Oct 102019

South African metal band  Forfeit Thee Untrue have teamed up with The Metal Resource to bring you the exclusive premiere of the new lyric video for ‘Halo Crippled’ About the song the band says:

Lyrically, for me, “Halo Crippled” is the most personal song of all FTU material to date. I think it presents as the first time I’ve been willing and able to ‘go inside’ and truly write about my own inner demons/struggles. Musically, we’ve gone back to some of our roots and certainly strived for a much rawer sound.

As a concept, “Halo Crippled” became my lack of understanding and struggle in terms of what God was doing within the band. I had no sense of His angels being at work for quite some time. But, faith remained a foundation and fuel. It’s all about not giving up, regardless of the cards we’re dealt.

– Being the only remaining member of the band since our previous album (2016), we recorded and are releasing “Halo Crippled” as a 2-piece band (with newcomer vocalist, Kenny Smith). FTU is back working with previous album’s producer, Clinton Watts, who is already helping us redefine the band’s sound and identity. We’re also still backed by Rottweiler Records, who have just been phenomenal when it comes to their belief in, and encouragement of FTU!

– I’m just so humbled and grateful, overwhelmed and excited about FTU having pushed on and come through the other side of the storm, and being where we are currently, with faith tenfold going forward.

– I’ve always gravitated towards vocalists that are are driven by pure, raw emotion. And Kenny is no exception! I personally cannot wait for fans/family to hear him as the new voice of FTU! Super proud of him and honoured to be writing and releasing music with him!

These days, our lives are filled with clutter—physical clutter, defined by the almost obsessive need for more stuff—and spiritual clutter; things robbing us of our attention and energy, distracting us from what is truly important. Drowning in a cognitive cesspool composed of social media, political pollution and trends posing as religions, the time has come for a wake-up call, coming in the form of South African Christian metal act Forfeit Thee Untrue. Drawing from an unbelievable spectrum of metallic styles—including contemporary metalcore, sludgy doom metal and traditional death metal—Forfeit Thee Untrue wield a sprawling arsenal of metallic weaponry with which to combat contemporary complacency, annihilating the false and fake in an effort to striving for the real in every aspect of life.

Lyric video for ‘Halo Crippled’

Forfeit Thee Untrue was founded in its current iteration in 2010—although the bands origins can be traced back to a rock band formed by Forfeit Thee Untrue’ s founding members, Craig Palmer (drums) and Sean Towsen (guitar). 2010 saw the band—then a two-piece—searching for a third member and vocalist until 2011, when frontman and guitarist Gideon Karsten entered the picture. With three members and a common goal established, Forfeit Thee Untrue spent the following two years working hard on writing original material while searching for a fourth member. 2012 in particular was a busy year for Forfeit Thee Untrue—wherein the band reached its current status as a quartet (with lead guitarist, Mitch Pearson joining the band mid-year). The band finished recording their debut EP, Blood Soaked Splinter in February of 2013 and prepared it for an April release. The explosive debut EP shook the Christian metal community world-wide, showcasing the band’s dynamic blend of metallic styles and impressive songwriting ability. With some tracks aggressive enough to inflict blunt force trauma, yet others dreary and atmospheric, Forfeit Thee Untrue established a distinct attitude that pervades through any style they choose to channel.

With a successful EP release under their belts, the band kept their momentum going, touring incessantly throughout 2013 to support it before releasing a Christmas single title “Slavior.” Another resounding success, “Slavior” propelled the band into the writing and recording phase for their debut full-length album, Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam with producer Clinton Watts (2014 South African Metal Producer of the Year). Just before the culmination of 2013 and the commencement of full album recording, Towsen left the band. Newcomer bassist, Eckard van Tonder, then joined FTU in April 2014. 2014 and 2015 saw Forfeit Thee Untrue diligently writing and recording material for their breakout album—taking time to carefully and creatively meld metals with the skill of a practiced alchemist.

Now in 2019, Founder and drummer, Palmer has found himself with the band stripped back down to just two members; Palmer and new vocalist, Kenny Smith. With the addition of Smith, a vociferous, passionate vocalist, Forfeit Thee Untrue has taken a drastic shift away from the polished, commercial sound of Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam and is decidedly using brash, brutalizing heaviness. The former raucous, rebellious, riotous sonic force for Christ has now been turned up to eleven. Do not fear, the band is still employing a unique lyrical approach to ensnare listeners around the world. With a promising start to this next chapter of the FTU history, American-based Rottweiler Records and a knack for combining passion and power in a devastating dialectic, Forfeit Thee Untrue are a band determined to spread their influence and message to every corner and crevice of the globe, facing every obstacle with uncompromising force.

