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Last updated on September 3, 2015 at 2:18 PM ET
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Run for your lives! The Australian grind miscreants from King Parrot will return to North America next week for another run of live takeovers in support of their brand new album, the Philip H. Anselmo-produced "Dead Set," which is out now on Housecore Records.
The latest roadside adventure begins on September 11 in Fresno, California for the first of three headlining launch shows. The band will march through Los Angeles and San Diego before joining the North American Extinction Tour supporting headliners Cattle Decapitation.
Set to commence on September 15 in Sacramento, California and run through October 7 in Atlanta, Georgia, the tour will see King Parrot set twenty-two cities ablaze with sonic debauchery and black humor. Additional support will be provided by Black Crown Initiate and Dark Sermon.
This latest stretch of shows follows the band's July excursion supporting reactivated metal icons, Superjoint. Catch King Parrot live on these dates: More...
After regrouping to release the "13" album back in 2013 (reviewed here), Black Sabbath is now claiming its the end of the road for the band following a "final" farewell tour in 2016. Black Sabbath just issued this announcement via Facebook:
"It's the Beginning of THE END. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
"In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
"Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story.
"Black Sabbath's farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history." More...
Canada's heavy riffin' four piece Chron Goblin today announces the band's signing to the California-based label Ripple Music, along with leaking details of third forthcoming album, "Backwater."
Venturing to Portland to work with Adam Pike at Toadhouse Studios in February 2015, the band’s intention was to explore the heavy sonic principles of the Pacific Northwest and embrace Portland’s music scene. Under the tutelage of Pike, who recorded Red Fang’s debut album and tours with that group, he served as an integral component in achieving the band’s aspirations in the studio.
Swagger and muscle, charm and wit, Chron Goblin pair melody with aggression and groove for a fresh interpretation of heavy. "Backwater" will be released via Ripple Music worldwide on November 13, 2015 but in the meantime, you can stream new track "Fuller" below. More...
Metal Injection was invited to spend a full day with Lamb of God on the Long Island, NY stop of Summer's Last Stand tour a few weeks ago.
See what a normal day on tour for Lamb Of God is like including the band's warm ups, fan signings, coffee making and aquatic stage diving via the clip below.
Lamb Of God just dropped the chart-topping metal comeback album "VII: Sturm Und Drang" on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Several tracks from that release can be heard at this location.
Philadelphia psychedelic rock trio Wizard Eye will release a self-titled new full-length this fall via Black Monk Records.
Recorded in three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey's Gradwell House Studios with Steve Poponi behind the board and mastered by Dave Downham, the follow-up to the band's 2010 "Orbital Rites" debut takes Wizard Eye's signature brand of mind-bending riffs and kaleidoscopic soundscapes to a new level of titanic glory.
Due out October 10, 2015 the track listing for "Wizard Eye" is as follows:
1. Eye Of The Deep
2. Flying Falling
3. Phase Return
5. Drowning Daydream
6. My Riposte Is Like Lightning
8. Thunderbird Divine
9. Stoneburner More...
Following the "You Got Spirit, Kid" video (still available here), Coheed and Cambria today debut “Here To Mars,” a new song from the band’s forthcoming album, "The Color Before The Sun," due out October 16 via 300 Entertainment.
“My wife has helped pull me from the throes of an identity crisis,” explained Claudio Sanchez of the inspiration behind “Here to Mars.” He goes on to say, “While I can barely comprehend the distance of our planetary neighbor, let alone the ever expanding universe, my love for her knows no distance.” More...
Producing technical groovy death metal rooted in musical duality and lyricism, Winnipeg, MB's Inverted Serenity is now streaming new single "Elemental Abyss" below, taken off upcoming album "Integral," due out on October 9, 2015.
The band comments about the track: "Perhaps our most mature and technically structured songwriting on the record can be found in 'Elemental Abyss.' This song comes out of the gate with a full speed technical thrash pace that unfolds itself into larger layered riffs all while maintaining a mid-paced headbanging groove underlying the majority of the song. Heavy and polyrhythmic riffs are explored akin to the sounds of bands like Decapitated and Meshuggah.
"A 7/4 time signature is played while Marcos vocals push the thickness of the song along. Tomas' massive sounding screams lead you into the auditory abyss we specifically placed as the final stretch of the album. The themes explored lyrically are tied into the unknowing of our oceans on Earth, which can be paralleled to the unknown depths of our emotions inside of us. While we are immersed in this material world structured by the elements, through discernment and letting go of the weight of physical reality, we are immersed in the fractal nature of reality and its infinite depth."
