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Corrosion of Conformity is one band that could never be found guilty of releasing the same album over and over again. One reason for that is the group has experienced many lineup changes. With each lineup change comes a different sound. Their career can be broken down into periods—each period with a succinct sound. Mike Dean (bass/vocals), Woody Weatherman (guitar) and Reed Mullin (drums) have been the core members of C.O.C. since their hardcore punk rock inception in the early eighties, although all three members have left the band and returned sometime throughout the band’s history.
Starting as a hardcore punk band, C.O.C. released two LPs, “Eye for an Eye” (1984) and “Animosity” (1985) and the “Technocracy” EP (1986). Each record featured a different singer such as Eric Eycke (“Eye For An Eye”), Mike Dean (“Animosity”) and Simon Bob Sinister (“Technocracy.”) They brought in Karl Agell to man the mic on their next recording “Blind” (1991). This album showed a transition from punk to metal and also introduced the singer of their next four albums, Pepper Keenan.
On “Blind,” Keenan sang on the track “Vote with a Bullet,” and was the sole singer on the following albums, “Deliverance” (1994), “Wiseblood” (1996), “America’s Volume Dealer” (2000) and “In the Arms of God” (2005), which saw a greater reliance on heavy blues and southern rock. The band also received its greatest commercial achievement with the “Deliverance” album. After being on hiatus for a few years, the group returned in 2012 with their self-titled effort. This album marked the return of three-piece lineup that comprised the punk-addled “Animosity” record—Dean, Mullin and Weatherman. In addition to the self-titled effort, the three created another full-length “IX” (2014) and the “Megalodon” EP (2012). Although these albums were punky, they still retain much of the groove of the Keenan years.
Back in the spring, Mullin got with Karl Agell to tour as the “Blind” package, which the group performed the said album. Even more recently, Pepper Keenan rejoined Mullin, Weatherman and Dean for tours such as their U.S. jaunt with old buddies, Clutch. Now, the group has a contract with Nuclear Blast records to record another album with Keenan. Before starting another tour with a killer stoner rock package that includes Saviors, Mothership and Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, the band stopped off in San Antonio, Texas to play Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival. Woody Weatherman and Reed Mullin were kind enough to lend a few minutes of their busy schedule to talk about C.O.C.’s history, current tours and what the future holds. More...
Coming February 5th, 2016 on Vitriol Records, Los Angeles band Ghostlimb presents its fifth full-length album: "Difficult Loves." Stream new Ghostlimb track "Treason Fluently" taken off the album in the player below.
Ghostlimb is the trio fronted by Justin Smith, owner of Vitriol Records and mastermind behind Graf Orlock, the movie-obsessed grinders whose new album "Crime Traveler" is also scheduled for a February 5th release on Vitriol. While Graf Orlock mines the language and symbols of Hollywood to create its concept-heavy music, Ghostlimb is Smith's more direct, personal outlet.
In Smith's words: "I feel like 'Difficult Loves' is the most developed in what we have sought to do over the last ten years. True to form, it is about history, politics, and environmental stuff but it brings in a lot more from the literary realm. The title of the record is from an Italo Calvino book. It is about glimpses into normal peoples' lives – more about capturing a feeling than being a crusader of some dialectical change."
New album "Difficult Loves" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Beau Navire). The track listing is as follows:
1. A Gobi of Suburbs
2. Sense of Place
3. Hostility Compelling
4. Wall of Books
5. Difficult Loves
7. Folds in the Sheets
9. Addressee Relocated to Cemetery
10. Treason Fluently
11. Life's Blood More...
From time to time, the metal scene gives birth to challenging bands, and the Netherlands' Villainy is one of those artists who have been willing to explore new extreme metal shores with great balance, and without compromising the mood and utter darkness initially offered.
Now Villainy presents second full-length album, "Villainy II: Dim," set for North American release on February 12th, 2016 via Listenable Records.
Villainy's new album features three chapters. Each chapter has a different conceptual twist to the same philosophical questions - essentially, life in all its forms. The variety in musical styles and lyrics are part of this concept. Check out the song "Nebulous Chasm" below, while the full album's track listing is as follows:
1. A Familiar Wind
2. Nebulous Chasm
5. Only I Have the Light of Lights
7. The Soul Is Untouched
8. Inside Her Hide and Fire
9. And the Gold of Rebirth
10. Herschapen More...
Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present a special vinyl pressing of Eucharist's "Demise Rites" demo collection, set for international release on November 27th. Today you can stream the whole record below.
