Go Ahead And Die – “Go Ahead And Die”

Go Ahead And Die – “Go Ahead And Die” (Nuclear Blast)
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‘…extreme times call for extreme music…’, so speaketh Max Cavalera, legendary icon of Sepultura, but also Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb and many other collaborations too numerous to mention! Never one to hold back on his socio-political views, recent times have given this fifty something vocalist / guitarist plenty to get all fired up over again, just as he was back in the 80s, 90s, and probably even when he settled down to married life. As such, with a title like Go Ahead And Die, you know that this will be Max at his angriest, and clearly possessed of the same hereditary angst is his son Igor Amadeus Cavalera who joins him on bass / vocals along with drummer Zach Coleman (Khemmis, Black Curse). And if you thought that Sepultura could rage, then nothing can prepare you for what this trio have to offer, as they mix old school death, thrash and punk with a respectable touch of early Celtic Frost on this hard to ignore all-star debut. Be warned, however, there is no lull in the 11 tracks here as they all come out fighting in what seems like an endless war, although the trademark Cavalera grooves, avant-garde riffs and boiling riotous anger definitely make this self-titled release one to remember! Indeed, as the massive raw riffs come powering in along with death grunts on ‘Isolated Desolated’, you gotta wonder if Tom Warrior is beaming with pride or blushing with envy, especially when the huge drums and bass come piling in as the aggro vocal trade-off between father and son brings nothing but napalm to the number. Drum rolling in on ‘Punisher’, decadent old school riffola and fretboard slides add to Coleman’s double bass intensity as rhyming gruff vocals, background roars and samples enhance the thick, cement mixer sound in all its oppressiveness, although starkly ending in the contrast of a wailing melancholic guitar sounding like a sorrowful cry that’s hard not to be moved by. With most of the material around the 3 to 4 minute mark, ‘Roadkill’ at 6 1/2 minutes is the album’s longest track, and a fitting closer given its disturbing topic of homelessness, not the professional beggar kind mind, but the global problem faced by millions who live hand to mouth on a daily basis, with barely a roof over their heads. As such, the song doesn’t hold back in weigh laying in with massive, reverb drenched riffs, hollow roars, booming bass, thudding tribal drums and relentless cymbal work as the groove works its way into your soul, possessing it before the whirring thrash stampede begins in nothing short of an all-out war against the human misery. Probably the angriest album this year,  yet not without its obvious socially conscious conviction, it’s hard not to be captured by the all-embracing passion of Max Cavalera, who sounds like he could still take on the world – and win.

Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul”

Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul” (Napalm Records)
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Superbly complementing the thrash metal of Nervosa and heavy / power metal of Burning Witches comes Crypta, the latest all female death metal outfit! Despite being formed only in June 2019, Crypta is not a new band but features underground names like Fernanda Lira (bass / vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums), both of whom were in Nervosa, along guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard). While there is little to doubt their ferocity and aggression, Crypta also show their composing finesse through plenty of catchy grooves and memorable hooks, along with a string of tasty melodies as this four-piece amply demonstrate the next generation of seasoned talent on this 10-track debut that was also mixed by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Powertrip etc), mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura etc) and featuring cover art by Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Kreator, Black Sabbath). As Dametto’s manic snare comes blasting in on ‘Starvation’, the high-speed whirring riffs from the twin guitars literally lift you off the floor as they crash and chunder in weaving an atmosphere combining darkness with exoticism as Lira roars and rasps over the brilliant stampede. Going for an old school touch on ‘Under The Black Wings’, the haunting intro soon gives way to Dametto’s mid tempo double bass drumming, growls and screeches from Lira, while Anubis and Bergamaschi deliver the diddly dee mayhem in all its authenticity and catchiness as the songs speeds up, while showcasing plenty of their own fretboard capability through lashings of neo classical breaks, tremolo wailing and somber melodies to really add to the song’s ghostliness and mysticism. Screaming back in on ‘Kali’, the rebounding riffs are nothing short of amazing and when combined with Dametto’s superb power percussion, it’s nothing short of a headbanger’s dream as Lira matches through her range of gutturals, cat screeching and pretty much everything in between – wow! A band set to drop plenty of jaws, Crypta combine the very best of Brazilian and Dutch death metal on this impressive kick off.

