Breaking News: Thy Art Is Murder Announce New Album and Release New Single

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Late last week, deathcore titans, Thy Art Is Murder, released a brand new single to accompany their upcoming fourth studio album, “Dear Desolation”, which will be released on all platforms August 18th.  The new album, whose sinister artwork can be seen above, is the first album by the group since vocalist CJ McMahon’s brief exit/re-entry with the band.  Despite the internal struggles the band has gone through recently, the sound of the band has been unwavering, and is debatably better than ever.

“Slaves Beyond Death” is the first track released from the upcoming album and it is a great first impression. A fast tempo, chug heavy track filled with a plethora of death growls pretty much sums up the near 4 minute long TAIM track.  Besides being a little too repetitive, I believe “Dear Desolation”, based off what has been heard on “Slaves Beyond Death” alone, has the potential to be the greatest, or at least the second greatest, Thy Art Is Murder album in their discography.  What truly is the most significant aspect of track, that might also reflect on the entire album, is that it seems to be a “transition” track that could showcase Thy Art Is Murder moving from a deathcore genre to a straight up death metal genre.  This genre bridge by an album, which Job For A Cowboy exemplified early on in their career, could be what “Dear Desolation” is remembered for, and if so, the anticipation for the fourth studio album by the Australian metal act would be through the roof.  Personally, I would love to see TAIM eventually become a death metal band, but until more sure to be fantastic singles are released, the speculation of how the band’s sound will evolve will have to be based off just one superb first impression.

The first single, “Slaves Beyond Death”, is attached below!  Of course, as we get closer to “Dear Desolation’s” release date, more reviews and news about the album will be posted here, so stay locked in to Erik’s Album Reviews.  Give the first single a listen, let us know what you think in the comments below, and stay tuned for more reviews and news due out this week!

 

“Slaves Beyond Death”:

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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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Breaking News: Fit For An Autopsy Announce Headlining Tour with Tombs and Moon Tooth

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Recently, the trailblazing, New Jersey based deathcore band, Fit For An Autopsy, announced a new headlining tour in support of their fourth full length album, “The Great Collapse”, which was released earlier this year.  The US tour will start this June and will run until the first week in July and features only 20 total dates.

What’s most interesting about this tour is the support FFAA will have while performing in support of “The Great Collapse”.  Only two other bands are embarking on this North American tour: the famous death metal band Tombs and lesser known, but extremely skilled, prog/math metal band Moon Tooth.  This support is pretty odd, yet fitting for the tour itself.  It is peculiar to see a deathcore band play alongside these notable bands, especially Tombs who have a completely different sound and possibly a bigger fan base, but FFAA is becoming one of the few versatile modern deathcore bands who can successfully and effectively tour with deathcore, metalcore, death metal, deathgrind, and other varying genres of extreme metal without appearing out of place on the lineup.  In fact, after further listening to the two supporting bands for the upcoming tour, it actually seems like the 3 groups themselves will actually fit well together on this upcoming tour.  Even though Tombs does embody a sound that is very unlike Fit For An Autopsy, the aggressiveness and overall heaviness of their sound is actually very similar in comparison.  Also, after listening briefly to Moon Tooth, its pretty apparent that their songwriting and guitar riffs heard on projects like “Chromaparagon” is extremely similar to FFAA, and one could even go on to say that riffs heard on “The Great Collapse” could be directly inspired and influenced by the 2016 Moon Tooth album.  A small group of diverse, yet similar bands should result in one of the most entertaining metal shows to come to a city near you this summer.

Fit For An Autopsy have seen some extremely successful recent years as a band.  Not only have they released some genre defying albums, but they’ve also had very well known, prominent bands like Tombs, Aborted, Lorna Shore, and Black Tongue open up for them.  This tour, which will feature FFAA playing mostly tracks off the latest full length album and older tracks that they haven’t performed in awhile, is sure to be one of the most interesting tours you will see all year.  The official tour poster is attached below for you to see where’s the nearest place to see FFAA, Tombs, and Moon Tooth perform on the same stage!  Also, I do want to mention that the new version of the artwork featured on the poster actually looks better than the original artwork.  The blueish filter applied to the artwork looks fantastic, and after seeing it I really wish it was used for the album itself, rather than just the tour poster.  Lastly, a video review of “The Great Collapse” will be posted to the Erik’s Album Reviews Youtube channel and will be one of the first ever reviews published in video form!  Check out the channel below and visit the site for more news and reviews about Fit For An Autopsy!

