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Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust: apocalypse now

Chemistry Of Consciousness, Toxic Holocaust’s forthcoming first album in five years proves once again that thrash is at its most potent when a) you throw in a whole bunch of sonic pollutants, and b) you actually sound like some badass, nuclear-apocalypse-surviving warrior of the wastelands.

Featuring all manner of d-beats, caustic, black metal atmospheres, true punk venom and an air of genuine menace throughout, Chemistry… - released on October 25 via Relapse Records - is scabrous, coal-eyed thrash metal that that belongs more in the unholy, confrontational company of bands like Destroyer 666, Aura Noir and Nekromantheon than it does in the cleaner cut, more classicist purveyors of the form. Now head honcho Joel Grind has released the track Rat Eater like some particularly nasty flesh-ravaging virus and you can hear it exclusively right here. Thash till death! And beyond!

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It should be no surprise who French death grinders NEPHREN-KA emulates. Consider this group in the milling vein of NILE‘s debut album from which they derive their namesake, “Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka”. Inspired by the same sandy wastelands as NILE, NEPHREN-KA doesn’t consult ancient Sumerian scriptures on their debut full-length, “The Fall of Omnius”. Instead, they choose the fictional desert planet Arrakis from Frank Herbert‘s “Dune” to belt out a nasty and insidious score, presumably with the explicit purpose of smiting the memory of TOTO and Brian Eno from the 1984 film soundtrack.

“The Fall of Omnius” stakes its muse from the giant Shai-Hulud sand worms that raise hell all over the Dune universe, plus the cultish Fremen, worshippers of those gi-normous annelids. Subconscious whiffs of spice mélange, cinnamon and aldehyde are the only endearments to be hinted on “The Fall of Omnius”. Otherwise, it’s one careening track of chaos after another, all building up to the promise of a climactic desert war that’s translated in earnest.

For death metal purists, “The Fall of Omnius” is going to be mandatory listening. The opening track “Butlerian Djihad” dumps scalding rains of grind and reeling guitar and bass strikes that march menacingly even more than the inflictive drums. While riding a sand worm in Herbert‘s world seems as much of a thrill ride as a frightening proposition, NEPHREN-KA manages to tap into both the euphoria and the blunt fear in the face of those Old Men of the Desert.

Once “Mastering the Voice” propels from its initial plod, the relentless barrages from drummer Thibaud Pailoux become a genuine spectacle. Pailoux‘s omnipresent triplicates and double hammers convey a steady, blitzing tempo that could be correlated with Herbert‘s “thumpers”, as in the vibrating gadgets used as part of worm charming. Here is where NEPHREN-KA astutely merges extreme metal with a literary classic. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of adrenalized metronome Herbert meant to keep his potential death dealers honest, this could very well be it, even by 1965 music theories.

NEPHREN-KA really begins to impress by the time “Legend of Selim (Part 1: The Seeds of Discord)” erupts with blurring draughts, followed by relentless pounding from “The Rise of Omnius” through “Praise Shai-Hulud”. The album’s finale, “To the Golden Path”, detonates with searing layers of guitar shred. Between all of the merciless mayhem is a pseudo orchestral interlude on the outro to “Fedyakins Storm”, lending this gory project a trace of cinematic flair before NEPHREN-KA releases the proverbial hounds with “The Cymek Revolution”.

Bassist Alexandre Phalippon not only keeps looping time with the machine-like paring from guitarist Sebastein Briat, Phalippon is fully characterized throughout the entire album, especially on “The Cymek Revolution” and “Praise Shai-Hulud”. Briat and Phalippon really put on a show in the solo section of “Legend of Selim Part 1″ at the fore of vocalist Laurent Chambe‘s chawing pentameter. Chambe is nearly as lethal, precise and nauseating (meant in a complimentary fashion) as George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Death metal hounds will embrace him along with every dexterous component of NEPHREN-KA.

If the Shai-Hulud are considered nearly indestructible gods of the sand, then NEPHREN-KA does everything in their capacity to construe The Great Makers as brutally and horrifically as they can. “The Fall of Omnius” is calamitous, booming and so freaking fast a second listen will be necessary to catch every blinding set of scales and devastating beat pattern NEPHREN-KA hurls out. For certain, the Battle of Arrakeen sounds aptly gruesome in these guys’ hands.

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Occultation has announced a West Coast tour (christened “Dreams In The Witch House”) in support of the “Three And Seven” release. They will be touring with the NWOBHM-influenced band Borrowed Time, who hail from the wastelands of Detroit, Michigan.

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Hells Headbangers has announced March 19th as the international release date for Satanic Threat’s “In to Hell” on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was issued about the band:

“Featuring current members of Nunslaughter and an ex-member of Midnight, Satanic Threat are everything their name implies: fast, blasphemous, hardcore-HELL-punk straight outta the wastelands of Ohio! Originally released in 2008, Satanic Threat’s lone In To Hell 7″ sold through its original pressing of 1000 copies in no time flat, and quickly became something of a mini-classic.

