Thursday, May 24, 2018

interview: Labyrinth Entrance

Labyrinth Entrance is the extreme metal solo project of the musician named Hunger (Norway/Poland). In 2018 LE has its debut recording published and it is called Monumental Bitterness and it is divided into six sections, each one called Canto. Find out more about LE in this interview and hear the complete recording at the link at the end of this interview.
Monumental Bitterness definitely lives up to its name! The official information says that Hunger plays all the music on the album. Can you help us here in the United States to learn more about Hunger? What motivated you, Hunger, to start Labyrinth Entrance? Did anyone help you to make the album?
It's Hunger here. Labyrinth Entrance is my own solo project created round two years ago in a quite natural way. For many years I spent playing the guitar I used to focus on the old school death metal and especially American one due to the simple fact that I had been brought up on this music. Before joining Stillborn as their bass player, I had recorded EP Horror of Naatu with the help of August (the drummer in Stillborn). Afterwards it appeared a rather difficult period in my personal life with lot of problems whirling around, and at that time the first sounds of Monumental Bitterness began to form in my mind. I literally closed myself in four walls for a couple of days and that's the way how the main skeleton of the album has been created. I managed to include in this album all the emotions dwelling inside me, but also the sounds and motifs that I couldn't fit into HON music but that have been going through my head for a long time. When I possessed a certain outline of the album, I came up in the studio at the other end of Poland and there, with the help of Darek G. during 4 days I recorded the instruments and after a few months I recorded the parts of the vocals.
Do you prefer to play drums or to program the drums on the album?
As far as the drums are concerned Monumental Bitterness used the drum application to create drums tracks. When I was young I played drums in my own death metal band but in this case what I wanted to achieve on my album in many moments required really high technical skills and I couldn't afford it for the time being. Generally, I wanted the drums to sound powerful and I believe I achieved the goal. I am very satisfied with them. In fact, what counts for me is the real sound flowing from speakers and not the amount of money spent for the arduous recording of drums. That's why I did not ask for the help of my friend drummers.
Do you prefer to work alone? Is it faster to do something by yourself than having meetings or discussions about how something should be done?
The fact that I create two separate metal projects on my own is not connected that e.g. I do not want to cooperate with other musicians. The prosaic reason is lack of the time and my actual family circumstances. I have 3 children and I work in Norway, which is connected with frequent travelling. I simply do not have enough time for traditional rehearsals with my friends. I play at Stillborn where I fulfill my music aspirations as a professional crew member in man-of-three metal "beast."
Here in the U.S. I have not read much about the musician named Hunger. Who is Hunger? What other bands or projects have you done? What is the situation for Hunger as a musician in Poland?
Regarding my position in the Polish "metal underground"- despite the fact that I have been a musician for a long time, I perform on stage for about 5 years. We play with Stillborn both in Poland and in Europe, we just released another EP. My separate solo projects remain just studio projects. Soon I will be recording the first full album with HON and next year I plan to release the second album LE. I am promoted by the GodzOvWar Prod. label in the media and it goes professionally both when it comes to LE and Stillborn.
Can you tell us about your vision with Monumental Bitterness? When you began the project, did you have a vision of a melancholic, doom and black metal album?
Concerning the leitmotif of MB, the whole album is my own concept presenting the hell on the basis of Dante's "Inferno". When I started composing the album, I did not have any lyrical vision, I only knew that I wanted to record a depressive and melancholic album because that exactly reflected my state of mind at that time. And after watching INFERNO, I was enchanted by the enormous amount of paintings and visions which Dante contained therein. Then I knew that this is the direction which I want to follow. I have read several studies on this outstanding work and all the lyrics based on them, I even used some complete fragments from the original.
Canto II is a very good melancholic, melodic track, but towards the end it goes into the speed of black metal. It is an instrumental song. What made you decide not to have lyrics on this song?
As for Canto II, it is an instrumental piece, because its structure and the emotions that I have included in it are complete, and from my point they do not require any text, what's more I think that there is even no place for that. Additionally, in fact the whole album originally was supposed to be instrumental, but Greg from GOW persuaded me to try to create and record some vocals parts and today I'm happy that I have agreed because I'm finally very satisfied with the whole. This is a very personal album for me.
On the other hand, Canto III is more of a headbanging heavy metal song, in particular extreme metal. How do the Latin lyrics fit into the overall picture of Canto III and Monumental Bitterness?
Canto III is probably the most outstanding form the whole album. This was confirmed also by the amount of opinions of people who listened to it. This song is probably the best one I've ever created. I like it very much. Latin fragments of text are the above-mentioned original fragments of Dante. My parts of the lyric express all the fears and frights about the death and what is after. This is my own Monumental Bitterness. The song consists of two parts, where the second one is a monotonous slow motif colored with keys, trumpets and strings that leads to the unknown.
Canto IV almost reads like a story about kings and struggles in context of the kings. And Canto V certainly increases the tension to the conflict of murderers, traitors and destruction. When you were thinking about the conclusion to the overall story of Monumental Bitterness, how did you imagine that it should end?
Despite the fact that each of the individual songs differs significantly from the others, when you listen to this CD you can have the impression that the whole album is something like a single piece divided into parts. The same applies to lyrics. They all merge into one whole and tell about the fall of a man, his vanity and powerlessness. About sins, guilt and punishment. That there is the Hell and everyone can get there.
Now the album is complete, where does Monumental Bitterness fit in with the future plans for your project?
As for my future plans, I already have about 50 minutes of material for the second LE album and it will be completely different from Monumental Bitterness, although it will not lose climate contained in the LE. This project allows me to compose music without any limits and when composing songs I do not care if any piece stylistically fits to another one, no matter it is death metal, black metal or any other kind of music. That's why I have heard many opinions that LE music cannot be pigeonholed, because all included genres interference with each other in a skillful way creating the coherent whole.
Do you think that you ever want to perform live with some session musicians?
Playing LE live would be quite difficult to perform, because I used a lot of effects while recording and would require a lot of efforts to reproduce it all live. Besides, I wouldn't like to hear the live version in a small club with a poor sound system. I think that the whole atmosphere of the album could disappear in such conditions. This CD has a very special sound and I would like it to be remembered as it is.
Finally, how can your fans support your music?
The album is available on the CD version on the GOW Prod. website and all information about the LE can be followed on the official Facebook page, although to be honest it is not rich with the content because I do not belong to effusive people. I encourage everyone to open their minds to go deeper into Monumental Bitterness and rethink their lives from scratch. Thank you for LE's interest and for an interesting interview.
Regards - Hunger
facebook.com/labyrinth.entrance
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interview: Voidthrone

