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Last updated on March 28, 2017 at 1:42 PM ET
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21 news articles posted today (and counting...)
It's been a long time since a band got booted from the House Of Blues for being "unfit to be associated with Disney" but I guess it's that time of year again!
As usual, no reason was given, and it's apparent the band isn't particularly amused by this turn of events, as shown by the string of tweets below to fans wondering why Every Time I Die wasn't on the bill for this particular show.
The show was scheduled for July 20th in Orlando. For a complete list of upcoming Every Time I Die dates not being dicked all up and down by the ever-lovable Disney, head over to this location. More...
Grammy Award-winning band Ghost just announced additional headlining dates to take place this summer during the band's North American tour with Iron Maiden.
Pre-sale tickets for the 13 headlining dates will be available for purchase beginning today at 1:00 PM local time. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning this Friday, March 31st at 10:00 AM local time.
Ghost is currently touring Europe and recently topped the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock songs charts with the single "Square Hammer." featured on the band's most recent EP release, "Popestar," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. More...
Darkest Hour, which released ninth album, "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," earlier this month, just announced a limited edition 7-inch titled “Pain Killer/I Don’t Want to Hear It” coming via Southern Lord Recordings for Record Store Day (April 22nd).
The release, which is limited to 1000 copies, features the song “Enter Oblivion” from "Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora," as well as covers of Minor Threat’s “I Don’t Want To Hear It” and Judas Priest’s “Pain Killer.” All proceeds from the 7-inch will be donated to the National Immigration Law Center.
Band founder and guitar player Mike Schleibaum had this to say about the release:
“It is with great pride we present to you our first Record Store Day release, which also happens to be our first 7-inch record in almost two decades! This 7-inch features two covers that we recorded before the launch of our Indiegogo campaign last year. Although the songs were released for free as part of a thank you to our loyal fans we felt they wouldn't get their justice served without some sort of physical release. In addition to the covers, this 7-inch also includes the song ‘Enter Oblivion’ from our new album, 'Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora.' This song and 7-inch have a very special meaning for us.
"Having toured the world countless times at this point, we have seen the destructiveness and divisiveness that arises from nation states, borders, and immigration policies. These invisible, arbitrary lines that divide families, cultures, and humanity are archaic and obsolete. We believe that no human being is ever illegal just for existing. We believe that everyone regardless of race, religion, age, ethic heritage, sexual identification and sexual orientation should be treated with the respect and dignity that everyone deserves. More...
Cypher16 just wrapped up a successful 24-city North American tour with headliners Amaranthe, and today, the band is following with a brand new music video for the single "Open The Dark Door."
The video's backdrop is the impressive and striking London Natural History Museum, where the band was given behind-the-scenes access to film this "Night At The Museum"-esque footage. The clip was directed by Ben Thornley of Sitcom Soldiers and can be seen below.
Frontman Jack Doolan says: "368 days in the making, 'Open The Dark Door' at the Natural History Museum started out as a ridiculous and over-ambitious idea, but thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, became a reality. Like the 'Lonely Road' video (which we shot at Battersea Power Station), finding an amazing and awe-inspiring venue was essential.
"When we somehow convinced the team at the NHM to let us invade for one night, Cypher16 was not only the first heavy rock band to ever conduct a full-scale shoot both outside and inside the Hintze Hall, but the shoot became one of the last projects to film with Dippy the Dinosaur before he left the museum for his extended tour.
"We knew we would have to bring in a great film and direction team to help us make it a reality. Enter Ben, Bez and crew at Sitcom Soldiers, who brought their vision, enthusiasm and expertise and really made it all happen! I hope you all enjoy watching it our 'night at the museum' as much as we enjoyed making it, although I won't deny, it was one of the longest nights of my life!" More...
Texas' Power Trip just released an official video for "Executioner's Tax (Swing Of The Axe)" as the band continues to tour the planet in support of the "Nightmare Logic" LP, currently torching the West Coast of North America and heading to Europe next.
Power Trip's new video for "Executioner's Tax (Swing Of The Axe)" was captured at a spirited hometown show in Dallas and melts with clips of political propaganda encompassing vocalist Riley Gale's lyrics that hone in on the devaluation of human life by those who've gained power through money and politics.
The video was directed by Andy Capper (Vice, Noisey) with director of photography Joel Pront, and editor Andrew Betsch. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found after the video clip. More...
Post-hardcore outfit Famous Last Words is thrilled to announce the band will be hitting the road on a co-headlining tour alongside Manafest, with additional support from It Lives It Breathes.
