CADAVER – Let Me Burn

Back with a vengeance and hell-bent on destruction, Norwegian death metallers, CADAVER, are back in business and ready to reign. Today, Edder & Bile, the first full length from this band’s new incarnation of Anders Odden’s original, extreme metal vision, is unleashed unto the world via Nuclear Blast Records. In celebration, the band offer fans the lyric video for “Let Me Burn”.

Anders Odden comments, “‘Let Me Burn’ came to me at night, after one of our intense studio days in January 2019. I just got the opening riff and it led me out on this path that became the song. It was raining in North Hollywood that night and the whole feel of doom and gloom was shining through. I had with me a recording of my fireplace in Norway and knew this would make an awesome ending to the album. The song is about how we all will end up as ashes no matter who we are and what we do. It’s a nihilistic theme that means even more to me now after facing death with my cancer battle. When I was close to dying this winter, I always thought of having this song played super loud at my funeral with all the people having to read the lyrics during the ceremony. As I am not quite dead yet. I use it to tell you I cheated death,  for now. Let Me Burn. I have no fear!”

Edder & Bile was produced by the band as well as Adair Daufembach who also handled the engineering. The album was recorded and mixed at Northwood Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA. The album features vocal cameos from death metal icons Kam Lee (MASSACRE) and Jeff Becerra (POSSESSED) ensuring that this crushing rebirth has underground credentials to spare. The photo for the artwork was taken by Hannah Verbeuren and the layout was created by Justin Bartlett.

Edder & Bile will be available in the following formats:

CD Jewel
Yellow Cassette (Limited to 200)
VinylYellow / Mint Swirl Limited to 1000)
Blue w/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 350)
Yellow / Mint Swirl + 7″ D.G.A.F. Vinyl Bundle (Limited to 400)

Order your copy of Edder & Bile in the format of your choice here: www.nuclearblast.com/cadaver-edderandbile

MACABRE – Joe Ball Was His Name

Two weeks ago, Chicago legends of Murder Metal/Death Metal MACABRE released their demented, heinous bloodbath of an album, Carnival Of Killers via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveal the video for “Joe Ball Was His Name” which was created by Sweden’s Amanda Odenlid who previously made MACABRE MINSTELS (Macabre unplugged) videos for “The Cat Came Back,” “Found A Peanut,” “The Geins,” & “Tom Dooley”.

MACABRE’s Corporate Death comments, “Joe Ball was a serial killer called the Alligator Man. I started writing this song around our Grim Scary Tales era, but never actually finished it until getting things in place to record Carnival Of Killers. Reading more about him and his evil deeds from way back in the 1930’s I tried to give the song an old-time ragtime feel. I hope you like it, it’s a little different, but so are we.”Amanda Odenlid quote: “I made the Macabre Minstrels videos just for fun, back when my interest in true crime had really taken off full force (thanks to discovering Macabre, actually). The “chibi”-style I used first saw the light of day when I started making a sort of tongue-in-cheek webcomic about Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer living together. I like the style because it is simple but expressive, and I also like the clash that occurs between the cartoony VS the grotesque and morbid. Having listened to Macabre for 10+ years has made me realize that, while morbid, there is also quite a lot of dark humor in their music as well. Kind of like my own art, in a way. As for this new video about Joe Ball; making it basically forced me out of an art-block I’d been having, also making me rediscover how fun it was to draw in this old chibi-style of mine. I went from only having heard of Ball’s name somewhere, to almost knowing everything about him that there is to know (except his exact body-count). Despite the grim subject-matter, it was really fun to learn something new and to revisit my old passions for drawing and video-making!”

“Carnival Of Killers” was recorded and mixed by Tomek Spirala of Studio1134 with the exception of drum tracks as he recorded them at Kiwi Audio with the help of Mark Walker. The mastering of “Carnival Of Killers” was handled by J.F. Dagenais at JFD Studios in Dallas, TX. The “Where’s Waldo” meets serial killer album artwork was created by Corporate Death (lead singer | guitarist Lance Lencioni) and artist Laz Gein and highlights the album’s most memorable references.

Order your copy of Carnival Of Killers in the format of your choice here: www.nuclearblast.com/macabre-carnival

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Paper Moon

It’s Christmas Time! THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA heralds the time of cosy evenings, hot chocolate and snowy fields. The Swedish Classic Rock cabin crew welcomes their fans musically with a sparkling champagne to the open fire and release their Christmas single ‘Paper Moon’ today! So, put on your best holiday outfits, turn your radio up to eleven and watch the video for THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA’s Christmas present here.

