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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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Big news today on the murky death metal front as VASTUM‘s new set of deranged arrangements is announced! The first single ‘Reveries in Autophagia’ marches in boldly with not a moment’s hesitation from the get go, lots of Morbid Angel-drenched riffery on this one. Even by the two minute mark on first listen this shit makes a lot of other metal songs this year sound quaint and frankly mouse-like in contrast.

 

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Drugs of Faith premiere “Nihilists” over at BrooklynVegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM (PST)

Virginia noise makers Drugs of Faith have premiered their newest track “Nihilists” over at BrooklynVegan earlier this week.

“Nihilists” is the first single off of the upcoming Decay 7″ EP which will be released through Selfmadegod Records in early September.

Drugs of Faith’s Decay EP marks the outfit’s first full-length studio release since 2013’s Architectural Failures. Recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore (Full Of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by JC Griffin at Lakebottom Recording (Cloud Rat, Ceremony Of Senses, Blind Haven), Decay delivers five searing tracks.

Founding guitarist/vocalist Richard Johnson offers of the track, “‘Nihilists’ shows our love for Voivod and Demigod. It’s one of the more aggressive songs from the Decay EP.”

Drugs of Faith is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Richard Johnson (Enemy Soil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), bassist Ivan Khilko (Immanent Voiceless, Destroyer of Worlds), and drummer Ethan Griffiths (Embra). Since its 2002 inception, the band has released an array of recordings through Selfmadegod Records, Malokul, Contaminated Tones, and more. The band has appeared in the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series, on a Godflesh tribute compilation, has recorded a split 7″ with Cloud Rat and a split 3″ CD with Antigama, and most recently issued a track on an anti-Trump compilation.

Head over to BrooklynVegan to stream “Nihilists.”

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Faster than you can say ‘Screw You, Mario Lopez’ there’s a new rager of a pro-trans track from the homies of CLITERATI ! One of the absolutely best punk bands in the world, Cliterati never let us down.

Reveals CLITERATI vocalist Ami Lawless of the track, “From my earliest memories until 3rd or 4th grade. I believed I was a boy although I was AFAB. My mother, who was undocumented from Mexico living in the USA would hit me and yell at me for saying I was a boy. I believe she didn’t want to draw attention to us. It took me years to figure myself out. After having top surgery a few years back, I finally become comfortable in my own skin, for the first time in my life. I identify as trans non-binary/emby/two-spirit and my pronouns are they/them. I have quite a few friends who identify this way as well. This song is for all the kids who are still figuring themselves out… we see you and are here for you. Let your light shine.”

Hi, Ami! Sending you all the love. I also use They/Them and sometimes he, but didn’t know you did until recently. So sorry if ever misgendered. You rule and so does your band! This song reminded me of Poison Idea meets Nausea and of course Cliterati because…they are themselves. Haha. Killer tune!!

View CLITERATI’s “Trans Is Beautiful” lyric video — edited by Mark Reategui — via BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.

New album Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies will be released digitally and on limited LP in four color variants: 100 on crystal clear, 200 on black vinyl, 300 on neon violet, and 400 on slime green. Find digital preorders at THIS LOCATION and vinyl preorders at THIS LOCATION.

Later this week, CLITERATI will take to the streets on a near month-long US tour. The trek will run from August 2nd in Denver, Colorado to August 25th in Portland, Oregon and includes a headlining performance at Organize And Arise Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota August 4th. Organize And Arise celebrates the diverse range of punk, hardcore, and thrash from the Twin Cities along with out-of-town headliners: CLITERATI and Warbastard. The event is intended to bring the community of DIY enthusiasts under one roof and celebrate the underground DIY ethos and camaraderie. See all confirmed dates below.

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DBD are back

Death Before Dishonor are premiering their new album, the first in a long ass time, over at Decibel. If you missed this skull clobbering Boston hardcore outfit, you will NOT be let down by Unfinished Business. The intro to “True Defeat” dropped in and I was instantly head nodding like ,”hellz yeah!”

