Huntress kick ass. Their throwback thrashing space time leaping sound is fun and Jill Janus leads her divisive band forward at full throttle no matter what haters say. They earn respect. She was awesome before this band as well as a DJ or in Chelsea Girls and is fucking hysterical. One of my life goals is to smoke a fat ass blunt with her someday. I don't get how anyone could really listen to Starbound Beast and find this band insincere. I think they find Jill intimidating, like people hate Andy from Black Veil Brides for the sin of being smart AND a death glam man-babe (even though he's worked his skinny ass off). AND no one could see her perform or in images and really think Jill wasn't in control of her career, even if people find her a sex symbol. I've crushed on her awesomeness a bit since I wrote for Crusher Magazine years ago! She is theatrical, the band slay and Jill often shouts out the greats of the past. Bottom line: stop the hate. You're loss is great!
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Portland’s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, AGALLOCH, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV next week. Set to commence on June 5th in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse sixteen cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20th in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.
Dates and music Beloweth.Add Agalloch to My Radar
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Tierra Y Libertad, released first quarter by Southern Lord Recordings , is cult force Xibalba crushing ball-bas. Ok, I know that was terribly written. Fuck it. The band are unstoppable and now have a new video via Lambgoat.
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In complete DIY fashion, XIBALBA basically took the concept of their classic “Cold” video to the next level, this time the overthrowing an entire neighborhood in their hometown of Pomona, California. Directed, shot and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine/One films, with footage by Danny Mayo and Mike Sogoff, the video for “Guerrilla” features a brutalizing live uprising filmed at a live outdoor show in a Pomona neighborhood, utilizing the voices of their friends and family to carry the message of the track to the masses.
Through a premiere at Lambgoat this week, XIBALBA’s “Guerrilla” is now playing RIGHT HERE.
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When I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear, the idea of DIY popped up on my mind and I just went for it. And I expended a hobby to a business to share what I think it’s cool with like-minded people in the world. – Daniel Royale
http://SuffragetteStreet.etsy.com is the homebase for NYC based rock afficianado, nice person and fashion/jewelry designer Daniel Royale. I first met Royale about six or seven years ago when I worked for the now defunct (sadly) Crusher Magazine and we attended a Boris show together. We hung out at some bars and clubs a few times also and she saw my old band PPSP (aka Pontius Pilate Sales Pitch w ex Coheed drummer Nate Kelley) at Don Hill’s once. Daniel is a fun and fun loving person, quick to laugh and knowledgeable about rock music and New York. I caught up with her to find out more about her jewelry work, which she declares as “Gothic/Steampunk/Rock n’ Roll Jewelry for Men & Women”. Want some cool, dark flair? This is a great shop to check out.
Maybe now that Mad Max: Fury Road is showing women to be more kick ass than the small dicked and pea brained misogynists at Return Of Kings website could ever be, men and women will feel more inclined to punk or glam it up again as we prepare for the post-apocalypse and listen to some killer tunes. You know why people like #motionlessinwhite or #blackveilbrides or #marilynmanson or #deathstars ? Cuz they are bringing the style back to the sleaze and glory of death rock. And the same can be said for gothic influenced dramatic types like Emilie Autumn or White Empress or even #Kerli . Maybe you should too?
If you don’t think fashion can be as creative as or have a worthy place in rock n’ roll, you are dumb.
Find out more BELOW, Sister Suffragettes.
“I’m hoping as a culture we can be better than to stoop to rap feuds. It’s all of us against idiots like the Westboro Baptist Church. Let’s not let the tiny difference between Grind and Thrash get in the way of that.” – Jason Lekberg (Vocals)
IKILLYA are a band really on point with their press kit, drive and pro but genuine and simultaneously self-invested but scene supportive methods. Talented vocalist and industry navigator Jason Lekberg has some serious knowledge he drops in this interview and I’d recommend all metal fans, bands or industry types read and heed his words in regards to goals, artist development and persistence BELOW.Add IKillYa to My Radar
“Tightly she holds the blade With which the rapist will be raped . Castration Of the rapist! Emasculation.” Talk about a reply to any number of songs from Cannibal Corpse’s discography! Having discovered these ladies last year, right before their demo was released, I was ecstatic to finally hear Castrator‘s 4-track EP released in early May under the Horror Pain Gore Death Productions label. These five ladies hail from all over the map (Sweden, Colombia & Norway to name a few countries), marking this group as both ethnically diverse and fem-tastic! Shrouded in a bit of mystery, the ladies are credited as M.S. (vocals), M. Akesson (rhythm guitar), Robin Mazen (bass), C. Perez (drums) and P. Serrano (lead and vocals). You might already be familiar with many of the ladies from their other bands, which with time, I’m sure you’ll all figure out.
