Monday, February 28, 2011

Album Review: Gorgasm- Orgy of Murder

Last Friday, Gorgasm finally released their new album Orgy of Murder, after a hiatus of almost five years. With only one remaining original member (guitarist/vocalist Damian "Tom" Lenski), many people, myself included, wondered what they would sound like, and if they would be able to live up to their past efforts. After all, the last Gorgasm full length was 2003's Masticate To Dominate, and that album was way ahead of its time when it came out, so after not releasing anything for so long, would the band be able to stay ahead of the curve and maintain their heavyweight status in the ever-diluting brutal tech death genre? Well my friends, the answer is yes; a strong, resounding yes.

Despite being more or less out of the game for the better part of a decade, Gorgasm have never sounded better. Everything that was good about the band is still here and has been amped up; the riffs are more intricate, the drums are faster and more precise, and the song structures themselves flow smoothly from one section to the next. There are times on this album where the band actually sounds more a like a slower, beefier Spawn of Possession with their rapid-fire, stop and go blast beats and scale-happy guitar riffs. The lyrics aren't quite as misogynistic as their earlier material, although with song titles like "Infection Induced Erection" and "Cum Inside the Carcass", it's clear that they still have gore on the brain, which is just fine. It's pretty much what we've come to expect from them, and from the genre as a whole, so in all honesty it would probably be offsetting to see them deviate from the gore aesthetic at this point. Like they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Nobody reads the lyrics anyway, unless you're a dork... like me.

After listening to the album a few times through, I can really only find two things to gripe about. The first thing that comes to mind is a minor problem I've had with the band all along, and that's the lack of guitar solos. Call me old fashioned, but I find the whole "riff-o-rama" thing to be a little tiresome, a good solo once in a while really livens things up when it's nothing but nonstop riffs and growls. There is a little bit of a solo in the bridge of the opening track "Bloodlust" (points for originality on that title, guys), but it's brief, it's the only one on the whole album, and it's really nothing special in the first place. Come on guys, with all this talent on display you're telling me nobody knows how to write a couple cool leads? But then again that's just me, plenty of people insist that solos don't really work in this particular subgenre. The other complaint I had was that Orgy of Murder does, unfortunately, get a bit repetitive after a while. About halfway through the album it starts getting difficult to tell one song from the next, and I felt like the whole thing peaked at the first song. At the same time, the songs are all super brutal and well-written, so by no means is it boring, it just kinda starts to sound like the same two or three cool ideas happening all over again in slightly different ways. Regardless, Orgy of Murder is still one of the most solid albums to come out this year, setting the bar pretty high for everyone else. I wouldn't be surprised if this album ends up being featured in the 2011 Top Albums of the Year list.


Orgy of Murder is available now, and both Sevared Records and Brutal Bands Records will be distributing a limited number of vinyl copies in March and April, be sure to pick it up, this one's definitely a keeper. Tell us what you thought of this album in the comments below, and don't forget to share this article on Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow me on Twitter at @6baby6killer6, and make sure you also make blogspot profiles and follow us so we can do something special for you guys when we get to fifty followers. Tune in tomorrow for more.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Show Review- Dead Walk the Earth, Her Virgin Womb, I Am the Trireme and Thrown Into Oncoming Traffic- February 26th in Wilmington, Delaware

You know what, fuck this whole "no articles during the weekends" thing. We're not Metalsucks, I'm feeling quasi-productive for once, and last night's show was too damn good to just sit on, so from now on I say if something's worth writing about, I'm not gonna wait until Monday to put it up. On that note, let's get it on.

Last night, I went to a little place called Mojo 13 out in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware to catch a bunch of cool local bands. I'll confess I wasn't expecting much, because the whole lineup was just local bands, no big names. Recently this tiny venue has somehow been booking surprisingly big bands to play there (I've seen Goatwhore and Cattle Decapitation there, and Dying Fetus is scheduled to make an appearance in a couple months), but this time it was just the local heroes playing for all their friends and local supporters. Basically, I knew the bands would play great, but I wasn't sure a whole lot of people would show up or if they would be energetic. Little did I know this would end up becoming one of the best local shows I've ever been to, possibly second only to Internal Fear's farewell show last month.

Things were looking a little slow when Atlantic City deathgrinders Thrown Into Oncoming Traffic took the stage, but as soon as they started playing they had everyone's undivided attention. Despite there only being about a dozen people watching them, they played their lightning-fast, impressively technical songs with all the energy and enthusiasm of a band playing to a sold-out venue. They were short one guitar player, but everything still sounded just fine, and the vocalist's between-song bantering kept everyone laughing and in good spirits, so nobody made any fuss about it. The only real disappointment was the lack of any moshing, but that could just be attributed to the "first band of the night" curse that seems to plague just about every local show that ever happens. If you're looking for some really good, fast, experimental deathgrind, be sure to check these guys out. They're not your average Jersey band, that's for sure.

Next up was the Philadelphia/southern New Jersey based melodic blackened death outfit I Am the Trireme. Now I'll admit, I'm slightly biased towards these guys, since I've been friends with them for a good couple years now, back when they were just another slightly above-average deathcore band. They've always been pretty good, and have taken more influence from bands like Abigail Williams and Enfold Darkness than Winds of Plague or the various other poser outfits out there, but over the last year or so they've completely abandoned the 'core aspect all together, replacing the breakdowns and pig squeals with blast beats, powerful synth orchestration and unapologetic blasphemous themes. They may be young, but make no mistake, these guys hate Jesus with every fiber of their being and aren't afraid to show it, but they also have plenty of fun doing it. More people started to show up and show interest in them about halfway through their set, so the energy level was definitely turned up a notch, but they really sealed the deal when they got the first pits of the night going. If you get the chance, be sure to pick up a copy of their new EP Unholy Divination, which I will be reviewing later in the week. If their live show is any indication, it's going to raise some eyebrows.