Just like that, Voidthrone has returned with a new recording in 2018 called Kur, which follows the 2016 title Spiritual War Tactics. One way to think of Voidthrone is dissonant extreme metal. Fortunately, the new recording is available for listening now and you can hear for yourself the band’s interpretation of black metal. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this interview.
Hello. This is Metal Bulletin zine. On Metal Archives it says that Voidthrone began in 2016. Who are the members of the band now and what they do in terms of instruments and other responsibilities for the band?
Mac Boyd: Guitar
Ronald Foodsack: Guitar. Recording/mixing. Oil painting on Kur cover
Zhenya Frolov: Vocals
Joshua Keifer: Drums
Austin Schmalz: Bass
Is it true that the band began in 2016? So then, how is it possible that there already was an album in 2016? Was the music already written and all that was needed was the personnel for a band to record it?
Dan (Morris, previous Voidthrone vocalist): The band started with just Ron and Josh jamming together in the Winter of 2015. We were terrible. Ron had just returned from France where he sang in a death metal band called Obnoxious and had not really played guitar in about 3 years. We also didn't know what we wanted to play yet. We waited a few months until we got better and had something that resembled a couple songs. A full line up was realized in 2016, which is also the time when we adopted the name Voidthrone. Another name we almost went with was Rotfeast, but that sounds like a 90s old school death metal band. Anyways, spring 2016 is when we had a solid line up with what you may call all of the original members. This line up was steady enough to write more material, record, and eventually start playing shows.
The 2016 album is called Spiritual War Tactics. Can you take us back to the debut and tell us about your vision of the album? Musically, what did you have in mind for your band?
Musically, the intent was to create music that would make the listener curious, but uncomfortable. We wanted to incorporate dissonance in the music but still provide some hooks and payoff for the listener. It's the contrasts that make music impactful. When writing songs, we stop after playing a riff and ask each other, "how does that riff make you feel?" It might seem humorous, but it is sometimes best to develop songs based on the feeling born from the seed riffs.
Conceptually, what spiritual war were you thinking of? How do you see the spiritual war taking place generally in the world and locally in the Seattle region? How does it manifest itself? What is your role in the spiritual war?
Dan: The spiritual war was not one that conflicts in an outside sense, but more as an inner conflict. Going to war with one's demons and not knowing what the correct voice of reason is. SWT starts in the physical realm and morphs into a tale of metaphysical revenge ending with total consciousness in the "spirit realm". The metaphors used in some of the lyrics revolve around a tribal warrior who is betrayed by his own people and comes back as a spirit. We sketched out the general lyrical concept for the SWT album on a dry erase board and this helped frame things.
For you, how does your thinking about your music a couple of years ago compare to now that you have two recordings under your belt? What have you discovered about yourselves as musicians as your journey deepens and continues? For instance, are you running up against contradictions or into certain turning points in your views of your music, black metal and the execution of the musical ideas? What are your learning?
The songs on Kur feel more like songs and are probably more coherent. They are less of a giant mess of non-repeating riffs than SWT.
On Spiritual War Tactics, we wrote the songs in the order of their appearance on the album. In that way, you can see perhaps how we grew musically. The first song on SWT, for example, has some more generic metal riffs à la Behemoth, Deathspell Omega, 90s death metal, etc. Now we have a much better idea of what our general sound and vision should be and what Voidthrone sounds like. This makes it easier to write.
We have discovered that we still write most of our best riffs and song ideas by jamming together and improvising. This is probably not typical for this style of metal. This can often not be the most efficient way to write music, but it is very fun and results in unexpected sounds. We have learned that it is absolutely key to be willing to throw away riffs. There are good riffs and ideas buried under a vast number of bad riffs. You just have to be confident enough to let mediocre-but-acceptable riffs go if they don't work or make sense.
By the way, are you all in other bands in the Seattle region? If so, what bands are those?
No.
This year there is a new recording by Voidthrone and it is called KUR. In terms of musical directions, in your own view, where have the new songs taken your sound as a band now with a second work completed? Does it sound like you expected in your mind or did you realize that your creation took on a different form? If so, what did you think when you first heard the whole recording as a finished work?
Feeling/soundwise, the album sounds almost exactly the way we wanted it too, so we are thrilled with the result. It is a short album, but we tried to expand our range and have lots of contrasts and small nuances from song to song. Musically, most of the songs were not very deliberately written - they developed as we wrote and discovered them. The only exception is "Phantasm Epoch" which was designed to be short, fast, and aggressive at the prodding of Dan, our old singer who has since moved to California.
Because we recorded and mixed the album ourselves, it was difficult to have an objective ear when it was first complete. You get burned out for a few weeks after hearing the same song countless times! However, listening to it now, it feels rich, emotional, and gets our blood pumping. We're proud of it.
What does KUR as a word? Is it KUR or Kur? After the provocative title of the debut, why a more mysterious title for the album? What purpose does the title serve in relation to what you want for your music now?
Zhenya: I take the title as 'Kur', personally! Kur is a Sumerian word for their version of the afterlife. It's a featureless landscape filled with the afterimages of all people that have ever lived. All they do is wander in isolation and eat dust. That's what everyone looks forward to upon death. A friend told me about it a long time ago, and the existential horror that comes with that concept left an impression! I think the fear of total isolation is relatable to most social creatures and I think the Nihilistic emptiness allows for a certain freedom of direction for us.
How did you go about recording the new music? Are you knowledgeable enough to do it by yourselves or do you prefer at this point to work with some experienced people that bring out a better sound for you? Are there good places in Tacoma to record? And in Seattle?
Ron: I recorded everything at my house, which also happens to be where we practice. We recorded scratch guitars to click tracks, then recorded the drums in my garage. After that, we tracked the bass and guitars direct. We reamped the guitars through a Mesa Boogie oversized cab. The heads used were a Peavey 5150 and an Orange CR120. Reamping the bass didn't turn out very good, so we just used plugins for the bass amp sound. Vocals were recorded last, also in the garage. In the middle of all this, my wife gave birth to our son! It was tricky tracking guitars with a sleeping baby, but fortunately he seemed to like the white noise of black metal guitar.
As for the mixing, I mixed Kur using Cubase 8 in my office. I have been using Cubase for a while and it is the DAW I am comfortable with. That being said, I do not do this for a living. Consequently, the mixing takes a long time since I am often figuring things out as I go or am agonizing over small decisions, like which reverb sounds best on the drums, fixing errors I made, etc. It was fun but a very time intensive, inefficient process, and involved lots of late nights. I am glad I do not do this full time! Nevertheless, it was enjoyable and part of the experience. We save a lot of money doing things this way. We probably mess a lot of things up too, but everything we do is DIY (like the album art).
However, for mastering this time we sent our music off to Audiosiege mastering in Portland. It was a smart move - it was relatively affordable and ultimately effective. We got a much fuller and less fatiguing sound that we had on Spiritual War Tactics, which I mastered myself with Ozone. If any of your readers have any questions about recording or mixing, let me know. I will do my best to answer them.
It is common to see bands posting online that they have tickets for a certain big show with an artist that is from out of town. In that situation, does a band pay hundreds of dollars by buying tickets and then attempting to sell them to the fans? Is this the pay-to-play that so many bands have spoken about? What is your opinion about it? Is this the state of the music business for metal bands? In your own observations, does this method of doing things result in money losses for the bands participating in it?
Zhenya: We haven't yet completed our first pre-sale show process, so I can't totally comment on the outcome. That in mind, there does seem to be an obligation for bands to peddle tickets to people and groups (Muted by 90% of Seattle Metal and Punk Scene, probably… Sorry, dudes!). While stressful, it does require a fair bit of reaching out, which is a nice way to talk to people and get them to listen to The Word of the Void. It's a pleasure to share something we think is cool and are proud of. I think the pay to play model makes sense from a venue's perspective, but shuts out a lot of people that are starting out and may not have resources. It'd be a step forward if the expectation to sell tickets was explicit and transparent. Then, at least, the awkward dance of negotiating with venues would be more straightforward. I don't know what the "standard" way of doing anything in music is yet. Hoping to get there!
What is next for your band now that there are two albums done? Do you have any plans that you want to tell us about?
Josh: More visceral presentation and music.
Mac: Dissonant melodies.
We aim to advance our sound and allow plenty of time to experiment on the outer edges of our musical bubble. We strive to be more visceral and breathtaking. We need to have dissonant melodies. We must spread our otherworldly sickness - the beautiful Void.
What do you have in terms of merchandise for fans to support your music? For the album's online availability, what are some places where you have your music?
If people want to sport our profane name, they can do it with shirts, stickers, and patches! We're proud to say that all of the design on our current goods is done by Voidthrone's own, Dan Morris. Any artists working with our incomprehensible prophecies must be hand-picked and have a grasp of the foul divine.
Anything else that you want to tell us?
Death to false metal.
voidthrone.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/voidthrone/

