CANTO: The Defaced, SepticFlesh, Midnight, and More

Each week seems to be slightly weirder than the last.

  • Midnight has their new album out today, Let There Be Witchery, so we’ll lead off with the new video for “Szex Witchery”. It’s a lot of fun, I promise. Anyway, their fifth full-length is out through Metal Blade, just in case you still need it.
  • Acid Witch and Cloak are hitting the road together this coming May, starting on the 9th in Chicago. I know a few fans of both projects that will certainly be in attendance.
  • SepticFlesh have a new album on the horizon. Modern Primitive is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast. The first single taken from their 11th album, “Hierophant”, is available here.
  • As long as Meshuggah keeps unveiling new material, I’m going to keep sharing it. “Light The Shortening Fuse” is the latest track taken from Immutable, which drops on April 1st through Atomic Fire.
  • And we’ll wrap up with the new video from The Defaced. Their new album, Charlatans, is also out today through Sound Pollution, and the new video for “Wreck” is immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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Album Review: Various Artists — “We All Want Our Time In Hell” (Samhain Tribute)

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The work of goth/punk band Samhain may be forever overshadowed by singer Glenn Danzig’s previous and subsequent projects, the Misfits and Danzig. However, it is not for lack of influence, with its prodigious, unconfined sound and horror aesthetics giving early shape to a legion of styles. We All Want Our Time In Hell Samhain Tribute, a new compilation album by a range of emerging and veteran punk, metal and noise bands, is deeply grounded in that history, with a glance to the future. Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Lucifera – “Alianzas de Acero y Metal”

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Colombia’s Lucifera got their start in 2008, split once then reformed and as of February 24 will be releasing their third full length, Preludio del Mal (Morbid Skull Records) which is twelve tracks of vicious blackened thrash metal. It shares the same kind of vitriol Sarcofago spit many years ago but also shares an early Venom vibe in the sense of speed and a lo-fi, almost organic sound. Further making this album a must have offering is the way the band intertwines melodic passages yet still manages such an explosive and sinister feel. Today we have an exclusive stream of the fourth track “Alianzas de Acero y Metal” (translated: steel and metal alliances) which is a perfect example of the kind of furious speed and memorable songwriting the band is capable of. And those vocals from Alejandra Blasfemia, sung in the bands native tongue, are primitive and deadly lending perfectly to the whiplash nature of the song as well as raising the ferocity level several more notches. Don’t wait any longer, jump in and have a listen. Continue reading

CANTO: Hells Headbash lineup, Zakk Wylde tour, more Ozzy drama

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“Hark, men of faith, when you set fire to the fields, the grass grew stronger. Listen, men of law, when you turned from life, the flames endured.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

Album Review: Acid Witch – “Midnight Movies”

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Acid Witch are just about to head off on a European tour, (find dates here) but before they abandon the Midwest and speed off on angelic, winged motorcycles of death, they decided to leave a little piece of themselves behind in the form of a four-song EP entitled Midnight Movies. The band is, at its core, a stoner doom band, but here, they’ve upped the ante and put together a unique blend of 1980’s horror film covers that are, musically speaking, spook-tastic, horror-laced doom with a twist of skate-punk and party-rock that is sure to leave your head bopping and your colon horrified. (And if that cover art doesn’t make your loins salivate then I don’t know what will.) Continue reading