Helloween, one of the most eminent melodic metal bands worldwide and - along with the Scorpions and Accept - Germany’s ultimate metal export, got their start exactly 25 years ago. A total of eleven headlining world tours took the band all over the globe, and their sensational show at the Monsters Of Rock in Castle Donington in front of more than 100,000 metalheads. Spectacular tours alongside Iron Maiden, Dio and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as their MTV Headbangers Ball US tour with Anthrax and Exodus remain unforgotten. Helloween have sold more than five million record! s and garnered 14 gold and 6 platinum awards globally, receiving two gold records in Germany. Now Andi Deris (vocals), Michael Weikath (guitar), Sascha Gerstner (guitar), Markus Großkopf (bass) and Daniel Löble (drums) have set out to prove that their great anthems ooze that special Helloween flair even with totally new arrangements.
UNARMED – Best Of 25th Anniversary is Helloween’s ‘thank-you’ to millions of fans old and new and will prove their exceptional position on the international metal scene. Instead of putting together a regular greatest hits compilation featuring their most successful tracks to celebrate this anniversary, the five band members completely rearranged the greatest melodies they had written in the course of their career to date. The album features Supercharge’s exceptional saxophonist Albie Donnelly, Hellsongs’s vocalist Harriet Ohlsson, pianist Matthias Ulmer, plus the 70-piece Prague Symphonic Orchestra and the choirs of! the Gregorian singers!
As a special surprise, Helloween have come up with ‘The Keeper´s Trilogy’ a stunning 17-minute medley of the songs ‘Halloween’, ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ and ‘The King For A 1000 Years’, recorded in cooperation with the Prague Symphonic Orchestra and likely to send shivers of delight down the spine of every Helloween fan.
UNARMED – Best Of 25th Anniversary sees Helloween commemorate their 25th anniversary in their very own way. “We aren’t one of those bands who like to celebrate themselves,” says Weikath. “We wanted to say thank you in a special way to all our fans who have followed us through the past 25 years - to us, this album stands for an official celebration. We had a lot of fun recording our most important tracks in an entirely new ‘outfit’ and with new arrangements. Now we can’t wait to find out how our fans will react.”
If there is a golden thread throughout the more than 25 years of Helloween's history, 13 studio albums, countless headliner tours around the globe and more than 5 million records sold, then it is their special kind of attitude: don't take yourself too seriously and simply live statements like: "just have fun with the shit you're doing." Maybe it is exactly this easiness that allows HELLOWEEN to be one of the most constant bands of the genre while simultaneously being the one band who dares to experiment more than their musical peers. While some copycats would rather stick with the same old patterns, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Sascha Gerstner, Markus GroBkopf and Dani Liible aren't afraid of taking risks - and are rightfully rewarded with success. "7 Sinners" is definitively one of the fastest and hardest albums in the Helloween's history and it bursts with vitality. That might partly be due to the versatility of the various songwriters within the band, who over time have become so homogenous, that the 13 songs formed a unity on their own in the studio, but it may also be due to the fact that the album was recorded completely without a click track, which, considering the extreme speed of the songs is an impressive feat. Especially drummer Liible, who proves that his technique is at a world-class-level. Following his excellent inner clock, bass and drums drive tracks like "Are You Metal?", "Long Live The King" and "Who Is Mr. Madman?" to dizzying tempos. "7 Sinners" with its typically strong melodies and the tangible joy of playing, is a true metal album whose range reaches astonishing dimensions. It has become a cliche for metal band's to tout their newest opus as their "fastest" or "heaviest" album ever made, but in Helloween's case, "7 Sinners" is truly a return to form and is indeed their fastest and heaviest release in years. Helloween bass player Markus Grosskopf stated about the band's new material: "For all those out there who found our special best-of [CD] 'Unarmed' to be too smooth and calm, I have great news: The new album will hit you right in the face! It's gonna be very heavy and contain all [the classic] HELLOWEEN trademarks! Some songs are very powerful and hymnic, others contain the fastest bass-drum patterns our drummer Dani [Liible] ever played, and this means a lot!"
Is our civilization standing right on the edge of the abyss? Is the Maya calendar actually right, predicting the end of the world on December 21, 2012? “We will all survive the year 2012 and face an even more positive and energetic future.” Deris states. Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on their latest studio album Straight Out Of Hell, scheduled after the alleged doomsday on January 22, 2013. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, let the facts speak for themselves, 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans due to the different songwriters: Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Großkopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner. Weikath explains, “Straight Out Of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With The Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”
Since hitting the Bay Area Metal scene in early 2007, Hatchet quickly made a name for itself. They worked hard to gig as often as they could and also not compete with, but group together bands of the like to help strengthen the scene. Focusing on playing with other young starting thrash bands in their area, the fan base grew. Eventually they reached out to the neighboring Los Angeles thrash scene which was also flourishing and invited various bands up to the bay area to diversify their shows, and spread overall thrash metal awareness. Their sophomore effort, “Dawn of the End”, released on The End Records, showcases a much more aggressive and professionally oriented band. The group has stated its hunger to hit the road and prove that thrash metal is still a force to be reckoned with.