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Washington state concert calendar, updated May 24, 2018

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin zine.
Washington state concert calendar, updated May 24, 2018
NOTE: Apparently the news is that Studio Seven in Seattle is shut down; therefore, shows that were schedule for Studio Seven will not be happening there anymore. Friends, if you have more information about those concerts, feel free to get in contact with Metal Bulletin Zine. Thanks. ---MMB
May 24 Bat, Midnight, Wormwitch, Substratum at El Corazón, Seattle
May 24 Tetrachromat, Designer Disguise, Hexengeist, Pill Brigade at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 24 Jesus Wears Armani, Bleed the Stone, The Face of Loki at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 24 Hands of Deliverance, Discord Curse, Becomes Astral, Empyrean, Born Without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 25 Hemlock, Sevidemic, Prophets of Metal at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
May 25 Arisen from Nothing, Salem Knights, Massacre at the Opera, Damn the Flood at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 25 Necrosomnium, Empyrean, Dilapidation, Draconian Summoning at Columbia City Theatre, Seattle, WA
May 26 D.R.I., Deathwish at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 26 Anvil, Shadowside, Skelator at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 26 Hemlock, Sevidemic, Lost Eye Dentity, Prophets of Metal, The War Within at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 27 Hemlock, Sevidemic at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 28 Power Trip, Sheet Mag, Fury, Red Death at Neumos, Seattle, WA
May 28 Helles, Born Without Blood, others at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 30 Tetrarch, Somewhere to Call Home at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 30 Face Mason, Saint Helen, Born Without Blood at Substation, Seattle, WA
May 31 Corvoid, Children of Atom, No Such Season, Emanon at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
May 31-June 2 Northwest Terrorfest at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
June 1 Hexengeist at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 1 Born Without Blood at Tim’s Tavern, Seattle, WA
June 1 Countless the Dead, Alignment, Imposter of Humanity, Monsters Among Gods at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
June 2 Insomnium, Oceans of Slumber, Anthrocene, ApHelion at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 2 Headbang at the Harbor: Dismembering Mary, Monsters Among Gods, others at Raymond Theatre, Raymond, WA
June 2 Battle for Mordor: Blood and Thunder, ReEvolution, Odyssian, Oxygen Destroyer, Dilapidation, Violent Hallucinations, Simulation Theory at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
June 2 Born Without Blood, Jugs of Blood, Ocreata at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
June 2 Metal Night: Sponsored by the CIA (Suicidal Tendencies tribute), othersat Bubba’s Roadhouse, Sultan, WA
June 3 GBH, The Accüsed at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 4 Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 4 Primitive Man, Addaura, Isenordal, Doom Lit Sky at Mootsys, Spokane, WA
June 5 Sleep, Bell Witch at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
June 6 Behold the Octopus, Spacebag, Xoth at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 6 Devastation on the Nation: Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath, Primordial Atrocity at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
June 7 The Skull, Earthride, Hyborian at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 8 Hailshot, Kamikaze Zombie, others at Skylark Lounge, Seattle, WA
June 9 I Am Infamy, Groundfeeder, Toarn, Within Sight, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Skelator, Convergence at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 10 Skulls, Crematory Stench, Disembowel, Oxygen Destroyer at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 11 Vintersea, The Devils of Loudun, The Anima Effect at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 12 Vintersea, The Devils of Loudun, The Anima Effect at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 14 Queensrÿche at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 15 Shizerdome, Dilapidation, Effluvia, The Accüsed at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 15 Simulation Theory, ApHelion, Weaponlord, LUNGS, Orator at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
June 15 Black Sabbitch (Black Sabbath tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 15 Filth; Insvrgence; Loser; Scourged, Imposter of Humanity at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 15 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Union Square, Longview, WA
June 15 Neck of the Woods, Darkness Stole the Sky, Monsters Among Gods at Ben Moore’s Olympia, WA
June 16 Filth; Insvrgence; Loser; I, Detest at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 16 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Louie G’s, Fife, WA
June 16 Bitter End, Coven, Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 16 Uli Jon Roth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Obsidian, Oxygen Destroyer, Born Without Blood, Schmutzhund at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 Washington Deathfest III: Infernal Legion, Thou Shall Kill, Cryptic Enslavement, When The Broken Burn, Divide Paths, Helles, Religicide, Shred Bundy, Whythre, Voidthrone, At Home In Hell, ApHelion at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 16 Noceur, Xoth, Blood and Thunder, DTI at Boscoe’s, Bellingham, WA
June 16 Chemical Rage, Neck of the Woods, Sins and Sinners at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
June 17 Volumes, Upon a Burning Body at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 18 Voidthrone, Grave Gnosis, Skulsyr, DTI at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 18 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Addaura at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 19 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Czar, Goon at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 19 The Devils of Loudun, Beekeeper, Iron Nightingale at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
June 19 The Body, Lingua Ignota, Bloom Offering, Lye Feast + Scarcity at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Addaura at Cryptatropa, Olympia, WA
June 21-25 Thirst for Light V festival: Addaura, Alda, Isenordal, Void Omnia, many, many others in Raymond, WA
June 21 Gloam, Drawn and Quartered, Blood Atonement, Cerna Krev at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 23 The Accüsed AD, Rat King, Effluvia, Speaks in Tongues at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 24 Will Haven, Heiress, Into the Storm, Old Iron at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ancient Elm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 26 The Faceless, Lorna Shore, Dyscarnate, Nomvdic at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 28 Krallice, Wayfarer, Addaura at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 28 Crimson Guardian at Hogan’s Pub, Clarkston, WA
June 28 Orator, Empyrean, Necrosomnium, Melancholia at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
June 30 UADA, Wolvhammer, The Black Moriah, DTI at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 30 Spectral Voice, Superstition, Mortiferum, Cerebral Rot at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 30 Sweatfest 2K18 at El Corazón/Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 6 I Am Morbid, After the Fallout, Thou Shall Kill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 6 Neurosis, Converge, Amenra at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
July 7 Crimson Guardian, Morbid Fascination, others at Erebus, Kelso, WA
July 7 Glass Canons, Wet Temple, Tetrachromat, others at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
July 7 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at 7 Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA
July 7 Oxygen Destroyer at Alki, WA
July 9 Mortuary Drape, Volahn at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 12 Crimson Guardian, Incidia, Divine Skies at Central Saloon, Seattle, WA
July 12 Inanimate Existence, The Last of Lucy, Aethereus, Odyssian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 13&14: WADM Metalfest at Erebus, Kelso, WA: Cursed, Oxygen Destroyer, Hang the Kode, Battle Ace Massacre, Inside Defiance, Crüd Güns, Simulation Theory, Noose; Aggression, Violent Hallucinations, Antiform, Hyborian Rage, Pre Embalmed, Dilapidation, After the Fallout, Trojan Swamp Monster
July 14 Queensrÿche at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
July 14 Crimson Guardian, Eroder at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
July 14 Damn the Flood, Casualty of God, Zenith, Whythre at Louie G’s Pizza, Fife, WA
July 14 Havok, Extinction AD, Vultra, InComing Days at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 15 Havok at Revolution, Seattle, WA
July 19-21 The Backyard Festival (40 bands/2 stages) at Louie G’s Pizza, Fife, WA
July 20 Rest, Repose; Drewsif Stalin, For the Likes of You, As Pillars Fall, ReEvolution at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 20 Red Fang at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 23 Isenordal, Suicide Forest at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 27 Demon Hammer, Oxygen Destroyer, Kömmand at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
July 28 Zero Down (album release show), Detonator, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Soiree Macabre III: A Flourishing Scourge, Voidthrone at Barboza, Seattle, WA
July 29 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Stones Summer Jam, Seattle, WA
August 4 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at The Emerald of Siam Thai, Richland, WA
August 8 Night Demon, Blood Star, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 9 Pathology, Within Destruction, Parasitic Ejaculation at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
August 10 Pathology, Within Destruction, Parasitic Ejaculation, Transcribing the Necronomicon, Cold Hearts, Xingaia at The Pin, Spokane, WA
August 17 The Accüsed at Slim’s Annual Hillbilly Headbanger’s, Seattle, WA
August 19 Alice Cooper at Angel of the Winds, Everett, WA
August 20 Powerglove, Xoth at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 20 Apotheon, Aethereus, Enigma, Increate, Odyssian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 22 Lamb of God, Napalm Death at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 24 Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death at White River Ampitheatre, Auburn, WA
September 3 Vicious Rumors, others at The Pin, Spokane, WA
September 4 The Exploited, Total Chaos at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 8 Effluvia, Oxygen Destroyer, Disease at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
September 15 Speaks in Tongues, The Crüd Güns, DTI, others at The Valley, Tacoma, WAj
September 15 Northwest Tribfest at Historic Everett Theater, Everett, WA: tribute bands Dr. Crue, Infinity Project (Journey), Blistered Earth (Metallica), Second Sting (Scorpions), Almost Human (Kiss)
September 17 Alestorm, GloryHammer at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 20 Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Blood and Thunder at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 22 Coven, Disciples of Dissent, others at Wally’s House of Booze, Wenatchee, WA
October 3 Graham Bonnet Band, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 15 Enemy Soil, Antigama, Violent Opposition, Treasonist, The Drip at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 2 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
November 10 Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Drawn and Quartered at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
December 28 Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

this Thursday in Everett: Nasty Bits, Substratum, Weaponlord

This is happening this coming Thursday, May 10th, at Tony V's in Everett!
"We are descending upon Everett for the very first time, bringin' the heavy metal thunder! Grab your axes, sharpen your steel, hail the victorious and get ready to SHRED! Get down on your knees cause we're bringin the sleaze to all you rockarollas that crave that high octane speed!"
21+/$5
Doors @7/Show @8
Nasty Bits
Substratum
Weaponlord
weaponlord.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/weaponlordseattle
substratum-seattle.bandcamp.com/releases
facebook.com/substratumseattle/
facebook.com/NastyBitsSeattle/

