SoundCloud: Damnation Radio

Thats right we built you guys a radio station featuring a lot of the music we listen to that you all may or may not know about. Some is out some is coming out we just hope you enjoy it. It will be updated as often as possible, but as of now there is over 7 hours worth of music, you shouldn’t get bored anytime soon!!!

 

Album Review: The Body Politic – “Egressor”

 ep-cover-body-politic-egressor-2014Release Date: September 16th, 2014

1. Vitam Agere (2:18)

2. Armature (4:12)

3. All Hands (4:53)

4. Swing For The Fences (4:05)

5. Colqhoun (4:13)

6. Irradiate (4:56)

EP Length: 24:39

In today’s vast “progressive metal” genre, Vancouver Island’s The Body Politic beg to be different. And, as the lyrics of”Armature” (shown below) off of their new six song EP demand, they beg to be something more: beautiful. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, Egressor offers a refreshing take on the progressive metal-core style, incorporating the free-flowing jazz influence of several members’ college background with atmospheric undertones that connect the vocals to the music seamlessly. Technical musicianship meets raw emotion in this unique six-piece that has quickly gained attention for its emphatic live performances, opening for popular metal bands such as Tesseract, Protest the Hero and Scale the Summit along the way.

The feverish energy and charisma that floats through your speakers while you listen to Egressor will leave you enlightened with a sense of purpose and motivation. Here’s “Armature”, off of The Body Politic’s upcoming self-release EP Egressor, due out September 16. The album will be available on their Bandcamp, CD Baby, and on iTunes.

RIYL = Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, Bring Me the Horizon, Protest the Hero

For more info on the band and their previous releases, check out Asher Media Relations for their full EPK.

Throwback Thursday Concert Review: Headbanger’s Ball Tour ft. Damageplan, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool, and Unearth

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The second installment of the resurrected “Headbangers Ball Tour” featured the return to the stage of 2 brothers famous for their role in one of metal’s most powerful and influential heavy metal bands of all time – the almighty Pantera – with their new musical endeavor Damageplan. Besides Vinnie Paul on drums and Dimebag Darrell on guitar, Damageplan featured former Halford guitarist Pat Lachman on vocals and the Abbott Brothers’ tattoo artist Bob Zilla on bass. It was quite a different sound than what Pantera fans were used to, but having never seen Pantera live I was very excited for the tour and to see at least half of the legendary band in person – on EASTER SUNDAY nonetheless!

Unearth opened up the show with an energetic performance and rigid pace. Right off the bat, you could tell the crowd was there to throw down and release some tension.

My Heart Bleeds No Longer

Endless

This Lying World

Black Hearts Now Reign

Only the People

The Great Dividers

One Step Away

Drowning Pool was up on next with Jason Jones leading the cull. The HBB Tour also marked the return of Drowning Pool to the stage after original vocalist Dave Williams was found dead from an unknown heart condition in his bunk during the Ozzfest 2003 tour. I was interested in seeing what they had to offer, and they seemed like a scaled-down version of their previous form. The new vocals brought more range, but it often took away from the darker, more demonic nature of the lyrics and sound that Dave Williams brought to the group. The crowd still gave them a great response of support.

Sinner

Think

Cast Me Aside

Tear Away

Bodies

Step Up

If you’ve ever seen Hatebreed live, you should already know how quickly they can get the crowd amped up to a higher level. That’s exactly what they did on the Headbanger’s Ball Tour. The pits were insane from start to finish, and during “Perseverance” Jamey Jasta called for a massive circle pit that stretch from about the 2nd or 3rd row of people at the front of the crowd all of the way back to the soundboard and over to the balcony on stage right. The scene was chaotic. People were flying everywhere as they ran full speed in a circle that would make one dizzy if they were watching from above.

