Category Archives: Hardcore

Streaming Nothing In Return full E.P. from Burden

Burden’s new E.P. Nothing in Return just dropped today,  and if you want to hear what  the Brockton  hardcore/doom crew’s latest release sound like, look no further as we are streaming it here.    have a listen, and if you like what you hear, head on over to their Bandcamp page and pick it up

 

 

 

 

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Branch Davidian Pisces E.P. Review

Branch Davidian

Pisces- 2015

Nick Matthews – Drums
Rick Brophy – Bass
Dan Lozzi – Vocals
Henry Mitchell – Guitar
Nick Cabral – Guitar
  1. Skywalker will join us or die

This is an introductory track that is of course a few sound clips from the Star Wars movies, while some may be confused with the track, it is a great example of what is yet to come.

  1. Nightcrawler

A guitar tone rings out while news anchors read headlines about bullied kids and the end result of a suicide, as the news headlines continue they end with a sound clip from “Full Metal Jacket, in which Cowboy tells  Private Pyle “Remember it’s just a bad dream fat boy” while Vincent D’onofrio’s character (Pyle cries out in pain) The song begins with a bass line and guitars, as the drums come in with a pattern on the closed hi hat cymbal. The song is a slow but has a groove that you can feel will build as it continues along. When the full force of the band joins in we begin to notice that the members are clearly people who have been in the hardcore and metal scene for a number of years. They have the sound clip as the intro, the punchy rhythm with a groove that even with the tempo being a bit of a slower pace you can really get the bodies in motion. Then the pace picks right up, and the vocals are straight up metal with a haunting delivery.

  1. Rejoice…For a Childs Haunted Room

The band wastes no time getting right in to things with this song. IT is right out of the gates hitting you with vocals, and a mid-paced groove with simple yet interesting guitar riffs, that still give me that hardcore vibe. These guys are doing a hardcore/ death metal hybrid utilizing the old school hardcore style, and some different styles of metal to blend in. The vocals are very similar to a black metal sound and also remind me of The Year of Our Lord or Arsis. Right at the 1:42 mark the song takes on a groove that is sure to get bodies moving. I can easily see a crowd getting rowdy during this song. The song ends with more news related sound clips, which you just don’t see much of anymore and I love it. But the real curve ball is when we hear “Summer breeze” by Seals and Crofts on a record player by the sounds of it. It is apparent that this band has a solid sense of humor.

  1. We May Never Pass This Way Again

For the first minute the song has a repeating rhythm with a vocal growl every few bars. When the song kicks into high gear, the tempo goes from this slow sludgy feel to a fast paced high energy song with the skank blasts on the drums. Someone is doing some backing vocals that are clean vocals. The song changes tempo a few times, but sticks to the same formula of heavy aggressive, grimy, and hardcore/ metal. Then the song ends with a sound clip regarding surveillance.

  1. Fairies Wear Ski Masks

This track starts out heavily influenced by hardcore, the rhythm, and the vocals for the first 10 seconds, then right into those metal guttural vocals, but keeps the hardcore rhythm. Just a high energy, driving riff, and solid backbone drums. The song is less than two minutes long and maintains that hardcore “Fuck you” vibe the entire time. It’s almost too short of a song, and the vocals are so out of character for that rhythm it’s interesting.

  1. Senate

This song is already hitting you with the vocals, however the tempo is a bit slower than the previous track. It’s not slow, right around 85 BPM with a solid groove. The sound clips begin at 1:45 and it has a sound clip of a song playing faintly and also slowed down just a tick by the sound of it.

  1. Pisces

This is just a lonesome guitar chord ringing out and then sound clips playing over top of it, news clips talking about pro-life pro-choice movements.

This is a cool little E.P. where you don’t usually find such a hardcore attitude, with metal vocals, and then the sound clips of hardcore, while also maintaining a sense of humor. This is truly a unique band, made up of a few fellas, who have lived in the hardcore and metal scene for decades. I am interesting in hearing more from this band, and look forward to some more high energy, political, hardcore rhythms, blended with the blackened metal vocals. I dig it, and as an E.P. I have to give these guys a 7/10 due to originality, and sound.

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Talking with Sevenday Curse! New Music! New Album! @sevendaycurse

I recently had the chance to go down and hang out with the guys from Sevenday Curse, and hear what they have to say about the past the present and the future. I got a chance to hear some of the new material, and see them playing songs like ” Revelations”.  I am pumped after hearing the rough mixes of the new material. They have not lost their touch, they are bringing it back, hard. Like they just finished with After The Storm and are picking right back up where they left off. Playing some bad ass metal. So with that said, lets get  down to the interview.

Badger – So I am here with the guys from Sevenday Curse  welcome back and couple things I wanted to talk to you guys about.

Badger-So how does it feel to be back together, and playing shows?

 John- It feels great, this is something that a few of us wanted to do for a long time and we’ve finally all separately felt the need to try to get back together and we started talking to each other and found out that we were all kinda thinking the same thing so we did it. That was the first hurdle, getting back together back in the same room and seeing what transpires. Where this band is actually is at a point right now, where things are starting to be fun again. There was some heavy lifting we had to do re learning our songs and getting somewhat tight. Playing some shows, and things like that. Kinda starting from scratch, but now with the new material that we are working on, you know that whole fun its enjoyable again the aspect of it. Playing together, and playing new shit you know its pretty exciting. Especially after 15 years.

 Badger: Does it make you feel kinda like you guys are young again?

 Sevenday Curse – No hahaha.

 Pat – I wouldn’t say that nope.

 

John – We definitely aren’t young. I mean you saw us downstairs practising and we played 1 song and 10 seconds into it I’m sweating like a pig.

 John – I wouldn’t say ,

 Pat – Getting up for work the next morning after our jungle rot show was hell.

 John – Chasing your kids around after, band practices before (having kids) playing shows we would just go our separate ways, some of us would go out, or go to bars. Now in between practices my kids are running around.

 Pat – Usually my kids are running around,

 John – Pats kids are running around my wife helps out a lot, but its like you know  we fit it in and we do the best we can with the time and energy but, yea that’s about it.

 

Badger-So what was that first show back like for you guys, what was it May 2014 right?

 

Scott – Kinda of nerve-racking.

 Pat –  Nerve-racking, yeah haven’t been on a stage in a long time.

 John – Yea I think were all a little spooked out a little (bit) because after 15 years.

 Pat – that was a fun show lot of people lot of people a lot of old friends it was a great feeling that was a good show, people  coming from far away.

 Scott – A lot of familiar faces,

 John – it was definitely, fun and definitely we came out on stage it was a ruckus crowd we welcomed pretty well that was something that stood out to me was the applause from the people who were like, “fuck yea!” you know this is after 15 years it’s about to happen and you know it’s finally happening but yea.

 

Badger – When you guys first started bands like At the Gates were one of those very  influential bands and I picked up that was an influence on you guys as well at the time. Slaughter of the soul was a killer album you know what I mean.

 

John – One of my top 3 favorite albums of all time

 Badger-So you know as far as your influences then, what are your influences now? Do you have new artists, are you guys stoked to see At the gates back together and playing shows?   So do you have any new influences?

