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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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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
Black Cobra are a band with a sense of purpose. It’s evident if you listen to
any of the sludge punk duo’s onslaught filled and rhythmically rewarding
records that the band cut their teeth on many great bands before them and are
keen to carry the torch. A little bit Melvins, a bit of Karp riff charge and
yet a much more rawboned execution with an emphasis on a live sounding
insistence ensures this band could play with any metal or punk band and more
than hold their own.
Some people wrongfully think of legends Earth as a one style band. While, for
instance, “Badgers Bane” and, say, “Tibetan Quaaludes” both feature long,
droned out guitars with an emphasis on feel, there are still lots of subtle
differences related to the year of composition, intent of meaning, etc. Black
Cobra, like Motorhead or Black Tusk, also get kind of pigeonholed as a rad but
mostly one trick pony but that sells their action packed performances and
kinetic records far short.
Let’s check out new sci-fi infused record Imperium Simulacra (order HERE).
“Challenger Deep” arrives victoriously, charging in with giant balls. I am
loving how the vocals, particularly on title track “Imperium Simulacra” are
kind of sounding more and more like a punk rock version of Venom these days ,
a bit more tangible to understand and more snarled. As always the band are
tight as fuck, rattling out fist pumping anthems that tow the line between
poison spitting High On Fire charge and locked in machine gun snare and payoff
riff build (particularly during “Eye Among The Blind”).
Read more and hear “Obsolete” BELOW.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK! The Order Of Israfel, one of our very favorite bands of medieval-esque Doom fuckers, return with their new album Red Robes. Well, tickle my Raistlin Majere black! This looks awesome and if anything it will be a thrill to hear how the band top their near perfect debut.
Headed to an Anthrax For All Kings listening party now but this news had to be shared! SO stoked!
Ladies and Gentlemen of The Order!
We are very happy to announce that our second album, ‘Red Robes’, will be released via Napalm Records on May 27th. Check out the artwork below, again done by our brilliant friend Henrik Jacobson. It will be available as a double LP and digipack CD. Both versions will include a bonus live DVD of our performance at Sweden Rock 2015.
The track listing for you BELOW.Add to My Radar
Sometimes pacing is everything. While we all have metal favorites that
bludgeon us to death right off the bat (Say, the majority of Kreator albums)
other times entertainment can be even more powerful through a steady, slow
build with sudden shocking moments of adrenaline. South Korean revenge film I Saw
The Devil builds terror and suspense through a rising feeling of dread and an
eventual complete blurring of moral lines, for example.
Boise, Idaho’s Wolvserpent have been refining themselves over the years, the
duo expanding their sound and coming ever close to really manifesting their
classical influences as equally as the “metal” aesthetic. These days the
boundaries are fuzzy anyway, with recent records by The Visit, Insect Ark or
Helen Money all stirring examples of what can be done with a cinematic
imagination and a ton of soul.
Wolvserpent’s new 40 minute single song Aporia:Kāla:Ananta (Pre order HERE) is breathtaking,
haunting and all the overused adjectives you can think of. Brittany
McConnell’s violin will make you cry and the 7:45 minute mark of the song had
my friend enter the room asking what movie I was watching because it sounded
like an epic western. But fear not, there is some real doomy Blake Green vocal
action also akin to some moaned Sunn O))) chanting behind the climbing wall of
sound, breaking at 11:30 and reverting to a mere trickle before we start a
similar process again.
Sweeping vistas of darkness and light interplay with the burdens and triumphs
of the human spirit, and if that sounds pretentious you just really need to
give this a listen. It feels like being vulnerable and brave all at once as
forces swirl around you. It’s very much as high art as anything from the metal
world can get, and that is a good thing. It feels like Wolvserpent are more
worried with creating “life works” than mere albums or time killing metal
jams. At 16:00 in you’ll feel like you watched a two hour movie, in the best
way. And that is scarcely the halfway mark.
This is precisely when things start to get really doomy and the bottom drops
out on the old West (er, North West) feel to reveal a yawning chasm of void beneath the
prairie. Charred black metal orchestration reigns triumphant for well past the
30 minute mark, the song eventually almost sounding like orchestral industrial
noise/feedback drone. The whole second half takes the real constitution of an
experimental music fan, but is equally rewarding and worthwhile.
Wolvserpent have made a true statement that defies casual listening and
becomes a veritable life force, self defining.
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.”
UK metalheads Conan have announced a North American tour.
Conan will be touring in support of their album Revengeance which will be released on January 29 via Napalm Records.
Conan will receive report on their tour from Serial Hawk. The tour will start on March 3, run 19 shows and wrap up on March 26.
