Gorguts stream ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ EP at Decibel

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:56 AM (PST)


Critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers GORGUTS are streaming their highly anticipated new EP, ‘Pleiades’ Dust’. The EP is streaming in full at Decibel Magazine

Regarding ‘Pleiades’ Dust’, GORGUTS founder Luc Lemay comments:

“Dear fans,

It with great joy that we can finally share this new sonic painting with you. I must say that I’ve been looking forward this moment for quite some time now. I couldn’t be more proud of this new amalgam of themes, ambiances and surprises that appeared along the process of carving this new composition. I like to call them “happy accidents”. That’s what the beauty of writing and composing is all about.

I’m also very happy that the story of a long forgotten library made his way to my curiosity. With this theme, I was able to pay an ode to those ancient thinkers, to the beauty of books and history. Three things that have been fascinating me for a long, long time.



A unique and incredibly ambitious concept masterminded by band founder Luc Lemay, ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ runs as a single, continuous track that spans over 30 minutes of total run-time. ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on May 13th. ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ is available for pre-order across several CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

The album art for ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ was illustrated by renowned artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (MAYHEM, WATAIN, GHOST, and more).

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Since its formation in 1981, Mike Muir has been the only consistent member of Suicidal Tendencies.


“Krautgaze” seems like one of those truly overly obtuse yet sort of understandable handles bloggers and marketers come up with in an increasingly collaged musical landscape. While I’m all for life becoming more like the comic book Transmetropolitan, where cultures and/or sub-genres mish and mash endlessly until we all have antennas or feathers coming out of our noses and we are less about racial divides and more about surviving life on Earth, that doesn’t mean I particularly hear anything super Krautrock in the music of Berlin’s Suns Of Thyme. They definitely don’t sound like Neu! or Kraftwerk or even on the “gaze” side like My Bloody Valentine/Smashing Pumpkins pt. 2 like the (admittedly still awesome) band Nothing sound at times on that band’s new excellent sophomore jammer Tired Of Tomorrow. Instead, Suns Of Thyme offer more of a psychedelic mish mash of thumping drums, hard driving guitars and sort of chanting vocals, but the press release cites space rock and The Velvet Underground as big influences on these Germans and, heck, they are in fact German.

What I’ve heard so far of the band’s Napalm Records pending release Cascades (out May 27th) is super intriguing, though. Watery and brain cooling guitars melt in and out with other textures and the band defy easy categorization. I could see fans of anything from Mew to Graveyard to Death Hawks digging these guys, and that’s a pretty wide swing.

Anyhow, holy cow they have a great new video for “Intuition Unbound” at PureGrainAudio HERE. It features David Bennent of The Tin Drum fame, an actor I haven’t thought of in awhile and interesting because I literally just a few days back started reading my father’s copy of the Gunter Grass classic.

Check this band out. Pretty unique stuff.


Great day for fans of the morose, hard rockin’, doomy and seventies influenced styles of metal. One of the bands we praise the most on the regular, West Coast murky mavens Castle are releasing a new record this year. Also, legends Pentagram will reissue First Daze Here, a collection of the band’s earliest works that has been out-of-print for years and will now finally see a new reissue via Relapse this coming June. Its companion First Daze Here Too, a 22-track collection of unreleased studio recordings and live rehearsals from the early ’70s, will also see its first reissue since going out of print several years ago.

Read more below and hear new or remastered music from both groups.

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Any Only Lovers Left Alive fans out there? If you aren’t hip to regular rad underground band stuff you might at least know White Hills from that spooky vampire soundtrack and that Jim Jarmusch loosely based Tilda and Tom’s characters on the psych rockers. I saw them only once when they toured with Kylesa and it was tremendously great and memorable. Now White Hills are on the road with none other than Black Mountain who are presently killing it with acclaim pouring in for their new record IV.

Dates below. (slow motion monster voice): “GOOOOO!!!”

Shai Hulud announce upcoming US and Canadian tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:43 PM (PST)


Our favorite coalition of never say die Fremen warriors of hardcore Shai Hulud have announced a string of new dates in support of their recent EP and the masterful Reach Beyond The Sun full length. In our humble opinion, Hulud still crush most bands on the scene, so show some love!

Elaborates mainman Matt Fox, “Hello friends. Here are a couple of Summer dates in the US and Canada, followed by four dates in Japan with our dear friends in Endzweck. See yous there? Excellent. We’re looking forward to it. Very Mean Pete of Remembering Never/xBishopx will be fronting us because Henry Rollins has called in sick. It happens. If there are any more shows this year, they will be sporadic and most likely in unlikely places so come rage while you can. The rest of the year we will be writing new music so we can attempt to cut our usual time in-between full-length albums by one full year. Exciting, ain’t it? We think so, too. Love. Respect. Hate. Piss. Moan. Sincerely Hated, Your friendly neighborhood SHAI HULUD.”

