Arkaik announce July headlining tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7:01 PM (PST)


California progressive death metallers Arkaik have announced they will be headlining a tour in July.

The tour – The Make America Shred Again 2016 tour – will see support from Vale Of Pnath and Singularity.

The tour will start on July 2 in Santa Ana, California and will hit a number of states before wrapping up on July 24 in Petaluma, California.

Arkaik will be touring in support of their latest album Lucid Dawn (Unique Leader Records).

Check out the tour dates, a comment from guitarist Greg Paulson and the video for the bands song “The Temple Aflame” here.

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In 1989, Annihilator founder Jeff Waters was asked by his close friend Dave Mustaine to become the new guitarist of his band Megadeth but turned down the offer. The reason he declined was that he wanted to stay in his own band Annihilator. Former Cacophony guitarist Marty Friedman eventually took the position.

Wings Denied premiere “Catalyst” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM (PST)


D.C. metallers Wings Denied have premiered a video for their song “Catalyst”.

Wings Denied released their latest EP Voyager EP on Friday.

Check out the video for “Catalyst” and stream Voyager in its entirety here.

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Hellmotz release “Wielding the Axe” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:42 PM (PST)


Brazilian metallers Hellmotz have released the video for their song “Wielding the Axe”.

“Wielding the Axe” comes off of the band’s debut album South Born.

Check out the video for “Wielding the Axe” here.

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Green Death release “One With The Flame” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 7:23 PM (PST)


Des Moines thrashers Green Death have released a video for their song “One With The Flame”.

“One With The Flame” comes off of the band’s sophomore effort Manufacturing Evil (available now via EMP Label Group/eOne in USA). Manufacturing Evil comes out in Europe next month.

Check out the video for “One With The Flame” here.

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Chelsea Grin stream new song “Skin Deep”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 6:24 PM (PST)


Salt Lake City deathcore face-smashers Chelsea Grin released the video for their song “Skin Deep” here.

“Skin Deep” comes off of the upcoming album Self Inflicted, out July 1 via Rise Records.

Chelsea Grin will spend this summer on Warped Tour.

Check out the track list and album art for Self Inflicted as well as the videos for “Skin Deep” and “Clickbait” here.

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Band Spotlight: Electric Citizen

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM (PST)


“I remember a time much easier than today,” coos Electric Citizen‘s Laura Dolan on “Social Phobia”, a key track from one of the best retro stoner romps of 2016 that will ironically make you believe easy times for rock n roll have returned. Higher Time (out now!) is a must hear riff rock record that’s part hungry hearted heavy blues rock, part party record and part Sabbathian worship of the highest order. Fresh from stealing the show from Wolfmother, this act deserve to be the next big thing in metal. Fans of Orange Goblin, Deep Purple, Purson, Windhand or Mount Salem should groove hard on this RidingEasy Records release, perfect for a hazy summer.

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“ It is probably right to say that Nemesis Divina was sort of an apex, yes, even if we also brought in several new elements and qualities that none of the two preceding albums had. Nonetheless after Nemesis we felt an urge to take a drastic turn and move away from the epic, medieval and melodic to something uglier, dirtier and colder. It was clear to us that we had come to the end of some line with Nemesis Divina, and hence needed to head for new territory.” – Frost

Many bands get nostalgic over their early years or biggest hits while others hate performing these songs (see Al Jourgensen’s autobiography for how tired he was of playing “Just One Fix”, for example). It seems these days more bands are doing full album tours but Satyricon promise the upcoming celebration of all things Nemesis Divina is a limited engagement and thus not to be skipped out of cynicism.

It is hard to believe the colorful album that helped redefine black metal and expand many horizons conceptually as to what could fall under the genre banner is twenty, but time follows the swift line of the crows flight back to Odin’s broad shoulders.

“There are, at most, a handful of albums and a handful of songs that really define modern day black metal. Nemesis Divina is definitely one of those records, and ‘Mother North‘ is definitely one of those songs,” Satyr has boldly (and rightfully) claimed of the record.

It was awesome to talk to esteemed drummer Frost (also of ragers 1349 these days) about this now semi-distant time when the album was formed and get a glimpse into what it felt like to be part of the creation of this highly regarded yet still somewhat controversial work.


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Agalloch’s crucial line up breaks apart

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:42 AM (PST)


Yesterday the folk and black metal underground was displeased to learn that Agalloch were apparently breaking up (or perhaps changing form with only one remaining original member, Emmure style). The band have made some very moving material with some Ulver and post-metal influence but truly discovered their own sound with unforgettable records such as The Marrow and The Serpent & The Sphere.

Kim Kelly has the best piece on these sad proceedings at Noisey which you ought to read HERE.

These things happen, but anyone who found refuge in the dew covered isolation of the band’s work can’t help but feel some heartache.

