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Chicago metallers Snow Burial earlier this month released a music video for their song “Sever the Bloodline” over at Decibel.

“Sever the Bloodline” comes off of Snow Burial’s upcoming album Ostrava due out on September 20 via Prosthetic Records.

About the video, SNOW BURIAL frontman, Ben Bowman comments, “This video was conceived, directed and edited by Derek Cox of Polymyth Studios. He’s been a long time colleague of Nick [Delehanty]’s and was inspired by the song’s dark imagery. The song itself is born from the despair bred by the wild inequality and greed we see daily and invokes some rather violent themes to make a point. We’re hardly ever literal, but the extremity of the sound and words have intent.”

Head over to Decibel to stream “Sever the Bloodline.” You can also check out the album art and track list for Ostrava here.

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.gif from god release “sassafras manassas ass” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 8:57 AM (PST)

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Richmond, Virginia noise-makers .gif from god have released their latest music video for their song “sassafras manassas ass.”

The track comes off the band’s upcoming album approximation_of_a_human, which will be released on September 27th.

The music video was done by artist Morta Sustain.

About the track, vocalist Mitchie says:

“The song is about running through darkness. More directly it’s about how hopeless and cyclical it feels to move through the world with debilitating anxiety that goes unaddressed; moving forward with no direction or intentionality. How can one hope to overcome their demons or circumstances without acknowledging the reality that they are faced with? Without others affirming that their reality is real and valid?”

Sofia, Bassist, adds:

“sassafras is a re-recording and modification of one of the first songs .gif ever recorded. I wasn’t in the band at the time but it was the first song I was taught after I joined. We never felt like it was done proper justice, and we’ve changed so much as a band since it was first written and initially released that it sounds wildly different now. We want to show people who’ve never heard of us before a song that still remains important to us, while hinting to our current fans how much we’ve changed before releasing material that bears almost no resemblance to previous .gif from god releases.”

Head over to Alternative Press to  check out “sassafras manassas ass.” .gif from god are also streaming, “no dude…he STILL likes to spray” via the Zegema Beach Records Zampler.

Check out the tracklist for approximation_of_a_human and .gif from god show dates here.

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Stream / Share KNAAVES‘ “The Serpent’s Root” At THIS LOCATION.

Milwaukee-based metallic hardcore practitioners KNAAVES will release their The Serpent’s Root debut full-length via Confluence Records this fall. KNAAVES is vocalist Andy Parmann and guitarist Jamie Kerwin, formerly of Amora Savant, bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels formerly of Enabler, and drummer Antonio Ninham formerly of Die Alone.

Surrounded by deceit and destruction – lies from the media, corruption of our planet, and even our own minds shifting thoughts within, each day is a war upon our senses as we struggle to sort out the truth in an age of disinformation. The music of KNAAVES is inspired by the often-palpable negative energy that surrounds us. Some songs are drawn from the media’s manipulation and sensationalism of cults, serial killers, and murders, while others are drawn from anxiety, depression, abuse, neglect, or the relentless destruction of our planet’s resources.

With the combined influences of its members’ previous bands and modern influences like Axis, Black Breath, and Disfear, KNAAVES’ The Serpent’s Root delivers seven unapologetically heavy tracks of pissed-off grooves, dark melodic riffs, and emotionally-driven lyrics. The Serpent’s Root was produced, recorded, edited, and mixed by Kerwin at Davidian Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Integrity, Obituary, Vastum) at Audiosiege with artwork by Scott Shellhamer (American Heritage, Ghosts And Vodka). The record will be released September 3rd on CD, digital, and cassette formats via Confluence Records.

KNAAVES will play a special hometown record release show on September 13th as well as a show in Chicago with Venom Prison, Homewrecker, and Call Of The Void on September 22nd with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

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Danish hardcore punks OXX are preparing to release their upcoming album The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger is due out on August 16 via Nefarious Industries. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to 2017’s Night and the City.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

Check out a tracklisting and a preview of The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger here.

It was pretty fun to learn about the Serpent Of Gnosis release from 1126 records literally the day before it drops like a megaton piano on the heads of the world. The last minute “Oh shit, how did I miss this” of it all was a nice way to head into the weekend. I had no idea Johnny Davy had a sickeningly heavy new band at all and thought he had like vanished into Area 51 or something awhile ago. How cool to hear that completely unhinged roar again!

Serpent Of Gnosis’ debut As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation is one of the heaviest records you are likely to hear anytime soon, managing to be next level technical while still having emotional impact AND the heavy vibes of a lot of modern dethcore. Dudes are not fucking around. The album title also reminds me of the myth where Thor drank from a mead horn that was like connected to the seas and actually lowered the sea level, if I recall. Iconic, lol.

