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This year has seen or will see some very thrilling metal or metal influenced music that is on the morose side- notably the brilliant new efforts from Bleakheart, Katatonia, Draconian and Oblivion Beach come quickly to mind. One record that I am looking forward to rather gleefully (despite an album theme of the process of grieving) is Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying) from Italian brooders and master metal craftspeople Shores Of Null.

If you don’t know this band, I highly insist you change that. A blend of doom, melodeath and even some grungy vocal elements at times,  I have been in awe of their sophisticated songwriting ever since their imposing yet melodically addictive Quiescence release, watching them stay their course with respect and interest. Their records are true statements of life and intention rather than cheap commerce.

Very cool to see the Metal Insider folks host a premiere of the band’s powerful new section of their up and coming release, the second excerpt overall of a 40 minute single track. Stream it HERE.

The upcoming record will consist of one forty-minute track that will take the listener on a journey through the process of grieving, which is inspired by the five stages of grief formulated by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and in her book On Death And Dying. 

The refrain about life being at war with us is chilling and reminded me of how Italy really suffered this year. Sending love and respect to all and may the future be brighter.  I hope you will all get on board with the latest important work from this moving band and maybe find a way to channel some stress and sorrow into a semblance of coping in the process.

RIYL Woods Of Ypres, Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom.

 

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Melodic death band DORMANTH are  confidently revealing details for their upcoming 4th album, Complete Downfall, which will be released on December 15th, 2020 via Xtreem Music on CD. One of the first melodic death metal bands from Spain and at it since the nineties when metal wasn’t as trendy, DORMANTH have experience and skill on their side to appeal to fans looking to connect with something real.

DARK TRANQUILLITY release “Phantom Days” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquility are returning with their new masterpiece Moment, which will be released on November 20th via Century Media. Listen to the first single “Phantom Days” here, which fuses their “their trademark blend of bright melodies and venomous evil,” as noted by Brooklyn Vegan. Elsewhere, Loudwire proclaimed that their “melododeath reign continues.”

Moment was recorded at Nacksving Studios and Rogue Music by Martin Brändström and then mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The album sees the addition of two top-tier guitarists — Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) and Johan Reinholdz (Nonexist) to the band. It’s been four years since the Dark Tranquility released their last album Atoma, which was nominated for a Swedish Grammy Award. The band is considered one of the pioneering acts of the Gothenburg metal scene, which also includes bands such as In Flames and At the Gates.

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September Showdown: Top 4 release picks of the month

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Varg wonder if they should have gone glamping when they quickly run out of Oreos and Ale.

September is seeping with molten metallic sensory overload and we are here today to break down some of our top records of the month to check out. This is not a fully comprehensive list, as there is a lot of cool stuff on the imminent horizon. This is, however, some of the stuff I have been bumping the most this past week that I think is rad.

Check out my top picks nearing release BELOW.

Extreme metal absolute god damn legends Carcass have released a towering new stomper “The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue”, one of their more trudge worthy and clobbering numbers that alternates between brutal plodding murder and rampaging rage-gallop frenzy. The band have announced their first new music in seven years will take bloody shape in the form of the Despicable EP (out in October via Nuclear Blast). This bodes very well for their next record and is a way to tide fans over in the meantime.

Tracklisting for the EP:

01. “The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue”
02. “The Long And Winding Bier Road”
03. “Under The Scalpel Blade” (album version)
04. “Slaughtered In Soho”

 

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Listening to “DEMON(S)” right now from DARKEST HOUR as I write this and thinking fondly of how this band has kept going and always deliver bangers passionately and reliably. Truly one of the modern underground acts that deserves more credit for carrying the torch for a long time.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, metalcore pioneers DARKEST HOUR have just announced a special livestream event to benefit their favorite local venue during these unprecedented times.

To aid their good friends at the Black Cat in the band’s hometown of Washington DC, DARKEST HOUR is proud to announce a worldwide live streaming event to be held on September 26th, 2020 via VEEPS.com. All the profits of this event will go to the Black Cat Employee fund. 

