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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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Machine Head‘s new Bloodstone & Diamonds has proven to be one of the best releases in the long running act’s history. Heck, I honestly am not sure if I have enjoyed any of their albums more and I’ve been into metal for about two decades now. “Cast off the shackles of the past,” sings Rob Flynn as the band grooves hard and even embrace a moody string section on the intro and chorus. The video is pretty good, though not as good as the song itself. The visuals kind of have a Metallica in the 90’s “Until It Sleeps” trying to be weird thing going on before a bunch of gas masked Bodom fans (joke) come along and shoot the guys. But yeah, this record kicks total ass and I’ve gotta find a way into their upcoming NYC date. No thrash band of their high-profile size released anything nearly as good this year, in my opinion (no offense to Exodus, I just prefer the Rob Dukes-era stuff).
Check “Now We Die” out here and don’t look back. Can we petition for Flynn to have a Game Of Thrones cameo now?Add to My Radar
As the “Eleanor Rigby”-esque start to this monster becomes audible, emerging from a quiet darkness, you can’t help but feel anticipation build. Machine Head’s latest Bloodstone & Diamonds is streaming now and was worth the wait and extra work that went into it (which forced them to cancel a tour with Children Of Bodom). This is Machine Head all the way, through and through – even if the title sounds like a variation of “Diamonds & Rust”. “Killers & Kings” is maybe my favorite number, a hard charger with an almost Prong feel to the attack. Check the new jams out HERE and get pumped. Every time you want to write him off, Rob comes back harder than ever. This is heavy metal!Add to My Radar
Metalcore’s true kings Killswitch Engage tore through the Halloween weekend with several shows including a stop at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. The intimate venue is a sick room to see a band who can fill and fire up much larger venues. Photogs Matt Slater and Richie Bilyou caught some of the action amidst a killer set of songs from the band’s whole career plus a Misfits cover (“Halloween”, of course). I swear that every time I put on Disarm The Descent the world seems a lot more manageable. That album is colossal. And Jesse, nice PMA on the t-shirt, buddy? Lmao.
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If you need your metal fix this weekend – and you know you do, then you have no better place to look than the livestream of Knotfest!
With the likes OTEP, Carcass, Testament and of course the KNOT themselves playing throughout the rest of today – there is an eclectic mix of metal to smash your face to!
Stream Knotfest here!
Check out the schedule for the rest of the weekend here.Add to My Radar
Slipknot are once again the most discussed and debated band in metal. Somehow they manage to do it every time. New song “Killpop” came out today and again it proves Joey is missed but that the band can still write good tunes. Corey Taylor is the most interesting thing about this other than the really cool riffing at the end, but it is a fine addition to the band’s legacy. Still, this vocal is more performing pop than killing it, until the screams and distortion start. Between this and “XIX” it seems like the band are taking some cues from older NIN here and there.
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Iowan metal legends Slipknot have announced that post-Knotfest they will be hitting the road to decimate North America with their own special and ever evolving brand of metal.
Slipknot’s 5th studio album .5: The Gray Chapter will be available on October 21.
Check out the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Korn have popped up with a David Yarovesky directed/produced clip for “Hater”, an anti-bullying vid from righteous recent slab The Paradigm Shift. It is one of their most topic driven tunes since “Clown” or “Freak On A Leash”.
Check it out here and get weird and freaky, just don’t hate – participate.
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A lot of metalheads are pretty quick to bash Opeth for the direction their music has taken over the last few albums. They’ve gone from being one of the most amazing death metal bands ever to pretty much a straight prog rock band with a lot of other diverse influences as well. I for one don’t care what you think and am totally on board with their current musical direction and really like their new record Pale Communion. To mark the albums release (which was today so pick it up!) the band has released a very trippy video to go along with the albums opening track, “Eternal Rains Will Come.” I’m not sure if this is the official video for the track or not but it’s pretty cool either way.
To check the video out click HERE.
