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Armored Saint to make progress on new recordings soon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM (PST)

Heavy metal veterans Armored Saint always deliver on the metal and hard rock front. Gonzo Sandoval has revealed that the band are recording again next month.

Read more on Facebook HERE.

Here’s one from previous record, 2015’s excellent Win Hands Down, to hold you over while we all wait! Also worth noting is that the legend Joey Vera is going to be in Mercyful Fate as well for the upcoming reunion era, filling the big shoes of recently departed member Timi Hansen (who gave Vera his blessing before cancer took Hansen from us).

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“Going dark” in theatre speak means a show is closed down whereas it is “lit” when the production is up and running. Some things manage to be both lit and embrace the dark at the same time (Kerli’s recent confident electro-spooky wub wubbing  “Where The Dark Things Are” track from the awesome as hell Shadow Works album comes to mind). Tribulation, one of the most darkly theatrical and grandiose yet no nonsense musical bands in any era of metal, certainly also could count as both “lit” and very dark, indeed. You might even call them creatures of the night.

Now Tribulation are unveiling their first official live album, the marvelous new Alive & Dead at Södra TeaternThis is a major moment for this acclaimed band from Sweden who have wowed so many with their deep dives into the inner fears of humanity.  Invited by ex-Nirvana 2002 vocalist and curator Orvar Säfström, who served as master of ceremonies, Tribulation’s first-ever Södra Teatern (Southern Theatre) main hall gig was a very special night of black celebration.

Founding member Adam Zaars took the time to speak to me through mists of swirling terror (actually through email) to attempt to illumine what the chemistry, moment and import of this release means to the frighteningly talented band behind it. Read MORE below.

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Later this month, Allegaeon will head back out on tour, headlining the “Apoptosis Tour Pt II” across the USA with Inferi and Paladin. In anticipation of this trek, Allegaeon has now launched a new video for “Metaphobia” – taken from their latest album, Apoptosis. Directed and filmed by Matthew Zinke, “Metaphobia” can be viewed below.

See below for all tour dates!

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Cult Of Luna to tour North America with Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM (PST)

After recently releasing their new album, A Dawn to Fear, Cult Of Luna are now ready to announce their return to the USA, with a North American headlining tour set for February/March 2020. Emma Ruth Rundle and Intronaut will join this bill as support, making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

Cult Of Luna tour dates
w/ Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut
Feb. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Feb. 26 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Feb. 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Feb. 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Mar. 1 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Mar. 2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona
Mar. 3 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 4 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Mar. 5 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Mar. 6 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Mar. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mar. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre *
Mar. 11 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Mar. 13 – Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Blackberry**
*= no Intronaut
**= Cult of Luna only

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Cattle Decap remind us on The Anthropocene Extinction that we might never get to make another end of century list if we keep up the bullshit.

I recently perused The Guardian’s inconsistent and often absurd best 100 albums of the 21st Century List. While I was shocked and pleased to see PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsome and especially mighty Deftones included relatively high up and while I do love Amy Winehouse, there was some really silly shit on there as well. Really? We are still doing the kiss Kanye’s ass thing? You guys put the album with “All of The Lights” on it in the top 5? A song that praises MJ and calls for forgiveness for “misunderstood” domestic abusers who just need to be shown Rihanna’s body for the rest of their life and who jealously once they get out of jail beat up the lover of the woman the character beat up first in the song? Can we just not? Hey, redemption is great when and if it is actually deserved in life, but Ye as that character sounds like an asshole still in that song and very self-centering…and I am 100 percent certain every Clutch album released in the 21st Century is better than the majority of their list. Shit, my fucking friends bands have made better albums than a lot of that list. Not to mention we are talking about the ENTIRE world of culture and all we can come up with is Kanye and LCD Soundsystem yet again like every shitty homogeneous festival headlining package of the last decade plus? Barf.

Anyway, to each their own but…I was kind of planning on a semi-“best of” list of the last 20 years as I hate how metal and punk often are thrown to the trash heap on these lists. Instead of that however, as taste is at times subjective, I wanted to do a piece on 10 specifically punk and metal or underground albums I think deserved more love which were all fucking excellent and made between 2000-present. All of these babies certainly deserve as many fans as, say, friggin’ United Abominations, And Justice For None or Death Magnetic or whatever the heck. Here are my OWN personal picks BELOW.I am not saying these are like the best of all albums post 00′ but that they deserve revisiting and way more popularity. What are yours?

