Bring Me The Horizon Unveil Album Title

Bring Me The Horizon have confirmed through a recent interview with Kerrang! that their new album will be titled Sempiternal.

Due out in early 2013 via RCA Records, the band’s fourth studio album is currently being recorded with producer Terry Date (Deftones, Korn) right before their performance at the UK Vans Warped Tour Nov.  10.

Sempiternal is the follow up to 2010’s There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret.

“I’ve never been so confident about an album,” Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes tells Kerrang! magazine. “It makes our last record just sound shit. We’re doing stuff we could never dreamed of doing before.”

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Metal Monday: The White Trash Metal Brigade Are Back In Full Effect

Norway’s Shot At Dawn have been shredding up and down the OurStage metal charts for a handful of years now. From the release of their 2008 EP Pre Bellum to 2010’s Seize The Night EP and now White Trash Metal Brigade, Shot At Dawn have stayed true to the things that helped them become a band in the first place: high fives and good times. Don’t believe them? Well, the band’s “about” section on Facebook simply reads “Stage dives and high fives! We rule!” That enough evidence for you?


Metal Monday: All Shall Perish Say This Is Where It Ends

What happens when you’re an elite deathcore band that parted ways with the lead guitarist on the two records that catapulted you to the forefront of the genre? Well, if you’re All Shall Perish, you get someone who is just as fantastically talented. Not long after releasing Awaken The Dreamers in 2008, the band said goodbye to guitarist Chris Storey, eventually joining forces with shred master Francesco Artusato for 2011’s This Is Where It Ends. The change has had an enormous effect on the band’s style, and it is clearly for the better.

All Shall Perish also teamed up with Sea of Treachery drummer Adam Pierce following the departure of longtime drummer and founding member Matt Kuykendall. Both Francesco and Adam do a wonderful job of filling some pretty large shoes for This Is Where It Ends. All Shall Perish’s guitar work is far beyond one-dimensional. Opting for (and making great use of) 8-string guitars on some of the new songs, the range of style, technicality and heaviness is not seen very often in deathcore bands. At times slow and emotional, at others frenetic and groovy, there isn’t a moment on the album in which the guitars are not ideal for the song.

Beyond the new guitar and drum dynamics, Hernan “Eddie” Hermida’s vocal work is his best yet. Lyrically interesting and perfectly enunciated, Eddie has set the gold standard for vocalists in modern extreme metal acts. His arsenal includes guttural lows, shrieking highs, bellowing mids and raucous yells”and just about everything in between. Most importantly, he knows exactly how to use them.

Picking a weak track on the album is nearly impossible as This Is Where It Ends is one brilliant musical idea after another, all perfectly executed and strung together in an order that feels right. The few moments in which All Shall Perish aren’t melting your face or working to incite all-out riots in the mosh pit are much needed and welcome transitions between ideas and sections of the album.


Metal Monday: Dr. Acula Q&A

Dr. Acula are considered to be one of many bands in their genre that takes a lot of heat from the other metal/hardcore subgenres, but they’re not about to let that slow down their operation. Their latest album, Slander was released on Victory Records February 15th, and it’s clear they mean business (even if their business is partying). Often rumored as a joke band, they quickly dispelled that rumor, saying “this band was made to have fun and play good tunes.”

When you get right down to it, Dr. Acula is a party band (as they’ve referred to themselves). It’s not entirely clear what being a party band actually entails, but the guys were more than happy to describe it: “Having a good time, enjoying your life. ‘Party’ doesn’t mean we do tons of drugs and get messed up every second. You can still party without all of that. We go out there and rage it up; get sketchy and play music!”

For being a party band, Dr. Acula have some pretty heavy and explicit lyrics in their songs. In their song “Pure and Immature (Goon)” they say: “You prey on the people who own what you lack/ for no lack of attempting you fail to attack/ Karma’s a bitch/one that you can have back.” That being said, their songs aren’t always 100% serious in nature, such as the first single “Who You Gonna Call?!” exemplifies.

One of the more interesting parts of the latest album are the samples, and there are some juicy ones. I asked if there were any samples that didn’t make it to the album, the band clarified, “No, pretty much everything we wanted to use made the album. There were some we saved; we don’t wanna over flood with samples. We try to balance it out (intro samples, outro samples, mid song samples) the samples we didn’t use might make the next album though. Who knows.”

The one thing about being a “party band” that really shines through for Dr. Acula is their affinity for the obscene and over-the-top. In their album trailer for Slander, they rated the album for “inappropriate audiences”. I asked if they got a lot of criticism for being excessively vulgar at times. “Yes, we get shit all the time. We have the party title so right away everything negative falls under that. We use the ‘fuck’ word a lot. [laughs]”. On their most outrageous song to date, the band said,  “‘Fire Crotch (The Venereal Van Ride)’ is nutty! It’s fast, it’s heavy, it’s got catchy lyrics and it’s a lot of fun to play live!”

Since their inception, Dr. Acula has seen many members come and go. “This band has always been known for having member changes. It’s like anything else though, you’re looking for the right fit, the perfect match. We have gone through a lot of shit to find this lineup right here, to be able to put out this album Slander.  Past members have quit, been kicked out, didn’t wanna tour anymore, have had big egos and a ton more reasons. This band is here to have fun and play music. Keep the drama at home. [laughs] But yeah, this line up will be around for a while.”

To round off the questions, I asked the heaviest and most important question to ask the notorious party band: “If you could choose to party with any person, live or dead, who would you choose?” The band’s response was simple and to the point: “KISS. They probably get a million girls and do a million pounds of drugs! [laughs] Party on!”

