Orphaned Land to return to North America supporting Tyr!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2:57 PM (PST)

Orphaned Land will return to North America to promote their latest record of hard rock, oriental metal and progressive sounds entitled Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. The band have been enlisted as direct support to Faroese viking metallists TYR on their upcoming tour this May along with support from Ghost Ship Octavius and Aeternam. That is an incredible bill and I swear by the sword in my hand I am filled with the thrill for metal at this news. Stay tuned for dates to be announced in the coming weeks!

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Dissection vocalist and lead guitarist, Jon Nödtveidt, was convicted of being an accessory to a 1997 murder. He served 10 years in prison.


Pre Emptive Feb 2018 Round Up: 4 fave albums of the month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 4:54 PM (PST)

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Who knows what I will be doing next week, but I already know my four favorite albums for February. Might as well post ’em since so busy right now mostly moving and arguing with NitwitTweeters (Nitweeters) on Twitter. These are my choices for my four favorite ragers of the month, which I am already looking ahead towards the end of.

Read up on them BELOW.

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CHAOSTAR release powerful “Tazama Jua” from new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM (PST)

Chaostar continue to humble the listener with their towering skill and passionate emotional control and release on new track “Tazama Jua”. Taken from March’s pending The Undivided Light, the track confirms that this is indeed still the 2018 release I am most excited for thus far. We have seen some amazing records already in the time we have breifly waded into the waters of this somewhat new year (The Atlas Moth, Machine Head or Legend Of The Seagullmen come to mind off the top of my head), but this Chaostar record commands my full attention with unparalleled operatic complexity, a sophisticated theatrical emotional range and nonetheless a direct sense of the real that touches the spirit. Some of it is even catchy, hahaha.

Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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“I really feel like it’s important to not perpetuate or enable toxic ideologies and attitudes when you see them…” – Beth (bass/vocals)

Cleveland, Ohio’s Pillärs have given the underground a real shot of adrenaline right out of the gate in 2018 with new release Abandoned. From to the battle cry d-beat attack of opener “Last Rites” to the eerie and solemn dirge of closer “Behind The Wall”, the eight tracks on the release defy apathy and display relentless chemistry between the band members . There is a real love for underground punk and metal here in most forms.

Released on Tape Haus cassette (thetruetapehaus.com) and self-released CD, this is one of the most buzzed about current records in extreme music circles.

It was our pleasure to check in with the band about touring new places, scene building, overcoming obstacles and personal goals for making the scene more inclusive and generally rad.

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I hope everyone will read the powerful Jeniffer Wright piece in HarpersBazaar about toxic masculinity HERE.

Various musicians from across genres have spoken out for more sane gun legislation and the NRA out of politician’s pockets in the wake of the ghastly Parkland massacre. Here are a few sample tweets below.

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Valentine’s Day jams for your broken little metal hearts

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:12 PM (PST)

It is Valentine’s Day so many metal heads are currently crying alone in mom’s basement. Or maybe the power of metal has infused your life with romance. Maybe you even are ok with loving yourself. That is fine.

Regardless of your needs, we have a wacky little soundtrack for you today to celebrate.

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Swedish death metal legends The Crown will release their new album, Cobra Speed Venom, on March 16th via Metal Blade Records. Produced together with Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman, the record promises to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. A return to death metal speed and darkness in full glory!

The Crown has now released the 2nd single taken off Cobra Speed Venom. To watch the full production video clip for the title track from Cobra Speed Venom,, see below or Pre Order the album HERE.

The Crown comments: “A 5 minute Death Metal Grindcore Opera! Take a deep breath before the plunge – This will drag you down into the deep Waters!”

Comments The Crown on their new album Cobra Speed Venom“We are really looking forward to finally be able to show our fans how damn good this band can be when the circumstances are right. With that I mean to be able to do an album the way we want to do it: creating as a band, rehearsing as a band, recording as a band. You will hear a band performing here, with fierce energy and hunger!”

 

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Virginia thrashers Iron Reagan and Arizona death metallers Gatecreeper have each released another track off of their impending split LP due out March 2 via Relapse Records.

You can check out “Warning” and “Dead Inside” as well as Iron Reagan’s “Paper Shredder” and Gatecreeper’s “War Has Begun” here.

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Twitching Tongues release “Kill For You”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:12 PM (PST)

Los Angeles doom metallers Twitching Tongues release their newest song “Kill For You.”

“Kill For You” comes off the band’s upcoming album Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred which will be released on March 9 via Metal Blade Records.

Twitching Tongues will also be touring with Hatebreed, Crowbar and Acacia Strain from March 16-29 and True Love and Vamachara from March 30-April 8.

Check out “Kill For You,” the track list for Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred and Twitching Tongues tour dates here.

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Set Before Us signs worldwide deal with Eclipse Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:59 PM (PST)

Stockholm, Sweden metalcore rockers Set Before Us have signed a worldwide deal with Eclipse Records.

The band are currently in the studio, finishing up a brand new eleven-song album entitled Vitae, which is scheduled for release this summer.

