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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.”Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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:Add to My Radar
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.
Photo by Eric Younkin Jr.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
.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.
All photos courtesy of Nachtmystium.Add to My Radar
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.”
Watch the official Death Revenge album trailer AT THIS LOCATION.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
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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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.