My favorite hard rock band Clutch, indeed the truest road tested road doggin’ purveyors of rabble rousing rock n roll in recent modernity, have done and entered the studio to begin tracking a new album and follow-up to 2015’s gosh darn straight up ear-aphrodisiac Psychic Warfare. Recording is currently taking place at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer and engineer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Red Fang) at the helm.

The greatest band on this scorched rock are also playing the Bud Light sponsored Rocklahoma in May alongside other greats like Halestorm, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, New Years Day and Diamond Head (to name a few). Shit yeah to all that.

A mid 2018 release of the title TBA Clutch record (in progress) via Weathermaker Music is expected.

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In April 1991, Mayhem vocalist Dead (Per Ohlin) commited suicide by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. Mayhem guitarist Euronymous took pictures of the scene one of which later became the album cover for a Mayhem bootleg "Dawn of the Black Hearts."


Cane Hill premieres “It Follows” over at RevolverMag.com

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:12 AM (PST)

Louisiana nu metallers Cane Hill have released their newest track “It Follows” via RevolverMag.com.

“It Follows” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Too Far Gone due out January 19 via Rise Records.

About “It Follows”, singer Elijah Witt told Revolver, “This was a really fun song to write and it probably took us the longest. It’s heavy and catchy all at once. We were trying to go for full on ‘metal epic’ without over-reaching and I think we did just that.”

Cane Hill will be hitting the road soon to tour with Of Mice & Men, Blessthefall and Fire From the Gods.

Check out “It Follows” as well as other recent Cane Hill tracks and the band’s upcoming tour dates here.

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The Plot In You announces US tour; ‘Dispose’ out Febuary 16

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:48 AM (PST)
Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Photo credit: ASHLEY OSBORN

Ohio metallers The Plot In You are preparing to embark on a tour of the United States in support of their latest, forthcoming album Dispose, due out February 16 via Fearless Records.

The Plot In You will be touring as direct support for We Came As Romans. They will be joined by Oceans At Alaska, Currents, and Tempting Fate.

The tour will run 33 dates, kicking off on February 28 at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater and ending on April 28 at Grand Rapids’ The Intersection.

“This album is our proudest release so far, it’s almost a complete restart on the band,” explains Tewers. “The music has continued to naturally evolve in the way that we have wanted it to for a long time and we have a completely new team helping to roll it out which has been refreshing.”

Check out tour dates as well as the music videos for “Feel Nothing” and “Not Just Breathing” here.

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Ancestors join Pelagic Records; stream “Gone”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 12:18 AM (PST)

LA doom metal noise-makers Ancestors have recently inked a deal with Pelagic Records.

“We’re honored to be joining the Pelagic Records family,” says guitarist/vocalist Justin Maranga. “We’re excited to start the next chapter of Ancestors and we believe that Pelagic is the perfect label to partner with on this adventure.”

Ancestors’ as-yet-untitled new full-length is expected to be released this Summer. Stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, check out Ancestors’ latest track, “Gone,” which is part of the latest Pelagic Records compilation MMXVIII, here.

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Hello friends.
Lot to be stoked about for 2018 already from new Clutch album being started to Watain to American Nightmare returning to Judas Priest and new stuff from Agrimonia. I have been dealing with psycho land lord bullshit and my parent’s house facing foreclosure as well as helping Globelamp make her witchy new emo folk album Romantic Cancer (out in early 2018, deets announced soon). It has been an interesting ‘press break’ after the holidays, but we are indeed back. Anyway, throwing up a press release today as am pressed for time but want to get you all stoked on a sick pairing of the APMD homies and fucking Baptists! Killer energy to start the year with charged up and on fire! Let’s do this.
Press Release:

 

In support of their monstrous 2017-released Hostage Animal, ALL PIGS MUST DIE has announced a string of West Coast shows in support of the album. These shows follow the band’s East Coast record release mini-tour which closed out the year, and mark their anticipated return to the West Coast in five years. With Vancouver-based labelmates Baptists on the lineup as well, this will be a tour not to miss. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 8th at 10am in each respective market; see the full routing below.

 

 
ALL PIGS MUST DIE, now a five-piece with the addition of Brian Izzi (Trap Them) on guitar, is comprised of some of the most well-seasoned musicians on the eastern seaboard – Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods, and Adam Wentworth (both of Bloodhorse).Hostage Animal is their most dynamic collection of work thus far and is an aural representation of the band as a whole; concise, intense, aggressive, and carrying a bleak world view. Available now from Southern Lord, Hostage Animal showcases that ALL PIGS MUST DIE is far more than the sum of their parts, and their fusion of crust punk, hardcore, and metal is more ferocious than ever before.

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Judas Priest release “Lightning Strike;” tease music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:28 PM (PST)

The Metal Gods are starting 2018 with a fucking bang! And that bang comes in the form of their latest track “Lightning Strike,” off of the forthcoming album Firepower.

You can check out a teaser for the video below. The full video will be out later today.

Firepower is expected to drop in March.

