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Last updated on February 8, 2016 at 3:45 PM ET
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Today the Spanish thrash squadron from Crisix premieres a special teaser video for upcoming album "From Blue to Black," which is set for North American release on April 15th via Listenable Records.
Formed in Barcelona in 2008, Crisix won the Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2009 and was voted as best upcoming Spanish band in Rock Zone magazine for debut album, "The Menace" (2011). The track listing for upcoming album "From Blue To Black" is as follows:
2. Journey Through the Fire
3. G.M.M. (The Great Metal Motherfucker)
4. T-Terror Era
5. Psycho Crisix World
6. From Blue to Black
8. Five as One
9. Fallen More...
North Carolina-based band The Reticent just issued this announcement online about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Greetings beautiful people. The Reticent is very pleased to officially welcome for the first time ever a fifth member!
"The incredibly talented shredder Travis Stiwalt, from our buddies Skinkage, has joined our ranks to lend his outstanding guitar skills to our ongoing mission of transforming emotion into sound.
"With this addition, the options open to us and the possibilities within our live performances have now greatly expanded. Please join me in welcoming Travis to the fold!
"We'll begin booking shows again very soon and trust me when I tell you that you'll want to see what we will do next! Stay tuned." More...
Blending classical orchestrations, cosmic synths, and extreme metal to portray the epics of parallel worlds, N.C. based Rapheumets Well (pronounced Ra-few-mets) brings forth a voyage enriched with unique lore.
From the birth of organic matter to great wars that tear the fabric of space/time, the story of Rapheumets Well serves to immerse you into a world of oddities, which is now continued in the band’s sophomore release "The Exile," due out on March 18th, 2016 via Test Your Metal Records.
Label founder Grant Truesdell comments: "Introducing one of the most sincerest and hardest working bands I've ever dealt with, Rapheumets Well from North Carolina are determined to make a huge dent in the global metal scene with their phenomenally crafted music and personalities. The band has my full support and I look forward to bringing them places they've never been before. If you like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Nile, Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir or anything along those lines you will absolutely love Rapheumets Well."
Check out new single "Resurrecting The Blood Gate" in the player below. Drummer Joshua Ward comments on the track:
"Our first single 'Resurrecting the Blood Gate' is one of our more aggressive songs which highlights the the central plot of the story on the upcoming album 'The Exile.' Since our music is very story driven, we were excited to create this amalgamation of orchestral sounds and brutal metal to represent the emotions each of the characters are feeling. More...
Zed just checked in with this announcement about wrapping up work on a new album due out later this year:
"Howdy and happy 2016! Hope your new year is going killer! At long last, after months of writing and recording, and after a few setbacks, we are proud to say that album #3 is done and is being mastered for delivery to Ripple Music, our label, who will be putting it out this summer.
"We laid down 10 tracks that are pretty rockin' and we are looking forward to you hearing them! Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram for the official album title, cover art, track listing and release date over the coming weeks!
"To celebrate the completion of recording, we have marked down a number of older merch/shirt designs 20-30% to make way for a new set of merchandise for this year. The first of which we just added to the store, a killer design by The Company Design which we call the Devil Rose shirt at left. It's double sided and looks badass!
"To see it and all the other merch that is marked down just go to our merch page. There are limited quantities so get it before it sells out. Also, in a couple of weeks we will be heading out to do a short run of dates in the southwest US!"
Feb 25 - Palm Desert Ca at Schmidy's Tavern with KRASHKARMA + more TBD
Feb 26 - Tucson AZ - at Borderland Fuzz Fiesta with TONS of killer bands
Feb 27 - San Diego Ca - The Tower Bar with Desert Suns and Nebula Drag More...
Raleigh, NC group Valleys has been gearing up to release debut full-length concept album "Experiment One: Asylum" on February 12th.
Unfortunately on February 5th, just a week prior to the scheduled release, the band received a phone call from the local fire department that a vehicle matching the description of 23-year-old vocalist Mikey Clement had been found wrecked.
It wasn't long after that they received the news that Mikey had passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. An article about the accident from local media can also be read here.
As a group, Valleys made the decision that while they could put a halt on the entire album release, that is not what Mikey would have wanted them to do. He would have wanted the show to go on and for them to release the music that he and the band worked so hard on.
A launch of the track "Choices" takes place today, dedicated to the memory of Mikey Clement. The track was one of Mikey's favorite songs on the album - resonating, soaring and heartfelt - a perfect tribute. More...
Chicago-based act District 97 has confirmed additional details and dates for a second European tour, which will start in the U.K. in late March, as well as a series of new East Coast and Midwest U.S. dates, including several shows with labelmates Tiles.
