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Witchsorrow – Witchsorrow

Posted in Doom Metal by newmusicexcess on May 31, 2010

 Witchsorrow

A new week, a new band. My attention was brought to Witchsorrow via this months Terrorizer’s ‘choice cuts’ section. As doomy as ruined monasteries and old churches. Now that’s what I call doomy.

Track listing:

  1. Might Have Been
  2. Trial of Elizabeth Clarke
  3. Hail to Guy Fawkes
  4. Thou Art Cursed
  5. Impaler Tepes

Listen to this album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0YLGgJgWlpy8aKZiqyZrNj

 

 

Reviewed at:

 

Genre(s):

  • Doom

 

Similar artists:

  • Doomdogs
  • Funeral circle
  • Briton Rites
  • Mourn
  • Great Coven
  • Lord of the Grave
  • Rituals Of The Oak
  • Cardinals Folly

 

Further information:

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/witchsorrowdoom

@LastFM – http://www.last.fm/music/Witchsorrow

 

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Watain – Lawless Darkness

Posted in Black Metal, Terrorizer by newmusicexcess on May 28, 2010

Lawless Darkness

Yesterday, I received the latest issue (197) of Terrorizer in the mail. Flicking to the albums section it seems that Watain have made Album Of The Month with Lawless Darkness and also scored a 10 (which is pretty unusual in that particular magazine)

Track listing:

  1. Death’s Cold Dark
  2. Malfeitor
  3. Reaping Death
  4. Four Thrones
  5. Wolves Curse
  6. Lawless Darkness
  7. Total Funeral
  8. Hymn to Qayin
  9. Kiss of Death
  10. Waters of Ain

 

Reviewed at:

MetalKult – http://www.metalkult.com/reviews/kult-reviews-watain-lawless-darkness/

Blistering – http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/19241/tempidx/4/menuid/2

Imhotep – http://www.imhotep.no/?did=9098051

Forbidden Magazine – http://forbidden-magazine.com/2010/05/watain-lawless-darkness/

 

Genre(s):

  • Black Metal

 

Similar artists:

  • Funeral Mist
  • Ondskapt
  • Ofermod
  • Antaeus
  • Glorior Belli
  • Deathspell Omega
  • Katharsis
  • Craft
  • Dissection
  • Armagedda

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.templeofwatain.com/

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/watainofficial

@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/WATAIN/204952137482?v=info

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watain

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The Agony Of A Best Of List

Posted in List by newmusicexcess on May 27, 2010

Evil Cat

It’s Thursday, and that’s the day it’s customary to do a “Best Of List” on the blog.

So, searching for inspiration I asked my wife for a suggestion as to what I should do, “What about your favourite guitar solos”, she said. “Hey, what a great idea”, was my response. I then suggested that it would not include tracks that were essentially just solos from start to finish, like “Eruption”, for instance. It had to be essentially a list of songs which contained solos that made my hair stand on end.

Anyway, in the course of reacquainting myself with various solos from some of my favourite guitarists, I noticed one of the cats, the evil Gigi, was responding to certain things I was listening to. Well, in-between thinking up acts of unspeakable evil to perform during the course of the day, no doubt.

However, my scientific studies were somewhat scuppered when she failed to respond later in the testing by basically falling asleep, a slumber from which no amount of Whitehouse’s “Total Sex” was able to wake her.

Anyway, here’s what has caused a ‘positive’ response thus far:

  • Iron Maiden – The Ides Of March/Wrathchild
  • Pantera – Fucking Hostile
  • Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick – Leading The Rats

http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/7MeSzlTnErp5GRgqeP1lZx

Oh well, back to my list of 10 songs containing favourite guitar solos then, although for the first one I have to take Gigi’s lead:

  • Iron Maiden – The Ides Of March/Wrathchild
  • UFO – Rock Bottom (live)
  • Thin Lizzy – Still In Love With You (live)
  • Arch Enemy – The Last Enemy
  • Lamb Of God – Set To Fail
  • Pantera – Domination
  • Rainbow – Stargazer
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Mr Crowley
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  • Judas Priest – Painkiller

http://open.spotify.com/user/toxicmusic79/playlist/0hcWWR4tvhAVDNSAFD4NIr

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RetroBlog: Slipknot – All Hope Is Gone

Posted in Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Retroblog by newmusicexcess on May 25, 2010

All Hope is Gone

Owing to the death of Paul Gray of Slipknot I have decided to feature a different band as part of Tuesday’s RetroBlog.