The tour kicks off April 26th in Kent, OH and will wrap May 13th in Memphis, TN. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at this location. Catch the show on any of these dates:
4/15 - Lancaster, PA - Lancaster Convention Center *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/17 - Peoria, IL - The Rail *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/18 - Burnsville, MN - The Garage *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/19 - Omaha, NE - Lookout Lounge *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/20 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/21 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/22 - Marietta, GA - Swayzes *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/23 - Knoxville, TN - The Open Chord *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/24 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/25 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown *w/ The Funeral Portrait*
4/26 - Kent, OH - The Outpost *w/ Manafest*
4/27 - Detroit, MI - The Ritz *w/ Manafest*
4/28 - Chicago, IL - Penny Rd *w/ Manafest*
4/29 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater *w/ Manafest* More...
Belgian modern melodic death metal band Hexa Mera just unleashed a 360° video for the title-track from upcoming full-length album, "Enlightenment," which will be released on March 31st.
Hexa Mera comments: "The song is heavy yet fragile, and the lyrics tie the whole album together. It's a very emotional track, as if the five of us took a slice of our soul and put it into music. It's about finding your path, finding a sense of purpose. It's about accepting your place in the universe. It's about enlightenment. We get goosebumps every time we play it."
The album was recorded at Empyrean Studio, mixed at OceanSide Studio by Ace Zec, and mastered at Fascination Street Studios By Jens Bogren. The artwork for Hexa Mera’s follow-up to 2014’s “Human Entropy” was created by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design and the track listing is as follows:
2. Anthropic Principle
4. Divide et Impera
6. Dare to Know
8. Archetype of Hate
10. This Bleeding
11. Enlightenment More...
Italian progressive metal band Labyrinth issued a music video for the new song "Someone Says." The song appears on the band's long awaited new studio album titled "Architecture of a God." The album is set to drop on April 21st, 2017 via Frontiers Music srl.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Bullets (see video here)
2. Still Alive
3. Take On My Legacy
4. A New Dream (song streaming here)
5. Someone Says
6. Random Logic
7. Architecture of a God
9. Those Days
10. We Belong To Yesterday
11. Stardust and Ashes
Check out "Someone Says" here: More...
Australian thrash act Harlott is streaming the new song "Whore." The song appears on the new album "Extinction," which will drop worldwide via Metal Blade Records on April 7th.
"Extinction" was recorded at Monolith Studios (Orpheus Omega, In Malice's Wake, Bane of Winterstorm) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Opeth, Soilwork).
The track listing is:
2. First World Solutions
3. The Penitent (song streaming here)
5. No Past
6. Conflict Revelation
7. Better Off Dead
8. Violent Conspirator
9. And Darkness Brings The Light
10. Final Weapon
Check out "Whore" here: More...
2017 marks a jubilee year! 35 years of Tankard!
And, of course, a suitable soundtrack cannot be neglected for the occasion. The band’s 17th studio album will be entitled "One Foot In The Grave" and will be released on June 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, the band is proud to reveal the cover artwork for the anniversary album. With this, the iconic band mascot the Tankard-Alien celebrates his return after about 13 years of absence. The alien was born in 1989 along with the "Alien" EP and has since graced five album covers. The Tankard fan club - the "Maniac Aliens" - is also named after it.
The artwork was brought to life by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the former Tankard cover artist. He also created the cover artwork for previous Tankard albums "A Girl Called Cerveza" and "R.I.B."
Vocalist Gerre commented: "Mister Strogulski has once again created a real masterpiece and surpassed himself. Our first plan was that I would be on the cover instead of the alien... but, lucky me, it ended up being the alien included instead..."
Check out the cover here: More...
Italian thrashers Bullet-Proof issued a lyric video for the new single "Might Makes Right." The song is lifted from the band's upcoming new album "Foresaken One," which is set to drop on April 24th via Sleaszy Rider Records.
More information on the album is expected soon. The clip also reveals the album's artwork. Check it out here:
Streetcore group Toxpack released a preview clip which features clips from the entire new release "Schall und Rausch." The album is set for release on Friday, March 31st via Napalm Records.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Kommerz (Die Geier kreisen weiter)
3. Willkommen im Klub (song streaming here)
4. Auf alte Tage
5. Bis zum letzten Ton (see video here)
6. Reden, Lästern, Lügen
7. Die Letzten, die sich noch dagegen stellen
8. In Trümmern (feat. Gunnar & Stefan Dritte Wahl)
9. Komm mit mir
10. Wenn Du willst
11. Narben der Vergangenheit
12. Gib mir Dein Geld
13. Nichts geht mehr
15. Alles auf Anfang
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Argentinian power metal act Helker released the first single from the upcoming new album "Firesoul." Check out the lyric video for "Fight" in the player below.