Dates below.

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Tesseract to support Gojira on tour of United States

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:09 AM (PST)


U.K.’s premiere progressive act, TESSERACT today has announced a new batch of American tour dates serving as direct support for French metal act GOJIRA. Vocalist Dan Tompkins offers comment:

“We are thrilled to announce that we will be back in the U.S. and Canada throughout September and October. This will be the final tour of the ‘Polaris’ cycle and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it! This will be our first support tour in a long time and we are very excited to be touring with such a groundbreaking and unique band; it will be an honour to share the stage with them. Gojira have a great and loyal fanbase and we look forward to presenting our live show to them and of course for our own dedicated fans and friends. We will again be running our VIP meet and greets, which are always so much fun, so we hope to shake hands and chat with even more new faces this time around!”

The last time U.S fans saw the band was on the highly successful run with THE CONTORTIONIST, ERRA, and SKYHARBOR late last year. Tickets are on sale Friday, 5/6. Fans can visit the band’s official website for more info. VIP upgrades including band meet and greet options are available for all shows. For more info on that, click here.

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Destroyer 666 announce Australian and New Zealand Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:06 AM (PST)


Destroyer 666 are a metal band who actually still feel dangerous in 2016, no mean feat when the social media age shows most bands to be sort of goofy in real life. While the world is kissing Drake’s ass today yet again for the almost certain to be overrated and meme friendly hyper marketed Views album, please go listen to some satanic gut punch metal instead.

D666 are the real deal, aggro and fairly overflowing with piss and vinegar. Their new album Wildfire is simply ugly and full of edgy and devilish rock n roll played until fingers and throats bleed. Unfortunately the band are unable to make Maryland Death Fest as intended due to visas taking too long to process, but the band are very driven lately and thus likely to return to the USA sooner than later, I’d wager.

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Kylesa on indefinite hiatus

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM (PST)
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Sludge and psych road warriors and sonic pioneers Kylesa have announced an extended hiatus and no upcoming plans. This band has been a vital part of the underground for a decade and a half and will be sorely missed if this is indeed their swan song. I get new promos all the time but Kylesa are a band who I return to and make time for as a fan, increasingly rare when adulting. I have so many good memories of their songs pulling me through or interviews with the band for various publications and was even wearing their hoodie today.

Best wishes and major thanks to all the current and past alumni for everything. Order or stream their latest stomper Exhausting Fire HERE.

From Kylesa’s FACEBOOK:

To our fans and friends… After 15 years of nonstop touring and writing, we decided that it is time for a break. A lot of you have been asking when we are coming to your part of the world and that means a lot to us. However, we feel it should be known that as of now we have no plans to play any shows or work on any new material. We have collectively decided to take a hiatus with no set date to reconvene. We want to give a huge thanks to all our fans, friends, and family for the support over the years. It has been a killer journey and a real pleasure meeting so many amazing people along the way.


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Withered reveal depressing new track from “Grief Relic”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM (PST)


Atlanta’s critically acclaimed metal band WITHERED are streaming another monstrous track off their forthcoming new album, Grief Relic. The new track, titled “Downward”, is streaming now, here. The highly anticipated full-length will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on May 27 and pre-orders are available here.

Regarding “Downward”, vocalist/guitarist Ethan McCarthy comments:

“It’s about being so overwhelmed with your inner demons that you’re not even thinking about the root problems anymore and suffering is all that you are. Or having your problems Overwhelm you so badly that you can’t see straight.”

The artwork for the album was painted by acclaimed artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM, HATE ETERNAL, BARONESS).

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From The Vault: Iron Maiden – “The X Factor”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:52 AM (PST)


Editor’s Note: Our writer AJD (aka. Drewdas Priest) kicks off our new From The Vault entries. This year has seen us feature some of longhairedpoet’s looks back on albums celebrating big anniversaries (like AC/DC’s High Voltage turning 40, for example), but much like our Deep Cuts, these From The Vault entries will be a way to have guest writers or regulars be able to rant about certain random records they love, if, say, I fall off the wagon and decide I have a burning need to remind everyone how much Pestilence’s Testimony Of The Ancients fucking rules. Get it? It’s different from, say, Decibel’s excellent Hall Of Fame series in that we are more interested in blabbing our own opinions with FTV than constructive research, hahaha. Think of these as, like, really late album reviews. 

This is a new type of posting from me. My intent with unearthing older albums is to give forgotten albums a second chance and possibly introduce yesterday’s albums to today’s younger fans and breathe new life into these albums. IRON MAIDEN’s 1995 release, The X Factor was an album I have always described as “criminally underrated”. True, this album has gotten a really bad rap over the years, but I can really only guess those that hated it only gave it one spin when it was released and being unable to get past the fact that Bruce Dickinson had been replaced by WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, put it on a shelf where it would collect dust. Seeing as the first three tracks of the album are regularly appearing in their set list and greatest hits collections, there has just got to be more to the album than the negative hashtags from Twitter users.