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The Browning release “Pure Evil”, new album details

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:47 PM (PST)

The Browning

Kansas City deathcore metallers The Browning are preparing to release a new album this summer.

Isolation will come out on June 24 via Spinefarm Records. The band has today released the first track from the album, “Pure Evil”.

The Browning will be on tour this summer with Rings of Saturn and Lorna Shore as well as with Bermuda and Famous Last Words.

Check out the The Browning tour dates and “Pure Evil” here.

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Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:31 PM (PST)


In what might be the biggest news in an odd year in heavy music history, the institution of OZZFEST along with the burgeoning KNOTFEST are bringing probably the heaviest weekend in metal to San Bernardino, CA this September.

Ozzy and Corey Taylor announced the news Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium.

Check out the line-up here.

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DIVEST old CBGB footage surfaces

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:03 AM (PST)


An old friend from NJ today hit me up and sent me some live footage I had no idea existed…multi-angle CBGB footage of my old post-hardcore/nu metal hybrid band DIVEST circa ’02 (I believe). Check out the song “Saving Prescription” uploaded on our still existent Facebook HERE along with a few other live vids (including two songs from a Chance Theater Poughkeepsie show…one of which features Sean Paul Pillsworth of Nightmares for A Week/Anadivine on guest vox).

The footage is pretty bad ass and features me on vox, Dave Bodie on drums (ex-Kayo Dot, Time of Orchids), Kurt Brown on guitar, Mike McCoy on bass and Dave Parker (Stellar Young) on guitar. The song comes from our album Ghost Town Reckoning which was produced at Applehead Studios by the guys from that studio along with Dr. Know from Bad Brains and Danny IlChuk (Roguish Armament, The Shining Path) but the band imploded rather (un) spectacularly within a year or so after this and despite a few reunion attempts never reformed as intended.

Still, pretty cool to see footage of us at a much missed NYC legendary venue and remember some good times before we all got old and crazy/cranky.

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Album Review: Witchthroat Serpent – “Sang-Dragon”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 9:51 AM (PST)


Starting off with the freaky wah-bly feedback intro of “Hydra’s bewitchment”
into the marvelously named “A caw rises from my guts” (best name ever?) and
never looking back, the new Witchthroat Serpent album Sang-Dragon finds the
Toulouse, FR band pummeling skulls and plunging fingers into the red, mucky
remains to declare “Doom”!

Obvious Electric Wizard comparisons aside, the band are devoutly focused on
achieving maximum impact with each solid riff, beefy drum hit and a general
aura of massive fuzz. Seriously, this is like smoking a giant blunt lit with
hellfire and watching the attack of the fifty foot woman‘s full bush beaver
descend from space to swallow the earth in darkness. A melodic sensibility
akin to the sort of don’t stray too far out of the lines Cathedral or Mirror
template works well, similar to how Electric Citizen or The Skull mine the
blues and doom forefathers but still make a mark. It is almost as heavy as
Monolord without being as dark vocally, more akin to the 70′s classics.

There are some sexy, bluesy laid back licks in the intro to “Siberian Mist”
that call to mind the more somber moments of Geezer and Down before a
thumping sort of heavy Purple Sab wall slams down like a portcullis. “Lady
Sally” starts with a march reminiscent of something off Melvins’ The Maggot-
era but with, again, a retro vocal and a monster chorus of the song title
bellowed with passion. I’ve been listening to Filth Pig by Ministry a lot
lately and the song “Lava” and likewise this tune reminds me of how Steve
Albini I believe once said if you have two notes you have a song, if done
well. Fuck yeah. This shit hammers it home.

Other numbers also give the doom and sludge fix plenty of calories to chaw
on. “Behind Green Eyes” is not an updated Who classic with emphasis on witchy
women, or, shit…maybe it is? Nah, it’s way too doomy but certainly could
bubble alongside a Cauldron set at a venue near you. Check this record out.
It crushes and is one of the more solid this year in the genre, if not that
adventurous when it comes to disastrously risking it all it is surely

Miss Lava prepare to release ‘Sonic Debris’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3:12 PM (PST)


Lisbon doom rockers Miss Lava are preparing to release their latest album Sonic Debris.

Sonic Debris comes out May  13 via Small Stone Recordings.

Stream Sonic Debris in its entirety here.

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Mortor announce new line-up, album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM (PST)


Canadian death thrashers Mortor have returned from a hiatus dating back to 2013 to slam their audience in the face with a new slab of thrashy death metal.

You can check out the teaser for the album here. And if you aren’t familiar with Mortor, hit the link to break your neck to some of their older work as well.

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Carnifex to release new album “Slow Death” August 5

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1:44 PM (PST)


California deathcore metallers Carnifex are preparing to release their latest studio album Slow Death.

Slow Death will come out August 5 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out comments from vocalist Scott Ian Lewis and a teaser for the album here.

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