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On Black Friday 2019 (November 29th), Cattle Decapitation will release their long-awaited 9th studio album, Death Atlas, via Metal Blade Records. It feels weird to mention Black Friday and consumer capitalism in conjunction with a band who have used their platform more and more to rage against plastic in our oceans and the impending environmental catastrophe, but here we are. Hear the very relatable first single, “One Day Closer to the End of the World” below and also visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation – where Death Atlas can also be pre-ordered. The song continues to show the band ever-refining their death metal drive into something unique and in the larger scheme of where they came from initially, pretty monumental.

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KING DIAMOND , the iconic classic metal power horror vocalist, has big news.

KING DIAMOND will embark on a North American headlining tour later year. The trek will commence on November 2nd and run through December 4th. Support will be provided by Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and Idle Hands.

Comments KING DIAMOND, “Watch out North America, we are coming for you this Winter. I’m very proud to bring two special and amazing guests to you. Their names are Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, plus Idle Hands. Make an appointment now… kingdiamondcoven.com.

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats notes, “As the long nights draw in and the temperatures drop, I can’t think of a better artist to creep around North America with than the legendary KING DIAMOND. You’ll all be in for a treat…See you there!”
Adds Idle Hands, “Touring with the iconic KING DIAMOND is nothing short of a dream and we are excited to make it a reality.”

See all confirmed dates below. VIP packages with KING DIAMOND are available for the first time ever on this tour. Visit kingdiamondcoven.com to purchase your ticket or VIP upgrade now.

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Entrails announce ‘Rise Of The Reaper’ album for October.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Linneryd Crew Death(and)Roll?

On October 11th, death metal vagabonds Entrails will release their new album, Rise of the Reaper, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, the new single, “Crawl In Your Guts”, can be heard below or at: metalblade.com/entrails – where Rise of the Reaper can also be pre-ordered. Yes, the cover art is kind of ridiculous in a Bodom way but a lot about metal is ridiculous yet awesome as fuck at the same time. Deal with it, poseur!

Such a sweet sentiment. Don’t you love it when things want to crawl in your guts? I am not sure if this is like some kind of alien or giant bugs in the guts type thing bursting out or more of like a post slasher movie guts slip and slide/twister/crawl in the red spaghetti type thing, but this is 2:54 minutes of chunky Malmö -esque evil death.

Entrails tour dates:
Aug. 31 – Malmö Massacre, Plan B – Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 11-13 – Scandinavia Deathfest, Kraken/ Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 17 – 2 Years Under the Sign of the Black Serpent, @ Matrix – Bochum, Germany
Jan. 18 – Drachten Deathfest. Drachten Poppodium – Iduna, Netherlands
Jan. 19 – Bambi Galore/Königsaal – Hamburg, Germany

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ALLEGAEON will kick off their Apoptosis Tour Pt. II US headlining tour this fall. Set to run from October 15th through November 5th, the trek features support from Inferi and Paladin.

Comments the band, “We’re very excited to announce the second leg of headlining shows in support of our new album, Apoptosis. This will be the first extensive tour we have done since release and we couldn’t be happier to be joined by our friends in Inferi and Paladin for the ride. Check out the dates below – we hope to see you all very soon!”

More info BELOW.

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Angel Witch sign to Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Angel Witch to its worldwide roster!

Angel Witch’s 1980 eponymous debut on Bronze records created shockwaves that would resonate throughout the nascent realm of thrash, doom and death metal. Now, nearly four decades later, the band remain custodians of a style that transcends era and archetype. Their current line-up first formed eleven years ago, delivering 2012’s critically acclaimed album, As Above, So Below. The long-awaited follow-up to this record will finally arrive in winter 2019 via Metal Blade Records.

Angel Witch comments: “It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we recorded our last album and it is so exciting for us, personally, to have another record fully finished and in the bag which reflects the passion and chemistry of the line-up we have enjoyed over the last two and a half years. When looking for a label to release material we were so vibed up on, we knew we needed a team around us who shared the same level of enthusiasm for the project that the band members have and, even though we’re still a month away from street date, it already feels like we have found just that in the Metal Blade family: their perfect balance of understanding where were coming from, their own, subtle, creative input, diligent adherence to the timelines which curb our internal prevarications, and the ability to ask, ‘Do you really think that’s going to work lads?’ When needed, has made all the difference in turning eight songs we recorded in rainy Leeds into a fully fledged album project. What else would you expect from an international company staffed entirely by Heavy Metal fans?”

