Saturday, May 27, 2017

interview: Isenordal (part 2

Here is the conclusion to the interview with Seattle epic metal band Isenordal. Here is also the link to the first part, just in case you might have missed it.
They are a type of creative extreme metal, and one the most important things about it all is the ambitious nature of the music and the band's hard work into making an album of this caliber. The hope is that you, the listener, can have a bit of patience and give the album some proper attention and get to know it. The link to hear the album is at the end of the interview. Once you hear the whole album, it is rather clear that this recording took hard work and imagination to come to life.
metalbulletin.blogspot.com/2017/05/interview-isenordal-part-1.html
Making music is fun and a great creative outlet for musicians, of course, but it takes money to do this. How is the situation in the case of your band? Are you homeless as a result of making the album?!
SAM: Tracking was expensive, for sure, but not prohibitively so. We all live really modestly as people, but we set aside some money for this and splitting it between everyone in the band helps with cost a lot.
LIEU: Passion knows no bounds. If you want it enough, you will figure out how to make it happen, even if you have to make some personal sacrifices along the way.
Coming back to the album, are those real acoustic guitars that I hear on the album? Do you use a real piano on the album, too? Did one of you play a real piano on the album? Do you a real cello, too?
SAM: Proud to say that everything on the album is real, done from scratch. Kerry played the piano on Shores. You’re close, it’s a real viola throughout the whole album! Marisa did a killer job with that and her vocals. Jeff used to play cello in the band, and did so on the IMBOLC demo, but we haven’t recorded anything with cello since. Wait for the next album, though, you might be surprised by what you hear. We’ll do acoustic neofolk sets with Jeff on the cello occasionally.
LIEU: I joined the band during the recording process, so there were some piano parts already recorded, but I wrote and added some parts of my own, as well as re-recording a few parts that were already written. It was great to be able to play a real piano for the album; as great as digital piano sounds have gotten, you really cannot beat the sound and feel of a real piano.
MARISA: There is no cello on Shores of Mourning. All of the string performances are done entirely on viola, with occasional multi-tracking for layered orchestral passages.
Did this band always envision having those instruments in addition to the usual rock music setup of guitar, bass and drums? Or, is this something has been developing as you go along and feel the need for a more expansive sound? When will you find that epic metal accordionist that will rock your world and join your band?
SAM: I think Kerry always wanted strings in the band. I love having keyboards as well, it really thickens up the soundscape and opens up a bunch of avenues for songwriting. Take a black metal band like NORTT, they use piano super effectively in their music. Lieu actually plays accordion, too, we may be adding some of that down the line!
KERRY: I have absolutely always wanted strings and piano. With the previous lineup, some of the other folks didn’t want to waste time trying to find a keyboard player, but I had songs I had been writing that were specifically for piano (i.e., “Shores” and “Pyres”). The suggestion of just moving the parts to guitar was not satisfying for me. Viola and piano are some of the most beautiful sounding instruments there are, and nothing can replace it.
LIEU: As someone who loves metal, but is not yet good enough to play guitar or drums in a metal band, I was stoked to have the opportunity to play my favorite instrument in a band that plays some of my favorite metal genres. I was originally just going to fill in for a couple shows, but everything just fell into place so well and I was able to get time off work to tour, so now here I am. I’m looking forward to writing more technical piano parts for our new songs, and funny you should ask, I might do some accordion parts as well!
MARISA: I have loved metal as long as I have loved classical music and have wanted to do a project like this my whole life.
On the song “A Gallows Prayer” there is choir-like singing, with both male and female voices. Did you do this in the studio or did you get it from an application or software, like a library of sounds? Was that a new, challenging thing to do? Growling and screaming is something that you do well, but choir-like voices must be a new thing to try, no?
KERRY: That’s us! No software needed, haha. I did a small amount of clean vocals on Imbolc, but nothing really beyond that. It was a little bit challenging to get the tonality right for sure. Everyone tells you to try and move a lot of air when doing clean vocals, but honestly I have found that singing quieter sounds better in the studio.
MARISA: I love singing and was able to explore the possibility of mimicking the timbre of viola in my vocals. That was really fun in the studio!
By the way, why have there been so few of the band online? There were some pictures but they are faded or grey and I could not see much of anything! Why was this?
SAM: We’re not too concerned with hiding ourselves! Anyone who’s seen us live can attest to that we’re actually pretty out there, we try to get in the audience’s faces a little. We don’t wear corpse paint, or shrouds, or use stage names online or anything like that. With that being said, the music has a really atmospheric and emotional nature to it, and we tried to evoke that shadow and ephemeral energy in some of the photography. Our friend Monica took that photo of us that’s on the tape, that one of us around the campfire, and she did a great job of achieving exactly what we were going for.
KERRY: To be honest, it’s really just been a matter of getting us all in the same room at the same time. Our keyboard player currently lives in Pittsburgh, so we didn’t really have a way to get a full band photo before Shores came out! But with our U.S. tour we will definitely have a lot more full band pictures.
Ok, you did it. You finally finished your album and now it is done, and it is out of your hands. Now people will listen to it, and some will call you doom, others atmospheric black, some others epic, yet others will say gothic, still some will say folk, and some of us do not care. So, now, what are some more of your plans to promote the album? You did a 30-day tour of the U.S. You’ve done shows in Seattle and also one in Everett! Not bad, right?!
SAM: I like to think we’re a little bit of all of those things.
We worked with Earsplit PR to do some promo for the record, but thus far a good deal of it has been word-of-mouth as well. I’m really flattered that people seem into the material. I want to say thanks to everybody that helped spread the word thus far! Metal Injection and Cvlt Nation both wrote us up, as well as a bunch of others, too many to name, you know who you are and we’re in reverence to you!
KERRY: We are currently working on some new material, hopefully we can do a recording session after our US tour, but it depends highly on everyone’s schedules. I just want to release more songs and play more shows!
LIEU: I think we all just want to celebrate by writing more albums! Now that we have a really dedicated line-up, we are feeling really inspired by each other and developing a lot of ideas musically. I’m looking forward to expanding our sound even more and continuing to frustrate genre-assigners. ;)
Finally, do you have any other news that I have not asked about? People say, “Oh, man, I love your band! Your music is great!”, but tell us for real, what can people do to support your band in an actual way that benefits your band in a tangible manner? I recommend that people say to you, “Shut up and take my money!” What do you think?
SAM: I’m flattered that people listen to us at all, much less buy our merch and download our records as much as they do. We’re really floored by the support, and really grateful for it. If you want to get merch and throw some money our way, we’ve got posters, t shirts, patches, all on our bandcamp page! But I’m happy as long as anyone’s listening at all. Just enjoy the tracks and show your friends!
KERRY: I am extremely grateful for the response we have gotten from this album. I really just want people to enjoy it, no matter if you like metal or not. I strongly dislike elitism in music scenes. What is important to me is the emotion that music conveys, and I think that emotion transcends genres or scenes.
isenordal.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/isenordal.metal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"My all-time favorite Metallica songs"

