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This isn’t a review so much as a call to arms as to why thrash fucking rules.

For a unique, one-off Iron Sandwich, Dom Lawson talks through our immense thrash special as well as why thrash is the BEST THING EVER!

Get your denim out and get stuck in below…

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Artisan News recently conducted an interview with former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein. You can now watch the chat below.

Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein‘s song “Valley Of Shadows” was released as a single on June 25 via iTunes.

Like the other 10 songs on Doyle‘s new album, “Abominator”, “Valley Of Shadows” is rife with horror imagery, while telling the tale of a sick and twisted love story. Doyle‘s nuclear guitar riffs are mixed to melt speakers, while Alex Story‘s screaming vocals add to the sonic attack that is “Abominator”.

“Abominator” was made available worldwide on iTunes and all digital music services on July 30.

The effort, which has been called “perhaps the best MISFITS-related record in over a decade,” also features Alex Story (CANCERSLUG) on vocals, “Left-Hand” Graham on bass and Dr. Chud (MISFITS) on drums.

Showcasing the evolution of sound Doyle has achieved from his already legendary development with the MISFITS, “Valley Of Shadows” rages with the primal fury and carnality found throughout the band’s debut album. This is a call to arms to true fiends everywhere. The trip through the valley is a brutal thrill filled ride to hell that you won’t soon forget. Where hardcore punk meets old school thrash and a new breed of doom metal, “Valley Of Shadows” is just a glimpse into what is to come from “Abominator”.

Doyle recently partnered with Labeled Insane Management and BrainMuscleMedia to create his own label, Monsterman Records.

“Abominator” track listing:

01. Abominator
02. Learn To Bleed
03. Dreamingdeadgirls
04. Headhunter
05. Valley Of Shadows
06. Land Of The Dead
07. Cemeterysexxx
08. Love Like Murder
09. Mark Of The Beast
10. Bloodstains
11. Hope Hell Is Warm

Doyle recently hit the road again with Glenn Danzig to revisit the magic of their legendary early collaborations, this time taking the mayhem with DANZIG‘s 25th-anniversary tour. On each date, Doyle took to the stage with Danzig to run through a set of MISFITS classics, paying homage to their legacy as, arguably, the most influential horror-punk band of all time.

For more information, visit www.officialdoyle.com.

Interview:

“Valley Of Shadows” lyric video:



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The lyric video for the song “Valley Of Shadows” from former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein can be seen below. The track was released as a single on June 25 via iTunes.

Like the other 10 songs on Doyle‘s new album, “Abominator”, “Valley Of Shadows” is rife with horror imagery, while telling the tale of a sick and twisted love story. Doyle‘s nuclear guitar riffs are mixed to melt speakers, while Alex Story‘s screaming vocals add to the sonic attack that is “Abominator”.

“Abominator” was made available worldwide on iTunes and all digital music services on July 30.

The effort, which has been called “perhaps the best MISFITS-related record in over a decade,” also features Alex Story (CANCERSLUG) on vocals, “Left-Hand” Graham on bass and Dr. Chud (MISFITS) on drums.

Showcasing the evolution of sound Doyle has achieved from his already legendary development with the MISFITS, “Valley Of Shadows” rages with the primal fury and carnality found throughout the band’s debut album. This is a call to arms to true fiends everywhere. The trip through the valley is a brutal thrill filled ride to hell that you won’t soon forget. Where hardcore punk meets old school thrash and a new breed of doom metal, “Valley Of Shadows” is just a glimpse into what is to come from “Abominator”.

Doyle recently partnered with Labeled Insane Management and BrainMuscleMedia to create his own label, Monsterman Records.

“Abominator” track listing:

01. Abominator
02. Learn To Bleed
03. Dreamingdeadgirls
04. Headhunter
05. Valley Of Shadows
06. Land Of The Dead
07. Cemeterysexxx
08. Love Like Murder
09. Mark Of The Beast
10. Bloodstains
11. Hope Hell Is Warm

Doyle has just hit the road again with Glenn Danzig to revisit the magic of their legendary early collaborations, this time taking the mayhem with DANZIG‘s 25th-anniversary tour. On each date, Doyle takes to the stage with Danzig to run through a set of MISFITS classics, paying homage to their legacy as, arguably, the most influential horror-punk band of all time.

