Cevin Key’s Brap & Forth Vol. 8 showcases production over arrangement in a selection of outtakes and demos – but still captures the overall essence of Remission (1984) and Bites (1985), Skinny Puppy’s groundbreaking first two albums.
As long as bestial, angry songs like “Ritual” and “Blasphemous Attack” exist, Blasphemy will always be a relevant contributor to the genre, and Blood Upon the Altar will always be a classic.
Pathological Rites, a reissue of the early-‘90s demo releases of Finland’s Carnifex provides an amusing diversion into proto-death metal nostalgia.
When I saw Taatsi’s 2-song EP, Season of Sacrifice, in my inbox I was instantly intrigued: The album cover displaying a tree covered mountain and the description “Nature Mystical Black Metal” had me chomping at the bit to hit play and begin listening.
In a little over a week, USDM Force Bloodsoaked will invade European soil for the Rotting In Europe 2013 Tour that will see the brutalists split skulls across Germany, Poland and The Netherlands. Joining Bloodsoaked will be be Bay Area Melodic Death sextet Short Fuse, Dallas-based blackened death act Psychiatric Regurgitation, Boston thrash trio Black Mass and Chicago death horde Hate Storm Annihilation.
I recently caught up with the Canadian metal act Endast to discuss their newest release, Black Cloud. James and Chris Arsenian, Pepe Poliquin, Ryan Miller and Blair Youngblut took turns answering questions about the band, the new album and what the future has in store for them. Here is how the conversation went.