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 »

Dec 152010

We’re not doing a Finland Tribute Week post today because we’re working on the final two posts in the series for tomorrow and Friday. We tried to bribe your patience with a THAT’S METAL! post. Can’t hurt to sweeten the bribe, though. So here’s news about a new song from The Man-Eating Tree.

The Man-Eating Tree are from Finland, so we do have that connection to our ongoing tribute. They feature former Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta plus current or former members of Poisonblack, Reflexion, and Embraze. We first listened to their music for a MISCELLANY post we did back in August (here), and liked what we heard, even though their brand of atmospheric, cleanly sung metal isn’t what we usually consume. When we started the Finland tribute series, we found out that a lot of you really like this band.

So, you might be interested to know that Century Media is making available a new song from the band available for free download. It’s called “Vultures”, and it post-dates the music recorded for the band’s September 2010 debut, Vines. If you want to get it, go here. But be forewarned — you have to share a link on Facebook or Twitter to get the download, i.e., help Century Media publicize the band. The download link will be active until December 31.

If you’re not crazy about the terms of exchange for that download, just wait a few hours, and someone will surely put the track up on YouTube. In the meantime, all you tree-like man-eaters out there might like the video we’ve got after the jump.  Continue reading »

Jul 312010

My, how time flies. Another month is in the history books. However much time you have on earth, you now have 31 days less of it since since the last installment of this post. Drink up!

But have no fear. You’re headed for a better place. That’s right, basically the same existence you had a month ago, but with more new metal ahead of you. Drink up!

And all those physical processes that are inexorably decaying your bodies on the rocky road to your demise, they’re still there and they’re still working on you like termites that have found a rotting log. But hey, you can still bang your head, so . . . Drink up!

Yes, we’re now a full seven months into 2010, and so it’s time for another monthly update to the list of forthcoming new albums we first posted on January 1. (All the other updates can be found via the “Forthcoming Albums” category link on the right side of our pages.) Below is a list of still more projected new releases we didn’t know about at the time of our previous updates, or updated info about some of the previously noted releases.

Once again, we’ve cobbled together news blurbs about bands whose past work we’ve liked, or who look interesting for other reasons. Perhaps needless to say, these are bands that mostly fit the profile of music we cover on this site — the kind that would like to tear your head off.

So, in alphabetical order, here’s our list of cut-and-pasted items from various sources since our last update about forthcoming new releases. Look for the bands you like and put reminders on your calendar. Or if you’re like us, just stick post-it notes on your forehead. Of course, if your foreheads are the low, sloping kind, you may only have room for a few, so be choosy. Continue reading »