Hi, friends!
What are your top Metallica songs of all time? Is it songs from the 80s? from 90s? How about the more recent material? Fuglymaniacs has posted the favorite Metallica songs. Check it out!
fuglymaniacs.com/Templates/fuglyspin2017-metallica-best-songs.html

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 23, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 23, 2017
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Deathbreaker (Facedown Records), Remain and Sustain (Denver, CO), Crafter (Western Mass), Monsters Among Gods & Prying Free at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline, Urðr at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Chamber 6,Method 13, Slam Shifter at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 26 For the Likes of You, Await the Avalanche, Monsters among Gods, Pure Earth at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 2 Black Bone Exorcism, Dust Moth, Rhine, Pink Muscles at Real Art Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
June 3-4 Dankstock 2017, Mesa, Washington. Saturday, June 3: The Devils of Loudun; The Festering - Tri-Cities, WA; Blood and Thunder - Everett, WA; Transcribing The Necronomicon - Yelm, WA; Odyssian - Seattle, WA; At Home In Hell -Butte, MT; Repudiate - Seattle, WA; Benign - Spokane, WA; Tsuga - Spokane, WA; Withheld Judgement - Spokane Valley, WA; Desolate - Moses Lake, WA. Sunday, June 4: CZAR - Tacoma, WA; Zan - Richland, WA; The Bangers - Port Angeles, WA; Skinwalker - Omak, WA; Master Kush Ultra - Port Angeles, WA; Blacktracks - Eugene, OR/Spokane, WA; Deathbed Confessions - Tacoma, WA; The Malt Liquor Shitz - Missoula, MT; Infrablaster - Tri-Cities, WA; The Hallows - Spokane, WA; Florida Man - Seattle, WA; Honey Badger - Wherever, WA; Crytikal Mass - Spokane, WA.
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, vvvBellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 10 Pygottapalooza 2017: Boxcutter PNW, Ghostblood, The Great Sorcerer, Dead Hookers at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 10 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater, Manson, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6 many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Weaponlord, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 23 Bürien/ Marc & the HorseJerks, Power Skeleton, Dystopian Anthems at Lucky Liquor, Tukwila, WA
June 24 Sporicyde, After the Fallout, 3 Chord Killer at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico), Thou Shall Kill, Method 13 at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Prey the Hunter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Xoth, Noceur at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA, US
July 15 July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Olympia, WA
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 5 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Phantom Fears (Rush tribute), Odds & Sods at Tony V's, Everett, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Insomnium at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Friday, May 19, 2017

right now, Friday night, Excuse All the Blood metal music show

Tonight's Excuse All the Blood will be three of hours of music from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
www.twitter.com/EATBRadio?lang=en

NEWS: Taake cancels Seattle and Portland shows

Norwegian black metal act Taake has announced on the eve of its U.S. tour that they have to cancel the first two shows. Below is the official announcement.
MPORTANT U.S.A. ANNOUNCEMENT!
It is with heavy heart that we have to inform you that some of Taake's band members have not yet received their working visas.
We have been fortunate with this system before, having travelled to the States 3 times in the past 3 years. For this tour we started the visa process as early as we could, with a longer time buffer than before. Still, with the situation of all band members remaining unchanged from prior successful visa applications, time is now running out and we might have to cancel the first shows. Hopefully as few as possible. We are continuously doing all that we can to solve this quickly, but speeding up the process is totally out of our hands. We will keep you updated, please check this page daily. We would appreciate your understanding and patience..
Canceled shows;
20 May 2017: El Corazon, Seattle (USA)
21 May 2017: Star Theatre, Portland (USA)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nox Coven

Nox Coven calls for witching black metal from Chile invoking the primal times of dark divination through the praxis of the notes of the crafts of ancient illumination and incantations of the beyond. What is there before and after Nox Coven and what is there once again? What is the invocation at hand and whence does it project, emptiness or here? All is not to be revealed for the mass clarification, for the Nox Coven is there of the black metal initiates and devoted to this once again alive metal of the witching anti-eternity. In 2017 they have a new EP called De las sombras misterios ocultos, which translated could mean from the shadows occult mysteries or a similar spirit of the words, depending on the Spanish original meanings. On the Bandcamp there is an older live recording from 2016 and it is called Live at Bubar's and it is a raw manifestation of the necro vituperation channeled in the concert calling of the Nox Coven compact with black metal devotion mass. Another medium to engage more of the Nox Coven contract is YouTube where they have material, too, including live rehearsal performing acts. If you live die alive for black metal, Nox Coven is next on your enumeration of obtainment determined now. Vacillate not!
noxcoven.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/noxcovenbanda/

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Namea (U.S.)

Namea is a melodic extreme metal band from the Tacoma/Seattle area, in the state of Washington, according to the information that they have online. Below you will find the relevant information about their first EP from this year. The band has yet to provide much information about itself and they don’t have many pictures, except for one on Metal Archives and that one doesn’t seem accurate if compared to the lineup. They are not very active online yet.
The sound of the band is American melodic extreme metal combined with some metalcore influences, like some of the screams and some breakdowns, but they definitely are not a hardcore band. The melodic riffing and soloing demonstrate clearly that they have chosen the more serious side of music. The guitars in particular show a conscious effort to deliver melodies that the listener can remember.
Some people will not like that the band has chosen to avoid social media until now, but maybe that will change once fans begin to demand more contact with them.
Namea Oracle release date: May 8th, 2017 label: independent
1.Awoken 03:55
2.Vengeance 03:38
3.Retribution 03:23
4.The Latter 04:18
5.Visions 04:25
6.The Quest 05:17
total time 24:56
Jackson Irving-guitars) (2014-present)
Ben Davis-vocals (2014-present)
Michael Huntsman-bass (2015-present)
Emily Salisbury-drums (2017-present)
namea.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/nameametal/

