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On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint

Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”

With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret

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Photo by Danin Drahos

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that.

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

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RIP Martin Birch

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:24 PM (PST)

Famed British producer Martin Birch has passed away. Birch is known for his iconic work with Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and more. His legacy is simply unfuckwithable.

Rising, Stormbringer, Mob Rules, the bulk of Maiden’s most important work, Birch had his hands in more classic albums than most people ever get to be a part of.

Pour one out for Martin today and thank him for all he did for us! Read some tributes HERE.

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Corey Taylor announces solo album ‘CMFT’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 9:17 AM (PST)

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced a new solo album CMFT. The album is due out October 2 via Roadrunner Records.

Ahead of that release, Taylor has released the first two singles from the album: “CMFT Must Be Stopped (feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie)” and “Black Eyes Blue.”

Check out the videos for the two singles here.

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Helios are going to be turning a lot of heads. The tri-state area band was formerly known as Storm Dragon and now is composed of legend Tim Aymar (Pharaoh, Control Denied) , Jonathan Stanley (Mirror Mirror & Bury My Blessings), Eric Rymers (Shiva Stone), Jack Buckholt, and Jeff Loy. They have some scorching new demo material out that already crushes many band’s completed albums. Tim sounds absolutely phenomenal with these guys and the material is complex but accessible for a near perfect heavy metal experience. It is a great blend of technical skill and direct songwriting with sky rattling vocal heights, a super tight rhythm section and crunchy riffs. Looking forward to more! I asked the band how it felt to have things moving forward. Anyone from Priest and trad metal fans to power metal fans to disciples of their previous bands will love this!

“It feels very rewarding! We have worked so hard to rebuild and reinvent the band and we think the addition of Tim did just that. We thank the fans and friends of the band for being so patient through this and we can’t wait to finish the record and play live for everyone!” – Jonathan Stanley.

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US prog metal outfit OCEANS OF SLUMBER release the second single, “The Adorned Fathomless Creation”, today off their forthcoming self-titled album out September 4th via Century Media Records worldwide. The song opens with a chaotic tempest before the hypnotic clean vocals enter on top of a frantic riff for powerful effect. One of the most innovative band of songwriters on the planet.

“Violence, revenge, retribution, repeat. The adorned fathomless creation that is humanity, that is society, that is each of us. Warped and blinded by this eye for an eye mentality, we stumble along the path of this insidious and cyclical nature of violence and pain. Hate begets more hate. Fear a contagion. Compassion a lost art of emotional bending. Outcry, anger, rage, repeat. We long for the gentle embrace of compassion, hope to be soothed by a love that is no where to be found. So the machine churns, spewing smoke along a degenerative wasteland. Victim, valor, vengeance, repeat. Our only hope is to remember that among ourselves is an ability to connect, an ability to heal, an ability to grow. To break the machine and free ourselves from its corrosive and cancerous nature. Teach, acknowledge, heal, repeat,” states Oceans Of Slumber about the track relese.

Oceans Of Slumber is available as a standard CD jewelcase, gatefold black 2LP+CD, digital album. Pre-order the album HERE.

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Matt Harvey of Exhumed/Gruesome/Pounder

Hey folks. Drinking coffee and listening to the “Human Being” version from The Spaghetti Incident and my brain is fried from binging Mr. Robot back episodes til 4am, but wanted to share this cool thing Decibel did. This is awesome and responsible stuff, not bands just like biting beer cans and shit. Be sure to head HERE for an online gallery of a TON of metal musicians rocking their masks in support of public health. We need this shit cuz a lot of morons listen to metal, so maybe this will help. Just like Eminem’s dope verse on the Kid Cudi track last night, every bit of common fucking sense helps from our entertainers! I am guessing we won’t see any batshit Iced Earth dudes on here. Halford, Chthonic Diety, Anthrax, KEN Mode, Horrendous, Die Choking (which you very well might if you don’t wear a mask, Matt Harvey, Krieg, Max Cavalera and many more participated. Hails. Very cool!

