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ALLEGAEON will kick off their Apoptosis Tour Pt. II US headlining tour this fall. Set to run from October 15th through November 5th, the trek features support from Inferi and Paladin.

Comments the band, “We’re very excited to announce the second leg of headlining shows in support of our new album, Apoptosis. This will be the first extensive tour we have done since release and we couldn’t be happier to be joined by our friends in Inferi and Paladin for the ride. Check out the dates below – we hope to see you all very soon!”

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Interview: Grogus – An Extension Of Friendship

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1:58 PM (PST)

 

In my experience the underground music world doesn’t necessarily reward
being a good person and lifting people up or whatever, but you should still do it
because it’s the right thing to do. -Boone Epstein

Sorry for the light amount of posts this week, metal family. My doggo best pal of 14 years passed away a week ago today. She was basically my fur daughter and I have been a flat out hot mess of sads, so only got up an Angel Witch post this week. Y’all know the new Slipknot is out already so let me assume some of you have already headbanged today and let myself off the hook a little. Regardless, We have a great interview with a rock solid cosmic death metal mutation known as Grogus for you kids to make up for a slow week around here. Because it never hurts to have more metal goodness!

This Minneapolis band of real deal musicians have released a new tape with our friends at Tridroid Records (grab it HERE). Entitled Four Kings, the release is one of the most satisfying excursions into the wonderful weirder side of sludgy experimental death. I love how taken out of a musical context that just sounds like falling into some Gotham lab ooze. Anyhow, let’s check in with Boone Epstein and get the lowdown BELOW.

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Angel Witch sign to Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Angel Witch to its worldwide roster!

Angel Witch’s 1980 eponymous debut on Bronze records created shockwaves that would resonate throughout the nascent realm of thrash, doom and death metal. Now, nearly four decades later, the band remain custodians of a style that transcends era and archetype. Their current line-up first formed eleven years ago, delivering 2012’s critically acclaimed album, As Above, So Below. The long-awaited follow-up to this record will finally arrive in winter 2019 via Metal Blade Records.

Angel Witch comments: “It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we recorded our last album and it is so exciting for us, personally, to have another record fully finished and in the bag which reflects the passion and chemistry of the line-up we have enjoyed over the last two and a half years. When looking for a label to release material we were so vibed up on, we knew we needed a team around us who shared the same level of enthusiasm for the project that the band members have and, even though we’re still a month away from street date, it already feels like we have found just that in the Metal Blade family: their perfect balance of understanding where were coming from, their own, subtle, creative input, diligent adherence to the timelines which curb our internal prevarications, and the ability to ask, ‘Do you really think that’s going to work lads?’ When needed, has made all the difference in turning eight songs we recorded in rainy Leeds into a fully fledged album project. What else would you expect from an international company staffed entirely by Heavy Metal fans?”

Before the upcoming album’s release, Angel Witch is giving fans the chance to listen to new music early, with a special cassette. Featuring pro-tape and a xeroxed inlay, the release is limited to 100 hand-numbered copies – and is exclusively available via Gleam. Sign up for your chance to win a copy here: https://gleam.io/6winV/angel-witch-new-song-giveaway

Angel Witch comments: “Seeing how the opening cut from our new album has some riff, structure and melody ideas (not to mention the title – which we can’t tell you yet) culled from an old Angel Witch live tape that was traded extensively back in the mid-eighties, we thought it would only be right and proper to dub up some copies of the song onto cassette and give you the chance to get your hands on one for yourself.
If you win, put it on your trade list and dub it for your contacts. And, please, send back my stamps!”

Stay tuned for more Angel Witch news coming soon!

Angel Witch line-up:
Kevin Heybourne – vocals, lead guitar
Jimmy Martin – rhythm guitar
Will Palmer – bass
Fredrik Jansson Punkka – drums

Photo by Ester Segarra

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Portland, Oregon heavy metallers Silver Talon have premiered the playthrough for their track “Cold Embrace” over at Metal Insider.

“Cold Embrace” comes from the 2018 EP Becoming A Demon. “Cold Embrace” is filled with tension, borrowing from Bach’s Prelude in D, which is further intertwined with their own riffs and outfitted with original vocal melodies. The band emphasizes the slow development of the song:

“Wyatt’s vocal delivery on the chorus is some of his best work to date. If listeners can invest their time and attention into a song that doesn’t deliver a climax within the first 60 seconds, and sort of just experience the song, then I think we’ll have them hooked. It’s sort of like a John Carpenter slow burn kind of thing.”

Head over to Metal Insider for the “Cold Embrace” playthrough and head here for Becoming A Demon album art and tracklist.

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Venom Prison share new video interview with Eliran Kantor

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10:10 AM (PST)

Photo by Jake Owens

UK death metallers Venom Prison have shared a new video interview with Eliran Kantor, the creator of their captivating album artwork on both Animus and Samsara.

The video was shot in Germany on Venom Prison’s recent European tour with Fit For An Autopsy; vocalist Larissa Stupar sat down with Eliran to discuss his work.

