You guys remember “Grindhouse”, the two part homage to B-movies from Robert Rodriguez and Quinton Tarantino? While “Planet Terror” was a brilliant, over the top tribute to those sleazy, late night classics and “Death Proof” had it moments, it was the trailers in the middle that lasted longest in fan’s minds. These trailers proved so popular that some spawned their own films, most noticeably “Machete” (which as yet to make it to Irish cinemas for some reason).

These trailers also spawned a SXSW festival and Robert Rodriguez sponsored trailer contest and that contest has led to “Hobo With A Shotgun”, the debut feature film from Jason Eisener. According to IMDB, the plot of “Hobo With A Shotgun” is “A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.” Without a shadow of a doubt, this film is gonna make its way onto my favorite films list.The title, the plot, the poster: its just all perfect. And based on a review by my buddy DiGi over at Movie, “Hobo With A Shotgun Delivers” everything it promises.

So grab a few friends and a lot of beers and enjoy what looks like the cult film of the year


Death Metal legends Morbid Angel have finally announced the title of their long awaited 8th studio album….drumroll please…..”Illud Divinum Insanus”. The album name keeps in line with their habit of naming their albums in alphabetical order. Curiosity drove me to searching for a translation of “Illud Divinum Insanus” and based on my half-hearted efforts, it loosely translates to “That Divine Insanity”, eventhough I’ve seen some guys on forums saying it could mean “Mocking Divine Law”,both of which are pretty cool titles in their own right and fits in perfectly with Morbid Angel’s previous album titles (“Altars of Madness” anyone?)

“Illud Divinum Insanus” will be the first Morbid Angel album since vocalist/growler Dave Vincent returned to the line up but, more significantly in many fans eyes, will be the first Morbid Angel not to have Pete Sandoval behond the sticks, who underwent surgery last year for a deteriorating disc problem. Filling in for Mr. Sandoval is Tim Yeung, whos impressive resume sees him having covered drum duties for Nile, Hate Eternal, Divine Heresy and Vital Remains, so at least we know the dude has chops. How his style of playing will affect Morbid Angels sound is still something to ponder but a recent drum clinic video does give us a sneak peek at what to expect 9which I have embedded below for you lucky devils).


“Illud Divinum Insanus” is set for a June 6th release (6/6 eh guys?) on Season of Mist but a single of the track “Nevermore”, which has been played live a number of times by Morbid Angel will be released as a 7″ vinyl and digital download on May 7th, with the B-side featuring another new song remixed by Combichrist.

I for one always get excited about new Morbid Angel material, eventhough I was getting fed up waiting, and with the intrigue of Dave Vincent returning and Pete Sandoval missing, I’m even more curious than usual to hear this album. Let the wait for “Illud Divinum Insanus” begin!

Lets just get straight to it. Grind legend’s Agorophobic Nosebleed and new grind heroes Wormrot both released new material from their upcoming releases. These tracks were released earlier this week, as reported by Uber-bloggers Vince and Axl over at Metal, so I’m a little late in posting this news but hey, better late than never.

Agorophobic Nosebleed are streming two tracks from their upcoming split with Despise You, “And On And On”. The tracks, “Possession” and “Ungrateful” are, as expected, as brutal as a swift shot to the nads with a sledgehammer and have me all kinds of excited about the release. “And On And On” will be released by Relapse on April 26th and you can do yourself a massive favor and go and pre-order it here

Wormrot meanwhile gave us a second taste of their upcoming sophmore album “Dirge” (which will be released on Earache and should come out on May 3. The track, “Spot a Pathetic”, again shows why Wormrot are creating such a stir in grindcore land and sounds like an explosion of pure aggression. I’ve embedded it below for you guys to enjoy.

While walking to college the other day, I decided to trow the ol i-Pod on shuffle and try and find some new music that may have gotten lost in the fold (see how I avoided the obvious pun there!). It was a decision I wouldn’t regret as immediately a song so aggressive and heavy almost knocked me off my feet. I quickly snatched my i-pod from my pocket to see who it was that almost gave me heart failure and it was the name of an old friend that greeted me: Sepultura. However, it was the album that caught me off guard: The track was “Moloko Mesto” from their latest album “A-Lex”.

