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Following a stream of advance teasers, today all of the "Becoming Madness" EP from New York hardcore unit Manipulate comes online and can be heard below.
"Becoming Madness" was captured during the Summer of 2015 by Jeff "Stress" Davis at Chopshop Studios, with vocals recorded by John Grant at Madhouse NYC. Mixing was handled by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios, and mastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
The five-track bruiser will see official detonation on February 12th via Flatspot Records in a limited vinyl run of 500 in two color variations - 350 black and 150 gold/black - as well as digitally. Pre-orders are online here. More...
Finnish modern metal band Volymian just inked a deal with Maple Metal Records to release debut album "Maze Of Madness" on April 15th.
Volymian was founded in 2008 and the band went through various member changes before settling down with the sextet that recorded “Maze of Madness.” Most recently, vocalist Markku Kuikka (Status Minor, The Ragged Saints, Kenziner) joined the band in 2015 for the new album. Previously the band had recorded 3 EPs with a different vocalist.
“Maze of Madness” was recorded at Artlab Studio in Helsinki and produced by Volymian. The album was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Epica, Amaranthe) in Denmark, who comments: "Volymian is great! I’m very impressed with the performances and song writing. Excellent stuff they’ve got going."
The album cover artwork was designed by Satu Velasco and the "Maze Of Madness" track listing is as follows:
2. Line of Fire
3. Inside Out
4. Under a Million Stars
5. Maze of Madness
6. Empty Room
7. Damnation of Love
10. Wasted Years More...
Last week, All Hail The Yeti re-issued the band's 2012 breakout self-titled album via Minus Head Records, reintroducing listeners to a potent blend of groove, stoner, and hardcore metal.
At the time of its original release, AHTY fans were promised that a track on the record would conceptually tie into the band's next album, teased for release this year. Four years of brainstorming, several important line-up changes and hundreds of shows performed later, the wait is over.
All Hail The Yeti will release new concept album, entitled "Screams From A Black Wilderness," on April 8th, 2016 via Minus Head Records. Based on classic campfire-circle horror stories, the album presents a different story with each track. Pre-orders are up now here and the track listing is as follows:
1. Before The Flames
2. Plague Dance
3. Let The Night Roar
4. Mr. Murder (feat. Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists)
5. Lady Of The Night
6. Witch Is Dead
7. Daughter Of The Morning Star
8. Sun Will Never Set
9. Fall Of Core
10. Breaking On The Wheel
11. Nemesis Queen
12. Angels Envy More...
Argentina's Infernal Curse recently revealed that second album "Apocalipsis" is set for international release on February 26th via Iron Bonehead Productions.
Today new track "Litanies Unto Djinn" comes online and can be heard below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
1. o ov soahX
2. Litanies Unto Djinn
3. Sin Of Iblis
4. Nasheed Al Mut
6. Fragments Of Annihilation
8. Upon Death He Dwells
9. Etreum More...
Art Gates Records is proud to announce the signing of Omnikage to its international roster family, commenting:
"The band takes origin in 2009, it was a Sunday afternoon when the name OmniKage was written for the first time; the 5 members of the band were discussing the best way to explain their emotions. A mix of anger, frustration, hope, love, power and freedom. They understood that the solution could be to put people and their universe in a cage, Omnia - Kage.
"This five-pieced line up is inspired by very different influences, such as electronics, Nu Metal, Jazz and Bluesm Classic Heavy Metal vibes and Old School Death & Thrash Metal. Last November Omnikage were in Russia supporting Fear Factory on their tour."
Omnikage also had this to say about the signing announcement: “We’re very excited and thankful to start this collaboration with AGR; we think that they will be an important step for our growth. Can’t wait to start working together and reach our goals.”
Omnikage will release the "Acceptance" album in April 2016, with more news coming soon. More...
Pogavranjen’s third full-length, "Jedva Cekam Da Nikad Ne Umrem" (translates to: “Looking Forward to Never Dying”), is streaming now in full below.