The band comment:

“We’ve met Eliran on tour and at festival art exhibitions over the past few years and have established a very productive working relationship. This time we decided to invite him to our Berlin show whilst on tour with Fit For An Autopsy to discuss the process of creating the album art for Samsara but also to speak about the importance of visual art within music, the difference to Eliran’s work for Animus and getting to see the original artwork for the first time.”

Check out the interview and Venom Prison tour dates here.

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Monte Pittman releases “Changing of the Guard” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:34 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Travis Colbert

Los Angeles guitarist Monte Pittman has released a video for his track “Changing of the Guard,” which comes off of last year’s Between The Space.

The video for “Changing of the Guard” was filmed by Rokker Dave and features Jimmy Duvall (bass) and Cody Duvall (drums).

Monte comments:

“The album ‘Between The Space’ is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. The album ‘Better Or Worse’ is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. ‘Better Or Worse’ and ‘Between The Space’ both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

Check out the video for “Changing of the Guard” and Monte Pittman tour dates with Madonna here.

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Obsidian Kingdom enter studio to record new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

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Spanish prog metallers Obsidian Kingdom have entered the studio to begin work on their newest album. This album will be the band’s third full-length.

The experimental Barcelonian outfit will spend the next month at Ax Studio in their hometown (the same place where their debut “Mantiis” was recorded).

The band comment: “Once again, we’re off to the studio in excitement and terror… Even though we’ve been working on these songs for two years now, they keep changing on us as if they were alive. So wish us luck as we approach the final stage of wrestling this beast, and soon we’ll bring you trumpets of angels and trombones from Hell!”

If you haven’t already, check out the video for the band’s song “The Polyarnik,” taken off their sophomore effort A Year With No Summer, 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)

Photo by Sarmistha Talukdar

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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Faster than you can say ‘Screw You, Mario Lopez’ there’s a new rager of a pro-trans track from the homies of CLITERATI ! One of the absolutely best punk bands in the world, Cliterati never let us down.

Reveals CLITERATI vocalist Ami Lawless of the track, “From my earliest memories until 3rd or 4th grade. I believed I was a boy although I was AFAB. My mother, who was undocumented from Mexico living in the USA would hit me and yell at me for saying I was a boy. I believe she didn’t want to draw attention to us. It took me years to figure myself out. After having top surgery a few years back, I finally become comfortable in my own skin, for the first time in my life. I identify as trans non-binary/emby/two-spirit and my pronouns are they/them. I have quite a few friends who identify this way as well. This song is for all the kids who are still figuring themselves out… we see you and are here for you. Let your light shine.”

Hi, Ami! Sending you all the love. I also use They/Them and sometimes he, but didn’t know you did until recently. So sorry if ever misgendered. You rule and so does your band! This song reminded me of Poison Idea meets Nausea and of course Cliterati because…they are themselves. Haha. Killer tune!!

View CLITERATI’s “Trans Is Beautiful” lyric video — edited by Mark Reategui — via BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

New album Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies will be released digitally and on limited LP in four color variants: 100 on crystal clear, 200 on black vinyl, 300 on neon violet, and 400 on slime green. Find digital preorders at THIS LOCATION and vinyl preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Later this week, CLITERATI will take to the streets on a near month-long US tour. The trek will run from August 2nd in Denver, Colorado to August 25th in Portland, Oregon and includes a headlining performance at Organize And Arise Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 4th. Organize And Arise celebrates the diverse range of punk, hardcore, and thrash from the Twin Cities along with out-of-town headliners: CLITERATI and Warbastard. The event is intended to bring the community of DIY enthusiasts under one roof and celebrate the underground DIY ethos and camaraderie. See all confirmed dates below.

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Cannabis Corpse kick off short run of North American gigs

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 12:46 PM (PST)

Photos by Marissa Straw

CANNABIS CORPSE continue to seed many realms with their poisonous power point program on potent pot death metal. Left Hand Pass remains the best gag title for a metal weed album basically ever and, yeah, all is good across the land. Well, that’s not true. The world is a mess. Thankfully we have some monstrous riffs and smoldering infernos to inhale. The band have some big news on the horizon but first catch them on this short little run starting tonight in

CANNABIS CORPSE Headlining Shows:
07/31: Providence, RI @ The Junkyard
08/01: Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground [TICKETS ]
08/02: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks [TICKETS ]
08/03: Manchester, NH @ Jewel Nightclub [TICKETS ]

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Pinnacle Music Group are absolutely thrilled to announce that the legendary guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN will be returning to Australia, for the first time with his full “Super Band” across four VERY intimate venues.

With a career of over thirty years with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal acts on top of an absolutely monumental solo career, Marty Friedman is a household name for guitarists across the world, and Australian fans get the chance to see the legendary shredder himself tear it up onstage in four incredibly intimate venues, giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Friedman’s guitar wizardry closer than ever before.

VIP packages are limited. To get yours now, please send an empty email to: vip.info@martyfriedman.com
Pinnacle Music Group Presents
MARTY FRIEDMAN Australian Tour
December 2019
Tickets on sale now via www.pinnaclemusic.eventbrite.com or Oztix!

