photo by Vince Edwards

Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR have just announced a special livestream event to benefit their favorite local venue during these unprecedented times.

To aid their good friends at the Black Cat in the band’s hometown of Washington DC, DARKEST HOUR is proud to announce a worldwide live streaming event to be held on September 26th, 2020 via VEEPS.com. All the profits of this event will go to the Black Cat Employee fund. 

The band writes, “We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.
We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.
Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”
Purchase your presale ticket HERE, or feel free to donate anytime HERE.

Stay tuned for further updates on DARKEST HOUR as they continue to write their new album for release through Southern Lord in 2021.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), DARKEST HOUR‘s eleventh LP Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora continues to solidify the band’s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw, complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is a fierce album which shows the long-running band as lethal and ravenous as ever.

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, LP, picture disc LP, digital via Southern Lord, including a brand-new pressing on purple vinyl limited to 300 copies. Find options at the label’s webstore HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

In other news, DARKEST HOUR recently launched an official fan club via Patreon as part of their 25th anniversary. Here, fans can choose their desired tier to access lots of band content; some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally brand new and exclusive. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
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RIP Tony Costanza (Machine Head, Crisis, Crowbar, etc)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:48 AM (PST)

This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.

I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal

 

Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.

Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.

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GOJIRA release “Another World” track

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 5:53 AM (PST)

GOJIRA, arguably the best band in heavy music by a long shot, have released a new music video for stand alone track “Another World”. It has a classic Gojira blend of propulsive and relentless riffing patterns with hoarse melodies and a yearning for more in a big Universe. The animated video has a scientific theme and is an entertaining journey. Another grand slam from the masters.

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Eyes premiere “Distance” video over at Decibel Magazine

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Danish metallic hardcore noisemakers Eyes have released a video for their song “Distance” over at Decibel Magazine!

“Distance” comes off the band’s upcoming debut album Underperformer due out September via Indisciplinarian.

Eyes is made up by five young veterans from the Danish metal and hardcore scene, and the new album Underperformer reflects a combo that does not worry one bit about what fans, the scene, or people in general might think. One senses an artistic kinship with bands such as Daughters, Pissed Jeans, and Converge, all bands who started out with a particular sound and have changed and developed their musical vision significantly; something Eyes aims for as well, and succeeds in.

Barely over two years since the band’s eponymous debut EP saw the light of day, Eyes delivers their Underperformer. The record was produced by Tobias Munk Tønder (Église, Drukner), mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Lifesick, I Am Bones) who also contributes guest vocals to several songs on the record, and completed with artwork by Jon Gotlev/No Heroes.

The new video for “Distance” was directed by Ausrine Kurgonaite and Chey Long-Andersen.

Eyes lead singer Victor Kaas states about the “Distance” single:

“‘Distance’ is the shortest and most aggressive track on the record, by a small margin, as the whole record is pretty fucking aggressive. It was also one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it ended up being the song that really shaped the sound of Underperformer. Lyrically, the song is about discovering when something isn’t as it should be in your life. The feeling of reaching out, only to be met with dismissal and misunderstanding. If you’re depressed; don’t stop reaching out. Not everyone will understand; someone will.”

Head over to Decibel Magazine to see the video for “Distance.”

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Brazilian Death Metallers The Troops of Doom have released a video for their track “Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

The track comes off the band’s forthcoming EP The Rise of Heresy due out October 9 via Blood Blast Distribution.

The Troops of Doom is led by guitarist Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz from the band The Mist and former member of Sepultura’s original lineup. The band also includes bassist/vocalist Alex Kafer (Enterro, Explicit Hate, ex-Necromancer), drummer Alexandre Oliveira (Southern Blacklist, Raising Conviction), and guitarist Marcelo Vasco (Patria, Mysteriis, acclaimed graphic artist for legendary bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, and Hatebreed among many others).

The Rise Of Heresy features four original songs and two cover versions of Sepultura classics, “Bestial Devastation” and “Troops Of Doom.” In advance of the EP’s release, The Troops of Doom are pleased to unleash a lyric video for first single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.”