The album will see the light of day via Poland’s Arachnophobia Records on February 15th, 2016 and the full track listing is as follows:
6. Olam Ha-Ba More...
Iowa-based powerhouse For Today will hit European shores in April in order to support latest album "Wake" after wrapping up U.S. shows running through the end of February. Commented singer Mattie Montgomery:
"We are so excited to finally get back to Europe again. To all the fans who have been asking us to come over these last couple years: We'll see you soon!"
The "Wake" album was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Catch these upcoming For Today tour dates: More...
Following a few months off the road after U.S. tour dates with Mutoid Man, Sweet Cobra will next take part in a North American package tour alongside Bloodiest and Electric Hawk.
Chicago-based power trio Sweet Cobra will be touring in support of the Magic Bullet Records-released "Earth" LP. The tour runs from its kickoff in Detroit on March 3rd, with shows in Detroit, Toronto, Syracuse, Montreal, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Cleveland before a hometown throwdown closing the tour out on March 12th.
3/03/2016 Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
3/04/2016 Toronto, ON - The Hard Luck
3/05/2016 Syracuse, NY - Gorham Brothers Music
3/06/2016 Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
3/07/2016 Brooklyn, NY - St. Vitus Bar
3/08/2016 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
3/09/2016 Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
3/10/2016 Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter
3/11/2016 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class (early show)
3/12/2016 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle More...
Italian psychedelic post metal outfit Jordaan today reveals the cover artwork and first single from new album "Theoretic," due to be released April 15th, 2016 on CD/DD formats through Argonauta Records.
The song "Radius and Construction of a Mixtilinear Circle Z" is a track where great latitudes and deep space moods collide to generate a unique trip made of psychedelic and atmospheric structures. Listen in below. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Over Quantum Paradox
5. Ramona Flowers
6. The Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction
7. Radius and Construction of a Mixtilinear Circle Z More...
Battleground Records has confirmed April 1st for the release of the devastating split LP from Denver slow burners Oryx and Tucson grind rippers Languish, and today a brand new track from the Oryx side has been let out of the cage with a premiere of "The Singularity."
An ultra-murky quagmire of low-end psychedelic thunder is what to expect with the lumbering track. Listen in below.
Created in the tradition of classic underground split releases of the '90s where grindcore, powerviolence, punk, crust, sludge, and noise acts paired together, the Oryx / Languish split LP will see release through Battleground Records on April 1st.
The split is coming in a run of 300 copies on 180-gram black wax including a digital download. Preorders will be released in the coming days. More...
Following last week's packed out U.K. arena tour, Black Stone Cherry has now unveiled a video for "In Our Dreams," the first single taken from forthcoming fifth studio album, "Kentucky," which is set for an April 1st elease via the Mascot Label Group.
The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world named Hydros and ruled by a nefarious leader. While the band plays, the tale unfolds of two sisters separated in this society by a class structure. They're eventually reunited when a revolt topples the system and they escape to a new life above water.
Black Stone Cherry comments: "We're so proud of this video as visually it's a direction we really haven't taken before. We wanted a powerful performance with a very unique narrative and we believe we've achieved it! We hope y'all enjoy!"
Drummer John Fred Young elaborates: "We wanted the video for 'In Our Dreams' to bring the songs lyrics to life. Director Kyle Cogan helped us to forge new ground, visually. His unique sci-fi storyline of two sisters, tragically separated into two social classes in an oppressed underwater civilization run by an evil leader, accompanied the lyrics so well, and metaphorically, the story feels like it relates to current world circumstances." More...
California's heavy psych kings from Earthless have announced a string of North American tour dates that will launch directly following the band's March 12th performance at the 2016 Levitation Chicago Festival.
The group, currently hard at work on a fourth studio LP, continues to tour in support of the "From the Ages" album, a record hailed as "a trip worth taking" by Pitchfork and "sky-scraping" by Spin. In additional Earthless news, the band has released a new song titled "End to End," which can be heard below.