Erik’s Album Reviews Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2WZ3e5utc9eqs7JF8PnTA/videos

 

“The Great Collapse” Tour Poster:

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Breaking News: Oceano Announce New Album “Revelation”

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Chicago based deathcore giants, Oceano, are back with a new album for 2017!  The 5th full length album, titled Revelation”, for the Adam Warren headed band will be released May 19th and will be the first release on their new label Sumerian Records (Oceano has released all previous material through Earache Records)!

For those who have read Erik’s Album Reviews for the last few months, you will remember that the album we deemed as the absolute best record of 2015 was actually Oceano’s “Ascendants”, which beat out Cattle Decapitation’s “The Anthropocene Exctinction” for the number 1 spot.  Not only did “Ascendants” feature beautiful artwork and the best material Oceano had ever written as a band, but it also served as a pivotal landmark in deathcore history, as the use of mind numbingly heavy riffs with eerie leads played through an Axe FX 2 system along with Adam Warren’s impossibly low harsh vocals, which seem to be taken straight out of the Mariana Trench, have created a unique sound and song structure that have influenced countless modern deathcore bands.

The first single off “Revelation” is “The Great Tribulation” and it is everything I hoped the new Oceano album would be.  Based off the album artwork, which is equally as gorgeous as “Ascendants'”, and the first track attached below, it appears that “Revelation” will be a continuation of the “Ascendants” era with some slight changes.  For example, it appears that production quality has gone up since the groundbreaking 2015 full length album (which might be due to the fact that Sumerian might have higher production quality standards for their releases) and the songwriting is slightly heavier and puts the impactful, breakdown filled verses and Warren’s impeccable low screams at the forefront of each performance.  After only one single, I’m 99.99% this new Oceano album will also be one of the best releases heard all year and will be a strong contender for best Oceano release of all time!

Being a massive Oceano fan myself, I can guarantee I will post a ton about “Revelation” both before and after it is released on May 19th.  Also, thanks to Sumerian Records, I can now finally own an Oceano album on vinyl!  If you would also like to pick up a copy, I’ve attached the link below to the merchandise store.  Give “The Great Tribulation” a listen below, check out our 2015 album of the year list, and pre-order a copy of what might be the best album of 2017 below!

Erik’s Album Reviews’ 2015 Album of the Year List:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/2015-albums-and-eps-of-the-year/

Oceano Vinyl (FINALLY!):

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“The Great Tribulation”:

Breaking News: Dying Fetus Reveal Artwork and Album Title For Upcoming New Record

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Recently, one of the most accomplished bands in death metal history, Dying Fetus, announced the album title and revealed the artwork for their upcoming 8th full length album, “Wrong One To Fuck With”.  The Maryland based 3 piece death metal act, who haven’t released any new material since 2012’s extremely successful “Reign Supreme”, are back with a new project that is sure to be just as bone-crushing, if not even more, than their previous releases.

As I’ve stated before, “Reign Supreme” is my absolute favorite Dying Fetus album, with “Stop at Nothing” and “War of Attrition” close behind.  That being said, if “Wrong One To Fuck With” follows this path of continuous improvement, there should be no reason as to why this album isn’t deemed the best release in Dying Fetus’ extensive history.

I will say though, based off the morbid artwork and intense album title, if this record is anything less than painfully brutal, it will be a complete disappointment.  With a title like “Wrong One To Fuck With” and artwork that features a deceased girl completely drenched in either her own blood or a mixture of her blood and someone else’s blood, with her alleged murderer standing over her with what looks like the machete he used to kill her, this album simply has to be the most aggressive, bone-snapping, offensively heavy album of all of 2017.  However, we are talking about Dying Fetus of course, and I highly doubt they will disappoint at all.

