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Up and Coming Thrashers, Vanik, Streaming New Track on Decibel!

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Cleveland’s own Vanik has been making waves lately with 2 kick ass, teaser tracks from their upcoming album, entitled II Dark Season. The tracks, “Jack’s Lantern” and “Heresy Undertow” are currently streaming on Decibel.com. What caught the Decibel editors’ attention was the vocalist and guitarist, Shaun Vanak’s previous work as a live musician for popular blackened, thrash and roll band, Midnight.

The fact is, all the members of the band have an impressive metal resume in the Cleveland area. Guitarist, Vic Stown and bassist Ed Stephens are former members of the Cleveland thrash band Vindicator and drummer, Al Biddle is a former member of both Toxic Holocaust traditional heavy metal band, Cauldron. One could say this is a super group, and based on the chops in the 2 teaser tracks, one can’t argue they sound like one.

What caught my immediate attention was the perfect balance of grit and clarity in the production along with the sheer catchiness of the riffs. These tracks are packed to the brim with sick riff magic and shreds — not to mention anthemic choruses that invoke fist pumping. The influence from both Midnight and Toxic Holocaust is obvious, but these guys get a little uglier — a little grimier. These tracks have the hungry appeal of a sick demo elitists brag about owning. I must say, I can’t wait for this album to drop. II Dark Season will be released on Shadow Kingdom Records on October 26.

You can pre-order the new release and all things Vanik here. Before you do, though, prepare yourself for the inevitable whiplash that will ensue.

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Limbsplitter Vocalist Drinks His Own Piss

Late Friday night, Limbsplitter vocalist, Devin Swank wrote a particularly enticing Facebook post that read “if this post gets 100 likes I will drink my own pee and live stream it” compelling hoards of the band’s supporters and friends to react accordingly. Fortunately for everyone, (except Devin of course) the post received the necessary 100 likes in less than an hour and he was forced to drink his warm, dark yellow words.

A man of his word, Swank began preparing for the task ahead by drinking copious amounts of fluids and creating suspense and anticipation for those following the events on social media. Just when everyone was beginning to doubt him, the time came for him to drink his own piss.

The Limbsplitter vocalist donned a mournful expression as his friends mocked him on his way to the bathroom. Nervously, he dropped trou and peed into what appeared to be a Gatorade bottle. He retched as he gazed upon the warm, goldenrod liquid that nearly filled the bottle halfway . His disgust emanated through the screen.

In true brutal death metal fashion, though, Swank gulped down the piss as though it were a shot of strong whiskey (or a Chloroform Cocktail *wink wink*) and chased the putrid liquid with spicy jalapeno mustard. Whether or not he swallowed is unconfirmed as it was not caught in the shot, but this leaves fans wondering just how brutal the vocal tracks on the next release will be, given the singers vocal chords are now lubricated with pee.

The band released their debut album, Chloroform Cocktail, in November of 2017 and is already hard at work on the next effort, but it’s antics like this that really set Limbsplitter apart from the droves of mediocre brutal death metal bands that upload their albums to Bandcamp everyday. These guys live the metal lifestyle take brutal to a whole other level. Fans can only wonder what’s next in Limbsplitter’s arsenal of comedic antics; farting on old ladies, drinking gasoline? Who knows. All I know is these guys keep it professional.

If you’re still having trouble believing this actually happened, watch the video below. You can purchase Chloroform Cocktail here.

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Doom Heads Leave Your Caves, DESCENDANTS OF CROM is Raging in Pittsburgh this Weekend

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Steel City ragers and dedicated out of towners prepared for a road trip should head to Cattivo nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA this weekend for a doom fest unmatched since the last Doomed and Stoned Fest.” Featuring talent from a variety of genres encompassing the doom/stoner tier: including sludge, stoner and even psychedelic rock, Descendants of Crom is keeping it professional by booking only the best talent; young and old, for two hazy days of pure doom bliss.

Weed smoke and the acrid stench of patchouli and Mir will permeate the air as a sea of bearded doom heads sway to the reverberations of bands such as: Lo Pan, Doomstress, Come to Grief, Cavern, Toke, GeezerFreedom Hawk, The Generator, as well as so many more that are scheduled to hit the stage during this 2 day celebration of all things slow and heavy.

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Attendees should also be sure not to miss the pre-gala tonight at Howlers, featuring Mires, Rebreather and Destroyer of Light among others.

Tickets are first come first serve. You can pre-order tickets to the pre-gala here and tickets to the fest here.

Is Hypoxia the Death Metal Band to Watch in 2018?

Back on August 4, 2018, up and coming New York death metal band Hypoxia unleashed their latest effort upon unsuspecting jaded metal fans. The music video for Hypoxia’s latest track, entitled “Condemned to the Abyss” is the band’s first sneak peek into the newest album rumored to be released later this year on Ultimate Massacre Productions.

