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Dustin Kensrue and the Thrice boys lead the pack for me this month. It was my favorite hard rock record of September, even though it also has some very quiet moments. I know there was a lot of super good heavier stuff out this month (Pig Destroyer, Bangladeafy and the proggy, great new Voivod or rowdy Clutch releases of course deserve a tip of the hat) but pound for pound I think Thrice’s first release for Epitaph is a fantastic release and probably my favorite from the band since way back around The Artist In The Ambulance.  That is not to say they haven’t released anything good since then, far from it. I just happened to really connect with these new songs and think it is a damn fine rock album, as great a release from a band ten albums into their celebrated career of expectation upturning as you are ever likely to hear.

I can remember around the time of The Illusion Of Safety or maybe Artist when they were working with Island that there was chatter in the press they were gonna be the next Metallica. I thought that was a bit much of an expectation to hoist on the dudes and people should prob just let them do their own thing and develop. In 2018 a song like “Everything Belongs” might make you think they are the next Coldplay. I for one love Coldplay but that would also be kind of ambitious. Not to say Thrice can’t still sell a buttload of records. This album has plenty of room for hit material, but also makes interesting statements and musically is an excellent balance between accessible and far from bland artistry. Heck, Emma Ruth Rundle is even on it and everything she touches is amazing.

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Baltimore metalcore faithful VELA have delivered a video for their song “Cult Of The Mountain” which we are happy to premiere for you today. They have an early 00’s metalcore influence (like so many acts, as that was a very influential era) but also cite more heavy metal or progressive metalcore hybrid bands like Trivium and Born Of Osiris as influences on their heavy sound. A full length album is intended for 2o19 with details to be announced in the future. I gotta say, it is hard to get sick of dueling guitars and some steadfast rabid kick drum devotion. I dug this track, though it does not stray far out of the general genre lines until the very cool and more experimental bridge. That isn’t always a bad thing. This song has a few dizzying guitar moments to boast of and roars down doors.

With this single and our upcoming album, we really want to take what made 2000’s era metalcore so great and evolve that into a modern sound. All the members of our band love that era of music and are constantly inspired by bands like Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and August Burns Red. Lyrically, the song is about the Aum Shinrikyo in Japan who conducted sarin gas attacks to cleanse the world of humanity. Our song was actually released on the day the leader of the cult was executed for his crimes completely by coincidence! – Eric Ferguson – Guitarist for Vela

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August’s top 4 (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM (PST)

Credit: Captured By Corinne

Each month seems to start off nice and slow and then by the time it’s over I wonder where it’s gone. The past three weeks I’ve been wrapped up in the whirlwind of starting my second year of grad school (stay out of school, kids).

Here are the four albums that got me through this month, while I was reading like my life depended on it.

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Kyle Pavone, vocalist of We Came As Romans, passes away

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM (PST)

We Came As Romans announced earlier today on their Twitter that their vocalist, Kyle Pavone, has passed away.

They write:

“Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all their love and support as they navigate their grief.

Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”

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— We Came As Romans (@wecameasromans) August 25, 2018

Pavone provided vocals as well as keyboards, piano and synthesizer on five of the band’s albums.

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The 4 Faves of July (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 4:19 PM (PST)

July was a hectic month for me. I spent a week out of town, I finished up a summer class, and the past few days I’ve been playing a lot of Crash Bandicoot. But as always, I’ve tried to compile a list of the albums that I thought were the best of the best for the month. This month’s list was a little harder to get together than previous months, there were some misses I wasn’t expecting to miss, and not as many ones I hitting that I didn’t expect to make up for it. The following list is in no particular order.

1. First on the list, the one that was a surprise for me, is Bongripper’s Terminal. In the age of sludge, grunge, post-, noise doom metal it’s always nice to hear something truly, seismically heavy and slow. The two songs on this album are “Slow” and “Death” and they have a combined playtime of 43 minutes. As I prepare for another hectic academic year of getting my ass kicked by grad school, I’m excited that in moments when I need to slow down, I’ll have Terminal to drag me along. All the better with fall imminent. Head over to Bongripper’s Bandcamp to stream Terminal, where you can download it at “name your own price.”

2. Any list I make isn’t going to be complete without at least one -core album, and this one will have three! The first is Bury Tomorrow‘s Black Flame. This album is pretty standard metalcore fare, chugging and riffing along, interchanging between clean and growled vocals. The title track probably stands out the most for me.

3.  Next on the list is Chelsea Grin‘s Eternal Nightmare. Ever since Suicide Silence’s self-titled album last year, I’ve been hungry for good deathcore stylings (not that this is a stab at Suicide Silence, I always support bands pursuing the sounds they want to go for, it just wasn’t for me). Chelsea Grin offer pretty great deathcore with this album. Though this album features an iteration of Chelsea Grin without any of the founding members, former Lorna Shore vocalist, Tom Barber, the newest edition to the band, brings a fantastic performance. My favorite track off the album is “See You Soon.”

