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The best thing I have heard yet in 2019 is "ICE watch", a completely rugged face buster from Arkansas hardcore band Terminal Nation which premiered at No Echo HERE. It will give you the insane over the top feels of a lot of heavy stuff without wondering if the band members have become weird conservative farts or are suddenly gonna cape for YAITW. The song even manages to out mosh the band's recent tune "Pulse Of The Dead" from Absolute Control. Good news is, TN have a split out with the homies in Neckbeard Deathcamp in February (it is sure to be a big year for both bands this year) and the gossip is we might get a TN full length this year as well. If you want to feel socially responsible while still doing reprehensible shit in the pit (I mean watch out for your peeps if someone falls down...but you know what I mean), this band will be entirely your shit. Bellowed vocals, powerviolence glory and a firm anti-xenophobia message.
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After recently completing their massive summer co-headliner with The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel will head out on the road again this November/December, to embark on their “Ten Years of Exile” USA tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of This Is Exile. Featuring Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail as support, this trek will also see Whitechapel perform This Is Exile in its entirety, plus a selection of other songs – and will be the last run of shows before the band returns to the studio to finish recording their upcoming album, due out spring 2019 via Metal Blade Records. See below for all dates!Add to My Radar
Hey kids. A LOT of cool underground band news for you today so let’s get things started with some groove/metalcore troopers.
Survival Or Ruin from Bayview Suspect will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.
The intensity of their newest song “Laced With Deception” caught my ear a few days ago ad I thought I would share the band’s latest accompanying lyric video with you. NWOAHM and Euro-metal influences combine for a bold flavor.
The Crown are the biggest band on the list today, back in a big way with recent devastator Cobra Speed Venom. It is one of the long running band’s finest hours, completely no holds barred speed and aggression to the max. The band have a new video out for the track “In The Name Of Death”.
The band comments: “The Crown gives you a death-chillin’ tune as a counter action for this ridiculously hot season – ‘In The Name Of Death’! A tune that will automatically make you drink more beer!”
Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom at the classic Studio Fredman, the new album kills. To preview and purchase Cobra Speed Venom, please visit: metalblade.com/thecrown
Please support as this is one of the stronger ragers in recent memory and the band are pushing it hard. They sound hungry and really are out to show they still have what it takes and can hold their own alongside any Arch Enemy, Vader or The Haunted out there.
In more metal news that is awesome rather than wretched, Manitoba’s Arcticcircle have an awesome new album called Where Ice Meets Ocean that we have just become aware of. Some really strong and multi-faceted stuff on there so please go and check it out. I really enjoyed the big drum sound and guitars on “Cosmic Egg” and the marching surge of “Firebird Over Falcon Lake” in particular. Lot of sub-genre crossing streams here and while some of the bellowed vocals might not be for everyone, the music kicks total ass. “Oracle Bones” is probably my favorite on here, perseverant and full of cool tempo shifts and outstanding guitar. Def compatible with your Hark, Solstice, Mastodon and Turbid North on vinyl collections.
Gonna leave you all well satiated on riffs and rage today with the new video “Vagabond” from Ontario punks Hellbent. It was filmed by Alex Earl Grey and edited by Jospeh Viktor Roth. The band have a lot on their plate coming up and I thought you all should get them on your radar ASAP.
Ok, that’s it from me for today, folks. Gonna finish watching Let Me Make You A Martyr on Shudder now. It features Marilyn Manson and also my new friend Sam Quartin from blues punks The Bobby Lees (who fuckin’ scorch!!) and is pretty awesome so far. TTYS!Add to My Radar
“Warriors Of The World” by Manowar is playing as I type this, an epic and humorous background soundtrack to my current musings of this past weekend of watching Charmed with my gf and sadly missing Migration Fest (check out this, this and this). I hate that I still have not seen Krallice live. Re: Charmed, it is awesome that Alyssa Milano is such an activist IRL for making the world a better place since on that show Phoebe Halliwell kind of often is making bad calls that make things go awry and IRL she doesn’t wanna go out like that. Ok, do I have any brain cells? Jesus.
Mark Shelton from Manilla Road’s passing was unexpected and quite sad. Listen to his work and celebrate his life. I don’t know what more to say. Condolences to fans, friends and family.
I was hoping to catch Dylan Carlon of Earth at BSP Kingston with It’s Not Night: It’s Space this past Sunday, but I was too wiped out from my non writing jobs and had to stay in.
So to kick off this week’s news, I very much relate to the Manowar lyrics ,”It’s more than our religion it’s the only way to live/But the enemies of metal we can’t forgive.” Meant to tell y’all last week that on August 24th, Manowar will release LP re-issues of their classic albums Fighting the World, Kings of Metal, and Triumph of Steel via Metal Blade Records. I can’t believe they can even fit the Achilles song on vinyl at all since it is a friggin’ hundred years long. Anyway, pre-order your copies now at: https://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/search/?q=Manowar-LPs-2018
Rome’s Lady Reaper are a metal/rock band who have been around since 2009 but recently put out a new album called Mise En Abyme via Valery Records. Anyway, the band have this ridiculous video that I think has been out since April but it made me laugh when I was baked. It seems to be about how they hate their cleaning jobs and want to rock and then the singer has a very Vigo The Carpathian Ghostbusters 2 esque moment where he sort of beckons the band into a mirror. The fuck did I just watch?
