Devildriver Announces Album Re-Issue Dates, Specs

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Devildriver is re-issuing a handful of its records this fall.

The veteran metal outfit announced recently that its first five albums will be re-issued September 28 via BMG.  The albums — Devildriver (2003), The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray For Villains (2009) and Beast (2011) — will initially be released on Gatefold digipack CD.  Vinyl LP pressings will be released October 16.

The upcoming re-issues also mark the first time that each album, with the exception of Beast that each of the albums will have been available on LP.  The vinyl pressings will be available in a limited quantity of 1500 copies in the U.S.

The albums were remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Anthrax, Kreator) and will also include expanded liner notes.  Three of the re-issues — The Fury of our Maker’s HandPray For Villains and Beast — will each include bonus tracks.

More information on the upcoming re-issues is noted below.

DEVILDRIVER – Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (White, Orange & Gold splatter)
 
Tracklisting:
1)      Nothing’s Wrong
2)      I Could Care Less
3)      Die (And Die Now)
4)      I Dreamed I Died
5)      Cry For Me Sky (Eulogy of The Scorned)
6)      The Mountain
7)      Knee Deep
8)      What Does It Take (To Be A Man)
9)      Swinging The Dead
10)  Revelation Machine
11)  Meet The Wretched
12)  Devil’s Son
 
 
THE FURY OF OUR MAKER’S HAND – Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (Blue & Orange splatter)
 
Tracklisting:
1)      The End Of The Line
2)      Driving Down The Darkness
3)      Grinfucked
4)      Hold Back The Day
5)      Sin & Sacrifice
6)      Ripped Apart
7)      Pale Horse Apocalypse
8)      Just Run
9)      Impending Disaster
10)  Bear Witness Unto
11)  Before The Hangman’s Noose
12)  The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand
 
CD Bonus Tracks
       13) Unlucky 13
       14) Guilty As Sin
       15) Digging Up The Corpses
       16) I Could Care Less (Live)
       17) Hold Back The Day (Live
       18) Ripped Apart (Live)
 
 
 
THE LAST KIND WORDS – Gatefold digipak CD, Vinyl LP (Yellow, beige & green half/half splatter)
 
Tracklisting:
1)      Not All Who Wander Are Lost
2)      Clouds Over California
3)      Bound By The Moon
4)      Horn of Betrayal
5)      These Fighting Words
6)      Head On To Heartache (Let Them Rot)
7)      Burning Sermon
8)      Monsters of the Deep
9)      Tirades Of Truth
10)  When Summoned
11)  The Axe Shall Fall
 
 
 
PRAY FOR VILLAINS – Gatefold digipak CD, Gatefold vinyl LP (White, red & black splatter)
 
Tracklisting;
1)      Pray For Villains
2)      Pure Sincerity
3)      Fate Stepped In
4)      Back With A Vengeance
5)      I’ve Been Sober
6)      Resurrection Blvd
7)      Forgiveness Is A Six Gun
8)      Waiting For November
9)      It’s In The Cards
10)  Another Night In London
11)  Bitter Pill
12)  Teach Me To Whisper
13)  I See Belief
 
CD Bonus Tracks;
       14) Self-Affliction
     15) Dust Be The Destiny
     16) Damning The Heavens
     17) Wasted Years
 
 
BEAST – Gatefold CD Digipak, Gatefold vinyl LP (green & purple swirl)
 
Tracklisting:
1)      Dead To Rights
2)      Bring The Fight
3)      Hardened
4)      Shitlist
5)      Talons Out
6)      You Make Me Sick
7)      Coldblooded
8)      Blur
9)      The Blame Game
10)  Crowns of Creation
11)  Before The Hangman’s Noose
12)  Lend Myself To The Night
 
CD Bonus Tracks
       13) Lost
       14) Fortune Favours The Brave
       15) Grinfucked (Live)

More information on Devildriver’s upcoming re-issues is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.devildriver.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devildriver

Twitter: http://twitter.com/devildriver

 

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Amon Amarth Conquers Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums List

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The hard rock and metal community have collectively become a rather crowded field this year in terms of new albums.  It has made extremely difficult naming the year’s top new hard rock and metal records.  There have been that many outstanding records.  Metallica’s first album in eight years, HardwiredTo SelfDestruct is just one of the albums that has more than proven deserving of being on that list.  The same can be said of Amon Amarth’s latest offering, Jomsviking.  It is a rarity for the band, being a concept record.  The concept behind the record more than works.  And its musical arrangements work just as well.  On another note Prong, with its latest offering X No Absolutes has proven through its overall content (and sales) that it is another success for the band—and more specifically founder Tommy Victor, the band’s only original member.  So no doubt it belongs on the list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums, too as do so many others.  It was not easy for this critic to assemble this year’s list of new hard rock and metal albums considering how many outstanding albums were released in that collective field.  But a decision had to be made.  That decision is presented below.

