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Set the day ablaze with an early listen to "Through Light To Night," the debut LP hailing from the arsenal of Swedish punk/hardcore outfit Broken Cross, as the beast nears release late this week.
In the late 1980s, Doom Snake Cult appeared like a hallucinatory vision in the same Nevada desert that almost simultaneously spawned the likes of psychotropic substance-consuming brethren, Goatlord. Although it is commonly believed that Doom Snake Cult began as a post-Goatlord project, the truth is that DSC was actually a separate entity that existed alongside Goatlord throughout its existence.
In fact, Doom Snake Cult recorded its first and only full-length album, "Love, Sorrow, Doom" in 1990, one year prior to Goatlord's recording of "Reflections of the Solstice." Obvious parallels and direct connections between the two bands exist, not only because of their common location and confessed fondness for psychedelia, but also due to their similar musical output and shared members.
Most notably, Ace Still's immediately recognizable and distinctively harrowing vocals adorn both band's albums. Additionally, Doom Snake Cult's guitarist, Nelg, is confirmed to have performed in lieu of Joe Frankulin on Goatlord's first-ever recorded version of "Sacrifice." More...
Following a recent stream of the album's title track, the Finnish funeral doom pioneers from Shape Of Despair are streaming a second new track from their new album, "Monotony Fields."
The track, "Descending Inner Night," is streaming now below. "Monotony Fields" will be released by Season of Mist on June 16th in North America. Regarding the new track, Shape Of Despair comments:
"We have played this song under its working title 'Unresolved' only in the Ukraine and Russia so far. To compliment the existing live recordings, we are now presenting the album version, titled 'Descending Inner Night.' This was the second track that emerged for the new album and combines both the old and new elements of Shape of Despair." More...
Operator delivers new single "Ruin" today, which can be streamed at Bandcamp or you can check out the black and white music video for the track below.
"Stylistically, this song is a step closer to what we originally imagined the band to sound like," says vocalist Chris Constanza. "It's taken some time to actually flesh out our sound, despite having a distinct vision for it back when we started. I hope our progression is evident in this music and continues to be apparent for our future releases."
See the band live on these upcoming dates:
May 7 - Valdosta, GA @ Ashley Street Station
May 8 - St. George Island, FL @ JBG Rockfest (Day 1)
May 9 - St. George Island, FL @ JBG Rockfest (Day 2)
May 10 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
May 23 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Pabst Blue Ribbon's Burgatory Fest More...
Monster Energy Fort Rock co-producers Danny Wimmer Presents have released the official after show video with highlights from the sold-out festival held on April 25th in Fort Myers, Florida. Check out the video below.
With 14,000 in attendance, the festival featured performances from Slipknot, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, In This Moment, and more.
Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series. 2015 sponsors for Monster Energy Fort Rock included Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Jägermeister, The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Fxck Cancer, Zippo Encore, Revolver Magazine, Alternative Press, Loudwire, State Farm, Florida Weekly, and Marshall Headphones. More...
In advance of upcoming sophomore album "The Great White Dope," available May 12th on the band's own Satin Records, southern California stoner-thrash super group Sun & Sail Club has premiered a full stream of the new release online.
Check it out below, courtesy of AllMusic.com. The Sun & Sail Club consists of these members:
Bob Balch (Guitars / Fu Manchu)
Scott Reeder (Drums / Fu Manchu, Smile)
Scott Thomas Reeder (Bass / Kyuss, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed)
Tony Adolescent (Vocals / The Adolescents)
The album's track listing is:
1. Krokodil Dental Plan
2. Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight
3. Baba Yaga Bastard Patrol
4. Migraine With A Chainsaw Reduction
5. Level Up & Shut It Down
6. Fever Blister & The Great White Dope
7. Full Tilt Panic
8. Alien Rant Factory
9. Inside Traitor Outside View
10. Cypherpunk Roulette More...
The seventh ShipRocked voyage is set to sail January 18th - 22nd, 2016 from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico onboard the Norwegian Pearl. ShipRocked 2016 staterooms are on sale now at this location.
Bands confirmed for ShipRocked 2016 - fueled by Monster Energy - include headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Seether, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Helmet, 10 Years, Nonpoint, Avatar, Islander, ’68, Children 18:3, The Dead Deads, plus ‘80s cover band Rubix Kube, DJ Lippy Rage, and more.
