It’s been very rare that I just up and not post a thing to this site for an extensive period of time. Usually it’s due to a computer problem or a minor hiccup in life, but even then I typically get some news covered. So, it’s with heavy heart that I announce Apochs.net will not be updated for the rest of 2016 due to massive medical issues.
My multiple sclerosis flared up once more, and its the worst it has ever been. I cannot walk, I do not have the upper body strength, and I am currently in physical therapy to try to rebuild my muscles. I won’t even be home until the start of December. That said, I need to take the time and energy to focus on recovery more than anything else. I owe it to myself, my family, and especially my fiancee who will be baring a good chunk of this hell with me.
I feel as though I am letting you all down, but this is something that must happen. I might update this site from time to time if I feel the strength, so please keep an eye on the twitter and facebook, but as it stands this will be the final post until 2017. I hope you understand and join me when I finally overcome the most recent attack from this debilitating disease.
Poland’s most infamous death thrashers Vader have returned once more under the banner of Nuclear Blast Records. After 2014’s highly successful Tibi et Igni, the band unleashed their next collection of covers in Future of the Past II – Hell in the East through Witching Hour Productions. Wasting no time, the four-piece entered the studio once again to record their thirteen full-length venture (eleventh if you don’t want to count the aforementioned cover recordings) titled The Empire. With a long-standing record of releasing quality efforts one after another without having to change much in the lines of their output, does Vader manage to destroy the listener’s ear drums once more, or is their brand of violence starting to wear thin?
When it comes to the melodic death metal genre, not many bands have been able to stand the test of time and retain as much positive praise from critics and their very own fan base than Dark Tranquillity. They are also one of the few acts to keep as many of the founding members as possible, an astounding feat given the group officially coming into existence in 1991 after two years running as Septic Boiler. The only massive change as of late has been the induction of ex-In Flames bassist Anders Iwers (Ceremonial Oath, Tiamat) in 2015 following the departure of Daniel Antonsson (Akani, Pathos). After ten strongly accepted full-lengths atop a number of miscellaneous offerings, we are approaching the act’s eleventh album simply titled Atoma. But is this yet another subtle musical restructuring, or is this their least evolutionary creation yet?
Buckshot Facelift, New York City and Long Island providers of death tinged powerviolence, have been running amok for a good twelve years now. However, the indie five-piece haven’t unleashed a lot of audible carnage from the studio. In all, the group has a three full-lengths, a live EP, and a demo release under their belts. That is, until today. Following up their late 2014 album Living Ghosts of the North Shore is a name your price Bandcamp download of Buck at the Moon, a new EP recorded at Audio Playground with Keith Moore earlier this summer. It contains two original compositions and a cover of the Ramones classic “Pet Sematary”. But is it something worth picking up, or is it even worth occupying the space on your hard drive?