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War Of Ages have released a dynamic new video for “From Ashes”, perhaps the most anthemic song from the new slab Supreme Chaos. As I hit this up on Youtube I was the 665th viewer, yikes! Though if you think about it, 668 is the real “neighbor of the beast”- considering how street numbers on houses go.

Anyway, this song has my favorite solo/bridge/outro section of any tune of 2014. I was lucky months ago to get an unfinished advance of the track and must’ve listened to that section fifty times. It is awesome how the vocals don’t clutter it up and still raise spirits.

If you are feeling down, like I am big time today, hopefully this will raise your spirits. Great effort from one of the best metalcore bands who really know how to do it right.

We would also like to send out a big Thank You to everyone who already bought a copy and helped make this the most successful War Of Ages release to date. – Facedown/WoA

Click HERE and rise up.

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Russian folk metal band Arkona's song "Yarilo" was featured in the St. Patrick's Day episode of the U.S. version of the The Office.


Cynic East Coast tour dates

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM (PST)

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CYNIC – EAST COAST DATES with Lesser Key and Reign Of Kindo have been announced – Come join the party and support progressive music!

Kindly Bent To Free Us is pretty much a masterpiece
(with a few weaker tracks here and there) and features maybe the catchiest prog song of the year, “The Lion’s Roar”, a real work out of songwriting chops and musical talent.

Click HERE for dates.

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Hey hard rock fans…Mark Pellington has directed a very cinematic new video for Linkin Park for their song “Final Masquerade”. It is one of those all Chester type ballad vocal songs  without Shinoda dropping in. This one has some life in it and a catchy melody. Check it out at MTV HERE.

The plot seems to be that a baby werewolf or changeling (I am guessing that from the “no shape shifters” graffiti) gets reunited with family after a Courtney Love angel saves it and the band jump around a lot pretending to be screaming while Chester is actually singing a pretty melody. Not knockin’ it, as I am a fan. But that seems to be what is going on. Guessing the masquerade is that they are no longer going to hide.

I’m pissed I had to wait through a Neutrogena commercial to watch the video, but the song was enjoyable if not their best track on The Hunting Party (which is a really solid album from the chart toppers).

In other news, LP beat maker/programmer Joe Hahn has a movie coming out, his directorial feature film debut Mall. The film Mall boasts a cast starring Vincent Donofrio (who pulls triple duty as star/producer/screenwriter), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Cameron Monaghan (TVs Shameless), Peter Stormare (Fargo) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom). Seen through the eyes of Jeff (played by Monaghan), the film examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting, and whose lives are positively transformed as a result.

Earlier this summer, Paragon Pictures, led by Evan Crooke, picked up the North American rights to Mall. As the theatrical distribution division of Osiris Entertainment, Paragon Pictures is planning to release Mall nationwide this fall following Linkin Parks massive Carnivores Tour, kicking off on August 8 in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Black Crown Initiate announce “The Wreckage Of Stars” full length

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM (PST)

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PA metal natives BLACK CROWN INITIATE have announced their debut LP titled The Wreckage Of Stars, due out September 30, 2014 via eOne Music. The band signed their brand new label deal earlier this summer and have since been hitting the road hard with acts like SEPTIC FLESH and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The band will be participating on the all new SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR: THE CANADA CLUB TOUR 2014 with THE FACELESS. Click here for all dates.

With the band playing their first show less than a year ago, things are moving fast for Black Crown Initiate. “We started this band with absolutely no clue how far it would take us,” says guitarist Andy Thomas. “It has been an amazing time, as of today, we can honestly say that we are starting a new chapter in our careers; one that will afford us opportunities that we never imagined. We are absolutely honored to be part of the eOne family.”

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, is firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) working with producer Carson Slovak on their debut LP. The effort will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed Song of the Crippled Bull EP they released last year.

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Melvins “Hold It In” with help from some Butthole Surfers

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM (PST)

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The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010′s The Bride Screams Murder, on Oct. 14.

 Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers’ guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus.  Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.

 “Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullsh*t,” said Osborne.  “Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride.  I can’t believe this actually happened.  I’m thrilled.”

“It’s very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the ‘Break A Wish’ foundation, all at the same time,” said Pinkus.  “I believe they’ll remember their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).”

