Queensrÿche have many great eras and albums, the best of which is a hotly debated topic amongst rock fans. I love almost everything they have ever done (especially Empire, Condition Human, Tribe and Rage For Order being my personal faves - don't yell at me Mindcrime fanatics, haha). It is flat out dumb not to respect them and consider them a very important legacy band. Tate and La Torre are both vocal giants who have led the always skilled line ups and there is always something to offer. Anyway, the band still kicks ass and The Verdict was another killer release last year on Century Media. "Inner Unrest" is their new video from that album, a song tackling PTSD. "'Inner Unrest' is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD. The internal and external battles one must fight daily," states Queensryche frontman Todd LaTorre about the track. See the band live with John 5 and Eve To Adam in 2020! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSnXabEh7Xg&feature=youtu.be
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Call Newburgh’s metallic hardcore outfit All Out War legends/tyrants/veterans or whatever, they still lead the pack. 2017 found the ferocious band recently dropping Give Us Extinction (their sixth mosh fest) to eager fans. Now you can also hear a song “Accept No Masters” from the same sessions as part of the Decibel Flexi Series HERE. Most people are not ready to be unplugged from bad systems and this song underscores the need for new solutions. A cool and eerie intro gives way to a terrifying high speed attack before an insane pit starter mid tempo bash section comes in. It is hard to hear this song without envisioning windmilling crazy people.
Recorded at West West Side Studios with Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches with artwork by Alexandre Goulet, Give Us Extinction is the band’s first full length since 2010’s Into The Killing Fields. It includes a cover of Nausea’s “Cybergod,” and features guest vocals on “Choking On Indifference” and “Cybergod” by Emily Muscara (Straphangers), and on “Carcass Rot” by Michelle Eddison (ex-Starkweather).
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Threat Signal have returned with some long awaited new music. “Exit The Matrix” is the first taste of Disconnect (pre order HERE now!), due out on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. Def cool to hear their sound again and there is even a little more progressive edge to the bridge and solo section that were a cool surprise. Not feeling the cleans on this one as much as some of the older stuff, but Jon Howard remains an in charge force on the screams nonetheless. I really do think if Linkin Park moves forward he is literally the only ideal choice for the job.
Anyway, I am gonna go back to enjoying the last few episodes of American Gods that I need to catch up on but this Threat Signal news was absolutely welcome energy that a lot of us were waiting for! Great to have them back.
NEW SONG PREMIERE! Listen to the first single from our long-awaited fourth studio album, "Disconnect", due out on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. The track "Exit The Matrix" is available in the form of a lyric video below, or on YouTube, at:https://youtu.be/Kviui27X7RUPRE-ORDER the new album at:CD/BOX/LP/MERCH: https://agoniarecords.com/threatsignaliTunes: http://radi.al/THREATSIGNALBandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/disconnectJon commented: "Well, we made it to album number 4! To say its been a tough ride would be an understatement, but as the shit piles on, we'll keep shovelling that shit off!! So we began writing this album back in 2012, and continued writing over the next 3 years until we were able to hit the studio again. Basically our thought process while writing was to not have an end goal of what the album should sound like. We didn't plan to make a really heavy album, or a melodic album, or take anyone else's input on what we should sound like. We basically just wrote songs with a clear and open mindset until Disconnect grew together. This album ranges from melodic metal, to hard rock, to thrash metal, and even down to a chill acoustic tune, its a roller coaster of a ride while staying true to the Threat Signal sound. You will feel the energy from all of our previous albums plus something new. A big thanks to Agonia records for believing in us and finally getting this album released. Also a HUGE thanks to the fans for sticking with us over the years. I'd like to dedicate our album Disconnect to my fallen friend and former Threat Signal drummer Norm Killeen. May you be jamming with the best of them in the next life!!! Peace and love"."Disconnect" was recorded and produced by Jon Howard and lead guitarist Travis Montgomery. Mixing and mastering were done by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Battlecross, Coal Chamber). Artwork for the album was created by Ludovic Cordelieres of Rusalkadesign (Kamelot).Tracklist:1. Elimination Process2. Nostalgia3. Walking Alone4. Exit The Matrix5. Falling Apart6. Aura7. Betrayal8. To Thine Own Self Be True9. Dimensions10. Terminal Madness11. Eyes Sewn Shut (*BOX CD exclusive)Album formats:- Digipack CD.- Limited BOX (CD + bonus track, poster, patch and sticker).- Regular black LP.- Limited transparent blue/opaque red ("colour in clolour") LP.- Digital.- TS.