Check out the lyric video for “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” as well as the album art for The Rise of Heresy here.

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NAPOLI VIOLENTA

Hey everyone. So wow, I had a crazy week. I have been in the hospital for a week and finally emerged in a Twilight Zone-like calm to a glowing parking lot after a huge Isaias related storm had passed that I filmed out my hospital room window in Kingston, NY. I was super sick and didn’t know I had new onset diabetes. My A1C was like 14.3, so super shitty. Thankfully I don’t have COVID like I thought (though I was confused cuz I have been super careful). But yeah, I have almost never been sicker in my life and it feels beyond awesome to be back home with my cat, listening to Emma Ruth Rundle’s On Dark Horses and feeling the absolute luxury of a fan blowing on me in bed. Lol. It is the little things after a scare like that.

Basically, I kind of have to keep my cool and act like Obama now – as in, stay chill no matter what the hell is going on (does that mean I can drone people still though?) and really monitor my sugar levels. For someone with an insane history of not taking the best care of myself at points in my life, I should still count myself lucky. And I can still write to you all about head caving metal and punk. So let’s get on that.

First, some killer grind from Italy! “Jesuscrust Superscum” rocked my face off!

NAPOLI VIOLENTA was born in the Neapolitan hinterland in 2018. Four old exponents of the Neapolitan metal/HC punk scene whose identity remains unknown and shrouded in silence started collaborating to conjure up the most dangerous kind of extreme music. The intent was immediately to merge Poliziottesco – a subgenre of crime and action films that emerged in Italy in the late 1960s – and Grindcore, two worlds, two revolutions that at first sight couldn’t be any more distant, but both renowned for being cynical, infamous and violent.
The project therefore takes its name from the film of the same name directed by Umberto Lenzi in 1976, “Napoli Violenta”, the second chapter of the “Trilogia Commissario Betti”, starring Maurizio Merli and with a soundtrack by Franco Micalizzi. Musically, inspiration is clearly drawn by early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, Brutal Truth… the logo itself is a clear example of “pezzotto” (fugazi art), which represents a tribute to the genre.

NAPOLI VIOLENTA are proud to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Time To Kill Records, joining the label’s growing roster which includes some acts I love like 5Rand and Shockproof. I am gonna post the band’s nice tribute to John Saxon below, since I was super sick and didn’t get to post anything when he died. Anyway, stay tuned for more from this band cuz they absolutely destroy our collective asses.

Anyway, thank you everyone who loves this site and it is good to still be here. I spent days like on the edge of a potential coma and could barely move, so it feels amazing to be human again.

GHØSTKID sign to Century Media Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:32 AM (PST)

German noisemakers Ghostkid have signed to Century Media Records.

Ghostkid is comprised of Sebastian “Sushi” Biesler, Steve Joakim (drums) from Sweden, Danny Güldener (guitar), and Stanislaw Czywil (bass, former To The Rats And Wolves).

The band will release their first single, “Start A Fight” with accompanying video on August 7. “Start A Fight” comes from the forthcoming self-titled album, produced by renowned producer Sky van Hoff (Rammstein, Emigrate, etc.). The album is scheduled for a November 2020 release.

Concrete streaming ‘Free Us From Existence’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:12 AM (PST)

New York hardcore metallers Concrete are streaming their latest full-length, Free Us From Existence over at No Echo. Free Us From Existence is due out this Friday, August 7.

From vocalist Lenny Fletcher: “This record is about having the strength to break the shackles and truly be free by any and all means necessary. You can either learn to turn your anger and sadness into fuel or kill yourself trying. Whatever it may be, we need to be freed from this existence.”

Head over to No Echo to check out Free Us From Existence.

 

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Upon A Burning Body release “Extermination”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM (PST)

Texas metallers Upon A Burning Body have released a new track “Extermination.”

The track comes off the band’s newest EP Built From War.

Check out the video for “Extermination” here.

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Halestorm announce ‘Reimagined EP’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:58 AM (PST)

Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm have announced their newest EP Reimagined to be released in August.