The band writes, “We have been spending a lot of time thinking of our family, friends, and colleagues who are all struggling to find a way through these trying times. The Black Cat has been a constant refuge for us over the years and so it feels right to our best to give back now. We need art, we need music, and we will need a place to all come together eventually to heal form all of this. We want those of our friends who work in the music/art/live events industry to know that we see you, we are here for you, and most of all that you are not alone.
We will be rolling out a special digital merchandise store, and some other surprises so follow along on our social media as we reveal more details. Happy to do our part to support the fund and give back to a community and club that has given so much to us.
Thanks so much in advance for helping get the word out. Just trying to get creative, stay active, give back, all while we try and write the best album of our lives!”
Purchase your presale ticket HERE, or feel free to donate anytime HERE.

Stay tuned for further updates on DARKEST HOUR as they continue to write their new album for release through Southern Lord in 2021.

Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge), DARKEST HOUR‘s eleventh LP Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora continues to solidify the band’s legacy as a major metal powerhouse. Raw, complex, melodic, yet cutting with razor blade precision, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is a fierce album which shows the long-running band as lethal and ravenous as ever.

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, LP, picture disc LP, digital via Southern Lord, including a brand-new pressing on purple vinyl limited to 300 copies. Find options at the label’s webstore HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

In other news, DARKEST HOUR recently launched an official fan club via Patreon as part of their 25th anniversary. Here, fans can choose their desired tier to access lots of band content; some of it never before accessible, some of it so old it has been lost to the black hole of the Internet, and some of it totally brand new and exclusive. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
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Hello from me and my dinosaur friends from our bunker in the Savage Land , dear readers. I have been breaking all laws of decency by microwaving pre-mixed packet asparagus risotto whilst my gf learns how to play “Fourteen Years” by GnR on the piano. Happy Fiona Apple and Siege Of Mandalore day. The President is inciting armed insurgency during a pandemic and the 25th Amendment exists just as much as the 2nd, but no one will act to remove the Orange pants shitter while he encourages us to die for crappy jobs.

Today in metal news (April 17th), The Black Dahlia Murder have also released their new full-length, Verminous, physically in the USA and digitally worldwide (Verminous will be available physically in Europe on April 24th). Check a dime slime colored and vampiric metal monikered video “Removal of the Oaken Stake” below!

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers’ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous’,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad.

Irish symphonic power metal band Ravenlight are releasing their debut album Project Genesis this year on June 26th 2020 via Novus Records. The album name kind of reminds me of something Fear Factory would come up with after watching Terminator and Resident Evil movies a few years ago, but the music is more stirring and epic rain swept cliffs type stuff. Check out the song “The Circle” HERE and pre-order this heartfelt musical journey. The band have supported Evergrey and have a lot of potential.

Hardcore demons Integrity have a new live album that just dropped! Live At Northwest Terror Fest MMXVIII is streaming and available to purchase HERE. The highlight for me on this excellent document of killer energy and perfectly bad ass happy accidents is probably a monster clobbering version of “Jagged Visions Of My True Destiny”, positively seething from the speakers with malevolence and guitar glory. Humanity IS the fucking devil.

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The Black Dahlia Murder release “Child of Night” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 1:08 PM (PST)

Michigan metallers The Black Dahlia Murder have released a video for their song “Child of Night.”

This video comes out ahead of the release of the band’s latest album Verminous due out on April 17 via Metal Blade Records.

The video was produced by Vesa Ranta & Kaira Films.

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s ‘Nightbringers‘ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous‘,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on its own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”

Check out the video for “Child of Night” And The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates here.

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Big tour news of the day as Black Dahlia Murder confirm they will set out with Testament, Municipal Waste and Meshiaak for a North American blood run.  The near-month-long trek will commence in Phoenix, Arizona on April 20th and conclude in Anaheim, California on May 28th. Obviously this is going to be fuck-nuts bonkers mosh-city. Can you tell I used to be an English major?

