Sinister’s lost years and under-appreciated second coming

Too many people take Sinister for granted. The death metal veterans been around long enough to become a household name, and the first three albums are undeniable classics, but many stop there. That’s a real shame because the band — revolving around founding member and last man standing, Aad Kloosterwaard — has quietly, steadfastly churned out one of the largest, densest, and most consistent catalogs in all of death metal. And what’s most surprising is how much of that catalog is recent, with seven of their 13 albums arriving post-reformation, and five of those in the last 10 years.

Sinister, Era I — Late ’80s to 2003

This is the stuff most of us know, with three bonafide classics right out the gate. We’re skipping that to focus on what came after…

Hiatus — 2004 to 2005

By the time the original band ended in 2003, it was hardly “original” as drummer Aad Kloosterwaard was the only founding member left. Long-time guitarist Bart van Wallenberg had just left, soon replaced by Sinister’s original guitarist Ron van de Polder. The revamped lineup — vocalist Rachel van Heyzer, Aad, Ron, bassist Alex Paul, and Aad — lasted only a few months before officially hanging it up in April ’04. Thanks to an ancient post on Apeshit.org, we have Aad’s announcement of the split:

After 16 years of serving, SINISTER is no more……………

It was a hard decision for me, SINISTER was a way of life for me. But sitting behind the drumkit for almost 20 years and having a fulltime job is hard for me to combine. Of course I would love to give up my job, because I hate going to work everyday, but that’s impossible…you’ll probably know why.

First I was thinking doing vocals together with Rachel (vocals) but that wasn’t an option…thinking of someone else behind the drums, no way! Also Ron (guitars) is too busy. It was or SINISTER or INFINITED HATE… It was a hard decision to quit SINISTER and drumming believe me.

I had a great time to record Revel in Bloodshed. The upcoming album of my new band INFINITED HATE together with Rachel and Ron. If you listen to INFINITED HATE, you’ll hear SINISTER.

Thanks to all the die hard SINISTER fans all over the World!!!!!!
We hope that INFINITED HATE will bring you as much as brutality as SINISTER!!!

Aad and Sinister

Taken from Apeshit.org

So from the ashes of the final Sinister lineup — Rachel, Ron, Alex & Aad — Infinited Hate emerges.

Infinited Hate

Rachel, Ron and Aad regrouped under this new name with the idea of having a fresh drummer for each album. Aad vacated the kit and took up “Effect vokills” beside Rachel for the band’s debut, Revel In Bloodshed (2004, Displeased Records). Rachel left sometime after the followup, Heaven Termination (2005, Displeased Records), which featured a young Dirk Verbueren on drums. Drummer Paul Beltman replaced Verbueren for the band’s third and final album, 2007’s Orchestra of Sickness (Goregiastic Records).

After the third album, the band changed its name to Weapons to Hunt and released Blessed In Sin in 2012 on Vic Records. It’s been crickets since, but Metal Archives lists the band as active with both Paul and Aad in the lineup, so maybe they’ll pop up again.

No Face Slave

The Vic Records connection is interesting, because that label released a 4-song Sinister EP in 2017 (Gods of the Abyss) containing 4 songs that also appeared on 2006’s Afterburner. The fine print is revealing…

When Sinister split up in 2003, drummer (now vocalist) Aad Kloosterwaard and bass player (now guitarist) Alex Paul wanted to continue playing death metal somehow. They started the new band No Face Slave. The songs they wrote were so close to Sinister that they restarted Sinister together with new drummer Paul Beltman (Infinited Hate). During 2004 and 2005 they recorded four demo tracks. These tracks formed the Sinister demo 2005. That demo led to a renewed record deal with Nuclear Blast.”

Taken from Metal-Archives.com

So first, the Gods of the Abyss EP is actually an unreleased 2005 demo recorded pre-Afterburner. That’s interesting enough on its own. But we also learn that when Sinister split, Aad went one direction with Rachel & Ron (Infinited Hate), and another with Alex Paul (No Face Slave), and it was No Face Slave that led to the reformation of Sinister with Alex, Aad and Paul.

Sinister, Era 2 — 2006 to present

Sinister’s reformation era kicked off with Prophecies Denied, a terrific sounding live album and beautifully pro shot DVD that showed Alex Paul was no slouch on guitar. It was quickly followed by Afterburner (2006), a sleeper gem that concluded the band’s lengthy tenure with Nuclear Blast. Sinister landed a new deal Massacre Records and delivered six more full-length albums to date.