Ghostblood has an announcement: Honey, I Raised the Dead

Ghostblood
Honey, I Raised the Dead
Release date: April 20th, 2018
label: independent
What an achievement. Raising the dead is not easy. Believe you me, I have tried to do it repeatedly and I have succeeded, at most, only a few times. In the prehistory, history, posthistory, and mythology of humanity there are but a couple of entities that actually done it on a consistent basis, night in, night out. Raising the dead is just hard; there’s no way around it. It is what it is. In fact, if you are looking for a how-to manual, you’ll be hard pressed to find it. On the other hand, Lazarus would be able to give you all the information about his case. Check in with him for sure.
It is what is. Leave it to our very own Washington state mutant cannibal thrashers Ghostblood, who have returned with their classic line-up by popular demand, to turn the tables on the living and open a can of whooping on the dead. I think that when you hear this album you will forcefully agree with me that the dead messed up big time when they died because the party is about to begin and they left too early, right when things were about to get good. Never leave a party too early, dead people.
Summer time is here, the ice cream man is here, stop him when he passing by, and fire up the barbecue grill, the drinks are cold, the dead are bold, stories are going to be told and there is a new Ghostblood album to behold. They have retained the services of the three amigos responsible for the swamp thrash of the 2015 debut Blood from Beyond the Grave, a party favorite every time. Continuing right from where they left off, they have ratcheted it up the intensity, going crazy between thrash and death metal, and they are churning out the sounds perfect for all the seasons, from Halloween parties to horror movie chase scenes to mosh pits and more, like Gwar, Ghoul, Motorhead, Freddy Krueger and Mr. Jack Daniels coming together for a summertime barbecue party in a basement or car trunk near you.
Ghostblood features fast rumbling songs with growled vocals (and a variety of screams, and a few other different vocalizations, like some low, guttural growling) with some moments of blasting. The band’s vocalist/bassist plays the bass like a guitar and you can never, ever say that you do not hear the bass on this album. The bassist is without a doubt the best bass player in the entire band of Ghostblood. Put together the thundering bass with the manic drumming and the vibe is mosh, mosh, mosh and bang your head whether you are the purgatory and alive and dead. Besides twisted riffs of horror and merriment, the solos go from wild to wacky to wtf to fun in the sun run nun.
Here we are, friends. What started out as swamp thrash is turning into quite the band. Two albums now, and playing shows all over Seattle, Olympia, Bellingham (but not yet in Arlington, what is up with that?), you cannot ignore the zombie thrash union of extreme metal, horror and comedy that this band is heating up in the cemetery bar for the day and the nighttime.
Visit Seattle for the weather, stay for the Ghostblood. As the band likes to say when they are on the stage, “We are Ghostblood and we play rock and roll.” (This last statement is not verifiable.)
ghostbloodmetal.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/ghostbloodmetal

