Black Crown Initiate release new single “Invitation”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:27 PM (PST)

Pennsylvania metallers Black Crown Initiate have released their latest single “Invitation.”

“Invitation” comes off the band’s upcoming album Portraits of the Doomed Escape due out August 7 via Century Media Records. The album was recorded at Think Loud Studios by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, who have also recorded bands like Rivers Of Nihil, August Burns Red, Lorna Shore, and many more.

“We tore our hearts apart making this record, and we can’t wait for you all to hear it. It’s the best thing any of us has ever made. More to come,” states the band.

Stream “Invitation” here or wherever you stream music.

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Annihilator is known as the highest selling heavy metal artist in Canadian history, although most of the sales have not been in their home country.


The Black Dahlia Murder release “Child of Night” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:08 PM (PST)

Michigan metallers The Black Dahlia Murder have released a video for their song “Child of Night.”

This video comes out ahead of the release of the band’s latest album Verminous due out on April 17 via Metal Blade Records.

The video was produced by Vesa Ranta & Kaira Films.

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers‘ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous‘,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on its own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”

Check out the video for “Child of Night” And The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates here.

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Metal Riot’s Selected Spring Spectacular Slaughter 2020

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:19 PM (PST)

Drain’s CALIFORNIA CURSED is gonna wreck your world in the best way

It is a depressing time in music right now with all the Coronavirus valid concerns causing great tours from Car Bomb to GosT to Gruesome and Krisiun to be taken out behind the shed and put to bed. I figure everyone is feeling pretty down and it sucks that I can’t stop thinking about Tom Hanks having to self-quarantine back on the island with Wilson. Not far, man. Seriously though, much love to everyone.

Seems like a good time to get people psyched on some tunes they will soon be able to stream in the coming weeks once some of the best albums to listen to in early Spring drop. Here are five selections for records to check out in the coming months as we rock our woes away. We can still bond together via social media about music while we remember to please wipe our phone and tablet screens often so as not to affect elderly and immunocompromised loved ones.

Ok here are my choices for the coolest things coming out in upcoming weeks! Read more HERE.

Live Drain photo by Sam Jameson

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Following the declaration of national emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Metalitalia.com and Spaziorock.it joined forces to support the Italian Red Cross and the constant commitment of its thousands of employees and volunteers in the current struggle.

GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

The Italian Red Cross has been active at the forefront of the emergency since the start of the Covid-19 alert with multiple roles, including relief, health, psychological, logistical, information, control, screening and is carrying out many other crucial activities in the battle against this epidemic that is bringing the country to its knees. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Italian Red Cross is safely managing the transport of the sick to and between the relevant health structures, through the use of special high biocontainment means prepared in case of health emergencies like this.

We ask all of you fans, artists, record labels and music professionals to support our cause. The rock community has always been united and aimed at mutual support. A small gesture to help people who need care and support to return to their normal lives as soon as possible. With the hope of seeing each other again in a music venue soon!

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Swiss avant-garde extreme metal band Triptykon are pleased to announce their highly anticipated release of Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) opus on May 15th, 2020 via Prowling Death Records / Century Media Records worldwide. The release will be available for pre-order in various formats starting March 20th, 2020.

Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) marks the bombastic conclusion of a project over 30 years in the making: The legendary Celtic Frost/Triptykon “Requiem” performed for the first time in its entirety and with full classical orchestration by the Dutch Metropole Orkest.

“We are truly, deeply delighted to be able to have been granted the opportunity to finish this unique project begun by Celtic Frost so many years ago, and to finally share the completed recording with the world,” Tom Gabriel Warrior states about the release. “This album is the result of two years of passionate work, and it marks the conclusion of a musical idea first considered over three decades ago. Moreover, this Requiem also represents drummer Hannes Grossmann’s first recording with Triptykon, and we are very proud to feature him in such an extraordinary context. It was an incredible honour to collaborate with the Metropole Orkest, conductor Jukka Iisakkila, guest vocalist Safa Heraghi, and the esteemed Roadburn festival. In fact, there couldn’t have been a better partner for the “Requiem” project than Roadburn. We are releasing this Requiem album in memoriam of our deeply missed friends and collaborators Martin Eric Ain and HR Giger.”

Requiem (46:00 min.) is composed of three chapters:
1. “Rex Irae” (06:34 min.) (First appeared on 1987’s “Into The Pandemonium” album by Celtic Frost)
2. “Grave Eternal” (32:28 min.) (Newly written middle part)
3. “Winter” (06:54 min.) (First appeared on 2006’s “Monotheist” album by Celtic Frost)

This unique and groundbreaking release is available in the following formats:

– Special Edition CD + DVD Mediabook
– Ltd. Gatefold LP + DVD (With LP-Booklet and 2x poster)
Unlimited black 180g. vinyl and selected ltd. coloured editions!
– Standard CD Jewelcase
– Ltd. Deluxe Artbook with coloured LP + CD + DVD + coloured 7Inch (With bonus track, score book of 60 pages, 3x poster, artprint and photocard)
– Digital album

Requiem’s main cover art (As can be seen above!) is titled “Blood Angel” and was created by Daniele Valeriani.

