Nostalgist feat. Aesop Dekker Cut Deep Into Metal and Post-Punk’s Past

“The pendulum cuts both ways,” sings Asa Eisenhardt on the finale of “Pendulums”, the opening track from Nostalgist’s new mini-album Disaffection. While Eisenhardt is singing about the mutual damage that comes with a parting of the ways (maybe) he could just as easily be talking about the way his band looks to the future by recapturing and recasting elements of the past—as if the band’s title wasn’t a dead giveaway. Nostalgist plays a metal-tinged variant of post-punk that adds a sharp modern edge to the sounds of, say, The Chameleons or the ubiquitous Joy Division. Nostalgist’s connection to metal stems … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Abjection Ritual – ‘Body of Filth’

If you’ve ever considered what Neurosis would sound like if their DNA were crossed with a death industrial act, Abjection Ritual are the band you’ve been seeking. Drawing as much from Enemy of the Sun as from Godflesh, “Body of Filth,” their latest song, balances between inhuman electronics and the human feeling of a live band. “Body of Filth” comes from new album Soul of Ruin, due out April 6 on Malignant Records. The post Track Premiere: Abjection Ritual – ‘Body of Filth’ appeared first on Decibel Magazine. Track Premiere: Abjection Ritual – ‘Body of Filth’ Track Premiere: Abjection Ritual – ‘Body of Filth’ … Continue reading

FOREIGNER's MICK JONES And LOU GRAMM Have Been Revisiting Old Musical Ideas For Possible Inclusion On New EP

FOREIGNER founding guitarist Mick Jones was recently interviewed on “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon”. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On performing last October with fellow original FOREIGNER members Lou Gramm (vocals), Dennis Elliott (drums), Al Greenwood (keyboards) and Ian McDonald (multi-instrumentalist), along with FOREIGNER‘s second bassist, Rick Wills: Mick: “It was something that Lou and I had… I think it began when we were inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame a few years back. We got together. We decided to do a couple of the songs acoustically, and, … Continue reading

Watch: Abraham – ‘Silent at Last’

Abraham‘s take on post-metal is interesting, mainly because of how dark it is. Dissonance and horror seem to be the driving elements of “Silent at Last,” a new song and video from their forthcoming, Look, Here Comes the Dark! album. Eerie, dissonant guitar and drums that pound with a ritualistic intensity match a video bathed in red light. Drummer/vocalist D. Schlagmeister puts the song in the context of the album, which is a double album nearly two hours in length. “Taken from the second part, ‘Silent at Last’ depicts the overwhelming strength of vegetation as it overgrows all traces of humankind and … Continue reading

GLENN TIPTON On His Future Role With JUDAS PRIEST: 'It's A Question That I Can't Really Answer'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton says that he doesn’t really know what his role in the band will be now that he has stepped back from performing after being diagnosed with the later stages of Parkinson’s disease. Tipton found out he had Parkinson’s four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of PRIEST‘s latest album, “Firepower”. The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST LP since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka … Continue reading

Five Heavy Albums that Changed My Life with Jeff Irwin of Will Haven

Will Haven‘s new album, Muerte, is coming out tomorrow, and I can confirm that this is one intense, expansive, mind-melting piece of work. Listening to it got me thinking about the power of heavy music, so I got Will Haven guitarist Jeff Irwin to talk with us about the five heavy albums that changed his life. Read on to learn how Mötley Crüe and Neurosis impacted Irwin, and to find out what legendary thrash drummer Irwin used to pretend to be as he maniacally air drummed into the abyss, just like the rest of us did. 1. Mötley Crüe – … Continue reading

STRYPER Frontman On 'God Damn Evil' Album Title: 'It's A Prayer Request'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has denied naming the band’s new album “God Damn Evil” “just to shake things up,” insisting that it’s actually meant as “a prayer request.” After the openly Christian group announced it was calling its new disc “God Damn Evil”, a number of people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing STRYPER of having gone too far. Asked by All That Shreds what made STRYPER choose such a seemingly provocative title for its follow-up to 2015’s “Fallen”, Sweet said: “We didn’t do it just to shake things up. We have a point … Continue reading

Album Review: Mournful Congregation – “The Incubus of Karma”

  Atlas shuddered Label: 20 Buck Spin/Weird Truth/Osmose The Incubus of Karma is like a six-part ascent up a mountain where the views along the way are so heart-crushingly and relentlessly magnificent that it belies the fact that the passage is daunting and slow, and the summit is nearly inaccessible. Their fifth full-length album not only reminds us why we worship Mournful Congregation with a borderline religious fervor, but also confirms the widely held belief that Mournful Congregation are living gods of death/doom. While Tim Call (of Sempiternal Dusk) hits the drums hard enough to intimidate his way into any … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Hands of Despair – “Body and Souls”

Every time I write about Hands of Despair, I feel like I have to reintroduce Max Côté and his French-Canadian black-death project, because it’s never clear to me how much their star has risen since Hereafter‘s not-so-humble beginnings. The band’s music has always been both intelligent and bestial, all convoluted prog structures armored in blasting urgency and galloping cruelty.  In April, Côté’s coterie pulls back the curtain on their most recent body of work, called Well of the Disquieted, on their longtime label Deathbound Records.  The album explores various aspects of the struggle with mental illness, and takes its time doing so, weaving … Continue reading

Track Premiere: Johansson & Speckman – ‘Kill and Kill’

Johansson & Speckman are the duo of ultra-prolific musician Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Down Among Dead Men and nearly three dozen other projects) and Paul Speckmann (Master) alongside Kjetil Lynghaug and Brynjar Helgetun. Looking back on those artists’ careers, as well as Johansson & Speckman’s previous output, it’s not surprise that new song “Kill and Kill” is a furious exercise in death metal brutality. You can listen to the new song below; it’s a cut from their forthcoming From The Mouth Of Madness  album, due out March 30 on Soulseller. The post Track Premiere: Johansson & Speckman – ‘Kill and Kill’ appeared first on Decibel Magazine. … Continue reading