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E-Force – Demonikhol

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , on 20th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

E-Force
Demonikhol
Released 19th June 2015
Thrash Metal / Extreme Metal
Released via Mausoleum Records

‘Demonikhol’ is the new album from the Canadian thrash metal band E-Force. It is a concept album about the devastating effects of alcohol abuse. The band was formed back in 2001 after the singer Eric Forrest left Voivod. Their debut album ‘Evil Forces’ was released two years later after which Forrest relocated to France, resulting in some changes in the lineup.

The album kicks off with Grievance, offering a barrage of ferociously fast guitar riffs and equally brutal-sounding drums. At first it seems like your average thrash metal, then the vocals enter the frame and they really aren’t at all what I expected to hear. Not that thrash metal as a genre is known for its pleasant-sounding singers, but this guy’s angry shouting reminds more of ‘Slaughter of the Soul’ -era At The Gates or even Children of Bodom than old school thrash metal acts. I guess it’s all about capturing the raw emotion and that uncomfortable feeling that you get after a heavy night’s drinking.

Double Edged Sword stands out due to the brutal drumming and the aggressive guitar work. If you like your thrash metal fast and furious, you might enjoy this track. Debauchery is true to its namesake in that it’s completely chaotic and slightly mad as far as the song structure goes but the guys sound like they are having fun. On the plus side there’s the occasional decent guitar riff on there which makes the track more memorable. State of Delusion has more of the thrash metal vibes in the guitars which makes the song one of the more catchy ones on here. Even the abrasive vocals don’t bother me as much thanks to the skillfully executed guitar work.

Overall, this album proves that E-Force doesn’t want to conform to one specific style. Their signature sound comprises two key aspects: speed and brutality. So if it’s old school thrash metal you’re after then you probably wouldn’t enjoy this. If however, you’re happy to check out something more extreme or experimental than you might want to give ‘Demonikhol’ a try.

3/5

Iza Raittila

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Eyehategod announce new self-titled album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

New Orleans’ infamous band Eyehategod are set to release their first studio album in over thirteen years through a partnership with Century Media for the world outside North America and Japan. Housecore Records will be releasing the new Eyehategod album in North America while Daymare Recordings will handle the album’s release in Japan. The album, which is self-titled, is pencilled for release on 26th May 2014.

The recording process for the new album started with producer Billy Anderson back in the fold (he recorded 1996’s Dopesick). Anderson tracked drummer Joey LaCaze’s tracks prior to LaCaze’s tragic passing last year. A few months later the band reconvened at longtime friend Phil Anselmo’s home studio with producer Stephen Berrigan (Down) to finalize the recording. Mixed by Sanford Parker (Voivod, Corrections House), the album was entirely put together and financed by the band who later shopped it around to labels. With long last friendships with many of the CM European staff, they felt this was the best home for them. Frontman Mike IX mentions:

I have to say I don’t believe we’ve lost nary a step in the creation of this album and we think these newer songs are a killer combination of classic EHG mixed along with our best production, mixing, engineering and songwriting in 13 years. The main and total tragic break in the chain, was obviously last year’s death of our great friend and drummer Joey Lacaze. However, his original drum tracks made it onto the final master recordings and we’re fucking psyched about that…

The first song from the new album, Agitation! Proganda!, can be heard below.

Eyehategod online:

http://www.eyehategod.ee
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod
http://www.youtube.com/user/EyeHateGodTV
http://twitter.com/EyehategodNola

 

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Mikael Åkerfeldt to curate Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Opeth‘s Mikael Åkerfeld has agreed to curate the Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday 14th April at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. This means that he will personally select bands for his special event and play a headline show with Opeth.

Opeth‘s body of work is highly respected by the Roadburn crowd, which has made Mikael an ideal choice to carry on the tradition that started in 2008 with David Tibet (Current 93) and has continued with the likes of NeurosisTom G. WarriorSunn 0)))Voivod and Jus Oborn (Electric Wizard). Mikael commented:

It’s with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn Festival. I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.

I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn’t get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!

Opeth online:

http://opeth.com
http://facebook.com/Opeth