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Knotfest.com have announced today that they will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of Slipknot‘s eponymous debut album with a live broadcast of their seminal home-movie collection Welcome To Our Neighborhood that features home shot footage of the early days of Slipknot, interviews, early live performance footage of Wait And Bleed, Surfacing and Scissors and more. The film will be broadcast live on Friday, June 26th 2020 beginning at 2pm PST/5pm EST/11pm CET over on Knotfest.com

The band have also dropped an Official Quarantine Merch Capsule, which is available now from SlipknotMerch.com

The ongoing Concert Streaming series has already treated fans to sets from Slipknot, Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex and Suffocation, Suicide Silence and In Flames all of which have raised funds donated to COVID-19 relief charities

The many Knotfest events worldwide – Knotfest Festivals, Knotfest Roadshow Tours, and Knotfest At Sea – have one purpose, which is to celebrate our community of loud music, art, and culture – together. When we are unable to physically come together to do this, for the sake of the common health and safety of all – Knotfest is keeping the celebration going with these weekly live performances.

Slipknot and Knotfest welcome ALL in the heavy metal community to these events. We hope you enjoy.

In the words of Corey Taylor: Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.

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Valkyrie will return in 2020 after five years since their last record. Newest track “The Choice” is pure classic metal influenced ear candy to me, just riff after hummable riff like a perfect groove, mid temp ride out into a melodic pasture full of weird creatures as you contemplate your past with longing. The dual guitars and great, organic feel of this one is reminding me of the best work of The Sword, Slough Feg and even a little Blue Oyster Cult “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”. This song is absolutely on my wavelength.

The Virginia based band will release Fear via Relapse on July 24th.

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“Say a prayer for humanity/lost in the halls of insanity”. That lyric could be a timeless folk song, but is delivered with power metal confidence and melodic warrior muster on Greyhawk‘s excellent album Keepers Of The Flame (out today)!

Rev Taylor (vox) leads this company of Seattle metal adventurers boldly forth to visit new realms (no, not CHAZ). Taylor’s voice reminds me slightly of the full chested confidence of singers such as Matt Barlow or Blaze Bayley. This group is potent and expresses their Blind Guardian, Dio and Hammerfall compatible charm with the ease of a roguish grin. Fighter Records made a wise choice with this band!

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After a number of years absence that left fans wondering if we would ever hear Sister Sin again, the Swedish rockers have returned to pump us up with blazing rock n roll glory. The band performed a Raw & Mean From Rehearsal live stream over this past weekend and it was epic to hear their underground, fiery anthems again. Liv Sin has stayed busy with her Burning Sermons album and solo band but many people have also missed the rowdy and bar room brawl ready Sister Sin songs. It was killer to hear “24/7” kick off the set (about an hour into the video below) and feel the adrenaline build! Will more be forthcoming? I don’t know, but this was one of the best things to happen yet in 2020 for rock fans.

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US prog metal outfit OCEANS OF SLUMBER announce the release of their new and self-titled album out on September 4th via Century Media Records worldwide. To celebrate the announcement, the band have released “A Return To The Earth Below”, the first single off the new record. Watch the video for “A Return To The Earth Below” now HERE.

“Within ourselves, just as within our societies, there are cycles that need to be broken. Cycles that hold us down, that tear us apart, that give us anguish. Sometimes without warning these cracks surface and they trigger a cascade of emotional vulnerabilities, emotional turmoil, even hopelessness. But at some point we must stop running. Stop running from the pain, stop running from the truth, stop running from ourselves. In the light of this self reflection is where we will find peace, both inwardly and outwardly. A Return To The Earth Below is about that journey. It is about the collision of the heart and mind in struggling to find that internal resolution. We feel that the timing of this single couldn’t be more appropriate, as we have all found ourselves at the crossroads of change,” states OCEANS OF SLUMBER vocalist Cammie Gilbert.

The self-titled album is available as standard CD jewelcase, gatefold black 2LP+CD, digital album and can be pre-ordered HERE.