Various Artists – “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute”

Various Artists – “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute” (Metalville)
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It’s amazing the number of bands that Andrew Eldritch and The Sisters of Mercy have influenced over the decades, so in a fitting tribute comes this 14-track cover compilation from the likes of Paradise Lost, Crematory, Cradle Of Filth and Kreator – to name but a few! Containing rare and sought-after versions of some of the best-known Sisters classics in a new guise, “Black Waves of Adrenochrome – The Sisters of Mercy Tribute” opens to the dark charms of ‘Heartland’ as covered by Slovakian goth doomsters Frown, with Chemik’s stylish darkwave electronica embracing Marián Dráč’s even smoother baritone croons on a truly suave version of the 1982 original taken from The Sisters “Temple Of Love” EP. Hammering in with heavy raw guitars on their cover of ‘More’, Atrocity still do a great job of keeping to the original from 1990’s “Vision Thing” as Alexander Krull’s gruff vocals and creepy keys are slickly complemented by some female background vocals while not losing sight of the goth dance beat. In fact, this Sisters favourite is also brilliantly covered by Hungarian goth doomsters Nevergreen, who don’t hold back whatsoever in their vampiric rendition through Slobodan Macura’s morbid drawls and lycanthropic growls, Matláry Miklós’ deep and dramatic piano and full on female soprano wails – wow! Heralded through heavenly church choirs, ‘This Corrosion’ explodes through an energised hard rock groove of driving bass, crunching riffs and crooning melodies courtesy of Maryslim from Sweden while featuring the unmistakeably deep croons of Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes from Finland, here guesting on this Sisters classic from 1987’s “Floodland”. Closing off this extraordinary tribute to one of the greatest bands of gothic rock is Columbia Obstruction Box’s homage in ‘Marian’, along with its deep, droning baritones almost taking hypnotic effect and completed by some psych goth guitar work lending credibility to this cover taken from The Sisters unforgettable mid 80s debut “First and Last and Always” as indeed Andrew, you always will be in my still black heart.

Cerebral Rot – “Excretion Of Mortality”

Cerebral Rot – “Excretion Of Mortality” (20 Buck Spin)
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Living up to their name with ample disgust, Cerebral Rot play ‘..Seattle Reeking Death Metal..’ that goes right back to the genre’s early primitive and gore splattered beginnings with little finesse in their twisted minds! Stomach churning right from its dense foreboding sound to its repugnant lyrical content, “Excretion Of Mortality” is offensive in every regard across its 7 brutal, bludgeoning tracks – and indeed intended as such. Having released their debut in 2019 with an EP in between, this sophomore captures the Seattle quartet’s grimness and sheer barbarism superbly through their incredibly tight performances clearly acknowledging the band’s superior composing and musicianship traits. As the whirring guitars of Ian Schwab (Astraes Pestis, Chronic Tomb, Crurifragium, Demoncy, Excarnated Entity, Hexenslaught, ex-Warpvomit) and Clyle Lindstrom (Caustic Wound, Fetid, ex-Of Corpse) mercilessly drill in on ‘ Vile Yolk of Contagion’ while smashing in monstrous riffs amid tortured tremolo wails, Drew O’Bryant (ex-Acid Feast) pounds in the tribal drumming while Zach Nehl (ex-Cauterized, ex-Chronic Tomb) ravages his ugly bass as Schwab growls with menace like a beast sharpening its claws in anticipation of its prey – awesome! Grinding in on ‘Retching Innards’, sick guitar squeals contrast the dense guitars and booming bass with O’Bryant’s brilliant cymbal percussion adding to the unpleasantness as Schwab babbles and belches before the song steamrollers off in a spectacular frenzy of wailing guitar insanity, feedback and massive, cascading waves of par excellence death metal at its best. Closing with the 11 minute ‘Crowning The Disgustulent (Breed of Repugnance)’, the dark ambient intro soon decays into more distorted sound waves graced by O’Bryant’s drum rolls before picking up the fretboard whirring as the grim riffs power and crash in the background like bombs going off, leaving Schwab’s gutturals pit fighting their way into the maelstrom while vividly adding even more darkness to the predatory atmosphere. This is foul, foul, foul but oh so good!

MOONSPELL – To Perform Full Live Sets of “Irreligious” & Brand New Album “Hermitage”!

MOONSPELL, the undisputed Gothic Metal titans, return to their hometown, Portugal’s luminous capital Lisbon, in style and with a grandiose DOUBLE-DATE no pack member can afford to miss out!

