SODOM Recruits Drummer TONI MERKEL

SODOM Recruits Drummer TONI MERKEL
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German thrash metal veterans SODOM have recruited Toni Merkel as their new drummer. He joins the band as the replacement for Stefan “Husky” Hüskens, who announced his departure from SODOM earlier in the month.

Says the group: “Flying under the radar for a long time, it’s a dream coming true for [Toni]. Brace yourself to get your face smashed by his awesome drumming!”

Added Toni: “I am very proud to anounce that I am the new SODOM drummer and really looking forward to work and rehearse with these awesome guys for the next album and live shows. See you soon!!!”

In a statement explaining his exit from SODOM, Hüskens said that “some changes” at his full-time job, “as well as a few other matters,” were to blame for his decision to leave.

This past November, SODOM released a new EP, “Out Of The Frontline Trench”, via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort contained three brand new tracks as well as new recordings (studio and live) of two SODOM classics.

Joining frontman Thomas “Angelripper” Such on the EP were guitarists Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik (also formerly of KREATOR, ASSASSIN) and Yorck Segatz (BEYONDITION) plus Hüskens.

Blackfire previously played with SODOM on the seminal albums “Persecution Mania”, “Mortal Way Of Live” and “Agent Orange”.

Former SODOM guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald released a joint statement in January 2018 claiming that they were fired from the band by Tom via messaging platform WhatsApp even before Tom had a chance to hear any of the material the duo had been working on for the group’s next album.

Photo by Moritz “Mumpi” Künster
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C'est La Vie – NOVELISTS FR

C'est La Vie – NOVELISTS FR

Call it djent, call it tech-metal, call it whatever the hell you want at this point: there’s still a huge amount of this stuff around, isn’t there? And whether you can’t get enough of it or feel that this proudly state-of-the-art subgenre has long since run out of gas, NOVELISTS FR seem to have found one highly credible way to outlast their aspiring post-PERIPHERY peers. It might seem like stating the obvious, but NOVELISTS FR have focused almost entirely on crafting great songs for their second full-length album. If 2015’s “Souvenirs” debut seemed a little perfunctory and cookie cutter in part, it did at least showcase a gift for non-standard melodic hooks. “Noir”, 2017, was far better and contained a handful of thrilling, tech-friendly moments. But on “C’est La Vie”, the French band go for broke, eschewing the elaborate complexities of djent’s cerebral contingent in favor of a bright, shiny and endlessly accessible strain of subtly prog-tinged metalcore. In contrast to the hordes of bands still peddling distinctly unimaginative variations on metalcore’s early-’00s blueprint, NOVELISTS FR sound liberated by their resistance to the utterly fucking obvious.

“C’est La Vie” stands or falls on how much impact these tunes have first time around. There are plenty of bendy riffs and flashes of electronic trickery to keep the djent purists happy (if, indeed, such people exist), but songs like “Somebody Else” and “Kings of Ignorance” are proudly straightforward rock songs at heart: it’s just that they arrive wrapped in the textures and tones of more left-field fare, resulting in an often invigorating and indecently perky new hybrid. Getting to the point quickly suits NOVELISTS FR well, and frontman Matteo Gelsomino has one of those gently distinctive voices that rescues more generic moments from sounding too, well, generic. At its best, as on the uplifting sugar rush of “Deep Blue”, “C’est La Vie” sounds like an album with huge mainstream potential, give or take a polyrhythmic tic or two.
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Rebirth by Blasphemy – MIDNIGHT

Rebirth by Blasphemy – MIDNIGHT

You know exactly where you stand with the music of MIDNIGHT. Since giving the whole notion of old-school metal a resounding kick up the backside with their early demos and 2006’s “Complete and Total Fucking Midnight” comp, Athenar‘s one-man mission to make metal filthy and hard as nails again has been an absolute joy to witness, particularly if you have excellent taste in all things heavy. In a sense, MIDNIGHT have never told us anything that we didn’t already instinctively feel: the best underground metal has always had a certain ragged, anarchic and violent quality that sets it apart from the polished precision of the mainstream. But by constantly reaffirming the ageless power and influence of MOTÖRHEAD, DISCHARGE, VENOM and POSSESSED, albums like 2011’s “Satanic Royalty” and 2017’s “Sweet Death and Ecstasy” seem to have lit a fire underneath the whole diehard metal scene. As a result, there will be a vast number of people for whom “Rebirth by Blasphemy” is an absolute no-brainer must-have and, as expected, it delivers on all filthy fronts. The first track is called “Fucking Speed and Darkness”, for Satan’s sake. What else could you possibly need?

If you’re looking for progress from previous records, MIDNIGHT will not be playing your simpleton’s game. This is true blue, red-blooded and riotous heavy fucking metal, delivered from the heart and spiritually connected to the genre’s unmovable essence. Or, to be slightly less pretentious about the whole thing, “Rebirth by Blasphemy” rages, rocks and rampages like a maniac for 34 blissfully brutal minutes. It’s unapologetically raw and rough around the edges, but songs like “Escape the Grave” and the truly exhilarating “Rising Scum” pack such an almighty, infernal wallop that this fourth full-length feels like a rather haughty reminder of MIDNIGHT‘s utter superiority over their peers. Quite how or why Athenar is able to churn this stuff out with such consistency is anyone’s guess, but whether through devilry or design, “Rebirth by Blasphemy” is joyously black as fuck and 100% unmissable for those in league with Satan. All hail!
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