The band states: So, just in time for the Christmas Holidays, The Night Flight Orchestra are releasing their new single Paper Moon. A moody Swedish melodrama over an enticing disco beat, the song is about all those emotions that you usually are able to repress, but which come bubbling up to the surface whenever sentimental times like Christmas are approaching. It’s a song about the ones you love, but also about the ones you loved and lost, and the ones you loved from a distance, but who disappeared from your life before you ever had a chance to tell them how you really felt. And you’ve tried so many times to silence those voices in the back of your head with Champagne and painkillers, but it never really worked, did it? Paper Moon is the soundtrack to all your past failures, but also to new, shaky, hungover beginnings.

The song, featuring Rachel Hall on the violin, was written and composed by Björn ‘Speed’ Strid, recorded and produced by THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, mixed by Sebastian Forslund and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson. The video for ‘Paper Moon’ was directed and produced by René U. Valdes.

BUSTER SHUFFLE – 10th Anniversary re-release of ‘Our Night Out’

Buster Shuffle released their debut album on People Like You/Century Media Records across Europe 10 years ago. Singer Jet Baker said “We always wanted to do something for ONO’s 10th birthday, we just never imagined we would be in lockdown, not able to play shows and have a party together. We decided this would be a great way to celebrate its birthday with our fans so we are re-releasing the record on our own label Do Nothing Records”.

Not only has the album been Re-Mastered but the band have added TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS. “These two songs didn’t make the original album but we always loved playing them and we gigged them both heavily back in the day” says Jet. Both new songs were recorded this summer 2020 using old rehearsal demos from back in 2008. 12-inch VINYL will be available in three different colours, Ruby Red, Agent Orange and Toxic Yellow. BUNDLES are available too.

Pre-order ‘Our Night Out’ HERE: www.bustershufflemusic.com

Buster Shuffle have kept themselves busy during Covid inflicted 2020.They managed to squeeze in a full UK tour supporting The Interrupters in February. Then whilst in Lockdown they recorded a charity 7 inch single ‘Unsung Heroes’ with all profits going to The World Health Organization. For the single the boys called up some of their friends including members of Die Toten Hosen (who premiered the single’s video on their socials), Donots, Flogging Molly, Hepcat, Mad Caddies, Talco, The Infadels, Toy Dolls, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the lady of Ska Rhoda Dakar. After selling 500 copies of the 7 inch single they raised a whopping £3000 for THE WHO.

“It’s been one of our busiest years in one of our quietest years haha. Who would have thought”! says drummer Tezza Mascal…. “We are just super happy that we had a couple of weeks of relative freedom this summer to get together and record the bonus tracks and shoot some live videos for the re-release’.

Mar de Grises – Vinyl Reissue (TEASER)

Originally formed in Santiago (Chile) in the year 2000 by guitarist Rodrigo Morris, bassist Rodrigo Gálvez and vocalist Marcelo Rodríguez, later joined by guitarist Sergio Álvarez and drummer Alejandro Arce, Mar de Grises can be considered one of the most respected doom/death metal acts ever emerged from South America. Admired by newcomers and beloved by experts, the quintet released their first full length “The Tatterdemalion Express” in 2004 via Firebox Records, the label to be at the time. After their first European tour and having Juan Escobar as new frontman, the band started the recording for “Draining the Waterheart”, finally released in 2008 by Firebox.

Never playing by the genre´s rules, these two seminal albums made them sign a deal with the most respected French label Season of Mist for their 2010 third album “Stream Inwards”. Three years later Mar de Grises put an end to their career never to come back. This 2020 The Vinyl Division proudly releases both, “The Tatterdemalion Express” and “Draining The Waterheart”, on double gatefold vinyl (black or colored) with remastered vinyl audio by Jaime Gómez Arellano, know for his work with bands such as Paradise Lost, Ulver, Cathedral, Ghost…An insert with detailed liner notes for each album written by the former band members plus fellow musicians and friends from all around the globe is included. The full story is conducted by the musician (Eternal Storm), tour manager, promoter representative and all – rounder Daniel Maganto. The revamped vinyl layout for both albums is the work of the Spanish photographer, designer and visual artist Irene Serrano (Déhà, Yossi Sassi, Helevorn, Jens Bogren, Rotting Christ, Devin Townsend, Pain of Salvation, etc.).

