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Auteur are a mysterious and electrifying band from the West Coast who merge metalcore and rock influences for a chaotic but catchy sound. Before & After is a must hear and explosive record that fans of ETID, The Bled, Septa, The Bronx, etc. will likely eat up like free blueberry waffles. Don't just take our word for it. Get the syrup outta your ears and go listen! 11 tracks that show a passionate band really going for it. FAVE SONG: "Strawmen"
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Often ferocious and always thought provoking blackened art metallers Tombs have premiered the latest video in the New York band’s arsenal. A standout and gloomy highlight from recent guest-heavy triumph Under Sullen Skies, the track sort of floats in a no man’s land between DSBM and post-rock for an unnerving and thrilling listening experience. Add in guest vocal textures from the great musical medium Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini, Lvxuri) paired with Mike Hill’s tortured musings and you have one hell of a ride.
It is enormous to hear the group not settle for taking the easy way out and releasing the same song every go ’round. It is one reason they remain one of the most important vanguard acts in modern extreme metal.
“Everyone contributes on this record and the door has always been open for others to do so. There has always been this misconception that I’m some sort of tyrant always telling people what to do and play. The fact of the matter is that most of the time I outwork people; that’s just the way I am. No one is ever going to outwork me on any level in any area of my life and I was always coming up with material. Now, I have these maniacs in the band who are equally motivated and there’s a whole new life injected into TOMBS. That’s awesome and I love it. These days we’ll try anything and we actually write stuff and throw it out because it’s not perfect. It’s more like a writing committee, which I really appreciate. It’s not just me writing everything. It’s a big difference from ‘The Grand Annihilation’ which was basically a solo record.” – Mike Hill.
Ricky comments on the release of his new album “This album is a statement of my intent, a love of rock n roll, songwriting and playing from the heart. The only way I know how. I’m so honored I now have the opportunity to share it with all of you!”
Buy the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album ‘Stairwell Troubadour’ (which includes everything from Maiden to Dead Or Alive to Ramones to Britney Spears covers!), now from:
For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder’s Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns ‘N Roses and even Ricky’s daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that “Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul… he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record.”
Check out a new video below! “You’re My Rock’N’Roll” is an infectious yet street-wise song that feels like what it means to live for rock, a punk-tinged power anthem that brings to mind working class, scab knuckled hands wiping down the bar to start all over again. It’s the sort of song that would make the Social Distortions and Rose Tattoos of the world proud, a fine tribute to the many faces known and unknown behind the genre’s glory and ongoing legacy.
THE CROWN are going to absolutely clobber this year with their Royal Destroyer release. Today you can hear the majesty of “We Drift On” (directed by Christoffer Tönnäng and Oskar Norberger), a minacious yet resolute tune that has an accompanying video full of unpleasant inward thoughts.
Guitarist Marko Tervonen comments: “I think that after 30 years, people are aware that we can play pretty brutal music. But we also sometimes like to take it down a notch and explore other areas. I guess in 2021, it’s pretty difficult to ‘surprise’ people with a brutal song, so we hope to surprise you with this more mellow tune. Dare I even use the word ‘ballad’ *insert-fear-here*
Ok. Lean back, drift on and enjoy.”
Uh, don’t worry dude. It still sounds pretty damn heavy and very metal.
“It is our album number ten, so now we are in the big boys club,” says bassist Magnus Olsfelt. “I think it in some ways is our crowning achievement, and it encompasses our sound across all albums on one defining record. It’s got it all – the early 90s death metal stuff, the haunting melodies, the thrash, the punk, the grind, the heavy metal and the more epic and doomy stuff.”
Together with legendary producer Fredrik Nordström, the band tracked the resulting 10 songs at Gothenburg’s Studio Fredman. “We push ourselves to the limit, really trying to make everything as good as it can get, trying to make every song as impactful as possible,” Olsfelt states. While he believes that people need to hear the album themselves to be able to accurately describe it, Olsfelt also asserts that The Crown have achieved something that makes for a “continuous whole” – while being diverse. There are also some surprises in store for fans. “We have some of the most intense stuff ever, like one song is about one minute long, and we also have a ballad!”
Royal Destroyer track-listing
1. Baptized in Violence
2. Let the Hammering Begin!
4. Ultra Faust
5. Glorious Hades
6. Full Metal Justice
7. Scandinavian Satan
8. Devoid of Light
9. We Drift On
10. Beyond the Frail
Alternative metal underground forces of nature MY RUIN have released a new video for “Sacrosanctity” from their recent essential 40 track retrospective collection The Cathartic Collection. Massive, domineering grooves, a scorching guitar solo section and of course the can’t be replicated aggressive vocal stylings of Tairrie B. Murphy welcome the listener back to the world of the influential band. Man, I miss their intensity and unique sound compared to a lot of bands today who think they are so brutal but don’t have a similarly fiery spirit to put the musical connection over the top. The band remain unique, empaths overflowing with anger and creative passion, channeling impossible levels of feeling into a cyclone of sound.
