Nov 152018


As usual, I have a long list of new songs to recommend. As sometimes happens, I found that a great many of them were different variants of death metal, and so I’ve resorted to the “Death Rituals” moniker for today’s round-up rather than “Seen and Heard” and will leave the songs of other genres to another day. I’ve also divided the group into multiple parts to make it easier for me to squeeze them into the slate of other posts we’ve planned for today. Not sure how many other parts there will be — because I haven’t written them yet!


The Finnish Festerday (named after a Carcass song) released three demos and a split from 1991 to 1992, then fell silent for 25 years (at least under that name) until finding their roar again in 2017 through the release of a split with Total Vomit Experience. Since then additional short releases have followed, and now the band’s first album, lihtallan, is set for discharge by Season of Mist on January 4th. Continue reading »

Mar 022012

For a change, I actually remembered on the second day of the new month that that the preceding month had ended; usually takes longer than that. My creditors would be happy, except I think their bills need to age a while longer. But yes, February is history — and that means its time to post our usual monthly round-up of news about forthcoming albums. Today’s list is a little more comprehensive than the half-assed job I did at the end of January, which means it’s about three-quarters assed. One of these days it will be fully assed.

Here’s how this round-up usually works: In these METAL IN THE FORGE posts, I collect news blurbs and press releases I’ve seen over the last month about forthcoming new albums from bands we know and like at NCS (including occasional updates about releases we’ve included in previous installments of this series), or from bands that look interesting, even though we don’t know their music yet. In this series, I cut and paste those announcements and compile them in alphabetical order.

Remember — THIS ISN’T A CUMULATIVE LIST. If I found out about a new forthcoming album earlier than the last 30 days, I probably wrote about it in previous installments of this series. So, be sure to check the Category link called “Forthcoming Albums” on the right side of this page to see forecasted releases we reported earlier.

Having said all that, please feel free to leave Comments and tell all of us (me and your fellow readers) what I missed when I put this list together, because I’m abso-fucking-lutely certain that I missed all sorts of shit. So let us know about albums on the way that  you’re stoked about, even if you don’t see them here! Continue reading »

Feb 202012

I had other plans for additional posts today, but those plans went up in smoke because of interference from my fucking day job. Either that or I smoked the plans by mistake.  It was one or the other. Anyway, those projects will have to come to fruition tomorrow. But I felt I ought to do something more for this Monday beyond the three reviews with which we started the day. This is what I came up with.


Fans of rapid-fire, merciless death metal along the lines of Hate Eternal will want to pay attention to this band. They’re from Germany and they include a former vocalist and drummer from Necrophagist (Mario Petrovic and Slavek Foltyn, respectively) and a lead guitarist (Kevin Olasz) who used to be with a band called Jack Slater.

More than four years have passed since their album debut (Stigma Eternal), but they have a new one coming out in April on Apostasy Records called Mayhem Maniac Machine. It was recorded with producer Christoph Brandes, who has been kind of an in-house engineer for Necrophagist. With all these Necrophagist connections and an album name like Mayhem Maniac Machine, I felt compelled to check out the one song from the album (“Bionic Abomination”) that has been released for streaming so far. Continue reading »