Vocalist Marcelo Rodríguez comments: “Hi there. We hope that, wherever you are reading this, you’ve managed to stay positive through the crazy times we are living. Some time ago David from the Spanish label The Vinyl Division contacted us to reissue our albums “The Tatterdemalion Express” and “Draining The Waterheart” on vinyl format. Focusing on that project has definitely made this complicated period more bearable for us. And now we are able to share the results with you: Our first vinyl edition, for which the audio has been remastered, and we have added texts (anecdotes, remembrances), as well as other surprises.  Listening … again, with higher quality, and looking back on our history, has been invigorating and joyful. That energy has surely made its way onto the reworkings of designs and audios. We really hope you’ll enjoy it! Stay tuned!”

VOLCANOVA – LIVE AT NORDANPAUNK

Stoner rock outfit Volcanova shares a live set, performing 7 tracks from their debut album “Radical Waves”, released in August this year on The Sign Records. The live set was recorded and filmed in August for their performance at Norðanpaunk online festival in the band’s home country of Iceland. Volcanova is an active live band who has shared stages with Elder, Brain Police, Sólstafir and the Vintage Caravan. With over 6 years of experience of playing together as a band, Volcanova is a joy to behold on stage. With explosive energy, palpable stage presence and with three members who all sing, they deliver a highly entertaining package of fuzzy rock. “Volcanova – live at Norðanpaunk” is a must to watch for anyone longing for volcanic, sweaty live-shows. “Radical Waves” by Volcanova is out now on all digital platforms. The album is also available on 180g LP, “radical colored” 180g LP, and CD via The Sign Records.

Collateral – Can’t Hold Me Down

Collateral launch the ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’ video which they describe as an “empowering” rock song that embraces the theme of hope in the face of such a turbulent 2020. The single is released today. The band are available for interviews. Please let me know if you are interested in talking to them. Singer Angelo Tristan says of ‘Can’t Hold Me Down’: “Many bands were struck hard at the start of the year with Collateral being struck halfway through their debut album tour that reached Top 5 in the Official UK Rock Charts so there is no surprise that frustration would lead to an empowering full out rock song that would hopefully inspire people across the world to keep focus on the light at the end of the tunnel… and that is exactly what they have done. Can’t Hold Me Down is a song that has many layers and stories that ultimately comes back to one thing, ‘I won’t be held down’. We didn’t want to write a typical ‘Covid’ song. What’s the point? The 6 o’clock news is doing that for you day in day out. People don’t need that right now. Some people might see this as a rebellious track. Maybe it is. Our intention is only to try and inspire people to get through the other side of this with a track that brings comfort and a hard pounding beat.”

Dead Reynolds – Voices

Much revered hi-octane modern rockers, DEAD REYNOLDS, continue their ascension with the release of their hugely captivating new single, Voices, out now. The infectious track has been lifted from the band’s eagerly anticipated debut album, which lands in the Spring via Fort Records.

Coming at you from East Anglia, DEAD REYNOLDS burst onto the UK scene at the end of 2018, and since then, the energetic quartet have amassed an army of fans and garnered the support from a slew of tastemakers. To date, DEAD REYNOLDS have received rampant support for their back catalogue, including last year’s sophomore EP, Frontier, which racked up critical acclaim from Powerplay Magazine and Louder/Classic Rock Magazine. The release also received impressive backing from the likes of Maximum Volume Music, Moshville, Real Gone, Devils Gate Music, and The Punk Site, to name just a few. Besides acquiring extensive praise for their previous EPs, the band have also notched up airtime with Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV. The fivesome have been repeatedly pioneered by Kerrang Radio’s Johnny Doom, with Johnny consistently championing the band’s singles and releases. Not only have DEAD REYNOLDS been regularly playlisted by Kerrang Radio, but the UK tunesmiths have also gained worldwide radio airplay across fifteen countries and have been played by more than two hundred radio stations. Live performances with everyone from Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), as well as their own headline shows, have further served their growing cause. In 2020, DEAD REYNOLDS were also confirmed to play a series of prominent festivals: Hard Rock Hell, VW White Noise, Reapham Fest, Stamford Riverside, and Hevy Music Fest; however, all events were cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. The band’s reach has certainly been impressive, and their Spotify streaming numbers demonstrate their growth (Dead Reynolds’ last EP, Frontier, is up to 100k plays and counting).