Washington state concert calendar, updated May 8, 2018

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin zine.
Washington state concert calendar, updated May 8, 2018
May 9 Feral Light, Witch Ripper, Breag Naofa at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 10 Weaponlord, Substratum at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
May 11 Forever Convicted, DTI, Divine Skies, The Crüd Güns at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
May 11 Mark of a Modern Man, Ergo I Exist, Namea at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
May 12 Whythre, Born Without Blood, Effluvia, Orator, ShizerDome at Obscurus, Everett, WA
May 12 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Swinomish Casino, Anacortes, WA
May 12 As Pillars Fall, Separating the Seas, Within Sight, Down the Scope, Perfect Zero at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 13 Dead Horse Trauma, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Motorgrater, Stress Fed at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
May 13 Soulfly, Nile, After the Fallout, Devilation at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 14 Silent Scream, Madrost at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 14 Dead Horse Trauma, Lydia Can’t Breathe, others at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 15 Rampage, Tigerblood at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
May 16 Satyricon, Goatwhore, Inquinok, Voidthrone at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 16 Tyr, Orphaned Land, Ghost Ship Octavius, Aeternam, Blood and Thunder at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 17 Cough, Grime, Serial Hawk, Isenordal at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 17 Wretched Fuck, Xingaia, Sentient Divide at The Observatory, Spokane, WA
May 18 ApHelion, Whythre, Vesuvian, URDR at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 18 Monsters Among Gods, Anchor Point, Odissia, The Accüsed AD at Safe House, Seattle, WA
May 18 Noceur, others at Make.Shift, Bellingham, WA
May 19 The Accüsed AD, others at Safe Manette Saloon, Bremerton, WA
May 19 Hells Bells at The Point Casino, Kingston, WA
May 19 No One Lives, Three Chord Killer, Bacon Grenade, Religicide at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
May 21 The Convalescence, Deadbeat Blackout, Sabertooth at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 22 Obituary, Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch, Dust Bolt at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 22 Obituary after-show: Ghostblood at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 23 Texas Hippie Coalition, Kobra and the Lotus, Fallen Kings, Black Sun Moon, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 23 The Black Dahlia Murder, Homewrecker, The Convalescence, The Drip at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 23 Isenordal, Geist, Witch Bottle, Eneferens at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 24 Bat, Midnight, Wormwitch, Substratum at El Corazón, Seattle
May 24 Tetrachromat, Designer Disguise, Hexengeist, Pill Brigade at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 25 Hemlock, Sevidemic, Prophets of Metal at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
May 25 Arisen from Nothing, Salem Knights, Massacre at the Opera, Damn the Flood at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
May 25 Necrosomnium, Empyrean, Dilapidation, Draconian Summoning at Columbia City Theatre, Seattle, WA
May 26 D.R.I., Deathwish at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
May 26 Anvil, Shadowside, Skelator at Highline, Seattle, WA
May 26 Hemlock, Sevidemic, Lost Eye Dentity, Prophets of Metal, The War Within at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 27 Hemlock, Sevidemic at The Pin, Spokane, WA
May 28 Power Trip, Sheet Mag, Fury, Red Death at Neumos, Seattle, WA
May 30 Tetrarch, Somewhere to Call Home at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
May 31 Corvoid, Children of Atom, No Such Season, Emanon at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
May 31-June 2 Northwest Terrorfest at Neumos, Barboza, Highline, Seattle, WA
June 1 Hexengeist at Substation, Seattle, WA
June 2 Insomnium, Oceans of Slumber, Anthrocene, ApHelion at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 2 Battle for Mordor: Blood and Thunder, ReEvolution, Odyssian, Oxygen Destroyer, Dilapidation, Violent Hallucinations, Simulation Theory at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
June 2 Born Without Blood, Jugs of Blood at Philip Stengel Presents, Aberdeen, WA
June 2 Metal Night: Sponsored by the CIA (Suicidal Tendencies tribute), othersat Bubba’s Roadhouse, Sultan, WA
June 3 GBH, The Accüsed at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 4 Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 4 Primitive Man, Addaura, Isenordal, Doom Lit Sky at Mootsys, Spokane, WA
June 5 Sleep, Bell Witch at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
June 6 Behold the Octopus, Spacebag, Xoth at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 6 Devastation on the Nation: Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath, Primordial Atrocity at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 7 The Skull, Earthride, Hyborian at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 9 I Am Infamy, Groundfeeder, Toarn, Within Sight, Vesuvian at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 10 HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 10 Skulls, Crematory Stench, Disembowel, Oxygen Destroyer at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 11 Vintersea, The Devils of Loudun, The Anima Effect at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 12 Vintersea, The Devils of Loudun, The Anima Effect at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 14 Queensrÿche at Clearwater Casino, Suquamish, WA
June 14 The Accüsed at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 15 Simulation Theory, ApHelion, Weaponlord, LUNGS, Orator at The Mirkwood, Arlington, WA
June 15 Black Sabbitch (Black Sabbath tribute) at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 15 Filth; Insvrgence; Loser; Scourged, Imposter of Humanity at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 15 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Union Square, Longview, WA