Anyway, it was entertaining and the band look like they are having fun and not overly serious. It is ok to laugh sometimes in this dumb shit world, right? I dug the use of Fender and an SG together, I think it was…which could have maybe not worked out so well but the band aren’t fighting frequencies. Anyway, this is super goofy but the band seem like they want to strive to sound as big metal as possible while still laughing at themselves and having fun even if they aren’t as big as Manowar. That’s a good attitude, y’know? Hails.
Fit For A King from Dallas are back with a new metalcore track called “Backbreaker”. I think the vocals scream something about a body ablaze at one point, which reminds me of Shai Hulud a bit too much, but the song is pretty crushing for the genre. The band are very energetic live and continue to rally new fans to their banner.
The new track is off of their forthcoming release Dark Skies, which comes out September 14th via Solid State Records. This is the third single the band has released off of the upcoming release, following “Tower of Pain” and “The Price Of Agony“.
Remaining current tour dates for ya below:
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Hello my Hell spawned goons. Hope your lives are gonna be unshitty as we move through some weird astrology shit the next few days. I have a LOT of cool news for ya.
We fucking LOVE Monte Pittman around here. The ex-Prong and current Madonna axe man is a fucking riff maniac and a super cool guy, truly a gifted metal and hard rock player with his solo band and honestly creative and inspiring on anything he goes near. Now we have the very cool word on the street that he is gonna be touring with Sebastian Bach! Just saw Bach in Poughkeepsie a week or so back and it fucking rocked (read a review HERE)! I can imagine that this pairing is gonna get some fists pumping and kick major ass all around.
Set to commence September 26th and run through November 3rd, the trek, which includes additional support from One Bad Son, will find Pittman supporting two new solo albums, Better Or Worse and Between The Space, set for release via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.
“Better Or Worse” is now available for Pre-Order at @metalbladerecords website & anywhere you listen to music! Get the first track, “Depth Perception”, now!!! Full album release date is August 31st. Check out the amazing artwork and new logo created by @aaronlea – I can’t wait to play these new songs on tour with @sebastianbach & @onebadson this fall!
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“Between The Space” is now available for Pre-Order at @metalbladerecords website & anywhere you listen to music! Get the first track, “Evidence”, now!!! Full album release date is August 31st. Check out the amazing artwork and new logo created by @aaronlea – I can’t wait to play these new songs on tour with @sebastianbach & @onebadson this fall!
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MONTE PITTMAN w/ Sebastian Bach, One Bad Son:
9/26/2018 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
9/27/2018 The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
9/28/2018 The Commonwealth Room – South Salt Lake, UT
9/30/2018 BLK Live – Scottsdale, AZ
10/02/2018 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
10/03/2018 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
10/05/2018 IDL Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
10/06/2018 Canton Hall – Dallas, TX
10/07/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
10/09/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/10/2018 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
10/12/2018 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
10/13/2018 Trixie’s Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY
10/14/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
10/16/2018 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Warrendale, PA
10/18/2018 The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
10/19/2018 Aura – Portland, ME
10/20/2018 Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH
10/21/2018 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/24/2018 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/25/2018 The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
10/26/2018 Boathouse Live – Newport News, VA
10/27/2018 Tarheel – Jacksonville, NC
10/28/2018 The Senate at Tin Roof – Columbia, SC
10/30/2018 37 Main – Buford, GA
10/31/2018 The Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center – Spindale, NC
11/02/2018 The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
11/03/2018 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Toronto’s CREATURES sophomore EP “II” is due out this Friday, July 20th via their indie label Old Haunt Records. Fans of Upon A Burning Body, Carnifex and the like will dig the skull smooshing deathcore sounds the band churn’s out with the ease of blood pouring from a gaping wound. The band have been building their resume of radness for a few years now and are set to make a bigger impact if they keep moving forward strongly.
June 30 – Toronto, ON – Bovine (EP Release Party) – info
August 16 – Barrie, ON – Foxx Lounge – info w/ Kavara
August 19 – Hamilton, ON – The Doors Pub – info w/ Kavara
August 20 – Brantford, ON – Our Place – info
And Cannibal Corpse have a fucking AWESOME tour lined up. I can’t even believe how heavy this one is, phewww! Hate fucking Eternal and Harms friggin’ Way are along for the ride. Tix on sale Friday.
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Hi friends. How was your weekend? Other than my girlfriend absurdly seemingly getting accused of ongoing attempted murder (“was trying to kill me and isn’t done”) and other untrue things through the official Foxygen Twitter account and then it getting deleted – but we got a screen shot-, mine was nice. By the way she actually is just covering Taylor Swift songs to her YouTube Channel followers and moved to the other side of the country as the guy, if the truth matters to anyone.