Zoltan Bathory, guitarist for Five Finger Death Punch says: "ShipRocked isn't just another show. It's a music festival, and a vacation rolled into one unique experience. The whole ship is a big backstage party where every fan is invited. We are excited to return and headline the cruise in 2016. See you on deck…"
Seether’s Shaun Morgan comments: “I am absolutely stoked as hell to finally be part of ShipRocked! We have wanted this for so many years and now we get to play music on a cruise ship? F*ck yeah! People better bring their drinking hats and get ready for a serious party.” More...
South Carolina's The Apprehended just released a brand new music video titled "Can We Just Speak." The video was directed by Matt Snow and Josh Bowman - check it out below.
This is the band's first single since the 2013 EP release "Defining Home." Bassist Matt Snow comments on the new clip:
“This video was my first time directing any sort of video. It was awesome being able to come up with the storyline and settings in my head and then bring them to life on screen for everyone to see. Keeping the video as high energy as we are as a band was a difficult task, but I think we pulled it off in the final product.
"All of the people we had act in the video are fans of the band and it was a really nice touch being able to bring fans in and have them be a crucial part in something like a music video. We've always seen our fans more like family and we always try to connect with them on personal levels because without their support, we would not be doing any of this.” More...
The U.S. melodic metal band Worldview just released a music video for the track "Illusions of Love." The video was directed by Ray Espinoza for VRE Multi-Media and is available below.
Worldview's upcoming debut album "The Chosen Few" will be released on May 22nd in Europe and on May 26th in North America through M24 Music Group.
"The Chosen Few" is packed with a host of celebrity guest players: Oz Fox (Stryper) playing a blazing lead guitar, Les Carlsen (Bloodgood) laying down a dramatic guest vocal, Jimmy P. Brown (Deliverance) cutting some low and powerful background vocals, Larry Farkas (Vengeance Rising, Die Happy) shredding with his tasty licks, Armand Meinbardis (Rob Rock) dazzling with his violin and piano playing, and Niki Bente gracing the record with her lovely voice on the title track.
The album's track listing is as follows:
02. Illusions of Love
03. Back in Time
04. The Mirror
06. Prisoner of Pain
07. Two Wonders
08. Walk Through Fire
09. The Chosen Few
10. The Last Cry More...
Art Of Anarchy - featuring Scott Weiland, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, John Moyer and introducing twin brothers Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums) - will release a debut self-titled album on June 2nd via Another Century.
A lyric video for the album’s lead off track, “Small Batch Whiskey,” can be seen below. Moyer states: "Small Batch Whiskey's heavy guitar riffs and great rock groove create a perfect foundation for a very unique and powerful vocal performance from Scott." More...
After the departure of Jim Over in the Fall of 2014, Sacred Gate no longer had a singer, forcing two shows to be cancelled in The Netherlands, which would have been the band's first performances outside of Germany. Today the band reveals new vocalist Rehza Bos, commenting:
"After six months of intensive search, a lot of applications and auditions, Sacred Gate has found in Ron Slaets the replacement of Jim Over. Ron (31 of age and from Roermond, The Netherlands) is a passionate and very talented singer, who has the same style of singing as Jim has, but Ron can reach some higher notes too.
"The band is convinced that we can continue making music on a high level with Ron and we all have started working on material for the third album." More...
Rhode Island drone / noise doomsters Tovarish today stream the song “Declines in Empathy” online, taken from new album "This Terrible Burden."
Listen in below, and you can pick up “This Terrible Burden” this week on CD / digital download formats via Argonauta Records. The previously released track "Order 227" can be heard at this location.
Last September, Children Of Aries unleashed debut album "The Sands of Time." With the crushing debut still holding strong, the band is continuing to look to the future.
Vocalist and guitarist Wil Bane comments on the band’s plans for 2016: "We’ve started writing new material this year. We’re looking to get a new album out some time next year. We don’t have any definite title, but we’ve got some ideas being thrown around the rehearsal space."
Drummer Alan White speaks on the new material: “It’s sounding really heavy so far. It just gets better and better!”
When speaking of a release date for the new material. Bane had this to say: “It all depends on how much we can get written before the year is out. Could be Spring 2016, or it could be Late Summer to Early Fall.”