With a strong pedigree in place, it’s now time for DEAD REYNOLDS to break out on a larger scale, and the UK alt-rockers have the ammunition to do so.  The band will release their debut album this Spring, alongside a Rockumentary book captured by world renowned Rock photographer, Nick Elliott. DEAD REYNOLDS are also primed to drop their explosive new single, Voices. The track and album explore a fresh approach to song writing for the band, revealing a unique and contemporary sound with a greater emphasis on production, thanks to the influence of long-time producer and friend Jack Murphy. Guitarist and Vocalist, Dom Greenwood comments: “This is a direction we have wanted to go for some time, to make the sound a bit more epic, but still retain the power we love from pop punk and alternative rock. It’s still Dead Reynolds, but with a modern twist.”

With plans to widely tour the album from the Summer of 2021, DEAD REYNOLDS are ripe to rise and rise.

Sodom – “Genesis XIX”

Sodom – “Genesis XIX” (Steamhammer / SPV)
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Gotta had it to ‘Onkel’ Tom Angelripper, who’s getting close to 60 years old and whose band Sodom, formed in 1981, remain one of the cornerstones of German thrash! While others have folded or compromised, Angelripper has remained steadfast in his band’s position – remaining as extreme as ever, if not in sound, then in stance. Certainly members have come and gone over the years, the latest being the departure of man mountain drummer Stefan ‘Husky’ Hüskens, but Angelripper, who’s held the band together since founding it, has wasted no time in drafting in Toni Merkel (Sabiendas, Pestlegion, Interstellar Genocide), who of course drummed on guitarist Frank Blackfire’s 2015 album ‘Back On Fire’. “Genesis XIX” is the band’s 16th release and is the first time in Sodom’s history that they have recorded an album as a quartet rather than a trio. It’s also the first full length studio album to feature the returning Blackfire since he last performed on 1989’s “Agent Orange”. Continuing with Cornelius Rambadt on production, the sound is massive and booming in bringing out Sodom’s raw and visceral style, although the band continue to add stylish refinements to their fierce music while broadening the lyrical content of their songs in continuing the diverse dimension of their material, this time taking inspiration from Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ while reflecting poignantly on the state of western society. As such, the superb cover art from legendary Joe Petagno is equally apt in defining this stellar album. After blast beating in on ‘Nicht Mehr Mein Land’, the thick ‘n’ dirty riffs from Blackfire and Yorck Segatz add that industrial stamp to Angelripper’s hellish drawl in leading up to the football stadium chanting chorus that is truly impressive for its catchy singalong appeal – along with an exotic wailing tremolo – before ending, once again in a furious blast beating culmination. Like I said, today’s Sodom has as much finesse as frenzy in its exciting music! Inspired by the recovered comm chatter between two Vietnam pilots codenamed Pigpen and Waldo, ‘Waldo_Pigpen’ may open serenely enough amid touching guitar wails and delicately plucked bass strings, but as the atmosphere darkens, the pistoning double bass drums and percussion from Merkel add a militaristic beat that are a headbanger’s dream, and Angelripper brings in his deep drawl that now and then hints at a scream amid the superb chainsaw clash between Blackfire and Segatz as they pile in catchy riffs, warbles and licks all arranged to perfectionist precision and utilising the song’s tempo changes to maximum effect. Acknowledging the punk influence in thrash, ‘Indoctrination’ certainly has that element to its fast riffing along with hardcore shout outs from the band as does Angelripper’s punky bass, although his old school vocals are definitely early thrash while Blackfire’s solo is pure heavy metal – well, Tom did say it was gonna be diverse ha ha! Ending in the guitar screams of ‘Friendly Fire’ the band’s furor is nothing short of an artillery barrage with Angelripper straining to scream his rhyming lyrics over it all although once again, as with the rest of the 12 tracks on this excellent release, the riffs are par excellence in their catchiness and when added to by Merkel’s brilliant percussion, not only is Sodom’s tightness to be awed, but the precision and arrangements are something that both the band and thrash metal as a whole can be proud of. Kids from the Ruhr they may have been, but masters of metal they are now.