Next on the list was a band that has actually made something of a name for themselves, especially in this area: Her Virgin Womb. They've only been together for a few years, but in that time they've put out a very good EP, The Methods of Killing, and have played with several big name death metal bands. They're not exactly super popular, but they're definitely the most widely-known band on this bill. As such, I was surprised to see that there had been a significant lineup change, with a new guitarist and vocalist being brought on board. Her Virgin Womb has always had a very distinct sound, like a mixture of old school death metal and slam, and I was interested to see how this new lineup would affect their sound. As soon as they started playing, it was obvious that this wasn't the same Her Virgin Womb that I'd come to know, but I actually mean that in a good way. This band has always been really good, but the newer, younger lineup they have now made them sound like a more modern death metal band. No disrespect to their old members, but the change really seems to have revitalized them, and that's saying something, because nobody thought they needed to be revitalized in the first place. The crowd mirrored their newly found energy with consistent moshing, lots of headbanging, and a few people even tried to coax them into an encore after their last song. Sadly there was no encore, but they did play a great set, and I'm looking forward to plenty more good shows with this new lineup.

After Her Virgin Womb, I decided to step outside for some fresh air, and as a result I pretty much missed the next band's entire set, but from what I heard they sounded pretty decent. I believe the phrase I jokingly used while talking to Alec Pezzano (guitarist for I Am the Trireme) was "They sound like Crowbar, except like eighty years younger and with a better vocalist", so there you go.

The last band of the night (at least while I was there, there might have been one more afterwards) was Dead Walk the Earth, whose vocalist is none other than Andrew Derosier, aka Dr. Satan, aka the guy who we did our first interview with. Until last night I had only seen a few YouTube videos of Dead Walk the Earth's shows, so I didn't quite know what to expect. However, I did know that Andrew is a very charismatic, energetic frontman, so no matter what the music sounded like or how many people were there, he would make it fun for everyone else. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about any of this, because as soon as they started playing their first song, the place turned into a madhouse. There were huge pits, brutal riffs and slams, hilarious between-song jokes and bantering, and at one point a random old man showed up to watch the show (and I suspect to get as close to a couple really hot girls standing next to him as he could). I can't be sure, but I believe he was somebody in the band's grandfather or something, but either way he was very good-natured about everything that was going on, even though to say he was out of his element would be the understatement of the century. His presence gave the whole set a sort of surreal comic relief; no one had the slightest clue what the fuck he was doing there, but we all just went with it and laughed, just like he was just going with it by being there. After a while the band finally wrapped it up to enthusiastic applause and cheers, and I decided to head home before the splitting headaches and exhaustion could take their toll on me.

Speaking of wrapping up, before I do just that with this review, I'd just like to ask a question, to no one in particular: why the hell are there so many smoking hot girls in Delaware??? Seriously, this is like the fourth time I've gone to a show there and noticed a relative abundance of extremely attractive girls, they must be putting something in the water down there. Hit me up girls, I'm a nice guy I promise. I'm telling you guys, you wouldn't think it, but Delaware really is the place to go for good metal shows. The bands are great, the venues are very minimalistic and laid back, and the guy-girl ratio is almost a perfect fifty-fifty, and the girls all seem to be mad sexy, or at least really funny and cool. Be sure to check out all the bands I've mentioned, and if you're in the area both Thrown Into Oncoming Traffic and Dead Walk the Earth will be playing with Dying Fetus at this same venue on Friday, April 15th. That is by far the biggest band Mojo 13 has ever gotten to play there, it's going to be the show to end all shows. Take care guys, see you soon.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Anaal Nathrakh album/song!!!!

I know we're pretty much already wrapped up for the night, but this is news that I can't just sit on. Earlier today, the two-piece black metal masterminds Anaal Nathrakh FINALLY released a new song from their upcoming album Passion, and it's just as sick as I hoped it would be. Check out "Volenti Non Fit Iniuria" at the Candlelight Records site below.

The band have been hinting at their new album for a while now, so I'm really glad the new song lived up to my monolithic expectations. 2009's In the Constellation of the Black Widow is one of my all-time favorites, and if the rest of the album is as good as this new song then this will be one for the ages. But then again, what else would you expect from the 'Thrakh? Passion is set to come out on May 23rd via Candlelight Records, and I guarantee we'll be all over it as soon as it happens. Remember, if you're in the Pomona, California area you can catch Anaal Nathrakh live as part of the Scion Rock Fest on March 5th, you lucky bastards. Alright, that's really it for tonight, the rest can wait until tomorrow.


Album Review: Deicide- To Hell With God

I know, two Deicide posts from me in a row. Sorry, ever since the show I seem to have Deicide on the brain, but this album does need to be reviewed, I've been putting it off long enough. Their new album To Hell With God actually came out exactly a week ago today, so this seems like a pretty appropriate time.

Let's get right into it. Curiously, this album is actually much less heavy than everything else the band has done, at least in my humble opinion. All the ingredients are still there: blast beats, tremolo picking, double bass and anti-religious lyrics, but somewhere along the line something got turned WAY the fuck down. I don't know if it was the gain on the guitar, the bass levels, or if Glenn Benton just isn't growling as low as he used to, but this album just doesn't have the beefiness of all their previous efforts. Not to say that the music is bad, it just doesn't feel like Deicide; more like a younger, more inexperienced band covering Deicide, maybe. I hate to sound like I'm bringing it down so much, but the fact is this just isn't what we were expecting. But don't worry, To Hell With God is far from a failure. The band is keeping pace fairly well with their younger, faster counterparts with plenty of fast tempos, syncopated beats and impressively intricate guitar solos. And all the blasphemous lyrics we've come to know and love are still aplenty, with songs like the title track, "Empowered By Blasphemy" and "Angels of Hell" among others.

Other than the aforementioned complaints, there's really nothing wrong with the rest of the album. The production is clean and everyone's playing well, it just doesn't stand out much. I hate to say it, but this is probably going to go down in that obscure "just another Deicide album" group, kinda like the Worm Infested EP from Cannibal Corpse. But hey, this is just my first impression, maybe time will go by and I'll realize an error in my judgment, and To Hell With God might even end up being a modern classic. Who the hell knows? It's definitely worth picking up, but don't be surprised if it isn't quite what you were making it out to be in your head.

Disagree/agree with me? Maybe there's something else you thought about the album that I didn't mention? Either way leave your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to Tweet this article or share it on your Facebook. Keep coming back folks, we still have a few tricks up our sleeves.


