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The UK’s kings of apocalyptic party doom are back. Orange Goblin, one of the best live acts on terra firma, will release Back From The Abyss via Candlelight Records on Oct. 7th in North America. The album art kind of has a vibe similar to fellow Brit’s Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier album, without Predator-Eddie looming over a skull this time.

Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. Back From The Abyss will be available for preorder via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th. Fans can begin to preorder the CD today via Candlelight’s official webstore and Bandcamp page.

Loudwire.com is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, “The Devil’s Whip.” Vocalist Ben Ward says, “This song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motörhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape ‘The Devil’s Whip.’” 

Check the tune out, in all it’s fuzzy glory, right HERE.

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Before Suicidal Tendencies became famous for their thrash/funk metal style, they were a punk rock band.


Pierce The Veil tracking follow up to “Collide With The Sky”

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM (PST)

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Pierce the Veil, who rocketed to success with their 2012 release Collide With The Sky, have been sequestered at Dan Korneff’s Sonic Deris Recording Studio in New York writing and recording a brand new album due for a January 2015 release on Fearless Records.  As yet untitled, the highly-anticipated release is being produced by Korneff (A Day To Remember, Paramore) who worked with the band on Collide.

Vocalist Vic Fuentes began working on ideas as early as late last year and began writing new material in earnest this Spring. He and the band – Mike Fuentes (drums), Tony Perry (guitar), and Jaime Preciado (bass) – started preproduction in May in their newly-renovated San Diego home studio. In June, with 11 songs written, the band headed to New York to begin recording; nine of those songs are earmarked for the new album, and the band has written two more since.

Said Vic about the sessions, “We try to stay focused on writing and recording songs that we’re happy with, that we like, songs that will be fun to play live and that our fans will want to sing along with, songs that offer a little something different, but are all still very much PTV songs.”

Leading up to the new album’s release, PTV will co-headline 21 U.S. dates, the first leg of “The World Tour,” a five-month, multi-leg global trek, with Sleeping with Sirens. Confirmed dates for the first leg are below.

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Interview: Kai Hahto and Jukka Koskinen of Wintersun

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM (PST)

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So this interview is actually a bit old but my computer has been out of commission for quite some time now (a speaker claimed its life) and half this interview was still on it…but I’m back bitches.  I’ve been able to copy the hard drive and finish writing this whole thing up so here it finally is.  Once upon a time, my partner in crime Tyrus and I got the opportunity to hang out with the one and only Wintersun‘s drummer Kai Hahto and bassist Jukka Koskinen. Due to my issues, the interview hasn’t been published, until now.  We had a pretty amazing conversation ranging in topics from musical influences such as Busta Rhymes, right down to The Muppet Show, and even drunken Santa Claus.  We had an awesome time with these guys and hopefully you’ll enjoy reading the interview as much as we did conducting it.

You can click right here to check the whole thing out.  Our good friend Butcher came along for the ride as well, so in the interest of not confusing everyone with our names I’ve only listed anyone from Metal Riot where appropriate.  Wonder Twin powers activate!

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New Music: Revocation – “Deathless”

Posted by SeanB on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:54 PM (PST)

Revocation-LogoBoston’s own technical metal group Revocation have released the title track to their forthcoming album, Deathless. The album is due out October 14th on Metal Blade and you should be extremely pumped, these guys have been churning out pure metal bliss since 2006 (really since 2000 but they were called Cryptic Warning) and are showing zero signs of slowing down anytime soon.

To get your first listen of “Deathless”  click right here.

Deathless will be Revocation’s fifth release and their first since signing with Metal Blade.  It’s also the follow up to their 2013 self-titled album.  Pre-orders can be made right here if you so desire.

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Music Video: Rings Of Saturn – “Senseless Massacre”

Posted by SeanB on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM (PST)

10516870_10152426827548463_3903064199059209213_nSelf proclaimed aliencore (sounds about right) group Rings Of Saturn have just released a music video for their new single called “Senseless Massacre.”  The song comes from the band’s upcoming October 14th Unique Leader Records release, Lugal Ki En.

The video can be found by clicking here.

Lugal Ki En will be Rings Of Saturn’s third full length album and the follow up to 2013′s Dingir.  If you’d like to pre-order the album you can due so right here.

 

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machineheadbloodstonecdCalifornia based thrash outfit Machine Head have released some serious details about their upcoming recording, Bloodstone & Diamonds.  Word is the album is due out in November and will feature a 28 page booklet with the standard issue CD and a 48 page hardcover leather-bound mediabook with the special edition.  The album is being released via Nuclear Blast and was partly recorded at Green Day’s JingleTown Recording (really?) compound in Oakland, California.

