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Ohio's Bes are a calamitous racket of alt-rock infused heavy sounds and have recently released the very worth your time Pieces Missing EP. Fans of Torche, Failure or even some KEN Mode will find stuff to latch on to here. I don't know how intentional it was but I hear a lot of late nineties influence in some of what this band is doing, but paired with an even more aggressive edge befitting our times. Recommended Track: "Lost It All".
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Austin rockers Cherubs have announced their upcoming album Immaculada High. Immaculada High is due out on July 26 via Relapse Records.
Immaculada High will be Cherubs’ 5th studio album.
Cherubs comments on Immaculada High, “This recording feels like the soundtrack to a movie about Mother Nature exacting dark revenge on the nasty homo sapiens. There’s tigers and pigs and wolves crying out of eyes – oh my.”
You can listen to the first single off of Immaculada High, “Sooey Pig” as well as check out upcoming Cherubs shows here.Add to My Radar
Redbait‘s pending June 14th release Cages (Pre order HERE) is mandatory listening if you don’t want to miss out on one of the brightest lights of 2019’s underground. The band’s New Age Records debut will make you feel revolution singing in your blood, a powerful second EP from a group with so much promise ahead of them. Listening to their guitars churning like a raging river atop powerful drums backing up intense political vocals, you can’t deny the immediacy or the band’s ability to lay it all on the line. There is nothing worse to me in music than being apathetic about your art or platform and no one would ever accuse Redbait of that.
Today we are thrilled to debut one of my favorite songs from their new release, the thrilling composition “Bred For The Knife”. The production is pitch perfect between remembering energy over pristine while still sounding incredible, well serving the driving and subtly complex song. This one has a few tricks up the sleeve you wouldn’t expect from where it begins, including my favorite bridge of the EP (it kind of sounds like Queensryche meets Bane!). This band knows just where to give more and when to hold back. It’s exceptional. I hope someone whispers in the ears of Rolo Tomassi or Propagandhi to take them on tour immediately.
Says Madeline –
“We wrote “Bred for the Knife” as a commentary on the commodification of animals, specifically in factory farming. The problem of violence against animals isn’t taken seriously and I think that can largely be attributed to the fact that the butchering and processing of animals bodies are discreet and avoided. It isn’t a practice that a lot of people are willing to confront. The lyrics mention animal cruelty, environmental destruction, and worker exploitation as interconnected struggles in this industry. The commodification of animals is a cruel outcome of capitalist society. It’s something that most of us feel very compelled to talk about and inspire conversation through the music we make.”
It really is an important issue. Some pro life dipshit on Twitter was arguing with my girlfriend yesterday and saw no harm in not caring about the environment or animals when she brought up why he ate meat if he was pro-life. He said he doesn’t eat babies, refusing to see her point. Well, bud – you ever have leg of lamb? Congrats. You ate a baby. It’s still a baby. Asshole.
Recorded and mixed by Will Jameson, Cages will be available on 7” vinyl from New Age Records.
Transparent green: 200
Transparent pink: 400
’77 Pressing (transparent pink with green New Age label): 77
Digital version will be available 06-14-19 at https://redbait.bandcamp.com/Add to My Radar
Pittsburgh heavyweights Slaves BC have released an intense new song “300 Dead Rapist Priests Floating at the Bottom of the Ocean”.
Says the band ,”This song was written in response to the report about the over 300 priests in Pennsylvania that have committed child rape in their churches.”
If you think the song title is just meant to shock or ‘virtue signaling’ you are 1. an asshole and 2. gonna have to eat your words when you hear how the track masterfully manages to induce horrific claustrophobic anxious agony and never cheapens such serious subject matter. The song is very long and while very well done, the oppressiveness almost feels inescapable. It is like an eerie micro/macro of how long trauma can stay with someone and ripple outward to affect everything in their life. I found it a rewarding but also very challenging listen for that reason, albeit it is inarguably a killer song. One of the most meaningful and extreme, emotional and incredibly well executed performances yet from a band that hopefully has no plans of slowing down applying their vital pushback to the dipshits, edgelords and relics of the metal world.
Here’s hoping as many of you give this your attention this week as those who are scrambling to watch another exploitative Ted Bundy doc this week. Let’s support actually helping victims.
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We have released a new single.
— SLAVES BC (@SLAVES_BC) May 6, 2019
It feels corny to call them cult heroes since ‘cult’ is literally in their band name, but Cult Of Luna are exactly that. Expanding boundaries until they have basically charted their own course away from preconceptions and burdensome genre limitations, the band continue their cosmic climb on the noisy new thriller “The Silent Man”. This is one hell of a great way to start my week, I don’t know about you.