The first Slipknot album I listened to was their debut, and while good, I was not really minded to keep up with subsequent releases. So, in light of recent events I decided to give the more recent release, All Hope Is Lost, a listen. I was surprised, in a pleasant way, how much their sound had changed from the first album. If you have not done so already, check it out.

Here is the link to the album on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/0hFWapnP7orzXCMwNU5DuA

Track listing:

  1. .execute.
  2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
  3. Sulfur
  4. Psychosocial
  5. Dead Memories
  6. Vendetta
  7. Butcher’s Hook
  8. Gehenna
  9. This Cold Black
  10. Wherein Lies Continue
  11. Snuff
  12. All Hope Is Gone

 

Reviewed at:

 

Genre(s):

  • Heavy Metal
  • Alternative Metal

 

Similar artists:

  • Stone Sour
  • KoЯn
  • Mudvayne

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.slipknot1.com/

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/slipknot1

@FaceBook – http://www.facebook.com/slipknot

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slipknot_(band)

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Slipknot Bassist Gray Found Dead in Iowa Hotel

Posted in Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Nu Metal by newmusicexcess on May 25, 2010

I woke up this morning to find out that Paul Gray was found dead on Monday in an Iowa Hotel. There are going to be some very sad Slipknot fans. One of the original members, I understand.

 

Here he is on Behind The Player. I understand he was big into alternative tunings. Nice bass tone.

 

Let’s have something of the most recent album, Psychosocial from All Hope Is Lost.

 

 

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Black Metal – Happy Birthday

Posted in Black Metal by newmusicexcess on May 21, 2010

Hey, it’s my birthday today. So gotta celebrate in trve cvlt style.

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My Top 5 Favourite ‘Rain’ Songs

Posted in List by newmusicexcess on May 20, 2010

For the past week the weather has been really nice here in Dartmouth, NS, but last night the heavens opened and it’s only just starting to clear up now. So, I thought it only fitting to do a rain related post. Yes, here are my favourite ‘rain’ songs:

  • Rain – Madonna

 

  • Rain – The Cult

 

  • Rain – Trivium

 

 

  • Rain – Creed

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RetroBlog: Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness

Posted in Black Metal, Celtic Metal, Folk Metal, Pagan Metal by newmusicexcess on May 18, 2010

Primordial The Gathering Wilderness

On reading Johan Hegg’s (Amon Amarth) playlist in the current issue of Terrorizer, #196, it inspired me to check out Primordial. They are a band who I have been meaning to listen to for a long time, but never got around to.

How foolish I was to wait, as I have been totally blown away by the 2005 release, The Gathering Wilderness. I’ve been playing it everywhere: as I work in the garden, while driving, while relaxing in the evening and while writing this blog. It’s awesome. So, check it out!

The Gathering Wilderness on Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/6jNqRpVwEVNvoTEfdyI1E9

 

Track listing:

  1. The Golden Spiral
  2. The Gathering Winderness
  3. The Song of the Tomb
  4. End of All Times (Martyrs Fire)
  5. The Coffin Ships
  6. Tragedy’s Birth
  7. Cities Carved in Stone

 

Reviewed at:

Metal Observer – http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=1&id=7548

Sputnik Music – http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=9165

Pop Maters – http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/p/primordial-gathering.shtml

Global Domination – http://www.globaldomination.se/reviews/primordial-the-gathering-wilderness

Chronicles Of Chaos – http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/reviews/albums/2-3733_primordial_the_gathering_wilderness.aspx

Metal Archives – http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=67040

All Music – http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:fpfuxq8sldje

 

Genre(s):

  • Black metal
  • Celtic metal
  • Pagan metal
  • Folk metal

 

Similar artists:

  • Mael Mórdha
  • Negură Bunget
  • Enslaved
  • Moonsorrow
  • Agalloch
  • Drudkh
  • Windir
  • Waylander
  • Falkenbach
  • Borknagar

 

Further information:

@Website – http://www.primordialweb.com/

@MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/primordialofficial

@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Primordial/54400617511

@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primordial_(band)

 

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Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942 to May 16, 2010

Posted in Heavy Metal, Obituary, Power Metal by newmusicexcess on May 17, 2010

Ronnie Dio Photo

This morning, over breakfast, I learnt the sad new that Ronnie James Dio had lost his battle with stomach cancer on Sunday morning.

So, I though I would dedicate today’s post to the great man. It is always difficult to do people justice when writing an obituary, so, I think I will just let his contributions to music do the talking.

