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Last updated on December 7, 2016 at 3:08 PM ET
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Icelandic death metal cult Zhrine (featuring members of black metal luminaries Svartidaudi) has now seen the release of a full live set, shot recently on the band's first North American tour.
Shot at New York's Saint Vitus bar, the set is streaming below. Zhrine is fresh off the heels of a U.S. tour in support of latest album, "Unortheta," which is available for full listening right here.
Sydney metal crew Like Royals just released brand new single "Wither Away," an intense five minutes of taking cues from melodic metalcore while confronting the battle between sobriety and addiction.
To celebrate this next incredible step, Like Royals and mates Brave Today will be setting out on a eight date tour through January and February stopping in to visit a number of locations across the east coast.
FRI 27 JANUARY The Youthie, Tamworth (All Ages)
SAT 28 JANUARY ECP Studios AA, Central Coast (All Ages)
SUN 29 JANUARY The Basement, Canberra (18+)
SAT 4 FEBRUARY Kontrband Studios, Toowoomba (All Ages)
SUN 5 FEBRUARY New Globe Theatre, Brisbane (18+)
FRI 10 FEBRUARY Musicland, Melbourne (All Ages)
SAT 18 FEBRUARY Red Rattler, Sydney (All Ages)
SUN 19 FEBRUARY Rad Bar, Woollongong (All Ages) More...
The Polish cold winter has created a new beast. The name of this beast is Ur and its primal sounds have been put together under the moniker of "Hail Death."
This debut EP will be released via Arachnophobia Records on the 15 of December, 2016 and the first track “Total Inertia” is available now through YouTube. Listen in below.
1. A Dying Star
2. The Tongue of Fire
3. Let the Darkness Come
4. Total Inertia
5. Only Bones Stay Here
6. Infinity More...
Amaranthe is bringing new album "Maximalism" (reviewed here) to North America, just announcing a U.S. headline tour for 2017 with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces.
Of the upcoming U.S. trek, guitarist Olof Mörck said: "It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our Maximalism World Tour: North America! A year has passed since our last visit and we have been looking forward greatly to return!"
He continued, "Joining us on this trek will be very special guests Failure Anthem, along with special guests Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces for a full evening's worth of cutting edge metal from both sides of the Atlantic! Prepare yourself as the juggernaut known as the Maximalism World Tour prepares to lay siege to YOUR city in early 2017. All shall march to the sound of Maximalism!" More...
The 9th edition of the French Cernunnos Pagan Festival will be headlined by Tyr and has now been confirmed to include Grimner, Griffon, Naheulband, Fejd, Dordeduh, Dalriada, Baldrs Draumar, PerKelt, and Möhrkvlth .
More than a music festival, Cernunnos Pagan Fest is a true medieval fair, with the next edition taking place on February 11th at La Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel. Full info is available at Facebook here. More...
Chicago based metal band Black Sites will release debut album "In Monochrome" on the 17th of February, 2017 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Big Jesus, Vola, Counting Days, Stoneghost)
In 2015, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mark Sugar had a creative breakthrough that led him to leave behind a modern metal legacy to bravely forge a new one. Now, one of underground metal’s most uncompromising visionaries returns with a new band and an invigorating heavy-with-melody aesthetic.
“I wanted to challenge myself with clean singing and by writing well-crafted songs,” reveals the Chicago-based artist. “I went back to my influences, old school metal, prog rock, and hard rock—music built on classic songwriting.”
Sugar was formerly known as the mastermind behind the quartet Trials, a group that amicably folded in 2015, leaving behind three albums that bridged the divide between thrash and melodic death metal.
New Black Sites album "In Monochrome" will feature the following track listing:
01. M Fisto Waltz
02. Dead Languages
04. Burning Away The Day
05. Hunter Gatherer
06. Watching You Fall
07. Locked Out – Shut Down
08. In The Woods
09. The Tides More...
California black metal cult Void Omnia today begins a West Coast tour in support of the recently issued "Dying Light" debut LP. However, the band has adjusted the first date of the tour to take part in a benefit show for the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire catastrophe.
Issues Void Omnia on the horrifying situation: "Now, more than ever, is an important time to support the DIY community. The underground is in the spotlight. Our outlets and the avenues we travel with them, are about to be assaulted harder than ever. It's up to all of us to protect each other and what we hold sacrosanct in the aftermath of this devastating tragedy."
