Inferi- Revenant

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Inferi’s Revenant is exactly what their album cover depicts…..it’s a behemoth of an album ready to kick anyone’s ass in 2018. No lies, this record is awfully impressive and would be a shame to see it not get any serious press. Nothing against their first two albums they’re great and I still love them……Revenant also seems to have a bigger maturation to it than their first two albums, if you get my drift. The production and songwriting is much better. I think this is definitely the album to toot your horn about and never shut up about.  I think I listened to the album 3 or 4 times before its official release day April 20th which is today.

What makes Revenant stand out from “Path of Apotheosis” and “The End Of An Era”? Quite possibly, everything…..Malcom’s shredding never gets old. I think the guy’s songwriting and guitar playing has consistently improved for years now. His guitar leads are very well thought out that the melody carries over note by note, and not playing obnoxiously fast every guitar solo that pops up.

The addition of Sam Schneider on vocals makes this band even heavier…..his enthusiasm and intensity makes Inferi that much greater and a bigger underdog for the metal scene. I’m so excited for the guys touring with Alterbeast again, as well as opening for Rivers of Nihil during their summer tour! I want this band to desperately get out of the woodwork and really show the metal world what it’s been missing. I wish them all the best for the Revenant album release and summer tour.

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The orchestral and synthesizer/keyboard elements make the songs on Revenant much more interesting than they already are….I’ve been becoming a bigger fan of soundscapes and songs as a whole rather than constantly breaking something down part by part. As a whole, every song is engaging and layered masterfully.

Another killer thing about Inferi? They never slack in the art department. Tell me that cover doesn’t rule….just tell me. This band’s creativity has no boundaries.  James Malone’s guitar contributions on “Through The Depths” enhance the song to a totally new level. Trever from the Black Dahlia Murder also makes an amazing guest appearance as a vocalist on “Behold The Bearer Of Light”. Every track is great, and flows well from the opening track “Within The Dead Horizon” to the last song.

Revenant is out now, so go buy it you fools. If I couldn’t convince or entice you their music better.

 

 

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Final Round for May Band Of The Month!

Okay so the last week is underway……
Fire Garden Divinex Inanimate Existence have survived the bloody battle of this 3 round voting massacre. The voting is going to last longer this time, until the 30th at 9pm eastern. So that means theres a bit over 10 days to place your vote and help spread the word!
*I might have consolation prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.
* Considering the success and attention this has received, I might do another month with the same setup again. Maybe twice a year.

Who Do You Sound Like? What’s Your Genre?

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Warning: rant ahead. For your information, you may want to take the detour if not interested.

Two big pet peeves of mine as an artist/promoter/blogger/music enthusiast…….or maybe for many bands and artists out there as well. The true artists who aren’t trying to be someone else, are actually trying to write their own music and develop a brand and their own style the best they can.  I try to stray away from labeling but it’s also tough when you’re trying to categorize a band.

Generally when you think of Progressive Death Metal…..there’s possible mixtures of classic rock, death metal, classic prog rock…..maybe even some jazz and big instrumental breaks as well and possible full length instrumentals.  It must be technical, right? Not everyone wants to be obnoxious as Archspire or Beyond Creation but there’s also the emotional side of the genre like Steven Wilson or the mighty Pink Floyd that add the “spacey” element to the genre as well.

How would you describe yourself or your sound? Well…..how about you listen to the MUSIC?!?! Isn’t that an ingenious idea? Considering the modern age has many sources to listen to a band or artist that could answer some of your categorizing questions. To be honest I was pretty guilty of this in the past, but am trying my best to break that trend. Trying to sound like someone else is of poser status, and toolshed status as well. Originality is pretty dead these days but its nice when you run into some because its a lost art.

There’s so many subgeneres and even new genres it just gets a bit ridiculous more and more every time another new one is created or founded. I bet you there has to be an atmospheric progressive neoclassical symphonic death metal band out there somewhere! Honestly some of those descriptions kinda blend in with each other now that I think about it.  Genre classification is nucking futs and so are elitists.  Stop confusing more people by mixing so many genres and stick to your guns for fuck’s sake. I love that people are blending more sounds and experimenting we need that. I hate when non-artistic people ask you these two annoying questions about yourself/your band or what a band sounds like. JUST LISTEN TO THE MUSIC AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. Or maybe if the logo is unreadable then you definitely know it’s a form of death metal.

