Special news today regarding Alt-rock champs Primitive Race .

As many of you know, I am a big Chuck Mosley fan and loved his inadvertent farewell record, Soul Pretender. It is firmly one of my favorite records of the last ten years. Chuck’s passing six days after the album was released was a massive fucking tragedy and this project, which started as an industrial tinged band of rotating creatives, really was a terrific vehicle for the former Faith No More singer, empathic and eccentric musical genius.

Now there is a vital remix record Cranial Matter featuring an amazing cast of influential characters to honor Chuck and re-work the material in fun ways.

Remixes from: Toshi Kasai (Dale Crover Band, Big Business, Melvins), Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy producer/mixer), Mike “Bumblebee” Morasky (Steel Pole Bathtub, Milk Cult), Phildo Owen (Revolting Cocks, Skatenigs), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen), Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins, Cows, Tomahawk, Hepa/Titus)

Special tribute track in Chuck Mosley’s memory with vocals by Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface).
Deluxe digital Bandcamp edition includes exclusive remixes from: Crabbi (Pop Will Eat Itself, Primitive Race), John Fryer (Producer of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, HIM), and Jim Marcus (Die Warzau, Pigface, Go Fight).

Regarding the Toshi Kasai Mix of ‘Cranial Matter’…

“Toshi has become a great friend and it was a no brainer asking him to take part on this record. His involvement was a perfect fit following his work on Soul Pretender. He tracked and engineered all Dale’s drums. I already knew he was a hell of a remixer from the work he did with Buzz (Melvins) on a KMFDM EP we worked on together previously. I’m very happy with what he did.” – Chris Kniker

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Mumbai’s Pacifist released one of the absolute banger EPs of the year in the form of the must-hear Greyscale Dreams.How often do you get to hear a hardcore band that actually makes you still want to be a better person these days? People are so cynical that it takes a lot of spirit to cut through the Godforsaken fog of modern malaise. It will take you about fifteen minutes to finish the entire EP and I hope it will move you as much as it made me feel inspired. “Double Down” at the 2 minute mark from a crazed diagonal sounding edgy hardcore riff suddenly melting into a wash of brief almost shoegaze guitar and careful cymbal work paired with poetic, youthful musings is an exhilarating thing to have reach your ears and stir the blood.

I reached out to the band’s contact and they graciously agreed to an interview about hardcore, India, the EP and their influences and goals.

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Stream / Share KNAAVES‘ “The Serpent’s Root” At THIS LOCATION.

Milwaukee-based metallic hardcore practitioners KNAAVES will release their The Serpent’s Root debut full-length via Confluence Records this fall. KNAAVES is vocalist Andy Parmann and guitarist Jamie Kerwin, formerly of Amora Savant, bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels formerly of Enabler, and drummer Antonio Ninham formerly of Die Alone.

Surrounded by deceit and destruction – lies from the media, corruption of our planet, and even our own minds shifting thoughts within, each day is a war upon our senses as we struggle to sort out the truth in an age of disinformation. The music of KNAAVES is inspired by the often-palpable negative energy that surrounds us. Some songs are drawn from the media’s manipulation and sensationalism of cults, serial killers, and murders, while others are drawn from anxiety, depression, abuse, neglect, or the relentless destruction of our planet’s resources.

With the combined influences of its members’ previous bands and modern influences like Axis, Black Breath, and Disfear, KNAAVES’ The Serpent’s Root delivers seven unapologetically heavy tracks of pissed-off grooves, dark melodic riffs, and emotionally-driven lyrics. The Serpent’s Root was produced, recorded, edited, and mixed by Kerwin at Davidian Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Integrity, Obituary, Vastum) at Audiosiege with artwork by Scott Shellhamer (American Heritage, Ghosts And Vodka). The record will be released September 3rd on CD, digital, and cassette formats via Confluence Records.

KNAAVES will play a special hometown record release show on September 13th as well as a show in Chicago with Venom Prison, Homewrecker, and Call Of The Void on September 22nd with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

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Hello happy campers. I have survived the New York heatwave over the weekend, sweating away in a dark room listening to Fields of the Nephilim’s early Dawnrazor era with curtains drawn trying not to die as my cat hogged space in front of a cheap fan. Who needs more than an hour sleep from discomfort?! Not when you are writing about miserable, earth shaking metal! Anyway, all is well and got some gnarly tour news to kick off the week. I hope it brings you cheer to counter-balance slightly that the FUCKING ARCTIC is burning and we are all going to die. Humans suck so bad, what an embarrassment.

