Nate Hall is one of my favorite artists and a very smart, interesting person. I always tell people he should be considered a national treasure (and I know I sound like a super fanboy) for his work, but it is true. The North Carolina sound architect is at the frontier’s edge for post-rock, psych metal and inspired, lonely folk music that cuts to the bone but also helps you find refuge when you are on the mend. Be it in USX, Uktena or his prolific solo output (the guy just released the excellent A Year Under A False Moon earlier this year and already has another one on the way), Nate Hall is one of those people who it would be actually worth it to spend $ on for one of those full Bandcamp discographies. He can really take you to and through many different places.
Now Nate Hall has announced he is releasing The Center Of The Earth on August 31st, an album he says is one of his most important pieces of work. “I’ve never sacrificed so much for my art,” Hall tells me. “I’ve never felt such clarity from confusion. These are songs that have always been.”
The sole single available so far as a prelude to the days away full album release is an impressive brooder called “Night Sky Humming” that opens with a tone setting pretty powerful cowboy’s lament-esque lyric: These are the words I use to tell me what I’m dyin’ from /My directions for living were all wrong…
It is a reminder that not everything needs to be Slayer to visit some pained and troubled corners and that many weary roads and labors can bear potent fruit.
Hear the track and pre-order the full album HERE.Add to My Radar
Trivium are back with a follow up to Silence In The Snow and you might be wondering if the new single is able to top what was arguably their best album since perhaps Shogun. Well, “The Heart From Your Hate” can be heard below. It is pretty cool. Little less of a Metallica/Megadeth musical vibe to this one than the “Silence In The Snow” single (which also had some of Matt’s coolest vocal melodies – It is impossible not to notice his vocal growth since working with David Draiman on Vengeance Falls). This new single reminds me a bit more of, say, Demon Hunter or Atreyu and has a very slick feel to the riffing, not in a bad way just more like speeding in a new Corvette than a thrash march to war.
Set for release on October 20th, The Sin And The Sentence is available for pre-order today at all DSPs and www.trivium.org, with all pre-orders receiving instant grat downloads of the album’s title track and the newly released single, “The Heart From Your Hate”. As this band grows more mature and continues to carve their name in metal history, you can’t help but feel they are destined to stay one of the biggest forces for metal that can bridge to the mainstream for the next generation. Here’s hoping they keep at it.Add to My Radar
I have seen Gwar live more than any other band in my life (Melvins and Clutch run a close second and third). Some of my favorite memories include Oderus giving me a thumbs up as I faux-masturbated while crowd surfing during a show while the Scumdog billionaires performed their pretty much worst song “Sammy” or screaming along to “Horror Of Yig” until my throat was raw and my face was as orange from fake blood as Conald Trump’s is from spray tanning with Pam cooking spray before a good Putin nut gargle. What I am trying to say is, I am qualified to say as a very OG human filth that Gwar is still good.
I never thought I would be able to support the band without Oderus, one of the all time greatest and most original, fun and awesome voices in metal. Blothar, however, has done a fine job keeping the alien quest for dominance alive. They basically just sound like “I Hate Love Songs” and “Crush, Kill, Destroy” are every song now, which is a far better solution than if Oderus was replaced by someone with no past affiliation.
Now, the time has come…your Lords and Masters GWAR have unveiled the details of The Blood Of Gods. Today the first single “Fuck This Place” is available for audio and video streaming. Watch the video, check out the song and pre-order your copy of “The Blood of Gods” at metalblade.com/gwar! Your Intergalactic Overlords demand it! Digital pre-orders include an instant gratification download of “Fuck This Place”. Limited edition special bundle packs are available for pre-order as well.
“The Blood of Gods“, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris “Lord God” Murphy, will be released October 20th via Metal Blade Records. The album will be available in Standard CD, 2LP Colored Vinyl and Digital formats.Add to My Radar
On October 6th, The Black Dahlia Murder will release their eighth full-length, Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a video for the title track can be viewed at: metalblade.com/tbdm – where the album can be pre-ordered. Surely Nightbringers will be a strong death metal year end list contender, as the band rarely ever disappoint. This has been another (cough) killer year for death metal with Succumb, Extremity, Beneath , Decrepit Birth and many more churning out bad ass new content for fans, so some new BDM will be a surely welcome cherry on top.
Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Trevor Strnad explains of the title. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”Add to My Radar
Finnish post-punk quintet GRAVE PLEASURES have released their new single, “Be My Hiroshima”, taken from their upcoming sophomore album Motherblood, due for release on September 29 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.
Watch the official music video premiere for “Be My Hiroshima” streaming below.
“Be My Hiroshima” is also available as a single on all streaming and download platforms and also as an Instant Grat Track on iTunes and Amazon. You can find all streaming links, digital and physical preorder links here: http://smarturl.it/Motherblood.
Vocalist Mat McNerney explains:
“Be My Hiroshima is our love song for the apocalypse. The video is taken from our cover art by Tekla Vály. Images of Kali, the mother who sits on top of the cycle of life and death, birth and rebirth (and her consort Shiva who is the destroyer and transformer). As the dawn of man begins to draw to an end, it is her blood that we have shed, and like the sands of time it spills out. We are sacrificing our mother, and eating her flesh and drinking her blood. This is the eucharist which represents our extinction. Within her womb we are born and we are born to die there. It’s an endless love affair with death. A love like motherblood.
