Downfall Of Gaia reveal art for “Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM (PST)

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Downfall of Gaia have revealed a deeply evocative cover image and track listing for their new record Aeon Uveils The Thrones Of Decay. There is something so arresting about the image and title. It reminds me of when Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen is deciding the value of each human life versus the beauty of time’s march on the surface of planets.

This image makes me think of the vast cosmic forces and glory of nature, which will outlive our petty schemes (unless the God Particle really ruptures the core of the Universe or whatever, as Hawking said). It joins Allegaeon’s latest masterwork or Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us in striking a deeper thematic chord for more pentive yet restless souls.

The album will be released November 11th in North American, and November 7/10 in Europe/UK. Stream “Carved Into Shadows” and pre-order the album on cd and digitally now HERE.

From the press release:

“Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay” is a story about indiscriminate relentlessness of time. It’s a journey to the dark sides each individual has to fight on a day to day basis. Time in its majesty is an unbeatable enemy and all of humanity has to deal with loss, unexpected changes and with unwanted circumstances. As a slave to time, mankind is marching to the beat of a perpetually ticking clock. Musically, the album gives the listener less time to breath and features a more aggressive songwriting style than fans have heard on Downfall of Gaia’s their previous releases. It is as aggressive and relentless as time itself!

Downfall of Gaia elaborates: “Each and every song deals with another unavoidable situation that the most of us already got to know. All of us are pretty satisfied with the result of the new record and we are excited to share this new piece of music with the audience! The writing process itself became a bit more complex just because of the fact that our new drummer Michael Kadnar is living in New York and all of us are based in Germany. But in the end we were able to manage all of this in a good way, hit the studio and record our most aggressive sounding record till today. Once again we recorded at the ’79 Sound Studio with Christoph Scheidel and we couldn’t ask for a better guy! Mixing job one more time by Jack Shirley from Atomic Garden and master by Brad Boatright from Audiosiege. Anytime again, guys! We can’t wait to play the new material live!”

Click HERE for track listing.

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Prior to joining Anthrax in 1983, Dan Spitz was the guitarist for Overkill when they were a local band.


Funniest art of the day: “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:58 AM (PST)

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There are about a million reasons why the new cover art from Crucifixion BR‘s pending Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ is all win (and pure sin). I’m gonna go with the man tits on that Baphomet though. And the stud and B-grade porn factor of some of the seraphim. This just made my day. On top of it, the release will be on the awesome Horror Pain Gore Death Productions and the band rules! Out Oct 7th, below is the official description from the label:

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcomes Brazil’s blasphemous Black Metal bulldozers Crucifixion BR to the roster with their debut album “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ”. Formed in 1996 in the Rio Grande by Lord Grave War an DarkMoon, Crucifixion BR finally unleash this beast of brutality, a release full of pure hatred, raw energy and intense aggression. With the aim of creating original, diabolic Black Metal, a heavy influence of 80′s Thrash Metal and Death Metal are thrown into the mix further expanding Hell’s horizons, and also re-animating the Brazilian scene. With the combination of powerful riffs and brutal blasts by a talented female drummer, the result is the sheer essence of evil! “Destroying The Fucking Disciples Of Christ” was mixed and mastered at Hurricane Studio, a renowned studio southern Brazil… follow Crucifixion BR’s path into the Obscure Arts! For fans of Astarte, Bathory, Behemoth, Celtic Frost, Dark Funeral, Deicide, Emperor, Hellhammer, Krisiun, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Sepultura and Venom

Click HERE to check out the angel ass ripping title track. And how could you not, really?

Hard Rock Fall for the Fallen

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM (PST)

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Hard Rock is here to stay. Regardless of the ebb and flow of record sales or the medium the music is conveyed in, Hard Rock will never truly die. It is, essentially, immortal. The essence of rock spans beyond time with a multidimensional lightning soul blast featuring the cartoon heads of all your favorite bands. So don’t freak out…But support bands and buy shit!

I wont rest until  everyone wants Life Of Agony to make a new album as much as I do. Meanwhile, we are also gonna focus on a few recent or pending Fall hard rock releases you need on your radar, road warriors. On the heavy side there is Orange Goblin’s Back From The Abyss, Monster Magnet’s Milking The Stars re-imagining record, Nashville Pussy’s Up The Dosage, HellYeah’s critic pounding Blood For Blood or Castle’s recent Under Siege to highly recommend but elsewise, what rocks?

Click HERE to find out.

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Metallica to release every live 2014 show on Compact Disc

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM (PST)

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Metallica has been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we’ve done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening… sometimes even hours! Over the years we’ve been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the “old school” compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we’re going to make that happen! Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.

We want to keep it simple so we’ll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on. For those of you who want it all, we’re also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December. There’s that special concept of a volume discount and you’ll have a box to store all your CD’s in. CD’s will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store.