 

Scott – I guess in the time in between we weren’t a band um I got into film scores a lot, I really like listening to soundtracks, pretty much everything Hans Zimmer has  ever done its amazing, a lot of other really good composers, I’m not even remotely close to being anywhere near their level but I like to dabble, into arranging strings and stuff like that so that’s become I guess an influence for me kinda the dramatic side the music I guess . Bringing a little piece of that into the band it feels good I like it. It adds a different flavor to our music that’s different from what a lot of other bands are doing.

Badger – A whole different dimension being added to it.

 

Scott – Other influences I don’t know I think we are across the board I think that’s one of the really good things about the band we don’t, were just not all into the same music, and it’s always been that way Dan was always into the more brutal death metal stuff I was into the Swedish stuff Pat brought in a lot of hardcore influence John just straight up metal stuff. I think it’s still kinda that way, just more of it.

Pat – How am I the hardcore kid? ( laughing)

 Dan – Well you were like, I learned about hardcore bands from you, Sheer terror Black flag, and you were in Close Call I think a mistake bands make is that you’re not going to be original from listening to other metal bands especially,  newer bands or local bands you either got to dig back to the roots where this all came from or understand its OK to be influenced by music that’s not metal. I’m into everything I love even those early 90’s dance groups like The Real McCoy I like stuff like that I like seventies rock anything, Doo Wop classical music film scores anything dude, I can take that and channel it into metal it doesn’t just have to be metal I can take it from all the other places and when it does come to metal I think my biggest influence is I dig back I’m not going to reference a band like Trivium. They are a great band, but they are never going to be an influence (for me). To me an influence, is going to be Iron Maiden that’s an influence Entombed is an influence.

 

Badger yea the left hand path

 

Dan –  Right any of them, that’s where metal influences come from. The newest band I’d call an influence would be from the early 90’s you know that’s how I think of an influence should be.

 

Badger – So what have you guys been listening to lately Scott mentioned film scores, for the rest of you what are you guys listening to lately , you got some old stuff, some newer stuff what are you listening to?

 

Scott – the newest Dark Tranquillity record

 Pat – Nursery rhymes, The Frozen Soundtrack

 

Badger – But you have kids so that’s what you would be listening to most of the time anyway.

 

Pat – that’s all I listen to. ( laughing)

 Scott – the newest Dark Tranquillity record

 John –  Scott and I have been , you know like I said I think we were the bigger Dark Tranquillity fans so we were looking forward to the new album and although I’d say Scott is maybe listening to a lot more than me. Its one of their darker albums so sometime its just not in the mood for it, but other times you know I can’t stop playing it.

 Scott – Its pretty depressing music.

 John – The album is really dark but so yea Dark Tranquillity I also listen to everything and with kids you know your choices change. I have Maroon five on my iPhone because my two kids love that  I have to rock that a lot of the time but other than that. I have some old shit I have some new shit I’m actually way into Parkway Drive lately for the past 2-3 years, which is different for me I wasn’t really into that genre of hardcore. When I found Parkway it was something I never heard before and their breakdowns are just so brutal it has a metal aspect their guitarist is a metal guy so it was good that’s pretty much what I’m rocking that new Lamb of God, Dark Tranquillity and Maroon 5 (laughing)

 Scott – that’s an eclectic mix (laughing)

 Pat – Mostly folk music like the Clancy brothers, Schooner Fare from Maine,I dig them, talk about harmonies you would appreciate their harmonies

 

Badger – They definitely have their place there something for everyone out there. There is something for everyone out there, and that’s one of the things is that a lot of people think that if you’re in a metal band you have to listen to metal. That’s what what people generally think,  that’s one of those things. You (Scott)  listen to film scores, Maroon 5 has its place on your iPhone. You know everything you have to get that blend or you have tunnel vision and you’re not focusing on what else musically is out there. You are kinda broadening your horizons.

 

Pat – Dallas Green I listen to a lot of Dallas Green, check out Dallas Green City and Colour amazing!

 John – so yea that stereotype that metal guys only listen to metal, rap only listens to rap punk only listens to punk but that’s not true and that’s proven by any artist you talk to they have several influences. You and I talked about this the other day Scott, Brent Hinds from Mastodon is way into that southern 70’s blues rock, and that comes through in their music.

 Pat –  I think everyone likes southern rock. You can’t say, the Allman Brothers are not good I dont care who you are. ( laughing)

 Dan – I said in an interview years ago, the acoustic folk James Taylor stuff the Carol Cole, Cat Stevens, it all made it into our music. That’s an influence. People were saying it at the Jungle Rot show, that’s part of the gig “no one else is doing what you’re doing” that’s part of the game, doing something that not everybody is doing.

 

Badger – Back in 1999 when you guys were kinda of doing this there was no Facebook, there was no Myspace I mean there was really, there wasn’t much of anything. So you guys came from a time when it was like putting up flyers at shows handing out flyers at shows you didn’t have Facebook Myspace or anything like that so how has it changed for you guys now getting back into it and there’s just like everything is digital? Has it been an easy transition or…

 

Dan – I want to say something about this, just to show the difference, you asked if its different now. Just as a point of reference me and Scott were seniors in high school, and I played in a band called Adversary one of the many pre cursors for this band and dude I remember a kid made up a website for my band in 1995 somewhere around there dude I laughed at it,  he’s like “this is your website”, he gave me a paper with the address, and when I went to the website it took about five minutes for the thing to load up.  I thought “this is never going to take off.” Boy was I wrong. The exact opposite happened. You have to have it (the internet) now.

 

Badger – So has it been a whole learning lesson for you guys or did you guys transition into it pretty easy.

 

John – Fortunately for us Scotty and I are both in the IT industry. And it was pretty easy we’re very technology savvy so it comes easy to us like the other two guys not so much, but….

 Scott- I think there’s still a  lot of room for improvement, and how were using those tools, is part of what were working on now.

 John – The whole social media thing were going to try to step up our game but with the internet now a days of course its one thousand percent better you know the whole heavy lifting thing getting in your car driving around putting up flyers, making calls.  Just one example Facebook and the events page. You know you can make an event age and invite as many people as you want, as many people your friends with. And now a days everyone has at least 4-500 friends. Especially if you know you have an objective. You’re in a band or something like that. We share different mixes of our songs via social media. We have immediate access to each other via a text message or a face book message. We have been since day one, we have this one Facebook message, that is probably, fourteen thousand pages long now.

 Scott – A thread

 John – A thread of constant back and forth of what time are we meeting for practice, just wanted to check in what’s going on with the shows hows the new song coming? Here’s a new mix listen to it tell me what you think, maybe some making fun of each-other.

 Scott – A lot of those last two. (laughing)

 John – The purpose of my statement is just showing just how much of course it is a different age and its much easier to get.

 

Badger – You guys are embracing it.

 

John – Yea getting our music out there and getting our name out there.

 

Badger- so you guys recently put up After The Storm up on bandcamp, are we going to see the new material on there as well?

 

John-YES!

 

Badger-  Bandcamp so far you have only had it up for about seven days today I think.  How’s that turned out for you guys, in one week what would you say. Have you had positive results?

 

John – its been positive actually after about three days I went on and checked the statistics and  our first song was streamed 54 times and second track was 43 times and I think that’s good for 3 days.

 

Badger- I’d say so definitely.

