Aborted announce EP ‘La Grande Mascarade’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:07 AM (PST)

Belgian death metal institution Aborted are back in 2020 with an Ep called La Grande Mascarade, three tracks of rebellious evil out April 17th. The EP will feature studio recordings of “Gloom and the Art of Tribulation”, “Serpent of Depravity”, and “Funereal Malediction”.

“Not only do we have this ultimate badass tour with Napalm Death, but since 2020 marks 25 years of us making noise, we figured we should take advantage of that fact and serve you guys up some tasty treats in the form of the EP ‘La Grande Mascarade’! If you want to hear us go beyond the limits of what we have done so far, stay tuned for the first single soon! Our US pre-order featuring the import digipak is already up at Indiemerch (https://www.indiemerch.com/aborted/item/82903) and limited to only 200 units! For the Europeans out there; Impericon will have the same pre-order in a few days,” states the band about the forthcoming release.

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Guitarist Ryan Waste of Municipal Waste came up with the band name on his way to a show when a Municipal Waste trash truck pulled up alongside his car.


PRIMUS announce ‘a tribute to kings’ tour to honor RUSH

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 4:17 PM (PST)

 

Lot of tour news today from Ozzy sadly having to cancel his farewell dates with Marilyn Manson due to illness to Faith No More and Korn hitting the road with Spotlights, Helmet and others in tow. For me, the coolest announcement was from, uh, the Punchbowl? Alt rock fusion funk metal hard rock blender of weirdness icons Primus are known to have their own legendary take on Rush’s “YYZ” that often segues into “John The Fisherman” and created a nerdy bridge between fun living fandoms many years ago. Shit, due to my age I probably was aware of the cover version first. Anyhow, both powerful trios capable of crazy instrumental prowess and weird ass vocals – of course it made sense. Seriously can you hear  Hellbound 17 1/2 (theme from)” and not hear some Rush influence?

To honor the late, great Neil Peart we now are lucky to get Les and the gang doing a Farewell To Kings full album tour. Pretty special. Check out the dates HERE.

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This summer, #Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends @rush with a "Tribute to Kings", a cross-country tour that will feature the iconic 'A Farewell to Kings' in its entirety. Special guests @officialwolfmother will be joining the tour, with @theswordofficial and @battlestheband opening select dates. "A little over one year ago, Ler LaLonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth," says bandleader Les Claypool. "Being that 'A Farewell to Kings' was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, "Cygnus X1", the choice narrowed quickly. Years ago, I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I've ever done. Dubbing the tour 'Primus: A Tribute to Kings'; it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019, but when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the "Tribute to Kings" tour was postponed. Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early 90's, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor, but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric. The "Tribute to Kings" tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends" A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wed, February 19 at 10am local time. General public on sale is this Friday, February 21 at 10am local time. Ticket & show info at www.primusville.com/tour

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Psychy stony proggy hard rockers King Buffalo are just the thing for getting your wheels and imagination turning on those overcast days where the clouds won’t seem to part. You can listen to their  tasteful 8 minute new road worthy opus “Eta Carinae” now from new EP Dead Star, out March 20th, if you want to get the yellow motion lines on your mental highway flying past again at optimum speeds.  I am liking the propulsive grooves and smooth vocal hypnosis of this one. This band never tip their hand and just grow on you like a familiar shirt you don’t want to change, but hopefully occasionally is laundered- hahaha.

“These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo haven’t yet reached,” says drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancock’s striking cover art. “It’s extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything we’ve previously done. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Dead Star was written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2019 & January 2020. Produced & engineered by Sean McVay, mixed by Grant Husselman, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Ryan T Hancock with fonts by Mike Turzanski.

Dead Star Track list:
1. Red Star Pt. 1
2. Red Star Pt. 2
3. Echo of a Waning Star
4. Ecliptic
5. Eta Carinae
6. Dead Star

Dead Star is the Rochester rock trio’s 4th EP overall and kicks off a busy 2020 that finds the band schlepping their sonic spaciousness to more stages and markets. Dates BELOW.

