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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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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.
The album can be pre-ordered via this link: metalblade.com/lizzybordenAdd to My Radar
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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Swedish death metal legends The Crown will release their new album, Cobra Speed Venom, on March 16th via Metal Blade Records. Produced together with Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman, the record promises to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. A return to death metal speed and darkness in full glory!
The Crown has now released the 2nd single taken off Cobra Speed Venom. To watch the full production video clip for the title track from Cobra Speed Venom,, see below or Pre Order the album HERE.
The Crown comments: “A 5 minute Death Metal Grindcore Opera! Take a deep breath before the plunge – This will drag you down into the deep Waters!”
Comments The Crown on their new album Cobra Speed Venom: “We are really looking forward to finally be able to show our fans how damn good this band can be when the circumstances are right. With that I mean to be able to do an album the way we want to do it: creating as a band, rehearsing as a band, recording as a band. You will hear a band performing here, with fierce energy and hunger!”
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Los Angeles doom metallers Twitching Tongues release their newest song “Kill For You.”
“Kill For You” comes off the band’s upcoming album Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred which will be released on March 9 via Metal Blade Records.
Twitching Tongues will also be touring with Hatebreed, Crowbar and Acacia Strain from March 16-29 and True Love and Vamachara from March 30-April 8.
Check out “Kill For You,” the track list for Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred and Twitching Tongues tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Rivers Of Nihil are justly being praised for their steady growth and driven, rage infused masterful modern death. Three albums in and if the new material we have heard so far is any indicator the band are well on the way to securing their legacy and never being forgotten as an important death metal act of note, but it sounds like they also have a LOT of surprises in store for us as well. The newest record is said to draw from a LOT more influences than the band previously has.
Today RoN made a huge announcement about their 3rd LP that has fans drooling:
On March 16th, we will release our third full-length, “Where Owls Know My Name”, via Metal Blade Records. “Whereas The Conscious Seed of Light” (2013) and “Monarchy” (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, “Where Owls Know My Name” represents the fall.
Check out the album’s second track, “The Silent Life.”. Pre-order bundles are available at: http://metalblade.com/riversofnihil/
On March 16th, we will release our third full-length, "Where Owls Know My Name", via Metal Blade Records. "Whereas The Conscious Seed of Light" (2013) and "Monarchy" (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, "Where Owls Know My Name" represents the fall. Check out the album's second track, "The Silent Life," above. Pre-order bundles are available at: http://metalblade.com/riversofnihil/The following formats are available for pre-order:– CD + t-shirt bundle– Vinyl + t-shirt bundle (swamp green [limited to 400], olive green with black splatter [limited to 300], doublemint inside swamp great vinyl [limited to 300]), all come with Bandcamp download card, USA Only– "Deluxe Bundle" with CD or vinyl, t-shirt, wall flag and embroidered patch–"Shredders Bundle" with CD, t-shirt, guitar and bass tab book (or digital download) and guitar pick–"Drinkers Bundle" with CD, pint glass, beer koozie and bottle opener– CD or Vinyl + longsleeve bundle– CD only– Vinyl onlyGuitarist Brody Uttley comments:"This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going." Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:"This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of 'Monarchy', where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But 'Where Owls Know My Name' is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.""Where Owls Know My Name" track-listing1. Cancer / Moonspeak2. The Silent Life3. A Home4. Old Nothing5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition6. Terrestria III: Wither7. Hollow8. Death Is Real9. Where Owls Know My Name10. Capricorn / Agoratopia
Posted by Rivers of Nihil on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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Thrash metal legends Sacred Reich have signed with Metal Blade Records! They are currently writing material for what will be their sixth album and first since 1996’s Heal. Since their 1985 inception, the band has become one of the most revered 80s thrash bands and have continued to carry the torch with European tours, festival appearances, their first US tour in over 20 years, plus their 2012 Live at Wacken album. Given Sacred Reich‘s politically conscious material, today’s divisive climate means the band’s views are more relevant and vital than ever.
Sacred Reich vocalist and bassist Phil Rind comments:
“We are very happy to announce that SACRED REICH have signed with Metal Blade Records and we are writing songs for a new album. Our plan is to go into the studio this summer and have a new record out early next year. We are super excited and can’t wait to share some new music with you!”