WILD THRONE: Premiere New Song via Stereogum

Bellingham, WA progressive rock/metal trio WILD THRONE (formerly known as Dog Shredder) have premiered the title track from their debut EP Blood Maker via Stereogum, who call the EP ” a blistering, thunderous, infectious barrage of tightly wound instrumental precision and ecstatic, bellowed vocals” that is ” loud, catchy, fun, and heavy as fuck.”  Listen HERE.

A mind bending amalgamation of progressive rock, metal, jazzy syncopations and swirling melodies, Blood Maker was recorded this past Spring with legendary producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, Glassjaw, Machine Head).  The album is set for release via Brutal Panda Records on March 4th via limited edition LP and digital download.  A preview of the album’s cover art designed by Orion Landau (Red Fang, Inter Arma) in addition to LP pre-orders can be viewed HERE with digital pre-orders available HERE.  The music video for the EP’s first single, “Shadow Deserts” can be viewed HERE .  

 
Additionally, the band has confirmed a SXSW appearance with exact dates and more details to be announced soon. 

Please contact info@brutalpandarecords.com for any WILD THRONE related press inquiries.  

exhilarating, fun [and] ferocious” – Pitchfork

spastic rock that will dazzle you while subsequently kicking your head in. ” – Verbicide Magazine 

Still can’t believe these guys aren’t huge” – Songlyrics.com 

“refreshing and strange and a great deal of fun to listen to” – About.com

Imagine the aural experiments of Sonic Youth coupled with a Sabbath-style decibel beat down.” – Sputnik Music 

“one of the more complex and surprising records I have heard so far this year.” – American Aftermath 

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ABSERDO to release “Back To The Stoop” Digital Album via HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH on January 21st

Defunct Philly crossover hooligans ABSERDO will release their final offering entitled “Back To The Stoop” on January 21st via HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTIONS.  This release is available exclusively on the HPGD Bandcamp site and is up for pre-order now at http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/back-to-the-stoop .  Below is the official description:
 
 
When Abserdo disbanded in the summer of 2011, they had left behind unreleased material. The time has come for the world to hear the eight punishing tracks from their unknown EP, “Back to the Stoop.” Abserdo incorporates more hard-hitting powerviolence and shorter songs for this EP, while preserving their cynical, but humorous lyrics. “Back to the Stoop” is promised to slay with total intensity
 
 
You can pre-order this Digital Album for only $6.66 at http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/back-to-the-stoop
 
Cover art: http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a2421229055_10.jpg
 
Listen to the track “Xanax”at http://youtu.be/KD5hiNjqioU
 
 
For a digital promo to review or for radio airplay please email info@horrorpaingoredeath.tk
 
If you are interested in streaming this release or premiering a track on your website please email mike.juliano@gmail.com
 
 
TRACK LISTING:
 
1. Smoke A Bowl, Have Some Sex
2. xDon’txDrinkx
3. Door-To-Door Instigator
4. Hipster Fascist
5. Unpositive Change
6. Cole’s In A Frat
7. Wang Lei
8. Take My Time (The Accüsed cover)
9. Xanax (bonus track)
 
 
HPGD Official Website: http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com
HPGD on BandCamp: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com
HPGD on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath
HPGD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hpgd666
HPGD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/horrorpaingoredeath?feature=watch
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HELGARDH sign to Horror Pain Gore Death; “The Black Flame Descent” set for release on February 4th

A dark and aggressive force is emerging out of the cold and arid atmosphere of the Appalachian Mountains. Helgardh is comprised of the unique blend of ardent Death Metal and baleful Black Metal. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Famine in 2009, they have since been on a quest to disperse their somber and sickening message. Spewing words of the Occult and Witchcraft underneath technically written composition and rugged melodies, this band will become perpetual. The debut full length “The Black Flame Descent” is a slaying monster that’s spreads its putrid filth upon all, infesting the universe with plague and descending from the rocks where which Helgardh came to disperse their epidemic. This indomitable beast will surely poison your mind! For fans of Absu, Behemoth, Belphegor, Dark Fortress, Dark Funeral, Dissection, Emperor, Enthroned, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, Naglfar, Setherial and Watain

Pre-order the CD for only $10 with free shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd079.html

Pre-order the Digital Download for only $6.66 at http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-flame-descent