Stream this ferocious fucker RIGHT HERE via Decibel. I thought the production and performances were great.

Sickbay

Upstate, NY’s Sickbay are a band to watch! This super heavy group are on the rise and will impress hardcore and metal fans of many stripes with their savage sound. The band is self releasing an album called Dissonance August 9th and have a new song called ‘Bloodsoaked’ out to wet your knives and feral appetites on. They have a sort of 90’s proto metalcore with death metal influences sound I really dig and super gruff bad ass vocals that are fun to snarl along with. Heavy mosh factor as well and killer riffs and get the job done with brutal hacksaw efficiency drums.

Recording was done by Mike Usifer of Beacon Soundworks, the guitarist for Prime Evil. The cover was drawn by Keavan Rivers of Doc Rivers Tattoo, who incidentally used to be the drummer for Dissolve. Check them out below! RIYL Skinless, Stigmata, Obituary.

Bummed to hear that WRVTH are calling it a day. Solid and visionary band. Destined to be a cult favorite in the underground, I’d wager. The atmospheric, progressive post metal act have released a lyric video for their new song “Eventide.” The track is off of the band’s forthcoming final album No Rising Sun which will see a digital release on August 23rd through Unique Leader Records. One of those bands like My Epic or Cult of Luna who have some instrumental passages that are just so fucking brilliant but some people STILL have managed to sleep on.

WRVTH offered the following, “This album is about hardships and the contingencies that being in a band brings, just as much as it’s about the pure happiness harbored from fighting in order to follow our passion. In the music you’ll hear our excitement and joy, through the sound of blood, tears, and heartache. In the lyrics, you’ll read the fight against our adversities and the anguish from resisting an impending finality in and of itself. One day everything can be fine and the next it’s over. Not everyone and everything gets to see the light of a new day. This album is a representation of what this band meant to us, as well as the battles we underwent to keep this band alive. Even in the sound, you can hear a coming of age. All the way from our humble beginnings as Wrath of Vesuvius to this living breathing family we called a band. We have seen the world together, through hell and bliss, and made such strong friendships along the way. No matter how big or small the stage was, we always played like it was our last. We remain eternally grateful for any allies, opportunities, and accomplishments this band has brought us, and even more grateful that we were able to share it with anyone that wanted to listen.”

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Stream / Share KNAAVES‘ “The Serpent’s Root” At THIS LOCATION.

Milwaukee-based metallic hardcore practitioners KNAAVES will release their The Serpent’s Root debut full-length via Confluence Records this fall. KNAAVES is vocalist Andy Parmann and guitarist Jamie Kerwin, formerly of Amora Savant, bassist/vocalist Amanda Daniels formerly of Enabler, and drummer Antonio Ninham formerly of Die Alone.

Surrounded by deceit and destruction – lies from the media, corruption of our planet, and even our own minds shifting thoughts within, each day is a war upon our senses as we struggle to sort out the truth in an age of disinformation. The music of KNAAVES is inspired by the often-palpable negative energy that surrounds us. Some songs are drawn from the media’s manipulation and sensationalism of cults, serial killers, and murders, while others are drawn from anxiety, depression, abuse, neglect, or the relentless destruction of our planet’s resources.

With the combined influences of its members’ previous bands and modern influences like Axis, Black Breath, and Disfear, KNAAVES’ The Serpent’s Root delivers seven unapologetically heavy tracks of pissed-off grooves, dark melodic riffs, and emotionally-driven lyrics. The Serpent’s Root was produced, recorded, edited, and mixed by Kerwin at Davidian Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Integrity, Obituary, Vastum) at Audiosiege with artwork by Scott Shellhamer (American Heritage, Ghosts And Vodka). The record will be released September 3rd on CD, digital, and cassette formats via Confluence Records.

KNAAVES will play a special hometown record release show on September 13th as well as a show in Chicago with Venom Prison, Homewrecker, and Call Of The Void on September 22nd with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

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Death By Fungi premiere new single

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:31 PM (PST)

Indian Hardcore punks Death By Fungi have released the title track off their new EP Die In Bombay.