The "Integral" track listing is as follows:
1. Yugen (5:09)
2. Everscending (5:44)
3. Grasp of Impermanence (4:24)
4. Coeur (4:47)
5. Integral (5:14)
6. Under One Sky (4:39)
7. Breath of Life (7:16)
8. Volatile Thirst (3:10)
9. Wrought (Rot) (4:51)
10. Elemental Abyss (5:49) More...
After releasing the excellent "Sweven" album last year (reviewed here and also streaming below), Sweden's Morbus Chron is unfortunately calling it quits. The band comments:
"To all our friends, fans and supporters over the years. Today marks the end of Morbus Chron. However difficult this decision was to make, the four of us are certain that it is the only right thing to do at this point. There are no hard feelings present at all.
"For every passing day it has become more and more obvious that this band is made up of very different people, with different goals and intentions. We have reached our final crossroad and we simply can't choose the same path anymore.
"We had a fantastic run. The places we have been able to go, both musically and physically, are beyond what we ever hoped for. We are honored to have connected with so many people, and can do nothing but stand in awe when we recall the passion and dedication that you have shown us. These are memories and experiences we will take with us for the rest of our lives.
"Thank you for lending us your ears and sharing this journey with us. Thank you so much." More...
She Must Burn just released a music video for killer new single "Possessed," taken off the band's self-titled EP that will drop on September 25 via Ghost Music.
Check out the video below, and you can pre-order "She Must Burn" at this location. The EP's track listing is as follows:
3. The Misery
4. Into Light
5. Wish To Exist
Finnish death metal band Decaying will release a new EP titled “The Forgotten Conflict” on September 18 through Till You Fukkin Bleed.
The new EP will be available on cassette and digital download and features three reworked and recorded versions of older material from the band’s early efforts “Devastate” and “Encirclement.”
Fans can now listen to the revamped version of “...To Decay,” originally released on first effort “Devastate,” in the player below.
01. The Aftermath
03. ...To Decay More...
The multi-national death metal wizards from Serocs are back, due to release "And When the Sky Was Opened" on November 27 via Comatose Music. The label comments:
"'And When The Sky Was Opened' is a technical opus that explores the psychology of war and what world conflicts do to the human mind, both as an invader and as the invaded. Following the positive feedback from their previous album, 'The Next,' Serocs has perfected those elements to create this extreme masterpiece of controlled chaos.
"Not only is 'And When the Sky Was Opened' bound together by lyrical concepts, the album features a cohesive musical theme that sees all eight tracks coalesce to create a singular musical experience. Described by the band as a much more varied experience than its predecessors, the album is a double-edged sword that features some of Serocs' most technical and brutal material alongside their slowest and most crushing sections to date. 'And When the Sky Was Opened' was mixed by Neil Kernon [Nile] and mastered by Alan Douches. More...
Fauk from Norwegian solo black metal outfit Hordagaard has issued the following announcement about calling it quits:
"Dear fans, friends and family, it is with a heavy heart I write this. My 'baby' Hordagaard has reached its end. With lack of inspiration and time I will lay down my project for now.
"I may get back later in time... who knows. I want to thank everyone for help and support through my time as Fauk. There will come a release in the nearest future. Its a 4-split. That's my last release. I will post more info about that when the time comes." More...
Ahead of the release of the brand new studio album "Polaris" from Tesseract, the band is giving fans worldwide a chance to see the first video for new track "Survival." Check it out below.
Vocalist Dan Tompkins comments on the video: "As musicians we've never had 'overnight' success; we've all worked tirelessly for well over a decade and committed to many personal sacrifices to exist as a band. 'Survival' is a hard hitting song about the struggles we've encountered along the way but specifically and especially about the strain and burden of being apart from our loved ones to whom we are forever beholden for their steadfast and loving support. The idea behind our video represents that struggle for survival and the burning desire to be reunited with our families after long periods of absence."
With the stunning Derbyshire landscape as a backdrop, "Survival" was filmed & directed by Pele Newell, who said: “Working with TesseracT has been great, it's nice to work with people that are so passionate about what they do.”