It’s sort of a supergroup in the making. Castrator’s EP has brushed off the dust to reinvigorate traditional death metal, and, in fact, does so with a healthy dose of feminism. And for you males out there who shy away from the f-word – put simply, it’s about leveling the field.
Read more BELOW.
Goatsnake emerge and reclaim their heavy throne with Black Age Blues. “House Of The Moon” shuts down any foolish few critical of the stomping immensity of the Goatsnake ride well before the vocals even come in, and it is just one of many examples of what makes this band more venomous than ever. After fifteen years the band is back strong and fans will revel in the heavy, deep from the Earth rock vibes on this must have class of 2015 doom entry.
Black Age Blues showcases vocalist Pete Stahl (Scream), drummer Greg Rogers (The Obsessed), bassist Scott Renner and guitarist Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Recordings) working as a real team to dust off a monster. With guests from David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit, the album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian Big Bass Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament).
Northern California death metallers WRVTH have released a video for their song “Into Bloom”.
“Into Bloom” comes off the band’s upcoming self-titled third album, which is due out on June 16 via Unique Leader Records.
The band comments that the song is very personal, “This songs very personal. It talks about finding who and where you want to be through chasing your dreams.”
Check out the “Into Bloom” video and WRVTH tour dates here.Add WRVTH to My Radar
Swedish metallers The Great Discord have released a video for their song “The Aging Man”.
“The Aging Man” comes from the band’s forthcoming album Duende which will come out on June 2 via Metal Blade Records.
The band had this to say about the “The Aging Man” video:
“The video is a mix of a presentation of our band, and a visualization of the concept behind our song, The Aging Man. The idea is that a man, facing his mortality, struggles with his impending death, here personified by Fia’s stage persona. Acting as a sort of inverted Saint Peter, or Charon, she is a gatekeeper, a guide, challenging his thoughts and beliefs about what is going to happen, and forces him to face his demons and his regrets. The game of chess is a symbol for this struggle. Welcome to THE GREAT DISCORD.“
Check out the “The Aging Man” video here.Add The Great Discord to My Radar
British grindcore godfathers Napalm Death are preparing to be on the road this summer.
Napalm Death are touring to promote their 15 album Apex Predator – Easy Meat.
Bassist Shane Embury had this to say about the upcoming tour:
“We had an awesome time down in Australia & New Zealand with our old friends Carcass! A lot of history between us as everyone probably knows and the crowds were very appreciative with most of the shows sold out. And what a great line up, also with Extortion opening…a truly awesome band from Australia. All in all a killer tour and I almost got Bill Steer up onstage for a few of the old songs, but we never quite managed it with all of the crazy traveling and early flights. But one day soon though, I tell you…Cheers!“
Check out the Napalm Death tour dates here.
Make sure to check back for details on an upcoming Napalm Death 7″ split EP.Add Napalm Death to My Radar
Boston metallers Revocation seem tireless. Earlier today they dropped a lyric video for their song “Madness Opus” off of their newest album Deathless which came out in October.
In addition to the video, Revocation are currently on tour. They’re playing 20 shows starting today in Pittsburgh and wrapping up on June 14 in Winnipeg.
Check out tour dates and the video for “Madness Opus” here.Add Revocation to My Radar
Oakland death metal burnouts Connoisseur are ramping up for a 49-show tour starting at home in Oakland on May 22 and ending on July 11 in Berkeley.
Their album Stoner Justice will drop on June 9 via TankCrimes records.
Check out tour dates as well as the “Pot Hole” video here.Add Connoisseur to My Radar
Rise Of Doom are a rock solid new metalcore band from France who are better than about 80% of the pack, which means they certainly deserve to be on the radar of all metalcore fans. The band show a lot of promise on the very heavy yet colorful and effective self-released Purgation. Check out our interview with some of the guys BELOW.Add Rise Of Doom to My Radar