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Late March Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album  Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).

The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings. As front-man Johan Hegg explains: “The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee – but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story.”

 

By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats now at ‪amonamarth.com (see below for the official track-listing) – where fans can also view the video for the album’s first single, “First Kill”. Produced by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com) and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), “First Kill” was filmed in Gohrweide (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) and features a cinematic depiction of the violent, brutal lyrics, along with powerful live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.

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The low budget artwork on Megadeth's Killing is My Business...and Business is Good album cover, consisting of plastic skull with tinfoil was not intended to be the original artwork. Combat records was suppose to have original artwork created from a sketch Dave Mustaine had given them but lost it and made the low budget replacement.


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I still maintain that Publicist UK deserved a slot on my 2015 year end list over numerous much heavier bands. The post-punk project favor atmospheric rock soaked in emotional process, laden with a coldness striving to thaw. The band’s quite capable rendering of Tori Amos classic “Precious Things” (for the Decibel Flexi series) into a dark hard rock treatment that still retains a gothy charm with none of the song’s weight lost is impressive. And of course those low crooning Bauhaus-esque vocals are good times.

This kind of message and fluidity is important in the scene right now.

Check it out HERE and jump on the bandwagon, already.

And of course you can compare it to the chilling yet spiritual original.

Melvins to headline Temples Festival

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:49 AM (PST)

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Temples Festival have announced grunge godfathers The Melvins as the Saturday night headliner. The fest line up this year is pretty damn forceable, featuring Jucifer, Acid King, All Pigs Must Die and many more great bands.

Statement:

Patrons of Temples Festival,

First and foremost, thank you all for the patience you’ve kindly extended of late.

Without further ado, it’s with great pride with which we finally announce our first Temples 2016 headliner, following on from the likes of Neurosis and Sunn0))) as our Saturday night headliner, please welcome (the) Melvins to Temples Festival 2016.

The Melvins will headline Saturday, June 4th alongside a diverse and tasteful selection of artists – for what’s set to be one of the heaviest & most memorable days in the history of Temples Festival. With over forty bands now announced and many more (including two headliners) still to be unveiled, we’re firmly on course for another monumental weekend.

As ever, we’ll be under-selling the overall capacity of Motion to minimise the strain on each room and ensure we can offer the most comfortable experience possible for each of our Patrons. We have secured a number of tasteful caterers for 2016 which includes an array of vegan and vegetarian options, and once again we’ll be offering a fairly priced Ale and Cider bar for the drinking contingency among us – this time, featuring a bespoke Temples Festival ale.

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)

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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).

In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.

Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/

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Dream Theater continue a recent streak with ball of fire new single “Moment Of Betrayal”, an exciting yet measured march from new 2x album The Astonishing that sets each section in conjunction towards a composition steadily ascending in excitement. Like the better DT epics, no matter how many parts or rhythmic shift there is a larger compositional scope at play.

Love to see these guys hit the road with the currently also flying high again Queensryche and/or Megadeth.

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Chaostar studio news. (add this to “most anticipated” in my book)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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“Few months are left for Chaostar to enter the studio again, after almost 3 years.

The rehearsals for the new album are getting more intense and we truly believe that the result won’t let you down.

We keep in touch.”

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This is amazing. And while I would’ve loved to have heard Grohl play this on drums, the fact that I believe it is Roy Mayorga (he of Soulfly, Stone Sour and of course fucking Nausea) on the kit is so bad ass and makes me bow to the cyber god. Plus, it takes all these extra guitars to come even close to the presence Dimebag brought to the stage all by his lonesome. \m/

If this don’t make your adrenaline kick in, walk on home.

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Song Of The Week: “Gravity” by Fleshgod Apocalypse

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 8:40 PM (PST)

12240114_10153629172856878_5461132264488191250_nFLESHGOD APOCALYPSE are one of the more cunningly revolutionary bands in heavy metal, fiercely symphonic and yet darker than most. The new track from the band was enough to make me pause a Firefly marathon for a swan dive into one of the coolest lyric videos I’ve seen in awhile. Veins full of gold dust, ancient books, greed and just all around awesome lyrics like “in delerium I obtain my obscure desires” make this a very absorbing adventure.

