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Unsane “Sterilize” pre-orders from Southern Lord, new song.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM (PST)
The first audio insight into the new Sterilize album from legendary noise rock group UNSANE arrives today with the premiere of “Aberration.”

 

According to the band, “‘Aberration’ is classic UNSANE, raw and direct, it only took a couple of takes to lock it down. It’s essentially a ditty about the swirling thoughts that go through your head after being screwed over. I’m sure anyone can appropriate or relate it to their personal experiences.” 

 

Stream UNSANE’s “Aberration” HERE.

The track is taken from UNSANE‘s eighth studio album, and first for Southern Lord, Sterilize, set for release September 29th. UNSANE recently announced European tour dates in support of the album, taking place this October, and has just added a second hometown show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar in November.
“Aberration” is now available at Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, and Apple Music HERE,
 
Southern Lord will release UNSANE’s Sterilize on September 29th; find physical preorders and merch at Southern Lord’s web shop HERE.

 

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Mastodon to release “Cold Dark Place” in 2017

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 4:50 PM (PST)

Mastodon may still be basking in the Emperor Of Sand acclaim, largely seen as their best work in a few records, but the band seem to be about to release ANOTHER album in a potential matter of weeks. A listing for the album has appeared on Amazon UK.

While little is known at this time, Brent Hinds said it was going to be a solo album as he wrote the songs following a breakup. Things must have changed for it to bear the Mastodon full band name stamp and it is pretty cool of the band to back him and make it an official group release, though I am very curious to see how much each member played on the actual thing. It isn’t like Mastodon is The Smashing Pumpkins where at the end of the day if he wanted to Billy Corgan could make a whole acoustic record and still market it as the Pumpkins and you couldn’t exactly say it wasn’t.

Of the release, Hinds said that it is “pretty dark, beautiful, spooky, funky, ethereal, melancholy music, which also sounds like the Bee Gees a little bit.”  

I was just thinking of how cool that one off Game Of Thrones spooky and uncharacteristically extra mellow song “White Walker” was, so I am looking forward to this (though side note if you saw the latest Game Of Thrones leak you are prob fucking pissed at the Night King right now). Anyway, I wonder how cray they went with the harmonies to mention the Bee Gees in the context of a band who broke big on “Blood & Thunder.”

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The new Iron Maiden comic seems pretty darn legit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Metalsucks ran a piece on the new Iron Maiden comic expanding on their recent video game. Read it HERE. Not much to add except this seems like a pretty fun idea and we will take any excise to post about Iron Maiden around here . My favorite variant cover is above.

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Within The Ruins is one of our favorite weirder metalcore bands around here, always tweaking their core sound to push their boundaries further skyward. Halfway Human, their latest, is a solid follow up to the mind blowing guitar work on Phenomena that finds the band working a bit better as a full group while still remaining technically fierce and fun. Honestly kids, with Dillinger heading out to pasture you fans of technical metalcore and hardcore better hope WTR and Car Bomb stick around and keep us guessing what will come next.

Today we can say for sure that a tour is coming next as well as a new video for “Incomplete Harmony” which you can check out HERE or below.

“We’re extremely excited to announce a full U.S. headliner tour with some great supporting bands,” says guitarist Joe Cocchi.

The band is also debuting the aforementioned all new live music video for their track “Incomplete Harmony.” Directed by Bobby Bates, this is the third music video we’ve seen from Within The Ruins since the release of their latest release.

Within The Ruins will be playing the “Ataxia” instrumental in its entirety on this run, and will offer additional surprises as well. “We’ll be performing some instrumental material live for the first time ever. On top of the ‘Ataxia’ instrumental medley, we’ll be throwing in a bunch of older material from our first few albums. Come out to a gig and bang your heads!”

Check out tour dates, supporting acts and the video below.

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Metal Riot Top Ten 2017 Autumn releases to get stoked about

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:01 AM (PST)

Travelin Jack by Martin Beck

Well, if you can pull your eyes away from the shit show that is America 2017 for a minute, we thought it would be a good time to lift some spirits (or help you brood if you like doom metal) by sharing our top 10 albums of the Fall to look forward to!

This year has already seen some incredible releases from Limp Wrist to Dead Cross to Extremity to Fireburn and on and on, but here are a few yet to hit the streets that are gonna get the metal and rock world babbling in short order! Grab a spliff, swing your partner round and round and smash fascism/hail the riff lords above and below!!!

Check out who we picked BELOW.

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Cannabis Corpse stream “Left Hand Pass” title track

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:52 PM (PST)

Death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE are streaming a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Left Hand Pass’. The album’s title track, a ripping dose of death metal is available for streaming and sharing now, here.

