"Prelude To The Oracle" is the new video from the Japanese extreme-metal group SIGH. The video was directed by David Hall, who states about the video, "The first things [vocalist-saxophonist] Dr. Mikannibal sent me were a lyric sheet and the album artwork. Based on the artwork, lyrics, and music I came up with the concept. [...]
Sigh have always gotten by on a certain eclectic restlessness, an ADD amalgam of dichotomous moods and paraphrased genres. At times their sheer adventurousness has threatened to get the best of them (most notably on 2005's Gallows Gallery, the head scratching, unmarketable aesthetic of which got the band kicked off of Century Media).
If anything, the Japanese quintet – having gradually worked their way up from a trio – have struggled to establish a consistent identity over the past 19 years, the early black metal quickly giving way to keyboard-laced Maiden worship (Hail Horror Hail), the weird Mr. Bungle-meets-Entombed of Gallows Gallery, and most recently the blackened death filtered through carousel synths of Scenes from Hell. Quality has varied greatly from one release to another, regardless of what side of the psychedelia / brutality imbalance you may be partial to; yes, Sigh are legitimately schizophrenic enough to degenerate into a soupy mess of half-baked ideas from time to time. (more…)
As the year is comes to a close, we will be taking you through the Best of 2010. Over the next couple of days, expect top 10 album lists from most of our writers, as well as the top stories & videos of the year. Don't forget, you can still submit your Top 10 album list to be included in the overall Top Albums As Decided by the Metal Injection Junkies list.
By: Graham "Gruhamed" Hartmann
It seems like Italy has been stealing some Scandinavian thunder lately when it comes to breeding quality metal bands. Accompanying acts such as Fleshgod Apocalypse and Graveworm, Hour of Penance have been responsible for giving their boot-shaped homeland a reputation for more than just good food and women with mustaches. Hour of Penance have been shelling out some of the most aggressive and finely-crafted brutal death metal for over a decade, and Paradogma is no exception. (more…)
If Scenes from Hell is any indication, Beelzebub's lair is not pretty. Choked-sounding saxophones squeal for help, announcing the arrival of a freight train circus packed with cinematic string arrangements, 3/4 sea shanty progressions narrated by downtuned power chords and and enough sound clips to rival early WHITE ZOMBIE. Contagious riffs fight off a headache-inducing mix and a filthy low end. But if this really is what the Abyss sounds like, then the new album from Japanese black metal heroes SIGH also confirms the wise idiom of the late BON SCOTT: "Hell ain't a bad place to be." (more…)
For once, a series has made it to the seventh installment without sucking. Maryland Death Fest has announced this year's daily lineups, with over 50 bands in three days. Any self-respecting headbanger better start calling up those long-lost relatives in the Baltimore area and asking for a place to crash from May 22-24.
MAYHEM, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, NAPALM DEATH, ATHEIST, PIG DESTROYER, THE RED CHORD, TRAP THEM, MISERY INDEX and SIGH are just some of the big names appearing, plus a shit-ton of potentially awesome bands from all over the metal scale. Tickets are already on sale, and the complete lineup (plus footage of DYING FETUS from last year's fest) are after the jump for your viewing pleasure. (more…)
Fans of Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen's 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey rejoice: The duo's follow-up, Global Metal, is scheduled for DVD release this upcoming November 4. Addressing metal as an international phenom, Global Metal documents the culture, dedication and stigma that comes with extreme music all over the world. The film, which enjoyed a limited theater release earlier this year, features interviews with members of Sepultura, Slayer, Metallica, Sigh and others, as well as metalheads in Asia, South America and the Middle East. Check out the filmmakers' website for Global Metal and Metal: A Heabanger's Journey here. Watch the trailer below…
AC/DC's new single, "Rock 'N Roll Train" has been posted on the band's official website. This new direction for AC/DC can be described as rather psychadelic…not really, IT'S FRIGGEN AC/DC. You already know what the song sounds like before even hearing it, and that's just fine!
SLIPKNOT's entire new CD All Hope Is Gone is currently streaming at AOL Music
There is a new new e-card online for THE HAUNTED's new record Versus and it's pretty fucking awesome. Crank up your speaker and jam out to their single Moronic Colossus right here
WHITECHAPEL has posted the track "Eternal Refuge" on their MySpace page.
Download an MP3 of SIGH covering VENOM's "Black Metal" on BrooklynVegan.
Supergroup shmoopergroup! There is a band named UNITED NATIONS which (officially) features the dude from Thursday and the dude from Glassjaw and probably a dude from CONVERGE. They are calling it powerviolence, its pretty awesome. Check out their entire album on their MySpace page.
Watch a live version of HATEBREED's "I Will Be Heard" at Headbanger's Blog.
Check out an awesome clip that Earache posted of MUNICIPAL WASTE going record shopping with our very own Grim Kim by clicking here.