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It was recently announced that the pirates from Alestorm re-signed with Napalm Records (and of course signed in rum, rather than blood or the usual ink).
Before getting to work on a next pirate opus, these swashbucklers are returning to tour the United States once again - sadly the Canadian dates have been cancelled.
The tour kicks off October 2nd in Greensboro, NC and wraps up November 1st in Spartanburg, SC. A complete list of dates can be found below, with Nekrogoblikon and Aether Realm supporting.
Front man Christopher Bowes on the upcoming tour: "Ahoy pirates of the USA! We can't wait to get back on the road for our most extensive tour EVER of your big ol' freedom lovin' country! We've got Nekrogoblikon and Aether Realm along with us for the ride, so it's gonna be a crazy 3-way brawl between pirates, goblins, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Prepare your livers for party time!" More...
Today, Osmose Productions sets November 25th as the international release date for Liber Null's debut album, "I - The Serpent."
Unrelenting and unrepenting black metal in the vein of Marduk and Watain, Liber Null features members of Acherontas, Fides Inversa, Blut Aus Nord, and Frostmoon Eclipse. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Unrepenting Son
2. Below and Beyond
3. I - The Serpent
5. Unholy Cosmogony
6. The Heretic's Tongue More...
Bone-crushing Calgary four-piece Krepitus challenges the relationship between death and thrash metal with trademark downtrodden technical riffs and fierce aggressive vocals.
Set to unleash debut album "Eyes Of The Soulless" on November 25th, 2016, the band is offering a free download of the title track right here. You can also listen in below.
1. The Decree of Theodoseus (6:46)
2. Apex Predator (3:28)
3. Exile (7:48)
4. Sharpen the Blade (5:33)
5. Eyes of the Soulless (6:16)
6. Desolate Isolation (5:39)
7. Erroneous (4:55)
8. My Desdemona (6:04) More...
Just For Fun
Apparently this one went online several months ago but it just came through my feed, so now it's time to share it with all of you! Steve Terreberry does a hilariously awesome job of explaining the definition of djent in the clip below.
New Haven, CT’s Dead By Wednesday today releases “The Surgeon,” a new video directed by Jacques Molle and taken from latest album "The Darkest Of Angels."
“The Surgeon,” an emotionally-charged acoustic track with unexpected flamenco flair courtesy of Soulfly/Cavalera guitarist Marc Rizzo, has the distinction of being the only track on the album to feature the band’s current full-time vocalist Rob Roy, as well as Rizzo, who was announced earlier this summer had also joined the band as a full time member.
“The Surgeon” comes in on a lighter note, following the band’s previous single “Live Again” featuring Shadow’s Fall vocalist Brian Fair. Says Drummer Christian “Opus” Lawrence:
“We know we’ll probably take some shit from the 'meta'” guys for this track, especially while 'Live Again' is still going, and most of the stuff that has been put out from this record so far has been heavier. But it’s such a powerful song, especially right in the middle of so many great brutally heavy tracks. The album really is all over the place, but 'The Surgeon' is so powerful and real, and is not only a really amazing showcase of what Rob can do, but also shows a whole other side of the band. We can do heavy. But, yeah, we can do this, too.” More...
Fuzz Evil today presents the band's self-titled, debut full-length album through Battleground Records. Celebrating its public availability, the entire record is now available for streaming.
The band also embarks on a U.S. west coast tour soon in support of the new album, with the first show taking place this Sunday, October 2nd. Confirmed dates are as follows:
10/02/2016 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA
10/03/2016 The Caravan - San Jose, CA
10/04/2016 Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, CA
10/06/2016 Kenton Club - Portland, OR
10/07/2016 Valley's - Tacoma, WA
10/08/2016 Tim's - Seattle, WA
10/09/2016 Sam Bonds - Eugene, OR More...
Wolves At The Gate today releases another single from the upcoming "Types & Shadows" album. Check out "Asleep" in the player below, and you can also pre-order the new album right here. The full "Types & Shadows" track listing is as follows:
2. Flickering Flame
3. War in the Time of Peace
5. The Aftermath
7. Weary Ground
9. Broken Bones
11. Chasing the Wind
13. Grave Digger More...
The members of Metallica made their Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut last night (September 29th) when they performed new song "Moth Into Flame" for the first time on national television.
If you missed the band's T.V. appearance, a video of the performance can be seen in the YouTube player below.