‘Left Hand Pass’ will be released worldwide on September 8. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

The track list and artwork for ‘Left Hand Pass’, painted by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and more) can be found below:

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Watch Warbeast’s 18 minute mini horror movie with Edwin Neal

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM (PST)

Warbeast  feature some of Bruce Corbitt’s fiercest vocals to date on new album Enter The Arena. There is almost no way as a serious metal fanatic to hear “Maze Of The Minotaur” and not go wild from the lightning assault of guitar and hammering rhythms paired with Corbitt’s gnarly and commanding proclamations.

Today, Metal Injection unveils the official video clip for a song called “Hitchhiker”. The tune, delivered as an eighteen-minute horror movie, is based on Edwin Neal’s character in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

 

Elaborates vocalist Bruce Corbitt, “I’ve actually had this idea of using Ed Neal for a music video for a long time. So after we knew for sure that we were going to include a song called ‘Hitchhiker’ on the new WARBEAST album, the timing was right to make this old idea become a new reality. The lyrics for the song are based on Ed’s character from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But this short film/music video is not related to that movie plot in any way. This is really just a silly script and a band having fun working on our final project together. Ed was a complete professional and great to work with and we are excited to have him starring in this. But like I said, this film isn’t to be taken serious I hope you have as much fun watching it as we had making it. Thanks to Michael Huebner and 12 Pound Productions for doing a great job filming and editing this video. I also got to give a shout-out to Lee Russell and Gas Monkey Live for allowing us to film the music portion of this film there.”

 

View “Hitchhiker,” courtesy of Metal Injection, at THIS LOCATION.

Photo by Eric Younkin Jr.

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Watch Thy Art Is Murder’s “Stories Of Desolation” trailer

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:15 PM (PST)

THY ART IS MURDER have released the “Chapter 3: Stories of Desolation” trailer ahead of the release of their latest album Dear Desolation. The album arrives this Friday, August 18, via Nuclear Blast.

Watch the clip here.

It may be only four minutes in length, but it’s a deep dive into the heart of Dear Desolation.

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Band Spotlight: GOLD

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:27 PM (PST)

Gold are really good. You should listen to them. I classified them in our power metal category only because if Gold played power metal that would actually maybe be the weirdest experimental music ever and very rad. They DO play their own awesome kind of music, which is different than what many bands are doing. Optimist has some sweet jams. “White Noise” has a great intro. Prepare to be melted in a metallic wash of BM, post-rock and plaintive melodic musings.

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Enslaved release new song “Storm Son”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 6:41 AM (PST)

The progressive blackened metallic vikings of Enslaved have released a new video for “Storm Son” from pending record E. As ever, the band remain one of the premiere extreme metal groups who actually continue to grow and challenge audiences while remaining awesome. Comments on the album and video below.

The cover artwork was once again hand-painted by our friend and artist Truls Espedal and this time around we are also very happy to announce a few guest musicians on board for the songs “Hiindsiigh”‘ and ‘”Feathers Of Eolh”, including our dear friend of Wardruna Einar Kvitrafn Selvik as well as flutistDaniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.

Ivar explains about the title E:
“The concept of the album lies in both its meaning as a letter in the latin alphabet, and it’s runic reference: the rune “Ehwaz”, that is depicted as an “M” when drawn as rune (just to make sure it gets really confusing) – the runes are drawn to look like what they literally mean. Ehwaz (pronounced and used as what’s known as E, but drawn as an “M”) looks like and means ‘horse’. Which is closely linked to its esoteric meaning; which is ‘trust’ and ‘co-operation’. One of mankind’s oldest and deepest pairings/collaborations with any “outside” entities is with the horse. When they were first tamed and utilised there must have arisen the notion of some esoteric link between the two; now we could move swiftly, escape faster and even eat and drink from the animal (both horse milk and horse blood), and of course show off and brag before our enemies and peers with the most spectacular horses.
So, no, it is not about horses! It is about the symbioses that surrounds us; which are vital to our existence, to our development – on all scales: man and vessel (for instance horse, yes), a person and its significant other, child and parent, musician and instrument, chaos and order, subconscious and conscious, Oden and Sleipnir – wisdom and communication. There are many levels and variations of this concept on the album; the duality of man and nature, present and past personalities within one self, the conscious fear and the subconscious drive. And other symbiosis.”

The video was designed by the mega talented Josh Graham of A Storm Of Light/Battle Of Mice/Neurosis fame. E is out October 13th on Nuclear Blast.

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Blake Judd talks return, homelessness, opiods and ‘Resilient’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:20 PM (PST)

 .The wrongs I committed to support my addiction…I paid for in mental scars that I can never wipe from my mind. All I can do is make sure, every day, that I never, ever make the decision to bring that awful garbage back into my life to ensure that I never have to see or experience anything like that ever again. And through being of service to people who are in the shoes I used to be in today, maybe I can use these awful experiences as a deterrent for others to stop before they go through the hell I experienced.