Production on the first few records is a bit wooly, but it grows increasingly polished and modern as the years tick by. 2020’s Deformation of the Holy Realm takes a noticeable leap, landing not far removed from countrymen Severe Torture‘s last few albums. They’ve also released an album of covers (Dark Memorials), an anthology of demos (The Blood Past), a box set (Altered Since Birth), and more.

“Altered Since Birth,” indeed. Courtesy of Wikipedia

The lineup has changed every few years, but somehow the style is always identifiably Sinister. Sinister has always walked a very fine line and somehow the vast bulk of all this new material from all these new contributors manages to stay true to it. It’s interesting that after over 20 years as a single guitar band, they decided to add another guitarist in 2011. Apparently it’s working for them, because they haven’t gone back since the change.

If there’s a point to this post, it’s this: Don’t just listen to Cross the Styx, Diabolical Summoning, and Hate. There’s a wealth of post-1994 Sinister goodness.

Addendums

Cosmic Key Creations reissues

Worth mentioning that many of the band’s Nuclear Blast have received beautiful vinyl reissues (multiple repressings), as well CD and cassette editions, courtesy of Europe’s Cosmic Key Creations.

Fun Fact

I couldn’t fit this neatly in the article, but it’s too cool to leave out: Sinister’s first official recording was on Nuclear Blast’s debut release: a 4-band 7″ comp with Hypocrisy, Resurrection, and Afflicted. A little piece of death metal history.


Carsten Otterbach (1970-2018)

My first memory of Morgoth is reading a lukewarm review of Cursed that said something like “the songs aren’t so much songs as compositions, like Mozart throwing around baby blocks — 3 stars.” That sounded right up my alley, so a few years later I bought Odium on cassette and that was it. The intensity of Marc Grewe’s vocal performance and clarity of the mix hit me first, but it was the guitar tones and strangeness of Carsten and Harald’s riffing kept me coming back again and again. Cursed and the other album came much later and while they’ll always be in Odium’s shadow for me (I consider it one of the top 10 death metal albums of all time), Morgoth’s entire catalog has been in steady rotation for years and years. Needless to say, this one stings a bit. RIP, Carsten. ~JM


From Blabbermouth:

Founding MORGOTH member Carsten Otterbach has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. The 48-year-old guitarist, who also headed up his own artist management company Direct Management, played on the band’s first two EPs, “Resurrection Absurd” (1989) and “The Eternal Fall” (1990), as well as the first three full-length albums, “Cursed” (1991), “Odium” (1993) and “Feel Sorry For The Fanatic” (1996).

Century Media Records co-founder Robert Kampf:

“With a very heavy heart, I learned that a close friend of 28 years, Carsten Otterbach, has passed. Carsten had a decade long battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). While he was a trooper and battled it hard for a long time, it was one of those battles that eventually take you down. I will always remember Carsten as a very sharp-minded, well-read, business-savvy and, at the same time, very fun-loving, tolerant and simply great guy. He will always live in my heart. Carsten fought very hard for his artists and was honorable as it gets. Legendary are the fights between my late partner Oliver Withöft and Carsten. The two of them fighting was scary if you were in the room, but always a fun story afterwards. Both were good friends and, unfortunately, did not make it to age 50. Farewell, Carsten. You will not be forgotten and [will be] held in very high acclaim by your friends and by several generations of metal artist.”

Demolition Hammer guitarist Derek Sykes:

“Our first tour ever was in 1990 with OBITUARY and MORGOTH. Three young bands from three different cultures crammed together on a bus for two months exploring parts of the world we had only read about. We all formed a bond during those months that even decades later still remain in one form or another. That being said, we mourn the loss of Carsten Otterbach. So many great memories from those days and Carsten (along with Frank Watkins [OBITUARY] and, of course, Vinny Daze [DEMOLITION HAMMER]) were central figures in all of them. Rest in peace, brother, and our condolences to your friends and family.”

Playlist Notes, Friday Nov 30, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. We update the playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

Sad news this week about the passing of Erik Lindmark, founder of DEEDS OF FLESH and Unique Leader Records. We’re going to open and close procedings with some old and recent Deeds of Flesh and fill in the middle with some great underground stuff that just came out. RIP Erik and all our best to both the Deeds and ULR families.