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Album Review: Expire – “Pretty Low”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM (PST)

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“I wish I could feel remorse”…

Midwest hardcore with as much bite as bark, the adrenaline levels on new Bridge Nine release Pretty Low are through the roof. Every song on this album has a healthy pulse, with the opening title track hitting home with Trial’s Are These Our Lives levels of ferocity. Expire have penned some future classics and sure fire pit starters in the bulldozer accident crunch of “Forgetting” and album standout “Fiction”, each song frustrated with shallow lives and people who ignore hard truths or run for cover at the expense of others.

Through the record the group Expire maintain enough heart to keep you hooked. It isn’t as dynamic as, say, Counterpart’s recent The Difference Between Hell and Home or Meridian’s pending The Awful Truth (both releases that are very redeeming for Victory Records hardcore), but songs like the red eye scream on “It Were Up To Me” have a certain Inside Out No Spiritual Surrender conviction too often missing these days in bands more focused on merch designs than content with depth. Foundation or Trash Talk come to mind as band’s giving a shit, and this is the same caliber of legit here. I’m usually into more political hardcore but while this is more personal life stuff, from what I can gather, it still feels important and not yet another band’s spilled milk relationship stories.

Expire will be hitting Austria, Serbia and many other places in support of this crucial release, so get out there and get those arms swingin’, kids. It’s not no brainer shit, but the songs are accesible in a classic hardcore way, even though far more caustic than any clean chorus or badly produced crazp we’re all getting ear fatigue from in the squashed MP3 era.

Not a single song hits the three minute mark and it aint for the technical metal types who read our site, but if you are looking for real heat of the moment anger but smart lyrics and crushing hardcore grooves for fans of old one king down or anything that goes thump just right…this is for you. Fans of Dying Scene or Metal Riot ought to be able to equally get behind this band, just real people in our underground keeping the shit set off right.

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Electric Wizard have revealed that their forthcoming studio album, Time To Die, will be released on Sept. 30 via Spinefarm Records; Time To Die is the eighth full-length offering from the masters of aural punishment, and is testament to the fact that Electric Wizard continue to be the most uncompromisingly heavy, genuinely twisted and evil band in the world.

This will be their first album release since signing a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records.

In addition to this, a brand new video clip for “I am Nothing” has been unleashed via www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com.

EW guitarist/vocalist Jus Oborn has said if the track, which harnesses the dark underground death metal spirit of 1984:

“It was the year I became a metal-head.  It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape-trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil’s music…”

All official Electric Wizard pre-order bundles are now live on www.ElectricFuckinWizard.com, featuring limited numbers of vinyl, CD, T-shirt, back-patch and pin badge packages.

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Huntress reveal pretty good tour news

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM (PST)

 

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Thank you, Huntress for the Metal Monday news:

Stoked to tour with Arch Enemy, Kreator Official & Starkill this fall in North America! We’re now recording our 3rd album with Jim Rota & Andrew Alekel in Los Angeles to be released early 2015 via Napalm Records. Huntress will perform some new songs on tour with Arch Enemy, along with fan favorites from our albums Spell Eater & Starbound Beast — what songs do YOU want to see Huntress perform live?!  – from Huntress Facebook.

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Battlecross tour with Epica, Bodom, Machine Head shall crush

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:03 PM (PST)

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American thrash metal behemoths, BATTLECROSS, will join Machine Head, Children Of Bodom and Epica on a live takeover this Fall! Set to commence on October 4th in Denver, the trek will trample its way through two dozen cities, coming to a close on November 2nd in San Diego. All tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10:00am Eastern.

Comments guitarist Tony Asta: “What an honor to be on this tour! We’re really stoked to reunite with Machine Head and Children Of Bodom, both legendary bands and friends from last Summer’s Mayhem Fest, and to see what Epica is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head and we can’t wait to be bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!”

In related BATTLECROSSisms, the band will also be heading to Mexico City with Black Label Society, and then on to Brazil for three dates with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire.

Relays guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala: “What a year this has been for us so far. We’ve been to Europe twice and now we’re going to Mexico and South America! We’re so honored to be invited to play with Black Label Society in Mexico City. We have so many loyal rabid fans there and we finally get to play for them! After that we fly to Brazil for three dates with our good friends Killswitch Engage, who we can’t thank enough for always inviting us out for awesome opportunities like this one. Get ready to rage my friends! This will be one for the books!”  


