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Season Of Mist has backed some bands I deeply love (Alkaloid, Kylesa, Archspire) and others that have proven to be problematic (The Casualties, Shining, Destroyer 666 especially). But I like the people at the label and very much love the good bands they sign, so it makes me stoked to see a very worthy band like Black Tusk get a wider platform through a big label like this.
Yes, that is correct.
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of the Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK. The band will release a new album via Season of Mist worldwide.
Regarding the signing, BLACK TUSK (Andrew Fidler (Guitars, Vocals) James May (Drums, Vocals), Corey Barhorst (Bass, Vocals)) comment: “After more than a decade of pushing through as a band, we have opened a new chapter and are ready and excited for everyone to hear it.”
BLACK TUSK are currently holed up at the Garage Savannah recording their forthcoming new album, the first to feature Barhorst on bass and vocals. The as-yet-untitled album will be produced by the band in conjunction with Aphelion, mixed by engineer and long-time collaborator Chris “Scary” Adams, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (YOB, MUTOID MAN, STRANGER THINGS, SLEEP, CODE ORANGE).
Corey is a very cool dude. I met him briefly once when he was in Kylesa. Can’t think of a better person to keep the band’s legacy going and he certainly has held it down with them filling Athon’s big shoes live. Here is hoping the band have many more years of growth and popularity. They are truly one of the best groups out there in the heavy scene. Hails.
BLACK TUSK live
Mar. 31 Atlanta, GA @ Hammerhead Fest
Apr. 13 Columbia, SC @ Indie Grits Festival
May 12 Savannah, GA @ Sulfur Studios
You can check out “Warning” and “Dead Inside” as well as Iron Reagan’s “Paper Shredder” and Gatecreeper’s “War Has Begun” here.Add to My Radar
Ronny Munroe (Ex-Metal Church, Munroe’s Thunder) is an awesome dude. I got into the guy’s work late after he played a drunken rock n roll rathole called The Basement that I used to help book shows at about half a decade ago now (time flies). My friend Drew who writes for us here sometimes as well is a HUGE Metal Church fan, maybe the biggest I know. He loves the Ronny-era and made buttons for him for awhile. I still have one that I rock pretty regularly still on one of my favorite hoodies.
Anyway, Ronny and his wife and manager J. Von Hughes Munroe have had it rough of late. J. Von Hughes has been enduring a very personal battle with stage 3 Mullerian Ovarian Cancer.
First off, cancer is so terrible. My father died of complications from it and my heart goes out to the couple. You can see the love between them in the photo above.
Now to some happier tidings. BELTFED WEAPON‘s Frank Hetzel is a friend of Ronny’s and wanted to help. As such the two have teamed up on a new song “P.O.W.” we are featuring today to help get the word out. Let’s show them some metal love, everyone!
“P.O.W” features Ronny Munroe on vocals, Frank Hetzel on rhythm guitar, Dean Sternberg on bass, Daryl Williams on drums and guest solos by Andy Beech and Adon Fanion. “P.O.W.” was produced by BELTFED WEAPON, mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith / Envisage Audio (Jeff Loomis, Ghost Ship Octavious, Binary Code) who also engineered BELTFED WEAPON’sprevious releases RAINING PLAGUE and PEACEKEEPER. Frank Dooley created the artwork, Russ Knudsen provided the promotional clip seen BELOW.Add to My Radar
Act of Defiance, the heavy metal group featuring the talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass, released their latest full-length album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. Now, in 2018, the band are back on the road in support of their sophomore effort. Act of Defiance will be headlining shows throughout the US in March with support from Shattered Sun. The complete list of dates can be found below and on Bandsintown.com – follow Act of Defiance and never miss a show near you, again at bandsintown.com/actofdefiance
“Act of Defiance is extremely excited to be touring in March for the release of our newest CD ‘Old Scars, New Wounds‘. We are very happy to have along with us our friends in Shattered Sun and are stoked to see what they bring to a live show as I know they will kill it!” – Chris Broderick
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Shout out to Machine Head tonight. The guys narrowly avoided a potentially deadly accident. You can see the footage below.
The band are just near the top of their North American Tour.
We are really glad they are gonna be able to continue and no one was harmed. Catharsis was also picked by staff writer Jessica as one of her top 4 records of January for our site. Nothing more cathartic than living to rock another day!
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SCARY BUS ACCIDENT
Narrowly missing a truck that had missed a turn off and was over-correcting into oncoming traffic.
