It doesn’t take long into a play-through of the heated and mind bending single“Waste” from NYC buzz band Zeal & Ardor to realize that Manuel Gagneux did not come to play on his creation’s new forthcoming release Stranger Fruit (out in June).

Zeal &Ardor’s Devil Is Fine debut caused a lot of tongues to wag with a mix of gospel, soul and extreme metal elements . The formerly one man band has given way to the project becoming a fully-fledged, internationally-touring group. For Stranger Fruit, Gagneux entered the studio with producer Zebo Adam and mixer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Nails). The title is timely, reminding that there is still plenty of work to be done but that bridges can still be built.

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Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, founding member and guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan was shot and killed during a Damageplan performance in Columbus, OH on December 8, 2004 .


Phoenix, Az based critically acclaimed death metal group LAGO have premiered a Matti Way (From the North Films) directed music video for their song “Soiled Is The Crown” today via Metalsucks. The track, which saw Metalsucks commenting “If you like your DM with guts churned, ear drums rattled and knees shaken, this is the stuff for you!”, comes from their highly anticipated Unique Leader debut Sea of Duress which will see a June 8th release date and sees the band further refining their blackened, menacing brand of old school influenced death metal.

LAGO commented on the video, “This was our first experience making a video, so we were VERY apprehensive about the idea.  We tend to have a mentality of “less is more” in terms of our artistic direction, so the fear of doing something over the top and ridiculous was definitely there. This video is honestly the brain child of Matti Way.  We had a really simple idea and he really took it and ran. We were thrilled with how it turned out. The textures, the graininess, the cuts and especially the lighting turned out incredible! This video really encompasses the tone of the whole album in our opinion.” Matti Way added, “So what I wanted to do with the video was really bring out Lago’s eerie and ominous musical vibes that are interwoven throughout Sea of Duress…”

Watch the video for “Soiled Is The Crown” HERE

Physical Pre-orders for Sea Of Duress can be found AT THIS LOCATION.

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TYR To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour This Weekend

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2:42 PM (PST)

 

Faroe Islands-based folk metal collective TYR will kick off their North American headlining tour this weekend. The journey will commence on May 5th in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through nearly two-dozen cities, coming to a close on May 30th in Reading, Pennsylvania. Support will be provided by Orphaned Land, Ghost Ship Octavius, and Aeternam. See all confirmed dates below.
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Ufomammut tour with White Hills is not to be slept on

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 2:37 PM (PST)

Ufommamut deal in the kind of miraculously trippy and sludgy sonic weddings that fans of Stoneburner, Mastodon or, say, Eagle Twin can relate to. It is nice to see the Italian band taking cult band White Hills out on tour with them. I have seen White Hills tour with Kylesa and they have a lot of diversity in their often psychedelic and ritualistic guitar sound. Their recent Stop Mute Defeat is a colder sort of industrial affair but only adds more range and social bite to their killer repertoire. Ufomammut’s colossal sound is hard to describe, but you can check out their latest 8 here.

The trek includes performances at Maryland Deathfest, Northwest Terror Fest, Sled Island Festival, and more. A full list of tour dates and ticket links can be found below.

UFOMAMMUT bassist/vocalist Urlo was this week involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident which leaves him requiring knee surgery. With pure devotion to their stateside fans, the surgery will be postponed until after the tour, and the band will perform as planned.

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At The Gates release “Daggers Of Black Haze” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Swedish melodic death metal legends At The Gates have released a new music video for the song “Daggers Of Black Haze”. The video was created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media (who was also in charge of the album’s artwork concept).