Before the upcoming album’s release, Angel Witch is giving fans the chance to listen to new music early, with a special cassette. Featuring pro-tape and a xeroxed inlay, the release is limited to 100 hand-numbered copies – and is exclusively available via Gleam. Sign up for your chance to win a copy here: https://gleam.io/6winV/angel-witch-new-song-giveaway

Angel Witch comments: “Seeing how the opening cut from our new album has some riff, structure and melody ideas (not to mention the title – which we can’t tell you yet) culled from an old Angel Witch live tape that was traded extensively back in the mid-eighties, we thought it would only be right and proper to dub up some copies of the song onto cassette and give you the chance to get your hands on one for yourself.
If you win, put it on your trade list and dub it for your contacts. And, please, send back my stamps!”

Stay tuned for more Angel Witch news coming soon!

Angel Witch line-up:
Kevin Heybourne – vocals, lead guitar
Jimmy Martin – rhythm guitar
Will Palmer – bass
Fredrik Jansson Punkka – drums

Photo by Ester Segarra

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Monte Pittman releases “Changing of the Guard” video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 9:34 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Travis Colbert

Los Angeles guitarist Monte Pittman has released a video for his track “Changing of the Guard,” which comes off of last year’s Between The Space.

The video for “Changing of the Guard” was filmed by Rokker Dave and features Jimmy Duvall (bass) and Cody Duvall (drums).

Monte comments:

“The album ‘Between The Space’ is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn’t do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. The album ‘Better Or Worse’ is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. ‘Better Or Worse’ and ‘Between The Space’ both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both.”

Check out the video for “Changing of the Guard” and Monte Pittman tour dates with Madonna here.

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Grammy-nominated and Gold-selling hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage have just dropped the new song “I Am Broken Too.” Listen and watch the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqHJPpXmYuI – which features singer Jesse Leach’s handwritten lyrics.

The song appears on the band’s eighth album, Atonement, out August 16th on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for pre-order here: https://smarturl.it/kse-atonement. Killswitch Engage previously shared the new single “Unleashed.” Watch the visualizer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-sI1EB8BA

Leach discussed the song exclusively with Alternative Press. Read the interview here: https://www.altpress.com/features/killswitch-engage-i-am-broken-too-jesse-leach-interview

The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from the song to Hope for the Day (https://www.hftd.org/), a Chicago-based non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through the use of music and art. “This song is very near and dear to my heart,” Leach explains. “I wanted the listener to feel the urgency, the heaviness of the topic as well as a possible connection. Many people suffer from mental illness in one form or another. I want nothing more than for people to feel like they are not alone in this struggle. There is always someone there to help, to listen, and to be there for you. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your brokenness consume you. Broken can be fixed, or at the very least, maintained. No one is alone in this fight.”

Regarding the decision to work with Hope for the Day, Leach says, “I personally chose Hope for the Day to be the organization we partner with for this song. I admire their tireless efforts to spread mental awareness and suicide prevention. The phrase and the hashtag #ItsOkNotToBeOk is a simple yet powerful statement. I think it coincides with #IamBrokenToo perfectly! Johnny Boucher and his organization are out spreading the powerful message of connectivity and solidarity in this fight for understanding mental health issues. I’m honored to have them on our team for this song and this movement to continue to raise awareness and keep the conversation going for mental health issues.”

“‘I Am Broken Too’ is a song that truly encompasses what we need to be doing in society, talking about what we have been through,” Boucher says. “We know that by talking about our experiences, we are able to relate and be encouraged to ask for help. Hope for the Day has been working with KsE on breaking the silence around mental health since 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them on raising the visibility of resources in our communities.”