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Hilastherion – “Psalm 59”

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Apr 182019

In Psalm 59, David continues to sing praises to God, despite facing adversity. He concludes, “You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” (Ps. 59:17). Hilastherion’s “Psalm 59” is a mighty EP, with “Psalm 59” sounding as much like a song of praise as it does a battle cry. Hilastherion hails from Finland, the land of the midnight sun, which is home to many great prog and extreme metal bands. There’s something stark in the sound, like the icy beauty of a forest in winter time. “Psalm 59” is sung in Swedish (if I am correct), and you can hear the light and melodic contrast with the dark and dissonant. The band describe their sound as melodic death metal, but it is unlike the Gothenburg, Sweden sound. For me, it draws more on the progressive metal side of things and maybe it’s the symphonic elements that push it into that sphere. “When Sorrow Dies” is epic. It is cold and unblack, from the guttural rumbles to the blast beats and buzzing guitars, but finds redemption in the face of God. “Hymn to the Creations of God” celebrates God as Creator, and points to our responsibility as stewards of His Creation – a responsibility we often neglect. “Psalm 59” releases on Good Friday, and if the EP is a taste of what’s to come, a great album is in the making. Continue reading »

XIII Minutes – “Obsessed”

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Apr 042019

The tragic tale of Cain and Abel is vividly told on XIII Minutes’ “Sibling Rivalry”, off their April 5th debut release, “Obsessed”. It’s a modern sound that reminds me of Soilwork, a great melodeath band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Prepare yourself for an aural onslaught, as the band are quick out the gates on “Victim-Less”. A dual vocal attack is sometimes a gamble in this genre, but here it works well. Mike Rowley does well to pull off both the growl in the verses, as well as singing in the choruses. The guitars are gravelly and aggressive, and the overall impression is of precision. The bass rattles in the middle of the mix, and I’m impressed by its presence. Wait a minute! The bio lists Aaron Smith on guitars – no mention of bass. Is it that he plays all the guitars (incl. bass guitar), or are they like alt rockers The Early Years who ditched the bass altogether?

An off-kilter “Self Portrait” is a nod to the peculiar Mr. Bungle, and here it sounds like they double-tracked Michael Rowley’s deep growl, the bottom register an ominous presence on this track. In their biography, they make mention of several dichotomies that include darkness/light, evil/good and sin/redemption. The voice embodies these opposites very effectively. The title track is killer. The guitar is strident, and Jamie Kucinski’s drumming injects the song with manic energy. Ah, and now there is no question! The bass is definitely present and accounted for. So, another question. With one vocalist, how do they do the trading off of screams in the climax? In my view, it’s testament to quality production work in the studio. Continue reading »

Apr 022019

Bangalore, India-based progressive metalcore band Final Surrender have released a video for their new brand new single ‘Fallen Identities’ which was released on March 22 through Rottweiller Records and available for streaming and download on Spotify/Bandcamp.

The video for ‘Fallen Identities’ can be viewed below.

In the winter of 2010, a couple of young professional musicians hailing from Bangalore, India, came together in an attempt to bring about a musical revolution of sorts; a revolution that would change their lives, and the lives of many others, known and unknown to them. In their hearts burned hot a vision, a vision to spread hope and love through music, and as they pursued their hearts, their dreams metamorphosed into reality, and that in turn saw the birth of FINAL SURRENDER. Continue reading »

Apr 022019

The long awaited blazing collection of XIII Minutes’ modern metal/rock hits, will be released on April 5th, 2019 via Rottweiller Records. This cd is is all killer, no filler. – The official album teaser can be streamed below.

The first single ‘Obsessed’ was released on 16 feb. 2018, watch the lyric video below. Vocalist Michael Rowley commented:

“I believe that ‘Obsessed’ – the song and the video – show the growth of this band on a sonic and visual level. This song has also been a great hit live, always spurring our audience to join into what makes a live show memorable: singing the chorus, “I’m Obsessed.” It makes me smile each and every time.”

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