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Witch Vomit prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Portland death metallers Witch Vomit are preparing to release their newest album Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave on August 30 via 20 Buck Spin.

Ahead of that release the band, earlier this week, released “Dripping Tombs.”

Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave was recorded and mixed by Evan Mersky (Mournful Congregation, Hellshock, Nightfell) and mastered by Dan Randall (Meatwound, Necrot, Ghoul, Vivasick), with artwork by Matt Stikker (Outer Heaven, Power Trip).

Witch Vomit will appear at a handful of fests in the coming weeks including Stardust VII in Brooklyn, New York alongside labelmates Fetid, Daeva and more.

Check out “Dripping Tombs” and Witch Vomit show dates here.

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Torche release “Admission” via Billboard

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:14 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Dan Almasy

Miami rockers Torche released their newest track “Admission” earlier this week via Billboard.

“Admission” is the title track off the new album, due out July 12 via Relapse Records.

Guitarist Jon Nunez had this to say about the new track:

“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying Billboard article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”

Torche will be heading out on tour with Baroness, Wear Your Wounds, Whores., and War On Women early next month. Check out those tour dates as well as “Slide” and “Times Missing” here.

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Imagika sign to Dissonance Productions

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:30 PM (PST)

California metallers Imagika have signed to Dissonance Productions. Imagika, who have been on a ten year hiatus, are back and preparing to release a new album Only Dark Hearts Survive in September.

Only Dark Hearts Survive was recorded by guitarist Steven D. Rice (Kill Ritual), vocalist Norman Skinner (Skinner, Niviane, Hellscream), bassist Jim Pegram (Mudface, Angerhead) and guest drummer Matt Thompson (King Diamond). The album was mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studios.

The band’s first ever video was shot in March with Mike Sloat (Testament, Machine Head,Lynyrd Skynyrd) for the track “The Spiteful One” at the infamous Sound Wave Studios in Oakland, CA. A lyric video for the title track “Only Dark Hearts Survive” will drop as the first introduction to the new album.

Check out what guitarist Steven D. Rice has to say about the rebirth of Imagika here.

Essence of Datum release “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:20 PM (PST)

[Photo Credit: Daryana Romanovskaya]

Belarus metallers Essence of Datum have released their newest track “Pendulum” via No Clean Singing.

“Pendulum” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Spellcrying Machine due out August 30 via Season of Mist Records.

Regarding the new album, the band comments:

“One of the most attractive buildings in our hometown is Minsk city crematorium! The comprehension of the fact that there’s a very high probability that our physical presence in this world will end up there and the bodies will be committed to flames, puts a veil of peculiar magic on this place. When walking in the halls of crematorium you cannot but notice giant pendulums that stand still symbolizing frozen time. It is the pendulum that gives more emphasis to the present before the inevitable end to come thus leaving us greedily gasping for the moments remaining. The pendulum in ‘Spellcrying Machine’ holds a special place and we’d like to set off a story with this composition. Until then, let the Pendulum swing!”

Check out the Spellcrying Machine artwork and tracklist here.

Ufomammut release 20th anniversary live set video via Cvlt Nation

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:45 AM (PST)

[photo by Francesca De Franceschi Manzoni]

Italian metallers Ufomammut have released a video of their 20th anniversary live acoustic set from Gaswerk in Winterthur, Switzerland in April. The live video was made by Andreas Weimann. Check out the video over at Cvlt Nation.

Ufomammut is preparing to release a box set called XX in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a band. The XX box set will feature nine Ufomammut’s albums. The box sets will include all eight studio albums; Godlike SnakeSnailkingLucifer SongIdolumEve,OroEcate, and 8. Additionally, the box will include a new release, titled XX. This new recording features six revisited tracks – “Satan,” “Plouton,” “Lacrimosa,” “Infearnatural,” “Mars,” and “Destroyer – which were re-recorded during the band’s recent European tour.

XX sees Ufomammut’s Poia performing acoustic guitar and effects, Urlo handling vocals, synth, and effects, and Vita on drums and percussion, with Ciccio and Stefano Tocci handling sound production and recording. The sound was mixed by Stefano Tocci at Ampire Studio and mastered by Luca Piazza at Zen Garden Studio.