“We’d like to thank Giannis Nakos for the beautiful artwork that captures not only our imagination, but the depths and darkness of the story the album holds within. While there’s plenty more to come, we must be patient for the full album that’s set to release September 4th. For now please enjoy A Return to the Earth Below,” adds Gilbert about the album art.

Oceans Of Slumber track-list:
Soundtrack To My Last Day
Pray For Fire
A Return To The Earth Below
Imperfect Divinity
The Adorned Fathomless Creation
To The Sea
The Colors of Grace
I Mourn These Yellow Leaves
September (Those Who Come Before)
Total Failure Apparatus
The Red Flower
Wolf Moon

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Lots of stuff happening over at Knotfest.com. Web-series, concert streams and much more.

Slipknot and the team behind their Knotfest brand have today revealed that Knotfest.com has been re-imagined to create a global multi-media hub for news, exclusive interviews, performances, merchandise and more dedicated to covering the very best of art, music, culture and media for fans of heavy culture.

To celebrate the launch in explosive fashion and marking what would have been the kick-off weekend of the highly anticipated Knotfest Roadshow US tour, Knotfest.com will be hosting an exclusive Knotfest Roadshow streaming event this Friday, May 29th at 3pm PDT.

This special online event will be hosted by Beez and feature exclusive concert streams and interviews with Slipknot, Underoath and Code Orange. In addition, a limited Slipknot Knotfest Roadshow merch drop will be available here for 72 hours only (starting Friday morning), featuring the tour merch collection that would have been sold this summer, while strictly limited Knotfest merch is available now here. (Editor’s Note: Including protective face masks)

Slipknot will be streaming their 2019 headline set from Graspop Festival in Belgium, filmed shortly before the band’s chart topping album, We Are Not Your Kind was released. It will preview with an exclusive interview with Clown conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Underoath will be streaming their performance from The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas from 2016 where they performed their seminal album, They’re Only Chasing Safety in full and will feature a portion of Ryan J. Downey’s Deep Dive interview with Underoath frontman, Spencer Chamberlain conducted by Ryan J Downey.

Code Orange will be streaming their ‘Last Ones Left: In Fear of the End’ performance that originally aired on Twitch back in March to launch their critically acclaimed album, Underneath and will feature a portion of Clown’s Electric Theater chat with frontman Jami Morgan.

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Body Count is Ice-T (vocals), Ernie C (guitar, backing vocals), Juan Garcia (guitar, backing vocals), Vincent Price (bass, backing vocals), Ill Will (drums), Sean E Sean (samples, backing vocals).

Just gonna leave this here. Y’all know what muthafuckin’ time it is.

Purchase Body Count’s Carnivore Here.

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Hey clowns. We have had some technical sorting out to do on the server the last few days and the site was out of action as a result. We missed you though and SO MUCH DAMN GOOD STUFF HAPPENED in metal in the meantime. I am gonna endeavor to catch us up on a bunch in posts the next few days.

This morning I am going to throw a few cool recent video clips your way!

Buzz band of the moment, Jinjer have been crushing skulls and gaining major traction for awhile now. The band seem unstoppable. Finally the anticipated clip for tech groove metal onslaught “Noah” crashes down on us like some waves too bad news to surf. This is sure to be one of the most popular and immense clips of the year and the band did an incredible job conveying the tensions and emotions of the song in a mixture of performance and artsy/dark imagery.

Symfobia are up next, a dope ass symphonic metal project with great energy and songwriting. Loved this one. “Smog Of Tomorrow” captivates with romantic, epic fortitude against the odds energy and stirring arrangements. I love the intro, harmonies and big chords. A band to watch from Slovakia. Bad ass.

 

Lastly, here’s some Static-X candy for ya! “All These Years” (from Project Regeneration) can be consumed in all types of bittersweet, nostalgic glory below. We are lucky to have this last puzzle piece of musical blessing from the industrial groovers to round out Wayne’s legacy. The clip is fun and the intro recalls classic 80’s vibes of scolding parents and rebellion.

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