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U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine recently asked guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy of Florida metallers TRIVIUM to give us his thoughts on the state of metal in 2013. As ever, his answer was an interesting one. Check out the clip below.

“The state of metal in 2013… It’s in a great place and it’s also in a bad place,” Heafy began. “I think the fact that there is so much… I guess to each his own, and I always talk about being acceptant of all styles of life and all genres of music — I mean, you can learn something from everything — there is a lot of manufactured nonsense out there.

“For me, when I think of hardcore and I think of metal and I think of bands that I love from those genres… I don’t know. In my head, I know what they should sound like. And I can see what these bands are all copycatting off each other’s copycatting and not quite making anything original and not making anything of their own; they just keep copying a form of a copy.

“I know I’ve been looking for that young, new metal band. Where are the kids that are picking up a guitar, saying, ‘Hey, I wanna be like IRON MAIDEN,’ ‘Hey, I wanna be like METALLICA.’ Instead it’s bands that are putting weird dance music in with heavy music. Which is fine — I guess they’re doing something that kids love — but for me, as a metal fan, I’m missing out on where are the young kids picking up a guitar and starting metal bands. I guess there are a few last hopes out there — there are some really incredible bands that are doing some really incredible things. The fact that METALLICA and IRON MAIDEN are bigger than ever is a really, really great thing.

“We, as fans of metal, need to not just look at it as a thing to get turned on to casually — it’s a lifestyle; it’s far beyond just something that we casually listen to.

“I think that metal fans and metal bands need to support each other and band together and help bring each other further and bring each other upwards versus trying to drag each other down. I’m not saying that’s a common feature and that’s what’s happening now, but I definitely don’t see enough of a brotherhood, of people helping each other — bands helping each other go up, fans supporting all bands because they’re in the genre they love. I think we need more of that. And we need more kids to start playing metal again.”

TRIVIUM‘s new album, “Vengeance Falls”, will be released on October 15 via Roadrunner Records. Produced by David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE), the follow-up to 2011’s “In Waves” is available for pre-order at Trivium.org. The first single, “Strife”, is available as an instant download with all pre-orders.

TRIVIUM‘s “Strife” video can be seen below. The clip was filmed in July at Studio One in Orlando and was directed by Ramon Boutviseth, who has previously worked with NONPOINT, DARKEST HOUR, INCUBUS and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

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Viking metal act Hammer Horde has checked in with the following update about finishing the band’s new album:

“Greetings, everyone! After endless hours mixing, re-mixing, and mixing again, we’re proud to say that the final touches for ‘Vinlander’ are at last complete. We’ll be sending the tracks off to Finnvox once again to be mastered by the almighty Mika Jussila!

“We’ve just receieved a master sample and have been completely blown away by how incredible things are sounding. A release date for 2012 is to be expected and will be announced soon!”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Infinite Warthirst
2. Vinlander
3. Hero’s Heart
4. Oathkeeper
5. Hymn of the Fjords
6. Riders of Annihilation
7. Archaic Offerings
8. Led by the Ancient Light
9. Midgårdian Revelry
10. Hoddmímir’s Holt
11. The Curse of Andvari

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The hardest working unsigned metal band around is finally set to release their first album, Misanthropic Slaughter, and I for one have been waiting eagerly for this moment since I received these guy’s debut EP, Who Needs A Shepherd? a couple of years ago. Hemoptysis brazenly burst onto the scene in 2008 with their one and only EP (no official demos to my knowledge, no splits), and pushed the hell out of it to virtually any media outlet that would listen to their material. Hemoptysis have the old school can do attitude of the punk era of the early 80′s when bands who wanted to break out and get noticed had to do everything themselves. Now, in an age where labels are a dime a dozen and people are willing to take advantage of bands around every corner, it’s truly refreshing to see a band make headway in this industry on their own wherewithal. So with that said, does the music on the band’s full length stack up to the hype they brought to the scene in 2008? The simple answer is yes, but with some trepidations.

Misanthropic Slaughter represents the first attempt at perfecting the Hemoptysis sound, combining old school Teutonic thrash stylings ala Kreator, early to mid era Arch Enemy (especially on vocals with Masaki Murashita), and Artillery. Much like they’re EP though. Misanthropic Slaughter, for all it’s attributes, is still representative of a sound that is rough around the edges with a lack in focus on which direction to move in. There are straight up thrashers here, along with more traditional melodic tunes, all with varying degrees of guitar tone and style. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with moving your focus from one song to another, it can create a lack of cohesiveness from song to song, which in turn lowers the overall experience of listening to the album as a whole.

So…now that I got the negatives out of the way, let’s talk about the incredible things on this album. First and foremost is the complexities in terms of melodies and varying riffs from song to song, and within the same songs. What can slow down the album cohesiveness as mentioned before, actually aids the enjoyment factor within the stand alone songs, as you can be listening to an all out brutal thrasher, and then break into a melodic passage that sounds a lot like the Swedish melo death scene a decade or so ago with their infusion of traditional metal riffs and solos. Another factor is the riff fest here! Unlike many modern thrash records, Misanthropic Slaughter features a fairly large array of riffs, which prevents the listener from solely relying on breakdowns and grooves to thrash out to.

“M.O.D.” is my stand out track on this album, and is by far the most mature representation of the band’s sound, which is high on melody, and a little less on velocity. Unlike many of the modern thrash acts, Hemoptysis stands out by being able to carve their own niche with a definitive classic technicality that is more reminiscent of Artillery or Heathen. This isn’t to say that there are not other tracks that blast away much of today’s competition, but “M.O.D.” really represents a sound that I haven’t heard in a long while, and it’s definitely something that could be identified in this era, with Hemoptysis.

Hemoptysis have so much talent and potential just waiting to be tapped into, it’s scary. For a debut record, and self released nonetheless, Misanthropic Slaughter is an incredible effort, and really, despite my criticisms, is an excellent album that I do enjoy listening to, and will continue to spin into the near future. My hope is that the advantages that Hemoptysis already possess over their competition in terms of individual song composition, will be able orientated into a more album focused arena to give personality to that individual grouping of songs in comparison to other future LP’s. These boys from Arizona have scored some big points here, with a part of me wanting them to sign to a label to help push out their immense sound even more, but on the other hand, I have been so impressed with their can do attitude and perseverance, that I kind of want them to discover themselves even further, without the advances and outside influences of labels who, even with all the good intentions in the world, still have a financial bottom line they have to meet. All in all, this is a record that should be heard by all metal fans.

VERY GOOD

Similar Artists: Kreator, Arch Enemy, Artillery

1.    Misanthropic Slaughter
2.    Hopeless
3.    M.O.D.
4.    Impending Doom
5.    And The World Dies
6.    Interlude
7.    The Cycle
8.    Blood Storm
9.    Shadow of Death
10.    Hadephobia
11.    End of Sorrow

Masaki Murashita – Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Ren (Sunao Arai) – Bass
Ryan Miller – Guitar
Travis Thune – Drums

Self Released

http://www.hemoptysismetal.com/

http://www.myspace.com/hemoptysismetal

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