Ireland’s reigning metal kings Primordial don’t really have casual fans. You either worship the blood soaked firmament they stride over or you don’t really get it because you are an idiot or something. The band teamed with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on their 2016 live album Gods to the Godless. The record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to PRIMORDIAL’s rehearsal room. We are sure it will be another valuable addition to their storied discography. Can’t friggin’ wait, honestly!

Visit metalblade.com/primordial to check out the video for the first single “Stolen Years.”

Commenting about the album’s first single, ‘Stolen Years’, A.A. Nemtheanga added: “‘Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of if I guess it is. It’s not a blood and thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it 9 minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also but to open this time we chose something different. This album has some surprises and this is one of them, a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage, the song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all, sometimes we never know when that might be, hold your loved ones tight tonight, this could be it…”

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Withered announce North American 2018 Winter tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 9:40 AM (PST)

The gnarly riff barfers in WITHERED have announced a new leg of  North American tour dates. The Cvlt Nation-sponsored tour kicks off on March 24 and sees support come from WAKE. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Shit yes! We stan. We staaannnn!!!

Regarding the tour, WITHERED guitarist Mike Thompson comments, “After 6 months of one-off shows, a little writing, and regrouping, we can’t handle not being on the road any longer. So, we invited Canadian grinders, WAKE to join us late this winter for an eastern North America run. We plan to bring a new show with some songs we haven’t played in over a decade and can’t wait to reintroduce some of Withered’s back catalogue to new and old fans. It’s going to be one for the books.”

Sounds like a true excuse for a bangover.

 

WITHERED are touring in support of their new album, ‘Grief Relic’. The album, hailed as “a smarter and more sophisticated version of Withered, staking out territory in a more expansive landscape.” (Stereogum) is streaming now at the official WITHERED bandcamp page. The highly anticipated full-length is available across multiple CD and LP formats here.

Dates BELOW.

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Aerosmith’s debut eponymous album turns 45 this month!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1:46 AM (PST)
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Boston hard rocker’s Aerosmith have been in the game for a while now – releasing fifteen studio albums, touring the world, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 – Aerosmith has sold a certified 84.7 million units, making them one of the top 30 best selling music artists of all time!

That all started 45 years ago with the release of their debut album Aerosmith. Released on Columbia Records in January 1973, Aerosmith had been recorded in a month at Intermedia Studios in Boston and produced by Adrian Barber.

When the album was released in 1973, it and it’s biggest single, “Dream On,” didn’t catch on at first. It wouldn’t be until the album was re-released in 1976 that “Dream On” would become a top ten single and the album itself would reach 21 on the Billboard 200 that same year. The album has gone on to be certified 2x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Canada as well (though it would ultimately be overshadowed by the band’s third album Toys in the Attic).

Only one song on this album is a cover, Rufus Thomas’s “Walkin’ the Dog.” The rest are written primarily by Tyler, with Steven Emspack co-writing on “Somebody,” and Joe Perry co-writing on “Movin’ Out.”

Without further ado, check out my thoughts on this album on its 45th anniversary here.

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North Carolina progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have come into 2018 with a slew of exciting news!

The band has announced a two-part concept album entitled Automata and part one is expected to be released on March 9 via Sumerian Records.

They will embark on a North American headlining tour with The Dear Hunter and Leprous on March 2.

Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr. (Lead Vocals, Keyboards) states: “Every single week music comes and goes. We can get music instantly and with this luxury, the listener has a hard time sitting down with albums and exploring their every twist and turn. Because of this, we have decided to release our new album in two parts. Our music is dense and our albums are very long, so we want to give people two separate moments to dive in this year and explore new music that we’ve put our entire being into. We hope you enjoy the creation as much as we’ve enjoyed the process.”

Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Founder) states: “I first toured with BTBAM in early 2000s when they were on Lifeforce. Since then we remained friends and I have watched their career grow nonstop through eras on Victory and Metal Blade. I am very grateful such a seminal, influential and progressive group of musicians have chosen to partner with Sumerian for their next chapter. It’s days like this that remind me of my roots and excite me about our future.”

Check out more details, including the official tour poster and the tracklist for Automata here.

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King Woman cover “I Wanna Be Adored” by the Stone Roses

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:33 AM (PST)

KING WOMAN has shared a cover of “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses. Listen to the powerful cover via YouTube HERE and order on Bandcamp HERE.

KING WOMAN’s latest album Created in the Image of Suffering received high end of 2017 praise charting on notable album of the year lists such as Loudwire (#16), Metal Riot (#1), Treble (#9), and Revolver (Best Music Video – Manna #15) among numerous others.

Created in the Image of Suffering is out now worldwide on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available on Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads on Bandcamp HERE.

Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA.  Each song evokes rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art.

A full collection of KING WOMAN’s music videos is available HERE.

Additionally, KING WOMAN are happy to announce they have now joined the management roster at Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Earth, Mutoid Man, etc) and have just launched their new website which will be at kingwoman.band. The band commented on the new partnership and Stone Roses cover, saying:

“We have an immense amount of respect for Cathy and are proud to be a part of the Sargent House family. It’s going to be a beautiful year. The Stone Roses song was recorded with at Earth Tone Studios with Pat Hills in Sacramento, CA. It’s our first shot at recording a cover.”

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Sacramento, Ca based shredding tech death outfit ALTERBEAST will be releasing their newest album “Feast” on February 23rd and have announced their month long headlining Feast Winter Tour in support of the effort. Support will be coming from The Grindmother, Inferi (2/22-3/16), The Kennedy Veil (2/17-2/20), and Aethere.

Guitarist and founding member Andrew Lamb had this to say about the tour, “We are excited to announce the Feast Winter Tour 2018 w/ special guest Grindmother, Inferi, The Kennedy Veil, and Aethere! After recording what we think is our best record yet, the pack is gearing up to hit the road this February and March in support of our new record. We are taking some ultra dope bands with us to shred for 24 nights of blizzard level blast-beats, ice berg sized riffs, and cold, frost-bitten howls that will leave you numb to the world till you thaw out this Spring! We will have some new merch designs EXCLUSIVELY for this tour as well as copies of FEAST on CD/vinyl before it’s released of February 23rd! Roll out to a date and go BEASTMODE with us! Wolfsiiiidddde!” 

Dates BELOW.

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Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal’s most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE(Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY‘s upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel’s musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.

A full list of dates can be found BELOW.

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RIP ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:46 AM (PST)

As much as I relish and miss the opportunity to write a Motörhead related story more frequently, it is with heavy heart that we repeat the news that “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away. Pardon the delay in this post. A lot going on in my life right now and the news also took time to process as a fan. Clarke, to me, reminds me that it is so important to do what you believe in and strive to make your mark/use your lifetime for YOU. It could make a huge difference. Think of all the moments that would have been lesser without Clarke’s contributions to rock n’ roll. There you go. RIP

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Pop Evil post behind the scenes Nashville studio footage

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:46 PM (PST)

POP EVIL has released a behind the scenes studio video surrounding their time spent at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville this past summer. The video, the first in a series of videos to come, documents the band living together as they embarked on the writing process for their fifth studio LP.

The band will embark on the Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL is confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th, and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th.

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at www.popevilvip.com. PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support for all dates.

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Gatecreeper

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:59 PM (PST)
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Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper release a split LP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST)

 

Virginian crossover thrashers Iron Reagan and Arizonian death metallers Gatecreeper have teamed up to release a split LP.

The split, mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, is expected to be released on March 2 via Relapse Records.

