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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500 Word Review: Enterprise Earth “Embodiment”

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For the last 3 years I’ve been big fan of Enterprise Earth, which is the band that Dan Watson went on to found and front after leaving Infant Annihilator in 2014. I discovered the group’s debut EP “23” months after it’s release and instantly loved the entire project. Personally, at the time I thought that Enterprise Earth would be one of the bands that encompasses the future of deathcore, and if their songwriting and stellar musicianship could stay constant or even improve, they would easily become one of the best artists in the genre’s brief history.

Upon first listening to the band’s debut full length album, “Patient 0”, I found the project to be very disappointing initially. The uniqueness of “23” that made me truly enjoy the EP itself seemed to be omitted from “Patient 0”, and as a result, it took multiple listens to truly hear the distinction between tracks. However, after revisiting the album months later, I enjoyed the record a lot more than I did after hearing it soon after it’s release. “Patient 0’s” aggressive and more technical composition definitely separated itself, in a good way, from the rest of the noise heard in the modern deathcore scene, but it was still much harder to distinguish differences between tracks on the album itself compared to “23”, where each track is unique and instantly recognizable. Regardless, it was clear that Enterprise Earth was releasing material on a whole other tier than any of the other new deathcore band to emerge in the last few years, so upon seeing the announcement of “Embodiment’s” 2017 release, I was very excited to hear what Enterprise Earth would put out next.

For starters, the artwork instantly caught my full attention. With a space themed album artwork, it appeared as if Enterprise Earth was at least returning to the themes heard on “23”, which was a great sign to initially see upon album announcement. In fact, after hearing the first single, “Mortem Incarnatum”, it became more evident that this sophomore album may be very similar to the iconic debut EP.

After listening to the entire sophomore full length record in its entirety, I can confirm that this is without a doubt yet another superb Enterprise Earth release. Pummeling, complex riffs and unrelenting, face smashing breakdowns give any listener chills while making it nearly impossible to not headbang during these bone-crushing moments, especially during tracks like “Temptress”. This album is full of hard hitting, fast, and aggressive sections that are masterfully performed by the Spokane based deathcore act themselves, exemplifying why this band is a role model for the rest of the newly formed deathcore groups globally. Eerie, and at some moments, ambient leads and intricate, chugging riffs are frequently heard, which were featured on both “23” and “Patient 0” and show the references to older material and song structure that help maintain Enterprise Earth’s signature sound. Dan Watson’s vocals sound amazing, but I actually prefer how they were recorded and mixed on “Patient 0” far more and believe that how his vocal performance is mixed on “Embodiment” actually really hurts the release itself. His genre trailblazing vocal performance and technique should be at the forefront of each track, and mixing it to a quieter, less prominent volume, like what is heard on “Embodiment”, truly takes away from the Enterprise Earth sound.

“Father of Abortion” brings back the excellent use of guitar and overall production effects that I loved on “23”, especially “Masquerade of Angels”.  Don’t be confused by the handful of complaints, “Patient 0” was fantastic, but it lacked the distinct, memorable sections that every song on “23” had, resulting in a debut album where many songs seem to blend together. “Embodiment”, interestingly enough, actually sounds like the natural succession to “23”, showing a return to form from Enterprise Earth and making “Patient 0” seem almost out of place as if it were an experimental project or a diversion from the classic Enterprise Earth sound.  Essentially it almost seems like the influence from “23” skips over “Patient 0” and finds itself embedded in “Embodiment”.  It’s nearly impossible currently to determine which full length record is the best album by Enterprise Earth, as each one has unique features and qualities that I truly admire, but it definitely is interesting to have another Enterprise Earth release that features an expanded sound and overall composition of the classic EP, “23”.

Lastly, I want to reiterate that I still really enjoy “Patient 0”, and actually, at times I enjoy riffs and even tracks heard on the debut full length, like “Shallow Breath”, more than “Embodiment”, but hearing the natural succession to “23” is a great feeling and results in yet another sensational Enterprise Earth release. “Embodiment” keeps your attention on the material focused and unwavering from start to finish, resulting in a truly enjoyable full length record. I have very few complaints about this record, as it represents everything I hoped to see in a new Enterprise Earth release. Overall, I give “Embodiment” a 9.0/10, and have attached the full stream of the album below for you to listen to! The release is not only one of the best deathcore albums of this year, which is saying something as a plethora of phenomenal deathcore albums have already surfaced before 2017’s halfway point, but it should also earn a spot on our Albums of the Year list come late December. Definitely give this album, and later releases, from Enterprise Earth a listen and stay tuned for more metal content due out very soon!  Also check back in soon as I will be posting reviews for both “Patient 0” and the EP, “23”!

