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Metal News, Distilled — AUTOPSY, OVERKILL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, HELSTAR, AT THE GATES

Back for more, are you?  Real-deal, 94-proof METAL news here to scathe your thirsty larynx.

Yes, I’m stuck in the past.  So is metal, apparently, because I didn’t make all this shit up.

just eat the arm, stupidAUTOPSY, since their 2010 reunion, are suddenly as prolific as they were  before their 1995 breakup.  And from my vantage point, just as good.  Less than 10 months after the release of The Headless Ritual, a dripping symphony of psychotic cacophony, they’ve promised Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves on April 21 via the steadfast Peaceville Records imprint.  Should we expect surprises with such a limited writing and recording schedule?  Do you ever expect surprises, jackass?  Expect AUTOPSY, the only death metal band that ever really mattered.

Surprises?  OVERKILL?  NEVER.  Except this one: As they work on their upcoming album, the follow-up to The Electric Age (Nuclear Blast), they’ve postponed their March tour dates to the fall.  Here’s hoping somebody gets their shit together to bring them to the Twin Cities so we don’t have to remorsefully see the fantastic setlists from other pioneering power/thrash acts touring OTHER CITIES in 2014.  In the meantime, I hear OVERKILL has over a million other fucking albums to listen to, and no way do you own all of them.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, unlike OVERKILL and AUTOPSY, apparently forgot entirely that you can actually write new albums that rival your classic works, so they’ve re-recorded their sophomore effort No Place for Disgrace in a cynical cash grab tribute to their longtime fans, and also a lovely sense of irony given the album title.  Should be out on March 4.  I’m not going to pretend to compare the two; feel free to form your own raging opinion on this serious business with the streaming track below.

HELSTAR: one time FLOTSAM AND JETSAM labelmates, zero-time re-recorders of perfectly acceptable material from 25 years ago.  This Wicked Nest, true to the band’s legacy of a terrible logo and truly god-awful cover art, will be available April 25 on German giants AFM Records.  Since I’ve failed masterfully to find an appropriate streaming link, enjoy a clip from their recent 30-year anniversary (!) DVD.  Or find your dad’s copy of A Distant Thunder and give that a whirl.

And closing again with Sweden: one-time pioneers and later-on inspirations to millions of annoying metal bands AT THE GATES must’ve had somebody tell them death metal matters again and have announced a new album, At War With Reality, on Century Media later in 2014.  Sayeth Tompa Lindberg: “It’s not a comfortable Slaughter Of The Soul Pt. 2 or anything like that,” thus summarily losing the interest 2/3 of the band’s fanbase and ever-so-slightly piquing that of crusty record store blog writers.  Just a bit.  Lots of time left on this one, so stay tuned.

Cheers!

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2 comments on “Metal News, Distilled — AUTOPSY, OVERKILL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, HELSTAR, AT THE GATES

  1. Bill Hansen
    March 10, 2014

    I actually DO own all of Overkill’s albums. 😉

    • Neil
      March 11, 2014

      You’ll just have to wait patiently then. 🙂

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