"Moth Into Flame" is taken off Metallica's forthcoming album "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct," which is scheduled to be release on the band's own Blackened Recordings this coming November 18th.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons will soon fly a mighty Welsh-born rock'n'roll flag in your direction! Today, the band releases first single "Big Mouth" via lyric video.
Legendary Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has teamed up with his sons Todd, Dane, and Tyla, plus vocalist Neil Starr, to record their debut self-titled five track EP, which will be released via Motörhead Music on November 18th, 2016.
Produced by Todd Campbell at Stompbox Studios in Wales, and mixed by Motörhead's producer Cameron Webb, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons loudly shoves you head-first into raw, gritty, classic and instantly-accessible rock n' roll charms. Catch the band live:
Oct 18 Magasin 4 - Brussels, Belgium
Oct 20 Kulturfabrik Kohfmel - Solothurn, Switzerland
Oct 21 Campus iNDUSTRY - Parma, Italy
Oct 22 Druso Club - Bergamo, Italy
Oct 24 Proxima - Warsaw, Poland
Nov 4 The Scene - Swansea, UK
Nov 5 The Ironworks - Inverness, UK
Nov 6 Audio - Glasgow, UK
Nov 10 Bierkeller - Bristol, UK
Nov 11 FAC251 - Manchester, UK
Nov 12 Hard Rock Hell Festival - Pwllheli, UK
Nov 18 The Venue - Selby, UK
Nov 19 Kasbah - Coventry, UK
Nov 24 Boston Music Room - London, UK
Nov 25 Open Club Room - Norwich, UK
Nov 26 The Gateway @ Seaton Town Hall - Seaton, UK
Dec 2 Planet Rockstock - Porthcawl, UK
Dec 31 The Muni - Pontypridd, UK More...
Italian group Lord Agheros today presents a lyric video for the song "Lake Water," featuring as special guest on vocals Federica "Lenore" Catalano from Lenore S. Fingers.
The track hails from Lord Agheros' 5th full-length album "Nothing At All," scheduled to be released on October 7th via My Kingdom Music. This new video was created by Goffredo Passi for Estremarte Videoproduzioni and is available below.
1. The Last Memories
2. Lake Water (feat. Federica "Lenore" Catalano)
3. Mankind Arise
4. No More Rules
5. Life And Death
6. The Day To Die
7. On The Shore
9. What We Deserve
10. Final Thoughts
11. Nothing At All More...
"Crossyears," the new full-length album from Gothenburg power trio Langfinger, is out today via Small Stone. You can stream the entire release via the Bandcamp player below.
The ten-track offering was recorded by Johan Reivén and Olle Björck at Sweden's Welfare Sounds Studio, with additional recordings by Langfinger at Beduin HQ, mixing by Olle Björck, and mastering by Daniel Johansson.
The band comments: "'Crossyears' is not only honoring the music we listened to in our adolescence, but it's also the embodiment of our relentless attitude and eagerness to claim new musical ground. Our goal was not to promote an experimental journey, rather the opposite.
"The years of performing live and the countless hours rehearsing in our quarter provided us the opportunity to head straight for our indisputable roots, rip them up and make something loud out of it. This is our most authentic and straightforward record to date." More...
Detroit prog quartet Tiles just issued the first in a series of in-depth video interviews covering the expansive "Pretending 2 Run" double-album, out now on Laser's Edge. The series contains five segments, covering everything from inception to execution on the ambitious album.
"Pretending 2 Run" features a plethora of guest appearances, including the first recorded music with both Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Dream Theater) and his son Max (Next To None), as well as well as music from Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Kim Mitchell.
The record was produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) and is finished with artwork by Hugh Syme (Iron Maiden, Rush, Dream Theater). More...
After unleashing new album "Ages Unsung" on September 16th, Chariots Of The Gods now releases a new video for "Tusk," one of ten shredding tracks on the album recorded at The Grid with legendary Montreal producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis).
The band comments: "It's been more than 3 years since our first official music video for the song 'Tides of War' was released. A lot has changed since then, and it's time to reveal our first music video 'Tusk' in support of our new record.
"It was great to have Renaud Jobin, our former vocalist, directing the project and working together again. He has a clear understanding of what the band is about and what we wanted to achieve. We’re really happy with the outcome and can’t wait to do more videos for 'Ages Unsung.'" More...