Killswitch Engage will be doing an exclusive in-store performance on August 14th at 5pm PT at Amoeba Music Hollywood. Fans will be able to purchase the album to get guaranteed admission and a limited-edition “Live at Amoeba” poster. All further details about this show are here: https://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-4846/

The band will also perform a special intimate show at The Space in Las Vegas on August 13th. Tickets go on sale today at this location: https://www.thespacelv.com/

Killswitch Engage are currently on tour with Clutch (see dates below). Fans attending the dates with Clutch will be able to purchase a limited edition laminate containing a unique code to receive a CD copy of the new album Atonement delivered to their front door on or just prior to the August 16th release date (may not apply for some of the festival dates).

More BELOW.

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Killswitch Engage announce ‘Atonement’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:41 AM (PST)

Massachusetts metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage yesterday announced their newest album Atonement.

The upcoming release, due out August 16 via Metal Blade will be the band’s eighth album and follow up to 2016’s Incarnate.

The band have also released the track “Unleashed.”

Of “Unleashed” and Atonment singer Jesse Leach says:

“‘Unleashed’ is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within. I feel we were able to capture something raw and intense on this song and I’m stoked for everyone to hear it! The new album Atonement is a reflection of perseverance and passion through the trials and suffering of our existence.“

Killswitch Engage will be heading out on the road on a co-headlining tour with Clutch next month.

Check out “Unleashed,” KSE tour dates and the track list and album art for Atonement here.

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting Sacred Reich news and it has arrived along with a brain pounder of a new music video. Awakening is the new album and the title track can be consumed below. I am loving the undeniable fact that they haven’t lost a step. The hard charging guitars and bellowed older metal vocal vibes paired with a particularly blunt yet thrashing socially aware energy, it’s all there. This song isn’t their fastest number but variety is a good thing when it comes to thrash.  Someone put these guys on the road with C.O.C. soon and make me a happy camper.  The band’s first new record in twenty three years will drop on August 23rd via Metal Blade Records!

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May Metal Mass Destruction: Exumer, Wormwitch, EZOX tidbits

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:55 AM (PST)

Exumer want you to know about tick prevention/Photo credit: Silvy Maatman

 

Today we would like to start by saying an RIP to icons of metal art Rosław Szaybo and Larry Carroll, known for their work with Judas Priest and Slayer, respectively.

“Our memories of Rosław Szaybo are strong and he will always be remembered for his now legendary covers he created for Judas Priest as well as the Priest logo – our thoughts and condolences are with his family – love to Ros,” Judas Priest said of Roslaw.

I also want to say that today, 5/23 is always a somber day for me for personal reasons, the anniversary of the passing of my first drummer. It is important to me to spread his drumming since his life was cut short rather young and he was a great talent in the 90’s Woodstock music scene and good guy, so humor my tweet here – please. One love.

On a brighter note, we have a lot of powerful metal news for you today.

First up, metal masters Exumer have a new video out.

The idea behind Exumer’s new video clip “King’s End” is to visually pay homage to the look and visual aesthetics of the MTV/Headbanger’s Ball era clips from the late 80s and early 90s. Especially when CGI became available as a tool to add effects that were otherwise financially impossible to obtain. The clip was entirely shot, edited and directed by Goreminister in Essen (Turock Club)/Germany during Exumer’s last European dates.

Exumer singer Mem V. Stein: “We were approached by our buddy Goreminister, who has his own You Tube channel and is a pretty known character in the Metal scene in and around Essen, if we would be interested in a new video that resembles old Headbanger’s Ball clips. We instantly were on board with the concept and are now excited to launch something that uniquely resembles the early 90s over the top videos we devoured back when Metal was still on Television.”

Get ready for the fun contradictory combination of nostalgic feelings for a new music video, lifers.

What have you all been listening to? I am real keen on the new Wormwitch Heaven That Dwells Within that came out in April, which I finally purchased last night HERE. Even ordered the physical cd cuz it will be nice to have for driving in areas where streaming isn’t so good. Super snarled, dourly melodic blackened deathy thrashened song writing dark majesty with just enough balance between bite and precision.

 

About one year and a half after the official release of their EP Crawl To Paradise (2018), French melodic metallers EZOX just officially released its debut album called One Last Breath, produced @ Recuiem Prod studios (All Dogmas We Hate) and available right now for CD & Digital editions on bandcamp and the main legal platforms.

In addition to the album-release, the band also unveiled a 4K music video for the single “For Today” available on YouTube platform.

Stream the whole album on Bandcamp .

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