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kicked off their Summer headlining tour on July 24th in Columbus with New York’s IKILLYA. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.
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We Are Triumphant’s Wander win the Evergreen Terrace contest.

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:49 PM (PST)

10542005_877757842236113_5234973374740689256_n  The winner of the Evergreen Terrace contest is…(drum roll) = We are triumphant artist’s Wander.

Cuz they are better than most of what I was talking about anyway.

That’s all. They don’t get a prize or anything.

 

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Streaming “Roads To The North” by Panopticon at NPR

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM (PST)

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NPR is currently streaming Panopticon‘s new full-length, ‘Roads to the North – check out the tunes and the writeup here,

I recommend The Long Road Part 1 #onelastfire for the last Hunger Games adaptation. It’s the best song.

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METALLICA‘s Ride the Lightning Turns 30:
Cliff Burton Photographer Harald Oimoen Recalls Jacket Shot;
Alternates Revealed via MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW
Thrash Metal Photo Book.

July 27 marked the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning (still arguably their “purest” metal moment). Along with original shots from the Slayer Hell Awaits album and the Exodus landmark Bonded by Blood, not to mention Possessed’s Seven Churches, the Bazillion Points photo book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew, includes Cliff Burton’s portrait from the back of Metallica’s stunning second album.

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Every photo in MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW has a pretty good story, and the background behind this particular Cliff pic is a pretty good one. Harald, who has played bass himself for almost 20 years with crossover legends D.R.I, tells the tale:

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Says Oimoen: “First of all the shots almost didn’t exist. Cameras weren’t allowed at this show, so about halfway through I got mine taken away by security. They were just about to expose the film, but luckily I was able to roll it back into the canister before they were able to ruin it! I got the film confiscated, but lucky for me a buddy of mine was able to get it back. That roll had the classic Cliff shot from Ride the Lightning on it. I never received a penny for the shot, but the credit was priceless.”

For a longer excerpt from the book, tales of thick smoke with Cliff Burton, and further 1983 photos of Metallica live, visit the Bazillion Points blog:

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“The definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area.”—Kirk Hammett, Metallica

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Belphegor are underrated, the type of band I try to get babes to listen to with me as a litmus test (though with really cool girls they are already down). The title track to their latest is a blood boiler, complete with a crazy evil lady crawling around and somehow being sexy even as she pukes up bloody nails and writhes in evil ways while the band use bones as drumsticks and act Satan as fuck. I had some edibles a little while ago and this shit is bugging me out. Hope this band finally get more of the props they deserve, especially since they have come back so strong after vocal beast Helmuth had fucking typhoid fever!!! How metal is that? The only thing more metal is Jeff from Slayer getting that necro-rot spider disease the poor guitar legend endured in his last days.

But yeah, if King Diamond cared about ass at all and not ghosts and tea cups, he would probably spank to this video and throw out his back. No one thought Belphegor could top Blood Magick Necromance but click HERE and see what you think, if you dare. They just might have done it.

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Wovenwar release “Profane” off self-titled debut

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM (PST)

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WOVENWAR has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to premiere their new track “Profane” off the band’s upcoming debut, self-titled album out next Tuesday, August 5. Head over to Revolver’s site HERE to check out Profane and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Fans can head to MetalBlade.com/Wovenwar to check out the band’s current singles All Rise and The Mason as well as 4 In the Studio videos compiled and edited by the band. Fans can listen to the debut album in its entirety on Friday, August 1 when the full album stream goes live in advance of their street date.

The debut is a phenomenal effort considering what stress the former As I Lay Dying members were under the past year and really comes across as an inspired letter to fans. I can’t recommend this album enough.

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Pete from Baroness “Special Guitarist” for Samhain tour

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM (PST)

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Unholy Passion, Batman!!!

Pete from Baroness is the “Special Guest Guitarist” in Samhain.

From Facebook:

We’re incredibly excited to finally start talking about this. Pete might be the biggest Danzig/Misfits/Samhain fan i know, and he’ll be playing a series of Samhain-headlining shows this fall, the first full Samhain shows since 1985. I think every musician secretly dreams of joining their favorite band onstage but it never seems to actually happen. We’re all really excited for Pete.

Read more about it here: http://danzig-verotik.com/danzig/news.html.
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