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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Girlschool are the longest running all-female rock band, still active after more than 30 years.


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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My favorite hard rock band Clutch, indeed the truest road tested road doggin’ purveyors of rabble rousing rock n roll in recent modernity, have done and entered the studio to begin tracking a new album and follow-up to 2015’s gosh darn straight up ear-aphrodisiac Psychic Warfare. Recording is currently taking place at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer and engineer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Red Fang) at the helm.

The greatest band on this scorched rock are also playing the Bud Light sponsored Rocklahoma in May alongside other greats like Halestorm, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, New Years Day and Diamond Head (to name a few). Shit yeah to all that.

A mid 2018 release of the title TBA Clutch record (in progress) via Weathermaker Music is expected.

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Cane Hill premieres “It Follows” over at RevolverMag.com

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:12 AM (PST)

Louisiana nu metallers Cane Hill have released their newest track “It Follows” via RevolverMag.com.

“It Follows” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Too Far Gone due out January 19 via Rise Records.

About “It Follows”, singer Elijah Witt told Revolver, “This was a really fun song to write and it probably took us the longest. It’s heavy and catchy all at once. We were trying to go for full on ‘metal epic’ without over-reaching and I think we did just that.”

Cane Hill will be hitting the road soon to tour with Of Mice & Men, Blessthefall and Fire From the Gods.

Check out “It Follows” as well as other recent Cane Hill tracks and the band’s upcoming tour dates here.

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The Plot In You announces US tour; ‘Dispose’ out Febuary 16

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:48 AM (PST)
Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Ohio metallers The Plot In You are preparing to embark on a tour of the United States in support of their latest, forthcoming album Dispose, due out February 16 via Fearless Records.

The Plot In You will be touring as direct support for We Came As Romans. They will be joined by Oceans At Alaska, Currents, and Tempting Fate.

The tour will run 33 dates, kicking off on February 28 at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater and ending on April 28 at Grand Rapids’ The Intersection.

“This album is our proudest release so far, it’s almost a complete restart on the band,” explains Tewers. “The music has continued to naturally evolve in the way that we have wanted it to for a long time and we have a completely new team helping to roll it out which has been refreshing.”

Check out tour dates as well as the music videos for “Feel Nothing” and “Not Just Breathing” here.

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Ancestors join Pelagic Records; stream “Gone”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:18 AM (PST)

LA doom metal noise-makers Ancestors have recently inked a deal with Pelagic Records.

“We’re honored to be joining the Pelagic Records family,” says guitarist/vocalist Justin Maranga. “We’re excited to start the next chapter of Ancestors and we believe that Pelagic is the perfect label to partner with on this adventure.”

Ancestors’ as-yet-untitled new full-length is expected to be released this Summer. Stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, check out Ancestors’ latest track, “Gone,” which is part of the latest Pelagic Records compilation MMXVIII, here.

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Hello friends.
Lot to be stoked about for 2018 already from new Clutch album being started to Watain to American Nightmare returning to Judas Priest and new stuff from Agrimonia. I have been dealing with psycho land lord bullshit and my parent’s house facing foreclosure as well as helping Globelamp make her witchy new emo folk album Romantic Cancer (out in early 2018, deets announced soon). It has been an interesting ‘press break’ after the holidays, but we are indeed back. Anyway, throwing up a press release today as am pressed for time but want to get you all stoked on a sick pairing of the APMD homies and fucking Baptists! Killer energy to start the year with charged up and on fire! Let’s do this.
Press Release:

 

In support of their monstrous 2017-released Hostage Animal, ALL PIGS MUST DIE has announced a string of West Coast shows in support of the album. These shows follow the band’s East Coast record release mini-tour which closed out the year, and mark their anticipated return to the West Coast in five years. With Vancouver-based labelmates Baptists on the lineup as well, this will be a tour not to miss. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 8th at 10am in each respective market; see the full routing below.

 

 
ALL PIGS MUST DIE, now a five-piece with the addition of Brian Izzi (Trap Them) on guitar, is comprised of some of the most well-seasoned musicians on the eastern seaboard – Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods, and Adam Wentworth (both of Bloodhorse).Hostage Animal is their most dynamic collection of work thus far and is an aural representation of the band as a whole; concise, intense, aggressive, and carrying a bleak world view. Available now from Southern Lord, Hostage Animal showcases that ALL PIGS MUST DIE is far more than the sum of their parts, and their fusion of crust punk, hardcore, and metal is more ferocious than ever before.

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Judas Priest release “Lightning Strike;” tease music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:28 PM (PST)

The Metal Gods are starting 2018 with a fucking bang! And that bang comes in the form of their latest track “Lightning Strike,” off of the forthcoming album Firepower.

You can check out a teaser for the video below. The full video will be out later today.

Firepower is expected to drop in March.

You can read about Judas Priest‘s March-April North American tour here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Lightning Strike’ video. Premiering tomorrow at RevolverMag.com

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Last Post of 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM (PST)

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Thanks for reading us this year. May you all have a safe and restorative, yet very metal New Year’s Eve. We shall begin slaying 2018 promptly past the ball drop. Meantime, listen to some metal.

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Jungle Rot to record tenth full length album in January

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:11 PM (PST)

JUNGLE ROT will enter the studio on January 5th, 2018 to begin recording their tenth full length album and fifth with Victory Records. “Once again, we’ve stuck with the tried and true JUNGLE ROT formula to produce another killer record that all our fans and everyone will enjoy,” promises vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise. “It’s been nice to get back to doing what we do best and that’s writing brutal, heavy music.”

Recording will take place at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer Chris Djuricic at the helm. Mixing and mastering will be handled by the Dan Swanö (Dark Funeral, Marduk), and accompanying the band behind the drums will be past contributor Jesse Beahler.