Doomsayer

Beholder of Justice

This Is Now

Empty Promises

Driven By Suffering

Perseverance

I Will Be Heard

Finally the band of the night was to perform. Damageplan took the stage to the opening intro of Breathing New Life playing overhead. They belted into it with precision and power, setting the crowd ablaze with fiery riffs and Vinnie’s chest-pounding drums. Between just about every song, they stopped and handed out shots of Black Tooth, Jager, and other types of liquor that were set out on a huge fold-out table on the side of the stage.

Breathing New Life

Pride

Wake Up

Save Me

Crawl

Explode

Reborn

—Guitar Solo—

New Found Power

Fuck You

Walk (Pantera Cover)

A New Level (Pantera cover w/ all bands on the tour)

The Headbangers Ball Tour started and ended with a feeling of celebration. The resurgence of both Drowning Pool after they lost their vocalist and best friend to disease, and the Abbott brothers’ following the disbanding of Pantera, was a symbol of strength on this Easter Sunday. Before playing Pantera’s hit single “Walk”, Dime grabbed the mic and explained to the crowd how sorry he was about what happened to Pantera and that it was not he nor Vinnie Paul who decided to turn their backs on the fans, hinting at the obvious strife between them and vocalist Phil Anselmo. During “A New Level’ the second of the two Pantera hits performed, members from all of the bands on the tour came out and joined the band. They helped sing along, and stage dove into the crowd. When it all finally ended Dime and Vinnie threw guitar picks and drum sticks into the crowd, and walked along the front barricade shaking hands and giving high-fives.

Happy Birthday Dime! Your music lives on through all of us because of the music you’ve blessed us with. \m/

Getcha’ Pull!

-Steve

Album Review: Where Giants Once Stood – “.live above.”

wgosThe Toronto quartet Where Giants Once Stood aren’t wasting any time getting their name out there. Upon their inception in 2013 they are already planning the release of their second EP “Live Above.” (due out Sept. 2 via iTunes, Cd Baby, and BandCamp) A Self-released offering with a mix of guttural growls, screams and clean vocals that are very reminiscent of early Killswitch Engage and The Human Abstract. Their style is very much their own however incorporating a bit of the technical guitar riffs with the heavy metal chugging, all of which blends well with smooth flowing bass lines and pounding drums that are sure to get you head-banging upon first listen.

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The group isn’t messing around this time around, having Jon Howard of Threat Signal at the helm of their production was definitely a step in the right direction. Though the EP only lasts about 19 minutes, this is a well rounded mix with the song ‘The Damaged’ ending in a flamenco-esque leading into the partial orchestrated, yet brutal assault of a closing track ‘Myths, Lies & Crimes‘ that leaves you wanting more!

EP opener ‘Living in Security’ while not the strongest track on the album sends forth a really great message of living in the moment and not regretting past decisions. Just take a look at the Chorus:

To live in regret is not the life for me.
You decide on who you want to be.
We sever ties to make us feel we’ve grown,
but in end, we all die alone.

It really puts things to perspective for all of us, make the most with what we have and if things don’t work out sever your ties and move on.  Overall the EP is excellent and upon watching the video below they are bound to put on a great live show. Don’t just take our word for it look at the list of band they have shared the stage with in just their first year as a band:

  • Chelsea Grin (artery Recordings)
  • Veil of Maya (Sumerian Records)
  • Iwrestledabearonce (Century Media)
  • Born of Osiris (Sumerian Records)
  • I, the Breather (Sumerian Records)

Beginning to see a pattern? Looks like they are destined for Sumerian Records. . only time will tell. Give em a few more tours and Where Giants Once Stood will be a name to remember!

Rating: 3.5/5

R.I.Y.L. – Avenged Sevenfold, The Human Abstract, August Burns Red, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Miss May I

Album Review: The New Jacobin Club – “Soldiers of the Mark”

PromoImageRelease Date: September 2, 2014

1. The Mark (4:02)
2. Parade of Innocents (4:41)
3. Champagne Ivy(4:00)
4. Angel MMXIV (2:48)
5. A Grey Day to Die (3:53)
6. Into the Fire (5:26)
7. Garthim (3:58)
8. My Smile (2:47)
9. Seal of Metatron  (3:50)
10. Return to Eden (2:46)

Album Length:  38:15

Upon first glimpse of this sextet of Saskatonians on the inside sleeve of their new full-length album packaging (shown below), The New Jacobin Club‘s group photo could quite possibly be mistaken for that announcement poster so many of us see late in October in our local periodicals: Now Playing at (Your Local Grindhouse Theater): The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Except there’s something different about it this time around… Ah, yes! This year, it features special guests Twisted Sister and The Misfits!

