You gotta have respect for Artillery. The veteran Danish power thrashers have just released a new video for the song "When The Magic Is Gone", taken off the band's latest album, Penalty By Perception. To watch the video, please visit HERE. Artillery comments: "Our new video 'When The Magic Is Gone' is a song about death and grief, it is a very personal song which shows the more mellow side of Artillery. The video was recorded in Norrebro, Copenhagen by Terkel Christensen (Aggressive Art) who is an old friend of Artillery." On Sept. 23rd, Artillery will start their co-headline tour with Onslaught. Artillery will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Terror Squad album on this run, playing 5-6 songs from that album, plus new songs from their latest album Penalty By Perception, as well as some more classics. See HERE for dates.
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On my death bed I will probably ask the people planning on chiseling some silly bullshit on my headstone to instead use some Hatebreed lyrics: You want me to hold my tongue/Then why the fuck am I here?
Haha. But in all seriousness, Hatebreed are back with a new video for “Seven Enemies”. Check it out below. It is particularly Hatebreedy, so turn it up and get reminded what dedication to hardcore means.Add to My Radar
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have announced The Great Collapse North American tour in continued support of their new LP of the same name. Support will come from TOMBS and MOON TOOTH. Dates kick off in early June and stretch through the first week in July. Tickets will go on sale Friday 4/21.
“We’re happy to announce The Great Collapse North American tour,” says vocalist Joe Badolato. “Tombs and Moon Tooth are sick live bands, and make for a fun mixed bill. A little different than our normal touring partners, but we’re excited to play for some new fans. Lots of new songs on this one, and a few old ones we haven’t pulled out in years.”
Fit For An Autopsy released The Great Collapse on March 17, 2017 via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music in North America and SPV overseas. Initial sales of the album landed the band on a variety of Billboard charts, some of which the first time in the band’s career. The Great Collapse debuted at #6 Hard Music, #9 Indie, #16 Rock and #47 Current Top 200.Add to My Radar
Oh ye of little faith…of COURSE Facedown Fest will be awesome this year. From Rival Choir’s anticipated slot to My Epic’s sure to be melodic and imaginative set to the return of Impending Doom, there is a lot to be thankful for for fans.
We are super excited to announce that the 2016 Facedown Fest will showcase Impending Doom‘s first live show in 3 years! We also have the exclusive West Coast Seventh Star reunion show as well as For All Eternity‘s first US show!
Join us May 14 at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA. Tickets are available now at facedownfest.com.
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Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.
Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.
Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.Add to My Radar
Universally celebrated, heavy metal power trio HIGH ON FIRE has announced U.S. tour dates in support of its new album, Luminiferous. The trek will launch on December 10 in Nashville, TN and will feature support from New Orleans’ sludge kings, Crowbar.
It s a good thing Conan is not on this tour as well or it might actually crack the planet in two.
HIGH ON FIRE tour dates w Captain Kirk BELOW.Add to My Radar
Logan Madder will always hold a place in the heart of any metal fan who has ever been in the midst of a “Davidian” riff onslaught, but the producer and guitarist is much more than that. Returning to the stage after a decade plus, Madder has re-emerged with a strong new group Once Human.
I’m a fan of some of Madder’s production with especially Gojira and less so with Five Finger Death Punch, if more so because the band annoy me than any fault in the production. Once Human, however, it feels like Madder pulled out all the stops to assert his new group is the bomb. He did a good job. The title track in particular is enough to make any fan of this kind of alt metal/crossover thrash salivate. From the roared vocals of Lauren Hart, which recall Tarrie B at her most unhinged married to some real hooks, a dry and punishing amped up drum attack from secret weapon Dillon Trollope and groove metal power to make the 90’s blush, the band are nonetheless not a throwback. There is plenty of studio wizardry and unexpected textural twists, dives and especially cool spacious elements in the guitars to contrast the heaviest moments.
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“Time Of The Disease” is powerful groove metal, ballistic bass, a slick solo and augmented by awesome string and vocal patterns like something from a gothic horror movie before major melodeath kicks in. Hart’s voice has a particular low end to her scream not heard this effectively since Karyn Crisis. “I Am War” is another highlight, a war march intro with cooed vocals that gets more uneasy as the band build the 1:52 track from a dreary military march through a dollhouse nightmare like soldiers and Marilyn Manson-esque circus outcasts had a party.
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If you’re like a lot of metalheads you have your go to bands and the rest of the time browse sites or magazines with a certain lifelong true dedication mixed with dulled near boredom at the car crash many bands regularly call “releases” or “promotion”. Especially if it isn’t your favorite sub-genre of heavy. Granted, we all have more open minded days than others but it is nice when I see a band live and then the next time they release something I’m much more curious.