The benefit show takes place tonight, Wednesday, December 7th, with Void OMnia joining fellow acts, undo, Akatharsia, and Yarrow at The Golden Bull in Oakland. Void Omnia's tour then continues through December 22nd, with shows in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana, Phoenix, Prescott, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Spokane, Seattle, Olympia, Portland, and Eureka. More...
Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak has signed a worldwide management deal with German based Rock’N’Growl Management/Promotion.
The band just finished recordings for fourth album "Blind Faith" with Peter Andersson, Andy LaGuerin, and Thomas Johansson at The Panic Room. The album was produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Lynch Mob, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty) at The Panic Room Mastering.
Peter Andersson says: "Mean Streak is exited and happy to join forces with Rock'n'Growl Management/Promotion. With a new album mixed by Max Norman coming up we are really looking forward to take the show on the road in 2017."
Max Norman stated: "Just finished mixing Mean Streak new album - it really rocks ! Thankfully all mixing completed and congratulations to the guys on a killer album!"
Okkultokrati is anything but a straightforward band when it comes to this signature brand of psych-singed, heavy rock, post-punk instrumentation, and so it should come as no surprise to find the group's lyrical output is just as difficult to define.
The band has unveiled a new video for the track "Hidden Future" - the longest track on new LP "Raspberry Dawn" -- and it draws upon 20th century sci-fi and cold war rhetoric to create a chilling, worldwide anti-war story.
Okkultorkrati vocalist Henning elaborates, "The inspiration to the lyrics of 'Hidden Future' are rooted in '50s and '80s cold war sci-fi like Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons' Rogue Trooper with its race of cloned enhanced humans bred for warfare and Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, or even better Paul Verhoeven's take on it. Now decades later, there are very few openly, hard-hitting dissenting voices to military engagements in pop-culture.
"You can go directly from playing Call Of Duty in your basement to piloting military drone strikes. Like something straight out of Ender's Game, safely bombing a foreign population from the other side of the planet. We are pre-programmed to fear the unknown and to dehumanize the enemy. And there next to no critical voices to question or dispute these matters. Just knee-jerk, empty slogans about supporting our troops and the deafening patriotic chanting in its wake."
Henning continues, "So 'Hidden Future' tells the tale of this sad, pathetic, fool who joins the army, never settles in and is stuck there with his own contradicting thoughts about revolting, killing his superiors, greats feats of heroism or deserting but just ends up self-destructing and losing his mind. It's about the harsh realities of the parasitic nature of the way military forces and military interests operate around the globe. It's about how in many communities the military have set themselves up as some kind of sheltering corner stone business and provides jobs and homes for thousands of people. Their future depending on the well-being of the military. More...
The folks over at Metal Hammer / Team Rock managed to talk Dave Mustaine into reviewing the new Metallica record "Hardwired... To Self Destruct," and this going to be a major shocker to anyone who has read any articles about Dave Mustaine in the last decade or so: it's completely diplomatic.
There's no ranting about conspiracy theories. No absurd name calling. No outlandish proclamations. It's positively cordial! I dunno what new regimen on your on Dave (or what substances you are off...) but keep it up!
The only thing fans may be disappointed in is that it's a very generalized review, and doesn't really dive into any one particular song or segment. Excerpts from the review follow: More...
Read the full article at Teamrock.com.
Global Music Award-winning nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry is feeling Pokémon fever with the recent buzz around Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Naturally, the only cure for this fever was to record a cover track! Tengger Cavalry just dropped a Mongolian metal cover of the Pokémon Gym Battle Theme, which you can hear now below.
You can also pre-order Tengger Cavalry's upcoming "kAAn "EP via Bandcamp, where you can also stream new track "Wasted". The band surprised fans with the EP announcement late last month and the release will be available next Monday, December 12th.
Tengger Cavalry will perform one of the band's only local shows this winter at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, December 16th at 8:00pm. The band will be joined by Tungsten, Entropy and Goblin Hovel. More...
Boston, Massachusetts-based doom outfit Rozamov has completed a first full-length recording, "This Mortal Road." The band has hooked up with diverse underground labels, Battleground Records and Dullest Records, who are now solidifying the album for release in early 2017.
Since 2011, Rozamov has left a mark on the US metal circuit with infectious psyche-tinged grueling doom, the band name having quickly spread beyond the local scene through touring abroad and opening for countless national acts. Having independently released two EPs - 2012's "Rozamov" and 2013's "Of Gods And Flesh" Rozamov now prepares to desensitize the masses with proper debut album, "This Mortal Road."
Rozamov entered New Alliance Audio in Cambridge to record the album. The result is a blistering sonic catharsis featuring the longest, heaviest and most progressive tracks the band has ever produced, the album recorded and mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio, and mastered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Mastering. More...
Following the "There Is No Earth I Will Leave Unscorched" album from 2014, The Project Hate MCMXCIX has issued an update on impending album "Of Chaos And Carnal Pleasures." The band comments:
"Haters, here's a quick (except it's not quick at all) rundown for ya about what's going on in the Hate Camp, so grab a beer and enjoy! You who have followed all of my updates know that at this very moment drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren's got but one more song to nail and then his work is done for the album. Actually, he's already pretty much nailed that song and is just now finding the time to do some small alterations according to my wishes so the tune is a hundred percent. The work he's done on the material is completely insane, lemme tell you that.
"You've heard it before from me, but to be able to work with my absolute fave drummer once again is such a fucken honor. The fact that Mr. Verbeuren even found the time to do this album with TPH in the midst of being the new drummer of metal legends Megadeth is beyond comprehension, really.
"I actually told Dirk that it was completely understandable if this well deserved and major opportunity for him (to join Megadeth) would make it real hard to do TPH even though I already paid him (thanx to you Haters and The TPH Donation Experiment 3). I even told him to keep the money since he's not been paid what he deserved over the course of our albums. He would have none of that, which speaks volumes of how incredible this guy is. Not only as a drummer but as a human being. When I grow up I wanna be Dirk. All of you should wanna be Dirk. More...
After calling it quits back in 2006, Finnish black metal group Thyrane has come back together and is re-releasing the "Black Harmony" demo first released all the way back in '97. The band comments:
"We've made plans with Woodcut Records to re-release some of Thyrane's older material in different formats. The 'Black Harmony' demo/mcd will be re-released on CD, C-cassette and vinyl!
"The CD and the cassette will be exactly the same as the original editions, but the vinyl version has been remastered in Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. A limited edition 'Black Harmony' t-shirt will also be available! Stay tuned for more!" More...
This past October, Anaal Nathrakh released ninth full-lenght studio album, "The Whole of the Law," via Metal Blade Records.
Today, the two-piece is launching a video for the track "We Will Fucking Kill You", which was directed and edited by the Widow Brothers. If you missed it, the entire new album can be streamed right here.
Opeth just issued this announcement online about bassist Martin Mendez auctioning off gear for a school funding project:
"Martin Mendez is selling one of his bass guitars to the highest bidder in order to raise money for a school local to his neighbourhood.
"The guitar is a Fender Starcaster and it's in excellent condition. Can be signed by Martin if so desired. The new price was 1000 Euros. Serious bidders can email their bids to: Mendezauction[at]northernmusic.co.uk.
"The auction will run until next Monday, Dec 12th at 6pm CET and each day we will post the current highest bid on this page. Note that there will not be any correspondence via email. Only the highest bidder will receive a notification. You can learn more about the school's project here."
Following the "Anomima" album from back in 2013, Chaostar has a new release locked and loaded to come out next year. The band comments:
"We are happy to announce that the new Chaostar album is already recorded Zero Gravity Studios! Here is a glimpse into the exhausting nonetheless invigorating recording sessions! Now the mix is on its way! More news to be announced!"
For those who missed it the first time around, Chaostar is a neoclassical outfit / world music project from Septicflesh mainman Christos Antoniou. More...
Just in time to ring in the holiday hardcore industrial metal bells, Skumlove’s new release "Sinister Minister" on EMP Label Group should be on the top of your list for who’s naughty.
This latest album as has stirred up loads of controversy with its suggestive lyrics and sexually fueled album cover. Get a taste with a video for the "Disease" single below.
LA, California based band Skumlove continues to infect the local music scene with a special brand of industrial filth, having toured throughout the years with notable acts such as Hanzel Und Gretyl, GodHead, The Genitorturers, Type O Negative, Prong and many others.
Skumlove entered the studio once again with Roman Marisak (Prong/Professional Murder Music) to produce the new project. Skum enlisted longtime comrades Tommy Victor (Prong/Danzig), Burton C. Bell, Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Soulfly, Ministry), Michael Ciravolo (Human Drama, Gene Loves Jezabel), and Mark “Gemini” Thwaite (Peter Murphy, Gary Numan).
