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DEATH METAL 101: OBITUARY – “LEFT TO DIE” EP

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OBITUARY – released their Left To Die EP on September 16, 2008, on Candlelight USA/Gibtown Records. This EP contains four songs and one bonus CD ROM video of  Evil Ways. Check out this Evil Ways video below… it’s unreal great, Obituary just lets it groove with their Death Metal brand, along with this video’s underground ambiance and feel.

Two of the songs on Left To Die are also on the full length studio album – Darkest Day, which was released June 30, 2009, on Candlelight USA/Gibtown Records. These two songs are: Forces Realign and Left To Die. Slowly We Rot is a 2008 re-recording of the title track from their legendary debut album from 1989 – Slowly We Rot.

The cover song Dethroned Emperor, is a fantastic tribute to the iconic and extreme Celtic Frost, a song in which Celtic Frost released back in 1984 on their debut album – Morbid Tales. This song is noted as an additional song, on the USA release version of Morbid Tales. Obituary brings to the forefront, a beyond fabulous song from Celtic Frost’s early beginning… it’s Metal history.

Left To Die is without Metal question, a MUST for any Obituary and/or Death Metal fan. You are getting the Evil Ways video, the cover version of Dethroned Emperor and a 2008 re-recording of Slowly We Rot, plus two tracks from the Darkest Day release. There is credible Death Metal bang for your buck with this Left To Die EP. This is Obituary material that is patented Death Grooves from these legendary originators of Death Metal. Deathly doom and Metal gloom never sounded so unreal great.

Obituary, as they appeared on the Left To Die EP and Darkest Day album:

John Tardy – vocals

Donald Tardy – drums

Trevor Peres – guitar

Ralph Santolla – guitar

Frank Watkins – bass

* If you feel like it, you can check out and read my review for the Obituary album – Darkest Day. I posted it on September 9, 2009. Just click on the link below:

OBITUARY – “Darkest Day” brings the darkest and heaviest Death Metal

I hope you enjoy this song and video – Evil Ways by Obituary as much as I do… if that’s the Metal case, then turn the volume all the way up on this MUTHA!!!

LONG LIVE OBITUARY!

Stone.

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SIX FEET UNDER – “GRAVEYARD CLASSICS III” A DEATH METAL ALBUM OF COVER SONGS!

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I really get into Death Metal and have my core favorite, Death Metal bands. Six Feet Under is one of my core Death Metal bands of mine. When I listen to Death Metal, it’s like I’m getting back to my Metal basics… there’s no fooling around with this genre, just extreme vocals and groove infested, thunder splitting – Metal. Chris Barnes, with his ultra legendary, Death Metal growling vocals, is at his finest on Graveyard Classics III. This album marks the third installment of the Graveyard Classics series of cover song albums from Six Feet Under. Six Feet Under not only groove along at an impressively addicting pace, this album is damn F’n fun too. Yes, it is fun to hear Chris Barnes belt out his original and extreme vocals to ten amazingly historical Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Black Metal and Punk Rock songs.

One of the many reasons to admire Six Feet Under and their Graveyard Classics series, is their allegiance and recognition to so many historical and great bands from Rock Music’s past. It’s all about roots with these cover songs… and Six Feet Under covers them with Death Metal brilliance. My two favorite cover songs on Graveyard Classics III are: Destroyer by Twisted Sister and Not Fragile by Bachman Turner Overdrive. Six Feet Under plays Destroyer like they are going to take over the world… and implement a Death Metal master plan. Not Fragile showcases the guitar mastery of Steve Swanson, he really steals the Death Metal show on this song.

As I listen to Chris Barnes sing these two songs, I cannot help but not recognize that he is a fan of these bands he covers so well. Influence is a powerful word and bands like Slayer literally explode with it for so many musicians… Six Feet Under attests to this by covering At Dawn They Sleep. Six Feet Under may never be able to capture the Thrash Metal fire and intensity that only Slayer can deliver with At Dawn They Sleep, still, hearing such a fantastic Death Metal version of this classic is a thrill for me. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity is such a monumental choice for Six Feet Under to undertake as well, Metallica being the iconic Thrash Metal Band they are only drives home the reverence Chris Barnes upholds for Metal history. Oh, yeah, Six Feet Under plays this Metallica classic quite deadly well too.

What would a 2010 Death Metal cover song album, from Six Feet Under, be without an Anvil song? Metal On Metal only solidifies the fact that Anvil is as important a band to the history of Metal as any. Chris Barnes may not ever take over the vocal helm for Anvil’s Lips, regardless, he employs his very own grunt and growl trademark to a fabulous cover version. Just when you think Graveyard Classics III has all the historic Metal firepower to cover, A Dangerous Meeting by the unreal legendary Mercyful Fate is on this album too. A tough song to sing no matter who you are… Chris Barnes takes this song on and laces it with Death Metal vocal glorification. Psychotherapy by the Ramones and Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck by Prong are the fun moments for me on this album… two songs that probably no one ever would consider Death Metal material years ago. On Fire by Van Halen and Pounding Metal by (the blue collar) Thrash Metal vets Exciter, round out the ten Death Metal cover songs on Graveyard Classics III.

