Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Out Nov 20th - Without Mercy - Seismic ft. guests Jeff Loomis, Chris Broderick

For fans of Cattle Decapitation, Meshuggah, Whitechapel, Pantera, Decapitated

Album Title: Seismic
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Label: Self-Release
Distribution: Bloodblast Distribution

Sales Links: The Disaster: https://backl.ink/142875744 |  Album Pre-Save: https://backl.ink/142835912 | PHYSICAL PRE-ORDER: Withoutmercyband.com

1. The vast majority of “Seismic”’s material was written and rewritten multiple times. Honed and tightened over tours and live performances, the band were unwilling to place “filler” to enhance anything. They came at this album with the best of everything they had after their inspirations were doing the same.

2. They tracked each piece of this record in different studios around Vancouver, BC. Drums were recorded at Monarch Studios, Rhythms, and Bass we’re tracked at a hidden location, while vocals and solos were done at a 4th.  This started out as a financial reason to separate the costs of recording but ended up playing a massive role in the sound and lyrical development of the record.

3. Guitarist DJ Temple runs a music academy in Abbotsford, BC where he and the drummer Matt Helie both instruct.

4. While on tour across Canada, Without Mercy played a show in Thunder Bay. The venue and promoter had technical issues that resulted in the set times running later than anticipated. The end result was being done after 3am. With a show the next night in Sudbury, Without Mercy decided to make the trek overnight at arrived at the venue, set up, and played the entire set before passing out on couches afterward.  

What the press has said:

“The thrash-stomp modes on “Worthless” ring like a head-on collision between DECAPITATED and BIOHAZARD with a dash of power metal thrown into the solo section. Alex Friis wrings his throat to huge extremes, hopefully leaving tissue intact as he hits agonizing squeals while throwing indictments against former band members — guess on your own who that might entail. DJ Temple’s guitar work on “Worthless” is terrific..” (Mouchido EP 2016) – Blabbermouth

“Vancouver’s Without Mercy is a prime example of how putting in a little bit of elbow grease can result in advantageous outcomes. The quartet play their brand of melodic, groove-laden death metal independently, but refuse to remain held back by a lack in the promotional and money machine backing departments. Over the course of a decade or so, the band has experienced the same highs and lows as most others, but their successes – which include a small handful of recordings, a bigger handful of tours, and appearances in video games – have been felt at a deeper clip because they’ve essentially managed everything themselves.”  (Mouchido EP 2016) – Decibel Magazine

“In a word, the music rips. And it also thunders, and punches so fast and hard that it’s like a jackhammer-sized nail gun ramming bolts into concrete at high speed while the operator howls and shrieks for all he’s worth, segmented by a start-stop breakdown that will give your skull a good rattling and lit up by swarming guitar flurries that are as fiery as the torches in the video (Burn).” (Mouchido EP 2016) – No Clean Singing

” the band live up to their name with each song on this 4 track EP going for straight for the throat; merciless aural violence and tight, technical proficiency melded with some serious might!” (Mouchido EP 2016) – Worship Metal

“Mouichido might only be a brief four songs and nineteen minutes long but, by the end of it, the Canadian death metal wrecking machine have left you in no doubt as to what they’re about.” (Mouchido EP 2016) – PureGrainAudio

“Right from the beginning you feel the weight and the immensity of Mouichido and one listen just doesn’t do it justice. This is a re-release of previously recorded material with a new vocalist and even so, Without Mercy comes out swinging again and knocks it clear out of the park.” (Mouchido EP 2016) – Cadaver Garden  

“possibly the most savage song to ascend from the depths of the west in a good long while.” – Canadian Beats  


WITHOUT MERCY are a Vancouver based death metal act that offers hard-hitting grooves paired with strong dynamics, each song catapulting the listener through pummelling riffing and virtuosic lead work. From 2018 into 2019 the band has been hard at work recording on their new album “Seismic” that raises their already impressive discography and songwriting to a new level. To elevate the band to new heights, WITHOUT MERCY worked with highly renowned producer Dave Otero (ARCHSPIRE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ALLEGAEON) and brings further leverage and qualification to the new album “Seismic” with guest features from iconic guitarists Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) and Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy / NEVERMORE).