Seeking to create a harder, more guitar-driven album, the group recorded 9 contagious songs piquing the interest of Bill Metoyer, veteran producer and former VP of Metal Blade. Metoyer mastered the now named "Sinister Minister" album. Gaining interest from Dave Ellefson (Megdeth), for his new label EMP Label Group, it was not long until Skumlove was signed and ready to release this year’s heavy hitting new release world-wide. More...
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Chicagoan metal/hardcore unit Harm's Way. Currently writing the follow-up to 2015's "Rust," Harm's Way is expected to release a fourth full-length and Metal Blade Records debut in 2017.
Harm's Way comments: "We are very excited to be working with Metal Blade Records. Their longstanding history in the alternative music community speaks volumes. To join a roster of such highly influential artists is truly an honor. We look forward to the next steps we will be taking as a band on both personal and artistic levels. "
Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel adds, "Super excited to be working with Harm's Way! We welcome them to the Metal Blade family. I have been a fan since Chris Santos turned me onto them!" More...
John Baizley of Baroness just issued this statement regarding the band being nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy award:
“What a surreal morning it has been. I was wakened at 5 a.m. by a massive influx of messages and emails, after 2 days without sleep, on tour in New Zealand and Australia to find out ‘Shock Me’ has been nominated for a Grammy.
"I’m astounded that this happened, and psyched to see that our friends in Gojira are present on the list as well. It’s been an overwhelming year, touring this record, and I’m extremely proud of my friends/bandmates and the whole Baroness family for the dedication and sacrifice that it took to write, record, and release Purple. Thank you, whoever you are that considered us for the nomination.”
Baroness released "Purple," the band’s fourth album now boasting the Grammy-nominated song “Shock Me,” in December of 2015 via Abraxan Hymns. The band is in the midst of an Australian tour, playing tonight at The Triffid in Brisbane. John Baizley was also recently confirmed as the curator of Roadburn Festival 2017.
December 8 Brisbane, Australia The Triffid
December 9 St. Kilda, Australia The Prince Bandroom
December 10 Meredith, Australia Meredith Music Festival
December 12 Adelaide, Australia The Gov
December 13 Perth, Australia Amplifier Bar
April 21 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn Festival More...
Swiss heavy rock act Ephedra revealed the cover artwork, track list and new single from the upcoming new album “Can'-Ka No Rey.” The album is due out via Argonauta Records on January 20th. Save on the album price by pre-ordering using the code “SAVE 20%” at this location.
As a first taste, the band is streaming the new single "Bad Hair Day," which can be heard in the player below.
The album's title was taken from a place within Stephen King’s Fantasy Saga “The Dark Tower" and features stunning space melodies refueled with kerosene for a final result that is described as a perfect blend of Karma To Burn meet Dozer.
The track list for the album is:
1. Vicious Circle
2. Bad Hair Day
3. Mother Stone
4. Cornfield Disaster
5. Monday Morning
6. Metamorphosis Calypso
7. Coco Mango Soup
8. Happy Threesome
9. Road Trip
10. Barstool Philosophy
12. Southern Love More...
Maltese brutal death metal act Beheaded premiered a video clip for the new song "Beast Incarnate" over at Decibel Magazine's website at this location (also in the player below). The song is the title track from the upcoming new album which is expected for release via Unique Leader on January 27th.
The infernal, eight-track production draws upon the brutal and melodic approach to the band's 2012-issued, critically-championed "Never To Dawn" long player. Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, "Beast Incarnate" comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits -- drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo - and truly stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
As a precursor to its release, the visual companion to the record's title track is available now. The band commented: "When music is enriched with literature, imagery, colors, and visuals that reflect its essence, it is able to deliver a deeper, more profound immersive visual and aural experience. That is precisely what the video for the album title track 'Beast Incarnate' does. Using all these elements we have worked very closely with Very Metal Art in graphically creating and capturing the character and lifeblood of Beast Incarnate. The music video comes to outline the attributes of Mediterranean death metal - hard hitting and drilling in the psyche. Musically drawing upon the very roots of the band's earliest material and molded from a quarter of a century since Beheaded's inception. Beast Incarnate cements twenty-five years of extreme music with an imprint of the band's present signature sound."
