California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. "Firepower Kills" probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. "Crushed Beneath The Tracks" and "Power Unsurpassed" in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band's performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/
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Horror Pain Gore Death Productions have announced the new double CD collection from Japan’s Death/Doom fiends Coffins entitled Perpetual Penance, set for release on June 9th on CD and Digital formats. This is an essential compilation of Coffins vinyl only and split release tracks, features artwork by Uchino. The first 100 orders come with a free chrome Coffin keychain, a miniature casket that opens to store your victims ashes!
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Below is the official description:
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is proud to unleash the new Coffins double CD collection Perpetual Penance. This is an essential compilation of Coffins vinyl only and split release tracks from artists including Noothgrush, Macabra, Sourvein, Warhammer, Disgrace, Hooded Menace and Stormcrow. Coffins continue their devastating legacy of ancient torture with this 96 minute presentation of bone-crushing Death/Doom sickness! Features original artwork by Uchino himself and showcases out of print/hard to find vinyl tracks from the following outlets: Southern Lord, Decibel Magazine, Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, Forcefield Records, Break The Chains, A Pile Of Dirt Music, Doomentia Records, 20 Buck Spin and Hydro-Phonic Records. For fans of Abscess, Acid Witch, Anatomia, Asphyx, Autopsy, Carnage, Celtic Frost, Cianide, Disma, Divine Eve, Grave, Hellhammer, Hooded Menace, Mythic, Venom and Winter
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Other than The Great Give Back by The Heartless Breakers and a few other standout records by bands ironically with heart, you might think rock was really in poor shape in 2015. It’s actually not the case, as Royal Thunder‘s new video for Crooked Doors lead track and future anthem “Time Machine” gloriously proves with a bang. Not many bands on this site could hang on tour as Wilco’s opener (Nocturnal Poisoning/Wilco would be so rad). Personally, I think that it’s super cool the legendary Wilco took RT out.
Anyway, “Time Machine” has a riff that really reminds me melodically somehow of the chorus of Muse’s “Uprising” hit, but it’s also nothing like it. The slinky, gypsy rock main line builds up to a somber and reflective harrowing of personal trials, purged out in the louder rock moments of the song with vigorous bravery.
Three cheers to Royal Thunder, still the ones to beat for hard rock in the first quarter of 2015. They really are just ailing it and firing on all cylinders. The lyrics of this one in particular are some of the most flooring and powerful on the new record, especially that second verse. Ooofff. You will feel something.
Watch the video BELOW.
New York death metal band Skinless have recently reformed and are coming full-force for the metal world.
Skinless will unless their new album (and classic sound) on June 2 with the release of Only The Ruthless Remain.
Today Skinless have release the first track from Only The Ruthless Remain, “Serpenticide”.
Vocalist Sherwood Webber talked a bit about the album:
“[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, ha!”
Check out “Serpenticide” and Skinless tour dates here.Add to My Radar
I was reflecting in an email I sent today to a pr friend Nikki Law from Century Media who handles Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches about a cool time I went to L.A. when Crisis was on the West Coast in the band’s later days. I got to see them rehearse in a space they shared with a killer band called Eyes Of Fire, which featured Matt Fisher as the driving force. Recalling that , it made me think on how more people need to give love to the band Mindrot, a musical volcano which Fisher was also in prior to Eyes Of Fire. People give post-humous love to Type O Negative and, to some degree, the very underatted Woods of Ypres, but Mindrot deserve way more accolades than Mindrot gets. Fans of Neurosis, Twitching Tongues or Katatonia should all be rallying for a Mindrot reunion.
Still to this day no one really sounds like Mindrot.
Adrian Leroux, who along with Matt Fisher founded the band in 1989, was super cool to answer my questions and look back on Mindrot’s active and punishing years of creative gloom and glory. Read it BELOW.
Even if Royal Thunder never recorded another note (perish the thought), the music they have already produced would likely survive and be heralded as classic down the line. The southern blues and sludge elements of the band’s striking sound has expanded on their new charismatic sophomore album Crooked Doors into even headier and moodier hemispheres, but retaining pure rock n roll drive. These stormy “thunder” (ahem) clouds of psych rock and gypsy mourning can be found rolling colorfully next to harder rocking tracks that retain the bands powerful groove and Pandora’s box will to survive hardships . Whatever they touch, this outfit is frighteningly capable. Vocalist Mlny Parsonz (one of the indisputably best rock singers in the game right now) and the boys create music that makes even true believers generally gasp at the unabashed power and authenticity. You’d never accuse this band of lacking feeling or inspiration, simply a group that make half the bands out there seem creatively malnourished.
Josh Weaver (guitar) fills us in on some of the record’s creation BELOW.