Discussing what’s to come in 2015, White added, "We’re still working on something for this year, but nothing definite is in place. We may do a show or two, but right now, the focus is putting together the best album possible.”
In the mean time, check out "Invoke" in the player below from the group's debut album "The Sands of Time." More...
Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me has premiered an exclusive clip from the "Making of Coma Ecliptic" DVD today. In the clip, lead singer Tommy Rogers discusses the concept of the band's upcoming album "Coma Ecliptic."
Between the Buried and Me recently wrapped a headlining tour with support from The Atlas Moth. On July 7th, the band will celebrate the release of "Coma Ecliptic" by continuing a headlining run and kicking off a tour with support from Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist. Full dates are available after the video clip.
Between The Buried and Me is composed of vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarist Paul Waggoner, guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs and drummer Blake Richardson. More...
"Conduit," the new video from Los Angeles based metal trio Tribe, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Atlas," which will be released May 26th. The full track listing is as follows:
Germany's Stormhammer, now featuring new vocalist Jürgen Dachl (ex-Diabolos Dust) and drummer Chris Widmann (ex-Emergency Gate) who joined in 2014, is streaming the new track "Bloody Tears." The song appears on the band's fourth album "Echoes of a Lost Paradise," which is set for release on June 12th via Massacre Records.
The track list for the album is:
2. Glory Halls of Valhalla
3. Fast Life
4. Echoes of a Lost Paradise
6. Bloody Tears
7. Holy War
8. Black Clouds
9. Into Darkest Void
12. The Ocean More...
Gespenst is a new black metal band from Denmark that just released a preview track from upcoming debut LP "Forfald" (Danish for “decaying," "downfall" or "turning to ruin”).
While the band has just seen the light, so to speak, it is not composed of complete newcomers and comprises members of Woebegone Obscured, Glorior Belli's live lineup, Dwell, ex-Horned Almighty, and Black Dementia.
Gespenst’s music is a mixture of 90’s Norwegian black metal, funeral doom, and suicidal black metal, but music speaks better for itself, so check out “Life Drained to the Black Abyss” below. More...
German melodic metal act Messiah's Kiss, featuring ex-Jack Starr's Burning Star/ex-Riot (live) vocalist Mike Tirelli, released a new music video for the track "Buried Alive." The song appears on the latest album "Get Your Bulls Out," which was released back in December 2014 via Massacre Records.
Check out the clip here:
Italian spawn Homselvareg has signed with Sliptrick Records for the release of third album "‘Catastrofe," a raging blend of old school black metal and devastating new school aggression. Sliptrick comments:
"Produced at Alpha & Omega studio by Alex Azzali and featuring a brand new line-up (Gerion from Tumulus Anmatus, Johnny Phaser and Nioin) along with founding members Bazzy Mogan and Plague, Homselvareg will definitely set their name back on the map after a few years of hiatus. Be sure to sign up at their official Facebook for release details and news." More...
Brazilian metal act Rygel released a lyric video for the new track "The Story Begins." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Revolution," which is expected to drop this month. Details of the follow up to 2012's "Imminent" are....imminent.
Check out "The Story Begins" here:
Swedish death metal act Cut Up has finished recording a debut album for Metal Blade and will release "Forensic Nightmares" June 30th in North America and on June 26th in Europe. Check out the song "Burial Time" below. Cut Up vocalist/guitarist Andreas Björnson comments:
"After more than a year of hard work, patience and determination we can finally present to you all our debut album, 'Forensic Nightmares.' As the title proudly states, we are giving you nothing but a violent dose of death metal with an excellent production. I am ridiculously proud of what we've created together and can't wait to hit stages around the world in support of the record."
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Enter Hell
02. Burial Time
03. Remember the Flesh
04. A Butchery Improved
05. Brain Cell Holocaust
06. Forensic Nightmare
08. Order of the Chainsaw
09. Stab and Stab Again
10. Bunker Z 16
11. Dead and Impaled More...
The Texas thrash behemoths from Warbeast are readying for a live takeover with a slew of one-off shows through their homestate and beyond throughout the Spring and Summer months.
The festivities commence this Friday in San Antonio at Fitzgerald's. The following evening, the band will bring sonic devastation to the Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 in Houston alongside Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards and more.