You can snag Dr. Acula’s latest album as well as their other merch from the Victory Records Web store, or you can always go to Amazon or iTunes to grab an MP3 copy of the album.

Metal Monday: The Bridal Procession

Deathcore, as previously mentioned in the Metal Monday column, has been a hot-button genre in recent years, garnering a lot of heat for being boring or overly stereotypical. The lable “deathcore”, for many bands, is something like a scarlet letter, and does not adequately describe a band’s sound. Bands such as Born of Osiris or All Shall Perish immediately come to mind. Up-and-coming Paris-based monsters The Bridal Procession are sure to be the next band on this list. With a sound as heavy as any band out there, they’re looking to impose their will on any ear within sonic range.

Most of the Bridal Procession’s songs balance on a very thin line between death metal, progressive death metal and deathcore. Earlier in the band’s existence, deathcore was more of an integral part of the band’s sound, but they’ve since developed a sound that’s more closely related to death metal with constant driving rhythms, etherial guitar licks and roaring vocals” something similar to that of newer material by The Faceless. Still, The Bridal Procession’s music really breaks free of most sub-genre restrictions (even if in only the most subtle of ways).

Something that sets The Bridal Procession apart from most bands is their songwriting. Because the band doesn’t rely on breakdowns, solos or riffs to make their songs great, they have the freedom to add them where ever they sound best”and more often than not, they’re placed in interesting and unique places. In addition to good songwriting, the band’s latest material also features some of the best production found in heavy music. On par with the epic works of Dimmu Borgir, the orchestral parts fit perfectly in their tracks. The band also takes a page from the legendary Necrophagist‘s book for their lead guitar tones during their solos, truly showcasing the band’s musical talent outside of technical prowess.

The band’s new album Astronomical Dimensions” released December 27th worldwide via Siege of Amida

Records and iTunes, with physical copies due in stores in Febraury”poises the band to join the ranks of today’s metal elite. If these words don’t inspire you to immediate fork over the dough for the record, try a nice audio sample below.  Then you’ll have no excuse.

Metal Monday: Jack Ketch Q&A

Neighbors to one of the decade’s biggest and most prominent areas for brutally heavy music (aka: the Bay Area), Sacramento is trying to put itself on the map, and death metal band Jack Ketch is helping the city to do just that. With two incredibly strong and heavy releases in the last two years, Jack Ketch is pulling no punches and is out for blood. We chatted with them to see how things were going, and where the band is headed next.

OS: Your album Bringers of the Dawn was released in October, it’s a bit different than 2009’s In Articulo Mortis. Do you attribute this more to lineup changes or a conscious decision to vary your sound?

JK: I think a little of both really. We are constantly experimenting and growing as a band. When we made the lineup change towards the end of 2009 we just wanted to come out fresh. We felt we had so many great ideas we didn’t want to limit ourselves to the old sound and just create a whole new beast. We are not even close to done yet, we just keep on writing and evolving.

OS: You’ve drawn comparisons between your band and bands like Opeth and Between the Buried and Me, whom are significantly more progressive than your two albums. Do you see your band moving more in that direction in future releases? How about clean vocal parts?

JK: Those are two huge influences on us and helped push us in the more progressive direction we have gone. As far as future releases, who knows where we’ll go? We have been working on some more progressive stuff as well as more brutal death metal stuff. Incorporating clean vocals is something we have been working on with some of the newer songs also. We write constantly and have so much depth and options that we can really take this any direction we decide, so it will probably come down to just which songs we feel are the best.

OS: Both of your albums have been released through Transmedia Records. How did you link up with them, and end up being their first release/band?

JK: Transmedia Records is a great start up label and fully supports us in everything we do. We recorded both albums up in Portland, OR at a studio called The Magic Closet. While up there we were referred to these guys in Berkley that were starting up their own label. We talked for a while back and forth about music, the industry and what we were both looking to get out of it. We just felt everyone was on the same page and could really benefit from working together and helping each other out. It’s kind of a family and I see big things for both of us coming in the near future.

OS: You’ve played a lot of shows on the west coast. How long until you start planning shows further to the east?

JK: The west coast is our home and we’ve just been working on building that solid foundation here before we start moving outward. I feel it coming soon though. Moving east is definitely something we are going to be looking to do, but it’s nowhere near the end of the line for us. I just spent some time in Germany last month and talked about maybe heading over to Europe for a tour possibly next year. We were also hit up to play a huge festival in India this November, but unfortunately because of the dates we had to decline. Anywhere in the world is a possibility for us, we are just building up our name and trying to do things the smartest way possible.

OS: The artwork for Bringers of the Dawn is pretty intricate. Is there a story behind it and, does it coincide with the album’s content?

JK: Oh definitely, everything about this album coincides with one another. We wanted to create not just a concept album but a bit of an experience. We put a ton of work into it and wanted to tell a story, not only with the lyrics, but also with the songs and the imagery. Reading through the lyrics it’s a story of an invasion of the Earth with a battle for the survival of humanity. The natural balance of life and the struggles between the perception of what really is good or evil. In the end you’re left to think, is this the end of the human race, or really just a new beginning? There are many more underlying ideas hidden within there also, but that is for the listener to find and decide upon for themselves.

OS: After going through various lineup changes in your few years as a band, do you think you’ve finally settled on a more permanent one?

JK: Well we’ve actually only gone through one lineup change, but it consisted of the guitarist and drummer at the same time. We were surprised how quickly we picked up two new members and got back to things. But that just shows you how perfect this line up is for us. With everyone so focused and on the same page we couldn’t be happier about the current lineup and have gotten such a great response from the new music.

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