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The band bears the name of the controversial and influential political club that played a major role in the development of the French Revolution, known for its “radical, left-wing revolutionary politics” and “for creating a strong government that could deal with the needs of war, economic chaos, and internal rebellion”. Push the politics aside, and what you’re left with is an eclectic group of musicians who combine their talents with a radical live show to create a theatrical experience that often features unsettling freak-show stunts and numerous pyrotechnic tricks. Since forming in the mid-90’s as a three-piece, the group has shared the stage with KMFDM, Voltaire, The Groovie Ghoulies, Nashville Pussy, and The Nekromantix.

Although they’ve gained a following through their engaging live performances, their recordings are not to be overlooked as some kind of consolation prize. Incorporating an electric cello, keyboards, synthesizers and even a theremin, The New Jacobin Club boasts a unique sound that bounces back and forth between the genres of classic goth, arena rock, power metal, blues, folk, and a touch of industrial. Their newest album, Soldiers of the Mark, is chock full of complex arrangements that utilize all of these instruments along with a headbanging rhythm section of guitar, bass and drums that often lead in to a chorus of both male and female vocals singing in harmony.

Just as your mother always told you, never judge a book by it’s cover. Before you realize it, you’ll be headbanging along as you progress through Soldiers of the Mark. Here’s the first single “Champagne Ivy” off of their new album, due out September 2, 2014 through Manticore Music Group. Their album is available on their Bandcamp, CD Baby, and iTunes.

RIYL (Recommended If You Like) = Misfits, Danzig, Horrorpops, AFI, Creepshow, GWAR

For more info on the band and their previous releases, check out Asher Media Relations for their full EPK.

Asher Media Relations Presents – New Music Spotlight: Hollow (Blackened Death), Norilsk (Doom), Mutank (Thrash)

Hollow

Band Bio:

Hollow brings their unique blend of Symphonic Black Metal and classic Death Metal together so flawlessly in their recent release of Mordrake.  Hailing from Montreal, QC this four-piece is the soul definition of what the North American underground scene should sound like. Their unique look and high energy performances have permitted them to partake in events such as Heavy MTL as well as being the supporting act for Beyond Creation, Suffocation, 1349, Keep of Kalessin, Augury, and so many more. So do yourself a favor go pick up Hollow’s first Full Length album, Mordrake, over on iTunes or from the bands Bandcamp Page, it does not disappoint!

R.I.Y.L: Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Cradle of Filth, Behemoth, Skeletonwitch

 

Band Lineup:

Jeff “Mott” Macdermott – Vocals
Eddy “Snow” Levitsky – Bass
Dave “Cadaver” Gagné – Guitar
Blake “Blaac” Lemieux - Drums

 

Hollow – Mordrake

1. Lament Configuration (5:02)
2. Cryptic Howling (4:13)
3. A New Life (5:32)
4. Landscape (4:47)
5. Iscariot (4:29)
6. Sunriser (4:21)
7. Vlad (3:23)
8. Anomie (3:59)
9. Snow (6:54)
10. Birth (4:45)
11. Hate (4:50)
12. Death (4:51)

Total Length: (52:53)

 


 

 

Mutank

 

Band Bio:

Tired of the same old generic Metal that is coming out today? Needing something fresh and Thrashy along the likes of Havok, Metallica, Exodus, or Municipal Waste? I give you just that, presenting Mutank, coming all the way from Montreal, QC. This quartet formed when three Newfoundlanders crossed paths in the Canadian “Heavy Metal Capital” with Ahmed Saad from the Middle East. Upon months of hard work they finally were able to piece together their debut album M.E.C.H. Metal (or Middle East Coast Heavy Metal), as the drummer hails from the Middle East and the rest from the east coast of Canada.

