Body Count are not our latest band spotlight because you don't know who they are. Hell, they are infamous! How many rock bands still scare crusty old white people in 2017? Powerflo and Prophets Of Rage are helping bring actually good rap metal back, but Body Count hit the biggest grand slam of late with Bloodlust. The thrash act have been around since "Cop Killer" was the most controversial song in the world, but recently soared back to prominence in the metal scene with topical songs capturing current headlines. "Civil War", "No Lives Matter" and the new album's strongest cut "Black Hoodie" - paired with cameos from Dave Mustaine, Max Cavalera and Randy Blythe plus charismatic spoken intros from Ice-T - have secured the band respect well beyond a novelty status they never deserved. Bloodlust has been out a few months now and remains in heavy rotation for many of us.
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French doom trio Mars Red Sky are preparing to hit the shores of the UK next month in support of their latest album Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul).
Apex III will be released in North America on May 20 via Listenable Records.
Check out Mars Red Sky tour dates and stream their tracks “Mindreader” and “Shot In Province” here.Add to My Radar
Fiction is one of Dark Tranquillity‘s greatest works, the melodeth and piano laced compositions taking the band’s sound to the next level of morose and demon clutching, teeth gnashing splendor. This is one of their records that can really stand next to any At The Gates release with pride, even if they don’t get as much love. Outstanding album full of darkness, hope and striving. Seriously, “The Lesser Faith” is one of the best metal songs I have ever heard in my fucking life.
On vinyl for the very first time – the expanded edition of Dark Tranquillity‘s powerful 2007 album Fiction.Package includes the original Fiction LP as well as a bonus 7″ featuring all four of the expanded edition tracks.The release will be available on 4/16/16 just in time for Record Store Day. Limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl (with the 7″ on black vinyl, housed inside a black dust sleeve) and under exclusive license from Century Media.Here’s a list of participating locations that will have copies!
Connecticut tech death metallers Eschaton have released the music video for their song “The Beast Is Awakened.”
“The Beast Is Awakened” comes from the band’s latest album Sentinel Apocalypse.
Sentinel Apocalypse is out now via Unique Leader Records.
Check out “The Beast Is Awakened here.Add to My Radar
Happy Easter weekend, love birds. He is risen and shout at the devil and all that jazz. If you head over to New Noise HERE you can catch the stream of my solo project Walking Bombs debut full length. It’s a range of tracks and collabos going from 2009-present. Bulk of songs are new from last summer.
Guests include the wonderful talents of Grace Moore, David Andersen (The Warp,The Weft), Sean Paul Pillsworth (The Red Owls, Nightmares For A Week), Jay Andersen (Surmiser), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas) plus Ashley Moe and Paul Newman (I Multiply) and the band Flourish.
Album statement below and on the Bandcamp.
German blackened-thrashers Desaster have released their newest song “End of Tyranny”.
“End of Tyranny” comes from the band’s upcoming album The Oath of an Iron Ritual which will come out April 8 via Metal Blade Records.
Check out “End of Tyranny” and the first single “Damnatio Ad Bestias” here.Add to My Radar
Iconic heavy metal band DIAMOND HEAD today confirms June 3 as the North American release date for their new, self-titled album. Recorded at Vigo Studios in Birmingham, the album is the first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen and ends an eight-year silence for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) legends. Direct pre-orders for the album will launch shortly.
So far I am really digging the hard living charge of “Our Time Is Now” the best.
Prior to 2014, the thought of a new album was bleak. Guitarist and band founder Brian Tatler reveals, “I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the 2014 European tour that suddenly changed. I wanted to make a record with him. He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes.” Recording of the album commenced last July with the band and engineer Adam Beddow at the helm. Tatler notes, “I gave Rasmus some music to listen to last January. He selected songs or riffs that he wanted to work on and we began rehearsing. We whittled things down to fourteen songs by April.”
Eleven songs were selected in the end for the album; all mixed by Dave Nicholls and mastered by John Davis at London’s Metropolis.
The album’s lyrical focus details political and environmental themes. Its opening and closing songs specifically draw attention to the world’s self-destructive path. Tatler comments, “the body of the album explores other subtopics in more depth along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that are not so heavy on the heart.” Vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen affirms, “we made the album with the band’s fans foremost in mind from start to finish. We wanted to write songs that would have ties to the best parts of all the early albums.”
North Carolina sludge doom veterans Sourvein have released their newest track “Aquanauts”.
Sourvein will release Aquatic Occult via Metal Blade Records on April 8 and will be the band’s debut with Metal Blade.
The album will feature performances by Randy Blythe, Stig Miller and Reed Mullin.
Check out “Aquanauts” here.Add to My Radar