District 97 has recently undergone a lineup change with Andrew Lawrence and Tim Seisser joining on keyboards and bass, respectively. The new lineup will perform a first ever show in Chicago on February 26th. Singer Leslie Hunt has recently voiced the mood in the band:
"I am grateful for the opportunity to tour with this fantastic new lineup and energized to perform this music with them. It's exciting to return to some of the same venues we have played at before and I'm very much looking forward to checking out some new places as well. Having my baby boy with us should definitely keep things interesting!"
Drummer Jonathan Schang, recently nominated in the Prog Category of the 2016 Modern Drummer Readers Poll, added: "I can't wait to bring D97 to Europe for the first time in three years! The new lineup is gelling really well and it will be a thrill to debut it in front of our fans, old and new. I'm very excited to bring the material from In Vaults and our previous albums alive in all of these great cities and venues. As a bonus, we'll be joined by some incredible artists like Dave Kerzner, IQ, Three Friends, and more." More...
The sad saga of Down's ordeal since Dimebash continues, as tonight's show in New Orleans has been canned. The band's management posted online via Facebook:
"To the Down faithful, after conferring with the promoters of the upcoming February 8th show at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans we felt it would be in everyone’s best interest to postpone the concert.
"It is our belief that this is the right thing to do at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
"With respect, Down management."
Memorain just dropped a brand new seizure-inducing music video for "Guardian Knight," taken from latest release "Duality Of Man." The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Demon’s Hunt
2. Guardian Knight
3. The Giant
4. Last Of Light (streaming here)
5. Inside My Eyes
6. The End Of Hope
7. Lost In Vain
8. The Crescent
9. Broken Dreams
10. Since I Remember
11. The Final Message
U.K. experimental doom metal band Camel Of Doom today releases new album "Terrestrial" via Solitude Productions. You can pick up a copy here or stream the full release below. The "Terrestrial" track listing is as follows:
1. Cycles (The Anguish of Anger) 12:58
2. A Circle Has No End 01:01
3. Pyroclastic Flow 12:33
4. Singularity 05:43
5. Nine Eternities 01:35
6. Euphoric Slumber 11:46
7. Sleeper Must Awaken 14:06
8. Extending Life, Expanding Conciousness 04:07 More...
U.S. metal band Black Table has checked in from the end of recording sessions for a new album with this update:
"Today is our last in the recording studio. It's been an amazing experience. Challenging and inspiring. Billy has taken 'Obelisk' where it needed to go. Right into the depths of a black hole, spinning wildly, into an event horizon.
"We can't wait to release it! A deep thank you to Billy Anderson, and everyone at BackroomStudios in N.J. Gonna miss that arcade super hard Kevin!" More...
Angerseed's first full-length album entitled "The Proclamation" was released on January 24th, 2016 via Nail Records.
If you're curious about the process of making the album, you can check the first part of a making-of video series below. To hear more from Angerseed, head over to the group's Facebook profile here.
Spider Kitten has today confirmed the release of new album "Ark Of Octofelis" as well as a DesertFest London appearance.
Check out the new song "One From The Heart" below. New album "Ark Of Octofelis" will be released worldwide through Undergroove Records on April 29th, 2016.
Signing to Undergroove in 2014 for the release of last full-length "Behold Mountain, Hail Sea, Venerate Sky, Bow Before Tree," upcoming album "Ark Of Octofelis" is the end product of eight months writing and recording during sessions that saw the band trade straight-up doom for headier, astral climes.
Amon Düül II, King Crimson and an unmistakable Floydian influence permeate the record, which explore conceptual theme driven by malevolent and authoritarian powers, unexplained goings-on in the desert, and a local psychedelic rock band’s quest to recapture the landscape. More...
London-based modern metal group Brutai just released a belter of a new single with an accompanying music video for the track "Deep." This clip is taken from the band's forthcoming album, which is due for a summer release.
This new track lyrically tells of a period of songwriter's block experienced whilst writing the band's debut full length. Felix Lawrie (guitarist/frontman) comment:
"Lyrically, 'Deep' is about a time when we were struggling as a band during the writing process of the album. It talks about challenges we faced when overcoming adversities such as writers block and other struggles in our personal lives. We needed to come back and finish what we started. This song is a reminder to never give up." More...
Sabaton just released a live video for "Carolus Rex," taken from the upcoming release "Heroes On Tour." Check it out below.
The band filmed shows both in Wacken and Falun for the release, which will contain two DVDs and a CD. The second DVD will feature two switchable viewing angles, live, and studio. The release drops via Nuclear Blast Records on March 4th.