Die In Bombay will be released on August 5.

Head over to Idioteq to stream “Die In Bombay.”

Check out more about Die In Bombay here.

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).

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Enforced stream “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:11 PM (PST)

[photo by Morgan Parrish]

Virginia Thrashers Enforced released their latest track “Reckoning Force” over at BrooklynVegan earlier this week.

“Reckoning Force” comes off the band’s upcoming album At The Walls which will be released via WAR Records on July 19.

Enforced’s At The Walls LP features a remixed and remastered version of the 2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs to the mix. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”

Of “Reckoning Force,” Enforced vocalist Knox Colby states, “The lyrics mull about the effects of opening old wounds with friends and family for pride or over disagreements. A few lines hypothesize the idea of throwing everything away just to win an argument, leaving you isolated and bitter only to be crushed by an unforeseen force.”

On the songwriting for the track, guitarist Will Wagstaff offers, “This song was partially written with Isaac (Hullinger) on drums, and partially written with new drummer Alex (Bishop). We wrote most of the fast riffs with Isaac and then kind of put the solo part and intro together with Alex. I remember we modified the fast riff a bit once we had written the intro. We wanted to kind of have a ‘Pull The Plug’ (Death) style vibe during the intro and then bust into the fast riff. Both this song and ‘Skinned Alive’ definitely represent somewhat of a transition stylistically pushing into a more death-thrash direction where we’re going to be featuring more double bass parts, more intricate guitar play and thrashing slam riffs.”

Check out Enforced show dates here.

Vorna release new single “Maa martona makaa”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Vorna have released their latest single “Maa mortona makaa” off of their upcoming album Sateet palata saavat.

Sateet palata saavat is due out on September 27 via Lifeforce Records.

From the band:

“Maa martona makaa (transl. ”The Ground Lies Dead”) is undoubtedly the darkest offering we have put forth for you to hear. The lyrics deal with issues such as pessimism and fear of disappointment, and how those suck out the joy even from all the positive things. There simply couldn’t be a better time to release this song than in the middle of the most beautiful summer – this really helps underline the message the song carries.”

Check out “Maa mortona makaa,” “Syvyydet,” and some Vorna tour dates here.

Witch Vomit prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:25 PM (PST)

Portland death metallers Witch Vomit are preparing to release their newest album Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave on August 30 via 20 Buck Spin.

Ahead of that release the band, earlier this week, released “Dripping Tombs.”

Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave was recorded and mixed by Evan Mersky (Mournful Congregation, Hellshock, Nightfell) and mastered by Dan Randall (Meatwound, Necrot, Ghoul, Vivasick), with artwork by Matt Stikker (Outer Heaven, Power Trip).

Witch Vomit will appear at a handful of fests in the coming weeks including Stardust VII in Brooklyn, New York alongside labelmates Fetid, Daeva and more.

Check out “Dripping Tombs” and Witch Vomit show dates here.

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Torche release “Admission” via Billboard

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:14 PM (PST)

Photo Credit: Dan Almasy

Miami rockers Torche released their newest track “Admission” earlier this week via Billboard.

“Admission” is the title track off the new album, due out July 12 via Relapse Records.

Guitarist Jon Nunez had this to say about the new track:

“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying Billboard article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”

Torche will be heading out on tour with Baroness, Wear Your Wounds, Whores., and War On Women early next month. Check out those tour dates as well as “Slide” and “Times Missing” here.

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Danish hardcore punks OXX are preparing to release their upcoming album The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger is due out on August 16 via Nefarious Industries. The forthcoming album will be a follow-up to 2017’s Night and the City.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

Check out a tracklisting and a preview of The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger here.

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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Ashbringer post ‘Absolution’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:11 PM (PST)

Minnesota metallers Ashbringer have posted the title track for their upcoming album Absolution.

Absolution is due out June 28 via Prosthetic Records. The album was mixed by Kris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Check out “Absolution,” as well as Ashbringer tour dates and the Absolution tracklist and album art here.

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