For more information, visit www.officialdoyle.com.



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Ghost cast their spell on the UK once more

Ghost, Gojira and The Defiled smashed through the UK on this year’s Jägermeister Music Tour last week. It was bloody brilliant, and our Merl was there to see it all go down...

Let’s be honest; as far as debuts go, getting Skindred to headline last year’s first ever UK Jägermeister Music Tour takes some beating, so 2013′s similarly excellent bill featuring Ghost, Gojira, The Defiled and a host of stellar local support acts has plenty to live up to.

Lucky, then, that the band opening up London’s showing are one of the best live acts to break out of the UK hardcore scene in decades. Feed The Rhino put on a typically brutish showing, with frontman Lee Tobin ever the terrifying focal point; flailing around the stage with little regard for his own well-being and demanding participation from an already filling Brixton Academy. The sound is muddy, as is often the case with support bands at this venue, and Lee doesn’t bully his audience quite as much as is the norm, but they still set the bar suitably high for the rest of the evening. Job done, gents.

Feed The Rhino: ferocious

Few bands can hang with ‘Rhino under any circumstance, but London’s own The Defiled have firmly established themselves as one of the Capital’s most convincing heavyweights-in-the-making, and tonight they only do that deserved reputation further justice. Opening with blazing new single Sleeper and hallmark anthem The Ressurectionists is a fiery display of confidence that sees their set remain in fifth gear until the very last note of Call To Arms leaves the Academy in a suitably sweaty heap, shit-eating grins left to greet the band that many would argue could make a case for headlining this tour.

The Defiled: London’s finest

And make a case is exactly what Gojira themselves do. Boasting a relatively simple though impressive-looking (and, whisper it, quite pretty) set, they initially suffer from the same muddy mix that throttled tonight’s earlier acts, but their incendiary merging of earth-shattering grooves, cataclysmic death metal riffing and thunderous hooks shines through beautifully. Few metal bands can really fill the Academy with such effortless abandon, but Gojira do it spectacularly, with the likes of The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe and an astoundingly huge The Gift Of Guilt almost levelling the building entirely. Jaws to the floor, ladies and gentlemen. This band really are something else.

It’s a big, big call for a band of Ghost’s ilk, regardless of their obvious mystique and charm, to follow a set like that, let alone an entire show of this calibre, but to be fair to the mysterious Swedes, from the moment Papa E strides out on stage with his staff held high (oo-er etc), they manage to cast their inimitable spell over London once again. Despite not being able to lay claim to the manic energy of Feed The Rhino and The Defiled or the bullish, arena-worthy racket of Gojira, Ghost’s scintillating blend of Mercyful Fate-styled occultisms and Blue Öyster Cult-esque hooks remains curiously otherworldly and comfortingly familiar all at once, and they manage to be the first band of the night to get their mix absolutely spot-on, which always helps.

Ghost: Papa be Preaching

They also happen to be packing one of the most impressive-looking sets seen at this venue, with the stage turned into a towering, imposing chapel from which Papa is able to deliver those haunting sermons. Of course, it would help a hell of a lot if Ghost had a few more certified bangers like Ritual and Stand By Him up their sleeve, with their decent 2010 debut Opus Eponymous carrying a few more fillers than many devotees would like to admit, but they still just about retain enough strong material to make this a convincing, if not totally triumphant set. Still, this is a damn fine way to spend a Sunday night in chilly London town.

 

 

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Continuing in their efforts to fund the production of the “Lost Episode” of the Metal Evolution series, Banger Films is offering fans for the first time ever an extended cut of director Sam Dunn’s interview with Norwegian black metal vocalist Gaahl, past member of Gorgoroth and currently with God Seed.

Gaahl’s interview has been cited as one of the most compelling and entertaining interviews Sam Dunn has ever conducted. The video will be delivered digitally when the crowd funding campaign wraps up in mid-December.

In 2004 Sam, Scot, and the Banger Films crew traveled to Bergen, Norway to interview Gaahl for their groundbreaking documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” According to Dunn, “as the crew started to set up cameras, lights, etc… Gaahl insisted that everyone move to the wine cellar where the room is lit only by candlelight.” What resulted is one of the most memorable interviews in the history of metal documentaries.

