Hooded Menace announce European Summer Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Finland’s death/doom overlords HOODED MENACE have announced a string of European tour dates this summer. The mini tour kicks off on June 22 in Oberhousen, and sees the band playing at Death over Drachten in the Netherlands. A full list of dates can be found below.

HOODED MENACE are touring in support of their new album, ‘Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’. Their most ominous, dark, and mature album to date, ‘Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’ sees HOODED MENACE expertly weave dreary funereal atmospheres with dark melody, which only adds to emotional gravitas of what is sure to be one of the heaviest albums of 2018.

‘Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’ is streaming now at Noisey. ‘Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’, HOODED MENACE’s fifth full-length, is available here.

Track list
1. Sempiternal Grotesqueries 
2. In Eerie Deliverance 
3. Cathedral of Labyrinthine Darkness
4. Cascade of Ashes
5. Charnel Reflections 
6. Black Moss

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Usnea, Wax Idols, Lightning Bolt, Insect Ark to play Basilica

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM (PST)

Wax Idols credit: Nick Karp & Hether Fortune

Basilica SoundScape 2018 recently made initial artist announcements and the performers so far feature some of the best bands currently active. Basilica Hudson is a very unique performance space in quiet Hudson, NY – a few hours from NYC. The Hudson Valley (where I live) in September is the perfect retreat for one of the most consistently forward thinking music and arts festivals.

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Efrim Menuck / Grouper / Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner / Insect Ark / Jungil Hong / Lightning Bolt / L’Rain / Shanekia McIntosh / Spellling / Stephen O’Malley’s Un Vide Dans Le Ciel / Tabita Rezaire / Usnea / Wax Idols / more artists to be announced
Basilica SoundScape 2018 lineup

Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend that’s been called “the anti­festival” for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature, is presented by The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone with additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud – now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2018 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 ⅓: The Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

“As always we are striving to create an immersive pilgrimage to the Hudson Valley, where rural, industrial and urban collide. Dive into exceptional local food, freaky pop-ups, camping, Hudson River School sunsets, and of course the delightfully haunted City of Hudson!” says Auf der Maur.

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Napalm Death reveal frenetic “Standardization” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM (PST)

Grindcore legends Napalm Death released Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs recently, a collection of rarities that is as good as most of their records and earned a very high review from yours truly. We should thank our lucky stars that the band remain so high up in the ranks of important acts to this day, a standard-bearing group if ever there was one for how much metal can mean in a day and age when many heroes let us down. The perfect trustworthy go to band for headbangers hoping to survive dystopian times.

“Standardization” is positively ferocious and the video imparts a severe sense of frantic rage struggling to be so fierce that it is actually heard, cutting through and above the racket of the apathetic mental smog of society. It is all I could ask for from the band. Check it out below.

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Metalcore vets and proud pit starters Sworn Enemy are touring the 15th anniversary of As Real As It Gets with one of my favorite live acts in thrash, Thy Will Be Done, along for the trip. Fans of East Coast motivational metal need to get fired up and represent!

Dates BELOW.

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Harms Way dates with Soft Kill coming up in June

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:17 AM (PST)

This June, Harm’s Way will head back out on the road for their “Posthuman Pacific Northwest Tour”, featuring special guests Soft Kill, before joining the final, full cross country Vans Warped Tour later that month, with Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, and many more. This is an inspired pairing of two very different bands and I would go to it in a hot second.

See below for all dates.

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New York City avant/experimental outfit GNAW announces new live actions in support of their caustic third LP, Cutting Pieces, released in October through Translation Loss Records.

GNAW is confirmed to play at Austin Terror Fest in Austin, Texas on June 17th, performing with the likes of Acid King, Primitive Man, Krallice, He Whose Ox is Gored, Un, Wayfarer, and Desist. Later that month, GNAW will play Baltimore June 29th with Multicult, Curse, and Syringe At Metro, and Washington DC June 30th with Multicult, Radiator Greys, Birth Defects.

Already booking throughout the second half of the year, GNAW will play Into The Aether II in Portland, Maine on October 6th, which features an exclusive 2018 US performance by Skullflower, as well as Ariadne, Brain Famine, Sterile Garden, Frkse, and more to be announced. This will be preceeded by a European tour with Italian duo OvO in September. Can you say, “holy crap!!”

GNAW Tour Dates:

6/17/2018 The Lost Well – Austin, TX @ Austin Terror Fest w/ Acid King, Primitive Man, Krallice [info]
6/29/2018 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Multicult, Curse, Syringe At Metro [info]
6/30/2018 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Multicult, Radiator Greys, Birth Defects [info]
10/06/2018 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME @ Into The Aether II w/ Skullflower, Ariadne, Brain Famine, more [info]

See GNAW’s incinerating “Fire” video RIGHT HERE and see a recent live video of “Wrong” HERE.

GNAW’s Cutting Pieces is available on LP, CD, and digital formats via Translation Loss; find merch bundle and order options HERE.

Another official video from Cutting Pieces will be issued shortly alongside more GNAW live updates.

Closing a four-year gap since their acclaimed second album, Horrible Chamber, GNAW’s Cutting Pieces dredges forth some of the outfit’s most unnerving audio assaults yet. In addition to the traditional four-piece rock format and string and wind instruments, GNAW utilizes found sound, homemade instruments, tweaked oscillators, synthesis, and manipulated recordings. Joining returning assassins Alan Dubin (Khanate, OLD), Brian Beatrice, Carter Thornton (Enos Slaughter), Eric Neuser, and Jun Mizumachi (Ike Yard), the lineup now includes Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, ex-Angels Of Light) on lap steel guitar.

Cutting Pieces was written and recorded over two years at various studios and locales across New York City, mixed by the band’s Brian Beatrice. and mastered by James Plotkin. The graphic and type design for the cover was done by returning French designer Sebastien Hayez. Cutting Pieces also features guest musicians Stefania Alos Pedretti of Italian noise rock act OvO contributing background vocals to the track “Septic,” and Swiss saxophone player and sound artist Antoine Chessex (ex-Monno) contributing saxophone and amplifier to “Triptych.”

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Midas Fall on UK tour in support of ‘Evaporate’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 12:29 AM (PST)

Scottish post-rockers Midas Fall are currently on tour in the UK in support of their latest album Evaporate.

Evaporate was released by Monotreme Records.

Check out the tour dates and stream Evaporate here.

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Fargo release new single “Step Back”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:35 PM (PST)

German hard rockers Fargo have released their newest single “Step Back.”

“Step Back” comes off the upcoming album Constellation, which is due out on May 25 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Check out “Step Back” here.

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Drowned release “Violent March of Chaos” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:20 PM (PST)

Brazillian metallers Drowned have released their newest music video “Violent March of Chaos.”

“Violent March of Chaos” comes off the bands upcoming album 7th, which will be released on June 15, 2018. The record will be released in Brazil by Cogumelo Records and in the U.S. by Greyhaze Records.

The album was self recorded and produced by the band along with mixing and mastering by guitarist Marcos Amorim.

The band had previously released “Rage Before Some Hope.”

You can check out “Violent March of Chaos” and “Rage Before Some Hope” here.

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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.

Read a discussion with Manuel Below.

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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.

Tour dates BELOW.

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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:
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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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