Long Overdue Update

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So it's been a minute since I've had any updates here for The Metal Mortuary. Pardon me. I've been distracted by life, and unfortunately, life has a way of fucking with your hobbies. Anyways, since my last update, I've graduated from school and have been trying to financially support myself like an actual adult. It's time to move ahead with some legitimate goals for The Metal Mortuary. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that I've been doing my show Wednesday nights for the last few months. Unfortunately for the show, my actual WORK work load has changed, and I'll no longer be free Wednesday nights. This means. I'll be transitioning to weekly Podcast posts for my show, going forward. My hope is, at some point in the future, I'll be able to afford to go back to doing the show live. Until then, I'll be producing the show from home. 

A few of my goals moving forward: 
1. I plan on recording, editing and posting one new podcast every week. I plan on playing new songs every show. 
2. I want to write and post a new album review once a week. I'll still be taking music submissions from artists, as long as I have permission from them to play the music on my show. 
3. I'll be looking for anyone interested in submitting music reviews to post on the site. I cannot pay you (I'm not making any money doing this) but I can help you expand your reach, in a manner of speaking. 

If you're interested in submitting music, reviews or any other fun kinda stuff, email me here.   

At some point, when I can afford the space, I plan on spinning this off to its own website. Most of my ideas seem to hinge on finances, which aren't currently in abundance. 

Keep checking back here for more info, as I intend to update the bloggy blog regularly. 

Until then, keep it fucking brutal! 


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Hello, friends and fans of metal. Here are some brief updates for you regarding the show, the music I've been playing in regular rotation and other assorted good type things. 

My plan to go full time at home have been postponed for the time being because I cannot currently afford to pay for the monthly streaming service. Hopefully, in the near future, I'll be able to get back on track with that plan, but at the moment, it's just not a cost I can fit into the budget. Don't fret though, I'll still be doing the show over at The Edge On Air for the time being. I could record a metal podcast like I was when I first started, but I'm not totally sure I want to do that at the moment. 

In other news, here's some of the sweepers and liners I made for the home show. Some of them might even get (or have been) played on the Tuesday/Thursday show! 

Here are some of the images I've been working on to promote the show. 

Here's a quick rundown of some of the recent additions to the show. 

PESSIMIST “Slaughtering the Faithful”
Release Date: Oct 31, 2015

Originally formed in Baltimore, MD 1993, PESSIMIST quickly made a name playing live shows in the MD/DC/VA area, opening for bands such as Deicide, Suffocation, and Incantation. After releasing their selfproduced “Absence of Light” Demo/EP in 1995, PESSIMIST signed to Lost Disciple Records and released two CDs, “Cult of the Initiated” (1997) and “Blood for the Gods” (1999), which soared into the Top 20 CMJ Loud Rock Charts and received the coveted "Pick of the Issue... 10 Fucking Skulls!" in SOD Magazine.    
PESSIMIST went on to appear at several major US fests: Milwaukee Metalfest (98,99,01) NJ “March Metal Meltdown” (2000-02), New England Hardcore and Metal Fest (1999-02), and the “November to Dismember” Metalfests in TX, and CA - and completed their first European tour in 1999. More shows soon followed, opening for Cannibal Corpse, Testament, Nile, Dark Funeral, Morbid Angel, and Immolation.  
In 2001, after several lineup changes, PESSIMIST recorded their 3rd CD, “Slaughtering the Faithful”.   
The band split for several years afterwards, while PESSIMIST founder/ guitarist Kelly McLauchlin went on to tour and record with such notable acts as Diabolic, Angelcorpse, and the legendary Possessed.  
Some years later, the band has acquired the rights to their original master recordings, and has signed with Obscure Musick to re-release these 3 classic PESSIMIST albums, “Cult of the Initiated”, “Blood For the Gods”, and “Slaughtering the Faithful”.    
This special 2015 re-release of “Slaughtering the Faithful”, is PESSIMIST’s fastest, most lethal and most blasphemous CD, to date; produced by Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) and digitally re-mastered by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (Live sound for Nile, Morbid Angel). Featuring art by Jon Zig, this CD is filled with sadistic, blackened Death Metal, in the vein of Krisiun, Hate Eternal, or Immolation.   
This special CD release also includes bonus tracks, “Summoned to Suffer” 2000 Demo and a live in-studio performance on WNYU, 89.1FM. The digital-only release includes 3 additional bonus tracks; live rehearsal tapes from the “Slaughtering” demos, featuring recently-deceased drummer, John Grden (RIP).  
PESSIMIST re-united in 2014, returning to the stage with a headlining slot at Las Vegas Deathfest 666. The current lineup includes founding members Guitarist Kelly McLauchlin (Diabolic, Unholy Ghost, Possessed) and Drummer Chris Pernia (Psychotogen) plus Bassist Kelly Conlon (Monstrosity, Death), Guitarist William Hayden (Fear of God), and Vocalist Ivan “The Evil One” (Black Mass). The band is currently writing their next CD, “Keys to the Underworld”.  

