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INTERVIEW+ALBUM PREMIERE: Chilean Death Metal Band Soulrot

Soulrot- Nameless Hideous Manifestations

They may not have released their first material until 2013, but Chilean death metal band Soulrot’s origins trace back to the early 1990s.  It’s clear that guitarist J.L. Olmos and company have been making up for lost time, as they’ve kept a steady stream of releases coming over the past few years.  Following a demo and EP, the band is now preparing to put out their debut full length ‘Nameless Hideous Manifestations’ on April 24th via Memento Mori.  And it’s sure to make a strong impression, as even though there’s that familiar Boss HM-2 buzzsaw sound and a good deal of Swedish influence to the writing Soulrot doesn’t feel like a clone of any one particular act and has the riffs to back things up.  We’re excited to offer you a full stream of the album alongside an interview with the band so you can get crushed by its immense weight and ominous atmosphere.

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INTERVIEW+ALBUM PREMIERE: U.S. Death Metal Band Ruin

Ruin- Drown in Blood

Ruin’s debut full length has been a long time coming, with the U.S. death metal band having existed in the early 1990s for a year or two before lying dormant for the better part of two decades.  The promo material for their debut full length ‘Drown in Blood’ (due out April 24th via Memento Mori) mentions periods of incarceration and institutionalization as one of the main reasons behind Ruin’s disappearance, but whatever the circumstances may be the band re-emerged in 2015 with the ‘Spread Plague Hell’ demo and released three splits shortly after.  Now with the full length ready to unleash its nihilistic and filthy death metal on your ears in a little under a week’s time, we’re excited to premiere the album in its entirety.

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INTERVIEW: U.S. Black Metal Band Woe

Woe- Hope Attrition

It has been close to four years since Woe released ‘Withdrawal’, and in the time that passed since then the band has been fairly quiet.  While some groups take time between full lengths and still tour, Woe went completely quiet for a significant period of time.  The U.S. black metal band resurfaced last month with ‘Hope Attrition’, showcasing a new lineup and some of the most abrasive and memorable material yet.  While still adopting a dynamic approach to songwriting, there’s a noticeable emphasis on aggression and bleak tonality.  It’s easily the darkest and in your face Woe has ever been, and an early highlight of this already standout year.  To find out more about the work that went into the album, we had the chance to ask singer/guitarist Chris Grigg some questions.

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JOINT INTERVIEW+REVIEW: U.S. Sludge/Doom Bands Moros & Black Urn

Black Urn/Moros Split

Splits continue to be a fantastic way to introduce listeners to new bands.  I probably end up mentioning this just about every time that I cover one, but splits have been one of the easiest ways to discover and new groups I hadn’t had the chance to hear yet.  This is once again the case with the recently released split between Moros and Black Urn, two fairly new sludge/doom acts from Philadelphia that might just be making some of the bleakest material the city has to offer.  Each band only has two releases to their name prior to this split, so chances are you might not have come across them yet if you’re not from the local area.  But if you’re a fan of anything sludge and doom related, this is a split you need to hear.

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INTERVIEW: Marc Bourgon of Cancelled

Cancelled was conceived as a side project for Marc Bourgon of Fuck the Facts and Greber.  It was a pleasant surprise in my rotation given just how different it is from the pack.  Given these variations from the norm, I was happy to accept the opportunity to pick Marc's brain on the new music, his influences, and the future of the project.

INTERVIEW: U.S. Black Metal/Grind/Experimental Band Sloth Herder

Sloth Herder- No Pity, No Sunrise

Grimoire Records continues to be one of the better labels out there for metal that pushes the envelope.  The Maryland based label also stands out from other small and mid-size ones for the simple fact that they record all of the material they put out, as co-owner Noel Mueller works the boards for any release bearing the Grimoire name.  Following releases from The Vomiting Dinosaurs and Blood Mist, March 24th will see the label put out their third effort of 2017, the debut full length from Sloth Herder.  Titled ‘No Pity, No Sunrise’, the full length finds the Maryland by way of Pennsylvania and Virginia band taking all of the elements from their earlier EP’s and splits to the next level.

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INTERVIEW+ALBUM PREMIERE: French Death Metal Band Ritualization

Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss

When it comes to black and death metal, France continues to have some of the better bands out there.  One that’s gone a bit under the radar for some people is Ritualization, a death metal act that’s been around since 2006 and released some demos, a split, and an EP to date.  They came to my attention back in 2011 with the ‘The Vision of Fading Mankind’ split with Temple of Baal, and following the 2013 EP ‘Beyond the Shrine of Shattered Bones’ Ritualization has finally unleashed their debut full length.  Titled ‘Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss’, the album came out on Iron Bonehead Productions on February 3rd and you can stream the entire release below as well as check out an interview with the band’s vocalist Warchangel.

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INTERVIEW+ ALBUM PREMIERE: Norwegian Heavy Metal Band Ghost Avenue

Ghost Avenue- Impact

When you think of Norway, chances are that the metal bands that come to mind are on the extreme side of the spectrum.  Certainly much of the metal from that country over the past two decades has skewed towards black metal and similar styles, but there are some talented acts that channel melodic heavy metal if you dig a bit deeper.  One of these is Ghost Avenue, formerly known as Ghost.  Formed in 2002, the group has been offering their own take on melodic heavy metal and hard rock across two full length albums, and now they’re ready to release album number three via Pitch Black Records.  Titled ‘Impact’, this is a sci-fi concept album that features powerful, soaring vocal lines courtesy of singer Kim Sandvik and catchy guitar leads.  With the album set to come out this Friday, February 3rd, we’re excited to offer you an exclusive first listen of the entire release alongside an interview with the band.

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INTERVIEW+SONG PREMIERE: UK Sludge/Doom Band Sail

Sail- Slumbersong

Sludge/doom has absolutely blown up in recent years, with more and more bands vying for your attention than ever before.  Typically the genre has branched off into two directions, with one side trying to come through with the heaviest, ugliest sounds around and others going for a more rock feel.  So it’s always refreshing to find a group that’s doing their own thing, and this is where Sail caught my attention.  Previously known as Husk, their newest full length ‘Slumbersong’ is set for release March 3rd on Hibernacula Records and incorporates elements of sludge, rock ‘n roll, prog, and everything between.  Today we’re excited to premiere the opening song from the album, Praise And Hatred.

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