We do our best to keep up with news in the world of extreme metal. We read a few web sites every day that collect news items, we get press releases via e-mail, and we get alerts about MySpace and Facebook posts by bands we’re following. Put it all together, and it’s a daily flood of words — almost all of which are just completely forgettable, or worse. Usually, we find items that are either intentionally or (more often) unintentionally funny. Rarely, we find something we think is worth writing about on this site.
We’re kinda behind on putting together reviews of new music we’ve been cranking, and that may have lowered our newsworthiness threshold today, but whatever. Today, we’re just gonna dump a bunch of news on you that we read over the weekend, including one of those funny items and one new video that put us in a party mood. Not a lot of rhyme or reason to our choices, but there’s not much rhyme or reason to anything we do, so what the fuck?
Our topics? They involve Heaven Shall Burn, Hour of Penance, French Bat-Shit Grindcore, All Shall Perish, and The Ghost Inside.
Last Friday, German death metal and hardcore fusionists Heaven Shall Burn announced that their new album Invictus, which has already been released in Europe and will be released in North America tomorrow, landed on the official chart in Germany at position No. 9. According to the announcement, this marks Heaven Shall Burn’s and Century Media Records‘ first-ever Top 10 release in Germany.
The press release included this comment from guitarist Maik Weichert: “Top Ten! This is insane! It is a dream come true and we thank everybody who had something to do with it! Everything will be awesome! However, when the police stopped my car yesterday they were still quite unpleasant to deal with, so I am assuming they hadn’t heard the news yet . . .” (lots more after the jump — stay with us . . .)
This is one more reminder that many things separate European countries from the U.S. besides different languages. Can you imagine any extreme metal album, particularly from a band like Heaven Shall Burn, landing in the Top 10 in U.S. album sales? For comparison purposes, the album that occupied No. 9 on the Billboard list of Top 200 albums for the U.S. as of this morning was Live at the Troubador by Carole King and James Taylor. What we said.
A few other tidbits about this new album, which we’re really stoked to hear: As on Heaven Shall Burn’s previous albums, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds created the atmospheric intro as well as the album’s outro — and the album includes a duet called “Given In Death” that features guest appearances by Sabine Weniger from Deadlock on vocals and Sebastian Reichl on guitar. We’re reserving judgment on that one . . .
Last month, we posted breaking news about the apparent disintegration of ass-kicking Italian band Hour of Penance. In our last post (at this location), based on a message from the band’s departing vocalist Francesco Paoli, we speculated that maybe the band wasn’t dead after all. Now, we’ve got confirmation of that via a Facebook post yesterday by HOP’s guitarist Giulio Moschini and bassist Silvano Leone:
“To everyone out there asking what’s next in the future of Hour of Penance – well, we’re still alive and breathing and we’re actually auditioning new members and writing new songs already! More news to come – Thanks for your support! Giulio & Silvano”
No doubt, we’re looking at a major line-up change from the band that produced this year’s awesome release, Paradogma, but this still qualifies as very encouraging news.
There’s an outfit in France called Putrid Attitude. We can’t tell whether this is a label or a couple of speed-freaks living in a basement (granted, we haven’t tried very hard to find out). The MySpace page describes Putrid Attitude as: “The Audiophonic Evil Encyclopediae of French Gore Grind, Sadistic Cannibals, Brutal Death, Maniac Butchers, and GrindCore Serial Killers.”
Whatever Putrid Attitude is, they’ve assembled a music compilation called French Faces of Gore that’s available for free download at this location. We found out about this thing from a Toulouse band we like a lot called Zubrowska (see our most recent post about them here). The compilation includes a track from Zubrowska, plus songs from a jillion other bands we’ve never heard of.
We haven’t listened to this compilation. Based on the names of the contributing bands, we’re afraid the music would make us bleed from every orifice, like ebola, except worse. But you gotta get a big smile from the list of names. Our favorites are Bong Ejaculation, Your Ass Is On Fire, and Vaginal Cassoulet. Here’s the whole list (and don’t worry, we have a few more items, including that party video, at the end of this list):
BORN WITH WORMS INSIDE
CASTRATED SENILE BASTARDS
ANAL GERIATRIC INFECTION
INSANE CONSANGUINEOUS FARMER
THE BITCH PROJECT
YOUR ASS IS ON FIRE
CARNE DE PUTA
DEFECAL OF GERBE
HAIR COLOR ANOMALY
FOIRE NEPHRETIQUE EXHIBITION
If any of you have the balls to download and listen to this whole thing, feel free to leave a comment and let us know about the experience, assuming you’re still able to type. For now, here’s the track on the compilation from Zubrowska:
All Shall Perish is one of our favorites bands here at NCS. We thought their last album, Awaken the Dreamers, was ass-kickingly brilliant. So we tend to pay more-than-usual attention when we read news about them. And here’s the latest:
First, the band has had a change in drummers. Matt Kuykendall is gone, and his replacement is Adam Pierce (Sea of Treachery). That’s not the only change. In a game of musical chairs, the band’s most recent guitarist, Jason Richardson, has left to join Born of Osiris.
His replacement, at least for the band’s next touring season, will be a guitarist from Treviso, Italy, named Francesco Artusato. Don’t know anything about him yet. We do know that All Shall Perish will be part of this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, which promises to be an honest-to-god, no-shit summer slaughter.
THE GHOST INSIDE
And that brings us to the video entertainment we promised. It’s from an L.A. hardcore band called The Ghost Inside. Those dudes have a new album (their second) due on June 8 — which is looking like one of the biggest new-release days in recent memory. It’s on the Mediaskare label and it’s called The Returners.
The band has just released the video for one of the new songs, called “Unspoken”. The song is a catchy bit of head-crushing fun — and making this video must have been a bit of head-crushing fun, too. In fact, we’d bet money that a video of the making of this video would be even more fun than the video itself. See what you think. And have a nice fucking day.
The Ghost Inside “Unspoken” Official Video
THE GHOST INSIDE [RETURNERS 3 DAYS!] | MySpace Music Videos