A single hasn’t been released yet for the upcoming album, but a teaser for the upcoming full length is attached below!  Based on the 26 seconds of audio from the upcoming album, it seems like “Wrong One To Fuck With” will be the perfect follow up to “Reign Supreme”.  Stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated on all Dying Fetus news up until the album release date on June 23rd.

Breaking News: Opprobrium’s Label Brutal Records Issues Cease and Desist Stating “Moth Into Flame” Ripped Off Opprobrium’s “Hunger For Power”

Oddly enough, only a few days after I posted my unboxing video in which the first record I received from my Relapse Records 10 LP grab bag was Opprobrium’s “Serpent Temptation”, Opprobrium’s label, Brutal Records, released a statement saying that they believe Metallica ripped off Opprobrium’s “Hunger For Power” in their song “Moth Into Flame”.  The label then went on to issue a cease and desist letter to both Metallica and their attorney.

According to Brutal Records, the similarities between “Moth Into Flame” and “Hunger For Power” are too close, and because of this the label believes that Metallica copied and “ripped off” the track featured on the 1988 death metal album, “Serpent Temptation”.  Brutal Records announced this cease and desist letter via their Twitter page and have since unrelentingly tweeted out statements about the alleged copyright.

Apparently, the person behind these tweets is actually related to the two brothers who were in Incubus (named changed to Opprobrium in 1999 due to the more widely known Incubus copyrighting their band name) as their uncle and godfather and claims to have produced “Serpent Temptation” and “owns the publisher and copyrights for the master recording”.  The link to the label’s recent tweets about the cease and desist letter and the official cease and desist statement towards Metallica and their legal team are attached below for you to scroll through and read.  Honestly, the tweets seem fairly deranged and lack enough credible proof to truly show Metallica’s guilt without reasonable doubt.  These were the only statements about the cease and desist letter from any parties involved until Opprobrium themselves commented on the news story days later…

 

Brutal Records’ Cease and Desist Statement to Metallica and their legal parties:

As you have not sought or requested permission/authorization to use, nor to make and/or distribute, sell, lend or lease my copyrighted work entitled Hunger for Power, you are hereby notified to CEASE AND DESIST any and all further unlawful acts of copyright infringement with regards to your actions and/or statements relating to this matter.

Failure to comply with this notice will confirm your complicity and leave me no other alternative but to proceed to file a civil action suit seeking monetary damages and compensation for court and attorney’s fees incurred as a direct result of your unlawful actions of copyright infringement. It is not my wish to seek legal recourse; however, I will vehemently do all that is necessary to protect my work, Hunger for Power, and interests. Please note that this letter will be the only warning I will provide.

THEREFORE, you are hereby requested to immediately CEASE AND DESIST any further acts of copyright infringement and within 10 business days return the signed written assurance below affirming that you will refrain from any further acts of copyright infringement.  (via Exclaim! Music)

 

On April 8th, two days after the story of Metallica’s alleged “ripping off” of death metal band Incubus’s track “Hunger For Power” broke, Incubus released a statement via Facebook about the cease and desist letter (this was through the Opprobrium Facebook account, since Opprobrium recently rereleased a rerecorded version of “Serpent Temptation” through Relapse Records).  Apparently, Opprobrium themselves never released the cease and desist letter, or even knew of its existence before the story broke.  Opprobrium then went on to say that they are fans and love the band and that they would never do anything of the sort to the thrash metal legends themselves.  What’s most shocking is their response to the individual at Brutal Records claiming he owns the rights to “Hunger For Power” and the rest of “Serpent Temptation”.  Opprobrium stated that this is not true at all and that the death metal band themselves holds all of the rights to their songs.  Their statement via Facebook is attached below.  Also, it appears that “Spit Out The Bone”, another Metallica track off their latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, is also in question now of “ripping off” “Hunger For Power”.