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The Book of Suffering Tome 1
Release: 30 October 201

It has been three years since Cryptopsy's last release and many fans have expressed their eagerness to hear new material.  This time, rather than a full album, the band will release a series of EPs entitled The Book of Suffering. This new approach will allow Cryptopsy to put out new music more often while remaining true to their standards of quality. The first EP in the series, The Book of Suffering Tome 1, was produced by Chris Donaldson at The Grid studio in Montreal, mixed by Jason Suecoff at Audiohammer Studio and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
The Book of Suffering Tome 1 is now available for pre-order via Cryptopsy's Bandcamp page as well as on iTunes. Upon pre-order, fans will receive the exclusive single "Detritus (The One They Kept)." Pre-order the EP now at cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com.
Cryptopsy has launched the premiere of  the video for "Detritus." Produced by Chris Kells of Front to Back Video Production, the video is now playing at: https://youtu.be/HidjSJb7Hw8
The Book of Suffering Tome 1 is set for release on October 30th 2015. Regarding the forthcoming EP, Cryptopsy states, "We are extremely proud of the new material. it is some of the most brutal, dark and technical music we have ever created."

Tales of the Tomb
Volume One: Morpras
Release: 27 November 2015

Edmonton (Canada) Death Metallers TALES OF THE TOMB will release debut EP Volume One: Morpras on November 27, 2015. TALES OF THE TOMB is a three-headed vocal attack layered with grinding blast beats, injected with Cerberus-esque barks and finished with shrill and raspy vocals - a sound straight from Hell. Gore-filled lyrics leave little to the imagination as the band concocts song after malicious song. TALES OF THE TOMB will destroy your eardrums like a corpse is erased in an acid-filled bath.

"Out of the gates we have just under a year have played over a half dozen shows and recorded our debut 3-song EP entitled Morpras. The name is old English for "secret killing of a person, unlawful killing." The EP is a compilation of serial killer themed music not celebrating but elaborating on the heinous crimes committed by infamous murderers. It is old school death metal with its blending of melody and groove, gives Morpras its unique sound. The first track 'Snowtown' will ease you into this murderous journey with a heavy groove and plenty of vocals. 'Pig Farmer,' the 2nd song on the EP is as fast and brutal as the slaying of Robert Pickton; the song is also accompanied with our lyrical video which will be available on Youtube. 'Dr. Death' also makes an appearance as the final track, a chilling slower tempo song that depicts the heinous crimes of Harold Shipman."- John Thomson (Drums)
This concept album about murder was recorded by Greg Wright at Hillbilly Wizard Sound Studio, and mixed/mastered by Euro-death metal master Dan Swano (ex-Bloodbath, Unisound) and is just the first of many more sonic crimes to come from TALES OF THE TOMB.
Every town has stories to caution or warn, every police officer has a seen a crime that keeps them awake at night, and every coroner has seen death in ways that the rest of us could never imagine. Murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and real-life terror are stains on the cutting room floor where Edmonton-based group Tales of The Tomb paints their canvas.
Unified by the desire to have the grotesque power of 90’s era death metal, TALES OF THE TOMB started as a thought that grew into an insatiable need to make extreme music. Core Skerlak and Connor Adams divided duties to guitar and vocals respectively, Bryn Herbert was sewn on to cover bass, John Thomson is the machete-swinging drummer, and finally Tres Thomas to draw out the gruesome tone as the second guitarist. Much of their inspiration is drawn from the pulp-and-grim of throwback horror comics that glorified hideous crimes and creatures, and such was the inspiration for the name; TALES OF THE TOMB.
Website - http://www.talesofthetomb.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesofthetomb
Twitter - https://twitter.com/talesofthetomb
Reverbnation - https://www.reverbnation.com/talesofthetomb

Xeno Kaos
Kaotoxin Records
Release: 13 November 2015

Dissecting, slicing and recombining the musical DNA of Extreme Metal since 2001.

