Archive for September, 2007

28
Sep
07

Music Video: Dino Cazares Plays With Epica

Famed former Fear Factory and Roadrunner United guitarist Dino Cazares (now playing full time with Divine Heresy) went on stage with symphonic metal band Epica for a special rendition of Fear Factory hit Replica. Yes, I had the same reaction. Anyway, here is the video.

25
Sep
07

Music Video: Therion – To Mega Therion (live at Wacken)

One of the most dynamic metal bands around today (seconded only by Amorphis perhaps). They went from kick ass death metal, to symphonic masters. Enjoy Therion live!

24
Sep
07

Review: Obituary – Xecutioner’s Return (2007)

Obituary, the legendary Floridian death metallers that defied the standard death metal style by using the “simpler is better” approach, with songs made up of basic, groovy riffs that were heavier than gravity. With excellent albums on their resume including Slowly We Rot, Cause of Death, and 2005’s comeback album Frozen in Time, Obituary were leaders and now have heralded their return to the forefront of the extreme. Obituary are back with their follow up to Frozen in Time, entitled Xecutioner’s Return (which, as old time fans know, is an ode to their original name). The question with this album just beginning to be purchased by folks, is will the legend live up to the hype on this new album?

Having gotten into Obituary‘s work through their earlier discography, I can say that I have been a fan of theirs for many years. The band plays a style that is almost akin to doom metal as opposed to the traditional thrash influenced death of the 80’s that was popularized by Death, Possessed and Morbid Angel (though they inevitably did have influences from these bands too). Obituary has always been a fun band that is incredibly enjoyable live. When Frozen in Time was released after their comeback tour in 2005, I was hoping for the best, and was rewarded for my loyalty. I thought Frozen in Time was a fantastic return, so when Xecutioner’s Return debuted, perhaps my guard was down as I was expecting another great record, unfortunately, the album isn’t exactly pallatable, let alone kosher.

The first thing I notice when putting this album on is that the production is quite muddy in comparison to Frozen in Time, which isn’t entirely bad, but when you have been exposed to the crisp riffing that was their last album, you may feel a bit spoiled. Beyond that, I found from the get go that the songwriting was way too simplistic, even by Obituary‘s catchy standards. Face Your God has the same riff for the entire song, boring vocal lines, and a solo that is quite out of place. Unfortunately, much of the album continues to lurch forth with a similar pace. It is hard to pick out songs that really are wretched, because all of the songs are listenable…for about a minute, after that though, it becomes cumbersome and intrusive to my time.

After listening to Xecutioner’s Return, it makes me almost want to see Hate Eternal live, nonstop, for 6 hours straight. Okay, I exaggerate, I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. Realistically, Xecutioner’s Return isn’t all that bad, but this is Obituary, and this lackluster songwriting must go. Tardy brothers and gang, please, bless us with a monumental tour to make up for this, and then write an album worth Obituary’s uber cool logo. For new fans, please check out Frozen in Time or Slowly We Rot (as these will probably be the most available in the stores) for a true Obituary experience.

EH…

Stand Out Tracks: Drop Dead
Similar Bands: Possessed, Death, Celtic Frost, Candlemass
1. Face Your God 02:56
2. Lasting Presence 02:12
3. Evil Ways 02:57
4. Drop Dead 03:35
5. Bloodshot 03:25
6. Seal Your Fate 02:30
7. Feel The Pain 04:31
8. Contrast The Dead 07:01
9. Second Chance 03:28
10. Lies 03:32
11. In Your Head 04:31

John Tardy – Vocals
Trevor Peres – Guitars
Ralph Santolla – Guitars
Frank Watkins – Bass
Donald Tardy – Drums

Candlelight Records

www.obituary.cc
www.myspace.com/obituary

23
Sep
07

Corpsegrinder discusses WoW

George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse discusses a favorite hobby of his.

23
Sep
07

Music video: Horse the Band – New York City

These guys are the Frank Zappa of heavy metal. Completely original, awesome, and hilarious.

19
Sep
07

Review: The Faceless – Akeldama (2006)

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The “Progressive Death Metal” genre is a as niche as you can get. A genre dominated by the Swedish juggernaut that is Opeth, when one thinks of bands that fall into this genre not too many other names come to mind. However, in 2006 a band from Los Angeles, California cemented their name in the top ranks of the Progressive Death genre. That band is The Faceless. With their 2006 release, Akeldama, The Faceless instantly became a force to be reckoned with in the death metal scene as a whole. From start to finish, Akeldama does not disappoint in the least. The technical death metal aspects mixed with progressive song writing and some of the most brutal vocals I have ever heard create an unforgettable, addictive sound. The varied sounds of each song on the album are fantastic. Each song flows into the next “brutifally.” I cannot say enough about this band and this album. If you have any interest in death metal whatsoever whether its classic death metal like Cannibal Corpse or the newer variety of “Deathcore,” such as All Shall Perish, make it a point to listen to this album. Now. Go buy it.

A+

-Cole

Notable Tracks: All of them really but if I had to choose three: Pestilence, All Dark Graves and Leica

Similar Bands: Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, All Shall Perish

1. An Autopsy

2. Pestilence

3. All Dark Graves

4. Horizons of Chaos I: Oracle of the Onslaught

5. Horizons of Chaos II: Hypocrisy

6. Leica

7. Akeldama

8. Ghost of a Stranger

Lineup:

Michael Keene – Guitar

Steve Jones – Guitar

Derek Rydquist – Vocals

Brandon Giffin – Bass

Navene Koperwies – Drums ( Track 4 ) (of Animosity)

Andy Taylor – Drums ( Track 2 & 5 ) (of Diskreet)

Brett Batdorf – Drums ( Track 1, 3, 6 & 8 )

Sumerian Records

www.the-faceless.com

www.myspace.com/thefaceless

15
Sep
07

Video: Dream Evil – Fire! Battle! Metal!

Old School personified in 2007! Who else wants to see a 3 Inches of Blood/Dream Evil tour? I would sell my nephew for that opportunity! (just kiddin man…)




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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