Opeth bassist Martin Mendez is about to unleash his version of death metal upon the world. Mendez has announced his new band White Stones alongside the debut album Kuarahy due out March 20. Kuarahy was written during Opeth’s year-long break after their extensive Sorceress touring schedule, said Mendez, adding that he feels White Stones has “renewed my strength and energy.”
“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael (Åkerfeldt, Opeth singer/songwriter). I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth, I see no relation between the two. I played Kuarahy to Mikael a few months ago, he really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects, it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it; it has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”
“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that – the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. Kuarahy is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun’.”
Formicarius to play in Malta at The Black Advent and release a new guitar playthrough video for ‘O, Dread Impaler’.
FORMICARIUS CELEBRATE BLACK ADVENT WITH THE IMPALER
2019 has been a remarkable year for Formicarius, with their second album Rending The Veil Of Flesh being released through Schwarzdorn Production to great critical acclaim. They have also played some storming live shows with the likes of Asagraum, Hecate Enthroned, Sidious and Aklash. However the year is still far from over for Formicarius and today they release a new guitar playthrough video for the track ‘O, Dread Impaler‘. There are few bands that can boast a guitar duo as talented as Nazarkardeh and Lord Saunders, so for all aspiring guitarists and lovers of six string dexterity, this is well worth a watch!
As well as unveiling this excellent new video, we’re also pleased to be able to announce that Formicarius will be venturing to foreign climes for the first time in their career on December 14th. The band will be appearing at The Black Advent in Malta, alongside Ekpyrosis and Carniverous Horde. Organised by the Malta Death Fest team, this is sure to be an incredible way for Formicarius to conclude their most successful year to date. For full details head to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/422984025012135/
If you’ve somehow managed to miss the stunning Rending The Veil Of Flesh album – featuring the drumming talents of Kevin Paradis of Benighted and a guest vocal appearance from Sakis Tolisof Rotting Christ – then take a quick look at some of the press reactions to this work of virtuoso black metal…
“… Formicarius are fantastic and ridiculously skilled musicians .” – ETERNAL TERROR
“A must for fans of the genre!!! Just listen.” – METAL NA LATA
“…once again Formicarius slap the face of god. .” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL
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DETHKLOK, the stars of the Adult Swim series “Metalocalypse”, performed this past Friday (November 15) as part of the Adult Swim Festival at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The show marked DETHKLOK’s first live appearance since taking part in the 2014 edition of Festival Supreme in L.A.
DETHKLOK played a 19-song set that included live premieres of the tracks “Impeach God” and “Comet Song”. Joining mainman Brendon Small (guitar, vocals) at the gig were Gene Hoglan on drums, Nili Brosh on second guitar and Pete Griffin on bass.
01. Deththeme 02. Briefcase Full Of Guts 03. Birthday Dethday 04. Awaken 05. Bloodlines 06. The Gears 07. Black Fire Upon Us 08. Dethsupport 09. Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle 10. Impeach God (live premiere) 11. Comet Song (live premiere) 12. Andromeda 13. I Ejaculate Fire 14. The Duel 15. Murmaider 16. Thunderhorse
17. Castratikron 18. Go Into The Water 19. Fansong
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
In a 2012 interview with MLive, Small said that he conceptualized DETHKLOK‘s show after watching a live performance of GORILLAZ, another animated band fronted by Damon Albarn of BLUR.
“I always wanted to make a record, and find a way to tour it,” Small said. “I checked out GORILLAZ, who are talented, and have some of the best animation I’ve ever seen, but [because the musicians hid behind a screen, and the audience couldn’t see them,] there was no connection between performer and audience. It was cool and mysterious, but it didn’t give the audience what they want. We don’t look like [DETHKLOK], and we’re not supposed to, but at least you can see us playing. We’re like a pit band in that sense.”
DETHKLOK‘s latest album, “Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum III”, was released in October 2012 via Williams Street Records. The disc sold around 20,000 copes in the United States to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous CD, “Dethalbum II”, opened with 45,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 15.
“Dethalbum III” was once again co-produced by Smalland Ulrich Wild (“Dethalbum” and “Dethalbum II”).
Exploding from the darkness of the underground come Inverted Matter, a potent new force in death metal with a debut album of shocking intensity and monstrous power. Detach features nine finely crafted songs that bind together furious brutality, crushing heaviness, absorbing atmosphere and vicious, unforgettable hooks. This album will leave you dazed and disturbed, with the taste of death in your mouth.
More than just another new band on the scene, Inverted Matter are driven by the soul-shaking drum onslaught of Michael Smith, a true death metal legend. Smith provided the genre defining blasts behind Suffocation’s masterpieces Human Waste, Effigy Of The Forgotten, Breeding The Spawn, Souls To Deny and more. His unmistakeable beats now thunder beneath the staggering riffs, wicked solos and imperious vocals that characterise the superb songs that form Detach. Ruthlessly injecting their rampant creativity with the genetic matter of classic Morbid Angel, Immolation and Suffocation, Inverted Matter have created a monster that is driven to dominate and destroy.
When Lethal Scissor Records’ tireless search through the catacombs of the underground uncovered this slumbering beast, they knew they had found something beautifully twisted and infinitely dangerous. Prepare to welcome your new overlords and let the killing begin!
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Calling all vinyl collectors and Dio fans. New Dio albums to be reissued with bonus live material.
Niji Entertainment Group have partnered with BMG to reissue four classic records in 2020, with each set bolstered by rare and never-before-released live material and select bonus tracks.
Longtime Dio collaborator Wyn Davis was brought in to remaster the four albums — 1996’s Angry Machines, 2000’s Magica, 2002’s Killing the Dragon and 2004’s Master of the Moon. In addition, there will be newly updated artwork from frequent Dio designer Marc Sasso.
The collections will be available in vinyl and CD formats, and you can check out the track listing for each collection below. In addition, each of the four albums now has a preview track selected from the live portions. Get a listen to “Man on the Silver Mountain,” “Lord of the Last Day,” “Holy Diver” and “Heaven and Hell” all performed live in concert below as well. All bonus tracks will also be available on streaming and digital services as well.
Wendy Dio says, “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete DIO catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”
Look for Dio’s The Studio Album Collection: 1996-2004 arriving on Feb. 21, 2020.
Institutional Man Don’t Tell The Kids Black Hunter Of The Heart Stay Out Of My Mind Big Sister Double Monday Golden Rules Dying In America This Is Your Life
Disc 2: Live on the Angry Machines Tour 1997
Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart Don’t Talk To Strangers Double Monday Hunter Of The Heart Holy Diver Heaven and Hell Long Live Rock and Roll Man On The Silver Mountain Rainbow In The Dark The Last In Line The Mob Rules We Rock
Discovery Magica Theme Lord Of The Last Day Fever Dreams Turn To Stone Feed My Head Eriel Chalis As Long As It’s Not About Love Losing My Insanity Otherworld Magica (Reprise) Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)
Disc 2: Live on Magica Tour 2001 Discovery Magica Lord Of The Last Day Fever Dreams Eriel Chalis Losing My Insanity Otherworld Electra – Studio Track Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word 18:26
Killing the Dragon
Killing The Dragon Along Comes A Spider Scream Better In The Dark Rock and Roll Push Guilty Throw Away Children Before The Fall Cold Feet
Disc 2: Live on the Killing the Dragon Tour 2002/2003
Holy Diver Heaven and Hell Rock and Roll I Speed At Night Killing The Dragon Stand Up And Shout
Master of the Moon
One More For The Road Master Of The Moon The End Of The World Shivers The Man Who Would Be King The Eyes Living The Lie I Am Death By Love In Dreams
Disc 2: Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005
Heaven and Hell Rainbow In The Dark Rock and Roll Children The Eyes Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “ The Concert Critic”
On this date in history, 11/2/2019, Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago hosted a superb triple bill show featuring John 5 And The Creatures, Jared James Nichols, and Reverend Jack. The Invasion Tour 2019 was packed with amazing performances and featured one big time surprise guest artist.
First things first…Reggie’s Rock Club is a really small, intimate and nicely set up place to witness live music, complete with top notch sound and lights. The visibility was excellent and contributed to the entire crowd being treated to that wonderful feeling of energy exchanged between performers and audience.
Reverend Jack started the night with an absolutely KILLER set of original bluesy Southern hard rock. These guys have so much potential to really break big. They are young, have great songs and energized stage presence, but most of all they have this singer named Eric Harmon, and he has one of the best set of pure rock vocal pipes I have heard in years. I knew before the first song was over that this guy has a special gift, and the fact that the lead guitarist and bassist add strong harmony vocal support just adds to the magic.
Near the end of their set, they played a cover of Midnight Rider by The Allman Brothers Band and made it a streamlined muscular slab of modern rock, complete with 3 part harmony a capella vocal intro…Bravo, guys! I expect them to do big things for a long time to come.