You can read about Judas Priest‘s March-April North American tour here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Lightning Strike’ video. Premiering tomorrow at RevolverMag.com

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Last Post of 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM (PST)

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Thanks for reading us this year. May you all have a safe and restorative, yet very metal New Year’s Eve. We shall begin slaying 2018 promptly past the ball drop. Meantime, listen to some metal.

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Jungle Rot to record tenth full length album in January

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:11 PM (PST)

JUNGLE ROT will enter the studio on January 5th, 2018 to begin recording their tenth full length album and fifth with Victory Records. “Once again, we’ve stuck with the tried and true JUNGLE ROT formula to produce another killer record that all our fans and everyone will enjoy,” promises vocalist/guitarist Dave Matrise. “It’s been nice to get back to doing what we do best and that’s writing brutal, heavy music.”

Recording will take place at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer Chris Djuricic at the helm. Mixing and mastering will be handled by the Dan Swanö (Dark Funeral, Marduk), and accompanying the band behind the drums will be past contributor Jesse Beahler.

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The Compulsions release “Dirtbag Blues” gritty rocker

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:59 AM (PST)

Featuring players from David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, New York Dolls and Raging Slab, The Compulsions (arguably the NYC hard rock band with the most attitude) have returned.  Every incarnation of the band has been deadly but they are currently on fire and have a new third album due called Ferocious.

Check the raunchy hedonistic upbeat number out HERE.

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RIP Warrel Dane

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:39 PM (PST)

Editor’s Note: Sorry for posting this late into the night but we have been reeling over here as fans from news that Sanctuary and Nevermore metal legend Warrel Dane has passed away. Thoughts, thanks and condolences to his people. 

Ok, here we go… A shocking blow to the metal world today, metal legend Warrel Dane passed away from a heart attack in Brazil. Dane was known as the singer for SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE. He was in the process of recording his second solo album when he passed.

My introduction to SANCTUARY came in the early 90s. I was a young metalhead in the making and received a mixtape featuring the SANCTUARY classic “Future Tense”. I got both of their albums as quickly as a kid my age could (thinking I was 7/8ish).

NEVERMORE came into my life a bit later on. Remember, these were the days before you could just google search your favorite singers, and see what bands they were in. I think I was about 14 when I picked up a random metal compilation that featured NEVERMORE’s “I Am The Dog”. I even remember listening to it thinking “, This guy sounds like the singer from fucking SANCTUARY”.

I’m sure you could imagine my surprise and excitement to find out it was in fact the same singer. It wasn’t long after that I had picked up each NEVERMORE record that was out at the time. Warrel Dane, thank you for being such a huge part of my life and providing me with a lifetime of music.

I was fortunate enough to see you in person once in 2005 while you were on the first Gigantour. Sadly, the security guy took my camera at the door, so I wasn’t able to get a photo with you that day, but I was able to get a copy of This Godless Endeavor autographed. Hopefully, we can meet again on the other side, be it darkness or light. Much love There were a few quotes that I wanted to share, and I felt that was the best way to end the posting. Some said things much better than I could.

“So much to say but can’t find the words. Just solace in knowing we were friends again at the end of the day and that we enjoyed way more good times together than we did bad.” – Van Williams (NEVERMORE)

“We were good again, but not at the point of us jamming together. He was more dedicated to only music and he knew I had many other worlds to defile. I really wish we could have written again together. I wrote many things he probably would have been surprised by. Actually, I got SERPENT’S KNIGHT [Warrel’s pre- SANCTUARY band] back together in hopes to do a Seattle gig maybe with SANCTUARY after their next CD. He should still be alive. There was still much more in that man to give.” – Brad Poland (SERPENT’S KNIGHT)

“Warrel Dane is up in Heaven leading a legion of “Battle Angels”. I can hear that scream echoing through the clouds.. ‘Fall on your knees and hail to their dawn!’ Rest in Peace my friend” – Sean Peck (DEATH DEALER / CAGE)

 

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Yob’s “The Great Cessation” re-issue released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:29 PM (PST)

Awakened doom voyagers Yob have re-issued their 5th full length, The Great Cessation via Relapse Records. The album has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) with two bonus tracks plus beautiful new artwork that reminds me a bit of Ascend’s Ample Fire Within for some reason. We highly recommend you take some time and get into this important step in the band’s discography.

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New York City-area powerdementia faction GRIDFAILURE has completed a new video for “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness,” while many other new recordings and projects are nearing completion for release in 2018.

“Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” is found on GRIDFAILURE’s I Shall Not Survive Another Winter, which was independently released on the Autumnal Equinox. Each song on I Shall Not Survive Another Winter grows longer than the one preceding it, the record exploring a vision of Post-Sixth Mass-Extinction Skullduggery which is the concept of the upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums, portraying a grim vision of humanity’s future. A nearby reality where those who have survived mankind’s override by artificial intelligence, the ecological rebellion of our planet, and thermonuclear warfare amidst our own kind strive to rebuild society, and are continually thwarted.