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DBD are back

Death Before Dishonor are premiering their new album, the first in a long ass time, over at Decibel. If you missed this skull clobbering Boston hardcore outfit, you will NOT be let down by Unfinished Business. The intro to “True Defeat” dropped in and I was instantly head nodding like ,”hellz yeah!”

Stream this ferocious fucker RIGHT HERE via Decibel. I thought the production and performances were great.

Sickbay

Upstate, NY’s Sickbay are a band to watch! This super heavy group are on the rise and will impress hardcore and metal fans of many stripes with their savage sound. The band is self releasing an album called Dissonance August 9th and have a new song called ‘Bloodsoaked’ out to wet your knives and feral appetites on. They have a sort of 90’s proto metalcore with death metal influences sound I really dig and super gruff bad ass vocals that are fun to snarl along with. Heavy mosh factor as well and killer riffs and get the job done with brutal hacksaw efficiency drums.

Recording was done by Mike Usifer of Beacon Soundworks, the guitarist for Prime Evil. The cover was drawn by Keavan Rivers of Doc Rivers Tattoo, who incidentally used to be the drummer for Dissolve. Check them out below! RIYL Skinless, Stigmata, Obituary.

Bummed to hear that WRVTH are calling it a day. Solid and visionary band. Destined to be a cult favorite in the underground, I’d wager. The atmospheric, progressive post metal act have released a lyric video for their new song “Eventide.” The track is off of the band’s forthcoming final album No Rising Sun which will see a digital release on August 23rd through Unique Leader Records. One of those bands like My Epic or Cult of Luna who have some instrumental passages that are just so fucking brilliant but some people STILL have managed to sleep on.

WRVTH offered the following, “This album is about hardships and the contingencies that being in a band brings, just as much as it’s about the pure happiness harbored from fighting in order to follow our passion. In the music you’ll hear our excitement and joy, through the sound of blood, tears, and heartache. In the lyrics, you’ll read the fight against our adversities and the anguish from resisting an impending finality in and of itself. One day everything can be fine and the next it’s over. Not everyone and everything gets to see the light of a new day. This album is a representation of what this band meant to us, as well as the battles we underwent to keep this band alive. Even in the sound, you can hear a coming of age. All the way from our humble beginnings as Wrath of Vesuvius to this living breathing family we called a band. We have seen the world together, through hell and bliss, and made such strong friendships along the way. No matter how big or small the stage was, we always played like it was our last. We remain eternally grateful for any allies, opportunities, and accomplishments this band has brought us, and even more grateful that we were able to share it with anyone that wanted to listen.”

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Special news today regarding Alt-rock champs Primitive Race .

As many of you know, I am a big Chuck Mosley fan and loved his inadvertent farewell record, Soul Pretender. It is firmly one of my favorite records of the last ten years. Chuck’s passing six days after the album was released was a massive fucking tragedy and this project, which started as an industrial tinged band of rotating creatives, really was a terrific vehicle for the former Faith No More singer, empathic and eccentric musical genius.

Now there is a vital remix record Cranial Matter featuring an amazing cast of influential characters to honor Chuck and re-work the material in fun ways.

Remixes from: Toshi Kasai (Dale Crover Band, Big Business, Melvins), Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), Dave “Rave” Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy producer/mixer), Mike “Bumblebee” Morasky (Steel Pole Bathtub, Milk Cult), Phildo Owen (Revolting Cocks, Skatenigs), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen), Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins, Cows, Tomahawk, Hepa/Titus)

Special tribute track in Chuck Mosley’s memory with vocals by Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface).
Deluxe digital Bandcamp edition includes exclusive remixes from: Crabbi (Pop Will Eat Itself, Primitive Race), John Fryer (Producer of Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, HIM), and Jim Marcus (Die Warzau, Pigface, Go Fight).

Regarding the Toshi Kasai Mix of ‘Cranial Matter’…

“Toshi has become a great friend and it was a no brainer asking him to take part on this record. His involvement was a perfect fit following his work on Soul Pretender. He tracked and engineered all Dale’s drums. I already knew he was a hell of a remixer from the work he did with Buzz (Melvins) on a KMFDM EP we worked on together previously. I’m very happy with what he did.” – Chris Kniker

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Mumbai’s Pacifist released one of the absolute banger EPs of the year in the form of the must-hear Greyscale Dreams.How often do you get to hear a hardcore band that actually makes you still want to be a better person these days? People are so cynical that it takes a lot of spirit to cut through the Godforsaken fog of modern malaise. It will take you about fifteen minutes to finish the entire EP and I hope it will move you as much as it made me feel inspired. “Double Down” at the 2 minute mark from a crazed diagonal sounding edgy hardcore riff suddenly melting into a wash of brief almost shoegaze guitar and careful cymbal work paired with poetic, youthful musings is an exhilarating thing to have reach your ears and stir the blood.

I reached out to the band’s contact and they graciously agreed to an interview about hardcore, India, the EP and their influences and goals.

Read more BELOW.

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