Seattle and Washington concert calendar, updated May 16, 2017

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine.
May 16 Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer, Sacrament ov Impurity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 18 Y & T, Killer Bee, Darkhorse, One Gun Shy at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 19 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 19 Metal DJ Night with DJ Emma Van Dinter at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
May 20 Taake, Gost, Inquinok, Ashen Pyre at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 20 Splintered Throne at Capps Club, Kenmore, WA
May 20 Evergrey, Seven Kingdoms, Need, Ascendia, Prozack Staple, Convergence at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 20 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 21 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
May 22 Xandria, Kobra and the Lotus, Once Human, Vesuvian at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 22 All Hail the Yeti, Invidia, Broken Rail at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 22 Drug of Choice, Prey the Hunter, Wuththpuk at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 23 Arkona, Sirenia, MindMaze, Graveshadow, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 23 Crafter, Remain & Sustain at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Destruction, Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, Devilation, Religicide at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 24 Deathwish, Generation Decline at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 24 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 25 Deathwish (WI, U.S.) at Georgetown Liquor Company, Seattle, WA
May 25 Yngwie Malmsteen, Mechanism, Killian Mahaffey at Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
May 26 Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Rutah at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 26 Chamber 6,Method 13, Slam Shifter at Tony V's, Everett, WA
May 26 Candlemass at Modified Ghost Festival II, Vancover, B.C., Canada
May 26 Into the Storm at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
May 26 Armed for Apocalypse, Deathbed Confessions, Ghostblood, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 26 For the Likes of You, Await the Avalanche, Monsters among Gods, Pure Earth at Louie G's, Fife, WA
May 27 Vultures above Us, Dismembering Mary, Follow the Lights, As Pillars Fall, Beyond the Woods at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 27 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
May 27 Into the Storm, Florida Man, Swampheavy, Joseph at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 29 Behexen, Demoncy, Inquinok, A God or an Other at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 29 Blood and Thunder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 29 Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Homewrecker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 30 Deathbed Confessions, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Metal Church, Sons of Mercury, What Thou Wilt, Sin Circus at Cultura Events Center, Tacoma, WA
June 3 Xoth, Hexengeist, Pinned RED at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 4 Angelcorpse, Ares Kingdom, Drawn and Quartered, Petrification, Pathetic at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 5 Ergo I Exist, Esoson, Born without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 5 Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Rivers of Nihil, The Zenith Passage, The Kennedy Veil, Visceral Disgorge, Seeker, Gloom, Transcribing The Necronomicon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 6 Zakk Sabbath, Beastmaker at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 6 A Flourishing Scourge, Rhine, Crud Guns, Depths of the Sunset at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Heresiarch, Ritual Necromancy, Harvest Gulgatha, Hissing, Void Wraith at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 7 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 8 Lita Ford at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 8 Ghost Ship Octavius at The Shakedown, vvvBellingham, WA
June 9 Ghost Ship Octavius, Beltfed Weapon, Blood and Thunder, Massacre at the Opera Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 9 Def Leppard at White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
June 10 Ghost Ship Octavius at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
June 11 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Demoncy, Triumvir Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 11 Every Hand Betrayed, Serpents Tongue, Words from Aztecs at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 12 Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Revocation, Withered, Beltfed Weapon at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 12 Blood Incantation, Qrixkuor, Triumvir Foul, Mortiferum at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
Northwest Terror Fest June 15-17 at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
Warning, Cephalic Carnage, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob, Goatwhore, Samothrace, Cult Leader, Graves at Sea, King Woman, Usnea, Fórn, Call of the Void, Pilgrim, Young and in the Way, Nomads, Lycus, CHRCH, Transient, Take Over and Destroy, Aerial Ruin, Uada, Infernal Coil, Endorphins Lost, Witch Ripper, Burials, Sol, Rhine, Old Iron, others
June 16 Vans Warped Tour at Centurylink Field, Seattle, WA: Gwar, Municipal Waste, Carnifex, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial, others
June 16 The Heroine, Witchburn, Zero Down, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 SLAM 2017: Mechanism, Convergence, Chamber 6 many others at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 19 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus, The Devils of Loudun at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 19 Tengger Cavalry, Felix Martin, Helsott at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Helion Prime, Substratum, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits at Highline, Seattle, Wa
June 21 Helion Prime at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 22 Inanimate Existence, Reaping Asmodeia, Cyborg Octopus at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 23 Demerit, Generation Decline, Acid Teeth, Ground Score, No Klasse at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Oxygen Destroyer, Born without Blood, Ashen Pyre, Kihalás, Obsidian (L.A.) at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ironwood, Six Gun Quota, Pagan County Rebels at Wally's, Wenatchee, WA
June 24 Avoid the Void, Killing the Messenger, Vultures above Us at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
June 24 Jugs of Blood, Marc and the Horsejerks, Power Skeleton, Voycheck at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
June 27 Symbolik, Accidentally Murdered at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 27 Zafakon (Puerto Rico) at Tony V's, Everett, WA
June 29 Sammy Hagar at Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
June 29 Limegoat, Sons of Donovan, Whythre at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 30 Wilt, Askevault, Fetid, Hidious Creep at TBA, Seattle, WA
June 30 Crud Guns, Mother Root, Sonic Erotic at The Bindlestick, Snoqualmie, WA
June 30 Felled at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 1 Better Shred Than Dead, Episode I: The Accused AD, Misuse of Power, Oxygen Destroyer, Hostilgato at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
July 1 Adrenaline Mob at Tony V's, Everett, WA
July 1 Goat Fest IV: Sacrament ov Impurity, Seattle, WA
July 2 Beyond Theory, After the Fallout, Darky Dark and the Junkie Bunch, Chemical Asphyxia at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 2 Fit for an Autopsy, Tombs, Moon Tooth, Heiress, Breag Naofa at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 2 Isenordal at Thirst for Light IV, Red Hawk Avalon, Raymond, WA
July 5 Castle at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 6 Transcend the Realm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Antichrist, Kommand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 8 Odyssey 10 Year Anniversary at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 8 Crimson Guardian, Fifteen Stitches, Halcion Halo at Obsidian, Olympia, WA
July 9 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 10 Thou, Cloud Rat, False, Moloch at Real Art, Tacoma, WA
July 11 Numenorean, Wormwitch, Un at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 11 Voltumna, Ruines Ov Abaddon, Xoth, Noceur at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 15 Xoth, Krystos, Weaponlord at Lucky Liquor, Seattle, WA, US
July 16 Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute) at The Eagles, Bremerton, WA
July 21 Rhine, Black Bone Exorcism at McCoys Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 22 Rhine, Ratking, Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls at Substation, Seattle, WA
July 22 One Master, Winter in the Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand at Obscurus, Everett, WA
July 23 Wednesday 13, Once Human, Gabriel and The Apocalypse, Prey the Hunter at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
July 25 The Sword, Big Jesus at Neumos, Seattle, WA
July 26 Undergang, Necrot, Fetid at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Crimsonguardian, The Randy Savages, Reverent Circle, Eroder at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Edge of Paradise, American Wrecking Company at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 30 Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Spike and the Impalers at The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
August 9 Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira at Century Link Field, Seattle, WA
August 12 Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth at WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
August 13-18 in Seattle: Guitar Workshop Plus with: Tony MacAlpine, Rik Emmet, others
August 19 Voodoo Death Gun, Convergence, Fifteen Stitches, The Bare Minimum at Louie G's Pizza, Fife, WA
August 24 Diamond Head at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 31 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 1 Queensryche at Walla Walla Frontier Days, Walla Walla, WA
September 3 Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Dismembering Mary, Aethereus at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
September 9 Blaze Bailey at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
September 11 Insomnium at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
September 22-23 Famine Fest Seattle: Witchtrap, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
September 29 Dark Tranquillity, Warbringer, Striker, ReEvolution at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 30 Scorpions, Megadeth at Tacoma Doma, Tacoma, WA
October 2 Bat, Bewitcher, Substratum at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 18 Boycott the Baptist at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
December 2 Ghoul, The Plot Sickens, Crud Guns, Misuse of Power, Kommand at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
December 4 Ghost Ship Octavius, American Wrecking Company, Avoid the Void, Omnisight at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
December 22 Black Bone Exorcism, Thou Shall Kill, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Nephyla