Cover Art: http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a1252474430_10.jpg

Listen to the full track “Ethereal Dawn” at http://youtu.be/ErjXjklLbZ8
 
For wholesale information please email wholesale@horrorpaingoredeath.tk

For a digital promo to review or for radio airplay please email info@horrorpaingoredeath.tk

If you are interested in streaming this release or premiering a track on your website please email mike.juliano@gmail.com

 
TRACK LISTING:

1. Palace Of The Fading Light
2. The Trance Of Empyrean
3. Angeli Cruciatus (May Angels Come)
4. Exorcismus
5. Blessings From The Funeral Pyre
6. The Black Shrine Offering
7. Abomination
8. Ethereal Dawn
9. Crown Of Fire
10. nemA

HPGD Official Website: http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/
HPGD on BandCamp: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/
HPGD on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath
HPGD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hpgd666
HPGD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/horrorpaingoredeath?feature=watchImage

Review: Helmsplitter- Enraptured by Suffering

I love the whole “for fans of-” thing that gets sent out with press releases. For these guys it mentions Crowbar in the same sentence as Gorgoroth, so when I read that I had a bit of a WTF? moment, because that’s comparing apples to oranges in a major way. However, in this case it works out pretty well.

Helmsplitter play an interesting amalgamation of genres, at times crammed into one song which can make listening a bit confusing. Some rage along at blistering speed like opener Tyrants from Blood, while others sludge along like Summon the Leeches, or just totally enter Black Sabbath territory like Burden of Our Existence and The Ground Bleeds Sorrow. The Black Metal shines through on Panzram, one of the best titles ever because I picture a Panzer tank welded with a Trans Am body and that would just look hilarious. But anyway.

Sound wise, what we have here is a thick Sludge guitar tone that lends itself to the more Bluesy workouts but also makes the Death Metal and Black Metal parts even beefier. Drummer Nate Boyd is fucking amazing. To be able to keep pace with the myriad of time changes that Helmsplitter go through requires a lot of skill and he keeps things interesting with every roll and fill. This is a production that would make 90’s Floridian Death Metal proud. 

I tried really hard to find something wrong with this album. So as far as something that I just did not like was the intro to Dance of the Heretic. It is fucking stupid, and sounds incredibly sloppy. The rest of the song is fine, straightforward Death Metal, but that intro just makes me want to punch babies. Ok, there’s my gripe.I like the genre bending that went into this release and I think that that is what keeps it from being just another bog standard Brutal Death Metal album. There is a high level of creativity on display here which, at times can make it a challenging listen, but if you can get into it and just be taken by the music you won’t come back disappointed. Image

 

Helmsplitter- Enraptured By Suffering on HPGD

Helmsplitter make their Horror Pain Gore Death Productions debut with the ferocious beast known as “Enraptured By Suffering”. Hailing from Illinois, Helmsplitter are a molotov cocktail of Black Metal, Sludge, Death Metal, Crust Punk, Thrash, Doom Metal and hateful Blues. This is extreme metal that takes you on a musical roller coaster through a world of misanthropy, pain, frustration and despair. Unpredictable, relentless and absurdly heavy, Helmsplitter manage to blend various styles together in a seamless, naturally flowing and unforced manner that is uncanny. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Num Skull, Lupara) and features Blakk (Angelkill, Mortuary Oath, Maskim) on vocals. For fans of Acid Bath, Angelcorpse, Buzzoven, Cough, Craft, Crowbar, Darkthrone, DRI, Emperor, Eyehategod, Goatwhore, Gorgoroth, Grave, Immortal, Malevolent Creation, Marduk, Mayhem, Merrimack, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Sarcofago, Sodom, Soilent Green, Sourvein, Tsjuder and Urgehal

Pre-order the CD for only $10 with free shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd080.html

Pre-order the Digital Download for only $6.66 at http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/enraptured-by-suffering

Cover Art: http://f0.bcbits.com/img/a4109742065_10.jpg

Listen to the full track “Aura Of Suicide” at http://youtu.be/4emgyGYu3Ok
 
For wholesale information please email wholesale@horrorpaingoredeath.tk

For a digital promo to review or for radio airplay please email info@horrorpaingoredeath.tk

If you are interested in streaming this release or premiering a track on your website please email mike.juliano@gmail.com

 
TRACK LISTING:

