BIG|BRAVE shares a video for “Sibling,” the first full single from their incoming fourth LP, A Gaze Among Them, set for release May 10th through Southern Lord. The label has posted preorders for the record alongside the new single, and the band has announced new tour dates, including US dates with the likes of Primitive Man and Dreadnought. The new “Sibling” video was created by BIG|BRAVE’s Robin Wattie and Mathieu Ball.
See BIG|BRAVE’s “Sibling” video RIGHT HERE.
A Gaze Among Them features Robin Wattie (vocals, electric guitar, guitar amp, bass amp), Mathieu Ball (electric guitar, guitar amps), and Loel Campbell (drums) with guest appearances from Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion) on Contrabass and Seth Manchester’s synth overdubs. The album was recorded with Seth Manchester at Machine With Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The beautiful image adorning the cover, created by Wattie, further demonstrates how BIG|BRAVE has blossomed. The trio sounds rejuvenated and confident, and A Gaze Among Them is the sound of a band truly honing their craft and feeling totally satisfied with it. Compelling. Necessary. Important.Add to My Radar
A variety of metal news for you today, cuz it’s the spice of life.
Phew, I was just driving around Woodstock, NY and it is a windy ass day. Tree limbs and actual full trees are down and old ass hippies just don’t know how to drive very well despite their generally all terrain vehicles. Glad to be back in my apartment a town away and decompressing to some rad tunes (though I did spend the morning drive with some Boris and Taylor Swift).
Anyway, let me tell you some cool shite!
Industrial melodic and at times thrashy metal band 5RAND have signed with Time To Kill Records. I wasn’t super familiar with the Italian band and they certainly have some cool groove metal arrangements. It would be interesting to hear the music with a little better production cuz they have some crunchy, fierce parts and everyone is very skilled. Vocalist Julia Elenoir has a powerful roaring voice and even better very well done, smooth/incredible cleans with character. I would definitely go see them live and am into their song “Point of pain” after checking it out.
No news yet on a release date but congrats on the band for singing to their new home. Looking forward to hearing more from them.
Today, WINDHAND unveil their new hypnotic video, “First To Die” directed by Philippe Grenade. “The inspiration for the video started with the lyrics, First you die, to be born,” Grenade explains. “I immediately saw the image of a woman suffocated by the crushing anxiety of a metropolis; drowning in the delirium and being forced through some sort of psychedelic death trip and coming out the other side with a new point of view. A psychic death and rebirth. The video expresses anxiety and transformation while honoring the beauty of Windhand’s music.”
Additionally, WINDHAND returns to Europe next week in support of their new album Eternal Return. The headline tour begins March 7 in Vienna, AT and ends March 24 in Leipzig, DE.
Raleigh, Nc based progressive deathcore group KROSIS have announced a new round of dates supporting their 2018 Unique Leader debut Solem Vatem (“Melting Point” is the jam, fyi). The tour, which runs from April 23 – 29, will cover parts of the East Coast and Midwest and sees the band performing at DEAD Fest and Toledo Deathfest.
Vocalist Mac Smith commented, “I am extremely excited to announce that KROSIS will be trekking across the East Coast and the Midwest from 4/23 – 4/29. This marks a new chapter for the band as this it is my first tour as vocalist. We will also be revealing details on a single that will be on the way very soon, so stay tuned for that! We in KROSIS want to thank everyone so far for the amazing support, as well as the support that has been shown for me personally. We can’t wait to see you all on the road.”
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It was a cool week for underground music as far as I am concerned. Industrial act Front Line Assembly dropped a killer new record Wake Up The Coma with a hysterical but bold “Rock Me Amadeus” cover featuring Jimmy Urine that I cannot get out of my head (plus a cool title track feat. Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost/Bloodbath). Obliteration’s Cenotaph Obscure was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy. AND most importantly on a personal level and relevant to being able to write this review, I also finally got to sit, drink tea and then become completely engrossed in the new Candlemass opus The Door To Doom until I grabbed the sides of my head and howled. Holy crow! Everyone just give up now. Don’t release anything else this year. It is over. You aren’t topping this. This is the essence of pure doom brilliance. Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned! Much like Sabbath or Vitus or even Alabama Thunderpussy, people love different singer’s eras – but the buck really stops with Johan in this band’s case. Leif Edling and unmerrymen have outdone themselves and made a fucking modern masterpiece of the genre.
