Vorna release new single “Maa martona makaa”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Vorna have released their latest single “Maa mortona makaa” off of their upcoming album Sateet palata saavat.

Sateet palata saavat is due out on September 27 via Lifeforce Records.

From the band:

“Maa martona makaa (transl. ”The Ground Lies Dead”) is undoubtedly the darkest offering we have put forth for you to hear. The lyrics deal with issues such as pessimism and fear of disappointment, and how those suck out the joy even from all the positive things. There simply couldn’t be a better time to release this song than in the middle of the most beautiful summer – this really helps underline the message the song carries.”

Check out “Maa mortona makaa,” “Syvyydet,” and some Vorna tour dates here.


Pig Destroyer vocalist JR Hayes stated that the songs written for the album Phantom Limb were "the most deranged metal songs we could come up with."


Ascend The Hollow release lyric video for “Sea of Crises”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:01 AM (PST)

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European metallers Ascend The Hollow a couple of days ago released their lyric video for their song “Sea of Crises.”

Last month the band released their album Echoes Of Existence via Dr. Music Promotion.

“Sea of Crises” features guest vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal) and a guest appearance by Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Scar The Martyr, Shadow Domain) on the guitar.

The lyric video for “Sea of Crises” was done by video artist Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Skindred, Visionatica, Rotting Christ).

Check out the lyric video for “Sea of Crises” and the video for “Prisoners Of The Storm” here.

War of Ages announce ‘Void’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM (PST)

Pennsylvania metallers War of Ages have announced their newest album Void to be released on September 13 via Facedown Records.

Void is the follow up to 2017’s Alpha and was recorded at Sicktones Studios.

Check out the first two tracks off of Void – “Miles Apart” and “Sulphur and Salt” over on the band’s Spotify.

 

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Greetings, y’all. Wanted to get this Fourth of July week of hellish fireworks and bloated nationalistic selectivism off to a better bang with some activism against this hateful Trump regime. I am just back from an ICE/Concentration Camp protest outside Democrat Antonio Delgado’s office in Kingston, NY where many gathered to protest Dems caving on giving funding to Trump’s manufactured border crisis. There was a diverse and passionate crowd including one Jewish man who spoke in horror of having any kind of horrible camps still on this planet. I interviewed a Jamaican immigrant who was a landlady now and she described the racism she had to overcome and a lot of positive energy was put out into my community in the face of this horror show today. I am thankful to have a month and a half sober again, to be back doing activism more and encouraged by my community and support to be back on low dose estrogen , living my truths and experience other amazing people around me who care about trying to heal the world.

There is a lot of negativity in the metal and rock scene and entertainment in general. Ronnie Radke the walking Wikipedia landmine this week was making very transphobic sounding tweets then trying to backpedal through retweets that clunkily seem like he is trying in bad faith to “learn” while simultaneously disavowing the gender spectrum. I tweeted to Brett from Epitaph that maybe it was time to drop their worst signing ever Falling In Reverse but I am sad to say that the dude from Bad friggin’ Religion, one of my all time favorite bands, was too busy retweeting Ricky Gervais both sides schticking about “leftist extremists” being “bad as well” and thus helping do “Antifa is bad” propaganda layup assistance to Andy Ngo grifter fash supporting false equivalency types. Ughh. Jasta also tweeted in support of Louis CK this week and Corey Taylor liked it, which got crickets. Oh, and fucking Varg has a twitter where he is pretending to be god damned…I can’t…Gandalf The (cough) White. FML. And I thought it was a bad time to be a Swiftie this week!

THANK FUCKING NO GOD then that the excellent souls of Black Flags Over Brooklyn and Bandcamp have put out a sick as fuck hardcore, metal and weirdo RIFFS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE comp to help inspire morale and fight tyranny as well as fight back for abortion rights for people who can get abortions (which includes trans men, by the way). The comp features some of my favorite acts including my friends in Fucked and Bound (covering Sonic Youth, ahhh!!) , Cliterati, my fave Hether Fortune, Redbait and many more. Emma Ruth Rundle, Terminal fucking Nation, Ithaca, Jucifer, False, Woe, Vile Creature, Twilight Fauna, Immortal Bird, Svalbard, Twin Temple, Racetraitor, mighty Underdark…the list of radness goes on and on. HELP SUPPORT and raise funds for abortion rights! Let’s do this!