On 4/30 Norwegian respected underdogs VREID will release their ninth album via Season Of Mist. The conceptual record is called Wild North West and will also feature a companion film. You can watch a teaser trailer of sorts below today. The cover for Wild North West was created by Remi Juliebø (Deformat Design).
1. Wild North West (05:23)
2. Wolves at Sea (05:14)
3. The Morning Red (05:42)
4. Shadows of Aurora (05:20)
5. Spikes of God (04:10)
6. Dazed and Reduced (04:55)
7. Into the Mountains (05:20)
8. Shadowland (09:53)
VREID songwriter and bass player Jarle Hváll Kvåle comments: “Ever since February 2020, we have been working like hell on this new project. The only short break was when we hosted the livestream from my mountain farm last summer. This project has become all-consuming, and the hours we put into it is just insane. Most of the music was written during winter/early spring least year, and lyrically I started to work on this concept story. Then, me and movie producer Håvard Nesbø who did the lyric videos for ‘Lifehunger’ and produced our livestream started talking about taking things further. I brought up this wild idea of doing a series of music videos, one for each song and then build these together as a movie. A movie that is the actual album. Håvard who has no limits on his lunacy jumped on board, and we never looked back.
“This became the most creative adventure I have ever worked on. The whole process of writing music, recording and mixing it, writing lyrics, making the script for the movie, the actual filming and editing it and working on the design all got tangled up in one twisted world, where all these elements influenced and colored each other. It’s given a whole new dimension to our art. The result is ‘Wild North West’. This as DIY as it gets, and it’s OUR story.
“With ‘Wild North West’ we have the whole legacy in our backpack, but with new adventures and visions fulfilled. From the most extreme and intense we have ever done to a heavy and melodic world where we open new doors. VREID‘s origin is rooted in the blend of the aggressive 80ies metal, the grooving 70ies heavy rock and the northern black metal of the 90ies. This is our DNA and this is the spirit of Sognametal.
“Welcome to the Wild North West.”
The 2021 incarnation of Texan veteran groove maniacs PISSING RAZORS sees original members Eddy Garcia (Drums) and Mat Lynch (Guitars) joined by Joe Rodriguez (Vocals) and Geo Gomez (Bass).
The band returns with their latest single and video “Wasting Away” (1.22.21) – a blistering interpretation of the Nailbomb classic featuring Skinlab frontman Steev Equivel on guest vocals alongside the band. The cover is faithful and as intense as you would hope. This only makes sense, since Nailbomb is still maybe the most intense Max stuff (with maybe some of Blunt Force Trauma like “Warlord” coming close). Pissing Razors do an admirable job in channeling the chaos of the original with their own rabid spin on it.
“Shortly after Nailbomb’s 1994 Point Blank release, we added ‘Wasting Away’ to our live set simply for its sheer intensity, brutally honest approach, and blatant raw attack. There’s no smoke and mirrors, no fancy production tricks there. The track demands attention, commands respect, and we are proud to revisit its place in the early development of our own musical pursuits and sound. The pure cut-throat approach to its sonic foundation is what we have consistently strived to ingrain into our own body of work and it still holds true today. We hope we do it justice…” Mat Lynch (Guitars)
Happy last day of Trump, the best case for retroactive abortion that ever lived. God, the last four years were fucking disgraceful. What a complete nightmare combined with the utmost tacky, moronic bullshit gaslighting.
At least it looks like Iced Earth are facing some consequences for their idiot band leader’s role in the pointless capitol insurrection and got dropped. Talk about someone going down the tubes and squandering their talent for a loser like Trump.
Anyway, the world really needs to focus on the environment as well as stopping fascist enabling morons. Trump damaged the environmental protections more than any leader in American history (and he doesn’t deserve to be called a leader at all). Seems like a fitting way to send off this shit show by posting some Cattle Decapitation.
Cattle Decapitation released their latest record, Death Atlas, to critical acclaim in 2019; today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Finish Them”. Directed by Nicholas Vidler, the video features live footage from Cattle Decapitation’s sold-out shows in Melbourne, Australia in early 2020.
Vocalist Travis Ryan comments: “When traveling to Australia to embark on our Australia/New Zealand/Japan tour in early 2020, we wondered what would await us on their soil as bushfires were raging, claiming the lives of millions of wild animals, altering the lives of many of our fans and citizens of Australia. What we didn’t expect was record turnouts with serious rabid fans that I think just wanted to take their minds off the current state of affairs and do their best to have a good time given the utterly shit circumstances they were experiencing. We quickly organized meet and greets at the last minute and were able to raise well over $25,000AUD for the Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary, who had pretty much lost everything in the fires. Thanks to the incredible support from our fans down under and through other folks ready to help, they were able to rebuild. We really felt like we had been given a gift by the fans, so we wanted to give back to these people who came out and raged with us by releasing our final music video for ‘Death Atlas,’ which showcases how sick the shows were and how truly amazing our fans are. Look close, maybe you’ll find yourself in the crowd! Looking forward to returning to the stage one day, hopefully soon!”
