Vesania, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade.. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard now on metalblade.com/vesania, where fans can also pre-order a copy of the album!
Orion – guitars and voices
Daray – drums
Siegmar – synths and samples
Heinrich – bass
Valeo – guitars
Vesania‘s roots are firmly planted in Poland, but their reach has been expanding throughout the years across the globe. The collective experience of the members of the band speaks volumes of their knowledge and ability to craft world class albums.
There’s no singular unifying lyrical concept on “Deus Ex Machina“, but there’s a main theme, a coherent and deliberate thread running from the title through the music. The title of the album is a term from ancient Greek tragedy and translates to “god from the machine”. The idea for the concept was that a machine, typically a rudimentary crane, would lower a thespian playing god onto the stage to solve the seemingly unsolvable conflict in the plot. In modern entertainment, the term has evolved to primarily refer to a cheap solution in a poorly written script or novel. Alternatively, Vesania‘s “Deus Ex Machina” is a call for any kind of help or intervention because all of the lyrics on the album are hopeless and show characters in situations that leaves them powerless. One of the tracks tells the story of the lowering of an actor, supposedly the god, onto a stage before a corrupted man searching for answers. Instead, that actor is lowered by a noose around their neck, having already died. The lyrics paint a drab picture, particularly when paired with equally bleak music. Recording was completed at Sound Division Studio, with mastering by Scott Hull at Visceralsound Studios.
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Job For A Cowboy to release “Sun Eater” November 11; new song “Sun of Nihility” streaming now!
Job for a Cowboy have wrapped up music and art on their fourth full length album, “Sun Eater.” Along with producer Jason Suecof, vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker have crafted a cerebral and accomplished piece of technical death metal. Job for a Cowboy wrapped up touring in 2013 as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival that summer. Following that performance, the band collectively decided to sharpen their focus and set an intent on cooking up a record that encompassed their full dynamic range of talent. The group had all agreed on the main course being a desire for futuristic tones, a wider spectrum of textures and tempos, and an emphasis on slightly more ancestral song construction. The result, “Sun Eater,” does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band.
Listen to “Sun of Nihility” and pre-order the album now atmetalblade.com/jobforacowboy.
Following the departure of long time skins-man Jon Rice, Job for a Cowboy, cognizant of the size of shoes that needed to be filled, in addition to the depth and versatility demanded by the new material, enlisted the services of Danny Walker (Intronaut, Murder Construct, Exhumed, etc). Walker’s mastery of his craft, coupled with his creativity and enthusiasm for the material, strongly influenced the outcome of the record, and it only takes a few minutes of listening to hear this is Job for a Cowboy at their finest.
Regarding composition, guitarist Tony Sannicandro recalled: “This album came together very smoothly. We had the concept before hand and I took it upon myself to try and portray that concept through the music. I took a much more melodic approach than “Demonocracy”: focusing on the structuring and the layering that would complement the story to my ears.” The other half of the guitar duo, Al Glassman, continued to be a driving force behind the band’s sound. Bassist Nick Schendzielos added that “Al riffs long and hard for greater the good of everyone involved. He really used a lot of foresight in his revisions during the writing process, creating ample room for me to mood-out the tracks with bass that you can actually hear. in the end I think we really brought the character out in each and every song.” Indeed, composition and songwriting was the focus here. With this new album, the band had the luxury of relative longevity in the core of their songwriting lineup. This led to a far stronger vibe and a much more realized final product.
Audiohammer producer Jason Suecof, whose first bout with the band was 2009’s “Ruination,” has now worked with the band for over six years. Few are more familiar with how Job for a Cowboy operates in the studio than Suecof, and he was also feeling the “vibe” on “Sun Eater”: “This band is composed entirely of top notch musicians all the way around and they are clearly at the top of their game. This new album is a stellar combination of everyone’s efforts and what we have now is something that conveys everyone’s musicianship without being techy for the sake of being tech. This album has got feeling and it is fucking brutal!”
Sun Eater will be available via Metal Blade Records on November 11th in North America and November 7th/10th in Europe/UK
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- September 16th, 2014 –
Band Announces Special Instagram Contest + SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal Hosts A Week-Long CANNIBAL CORPSE Takeover
Today marks of the official unveiling of CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s anticipated A Skeletal Domain full-length! Out NOW via Metal Blade Records, the thirteenth full-length from the American death metal institution was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, and delivers twelve ill-omened tracks in forty-four minutes, the result of which is a colossal, confrontational, and meticulously-executed display of unparalleled brutality.