Arguably the best tour posted here so far

So yesterday Metalsucks announced the "Hypersleep Dialogues Trek." Now, this is a trek mind you, not a tour, and seeing as this trek is headed by none other than Between the Buried and Me, they would need a lot of decent support to help them traverse mountains and crevasses and whatnot. Thankfully, they have some heavy hitters showing up on said trek to have their back, including arguably the biggest (and one of the best) deathcore outfits around, Job For a Cowboy, and the forever-stoned Cephalic Carnage. All stupid trek jokes aside, this might be the best tour we have mentioned on the site in its existence. Between the Buried and Me always put on an amazingly energetic live show, and the same goes to Job For a Cowboy. I'm going to be honest for a moment here and say I didn't really enjoy The Ocean's Anthropocentric as much as I thought I would, but if enough people come to see them then the pits should be nice and the energy level should be fairly high. Much like Cephalic Carnage will be when they take the stage, but seriously, CC kick ass live, and seeing as they're a fairly successful band it's surprising to see them at the bottom of the set. But I guess that goes to show how classy this tour really is. Get dates here, it's gonna fucking rule.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Show Review: Deicide, Blackguard and Neuraxis, February 18th in Philadelpha, PA

I know I probably should have put this up yesterday, but better late than never right? So anyway, last Friday I journeyed once again to good old Killadelphia (accompanied by the gentleman that runs this little blog thingy), this time to see the legendary Deicide. Despite some confusion on the way over we made it to the Trocadero in plenty of time, and we used that time to meet up with a couple other dudes and pick out a spot to wait for everything to get underway.

This tour was also supposed to include Pathology and Belphegor, and we knew right off the bat that Belphegor wouldn't be playing tonight, but as soon as the first band started playing we also found out to our dismay that Pathology wasn't able to make it either. I was extremely disappointed, because Pathology is one of my favorite slam bands, but that disappointment was short lived as Neuraxis took the stage and immediately began lighting the place up. Since it was the beginning of the show there was a surprisingly small amount of people for the majority of their set, but the band still played great, and a huge pit was immediately opened up by one particularly energetic individual (cryptic hint: you're probably going to be hearing from him sooner than you think). I'll confess I don't know too much of Neuraxis' material, but they played very well and had extremely energetic stage presence, so I can personally attest that they put on a great show. Well done boys, well done.

On the other side of the spectrum, none of us were particularly interested in seeing Blackguard. Maybe we were confused as to why a pirate metal band was on tour with a bunch of death metal and black metal bands, or maybe we just felt gypped because we missed two of the bands we wanted to see the most but they got to be the main support, or maybe it was a combination of the two, but either way we actually sat down in the back for Blackguard's set. Nothing against them, they're just not my particular cup of tea, and my friends obviously agreed with me. Although for what it's worth they were energetic, more people showed up and there was some moshing, so it's not like they played a bad set. I can think of worse.

After a while, Blackguard cleared off and made room for the band that everyone was there to see, and when Deicide finally took the stage the place was just as packed and loud as we've come to expect from the Troc; the all too common phrase "now that's more like it" is a pretty accurate summation. Without any hesitation whatsoever, they immediately opened with "Homage For Satan" (which coincidentally is my favorite Deicide song), and the pit positively exploded. The band played for a good hour and a half at least, most likely to make up for lost time what with two bands being MIA, playing songs from all throughout their discography. Whether it was an old classic or a track from their new album To Hell With God, the band sounded just as heavy and refined as they do on CD, and the crowd response was warm and energetic to say the least. The pits weren't always huge, but they were consistent, and even a few not-unattractive ladies took a stab at it. Although as always, everyone was too worried about hurting them to really get into it with them, so they were undoubtedly disappointed. Seriously guys, if the girls are getting in the pit they know the risk they're taking, let them have fun. Don't be a pussy. Anyways, after a nice long set filled with blast beats and Jesus-hating, Deicide said their goodbyes and called it a night. I would have loved to see Pathology and/or Belphegor, but it wasn't a bad show by any stretch of the imagination either.

Right, now that the review's done, I'd like to talk about one more thing before I call it a day. Remember how I said nobody wanted to mosh too hard with those girls? Well I noticed something else at the show that I think also needs to be mentioned, and it's pretty much the exact opposite. Here's the thing: if you're a loud, obnoxious, angry drunk, DON'T GO IN THE FUCKING PIT! It's one thing to mosh really energetically, but if you're running around tanking people and sending them flying just because you can, then you're just as much of an inconsiderate asshole as any dancer. Moshing is very physical, yes, but it's also supposed to be fun, and fun doesn't involve getting wasted and being a piece of shit to everyone around you. And another thing, giving someone a high five and a bro hug after you send them tumbling head over heels doesn't make everything alright either, you're still a douche. There's nothing wrong with having a few drinks and going nuts, all I'm saying is be considerate to everyone else when you do.

Well that's that folks, tune in tomorrow for more cool shit. Make sure you share this with your friends on Facebook or Twitter, and don't forget to make an account and follow us, remember that we have something special for you if we get that number up to fifty. See you tomorrow, and stay brutal.


Fucked Up Album Cover of the Day: Reader's Choice

Holy shit, someone actually listened to us when we said to send in suggestions! Who'd have thunk it? In any case, today's Fucked Up Album Cover of the Day comes to us from one Socco696, and I must say this gentleman (or lady, but let's face it no ladies read this) has a good eye. This one was in my list of considerations for this column, and now that someone else has agreed with me I'd say we have a winner. The album in question is Behind Bars by the very talented one-man brutal tech death band Syphilic. Enjoy.

See, sometimes it takes us a while to get to it, but we really do listen to you guys. Alright then, while you go try to get that image out of your head, don't forget to Tweet this article or share it on your Facebook, and you can also follow me on Twitter at @6baby6killer6. Stay tuned folks, lots more to come shortly.  

-The Baby Killer

E-mail/blog of the day!

So today I checked the mosh rebellion email (conveniently located at the top of the page, *cough cough*) which usually bears nothing new, only to find a message from one Vicente Muñoz, the owner and proprietor of a blog called Den of Destruction. It's an entire blog 
"which focuses more on South California and Baja California," along with some mexican metal. So, if you live in that area and ever need to know what shows to check out, look no further than this man's homey (not homo-ey) blog. His writing style is also more interesting than the usual blogger. For a classic review of a Byzantine album he writes "Byzantine mother fucker, do you speak it... no wait that's wrong, the Byzantines spoke fucking Latin or Greek." Pretty funny stuff.

