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After a mediocre August, there were a ton of great metal releases in September. There were a few outstanding releases that aren’t on our top five list because the competition was so stiff. Topping the list is a comeback album from a legendary group. With the departure of a couple members and the amount of time that passed since their last album, there were some concerns on what Carcass’ new album might bring. Those concerns were unfounded, as they delivered a spectacular release. Check out our list of the best metal albums released in September.

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One of the year’s most unexpected doom metal albums is also now one of 2013’s most anticipated, as the debut LP from Pacific Northwestern trio LUMBAR is being prepared for arrival.

While this brutalizing slow-motion trio boasts what some are referring to as “supergroup” status — containing members Aaron Edge (HIMSA, IAMTHETHORN, ROARETH, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH), Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (TAD, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH) — LUMBAR was formed by these longtime friends for much more than simply creating riffs. The brainchild of Aaron Edge, LUMBAR came together earlier this year when the well-known guitarist/drummer/graphic designer was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative.

On LUMBAR‘s debut album, “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome”, Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, the latter of whom also shares rank in BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH with Aaron, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition. The musical result is as diverse and destructive as one may expect from such a lineup, with the varied influence from this trio of musicians coalescing into seven organic and tonally oppressive movements. Ethereal ghostly passages and spacious expanses of minimalistic disharmony cone to an end in sonic obliteration through mesmerizing and pulverizing, as an array of distinct vocal mantras echo from the heart of it all.

Southern Lord will release “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” on LP and digital formats on November 26, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain, with all of the band’s proceeds going to aid Edge‘s medical expenses and treatments.

The cover art for “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” was created by Daniel P. Carter (HEXES, KROKODIL, BLOODHOUND GANG).

“The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” track listing:

01. Day One
02. Day Two
03. Day Three
04. Day Four
05. Day Five
06. Day Six
07. Day Seven

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One of the year’s most unexpected doom metal albums, the debut LP from Pacific Northwestern trio Lumbar is being prepared for arrival. Southern Lord will release “The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome” on LP and digital formats this coming November 26th, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain, with all of the band’s proceeds going to aid Aaron Edge’s medical expenses and treatments. The following press release was issued about the band: “While this brutalizing slow-motion trio boasts what some are referring to as ‘supergroup’ status — containing members Aaron Edge (Himsa, Iamthethorn, Roareth, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) — Lumbar was formed by these longtime friends for much more than simply creating riffs.

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KATATONIA and OPETH have historically been muttered in the same breath as fellow impresarios of fugue metal, even if the former hasn’t been anything remotely close to metal in quite some time. Of course, the bands shared Mikael Åkerfeldt through the Nineties, so they were bound to share the spotlight as well. Over the years, however, the two bands have become divisible even while rolling as touring mates. Since “Discouraged Ones” and “Last Fair Deal Gone Down”, KATATONIA have taken ongoing steps away from a pure metal path. OPETH continues to embrace it while exploring new courses, as “Damnation” and most recently, “Heritage”, have proven. In both cases, their progressive refinement is world-class.

Since their transformation that came as much out of necessity due to Jonas Renkse‘s battered vocals that demanded a clean-sung repertoire, KATATONIA has excavated labyrinths of atmosphere in search of an alternative and prog-grounded emotiveness. Long gone is the dusky grit from the early years when KATATONIA was the two-man operation of Renkse and Anders Nyström. As if the duo could foresee where the band has found itself on the heels of “Brave Murder Day”, one of the band’s last authentic metal albums. Today, KATATONIA keeps a spotless yet spacious music space, while Jonas Renkse has evolved into a beguiling, if frequently sullen vocalist.

Last year, KATATONIA took another major step away from their metal roots with “Dead End Kings”, a revelatory album that stripped down even more static than ever before. “Dead End Kings” pushed out heavy tones incrementally while embracing piano, synths, strings and an overall gentler touch that nevertheless hit home.

Now this year comes “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, a largely acoustic reworking of the “Dead End Kings” album for Kscope, sister label to the band’s main hub, Peaceville Records. Suffice it to say, KATATONIA strips things down even further on the redux, manufacturing even more elegance out of these eleven songs. While “Dead End Kings” manages to flex stray bars of electric muscle, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” hones deeper on the six- and twelve-string dreaminess that served as the former album’s epicenter, now this one’s apex.