Comprising two cassettes from 2011 - the selfsame "Demise Rites" debut and "Tenebrous Summoning" from later that year, both limited to 50 copies but only half of which were circulated on dubbed tapes and Xeroxed covers - the full six-track compilation of "Demise Rites" introduced this solitary Australian to the metal underground with an air of mystery and malignancy.
However, the label that released the "Demise Rites" compilation folded in 2012 not long after its release, which was limited to only 100 copies. Now, immortalized on vinyl, Eucharist shall have its rightful opportunity to infect more listeners worldwide and with ever more diseased tones than before. The track listing is: More...
Today, with all mockery intended, Hells Headbangers sets December 25th as the international release date for Gravewurm's "Doomed to Eternity." Check out advance track "The One True Soul Of Darkness Below."
Gravewurm (not to be confused with Graveworm) is one of America's longest-running black/death cults, and "Doomed to Eternity" is the band's 11th album, picking up where last year's "Abyss Sorcery" left off. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Shining Night Gleam
2. Fangs of the Serpent
3. The Abyss Calls and I Shall Answer
4. Sepulchral Sorceress
5. Bury My Coffin
6. Ancient Storms of War
7. Soul Stalker
8. The Wolves of Isengard
9. Lair of the Gravewurm
10. Doomed to Eternity
11. The One True Soul of Darkness More...
Spoken has released a music video for the track "Falling Apart" taken off upcoming record "Breathe Again" (due out December 11th on Artery Recordings).
"Falling Apart" is the 2nd single to be released from the album following title track "Breathe Again" (featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) which was released earlier this year.
The band comments: "'Falling Apart' was produced by Cameron Mizell and recorded at Chango Studios in Glendale, Arizona. The video was directed by Sam Link of Collapse Studios and filmed in Columbia, Tennessee at a graveyard for business signs. We were fortunate enough to have Trevor Sarver from The Wedding fill in for the video, which helped us out a lot because he is such a stud and has great hair.
"'Falling Apart' is about our past. We all have a one whether we like it or not. If our past currently affects our future, its no longer our past, Its our present which shapes our future. We can’t let our past define us, instead we need to set new goals and ambitions for our lives, free from the insecurities and doubt which cases us to fall apart." More...
The Swedish heavy metal heroes from Enforcer are proud to announce their 2016 From Beyond Latin America tour!
The band will start the year with an extensive U.S. tour that launches on January 5th in New York City, followed by 23 dates across Latin America that will begin on February 21st in Mexico City and wrap up in Cali, Columbia on March 23rd. Full dates are available below.
"We are very excited to make our return to South America," the band commented. "After the killer USA/Canada run we have coming up, it will be a long trip but worth every minute to play for you. See you all very soon." More...
Currently on tour with Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, and Intronaut, progressive metal outfit Native Construct has released a new video for the track "Mute," taken from recently released debut, "Quiet World" (reviewed here).
Directed by David S. Brodsky/MyGoodEye, the video can be viewed below. See the band live on these remaining tour dates:
Nov. 25 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
Nov. 27 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Nov. 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Dec. 1 - Scottsdale, AZ - Livewire
Dec. 2 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Dec. 3 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Dec. 4 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
Dec. 5 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
Dec. 6 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Dec. 8 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Dec. 10 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Dec. 11 - Ottawa, ON - Bronson Centre
Dec. 12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Dec. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
Dec. 15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Dec. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Dec. 17 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore More...
Following the premiere of "Fatal Illusion" last month (and still streaming here), Megadeth has launched another track from upcoming album "Dystopia."
Check out new song "The Threat Is Real" over at the Megadeth official website here.
Upcoming album "Dystopia" arrives January 22, 2016 and follows the 2013 full-length release "Super Collider." The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Threat Is Real
3. Fatal Illusion
4. Death from Within
5. Bullet to the Brain
6. Post American World
7. Poisonous Shadows
8. Conquer or Die
9. Lying in State
10. The Emperor
11. Foreign Policy (Fear cover)
France's Ellipse just unveiled a new track from upcoming debut full-length “À Nos Traîtres,”which is set for release on December 12th via Finisterian Dead End. Listen in to "Ascension" below.
