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Last updated on December 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM ET
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Exmortus just unveiled another pulverizing new track from forthcoming release “Ride Forth” - check out the cinematic clip for "Death To Tyrants" below.
Due out January 8th, “Ride Forth,” features cover artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost) and marks Exmortus' sophomore release with Prosthetic Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Speed of the Strike
3. For the Horde
4. Let Us Roam
5. Black Sails
6. Hymn of Hate
8. Death to Tyrants
9. Fire and Ice More...
After Toothgrinder shared a story of accidentally tearing down the stage lighting last week, today The Glorious Rebellion offers up another Pit Story of on-stage destruction, this time self-inflicted and getting a little out of control. Vocalist Billy Myers comments:
We're slowly gaining a little bit of a reputation as "that band that breaks shit onstage." Our music is loud and violent, which translates to chaos at the end of our set usually resulting in guitars being thrown into drum kits, amps being toppled over, etc. It's just something we've always done. We totally shouldn't, as we're poor and doing dumb things like this can get expensive in repairs and replacements, but c'est la vie.
On a tour stop in Johnson City, TN we played a normal set for us, and at the end of the show, as usual, things got nuts. That part would've been fine except I forgot that the stage had been backlined and the next band's gear was behind ours. I drop kicked one of my 4x12 cabs which sent it toppling backwards, into one of the local band's half stacks. The head that was on top went flying about 10 feet landing offstage, along with the cab which went about 5 feet back. Luckily, nothing of theirs was broken, however my cab landed on top of one of the floodlights we use as part of our stage set up. We realized this when we started smelling burning, and saw this when we started seeing smoke and then fire.
Stay in school, kids.
The Glorious Rebellion is set to release new album "Euphoric" via Magnetic Eye Records on April 8th, 2016 and we'll soon be premiering a new track from the album - stay tuned for that exclusive stream! More...
Fans have until Thursday to make their voices heard and help vote for Behemoth's "The Satanist" video, which has been nominated for the Polish YACH film awards. You can vote by "liking" the post on Facebook here.
The video, which was directed by Andrzej Dragan, serves as another ambitious and visually striking piece of art from the band that's known for videos that remain a cut above standard metal music videos.
Upon the video's release, Behemoth's Nergal commented: "Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box! Here we go again with the brand new video from us. The concept came from the director, Andrzej Dragan. It's situated in modern Warsaw in the present times. It's where the carnal world meets the unknown, it's where the ZOS meets KIA, it's where SACRUM is raped by PROFANUM." More...
Frontiers Music Srl is set to release of the self-titled debut album from Resurrection Kings on January 29th, 2016. and today the band releases new song "Distant Prayer" - check it out below. A video for previously posted track "Who Do You Run To" is also available at this location.
Resurrection Kings is a new band centered around the talents of former Dio and Giuffria guitar player, Craig Goldy. Everything started with a set of demos he recorded with singer Chas West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked with such bands as the Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Tribe Of Gypsies, and 3 Legged Dogg.
Frontiers in-house writer and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Rated X) offered his services to the band and wrote (or co-wrote with Goldy) a few tracks to round out the material that was available. The resulting album is an impressive example of classic hard rock with a contemporary production and edge. Think Whitesnake "1987" mixed with Dio's "Dream Evil", with a touch of classic Led Zeppelin and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Distant Prayer
2. Livin' Out Loud
3. Wash Away
4. Who Did You Run To
5. Fallin' For You
6. Never Say Goodbye
7. Path Of Love
8. Had Enough
9. Don't Have To Fight No More
10. Silent Wonder
11. What You Take More...
Heavy metal outfit Act Of Defiance will close out 2015 supporting Killswitch Engage on a handful of holiday shows at the end of December. This will wrap up what has been a landmark year for the band which saw the release of debut album, "Birth And The Burial."
"If you invited fans of all kinds of metal - from thrash to Scandinavian metal to modern American metal - and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack," asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. With a hefty resumé that chronicles time spent riffing and shredding in Jag Panzer, Nevermore, and a seven-year stint in Megadeth, his pedigree speaks for itself.
Furthermore, joined by powerhouse drummer - and fellow Megadeth alumnus - Shawn Drover, bassist Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall/Times Of Grace) and vocalist Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) the band is a truly formidable metallic behemoth. See Act Of Defiance live on these dates:
Headlining shows w/Allegaeon
12/2/15 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/4/15 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
12/5/15 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
Holiday shows w/Killswitch Engage
12/27/15 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/28/15 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12/29/15 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom More...
Upcoming Withered Bones album "For The Ones I Love" is streaming below today via the Blood & Ink Records' Bandcamp. The album is officially due out December 4th, 2015 and features the following track listing:
1. Ghost In My Head 02:17
2. Walking Out 02:37
3. Shallow Roots 05:05
4. 4:23 02:57
5. Empty Shells 04:11
6. Subside 02:34
7. Make Amends 03:40
8. No More Boundaries 02:30
9. Alaska 04:09 More...
After an 18 year wait, Spanish death metal band Reincarnation is now releasing a second album that has officially dropped via Xtreem Music. As "The Beginning of the End" lands today you can also stream all the tracks below.
