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

Order Up

Hammerheart Records to reissue Deicide

Netherlands’ Hammerheart Records has announced that they’re going to work with the Hoffman brothers on some pretty big DEICIDE news:

Hammerheart Records will also re-issue all the Deicide albums that were released from 1990 until 2001. All albums will get a deluxe treatment, remastering, 2-CD editions, bonus tracks (tons of never released recordings), LP editions (first time for some), digital, MC, merchandise. The whole package, the whole deal, as done on Pestilence and currently being done on Malevolent Creation. This is a huge undertaking and we will start soon, and the whole project will keep us busy for 2018-2020 (do not contact us on details, we simply do not know yet).

Just looking at the dates (1990-2001), this covers everything Hoffmans-era Deicide released on Roadrunner:

  1. Deicide (1990)
  2. Legion (1991)
  3. Once Upon the Cross (1995)
  4. Serpents of the Light (1997)
  5. Insineratehymn (2000)
  6. In Torment in Hell (2001)

Whether they’ll include the live album, When Satan Lives is unclear at this point.

Curious how Roadrunner Records plays into this. Metal Blade released an LP of the first Deicide album in 2015 and according to Discogs, Roadrunner & Roadblock still control the copyright & publishing, respectively. Cool that they’re allowing others to keep this stuff alive now that they’ve moved on to more mainstream pastures.

These could end up being definitive versions if the remastering goes well and Hammerheart’s deluxe reissue of MALEVOLENT CREATION’s The Ten Commandments that just got released sounds really, really good. If the Deicide material gets this sort of love, we’re all going to be very happy. Vinyl box set? Here’s hoping.

But wait, there’s more!

Before Deicide was Deicide, Deicide was AMON. When the Hoffman’s split from Glenn & Steve in 2004, they regrouped under that name and eventually released Liar in Wait in 2012. From Hammerheart:

Hammerheart Records will release a new Amon album, will re-issue the 2012 album and also the legendary Amon demos from 1987 and 1989. We heard new songs, and they have the classic Amon/Deicide crunch/vibe, they are catchy yet brutal, they are quality Death Metal par excellence.

Those Amon demos were previously released in 1993 as a Deicide compilation called Amon: Feasting the Beast. It’s unclear if this is a straight reissue of that compilation or something new & fun like cassettes with the original art.

Amon - Sacrificial  Amon - Feasting the Beast

Regardless, these are terrific recordings and it’ll be great to have them back in circulation again.

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