March 12 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (as part of Levitation Chicago w/ Chelsea Wolfe)
March 14 Toronto, ON Lee's Place
March 15 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
March 16 Boston, MA The Sinclair
March 17 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
March 18 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
March 19 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
March 20 Washington, DC DC9
March 21 Columbus, OH Ace Of Cups More...
Up and coming Cincinnati area death metal band Verment is set to release new EP "Death's Domain" on April 1st, 2016. The EP features 7 tracks of crushing death metal that is firmly rooted in the old shool while still having a modern twist.
1. Casket Fever
2. Amon's Wrath
3. Wings of Bone
4. Vile Incisions
5. Obsolescence Reality
6. Chemical Indoctrination
7. Parade of Filth
The band - featuring bassist Eric Payne (War Curse) - will also open for Rivers Of Nihil on March 3rd, 2016. More...
We've been posting news on an Iranian outfit titled Confess for a few years, and it appears the band has now gotten into hot water with the authorities. MetalNationRadio.ca posted this message online about the situation:
"Metal Community… On behalf of the band Confess (Iran), I am making this post public in the hope that it will go viral. I have spoken many times and in depth regarding the dangers of being a metal musician from the middle east. I would often use Confess as an example when describing the perils one would face by playing music.
"They are a talented thrash band that risked it all to pursue their hopes and dreams of one day being able to leave their land and share their music/stories with the world. Because of their heavy-handed religious rule, many countries in the Middle East view rock and metal as the devil’s music. In many cases the musicians or those who just listen to the music risk being jailed and in some cases executed for it. I have always feared that one day one of the bands I promote from there would end up in such a position.
"Well… that time arrived for Nikan Siyanor Khosravi and Khosravi Arash Chemical Ilkhani of Confess. This evening I received a message from a friend of the band (who will remain unnamed to protect their identity) that I found to be alarming. According to the message, they have been jailed in their country for playing heavy metal, owning an independent record label and for communicating with foreign radio stations. More...
Read the full article at MetalNationRadio.
Pop metal sextet Alesana has released part two of the "Comedy of Errors" music video/mini-movie. Check out this half of the video below, while the previous clip is online here.
The conclusion of this chapter highlights a critical turning point of The Annabel Trilogy. "Comedy of Errors" (from the new full-length, "Confessions") and it's accompanying video series is complete with storyline of love, mystery, and time travel.
"Today is the day my inbox will stop being flooded with 'where is part two?!'," says guitarist/vocalist Shawn Milke. "Director Justin Reich knocked this out of the park. It is always a pleasure to work with him and to watch his creative eye bring our characters to life was a wonderful experience. The video does a great job of answering questions while still leaving plenty of ambiguity as we get closer to the release of the full written story. May the emptiness continue to haunt you." More...
Today the blackened metal outfit Skeletonwitch – which will join Abbath, High On Fire and Tribulation on this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour – officially welcomes Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) as the band's new vocalist.
Last month, the group recorded a new EP (due to be released this summer) with Clemans at Baltimore’s Developing Nations alongside producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Noisem, Mutilation Rites). A brief teaser of new music can be heard in the below video, in which Clemans discusses how he came to join the band.
“I’m very proud to be a part of the Skeletonwitch amp, and I’m very excited about how the new EP turned out,” says Clemans. “Working with like-minded musicians is always a pleasure, and I’m confident that the new chapter of this band will carry the Skeletonwitch banner properly and proudly.”
Adds guitarist Scott Hedrick, “We are extremely excited to announce Adam as the new singer for Skeletonwitch. He’s a killer vocalist, lyricist, and all-around creative force. Please welcome him to the Skeletonwitch family as we begin this new chapter. As always, thanks to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.” More...
Today sees the release of an official Inglorious video for the song "Unaware," which can be seen below. The song is taken from the U.K. outfit's self-titled debut album, due out on February 19th via Frontiers Music Srl.
