California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. "Firepower Kills" probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. "Crushed Beneath The Tracks" and "Power Unsurpassed" in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band's performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/
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BEHEMOTH re-issues debut EP, ‘And the Forests Dream Eternally’, on vinyl and CD – now available for pre-order
On September 18th, blackened death lords Behemoth will release CD and vinyl re-issues of their debut EP, And the Forests Dream Eternally, which can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/behemoth. This will be a thrill for completists who may not have heard it in awhile. I wish they would also re-master Grom and put it on Spotify, but hey.
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Legions! Our first ever record ‘And the Forests Dream Eternally’ is being re-issued through @metalbladerecords and @behemothwebstore. The re-issue includes bonus vintage material, interviews with founding members, liner notes from bands around the world and rare photographs from the earliest years of Behemoth! Pre-order your copy now! (Link in story – Releases Sept.18)
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Originally released in 1995, And the Forests Dream Eternally is available as a double LP or 2-CD Mediabook, both containing bonus vintage audio material and exclusive archival content. The vinyl options look stunning.
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Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!
“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).
“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”
The album is also charting well!
–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart
Armored Saint reveals details for new album, ‘Punching The Sky’; video for first single, “End of the Attention Span”
On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, “End of the Attention Span” (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint
Bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’ve teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, ‘End of the Attention Span’. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society’s ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We’re always ‘looking’ for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span.”
With the band’s place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. “Part of me feels like I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for that long. It’s kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we’ve been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn’t do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we’ve had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That’s what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old.”
Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
11. Never You Fret
Intronaut has released a new digital single, “Run Through the Jungle” – a cover version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic! Guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable comments: “Sometime during the writing process for ‘Fluid Existental Inversions’, I had the idea to cover this song, from one of my favorite bands and songwriters of all time. The relatively simple harmonic structure of the original recording made for a great blank canvas for us to ‘Intronaut’ the song up quite a bit. We tracked most of the song during the ‘FEI’ session but didn’t have time to finish until this spring.”
Intronaut released their sixth full-length, Fluid Existential Inversions, this past February via Metal Blade Records. Featuring some of the most dramatic and epic sounds of their career, Fluid Existential Inversions is a unique album that stands apart from their catalogue. “We pushed ourselves to be bigger and better, musically speaking, and to me that’s the essence of progressive music,” states guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable. “On this album, there are drums played in ways I’ve never heard before. There are synths used in contexts I’ve never heard before. Intronaut has the most unique bass player in all of heavy metal as far as I’m concerned, and I even practiced guitar to get myself out of my comfort zone. So I think we progressed and made the best album ever.”
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On Wednesday, June 3rd, Killswitch Engage – Adam Dutkiewicz [guitar], Joel Stroetzel [guitar], Mike D’Antonio [bass], Justin Foley [drums], and Jesse Leach [vocals] – began posting an array of pictures from their history to the band’s official Instagram feed: https://instagram.com/killswitchengage/. The band wiped its Instagram page clean and proceeded to share one image per year per day, starting with 1999 and going through 2019. It was a mere hint of what was to come.
Today, June 23rd, Killswitch Engage unveil a comprehensive and in-depth 20-year timeline that documents so many of the band’s memorable career milestones and storied history, with plenty of captivating images. The clickable, scroll-through timeline boasts flyers from early shows, live shots from festival appearances, and fan tattoos. It also traces major tours, video shoots, album releases, Grammy nominations, lineup changes, and beyond. The timeline functions as a digital museum that effectively tells the complete Killswitch Engage story.
The timeline was created specifically for Killswitch Engage fans to enjoy and to reminisce.
View the entire timeline on the band’s official website: http://www.killswitchengage.com/timeline
“I’ll never forget when we first started touring and I had to quit my day job to give it a go,” recalls Adam D. “I remember thinking, ‘Just try it for a year, that way you’ll have no regrets when it doesn’t work out, and you can go find a new job.’ 20-plus years later, here we are, and it’s been an amazing ride. I’m so grateful to our fans for letting us continue to do this…THANK YOU, KsE FANS EVERYWHERE!!!”
“It’s hard to believe KsE has been going for so long,” says Stroetzel. “We’re gettin’ old! We hope you all enjoy the photos, as they have definitely brought back a lot of memories for us! It seems like only yesterday we were playing VFW halls in Western Mass and rehearsing in my parents’ basement!”
D’Antonio says, “Looking back at what KsE has seen and done in 20 years is nothing short of mind-blowing to me. How a little band from Massachusetts could tour the world for this long is beyond me. A lifetime of exciting moments and amazing memories…I would not trade it for the world.”