“À Nos Traîtres” was recorded and mixed by Arthur Lauth at Brown Bear Recording and mastered by Ronan Cloarec at Masterlab Systems. The full track listing is as follows:
6. A Nos Traîtres
8. Dans La Gueule Du Loup
12. La Chute More...
Christmas is drawing near, and Tobias Sammet has got his Nutcracker suit on already! If you listen to the Tobias Sammet Rockshow on Radio Bob this coming December 9th you will get a world-exclusive pre-listening of the new Avantasia une.
On December 11th the single will also be digitally available from iTunes and other platforms officially. The nutcracker aka Tobi comments:
"'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' is a song I originally wrote with Meat Loaf in the back of my mind - but for some reason the collaboration didn't happen, so I did the song myself. The choirs alone took more than 40 hours to arrange and record - for a four minute song! That pretty much says it all. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing and 'More is more!' Have a great day!" More...
The Aussie sci-fi shredders from Aversions Crown are back in January after a busy 2015. The new year will see Aversions Crown playing to audiences for a first ever headline run on European soil.
Vocalist Mark Poida comments: “Europe and UK, we cannot wait to come back and shred with you guys this January! We’ve got Rings OF Saturn and A Night In Texas along to bring the heavy and will have some brutal new jams for you! See you in the pit." More...
The early 90s saw some exciting innovations within extreme music, and Toronto's Soulstorm was at the forefront of some genre-defining and defying times.
Band mainman, Nick Sagias, having disbanded Overthrow - as well as honing his chops within the ranks of the mighty Pestilence - threw caution to the wind and helped pioneer a musical movement that fused death metal with industrial overtones, sounding like a cross between Ministry, Swans, Godflesh, Celtic Frost and Obituary.
Soulstorm has now returned with "Devils Music (Part 1)," a precursor to a forthcoming all original full-length, paying tribute to many of the bands that have influenced Soulstorm through the course of its storied career. "Devil's Music (Part 1)" includes covers from Celtic Frost, Godflesh, Swans, Ministry, Paradise Lost and many more. You can stream the album below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Return To The Eve (Celtic Frost)
2. Cold World (Godflesh)
3. Eternal (Paradise Lost)
4. Stay Here (Swans)
5. Yu Gung (Einstuerzende Neubauten)
6. Breathe (Ministry)
7. Inflammator (Pitchshifter)
8. Primal (2015)
9. Nothingness (Dub)
10. Endless Human Failure (Dub)
11. Stranglehold (Dub)
12. Pulp (Bonus Track)
13. Stranglehold (Erosion Cycle Noise Mix - Bonus Track) More...
The New Black is gearing up to release "A Monster's Life" this coming February 26th, 2016 via AFRM Records. Produced by Jacob Hansen, the cover art and track listing for "A Monster's Life" can be seen below.
1. Long Time Coming
2. Blockbuster Life
3. With A Grin
4. Send In The Clowns
5. Dead In The Water
6. Buddha Belly
7. The Beer Of No Return
8. A Pill Named Ting
10. That’s Your Poison, Not Mine More...
Prong today reveals the track listing for upcoming album "X - No Absolutes" that will drop on February 5th, 2016. Founder, vocalist and guitarist Tommy Victor also comments about the album:
"Prong is excited about the upcoming release of our tenth studio release of new material, 'X - No Absolutes.' It seems as though our recent records keep getting better and this new recording definitely appears to be a testament to this. Prong has maintained aggression while tackling the challenge of creating classic songs and anthems in the past, but we have gone even a step further with this mentality on 'No Absolutes.' Here you will find a collection of riff intensified crushers, furious barn burners, and fist pumping sing-a-longs.
"Also, this record exhibits even more technical proficiency, showing progress again on all fronts. We feel the listener needs to be excited about every lyric, performance, sound, etc. for the duration of the record. This record throws a powerful punch, yet we feel it to be memorable and in demand of future listens with it's energy, strong production and overall catchiness.
"Our themes on this record will certainly inspire some thought. Whether it be a dose of self discovery, a dialogue of a personal challenge or a viscous finger pointing at what we believe to be a falsehood, those attentive to messages and lyrics in general will be supplied. And we feel they will be compelled to shout aloud with, mimic a riff, sing along or cry out in pain with 'Prong X - No Absolutes!'" More...