After five studio album and countless tours, OTARGOS are back with their sixth studio full-length celebrating their 15th anniversary. Completing the stylistic turn started with previous album “Apex Terror”, OTARGOS are back stronger than ever with a Dark Extreme Metal full-length adding to the bands’ trademark Blackened Death Metal structures bits of Industrial Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Orchestral Gothic Metal (think SepticFlesh) and more for a unique result: dynamic, strong, heavy, dark, intense and modern yet absolutely catchy, full of dark anthems. The lyrical concept OTARGOS have been developing since their inception, based on quantum physics chaos, multiverse evilness, alien predation and the Warhammer 40K RPG, "Xeno Kaos" is the great Beast that will prey on humans.

That's a small selection of some of the new music I've been playing on the show. Keep it here for more info and album reviews. 

Until next time. keep it brutal! 

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Hello, friends and fans. I'm just sitting down to iron out some updates for The Metal Mortuary. As the show and my goals for it become more cohesive, you'll see some alterations to the blog and the rest of my site, little by little. There are some things in my regular blog that I've copied to this blog, but there are some things too big and to unwieldy to move. Originally, this blog was intended as the spot for TMM podcast, but now it's a general purpose space for reviews, interviews and opinion - as well as recorded podcast work.

Here are a couple of important metal related items you should check out:

The Journey of the Stormbringer...

Labor Day, for most people, brings the typical out-door grilling, hot dogs, beer, and and the other fun stuff that has nothing to do with "labor". Anyways, this year, it was pretty standard fare for me as well. I got together with some friends, made some guacamole, and started to guzzle some Tom Collins and Guinness. 

So, after the buzz settled in, nice and warm, my buddy Chance and I started in on the sloppy music discussion, as is standard operating procedure when the libations are flowing. Chance, in his effort to turn me on to something that there's totally NO WAY I'd ever have heard of, starts telling me about an old metal band he thinks i'd like. As he begins to tell me the details of the band, it occurs to me that I totally know them. He tells me about this tape that he's acquired back when he was in high school, through a friend's dad, who apparently wrote for a metal zine, which were things people read before the internet...  

 Full Terror Assault Pics...

Keep checking back. I'm going to be posting some information about The Metal Mortuary. If you weren't aware, I'm going to be streaming live from home very soon. I plan on going live before Halloween, and I'm looking for some music submissions to play on my show. 

If you are in a metal band, or have friends who are, contact me here at the site or email me at themetalmortuary@gmail.com. 




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Since the very beginning of Heavy Metal, bands and musicians have sought to differentiate themselves from one another. With a slight change of style, a different riff, different clothes, or a few different influences, suddenly you have a new sub-genre. While this concept can, in fact, help to categorize metal or music in general, it really doesn’t seem to me to add anything to the culture of metal.

 I find the descent of metal into sub-sub-sub genres annoying. We all have bands we like and bands we don't like. I don't think you should disqualify any bands based solely on sub-genre, no more than you should validate them for the same reason. If you like the band, support them. If you don't, well, good on ya. Me, I like metal. More than that, I like music. Metal will always be my first and greatest love, but I like electronic music, I like pop music, I like experimental music and jazz music and blues and on and on. If someone can skillfully take elements from different places and make something interesting out of it, that's awesome. Doing so shouldn't be a way to further isolate people.

 What the fuck is “Post Metal”? Is that like metal music that comes after metal? What does “Crust” or “Sludge” as terms add to the music? Do we need to have something called DSBM or Djent or Mathcore?

 How does this labeling do anything but confuse and isolate? Do we need to classify our music the same way we classify insects? Maybe I'm rambling and maybe I have the wrong perspective, but I feel like Fear Factory and The Scorpions and king diamond and cannibal corpse all come from the same source. Yes, they are all very different, but the concept is just the same. If you ask me, I'm just a metal head. If you like metal, I respect that. If you like metal I don't like, I respect that too.

 Individuality has always been the core of my personality, and no one should be shamed for striving towards that. That said, digging deeper into obscurity is not required to set yourself apart from others. What you do should differentiate you, not what you call what you do. To some degree, this type of sub-classification is impossible to escape, I have just always found it annoying and alienating. Long hair, short hair, leather or denim - we're all metal heads. Let's just be happy with that.