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#MetalMonday presented by @MetalOrGTFO: Exmortus – “Slave to the Sword” Review and Tour Dates

“Slave to the Sword” Review

If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen tweets asking for some epic “Viking Metal”. I generally dislike metal that only has “death growl” or screaming vocals. I don’t mind harsh singing, but I don’t like when the singer roars at me. I’m also a big fan of great drums and machine gun guitars with sweeping background guitars and ripping solos. Enter – Exmortus.

Slave to the Sword was released back in February, but only now have I been made aware of its existence.  The album is unrelenting from beginning to end and it contains all those elements of great metal records that I have grown to love.  By no means am I a metal expert – I leave that to the guys at Metal or GTFO; however, I enjoy Slave to the Sword enough to rate it at a solid A-.  The album does not overstay its welcome.  It is, without a doubt, the fastest 49 minute assault I’ve experienced.  Standout tracks include “Slave to the Sword”, “Foe Hammer”, and “Battle-Born”.

What keeps the album from being an A or A+?  Quite simply a lack of diversity.  While it works as an overall collection, there’s not a ton of range shown outside of “Moonlight Sonata (Act 3)”, which shows us that the symphony and metal are in fact made for one another.

“Foe Hammer” Video

Enjoy the video for “Foe Hammer”, then see if these guys are coming near your part of the island for a banging good time.  Purchase Slave to the Sword from Prosthetic Records.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

8/02 Los Angeles, CA – Black Castle (w/ Morbid Saint)
8/10 Fullerton, CA – Slidebar (FREE)
8/22 Santa Ana, CA – Malone’s (w/ Gyspyhawk)
9/01 Springfield, VA – Empire #
9/02 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar #
9/03 New York, NY – Santos #
9/04 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
9/05 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
9/06 Quebec City, QC – Dagobert #
9/08 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
9/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo #
9/13 Saskatoon, SK – Rock Bottom #
9/16 Vancouver, BC – Red Room #
9/17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
9/18 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
9/20 Anaheim, CA – OC Music Hall #
9/21 San Diego, CA – New Royal Dive #
9/23 Denver, CO – Moon Room #
9/25 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club #
9/27 Orlando, FL – Haven Lounge #
9/28 Tampa, FL  - The Orpheum #
# with Arsis & Allegaeon

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Emigrate – Silent So Long Album Teaser Trailer

Rammstein fans may have heard of Emigrate, the side project of guitarist Richard Kruspe. Emigrate is probably doomed to live in the shadows of Rammstein, but the project deserves to be judged on its own merits. With a second album coming later this year, Emigrate have released a teaser video for the album. The main guitar riff is a bit reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, but get a load of the sound on those drums!

Visit Emigrate’s official website at http://www.emigrate.eu for future details on the new album Silent So Long.

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#MetalMonday presented by @MetalOrGTFO: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Live at the Hard Rock Festival 2014

In case you missed it (and you probably did), Die Apokalyptischen Reiter released a new album called “Tief Tiefer” several weeks ago. We featured a track a couple months ago, but we never got the pleasure of listening to MegaGoose try to pronounce the band’s name, so we’re going to try it again. Enjoy this full proshot performance from the German metallers Die Apokalyptischen Reiter.

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UnScholars 0002 – This Week in History and Debut Records

Steven and Katie take a walk down This Week in History with discussions on Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” and Radiohead’s “OK Computer”.  After featuring the Vision Fantom track “Zaelen (Nederland)”, they discuss various degrees of successful debuts.

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www.unappreciatedscholars.com
www.twitter.com/UnScholars
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#MetalMonday presented by @MetalOrGTFO: Metallica – Battery & Whiskey in the Jar

What’s that sound I hear? The Metal or GTFO! show is back, and the BATTERY of Lumbersqatch (can we go back to Monster?) and Mega “IT’S METAL MONDAY EVERY MONDAY” Goose have made their triumphant return to your podcast feeds. Let’s party!

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Upcoming Release: Solstafir – Svartir Sandar (Cassette)

Icelandic metallers Solstafir (who have been featured here on Metal Monday at least a couple times) are bringing a new album later this year, but if that’s not soon enough, check out this special limited cassette edition (250 of each) of their 2011 album Svartir Sandar. Choose from 5 different shell colors, or get the whole set for a special price.

For just around $10, you’ll get a fantastic album in a neat collector’s edition for your treasure chest. You DO have a treasure chest, right?