Ohio metal group Denihilist just released a new music video for "It That Betrays" taken off upcoming EP "Eulogy," due to drop December 29th, 2015. Check it out below, and you can also pre-order the EP at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. It That Betrays
Laid In Stone has officially called it quits, with several members going on to form a new group. The band comments:
"To all of our family, friends and especially our fans, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that Laid in Stone is no more. This may come as shock to some of you, but shouldn't be a surprise to many of you.
"We haven't really been active since September of 2014, when our guitar player and good friend Trent decided to walk away from music altogether. We supported his decision, and continue to support his decision to this day, and he will always be a great friend to Kyle, Danny, and myself.
"But his departure left us at a crossroad. Do we continue playing music that we are only kind of passionate about in LIS or do we start a brand new project entirely, playing music that the three of us all enjoy? We chose the latter, hence why this band is no more.
"We want to thank everyone who has ever supported this band. It means the world to everyone who has ever been involved in LIS at one point or another, and we will always cherish the memories we have made touring around the country playing music for you all. That being said, if you are interested in checking out what Danny, Kyle and I have been working on for the past year, go to the My Own Will Facebook page and drop us a like!
"We will be releasing a brand new music video on Black Friday, with our debut EP 'Ghosts' dropping December 14th. This isn't Laid in Stone part 2, but a new band with a bit more focus and direction. We hope you can support MOW in same manner you have supported this band, and we hope to see you all on the road in 2016. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season." More...
Modern metal band The Five Hundred just released debut EP "Winters," which you can buy at Bandcamp or stream in full below.
The Five Hundred is a five-man musical wrecking machine dedicated to pulverizing eardrums and rattling bones across the metal landscape. Dealing in an array of down-tuned riffs and barbed hooks, the UK/Gibraltarian quintet unleash an avalanche of crushing groove and belligerent aggression, broken up by some searing leads, haunting vocal melodies and devastating, earth-shaking breakdowns. The new EP's track listing is as follows:
2. Come Closer
3. Shutter to the Light
4. The Cannibal Hordes More...
The road miscreants in Goatwhore are currently restocking their ammunition for a final bout of onstage bedlam during the second leg of the Indie Merch 10th anniversary tour.
Featuring The Black Dahlia Murder, Iron Reagan, Entheos, and Artificial Brain and set to initiate in Joliet, Illinois on Black Friday, November 27th, the latest stretch of live pandemonium will trample twenty-two cities in eighteen states drawing to a conclusion on December 20th in Cleveland, Ohio and simultaneously closing out the band's unrelenting 2015 tour cycle.
In February 2016, Goatwhore will return to Toronto for a special Inertia Entertainment 20th anniversary show performing alongside Sacrifice, Macabre and Panzerfaust with additional live incursions in their conspiring stages. More...
The Spanish death metal newcomers from Bizarre have signed to Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming debut mini CD as well as future albums.
Formed in summer 2015, Bizarre features members Evilead (Elderdawn), Funedëim (Famishgod, Dis Gob), Uretra (Onirophagus) and Obszen (Kuroi Oni). The band recently recorded a demo-track of the song "Moldy and Decomposed" that will be included on 5-song debut EP “Inner Necropolis” to be recorded in January 2016 at famous Moontower Studios in Barcelona, with artwork done by Raúl González.
Xtreem Music comments:"The style of Bizarre is a totally old school driven death metal that blends brutality and melody in equal parts and firmly rooted in the early 90's Finnish scene with influences from bands like Adramelech, Demigod, Demilich, Cartilage... but adding some extra touches from bands like Anasarca, Intestine Baalism, and Grave." More...
Following tours with Mortals, Black Cobra, 1349 and more throughout 2015 in support of the Profound Lore-released "Clawing Into Black Sun" LP, Wolvhammer's upcoming trek will see the band uniting with Atriarch for a week-and-a-half of dates next month.
Beginning December 10th in Vancouver, British Columbia, the two bands will crush through Bellingham, Seattle, Olympia, Boise, Reno, San Francisco, Ventura, Los Angeles, Sacramento and close down in Portland on December 20th.
