If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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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).
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“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.
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.
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.Add to My Radar
“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.Add to My Radar
OXX prepare to release ‘The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance’
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.
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.Add to My Radar
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.Add to My Radar
The new album is due out in October 2019.
The album is being recorded and mixed in the Psychosomatic Recording Studio by producer Miguel Angel Riutort “Mega.”
Check out the 2018 self-released Arise here.
San Francisco metallers Howling Sycamore have today released their album Seven Pathways to Annihilation via Prosthetic Records.
Seven Pathways to Annihilation is the band’s second album.
Howling Sycamore features Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Jason McMaster (Watchtower) and Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist / Obscura).
Seven Pathways to Annihilation was mixed and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist). The new album features the recurring contributions of Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) on lead guitars, Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Brain Tentacles) on baritone saxophone and Fabian Vestod (Skinlab, Gospel Of The Witches, Red Serpi) on additional drums plus the guest appearances of Marty Friedman and Matt Baldwinson (Tangaroa, Dream Tröll, II II II) on lead guitars.
Stream the album in full over at the Howling Sycamore‘s Bandcamp.
Check out “Initiation,” “Mastering Fire,” plus the tracklist and album art for Seven Pathways to Annihilation here.
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!Add to My Radar
Well, we have 2x good news today. Trump’s re-election poll numbers suck, with almost every Democratic potential candidate ahead of his sorry corrupt grifter ass at the moment. You know it is bad when you are complaining the Republican has made taxes unbearable, haha. I don’t even mind paying a fair rate but it’s a lot harder to swallow the pill of a big tax bill when you know what a slimy, millions in Golf wasting crook we have in the White House. We can’t get to cocky or even afford to keep the dipshit in office that long and there is more than enough reason to impeach if Pelosi would get the friggin’ memo.
In other news, crusty experimental rockers Tau Cross are friggin’ brilliant and their new material sounds exciting. Some people weren’t as stoked on their second album as the debut (I dug both, with the debut slightly ahead) – but the new tune is one of my favorites from them yet. That big ole pick scrape over the rattly Away drums into that catchy riff before the charred mosh and hoarse Baron vocals come in…yeah! This is a pit starter! It was recorded at Signaturetone Studios and mastered by Adam Tucker (Thou, False).
Messengers Of Deception will be available on CD, 2xLP, and Digital formats. Physical packages are available for preorder via Relapse.com HERE. Digital downloads / streaming services are available HERE.
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Pacifist from India are a spectacularly energized post-hardcore band who cite Drive Like Jehu, Snapcase and La Dispute amongst their influences. I am hearing some RAtM in the incendiary vocals. The band have a very worth your time new EP called Greyscale Dreams that evokes dismay at the current alienating circumstances of human constructed social evils, a cry of unrest and powerful riffs. It would be very cool to see this band live as their electricity leaps out of the speakers and must be pretty fierce in person.
Stream new chaotic anthem ‘Reactionary’ at Unite Asia, RIGHT HERE
Pacifist are more than ready to launch their brand of hardcore music firmly in the global landscape, embarking on a string of shows to promote the EP, produced & mixed by guitarist Apurv Agrawal & mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Studios. The EP artwork & booklet features strong, impactful shots that serves as a carefully constructed tapestry of city life in Mumbai in different locations & settings, shot by Abheet Anand & designed by Sanjana Bhatt of Blankfound.
Their debut EP launches digitally on the 16th of June, and the band has been working hard touring across India in support of their upcoming release.Add to My Radar
Hey metalheads! I’m going to throw some stuff together on this post that I didn’t want to leave uncovered as we begin to approach the end of the month (Is it the end of May already?!).
Let’s start with some news from Those Darn Gnomes! San Diego jazz metallers are preparing to release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow via Nefarious Industries on June 28.
This release will tickle the fancy of fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, and Ruins.
Check out a trailer for the album below:
You can also head over to the Those Darn Gnomes Bandcamp if you need to catch up on their sound before Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow drops.
Those Darn Gnomes are also going on a west coast tour! Check out the tour dates:
THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CAw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, COw/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA
Check out the rest of the news from Sanctuary, Under Aegis, Diviner, Luna Sol, and Carpathia here.Add to My Radar