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Head to Metal Injection RIGHT HERE for a monster song premiere from death doomers Temple Of Void‘s new album The World That Was (Pre order here). This song had me raging and venting some major frustration at the shit show of the modern world today. “Casket Of Shame” is a fucking total beast fucker, just relentless and featuring monumental and emotional performances from the Detroit based band. Wow, this shit really almost sent me through my window out into my front yard headbanging. If you haven’t heard them they are shockingly next level good.

The song has a little bit of style variance for several sub-genre fans. It’s just amazing. Some true death and ominous, earth shattering doom with atmospheric emotional elements and a little slightly tuney guitar dueling here that sounds unhinged and great. Also some sick scrapes that would give Crowbar fans chills. This shit just fully rules in no uncertain terms!

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Big tour news of the day as Black Dahlia Murder confirm they will set out with Testament, Municipal Waste and Meshiaak for a North American blood run.  The near-month-long trek will commence in Phoenix, Arizona on April 20th and conclude in Anaheim, California on May 28th. Obviously this is going to be fuck-nuts bonkers mosh-city. Can you tell I used to be an English major?

Comments vocalist Trevor Strnad of the tour, “It is a massive honor and pleasure to be considered a worthy peer to the mighty Testament. Being a fan of theirs since childhood, I have to stop and pinch myself to see if it’s a dream or not. Luckily, I’m still awake! To say that we in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are excited for this undertaking would be a massive understatement. Not to mention the added pleasure of combining forces with the non-stop energy of Municipal Waste. Too fucking sick! These three entities together will be leveling venues across North America and leaving no head un-banged! This is it! The stars have aligned! Prepare to fucking thrash!”

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, February 7th at 10:00am local time. See all confirmed dates below.

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If you want to delve into some richly textural and emotional doom to start your week off with a thrilling metallic plunge, may we suggest Greek masters On Thorns I Lay and their compelling new single “Erynies”? Their newest album Threnos (Pre-order options HERE is out February 21st from Lifeforce Records. This is an important release from the band and deserves a big push across the world.

Legend and all around great guy Dan Swanö, who was also responsible for the mix and mastering of Threnos, comments: “A part of my wishes it will flop mercilessly, so I can buy all the riffs and release it under my own name…ha, ha!!”

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Krvsade streaming new EP ‘Judgement Day’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:54 AM (PST)

Charlotte, NC death thrashers Krvsade are streaming their new EP Judgement Day, which comes out on January 31!

Head over to Ghost Cult Mag to stream it now!

Krvsade has come a long way from their 2017 debut EP Militum Infernum and they are excited to show off this stark contrast to the previous material to fans. Comparing the new release to their previous one, vocalist/guitarist Andre Evans says:

“This EP is definitely a change compared to ‘Militum Infernum’. Whereas Militum was more raw and pure in your face, ‘Judgement Day’ has some twists and turns. The playing is better and I think fans will appreciate a band that’s firing on all cylinders and not holding anything back. It’s a good example of the rebirth of this band. Our sound evolving from the rawness it previously was. More mature and progressive. It’s a fun ride from start to finish.” 

For fans of old school Sepultura, Death, Morbid Angel, Vader, Slayer, Kreator

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RIP Reed Mullin, legendary drum hero of C.O.C.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:51 PM (PST)

Man, I wanted to start out by saying here’s some love to everyone hurting from this sudden news of Reed Mullin’s passing. What a powerful life he had in the underground rock scene. Those iconic shuffling fills and grooves or explosions of life-filled energy and a Cheshire grin or funny skeptical look. So many powerful records and songs that he was a part of – the epitome of earth shaking and important rock n roll and hardcore.

I hate writing memorial pieces as part of the “job” of running a rock news blog. It isn’t that you don’t want to collectively mourn or celebrate a life. News explodes fast and I don’t want to ever seem like an ambulance chaser before a human being processing the news as a fan that someone real died. A real person with friends and family and often the full impact or shape of a life can only be seen by God. You can never summarize a life accurately and do it justice. I just don’t believe it is possible.

