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Holy Grail debut “Crystal King” at Revolver.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:27 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles-based shred quintet HOLY GRAIL present a new offering from their highly anticipated February 12 release, “Times of Pride and Peril” for your listening pleasure. The band have partnered with Revolver Magazine to debut a lyric video for the stirring new single “Crystal King”!

Take a listen HERE .

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Band Spotlight: Brimstone Coven

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM (PST)

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On January 29th, West Virginian dark occult rockers Brimstone Coven will release their debut full-length, Black Magic, via Metal Blade Records.

Formed only four short years ago in Wheeling, West Virginia, Brimstone Coven self-released Brimstone Coven and its follow-up II in 2013, before Metal Blade inked a deal and packaged both releases as a single set, entitled Brimstone Coven (2014). Inspired by the Appalachian’s darkness and mysticism (such as the Mothman, a winged creature that emerged in the ’60s; Screaming Jenny; and the Phantom of Flatwoods), the quartet’s heavy rock also pushes the atmospheric envelope when the mood fits.

Brimstone Coven explains, “What sets ‘Black Magic’ apart is the genuinely eerie aura it invokes. We strove for a sound that makes you feel like you’re wandering through a shroud of mist, unable to see your own hand in front of your face. We want you to feel equally excited and creeped out, letting your imagination run wild and get the best of you.”

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Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.

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Superjoint recording new tunes

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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Phil Anselmo’s Superjoint (formerly Superjoint Ritual, now just one big fatty), are recording new combat rock for you punk rock heavy metal scum fuckers out there.

Get the info HERE (Phil also admits he doesn’t remember that much from the band’s first go-round).

Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM (PST)
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Having dealt with death in my life this year, it’s with a heavy fucking heart that I report that Lemmy is dead.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lemmy lived a full fucking life, but it never makes it easier when shit like this happens.

I only had one chance to see Motorhead and that was at 2012 Mayhem Festival. It was a cool fall evening in Georgia and of course Lemmy and Co. brought their best. It was a hell of a time.

Lemmy will be missed by the entirety of the metal community. Pour one out for him tonight.

From Motorhead’s Facebook:

“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. 

Have a drink or few.

Share stories.

Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win.”

 

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Album Review: Cauldron – “In Ruin”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM (PST)

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Unless you are birthday boy David Bowie, early January isn’t perhaps the
easiest time to release a record. People are still hungover from New Year’s Eve
or kind of acclimating to another shift in the cosmic calendar. Writer’s are
still relaxing after the mental stress of accumulating their year end lists
and trying to be the coolest. But Cauldron are not daunted by these factors
if new album In Ruin‘s opening cry of “Take no prisoners/feel no pain” is any
indication.

Either way, let’s give them some shine! Pre-order HERE!

Out the same day as Bowie’s rumored to be fantastic Blackstar, In Ruin is also
making sure January is already looking exciting. It may be more on the fringes
of Blue Oyster Cult worship than a K-dot inspired jazz heavy record from a
glam pioneer, but good music is good music. That’s something heading into 2016
we should all agree. We’ve got to support the artists still striving to follow
their muse instead of catering to increasingly narrow confines.

Cauldron prove Canada is currently one of the hotbed’s for good metal, a
welcome relief when I get tired of reading the phrase “6 God”. Their anthemic
“Empress” has you commited to the record fully by the second song. Kind of
like the proto-charge of Amulet on a more consistently Sabbathian tempo kick,
In Ruin is a real winner track to track. The band are even doing a full
Stateside tour with the killer line up of Warbringer, Exmortus and fucking
Enforcer! A nice, diverse bill that celebrates true metal through and through!

I’m especially fond of the sort of laid back and yet hoarse and energized
singing style and Chris Stringer production that is crunchy but slightly old
school yet competitive with the capabilities of today. Highly recommend this
bad boy. Full of little riff moments that will sweep you away, from the
dissonant hooky “Burning At Both Ends” to the quite 80’s big intro and
thematic refrain of “Hold Your Fire”.

Sanktuary offer “Corpse Blockade” for free download

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 5:03 PM (PST)

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Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary are offering their song “Corpse Blockade” for free download.

“Corpse Blockade” comes off of the forthcoming album Winter’s Doom which will be released on January 22.

Check out “Corpse Blockade” here.

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Cats In Space premiere “Unfinished Symphony” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 2:36 PM (PST)

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Self-described power pop rockers Cats In Space have released the music video for their song “Unfinished Symphony”.

The band’s cool, classic style reminds me of Boston.

“Unfinished Symphony” comes from the album Too Many Gods which was released via Harmony Factory/Cargo Records last October.

Check out the music video for “Unfinished Symphony” here.

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Baroness streaming “Purple” in entirety

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM (PST)

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Baroness are streaming hotly awaited album Purple in full. The record is a bit heavier than Yellow and Green were but retain a lot of the cool dynamics that made those records an evolution. While Blue Record is still my favorite of their colorful career, this album is brilliant and has some seriously great tunes like sludgy and precision drumming opener “Morningstar” (sludgier than most recent Mastodon), the proggy “Kerosene”, hooky “Shock Me” and the sing a long/bad ass “Chlorine & Wine”. They have more than earned their staying power. One of the best bands in the rock world.

