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VNV Nation – The Great Divide EP

Posted in EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop by newmusicexcess on January 31, 2010

It looks like the release date for VNV Nation’s latest release, The Great Divide EP, is now just over a month away. Currently, the release date appears to be around early March (it had previously been set for February 12, 2010). The lead track, The Great Divide, originally appears on the last album, Of Faith, Power And Glory.

VNV Nation - Of Faith Power And Glory

The EP will also include alternate versions and remixes by several other artists, of songs from the last album, as well as unreleased tracks. Michal Karcz has produced the artwork for the EP.

There is also  a promo video for the lead track, The Great Divide, that has  been put together by Crazy Clip TV, featuring footage filmed during the recent European Tour.

Keep your eyes out for other, extended and enhanced, re-releases including various extras and a new album in the pipeline for possible release in 2010.

Check out this real clear fan live footage of The Great Divide from Philadelphia 19/07/09.

VNV Nation Official Homepage – http://www.vnvnation.com/

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Invasion – The Master Alchemist

Posted in Psych-Metal by newmusicexcess on January 30, 2010

Invasion - The Master Alchemist Track listing:

1. Follow The Smoke
2. Conjure War
3. Alchemy
4. Spells Of Deception
5. Rainbows
6. Cursed Treasure
7. Kings
8. Moongazer
9. Invasion
10. Evil Forest
11. Six Red Wizards
12. Chaos & The Ancient Night

Invasion are a three-piece heavy metal band from London, England. Consisting of Marek Steven (guitar), Zel Kaute (drums) and Chantal Brown (vocals). This albums takes the sounds of early Black Sabbath and mixes it with the intensity of thrash, a dose of the psychedelics and a major toke of female soul heavy vocals.

With fantasy lyrics, a three stringed guitar and a drummer who sets their kit on fire, it sounds like a winning combination to me. Death to False Metal!!!

Reviewed at:

The Music Fix – http://www.themusicfix.co.uk/content/review/6904/invasion.html

I Like Music – http://www.ilikemusic.com/rock/Invasion_The_Master_Alchemist-7960

The Quietus – http://thequietus.com/articles/03166-invasion-the-master-alchemist-album-review

MusicOHM – http://www.musicomh.com/albums/invasion_1109.htm

NME – http://www.nme.com/reviews/invasion/10867

 

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White Wizzard – Over The Top Video Released

Posted in NWOTHM by newmusicexcess on January 30, 2010

The track is a teaser for the soon to be released album "Over The Top", White Wizzard’s follow-up to the "High Speed GTO" mini-album. The new album will be released on February 8 in Europe and March 9 in the U.S. by Earache Records.

http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard

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Dark Fortress – Hirundineans Video Released

Posted in Black Metal by newmusicexcess on January 29, 2010

Dark Fortress - Ylem

As previously posted https://newmusicexcess.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/dark-fortress-ylem/, Dark Fortress have a new album out, Ylem.

Check out the just released video for the track ‘Hirundineans’. CRANK IT UP!!!!!

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Decibel – The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of The Decade

Posted in Albums Of The Decade, Decibel, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on January 28, 2010

I was a bit late off the mark on this one, but my Special Collectors Edition of Decibel: The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of The Decade only arrived yesterday. So here is their Top 100:

