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Metal News for February 20, 2021

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Slomatics Guitarist On New Split EP And Live Album

Northern Ireland tends to get overlooked when it comes to rock and metal music, but from Gary Moore to Sweet Savage to Therapy? and beyond, the small nation has had no shortage of great musicians and headbangers. Over the past seventeen years, another band has emerged which may not have reached the commercial highs as some of these aforementioned bands, but rock just as hard and have earned their place as one of Northern Ireland's fiercest trios. The band in question, as if there was ever any doubt, is Slomatics.

We're only two months into 2021 and already Slomatics is gearing up for their second release; a pulverising split EP with Ungraven of Liverpool (see Ungraven interview here.). With all new material, this marks the ninth split release from the band, who continue to give a platform to other talented artists while reminding us all of what a high quality band they are themselves. To find out more about the split EP, the live album, "Live At Start Together Studio" and much more, I spoke with guitarist David Majury. You can find the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. You've three new songs on the upcoming split with Ungraven. Were these written specifically for the release or are they a taste of a new full length to come?

David Majury: They were written specifically for the release – we’d talked about doing something with Jon straight after our last album was out, so when we started writing again we had the split in mind. This tends to be how we work, as soon as one recording is done we are looking forward to the next project, whatever that might be. The songs were written to hopefully provide some light and shade, one of the things about recording 18 minutes of music is that it means the writing should try and cover as much ground as possible, so it was a nice challenge. We knew Ungraven would absolutely bring it too, so we tried our best to compete!

Oz: This is the ninth split release that Slomatics has been a part of. Why do you feel that this format works so well for you?

David: It’s a bit of a strange situation to be in having done so many – and we have two more planned for this year – but yes it is a format we like to do. There are artistic reasons, like it’s great to share a release with a band we really like, usually who are good friends too, and I’ve always liked how a split can give the listener a nice mix of music on one record. Splits are really common in the hardcore scene, or at least they were, and the whole Man’s Ruin series of splits was something we enjoyed a lot. Then there’s the practical side – releasing a split is fairly cost effective, particularly if you want to be prolific in putting music out. I think this year will mark our 19th physical release and we’d not have hit that milestone if we only made full albums. I like how writing for a split is different to an album too, so it keeps both processes fresh.

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Age of Woe Premiere New Song & Music Video

Multi-national death metal band Age of Woe premiere a new song and music video "Patriarch", taken from their upcoming new album "Envenom". The record will arrive February 26 through Lifeforce Records.

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Ghost Iris Premiere New Track “Desert Dread”

Ghost Iris premiere their new single and visualizer “Desert Dread” which finds Chimaira singer Mark Hunter guesting. That track comes from Ghost Iris‘ new record “Comatose“, which has been scheduled for a May 07th release by Long Branch Records.

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Eyehategod Premiere New Single "Circle Of Nerves"

Eyehategod‘s new advance track “Circle Of Nerves” has premiered online streaming for you below. The track is the final single to be shared from the group’s impending new full-length “A History Of Nomadic Behavior”. The album will be out March 12th through Century Media Records.

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Lamb Of God Premiere New Music Video

Lamb Of God premiere a new official music video for their song “Ghost Shaped People” streaming via YouTube below. It is one of two bonus tracks that will be included on their impending deluxe edition of the group’s 2020 self-titled full-length. That expanded version of the album will be released on March 26th via Epic Records.

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