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Of Mice & Men regrets to announce that the remaining dates of the ‘Full Circle Tour’ will be cancelled. Therefore, tonight’s show at Soma in San Diego and Tuesday’s show at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City will no longer go ahead. Lead singer Austin Carlile was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning and per doctor’s orders has been kept in overnight for evaluation. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans and hopes to be back in both cities as soon as possible. Refunds for both shows will be available at point of purchase, however Of Mice & Men are planning to reschedule both shows for a later date in the year. We will have more news on this in the the coming weeks and tickets holders are welcome to retain their tickets, as they will remain valid for these rescheduled dates.”

Speedy recovery, hombre.

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The Anthrax song "I Am The Law" is a tribute to the comic book character Judge Dredd.


Motorhead ain’t scared of “Bad Magic”

Posted by morganyevans on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM (PST)

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UK true grit heroes Motorhead always deliver and Bad Magic (out late August) is sure to be another solid punch in the gut from Lemmy, his fellow pirates (and, uh, road crew).

Bad Magic was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California with the band’s long-time producer Cameron Webb (Weezer, A Skylit Drive, Alkaline Trio). I might add that the “Sympathy For The Devil” cover announced might just make me fall off the wagon (in a good way).

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DIVEST release 2001 White Plains demo

Posted by morganyevans on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM (PST)

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For the couple thousand kids who give a shit and know about my quite unsung old post-hardcore/nu metal band DIVEST , here’s a treat. Our one time very brief live bassist Andre Malkine shot me a copy of three songs I didn’t have that I added to our growing Bandcamp discography.

This was around a time period in early 00′s when we all kind of congregated at this party house around Purchase College cuz our guitarist Dave Parker was going to school there. It turns out the house was also where incidentally mine and my sister Cambria’s mom (who grew up in White Plains as my Grandpa was a famous minister there) used to come get babysat as a child decades earlier! So crazy. Swear to God. Weird synchronicity.

The house on the cover is not where we recorded this demo, but was the band house where everyone lived for a year or so and we did many mixes there of different tunes. The actual demo was done at some dudes house in a ritzy area of Westchester.

Funny story from this time. I remember our drummer Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) went outside after drum takes and smoked a bowl. He was happy and standing under a tree when a fucking squirrel fetus fell out of the tree and slid down his face. Worst. Buzz Kill. EVER. Thankfully this 3 song has some of Nate Kelley’s best…BASS playing!!

This is what I wrote about it on Facebook:

OK ‪#‎tbt‬ big time. thanks to Andre Malkine for shooting me these. 3 demo tracks from pre 9/11 (a few months) 2001 Divest with Nate Kelley, Dave Parker (ex-Weerd Science, Coheed and Cambria, current Stellar Young) Kurt Brown and Zac Shaw line up plus myself. Drums sound very shitty (not performance), but the songs rule. Some of my best lyrics.”Valley” grooves so fuckin’ hard . I remember we’d play that and I’d feel like could knock down walls by staring at them during the verse riff. Never felt such false sense of invincibility in my life (and that says a lot if you know my life story) as this amazing, complex time drinking 40′s and rockin out toSevendustHUM and Jonah Matranga;s FAR with the boys while writing new songs constantly. This led up to us going to APPLEHEAD RECORDING & PRODUCTION and re-recording “Valley” wth Dr Know of Bad Brains, before we did the full Ghost Town Reckoning album with Dr Know and Applehead Studios (Chiodos, Team Sleep, Coheed ) guys producing. Crazy stuff. I wish I had the Applehead version of “Valley”. Also, “We Can Live” is the most desperate and confessional tune I probably ever wrote for a gal.

For all the fighting and bickering between us and the Coheed guys and band member trades and revolving crap/ all kinds of drunken bullshit with them, there is a lot of great music and MANY GOOD TIMES in the wake of all these people affiliated with the certain group of bands that came out of the Hudson Valley area around then like us, Coheed, Three, Watch You Burn, Anadivine,  etc. Much love and respect and hopeful peace and harmony for the rest of our pathetic lives! Best lyric: “A dirty business so let’s stick to our friends”. 

This was a weird space between Nu Metal and melodic post hardcore that we’d keep worrying at like a problem for the ages. haha.”

Check out the 2001 White Plains demo HERE.

 

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Mantar , a German duo known for dominating ear canals in vulgar ways and collapsing buildings with their sludgy sonic eruptions, are re-releasing their beloved Death By Burning record on limited vinyl HERE and the band’s bandcamp www.mantar.bandcamp.com. This alone was enough awesomeness to necessitate a chat with guitarist / vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt.