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I was lying in bed reading a Grand Admiral Thrawn book and annoyed that my hot water is out, listening to Sabbath and Alice Cooper on Spotify and being kind of a lazy piece of shit when the guilt set in. Morgan, it is 50 years since Sabbath’s debut and you haven’t posted anything, you worthless poseur. The dark well from which all metal of value doth flow, the haunting grounds of “The Wizard”, the nativity in black. A warning to every sleeping village that music had forever changed. Zep never got so evil. Mentioning Mordor doesn’t come close to Sabbath’s shadows. What the hell was I doing running a metal site if I can’t get my ass up to praise the lords on this sacred day? So what if I smell bad and am wearing my girlfriend’s PINK sweatpants, even better.

Now I sit in front of the computer trembling in awe thinking of the power of that record and how amazing the fifty years since have been as not just pond ripples but tidal waves of influence have rolled out from those doomy notes. Someone on Twitter said Priest invented metal and I am sorry,  but…while they both had an early start Sabbath had five evil as fuck albums out before Priest even got Rocka Rolla (a good but comparatively wimpy album). Even if you were so insane as to discount the first 4 Sabbath albums as just heavy blues- which ignores “Children of the (fucking) Grave” on Master Of Reality, can anyone seriously look at the tormented person on the grim ass cover art of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and hear the title track and say THAT isn’t metal??? Seriously?

Often imitated, never quite matched…the Sabbath legacy. Pick up some new merch today. You can’t just copy greatness and expect the same heights. On that note, why the hell does that band the Used with that dude Bert who used to date Kelly have a new album called fucking Heartwork?! Are you serious, dudes? Have you really never heard of god damned CARCASS!!?? Ooof. But I digress.

Anyway, God and the Devil bless Ozzy for still being here and still making rock n roll. Thank you Tony and all the boys and the long list of others attached to the band over the years. You all changed my life forever and the lives of countless others. Thank you.

 

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.gif from god prepare for east coast shows

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:34 PM (PST)

Have you been hoping to catch .gif from god live and haven’t yet? Well, if you live in Philadelphia or New York your chance is coming up.

The Virginia metalcore ensemble are preparing to play some shows later this month, with further dates to be released soon.

.gif from god are touring in support of their 2019 Prosthetic Records debut approximation_of_a_human.

.gif from god collectively encourages all reading to seek out and donate to these organizations, and those similar within their own communities:
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Black Mama’s Bailout Fund, ICE Out of RVA, Nationz Foundation, Richmond Food & Clothing Resistance Collective.

The band will be playing with HIRS, Binary, Sonagi, Machine Girl, Kilbourne, Lustsickpuppy, and Versus, including at Machine Girl’s record release show. If you haven’t experienced .gif from god’s cacophonous brand of noise yet, be sure to head over to their Bandcamp and rectify that.

The shows announced so far are:

February 25 – Cousin Danny’s – Philadelphia, PA
February 26 – Smog, Bard College, NY
February 27 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

credit: Sarmistha Talukdar

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Get your pittin’ pants on, kids. Terror are bringing The Warriors, the very deadly indeed Creeping Death and Dare on a short West Coast (mainly Cali) run of frolic and furious foaming mouth fun. The underground is an extended family at the best of times and this looks like a rad little tour. Creeping Death has a lot of dates coming up with The Acacia Strain as well this year, but here is an earlier option.

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Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, In Flames touring North America 2020

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:02 PM (PST)

Huge tour news as Megadeth team up with cohorts Lamb Of God to underscore the respect the groups have often had for one another over the years. Special Guests on the tour include the iconic In Flames and metal staple genre band Trivium for a huge package. Heh, heh, Beavis…he said ‘huge package”. Sorry. Had to.

Mustaine is back after sending cancer packing and this is gonna be a legendary tour, I am sure.

Dave Mustaine says:
“Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you.”

LAMB OF GOD, adds:
“The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! Lamb Of God has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year.”

Tickets and VIP packages for all four artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 14th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets & VIP packages beginning Tuesday, February 11th at 10am local time until Thursday, February 13th at 10pm local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Dates BELOW.

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Band Spotlight: Sepultura

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM (PST)

Icons of world thrash Sepultura are the un-killable underground dynasty that refuses naysayers and continues to evolve and make bonds with new fans year after year. 2020 finds the band -Andreas Kisser (Guitars), Derrick Green(Vocals), Eloy Casagrande (Drums) and Paulo Jr. (bass) releasing one of the most incredible statements of the group’s storied legacy, Quadra. If you still only like the early eras you are willfully a stick in the mud or unable to hear greatness. “Isolation”, the pain exuding “Last Time”, the new class war anthem “Capital Enslavement” and the onslaught “Agony Of Defeat” are just a few examples of one of the most solid records in recent metal memory. Sepultura still have plenty of staying power!

