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Sweden’s The Moth Gatherer have teamed up with Dennis Lyxzén of the legendary Refused to bring us “This Providence Of Bones”. The song is taken from new EP The Comfortable Low.  This song is interesting, almost like Cult of Luna with more electronic elements and hardcore undercurrents.

The new EP (again through Agonia Records) will be available digitally and in limited edition coloured vinyls:

- grey LP (limited to 250 copies),

- grey LP with black & white splatter (limited to 250 copies).

THE MOTH GATHERER commented: “After ‘The Earth Is The Sky’ (2015) we felt like we needed to push our limits while not forgetting our roots. Our roots in hardcore and our current interest in electronica made their mark on these two songs, a constant travel through harsh and beautiful soundscapes. The music and lyrics are supposed to feel like painful beauty and to provoke reflection. The themes revolve around an inner search, a way to rise while being pushed down by depression”.


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Remember that spooky, loopy “Digital Crush” track we unveiled here a little while back?

Now sonic soothsayer Gridfailure has premiered a new song “Hostile Alchemist” over at Decibel HERE. Taken from a forthcoming Hostile Alchemy EP, which was made in protest to the current “misinformation-fueled politics driving the true threat of a global nuclear holocaust”. Fans of the harsher side of Pharmakon,  more formless ambient black metal, Lou Reed’s groundbreaking Metal Machine Music, Insect Ark, Scorn or those who like it when their tv gets possessed like in Poltergeist will enjoy the audio manipulations of Gridfailure’s Dave Brenner thoroughly.

The song “Hostile Alchemy” features some amazing collaborators from some of the coolest acts in the current scene. You get guest vocals from the always proving she is way too talented Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm), synth from lovable nihilist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves), and accordion from the eclectic Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), plus layers of vocals, bass, guitar, synth, keys, xylophone, Theremin, percussion, electronics, and more from Brenner.

Expect a lot of good stuff to keep churning forth from Gridfailure. This project is funner than spending too long licking 9V Batteries and even more likely to socially ostracize you. In all seriousness, it is a super cool foray into uncharted territory in a musical landscape that far too often forgoes risk and the fun of experimentation while favoring empty fashionable gestures.

Gridfailure is not concerned with that shit.


Woe stream “The Ones We Lost” with Decibel

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM (PST)


Woe, the favorite black metal band of Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence (I made that up), might not look super corpse painty, but they indeed will harsh your mellow yellow and send you spiralling down into a dark hole of awesome, yet despondent, bottomless black metal anguish. They might look like baristas or your ex girlfriend’s cool older brother who you got to do your homework once before you stole his Pabst and he told his sister he was gonna kick your ass, but they are not just hipsters turned metal weekend warriors. Actually, one of the long haired dudes looks like he would be down to put out a cigarette on your arm. But don’t hold anyone else’s potential intellectual vibes and handsome looks against them.

In all seriousness, Woe is grim AF. Hope Attrition is due soon on Vendetta and today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for those who want to feel even fucking shittier alone on Valentine’s Day. I have watched the heart ripping out and catching on fire of Temple Of Doom a few times today and am obviously also kind of buzzed, so …count me in!

Woe are no joke. When you hear the stream pay careful attention at the 6:48 mark for some sheer brilliance.

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Swedish death/gore masters Cut Up return with Wherever They May Rot, their sophomore release. The March 24th monstrosity will be out worldwide bia Metal Blade and features a dark and melodic undercurrent to the ferocious death metal riffing. First single “From Ear To Ear” is streaming HERE (with pre-orders also available). The performances from guitarists Andreas Bjornson and Anders Bertilsson are especially violent, though the whole band is on fire. I know…any death metal album with the word “rot” must pay some taxes/allegiance to Obituary, but it isn’t like that is a bad thing! Check it out!

