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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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UK metallers Silent Screams have released their latest single “Low.”
“Low” is the first song to be released off of Silent Screams forthcoming album. The album is still untitled, but is expected to be released in early 2018 via Long Branch Records.
Silent Screams will be going on tour with In Hearts Wake & Gideon starting on October 3.
Check out the tour poster and the video for “Low” here.Add to My Radar
West Virginia metallers Left Behind are currently on tour in support of their upcoming album Blessed By The Burn which is due out October 27 via Unbeaten Records.
You can check out Left Behind tour dates over at their Facebook.
Ahead of the album the band has released the song “Tough Love,” which you can check out here.Add to My Radar
Katla is an Icelandic band featuring ex-Sólstafir drummer and visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and singer/multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson (Fortíð, Potentiam).
From a press release:
Named in tribute to one of Iceland’s greatest active volcanos, Katla creates powerful, panoramic music where shimmering guitars, crushing melodies and atmospheric density meet dark, entrancing power. Katla‘s debut album, Móðurástin, will be released on October 27 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Dool).
In advance of the record’s release, Katla debuts the new song “Nátthagi” which features “dark, post-hardcore vocals from Guðmundsson”, “strong hooks” and “a unique, entrancing quality.” Hear Katla‘s “Nátthagi” at THIS location (via Metal Injection).
Wow. I LOVE this tune. Really great tempo and the melody and drums really propel it and capture attention, stirring emotions. I know Pálmason’s split with his old band was hard and they are a big group to exit, but if we have two bands now this excellent I have to say that seems like a pretty good thing for the metal scene (another example of this would be Khorada and the fucking excellent Pillorian record).
So yeah, support Katla, cuz this is really good stuff so far.
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“We Owe You Nothing”, the ninth studio album from Italian black/doom metal overlords FORGOTTEN TOMB, is set to be released on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records. What a perfect way to start an early Halloween killing spree!
The new album’s title track & first single can be heard below. It’s got a sleazy sort of big rock element and swagger that sounds almost like the grim bastards are enjoying themselves, haha. Nonetheless, after the song’s intro the track shifts into monstrously huge and heavy groove metal that almost sounds like Deathless-era Throwdown with John Tardy doing black metal vocals! Whuuuuuuttt?!!! That sounds fucking insane on paper and it is certainly different but undeniably crushing and the guitar tones are fucking dominant and gigantic. I have never wanted to ignorantly pit start to Forgotten Tomb more than wanting to die alone in a bath tub listening to them (in a good way – my fave is still the very emotionally barren Springtime Depression), but there is a first time for everything! If you are looking for straight up black metal though, seems like that ship has more than sailed.
Much like being a long term fan of Aborym, Darkthrone or Enslaved, if you can stop demanding what this band is ‘supposed’ to be, you might just enjoy where they are at now. This is undeniably metal to the core and has some very cool passages.Add to My Radar
Taking a break from catching up on FearTWD and being pissed Travis seems to have died to let you know Swedish heavy metallers Portrait will release their new album, Burn The World, worldwide via Metal Blade Records today! For a preview of Burn The World, the new single, “Mine To Reap” is below. I’ve been blown away by everything I have heard from this release so far. Old school heavy metal fans are gonna pull out their hair in excitement at Per Lengstedt’s soaring cries over some classic but aggro riffing and big rhythm sounds. I wish to heck they were on the Dark Tranquility, Warbringer and Striker tour to make it an even more bad ass package.
Anyhow, give this band some support! Not every band makes $5 million a gig like Metallica and so we must nod our heads in approval and save some mead for those who fight for metal regardless of the level of personal gain (besides being awesome, of course). I swear to God, there are many days when I could swear Sweden makes the best metal bands. It is pretty hard to argue with.Add to My Radar
8/11/17 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie NY
We’re going to start this story back at Thanksgiving Eve 2016. It’s the single biggest party night of the year, and there I was, inside the Nuddy bar and grill in The Chance Theater complex in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’d just finished up watching the Trinity (Geoff Tate, Ripper Owens and Blaze Bayley), and I was hanging out with my DJ buddy Tigman and trying to convince him to play some DOKKEN songs while I anxiously awaited the arrival of Blaze Bayley. I had just met up with the trio backstage and had poor Blaze sign about a dozen album covers for me (He was very happy to do it!). He told me then that he would be making his way over to The Nuddy and that we’d have a pint together. True to his word, he showed up and we drank some Guinness while I got to ramble on to him about how much of an inspiration he had been to me as a kid.
