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The Body Beneath releasing Rise of the Insidious with two shows this weekend

Posted in Audio, Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 by Ryan Buege

The Body Beneath

It’s not talked about nearly enough, but the Twin Cities have truly been a hotbed for some incredible technical death metal bands over the course of the last several years. Last year The Crinn were able to secure a recording deal with Nuclear Blast, earlier this year Iron Thrones self-released a new album to a national audience, and now the brutal death metal quintet known as The Body Beneath is poised to release a brand new EP of savage, shredding, blast-beat laden progressive death metal insanity. Rise of the Insidious is receiving a April 4th release via The Fifth Moon, and to support the release, The Body Beneath with be playing two shows – one at Station 4 on Friday and another at The Rox in St. Cloud on Saturday.

Rise of the Insidious is the first time that we’ve heard from The Body Beneath since their 2007 album Compelled to Suffer. Having now evolved far beyond being simply a With Dead Hands Rising off-shoot, The Body Beneath is sounding extremely confident and more capable than ever. Any hardcore influences are hard to detect on the preview tracks from Rise that are posted over at the band’s MySpace; instead its more of an onslaught of the most brutal sounds, taking cues from heavyweights like Hate Eternal, Krisiun, and Aborted. “Crushing all who oppose” is this band’s motto, and it’s an apt one. Really folks, this is some brutal metal!

LISTEN: The Body Beneath, “And the Sea Will Give Us Its Dead” (from Rise of the Insidious, available 4/4)
LISTEN: The Body Beneath, “A Flood of Red” (from Rise of the Insidious, available 4/4)
LISTEN: The Body Beneath, “Path of the Depraved” (from Rise of the Insidious, available 4/4) 

Be sure to take the opportunity to get your hands around the Rise of the Insidious this weekend at one of these shows. Underground death metal is a beautiful thing, and The Body Beneath will be surrounded by some fantastic local talent during these release shows. More information after the jump… Continue reading

FREE Album Download: Iron Thrones, Visions of Light

Posted in Downloads, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , on Friday, February 6, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Iron Thrones
Iron Thrones is a band that truly embodies their name in several aspects. Not to be too corny, but the band hails from our own iron-rich state of Minnesota, and (despite their relatively short time playing together) you can easily consider them to be one of several crown jewels that the currently burgeoning and heavily varied Minneapolis metal scene has to offer. This is an epic progressive death metal quartet (though, on the lookout for another guitarist) that could easily find resonance with fans of Opeth, Death, Between the Buried and Me, Converge or even maybe post-rock like Mogwai. That’s not to say that Iron Thrones really follows in any of these bands footsteps though, as they have begun to perfect their own unique focused sound. Even on this debut, Visions of Light, the band achieve a rare and organic balance of naturalistic melodies and brutal shred. The album is the embodiment of yin-and-yang, a dense atmospheric album to one man and a nuanced progressive headbanger to another. Right now, it’s doing wonders for my ears.

Iron Thrones, Visions of LightClearly the band knows how to treat its fans, as well. As such, these guys have posted their entire new album, Visions of Light, online for download. The cool thing is that they’ve gone the Radiohead way of things and made it available for free, “donation” through Amazon, Itunes, etc., or as a hard copy purchase. I’ve never heard how this model has worked out for a local underground metal band (as opposed to juggernauts like RH and Rez), and there’s no word when their $500 quadruple gatefold limited pressing with an optional commentary becomes available, but I really don’t see how it could hurt. There’ll still be many opportunities to support them and purchase hard copies when you’re seeing Iron Thrones in the live setting. They’ve got these area shows lined up, including a performance in Burnsville tomorrow:

Feb 6 @ The Garage w/ Rawhyde in Burnsville, Minnesota
Feb 11 @ The Rafters @ UMD w/ Empires in Duluth, Minnesota
Feb 27 @ Electric Earth in Madison, Wisconsin
Feb 28 @ The Uptown Bar w/ Zebulon Pike in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 3 @ Station 4 w/ The Body Beneath, in St. Paul, Minnesota
May 15 @ TBA w/ The Body Beneath & Rhynoceraptor in Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 16 @ TBA w/ The Body Beneath & Rhynoceraptor in St. Cloud, Minnesota

DIG DEEPER: Download Visions of Light!Official SiteMyspace

MPLS free show: Battlefields, Høst @ Uptown Bar

Posted in Concert Dates with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Everyone’s finals are over on Thursday the 18th, and since this is the case, I highly encourage you to all go out to get drinks and celebrate. Any self-respecting Minneapolis metal fan would do well to check out the free (.. yeah that’s right, no cover!) showcase from regional post-metal favorites Battlefields. Black metal visionaries Høst play direct support and Iron Thrones, Empires, and Rise of the Empire open the show.

Hosted by Uptown Bar and Cafe, 3018 Hennepin Ave. S – Show starts @ 9 pm