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220px-PicsPete2[1]   Pete Sandoval is a name synonymous with death metal drumming. With grindcore act Terrorizer and premier death metal band Morbid Angel, Sandoval pioneered and revolutionized the drumming of the genre. Nicknamed “Pete The Feet” and “Commando”, Pete Sandoval has always been an unstoppable, percussive force of nature in the music world.  He is currently recovering from laser back surgery to repair a prolapsed disc, but plans to return to the touring world in support of a new Terrorizer album next year.

   I wonder if he is done from Morbid Angel. During his surgery and recovery period, Morbid downward ascending thing recorded and are touring in support of their new album, Illud Divinum Insanus, with notable drummer Tim Yeung (Hate Eternal, Divine Heresy, All That Remains) at the helm. (You can read my review here.) I hope to see his return, but I’ll follow whatever project he does.

   Here are some videos showing his drumming.

 

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Autopsy – Macabre Eternal

autopsy-macabre-eternal   This is death metal done right. I feel like it’s the late 90s, I am on a 72 hour sleep deprivation stint, sifting through metal zines and promos (CDs and cassettes!), typing out lyrics, thinking about a review I’m going to write, and working on writing new Morpheus material. I should be watching Traces of Death, chomping on a slice of pizza, smoking a cigar and flipping through Swank to the obligatory necrophilia article. Autopsy is back and their new full length, the first in over a decade and a half, Macabre Eternal, is a true, vile, brutal harkening back to the sorely-missed Golden Age of death metal. I honestly could not be happier.

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Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst The Ashes

1304383451_1302789080_hate-eternal-phoenix-amongst-the-ashes   Hate Eternal is, and has been since its inception, top notch death metal. Mastermind Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, ex-Ripping Corpse, ex-Alas) has, since the very first album Conquering The Throne, never failed to produce quality brutality and chaos with excellent musicianship. The latest release, Phoenix Amongst The Ashes, not only holds to that standard, but blows it out of the water.

   Every Hate Eternal release, from Conquering The Throne to Fury & Flames, has been an impressive death metal outing; full of chaos, brutality and exceptional riffing. Until Phoenix Amongst The Ashes, I had no idea something was missing.

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Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus

Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus   The iTunes store made pre-orders available for the new, and long anticipated, Morbid Angel album Illud Divinum Insanus. A lot of those minute and a half samples felt ridiculous on first listen. Before listening, I was sure that I would find some enjoyment in the album, but there was nothing in the samples that really grabbed me like the seven studio albums before it. After hearing the full album there still is certainly a feeling of let down here, and that, I feel, is the core of the negativity pervasive over this album.

   This is a departure from what we’ve come to expect from Morbid Angel, but is it a positive new direction, or a trainwreck? Let’s delve deeper…

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Music Occurred

A few more songs were written whose rough writing demo recordings made it to my SoundCloud account. Enjoy? o.O

 

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New Hate Eternal Coming In May

   I couldn’t be more thrilled! Hate Eternal is the baby of former Morbid Angel guitarist and excellent producer/founder of Mana Recordings Erik Rutan. The music has yet to let me down; if the new sample (below) for Haunting Abound is any indication, this new release, Phoenix Amongst The Ashes,will only exceed my expectations.

 

Here is some cursory information on the album:

1. Rebirth
2. The Eternal Ruler
3. Thorns of Acacia
4. Haunting Abound [preview]
5. The Art of Redemption
6. Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
7. Deathveil
8. Hatesworn
9. Lake Ablaze
10. The Fire of Resurrection

 

More info: http://www.metalblade.com/hateeternal/

angL & Heartwork

   My local FYE is closing on the 24th. Due to this, they have sharply discounted their stock, including my beloved metal section. The other day, I grabbed up a pair of CDs: Carcass – Heartwork (+Parr Street Heartwork demos & Pathologist’s Report IV: Epidemic DVD) and Ihsahn – angL. Needless to say, I am very happy with my purchases.

Source: Wikimedia    Oddly enough, I have not heard Heartwork in its entirety, despite its age and my love for Carcass. Tracks like Blind Bleeding The Blind, Carnal Forge and This Mortal Coil go to great lengths in reminding me why I enjoy Carcass so much. There isn’t another Corporeal Jigsore Quandary on this album, but what is here is damn good enough. The album is strong, creative, heavy and worthy of many repeat listenings. As for the demos, I’d be hard pressed to decide which versions of the songs I like better! The riffs and rhythms make me bang my head and tap my feet when I am listening and get stuck in my head when not. I very much recommend this album to any fan of heavy music, most especially death metal, that has not heard it. This is an aging masterpiece.

Source: Wikimedia    When I first heard angL, I was just off a three day Emperor binge and did not take to it so well. It is very much Ihsahn but not quite so much Emperor. After some time, I decided to give it another shot and bought it, having heard an early leak of the new release After and loved it. I am glad I did. angL takes the listener on a dark, intelligent and moving journey through madness, depravity, and the wondrous expanse of existence. From misanthrope to threnody and scarab to monolith, this album is a must for any fan of heavy music, dark music, or the guitar itself. Ihsahn continues to prove himself as a musician and composer.