Today, Killswitch Engage are also launching their Retro merch line, where they will be offering new takes on classic Killswitch Engage designs in limited edition quantities. The initial offerings from the Killswitch Engage Retro Collection include designs from the Alive Or Just Breathing and As Daylight Dies album cycles. You can preorder the Retro designs here: https://killswitchengage.merchcentral.com/collections/retro-collection
Overall, it’s been an eventful 20 years for Killswitch Engage.
Recently recognized by Forbes as “one of modern metal’s most cherished acts,” Killswitch Engage first shook the structure of heavy music upon climbing out of snowy industrialized Western Massachusetts in 1999. The band pioneered a DNA-distinct and oft-imitated style, fusing thrashed-out European guitar pyrotechnics, East Coast hardcore spirit, on-stage hijinks, and enlightened lyricism that set the pace for what the turn-of-the-century deemed heavy.
2002’s Alive Or Just Breathing, which followed an attention-getting, self-titled debut, earned its reputation as a definitive album and was named among “The Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of the Decade” by Decibel and celebrated by everyone from Metal Hammer to Revolver. Original singer Jesse Leach departed the band in 2002 and was replaced by Howard Jones, who would front the band until Leach’s return in 2012.
Along the way, Killswitch Engage have garnered three GRAMMY®Award nominations in the category of “Best Metal Performance” in 2005, 2014, and 2020. They’ve received gold certifications for The End Of Heartache  and As Daylight Dies . The group landed three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Killswitch Engage , Disarm The Descent , and their career high best bow at #6 with Incarnate . The latter two releases would also both capture #1 on the Top Rock Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums charts. Their total streams have exceeded half-a-billion to date. Along the way, the band has shared stages with some of the biggest acts in the world and have sold out countless headline gigs in six continents across the globe. Their eighth full-length Atonement debuted #2 on the Billboard Top Album chart, #13 on the Billboard Top 200, and once again #1 on both the Top Rock and Hard Rock Album charts.
Killswitch Engage have spent most of their career on the road, sharing stages with Iron Maiden, Slayer, Mastodon, Slipknot, and more. They’ve appeared as a featured attraction at OZZFest, Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Taste Of Chaos (with My Chemical Romance), Warped Tour, and more.Add to My Radar
Finnish metallers Ensiferum have a new video out directed by Vesa Ranta and recorded on Rankki Island, Finland. The song “Andromeda” begins by warning of being too prideful as the band fire into their beloved melodic death metal influenced folk metal hybrid sound. I really enjoyed the chorus section of this song and the end when the energy really picks up.
The biggest difference separating new album Thalassic from the rest of Ensiferum’s catalogue comes from the fact that it’s the first of their albums to be built around a theme.
“The idea of it started to brew in my mind when I was doing interviews for ‘Two Paths’ and many journalists asked if it was a theme album, and I noticed that I was answering all the time that because of the way we compose it’s almost impossible to make a theme album. This really started to piss me off and the decision was made: the next album would have a theme. At that time, we already had a few songs almost ready for the next album, and I started to listen to the demos much more from the feeling aspect instead of analyzing them musically. For some reason, all of them took me to a seashore, and the theme was found: something related to sea or water. So I started to read about history, myths and legend around the world that had something to do with the theme, but even though all of the lyrics are obviously inspired by this, I tried my best to keep Ensiferum’s heroic mentality in them. In the end, there were too many ideas for lyrics, because I didn’t set myself any boundaries – like all stories would have to be Nordic, etc, and one of my favourite songs on the album tells about Andromeda from Greek mythology. I can’t promise that this way of lyric-writing will be the future of Ensiferum, but at least we did this once.” – Sami HinkkaAdd to My Radar
Epic metal force Falconer return! On June 26th, the Swedish power folk metal warriors will release their new album, From A Dying Ember, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of From A Dying Ember, the new single, “Kings and Queens”
From the beginning, the band planned not to perform often live (their final tour date was at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA in 2015). After retiring from the stage five years ago, the band took some time off before writing a new album.
Stefan Weinerhall (guitar) comments: “Finally, we got the chance to incorporate some keyed fiddle and bagpipe into the music – something that has always been a wish from us, just to get that extra medieval and folky feel to it. In that time, we also wrote the most intense ballad ever, which turned out to be ‘Rejoice The Adorned’ – only featuring piano, keys and strings.”
Mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque, From A Dying Ember was also recorded at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studio. Stefan concludes: “To sum the album up, we can say that From A Dying Ember’has some things that really stand out from a usual Falconer album. A lot of things happening and more elements to the music than ever before!”
