Mizery preparing to release ‘Absolute Light’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:47 PM (PST)


San Diego hardcore punks Mizery are preparing to release their latest album Absolute Light.

Absolute Light will be released on July 22 via Flatspot Records.

Mizery is currently on a North American tour.

You can check out those tour dates as well as a killer cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” here.

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White Zombie front man Rob Zombie wrote, directed and produced horror films "House Of 1000 Corpses" and "Devil's Rejects", and many others.

Despite premiere “As You Bleed” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:15 PM (PST)


Sweden’s progressive metallers Despite have premiered a music video for their song “As You Bleed”.

“As You Bleed” comes off of the upcoming album Synergi which will be released on July 22 via Eclipse Records.

Check out the video for “As You Bleed” and a comment on the video from vocalist Peter Tuthill here.

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Los Angeles extreme metallers Act of Defiance are currently on tour in North America.

Act of Defiance’s guitarist Chris Broderick (former Megadeth) has posted a guitar play-through for the band’s song “Disastrophe”.

The tour is seeing support from DevilDriver and Hatebreed.

Check out the play-through and tour dates here.

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Dommin have always been pretty darn great for those who like melodramatic, 80′s influenced vampire rock. I saw them live only once in NYC many years ago now and they left a lasting impression. Their mistreatment by Roadrunner was one of the labels worst screw ups (not as bad as how they mishandled Amanda Palmer, but pretty damn bad). “My Heart, Your Hands” could’ve definitely made them a new generations more pretty boy Type O/Danzig amalgam if they’d been pushed harder. It was a killer song that I still Youtube every few years to rock out to the chorus.

I’ve kept up on them from time to time because my friend Jelena who I used to write with at Crusher Magazine dated one of the guys and at some point I signed their mailing list. So, pleased to say the band have a new tune “Falling Into Ashes” that is pretty strong. It is from their second album Rise, which I think was originally intended for Roadrunner?

Kristofer’s voice sounds great and warm as usual, a seductive and low croon that makes the sort of straight forward rock with morose/pop melded overtones another band would turn into pure butt rock or simpering gothic drivel somehow transform into a special experience. Dommin songs always have cool keyboard parts, ghostly textures and ear candy moments that pay off.

Kristofer always seems to have a way to make everything turn from lead into gold under his guidance and is really in his element on this one. It is cool to hear a strong new original, despite enjoying the string of Dommin related covers of artists like Sia and Duran Duran.

About the new video Kristofer said, “”Konstantine did a great job with this video going for an other worldly almost fantasy type feel. We added a narrative to the original meaning of the song with this video. Instead of just feeling like the world is crumbling around me, we made myself the source of the problem.  Anything I go near loses its life and color.  Eventually, I cause my own destruction.”

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Withem premiere “The Eye In The Sky”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM (PST)


Norway progressive metallers Withem have premiered their latest track “The Eye In The Sky”

“The Eye In The Sky” comes off of the band’s forthcoming album The Unforgiving Road.

The Unforgiving Road will be released on June 3 via Frontiers Music SRL.

Check out “The Eye In The Sky” as well as comments from members of the band here.

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If you are like me you are squirrel nuts for Revocation. To see their ascent the last few years has been exciting as hell, a new generation band that can carry metal far into the future. They have yet to make a bad record (seriously, check out even their early days on the recently re-released Empire Of The Obscene and in particular listen to the scorcher solo on “Unattained”…these guys STARTED out better than most of the bands in metal).

Not only is it exciting that Summer Slaughter has at least 6 decent bands on it for once, Revocation are going to be the best part of the tour this year. Seriously, I’d rather see these dudes live than Cannibal or Nile at this point and have already seen Revocation three times live! And they def are way better than Carnifex, jeesh.

Today’s big news is a new album is on the way to follow up the excellent Deathless (it was super wack that Miss May I, who I otherwise don’t hate, named their record that as well). It seems like the new album, Great Is Our Sin, will continue to show the more serious side of the band that their Metal Blade tenure has ushered in. That’s cool with me. While they have had some silly moments here and there like the classic “Reanimaniac” breakthrough Relapse single years back from when they were a shirtless trio, Revocation are at their best on songs like “The Blackest Reaches” or their latest single “Communion” where they are white knuckle riding the history of metal down a flaming path of coals and skulls into infinity’s yawning maw.

Great Is Our Sin is slated for a July 22nd release date via Metal Blade Records. The first song from the album, entitled “Communion”, is available for streaming starting today. Head to http://www.metalblade.com/revocation to get a first listen to the track and pre-order your copy ofGreat Is Our Sin today!

Front-man Dave Davidson commented about the first track: ”‘Communion’ is the fastest song we’ve recorded to date, and while it’s blistering in terms of speed, there are also some proggy elements present to add contrast to the aggression.” 