The Swedish grind legends Nasum once declared: “You’ve been a very good assistant, and you’ve brought in some good parts. But what we really need now is the perfect… nasum.”
Enter the grind freaks Nephyla and watch a mosh pit swirl up in less time than you can say "Nephyla is grind from Mexico!" and get on with the slamming and elbowing every thing in sight. You have been a good assistant, friend, but the grind needs you in shape for the intensity and what we really need right now a band from Oaxaca to take all your energy and convert it into a potion of blasting and chaos.
Nephyla has been doing this thing since 2000. Yup, since 2000 and they go around Mexico and other places like Central America and proceed to make a huge bunch of grind live for the eyewitness that can stand it. Actually, this June they will play in Canada, too. Find out more at their Facebook page. Also, if you look on YouTube you will find some of their recordings in full. Happy hunting, you sick freaks!
OFFICIAL: Nephyla is a female Grindcore Death band, from Oaxaca, Mexico. The project was created by Val (drums) in 2000, focused on Grindcore Crust in its beginnings.
For various reasons the group didn’t materialize, and went into dormant phase. Val begins the search for musicians linked to their extreme tastes, leading to Katt (guitar, vocals) in late 2008, the date that marks the rebirth of the band.
The bass duties have been alternating between different girls live, no one of them joining the lineup definitively.
Their lyrics focused on grotesque aspects of nature, human behavior and society are reflected in their debut demo “Canibalismo Intrauterino” (2009) and in a split called “Aphota” (2010) pending publication, both in the label Gorecannibal recs. Codigo del Phylo" (2013) independet.
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NEWS: Adrenaline Mob will body slam you with a new video "King of the Ring"