Comments vocalist Trevor Strnad of the tour, “It is a massive honor and pleasure to be considered a worthy peer to the mighty Testament. Being a fan of theirs since childhood, I have to stop and pinch myself to see if it’s a dream or not. Luckily, I’m still awake! To say that we in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are excited for this undertaking would be a massive understatement. Not to mention the added pleasure of combining forces with the non-stop energy of Municipal Waste. Too fucking sick! These three entities together will be leveling venues across North America and leaving no head un-banged! This is it! The stars have aligned! Prepare to fucking thrash!”

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, February 7th at 10:00am local time. See all confirmed dates below.

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Heaven Shall Burn release two new music videos

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:07 PM (PST)

German metallers Heaven Shall Burn have released two music videos! The videos are for their songs “Protector” and “Weakness Leaving My Heart.”

These videos come ahead of the release of the band’s new double album Truth and Sacrifice which is due out on March 20.

The double video was directed by Philipp Hirsch.

Guitarist Maik Weichert states, “In order to reflect the concept of the double album we decided to produce a ‘double video’, which turned into a real mammoth project. ‘Protector’ is taken from album one (Of Truth) while ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is part of album two (Of Sacrifice). While ‘Protector’ represents confidence and a readiness for action ‘Weakness Leaving My Heart’ is contemplative and deals with the sacrifices and losses that truth may cost. Something you should also feel from the different vibes of the songs. The double album is giving you the essence of what HSB is about and there is lots to explore.”

You can check out the video as well as Heaven Shall Burn tour dates here.

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DARKEST HOUR are one of the true believer standouts of metalcore who have weathered many storms, never got super huge but always put up a good fight, delivering album after great fucking album about society hanging on by tattered threads. A nine city co-headling West Coast tour with Unearth is coming up along with the European celebration of band’s 25th anniversary celebration (including dates with fucking Bloodlet, aghh!) – so much riffjoicing is in order. Sick poster by my friend Chris for the West Coast tour, I might add.

Offers DARKEST HOUR, “2019, we are not done with you yet. Just added some shows on the West Coast with our dudes in Unearth! We have seen all the amazing feedback from you all, and we have listened. Both bands will be playing FULL headlining, rip’n, face melting sets. We have had a ton of fun all over the world with Unearth and we are stoked to slide these dates in before the end of the year. We have some huge things in store for 2020 but if you live in these cities come out and party like its 1999 with us and Unearth!”

A month later, DARKEST HOUR will kick off 2020 with a return to Europe for a sixteen-city special 25th anniversary tour, where they’ll be joined by special guests Fallujah, Bloodlet, Une Misere, and Lowest Creature.

The band comments, “It is with extreme excitement that we announce what we hope to be one of many tour’s next year celebrating our 25th anniversary! Over these past twenty-five years we have toured with both new and established bands and have always worked hard to make our tour packages diverse and interesting. This tour is in keeping with that tradition. Fallujah is ripping progressive death metal who have had our attention for a while, can’t wait to see these riffs live. Bloodlet is a very special band to us. One of our early influences, it is EASY to say we would not be a band (or at least not the same band) without their influence. We grew up going to their shows and it’s a joy to be able to share the stage with them. We got to see Une Misere play this summer and were impressed, insanely heavy, Icelandic mosh of the highest form. Lowest Creature is a killer blend of classic metal elements we all love translated with a new and distinctly Swedish twist. Oh, and you know we will have a few surprises planned for this set special 25th anniversary set. See you in the pit!”

Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is available on CD, black vinyl LP, picture disc LP, and all digital platforms via Southern Lord; find ordering options at the label’s webstore HERE, via Bandcamp HERE, and through all digital providers.

Dates BELOW.

 

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Happy afternoon, fellow metal backyard yokels. I am zoning out watching Azealia Mermaid Ball “Jumanji” on YouTube (one of her best songs, still). Anyway I paused a minute to check my emails and learned some sick ass metal news regarding a current favorite.

