Kingdoms Disdained is the ninth studio album by American death metal band Morbid Angel, released on December 1, 2017 by Silver Lining Music. It is the first album since 2003's Heretic to feature Steve Tucker and the introduction of Annihilated drummer Scott Fuller, it is the first to not feature David Vincent and Tim Yeung since 2011's Illud Divinum Insanus, as all three members left the band in 2015. A video was made for "Garden of Disdain". On August 3, 2016, Morbid Angel signed to UDR Music and was at work on a new studio album, which would be released in 2017 and a tour to take place that year, they signed on to Silver Lining Music as a result. In March 2017, Tucker said that the album would be a "death metal album". On the opening night of the band's early summer U. S. tour, the song titled "Warped" named "Paradigms Warped", was performed for the first time. The cover artwork was first unveiled on October 5, along with two tracks following thereafter; the album's title refers to the current aural document of a world sinking into uncharted despair, as explained by Tucker.
He says that the artwork "is a fair image of the world today, but taken from a different perspective. In addition to Tucker's take on the album's title, Trey Azagthoth told Revolver that it references the 1980s animated cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian; when talking about the album, Tucker says that it has "a big, grandiose vibe that sort of becomes a little larger than life. That's what I like most about the album myself. I think what stands out about it, is that though it's raw and nasty, it's kind of timely as well. I think it fits into what is going on in the world today." When talking about the making of the album, Tucker explains, "The first thing Trey said to me was,'I want to make killer music with killer people.' To go into any more detail than that I don't remember, but it was just about,'Hey, man, I want this to be MORBID ANGEL. I don't want this to be what it was being changed to be.' I told Trey. Any time it involves playing music. Everything Trey said to me and all the discussions we had made me comfortable that Trey had every intention on doing the kind of album that MORBID ANGEL fans expect and that I feel.
To do anything else, I don't feel it, and, to be honest with you, it's not going to be great by any means if I'm trying to do something that, to me, is fake. I think. Trey's a focused and singular-focused person when it comes to music. I think he knew what he wanted, he knew that I was the right guy to give him what he wanted out of this album." Tucker and Fuller contributed to the songwriting and the inspiration of the lyrics come from "social events that are occurring through time, repeatedly" and "from always a third-person perspective. They're always from the eyes of someone, neutral, they are an observation more than anything." All lyrics written by Steve Tucker. A 2-CD release contains an EP titled Complete Acid Terror. Contained on the limited edition 6 7" vinyl boxed set and released on standard format Critical reception has been positive, with critics praising the album as a return to form after the band's controversial past affair Illud Divinum Insanus. Critics have noted that Kingdoms Disdained represents a pivot away from the industrial-influenced style of their previous album, a return to the more traditional death metal approach of Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and Heretic.
Exclaim! wrote positively about the album, praising returning vocalist Steve Tucker's performance on the album, but concluded that "Azagthoth's riffs are the main highlight of the album, as they showcase all of the familiar crushing heaviness and forward-thinking technical intricacies that make him an impeccable songwriter." Pitchfork wrote that the album "sets the band back on course", arguing that the album benefits from the return of a much more traditional death metal sound. Metal Hammer wrote a glowing review of the album, describing the album as "streamlined and utterly complete", singling out Trey Azagthoth for particular praise, arguing that "no one wields the demonic spirit of death metal with anywhere near the same sense of power and mastery." Sputnikmusic wrote a more critical review of the album in which they criticised the album for dragging in the second half as "too many tracks drag the album down and too few highlights to pick it up." They argued that "The problem songs all tend to be the longest and most repetitive, full of forays into slow, chuggy passages and lacking Azagthoth’s legendary solos.
Conversely the best songs are sharp and high tempo riff fests", while suggesting that the album lacked the distinctive personality of the band's previous records. Decibel wrote that "beneath the horns is a no-compromise sound that works hard to reinvent the halcyon moments on Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and Heretic", though they criticized the album for a lack of diversity amongst the songs, concluding that "minds won't be blown, but sated." Morbid Angel Steve Tucker – vocals, bass Trey Azagthoth – guitars Scott Fuller – drumsAdditional musician Dan Vadim Von – lead guitar on "Declaring New Law"Production Morbid Angel – production Erik Rutan – production, mixing Alan Douches – mastering Ken Coleman – artwork Charlene Tupper – photography
Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of Washington. With an estimated 730,000 residents as of 2018, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. According to U. S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area’s population stands at 3.87 million, ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U. S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. Seattle is the northernmost large city in the United States; the city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 100 miles south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015; the Seattle area was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers.