So check Den of Destruction out if you want to learn more about the southern/mexican metal scene. Great job Mr. Muñoz.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Interview: Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka- Decapitated

I know, I know. We only did two things last week, and I'm just now doing the first article of the week at ten-thirty at night. I'm sure you're getting impatient with us by now, so to make up for it, here's one of the interviews I've been dying to get to for a while now, with none other than Vogg, guitarist for Polish death metal heavyweights Decapitated.

Hey man, thanks for taking some time to talk to us, I'm sure you're schedule is pretty hectic right now. For those who don't know, tell us what you guys have been up to lately, any cool tours going on that we should know about? 

Hey man.Right now we are finishing process of writing songs for new album.We have some plans for tours for this year but it needs some time for confirm this.

So what's the story with the new album, you guys are supposed to be going into the studio soon, right? How's the writing going and all that, and when do you think we can expect to hear the new material? I know tons of people (myself included) can't wait to hear what you're going to do next. 

As I said before the album is almost ready and we can't wait to go to studio.We will start at 10 of February in RG STUDIO. First time since 1997 we will work together with Arek "Malta"Malczewski and that's fucking great!! Also we will work with Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Strapping Young lad, Dimmu Borgir) who will prepare drum sound and make mix of the new album!!! New songs are different than stuff we've recorded before and I don't want to talk too much about that. Its metal for sure, and it will be fast material. And of course that will be the best album of the year :)

As I said in the last article I did about you guys, Decapitated have always been a very forward-thinking band, and every album has been different from the last. Was this intentional or did it just happen on its own? Do you guys have a specific mindset or process when it comes to songwriting, or do you just do what comes naturally?

It was always a natural process that every album sounds different, I don't know why it is like that, it just happened. For me it's very cool because it seems that fans can always get some kind of surprise and for sure they will never get  bored about the band. New album will be different as well :)

I was lucky enough to see you guys last summer on the Summer Slaughter tour, what did you think of your reception with the new lineup, considering that a lot of your tour mates were bands that are more new-school deathcore (All Shall Perish, Veil of Maya, etc.)? Basically, was there more actual moshing or a bunch of dumb kids in basketball shorts who just wanted to fight the air, because I saw plenty of those douchebags throughout the night. 

This tour was very cool and so successful. For me it's not a problem with who I play with and how they look like. Most of those bands and people were very cool and we had a good time together. As I said the tour was a success and almost every show was sold out. This tour gave us a lot, I mean for the band, because we did 33 shows and that was really good practice with the new lineup.

 Speaking of touring, when do you think we can expect to see Decapitated again in the US?

Probably autumn 2011, that will be after the new album releases so you can expect a new setlist for sure. At this moment we are planning this with our agent in the US. 

What would you say the best tour you've ever done was, whether it was because of the bands you played with or just really strong crowd response?
There were a lot of tours, I cant tell which one was "best one". Last year we did a tour with Behemoth and that was awesome!!

Well I think that should just about do it, thanks again for taking the time to chat with us. Anything else you wanna say to the readers before we wrap this up?

Thanks for the interview, thanks for the people who support us in every way!!
Autumn of this year folks, keep those calendars free. Many thanks to Vogg and everyone else in Decapitated, can't wait to hear the new tunes. Leave your thoughts below, and tune in tomorrow for more goodies.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Interview: Don Anderson- Digested Flesh

Hey guys, sorry about not getting anything done the past few days, my computer got about twelve million viruses at once and was KIA for a while. And before anyone makes a porn joke, I'll have you all know it was a bad torrent. But anyway, to make up for it here's my interview with the guitarist of one of New Jersey's sickest slam bands, Digested Flesh. Sorry about the font issues, copy/pasting from Yahoo turned out to be a lot weirder than I thought it would be.

Hey bro, thanks for taking some time to chat with us. Tell us what the band's been up to lately, I haven't heard much from you guys in a while. Any cool tours or new material we should know about?

We actually just went back to Germany in September and played at the NRW Deathfest. Other than that we've been writing our full-length which should be out later this year.

Give us a basic syopsis of how Digested Flesh came to be. As a fellow Jersey metalhead I'm especially interested in how a band as brutal as DF came from a place that I understand to be full of hicks and hardcore kids.

Nick and I have been friends since we were kids. He was an awesome drummer and we were both into heavy music so we decided to put a band together. I met Rob through work. He's the most metal motherfucker you'll ever meet, which was exactly what we were looking for. Derek is an awesome musician so we recruited him on bass after Pete left the band.

Your newest EP "Macerate the Soul" seemed to take more of a grindcore approach than your usual slams, or at least that's what I got out of it. Was this intentional, or is did it just kind of happen on its own?

We just got better at writing music. If we played the same 3 power chords over and over and then just played them slower it would sound like The Answer to Infection part 2. I love that album but it's already been done. We're moving forward with our style.

Your music has always had a very raw, organic sound to it, kind of like it was all recorded live. Was this also on purpose, because I've noticed a lot of bands, especially in your genre, tend to go for the very sterile, drum machine-y Pro Tools sound.

That is on purpose. We always ask our engineer to make sure it sounds raw and sloppy. We play tight enough that we don't need it to sound like robots, we just need an awesome sound and minor clean ups and we're ready to press.

Since we're talking about your sound, I have to ask the mandatory question: what bands would you say have influenced Digested Flesh the most?

Devourment and Dying Fetus really influenced the first full-length (obviously). The newer stuff is influenced by all different bands. Deicide, Morbid Angel, Mortal Decay and Gorgasm just to name a few.

I see you guys are set to play a benefit show for Jay Sica, the recently deceased vocalist of Abacinate. His untimely death was a huge shame to say the least, and it's good to see the Jersey metal scene really rallying together. How well did you guys know him, I know Abacinate was/is a pretty big name in that scene.

Our drummer Nick was the closest member of our band to Jay. They were pretty good friends. I hung out with the two of them a few times and Jay was a really nice guy and an awesome singer. I hope we can do some good for his family with the benefit show.