Following the release of smoldering second full-length album "Suffer" through Unique Leader Records in July, San Diego death metal unit Lord Of War has been confirmed to take part in the Rise Above The Empire Europe 2016 tour this fall. Joining Vader, Hate Eternal, Threat Signal, and Apophys, the tour runs from November 4th through November 20th.
Just days after returning stateside following the European tour, Lord Of War will embark on a West Coast U.S. headlining tour. This trek sees the band out from November 25th through December 12th.
Issues Lord Of War on the upcoming tour actions abroad, "We are beyond excited to join incredible artists such as Vader, Hate Eternal, and Threat Signal! This will be our first overseas tour and to follow it up, we'll be immediately headlining the states in November and December! Pick up our new album Suffer out now on Unique Leader Records." More...
Colombian Necktie's new album "All Paths Lead to Nowhere" is out today on Black Voodoo Records. You can listen in below or pick up a copy of your own right here.
Recorded and mixed by Erol Ulug (Dangers, Seizures) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Black Tusk), the album is a union of cosmic '70s space-rocking, old-school LA hardcore realness, and modern-day metallic bite.
1. Burn The Bridge 04:02
2. Always The Hard Way 03:39
3. Silly Kid 04:00
4. Linestepper 02:34
5. Don't Fear The Reefer 03:41
6. Your Own Worst Enemy 01:52
7. Proletarian Blues 02:43
8. 33-16 04:09
9. The Mirror's Reflection 03:05
10. Untitled 06:22
11. 148 Linnmore Street 02:51 More...
Animals As Leaders today shares some new music from forthcoming album, "The Madness of Many," due out Nov. 11 on Sumerian Records). Check out "The Brain Dance" below and you can pre-order the album right here.
"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."
Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding, “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”
Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”
The trio kicks off a first tour in support of the new album on Nov. 10, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates. More...
Hot on the heels of releasing the audio version, Seattle's Into The Storm reveals a video clip for "Maths." The track is taken from upcoming album "Where the Merfalo Roam," which will be released on November 11th.
The band commented: "Here we find ourselves exploring the realm of man circa current day, the Anno Domini era. We seem to be exuding an amazing amount of power through the use of a newer, more advanced domain known as Consumerism. A pattern emerges as we dive deeper into the belly of the beast. Action -> effect -> reaction. Have a seat, take a look and witness the inevitable." More...
Today the Norwegian blackthrash cult Deathhammer reveals plans for a tour across the American west coast next month. Riding high on last year's Hells Headbangers-released "Evil Power," the unholy duo continues to spread an outbreak of evil to stages far and wide.
Beginning October 5th, Deathhammer will deliver the goods to six exclusive cities in what is being dubbed the "Wrath in the Wicked West Tour 2016." Confirmed dates and venues, as well as official tour poster, are as follows:
October 5 - San Diego, CA @ Til-Two Club
October 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ UNION
October 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto w/ Grim Reaper
October 12 - Oakland, CA @ The Golden Bull
October 13 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
October 14 - Seattle, WA @ Black Zia Cantina More...
A new track from Gridfailure is now playing online in conjunction with the announcement of an impending free digital EP.
"Further Layers Of Societal Collapse" presents several random recordings which see the outfit's works infiltrate further realms of biomechanical madness, meshing ghostly and fractured elements of dark ambient, power electronics, and industrial metal with the confrontational wrath of tectonic hardcore.
Check out advance track "Woodlands Of Self-Impalement" below. Gridfailure will offer "Further Layers Of Societal Collapse" as a free download on October 30th through Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Severing Of Ties
2. Digital Crush
3. Android Infusion
4. Get Fucked Dance
5. Broken Systems
6. Indian Point Direct Proximity Warning Tester
7. Woodlands Of Self-Impalement More...
Morbid Angel and Deicide are synonymous with evil, satanic death metal, so when Montreal’s Necronomicon started to release albums in the early nineties it only made sense to compare them to those classic bands. Band founder, Rob Tremblay didn’t exactly see it that way. While his band contained similar occult trappings and extreme tempos, one would expect that from a band taking its name from Lovecraft’s infamous book of incantations, but he approached his music with a different mindset. From female choirs to orchestral segments, he infused his music with a greater sense of ambiance.
As is the case with many bands early in their career, Necronomicon has progressed over the years. Their music has become more complex and faster. Tremblay states their latest recording, “Advent of the Human God,” released earlier this year via Season of Mist, Records, is near perfection. He feels it is the closest thing to fully realizing his vision.