And for you vinyl junkies, select shows will be released on limited edition 180-gram vinyl early next year. And once again, we here at your friendly Metallica HQ want your input as to which shows you would like to see on vinyl… YOU choose from the 27 shows we’ve played this year by voting for your favs here. We’ll take the top four that receive the most votes and press them up for you to order in early 2015. Voting will close on September 26.

Let us know what you think and look for many more releases and some cool box sets in the New Year!

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Anaal Nathrakh new scorcher “Monstrum In Animo” debuts at Decibel

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM (PST)

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Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Click HERE for the premiere. And as always, ride the snake to the lady of the lake.

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Ivar Bjørnson picks Skeletonwitch for Roadburn 2015

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM (PST)

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Today, the prestigious Roadburn Festival announced that SKELETONWITCH has been invited to perform at the 2015 edition of the event, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland next April. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Oct. 16.

 “Simply put: if you want blackened thrash (or whatever you want to call it – everybody has their own definition of what these Ohio rednecks are supposed to be defined as) of the absolutely highest order, these are your guys,” proclaimed Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who alongside Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (Wardruna) has curated the line-up for Roadburn 2015.

Having hand-picked SKELETONWITCH to play, Bjørnson — who toured alongside the group earlier this year — added, “Okay, I’ve gotta admit that once again sharing a backstage area with these wonderful specimens of the human variety is a motivation in itself – but it is of course first and foremost the music that brought about the invite. This is the perfect band to tear down the walls at Roadburn 2015 and seriously shake things up/slap us silly. If ‘Witch’s high-octane metal doesn’t make you headbang like there’s no tomorrow, you’re probably dead.”

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Show review: Life Of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death 9/13/14

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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“Shed my skin and start again”

It was thrilling to attend the sold out Starland Ballroom Life of Agony and A Pale Horse Named Death show (w/Antwerp openers Diablo Blvd bringing their blend of Danzig-influenced hard rock). It is no secret I am one of the biggest LOA and Type O fans in the world and have been blessed to interview Mina, Sal and to have met Joey Z on different occasions. This band saved my life and I know I am not alone among you metalriot.com readers out there in vocalizing that.

That said, be it their name, the serious nature of their blend of melodic alternative rock and old school hard core and metal or just timing, Life Of Agony are both huge AND underrated. No one knew for sure if they would ever come back now that singer Kieth Caputo transitioned to become Mina Caputo, but from the first note of the band’s set the place erupted and the room was nothing but love. It was completely life affirming and rock n roll as hell.

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Regulator (Cro-Mags with Bad Brains guests) play NYC benefit show

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Regulator has confirmed that they will be headlining a benefit concert to take place on Thursday, September 25th at Bowery Electric. A NYHC all-star event, Regulator includes John Joseph & Mackie of The Cro-Mags and performs all classic Bad Brains material. Mackie, of course, also was in Bad Brains previously.

Special guests to join Regulator during this performance will be none other than the Bad Brains own, Darryl Jennifer & Dr. Know. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Childrens Tumor Foundation (which is also the charity John Joseph supports through competing in Ironman Triathlons).

Also performing will be Wilding Incident (which features members of Crown Of Thornz, Maximum Penalty and The White Mandingos) and the recently re-united Subzero.

Purchase tickets here. PMA!

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Falconer announce final live shows

Posted by morganyevans on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM (PST)

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ProgPower USA has announced the line up for ProgPower XVI, which will include Falconer‘s final live performance. A video featuring music from the bands announced so far can be found on facebook.com/ProgPowerUSA. The festival is scheduled to take place in Atlanta, GA September 11-12 next year. Tickets will go on sale on October 4 through Ticketmaster.

Falconer has released the following statement online:

“As the news has been dropped that we won’t continue as a live act we take the opportunity to explain, not that it really differs much from the state the band usually is in. The last show will take place at ProgPower USA in 2015.

 ”As I (Stefan Weinerhall) started Falconer in 1999 it was meant to be a studio project, I have always looked upon myself as a writer more than an artist, the creative work has been the reason and driving force. We started doing some shows after a while but never really going all in although the shows themselves was really rewarding, fun and filled with fond memories. It is due to conscious decisions that we have built the band up around our obligations, work schedules and family lives so there is no bitterness to this decision although the decisions were harder to make in the early years when everything started rolling. If we’re not a proper live act we’re better of as the studio project we were meant to be.

 ”The inconsistency of doing very few shows with huge gaps between them has meant that we’ve had to start up the rusty machinery from scratch each time. So now as we all are becoming grumpy old men, we realise that the output don’t match the input although the experiences from the past gigs have been great!

“We owe it to our fans and ourselves to do some more appearances before becoming even more reclusive than we already are, haha! So for 2015 we have looked into our windows of opportunity and seen which festivals we CAN do. Those festivals are now contacted and know of the exclusivity in the offer. So with this I hope that those of you who really want to catch us a last time will succeed, even though we haven’t directly booked a world tour!

 

“Cheers from the metal minstrels from the north!”

Stefan, Mathias, Karsten, Jimmy and Magnus

 

Falconer’s most recent album, Black Moon Rising was released in June of this year and can be previewed and purchased at metalblade.com/falconer.

