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Philadelphia psych rock quintet RUBY THE HATCHET has premiered a cover of Uriah Heep’s 1972 “Easy Livin’” via a new music video. A staple of their recent live sets, the band recorded the cover at Retro City Studios in NJ. The group commented on the cover:

Uriah Heep is a band favorite and still an unsung hero of sorts in our opinion. Many of their songs make our karaoke cuts, but Easy Livin’ was especially fun to figure out now that we have been toying with live three part harmonies. All of the high notes in our cover are vocally supported by Johnny, and of course Owen…still trying to put a mic in front of Lake. Plus, when you have someone like Sean playing organ, a Heep cover is a must.”

This cover is excellent and sent chills up my back to my brain. Good times! Ruby The Hatchet just thrill me whenever I give them a listen. I have never been let down by this incredible act yet.

RUBY THE HATCHET will kick off an upcoming North American tour with Kadavar this Thursday December 5th in Atlanta, GA. The tour runs through December 21st and a full list of dates is available below.

Additionally, RUBY THE HATCHET will release their three full-length albums and EP on limited edition, colored cassette via Brutal Panda Records. The cassettes will be available on December 6th and can be ordered at THIS LOCATION. So sick!

RUBY THE HATCHET are currently writing their follow-up to 2017’s celebrated album Planetary Space Child. A 2020 release is expected with more info to follow.

Tour dates BELOW.

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Raven Black release” He Is The One” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 4:33 PM (PST)

Wow, today really was a treasure trove of new metal riches with Ozzy, Sepultura and King Diamond all releasing some outstanding material that knocked me on my ass. I also want to steer you in the direction of a fun band we like around here who those of you who can take a little camp with your metal (and remember kids, you can’t have many a decent horror film without kids at a camp, haha).

Dark alt metal rock force Raven Black have released their charmingly deranged new single “He Is The One” as a lyric video. The seasick swing of this possessed sounding song will make you run to hide in the cupboard or under the bed from your demons…but there may be no place to hide? Muhahahahahah! Pre Order the band’s upcoming record HERE.

RAVEN BLACK will also be joining up with STATIC-X, DOPE, and WEDNESDAY 13 on the second leg of the 20th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour / Memorial to Wayne Static Tour beginning today in Austin, TX and wrapping up December 8 in Colorado Springs, CO.

“We are incredibly excited to also be performing on the second leg of the Static-X Wisconsin death trip 20th anniversary tour Featuring co-headliners Mushroomhead and Drowning Pool and support from + DOPE + & Wednesday 13!” – RAVEN BLACK

 

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Ozzy releases bad ass new song “Under The Graveyard”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5:19 AM (PST)

Any morning when I can genuinely get goosebumps from “that Ozzy feeling” is a great day. I can truly say that hearing “Under The Graveyard” today had me shook and it was so awesome to get that stoked by a new Ozzy Osbourne tune to this degree for the first time in awhile. This is definitely my favorite song he has put out in some time and it was pretty thrilling to experience for the first time, the rush of nostalgia and love for metal’s king paired with the excitement of hearing something new and cool that could still hang beside past glories. Decide for yourself below.

If every song on the forthcoming 2020 release Ordinary Man is as good as this we are in really great shape, bat biters. No Zakk on this song but it does feature a crazy line up of producer/guitarist Andrew Watt, bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Ozzy credits Andrew with giving him the strength to make an album and after a near decade of wanting some killer new solo Ozzy, we ought to be thankful. This shit is already better than the final Sabbath record, honestly.

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Sodom release new song ‘Down On Your Knees’ from latest EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:48 AM (PST)

German Thrash icons SODOM have released a new song today titled “Down On Your Knees,” and will release a new EP titled Out Of The Frontline Trench on November 22, 2019. The all-new effort will be available via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and SPV/Steamhammer in Europe as CD DigiPak, vinyl, download, and stream.

Tom Angelripper says: “Postcards and letters from my granddad, which I discovered among the things he left behind when he died, and some TV documentaries have given me a vague idea of what it must have been like for soldiers back in those days to leave their trenches and face those life-threatening battles.”

The close relationship between a metal band and its fans can be measured by – among other things – how long they make their supporters wait for new songs. So looking at it from that perspective, Sodom is exemplary, seeing that they’ve always supplied their huge following with new material at regular intervals. The release of their current album Decision Day was followed – in time for their major European tour in December 2018 – by the EP Partisan.

Now the Gelsenkirchen thrash metal act, led by Tom Angelripper (vocals, bass), presents its generous side again. Before the work on their upcoming full length is set to begin, Sodom are ready to unleash their brand-new mini-album Out Of The Frontline Trench. Angelripper calls the recording “a sign of life for our fans.” Having recorded, together with his guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz plus drummer Husky, three new songs as well as two classics (one of them re-recorded, the other one live number), ‘Out Of The Frontline Trench’ forging an arch between (Sodom’s) past, present, and future.

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Alunah streams ‘Violet Hour’ at Metal Insider

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:13 PM (PST)

Respected underground doom rock unit Alunah will release its new LP, Violet Hour,  on October 11 via Heavy Psych Sounds (Nebula, Ecstatic Vision)- and Bandcamp HERE. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio (My Bloody Valentine, Godflesh) and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), the album’s eight tracks showcase a searing combination of strong melodies, righteous riffs and focused writing buttressed by the addition of new guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head). In celebration, Metal Insider is streaming ‘Violet Hour’ in full ahead of its release, adding, “The group’s latest effort is promised to showcase a robust set of melodies filled with compelling riffs on all eight tracks”. Stream Alunah’s Violet Hour, in full, at this location.

