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Last updated on February 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET
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16 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Moon Tooth's new album "Chromaparagon" hit the streets on Friday, February 5th, and now all the tracks are also online for streaming below. If you dig it, you can grab a copy of "Chromaparagon" at Bandcamp here.
Hailing from Long Island, Moon Tooth jams hard, bursting with color, soaring vocals, and deft rhythmic shifts. The album is a progressive, aggressive bash blending rock, metal, and blues into a new sound full of life. See the band live on these remaining tour dates:
Feb 7 - Shepherdstown, WV @ House Show
Feb 8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
Feb 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Union EAV
Feb 10 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Feb 11 - Durham, NC @ The Pussy Palace
Feb 12 - Norfolk, VA @ Taphouse
Feb 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb's
Feb 20 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s (WSOU 30th anniversary w/ Candiria, Old Wounds) More...
As Calgary, Alberta-based grindcore squad Wake prepares the "Sowing The Seeds Of A Worthless Tomorrow" LP for release at the end of the month, now the album's bruising fifth track "Low" has come online.
"Sowing The Seeds Of A Worthless Tomorrow" was recorded and mixed by Joel Grind at Falcon Studios, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and features mesmerizing art and layout by Hal Rotting of Rotting Graphics.
A coalition of underground labels will release the album on a variety of formats, the cassette tape and digital by Sentient Ruin, the CD by Everyday Hate, and the LP by 7 Degrees Records and Nerve Altar. More...
Good Fight Music welcomes Down In It to to the label's roster. Check out the "Heresy" music video below, and Good Fight Music also comments:
"From Wilmington, North Carolina, Down In It takes a fresh new stab at the chugging assault of the heaviest '90s hardcore, a sound purveyed back in the day by bands like Earth Crisis, Another Victim, and Adamantium.
"The young band, founded in 2014, has honed its pit anthems touring with the likes of Old Wounds and Renounced. An upcoming spring tour will see them tour the U.S. with Savannah crew Vatican. The band's most recent release is a 2015 split with No Restraint, recorded by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon).
"Down In It fits right in amongst Good Fight's expanding ranks – the label's roster now boasts Old Wounds, Axis, Hollow Earth, Exalt, and Of Feather and Bone, among others."
Good Fight's Rick Barnhart adds: "We are really excited about Down In It. The band has come a long way in the year we have been aware of them. The progression from their demos to the songs on the No Restraint split is like night and day, and we are looking forward to hearing this next round of songs. Down In it is a band that would have been right at home in Ferret's early days, among Disembodied, For The Love Of, and Torn Apart, but fits perfectly with Good Fight and our family in 2016." More...
Last week the outsider underground aficionados at Eolian Empire just issued the first proper vinyl release from Portland's dismantling punk trio Tiny Knives. The outfit's teeth-smashing "Black Haze" LP is out now and can also be heard in full below.
Tiny Knives combines anarcho-punk with frenzied rock 'n' roll and douses it in avant madness. See-sawing between full-speed-ahead riffage and heavy emotional bulldozing, the trio coheres these stylistic shifts into a sound that rings familiar bells while resolutely being their own thing.
The band will continue to shank local audiences with steady shows around Portland as more widespread tour plans coming together for the Summer months. For now, see the band live:
3/04/2016 Booberamapaloozafest - Portland, OR More...
U.S. band As The Sky Darkens has a new track online titled "Solace," which can be heard below, and the group also comments:
"Here it is! We're so proud to present our new single, 'Solace.' We've worked so hard on this song and can't begin to even contain our excitement. Please spread this song around like wildfire!
"You can hear this song live on March 11th when we headline Summit Music Hall for the first time ever! Make sure to mark your calendars. There will be more information soon.
"We can't thank Nick Nodurft at Rusty Sun for making this song sound so good, and Tregg Frank for making the accompanying video for us. 'Solace' will be available across all digital platforms soon. That includes iTunes, Spotify, Google play, etc." More...