In 2016 the band released ‘Mouichido’ (meaning ‘repeat’ in Japanese, a culture embraced in the band’s ethos) The EP was critically acclaimed and also featured a guest appearance by CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter. The EP faced some significant setbacks that only served to strengthen the band, as such, guitarist DJ Temple offers

“The setbacks faced by the EP is the ultimate reason to never give up. Take the aggressive nature of the songs and allow the culture of the Japanese writing to envelop you in a way that will carry you through each track. Let this EP be the story that inspires you to push through something difficult and come out the other side a stronger and more experienced person.”

Since the band’s inception, WITHOUT MERCY have developed a growing following that has been built upon relentless local performances and touring across Canada, with the band performing over 200 shows in a short period, backed by performances alongside acts such as ABORTED, DEATH ANGEL, CROWBAR, SATYRICON and many more. The band’s tenacity, growing profile, and intense musical prowess led to the attention of US agency Extreme Management Group, who established an international partnership with the band, placing WITHOUT MERCY alongside acts such as SUFFOCATION, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MISERY INDEX, and KRISIUN on the agency roster.

With a new album “Seismic” in preparation and growing interest in the band worldwide, WITHOUT MERCY are not only a band to look out for, but a band that will be contributing to the quality of modern death metal and the dynamism that the genre can offer.

“Seismic” is due out November 20th, 2020.

2020 – Seismic – LP
2016 – Mouichido – EP
2014 – Reborn – EP
2009 – Without Mercy – LP
2007 – All Else Fails – EP

Shared Stage with:
Cattle Decapitation, Satyricon, Crowbar, Unleash the Archers, The Convalescence, Neck of the Woods, Divinity

Tours and Festivals:
2016 – Loud As Hell Fest – Drumheller, AB
2016 – Armstrong Metal Fest
2014 – Loud As Hell Fest – Drumheller, AB

Music Placements:
Artist Endorsements:
EMG pick ups
InTune Guitar Picks
WB Gear


Album Title: Seismic
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Label: Self-Release
Distribution: Bloodblast Distribution

Track Listing:
1. Thunderbird (ft. Jeff Loomis) (4:53)
2. Abysmal (5:42)
3. Left Alone (4:00)
4. Wiindigo (4:55)
5. Disinfect The Soul  (ft. Chris Broderick) (7:18)
6. The Disaster (3:52)
7. Possessed (4:04)
8. I Break The Chain (4:44)
9. Uprooted (4:58)
Album Length: 44:29

Album Credits:
• All songs performed by:  WITHOUT MERCY
• All songs written by:  WITHOUT MERCY
• Produced by: DJ Temple
• Mixed by: Dave Otero
• Mastered by: Dave Otero
• Album Artwork by: Brayden Eshuis
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)

Album & Live Band Line Up:
Alex Friis – Vocals
DJ Temple – Guitars
Ryan Loewen – Bass
Matt Helie – Drums



[VIDEO] Chaosaddiction hits the ground running




“Worst Things First” is the debut single by Chaosaddiction, and it’s fair to say it starts with a bang. Not with a “band”, because Rui Alexandre (Terror Empire) flies solo on this project from Portugal. 

Yet another quarantine project, recorded at Golden Jack Studios, Chaosaddiction made sure the music had the proper video to match. Directed by Carlos Calika, it features Rui in an intimate (and intimidating) one-on-one with the viewer. It sets the right pace for the sonic aggression that ensues.

Rui Alexandre comments: «I had this music dying to be released for quite some time, now - more than 15 years. Yet, it still sounded fresh enough to be recorded and released. It’s something that didn’t have space in Terror Empire, and since I had the band’s support, I went all-in. Expect more singles for the months and years to come.»

