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Judas Priest’s ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ turns 40!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM (PST)

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Sad Wings of Destiny turns 40-years-old on March 23 and to celebrate this mammoth fucking album, I present to you a retrospective on it!

Sad Wings of Destiny is Judas Priest’s second album. It is the only album which features drummer Alan Moore. That year Kiss’s Destroyer came out, Rush released 2112, AC/DC released High Voltage internationally and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in Australia, Black Sabbath released Technical Ecstasy and Deep Purple broke up. But for Judas Priest, things were just taking off. Off the back of Sad Wings of Destiny Judas Priest signed to CBS Records and got 60,000 pounds to record their next album Sin After Sin, which came out the very next year.

Read the full retrospective of the album here.

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Premiere: Intercourse’s “True Patriot”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 3:46 AM (PST)

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Intercourse is a noisy hc punk rock 5 piece from New Haven, CT. “True Patriot” is taken from their upcoming Enablers EP.

It is a particularly frenetic track with some sharp words. Don’t be scared by the photo of the Donald.

Check it out HERE.

Redemption release lyric video for ‘The Art of Loss’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM (PST)

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On February 26th, Los Angeles prog-metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! In anticipation of its release, the band has launched a video for the album’s title track online (featuring guest guitarist Chris Poland). Directed by Brian Cox / Flarelight Films (http://flarelightfilms.com), “The Art of Loss” video can be viewed here:metalblade.com/redemption

Director Brian Cox comments: “It’s very easy to dwell on the past. To stew in pain, wishing you could get someone or something back that you may have lost. But in the end, you will always have yourself, no matter how much things might change. Nobody can ever take that from you and that’s the message I tried to convey with this video.”

Redemption‘s Nick van Dyk (guitars/keyboards) adds: “We’re very excited to have worked with Brian to bring this song to life in this medium. The story of regret, survival, transcendence and the realization that we have the ability to be authors of our own destiny is brought home with the visuals that Brian has directed. Needless to say, it’s also surreal to perform with the great Chris Poland. This video is a great representation of what Redemption stands for, musically and thematically.”

For another preview of The Art of Loss, please visit metalblade.com/redemption to view the lyric video for the first single, “Damaged” – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman – and to pre-order the album in various formats. The second single, “Thirty Silver” – featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick – can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/redemption-thirty-silver

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009’s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011’s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End”– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

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Song Of The Week: Fallujah’s ‘The Void Alone’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:24 AM (PST)

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Fallujah‘s new tune is flat out incredible. The production sounds better than the last record while retaining the guitar creativity and epic scope. The lyrics and arrangement, overall songwriting and clean vocals from Tori Letzler also simply smoke most bands in their genre. This song will pull you right in.

The new record Dreamless is out April 29th. Get super stoked.

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Black Cobra stream new album ‘Imperium Simulacra’ at Decibel.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM (PST)

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Critically-acclaimed metal band BLACK COBRA are streaming their forthcoming album Imperium Simulacra. The stream, featuring an in-depth interview with drummer Rafael Martinez, is available now at Decibel Magazine.

Imperium Simulacra, which has been hailed as “the richest Black Cobra outing to-date” (The Obelisk), and “music meant to soundtrack armies conquering demon hordes atop roiling volcano peaks.  It’s what happens when you combine rhythmic prowess with amp worship and unerring focus.” (Decibel Magazine) will be released worldwide on Feb. 26 and is available for pre-order here.

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GET OUT. premiere “Seven Heavens” lyric video via NEW NOISE

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:08 PM (PST)
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New York hard rock purveyors GET OUT. have premiered the official lyric video for their track, “Seven Heavens”, at New Noise Magazine. The track appears on the group’s debut full-length record Let Me In, which The Ring Master Review hails as having a “potent sound which gets straight to the point without distracting frills and a commandingly solid release providing increasingly thickening enjoyment.” Vocalist Morgan Y. Evans says of the new track:

“Here is our first ever lyric video. It is for “Seven Heavens” a song about hoping for peace or the possibility to salvage unity in the face of aggression, Aiming for less conflict and better communication in an often cutthroat world. Remembering that all of our time is valuable and to value what other people bring to the table/scene. Not letting disrespectful people slow you down. The video was done by Spinkickproductions.com. That company does a lot of cool metalcore and rap videos. Plus they are an hour away in the Troy/Albany area so it was cool to hire someone in the wider regional Upstate, NY scene. We all have to support one another to make this framework of the underground grow and retain strength.”