The latest bout of live mayhem finds Warbeast with an updated lineup featuring newest recruits, second guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud (stepson of vocalist Bruce Corbitt), two young, thirsty Lonestar thrash heads and longtime Warbeast devotees.
Comments Corbitt, "We are back with a new lineup and we're ready to hit the stage again doing what we do best, that is to kick some ass Texas thrash style! We are also busy working on some new songs and talking about entering the studio sometime in August to record this deadly new material. I'm anxious to start this next chapter of WARBEAST. It will be memorable, I can guarantee everyone that much!" More...
Greek symphonic power/progressive act Royal Quest will self-release the debut album "The Tale of Man" worldwide on May 22, 2015.
Royal Quest was formed in 1998 in Athens when Yannis Androulakakis (guitars/vocals) and Dennis Bekatoros (bass) started putting their musical and lyrical ideas together. After releasing the demo in 1999, the duo decided to work on a concept album with an original story inspired by the "Eternal Champion." In the meantime, the line-up was shored up to participate in several underground festivals in Athens.
Throughout the years, Dennis and Yannis focused on completing the album with the addition of a new member, Odysseas (drums). Compositions, story editing, recording attempts and sound experimentation, but also disappointments and long breakups resulted in the end of the co-operation of the two founders with Dennis' initiative. In January 2010, Yannis decided to produce the album on his own. The recording and engineering plans started from scratch and in 2014 the album was mixed by Yannis himself and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios. More...
Finnish funeral doom outfit Profetus just released a new video for "The Dire Womb of Winter," available below. The track hails from Profetus' latest album, "As All Seasons Die," released last year via Svart Records. The full track listing is as follows:
1. The Rebirth of Sorrow
2. A Reverie (Midsummer's Dying)
3. Dead Are Our Leaves Of Autumn
4. The Dire Womb Of Winter More...
Blind Guardian has announced a North American tour this fall with country mates Grave Digger. The band is supporting the latest album "Beyond the Red Mirror" (see review here) and Grave Digger the latest "Return of the Reaper" (see review here).
The dates and venues are as follows:
Oct 27 Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Oct 29 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada
Oct 30 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, Montreal, Canada
Oct 31 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
Nov 01 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 03 Webster Hall, New York, NY
Nov 04 Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, Munhall, PA
Nov 06 The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
Nov 07 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Nov 08 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
Nov 09 Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 11 The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
Nov 13 MacEwan Ballroom, Calgary, Canada
Nov 14 Union Hall, Edmonton, Canada
Nov 16 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
Nov 17 Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Nov 19 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Nov 20 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
Nov 21 City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Nov 22 The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
Nov 24 Gas Monkey Live!, Dallas, TX
Nov 25 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
Nov 27 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Nov 28 The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL More...
German based heavy rock 'n' roll act Starquake, the studio project of German multi-instrumentalist, singer, sound angineer and producer Mikey Wenzel a/k/a "The Voice," released a lyric video for the new track "Here I Go Again" (shown in the player below). The song appears on the new album "Times That Matter" which drops on May 29th via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
The track list for the release is:
1. Scenes From A Revolution
2. Close Encounter
3. I'm Goin' Mad (You Comin')
4. Here I Go Again
5. The Needle Lies
6. Times That Matter
7. Goodbye My Friend
8. No More Hate
Check out "Here I Go Again" here: More...
Northern California progressive power metal act Shadowkiller has released a teaser video for the sophomore release which will be entitled "Until The War Is Won." The band recently signed on with Pure Steel Records and the album is expected later this year.
Full details are forthcoming. For now, check out the teaser here:
Slovakian melodic metal act Within Silence is set to release the debut album "Gallery of Life" on May y 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America via Ulterium Records. Today, they express a "Silent Desire" with a music video for the album's second cut. The video was directed by 3Media Production and can be seen below.
Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. "Gallery of Life" has everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like "Silent Desire" and "Emptiness of Night" to pounding metal tracks like "The Last Drop of Blood" to epic metal songs like "Road to the Paradise."
"Gallery of Life" should please fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general.
The track list for "Gallery of Life" is:
2. Silent Desire
3. Emptiness of Night
4. Elegy of Doom
5. The Last Drop of Blood
6. Love is Blind
7. Anger and Sorrow
8. Judgement Day
9. The World of Slavery
10. Road to the Paradise (see lyric video)
Check out "Silent Desire" here: More...
