Show Review: The Vans Warped Tour 2014

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM (PST)

WT Punk rock summer camp…wasn’t so punk rock. The Vans Warped Tour rolled into town on June 20th in Pomona, CA. The Warped Tour line up this year is made up of heavier bands, but punk bands? Not so much. (I’m not complaining).

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Since its formation in 1975, Lemmy has been the only consistent member of Motörhead.

Mayhem Festival 2014 Sampler

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 6:52 PM (PST)


Mayhem Festival is kicking off next week in California, but if you can’t wait for all the heavy metal goodness, well then you’re in luck.

F.Y.E has teamed up with Mayhem Fest to offer fans a pair of tickets, airfare and hotel to the August 5 (Atlanta) date of this year’s tour.

Head over to F.Y.E.’s Facebook, enter your email and not only enter to win tickets to the biggest metal festival tromping across America, but also a ten song sampler featuring some of the newest tracks from some of the greatest bands on the tour.

The sampler includes Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead and Emmure, but also includes bands that won’t be on Mayhem Festival this year, check out the entire tracklist for the sampler here.

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“You Can’t Stop Me” music video coming

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM (PST)


California deathcore powerhouses Suicide Silence have today released a teaser video ahead of the Tuesday, July 1 release of the music video for “You Can’t Stop Me”.

“You Can’t Stop Me” is the title track off of Suicide Silence’s upcoming album, which will be released on July 15 in North America.

Suicide Silence have already released videos for “Don’t Die” and “Cease to Exist” as well as an You Can’t Stop Me album sampler, all of which you can turn up here.

Also, don’t miss Suicide Silence playing all summer on this summer’s MAYHEM FEST!

Check out the “You Can’t Stop Me” teaser video here.

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Album Review: Panopticon – “Roads To The North”

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM (PST)


The newest from Panopticon could get by on the strength of “The Long Road Part 1: One Last Fire” alone, multiplied to fill a whole cd. The mix of roots music instrumentation and black metal is a refreshing nod to the old adage of history having the last word. It calls to mind when Jimmy Page and Plant wrestled with criticisms of what style of music was most appropriate based on their British heritage.

The black metal moments on this record have the dry, brittle drums of classic, countless early cassete demos but with a crisp punch as well. Guitars and every instrument is performed with passion and honesty. There is not much more else to say, because the music deserves to speak for itself, that much.

High praise and thanks for this master work. This is the “Sigh of Summer”, Summer.

Eyehategod , Iron Reagan on a string of dates. PMA 24/7 everyday

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM (PST)


Eyehategod take to the streets again next month on a brief but mutinous rash of live takeovers with Iron Reagan, Vektor and Strong Intention. Slated to erupt in Washington DC on July 10th, the band will level stages in six cities, the run coming to a close in Brooklyn, New York at Acheron. Additionally, EYEHATEGOD will make an appearance at this year’s edition of the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin in October with further live infiltrations to be announced in the weeks to come.

tour dates HERE.

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Really funny Enslaved meme

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM (PST)


Enslaved fans’ #metalheadproblems

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Priest confirms Redeemer Of Souls (tour 2014, haha)

Posted by morganyevans on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM (PST)



Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ (on July 8, 2014), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding YES – Priest will be touring the US in the fall, with dates running throughout October and for most of November. Steel Panther will be “special guests” for all the dates.

Already, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is creating a deafening pre-release buzz, largely due to overwhelmingly positive reviews:

“The word ‘epic’ is thrown around too often in the world of music, but Judas Priest’s new album ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is, in fact, truly epic. From Rob Halford’s powerful vocals to Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner’s monster riffs and soaring guitar solos, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ takes listeners on a fantastical metal journey from beginning to end.” –Loudwire

“Galloping riffs, dueling solos and Rob Halford’s battle shrieks make it classic Priest at its metal core.” –Rolling Stone Magazine [review of "Redeemer of Souls" single]

“The gods of metal return with all cylinders firing on ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ a juggernaut of an album that features raw, unleashed power as only the mighty Priest can deliver. Valhalla, they are
coming — and coming HARD.” –Mike Mettler, Sound & Vision Magazine

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.).

And come the fall, the mighty Priest will be ferociously rocking the US once more – with more dates to follow shortly.

Click HERE for dates, British Steelions!


Interview: To Write Love On Her Arms – Beyond the Blog

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM (PST)

TWLOHA pic This interview is a tad different from our normal interviews. Instead of interviewing a band member, we decided to interview an organization that has an impact on band members, fans of all music genres, and people of all ages. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Jason Blades of the now infamous non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms.

We discussed the journey that has been TWLOHA throughout the years and the future of the organization.

To read more, click here.

Darkest Hour to release new album this summer

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM (PST)


Never ones to dissapoint, the lads in Darkest Hour have continued to deliver socially relevant and sonically consistent, monster album after monster album since day one. It is music that gives you hope and relief that someone is paying attention out there to what matters.

