Over the course of the past week, outside of posting press releases and other articles that had been sitting here waiting to go live, I haven’t really had the drive to write anything new. I’ve been having a lot of personal problems lately including a new flare-up to my medical condition, an inability to sleep, and having lost an old friend to cancer a few days ago following a two week dread for that very outcome. So, when I saw the new Kamelot album, Haven, sitting in my inbox, I managed to perk up a little bit. My drive to do even the simplest tasks like getting groceries and doing laundry was risen to achievable feats with the idea of having this release accompany me. I’ve been listening to Haven on and off ever since, and, while I don’t have a clear enough mind to focus on writing a full review for it at this time, I felt the next best thing to do was chug some energy drinks (two tall cans to be precise) and write some of my thoughts about the band’s eleventh studio album while riding that caffeine and taurine induced buzz.
Regular readers to this site know by now that when a new Six Feet Under album shows up, I drop everything. From crushing groove filled Death Metal to covering AC/DC, for better or worse, Chris Barnes and company have always been up there in my all time favorite Metal bands. I purposely avoid checking out any new songs unleashed leading up to the full-length, just so I can hear everything in context from the start and make that first spin through a clean experience. So, if you can’t tell from this build up, I threw in their new album Crypt of the Devil, and have a few things to say before I get the review close to the album’s actual release date.
Did you know Sigh had a new album coming out? Well, I must have missed the memo because, for some reason, I didn’t. Well, that, or maybe I just forgot with this wretched memory of mine. Who knows. Either way, when this new one hit the inbox, I almost wet myself with joy and anticipation, wasting no time sinking my teeth into what lies in wait for us all. For the past forty-eight hours, this sucker has accompanied me everywhere I went. Even though Graveward is due out in early May of this year through Candlelight Records, I wanted to chime in about it real quick, as it’s definitely not your everyday Sigh album. And between nightmarish matador-themed performances to debunked Japanese World War II sonic weaponry techniques, that statement should definitely interest you.
With the new Moonspell album dropping soon, I finally got the chance to check out the full-length. I don’t really want to go into much detail about it, but I did feel I should talk about my first impressions of the new outing to brace fellow fans for what’s to come. Extinct definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but, then again, Moonspell never has been a band to really approach with preconceived expectations other than quality music. So, without farther ado, here’s some thoughts on the new venture…
Stockholm, Sweden’s Dr. Living Dead! have been kicking up enough dust in the underground to grab the attention of Century Media Records. Later this month [February] will see the release of their third full-length album Crush the Sublime Gods, the follow-up to 2012’s final entry with High Roller Records titled Radioactive Intervention. Not only has the band made an audio stream for the track “Civilized to Death”, but they recently released a music video for “TEAMxDEADx” through Youtube. Following this premiere, I was given a preview of a little more off the album, and I couldn’t really wait to address this album.