On June 18th, MOONSPELL will take over the stage and in front of a live audience of 300 fans (under Covid rules), to perform their pathbreaking 1996 album Irreligious in its entirety! Irreligious has not only helped the band to redefine their manifold style, but this year also marks the record’s 25th anniversary. Timeless classics such as Opium, Raven Claws, Herr Spiegelmann, Mephisto or Fullmoon Madness will take you back to the late Nineties, when Gothic was more dark and beautiful than in any other year or age. To share this memorable event with fans from all over the world, the show will be also streamed live in a top notch-production, with MOONSPELL’s own flair for a big sound and amazing lights via the streaming platform Munin Live.

Furthermore, MOONSPELL have announced to reissue Irreligious with a one-of-a-kind Deluxe Box (containing the LP + a 12” triangle-shaped disc EP of the band’s eternal ode to the moon Fullmoon Madness original song + LIVE version, an exclusive tape + slipmat) and much more! Watch out for this amazing band edition, courtesy of their own label Alma Mater Records (also available as LP + EP + MC and slipmat separately), with more details and news to be revealed in the days ahead.

But as if that wasn’t all and to get your full dose of the moon madness, just one day later on June 19th MOONSPELL will play a full live set of their highly acclaimed, new album Hermitage! For the first time ever and in front of the “lucky 300” ( plus in a worldwide stream! ), the Portuguese dark metal masters will present their latest magnum opus live in its entirety and for a “real” audience. Join MOONSPELL for an unforgettable night of amazing songs and emotions!

“We all took a big fall with the Covid situation. It has been challenging to keep the band together and the fans motivated,” says frontman Fernando Ribeiro. “Our legs were crushed but we are back on our feet and want to walk at your side again. We will not only celebrate the incredible 25th anniversary of one of our most fundamental albums (Irreligious) but finally have the chance to unveil the absolute and quite powerful charm of Hermitage songs on stage. It’s Moonspell like you never seen us before, it’s being together again, our time has come.”

Both shows can be watched via Munin, the single tickets are available yet but with the bundle you can:

– Access to both concerts!

– Extended Rewatch Availability – 96 hours after the 2nd show!

– 1hour of extra and rare live footage between the exclusive Encores for each concert!

For more info, and to purchase your tickets + bundles, visit: https://moonspell.munin.live/

POWERWOLF ft. Alissa White-Gluz – Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend

2021 is once again completely under the spell of the wolves: With the announcement of their new studio album, Call Of The Wild, POWERWOLF, the high priests of heavy metal, have turned the heads of fans and critics internationally and hereby seamlessly continue on their unique success story!

Along with a powerful video starring Alissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY and Falk Maria Schlegel, they are more than ready to present a brand new version of their hit single “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. If the original version of the thrilling track already managed to reach over 50 million streams across platforms, the exciting new version will set the international heavy metal world on fire!

“Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend” feat. Alissa White-Gluz will be part of the bonus album Missa Cantorem, that various special formats of Call Of The Wild include.

Alissa White-Gluz on the new single: “I enjoyed putting a woman’s spin on “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”; altering the lyrics to fit a strong message of female empowerment and delivering them with a mighty roar! Thanks to POWERWOLF for being open to having their song reconstructed like this!”

Falk Maria Schlegel on the video and the collaboration with Alissa White-Gluz: “It was a pleasure to work and perform together with Alissa for the very first time on our joint video shoot for “Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend”. Immediately, there was a great energetic atmosphere on set! Alissa is such a wonderful artist and interacting with her during this shoot as well as re-interpreting this video together was an amazing experience.”

THERION – Eye Of Algol

Therion’s 17th studio album Leviathan was released on January 22nd 2021, and proved to be another success for the symphonic metal pioneers. It entered the charts worldwide peaking at #8 (Rock and Metal) in the UK, at #11 in Germany and #14 (physical) in Sweden, to name just a few. Today, Therion are proud to release a music video for ‘Eye Of Algol’, a track taken from Leviathan. It refers to the ‘demon star’ Algol (“al-ġūl” means “the demon” in Arabic), a multiple star consisting of three separate stars that has an ominous connotation in astrology, which is also referenced in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The video features performances by lead singers Rosalía Sairem and Thomas Vikström, whose voices can both be heard in the song, as well as mythical creatures, blood, fire and swordfights, picking up where its predecessors, ‘Tuonela’ and ‘Die Wellen der Zeit’ left off.

Buy/stream new album Leviathan http://nblast.de/Therion-Leviathan

MORDRED – ‘Malignancy’

Reunited Bay Area crossover thrashers MORDRED unveil ‘Malignancy’ music video, out now on M-Theory Audio. Clip features appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Will Carroll (Death Angel)

The influential San Francisco crossover thrash metal act MORDRED have unleashed the music video for their new song “Malignancy.” The clip, which features appearances from fellow Bay Area metalheads Chuck Billy (Testament), Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Matt Camacho (Forbidden), was written and directed by MORDRED guitarist Danny White and Christian Powell of Wintermusik Productions.