Frontman Jon Davis had this to say about the album and the tour, “Revengeance is the sound of hacking and slashing in Golden Axe, throwing coins into Gauntlet and still failing. Failure and triumph, sword and sorcery. We are excited to visit the US again and make our first trip to Canada. Our tour in 2015 was awesome, and we look forward to doing this all again. See you at the front.”
Check out tour dates, the Revengeance track list and title track here.Add to My Radar
I feel like people that don’t like Sunn O))) have no real sense of the primal. Is it that much of a leap to combine Black Sabbath at half speed with an aboriginal worthy sense of humming disorientation? I’m a sucker for bands that are keen on having a unique aesthetic, from the retro ritual bluesy and dulcet tones of Jex Thoth to the weird as fuck French black metal noise of Spektr (who have a cool ass new song fittingly monikered “From The Terrifying To The Fascinating”).
Not all metal and hard rock needs to be coated in dark yet hooky polish or bounce at the mid tempo arena pace of a Disturbed or Korn or throttle you with the breakneck energy of Testament , Municipal Waste or the more lightning-side of Fear Factory. Sometimes the most glacial music can be a heavier, more world moving experience than the 18th millionth disco-tinged Rob Zombie solo record (all due respect to John 5 who is an awesome fucking guitarist, IMO).
Dømkirke is a less obtuse experience than some of the flagship Southern Lord acts output, a live ritual recorded at the Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, Norway during the Borealis Festival in 2007. The four-song double album was initially released in September 2008 and is available on vinyl only, with one track featuring on each side of the records.
This performance features intrinsic members of SUNN O)))’s mythology, including Attila Csihar (vocals), Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog), Lasse Marhaug (noise), Steve Moore (organ, trombone) with Greg Anderson (guitar) and Stephen O’Malley (guitar) vitally remaining at the center of the constellation.
Dømkirke will be re-released on February 5th, 2016 on 2xLP only.
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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
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
Holy crap?!! Could this tour be any more stacked with characters? This is one helluva great line up.
Notorious southern metal outfit WEEDEATER have announced the first leg of this two-part North American headlining tour. This first leg begins on March 14, and travels across the South and Western US. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.Add to My Radar
Oakland post-metallers Neurosis are preparing to enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2012’s Honor Found in Decay.
In addition to recording their 11 studio album the band is playing three 30th anniversary performances at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Neurosis also has a few European dates planned.
Check out tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Chicago doom metallers Wrekmeister Harmonies are heading out on tour this February in support of their album Night Of Your Ascension.
They will see support from Bell Witch and will join Pallbearer for a few dates.
Night Of Your Ascension is out now via Thrill Jockey Records.
Check out tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Walking Bombs, the solo/collaborative project of singer/music journalist Morgan Y. Evans (also of hard rock band GET OUT., ex-Divest) has released the second single from pending full length debut Know You’re Wild via Bandcamp HERE.
“The song “snow globe” was partly inspired by that band G.L.O.S.S. or War On Women, bands who have spoken out against small minds or objectification and started putting that back into the scene,” Evans says. “I play a few roles in the song and switch voices. It’s like grunge meets doom with Ozzy harmonies. The engineer and I were really into Sub Pop stuff growing up and so we wanted to include at least one really grungy song on this album. You can hear my dog barking at me when I really start screaming.”
The song “snow globe” features Evans on bass and vocals and is the heaviest song on the record, which features everything from indie-garage to acoustic emo to ballads to a weird hip hop track and some spoken word.
“I was always a fan of Beck’s Mellow Gold , The Melvins’ Stag album or Beastie’s Check Your Head where you had no idea what the next track would sound like,” Evans says. “I played some instruments on this album as well, which was rad because in 20 years I’ve mostly just sung. Nowadays people know me mainly as a writer though. But I’d like to change that. This record Know You’re Wild was mostly myself and engineer Jay Andersen of the noise rock band Surmiser bugging out in the woods with weird gear, though other guests are on it as well like Nate Hall of USX fame and Brian Goss of The Noise.”
As far as future plans Evans adds ,”After Know You’re Wild and some stuff from my main band GET OUT. I am doing another Walking Bombs EP that draws from different influences like Julian Cope, Sunn O))) and Nick Cave. That’s gonna be a lot weirder and probably heavier than some of the singer songwriter stuff on this first album, but with like baritone, storytelling vocals. The band name is basically about how I have been trolled by assholes over the years for depression issues and the name is not explicitly about terrorism, certainly not for shock value. I’m a bi sexual music journalist and very inclusive person. I know the name offends some people and it feels weird to be releasing this after the Paris killings but you have to be able to discuss why people become extremists or have mental illness or the effects of intolerance, for example. Stop separation and killing each other or attacking one another. So the band name is kind of a fuck you to that and a rebuke to people who have called me a loose cannon.”