M.E.C.H. Metal has a real old school thrash feel to it with the electric chainsaw riffs, machine-gun double bass and the “Gang Chants” throughout. There’s not much more you could possibly ask for. Check out the debut album from Mutank available on their Bandcamp page or Audio Cassette!! Yes, I said Audio Cassette, they seem to be making a comeback along with Vinyl. . only problem is you cant find a Cassette player as easily as a record player :-/. This is a definite party album, so crank it up and get drunk!!

 

R.I.Y.L:  D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies (Old school), Megadeth, Metallica, Faith No More, Motorhead, Pantera, Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Exodus

 

Band Lineup:

Stephen Reynolds – Vocals and Bass
Steven Breen – Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals
Ahmed Saad – Drums
Liam Hinchey – Lead Guitar
Mutank –  M.E.C.H. Metal

1. M.E.C.H Metal (2:04)
2. MUTANK (4:03)
3. Minions (3:49)
4. W.A.R. (1:57)
5. Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock (3:38)
6. No Spoils, No Mercy (2:48)
7. Corporate Child (2:35)
8. Thrashback In Time (4:02)
Total Time: 25:00

 


 

 

Norilsk

 

 

Band Bio:

Naming themselves after Siberia’s northern most city, Norilsk is a two-piece Doom Metal band from Gatineau, QC that draws inspirations and  themes from Northern identity, isolation, and world demise. Combining that old school sludge/doom sound with a more modern progression, the”Japetus” EP will take you deep into the northern realm of solitude.  The EP features 2 new tracks as well as a dreary version of Voivod’s “Negatron”. This cover is only available upon purchase of the album. However, check out the other two tracks now on their Bandcamp!

 

R.I.Y.L. - Morne, (early) My Dying Bride, (early) Anathema, Saturnus, Isis

 

Band Lineup:

Nicolas Miquelon – Bass, Guitar, and Vocals
Nick Richer – Drums and back up vocals

 

Norilsk – Japetus

1 – Japetus (08:14)
2 – Negatron (05:43)
3 – Potsdam Glo (05:43)

EP Length: 19:41

NEW Releases – July 22, 2014 – Fallujah, King of Asgard, Overkill, Within the Ruins

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Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails (Unique Leader Records)

In the rough and tumble death metal scene, the “progressive” label has recently been placed on anything and everything that has an extra few time changes and guitar solos in between the next outburst of double bass blast beats. On their latest effort, Fallujah have taken this label and stretched it out to explore the outer limits. In 2011, just after their full-length debut The Harvest Wombs came out, a friend of mine  introduced me to them, describing them as a “death metal version of Cynic.” Listen to The Flesh Prevails, and let the atmospheric tones and progressive bridges take you on a journey through the evolution of modern technical death metal as we know it.

 KingofAsgardKing of Asgard – Karg (Metal Blade Records)

Not much comes out of Sweden that disappoints. King of Asgard‘s new album Karg is no different. A solid mix of progressive doom and viking metal offers a refreshing take on the warriors of Norse mythology.

 

Overkill_-_White_Devil_ArmoryOverkill – White Devil Armory  (Nuclear Blast Records)

Some more good ol’ school thrash metal from Overkill. Chug a PBR, head-bang in a windmill motion, repeat. You know the drill.

 

WtR-PhenomenaWithin the Ruins – Phenomena (E1 Music)

The much-anticipated follow-up release to last year’s Elite.  Beautifully mixed and mastered aggression fuses chugga-chugga riffs with “wiiindly-widdily-wiiiiindly” wanking guitar notes to create a nice 11-song collection of technical madness.  Within the Ruins have delivered the perfect album to mow the lawn to. Grab your noise-canceling headphones and cut that shit down with some poly-rhythmic groove!

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