Much luck to the band in their future endeavors and thanks for their efforts to date bringing great metal to true fans.

 

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Fail to Decay release “All Seeing Eye” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM (PST)

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Minnesota deathcorers Fail to Decay have released the music video for their song “All Seeing Eye”.

“All Seeing Eye” comes off Fail to Decay’s newest EP The Black Book EP, which was released last March.

Check out “All Seeing Eye” here.

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Fear Factory sign to Nuclear Blast, please use a real drummer

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM (PST)

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FEAR FACTORY are currently working on material for their Nuclear Blast debut. The as-of-yet-untitled album will be co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell. A Winter 2015 release is expected. The current line up of the band is expected to be on the release:

Burton C. Bell – Vocals
Dino Cazares – Guitars
Matt DeVries – Bass
Mike Heller – Drums

While I wish it was Christian and Raymond, like most fans, I like Matt and Mike. Though even Olde Wolbers just commented in a Blabbermouth Thread that: “The real line up would make too much sense.”

Click HERE for more.

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Old Man Gloom release “The Lash”, announce new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM (PST)

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Boston sludgers Old Man Gloom have just released a new song.

The track “The Lash” comes off the band’s forthcoming album The Ape of God.

Old Man Gloom’s label, Profound Lore Records had this to say about the release of the album:

“Everyone’s favorite band in the entire universe, namely Old Man Gloom, have completed work on their new album The Ape Of God. In what will present itself as some of the most engaging and triumphant work that the simian worshiping collective of Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer, SUMAC), Nate Newton (Converge/Doomriders), Caleb Scofield (Cave In), and Santos Montano have conjured to date, The Ape Of God comprises itself of songs that range within the realm of the eclectic, noisy, ambient and experimental with of course the gargantuan steamroller heaviness that plows and forges its way through this work of monolithic sonic art. Basically what one can only expect from the legendary and influential Old Man Gloom, who made their glorious return several years ago to an unsuspecting public with their ‘NO’ album after an eight year hibernation period.”

Check out “The Lash” here.

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Album Review: Sick Of It All – Last Act Of Defiance

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM (PST)

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It used to be cool when you’d open up Sick Of It All‘s CD for Just Look Around and see them hangin’ out with Sepultura or whoever and just everyone bein’ cool. Before that you had DRI bring “crossover” most fully (with their album of the same name), and the eventual deathcorn-holed anus of the low end diaper filler breakdown riffs we know and love today. It is not inevitable, however that Rage begets Bizkit begets Deathcore or whatever bad metaphor you want to insert here. I’m not here to trash on anyone.

Sick Of It All need to be celebrated, man. This band simply embody whatever they encompass, be it the more crossover sounds so many fell in love with on Scratch The Surface to wider appeal or the staying power of more straight up hardcore dance-a-thon classic Built To Last. Or the unbridled assault on the issues of the day that was (perhaps still high water mark) Death To Tyrants. Regardless of your favorite era of the band (my fave record is actually Yours Truly, believe it or not), Sick Of It All are on point.

The new album is no different and you should pre order it HERE now! (Though I do wonder why their merch says NY est. 86 but has a Yanks logo when the Mets won in 86′, but it’s all NYC).

We hate when a band alludes to the end in an album title or song name, but it thrills popular culture junkies to know we are watching “The Final Season” of a show and that plot threads will resolve, at the same time. End Hits didn’t turn out to be Fugazi’s last record. The verdict is out on if it was Iron Maiden’s Final Frontier, but I doubt it. End Game would have been a great place for Megadeth to stop before Super Collider. It’s all because an artist has made great works that we hold them to the highest standards, regardlessof if I disagree with some of Mustaine’s politics, for example. I know Ted Nugent can write “Stranglehold”, so even if I disagree with his politics on many issues, I still can seperate the musician and what they espouse. Sick Of It All I simply champion because they stand for real shit, true hardcore and always kick out the killer jams…all while uplifting the community. This is NYHC. This is defiance. But also dignity and grace, hard knocks and all.

Click HERE for more.

Album Review: ‘Burnt Offerings’ – Discord Curse

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM (PST)

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Minnesota deathcore newcomers Discord Curse are making quick work of getting recognition by getting on the stage with the likes of bands like Suffokate, getting coverage by the likes of New Noise Magazine and having Johnny McBee of The Browning appear on one of the songs on their forthcoming debut.

The debut, which will hit on September 29, is entitled Burnt Offerings. Check out my review of the four-track deathcore slab here.

Show pics: Painmask at The Loft (with new members)

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM (PST)

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8/22/2014 my pals Painmask crushed the Loft in Poughkeepsie on a bill with Cro-Mags and Society Today. The Painmask boys have been busy lately recording with Joey Z from Life Of Agony as well as revamping thier line-up a bit with the addition of guitarist John Reilly and drummer K Grizzle to the long running metalcore outfit’s current roster. Matt Slater got some live pics for us.

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