Banger Films has issued a call to arms to the global metal community to help make the “Lost Episode” of the Metal Evolution series by means of a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. For just $5.00 fans can pre-order the episode which will be delivered to them via secure e-mail link once the production is finished. There are other campaign perks available as well, such as the opportunity to have renowned artist Vince Locke design an exclusive custom tattoo and have Banger Films cover the ink costs. For more information and to find out how you can help make this episode happen visit this location.

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Saxon will release the new album “Sacrifice” this coming February 2013 through UDR as the successor to previous album “A Call To Arms.”

“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.” The following press release was also issued about the album:

“The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of ‘Warriors Of The Road,’ ‘Wheels Of Terror,’ and ‘Stand Up And Fight’ evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut ‘Sacrifice.’”

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ’80s thrashier perspective,” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of ‘Crusader’ and an acoustic version of ‘Frozen Rainbow.’

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place,” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever.”

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KreatorPhantom Antichrist
2012 Nuclear Blast Records
Ray Van Horn, Jr.

It might be offensive to utter Kreator and “schlager” in  the same breath.  Schlager music has had its ups and downs in the German mainstream and most of the pop-friendly schemes of schlager are as un-metal as Katy Perry or LMFAO.   However, if you have a look back at fifties and sixties schlager concocted in Germany, a large chunk of it was hunkered around a nationalist sense of pride, solidarity and unquestioned conformity.  Of course, this was all depending on what side of the Berlin wall you sat back then, thus making German schlager a sick joke on the front.  Thank God for Can, Amon Duul and yes, even Kraftwerk. 

What does any of this have to do with thrash lords Kreator, you’re no doubt asking?   Welp, have a listen to their 13th studio album, Phantom Antichrist and see if there isn’t a rousing call-to-arms planted all over this sucker.  Of course, the rally call is as nihilistic as ever as Mille Petrozza and his shred team summon speed freaks and death worshippers to the apocalypse–the same one they’ve been doing since 1985’s Endless Pain.  Phantom Antichrist spits on religion, yeah, but so what?   So does 98% of the other artists in this genre.  It’s the not-so-subtle hilarity undermining Petrozza’s creed of chaos that sticks out the most on Phantom Antichrist–aside from the fact it’s one fast sumbitch.

“Death to the World,” “Victory Will Come,” “United in Hate,” and “Until Our Paths Cross Again” carry stomping, flag-raising vibes aimed directly at the same metalheads listening to Pleasure to Kill, Terrible Certainty and Extreme Aggression back in Kreator’s formative years as they do the new breed latching onto them as of the retro-minded Enemy of God and Hordes of Chaos.  It’s gonzo how Petrozza and Kreator have evolved zero thematically, Renewal and Cause for Conflict notwithstanding, yet no matter laughable it is to hear how we’re legion united on “Civilization Collapse,” it’s all so freaking kickass.

Kreator has been on a roll since Enemy of God and if that album reignited this band’s passion, consider Kreator right back where they were on Coma of Souls:  precisioned, finessed and in full command of their excelled powers.  Still, Phantom Antichrist has that underlying hummable schlager kick beneath music that is mostly blazing fast and always sinister.  Anti-schlager is for sure the more appropriate idiom, as Mille Petrozza somehow manages to coax his listeners to pound their noggins and sing along to his gospel of atrocity.  Listen to the first marching breakdown on “Few, the Proud, The Broken.”  Yes, it’s motherfucking schlager, man, but it’s metal schlager and very few thrash bands can step up to this level of proficiency and erase the cheesiness all away as Kreator does.  

As ever, the solos defy gravity and Phantom Antichrist stays in fifth gear more than it doesn’t, yet  the tempo mix-ups never burden the album.  They’re too catchy to complain about.  The intro to “Your Heaven, My Hell” is Gothic and weirdly Marilyn Manson-like before the cut takes on a louder power metal feel well in harmony with Kreator’s Teutonic brethen (and upcoming tour mates), Accept. 

Pre-release hype for Phantom Antichrist had camp insiders stating the album was going for the spirit of Coma of Souls and it succeeds admirably in honoring that era.  Better, Phantom Antichrist is its own beast, one to stand the test of time for the band’s devout.  While Terrible Certainty remains this writer’s personal favorite Kreator album, it’s too much to expect that sort of singular full-on speed in 2012.  What we get out of Kreator, though, is more than enough thrash than we deserve and better, we can take comfort that Mille Petrozza sounds every bit the manic, mosh-happy bitter pill he always has.  Take the pill with the schlager in this case.