On the video concept he also comments: "The video is set in the near future where Imani has been framed. Central are hunting him down as they have already captured his family. He's on a constant battle to find them without being captured himself.” More...
After performing this year's Rockstar Mayhem festival, Texas metal band Shattered Sun will provide support on both the first and second legs of the upcoming "We Sold Our Souls To Metal" Soulfly tour.
The first leg includes Soilwork and Decapitated, while the second leg will feature Crowbar and Incite. Prior to the first leg, Shattered Sun has additionally announced select home state shows with local support. A full listing of upcoming Shattered Sun tour dates is as follows:
9/12/2015 - Alice, TX @ Revo
9/13/2015 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dig Bar
9/17/2015 - McAllen, TX @ Thirsty Monkey
9/19/2015 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Theos Billiards More...
Canadian label Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce the signing of internationally known Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi for the release of his best-of 25th anniversary CD "Moonlight Celebration," where he will be singing acoustic versions of the most significant songs of his career.
Test Your Metal's Grant Truesdell comments: "I am beyond honoured to be working with Edu Falaschi for his 25th year anniversary album. Between Angra, Almah and any solo work he's done, I have been a fan of his music for a long time. I'm looking forward to bringing him to North America and welcoming him into the Test Your Metal family."
The album is slated for a November 20 release date and features older and more recent hits from Symbols, Angra and Almah. In addition to the CD's release, Falaschi will be hitting the road for a North American "Moonlight Celebration" tour (dates to be announced).
On that trek, he will be accompanied by Brazilian jazz / pop music pianist Tiago Mineiro and will also be joined by maestro and violinist Adriano Machado, creator and conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra Villa Lobos. More...
Heavy rock group Devil City Angels recently announced the upcoming release of a debut self-titled album, hitting stores on September 18 via Century Media Records.
Today, the band is streaming a brand new track titled “All My People” that can be heard below. Guitarist Tracii Guns states:
“'All My People' was the first track we recorded. It was about 80% finished when our singer Brandon brought it in to us. We freshened it up a bit, put the microphones in front of the band, and the moment we listened back, we all agreed we had something special in the chemistry of the band. It was a very positive moment in time. I suppose you could say this was the song that birthed Devil City Angels.”
Devil City Angels has no shortage of professionals in its ranks — namely Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns on guitar, drummer, Rikki Rocket of Poison, Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne on bass, and singer Brandon Gibbs of The Gibbs Brothers and Cheap Thrill. If you missed it, the previously released music video for "Boneyard" is also still available right here. More...
"Grievances" is the forthcoming new full-length from San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City (a name gamers may recognize as a location set prominently in the new Shadowrun: Hong Kong PC game).
Set for release next month on October 9, the band's first offering under the Neurot Recordings banner and third studio recording overall finds the eclectic collective at an artistic apex, shifting even further from sludgy post-hardcore roots towards a sparser, more melancholic heaviness.
On the seven-track "Grievances," strings rattle, guitars crackle and blister, notes ring out, at turns bleak and beautiful - sometimes both at once. Captured and mixed by vocalist Scott Evans at Sharkbite Studios and his own Antisleep Audio, both in Oakland, the recording is honest and spacious, and intense without artifice or studio trickery.
Check out the new song "Backlit" below, and you can see Kowloon Walled City live on these upcoming tour dates:
11/1/2015 The Observatory - Day Of The Shred Fest - Santa Ana, CA
11/2/2015 Starlight Lounge - Sacramento, CA
11/3/2015 Obsidian - Olympia, WA
11/4/2015 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA
11/5/2015 Highline - Seattle, WA
11/6/2015 Black Water - Portland, OR
11/7/2015 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA * Grievances Record Release Show More...
Portland, Oregon-based Nightfell is just over a week from seeing the release of the band's second LP, "Darkness Evermore," through 20 Buck Spin, and the entire record is now playing online. Listen in below.
Nightfell's morose brand of metal does simply doesn't even acknowledge genre barriers, as the duo organically creates an intense, brooding brand of musical hatred forged of their own volition. Picking up where their 2014 debut LP "The Living Ever Mour"n left off, on the potent "Darkness Evermore" the band unloads more than forty-minutes of new material through six demoralizing tracks recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan "Maus" Mersky, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and bearing cover art paintings by Carl Auge of His Hero Is Gone. More...