As a reminder, the list, as with each of Phil’s Picks year-ender lists, presents Phil’s Picks Top 10 picks for the year’s best plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Honorable mention is not mean in a negative fashion by any means.  They were each deserving of being named to the year’s best.  It was just that tough assembling a list of the year’s best, so the final list ended as presented here.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Hard Rock and Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

 

  1. Amon AmarthJomsviking

 

  1. MetallicaHardwiredTo SelfDestruct

 

  1. All Hail The YetiScreams From A Black Wilderness

 

  1. NonpointThe Poison Red

 

  1. SpellcasterNight Hides The World

 

  1. WovenwarHonor is Dead

 

  1. ArtilleryPunishment By Perception

 

  1. ProngXNo Absolutes

 

  1. AnthraxFor All Kings

 

  1. DestrageA Means To No End

 

  1. WhitechapelMark of the Blade

 

  1. DevildriverTrust No One

 

  1. Oni – Ironshore

 

  1. Primal FearRulebreaker

 

  1. HatebreedThe Concrete Confesional

 

 

 

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Fans Can “Trust” Devildriver’s New LP Will Impress

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Courtesy: Napalm Records

This Wednesday, Oct. 26th, veteran New England hardcore outfit Hatebreed will bring its “Concrete Confessional North American Tour 2016” to North Carolina’s “Queen City.”  The band is scheduled to perform live at the Fillmore in support of its new album The Concrete Confessional.  The band won’t be alone when it comes hits the stage.  Also along for the ride will be another well-known metal act that goes by the name of Devildriver.  The band is touring in support of its own new release, Trust No One, which was released early this summer.  It goes without saying in listening to this latest full-length studio recording from Devildriver that it is one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  That is exhibited from start to end in this 10-song (12 for those who have the album’s deluxe edition) record both in the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content.  ‘This Deception’ is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘My Night Sky’ serves to support that statement just as much as ‘This Deception.’  It will be discussed later.  The record’s title track, which comes late in the album’s run also supports that statement.  It is just one more of so many songs included in this record that could (and do) exhibit what makes this record such a strong new entry from Devildriver.  All things considered, Trust No One proves in the end to be a record that listeners can trust is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.

Devildriver’s new album Trust No One is a record that listeners can trust is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  That is proven both through the album’s musical arrangements and its lyrical content.  ‘This Deception,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support that statement.  In regards to the song’s musical arrangement, it is one of the album’s strongest compositions.  The song starts off with a slight brooding feel before launching into a full-on assault that harkens back to arrangements presented in the band’s earlier works.  Guitarist Neil Tiemann shows with his work in this work that despite his more mainstream roots, he is a perfect fit for the band.  Drummer Austin D’Amond is just as impressive behind the kit here in his ability to switch instantly between machine-gun fast beats and solid, pounding performance in the less lightning fast bars.  Front man Dez Fafara’s vocal talents cannot be ignored here either.  He roars with the power of a lion throughout the song.  It is that power that really serves to exhibit the emotion in the song’s lyrical content. Speaking of that content, the song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in this song as its musical arrangement.