Pre-order new album To Drink From The Night Itself in its various formats here:
https://AtTheGates.lnk.to/ToDrinkFromTheNightItself

Frontman Tomas Lindberg comments on the track as follows:
“Daggers of Black Haze” represents the more progressive side of the new record. It has a lot of reference-points to our early back catalogue, both style wise, and the emotional setting. It is desperate and urgent, but still melancholic and epic. It is conceptually one of the cornerstones of the album. Driving home the point of the need for a war on apathy and the populistic forces that takes advantage of it. This is a fight against the abyss. A beacon for the importance of real art, real forms of expression, and importance of our understanding of our mutual cultural history. The video was filmed by Costin Chioreanu once again, and it is full of symbolism and heavy on the conceptual side. Costin displays the war for art and the importance of standing up to the oppressive powers and paradigms with his film. It is beautiful, striking, melancholic and I am very happy to see his vision of my concept.”

Video director Costin Chioreanu added the following about his work:

“Being aware of the heavy topic in this song I realized that making a video for it represents a mandatory mission for the art, in general. Speaking today of the way how the ruling class guided the evolution in art and the perception upon it, the weight of the history, which is deeply buried in the artifacts’ structures and ideologies, I take this song and the means of illustrating it as a pure and genuine artistic attitude. In the course of time, an imposed perception projected through the manipulation of the art by those holding the power, took the shape of an idol in the viewers’ eyes, it became their main light, the source of the imaginary, artistic beliefs and patterns. The presence of the main character depicted on the newest AT THE GATES cover and artwork – Alcyoneus, the oldest hero among the giant warriors – is here as well. His bust was rebuilt for this video, but it got a new face. Now his mouth is closed and therefore, he is reduced to silence due to the new paradigms and the oppression’s influence in art. Yet, this character continues to defy the primitive human nature. The snake’s symbol and the eternal temptation offered by the bestial side of the self are also present here, and they work hand in hand with the new Alcyoneus’ image. The video goes fast through different moments in the history, including the perception of art and human nature, and it employs a heavy, almost funeral type of visual tone. This time I have also decided to base all my work on a pretty sharp type of image, as sharp as the blade of the daggers. Regarding imagery, there is darkness, heaviness, hate and anger, which accede to death, primordial co-habitation and they are all enshroud with an almost political type of solemnity. The revolutionary spirit emerges through the mere existence of this video per se. At some points, short scenes depicting nature come as an invitation to a philosophic reflection on the monumental character of the art required by politics. This is how I felt this song, its lyrics and all the explanations provided by Tomas for this particular tune.“

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Twitching Tongues touring with Code Orange, Vein

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:58 PM (PST)
TWITCHING TONGUES will kick off a North American tour this summer with Code Orange and Vein. Set to run from June 22nd through July 11th, the two-plus week run features additional support from Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Trail Of Lies, Ghostemane, Kaonishi, Nicole Dollanganger, Show Me The Body, and Disembodied on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.
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Cynic’s Paul Masvidal releases fan requested play-through video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 8:59 AM (PST)

CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal has released a fresh play-through video for the band’s classic track “Evolutionary Sleeper” from their 2008 album ‘Traced in Air’. The “Evolutionary Sleeper” guitar play-through is streaming here now. “Evolutionary Sleeper” is available here.

Regarding the track Paul Masvidal comments: “‘Evolutionary Sleeper’ was the acorn for all that became ‘Traced in Air’. Fans have been asking for a play-through of this song since it was released in 2008, and here it is! Thanks to Ivan and Positive Grid.” 

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April 2018 Roundup: 4 fave albums of month (mye)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM (PST)

As April came in like a ram and goes out like a bull, here are my picks for the four most rad albums that I enjoyed this month as we charge into the Spring.

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Khemmis share “Isolation” video, announce new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM (PST)

Denver metal/doom quartet KHEMMIS has issued the details and lead single for their anxiously-anticipated third album, Desolation. Confirmed for late June release, Desolation will see release in North America once again through 20 Buck Spin, as with their prior two LPs, and is the first album from the band to see release for the rest of the planet through Nuclear Blast.

The cover artwork for Desolation by Sam Turner (Black Breath, 3 Inches Of Blood, In The Company Of Serpents), the track listing, and more on the album has been issued alongside its first single, “Isolation,” delivered through an epic video directed by Italo Ganni.