To see the track listing, some artwork, and a rather large assemblage of quotes from frontman Robb Flynn click right here.

Bloodstone & Diamonds will be the follow up to 2011′s Unto The Locust and the band’s eight overall effort.  This also marks the first time that the band have ever released an album on a record label other than Roadrunner.  Machine Head will be touring with Battlecross, Children Of Bodom, and Epica through October and into November.  Hopefully they pepper in some new songs so we can get a taste of what to expect.  You can find dates and venues right here.

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Accept’s red hot “Final Journey” rips faces at NPR

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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Wolf and the boys in Accept have done it again. I have been eagerly waiting for Blind Rage, the follow up to Stalingrad that comes out this Aug. 19th on Nuclear Blast. It is fair to say that “Final Journey”, the latest track from the record, is pretty much a perfect heavy metal song.  Mark Tornillo owns this vocal performance like it is the most important thing he has ever sung and the band are on FIRE. The pre-solo section into the solo is especially invigorating. This pumped me up!!

Today, NPR premieres the new ACCEPT song “Final Journey” from Blind Rage, saying, “it is surprising to hear Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood” in the last minutes of “Final Journey,” especially pitting Grieg’s theme that conjures spring and new-ness to a song about death.” Check out the NPR premiere of ACCEPT’s “Final Journey” now at THIS location.

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Album Review: The Paramedic – Diary Of My Demons

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 4:39 AM (PST)

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Diary Of My Demons is a big step up for The Paramedic after all, a record sure to please their growing fan base of scene kids. This is a band who I have criticized in the past, but it was mostly because of their horrible haircuts. The music itself isn’t half bad, it just isn’t what I generally gravitate to. That said, my job is not to wish every record was Minor Threat (though it often happens).

It’s 2014. I have to accept that the blend of overly-grandiose metalcore with synths and computerized clean vocals is basically a genre unto itself now and not compare it as much to the heroes of yesteryear. Once I did that, it was easier to enjoy Diary Of My Demons without a chip on my shoulder and see the band’s strengths rather than just their weaknesses (I was pretty harsh on them awhile back).

The group do not fail to have conviction on these ten tracks, with “Have A Nice Day” and especially fired up album highlight “Who I’ve Become” proving strong songs for vocalist Michael Luciano. They have some weird stuttery parts and interesting tempo shifts/elements. The vocals veer from full throated roar to almost R&B emo, with dude’s voice becoming either fun and infectious or at times a bit too soaring depending on your mood. You can’t say they lack conviction, though. The drum performance is also pretty crazy, though the drum sound makes it pretty hard for me to tell if these were just programmed or not (which is irksome). “Lying To A Liar” is the angriest song, a faster assault of a track than the poppier numbers which still finds room for a big chorus chock full of wordplay. There is a lot of emotional output here.

To read more click HERE and “have a nice day”…

YOB are streaming new single “Unmask The Spectre”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM (PST)

yob-608x608Sludgy doomsters YOB are streaming the first single from their upcoming album “Clearing The Path to Ascend.”  The song is called “Unmask the Spectre” and it’s a little over 15 minutes of awesome.  They’re planing an album release on Septermber 2nd with Neurosis’s label Neurot Recordings and you should definitely pick it up.

You can find the song streaming right here.

Clearing The Path To Ascend will be YOB’s seventh album to date and the follow up to 2011′s Atma.  CTPTA was recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.

Vocalist Mike Scheidt recently commented on the release, “Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”

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The Acacia Strain give us a release date for new album AND a music video

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM (PST)

TheAcaciaStrainComaWitchChicopee, Massachusetts deathcore vets The Acacia Strain have recently been teasing a new album through several different sources and we finally have the details.  The album is going to be called Coma Witch and is set to be released October 14th through Rise Records.  They have also released the first single and music video called “Cauterizer.”

To get your first listen of new Acacia Strain click right here.

Coma Witch will be the band’s seventh full length album and the first without guitarist Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz.   It will also be the first to feature replacements Devin Shidaker of ex-Oceano fame and ex-Molotov Solution guitarist Richard Gomez.  Laskiewicz hadn’t toured with the band in years but was still writing and producing for them up until his May 2013 departure.  So that means this will be the first album they’ve released without his input…should be interesting to see how their sound progresses.  