The Obsessed (feat. Wino) announce new album “Sacred”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 1:04 PM (PST)


“I’d rather get high than pay the rent,” shouts Scott “Wino” Weinrich on “Razor Wire”, a very classic rock relic sounding yet new as heck bad ass Obsessed song! It’s tight and to the point but fun in an early rock n roll meets biker bar meets Zep/Sabbath kinda way, dangerous more in spirit but within certain structural parameters construction-wise.

Stream the band’s new song “Razor Wire” exclusively via Decibel Magazine at this location.

Scott “Wino” Weinrich commented on the new album: “I can honestly say,  I think this is the best sounding recording of my career, and I am excited to release it on Relapse. This song “Razor Wire”, I have been carrying around the title concept and main riff in my pocket for a couple years. The full song was born after applying real life experiences, with a little wishful thinking!” Fukk control – Wino 2/8/2017”

April 7, 2017 will see the worldwide release of Sacred via Relapse Records on CD/LP/DLX. 2xLP/Digital. Physical pre-order and bundles are available via HERE and digital downloads can be pre-ordered by Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION. The Deluxe 2xLP bundle includes an enamel logo pin, signed art print and two bonus tracks!

Blood Youth reveal “Reason To Stay” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 3:27 PM (PST)


UK hardcore band Blood Youth have released a new video for “Reason To Stay”, a very fired up and semi-00′s sounding elbow swinger that will appeal to fans of Gallows, Comeback Kid and any decent hardcore. The song is just is a taste of their upcoming record Beyond Repair, due out on 7th April 2017 via Rude Records

Speaking about the track, vocalist Kaya Tarsus explains: “Reason to Stay is about wanting to detach yourself from a very emotionally attached person. That feeling when you can’t end a relationship because you’re not sure what it would do to that other person, the resentment you naturally feel towards them eventually forces you to leave.”

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What to do as I wait to see if Lady Gaga does her part to make another Super Bowl featuring the garbage Tom Brady led Patriots bearable (seriously, I hope she goes big and insults Trump and plays all her most gay friendly stuff and also “Angel Down” for Trayvon)? Hmmm, some Canadians dressing like Vikings? Hey, this band is pretty dope. Orchestral and heavy metal plus some folk elements, even some horns. Harsh and clear multi-gender vocals and arrangements reaching for glory. Promised Land by Valfreya is fun and has some powerful performances.

The record looks like it has been on Bandcamp for a few weeks now but it seemed like a cool thing to still plug for you rapscallions anyway. Hey, they say Vikings went to Canada so maybe it was the Promised Land. Shit, it certainly has been looking pretty good to me lately!

Anyway, this band is fun and should appeal to fans of everything from Wintersun to Skalmold to even something like Within Temptation, a bit. I am def enjoying track #2 “Odin’s Fury” the best, as grim vocals and mid tempo attack riffs meet some swirling and battle charged elements head on before spiraling dueling guitar and noticeably intense drumming take us into some huge group vocals on the super bad ass and commanding bridge.  Vocalist Crook is not messing around and she has crazy range, while the whole band support one another very, very well with complimentary parts that elevate each piece. Very cool to learn about this band.



Suicide Silence and people doing whatever the fuck they want

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:36 PM (PST)

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Suicide Silence have recorded a new album that is going to come out on February 24 via Nuclear Blast. It will be the band’s Nuclear Blast sophomore effort, and the second album with Eddie Hermida on vocals.

And people, like they like to do, are losing their ever-loving minds!

Wikipedia (the highest of sources) is officially labeling the self-titled album as a Nu Metal and Deathcore album. Not that it’s some Nu-Deathcore hybrid, but more that it contains elements of each genre.

And for you metal historians playing along at home, it would be easy to close the door on the Century Media Records chapter of Suicide Silence’s history (just like there was a Demo/EP/Third Degree chapter). What we get to argue about for no other reason then we gain some sick pleasure from it is where You Can’t Stop Me fits. For my money, just give it it’s own chapter and not make it complicated.