Such was the case today when seeing Decibel has a new video premiere from Fit For An Autopsy. Listening to the unfuckwithable excellence of the new Tau Cross and drinking coffee half-baked while also corresponding with cuties and/or musician’s, I took a break to check my mail and saw the FFAA press release. While Tau Cross is by far one of the best records of the year, the full bore if much different FFAA live set I witnessed not so long ago has me curious enough to check the new video out.
The new song is the title track from their forthcoming new LP due out this fall. “Being able to bring a visual representation of our art to the fans is a big deal to us,” says guitarist and producer Will Putney. Directed by Max Moore, this is the first music video the band has ever done. Putney continues, “Working with Max Moore allowed us to do that easily. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and are really excited to finally release Fit For An Autopsy’s first ever music video.”
Watch it HERE. The simple and effective blend of darkness, weird shit and performance make it a winner. Much less gimmicky than people writing these guys off might’ve expected.Add to My Radar
Kittie have never really gotten enough respect, all because some people think they were too cute or “nu metal” when they came out (but now it’s “tough” or ironic to like Baby Metal?). As it turns out, through numerous incarnations the band has written a lot of really heavy stuff and has been around just as long as Arch Enemy, for example. And when Morgan Lander brings the vocal sugar it still sounds way more soulful than saccharine. She can fuckin’ sing. And is a legit bad ass.
The Canadian metal queens still impress live and can hold their own or surpass some of the biggest bands in metal live to this day. This current band might be their most seasoned line up. People might trash on them for their music but then praise shittier bands in the same breath, which is a thin veil for sexism. Like, if they were a gimmick don’t you think they’d have gone away by now? Idiots.
Frankly, if you listen to “Cut Throat” it spanks the shit out of some of the shitty clean vocal autotune 19th stepped on generation death/mall emo bands. I’d still rather see Kittie than almost any deathcore band, and it’s testament to the band’s staying power that people still have favorite or current past members.
A few good Kittie gems that made this Deep Cuts are BELOW.
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The Lord’s Prayer is less than fifty words long, and six of those words
are devoted to asking God not to lead us into temptation. The one-sided contemplative
leaves undone many things that he ought to do; but to make up for it, he refrains
from doing a host of things he ought not to do. The sum of evil, Pascal remarked, would
be much diminished if men could only learn to sit quietly in their rooms.
The contemplative whose perception has been cleansed does not have to stay in his room.
– Huxley, The Doors Of Perception
West coast heavy weights High On Fire are one of the bands along with Neurosis, Mastodon, Baroness and Today Is The Day who are most responsible for shifting the trends in the underground from death or nu metal to the brainier psych and sludged infused styles that are arguably the most consistently awesome sounds in metal today. New song “The Sunless Years” from forthcoming banger Luminiferous is everything you’ve ever loved about High On Fire in one invincible wall of guitar fuckery, aimed right at your third eye and out through the back of your exploding skull.
High On Fire are back with “The Black Plot”, a song that couldn’t sound more HoF-esque if it gargled Yeti sweat and thumbtacks. As powerful as their endless live onslaught, the new battering ram on fire tune can be heard HERE via Rolling Stone. The band’s new Kurt Ballou (Converge, ETID,Trap Them) tracked Luminiferous will be out in early June and it is time to pump up this jam! I don’t know who that guy in the shirt pretending to be Matt Pike is in the photo above, but nonetheless we are stoked!
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Matt Pike’s revered sludge n’ roll juggernaut High On Fire will release Luminiferous, their 7th(!!) album, on June 23rd via eOne music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, an album hailed as “not for the faint of heart ” by The New Yorker and “a fantastically constructed bloodbath” by Entertainment Weekly.
Feast your eyes on that cover art! Swamp Thing/The Green Man/Jolly Green Giant is stoked, as are we!
“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”
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Black Label Society fans ought to be pleased with the news that Zakk Wylde is doing an Unblackened U.S. tour with doom legend and acoustic riff elder Wino from Saint Vitus/Spirit Caravan in tow. Nice to see Wino is back in action after his recent arrest. He is great on acoustic and is reportedly working with Conny Ochs again soon. Back to Zakk, Black Label Society will be offering audiences a more intimate show. Along with BLS music, the setlist is expected to include material from Wylde’s solo disc, Book Of Shadows as well as material from his southern rock band Pride & Glory.
“You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh,” says Wylde. “The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.”
4/3 — Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount
4/4 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/6 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
4/8 — Baltimore, Md. — Rams Head Live
4/9 — Fort Wayne, Ind. — Piere’s
4/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room
4/12 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
4/14 — Wichita, Kan. — The Cotillion
4/16 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theater
4/17 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Depot
4/18 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
4/19 — Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim