Archive for the 'heavy metal' Category

14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

05
Oct
07

Music Video: 3 Inches of Blood – Goatrider’s Horde (new!)

Hey all, the new 3 Inches of Blood video for Goatrider’s Horde (fromthe 2007 album Fire Up the Blades ) will debut tomorrow night on Headbanger’s Ball. Well, why tune in when you can get the vid here? An awesome video from an awesome band.

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.

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

12
Sep
07

Review: Angelcorpse – Of Lucifer and Lightning

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Bringing to the table a holocaust of brutal death metal, Kansas City’s Angelcorpse know what they want to play and they have no qualms about playing it. For many death metal fans, especially in today’s metal scene, heavier, faster and more brutal is the name of the game. It’s almost as if culture has rewound 20 years when Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror were attempting to play the fastest, most anti-social music they could play. Fortunately for those bands it worked out. Eventually things became more developed with bands like Death and Dark Tranquillity developing the sound into something more mature. However, in 2007, that idea of sheer brutality is not lost, unfortunately, as it pertains to Angelcorpse‘s 2007 release, Of Lucifer and Lightning, catchiness and originality is out the window.

Don’t get me wrong, Angelcorpse are highly proficient at creating noise, their instruments whir to life from song to song, but the problem is, for most of this album you can’t tell where one song begins and ends. Of Lucifer and Lightning is an ongoing onslaught on the ears, and while that may be a compliment to the band and its fans, it is really difficult for this reviewer to appreciate the music when you find yourself getting bored and holding your finger back from clicking to the next song. On the positive side, this album has some sick solos, and while their groove needs to be worked on, their proficiency at creating deep, downtuned, ear infecting brutality is something that they are so good at perfecting. Their level of aggression is to the point where I wonder why The End Records (their North American distributors) have not attempted to push this act harder. With the mainstream’s attention on death metal, it seems to be that the youngsters who still get tickled by wearing earrings with upside down crosses would dig this band’s anti-Christian lyrics and awesome bonecrushing riffs. Perhaps if they added in some hardcore-ness? Nah.

All in all, Angelcorpse is a niche sound, and is really appreciated by those who dig it, but for blokes like me, I need a little variation in my sound (yes, even my death metal). Sheer brutal riff upon sheer brutal riff is not enough to make me want to go out and keep buying albums of the like. Would Angelcorpse be a good romp to see live? I am willing to bet my money on it! I’ll pass on listening to it on my CD player though.

GOOD

Favorite Tracks: Saints of Blasphemy

Similar Bands: Immolation, Morbid Angel, Absu

1. Credo Decimatus
2. Antichrist Vanguard
3. Machinery of The Cleansing
4. Hexensabbat
5. Extermination Sworn
6. Saints of Blasphemy
7. Thrall
8. Shining One (Rex Luciferi)
9. Lustmord

Pete Helmkamp – Bass, Vocals
Gene Palubicki – Guitars
J.R. Daniels – Live Drums

Osmose Productions
http://www.osmoseproductions.com/ANGELCORPSE/ANGELCORPSE1.htm
http://www.myspace.com/angelcorpse666

11
Sep
07

Full Streaming Concert: Heaven and Hell

Breaking news folks, Dio era Black Sabbath group, Heaven and Hell, have kindly allowed for their recently released live DVD Live at Radio City Music Hall to be streamed for free, in its entirety, at this location. Man it’s good to be a metalhead!

11
Sep
07

Music Video: Mastodon – Colony of Birchmen

This is a video from one of the most progressive American metal bands of the last 10 years, Mastodon. These guys have incredible songwriting abilities. Here is a song off of their last album, Blood Mountain released last year.




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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