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Iron Bonehead Productions has set April 21st as the international release date for Skelethal’s “Deathmanicvs Revelation.” The label also issued the following announcement: “Skelethal’s debut MLP, Deathmanicvs Revelation says everything it needs to in its title: absolute DEATH WORSHIP, wielding the metal of death like a scythe, an axe, and blunt hammer simultaneously, all in obeisance to occult forces beyond the mien of man. “At 22 lean, licentious minutes, Deathmanicvs Revelation allows this French duo to gallop forth into – and beyond – the realms of death, utilizing a morbid, miasmic thrust and an execution that sounds utterly possessed. “Despite their young years, Skelethal are well learned in the ancient ways of death metal, and the resultant sound across Deathmanicvs Revelation is not so much ‘old school’ nor ‘retro’ as it is simply respectful of its traditions, adding their own hideous flair to the form.” The track listing is as follows: 1

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After a long period of searching, gothic/doom band Draconian has finally issued a statement regarding the recruitment of South African singer Heike Langhans into its ranks. Below is the statement:

“It has been nearly a year since last we braced the stages and said our goodbyes to Lisa. We had no intent of collecting dust and taking up old man’s hobbies, so we set out to find a new female singer. For a band such as Draconian, this is no easy task and quite possibly the reason it has taken what seems to be ages. We thank our friends and fans greatly for their patience and a great thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for the position. We rifled through more than a hundred applications from countries far and wide and ended up finding a suitable singer in the most unexpected country of them all.”

“The Horde is pleased to announce our newest member, Heike Langhans – all the way from South Africa. She has since relocated to Sweden in order to join the band and has fit it superbly. She’s a true doomster at heart and brings an even greater emotional flair to our sound. Our journey thus continues and writing for the new album has already begun. As Fall approaches, we ready ourselves for some serious rehearsal, recording and tour planning. We look forward to seeing you all out there again!”

Heike visited Lisa’s flower shop and got the former Draconian singer’s blessing in a message posted on the band’s Facebook wall. Below is a statement that Heike has made about joining the band:

“Greetings to all, I will start off by saying that Lisa will be dearly missed. Replacing a voice such as hers is a concept foreign to most fans, myself included. I’ve listened to Draconian for many years and share the same sentiments as you do. She will never be forgotten and we wish her well for the future.

“That being said, this is a new era for Draconian and one to look forward to. My joining has not been an easy process. Dealing with Embassies, Migration boards and countless authority figures has delayed the joining process slightly, but we do what we can and remain patient. All in the name of doom.

“The last few months have been busy indeed. Traveling back and forth, rehearsing and getting to know my new surroundings has been exciting and hard work. I used to believe it can’t be done, but I’ve proved to myself and others that everything we are passionate about in life is worth fighting for.

“As a new member, I have prepared myself for the positive as well as the negative, but would like to thank all the kindness I’ve received so far from fans upon the release of Draconian’s ‘Lake of Tears’ tribute song, ‘Demon you/Lilly Anne’. Though my part in it was not big, it’s a little taste of things to come. I’m immensely excited to share a stage with these like-minded individuals and to touch the hearts of people all over the world with our musical poetry.

“I’ll see you all soon! From my heart to yours, Heike.”

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Alright! Fuck yeah! WOOOOO!

Okay…time to compose myself to write a review. THIS, my friends, THIS is what progressive deathcore should be! Arsonists Get All the Girls have often been overlooked as second rate amongst purists I think, but you know what? BTBAM had the same damn stigma amongst the same group forever, and still do amongst some! Motherland though, is Arsonists latest offering, and it’s heads above the other material they’ve released. Containing all the aggression necessary to appease scenesters, but with enough progressive flair to create not only one of the best breakout prog albums of the deathcore genre, but also a bend to allow advancement beyond meaningless stereotypes for those bands that excel so far beyond everyone else.

