Breaking News: The 2017 Summer Slaughter Tour Lineup and Dates Have Been Announced

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Recently, one of the heaviest touring festivals in extreme music, or as they like to brand themselves, “The Most Extreme Tour of the Year”, has finally announced their lineup and tour dates for the 2017 summer.  The Summer Slaughter tour, which is primarily run and funded by Sumerian Records and Sumerian Films (explains why the film “American Satan” is funding the tour and why there are multiple Sumerian bands on nearly every Summer Slaughter lineup), will run from July 27th until August 26th and will feature some of the biggest names in deathcore and death metal.

Personally, while I am a huge fan of literally every artist on this year’s bill, I am slightly disappointed to see a lack of diversity in the lineup.  Featuring a plethora of big name deathcore bands, and including some accomplished death metal acts with the likes of Origin, The Black Dahlia Murder, the Faceless, and of course, Dying Fetus, the Summer Slaughter tour is perfectly fit for one specific group of extreme music fans.  If you like the more aggressive styles of deathcore and modern death metal, then this tour is a dream come true.  However, for the metal fans that listen to a wide variety of heavy music, the streamlined roster may be slightly disappointing when comparing the 2017 lineup to past ones.  For example, the 2008 lineup featured a vast group of metal bands with everything from Vader to Cryptopsy, Aborted to Whitechapel, Despised Icon to Born of Osiris, and The Black Dahlia Murder to the Faceless.  In comparison, only 5 years ago in 2012, the Summer Slaughter lineup featured GoatWhore, Exhumed, and Periphery, and even featured Between the Buried and Me going on stage right before the headliner, Cannibal Corpse!  This extreme variation in styles of metal and sizes of recognition and fan base within the metal community exemplifies how diverse the Summer Slaughter lineup can get.  While this year’s lineup is sure to feature great live bands who are some of the heavyweights in their respective genres and are guaranteed to bring in some of the greatest ticket sales the tour has ever seen (due of course to their relevancy and more “radio friendly” sound compared to other artists in past lineups), the lack of true metal diversity is hopefully a trend that does not stick with the annual Summer Slaughter tour.

2008’s lineup:

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2012’s lineup:

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This is, however, the first year that I am a big fan of every artist on the roster.  This, of course, means I will be able to witness hours upon hours of my favorite deathcore and death metal bands play live in a row, but will unfortunately prevent me from discovering new artists that I might become extremely found of, like how I became a huge fan of Beyond Creation after seeing them on the 2015 Summer Slaughter tour.  The full tour poster for the 2017 tour is attached below.  To see complete lineups, visit your local venue’s website to see what local bands will also find a spot on the festival’s date nearest you!  Also, maybe next year we will finally see a black metal band play the Summer Slaughter tour, but until then, enjoy the greatest deathcore and death metal roster the Summer Slaughter tour has ever created!

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Vinyl and Cassette News: Between The Buried And Me Release 7″ Record For Their Cover Of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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In case you missed it, last month Between The Buried And Me announced that they would be releasing their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on 7″ vinyl.  The record, which has the track “Vertical Beta 461” on the b-side and is also their version of Paul Waggoner’s “Boot Dagger Boogie”, is the latest vinyl release from the North Carolina based prog metal band.  The EP was first released as one of the items received from buying a VIP ticket to one of the shows on the Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend tour.  The latest BTBAM project has since been released to the public, and can now be purchased on vinyl.

After listening to the two tracks I can actually say that I enjoyed the cover EP.  Usually I am not a fan of covers of any Queen songs, but BTBAM did a great job of mixing in their signature sound to write this cover that I actually found it to be pretty enjoyable.  Also, if you didn’t know that “Vertical Beta 461″ was a reworked version of a Paul Waggoner song, then it would be easy to think that this track is a brand new Between The Buried And Me song.  The instrumentation and vocals heard on this cover are so similar to the unique song structure and sound heard on past BTBAM projects that its hard to distinguish that they didn’t actually write this song.  In conclusion, both of these tracks are great and I highly encourage picking up a copy of this 7″!