This news story has been a combination of both fascinating and extremely odd, in my opinion.  The label, Brutal Records, refuses to let up on the accusations of Metallica’s alleged copyright, and Incubus (Opprobrium) continue to state that they do not approve of or want to issue this cease and desist towards Metallica.  The bay area thrash legends have yet to release a statement on the issue at hand.

Personally, I don’t hear the resemblance that Brutal Records is claiming.  Are both of the riffs heard in the sections at question, fast chugging riffs?  Yes, but they are in no way illegally similar, especially since they are written in two completely different metal sub genres.  I will say though this has brought significant attention to Opprobrium, who deserves more traffic as their album, “Serpent Temptation” is fantastic!  This recent attention however, made me initially question if this was just a publicity stunt, with the end goal of receiving more album sales of “Serpent Temptation”.  However, I quickly realized that Incubus’s release of “Serpent Temptation” has been out of print for decades now and the only copy of “Serpent Temptation” you can still buy today is the repress sold through Relapse Records, which features the new band name, Opprobrium.  If album sales were to increase from this possible publicity stunt it would benefit Opprobrium, but would not benefit Brutal Records, as Relapse Records would earn profits from the repress sales.  Although, if Brutal Records does repress “Serpent Temptation” in the near future I would easily draw the conclusion that this whole scenario was designed in order to profit off a classic death metal album.  For now, based on the little information given, it appears that someone with access to the Brutal Records Twitter page is attempting to acquire some royalties from Metallica that are not owed to them in any way.  Of course we will keep you updated as more information about this news story unfolds, so stay tuned!  Also, listen to “Hunger For Power”, “Spit Out The Bone”, and “Moth Into Flame” below and let us know if you think Metallica copied the death metal band Incubus or not.  Lastly, while you’re at it, check out the full albums for “Serpent Temptation” and “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, as both of these albums are classics and should not be warped or diminished by this odd news story.

“Hunger For Power”:

“Moth Into Flame”:

“Spit Out The Bone”:

“Hardwired… To Self Destruct”:

“Serpent Temptation”:

Breaking News: Obey the Brave Announce New Upcoming Album “Mad Season”

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Montreal/Ottawa based hardcore group Obey the Brave have recently announced that they will be releasing their third full length record, “Mad Season”, on June 2nd.  Featuring a unique style of hardcore punk fronted by Despised Icon’s own, Alex Erian, Obey the Brave have established themselves as a prominent hardcore band since their formation in 2011.  The album, set to be released on Epitaph Records, is the first release since their 2014 sophomore album, “Salvation”, and is also the first release from the Canadian outfit since their significant lineup changes.  The new material will feature Terrence McAuley and Cory Wilson’s first recorded performances as members of the group, which should reflect heavily on the sound we’ve heard from Obey the Brave in past releases.  Unfortunately, as of right now a single has yet to be released for “Mad Season”, however once it does we’ll be sure to attach it at the bottom of the post!  In the meantime, the album’s track listing has been attached below.

Personally, I wasn’t too thrilled with “Salvation”, so seeing new members join the Canadian hardcore band is a great sign in my opinion.  Being a huge Despised Icon fan, I’ve personally stayed up to date with Alex Erian’s musical projects, especially after hearing Obey the Brave’s widely successful first full length album, “Young Blood”, shortly after it’s 2012 release.  However, “Salvation” seemed to sound like a slightly lesser version of their phenomenal debut record and didn’t leave the same lasting impression on me that “Young Blood” did.  In fact, with Obey the Brave’s inactivity over the last year and Despised Icon’s return with “Beast” and their frequent touring, I thought that Obey the Brave was finished, at least for the near future.  This recent news of new members and new material, however, has me very excited to hear the possible redemption to the somewhat disappointing record, “Salvation”.  Of course, when the album is released a review of the record will be posted here, so stay tuned for more posts regarding Obey the Brave!

 

“Mad Season” Tracklisting:

1. On Thin Ice

2. Drama

3. On Our Own

4. Mad Season

5. 97 Again

6. Les Temps Sont Durs

7. Low Key

8. Feed The Fire

9. The Distance

10. Way It Goes

11. RIP

12. This Is It