Posted by Threat Signal on Thursday, September 14, 2017
It is always a good thing when you can hear new music from Canada’s Big|Brave.The three piece have a new record out Ardor via mighty Southern Lord this week and they remain one of the most enjoyable and reality changing bands out there, capable of scooping you right out of your banal existence and into your mind’s eye.
Stream BIG|BRAVE’s Ardor, featured at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE.
As with their previous release, Au De La, the new Ardor album was recorded at the Hotel2Tango, this time by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In My Heart). Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra), who was a special guest on Au De La, played violin on all the three new tracks, and Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) played contrabass on two of the tracks.
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
Marilyn Manson has been, in my opinion, pretty consistent through his musical career overall, but most people always associate an artist’s ‘best’ work with their most popular period due to shared cultural reference points. The truth is, while a lot of Manson stuff on the last handful records drifted into the sort of mid-tempo pained moaning and self-deprecating poetry territory it wasn’t overall bad. Some people need stuff to be extra in their faces for it to make them feel the same level of adrenaline (look at Linkin Park fans who only like their first record when they have arguably been decent songwriters most of their career).
Anyway, if you like the more hard rock side of Manson you will likely dig this new single from 10th LP Heaven Upside Down (the album is due Oct. 6th from Loma Vista Recordings). It has the sense of social paranoia, some yeowling scratchy screams and a semi-stompy beat that will likely make it a strong live number. If anything it is a pointed examination of the lack of privacy in the swarming cesspool we call modern culture.
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Pretty blown away by the new Neck Deep In Filth track that crossed my desk today. By crossed my desk I mean I am in bed and just finished Narcos Season 3 (some corrupt ass motherfuckers) and checked my email and was like ,”Hot damn! Check out this scorching bad ass punk track from Nepal.”
The band have a new EP coming out and it features a new song “Praise The Tyrant” that is very timely if you look at the disgusting resurgence of nationalism in the world and situations like Trump where the people who claim minorities are bad really just want autocracy and to be taken care of the most, fearful bigoted shitheads (at least in America). I am super excited to hear the rest of the release now. I love hearing bands with a good message whether Napalm Death or the much missed G.L.O.S.S. or the recent Cliterati record or this band, so I can keep a slim bit of fucking faith in humanity!
The artwork is made by Dib Gurung, known for his work with Chepang, and reflects the strong political views of the bands by showing a member of a minority community surrounded by bullets and the Nepali flag. As vocalist Vishal puts it – “We’re living in a society filled with racists, misogynists, and hate filled ultranationalists. We’re surrounded by scum. Hence, Neck Deep In Filth.”
Anyway, this song is killer. The opening sample ,“flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead” gave me chills. I don’t know what it is from but hails and cheers to this band for putting such a message so front and center! Very great.
Neck Deep In Filth recently premiered the song and gave an interview on the Nepalese extreme music scene HERE at Unite Asia. They remind me a bit of anarcho stuff like Nausea and early Extreme Noise Terror a bit but there is also a grim and dark powerful modern hardcore element to the end of the song that makes you want to scowl, look at the ground and slow whirl into the pit swinging your arms wide.
Also be SURE to pre-order their full new self-released EP right HERE (out in a few days on Sept. 9th)!Add to My Radar
Yo. It is Tuesday but feels like an extra bad Monday cuz straight up FUCK that Trump and Keebler Elf with a face made for dog dominating Jeff Sessions are pulling mad DACA bullshit. But we can at least rage to some rad heavy music. My soundtrack this morning has been some super chill Rezz Mass Manipulation, some brutish Mantar and this here Clover action we have for ya today! Clover is releasing a new 7″ vinyl later this month and have launched a preorder for it. Preorder the recorder now at: https://thebandisclover.bandcamp.com/album/7
My friend M. Guthaus elaborates:
“Our last 2 releases have both been full length albums. We decided that our next release was going to be something shorter to give potential new fans something quick and easy to listen to. In my own experience, I have sometimes found it hard to find a good listening starting point in reference to bands I am unfamiliar with who have extensive discographies. Sometimes if you try to start with a full length record, you can become quickly bored if the record is more of a slow burner. What we wanted to do with this release is try to give listeners a full grasp of what our band is all about in 2 songs. The 7” format also worked perfectly for this because we have never released anything on vinyl before.”