"Firesoul" will be released on May 5th via AFM Records in both English and Spanish (digtal only as “Alma de fuego”). The track listing is as follows:
1. Genesis (Intro)
3. For All the Eternity
4. Playing with Fire
5. The One
6. Where You Belong
7. You Are in My Heart
8. Empty Room
9. Leaving Out the Ashes
10. Stay Away
11. Break Your Chains
13. Rise or Fall
14. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath Cover)
Check out "Fight" here: More...
With each new metal band that hits the scene comes the challenge of standing out in a segment characterized by cookie-cutter style and classification. Equally problematic is an at times harsh and abrasive vocal style that might be described as an "acquired taste" at best. The significance being that a good percentage of metal bands all end up sounding the same. The rare exception is in which a metal band blends thrash with some sort of other form of music/melody. The latest group to get in on this metal/thrash renovation, and perhaps start the wave and convey "old school" roots to a modern spherical freshness, is Tucson, Arizona's Tribulance.
Tribulance is set to release "The Aftermath of Lies" May 5th. Pre-orders will be available soon. Listen to the first single "Oblivious" in the player below.
Hard hitting, no-nonsense metal with a "go big or go home" attitude, Tribulance displays an aptitude equal to any national act on the scene today. Thriving on an energetic live show, dynamic stage presence, complete with stage props, hard hitting music, and an image to boost, Tribulance will stop at nothing to prove the band has what it takes to be taken seriously in the metal world. More...
Rome's Witches of Doom issued a new lyric video clip for the song "Run With the Wolf." The song appears on the band's latest album "Deadlights," which is available via Sliptrick Records.
Check out the clip here:
Germany's Burn Down Eden issued a new video clip for the song "Cosmogyral Miscarriage." The tune appears on the 2016 debut full-length "Ruins of Oblivion," which is available via Sliptrick Records.
The band commented on the meaning of the song: "The song is about the human being considering itself as the 'crown of creation,' living and acting in a egocentric manner and give a shit about environment while we are probably just a underdeveloped particle in space. The truth is out there…"
Check out the clip here:
U.K. based death/doom metal act Imindain will release the new EP "The Enemy of Fetters and the Dweller in the Woods" on April 12th via Weird Truth Productions.
Imindain has a made a name as one of the premiere death/doom metal bands in the U.K.. Each album is an oppressive slab of emotive and dark music, following the footsteps of the genre's greats such as Disembowelment, Thergothon, Worship and Winter. "The Enemy of Fetters and the Dwellers in the Woods" expands upon the foundation laid down with the earlier releases. Each song is haunting and unique in expressions and will linger in your memory long after the hearing them.
The track listing is
1. To Meditate Upon the Face of Forgotten Death
2. The Final Godhead
3. A Paean to the Vermin
4. Cerulean Transience of All My Imagined Shores (Disembowelment Cover) More...
Italian folk/power metal band Wind Rose will release the third studio album entitled "Stonehymn" on May 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
Having toured with bands like Wintersun, Eluveitie and Ensiferum, and with two successful albums under their belt, Wind Rose is ready to take things to the next level with the release of "Stonehymn," an album filled by the epic, powerful and folk inspired brand of power metal the band is known for.
"Stonehymn" was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Ancient Bards, Secret Sphere) and the artwork (shown below) was created by Jan Yrlund (Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Tyr).
The track listing for "Stonehymn" is:
1. Distant Battlefields
2. Dance of Fire
3. Under the Stone
4. To Erebor
5. The Returning Race
6. The Animist
7. The Wolves’ Call
8. Fallen Timbers
9. The Eyes of the Mountain More...
Pale King premieres a new song entitled "Ominous Horrors", taken from the upcoming new album "Monolith of the Malign", which will be released on April 21st by Soulseller Records. The line-up consists of vocalist Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Ashcloud, Henry Kane), guitarist Håkan Stuvemark (Wombbath), drummer Jon Rudin (Ashcloud), and bassist Hannah Gill.
Check out now "Ominous Horrors" below.
Italian death metal unit Valgrind debuts a new song entitled "New Born Deceit", taken from the upcoming new EP, "Seal of Phobos", which will be released by Everlasting Spew Records on April 14th. The new release includes guest growls by Jonny Pettersson of Wombbath, as well as the first studio appearance of the band’s new guitarist, Umberto Poncina, who also engineered and mixed the EP.
Check out now "New Born Deceit" below.
The Acacia Strain premieres a new song entitled "Bitter Pill", taken from the upcoming new album "Gravebloom". Rise Records has scheduled the effort for a June 30th release date.
Check out now "Bitter Pill" below.