull-In.”

That’s true — and it’s a good thing.

While the old material is as classic as a castle on the Rhine, and will inspire grind-heads for many generations into the future, times have changed and grindcore is trying to adapt to a modern (post-1994) era of metal.

Most options for this are bad as they are limited by strict genre constructions. For example, one can try to be “tr00” kvlt d-beat, or even blurcore, if not falling into the randomness trap that produces carnival music like metalcore, in which no part resembles the others and no sense is made; you’re supposed to appreciate it like the sample platter at your local seafood place. But it’s not fulfilling.

The new Terrorizer album instead wisely takes after Napalm Death’s Fear, Emptiness and Despair, which acknowledges the maturation of the genre by streamlining it and thus giving it a bit more room to grow. It reduces the genre to a minimum but with clear boundaries so that experimentation, not of the surface kind that consists in adding jazz solos and a bassoon and playing the album live on a basketball court, but of the inner kind where melody and form are explored as an emulation of the sounds and emotion of life.

Intelligently, this Terrorizer aims to be a blast of energy that rivals any 5-hour stim supp or purple drank you can find. It’s pure pulsing percussion kinesis, driving forward like the pumping of a panicked heart transitioning to ‘kill’ mode during combat, but without the darkness or cruelty of intent of death metal or black metal. Instead it’s like punk crossed with techno, using the mixture of crust and death metal riffing that has always made grindcore easy to grasp but hard to appreciate in depth.

Within this framework, there’s a lot of variation, including a fair number of melodic hooks that provide emotional content. Anthony Rezhawk’s rasping voice is back in monotone mode, where he sounds impatient and dismissive, as is appropriate for an album about the zombiefication of the human species slowly destroying the planet (whether that’s metaphor or not awaits a detailed reading of the lyrics). Pete Sandoval provides excellent percussion, and under the guidance of these two seasoned songcrafters, the raw power of the new bassist & guitarist is shaped into compelling songs.

This will be one of the best of 2012. People are unwilling to admit this fact now because that requires bucking a social convention in that, (a) “it’s not the old Terrorizer” and (b) it’s rather “pop” in its own sense of not attempting depth, or jagged self-drama, but instead making songs to stand on their own as objects of revelation of the world. The old Terrorizer could not exist now because its members have moved on but also because the world has moved on, in circumstance and in music, and this new album rises to incorporate those changes and make of them an interesting and paranoid tale.

1. Intro
2. Hordes of Zombies

3. Ignorance and Apathy

4. Subterfuge

5. Evolving Era

6. Radiation Syndrome

7. Flesh to Dust

8. Generation Chaos

9. Broken Mirrors

10. Prospect of Oblivion

11. Malevolent Ghosts

12. Forward to Annihilation

13. State of Mind

14. A Dying Breed

15. Wretched (bonus track)

16. Hordes of Zombies (demo)

New icon for the forum

You might ask yourself, “What the heck is that thing?”

According to its creators, it’s an Asp-burger, a neologism of asparagus and burger.

They didn’t understand when I began barking like a seal, rocking back and forth, stimming and solving complex math problems.

As regular users of our forum, or “Aspies,” know, Asperger’s Syndrome is a bullshit psychological catch-all term for mildly autistic people who are also smart.

Currently our psychological establishment, who have absolutely nothing to gain by removing diagnoses and instead prescribing 20 years of therapy at $150 an hour, are considering removing it as a category of mental illness.

In the meantime, it seems to me that society itself is spergin’ out. Would you like more Coca-Cola with that obsessive need for control, or perhaps more television in stead of bouncing your leg up and down, or indeed some sports events to shout random words at?

Graveland – “Be Like Valkyria”

Graveland “Be Like Valkyria” tshirts have been released. Additional news items:

  • Graveland “Thunderbolts of the Gods” will include 5 new songs, all bass guitar parts are recorded, I just now must write lyrics and will record vocals, and the album will be ready. The album will probably be released in September 2012!
  • Next two new Graveland songs are for a split CD with Polish Pagan Metal band Bialy Vitez. Split CD will be released by Eastside Rec.
  • New polish version of the album “Memory and Destiny” will be released under title “Pamięć i Przeznaczenie”, limited digi pack, totally new mix, re-recorded drum, fiddle re-recorded by Alruna, polish vocals. Digi pack will include bonus stuff
  • Hammer of Damnation released new official t-shirt of Graveland “Thousand Swords” ! and will release soon tapes of this great album!
  • On my official facebook profile (Robert Fudali) you can find some news and my new photos, like from Ogrodzieniec 2012 (Viking – Slavonic festival), and new Graveland photos!
  • New T-shirt “Be Like Valkyria” 2012. BLACK & NAVY t-shirt (B&C – 190 gramm / WOMAN only) with white / gold prints. Limited to 66 copies. Label: Hammerbolt.
  • Silver Thor’s Hammer. Thor’s Hammer – with dragons stylisation sizes 3 cm x 2 cm made of silver. Available at Walhalla.com.pl
  • Graveland “Logo” Caps 2012! Released by Warheart Rec! Available from Hellshop
  • Graveland – Prawo Stali – Tape 2012. Available from Hammerbund Prod.
  • Graveland 2012: Photo session Spring 2012. 1 2 3
  • Graveland “Following the Voice of Blood.” With the sound of horses the time of revenge drawls nigh. 1000 swords to be drawn to the disposal of the architects of faith and deceit. Pagan villages demolished, disposed of out of fear and lack of control. The bloody revolt will be a strength of wills, where the weak will cower down and heed to the new way. The strong will continue to fight the bloody struggle of their Ancestors. The ancient traditions will carry on through us, as we follow the voice of blood. CD re-issue 2012 by Forever Plagued Rec.
  • Graveland CDs released by Forever Plagued Records:

Derketa – “In Death We Meet”

Derketa – In Death We Meet full length CD available this Thursday, May 24th.

  • $13 for US, $17 outside of US, Paypal to merch@derketa.com.
  • Email merch@derketa.com for shipping quote of multiple quantities.
  • Snail Mail, money order made out to:
    Sharon Robinson
    P.O. Box 44271
    Pittsburgh, PA 15205
    USA

In Death We Meet will be sold at MDF at the Sevared Records merch booth, $10.

Manowar to release “The Lord of Steel” on June 16

MANOWAR’s new studio album, The Lord Of Steel, will first be released worldwide on June 16, 2012 exclusively on iTunes and on the band’s own online store, The Kingdom Of Steel.

On the same date, Metal Hammer UK will release a special ‘Steel Edition’ of Metal Hammer #233, including the CD and a digital copy of the album.

The Lord Of Steel is blazing with pure power, untamed energy, and a sound as raw and wild as a force of nature. Track titles like Annihilation and Hail, Kill And Die! set the tone for a record that is packed with surprises.

In contrast to the 2007 release Gods Of War, this new album is not a concept album, yet each song tells a different story, retaining the MANOWAR vision of righteousness, honor and everything MANOWAR fans have come to know and love.

MANOWAR fans should expect to have “their heads completely blown off” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio in a recent interview, and explained that “…this album is all about brutality and raw power!”

Known for their adventurous spirit and for never releasing the same style of album twice in a row, MANOWAR have this time tapped into the world of action heroes and their stories, writing their first song specifically for a Hollywood movie, EL GRINGO and another one, Expendable, inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s action movie franchise ‘The Expendables’.

The band recently announced that El Gringo will be the theme song of the action western EL GRINGO, featuring Scott Adkins (‘Expendables 2’, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’) and Christian Slater and produced by After Dark Films (‘An American Haunting’) and Joel Silver’s (‘Matrix’, ‘Lethal Weapon’) Dark Castle Home Entertainment.

“We were talking about a concept album but then got inspired to go in a different direction. This is where we are right now,” explained Joey DeMaio. “I’ve been doing research on getting the best microphones and pre-amps for the guitars. The bass sound is death defying. We’ve done a lot of work on drums too, giving Donnie room to stretch out. And Eric will simply sound bigger than life as always.”

The album will be mixed and mastered at the legendary Wisseloord Studios by long-time collaborators mixing engineer Ronald Prent and two-time Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper.

Upcoming MANOWAR headlining tour dates:

Sat, June 16, 2012 – Ost Fest – Bucharest, Romania
Thu, June 21, 2012 – Gods Of Metal – Milan, Italy
Fri, July 6, 2012 – Getaway Rock Festival – Gävle, Sweden
Mon, July 9, 2012 – Dortmunder Music Week Festival – Dortmund, Germany

More info:
www.manowar.com
www.facebook.com/manowar
www.magiccirclemusic.com

Jeff Hanneman recovering from flesh-eating spider bite

Update on Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, who has been out of condition with a necrotic spider bite:

Jeff was bitten by a spider more than a year ago, but what you may not have known was that for a couple of days after he went to the ER, things were touch-and-go. There was talk that he might have to have his arm amputated, and we didn’t know if he was going to pull through at all. He was in a medically-induced coma for a few days and had several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm.

So, understand, he was in really, really bad shape.

It’s been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he’s had several painful skin grafts, he’s been in rehab doing exercises to regain the strength in his arm; but best of all, he’s been playing guitar. We were all excited when he joined us onstage for the encore a year ago at The Big Four show at Coachella. Since then, we’ve given him all the time and support he’s needed to continue his rehab so he can come back to the band fully recovered and able to deliver the kind of shows we all want him to.

While Jeff’s been doing some writing and has been coming to rehearsal over the past several weeks, he has decided he needs to take more time to continue his rehab. While we want him back onstage with the band, all of us support his decision. So, we’re very grateful that Gary Holt will continue to fill in for Jeff, and will tour with us until Jeff completes his rehab and is ready to return. How long will that be? The best and most honest answer we can give you is ‘as long as it takes.’

We also wanted you to know that we’ve been doing some writing and recording for the next Slayer album – we’ve tracked a few songs, and will finish the album when we’re off the road later this year. Gary will join us on tour in Europe and the UK in May and June, and then we’ll all see you on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival. – Slayer

Keep him in your thoughts and blasphemic imprecations of desolate transcendence.