The group has been on the road continuously and has made several U.S. appearances throughout the last five years. At the time of this interview, Necronomicon was on the last day of their U.S. tour with Rotting Christ and Carach Angren. The band had previously toured their home country, logging in over two months total on the road. This tour was originally set to feature Marduk, but the group cancelled due to vista issues. All three of the bands decided the package was strong enough to carry on, so Tremblay was able to give the following interview. More...
Varg Vikernes, the founder of one man black metal band Burzum and former bassist for Mayhem, has posted a series of videos online discussing some of the famous moments in Norwegian black metal history, including his relationship with Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, the Mayhem guitarist who he fatally stabbed in 1993. You can watch some of the videos below.
Vikernes remains one of metal musics most infamous characters, having also been convicted of arson in 1994 for the burning of three churches and more recently being arrested with his wife in 2013 on suspicion of plotting acts of terrorism in France, though no charges were filed against them. He was later convicted of inciting racial hatred in the country and was sentenced to six months probation and a €8,000 fine. More...
The latest album of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus," was chosen to be the first studio album in music history to be remixed in Dolby Atmos. Renowned producer/mixing engineer Chris Heil (David Bowie, Bryan Adams, ScorpionsCORPIONS) mixed the entire masterpiece in Dolby Atmos - the mindblowing result will be submitted for the 2017 Grammy nominations.
This unique package will be completed by two brand-new live CDs, which were produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Landenburg, mixed by Christian "Moschus" Moos at Spacelab Studio (Grefrath, Germany) and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio (San Marino).
Luca commented: “'Cinematic And Live' is the first live product to be released by my Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody band and represents the live album I always dreamed of. It was recorded in Italy, France, Germany and Spain in 2012 and 2016 and it almost includes all the songs played by Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody until now. We recently played our show number 100 and this important release represents the perfect celebration for these last years of live activity around the world. 'Cinematic And Live' features songs from both the 'Ascending To Infinity' and the 'Prometheus' cinematic tours and it includes over 120 minutes of Rhapsody music: the newest songs, the old classics and some titles from my solo discography, too. The mix of Christian 'Moschus' Moos and the mastering of Simone Mularoni were the cherry on the cake for this live album sounding really powerful, soulful and emotional like no others, with the important live atmosphere adding a new and exciting dimension to Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody’s cinematic music!”
"Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live" will be released December, 9th via Nuclear Blast. More...
Swedish metal generals Civil War will issue the third full length album "The Last Full Measure" on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. Pre-order your copy now at this location.
In keeping with the Michael Shaara/Jeffrey Shaara inspired Civil War Trilogy novel series, the album's title is the culmination of "The Killer Angels" and "Gods & Generals."
Vocalist Nils Patrik Johannson commented: "After 'The Killer Angels' and 'Gods & Generals,' we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!"
Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com for the exclusive premiere of the lyric video for the opening track "Road To Victory," which you can hear in the player below.
The quintet, featuring former Sabaton members, presents twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and double bass marches. Full of honor, they are flying the flag as high as possible. Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It's the call of duty. "Heaven can wait 'cause we have so many more battles to win", shouts the opener 'Road To Victory'. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War, you will wish that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield. More...
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper released a music video for the title track of the brand new release "Walking in the Shadows." The album was released on September 23rd via Dissonance Productions.
Check out the clip here:
The long-awaited live album from Ex-Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider's "Back To The Roots Tour" will be released on October 28th as 2CD DigiPak and triple vinyl in 4 different vinyl colors (black, gold, silber and clear) via AFM Records. Today, you can check out the live version of "Breaker."
"Live - Back To The Roots" was recorded at the sold out show at the "Kaminwerk" in Memmingen on April 2, 2016. Udo will perform the "Back to the Roots" tour in Europe and North America. Tour dates can be found in the video clip below.
The track list is as follows:
3. Living For Tonite
4. Flash Rockin‘ Man
5. London Leatherboys
6. Midnight Mover
8. Head Over Heels
9. Neon Nights
10. Princess Of The Dawn
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit
15. Wrong Is Right
16. Midnight Highway
17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
19. T.V. War
20. Losers And Winners
21. Metal Heart
22. I’m A Rebel
23. Fast As A Shark
24. Balls To The Wall
Check out "Breaker" here: More...
October 21st, 2016 will mark the release of "Eye Of The Soundscape," a complementary instrumental album by Polish Prog masters Riverside, via InsideOutMusic. The release features cover artwork by Travis Smith and includes 13 experimental and highly atmospheric compositions, which showcase Riverside's ambient electronic side.