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Swedish progressive melodeath/doom metal band IN MOURNING will release their former album, the 2012′s The Weight Of Oceans for the first time in vinyl format. The release is set for August 26th via Agonia Records and pre-orders are already available. A range of new T-shirt merchandise will accompany this release, featuring the album’s cover artwork made by Kristian Wåhlin (Bathory, Tiamat, King Diamond) in various colour combinations.

The Weight Of Oceans will be available in the following formats:

- Limited to 375 copies double black LP.

- Limited to 125 copies double transparent blue LP.

- Exclusive T-shirt in 4 different versions (pictures below).

Pre-orders are currently available at this link.

Read more BELOW.

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Summer Slaughter 2016 announced!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:09 PM (PST)

Via TheSummerSlaughterTour.com

Arguably the most brutal package tour to tear its way across North America year after year, Summer Slaughter is back!

Joining the lineup this year are Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested!

More bands are expected to be announced.

Summer Slaughter has been doing this since 2007 and shows no signs of slowing down.

Check out tour dates here.

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Remembering Nick Menza (July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016)

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:54 AM (PST)



I’m fighting back tears as I write this. 2016 has been a horrible year for musician deaths, and sadly, we have just added another name to the list.

The metal world suffered a tragic blow last night when Nick Menza passed suddenly from heart failure at 51 while on stage in LA as he performed with OHM at The Baked Potato club.

As the drummer for MEGADETH from 1989 to 1998, Nick played on 4 of the band’s biggest albums to date, and became a huge influence to millions across the globe. Nick also appeared on some of Marty Friedman’s solo albums, and had even recorded his own solo album after his release from MEGADETH titled Life After Deth. He also recently announced he was set to unveil a collection of “Rhythm-On-Canvas” art he’d been working on that he called “Rhythm Hits The Wall”.

My heart goes out to all those Nick has left behind – family, friends, bandmates, and millions of fans worldwide. Nick was a tremendously talented man who lived a legendary life and died doing what he loved.

Check out comments from Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman here.

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Art of Deception streaming “Killing”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:31 PM (PST)


Norwegian melodic death metallers Art of Deception are now streaming their single “Killing”.

“Killing” comes from the band’s forthcoming album Shattered Delusions which will be released on June 17 via Crime Records.

Check out “Killing” and the track list for Shattered Delusions here.

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Without Mercy stream “Mouichido” EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:05 PM (PST)


Vancouver heavy metallers Without Mercy stream their latest EP Mouichido.

Mouichido will be released on May 27.

Stream Mouichido, watch the videos for “Worthless” and “Burn” and check out Without Mercy tour dates here.

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Vanna premiere “Pretty Grim” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:22 PM (PST)


Boston metallers Vanna have released a music video for their song “Pretty Grim”.

“Pretty Grim” comes off of the upcoming album All Hell which will be released on July 8 via Pure Noise Records.

Vanna will be doing the entire run of this summer’s Warped Tour.

Check out the video for “Pretty Grim” here.

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WRVTH release “Into Bloom” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 3:26 PM (PST)


California death metallers WRVTH have released a video for their song “Into Bloom”.

“Into Bloom” comes off of the band’s latest album WRVTH out now via Unique Leader Records.

Check out “Into Bloom” here.

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Adrian Guerra, former drummer of doom band Bell Witch, died this week. His ex band’s music demands patience and is often very stretched out, dramatic and all consuming. It is like imposing architecture, in a way.

I didn’t know Guerra like some of my other friends in the metal scene who posted some beautiful tributes to him on Facebook, but you can tell his life made a big impact on people. And while he didn’t play on that many records, they were strong pieces of art.

Does anyone dare to not call that a successful creative life?

We live these days in a culture that increasingly rewards impatience and lack of depth.

Why aspire to be famous if not for any real reason? Do you think even $$$ lasts forever?

Al from Ministry had a great section of his autobiography where he was
getting at it being kind of toxic to demand artists are always releasing
albums non stop. I mean, it is cool if you can hack it and there is
consistent quality…but usually like anything in life you need to take
breaks and live a little, experience things…like how some young people have
dreamer’s eyes that haven’t been stamped into dead X’s yet but…they don’t
know anything…except for maybe in their cellular capacity of being perhaps
more open to the universe, eager to soak up shit older people have become
maybe more guarded against? Hmmm, but some younger people are guarded also
and closed off these days/ adopting cynicism because they don’t want to seem
uncool…though the millennial trends of optimism and Bern feeling perhaps run
counter to this.

Anyhow…I think perhaps the nature of fame has indeed changed. It isn’t 15
minutes like Warhol. It’s impressing people these days by who can hold on to
their terrain…usually tabloid fodder types who get in the news cycle for
the most empty styrofoam of reasons. Suddenly they are heroes for appearing
consistently in news with no calories or ass fat pictures.

But because we look at them a lot we are tricked into thinking that is an achievement. Or that they should be our leaders or spokespeople.


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Hissing streaming self-titled EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 9:09 PM (PST)


Seattle extreme metallers Hissing are streaming their self-titled EP.

The 7″ will come out via Southern Lord on June 10.

Stream the EP and check out Hissing tour dates here.

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