Arthur A. Denny and his group of travelers, subsequently known as the Denny Party, arrived from Illinois via Portland, Oregon, on the schooner Exact at Alki Point on November 13, 1851; the settlement was moved to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay and named "Seattle" in 1852, in honor of Chief Si'ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. Today, Seattle has high populations of Native, Scandinavian and Asian Americans, as well as a thriving LGBT community that ranks 6th in the United States for population. Logging was Seattle's first major industry, but by the late 19th century, the city had become a commercial and shipbuilding center as a gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Growth after World War II was due to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for aircraft manufacturing; the Seattle area developed into a technology center from the 1980s onwards with companies like Microsoft becoming established in the region. Internet retailer Amazon was founded in Seattle in 1994, major airline Alaska Airlines is based in SeaTac, serving Seattle's international airport, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.
The stream of new software and Internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's population by 50,000 between 1990 and 2000. Owing to its increasing population in the 21st century and the state of Washington have some of the highest minimum wages in the country, at $15 per hour for smaller businesses and $16 for the city's largest employers. Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs existed along Jackson Street, from the current Chinatown/International District to the Central District; the jazz scene nurtured the early careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, others. Seattle is the birthplace of rock musician Jimi Hendrix, as well as the origin of the bands Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters and the alternative rock movement grunge. Archaeological excavations suggest that Native Americans have inhabited the Seattle area for at least 4,000 years. By the time the first European settlers arrived, the people occupied at least seventeen villages in the areas around Elliott Bay.
The first European to visit the Seattle area was George Vancouver, in May 1792 during his 1791–95 expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, a large party led by Luther Collins made a location on land at the mouth of the Duwamish River. Thirteen days members of the Collins Party on the way to their claim passed three scouts of the Denny Party. Members of the Denny Party claimed land on Alki Point on September 28, 1851; the rest of the Denny Party set sail from Portland and landed on Alki point during a rainstorm on November 13, 1851. After a difficult winter, most of the Denny Party relocated across Elliott Bay and claimed land a second time at the site of present-day Pioneer Square, naming this new settlement Duwamps. Charles Terry and John Low remained at the original landing location and reestablished their old land claim and called it "New York", but renamed "New York Alki" in April 1853, from a Chinook word meaning "by and by" or "someday". For the next few years, New York Alki and Duwamps competed for dominance, but in time Alki was abandoned and its residents moved across the bay to join the rest of the settlers.
David Swinson "Doc" Maynard, one of the founders of Duwamps, was the primary advocate to name the settlement after Chief Seattle of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The name "Seattle" appears on official Washington Territory papers dated May 23, 1853, when the first plats for the village were filed. In 1855, nominal land settlements were established. On January 14, 1865, the Legislature of Territorial Washington incorporated the Town of Seattle with a board of trustees managing the city; the Town of Seattle was disincorporated on January 18, 1867, remained a mere precinct of King County until late 1869, when a new petition was filed and the city was re-incorporated December 2, 1869, with a mayor–council government. The corporate seal of the City of Seattle carries the date "1869" and a likeness of Chief Sealth in left profile. Seattle has a history of boom-and-bust cycles, like many other cities near areas of extensive natural and mineral resources. Seattle has risen several times economically gone into precipitous decline, but it has used those periods to rebuild solid infrastructure
Evisceration Plague is the eleventh studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. The album was produced at Mana Recording Studios by Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan; the album entered the US Billboard 200 at number 66. Bassist Alex Webster said about the record: In Cannibal Corpse, our goal has always been to try and make each new album we record our heaviest; that goal was a bit more challenging this time since we were satisfied with our last album Kill, but we knew that by working with producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios again, we would be able to start at that same level of heaviness and take it further... Evisceration Plague has the best guitar sound we've recorded, the entire band has never played with more precision and power. In another interview with Terrorizer magazine, drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz stated his thoughts on the album saying: "I think working with Erik again has brought things up a little for us. I mean all the band were involved in the writing process of this album along with Rutan and so I think this one's a tad more individual than Kill."