Ufomammut offers:

“We thought it could have been great to celebrate our twenty years as a band with something different. We wanted to collect all our music in a single place, but we wanted also to do something that we never did before, so we thought about to play a different version of some songs. The ‘acoustic side’ came out from that and we’re very proud of the result we were able to play in front of our beloved fans during our latest spring tour. It was amazing to share these songs with all the people that are following us since the beginning. This is a present for all of them and also for us, for what we’ve been during these long twenty years.”

The XX box set will see release on September 9 through Ufomammut’s own Supernatural Cat Records.

Check out Ufomammut tour dates here.

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Pennsylvania metallers Sign of the Swarm have premiered a music video for their newest track “Malevolent Enslavement” over at Metal Injection.

The band commented, “We proudly present to you a music video for our new song, ‘Malevolent Enslavement’. The first taste of what the new era of SOTS has in store for all of you. A cleaner, faster and more technical side of what we have to offer.”

Signs of the Swarm will hit the road this Fall as part of the Disentomb headlined Bloodletting North America tour alongside Visceral Disgorge, Continuum, Organectomy, and Mental Cruelty.

Check out Signs of the Swarm tour dates here.

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The Contortionist have released “Early Grave” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM (PST)

Indiana metallers The Contortionist earlier this week released a music video for their newest single “Early Grave.”

“Early Grave” comes off the upcoming EP Our Bones due out August 9 via Entertainment One/Good Fight Music.

The “Early Grave” video was produced and directed by Corey Norman and produced and edited by vocalist Michael Lessard.

Our Bones is a follow up to 2017’s Clairvoyant.

“Once I was finally able to get Robby to record that riff we started piecing together the song in the back of the van, while on tour in Europe,” Lessard recalls of “Early Grave.”

“We try to do something different with everything we create,” explains Lessard. “With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. Our Bones is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

Our Bones was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), who worked on Language and Clairvoyant.

The Contortionist will be heading out on tour next month with Between The Buried and Me and Nick Johnston. Check out the video for “Early Grave” as well as those tour dates here.

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Ashbringer are streaming ‘Absolution’ via Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:57 AM (PST)

The Minnesota metallers in Ashbringer are today releasing their newest album Absolution via Prosthetic Records.

You can check it out over at Brooklyn VeganAbsolution was mixed by TKris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Ashbringer will be heading out on tour next month, you can check out dates for that here.

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In Mourning prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM (PST)

Swedish metallers In Mourning are preparing to release their latest album Garden of Storms.

Garden of Storms is due out October 4 via Agonia Records and will be the follow up to 2016’s Afterglow.

The band commented on the new album:

“We made a new album! It’s called The Garden of Storms ans it is the final piece in a trilogy which started with The Weight of Oceans. We’ve headed back.. and forward, at the same time. We’re back recording with Jonas Kjellgren who made the sound of our earlier albums, yet we have a lot of things that are new with this album. The band constellation is new with Sebastian and Jocke, we’ve worked in ways we’ve never done before, new vibes and new songs even if we planted the seeds to some of them a long time ago. In times where things kind of seem to scatter and change a lot around us, this still feels like our most solid, honest and complete album to date.”

In Mourning will be heading out on tour in October in support of the album. Check out those tour dates plus album art here.

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Danish hardcore punks OXX are preparing to release their upcoming album The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger is due out on August 16 via Nefarious Industries. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to 2017’s Night and the City.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

Check out a tracklisting and a preview of The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger here.

 

I saw Concrete Dream recently at a show in Poughkeepsie, NY where the New Jersey bred band was faced with the pretty daunting task of warming up a room for veterans Nonpoint and P.O.D., but their blend of crowd rallying alternative metal, rap and metalcore was up to the task. In short order vocalist Jeremiah Mayhem had gotten people to move up to the front of the stage and stop being wallflowers and the group made sure in short order that people would remember their name. That’s the way to not take a limited time stage slot for granted.

Noticing over the few weeks since that the band seem to keep an active social media presence, have a good attitude and care about what they are doing coupled with the fact I was still thinking about the concert, I decided to reach out. Now we have a cool ass interview and you can hear some music you may or may not already know about, homies.