The album can be pre-ordered at iTunes and on Amazon. All digital pre-orders include instant grat track downloads of "Until I Die," "Breakaway," and "High Flying Gypsy," "Girl Got a Gun," and "Unaware."
Draconian just issued this announcement online about parting ways with the band's decade-long bassist:
"We have some sad news and some good news from the Draconian camp. First of all, we regretfully need to say farewell to Fredrik Johansson, our longtime friend, a positive light and fellow musician in the Horde since 'The Burning Halo' era... Fredrik has decided to leave the band in order to spend more time with his family and he doesn't want to frustrate the band’s intention to achieve its goals playing more shows, tours and to move forward.
"With a very sad heart we must say goodbye and we shall truly miss you, Fredrik. You bridged our gaps in many ways, and in us you'll always find your faithful friends. Always consider yourself a part of Draconian and if you need us we’ll be there for you. All the delightful memories we share is forever! Thank you for everything, Fredrik.
"On a happier note we’d like to congratulate our drummer Jerry Torstensson and partner Janaina to their new born baby girl. Jerry will therefore sit out on upcoming shows in Greece and the European tour to be with his family. The drums on the upcoming events will be handled by no other than Tarald Lie from Tristania. The bass will be mastered by Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix, Hearts of Black Science, ISON). See you soon." More...
North Carolina post hardcore outfit Ghosts Again has released a new single and music video for "Les Enfants Terribles," taken off a forthcoming EP set to release late this spring.
Vocalist Alex Cortright commented on the new track:"'Les Enfants Terribles' is a song about losing your home and just trying to get away from the toxic things of your past. Something I think a lot of people can relate to. This track was also one of the first songs we sat down together to write for the upcoming record and it was there, that I think we really found our sound, and where we wanted to take the rest of the EP." More...
For over two decades, Sourvein front-man T-Roy has managed to keep the roving pirate ship that is his band afloat through sheer will alone.
Pushing through poverty, the deaths of friends and family, bouts of severe depression, periods of alcohol abuse, and an absence of the stability provided by a consistent record label, T-Roy has over the course of two decades managed to build the band into a force in the metal, doom, sludge, and crust underground.
Over twenty long dues-paying years later, Sourvein has at long last found a proper home for the doom-laden Southern noise with Metal Blade Records. The band's upcoming full-length and Metal Blade debut, "Aquatic Occult," will reveal itself to the masses on April 8th.
Pre-orders for the album begin today at this location. Below you can stream track three from "Aquatic Occult," titled "Ocypuss". The track features guest vocals from long-time supporter and Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe, as well as a guest performance by Mike Dean (bass) and Reed Mullin (drums) of Corrosion of Conformity.
Aside from Blythe, Dean and Mullin, the album features additional guest performances from musicians Stig Miller (Amebix), Keith Kirkum (ex-Weedeater), Dean Berry (Iron Monkey), Dave Capps (All Tore Up), Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin (Subrig Destroyer), and Kevin Rochelle (Sea of Tyrants). Reed Mullin performs drums on all but four album tracks. The album's track listing is:
1. Tempest (Of Desire) (feat. Stig Miller)
2. Avian Dawn
3. Ocypuss (feat. Randy Blythe, Mike Dean)
4. Aquanaut (feat. Dean Berry)
5. Hymn to Poseidon
8. In the Wind
9. Cape Fearian
10. Capsized (feat. Dave Capps)
11. High Tide
12. Bermuda Sundown (feat. Keith Kirkum)
13. Coral Bones
14. Oceanic Procession (feat. Stig Miller, Randy Blythe on organ) More...
Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, October Tide spawned two cult releases - "Rain Without End" (1997) and "Grey Dawn" (1999) - before going on hiatus for over 11 years.
Reunited in 2009, and since 2015 with a new full-time drummer Jocke Wallgren (Valkyrja, Astrophobos), the Swedes continue to push their vision of melodic death/doom metal to the next level.