 

 

 

Infinitee- The Possibilities Are Endless

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Infinitee is an instrumental project by Tres Thomas of Tales Of The Tomb.  This is a project that is very melodic and heavy.  There’s a great use of electronics that enhances his experimental nature and further adds to the originality.  What I love as a guitar player is how he doesn’t care about speed….it’s great to play fast leads and melodies sometimes but he has a great niche of finding solid melody without wanting to play at 1,000 BPM.

What makes Thomas’ debut solo album a great offering is his combination of a wide range of influence……lots of ambience and electronics that again break up an ocassionally repetitive genre at times.  Thomas stated that he has a 2nd album demoed and music for a third album before Infinitee’s debut actually is officially released!

I’m so glad I do what I do to discover new music and artists I never heard of this is another instance that is one of at least 15 to 20 times since I started this site in February (wow almost 3 months old!). I’m so lucky to get so many album releases of the genres I mainly cover of many bands and in return preorder them helping support these artists (just like I did yesterday when I only heard one song!). Tres Thomas’ album really resonated with me, and I hope it does with the general public. I have no problem pushing a well crafted album and that is what was accomplished here.   “The Possibilities Are Endless” is officially being released this Friday April 20th.  You can preorder the album through the band camp website and on iTunes as well.

 

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Track Listing:
1. Xenocybin (3:24)
2, Lost (3:23)
3. Robots vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt.1 (3:39)
4. Robots vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt.2 (5:00)
5. The Possibilities Are Endless (3:59)
6. Free (4:41)

 

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Youtube: Infinitee

Robots Vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt. 1 Playthrough

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Voidthrone release “Kur” music video

 

I previously mentioned these guys not too long ago.  Now, we finally have a full length track and not an album preview to listen to! It’s extremely captivating and very interesting……the dissonance adds such unique flavor to an already unusual and original sound Voidthrone is going for.

The band is exactly what music needs more of.  Not another rock or metal band that tries to strive to be original but in the end is just another generic band. Voidthrone has such a unique sound they sound like nobody in recent memory.

Kur is set to be released on May 4th which is only a few weeks away……get your preorders in while they’re available.

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Inferi April 2018 Interview

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with the tech death underdogs about a couple things…..including my two favorite things, pizza and tacos. They also are releasing one of the best albums of 2018 next week as well…..that’s pretty important, as well.

TMR: What motivated you to start The Artisan Era? It’s such a fantastic label, by the way…..quite possibly the best one right now, in my opinion.

Malcolm: Basically, the idea was to have a way to release our own music without dealing with anyone else, that way we could 

Mike: Thanks! We started it as a name to release our own music under. Once we learned a thing or two, we decided to make it legit and start taking on some outside bands. It’s still pretty small but we love doing it and helping bands we think are sick! We are constantly on the lookout for new bands to add to the roster. I actually just sent out 5 contracts the other day!

TMR: How did the writing process for Revenant differ from The End Of An Era or The Path Of Apotheosis?

Malcolm: Well, with EOAE we where in a studio and tracked and mixed everything within 11 days. It came out super raw and we didn’t want to repeat that process again, so with Path and Revenant, we decided to record on our own terms and in our own home studios in order to get the results we where looking for. It’s nice to have as much time as you need when working on an album and that luxury provides us with the mental tools to write and compose along the way as opposed to everything being set in stone once we are done with tracking. Also, Mike mixed Path and Revenant, which is another pro to being able to do things on our own.

TMR: Malcolm: Any update on anything new for A Loathing Requiem? 

Malcolm: Right now I have some material setting around and there will be a third album. But for time being my main focus is INFERI. 

TMR: How has your newest member your drummer Spencer working out for the band? He has some big shoes to fill in regards to Blackburn who was one heck of a drummer I may add. 

Mike: He is doing a fantastic job! Malcolm and I started scoping out local drummers to take Jack’s place over 2 years ago. Jack had moved out of state and we wanted to revive Inferi as a live band. It took a while to find the right guy, but we totally found him. By that time, we had most of Revenant written and Jack wanted to play on one last record with us, so we worked it out for Spencer to join immediately after we recorded the album. We’ve known Spencer for a couple years as a local dude in the Nashville music scene and he has become a great friend and touring companion too!

Malcolm: Working with Spencer has been great and he has been a great fit to our sound and our future progression as a band. Plus, he lives in our area, which is what we needed to move forward as a band. 

TMR: How did you guys land Trevor as a guest vocalist? He just isn’t another artist, he’s a huge advocate for underground bands and extreme music in general…..you guys must have been chomping at the bit!

Malcolm: All of the Black Dahlia guys are some of the most chill guys you could ask for. I just reached out to him, because I thought it would be cool to have a different vocalist for that particular part on the album. He was happy to do so and the rest is history, same with James Malone. He played a gnarly solo on the album and I can’t wait for people to hear it.