Our bus/trailer skidded in, smashed our mirror off, shattered Byron's window, and scared the hell out of everyone sleeping, but no one was hurt!! pic.twitter.com/DRaW9zxNV2
— Machine Head (@MfnH) January 29, 2018
I’ve kind of tried to make extra effort since the start of the new year to keep up listening to the latest albums as they come out (I’m fortunate enough to have a Google Play Music account and I use it profusely).
Since I’ve listened to so many new albums this month, I thought I’d share with you my four favorites.
Check the list out here.Add to My Radar
Machine Head are preparing to unleash their newest album Catharsis on January 26 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment!
Ahead of that release they’ve dropped on more song, “Volatile.”
Every track off this album so far have been amazing. “Volatile,” for its part, is a political song to remind anyone who’s confused, about the original and long-lasting political bent of heavy metal – “Sick of the white folks privileged and vain // Protesting a culture that isn’t the same // Don’t blame the false elites // When Nazi assholes march the streets.”
You’re going to want to pick up a copy of this album.
In the mean time you can stream “Volatile” and check out tour dates for Machine Head here.Add to My Radar
Thrash metal legends Sacred Reich have signed with Metal Blade Records! They are currently writing material for what will be their sixth album and first since 1996’s Heal. Since their 1985 inception, the band has become one of the most revered 80s thrash bands and have continued to carry the torch with European tours, festival appearances, their first US tour in over 20 years, plus their 2012 Live at Wacken album. Given Sacred Reich‘s politically conscious material, today’s divisive climate means the band’s views are more relevant and vital than ever.
Sacred Reich vocalist and bassist Phil Rind comments:
“We are very happy to announce that SACRED REICH have signed with Metal Blade Records and we are writing songs for a new album. Our plan is to go into the studio this summer and have a new record out early next year. We are super excited and can’t wait to share some new music with you!”
I guess it had to happen someday. Slayer, arguably the best extreme live thrash band of all time, are calling it a day. I have so many insane memories of seeing them live, from Roseland with Fear Factory and Kilgore to at Mayhem with Slipknot to the Mid Hudson Civic Center to touring with Megadeth on the American Carnage tour to a bunch of other times. There just is nothing quite like seeing the band drop into the bridge of “War Ensemble” live and I doubt there ever will be again.
I liked Repentless and hoped they would have one more in them before a curtain call, but you’d be criminally insane to not believe they have had a historic run to rival nearly any band in metal or any genre. Hails, dudes. Kinda sad to see you guys go before the Kardashians.Add to My Radar
The split, mixed by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, is expected to be released on March 2 via Relapse Records.
Iron Reagan kick off their brief East Coast headline tour today in Washington D.C. and consists of five intimate concerts ending January 14 in Richmond, VA. Gatecreeper will perform an exclusive headline concert, presented by Revolver Magazine, on January 27 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. The band has also announced two February concerts in Arizona with label-mates Mammoth Grinder plus festival appearances at Modified Ghost Festival III and Northwest Terror Fest.
Check out Iron Reagan’s “Paper Shredder” and Gatecreeper’s “War Has Begun” as well as each band’s respective tour dates and the tracklist for the split release here.Add to My Radar
Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums.
If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don’t know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle’s time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome.
The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12.
Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .Add to My Radar
News broke today that Gwar’s Mike Derks is battling a bone marrow disorder. Balsac the Jaws of Death is a hero to many, the riff spewing glue that holds Gwar together. Let’s hope the metal and punk community will come together and try and help Mike. Gwar have certainly been through enough the last few years!Add to My Radar
The newest single from WITCHERY is here. It is taken from I Am Legion, due out on November 10, 2017 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Some dark death march sections pair very well with the faster thrashing moments for a fully on fire listen.
WITCHERY guitarist Jensen checked in with the following comment about “Of Blackened Wing”: “’Of Blackened Wing’ is a song that perfectly combines both the old and new sounds of WITCHERY. It mixes the thrashing touch of old with the grittiness and rawness of new. It’s one of my personal favorites on the “I Am Legion” album and it will definitely be a part of our set for our upcoming live shows.”
Check out “Of Blackened Wing” in a video by Martin Hultgren (Gryt Film) streaming below.
You can also stream the single when you pre-order “I Am Legion” at: http://smarturl.it/WITCHERY-IAmLegionAdd to My Radar
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Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up! If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n' roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP. Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge. Let's hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us! Check out our favorite track "The Prowl"! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.