Well that's pretty much it, thanks again. Any last parting words you wanna share with the readers before we call it an interview?

Thanks for the interview and the support!! Add us on

Alright, a new Digested Flesh full length later this year, you heard it here first guys. Thanks again to Don and the rest of the band, leave a comment or two and stay tuned for more.

-The Baby Killer

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

King of Those Who Know changes his name to Black Valor and gives his thoughts on California Metalfest V

Hey remember me? I used to do show reviews but I haven't been to a good show for a while now.... anyways, I just want to put out my two cents on something that angers me beyond reason. This would be this year's line up on California Metalfest V. What the  fuck happened? Did we forget last year's line up? Let's go through some of the highlights: The Faceless, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Decrepit Birth, Arsis, Revocation, Conducting From The Grave, Born of Osiris, Son Of Aurelius (Check them out!), hell i even like Stick to Your Guns to an extent. But what of this year?? As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Winds Of Plague, After the Burial (sorry but the last album was nowhere close to the first Rareform). The only bands I would care to see are The Human Abstract (Digital Veil is going to be crazy!!!) and Born of Osiris, maybe even Darkest Hour again. But the good thing is, they are all coming on the Metal Atticus Tour 4, so it doesn't matter.

Granted this is an early flyer, maybe there will even be a second day (I hope), but if not then what happened? I was actually planning to go, thinking this year would be just as good, but now I think not. Maybe we'll see some more bands added to make me eat my words so I can go. But Suicide Silence are just awful.

- Black Valor

Friday, February 11, 2011

End of the Week

It's time to say our goodbyes for the weekend once again folks, and what a week it's been. For those of you who missed it, here's what we did.

-We announced updates and tour dates from four different bands: Wormrot, Carnifex (don't bother), Master and Amon Amarth
-We mourned the end of one of the best local bands in Delaware, Internal Fear
-The Baby Killer reviewed the new Noisear album
-We announced the new album from Cemetery Rapist
-And finally, we premiered a new song from Children of Bodom's upcoming album

Doesn't look like much, but keep in mind every one of those hyperlinks is an article; it's harder than it looks. Don't forget to keep sharing Mosh Rebellion on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and you can also follow The Baby Killer on Twitter at @6baby6killer6 for updates on when new articles are up. Have a safe weekend everyone, let us know if you're going to any cool shows or getting any new CD's this weekend in the comments. See you soon.

New Children of Bodom song

Just in case you forgot that Children of Bodom have a new album coming out in March, they were nice enough to release another new song for all of us. Isn't that nice of them? It's not the most mind-blowingly amazing song they've ever done, but it's a Bodom song so it's still pretty cool. I don't think these guys have ever written a genuinely bad song, now that I think about it, just great songs and other songs that are cool but you never really listen to. Check out the video below for their new single "Ugly".

Relentless Reckless Forever is set to drop on March 8th on Spinefarm Records, be sure to mark your calendars. Expect a full review when the time comes, as well as any other announcements as they're made. Have a pleasant weekend everyone, see you in the not-so-distant future.


New Cemetery Rapist album

Now this is some shit you're only gonna hear about here, ladies and germs. The Champaign, Illinois, one man pornogrind machine Cemetery Rapist, aka Clay Lamanske, is currently working on his fourth full length, currently titled The Smut Circus. CR has been delivering some of the best underground slam and pornogrind for the better part of a decade, and I personally am eagerly awaiting this follow-up to 2009's Non-Consensual Psychotropic Ovary Pounding. According to his Facebook, the album is still in its infancy, but Clay assures that it is some of the hardest-hitting, most brutal material he's put out to date, and that's saying something. If you want a taste of what this band is all about, check out the song "Things They Do For Cock" from Cemetery Rapist's second full length Children of the Porn.

Sick, twisted, unethical and just downright wrong. Gotta love it. As you can see there's really not much to it, but damn if it ain't fun. The Smut Circus is tentatively scheduled to be released this May, so keep an eye out for more updates as they come. Leave your thoughts below, and while you're at it be sure to share it on your Facebook or Twitter. Also, speaking of Twitter, if anyone wants to follow me I finally caved and created an account for myself. I'm not gonna use it for much aside from following bands and Tweeting about updates for the blog, but if you're interested you can find me at @6baby6killer6. I'll do my best to keep everyone up to speed whenever a new article is put up. Do it up!

-The Baby Killer

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amon Amarth to tour with... uhh, Amon Amarth

Damn, three tours in one day. Not doing a damn thing one day and then getting overloaded with shit to talk about the next day seems to be a trend with this blog recently. In any case, a few hours ago Metal Blade Records announced yet another North American tour, this time with Viking metal superstars Amon Amarth. However, this isn't your conventional tour, because this time around, there are no supporting bands. Yes, you read that right, Amon Amarth will be the only band playing THE ENTIRE NIGHT! Rather than taking a handful of opening acts out with them like, I don't know, every other band ever, the Swedish beardos will play two consecutive full length sets each night. One set will be nothing but the band's upcoming album Surtur Rising in its entirety, and the other will be a regular Amon Amarth set with songs from the rest of their expansive discography. Unorthodox choice, yes, but this band is notorious for their intense, borderline theatrical live performances, so I think it's safe to say we can expect a crazy-ass show. Dates are as follows:

An Evening With Amon Amarth
4/14/2011 The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL 
4/15/2011 Station 4 - Saint Paul, MN
4/16/2011 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
4/17/2011 The Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
4/19/2011 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
4/20/2011 Showbox Sodo - Seattle, WA 
4/22/2011 The Regency - San Francisco, CA
4/23/2011 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
4/24/2011 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
4/25/2011 Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ
4/27/2011 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
4/29/2011 Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
4/30/2011 Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
5/01/2011 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/02/2011 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
5/03/2011 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
5/05/2011 Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
5/06/2011 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
5/07/2011 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA

Well then, I know what I'm doing on May 7th. It does seem a bit cocky to perform your newest album all the way through, seeing as that's usually something that's only done with long standing, classic albums, but then again so is going on tour with just yourself, but Amon Amarth are awesome so we won't give them any grief for it. Hopefully no deathcore bands will catch on to this idea. Leave your thoughts below, and come back tomorrow for some more goodies.