However, what I can say is that I know that he will be sadly missed by fans. Anyone who has the experience and privilege of seeing him perform live, whether in Elf, Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio or Heaven and Hell, will know exactly why he is held in such high regard. His performances in the studio were excellent, but there was something about seeing him live and the professionalism that he exuded which really made you appreciate the greatness of the man. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him at the Brighton Centre (UK) as part of Heaven and Hell in November 2007. Unbelievable performance and I have managed to find a clip of the gig on Youtube – Sign Of The Southern Cross.

 

I think I should start with a summary list of his studio performances (with relevant Spotify links where available) , although this list is by no means exhaustive it does give a good indication of how much he has recorded. You can check out a more thorough listing of his work starting from his page on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_James_Dio 

 

Elf

  • Elf (1972) – http://open.spotify.com/album/77FZzNDlmNQkRtjjCh9nfs
  • Carolina County Ball (1974) (US title: L.A.59)
  • Trying to Burn the Sun (1975)

     

    Rainbow

  • Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975) – http://open.spotify.com/album/3xi6KE16sRXAdyr5aSxqGT
  • Rising (1976) – http://open.spotify.com/album/0TGdg8Km7bBVwtmwfzt4yM
  • Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978) – http://open.spotify.com/album/5A3mHr2UMfihZre2v9E6cI

     

    Black Sabbath

     

    Dio

  • Holy Diver (1983) – http://open.spotify.com/album/0ESsWE6BfPxOyjBY5zDFFz
  • The Last in Line (1984) – http://open.spotify.com/album/5TRzn7B9lk3EMaMzW6IHl2
  • Sacred Heart (1985)
  • Dream Evil (1987) – http://open.spotify.com/album/5KNshCrnMRS84N6yU6oAWY
  • Lock up the Wolves (1990)
  • Strange Highways (1994) – http://open.spotify.com/album/7sQDbA0qW3ZDKPxpwmHRA4
  • Angry Machines (1996) – http://open.spotify.com/album/40Kejzu1BRzNw2zKHI3pX2
  • Magica (2000)
  • Killing the Dragon (2002)
  • Master of the Moon (2004) – http://open.spotify.com/album/251CRitGahqJXiaAdcwUKQ 

     

    Heaven And Hell

     

    There are also a number of live albums that he appears on and are worth checking out as a snapshot of his live performances from a particular era, apart from Dio stuff, I’ve only listed one from each ‘band’. I also particularly enjoy the posthumous Rainbow live albums.

    Live performances

     

    Check out the live performance at Rockplast 2009 of Bible Black, from the album, The Devil You Know.

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    Then of course there is the Devil Horns…

     

    Ronnie, you’re da man!

     

     

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    October File – Our Souls To You

    Posted in Industrial Metal, Metal by newmusicexcess on May 14, 2010

    October File - Our Souls To You

    Since I have just tidied up my copies of Terrorizer and got them in chronological order, it now gives me a chance to have a look at the most recent issue. I see a UK band I am not familiar with, October File, getting an 8 for there new album Our Souls To You. So I check it out on Spotify http://open.spotify.com/album/6xP92cnaLvvXFg1AJ0t2yb 

    Methinks it’s rather good.

    Track listing:

    1. Crawl
    2. Corporate Evasion
    3. Falter
    4. Dredge
    5. Eau Du war
    6. Our Souls To You (Part 1)
    7. A Public Display Of Anger
    8. Isolation
    9. September
    10. Love is (A Warm AK47)
    11. Our Souls To You

    The release looks like it is available as 2 disks, one features the above tracks mixed by John Mitchel the other with the tracks (minus track 11) mixed by Justin Broaderick.

     

    Here is the promo video for Another Day, taken from the previous album, Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God.

     

    Reviewed at:

    Metal Psalter – http://www.metalpsalter.com/review_october_file_our_souls_to_you.html

    Lords Of Metal – http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/showreview.php?id=16093&lang=en

    Metal As Fuck – http://www.metalasfuck.net/zine/reviews/2010/october-file-our-souls-you-candlelightearsplit

    Metal Ireland – http://www.metalireland.com/2010/05/03/october-file-our-souls-to-you/

     

    Genre(s):

    • Metal
    • Industrial Metal

     

    Similar artists:

    • Send More Paramedics
    • Raging Speedhorn
    • Beecher
    • Eden Maine
    • Planes Mistaken for Stars
    • Breach
    • Will Haven
    • Tribute to Nothing
    • Outcry Collective
    • Rollins Band

     

    Further information:

    @Website – http://www.octoberfile.com/

    @MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/octoberfile

    @Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/October-File/181462811790

    @Twitter – http://twitter.com/#search?q=%22october%20file%22

    @Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_File

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