Anyway, speaking of fire…GRAMMY conquerors High On Fire have announced a disgusting wealth of mosh via their new tour with Power Trip, Creeping Death and buzzworthy band of the moment Devil Master! This is gonna be sicker than hot zombie guts in a Play-Doh fun factory.

High on Fire tour dates:
*All shows also include Power Trip and Creeping Death

November 7 – Austin, TX Mohawk (as part of 2019 Levitation Festival)
November 10 – Houston, TX @ Foamhenge
November 12 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
November 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
November 15 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
November 16 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
November 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
November 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
November 20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
November 21 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere
November 22 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere
November 23 – Hartford, CT @ Webster
November 24 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
November 25 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 26 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
November 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
November 29 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
November 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
December 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
December 3 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
December 4 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
December 6 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
December 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent

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Death By Fungi premiere new single

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:31 PM (PST)

Indian Hardcore punks Death By Fungi have released the title track off their new EP Die In Bombay.

Die In Bombay will be released on August 5.

Head over to Idioteq to stream “Die In Bombay.”

Check out more about Die In Bombay here.

Australian rap-metallers The Weight of Silence released their latest track, “Green Is The New Black” earlier this week.

The track, which was released on July 17, features vocalist Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body.

Dubbed “trap metal” in the press release and being associated with the likes of Attila, “Green Is The New Black,” is, you guessed it, about smoking weed. It’s also about getting a blow job on a plane. And then Danny is also there and has a lyric.

The Weight of Silence vocalist Jacob Pedersen explains the bands new direction for “Green is the New Black”, the debut single from their upcoming album:

“We’ve been really influenced as a group by some of the newer trap and rap sounds coming out at the moment and we’re blending that with the metal influence we’ve always had. We are also very honoured to have Danny Leal take a part in this and really bring a section in this already lively song to a new level. Upon A Burning Body’s music has been a big influence on us and you’ll hear that in this upcoming album release. You can expect heavy, hard hitting riffs with huge and heavy vocals, alongside moments with trapbeats and rap vocals.”

You can check out the video for “Green Is The New Black” here.

 

Big metal news heading into the weekend as we learn from an oddly brief and very formal statement that NWOAHM hero Chris Adler is officially out of Lamb Of God. Best wishes to both camps moving forward. Art Cruz, who has been playing with the band live for awhile, will be on the next album. Adler’s precise and deadly drumming is a HUGE part of the band’s appeal to a lot of fans, though hardly the sum total of it. Still, this is a big blow to longtime fans, though as with Slayer and  Slipknot we know that even after an iconic drummer leaves a band can still potentially make good albums.

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Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just dropped the new song “I Am Broken Too.” Listen and watch the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqHJPpXmYuI – which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.

The song appears on the band’s eighth album, Atonement, out August 16th on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/kse-atonement. Killswitch Engage previously shared the new single “Unleashed.” Watch the visualizer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-sI1EB8BA

Leach discussed the song exclusively with Alternative Press. Read the interview here: https://www.altpress.com/features/killswitch-engage-i-am-broken-too-jesse-leach-interview

The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day (https://www.hftd.org/), a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art. “This song is very near and dear to my heart,” Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight.”

Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says, “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement. I think it coincides with #IamBrokenToo perfectly! Johnny Boucher and his organization are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honored to have them on our team for this song and this movement to continue to raise awareness and keep the conversation going for mental health issues.”

“‘I Am Broken Too’ is a song that truly encompasses what we need to be doing in society, talking about what we have been through,” Boucher says. “We know that by talking about our experiences, we are able to relate and be encouraged to ask for help. Hope for the Day has been working with KsE on breaking the silence around mental health since 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them on raising the visibility of resources in our communities.”

Killswitch Engage will be doing an exclusive in-store performance on August 14th at 5pm PT at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Fans will be able to purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. All further details about this show are here: https://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-4846/

The band will also perform a special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas on August 13th. Tickets go on sale today at this location: https://www.thespacelv.com/

Killswitch Engage are currently on tour with Clutch (see dates below). Fans attending the dates with Clutch will be able to purchase a limited edition laminate containing a unique code to receive a CD copy of the new album Atonement delivered to their front door on or just prior to the August 16th release date (may not apply for some of the festival dates).

More BELOW.

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Mental Cruelty release “God Hunt” guitar play through

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 6:32 PM (PST)

German deathcore metallers Mental Cruelty have released a guitar play through for their song “God Hunt.”

“God Hunt” is off of the band’s Unique Leader debut Inferis.

Mental Cruelty will be a part of the Bloodletting North America Tour in September and October with  Disentomb, Visceral Disgorge, Signs of the Swarm, Organectomy, and Continuum.