“Fragile Vessel Of Serenity” and some other tracks also feature some weird creepy ambient type moments that will freak you out like a horror movie and add to the unsettling onslaught very effectively. I am super stoked on this album. Darren Cesca on drums is a whirlwind throughout, elevating and blurring the tech deth parts into deadly grind territory quite often. “The Colorless Capsules” is one of the most punishing tracks, a masterful wrestling match of extreme subgenres that all dance around the death metal totem pole. Dying Fetus or even old Whitechapel fans could co-exist raving about this thing but there are also a few brilliant little progressive guitar moments that sneak in and out between extreme pit starters (“Harvest” has the best example of this and is maybe the best tune on the record, just fucking unreal).

“Cognitivity” has a thunderous slow intro that almost sounds like old Burn the Priest for a minute and adds some superb mosh value to a record that most often goes for Zoom vs. The Flash levels of speed. “A Mask of Lucidity” also mixes it up and has a very tasty lightning solo section and some darkly melodic bridge action that was pleasantly unexpected and cool. The band don’t overstay their welcome on any track, as the songs are all relatively short but kick your ass across the pavement and allow for you to get very invested in the record. A lot of people are gonna flip shit on how solid this release is, I am telling you now. You definitely want more (including a black eye and a T-shirt), by the time this bad boy is through.

Well, we have 2x good news today. Trump’s re-election poll numbers suck, with almost every Democratic potential candidate ahead of his sorry corrupt grifter ass at the moment. You know it is bad when you are complaining the Republican has made taxes unbearable, haha. I don’t even mind paying a fair rate but it’s a lot harder to swallow the pill of a big tax bill when you know what a slimy, millions in Golf wasting crook we have in the White House. We can’t get to cocky or even afford to keep the dipshit in office that long and there is more than enough reason to impeach if Pelosi would get the friggin’ memo.

In other news, crusty experimental rockers Tau Cross are friggin’ brilliant and their new material sounds exciting. Some people weren’t as stoked on their second album as the debut (I dug both, with the debut slightly ahead) – but the new tune is one of my favorites from them yet. That big ole pick scrape over the rattly Away drums into that catchy riff before the charred mosh and hoarse Baron vocals come in…yeah! This is a pit starter! It was recorded at Signaturetone Studios and mastered by Adam Tucker (Thou, False).

Messengers Of Deception will be available on CD, 2xLP, and Digital formats. Physical packages are available for preorder via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads / streaming services are available HERE.

“Walk into the fire/you and I shall never die…”

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Immortal Bird stream new song “Vestigial Warnings”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:26 AM (PST)

Chicago metallers Immortal Bird have released their newest song “Vestigial Warnings.”

This grotesque track comes off the band’s upcoming album Thrive On Neglect which will be released on July 5 via 20 Buck Spin.

Says vocalist Rae Amitay of the track:

“This was the first full song we wrote together as our current configuration, and we’ve been playing it together for almost two years. Finally having it recorded and released feels like a significant step. Lyrically, this one is more ‘political’ than the rest of the material on the album. I’m not trying to be indirect by using metaphor, but I also don’t want to limit people’s perspective by being overt. With the ‘eyeless, glowing grubs…sickly white, dying still…choir of weakened gasping…,’ I’m not saying that I was thinking about certain people who occupy positions of power in this country but… Actually, that is what I’m saying. ‘They’ll tell you this is how it has to be. Abandon hope and worship apathy.'”

The upcoming Thrive On Neglect was produced by Dave Otero (Archspire, Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis).

Immortal Bird are heading out on a two-week tour starting today. Check out tour dates as well as “Vestigial Warnings” here.

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Ingested have announced a Russia and Ukraine tour, EP out in June.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:21 PM (PST)

Well, Morrissey is fucking cancelled but but there is still some good left in Manchester…INGESTED! Way cooler vocals anyway! The ‘World Wide Slam Kings’ are taking their heavy hitting act to Russia and Ukraine coming up and have a new EP called Call Of The Void (not to be confused with the bad ass band named that) out in June via Unique Leader Records.

Drummer Lyn Jeffs commented, “We’ve heard nothing but good things about how Russia and Ukraine slams hard so we are stoked to finally bringing INGESTED to your part of the world. Let’s make this a tour to remember this October!”

