Nov 122011

The by-ways of the interhole that I usually prowl on a daily basis in search of entertainment for myself and you have remained largely un-trodden by me since I began my vacation. No recent spoor of mine will be found along those trails. Consequently, they probably smell as fresh as springtime after a light rain. However, emissaries of NCS have been snuffling along those paths like boar hogs in rut, waiting for the scent of something in heat, something that will raise their . . . hackles . . . and reporting back to me their olfactory finds.

Here is what yesterday’s e-mail brought my way, thanks to advance boar-like scouts who will receive credit in due course: A new song from the almighty Dim Mak (U.S.-New Jersey) and two new music videos from Amon (U.S.-Florida) and The Man-Eating Tree (Finland).


The new Dim Mak album is titled The Emergence of Reptilian Altars. It will be released on November 29 by Willowtip Records, which is accepting pre-orders here. If you don’t know about Dim Mak, you can find a brief history that I posted here, along with the first single from the new album. Thanks to the same NCS reader who alerted me to that first song (Kevin), I’ve discovered that Dim Mak have released a second song. This one is called “The Secret of the Tides of Blood”, which is an inspired song name, and it’s available for streaming and purchase via Willowtip’s Bandcamp (at this location).

This is a superheated blowtorch of a song with massive hammering chords of minor-key melody, jaw-dropping drum progressions, turn-on-a-dime changes in time signature, a psychedelic guitar solo, and paint-stripping vocals. In a word, it’s a stunner. I’m so anxious for this album I’m nearly peeing myself. Check out the new song following the jump. Continue reading »

Oct 182011

This is the fourth of today’s four individual song posts. It begins with a story.

Once upon a time, there was a New Jersey band called Ripping Corpse. From 1987 to 1992, they recorded four demos and one full-length album called Dreaming With the Dead, and then , , , kablooie!. If you haven’t heard of the band, you may have heard of its members. One of them Eric Rutan, went on to join something called Morbid Angel. He’s done a few other things, too, like engaged in some Hate Eternal.

The rest of Ripping Corpse later joined together in a band called Dim Mak. Between ’99 and 2006, Dim Mak produced three albums. Now, five years after the last one, a new one is one its way. The original Dim Mak line-up hasn’t survived intact, but two of the key components are still there — both of them alumni of Ripping Corpse: guitarist Shaune Kelley (who was also with Hate Eternal) and bass player Scot Nornick. They haven’t exactly suffered a downgrade in the drumming department, since the current drummer is John Longstreth of Origin and Gorguts. The new vocalist is a dude named Joe Capizzi, who was once with a band I don’t know called The Dying Light.

The new Dim Mak album is titled The Emergence of Reptilian Altars. It will be released on November 29 by Willowtip Records, which is accepting pre-orders here. A new song from the album has been out for the last month, but I just found out about it thanks to new NCS reader/commenter Kevin — who is basically killin’ it with the tips, having recommended the new Ne Obliviscaris song we featured in one of yesterday’s posts. (more after the jump . . .) Continue reading »

Apr 022011

Technically, we should have posted this yesterday, but yesterday was April Fool’s Day, and people might have thought we were making up some of this shit. But it’s all true, and nothing happens on April 2 to plant doubt about truth. Except for what causes doubt to be planted about truth on any other day of the year.

Here we are at the beginning of the second quarter of 2011 — the time when for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is supposed to spring.  Where I live, spring has apparently been victimized by a brutal street mugging and is hospitalized at the moment.  A few plants have been deluded into thinking it’s spring, but for the rest of our local world, it’s still fucking winter.

Fortunately, the change of the seasons have fuck all to do with the release of metal. What we do with these installments of METAL IN THE FORGE is collect news blurbs and press releases we’ve seen over the last 30 days (or in this case, the last 31 days) about forthcoming new albums from bands we know and like (including updates about releases we’ve included in previous installments of this series), or from bands that look interesting, even though we don’t know them yet. And in this post, we cut and paste the announcements and compile them in alphabetical order.

This isn’t a cumulative list, so be sure to check the Category link called “Forthcoming New Albums” on the right side of this page to see forecasted releases we reported in previous installments. This month’s list begins right after the jump. Look for your favorite bands, or get intrigued about some new ones. There’s some awesome shit on the way. Dive in after the jump. Continue reading »