Iron Reagan kick off their brief East Coast headline tour today in Washington D.C. and consists of five intimate concerts ending January 14 in Richmond, VA. Gatecreeper will perform an exclusive headline concert, presented by Revolver Magazine, on January 27 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The band has also announced two February concerts in Arizona with label-mates Mammoth Grinder plus festival appearances at Modified Ghost Festival III and Northwest Terror Fest.

Check out Iron Reagan’s “Paper Shredder” and Gatecreeper’s “War Has Begun” as well as each band’s respective tour dates and the tracklist for the split release here.

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Dying Whale on tour; working on new material

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:31 PM (PST)

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Georgia hardcore punks Dying Whale will be playing the Birdhaus in Statesboro, GA tonight (01/10) and the Cory’s Grilled Cheese in Charleston, SC tomorrow (01/11).

Dying Whale will be joined by Post Nothing and Crushed!?.

Dying Whale will divulge additional tours for announcement in the coming weeks, alongside details on impending new recordings for 2018.

Dying Whale released their Last Moments Of Misery album through Nefarious Industries in February 2017, coalescing elements of metal, sludge, and hardcore.

Head over to Dying Whale’s Bandcamp to listen to Last Moments of Misery.

DYING WHALE w/ Post Nothing, Crushed!?:
1/09/2018 The Estate – Columbus, GA
1/10/2018 Birdhaus – Statesboro, GA
1/11/2018 Cory’s Grilled Cheese – Charleston, SC

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Celebrate 20 years of KITTIE with a documentary and new live album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM (PST)

KITTIE have always been way cooler and more important than some snobs gave them credit for and I remain a real fan. A long gestating documentary is arriving on March 30 via Lightyear Entertainment in North America to celebrate the band’s career and impact. The three-disc set, which was directed by Rob McCallum, includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the documentary as well as a new live album on CD. Check out a ripping new trailer HERE.

Press Release:

How many people do you know that accomplished something that effectively CHANGED LIVES while they were in HIGH SCHOOL?

Our friends Morgan and Mercedes Lander didn’t intend to become Heavy Metal Feminist Icons in their teens, but that is exactly what they have become. 

They held their own with some of the biggest metal bands in the genre and made music as brutal as any of their male counterparts. They were RIAA certified gold and have sold MILLIONS of records since their debut 20 years ago. With plays in the millions on YouTube and Spotify, the band is even more relevant today, due to the international dialogue about women in entertainment.

The 3-Disc Set (DVD, Blu Ray and CD) is due out on 3/30/2018.  Also, look out for a 12″ record of the audio portion of the release in the coming months.

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Swedish Death Metallers The Crown have announced their newest album Cobra Speed Venom, which is due out March 16 via Metal Blade Records.

The record was produced together with Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman.

The Crown comments: “We are really looking forward to finally be able to show our fans how damn good this band can be when the circumstances are right. With that I mean to be able to do an album the way we want to do it: creating as a band, rehearsing as a band, recording as a band. You will hear a band performing here, with fierce energy and hunger!”

Check out the video for “Iron Crown,” as well as the tracklist for Cobra Speed Venom here.

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Anvil prepare to release ‘Pounding The Pavement’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 5:01 PM (PST)

Canadian heavy metallers Anvil are preparing to release their 17th studio album Pounding The Pavement on January 19 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Anvil will be heading out on tour through Europe in support of the album starting in February.

Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial survival. Steve Kudlow (guitars/vocals): “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”

In view of their impressive new album which brims over with inspiration, Anvil can look into the future with optimism, knowing that they have succeeded – as expressed in their song ´Doing What I Want` – in not having to pander to anyone’s taste artistically: “Despite all adversities that the life of a musician entails, we still find ourselves in a very privileged position. We can basically do what we want to do. Nobody interferes, nobody tries to steer us in one direction or the other. Which other artists can say that of themselves? Even the biggest bands in the world envy us and tell us: ‘You damn bastards have always been able to do what you want.’ And that’s precisely what we’ve done again on Pounding The Pavement.”

Check out info about the album and Anvil tour dates here.

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