This comp is a tremendous example of good and positive energy and momentum in the scene and I hope it keeps growing so everything can get better and we can all treat one another with respect for the sake of the future. Pick this up today and spread the word far and wide!

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Band Spotlight: False

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:57 PM (PST)

If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False‘s Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener “A Victual to Our Dead Selves” for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. “Rime On The Song Of Returning” is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny’s heights. If this album holds significance of metal’s future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre’s horizons.

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Witch Vomit prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Portland death metallers Witch Vomit are preparing to release their newest album Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave on August 30 via 20 Buck Spin.

Ahead of that release the band, earlier this week, released “Dripping Tombs.”

Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave was recorded and mixed by Evan Mersky (Mournful Congregation, Hellshock, Nightfell) and mastered by Dan Randall (Meatwound, Necrot, Ghoul, Vivasick), with artwork by Matt Stikker (Outer Heaven, Power Trip).

Witch Vomit will appear at a handful of fests in the coming weeks including Stardust VII in Brooklyn, New York alongside labelmates Fetid, Daeva and more.

Check out “Dripping Tombs” and Witch Vomit show dates here.

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Torche release “Admission” via Billboard

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:14 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Dan Almasy

Miami rockers Torche released their newest track “Admission” earlier this week via Billboard.

“Admission” is the title track off the new album, due out July 12 via Relapse Records.

Guitarist Jon Nunez had this to say about the new track:

“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying Billboard article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”

Torche will be heading out on tour with Baroness, Wear Your Wounds, Whores., and War On Women early next month. Check out those tour dates as well as “Slide” and “Times Missing” here.

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Imagika sign to Dissonance Productions

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:30 PM (PST)

California metallers Imagika have signed to Dissonance Productions. Imagika, who have been on a ten year hiatus, are back and preparing to release a new album Only Dark Hearts Survive in September.

Only Dark Hearts Survive was recorded by guitarist Steven D. Rice (Kill Ritual), vocalist Norman Skinner (Skinner, Niviane, Hellscream), bassist Jim Pegram (Mudface, Angerhead) and guest drummer Matt Thompson (King Diamond). The album was mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studios.

The band’s first ever video was shot in March with Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head,Lynyrd Skynyrd) for the track “The Spiteful One” at the infamous Sound Wave Studios in Oakland, CA. A lyric video for the title track “Only Dark Hearts Survive” will drop as the first introduction to the new album.

Check out what guitarist Steven D. Rice has to say about the rebirth of Imagika here.

Essence of Datum release “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:20 PM (PST)

[Photo Credit: Daryana Romanovskaya]

Belarus metallers Essence of Datum have released their newest track “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing.

“Pendulum” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Spellcrying Machine due out August 30 via Season of Mist Records.

Regarding the new album, the band comments:

“One of the most attractive buildings in our hometown is Minsk city crematorium! The comprehension of the fact that there’s a very high probability that our physical presence in this world will end up there and the bodies will be committed to flames, puts a veil of peculiar magic on this place. When walking in the halls of crematorium you cannot but notice giant pendulums that stand still symbolizing frozen time. It is the pendulum that gives more emphasis to the present before the inevitable end to come thus leaving us greedily gasping for the moments remaining. The pendulum in ‘Spellcrying Machine’ holds a special place and we’d like to set off a story with this composition. Until then, let the Pendulum swing!”

Check out the Spellcrying Machine artwork and tracklist here.

Ufomammut release 20th anniversary live set video via Cvlt Nation

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:45 AM (PST)

[photo by Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni]

Italian metallers Ufomammut have released a video of their 20th anniversary live acoustic set from Gaswerk in Winterthur, Switzerland in April. The live video was made by Andreas Weimann. Check out the video over at Cvlt Nation.

