Hope Con are easily one of my top hardcore faves ever and it was a super highlight of my life in punk to share a bill with them once a long ass time ago. Every slice of their caustic catalogue is essential but Death Knows Your Name really holds a vaunted place in the bleak heart of many a fan. From the performances to the songwriting, tones and energy plus the intense production, it is all there in your face. There is never a time I don’t hear it and get pumped.
Now, a remastered edition arrives with an extra song and revamped packaging via Deathwish Inc. on January 14!
Originally released in 2006, Death Knows Your Name is the landmark third full-length album from the legendary Boston band The Hope Conspiracy. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the record is a powerful chapter in the band’s recorded legacy. From the haunting first notes of “They Know Not” to the Earth shaking “Stolen Days,” the unrelenting rage of the album is undeniable. From musicianship to presentation, Death Knows Your Name still stands as a high watermark for the genre.
Now, Death Knows Your Name is receiving the deluxe treatment. Featuring the classic eleven-song album along with a bonus track “Eurohell” which— until now— was only previously available on their “Hang Your Cross” EP (now out of press).
The physical packaging for Death Knows Your Name has also been revamped, featuring a special “Black on Black” printing of Aaron Horkey’s incredible artwork for the release.
Pre-order Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe) here ahead of the January 14th, 2022 release date and visit The Hope Conspiracy online here.
Death Knows Your Name (Deluxe), track listing:
1. They Know Not (Remastered)
2. Deadtown Nothing (Remastered)
3. A Darkness in the Night (Remastered)
4. Animal Farm (Remastered)
5. Curse of the Oil Snakes (Remastered)
6. Hang Your Cross (Remastered)
7. Suicide Design (Remastered)
8. Leech Bloody Leech (Remastered)
9. So Many Pigs So Few Bullets (Remastered)
10. Sadistic Sacred Whore (Remastered)
11. Stolen Days (Remastered)
12. Eurohell (Bonus, Remastered)
Taking inspiration from MTV’s “Unplugged”-series from the 90’s, Haunt has announced a new acoustic album, Unplugged Vol.1, due to be released via Iron Grip and Church Recordings next Friday, November 12th. For a preview of this record, the first single, “Beautiful Distraction”, can be streamed now at: hauntthenation.bandcamp.com – where Unplugged Vol.1 can also be pre-ordered in the following versions:
–green vinyl (limited to 100 copies)
–red vinyl (limited to 100 copies)
–black vinyl (limited to 100 copies)
–CD (limited to 1000 copies)
–cassette (limited to 50 copies)
During the pandemic, Haunt’s main-man Trevor William Church wondered what it would be like if suddenly there was no more electricity – and, what Haunt would sound like if he was forced to change his vision. Church then got a hand-me-down acoustic guitar from his dad, and he quickly realized there was something more to this idea: he started reimagining songs from his previous records, using minimalist production and instruments that can only be played without electricity. The resulting album – Unplugged Vol.1 – features the following 8 newly recorded, acoustic tracks:
Unplugged Vol.1 track-listing
1. Beautiful Distraction
2. In Our Dreams
3. Have No Fear
4. Luminous Eyes
5. Light The Beacon
6. On The Stage
8. Cosmic Kiss
German black metal experimentalists Der Weg einer Freiheit will be releasing a brand new-full length, Noktvrn, on November 19 via Season of Mist! The band is now sharing the official music video for their deep, dark new track, “Immortal,” which features guest vocalist Dávid Mako of THE DEVIL’S TRADE.
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT vocalist Nikita Kamprad comments on the collaboration: “Early 2018, I was asked by Crippled Black Phoenix to fill in on guitars. After two shows in the Netherlands and Germany we started our journey through the eastern parts of Europe and in Budapest we were joined by a Hungarian dark singer-songwriter I never heard of back then. This was the first time I met our friend Dávid Mako aka The Devil’s Trade who’s one of those artists being able to move you to tears solely through his voice. Ever since I saw him performing his doomy folk songs for the first time I knew there’s something absolutely unique about him and on top he’s just one of the nicest and most humble human beings I know.
“Having finished the instrumental of the song I was pretty sure, it needed a ‘different’ kind of vocal for the verse parts. Being a song that is quite different already, combining a simple song structure with new approaches in sound design and using synthesizers for the very first time, I had a feeling to make the song even more special by giving it a guest vocal performance. Without hesitation we asked Dávid for this and he immediately accepted our invitation.”
