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Pronostic Hit The Red Button with “An Atomic Decision”

The power of the riff has long been understood and respected in the metal community. It can send you into an all out blitz or pull you into a groove abyss the likes of which you may never escape. It seems nowadays however, that band after band are constantly falling into the trap of putting on artistic blinders in an effort to reach some new level of heaviness and creativity and originality seem to have been abandoned all together while us fans are left to wade through the ashes of what could have been. Generic carbon copy garbage may be the new norm but a handful of bands do remain that put actual effort and originality into their work and we’ve sifted through the mud to bring you Montreal‘s own Pronostic and their debut full length album, “An Atomic Decision“.

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From it’s haunting beginning to its destructive end, this kick to the teeth is absolutely plastered with virtuoso composition and stellar musicianship. Pronostic, have managed to fuse together both technical and progressive Death Metal attitudes with bone chilling tones and magnificent peaks and crevasses resulting in an album that will blood eagle your soul with its intensity, and then place a single rose at your feet as the vultures pick at your rotting carcass.

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All immaculate visual descriptors aside, with all the negative events of late this album could not have come at a better time and I for one have a new front runner for Underground Album Of The Year. Check it out for yourselves below.

 

5/5 Horns

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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Danzig Has Fan Severely Beaten

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Most of us in the Metal community are aware of the dangers we are going to face when going to a show. Even outside of the pits, things can happen that would cause some degree of harm. None of us, however, expect to be brought on stage to face that danger. Unfortunately for Ireland native, Neil Dalton, that’s exactly what happened to him at last night’s Danzig show at The Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Reportedly, Mr. Dalton ignored the band’s stiff warning prohibiting any video, audio, or pictures being taken at any of his shows during his current tour. (In all honestly, we here at That Metal Fan can’t blame him for trying though, after all, he did fly from Ireland and spend $100 on tickets just to attend the show.) Upon being seen taking a picture of Glenn Danzig, the lead singer for Danzig, Mr. Dalton was brought on stage where he claims to have been tells by security and then beaten. As if the injuries weren’t enough, Mr. Danzig decided to add some insult by throwing in a punch himself. Below is a picture of the bloody aftermath.

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Regardless of Glenn Danzig’s violent tendencies towards just about everyone, as proven by several accounts and video, Montreal police have reportedly not pressed charges stating that as there was no video evidence, (go figure), there is no proof.

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That Metal Fan has reached out to all parties involved and will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Technical Death Metal from “Day One”

I can count the number of Technical Death Metal shows that I have attended on one hand. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Death Metal. However, when you through in those impossible to follow breakdowns and play at tempos/beats that require a high powered calculator in order to understand what the hell it is you’re listening to, I tend to lose interest. I dreaded having to stumble into 3rd period and I’m not trying to suffer flashbacks every time I plug in as a means to relax. It’s just not my thing. With that being said, you can imagine the look of udder bewilderment on my face when I came across some Tech-Death that not only slays every sacrificial virgin withing a fifty mile radius of my speakers, but also makes sense as well.

 

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Day One is a four piece coming from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. How the hell they manage to pull off the tenacious and impeccable sound they do is a question that will most likely be answered right after scientist find out definitively whether or not we are alone in the universe. Guitarist Jay Nerada is an absolute master of his craft and it is clear that the music is structured around his madman approach to composition. Following closely behind him in skill level is Marty Leibel on drums. Matching the sonic perfection of Jay every step of the way is not easy but with his constantly running legs he pulls it off wonderfully and with grace. While musically Day One take the Tech-Death cake, the real Picasso here is vocalist, Cayle Charlton. This genre has a tendency to favor low frequency vocals that make enjoyment and understanding some sort of luxury and with Cayle, its the complete opposite. Not only can you understand word for word what is being said without the need of a lyric video, the guy has one of the greatest screams I or anyone else here at TMF has heard in some time. With him wielding the mic, Day One have quickly molded themselves into the Canadian version of Arch Enemy.

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If epic sonic journey’s are your thing, if you want to be looking at the show in front of you instead of the calculator in your hand, and you want it all with slit your throat animosity, Day One has you covered.

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5/5 Horns

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KEEP IT METAL,

\m/That Metal Fan\m/


Check out Day One live at one of the following shows:

  • Aug. 20th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Nite Owl
  • Sep. 4th- Calgary, AB, Canada Distortion Live Music Venue
  • Sep. 19th- Calgary, AB, Canada TBA
  • Oct. 17th- Calgary, AB, Canada The Blind Beggar Pub
  • Oct 24th- Berkeley, California Legion Of Steal Fest 

 

 

 

 

 

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“VHS” Scare The Stupid Out Of You

Since the beginning, Metal and Horror/Slasher movies have shared a comradery that even non-fans seem to be able to understand. In more recent years it seems as though the two have become inseparable and they borrow more and more for one another. Musically this can be seen with bands such as Gwar and their insane alien overlord concept. But what would happen if you were to say, strip away the costumes and place the focus of all of your twisted nightmares into the music alone? Well, what you’re going to be left with is an Ontario, Canada based band going by the name, VHS.

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The bands debut, “Hi-Fi Horror“, is as dark, vile, and fun as you can find. PERIOD. VHS keep a stripped down quality to their recording sound that terrifies and keeps true to the spirit of the Underground Horror Metal scene. It’s exactly what I would picture hearing in the background somewhere while Leatherface slowly and painfully peels back my cured and prep face to add to his ever growing collection of all to real masks.

Speaking to the music itself, VHS creates a massive sound with slight Thrash influences as evidenced by the constant double bass kick and single snare pops. Though the latter may just be my neck snapping. While the guitars do catch my attention with the dirty grit they bring to the table, it’s the ball busting bite produced from the bass that really grabbed my attention which is an extremely rare thing to find in any type of Metal. Though not as rare, the vocals i found also slapped me in the face in  valiant effort to garner my attention. You know, in that Goblin shrieking his last words before the icy fingers of death slip down around his throat kind of way.

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The dark and twisted visuals painted by VHS are Ghost House Pictures quality and the music itself is good enough to make Jason Voorhees take off his mask and offer a rotting grin.

3/5 Horns

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KEEP IT METAL

\m/That Metal Fan\m/

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