4. Last on the list is Within The RuinsWorld Undone EP. This two song EP follows the band’s release last year of Halfway Human. Within The Ruins’ style of proggy metalcore is about the only way I get into prog metal. Check out the EP’s title track.

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Sails of Serenity release “Left Behind” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:37 PM (PST)

Turkish heavy metallers Sails of Serenity have recently signed to Famined Records and have today released the music video for their song “Left Behind.”

“Left Behind” comes from the band’s upcoming album The Crossing which is due out August 17.

The song features vocals from Başer Çelebi of Furtherial.

Sails of Serenity had this to say about “Left Behind” and signing to Famined Records:

“Inspired by Captain Ahab’s story from Moby Dick, ‘Left Behind’ tells us about a man, estranged to himself by his convictions; a man left behind in a sense. This is symbolized in the music video as a man left alone in an island. Being a part of the Famined Records family is a new and exciting step for us. With ‘Left Behind’ and our upcoming album The Crossing, we believe that we will achieve our main goal to make our music heard by people all around the world.”

The Crossing was mixed and mastered by Gabor Toth (Harmed) at Ghostship Recordings (Beyond Deviation, Swallowed Alive, Bloodbather) and the opening piece on the album will include orchestration by Eren Başbuğ (Dream Theater).

Check out the video for “Left Behind” here.

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Killswitch sign to Metal Blade/Sony, tour with Iron Maiden

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:58 PM (PST)

Big news today as Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Killswitch Engage to their roster! Partnering with Sony Music Entertainment outside of North America, the band will be releasing their upcoming album in 2019 worldwide. I love all their records but consistently rock Disarm The Descent and As Daylight Dies in my car the most often these days. Whatever they do though always has the drive, passion and depth that fans know and love. And of course…RIIIIFFFS!

Man, with this in the works and the new effort from Exmortus coming out this week, we are having a jubilantly thrash-corian week, huh? Yes, I just wrote that. I will hang my head in shame now…or, bang it?

Metal Blade’s CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments: “I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.” 

Jesse Leach (vocals): “I’m beyond stoked to sign with the legendary Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music. It’s clear they truly understand and believe in what we do as a band, and we’re psyched to have them on our side. It’s an exciting new chapter for KSE and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.” 

Adam Dutkiewicz (guitar): “I’m very excited to say that Killswitch Engage will be joining forces with Metal Blade Records and Columbia/Sony Music! Super stoked to join the ranks with a long list of many epic metal acts, as well as a team of excellent human beings who truly have a genuine love for metal music. Here’s to an awesome future with awesome labels!” 

Benjamin Voss, Senior A&R Manager Columbia/Sony Music Germany: “I am very happy and proud to work with such an amazing band like Killswitch Engage in the future. We are absolutely excited about releasing their new album on Sony Music outside North America.” 

Currently finishing work on their upcoming album, Killswitch Engage have taken a break from recording to embark on a summer European tour with Iron Maiden. The trek will also see the band appear at various premier festivals (Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, etc.), along with a few special headlining shows. Then in the fall, the band will be touring across Australia with Parkway Drive. See below for all dates!

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May wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2:55 PM (PST)

How is it already June, folks?! Sorry for the delay, but I am prepared to let y’all know about my four favorite albums from the month of May.

Check them out here.

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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!

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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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Bleeding Through return with “Set Me Free”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM (PST)

After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn’t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.” – Brandan Schieppati 

Bleeding Through always had a little too much of the sort of emo revenge/girl done me wrong vibe for some more traditional death metal heads, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they weren’t a killer metalcore band. One of the best, in fact. I saw them twice to date and each time, once at the Troubadour and once at Warped years ago, they completely conquered the stage in a blur of energy, passion and technical skill. They are arguably one of the most intense bands to come from Orange County of the last twenty years . People who thought they peaked early probably didn’t give enough love to Declaration or the few after that.

I am listening to John Denver right now and doing bong rips but while I am currently in a more mellow mode, I still suggest you check out the band’s latest scorcher and welcome them properly back to the thick of the metal fight. I can’t wait to hear the whole new record and want to run through a brick wall from the adrenaline spike. I hope they put out “No One From Nowhere” as a single as well, a punishing scream fest soundtrack as battering ram tune I caught already besides “Set Me Free”. Anyway, enjoy!

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February wrap-up: The 4 best albums of the month (Jessica)

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:05 AM (PST)

Holy shit, friends! February is the shortest month, and it flew by in a flash! But, before we close out this chapter and move on to March, I’ve got the four albums that I thought kicked the most ass this month.