This coming June 2nd the gangsters of groove will officially return to the world of rock and roll and they are not keeping very quiet about it, either. Grab your calendar, grab a marker, and circle it now: the 2nd of June of 2017. This is when the criminal capitalist syndicate Century Media Records will kidnap the new album called We the People by the New York road warriors. Big talk, big money, arrogance and brilliance, addictions and predictions are all going to add up to this thing called We the People and nobody knows whether the wheels are going to come off or whether the rabbit is going to pop out of the hole only to jump at the squirrels in the sewers and take them to suplex city. What?! Exactly! The new album is the perfect lucky 13: Thirteen songs covering everything from putting the smack down when it's needed to a cover of 80s pop punk rock star Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell." These darn Yankees don't care too much for genres as they go from grooves to melodies and back. Grab you pop corn and watch the new video and let the hate out!
OFFICIAL: Hard rock icons Adrenaline Mob have had their fair share of challenges in the past but have risen to each & every one continuing to march forward yet again & again! Formed by guitarist Mike Orlando & vocalist Russell Allen they joined forces with drummer Mike Portnoy & bassist John Moyer to launch the band’s debut.
The group’s debut album, 2012’s Omertá, landed #5 on Billboard's Rock Albums Chart, earned a #1 Metal Album on iTunes, and proudly was awarded iTunes UK Metal Album of the Year. They hit the arena stages and toured with rock giants such as Godsmack & Avenged Sevenfold, performed at all the major European Festivals & headlined multiple US, EU & UK tours. It was at that point the band parted ways with drummer Mike Portnoy due to scheduling conflicts & brought drum legend AJ Pero into the fold. Only two years after the debut was released, the group was involved in a major vehicle accident while on the road with Avenged Sevenfold and Hellyeah. Then, in 2015, while enjoying the incredible fan and media response to their second full-length Men of Honor and follow-up EP Dearly Departed, Adrenaline Mob lost drummer and long-time friend drum legend A.J. Pero to a heart attack while on tour with Drowning Pool. “After the tour, it was pretty devastating,” Orlando reflects. “We needed a bit of a break. To clear our heads. Russell went to work with Symphony X & I toured Sonic Stomp & Noturnall for a few months thoughout South America. It was a way to deal with A.J.’s passing.”
Clearly, there’s a force that’s trying to keep Adrenaline Mob down. “When A.J. passed away, everything kind of ground to a halt,” adds Allen. “We weren’t sure where we were going to go. We didn’t know what was going to happen. We had been at it for awhile and had faced so many adversities, we didn’t know how to continue at that point. Adrenaline Mob was in a dark place. So, we put some needed time between us and the band. To get away from it. When we started talking again, we had long discussions about our expectations for Adrenaline Mob. We took it step by step. From there, the process started.”
Slowly but surely, Adrenaline Mob picked up the pieces. In fact, everything started with a simple text message from Allen to Orlando. It read: “It’s time, isn’t it?” Naturally, the group didn’t want to force the follow-up to Men of Honor. It had to come naturally. And it did. Holed up at Sonic Stomp Studios—a studio owned and operated by Orlando where all the Adrenaline Mob albums are tracks & mixed—the guitarist commenced work on material that would shape Adrenaline Mob’s return. Inside a few months, the majority of album number three was written. It was at that point that Orlando met up with his partner Russell Allen as they've done on all their past albums & began their process of working on all lyrics, vocals & melodies as the two have done on all previous releases.
Orlando calls the sessions and the product of those sessions—the songs—an extension of his & Russell’s personalities. But as with the good, there’s always the bad. It was at Sonic Stomp Studios where Orlando and Pero would jam out. Being reminded of Pero daily had a sometimes sorrowful but positive impact. Orlando recalls, “Many years of great times & recordings were done there with AJ so we of course without hesitation dedicated the album to the memory of our dear friend”. “Musically, it was about honoring the past, everyone involved in it,” says Allen. “We also wanted to move forward. We wanted to create something worthy of Adrenaline Mob. The excitement started to build as we worked on the songs. After a while, we had an album, which had the old things we love and some new things we’re trying out.”
The full-length album that refers to and represents Adrenaline Mob in full comeback mode, is none other than We the People. With Orlando and Allen in songwriting hyperdrive—We the People fully came into view over about a six month period. Adrenaline Mob needed to replenish the ranks. Bassist Erik Leonhardt who stepped in on the 2015 Dearly Departed Tour has now been replaced by David Zablidowsky. Orlando states, "David Z is a monster bassist & will be a fantastic addition not only to the sound of Adrenaline Mob but the live show as well. He has great chops, killer swag & commands the stage & his instrument like a true pro." The drum position was a much harder task to fill. With Portnoy and Pero’s legacies in full view, Adrenaline Mob’s next drummer had to be great. He also had to be the right fit. Acting upon a friendly recommendation, Allen & Orlando chanced on Long Island based drummer Jordan Cannata. Allen explains, "I discovered Jordan while I was performing at Wacken last summer. We had quietly put the word out to our friends in the music industry that we were looking for a drummer. A mutual friend from the Twisted Sister camp had told me about this amazing drummer from Long Island. Mike had already found some incredible players by that point. But I thought it wouldn't hurt to check this guy out. And wow! I was blown away by his playing and showmanship. We had him do some audition videos for us and we were sold. What a ball of fire Jordan is! We're so proud to have such an amazing talent that fits our sound and style so perfectly. Jordan is a beast!" It was clear to the guys that Pero’s successor had been found after viewing Cannata performing four Adrenaline Mob songs through a series of video auditions followed by an in studio performance at Sonic Stomp Studios.