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The nominees for Best UK Band this year are…

Saxon

Fields Of The Nephilim

Tesseract

TRC

Black Spiders

 

And the winners are… Saxon!

Proving that you just cannot mess with True British Heavy Metal, Saxon continued their excellent recent run of form with last year’s ace Call To Arms and a fantastic set at Download this past weekend. Big up Biff and the boys!

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We love Testament so much we flew out to Germany just to hear the new record. Our Features Editor Amit Sharma visited Nuclear Blast HQ to wrap his ears around their tenth studio album Dark Roots Of Earth and judging from what he’s been telling us, it’s a fucking scorcher!

1. Rise Up

Let’s not beat around this big hairy beast of a bush – the question on everyone’s minds right now will be “Is it as good as Formation Of Damnation?” and Testament answer this straight off the bat with juggernaut riffs and well-defined bursts of heavy metal mastery. Praise the fucking gods, the thrash titans have returned.

2. Native Blood

Songs like Native Blood truly encapsulate what Testament do best. Everything from the apocalyptic sized riffs to the pounding rhythms conjure the pure sonic aggression we all know and love. The delivery is precise and calculated – in true Testament style it’s very heavy but always very focused. Despite burning around the fretboard at blistering speeds, Alex Skolnick’s arpeggios remain perpetually musical and highly articulate.

3. Dark Roots Of Earth

The title track starts with the cleaner dimensions of open picked chords, sounding as dark and brooding as Slayer did on that second riff in Seasons In The Abyss. But Testament lure the listener into a sense of false security, and Dark Roots Of Earth quickly mutates into a hook-laden, fist-pumping slab of neck-thickening brutality. The backing gang vocals will make this the thrash anthem of 2012.

4. True American Hate

We don’t know what’s rattled Chuck Billy’s cage but he has never sounded so pissed off. The combination of his throaty vocals, Gene’s relentless blastbeats and the Skolnick / Peterson guitar partnership make this a call-to-arms purpose built for thousands of metalheads to gather in a field and bang heads.

5. A Day In The Death

It’s no secret that Testament have always been masters of pace, but the sharp snappy rhythms here are devastatingly destructive. The gritty bass tones that open this song effortlessly expand into pummeling choruses and half time grooves. The brain bursting heaviness and facemelting accuracy of the later riffs revisit the death metal brutality they explored on Demonic. This track ends with a brain busting harmonic minor solo from Alex Skolnick, loaded with Egyptian mysticism and finger twisting virtuosity.

6. Cold Embrace

A bluesy guitar solo by Eric Peterson starts Cold Embrace, reminding us of Tony Iommi’s jazzier licks on Planet Caravan. Off to a good start then. The slower grooves and acoustic layers take things down a notch, providing the listener with an opportunity to simmer and reflect after the initial assault.

7. Man Kills Mankind

Man Kills Mankind is a straight up, no frills rager that serves as the perfect wake-up call to the evil slumber of Cold Embrace. It sounds modern and slick in the way the tracks off Megadeth’s Endgame did, thanks to the Andy Sneap production job. No complaints here.

8. Throne Of Thorns

There is a storm brewing before the rhythm guitars come crashing in and melt our ears into a pool of bloody mess. Chuck’s spoken word parts add touches of dark spiritualism and brooding menace to this crunchy bastard of a headbanger.

9. Last Stand For Independence

This album closer lacks unsurprisingly lacks very little, and the epic drum fill before the band come together is undoubtedly earth shattering. The legato riffs carry an almost Eddie Van Halen flavour to them, especially with Alex Skolnick’s whammy bar tricks thrown into the mix. We’ve only listened listened to it once… but it seems like Testament have done it again!

Testament play Bloodstock Festival this August.

Bloodstock Tickets

 

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The new Militia CD “Strength and Honor” is set for release this coming March 15th, with pre-orders currently available by contacting the band.

Militia has now revealed the album’s track listing will be as follows:

1. A Call To Arms
2. Furious
3. The Judas Dream
4. Before The Fall
5. Doomed
6. And The Gods Made War
7. Onslaught
8. Injustice
9. The Black Marauders
10. Unveil The Faith
11. We Need A New Enemy

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