Read it BELOW and get blessened.

High On Fire illuminate “The Sunless Years” (new single)

Posted by morganyevans on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:45 AM (PST)

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The Lord’s Prayer is less than fifty words long, and six of those words

are devoted to asking God not to lead us into temptation. The one-sided contemplative 

leaves undone many things that he ought to do; but to make up for it, he refrains

from doing a host of things he ought not to do. The sum of evil, Pascal remarked, would

be much diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their rooms. 

The contemplative whose perception has been cleansed does not have to stay in his room.

- Huxley, The Doors Of Perception

West coast heavy weights High On Fire are one of the bands along with Neurosis, Mastodon, Baroness and Today Is The Day who are most responsible for shifting the trends in the underground from death or nu metal to the brainier psych and sludged infused styles that are arguably the most consistently awesome sounds in metal today. New song “The Sunless Years” from forthcoming banger Luminiferous is everything you’ve ever loved about High On Fire in one invincible wall of guitar fuckery, aimed right at your third eye and out through the back of your exploding skull.

Check it out HERE at Entertainment Weekly (yes, you read that right) HERE. Kudos or “tekeli li“ to Pike and the boyz.

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Band Spotlight: Circuitry

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM (PST)

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From the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire has arisen Circuitry, a new strain of inescapable weaponized aural pestilence. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating form of metal to which there is no known antidote. Their self-title debut full-length is festering with that sound and latest single “Horizon” (and its truly one-of-a-kind accompanying music video) is just one of the many infectious offerings to be found within.

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Photo by Matt Slater

For as long as I can remember, All Out War have been the band who can shut up any conversation about crossover “not working”, get a metalhead or hardcore kid to think differently in the face of the undeniable onslaught or remind even the most violent prone, anger processing pit cowboy that the songs they brawl to should still be about something. NYC Bowery Electric release show ought to be nuts.

Mike Score, one of my all time favorite people in the scene, checks in to deliver the knowledge on the much anticipated return DYING GODS. Here’s where to order Dying Gods from All Out War:
http://crimescenemerch.com/alloutwar.html

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Faith No More‘s Sol Invictus is like the “Cirque Du Soleil from Hell” elegant Mad Max: Fury Road of summer rock albums, except it is a travesty it didn’t go number one at the charts.  Mad Max didn’t have that problem, much to the chagrin of small dicked keyboard cowboys in #gamergate support group chatrooms who are too scared to jack each other off and get real or the Return Of “So Called” Kings losers who the Fury Road babes would never gie the time of day in this or any world. Just got out of the theater seeing it in 3D and it is in my head as I write this intro reflecting on the new Faith No More. Odd comparison? Well…It might be a bit sleeker model than the early FNM releases (or Mad Max films) but in economy of track time there is still plenty of room for maximized FNM goodness. Patton has earned his cult and the band sound more glorious and in effortlessly in command of anything they touch. Unlike Fury Road however there is far less bloodshed or refreshing plot “risks” taken as one might have expected, though the band delivered a killer release that sits proudly in their canon and is better than Album Of The Year, for sure. The live show is always a circus of skill, sly wit and devilish delivery with any Patton project.  And in FNM’s corner is the fact that their kind of crazy is a lot better than Mel Gibson crazy, though in the new days of Bane Max, aka the dreamy and intense (I’m saying this because I often get told I look like him) Tom Hardy we have a real 100% bonafide action character to root for again without worrying if he is gonna hate Jews , make franchise disrespecting (aka no concern for innocent collatoral damage) mixed bag A Good Day To Die Hard or misgovern California. Neaaaghhh!!!

But some people still aren’t sold on Patton! They should be. He is undoubtedly miles ahead of the pack at pretty much all times. And if you don’t get the satire and snark and just want some Nickelback? Well, history will play the violins for you someday. It’s always funny until someone gets hurt, right? Well people get hurt when media, music and society pander to the lowest common fucking denominator in sex, equality, the arts and education all the time MORE! Don’t get me started, America. Anyone who would try to blame FNM and/or Rage Against The Machine for the rise of Limp Bizkit frat fans that led to raping chicks at Woodstock 99′ is an imbecile.