With that, Adrenaline Mob Mark III was born. Now, they had the lineup to pick up where Men of Honor left off. To start, Orlando’s at the top of his riff game on We the People. Allen’s virtually unstoppable, belting it out like it’s his last record ever. New drummer Cannata’s an animal, a hybrid of Portnoy’s technicality and Pero’s swing. Add to the lineup the songs… really good songs. ‘Ignorance and Greed’, ‘King of the Ring’, ‘Raise ‘em Up’, ‘Take the Pain’, and ‘The Killer’s Inside’ are all quintessential Orlando/Allen material. Somewhere between hard rock, heavy metal, and AOR, the songs on We the People are either foot-stomping groove masters or heavy-hitting rock epics. “We the People has a pulse to it,” continues Allen. “There’s a constant energy on it. It has a unique energy, like it’s always on the move. We wanted the songs to drive. Like when we’re in a car. We wanted the songs to move.”
Emotionally and physically, Adrenaline Mob are back in the groove on We the People. “Adrenaline Mob is, from day one, all about the groove & the songs,” Orlando grins. “The hard hitting stuff. It’s never about one thing. We’ve had incredible players in the band, but it’s the groove & flow that’s important. It’s the way the music makes you feel. There’s a hop to it. In a way, I took it back to the Omertá album.”
Recorded once again at Sonic Stomp Studios over a year-plus period, We the People sounds huge. Each riff is massive, every drum hit a chest-thumping pound, and each line Russell vocalizes exudes unbelievable power and heart. Life-changing events may’ve halted Adrenaline Mob, but the group’s third full-length is proof positive they’re stronger now than they’ve ever been. Tracks like the raging ‘Blind Leading the Blind’, the big-hitting ‘King of the Ring’, the rhythmically wicked ‘What Do You Really Want’, and the rock radio-tailored title track evince purpose and authority. In every way, We the People puts the hard in hard rock. And the metal in heavy. Orlando was responsible for composing the music, engineering, recording, co-producing, mixing, and mastering and that all says one thing: the dude’s a beast. Along with the incredible talents & amazing voice of his co-producing partner Allen who is by far one of rocks greatest voices, the two seem unstoppable on We The People.
As the title, We the People, indicates there’s a political side to Adrenaline Mob. Throughout their years as a musicians and songwriters, they hadn’t stayed silent on matters significant. Whether they were masked in metaphor or flatly conspicuous, they’ve always poured their feelings into song. It was, as Orlando puts it, a form of catharsis. So, as they were watching the presidential campaigns, feeling the negativity—the constant bickering and finger pointing—they knew Adrenaline Mob’s next venture would be impacted. In fact, the first song Orlando began writing for We the People was the politically-charged rocker ‘Blind Leading the Blind’. “The title track is very much inspired by the past election year,” confirms Allen. “It touches on our society, here in America. The album title is a reflection of our times. The songs have certain particular stories that stand on their own. Many of them are also driven by the climate we live in today & some are about having a good time, being free & loving rock n roll. All the tracks have a personality and character to them.”
That being said, Adrenaline Mob are careful not to conform to typical partisanship. “I have my political views, but they’re not here,” Orlando says. “As songwriters, myself & Russell try to not take sides. We want to write about what’s going on. There are a few tracks that tell a story of today’s climate. It’s our take on it. The title, We the People, is evidence of that. So, the songs are more like a story, but a story in this day and age is a fine line. Really, we’re not out to alienate people. Music is supposed to bring people together. That’s what Adrenaline Mob is about. And, I think, We the People is the best Adrenaline Mob we have done so far.”
Undoubtedly, the re-energized Adrenaline Mob will face adversity with We the People. But the strong always rise. Adrenaline Mob have proven they have the fortitude and music to prevail over anything. We The People, folks. It's time to rise up with Adrenaline Mob.
ADRENALINE MOB - King Of The Ring (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
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NEWS: Witherfall

NEWS:
Witherfall
Nocturnes and Requiems
release date: February 10th, 2017
label: independent
Witherfall is a traditional progressive band. The information available to this publication shows that they are not signed to a label for this album. However, don’t allow that piece of information to dismiss them. This recording illustrates that the musicians are very serious about their craft and serious about being a quality band that you can appreciate. This is not a demo nor an album with poor quality. Quite the contrary, actually; of course, the album will be liked the most by fans of prog power metal because of the shred and of the traditional singing contained within. The band is rather heavy and 2017 modern, but you can hear the riffs and the melodies very well. As you would expect, the music does require repeated listens to make more sense, as it is often the case with prog. It is possible that the profile of band will be a bit more known now because the guitar player in this band is a member of the long-running heavy metal act Iced Earth. Find out more about the band through the official information below.
Biography: Based out of Los Angeles, California, WITHERFALL is the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, WHITE WIZZARD), singer Joseph Michael (WHITE WIZZARD) and the late Adam Sagan (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, INTO ETERNITY). With Dreyer and Michael having previously worked together in WHITE WIZZARD and Sagan collaborating on with Dreyer on the critically acclaimed debut instrumental EP, "In The Shadows Of Madness" — which included a featured track for the popular video game franchise Rock Band — the trio combined forces to begin writing for the new project in 2013.
Eager to resonate their ideas, WITHERFALL headed to Phoenix, Arizona to record their debut album, "Nocturnes And Requiems", with engineer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, Brian "Head" Welch, MSG) in late 2014. The album was then sent on to New York City for mixing and mastering by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED) at Planet Z. Resulting in eight masterfully executed tracks featuring the group's dynamic blend of darkened melodic and progressive metal, "Nocturnes And Requiems" is scheduled for release on February 10, 2017. Pre-orders are available now at Witherfall.com.
track list
1.Portrait 06:36
2.What We Are Dying For 06:54
3.Act II 00:54
4.Sacrifice 08:59
5.The Great Awakening 03:24
6.End of Time 09:36
7.Finale 01:49
8.Nobody Sleeps Here... 08:49
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

