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RIP Sean Reinert

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM (PST)

Season of Mist Records announced earlier today that Sean Reinert, the drummer, percussionist, keyboardist and producer for the band Cynic, has died.

Cynic’s bassist Sean Malone posted on Facebook today about Reinert’s passing:

“I was luckier than most. Complete musical trust—especially between a bassist and a drummer—is a rare and precious thing. Rare, because it’s not something you find by looking for it. Precious, because some may go an entire lifetime without ever having experienced it. But I was luckier than most. Sean offered his trust during every rehearsal, every recording, and every performance we ever did, and it’s likely that I’ll never experience the same again. The truth is that we’re all lucky—lucky to have been alive while Sean Reinert was making music.”

You can read Season of Mist’s tweet below.

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Grammy Award nominated progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for North American tour that will feature a very special two set performance celebrating 20 years of BTBAM. The first set will feature a career spanning setlist with the second set seeing the band play their highly acclaimed 2009 opus, ‘The Great Misdirect‘ in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 17th from betweentheburiedandme.com

The tour will kick off in Richmond, VA on May 9th and will make its way through another 30 cities across North America before culminating in Charlotte, NC on June 19th.

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Come celebrate 20 of years of BTBAM with us! 🎉⁣ Set one: Career spanning set⁣ Set two: The Great Misdirect in it’s entirety⁣ ⁣ You’ve asked for it, and we listened! Don’t sleep on this one. ⁣ Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. ⁣ ⁣ Tag your friends, get pumped, and see you soon!⁣ #btbam #btbam20⁣ ⁣ May 09 – The Canal – Richmond, VA⁣ May 10 – Black Cat – Washington, DC⁣ May 12 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA⁣ May 13 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY⁣ May 14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA⁣ May 15 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA⁣ May 16 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI⁣ May 17 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO⁣ May 19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL⁣ May 20 – Studio B at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN⁣ May 22 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO⁣ May 23 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT⁣ May 25 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC⁣ May 26 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA⁣ May 27 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR⁣ May 29 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA⁣ May 30 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA⁣ May 31 – Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV⁣ June 01- Garden Amp – Garden Grove, CA⁣ June 02- Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ⁣ June 04- Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX⁣ June 05- Trees – Dallas, TX⁣ June 06- Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX⁣ June 08- The Orpheum – Tampa, FL ⁣ June 09- Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL⁣ June 11- Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL⁣ June 12- The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA⁣ June 13- The Basement East – Nashville, TN⁣ June 15- The Opera House – Toronto, ON⁣ June 16- Bronson Centre Theatre – Ottawa, ON⁣ June 17- Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC⁣ June 19- The Underground – Charlotte, NC

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Band Spotlight: Queensrÿche

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 1:46 PM (PST)

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!

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Gargoyl sign to Season of Mist

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 12:13 PM (PST)

Massachusetts metallers Gargoyl have signed to Season of Mist Records. The band features guitarist Dave Davidson of Revocation and guitarist/vocalist Luke Roberts of Ayahuasca. The band will be releasing their debut full-length via Season of Mist later this year.

Dave Davidson comments: “Season Of Mist have always been an unconventional label with a unique vision so we’re very proud to officially join their ranks. We look forward to our new partnership with SoM and can’t wait for you all to hear our debut album.”

Check out some early Gargoyl tracks over at Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

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Hyaena release “Chains” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 8:49 AM (PST)

French djent metallers Hyaena recently released their new album Poison Pen!

To promote the release of the album the band has released a music video for their song “Chains.”

Check out the music video for “Chains” here.

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Frogg share “Ancient Rain” guitar playthrough

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

For fans of Obscura, Arsis, Born of Osiris, Kalmah, The Zenith Passage

Technical metallers Frogg has shared a guitar playthrough for their track “Ancient Rain.”

“Ancient Rain” is a track off the upcoming debut EP A Reptilian Dystopia due out on January 17.

Frogg has been in the works for years in the mind of Sky Moon Clark and over the years he has been inoculating a stash of riffs, licks, and raw emotion, which will now be poured out into the world. As the band puts it, “it’s a fiery punch to the gut.”

Clark adds:

“Our EP is kind of our raw sound put on a plate without much refinement, but it’s still the basic punch and flavor Frogg has to offer. Just think of the EP as our base, while our in-the-works Album I (expected 2021/2022) will be a more fleshed-out form of Frogg with an emphasized focus on the overall songs start to finish.”

Check out the playthrough for “Ancient Rain” here.

