“What it means to me to be a part of this band is a sense of fulfilment and purpose,” stated Mangini. “I feel really honoured to carry on the torch for [Mike Portnoy], I’m carrying on his spirit.”
Congrats to Mike Mangini.
Watch the video HERE.
Congrats to Mike Mangini.
Watch the video HERE.
This is the third time this week that Drainland have been mentioned on The Grind That Annoys. Christ. Anyway, the following night and also in The Lower Deck is Drainland’s tour benefit show for an upcoming trek that includes Holland and Germany. Legion of Two, Melodica Deathship and Loose Nut are also playing. €6 in before 8.30 and €7 after.
The band played the song live last Monday when supporting Keelhaul and Knut, and it sounded monstrous. The recorded version, allowing for multiple listens, unveils a densely powerful track. Last year’s And So Our Troubles Began delivered some dauntingly heavy assaults and ‘Stairs’ is no different. If anything, it’s even more disquieting and unrelenting. Fantastic stuff again.
You can listen to the track below, or on the band’s Soundcloud.
The Southern Lord reissue of And So Our Troubles Began is released May 24th.
Dream Theater’s online documentary which chronicles their search for a new drummer continues. This instalment sees the audition of Derek Roddy, most notable for work with Hate Eternal and Malevolent Creation, possibly one of the most in demand session drummers in world in Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati of Planet X and Steve Vai and Finally Marco Minnemann (Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist, Kreator.Watch the video below:
All the drummers are phenomenal of course but Roddy’s audition appeared to make the least impact. Marco Minnemann makes the best impression of the four drummers. However, with the news leaking that he is not the new DT drummer, it throws speculation off slightly.
Following on from last week’s trailer for Dream Theater’s Drummer Doc, which can be seen HERE, the first 20-minute instalment of the Dream Theater drummer audition documentary is online now on Roadrunner’s YouTube channel HERE.
Again, the doc provides an insightful look into the Dream Theater camp, but as mentioned in the other post, the process continues to be stretched out ridiculously. This episode however details the incredible audition of Mike Mangini.
Finally, in an interesting twist, Marco Minnemann, one of the seven auditioning for the spot, ruled himself out of contention with the following Facebook status. (Note that this documentary isn’t ongoing and Dream Theater confirmed a new drummer last December)
“Haha, thanks, but I’m not DTs drummer. I know everybody thinks I am and our chemistry is great, but I’m doing actually another thing with Jordan and there are also plans for another project with Jordan and John P together."
This is the first new song from earthone9 in ten years! The massively overlooked band, most noted for 2000’s staggering Arc‘tan’gent album who reformed in May of last year to a warm reception, have released a new track, ‘Tide of Ambition’ for free download HERE, by signing up to their mailing list. You can also listen to the track below.
The band are using Pledge Music to help fund the recording of their new EP For Cause And Consequence. You can check out the band’s profile on Pledge HERE.
Epic progressive metallers While Heaven Wept have released a new track, ‘Obsessions Now Effigies’ from their forthcoming new album. The new record, Fear of Infinity is the band’s fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2009’s staggering Vast Oceans Lachrymose.
Hope are high for this new record after the breathtaking trek that was its predecessor. ‘Obsessions Now Effigies’ appears to be nodding in the right direction though, a very solid track.
Listen to the track below, Fear of Infinity is out next week.
The following statement from the two reads:
“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”
It is the departure of Loomis that makes this news so shocking, with no disrespect to Williams intended. Jeff Loomis is the blood of Nevermore, his guitar paying coupled with Warrel Dane’s vocals created the band’s unique and staggering sound. Where the band goes now is anyone’s guess.
The title track from Nevermore’s latest album, the blinding, The Obsidian Conspiracy:
The emergence of this doc means a few things. Firstly, the announcement of who the new drummer is must be coming very, very soon. John Petrucci confirmed they had a new man behind the kit last December, but his identity would remain in the shadows for the time being. It has now been five months, a ridiculous time to leave fans in the dark, when the decision has been made.
The new album must surely be near completion and the setting of a release date too. Also, the band has tour dates throughout the summer, including a headlining set High Voltage all booked. The rumours and speculation amongst fans has been rampant ever since Portnoy’s exodus and frankly, the bickering and debating must come to an end. Who is the drummer? Well, we know now that the list of possibilities has been whittled down to just seven. Who do you think it is? Leave a comment below and watch the video or on Dream Theater’s Facebook page.
Aquiles Priester (Hangar, Angra)
Peter Wildoer (Darkane, James LaBrie’s latest solo album Static Impulse)
Marco Minnemann (Extensive solo career, collaborations with a wide array of artists from Paul Gilbert to Ephel Duath. Also, Minneman played live with Necrophagist for a period and is featured on the live DVDs of the Summer Slaughter tour in 2007 and 2008)
Mike Mangini (Annihilator, James LaBrie’s Elements of Persuasion, Steve Vai, Extreme)
Virgil Donati (Planet X, session work for Derek Sherinian amongst other, touring member with Steve Vai)
Thomas Lang (Session work that ranges from Robert Fripp to the Sugababes)
Derek Roddy (Nile, Malevolent Creation, Hate Eternal, Today Is The Day)
Check back for Part Two when it's online!
