Formerly known as Gyze, Japanese “samurai metal” band RYUJIN have been reborn – signing a worldwide contract with premier rock and metal empire Napalm Records to usher them into their new era. RYUJIN rises to carry heavy metal from Japan to the masses around the world. With high-speed riffs and breakneck guitar descents paired with […]
Month: January 2023
The Devil Wears Prada have shared the video for their new single Cancer. The track lives on their eighth album Color Decay, out now via Solid State. “Lyrically, this song is about how many of the people I have looked up to and idolized have ended up committing suicide,” says keyboard player Jonathan Gering. “It […]
Seventh Crystal is a new rock band from the fertile Swedish music scene that was put together by singer Kristian Fyhr (Perpetual Etude). Initially, Kristian wanted to pursue a solo project, but when the songs started to take form, he realized he wanted to involve more musicians. So, he moved to vocals only and brought […]
Let’s just say that in the last thirty years that vocalist Damien Moyal has been active in the the extreme music scene, he’s been pretty prolific. And not necessarily predictably so. Before we consider what he’s currently up to, a brief survey of his past work/discography shows stints in a host of hardcore/metallic hardcore/metalcore bands, including Morning Again, Shai Hulud, Culture, As Friends Rust, On Bodies and a whole bunch of other short-lived projects. More recently, Moyal has put his energies into Damien Done, a post-punk/goth outfit he’s dabbled in since the early ’00s.
We’re premiering the latest video, “Pray For Me,” from Damien Done’s latest full-length, Total Power, the band’s sophomore effort. For this endeavor, we find a more vocally restrained Moyal crooning in a moody baritone, over suitably dour music that invokes Sister of Mercy, Joy Division and other English sad sacks, in all the best ways. It’s dark, danceable and relies heavily on a thick, buzzy bass line and affected guitar layering. Though the music is all Damien Done, the anonymous musicians in the the shadowy video—directed and edited by Joe Halby—are apparently stand ins.
Total Power was mixed by James Paul Wisner and is set for release on May 19 on multiple formats via Chicago’s Mind Over Matter Records. You can preorder your copy here.
Here’s what Moyal had to say about “Pray For Me”:
“This is a love song that sees its subject reconciling a life of jaded discontent with the newfound fulfillment his partner provides. I believe the concept is delivered via a series of poignant, cynical one-liners, and against a driving sonic backdrop. The result owes a debut to Joy Division and the Pixies. I tried to drench my flowery sentiments in gloom, and in spite of its modern execution and production, I hope ‘Pray for Me’ is perfectly suited for an early-’90s goth club.”
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Despite the fact that one half of Digital Negative is the Grindfather Richard Johnson of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Enemy Soil fame, the duo’s music bears little resemblance to that which Johnson has become known for over the years. A collaboration between Johnson and producer Daniel Euphrat (Person918x, Timmy Sells His Soul), Digital Negative was birthed over the early stages of the pandemic and released their first EP in 2021.
Johnson and Euphrat are primed to drop EP 2 on March 3. To prepare listeners, they’ve released “The Floor,” a glitched-out, pulsing track that really underscores Digital Negative’s modus operandi of selecting samples to emphasize the artificial sounds in their productions. Euphrat breaks it down:
“The theme underlying Digital Negative is to emphasize the artificiality of the music,” he explains. “Part of that has to do with choosing the right samples, but the other aspect is programming drum patterns that are counter to what a human drummer would normally play. The beat here is an attempt to hybridize trap and footwork, two genres that I admire for emphasizing the unique capabilities of drum machines. Melodically, the goal was to repeat a few simple themes across a variety of “instruments” to give what is essentially a collage of disparate samples a feeling of cohesion.”
Listen to “The Floor” below. You can pre-order EP 2 on Bandcamp.
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Blast Worship: Abyssal Worm
Where they from?
Germany. So, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl [second time in five years—ed]. I know I’ve been working on my mental health a lot because I’m actually happy for them even though I am a fan of the lowly New York Jets [Last Super Bowl appearance, 1969—ed]. We celebrated yesterday bringing a leaf blower into my friend’s apartment and blowing it into our faces while listening to Tears For Fears. What a great time.
Why the hype?
I’ve always wanted to write about “war metal” since it covers similar territory to grind but the only problem was that a lot of the bands are uhhh, not necessarily ones I would want to publicly promote in any way, shape or form. Luckily I did my due diligence on Abyssal Worm over here and they very much check out as being thoroughly not sketchy. But worry not, it’s still supremely hateful and definitely has a more pronounced grind influence than some of their war metal brethren. And by that I mean they use a drum machine and the songs are pretty short!
Kingdom of Decadence, self-released. This album is stylistically a nice little blend of early Napalm Death and bands like Blasphemy and Diocletian, alternating between crust-fueled blast beats and those sort of evil, swaggering Mayhem parts war metal is known for. And if you’re wondering, yes, the album does end with a song called “Supreme Antichrist”. How could it not?
Kingdom Of Decadence by Abyssal Worm
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Get ready for some ripping New Mexico death metal by way of Street Tombs and their new album, Reclusive Decay, out February 17 via Carbonized Records. They’re debuting a brand new track, “Devour,” with us today.
Guitarist and vocalist Damian Jacoby says of the song’s lyrics:
“Humans are convinced by a deceptive leader to consume human flesh as a sacred right of passage to gain eternal life. Blindly submitting, the village is plunged into darkness as vile sickness riddles their bodies. Death is a respite, the false promise of eternal life long forgotten.”
Reclusive Decay by Street Tombs
Reclusive Decay was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Augustine Ortiz at The Decibel Foundry with additional recording by Galen Baudhuin, cover art by Todd White, additional interior artwork by Lucas B, and logo by Ben Brodsky.
Reclusive Decay will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders at The Carbonized web shop here or Bandcamp here.
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Pix by Kaotic Images Words by Kris Peters Information from Simon Russell-White Full disclosure here – not that you would expect anything less – but I was not looking forward to seeing and/or reviewing Post Malone at all. In fact before even passing through the gates I had pretty much made up my mind that […]
“We’re really looking at showing off our live performance.” Dan Marazita Melbourne rockers XCalibre are preparing to launch their new single Calling U Out this Friday, February 3. The song follows on from previous singles Stronger and No Sensei, all three of which will be part of XCalibre’s debut EP which will be released on […]
Led Zeppelin are one of the most revered and respected bands EVER. Their contribution to music is legendary and the indelible mark the band and their music has left on generations of music lovers is immeasurable. The death of drummer John Bonham in 1980 brought an end to that era of original music, but his, […]