66.6% APPROVED CANUCK DEATH METAL DOWNLOAD FOR YOUR AURAL SATISFACTION
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Now that Axl and Vince have vacated the premises, they made the mistake of giving me the keys to their e-mail lockbox. I do not pity these young men. The amount of crap that infiltrates their system is outrageous. But every now and then, there’s a kernel of goodness just waiting to be extracted, processed, and sent back out to the unsuspecting masses.
Case in point – this here free download of the so-called Death Metal Decapitation (DMD) concert, even though the particular sojourn is officially titled the All Shall Align tour. The DMD is the rather predictably named showcase of six Canadian death metal/grindcore bands featured on one bill, April 30, at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, Canada. The proprietors of said bar have used their skullets to brilliantly market this show with a six-song sampler from, what I assume, are some of the top names in the world of Canadian extreme metal. The bands featured are Accursed Spawn, Archspire (pictured above), Insurrection, Wretchedpain, Xyphos, and Strings of-Ares.
Now, I’m an Old Fart with two daughters under the age of six and I am far removed from modern day nightclub marketing strategies. But to me, this is brilliant. It draws attention to the venue’s concert and tosses some new bands (to me, at least) into my over-stuffed metalexicon.
Of course, the only reason a marketing strategy like this would be successful is if the talent on display kicks some kind of ass. Thankfully, four bands do, and one in particular is a fucking standout.
Insurrection, Wretchedpain (which features Sam Bean, formerly of The Berzerker, and former Daath/Chimaira/Dying Fetus drummer Kevin Talley in his umpteen millionth band), and Strings of-Ares are all excellent extreme bands that are definitely worth a free download and a few spins of your time.
The standout, however, is, unequivocally, Archspire. The track, “Deathless Ringing,” blew me away instantaneously. I now want to know everything there is to know about this band, listen to everything they’ve ever committed to “tape,” and buy their fucking product. This song is that good. In fact, you can simply head over here to experience the track, along with another monster cut entitled — wait for it — “Archspire.”
Yes, their balls are so large and hairy they named a song after their own band.
And they pull it off, so to speak.
Download this shit. Now.
But someone please tell the promoters how to spell “Decapitation” before they slap it up on a flyer. Ouch!
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Corey Mitchell is a best-selling author of several true crime books. He is currently helping Philip H. Anselmo pen his autobiography.