Great sorrow from the Norwegian legends ULVER. Music driven to despair, all sad and solitary, written and produced under the threat of extinction. SHADOWS OF THE SUN, is ULVER's 7th full-length album, the band's most personal record to date. Low-key, dark, and tragic.
"The most intimate and passionate ULVER release yet, "Shadows Of The Sun" is a somber and tragic masterpiece, a true reflection of the far inner reaches of the soul and heart..." - BW&BK
Sigh's 8th full-length album titled "Scenes from Hell" is even more intense, sinister, and triumphant than ever. This is the pure audio description of Hell, War and Death! With a real string quartet and real orchestral instruments such as trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, flute, clarinet and so on, this will be the perfect score to the scenes from hell. Only the string score exceeds 100 pages, and we can assure that this is by far the most grandiose and powerful album by Sigh. Also this is Dr. Mikannibal's original album debut. This sexy worm-eater takes care of a half of the vocals along with the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Her saxphones give a new dimension to the album, and her growl makes it sound hundreds times more brutal than the previous albums. The vocal contributions from David Tibet (Current 93) and Kam Lee give a brilliant atmosphere of hell to the album. Especially David wrote and read the original text on "war" for it. His text-reading plays a roll as a bookend of the "Musica in Tempora Belli" part of the album. With the cover artwork by Eliran Kantor, which is the perfect reflection of what "Scenes from Hell" is about, it is a total art from hell.
Originally released in 2001, Sigh's 'Imaginary Sonicscape' is the Japanese avant-garde black metal group's most psychedelic and exotic album. Featuring cover art by Stephen O'Malley (SUNN O))), Southern Lord Records), this reissue is 'Imaginary Sonicscape' as it was originally conceived by the band, introducing two songs cut from the original release. Remastered by James Murphy!
The ultimate re-issue of one of the best Swedish black metal albums ever! The album that defined the latter Swedish Black Metal sound, filled with Epic freezing cold guitar riffs, blasting drums & sinister vocal arrangements.
The ultimate re-issue of this timeless majestic black metal classic. Absolutely essential!!!
The legendary Swedish underground metal pioneers triumphantly return to the metal scene after 11 years! ’Reinkaos’ is a masterpiece of ritualistic and black magical concepts best described as Anti-Cosmic Metal Of Death.
Anathema will return in April with Weather Systems, their brand new studio album, "Weather Systems" follow-up to 2010's 'We're Here Because We're Here', recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to Anathema past, present and future. The record was produced by 5 times Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-Andre Cederberg (Animal Alpha, In the Woods..., Drawn)
Anathema return with their finest offering yet, "We're Here Because We're Here".
This album is beyond anything you've ever heard before.
Recommended for fans of Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dredg, Sigur Ros, Coheed & Cambria, Pink Floyd
Four years after their critically acclaimed sophomore effort “The Mantle”, Agalloch delivers their new album, “Ashes Against The Grain”. Always progressing but never losing touch with their dark metal roots, the band’s third album unites elements of black metal, Scandinavian prog, and post-rock with the band’s signature brooding style.
"AGALLOCH is the most important band in the United States and simply one of the best bands in the world." THE METAL OBSERVER
"...like a fine wine this album (Ashes Against The Grain) has been fermenting until just the right time." - CRITICAL METAL
From acoustics on the Mantle to the electric guitar walls on Ashes. This album is a big change from their previous work as instead of the folk influence, they approach their music via a style that is very reminiscent of the post-metal by the likes of Pelican and Isis. Feed-backing guitars and long entrancing riffs is what Agalloch uses here and with those ingredients they managed to create a mood that isn’t to be found on any album I have heard so far. Because atmosphere is what Agalloch is all about, at least it is to me. Cold icy forests, long open fields with tundra and frostbite all come along in my imagination when I listen to Agalloch. I can picture myself walking on the snowy planes and in dark cold forest, just feeling desolation around me but enjoying this loneliness because I’m surrounded by nature’s beauty. I know this may sound a bit cheesy but I can’t find other descriptions for this kind of music.
Starting this album is a soft echo of feedback leading into a cold sludgy riff. After an incredibly long and over 5 minute intro, with some stunning guitar work, some vocals finally enter. The vocals are grim as in the style of most black metal but softer and not as evil sounding as for example Burzum’s Varg would sound. The other vocal style is a monotone clean voice which doesn’t actually sound good technically speaking but suits this music so well that if they sing it results in the album most beautiful moments. These vocals are mostly used in the second song “Falling snow” resulting in becoming one of the best album tracks.
Guitar-wise this album is incredibly, while not very technical the guitarists play riffs encountering each other in most songs. Also, the leads are all over the place providing hunting melodies and an occasional solo. The albums highlight might be the best example; it features a stunning solo, such memorable melodies and these cold monotone vocals that I can safely say that it is Agalloch’s best song to date.