TMR: What is everyone’s favorite song from “Revenant”? Congratulations on an amazing album…..it’s definitely a 2018 favorite for me with plenty of other interesting albums to follow yours as well.

Malcolm: Malevolent Sanction sticks out the most to me. It’s the most diverse and expansive piece on the album in my opinion. 

Mike: That is almost impossible to answer, but for right now I might say “Malevolent Sanction” just because it is the most off-the-wall and proggy song Inferi has ever put out. 


Joel: Thy Menacing Gaze

Sam: A Beckoning Thrall

Spencer: Through the Depths

TMR: One thing I’ve loved about your band since I knew who you were is your artwork…..what was your thought process behind Revenant’s artwork, theme and lyrics? 

Malcolm: The Artwork is based on the exact lyrics for ‘Behold the Bearer of Light.’ The album is based on themes from Dante’s Inferno and this is Lucifer frozen in the Lake of Cocytus. Helge C. Balzer did a fantastic job of capturing the ideas I had for the piece. 

TMR: What do you guys think of Aepoch and Unflesh? I just recently discovered who these bands were…..they blow my mind! A tour with those two would blow up the universe! (HINT, HINT 😉  )

Malcolm: Both are rad and I hear a lot of potential in both bands. Brett (Aepoch) is a really stand up dude as well. You never know what the future may hold.

TMR: What new releases any you guys are looking forward to this year?  And on the opposite spectrum…..what were your favorite albums from 2017?

Malcolm: I’m not exactly sure what is on the horizon this year, but I’ve got my eyes on Beyond Creation’s new release. For my 2017 pick, I’d have to go with Dark Matter Secret’s Perfect World Creation.

Mike: Amiensus and Equipoise


Joel: Warforged and Equipoise

Sam: Spite, Virulent Depravity, and Necrophagist 

Spencer: At the Gates, Oubliette, Gruesome, Amiensus, and Equipoise

TMR: Pizza or Tacos? Everyone has to answer.

Malcolm: I want Pizza! P.I.Z.Z.A.

Mike: Close call, but good tacos are near and dear to my heart


Joel: Tacos, because I’m not a god damn savage


Sam: Pizza folded like a taco

Spencer: I’d say tacos because I ate too much damn pizza on tour

TMR: What was it like jamming with the modern day legend Grindmother? How freaking cool was that shit? I loved her album!  Any fun memories from that tour with her band and Alterbeast?

Mike: It was an interesting act to follow, to say the least! It was awesome to see her up there doing something she has come to love and having a blast every night. They were all sweethearts too. 


Spencer
 It was a blast! Definitely never thought my first tour would be with a 68 year old woman lol, but it was a lot of fun and all the bands killed it every night. One of my favorite memories was from the Sacramento show, the crowd was awesome, everybody played their best set of the whole tour that night, and it was fun getting to hang and drink with all the dudes one last time before starting the trip back to Nashville.

Malcolm: The tour was great and we had a really good time. At this point, it all feels like a blur to me now.

TMR: What are everyone’s favorite set of lyrics from Revenant?

Malcolm: “Thunder it seems, ripples atop the ice as Lucifer speaks” 

Joel: “In exchange for all your mercy, I will grant you amnesty, but the lies between his teeth hold a stench of fantasy.”

Sam: “Striving to be human once more, taste of the flesh and assimilate their form.”

Spencer “Engulfed by a maelstrom of lustful dead, he snatched out the tongue from the judge’s head, putting his limp serpent body to use, he strangled Minos with his tail like a noose.”

TMR: Go ahead and provide links for any other projects you guys have, or any other aspirations that may not involve music.  Thanks for putting together such a great album for everyone, Revenant will blow minds guaranteed. Thanks for also taking the time to answer my questions as well!

Malcolm: facebook.com/aloathingrequiem

Mike: Oubliette (melodic black/death metal) facebook.com/oubliettemetal

Joelfacebook.com/kossuthband

Samfacebook.com/sammyslamdancer

Spencer Phobos (instrumental progressive rock) 

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Week 2 Band/Artist Of The Month is underway!

Fire Garden Divinex Inanimate Existence The Ritual Aura Sarah Longfield made it out of the first week and advance to the second week of voting. Sarah’s vote was casted before Archspire’s, incase anyone was wondering how that tiebreaker was decided who both had 1 vote each.

 

Voting again will end next Wednesday evening 9pm eastern time. Cast your votes wisely chumps!

https://www.strawpoll.me/15487298