  1. Converge – Jane Doe (Equal Vision 2001)
    Converge - Jane Doe
  2. Cave In – Jupiter (Hydra Head 2000)
  3. Opeth – Blackwater Park (Koch 2001)
  4. Isis – Oceanic (Ipecac 2002)
  5. Mastodon – Remission (Relapse 2002)
  6. Katatonia – Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Peaceville 2001)
  7. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf (Interscope 2002)
  8. Iron Maiden – Brave New World (Columbia 2000)
  9. Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb (Relapse 2007)
  10. Electric Wizard – Dopethrone (Rise Above 2000)
  11. Torche – Meanderthal (Hydra Head 2008)
  12. Discordance Axis – The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head 2000)
  13. Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse 2009)
  14. Napalm Death – Enemy Of The Music Business (Dream Catcher 2000)
  15. Pelican – The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw (Hydra Head 2005)
  16. The Red Chord – Clients (Metal Blade 2005)
  17. Converge – Axe To Fall (Epitaph 2009)
  18. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets (Relapse 2001)
  19. Melt-Banana – Cell Scape (A-Zap 2003)
  20. Agalloch – Ashes Against The Grain (The End 2006)
  21. Enslaved – Isa (Candlelight 2004)
  22. Tragedy – Tragedy (Tragedy 2000)
  23. Fugazi – The Argument (Dischord 2001)
  24. Mare – Mare EP (Hydra Head 2004)
  25. Celtic Frost – Monotheist (Century Media 2006)
  26. Jesu – Silver EP (Hydra Head 2006)
  27. High On Fire – Surrounded By Thieves (Relapse 2002)
  28. Dimmu Borgir – Death Cult Armageddon (Nuclear Blast 2003)
  29. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine (Relapse 2004)
  30. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet (Island 2001)
  31. Mastodon – Leviathan (Relapse 2004)
  32. Craft – Fuck The Universe (Carnal 2005)
  33. Isis – Panopticon (Ipecac 2004)
  34. Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro (Mordgrimm 2001)
  35. Shellac – 1000 Hurts (Touch & Go 2000)
  36. Witchcraft – Witchcraft (Rise Above / Music Cartel 2004)
  37. Killswitch Engage – Alive Or Just Breathing (Roadrunner 2001)
  38. Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (Relapse 2001)
  39. Converge – You Fail Me (Epitaph 2004)
  40. Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum (Ajna 2007)
  41. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade 2005)
  42. Opeth – Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner 2005)
  43. Nile – Annihilation Of The Wicked (Relapse 2005)
  44. Watain – Sworn To The Dark (Ajna 2007)
  45. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory 2005)
  46. Evoken – Quietus (Avantgarde 2001)
  47. Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today (Rise Above 2007)
  48. Mastodon – Blood Mountain (Reprise 2006)
  49. Arsis – A Celebration Of Guilt (Willowtip 2004)
  50. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works (Relapse 2007)
  51. Ludicra – Fex Urbis, Lex Orbis (Alternative Tentacles 2006)
  52. At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command (Grand Royal / Virgin 2000)
  53. Isis – Celestial (Escape Artist 2000)
  54. Jesu – Jesu (Hydra Head 2004)
  55. Enslaved – Below The Lights (The End 2003)
  56. Cult Of Luna – Somewhere Along The Highway (Earache 2006)
  57. High On Fire – Death Is This Communion (Relapse 2007)
  58. Disfear – Live The Storm (Relapse 2008)
  59. Dying Fetus – Destroy The Opposition (Relapse 2000)
  60. Napalm Death – Time Waits For No Slave (Century Media 2009)
  61. Deftones – White Pony (Maverick 2000)
  62. Botch – An Anthology Of Dead Ends EP (Hydra Head 2002)
  63. Converge – No Heroes (Epitaph 2006)
  64. Hatebreed – Perseverance (Universal 2002)
  65. Withered – Memento Mori (Lifeforce 2005)
  66. Leviathan – Tentacles Of Whorror (Moribund 2004)
  67. Meshuggah – Catch 33 (Nuclear Blast 2005)
  68. Thorns – Thorns (Moonfog 2001)
  69. Rotten Sound – Murderworks (Death Vomit 2002)
  70. Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise (Deathwish 2008)
  71. Deathevokation – The Chalice Of Ages (Xtreem Music 2007)
  72. Nachtmystium – Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I (Century Media 2008)
  73. Immortal – Sons Of Northern Darkness (Nuclear Blast 2002)
  74. Nasum – Human 2.0 (Relapse 2000)
  75. Fucked Up – Hidden World (Jade Tree 2006)
  76. Neurosis – Given To The Rising (Neurot 2007)
  77. Taint – The Ruin Of Nova Roma (Rise Above 2005)
  78. System Of A Down – Toxicity (American 2001)
  79. Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (Earache 2005)
  80. Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash (Southern Lord 2001)
  81. Mayhem – Chimera (Season Of Mist 2004)
  82. Gojira – From Mars To Sirius (Listenable 2005)
  83. Drowningman – How They Light Cigarettes In Prison EP (Revelation 2000)
  84. Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer (Relapse 2004)
  85. Watain – Casus Luciferi (Drakkar 2003)
  86. Killswitch Engage – The End Of Heartache (Roadrunner 2004)
  87. Psyopus – Ideas Of Reference (Black Market Activities 2004)
  88. The Haunted – The Haunted Made Me Do It (Earache 2000)
  89. Cryptopsy – …And Then You’ll Beg (Century Media 2000)
  90. Asunder – Works Will Come Undone (Profound Lore 2006)
  91. Godflesh – Hymns (Koch 2001)
  92. Cathedral – Endtyme (Earache 2001)
  93. The Paper Chase – Now You Are One Of Us (Kill Rock Stars 2006)
  94. Decapitated – Nihility (Earache 2002)
  95. Coalesce – Ox (Relapse 2009)
  96. In Flames – Clayman (Nuclear Blast 2000)
  97. Battle Of Mice – A Day Of Nights (Neurot 2006)
  98. Cobalt – Gin (Profound Lore 2009)
  99. My Dying Bride – The Dreadful Hours (Peaceville 2001)
  100. Slayer – World Painted Blood (American 2009)

 http://decibelmagazine.com

http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/holiday-specials/products/top-100-albums-of-the-decade-special-issue

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Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR

Posted in Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on January 27, 2010

The_Never_Ending_Way_of_ORwarriOR 

Track listing:

Part I: Godfrey’s Cordial – An ORphan’s Life

1. Sapari
2. From Broken Vessels
3. Bereftin the Abyss
4. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness
5. The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage to Or Shalem
6. Olat Ha’tamid

Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens

7. The Warrior
8. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
9. Disciples of the Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M i ?

