Just a very quick update for you all and a random photo of Godsized with an impressive beard. This is just to let you know that gig listings are continuing to be updated, but news posts have stopped, i didn't want people to come on the site and think it's not being updated, it is on the listings page, just not on the news. I'd like to thank all the bands, promoters, and the public who are adding listings to help keep every one of our 10,000+ visitors a month in the know about the latest gigs.
Due to ongoing personal family matters I will not be updating the news for the foreseeable future, but will continue with the listings side. To all those that have offered to help during this period, the best thing you can do is add gigs if you see they are missing and keep the site listings fresh whilst I deal with the ongoing matters. Keep an eye and follow the facebook page as i will be using this for tour announcements and news updates from now on. THANK YOU to all those that have reached out, your support is appreciated, Antony Roberts (Metalgigs owner).
If, after the intro of building feedback leading into a swinging butchers block of a riff, echo-drenched vocals and huge, cavernous drums you are not transported directly back to the (wholly imagined on my part) mean streets of 1988 New York teeming with the likes of Leeway, The Cro-Mags and Thrash Metal period Agnostic Front, then I don't know WHAT to think.
Throw in the relentless intensity of 'Beneath the Remains' Sepultura, the 'careering wildly out of control' feel of 'Eternal Nightmare' and the total headbang/neckbreak of 'Taking Over' and you've got yourself a hell of an album, what i think of as crossover much more than the party thrash of Municipal Waste or Toxic Holocaust...
Technical death metal. It’s a genre that’s as likely to inspire apathy as it is excitement. There’s often a fine line between technical wizardry and tedious wankery, avant-garde excellence and anal excess. The days of dazzling an audience with overblown musicianship have long passed. While the latest generation of musicians have found themselves busy burning fretboards, there‘s usually an abundance of style over actual substance; entire discs spinning by in a soulless blur of polyrhythms and sweep-picks.
So far, 2013 has heard Portal twist our senses and Gorguts push to blow our minds. And now, Ulcerate re-emerge. Suddenly technical death metal has got a whole lot darker and a shit-load more interesting.
“Vermis” is the Kiwi death metal test-pilot’s fourth album and the...
Purify the horror are a Grindcore act based in the home of Grindcore, Birmingham. This ‘Untitled’ E.P from Dissected Records is their first release. It runs it at 17 minutes long and features 12 tracks, one of which is the obligatory 4 second grind micro blast, going by the name of ‘Shree-dela-badum-de-ladum-de’, others stretch just over the 2 minute mark.
As is all the rage these days they choose not to publicise their identities, choosing instead to hide behind pig masks and going behind the names: Sergeant Squeal (vocals) Bear-pig (Guitar/Bass), and Lord Pig (Drums).
As the first melody of ‘Thunder Alchemy’ seeps through your speakers, an immediate comfort zone is found, with phrasing reminiscent of 'De Mysteriis...' era Mayhem. However, this brief familiarity erodes as the riff unexpectedly evolves, and by the time the drums and vocals pound into your ears, it is supremely evident that Pantheon of Blood are their own, unique beast. A far cry from the hordes of black metal acts running with Darkthrones ‘unholy trinity’ template, and a band whose desire to forge their own identity keeps them standing out from the grim and frostbitten...