A new full length is expected in Fall via Metal Blade, but for now this is a generous new taste of the band’s first non collaborative material since Vertikal 1&2. Some beautiful, world moving big guitar work in here (though the vox sound a little loud in the mix for me for that kind of screaming). Still, that’s the closest to a complaint I have. This is a powerful work that crashes down on you like a massive wave. It is so big in scope you can’t imagine anything else being the title track, but I guess we will see. Loving the semi-spaghetti western 6:20 mark post-rock section as well. Yes! Well done, gents.Add to My Radar
Sipping on some very hot matcha and listening to Living Tomb by Ossuarium and living for it right now, the steaming semi-bitter beverage pairing wonderfully with the tripping off of mutant mold deadly metal of the music. Unlike many metal fans, I actually got my laundry done today and am feeling victorious. There is a Gridfailure, Zud, Parkbench Messiah show in Kingston, NY that I booked tomorrow and I will have friends coming through but I work a lot so it feels good that I actually got my house cleaned up and made my belongings presentable for humans after a few weeks of being totally burnt out and looking like Steve Martin in The Jerk. Speaking of appearances, I noticed today along with some others that William Barr really does look like Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs. Uncanny and disturbing. Guess I will go watch dead bugs crawl out of haunted kittens on Haunting Of Hill House now to feel arguably less freaked out.
On the realness though, I need to steer you all today towards the sure to be excellent new False record Portent from Gilead Media. The black metallers new song “A Victual Unto Our Dead Selves” awaits you over at Revolver HERE. I am super digging the inspiring gallop of the long intro build up before Rachel’s raspy snarls arrive. Killer grandiose keyboard flourish on this track as well for fans of Emperor type stuff who don’t want to support Faust related records anymore. Not sure how the band didn’t manage to be exhausted by the halfway mark of this lengthy rager (and five minutes in is when things get really crazy and even bigger in scope). Listeners however, will not be fatigued but rather invigorated and transported.
About the track, guitarist Jimmy C comments, “Throughout the years False have watched one another not only sacrifice and suffer, but grow and become more full versions of themselves. Throughout it all, we had one another to count on for guidance, empathy, and support. This song is a manifestation of that continued growth and self-actualization with and through one another. It is our full beings, and a celebration of all that shaped us and what we cast off to become a more intrinsic whole“. Lead vocalist and lyricist, Rachel adds, “We have a longstanding history with one another that includes much strife as it does triumph. Together, we have grown into resilient beings. Our strength lies in the suffering we have been through together – any challenges faces are more surmountable and any triumphs are by comparison even sweeter”.Add to My Radar
Well, here is a kick ass surprise. Saint Vitus, the legendary band known more for their doom side, actually once seeded the hardcore scene with their unruly ways. “Useless” the iconic band’s latest track, sounds like it could be from the halcyon days of Black Flag. This song made me pumped! I was not expecting to hear a fast Vitus tune today and with such expert demonstration of an older and frankly to me much more enjoyable style of hardcore and punk than most of what we get nowadays. Check it out below!
The band’s self-titled album (I am getting low key chills typing that thinking of the import) is out May 17th. Man, I am really stoked for this now.Add to My Radar
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NEW SONG STREAMING NOW!!! "A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event" On May 10th, Abnormality will release their third full-length, Sociopathic Constructs, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Sociopathic Constructs, the new single, "A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event", can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRK8-DyVKpQ A video for the first single, "Curb Stomp" (directed by David Brodsky // www.davidsbrodsky.com), can be viewed now at: https://metalblade.com/abnormality/ – where the album can also be pre-ordered. Sociopathic Constructs track-listing 1. Monarch Alpha 2. Penance 3. Kakistocracy 4. Transmogrification of the Echoborgs 5. A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event 6. Aeturnum 7. Dying Breed 8. A Seething Perversion 9. Curb Stomp Abnormality live – Aggressive Misanthropy Across Europe 2019 July 6 – Obscene Extreme Festival – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Battlefield * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July – 7 Graz, Austria @ Club Q * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 9 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 10 – Torino, Italy @ Ziggy Club * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 11 – Milano, Italy @ Circolo Svolta * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 12 – Montpellier, France @ Secret Place * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 13 – Move Your Fucking Brain Fest – Barcelona, Spain @ Death Field * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 15 – Charleroi, Belgium @ MCP Apache * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 16 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Ebrietas * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 17 – Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 18 – Budapest, Hungary @ Durer Kert * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph July 19 – Death Metal Supremacy No 6 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania @ Flying Circus * w/ Gorgasm, Abnormality, Cenotaph https://abnormality.bandcamp.com
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On May 10th, Abnormality will release their third full-length, Sociopathic Constructs, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Sociopathic Constructs, the new single, “A Catastrophic and Catalyzing Event”, can be heard below.
Fans of Cannibal, Aeon, Despised Icon and more will eat up the latest tune from the wildly talented very brutal tech death band, by far one of the most talented acts in the death metal world. I would lose my shit to see them tour with Venom Prison and Rivers Of Nihil, so let’s make that happen – ok, world?!