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Album Review: The Golden Grass – “Coming Back Again”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:27 PM (PST)

Lots of bands grab some vintage gear, cheap beer and let their hair down these
days, hoping to be the next big old thing. Retro is a somewhat safer bet for
finding an audience in a narrowing rock market than, say, commercial radio
rock (whatever that even is anymore). That said, for all the sort of hangers
on trying to have a moment in the hipster, indie or stoner rock scenes, there
are some really good bands who blow those charlatans away through real
devotion and sincerity. Brooklyn’s The Golden Grass are way up near the front
of the pack in terms of bands with a throwback feel who will make you cheer
rather than feel blue (yeah, that was a Blue Cheer pun).

We love this band and you truly should as well.

Sophomore record Coming Back Again will keep you doing just that, a treat of a
first record for Listenable Records to follow up the band’s acclaimed actual
Svart records debut. The sunnier 70′s vibes are intact but with a newer
exploration of sort of proggier, bluesy Cream-like tendencies that work
marvelously with the bands already established aesthetic. Think the brighter
moments of Wino’s old Hidden Hand act without the heavier grumbling and a
looser, jammier proto metal feel with some funky tendencies and you are
getting on track.

More below.


Fans of Pacific Northwest hermits Wolves In The Throne Room can rejoice that their debut record Diadem Of 12 Stars, described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases, will be re-released this year. Pre-orders are already available HERE through the band’s own label Artemisia. It is certainly the most primal in a certain sense (though arguably the droning Celestite is the most “cosmic” overall…which is another side of the primal void). The analog synth sound of subsequent records is not yet present, but Diadem does boast cameos from the amazing siren Jamie Myers (Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia). Additionally, the songs were rocked out in just a few takes and mixed without a computer. It feels very alive and feral as a result, a modern underground classic in certain circles.

From the release:

Written almost exclusively in a windowless, black room over the long dark nights of Winter 2005, Diadem Of 12 Stars was the first official WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM release. Re-imagining black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest, WITTR created a unique melancholic atmosphere. Diadem Of 12 Stars is about lunar sorcery on Cascadian mountaintops and encounters with wild spirits. In contrast to the icy, razor sharp soundscapes of their 90s Norwegian forebears, the sound of Diadem… is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.


Pretty amazing to think how much the narrative of black metal’s scope has changed since bands like Agalloch, WITTR or Ludicra came onto the scene. Nowadays the umbrella effect of American BM sub-genres has almost gotten away with itself if you are trying to keep up with all the bands collaging elements of BM under their roof, but WITTR really cast a big shadow of influence since their inception and this early release still sounds fresh and vital to these ears.


Tour dates BELOW.

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East Coast mosh would not be the same without the kingpins Hatebreed. The CT mainstays are back with this punishing yet positive clip from The Concrete Confessional (out May 13 on Nuclear Blast)!

Directed by David Brodsky (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, All That Remains) the performance piece was shot earlier this month at the band’s rehearsal space in Connecticut. The video opens with the preface “Welcome to Two Minutes and Forty-Seven Seconds with Hatebreed,” and includes special text throughout that was written by vocalist Jamey Jasta as a message of keeping a positive mental attitude


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Venom Inc. return to the United States with gnarly buddies Necrophagia

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:06 AM (PST)


UK-based metallers, VENOM INC., will kick off the second leg of their North American tour next month. The latest march will run from May 31st in Brooklyn, New York through July 2nd in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Support will again be provided by long-running American death metal behemoths Necrophagia. The trek follows the band’s recent and successful stomp through North America this past January.

VENOM INC. features original Venom members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray with former Venom bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. The band made their live debut as VENOM INC. in April 2015 at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, performing a full set of Venom classics and played to over 30,000 people at Heavy Montreal last August. Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in M:Pire Of Evil, who released their latest full-length, Crucified, in May 2013. VENOM INC. took to the streets early last Fall on the lengthy Iron And Steel European Tour before closing the year with a Latin American live infiltration. The band returned to the streets of North America last January to the frenzied praise and fans and critics alike.


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I don’t know about you, but I just turned 38. Any chance to break out of the
mundane and remember the mysterious or esoteric wonder behind the veil of
everyday life is a welcome release. When it comes in the form of explosive,
ethereal or downright menacing and theatrical metal, even better. Polish dark
legends Behemoth‘s current US tour promoting their most ambitious album to
date, The Satanist, with the much hyped Myrkur in tow on their first really
proper stateside trek certainly falls into the category of awesome excuses to
get out of the house…and it sure was.

Read more and see some killer photos in euphoria BELOW.

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