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Arsis – Forced To Rock (new track from Starve For The Devil)

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Arsis posted another song from their upcoming album Starve For the Devil called Forced To Rock.

Says frontman Jim Malone:  “How can I better the world? This is the question that I asked myself when writing ‘Forced To Rock’. I eventually came to the conclusion that the death metal world needed an anthem. Sure, it may not be the cure for cancer, but it is fun and fun is something that I feel is lacking in a lot of the music out there today. It’s music, it’s not saving lives; there is no reason to be serious 100% of the time. Tongue in cheek or foot in mouth; I am probably not the proper authority to comment on the matter.”

Cool song and definitely on the lighter side lyrically.  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

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December 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Arsis – Starve For The Devil (2010)

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I’m really excited to hear the new album from these guys.  Their last one, We Are The Nightmare, is my #1 pick for 2008.  I still listen to it regularly.  I love Arsis.  I have from the first time I laid ears on them.

They’ve uploaded a track from the upcoming album Starve For The Devil called Beyond Forlorn.  Pretty good song.  I’m really stoked that Mike Van Dyne is back in the band.  He’s a great drummer.  He’s got a different style than Darren Cesca, but I think he fits well with Jim Malone.  Those dudes have done a lot together.

I can already predict what my #1 of 2010 is going to be, especially since I hate most all newer metal bands.

Tracklist for the latest album:

  1. “Forced to Rock”
  2. “A March for the Sick”
  3. “From Soulless to Shattered (Art in Dying)”
  4. “Beyond Forlorn” – 4:01
  5. “The Ten of Swords”
  6. “Closer to Cold”
  7. “Sick Perfection”
  8. “Half Past Corpse O’Clock”
  9. “Escape Artist”
  10. “Sable Rising”

Limited edition additional bonus tracks

  1. “A Pound of Flesh (For the Hell of It)”
  2. “The Lake” (King Diamond cover)

C’mon…Hafd Past Corpse O’Clock is one of the greatest song titles ever!

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December 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

Tiamat – Wildhoney – CD Review

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Tiamat first caught my attention with their debut album Astral Sleep.  It was raw, simple, dark…almost run of the mill wildhoneydeath metal.  Typically mid-paced but it didn’t suck by any means.  Daniel and I went tape shopping (yes, I was still buying them in 1991!).  He picked up Solitude Aeturnus’ debut and I picked up the Tiamat.  Great picks by both of us.

I certainly picked up Clouds in 1992 and I believe it was in one of the first 100 CDs I ever owned.  I liked it a lot even though they slowed down a bit more.  It was a little more atmospheric.  Cool album for sure.

But then came 1994.

Wildhoney.

WILDHONEY.

I remember the first time I popped it in.  I was doing some stuff in the house…probably playing TecmoSuperBowl or something.  I just remember that the album felt like it was over soon after it began.  It’s 42 minutes long but it flows.  The way they tied all of the songs in together was simply brilliant.  Wildhoney got even more mellow than Clouds.  They added a certain sense of Pink Floyd to their sound…imagine the song Fearless by Pink Floyd with distortion and better production.  It was awesome.  It still is.  There is not a bad song on it and I think it should be in every metalhead’s collection.

This album gets regular play, at least once a month.  It’s a great one to drive to.  Very smooth.  They use death metal vocals, but not in a cookie monster sort of way.  You can understand everything that Johan sings.

Even though it is very much still in print, I think it needs to be shared.  So here ya go. Listen to it in order.  Many times.

I don’t get high but sometimes I have thought about what it would be like to listen to this one on mushrooms.  Let me know, ok?