Jeremiah Mayhem stops by Metal Riot today to answer some questions about the up and coming determined hard rock group. Fittingly as I am writing this into our system to publish the article there is a wild lightning storm starting to rage outside, which seems to compliment the energy of this band.

Read more BELOW.

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Killswitch Engage announce ‘Atonement’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Massachusetts metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage yesterday announced their newest album Atonement.

The upcoming release, due out August 16 via Metal Blade will be the band’s eighth album and follow up to 2016’s Incarnate.

The band have also released the track “Unleashed.”

Of “Unleashed” and Atonment singer Jesse Leach says:

“‘Unleashed’ is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within. I feel we were able to capture something raw and intense on this song and I’m stoked for everyone to hear it! The new album Atonement is a reflection of perseverance and passion through the trials and suffering of our existence.“

Killswitch Engage will be heading out on the road on a co-headlining tour with Clutch next month.

Check out “Unleashed,” KSE tour dates and the track list and album art for Atonement here.

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Hard rockers Godsmack continue their recently resumed upward trajectory with more tour dates in support of the well received When Legends Rise. Fans have latched on to the newest songs with more fervor than in awhile. Godsmack will extend their in-progress world tour with additional dates taking the band into the fall. The new shows, with Halestorm supporting, kick off September 20 in Green Bay, WI and wrap October 18 in Tulsa, OK. Tickets for the fall shows go on sale Friday, June 28 at 10:00 AM (local time).

The band–Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass], and Shannon Larkin [drums]-just wrapped their European and U.K. dates. They’ve spent more than a year on the road, both in North America and throughout Europe in support of their recent album, earning their keep the old fashioned way.

Dates BELOW as well as the streamlined but still Godsmack-y hit “Bulletproof” and the new video for Sully’s lively collab track with Stitched Up Heart.

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Napalm Death European 2019 Summer Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:55 AM (PST)

UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are currently working on a new studio album to follow up 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat effort as well as 2018’s Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs compilation release. NAPALM DEATH have just announced their next European tour run for the summer, a tour run in Russia in September, as well as a return to North America in October with Municipal Waste and label-mates Sick Of It All.

NAPALM DEATH’s frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway states about the upcoming tour, “The stinky van is calling again, and this summer looks to me like we’re reaching more parts of Europe than we have done in quite a few summers. Macedonia in July looks to be one that sticks out, as I recall that our last gig there was in the midst of the miserable Balkans war – it was that long ago. On another note, I know people are probably wondering about the next album. It is coming, we promise. Unforeseen circumstances and the kind of recurring touring schedule you see in front of your eyes have conspired to string it out quite a bit. It’s gonna be a multi-faceted rasper though, I think. Some nice ‘n’ quirky cover songs too. All will be revealed soon – just getting on with artwork and last couple of lyrics and all the usual window dressing. Alongside that, if it comes off, a nifty associated split release with a very-definitely-not-grindcore band is in the planning, which will neatly skip around convention and stereotype. And why not. Cheers all.”

Below is a list of all upcoming dates for NAPALM DEATH, kicking off with next week’s appearance at Germany’s Full Force festival.

 

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Electric Frankenstein re-issue ‘How To Make A Monster’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:20 PM (PST)

New Jersey metallers Electric Frankenstein have re-issued How To Make A Monster.

The re-release includes limited edition colored vinyl, new artwork by friend and famed artist COOP, extensive liner notes by Joel Gausten with additional insights by Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), plus Captain Sensible (The Damned), a digital download and an 18″ x 24″ poster of COOP’s ‘Electric Bride.’

Says bassist Dan Canzonieri:

“The re-release of How To Make A Monster was very important to us and we worked hard to make it something special for our fans. It’s hard to believe this record is 20 years old! We are celebrating this release by performing the album live in its entirety for the very first time in Europe starting in July. Our US fans will be able to see us play the album later this year and we will post dates as soon as they are confirmed. This includes a round two return to Europe in the fall.”

Check out Electric Frankenstein tour dates and stream How To Make A Monster here.