The track list for "Beast Incarnate" is as follows:
1. Beast Incarnate
2. The Horror Breathes
3. Crossing the House of Knives
4. Reign of the Headless King
5. The Black Death
6. Cursed Mediterranean
7. Fid-dlam ta' dejjem
8. Punishment of the Grave
Check out the video here: More...
Italian symphonic metal act Souls Of Diotima proudly announced the first leg of the "Gold & The New Horizons" European Tour for January 2017.
The tour comes in support of the latest concept album "The Sorceress Reveals - Atlantis," which was issued back in June via Rockshots Records.
Confirmed dates and venues are as follows:
19.01.17 - St Georgen - Fumreif - AUS
20.01.17. - Trimmelkam - Sakog - AUS
21.01.17 - Velika Plan - Drum Club - SER
23.01.17 - Pit - Bellinzona - SWI
24.01.17 - Smile Cafè - Liege - BE
25.01.17 - Rodewisch - Ars-Vitae - GER
26.01.17 - The Cave - Amsterdam - NL
27.01.17 - B52 - Eernegem - BE
28.01.17. - L'Excalibur - Reims - FR
29.01.17 - The One - Milan - IT More...
Australia's Aversions Crown released the first in a series of trailers for the upcoming album "Xenocide," which will be released on the 20th of January via Nuclear Blast. In the clip, vocalist Mark Poida talks about joining the band, the album's lyrical themes and title.
"Xenocide" was tracked by Adam Merker at Studio Anders Debeerz in Brisbane and mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis from Audio Hammer.
The track listing will be as follows:
2. Prismatic Abyss
3. The Soulless Acolyte
7. The Oracles Of Existence
8. Cynical Entity
9. Stillborn Existence
10. Cycles of Haruspex
Check out the clip here: More...
Metal Church issued a new video clip for the song "Needle And Suture." The song appears on the latest album "XI," which marked the triumphant return of Mike Howe to vocals. Check out our review of the album at this location.
Metal Church will be headlining ProgPower USA XVIII Day 2 on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Check out the video here:
Sweden's Year Of the Goat released a lyric video for the cover of Francoise Hardy's "Song Of Winter." The song will be available as a limited edition golden vinyl LP with the b-side track "Strange Shadows" on December 9th via Napalm Records. Pre-order your copy at this location.
The band commented on the song here: "For many years Francoise Hardy has been part of our playlist while on the road. As soon as Song Of Winter played the thought that we really should do a cover of it at some point always presented itself. Lyrically we find it going very well with the theme of our first album and also with the one we’re planning at the moment. The B-side on the other hand lyrically draws more towards our second album 'The Unspeakable.' One could probably say that the wonderful and talented Francoise Hardy is helping us build a bridge between our last album and the one to come."
Check out "Song Of Winter" here: More...
Black Hole Generator debuts another new music video for "Moloch", off the band's new album "A Requiem For Terra", out now via Dark Essence Records in CD, vinyl and digital formats.
The creative force behind Black Hole Generator is Vulture Industries' main man and long-time Taake producer Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Guitarist Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) of Enslaved and Audrey Horne, plus Gjermund Fredheim (Taake/Orkan) contributing lead guitars on three tracks, as well as additional guitars by Dag Terje Andersen complete the lineup.
Check out now "Moloch" below.
Swedish black / death outfit Omnizide debuts a new song entitled "Deathwomb", taken from the forthcoming new album "NekroRegime", which will be out in stores December 16 via Carnal Records in Europe and Daemon Worship Productions in the U.S.
NekroRegime was recorded and mixed by Erik Hagelberg at DeathWomb Studio in the winter of 2015/2016. The album was mastered by Jona Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studio.
Check out now "Deathwomb" below.
We’ve included the new album's title track for you as well below: More...
Brutal death metal/slam powerhouse Cranial Engorgement premieres the title track of the upcoming new album "Horrific Existence", which will be out in stores February 10, 2017, via Gore House Productions (both CD and Digital).
Check out now "Horrific Existence" below.
Metalcore/Djent outfit Issues premieres a new music video for "Slow Me Down", taken from the band's latest album "Headspace", out in stores now via Rise Records.
Check out now "Slow Me Down" below.
A Loss For Words premieres a new song entitled "I Feel An Army In My Fist", taken from the upcoming new album "Crises", which will be out in stores December 27th via Rise Records. Comeback Kid vocalist/guitarist Andrew Neufeld lends his vocals to it.
Check out now "I Feel An Army In My Fist" below.