Check out the video RIGHT HERE

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Metalcore trench fighters Walls Of Jericho have a new song perfect for relentlessly moshing or relentlessly never giving up and weight lifting, etc. Which might sound patronizing except it is awesome and will make you want to get jacked and defeat all your demons. That is always a good thing in this dumb world of morons.

Their new record is called No One Can Save You From Yourself, due out on March 25 on Napalm.

According to vocalist Candace Kucsulain, “This is dedicated to my brother Larry Kucsulain who lost his battle to cancer this day last year.” 

My dad also died of Cancer about this time last year, so #fuckcancer and three cheers to WoJ. They slew when I saw them open for Life Of Agony recently.

This band is kicking ass hard again lately and we are lucky because they have always been a guiding light for inspiration and acceptance in the scene. Plus, they always bring the mosh and have done their time in the underground with pride instead of whining.

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Ace Frehley announces Origins Vol.1 (includes collab with Paul Stanley)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins ACE on Free’s hit “Fire and Water.” This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.

 

Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”

 

Today Rolling Stone debuts “White Room,” the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic “Emerald,” Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple “Wild Thing,” Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin.” “White Room” is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly.

Haiduk offers two free tracks from latest album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:38 PM (PST)

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Calgary-based thrash-laden blackened death metaller Haiduk is offering two tracks “Nergion” and “Nazon” for free off of his latest album Demonicon.

Luka Milojica (writer/producer) had this to say about the album:

“It’s a crusher! This album has some of my best riffs. I don’t waste my time, I don’t waste your time. This is true Haiduk the way it was meant to be: cold, evil, blasting arrangements featuring some unique guitar work. 9 songs, 9 demons, risen from the volcanic underworld of Octavia in the realm of Callost – a fantasy world setting, which serves as the basis for the map, lyrics, and short stories contained in the CD booklet.”

Check out the tracklist and album art for Demonicon and stream “Nazon” and “Nergion” here.

Lords of Black premiere “Tears I Will Be”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:12 PM (PST)

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Madrid heavy metal warriors Lords of Black have premiered their newest track “Tears I Will Be”.

“Tears I Will Be” comes off of Lords of Black’s sophomore album II which will be released by Frontiers Music SRL on March 18.

Check out “Tears I Will Be” here.

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Oakland’s experimental doom duo LAMENT CITYSCAPE has completed a remix album for release later this month, showcasing the seven tracks from their debut LP, The Torn.

Released through Battleground Records in mid-2015 LAMENT CITYSCAPE’s The Torn was a refreshing album within the compacted current doom metal circuit, with an expansive, cinematic, nebulous approach with steep inclinations to industrial and art rock influences. Following those roots to the core of their sound, the band now infuses their works with those of some of their close friends, with the Turn Outward remix album. LAMENT CITYSCAPE members Mike McClatchey and Sean McCullough’s seven passages from The Torn have here been transplanted into new skin created by the likes of artists rRhexis, Godhunter, Achromaticist, Overhold, Neurospora, Dipped In Gold, and Uhluhn, with a wide array industrial, noise, ambient and other styles creeping into the massive remix album. In the end, Turn Outward bears over two hours of music, with the final remixed track consuming a massive hour-and-a-half on its own.

 

Offers Mike McClatchey on the inspiration for Turn Outward, “At the time that I was really finding out about music and artists and diving deep into their back catalogs I was finding that a lot of really cool bands had been releasing singles and having other really cool bands do remixes on those singles. I was discovering a lot of great shit in those weird remix releases. When LAMENT CITYSCAPE started I had done a remix for another artist and it came out pretty well. It felt natural to include others into our little world. It seemed like a creative way to expand the space inside our project, to let others in and see where they can take something.”

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Song of the Week: Deftones’ fluid “Prayers/Triangles” track

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM (PST)

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Deftones have a new record on the way called Swish. Or was it Gore? Yeah, I think it is Gore.