This tour doesn't suck

Well ain't this a coinky-dink. Earlier today, Metal Blade Records announced via Facebook that L.A.-based black metallers Lightning Swords of Death are going to support death metal veterans Master on their upcoming North American tour. They'll be heading all around the country throughout March and April, accompanied by Mobile Deathcamp on select dates. Dates and lineups are as follows:

w/ Master
 3/04/2011 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Diablo - Buffalo, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (late show) w/ Strong Intention
 3/06/2011 Popeye's - Peekskill, NY w/ Strong Intention

w/ Master, Mobile Deathcamp
 3/07/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
3/08/2011 The Summit - Columbus, OH
3/09/2011 Macs - Lansing, MI
3/10/2011 Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/12/2011 Fubar - St Louis, MO

 w/ Master
 3/13/2011 The Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
3/14/2011 The Marquis - Denver, CO
3/15/2011 Club Vegas - Ogden, UT
3/16/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/17/2011 Branx - Portland, OR
3/18/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
3/19/2011 The Metaphor - Escondido, CA
3/20/2011 The Blvd. - Hollywood, CA
3/21/2011 Ub's - Mesa, AZ
3/22/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/23/2011 Emo's - Austin, TX

w/ Master/ Mobile Deathcamp
3/24/2011 The Rail Club - Ft Worth, TX
3/25/2011 007 Rock Bar - San Antonio, TX
3/26/2011 Walter's - Houston, TX
3/27/2011 Rouge - Fayetteville, AR
3/28/2011 The Muse - Nashville, TN
3/29/2011 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
3/30/2011 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/31/2011 Tremont Music - Charlotte, NC
4/01/2011 Club 306 - Roanoke, VA
4/02/2011 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
4/03/2011 31 Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA

I'll confess, I really don't listen to any of these bands much, but I just might check out the Delaware show, because I can think of worse things to do on a Saturday night. At least there won't be any hardcore kids. Let us know what you think of this tour and whether or not you're going in the comments.


Avoid This Tour

This is why America can't have nice things

Y'know what? I think I'm actually gonna make this whole "don't go to this tour" thing an actual featured segment, like Shit Hardcore Kids Wish They Could Play and Fucked Up Album Cover of the Day. Making decisions on a whim is fun, it's how I do it every time.

So anywho, Carnifex and Oceano are going on tour this coming April and May, and if that wasn't enough to deter you from going, they're also bringing The Tony Danza Blah Blah No One Cares and Within the Ruins. Like with most of the other tours to avoid that we've announced, I actually like a couple of the bands, in this case Carnifex and Within the Ruins, but for the most part the cons far outweigh the pros and I personally will be avoiding it like the plague. But still, we've announced far shittier tours so I'll at least have the decency to put up the tour dates. Here you go fellas.

3/31 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/1 Tempe, AZ @ Underground
4/2 Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
4/3 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
4/4 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
4/6 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
4/8 Chicago, IL @ Mojoe’s
4/9 Toledo, OH @ The Jamboree
4/10 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
4/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ MXTP
4/12 London, ON @ Call The Office
4/13 Toronto, ON @ Annex Wreckroom
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
4/15 Quebec City, QC @ L'Octobre
4/16 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
4/17 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/18 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
4/19 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
4/20 St Petersburg @ The State Theatre
4/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Rocketown
4/23 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
4/27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
4/29 East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
5/1 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
5/2 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/3 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
5/6 Fort Worth, TX @ TomCats West
5/7 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
5/11 Reno, NV @ The Alley

Obviously a tour like this is going to attract swarms of dancers, so if you're going I assume it's because you're either going to stand in the back the whole time or are just tough enough to take them all on at once. If so, power to ya. I personally tend to just not go to shows like this, because that way I just don't have to deal with them; that's my weapon of choice in the rebellion. But hey, I have an idea, maybe someone should go just so they can kick as many asses as they can and then email us the story at Think about it, it'd be a pretty entertaining article to put up. Just throwing that out there. Stay tuned and stay brutal.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Album Review: Noisear- Subvert the Dominant Paradigm

It's surprising how many people don't realize how experimental grindcore really is. To the untrained ear, it really is just a wall of noise, but if you're able to get past the chaotic aesthetics and listen to all the subtle nuances, you'd be surprised. Such is the case with Noisear's newest full length Subvert the Dominant Paradigm. There may not be a whole lot of discernible riffs, or even song structures at all, but there's more experimentation going on than a prep school dorm room (ZING!).

What caught my attention right away on this album was its crystal clear production value. I know this is how I started my last album review, but it still bears repeating. Low-quality, muddy production has almost always been the norm for grind, but Noisear took a different approach this time around and chose to brighten everything up, particularly the drums. They stand out vividly, but not to the point where they sound overbearing. Instead it actually helps make some sense of the utter chaos, because you can hear the beat and tempo that the songs are following. And with songs like these, that's actually a pretty a pretty good thing to have.

On the other hand, it doesn't matter whether it sounds clear, muddy or anything in between if the music's no good, but luckily that's not the case at all. Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is forty-five minutes of quality, top-notch grind from beginning to end. Mind you it's only that long because the last song is a whopping twenty minutes long, and no I did not listen to that one, but the rest is still pretty rad. The music is very experimental, but don't confuse that with the progressive noodly kind of experimental. When I say experimental, I mean the "let's see what weird shit I can make my guitar do without going below the sixth fret" kind. Killswitches, dissonant chords and extremely jazzy rhythms are all utilized to create an experience that is equal parts exciting and just plain confusing (in a good way). On the other hand, there is also plenty of the simple three-chord D beat anarchist groove that we've all come to know and love from this genre, so don't worry about it going over your head. This is just really good grindcore made for and by dedicated grind freaks.


A well-deserved score. Good job Noisear, you've earned it. Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is out now via Relapse Records, be sure to pick it up if you're looking for some really good modern grind. Leave your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more, I keep saying we have big things in store and I'm not just jerking you around. Stay brutal.