Check them out here.

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All That Remains’ walking example of male privilege and denial Phil Labonte made a giant ass out of himself yet again by going on Infowars (Disinfowhores) and talking with pedo apologist Milo. The segment was so fucking tone deaf to what is really wrong with society as these smug trolls huffed one another’s gas. Infowars even called Phil the last defender of freedom and metal. To paraphrase Emma González , BULLSHIT!

Google exists if you want to watch the day old choad of a segment. I don’t recommend it and am NOT linking it. Labonte espouses a very fact phobic brand of Libertarian thinking, from what I have always gathered from him. Myself and a lot of LGBTQ fans of OTEP (as well as Otep herself), took him to task recently for repeatedly using “faggot” like it was ok for him to say it, ever. He even mansplained to Otep, a lesbian activist, why it is ok. Dude, fuck that.

Any label that supports All That Remains at this point should take a look in the mirror. The Madness is platforming such fucking idiocy. Infowars even said of Labonte ,“One man is fighting against the pussification of rock music.” Pussies are way stronger than you, chump.

Now Phil is on Infowars probably smirking that he gets to talk to a gay pro troll like Milo who loves offensive words and harming people or doxxing trans people. It is disgusting. Fuck your gun murder apologist nonsense. Fuck your FACT IGNORING support of Milo, who worked with Breitbart to allow NAZIS to copy edit the actual content of the site! You are officially now chumming it with an actual collaborator and basically just became one, Phil.

Milo clearly has major self hate issues he hides behind a cocky veneer, even as he helps people who hate gays.

The REAL freedom in metal is being fought for by anti fascist bands who want more representation, more diversity, more lgbtq, women, POC. Not by your smug cis white male know it all metalcore pop bullshit. I don’t even dislike ATR’s music. I like a lot of poppier metal and rock bands like Pop Evil or Halestorm or Baby Metal, for example. What I don’t like is people helping Trump culture where nothing matters flourish.

Here is an article about how the 2nd Amendment was ratified to PRESERVE SLAVERY!!

God bless the Parkland kids for having more guts than most of the media and the “let’s debate this like adults” wishy washy generation that gets steamrolled and falls for Republican tricks EVERY TIME! Fuck Bi-partisan compromise on kids being murdered. The NRA are literally buying politicians like Marco Rubio who trade dead kids for dollars and in ground pools and cars and then dare to feign like they care to the survivor’s faces.

Talib Kweli refused to play the Riot Room in KC after he learned the venue supported booking black metallers Taake. Taake claim to be just about shock rock and used a swastika onstage once. Sorry, but bands who do that shit SHOULD get dragged about it for the rest of their careers. It should have heavy social consequences, not something to chuckle about over at Decibel Beer Fest to your chums and say ,”Remember when I used to flirt with symbolism that millions died because of. I’m so edgy.”

Phil, if you think you are more of an activist than Talib Kweli, I have REAL news for you. And like Otep, I am not entirely against responsible gun owners, but we do NOT have that as our general policy in America. The laws are wayyy too easy. Teens can get an AR-15 easier than a car? Fuck you.

Anyway, it was cool to talk to Talib today on Twitter where he was fighting with a racist black metal apologist and he reshared a few of my tweets I hope y’all will check out. Shout out to Dawn Ray’d.

Anyhow, yeah… if you think Taake isn’t racist, THIS was their official response to being called on it years ago:

So yeah, let’s stop allowing bands like Taake and All That Remains to coast on a free pass for being dumpster fires in the name of “free speech.” It is not “SJWs” that are ruining society by hoping we are more inclusive and kind to one another or that our kids aren’t mowed down for NRA profits.

Phil, if you can read, here is an article DECIMATING every talking point the NRA ever spouts. Eat shit, all of you murder apologists. Or go run away from the shots fired like the “good guy with a gun” guard who was afraid to go into the school to save the Florida kids as they were slaughtered, despite being armed.

Oh, and to hell with Chris Barnes for thinking those kids included crisis actors. You are extra cancelled. Never supporting you again. Or Megadeth. Or Danzig.

I also know people can change over time. But one way to get the benefit of the doubt is to seem like you REMOTELY GIVE A FUCK! Not by being a “well, actually” defensive mansplainer after kids are massacred.

Too many great bands these days exist who aren’t shit heads to bother with continuing the careers of outdated moronic meatbags who help enable the worst aspects of America with their ignorant political views. I am done. Billy Corgan said that “SJWS” are the same as the KKK. Eff the Pumpkins reunion. Done.

Wayyyyy over the toxic fact resistant apologists out there in rock and metal. Get a life and help make life better for the World, not centering trolls, nazis, gun nuts and fuckbois.

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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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