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Last updated on October 26, 2016 at 3:29 PM ET
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21 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Southern Druid Records is proud to announce the release of a split 7" from doom/sludge titans Shroud Eater and Dead Hand.
The split consists of two tracks total and will be available for sale on November 18th. 2016 with different cover art for each band. The split can be pre-ordered right here.
1. Dead Hand - Guaiacol
2. Shroud Eater - Destroy The Monolith More...
Voodoo Terror Tribe just unleashed a brand new live music video for "Lady In The Wall," cut from the band's upcoming third full-length offering, entitled "The Sun Shining Cold" and due out November 11th, 2016.
Produced by Ill Niño vocalist Cristian Machado, the 10-track album delivers in-your-face hard rock anthems, soaring ballads and alt-metal scorchers. Drummer T-Bone comments on the new video:
"'Lady in the Wall' is a tune that I and our guitarist Emir originally wrote long time ago, and then our singer Gil finalized the lyrics and vocal melodies just before going into recording. But it received its finishing touches in the studio with our producer Cristian Machado. Cristian was throwing around the term 'haunted metal' at the time, and so we ran with that; a tale of harassment at the hands of a ghost..." More...
Los Angeles thrash band Three Thirteen, featuring Randy Weitzel (In This Moment, Blackfall) has released a horror-themed music video for "Brain Damage (Undead)." The track is from the band's upcoming album "Dawn of the Shred," slated for release later this year, and the video was directed by Matt Zane (Zakk Wylde, John 5, Run DMC, Orgy, Dope, Wayne Static, Blackfall).
Three Thirteen's Randy Weitzel (vocals, guitar) comments: "Two things that shaped and influenced my style beginning when I was younger were thrash metal and horror movies from the eighties. For the ‘Brain Damage’ video, I wanted to capture the humor and campy vibe of movies like Return of the Living Dead and Evil Dead 2. I came up with the concept to compliment the music, and Matt took my ideas, ran with them, and made it all happen with ease.”
Weitzel adds, “The album 'Dawn of the Shred' is influenced by my favorite Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax albums. Early thrash was melodic, especially vocally, and I wanted to do something that pays tribute to that era - catchy vocal melody hooks, shredding guitars and songs about zombies and aliens." More...
Myrone - the mysterious soft shredder behind racing game "Drift Stage" and LA based DJ/guitarist duo Snaked - is now streaming the full "Drift Stage, Vol. 1" album online.
Check it out below courtesy of MetalSucks ahead of the official October 28th release date. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Drift Stage Theme
2. Applied Dynamics
3. Main Menu
5. Artificial Ego
6. Clear Eyes Clear Skies
7. Touge Run
8. Ski Resort
9. Pause Menu
11. Exclusive Coupe More...
This coming Friday, the Garden State-based death metal faction Cognitive will unleash the pulverizing "Deformity" full-length upon the masses.
The nine-track offering was captured at Full Force Studio by Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Dehumanized), mastered at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Converge, Black Breath, Mastodon et al), and includes a guest appearance by Misery Index's Mark Kloeppel.
Before "Deformity" will see release via Unique Leader Records on October 28th, 2016 you can now hear all the tracks below. More...
A Tortured Soul has a new lyric video online now for "All Alone," taken from the "On This Evil Night" album released earlier this year via Pure Steel Records. The label also comments:
"Six years after 'Lucifer’s Fate,' A Tortured Soul returns with fourth studio album 'On This Evil Night,' packed with 10 great new songs. Originated in Milwaukee Wisconsin, the quintet is ready to conquer the world again.
"A Tortured Soul stayed true to their metal roots, while others would follow trends and the pop culture. Finally they found three great new musicians with the same desire to write songs that were are both heavy and melodic.
"Lyrically influenced by themes like darkness, horror and religion they sometimes show up parallels to acts such as King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Helstar and Heathendom, but still offer a unique, original sound. This album contains everything, a dark, sophisticated metal album has to offer." More...
Dream Theater has performed latest album "The Astonishing: live in its entirety at over 58 shows across 46 cities throughout Europe and North America.