Monday, February 7, 2011

R.I.P. Internal Fear (2008-2011)

I'm sure most of you don't know anything about the next band I'm about to talk about, but I'm also sure you'll enjoy it nonetheless. Last weekend, a good friend of mine's band, Internal Fear, played their farewell show, and it was quite possibly the best local show I've ever been to. For the past few years, Internal Fear lead the pack as one of Delaware's best unsigned death metal bands, constantly playing shows with signed bands to energetic crowds. Unfortunately this was too good to last, so the guys decided to go out on a high note and play one last show in Newark, DE, at a small bar called Mojo Main. By the time Internal Fear took the stage there were easily a hundred kids packed into a room the size of a large living room, and they tore the place apart. All night there were huge pits, singalongs and even a crowd surfer, and although everyone was sad to see them go (especially myself, I'm good friends with all of them and have been going to their shows religiously for two years), it was an absolute blast. Check out the following video for their last song "The Burning Grounds" for a taste of what it was like.

Damn, that riff in the very beginning is just sexy. You can't really see the pit, but take my word for it, it got pretty nuts. Even the girls were kicking people's asses. No dancers, no douchebags, no rude drunks (there were plenty of drunks, but they were the funny kind), just cool people having a good time; that's exactly what a show should be like every time. I've seen some of the best shows I've ever seen with these guys, so obviously I'm sad that I won't be able to see them anymore, but I'll still have the memories.


New Wormrot song/tour dates!

Oh shit, it's Monday. Sorry about that whole not doing an end of the week thing, I'll (hopefully) remember to keep up with those in the future. But anyway, here's some good news to start the week. Remember those Asian dudes I can't seem to shut up about, Wormrot? Well earlier today they were kind enough to release a killer new song from their upcoming album Dirge, and it's quite possibly the best forty-five seconds of your life (except for that time you lost your virginity, BOOM!). Check out the link below to get yer grind on.

Ouch. Oh yeah, and as if that wasn't enough, they've also finally announced the dates for their spring tour, including a run with Tombs. Said dates are as follows:

Mar 03 – San Diego, CA – The Ruby Room
Mar 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd.
Mar 05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar 06 – Oakland, Ca – Hazmat Warehouse
Mar 07 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Mar 08 – Reno, NV – Ground Zero (House Show)
Mar 10 – Portland, OR – Red Room
Mar 11 – Seattle, WA – The Morgue
Mar 12 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
Mar 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Raunch Records
Mar 14 – Cheyenne, WY – Ernie November (In-store)
Mar 15 – Denver, CO – Blast-O-Mat
Mar 17 – Austin, TX – Lipps Lounge
Mar 18 – Austin, TX – Lovejoys
Mar 22 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Mar 23 – Panama City, FL – C-Level
Mar 24 – Tampa, FL – Ransitions Art Gallery
Mar 25 – Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
Mar 26 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
Mar 27 – Atlanta, GA – Archive Gallery
Mar 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
Mar 29 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5
Mar 30 – Washington, DC – The Red Door
Mar 31 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Apr 01 – Worcester, MA – Club Oasis
Apr 02 – Brockton, MA – O’Brien’s Pub
Apr 05 – Peeksill, NY – Popeye’s
Apr 07 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Apr 08 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Apr 09 – Chicago, IL – Memories
Apr 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad planet
Apr 12 – Columbia, MO – Sideshow
Apr 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory

Of course, because life hates me the Philly date is a 21+ show, so I can't go. Fuck nuggets. Have fun, all you lucky non-minors. Tell us if you're going to one of the shows or not in the comments, and keep your eyes peeled for more.

-The Baby Killer

Friday, February 4, 2011

Album Review: Abysmal Dawn- Leveling the Plane of Existence

I feel obligated to make up for that last band, so in the spirit of that, let's do an album review for a band that doesn't suck. A few days ago, Abysmal Dawn released their third full length Leveling the Plane of Existence, and it's fairly rad. This is one of those bands that makes America proud, showing that Europeans aren't the only ones who can write death metal that's brutal and well-composed at the same time. Think Suffocation, early Decrepit Birth, Hate Eternal and just a hint of Decapitated thrown into a blender, and you have the basic recipe for Abysmal Dawn.

Right, let's get into this thing. The first thing that stood out for me on this album was its production value. It's funny I mentioned that they sound like Hate Eternal, because this album was mastered by none other than Erik Rutan, and his expertise really shines through here. The whole thing sounds crystal clear, but not in that sterile, overproduced way. No, what I mean by that is you can clearly hear everything going on at once; from the beefy riffs to the machine gun drums and shredding solos, nothing is left out. I wouldn't say it sounds organic, but it definitely sounds like real people playing real instruments and doing a damn good job at it, which leads me to my next topic, the music itself. As I said in the previous paragraph, the music on Leveling the Plane of Existence is very well written, settling comfortably into that gray area where it's not tech death but still much more technically proficient than your average death metal band. These guys didn't just slap a bunch of heavy-sounding riffs together and call it a song; no sir, you can tell by listening that the band put a lot of effort into their songs, spending a lot of time writing and revising until they felt everything was just right. Each song flows smoothly and no two songs sound exactly the same, as is the the problem with so many other bands these days.

As you may have gathered by now, this is a great album, but at the same time it's not without its pitfalls. I did have a couple minor issues with it, but nothing that ruined the experience. For one, there are times when it feels like there's a bit too much experimentation going on, most notably in the closing song "The Sleeper Awakens". For the most part it's just as good as the rest of the album, but then it suddenly slows down and turns into what I believe was a weird attempt at an atmospheric black metal segment, kind of like the beginning of "Der Rutenmarsch" from Belphegor. I admire the open-mindedness guys, but stick to death metal, it's what you're good at. The only other issue I had was that while it is a very good album, in all honesty it doesn't really stand out from the rest of the genre. The whole time I was listening to (and enjoying) this album, I just couldn't shake the impression that it sounded like an American band doing what plenty of other European bands like Disavowed and Hour of Penance have already done. But in the end, it's still totally worth getting.