Dates below –

10/24 Kiev, UA @ Tepli Lampoviy
10/25 Kharkiv, UA @ LF Club
10/26 Moscow, RU @ Gorod
10/27 St Petersburg, RU @ Mod

INGESTED are currently on the road alongside Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine and have announced a number of dates across Europe this summer.

w/ Cryptopsy and Gloryhole Guillotine
15/5 Hamburg, DE @ Bambi Galore –
16/5 Berlin, DE @ Nuke Club –
17/5 Chemnitz, DE @ Ajz –
18/5 Chrudim, CZ @ R-Klub –
19/5 Brno, CZ @ Melodka –

w/ Within Destruction
14/6 Apeldoorn, NL @ Gigant
15/6 Munich, DE @ Slamavaria*
16/6 Klagenfurt, AT @ Club Stereo*
17/6 Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Bar
18/6 Szeged, HU @ Jate Klub*
19/6 Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Flying Circus*
20/6 Kosice, SK @ Colloseum*
21/6 Litomerice, CZ @ Death Coffee Party
22/6 Tynec nad Labem, CZ @ Tynecky Mazec Festival
* w/ Within Destruction

Physical pre-order bundles for The Call of the Void are available HERE
Digital order bundles HERE

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Pittsburgh heavyweights Slaves BC have released an intense new song “300 Dead Rapist Priests Floating at the Bottom of the Ocean”.

Says the band ,”This song was written in response to the report about the over 300 priests in Pennsylvania that have committed child rape in their churches.”

If you think the song title is just meant to shock or ‘virtue signaling’ you are 1. an asshole and 2. gonna have to eat your words when you hear how the track masterfully manages to induce horrific claustrophobic anxious agony and never cheapens such serious subject matter. The song is very long and while very well done, the oppressiveness almost feels inescapable. It is like an eerie micro/macro of how long trauma can stay with someone and ripple outward to affect everything in their life. I found it a rewarding but also very challenging listen for that reason, albeit it is inarguably a killer song. One of the most meaningful and extreme, emotional and incredibly well executed performances yet from a band that hopefully has no plans of slowing down applying their vital pushback to the dipshits, edgelords and relics of the metal world.

Here’s hoping as many of you give this your attention this week as those who are scrambling to watch another exploitative Ted Bundy doc this week. Let’s support actually helping victims.

 

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Morning unearthed skull lickers. I am up early cuz my cat stepped on my face and , well, since my phone broke and I can’t scroll absentmindedly in bed I decided to do the next best thing and write absentmindedly on my laptop. I want to make you aware of a video and a lyric video from two brilliant acts you may already know and love or who might be about to rip you a new one for the first time.

Featuring ex members of Ovid’s Withering and current members of Monotheist, 7 Horns 7 Eyes, and Regurgitated Pus, Nekroí Theoí have been causing a stir. Outspoken death metal with incongruous chords and emotional complexity? Sign us up . Order Dead Gods right HERE. The band have a crushingly heavy new video about the link between the cops and racist groups. Yes, Virginia…it is a problem. Check it out below and get pissed.

Swedish crust punk/metal outfit MARTYRDÖD has issued a lyric video for “Pharmacepticon” as their seventh album, Hexhammaren, nears North America through Southern Lord. This almost feels more like a real video than a lyric vid though because it is kinda vibey and lonely. Preorders for the album are HERE.

I am always in total awe of this band’s uncanny ability to sneak the saddest melodic threads through their quite heavy riffing. It just makes it have so much more of a grab for the soul even while the rage is also smothering. One of the sickest bands in the scene record after record. “Pharmacepticon” has a more mid tempo stride and absolutely colossal guitars. This band has never let me down yet.

The band’s crushing seventh album, as with prior MARTYRDÖD works, was recorded by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (Wolfbrigade, At The Gates, Agrimonia) in Gothenburg, Sweden. MARTYRDÖD states of Hexhammaren, “The album came out really strong. We tried to just let loose and not get distracted with details. The recording was straight up raw and sincere with fast takes and improvised solos.”

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Holy smokes, this is just what I needed to get out of the doldrums today. One of the most intense and brightest lights of the underground are back. Immortal Bird have released some initial music from their anticipated Thrive On Neglect sophomore release (and 20 Buck Spin debut) and it gets like twenty extra gold star stickers for gnarly pit-worthiness. While the band’s earlier stuff is excellent, this feels like growth in many ways. The mean but more crisp production, even harsher vocals and a tightening of musical devastation all around feels like a huge win. I love it when a band I already liked and was rooting for goes ahead and hits a fucking giant grand slam. Feast your ears on ‘Anger Breeds Contempt’ below. \m/

Bandcamp:
https://20buckspin.bandcamp.com/album/thrive-on-neglect

1. Anger Breeds Contempt
2. House Of Anhedonia
3. Vestigial Warnings
4. Avolition
5. Solace In Dead Structures
6. Quisquilian Company
7. Stumbling Toward Catharsis

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New Riffs Of Note: Slaves BC, Venom Prison, Tribulation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:27 AM (PST)

Hey kids! If you are like me and have spent most of yesterday mentally exhausted wondering when Bernie bros will stop making excuses for why pandering to the WWC “economic anxiety” myth while punching down on intersectional oppression issues and the marginalized concerned with these issues is wrong, you might just be in the need for some RIFFS! Well, a lot of good stuff has been going on over the last few days.