Don’t miss your final opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind, immersive prog-metal rock opera as the band embarks on the final leg of this U.S. tour starting tomorrow. Tickets are on sale now for these upcoming dates:
OCT 27 Stranahan Theater Toledo, OH
OCT 28 Palace Theatre - Louisville Louisville, KY
OCT 29 Star Plaza Theatre Merrillville, IN
OCT 31 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN More...
Due out this Friday, October 28th, Car Bomb's new album "Meta" was produced by Gojira's Joe Duplantier and Car Bomb guitarist Greg Kubacki, and mixed and mastered by Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Escape the Fate).
The full album has now come online and can be heard below, with pre-orders now online here. Car Bomb will also set out on a November tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, O'Brother, and Cult Leader:
Nov 8 - Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks (Cult Leader, Car Bomb only)
Nov 9 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov 10 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Nov 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Nov 12 - Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theatre
Nov 13 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
Nov 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 16 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov 17 - Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
Nov 18 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov 19 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster More...
After recently completing a co-headlining USA trek with Suicide Silence, Whitechapel is now ready to fly over to Europe to kick-off the Impericon "Never Say Die!" 2016 tour, which will see the band headline a 3-week-plus-run through 13 countries.
With just one week until the first show, Whitechapel is now premiering a new video for "Bring Me Home." Front-man Phil Bozeman comments:
"This video means more to me than any video we've ever done. It portrays my struggle through dealing with my dad's death at the age of 10. The shots of me show me at my darkest moments. Suicidal thoughts, suicide note and feeling alone. The atmosphere of the room we shot this is nailed exactly how I was feeling at the time. Dark, depressed and suicidal.
"The shots of the man and young boy portray my bond I had with my dad and how devastated I was when he left. They are presented to be in a dream like state of me remembering him. The last shot is from my dad and mom's actual gravesite. It's really awesome to have that authenticity to the video. The final scene is showing that I came out of it alive but no matter what, I will push forward and not give up." More...
Doom and sludge metal bands weren’t as common in the late eighties as today. Back then bands most often looked to hair metal and thrash for inspiration. New Orleans, Louisiana was no different. When the saints came marching in, they were doing it to the cadence of Exhorder. After a few years, every music genre becomes oversaturated. Thrash was no longer a novelty to friends Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower. Instead of worshipping speed, the two went the other direction, one treaded by bands such as Trouble, Saint Vitus, and of course, Black Sabbath.
Down tempos were a major facet of Crowbar’s sound, but they also liked to push the pace with circle-pit inducing hardcore rhythms. You get hit with a bass bomb and then a machine gun blast. Windstein’s vocals were cast from the same cinder blocks as his guitar grooves, resulting in a more aggressive take than any doom band. Crowbar is a band about fighting, but not in the sense of punching some one in the mouth. Their lyrics are about inner conflict, about fighting to overcome adversity. As hard as the band hits, though, melody is also a major tool to express these ideas.
The mix of hardcore, doom and southern rock became known as sludge. Just like many scenes the NOLA scene was built on friends influencing friends, sharing stages and sharing bands. Bower played drums for Crowbar in the early days. Windstein and Bower both also played together in Down. Add Bower’s other band, Eyehategod, and you have the scene that propagated sludge to the world’s masses. If not for bands like these three, sludge wouldn’t experience its current popularity. The sound has evolved into more of a stoner tag, but at the roots were NOLA bands.
In 1993, Down band mate Phil Anselmo helped NOLA sludge climb into the light. Anselmo had made a name for himself singing for Pantera, so the masses noticed when he produced Crowbar’s self-titled album and brought them on tour. He also sported Eyehategod shirts and took them on tour as well. Animated morons Beavis and Butthead watched “Existence is Punishment” and made fun of Crowbar’s weight. The dimwitted duo made fun of a lot of great metal videos—Death “The Philosopher” and Morbid Angel “God of Emptiness” for example. But even negative exposure is still exposure, especially on MTV.