Wolvhammer vows to not only inundate attendees with the intoxicating works of their latest album, but will also dig into their vaults and perform material which has never infiltrated their live sets previously.
Early 2016 will see additional tour dates from Wolvhammer, followed later in the year by new recorded material. More...
Agonia Records is proud to announce the singing of Sweden's melodic death/doom metal group in Mourning. The band is currently in studio working hard on the successor to the 2012 "The Weight Of Oceans." Agonia Records comments:
"Hailed by many as the heir to Opeth's melodeath throne, In Mourning was formed in the Swedish woods in the year 2000. Since then the band has evolved over the years striving to refine its sound to what it is today. April 2012 marked the release of the bands third and latest album 'The Weight Of Oceans,' a mythology inspired conceptual story that journeys to the sea. Musically blending a broad spectrum of influences into a foundation of melodic death metal. Thrusting from doomy metal-riffs, blasting drumbeats and deep growling vocals to calm breezes of clean flowing melodies and harmonies.
"After the release of 'The Weight Of Oceans,' the band parted ways with drummer Christian Netzell (also Volturyon, Spasmodic etc.) to later be joined by former Katatonia drummer Daniel Liljekvist. Now hitting the recording studio with new spark in late 2015 to write a new chapter together with Polish record label Agonia Records!"
On the new deal & upcoming album, In Mourning commented: ”We’re signing to Agonia Records for this new record that we’re currently recording. It all feels really good, we get good vibes from the people at Agonia and the label has some of our friends on their roster as well as a lot of other good music. We’re in good company and we have some good things cooking. More...
The Swedish/Canadian heavy metal band Assassin's Blade signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records.
The band was formed in 2014 by singer Jacques Bélanger (ex-Exciter), guitarist David Stranderud (Instigator, ex-Portrait, ex-Trap, ex-Devil Lee Rot, ex-Autopsy Torment) and bass player Peter Svensson (Void Moon, ex-Cult of the Fox, ex-Trap). In 2015, drummer Marcus Rosenkvist (Void Moon, ex-Indemnity) joined the band.
The debut album is entitled "Agents of Mystification" and will be released in 2016, with the band commenting: "Assassin's Blade is proud to sign with Pure Steel Records and we are looking forward to work with one of the most renowned underground labels in the world." More...
Italian brutal death metal outfit Demiurgon premieres a new song and lyric video for "Teatro Del Coito", taken from the upcoming split release with another Italian band, Valgrind, scheduled for an early 2016 release.
Check out now "Teatro Del Coito" below.
Monumental Misanthropy Records announces the "Black Cyber Week Sale" for all it's bands and items. The offers run until "Cyber Monday" and include CDs and merch of bands like Monument Of Misanthropy, Raising The Veil and Disfigured Divinity.
Check out the stores below or the main Monumental Misanthropy Records store HERE:
Norwegian doom metal outfit Tombstones premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the upcoming new album "Vargariis", which will be out in stores December 4 via Soulseller.
Check out now the entire new album "Vargariis" below.
Rings Of Saturn, Aversions Crown, and A Night In Texas have booked a January/February tour of Europe and the UK. This will be Rings Of Saturn's first European tour.
Check out all dates now below: More...
Having recently survived a serious van crash, hardcore-fueled sludge and thrash metal act Black Cobra premieres a new song entitled "Challenger Deep", taken from the upcoming new album "Imperium Simulacra", which will be out in stores February 26th, 2016 via Season Of Mist.
Check out now "Challenger Deep" below.
Venice Beach, California's purveyors of old-school flair, punk and rock 'n' roll aggression from The Shrine premiere their new song and music video for "Coming Down Quick", taken from the upcoming new album "Rare Breed", which will be out in stores January 15th via Century Media.
Check out now "Coming Down Quick" below.
Currently on the road in Europe (and not cancelling any dates after the recent terrorist attacks in France), Fear Factory has unfortunately had a run of bad luck in Germany. The band had this to say about a bus crash this morning:
"We just left Aschaffenburger Germany heading our way to Munich and we were just involved in a bus crash! Everyone is OK just a little shaken up. It doesn't help when it's 4:30 am and snowing outside!"
It's not clear yet if any dates will be cancelled or postponed at this point, and you can find a list of upcoming European shows right here.