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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.Add to My Radar
Cattle Decap have been pretty much my favorite band in death metal for quite awhile and Death Atlas is further proof it is hard to defeat them when it comes to meaningful and at times darkly cynical yet insightful extreme metal. I assume those of you who give a shit about metal probably know about the recent late 2019 release already so I won’t insult your feeble (oops) intelligence with too many details other than that it rules and you should get it. I honestly feel like an asshole that I didn’t review it when it came out but seasonal depression is a bitch and obviously we need to catch up on reviews right now, period. Haha, it isn’t helping that now that Spring is here we have a pandemic but I will try and post some cool album reviews for you hounds soon. Anyway, here’s a funny ass morbid video in the meantime. Ahhhhh. They have manage to kind of politely underscore what doomed fucking idiots the human race are yet again.
“With the cancellation of our ironically titled ‘Europandemic Tour’ and social distancing recommendations set in place, we found ourselves with not much to do. So we figured why not address the elephant in the room in the form of a music video for ‘Bring Back The Plague’ and just film it on our mobile phones instead of with an actual crew. Dave didn’t even have access to a drum kit and nobody is leaving their houses anyways so we decided to lighten the mood with a video. Everything from the band name to the lyrics to the merchandise to the imagery have always been heavily steeped in metaphors and irony always with tongue firmly in cheek, so this new video by David Hall at Uneasy Sleeper may just be our coup de gras…for better, or for worse.” – Travis RyanAdd to My Radar
Hey folks. Hope none of you are listening to Trump and returning to work because you will kill people and the choice between killing grandma for capitalism and staying safe at home is a false one when social democracy could undo the evil crony capitalism and still take care of us with safety net relief. DO NOT TRUST THESE EVIL FUCKS,
Anyway, venting out of the way…here is a new video from socially aware thrash masters Sacred Reich. Our hearts go out to the guys for the recent death of founding member Jason Rainey and we want to help them boost this great new video (shot and edited by Fiaz Farrelly) .
Front-man and bassist Phil Rind comments: “We want to put something positive out there right now. ‘Salvation’ is about music’s ability to encourage and inspire us and bring us together.”Add to My Radar
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.”
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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.Add to My Radar
Grammy Award nominated progressive metallers Between The Buried And Me have announced that they will be hitting the road this spring for North American tour that will feature a very special two set performance celebrating 20 years of BTBAM. The first set will feature a career spanning setlist with the second set seeing the band play their highly acclaimed 2009 opus, ‘The Great Misdirect‘ in its entirety. Tickets will go on sale at 10am local time on Friday, January 17th from betweentheburiedandme.com
The tour will kick off in Richmond, VA on May 9th and will make its way through another 30 cities across North America before culminating in Charlotte, NC on June 19th.
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Come celebrate 20 of years of BTBAM with us! ? Set one: Career spanning set Set two: The Great Misdirect in it’s entirety You’ve asked for it, and we listened! Don’t sleep on this one. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time. Tag your friends, get pumped, and see you soon! #btbam #btbam20 May 09 – The Canal – Richmond, VA May 10 – Black Cat – Washington, DC May 12 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA May 13 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY May 14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA May 15 – Mr Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA May 16 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI May 17 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO May 19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL May 20 – Studio B at Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN May 22 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO May 23 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT May 25 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver, BC May 26 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA May 27 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR May 29 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA May 30 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA May 31 – Fremont Country Club – Las Vegas, NV June 01- Garden Amp – Garden Grove, CA June 02- Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ June 04- Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX June 05- Trees – Dallas, TX June 06- Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX June 08- The Orpheum – Tampa, FL June 09- Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL June 11- Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL June 12- The Masquerade – Hell – Atlanta, GA June 13- The Basement East – Nashville, TN June 15- The Opera House – Toronto, ON June 16- Bronson Centre Theatre – Ottawa, ON June 17- Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC June 19- The Underground – Charlotte, NC
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Dark practitioners of evil God Dethroned have released a tremendously strong new video for “Spirt Of Beelzebub” from Feb. 7th pending Metal Blade release Illuminati. If the rest of the record is as sick as this track we are in for one fucking ripper of an album. It is actually the second single, I guess. I have yet to hear the first one, but this video is second part of three interconnected short movies. I have to say I was pretty immersed regardless and it can also stand alone. Anthemic tune with many memorable frighteningly fast and ominous mid tempo demonic parts plus the chanted vocals sections will really haunt the mind afterwards. As for the gutturals, Henri Sattler sounds quite fittingly possessed.
I have a feeling this is going to be a really important release for 2020.
God Dethroned comments: “‘Spirit of Beelzebub’ is the second single and video from the ‘Illuminati’ album. This song will appeal to our fans who like the faster and more aggressive tunes of God Dethroned. The video is actually the prequel to ‘Illuminati’ and definitely worth checking out!”
Illuminati release shows
w/ Dawn Of Disease & Aesmah
Feb. 7 – Lingen (Germany) – Alter Schlachthof
Feb. 8 – Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) – Het Podium + Sisters Of Suffocation
Feb. 9 – Rotterdam (The Netherlands) – Baroeg