“’Malignancy’ was truly a band effort,” says White. “We all had a hand in the writing. The music was done and there were some attempts at lyrics, but the subject was just too close to heart to write about. I was relating it to (vocalist) Scott Holderby one night over drinks, and I said that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a living – cancer doesn’t give a shit. He said I should just write that. The lyrics were written 20 minutes later. This is dedicated to everyone who’s lost someone to this wretched disease. Fuck cancer.”

“Malignancy” is the second advance taste of “The Dark Parade,” MORDRED’s first full-length album in over 25 years. Set to be released by M-Theory Audio on July 23, the record – which will be offered on CD, digital, blue vinyl with orange splatter and a limited-edition, mail-order exclusive white vinyl variant with a Mordred turntable slipmat and autographed photo card – can be pre-ordered now at https://smarturl.com/Mordred.

MORDRED has also scheduled their first live performance of 2021, a record release show on Aug. 14 during the grand re-opening weekend of famed San Francisco rock club Bottom of the Hill. Special guests and fellow Bay Area heavy metal masters Blind Illusion will also perform. The following week, MORDRED will take the stage alongside the likes of Vicious Rumors and Lich King at the Redwood Metalfest in Ukiah, Calif.  “The Dark Parade” features five-sixths of the personnel from MORDRED’s acclaimed 1991 record “In This Life,” plus new drummer Jeff Gomes (formerly of Fungo Mungo and MIRV).

GUS G. – Fierce

Guitar shredder and string virtuoso GUS G. released his exceptional new single „Fierce“ yesterday. To round this up, Gus teamed up with filmaker Panagiotis Kountouras to produce a videoclip that offers unequalled opportunities – a very special love story with corpsepaint included. Are you ready for this?

No black metal makeover, nor did he change his style of music – Gus is just having fun doing something totally unexpected. With corpsepaint on his face he’s trying to overcome the daily rockstar routine and in the end finds true love.

Gus G. states on this: „I came up with the concept of a lonely Rock star who eventually finds true love in the eyes of “Necromantissa” – a girl he previously kept hostage in his dungeon. Music finally unites them and they live happily ever after and even form a Metal band. Nightmare or reality? […] We had tons of fun shooting this, getting in full makeup. I love certain black metal & shock rock aesthetics & wanted to try something different, instead of doing yet another performance video. And I also wanted to make a video with my cats too“

“Fierce” is the follow up single to “Exosphere”, Gus’ first solo music release in 3 years which came out back in April and was very well received by guitar fans & instrumental music lovers. The single proved to be a nice opportunity for Gus to engage with his fans, after he invited them to virtually jam with him by uploading their own version of the track.

Marta Gabriel – Count Your Blessings

Marta Gabriel’s “Count Your Blessings” music video, has just been published by the NWOTHM Full Albums Youtube channel. The song, which is a MALTEZE cover, is taken taken from “Metal Queens” – CRYSTAL VIPER front woman’s first solo album. The album, which is coming out next month on Listenable Records, is a collection of exclusive cover songs, and a tribute to the female heavy metal and hard rock singers of the ’80s. “It’s a celebration and tribute to some of my favorite female vocalists, and a solid piece of heavy metal that fans might enjoy even if they don’t know original versions of those songs”, says Gabriel. “It’s not a random collection of covers – we made sure that it sounds like one big piece, like a real album, and it has this taking-no-prisoners attitude”, she adds.

The album features Marta Gabriel on vocals and bass guitar, Eric Juris from CRYSTAL VIPER on guitars, and Cederick Forsberg from CRYSTAL VIPER and BLAZON STONE on drums.

“Metal Queens” track listing:
01. Max Overload (ACID)
02. Metal Queen (LEE AARON)
03. Call Of The Wild (BLACKLACE)
04. Light In The Dark (CHASTAIN)
05. Rebel Ladies (ZED YAGO)
06. My Angel (ROCK GODDESS)
07. Count Your Blessings (MALTEZE)
08. Goin’ Wild (WENDY O’ WILLIAMS)
09. Bad Attitude (HELLION)
10. Reencarnacion (SANTA)
11. Mr. Gold (WARLOCK) – CD bonus track

Pre-order limited edition vinyl, CD, or a bundle with t-shirt, poster, postcard and signed photo card: https://www.shop-listenable.net/en/883_marta-gabriel.