  1. DEEDS OF FLESH, “Paths of the Weakening” — This is classic Deeds and it was Unique Leader’s first release, ULE-001, all the way back in 1999. Talk about starting off on the right foot.
  2. A CANOROUS QUINTET, “Embryo of Lies” — If you’ve never heard ACQ, imagine a Gothenburg band that sits somewhere between old AT THE GATES and old DARK TRANQUILLITY. This tracks is from Only Pure Hate MMXVIII, which is a re-recording of their classic Only Pure Hate (1998, No Fashion Records). Out now as an independent release.
  3. CORPSEFUCKING ART, “Splatterphobia” — This is some thick and grisly stuff. Sounds like being beaten with your own severed limb. Out now on Comatose Music.
  4. LIVIDITY, “Perverseverance” (Pre-Release) — Illinois’ perverts of brutality are back with their first full-length since 2009’s To Desecrate and Defile. Simple and gross. Nice bass tone. Out now on Metal Age Music.
  5. ROTTENNESS, “Altered Cabron” — This is a 3-way split with COATHANGER ABORTION and SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER, but only ROTTENNESS meets the SV criteria for coverage so they’re representing. Raw, sloppy and out now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
  6. CANCER, “Down the Steps” — Opening track to the new album, Shadow Gripped. This has a bit of the experimental feel they were doing on the last album but done much better. Never let anyone behind you when you’re going downstairs. Out now on Peaceville.
  7. OBSCENITY, “Invocation Obscure” — Another pre-release track from their upcoming Summoning the Circle LP. That guitar tone is thick. Out next week on Apostasy Records.
  8. DEEDS OF FLESH, “Portals to Canaan” — Title track to the last (and final?) Deeds of Flesh album, Portals to Canaan (Unique Leader Records).

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If you’re paying attention and wonder why the Deeds of Flesh albums aren’t in this list, it’s because they’re out of print and Amazon sellers have them set for stupid prices. Seek them out on Discogs.

Erik Lindmark (1972-2018)

Bummed to share this update from Unique Leader Records:

It is with great sadness that we must announce that our CEO & Founder, Erik Lindmark, passed away today after battling with Cirrhosis.

The indelible mark he has left on the Death Metal genre is monumental, both as a business man and as a musician. After building this label from scratch with his Deeds bandmates, Erik took Unique Leader to a level he had never expected it, or the genre, to get to.

During his time in the Hospital, Erik was absolutely implicit with his instructions to staff – requesting that everyone go full steam ahead with the label in his absence – which is exactly what we intend to do.

That being said, we will not be releasing anything in January so that we can make the necessary adjustments and delegations within the company. We would like to thank you all for your well wishes, support and kindness toward Erik on socials and via private correspondence.

There is a GoFundMe set up for Erik’s daughter Bella (5) and his wife. Click here to donate.

Rest in peace, Erik. You were a true warrior.

 

I didn’t know Erik but I definitely knew Unique Leader. They were always a uniquely focused label and if you see that logo on a release, you pretty much know you’re getting tight, brutal, in your face death metal. Their roster and discography tells the story better than I can: Disgorge, Spawn of Possession, Gorgasm, Unmerciful, Pyrexia, Inveracity, Inherit Disease, Gorod, Beheaded, Soreption, Pillory, Fallujah, and of course Deeds of Flesh.

RIP, Erik. You did good.

Relapse reissue Suffocation classics

Despise the Sun

Available on vinyl for the first time in over 12 years!

Pressing Info

  • 900 x Black Standard Gram
  • 100 x Black Inside Blood Red with Black, Red and Bone White Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive*
  • Includes digital download

One of the most crushing releases in the brutal Death Metal legends’ catalog back on vinyl for the first time in over a decade! Cut at 45 RPM, with revised and reinterpreted artwork by original artist Travis Smith.  New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION are one of the most influential bands in the history of extreme music.  Despise The Sun has been called metal’s most extreme moment!


Souls to Deny

Available on vinyl for the first time in almost 15 years!