“I think this record we felt free enough to just go where we wanted to within a song,” states guitarist Jeremy Henry. “We had no qualms with switching styles and approaches from riff to riff. To have a whole section grinding away and then just switch gears, hit the brakes and drop a slow, old school Morbid Angel warship groove in there. We felt free to follow our instincts, and just let our influences shine through.”Add to My Radar
Extreme harsh-grinding quartet FULL OF HELL share the official audio for “Silmaril” off their highly anticipated, new album Weeping Choir.
Longtime fans will be hard pressed to not consider this one of their most scorching and heavy tracks thus far. I am super stoked on this precise and deadly brutality!
FULL OF HELL Comments:
“Silmaril is about the upheaval of forbidden knowledge. We enlisted Paulo Paguntalan, NYC’s own purveyor of gore and death for additional vocal duties on this song. ‘All goes onward and outward, all collapses’.”
Weeping Choir is due out May 17th on CD/LP/CS/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.
FULL OF HELL are also featured as the cover artists for Decibel Magazine’s April 2019 issue. The band will release a limited Decibel Flexi exclusive track “Thundering Hammers”, remixed by JK Broadrick, in the near future.Add to My Radar
This Friday (April 19th), Allegaeon will release their new album, Apoptosis, via Metal Blade Records. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, Apoptosis is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in the band’s songwriting. To hear the new single, “Exothermic Chemical Combustion”, please visit HERE.
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Cave In will always be one of my favorite bands and one who made an undeniable dent on underground history. The band has announced a record called Final Transmission, featuring the last recordings of Caleb Scofield. If this is their final record, it is a fitting and dignified end to the band’s tenure.
It is impossible to hear “All Illusion” and not have some serious feels. Really gorgeous tune and fits seamlessly into their already profound and beloved catalogue. I hope this release serves as a way for the band to feel closer to their legacy than ever and helps to soothe some of the loss whole also comforting fans and giving us great new songs to enjoy for years.
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Links to pre-order new album “Final Transmission” available everywhere June 7th, 2019 via @HydraHead
— CAVE IN (@SonicDeathwall) April 8, 2019
Wow, man. I just got to hear a preview of one of my heroes Chuck Mosley (RIP) covering the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in a lowkey, bittersweet and kind of raspy bluesy acoustic manner and I am all choked up. What a true talent who will never be replaced. The OG Faith No More legend was a poetic and eccentric soul and will be honored on Record Store Day this year with a compelling two song acoustic release on 4/13. Fans will really want to get ahold of this. Plus, Chuck covering a Mike FNM song and especially “Take This Bottle” after his struggles is really bittersweet and moving. I am in my feelings right now big time as a fan. This is not Tupac where there was a bottomless well of unreleased material after his tragic death. This is crucial and the family supported the release. Please check it out. You’ll be deeply moved.
Release: On Record Store Day (https://recordstoreday.com), April 13th, 2019, blocGLOBAL (https://blocsonic.com) releases its debut physical release with distributor Traffic Entertainment Group (http://trafficent.com). The release, a limited run 7″ containing the final recordings made by late Faith No More singer, Chuck Mosley.
After three decades working in music, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Indoria, Primitive Race) decided to pursue a solo project with a raw, psychedelic, acoustic direction. Armed with his guitar, a vocal effects processor, and a few friends (Cris Morgan, Randy Pirosko, and Douglas Esper), he embarked on a two year tour and completed a few recording sessions. During a six-hour block in August of 2017 with producer Joe Haze, Chuck recorded two covers, Nothing Compares 2 U originally written by Prince and Take This Bottle by Faith No More.
This ended up as Chuck’s last time recording in a studio before his death on November 9th, 2017. His guitar solo on Nothing Compares 2 U never got completed as the band had to leave for a show that night in Salt Lake City.
Chuck Mosley’s “Joe Haze Session #2” will be available for purchase at a record store near you on Record Store Day, April 13th, 2019.Add to My Radar
The absence of Blackguard the last few years as I awaited news of their long delayed STORM album charred my soul. It was the Chinese…nay, Canadian Democracy that would never come. It was worse than waiting on a Tool album. I don’t even give a shit about Tool anymore in the slightest. But awaiting STORM? It made me a bitter person, a shriveled gnome forced to sleep 100 years and subsist on berries and ants in my dreams, believing my day of joy would never come. Eternal darkness. Some people I know even irresponsibly had careers and families in the meantime as I pined beneath a solitary boulder for more Blackguard.
Thankfully today I awoke and felt lifeforce flood my limbs as epic metal triumphantly roared across the skies. The boulder had squished me flat but somehow the metal revived me! I shoved the stone aside and then cowered at news of the awesomeness of the holy grail of lost albums I had anticipated for so long.