Reed seemed like an awesome fucking dude and his playing was legendary. I am so thankful for the inspiration he gave me as a fan and so many others and for the few brief convos we had on Facebook. Put C.O.C. on your Spotify shuffle today and you’ll have hours of proof of how good his work was (don’t forget the underrated Candlelight stuff from before Pepper was back). But that doesn’t tell the full story of what he meant to others as a person.

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The debate between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins obviously goes to Phil (he collabed with Bone Thugs, Tarzan and “Against All Odds” can make anyone cry). When it comes to the solo prowess of Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till of Neurosis it is harder to pick a favorite, and you almost don’t want to. Both have released incredibly moving and introspective works that have challenged them to touch upon new foundations creatively while also pulling from known strengths. My all time favorites from them as solo endeavors would probably be Scott’s brooding folksterpiece The Forgiven Ghost In Me and Steve’s awe inspiring Harvestman meditation Music For Megaliths.

Anyhow, all that aside it is always rad to see either of these true artists resurface to do solo appearances. The creativity over-floweth from one vessel.

Taking place in the shadows of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming, Fire In The Mountains MMXX will take place July 10th through 12th. Steve Von Till joins the lineup which includes Enslaved as well as Yob, Obsequiae and many more. In addition to Enslaved’s headlining performance of the gathering, the band’s Ivar Bjørnson is the 2020 feature curator, presenting a special “On Wings Over Utgard” segment of the fest, in which Von Till will be performing. Find more info on Fire In The Mountains MMXX HERE.

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RIP Sean Reinert

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Season of Mist Records announced earlier today that Sean Reinert, the drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and producer for the band Cynic, has died.

Cynic’s bassist Sean Malone posted on Facebook today about Reinert’s passing:

“I was luckier than most. Complete musical trust—especially between a bassist and a drummer—is a rare and precious thing. Rare, because it’s not something you find by looking for it. Precious, because some may go an entire lifetime without ever having experienced it. But I was luckier than most. Sean offered his trust during every rehearsal, every recording, and every performance we ever did, and it’s likely that I’ll never experience the same again. The truth is that we’re all lucky—lucky to have been alive while Sean Reinert was making music.”

You can read Season of Mist’s tweet below.

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Photos: Warhorse, Hell Bent and Ritual Blade rock The Middle East

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM (PST)

Doom dealers Warhorse reared their handsome heads to make a very special appearance at the legendary Middle East in Cambridge, MA on January 16th. Hell Bent and Ritual Blade were also part of the riff ritual and we are pleased to offer you good folks some photographic evidence courtesy of Petra Dollet. Check out the gallery of this awesome night below.

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Symbolik prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM (PST)

California tech-death metallers Symbolik, who have recently signed to The Artisan Era, are preparing to release their latest album Emergence on April 10.

The Stockton, California-based project has been active since 2009, making a significant splash in the scene with their highly-praised 2011 effort, Pathogenesis.

Emergence is strongly recommended for fans of groups such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inferi, and Alterbeast.

Check out a teaser for the album as well as a comment from the band here.

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Sin Quirin accused of rape of two adolescents, pattern of Ephebophilia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:47 AM (PST)

CW: Rape,  minor abuse, drugs.

Writing this post is triggering as hell and my hands have been shaking.

The great writer Maggie Serota at Billboard has published a must read piece regarding child rape allegations against Sin Quirin of one of my all time favorite bands Ministry. The headline of the article falsely says Underage Sexual Relationships but there is no such thing because you aren’t in a “relationship” if someone is not able to legally consent , not to mention there is a wild power dynamic imbalance. Two alleged victims have spoken out and there appears to be a lot of corroborating email evidence and more – including statements from a former partner of the Ministry guitarist, Lacey Sculls.

I have several thoughts. Ministry needs to kick or at minimum sit Sin down out of the band line-up immediately while this is looked into. I have interviewed Al 2x and Sin once and know former member of the band and they were a huge part of my social consciousness developing. So what. Despite talking to Al being a highlight of my professional career, Sin needs to sit down and not be on the tour with KMFDM while this gets “sorted out”.

