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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Black Veil Brides have today released the re-recorded track “Perfect Weapon” off their recently announced brand new, re-imagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of their debut album re-titled Re-Stitch These Wounds. It sounds dominating and confident. Fans can check out the re-imagined track, “Perfect Weapon” below. This new album comes in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut We Stitch These Wounds. The forthcoming album Re-Stitch These Wounds will be released via Sumerian Records on Friday, July 31st. Pre-Orders are available from ReStitchTheseWounds.com.
Speaking on Re-Stitch These Wounds and his band’s 10th year milestone, frontman, Andy Biersack says:
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary. A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly. I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.
We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it’s amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way.”Add to My Radar
Mantar are one of the most righteous and raucous bands out there these days and now the German noise sludgers are delivering an all killer grunge tribute album Grungetown Hooligans II. The excellent Brutal Panda is releasing this slab on June 26th. It is directed towards lesser heralded acts who made some of the best music of that era and includes L7, Jesus Lizard, Babes In Toyland covers and more. The “100%” Sonic Youth cover is especially pitch perfect and adds a lot more snarl while capturing the sneer of the original. “Puss” the Jesus Lizard cover is not as booze soaked and blindly madcap Yow microphone swallowing as the original but retains the swing and glory of the riffing while adding more metallic roar to the vocals. And the drum break is still pure fucking payoff.
Check out the “Ghost Highway” fresh take on a Mazzy Star classic below. Kudos to the band for taking a slight left turn here from prior releases and doing something different.
Poppy has released a rad cover of t.A.T.u’s “All The Things She Said.” She has grown a lot on me as an artist and I think she is doing cool stuff. Nice to see her really spreading her wings and in a much better situation. I think this is also a good cover choice as t.A.T.u were also under-estimated when they were active by a lot of people. She writes:
This cover song was delivered to my label over two weeks ago, with the purpose of being released in time for Pride Month. Unfortunately, in the time elapsed since then, we’ve been faced with a tragedy that calls for our much needed attention. While we are still fighting for equality in the lgbtq+ community, we still have a long way to go, and there still remains an absurd amount of injustice for minorities in America.
I cannot adequately express my distain for how our government, and above all, our president is reacting to what’s happening in America right now.I encourage you to educate yourself, go out and protest, donate, and raise your voice to speak out against this injustice.
I’ll also be sharing a few links to donate to if you have the means to do so.
I stand with you in love
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EDM DJ Sikdope has done a pretty cool remix for “The Violence” by Asking Alexandria.
Born of Osiris are hitting the road for the third leg of The Simulation Tour. Fellow techy weirdos Car Bomb and the monstrously heavy deathcore band Oceano will ensure plenty of pitting and pants shitting on this trek, and BOO are at the top of their game and better than ever at present. You should really catch a date of this run if you can, kids.
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We are very thrilled to announce the third leg of The Simulation Tour ft. @oceanometal and @CarBombOfficial! Tickets go on sale on Friday. Which date are you coming to?#bornofosiris #thesimulationtour #oceano #carbomb pic.twitter.com/uKnupPhbPP
— Born of Osiris (@BOOOfficial) October 22, 2019
Hogan had this to say of the signing:
“Ash [Avildsen, owner of Sumerian Records] called me up, said he really loved the music and that he was excited to help take things to the next level.. I’m excited to be a part of the Sumerian roster along with so many other artists that I enjoy and respect. We share a common vision and Sumerian provides the freedom to cultivate that vision.”
Sin Shake Sin have also released a music video for the track “Nobody’s Gonna Save My Soul.” Of the video Hogan says:
“The video involves a cult-like congregation who’ll stop at nothing to gain followers, only to reveal they aren’t who they seem. This is commentary on those throughout my life who have went out of their way to judge people only for the purpose of distraction away from their own guilt. We see this every day on social media, which can also be like a cult.”
Check out the music video for “Nobody’s Gonna Save My Soul” here.Add to My Radar
Earlier this week English rockers Asking Alexandria released their latest track “The Violence.”
Complete with a cheesy zombie movie music video that features the boys in the band, the track is the first new track since the band’s 2017 self-titled album.
The music video was written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films. The video follow the plight of every day zombies: Cocaine Shane (Danny Worsnop), Peter (Ben Bruce), Disco Luke (Cameron Liddell), Phat Noah (James Cassells) and Waterboy Eric (Sam Bettley).
Says guitarist Ben Bruce:
“We are back bigger, better, louder and more insane than ever before. This single encompasses everything we have been working towards. Huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning.”
“The Violence was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”
Asking Alexandria are headed out on the road later this month with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves on the “Who Do You Trust” US Summer Tour. Then in September Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Savage After Midnight on another North American tour.