See GRIDFAILURE’s “Sew Nothing, Reap Nothingness” RIGHT HERE.

Find I Shall Not Survive Another Winter as well as the Halloween-released When The Lights Go Out Vol. I – which is still available for free download – at GRIDFAILURE’s Bandcamp at THIS LOCATION.

With multiple new full-length titles, EPs, videos, and other projects in the works, GRIDAILURE is also heavily immersed in fully cooperative albums with a wide array of artists. The second collaborative album with Brooklyn experimentalist MEGALOPHOBE and a collaborative EP with upstate New York anti-folk/punk act WALKING BOMBS are both halfway completed. A collaborative EP with FYRHTU, a new project formed by Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm) and Nathan A. Verrill (Cardinal Wyrm), is well underway, and a fully audio/visual collaborative release with PORNOHELMUT – the side project of Neil Barrett of Austin-based experimental/grind metal act Blk Ops and Novel Concept TV – is currently under construction.

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Scott Kelly to tour Europe in early 2018 with John Judkins (Rwake)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:46 PM (PST)


SCOTT KELLY of NEUROSIS announces a European solo tour for early 2018, where he’ll be accompanied by John Judkins of Rwake.

The tour will be supported by the release of a 7″ EP which captures the two artists performing at their show at White Water Tavern in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 3rd, 2017, during a US tour together. In selecting these two songs for the release, SCOTT KELLY offers, “we felt that they show the depth, emotion, and life that we are trying to bring to them.”

This limited edition live 7″ will be sold throughout the tour via My Proud Mountain, available in quantities of 200 on purple vinyl and 100 on black vinyl. A full overview of the dates can be found below.

See a new tour trailer by Chariot Of Black Moth HERE and the video of SCOTT KELLY performing NEUROSIS’ “Stones From The Sky” acoustic on the edge of Crater Lake with Revolver Magazine’s new No Distortion series HERE.

[photo by Danin Drahos]

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Cell phones at concerts are annoying, but banning them is dangerous now.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Everyone hates when they are at a show and it is a sea of cell phones held aloft. It can block the view, it really takes you out of the moment and just feels kind of desperate. Some great bands such as A Perfect Circle and Danzig have been strict or outright hostile enforcing a no cell phone policy, and I understand that. In the case of an Earth show I was at once, Dylan Carlson is at risk from flash photography, if I recall. That is a reasonable excuse to want control over what goes down.

Bands like to say ,”Be here with us” or “share the moment”. I get that. Be present. It’s a once in a lifetime show. YouTube and IG clips can promote but also detract from attendance as people get lazy and watch from home or the secrets of a live performance are laid bare (not always fair for people who shelled out cash to actually show up).

I used to be really dismayed by phones up the whole time instead of lighters, but post Bataclan, Ariana Grande’s show bombing in the UK and Las Vegas, I feel very differently. I think it is outright irresponsible to ban phones unless you have a good medical reason. Otherwise your vanity could result in less eyes being available to document all manner of things. It is also why I think body cams and people filming cops is a good idea, on a related note.

Honestly with concert shootings , as much as it sucks at times, bands need to stop entirely with the no phones bullshit. A million phones up instead of lighters is shitty but I’d rather that than miss footage that could ID a criminal or show abuse by security, etc. Even in low light you could catch a stabbing or gun person who might fade into crowd. Call me paranoid but shit is crazy.

I know this is a sort of straight to the chase think piece but I thought I would put it out there as food for thought and discussion today. Hope you all enjoy whatever concerts you are attending safely (except for in the pit, of course).

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Black Fast enter Mana Studios

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM (PST)

 St. Louis metal outfit BLACK FAST will enter Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL this week with veteran producer Erik Rutan to begin work on an all-new LP for Entertainment One (eOne). Known for his work with HATE ETERNALSIX FEET UNDERGOATWHORE and CANNIBAL CORPSE, Rutan was an easy choice for the band to produce their widely successful eOne debut Terms of Surrender. Citing the positive rapport between him and the band, Erik is very excited about working with Black Fast once again.

“We are super excited to produce the new Black Fast album,” Rutan says. “We had such a great experience working together on the recording of ‘Terms of Surrender’ and I know that we will step it up a notch in this next production. There is a certain chemistry that happens when as a producer you get to work with bands on multiple records and when everyone is on the same page like we are, fantastic things happen. Black Fast is such a unique band of incredible musicians and great people. I cannot wait to get to work with the guys again, capture their raging sound and stellar performances in the best way I know how! May the metal commence!”

Terms of Surrender, the band’s ferocious and thrashing eOne debut, is also now available on vinyl for the first time on the band’s official online store.

BLACK FAST is proud to share that they have recently joined the D’Addario and Co.family. Aaron Akin says, “We won’t play anything else since we found the NYXL brand. They are the loudest, clearest, strongest and most balanced strings out there. They are the only strings we use on the road or in the studio. D’Addario rips!” Black Fast shreds with D’Addario NYXL-1046 and Evans Drumheads. You can find their artist page here.

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