The musical arrangement presented in ‘This Deception’ is just as important to note of the song as its musical arrangement. That is because it presents just as much power as the song’s musical arrangement.  That is evident as Fafara screams, “This deception, it cuts so deep/And your perception is cloudy and weak/To the ones departed, blame the ominous skies/Can’t you see the look in my eyes.”  This lead verse speaks volumes in every sense of the phrase.  The verse’s opening lines speak the loudest. This is someone feeling the emotional impact of realizing he or she has been lied to about something in particular for a very long time. This person says to others, “you don’t see what I see.”  That is just this critic’s take on these lines, of course.  The next two lines in the verse are just as intriguing.  He seems to hint at blaming a higher power for people dying.  At the same time, he comes across as asking others to acknowledge what his realization is doing to him.  Again that is just this critic’s take.  That is just part of what makes the song’s lyrical content so powerful.  While this opening verse exhibits its own power, it is the song’s chorus that really packs a punch.  Fafara sings in the song’s chorus, “The sight of your face/It brings me pause/And the sound of your voice/Just because/I thought you were dead/I wished you were dead/Gone to the sound of applause/The promises we keep/While all the others sleep/Vows to the taker/Now who’s nothing but a taker/Life is just another sin/It’s either you want out or in/Say your prayers to the setting sun/And go back to square one.”  This seems to hint that he is addressing someone very specific.  In fact in the chorus’ reprise, Fafara goes so far as to say, “Hear these words/And you’ll know who I’m after.”  It’s an interesting thought.  He goes on later in the song to note people who make “back-handed compliments” and fake smiles.  These are pretty damning statements to say the least.  When one puts the whole thing together, the song’s lyrical picture is one of someone who feels rather betrayed by someone else and is clearly addressing it, or so it would seem.  That would account for the powerful impact of the song’s musical arrangement, too.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why ‘This Deception’ is one of TNO’s strongest songs and one of the best examples of why this record is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is not the only song featured in this record that proves to be so strong, either.  ‘My Night Sky’ is another example of why TNO in whole stands out.

‘This Deception’ is one of the strongest offerings featured in Devildriver’s new album.  That is due to the impact of both its musical and lyrical content alone and collectively.  It is not the only song that stands out in this record.  ‘My Night Sky’ stands on its own merits.  It shows just as much as ‘This Deception’ why TNO stands out in this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  Just as with ‘My Deception,’ this is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s musical arrangement is not the full-on aural assault that is presented in ‘This Deception.’  Rather it presents a certain duality.  The song’s arrangement actually features a some more brooding moments later in its nearly four and a half-minute run time that expertly contrast its more intense bars.  Those brooding moments heighten the intensity of the song’s arrangement even more because they leave listeners wondering what is about to happen.  Something intense does in fact happen, too.  It happens not only musically but lyrically, too.  Speaking of lyrics, the song’s lyrical content plays as much of a part in its intensity as its musical arrangement.

The musical arrangement presented in ‘My Night Sky’ is important in its own right in showing what makes the song an important addition to TNO.  That is because it serves to expertly highlight the song’s lyrical content.  By connection, the song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song by itself as it is with the song’s powerhouse musical arrangement. That is because of the statement that Fafara seems to make here.  He screams in the song’s chorus, “Born into bondage/Meant to scorch the sky/By any means/F***ing hustle through life/I’ve realized I’m not sorry anymore/You’ve poisoned the wine/And it’s my night sky/I was beat down by a slow drug/Over the embers and through the flood/I’m built for the kill (it’s my night sky).”  This comes across as another very defiant statement being spoken to someone in particular.  He comes across here as saying to that person, “I’m through being nice, I’m determined now.  You ruined so much and now I realize I’m built to get through everything.” Again, this is just this critic’s own take on these lines.  But it would seem to make sense considering that in the song’s lead verse, Fafara screams to that person, “Desperate in your sadness/So wear black cloth/Burning/Like a flame to a moth/We flicker the heart/And silence the sound/Burning/Put all your dreams down.”  One could easily argue, in considering all of this (along with the song’s final verse) that what Fafara has done here is extend that musical middle finger to whomever is being addressed, and done so with no remorse whatsoever.  When all of this is set against the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements join to show again why this song stands out just as much as ‘My Deception.’  They also serve to remind listeners that as impressive as it is, it still is not the last song that could be cited to show what makes TNO stand out.  The album’s title track stands out just as much as ‘My Night Sky’ and ‘This Deception.’

‘This Deception’ and ‘My Night Sky’ are both key compositions included in Devildriver’s new album.  Both songs show through their musical arrangements and their equally powerful lyrical content just why TNO proves to be one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  They are not the only songs included in this record that serve to support that statement, either. The album’s title track shows just as much what makes this record stand out as ‘This Deception’ and ‘My Night Sky.’  Just as with those songs, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  The most notable aspect of the song’s arrangement is its thrash elements.  The dual guitar attack of Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann couples with Austin D’Amond’s precision time keeping and bassist Diego Ibarra’s low end for a composition that is pure thrash.  Fafara’s vocal fury puts the finishing touch on the song.  When it is joined with those elements, the composition in whole becomes a work that thrash purists will wholly appreciate.  It is just one element of the song that makes it stand out, too.