Hypoxia’s latest music video has been proliferating within the underground digital space since its release and creating a lot of buzz despite the band’s relatively obscure status. They’ve been featured in mainstream publications such as Metal Injection and the band was even invited to play on the largest metal festival in Latin America, Rock Al Parque last night. So what is it about Hypoxia that makes them stand out so much among the droves of DIY death metal bands churning out riffs each day? I checked out the band’s 2015 release, “Despondent Death,” to find out.

There is something really special about Hypoxia, indeed. While their sound isn’t highly experimental and their musicianship isn’t steeped in technicality, the band’s sound does bring listeners back to a simpler era in death metal while still remaining relevant in 2018 by injecting just the right amount of brutality and tech elements into their classic, old school death metal sound. The production on their 2015 release gives them an explosive quality that is capable of penetrating through even the most cynical of ear drums.

Hypoxia’s riffs may be formulaic to a certain degree, but they rely on tried true methods to create the kind of neck breaking riffs fans of Malevolent Creation or Immolation have grown to cherish. Their newest single is just as explosive as anything on the band’s prior release and their image is just as huge to match. Vocalist, Mike Hrubovcak is practically demon possessed as he emits blood curdling growls spawned from the deepest levels of hell while ominously wielding a flaming torch and female drummer Carolina Perez’s blasts have the power to eviscerate the souls of the weak with their pummeling intensity. Hypoxia emanates a level of sickness uncommon among the hordes of new bands — many of whom have succumb to mediocrity due to over-saturation within the death metal genre. With catchy riffs and extreme power to boot, these guys are just doing it better. This is definitely the band to watch this year.

 

 

 

 

Hate Eternal Streaming New Track!

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Florida denizens of death Hate Eternal are streaming a track from the upcoming LP “Upon Desolate Sands.” The new album is set to release on October 26 on Seasons of Mist. This will be the first album from them in over 3 years.

The new track, entitled “What Lies Beyond” has fans excited because it shows the band is practically immune to becoming stale despite having a career that has spanned over 20 years. They fuse tech elements with crushing intensity to create a sound that slowly builds into a maelstrom of blasts and shreds. The skeleton of the track is steeped in definitive death metal elements of which they add layers of complexity over to create a unique sound. This is classic Hate Eternal with a fresh appeal which leaves fans ever more curious and excited what’s to come in October.

Pre-order here: https://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/list/hate-eternal-upon-desolate-sands

Brutal Death Metal Pioneers Internal Bleeding Announce New CD Release!

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New York born brutal slam kings, Internal Bleeding are set to release their first full length album in 4 four years on October 19th with Unique Leader records. The album, entitled “Corrupting Influence” would be the band’s 6th full length album since their formation back in 1991.

Internal Bleeding is often credited with planting the seeds for the slam movement that grew from the band’s signature face melting breakdowns and chugging, down tuned guitars. The band has grown a bit of a cult following among slam heads in the underground since adopting this increasingly brutal style. Judging from the decimating intensity of the band’s last full length release, “Imperium,” fans can expect the new release to be just as bludgeoning.

You can pre-order “Corrupting Influence” directly from Unique Leader Records. Stay brutal slam heads!

Pre-order here:  https://uniqueleader.com/new-releases/internal-bleeding-release-album-cover-track-listing-and-release-date-for-new-album-corrupting-influence/attachment/internal-bleeding-corrupting-influence-cover/

Stockholm Giants Unanimated are Back From the Dead After 9 Years

On August 10, 2018 Stockholm legends, Unanimated released a new EP entitled “Annihilation.” When I discovered the mighty Unanimated were returning from their seemingly perpetual hibernation a wave of excitement poured over me.  Upon listening, it’s safe to say the Swedish blackened death metal foursome is reemerging from a nine year hiatus with a bludgeoning EP that was well worth the wait.

The release of “Annihilation” breaks the silence for this band in a huge way. Fortunately for fans of the band, Unanimated hasn’t deviated too much from the mid 90s tempo of “Ancient Gods of Evil.” In many ways, “Annihilation” is even heavier than their prior release, “In the Light of Darkness,” which was honestly nothing to sniff at either.

The EP opens with the barbarous intensity that’s beautifully tempered with complex melody. The speed of the blasts combined with the calculated dissonance of the riffs immediately draw in even the most jaded listeners. They don’t slow down from there either. The entire EP is a beautiful example of perfectly executed Swedish death metal.

Unanimated have taken to the newest movement in underground metal of not holding back or attempting to appeal to a larger audience by unleashing an onslaught of heaviness in true kvlt fashion upon their fans. They’ve held steadfast to the formula that worked for them in the 90s while continuing to remain relevant in the modern era. The riffs on this EP are simultaneously melodic and intense. “Annihilation”  is definitive of the sound Swedish metal fans are looking for in a release, and has enough momentum push Swedish death metal back into the underground spotlight with its hungry ferocity and technical prowess.

The main feeling I get from this EP is elation. If Unanimated can return after all these years with an EP of this caliber, what does the future hold for the band? It looks like good things are to come and, for that, Swedish death metal enthusiasts worldwide are eternally grateful.