When things come together in a way that makes an an alliterative post title possible, it’s just awesome, don’t you think?
In the course of catching up on metal news over the weekend, we came across three items that caught our bloodshot eyes. Apart from the fact that they all concerned bands whose names begin with “M”, the music has nothing in common.
ITEM ONE: The first item concerned a band from Sweden called Malfeitor. There’s a black metal band from Italy with the same name, and a couple of long-defunct bands from Norway and the U.S. that liked the name, too — but this ain’t any of them. This band had its genesis in Sweden back in the early 90’s and then dissolved in 1994. But it’s become apparent that Swedish death-metal bands are like vampires – they never die.
In 2007, two of the band member — Benny Moberg and Mattias Parkkila — started another death metal band called Blood Mortized (along with ex-Amon Amarth guitarist Anders “Hansson” Biazzi), which put out a debut album in 2009 and is about to release a 3-song EP on cassette. Last year Moberg left Blood Mortized to resuscitate Malfeitor, and he has now been joined by Parkkila and drummer Janne (Rudberg) Björkenfjäll.
Malfeitor have recently started streaming their first new song in 17 years, plus they’ve got a teaser track that includes instrumental snippets from five songs on an album they plan to release in 2011 (the vocals haven’t yet been recorded for those songs). After the jump, we’ve got the new song and that teaser.
ITEM TWO: The second item concerns another band from Sweden — Machinae Supremacy — but they’re pretty far over toward the other end of the metal spectrum from Malfeitor. What grabbed our attention about these dudes is the fact that they’re one of the three support acts for Children of Bodom‘s “Ugly World Tour”, which began this past weekend — the other two being Amon Amarth and Ensiferum. (more after the jump . . .)
None of us here had ever heard of this band, and the fact that they’re on the same tour as those other three bands (all of whom are huge NCS favorites) suggested that we damned well ought to check them out. This was made oh so easy because they’ve just released a new video for a song called “Force Feedback” from their latest album, A View From the End of the World (2010).
Of course, after watching the video it became apparent why we hadn’t heard this band’s music before: It’s all clean singing, or at least that’s all there is on this song, including a brief, cringe-inducing, poppy female vocal. The damned thing is, the fucking song immediately got stuck in my head. I thought it might get un-stuck if I shoved it your way. If that doesn’t work, I’m thinking about giving myself a concussion.
If you listen to the song, it will become apparent why this band got paired up with Children of Bodom; there are some COB-esque riffs and rhythms that are part of what makes the song so damned catchy. The video does have some cool graphics in it, too.
ITEM THREE: The third item came our way via a press release about the completion of a music video by an Ohio band called Margin of Error. Two things in the press release were intriguing. One was that the band’s debut album, What You Are About To Witness (2009), is a concept album about the thought process of a serial killer, told from the killer’s point of view. The second was that the video is supposed to be a blood-stained stomach-turner. Hey, what’s not to like about that?
Unfortunately, the video won’t be coming out until April, but I at least wanted to hear the song. A little poking around revealed that the album is available for download on Bandcamp (here) for a minimum payment of $6.66, which is by definition an evil price, and individual songs can be had for $1, which is not as evil. And, Bandcamp being the awesome platform that it is, I also took advantage of the high quality streaming to hear the song that will be featured in the video.
I do like it. I hate to mention the “deathcore” word, because I realize that will cause some of you to run for the hills, but it is deathcore-flavored — and also blackened and industrial-flavored, too. It’s also got a nice, evil sound to it, particularly in the vocals, and it’s a catchy piece of evility, too (“evility” doesn’t seem to be a real word, but I think it should be). Got my head to nodding, that’s for sure. Give it a chance and let me know what you think.
So, with that lead-in, here’s the music, with some artwork to preface each song:
Here’s the new Malfeitor song, “Scenes From A Slaughterhouse”, which will frighten small children, and perhaps adults, too:
And now here’s the instrumental teaser for other songs from the album. It maketh me to drool:
Now, here’s that Machinae Supremacy video:
Finally, here’s the Margin of Error song that they’ve made into a forthcoming video:[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Margin-of-Error-What-You-Are-About-to-Witness-04-Your-Life-in-Playback.mp3|titles=Margin of Error – Your Life in Playback]