Blaze rocks Poughkeepsie

Blaze rocks Poughkeepsie

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family. A time to help mom prep the turkey for the big feast. A time to see family you haven’t seen in a year. A time to reflect and be thankful for all the blessings you have. Sounds nice, right? There’s that option, or you could celebrate the way I did by being pressed against the front of the stage, horns in the air, and screaming like a madman as you give yourself whiplash while 3 metal legends come together to put on one of the best shows you’ve seen this year!

In case you missed it, The TRINITY tour brings together OPERATION: MINDCRIME’s Geoff Tate (ex- QUEENSRYCHE), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex- JUDAS PRIEST, ex- ICED EARTH, ex- YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’s RISING FORCE frontman) and Blaze Bayley (ex- IRON MAIDEN, ex- WOLFSBANE) for an incredible show that shines all three legend’s respective careers. When I first heard of the tour, I about lost my mind. You see, I’m a fan of Geoff’s. I’m a fan of Ripper. I am a huge fan of Blaze! To top it off, they were performing literally ten minutes away from where I was spending my Thanksgiving Day. Naturally, I wanted to be the first one at the venue and the last to leave.

The show had two openers. First up was a local band by the name of BLOATED TOAD. They were a pretty good cover band who got the crowd warmed up pretty quickly. Their singer, who resembled Wilson Fisk from Marvel’s Daredevil show on Netflix easily belted out so many 70’s and 80’s classics ranging from LED ZEPPELIN to DIO era BLACK SABBATH. BLOATED TOAD were followed by a group called PARALLEL UNIVERSE, another batch of locals. These guys were originals with a sound I’d compare to KING’s X and later FATES WARNING.

And now for the main event…

Full Recap BELOW.

Prior to 1969, Black Sabbath were known as Polka Tulk and Earth.

Def Leppard announce concert film

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:04 PM (PST)

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We are excited to announce that our brand new concert film AND THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME – LIVE FROM DETROIT will be released everywhere on 10 February 2017.

Watch & read now on Billboard an exclusive clip from the concert as well as an interview w/ Phil Collen ►

By pre-ordering you will receive instant downloads of “Dangerous” and “Rock On”, as well as unlock exclusive content including band and crew personal videos and more to give fans insight on what it takes to put on a Def Leppard concert.
Filmed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on July 15, 2016, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit is an incredible showcase that captures the electrifying energy and power of Def Leppard live today.’

“I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the ‘Viva Hysteria’ shows, we hadn’t actually had a live performance filmed since 1988. With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016.” – Joe Elliott


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Walking Bombs reveal cover art to 2nd full length “Brave Hours”

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 11:05 AM (PST)


Walking Bombs have revealed the cover art for sophomore full length Brave Hours. The artwork was done by Kim Zangrando who has done poster art for Geezer, Shadow Witch, Earthless and more. Album pre orders are not yet available but the LP will be digitally released via Bandcamp HERE at a yet TBA early 2017 date.

“The title track is a sort of Foo Fighters “Everlong” influenced song I wrote with my friend Jay Andersen for my mother who has dementia,” says vocalist Morgan Y. Evans. “She was alone for most of a day in a country house with my father after his sudden death from heart failure/cancer. It was during a snow storm and she was confused and crying, unable to remember how to call anyone on the phone and also having just lost her partner of over 30 years. It breaks my heart to even think about. Her developing illness, which we initially thought was natural old age sort of fog, really ramped up after that and she never has been totally herself again since that traumatic time. My friends at Altercation Records were almost gonna put it out but with mom’s condition and other factors in my life like needing to get my moods in check I can’t exactly gig enough to fairly promote it for them on the road, so I am going with a digital self release again as the music/creativity is certainly still valid.”

“I wanted to write a loving song for her big heart and also raise awareness in a small way for why we can’t let Paul Ryan types fuck up elder care in America. Obviously the cover reflects vulnerability and courage. This record is more Alt Rock/hard rock and punk/post-punk than the more heavy recent Peace Quest EP and will feature 12 songs as well as some deeply fulfilling collaborations with artists like the mysterious industrial duo VOWWS, Nate Garrett from Spirit Adrift/Gatecreeper, James Felice of The Felice Brothers, the great saxophonist Jørgen Monkeby of Shining (Norway), Jeremy Swift of The Beautiful Bastards and more. Full production and complete collaboration details coming soon. Thanks and much love to all. All we have is one another.”


Sepultura release bad ass “I Am The Enemy” single from new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 10:11 AM (PST)


Thrash and nu groove legends Sepultura have released a raging new single “I Am The Enemy”, a super fast thrash punk rager from Machine Messiah. I am a huge fan of all eras of the band and have to say this is one of their best ever singles. If you can’t ascertain that from listening and have to compare it endlessly to the early years you are deaf to some sick ass metal right here. This has everything I want in a Sepultura attack! The whole band is on fire in this song!!!  And the ending “You are human” from Derrick before a gunshot cracks is terrifying.

Order the album HERE now!

New album #MachineMessiah out Jan 13! Listen to “I Am The Enemy.” CD + Vinyl: … Digital album: …

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Wolfheart release “Boneyard” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 12:31 PM (PST)


If you haven’t caught the new Wolfheart music video for their track “Boneyard” now’s your chance.

“Boneyard” comes off the band’s upcoming Wolfheart album Tyhjyys which is due out on March 3.

Check out “Boneyard” as well as the tracklist for Tyhjyss here.

