Album Review: Craven Idol – “The Shackles of Mammon”

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I’ve had an awfully fun time covering Craven Idol‘s The Shackles of Mammon. From the first minute I got my hands on this album, it sunk its teeth into me and refused to let go, and now that its release date is around the corner, I’m honored to give a more detailed account of this ferocious offering. If you want an inside look into the making of The Shackles of Mammon, check out my interview with the band, where they were kind enough to discuss everything from their new members to the inspiration behind the incredible cover art pictured above. Otherwise, read on to get my thoughts on this ripper of an album. Continue reading

Interview: Craven Idol on New Members, Writing Without Agenda, and Vokills

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UK vanguards of classic extreme metal Craven Idol are back and standing stronger than ever. With two new members added to their ranks and a batch of razor sharp new songs under their belt, the band has upped their game significantly since 2013’s Toward Eschaton. Their particular blend of thrashing black metal has gotten only more wild and frenzied in the interim, with tighter instrumentation and some of my favorite vocals I’ve heard on any album in recent memory. Ahead of the release of The Shackles of MammonImmolator of Sadistik Wrath took some time to answer some questions we had for the band, and offers a glimpse into the band’s songwriting process and influences. See what he had to say after the jump.

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Exclusive Stream: Assault – “The Fallen Reich”

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Thrash has a heavy hand in the making of many metal acts in the Southeast Asian Region, and many bands still love to pay tribute to this largely influential movement in modern metal. Such is Singaporean death/thrash band Assault and their brand of no-nonsense, no gimmicks metal, a merging of easy death metal songwriting and thrash rhythms. Not of the old-school Slayer brand of 80’s thrash metal, instead, Assault’s style is similar to modern thrash in the guise of newer Death Angel and older Metallica. Such is the case with  their debut full length The Fallen Reich and the exclusive stream of the title track we have for you right after the jump. Continue reading

Giveaway: Death of Kings – “Hell Comes To Life” (7″ EP)

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Atlanta Georgia based thrash metal band Death of Kings has announced their EP Hell Comes to Life which will be released March 31 via Atlanta based Boris Records and today we have a giveaway of two of these 7″ EP’s. All you have to do is share, like, retweet or whatever it is you do on social media these days and a winner will be chosen at random. Death of Kings has been around the southeastern metal scene since 2009 and have a handful of quick hitters available but also have shared the stage with several bands over the years such as Morbid Angel, Mastodon and Skeletonwitch to name a few. As someone who has seen the band in action I can say their high energy set is one that is not to be missed. The band is working on their debut full length Kneel Before None but in the meantime we have Hell Comes to Life as a neck snapping stop gap. Like it, share it, retweet it or send some snail mail on it and you might get picked as one of two winners of this sweet 7″. Dive in for a stream of “Descent Into Madness” off of the band’s 2015 demo Regicidal. Continue reading

Album Review: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic”

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Look, you either get it or you don’t. You either feel it in your bones or you rely on the “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” principle and work off nostalgia for an album or two until the next trend comes along. For the ones who live and breathe it day in and day out, thrash is the only way to get the aggression out of your system. Make no mistake: Power Trip knows this deep down in their soul, and Nightmare Logic takes the raw intensity of their debut and sharpens the blade to a razor edge in the name of tight, angry no joke thrash that few are making these days.   Continue reading