tonight in Everett, WA: ISENORDAL + more

The organizers have said: "Coming up on Sunday! An epic Black Metal lineup in Everett at a chill as f## DIY venue that ONLY supports underground music! Save money by BYOB so you can buy merch. There's also the house distro from Below the Earth Productions available with a growing amount of extreme metal and noise albums that helps fund the venue.
Free coffee/water and small charcoal grill available to use.
Thanks!
Sunday, May 14th at Obscurus Infernus
Isenordal (9:40-10:30)
Circle of Beings (8:50-9:20)
Nocuer (8:00-8:30)
Heidentor (7:10-7:40)
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

review by Dee: Fortíð

Fortíð – The Demo Sessions
Fortíð serves us bleak black metal with much Viking attitude, and they’ve got it down pat. The band’s origin is in Iceland, but Norway is now their home. “Fortíð” is Icelandic for the word, “past,” and we’re honored to be taken back in time to examine Norse lore throughout their records. Fortíð’s latest work is “The Demo Sessions,” released in 2016. It’s a compilation of tunes that’ll leave you floored by how relentlessly gripping they are.
“Illt skal með illu gjalda” introduces the album with swarming black metal riffs and acidic harsh vocals. It’s not long before something beautiful happens: Clean vocals appear and settle into breathtaking instrumentation.
The second track is Fortíð’s cover off of a classic Enslaved record, “Vikingligr veldi.” Their version of “Lifandi lífi undir hamri” is a real showstopper that would make Enslaved proud. After this, we get better acquainted with how Fortíð have stamped their originality on the extreme metal circuit. On “Nornir,” catchy phrasing appears, acting as a reminder that the guys understand the importance of leaving listeners with something memorable. Next, the nearly rhythmic “Galdur” steps heavily while angry guitar riffs claw from a distance. “Hof” is a downright ode to emotional intensity, and the “Pagan Prophecies” is a bold offering; watch for the soulful guitar solo that appears here.
“Electric Horizon” and “Sun Turns Black” turn out to be a devious pair, unleashing symphonic tendencies that seem to command with grit.
Pay close attention to the surfacing of “Ad Handan,” which has a melancholy dawning and grows in these sorrowful tones once percussion arrives. The whole piece is wickedly delectable.
“Heltekinn” has an appealing structure. Inside, mighty guitar-work reigns. We part ways with the mournful chiming of “Framtíð.” Reflective and thunderous, it’s a fitting way to end the record.
The melodies on “The Demo Sessions” range from expressive and heartfelt to frosty and unforgiving. The traditional mystique of black metal is present. Somewhere within the tones, I feel the way Fortíð communicates an open, honest vibe in the music, and you just can’t help but pick a song and lose yourself in the grim.
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review by Matt Spall: Obituary

Artist: Obituary
Album Title: Obituary
Label: Relapse Records
Release date: 17 March 2017
My love affair with Obituary dates back to the mid-nineties and their ‘World Demise’ album. It was a discovery, on cassette, at a time when I was getting more and more into extreme forms of music. I’d started out with the likes of Def Leppard and Guns ‘N’ Roses, moved on to Metallica and Iron Maiden, then discovered Slayer and Cradle of Filth. From there, my tastes went in all kinds of directions and Obituary were one of the bands that was randomly hit by my manic teenage scattergun approach.
I can still remember hearing tracks like ‘Final Thoughts’ and ‘Don’t Care’ for the first time, drinking in the brutality, the groove, the extreme sounds and those gurning, guttural vocals that sounded like nothing I’d ever heard of before. Ever since, Obituary have remained a firm fixture in my collection and I retain a soft spot for the Floridian death machine. There have been a few highs and lows along the way, including a six-year disbanding between 1997 and 2003 but no-one can question the ability and the integrity of one of the most steadfast bands in the entire death metal genre.
Fast forward to 2017 and we’re presented with Obituary’s tenth album, the self-titled ‘Obituary’. Normally bands will release a self-titled album as a debut or at a point in their career where they feel that they are unleashing their best material. In the case of Obituary, there’s no doubt that it is very much the latter. Laying my cards on the table at the outset, I’d have to consider ‘Obituary’ to be one of the best records of their career, pushing the brilliant ‘Slowly We Rot’ and even my fond personal favourite ‘World Demise’ close in my estimations.
Obituary in 2017 is comprised of the ever-present Tardy brothers, vocalist John and drummer Donald alongside rhythm guitarist Trevor Peres, lead guitarist Kenny Andrews and bassist Terry Butler. I don’t think the guys would mind me saying that they are no longer spring chickens but this has had literally no adverse effect on their output. If anything, the quintet are even more fierce and aggressive in their advancing middle age, certainly if this album is anything to go by.
‘Obituary’ features ten tracks and a running time of around 33 minutes, meaning that it is not going to require the greatest outlay in terms of time. However, it uses the time wisely, delivering a monstrous death metal assault from start to finish, leaving you battered, bruised and with a sore neck. Quite literally, my head does not stop banging for the entirety of this record and as far as I’m concerned, that’s a very good thing indeed.
By and large, long term fans of the Floridian quintet will not be surprised by the output of ‘Obituary’ as the bulk of the material follows a familiar blueprint. The instantly recognisable vocals of John Tardy are present throughout, sounding as wonderfully disgusting and ferocious as ever. And then there’s that trade mark muscular yet raw and dirty guitar tone which smothers the material, giving it that superbly rotten and depraved sound, as if the music has been pulled kicking and screaming from the gutter.
What might raise an eyebrow or two is the consistent quality of ‘Obituary’, something that has arguably been lacking at times within the more recent discography. Not only that, but ‘Obituary’ reasserts that hunger, desire and sheer brutality for which Obituary is known and loved. Personally-speaking I really like the mixture of faster-paced material and the slower, more groove-oriented compositions; this blend creates a sense of variety which can often be lacking on records of this nature.
The album opens up with a real statement of intent via the intense up-tempo one-two of ‘Brave’ and ‘Sentence Day’. Both miserably fail to hit the three-minute mark but they both pack a serious punch. ‘Brave’ has more of a loose, thrashy feel to it as it motors along at a fair lick whilst ‘Sentence Day’ is liberally seasoned with blistering solos and lead breaks galore courtesy of Kenny Andrews. It is a frenetic but hugely enjoyable beginning to the album.
The pace is then slowed courtesy of ‘Lesson In Vengeance’ which creates that churning groove which makes Obituary such a pleasure to listen to. Unless my ears deceive me, there’s an almost imperceptible 70s vibe to the central riff that won’t go unnoticed by the faithful I’m sure.
After a swift opening, ‘End It Now’ settles into one of the most satisfyingly groovy tracks on the record, making it without doubt one of my favourites. Tardy’s voice descends even lower into the sewers on top of a killer mid-tempo stomping riff, backed up by a solid, no-frills rhythm section which becomes more intense as the song draws to a gigantic close. This has to be one of my all-time favourite Obituary tracks, particularly when the swirling, dextrous lead guitar solo appears out of nowhere to add a touch of finesse.
The wailing guitars that punctuate more groovy death metal brilliance within ‘Kneel Before Me’ are a masterstroke, as is the menacing, rumbling bass of Terry Butler that underpins the ferocity that plays out around it. ‘It Lives’ by contrast churns and bulldozes the listener whilst almost delivering something approximating a melody within the infectious groove.
It sounds daft I know, but if there is such a thing in the Obituary vocabulary, ‘Betrayed’ has an almost fun, playful vibe to it as it skips along at a decent tempo, dominated by a simple-sounding but effective central riff. ‘Turned To Stone’ then reverts to something more akin to old school Obituary dominated by a slow, ponderous and heavy-as-hell riff that slithers ominously and gets your head really nodding whether or not you want it to.
‘Obituary’ is then closed out by the duo of ‘Straight to Hell’ and ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’ and it’s a fittingly high quality end to the album. The former begins at a high tempo before slowing right down into near doom territory in the mid-section as the guitar riffs wade through concrete whilst John Tardy apparently gargles it. ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’ kicks off with an ear catching, almost tribal-sounding drum performance from Donald Tardy but it is the lead guitar work in the closing stages that ultimately steals the show, rounding things out with one last decadent hurrah.
And there you have it. Proof if ever proof was needed that one of the biggest names in death metal is well and truly back on form with an album that delivers just about everything that you could possibly want from them. On this form, Obituary are irresistible.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