NY’s Skinless are one of the most brutal bands of their generation and will soon return with their sole offering of new death metal in nearly a decade. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29 in DE/Benelux/Finland). Recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Only The Ruthless Remain is almost certain to remind people of the ascendancy this bloody outfit once held with a firm grim on both 6 stringed axes and dripping axe handles. Be sure to catch them live 5/21 at Maryland Deathfest!Add to My Radar
Brooklyn’s Mortals manage to combine some of the most dour yet inspiring extreme metal elements into a new sound. It’s kind of a punker, more melodic style of black metal that is just plain furious and go for the throat with occasional doomy excursions. Cynical? Somehow missed the more prophetic than Cassandra long player Cursed To See The Future? Check out the new Mortals song “Ten Years of Filth” right HERE.
“Ten Years Filth” is Side A of the Mortals/Repellers Split 10,” released on Broken Limbs Recordings. Art by Mike Bukowski. Recorded at Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten in 2014.Add to My Radar
Richmond, VA psychedelic satan loving doom troupe WINDHAND have entered the studio with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, High on Fire). If it is half as good as Soma I’ll buy it! There’s a good likelihood that it might be even better though. Windhand have grown a lot in popularity and have probably been working hard to keep themselves there.
The band is recording their highly anticipated third full-length album at Soundhouse Recording in Seattle, WA. The currently untitled album will see a fall release via Relapse Records.Add to My Radar
Torche‘s blend of harmony, sludge with a smirk and a no fucks given attitude has unfairly had them judged hipster metal by some black hearted types, the same sort of goons who’d write off Gorgoroth once they’d discovered Gaahl was gay. Or snob hardcore kids…don’t get me started on the idiots I heard at a recent Converge tour stop who were trashing on Torche’s support slot. Excuse me, but the great Converge hand picked them for the tour, not to mention aren’t exactly a punk by numbers band themselves. Torche have been a vital part of the scene the last few years and inject a welcome dose of self awareness and heft into everything they do. I find them extremely refreshing. If you can’t be affected by a song like first single “Minions” off this baby just leave rock n roll behind you and go play in traffic. The rest of us will be playing Torche Vs. Robots.
New record Restarter is quite an experience, just a shining example of a band being themselves (much like the new Coliseum material, it’s “love us or leave us. This is what we do”). Like Pelican offshoot The Swan King it is both quirky and smart but also pretty easy to rock out too. My only critique is most of the material works as a feeling or vibe more than as super distinct songs, but that’s kind of always been their bag, it seems. It’s kind of about the delivery.
It has been cold as a witches balls in Upstate, Ny and Torche (or the reunited Floor for that matter) always manage to warm me up with those huge walls of distortion and massive low end. Restarter is heavier than the recent Floor effort Oblation which was great (“Rocinante”= so good) but seemed more concerned with pop structure. This Torche record really stretches out and gets weird, but within certain frameworks. It kind of reminds me of old Soundgarden in an odd way in that the album is clearly structured to be listened to all the way but each song really compliments the others or works alone. Torche really upped their game here making sure every inch of Restarter counts, from the trudging “Barrier Hammer” to the near nine minute title track’s thrills and sheets of distorted chills.
Click HERE for the full review.
“We are very excited to have the song ‘Forget You’ be the first song premiered off our new albumCrooked Doors, said Royal Thunder guitar player and co-founder Josh Weaver. “It makes sense for us to premiere ‘Forget You’ first, as it was one of the first songs we wrote and played out live after or last album, CVI. Thank you to everyone who has showed us love and support and made this album possible! Enjoy!”
Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING released their new LP Poisoned Altars, earlier this week via Relapse Records, and the band recently completed work on a video for the title track from the record. The video was co-directed by Danger Ehren of “Jackass” fame and Brett Roberts. Today the video receives its exclusive premiere on Noisey. The video includes cameos from members of Red Fang, Thrones, Yob, Witch Mountain and more. Check out the videoHERE.
“The video is a homage of 80’s horror and Sci-Fi movies pitting dirt bags vs. yuppies. In Portland we keep seeing our favorite hangs getting bulldozed for condo’s to go up and we wanted to return the favor,” states front man Erik Olson.
Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP for Relapse Records 25th Anniversary. Order your copy of Poisoned AltarsHERE. The digital iTunes version is available HERE. The band will also be hitting the road for a few headlining dates at the end of January, then they will embark on a month-long North American conquest with Anvil.Add to My Radar
Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest.
INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013’s monolithic Sky Burial. Both records can be streamed via their official Bandcamp HERE.
Check out the Metal Riot review of recent awe inspiring 45 minute song The Cavern HERE.Add to My Radar
Royal Thunder, the female-fronted hard rock quartet whose debut album, CVI, earned praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, Revolver and saw singer Mlny Parsonz land on the cover of Decibel Magazine, release their follow-up full-length, Crooked Doors, on April 7 via Relapse Records.
“It’s been too long,” said the band. “Thanks for being patient with us in delivering this album! We hope you are fond of it. Looking forward to revisiting familiar places and face.”
The eleven-song album was recorded throughout 2014, with principal recording done at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA with producer Joey Jones.