Now I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of Suicide Silence. I’ve been a Suicide Silence fan since like 2010 or 2011, so I figure I’ll stay around for a while.

This isn’t about whether or not I like “Doris” and “Silence”. Frankly, I don’t think it’s about if any of us “fans” (and oh so fair-weather some of you seem to be) do or don’t like “Doris” and “Silence”. A group of artists got together and made art that makes sense to them and for them. They put their heart and soul in to it, they did what they wanted to do.

We can all sit back, spinning The Cleansing and Hate, Malice, Revenge and pontificate all we want about the influence of the producer, the influence of the scene, the influence of X, Y, Z. Surely somewhere someone will bandy about phrases like “sellout” until it loses all meaning. Because the fact of the matter is that Suicide Silence isn’t selling out by making art they want to make and releasing it through an independent label we all fucking know and love. The easiest thing to do is be a critic. The Cleansing meant enough to me that I probably spent the only $20 bucks I had on it. If Suicide Silence does for one kid what The Cleansing did for me, then who am I to bitch? If “Doris” is somebody’s “Unanswered” – empowering – then who am I to be a dick? If “Silence” is someone’s “Disengage” – life affirming – then who am I to go fill up comment threads with some shit about how I’m not feeling appeased?

If you’re worried that deathcore is changing and becoming a scene you don’t wanna be a part of anymore do us all a favor and head over to Bandcamp and check out the bands in the deathcore section.

If you’re worried that Suicide Silence are going to release an indie-acoustic album in a few years then go ahead and print yourself and all your friends some “Metal Is Dead” shirts.

As for me, I listen to whatever the fuck I want, I write whatever the fuck I want and I create whatever the fuck I want, and I hope the folks in Suicide Silence do the same.

If you haven’t checked out “Doris” and “Silence” yet and you want to, check them out here.

Happy headbanging motherfuckers \mm/

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IAmFire (featuring Peter Dolving) stream “From Ashes” album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:37 PM (PST)


IAMFIRE is the current hard rock outlet of accomplished vocalist Peter Dolving (Ex-The Haunted, House Of Dolving). There is a very heavy stoner rock meets huge alternative metal/rock sound to the material. Fans of Lo-Pan, Tool, Kyuss, Irata and certain more rock cuts of The Haunted will be stoked. It is a big, fuzzy with distortion at times tripped out bedrock for Peter’s more melodic vocals and occasional fierce bellows. One of the best singers in rock and more interesting characters out there, in my opinion. Great to hear Dolving kicking some ass again on a huge sounding full length. Check it out in full and pre-order physicals or buy digital now HERE.

The bassist is Mikael Ehlert (HATESPHERE) and guitars are courtesy of Peter Ahlers Ohlsen. The album was recorded in 2014 by IAMFIRE with Jacob Bredahl at Ark studio in Copenhagen, Denmark and was mixed by Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat studio in 2015. Drums on From Ashes are courtesy of Ulf Scott Hansen (L.O.C., SUSPEKT, GREAT DECEIVER). One of my favorite cuts is below.

Decibel premiere new track from Germany’s FROWNING

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:06 AM (PST)


The majestic gloomy sound of the debut full length turned Frowning into an admirable name inside the Funeral Doom Metal scene. Extinct, a nice follow up to the debut album, contains 5 stunning tracks of pure Funeral Doom. Mournful gut-wrenching growls, eerie cold melodic atmosphere, desolate tones of acoustic guitar, slow, crumbling and drone oriented riffs — all of these elements of the album ensure that a phenomenal Funeral Doom journey is awaiting for the listeners. With two released singles of this album, Frowning has already stunned the listeners, and now “Nocturnal Void” the first track of the album is exclusively premiered by Decibel Magazine, which can be streamed at this location.

Check remarks on this track from Val, the sole member of the band:

 ”"Nocturnal Void” is musically inspired by Worship, lyric is taken from Edgar Allan Poe’s “Spirits Of The Dead”, it features guest vocal from Stanislav Govorukha of Suffer Yourself. The idea was to create the atmosphere of a cold, mystical night, and I think I succeed.”