The musical arrangement that is presented within ‘Trust No One’ in itself makes this song yet another clear example of what makes the song (and album in whole) stand out.  That is because of its pure thrash approach.  As important as the song’s musical arrangement proves to be to its presentation, it is only part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in this work as its musical arrangement.  Fafara screams in this song, “If threatened just know/I’ll respond in kind/Say the word/The word is blind/If threatened just know/I’ll respond in kind/Say the word/The word is attack/Say your lamentations/Set sail for hell or damnation/No honest words on your lips/Confronted/Think quick/I’ve used it/I’ve abused it/It’s abused me/It’s confused me/And consumed me/I’ve been destroyed by trust/My heart can’t erase it/Now I’m so f***ing wasted/I can taste it.”  From there he reiterates the statement established in the song’s lead verse, singing, “I’ve been destroyed by trust/Heard you say there’s no need for violence/As you slowly sickeningly walk away/Give my regards to the ones you call your angels.”  There is obviously a certain amount of tension expressed in this song, and it lives up to its title.  Who hasn’t felt like they can’t trust anyone anymore?  Exactly.  Considering that, the frustration voiced by Fafarara here is powerful to say the least.  When the song’s musical arrangement is added to its equally powerful lyrical content, the combination of the two makes this song one of the album’s most impressive works.  It works with ‘This Deception,’ ‘My Night Sky’ and the rest of the album’s songs to make the album in whole one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.

Devildriver’s new album Trust No One is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  That is due to the power exhibited in both the album’s musical arrangements and its equally powerful lyrical content.  ‘This Deception,’ ‘My Night Sky’ and ‘Trust No One’ are all examples of that musical and lyrical power.  Each of the album’s other featured compositions could just as easily be cited in exhibiting what makes Trust No One such a strong hard rock and metal offering.  All things considered this record is another impressive effort from Devildriver and one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Trust No One is available online now along with all of Devildriver’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.devildriver.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/devildriver

Twitter: http://twitter.com/devildriver

 

 

 

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Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.knotfest.com.  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:

 

 

OZZFEST

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzfestofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

 

KNOTFEST

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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Holy Grail Announces More Live Dates

Holy Grail Devildriver Tour PosterHoly Grail just kicked off its latest tour yesterday and already the California-based five-piece has announced plans for even more dates.

Holy Grail announced this week that it will join Devildriver on the road this spring.  This comes as the band has just embarked on a thirty-seven date tour alongside Black Tusk and The Well.  The band’s upcoming tour will see it serve as support act for Devildriver.  The tour launches Wednesday, April 27th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through Saturday, June 18th in San Diego, California.  It also includes dates in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and a number of other cities.  Incite and Hemlock are also scheduled to serve as support acts to Devildriver for the upcoming tour.  Holy Grail’s upcoming dates and current tour schedule are listed in whole below.

 

TOUR DATES

2/24 Richmond, VA – 25 Watt #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple #

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

4/27 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl &

4/29 Boise,  ID – Knitting Factory &

4/30 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven &

5/1 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory &

5/3 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre &

5/5 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room &

5/6 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave &

5/8 Flint, MI – Machine Shop &

5/9 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts &

5/10 Nashville, TN – Exit/In &

5/11 Grand Rapids, MI  – The Stache &

6/13 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon &

6/14 St. Louis, MO – Fubar &

6/16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater &

6/17 Window Rock, AZ – Window Rock Sports Center &

6/18 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick &

# with Black Tusk

& with DevilDriver, Incite & Hemlock

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The newly announced dates for Holy Grail’s upcoming tour are just the latest in the band’s ongoing efforts to promote its latest full-length studio recording Times of Pride and Peril.  The band also toured with Night Demon late last year and performed at Death Angel’s 2nd Annual Christmas Show last December.  And as noted, the band just hit the road for a late winter/spring tour in support of Times of Pride and Peril on February 23rdTimes of Pride and Peril debuted at #9 on Billboard’s New Artists Chart in its release earlier this month.  It also landed at #14 in the magazine’s Hard Music Chart, and #35 in the Independent Artist Chart.  It sold more than 1,500 copies within its first week of release.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online via iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and Prosthetic Records’ online store.  More information on Holy Grail’s tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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AHTY’s Debut Re-Issue Is A Welcome Re-Introduction For The Band

Courtesy:  Minus Head Records

Courtesy: Minus Head Records

A little more than three years ago, All Hail The Yeti rose from the wilds of Los Angeles and released its debut self-titled album. The album, released via AFM Records, boasted eleven tracks that completely defied any solid categorization. It is likely because of the inability of critics and audiences to classify the band into one specific sub-genre of the rock world or another that the band has remained just under the mainstream hard rock and metal radar since then. It is a sound that boasts influences from across the rock and metal world including but not limited to: Alice in Chains, Devildriver, Down, Crowbar, and a number of others. Now thanks to Minus Head Records, the band has gotten a new birth and the chance at achieving even more fame. That is because Minus Head Records re-issued All Hail The Yeti this past December. As an added bonus to the eleven songs featured in the original album, Minus Head Records has included three bonus demo tracks in the album’s new re-issue. The combination of those bonuses and the album’s original songs make All Hail The Yeti’s new re-issue an enjoyable re-introduction to the rock realm for the band and an equally solid recording for audiences while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album due out this year also via Minus Head Records.

Minus Head Records’ new re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s 2012 debut self-titled album is an enjoyable re-introduction for the band into the rock realm. It an equally solid recording for audiences to take in while they wait for the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this year via Minus Head Records. This is evident through the album’s mix of musical and lyrical content that cannot be classified into one of the rock realm’s subgenres or another. And that is obvious early on in the album’s run in the song ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In regards to its musical content, this song clearly exhibits influences from the previously noted rock and metal acts that have come before. They do so through the song’s heavy, crunching sludge metal sound. Even in that distinct sound, front man Connor Garrity’s spoken word verses and thundering vocals come together to make a vocal style that is unlike that of most metal front men past or present. The general effect of that standout delivery, when set against the song’s pummeling musical content, is a song that will have every head banging. The song’s musical content is a whole different story. The song’s lyrical content comes across as being from the mind of a rather disturbed individual. Garrity’s subject speaks here saying, “This day will forever change my life/I was lost deep inside my sorrow/Thinking this part of me was gone forever/So much of my heart given only to be taken/I built a shield/To protect what was left/And no one deserved what I have to give.” He goes on to say, “Then one evening/Was it summer or was it fall/Both seasons crashing like waves/Sea sick would not come on this day/No sea sick would not come on this day.” From here, Garrity’s subject goes on to tell the story of having met a woman and basically desiring her quite a bit. The thing is that the things that this subject says leads one to paint a picture of him as being of quite the criminal mind. That mindset is alluded to as Garrity writes, “I wanna take you/Take your soul/There will be no ransom note/Abduct this angel from heaven/Will that send me straight to hell/then burn my body down…I want your lips/And your kiss/I need your skin/And your touch/I crave your smell/And your taste/I will have your heart/And your f***.” It is definitely an interesting picture, needless to say. If it is indeed meant to be a bit shocking, then Garrity has accomplished his goal. Given, it’s not the only shock rock piece ever crafted (if indeed it is a shock rock piece so to speak). Sting’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ was sung from the vantage point of a stalker. But even with this in mind, it still is a piece that will get listeners’ attention. One could even argue that it takes ‘Every Breath You Take’ and take it to a whole new disturbing level. That and the song’s musical content make it a clear example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. It is just one example of what makes this record stand out, too. ‘After The Great Fire’ is another example of what makes All Hail The Yet’s debut self-titled album stand out in today’s metal community.

‘When The Sky Falls’ is a prime example of what makes All Hail The Yeti’s self-titled debut album stand out in today’s metal community. The song’s pummeling musical content set against its rather intriguing lyrical content makes it a song that in itself will definitely leave listeners thinking and talking. It isn’t the only piece that makes an impact in this record. ‘After The Great Fire’ is similar stylistically speaking to ‘When The Sky Falls.’ In terms of its lyrical content, though, it definitely stands out just as much. It is just as dark of a song in regards to its lyrical content as ‘When The Sky Falls’ just in a completely different manner. This song focuses on a fire that took a number of innocent lives. It hints at a fire at a hospital or some building that housed a medical structure. Garrity doesn’t directly note if the story presented in the song was in reference to an actual fire or structure. But its dark lyrical content will definitely make audiences take note. Garrity writes in this song, “Pure evil inside asbestos walls/This great fire raged one hundred feet tall/Taking forty children cradled in its flames/And two dozen women who were said to be blamed.” He goes on to write a rather vivid description of what happened, noting, “There was a surgical stench in the air/It reeked of flesh and burning hair/You hear the cries behind every door/With screams of pain and festered sores.” He notes in the song’s chorus something that comes across as being a supernatural reference, writing, “I hear the spirits come after the great fire/When the children call after the great fire/Inside the smoke they’re born after the great fire/When the children burn after the great fire.” It is a disturbing image. That goes without saying. And it is just as disturbing of a story, especially considering the song’s verses. Even as dark as it is lyrically, one cannot deny Garrity’s ability to really capture listeners’ attention with his writing. Once again, the song’s lyrical content not only stands on its own proverbial feet but it also paints a picture that makes envisioning the story rather easy, even if audiences don’t want to envision said picture. To that extent it proves in its own right what makes All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out in whole. It is not the last piece that serves that argument. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ is one more example of what makes this record stand out.

