The Necrofile #42!
3/7/2014 3:04:31 PM by EC
For Issue #42, EC, Chaoslord, and Nailer spread the word on what they've been spinning lately...
- February's Playlist
- 2014 Anticipations
- Decibel's Top 100 Black Metal Albums
The year continues to burn bright with so many new bands popping up. The month's anchor for me thus far is the new Ektomorf called "Retribution". It is out now on AFM and continues to the band's punishing legacy of scraping guitar grooves and harsh vocals. I picked up a new German band called Any Given Day and their self financed album "My Longest Way Home". This could be the heaviest album I have heard and compares to Parkway Drive or August Burns Red. I'm also spending some time digesting the new Behemoth called "The Satanist". This is the band's first album in five years and it is a triumphant return. I'm not completely sold on this genre but this is a good representation of what I do like about it. ....
A Look at Metal Producer Andy Sneap
2/27/2014 2:25:34 PM by ChaosLord
Chances are good that if you are a fan of metal, the name Andy Sneap is one that is vastly familiar to you. Sneap has been one of the biggest metal producer names bantered about in the last ten years. He has produced albums for the genre's trend setters and current hot bands. From the beginning, his sound has possessed a quality matched by no one. He has the ability to make every instrument, including vocals, shine on their own and blend together seemelssly. Sneap has an added bonus in that he played with a band early on--Sabbat--and is still a member of Hell. His natural ear for music allows him to look for sounds and qualities of the music that only a musician would be able to obtain. That is what seems to endear him to so many old school and new bands--his ability to relate and work with them to get the sound they want....
New Interview with Tad Morose!
2/21/2014 3:07:47 PM by EC
By 2003 few could dispute that Tad Morose were indeed superstars. The Swedish band was young, hungry and had seven records on their resume. After three releases on Black Mark the group signed to Century Media and enjoyed their biggest success to date between 2000 and 2003. One of the reasons for that success was the 2003 album "Modus Vivendi". The offering was arguably the band's best work and crowned a ten year run as one of metal's brightest stars. However the much anticipated follow-up didn't occur right away. In fact it took ten long years to reach fruition.
I had a moment to talk with Tad Morose guitarist Christer "Krunt" Andersson about the band's hiatus from the studio and the new album "Revenant". He says, "We had gone through a lot of lineup changes since "Modus Vivendi" and this has been frustrating for us. There have been times where I really doubted that there would be another album. But we just kept at it and finally we made it. We have been fighting for this all the time so it is not that we have just been sitting on our asses until now. The actual album took like three years to record too. But we recorded this in our own studios, which is very convenient but obviously very time consuming. I mean, you can always re-do something the next day or so and since we didn't have a record deal when we started to record "Revenant" we were in no hurry either. We also played live every now and then during this period, both with Tad Morose and most of us also with Inmoria which we did a UK tour with in 2011. It didn't take three years in a row to make the album, it was more like a few days here and a day there and so on. But from day one until it was done, mixed and mastered, it took about three years..
More of the interview with Krunt Andersson: [Interview Link]
Maximum Metal Welcomes Skullbone!
2/21/2014 6:46:19 AM by EC
We have a new staff writer on board starting this week. Skullbone has been kind enough to contribute some reviews and photos to our site. This Finnish resident does some great camera work and he hopes to share some photos with us this summer. Skullbone plans on attending a few metal shows and festivals this season and will contribute "Road Reports" to us.
Skullbone also runs a couple of sites as well. You can see his photography portfolio at Fowler Photography (http://tfowler.wix.com/fowler-photography).
His metal site is Skullbanger (www.skullbanger.net) where he covers albums, concerts, movies and games.
Welcome aboard Skullbone!
The Necrofile - Issue 41!
2/18/2014 2:41:00 PM by Nailer
For Issue #41, EC and Chaoslord team up for a look at who's forgotten and who may be coming back...
- At The Gates
- Jeff Hanneman
One of the pioneers of that early 90s movement was At The Gates. The band released their debut in 1992 with "The Red In The Sky Is Ours". These Swedes took the extreme death metal dynamics of the Floridian scene and combined it with the twin guitar melodies of the NWOBHM. This proved to be a winning formula that inspired other pioneers such as In Flames, Dark Tranquility and Sacrilege. Many feel the band's crowning achievements came in the mid 90s with "Terminal Spirit Disease" and its follow-up "Slaughter Of The Soul". Surprisingly the band broke up in 1995 at the peak of their success. Erlandsson and the Bjorler brothers went on to form The Haunted and At The Gates remained a mantel piece until 2008. From that time through 2012 the group played sporadically at festivals and short tours but a studio album never came to fruition. On January 27th the band revealed on their Facebook page that a new album is coming out this year called "At War With Reality" courtesy of Century Media...
The Grammys are one of a myriad of many establishments that somewhat thumb their nose at metal. The Grammys had lumped metal into the "Hard Rock Performance" category
but luckily they brought back the "Best Metal Category" this year. Slayer, one of metal's titans, has been nominated for five Grammys over their career and have won twice; "Eyes of the Insane" (2007) and "Final Six" (2008). So imagine our surprise that during their "In Memoriam" tribute to artists, musicians and other industry professionals that Jeff Hanneman was not included....
New Interview with Black Plague!
2/7/2014 3:51:27 PM by Chaoslord
Recently I sat down with Black Plague, a local band in Virgina playing metal, working at expanding their audience, and taking measures towards getting national exposure. Their style is similar to Arch Enemy but their sound is all their own. Utilizing a mixture of styles, the band's sound is sure to appeal to fans of all genres of heavy metal. With an EP release looming on the horizon, I took a few minutes to talk with Stephanie (Vocals), Joe (Lead and rhythm guitar), Josh (rhythm and lead guitar), King (Drummer) and Jaton (Bassist) about their hopes, where they want to go next in their career, and profiling them in general.
Enjoy and make sure you check out their page to hear some of their music. I promise if you do, you'll be infected and craving more.
Remember Those Old Metal Shirts???
2/7/2014 2:47:06 PM by Nailer
YouTube channel "They Actually Made That" has just posted a humorous "Heavy Metal Special"
Watch an expert's guide to heavy metal tee shirts with TAMT guest Host Aaron Tompkins! Learn the "ins" and "outs" of these highly collectable and often hilarious shirts from yesteryear originally found at concerts, malls, and even parking lots. Zip up your KISS paper jacket and prepare to rock.
Yours truly has a bootleg Monsters of Rock shirt from that '88 tour. Look for it around the 3 min mark. Maybe we'll take a look back at some old school tees as well...
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