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The best thing I have heard yet in 2019 is "ICE watch", a completely rugged face buster from Arkansas hardcore band Terminal Nation which premiered at No Echo HERE. It will give you the insane over the top feels of a lot of heavy stuff without wondering if the band members have become weird conservative farts or are suddenly gonna cape for YAITW. The song even manages to out mosh the band's recent tune "Pulse Of The Dead" from Absolute Control. Good news is, TN have a split out with the homies in Neckbeard Deathcamp in February (it is sure to be a big year for both bands this year) and the gossip is we might get a TN full length this year as well. If you want to feel socially responsible while still doing reprehensible shit in the pit (I mean watch out for your peeps if someone falls down...but you know what I mean), this band will be entirely your shit. Bellowed vocals, powerviolence glory and a firm anti-xenophobia message.
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Children Of Bodom’s 2019 North American Tour is going to have a big impact, especially with direct support from Finnish doom band Swallow The Sun to take things even further into dark waters.
Additional support will come from Wolfheart. Summer’s Circle, Hollow Cry, and Fragmentum as openers for select dates. The tour starts March 13th in Quebec City and wraps on April 19th in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.
Pre-Order new 2019 album HEXED here. It isn’t out til March but we are slavering over the epic disdain of “Under Grass And Clover”. Bad ass stuff! I haven’t seen these guys live in awhile and definitely have the itch lately. This seems like it is going to be an awesome new era for the band.Add to My Radar
Swedish doom metallers Candlemass are preparing to release their newest album The Door To Doom in February.
This will be the band’s first album since their 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus to feature vocalist Johan Langquist.
The Door To Doom will be released via Napalm Death Records and features Tony Iommi on “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.”
Tony Iommi on his appearance:
“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought ‘why not’ “.
Leif Edling states:
“We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ASTOROLUS. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it, gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”
Check out the tracklist and album art for The Door To Doom here.Add to My Radar
What a year! Calendar years for me, since I still live by a U.S. academic calendar, starts and ends on a “break.” This time last year I hadn’t really ever seen any of the Star Wars movies before, and over winter break last year I watched them all. This time last year I was finishing up my first semester of grad school and this year I’m finishing up my fourth. This time last year I didn’t believe in the idea of Georgia as a purple state, after Stacy Abrams performance in the midterm, I’m more intrigued than I’ve ever been before. I’m hoping to graduate with my Master’s in American Studies in May. When I write this piece next year, I could be writing it as a PhD student (or an adjunct professor). I’ve made a conscious effort to listen to more new music in general, inside and outside of metal, this year, and it’s been a good experience. You can check out some of my finds and favorites over at my Medium.
My album of the year: Catharsis by Machine Head
Catharsis has been a necessary album for getting through this year. From the opening decree of “Volatile,” “Awww, fuck the world!” to the folk-punk inspired “Bastards” to the 8 minute “Heavy Lies The Crown” to the closing track, “Eulogy,” this mix of personal and political helped me process and work through my own anger and angst at the socio-political realities we find ourselves in.
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July was a hectic month for me. I spent a week out of town, I finished up a summer class, and the past few days I’ve been playing a lot of Crash Bandicoot. But as always, I’ve tried to compile a list of the albums that I thought were the best of the best for the month. This month’s list was a little harder to get together than previous months, there were some misses I wasn’t expecting to miss, and not as many ones I hitting that I didn’t expect to make up for it. The following list is in no particular order.
1. First on the list, the one that was a surprise for me, is Bongripper’s Terminal. In the age of sludge, grunge, post-, noise doom metal it’s always nice to hear something truly, seismically heavy and slow. The two songs on this album are “Slow” and “Death” and they have a combined playtime of 43 minutes. As I prepare for another hectic academic year of getting my ass kicked by grad school, I’m excited that in moments when I need to slow down, I’ll have Terminal to drag me along. All the better with fall imminent. Head over to Bongripper’s Bandcamp to stream Terminal, where you can download it at “name your own price.”
2. Any list I make isn’t going to be complete without at least one -core album, and this one will have three! The first is Bury Tomorrow‘s Black Flame. This album is pretty standard metalcore fare, chugging and riffing along, interchanging between clean and growled vocals. The title track probably stands out the most for me.
3. Next on the list is Chelsea Grin‘s Eternal Nightmare. Ever since Suicide Silence’s self-titled album last year, I’ve been hungry for good deathcore stylings (not that this is a stab at Suicide Silence, I always support bands pursuing the sounds they want to go for, it just wasn’t for me). Chelsea Grin offer pretty great deathcore with this album. Though this album features an iteration of Chelsea Grin without any of the founding members, former Lorna Shore vocalist, Tom Barber, the newest edition to the band, brings a fantastic performance. My favorite track off the album is “See You Soon.”
