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West Coast grim sludge vets -(16)- have an excellently titled new album Dream Squasher out this year. What a perfect name for trying to get ahead in this shitty world. Ten songs via Relapse out June 5th worldwide. Pre Order my fave vinyl variant HERE.

“A conscious effort was made to inject positivity into the lyrical themes,” guitarist and lead vocalist Bobby Ferry explains. “The best we could come up with is loving your dog so much, you’d end up killing yourself if the dog dies.”

This is easily gonna be one of the best of the year, no contest.

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Chicago’s LIKE RATS are streaming their caustic latest rager HERE. Death Monolith is out April 10th via Hibernation Release. The title seems pretty timely with a raging pandemic, Bernie dropping out while Biden dodges commenting on rape allegations but has time to talk about how he loves Fig fucking Newtons and the Trump shitshow continues apace. Oof. Brutal times and not in a good “brootal” way.

Anyway, “Ashen Rain” is pretty fantastic and helping keep me from licking the absolute bottom floorboard of depression right now, so there’s that. Great material and glad this band is releasing new and meaningful art.

LIKE RATS comments, Death Monolith is an attempt to combine the lowly, violent aspects of our primitive nature with the horror and awe that we feel when confronted not just with death, but with our place in the cosmos.”

Death Monolith explores themes of obsession, love, loss, depression, and sociological commentary on the human condition. Vocalist Dan Polak comments on the lyrical themes in the album, “Underneath, or rather looming above in the heavens, is the connective theme of our awareness of the fragility of this existence and that we are very small on a cosmic scale.”

Track listing:
1. World Devourer
2. Ashen Rain
3. Foul Wind
4. Death Monolith
5. The Omega Equation
6. Crimson Cosmos
7. Contagion
8. Land of Gloom

Recorded and engineered by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in February/March 2019
Album artwork by John Regan / Hand of Doom.

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Today we are reporting still (thankfully) alive from quarantine on a very unfunny April Fool’s. Happy belated TDoV to our trans readers and hope everyone is ok out there and holding it together through this Hell. I am glad the Empire State Building has been flashing red and looks like Gozer is coming, because we dumb ass Americans need to check our cocky privilege and realize this shit is no joke. Get the fuck inside.

I just finished reading Catalyst, an excellent novel that details events leading up to one of my top favorite Star Wars films – Rogue One. The book gives you a lot more background on Jyn’s parents and the machinations that led up to their manipulation at the hands of Krennick as well as plenty of colorful connect the dots moments in the subterfuge that surrounded the construction process of the Death Star. Very good read for you fellow nerds out there who haven’t ever read that one.

Let’s get to to the metal. Today we have some new Forgotten Tomb! I love this band. They have done a wide variety of edgy material over the years from the bleak and suicidal sounds of my favorite Springtime Depression to the bold and big We Owe You Nothing where the band really did whatever they wanted regardless of “cult” status rules (check out “Longing For Decay” on that one, a beast). The new track stream from pending “Nihilistic Estrangement” is a promising direction that almost sounds like post metal and black metal married to a huge sense of space. It feels like black metal Mogwai at some points, which is super fucking rad. Good on them. Pre order the Italian band’s latest HERE via Agonia. The cover art has more trad nature BM vibes than they have rocked on their art pretty much ever as well. They always keep it interesting.

The album’s cover artwork is a painting, specifically drawn for this release by acclaimed artist Paolo Girardi (Essence Of Datum, Drug Honkey, Manilla Road) .

In a comment that encompasses everything from working on the album, to musical expectations and lyrical themes, the band had this to say: “Nihilistic Estrangement is our tenth album and it opens a new chapter of the band and possibly a new trilogy, therefore it sounds different from our previous release, which closed the past trilogy. The whole idea and concept behind the album was to make something detached from all the current trends in terms of style and production so that it would feel timeless and not chained to a particular frame in time. I chose specific vintage microphones from the 60s/70s for the studio sessions and mostly played on early 80s instruments, as well as using both analog tapes and mixing desk. It was pretty much recorded like an old album from 40 years ago or such. I pretty much wanted to make something that was removed from the current state of music and the standardized productions that get churned out daily. Musically speaking there are references to all of the band’s eras but it sounds very refreshing and extremely personal; it’s 100% Forgotten Tomb. The lyrics deal with several different themes but the main focus is about reaching a mental estrangement from the modern world; it’s about refusing to partake in the current state of things and finding solace in a inner world of my own where no one can enter. I’d say the lyrics and concepts on this album are extremely misanthropic, even if it’s a term that got thrown around so much over the years that it kinda lost its real meaning”.

Exciting shit!!! I am so on board!!

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Islander are a band close to my heart and it was cool to learn today they’ve covered R.E.M., another of my favorite bands. They are one of the great live bands in the game right now and their cover of R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” is their first bit of music released since signing to Better Noise Music. The band took a break from writing their upcoming album to cover this timely track, in recognition of the worldwide pandemic and the toll it has taken on the Carvajal family. The band’s brothers, Mikey and Chris Carvajal, wanted to use the track to raise funds for a cause close to their (and their Aunt’s) hearts.

