Saturday, April 27, 2013


CHICAGO, IL, APRIL 27–Following up on a collaboration which spanned multiple series, leading up to Mike Mignola’s return to both writing and drawing his beloved demon, artist Duncan Fegredo returns to tell a story about a young Hellboy’s first brush with hell.

In this beautifully drawn fifty-six-page graphic novel, a young Hellboy runs away from the B.P.R.D., only to stumble upon a weird and fantastical circus and the few demons from hell who inhabit it.

“This one owes a lot to Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes (pretty much my favorite circus story of all time), but even more to Pinocchio—especially all the spooky, disturbing bits Disney left out. And the work Duncan is doing here is just flat-out amazing,” said Mike Mignola.

“Growing up is tough enough, even when you don’t know the weight of the world rests on the future of your yet-diminutive shoulders. Mike has woven a tale of coming of age for the young Hellboy made all the more poignant for knowing his future. Wonderful, magical, terrifying, this is epic Hellboy on a smaller stage,” Duncan Fegredo added.

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus arrives in a beautiful hardcover format similar to the previously released Hellboy: House of the Living Dead (created in collaboration with legendary artist Richard Corben in 2011). This new tale arrives on shelves on October 23, carrying a retail price of $14.99.

EVILE - Skull (Earache Records)

May 27 marks the date that Evile "come back" with their fourth album, Skull on Earache Records.  What does one expect from such a hotly pulsating star? One expects it to be as blistering as the Toxic Avenger, harder than Mjolner, and more ferocious than Wolverine. High expectations, but the quartet from Huddersfield delivers.

The opening track is also the first video released, "Underworld". My favourite bits of this song are the guitar solos. Ol Drake is a beast and he commands his guitar like an evil wizard. The guitar sounds are part Slayer and part Testament with a hint of Metallica. It's a very engaging stew to the ears. Evile is a thrash metal band that hasn't strayed to far from their roots. Evile frontman Matt Drake comments:

"We are proud to release the first full track from our upcoming album 'Skull' for you to wrap your ears around.  Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what's in store for you all come May 27th.

"Underworld is a title I've wanted to use for a very long time but hadn't found the right song for it; it's named after the venue in London of the same name as it's been one of my favourite places to play for years now.  The song itself isn't directly about the venue but it's definitely dedicated to it.  The song is inspired by a short sci-fi story I read about the earth's surface becoming uninhabitable and people being forced to live deep underground.  It ties in to one of the overall themes of the album which is about things being hidden, be it thoughts, feelings, motivations or truths.  At the same time it's about something else but I don't want to give everything away all at once; it's better if you make up your own mind!

The title track, "Skull", showcases how as a band, they've become tighter; even more precision in their playing. The opening riffs highlighting Ben Carter's drumming hightens your senses. "Skull" is a mosh pit in the making. The drumming and guitars are executed with staccato like intensity. The song is a one dimensional thrash fest, there are passages of harmony and melody that bob and weave throughout the song.

"Head of the Demon" is my favourite track. The writing and vocals have swagger and attitude. This track is going to be wicked cool live. The "sound" of the track is flavourful, rich and deep, like percolated Costa Rican coffee. At 3:42 the drumming and guitar work come together in a way to make the listener very happy and rush to hit the repeat button. But dont' do it just yet. "What You Become" also have swagger and attitude. "What You Become" have a tad more "groove" than "Head of the Demon". The song lives in the pocket.

I can't say enough about Ol and Matt's guitar work. How many ways can you say their playing is just that damn good? Give a listen to the track "Tomb". "Tomb" is atmospheric in a way that exudes what thermal fluid dynamics would sound like if it were transcribed to a heavy metal song. Three minutes into the song it becomes a typical heavy metal slow, powerful, punchy song. This is where the headbanging and fist pumping starts. Four and a half minutes in, a nifty prog passage that slides into Euro metal territory only to fall into a hypnotic guitar solo.

The bottom line is I'm an Evile supporter. Have been since 2010. For me, the band is always on the front foot. They play solid attacking thrash metal music. Evile could make a recording of Hammond organ music using kazoos and I'd buy it! And I'd love it! They are that talented! If for some unfortunate reason you do not own Infected Nations, Enter the Grave, and  Five Serpent's Teeth ... where the bloody hell have you been all this time???? Ok, fine. Go buy SKULL and work your way backwards. Either way, you'll be a happy metal head.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

EVILE - Underworld (video)

Squeeee One of the hardest working bands are back for another aural assault! EVILE releases official lyric video for the track "Underworld" from the new album SKULL. You can pick up SKULL  on  May 27th in Europe and June 11th in the USA.
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An HOUR a day and a Happy DJ!!!

Happy Friday! Spend an hour on yourself by rocking out to these awesome tunes! Brought to you by Collapse, All Hail the Yeti, As I Lay Dying, Hate Squad, Bonded by Blood and Thames Burial! Stay Metal my friends!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As They Burn - Dream Collapse (video)

SQUEEEEE As They Burn released a video from their epic album Will, Love, Life. As you know, I'm a huge lover of the new album: Metal As Fuck review: As They Burn - Will, Love, Life  Kevin Trevor on vocals along with the gobsmackingly amazing guitar prowess of Hoby Arinosy and Fabio Meschini are to die for. The rhythm section of Ronald Pastor and Milton Bakech are tight. Will, Love, Life is a must have for every metal head's arsenal. Enjoy the new video: Dream Collapse and pick up the new album!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Beastwars - Caul of Time

Beastwars released a new single ahead of the April release of new album Blood Becomes Fire. The new single entitled Caul of Time is quite chunky in the rhythm department. It also sounds quite dark and a bit twisted. The vocals are still wickedly sinister, as you'd expect from any Beastwars song. The band didn't muck about with their winning formula. Caul of Time is in the same vein as 2012's Beastwars (self titled album). Caul of Time is a weighty dark and heavy song. It evokes Blade Runner visuals. It makes you feel a tad bit uncomfortable. The bass has a ferocious momentum on this track. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the entire album! Check out Beastwars on Facebook: and download the album on Bandcamp:  Blood Becomes Fire.

Friday, April 19, 2013

An HOUR a day and a Happy DJ!!!!

You know that old adage, Sharing is Caring? Well, the Evil DJ in my brain is sharing some wicked groovy tunage with you! Take an hour out of your day and kick back and relax to the dulcet sounds of Diamond Plate, Collapse, Sworn to Oath, Bonded by Blood and many more! You can also LIKE the The Kali Diaries on Facebook to get more nifty tunage recommendations. SQUEEEEEE

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wringer 13: Melynda Jackson from EIGHT BELLS

The Kali Diaries is back bringing you the best in music and mayhem. This month's Wringer 13 features Melynda Jackson from the band Eight Bells. If you are into mind expanding and thought provoking music, look no further than EIGHT BELLS

Who are you, really, and what do you do?
          Melynda Jackson. I make music to stay sane- ish. I also work a dead end job. 

What’s the best thing about being in your band?
          Making a big noise and having people to do that with. Free lessons in cooperation.

How has being a touring musician changed you?
          Well beyond the financial consequences of choosing to tour instead of work, I would have to say that touring is a great test of a person's personality. Can you be in close quarters with the same people without upset? Can you look out for one another and rely on one another? How do you cope with an environment that is always changing? Are you able to do a lot of 'sit around and wait' for your 40 min to an hour set? Do you think it's worth it? Do you believe enough in what you are doing to upset your comfort zone? I think a person develops patience as a reward for touring. And also it is the best way to find out if you really do love to make music or what your actual motives are around what you are doing. Beyond all the philosophizing - It is also fun.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
          Every day life; this includes, hope, hopelessness and everything that happens in-between. 

What is your favourite song and why?
          Depends on what day it is. It is impossible to have one favorite when you are a person who enjoys many different types of music. 

What does “music” mean to you?
          Music is a way of expressing feelings that are not easily explained with words. At least that is what I am going with for now.

What do you think is your greatest achievement in the field of music?
          making albums that rely on collaborations

What is your greatest achievement outside of music?
          Is there any achievement outside of music?

Describe your most unusual / rabid fan.
          Rabid? hmmm. Luckily we don't have that type of fan. We have varied 'types' of people who are into what we do. They tend to be really sweet, loner types. 

If you could invite any 3 people (living or dead) to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
          Dining is a pleasure enjoyed most with close friends. There is no one I could name for this one. 

What three things are on your “bucket list”?
          I want to see the northern lights before I die. That is all.

What are you most grateful for?
          the means and ability to create sound

If you could reduce everything you are and everything you stand for to one word, what would it be?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

HAVOK - From the Cradle to the Grave video

Havok are relentless and this new video proves it to anyone who doubts. From the Cradle to the Grave is from last year's Point of No Return album.  Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”
You can read more about HAVOK here: Wringer 13: Reece Scruggs

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Friday Night Dance Party: Party like it's Spring Time!

It's almost but not quite totally unlike a Friday Night! Let's get a Dance Party on!!!! SQUEEEEE

JuJu Club - μˆ˜ν•„λŸ¬λΈŒ
I totally rocked out to this track in 1997!! It deserves very loud playing!!! Warning: please move all objects away from your immediate vicinity as you will start windmilling about the flat and knock things over! And yes, that's bitchin' bass man Lee Tae Yoon laying down the heavy riffage!

Fitz and the Tantrums - Spark
I caught them at a Dave Matthews Band caravan show and fell in love. Another dancing around the flat song. Spark is from their upcoming album More Than Just a Dream.

Collapse - Acolyte
Been a massive fan of them since Bloodstock 2010. They are frakking awesome! Squeeee Pick up the new disk: Arms and the Covenant. The album is just as brutal as this track.

Toxic Holocaust - Agony of the Damned
 A head banging circle pit worthy track from the new album The Ashes of Nuclear Destruction on Relapse Records.

All Hail the Yeti - When The Sky Falls
OMG - All Hail the Yeti are just the bomb diggidy! Get yer dancin shoes on coz this burner will make you shake and groove. 

Burn it all down!!!!!

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