Al issued a rather anemic statement through legal channels: In a statement, the band’s lawyer said, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen “is unaware of any of potential nefarious activity by any member of Ministry during their respective tenure(s) with the band including but not limited to Mr. Sin Quirin.”

Well, hire someone else for the upcoming tour anyway. Even if you are “unaware” of it, there needs to be accountability in these matters and erring on side of caution to show survivors in your fandom and the wider world that this is something the band doesn’t take lightly. Especially since Al has condemned R. Kelly rightfully in the past.

This is a situation where the band can find someone else easy who would jump at the chance to play Sin’s parts. Dino Cazares or anyone who can play fast industrial would be great. Quirin’s attorney also calling one of the allegations “hilariously false” is a huge no no. It is not a hilarious situation in any way. This is the kind of tone deaf insensitive to victims BS response that- even if for example Maynard from Tool was innocent of edging the age of consent and having security poach girls off boyfriends at shows- soured me from supporting Tool at all again after Maynard rebuked the recent allegations against him with snarky tweets that could be very discouraging to people on fence about coming forward.

If someone is innocent I am not saying they should never play again but otherwise they need to be accountable and then it is up to the victims comfort what happens.

“The thing about being young is you have a harder time saying no,” recalls one of the alleged Sin victims. “…I really don’t want to let this person down, but I also don’t want this person to hurt me.”

I have a lot of sexual trauma and can relate to that statement. When I was 15 I was statutory raped by someone twice my age when I was incapacitated on three bags of heroin after a NIN/Manson show and my first time ever in Harlem in an unfamiliar neighborhood. It is one of my core traumas from early life and I never spoke about it for years because the person’s father is the first black person ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in a huge category and was a symbol of unity. I didn’t want to tarnish their family legacy and thought I would be mocked. It was very emasculating to me as a very closeted non-binary person, on top of everything else. I felt “not a man”.

I am lucky to have had a measure of restorative justice with this person and another friend who did something to me (there are several more including a literal doctor who I never will). That is not always healthy or possible. But the mental burdens certainly persisted for years of compartmentalization and therapists have agreed it is one of my foundational traumas from youth. I have spent years navigating very difficult times of mania, hyper apology, self-destructive cycles and racing thoughts, insomnia and other things that sadly still rear their head at time. Thankfully with the new decade I am meditating and sober again from booze, so far so good (and no narcotics at all since 1999). Sometimes due to this and other things like varying dysphoria or mental baggage I have had to be celibate for years at a time.

We can’t just pretend these scars and hurdles are all fake or people aren’t left holding the bag for other people’s “it was a wild, rock n roll time”. I have to think of that every time I love, say, David Bowie or Zeppelin. Humanity has to try and be accountable when there has been harm. Or at the very LEAST try and be healing and calm in the surrounding discourse so as not to encourage the type of “His Side Too” online bullying that Backstreet Boys fans dumped on  the wonderful Melissa Schuman.

Sure, the conversation has evolved a lot since the 70’s and 80’s when more rock “gods” than not were doing super sketch shit… but even if someone like Sin WAS innocent – if we don’t even have civil discourse around these matters and sound arrogant like Sin’s lawyer or Maynard (who I believe said he shouldn’t have to bother responding to allegations or something similar), how the hell are people ever going to heal or feel safe. How can we trust the intentions of a band with social lyrics like Ministry? OR should we focus instead on the part in your book where you mock Madonna smelling like‘ tuna and dog shit’, Al?

 

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Crystal Lake release “Sanctuary” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 2:13 PM (PST)

Japanese metalcore rockers Crystal Lake yesterday released the music video for their song “Sanctuary.”

“Sanctuary” is from the band’s 2018 album Helix (JMS / Cube Records / SharpTone Records). The video was directed by Inni Vision with additional footage by John Gyllhamn.

Check out the video here.