Swedish death/doom outfit Apathy Noir is back with third opus "Across Dark Waters," a melodic and varied album filled with progressive and atmospheric soundscapes. "Across Dark Waters" is an obsidian hulk of crushing guitars and primal sorrow, heartbreak and the futility of life captured in sonic form.
A concept album dealing with the story of a fishing village chief who is lured away out on to the seas by seductive sirens, all the tracks can be heard below and you can also pick up your copy at Bandcamp here. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond The Sea
2. Lure Of The Sirens
3. The Village
4. Contance Willow II
5. Death Of Hope
6. A Gruesome Journey
7. Dark Waters More...
After releasing new album "Abysmal" last year and headlining both part I and part II of the massive IndieMerch Tour, The Black Dahlia Murder has announced another headlining trek.
With Fallujah and Disentomb as support, the band plans to play first full-length "Unhallowed" (2003) in its entirety during the run, performing at intimate venues across the USA that haven't seen The Black Dahlia Murder since that debut was released.
Trevor Strnad (vocals) comments: "We are very excited to unleash this absolutely crushing line-up upon you all and to play the much requested 'Unhallowed' album in its entirety. The songs are sounding better than ever before, and we can't wait for you to feast your ears on our debut album as it was meant to be heard. We will also be playing some bangers from our new album, 'Abysmal', and the rest of the catalog...Come out and bring your friends!"
Brandon Ellis will join The Black Dahlia Murder on the road as the band's touring guitarist and replacement for Ryan Knight, who amicably parted ways with the group.
In regards to his departure, Ryan Knight comments: "After nearly 7 years with The Black Dahlia Murder, I feel the time has come for me to step down and focus on other aspects of my life. The decision to leave was very difficult, yet necessary I feel for me to ultimately be happy and keep moving forward. I feel very lucky to have had the best band-mates/crew (past and present) to traverse the world, guzzle beers, and bring the rock with every night...Thank you guys <3, I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to all our fans for being so cool to me over the years, and all the hardworking people over at Metal Blade Records for their support, and general badassery. In the meantime, I'll still be teaching guitar, working on new music, and just getting pretty domestic in general. Thanks again!" More...
Orillia, ON's deviant melodic math metal outfit Like Animals unleashed latest EP "Feral" on January 22nd, wich follows previous animal-themed EPs "Sweet Whispers, Plagued Ears," "The Undertoad," and "The Wild."
Today the band also releases a new music video for "The Lion's Share" taken off the "Feral" release. Check it out below, courtesy of BucketListMusicReviews.com. The full track listing is:
1. Feral (4:30)
2. The Lions Share (4:00)
3. Lounge Lizard (4:26)
4. Caterwaul (3:15)
5. The Jungle Book of Love (3:31)
Southern Lord will be bringing back the furious early era of Wolfbrigade, the band then known as Wolfpack, in a trilogy of reissues this April.
The series will encompass the savage Swedish act's first three LPs -- "A New Dawn Fades," "Lycanthro Punk," and "Allday Hell" -- as well as a boxset including all three LPs and the remaining two EPs released before the group's name change. Southern Lord comments:
"Wolfbrigade was one of the main factors in the renaissance of d-beat driven hardcore punk that ruled the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with a legion of bands and labels forming a globally recognized network of crushing momentum, siren-like leads and earnest anger sourced from political dissatisfaction and the need to build from the ground up a DIY system.
"Wolfbrigade's music stood at the forefront, in no small part down to their instantly identifiable brand of destructive riffing, riddled with chaos and ire, and with a fatally catchy tendency to structure tracks in a manner that kept the listener captive, slammed between a constant buffeting of high-speed verses and snappy choruses. Add to that their bare-bones intensity, underwritten by the storming d-beat drumming.
"The first three albums cemented their direct blasting approach and remain longstanding favorites, before their transformation at the turn of the millennium brought in darker tones and alternate directions. More...
Sweden's The Great Discord just launched a drum playthrough for "Panasonic Youth," originally recorded by The Dillinger Escape Plan. Check out Aksel Holmgren's cover version of this track below.
A previously posted drum playthrough video for The Great Discord's "L'homme Mauvais," taken from the "Duende" album, can also be seen at this location.
Sunburst just released a music video for "Out Of The World," the opening track from upcoming debut album "Fragments of Creation" that will be released on February 26th through Inner Wound Recordings.