Le Butcherettes just did a split with and have an impending tour with The Melvins, another band with ties to Patton’s Ipecac and who take no prisoners and make no apologies. Like Melt Banana, Dillinger Escape Plan ,Dalek or any other artists Patton has championed over the years, Le Butcherettes are loved by generally smarter European Rock audiences, who generally only understand blunt statements more ala Five Finger Death Punch type rock fans. I hate to generalize and put up walls between human experience, but sometimes you gotta call it like you see it, baby. Le Butcherettes, have a bandleader in Teri Gender Bender who not only has the best “punk rock” name since Steve Ignorant of Crass but who sounds like PJ Harvey leading a riot brigade of styles into fearless, adrenaline pumping and downright sexy territory both musically and aesthetically, to say nothing of her eye popping appearance and Furiosa-esque confidence. Like Tool (who took out the Melvins, Isis and other great bands despite much of their fan base probably being fine if a butt rock band opened), Faith No More aren’t afraid to go with the cerebral choice over the brawny, easy way out. Like the new Mad Max. And therein lies hope for rock n roll, gender and social unity and the future of all that is good in this wasteland.

Elegant and rock n roll ready pics by Missmagpi can be found BELOW.

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3 Inches of Blood Has Decided to Part Ways

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM (PST)

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From the very 1st note that graced my ears (“Deadly Sinners”), 3 Inches of Blood spoke to me with a deep resonance. When I discovered they’re avid D&D players like myself, it all made sense. But sadly that era has come to an end. 3IoB have just announced they are separating. This is what they posted on their official Facebook page just a few hours agohg:

“Unfortunately this is not the sort of news you were wanting to hear but here goes.  It is now that we come to announce that 3 Inches of Blood has decided to part ways. Naturally, people will have questions as to why we have collectively made this decision. While our reasons are personal, just know we are all still good friends, but it is just time to move on. All of us will continue to pursue musical projects, so refer to our social media pages to keep up with that. We are eternally thankful to our fans, friends and family that have stuck by us through thick and thin and always believed in us. You are the reason this band got anywhere and kept us going. We’d also like to thank our musical peers and former 3 Inches of Blood members for all your love and support over the years.

We’d like to put one last stamp on the band’s career and end it in grand style. Our final performance will be in our hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the fabulous Commodore Ballroom. We’re pleased to say that, Fire Up the Blades-era bassist, Nick Cates will be playing the show with us. As well, we intend to deliver other special surprises that will make this a night to remember. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 5 and you will be able to get them here.”

Raise your tear stained metal horns in eulogical honor. \m/ #RIP3IOB 

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Industrial Revolution: Heavygrinder x Threat Signal

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 10:03 AM (PST)

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Our friends in Heavygrinder have collaborated on a track with Threat Signal’s singer Jon Howard. HG comments “Break Free is coming out June 8th, as a Beatport exclusive for two weeks, on our very own label, Onfyr Records. It’s actually our debut release and it also marks the beginning of Heavygrinder as a duo. What that entails — besides being two people in the studio — is a revamped live performance that we’ll hopefully bring to the road later this year. But you’ll have to wait to know more!”

For Jon Howard’s involvement she tells me “He wrote the lyrics, came up with the vocal melody and recorded all the takes himself. It was the easiest collaboration possible — he loved the instrumental we sent him from the get go, and we loved the vocals he sent us back just as much. The instrumental took about a week to compose and produce with another for mixing and mastering after we got the vocals. On Jon’s end, it was about a week to get a nice little folder with all the amazing vocal stems ready to rock!”

“Break Free” drops next week, but you can preview it here!

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Slayer want you to have a big fat “Repentless” Metal Eagle

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:33 AM (PST)
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With the title and release date just announced for Slayer‘s Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 (Nuclear Blast), today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever – literally – Repentless, Metal Eagle Edition. Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15″ X 17″ X 3″ and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new Repentless CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon. The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order online stores. Pre-orders are available now, purchasing info HERE!

The highly-anticipated Repentless is Slayer’s 11th studio album, the first since 2009′s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album’s new tracks – started recording Repentless in March 2014, and made the track “Implode” available as a free download in April of that year. The band and Date continued to record between September 2014 and mid-January 2015 at Henson Studios in Los Angeles. For the album, “Implode” was completely re-recorded from the ground up, and “When The Stillness Comes,” used as an instrumental track in a Scion commercial, got a revamped intro and all new vocals.

Repentless also includes “Piano Wire,” an unfinished song from the World Painted Blood sessions written by Hanneman. About the track, Rolling Stone wrote that it “…begins with an eerie guitar line before evolving into a full-on-doom (and classic Slayer) riff onslaught…” King put it this way: “When I hear it, I think ‘Jeff.’ It sounds like a Jeff Hanneman song.”