The EP features a song with Amy Lee of Evanescence and will also include a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Check out “Break In (Feat. Amy Lee)” here.

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Corey Taylor announces solo album ‘CMFT’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 9:17 AM (PST)

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced a new solo album CMFT. The album is due out October 2 via Roadrunner Records.

Ahead of that release, Taylor has released the first two singles from the album: “CMFT Must Be Stopped (feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie)” and “Black Eyes Blue.”

Check out the videos for the two singles here.

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Korn and Yelawolf cover Charlie Daniels

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:40 AM (PST)

I am very very sick and so not posting much this week. Charlie Daniels believed some super dumb conservative shit later in life but “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” will always remain a bop. Here is an insane new version of it from Korn and Yelawolf at Bandcamp. Props to Korn for continuing their tradition to do oddball covers, not just metal. Seems to be for a good cause with Awakening Youth. I am too tired to read more about it right now. Ok, legit time to go throw up and tremble in weak sickly horror again. My ass sounds as flappy as Fieldy’s bass tone right now. Y’all boogie down to this now and I will hopefully see you soon.

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Intronaut cover Creedence

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 8:05 PM (PST)

Intronaut has released a new digital single, “Run Through the Jungle” – a cover version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic! Guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable comments: “Sometime during the writing process for ‘Fluid Existental Inversions’, I had the idea to cover this song, from one of my favorite bands and songwriters of all time. The relatively simple harmonic structure of the original recording made for a great blank canvas for us to ‘Intronaut’ the song up quite a bit. We tracked most of the song during the ‘FEI’ session but didn’t have time to finish until this spring.”

Intronaut released their sixth full-length, Fluid Existential Inversions, this past February via Metal Blade Records. Featuring some of the most dramatic and epic sounds of their career, Fluid Existential Inversions is a unique album that stands apart from their catalogue. “We pushed ourselves to be bigger and better, musically speaking, and to me that’s the essence of progressive music,” states guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable. “On this album, there are drums played in ways I’ve never heard before. There are synths used in contexts I’ve never heard before. Intronaut has the most unique bass player in all of heavy metal as far as I’m concerned, and I even practiced guitar to get myself out of my comfort zone. So I think we progressed and made the best album ever.”

To preview and purchase Fluid Existential Inversions, please visit: metalblade.com/intronaut

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Chelsea Grin release “Bleeding Sun” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2:30 PM (PST)

Salt Lake City deathcore metallers Chelsea Grin have released a lyric video for their song “Bleeding Sun.”

This is the band’s first new track since 2018’s Eternal Nightmare LP, which was released via Rise Records.

“Bleeding Sun” is a political track that hearkens to the best of deathcore. With imagery that reminds me of when I first started watching political punk and metal music videos, Chelsea Grin is out to make a statement.

Check out the lyric video here.

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Former Meowtain riot grrrl punk singer turned Psych Folk artist Globelamp (Elizabeth Gomez) has shared a series of IG posts showing receipts of Haley Dahl from Sloppy Jane seemingly threatening her with violence awhile ago for daring to make a public claim that Haley’s friend and Burger Records producer Joel Jerome sexually harassed Gomez during the recording of her album The Orange Glow. Gomez claims he would make tons of bad sexual comments, take pictures of her cleavage for a “spank bank” and say she had to have his baby, among other things.

In addition, Gomez has posted how she tried to warn Conor from Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers from working with Secretly Group record labels because they helped Sam France from Foxygen. She posted tweets showing friendships between Sloppy Jane, Joel Jerome and Phoebe Bridgers and pointed out that if the dynamic between Ryan Adams and Phoebe mattered than why don’t the same folks care about what she says Joel did to her, with Phoebe’s best friend Haley even seeming to threaten her in a public manner and then Phoebe and Conor signing to Foxygen’s label and not caring about the multiple warnings Globelamp claims she tried to give through mutual former collaborator James Felice (who may not have bothered to ever say anything) and through multiple attempts at contacting Conor and Phoebe on social media through her verified platforms.

Phoebe today blocked Globelamp instead of accounting for any of this.

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