 

Pat – I haven’t seen it

John – We know you and I.T.  (laughing)   

John – After The Storm the goal is to have it available, but have it at a drastic price cut because its our old stuff. I actually have anxiety about it, but we have to make some money you know.

 

Badger- I think it would be something if it was one of the earlier demo’s or and E.P but it is a full length album.

 

Scott – It is a legit record.

 John – I’m not denying that.

 

Badger – It was on Tortuga recordings you know what I mean so I definitely think its something that you have priced accordingly, I mean you can’t even find this album in most areas either. If I didn’t still have my disk I would buy it on here

 

 

Badger – when did you guys decide it was in fact time to get back at it?

 

Scott – That would have been November, December 2013 that’s when Pat started  organizing everybody and at first you (Pat) contacted me about just playing guitar in a new band.

 Pat – That was way before that

 Scott – I’m talking about this time around.

 Pat – Well I called a lot of you guys cause I just wanted to play, and I didn’t think you guys wanted to play Sevenday Curse stuff, I thought you guys were way beyond that at first it was hey you guys want to just jam and then it was I was getting like, “like Sevenday Curse? Or jam?” And I said let’s get together and see what happens.

 John – In the back of our minds I know myself and Pat I told the story earlier, it was like the girl who got away we always wanted to try to resume and see what would happen and I think the other thing is I know like for myself I don’t know about anybody else. If I jammed with somebody else it was weird I always thought in my head that if I jammed again I just wanted to jam again with the same guys even if we didn’t do Sevenday Curse as long as if it was with them I thought the musicianship it would be on point we have an understanding of each other we worked together in the past and as far as musicianship these are the best that I know it’s why I wanted to put it together, it’s obviously one of the reasons we got together. Dan is one of the nastiest guitarists , Pat was nasty on the bass. And when Scott came in that day at practice we were like “ Dan you gotta get him in the band” the musicianship , I’m probably the worst drummer they’ve played with, but I don’t feel the same hahahahah.

 

Badger – So what musical direction are you guys going in?  Are you guys trying to be more modern with the sound, or almost like After The Storm got released you are picking up right back where you would have?

 

 Pat – That’s how I feel.

 Dan – Yea that’s how I feel.

 John – That’s the attempt; you know we feel like our music now, the new music were writing is a much more structured matured, engineered…. (form)

 

Badger – So you could say it’s the single barrel scotch of Sevenday Curse?

 

John – Yes!

 

Badger – It’s more refined you guys have had time to you know mature as adults.

 

Dan – It’s picking right back up but still relevant to what’s happening. Obviously we will be influenced by what’s going on around us in music, were up with the times but we’re still Sevenday Curse, and doing what we were doing back then.

 Scott – I don’t think anyone ever creates something artistic in a way that’s free of influences everyone is always influenced by things. With that said I feel like for my part of the song writing, right now; I feel like the connection between what I’m writing and what I feel and want to say is the strongest it’s ever been for any music I have ever written. It just feels like it’s coming straight from inside.

 

Badger – Yea.

 

Scott – Not really when I’m sitting down to write and arranging there’s very little thought in my head in terms of I want it to sound like this or I want it to impress this type of person anything like that it’s really just what feels right.

Scott – I feel like that’s something every band says, it hasn’t been that true for me in previous bands that I have been in, or other times, it’s true for me now.

 Dan –  Brian  there’s something we talked about this when we first got back together. There is a peanut butter and jelly thing that goes on with his guitar and my guitar. You know we played some of the stuff down here, and I was adamant that I wanted you  also to hear one song predominantly Scott and one song predominantly me. When you put those two together because  we acknowledged it, we build around the guitarists first,. That’s still there that’s what built the band  in the first place. There’s still that contrast of his guitar versus mine and that’s no matter what that’s Sevenday Curse’s vibe. It’s going to be there whether we like it or not, it’s all still there. That’s how we wrote stuff After The Storm, it’s a series of songs that we glued together as a band at the time.

 

 

Badger – That leads  up to my next question, is one member doing the primary writing, or do you guys jam and come up with the ideas and pick and choose? Or is it like I’ve got my idea, you’ve got your idea. Lets see if they both work or if they’re two individual songs.

 

Scott – I there’s been some of each of those things there’s been some parts where Dan brings in a riff and I listen to it and I come up with an idea for something to do in conjunction with the riff that he wrote. There’s a song that I wrote completely from start to finish before the band even got back together that’s the one you heard. That was written about three years ago and we re arranged it a little bit but it’s primarily still what I wrote. So its kind of all over the place

 Dan – That stuff that I was playing , those riffs I mean the other night we had this riff for a while that I had that we like a lot and Scott was like “ we need to build a new song” a fast song around that so right away I started doing riffs again and this morning I was playing them for him that you heard. That was just done last night, in my head you know, so I mean I might come with that whole idea, and like Scott said he may come up with a whole idea and I feel like as a band we review it and listen to it and go back. And with Scott’s got the recording equipment, so we are putting a lot in his hands just because of convenience. He’s got the recording equipment, were not going to fight it, he’s got it let Scott work on some of this stuff on his own and then shoot us back the demo’s he came up with for it.and say you know “what do you think”

 Scott – It’s a highly highly iterative process I put a raw collection of parts together and John will say why don’t you change this. Or why don’t you make that half time beat or whatever and a lot of stuff changes we have had about thirty different mixes of a song by the time we are done with it.

 John – This is something that the way  we wrote in the past (you know before the breakup) After The Storm would be a lot of it would be done. Either done in person or me and Scott over the phone or Scott would bring or Dan would bring something to practice but what’s different about this is a lot of this is done remotely its uh Scott putting his ideas in pro tools and getting Dan’s idea, putting that into pro tools and coming up with ideas and going back and forth on what’s good and what’s not.

 Dan – A large majority of band practicing now is done over the internet we have band practice through emails Facebook messenger and I have no problem with it were all cool with it, these three guys each have two kids a piece, and a wife, and a house all that. OK this is how were going to have to practice now times not through the week we’ve got busy schedules. Times not on our side. With scheduling , I mean we’re OK with all of this. This is how were going to have to practice now.

 Scott – And its working!

 Dan – And its working, its great!

 

Badger – Have you guys had some positive feedback since getting back together as a band. You had mentioned your first show you have a huge crowd, got a lot of and response on the Facebook page  that you guys are back at it?

 

Scott – Lot of excitement people commenting saying “ I can’t believe this is real!”

 Dan – Yea I cant either! (laughing)

 John – Pretty much what I said to myself.

  Dan – It’s very surreal.

 John – That one night after we got back together was “I cant believe this is happening I cant believe this is real” and we have people approach us and say that. Dan is still somewhat plugged in to the scene the metal and hardcore scene.

 Scott – I’d say very plugged in.

 John – Yea he doesn’t have kids and he is able to do that and he gets feedback every time that he goes to a show, any time he plays with his other band you know.

 Dan – I feel like I get interviewed like” so what are you doing you got stuff coming out when are you playing etc.  I tell them whatever they want to know. I can see from a fans view I would be asking the same questions.

 

Badger – What can the fans expect for the rest of 2015 ? Booking a few more shows?

 

Scott – Our main focus is getting this recording out I think we are hoping to do that by November that’s the goal that were at right now as soon as we’re done with the actual mixing and arranging and its moving to getting pressed we want to book some shows. So I’d say winter we want to play a lot.