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Sutrah release “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM (PST)

Montreal death metallers Sutrah have released their latest track “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges.

“Lethe” comes off the band’s upcoming EP Aletheia due out on March 13 via The Artisan Era. Sutrah features members of Benighted, Chthe’ilist, Basalte, and Serocs.

Check out “Lethe” here.

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Grammy Award nominated progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for North American tour that will feature a very special two set performance celebrating 20 years of BTBAM. The first set will feature a career spanning setlist with the second set seeing the band play their highly acclaimed 2009 opus, ‘The Great Misdirect‘ in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 17th from betweentheburiedandme.com

The tour will kick off in Richmond, VA on May 9th and will make its way through another 30 cities across North America before culminating in Charlotte, NC on June 19th.

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Come celebrate 20 of years of BTBAM with us! 🎉⁣ Set one: Career spanning set⁣ Set two: The Great Misdirect in it’s entirety⁣ ⁣ You’ve asked for it, and we listened! Don’t sleep on this one. ⁣ Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. ⁣ ⁣ Tag your friends, get pumped, and see you soon!⁣ #btbam #btbam20⁣ ⁣ May 09 – The Canal – Richmond, VA⁣ May 10 – Black Cat – Washington, DC⁣ May 12 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA⁣ May 13 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY⁣ May 14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA⁣ May 15 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA⁣ May 16 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI⁣ May 17 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO⁣ May 19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL⁣ May 20 – Studio B at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN⁣ May 22 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO⁣ May 23 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT⁣ May 25 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC⁣ May 26 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA⁣ May 27 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR⁣ May 29 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA⁣ May 30 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA⁣ May 31 – Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV⁣ June 01- Garden Amp – Garden Grove, CA⁣ June 02- Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ⁣ June 04- Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX⁣ June 05- Trees – Dallas, TX⁣ June 06- Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX⁣ June 08- The Orpheum – Tampa, FL ⁣ June 09- Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL⁣ June 11- Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL⁣ June 12- The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA⁣ June 13- The Basement East – Nashville, TN⁣ June 15- The Opera House – Toronto, ON⁣ June 16- Bronson Centre Theatre – Ottawa, ON⁣ June 17- Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC⁣ June 19- The Underground – Charlotte, NC

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God Dethroned release sinister new “Spirit of Beelzebub” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:23 AM (PST)

Dark practitioners of evil God Dethroned have released a tremendously strong new video for “Spirt Of Beelzebub” from Feb. 7th pending Metal Blade release Illuminati. If the rest of the record is as sick as this track we are in for one fucking ripper of an album. It is actually the second single, I guess. I have yet to hear the first one, but this video is second part of three interconnected short movies. I have to say I was pretty immersed regardless and it can also stand alone. Anthemic tune with many memorable frighteningly fast and ominous mid tempo demonic parts plus the chanted vocals sections will really haunt the mind afterwards. As for the gutturals, Henri Sattler sounds quite fittingly possessed.

I have a feeling this is going to be a really important release for 2020.

God Dethroned comments: “‘Spirit of Beelzebub’ is the second single and video from the ‘Illuminati’ album. This song will appeal to our fans who like the faster and more aggressive tunes of God Dethroned. The video is actually the prequel to ‘Illuminati’ and definitely worth checking out!”

Illuminati release shows
w/ Dawn Of Disease & Aesmah
Feb. 7 – Lingen (Germany) – Alter Schlachthof
Feb. 8 – Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) – Het Podium + Sisters Of Suffocation
Feb. 9 – Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg

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Sepultura and Sacred Reich to tour North America

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 8:58 AM (PST)

Thrash lords Sepultura and Sacred Reich is a powerful match, both groups very capable at distilling the inhumanity of the human condition. The iconic and still wildly impactful, meaningful and relevant bands will be teaming up to rip across North America this year! The journey begins March 18th in San Diego, California and makes its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion April 22nd in Ventura, California. Additional support will be provided by Crowbar and Art Of Shock, making you an idiot if you miss attending one of these dates. Tickets are on sale now!

Dates BELOW.

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