…I did not “kill” my girlfriend. I did not “use” with my girlfriend. And I certainly did EVERYTHING I could to save her when I found her….but it was just too late. – Blake Judd

We talk about mental health stuff briefly after a celebrity dies and the rest of the time try to ‘trigger’ one another with memes. No wonder some people choose to drop out of society any which way they can. Not that every conversation in life needs to be “are you ok?”, but generally it seems rites of separation are more commonplace than a gathering of those with allegiance to forging deeper opportunities in metal to make the extremity mean bonds, healing and conversation .  At live shows I usually see unity for the most part amongst metal crowds. Though cynicism might mainly be in the world of online trolls, it is good to address stuff head on rather than in the self churning bowels of the comments sections of metal sites and Facebook at times.

I just saw Katie Von Schleicher live in a small venue and was taken out of my daily stress and into a reflective moment, moved by the soulful music. Life is such a fast house of mirrors sometimes and we shine in some and stumble through others, cutting ourselves and fragmenting in the eyes of those around us. Sometimes the process is completely painful and other times it leads us to seeing ourselves differently or more completely as shards are swept up.

Blake Judd is back with a very unexpected EP called Resilient.  They have signed a new 2 album global deal with a new home that includes the Resilient EP as well. Full announcement in late August / early September, but the Resilient EP achieves Blake’s goal of creating an album experience in 3 songs. I have heard it and longtime fans will be thrilled with the variety. Early darker experimental black metal is paired with some of the deepest places you have heard different incarnations of the band go to yet, but as a logical extension of where things left off on the previous few releases.

More BELOW.

All photos courtesy of Nachtmystium.

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Pallbearer continue North American tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 12:31 PM (PST)
Melodic doom merchants Pallbearer are sure to be on many a year end list for Heartless and are currently marching forward into the next portion of their North American 2017 tour. Like some of the later Isis releases, Heartless shows the band able to grow in style while still retaining elements that made them special thus far.
“Instead of staring into to the void—both above and within—Heartless concentrates its power on a grim reality,” the band explains. “Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can.”

Check the remaining dates out BELOW.
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Exhumed reveal details for new album “Death Revenge”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:22 PM (PST)

I friggin’ love Exhumed, by far my favorite gore grind/at times death obsessed political extreme metal band (would be close tie with Brutal Truth but they broke up and were not gore). Exhumeds 6th full-length arrives soon and they are doing their first concept album based on true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and (according to the press release): tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery.

I was a big fan of Sarke’s Bogefod (which deserved WAY better reviews from most of the metal community) and am ready for another band to tackle a concept album about some unhappy endings. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge will surely be extreme and put Matt Harvey in serious contention for work dog of the bloody apocalypse between this, Expulsion and Gruesome!

Frontman Matt Harvey commented:

“We’re very excited to see this record come out. It’s been a long time since we’ve fucked up your stereos! I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too.”

Listen to the new song “Defenders of the Grave” via YouTube HERE and Bandcamp plus all streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

Watch the official Death Revenge album trailer AT THIS LOCATION.

Death Revenge is set for release on October 13th on CD/LP/DLX LP&CASS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Weapons Of Anew touring with Tesla

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:46 PM (PST)

Ray West of Spread Eagle fame has a newer project called Weapons Of Anew hard rock fans will eat up. Ray has always had a commanding yet hooky voice and is capable of hitting you with numerous styles. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about ten years ago (already) for Crusher Magazine and he is such a chill dude. Kriss Norris (ex-Darkest Hour/Scar the Martyr) is part of the group now as well and a record hits in September.

Some fans may be hip to Weapons of Anew already as they worked in the studio with James Murphy of Death/Testament fame and have toured with Alter Bridge. Now the group are hitting the road in the Fall with the classic hard rock band Tesla. Unless you are a new school rock fan, you don’t need anyone to tell you this will be a solid tour. If only Tesla play something from Bust A Nut and WOA cover a Spread Eagle song we can make new little metal babies. Sorry, couldn’t resist that terrible joke. But for real, anyone who can’t appreciate Troy Luccketta is a traitor to metal, haha.

Anyway, check out Weapons of Anew’s recent “Killshot” below (it has kind of a Nonpoint/Fozzy vibe) and get prepped for a rocking time.

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Decrepit Birth release triumphant ‘Hieroglyphic’ playthrough

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM (PST)

Many death metal disciples are rightfully rejoicing over Axis Mundi, the return offering from tech death vets Decrepit Birth. ‘Hieroglyphic’ is one of the most intimidating musical performances of the year and so what could be more perfect for the band to release as a playthrough track? You can check out the dizzying spectacle of complete and utter sickness below.

“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from …And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. …And Time Begins has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs”.

 

 

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