Melodic death metal masters OMNIUM GATHERUM are excited to announce the release of their new track “Chaospace”. The previously unreleased track was written and recorded during the sessions of the band’s latest and critically acclaimed full-length album The Burning Cold. “Chaospace” is released as a 2-track digital single that also features a cover version of SEPULTURA’s “We Who Are Not As Others”. Watch it below.

I caught like heavier + more technical Colony-era In Flames vibes from parts of this one, certainly a killer new song and everyone’s parts work really well together!

OMNIUM GATHERUM guitarist Markus Vanhala states, “‘Chaospace’ – head banging, skull crushing straight-forward OG melodeath assault and the evil cousin of “The Burning Cold” legacy! It’s not exactly “the new” song representing where the band is heading at the moment, as this song was recorded already during “The Burning Cold” -sessions back in early 2018. It didn’t exactly fit the album drama and entirety, so we decided to keep it to be released later as a stand-alone single track and a reminder that we’re here alive an’ well! …And now’s the time to unleash this beasty – right before our European headliner tour, that’s starting next week, where we’re gonna kick your arse every night with this “Chaospace” bastardo too. N-joy & see you down the road once again!!!”

“The song is about inevitability of change, and the chaos it brings forth before routine sets in,” adds Jukka Pelkonen about the lyrics.

Get the 2-track single digitally here: https://omnium-gatherum.lnk.to/ChaospaceSingle

Furthermore, the never resting OMNIUM GATHERUM will be hitting the road again in late September and October. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.

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Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES recently wrapped a successful run of international summer festival appearances and will continue to tour in support of their highly acclaimed album To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media Records, 2018). The band is set to tour across North America in an All-Swedish package with Amon Amarth, labelmates Arch Enemy and Grand Magus, before heading out on another European tour, this time as headliners with Nifelheim and labelmates Deserted Fear as support.

“Finally it is time for us to return to Europe for a real headline run! We have been looking forward to this for a while…It is always so special playing in front of your own crowd. We can’t wait for these special shows. We also have the privilege to share the tour with our Swedish metal brothers Nifelheim. We have played a few select shows in Sweden together before and it is always a blast. This will be the one tour you don’t want to miss this winter. We are all very fired up! Along for the ride is also German death metal warriors Deserted Fear. Prepare for a night of classic metal mayhem in your hometown! See you there,” states AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg about the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Check all the Gates dates below. (and if you don’t go, yr an effin’ loser!)

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Light This City announce European tour dates

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:09 PM (PST)

Bay area melodic death metallers Light This City have announced their first ever European tour!

The band is continuing to tour in support of Terminal Bloom which was released last year through Creator-Destructor Records.

Following several tours throughout the US and Canada, as well as their first tour of Mexico, and a recent tour of Japan, Light This City now confirms their first trip across the Atlantic. The band’s “European Bloom Part 1” trek will begin September 12th and run through Germany, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, coming to an end on September 21st. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the months ahead as the band continues to book new ventures.

Drummer Ben Murray states: “We couldn’t be more excited to finally bring our thrash attack to Europe! This is just part 1 of our plan to tour Europe, as we’ll be announcing another run early next year. If you live in one of these cities, we hope you make it out to one of the shows! It’s been fifteen years since we began as a band, and we’ve wanted to get to Europe the whole time. See you in September!”

Check out the list of tour dates here.

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Viking melodic death metal kings Amon Amarth have released their latest opus to battle and immortal raging, the well titled Berserker. I remember in high school in my D&D group everyone was obsessed with the Berserker warrior class character and people would always fight over who got to be that class of rampaging slaughter on two legs. Berserker is the band’s 11th album in a storied career and finds them reliable as ever to their brand.

Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour). After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs — initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself — the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.

Preview and purchase AMON AMARTH’s Berserker at https://amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker.

Catch the warriors on the road with Slayer, Lamb Of God and Cannibal Corpse if you want an entire lineup of bands that will rip off your head and shit down your neck! Good times! Remaining dates below.

AMON AMARTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse:
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA

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