The much hyped collaboration track with mighty Tony Iommi of course lives up to the hype. “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” is like the Poseidon arranged wedding between the “Children of The Sea” and something from even darker and heavier depths. It’s way stompier and doomier than “Children…” with absolutely no uplifting parts, haha…but maybe I just needed an oceanic comparison to house the giant tentacles mass of this tune. Iommi plus Candlemass is obviously a match made in Heaven and Hell (see what I did there?) and fans are going to be shook. For real, this album surpasses Sabbath’s 13 with ease (and I liked plenty of moments on that record even with the flaws and shamefully no Bill Ward). I am SO glad this collab happened.
“Bridge of The Blind” is a reprieve song of sorts, a dreamy sad song with incredible guitar tones. Johan takes the relatively straight-forward closing lines ,”What would I find, if I open my eyes? Will you be waiting on the other side?” and injects so much emotion into them that you feel a huge gulf of loss or like you have just listened to a traditional ballad people have held close to their heart’s for hundreds of years. “Death’s Wheel” is an anthemic war charge from the opening riff, pulverizing everything in sight and getting heavier and more dizzying as it goes. The solo on that song shoots vertically into the sky, defying the heavens boldly. “House Of Doom” like Cathedral’s Swan Song The Last Spire recalls medieval despair via cool sound effects (a tolling bell here) before thundering home. The organ drenched bridge of the song is one of the most epic moments of many on the album.
I honestly would be startled as hell if anything tops this in 2019. It just hits so many checkmarks from hot anticipation to a triumphant reunion of classic members to, most importantly, completely bad ass NEW songs that only add to the band’s legacy forevermore whilst perfectly nailing what is best in a genre. Ghost, who have a history of taking out top notch talent from the much missed Purson to Marissa Nadler, have Candlemass with them in Europe at present on the road. No offense to Ghost but I am really glad some of their more genre-tourist fans are gonna get their fucking asses schooled by some OG doomage of the purest molten kind.
…And the big news of the day (everyone try not to freak out):
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Hail! We are grateful & pleased to announce the new SUNN O))) album “Life Metal” (2xLP, CD, sunn300) emerging April 2019 on Southern Lord . Read our full announcement here : https://t.co/kFAS6uJGQx pic.twitter.com/w34iXS79TC
— Stephen F. O'Malley (@IdeologicOrgan) February 5, 2019
I WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH DOWNFALL OF GAIA BEFORE OPENING THIS ALBUM, SO MY FIRST LOOKS ON THIS ALBUM WERE TOTALLY BLIND. I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS OTHER THAN A READTHROUGH OF THEIR ARTIST PAGE ON METAL BLADE. AND THOUGH THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE SAYS THIS STARTED OFF AS A CRUST PUNK BAND, THIS ALBUM IS DECIDEDLY NOT THAT. PUT DOWN THE MODELO.
ETHIC OF RADICAL FINITUDE WASTES LITTLE TIME IDENTIFYING ITSELF STYLISTICALLY AND WITH TEXTBOOK EXECUTION. IT OPENS WITH A BRIEF YET SLIGHTLY TOO QUIET INTRO TRACK, BEFORE DROPPING INTO LIKE A DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF DS POSTBLACK BLACKGAZE FOR “THE GROTESQUE ILLUSION OF BEING”. THIS BAND SITS FIRMLY NEXT TO OTHER ACTS LIKE MGLA AND GHOST BATH AND WOULD BE WELL HOMED ON THAT ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL ALBUMS YOUTUBE CHANNEL THEY KEEP TAKING DOWN FOR WHATEVER REASON.
ETHIC FEATURES HEAVY SERVINGS OF THE LONG ANGUISHED TREM SECTIONS BENEATH HOWLED THROUGH TEN REVERBS VOCALS WE EXPECT AND MAKES FREQUENT USE OF THE INCREASINGLY POPULAR MELANCHOLY BLAST FREE INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS WITH FOLK INSTRUMENTS TO BREAK THINGS UP. THEY DO HOWEVER DECIDE TO BENCH THE FEMME CLEAN VOCALS UNTIL TRACK FOUR.
THIS ALBUM IS NICE AND SHORT. WHICH IS A THING I LIKE. IT’S SAD, IT’S SPOOKY, AND IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS RECORDED FROM FAR AWAY IN A CAVE WITH A FULL STUDIO BY A REALLY GOOD SOUND ENGINEER. IT’S THE SOUNDRTRACK TO DYING ALONE UNDER THE SWELTERING DESERT HEAT WHILE LOOKING AGONIZINGLY INTO THE DISTANCE IN A WIDE ANGLE. IT WAS A COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE ALBUM TO LISTEN TO, THOUGH I DON’T THINK THEY TOOK A LOT OF RISKS.
IF I WAS TO ASK FOR THIS AT A RESTAURANT I WOULD ORDER A SIDE OF BULLET BELTS. BUT I DIDN’T TAKE OFF ANY POINTS FOR TASTE.