“While we realize the accident is obviously of interest, we have gone over that particular story’s details at length over the past few years,” Baizley says. “We feel that this album not only addresses but puts a punctuation mark on that story. Baroness existed before the accident and will continue to exist, and we’d rather talk about what we’ve created with Purple than let one side-story overtake or define who we are as a band.”

 

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Baroness reveal “Morningstar”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 2:42 PM (PST)

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Baroness have a new single “Morningstar” HERE.

The new highly anticipated album Purple is out Dec. 18th, so you don’t just have Star Wars to look forward to this month!

Pre-order HERE.

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Blood Ceremony announce European tour dates

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 2:27 PM (PST)

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Toronto’s finest, Blood Ceremony, are set to return with their anticipated fourth full-length album for Rise Above Records, titled Lord Of Misrule, to be released worldwide March 25th 2016.

Recorded and mixed at Toerag studios, London, by Liam Watson (Tame Impala, The Datsuns, White Stripes, Supergrass, Hugh Cornwall etc), Lord Of Misrule see’s this respected band opening up their sound and exploring new, exciting territories, whilst not straying from the true essence of their roots.

To coincide with the albums release, they will be out on the road in Europe. Details of support etc to be announced soon.

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Cauldron announce tracklist and art for “In Ruin”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:43 PM (PST)

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Toronto, Canada-based metal trio CAULDRON has just unveiled the album artwork and tracklist for their long-awaited fourth studio album,In Ruin, out January 8, 2016 via The End Records (out in Europe January 29 via High Roller Records). CLICK HERE to view the album details exclusively on Blabbermouth!

Says CAULDRON frontman Jason Decay, “We wanted a basic, straight to the point cover without going totally Metallica Black Album; something that catches your eye when flipping through the record bin. I saw a decrepit and eerie looking statue hovering in a doorway upon the In Ruin title. We expressed this to our friend Squid (who did the artwork) and I guess you could say its a cross between Poltergeist, Alice In Hell, and Intravenus de Milo?!”

 

Album Review: Mirror – “S/T”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 8:59 AM (PST)

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Mirror are a new, classic sounding metal band on Metal Blade who will likely
have a pretty good repeat listening value if you are a reader of this site.
Fans of sort of proto metal and NWOBHM influenced bands like Amulet or Night
Viper, who I often plug, will likely dig this. Throw Slough Feg in there was
well, as there is plenty of guitar worship and riff driven songwriting here.
Dueling guitars and willfully throwback tones with a bit better drum sounds
and other benefits of modern production, but never so clean that the spell is
broken. Plenty of head nodding moments on here.

“Curse of the Gypsy” has a certain, rugged “Highway Star” crunch to the
guitars with spooky laughter and “ahhhh” harmonies zooming out of nowhere for
great effect (think Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” looped coughing type vibe). The
band are not on the super doomy side of Sabbath, save perhaps the semi-
Candlemass sounding very awesome “Year of the Red Moon” track and a few other
moments. “Madness and Magik” is pretty darn close in effect and tone to
“Country Girl” from The Mob Rules album though, not like that is a bad thing.
Mirror are just as often akin to Diamond Head’s Lightning to the Nations
though or something like that, especially in the vocal range department. There
is not as much flair or power as, say, Holy Grail’s James Paul Luna or
Huntress’ Jill Janus (if Metallica had made the recent Huntress album Static
everyone would be flipping out but we live in a sexist world). Still, Mirror
vocalist Jimmy Mavromatis sounds like a true believer and certainly is a fit
choice to front this great band.

Mirror was the brainchild of Tas Danazoglou, perhaps best known for playing on
one of Electric Wizard’s most underrated albums Black Masses. Did I mention
fucking Matt Olivo from mighty Repulsion plays on this! It will be a lot to
wrap your head around if you are a fan of the much faster and grimier
Horrified, but who says metal dudes only have to like one type of metal?!
We’re family here in satan’s armpit!

Check the whole album out HERE.

4 bands I wish would make another record.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PST)

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In recent years many bands have reunited and made releases we never thought we in the metal world would get to hear. Saint Vitus newer ripper “Let Them Fall”  was a monster song as good as anything they’d ever written. From At The Gates to Carcass to Faith No More to Failure, many of these have been worth the wait. The recent Refused record was a bit spotty but for the most part some of the “maybe they shouldn’t” legacy worries of some of these bands have proven unfounded.

Some people are still pining for an Isis reunion, but in these times of terror threats I can see why those guys would be hesitant to look backwards. Sumac is awesome, anyhow and so is Palms.

I decided to make a list of some lesser known bands who I think deserve more attention but, for the most part, these seem to be some groups we might never hear from again. With the exception of USX who have still been gigging semi-frequently but who have said they are looking for the right home for the band, most of these are fairly unlikely but would probably be worth every minute of new hypothetical music.

Read the list and hear some tunes BELOW.

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