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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Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, founding member and guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan was shot and killed during a Damageplan performance in Columbus, OH on December 8, 2004 .


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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Rivers Of Nihil are justly being praised for their steady growth and driven, rage infused masterful modern death. Three albums in and if the new material we have heard so far is any indicator the band are well on the way to securing their legacy and never being forgotten as an important death metal act of note, but it sounds like they also have a LOT of surprises in store for us as well. The newest record is said to draw from a LOT more influences than the band previously has.

Today RoN made a huge announcement about their 3rd LP that has fans drooling:

On March 16th, we will release our third full-length, “Where Owls Know My Name”, via Metal Blade Records. “Whereas The Conscious Seed of Light” (2013) and “Monarchy” (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, “Where Owls Know My Name” represents the fall.

Check out the album’s second track, “The Silent Life.”. Pre-order bundles are available at: http://metalblade.com/riversofnihil/

Rivers of Nihil – "The Silent Life"

On March 16th, we will release our third full-length, "Where Owls Know My Name", via Metal Blade Records. "Whereas The Conscious Seed of Light" (2013) and "Monarchy" (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, "Where Owls Know My Name" represents the fall. Check out the album's second track, "The Silent Life," above. Pre-order bundles are available at: http://metalblade.com/riversofnihil/The following formats are available for pre-order:– CD + t-shirt bundle– Vinyl + t-shirt bundle (swamp green [limited to 400], olive green with black splatter [limited to 300], doublemint inside swamp great vinyl [limited to 300]), all come with Bandcamp download card, USA Only– "Deluxe Bundle" with CD or vinyl, t-shirt, wall flag and embroidered patch–"Shredders Bundle" with CD, t-shirt, guitar and bass tab book (or digital download) and guitar pick–"Drinkers Bundle" with CD, pint glass, beer koozie and bottle opener– CD or Vinyl + longsleeve bundle– CD only– Vinyl onlyGuitarist Brody Uttley comments:"This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going." Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:"This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of 'Monarchy', where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But 'Where Owls Know My Name' is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.""Where Owls Know My Name" track-listing1. Cancer / Moonspeak2. The Silent Life3. A Home4. Old Nothing5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition6. Terrestria III: Wither7. Hollow8. Death Is Real9. Where Owls Know My Name10. Capricorn / Agoratopia

Posted by Rivers of Nihil on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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Wow. I have loved The Atlas Moth since their first record, for sure one of the coolest and more inventive bands of the past decade’s recent wave of American experimental metal. It has been awesome getting to befriend Stavros and see his band’s star rise. Hearing Coma Noir today over at Revolver HERE is a huge thrill. The title track has moments that are so heavy I was like,” Is this Atlas The Gates?”, but the dudes haven’t gone straight melodeth something. There is still a ton of atmospheric melodic brilliance to the dark churning guitars and a sense of anarchic psychic agony and searching that always appealed to me about their shit.

Make no mistake though, a lot of this is the most rocking and heavy shit they have done to date. “Furious Gold” is desperate and feral but the playing is assured even as it hungers for blood. I think this one is gonna break them a lot bigger! The dudes knocked it out of the park for their Prosthetic debut and Sanford Parker fucking killed it on the production. Eberythng sounds insane and crisp but also dirty and unique. Tones to drool over galore (the end of “Last Transmission From The Late, Great Planet Earth” is as exciting as any melodic soaring moment from pre-super Alex Jones douchebag era Billy Corgan Pumpkins) and just a lot of awesome stuff to drift your mind outward 2. This is a total banger.

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Ronny Munroe and Beltfed Weapon unite to fight cancer on “P.O.W.”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:40 AM (PST)

Ronny and his wife J. Von Hughes Munroe

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CONTINUE TO FIGHT CANCER

Ronny Munroe (Ex-Metal Church, Munroe’s Thunder) is an awesome dude. I got into the guy’s work late after he played a drunken rock n roll rathole called The Basement that I used to help book shows at about half a decade ago now (time flies). My friend Drew who writes for us here sometimes as well is a HUGE Metal Church fan, maybe the biggest I know. He loves the Ronny-era and made buttons for him for awhile. I still have one that I rock pretty regularly still on one of my favorite hoodies.

Anyway, Ronny and his wife and manager J. Von Hughes Munroe have had it rough of late. J. Von Hughes has been enduring a very personal battle with stage 3 Mullerian Ovarian Cancer.

First off, cancer is so terrible. My father died of complications from it and my heart goes out to the couple. You can see the love between them in the photo above.

Now to some happier tidings. BELTFED WEAPON‘s Frank Hetzel is a friend of Ronny’s and wanted to help. As such the two have teamed up on a new song “P.O.W.” we are featuring today to help get the word out. Let’s show them some metal love, everyone!

“P.O.W” features Ronny Munroe on vocals, Frank Hetzel on rhythm guitar, Dean Sternberg on bass, Daryl Williams on drums and guest solos by Andy Beech and Adon Fanion.  “P.O.W.”  was produced by BELTFED WEAPON, mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith / Envisage Audio (Jeff Loomis, Ghost Ship Octavious, Binary Code) who also engineered BELTFED WEAPON’sprevious releases RAINING PLAGUE and PEACEKEEPER.  Frank Dooley created the artwork, Russ Knudsen provided the promotional clip seen BELOW.

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My Epic have announced a two part concept project.  The first EP of the project Ultraviolet will be released on March 30 and you can listen to the brand new song “Of Wilderness” now!

I honestly am always pretty stoked whenever this band releases new music. They are very capable and amazing songwriters.

The “Of Wilderness” track is def mellow and reminds me a bit of later-era Codeseven when they got smoother and melodic but very spacious. The Violence EP is said to be the darkest material from the band yet and will follow Ultraviolet (guys, Ultraviolet was already an awesome Kylesa record, fyi…but not hatin’).

The second part, “Violence”, will be released in late 2018.

Pre-Orders are available now for “Ultraviolet”. 

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The Kennedy Veil release live tour footage

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Sacramento death metallers The Kennedy Veil have released live professional footage from their “Bloodletting North America” Tour.

The video was directed by Matti Way of The North Films. It shows the band absolutely devastating the crowd while touring in support of their newest album Imperium which came out in September of last year through Unique Leader.

Continuing to support Imperium on the road, The Kennedy Veil will be playing select dates of the “Feast Winter Tour” alongside Alterbeast, The Grindmother, and Aethere.

Check out the video and tour dates here.

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