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Jupiter Hollow premiere ‘Over 50 Years’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 12:09 PM (PST)


Ontario progressive rockers Jupiter Hollow have premiered their latest track “Over 50 Years”.

“Over 50 Years” comes off the band’s upcoming EP Odyssey which is due out January 13.

You can check out “Over 50 Years” as well as Jupiter Hollow tour dates here.

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Demon Hunter have released a new song called “Cold Winter Sun” that will nonetheless fire up metalcore and hard rock fans with a verse riff that sounds like it has a score to settle , a big hook chorus as the band is often known for and some adept guitar soloing. It is a serviceable if not super innovative tune, but certainly a solid rock song and a good addition to the band’s wide body of quality work. The new Demon Hunter Outlive is one of the most anticipated early 2017 releases and they always manage to help people keep the faith.

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New England’s Nomad Stones have a new EP available digitally entitled Neighborhood Bird Dispute via Bandcamp. Recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio this past March, the new EP comes hot on the heels of the band’s debut self-titled full-length, released this past summer and contains two new songs along with a David Bowie cover.

Guitarist/vocalist Adam McGrath had this to say about the new material:

“Nomad Stones got a great opportunity to crank out two new songs and a David Bowie cover at Converse Rubber Tracks in downtown Boston with The Neighborhoods/Replacements Dave Minehan at the controls. Further exploration of the Drop A sound with an attempt at David Bowie’s classic: “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”.

I’m digging the punky energy of the cover and that the band made it their own take on the song, even though they chopped the longer intro that I am enamored of. But it is a fun version with a ton of energy and a big crescendo of import, like the original.

Harm’s Way sign with Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM (PST)
photo by Vince Edwards

photo by Vince Edwards

Full body bruisers Harm’s Way are one of the heaviest bands around, up there with Crowbar , Sleeping Giant and Xibalba for some of the most crushing low end and craziest pits. Their landslide inducing crusher Rust  was like some ungodly glorious team up between Cro-Mags and Godflesh and many people took notice. Now the band with perhaps the most jacked front dude in hardcore are signing with Metal Blade in a move that will surely benefit both parties and the scene.

Harm’s Way is expected to release their fourth full-length and Metal Blade Records debut in 2017.

Harm’s Way comments: “We are very excited to be working with Metal Blade Records. Their longstanding history in the alternative music community speaks volumes. To join a roster of such highly influential artists is truly an honor. We look forward to the next steps we will be taking as a band on both personal and artistic levels. “

Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel adds, “Super excited to be working with Harm’s Way! We welcome them to the Metal Blade family. I have been a fan since Chris Santos turned me onto them!”


Interview: Brian of Void Assault Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM (PST)
It is always wonderful in the underground when you converse with people who so obviously care and put heart and soul into what they are doing, even if what they are doing is making insane, anti-social sexy racket from Hell. As I write this I am listening to an old Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse CD and the song “Pattern Recognition” about drowning in corporate identity branding. Faced with the glut of fake news/propaganda some people are digesting now as the new fast food for thought, I thought it would be awesome to publish as one of our final interviews of 2016 a chat with Brian McClelland (He Whose Ox Is Gored, etc.) about his label endeavor Void Assault Records.

The small West Coast label is an example that critical thinking, edgy art, resistance culture and just good rock n’ roll are never going to go away as long as there are people who actually pay attention to the history of the scene, think about the future and also tend to watering their own gardens  and making something unique and freshly voiced, instead of just going with the grain.

Read more BELOW.

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Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 announced featuring Kreator and more

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:58 PM (PST)



Decibel Magazine’s 2017 tour is looking mighty stacked. I never thought they would top the At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre a few years back but it is awesome to see thrash legends Kreator joined by USA death masters Obituary and two great up and coming acts in Midnight and Horrendous. It is super cool the newer acts will play to some of their biggest crowds yet on these dates.

Check out the tour run BELOW.

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Grave Digger premiere “Healed By Metal” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6:15 PM (PST)

Grave Digger

German heavy metallers Grave Digger have premiered their most recent music video for their song “Healed By Metal”.

“Healed By Metal” is the title track off of Grave Digger’s newest album which is due out on January 13 via Napalm Records.

If you’re a fan of that classic 80′s heavy metal sound, be sure to check out this larger-than-life song.

Head here to watch the music video for “Healed By Metal”.

Xandria premiere lyric video for “We Are Murderers (We All)”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 5:59 PM (PST)


German symphonic metallers Xandria have released the lyric video for their song “We Are Murderers (We All)” featuring Bjorn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork.

“We Are Murderers (We All)” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Theater of Dimensions due out January 27.

Check out the lyric video for “We Are Murderers (We All)” and the tracklist for Theater of Dimensions here.

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Dark Messiah release self-titled debut EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM (PST)


Winnipeg thrash metallers Dark Messiah have recently released their self-titled debut EP.

Dark Messiah is dark and gritty while keeping the thrash bombast! Coming in at just over 26 minutes it is well worth anyone’s time. The sound reminds me more of Venom and Slayer than Megadeth and Anthrax.

You can stream Dark Messiah in its entirety here.

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Fistula release “Promiscuity Ingenuity”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:57 PM (PST)


Ohio sludge metallers Fistula have released their latest track “Promiscuity Ingenuity” via Clrvynt.

“Promiscuity Ingenuity” comes off the band’s album The Shape of Doom to Cumm))) (Totem Cat Records) which was released last month.

Head over to Clrvynt to stream “Promiscuity Ingenuity”.

You can also check out the Longing for Infection (released in July) and The Shape of Doom to Cumm))) here.

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