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Paladin to release Nevermore covers EP featuring Travis Smith art

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Very, very cool news today as we learn that one of the brightest new stars in metal Paladin are releasing a covers EP dedicated to the legends Nevermore this month! Prosthetic is releasing the EP digitally on December 13th, 2019 to end the year on a soaring and intense note.  The cover art for the Anamnesis EP has been created by Travis Smith, a longtime artistic collaborator of both Nevermore and Warrel Dane.

Pre-save the Anamnesis EP at Spotify HERE. 

Of the choice of songs on the EP, PALADIN guitarist/vocalist, Taylor Washington comments:

“River Dragon was an obvious choice since it’s probably their most recognizable song. I wanted to do something from This Godless Endeavor since it’s still my favorite Nevermore album, and Final Product was kind of the default choice since it doesn’t have any super ridiculous hard parts in it. We also wanted to do an older song, one that wasn’t played on a 7 string. The name is a mouthful, but I’ve always been partial to 42147 because it’s filled with great riffs and the subject matter is interesting.”

A chance meeting with Nevermore drummer, Van Williams, gave PALADIN the impetus to pursue the idea of recording the songs, which will be released on 13 December – the anniversary of Dane’s death. The band’s connection to Nevermore goes back several years as Taylor explains:

“I remember picking up This Godless Endeavor from a liquidation sale at a music store back in high school. From the first listen it immediately resonated with me and I knew it would become one of my favorite albums and Nevermore one of my favorite bands. When Prosthetic proposed the idea of doing a Nevermore tribute EP to commemorate Warrel Dane’s death, I honestly hesitated. Jeff Loomis is an absolute monster on guitar and Warrel had one of the most distinct and dynamic voices to grace the metal world. The task of having to do justice to those two and Nevermore as a whole was a daunting one, but I couldn’t say no. I decided to sing the songs the way I would rather than try to sound like Warrel since that would feel disingenuous to me.”

 

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Nevermore Guitar Anthology book sees release

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:48 PM (PST)

Happy Thanksgiving week, folks. I don’t really get many opportunities to post that much NEVERMORE news anymore, but today is an exception. Fans of the powerful and heralded heavy metal band’s legacy can rejoice and be grateful for Nevermore: The Guitar Anthology, a new book that will help you learn how to play some of the band’s coolest songs so you can impress the disgruntled curly haired older dude at your local guitar shop. For real though, if you can play any of these monster tunes – you will become way cooler. I fucking love Nevermore. RIP Warrel.

Order the book HERE.

“The Guitar Anthology” features guitar tab and notation for 10 songs from the Nevermore catalog. All songs were transcribed note for note from the original recordings by Heathen/Exodus (live) guitarist Kragen Lum and former Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth. Learn how to play the songs exactly as played on the recordings with these 100% accurate transcriptions! Presented in 2 guitar format so you can learn to play every riff and solo just as Jeff Loomis, Tim Calvert and Steve Smyth played them on the albums. Includes foreword by Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis. 200 pages. This Deluxe Print Edition of the book also includes an exclusive Nevermore bookmark and a brand new Jeff Loomis Dunlop guitar pick not yet available to the public. This Deluxe Print Edition also includes a Digital Copy of the book in PDF format and is only through SubLevel Records!

Songs Included:
Beyond Within
Born
Dreaming Neon Black
Enemies Of Reality
Narcosynthesis
The River Dragon Has Come
The Seven Tongues Of God
This Godless Endeavor
This Sacrament
What Tomorrow Knows

Upon purchase of this Deluxe Print Edition + Digital Copy you will receive an email notification that the book is available for download. Use the link provided in the email to download the eBook in PDF format to your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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The Old Dead Tree cap off their legacy with one final EP, ‘The End’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:22 PM (PST)

The Old Dead Tree were one of the best metal bands I ever heard in my life. I was particularly obsessed with their 2007 release The Water Fields, which I raved about for Crusher Magazine the year it was released. I can’t believe it has been so long already! I have probably listened to that CD more than any other progressive minded death metal. The Paris, France based act just captivated me with cool riffs, imaginative and passionate songwriting and emotional thrills. Today I am thrilled to announce, absolutely elated to write, that Manuel Munoz and the band are releasing one more record many years since their last.  Honestly this news almost made me tear up today.

‘The End’ which will be released on December 6. This final chapter, containing 5 never released tracks, was already written in 1999, a few days before the tragic loss of drummer Frédéric Guillemot. With this record, the band is closing their career with one last tribute to their long-lost friend. The EP includes a bonus DVD containing an extensive documentary on the band’s career.

