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Narcotic Self – Cut The Chord

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , on 5th June 2016 by izaforestspirit

Narcotic Self
Cut The Chord
Released 6th May 2016
Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal/Groove Metal
Self-Released

‘Cut The Chord’ is the third album from the American heavy metal band Narcotic Self. They have toured with a number of renowned metal bands including Slayer, Exodus and Soulfly. Their music is a mixture of classic thrash metal with other metal genres along with some experimental elements. This album features Björn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork as a guest vocalist on one of the songs.

Kicking off the album is the title track, an aggressive and brutal metal song filled with thrashing guitars, pummeling drums along with abrasive and angry shouting. Then, when you least expect it, they slow down the pace towards the end of the track and treat you to a short but well executed melodic instrumental. It’s just enough for you to take a deep breath and relax before the usual onslaught of guitar, drums and shouting returns, raising hell inside your eardrums. Generation Victim (feat. Björn Strid) is a fairly straightforward piece of aggressive, thrashing groove metal which reminded me of the early works of Machine Head, DevilDriver and to a certain extent Lamb of God.

Hell in My Head caught my attention due to the deceptively melodic guitar intro at the start. There’s some experimentation in the guitar parts and briefly a change to a softer, more melodic vocal style halfway through the song. This time the melodic elements last a little longer than they did in the title track. The problem is that I’m not entirely convinced that the random changes suit the rest of the song. The transition between the two is just not as fluid as it should be. Then it seems that Narcotic Self decided to have another go at the more melodic side of metal/rock so they created Creeper, a song which is predominantly slow and melodic. At least for the most part… Then, all of a sudden, the aggressive shouting and thrashing monster re-emerges. It’s almost like the other half of the song was composed by another band. Luckily the rest of the album marks a return to good old brutal and vicious thrashing groove metal with only occasional bits of clear vocals sprinkled in to soften the blow. For example, Brainslave shows how well executed guitar work can make a song memorable for all the right reasons.

Overall, this album left me feeling a little confused. I’m not entirely sure that I understand what Narcotic Self are trying to achieve here. I would have been perfectly happy had these guys just stuck to a specific style be it thrash or groove metal but the random mid-song experimentation is very off-putting. Those bits aside ‘Cut The Chord’ should appeal to fans of Lamb of God and Machine Head.

3/5

Iza Raittila

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Tacit Fury – A Social Berserker

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 12th May 2014 by izaforestspirit

Tacit Fury
A Social Berserker
Released: 18th March 2014
Death Metal
Released via Fono Ltd.

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‘A Social Berserker’ is the fourth album from the Russian death metal band Tacit Fury. It is the follow up to ‘Horrors from Depth’, which was released back in 2012.

First up is Lacerated, Strangled, Impaled, which builds up the pace gradually starting with a deceptively slow intro before the ferocious guitar riffs and pummeling drums enter the frame. The vocals are pretty much your standard growls and, with a track title like that, they fit in well with the majority of the bands in the death metal scene. One thing that makes this particular song stand out is the short, thrash metal style guitar solo towards the end.

The subsequent tracks reveal another distinctive pattern – high-pitched, stop-start guitars akin to the likes of Lamb of God. Release The Lions and Chronology Bleached are good examples of this style. It’s a combination of death metal vocals and drumming paired with groove metal style high-pitched guitars. They remind me of bands like Machine Head and to some extent Grimfist. Other tracks that caught my attention include Overbade, which features some thrash metal style guitar riffs in the middle and War Against The Living, one of the fastest and most aggressive songs on the album. The latter also features a surprisingly melodic, almost melo-death style guitar solos towards the end of the song.

Overall this is a fairly decent sounding death metal album. Whilst Tacit Fury do not offer anything dramatically different than most of more modern death metal bands out there, they are clearly good at what they do. ‘A Social Berserker” may not appeal to old school death metal purists but if you’re a fan of the newer style then this album is for you.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

Machine Head return to the UK for five special shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 9th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The Bay Area metal titans Machine Head are set to return to the UK this summer with an unexpected move which will delight their rabid Head Case fan base. The band are set to play a short run of five super-special underplays, in much smaller clubs than they usually play. Frontman Robb Flynnexplains the logic behind this move:

In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well.  We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014.  No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans that who don’t often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities.  I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus.  We’d never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place.  We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what?  It ended up being one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done.  Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun.  It’s Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw.  What will be really cool is that in the UK, we’ve never done a club tour, it happened so fast for us there that other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we’ve only played bigger halls, so we are really looking forward to giving our fans something special there. Plus, we’ve been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!!  So finally, 21 years into our existence, we’re coming and we’re ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!

Tour dates are as follow:

Tue 29th Jul – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
Thu 31st Jul – EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms (www.ticketmaster.co.uk)
Sat 2nd Aug – NEWCASTLE University (www.livenation.co.uk)
Sun 3rd Aug – NORWICH Waterfront (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk)
Mon 4th Aug – BRIGHTON Concorde (http://lout.gigantic.com)

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 11th April and will be available from the ticketing links above.

Machine Head’s new album is in the workings and expected to materialise later this year via their brand new label, Nuclear Blast.  However, their loyal fanbase can get a fiery taster of some brand new material on 19th April; otherwise known as Record Store Day. The band are releasing a strictly limited gatefold 10″ vinyl ‘demo version’ of new song, Killers & Kings.  The release will come in two different colours of vinyl; red or blue, and four different sleeves featuring tarot card designs; Death, The High Priestess, The Devil, and Strength.  Side A features their demo version of Killers & Kings, and Side B features covers of Our Darkest Days and Bleeding, two tracks by Southern California hardcore band, Ignite.