Another very worthy addition to the band’s growing symphonic death ball of fire which shall soon engulf the world.

“I feel the weight of metal.” Indeed.

It’s the attention to details, killer musicianship (including leads), strong yet navigable extreme vocals and a hint of madness that puts this band so far ahead of most of the pack.

Watch the captivating lyric video for the brand new song “Gravity” from the band’s upcoming opus KING, out worldwide on Feb. 5th -nuclearblast.com/fleshgod-king.

Receive instant download of the songs “Gravity” and “The Fool” with your album pre-order at
iTunes - http://nblast.de/FleshgodKingIT
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There is really nothing quite like GOJIRA‘s From Mars To Sirius classic in all of metal, save a heavy Morbid Angel influence in some of the vast and massive riffs.

Simply put, I like it more than Leviathan at the end of the day.

GOJIRA ‘From Mars to Sirius’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY box PRE ORDER

The box content :

- Exclusive cassette of ‘From Mars to Sirius’ – only available in this box.
- 4 never revealed prints of Joe Duplantier ‘s sketches made before the final cover art
- Exclusive artwork flag with one of those sketches
- Exclusive guitar From Mars to Sirius pick
- First 500 buyers will get a postcard to be able to win an Exclusive JACKSON guitar displaying ‘From Mars to Sirius’ artwork all over its body.
All postcards should be sent to LISTENABLE and a winner will be picked at random by the band during Spring 2016.

PRE ORDER NOW HERE : http://www.shop-listenable.net/en/3_gojira

PRE ORDER NOW and get a chance to win THIS space-tastic whale of a guitar!!
http://www.shop-listenable.net/en/3_gojira

 

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To anyone attending Lamb of God in New York City: Due to the weather, the show at Manhattan Center Events – Hammerstein Ballroom & Grand Ballroom has been moved from tomorrow to Monday, January 25th.

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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi’s ‘Seventh Star’ turns 30!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:19 PM (PST)

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Thirty years ago, Black Sabbath as a band, an idea, and as a consistent part of heavy metal was all but gone. Starting with Heaven and Hell, the first Black Sabbath album without the original line-up, the band started to go through many odd years. Mob Rules saw the band down to half of the original members. Born Again was most of the band back together, with Ian Gillian on vocals instead of Ozzy or Ronnie.

But by time Seventh Star came out Black Sabbath was down to one original member, Tony Iommi. It stayed that way until Geezer came back in for 1992′s Dehumanizer. The band closed out with 1995′s Forbidden being down to just Iommi, again. Geezer and Iommi in the 18 year gap, played a lot of concerts with Black Sabbath, but no new music was recorded. Then starting in 2007 they worked with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice in Heaven and Hell to record Live from Radio City Music HallThe Devil You Know and Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell.

You can read more of this 30th anniversary retrospect here.

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Brimstone Coven are our first interview of 2016. We feel they represent the qualities that make metal great, a deep respect for the past with a desire for an individual, modern footprint. Plus killer tunes.

“Journey for knowledge/within the open mind.”

It is lamentable that That Metal Show was cancelled and hopefully it will find another home, yet let us never fail to have in depth discussions on metal’s supreme incredible gifts to the world.

 

Get their latest Black Magic HERE.

 

Read the interview BELOW.

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Holy Grail debut “Crystal King” at Revolver.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:27 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles-based shred quintet HOLY GRAIL present a new offering from their highly anticipated February 12 release, “Times of Pride and Peril” for your listening pleasure. The band have partnered with Revolver Magazine to debut a lyric video for the stirring new single “Crystal King”!

Take a listen HERE .

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Boris with Merzbow update: the Gensho phenomenon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM (PST)
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Renowned Japanese innovators BORIS and MERZBOW have teamed up with Relapse for their new collaborative 2xCD/4xLP Gensho, one of the artists’ most daring works to date. Named after the Japanese word for “phenomenon,” Gensho is a unique release featuring over one-hundred-and-fifty minutes of new music spread across two CDs and four LPs (available as two separate double LP sets or a deluxe 4xLP edition).

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Unearth announce Coast to Coast tour with Ringworm, FFAA and more

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PST)

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Obviously this is going to crush and does not need much additional discussion other than…RULE!

See dates below.

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