Along with the two volumes of Metal for Muthas, the Metal Massacre series loom large over the history of heavy metal in the 1980's. Where Muthas was a short-lived showcase for UK artists dabbling in the freshly minted New Wave of British Heavy Metal genre, Metal Massacre enjoyed a much more extended stretch highlighting a variety of new sounds emerging (mostly) out of the US west coast.
Songs like “Rites of the Locust” and “Les Sepulcri” represent the band at their best, with massive riffs and a perfectly honed atmosphere that places them right alongside classics like “Unholy Massacre” and “Essence Ablaze.” These are the songs John McEntee was born to write and perform.
Released to coincide with Cirith Ungol's first ever live gig in Europe at the Keep It True festival in Germany, this extras-laden package aims at both the layman and the diehard collector, with five bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a 1983 performance at the Roxy in Hollywood.
Familiar aesthetic aside, Sumerlands manage to forge a unique aesthetic within a well trod upon Venn diagram of early metal influences: Metal Massacre meets Metal for Muthas, with the production values of old Ebony and Neat albums but a heightened sense of musicianship
Obituary is releasing their latest moldering chunk of sonic grave-soil via Relapse Records. Entitled Inked in Blood, the new one began officially embalming Eustachian tubes on October 28th, 2014. As with any veteran band – and Obituary began way back in 1984 under the moniker Executioner – there will always be a degree of worry that current output will not be able to conjure the legendary magic of yore.
The self proclaimed "aliencore" band Rings of Saturn is a sterling example of what space themed metal is. They are not the first ones to do it, nor shall they be the last, but they are indeed a terrific milestone for this niche in the extreme metal category.
THE WEEKLY INJECTION: New Releases From BLACK SABBATH, DEAFHEAVEN, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and Much More Out Today - 6/11
Holy hell, you guys! The metal gods heard my complaining last week. I made the mistake of bitching about not…