Death metal with a groove exchanging dynamic with blast beats, and several vocal approaches flex an unexpected range. Listen (and watch) for yourself at this location: https://youtu.be/NdbzaHrCKeI



FOR FANS OF: Machine Head, Devin Townsend, Slipknot, Corrosion of Conformity, Suicide Silence...


contact: rui@chaosaddiction.xyz

STRYDEGOR to release "Isolacracy" on November 13

Germany's melodic death metallers Strydegor have chosen Friday the 13th as the release date of their new album, "Isolacracy". Set to be released in November via MDD, "Isolacracy" features the most incisive and lasting 11 tracks the band has ever made.

The album was produced by Oliver Carell/Blastbeat Productions and mastered by Lasse Lammert/LSD Studio Lübeck.




Monday, September 28, 2020

COUNTING HOURS – THE WILL (Review by Varg The Mighty )

Today’s review is of Finnish Depressive Black Doom Metal band Counting Hours’ upcoming debut album “The Will”, to be released on October 23rd.
Being mostly Depressive Rock, this band transcends the Lifelover cult to add elements of “Discouraged Ones”-era Katatonia, or Paradise Lost and other Gothic Doom bands to this already curious style. One would even argue that they have some Progressive touch to it in the style of Amorphis, and this whole mix gives a very interesting and unique result.
With a soft and gloomy Gothic voice that is punctually combined with harsher guttural parts to give it a darker touch, this album definitely achieves the aura intended with no filler songs with the help of very melancholic and ethereal riffs that take away little to no strength to the elegant combination. The songs I highlight from this album are “Profound” and “Buried In The White”.
I definitely recommend this album to fans of Black Doom, Depressive Rock, Gothic Metal and Gothic Death Doom, it is a very elaborate and dark album worth listening to.


 Review by Varg The Mighty

CEREMONIAL BLOODBATH (Canadian Death Metal): "The Tides Of Blood"



 “The Tides of Blood”, the debut LP by Vancouver BC-based horrendous death metal deformity Ceremonial Bloodbath, a band set to push death metal to the most horrifying outer limits of unspeakable aural repulsiveness.

No Clean Singing has given the first introduction to this complete sonic abomination with an exclusive unveiling of the track “Primitive”, stating that “the album is startling in the degree to which it plumbs the toxic depths of death metal darkness and dementia, and in its ability to discharge sonic sickness and chaos with such fiendishly ingenious calculation and such cleverly sadistic flourishes.“ - you can read the awesome full article and stream the track HERE.

“The Tides of Blood” is a long awaited and highly anticipated debut full length album of abhorrent and malformed dark death metal twilight and of complete sonic torment emanating from a place of utter wretchedness and abandon. With its members coming from established VC BC bands like Scum Division Cult, Nightfucker, Encoffinate, Radioactive Vomit, Grave Infestation, Mass Grave, Temple of Abandonment and Deathwinds, Ceremonial Bloodbath is an unholy coalition of some of Vancouver BC's most established and experienced musicians, who have come together to forge the most darkened, demented and hideous strain of bastard death metal they could fathom, taking cues from bands like Blasphemy, Sarcófago, Mystifier, Beherit, Archgoat, Vassafor, Mortician, Deicide etc. and blurring the sum of their influences into a sonic monstrosity devoid of any sanity or shape. Both extremely primitive and regressed, but highly unpredictable and experimental, Ceremonial Bloodbath's death metal is a place in which reference points and familiarity are nihl and set against the odds of complete insanity and chaos. With its barbaric riffs twisted and bent out of shape, its schizoid leads and diseased atmospheres, and an execution delivered with complete barbarism and deformity, Ceremonial Bloodbath have created one of the most inverted, hallucinogenic, crepuscular, and inhuman death metal absurdities that you will hear all year. 

"The Tides of Blood" is scheduled for an October 23 2020 release on cassette tape, vinyl and digital, and all formats (featuring the artwork of Tim Grieco of Revenge, Antediluvian etc.) can be pre-ordered now on our store and Bandcamp.