Nearly three decades after they struck their first chord, Crowbar has looked to the past for inspiration. “The Serpent Only Lies” (due October 28th) is a throwback to the band’s early years. Often a band’s early records are fan favorites because those records are fresh and novel. Even though Windstein wrote the way he wanted to write the album, it’s still cool that he did something fans ask for but never get. Bands cringe at the idea of revisiting early records. In the following interview, singer/guitarist/lyricist Kirk Windstein talks about what inspired him to make this record and how their influences help define the band as a whole. More...
On November 11th, Ravencult will release third full-length album (and Metal Blade Records debut), "Force Of Profanation." For a preview of what's to come, check out latest single, "Tormentor Of Flesh" in the player below.
Ravencult comments: "[This] is the opening track of the new album, serving the cause of direct attack in our trademark paces & riffing. Lyrically it's about profane acts of torment against divine flesh, while musically it reflects our adoration for the 80s gods like Possessed/Venom/Slayer. Rejoice in Blasphemy."
1. Tormentor Of Flesh
2. In Macabre Triumph
3. Beneath The Relics Of Old
4. Merciless Reprisal
5. Into Depths
6. Doom Oracle
7. Altar Of Impurity
8. Temple Of The Void More...
Hailing from Seattle, A Province Of Thay is on the cusp of unleashing "Atonement" upon the world in just two more days.
Ahead of that October 28th release date, we're bringing you all four new tracks blending doom and goth rock together in advance - check out all of "Atonement" below!
Expertly balancing aggression with ambience, melody and muscle, this new album is equal parts dark heaviness and emotive atmosphere. Be sure to follow the band's latest over at Facebook. The full "Atonement" track listing is as follows:
4. Dirgesinger More...
Spain's Diabulus In Musica released the first in a track-by-track video series as a preview to the upcoming new album "Dirge for the Archons," which is set for release via Napalm Records on November 18th. Check it vocalist Zuberoa Aznárez speaking about the track "Earthly Illusions" in the player below.
The track list for the album is:
1. Battle of Atlantis
2. Earthly Illusions
3. Marble Embrace
5. Crimson Gale (see lyric video here)
6. Ring Around Dark Fairies' Carousel
7. A Speck in the Universe
8. Hiding from You
9. The Voice of Your Dreams
10. The Hawk's Lament
12. The River of Loss
14. Lies in Your Eyes (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
15. St. Michael's Nightmare (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
Check out the clip here: More...
French black metal act Aosoth has released a short teaser documenting the ongoing production of the upcoming fifth full-length album. The video was recorded at Hybreed Studios and focuses on the drums recording. Watch it below.
Aosoth started recording the new album in July. It's release date has been scheduled for 2017 on Agonia Records, while its title is yet to be revealed.
The band's two-track EP "IV" was released last October on Agonia Records. It serves as bridges between their fourth full-length record "IV: Arrow In Heart" (2013), and the upcoming one.
More trailers and album details will follow soon.
The band also announced a string of live dates as follows:
27.10.2016 - Paris @ Le Divan Du Monde, FR (with Angelcorpse and Hell Militia)
26.11.2016 - Montreal @ Messe Des Morts, CA (with Mgla, Ulcerate, Cult Of Fire)
09.12.2016 Tel Aviv @ Levontin7, ISR (with Mortuus Umbra)
16.02.2017 Reykjavík @ Oration Mmxvi, ISL (with Mgla, SvartIdaudi, Sinmara)
21.10.2017 Bucharest @ Rites of Black Mass II, RO (with Blaze Of Perdition)
Check out the clip here: More...
Overland, the rock band featuring FM vocalist Steve Overland, released a new music video for the song "Edge of the Universe." The song is taken from the band's latest album "Contagious," which was issued last week via UK label Escape Music Ltd.
The track list for "Contagious" is:
1. Doctor My Heart
2. Easy on Me
3. Edge of the Universe
4. Every Lonely Night
5. Wildest Dreams
7. Define Our Love
8. Pocketful of Dreams
9. Making Miracles
10. Back Where I Belong
11. Unforgiving World
12. Shame on You (Bonus Track)
Check out "Edge of the Universe" here: More...
Swedish black metal act Dys Inbunden is proud to reveal the new single "Riders of Malign," streaming in the player below. This is the first sneak peek of new material from the upcoming new full length album.
