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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.
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Oliver Roffmann and the three brothers Marko, Thilo, and Riko Krause won the German final of the Wacken Open Air Metal Battles in 2019.
Source Of Rage’s older video “Aware” from 2021 can be checked out below.
Aries season is here and it is not only my birth month but a stellar fucking month for fiery metal releases. Shit, the Meshuggah video practically has a Balrog in it. Horns, indeed. Heriot, Meshuggah, Egregore, Caliban and Lords Of The Trident take the cake for us this month here at MR HQ. Support!
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Dopest news yet of 2022 for music! GOD FORBID reunion is ON!
Blue Ridge Rock Festival is gonna crush a lot of the competition this year with Thrice, Kittie, Story of the Year, Fear Factory, He Is Legend, Comeback Kid, Shadows Fall, Down and many more great bands! Just pretend corny ass Skillet isn’t playing.
“I wasn’t sure that this would ever happen but I can’t tell you how psyched I am to announce that God Forbid is reuniting to play this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival,” says God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle. “These are my brothers and I can’t wait to share this with the fans who’ve been waiting.”
More info HERE. 9/8-11th is the festival.
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German metalcore mainstays Caliban have released another reliably churny and gurgly metalcore opus, the tormented new single “Ascent Of The Blessed”. While nothing is out of the ordinary here, including the solid hooks, the longtime fans of the band and the sub-genre will certainly find plenty to headbang to their hearts content about. The band’s new Century Media release Dystopia follows hot on the heels of Zeitgeister and has fans chomping at the bit. Initial reactions during the single premiere were very positive.
That said, the band go deeper than your average metalcore band lyrically.
Not Harm’s Way like Astroworld being completely negligent to the safety of fans and then Kim Kardashian tweeting about selling make-up before any condolences, but Harm’s Way like one of the heaviest and legit hardcore bands in recent memory having an anniversary/remix edition of a modern classic:
After being out of print for years, we present the deluxe 10 year anniversary edition of Harm’s Way – Isolation. Expanded over two LPs, packaged in a heavy weight tip-on gatefold LP jacket with UV spot varnish, printed inner sleeves and a gatefold insert. Disc One features a re-master of Isolation by Colin Jordan while Disc Two features select tracks remixed & reimagined by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, JK Flesh), Andrew Nolan (Intensive Care, The Endless Blockade), Dylan Walker (Full of Hell, Sore Dream) and Petbrick (Igor Cavalera and Wayne Adams).
Get on it! I am especially loving the pulsing, fierce and 75 percent more Godflesh on club acid sounding Justin Broadrick remix of “Breeding Grounds”.
Killswitch Engage – Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitars), Joel Stroetzel (guitars), Mike D’Antonio (bass), and Justin Foley (drums) – have remained the most important band in metalcore over the years for many reasons, most of which are top tier songs. The band today release the official video for “Us Against the World” from their latest album, Atonement, out now. Other reasons besides musical that they remain at the top of the pack is their sense of purpose and camaraderie paired with affirmations of moving through adversity.
The footage is taken from the band’s August 2021 livestream event that took place at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“This is one of my favorite songs off the album so I’m glad it is getting some attention and a visual component. It’s a song about facing down the odds and finding confidence to overcome and conquer a situation. I originally wrote it as a battle cry song with my warrior Highland Scottish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestors in mind. However, it can be about friendship, love, or even the camaraderie of being in a band traveling the world. The title says it all — ‘Us Against The World!'” – Jesse Leach
The video was directed by David Brodsky and Allison Woest for MyGoodEye.
Killswitch Engage are currently on the road, touring with Slipknot, Fever 333, and Code Orange as part of the pretty epic Knotfest Roadshow. The band will also appear at several key fall festivals. All KsE tour dates are below.
Killswitch Engage on tour:
09/24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest
09/25 – Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest
09/26 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest
with Slipknot, Fever 333, Code Orange:
09/28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
10/02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10/03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
10/05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
10/08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
10/09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
10/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
10/13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/15 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
10/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Code Orange)
10/30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
11/01 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
11/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
11/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest)
Songs of Loss and Separation is out now via the band’s own imprint label, Wicked Good Records, distributed by ADA Worldwide.
The newest new video is for the track “Far From Heavenless” and was shot by Nick Hipa at 29 Palms in Southern California. The song has been uplifting many of the group’s fans and is considered a highlight of the momentous return record! As someone with a lot of religious ancestry yet who is embedded in the metal and punk scene, I found it a positive message for those who might feel unwanted at times due to the hypocrisy of some zealots who use faith to divide.
“I really enjoyed creating this song,” guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says. “It addresses losing faith in something — whether it be organized religion, a person, or even society itself. Judgement is an alienating thing.” He continues,” The video was a lot of fun to make…many thanks to Nick Hipa for coming up with the vision and dedication to get it done.