“On ‘Quadra’, we felt the urge to revisit that old thrash feeling of ‘Beneath the Remains’ or ‘Arise’,’ only seen through the eyes of  today,”Andreas Kisser utters the magic words. “Add to that the tribal percussion, the orchestral elements, the choirs, the melodies and the clean vocals and you get a thorough run-through of our entire career, backed by a very contemporary approach.” 

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Grind legends and active political force in these horrific times Napalm Death are back with a digital EP and 7″ (love the brightly colored options), a very Napalm Death monickered Logic Ravaged By Brute Force release. Century Media put out this pit starter and it cheers me to see this in the same time period where I am gloomy from Barr destroying the justice apartment with his Baby Sinclair lookin’ ass face and the Senate’s own Palpatine , google eyed Mitch, shitting on the Constitution. It also super sucks what happened to Ke$ha this week with the defamation suit, so please stream and purchase her excellent High Road even if you are a grumbly metal fuck – she has supported metal before and is a rad lady who doesn’t deserve Dr. Puke’s bullshit. So yeah, we need to fight for logic and stop the brutes!

The release from the grind masters also kicks off their “Campaign For Musical Destruction” headline tour of Europe alongside EyeHateGod, Misery Index, Rotten Sound and Bat. That is a sick line-up! You lucky bastards over there better appreciate it and rage against some Brexit.

The EP includes a brand-new title-track as well as a freshly recorded cover version of “White Kross”, originally by Sonic Youth. The collectible Double-A-Side EP is also a first teaser for the band’s upcoming studio album, expected for release later in 2020. Sonic Youth covered by Napalm Death? I am losing my mind. How cool!

“In keeping with NAPALM DEATH custom, we had a vast swathe of new songs with many different flavors,” states NAPALM DEATH’s frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway about the EP: “So then naturally we moved into single territory and opted for ‘Logic Ravaged By Brute Force’. It’s the coldness and desperation of the guitar chords and voice that swung it. And then, seeing as Sonic Youth mash chords like few others, this cover of ‘White Kross’ just seemed to lift itself beyond the constraints of cover – or filler – song into a bit of a rumbling wall-of-sound epic”.

Hear it on Spotify HERE.

NAPALM DEATH’s Logic Ravaged By Brute Force 7″ EP is issued in the following versions:
Black vinyl – Unlimited
Blue vinyl – 200x copies via CM Distro Europe – Sold out!
Light Green vinyl – 100x copies via CM Webshop Europe – Sold out!
Neon Yellow vinyl – 100x copies via CM Webshop USA (Out February 28th!) – Sold out!
Orange vinyl – 600x – Available exclusively from the band on the road!

More tour dates BELOW.

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Head to Metal Injection RIGHT HERE for a monster song premiere from death doomers Temple Of Void‘s new album The World That Was (Pre order here). This song had me raging and venting some major frustration at the shit show of the modern world today. “Casket Of Shame” is a fucking total beast fucker, just relentless and featuring monumental and emotional performances from the Detroit based band. Wow, this shit really almost sent me through my window out into my front yard headbanging. If you haven’t heard them they are shockingly next level good.

The song has a little bit of style variance for several sub-genre fans. It’s just amazing. Some true death and ominous, earth shattering doom with atmospheric emotional elements and a little slightly tuney guitar dueling here that sounds unhinged and great. Also some sick scrapes that would give Crowbar fans chills. This shit just fully rules in no uncertain terms!

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Big tour news of the day as Black Dahlia Murder confirm they will set out with Testament, Municipal Waste and Meshiaak for a North American blood run.  The near-month-long trek will commence in Phoenix, Arizona on April 20th and conclude in Anaheim, California on May 28th. Obviously this is going to be fuck-nuts bonkers mosh-city. Can you tell I used to be an English major?