Solstafir – Svartir Sandar Cassette Reissue

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Review: 3TEETH (s/t)

The buildup to the release of the debut album from 3TEETH has been agonizingly long, but this record is well worth the wait. We’ve already covered the band in an Artist Spotlight, so we’ll get right down to the dirty work and tell you why you need to buy 3TEETH.

Industrial music has gone through a rough period in the last several years – the unfortunate influence of dubstep on industrial has certainly watered down the genre to the point that once great acts are barely recognizable. The number of truly great industrial albums in the past five years can probably be counted on one hand. Hopefully 3TEETH is the beginning of a new era of inspired and unrelenting industrial. This is no hyperbole: 3TEETH is one of the best industrial records ever. Take that to the bank.

The album is hard-hitting and gritty and grindy and all that fun classic industrial stuff. But there’s depth here that’s rarely found in any sort of music today. These four guys have run the gauntlet of electronic music with their debut. Amongst the industrial filth you’d expect is some atmospheric introspection – “Unveiled” and “Too Far Gone” are as chilling and unsettling as the loud aggressive songs on the album. They were a welcome surprise after previously hearing “Eradicate”, “Consent”, “Nihil”, and “Master of Decay”, tracks which will give you the expected punch in the face. My personal favorite (for the moment) on the album is “Dust”, which features a killer tone on a great guitar riff.

TheShrevest’s Score: A+. Instant contender for Album of the Year. Everything industrial music should be in 2014.

April (Retail Version)

Unappreciated Album of June 2014: VAST – April

VAST is the acronym that had the music world in a frenzy in 1998.   The debut record, Visual Audio Sensory Theatre, was met with critical acclaim on the heels of singles “Pretty When You Cry” and “Touched”.  The album was followed up with 2000′s Music for People, an album that was overshadowed by its predecessor but ultimately holds its own.

Jon Crosby, the brains behind VAST, would butt heads with Elektra over the direction of VAST and drastically change the way VAST records would be released in the 2000s (continuing on through today).  Turquoise & Crimson, the 2003 online-demos-turned-studio-album-Nude-turned-Turquoise-and-Crimson-physical-reissue, was the beginning of a slow-burn style evolution from VAST that would drastically evolve with the 2006 online demo release of April.

April was a shock to many VAST fans who had kept up through the Elektra drama and the semi-chaos of Turquoise & Crimson  and Nude.  Many fans sadly dismissed the record before it ever had a chance to take its place in the VAST catalog.  I specifically recall listening to the demo once and digitally shelving it until the VAST tour dates in 2006 were announced.  At that point, I gave the album a fair chance and fell more in love with it after each listen.  Despite the fact that the electronics and the famous chants were gone, this was an album that was mature, meticulous, layered, and completely fantastic.

April featured songs that told stories (“Tattoo of Your Name”), mystery (“Sunday I’ll Be Gone”), uncomfortable situations (“You’re Too Young”), and even some comedy (“I Am a Vampire”).   Despite the stripped-back and quieter-than-usual atmosphere, April still has a distinct VAST feel that shines through.  The retail version, which was released on a physical CD, beefed up the production a bit and gave a few of the songs a bit of a different – but not less amazing – feeling.  The demo versions have more of a feeling of sorrow, while the retail release gives a feeling of being angry or frustrated amongst the sorrow.

VAST fans who dismissed this album in 2006 would do themselves a great service by seeking this album (psst – you can find the retail version here).  Whether you dismissed the album, or perhaps didn’t even know it existed, $5 is a small price to pay for a work that’s as genuine as April.

(For a preview of the demo version of “Sunday I’ll Be Gone”, check the Unappreciated Scholars Podcast reboot)

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The Unappreciated Scholars Podcast Episode 1 – 3TEETH and VAST

Unappreciated Scholars Rebooted!  For the first episode back, we’ve rushed things as we always do so that we could bring you the exciting news of the debut 3TEETH record being released on June 3, 2014 (buy it at http://www.stormingthebase.com/3t-eth-3t-eth-cd/).  TheShrevest gives you all the details on the self-titled 3TEETH debut plus introduces the June Unappreciated Album of the Month, VAST’s April.

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Artist Spotlight: Randolph & Mortimer

Music-driven rabbit-holes are a lot of fun and lead to the discovery of some great artists that might have otherwise never crossed our radar. In this instance, our introduction to 3TEETH by way of Storming the Base led us to a remix of 3TEETH’s “Consent” by Randolph & Mortimer.