“The band’s cult grew despite no further releases, and Satanic Threat played only one live show ever, in September 2008 in their hometown of Cleveland. Now, Hells Headbangers collects Satanic Threat’s entire ouvre, both the 8-song In To Hell 7″ and their 8-song live set, onto one long-playing format. They’re not Christian…they’re just a Satanic Threat!”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Guilty of Hating Christ
2. He’s on the Cross
3. Small God, Big Cross
4. Satanic Threat
5. I Ain’t Gotta Worship
6. Being Black
7. Cursing At The Cross
8. Don’t Follow Him
9. He’s On The Cross (live)
10. Small God, Big Cross (live)
11. Satanic Threat (live)
12. I Ain’t Gotta Worship (live)
13. Being Black (live)
14. Cursing At The Cross (live)
15. Don’t Follow Him (live)
16. Steppin’ Stone (live)

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Hells Headbangers has announced March 19th as the international release date for Satanic Threat’s “In to Hell” on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was issued about the band:

“Featuring current members of Nunslaughter and an ex-member of Midnight, Satanic Threat are everything their name implies: fast, blasphemous, hardcore-HELL-punk straight outta the wastelands of Ohio! Originally released in 2008, Satanic Threat’s lone In To Hell 7″ sold through its original pressing of 1000 copies in no time flat, and quickly became something of a mini-classic.

“The band’s cult grew despite no further releases, and Satanic Threat played only one live show ever, in September 2008 in their hometown of Cleveland. Now, Hells Headbangers collects Satanic Threat’s entire ouvre, both the 8-song In To Hell 7″ and their 8-song live set, onto one long-playing format. They’re not Christian…they’re just a Satanic Threat!”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Guilty of Hating Christ
2. He’s on the Cross
3. Small God, Big Cross
4. Satanic Threat
5. I Ain’t Gotta Worship
6. Being Black
7. Cursing At The Cross
8. Don’t Follow Him
9. He’s On The Cross (live)
10. Small God, Big Cross (live)
11. Satanic Threat (live)
12. I Ain’t Gotta Worship (live)
13. Being Black (live)
14. Cursing At The Cross (live)
15. Don’t Follow Him (live)
16. Steppin’ Stone (live)

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Following the release of the MCD “In Permanent Twilight” via Selfmadegod this Spring (along with several split singles and EP’s in 2011), the first full-length LP “Trenches of the Netherworld” from Swedish death/sludge band Usurpress will be available from Selfmadegod this July. According to the press release, “the album contains eleven soul-reaping circle-pit anthems utilizing the band’s seemingly patented blend of death metal and d-beat/crust punk influences.” The album’s cover art (shown below) was crafted by by Rafal Kruszyk (Interment, Hooded Menace, Deceased, Paganizer, etc.).

Uppsala-based Usurpress features vocalist Stefan “Steffe” Pettersson (Diskonto, Uncurbed), bassist Daniel Ekeroth (ex-Tyrant, ex-Dellamorte, author of Swedish Death Metal book), drummer Calle Andersson and guitarist Påhl (ex-Blotseraph, ex-Shuriken).

The track listing for “Trenches Of The Netherworld” is as follows:

1. Black Death on White Wings
2. Effigies Burns Across the Wastelands
3. Coronation of the Crippled King
4. The Wooden Sceptre
5. The Colours Of Darkness
6. Trenches of the Netherworld
7. The God Eaters
8. In the Beginning (Ended Yesterday)
9. Dethroned By Shadows
10. I Stand Above Time
11. Seduction Through Bloodshed

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“Wastelands Within”, a brand new song from Münster, Germany-based melodic death metallers MOURNING CARESS, can be streamed using the ReverbNation TuneWidget below.

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Mourning Caress has posted a new song online titled “Wastelands Within,” which features guest vocals from Mikael Stanne and can be heard through the player available below. The band also commented on the track:

“We’re happy and honoured to present you another, very special song, from our upcoming new album. ‘Wastelands Within’ features guest vocals by no less than Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity. Mourning Caress definitely wouldn’t exist without a band such as Dark Tranquillity, hence we are damn proud about the collaboration with one of the coolest and most likeable metal musicians around. Tack så mycket, Mikael!

“‘Wastelands Within’ is taken from the new album entitled ‘Deep Wounds, Bright Scars’, due November 4th 2011 via German label MDD Records. Our third album was recorded and mixed at the DocMaKlang studios in Osnabrück, Germany with producer Matthias Lohmöller. Mastering took place at DMS in Marl, Germany by Ulf Horbelt. The stunning cover art was done by Björn Goosses, Killustrations.”

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Mourning Caress has issued the following announcement about signing to MDD Records for the release of a new album:

“We are happy to announce the signing with German label MDD Records. Our third album ‘Deep Wounds, Bright Scars’ will most likely be released early November 2011. To shorten the time of waiting we uploaded the new song ‘Panic’ to our Facebook and MySpage pages for you. Enjoy one of the heavist tunes we’ve ever written.

“In September we will present you another new track called ‘Wastelands Within.’ It’s a a very special one for us, since it features guest vocals by the mighty Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity. So you better watch out!”

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5 Questions With… is a chance to get to know an up and coming band you may not be familiar with. Formed in 2005 by Emir Erkal on guitars and long time friend T-Bone on drums, the duo soon brought in Primer on bass and vocalist Gil Pz. Voodoo Terror Tribe hail from the wastelands of the Garden State armed with a heavy-melodic, radio-friendly sound with provoking lyrics and a confident melancholy collection of art with genuine working-class tenacity. Erkal introduces us to his band.

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