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Music Video: Red Fang – “The Meadows”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM (PST)

7inch_TemplatePortland, Oregon heavy metallers Red Fang have just released a new music video for their song “The Meadows.”  The video is pretty much hilarious as it chronicles the band getting all dressed up to shove absurd amounts of food down their gullets, in slow motion.   These guys usually put out pretty awesome videos, and this is no exception.  Just a warning though, if you’re feeling hungry you might want to put down a quick meal before you watch.  Or don’t because you might puke.

Anyways you can click right here to check it out.

Red Fang released The Red Fang EP for free back in May under Scion AV and you can find it here if you’re interested.  It included this song and another called “The Shadows.”  The band also released a full length called Whales and Leeches last October via Relapse earning their best sales and critical response to date.

 

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Interview: Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM (PST)

IMG_5012Here’s a quick little update to accompany the Rivers of Nihil Reading Rainbow tour announcement from earlier. Brody and I spoke earlier this summer while they were in New York touring with Devildriver. Brody had much to say on playing lager venues on this tour package and how their next Metal Blade release is shaping up. I also got some comments on their robbery in St. Louis and the subsequent crowd funding campaign, which he has avidly spoken out against.

 

Click here for the short and sweet.

 

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tesseract-tour-poster“It was the best of times, it was the…blurst of times?!”

That about sums it up, as I bang around on this keyboard trying to sum up ways to describe this experience. I witnessed two nights of this unique tour. Twelve dates in the whole tour sold out. UK’s TesseracT headlined with Intronaut pulling double support duty. They played as the backing band for Ben Sharp’s Cloudkicker before their own Intronaut set. All tour long. Playing and mixing all the various instruments on his Cloudkicker recordings makes touring next to impossible. Intronaut finally filled that gap, after three years of planning. Very special. I’ve heard of single musicians doing double duty. Protest the Hero’s drummer did it touring with them and his old band, The Kindred. The Defibulators’ guitarist Roadblock did it as well, playing with The Dixons before a lengthy Defibs set. A whole band doing their set, plus a second set of music that has never seen a crowd is very rare.

TesseracT had a bit of a rougher time. Singer Ashe O’Hara was sick pretty much the whole month, even to the extent of not performing for the sold out dates in both Boston and Philadelphia near the end of the tour. In my interview with TesseracT’s bassis Mos WIlliams, he said the crowd was very accepting of the announcement and filled the vocal void with their own voices. Ashe did perform for the final night at New York’s Gramercy Theater, but he was looking rough when I saw him at Aftershock in Kansas, just six days earlier. Also, second guitarist James Monteith was absent for this tour, as well as the last. Regardless of the hurdles, they powered through and still created a very dynamic and textured atmosphere, very true to their performance styles. I was also treated to an extended photo shoot, both for sound check and their full set.

Click here for the pictures and reviews from both nights. 

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Interview: Mos Williams of TesseracT

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM (PST)

 

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On the final night of TesseracT‘s headlining tour, I spoke with bassist Mos Williams on the challenges they faced down this tour and Altered State‘s year release. I was fortunate en0ugh to see two nights of this tour package and you can read about that here.

 

Check it out here.

 

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Kingston, NY’s hardcore kings Painmask are underground vets who real heads know have been in this dogfight for decades. Now, the band have an upcoming gig with Cro-Mags and Sub Zero in Poughkeepsie, NY

Says intelligent vocalist Jay Avery:

“Were really excited for this upcoming show and the chance to meet and hang with great local acts and support two legendary New York Hardcore bands. Both Subzero and Cro-mags have pioneered the style and scene that we have always been proud to be part of. We’re taking this  opportunity to introduce new members of the band and material that is soon to be released. We’re confident that the new additions to the Painmask roster will once again deliver! Were a solid group of lifelong metalheads with endless ambition. Our strict mission is to deliver the most intense, thought provoking, heavy music set one could ask for.  And If you don’t believe me come see for yourself. We offer a money back guarantee!”

I asked Avery how about the material they recently tracked with Joey Z. of Life Of Agony fame at various studios?

“Were working on final mixes with the new tracks and couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. We were a little concerned at first with the recent member changes, but what has emerged is incredible! Life’s circumstances have parlayed into something bigger and stronger then we could have imagined. JoeyZ really is a cut above to work with. His advice and professionalism is second to none! But with the recent resurgence of Life of Agony and their European shows this month, we’ve had to take a short pause from mastering. We should have these songs available by mid September. But if you’re one of the lucky ticket holders and we see you at the sold out LOA reunion on Sept 13 in Sayreville NJ. I might even have a copy for you.”
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