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PYREXIA are back with a new slab of epic brutality set for Release via Unique Leader Records later this Fall. The ten-track Feast of Iniquity was recorded at New York’s Pitch Black Sound and mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Kataklysm, The Red Chord, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) at […]

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The New York death metal merchants in Pyrexia are back with a new slab of epic brutality set for Release via Unique Leader Records later this Fall. The ten-track “Feast of Iniquity” was recorded at New York’s Pitch Black Sound and mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Kataklysm, The Red Chord, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) at Planet Z in Massachusetts.

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“It’s about the human condition right now”, states Max Cavalera in a recent press release for SOULFLY‘s latest album, “Savages”. “We have the Internet and we’re working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We’re still savages. Even with technology and how far we’ve come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage”.

Savage has been SOULFLY‘s motif since pushing every boundary imaginable on their first four albums. Gone are the omnipresent “Roots” minded percussive cannonade and funk flitters that made SOULFLY such a joyride through their first albums. For better or worse, so are the rap interludes that turned some metal purists off. What Max Cavalera had tapped into within his post-SEPULTURA enterprise was something bred of imagination, urgency and post-trauma. Having H.R. of the BAD BRAINS scat on the first album was all the legitimacy Max needed for starting this band in the first place. For all Max had lost before starting this band, SOULFLY became a healing stone for its listeners, much less its creator.

Of late, SOULFLY has moved on to embrace the ugly spirit of societal condemnation Cavalera left behind in SEPULTURA (much less NAILBOMB) and for better or worse, “Savages” is a return at-heart to “Chaos A.D.”, only with less primeval results. Considering SOULFLY is once again label neighbors with Max‘s alma mater, a vicarious rubbing off effect seems inevitable. One only needs turn to “This is Violence” or “El Comegente” on “Savages” to feel swept back to the days of old in the Cavalera-verse. Now with former STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos in the fold alongside mainstay guitarist Marc Rizzo and Max‘s son Zyon on drums, SOULFLY retains its recent mindset of brutality, albeit there’s an immediate polished verve to the whole thing that makes it palatable, if overcooked at times.

Continuing to stray from the blunt tribal spices that made “Back to the Primitive”, “Downstroy”, “Bumba”, “Brasil”, “Sangue de Bairro” and “Mulambo” red-hot, shimmying pleasure pills, SOULFLY stays dirty and unabashedly heavy. Instead of swarming “Savages” with non-metal elements, the majority of the external trimmings (provided more by electronic twitters, beat samples and blunt coldwave) are served as outros. Whether or not you approve of the straight-up nasty metallic approach SOULFLY has employed since “Dark Ages”, at least “Savages” attempts to revive some bouncing, rhythmic tempos, as if trying to usher “Chaos A.D.” into a new order, if doing little to honor SOULFLY‘s (much less SEPULTURA‘s) ingrained spiritual fonts and ethnic beautification. Albeit, Tony Campos blaring in Spanish to counter Max‘s Portugese bellowing on “El Comegente” is one of the album’s moments of cultural homogeneity, despite the song’s unpleasant subject matter of a Venezuelan man-eater.

The riff is the name of the game on this album. The tempos vary somewhat but it’s obvious much labor went into structuring rhythmic guitar and bass patterns around Zyon Cavalera‘s developing, though hearty drumming skills. Instead of demanding he prove himself a blast furnace, Max, Rizzo and Campos pounce on the opportunity to deck and pummel their lines while Zyon hones his licks. “Master of Savagery”, “K.C.S.” and “This is Violence” contain some of Zyon‘s best punk and funk-driven grooves. In turn, the rest of the band boosts his confidence by dishing out some of the coolest riffs in their arsenal.

“Savages” is more epic-minded with its frequently drawn-out song durations. Sometimes the method works, sometimes it becomes a case of overabundance. In the case of “Bloodshed”, the extensive finale creates a downtrodden cadence that bookends with the plodding and angry opening verses. In-between, “Bloodshed” steps up the pace with menacing hooks, moshing bursts and grubby wallowing on the choruses. The stripped down jam session at the end of “El Comegente” works instead of detracts, and it gives “Savages” its most realized connection to the band’s building blocks.