Part III: Barakah – Enlightening the Cimmerian

13. Barakah
14. Codeword: uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue)

If you are a big fan of Opeth, Dream Theater or Porcupine Tree then you will find nothing to disappoint on Orphaned Land’s fourth album, The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR. Within the progressive music of Orphaned Land both Middle Eastern and Western sounds and textures meld together effortlessly. Sit down comfortably, put on the headphones, close your eyes and take a journey to exotic lands. Ahh, I can smell the campfires already.

All hail the progressive ‘shred’!!!

Reviewed at:

Rocksound – http://www.rocksound.tv/reviews/article/orphaned-land-the-never-ending-way-of-orwarior

Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=34333

Angry Metal Guy – http://www.angrymetalguy.com/2010/01/08/orphaned-land-the-never-ending-way-of-orwarrior-review/

Lords Of Metal – http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=15465&lang=en

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Assemblage 23 – Compass

Posted in EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop by newmusicexcess on January 27, 2010

Assemblage 23 - Compass Track listing:

1. Smoke
2. Collapse
3. Impermanence
4. How Can You Sleep
5. Spark
6. Leave This All Behind
7. Alive
8. Greed
9. Angels & Demons
10. The Cruelest Year

 

 

 

Limited Edition – Bonus CD Tracks:

1. Spark [Burikusu RMX]
2. Grind
3. Alone Again
4. Chosen
5. Greed [KMFDM RMX]

This album was released around October 2009, but my mind was on other things as I was in the thick of immigration stuff and I have only just become aware of it, this morning, while I was trawling through Spotify to see what ‘Futurepop’ albums I had missed towards the end of 2009.

I must confess to preferring Tom Shear’s darker sounding releases, however, over several listens to the album is most definitely growing on me. I definitely hear a heavy ‘old school’ Depeche Mode influence on several tracks off this album, a band who Tom Shear readily admits to be being influenced by. I suspect there are also a number of Depeche Mode fans out there who wish they were still making albums that sound like this. Actually, the synthesizer sounds on this album are very strong indeed  (I could see a number of Tanz-Metal bands getting rather envious of the ‘patches’) while Shear’s rich vocal lines rest perfectly in the mix. 

Reviewed at:

Softsynth – http://softsynth.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/review-assemblage-23-compass/

Reflections Of Darkness – http://www.reflectionsofdarkness.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5975&Itemid=44

Release Magazine – http://www.releasemagazine.net/Onrecord/orassemblage23compass.htm

Regenmag – http://www.regenmag.com/Reviews-1979-Assemblage-23-Compass.html

Musicnonstop – http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/product-view.php?productid=22587

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Terrorizer – Top Ten Essential Hardcore Albums Of The Decade

Posted in Hardcore, Terrorizer, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on January 26, 2010

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As part of Terrorizer’s Secret History #2 souvenir issue, they included a Top Ten Essential Hardcore Albums Of The Decade on p23. Trapped Under Ice’s 2009 release, “Secrets Of The World”, was the most recent  release to make the list. Here is the complete list:

Converge – “Jane Doe” (Equal Vision 2001)

Hatebreed – “Perserverance” (Universal 2002)

Fucked Up – “Hidden World” (Jade Tree 2006)

The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Miss Machine” (Relapse 2004)

Terror – “Lowest Of The Low” (Bridge Nine 2003)

Killswitch Engage – “Alive Or Just Breathing” (Roadrunner 2002)

Shadows Fall – “Of One Blood” (Century Media 2000)

Throwdown – “Haymaker” (Trustkill 2003)

Sworn Enemy – “As Real As It Gets” (Stillborn 2003)

Trapped Under Ice – “Secrets Of The World” (Reaper 2009)

Reference links:

Terrorizer – http://www.terrorizer.com/frontpage

Terrorizer’s Secret History #2 – http://www.terrorizer.com/decadesrow

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Mantra – In Vain

Posted in Black Metal, Doom Metal, Progressive Metal by newmusicexcess on January 26, 2010

In Vain - Mantra Track listing

1. Captivating Solitude
2. Mannefall
3. Ain’t No Lovin’
4. On The Banks Of The Mississippi
5. Circle Of Agony
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit Of The Nez Perce)
7. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

On In Vain’s second album, Mantra, the band, in my opinion, have captured a complete listening experience. I would strongly suggest setting aside enough time to listen to the album all the way through, in a single sitting, as listening to individual tracks or part of the album does not get the full effect. The album has very high production values and has a wonderful crushing sound when the band go full tilt. However, amidst the bands effortless combination and execution of Black, Doom and Progressive Metal are bluegrass/folk and some of the most wonderfully melodic phrases I have heard on an extreme metal album. If you are in the UK/Europe and have a membership, you can check it out on Spotify.

Reviewed at:

Sputnikmusic – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=34513

Noisecreep – http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/01/20/in-vain-mantra-album-art-of-the-week/

Encyclopaedia Metallum – http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=259208

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Owl City – Fireflies

Posted in Chart by newmusicexcess on January 25, 2010

Owl City - Fireflies

Owl City’s single, Fireflies, has made #1 in the UK singles chart http://www.theofficialcharts.com/. The song had been released as download on January 8th 2010 and on the 24th January, 2010 the song climbed to #1 on download sales alone, as the CD single is not due to be released in the UK until February 22, 2010.

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