But yeah, I got to briefly meet jazz guitarist Mike Demicco on the street the other night, which was very cool. I also saw lots of friends at a Kyle & The Pity Party, Tins, Globelamp show and had a great night of inspired indie rock and also worked the door at a New World Home Cooking pop up party at a regional cocktail bar. Chef Ric Orlando has won Chopped! multiple times and it was rad to catch up with him and get to eat some of his spicy blackened green beans that all Woodstockers know, love and miss since his restaurant moved out of town towards the capitol district. Ric fired me once when I was like 16 as a prep cook at his original location for catching me trying to dry off a salad I had accidentally dumped steam rack cup water onto when I was high, hahaha.
But now it is time to talk metal!
Lizzy Borden’s new material is so gnarly, catchy, glampiric and rockin’ hard rock with all the right elements to lodge in your skull like a sonic hatchet. This record is gonna be amazing! Everything I have heard so far sounds HUGE, cosmic and rock n roll! Kudos to the people involved, fuck yeah!
A new song is out todat called “The Scar Across My Heart” and I am wishing big time they would tour with Andrew WK and The 69 Eyes right now! Can we make this happen?!
Lizzy Borden comments: “With ‘The Scar Across My Heart,’ I wanted to explore those kinds of relationships that tattoo your soul. You’re forever linked to this person, even though it can never be for one reason or another. ‘We bury all our yesterdays and try and drink these scars away’ – I’m talking about a no-hope situation, a never-meant-to-be situation, but I’m still singing ‘We’re gonna make it now.’ I’m always looking for that human reaction no matter how delusional or unrealistic.”
June 15th will see the release of My Midnight Things via Metal Blade Records, which can be pre-ordered at metalblade.com/lizzyborden \m/Add to My Radar
The tour begins on June 8 and will run through July 13. Whitechapel will be playing This Is Exile in its entirety in celebration of the album’s tenth anniversary, while The Black Dahlia Murder will be playing Nightbringers in its entirety.
Support on the tour will be provided by Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, and Shadow Of Intent.
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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!Add to My Radar
This June 15th, theatrical hard rock hero Lizzy Borden will issue his first album in 11 god damn years, My Midnight Things, via Metal Blade Records. It will take very little time spent listening to the writhing hard rock melodic heavy glory of “My Midnight Things” to rest assured the band still mean business. This release will be super fun, I am betting. And we can sure use the attitude! Man, a lot of bands sure are dreary and lack any sense of adventure at the moment as far as persona and rock n roll vibe goes.
“Although we have stayed busy touring all over the world, I missed being a recording artist. I look at the new album as a new beginning, I pushed the restart button on my career,” Borden comments.
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On May 18th, King Diamond will release LP re-issues of the classic albums Abigail, Fatal Portrait, and Them via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now at: http://www.metalblade.com/kingdiamond
“You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic King Diamond albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” – King Diamond
See below for the albums’ track-listings, and stay tuned for more King Diamond re-issues coming soon!
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Metal alchemists Candiria will be hitting the road for a spate of headline dates commemorating 20-plus years of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Beyond Reasonable Doubt.
The tour kicks off on April 20 in Long Island and will feature support from Clericon most dates. The trek will take the band through the Northeast and the Midwest. It also includes an appearance at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. The band will also play two shows supporting Killswitch Engage. Additional dates will be added and all confirmed dates are below.
The band has crafted a special set list for the tour to celebrate the definitive Beyond Reasonable Doubt album. At the shows, Candiria will also be selling a special “Collector’s Edition” of Beyond Reasonable Doubt. This version is packed with memorabilia and imagery from the period in which the band was writing, recording, and supporting the album. It also boasts newly revised artwork, audio taken from the original 1997 masters, and a forward by original drummer Ken Schalk. It is a piece that diehard Candiria fans will certainly want for their musical libraries.
Additionally, vocalist Carley Coma has also launched a series of videos for the band’s latest album While They Were Sleeping. The series dives deep into the story behind the album’s concept. New videos for each track are revealed in sequence each week. The latest clip, for the eighth track on the album “The Whole World Will Burn,” can be seen here.
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Shadow Woods is back from the brink! After the original Maryland based property was sold, things looked bleak. Somehow the organizers pulled things back together and this looks to be the best year yet!
Shadow Woods is the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering and runs from Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22th in Purcellville, VA at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).
For the fourth year, the festival will host over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise. “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end, even though our property in Maryland had been sold,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. “So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees. In January 2018, I was able to find an fantastic site to host the fest that was even better than what we had before. The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.”
Imperial Trumphant, Cloak, Rozamov, Tombs, Xasthur, Destroyer Of Light, Hubris, Heavy Temple, Uada, Forest Of Legend and many more will play the festival over three days in September of 2018!
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