This is probably the worst thing ever


Okay, let's make this as quick and painless as possible. Here's everything you need to know: the ex-guitarist of Oceano and the current drummer of Rose Funeral have a new band, it's deathcore (dur), and it sucks. Like really really REALLY a lot. So much that I couldn't even use proper grammar to describe how boring and stupid and gay they are. The band's called Serpents, they have a song up somewhere, and I'm not even going to post a link to it because I can give you an accurate summary of it right now. *ahem ahem*... Breakdown, breakdown, breakdown, slower breakdown, breakdown, hardcore kids get erections, breakdown. They're another one of those bands that likes to pretend they have blackened death metal influences just because they play blast beats, when in reality it's just a bunch of tough guy vocals and pseudo-black metal high screams over double bass and (you guessed it) breakdowns. And the saddest part is, they're probably going to get popular. I would like to apologize to the entire metal community on behalf of my generation for this epic fail. Right, that's enough exposure for them, time to go do something else. ANYTHING else. Stay tuned, folks.

P.S. Speaking of blackened death metal, Nergal's doing alright again, he's going to stay in the hospital until at least Tuesday. Hopefully this will be the last time.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Remember that whole "Six Feet Under don't have a drummer" thing?

Holy shit, look at his hand, he's a Super Saiyan!

Well, now they do. As I said the other day, SFU is short two members, and while there's still no word on a replacement for bassist Terry Butler, they have found someone to replace drummer Greg Gall, and it turns out that someone is one Kevin Talley. Obviously this is great news, because Talley's a very talented drummer and Six Feet Under is a very prestigious band, but I can't shake the feeling that he's a tad bit over-qualified for this gig. This guy's basically the Derek Boyer of drums, with a resume including Dying Fetus, Misery Index, The Black Dahlia Murder, Chimaira, Daath, Suffocation, Hate Eternal and many more, and then he goes and joins a band that's basically the AC/DC of death metal. Strange, no? Don't get me wrong, I'm psyched for the guy, I'd jump at the opportunity to play for Six Feet Under given the chance, but still. Who knows, maybe he'll be able to get them to kick things up a notch. Think about it: Six Feet Under with blast beats and crazy fills. Now that's something I'd like to see. A lot of people give the band grief for being simplistic and boring so maybe this is their chance to shut them up. If not then they can go ahead and keep eating their hater tots, 'cause I still like them. Leave your thoughts below, and keep an eye out for more cool/dumb stuff.

-The Baby Killer

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And now Nergal's back in the hospital, WTF?

It seems like just yesterday that we reported Nergal's release from the hospital (even though it was like two weeks ago), but now it seems that all is not well with the Behemoth frontman. Confirmed by both Metalsucks and Metal Injection, the report is that he recently fell ill with an "undisclosed infection" brought on by his weakened immune system. Normally I would crack a joke about how the doctors say Darski wasn't taking good enough care of himself, but truth be told I don't think I have it in me just now. All I can say is that this is obviously very distressing news, and we're all hoping with all our hearts that Nergal pulls through... again. Our thoughts and those of countless others go out to him and his family/friends, get well soon brother.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Revocation album too!

The pile of shit just keeps building, doesn't it? By that I mean shit that's coming out this year, of course. A few days ago, Relapse Records announced that Boston tech-thrash heavies Revocation are currently wrapping up the recording for their third full length, the follow-up to 2009's widely-celebrated Existence Is Futile. In his statement, frontman/lead guitarist (showoff) David Davidson says, "...We firmly believe this is our strongest material to date. The songs on the new release are incredibly variead and all have their own character". As if the songs on the last album weren't/didn't? The upcoming album doesn't even have a name yet, or an official release date, though it is scheduled to come out sometime this summer so keep your eyes peeled. In addition, those of you who keep up with Decibel Magazine and its new Flexi Series should recall the band's remake of Death's "Pull the Plug". For those of you who don't, Revocation recorded a cover of "Pull the Plug" by Death and it was cool. Check it out right hurr.

Needless to say we're all very excited about this, there will plenty more updates as they are made available. In the meantime, Revocation do have a string of US dates throughout February and March, including a small tour with Atheist. Tour dates and lineups can be found aqui. Fap about Revocation as much as you'd like in the comments, and while you're at it remember to Tweet it to all your computer friends, or put it on your Facebook, with that "Share" button thingy. G'nite everyone, see ya tomorrow.


Six Feet Under loses two members

Well this is unfortunate. According to Metalsucks, drummer Greg Gall and bassist Terry Butler have simultaneously decided to leave Tampa death 'n' rollers Six Feet Under, leaving only guitarist Steve Swanson and notorious ex-Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes. There's no word on what Gall is going to be doing with himself now, but Butler has been jamming with Obituary for the past year or so, and as such will now be joining them full time. Going straight from Six Feet Under to Obituary? Sounds like a sweet deal to me, good on ya man. Luckily, none of this means that SFU will be disbanding. Barnes has already mentioned that they've been working with someone else for the past few months, so everything should proceed as normal for the band. And let's face it, even if they didn't already have someone lined up, finding a competent replacement would take all of about five minutes. Six Feet Under's cool and all, but to say their music is simplistic would be quite the understatement. But then again they ARE a death 'n' roll band, so that's kinda the whole point. Oh well, the point is they're not breaking up, so I won't get broken up about it (har). All the same, losing members of a band is never easy, so horns up to 'em. Leave your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more.


These Guys Have the Right Idea

I stumbled upon a group on facebook today called Mind Your Fists (Mosh With a Conscience), and they are all about the same shit we are here at Mosh Rebellion. According to the group, "At RATM in June '10, a person was watching the band perform. Over the course of an hour, this person was punched 4 times in the back of the head. They spent 5 days in hospital at a stroke unit, unable to talk, unable to think, with minimal strength in their left side. The hospital couldn't find what was wrong. This person now has a condition that can lead to strokes and coma, if left untreated. This is just one person out of a whole load that got injured. All from watching a band." The purpose of this group is to raise money for St. John's Ambulance, "the people that take care of us metalheads at festivals."

This is a good cause if I've ever seen one, and I fully support everything this group is about. However, I don't believe moshing could have caused the incident described above, but only the plague of hardcore dancing could. True metalheads don't make fists when they mosh, and they certainly don't go out to hurt other people just watching the show. This almost definitely has to be the work of hardcore dancers, who do dance with their fists, who do throw punches, and who do jump into random people in the crowd.

Check out the group here. Congratulations hardcore dancers, you're able to put an innocent person in a coma. You should be real proud of yourselves.


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