“This song is a deep cut for me,” says vocalist Jesse Leach. “It reveals the dark undercurrent of the corruption and hypocrisy that can be found in some organized religion. It’s about the backlash, criticism, and casting out of those who question and seek more than what is given and spoon-fed. On one side of the message is love and acceptance; on the other is condemnation and alienation. It is one in a series of songs written about an undying thirst and desire for a deeper truth. There is beauty to religion and ritual. But there are some who use this deep conviction for personal gain, manipulation, and even evil.”
Massachusetts legends CAVE IN have signed to Relapse Records and will release a new full-length album in 2022. In conjunction with the signing, CAVE IN has re-released nearly their entire digital catalog including studio albums, compilations and various live/demo material. The catalog includes Until Your Heart Stops, Jupiter, Tides of Tomorrow, White Silence and more! A full digital release list is available below. Stay tuned for more CAVE IN news including physical releases of the band’s classic catalog.
CAVE IN comments on the signing:
“Cave In and Relapse have been on each other’s radar since the early days, when we’d visit Philly on a regular basis to play shows. They’ve witnessed our wild trajectory as a band firsthand, and having that historical connection with such a powerfully eclectic label is really something special. Massive thanks to everyone at Relapse for honoring our catalog, while fueling the incentive to create new music and continue onward.”
Additionally, two new CAVE IN shirts are available based on classic designs with more to come in the near future. Order the two new CAVE IN shirts HERE.
CAVE IN currently has two confirmed live performances at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on December 1 and 2. Stay tuned for more tour updates.
Listen and order CAVE IN’s discography on Bandcamp HERE.Add to My Radar
Wicked Garden: Metal and Rock Mid July News feat. Hatebreed, In Flames, Korn and Suicidal Tendencies news
Welcome, folx and fuckers.
Trying to survive all the hellish Dr. Luke complicit trash (seriously, fuck all the enablers at Prescription Songs and all the waffling, desperate artists who work with them and then play dumb or downplay the harm) playing at my night job by thinking about if the alleged Ed Sheeran death metal album will be called dE(a)d Sheeran. Where my royalties at? Use that shit, Ed.
I have to say that the Taskmaster debate surrounding Black Widow is fucking dumb af. The movie was excellent, one of the better Marvel films for action, tragedy, bonding and humor. The cast dynamics were compelling and well done. Anyone annoyed about the Taskmaster reveal comes off as a sexist clown to me. It made PERFECT sense for this film, Taskmaster now being a horrifying summation of the sexism and control of the terrifying Red Room. And I guess y’all really don’t get this whole multiverse thing? Stop whining. I am sure out there somewhere is your more comics accurate Green Arrow meets Crossbones looking He-Man bodied Tony Masters who has nowhere near as compelling a reason for why he is powered.
The real controversy should be the cognitive dissonance between the themes of protecting innocence and female empowerment of the film and the fact that ScarJo fucking supports Woody unrepentant slimebag Allen. But instead we have fan boys whining that Taskmaster pulled a cool ass Samus Aran reveal.
Let’s go to the metal videotape. This is your very own Warner (Power)Wolf speaking! I know that is too old a reference for some of y’all.
In Flames will no longer appear on the “Metal Tour of the Year,” featuring Megadeth, Lamb Of God, and Trivium. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to not join the Metal Tour of The Year,” explained In Flames.
Honestly, with all due respect to In Flames, Hatebreed are going to tear up this tour so fucking hard and it isn’t going to be pretty. This is going to be a killer line-up still and Hatebreed will have a chance to clobber people into putting more respect on Weight Of The False Self‘s underappreciated name. Stoked!
Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe comments: “It’s been far too long since we got together to do our thing— by ‘we’ I mean bands, road crew, bus drivers, truck drivers, local venue staff, vendors, audience, parking lot attendants, the freaking janitors- the whole damn enchilada. ALL OF US. TOGETHER. Everyone has been waiting, but the time has come to put the puzzle back together— I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to hit the road with lamb of god. See y’all in a few months with Megadeth, Trivium, and now Hatebreed. Over a year with no live music? These shows are gonna be INSANE…”
In other news, Korn have announced that Suicidal Tendencies bass player Ra Diaz will accompany them on their upcoming summer tour, as Korn bassist Fieldy takes time off “to heal.” This is going to be awesome and Ra Diaz is a tremendous talent who ought to own that shit completely. An inspired choice- and from another huge West Coast band. Glad also that Fieldy is focusing on self care. That actually shows strength to acknowledge. Get well soon, holmes.
The group had the following to say: “We appreciate your kind words of support in response to the recent tour update about Fieldy. While our brother takes some time to heal, we wanted to let you know that we are bringing our friend Ra Diaz from Suicidal Tendencies out with us this summer to fill in on Korn bass duties. We’ve all been rehearsing to get ready to bring the heat, and we can’t wait to see you next month.”Add to My Radar