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VËLLA release their debut album “COMA”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 12:56 PM (PST)

VËLLA from Portugal have released their debut alternative metal album Coma. Raising Legends Records put it out. The album was recorded at Raising Legends Lisboa studios with the band’s bass player, Caesar Craveiro, taking over the production, mixing and mastering tasks.

The group remind me of a sort of Korn/Chevelle blend of influences, from what I have heard so far. Check their song “Mannequin” below and see if it is for you.

The record features some special guests, such as the singer from the Portuguese groove metal band Equaleft, Miguel Inglês, who lends his voice to the song “The Promise”. Ana Marques gives her voice to the track “Tormento”, which also has the contribution of Ariana Pereira’s violin, and “I’ll Be The End”, the last song of the record, has the vocal collaboration of André Ferreira aka Wild Maui.

VËLLA’s guitar player Mário Rui comments: “This record illustrates the union of 5 musicians without fear of taking risks. We rely on the vision of each member to create the best music possible, without defining genres or barriers. In the end, the result was 12 distinct tracks, featuring heavy riffs, memorable choruses, melancholy environments and addictive melodies. We wrote a record that certainly won’t leave anyone indifferent.”

Oz Vilesov, the other guitar player, adds: “While we wrote the record we never had a pre-defined genre in mind. We chose to be guided by our own songs and this resulted in a record with multiple facets.”

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1349 announce brief headlining US tour with Pulchra Morte

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Norwegian black metal formation 1349 have announced a small run of headlining U.S. dates, in which they will be supported by PULCHRA MORTE. The band will hit four U.S. cities this May, including Dark Lord Day Festival in Munster, IN; all dates can be found below. Tickets are on sale now!

1349 will be supporting their latest release, The Infernal Pathway,’which was released in October 2019 and can be ordered HERE.

1349 Headlining U.S. Dates (w/ PULCHRA MORTE):
05/13: Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] *
05/14: Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth Brewing *
05/15: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s *
05/16: Munster, IN @ Dark Lord Day Festival

photo- Dmitry Valberg

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Nekroi Theoi release video for “Simony of Hollow Christs”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:30 AM (PST)

Florida death dealers Nekroi Theoi released Dead Gods, one of the most individual visions in current death metal/core cross pollination , in 2019. It took some cool chances and established the band as real up and coming true believers to watch. Now you can see a new video from the group for the intense and issue focused “Simony of Hollow Christs”.

Of the track, vocalist, JJ Polacheck commented:

“Simony of Hollow Christs is, like much of Dead Gods a deeply personal take on a widespread issue. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, deeply embedded within the western protestant church in all its denominations, I witnessed firsthand the many doubleminded pathologies of the leadership and infrastructure. Great efforts were taken to give reverence to the scripture, while many people beneath the leadership were exploited. This came to a head when my father spoke out against a Baptist youth leader in training who was preying on a young girl in my youth group, and my father was promptly fired and the issue swept under the rug while the predator remained in the church.

“This would be my first moment of disillusionment with Christianity, and it left a great mark on my psyche. I learned that even in what I perceived to be the purest of institutions, there is a focus on optics over ethics. This is not the exception, this is the functional norm. Simony of Hollow Christs is a naked and honest appraisal of this from the perspective of a True Believer, rationalizing any and all horrors for the sake of following scripture as closely as possible. This mentality is real, and vastly pervasive throughout the entirety of Christian culture. Yes, even your modern, tech savvy church with a coffee shop.”

Upcoming NEKROÍ THEOÍ dates:
3/19 New Port Richey, FL @ The Verona
3/20 Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda
3/21 Orlando, FL @ Henao Contemporary Center
3/22 Tampa, FL @ American Legion

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Gridfailure and Chrome Waves split album due in March

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 3:24 PM (PST)

Hey metal twerps. Let me interrupt my dayquil and seltzer gulping enhanced binge skimming of The Stand out of hopefully unfounded fears that my sniffle is the coronavirus to tell you about another form of viral mayhem, the pending split release album between fringe moon barkers CHROME WAVES and GRIDFAILURE. This release is a historic one in both general music terms and Metal Riot history in that it is the first time two bands who I have corroded fan stickers of on my acoustic guitar are doing a split album together. But it is cool for other reasons as well!

Each act offered up several originals and a cover apiece to create maximum pleasurable unease.

Both the CHROME WAVES and GRIDFAILURE songs were mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg). David Brenner designed the cover artwork utilizing photos from Jeff Wilson and himself.

The split album will see digital release via both acts Bandcamp pages on March 27th with a limited physical version to follow. Watch for audio premieres, preorders, and more to post in the coming days.