Agalloch have been a very consistent band releasing only worthy and good material but I believe they have transcended themselves with Ashes of the Grain. This is by far their best album to date and in my top 3 albums released in 2006. The only lowlight on the album is the closer ambient track. It’s just a waste of time on the album and there could have been a better closer but it’s not annoying listening to it and it doesn’t take this album down.
The death metal band known as Malas (usually stylized MALAS) has released their latest full-length record, "Path to Holocaust." The album is comprised of eight new, original tracks for a total playing time of just over half an hour. A definitive death metal record, it has all of the qualities and attributes popularized by bands who pioneered the subgenre in the late eighties, such as Slayer, Obituary, and Morbid Angel, but combined with a modern edge that breaks from traditions and creates a new legacy for Malas that is all their own.
Awesome heavy/doom metal from Chicago for fans of BLACK SABBATH, PENTAGRAM, IRON MAIDEN!
Third full length of this long running band from Brazil active since 1990!
10 songs of South-American death metal. Includes two members of legendary VULCANO!!!
Please believe me when I tell you that this is some of the fastest, sickest, most twisted shit I've heard from an unsigned band maybe ever. I was certainly not expecting this Chicago, Illinois quintet to knock my fucking dick in the dirt, but there my unit is, submerged in soil. Try to imagine one band embodying the finest elements of KRISIUN, HATE ETERNAL, NASUM, and DYING FETUS. Get my drift? -metalcurse.com-
Reissue for this sold out CD, with 4 bonus tracks, contains Rainbow and Riot covers, a great mix of Speed, Thrash and Death Metal.
For fans of early SLAYER, INFERNAL MAJESTY, VOIVOD.
Studio debut from dark, crusty, blasting, nihilistic thrash gang Weap?nizer. This self-titled album contains nine ripping cuts including a classic SODOM cover and featuring cold, raw production. Picking up where bands such as SEXTRASH left off, Weaponizer were formed in '09 and hail from the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S.
'Rituals of the Night' features live recordings from Hacavitz and Thornspawn. The Hacavitz recording is 6 tracks from Moreno at 4 de Copas 11.06.06 Buenos Aires Argentina during the Enganza Tour Latinoamerica. Thornspawn's live assault was recorded at the Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child 8 Festival in San Antonio Texas in November 2007.
Don't let the name fool you... this is some excellent oldschool Horror worshipping Death Metal/Grind in the vein of Impetigo, Repulsion, Mortician, Exhumed, Autopsy, etc. all the songs are influenced by oldschool horror gore flicks from the good old days, and the band knows how to play real blast beats too! very rare these days. get this album now!
For over twenty years Mortal Decay has astonished the death metal community with their very unique style of technical and innovative song writing that sets them apart from others. Now this South Jersey powerhouse are poised to release their first album in over eight years! ‘The Blueprint for Blood Spatter’ is a punishing release full of substance and musical composition that exceeds the standard without any limits. Vocal performance on this album is spewed forth by the mighty Danny Nelson of Malignancy. Brace yourself for total death metal destruction!
They are back - mighty DEAD from Tampa, Florida since 1985. Full discography 43 tracks from early days to now that created unique DEAD style. Included all demos, live recordings and debut album "Gross Abnormalities". Remasterd in 2011. deluxe double CD with amazing artwork totally in old school way.
Inventing the name INSANIAC in 1984 and spreading it globallly over the years, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind to whom the name truly belongs. The real members of INSANIAC, Eddie 'Scortly' Sciortino, Tom 'Sarge' Nolz, CJ Scioscia, Tom Medcraft and Pat Hamel, are proud of the band's accomplishments, its history, and most of all, its music. Any of you posers out there that feel you're entitled to call yourselves INSANIAC should go fuck yourselves. Then go listen to the raw power of the true INSANIAC sound and realize what a fucking loser you are. This is the band that created the name and these are the psycho metal fiends that lived up to it, back in the glory days of the underground metal movement -- when the force of metal became stronger and more widespread than ever before or since, and launched the bands that changed the face of music forever. We don't care if you squatters out there think that if you wait long enough, the real INSANIAC will just go away...well, it ain't gonna happen in your lifetime, jerk-offs, because as long as the memory survives in any one of us, we'll keep the original INSANIAC alive. The Return to Insanity rages on! ADP re-issues INSANIAC full discography as Double CD pack.
SEXTRASH, HEADHUNTER D.C., TOXODETH, MASACRE, MORTEM, HADEZ... and ABHORRENT! Probably you know those names from early South American death metal scene(If not, Shame on you!). ABHORRENT formed in 1987(as ACCURST). Their music is more like a bastard of Death and Technical Thrash Metal and they are veterans of South American death metal scene. You should really give this demo compilation a spin! "History To The World's End" double CD pack collected all their recordings from 1989-1998. It comes to raw, merciless South American Death Metal!