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Napalm Death European 2019 Summer Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:55 AM (PST)

UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are currently working on a new studio album to follow up 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat effort as well as 2018’s Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs compilation release. NAPALM DEATH have just announced their next European tour run for the summer, a tour run in Russia in September, as well as a return to North America in October with Municipal Waste and label-mates Sick Of It All.

NAPALM DEATH’s frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway states about the upcoming tour, “The stinky van is calling again, and this summer looks to me like we’re reaching more parts of Europe than we have done in quite a few summers. Macedonia in July looks to be one that sticks out, as I recall that our last gig there was in the midst of the miserable Balkans war – it was that long ago. On another note, I know people are probably wondering about the next album. It is coming, we promise. Unforeseen circumstances and the kind of recurring touring schedule you see in front of your eyes have conspired to string it out quite a bit. It’s gonna be a multi-faceted rasper though, I think. Some nice ‘n’ quirky cover songs too. All will be revealed soon – just getting on with artwork and last couple of lyrics and all the usual window dressing. Alongside that, if it comes off, a nifty associated split release with a very-definitely-not-grindcore band is in the planning, which will neatly skip around convention and stereotype. And why not. Cheers all.”

Below is a list of all upcoming dates for NAPALM DEATH, kicking off with next week’s appearance at Germany’s Full Force festival.

 

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Electric Frankenstein re-issue ‘How To Make A Monster’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:20 PM (PST)

New Jersey metallers Electric Frankenstein have re-issued How To Make A Monster.

The re-release includes limited edition colored vinyl, new artwork by friend and famed artist COOP, extensive liner notes by Joel Gausten with additional insights by Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), plus Captain Sensible (The Damned), a digital download and an 18″ x 24″ poster of COOP’s ‘Electric Bride.’

Says bassist Dan Canzonieri:

“The re-release of How To Make A Monster was very important to us and we worked hard to make it something special for our fans. It’s hard to believe this record is 20 years old! We are celebrating this release by performing the album live in its entirety for the very first time in Europe starting in July. Our US fans will be able to see us play the album later this year and we will post dates as soon as they are confirmed. This includes a round two return to Europe in the fall.”

Check out Electric Frankenstein tour dates and stream How To Make A Monster here.

Ashbringer post ‘Absolution’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:11 PM (PST)

Minnesota metallers Ashbringer have posted the title track for their upcoming album Absolution.

Absolution is due out June 28 via Prosthetic Records. The album was mixed by Kris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Check out “Absolution,” as well as Ashbringer tour dates and the Absolution tracklist and album art here.

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Swedish death metallers Bastard Grave are preparing to release their newest album Diorama Of Human Suffering via Pulverised Records.

The album, which will be the band’s sophomore effort, is due out on August 16.

Diorama of Human Suffering was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ulf Blomberg (Crawl, Age Of Woe, Inevitable End, etc) and features an artwork by Australian artist Stewart Cole (Contaminated, Noisem, Scorched, etc).

Check out the title track, the track listing and the album art here.

Golgotha sign to Xtreem Music

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM (PST)

Spanish doom metallers Golgotha have signed to Xtreem Music. The band is preparing to release it’s fourth album. The album will be a follow up to 2005’s New Life.

The new album is due out in October 2019.

The album is being recorded and mixed in the Psychosomatic Recording Studio by producer Miguel Angel Riutort “Mega.”

Check out the 2018 self-released Arise here.

Venom Prison announce North American tour w/ Homewrecker

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1:54 PM (PST)

UK metallers Venom Prison have announced a North American tour with Homewrecker. The tour will also feature Call of the Void, Joy, and Great American Ghost.

The tour runs from September 13th through October 13th.

Regarding the official tour announcement, Venom Prison commented: “We are pleased to announce our return to the USA and Canada this Autumn with the hellish union of Ohio’s Homewrecker & select dates with Joy, Call Of The Void & Great American Ghost. We will be visiting some new places and soon to be regular haunts – bring yourself to a date and show us how it’s done.”

Check out tour dates, including some European dates, here.

San Francisco metallers Howling Sycamore have today released their album Seven Pathways to Annihilation via Prosthetic Records.

Seven Pathways to Annihilation is the band’s second album.

Howling Sycamore features Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Jason McMaster (Watchtower) and Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist / Obscura).