Now, right about now, you may be asking yourself ,”Why the fuck is this asshole beginning a show review with a story from a bar a year prior?” I’m glad you asked that question, which there is a two part answer – 1. I just like boasting that I got to have drinks with my favorite IRON MAIDEN singer. It’s seriously one of my top stories. 2. It was this night that Blaze told me that he would be coming back to the area in August, which meant 9 months of building excitement, much to the dismay of anybody who had to put up with me for long periods of time, because when I get excited about something, I can’t fucking stop talking about it. So, fast forward 9 months to August 11th, 2017, and I’m walking into The Chance a few hours before the doors officially open as I help a buddy load some amps into the place. We just finished with the last one, and I was about to walk out and I see Blaze at the door, waving at me. In my mind, I’m saying to myself “,oh yeah, play it cool Drew”, but when he extended his hand for a handshake, I immediately reverted to the Chris Farley style fanboy that I am at heart, and all I could get out was “you remember that time you released Infinite Entanglement? That was cool!”
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Rolling Stone has premiered a previously unreleased moving cover of Bowie’s classic “Heroes” as interpreted by the much missed Lemmy and his band Motörhead. It will appear on an upcoming covers record.
The accompanying video footage reminds with ease how pure and real a rock n’ roll band they were and that music can really bring us together.
I’m glad the last time I saw them on the 2012 Mayhem Fest they totally crushed it and gave Slayer and Slipknot a run for their money, showing that the old dogs still had it in, uh, spades.
RIP Lemmy/deaf forever.Add to My Radar
Metal Insider published a nice recap of the importance of Maiden‘s recent The Book Of Souls Tour in the long and short run a few days ago. Check it out below.
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New Hampshire’s Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar) have announced a September 15th release date for their upcoming self-titled album on New Damage Records. The band’s sound has changed drastically along with the shortened name, though it is still quality music. Time will tell if this shift works and the band retains old fans or simply grows into a new era completely. It probably isn’t a bad idea to do the self-titled sort of re-branding now so they don’t become more firmly established first and then have a self titled Motley Crue type backlash. The band were at a cross-roads after their former frontman left, so this is the perfect time to sort of start semi-fresh, if ever.
Vattnett is now available for pre-order.
A music video for a track titled “Spun” is premiering today on Revolver HERE.
Frontman Casey Aylward tells Revolver, “Spun was the last song I wrote for the record and also the last song we recorded and put together. Conceptually it’s about being uncomfortable and very unhappy in your situation at the time, feeling helpless, feeling like it won’t ever end.” He adds, “The video touches on this theme by using the idea of searching for light within a world of darkness. While some choose to accept or live within the blackness, others try to find or create a light to see their way out. Definitely a song that poured out of me, as if I needed it exorcised from me. When it was done I knew it had to be the first song on the record. I feel like it perfectly introduces what you can expect to hear from the rest of the record, albeit it on a pretty dark note.”Add to My Radar
Mudvayne at one point were near the very pinnacle of the heavy music world and that was in large part due to the impact of their November, 2002 studio release The End of All Things to Come. While L.D. 50 was raw and full of youthful freakery, the sophomore record found the band refining their attack and really bringing the playing and vocals to a fully realized place with arrangements, hooks and screams that were next level. The songs held up live as well. I am really stoked I got to see them play Ozzfest along with Sabbath and Maiden one year and still remember everyone yelling along and throwing rather dangerous mud projectiles in the crowd.
Now for the 15th Anniversary (damn I feel old that I am already writing about Nu Metal anniversaries), SRC has two vinyl options on this rager for the very first time.
180 Gram clear with black smoke (LTD 500 copies)
180 Gram Red Vinyl (LTD 1000 copies)
Housed in a matte gatefold jacket with Spot-UV
11 x 22 dull text insert
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Portrait from Sweden release a new record on August 25th, a (cough) fiery set of songs entitled Burn The World. It seems a fitting title for the direction humankind is headed lately from war to global warming to constant political unrest.
Soaring 80’s-esque vocals recalling Queensryche, Priest and Mercyful Fate style wailing pair with a charged up mid tempo arrangement fans of a classic sound and good songwriting will be enthused about. This song really rips.Add to My Radar
Apex is choosing to accept your fate and make the best of it! – Brittney
Don’t be mistaken, the title of this article is not implying that Apex from Canada’s much raved about Unleash The Archers is a failure by any means, rather that it proves they have so much to give that they can climb the metal stairway to heaven immeasurably from here. Apex is already an album of the year contender to a few of my friends I have spoken with.
Formed in 2007, the power metal and thrash hybrid band eschew boring classifications and instead just boldly mold themselves into their own metal unit, a true heavy metal band like Judas Priest, Sister Sin, King Diamond, Accept, Huntress, Valient Thorr, Ross The Boss Band, Tower, The Agonist or any real deal blue blooded defenders of the faith out there.
Let’s catch up with vocalist Brittney, who I personally always say has some of the best pipes in the game these days, and get the scoop on the new album Apex.
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