Mournful Congregation announce new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM (PST)

Mournful Congregation

Australian doomsayers Mournful Congregation have announced the release date for their fourthcoming album Concrescence Of The Sophia.

Concrescence Of The Sophia will be released on June 24 via 20 Buck Spin.

Check out some of Mournful Congregation’s shows, as well as the track list for Concrescence Of The Sophia here.

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2002's "Reroute To Remain" was the first In Flames album to have official singles released from it.

Xandria premiere lyric video for “Dreamkeeper”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM (PST)


German symphonic metallers Xandria have premiered the lyric video for their song “Dreamkeeper” off of their forthcoming album Sacrificium.

Sacrificium will be released on May 5 in Europe and on May 6 in North America.

Check out the video for “Dreamkeeper” here.

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Napalm Death announce Roadburn Festival EP; Cardiacs cover

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM (PST)


English grindcore godfathers Napalm Death have announced that they are releasing a cover of “To Go Off And Things” by the Cardiacs.

The Cardiacs driving force, Tim Smith, is the beneficiary of the money made from the downloads of “To Go Off And Things”.

Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury had this to say on the release of the song,

“Since I was blessed with being introduced to Cardiacs way back in 1986 they have been one of my favorite bands of all time! Getting to meet and become friends with Tim Smith, the musical genius behind it all, over the years was an added bonus. Tim always struck me as a person with a massive heart, who had a very pure and innocent view of the world in which we live in – something i totally related to, as the world can be a dark place – he radiated happiness. We shared many fun and elaborate conversations after CARDIACS shows in the early 90′s and I loved every minute of every conversation with him. I could go on and on for hours about how amazing his music is and the immense influence it has had on my life but suffice to say this cover of “To Go Off And Things” that we have recorded is in tribute to the brilliance that is Tim Smith – it is the least we can do for a man who has given us so much.

Tim has unfortunately been severely unwell for a few years now and we hope with this recording made available to everyone for download on our bandcamp site for only £1 (you can pay more if your heart so desires!) we can help raise some money to go towards Tim’s rehabilitation! We hope you like our version of the song and find it in your heart to donate something towards such a worthy cause…Thanks for taking the time to read this.”

Napalm Death are also preparing to release their Our Power Is Their Pain EP on April 10.

Check out Napalm Death tour dates, the “To Go Off And Things” cover and the Our Power Is Their Pain tracklisting here.

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Mastodon complete new album

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM (PST)


Mastodon have allegedly completed their next opus, title TBA.  The record was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice In Chains). This from the revered band’s Facebook page:

“Dearest Mastodon fans, after many hours in the studio riffing out,We are excited to announce our new album is almost complete. It is in the finals of being mastered.We are gearing up for our US tour with Gojira and Kvelertak next month! Looking forward to seeing you all out there on the High Road in May!”

Well, doesn’t that just curl your burl? Horns up. G’s down.

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Album Review: Punk Goes 90s Volume 2

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM (PST)

PG90s OUT NOW Oh Nostalgia, how you hit me while listening to Fearless Records’ latest Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2.

While listening to this entire album I felt like running into the depths of my garage to find all my old 90s objects, Pokemon cards, Togs, and Lite-Brights. It would only make sense to have the best 90s objects while listening to a collection of songs that created the perfect 90s play-list.

To read more click here.

Castle enter the “Temple of the Lost” in new video

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM (PST)

Stitched Panorama

Dark, bluesy metallic sojourners Castle have a sound to die for and the drive of crusading zealots (with great taste). New album Under Seige is highly anticipated and out May 20th. The release was recorded with Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Melvins, Cattle Decap) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA and is sure to help raise the band’s growing profile higher up the Holy Mountain.