The cover art was released December 14 and samples were made available through Amazon.com. The album was released with a bonus track in DVD as a deluxe edition. An autographed version of the album is now available for pre-order on the Metal Blade Records website, it is the fifth Cannibal Corpse album to contain a title track and a video was produced for the song. They released a comic book where each song has its own comic. A video for the song "Evisceration Plague" was released on May 9, 2009 on the YouTube account of Metal Blade Records. A video was produced for the song "Priests of Sodom"; the video was released on March 25, 2010. Writing and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes. George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher – vocals Pat O'Brien – lead guitar Rob Barrett – rhythm guitar Alex Webster – bass Paul Mazurkiewicz – drums Erik Rutan – guitar solo on "Unnatural" Erik Rutan – production, mixing Shawn Ohtani – additional engineering Brian Elliot – additional engineering Mike McCracken – studio drum assistant Alan Douches – mastering Neil Kernon – production, mixing only "Skull Fragment Armor" Justion Leeah – engineering only "Skull Fragment Armor" Vincent Locke – cover art Brian Ames – design Alex Solca – photography Mana Recording Studios, St. Petersburg, FL, USA – recording, mixing West Westside Music – mastering Sonic Ranch, Tornillo, TX, USA – recording only "Skull Fragment Armor" Evisceration Plague at AllMusic Evisceration Plague at Metal Blade Records
Belphegor is an Austrian extreme metal band from Salzburg. They formed in 1991 under the name Betrayer before changing their name in 1993, they are named after the demon Belphegor. Belphegor was founded as Betrayer in 1991 by vocalist and bassist Maxx, guitarists Helmuth and Sigurd, drummer Chris; the band released their first demo Kruzifixion in April 1991, Unborn Blood on. After adopting the name Belphegor in 1993, they released another demo, Bloodbath in Paradise on Maxi-CD format. At somepoint before or after the release of this demo, Maxx departed from the band, resulting in Helmuth assuming his role as both vocalist and guitarist of Belphegor since. In between 1993 and 1996 session member A-X performed bass, after which bassist Mario "Marius" Klausner joined the band as a full-time member; the band was signed to Perverted Taste Records, the label on which the demo Obscure and Deep was released in 1994. This release featured a cover of the Black Sabbath song "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", their first album, The Last Supper, was released by Lethal Records in January 1995.
At this time the band's logo was redesigned to include two inverted crosses surrounded by blood. The band's second album Blutsabbath was released in October 1997; this was followed by an eighteen date tour of Europe in April and May 1998 with Behemoth and Ancient. The band's debut album The Last Supper was rereleased in 1999 and came clad in all new artwork and featured an additional six extra tracks from the Obscure And Deep EP; the following year, the third album Necrodaemon Terrorsathan was released by Last Episode, where Man again performed session drums. The band left Last Episode and denounced them as a "rip-off label". In January 2001, Belphegor headlined a few shows at outdoor venues at'Fuck The Commerce IV','With Full Force VIII' and'Hell On Earth' in Germany with support from Dunkelgrafen and Dawn of Dreams. In 2002, Belphegor played at the Summerbreeze, Brutal Assault and Morbide Festspiele prior to further German gigs in December, it was around when Belphegor first recruited drummer Torturer and bassist Barth.
After releasing their live album Infernal Live Orgasm on their own label Phallelujah Productions, they signed with Napalm Records. After having signed up with Napalm Records, the lineup of vocalist and guitarist Helmuth, guitarist Sigurd, bassist Barth and drummer Torturer recorded the fourth album Lucifer Incestus, produced by Alex Krull of Atrocity; the album was released in December 2003, a European tour followed. Belphegor entered Mastersound Studio in Fellbach during September 2004 record their fifth album Goatreich - Fleshcult, again produced by Alex Krull; the band undertook a mini-tour in November with Disastrous Murmur, played at the X-Mass Festival alongside Napalm Death, Marduk and Vader. In February 2005, Goatreich - Fleshcult was released in various formats, including a vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies. Digipack variants added the instrumental track'Heresy Of Fire' as a bonus; that same month, drummer Torturer was replaced by Nefastus. In April, Belphegor headlined the eighteen-day Goatreich - Fleshcult Europe Tour Pt.
I with support from Arkhon Asmodeus and In Aeternum. The band soon departed from Napalm Records, on the grounds the label "did not support them enough" and they were "fed up with this respectless treatment." Belphegor signed with Nuclear Blast in 2005, commenced recording the album Pestapokalypse VI in producer Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in November. After having played bass on six of the nine tracks on the new album, bassist Barth was forced to leave the band and terminate his career after suffering a hand injury that left him unable to continue performing; this led to Belphegor withdrawing from a tour with Hate Eternal in April 2006, Helmuth was forced to record the remaining bass lines on the new album himself while Robin Eaglestone was recruited as a session bassist for live performances between April and October. Barth's full-time replacement was Serpenth. Pestapokalypse VI was released in October 2006, drummer Nefastus soon left the band. Session drummers have since been recruited including Lille Grubber and former Belphegor drummer Torturer.
That same month Nuclear Blast issued a special ammunition box variant of the Pestapokalypse VI album, limited to just 500 copies and packed with the CD in digipack, a patch, a belt and "emergency provisions". A vinyl version of the album was restricted to 500 copies. Pestapokalypse VI was further promoted by a promotional videos for the songs Bluhtsturm Erotika and Belphegor - Hell's Ambassador directed by Florian Werner. Belphegor were set to play the X-Mass Festival again in December 2006, however the festival was cancelled, they were among the bands supporting Danzig on their Blackest of the Black tour in North America in December 2006 – January 2007, they toured North America again in February–March 2007 with Unleashed and Hatesphere. With support from Kataklysm and Unleashed and from Arkhon Infaustus, Belphegor headlined the Midvinterblot European Tour Part II in May; the band played at the famous Wacken Open Air festival in August. In September, the band coheadlined with Gorgoroth in most of the venues on the latter's tour of South America.