Behold, the first Blackguard Storm single “By My Hand” featuring Morgan Lander of Kittie…at last! Firefight was the anthem of all the obnoxious metal alkies in my city and the dry spell was rough. Many of us perished in the meantime of drought. No other metal could compare to quench our lust for battle.
Sez the band:
“This has a been a very long time coming, but we’re all elated to finally share with you our first single from ‘Storm’. We have no shame in saying this album is by far our best/heaviest/fastest/bla bla bla, you’ve heard it all before, but sooner than later everyone is going to know why we feel this way. We’d like to send a huge thank you to Morgan Lander of Kittie for doing an amazing job on the chorus of this song, hopefully, she can make it out to a show or two to perform it with us.”
The band recently broke their long hiatus to announce their first show in four years on March 22nd in Toronto with longtime friends Crimson Shadows and Borealis at Coalition.
STORM will be the band’s first album in 8 years and fourth overall. The group will release the record independently on a surprise date in the coming weeks.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by longtime producer and former BLACKGUARD keyboardist Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at Silver Wings Studio in Montreal.
The video for “By My Hand” was created by Chris Kells (The Agonist) of FTB Visuals and Artwork by Rainsong Design.
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Hey kids! If you are like me and have spent most of yesterday mentally exhausted wondering when Bernie bros will stop making excuses for why pandering to the WWC “economic anxiety” myth while punching down on intersectional oppression issues and the marginalized concerned with these issues is wrong, you might just be in the need for some RIFFS! Well, a lot of good stuff has been going on over the last few days.
Let’s start off with the rabble rousers in Slaves BC. This band is by far one of the most important in the underground these days, from their willingness to speak truth to their uncompromising sound and musical fury. The new single “Mihpares” is up at The Fear And The Void HERE and is very exciting stuff with almost a chaos vortex jazz noise metal feel in the bridge that got really unsettling and I LOVED. I did not give these cats enough coverage last year and I nonetheless love them and you should as well.
Next up, Venom Prison! I know this band and track have gotten a lot of hype but they deserve it. This group crushes the skulls of dumbshits so profoundly every time! We stan! If you haven’t experienced the intensely pulverizing and frightening “Uterine Industrialisation” you need to fix that ASAP. Those circle pit worthy parts into crushing slower riffs and chug and yarrrghhhhh!!! This band is so on point with their death metal influences while engaging solidly with important issues of the day. Let’s hope they keep using their platform for awesome stuff and also as their hype grows they pick and choose well what festivals to play if some of the other bands are problematic.
Anyway, I couldn’t be more thrilled with anticipation for their forthcoming effort Samsara and I know I am not alone.
Last up for today, Tribulation. The frightening and aesthetically excellent death brandishers have released a new Live video and their Melancholia EP is available now in numerous vinyl formats HERE. Follow this link to watch their performance in Oberhausen, captured by Dirk Behlau, produced by Beastwoodfilms and mixed & mastered by Linus Björklund of Hi Filer Productions. Their last few records really struck to heart (no vampire staking pun intended) of the band’s ability to evoke a passion for the dark. Few groups are so adept at cultivating a shadowy mystique without being completely absurd or losing sight of songwriting. “Nightbound” isn’t as “new” as the other songs on here but this video is!
Ok, like bats in the daytime…hang in there, brethren.
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If you are buzzing from High On Fire’s much deserved Grammy win and recognition despite their steadfast riffiness and bad ass gargled biker warlord ogre vocals, let’s keep the good news coming. It is always a great day when we can announce more forward thinking yet riff-tastic albums that keep evolving the scene and subtly challenging the former status quo while still actually rocking your socks off as well. Inter Arma certainly fit in that category and whether they will ever get recognized by music’s most at times clueless night remains to be scene…but they have certainly already had their share of critical hype at the fringes.
The Richmond band continue to follow their own course and new song “Citadel” below is a serious clobber fest. I always love their ability to bridge death and art metal elements with sludge in a concise way that seems seamless instead of like grasping wildly at straws for relevance. Inter Arma always make sure their songs are good and not just style checklists for whatever is hip, it seems. This new track is incredible and lumbers like a brontosaurus beneath screaming banshee demoness pterodactyls flying through geysers of steaming guitar heat!
Anyway, I love this band and have seen them live a few times now. Eager to again. The new album is called Sulphur English ominously and is out April 12th (day after my bday) on mighty Relapse.
Vocalist Mike Paparo comments:
“The lyrics to “Citadel” were written as a sort of clarion call to myself about overcoming depression and the demons that manifest with it. It, like most of the lyrical content on the record, is deeply personal to me.
For the band as a whole, Sulphur English is an ill-tempered, unrepentant act of defiance towards stagnation and complacency. We create this music on our own terms and we refuse to compromise our collective vision, for better or worse.”
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