Machine Head release “Killers and Kings”

Posted by morganyevans on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM (PST)


Machine Head‘s latest single “Killers and Kings” is now online and ready to shove a boot in your ear. There is a pretty monstrous breakdown, some rough but on the $ vocal work and great thrashing groove metal the way Machine Head deliver when they are operating on all cylinders. This bodes well.

Click HERE to jam out.

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The skull icon used by both Danzig and Samhain was taken from the cover of the Marvel comic The Saga of Crystar issue No. 8

Oh, Sleeper not losing Shane Blay

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM (PST)


Oh, Sleeper vocalist/guitarist Shane Blay was announced as the new singer of the Wovenwar project, also featuring members of As I Lay Dying not guilty of tragically poor murderous lapses of character or still awesome Ahhhnold parody metal. Wovenwar is going to be pretty cool but fans of Oh, Sleeper worried it spelled the end for the popular band.

“To put to rest the rumors that I’m leaving Oh Sleeper I tell you this: Micah and I started this band 8 years ago and have stayed with it through the thick and thin. That is still the case. Its tattoo’d on my chest for crying out loud. As long as Oh Sleeper is a band, I’ll be in it.” – Shane Blay
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Mastodon take the “High Road” less traveled

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Mastodon have released a new song “High Road”, seemingly because it leaked anyway. The swarthy jam is from their pending album Once Around The Sun. The tune is pretty standard in structure, with a steady chug reminiscent of a more hi-fi older Mastodon but with a big melodic chorus. It will probably sound even better live and dirtier than this.

I miss seeing these guys in shitty clubs but they couldn’t be more deserving of their popularity. And the bridge/solo section of this new jam is really epic and inspiring. You can’t hold these guys back from journeying to different modes of live wire synaptic rockery. Even with a more populist structure, they still sound crazier than any other metal band as big as they are.

Click HERE to hear the song.

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GNFNR reunite on stage with Duff again – in case ya missed it

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM (PST)


While bassist Tommy Stinson stepped aside for 5 shows for some reunion gigs with former band The Replacements., Guns N Roses got a well known fill in.

Filling in for Tommy was none other than original bassist Duff, beginning on April 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and staying on for the remainder of the South American tour, including shows in Asuncion, Paraguay on April 9, La Paz, Bolivia on April 12, Recife, Brazil on April 15 and Fortaleza, Brazil on April 17.

Duff’s return saw many highlights, including the return of “Raw Power” and “Attitude” from The Spaghetti Incident  to the setlist, as well as opening with “You Could Be Mine” in Bolivia!  Click HERE for a video of “Live And Let Die” with Duff and more thoughts on GNR. This rules.

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Black Cobra provide May West Coast Tour Dates

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 5:29 PM (PST)


The decimating metal/sludge duo that is BLACK COBRA has crawled out of the shadows with their first shows since two one-off cross-continental gigs in January, proclaiming an upcoming May decimation of the West Coast!

The newly planned five-day, five-city run will originate in BLACK COBRA’s San Francisco hometown on May 22nd, then systematically shredding through Fresno, Pacifica, Portland and Seattle. Providing opening support for the trek will be California-based noise metal outfit, The Cutthroats 9 (featuring members of Unsane, Death Angel and -16-), and Norwegian Grammy-winning noise/punk outfit, Årabrot.

Preceding the new West Coast tour, BLACK COBRA will raid Portland to take part in the annual Stumpfest on April 26th, performing alongside sludge metal visionaries, Yob, and gritty doom unit, Diesto.

Additional live outings will be announced in the coming weeks. BLACK COBRA is currently constructing new material; additional news on the band’s 2014 actions will be released in the near future.


BLACK COBRA Tour Dates can be found HERE.

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Miss May I release lyric video for “Refuse to Believe”

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM (PST)

2012-03-12_103611Ohio metalcore band Miss May I have released a lyric video for “Refuse to Believe.” The song is off of the bands upcoming album Rise Of The Lion.

You can see the video here.

“Refuse to Believe” is off of the bands fourth album Rise Of The Lions which is set for release on April 29th via Rise Records. Rise Of The Lions was produced by Terry Date.

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Katatonia drummer quits

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM (PST)

katatonia logoSwedish metal band Katatonia’s drummer, Daniel Liljekvist, has announced his departure from the band. Liljekvist has been with the band since 1999 and has left on good terms to “to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.”

Daniel Liljekvist stated the following:  “I’ve been thinking about this for the last couple of months and I’ve come to the sad conclusion that i have to leave the band. It’s got nothing to do with ‘difference in views´or any other bullshit. I just cannot combine job, family and commit 100% to Katatonia. Times for musicians are rough and i’ve decided to concentrate on my family and get a normal job that gets the bills paid.

 I’ve had some of the best moments in my life the past 14 odd years together with my favorite people in the world. I’ve been all over the planet with this lot…my second family. Thank you! I’m gonna miss playing with you and I’m gonna miss hanging out with you on the road so much. And I’m gonna miss meeting all the great Katatonia fans all over the world. You know who you are. You are truly amazing! I’m not gonna miss all the freaks and idiots we’ve come across during all the years. You probably don’t know who you are. And I will not miss bad catering, shit beer and banana juice…

This is Daniel, rocking the fuck off! Cheers!”

