Gorguts re-issues Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate on Century Media

February 11, 2015 –

Death metal band turned prog-core act Gorguts has re-issued the latter two albums from its classic period, Gorguts and From Wisdom to Hate, on industry powerhouse Century Media Records. The re-issues — on jewelcase CD, 2LP and limited edition 2LP — will be available in pre-order starting March 9, 2015. Says guitarist/composer Luc Lemay: “I’m…

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Vader to re-issue early demos “Morbid Reich,” “Necrolust” and “Live in Decay”

February 9, 2015 –

Ripping death metal band Vader, who gained stature in the field of Morbid Angel/Slayer-influenced fast tremolo death metal, plan to re-issue three early demos on CD, cassette and LP via Witching Hour Records starting on April 3, 2015. The three demos — “Live in Decay” (1986), “Necrolust” (1989), adn “Morbid Reich” (1990) — will see…

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Carbonized – For the Security re-issue

Vic Records plans to issue the first album from Stockholm death/grind experimentalists Carbonized, For the Security. The album will be re-issued on LP and CD on Vic Records, early 2015 including its original artwork, liner notes from Christoffer Johansson (Therion) and Piotr Wawrzeniuk (Therion) and two bonus tracks. Carbonized was formed in 1988 by Lars…

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Desecresy – Arches of Entropy

February 8, 2015 –

Unlike many bands, Desecresy — the product of experienced musicians a decade after their first entry into the scene — formed with a full concept that manifests on the first album as a slow form of death metal. Peeling back the layers, influences can be seen at many levels here, but the most prominent are…

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Perdition Temple – The Tempter’s Victorious

February 6, 2015 –

Perdition Temple’s sophomore album is one of riffs written and dispersed as discrete packages. These are sewn together into short, explosive bundles extremely dense in content but not always boasting the smoothest of transitions. Often the tonal shift between adjoining bars is far too drastic to convey any sense of uniform texture, giving the impression…

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Burzum releases new track “Mythic Dawn”

February 5, 2015 –

Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes demonstrates a long history of crossing over between worlds. With Burzum, he crossed black metal with the cosmic space ambient music (RIP Edgar Froese) that defined the best of the previous decade, and now with his newer folk/ambient work he crosses over between the world of role-playing games, philosophies that get…

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Codex Obscurum – Issue Six

Underground metal zine Codex Obscurum gained an audience for its focus on music of an underground nature without the associated fetishism of image and product obsession that blights most zines no matter how underground. In that sense, it was a regression to the healthier times of the 1990s, when fanzines were fan-oriented instead of label-oriented,…

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Interview: Bruce Lamont of Led Zeppelin 2, Corrections House and Yakuza

February 4, 2015 –

Some time ago, musicians from the Chicago area gathered to form a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Instead of creating a new band to imitate the sound, they created a stage show called “Led Zeppelin 2″ and tour with it playing the songs of classic Led Zeppelin, which along with the UK heavy guitar rock (The…

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Developmental variation and underground metal

February 3, 2015 –

What is developmental variation? The term developmental variation was coined by Arnold Schoenberg as a name for the principle which governed his compositional technique, which he claimed to have inherited from the music of the great Germanic composers such as Haydn, Beethoven and, in particular, Brahms. The technique consists of generating development in a piece…

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Sadistic Metal Reviews 02-02-15

February 2, 2015 –

We all seek a claim that our lives are worth living. For some, this comes from money; for others, being right or at least being cool. In order to achieve either or both, one must emit product, and far too often this product tries to flatter and pander to its audience rather than grow some…

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