Executed with passion, the band's new album "Winged Waltz" is a showcase of what talent and expertise can bring to the table. Alexander Högbom (vocals) comments on the new album:
"This is undoubtedly the best and most emotionally charged material October Tide has created, in my opinion. I know how much hard work Fredrik (guitars) has put into making this album and you can really feel the thought behind it all. I almost injured myself physically and was close to pass out a couple of times during the recording of the vocals. I gave it all to match the intense music and those powerful lyrics and I'm very happy with the result." More...
On March 11th, the German thrashers from Accuser will release new full-length, "The Forlorn Divide," via Metal Blade Records worldwide.
For a preview of the album, check out "Impending Doom" below. The full track listing for "The Forlorn Divide" is as follows:
U.K. band Discharge signed to Nuclear Blast late last year and now the time has come to unleash a new studio album on an unsuspecting world. The "End Of Days" arrives April 29th, 2016. Discharge commented:
"So here it is the ‘End Of Days’... 15 brand-new tracks. The first day we entered the studio we kept hearing all over the media that there was a blood moon that night, and certain religious groups were reporting that it was the ‘End Of Days.’
"It seemed a natural title for the album given the lyrical content of the songs and the state of the world today, so it stuck with us. Regression has been the basis of this album, opposed to 'progression’.? We really cut it down to basics on this one, quite a few songs under two minutes long... we're all really pleased with it. Play loud!" More...
Portland's Red Fang has announced a new run of North American dates this coming April, which will see the band playing venues across the U.S. West Coast and British Columbia with support from Golden Void, Bison, and Black Wizard on select dates.
Red Fang recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S. performances. The also band returns to the studio later this month, recording the follow-up to "Whales & Leeches" with famed producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, The Cure, Sepultura) and with mixing handled by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Melvins, Tool).
Red Fang will trek from Portland to Robinson's Venice, California studio with two shows en route: Feb. 17 at Jub Jub’s in Reno and Feb. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. See these upcoming Red Fang tour dates: More...
Haken is pleased to announce the release of "Affinity," the band's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2013's "The Mountain" (reviewed here) on April 29th, 2016.
Recorded during the winter months of 2015, "Affinity" marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains: "It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken's sound."
The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. "He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception," remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.
Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals at one one of the album's twists and turns. The full track listing is as follows:
1. affinity.exe [1:24]
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29] More...
Belgium's death metal warriors of Exuviated just announced they will be joining Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Abiotic and Infernal Tenebra on their second leg of "The Tyrants Of Death 2016 European Tour".
See the band live on the following dates below:
13.03.2016 - HOL - Utrecht - De Helling
14.03.2016 - GER - Kassel - Kulturzentrum K19
16.03.2016 - CH - Aarau - KiFF
17.03.2016 - CH - Sion - Le Port Franc
18.03.2016 - GER - Oberhausen - Helvete Metal Club
19.03.2016 - GER - Rheine - Hypothalamus
20.03.2016 - HOL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
21.03.2016 - DEN - Esbjerg - Tobakken
22.03.2016 - DEN - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
23.03.2016 - SWE - Malmoe - Moriska Paviljongen
Chicago beatdown/hardcore metal outfit Drowning premieres a new song entitled "Dead End" featuring Kublai Khan vocalist Matt Honeycutt on guest vocals. The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Egotrip", which will be out in stores February 26th through Fast Break!.
Check out now "Dead End" below.
Comments Drowning frontman Bryan Grantz: More...
Nuclear Blast Records' finnish thrash metal outfit Lost Society premieres a new free, digital single entitled "Braindead", brought to you by Scion Audio Visual in partnership with Skybound Entertainment.
Check out now "Braindead" below.
Nightkin - featuring Mike "Gunface" McKenzie of The Red Chord fame and former The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Zach Gibson in the lineup - premieres a new song titled "Fear Of The Light", taken from the upcoming new album "Oath Of Elucidation", which will be out in stores February 23rd.
Check out now "Fear Of The Light" below.