Instead of making this a pure acoustic project, KATATONIA spills extensive piano scales, chamber fugue, Mellotron, synthesized beats, brass, reed instrumentation and acoustic bass to broaden the plaintive moods of the original songs. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” is thus stunning and quixotic, even more so than “Dead End Kings”. Every song in transition is a success, most notably “The Parting”, “The One You Are Looking For is Not Here”, “Lethean”, “Hypnone” and “Dead Letters”.

The near-naked character is essentially the same throughout “Dethroned & Uncrowned”, which means this re-imagination is demure, seductive and inspiring, even with KATATONIA‘s frequent themes of dirge and despondency. The lulling melodies of “Dead Letters” is so gorgeous one could picture it accompanying a Gothic romance film. In particular is a singular acoustic twine draped across an encompassing bridge that feels both windswept and amorous. This version of “Dead Letters” is by far one of KATATONIA‘s most engaging and articulate productions to-date.

The breezy cello and deeper accented piano plucks on this take of “The Parting” is enthralling in its own right, while THE GATHERING vocalist Silje Wergeland‘s vertigo-inducing parts on “The One You are Looking for is Not Here” are pushed up towards the front of the mix this time. The strategy allows for more congruency with Jonas Renkse‘s fervent swooning. Together the duet sounds as captivating as the massive layers of synth, string, piano and echoing percussion heaped into this inveigling cut of the song.

There are only a couple of spots on “Dethroned & Uncrowned” where electric guitars are retained, such as “Hypnone” and “Ambitions”. In turn, the distortion is struck altogether from the jazzier, piano-driven noodling on “Buildings”, the one moment on “Dead End Kings” that came close to constituting actual metal attributes.

This album’s version of “Ambitions” slinks on an erotic crawl via an echoing drum machine as it does with smooth syncopation and flirtatious Mellotron on “The Racing Heart” prior to. In the latter’s case, Jonas Renkse pulls off a near-close imitation of Seal. “Undo You” later rides upon tertiary coatings of cello, Mellotron and piano that garnish the primary acoustic spools and Renkse‘s placid wheedling. Despite the deathly odes of the song, “Undo You” gains momentum on this version from its initial conveyance of desperateness, nudging out of its bleak conundrum with flowing aspiration.

While absorbing the soul-torn despair of its predecessor, “Dethroned & Uncrowned” thrusts “Dead End Kings” onto a more dignified platform where further grandeur is raided and then pampered with the deepest respect. This could’ve been a cheap ploy to ride the success “Dead End Kings”, but it’s a testament to KATATONIA‘s gifted ensemble they manage to far outclass its predecessor. “Dethroned & Uncrowned” mirrors OPETH‘s magnificent “Damnation” in certain fashions, but KATATONIA proves here they have smartly mapped out their future, one that could find them scoring a film project or gracing an orchestra hall. Without using direct metal overtures, KATATONIA has helped legitimize the genre with as much class and poise as their celebrated countrymen.

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EBS professional bass equipment conducted an interview with bassist Jonas Björler of AT THE GATES and THE HAUNTED at this year’s edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, which was hheld in June in Sölvesborg, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.

AT THE GATES“The Flames Of The End” DVD was released in April 2010 in the U.S. through Earache Records.

AT THE GATES released its definitive album, “Slaughter Of The Soul” — often regarded as one of the all-time greatest metal albums — on Earache in 1995, before touring the world and abruptly disbanding. Members of the band went on to play major roles in other notorious metal acts such as THE HAUNTED and CRADLE OF FILTH, before reforming for a tour in 2008 to rapturous response.

THE HAUNTED recently returned to the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and restructuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of lineups around fall of 2012. Joining Björler and guitarist Patrik Jensen in the band’s current incarnation are Ola Englund (guitar; SIX FEET UNDER, FEARED), Marco Aro (vocals; THE RESISTANCE, FACE DOWN) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums; AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST).