June 15 Neck of the Woods, Darkness Stole the Sky, Monsters Among Gods at Ben Moore’s Olympia, WA
June 16 Filth; Insvrgence; Loser; I, Detest at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 16 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at Louie G’s, Fife, WA
June 16 Bitter End, Coven, Accused AD at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 16 Uli Jon Roth at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 16 Obsidian, Oxygen Destroyer at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
June 16 Washington Deathfest III: Infernal Legion, Thou Shall Kill, Cryptic Enslavement, When The Broken Burn, Divide Paths, Helles, Religicide, Shred Bundy, Whythre, Voidthrone, At Home In Hell, ApHelion at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 16 Noceur, Xoth, Blood and Thunder, DTI at Boscoe’s, Bellingham, WA
June 16 Chemical Rage, Neck of the Woods, Sins and Sinners at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
June 17 Volumes, Upon a Burning Body at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
June 18 Voidthrone, Grave Gnosis, Skulsyr, DTI at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
June 18 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Addaura at Black Lodge, Seattle, WA
June 19 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Addaura at TBA, Tacoma, WA
June 19 The Body, Lingua Ignota, Bloom Offering, Lye Feast + Scarcity at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 20 Isenordal, Void Omnia, Addaura at Cryptatropa, Olympia, WA
June 21-25 Thirst for Light V festival: Addaura, Alda, Isenordal, Void Omnia, many, many others in Raymond, WA
June 23 The Accüsed AD, Rat King, Effluvia, Carve the Earth at Erebus, Kelso, WA
June 24 Will Haven, Heiress, Into the Storm, Old Iron at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 24 Ancient Elm at The Pin, Spokane, WA
June 28 Krallice, Wayfarer, Addaura at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 28 Crimson Guardian at Hogan’s Pub, Clarkston, WA
June 30 UADA, Wolvhammer, The Black Moriah at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
June 30 Spectral Voice, Superstition, Mortiferum, Cerebral Rot at Highline, Seattle, WA
June 30 Sweatfest 2K18 at El Corazón/Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 6 I Am Morbid, After the Fallout, Thou Shall Kill at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
July 6 Neurosis, Converge, Amenra at The Showbox, Seattle, WA
July 7 Crimson Guardian, Morbid Fascination, others at Erebus, Kelso, WA
July 7 Glass Canons, Wet Temple, Tetrachromat, others at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
July 9 Mortuary Drape, Volahn at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 12 Crimson Guardian, Incidia, Divine Skies at Central Saloon, Seattle, WA
July 12 Inanimate Existence, The Last of Lucy, Aethereus, Odyssian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 13&14: WADM Metalfest at Erebus, Kelso, WA: Cursed, Oxygen Destroyer, Hang the Kode, Battle Ace Massacre, Inside Defiance, Crüd Güns, Simulation Theory, Noose; Aggression, Violent Hallucinations, Antiform, Hyborian Rage, Pre Embalmed, Dilapidation, After the Fallout, Trojan Swamp Monster
July 14 Queensrÿche at Lucky Eagle Casino, Rochester, WA
July 14 Crimson Guardian, Eroder at Anchor Pub, Everett, WA
July 19-21 The Backyard Festival (40 bands/2 stages) at Louie G’s Pizza, Fife, WA
July 20 Rest, Repose; Drewsif Stalin, For the Likes of You, As Pillars Fall, ReEvolution at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 20 Red Fang at The Pin, Spokane, WA
July 23 Isenordal, Suicide Forest at Highline, Seattle, WA
July 28 Zero Down (album release show), Detonator, The Plot Sickens at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
July 28 Soiree Macabre III: A Flourishing Scourge, Voidthrone at Barboza, Seattle, WA
July 29 Hell’s Belles at Stones Summer Jam, Seattle, WA
August 4 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute) at The Emerald of Siam Thai, Richland, WA
August 8 Night Demon, Blood Star, Demonhammer at Highline, Seattle, WA
August 17 The Accüsed at Slim’s Annual Hillbilly Headbanger’s, Seattle, WA
August 19 Alice Cooper at Angel of the Winds, Everett, WA
August 20 Powerglove, Xoth at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
August 20 Apotheon, Aethereus, Enigma, Increate, Odyssian at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
August 22 Lamb of God, Napalm Death at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
August 24 Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death at White River Ampitheatre, Auburn, WA
September 4 The Exploited, Total Chaos at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 8 Effluvia, Oxygen Destroyer, Disease at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA
September 15 Speaks in Tongues, The Crüd Güns, DTI, others at The Valley, Tacoma, WAj
September 15 Northwest Tribfest at Historic Everett Theater, Everett, WA: tribute bands Dr. Crue, Infinity Project (Journey), Blistered Earth (Metallica), Second Sting (Scorpions), Almost Human (Kiss)
September 17 Alestorm, GloryHammer at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
September 20 Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 3 Graham Bonnet Band, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 15 Enemy Soil, Antigama, Violent Opposition, Treasonist, The Drip at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 2 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
November 10 Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Drawn and Quartered at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
December 28 Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday night: EATB Radio Heavy Metal Radio Show

Friends,
The heavy metal show Excuse All the Blood is live right now Friday night 10pm-1am, from the city of Olympia in the state of Washington, U.S.
your internet friend Seamus is the DJ
come, come bang your head
radiofreeamerica.com/station/kaos
twitter.com/EATBRadio?lang=en

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Metal Bulletin Zine 146

Metal Bulletin Zine 146
Apostle of Solitude
Religicide
Necrosomnium
Noceur
fuglymaniacs.com/pdf-files/MB146.pdf
fuglymaniacs.com

Metal Bulletin Zine number 145

Metal Bulletin Zine number 145
special issue dedicated to Drawn and Quartered, the Seattle death metal cult
fuglymaniacs.com/pdf-files/MB145.pdf
fuglymaniacs.com