Cover art from Denis Farkas Kostromitin (Behemoth) and murky, classic rock indebted yet sludgy rock n roll riffs from the depths of the id will ensure you wander the halls of this Castle for aeons. They say rock (for the most part) is dead and has less of the music “market share” than ever. Maybe we should let it be, cuz the real believers and metal enthusiasts will keep the flame surviving anyway. Let the rest of the world rot in shitty pop oblivion. If it is an uphill battle to convert the masses, well…at least it means the purest bands like Castle, The Great Old Ones, Cormorant, Thou or Baroness (for example) will be THAT much better. Castle are that cherished consolation prize when faced with a world where much other popular music pales in comparison to this diamond band in the shit storm of life. : )

As Rush sing ,”It’s a far cry from the world we thought we’d inherit.” But it’s what we’ve got and you can’t give up on real music.

For tour dates and to see the new video click HERE.

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King Buzzo solo tour ready to acoustically face smother you

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM (PST)


Melvins chieftan Chief Buzz…er, King Buzzo is prepared to hit the road in support of This Machine Kills Artists, the solo acoustic record from the Grunge Godfather out June 3rd on the mighty Ipecac. There are pretty much no words for how cool the acoustic song “Dark Brown Teeth” that Buzzo already released is, so go check it out HERE for yourself. Any of you cry babies who say acoustic aint sludgy enough need to go sit on a road cone. …Machine is sure to be full of cool twists and turns. Anybody remember how doom’s other ruler Wino made Adrift, one of the best records of his career, a few years ago? ‘Nuff saidskeez.

Click HERE for the tour dates. Photo by Mackie Osbourne

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Whitechapel & DevilDriver announce co-headlining tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM (PST)


Tennessee death metallers Whitechapel are teaming up with the powerful DevilDriver to tear across North America.

If this tour doesn’t already sound awesome to you, know that the line up will be rounded off with Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy.

This is what Whitechapel had to say about the tour:

“We’re stoked to announce our tour with good friends DevilDriver. We’ve played several shows with them before and really enjoy performing and hanging out with them and believe that combining together to make one big brutal tour only made sense. Rounding out the rest of the bill are other incredible acts Carnifex and Revocation, with two hot up and coming death metal bands Rivers of Nihil and Fit for an Autopsy. Can’t wait to take this tour across the country and decimate every city!”

Check out tour dates as well as videos for “Mono” and “The Saw Is The Law” here.

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Twelve Foot Ninja announces North American headlining tour

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM (PST)


The freakers in Twelve Foot Ninja have announced a headlining US and Canada Tour. The trek, supporting manic and acclaimed man on man power-fest Silent Machine, will coincide with some large festivals including Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion. In other news, the ninja dudes were nominated for a Revolver Golden Gods BEST NEW TALENT award amongst some other great talent such as Scar The Martyr, Deafheaven, Crosses and more. Vote for Twelve Foot Ninja HERE, if ya want the guys to win!

Click HERE for tour dates. There’s a lot so you have a good chance to catch these ninjas in full effect!

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Die So Fluid premiere “Comets” video, conjure L.A. mojo

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM (PST)



Die So Fluid have revealed a new video for hard rock song “Comets”. I really am starting to think they can do no wrong, as “Comets” once again proves this improbable grunge glam trio just writes better songs than most bands. The opening shot of L.A. in the video is quite affecting, while the clip also shows the whole talented and unified band rocking out hard.

Says lovely riff babe, poet and general bad ass Grog Rox:

“This is an in-house video in that it was mainly directed, shot and edited by me. A super-fan and friend very generously gave me a GoPro to encourage my filming interests for Die So Fluid ( “Crime Scene’”was also an early attempt of mine) .I wanted to make a video that reflected the personal elements of “Comets” that inspired me to write it , so it’s a tribute to how it feels to ride a Triumph with your man around the streets of LA, which has still has mind blowing dreamlike qualities for a relocated English gal like me.”

Click HERE to watch the kick ass clip and rev things up.