Seven Pathways to Annihilation was mixed and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). The new album features the recurring contributions of Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) on lead guitars, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles) on baritone saxophone and Fabian Vestod (Skinlab, Gospel Of The Witches, Red Serpi) on additional drums plus the guest appearances of Marty Friedman and Matt Baldwinson (Tangaroa, Dream Tröll, II II II) on lead guitars.

Stream the album in full over at the Howling Sycamore‘s Bandcamp.

Check out “Initiation,” “Mastering Fire,” plus the tracklist and album art for Seven Pathways to Annihilation here.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Sacred Reich news and it has arrived along with a brain pounder of a new music video. Awakening is the new album and the title track can be consumed below. I am loving the undeniable fact that they haven’t lost a step. The hard charging guitars and bellowed older metal vocal vibes paired with a particularly blunt yet thrashing socially aware energy, it’s all there. This song isn’t their fastest number but variety is a good thing when it comes to thrash.  Someone put these guys on the road with C.O.C. soon and make me a happy camper.  The band’s first new record in twenty three years will drop on August 23rd via Metal Blade Records!

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Brooding that Bork & Mindy was not greenlit by Studio Execs, Borknagar return to writing dark and majestic metal.

The upcoming album by Norway’s avant-garde metal band, BORKNAGAR, entitled True North (Editor’s Note: No connection to that excellent recent Bad Religion album as far as we know), will be released by Century Media Records/Sony Music
on September 27th. Following 2016’s acclaimed album Winter Thrice, the new BORKNAGAR effort has once again been mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

“This has indeed been a thunderous ride, and we are truly excited to finally start revealing some news about our upcoming album,” states BORKNAGAR founder and guitarist Øystein G. Brun. “We have spent almost 2 years writing, recording and producing True North and are extremely proud of what we have achieved this time around. On behalf of the whole band, I can firmly say that we have pushed the limits of our musical exploration, while our musical roots have grown even deeper into the northern ground. This is the most diverse, powerful and grandiose BORKNAGAR album to date! Let there be no doubt!
 

Yet again, we have been working with Thor Erik Dullum and Marcelo Vasco for the cover and layout design. From the very beginning of the process, we wanted to have a very clear, crisp and organic cover that spearheads the cold and northern essence of the album. So what could be more natural than basing it on our very own Nordic surroundings? Furthermore, we are also very happy to also reveal that we have extended our deal with Century Media Records.
 
Onwards!”

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Album Review: VEIL OF DECEPTION – “Dissident Voices”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:56 PM (PST)

They say that digital is the way to go these days, because nobody is buying physical CDs anymore. I guess when I got my physical copy of the new VEIL OF DECEPTION album Dissident Voices in the mail a few days ago, that was my nice way of giving a big middle finger to those who won’t buy the band’s albums. I’m old school that way. I enjoy studying the album cover. I love reading the lyrics as I listen to the album and getting lost in whatever tales the band is trying to tell me. I like reading the credits and thank you notes, trying to make connections to other bands I like, or even people I know. (“Oh, they thanked Bubba Barclay! That’s Joe Bob Brigg’s personal lawyer! Awesome!”).

I will never not own a physical copy of an album as long as it is possible, but people need to be buying CDs,
Vinyl, or even cassette tapes. All sorts of shit is possible these days. Anyway, speaking of buying CDs, that brings me to the reason we are all here right now! I’m going to sell you on an album to go check out!

Dissident Voices is the band’s third, and best musical offering to date, and it hits you harder than they have before with a unique blend of heavy in your face raw power, soulful heartfelt lyrics, and at times, haunting melodies. Guitarist / pianist Dejan Jorgovanovic perfectly matches singer Daniel Gallar’s voice, which I’ve often described as part Davey Havok (AFI) and part Erik A.K. (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM). I first discovered singer Daniel Gallar back in 2011 when he was announced as the new singer for NEPHWRACK, another criminally underrated band I will suggest you check out, but I’ll do that at a later date when I do a “From The Vault” review! Fast forward 8 years, and 5 musical offerings later, and his voice has gotten better.

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New Years Day announce dates with In This Moment

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM (PST)

Photo: Hristo Shindov

New Years Day have just announced that they will be joining In This Moment on tour this fall for a handful of dates in the U.S. The band will be direct support for the tour, which starts on September 4th in Raleigh, NC and wraps on October 27th in Albany, NY. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st.