Katatonia said the following: “We are sad and hollow to see Daniel leave our ranks, but yet his decision has our sincere understanding. Nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end sooner or later. Yet it makes it so much more frustrating when it happens for the wrong reasons or before reaching our terminus. Particularly, we can’t pretend the current climate has nothing to do with it, in fact this is undeniably yet another outcome of musicians struggling at the crossroads of today’s ‘scene/industry’. Tragically, this situation forces a member, brother – and our fans favourite long-time drummer – to resign from a band he sacrificed a decade and a half to build. While encouraging this topic to inevitable debate and re-evaluation, we will always be grateful for the years we shared together and we wish Daniel the best of luck in the future. It goes without saying, we part as band members, but certainly remain as friends.
On a further positive note, this will not affect any of the upcoming tour dates. The ‘Dethroned & Uncrowned – Unplugged & Reworked’ tour next month will proceed accordingly and see JP Asplund taking on percussion duties – he was the one who actually played all original percussion on Dead End Kings/Dethroned & Uncrowned albums. Stand-in drummer Daniel Moilanen (Ex-Engel) will perform on the upcoming summer festivals. Let’s welcome our helping hands, have a goodbye toast for Daniel (note that would be 11 sips for him) and keep our eyes on the horizon: new tours coming up in South America and Australia as well as the long awaited 20th anniversary ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night – Live at Koko’ DVD coming out this fall and much more…”

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The Acacia Strain complete new record

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM (PST)


Rise Records  announced via Facebook that The Acacia Strain have finished recording their next album, due for summer release and produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Four Year Strong, Reign Supreme).

“Just talked to Vincent from The Acacia Strain. He said the band just finished tracking the new record (roar of huge cheers). They play NE Metalfest this weekend and then head overseas to Australia/NZ.”

If you don’t catch Acacia Strain at NEMHC this weekend (or especially  Sam Black Church!), you are probably an idiot. If for some reason you have a valid reason for not attending like I do (a bevy of car repairs), kill yourself. No, just wait and see Acacia STrain at Skate And Surf in May! They are playing Sunday, May 18th on the same day as Alkaline Trio, soon to be missed (and great live) The Mongoloids, United Nations and more.
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The Browning kick off US tour

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM (PST)

THE BROWNING are due to kick off a US tour with UPON THIS DAWNING – Friday, April 18th – just a few weeks after THE BROWNING wrapped up a European trek with CHELSEA GRIN.

The “Across the Nation” tour starts off at the House of Blues in San Diego, California, and finishes up at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood on May 18th.  Also performing alongside THE BROWNING and UPON THIS DAWNING are ADESTRIA, PHINEHAS and DAYSEEKER.

Click HERE for tour dates near you.

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Video round up: Converge, Black Anvil and claymation Clutch

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM (PST)


Good stuff for you feral rock animals today. Check out some new AWLWLB related Converge visuals  (which actually help animals), a video made by a fan  (Curtis Hein) which is a claymation Clutch masterpiece plus a great new track from Black Anvil. The last one is just an official music track, but we’ll take it!

Click HERE to feast your eyes and hurt your ears.

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Mount Salem announce headlining tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM (PST)

Chicago doom metallers Mount Salem have announced a headlining North American tour.

The tour will span fifteen shows from May 1 to May 17.

Check out tour dates here.

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Sevendust stream new acoustic album via Guitar World

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM (PST)


Alt nu metal champs Sevendust, still one of the best live bands out there, are back with a new acoustic release. These guys always shine acoustically as the style really compliments Lajon Witherspoon’s melodic and rich voice. I especially liked opener “Come Down” and a never thought it’d work so well acoustic version of the once live staple “Black”. Seriously, if you can’t appreciate the musicality of these dudes you are pretty stunted. Loosen up, scenesters.

Made possible entirely by fans in a direct-to-fan campaign, Time Travelers & Bonfires is proof of the loyal following the band has earned.

The record can be streamed HERE.

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Skinfather stream ‘None Will Mourn’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM (PST)


California death metallers Skinfather are streaming their forthcoming album None Will Mourn via

None Will Mourn will be released on April 22 via Streetcleaner Records.

Skinfather will be hitting the road starting on May 1 for a handful of West coast dates with Nails, Iron Lung, Bone Sickness, Nausea, Violent Reaction, The Flex and Gag.

Check out None Will Mourn and Skinfather tour dates here.

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Psychotic Gardening premiere “Origin of The Infection”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM (PST)

Psychotic Gardening

Winnipeg death metallers Psychotic Gardening have premiered “Origin of The Infection” via

“Origin of The Infection” is off of the band’s forthcoming album Hymnosis.

Hymosis will be released on May 13.

Check out “Origin of The Infection” and Psychotic Gardening tour dates here.

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Krokodil release new track “Shatter”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:02 AM (PST)


UK death metallers Krokodil, recently signed to Spinefarm Records, have just released a new track, “Shatter”.

Krokodil features members and previous members of Cry For Silence, Hexes, Gallows and SikTh.

The band are preparing to release a double A-side 7″ on Record Store Day, which is April 19 globally.

A Spinefarm debut is expected later this year.

Check out “Shatter” and a quote from guitarist Daniel P. Carter here.

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