SCREAM release “Politics Is Entertainment”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 5:28 PM (PST)


DC hardcore punks SCREAM have released a video for their song “Politics Is Entertainment”.

In addition to the release of this song Southern Lord are planning to reissue the band’s album No More Censorship.

Read more about SCREAM and the No More Censorship reissue and watch “Politics Is Entertainment” here.

OmnisighT release ‘Power of One’ EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4:36 PM (PST)


Vancouver prog metallers OmnisighT have released their latest EP ‘Power of One’.

Drummer Chris Warunki comments on the release:

“The Power Of One is the sound of a band firing on all cylinders. Guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists will all have something in-store for them here with this EP. We are excited to get this out to the prog/rock/metal masses both musically and lyrically. Speaking of lyrically, the album will come with a PDF booklet exclusive to our Bandcamp supporters. We took a “more is more” approach with this one and it will be a real challenge, but a welcome challenge; to take it to the stage. A local Vancouver EP release party/show is in the works and TBA. We want to keep the musicianship in the music, that has been our agenda since day one!”

Check out the Power of One EP here.

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This Gun For Hire premiere “Good Evening Deacon” via New Noise Mag

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:35 PM (PST)


Vancouver metalcore rockers This Gun For Hire have premiered their latest song “Good Evening Deacon” via New Noise Magazine.

“Good Evening Deacon” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Something A Little More Sinister due out March 31.

The band comments on “Good Evening Deacon”:

“‘Good Evening Deacon’ was written about an encounter that was had with a young man that was at the end of his rope. When traveling home one evening, Deacon was happened upon while on the other side of the Granville bridge, ready to leap to an untimely demise. After hours of gentle talking and coaxing, he was talked back to safety on to the other side of the railings. This song is in his honor, and dedicated to all those who feel the misery and loneliness is too much to bare. Even when things seem their darkest, waking up over and over to the same heartache, and life is repeatedly stomping on you, intent on driving you down; there is hope. And sometimes the love you seek will come from people you’ve never met, showing you your life does in fact matter and things will get better. This song is for Deacon Braun. I hope happiness found you.”

Check out “Good Evening Deacon” as well as “Infection” and the track list for Something A Little More Sinister” here.

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NYC’s Uniform combine post punk and more extreme influences into one of the more original and edgy sounds you’ll find on the scene currently. I am a big fan of this band. Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan are doing very good work and should be applauded. New album Wake In Fright is out today HERE.

Cut through the rhetoric and bs by watching the undeniably upsetting video for “The Killing Of America” below. The simple concept is chilling.

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Song Of The Week: Memoriam – “Reduced To Zero”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM (PST)


UK death metal band Memoriam may be a new act but it is composed of influential veterans to the trenches of darkness. The group features the mighty Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Andy Whale (BOLT THROWER) on drums, and will release its debut album, For The Fallen, on March 24 through Nuclear Blast Records. Dan Seagrave (I shouldn’t have to tell you who that is if you are reading about death metal on this site) did the awesome as always artwork.

“Reduced To Zero” is the first taste of the album and is already climbing past 30,000 Youtube plays, very solid for a band with a new handle playing extreme metal.

Vocalist Karl Willetts stated to Battlehelm regarding the deafening track: “‘Reduced To Zero’ is a comment on the times that we live in. In a world that is dominated by fear, hatred and intolerance, the song is a direct result of Brexit and Trump and the general rise of right wing nationalistic xenophobia.”

That is something I can firmly support, even if it wasn’t kick ass metal. Seriously, Nazi punks and “alt-right” of all stripes…fuck off. Tomorrow is a sad day in history for my country tis of thee and Willets may be in the UK but undoubtedly knows from Brexit- and a lifetime in the scene as a  more intellectual type- what is up.

Hails to Memoriam! Pre Order the record HERE.