Before New Years Day hits the road with In This Moment, fans can check out the band on their first headline tour now with Rivals, and Savage After Midnight. Between headline shows, the band will also be on tour as direct support to Godsmack. For more information on all upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website HERE.

The band recently released the music video for their lead single, “Shut Up”, which was directed by Galileo Mondol (Raging Nation Films), and stars Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin. Watch the American Psycho inspired music video HERE.

“Shut Up” is off of the band’s newest full-length album, Unbreakable, and is currently #15 on the Active Rock Mediabase chart, #17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and #19 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The track just surpassed 3.3 million total worldwide streams and has been featured on “Rock Hard”, “Heavy Queens”, “New Metal Tracks”, “New Noise”, and “Fierce Femmes” playlists, along with Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock” playlist and Amazon Music’s “Rock Scene”, “Brand New Music”, and “Fresh Hard Rock” playlists.

Unbreakable, the band’s most recent full-length album, was produced by Mitchell Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown & American Authors), has over 11.4 million worldwide streams and debuted at #15 on the Current Hard Music Albums. The album is available for purchase and on all streaming platforms HERE.

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Dave Mustaine diagnosed with throat cancer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM (PST)

Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has left a message to fans, embedded below. I don’t usually post about Megadeth anymore since awhile ago as a fan I felt very let down by some of Mustaine’s conspiracy theory-esque words about a theater shooting, but Mustaine is an important figure, a human being and people can embody many things in a lifetime. It is the day after Father’s Day and my own dad battled cancer for over a decade and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, let alone someone who wrote an album that changed my life forever like Countdown To Extinction. It would certainly be petty and not being a bigger person to not wish Dave the best after such a scary diagnosis.

Wishing Dave a speedy recovery and hope he is able to get ahead of this. As he noted in his post to supporters, he has gotten through bad things before, so here is hoping this is another obstacle MegaDave can soon put behind him.

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I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at megadeth.com as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll keep everyone posted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon, Dave Mustaine

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Guns N’ Roses announce 8 new US Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:08 AM (PST)

GNR have announced new tour dates Stateside for Not In This Lifetime. I am real tempted to sell a leg and get to the Florida date somehow so I can croon along to “Sorry” and “Civil War”, as I have still never gotten to see the band live. Anyhow, new music is also rumored to be on the way and I hope it is in a classic/ hard rock vein like some of the stronger Chinese tracks such as “I.R.S.”, “Street Of Dreams” and “Chinese Democracy” more than the more experimental stuff. I am sure it is gonna have more bite anyway with the current line-up of OG legends and tour tested newer members who slugged it out and earned their keep.

Pre-sale for the new dates starts on June 18 at 10 a.m. local time, with V.I.P. packages available then. General sale begins on June 21 at 10 a.m. local time.
Newly announced tour dates:
Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Oct. 01 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
Oct. 07 – Wichita, KS @ Intrust Bank Arena
Oct. 15 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energey Arena
Oct. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace
Dec. 02 – Las Vegas, NV @ Collosseum at Ceasars Palace

In addition to the above-mentioned shows, GUNS N’ ROSES will make four U.S. festival appearances this fall — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits, Exit 111 and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

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wahhh…my fans suck and I don’t do nearly enough to condemn their bullshit

CW: A lot of bad shit. 

Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy. I wanted to just live my life and pretend the problem wasn’t as bad as it is but frankly, at this point…fuck you. It is more and more impossible to ignore that the MAJORITY of Stan Culture is extremely toxic, enabling and nihilistic. You think racist black metal trolls are bad? They are. But a lot of the shit pales in comparison to POP culture these days. Like, when did Pop become more nihilistic than the worst elements of the hardcore scene?

A friend who is a teacher the other day was telling me about some four year olds who she caught cornering a frog trying to murder it. They were gleefully laughing. She admonished them and picked it up and rescued it and put it near an empty non-functional pipe where it could escape and one of the kids said ,”I hope it still burns to death.” Frankly, while I know some kids that young don’t have the wits to determine what consequences are real and what is just a game, empathy is still a thing and if you don’t stop sadism like that it festers and can be habit forming. The story honestly made me think of the supporters of numerous pop stars these days.

If you allow nihilism as a social solution of course people will return to it. Ironically, many of them will probably use Frog avatars down the line. Some of them will just gaslight and say you “deserve” it for having an opinion different than them, which in Stan bingo of pathetic overused rhetoric is the box you will check off quickly where they say you are “causing drama”.