1. Tyrants For Blood
2. Panzram
3. Aura Of Suicide
4. Burden Of Our Existence
5. Dance Of The Heretic
6. World So Wicked
7. Portrait Of Scars
8. The Ground Bleeds Sorrow
9. Forged In Fire
10. Days Of Loathing
11. Summon The Leeches

HPGD Official Website: http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/
HPGD on BandCamp: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/
HPGD on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath
HPGD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hpgd666
HPGD on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/horrorpaingoredeath?feature=watch

Behemoth- The Satanist

Every few years an album comes along that just reminds you why you love a certain genre of music. It could be a bands first release or their tenth, this is the case with Behemoth. As far as triple-a bands go Behemoth is at the top of the pile, and simply put, The Satanist is already my favorite release of the year. 

The clinical precision of the riffs on hand are staggering, and the sheer power contained within these seven songs is awe inspiring. Blow your Trumpet Gabriel rises slowly on a steady three note riff before the drums come in. This is a slow burning track, and really the perfect opener. It should be said that there is not a bad song on this album because this is Blackend Death Metal done right. So believe me when I say that the five years wait was worth it. 

Now, when I say Blackened Death Metal I realize it’s not a title usually reserved for Behemoth, and really this album is a return to their Black Metal roots. This is evident in Furor Divinus, an epic blast fest that would make Marduk blush. As far as Death Metal goes, it rears its head on Messe Noir, and Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer, these are possibly some of the most evil lyrics Nergal has penned yet, and an obvious slap in the face of Christendom after his trial for blasphemy. The guy almost died and comes back to release a genre defining album like this, you have to respect that shit. 

The production is stellar, every snare hit cracks like a whip and Nergal’s voice has never sounded better. The band captures a ferocity on this that I haven’t heard since Demigod, which isn’t to say that The Apostasy and Evangelion were shit, but there’s just something about this one that makes those pale in comparison. This is fucking epic, a beautifully crafted piece of art. Yeah, I said art, wanna fight about it? 

This is an album that needs to be in your collection, I have not stopped listening to it since I got the promo and like I said at the beginning this is my favorite release of the year thus far. If the band decided to just say fuck it and leave this as a swansong album it would be a career defining album. Is it bad that it took ten albums to achieve this level of badass? Hell no, this is a lesson in brutality. Notes should be taken while listening to this. Get it. Image

Best of 2013

I’m back. 

FUCK!!!!!!! I’m gonna be busy because I’ve gotten a shit ton of stuff to review lately and am just now getting back into a writing frame of mind. So I figured I would start off 2014 with my sort of late best of 2013 list. I’ve narrowed it down to a top ten, and even that was hard since it was a helluva good year for Metal.

1. Darkthrone- The Underground Resistance: An essential Black Metal album, taking the best elements from Punk and traditional Metal and wrapping them up in a pitch black banner.
2. Ghost-Infestissumam: After the critical success of their debut, this was a hotly anticipated release and it did not disappoint. 
3. Suffocation-Pinnacle of Bedlam- Quite possibly their best album, proving that American Death Metal is still at the top of the pile.
4. Amon Amarth-Deceiver of the Gods- Odin definitely smiled on these Vikings, hitting the bullseye with a vengeance. 
5. Immolation-Kingdom of Conspiracy- Another Death Metal masterpiece from these East Coast stalwarts.
6. Autopsy-The Headless Ritual- Brutal Death Metal at it’s finest with a foot firmly planted in the 90’s.
7. Fleshgod Apocalypse-Labyrinth- Black Metal didn’t slouch either, this is Classical bombast on a most extreme level.
8. Gorguts-Colored Sands- Luc Lemay and Co. put out their career best with this one. 
9. Kataklysm-Waiting for the End to Come- A pummeling album, scathing riffs and bristling with wall to wall blasts. 
10. Hail of Bullets-III The Rommel Chronicals- The band that out Bolt Throwers Bolt Thrower, this one roared out of the gate like an armored column.
Honorable-Inquisition-Obscure Verses for the Multiverse- This is the band that brings the glory of 90’s Black Metal into the 21st century. Like Immortal on steroids. Image

So that’s it. Is it definitive? As much as I could make it and I even had to omit some releases that I liked, but didn’t really fit into a top ten list that I could be comfortable with. 

 

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