3.5 OUTTA 5 STARS.
We have some shitty news for High On Fire fans. If you are like us you know they are one of the consistently greatest acts in modern music and are a devastating force live, but you will not get to see the band on previously announced upcoming dates at the moment. The Electric Messiah tour, sponsored by Revolver, has been derailed.
Matt Pike issued a statement and sounds devastated.
Happy New Year, lovelies. New Year’s Eve was crazy. I am a bouncer at a bar and it was a very messy party. I have a terrible sniffle today from germs from shaking too many people’s hands and handling money all night charging a cover to get in and dance to a new wave dj. Chugging Vitamin C and praying while simultaneously tweeting about how the Lords Of Chaos movie is gonna suck today. Was just also listening to “Bleeding Mascara” by Atreyu and feeling old af, lol. Let’s get to some of our first stories of the year.
Ex-Melvins/Clown Alley bassist Mark Deutrom is the man. He played on my favorite heavy album of all time, Stoner Witch. Used to love seeing the dude live. Mark has a new effort coming out called Blue Bird via Season of Mist and we want y’all to support. Trippy, well composed stuff.
Deutrom offers with the release the album, “A thread of sentimentality represented by the blue bird runs from the late 19th century, through the 20th, vanishing behind the fog of digital ascendancy in the 21st… or maybe it’s just over the hill.”
Maryland-based psychedelic doom trio YATRA (ex-Blood Raven) prepares for the release of their debut album, Death Ritual, through Grimoire Records this Friday. Advancing its release, New Noise Magazine is now streaming the entire record. The full length debut from the band is rightfully anticipated. Fans of Electric Wizard, Cough, Yob, and Sleep will find plenty to enjoy in Death Ritual.
Dana Helmuth of Yatra offers, “We are humbled to present this first offering of YATRA, Death Ritual, and look forward to hearing about the journey that it takes you on.”
Stream YATRA’s entire Death Ritual album at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Death Ritual was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller in August of 2018. The artwork features three mixed-media pieces by Aki Pitkänen, layout by Mueller, and the hand-drawn logotype by Helmuth.
Relapse Records probably more dedicatedly than any other label in the scene release an annual free sampler. I, personally, thought it had to have been more frequent then annually, but, the press release says annually.
The sampler this year features 33 tracks “With genres ranging from death metal, black metal, doom, sludge, and grindcore to hard rock, electronic, synth, industrial, darkwave, experimental, and more,” according to the press release.
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L.A. doomers Deathchant have premiered their newest track “Pessimist.”
“Pessimist” comes off the band’s forthcoming self-titled album due out on January 10 via King Volume Records.
The album was captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California.
Check out “Pessimist” and “Hex” as well as Deathchant tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Swedish doom metallers Candlemass are preparing to release their newest album The Door To Doom in February.
This will be the band’s first album since their 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus to feature vocalist Johan Langquist.
The Door To Doom will be released via Napalm Death Records and features Tony Iommi on “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.”
Tony Iommi on his appearance:
“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought ‘why not’ “.
Leif Edling states:
“We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ASTOROLUS. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it, gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”
Check out the tracklist and album art for The Door To Doom here.Add to My Radar
Hey pals. My rescue cat Lil Puff is meowing her ass off for food even though she already had lunch (don’t worry, she doesn’t have worms). Nonetheless, I am going to try to concentrate long enough to type out some metal news for you today. First up, Happy Michael Flynn day! Secondly, before we start I want to share this thread from Twitter that has been thankfully well received about what I will and will not cover these days. While this excludes a number of large bands as a result, I really don’t care and they are already centered on many a site or festival. To progress, you actually have to seem like you give a shit about being a better person.
Yo, if you ain’t done more than bare minimum of restorative justice or are presumably innocent beyond reasonable doubt but Aggro victim blame or have fans do so in a way that discourages discourse or are into edging the age of consent, you will not be featured long as I run site.
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) December 4, 2018
Now to some rad tours, videos and yadda yadda.
Seattle death doom merchants UN, hot off of releasing one of the the coolest albums in recent times Sentiment, are now touring the release further. CHRCH are in tow for this one and each show promises to be a special meeting of minds!
Maggot Heart are one of the most compelling bands in the world at the moment. The project spearheaded by Linnéa Olsson is driving, timely and colorful even at the bleakest points. It’s a great post-punk sounding platter of sounds and the newest release Dusk To Dusk is great. It really seems like a lot of care went into these skillful tunes.
