Apr 132014

John Martin: “The Deluge” (1834)

As I mentioned yesterday, the past week brought good song and video premieres in a flood, which was unfortunate only in the sense that I didn’t have time to write about all those discoveries day-by-day as they happened. So this weekend I decided to just flood you with them, leaving behind all but some short snippets of my own sparkling prose and mainly delivering the streams, along with release info.

Yesterday I collected 11 (!) new songs and videos, plus a couple of tantalizing news items, and today I’ve got 12 more, plus a few more news items. Once again, I present them in alphabetical order:


The Song: “Apotheosis of the Hangman”
From: Dismembering the Image of God
Release info: self-released by the band on April 7; below is a new video for the opening track

Vicious melodic death metal with flying fretwork that gets more interesting and seductive as the song progresses. Punches pretty damned hard, too. Continue reading »

May 182012

I have at least one of these moments every day, and usually more than one: when I feel like a moron.  I just had my first one for today.  I watched the first official video from Finland’s Ghoul Patrol and realized how stupid I was for not listening to their debut album, Ghoul Patrol, when it came out last fall (on the Spinefarm label).  Because this song is a goddamned headbanger’s delight.

Seriously, if you can keep still while hearing this song, then your bondage gear is on too tight. It’s some mighty fine death ‘n’ roll that ought to give you an acute case of sore neck syndrome in no time at all.

And the video is hilarious, from the first “moooooooo” to the last one.

I’ve been waxing nostalgic about my youth in Texas recently, but one thing I never got into was country western dancing. That kind of music wasn’t the kind of country I liked, and the kind of bars and dancehalls where people did that kind of thing were full of  . . . not really my kind of people. Now, if they’d been line dancing to music like Ghoul Patrol’s, I’d have had a whole different feeling about it.

Truly an inspired video.  And to think that it took a metal band from Finland (or at least a Finnish video production company) to come up with the idea.  Watch it after the jump, especially if you know what line dancing is. Continue reading »

Nov 032011

October is over, except for Halloween, which continues to go on and on here at the metallic island that NCS calls home. Your humble editor spent the end of the month and the beginning of this new one grinding away at his fucking day job, which explains why this installment of METAL IN THE FORGE is late. It also explains why it’s more than typically incomplete, but more on that later.

Here’s the deal:  In these posts, we collect news blurbs and press releases we’ve seen over the last month about forthcoming new albums from bands we know and like (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, we cut and paste those announcements and compile them in alphabetical order.

Remember — THIS ISN’T A CUMULATIVE LIST. If we found out about a new forthcoming album before September, we 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.

This month’s list begins right after the jump. I fell down on the job of monitoring the interhole and press releases to catch news about new albums that looked potentially cool to me, so I know I missed announcements of new releases that should be included here. So, feel free to leave Comments and tell all of us what I missed. Let us know about albums on the way that  you’re stoked about! Continue reading »