Sunday, April 22, 2018

interview: Sacred Leather

The traditional heavy metal band Sacred Leather from the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. has been campaigning for classic heavy metal to anyone that will listen. Their new album is called Ultimate Force. Check it, this is Sacred Leather, holy denim, sacred leather, heavy metal forever.
Good work on the album Ultimate Force! Who is answering this interview?
Cheers, Dee Wrathchild (vocals) here!
The metal fans today love their metal with growling and screaming. Who had the wild and crazy idea of having a real singer?
Sacred Leather started with a sound that definitely leaned more on the extreme side in the early days. I came into the lineup at a later date. SL always wanted to play traditional HEAVY METAL, with each song progressively migrating back to the roots of the classic sound. Magnus (bass) was probably the dude who made the call to demote former vocalist/lead guitarist (the Devil’s Hellion) to solely handle guitar duties. I don’t know that it was crazy having clean vocals over the material, it made all the sense in the world to us when shaping out a sound which was executed within the template of our HEAVY METAL forefathers.
How did the band find you?!
We were all aware of one another. Indianapolis is a tightknit city, so we all had mutual friends and acquaintances within the metal community. At the time I was asked to sing for Sacred Leather, they had been scoping me out as I performed with a classic metal cover band here in town. They played me the tunes, shit was rocking, and here we are. Now we are all brothers.
Can you tell us about your rhythm section?
Magnus (bass/co-founder) breathes HEAVY METAL as does every member in this band. It is a requirement to playing with us. We aren’t smoke and mirrors, this sound and lifestyle is who we are. Nobody is putting on a front and then going home and spinning some soft dick hipster shit.
Jailhouse (drums) left Sacred Leather after tracking Ultimate Force. Though the youngest member we have had, Jailhouse played as though he was delivered to us in a time capsule sent straight from 79. Our new drummer, Don Diamond, will bring a different energy into this band. Don is a seasoned punisher of the skins. Expect more flash, more sex, and more speed on upcoming Sacred Leather releases.
How did your bassist decide to take on the instrument and stay with it? When are you going to let him do a bass solo like Michael Anthony used to do in those old Van Halen concert videos drinking whiskey?!
Each member of Sacred Leather started off on the drums. I would think that Magnus had a smooth transition onto the bass, being a percussive minded player. Magnus could break out some flash in the future, however he seems much more concerned with playing whatever best services the song. Fret not over his whiskey supply; it’s been flowing strong since I’ve met him.
Did your drummer have the best parents ever? Don’t they have to be, in order to put up with a kid banging on the drums in the house?
Never met either Jailhouse or Don Diamond’s parents, however they raised some strapping gentlemen who know how to play some fucking drums.
How many guitarists do you have as permanent members? What is your secret recipe for guitar?
We have two guitarists, JJ Highway (lead guitar) and Carloff Blitz (lead guitar). JJ writes much of the material. Magnus contributes to this also.
I wish there were secrets to give you, all I know is they bust their ass and the result is some of the best written HEAVY METAL coming out right now.
How did you discover that you could sing? Were you listening to a Scorpions or Judas Priest album and singing along and thought: Hey, I think I might be able to do this!
Pretty much exactly like that. I was in a van with a band that I drummed for at the time, some classic shit came on the radio and I sang along **record scratch** Everybody turned and looked at me like, “fuck man, we didn’t know you could do that.” Likewise, neither did I! Fast forward, tireless hours and reps of me working on refining my voice and range up to the performance you hear on Ultimate Force.
Could I learn to sing, too? I mean, I sound pretty awful!
Sure, go ahead and sing. Being awful has never stopped certain vocalists in the past, haha.
Your entire album is available for listening at Bandcamp! Can you tell us about the various formats that are available?
Yup, it’s available on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, bigcartel.com/sacredleatherofficial, Cruz Del Sur Music, etc.
What merch do you have?
Ultimate Force on all formats: cassette, vinyl, digital, cd. Additionally, we have shirts and some other odd-end merch, most of which you can find at: bigcartel.com/sacredleatherofficial
What is next for Sacred Leather?
We have some upcoming gigs in our area in addition to fielding some other offers in gigs both in the Midwest and afar. Follow us on social media to stay in the loop on any future shows.
Are the Europeans liking your new work?
Oh yea, most of the heat we have felt off of Ultimate Force has come from Europe. This is extremely flattering because they have generated the best HEAVY METAL ever written. We definitely plan to trek across the pond and rock their asses off in the near future.
From Ultimate Force you have made a video for the song “Power Thrust”. Are there more videos that you will be making? Oh yea, always planning videos. Subscribe to us on YouTube so you see them when they drop!
Thank you for your time!
Cheers!
sacredleather.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/leathersacredleather

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blood and Thunder returned to the stage in Everett on April 20th, 2018.

Blood and Thunder closed the night of metal music at Obscurus in Everett on April 20th, 2018. What a show it was! The band's energy and joy of being on the stage completely convinced the people present. This band has some interesting news coming up because they are working on things, the wheels are rolling for the next phase of the band. The band came ready to rock and the crowd was ready for it! Then, it happened. The crowd went bananas when the swords were distributed and many people starting banging their heads and fighting each other with their swords and it looked a bunch of pirates in the crowd fighting each other. In addition, the monkeys were flying. Some people had monkeys on their backs, others were doing duels and others were trying mosh while the monkey, birds (or airplanes?), swords and balloons were flying around.
It is possible that many people were injured. All that sword fighting is bound to lead to someone getting injured. After all, plastic balloon swords are serious business.
A good time was had by all. Don't sleep on Blood and Thunder. They are working on something. You'll know soon enough.
Here is some visual evidence of what happened.
The story of Blood and Thunder is that when times get tough, you must get tougher and carry on. The band began some ten years ago, but as people’s lives and goals have changed, personnel changes have had to take place. How many times has the band’s mastermind Ryan Yancey has had to reboot this little Frankenstein? Only he knows and it is probably too many to count. However, it is 2018 and Blood and Thunder continues to bring its symphonic, melodic extreme metal live to the audiences in the state of Washington. This spring and summer of 2018 are looking like Blood and Thunder will making the rounds to the venues that host metal bands. Go to Bandcamp to check out their brand of European-style, shredding melodic death metal.
bloodandthunder.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/bloodandthunderband