In addition to the announcement, THE OLD DEAD TREE has premiered the first single from the record, “The End… Again.”

‘The End’ can be pre-ordered in various formats HERE. Pick up their other CDs while you are at it!

Vocalist/Guitarist Manuel Munoz comments on the track: “We’re proud and happy to share these new songs with you. As you know, beautiful things take time…”

Cult Of Luna to tour North America with Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM (PST)

After recently releasing their new album, A Dawn to Fear, Cult Of Luna are now ready to announce their return to the USA, with a North American headlining tour set for February/March 2020. Emma Ruth Rundle and Intronaut will join this bill as support, making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

Cult Of Luna tour dates
w/ Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut
Feb. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Feb. 26 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Feb. 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb. 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Mar. 1 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Mar. 2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
Mar. 3 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 4 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Mar. 5 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Mar. 6 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Mar. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mar. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre *
Mar. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Mar. 13 – Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Blackberry**
*= no Intronaut
**= Cult of Luna only

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Cynic‘s Traced In Air makes me feel like friggin’ Light Hope from She Ra has appeared in a vision above me and told me the universal deep feels hidden truths of prog metal. It is crazy that it has already been over a decade since the bold album brought the well-heralded band from a fifteen year dormancy and bursting back into the scene with a more melodic yet superbly potent tendencies. Now this week there is an incredible NEW version of the album Traced In Air Remixed for us nerds to lose our collective gushing shit over…and it is a huge blessing! It was an integral birth of a new era for the band and deserves more scrutiny in any form that takes.

Now, a decade later, CYNIC usher forth a renewed edition of that very album. Featuring new tracking by virtuoso bassist Sean Malone and a vibrant new mix by PERIPHERY’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood (ANIMALS AS LEADERS, DEVIN TOWNSEND, HAKEN) plus mastering by Ermin Hamidovic (PERIPHERY, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, etc.), ‘Traced in Air Remixed’ underscores the record’s importance within the genre. 

GRAB IT SEPT 27th! 

Track List:
01. Nunc Fluens (02:57)
02. The Space For This (05:47)
03. Evolutionary Sleeper (03:36)
04. Integral Birth (03:45)
05. The Unknown Guest (04:09)
06. Adam’s Murmur (03:29)
07. King Of Those Who Know (06:08)
08. Nunc Stans (04:14)

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Queensrÿche announce headlining tour with John 5, Eve To Adam

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 10:01 AM (PST)

Veteran rock heroes  Queensrÿche are proud to announce “The Verdict” 2020 Headline Tour today! The band will be joined by special guests John 5 and Eve To Adam starting on January 17th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and wrapping up on February 27th in Orlando, Florida. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets, or VIP packages, please visit Queensrÿche’s website: HERE.

Hey Rychers, we are hitting the road in January 2020 with John 5 and Eve to Adam! Come see this entertaining extravaganza in your city!” States Michael “Whip” Wilton about their upcoming U.S. tour.

People can say what they want but the current version of the band has really let the music do the talking, powerfully so. The energy remains palpable, like the charge before, during or just after a storm. Thrilled to see them still making moving and big, bold records.

More info BELOW.

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Obsidian Kingdom enter studio to record new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:23 AM (PST)

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Spanish prog metallers Obsidian Kingdom have entered the studio to begin work on their newest album. This album will be the band’s third full-length.

The experimental Barcelonian outfit will spend the next month at Ax Studio in their hometown (the same place where their debut “Mantiis” was recorded).

The band comment: “Once again, we’re off to the studio in excitement and terror… Even though we’ve been working on these songs for two years now, they keep changing on us as if they were alive. So wish us luck as we approach the final stage of wrestling this beast, and soon we’ll bring you trumpets of angels and trombones from Hell!”

If you haven’t already, check out the video for the band’s song “The Polyarnik,” taken off their sophomore effort A Year With No Summer, here.

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Ascend The Hollow release lyric video for “Sea of Crises”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:01 AM (PST)

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European metallers Ascend The Hollow a couple of days ago released their lyric video for their song “Sea of Crises.”

Last month the band released their album Echoes Of Existence via Dr. Music Promotion.

“Sea of Crises” features guest vocalist Jon Howard (Threat Signal) and a guest appearance by Kris Norris (Darkest Hour, Scar The Martyr, Shadow Domain) on the guitar.

The lyric video for “Sea of Crises” was done by video artist Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Skindred, Visionatica, Rotting Christ).

Check out the lyric video for “Sea of Crises” and the video for “Prisoners Of The Storm” 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.