Arsonists is still relatively young, with their first album Hit From the Bow being released in 2006,  with two further releases prior to Motherland‘s inception, with each culminating in further progressive elements. However, nothing has been has seen advances as much as Motherland within the Arsonists discography, or arguably, deathcore as a whole. I am grinning ear to ear while I listen to Motherland, because it represents the satisfaction of the band’s choice in their sound, not that of the fans or the scene itself. Motherland actually reminds me a lot of Dead to Fall before they called it quits a few years ago, which is a good thing, because was seeing progression similar to BTBAM at the time, and I think if they had maintained their path, they would have evolved into a less serious sounding side of progressive death opposite of BTBAM.

I won’t say that Motherland is perfect, because it’s still stuck in the deathcore rut with little option for maneuvering in that respect, but the progresssive elements on this album are special, and could definitely spell a serious contender for BTBAM’s hold on the scene as the upper echelon in progressive “core” sounding music. I sincerely cannot wait for the release of this album, because it’s going to instantly blow up, and I look forward to finally going out to see yet another worthy band play live.

VERY GOOD

Similar Artists: Dead to Fall, Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris

1. Rise to Fall
2. Neck of the Contrast
3. Gooseknuckle
4. It Was a Memoir
5. Dr. Teeth
6. Avdotya
7. Waiting for the War to Die
8. West Cliffs
9. Hemlock Like This
10. Woebegone
11. Our Super Symmetry
12. Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean?
13. Tempest

Greg Howell : Bass
Garin Rosen : Drums
Arthur Alvarez : Guitar
Jared Monette : Vocals
Sean Richmond : Vocals, Keyboard
Jaeson Bardoni : Guitar

Century Media Records

http://www.myspace.com/agatg

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Boston based Ichabod don’t follow in the footsteps off many of their metalcore brethren which put Mass on the map for modern American metal. Rather, Ichabod plays a tried and true brand of stoner metal with a huge allocation of groove, heaviness and the only usage of soundbytes from one of the best horror films ever made, Session 7, that I have heard in metal.

The album begins with “Sleeping Giants,” and initially, I had a strong disliking of this tune. It starts with terrible clean vocals that I feared would be the norm throughout the entire record. Luckily, soon after its start, the groove laden aggression kicks in with harsh vocals courtesy of Ken Mackay (for shame on the clean vox Ken! For shame!), and really, the remainder of the album falls into an excellent pace. I don’t want to say that 2012 would be bad for having clean vocals or guitar riffs, because unlike the album’s false start, the rest of the record brings forth a classic sound in true form.

The highlight of the album for me is the song “Gentleman of the Choir” which really almost makes me eat the words I just wrote in the last paragraph, as the basic song structure and premise is clearly based on psychedelic rock ala The Doors, but it’s no where near as clean cut as any 60’s rock. Ken does engage in clean vocals on this one too, but the style he uses is fairly monotone with little flair for melody. The song’s true message is in the atmosphere created by the instruments.

And really, after listening to this album all the way through, the premise on “Gentleman of the Choir” really permeates throughout the entire album as a whole. This is classic stoner and psychedelic rock played by a metal band, and really, that’s all stoner metal ever was and ever will be. 2012 is moody music with a whole lot of soul. In comparison to many of the stand out stoner/sludge bands gaining so much attention these days, Ichabod clearly prefers to tone down the progressive rock in favor of chilling out to really awesome vibes. This is art, and letting the listener interpret (probably more effective in a less than sober state of mind) the bare essentials of the music is something I’d guess was a prime directive for the band.

2012 is an album I listened to late in 2009, so I didn’t really get to appreciate its message as much as I would have perhaps wanted for my end of the year awards. I am pretty confident though, that while it may not be an end of the year lister, it has all the greatness that one looks for in this type music; every base is covered. With that said, there’s only one thing more for you to do, pick up this album, turn down the lights, sit back, and allow Ichabod to do their magic (ooooh….sounds kinda dirty).

VERY GOOD

Rootsucker Records

http://www.myspace.com/ichabod

Review by CODY

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