Dilapidation went to Everett to play the music of the doom on April 20th

If you are a false you will run yourself away from the death metal doom heaviness of the Washington state sensei named Dilapidation, but if you are a true you will entry to the fogged up world of Dilapidation. The music is a simple, even minimalistically savage hunger to go to brutal death metal from the abyss of doom passages. The vocalist declares that he wants to sound as if he were growling from a hole. The crowd ate up this metal of Dilapidation. We should mention that when you go to a Dilapidation show you will not see the band as much as you will feel and hear the band because they make a very heavy use of the fog machine and it is surprising they do not trip over their own equipment and they can play their instruments because no one can see them on stage. You will see silhouettes or shadows but in your flesh and bones you will feel the heaviness and brutality.
We are a stubborn. We took pictures anyway. The first picture is actually illegal because the band does not want such pictures to get published. Don't tell them about it. The other three pictures are examples of how fogged up this is. Good luck seeing anything. Regardless, the band did well and the audience loved it. More Dilapidation is the order of the day.
The live show of hearing this death doom band is a pretty heavy experience, with the massive, slower segments of death metal and growling, and then the speed picks up to headbanging paces, and they certainly have their own way of changing the rhythms of their death doom, avoiding monotony. If you are a fan of death metal and of doom metal, but perhaps you are not a fan of those doom bands that write 60-minute-plus single-song compositions of super slow sloth monoliths or maybe you get a bit bored with nothing-but-blasting death metal monotonous albums, then Dilapidation might hit the right spot for you, the place where death and doom live side by side, taking turns at the wheel of fortune sounds hosted the always-winning, always-undefeated champion that is death.
They have a bunch of demos as you can see below and they have them on Bandcamp. Actually, there they also have their full-length debut album and it is called Transcending the Void, which is almost an hour of music. The album features a band that cares about having its music sound like real people playing extreme metal, not computer software robotic products. Don’t go by the stereotype of the slow doom bands, Dilapidation does doom alright, but they will give you a rude awakening, jolts, of intense, fast metal, too. Let’s put it this way: there are people in Washington state, in Seattle, that go to watch certain bands and they stand around hiding in their hoodies looking at their feet, or their phones, passing out, falling as asleep like a bunch of weirdos meditating, but those people are probably not attending a Dilapidation show because this band is proud to be metal for banging your head, and it’s going to be heavy, and it’s going to be fast and brutal, too.
1/2/2013 Rehearsal demo 2013
Dilapidation demo 2013
Rise of the Dead demo 2013
Ruin and O'blivion demo 2015
Burned Alive single 2016
Transcending the Void full-length 2016
Dilapidation
Transcending the Void
release date: December 16th, 2016
label: independent
1.The Circle 04:59
2.Frozen Tomb 05:40
3.Burned Alive 04:08
4.Spaghettifyer 03:18
5.All and None 08:57
6.Contemptuous Vacuity 03:15
7.Doomed to Rest 08:21
8.The Great End Falls from the Mouth of O'blivion 05:00
9.Unrest 05:08
10.Ceremony of Malignance 07:41
total time 56:27
dilapidation.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/dilapidation1

Violent Hallucinations brought death metal to Everett on April 20th

Violent Hallucinations is traditional, headbanging, take-no-prisoners death metal and they showed up in Everett and hit the ground running with track after track of sickness and perversion. They are rude, brewed, crude, lewd, tattooed, old schooled and by the devil chewed in the arts of the socially unacceptable and morally reprehensible music, and the children and youth present loved every minute of the introduction to a future life of crime, jail and social marginalization by way of blasting, shredding, growling extreme metal. The band did good of job of representing itself as dedicated to the craft of death metal and the perversion of young minds. The drummer is a beast, the growler guitarist a headbanging maniac, the bassist is busy at work on those strings and then there's Mason. We are not sure, but it appears that that is what they call it. Mason is a guitar lunatic and the whole band knows that. The band blames everything on Mason. Mason has led them down this path in life and now they cannot escape and nor do they want to leave. Mason has them under its evil spells of the immortal rites inside the chapel of ghouls. Fun times. Here are photos taken with a potato.
I am totally new to this Washington state band. This is a band, in my imagination, that formed on a bright and sunny summer day in the city of Tacoma, far away from Steve Miller and Phoenix, Arizona, and when all the sun-deprived Washingtonians were out horsing around near power lines and throwing the frisbees near the train tracks, the boys from Violent Hallucinations had other ideas and decided to stay at home and continue watching horror movies and listening to brutal death metal in order to pile up more disgusting sickness to their vision of, you guessed it, brutal death metal.
In reality, I know nothing about the band because it seems that no one from the band’s circle of friends and enemies has entered the band’s name in Metal Archives. The band needs you to write their name into the pages of immortality by way of Metal Archives, friend. Help this Washington state metal band, do it or you will end up living in van down by the river, kids!
I am able to tell you a little bit about them. First, expect a hammering barrage of brutality. Second, the band wants you to bang your head, mosh with your friends or otherwise engage in some form of violent friendly fun with your friends and family, or with random strangers that you meet at one of their shows. The third thing to know about the band is that they have one goal is life and that is “to reign supreme in the dark world of brutal death metal,” which is a lofty objective in life, indeed. Finally, you should know that they have songs on ReverbNation and they blast and growl about topics that would make you blush, so I won’t tell you about it now because you can check it out for yourself, you sicko.
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Odyssian played in Everett on April 20th

We had the opportunity to catch Odyssian live for the first time when they played at Obscurus in Everett. They had a crowd banging their heads, nodding along, raising their fists, clapping and raising the horns in approval of the band's delivery of their intense and somewhat left-field extreme metal. Obscurus is such a great venue to watch heavy metal music very up close and with the volume right at your ears. In this case Odyssian put in a serious effort and people appreciated it, and the growler went as far as jumping into the crowd and pushed, shoved and slammed people in the front and still managed to jump back on stage in time for the continuation of the growling. It was cool to hear the band live for the first time. Their extreme metal takes a lot from death metal, including technical, melodic and progressive strands, and results in a good-for-headbanging, loud live experience. Here and there, they spice up the music and you might hear just a bit slap bass or a bit of the technicality stands out within the general loudness of it all. Here are some pictures taken with a potato for a camera.
Odyssian’s name has been showing up in this publication’s concert calendar for some time now. It looks like they are not yet on Metal Archives, but they already have a history on Bandcamp. They did two demos in 2015, but their best work so far is called Olde and it is their full-length debut album from 2017. The music is melodic extreme metal with progressive and melodic death metal functioning as a general framework for the sound. They have the blasting and intense moments, and they also make sure to keep the melodic guitar components present throughout. One thing to note, though, is that they do like to have variety in their sound. The songs, while sharing some general stylistic underpinnings, carry forth different moods that you sense while listening to the eight songs of the album. Of course, this variety is no accident, given that the band prides itself in changing things up with the music that they write.
odyssian.bandcamp.com
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