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RETERNITY Have Cosmic Dreams

The German melodic metal band RETERNITY have just released their new album “Cosmic Dreams” via MDD Records.  With “Cosmic Dreams”, the Swabians around masterminds Carsten Sauter and Stefan Zörner present their third, most mature and at the same time most intense work. On the new album, the band surprises with a departure from the rather thrash-influenced predecessors to high-class arranged and produced tracks, which nevertheless unite all […]

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R3VO Deliver Some Artificial Pleasure

The German alt-rock/prog metal band R3VO have just released the new single “Artificial Pleasure” on June 8. Since their 2021 single “Paranoia,” R3VO has adopted a grittier yet more refined sound with “Artificial Pleasure.” The new song avails itself of heavy sections, psychedelia-influenced choruses, and an intimate outro. The band notes:“Artificial Pleasure is an introspective journey on the topic of undergoing addiction.”  R3VO is the project […]

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TAD MOROSE Go On The March Of The Obsequious

Swedish heavy/power metal mastersTAD MOROSE have been working hard on their brand new March Of The Obsequious album. The album will be released on August 26 (digitally) and September 16 (CD/vinyl) viaGMR Music Group.  “March Of The Obsequious” follows the same path as their 3 recent releases, albeit with a small nod to the sound of 80s and 90s without sounding less fresh and […]

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TIGGUO COBAUC Give Us Trial By Combat

The UK blackened sludge metal bandTIGGUO COBAUC have just released the new EP “Trial By Combat”  via Spectral Hound Records (EU, UK) and Xaninho Discos (South America).   TIGGUO COBAUC is a band formed in 2018 in Nottingham UK and composed by Reno Ramos (Vocals, Bass), Luca Martello (Guitars), and Luis Barreto (Drums). The debut EP “Trial By Combat” – composed of 6 tracks for a running time of 30 minutes – displays […]

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MEFISTO Gives Us A Taste Of Phosphorus

The international death/thrash metal band MEFISTO have just released the new album “Phosphorus”  via GMR Music Group.   Originally formed in 1984 in Stockholm, MEFISTO were forerunners of the early Swedish death metal scene. Following hot on the heels of Bathory, the band influenced a whole generation of Scandinavian extreme metal bands. After releasing the two demo tapes “Megalomania” and “The Puzzle” in 1986, Mefisto disbanded […]

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SAOR Go Back To The ORIGINS

SAOR means free, without obligations, unconstrained. All of these characteristics are intrinsic to the music of SAOR, the musical entity spearheaded by sole member Andy Marshall. As a lone wanderer proudly shouting the tales and myths of his people, his culture and his region from the tops of misty Caledonian mountains for the wind to carry, Andy […]

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For Those About Squawk: Waldo Pecks on Amon Amarth and Psycroptic

What’s up? It’s your old boy Waldo here, to inform you about some new and upcoming releases, good bad, or otherwise. Remember—I’m not an elitist, you just have bad taste.

Apparently, it’s time for another Amon Amarth record. The Great Heathen Army already has the attention of guys with their T-shirts tucked into their jeans and dudes wearing Thor hammers around their necks. Seriously though, this is standard fare for the Viking death, melodic death metal crew. TGHA seems a little stiff in the production, but overall, the sound of the record is what one would expect from Amon Amarth. There are times when Johann Hegg’s growling vocals seem a little silly—since he clearly enunciates the band’s ridiculous lyrics—but this record doesn’t really stand out to be better or worse from the rest of their catalog. Not a bad effort, just very samey to this bird. 6 Fucking Pecks

Tasmanians Psycroptic are releasing The Divine Council, and if there’s any subgenre that Psycroptic truly fall into, it’s tech thrash. OK, this is tech death thrash, leaning more to the thrash side for most of the record, but what really strikes me here is the songwriting; it’s thoughtful, not just a bunch of fast arpeggios thrown together. Each song is a little varied even though there is no shortage of some verse/chorus arrangements. Oh, and some knuckle-dragging parts and, of course, tech thrash (count how many times I say thrash in this review.) On the negative side, the bass is underrepresented here, which is a shame. And, man, those drums are clicky. Anyway, get your abacus out and jam these tunes. 7 Fucking Pecks

Waldo out!

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End Reign to Release Exclusive New Track, “The House of Thieves,” via the Decibel Flexi Series

We planned on not referring to newcomers End Reign as a metallic hardcore supergroup, but when an act features current and former members of Integrity, Misery Index, All Out War and Bloodlet, how else would you describe them? I suppose “fucking awesome” works. Anyway, you can hear for yourself on an exclusive new track, “The House of Thieves,” via the Decibel Flexi Series, But you’ll need to sign up for an active deluxe Decibel subscription by Monday, August 1 at noon ET to secure your copy of this crushing new track, or be robbed of this offer for good!

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Track Premiere: deathCAVE Covers “Leash” by His Hero Is Gone

When someone says, “Wow, that sounds like modern crust!” what they’re really saying is, “Wow, that sounds like His Hero Is Gone!” The Memphis-based quintet was hugely influential on the punk and hardcore scene in the late 90s and early 2000s, crafting an aggressive, angry and punishing sound that would be emulated across the country (including bands from my home state of Connecticut, like Diallo, Social War and many others). Arriving at the pinnacle of the post-Cold War “End of History,” the band’s message and attitude suggested that all was not well, that there was a brewing anguish and rage simmering beneath the surface. Even if you don’t share the particulars of their critique, the years since their 1999 split have only vindicated the core message and made their legacy even more profound.

Satanik Royalty Records and 14 contributing bands agree, assembling the compilation, Monuments To Arson: A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone. And Decibel is pleased to bring you the track from deathCAVE, a cover of “Leash” from the 1996 album, Fifteen Counts of Arson.

The proceeds from the compilation are going to a good cause as well, the Fairbanks Native Association. According to the label’s owner (and deathCAVE bassist) Freiburger:

“When I created the label I knew I wanted to do albums where I would be donating all the proceeds to charities that are important to me! As an Alaskan native who grew up seeing the damage of alcohol and drug abuse within indigenous communities and within my own family it seemed like a good place to start.”

He goes in to talk about the band’s choice to cover “Leash” and what His Hero Is Gone means to him”

“His Hero Is Gone seemed like a no-brainer when it came time to choose the first band to cover. The messages delivered in their lyrics, the raw and heavy power of their riffs and just the approach to underground music can’t be matched — even all these years later. “Leash” is the song that deathCAVE covered and that was my choice. Fifteen Counts of Arson was the first His Hero Is Gone album I got in high school and those songs hit a little harder than the other ones. “Leash” was just the first to come to mind off the album because I love how it changes the feel halfway through, and I felt deathCAVE could have fun with this song!!!”

I’m a little partial to “Carry On” myself, but “Leash” is a perfectly good choice as well.

The compilation comes out on September 30. Check out the song below:

Monuments To Arson: A Tribute To His Hero Is Gone by deathCAVE

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HEAVY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS DIGI MAG ISSUE #85

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