It’s interesting because I saw R.E.M. on the Monster tour and it was amazing how they made a big venue feel so intimate and personal. Interestingly enough, I saw Islander a few times and they have somehow made every show seem often more energetic and huge than headliners they are out with. Very different style of music in general, but both had or have the power to make any moment feel loaded with import.

The world is being hit hard by COVID-19. Our hearts especially go out to the NYC community and everyone struggling right now. Our Aunt/Tia Lolin is one of the many that have passed away because of this terrible virus. So this effort to raise funds is dedicated to her huge heart and love for her neighbors. She was always thinking of others before herself. In honor of Tia Lolin, a portion of proceeds from this track will go to the NYC Low-Income Artist + Freelancer Relief Fund to support the artists and freelancers that are struggling in her hometown of NYC. We love you, fellow artists. We love you, Tia Lolin. – Islander

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Taraka Larson, Sean-Paul Pillsworth, Morgan Y. Evans

WALKING BOMBS has released a new track in association with Nefarious Industries. The Guns N’ Roses influenced punk song features guests Taraka Larson (ex-Prince Rama) and Sean-Paul Pillsworth (Nightmares For A Week).

Hear WALKING BOMBS’ “Brash Bandages” early via New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release “Brash Bandages” on all digital platforms this Friday, Marcy 27th. Find preorders HERE.A new album will follow later this year.

“The song was a meditation on if it was possible to write a tune inspired by GnR but about how to survive in life and make healthier choices for yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically,” Evans says. “We jokingly were calling it “Appetite For Kombucha”. It still rocks though and was super fun to crank out before I get full bore working on my next album.” – Morgan Y. Evans

The single follows WALKING BOMBS’ productive 2019 which saw the release of two albums through Nefarious Industries, leading with the Suicide By Citizenship collaborative album with Gridfailure, which featured guests from Tad, Kylesa, All Out War, Built To Spill, Surmiser, Globelamp, Full Scale Riot, Megalophobe, and more. Just a few months later, the outfit released the Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens album which featured guests from Cycle Sluts From Hell, The Beautiful Bastards, Globelamp, Gridfailure, Stormland, and others.

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In The Company of Serpents stream “The Fool’s Journey”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM (PST)

[Photo by Colleen Donley]

Denver doom metallers are currently streaming their newest track “The Fool’s Journey.”

“The Fool’s Journey” comes off the band’s upcoming album Lux due out May 15.

Marking In The Company of Serpents’ first release as a trio with founder Grant Netzorg on guitars and vocals, Ben Pitts (Nightwraith, False Cathedrals) on bass and lap steel guitar, and JP Damron (Vermin Womb, Bleakheart, Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire) on drums, the record was produced, mixed, and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Primitive Man) at Flatline Audio with additional engineering by Charlie Abend. Lux includes guest appearances by Colorado Chamber Players violist Paul Primus, Primitive Man guitarist/vocalist Ethan Lee McCarthy, and Khemmis guitarist/vocalist Ben Hutcherson.

Read more BELOW.

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Funeral Leech streaming new track “Statues” now

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:41 PM (PST)

New York City death/doom metallers Funeral Leech are preparing to release their debut full-length album Death Meditation on April 17 via Carbonized Records.

Death Meditation spews forty-five soul-crushing minutes of death/doom darkness mired in contemplation of our mortal fragility. Recorded and mixed at Chapel Black Studios in Brooklyn, New York by Travis Bacon (White Widows Pact, Black Anvil, Hogwasche) and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Tomb Mold), through the putrid resonance of Death Meditation, Funeral Leech believes that death is a new beginning!

Check out the first track released off the album, “Statues” over at Carbonized Records Bandcamp.

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Black Crown Initiate release new single “Invitation”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:27 PM (PST)

Pennsylvania metallers Black Crown Initiate have released their latest single “Invitation.”

“Invitation” comes off the band’s upcoming album Portraits of the Doomed Escape due out August 7 via Century Media Records. The album was recorded at Think Loud Studios by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, who have also recorded bands like Rivers Of Nihil, August Burns Red, Lorna Shore, and many more.

“We tore our hearts apart making this record, and we can’t wait for you all to hear it. It’s the best thing any of us has ever made. More to come,” states the band.

Stream “Invitation” here or wherever you stream music.

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Check out Errant from Immortal Bird’s Rae Amitay

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:02 AM (PST)

 

Immortal Bird took our album of the year spot for 2019 and now singer Rae Amitay is already back with more music via a fresh new excellent solo endeavor called Errant. A CD limited to 100 copies is available for pre-order via Manatee Rampage Records and on Bandcamp HERE. Since I have already gotten my new Ozzy and sepultura (which were both pretty rad), I have to say that I am most looking forward to this EP and the rumored new Blues Pills in 2020 thus far in the days yet to come.

Errant is a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird, Thrawsunblat) conceived in 2019, meant as a vehicle for realizing ideas that exist in a separate space from Immortal Bird.