This August 5th the band will release their first Sumerian release, a sign that the label’s scooping up of an established and respected band like Dillinger was no fluke. I am very excited to hear the whole album based on the new teaser video, which you can hear below.

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Mastodon “Remission” deluxe reissue of debut album

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM (PST)


Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of MASTODON‘s seminal debut LP Remission, a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy music. Exploding onto the scene in 2002, MASTODON combined an unparalleled level of musicianship together with songwriting sophistication that simply did not exist amongst their peers. Over a decade after its release Remission remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s rich catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band themselves.

The album has been fully remixed by original producer and engineer Matt Bayles and remastered by Ed Brooks at RFI. The CD cover art has been dramatically enhanced to showcase the iconic Remission horse in a beautiful custom 3D embossing with a UV gloss, special custom varnish and foil stamping. Additionally, album artist Paul Romano scoured his vaults to unearth 24+ pages of previously unreleased artwork originally created for the Remission album.

The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (N. America), August 4th (UK/World) and August 1st (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset. Physical pre-orders along with a new line of Remission merchandise are available HERE . A trailer showcasing the new and expanded packaging can be viewed HERE.

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June 25, 2014, Los Angeles – Palms, the Los Angeles-based band featuring three former members of the post-metal band ISIS with Deftones’ frontman Chino Moreno, return to the road for a southwestern tour in September.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 2013 with Spin describing Palms as “the slow-orbiting-rocket float of Oceanic-era ISIS painted in soft colors, now with the gushing, soaring melodies that would work on an older sibling’s mixtape next to Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, US, or Depeche Mode” and Revolver proclaiming the album a “dreamy, swooning… masterpiece.”

I just thought it was wicked dope and put it on my end of year top 5 last year.

Click here for the new tour dates, you future warriors and warrior princesses.

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Wings Denied reveal “The Machinist” lyric video

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM (PST)


Wings Denied are a must hear metal and proggy hard rock outfit out of D.C. who will get your blood pumping. The band have intelligent, awesome transitions and riffage plus a great range of vocal approaches without the melodic parts ever sucking down the heavy into candy land. Can’t recommend their new Jamie King (BTBAM, Scale The Summit) tracked record Mirrors For A Princeenough. My favorite track is “Neant” featuring Joe Lester of Intronaut. This release has everything from moving piano parts to harsh metal sections to eerie passages and ghostly vocals akin to Dead Letter Circus. Top form stuff.

Now the band have premiered a new lyric video for the song “The Machinist” with Kerrang! Magazine.

In regards to the meaning of the song, vocalist Luka Kerecin shares, “‘The Machinist’ is a tongue-in-cheek criticism of the direction we, as a society, are headed-i.e. false sense of morality, lack of comradeship and overall decay of inherent human values. These have become acceptable, and in some instances encouraged. We are easily manipulated, much like machines and our machinists do with us as they please, discarding us once we’ve served our purpose- but it doesn’t matter as long as you have that new iPhone you’ve always wanted.”

Watch the lyric video for “The Machinist” here.

You can also check out upcoming tour dates here.

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Show Photos: “Trust” in Sevendust at Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM (PST)

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Some bands go acoustic and make a hot mess of it, but not Sevendust. The melodic and syncopated groove metal road warriors killed it on 2014′s crowd sourced win win win Time Travelers & Bonfires.  Live the retooled classic material like “Black” and “Crucified” and great new cuts like “Come Down” or “The Wait” are singalong ritual release. Dudes prove yet again you can never count them out and they can’t be pigeonholed. I feel bad for anyone who has missed out on so many great moments in the 7D timeline for fear of liking a “Nu Metal” associated act.

Catharina Christiana shot the band at Upstate Concert Hall on a recent tour stop for us and you can check the warm and energized photos out HERE.

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Anaal Nathrakh sign to Metal Blade

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:26 PM (PST)


Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the addition of  Black Metal force ANAAL NATHRAKH to the roster!

Comments ANAAL NATHRAKH: “We are very pleased to announce our signing with Metal Blade Records. It means we are joining a roster with some truly titanic figures, and a label responsible for releasing some utterly legendary albums. Few other labels can touch their legacy in metal. With Metal Blade’s reputation and clout behind us, we look forward to previously undreamed of levels of despoilment.

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Castle add new North American tour dates

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM (PST)


Phew. I think I’ve written more about Castle than any other band lately but it was like a week or something since I mentioned them last on this site. I need a fix of that Castle dark blues metal. I was scratchin’ and bleedin’ over here but thankfully they have announced another month’s worth of dates throughout the U.S. and Canada!

The band, which features vocalist/bassist Elizabeth Blackwell and guitarist Mat Davis, will be rounded out by drummer Will Carroll (Death Angel/Cutthroats 9) for the trek, which kicks off in Portland on July 2.

Under Siege is Castle’s current release, a strong follow up to the critically lauded Blacklands and their third record overall. The live dates announced include some pretty legit bands sharing the stage with our favorite doomers of the moment, acts such as Slough Feg, Sons of Huns and Anciients on various dates!

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