Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CD Review: Metal Blade Records Will Turn September Into "Metal Month"

Once again, Metal Blade Records rolls out some new music to bang your head to. Here are some of Europe’s finest metal, including new music from Darkness By Oath, The Foreshadowing, Over Your Threshold and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.

Darkness By Oath comes to us from Spain with a new album entitled “Near Death Experience.” Their music is hard-hitting death metal as showcased in the opening song “In An Obscure Eternity.” The band speed things up on “A Cry Of Terror” display their talents in the instrumental “Holloworld.” The album also features guest appearances from Anders Bjorler (The Haunted) and Mario Illiopoulos (Nightrage). Screams are heard (and felt) in “Unequivocal Evil Excitement” before the band closes the album with the aggressive “Terror In A Thousand Faces.”

Darkness By Oath will be performing at the Girona Metal Festival in September and at Hangar 77 in October. For more information, check out darknessbyoath.com.

The Foreshadowing recently released their 2010 European album “Oionos” alongside their latest album “Second World.” While lead singer Marco I. Benevento takes center stage on the band’s 2010 release, the musicianship becomes the focus on 2012’s “Second World.” You instantly notice has well the band perform together on the album’s opening song, “Havoc.” Their brand of doom metal has a lot more going on with the music than just the deep sludging bass and drums. The duel guitars of Andrea Chiodetti and Alessandro Pace give these songs a breath of life that keeps you listening as in “The Forsaken Son” and “Aftermaths.” The album closes with the haunting, keyboard drenched “Friends Of Pain.”

The Foreshadowing just performed at the Summer Breeze Open Air Festival in Germany and currently do not have any further dates on the schedule. Be sure to check out theforeshadowing.com for more information on the new album.

Right from the first guitar string, the new album from Germany’s death metal band Over Your Threshold hits you right in the face. The new album entitled “Facticity” was released on August 28th in North America and it is the band’s first full-length release. The vocals of Ludwig Walter on the opening song “Cortical Blindness” shows that is band means business. They find their speed metal groove on “Contextual Fluctuating” and “Abdicted,” before closing the album with the powerful “Facticity.”

Over Your Threshold will be performing at the Fistful of Metal 2012 on August 31 in Denmark. For more information on the band’s new album, as well as concert dates, please visit overthethreshold.de.

The Shovell are named after a 17th century English naval commander, Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell. Their heavy metal sound brings us back to seventies heavy rock as demonstrated in “Devil’s Island” and “Red Admiral Black Sunrise.” They pick up the pace on “iDeath” and “The Last Run,” but feel more comfort in the heavy bass and drum groove “Scratchin’ & Sniffin’” and “Killer Kane.”

For more information on this band, please visit metalblade.com/admiralsircloudsleyshovell.

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