We hope you are as excited about the song as we are, as after the 1st and 2nd single this is probably not the typical Der Weg einer Freiheit song you would expect!”
Dávid Mako adds: “I love Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Every single one of them. To take part in their vision is among the best things ever happened to me.”
The most diabolical and dastardly dirge you are likely to hear today is a to die for doomy, cacophonous landslide from Philly’s Eye Flys called, charmingly, “Dead Larvae”. The Troy based (just an hour or so from me, holla!) Closed Casket Activities are releasing an EP called Exigent Circumstance to follow up 2020’s Tub Of Lard record and we are quite stoked about this. These vinyl variants with big, ugly flys on them look outstanding, some of the coolest designs I have seen in a hot while.
Anyway, prepare to smoosh your eyeballs out with this new jam. You can skip strong coffee for a day because it will already leave you blasted awake and likely in a steaming pile able to be shoveled into a garbage bag. The ideal listening experience!
Communication and conflict resolution feel deader than ever these days. Some things need to be firm boundaries in life but a lot of people are also quick to stay cynical and empathy free regardless of any room for a better outcome, and that is a drag and not likely to end well. Poison Boys have a new, very classic rock sounding Stonesy number that deals with losing a close connection and wishing you could have found some way to sort it.
This songs self-assured strut paired with a slightly hesitant sense of bittersweet inevitability was a cool refuge for me this morning when I am dealing with similar shit and also how fleeting time is. Choose your words carefully, cuz they can sting and that might be all you get. Life can be brutal enough without us adding to it.
The track features backup vocalist Dana Athens on layered soul vocals, a 70’s slide guitar in the bridge, and long-time Poison Boys touring guitarist “Sleepy Doc” Julius Lange on keys. Follow this link for more.
ARCH ENEMY return with their first song in four years, “Deceiver, Deceiver”. Fans will surely not be disappointed by this precision, hostility driven anthem. The band remain in tremendous form and this well-crafted song is arguably more proof they are undoubtedly still in the top of the field when it comes to melodic death metal. If you need to blast someone’s ears off and feel a sense of righteous integrity, just wait until you hear this one.
Earlier today the band announced the song, as frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz said: “Surprise! We are ARCH ENEMY and we are back with our newest single ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ which is available everywhere that you listen to music now. So go check it out and also check out our stories because we are counting down to the live music video premiere for ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ later today, so we’ll see you there.”
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MASTODON have released official audio for “Sickle and Peace” from their upcoming Hushed and Grim double album extravaganza. This era certainly has my favorite album art the group has used in awhile and this song is the best new thing I have heard from it yet. I like the weird, moody and proggy verses leading into the more bombastic arena sludge choruses, plus hints of flavorful trad metal/hard rock sprinklings and a brilliant, emotive solo. Hear it for yourselves below. This song is certain to add even more dynamics to their ever evolving range.Add to My Radar
Norwegian doom metal pioneers FUNERAL will be releasing their newest full-length, Praesentialis in Aeternum, on December 10, 2021 via Season of Mist!
The band is now sharing the massive and darkly melodic first single, “Ånd,” which features guest vocals from Lars Are Nedland (SOLEFALD/BORKNAGAR), along with an official music video that was created entirely by the band!
William from Alice In Chains has collabed on a hypnotic and dirgy, very layered and enveloping song called “We Who Walk in Light” with Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Goatsnake fame. The unique pairing of a song appears on The Lord’s Bandcamp project page HERE and you can hear it below as well.
“We Who Walk In Light” just came to me. I simply reacted to the music Greg sent, tracked and arranged all my parts at home alone. I wrote it as I was singing it, all at once, no second guessing. Thankfully, my wife was out of town at the time as she might have been a bit unsettled by some of the sounds emanating from the basement. It’s basically a heavy metal Buddhist monk choir with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan flying in for a cameo. I’m sure it’s channeling some of the tension of current times. I was happy to be asked by The Lord to collaborate and I’m glad to donate the proceeds to my friend Brother Wayne Kramer’s organization, Jail Guitar Doors.”
As stated above, proceeds from sales of this track will be donated to
Jail Guitar Doors
Alt metal goofballs Twelve Foot Ninja have released a stompy new nu metal song called “Over and Out” with Jinjer‘s skilled vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk. The result is something everyone from Faith No More to Coal Chamber fans could rock with, a melodic and sturdy hard charger about life being worth living. The track is the third preview of their forthcoming album (Vengeance, out Oct. 15 via Volkanik Music).