Formed in 2006 in Birmingham “Sabbath City”, Britain’s home of metal, Alunah recently toured the UK as support for The Obsessed and will appear as one of the featured acts at the 2019 Damnation Festival alongside Alcest, Inter Arma and Opeth.

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News today many of you have been waiting for from the surviving Static-X camp. Project Regeneration is still coming and is going to feature a lot more Wayne! read more:

Originally scheduled for release in Spring of 2019, the new STATIC-X album, PROJECT REGENERATION was first intended to feature several guests vocalists, along with the original Wisconsin Death Trip band line up of Tony Campos, Ken Jay, and Koichi Fukuda. During the recording sessions for PROJECT REGENERATION, one of the bands producers uncovered several additional unreleased / unfinished STATIC-X tracks, many of which contained isolated vocal performances by Wayne Static. Because of this incredible find, the new STATIC-X album will now feature lead vocals by Wayne Static on virtually every song.

“It was very surreal” says Tony Campos. “Our producer was going through all of these old studio tapes, many of which were damaged. He called me up and told me that I needed to get down to the studio right away and listen to what he found.. I jumped in my car and raced to the studio and what he shared, fucking blew me away.. It was Wayne singing on track after track, but there was little to no music on any of it.. Most of the tapes were damaged and Waynes voice was virtually all that remained in tact.”

“It was just crazy!!” adds drummer Ken Jay. “There we were.. Myself, Tony and Koichi, back in the studio together, after all these years, and somehow the universe decided to surprise us with all of these lost STATIC-X tapes containing Waynes voice. I just couldn’t help thinking that this was all somehow meant to be. I couldn’t stop thinking about how happy this was going to make Waynes family, and all of the STATIC-X fans around the world.”

Due to the busy touring schedule associated with the 20th Anniversary of Wisconsin Death Trip, the band had no choice but to delay the album’s release.

“The official release date for PROJECT REGENERATION is now May 29, 2020.” Says Tony Campos “In the mean time, we have decided to go ahead and ship out ALL of the merchandise and schwag associated with the pre-orders to all the fans who have participated. This way they can have all of their shirts, hoodies, posters, etc, while we all wait a little bit longer for the music to be complete.. As originally planned, the Cd’s will ship to everyone the week prior to release..”

In addition, we are finally able to begin sharing some of the finished music from PROJECT REGENERATION” adds Campos. “There is a lot of great stuff on the way, but right now we are going to share a video clip for one of the newly finished songs called ‘HOLLOW.’ This song was originally a demo from the Start A War album, which was never completed.

“Wayne and I never felt like the music on the original demo was fully realized”. adds Tony. “The vocals sounded great, but some of the musical compositions from that time period felt a bit experimental. There is a reason that some of these tracks never made it on a previous STATIC-X album, and it certainly wasn’t because of Wayne’s vocals. The band was just going through a lot of changes at that time and, in retrospect, it felt like we were straying away from that authentic STATIC-X sound that had really defined us.”

Ken Jay adds, “When we began working on PROJECT REGENERATION our producers advised us to ignore all of the old demo music.. We opted for the original band to re-enter the studio with nothing more than Wayne’s vocal tracks.. The vocals sound really great and I think that Wayne would be really happy with what we’ve done with the music and to hear that these tracks have finally realized their full potential..”

“The 20th Anniversary for Wisconsin Death Trip only comes once in a life time.” Says original guitarist Koichi Fukuda “and this year has been absolutely incredible. The new album is going to be very special and this whole 20th Anniversary touring process has been a very unique and healing experience for the band and also for the fans.”

“We are so grateful to the fans who have made 2019 such an incredible year for STATIC-X!” adds Ken Jay. “We have toured the world and celebrated the life and work of our dear friend Wayne, while playing our debut album front to back every night.. The fans have really exceeded our expectations and again, we are just so grateful!”

“Now that the touring for 2019 is coming to an end, we have revised our schedule and we are excited to finish the album so that we can get it into the hands of the fans asap,” states Campos. “I promise that it will be worth the wait!”

Upcoming tour dates BELOW.

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Lacuna Coil premiere “Save Me” with Billboard

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Italian Alt-Metal superstars Lacuna Coil are premiering their new song “Save Me” today with Billboard. Check out the track exclusively HERE. The song is off the band’s forthcoming full-length album Black Anima out October 11th.

“Save Me” is the third and final single to be released off of the upcoming LP, following the previously released tracks and music videos for “Reckless” and “Layers Of Time”. Both music videos were directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and are part of the same storyline.

Black Anima is the follow up to Lacuna Coil’s Delirium (2016), which debuted on the charts in the US at #16 Current Album Chart and #2 Hard Rock Chart, and on many charts in Europe. The album will be available as Ltd. 2CD Book Edition incl. tarot cards, Standard CD Jewelcase, black LP + CD and digital album (+Bonus Tracks). All formats are available for pre-order HERE.

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Appalachian psych rockers BASK have teamed up with The Obelisk to premiere their latest single, “Three White Feet,” which is taken from the band’s new album, ‘III.’ The song can be heard at THIS LOCATION.

BASK comment: “We are excited to bring you ‘Three White Feet,’ a song of devotion and revenge. It’s track one on our upcoming album ‘III,’ and the first to take shape during the writing process.”

‘III’ will be released worldwide on November 8 via Season of Mist. Pre-order it HERE.

In addition to the premiere, the band has announced a North American tour in support of the record release, including a hometown show in Asheville, NC on the day of the album’s debut. The full list of dates are below. Ticket links are TBA.

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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.