 

Badger – So looking at beginning of 2016 you guys want to be playing some shows?

 

Pat – I want to do that metal night in Worcester.

 John – It’s three things, mainly finishing the record we have new merch ideas we want to get out a couple of shirts maybe After The Storm on vinyl maybe some pressing of After The Storm maybe vinyl for the new album I don’t know we just got a lot of ideas and three is just getting on a lot of good shows for the end of 2015 and promoting that record and getting that new music out there.

 

Badger – So something I had talked to you guys earlier is that you worked with Kurt Ballou on After The Storm when it comes to the mastering it sounds like you are going to do as much as you can independently as you can and then you are going to leave the mastering up to someone like a sound engineer someone who does mastering?

Scott – I think it’s an intelligent decision, none of us know about mastering so.

Badger is there anybody in particular that you are looking to work with or are you not at that place yet.

 

Scott – We have only vaguely begun to research that.

 Pat – Who did we use before.

 John – We went to nine west.

 Pat – When we went in there the guy was mastering Nuno Bettencourts new solo album.

 John – We were very taken care of by Tortuga it was great to have the backing because studio time we’re not paying for record pressing were not paying for cd distribution were not paying for. The only thing we needed to worry about was finding ourselves some shows. 

 Dan – Even mark helped us out with that he got us shows with Isis( the band) Soilent Green

 John – So then the mastering was great because the label paid for that and I feel like mark, when Tortuga was around mark had a lot of bands on his label but he had two that was his heavy hitters Scissorfight and then us. And I felt like he did extra work for the two of us and when it came to mastering I was taken back when he said that we were going to Nine West . Nine West is A+ for mastering, you look on the back of albums.

 Pat – You look on the back of Nuno bettencourt’s album and you see Nine West.

 John – Looking at that and then looking at our situation now its completely 180° were looking to do a lot of our stuff DIY. We’re trying to raise some money with that the mastering. We’re trying to take care of the recording the mixing ourselves and maybe, maybe were looking to try to get some help I don’t know but the mastering thing were just now starting to talk about it. We definitely want to do that we just want to see what depending on the funds, and  what the avenues are.

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Badger – So is Scott going to be doing the majority of the vocals just like After The Storm?

 

Scott – We haven’t arranged much of the vocals yet but I think its going to be the I’m not sure I’d agree that I did the majority of the vocals, I guess yea maybe I did two- thirds of the vocals but these guys.

 Pat – That’s the majority hahaha

 Scott – I think its probably going to be the same kind of mix, I’m the lead singer, but……

 

Badger – So you’re not labelling yourself the lead singer, just the guitarist and handling vocals as well while Pat and Dan are doing vocals too.

 

John – What you never heard my vocals?

 

Badger – (laughing) I have not heard your vocals no.

 

Scott – So I mean I guess I am the lead vocalist by default but I don’t think of myself as a singer.

 

Badger – You’re a guitarist that also handles vocal duties.

 

Scott – I am a guitarist that sings I think the mix is probably going to be the same (to address the original question) Pat and Dan are will still have some prominent vocals I guess the difference there is their not just doubling my parts they have lead parts they always did and that’s going to continue.

 John – They have individual parts/ assignments  

 

Badger – So are you guys planning on trying to get a label, get on a label rather?

 

 Scott – We haven’t strategized a lot on that, we have a little but that’s definitely a goal.

 Pat – That’s a main goal.

 John – He perfectly said it we haven’t really come up with a game plan on that yet but that’s a goal so we somehow would like to in a perfect world would have our new material and get it in front of record exec’s and hopefully we find someone who is willing to work with us. Were not looking for the world were just looking for a little help.

 Pat – Like I had said with these guys were not going to be a touring band.

 John – There are bands out there that don’t tour.

 

Badger – You know there are some labels that do, do that.

 

Scott – Also we might be a low investment band, if we’re self producing and mixing that its really just the mastering and pressing, promotion.

 

Badger – So you guys recently did crowd-funding on the www.gofundme.com site, hows that working out for you guys?

 

John – There’s been some good response by a lot of close friends and some of the older fans it’s not where we would like it to be. We’re not really near our goal.

 

Badger – Well this is all new for you anyway, doing a crowdfunding thing.

 

John – I think our game plan is to release a new track before the album comes out, planning on try to use that to drum up some money / attention to the page.


Badger – So are you guys holding off on new material at the shows until the new E.P. is released?

 

Pat – I think we would like to play some a new song but ..

 Scott – I think in general I am personally not a fan of playing stuff that is not released. However I am a fan of pre releasing a song or two before the E.P. or album is out.

 

 

Badger – So maybe not playing it at a show first , because you don’t want that dead crowd reaction. Actually releasing it (via Spotify, Bandcamp, blog, etc one of those avenues) just to get people to hear the new material, then playing it a show after.

 

Scott – Once its out for about a month we can play it at show.

 

Badger – You don’t want to be playing a show have a pit for the last three songs and then drop this and all the people are just staring at you.

 

Scott – I think in general, it works better when some people have actually heard the song before the show.

 John – I got a different opinion on that were a band that hasn’t put anything out in fifteen years. So I think we owe it to the little bit of a fan base that we have now especially at this Revocation (September 3rd )show where we would like to try to play a new song People know our other album, and maybe they are sick of it and what to hear a new song. So we’re hoping that we can début it Scott song the one that you heard at the Revocation show, because it’s a good show it will be a great crowd there, and it will be a great platform for us to get back at it.

 

Badger – It is a badass tune definitely!

 

Scott – I’m hoping to release the song before that show.

 

Badger – How many tracks is the E.P. shaping up to be so far?

 

Scott – So I think it might end up being six or seven realistically something like five full band new songs, one instrumental and then possibly one of the songs from After The Storm re-done.

 

Badger – Cool re-done like not just remastered I mean playing it fresh?

 

Scott – Playing it with the new sound completely redone playing it.

 

Badger – That’s great to hear!

 

Badger – I just want to say welcome back! I can’t wait to hear the new material! I’ve been a long time fan . So is there anything else you guys want to say to the fan let them know what Sevenday Curse has for them?

 

Scott – That’s a good damn question.

  Dan – I just want people to know that these little clips we’re releasing its one tiny piece of this big idea we have for these new songs.

 John – We have something for you, so stand by.

 Dan – It’s coming it’s going to have all the elements from the past those are going to  be there as well as the new stuff the teasers we’re putting out we’re glad people like it we’re getting a great response from it I am more than confident that any people who have liked us at any stage of our career past, present or even the future fans it’s all going to be there. Your going to dig it, whatever you liked about us in the past. You’re going to like it,  all those elements are going to be there.

 

Badger. So this is just something that I like to do, but with the new material just give me five words to describe it.

 

Sevenday Curse – Engineered, energetic, dramatic,brutal, melodic!

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So with that said I did get a chance to hear some new material. Seeing them play their old material was great.  If you have ever been a fan of these guys. Get ready to be blown away. Sevenday Curse is back, and they are ready to pick right back where they left off. Playing some killer metal, with some creative melodies, and having fun while delivering only finely crafted New England metal. Check them out their  last album on Spotify and Bandcamp. Then stay tuned because  they have new music coming and it’s sounding pretty bad ass. Just to get you into the swing of things check out a clip from their album After The Storm titled ” Revelations. this is a personal favorite of mine.