The video was directed, shot, and edited by Lefteris Pasalidis & Pavlos Lygouris for Wrecked Visuals at Fireball Music Studio Thessaloniki. The track list for "Fragments of Creation" is:
1. Out Of The World
3. Symbol Of Life
6. End Of The Game
7. Beyond The Darkest Sun
9. Break The Core
10. Remedy Of My Heart More...
The entire two and half hour Metallica "The Night Before" show - which took place the the night before Super Bowl 50 at AT&T Park - is now online and can be seen below.
During the performance, Hetfield also gave this update on the progress of an upcoming album: "We’re working on a new record… for the last twenty years or so. We’re gettin’ near the end. I don’t wanna get anyone’s hopes up too high, but… we’re coming to the end!"
The full setlist consists of:
16:00 Creeping Death
22:41 For Whom The Bell Tolls
32:24 King Nothing
38:04 Ride the Lightning
44:56 Bleeding Me
46:23 Unforgiven One
58:15 Welcome Home
1:06:20 Sad But True
1:28:25 Master Of Puppets
1:44:47 Unborn hero
1:47:20 Fade To Black
1:55:51 Seek And Destroy
2:07:08 Whiskey In The Jar
2:12:55 Nothing Else Matters More...
U.K. metal band Bullet For My Valentine has kicked off “The British Invasion Tour” in support of recently released album "Venom." In celebration, the band has also premiered a new video for latest single “Worthless" - check it out below.
The new video for “Worthless” was directed by Stuart Birchall, who also recently helmed the videos for “Venom” and “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War),” produced by Jamie Whymark for Kode Media and filmed at Elstree Studios in London, UK.
“The video itself is very direct, there's no narrative at all,” says singer/guitarist Matt Tuck. “We wanted to keep it super simple and as we went really deep in narrative on 'Battle' and 'Venom' we thought it would be nice to keep it more performance based. The song itself has become one of our favourites from Venom and from all the comments we get from you guys we know it's one of yours too. Enjoy." More...
The Bilocate and Swallow The Sun show in Dubai has been cancelled, with Bilocate issuing this statement:
"Regretfully, we announce that our show with Swallow the Sun and Aramaic got canceled, due to a complaint issued, falsely claiming the show would include practices unacceptable by the hosting community from a cultural perspective (as per the organizing team).
"We know it's such a disappointment, for us as well, but we'll do our best to make it happen next time. Don't forget to join us all this Friday at The Music Room with the other bands. Please refer to the official organizer page for details."
Swallow The Sun adds: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry."
Metal East Records also commented: "What we know so far that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshiping (which we all know is not the case). The show will continue and since none of the original line up can’t perform, let's fill the bill up with some local talents and celebrate never giving up on the music we love. " More...
U.K. based metallic sludge/hardcore band Allfather is pleased to announce a signing with Static Tension Recordings to release the CD and cassette version of upcoming album "Bless the Earth with Fire" in North America.
The album contains six tracks of blistering metal that sounds like a cross between Black Sabbath and Corrosion of Conformity, mixed in a blender with High on Fire and hardcore punk. "Bless the Earth with Fire" is set to be released on April 29th.
The album will include the previously released bonus track "Blood Red Sunset," which you can hear below. Frontman Tom Ballard comments:
"When we started the band our goal was to write a few songs and play a couple of shows that weren't shit. The fact two and a bit years later we get the opportunity to release a record with Static Tension is straight up fucking brilliant." More...
Yonkers NY’s unique death metal masters from Immolation are very pleased to announce they will be supporting black metal veterans Marduk on upcoming May U.K. dates.
The 4 date run commences with a performance at London’s infamous extreme music event, Incineration Festival (also with Marduk) on May 8th, culminating on May 11th with a final show at The Fleece, Bristol. Commanding front man and bassist Ross Dolan said of the announcement:
"We are very excited to be returning to Europe, supporting and sharing the stage with our good friends and metal brothers in Marduk. We have toured with the Marduk guys many times before in the past and are looking forward to a great tour with some great people. It will be a good one for sure, see you all in May!" More...
Cleveland's Affiance premieres a new song entitled "PRSVR", taken from the upcoming new seven-song EP "Gaia", which will be out in stores March 11th. The band crowdfunded $17,241 USD for that effort late last year through Indiegogo.
Check out now "PRSVR" below.
Two release shows have been booked so far for "Gaia", including a free hometown show in Cleveland, OH: More...
Quality fan-shot live video footage of Behemoth's February 6 performance at Tivoli/Vredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands can be seen below.
Behemoth has announced its return to North America this spring with a special tour, featuring Myrkur as support. The band will play its latest album "The Satanist" in its entirety. In addition to the show fans will also have the chance to view "The Congregation" exhibition at each venue, a symbiosis of Behemoth and occult designer Sharon Ehman of Toxic Vision.