I enjoyed hearing Amitay’s clean vocals over the sort of brooding alternative rocky gloom-gaze of the verses of first available tune “A Vacillant Breath” before a punchy and driving series of riffs serve as the support for her more familiar patented harsh screams, which sound here like she has defeated Tomas Lindberg in single combat or at least Connect 4. I don’t know what I am writing. Anyhow, the point is this shit is super cool and very vibey and you should support it. Looking forward to hearing the promised Failure cover as well.

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Head to Metal Injection RIGHT HERE for a monster song premiere from death doomers Temple Of Void‘s new album The World That Was (Pre order here). This song had me raging and venting some major frustration at the shit show of the modern world today. “Casket Of Shame” is a fucking total beast fucker, just relentless and featuring monumental and emotional performances from the Detroit based band. Wow, this shit really almost sent me through my window out into my front yard headbanging. If you haven’t heard them they are shockingly next level good.

The song has a little bit of style variance for several sub-genre fans. It’s just amazing. Some true death and ominous, earth shattering doom with atmospheric emotional elements and a little slightly tuney guitar dueling here that sounds unhinged and great. Also some sick scrapes that would give Crowbar fans chills. This shit just fully rules in no uncertain terms!

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Krvsade streaming new EP ‘Judgement Day’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:54 AM (PST)

Charlotte, NC death thrashers Krvsade are streaming their new EP Judgement Day, which comes out on January 31!

Head over to Ghost Cult Mag to stream it now!

Krvsade has come a long way from their 2017 debut EP Militum Infernum and they are excited to show off this stark contrast to the previous material to fans. Comparing the new release to their previous one, vocalist/guitarist Andre Evans says:

“This EP is definitely a change compared to ‘Militum Infernum’. Whereas Militum was more raw and pure in your face, ‘Judgement Day’ has some twists and turns. The playing is better and I think fans will appreciate a band that’s firing on all cylinders and not holding anything back. It’s a good example of the rebirth of this band. Our sound evolving from the rawness it previously was. More mature and progressive. It’s a fun ride from start to finish.” 

For fans of old school Sepultura, Death, Morbid Angel, Vader, Slayer, Kreator

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Sutrah release “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 12:07 PM (PST)

Montreal death metallers Sutrah have released their latest track “Lethe” over at Invisible Oranges.

“Lethe” comes off the band’s upcoming EP Aletheia due out on March 13 via The Artisan Era. Sutrah features members of Benighted, Chthe’ilist, Basalte, and Serocs.

Check out “Lethe” here.

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Heaven Shall Burn release two new music videos

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:07 PM (PST)

German metallers Heaven Shall Burn have released two music videos! The videos are for their songs “Protector” and “Weakness Leaving My Heart.”

These videos come ahead of the release of the band’s new double album Truth and Sacrifice which is due out on March 20.

The double video was directed by Philipp Hirsch.

Guitarist Maik Weichert states, “In order to reflect the concept of the double album we decided to produce a ‘double video’, which turned into a real mammoth project. ‘Protector’ is taken from album one (Of Truth) while ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is part of album two (Of Sacrifice). While ‘Protector’ represents confidence and a readiness for action ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is contemplative and deals with the sacrifices and losses that truth may cost. Something you should also feel from the different vibes of the songs. The double album is giving you the essence of what HSB is about and there is lots to explore.”

You can check out the video as well as Heaven Shall Burn tour dates here.

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Code Orange return. Pre Order ‘Underneath’ now

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM (PST)

Hey everybody. In case you were looking for it and curious…I haven’t been able to post yet about Neil from Rush dying, just too much of a loss to even process yet. I think, while it is the news, sites can often get vampiric in rushing to get the word out. It goes with the time sensitive news cycle territory and we all do want to grieve together, but I used to listen to his drumming with my dad and have an emotional connection to it so need to sort of go with my gut and wait until I feel like writing more after the feeling sits with me awhile. I know Neil Peart was a pretty astounding mind though and would probably view the afterlife as another horizon or learning experience, so I will leave it at that for now. Before I go listen to “Subdivisions” again today I will post some Code Orange news, on a different musical note!

The popular East Coasters are back in March (3/13) with a new Roadrunner release, this one called Underneath. Peep the first, semi-industrialized and vibey af video below. It’s catchy, memorable, moody, loud and it jams. Pre order HERE. I love this band and think they continue to do an admirable job of growing bigger while straddling that link between the underground and bigger rock awareness “market” with big tent energy vibes instead of elitism. Rock isn’t the hottest genre these days so more power to them for staying the course and still aiming high.

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Windhand announce 2020 US headlining tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:31 PM (PST)

Virginia doom metallers Windhand have announced the dates for their 2020 headlining tour.

Windhand will be touring with labelmates Devil Master beginning in March.

Windhand have recently released previously unreleased demo and rarity tracks on their Bandcamp. The five album collection spans from the band’s full-lengths Soma, Grief’s Infernal FlowerEternal Return, plus miscellaneous demos, alternative mixes & their Live at WFMU session on June 8 2013. All proceeds for the albums will help Windhand post-theft of their instruments and gear earlier in the Fall.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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