The release's opening track, "Where The River Flows", is available as of today online as first single via the streaming/digital download outlet of your choice or it can also be checked out in the player below.
Riverside's Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the track: "This composition shows what the new Riverside album is about. Long, spacey soundscapes and the marriage of electronic and organic music. In my opinion a perfect introduction to our ambient and instrumental world. One of the last four compositions with Grudzien. One day we will all meet where the river flows".
"Eye Of The Soundscape" compiles all the special instrumental Riverside tracks previously used as bonus material for the "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" and "Love, Fear And The Time Machine" albums, alongside rare cuts as well as 4 new songs ("Where The River Flows", "Shine", "Sleepwalkers" and "Eye Of The Soundscape") into a massive playing time of +100 minutes, which will be available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD's as bonus and an etching on Side F!) or as Digital Download. More...
German gothic metal act Ewigheim is streaming the new song "Einmal Noch." The song appears on the band's upcoming new release "Schlaflieder," the sixth full length studio effort, which is due out October 21st via Massacre Records.
The track list for the album is:
4. Ein Stück Näher
5. Einmal Noch
6. Dies ist der Preis
7. Besessen & entseelt
8. Wir, der Teufel und ich II
Check out "Einmal Noch" here: More...
Spanish funerotting doom/death act Famishgod, lead by Dave Rotten (Avulsed) and Funedeim (Bizarre), has just revealed the title and cover art for the second studio release to be entitled "Roots of Darkness." The album will be issued on December 1st from Xtreem Music. A new song and track list for the album will be revealed soon.
The artwork for "Roots of Darkness" was painted by artist Abigor Artaburu, who already worked for bands like Aposento and Ouija, among many others. The new band logo was been designed by Phlegeton (Wormed). Check them out below.
The album is currently being mixed by Dave Rotten at his own Sanctuary Studios and will release just before Famishgod's live appearance at the 4th edition of the Madrid is the Dark Festival together with bands like Samael, Tiamat, In The Woods, Ahab, Draconian and many more.
"Roots of Darkness" will feature 7 conceptual chapters that continue the story from the debut album "Devourers of Light." The album musically deepens the dense, profound and dismal sounds of its predecessor, although this time with a human drummer and a better and heavier production, but always keeping true to the rotting, majestic and enigmatic essence that characterizes Famishgod. More...
Dutch grindcore act Teethgrinder is streaming the new song "Sicarius" from the upcoming new album "Nihilism." The album drops on November 18th via Lifeforce Records. Pre-orders for the album can be made at this location.
The track list for "Nihilism" is:
2. The Soil Has A Thirst For Blood
4. The Pain Exceeds The Fear
5. Force Fed Thoughts
8. Pale Flowers
9. Bite The Hand That Feeds
Check out "Sicarius" here: More...
Brazilian death metal band Escarnium premieres a new song entitled "Omnis Mortuus Est", taken from the upcoming new album "Interitus", which will be out in stores October 14 through Redefining Darkness in North America and Testimony Records in Europe.
Interitus was mixed and mastered by John Bart Van Der Wal (Aborted) at Hewwetover Studios in the Netherlands. It features cover art and booklet illustrations by Hugo Silva.
Check out now "Omnis Mortuus Est" below.
London's thrash metal unit One Machine premieres a new lyric video for "New Motive Power", taken from the upcoming new album "The Final Cull", which was released September 18 on Scarlet Records.
Check out now "New Motive Power" below.
Says guitarist Steve Smyth about the track: More...
American illustrator and metal graphic artist Mark Riddick's solo project Fetid Zombie premieres a new song entitled "If the Dead Could Speak", taken from the upcoming new album "Epicedia", which will be out in stores November 25 via Transcending Obscurity.
Check out now "If the Dead Could Speak" below.
Riddick handles vocals, guitar, bass, drum programming, and synths on Epicedia, but also enlists vocal and instrumental contributions from the following guests: More...
Brain Tentacles (Municipal Waste, Yakuza, etc.) premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be out in stores later today via Relapse.
Check out now "Brain Tentacles" in its entirety below.
We Came As Romans premieres a new song entitled "Wasted Age". The band is currently touring with Parkway Drive and Counterparts, dates for which are available after the jump.
Check out now "Wasted Age" below.
Parkway Drive, We Came As Romans & Counterparts North American "Unbreakable Tour" dates: More...