In January 2008, founding member Sigurd underwent eye surgery, because of this it was not known whether he would resume with his role in Belphegor. A few months however, Helmuth said Sigurd had chosen to leave the band permane
Gateways to Annihilation
Gateways to Annihilation is the sixth studio album by the death metal band Morbid Angel. This album saw a change in musical style as the speed-laden intensity of the previous album Formulas Fatal to the Flesh was abandoned for a slower, more droning style, reminiscent of Blessed Are the Sick; this is the first album in which Steve Tucker contributed lyrics and music to the band. Dan Seagrave painted the album cover; this marks the first Morbid Angel album cover. The intro track name "Kawazu" is an archaic Japanese word meaning "frog", which explains the sounds of frogs croaking on the track. Steve Tucker – vocals, bass Trey Azagthoth – guitars, additional vocals Erik Rutan – guitars, keyboards Pete Sandoval – drums
Goatwhore is an American blackened death metal band formed in 1997 in New Orleans, United States. Goatwhore was formed by guitarist/backing vocalist Sammy Duet, following the breakup of his previous band, Acid Bath. Soilent Green lead vocalist Louis Benjamin Falgoust II, guitarist Ben Stout, bassist Patrick Bruders, drummer Zak Nolan completed the lineup, which debuted with the demo Serenades to the Tides of Blood. Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun appeared in 2003 before the band jumped to Metal Blade for the fall release of 2006's A Haunting Curse, they performed at both Ozzfest 2008 and Ozzfest 2010. In 2009, Goatwhore released their fourth album, entitled Carving out the Eyes of God, toured with Obituary, among others. In January and February 2010, Goatwhore embarked on the'Bound By The Road' Tour with DevilDriver and Thy Will Be Done. In 2010, the band was confirmed as being part of the soundtrack for Namco Bandai Games' 2010 remake of Splatterhouse. In early 2012, the band released their fifth album, entitled Blood for the Master.
On March 10, 2014, the band completed recording their sixth album, titled Constricting Rage of the Merciless, released on July 8, 2014. On September 11, 2014, bassist James Harvey decided to sit out touring, due to the birth of his son, so Robert Coleman was hired to fill in for him on live shows. Vengeful Ascension was released on June 23, 2017. Goatwhore's themes change with satanism, anti-christianity, the occult being prevalent in every album. Goatwhore has started talking about armageddon and the holocaust in their last two albums. Current membersSammy Duet – guitars, backing vocals L. Ben Falgoust II – lead vocals Zack Simmons – drums James Harvey – bass Touring membersRobert "Trans Am" Coleman – bass Former membersBen Stout – guitars Zak Nolan – drums Patrick Bruders – bass Tim Holsinger – guitars Nathan Bergeron – bass, backing vocals Jared Benoit - lead vocals Goathwhore, Line-up live at Party. San 2016 The Eclipse of Ages into Black Funeral Dirge for the Rotting Sun A Haunting Curse Carving Out the Eyes of God Blood for the Master Constricting Rage of the Merciless Vengeful Ascension Goatwhore / Epoch of Unlight " Religion" Serenades to the Tides of Blood goatwhore.net
Conjuring the Dead
Conjuring the Dead is the tenth studio album by the Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor. It was released on 5 August 2014 through Nuclear Blast; the album was recorded by Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios in USA. The album was preceded by the digital download single "Gasmask Terror", released on 1 July 2014. Earlier, on 25 June, a lyric video for the same song was released. A music video was shot for the title track, directed by Walter Fanninger; the album features cover art by Septicflesh bassist Seth Siro Anton. After its release, Conjuring the Dead received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Dave Schalek of About.com said " a densely heavy album with a bludgeoning production courtesy of Erik Rutan, chock full of excellent songwriting and musicianship. Although fast with plenty of blastbeats, Conjuring The Dead is at its best when Belphegor slow things down to a mid-paced tempo with catchy riffs and deliver an epic sweep to the music." Sammy O'hagar of MetalSucks noted that "Everything is in perfect balance, both exhilarating and dangerous.
Conjuring the Dead is the ideal snapshot of blackened death metal. It weaves the two genres together seamlessly pulls them both apart so each can shine wonderfully segue back into each other; the blackened parts display a relentless near-grindcore ferocity."Tony Vilgotsky of Russian metal magazine Dark City rated this album with five stars of five. He recommended the record "to anyone who respects genuine extreme metal and true heaviness." "Gasmask Terror" is the second single by Belphegor. It was released on 1 July 2014 by Nuclear Blast