‘Sing My Loves’ is satisfyingly heavy but also gorgeously melodic and atmospheric with Stephen Brodsky’s vocals being ever so strong and instantly recognisable.
The anticipation for White Silence has officially risen even higher.
Listen to the song below. White Silence is released May 24th via Hydra Head.
Two tracks are now available for streaming below. ‘Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows’ makes for an impressive taster of what Plays “High Gospel” could bring meanwhile, “Chickadees’ Roar pt. 2” is an eerie and ghostly ambient trek.
“Efrim Manuel Menuck Plays "High Gospel" rallies all of these talents and sensibilities to deliver a powerful and personal album that serves as an ode to his adopted Montreal hometown (where he has now lived for two decades), the passing of great friends (Vic Chesnutt, Emma) and new fatherhood. Entirely self-produced and tracked at various Montreal locations, the album offers a confident, focused, humble and enveloping song cycle.”
The release of new Morbid Angel music has been both anticipated and dreaded. New album Illud Divinum Insanus has been a divisive prospect to say the least but finally there is a ‘taster’ of what the album may entail.
The album is alleged to be heavy on industrial influences but ‘ExistoVulgore’ is no such track, however there are nine other songs on the album still to be heard. The song is little more of what one would expect from Morbid Angel – powerful drums and ripping fretwork from Trey Azagthoth. Is this enough to dispel some of the ill will that has been afforded for this album or is it just another case of a band releasing a safe number before the album drops? We’ll find out on June 6th, the album’s official release date.
Simply put, the two tracks are feral as fuck with vocals that can only described as revolting. A very impressive start with these two tracks.Ego Vs. Reality by Sickener Drinking From The Cesspool by Sickener
Sickener are playing The Lower Deck on Friday April 29th with Polish hardcore band The Bold And The Beautiful, Easpa Measa and This Tongue Is Poison.
Greek metal outfit Septicflesh have released another new track from their new album The Great Mass, this time it’s ‘Oceans of Grey’.
The Great Mass is an album that utilises vast orchestral arrangements and choirs and is thus so wide in scope and deep in texture. There’s a slow, brooding atmosphere in the trade offs between the guitars, vocals and the elements added by the orchestra.
Listen to the track below. The Great Mass is released April 18th.
Finnish melodic progressive metallers Amorphis have posted a new track online, ‘You I Need’. The song is taken from their tenth studio album, The Beginning of Times, which is released next month on Nuclear Blast.
The song can be heard on the band’s Facebook page or down below. Amorphis released their ninth album, Skyforger in 2009 and followed it with last year’s Magic & Mayhem - Tales from the Early Years, a compilation of recorded material from their earlier days. ‘You I Need’ is more of the vehement, heavy and gorgeously melodic metal that characterised their later output.
The band have been rearing their heads more often lately with the announcement that they have signed with Spinefarm Records, departing from long time partners Osmose Productions. Enigmatic front man Niklas Kvarforth also announced that he was quitting all side projects with the exception of Maniac’s Skitliv, so as to focus entirely on Shining.
Shining, over the course of their last three albums in particular, have really proved themselves musically and not just as a novelty thanks to Kvarforth’s violent onstage antics. This new track furthers accentuates this focus on the quality of the band’s output.
The new album which will feature guest appearances from Chris Amott and Watain’s Erik Danielson is released on May 25th.
The track is the fastest A Storm of Light have ever written. The sound is huge and the delivery is nothing short of punishing with a vicious vocal from Josh Graham. The solo work provided by Thayil is simply sublime too. The track is streaming over on stereogum now.
Swedish prog rock outfit Pain of Salvation have released a video for ‘Where It Hurts’ from last years Road Salt One album and guess what, it’s been banned. The explicit video has been removed from YouTube for violating its “policy on nudity or sexual content”.
The clip is clearly out there to shock and does come across as very contrived. However it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, the lyrics of Road Salt One were overtly sleazy. But what do you think? Have you seen the video? What do you make of it and should it have been banned?
Pain of Salvation will be releasing the follow up album Road Salt Two in September.
After nearly four years, prominent Swedish melodic death metallers Arch Enemy are returning with a new album in Khaos Legions. The band have released the new track ‘Yesterday is Dead and Gone’ for free download HERE, and can be heard below.
The track is Arch Enemy through and through. Angela Gossow vocals are still ferocious and the Amott’s guitar playing is crisp and unyielding as well. ‘Yesterday is Dead and Gone’ offers no massive departure from the band’s usual formula though,
Khaos Legions is released May 30th.