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The Compulsions release “Dirtbag Blues” gritty rocker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM (PST)

Featuring players from David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, New York Dolls and Raging Slab, The Compulsions (arguably the NYC hard rock band with the most attitude) have returned.  Every incarnation of the band has been deadly but they are currently on fire and have a new third album due called Ferocious.

Check the raunchy hedonistic upbeat number out HERE.

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RIP Warrel Dane

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:39 PM (PST)

Editor’s Note: Sorry for posting this late into the night but we have been reeling over here as fans from news that Sanctuary and Nevermore metal legend Warrel Dane has passed away. Thoughts, thanks and condolences to his people. 

Ok, here we go… A shocking blow to the metal world today, metal legend Warrel Dane passed away from a heart attack in Brazil. Dane was known as the singer for SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE. He was in the process of recording his second solo album when he passed.

My introduction to SANCTUARY came in the early 90s. I was a young metalhead in the making and received a mixtape featuring the SANCTUARY classic “Future Tense”. I got both of their albums as quickly as a kid my age could (thinking I was 7/8ish).

NEVERMORE came into my life a bit later on. Remember, these were the days before you could just google search your favorite singers, and see what bands they were in. I think I was about 14 when I picked up a random metal compilation that featured NEVERMORE’s “I Am The Dog”. I even remember listening to it thinking “, This guy sounds like the singer from fucking SANCTUARY”.

I’m sure you could imagine my surprise and excitement to find out it was in fact the same singer. It wasn’t long after that I had picked up each NEVERMORE record that was out at the time. Warrel Dane, thank you for being such a huge part of my life and providing me with a lifetime of music.

I was fortunate enough to see you in person once in 2005 while you were on the first Gigantour. Sadly, the security guy took my camera at the door, so I wasn’t able to get a photo with you that day, but I was able to get a copy of This Godless Endeavor autographed. Hopefully, we can meet again on the other side, be it darkness or light. Much love There were a few quotes that I wanted to share, and I felt that was the best way to end the posting. Some said things much better than I could.

“So much to say but can’t find the words. Just solace in knowing we were friends again at the end of the day and that we enjoyed way more good times together than we did bad.” – Van Williams (NEVERMORE)

“We were good again, but not at the point of us jamming together. He was more dedicated to only music and he knew I had many other worlds to defile. I really wish we could have written again together. I wrote many things he probably would have been surprised by. Actually, I got SERPENT’S KNIGHT [Warrel’s pre- SANCTUARY band] back together in hopes to do a Seattle gig maybe with SANCTUARY after their next CD. He should still be alive. There was still much more in that man to give.” – Brad Poland (SERPENT’S KNIGHT)

“Warrel Dane is up in Heaven leading a legion of “Battle Angels”. I can hear that scream echoing through the clouds.. ‘Fall on your knees and hail to their dawn!’ Rest in Peace my friend” – Sean Peck (DEATH DEALER / CAGE)

 

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Yob’s “The Great Cessation” re-issue released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:29 PM (PST)

Awakened doom voyagers Yob have re-issued their 5th full length, The Great Cessation via Relapse Records. The album has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) with two bonus tracks plus beautiful new artwork that reminds me a bit of Ascend’s Ample Fire Within for some reason. We highly recommend you take some time and get into this important step in the band’s discography.

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New York City-area powerdementia faction GRIDFAILURE has completed a new video for “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness,” while many other new recordings and projects are nearing completion for release in 2018.

“Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” is found on GRIDFAILURE’s I Shall Not Survive Another Winter, which was independently released on the Autumnal Equinox. Each song on I Shall Not Survive Another Winter grows longer than the one preceding it, the record exploring a vision of Post-Sixth Mass-Extinction Skullduggery which is the concept of the upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums, portraying a grim vision of humanity’s future. A nearby reality where those who have survived mankind’s override by artificial intelligence, the ecological rebellion of our planet, and thermonuclear warfare amidst our own kind strive to rebuild society, and are continually thwarted.

See GRIDFAILURE’s “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” RIGHT HERE.

Find I Shall Not Survive Another Winter as well as the Halloween-released When The Lights Go Out Vol. I – which is still available for free download – at GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

With multiple new full-length titles, EPs, videos, and other projects in the works, GRIDAILURE is also heavily immersed in fully cooperative albums with a wide array of artists. The second collaborative album with Brooklyn experimentalist MEGALOPHOBE and a collaborative EP with upstate New York anti-folk/punk act WALKING BOMBS are both halfway completed. A collaborative EP with FYRHTU, a new project formed by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Nathan A. Verrill (Cardinal Wyrm), is well underway, and a fully audio/visual collaborative release with PORNOHELMUT – the side project of Neil Barrett of Austin-based experimental/grind metal act Blk Ops and Novel Concept TV – is currently under construction.

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Scott Kelly to tour Europe in early 2018 with John Judkins (Rwake)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:46 PM (PST)


SCOTT KELLY of NEUROSIS announces a European solo tour for early 2018, where he’ll be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake.

The tour will be supported by the release of a 7″ EP which captures the two artists performing at their show at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 3rd, 2017, during a US tour together. In selecting these two songs for the release, SCOTT KELLY offers, “we felt that they show the depth, emotion, and life that we are trying to bring to them.”

This limited edition live 7″ will be sold throughout the tour via My Proud Mountain, available in quantities of 200 on purple vinyl and 100 on black vinyl. A full overview of the dates can be found below.

See a new tour trailer by Chariot Of Black Moth HERE and the video of SCOTT KELLY performing NEUROSIS’ “Stones From The Sky” acoustic on the edge of Crater Lake with Revolver Magazine’s new No Distortion series HERE.

[photo by Danin Drahos]

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