Ufomammut is preparing to release a box set called XX in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. The XX box set will feature nine Ufomammut’s albums. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike SnakeSnailkingLucifer SongIdolumEve,OroEcate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour.

XX sees Ufomammut’s Poia performing acoustic guitar and effects, Urlo handling vocals, synth, and effects, and Vita on drums and percussion, with Ciccio and Stefano Tocci handling sound production and recording. The sound was mixed by Stefano Tocci at Ampire Studio and mastered by Luca Piazza at Zen Garden Studio.

Ufomammut offers:

“We thought it could have been great to celebrate our twenty years as a band with something different. We wanted to collect all our music in a single place, but we wanted also to do something that we never did before, so we thought about to play a different version of some songs. The ‘acoustic side’ came out from that and we’re very proud of the result we were able to play in front of our beloved fans during our latest spring tour. It was amazing to share these songs with all the people that are following us since the beginning. This is a present for all of them and also for us, for what we’ve been during these long twenty years.”

The XX box set will see release on September 9 through Ufomammut’s own Supernatural Cat Records.

Check out Ufomammut tour dates here.

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Pennsylvania metallers Sign of the Swarm have premiered a music video for their newest track “Malevolent Enslavement” over at Metal Injection.

The band commented, “We proudly present to you a music video for our new song, ‘Malevolent Enslavement’. The first taste of what the new era of SOTS has in store for all of you. A cleaner, faster and more technical side of what we have to offer.”

Signs of the Swarm will hit the road this Fall as part of the Disentomb headlined Bloodletting North America tour alongside Visceral Disgorge, Continuum, Organectomy, and Mental Cruelty.

Check out Signs of the Swarm tour dates here.

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The Contortionist have released “Early Grave” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM (PST)

Indiana metallers The Contortionist earlier this week released a music video for their newest single “Early Grave.”

“Early Grave” comes off the upcoming EP Our Bones due out August 9 via Entertainment One/Good Fight Music.

The “Early Grave” video was produced and directed by Corey Norman and produced and edited by vocalist Michael Lessard.

Our Bones is a follow up to 2017’s Clairvoyant.

“Once I was finally able to get Robby to record that riff we started piecing together the song in the back of the van, while on tour in Europe,” Lessard recalls of “Early Grave.”

“We try to do something different with everything we create,” explains Lessard. “With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. Our Bones is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

Our Bones was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), who worked on Language and Clairvoyant.

The Contortionist will be heading out on tour next month with Between The Buried and Me and Nick Johnston. Check out the video for “Early Grave” as well as those tour dates here.

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Ashbringer are streaming ‘Absolution’ via Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:57 AM (PST)

The Minnesota metallers in Ashbringer are today releasing their newest album Absolution via Prosthetic Records.

You can check it out over at Brooklyn VeganAbsolution was mixed by TKris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Ashbringer will be heading out on tour next month, you can check out dates for that here.

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In Mourning prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM (PST)

Swedish metallers In Mourning are preparing to release their latest album Garden of Storms.

Garden of Storms is due out October 4 via Agonia Records and will be the follow up to 2016’s Afterglow.

The band commented on the new album:

“We made a new album! It’s called The Garden of Storms ans it is the final piece in a trilogy which started with The Weight of Oceans. We’ve headed back.. and forward, at the same time. We’re back recording with Jonas Kjellgren who made the sound of our earlier albums, yet we have a lot of things that are new with this album. The band constellation is new with Sebastian and Jocke, we’ve worked in ways we’ve never done before, new vibes and new songs even if we planted the seeds to some of them a long time ago. In times where things kind of seem to scatter and change a lot around us, this still feels like our most solid, honest and complete album to date.”

In Mourning will be heading out on tour in October in support of the album. Check out those tour dates plus album art here.

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Danish hardcore punks OXX are preparing to release their upcoming album The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger is due out on August 16 via Nefarious Industries. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to 2017’s Night and the City.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

Check out a tracklisting and a preview of The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger here.