“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise,” explains singer Kin Etik. “The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”
On inviting Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk to work with the band on “Over and Out”: “We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”
“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it!” says Tatiana. “The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”Add to My Radar
US death metal band, UNDEATH are today streaming a new track – titled Diemented Dissection – via Decibel Magazine. Originally released as part of Decibel’s Flexi Series , Diemented Dissection follows the Rochester, NY group’s 2020 debut full length – Lesions of a Different Kind – and is streaming ahead of the start of their September and October North American tour alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, After The Burial, Carnifex and Rivers of Nihil.
Speaking on the song, UNDEATH comment: “We wrote and recorded Diemented Dissection specifically for the Decibel Flexi Series. It’s easily one of our fastest songs and it’s a total barnburner the whole damn time. Hope you dig it! Destroy your whole living room to this shit.”
Diemented Dissection is the first piece of newly recorded material since the band upgraded to a five-piece. The band has been working on new material for release in 2022 – more news will be available in the coming months.
Tom Morello pushes his horizons further yet again with an awesome alt rock collab with experimental dream pop artists Phantogram. I couldn’t bother to find the mental strength needed to jump in the watery sewage required to blog about the ridiculous Nirvana lawsuit, so here is something way more inspiring instead.
“Driving To Texas” is soothes yet is uneasy, like a narcotic mirage haze hiding true crime deep dives or a missing town. It calls to mind unfinished business or distant hopes and will haunt you like an old regret pulling you in even as you have your foot on the gas.
“I changed my state to replicate the blackness of the blood you drew” is an awesome fucking line.
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“DRIVING TO TEXAS (feat. Phantogram) is a dark journey, a struggle for a tortured soul. The vocals, the sound textures, even the guitar solo evoke a terrifying counter reality where the road to the abyss beckons sweetly. I’d worked with Josh on the 2018 Atlas Underground album and was thrilled when Phantogram reached out to collaborate again. Sarah’s voice is haunting and beautiful and Josh’s production is so fresh and eerie.” -Tom Morello
Listen to Driving To Texas ft Phantogram – out now: smarturl.it/TMDrivingToTexas
We got a new EXODUS tune for you, a ripping nasty bastard of an anthem that arrived a few days ago called “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)”. Zetro sounds positively inhabited by demons on this speed fest and Gary proves again he writes some of the most aggressive riffs in thrash. We have all been rooting for Tom Hunting, so it is nice to hear some explosive new music from the group’s forthcoming Persona Non Grata release to, uh, improve morale.
I can’t believe it has been so fucking long since Blood In, Blood Out already! Seven years?!! The album artwork reminds me of like Signs Of The Swarm and Pathology hung out with Sodom for a weekend of mutilating and mutating, so I guess that can go with some Exodus vibes as they have never had just one look to their records other than you see it and know “this shit is gonna be metal”.
The new album is out November 19th via Nuclear Blast.
Watch the music video for “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)” at https://nblast.de/Exodus-TBWC-YT
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Melbourne hard rockers Stonetrip have released a song addressing addiction, a new single called “Nightmare”. Calling to mind early Def Leppard or The Cult with bluesy atmospheric enhanced hard rock, the song just has a certain feeling of authenticity that elevates it from your average rock fodder. Ricki Rae of Lighthill Sound Recording Studio worked on it with the group and the results speak for themselves.
From the press release:
‘Nightmare’ is the reality of silent suffering for too long. Your overindulgent urges catch up with your uncontrollable need for sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll, with them being continually consumed to a blur. You know the solution is too hard to deal with, yet you keep fighting yourself every day for the cure. You return to sleep, waking to do it all over again. It’s a Nightmare!
As someone who is on a nearly two years booze free stretch and has also been a narcotics addict, I found this tune very relatable. It called to mind a place I never want to go back to and the music made me thankful for the gains I have made and good people in my life.
Not many albums can serve as revelation and entertainment, teacher and confidante, mystical portal and emotional rescue, yet Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations manages all this and more. Massachusetts dwelling synthesizer magic-user Jenn Taiga charts course for one of the most highly memorable musical destinations of 2021, and by that I mean the album is a world unto itself. Light and dark, welcoming and inhospitable...sometimes in the same song. A deep meditation and major statement. Fave track: "Braziers are Burning" Tridroid has the cassette version HERE.