Let’s start off with the rabble rousers in Slaves BC. This band is by far one of the most important in the underground these days, from their willingness to speak truth to their uncompromising sound and musical fury. The new single “Mihpares” is up at The Fear And The Void HERE and is very exciting stuff with almost a chaos vortex jazz noise metal feel in the bridge that got really unsettling and I LOVED. I did not give these cats enough coverage last year and I nonetheless love them and you should as well.

Next up, Venom Prison! I know this band and track have gotten a lot of hype but they deserve it. This group crushes the skulls of dumbshits so profoundly every time! We stan! If you haven’t experienced the intensely pulverizing and frightening “Uterine Industrialisation” you need to fix that ASAP. Those circle pit worthy parts into crushing slower riffs and chug and yarrrghhhhh!!! This band is so on point with their death metal influences while engaging solidly with important issues of the day. Let’s hope they keep using their platform for awesome stuff and also as their hype grows they pick and choose well what festivals to play if some of the other bands are problematic.

Anyway, I couldn’t be more thrilled with anticipation for their forthcoming effort Samsara and I know I am not alone.

Last up for today, Tribulation. The frightening and aesthetically excellent death brandishers have released a new Live video and their Melancholia EP is available now in numerous vinyl formats HERE. Follow this link to watch their performance in Oberhausen, captured by Dirk Behlau, produced by Beastwoodfilms and mixed & mastered by Linus Björklund of Hi Filer Productions. Their last few records really struck to heart (no vampire staking pun intended) of the band’s ability to evoke a passion for the dark. Few groups are so adept at cultivating a shadowy mystique without being completely absurd or losing sight of songwriting. “Nightbound” isn’t as “new” as the other songs on here but this video is!

Ok, like bats in the daytime…hang in there, brethren.

 

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If you are buzzing from High On Fire’s much deserved Grammy win and recognition despite their steadfast riffiness and bad ass gargled biker warlord ogre vocals, let’s keep the good news coming. It is always a great day when we can announce more forward thinking yet riff-tastic albums that keep evolving the scene and subtly challenging the former status quo while still actually rocking your socks off as well. Inter Arma certainly fit in that category and whether they will ever get recognized by music’s most at times clueless night remains to be scene…but they have certainly already had their share of critical hype at the fringes.

The Richmond band continue to follow their own course and new song “Citadel” below is a serious clobber fest. I always love their ability to bridge death and art metal elements with sludge in a concise way that seems seamless instead of like grasping wildly at straws for relevance. Inter Arma always make sure their songs are good and not just style checklists for whatever is hip, it seems. This new track is incredible and lumbers like a brontosaurus beneath screaming banshee demoness pterodactyls flying through geysers of steaming guitar heat!

Anyway, I love this band and have seen them live a few times now. Eager to again. The new album is called Sulphur English ominously and is out April 12th (day after my bday) on mighty Relapse.

Vocalist Mike Paparo comments:

“The lyrics to “Citadel” were written as a sort of clarion call to myself about overcoming depression and the demons that manifest with it. It, like most of the lyrical content on the record, is deeply personal to me.  

For the band as a whole, Sulphur English is an ill-tempered, unrepentant act of defiance towards stagnation and complacency. We create this music on our own terms and we refuse to compromise our collective vision, for better or worse.”

Sulphur English is due out April 12th on CD/2xLP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

 

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Children Of Bodom’s 2019 North American Tour is going to have a big impact, especially with direct support from Finnish doom band Swallow The Sun to take things even further into dark waters.

Additional support will come from Wolfheart. Summer’s Circle, Hollow Cry, and Fragmentum as openers for select dates. The tour starts March 13th in Quebec City and wraps on April 19th in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Pre-Order new 2019 album HEXED here. It isn’t out til March but we are slavering over the epic disdain of “Under Grass And Clover”. Bad ass stuff! I haven’t seen these guys live in awhile and definitely have the itch lately. This seems like it is going to be an awesome new era for the band.

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Stormland is the Gundam-centric death metal brain child of my friend Justin Pierrot. One of the most supportive and friendly people I have met in the Twitter metal-verse, Justin has just released his labor of love Songs Of Future Wars to the unsuspecting masses. He is a creative and enthusiastic individual who cares about the experiences of others and has also been very kind to me in moments of depression, so I thought it would be great to find out more about his own experiences and what led to this brutal yet personal and metaphorical album that is dressed up in stories about giant robot suits.

Read more below.

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