To say that Terry Butler on bass and Greg Gall on drums are very good is a Death Metal understatement… they are both excellent… the proof is in the songs. Six Feet Under has established their Death Metal legacy years ago, they are now just compounding this legacy, with an album of deliriously deadly cover songs called Graveyard Classics III. This is one damn fine listen – in Death Groove.

* Graveyard Classics III was released on January 19, 2010, on Metal Blade Records.

* Album Cover Art By: Dusty Peterson – Unreal great stuff… now thats Metal. Death Metal.


SKYFIRE – “Under A Pitch Black Sky” Progressive Death Metal Song That Cured My Funk

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Based on the type of funky day I’ve been having, coming across the song Under A Pitch Black Sky by SKYFIRE was all the Metal elixir I needed, to get that funk out of my day. This song is from Skyfire’s 2009 release – Esoteric. Skyfire is a Progressive Death Metal Band, originating from Sweden. I first heard Under A Pitch Black Sky from a compilation CD of Metal songs, courtesy from an issue of Metal Hammer that I picked up, sometime back in 2009. (Getting free Metal compilation CD’s from an issue of Metal Hammer… or from any source, is a very cool Metal deal). I really enjoy the Death Metal genre, throw in melodic and it suits me just the same. There is the atmospheric element of Symphonic Metal heard throughout this great song. Lead vocalist Joakim Karlsson sounds brilliant on Under A Pitch Black Sky, some may equate his vocals to having a touch of Black Metal fire as well. The blistering guitars are a focal point of this song… just one listen and you shall understand my Metal glee. At the end of the Metal day, SKYFIRE is an excellent Progressive Death Metal Band for me. I hope you enjoy Under A Pitch Black Sky as much as I do… crank this Metal up and it might get the funk out of your day too!

LONG LIVE SKYFIRE!

SKYFIRE:

Joakim Karlsson – (Vocals)

Martin Hanner – (Bass & Keyboards)

Andreas Edlund – (guitars & keyboards)

Johan Reinholdz – (Guitars)

Joakim Jonsson – (Drums)

To find out more about SKYFIRE, just click on this link that takes you to their MySpace Music page: SKYFIRE

It is METAL Music and bands like SKYFIRE, that never let me down…

KATAKLYSM – “TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM” PICTURE DISC & “PREVAIL” ALBUM = DEATH METAL DOMINATION

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Back in the Summer of 2008, I came across a 7 ” picture disc from Kataklysm: Taking The World By Storm. This picture disc was released on May 30, 2008 on Nuclear Blast (Records). I bought this sweet picture disc off of the Century Media Records web site – CM Distro. (Damn, I just used the word sweet on Metal Odyssey). Kataklysm hails from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It’s great to see Death Metal staking it’s claim up in the Great White North, I’d rather see an export like Kataklysm come out of Canada, rather than an Alberta Clipper snow storm. (I can’t stand those Alberta Clippers… they always seem to dump a few inches or more of snow during rush hour traffic). Back to this unreal picture disc… the two songs on it are from Kataklysm’s tenth studio album – Prevail, released in North America on May 27, 2008, they are:

Taking The World By Storm

Breathe To Dominate

I really like Kataklysm… this band epitomizes perseverance and being true to Metal. Kataklysm is as hard and heavy as any in the Death Metal world, with their melodic tone making for an even greater listening experience, Metal time and again. Kataklysm really created a furious and Metal blinding album of songs with Prevail, Taking The World By Storm and Breathe To Dominate are two enormously justified Death Metal songs to appear on this picture disc. Adding this Kataklysm picture disc to my collection, only makes it all the more Metal potent. Take a Metal gander at this amazing 7″ picture disc below, I have shown you both front and back:

It’s always a great Metal treat, when the album artwork is brutal and hellishly unreal… fitting right in with the Death Metal theme. (Did I use the word treat back there?). The back cover shows Kataklysm, in all of their Metal glory, from left to right: Stephane Barbe (bass), Max Duhamel (drums), Maurizio Iacono (vocals) and Jean-Francois Dagenais (guitars).

The two songs on this picture disc, as well as every song on the Prevail album, are immensely dominant in all of it’s Death Metal extremity. Kataklysm comes at you from all Metal angles… there really is no room to escape, all you can do is listen to their songs on this picture disc and their Prevail album and be set Death Metal straight. Kataklysm plays extremely tight and solid, with a flurry of Thrash Metal thrown around for good Metal measure. The riffs are abundant and very memorable, you can’t possibly listen to these Kataklysm songs without walking away with several riffs and leads – buzzing in your head. Even if you are not a fan of Death Metal, (I could never fathom not being a fan of Death Metal), this Prevail album from Kataklysm will certainly leave a long lasting dent in your skeptic attitude. Maurizio Iacono is without Metal question… one of the most underrated vocalists in not just Death Metal, in all of Metal. (That is my Metal opinion and I am sticking to it).

Here is the track listing for the Prevail album:

Prevail

Taking The World By Storm

The Chains Of Power

As Death Lingers

Blood In Heaven

To The Throne Of Sorrow

Breathe To Dominate

Tear Down The Kingdom

The Vultures Are Watching

The Last Effort (Renaissance ll)

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