Some February dates have been announced:
8 MTS, OLDENBURG, DE
9 Grauzone Fest, DEN HAAG, NL
10 MTC, COLOGNE, DE
11 Slow Club, FREIBURG, DE
12 Black Label, LEIPZIG, DE
13 Alte Meierei, KIEL DE
14 Musikens Hus, GOTHENBURG SWE*
15 1000Fryd, AALBORD, DK*
16 Huset, COPENHAGEN, DK*
Lastly today but not leastly, underground mainstays Deadbird kick total ass and have a music video out at mighty Kerrang! The long-running Arkansas psychedelic doom/sludge metal outfit – formed by current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more – released their first new album in a decade in October.
DEADBIRD’s first video comes in the form of “Heyday,” the longest track on III: The Forest Within The Tree. The video was directed and created by my homie David Brenner (Gridfailure) utilizing nature footage filmed by the band’s Alan Short and his wife Tera in Northwest Arkansas, and live footage of the band filmed by Frank Huang at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh during this year’s Migration Fest.
Alan Short offers, “My wife Tera and I shot all of the nature footage at the White Rock Wilderness Area and The Upper Buffalo National River, both in Northwest Arkansas. Our families have been seeking peace and refuge from the insanity and demands of city life in these areas for generations. Much of it has been protected from development, but we must stay vigilant. In fact, we just got news that the effort we have been involved in to deny industrial hog farming in the vicinity a permit that would have allowed them to continue polluting the river with run-off was successful! Permit denied!”
He adds, “I feel like the video is the perfect balance of elements for DEADBIRD; immersion in loud electric rock and roll and the contemplation of and within the natural world inform both our songwriting and our lives. Participating in music (both transmitting and receiving) is a powerful way to shed the static of the human world. Listening to a river’s water speak as it moves over rocks can remove the shadow from one’s heart. Putting these elements together shows not just who we are, but how we are.”
Check it out RIGHT HERE!
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Hey friends. Here to announce a cool tour for you metal heads while taking a break from berating people online about why it is wrong for Jay Z and Meek to appear on a song with Rick Ross calling someone (even a pedophile like Tekashi69) a f**got. Guess what? You can’t have social justice that still enables homophobia, sexism or transphobia, y’all. It isn’t that hard and pathetic cis heteronormative dudes are still like this, especially in marginalized communities when it is used to keep them down as well. Super sad. We need to uplift one another. Which reminds me I once had a rad talk about Christ consciousness with Matt Pike on the phone years ago.
High On Fire have a new tour coming up for the kick ass Electric Messiah. Click HERE for tickets.
OCTOBER TIDE‘s Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia), co-founder and guitarist of the Swedish, melodic death metal group, reports that the band has been writing songs for their sixth studio album, follow-up to “Winged Waltz” from 2016, and has booked a studio for the end of November, to start the recording process.
Norrman commented: “We haven’t made much noise about this so far, but we have written a bunch of songs lately. In fact, we have almost a whole album more or less finished”.
The plans are to have the album – whose mixing and mastering duties will be handeled by Karl Daniel Liden (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Cult Of Luna) – completed by late January, and released on Agonia Records in spring 2019.
OCTOBER TIDE‘s last live appearance took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on October 26th. Shortly before the recording sessions, the band will travel south to Bucharest (Romania), where they’ll perform at the Metal Gates Festival with Rotting Christ, Shining and Draconian. Whilst recording the album, they’ll play a show at December Doom Festival in Vantaa (Finland), with plans to do a special setlist from their debut release,“Rain Without End”.
Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases, “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over eleven years. Reunited in 2009, the Swedes released three studio albums: “A Thin Shell” (2010), “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013) and “Winged Waltz” (2016), all of which featured exceptional guitar work, on top of the band’s emotional touch on death metal.
2018-11-17: Bucharest @ Metal Gates Festival, ROM
2018-12-01: Vantaa @ December Doom Festival, FIN
2018-12-07: Göteborg @ Sticky Fingers, SWE
Winter may be around the bend but climate change is real and you will not find apathy from the Denver doom riff inclined metallic/nature honoring covenant known as Green Druid . Who better than druids to know with a grim certainty that the Earth needs our help? Want to hear one of the most timely and heavy slow molten lava toe tapping tempo songs on environmental issues all year? "The End of Men" has got you covered with a captivating psychedelic visualizer video HERE. We all have to embrace this moment in time and face this era with our most determined artwork, habits and as much pragmatism as we can muster in order to survive. "The End of Men is a commentary on the general state of decay that our planet is currently in," comments guitarist and vocalist Graham Zander. "In recent years it has become increasingly common for people among our generation to feel an overall sense of doom. This stems from everything from the impending climate apocalypse to world politics."