Comments vocalist Trevor Strnad of the tour, “It is a massive honor and pleasure to be considered a worthy peer to the mighty Testament. Being a fan of theirs since childhood, I have to stop and pinch myself to see if it’s a dream or not. Luckily, I’m still awake! To say that we in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are excited for this undertaking would be a massive understatement. Not to mention the added pleasure of combining forces with the non-stop energy of Municipal Waste. Too fucking sick! These three entities together will be leveling venues across North America and leaving no head un-banged! This is it! The stars have aligned! Prepare to fucking thrash!”

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, February 7th at 10:00am local time. See all confirmed dates below.

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If you want to delve into some richly textural and emotional doom to start your week off with a thrilling metallic plunge, may we suggest Greek masters On Thorns I Lay and their compelling new single “Erynies”? Their newest album Threnos (Pre-order options HERE is out February 21st from Lifeforce Records. This is an important release from the band and deserves a big push across the world.

Legend and all around great guy Dan Swanö, who was also responsible for the mix and mastering of Threnos, comments: “A part of my wishes it will flop mercilessly, so I can buy all the riffs and release it under my own name…ha, ha!!”

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Krvsade streaming new EP ‘Judgement Day’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:54 AM (PST)

Charlotte, NC death thrashers Krvsade are streaming their new EP Judgement Day, which comes out on January 31!

Head over to Ghost Cult Mag to stream it now!

Krvsade has come a long way from their 2017 debut EP Militum Infernum and they are excited to show off this stark contrast to the previous material to fans. Comparing the new release to their previous one, vocalist/guitarist Andre Evans says:

“This EP is definitely a change compared to ‘Militum Infernum’. Whereas Militum was more raw and pure in your face, ‘Judgement Day’ has some twists and turns. The playing is better and I think fans will appreciate a band that’s firing on all cylinders and not holding anything back. It’s a good example of the rebirth of this band. Our sound evolving from the rawness it previously was. More mature and progressive. It’s a fun ride from start to finish.” 

For fans of old school Sepultura, Death, Morbid Angel, Vader, Slayer, Kreator

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RIP Reed Mullin, legendary drum hero of C.O.C.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:51 PM (PST)

Man, I wanted to start out by saying here’s some love to everyone hurting from this sudden news of Reed Mullin’s passing. What a powerful life he had in the underground rock scene. Those iconic shuffling fills and grooves or explosions of life-filled energy and a Cheshire grin or funny skeptical look. So many powerful records and songs that he was a part of – the epitome of earth shaking and important rock n roll and hardcore.

I hate writing memorial pieces as part of the “job” of running a rock news blog. It isn’t that you don’t want to collectively mourn or celebrate a life. News explodes fast and I don’t want to ever seem like an ambulance chaser before a human being processing the news as a fan that someone real died. A real person with friends and family and often the full impact or shape of a life can only be seen by God. You can never summarize a life accurately and do it justice. I just don’t believe it is possible.

Reed seemed like an awesome fucking dude and his playing was legendary. I am so thankful for the inspiration he gave me as a fan and so many others and for the few brief convos we had on Facebook. Put C.O.C. on your Spotify shuffle today and you’ll have hours of proof of how good his work was (don’t forget the underrated Candlelight stuff from before Pepper was back). But that doesn’t tell the full story of what he meant to others as a person.

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The debate between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins obviously goes to Phil (he collabed with Bone Thugs, Tarzan and “Against All Odds” can make anyone cry). When it comes to the solo prowess of Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till of Neurosis it is harder to pick a favorite, and you almost don’t want to. Both have released incredibly moving and introspective works that have challenged them to touch upon new foundations creatively while also pulling from known strengths. My all time favorites from them as solo endeavors would probably be Scott’s brooding folksterpiece The Forgiven Ghost In Me and Steve’s awe inspiring Harvestman meditation Music For Megaliths.

Anyhow, all that aside it is always rad to see either of these true artists resurface to do solo appearances. The creativity over-floweth from one vessel.

Taking place in the shadows of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming, Fire In The Mountains MMXX will take place July 10th through 12th. Steve Von Till joins the lineup which includes Enslaved as well as Yob, Obsequiae and many more. In addition to Enslaved’s headlining performance of the gathering, the band’s Ivar Bjørnson is the 2020 feature curator, presenting a special “On Wings Over Utgard” segment of the fest, in which Von Till will be performing. Find more info on Fire In The Mountains MMXX HERE.

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