Shops participating in Record Store Day can be viewed here, at this location.  The Head Case collectors among you should get out and search for those four different editions!

Machine Head online:

http://machinehead1.com
http://facebook.com/MachineHead

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Bonded By Blood announce headline UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 29th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Chaotic Tapestry Management, who are one of the UK’s leading booking and management agencies for extreme metal, are proud to announce that they will be bringing back Southern California’ thrash metal merchants Bonded By Blood for a UK tour in May. The band comments:

We’re very excited to announce that we will be returning to the UK for a short headlining tour. Our fans over seas never disappoint and we want to express our thanks by giving them a new set with a few surprises. This is going to be a tour you won’t want to miss and it’s an exclusive treat to our fans in the UK. See you in the pit!!!

Bonded By Blood will be touring the UK in support of their third studio album The Aftermath, having last made appearances across the UK on Vader’s Back To The Black European Tour which took place January and February 2013.

The Aftermath was released July 2012 via Earache Records and was produced by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Soulfly). The album was also the first to feature new vocalist Mauro Gonzales, who joined the band in 2010 and new bass player, Jessie Sanchez. Joining Bonded By Blood will be the UK’s very own Flayed Disciple who also appeared on part of Vader’s Back To The Black European Tour and Seprevation who have been making waves across the UK and beyond over the last two years.

Bonded By Blood’s UK tour dates are as follow:

18th Boston Music Rooms, London
19th Exchange, Bristol
20th Full Moon, Cardiff
21st Audio, Glasgow
22nd Star & Garter, Manchester
23rd Queens Hall, Nuneaton
24th The Lecturn, Brighton*
*No Flayed Disciple

Bonded By Blood online:

http://facebook.com/officialbondedbyblood

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Machine Head reveal details for Killers & Kings

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Over twenty years combined with seven critically acclaimed albums and multiple world tours to their credit, very few can deny that Machine Head are one of THE kings of metal (Basically, eat your hearts out, Manowar).

This summer Nuclear Blast will have the enormous privilege of releasing Machine Head’s next full-length album, which is also the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store Day (19th April 2014), Nuclear Blast will be releasing a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled Killers & Kings. Never heard or released before, Machine Head fans have been waiting for new music from the band for the last 3 years and Killers & Kings will not disappoint. Side B of the release will also feature Machine Head covering two tracks by the southern California hardcore outfit Ignite. Frontman Robb Flynn comments:

I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs. You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both Metallica demos, Exodus demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of Pleasure Of The Flesh by Exodus, easily two years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we’re gonna do that for you. I can’t wait for you guys to hear this stuff.

This limited edition 10” will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colours.

Killers & Kings 10” tracking listing:

Side One: “Killers & Kings” (demo version)
Side Two: “Our Darkest Days/Bleeding” (Ignite cover)

Machine Head are currently in the studio recording their eighth album for an early 2014 release, followed by a massive worldwide tour cycle.

Machine Head‘s most recent studio release, 2011’s Unto The Locust, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 22 – putting them in the Top 25 for the first time in the band’s history. The album was the follow-up to the 2007 Grammy nominated metal milestone The Blackening, widely hailed as one of the finest metal albums of the last decade, which led the band to an extensive three-year tour, sharing the stage with such heavy hitters as Slipknot and Metallica.

Machine Head online:

http://machinehead1.com
http://facebook.com/MachineHead
http://youtube.com/machinehead

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Machine Head sign with Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Posted in News with tags , on 3rd October 2013 by Pieni

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Since their first full-length album, Machine Head have released all their works with Roadrunner Records. 18 years later, they decided it was time to part ways… sort of. The band has spent the last year in search of a new label and has finally decided to settle with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the recent division of Nuclear Blast Records, founded by the latter’s owner Markus Staiger and former Roadrunner A&R chief and long-time friend of Machine Head, Monte Conner. Quoting Rob Flynn: Monte Conner has believed in Machine Head for 20 years, his belief has never wavered, and we are extremely proud to work alongside him once again.”

The first release under the new label should happen in early 2014, as Machine Head are about to enter the studio and give shape to the successor of “Unto The Locust”. Also a massive worldwide tour should follow suit, in order to promote the band’s eighth studio album.

Machine Head online:
www.machinehead1.com
www.facebook.com/MachineHead
http://youtube.com/machinehead

Battlecross stream new album for limited time

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 9th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Battlecross have begun streaming their brand new album War of Will at their official Metal Blade landing page. This stream will be up for a limited time only, from now until 8pm GMT tonight. Additionally, the brand new music video for Never Coming Back was recently finished and can be viewed below.

Battlecross triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. Co-produced at Audio Hammer Studios by famed producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi, the sophomore effort from Detroit’s newest soldiers of steel will soon prove as one of the most impressive follow-up releases, destined to become a heavy metal classic for fans of all sub-genres.

War of Will is now in stores and on-line. The band is on tour now as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Mastodon and more. For tickets and details, head to this location.

Battlecross online:

http://www.battlecrossmetal.com
http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal
http://twitter.com/battlecross
http://www.youtube.com/battlecrossmetal