2. The Streets Never Sleep
3. Hell Over Hell
4. The Beginning of the End
6. Tattooing Soul
7. The Reflection of Hate
8. Fuck the System
9. Memories of a Lifetime More...
Following the previous stream of "Cross-Uncross" (still available here), Fucking Invincible just unloaded another unrelenting track off the "I Hate Myself And Want You To Die" EP. Check out smoldering closing track "Get It Wrong" below.
"I Hate Myself And Want You To Die" will see release via Atomic Action Records on December 18th. Fucking Invincible is currently booking an East Coast tour to take place in early 2016 surrounding a confirmed set at Berserker Fest in Detroit this March. Stand by for the tour dates to be declared in the coming days. More...
Originally slated for release this month, CDN Records artist Deformatory have now pushed back sophomore album "Malediction" to a February 5th, 2016 release date.
A CD release show in Ottawa has also been announced for the same day, after which the band be part of North America's First Technical Death Metal Festival in Montreal on February 6th. The details for both shows can be found at Facebook here.
A new single will be released on January 4th, 2016 in the form of a playthrough video. All existing pre-orders will be receiving an exclusive bonus preview of the album in the weeks to follow. More...
So this is an odd and interesting pairing: Napalm Death and the Melvins join forces for the Savage Imperial Death March Tour, a six-week spring trek that that kicks off on March 26th at The Marquee in Phoenix, Ariz.
“We have been talking about doing a tour like this for a long time so we are thrilled it’s finally happening,” says Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury. “Having been long time fans and friends of the Melvins we are very happy to be embarking on this six-week tour of musical madness with them and Melt Banana. Expect the unexpected!”
Melvins’ singer/guitar player Buzz Osborne added: “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun… and I mean that in a good way. We’re happy to be heading out with the ultimate grindcore pioneers.”
This isn’t the first time the two bands have collaborated. In 2004, Buzz Osborne, Shane Embury and Danny Herrera played together in Venomous Concept.
The Melvins also released "Across The USA in 51 Days: The Movie!" on Friday. The DVD release, filmed by the band and crew during a 2012 attempt to break the record for the fastest tour of the United States (plus DC), dedicates one minute to each state (and district). More...
Unleashing the concept album "Shattered Shores" this past October (available for streaming below), Canada's Silent Line is proud to announce the addition of vocalist Matthew Massinon to the band's live line up.
Silent Line comments: “It is with great pleasure and a belly full of beer that we announce Matthew Massinon - who contributed vocals to many of the songs on 'Shattered Shores' - has joined the band as the clean vocalist.” More...
Southern California's four-man hatecrew Nails will begin recording a third full-length album entitled "You Will Never Be One Of Us" on December 27th with Kurt Ballou. Due out in early 2016 via Nuclear Blast, head Nails Misnathrope Todd Jones comments on the release:
"In fear of sounding redundant of how 97% of these pre-album release descriptions always come off, I won't try to describe how our new album 'You Will Never Be One Of Us' sounds. What I will tell you is that the same care and the same attention went into this album as our previous albums 'Unsilent Death' and 'Abandon All Life,' and our new album sounds as inspired as either of those two full length recordings.
"Our new record has some new twists and turns that are built off the foundation we laid with our previous albums, as well as a lot of familiarity that you've come to expect from Nails. 'You Will Never Be One Of Us' is for us, for our fans, and for anybody else who feels disgusted and fed-up with social-climbing impostors, trying to leech off of anything they've ever dedicated themselves to. I can say with 110% certainty: We will not let you down."
After disbanding and reforming as Urilia, Dawn Of Ashes is now back in its previous incarnation. The band comments:
"Dawn Of Ashes is proud to officially announce their resurrection… but first, we want to provide an explanation for the events of the past year. Fans who have stood by Dawn Of Ashes over the years deserve to know the reasons behind the band’s dissolution in 2014 and their reformation as Urilia.
"Following the release of the acclaimed 2013 album 'Anathema' we had reached a new creative peak, and the decision was made to seek an even higher profile under a different label and management. These new alliances prompted some business decisions which we realized were wrong for both the band and our fans.
"At the insistence of this label, Dawn Of Ashes was retitled, and the new project incorporated elements of extreme metal with a lyrical exploration of the Left Hand Path. While we still stand behind the quality and significance of this project, repeated attempts by the record label to dictate our creative and business practices threatened to undo the hard work and Kristof and his fellow artists have put forth for nearly 15 years. To correct this situation, we have formally severed ties with the label, and Urilia will be laid respectfully to rest after a brief but memorable time on Earth. More...
The Finnish melodic metal heroes from Sonata Arctica are set to release a very special Christmas gift for their fan base: a new single called "Christmas Spirits."
This year the handing out of presents will happen six days early as the single will be released on December 18th via Nuclear Blast. It will be released via digital download and as a limited edition EP, only available at the Nuclear Blast Online Shop. The band commented:
"Hello everyone out there! Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to cheer you all up with a nice Christmas story. 'Decided' might be a bit strong in this context since the 'Christmas Spirits' song has been around for about ten years now, we just never had the time to record it. Finally during the 'Pariah's Child' sessions we managed to do the basic tracks and this autumn we finished the song.