Opeth released Pale Communion today under Roadrunner. This is the follow up to 2011’s Heritage and heir eleventh studio album overall. The band is touring Europe starting in October and hopeful they make it to North America very soon thereafter. For details on the European tour click HERE.Add to My Radar
Slipknot are back with a second song from their forthcoming album. It’s got this kind of killer Arch Enemy groove metal intro before Corey Taylor shows over an atmospheric verse why he is one of the most versatile vocalists in rock. And that chorus aint too shaby either, though it sounds a bit indebted to David Draiman (in a good way). Then the shit gets all semi commercial/faux-black metal with a whip cream flanger topping in the bridge. My verdict…Overall, this is knot going to suck- though Joey is very much missed.
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Dream Theater announces Breaking The Fourth Wall!
Dream Theater will release Breaking the Fourth Wall: Live From The Boston Opera House on September 30th. The performance was filmed at the Boston Opera House featuring very special guests from the Berklee College of Music orchestra and choir. Be sure to pre-order the webstore exclusive Blue-Ray & 3CD set with a poster!
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“Napalm Records is pleased to announce the signing of Los Angeles, California’s COAL CHAMBER, a band that stood as leaders at the forefront of new genres, constantly reinventing their sound and not fitting any mold except their own. With sold out tours, and millions of records sold, COAL CHAMBER owned the Scene from the mid nineties until their tumultuous breakup in May of 2002. Now they have returned to take their place at the top where they once were and intend to be there for years to come. Call it what you want, ‘The Return’, ‘The Second Coming of’, but no matter what you call it, be prepared for COAL CHAMBER to rule again.”
I for one am psyched. Dark Days is way fuckin’ underrated (and incidentally was produced by my half-sister Stephanie’s uncle Ross Hogarth). I am very curious to hear what this band will sound like in 2014, especially since Dez has been on fire with Devildriver. I think CC are gonna hit it hard and be real hungry to prove themselves again, like on the fist album. Word up.Add to My Radar
So if you haven’t heard yet, Slipknot is making new music and bringing “Knotfest” back once again. So far the festival is featuring all sorts of awesomeness on 5-ish different stages. There’s no mention of a 4th stage on the official site, but plenty of mention of the 5th. So is there a fourth stage, and if so who’s playing???(or is the fourth stage just some other type of entertainment like fire breathers or midget stripper wrestlers?)
For the current list of bands and full press release click right here.
Judging from the info we have now, maybe the fourth stage will be full of other types of attractions. What we do know is that the festival will feature performances by The Black Dahlia Murder, Chelsea Grin, Suicide Silence, Butcher Babies, Alterbeast, Satyricon, Otep,Amen, Prong, Immolation, In This Moment, The Devil Wears Prada,Butcher Babies, Miss May I, One OK Rock, Testament, Carcass, Maximm The Hormone, King 810, Man With A Mission, Danzig, Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Fear Factory, Napalm Death, Atika 7, Exmortus, Rattlehead, Killswitch Engage, Whitechapel, Upon A Burning Body, Anti-Mortem, Of Mice & Men, Devildriver, Veil Of Maya, Nothing More, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Tech N9ne, Atreyu, and even Hellyeah!.
Now that’s just so far. I don’t feel like tagging each band individually so if you don’t know on please look them up. The whole of this insanity is unraveling at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA on October 24th-26th. You can find tickets right here. There’s sure to be more bands announce so keep your ears and eyes open.Add to My Radar
Slipknot have released a brand spankin’ nu video for recent single “The Negative One”, which is rumored to feature Chris from Lamb Of God on drums. I’m not so sure. It doesn’t sound as hard hitting as his drumming usually does, but maybe he adjusted things to sound a bit more tribal, if it is him. The song is fuckin’ cool, though. Very much reminds me of the first Slipknot album but a bit more chaotic.
It’s been a good time in metal for sexy ass crazy demonic babes who are scary and seem possessed in music videos of late, between the girl in this Clown directed clip, the (scariest one) contortionist exorcism chic Pixie (from Game of Thrones) in Savage Messiah’s recent video and the chic in the recent fucking A+ evil awesome new Belphegor joint “Conjuring The Dead”. Something weird is in the air.
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