Merch Direct has some pretty cool Tame Impala-esque pop art meets perfume bottle/high fashion fonts and Nu Snapbacks vibes going on HERE for those looking for some tasty related gear, but the best treat is the new, hard to classify single “Prayers/Triangles”. It’s a watery track almost reminiscent guitar-wise of Chino’s Palms project with former members of Isis (yes, the fucking band). It might even be my favorite track from the band since “Minerva” from the underrated sick as fuck S/T record where they really learned to temper their inner fire with patience, though there have certainly been plenty of killer songs since then to now.

But yeah, this song is what’s up. In 2016 more than ever we can find ways to collage and buck expectation, be it the sensual yet bright, tropical house infused future pop of newcomer Eriel Indigo (who is likely to be huge) , the morphic funk and street aware R&B of Lion Babe or, to stay in the metal world and not freak some of y’all out, the psychotic jazz and black metal melange of DHG or Shining, for example.

Deftones can make you feel dreamy, lifted or rabble-roused, but you always feel something, even if it is the familiar sensation of surrendering to fate and all the unknown yet electric variables that entails.

All hail the kings, crowns glistening, etc.

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The Saint Vitus Bar listening party for the sure to be a hugely victorious new Amon Amarth ear pillager Jomsviking was a great event. The already classic yet still newer venue (in the larger scheme of things) hosted a small gathering of some of the most viking metal faithful writers in the scene and various label and musician types as vocalist Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth held court.

The thunderous music was a delight to behold, the full throttle charge of instant anthem “First Kill” (complete with some awesome descending riffs and Johan’s mighty roar) letting us know this was indeed a full blown Amon Amarth battle cry. One does not simply get to their tenth album of Viking themed melodeath and suddenly put out an album of squishy water in your jelly flip flop pool party tunes, for example.

No. Dudes open their new record with the lyrics ,“The first man I killed was the Earl’s right hand man!” growled like it means everything to Johan. These dudes have the power of At the Gates yet with the intense epic feel of European sagas. Outlaw anthems to melt the heart of Skade, the Ski-goddess.

Johan welcomed the writers and PR people, some of us meeting for the first time as people had flown in from the West Coast for the special, exclusive event. He was very friendly but said he hoped we liked the record and made a funny threatening growl at us. My guitarist Ryan Rios from our band GET OUT. had driven me, as I am pretty nearsighted and shitty in metropolitan areas, and he noted that “Raise Your Horns” in particular reminded him of some of the classic styles that made “Runes To My Memory” from With Odin On Our Side so memorable. “The Way Of The Vikings” stood out to me as one of the most aggressive and anthemic tracks yet from a band known for crushing mead halls beneath their treading boots.

The record sounded absolutely incredible and it was cool to run into some old friends like John from Candiria or meet Frank from Metal Injection in person finally or other assembled Metal Blade homies. Jomsviking is really, really uncompromising and good. The epic feel you love is there and yet the songs seem a bit faster, at least to me. There are still some slower war marches and even an awesome, prickly inside cameo from the legendary Valkyrie, er …warlock (World of Warcraft forums say ladies can be Warlocks too) Doro Pesch that raises the whole record to even further Asgardian heights on penultimate track “A Dream That Cannot Be”.

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Holy Grail release new song from ravenously anticipated new LP via MetalSucks

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:40 PM (PST)

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With their third release Times of Pride and Peril on the brink of release, Los Angeles heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL have released a punishing new track “Descent Into The Maelstrom”. Lauded as “the direct descendants of bands like Priest and Maiden” by MetalSucks, you can listen to the song, which they claim causes “instant involuntary headbanging… it’s that good,” HERE.

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Clover release “Exile” trailer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4:34 PM (PST)

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It’s awesome to get to write about cool working class bands and remember as a blogger there is a choice behind every post. I’d much rather post something on a cool, sludgy band with hardcore connotations than another fame pandering bunch of bullshit with no heart. It is even cooler when a band has friends in it.

Clover are a rising light in the scene. They have been slugging it out for awhile and remain determined, if humble. That’s good!

They also fucking CRUSH! It’s a very original take on metalcore and groove riffs that is refreshing and bludgeoning as HELL!

Like Tiger Flowers, Womb Of Nations or Dead Empires, the Clover boys are proving the NY scene still has a lot of spark in it.

“We began writing for Exile almost immediately after putting out our first album, Vultures. Halfway through the song writing process, we had noticed a shift in our sound and decided to keep pushing that further and further. I think this record has some of the darkest sounding material we have written to date.” – Michael Guthaus (Clover)

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