Pressing Info

  • 900 x Black Standard Gram
  • 100 x Royal Blue and Metallic Gold Merge with Cyan Blue, Brown and White Splatter Standard Gram *Relapse.com Exclusive*
  • Includes digital download

SUFFOCATION‘s comeback album from 2004 is a pulverizing exercise in brutality! First time on vinyl in almost 15 years!  Masterfully controlled yet frighteningly intense, Souls To Deny is a truly devastating display of technical death metal. Maniacally complex lead and rhythm guitar acrobatics intermix with dizzyingly proficient drum work, creating complex, savage riff collages. Often copied but never duplicated, SUFFOCATION remains at once intricately technical and immaculately heavy!

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Decibel announce 2019 tour lineup & dates

Damn, this is amazing. Not a whiff of metalcore or djent this time around and Trey’s even promising to play some Vincent-era tunes. Note that it’s CANNIBAL CORPSE and MORBID ANGEL coheadlining until the last week when Cannibal drops off and IMMOLATION comes on board as direct support. NECROT and BLOOD INCANTATION are on board for the endurance.

Press Release

The lineup for the 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour once again breaks new ground, as legendary death metallers Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel join forces for the first time ever in America to co-headline the winter tour. Rising Bay Area brutalizers Necrot and space-obsessed Denver death dealers Blood Incantation round out this once-in-a-lifetime bill. New York death metal icons Immolation will join the final week of the tour as main support to Morbid Angel, as Cannibal Corpse exit the tour after the New York City date.

“We’re really looking forward to our second appearance on the Decibel Tour; they always put together a killer line up and this time is no exception,” says Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. “We’re particularly excited to be hitting the road with our friends Morbid Angel. In fact, this will be the first time we’ve toured together in the USA.”

“Everyone here in the Morbid Angel camp are stoked to do this tour with Cannibal Corpse,” says Morbid Angel’s bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. “To celebrate, Morbid Angel will be performing a mean-ass set of songs that will cover the entirety of our years of kicking ass.”

“We will be adding some of the older songs back to our set,” assures Morbid Angel founder Trey Azagthoth. “See you all there.”

Presented by Metal Blade Records, and sponsored by Silver Lining Music, Tankcrimes, Dark Descent Records and Nuclear Blast America, the eighth annual Decibel Magazine Tour is once again poised to be the heavy metal tour of the winter.

Tickets for the 2019 Decibel Magazine Tour go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10 AM local time and can be found at www.decibelmagazine.com/tour. All dates and venues are below.

Get Tickets

Sun, Feb 17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
Tue, Feb 19 – Tucson, AZ – Club Xs
Wed, Feb 20 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
Thu, Feb 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater
Fri, Feb 22 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Sat, Feb 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Mon, Feb 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
Tue, Feb 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

Fri, Mar 1 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
Sat, Mar 2 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman *NO CANNIBAL CORPSE
Sun, Mar 3 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Mon, Mar 4 – Chicago, IL – The Concord
Thu, Mar 7 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater
Fri, Mar 8 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sat, Mar 9 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Sun, Mar 10 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Mon, Mar 11 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
Wed, Mar 13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Thu, Mar 14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

Playlist Notes, Friday Nov 21, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. We update the playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

This week we’ve got tracks from the five big albums that came out since last time, a couple noteworthy pre-releases and a few oddball inclusions to keep it spicy.