right now, Friday night: Excuse All the Blood

Listen to the live broadcast right now, Friday night:
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
Excuse All the Blood is a metal music show from the state of Washington, U.S. The show features black metal, heavy metal, death metal and other metal genres, too. The show is on Friday nights, but it is also available any time here: www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/seamus-o-reilly
Friday night, 10pm to 1am Pacific Time (Seattle), listen to Excuse All the Blood metal music, out of Olympia, Washington state, U.S.
www.kaosradio.org
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

interview: Isenordal (part 1)

Alright, friends, here we have a very special interview with Seattle’s own Isenordal, who this year have revealed an ambitious and creative album of particular interest to audiences that are searching for bands that are different, that stand out, that have their own thing going. Here’s the deal. Usually metal people want to know the genre right away, but that’s kind of the problemy-problem here. Isenordal does not fit very nicely into a particular genre. Listen to the album at the link below, but just take your time with it. It’s not fast food for the mind. It takes a while for the brain to put together the pieces of the epic metal of Isenordal. Kind of think of it, if you would like a real good introduction to the band, this whole interview is basically that. This publication sent the band these questions and the musicians actually took the questions seriously (gasp!) and the result is a great read about the band, the new album Shores of Mourning, and the roads that have converged for the formation of Isenordal. Let’s not even waste any more precious time, friends. Let’s get ready to rumble!
Congratulations on your new album Shores of Mourning! What type of musical background do all of you have before Isenordal? Are y'all in other bands active in Washington state? Does everyone in the band live in Seattle or do you have members scattered across the country?
SAM: Hails MMB, cheers for the interview! Our current lineup is as follows: this is the same lineup we recorded the new album with, excepting that Kerry recorded some of the piano parts in the studio.
Kerry Hall - guitars, vocals
Marisa Janke - viola, vocals
Brian Spenser - drums
Lieu Wolfe - keyboards
Jeff King - bass
Sam Smallidge - guitars
Most of our members have other projects they work with. I play drums under the name EXHUMER in a black-thrash band from Washington called KOMMAND. I also run Sentinel Magazine, which is a paper zine about extreme metal and punk in the Northwest. Everyone lives in Seattle, except Lieu, who lives in Pittsburgh, but she's moving to Seattle soon!
KERRY: Currently I sing in a powerviolence band Endorphins Lost, and Brian and I were in a crust band Asymmetric Warfare. I've played piano since I was five, and dabbled a bit in violin as well.
JEFF: Besides this band I also play cello in dark folk band Thunder Grey Pilgrim. I was also the lead guitarist and vocalist Morose, which disbanded with the death of Adrian Guerra, who was the former drummer of Bell Witch. I also was one of the founding members of Mercy Ties. I no longer play in that project, but they are still active.
LIEU: I've played piano on and off for 20 years; it is my main love and what I'm currently using to write all my music. My side squeeze is the accordion, which I've been playing for my solo depressive/apocalyptic singer-songwriter project for the last 4 years. I also played trumpet for 6 years when I was younger and did every kind of school band possible; concert band, jazz, swing, orchestra, marching band, etc. About 5 years ago, I got intensely back into playing music after not having regular access to instruments for some time; this is when I starting writing my own music, which was a whole new world after predominately playing sheet music and classic pieces most of my life. I've jammed with a lot of different folks and been in a few random projects since then, but nothing remotely serious, Isenordal is my first legitimate band, and I'm excited to have this directed outlet to write music for.
MARISA: I began studying classical viola at nine years old and play regularly as my primary passion and hobby but have not been involved in orchestral performance since 2011. I sought to incorporate my knowledge and appreciation of orchestral composition into the contemporary heavy music realm with my involvement in Isenordal. While this is my main project, I also perform and record as a session musician and play guitar in a two piece post-rock band. Isenordal had specific interest in executing a baroque style ensemble upon their formation which was impressively executed in the first release Imbolc MMXIV, and I feel as though my efforts in Shores of Mourning have interestingly showcased our ability to also present a neoclassical sounding piece.
Who are the people that played an instrument and did vocals on the album in the studio? Who of the current members of the band participated in the recording of the album and who are guests or former members?
KERRY: Everyone that recorded on Shores is in the band currently. No guest performances on this album, but I would absolutely love to do some collaborations in the future.
MARISA: Though some of the vocal tracks are doubled or multi-tracked, all of the male vocals were performed by Kerry and female vocals by myself.
The album follows up on the EP from 2014, Imbolc MMXIV. Are all the songs on Shores of Mourning new tracks? How much time did you spend recording the new album? How much do you record at home and how much did you record in a studio? Do you remember what parts of the recording process were a pain in the neck and which ones were fun?
SAM: All the tracks on Shores are new ones, yes. After Isenordal toured in support of Imbolc, there were a bunch of major lineup changes that went on continuously until around the time we went into the studio. Kerry had been sitting on a lot of great material that was all composed through the past iterations of the band, and in a way, we recorded the album as fast as we could so those songs could finally see the light of day. Everything was recorded at Soundhouse in Seattle, I believe we spent 5 or 6 days in the studio in total. Everything went smoothly enough! “A Gallows Prayer” was a difficult one to track though, haha! Jeff Lynn did an awesome job mixing it once we were done and we were stoked to have Greg Wilkinson from Brainoil and Earhammer studios master it.
KERRY: I wish we had more time in the studio to experiment, but of course we had to deal with time and budget constraints.
MARISA: I got really fed up with my personal string performances on “Pyres at Nightfall” and requested time in our re-do session to tighten it up. It ended up being some of my favorite contributions in the album entirely. It is the only song I did not write string parts for; Kerry had written all of them before I joined the band, so it took me a few tries to feel like I had done an appropriate performance of his composition. The first half of “To Tear the Veil of Dreams” also took me a great deal of time and required incredible patience from everyone in the studio; stylistically it involves a lot of glissandos (slides from one note to another) that has high potential for intonation issues. Tracking that one successfully was a real victory!
So far, the way that I have been listening to Shores of Mourning is as a whole. I let the thing play on and on and when it ends we go around once again. The music covers a lot ground, from melancholic death doom to blasting black metal. Here’s an annoying question for you: For you all, did you have an idea that this would out come as a mammoth album of epic metal? When you were recording, were you aware that the end result would sound like this or are you surprised at the creature to which you gave birth? Do you feel satisfaction, a sense of relief and pride now that it is done?
SAM: Thanks so much for the kind words. It was pretty fulfilling to hear the album come out the way it did. I had heard some reference tracks and demos for the new songs before I joined the band, but once all the new members started expressing themselves musically it really morphed into something different. I think we're all pretty relieved that the record is done. The process going into it was really arduous and emotionally trying, for a lot of reasons, and I think that emotion comes through in the songs. Now that we've finally released these older songs, like I touched on earlier, we've really got a wide open agenda.
KERRY: I have a bunch of other material I have been sitting on for awhile. When considering the songs that were going to go on Shores, I wanted the songs to be cohesive, yet at the same time emphasize contrast. I'm pretty happy with the songs we chose to go on this album, and more than anything, I am proud to be in a band with such talented and kind people.
They say that music listeners nowadays listen to a new song for a few seconds and decide whether they like it or not. If you had one wish for a new listener when she or he hears your music, what would you wish for them to do with your music? Does it concern you at all that you have gone off the deep end with songs that are too long?! What a nightmare your band is for anyone looking for a genre to call your music!
SAM: Haha, yeah, we've got quite the array of genre influences on the album. Black Doom/ Neofolk maybe? More than anything I want someone to be able to sense the grief, the sorrowful energy that we were trying to put forth and explore within these songs. Even if our style isn’t someone’s cup of tea! I’d hope that they’re able to see the depression and hardship that the songs evoke. That’s more important to me, in a way. We’ve got some long songs on the album for sure, and most of them are structured in a pretty cathartic way! I like to think that all the feel changes keep things from falling apart too much.
KERRY: If the listener is starting off with the title track, I would only suggest they listen for more than a few seconds! It takes a little while to build, haha. In terms of a genre, I always felt like we were pulling from four genres, neofolk, black metal, funeral doom, and viking metal. On the viking metal side of things, specifically mid and late era BATHORY. It’s pretty interesting how much ground BATHORY covers, from black metal to viking, and even some neofolk thrown in. Certainly my biggest influence by far.
LIEU: I feel that our music does take patience to fully grasp, but the reward for that patience is the telling of stories and reaching deeper emotional connection. The variation and contrasts of the musical styles we are blending helps us to carve out dynamic sound structures and diverse emotions that can’t be created by sticking to one style. We want to create a distinct sound, while still paying homage to our myriad traditional musical muses and idols. I think that the length of the songs and the transitions that bind the album into unity are a refreshing reprieve from the spastic infophilic consumption of many folk’s daily modern lives.
[Part 2 of this interview is coming up! In the meantime, begin your adventure with Isenordal at the link below.]
isenordal.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/isenordal.metal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

read Metal Bulletin number 119 online

Friends,
At the link below you can read issue number 119 of Metal Bulletin zine.
Wan (Sweden)
Irony Destroyed (Kenya)
Goat Worship(Brazil)
Cryonic Temple (Sweden)
Species Splicer (WA state)
Ashen Pyre (WA state)
Entity of Hate (India)
Arcane Existence (U.S.)
Katabätika (Spain)
fuglymaniacs.com/pdf-files/MetalBulletin119.pdf
fuglymaniacs.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

NEWS: hear the new album by Eden weint im Grab (Germany)

Long-running avantgarde group Eden weint im Grab (EWIG) (Germany) has returned in 2017 with another masterful work of dark progressive metal that gives you value and quality and invites you to sit back and dive into the adventure a new EWIG album. Na(c)htodreise is some 70 minutes of music and it's sure to require repeated listens to hear everything it has to offer. It's the band's seventh full-length album. EWIG began in 2000 and the music has never been easy to characterize into a genre. Luckily, they have the new album available for listening in its entirety at the first link. The band marches to a beat that is all of its own and it could not be otherwise in 2017. Set aside some time and get to know EWIG.
OFFICIAL: 70 minute concept album. The 15 songs resemble a journey through the beyond and the underworld, just like the „Divine Comedy“ by Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Every track represents a station of an imaginary map of the afterworld. Music and lyrics were composed to convey the different moods in equal measure. The foundation is forceful Dark Metal with catchy hooklines and massive riffing power, which however gains the character of chamber music by the application of violins, violas and cellos. Poetic, eerie and passionate! For fans of RAMMSTEIN, ASP, EISREGEN and THE VISION BLEAK!
1. TraumTod 05:51
2. Bon Voyage (Ein sonderbares Begräbnis) 05:16
3. Die astrale Wildnis 04:23
4. Der Jenseitstroll 04:47
5. Das Höllentor 02:32
6. Limbus 05:44
7. Der Exitus der Schlangen 04:24
8. Kahnfahrt auf dem Acheron 06:00
9. Legionen Luzifers 04:03
10. Die verwaiste Wüstenstadt 05:30
11. In der Toten-Taverne 04:23
12. Aevum 04:20
13. Sternenmenschen 05:58
14. Das große Mysterium 05:40
15. Epilog 01:20
total time 01:10:11
eden-weint-im-grab.bandcamp.com/album/na-c-htodreise-2017
facebook.com/edenweintimgrab
www.edenweintimgrab.de
www.einheit-produktionen.de