In keeping with the situation, “Cannibal Holocaust”, perhaps the most insidious of all horror films, is given an appropriately filthy thrash groove reminiscent of early SEPULTURA as Max bays about hope being lost for mankind. To endure the movie “Cannibal Holocaust” beyond one sitting takes a constitution exclusive of moral taste. It implies a bloodlust, be it subliminal or more severe. While “Cannibal Holocaust” the song could’ve been a silly death metal ode in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE, Max uses the vehicle to indict humanity on a more base level.

Max saves the goofery for “Ayatollah of Rock ‘n Rolla”, a fun, mindless jaunt that does overstay its welcome with a few fakeout endings, but at least the base melody and bobbing crunch grooves of the track sit agreeably. It doesn’t hurt that CLUTCH‘s Neil Fallon drops in for narrations and some extra hollers. Fallon is one of a few guests on “Savages”, also including Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH on “K.C.S.” and I DECLARE WAR‘s Jamie Hanks on “Fallen”. Max even gathers his full brood to yell all over “Bloodshed”.

While not as thrashy and vociferous as “Dark Ages”, “Conquer” and “Omen”, “Savages” is still a jagged pill to shove down, made passable by Tony Campos‘ up-front bass plucks along with Marc Rizzo‘s reliable leads and decorative layers. Rizzo has always been able to dress up Max Cavalera‘s brutish chord structures and keep SOULFLY soaring despite the reproachful about-face in tone they’ve taken as a band. A transitional album to be sure, “Savages” is more entertaining by and large because of SOULFLY‘s will this time instead of its mere obligation to survive.

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Scottish death/grind powerhouse MAN MUST DIE will will release its new album, “Peace Was Never An Option”, on October 28 in Europe and one day later in North America via Lifeforce Records. The CD features a guest appearance by Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA) on one song.

The track “On The Verge Of Collapse” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

Comments the band: “This album is by far the angriest yet most diverse one we have done yet. It’s the next level for MAN MUST DIE. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. It’s brutal beyond the word and yet more melodic and memorable than ever.

“With ‘Peace was Never An Option’, we really focused on the songwriting, which is really important in MAN MUST DIE‘s sound, [and] seems to be bypassed a lot in modern music.

“All the classic metal is all about the songs; this is what influences us, this is what we do.”

MAN MUST DIE are an extreme metal band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 2002 and originally born of the founding members’ desire to push their music to new levels of intensity and brutality, the band’s dedication to their craft has since manifested itself in a rich touring history, sharing stages with such acts as EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD and DECAPITATED.

MAN MUST DIE has released three full-length studio albums thus far: 2004’s “…Start Killing” (Retribute Records), “The Human Condition” (2007, Relapse Records) and “No Tolerance For Imperfection” (2009, Relapse Records). Their music manages to incorporate the heaviest elements of extreme metal whilst retaining an attuned sense of melody, confidently shifting from epic, uplifting passages to pure sickness. Augmented by a keen compositional flair and furious, socially aware vocals, MAN MUST DIE is a highly focused musical force.

MAN MUST DIE is:

Joe McGlynn – Vocals
Alan McFarland – Guitar
Dan Firth – Bass
James Burke – Drums

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Earlier this year Deafheaven released Sunbather, arguably one of the most beautiful heavy metal albums ever recorded. Vasaeleth just barfed all over it. All Uproarious Darkness is a fist in the face of music. It's a wet fart at the heavy metal dinner table. This is primal death metal for people who prefer relentless brutality …

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Today ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE brings their molten brutality to the stage on the official Oceans To Summits tour kickoff in Chico, California. Joined by Iconocaust on select dates, the trek will level over fourteen cities, with additional shows to be announced soon

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Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band with a headlining performance last night (Friday, September 6) at Debaser Medis in Stockholm.

