In the 2013 death metal pantheon, Washington label 20 Buck Spin has done reasonably well for itself (see: Bone Sickness) but with just two months or so left in the year, the label seems intent on rolling out one more cluster of filthy DM, this time in the shape of Vastum’s sophomore album, Patricidal Lust.
The San Franciscan unit has just one album to their name thus far, 2011’s Carnal Law, but with members of Acephalix and Hammers of Misfortune amongst their ranks, they’re certainly dab hands at their craft, evidenced by this terse but obliterating effort.
Thanks for checking out the latest installment in my ongoing series focused on covering the heaviest and most devastating of Bands and Artists within the Underground Music Community that travel through The Bay Area. This is a collection of footage that I’ve captured recently at shows on both sides of the bridges in Oakland & San Francisco.
Do you like to see blood pour out of the walls of your room while you listen to metal? If that is the case, then sit down and take a minute to listen to this track from Irish black metal bruisers MALTHUSIAN, a band featuring ALTAR OF PLAGUES (RIP) drummer Johnny King, here too of course sitting once again behind the kit. Why do we want you to listen to this music you say? Well, simply put, the music of MALTHUSIAN simply fucking slays in all sorts of ways. The band has thus far unleashed on the masses only one song, so it’s still early to really gauge the true nature of this project, but, oh my, what a blistering slab of destruction this piece of rabid black metal is, and what is even more exciting about it is that it’s pretty much unlike anything we have ever heard and totally new and different – this is why we’ve loved every scary second of it. The band’s demo is coming out sometime in November through Invictus Productions so keep your eyes peeled for it. In the meantime, check out Hallucinogen after the jump!
Micki McCargar of Eight Legged Horse interviews Krysta Martinez of Landmine Marathon & Transient
How long have you apart of a band? How did you fall into being a metal vocalist – is it where you started? Also, did you have any experience in music or singing/screaming beforehand?
I joined my first band almost 9 years ago. It was called Wall of Death. There were three screamers and they taught me to do aggressive vocals. I asked my highschool friend Hank – Life in Pictures (AZ) – for a few pointers. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What are the biggest changes between when you first started in a band and now? How have your expectations changed? Any new or different ideas about what it takes to be successful at making music?
It takes a lot of perseverance and flexibility. Sometimes you’re having a shitty day but you still play the set and give it your all. Sometimes your bandmate decides to quit to pursue underwater basket weaving or whatever and you have to figure it out so that you can keep doing what you love. I was more idealistic at first … having this monogamous idea of myself as a musician. Naively, I wanted to be in one band that I’d put everything into and that one band was meant to last a lifetime. I’ve shifted to a more polyamorous view … collaborating with many bands and many people in my experience is better than having a single outlet to focus all of my energy on. I really like having multiple projects to challenge myself in different ways. I like to listen to and play a lot of different kinds music.
How long have you been together as a band?
Vehemence was formed in 1995 by Nathan, Scott and Bjorn as an atmospheric Death Metal concept. In 1997, Andy and I joined completing the line up. Nathan, Bjorn, Andy and myself are all original members. This October will be 16 years of Vehemence for me. Hard to believe. Doesn’t seem that long ago.
What has been your best memory in your time as a band?
Definitely the years we were on Metal Blade and touring were the times that I find most memorable. Living on the road and seeing the country are not something that everyone gets to do and for me to do that for free was one of the best times of my life. Still just getting together and jamming is awesome because jammin with the same dudes for 16 years is pretty awesome too.
Before the massive Sepulchral Doom Over Europe tour, Necros Christos have decided to do a few warm-up shows with their new line-up. This will be the third show of the band for 2013, after Hell’s Pleasure Metalfest in Germany and the Beyond The Gates festival in Norway. With them, also set to appear were brand new Greek black metal act Akrotheism, veteran black/death band Embrace of Thorns and historic Italian black metallers Necromass.
At about 8.40, dark figures appear at the stage of Kyttaro. The guitarist and bassist wearing corpsepaint and hoodies are getting ready and after their intriguing intro the band starts unleashing their black metal fury. With their tracks, generally fucking fast and brutal, Akrotheism are found closer to the black metal sound of the early 90s, but with a few interesting twists, such as the use of a theromin in one of their tracks, which offers some additional variety. The general impression that the band left me was that they are really serious about what they are doing. Their appearance on stage was sending quite a mystical vibe, something that was further enhanced by their intros and interludes, while the singer was screaming at the top of his lungs. Combined with the release of a split with famous Greek black metal outfit, Order of the Ebon Hand, and their upcoming debut full-length, it seems like things are looking very good for them.
When it comes to bands coming from Australia, the same rule always applies: quality over quantity. Temple Nightside is one of the newest additions to the extreme metal scene down under. The band’s inception goes back to 2010, and since then the duo have released an EP, entitled Prophecies of Malevolence, and a split album with Canadian black/death overlords Antediluvian. And 2013 marks the year when Temple Nightside decide to summon all of their might and malice in order to spawn their debut full-length, Condemnation.
As to who is Temple Nightside: the band comprises of two members, Basilysk on drums, also of Backyard Mortuary, Rookwood and The Slow Death, and IV on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, also of Ill Omen, Perdition Oracle and previously of Funeral Mourning, Pestilential Shadows and Woods of Desolation. Oh! And I forgot to mention that both these guys are also part of Nazxul, one of the best black metal acts to be set loose upon this world. With such a resume, the anticipation for an album such Condemnation is definitely high, and these guys do not disappoint.
Death grind’s most deserving sons Machetazo return with Ruin, their first full length in 5 years.
Just like the fetid corpses Machetazo adorn their albums with, they’ve only gotten more putrid and grotesque with time. Crypt opener “Horca” introduces Machetazo’s best guitar tone yet and a flurry of cacophonous drums and echoing grunts. The production does wonders for the duo as its somewhere between Mental Funeral, Left Hand Path, and Onward to Golgotha.
As you could probably surmise by the aforementioned references, Machetazo are leaning much heavier on the death metal side of things this time around. There’s a complete lack of horror movie samples and the band finds much more room to slow things down and get a solid groove going. Sure they blast and lets riffs fly at a furious pace, but they also incorporate a slew of mid-paced punk sounding bits and classic death metal shifts. Those who prefer Speed over Point Break might be a bit disappointed in that regard, but I feel it’s a better effort and approach.