See KHEMMIS’s “Isolation” video now at THIS LOCATION.

20 Buck Spin’s 100th release, Desolation will see release on CD, digital, and LP – with a foil-stamped jacket and 8″ inch lyric booklet – on June 22nd. Find North American preorders through 20 Buck Spin’s webshop HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and iTunes HERE. Internationally find the album through Nuclear Blast.
Desolation is an album that fans of Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Spirit Adrift, Pallbearer, Yob, Warning, Atlantean Kodex, High On Fire, Metallica, and Corrosion Of Conformity should not miss.
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Andrew W.K. releases “Music Is Worth Living For” music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM (PST)

Andrew W.K.‘s “Music Is Worth Living For” has been my anthem of the year so far. It just has everything going for it and makes me stoked to try and stay motivated every time I hear it. That might not seem like much to some of y’all, but when you are manic depressive it is good to have music that you know can lift you out of a funk and into a state of raging awesomeness . I am in pretty good shape right now between this song finally getting the energetic official video treatment, a new SLEEP album for 4/20, the Tracy Chapman cd my gf bought and a brand new Yob song .

Anyhow, enjoy the splendid lightning infused music and worship/tribute below.

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ALTERBEAST announce tour dates w/ Rivers of Nihil and Inferi

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM (PST)

Sacramento, Ca based tech death shredders ALTERBEAST will continue to support their critically acclaimed newest album Feast this June and July on the “Where Owls Know My Name Canadian Tour” alongside headliners Rivers of Nihil and Inferi. The tour, which runs from June 28 – July 19, will kick off in Portland, Me and hit a large portion of Canada as well as a portion of the American Midwest. See all dates below.

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ASG are freakin’ great. They remain kind of slept on but respected. I saw them live once and regret being super shitfaced and barely remembering the show… but it isn’t like that is the only band I ever did that during so don’t feel like it was on purpose, dudes. Anyway, the stoner rock temple riff pilots now re-emerge with their sixth-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise, due out June 15 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Hear the opening, title-track “Survive Sunrise” on Loudwire HEREand all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

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This June 15th, theatrical hard rock hero Lizzy Borden will issue his first album in 11 god damn years, My Midnight Things, via Metal Blade Records. It will take very little time spent listening to the writhing hard rock melodic heavy glory of “My Midnight Things” to rest assured the band still mean business. This release will be super fun, I am betting. And we can sure use the attitude! Man, a lot of bands sure are dreary and lack any sense of adventure at the moment as far as persona  and rock n roll vibe goes.

“Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career,” Borden comments.

The album can be pre-ordered via this link: metalblade.com/lizzyborden

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Carach Angren announce European Festival dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM (PST)

CARACH ANGREN , masters of fright metal, have announced a string of festival dates across Europe. The tour begins on May 4 and sees the consistently impressive and rising band hitting Graspop Metal Meeting, Tons of Rock, Sin Fest, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

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Bleeding Through return with “Set Me Free”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM (PST)

After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn’t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.” – Brandan Schieppati 

Bleeding Through always had a little too much of the sort of emo revenge/girl done me wrong vibe for some more traditional death metal heads, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they weren’t a killer metalcore band. One of the best, in fact. I saw them twice to date and each time, once at the Troubadour and once at Warped years ago, they completely conquered the stage in a blur of energy, passion and technical skill. They are arguably one of the most intense bands to come from Orange County of the last twenty years . People who thought they peaked early probably didn’t give enough love to Declaration or the few after that.

I am listening to John Denver right now and doing bong rips but while I am currently in a more mellow mode, I still suggest you check out the band’s latest scorcher and welcome them properly back to the thick of the metal fight. I can’t wait to hear the whole new record and want to run through a brick wall from the adrenaline spike. I hope they put out “No One From Nowhere” as a single as well, a punishing scream fest soundtrack as battering ram tune I caught already besides “Set Me Free”. Anyway, enjoy!

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