The 12-track Repentless is, according to those who have heard it, a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new album sounds like Slayer,” said Araya. “In the past, our fans have always known what to expect, this time they don’t. But we really like it, and I don’t think the fans are going to be disappointed.”

As is expected from Slayer, the band will support the release of Repentless with extensive touring across the globe, beginning this summer when the band headlines the Mayhem Festival. That tour kicks off June 26 at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA. The complete routing is below.

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Failure explore “Mulholland Dr”

Posted by morganyevans on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:53 AM (PST)

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Failure, who are set to release The Heart Is A Monster on June 30 (INresidence), premiere the soaring, artfully crafted song, “Mulholland Dr.,” via Rolling Stone HERE.

Ken Andrews also speaks with the magazine in an accompanying interview about the eagerly awaited follow-up to Fantastic Planet as well as their touring plans.

Pre-orders for The Heart Is A Monster are available now via iTunes and include a pair of instant downloads: “Hot Traveler” and “Mulholland Dr.”  The album is also available via Pledgemusic.com/Failure and Amazon.

Failure are on tour and dates are BELOW.

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Jack Black paying homage to Ronnie James Dio

After what seems like the longest winter in recorded history, summer music festival has finally arrived for those of us in the greater Boston area. Few and far between are the occasions for those of us who are into music with a harder edge to actually cover one of these festivals, as they’re typically awash in a dizzying array of alt-pop and alt-country and neo-folk acts. Thank God, then, for Tenacious D.

Backed by a three-piece band that included none-other than Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion fame on the drums, the acoustic-metal duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, served as headline act on one of the Boston Calling Music Festival’s two stages, essentially serving as direct support for festival headliners (and hometown favorites) the Pixies.

Gass and Black took to the stage in full-on, cocksure strut as they prepared to lay waist to what was, admittedly, a very vocally supportive crowd. There’s a tendency amongst music critics and fans alike to overlook Tenacious D as a gimmicky joke band, a sort of faux-metal Smothers Brothers. To do so, however, is to ignore both the legitimate homage that Black and Gass pay to the metal world, and to the legitimate rock chops that the duo and their backing band bring to the table.

From the opening notes of the band’s now fourteen-year-old debut single, “Tribute,” Black and Gass led the band through a high-powered set that never really provided them the opportunity to remove their collective foot from the gas pedal, save, maybe, for the set’s humorous and well-performed jazz-fusion interlude. By the time Gass and Black had bid the band adieu and closed the set with the hilariously – dare I say – sweet track “Fuck Her Gently,” they had triumphantly won over all but the most callous of doubters. Case in point: yours truly had gathered in main stage’s photo pit alongside forty or fifty other photographers from varied media outlets great and small in the photo pit in anticipation of the Pixies set by the time “Fuck Her Gently” began, and halfway through the song song, ¾ of the pit, and the crowd at-large, were singing along in full-voiced unison.

Check out our photo gallery from the Tenacious D set at Boston Calling below.

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Virgin Steele releases “Lucifer’s Hammer” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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Long Island power metallers Virgin Steele are preparing to unleash a new album, Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation, which will drop on June 23 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Ahead of the release of that album, the band has released the lyric video for the song “Lucifer’s Hammer”.

Check out the video as well as vocalist David Defeis comments on the new album here.

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“Put the lotion in the Papal Tiara!”

Hmm, that title is not meant to disparage the mighty Ghoul, but let’s face it…there aren’t a lot of bands anywhere remotely as subversive as Ghost. People can talk shit but they are home doing something a fraction as cool and probably wearing three day old underwear. Their new song is called “Cirice” and comes with maybe the coolest piece of artwork they have done yet, like listen to “American Girl” and get freakin’ kidnapped and thrown in a pit levels of WOAH. Slam dunk for Satan and Big Papa III. Ad the song is brilliant, one of their more adept  and certainly a net level for the band. It’s like a dark cloud got thrown over 80′s arena pop rock and haunted with heavy metal’s bloody trail of conquest.

While these Swedes are not as Kvlt anymore as some other cool band like like Night Viper or , but they can still stomp a Mercyful mudhole in your ass and whistle Abba during a black Sabbath mass over your grave of mutilation, as blood is pissed and wine is sipped. “Can you hear the rumble?”

“Cirice” is from the upcoming album MELIORA (which has nothing to do with Linkin Park’s METEORA, though both may be works of the devil. Actually, I can’t even front and pretend I don’t bump Linkin Park, haha.

Available August 21st, 2015. Download this track for free at: http://found.ee/Ghost_CiriceDL

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