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Interview with Terry Butler of Massacre
Massacre carved a place for themselves in the death metal community years ago and with their foundational From Beyond, an album of tremolo-picked columnar death metal with big fuzzy production at a time when many death metal bands were still trying to emulate the muted-picked speed metal of the previous era.
Over two decades later, Massacre returns with Back From Beyond which sees release on April 1, 2014 via Century Media records. We were fortunate to be able to grab a few words with bassist Terry Butler, whose work with Massacre, Death, Six Feet Under and other Florida death metal bands has made him a towering legend in the community.http://www.deathmetal.org/interview/interview-with-terry-butler-of-massacre/
Arctic Music relaunches with Julian Hollowell (Kult of Azazel) at the helm
Arctic Music Group (AMG), famed for quality death metal releases at reasonable cost in the early 2000s, will restructure itself into Arctic Media (AM) along with its imprint labels Arctic Music, Frozen North and Punktuation!.
Under the leadership of Julian Hollowell (Kult of Azazel, Hateplow) Arctic Music and Punktuation! will focus on extreme metal and punk. Under Ricktor Ravensbrück (Electric Hellfire Club), Frozen North will focus on electronic and industrial music. Finally, Mike Gallo of SBS Recordings will lead the new label imprint Blue Light which will focus on blues, country, reggae and world music.http://www.deathmetal.org/news/arctic-music-relaunches-with-julian-hollowell-kult-of-azazel-at-the-helm/
Finland hosts Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures conference in June 2015
Toni-Matti Karjalainen of the Aalto University School of Business announced the Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures as slated for June 2015, in coordination with the International Society for Metal Music Studies. The conference is designed to be a fusion of business and management theory and observations on the business of heavy metal.
“The former black sheep of popular culture is today a relevant subject for almost any scientific discipline,” the conference organizational flyer announces. A Call For Papers and more information will be unleashed on March 31, 2014.http://www.deathmetal.org/news/finland-hosts-modern-heavy-metal-markets-practices-and-cultures-conference-in-june-2015/
Interview with The Inverted Katabasis author Dean Swinford
We were fortunate to get some time for a chat with Dean Swinford, author of Death Metal Epic I: The Inverted Katabasis. As a person with extensive experience in both death metal and literature, Swinford provides a great deal of insight into both.http://www.deathmetal.org/news/interview-with-the-inverted-katabasis-author-dean-swinford/
Saint Vitus on 35th anniversary tour of North Americahttp://www.deathmetal.org/news/saint-vitus-on-35th-anniversary-tour-of-north-america/
Sadistic Metal Reviews 03-12-14
What are Sadistic Metal Reviews? The only path to metal glory is to make music that is metal both in form and content, and upholds the spirit of conquering the unknown and crushing the empty and pointless. Anything else fails and shall be mocked! Come for the impotent rage, stay for the occasional standout…http://www.deathmetal.org/news/sadistic-metal-reviews-03-12-14/
Master launches “North American Witchhunt Tour” in Aprilhttp://www.deathmetal.org/news/master-launches-north-american-witchhunt-tour-in-april/
Is all metal speed metal now?
All of this is well and good if we do one single but difficult thing: recognize that what we’re listening to now is a dressed-up version of what metal and punk were doing in the late 1980s. We’re walking backward in history, away from that scary underground death metal and black metal, and looking toward something less disturbing and more fun at parties. It seems no one has come out and said this, so I figured it must be said.http://www.deathmetal.org/news/is-all-metal-speed-metal-now/
Adramelech – Psychostasia re-issued by Xtreem Music
Adramelech, long viewed as a younger brother to legendary Finnish death metal band Demigod, ride again with the re-issue of their classic Psychostasia on Xtreem Records. Revered for their ability to mix subtle melody with mid-paced death metal rhythms to produce an enveloping sense of pervasive darkness, Adramelech like Demigod found their way into many death metal collections but remained out of the spotlight that favored more dramatic bands.http://www.deathmetal.org/news/adramelech-psychostasia-re-issued-by-xtreem-music/
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