And check out a little teaser of the new material.

Sevenday Curse on Facebook

Sevenday Curse on Bandcamp

Sevenday Curse on Spotify

Sevenday Curse on iTunes

Sevenday Curse on Amazon, Amazon MP3

Sevenday Curse on Go Fund Me

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

The return of massachusetts metal legends SEVENDAY CURSE @sevendaycurse

Let’s go back to the south shore of  Massachusetts 1996, where hardcore and metal fans like myself witnessed the birth of a new breed of metal through bands like  123024_logo

They put out a demo recorded in Hanover Mass at Ultrasound Productions. The Color Blood a killer 5 song E.P. with tracks like Blind Loyalty, and of course the title track The Color Blood. The sound was something that no one had sounded like before, and really no one could pull off again. It was a brutally heavy, yet melodic form of metal with a hardcore feel. Hence the birth of metal core, none of that “ Senses fail is Metal-core B.S. I’m talking the real deal metal hybrid. When you listen to  metal bands from the Massachusetts area without a doubt, Sevenday Curse was the catalyst that created a  scene. Were they the only one’s you may ask? Around that time there were other bands coming out with a different sound,Barrit, Fault, Ookla the mok, however Sevenday Curse really forged a different sound. The heavy vocals, the double bass the melodic bridges, the solos and the heavy badass breakdowns.

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What made a band from Massachusetts create a style merging two music elements to form a brutally heavy combination? One could argue that the north-east throughout history have been known to do things differently, live by their own set of rules, and revolutionize. We have had a “don’t tell us how to be” attitude. The style of music that has come from the New England area, the brutality of the metal, the catchiness of the metal and hardcore; it’s known worldwide. Bands like Killswitch Engage, Unearth, The Red Chord,  Shadows Fall, Converge, Revocation to name a few. Having grown up in the New England area , the metal scene has had its changes, but has never diminished in its merciless brutality of sound.

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Sevenday Curse put out the album “After The Storm” on Tortuga Records. Nine songs with a tenth hidden track titled “ The Color Blood” that absolutely crushed when it came out. “ Lament of the Fallen” is a great track to use as an example, take that song and then compare so many Metal bands to this song you will now see the roots of New England Metal.

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Now you can call me old-fashioned, but as I got older I gave up on the sub-genre and stick to “ metal” when I talk about something that’s high energy, distorted guitars, if it’s not hardcore, or punk its metal. After the Storm came out and changed the way we expected out of metal. The big metal bands like Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Sepultura, they have their place in metal. Sevenday Curse put out After The Storm and created a more diverse, melodic, yet absolutely brutal form of metal. The album starts with an intro, sound clips/ samples and intros were a staple of this form of music. I can take you to several epic albums that had these elements. The way this album starts out is like crowded room, radio fuzz growing louder until all sound stops and you hear John Doe ( Kevin Spacey’s character from Seven) say “ I’m Setting the example”   setting you right up for a fast paced   “Dirge for the living”. 20150730_093238  The songs build up the energy and then you see the melodic elements of Sevenday curse with songs like “ Of Every Season” the sound of waves, and acoustic guitars. “ November” with a tranquil ambiance of acoustic guitars, to set up the final track “ Revelations” (one of my favorites). I have actually bought this album twice, because my original CD ended up getting a spot that would skip in the middle of Revelations that was not acceptable.   Sevenday Curse had a sound and style, a truly heavy and melodic modus operandi that made waves. They played shows, crushed the eardrums of many.

Then they were gone……. Just like that they disbanded before they had a chance to conquer the world, Sevenday curse quietly stepped out of the spotlight. 2000 was the year we lost the mind-blowing boundary breaking band known as Sevenday Curse. They played a one time show in 2002 for a benefit, but stepped back quietly in to the shadows.

That is until the year of our lord Two thousand fourteen when Sevenday Curse rose up from the ruins and got back into what they had started to do, make killer metal and have some fun.

They got back together, they made a Facebook page Sevenday Curse    and in February of 2014 they even started working on new material. They have all gone through the changes life provides all of us. Growing up, focusing on family and careers, but a fire had still been burning inside. A fire that was never extinguished, just burning awaiting the day to burn bright once again. Saturday May 17th the metal gods from the heavens above graced us with Sevenday Curse playing live for their first time in over a decade. Playing material from the days of After the Storm, and picking back up where they left off. Playing killer brutal metal, with surgically precise delivery. Imagining a band room where the instruments have been put down, and collected dust, the members walk in, brush the dust off. turn on their amps/ cabs. look at each other, nod and start right into ” Dirge for the living”.    Flash forward to October of 2014 and the band goes in the direction many bands are going to. Crowd funding to get their material released trying to balance their everyday lives, work, families. They want to put out music, so they created a campaign to get an E.P. recorded. Support local metal please click here

They are a band that is going back to their roots. A whole lot has changed since they were on the scene. Back in 1999 the Iphone wasn’t an option, no one had iTunes. Digital music was not as large as it is today in the sense that there were mp3’s. I had an mp3 player, it was a Diamond Rio and could only hold about 8 tracks. That was mind-blowing as I was one of the few people in my age group that had one. Sevenday Curse had only a few options that were easily available. Cassette, CD, those were the options, with cassette phasing out. There were not as many music festivals for metal or hardcore as there is today. There was no Facebook, no Myspace, no Youtube either. You could not create an event for all of your online friends to be invited to. It was photo copy a bunch of flyers, hang them up at the Bull moose records, Newbury comics, tower records, clubs, basically anywhere you thought a metal head would walk by and see that you had a show. To come back into a scene where so much has changed, and try to get back into things. It has it’s challenges, but the fans have shown their support. There have already been youtube videos of shows that they played, the most recent from this past week. Then just the other day  ( July 25th 2015) they put After The Storm up on Bandcamp.com/SevendayCurse  

With all of the change on the metal scene, also came changes in their own lives. They got older started families, married, doing the 9-5 with their full-time jobs, military commitments. As many know being in a band is not easy, its hard work. Being in a band is very much like having a minimum wage job, and being married to it at the same time. They are booking as many shows as they can, and what i have seen they have booked some great shows so far. It’s now 2015 and they are playing shows getting back into it more and more. The most recent show they played was with Jungle Rot, and On Your Deathbed in Rhode Island. A great show for sure considering Jungle Rot just put out a new album Order Shall prevail, and On Your Deathbed have been playing some killer shows also with some big names in metal. It was a great line up of bands for a summer show. They are booking more shows, and while they are not playing a show every night. They are trying to book shows that will have a great line up and a great crowd. They will even be playing a show to kick off  Revocation‘s fall tour on September 3rd in RI. That is a show I will not be missing.

For the people who aren’t familiar with the band, I bought their album while I was in high school, I bought the album again because I had played it so much and had it for so many years it became old and worn I needed a new CD. Now to think for all of you who can’t find the album in physical copy you can buy it on bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon mp3, Spotify  There are so many ways you can get in on Sevenday Curses great music, by just a click of a button.

Sevenday Curse on Facebook

Sevenday Curse on Bandcamp

Sevenday Curse on Spotify

Sevenday Curse on iTunes

Sevenday Curse on Amazon, Amazon MP3

Sevenday Curse on Go Fund Me

I have recently gotten a chance to hang out and interview the guys from the band so stick around when I post that up, they have some great stuff they are working on.

