Obey the fucking BEAR! Or blood will be shed…
New bloody and disgusting video for the song “Mantiis” taken from their excellent 2013 album “Noumenon”.
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Length: 40 minutes, 8 tracks
Genre: Progressive tech/deathcore
Studio Albums: Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality, 2012
Location: Indianapolis, USA
For fans of: The Contortionist, Born Of Osiris, Animals As Leaders, Nexilva, Monuments
Release Date: April 7 2014
Genre: Progressive death metal
Studio Albums: The Trials Of Mankind 2010, Defile The Flesh Of Innocence EP 2011
Location: Sunderland, UK
For fans of: Born Of Osiris, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Faceless, Fallujah, Carnifex
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Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: Out Now
Studio Albums: This is their 3rd album
Location: NY, USA
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Label: Basick Records
Length: 43 minutes, 13 tracks
Genre: Handsome and thoughtful melodic prog/tech metal
Recommended for fans of: Periphery, Muse, Karnivool, Protest The Hero, TesseracT
Description: One excellent debut after another. The first four months of this year present a large number of releases from promising, upcoming bands. Centiment, Servers, Zoax, The Kindred, Intervals, Echoes, only to name a few. And now we can add Alaya to that collection. Yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Buy it!
Release Date: March 4th 2014, self-released
Length: 50 minutes of seducing melodies
Genre: Exceptionally good progressive/melodic tech metal
Previous releases: The Space Between EP 2011, In Time EP 2012
Recommended for fans of: Between The Buried And Me, Protest The Hero, Periphery
Description: A really good metal album with heavy music and only clean vocals seems to be almost impossible to come by these days. But never fear, Intervals is here!
Upcoming release I’m excited about:
Zoax’s EP coming out on the 17th of February!
Zoax from London is the new project of Joe Copcutt (bassist for supergroup Axewound and Rise To Remain) and they’ve created a fascinating mix of post-hardcore, tech metal and melodic rock. Have a listen!
Pre-orders available on iTunes.
Kartikeya is one of the bands I’m really looking forward to see live this weekend at the small, but very exciting, Euroblast Festival in Cologne, Germany. They are a Russian/Serbian/Canadian ethnic extreme metal band and are heavily influenced by hinduism, Indian culture and mythology as well as classical and folk music. I just recently found out about this band, but they have been around since 2004, and have two full-length albums and a couple of EP’s in their discography. Kartikeya’s technical style of metal with the unique eastern touch is very unusual; it’s heavy and bombastic, filled with riffs and unpredictable twists. This can easily become one of those songs you want to put on repeat for the rest of the day.
‘Tunnels Of Naraka‘ features the multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer David Maxim Micic (Destiny Potato) performing the kick ass guitar solo at the end.
Fun fact: Kartikeya is the name of the second son of Lord Shiva, he’s the embodiment of perfection, the leader of forces and a war god who was created to destroy the demons in the world (meaning the negative sides in human beings).
Concert Review: UK Tech Metal Fest 2013 part 2 – Shattered Skies, Drewsif Stalin, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor
Bands playing: Colors To Shame, Above The Earth, Immerse, Kartikeya, Shattered Skies, Red Seas Fire, Aeolist, Drewsif Stalin, Destiny Potato, Disperse, Xerath, Uneven Structure, Skyharbor, Veil of Maya
Afterparty: Bilo Super Jam – members from different bands.
This was the day when three of my absolute favourite bands were going to play. And I mean hugely favourite bands. So be warned, I might enter fanboy(girl)-mode. For a general review of the festival and the bands from the first day, check out part 1. I will cover the lineup of Sunday in part 3. These three parts won’t include all the bands playing, not even all of the ones I did end up watching; I’ve only chosen the ones I liked the best.
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