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September is turning out to be a great month for new metal albums. This week is no exception. Check out our full reviews, along with an article collecting short reviews of the latest albums from Anathema, The Charm The Fury, Cult Of Luna, Damnations Day, Deals Death, Felix Martin, Grave, Haken, Human Improvement Process, Mindcage, The Persevering Promise, Pinkish Black, Ringworm, Seidr, Stray From The Path, Subrosa and Wolvserpent.

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“Metalhead” (a.k.a. “Málmhaus”), the new movie from acclaimed Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason, best known for his films “Börn” (“Children”) and “Foreldrar” (“Parents”), had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the month. This darkly comic drama about a grief-stricken young woman who adopts the persona — and decibel-blasting predilections — of her deceased brother Málmhaus, includes songs by JUDAS PRIEST, RIOT, LIZZY BORDEN, SAVATAGE, SOLSTAFIR, MEGADETH and more.

The official trailer for “Metalhead” — with English subtitles — can be seen below.

In a recent interview with Spindle magazine, Ragnar stated about his love of metal: “I bought my first metal album when I was like 10, turning 11, it was IRON MAIDEN‘s ‘The Number Of The Beast’. And the reason is I saw one song on a TV show in Iceland and I’d never heard anything like it. Then I went with my mother past the record store and saw the album cover in the window and I kind of pestered her into buying the album for me. So that’s kind of where it started. I spent most of my teenage years collecting heavy metal albums and listening to lots of metal and buying all the metal magazines I could find, and doing that postal thing, going to the post office and writing a cheque and sending it off to London and getting an album back a few weeks or months later. So that was kind of, and still is kind of my hobby; I mean I spent like $400 on records today you know, found a lot of cool obscure metal from the ’80s, so I’m still collecting.”

Asked what his favorite metal bands are, Ragnar said: “Well, like I said, my first one was IRON MAIDEN, so probably IRON MAIDEN, but I like a lot of bands, especially bands from the ’70s and ’80s, like JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, all the originators, MOTÖRHEAD… And then, of course, the big ’80s bands like SLAYER, METALLICA, stuff like that, MEGADETH. Yeah, a lot of cool metal bands.”

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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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Italian melodic metallers Lacuna Coil have announced that they are heading back to the studio to record album number seven!

“I am so excited to work on new stuff,” says singer Cristina Scabbia. “I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that’s underway. I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We’re swamped with the music already… LACUNA COIL is back baby!!!”

“We met Jay [Baumgardner, producer] a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums,” adds co-vocalist Andrea Ferro. “We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.  In the studio there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!”

The follow-up to last year’s Dark Adrenaline will likley land in early-mid 2014, with the Italians set to support Paradise Lost on their upcoming UK tour. Dates are as follows:

30.10.2013 (UK) Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
31.10.2013 (UK) Glasgow – O2 ABC
01.11.2013 (UK) Manchester – Ritz
03.11.2013 (UK) London – Roundhouse

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Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have entered the studio with producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) to begin recording their new album for an early 2014 release via Century Media Records.

After the first days of recording, the band is already happy with the magic happening in the studio.

Cristina Scabbia (vocals): “I am so excited to work on new stuff…

“I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that’s underway.

“I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We’re swamped with the music already…

LACUNA COIL is back, baby!!!”

Andrea Ferro (vocals): “We met Jay a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums.

“We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.

“In the studio, there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!”

Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (guitar): “Yeah, we’re very excited about finally recording new songs — and I can assure you that the new stuff kicks ass!”

LACUNA COIL plans on completing the recording sessions for the new album before joining the “Tragic Illusion Tour” that will celebrate PARADISE LOST‘s 25th anniversary. A few days earlier, they will perform at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium.

LACUNA COIL‘s latest album, “Dark Adrenaline”, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. It marked the band’s second CD with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) at the helm.

“We changed producers on our last album, ‘Shallow Life’, and we wanted to work with Don,” Scabbia told KNAC.COM. “I think that we wanted to change producers mainly to see what we could do with a different person. A producer is much like a teacher and we wanted to learn something new and we found that our goals and Don‘s were much the same. When listening to ‘Dark Adrenaline’, I can say that there is so much different. We are more experienced now and more confident in our sound and we get inspired to try to do more with each new record.”

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