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

Hail Mary! Iwrestledabearonce new album today!!!!! @iwabo

Anyone who has ever listening to iwrestledabearonce knows that they do not play by any rules. They are an all out assualt on everything you ever knew to be within your comfort zone. Gift of Death is a great example of this  march to the beat of their own drum style. Green Eyes is also a great track, i mean the whole album is great don’t get me wrong. I am just really all over the place with this new album. You have to listen to it to understand, but they take your typical steady paced groove to head bang to, throw in a few psychotic episodes and fast riffs and you have Hail Mary. The clean vocals are a nice touch not overly present, but still as always a nice touch to some of the songs. Green eyes is a great example of that. So for all you iwabo fans out there, what ar eyou waiting for the new album is out.  pick it up. The album is badass, this band did a killer job on these songs.

Look for it on itunes; https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hail-mary/id985795768

and; http://iwrestledabearonce.merchnow.com/

-Badger\m/

http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

Skinless, Into Eternity, Lamb of God news and more @revocation @lambofgod @skinlessband @orpheusmetal

Lots of interesting things happening lately. Might not be metal news but Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl fell off a stage, broke his leg and then finished up the show. You have to give anyone credit for being a badass if they play with a freshly broken leg.

now moving forward, Skinless put a track up on the facebook page for their new album Only the ruthless Remain. The title of the track is ” The Beast Smells Blood” i am currently listening to this track right now, and  it sounds great. This has Skinless brand metal written all over it. I am really digging this song. so for your enjoyment i have the Audio for it right here, but with visuals including merch and ordering information for the album.

John Coffey would fit more in the post hardcore, punk, indie sound however regardless of sound, a video surfaced of the vocalist catching a beer. This is just pretty bad ass all in itself. Shit if Stevie Wonder were to catch a beer like this i would have it on my metal blog too.

In other news Hivesmasher will be calling it a day with their last show on June 26th. They will be playing a ” the party is over” show and if you are interested check this out

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Revocation drummer or ex drummer?  havent heard anything official as of yet. But Phil has changed his profile on instagram, and has also left out any mention of Revocation in his bio. while it used to read that he was the drummer it now has no omention of that. We know he was unable to play the drums for some time when he broke his arm, and had Alex Rudinger fill in while the band was on tour. As well as Jon Rice filling in when he could also. So while ther has not been any official statement, it may be safe to say there is something going on, and we may hear more about it soon.

For fans of Into Eternity it looks as though they just signed to Kolony Records recently. They just finished up the recording for a 2015 album release Sirens, and they have announced that they signed with Italian record label Kolony records. The band is planning on actively touring and getting ready for the release of the new album.

Kolony records seems like they have been making some good business decisions, as they had signed Orpheus Omega back in April. Their upcoming album PARTUM VITA MORTEM’, out on July 24 sounds pretty badass so far. here is a single off the new album for you to check out

Metal Alliance tour news;

So it does not seem like Deicide kick Entombed A.D. off the tour like all the spreading rumors had stated. So based on several FB posts by Deicide it paints a different picture all together.  It seems as though the organizers are the ones to blame, and while Deicide could have just said  ” Pound Sand” and went home, they dont want to dissapoint any fans. However Deicide had these statements posted so you can decide for your self

“These are the final dates to this tour, we could have just said fuck this whole mess, and been done with it! We don’t do business like that and believe there is honor in finishing it not for ourselves but for the fans who deserve to see the band and who expect us to show up! This will be our last U.S. TOUR FOR A LONG LONG LONG TIME, come on out and support these great bands”

“What happen with this tour is this…the agents put together a package that the local promoters had no faith in and couldn’t afford and we’re all asking to cancel their dates, so to keep it going and finish it out entombed were told to go home not by us. But by the agents that set up this tour so the local promoters could still do the shows, we are all in this mess together and I can assure you we will never get involved in anything like this ever again.”

“We had nothing to do with entombed being kicked off tour blame metal alliance, there fucking mess!”

“METAL ALLIANCE IS WHO YOU SHOULD BE ANGRY WITH, THIS FUCKING TOUR IS THERE BIG FUCKING MESS, NOT DEICIDE WE ARE ONLY GUILTY OF AGREEING TO DO THE TOUR!”

So Deicide dont seem too happy about this whole mess either.

Lamb of God news! It seems like every week there is something to mention about this band.  So it has been reported that Lamb of God will have guess vocals from none other than Chin Morneo (Deftones) and Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan). That just makes this album seem that more promising, with these guys offering their vocals to some tracks. Greg will be on the track ” Torches” and Chino will be on ” Embers”.  I for one think that this album will be killer. You already have so much that has fueled the writing for this record, and then to add two frontman from great bands. This album just seems to be getting better and better as the release date gets closer.

Full Terror Assault open air festival will take place 9/10/15-9/12/15 at Cave-In Rock Illinois. There are three days, and three stages with 75 bands listed.

OBITUARY •  NAPALM DEATH

TERRORIZER • EYEHATEGOD • GRUESOME •  MISERY INDEX • VALIENT THORR • IRON REAGAN • REVOCATION • WARBEAST • BROKEN HOPE • KILL THE CLIENT • FULGORA • MURDER CONSTRUCT • NASHVILLE PUSSY • CANNABIS CORPSE • NOISEM • STARKILL • WACO JESUS • PUTRID PILE • INFERIA(FIN) • IMPALER • WRETCHEDPAIN(CAN) • ROTTENNESS(MEX) • CARDIAC ARREST • DISINTER • SOG(SPECIAL OPS GROUP) • WRATH • PROTEST • HEADCRUSHER • FROSTHELM

DEAD SHORE • IN DEFENCE • SEXUAL ATROCITIES • DEATHBED CONFESSION • LEGION OF DEATH • SCALAFAREA • SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER • SIKFUK • THELL BARRIO(MEX) • DROGHEDA • BLACK FAST • CARNIVORA • FINAL DRIVE • FRAMEWORK • SEIZE THE EMPIRE • MICAWBER • TYRANNY ENTHRONED • CONDITION CRITICAL • SPLITWIG • CREATED TO KILL • COATHANGER ABORTION • HELMSPLITTER • IMAGES OF VIOLENCE • INFALLING • 6 PRONG PAW • DEAD IN 5 • APPARITION • XAEMORA • DEATH GRIP • TESTIMONY • MASTICATOR • HELLBENT • SUPERCHIEF • THE DR. ORPHYUS PROJECT • ABSTRUKTOR • GET IGNORANT • SKINNED • ALTERED EXISTENCE • MOISTENED DISCIPLES • LUST OF DECAY • TON • ASPHYXIATOR • KILL IT AGAIN • VOLTUMNA(IT)

For more information check out the website for ticket info, directions, rules/regulations, and band running order here;

http://fullterrorassault.com/  

Tell you one thing. Misery Index, and Fulgora playing means Adam Jarvis will be busy those days.