“For this release, we decided to put our song “Aurora” on it which we recorded with Will Putney last year for Metal Sucks Converse Rubber Tracks. It is one of the songs we are most proud of as a band so it only seemed right to put it on this record since it never had a formal physical release. We also have included “The Hunter” on this record which is a brand new track that we recorded earlier this year. I think collectively these two songs give a good presentation of what our band is all about.”
Preorder the recorder now at: https://thebandisclover.bandcamp.com/album/7
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Winnipeg tech death band Inverted Serenity have a new song out today called “We Who Wander” that you can check out HERE at The New Fury blog. It is a blur of speed, well executed and precise death metal, tricky melodic instrumental passages and even a sleazy guitar solo moment or two amidst the progressive and straight up newer tech death metal influences. Fans of everything from the skillful insanity of Augury, Beyond Creation or Decrepit Birth to the prog touched inspiration of Circuitry or Fallujah can find aspects to enjoy. Pre Order As Spectres Wither , their new album HERE (it is out early October and has cool and not cliché cover art.
Inverted Serenity member Marc had this to say about today’s song premiere for “We Who Wander”:
“What provoked the lyrics for “We Who Wander” was the frustration I felt after someone told me I would “grow up and play country some day”. Of course, their condescension ticked me off, but as I reflected on that statement more and more it was this person’s lack of passion and understanding for art that bothered me more. There isn’t much that is more subjective than art. Every art form is as valid as the next. You can’t tell someone what can and can’t inspire them, especially if you aren’t inspired by anything yourself. If it’s unorthodox to play death metal, so be it. There’s nothing wrong with defying convention from time to time. But if “growing up” means suppressing passions and abandoning any creative thought that crosses my mind, I’d much rather wander in immaturity than conform to whatever bland existence is deemed more admirable.”Add to My Radar
Hey. Morgan from Metal Riot/Walking Bombs here with a cover song for you today. I want to thank you all for your own lives, for the ways you enrichen mine and for the times we can manage to remember one another’s goodness after distance grows.
In a time when the most toxic and defensive people attack others as “triggered snowflakes” while pushing for the same old same old white supremacy and kleptocratic patriarchy under the extremely fake guise of “shaking up the system”, when unrepentant and hurtful people with no desire to truly communicate gaslight society (remember kids- saying nazis are actually socialist is like saying GOP is still the party of Lincoln), when civil rights are threatened, when love is laughed at but the hard choice of physical resistance to violent fascism is also condemned, sensitive artists and souls or people with PTSD can really struggle. When we do make mistakes it is even harder to forgive ourselves. The waters are churning too much, like a blender that never shuts off and has no lid but somehow you are expected to keep the contents inside when everyone else is rewarded for being unplugged or complacent, even as they have no current flowing through their hearts.
Anyway, I wanted to send love to Scott from Neurosis, especially Sinead O’Connor and others alive and still with us trying to bravely battle stigma and depression in this climate. Or activists like Bree Newsome or Talib Kweli who put so much out there on the front lines of activism every day. Or people who were too exhausted to go on like Chester or Chris or Scott Weiland or any of the greats we have lost. Even Prince or MJ who gave so much but had a curated existence just to function on the cosmic frequency they did.
I love people but have a hard time with crowds anymore. Not to say I am an empath, necessarily…but when you have had bad experiences and are suspicious or scan for danger to survive or have had trust completely broken, when you sabotage yourself….your spider sense is often tingling. I love people but it can be so draining. And I need a lot of alone time society doesn’t always allow for unless you really have cash. Even monitoring it is easy to spiral for some of us.
I went today to a place I almost took my own life a few years ago. I wanted to send some light and loving energy out from that spot to remind how crucial communication (when possible) and room for healing are. I have a long semi-coherent intro, but I covered Sinead’s bittersweet “Last Day Of Our Acquaintance” for anyone who has had relationships or friendships or their own personal aura clouded by struggles with depression. I have so much respect for people like Hether Fortune who talks online sometimes about the benefits of therapy or Christopher Stroop who is doing #emptythepews work to combat Evangelical societal abuse or other artists who try to stay engaged with social issues even when it is very taxing. I do it myself so much I exhaust myself and it is so important to also practice self care, especially for artists as well who often feel we have to be raw or on edge to be AUTHENTIC. Sometimes it is enough to function, honeys.