In an 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine gushes, “‘Vector Of Cruelty’ is a masterful combination of coruscating mid-pace burl and quirky thrash, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ pushes boundaries in the fields of lead work and atonality, while ‘Kill Or Become’ has a sizzling, infectious quality and the potential to be a set closer should they ever quit it with ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’… the point is, there’s material on lucky number thirteen that stands up to the classics.” Ghost Cult commends, “A Skeletal Domain has shown the world that CANNIBAL CORPSE is still on top of their death metal game and just how evil these guys can be,” while The Guardian boasts, “A cleaner, sharper production certainly gives the likes of teeth-shattering opener ‘High Velocity Impact Spatter’ and the scattershot thud of ‘Sadistic Embodiment’ a more pristine air than anything on 2012′s Torture, but it is the subtle flights of perverse structural fancy lurking within the sustained riff tirade of ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ and the gleefully unsavory ‘Asphyxiate To Resuscitate’ that make this one of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s most absorbing records in years.” In a 4/5 verdict, Sputnik Music notes, “CANNIBAL CORPSE have pushed the technicality of their songs without forgetting the brutality or speed that fans have come to expect. They’ve also added a thrash element that periodically rears its head before being murdered by another blast beat and atonal guitar solo. Together these elements have created a CANNIBAL CORPSE album that is darker and more chaotic than normal…with A Skeletal Domain there is even more of a reason for people to give CANNIBAL CORPSE a listen,” while MetalSucks adds succinctly, “[CANNIBAL CORPSE] fucking rule their fucking roost with talons of fucking steel.“
To celebrate A Skeletal Domain‘s release, the band is offering listeners a chance to win a megaCANNIBAL CORPSE prize pack though mid-October. Thirty retail stores throughout the US are currently festooned with special A Skeletal Domain CD displays. Fans situated near participating locations are asked to take a photo with the display and post those photos to their Instagram accounts. Posts should include the following hash tags (#): #MetalBlade, #CannibalCorpse, #ASkeletalDomain, #(the store at which the photo was taken). Each store will have a prize package to give to one winner for the best picture, chosen by CANNIBAL CORPSE and Metal Blade Records.
The prize from each store will be:
1. The stand-up display from the store.
2. A copy of CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s first-ever official authorized biography, The Bible Of Butchery, written by acclaimed metal author Joel McIver
3. A Metal Blade T-Shirt
One GRAND prize winner will receive $500 gift card from CANNIBAL CORPSE and Metal Blade. While there is no age requirement to be in the photo, the recipient of the gift card must be 18 years old or older. Winners will be chosen on October 16th, 2014, and announced shortly thereafter. A list of participating stores and locations appears below.
CANNIBAL CORPSE Instagram Contest – Participating Store Locations:
Boo Boo Records – San Luis Obispo, CA
Bull Moose – Bangor, ME
Bull Moose – Salem, NH
Criminal Records – Atlanta, GA
Dimple – Sacramento, CA
Dimple - Citrus Heights, CA
Disc Exchange – Knoxville, TN
Down In the Valley – Golden Valley, MN
Encore Records – Austin, TX
Silver Platters – Seattle, WA
Gallery of Sound – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Gallery of Sound – Hazleton, PA
Guestroom Records – Norman, OK
Guestroom Records – Oklahoma City, OK
Looney Tunes – West Babylon, NY
Magnolia Thunderpussy - Columbus, OH
MF Metal Music – Bryant, AR
Monster Music and Movies – Charleston, SC
Oz Music – Tuscaloosa, AL
Park Avenue CD – Orlando, FL
Radio-active Records – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Record Archive - Rochester, NY
Rock of Ages – Garden City, MI
Skinnie’s Records – Norfolk, VA
The Exclusive Company - Appleton, WI
Waiting Room Records – Normal, IL
Wuxtry - Athens, GA
Young Ones – Kutztown, PA
Streetlight Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA
Streetlight – San Jose, CA
In related news, Liquid Metal will be hosting a special CANNIBAL CORPSE week. Every hour starting today, September 16th at midnight ET/9:00pm PT through Monday, September 22nd at 3:00am ET/midnight PT, SiriusXM Liquid Metal will play a new track from A Skeletal Domain as introduced by the entire band. Plus you’ll hear vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, bassist Alex Webster, drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz and guitarists Rob Barrett and Pat O’Brien all pick out a dozen of their favorite and most influential metal tracks to play in a week long CANNIBAL CORPSE Liquid Metal Takeover. In addition to their guest DJ picks and new album premiere, Liquid Metal will air, in its entirety, a fullCANNIBAL CORPSE set that was captured this summer in Camden, New Jersey as part of the massive seventh annual Mayhem Fest. Times are listed below, the concert will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand for a limited time.
Tuesday 9/16 @ 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Wednesday 9/17 @ 3pm ET / Noon PT
Thursday 9/18 @ 10am ET / 7am PT
Friday 9/19 @ 5pm ET / 2pm PT
Saturday 9/20 @ 10pm ET / 7pm PT
Sunday 9/21 @ 7pm ET / 4pm PT