Obituary releases new video for ” Violence”


Badger \m/

http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

#TBT Metal Edition Fault, @JungleRot @sevendust Bloodlet,Ebony Tears,

Welcome to this weeks edition Of the Badgers Metal Breakdown Throwback Thursday playlist. Many of us metal fans got into metal by hearing a song or seeing an album at a local record store. Some of us had that one friend who introduced us to bands, or you simply heard something playing and it sounded so good you had to hear it again. For some of us those songs mean something to you some way some how. Maybe it’s a song or an album you haven’t listen to in years, but as soon as you listen to the song it brings you right back to a specific time in your metal fan history. This is my playlist with videos, or at least audio clips of songs from bands that bring me back. Some of the songs are from local bands that I would go to shows, and others are from some of the first metal cd’s I bought. With that said lets jump into the pit of memory lane.

First up is a song by Sepultura, I bought the album when I was in the 6th grade. This was one of the first metal cd’s I bought. Shortly after I jumped head first into metal and have never looked back since. By this time I had already been playing the drums since 1993 and this album was the first metal album I would learn the drums to. The 1996 gateway metal album for many is none other than Roots. This album is well known for the song “ Roots Bloody Roots” which to many is that signature song everyone knows. I will be honest this is the first metal song I learned on the drums. Igor had a simple but heavy sound to make the song a classic. I remember sitting at my drum set and just playing this song over and over and over. Then playing the drums to Attitude this song was just so badass to play at the time. The rest of the album had some killer tracks like Cutthroat, Ratamahatta, and Born Stubborn to name a few. So here is a video for Attitude

Now Fault is a band that got started around my hometown of Atkinson, NH.

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These guys were that band that because they were local you tried to go to any and every show you could. They had a killer sound, Tim was merciless on the drums, the samples at the beginning of the songs were perfect. This was one of those homegrown bands that just killed it. Now trying to find videos for their songs is next to impossible. I’m just glad I have always kept every CD I have ever owned, and also their album “ Sensory Deprivation” is also on Spotify, so if you have/Subscribe to Spotify take a listen to their whole album. I really would have liked to find something for the song Children of the Corn, or Purgatory. But the only video I found is for just the audio for the song Cyanide. Which is still a badass song that can hold its own. I just feel as though Purgatory shows off the talent of Tim on drums more, and of course being a drummer I do lean more towards the drums. At any rate here is Cyanide of the 1998 album Sensory Deprivation. Enjoy and if you like this, some of the members ended up starting a band called the_network. A great album worth listening to is Bishop Kent Manning.

Now for a band that blew me away when I picked up a victory records sampler while I was much younger. Back before EMO was thought of, we had hardcore, metal, and the crossover bands that fit both. Like Bloodlet, and Integrity did and both were on that victory records sampler. The song on the sampler was that introduction to Bloodlet and I ended up going to a Newbury Comics and picking up the album Entheogen. The album came out in 1996 and I instantly got hooked on the 9th track “ (95”. This was and still is one of the songs I love playing the drums to. The vocals are different than most other bands, the bass has a heavy presence at times. Drums are great, and fun to play along to. This will always be one of my favorite songs to listen to. It just has a groove to it that I can’t sit still when I listen to the song. So enough chat because I just need to get the video/Audio clip up so you can listen for yourself. For some of you, you may have been a fan, if not I can tell you this particular song takes me back big time. This song thoroughly makes my day when I listen.

Now to bring it back a few more years is the album that I discovered my absolute favorite live song. Yes it is a live album, and although I really do not care for live albums, this one solidified its impact on me with the song “Fear of the Dark” For some of you I do not need to name names. You know what band I am talking about, and you may even know the album it came from but if not then let me educate you. The year was 1998, Iron Maiden put out A Real Live Dead One. Live songs while they were touring in 1992 and 1993. Now Iron Maiden will and forever be one of my favorite bands ever. They may not be death metal, grind, metalcore blackmetal what have you. They are simply put. METAL! \M/ Now this particular song was recorded live in Finland in 1992. This song to me is so powerful, when you listen to it, you can almost imagine you were there. when the song starts and Bruce starts singing, the crowd is too, and you can hear them perfectly. It demonstrates the dedication the fans have for something they believe in, and love. They sing the melody, and even when Bruce says “ You” at the 1:39 mark in the beginning you know everyone in that crowd sang “ Fear of the Dark”. This song is a great display of musicianship, and just how favored Iron Maiden is.

So while I could write pages worth of information about the band or album or even the song I will leave it up to the video to explain.

My next video is for a song off of Sevendust’s debut album. The whole album was great, but the song “ Black” is probably the song that got everyone’s attention. Iremember hearing it on a local radio station that would play heavy stuff in the evenings. Needless to say I also picked this album up from a Newbury Comics, as that was the record store that had metal and hardcore bands and everything in between. It is still my favorite store to go to due to their selection. They were so ahead of their time that I don’t think an official was ever made. Nowadays youtube has everything you could ever want from a kid putting a glow stick in the microwave, a goat screaming, and an autotune version of Antoine Dodson on the news. But there is no official video for Black. So while this weeks TBT playlist does not have a lot of “ official” videos. There are some great tunes, worth listening to. Here is a clip for Black.

Napalm Death is my next selection, now to be fair, I had heard them many times. They actually to me had a grind sound to them, that wasn’t widely used among metal bands. While everyone else was doing the “Death” metal style these guys were doing their own thing. These guys have been around for a long time and are still doing it. They recently put out “Apex Predator” so they haven’t slowed down one bit. We can talk about Greed killing, More than meets the eye and many other songs. But the video I have for is from 1997 The album was Inside the Torn Apart and the track is ‘ Breed to Breathe” I heard this song off an Earache Records sampler “ Earplugged 2” I picked this album up that year at a Strawberries one town over. And would listen to this album and from there I discovered more Earache Records bands. Napalm Death just had a different sound then the other bands. It wasn’t totally different, but it was like adding a different spice to a sound that made them unique. They still aim to deliver metal, and I don’t see them slowing down either. Here is the video for Breed to Breathe;

Up next is a great album from the band Today is the Day.

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So for all those Mastodon fans out there stick around because Brann Dailor, and Bill Kelliher actually played in Today is the Day before Mastodon was even formed. You had those two guys teamed up with Steve Austin ( who also did vocals on “Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard”, production, mixing, engineering, analog editing, digital editing, and mastering of the album New American Gospel” by Lamb of God in 2000) and made In The Eyes Of God a rollercoaster of an album. They are listed on Wikipedia as noisecore now this is where I get hung up on sub-genre’s. Look if its metal, call it metal, I understand black metal, death metal, grind etc. But once you start calling something post hardcore bible thumping sludge pop noisecore. Im going to just say “ its metal” . So without any great quality video of this song, I have audio for the song “ Going to Hell”

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My Own Victim may not ring a bell to some of you but I heard these guys off a century media sampler compilation. I ended up buying their 1997 album “ No Voice, No Rights, No Freedom” while they may be more hardcore than metal, they fit in to the category because hardcore was a sound between punk and metal. I could go on about the similarities the history but who gives a damn. I am just playing a song that brings me back to my younger days. That good old rebellious hardcore sound. These guys are a Kentucky band who got started in 1995 with all the great influences of hardcore, and what they did was put out a great hardcore sound for that album. I really enjoyed this album. Nothing too fancy over the top or trying to make everyone else happy. So instead of just a video or audio clip. Since I can’t find the song I am looking for, then what I have is the audio for the entire No Voice album. So either skim through. Listen to the whole thing or do what you want, but just know this album has some killer hardcore tracks on it.