  1. VENOM, “Bring Out Your Dead” (Pre-Release) — Cronos and crew return fire at VENOM, INC. with a chunky little number from their upcoming Storm the Gates LP. Available December 14th on Spinefarm Records.
  2. CANCER, “Thou Shalt Kill” — Shadow Gripped made my summer. Not only are Cancer back, but they brought a slew of good tunes with them and Simon Effemy’s pitch-perfect production takes you right back to 1993. Dig that huge 3/4 riff about 2 minutes in. Out now on Peaceville Records..
  3. HATE ETERNAL, “Portal of Myriad” — This is proving to be my favorite Hate Eternal album. A tad slower, a lot more musical, still brutal as fuck. Rutan hit it out of the park on the production as well. Excellent stuff. Out now on Season of Mist.
  4. OBSCENITY, “Infernal Warfare” (Pre-Release) — Germany’s Obscenity welcome a new vocalist and bassist to the fold and release their 10th full-length album just in time to mark their 30th year in business. Available December 7th on Apostasy Records. Pre-order on Bandcamp
  5. UNLEASHED, “They Rape the Land” — This White Christ quadrilogy has been iffy for me but they wrapped it up well with Hunt for White Christ. They’ve still got the modern Unleashed stuff going on (skittery riffs, killer solos, a slight black metal char), but they reined it in a bit and brought back some of the old chunk. Aside from a few moments of storytelling exposition, it just rips. Out now on Napalm Records.
  6. CRYPTOPSY, “Fear His Displeasure” — Grinding headfuckery from their second EP in this series. Not sure if there’s a 3rd coming or this is it. Fun fact: You can get a cassette compilation of both EPs. Out now on Hammerheart Records.
  7. AMON AMARTH, “With Oden on Our Side (Live at Summer Breeze: T-Stage)” — Amon Amarth lost me on the last album but there’s still a time and place for these guys and a documentary covering their 25-year existence accompanied by a massive live album that sounds as good as any studio album is well worth your time. Out now on Metal Blade.
  8. EVOKEN, “Ceremony of Bleeding” — New Jersey’s funeral masters are back and it feels right. If you know Evoken, you know what to expect. If not, buckle up, Buttercup. Out now of Profound Lore Records.
  9. BLOODBATH, “March of the Crucifiers” — It’s out, it’s massive, Nick Holmes is killing it. This one feels more in line with Bloodbath of old than Grand Morbid Funeral did, which is a bit less exciting for me but probably good for more dedicated fans. Out now on Peaceville Records.
  10. PSYCROPTIC, “We Were the Keepers” — Psycroptic barely meet the criteria for inclusion here at SV (their first album came out in 2000 but they formed in 1999, so they get in) and they’re not exactly death metal the last 10 years or so, but this new LP is kind of interesting. They dialed back the ‘core elements and threw in some ideas (like the female vocals you hear on this track) that really work for them. The drum/guitar interplay is as insane as ever, so listen for that if nothing else. Out now on Prosthetic Records.
  11. TERRORIZER, “Failed Assassin” — Terrorizer aren’t death metal and it’s tough to support them continuing to use the name without Jesse Pintado, but damn if this isn’t one of my favorite albums of the summer. Pete Sandoval is tearing it up and the riffs are on point. Works for me. Out now on The End Records

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Playlist Notes, Friday September 14, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. I’ll keep updating the same playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

Bunch of new stuff this week:

  1. DEICIDE, “One With Satan” — Lead track from Overtures of Blasphemy, out now on Century Media. Really liking this album. Solid, catchy tunes & punchy production from Jason Suecof, who also helmed the MONSTROSITY album that just came out. Of particular note is the fact that we can actually hear Glen’s bass!
  2. BLOODBATH, “Bloodicide” — That is one goofy title, but with Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) once again at the mic and guest vocal spots from John Walker (CANCER), Jeff Walker (CARCASS) and Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER / MEMORIAM), it’s a bruiser. Sounds exactly like Grand Morbid Funeral, so you’re either in or you’re out.
  3. ABHORRENCE, “The Four Billion Year Dream” — It took 27 years for the Finns to release this tiny little EP and there’s only 2 new tracks (plus an intro) to sink into at this point, but it’s definitely worth your time. Big, clean, heavy, simplistic, bludgeoning stuff. Out now on Svart Records
  4. BEHEMOTH, “Wolves ov Siberia” — Sounds like Nergal & co. are backing off the experimentalism of The Satanist and getting back to smashing crosses. This is pretty symphonic for this site, and I could definitely do without the costumes, but they still hit like a death metal band and the song rips, so it’s going on the list.
  5. HATE ETERNAL, “Nothingness of Being” — The older we both get, the more I like this band. Their early stuff was so crazy that I never really connected with it, but this slower-but-wiser version of Hate Eternal hits the spot scratches the itch that MORBID ANGEL abandoned years ago. Pairs nicely with GORGUTS.
  6. CRYPTOPSY, “Sire of Sin” — This is from their The Book of Suffering, Tome 2 EP that just came out. It’s a follow up to The Book of Suffering EP from a few years ago. Sounds like Cryptopsy to me, Lord Worm or not.
  7. ARCHGOAT, “Messiah of Pigs” — Did that poor pig just get crucified? Damn that’s harsh, bro. Pure, blasting primitivism from Finland with Demilich-ish vocals and – if you really listen to the lyrics – a subtle commentary on religion.
  8. TERRORIZER, “Invasion” — Not terribly down with a Jesse Pintado-less Terrorizer, but when you have Pete Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL) teaming up with Lee Harrison (drummer for MONSTROSITY, but on guitar here), it’s worth a listen. Like the Behemoth track, this isn’t exactly was this shit is about, but it’s intense and the players have major death metal pedigree, so it’s on the list. Out this fall on The End Records.
  9. VOIVOD, “Iconspiracy” — Third pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This one’s more aggressive than the first two.
  10. OPETH, “Demon of the Fall (Live)” — They’re a million miles from death metal these days, but Opeth brought it back with this first taste from their new live album, Garden of the Titans. Taped at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the recording and performance both sound like a million bucks and Mikael’s still got it in the growls. The last 2 minutes is banter, which is…an interesting choice.
  11. PYREXIA, “The Annointed” — Some truly old-school NYDM going on here. First album in 5 years, out now on Unique Leader Records.