4. Last on the list is Within The Ruins‘ World Undone EP. This two song EP follows the band’s release last year of Halfway Human. Within The Ruins’ style of proggy metalcore is about the only way I get into prog metal. Check out the EP’s title track.Add to My Radar
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The new Ministry album "AmeriKKKant" is out now! Watch as Al runs down all the song topics on the album and make sure to pick up your copy in physical, digital and streaming formats at http://www.nuclearblast.com/ministry-amerikkkant
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Today, Ministry releases a surreal and provocative new music video for the track “Twilight Zone” from the band’s upcoming album, AmeriKKKant, due out March 9 (Nuclear Blast). Building upon the themes of the song, the “Twilight Zone” video takes the viewer on a macabre excursion through the current U.S. news media climate of misinformation, corporate propaganda and hypocritical slander. “We are in completely uncharted territory now,” said Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, “witnessing the unraveling of what was once a functional democracy. Our government is under attack. Our planet is under attack. It’s time for a major reboot.” Click HERE to check out the “Twilight Zone” video.
The video was filmed last December just outside of Los Angeles and features Ministry guitarists Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto, Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Static X) on bass, keyboardist John Bechdel (Killing Joke, Fear Factory), live scratcher DJ Swamp (Beck, the Crystal Method), and Derek Abrams on drums. Guest appearances are made by Gray Wolf, President of American Indian Movement (AIM), the internationally renowned and idiosyncratic Lord of the Cello, and an army of Ministry supporters who participated in the band’s PledgeMusic AmeriKKKant pre-order campaign.
The “Twilight Zone” video was produced by Chris Roth and Steve Roth for The Other House production company, the same group that produced Jourgensen’s previous music video, “I’m Invisible” for his 2016 Surgical Meth Machine release. Chris Roth also directed the “Twilight Zone” video with Steve Roth as Director of Photography and editor. The Other House has produced a wide array of broadcast design projects for Revolt TV, Nike’s Kobe 8 System, MTV, Aol.RISE, the Syfy Network, VH-1, CNN, PBS, “The Profit” on CNBC, the 2017 Emmy Awards and many more.
Said Chris Roth, “I’m a life-long fan of the band and very politically active. Not only was this an opportunity to collaborate creatively once again with the one and only Al Jourgensen, but also an outlet for much of my pent up aggression and frustration regarding the current state of politics in our country.”
Ministry kicks off its North American tour on March 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Complete dates are accessible HERE.
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
Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir are preparing to make a return with the release of their 9th studio album, Eonian.
From Dimmu Borgir’s Facebook page: “The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir. The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak (Ghost, Behemoth, Mayhem).”
The album has an expected release date of May 4. The first single, “Interdimensional Summit” will be released on February 23.
“Time, when not approaching it from the construct we’re used to can’t be defined and thus it is illusory”, explains axemaster Silenoz. “There’s only an ‘eternal now’, which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through the veil – when we go beyond.”
Vocalist Shagrath adds: “Eonian represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of Dimmu Borgir and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history.”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
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
Corrosion Of Conformity with Pepper in the line-up is by far the most popular version of the band, though all their records over the years are terrific. Anyway, No Cross No Crown is the name of the pending first C.O.C. record with Pepper back in the band after a little over a decade. The first single is fantastic and will rock you out of all the misery in the air with some glorious guitars, a potent rhythmic charge and Pepper’s hoarse and bluesy, assured and gruff vocals. God damn, I needed this today!
“Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows,” Keenan recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just go to Europe and see if it works.’ So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year… We toured for a year and then started tracking about ten or eleven months ago.”
No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on January 12th, 2018 on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats.Add to My Radar
Official press release:
Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans and label mates KREATOR for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8. 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10th.
SABATON’s Par Sundström comments, “We are excited to return to American grounds after the last successful tour. Teaming up with our friends in KREATOR, we are able to play larger venues which allows us to bring a bigger production than we ever brought into America.”
KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza states, “Hordes! We return back to North America alongside the mighty SABATON! It’s a true European invasion and we can’t wait to be back!”Add to My Radar
The Raybeez and Warzone Tribute show at Tompkins Square Park was such a blast, a huge celebration of what makes NYHC and all the good people involved in the scene so great. Not only was it the first time I saw an old fave Shutdown in like 15 years, but of course the amazing array of guest singers who came out to pay tribute to Warzone’s Raybeez and the legacy of New York City’s roughest underground.
I can’t even begin to recap all the amazing highlights as I am just freshly home and this was the New Yorkiest of NYHC shows almost ever, so I am just gonna let it sit and post the photos and some video clips to capture a fraction of the spirit. Was nice running into Dr Know and gettin to chat, seeing my friend Brian Goss play a song, another friend from the band Vajra, see lots of people stoked on the youngest band Regulate and of course witness Fireburn’s kick ass first East Coast Set (they were seriously amazing and surpassed even my high expectations).
Kill Your Idols almost stole the whole show as their set was over the top energy and great messages, while the diverse and awesome crowd participated with serious devotion most of the entire day. The Warzone set with friends of the band filling in on vocals (including members of Madball, Sick Of It All, Killing Time, Stigmata and many many more) was one of the most inspiring and fun things I have seen on a stage in fucking years. It was a true fans friggin’ dream.
Joseph Cuz Cammarata (Black N’ Blue Productions) , Drew Stone (The New York Hardcore Chronicles/Antidote) and everyone involved made so many people feel something really powerful today and major kudos to their efforts.
I am so happy today. PMA, baby. Don’t forget the struggle.
Damn, what a kick ass day in Tompkins.
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