U.K. melodic death metal act Engraved Disillusion goes "Into Oblivion" on a new music video released today. The song is taken from the band's 2014 independent release "The Eternal Rest."
Check out the clip here:
Austrian death machine Mastic Scum released a new music video for the track "Controlled Collapse," which appears on the latest release "C T R L." The album was issued back in 2013 via Massacre Records.
Check it out here:
German death/hard rock act Debauchery is streaming the new track "Ironclad Declaration of War." The song appears on the ninth studio release entitled "Fuck Humanity," which will be issued via Massacre Records this year.
The track list for the album is:
1. My Religion is Hate (Intro)
2. Ironclad Declaration of War
3. Kneel Before the Dragon Gods
5. German Warmachine
6. Murderbrute Minotaurs
7. Fuck Humanity
8. For the Emperor
9. King Of The Killing Zone
10. The Horror The Forest
11. Zombie Extermination Crusader
12. To Hell
Check out "Ironclad Declaration of War" here: More...
Swedish progressive power metal act Tad Morose released a music video for the new single "Forlorn." The song will appear on the band's new album "St. Demonius," which is set to be released on August 28th via Despotz Records.
The track list for "St. Demonius" is:
1. Bow to the Reaper's Blade
3. Where Ignorance Reigns
5. Black Fire Rising
6. Day of Reckoning
7. The Shadows Play
8. Darkness Prevail
9. Fear Subside
10. Dream of Memories
11. The World Is Growing Old
12. Your Own Demise More...
Weedeater is offering another new track titled "Bow Down" taken from the upcoming full-length album "Goliathan". Season Of Mist have that album scheduled for release on May 19th (US) and one day earlier in UK/Europe.
Check out now "Bow Down" below.
IwrestledABearOnce is streaming a new song titled "Wade In The Water," taken from the band's upcoming new album "Hail Mary."
The album is set to drop on June 16th via Artery Recordings and pre-orders are online now at this location. Check out "Wade In The Water" via the YouTube clip below.
Poland's old-school death metallers The Dead Goats premiere their upcoming new EP "Don’t Go In the Tomb" below, which is set to drop on CD on May 10, 2015 via Arachnophobia Records.
Check out now the EP below, which includes three tracks. Two original songs and a cover of Repulsion’s "Festering Boils".
Finnish heavy rockers Santa Cruz premiere their brand new music video for "My Remedy" taken from their recently released self-titled album via Spinefarm Records.
Check out now the new music video below.
Santa Cruz will be in the U.S, this spring, touring with their labelmates in Amaranthe. Check out all dates below: More...
"Let There Be GWAR" is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the "Dim Time" when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague.
This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR: a GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. "Let There Be GWAR" takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band's albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome.
Compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman, the hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave-Pit Inc, the production company behind the band. You can pre-order yours over here. More...
"Equanimity," the second full-length album from French progressive and experimental death metal group Pitbulls In The Nursery, was just officially released via Klonosphere Records and up until now only two tracks from this new effort have been revealed.
Starting today however, you can listen to “Equanimity” in its entirety below, thanks to Decibel Magazine. “Equanimity” was recorded at Dark Wizard Studio by François “Francesco” Ugarte and follows the band’s debut album “Lunatic,” released in 2006. More...
Sacramento, California's fresh-faced psychedelic doom crew Church just crushed their way onto the scene with "Unanswered Hymns," a debut album CVLT Nation named the "Doom Release Of The Month" just after the group opened for Yob at a packed hometown show.
Now, with a cassette release on the horizon through Transylvanian Tapes on June 4th and a vinyl release slotted for September 22nd through Battleground Records, the band has set its sights on the road. Dates are as follows:
5/13 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Atriarch & Waning
6/4 - Sacramento, CA @ Press Club w/ Ufomammut, Usnea, & Lycus
6/6 - Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ Ufomammut, Usnea & Surivival Knife
6/7 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
6/8 - Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar w/ Swamp Heavy, Dura Madre & Audrey Horne
6/9 - Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
6/10 - Ashland, OR @ Club 66
7/11 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Sabbath Assembly, Christian Mistress & Waning
8/13 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Abstracter
8/14 - Oakland, CA (DEADFEST) @ Oakland Metro
8/16 - Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Primitive Man & Northless
8/17 - Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ Primitive Man, Northless & Amarok More...