Check out tour dates and the guitar play through for “God Hunt” here.

Ghost releases “Faith” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:27 PM (PST)

Swedish rockers Ghost released a lyric video for their song “Faith” earlier this week.

Ghost’s “Ultimate Tour Named Death” North American headline arena tour starts on September 13 in Bakersfield, CA and will see an expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogs. The set list will include fan-favorites “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Ashes,” “He Is,” “Year Zero,” Rats,” “Mummy Dust, “Life Eternal, “Dance Macabre,” and “Faith.”

Check out the “Faith” lyric video as well as Ghost tour dates, including the dates for “Ultimate Tour Named Death” here.

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Enforced stream “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:11 PM (PST)

[photo by Morgan Parrish]

Virginia Thrashers Enforced released their latest track “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan earlier this week.

“Reckoning Force” comes off the band’s upcoming album At The Walls which will be released via WAR Records on July 19.

Enforced’s At The Walls LP features a remixed and remastered version of the 2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs to the mix. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”

Of “Reckoning Force,” Enforced vocalist Knox Colby states, “The lyrics mull about the effects of opening old wounds with friends and family for pride or over disagreements. A few lines hypothesize the idea of throwing everything away just to win an argument, leaving you isolated and bitter only to be crushed by an unforeseen force.”

On the songwriting for the track, guitarist Will Wagstaff offers, “This song was partially written with Isaac (Hullinger) on drums, and partially written with new drummer Alex (Bishop). We wrote most of the fast riffs with Isaac and then kind of put the solo part and intro together with Alex. I remember we modified the fast riff a bit once we had written the intro. We wanted to kind of have a ‘Pull The Plug’ (Death) style vibe during the intro and then bust into the fast riff. Both this song and ‘Skinned Alive’ definitely represent somewhat of a transition stylistically pushing into a more death-thrash direction where we’re going to be featuring more double bass parts, more intricate guitar play and thrashing slam riffs.”

Check out Enforced show dates here.

Asking Alexandria release new track “The Violence”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:59 PM (PST)

Earlier this week English rockers Asking Alexandria released their latest track “The Violence.”

Complete with a cheesy zombie movie music video that features the boys in the band, the track is the first new track since the band’s 2017 self-titled album.

The music video was written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films. The video follow the plight of every day zombies: Cocaine Shane (Danny Worsnop), Peter (Ben Bruce), Disco Luke (Cameron Liddell), Phat Noah (James Cassells) and Waterboy Eric (Sam Bettley).

Says guitarist Ben Bruce:

“We are back bigger, better, louder and more insane than ever before. This single encompasses everything we have been working towards. Huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning.”

Worsnop adds:

“The Violence was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”

Asking Alexandria are headed out on the road later this month with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves on the “Who Do You Trust” US Summer Tour. Then in September Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Savage After Midnight on another North American tour.

Check out “The Violence” and Asking Alexandria tour dates here.

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Black Tusk and Cloak announce U.S. tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Georgia metallers Black Tusk and Cloak have teamed up for a U.S. tour.

The two bands, who are both currently on tour, will embark on the road together in September.

Check out all of Black Tusk and Cloak’s tour dates here.

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Paladin announces tour dates with Druids

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 4:14 PM (PST)

Atlanta metallers Paladin have announced a handful of tour dates with Druids.

Paladin are touring in support of their new album Ascension out now via Prosthetic Records.

The band will play a show in Atlanta later this month before hitting the road with Druids for a few shows.

Check out the full list of shows here.

Derrick Green vocal masterclass Europe tour in October

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:35 PM (PST)

Personally, I believe Derrick Green of Sepultura to be one of the best vocalists in Metal. He has done a lot of killer work with the band since joining but since people are so stubbornly obsessed with the early Sep-mythology they often have somehow not realized that Machine Messiah, Against, A-lex and Dante XXI (to name my favorites with Green) also kick complete ass. Just because the band covered U2 once – and WELL – some idiots wrote off Green, who frankly has more talent in his charismatic demeanor than they could ever muster, and certainly a more powerful bellow or melodic voice than most of his haters. Green is a pro and unphased, kicking ass consistently. Hats off to the dude.

SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green will be on the road in Europe for a Vocal Masterclass Tour during the month of October (2019). Check below the dates and HERE for tickets.

10.10 – Duycker – Amsterdam, NL
11.10 – Ls Relais Des Artistes – Le Bioux, CH
12.10 – Legend Club – Milan, IT
13.10 – Pitcher – Dusseldorf, DE
14.10 – The Underground – London, UK

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