I rest my mouth upon your mouth
and the world is the colour of murder
I lie beside your oblivion
in the shadow of mass destruction.”
GRAVE PLEASURES’ sophomore record was recorded in an old WW2 coding bunker at Orgone Studios in the UK by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Ulver etc). It picks up where 80s UK bands such as Magazine, The Wire and Echo And The Bunnymen left off, but never stopping long enough to look back too much into the past. Featuring guest vocals from David Tibet from Current 93, the band sets the tone for their eclectic inspirations, from the esoteric underground of England’s hidden reverse to Manchester’s sound of misery.Add to My Radar
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Death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE are streaming a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Left Hand Pass’. The album’s title track, a ripping dose of death metal is available for streaming and sharing now, here.
‘Left Hand Pass’ will be released worldwide on September 8. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
The track list and artwork for ‘Left Hand Pass’, painted by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and more) can be found below:Add to My Radar
I friggin’ love Exhumed, by far my favorite gore grind/at times death obsessed political extreme metal band (would be close tie with Brutal Truth but they broke up and were not gore). Exhumeds 6th full-length arrives soon and they are doing their first concept album based on true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and (according to the press release): tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery.
I was a big fan of Sarke’s Bogefod (which deserved WAY better reviews from most of the metal community) and am ready for another band to tackle a concept album about some unhappy endings. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge will surely be extreme and put Matt Harvey in serious contention for work dog of the bloody apocalypse between this, Expulsion and Gruesome!
Frontman Matt Harvey commented:
“We’re very excited to see this record come out. It’s been a long time since we’ve fucked up your stereos! I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too.”
Watch the official Death Revenge album trailer AT THIS LOCATION.Add to My Radar
No Clean Singing hosts the official stream today for the Bay Area band of the progressive deathers and it will blow you away. Do NOT be left in the dark regarding one of the most important extreme records of 2017, full of lengthy yet engaging and soul churning performances. “Preserved In Ash”
in particular is a tornado of intense emotion paired with the tempered focus skilled musicians bring to complex arrangements yet with neither subordinate to the whole affect (plus you gotta love that statement of intent drum intro).
Prophets Of Rage featuring Public Enemy, RATM and Cypress Hill members have released another new single from their pending September 15th very anticipated Earth mover. I’m liking this one “Radical Eyes” a bit more than last single “Living On The 110”. Brad’s pocket/shuffle beat are dope and Chuck D is real strong on this one pointing out the idiocy of the alt-right’s attempt to paint anyone with a semblance of sanity as an extremist.
– Chuck D
‘Make America great again. Turn back the clock to a time when privileges of whiteness were supreme and unassailable, misogyny was simply viewed as an extension of masculinity, women got back-alley abortions and worked for partial wages, coal was king and global warming was purely academic, and trans people weren’t in our bathrooms or barracks. The good old days.’ – Charles M. Blow in The New York Times
Shout out to DJ Lord for retweeting a Maxine Waters tweet I posted the other day, btw. That made me stoked.
I for one am stoked as heck for this record. I can’t believe the racist bullshit STILL festering in this country. When I was a kid my friends and I didn’t give a fuck what color or gender or sexuality a band was as long as their music was dope, be it Living Colour or L7 or Pansy Division. That’s part of why when people talk shit on RHCP for being famous now it is like ,” get a grip.” You know how many white ass people the Chili Peps got to appreciate P-Funk?
Anyway, turn this shit up!
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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
As New York metallic hardcore outfit ALL OUT WAR prepares to release their damaging new Give Us Extinction LP through Organized Crime Records next month, the band has unleashed the first single from the album, debuting “Burn These Enemies” through Stereokiller.
ALL OUT WAR arises with arguably the band’s most crushing material to date on their sixth official album, Give Us Extinction. With more than forty-two minutes of unchecked aggression, the album sees vocalist Mike Score’s scornful accusations at mankind strike with more venomous intensity than ever. The monstrous grooves and slamming breakdowns executed by drummer Jesse Sutherland, bassist Erik Carrillo, and guitarists Taras Apuzzo and Andy Pietroloungo leave craters of scorched earth in their wake with a monolithic NYHC-fueled mandate, while searing elements of thrash metal blaze forth from the wreckage. The album furiously delivers eleven original tracks, and the band pays homage to New York punk/crust icons Nausea with a cover of the band’s “Cybergod.”
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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
First came their cover of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo.” Now Avenged Sevenfold continue the rollout of new tracks with the release of “Dose,” a song originally intended to be part of the track listing on newest album, The Stage.
“Musically, ‘Dose’ was supposed to be a Part 2 to “Roman Sky” and had a very cinematic feel, but we turned it into more of a tripped-out metal song,” says vocalist M. Shadows. “The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveler who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another. According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn’t exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. Don’t know if the story is true, but I’m fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it’d be a fun idea for a song.”
Check out the song, which almost comes off like A7X with a Soundgarden feel, below.Add to My Radar
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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.