Randolph & Mortimer hail from Sheffield, England and the classify themselves as “Industrial + Synth + Thrash + Electronica”. That sums it up quite nicely as can be heard on their upcoming Social Futures EP. The EP starts with a synth and percussion driven track called “Existing, Not Living” – it’s not overly aggressive and kicks off the EP with an easily accessible listen. Social Futures uses two interlude tracks in-between the three full-length songs. “Sistema Dañado (This System Doesn’t Work)” is the first of the two interludes – this one shows off the industrial side of Randolph & Mortimer in a loud crescendo of electronics and guitar. Sistema Dañado then plunges the listener into “Body”, which is a schizophrenic combination of throwback industrial sounds with modern electronic prowess. “Maerz der Demokratie” is what the “Imperial March” might have sounded like if it was composed by a glitching robot (that’s a compliment!) with a heavy handed lead synth and crunchy goodness in the background. “Maerz” then leads us into the final track, titled “True Order”. The final track starts off with a more atmospheric approach that leads up to a compelling but simple bassline that is quite infectious. This is a slower-paced industrial-inspired track that lets the listener down gently from this brief, but immensely enjoyable, journey.

Overall, Social Futures is a well mixed batch of stomping bass, crunchy industrial grinds, and smooth synth work that will leave you wanting more. The EP is hopefully only the beginning and a sign of things to come from Randolph & Mortimer.

Randolph & Mortimer have formed a solid base for future releases and hopefully some live shows. The band were kind enough to respond to some of our usual dirge of questions:

What influenced you to start an industrial band?

Where to start! Always wanted to get an industrial project up and running but it’s only over the last year or so that the R&M sound has started to take shape. There are the classic 80s/early 90s bands, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Pailhead, NIN, Depeche Mode, Machines Of Loving Grace, Death Grips. UK DJ Trevor Jackson has been a big influence. Big fan of the more recent Crystal Castles albums. Techno producers like Gessafelstein and Oliver Huntemann. Also the rise of the new industrial/ebm/coldwave acts in the US has been really inspiring. Massive fan of acts like Youth Code, 3Teeth, RedRedRed, also just been getting into Void Vision and Bestial Mouths, so many US acts down the quality sounds at the moment.

How does the typical recording session unfold for Randolph & Mortimer?

All the sounds are manufactured by me so as it’s one man in a studio – I guess it’s slightly different to the usual band recordings sessions. Most of the tracks have a social or political theme so they will start with a vocal hook or a sample and it builds from there. Beats and bass are next, gotta get the solid foundations down and then experimenting with the guitars and synths. It’s all a very DIY process and the real job limits studio time so it’s become a very quick process to construct the tracks.

The live version of Randolph & Mortimer is a three piece, very much based around drums, bass, guitar and vocals, so the tracks are be completely broken down and then re-built for the live show.

If there are plans to go on tour, where would your dream show take place?

Tough question! So many great places to go play. Just looking forward to getting the live show out there later this year. If we could hit the USA then that would be quality, Germany would be very cool. To take the industrial sounds out to Japan would also be the business. Basically to take R&M all round the planet would be the dream scenario.

What album do you feel like deserves way more love than it has received?

David Comes To Life by F****d Up. What a f***ing album that is, one of the greatest ever made. In a parallel universe F****d Up are a stadium slaying band off the back of that LP.

What are the top ten tracks that Randolph & Mortimer would consider as influential to your sound?

Man, that’s another tough one. Hard to pick a definitive top 10 but here’s a bunch of favourites in no particular order…

Ministry – Stigmata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxaPj19VnRA
Fugazi – Five Corporations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoAYOBDdJMM
Pailhead – Don’t Stand In Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O422LYaYF-8
Therapy? – Punishment Kiss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhlmVJDzwlg
Oliver Huntemann – 37Degrees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K76PrmCEPpU
Sei A – Body Of Eye (Gessafelstein Violation Remix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEuWE77XWdk
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_2GlKk08xQ
SPK – Metal Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKBMm0V3Hc
New Order – Ceremony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pr6SxJb-Dw
Gary Numan – Airlane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50U1zFHoH30

Be on the lookout for the upcoming EP Social Futures – look for more info on Randolph & Mortimer on their Facebook page.