Hour of 13 is Back

110105_photoYou know those albums in your collection that you play over and over. Those bands you follow religiously. For me, Hour of 13 was one of those bands. So you can only imagine my disappointment when the band went on hiatus months back. I am proud to announce, however, that doom laden traditional rockers, Hour of 13 are actively recording again and will soon embark on their European tour, sans powerful yet controversial vocalist, Phil Swanson.

Chad Davis (the brains behind Hour of 13) will be taking over vocals, making Hour of 13 a one man project. Session musicians, John Mode and Dave Easter will fill in on bass and drums for live performances. Phil Swanson will continue to work with Seamount, Briton Rites and Vestal Claret. It seems to me, we can say goodbye to unreliability and cancelled shows, as Phil seemed to be the issue here, consistently complaining about the “lack of tour support”. I’m both curious and excited to discover Chad Davis as a vocalist. Here is a glimpse of Chad on vocals live in Chesapeake, VA. Happy Listening. Hails!

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RIP Dio

June 10, 1942 to May 16, 2010
June 10, 1942 to May 16, 2010

Three years ago today, the metal legend Dio was taken from us at the age of 67, after a bout with stomach cancer. Dio was an innovator and a hero to many. A highly accomplished musician, former member of metal founders Black Sabbath and originator of the classic cornu salute widely used at metal shows and as a greeting to this day, Dio left a permanent scar on heavy metal history. Let’s take a moment of rage to celebrate the life of Dio. Hails!

In Memory of Tom Rojack

Aug 1969 to Oct 1997
Aug 1969 to Oct 1997

I thought I’d end my tribute to Cleveland metal properly, in honor of Cleveland guitarist and vocalist Tom Rojack’s life. Shredder, Tom Rojack, pioneered the Ohio metal scene, playing in many great bands such as Decrepit, Funeral Pyre and Civil Disobedience but is perhaps most well known for his work in death metal outfit Blood of Christ.

Passing unexpectedly in 1997 at the tender age of 28, due to complications after falling down some stairs, Tom led a full life, contributing much to the metal scene. He is remembered not only for his superior musicianship but also for his jovial personality.

Tom is missed and celebrated by many to this day. Let’s all take a moment to commemorate the work of Tom Rojack and listen to some fucking Blood of Christ! Throw some horns. Happy Listening. Hails!

Embalmer

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Embalmer are Cleveland legends in their own right.  Forming back in 1989 under the name Corpsegrinder, original members Roy Stewart, Toby Wulff, Mark Davis and Duane Morris released four demos, Into the Oven, Taxidermist, Rotting Remains and There Was Blood Everywhere, as well as the compilation entitled There Was Blood Everywhere, paving a bloody path for death metal and grindcore bands to come.

After being on hiatus for nine years, Embalmer returned with a vengeance in 2005 to record their first full length album 13 Faces of Death.  Despite enduring several lineup changes, the feel of the music has changed little from the straight forward brutal death metal fans have grown to love, which is a true testament to the integrity of the band.

Embalmer is currently in the studio recording their second full length album Apocalyptic Bloodshower and touring with Vital Remains.  They have released two new tracks to the public on their 2012 compilation Collection of Carnage, entitled The Origin of Scum and Deities of Filth and Cannibalistic Future.  The aggression and brutality of yesteryear remains imminent on the new tracks, to much approval of awaiting fans.  As you may have discovered, however, this blog is dedicated to the music, so I will let you listen for yourself.  Happy Listening.  Hails!

Kurnugia Streaming New Track

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Brian Bergeron~ Bass
Larry Kozumplik~ Guitar
Duane Morris~ Guitar/Vocals
Rick Nay~ Drums

To much anticipation, Ohio death metal act, Kurnugia has begun streaming a new track from their soon to be released demo.  The 7″ is to be released sometime this summer.  For now let’s enjoy Diseased Angels.  Happy Listening!  Hails!

http://www.reverbnation.com/kurnugia

Vindicator

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Enough of the diversions (however necessary they were), the next band featured in my Ohio metal tribute column is South Amherst thrash act, Vindicator.  Vindicator formed back in 2005 executing an onslaught of New Wave Thrash to hungry Ohioans.  The band has release three full length LP’s to date, including 2008’s There Will Be Blood, 2010’s Antique Witcheries and 2012’s United We Fall as well as a single entitled The Dog Beneath the Skin, a compilation album and a split with Metal Witch.

Currently signed to Slaney Records Vindicator has shown no signs of slowing down and is currently working on their fourth full length release and touring with Viking.  While I’ve always felt Vindicator’s riffs and styling’s to be a bit mediocre, they still never fail to deliver a fist pumping LP and rile up a crowd.

The latest release, United We Fall, fails to deliver the same intensity that earlier releases like There Will Be Blood deliver, almost taking on a bit of a NWOBHM ambience, but what it lacks in intensity it makes up for in good production; a vast improvement from Antique Witcheries.  The album is catchy, anthemic and all around good fun.  And in short that is Vindicator.  But I will let you listen for yourself.  Below is the first track from United We Fall entitled Global Warning/ Gears of Fate.  Happy Listening!  Hails!


http://www.myspace.com/savindicator/radio

RIP Jeff Hanneman

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve heard that thrash metal giant and God of the underworld Jeff Hanneman passed away at the tender age of 49 last week, due to liver failure. It was a sad and tragic day for the metal brethren who prefer to remember him like this….

A young and hungry Jeff
A young and hungry Jeff

As a life long metalhead, I feel it is not only my duty but a privilege to pay my respects to the shredder I have admired for years. So lets all throw some horns and give a HAIL SATAN to the master and a middle finger to Westboro Baptist church and listen to some SLAAAAAYYYYYEEEEEERRRRR! Jeff Hanneman, may you rest in peace. \m/