"Riders of Malign" was recorded at Endarker Studio with Magnus ‘Devo’ Andersson (Marduk) in October 2016. The hymn is dedicated to the titanic fire-bearer Azazel and the bloodline of Cain. It serves as a war anthem for the formless forces of death and gives the listener not only a taste of what to expect from the next opus, but also an insight into the band's satanic doctrine.
The band hopes that: "This new song will curse the non-worthy listeners and bless those who are of the same bloodline as us. Those who walk the left hand path of gnosis and who have respect for what our art is trying to accomplish. Hail Azazel! Hail the bloodline! Hail Satan!"
Check out the song here: More...
Chaos Records will release the debut album from Heaven's Decay, "The Great Void of Mystery," on December 12th. Led by Julio Viterbo (Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph, The Chasm), the music is primarily NWOBHM-inspired metal infused with the range of influences from Viterbo's impressive career as a musician.
After a long and illustrious career in death metal as a guitarist in the aforementioned bands, Viterbo decided to reconnect with the heavy metal that enveloped him as a youth and gave meaning to his life. The groundwork was laid in August 2013 when Viterbo participated in the recording of Acerus debut album "The Unreachable Salvation," a traditional metal album for which he composed half the songs. The work was a turning point in his career as a guitarist, allowing Viterbo to explore new sounds and expand his compositional scope.
The result was the launch of Heaven's Decay in 2015. After composing several songs, Viterbo invited Oscar Clorio (Damned Cross, Cenotaph, Shub Niggurath, Denial) to join him on the journey as drummer, The pair then recruited Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) as vocalist. The songs were completed via the internet, as Oscar lives in Mexico City, while Julio and Nick call Chicago home.
Finally in July 2016, Heaven's Decay recorded "The Great Void Of Mystery" in Chicago's Minbal Studios. The album was engineered by Matt Russell and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound studios in Sweden. Chaos Records will release the album on CD and digital formats. The band is already working on new material for the next installment of heavy metal fury.
The artwork for "The Great Void of Mystery" was created by Arturo Vargas (Zombirefication) at Souls Crematorium Art Studio. The track listing is as follows:
2. Born in Fire
3. Where the Ravens Fly Free
4. Thunder of the Guns
5. Ritual Site
6. Witches Pray
7. Reaper in Wait
8. The Exile
9. Endless Fire More...
Italy's Temperance issued a new single - "Empty Lines" - which you can check out in the player below. The song appears on the band's latest effort "The Earth Embraces Us All," which is available now through Scarlet Records. A review for the album can be read at this location.
Check out "Empty Lines" here:
Italian traditional metal act Crossbones, the brainchild of Dario Mollo (Tony Martin/Voodoo Hill), is streaming the new song "Red." The song is the opening song from the upcoming new album "Rock the Cradle," which drops on December 2nd via Frontiers Music srl.
"Rock the Cradle" is the first new material from the band since the 1989 self titled debut. It features Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance and Voodoo Hill bassist Dario Patti.
The track list for "Rock the Cradle" is:
2. Take Me High
4. Rock the Cradle (see music video here)
5. Gates of Time
6. I Got This Feeling
7. In My Blood
8. Running from the Shadow
Check out "Red" here: More...
Protest The Hero is streaming "Harbinger", taken from the upcoming new album "Pacific Myth", which will be out in stores November 18th via Razor & Tie. That series is comprised of six tracks originally released as part of a subscription based model.
Check out now "Harbinger" below.
Nothing Left (ex-For Today) premieres its debut single entitled "Hands of Death", out in stores now via Nuclear Blast.
Check out now "Hands of Death" below.
States guitarist/bassist Brandon Leitru:
"A lot of people have been asking if any of us will continue making music after For Today is finished. Well, the answer is yes! Check out the first song from Nothing Left – the new band that Ryan and I started. We started putting together songs for this project early this year. We asked our friend Danon to do vocals and got Alex from Silent Planet to play drums on the recording. I’m happy with the way the songs turned out and excited to finally let people hear them."
Adds Ryan: More...