Everything else was on there last timeUNLEASHED, KRISIUNENTOMBED A.D.ABORTED, MONSTROSITY & SIEGE OF POWER. Cheers!

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Playlist Notes, Friday August 31, 2018

The Playlists

Pick your poison and don’t forget to add it to your library. I’ll keep updating the same playlist as new stuff comes out.

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What’s New

I didn’t make any updates to the playlist the last couple weeks because nothing new was out. Today is quite a different story:

  1. UNLEASHED, “Lead Us Into War” — Holy smokes. I was a bit iffy on the last album (the music was great but the concept lyrics just didn’t sit well for me), but this first track from The Hunt for White Christ is a ripper. Game on, Unleashed…game on. More on the release here.
  2. ENTOMBED A.D., “Fit for a King” — LG & co. have a new single out. Not sure if this is attached to a new album, but it’s been two years since they released Dead Dawn so they’re about due for one.
  3. ABORTED, “Vespertine Decay” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming splatter (ha! wordplay), TerrorVision, due out September 21st on Century Media.
  4. OPPROBRIUM, “The Battle of Armageddon” — This is taken from their Supernatural Death compilation that came out in 2012 but has been remastered and released in digipack format. Out today!
  5. DEICIDE, “Defying the Sacred” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Overtures of Blasphemy album, due out September 14th on Century Media and all signs still point toward this being one of their best. Also noticed today that it’s 12 songs in 38 minutes, so they are keeping it tight.
  6. KRISIUN, “A Thousand Graves” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming Scourge of the Enthroned album, due out September 7th on Century Media. Dizzying and brutal.
  7. MONSTROSITY, “Radiated” — Third pre-release track from their upcoming The Passage of Eternity album, due out September 7th on Metal Blade. I don’t think of Monstrosity as a “technical” band but this has some intricate stuff going on.
  8. SIEGE OF POWER, “Violence in the Air” — Bagchus, Riefert and co. release another track from their upcoming Warning Blast, due out September 7th on Metal Blade.
  9. VOIVOD, “Always Moving” — Second pre-release track from The Wake, due out September 21 on Century Media. This is really trippy. They just keep getting weirder.

Everything else was on there last time. Cheers!

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Ola Lindgren remixes Derketa

Got this email from DERKETA today:

Thank you for checking us out on Bandcamp! I wanted to let you all know that I have updated our Bandcamp site with our remixed version of the In Death We Meet album. If you are not aware, we had the album remixed by Ola Lindgren from the band GRAVE. For those who have already downloaded the original version, you are able to download this version for free in addition to the bonus tracks that are included on the remixed CD. The bonus tracks are from a limited 300-copy 7” release in 2014: “Darkness Fades Life” and a cover of SEPULTURA’s “Troops of Doom” off of Morbid Visions.

For those that already bought the album on Bandcamp, re-download it from your Collection and you’ll get the remixed album and bonus tracks for free.

If you haven’t bought the record, you’re missing out:

“Pittsburgh’s largely unsung goddesses of death returned after a long hiatus to release their first proper full-length – a full 24 years after their inception – and luckily for us, it’s fucking MASSIVE. This is raw, primitive with a bit of polish, and above all, ungodly heavy death/doom from a cadre of ladies who were cracking skulls and tuning low while most of us were still in diapers.” ~Kim Kelly

www.metalsucks.net/2012/12/04/grim-kims-top-fifteen-metal-albums-of-2012

Get on it!

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Oh, and Derketa’s also playing a slew of shows in Chicago in the coming weeks. Maybe they’ve relocated?