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Album Review: Anette Olzon – Shine

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM (PST)

I tend to really root for singers as soon as they exit Nightwish. Without wading too far into the bog of eternal stench that is the ongoing debate over ex-Nightwish and current Nightwish vocals, I will say that I believe Anette Olzon (like Tarja), probably got a bit of a raw deal. Nightwish are known for screwing over their singers and treating them as disposable. People always debate different eras of the band. No one sounds like the operatic Tarja (who in my experience has always been humble and very cool/down to earth), while new singer Floor Jansen is top notch and a real rocker who I wish was just in ReVamp cuz I am just plain biased against Nightwish and dont trust their press statements regarding singer’s “exits”. Second Nightwish singer and Tarja replacement Anette Olzon had her work cut out for her. A little more frumpy, not as big a range but a lot of heart and talent in her own right, Olzon tried valiantly to fill the biggest shoes in symphonic metal.

Some people worship early Nightwish so much that they don’t care if the band were dicks to Tarja and now seem willing to overlook Olzon claiming she was fired for a 3rd pregnancy (makes sense since the band never liked that she had a kid when she first wanted to join), while others say she was a diva without great fashion sense or was too poppy, blah blah. Every time I have seen a picture of her she is smiling or looking like she really enjoys the music she gets to make and she has also spoken well of Tarja or other “rivals”. She just doesn’t strike me as a careerist, uber bitch! People should give Anette a chance on her own merits re: Shine. Stand out track “Lies” promises real potential for growth and the feeling of freedom to the track makes this whole effort worth it. You can’t hear that intro and not feel your heart soar a little bit.

Click HERE for the full review.

Interview: Sabbath Assembly – Tomorrow’s Dream

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM (PST)


Sabbath Assembly continue to amaze. Quaternity is the latest release from the mysterious group, a collection of hymns we recently rated a full 5 stars. Dave Nuss and Jamie Myers (with numerous cohorts) have outdone themselves and cemented the already glowing, if not so lengthy legacy of this fabulous band of free thinkers. Jehovah. Christ. Satan. Lucifer.Restored to one. All sides of the self examined and…processed. I’ve been watching The Living Matrix the last few days, so unified theories of the self are also quite appealing.

What is missing from the Christian concept of “trinity”? Carl Jung suggests that the fourth element is what many reject – the evil in our nature; or by another view, the feminine, which throughout Church history has been equated with evil and duly suppressed. To restore this element to the trinity creates Quaternity, which in William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell represents “the fourfold nature of man and his relationship to the divine.”

Click HERE for our interview with Dave Nuss on Quaternity and more.

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Metal Alliance Tour 2014 kicks off Friday!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM (PST)


The Metal Alliance Tour is hitting the road for it’s fourth annual bout of extreme metal.

The most exciting part of the Metal Alliance Tour here on North American soil will be the presence of Behemoth!

Also smashing faces, melting brains and generally causing mayhem will be the relentless Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition and Black Crown Initiate.

Check out the tour dates here.

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Vanhelgd stream new song “Where All Flesh Is Soil”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM (PST)


Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd are streaming their new song “Where All Flesh Is Soil” from their forthcoming monstrosity Relics of Sulphur Salvation.

Relics of Sulphur Salvation will drop on May 26 around the world (Pulverised) and on May 27 in North America (20 Buck Spin).

Check out the video for “Where All Flesh Is Soil” as well as the Relics of Sulphur Salvation track list here.

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Graves at Sea to conquer Europe

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM (PST)


Portland doom metallers Graves at Sea are preparing to conquer Europe!

They will be supported by fellow down tuners, Sourvein.

While you’re waiting for the tour to start and for Graves at Sea’s EP This Place Is Poison to drop, you can smash your skull to Graves at Sea covering Black Sabbath’s “Orchid” and “Lord of This World” as well as head over to Sourvein’s bandcamp and drag along to the entire doom-y discography.

Check out the Graves at Sea European tour dates here.

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