As much as I want to bitch about MAGA trolls and Gamergate types though, this article is indeed about Stan culture. Shit has gotten so nihilistic and out of control and NO, I am not gonna dig up “receipts” for everything I mention, assholes. Use your common sense. Anyone with a brain knows and can see daily the shit going on I am gonna talk about. We all know about Nicole Curran getting death threats over nothing. I am just gonna relate stuff I have seen myself or that I know is out there which happened to my partner.

When I was growing up I remember Axl Rose wrote “Get In The Ring”. He called out a lot of people he didn’t like in a song and said he wanted to fight them. In hindsight it is one of the worst songs by one of my favorite bands lyrically (the music kicks ass), and I appreciate how over the years Axl has tried to reform and also move more to the left, vocally opposes Trump and seems like a much better person than he used to be. I also these days CAN admire that he complained himself about who he disliked and didn’t send a mob of people after them.

If you show up to a fight and bring thirty people against one, you are a giant fucking wimp. Even more so if you bring hundreds of trolls and dogpile on someone’s personal Instagram for DAYS or WEEKS or MONTHS for disliking or critiquing your favorite overrated pop star! You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling. Err…Get in the ring, motherfucker.

You can make one tweet saying you aren’t crazy about something an artist did or a song and XXXtentacion, Charli XCX fans (the fucking WORST, forget what you heard about the Bey Hive) or other groups will make memes or super sexist psychotic comments bullying you within an inch of your life. They are often WORSE than NRA supporters or Alt-right groups! Seriously, my girlfriend the psych folk artist Globelamp fought for days with a pack of NRA trolls in the wake of her tweeting support for March For Our Lives but even the gun nuts and the right wing incels didn’t get as cruel and dark as some of the stan groups we have tangled with. Yes, I know incels actually murder people. I am just talking about our own experiences.

Globelamp…an actual angel.

There is literally a bingo card of responses you can fill out that you are certain to get from these mob mentality mindless stan dipshits. “Clout”, “drama”, “hater” will all be used against you and if you are, God forbid, a woman with their own opinion numerous people will call you a hoe or a thot or a stripper with no talent.

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It was pretty fun to learn about the Serpent Of Gnosis release from 1126 records literally the day before it drops like a megaton piano on the heads of the world. The last minute “Oh shit, how did I miss this” of it all was a nice way to head into the weekend. I had no idea Johnny Davy had a sickeningly heavy new band at all and thought he had like vanished into Area 51 or something awhile ago. How cool to hear that completely unhinged roar again!

Serpent Of Gnosis’ debut As I Drink From The Infinite Well Of Inebriation is one of the heaviest records you are likely to hear anytime soon, managing to be next level technical while still having emotional impact AND the heavy vibes of a lot of modern dethcore. Dudes are not fucking around. The album title also reminds me of the myth where Thor drank from a mead horn that was like connected to the seas and actually lowered the sea level, if I recall. Iconic, lol.

“Fragile Vessel Of Serenity” and some other tracks also feature some weird creepy ambient type moments that will freak you out like a horror movie and add to the unsettling onslaught very effectively. I am super stoked on this album. Darren Cesca on drums is a whirlwind throughout, elevating and blurring the tech deth parts into deadly grind territory quite often. “The Colorless Capsules” is one of the most punishing tracks, a masterful wrestling match of extreme subgenres that all dance around the death metal totem pole. Dying Fetus or even old Whitechapel fans could co-exist raving about this thing but there are also a few brilliant little progressive guitar moments that sneak in and out between extreme pit starters (“Harvest” has the best example of this and is maybe the best tune on the record, just fucking unreal).

“Cognitivity” has a thunderous slow intro that almost sounds like old Burn the Priest for a minute and adds some superb mosh value to a record that most often goes for Zoom vs. The Flash levels of speed. “A Mask of Lucidity” also mixes it up and has a very tasty lightning solo section and some darkly melodic bridge action that was pleasantly unexpected and cool. The band don’t overstay their welcome on any track, as the songs are all relatively short but kick your ass across the pavement and allow for you to get very invested in the record. A lot of people are gonna flip shit on how solid this release is, I am telling you now. You definitely want more (including a black eye and a T-shirt), by the time this bad boy is through.