Amaranthe will make a triumphant return to North America this fall for a new headline tour. This marks the second time the band has toured through the U.S. and Canada in 2015, having previously performed alongside Santa Cruz.
The tour starts October 29 in Atlanta and runs through November 29 in San Jose. Butcher Babies will provide direct support, while Lullwater will open the show.
Time to get into more of a melancholic autumn mood after this long hot summer with another brand new track off Hanging Garden's forthcoming album "Blackout Whiteout." Check out "Words That Bear No Meaning" below.
Alexander Dietz of Heaven Shall Burn, who was responsible for the mastering of "Blackout Whiteout," comments about the new album: "Sometimes something is sent to you to finish up that is so good that you have no words to describe. if you work on a lot of music then surely not every album you put your work on makes it to your permanent playlist... Right now I am in exactly that situation that I have the opportunity to work on material that absolutely blew my mind and is already on my iPod. this happens not every month. I can't wait till people get a chance to hear a masterpiece by this Finnish band.... check them out..."
"Blackout Whiteout" contains guest appearances by Ville Sorvali (Moonsorrow) and Fredrik Norrman (October Tide). The album is due to be released on September 25 in Europe and October 16 in North America. More...
German progressive metal act Vanden Plas is set to release the second chapter of the "Chronicles of the the Immortals" rock opera, which was written in collaboration with famed German author, Wolfgang Hohlbein. "Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II" will be out via Frontiers on November 6th! Clips from the release can be heard in the player below.
Approximately one year after the release of the first chapter ("Netherworld (Path 1)"), Vanden Plas returns with more elaborate arrangements, superb piano melodies, and epic instrumental passages, paired with that signature heavy Vanden Plas sound and distinctive vocals of Andy Kuntz.
In guitarist Stephan Lill’s words: “This is our 8th studio album, so now we know what works for Vanden Plas and what doesn't. With every new CD we try to continue to break new ground, while still remaining faithful to our original style. As the songs of 'Chronicles of the Immortals - Netherworld Part I & II' are written for a Rock Opera, this time the arrangements of the music are more epic and orchestral than on the previous albums. The engagements for several rock operas in theaters and the work together with big orchestras helped us a lot to improve the way of writing songs or to arrange song parts in a way that makes it special. A band needs this kind of a light progression. And maybe the next CD will sound a bit more reduced again, we will see.” More...
German symphonic/melodic death metal act Kambrium released in studio footage from the guitar recordings for the new album "The Elders' Realm." The clip also features snippets from the album. "The Elders' Realm" was recorded in three different studios with three producers - Charles Greywolf (Studio Greywolf), Martin Schnella (Overlodge Recording Studio) and Karsten Simon (Wiesenberg-Studio). More information, including guest musician announcements, is expected soon.
The track list for the album is:
1. Abyssal Streams
2. Through Shades And Despair
3. Conjure The Lost
4. The Elders' Realm
5. Shattered Illusions
6. Colossus Of The Seas
7. Reckoning Of The Great
8. Season Of The Sea Witch
9. Layer Of Spores
10. Furious Decay Of A Dying World
Check out the clip here: More...
California quartet Speaking The King's issued a music video for the new track "Motion Sickness." The song appears on the upcoming full-length debut entitled "Carousel," which drops via Nuclear Blast on October 16th.
Check out the clip here:
U.K. metal act Absolva - featuring members from ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley's live band - released a new music video for the track "No One Escapes." The song will appear on the upcoming third studio release "Never A Good Day To Die," which will be issued in October. More information, including track list and exact release date is expected soon.
Check out the clip here:
Detroit death metal quintet Temple Of Void premieres a new track titlted "Exanimate Gaze", taken from the upcoming new album "Of Terror And The Supernatural", out in stores next Friday, September 4th via Shadow Kingdom.
Check out now "Exanimate Gaze" below.
Florida metal outfit Axis offers a pre-release full-album stream of its upcoming debut entitled "Show Your Greed", out in stores tomorrow, September 4th via Good Fight Music. The album was mixed by Taylor Young of Nails and Twitching Tongues.
Check out now the entire album below.
Just For Fun
Batmetal returns with a Dethklok and Batman-inspired animated music video titled - what else - but "Batmetal Returns." Watch now as Batman & friends go on a Disney, Marvel and Super Mario Bros. killing spree below, using Dethklok‘s "Murmaider" as the soundtrack.