I remember scouring the internet back in the days of aol, and windows 95 trying to find metal any way I could. You would come across bands that never get big, and then bands that changed lineups or names. For example there used to be a website mp3.com it may still be active but I guarantee its not the way it used to be, and I actually downloaded Burn The Priest’s first album. Who knew they would Later become Lamb of God. So while I would use that site I discovered so many bands. And one of those bands was Ebony Tears. They had a similar black metal sound like At The Gates that piqued my metal interest. I came across the song Harvester of Pain, and I just really liked the way it was written. Very simple, yet has fast attacks, but mostly besides the drums which I am normally locked onto, but the guitars. I really like the guitar sound on this song. They have a fuzzy distortion similar to a buzz saw which some bands can pull of. This guitar sound is why I like Trap Them’s guitars because they have that guitar distortion sound. The band is now split up and the members went on to form Dog Faced Gods which sounds nothing like Ebony Tears. Sometimes the direction is totally different. At any rate I could only find a lyric video so here is the lyric video for Harvester of Pain, enjoy;

Ebony Tears - Tortura Insomniae

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My last video, is for an entire album worth of audio, I can’t find this album anywhere, and I loved it. I was in highschool, and heard the Slaughter of the Weak album my freshman year, I saw them play a show freshman year, and when their next album came out I knew I was goin to go out and buy it. So sure enough the album Dead and Buried came out in 2001 and I picked it up at none other than my favorite Newbury Comics. And I played the shit out of this album. So why am I doing audio for the whole album? Because I can’t find audio or video of the one song I really wanted to do which is Circle of Death/ Jungle Rot. So if you want to go straight to that song just skip to the 31:57 minute mark. But I do recommend just playing the whole album because the intro to the album is a great sample. These guys play a style of metal that is not the popular lets do everything faster and do pig squeal vocals and blast beats, and everything that everybody else is doing. These guys have that slow groove style death metal similar to Sodom, Monstrosity and Grave. They did however just put out a track for their new album which sounds pretty good. They have always stuck to their signature sound which is what I like. They have never changed for anything. Just still pumping away heavy badass metal. check out their new track “Fight where you stand” from Decibel Magazine.

http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2015/6/10/man-up-and-fight-where-you-stand-with-jungle-rot   So with all that said here is the entire Dead And Buried album for you to listen to;

ENJOY

That wraps up this weeks Throwback Thursday metal edition, This wont be a weekly thing but every few weeks or so its fun to listen to metal that takes you to a different time.

-Badger \m/

http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com

Alterius Voyager E.P.

Alterius -Voyager E.P.

First thing everyone notices about buying music is what the album looks like. Voyager has a clean planetary photo for the cover art.
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The first track is “ A citadels Demise“ It starts with a great drum intro, nothing over the top in length but just enough that you know you are in for some good metal. The guitars come in, and you get an upbeat metal sound with chugging riffs, then the vocals break through the sound. They aren’t trying to ease their way into anything here. This is the musical equivalent to an intense cage fight. Once you hit play there is no going back you are going for a ride. For just shy of 5 minutes Alterius keeps you rolling with their punches. Subtlety is not what these guys are going for, more along the lines of blunt force trauma. Right around the 2:30 mark you experience the rush and whirlwind of the guitars. This is not your average guitar sound either, by the end of the guitar solos you get that old school guitar squeal sound many familiar with metal will recognize instantly. Great track to start an album with.
2)  “Cast into purgatory“ boom right into drums and guitars with a quick attack before the first verse. Right after the first verse you get that long drawn guitar and ride cymbal beat that everyone getting ready to go into a pit has heard before. This is the precursor for that destroy everything pit feeling. This song has all the elements of Massachusetts metal, that has made the north-east characteristically famous for. Then on to the slow punchy verse and drums right into a light piano and drum groove setting you up for an up tempo verse. Shortly after a double bass drum assault and guitar riff introducing you to the guitars creativity for solo riffing once again. This time a slow melodic solo that eases into a progressing beat and harmonizing guitars. If your head isn’t moving at this point you don’t have the volume to the required level. The song ends on a very subtle guitar, piano, drum send off. So smooth its like the guy in the Olympic curling team sending that kettle across the ice. No frills, no effects, just a final note that carries off.

3) “Catalyst Machine“  starts with a quick little drum set up for a nice slow groove offset by a blasting groove. Bass drum and ride cymbal ringing out with each strike. A nice double bass, and guitar chugging groove. Perfect for absolute destruction inside a pit. If you are listening to this song you will have your head moving, imagining you are getting ready to jump right in to a pit. Pure adrenaline flowing numbing any current, or future pain you may incur, or inflict. Some quick guitar solos this track is mostly that slower style groove you can move to. This is one of those songs you bob your head, follow the groove and want to be on the mic singing along too. A nice slow double bass beat followed by quick fast  16th note double bass beats I am tapping my feet while listening to it. Finishes off with just a nice chugging riff  to end out the song.

4) “Sanctuary” has a great quick guitar set up for some blast beat style drumming into a nice guitar solo giving you a sense of what the song  has to offer. Some great guitar playing early on right away. Into a cymbal set up for the first verse, with a great groove of guitars, and drums following with the vocals. Then into a slow punchy verse with some low tuned guitars and nice drum fills to set up each chugging riff. At the 1:49 it picks up to a fast paced drum beat and guitar build up to the vocals “You no longer see, what life has given me, SANCTUARY SANCTUARY!“ Love this if you don’t find yourself wanting to sing that line with Joe you need to pack it up and go home. Bam guitar solo with some nice drums in the background. I cant tell you who is soloing when but the guitars that make up this band are skilled. Double bass roll out to the last verse keeping the intensity level there with the rhythm guitar and lead guitar you can follow. Killer track that can pump you up.

5) “Voyager“ the title track to this album starts out great, like a song you can go into battle listening to. Quick guitar riff into a nice solid double bass and guitar chugging riff you can groove to. You know this song has something up its sleeve. And boom a nice guitar effect to set up the first verse. This song  should have your undivided attention. When the verse kicks in its one of those solid riffs you can just follow right along to. Once they go into a slower groove its just setting you up for some heaviness. Progressing into another great guitar effect almost fading right into a technical beat you just have to enjoy. If you don’t then you just don’t get it. These guys aren’t trying to undersell their talents. These guys are bringing it 100%. An equal blend of technical and brutal you may find yourself getting ready to just break out and start throwing some hay-makers.

All in all this album is a great addition to any metal head and hardcore fans collection. The album sounds like something that has come out of a great recording studio and mixed and mastered by someone who has been in the metal scene for decades. For a debut 5 song EP these guys already seem to know what they are doing, and what they want to accomplish. They aren’t looking to blend in with all the other metal acts you hear day in and day out. They are establishing their own sound. If you are a fan of metal, Alterius should be on your playlist. For fans of bands like Sevenday Curse, Diecast, older Shadows Fall, and At the Gates and a lot of others. Alterius gives you a great blend of elements making them the next  hardcore metal band you discover and became a favorite.

you can check out their E.P. out on their  bandcamp page;

https://alterius.bandcamp.com/   

-Badger \m/
http://www.badgersmetalbreakdown.com