The Metal Roundup – July 20, 2011

What’s up you maniacs?  It’s that time of the week again.  Time to get your fill of news from the world of metal.

The best news of the week so far goes out to symphonic death metal masters (and one of my favorite bands working right now) Fleshgod Apocalypse.  Their upcoming album, Agony, is polluting the shelves August 9th and the band have released a video for the first single off of the album, “The Violation”, and holy balls of Jesus it’s awesome!  The new song is absolutely killer and the video definitely does it justice.  It’s extremely well shot and fits the band’s orchestral style perfectly.  It is directed by Salvatore Perrone, whose previous work includes videos for DevilDriver, Embryo, Suicide Silence, and a plethora of Italian musicians.

There’s not much more to say.  Just watch the video.  I’m really really excited for their new album and seeing them live on Friday!  Expect a review of that the second I can get my dirty little hands on it.

In a complete musical 180, after being dormant for nearly 7 years, experimental hardcore band Circle Takes The Square have been busy recording the follow-up to their epic tour de force As The Roots Undo, titled Rites Of Initiation and they’ve just released a teaser video of some clips from a few of the new songs.  Check it out here (it’s not embeddable).

I am absolutely stoked for this.  I had assumed that these guys had called it quits after not hearing anything from or about them in years.  They’re definitely a departure from my typical musical tastes, but what can I say?  Their oddly cinematic and avant-garde approach to hardcore/punk has always resonated with me and I can’t wait to hear what’s next for these guys.

Check out some in-studio footage herehereherehere and here (apparently they’ve been at it for a while).

The videos don’t stop there.  Earlier this week MetalSucks premiered spastic grindcore band Meek Is Murder‘s new video for the song “Recursions” off their new(ish) album Algorithms.  The video is not embeddable so watch it here.

The video was directed by the band’s drummer, Frank Godla, and I think it’s pretty cool.  It’s super indy and DIY and that’s what I like about it.  It reminds me of the cheesy “movies” my friends and I used to make late at night when we were stoned out of our gourds.  And I have to respect the guys for at least trying to tell somewhat of a story in the short-but-sweet clip.

They’ve also posted a pretty interesting Behind-the-Scenes clip of the making of the video.  It’s pretty cool to see what went into it (no money, friends, cheap effects, etc.) and what the song and video mean to them.  It’s rare that a band puts that more of themselves into every aspect of what they do, but that’s why Meek Is Murder are so badass.  They are the epitome of DIY.

Algorithms is out now so go get it!  You can also catch them on tour for the next few weeks with Fuck The Facts and Tiger Flowers.  Dates here.

Finally, as promised last week, Razor To Wrist Records has launched!  Check out the site.  It’s still pretty bare bones but there are some cool tidbits of info available on there, such as the promise of a new Knives Out album in the fall and new releases/DVD’s from Polkadot Cadaver and Dog Fashion Disco!

I’m loving the premise behind their new label.  It’s a step in the right direction if you ask me.  Traditional record labels are becoming more obsolete by the day and there is no reason why in this day and age bands shouldn’t be releasing material on their own.  Especially bands with an already established fan base.  90% of marketing is done online anyway, so why not cut out the middle man and do it yourself/hire someone to manage it?  It’s the only way a band stands a chance of seeing any revenue from their releases and could ostensibly mean metal bands and independent artists could actually start making some money.

Anyhow, that’s it for now.  Check back for more in the next few days.

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