Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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The Sword, Purson and Royal Thunder are arguably all bands with some of the most top notch actual “song writing” going on these days in rock and metal. They make other bands look foolishly outclassed, honestly.
You can pick up any album by The Sword and, like Fu Manchu, Zeke , Hellacopters or Karp before them, likely have your day straightened out.
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“Ok, what the fuck is ‘Goblin Metal’?” I swear, I sat there asking myself this question for about 10 minutes when this first fell into my hands. Just sitting, staring at my phone, wondering what this meant, but drawing blanks. Seriously, I could almost see myself grabbing people and screaming in a gravely voice, similar to Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight movies, and asking “What is it!? What is it!? Tell Me! What is Goblin Metal!?”
If you’re reading this right now and feeling the same way, then stick around. I’m about to answer this question the very best I can. The band NEKROGOBLIKON would be the best (and perhaps only) place to start. They are by far one of the most original bands I’ve ever encountered, so I can’t even begin to compre them to anything else I’ve heard yet. They can best be described as a fun, melodic, comedic, black metal band with some 80s inspired riffs, epic keyboarding, and vocals about goblins, for goblins, and performed by goblins that really resemble creature cards in one of my Magic The Gathering decks.
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All That Remains are one of the most controversial bands in metal, a fact which often overshadows their music. While Phil Labonte has certainly been in the headlines lately (and the band’s last record A War You Cannot Win‘s hit “Stand Up” was #1 on Active Rock), the group has unfortunately been more synonymous with twitter banter and potty mouth behavior than their music.
“You have to adapt to the world around you as opposed to expecting everything to adapt to your perspective,” claims vocalist Labonte in a recent press release. “You can’t really control what goes on in your life, you can only control your reaction. I’ve gotten a certain amount of peace from embracing this truth. That’s the way things go. This is literally The Order of Things.”
Overall this record is their best synergy of styles with “Bite My Tongue” in particular really fusing the faster NWOAHM sound with their more recent embrace of melodic hard rock traits. With new album The Order Of Things, I tried to take the band on their own merits as a group, but I did have to take a tangent into social concerns first. For the full review see BELOW.
I can honestly say that I’ve waited a long time to see H.I.M.
There was this super anxious feeling deep inside me that I couldn’t explain. I was eager to hear what they sounded like live, what their stage presence would bring, and what their stage set up would look like.
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Grindcorel rockers Chelsea Grin have released a new song. The song is titled “Letters” and according to the band:
“Letters is not the heaviest, nor the most technical song on our new record. We felt like it was a good “middle ground” song. There are 15 songs on the new CD, so if you want heavier, you’ll get much heavier.”
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Georgia metalcore band Norma Jean’s song “Family Bike Wreck” off of the bands upcoming album has made it online. The song is a b-side off of the album Wrongdoers which is set for release on August 6, 2013 via Solid State.
You can listen to the song here.
Wrongdoers is the bands sixth studio album and a follow up to the 2010 effort Meridional. Wrongdoers is the first album to feature band members Jeff Hickey on guitar, John Finnegan on bass, and Clayton Holyoak on drums.Add to My Radar
Georgia metalcore band Norma Jean have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, Wrongdoers, this summer. The album is set for release on August 6th via Razor & Tie and will be a follow up to the bands 2010 Meridional.
You can see the track list, cover art and get a listen here.
Wrongdoers was produced by Joshua Barber and will be the first Norma Jean album to feature guitarist Jeff Hinckey,bassist John Finnegan and drummer Clayton Holyoke.Add to My Radar
God-loving metalheads For Today have recently gotten a lot of publicity when their guitarist, Mike Reynolds, made some homophobic comments on Twitter. Mike Reynolds has since called it quits. The band released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“Mike Reynolds is no longer a part of For Today. He has decided that now is the time for he and his wife to put their plans in motion to enroll in bible college, and to begin working toward full-time missions work in the Middle East. Mike will be replaced by long-timefriend of the band, and former In The Midst of Lions guitar player, Sam Penner, who will be appearing with the band as they headline their upcoming Fight The Silence tour.”
Their vocalist, Mattie Montgomery, has since issued a formal apology to fans or anyone negatively effected by the comments made by Mike Reynolds.
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Sioux City metalcore band For Today recently found themselves in a dill of her pickle due to comments made by guitarist Mike Reynolds. Mike Reynolds went on twitter in response to Pastor Louie Giglio withdrawal from Obama’s inauguration ceremony and stated that “homosexuality is a sin” among some other Medieval things. I am not gonna lie to you I never really figured that Christian metal would be responsible for bad press in the metal community but it looks like I was proven wrong.
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I suppose you could file this under the “knew it would happen” category. Once powerhouse metalcore leaders, All That Remains now seem to be unable to fill their own shadow. Mediocre and catchy melody run rampant through this release, along with Phil’s vocals going even further away from say, The Weak Willed. Am I gripping to the edifice of a decadent past? Maybe, but they could at least fake a metal album, or do a concept pretending to be a metal band. Something, just not this.
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Austin, TX heavy metal band The Sword have released a video for the song “The Veil of Isis” from their latest album Apocryphon. Apocryphon is The Sword’s fourth studio album and was released in October of 2012 via Razor & Tie Records.
You can listen to it here.
Frontman J.D. Cronsie had the following to say about the song: “it’s a little more metaphysical than a lot of our previous stuff. It talks a lot about cycles of nature and life and death and birth and transformation and death and rebirth.
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