WOM Features – Dictated / Blind Cross / Black Stone Cherry

DICTATED unleash 'Hypso' featuring Julien Truchan (Benighted)

Dutch death metal crushers DICTATED are unleashing the first track entitled ‘Hypso‘ taken from their upcoming album ‘Phobos‘, which will be released on October 25th 2019. The track features guest vocals by Julien Truchan (BENIGHTED). 

‘Phobos‘ is the follow-up to 2014’s ‘The Deceived‘. With ‘Phobos’, Dictated is leaving behind their known-path of ‘old-school’, and add the purest of misery without the loss of their blast-beat ethics.

Blast the new video here:

DICTATED comments on ‘Hypso’: “We invite you to enter the new unnerving death-metal universe of Dictated. We are beyond excited to give you a first glance at ‘Phobos’, with a brand new track and video. ‘Hypso’ is the very first of the eleven phobia’s represented on the album, and is known as the extreme fear of heights. And eventhough you may suffer from this pretty common phobia, we designed it to be a bit darker; the mind’s uncontrolable urge to take the leap….”

“The video also functions as an introduction to all fears that are represented on the album with which intensity increases towards the end. You might even hear a familiar voice in the track itself. The mighty Julien Truchan of Benighted offered his gutteral blessings for this one. Now sit back, relax and undergo the combination of death-metal adding mankind’s greatest fears!”

JULIEN TRUCHAN comments on ‘Hypso’: “I am so honoured and happy to appear as guest vocalist on the new album of my buddies Dictated ! These guys are amazing people and very talented musicians ! I fucking love this song and really enjoyed recording vocals on it ! Check the result of this fantastic piece of brutality !”

The video was made by Cor Baauw from Local Androids. 

The new opus was recorded, mixed and mastered at Double Impact Productions by Pieter Tjeerdsma & WD Glashouwer. Cover artwork came courtesy of Greg ‘AbsuManiac’ Czart. 

Phobos‘ tracklist: 

1. Hypso (featuring guest vocals by BENIGHTED‘s Julien Truchan)
2. Thalasso
3. Lysso
4. Taphe
5. Chira
6. Apeiro
7. Eisoptro
8. Glosso
9. Trypo
10. Athaza Gora (featuring guest solo by Mendel bij de Leij (Ex-Aborted))
11. Atychi

Phobos‘ recording line-up: 

York Keijzer – vocals
Sonja Schuringa – guitar & backing vocals
Jessica Otten – guitar
Koen Verstralen – bass
Frank Schilperoort – drums

BLIND CROSS – official video for "The Hammer And The Nail" released

BLIND CROSS has released a new video for the song “The Hammer And The Nail”. That song is on the new album “Merciless Times”, which was released on July 5th, 2019 via PURE STEEL RECORDS. The album is available as CD and Download.

Juan Ricardo – vocals
Rocco Stellmacher – guitars
Mathias Hörold – bass
Andy Korte – drums


Black to Blues Volume 2 by Black Stone Cherry is coming.. Brand new video

Black Stone Cherry return with another riotous, rip roaring tribute to their blues heroes on ‘Black To Blues Volume 2,’ which will be released on October 18th via Mascot Label Group/Mascot Records.
The first instalment of the series, ‘Black To Blues’, was released in October 2017 and crashed straight into #1 in the Billboard Blues Chart and reached the top 30 UK album chart with a wave of praise from both the press and fans.

Following the reaction to the release Chris Robertson said; “We could have never dreamed of the reaction we got from “Black to Blues”. It was amazing to have such a positive reaction to our take on some of our biggest influences in music. Now we are back for round two and we have added our great friend Yates Mckendree on organ/keys and he also makes an appearance on guitar! We kept a couple artists in the line-up from last time and introduced a few others into the mix as well! We can’t wait for everyone to hear and feel how much fun we had recording this project!!”.

The EP kicks off with Robertson introducing McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s‘Big Legged Woman.’ It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakeable groove woven through the song as has their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Down In The Bottom’ – both legends covered on the previous record. Talking about King and Wolf, guitarist Ben Wells says; “Those are some of our absolute favourites. We always identify with those guys ‘cause they had grooves and riffs like we would put in our tunes. So we are naturally drawn to that.”

The first track to be released from the record is their own take on Robert Johnsons’ ‘Me And The Devil Blues.’ Talking about it the band says; “We chose this song because we have such an appreciation for Robert Johnson and his music. It was so simple, direct, and eerie in a way that just resonates with the listener. Since Roberts music was guitar and vocal, we decided to totally write new music and lay his words on top of it. All of the music was written literally on the spot while recording in the studio! We are very proud of how this track came out!”
This is where the link between the blues and Black Stone Cherry weaves in so perfectly, the groove and heart of those early songs embody the essence and beginnings of Kentucky’s favourite rockers. “Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, and the like,” Wells explains, “we used to listen to that constantly growing up, and still do.  It’s what we grew up playing and learning together. It’s the DNA of what our band is. It’s not just us covering songs. It’s about doing our own version of each song.”
Fans that have seen the band grow over their ascent to arenas will have often seen their love for the blues with songs regularly making into the live set. This time around they bring in Robert Johnsons’ howling ‘Me And The Devil Blues’, the sultry slow burning ‘All Your Love (I Miss Loving)’ originally performed by Mississippi legend Otis Rush, and Elmore James classic ‘Early One Morning,’ one of the wildest stand out songs from the one the links between traditional Delta and Chicago blues.
The album closes with their take on ‘Death Letter Blues’ by Son House, which long-time fans will be familiar with from the band’s live set and also featured on 2014 live album ‘Thank You: Livin’ Live Birmingham.’ Talking about the reaction of the fans Wells enthuses; “It’s incredible!! The coolest part is hearing young fans say they never listened to these artists until we made them aware of them. That’s amazing for us!”


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