ALBUM REVIEW: Ex Deo – The Thirteen Years of Nero

Four years after regaling us with stories of Carthaginian General Hannibal on The Immortal Wars (Napalm Records) Canadian/Italian death metal act Ex Deo return with more tales of ancient Rome on fourth full length release The Thirteen Years of Nero (also Napalm). As its title suggests, the central theme this time is the reign of Imperator Nero Cladius Divi Claudius filius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (or plain old Emperor Nero to his friends) and the matricide, uxoricide, blood, fire and death which followed him.

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Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

All good things come to an end, and as of March 2015, the legendary Black Metal double act of Abbath Doom Occulta (real name Olve Eikemo) and Demonaz Doom Occulta (real name Harald Nævdal) reached its disappointing and unfortunate conclusion. For years, Demonaz had acted the straight man, a perfect foil for his gurning, crab-walking, tongue-waggling partner, but since the pair went their separate ways, he has now chosen to step forward and take centre stage in what appears to be a more focused and serious vision of Immortal.Continue reading

Watch A New Video From Pain For The Track Coming Home


Pain, the industrial rock band led by legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann) just released a new music video. You can watch the clip for the track ‘Coming Home’ below:Continue reading

Lindemann – Skills In Pills


Sometimes, you really are better off not knowing. Now, I understand millions of German speaking Rammstein fans haven’t been kept in the dark like I have as to the lyrics and subjects intoned in that most Teutonic and distinctive of near barks belonging to Til Lindemann, but for myself, the fact his debut solo album Skills In Pills (Warners) is in English means my blissful ignorance of subject matter is shattered, and, much like finding out the contents of your late night kebab actually is rat and dog, I’d rather have not been enlightened.

For Skills In Pills is a forty-five minute juvenile lesson in puerility that makes you wonder as to the mental state of 52 year old Lindemann as his album makes Steel Panther seem erudite and poetic. While the opening title track is childish twaddle about different drugs doing different things, the downhill descent begins quickly with the immature ‘Ladyboy’, before the inane combo of ‘Fat’ and ‘Fish On’, respectively featuring the lines “When I break open your king-size bra, your giant boobs are wunderbar” and “It smells like fish, My rod is stiff” plumb new depths. ‘Golden Shower’ is an excuse to gleefully drop the C-bomb with the relish of a child who has first learnt it in a song that is the polar opposite of subtlety, let alone the crassness of lead single ‘Praise Abort’.

This isn’t a complaint from a position of prudishness, but even my 14-year-old self playing ‘Get In The Ring’ at parent-offending volumes would have dismissed this fatuous nonsense. The biggest shame comes from the fact that Lindemann, musically, ticks every box you’d want from a collaboration of Mr Rammstein and Pain/Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren, and really could be a new Rammstein album, it’s just the lyrics really clash with, and irretrievable detract from, the music.

Had this been a Steel Panther parody, fine, but the fact is there are some epic, powerful musical motions throughout, especially the aforementioned ‘Fat’, with big, dark, symphonic catchy motifs, and grooving guitars. Tägtgren has defended the album, saying it is a “Party album” and the lyrics are ironic and as a result of Lindemann’s poor English, a statement that’s nearly as full of crap as this wasted album.



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Music Video: Lindemann – Praise Abort

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Lindemann is streaming the music video for “Praise Abort,” off of their debut album Skills In Pills, out June 23, 2015 via Warner Brothers. The digital single is out May 29th. The project unites vocalist Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and vocalist/guitarist Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy/Pain).

LINDEMANN – Praise Abort (official Video) from LINDEMANN on Vimeo.

Lindemann Releasing Skills In Pills On June 23rd in US

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Lindemann, the new project featuring lead singer Till Lindemann (Rammstein) and Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy) will be releasing their long awaited debut album Skills In Pills on June 23, 2015 via Warner Bros Records in the US and June 19, 2015 internationally. The first single “Praise Abort” will be released on May 29, 2015.

The project combines the Rammstein singer’s often hilarious yet utterly filthy lyrics with Tägtgren’s super-modern studio skills and instrumentation.

Skills In Pills Track Listing:
01: Skills In Pills
02: Ladyboy
03: Fat
04: Fish On
05: Children Of The Sun
06: Home Sweet Home
07: Cowboy
08: Golden Shower
09: Yukon
10: Praise Abort
11: That’s My Heart (Bonus Track)

Skills In Pills will be available in the following versions:
Standard (Digipack)
Special Edition (Blu-Ray-packaging, high-quality booklet, bonus track)
12″ Vinyl (gatefold cover, 28-page booklet, bonus track, album-download-code)
Super Deluxe (Coffee-table-style book with 80 pages, high-quality package, CD with bonus track)

SKILLS IN PILLS will be available in the following configurations:1. Standard Edition(2panel digipack, 28pages…

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Rammstein, Hypocrisy Members Form New Project

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Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann and Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) have formed a brand new project called Lindemann.

Pär Hulkoff, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist for the Swedish industrial metal band Raubtier, posted a comment on the band’s Facebook page claiming to have heard some of the music:

Pekka T (Peter Tägtgren) and Till from Rammstein are unleashing their new powerful band! The small parts I heard really blew my mind! Like the page, and keep your eyes open. This will echo in eternity.
I salute you Peter, my bloodbrother!

This comes following Rammstein guitarist Richard Z Kruspe launching his Emigrate project, with a record out via Spinefarm Records. In one interview, Kruspe had spoken about a few live Rammstein DVDs in the works, and in another, he had hinted Lindemann’s formation, while keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz working on a book. But he claims Rammstein is on a break and at some point in the future they may reform to work on new music.

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