The current lineup of GRAVEOla Lindgren (vocals and guitar), Ronnie Bergerstål (drums, ex-CENTINEX), Tobias Cristiansson (bass, ex-DISMEMBER) and Mika Lagrén (guitar, FACEBREAKER) — performed songs from all its albums, as well as “a handful of demo songs and other goodies” from its career. GRAVE also offered the official anniversary ring that was only sold at the 25th-anniversary show.

1988 was the year when GRAVE (originally known as CORPSE) created delightful death symphonies with the release of its first demo, “Sick Disgust Eternal”, which was similar to the brutality of NIHILIST and CARNAGE, both of which were launched in Stockholm around the same time. GRAVE — along with ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER and UNLEASHED — has since marched to the forefront of the Swedish death metal scene and continues to be worshipped by metalheads all over the world.

After the concert, the band wrote on its Facebook page: “Huuuuge thanks to each and every one of you who showed up to the anniversary gig last night. We had a kick-ass time entertaining you, although a set this long takes its toll on an old man, hehe.

“We played one track from all of our releases starting with the ‘Sick Disgust Eternal’ demo up ’til today’s most recent release, ‘Morbid Ascent’.”

GRAVE‘s setlist for last night’s show:

01. Into The Grave (1988 demo version)
02. Sexual Mutilation
03. Reborn Miscarriage
04. Deformed
05. And Here I Die
06. Christi(Ns)Anity
07. Soulless
08. Worth The Wait
09. Rise
10. Out Of The Light
11. Living The Dead Behind
12. 8th Dominion
13. Dismembered Mind
14. Passion Of The Weak
15. Morbid Ascent

Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.



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Scottish death/grind powerhouse MAN MUST DIE will will release its new album, “Peace Was Never An Option”, on October 28 in Europe and one day later in North America via Lifeforce Records. The CD features a guest appearance by Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA) on one song.

Comments the band: “This album is by far the angriest yet most diverse one we have done yet. It’s the next level for MAN MUST DIE. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. It’s brutal beyond the word and yet more melodic and memorable than ever.

“With ‘Peace was Never An Option’, we really focused on the songwriting, which is really important in MAN MUST DIE‘s sound, [and] seems to be bypassed a lot in modern music.

“All the classic metal is all about the songs; this is what influences us, this is what we do.”

MAN MUST DIE are an extreme metal band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in 2002 and originally born of the founding members’ desire to push their music to new levels of intensity and brutality, the band’s dedication to their craft has since manifested itself in a rich touring history, sharing stages with such acts as EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD and DECAPITATED.

MAN MUST DIE has released three full-length studio albums thus far: 2004’s “…Start Killing” (Retribute Records), “The Human Condition” (2007, Relapse Records) and “No Tolerance For Imperfection” (2009, Relapse Records). Their music manages to incorporate the heaviest elements of extreme metal whilst retaining an attuned sense of melody, confidently shifting from epic, uplifting passages to pure sickness. Augmented by a keen compositional flair and furious, socially aware vocals, MAN MUST DIE is a highly focused musical force.

MAN MUST DIE is:

Joe McGlynn – Vocals
Alan McFarland – Guitar
Dan Firth – Bass
James Burke – Drums

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Denton, TX based Brutalody has a debut EP, entitled “The Usurper,” consisting of three songs mixing melody and brutality. You can stream all three tracks in the player below. Brutalody will also be performing live on the following dates: Fri Aug 30th – Wit’s End (Dallas, TX) Sat Sept 21 – The Boiler Room (Dallas, TX w/Kill Ritual) Fri Sept 27 – Tomcat’s West (Fort Worth, TX) Sat Oct 12 – Hailey’s (Denton, TX)

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NYDM veterans Dehumanized will be heading out on an East Coast mini-tour with NJ’s Cognitive. The following press release was issued about the trek: “Both Dehumanized and Cognitive are all about pushing things to the extreme, from relentless brutality to uncompromising technicality, so it only seemed natural for the bands to team up and organize a weekend mini-tour to spread their NY and NJ brands of death metal across the east coast. “Dehumanized recently released ‘Controlled Elite’ through Comatose Music and is now eagerly awaiting to bring its notorious live energy to the states of New Jersey, Virginia and Delaware

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