Now, Sepultura are one of my favorite bands but, like many others, I amn’t a massive fan of their post Max output. I still “bought” their albums but ad been left unimpressed with the likes of “Roarback” and “Nation”. I ad heard that “Dante XXI” was meant to be good but, to be honest, I didn’t really give it much of a chance. The same with “A-Lex”. However, my opinion was completely changed once I listened to “Moloko Mesto”.

Suitably impressed, I decided to listen to the album in full and found an underrated gem. The first 5 tracks off “A-Lex”, which for your trivia buffs is the first Sep’ album not to feature a Cavalera brother, are among some of my favorite Sepultura tracks and have the aggression and groove that made Sepultura famous in the first place. Andreas Kisser, who I firmly believe deserves WAY more credit than he gets, is on fire and provides groovy yet heavy as a heard of elephants riffs, beautiful flamenco passages and hypnotizing, disorienting solo’s that sound like the kind of solo’s Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman would play had they ever learnt their scales.

Derrick Green, who I was never a massive fan of, does a great job on vocals and spits out his words wit a venom I’ve never heard from him before. If he ad roared like this on all those other post Max albums, they definitely would have garnered more success.

“A-Lex” is also the first album drummer Jean Dolabella, who does a fine job filing the gap left by Igor Cavalera, providing some great drum-beats that compliment each of Andrea’s riffs and keeping the tribal feel very much alive throughout the album.

Another cool thing about “A-Lex” is that it is a concept album, with the entire album based on the book “A Clockwork Orange”. The track’s “A-Lex I- IV” do a good job of separating the story into it’s separate parts and, being a concept album, the guys have a huge amount of room to experiment , something Sepultura ave never been afraid to do. The mixing of classical music and metal on the tracks “A-Lex” parts I-IV and the deadly “Ludwig Van” do a great job of capturing that books essence and atmosphere and its also great that the guys haven’t sacrificed their tribal sound on the record either.

Also wort a mention is the incredible cover art. Te twisted image does a fine job of capturing the disturbing themes at the heart of “A Clockwork Orange” and is definitely a cover that makes you do a double turn and look at it closer to see every inch of it.

At 18 tracks, not every track is going to be a blinder but “A-Lex” provides enough quality and unique, fresh ideas that it deserves to be heard by more people. So do yourself a favor and track down this underrated album and get ready for a healthy dose of Beethoven and ultra-violence.

Just saw this in Metal and felt it would be wrong not to share this with everyone. It’s Devin Townsend singing the Sinatra classic “New York, New York” and he does an incredible job with it. All that can be said really is..ENJOY!

Awesome Gig Alert

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Flashbox in Gig, Music
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This Thursday night, March the 4th to be precise, awesome instrumental Dublin 4 piece Refraction are having their album launch at (yup, you guessed it!) Fibber Magees. Their awesome, self titled debut album (which we gave a glowing review to here, is a great, atmospheric instrumental metal album that is definitely an early contender for Irish metal album of the year. refraction have also launched an official website, which you can check out here.

The lads also seem to have great taste in support bands as sharing the stage with them will be fast rising, Cork party-grinders I’ll Eat Your Face, who are fresh off the back of a successful stint across the pond in the U.K. I’ll Eat Your Face always deliver with their live shows so be sure to get their early to catch them.

Also on hand are Ropemaker from Laois, who seem like a less heavy Refraction. I’ve only heard one track by the lads, the brilliantly titled “Less Taxes Equals More Biscuits”, which is a very mellow instrumental track but thought it was pretty good so make sure to give these guys a chance.

Anyone that makes it to the show, please let us know how it goes!

Earlier this week we learned that tech metallers Between The Buried And Me had signed to Metal Blade records and would release there new album, “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues”, which is a 3 song, 30 minute “tour de force”, which is promising to be all kinds of awesome.

In order to get us all suitably excited, Between The Buried And Me have made a sample of the track “Specular Reflection” available at Alternative Press, which you can check out here.

Based on this sample, “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” is going to be yet another kick ass entry into Between The Buried And Me’s stellar catalogue. “Specular Reflection” is everything we’ve come to love about Between The Buried And Me: Veering from heavy as hell to instantly headbangable with a slight turn into epic territory.

“The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues” is set to hit store shelves on April 12. Get excited.