Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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California extreme metalheads Seven Sisters of Sleep have released their latest single “Gutter”.
“Gutter” comes from the band’s upcoming album Ezekiel’s Hags.
Seven Sisters of Sleep signed to Relapse Records back in September and have since been working on their forthcoming album Ezekiel’s Hags.
Ezekiel‘s Hags will be released on February 5.
Check out “Gutter”, a music video for “War Master” and Seven Sisters of Sleep tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Tennessee deathcore stalwarts Whitechapel just never seem to rest. After releasing the live CD/DVD set The Brotherhood of the Blade in October, the band is releasing the mini-documentary Untold which shows the ‘less talked about aspects of touring’.
Whitechapel is also preparing to enter the studio to record their sixth album.
Check out Untold and comments about recording the sixth album here.Add to My Radar
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache will be released on March 25 via Neurot Recordings.
Check out the track listing for the album as well as a teaser video here.Add to My Radar
Los Angeles prog metallers Intronaut have announced that they will be headlining a U.S. tour.
Intronaut will see support from The Ocean and North. They are currently touring in support of their album The Direction of Last Things.
Intronaut commented on the tour:
“Intronaut would like to thank all you amazing people for your continued support of our band over the past decade, and especially with the release of our latest album. You guys are the best fans ever, and we’re lucky to have you! We are very excited to announce our first headlining run of 2016, with support coming from two bands we love. To give you an idea of our show, we are planning on playing all the songs from “The Direction Of Last Things,” as well as some songs from all our past records. We are also working hard on a beefed-up visual production that should take you from zero to I’m-freaking-out-man in record time.”
Check out tour dates and the music video for Intronaut’s “Fast Worms” here.Add to My Radar
Arizona rockers Doll Skin have released a lyric video for their song “Wring Me Out”.
Doll Skin last year signed to David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, an imprint of Megaforce records. They released the In Your Face EP on October 30.
Doll Skin are preparing to hit the road with Metal Allegiance.
Check out the video for “Wring Me Out” and tour dates here.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
In the basically post MTV age people pretty much have to search for music videos unless they are forced down our throats like “Hotline Bling”, but it means that in more underground musical chambers there are still some really cool things being done. Whether as incentive to wow ever fickle blog culture based fans or because artists just feel like they are supposed to make music videos, the following 5 clips really kicked ass and went the extra mile to create a special experience for fans.
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So, I’m sort of postponing watching The Walking Dead this morning on cable catch up because (spoiler alert) I already heard that they brought Glenn back in a really implausible way. Just read Kim Kelly’s awesome new road article on C.O.C. for Noisey (and sort of wishing they’d still play recent non-Pepper gem “Tarquinius Superbus” live in this formation) and then browsed some new Riding Easy patches. Bitching to myself about the inconsistent self-centeredness of humanity or people I’ve dated. Walked the dog. Thinking of ways to make more money to move West eventually. So in other words, it was a usual day.
Until I checked out the new jam from The Moth Gatherer via the fine label Agonia, purveyors of numerous killer metal slabs of darkness, usually on the blacker end of the metal spectrum like Aosoth or really soul splitting and barren stuff like the rad new Hypothermia record. I had heard of the band but the name sort of reminded me of Ashton Kutcher and The Butterfly Effect and I already love The Atlas Moth way too much, so did I have room for another “moth” band in my steel heart? Well, I never should’ve put off listening to them because the band revitalized a dull day with a nine minute new banger called “Attacus Atlas” that melts collective minds like the most ritualistic Cult Of Luna or Ghost Brigade side was melded to even heavier guitar passages that are nearly as doomy as they are post-metal. The song comes from new album The Earth Is The Sky, which you may pre-order here. These Swedes are now firmly on my radar and I am stoked.
Commented the band: “The Earth Is The Sky is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where A Bright Celestial Light was an introvert journey into decay, The Earth Is The Sky is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world”.
Melodeath kings At The Gates have revealed a moody and dark new clip for “The Night Eternal” from recent return record At War With Reality. One of the best “comeback” albums in recent metal history, or any genre, the album features jaw dropping performances that will make you potentially forget all the years since Slaughter Of The Soul or agree the wait was worth it. My only gripe is the song name is really close to one of my favorite Moonspell tunes, but it rules nonetheless.
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I hope the jean jacket wearing drunk and stoned dolphin in Intronaut‘s new video remembered to throw out the plastic ring six pack yokes from the many beers it likely consumed so as to not injure itself later on when it hops back in the pool. The “Fast Worms” clip from the prog metal band is truly…unique?
Perhaps the title of this article is click bait, for in the end the dolphin seems unhappy and seems to realize the simpler things in life are more enjoyable than “chasing the dream”.
If you want to see a dolphin ejaculate out of a blow hole while getting busy with a girl who looks vaguely like Megan Fox or see a drunk and stoned dolphin get in a bar fight, this bud’s for you.Add to My Radar
Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe may have been sucker jumped by some kids in recent days but it hasn’t stopped the band from doing their patented thing. Those who thought perhaps the new album was mostly softer after some clean vocals surfaced (which I thought were cool), will be happy to also know the obvious fact that you can’t stop Lamb from delivering a patented smoosh to the face every time as well. You just shouldn’t doubt these guys. Pretty much ever. They just don’t let their fans down.
I’m way more excited about this than the new Megadeth, no offense. I mean that stuff sounds good and now we have Act Of Defiance also, who are awesome…but Black Breath kind of took the awesomeness of Megadeth solos and threw it on their Slaves Beyond Death crossover 2015 masterpiece to an ultimately heavy new level that was like a twice as heavy hardcore/death thrash version that beat Mustaine at his own game and as for Lamb, they don’t need to do anything but their own thing.Add to My Radar