Montreal, Quebec duo Samskaras return this October 26th with "Lithification," their second EP in as many years. The always rad peeps over at Mind Eraser Promotions sent us a teaser for the forthcoming record, which you can listen to right here.
On the new music, Eric Burnet, Samskaras' vocalist, guitarist and bass player, says:
"This EP is mostly about the struggle between anger and self-control. “It's direct and vicious, but also intensely emotional. The title itself i
There's a friendly competition going on around here at the MA HQ. Always trying to one-up each other, JPR and I are constantly scouring the globe in an exhaustive search for new, underground metal bands. So when JPR found Vvilderness and did a review on it, I felt I should do a write up on a band which features Vvildr, of Vvilderness, called Realm Of Wolves. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Realm Of Wolves has released their first three song EP titled "Shores Of Nothingnes
Greetings, you beautiful Abyss reader! Ever feel completely ill-equipped to handle a task that you know you have to complete? Whether it’s a project on the honey-do list that’s just a bit above your skill level, or an assignment from the boss that’s two or three steps above your pay grade, you’ve been tasked with something that, from the outset, you know you’re going to struggle with. Well, that’s right where I am as I’m typing this. And from this point forward I’m going to
Greetings from soggy Pennsylvania, Abyss!
Earlier this year our attention here at Metal Abyss turned almost exclusively towards underground metal. We may not get much right, but on this one point we are focused like an evil laser. To that end I spend my laughable amount of free time patrolling metal pages, Bandcamp and YouTube, looking for artists that deserve attention that they're not getting. This past week in particular I went demo hunting and, after a few near (and
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In every life a little epic power metal must fall. Understanding and coming to terms with that inescapable truth need not trouble your heart; especially when, if you’re willing to dig a little, you’ll come across a modern day epic monster like ‘East of Sun,’ the debut LP from Vancouver’s Gatekeeper.
Though we’ve featured plenty of Canadian bands here at the Abyss in the past, they’re often of the tech death/thrash variety, whi
The promos keep on rolling in. Here's a short break down of a few things to keep an eye on. Tragul- "Before I Say Goodbye" New Single: The symphonic metal six-piece does things differently 'round here. They release their music on a song-by-song basis, which means a new song and video every two months. "Before I Say Goodbye" was released on the dreaded Friday the 13th in April. Xael- New Album "The Last Arbiter". The extreme metal band will release their debut science fiction
We've been getting a bunch of press releases from various labels and promotion companies lately, which is pretty fucking awesome, if I do say so myself. We don't have a team of employees working at this full time, so to write an article or review of every single release we get would not be realistic. So, here is a compilation of some of the releases that we have received for your viewing, and listening, pleasure. Support Underground Metal! Accursed Spawn-"Bhopal 84" New Singl
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Truly left-of-center music tends to come in one of two varieties. The first seems to be spawned from the Frank Zappa school of “Just how weird can I be?” in which the boundaries of what rational people would call music are pushed to their absolute breaking point. Diamanda Galas, Black Mountain Transmitter and many of Mike Patton’s projects fall squarely into this category. While interesting, because they often deviate so far from
The older I get and the more music I listen to the more I'm coming to understand that there are albums out there that are perfect storms for me. Though most often used in a negative sense to refer to particularly awful weather conditions, in the weird little world of JPR I've used it on a handful of occasions to describe the moment I hear an album for the first time and it does more than strike a chord with me, it feels like providence that I'm hearing it at that particular
The teen trio from Waipu, New Zealand known as Alien Weaponry have signed a deal with Napalm Records and plan to release their new album, 'Tü', June 01st, 2018. They will begin a three-month tour of Europe shortly after the album's release. This tour will include the legendary Wacken Open Air Festival. Alien Weaponry was formed in 2010 by brothers Henry (drums) and Lewis (guitars/vocals) De Jong. They picked up Ethan Trembath on bass to round out the young thrash loving grou
On the first full day of Spring here in south-central Pennsylvania we're dealing with our fourth Nor'easter (read: whole lotta snow) in about a month. What that means is that I needed to find something suitably somber for the mood that this weather always puts me in. A quick spin through the laughably long list of bands that I'm following but have not had time to listen to on Bandcamp yielded 'Order Divine', the debut and brand spankin' new LP from Austin, Texas' Hinayana.
A few weeks back I dumb-lucked my way into French symphonic death metal band Promethean, and raved like I'd been bitten by a raccoon that's on death's doorstep about the grandiose punch to my face that is their EP 'Aloades.' As it turns out, my shameless fanboy fawning caught the attention of Promethean's guitarist, Gaëtan Marquer. After some tough negotiations which included more than a few veiled threats of violence, Gaëtan agreed to answer a few questions for us.
Lots of behind-the-scenes work going on around here at the moment so if the daily flow of stories, reviews and veiled requests for snack foods has slowed to a trickle, our apologies. Rest assured that new, exclusive content is coming your way in the not-too-distant future. Lucky you?
Last month I took the padlock off of my nasty old wallet and laid out hard cash for a physical copy of Apathy Noir's new release, 'Black Soil.' This happens no more than once a month as I'm b
Good... wait, it's 5:21 in the morning? What in the world am I still doing awake? Sure hope it's a more reasonable time where you are. As you no doubt have noticed, Metal Abyss is in the process of undergoing some changes as of late. My Master and Grand Potentate of the Snack Machine, The Editor (yes, he demands to be addressed that way), has been hard at work tweaking not only the look of the site, but also our focus. Like so many of the bands we listen to, we're a small,
EP Week rages on (see what I did there? Feel free to hate me) and today I've decided to cheat. Trust me, if you were my diet you'd be used to it. After shining our small but devoted spotlight on new/upcoming EPs from Eartheria, Sciolism, Vaelmyst, Coexistence and Dystopy, I went in search of more short, sweet and to the point recordings for you to sink your ears into. I found several, but we're going to fudge the non-rules here and showcase Sun Speaker's 'Arrival', the only t