Check out “The Violence” and Asking Alexandria tour dates here.Add to My Radar
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Today is the big release day for one of the most anticipated (and rightly so) albums of the year, the hysterically titled Hail Stan, by Periphery. In a sense, it is a pretty perfect name for an album in these days when stan culture is really off the charts bonkers and semi-satanic half the time. It also happens to feature some of the progressive metalcore band’s heaviest and most elaborate work. The Juggernaut era is hard to top for me but this new record is phenomenal.
Periphery manage to give themselves a pat on the back via obviously pure love of the artform, give the fans what they want and STILL challenge them. Has the pact between art and artist, stan and musician ever been more blurred? The beauty of this record is it reminds us all we are fans at heart. And lucky to be alive.
It is only 1/4 of the way through the year but I know that this and the Venom Prison record are gonna be very hard to dislodge from my top ten of 2019. The hype is real. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to check out the massive opening track ‘Reptile” today, which is one of the most ambitious moments from the band to date.Add to My Radar
Sound architects of the highest magnitude, prog maestros Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org
Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). Right near where I grew up! Hit up that fancy newfangled Phoenicia Diner, y’all. Anyway, the camp is an all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org
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Born Of Osiris are one of the ultimate progressive metalcore bands and have earned their position as leaders in the metallic sub-genre through constant work and dedication. It sucks to learn that some dangerous jerk robbed guitarist Lee McKinney and had a knife. We hope Lee and Jo get justice in this matter and are glad no one was harmed:
Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife that was left on the scene and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material items. Stolen items include a TV, 5 guitars, 1 audio interface, 4 guns, 1 camera, and 1 amplifier. Pictures of the stolen guitars are attached. We have notified the local police. A full investigation is underway. This robbery feels like it was targeted for the studio for exactly the time we were on tour or at work, as we were not home. We’re hoping that by bringing this to public attention that anyone who sees one of these items on sale in any way could help us track down the person who did this. Material items are one thing, but justice against the person who came into our home with a weapon is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your time.
Serial numbers for the missing instruments are:
Walnut LPM7 – 69540
Honey V6X – 132686
Monster O7X – 139438
Sea Foam VB5 – 139204
-Lee & Jo McKinney
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Hey guys. Lee McKinney here. Last night on Monday, March 12, our house was burglarized. The intruder(s) had a knife and that makes us feel like the intent was to potentially do more than walk out with material… https://t.co/e2FADX9Di5
— Born of Osiris (@BOOOfficial) March 12, 2019
Prog metal giants Between The Buried And Me remain dedicated to always pushing their craft forward. A new record is not that far off and here is the scoop from this excellent and respected band:Add to My Radar
The first single “What It Is,” was released on January 25.
Of the record Davis had this to say, “This time, I’m pulling something out of the audience,” he grins. “I’ve bared my soul for so fucking long I thought it’d be really cool to pull listeners in a different direction for once. I’m taking them out of that dark place and into somewhere that’s spiritual, positive, and makes them really think! It’s just art. I’ve changed lives with Korn, but I wanted to open minds with this shit.”
He went on to say, about why he hasn’t released a solo album before now: “This is how fate would have it,” he explains. “Deals would come and go. Then, we’d do a Korn record and a tour. There was no time for me to do this. All of the stars finally aligned. Velvet Hammer believed in it. Sumerian Records came to the fold. It’s like an extension of where I was at on the Queen of the Damned shit mixed with rock, early goth, new romantic, and everything I love. It’s going to take you on a journey.”
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Prog djent technicians Periphery have announced a tour with Animals As Leaders plus Car Bomb and Astronoid on select dates. Any date is sure to be a night of unique music you won’t forget.
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Oceano’s unforgiving latest album Revelation will not sway you if the band’s low end heavy brutal death core with utterly guttural vocals and random technical and rhythmic flourishes is too much for you. Personally, I think this new record is their finest yet and shows the band adding more consistent heft to past albums that had moments but often some filler tracks as well. Decide for yourself below and slam your neighbors today.Add to My Radar
Oceano have released a new room destroyer of a song entitled “The Great Tribulation”, one of their most intense tracks to date. Old school death metal fans will perhaps appreciate the faster drumming parts on this song interspersed with the atmosphere enhanced techy deathcore parts. I for one could do without the colder background sounds as a lot of bands are doing that lately along with the glitchy rhythmic breaking apart thing employed a few times, but the straight death parts wail. Anyone who appreciates, say, Chris Barnes style death gurgles should like Adam Warren’s style on this, a fairly old school approach to a mostly new school sound. I’d honestly like to hear him front some straight up early 90’s sounding Cannibal throwback type stuff himself sometime.
Anyhow, this new song is from latest album Revelation. It is crazy to think that they are on album five already. Feels like Depths just came out! Time flies.
Sez the band:
We are proud to present you with the first single off our new album, ‘Revelation’, available May 19th via Sumerian Records.
Physical pre-orders including vinyl and many more special items are available here – http://smarturl.it/Revelation-Bundles