"I guess the main reason for the delay was getting the lyrics done, it’s nearly impossible to get into the Christmas mood unless it’s actually… you guessed it, Christmas. Hats off to Tony since he did it anyway, this autumn, and without any snow, we might add. Be that as it may, here’s our latest piece of art: 'Christmas Spirits'! Merry Christmas to everyone & cheers." More...
Enslaved today reveals the artwork for the band's forthcoming 25th anniversary shows under the Enslaved 25 banner.
Commissioned by Chioreanu Costin who has worked with Roadburn Festival, as well as Ivar Bjornson and Enslaved on various projects, the pieces capture the essence and imagery of the periods they represent. What’s more, Costin’s involvement could not be more appropriate considering Ivar’s work as a curator at Roadburn Festival earlier this year.
March 17th - 19th, 2016 will see the band perform three unique and special shows in London, launching the Enslaved 25th anniversary. Starting with the early years, "Of Frost and Fire" goes back to the roots of the band’s existence. Moving to the mid-period, "From the Runic Depths" will explore the transition from old to new. Finally, "Spinning Wheel Ritual" brings the audience to where the band is now.
All of this will take place at London's ByNorse, where Enslaved and Wardruna’s captivating Skuggsja composition will be brought to life by both artists in the climax at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This special event also marks the launch of Enslaved 25: a year in which a quarter-century of one of Norway’s most revered artists is being celebrated. More...
Austin, Texas-based instrumental blackened doom band Canyon Of The Skull is now streaming a debut, self-titled album online. You can check out the two epic, 17+ minute tracks in the player below or over at Bandcamp here.
1. The Path (Of Bear & Wolf) 17:18
2. Canyon of the Skull 18:03 More...
Europe's diabolical death metal force, Belphegor, will kick off the U.K. leg of the "Conjuring The Dead Raid" tour next week. The tour is in celebration of current release "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) out now via Nuclear Blast.
The Belphegor horde, led by band founder Helmuth Lehner, will launch this crushing assault on the U.K. alongside U.S. death metallers Vital Remains, Polish death/black metal group Hate as well as Liverpool-based symphonic black metallers Ethereal. The complete run of EU dates includes 17 shows in nine different countries.
Mighty front man Helmuth Lehner had to say: “Hail! It's great to return to the mighty land of NWOBHM. Always a pleasure to glorify brutal Metal with you demons! You better not miss this fucking extraordinary, blasphemous death/black metal package! ENGLAND IS GOING TO HELL WITH US ON 7TH DECEMBER 2015!!”
The U.K. leg of the trek features these dates:
7th December - Sheffield, Corporation
8th December – 1865 Club, Southampton
9th December – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
10th December – The Dome, London More...
Italian post/sludge metal outfit Varego released this week a new single titled “Phantasma." The single features the title song “Phantasma”, mixed and mastered by Billy Anderson, and “Secrets Untold – Second Birth” revised by Drone Doom outfit Shabda - a cosmic re-birth of the song previously featured on the EP “Blindness of the Sun.”
You can now download the two-track single for absolutely free via the Argonauta Records Bandcamp page or stream the tracks below.
1. Phantasma 05:11
2. Secrets Untold - Second Birth by Shabda 10:17 More...
Nonpoint is already gearing up for a busy 2016: the band will enter the studio to work on a next full length and Spinefarm Records debut, due out sometime next year. The band will then spend all of March and early April on tour with Disturbed, the dates of which are already entirely sold out.
Singer Elias Soriano offered this update: "We would like to announce that we have scheduled our next record's recording at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with Rob Ruccia. Figuring in the popularity of our last record and us pretty much self-producing that one with Daniel Salcido, we decided on self-producing this record as well with Rob. Great studio with great people and equally great gear. So it's gonna be a banger.
"We've got 16 [songs] ready to record, and three still in the works. So we will be choosing the record from a list of what we feel are all monster songs. Quite simply, if you thought the last record made your head bang, this record will make it roll off your shoulders and jump into the pit and start doing the Morning Star; old hardcore fans will translate that for you.
"After gaining advice, inspiration and insight from our some of friends in the industry like Brian Virtue and David Draiman, we have attacked the writing process in a way we feel we have missed since the early days of us jamming in a room together.
"This record is the product of pain, frustration, power and the environmental influence on this band. That mounted with the introduction of BC on guitars now has changed the game. Imagine feeling like Eddie Van Halen's illegitimate child just joined your band. That's how I feel with him on my right. So this record will no doubt be a beast for our fans." More...
Intervals premieres the pre-release full-album stream of "The Shape Of Colour", which will be out in stores December 4th. Intervals' mastermind Aaron Marshall leads the band with Protest The Hero's bassist Cam McLellan and Darkest Hour's drummer Travis Orbin handling studio roles.
Check out now "The Shape Of Colour" in its entirety below.