Says guitarist Niklas Edström:

“It’s such an honor to be a part of Eclipse Records! We can’t wait sharing what we have for you all, and we hope from the bottom of our hearts that you’ll enjoy it. Set Before Us has always been driven by two main goals; we want to give our audience solid music, and a brilliant live show. We have poured are hearts and souls into this record, and Eclipse Records will certainly help us grow. We’re both grateful and excited to sign with them!”

Check out “Earth Destroyer” here.

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Windhand unveil “Three Sisters”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:31 PM (PST)

Richmond, Virginia doom metallers Windhand dropped their newest song “Three Sisters” today.

The band is also preparing to release a split LP with Satan’s Satyrs on February 16 via Relapse Records.

You can check out the track listing for the split and Windhand and Satan Satyr tour dates here.

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Napalm Death release “Oh So Pseudo” single

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:49 AM (PST)

British extreme metallers Napalm Death have released their first single, “Oh So Pseudo,” off of their upcoming compilation album Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs.

The album is due out March 30 via Century Media Records.

This is a compilation of “rarities and covers,” according to bassist Shane Embury:

“We are very thrilled to be finally releasing this compilation of rarities and covers from the past 10 years. Napalm Death is a band that gives 100% when writing a song, so the songs included on this comp were saved originally for split EP’s now sold out or vinyl editions of our albums or to become Japanese bonus tracks. When I was compiling the track-listing I was struck by how exciting again these tunes are to me. I had actually forgotten some of them, haha! We have written so many tracks and the years go by so quick that you forget just how fucking great these songs are! We will most certainly be blasting a few of these out live on our upcoming shows…Cheers and see you on the road!”

You can check out “Oh So Pseudo,” the tracklist for Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs and Napalm Death tour dates here.

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Caliban reveal “Intoxicated” video from 2018 album

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 2:44 PM (PST)

Caliban are excited to reveal their new album, Elements, will be released on April 6 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. The band have unveiled the first single,”Intoxicated”, with an energetic music video which can be seen below.With ElementsCALIBAN brought back long-time collaborator—who’s been working with the band since 2007’s The Awakening—and studio wizard Benny Richter to co-produce with Görtz at his Nemesis Studios. CALIBAN also hired on Germany-based Andy Posdziech (Any Given Day) and buddy Sebastian ‘Sushi’ Biesler (Eskimo Callboy), as well as Australia-based Callan Orr (Dream On, Dreamer) to assist in the recording process. Elements was mixed by Görtz and mastered by Olman Viper (who previously worked with the band on I Am Nemesis (2012), Ghost Empire (2014), and Gravity (2016)).

The production on Elements was pretty different, says Görtz. “The instrumental side of the production was produced by me, Andy, and Callan. Then, Benny and myself worked on fine-tuning the music. The vocals, however, were produced by Benny, with Sushi acting as a vocal coach. We wanted Benny to focus on the vocals and the vocal production. Getting them right was very important to us.

The band commented on he album’s cover artwork, as seen featured above, stating:

We used the elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as symbols for realization, ideas, power, and emotion. These symbols inspire us to continue to do what we love the most, which is to create, evolve, and be inspired by our music. And these elements directly correspond to the cover art, which was done by Marcel Gadacz (Dream On, Dreamer). He did the art for Gravity, so we’re happy to have him back.

Pre-order “Elements” digitally HERE.
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As a person and performer, I was and still am driven by the thought that we still had something to prove and strive to change people’s minds about who and what they think we are or were. – Morgan Lander

Kittie were always more than some nu metal female novelty act as they were originally crassly marketed. The group’s ongoing story has not been properly told until now, a twisting road that found the band in various line-ups kicking ass and taking names, overcoming sexist hurdles, conquering venues big and small and winning the hearts of thousands. Not every band can say they have six albums and several million record sales and still be as uncompromisingly heavy as Kittie have been over their career.

A long gestating documentary is arriving on March 30 via Lightyear Entertainment in North America to celebrate the band’s career and impact. The three-disc set, which was directed by Rob McCallum, includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the documentary as well as a new live album on CD.

Morgan Lander, the bands fierce yet friendly front woman, took some time to answer questions from myself and Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp) about Kittie’s role in making metal more inclusive, special moments along the way and much more.

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NO MORE TOURS 2
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I know what you are thinking. How can there be a second ‘No More Tours’ when the original tour name itself implied there were never gonna be any more in the first place? Well, this is Ozzy. He struck a Faustian deal and stuck around, kept metal going with Ozzfest, did some more Black Sabbath, bada bing bada-faeries wear boots.

Until we are certain Altered Carbon won’t come true and Ozzy’s consciousness stack is not going to be put by Sharon into the body (or ‘sleeve’) of  Joel Kinnaman or, more likely, David Draiman…well, we just have no way of knowing if the announcement of No More Tours 2 really IS the end of Ozzy’s 5 decades of touring adventures or if he will come back as some sort of time cop.

Whatever, shit happens. Let the guy have a second last hurrah! We are lucky he is still around when so many aren’t or have become holograms. Head here for more info . Zakk Wylde is indeed doing the dates and Stone Sour will provide support, a fitting crew to carry the dark prince of metal off into the night seeking bats to nibble.

All jokes aside, if this is it as is likely, go see our dude one last time. That’s the king right there.

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