 

“Embodiment”:

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: 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

Track(s) of the Day Tuesday: FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY Black Mammoth and TREEREFLECTION Morning

Last week we unfortunately missed the deadline to add a new post to the segment “Track of the Day Tuesday”.  So today, in order to make up for last week, we have two tracks that you absolutely need to check out!

The first track you should give a listen to today is Fit For An Autopsy’s “Black Mammoth”.  Fit For An Autopsy is a band that I have recognized for years as one of the greatest modern deathcore bands.  Their profound lyricism and bone-crushing riffs and breakdowns have separated Fit For An Autopsy (FFAA) from the average modern deathcore band.  That being said, my standards for any material released by FFAA is extremely high, especially after their third full length record, “Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell”, was a very subpar follow up to one of greatest deathcore albums ever to be released, “Hellbound”.  So, when Fit For An Autopsy released “The Great Collapse” last Friday, my skepticism for whether or not FFAA will be able to redeem themselves was very high.  To my surprise, however, they greatly surpassed these expectations, and the track, “Black Mammoth”, was one of the leading factors that influenced this positive impression.

“Black Mammoth” is a track that discusses the vast negative impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline and how the destruction of the environment for various, insignificant reasons in situations similar to the Dakota Access Pipeline case study are not only drastic and inhumane towards those who live in these areas, but they also directly result in negative and irreversible consequences that affect all humans and inhabitants of this planet.  Even though FFAA is known for their remarkable lyricism, I was still pleasantly shocked to see them discuss such a significant topic in one of their tracks.  Not only is it rare that Fit For An Autopsy will discuss environmental issues in their music, but it is also extremely rare for environmental issues to be mentioned in metal music period!  Using their platform and limited space on their fourth full length album to discuss this prominent issue that we face today on a daily basis has caused my respect for Fit For An Autopsy to grow immensely.  Lyricism and lyrical message set aside, the instrumentation heard on “Black Mammoth” is easily the best performance on the entire record.  The melodic, yet still heavy riffs intertwine perfectly with Joe Badolato’s great vocal delivery, resulting in both a successful track and a record that surpasses its predecessor greatly.  Today you need to give this New Jersey based deathcore band a listen starting with the music video for “Black Mammoth” attached below.

The only thing more polarizing than extreme metal is ambient and soothing, soundscape filled electronic music.  After you have listened to the brutally heavy track that is “Black Mammoth” you should listen to the simply relaxing track “Morning” by TREEREFLECTION.  TREEREFLECTION is yet another fantastic artist represented by the successful Chilean vaporwave label, No Problema Tapes.  TREEREFLECTION, like the other well known artists on No Problema Tapes, writes primarily in atmospheric ambient music that heavily relies on the use of soundscapes and various pads.  What makes TREEREFLECTION stand out amongst the other No Problema artists is the incorporation of samples of sounds heard in nature and even slight but noticeable beats that help give “Morning” an electronic music vibe.  This style of songwriting is soothing, relaxing, stress relieving, and in my opinion, helps greatly with focusing on work.  I unfortunately could not find a stream of the song “Morning” individually, so instead I’ve attached the entire album, “Overcast” below.  Without a doubt, “Morning”, along with any other track heard on “Overcast”, is something you need to listen to today.

Even though “Morning” and “Black Mammoth” are two completely different songs, they are both “The Track of the Day Tuesday” and you absolutely need to give them a listen.  Whether it’s the genre defining song writing or even the impactful lyrical content on “Black Mammoth”, or the relaxing, blissfulness of “Morning”, it’s fair to say that these tracks are phenomenal and easily the two songs you should listen to today.  Check our past “Track of the Day Tuesday” installments to see what other songs we recommend you listen to, and of course, let us know what tracks you think should be featured on future “Track of the Day Tuesday” posts!