Next up was Jared James Nichols and his fiery blues based hard rock. Performing as a power trio, Nichols and company wasted no time in keeping the momentum going with tight playing and Nichols’ passionate vocals. His voice was a pleasant surprise for me, because I had only heard his guitar work prior to this show. I follow him on Instagram and knew he was a blazing lead guitar player, but his voice fit perfectly with his larger than life soloing. Nichols is a tall guy with a great head of hair that brings to mind the lion’s mane of Robert Plant in Zeppelin’s heyday, and between the hair and the animated faces he makes when he is soloing makes him super entertaining to watch.
At the midpoint of his set, Nichols brought out a young man named Peter to play a song and it was a beautiful thing to see the joy radiating from Peter’s face. He proved to be a pretty good player, too, trading leads with Jared James and receiving a thunderous ovation from the appreciative crowd. This simple gesture of kindness, coupled with his obvious talents gained Jared James Nichols a big fan (me), or possibly a whole room of them.
John 5 And The Creatures finished the night with a jaw dropping display of musical muscle, navigating through a dizzying myriad of styles including metal, country, bluegrass, funk, and even a little jazz.
John 5’s playing is breathtaking, full of precision, flash, and passion…and always emanating the man’s obvious love of the guitar featuring lots of Halloween themed stage props and a properly sinister light show.
The insanely tight trio kept the pace moving at a breakneck pace. Midway through their show John spoke to us in several humorous song introductions and proved himself to be the humble and likeable person that could give Dave Grohl a run for his money in the Nicest Guy In Rock Music Category.
To our delight, Charle Benante, the supernaturally gifted drummer from Anthrax was at the show and joined the guys on stage for a crusher of an improvised jam session.
John 5 delivered a fun filled medley of classic song intros featuring songs by Rush, Van Halen, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Kiss, Megadeth, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, The Police, PanterA, and even The Knack (remember My Sharona? lol).
The band came out for an encore, and apparently had run out of songs, resorting to having to do one they hadn’t rehearsed (of course they nailed it!). I love shows like this one, with new discoveries and new venues.
I first saw John 5 back in 1999 when he was with Marilyn Manson, and have seen him many times with Rob Zombie, but it was incredibly satisfying to see him stretching his wings and demonstrating his full potential as a guitarist and band leader. I will definitely be back for more of all three of these bands if I get the chance.
Third Chamber has been lurking around the Calgary metal scene for years, biding their time and working tirelessly to bring to you their debut EP “Harvesting Our Decay”on November 22, 2019.
The greasy and chugging death metal is a myriad of genre flavours taking into account the styles and influences of the five musicians who have been gracing stages for decades in their other projects and bands. Now they have come together to produce a mechanical blackened sound with lyrical content that is not for the faint of heart. The band explains:
“Lyrically the songs are based on the current politicized state of the world. Environmentally, economically and socially everything is used by the beating drums of those in power to maintain control and their position. Musically we are aiming to help you cope with said issues by providing an aggressive yet melodic 25 minutes of blackened death metal sure to make you drive faster and work out harder and maybe even help people realize that a 1st world problem is the least of their problems.”
The five-song EP is introduced with the title track as a single which takes a look at how humanity is destroying the environment with constant wars, exploitation of natural resources and endless pollution. As the band quips:
“We’re f*cked and won’t survive the earth once the healing truly begins.”
Watch the ‘Harvesting Our Decay’ lyric video via its exclusive premiere on Ghost Cult MagHERE.
With influences primarily being old school death metal, Third Chamber adds a spatter of modern death metal aesthetics to the tune of Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, At the Gates, Misery Index and a touch of Napalm Death.
EP pre-order here. (Digital, CD and a limited quantity of hand-numbered cassettes)
Third Chamber will be playing live in Alberta in November and December. Don’t forget your earplugs.
Show Dates: Nov 23 – Red Deer, AB – The Krossing Nov 29 – Medicine Hat, AB – Heartwood Cafe Nov 30 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room Temple Dec 6 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Comprised of several musicians with a long history in Calgary’s metal scene, Third Chamber is cooking up a new, yet familiar death metal sound that will nourish even the pickiest of metal enthusiasts.
With death being the main ingredient in their metal melting pot, hints of grindcore and hardcore also stand out amidst flavours of politically charged lyrics. Third Chamber is not music for the soft, besides being musically ferocious, the lyrical content is a brutal reflection of the current state of the world. From negative motivations of religious organizations, the effects of social media on mental distress, the ever-growing pride of ignorance, the exploitation of our natural resources for the profit of the wealthy and the manipulation and lack of actual truth in most media consumed by the ever-growing bewildered herd.
In 2019, Third Chamber is releasing their debut five-track EP “Harvesting Our Decay”.