Both ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ are key examples of what makes All hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album stand out. Their heavy, pummeling musical content coupled with their equally vivid lyrical content make both songs compositions that while being somewhat similar to other metal songs, are just as unlike said offerings. They are just a couple of pieces featured in this record that make it stand out. ‘Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)’ comes later in the album’s run. It is one more example of what makes AHTY stand out. In terms of its musical content, the song is just as pummeling as the songs that come before it. This includes not just ‘When The Sky Falls’ and ‘After The Great Fire’ but each of the other songs not noted here. In regards to its lyrical content, it is wholly about the Ruby Ridge standoff of 1992, going all the way in-depth even noting that the whole thing stemmed from a land dispute between neighbors Randy Weaver and Terry Kinnison. There is also direct note of the outrage at the government agencies involved and the outcome of their actions. Garrity notes in the song that the agencies shut down the whole mountain on which the family lived (which for all intents and purposes is what happened) in order to conduct their operations. The whole thing opens with a taped quote from Randy Weaver recorded after his arrest in which he notes what he expected to happen. That and the story presented in the song make the song yet again a rather vivid story, and one that is true, too. The very fact that few if any other acts out there past or present have ever crafted songs about this infamous even makes the song stand out even more. And because of that it serves to make AHTY stand out in whole even more. Together with ‘When The Sky Falls,’ ‘After The Great Fire,’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the presentation in whole a record that is, once more, a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community and an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the All Hail The Yeti’s highly anticipated sophomore album.

Minus Head Records’ re-issue of All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is a welcome re-introduction for the band into the metal community. It is an equally solid offering for the metal community as it awaits the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out sometime this year via Minus Head Records. It is such a surprising recording thanks in large part to its musical content. It mixes elements of sludge metal, metalcore, and pure hard rock for a record that holds its own from beginning to end. The album’s lyrical content is just as important to note. While rather dark, the songs that were penned for the album are rather vivid in their presentations. They paint pictures that even as disturbing as they might be at times, are also quite easy to see. To that extent, the songs’ lyrical content proves to be just as important to this album as its musical content. The combination of both elements makes it an album that will keep listeners engaged from beginning to end. It also makes the album, again, a record that is both a welcome re-introduction for the band and a piece that will keep audiences’ ears as they await the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album later this year. AHTY can be pre-ordered online via the band’s official bandcamp page now at https://ahty.bandcamp.com/album/all-hail-the-yeti-re-issue. More information on All Hail The Yeti’s debut self-titled album is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gojira Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Officials with Prosthetic Records have announced that the label is set to reissue the two albums that helped to establish the French tech-death metal band in the metal community worldwide.  The label will reissue From Mars to Sirius and The Way of All Flesh in gatefold double vinyl sets in very limited quantities beginning August 27th

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Both albums will be reissued to the total number of one thousand copies each.  From Mars to Sirius will be released in three 180-gram variants:  “Eco-green” (600 copies), “Mars Red” (200 copies), and Sea Blue (200 copies).  The Way of All Flesh will be reissued on only two variants: 180-gram Clear (500 copies) and standard-weight blue-white split vinyl (500 copies).  The reissue of The Way of All Flesh marks the first time in three years that the album will be available on vinyl.  The album features a guest spot by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe and was produced by Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Devildriver, Fear Factory).  The band toured alongside In Flames and All That Remains in support of this release.  There was even an arena tour with Metallica in support of the album.

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Both The Way of All Flesh and From Mars to Siruis can be pre-ordered now online at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/pre-orders.

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