Track Listing:
CHROME WAVES
1. A Fair Wind
2. Spring Moon
3. The Eternal (Joy Division)

GRIDFAILURE
1. Day Terrors
2. Napalm At Zero Gravity
3. Empty Ships Sail Past
4. Deinde Quod Semper Timui
5. Cascading Failures
6. Temple Of The Morning Star (Today Is The Day)

 

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Check out Errant from Immortal Bird’s Rae Amitay

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:02 AM (PST)

 

Immortal Bird took our album of the year spot for 2019 and now singer Rae Amitay is already back with more music via a fresh new excellent solo endeavor called Errant. A CD limited to 100 copies is available for pre-order via Manatee Rampage Records and on Bandcamp HERE. Since I have already gotten my new Ozzy and sepultura (which were both pretty rad), I have to say that I am most looking forward to this EP and the rumored new Blues Pills in 2020 thus far in the days yet to come.

Errant is a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird, Thrawsunblat) conceived in 2019, meant as a vehicle for realizing ideas that exist in a separate space from Immortal Bird.

I enjoyed hearing Amitay’s clean vocals over the sort of brooding alternative rocky gloom-gaze of the verses of first available tune “A Vacillant Breath” before a punchy and driving series of riffs serve as the support for her more familiar patented harsh screams, which sound here like she has defeated Tomas Lindberg in single combat or at least Connect 4. I don’t know what I am writing. Anyhow, the point is this shit is super cool and very vibey and you should support it. Looking forward to hearing the promised Failure cover as well.

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Photo Credit: Anna Ledin Wirén

Swedish hardcore d-beat outfit DISFEAR see the digital release of their sophomore album, A Brutal Sight of War available digitally for the very first time! Originally released in 1993, A Brutal Sight of War is now available across all streaming services HERE.

DISFEAR begin their Spring tour dates next week in Belgium. All confirmed 2020 tour dates are available below. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Today we turn our Sauronic-eye to the fabled confines of Ralph’s Rock Diner in lovely Worcester, MA. The underground venue recently hosted sub genre straddling talented force Dzö-nga for their Thunder In The Mountains album release show along with  blackened space puppies Advent Varic and the foreboding Shūnyatā. Looks like it was a gnarly escapade into songcraft and debauchery. Duende en la Penumbra was also part of the event but we don’t have shots. But for real please check out the Thunder In The Mountains album. It’s soaring yet bleak, passionate yet soul scoured. “Heart Of Coal” is jamming hard from my speakers as I edit this post. Very cool stuff.

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Vile Creature announce North American Tour, one off London show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 4:23 AM (PST)

 

For those bummed about Moonsorrow being fascist apologist “BuT MUh FreESpeEecHHSJwSruiNmeDulLLL” fuckheads and taking an NSBM band of holocaust revisionists on tour (seriously, fuck those dudes), maybe support some rad as fuck LGBTQ friendly killer doom ass rad shit instead! Vile Creature!

Vile Creature make some of the most god tier interesting music in the underground right now, soul-searching and heart rending , thought provoking heavy music that will knock the dust loose from your cynical personality and inspire you to believe again.

Vile Creature have today announced a run of North American tour dates, as well as a one off show in London, UK. The act have recently completed work on an upcoming full length album – their first for Prosthetic Records – and more details of that release will be available in the coming months.

The London show will follow their appearance at this year’s Roadburn Festival, where they have been commissioned alongside labelmates, Bismuth, to compose and perform a special one off show. Before they head back to Canada, they will stop off in London for a one-off show at the Black Heart.

The North American dates will kick off in Minneapolis on May 25 and run through to June 13 in Toronto – taking in stops at Northwest Terror Fest and Oblivion Access Festival along the way. They will also play five dates with Elizabeth Colour Wheel!

Upon signing to Prosthetic Records, Vile Creature released a compilation of their back catalogue titled Preservation Rituals (2015-2018), which has paved the way for new material. Whilst further information is not yet available about their as yet untitled new album, it will be released via Prosthetic this year – stay tuned for more.

Photo credit: Danika Zandboer

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Baroness announce May co-headlining tour with Against Me!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:53 AM (PST)

Georgia heavy metallers Baroness are preparing a co-headlining North American tour with Against Me!.

The tour, which will take place in May, will see support from Destroy Boys and Drug Church.

Before shredding across North America Baroness will be touring in Europe in March. Baroness are currently touring in support of 2019’s Gold & Grey.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Fight The Fight release video for “Triggerfinger”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Fight The Fight have released a video for their latest single “Triggerfinger.”

“Triggerfinger” is off the band’s upcoming album Deliverance due out on September 18 via Blacklight Media Records/Indie Recordings.

The video and the sound remind me of Nonpoint. The band says of the song, “The song is about being at war with yourself, the mind and the alter ego. Everything gets out of control or maybe it all falls in part? It’s up to you how you see it.”

The band says of the themes of the album: “You can say that in many ways writing this album has been a path to set free our individual alter egos. These are all coming out in the lyrics during the album. It is not about cleansing but realizing. Always be true to yourself and everyone around you. Sometimes you have to let that beast out and here it is, a beast of an album!”

Check out the video for “Triggerfinger” here.

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