Enjoy this madness until you can watch the New Radicals reunite or whatever. Here’s to everyone who made it through the last four years and the ones we lost along the way.Add to My Radar
Today McKinney has released a peek inside his creative flow with a play-through for “Amanuensis” from his great recent Sumerian solo record Infinite Mind.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments on the stream: “This is a video we shot in my home town, Makó. Many of these locations are the places I grew up in and although nothing fancy is going on, it was nice to get back to where the songs came from. With this one, we close the lid on ‘Naiv’ and focus on the next album.”
Greg Puciato, whose recent streaming event, “Fuck Content,” merged the worlds of recording and performance, has released a video for “Don’t Wanna Deal” (https://youtu.be/h9A1nVA-O5Q), a song whose creation was chronicled in the film.
Puciato said of the new track: “I ‘Don’t Wanna Deal’ with having to come up with something to say about this song or video clip so I’m not gonna.”
The 16-track Fuck Content album features five new songs not available on Puciato’s critically-acclaimed solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, as well as live versions of ten of the album tracks. While all vinyl variants have now sold out, a collectible Blu-ray is currently available, as are limited-edition, Jesse Draxler-designed merch items (https://federalprisoner.shop/). Both the film and album are available digitally, with downloads available directly via the Federal Prisoner webstore, and album streams available across all major platforms.
Fuck Content is a reflection of where Puciato is in his post-The Dillinger Escape Plan life. He recently celebrated the release of Killer Be Killed’s sophomore album, Reluctant Hero, with the band landing on the covers of both Revolver and Kerrang!. The album also debuted atop the iTunes Rock and Metal charts. His solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, arrived the previous month, with Consequence of Sound saying the 15-song album delivers “an experimental yet heavy sound that echoes Puciato’s versatility as an artist.” Puciato released four videos to accompany the release: “Do You Need Me to Remind You?” (https://youtu.be/d7Iaw_wjhaY), “A Pair of Questions” (https://youtu.be/VgCMGAvurl0), “Deep Set” (https://youtu.be/sJhPsE6K5t0), and “Fire For Water” (https://youtu.be/kcq8ooRTRpw). In addition to writing and recording two high profile releases, Puciato surprised fans at the end of last year by joining Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell for a pair of special performances.Add to My Radar
Italian dark metallers INNO – featuring current and former members of FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, HOUR OF PENANCE, THE FORESHADOWING and NOVEMBRE – today reveal the official video for “The Last Sun”. The song comes from the band’s debut album, “The Rain Under”, now available on Time To Kill Records.
“The Rain Under” was produced by the band and mixed by Marco Mastrobuono and Giuseppe Orlando in Rome. Mastering was handled by renowned Danish producer Jacob Hansen (KATATONIA, VOLBEAT, EPICA). Last but not least, the cover artwork was created by Decline Design.
“The Rain Under” tracklist:
02. The Hangman
03. Pale Dead Sky
04. The Last Sun
05. Night Falls
06. To Go Astray
10. High Hopes (Pink Floyd cover)
Emerging out of the Roman metal scene in 2017, INNO was founded by four veterans with the aim to create something that would differ from their past experiences within the metal world.
After spending a few months exploring their dormant influences, INNO came to shape a dark, doomy, heavy and progressive sound akin to eclectic acts such as Katatonia and The Gathering.
Elisabetta Marchetti (ex Stormlord, ex Riti Occulti) – Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
Cristiano Trionfera (ex Fleshgod Apocalypse) – Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Coffin Birth) – Bass
Giuseppe Orlando (ex Novembre, The Foreshadowing, Airlines of Terror) – Drums and Percussion
Sweden’s SOILWORK have never gone along with trends and have always charted their own course. Sure, the band has elements of melodic and extreme metal as well as even progressive at times but they really dance to the beat of their own passionate drum and have for years regardless of who is involved. Order the group’s ‘most ambitious and pretentious’ new EP here.
Today marks a huge moment for the band creatively as they release a very lengthy epic song and quirky mythical fish out of water themed video for “A Whisp Of The Atlantic”. It is very cool to see the band taking some risks and detours and many passages of the song are simply brilliant. They have so much good material at this point it is almost impossible to fathom, but nonetheless we are still blessed with even more growth and power from these prolific metal staples.
Nov. 13, LONDON – Periphery, who released Periphery: Live in London today, have made the 10-song album available as a hyper-limited cloudy blue vinyl variant, limited to 250 copies (https://store.periphery.net/). Vinyl purchasers will receive an exclusive bonus CD of the album.
“For years Periphery has wanted to do a live record. We’d always talk about it, what show would we capture? When would we do it? What would we want it to sound like? On November 15, 2019 we figured out the answers to those questions by capturing our entire show in London and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to everyone,” explains guitar player Jake Bowen. “London has consistently been one of our favorite places to play and this show was certainly one we’ll never forget, so we present to you our first live album…Periphery: Live in London!”