Black metal project A.H.P. has confirmed that debut album "Against Human Plague" will be released through Via Nocturna on February 21st, 2016.
A.H.P. is the project of Gulnar, who is also known for his work in norwegian/Polish black metal band Illness. The album features 10 tracks of pure black metal that is interspersed with ambient sections.
Gulnar comments: "This album is like a alcohol or narcotic high. In the beginning its very intensive but the longer it lasts heavier its gets. It ends up in hangover which is final emotional ecstasy."
You can hear the "Drowned" track below, while this debut album's full track listing is as follows:
1. Against Human Plague
2. Down Here
3. Unleashed the Storms
4. Dungeon of Rotting Corpses
5. Homines In Igne Morti
7. Satan's Millenium (WAR cover)
8. Crawling Shadows
10. Emotional Ecstasy (BEHERIT cover) More...
After previously revealing the first six bands last week, Armstrong Metalfest is proud to now announce the next batch of bands for this year's lineup taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena.
The 2016 fest plans to showcase a high caliber of Western Canadian and international bands, which will include this year's best metal winner from the Whammy Awards taking place in Vancouver on February 12th.
Early bird pre-sale tickets are up here and the currently confirmed acts for Armstrong Metalfest 2016 are as follows:
Xul (Vernon, BC)
Trollband (Edmonton, AB/ Vancouver, BC)
Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Kataplexis (Calgary, AB)
Dead Asylum (Vancouver, BC)
Leave the Living (Red Deer, AB)
ArkenFire (Kelowna, BC)
Bleed (Edmonton, AB)
Black Wizard (Vancouver, BC)
WMD (Calgary, AB)
Slagduster (Grand Forks, BC)
Cryptic Enslavement (Nanaimo, BC) More...
Acheron's Art Taylor was recently in a serious auto accident, but that's not slowing him or the band down, as the group just posted this message online via Facebook:
"Acheron has dealt with lots of obstacles within the last year and we have overcome them all. Now our guitarist Art Taylor is really showing what a metal warrior he is.
"Just a couple of days ago he was in a auto accident that totaled his car and dislocated his shoulder. Yet he still showed up to practice today to rehearse for over 3 hours.
"When I asked him if he thinks he would be able to play the show next weekend in Maryland, he said 'Fuck Yeah, I can!' As you can see he is playing in a arm sling and still shredding. That is fucking dedication! So we better see all you fuckers in Maryland next Saturday....NO EXCUSES!" More...
"Ezekiel's Hags" - the freshly released Seven Sisters Of Sleep album out now via Relapse Records - has come online for full streaming.
Recorded with engineer Paul Miner (Motörhead, Terror, Phobia), "Ezekiel's Hags" bears fifty minutes of new material through eleven relentless songs that beat the listener into oblivion. You can also catch the band live at a record release show:
2/16/2016 The Complex - Glendale, CA w/ Coffins, Noothgrush More...
Colombus, Ohio outfit Arise The Titan just issued this announcement about a new guitarist and upcoming single release:
"Whats up everyone! I know things have been quiet over in the ATT camp, but here's what we got going on. First, we would like to welcome Clay Hughes to the band on guitar!
"We are stoked to have him and are excited to get some new material together with his influence. He's written some amazing tracks in one of his other projects called Ryng so go check that shit out!
"Second, we are currently shopping around for places to a get a new single out to you guys. If you have been to any of our shows you have heard the track, but more on that once we have details worked out. In the mean time, keep checking back on our page as we hope 2016 is going to be a solid year for all things ATT." More...
American Head Charge's 2013 EP marked the band's rebirth, but now it`s time to do the full-length tango! Get ready for the band's fourth album "Tango Umbrella" due to be released on March 25th, 2016 via Napalm Records.
"Let All The World Believe" is the first track from the new album, which can be heard below. The band comments:
"We touched upon different directions. Our influences come from the early 90s, Ministry, Tool, PJ Harvey and so forth. We cover a lot on 'Tango Umbrella.' If people dig it - cool. If not: go F yourself."
American Head Charge will be out on tour with Mushroomhead in the U.K. and on an extensive U.S. headlining tour in May & June. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Norwegian outfit Okkultokrati will re-issue 2012 album "Snakereigns" and and 2014's "Night Jerks" LPs via Southern Lord this May.
The pair of re-issued albums, which were originally released via Fysisk Format, will act as precursors to the band's impeding full-length, which will be recorded later this month, and released through Southern Lord later this year.
Guitarist and songwriter Erik Svarte comments: "Southern Lord acts like Earth, Velvet Cacoon, Gore, Sunn O))) and Winter have played a big part in shaping our approach to music both personally and in Okkultokrati. To me, a band like Sunn O))) represents something contemporary and we recognize ourselves in that. I can't think of a better home for our band and the new album we just finished writing." More...
Swedish progressive space rock faction New Keepers Of The Water Towers will release the "Infernal Machine" full-length in North America this Spring (April 1st) via Listenable Records. The label comments:
"With this fourth full-length record, a concept album based on the classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, New Keepers Of The Water Towers transformed a tale of an interstellar galactic battle into a musical odyssey that supersedes anything you’ve heard to date. From the record’s initial onset, listeners are flung into a world where classic prog meets it’s unlikely counterparts of pure, vintage space rock, perfectly haunting harmonizing vocal lines, and just enough of the far from modest power riffs to keep you gasping for air with anticipation for the next track to begin as you move forward on your journey."
In advance of the release, the band recently revealed a new video for opening cut, “The Forever War," which can be seen below. New Keepers Of The Water Towers comments: “This is a very sad song about leaving everyone you know and love behind to face something new, when everything is different but nothing really changes. It’s about the war inside each of us and the war we wage on each other while striving to create the life we want for ourselves.” More...
Roxx Records is extremely excited to be re-releasing a special 25th anniversary limited edition pressing of Recon's "Behind Enemy Lines" on both CD and vinyl. The label comments:
"Recon burst on to the metal scene in 1988 with a 4-track cassette-only demo, which was the norm back when file sharing was mix tapes sent through the mail to and from tape traders. The band soon followed this up with two classic tracks that were released on the Regency Records compilation, 'California Metal 2.' Then, in 1990, Intense/Frontline Records released the band’s full-length debut, 'Behind Enemy Lines.'
"Recon was originally launched by Deliverance axe master, George Ochoa, who also produced the melodic power metal album. The album was originally released on CD and cassette tape, both of which are extremely rare and hard to find today. There was even a one-time CD reissue from M8 records, which is equally as rare to find. Collectors might have been lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of a small run of a European-only release on vinyl. Traders in rare Christian metal will tell you that this vinyl release is next to impossible to find today. More...
It’s that special month again! Black Metal History Month is back for its fifth instalment, with some of the heaviest and most controversial bands lined up to celebrate our trademark four weeks of darkness. To get things going, we’re going to kick off the month with perhaps one of the craziest stories we’ve yet to cover in Sunday Old School by taking a look at one of Sweden’s most infamous bands, Dissection.
Dissection can trace its roots back to a thrash metal band, Siren’s Yell, which featured future members Peter Palmdahl, Öhman and Jon Nödtveidt. They only lasted one demo before Nödtveidt and Öhman spent a short time in a band called Rabbit’s Carrot, a group which the duo found very lightweight so they worked on darker and more aggressive music, which the other members rejected. This led Nödtveidt to form Dissection in the autumn of 1989 with Peter Palmdahl, with Öhman joining the pair once again the following spring. They soon recorded a demo, "Severing into Shreds," which they distributed to fanzines with the message that the recording marked the birth of Dissection and that they were "about to make a heavy impact on the scene." More...
Iceland's Severed (f.k.a. Severed Crotch) premieres a new song entitled "Edge of the Abyss", taken from the band's new five-song promo that’s intended to lay the groundwork for their next full-length album.
Check out now "Edge of the Abyss" below.