And as for forgiveness, some relationships don’t get fixed. Or sometimes in wider society we have situations, like with emboldened hate groups in the streets- where the option of forgiveness has to be in God’s hands because if you don’t act the motherfuckers will run over a girl or some kind of actual catastrophe will arise, but other times in this life a gentle word or listening CAN sometimes turn the tide.
May the road rise to meet all (er, most) of you. We have some healthy if not always easy discussions about what is problematic and what is helpful or good to keep alive in our scene right now. While I hope we can allow room for expression I also hope it is not just for the sake of itself and we can keep things actually growing productively, whether towards healing through art, helping one another with some hardcore scene style positive encouragement or trying on one another’s shoes wherever situations still allow safe room to do so.
And some people will give up on you, but you can’t give up on yourself. Actually, scratch that…you aren’t always bad just because you perhaps break after all.
Went a place I almost took my life few years back (I had wanted to die where I had good memories even though I was so low). Here is A cover song and thoughts on depression and thanks / prayers and best wishes for Scott Kelly, Supporting Sinéad Oconnor , Chris Cornell, Linkin Park and various lost lives and lovers. Xo. Do your best, darlings.
Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 2, 2017
Witchery knocked it out of the park with In His Infernal Majesty’s Service and now seem to have really gotten their devilish groove back after the long half decade gap between Witchkrieg and that album. IHIMS really should have made our staff year end best of list last year but thankfully we were hacked and lost a ton of site content so now you can’t see how we screwed up and didn’t include it. “Nosferatu” jams so gosh dang hard, we really screwed up.
We have another chance! Witchery are back already with a Century Media follow-up and are once again crushing it with the current band roster. The Swedes of charred thrash and gnarled emotional thickets shall drop I Am Legion in early November. Toxine/Legion/Emperor who?!! Angus Norder is turning out to be a real keeper (we hope)! Norder is joined again by Jensen (Guitar), Rickard Rimfält (Lead Guitar), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums). The album was produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah) and comes packaged in powerful artwork completed by Andreas Diaz Pettersson (as seen above).
Check out first taste “True North” (not a Bad Religion cover, though that would have been wild) below! Frozen wastes! Snarling! Evil!Add to My Radar
King Parrot‘s Ugly Produce reminds me of some of the glorious tomfoolery of my bygone teenage years. You could see a Garbage Pail Kid card or a skanky Ugly Kid Joe sleeveless t-shirt and know whoever it belonged to was a “bad kid” and soon you would be hanging out with them and snorting Tang or shooting home made potato cannons at cop cars from the treeline by the road near school (I mean, hypothetically). The design aesthetic of their new amazingly titled Ugly Produce album, the new thrash album of choice for ugly ducklings everywhere, is certain to be iconic i years to come – if first mainly for those entrepreneurs who smoke weed out of home made apple pipes.
Seriously, if you find fault with this band for some reason you are probably a dick. It is like not liking Municipal Waste or 3 Inches Of Blood, just a loser position to take. They combine amazing metallic punk tinged anthems with comedy gold and a serious touring drive and are friggin’ Australian.
The Ugly Produce album is set to be released on September 22nd via Agonia Records in Europe (Housecore Records in North America and Rocket/EVP in Australia). Listen to their frenzied latest track “Disgrace Yourself” at this link:
After recording the previous album in the US, 2017 saw the band head back home to where it all began – recording their third full-length album with Blood Duster’s Jason PC, at the enigmatic Goatsound Studios. The mastering was done by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege Studio (Sleep, High On Fire, Nails) in the US, while the cover artwork was created by Boyd Synnott and Simon Robins for GraphOrlock.
Commented by KING PARROT: “Ugly Produce reaches new heights in abrasive song-writing and serves up an odious pile of repulsive flavors you wouldn’t want to find on your local fruit and vegetable shelves. A repugnant harvest of gnarled and nasty grind, death metal, thrash, and punk rock and it’s more caustic than ever”.
In addition, the band have Fall tour dates in Europe with friggin’ Decapitated, Venom Prison and Thy Disease. Check the dates out BELOW!Add to My Radar
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.
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