The link to purchase the vinyl 7″ is attached below with the stream of the EP.  If you are unfamiliar with BTBAM I definitely recommend listening to literally anything from their discography.  Between The Buried And Me is one of the great modern progressive metal acts and if you like any artists in the prog metal scene, then you need to give Between The Buried And Me a listen.  As stated in earlier blogs, a ton of posts for vinyl and cassette news will be released this week so be sure to check in frequently for more updates about vinyl and cassette releases!

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” Cover:

“Vertical Beta 461”:

Update: Thomas Giles (Tommy Rodgers of BTBAM) Releases Second Single Off Upcoming Album “Velcro_Kid”

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About a month ago, Tommy Rodgers, the vocalist of Between The Buried And Me (BTBAM) announced that his solo project, titled “Thomas Giles”, had signed to Sumerian Records and that a new album would be released on November 4th.  With the announcement for the upcoming record, “Velcro_Kid”, Giles included his first single “Strangers in a Paranoid Mind”.  This single featured a more aggressive, Nine Inch Nails inspired sound which resulted in a weird, but very good track.  The second single, “Slow Gold Becoming”, was released earlier today and features a totally different sound than that of “Strangers in a Paranoid Mind”.  “Slow Gold Becoming” showcases a rock influenced, almost spacey sounding, trance/edm track that even has some very slight but noticeable Bassnectar influences.  This new song is both interesting and extremely catchy and has caused my anticipation for this record to grow exponentially!

I’ve attached the video for this new single below for those who want to give it a listen and I’ve also posted the link for the blog about the first single and album announcement.  Give these two stellar tracks a listen and preorder the new Thomas Giles album, “Velcro_Kid”!

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/breaking-news-tommy-rodgers-of-between-the-buried-and-me-signs-to-sumerian-records-for-new-solo-album/

The Thursday Ten: 10/13/16

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Last week I previewed this new segment where I listen to each of the ten albums listed 1-2 times through and give them a quick, numerical rating out of 10.  The ratings are always a whole number rating that do not include any other description besides the rating I have given them.  If you would like to have an album receive a more in depth review, or think an album should have a different rating, let us know in the comments or contact us!  Here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”:

  1. Opeth – Sorceress: 5/10
  2. KILL SURF CITY – Wreckage: 8/10
  3. Between The Buried And Me – Coma Ecliptic: 7/10
  4. Good Tiger – A Head Full Of Moonlight: 8/10
  5. Cruel Hand – Your World Won’t Listen: 8/10
  6. Fit For An Autopsy – Absolute Hope Absolute Hell: 8/10
  7. I See Stars – Treehouse: 4/10
  8. Drake – Views: 5/10
  9. Pouya – Underground Underdog: 8/10
  10. Erra – Drift: 8/10

Like I’ve mentioned before, there are too many releases to have links to every single record discussed, but if you would like to check out any of the releases mentioned, they are all available on most of the most prominent music streaming sites!  Also check out last week’s “The Thursday Ten” below and check in next week to see who we give ratings to next!

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-thursday-ten-10616/

 

Breaking News: Tommy Rodgers of Between The Buried And Me Signs To Sumerian Records For New Solo Album

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Between The Buried And Me’s frontman Tommy Rodgers has just signed with Sumerian Records under his solo project, “Thomas Giles”.  His new album, “Velcro_Kid”, will be released November 4th and a single, “Strangers in a Paranoid Mind”, has been released to promote it.

Based off the single it seems like the project will have an industrial electronic sound, very similar to Nine Inch Nails.  The single itself also had some similar aspects to Marilyn Manson, however I believe that will only be seen on this single and that the album itself will keep this NIN theme as a main inspiration throughout the project.  The single itself sounded odd in a good way.  It was very experimental, and at some points, keyboard sections and vocal parts even sounded as if they were taken off “Colors” or “The Parallax II”.  Overall the single is very interesting and I am definitely looking forward to the release of this new album!  Check out the new track below: