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Germany’s progressive death metal masters OBSCURA complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Diluvium is due out July 13th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.

Watch the official video for “Diluvium” via below and all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION. “Diluvium” was directed by Mirko Witzki (Kreator, Blind Guardian, Caliban) and further explores the album’s celestial themes.

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Spectral release “Nihilist”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:13 PM (PST)

Romanian progressive technical death metallers Spectral have released their newest single “Nihilist.”

“Nihilist” comes off the band’s recently released debut album Neural Correlates of Hate.

The track features guest guitar solos from Christian Muenzner (Alkaloid, Eternity’s End, Spawn of Possession, ex Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity).

Neural Correlates of Hate was released on March 12 via Loud Rage Music.

Check out “Nihilist” here.

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Planning For Burial release ‘Quietly’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:52 PM (PST)

Pennsylvania doom metaller Thom Wasluck, after releasing 2010’s Leaving wrote and recorded a series of EPs that have become known as Quietly.

Flenser Records writes about Quietly, Thom Wasluck and Planning For Burial:

“It was a tumultuous time in Wasluck’s life, and the songs he composed reflect the intense feelings of longing and jealousy that he was experiencing. As the title suggests, these tracks are more restrained in approach than the work which preceded them. They are also set apart from much of Wasluck’s other output by their recording process, which was largely done live with few or no overdubs in order to properly capture every emotion in its rawest state.

For almost a decade, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-based musician Thom Wasluck has been releasing his signature gloomy dirges under the name Planning for Burial at a nearly relentless pace. He now has three full-length albums (most notably 2017’s monumental Below the House) under his belt as well as countless EPs and splits. The Quietly sessions took place between 2011 and 2012 and will be available for the first time on vinyl from The Flenser. This new version includes a song that was previously only issued on a floppy disc as well as an unreleased track from the same era. This collection was remastered specifically for this vinyl release by Nicholas Wilbur (Mount Eerie) at The Unknown.”

Check out Quietly and all of Planning For Burial’s music here.

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Sink The Ship release “Out Of Here” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:27 PM (PST)

Ohio metallers Sink The Ship have released their latest music video “Out Of Here.”

“Out Of Here” comes off the band’s debut album Persevere which is out now via Sharptone Records.

Sink the Ship vocalist Colton had this to say about “Out of Here:”

“‘Out Of Here’ ties in with the whole meaning and concept of the Persevere record. Our band had a pretty rough time fitting into the Cleveland scene for the first few years we existed. To be honest that’s why we started touring and became super DIY. Just to get away from everything and sort of seek revenge through success. This song is for anybody willing to cut ties with anything holding them down and to keep their middle fingers aimed at the not so genuine people who come out of the woodwork when it’s the cool thing to do.”

Check out the music video for “Out Of Here” here.

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Fargo release new single “Step Back”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:35 PM (PST)

German hard rockers Fargo have released their newest single “Step Back.”

“Step Back” comes off the upcoming album Constellation, which is due out on May 25 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Check out “Step Back” here.

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Drowned release “Violent March of Chaos” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 9:20 PM (PST)

Brazillian metallers Drowned have released their newest music video “Violent March of Chaos.”

“Violent March of Chaos” comes off the bands upcoming album 7th, which will be released on June 15, 2018. The record will be released in Brazil by Cogumelo Records and in the U.S. by Greyhaze Records.

The album was self recorded and produced by the band along with mixing and mastering by guitarist Marcos Amorim.

The band had previously released “Rage Before Some Hope.”

You can check out “Violent March of Chaos” and “Rage Before Some Hope” here.

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Khemmis share “Isolation” video, announce new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM (PST)

Denver metal/doom quartet KHEMMIS has issued the details and lead single for their anxiously-anticipated third album, Desolation. Confirmed for late June release, Desolation will see release in North America once again through 20 Buck Spin, as with their prior two LPs, and is the first album from the band to see release for the rest of the planet through Nuclear Blast.

The cover artwork for Desolation by Sam Turner (Black Breath, 3 Inches Of Blood, In The Company Of Serpents), the track listing, and more on the album has been issued alongside its first single, “Isolation,” delivered through an epic video directed by Italo Ganni.

See KHEMMIS’s “Isolation” video now at THIS LOCATION.

20 Buck Spin’s 100th release, Desolation will see release on CD, digital, and LP – with a foil-stamped jacket and 8″ inch lyric booklet – on June 22nd. Find North American preorders through 20 Buck Spin’s webshop HERE, Bandcamp HERE, and iTunes HERE. Internationally find the album through Nuclear Blast.
Desolation is an album that fans of Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Spirit Adrift, Pallbearer, Yob, Warning, Atlantean Kodex, High On Fire, Metallica, and Corrosion Of Conformity should not miss.
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ASG are freakin’ great. They remain kind of slept on but respected. I saw them live once and regret being super shitfaced and barely remembering the show… but it isn’t like that is the only band I ever did that during so don’t feel like it was on purpose, dudes. Anyway, the stoner rock temple riff pilots now re-emerge with their sixth-full length and first new album in five years, Survive Sunrise, due out June 15 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. Hear the opening, title-track “Survive Sunrise” on Loudwire HEREand all digital streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

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Bleeding Through return with “Set Me Free”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:53 PM (PST)

After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGH is still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn’t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, Love Will Kill All. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.” – Brandan Schieppati 

Bleeding Through always had a little too much of the sort of emo revenge/girl done me wrong vibe for some more traditional death metal heads, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they weren’t a killer metalcore band. One of the best, in fact. I saw them twice to date and each time, once at the Troubadour and once at Warped years ago, they completely conquered the stage in a blur of energy, passion and technical skill. They are arguably one of the most intense bands to come from Orange County of the last twenty years . People who thought they peaked early probably didn’t give enough love to Declaration or the few after that.

I am listening to John Denver right now and doing bong rips but while I am currently in a more mellow mode, I still suggest you check out the band’s latest scorcher and welcome them properly back to the thick of the metal fight. I can’t wait to hear the whole new record and want to run through a brick wall from the adrenaline spike. I hope they put out “No One From Nowhere” as a single as well, a punishing scream fest soundtrack as battering ram tune I caught already besides “Set Me Free”. Anyway, enjoy!

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Chaostar stream anticipated opus “The Undivided Light”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:47 PM (PST)

CHAOSTAR are streaming their stunning new album, ‘The Undivided Light’. On the new album, Athen’s CHAOSTAR deconstruct classic orchestration, traditional instrumentation, electronica, rock, Byzantine music and more into something truly fresh and exciting. Led by SEPTICFLESH guitarist and composer Christos Antoniou, and featuring the striking voice of Androniki Skoula, CHAOSTAR reshape time-honored musical convention into gorgeous compositions that are peerless. ‘The Undivided Light’ is a deeply dramatic and dynamic album of worldly music that is both rich and timeless. The ‘Undivided Light’ is streaming here now.

Regarding the new album, CHAOSTAR vocalist Androniki Skoula comments: “The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, ‘The Undivided Light’ revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin. Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. ‘The Undivided Light’ is an album that does not just ‘comment’ on someone’s ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band’s contributors that outlines the secretive ‘liaison’ between memory and conscience. The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered.”

‘The Undivided Light’ will be released this week worldwide on March 23rd. Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop. 

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Nocturnal Graves stream “Silence The Martyrs”

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Titan from Nocturnal Graves is sure to be a powerful and unique work (despite having the same name as a recent pretty unfuckwithable Septicflesh record). It’s cool, there was more than one titan trying to conquer humanity in ancient myth.

The satanic death metal ragers have delivered a fearsome onslaught on “Silence The Martyrs”. I am into the rollercoaster heavy speed attack but am especially into the 1:48 mark where things get more atmospheric yet even more bleakly heavy for a minute. The band sound tight as heck on this record thus far.

Titan will be released May 18th across CD and LP formats including a deluxe LP with silkscreen print at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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You just can’t mess with the apocalyptic blood soaked precise deathly potency of any given Skinless release. The savagery unfolds for sure on the title track for the new effort from the long running underground titans. Check it out below and be sure to pre order the new monster fucker of an album. It drops via Relapse in May! Major grooves and deadly heaviness. Loving the sluggish and full bass sound and the low ass riffs. Reminds me of some major Obituary meets Morbid vibes, with the scales tipped towards the Obituary side. This new song totally slaughters.

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Judas Priest release “Never The Heroes” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM (PST)

Judas Priest, heavy metal icons of the highest order, have released a lyric video for “Never The Heroes”. The band’s new album Firepower touches down to scorch the Earth on March 9th, but here is another molten taste for ya. The song opens with unmistakeable Priestly arena-worthy swagger before Halford’s iconic voice eases in like a pure natural to seize the reigns. And it only gets more metal from there.

Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom for this record (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as Unleashed in the East, British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.

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Starkill cover The Foo Fighters

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM (PST)

Taking a break from reflecting on how “New Inside” by Tiffany was slept on to get you all clued in to some new music from Chicago 5 piece Starkill. Well, it is actually not their own new music, rather a Foo Fighters cover. “The Pretender” as symphonic metal? Could it work? Should it work? Decide for yourself below!

Parker and Sarah have a cool trade off on this and make it their own. Parker actually sounds a lot like Dave in some spots. The chorus is not as gritty but overall the approach is kind of a blast. I am into it.

“The Pretender” was def one of the songs that showed the Foos could still have some bark when it came out. Kinda cool to hear a radically different band take a crack at it. Such is the power of music that it can bridge genres, right?

When asked about the inspiration behind covering “The Pretender” track Parker Jameson shares,“Foo Fighters have long been one of our favorite groups of all time, and we’ve long considered doing a cover or interpretation of one of their tracks. “The Pretender” is one of those instantly recognizable rock anthems, and we decided to bring together various aspects from both the original and other versions we had heard to form a cohesive, more metal-centric cover. We’ve always been a band to straddle, combine, and question subgenre stereotypes and what is or isn’t “allowed” in metal, so we thought the idea of combining rock, shred, orchestration, and crazy drums made perfect sense for us. To me, the song is about standing your ground and staying true to who you are. We got this idea together of mimicking the original Pretender video, but replacing the riot police with metalheads of all sorts, showcasing that no matter what your preferred subgenre is, music brings people together.” 

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CHAOSTAR release powerful “Tazama Jua” from new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM (PST)

Chaostar continue to humble the listener with their towering skill and passionate emotional control and release on new track “Tazama Jua”. Taken from March’s pending The Undivided Light, the track confirms that this is indeed still the 2018 release I am most excited for thus far. We have seen some amazing records already in the time we have breifly waded into the waters of this somewhat new year (The Atlas Moth, Machine Head or Legend Of The Seagullmen come to mind off the top of my head), but this Chaostar record commands my full attention with unparalleled operatic complexity, a sophisticated theatrical emotional range and nonetheless a direct sense of the real that touches the spirit. Some of it is even catchy, hahaha.

Pre-orders for the album are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

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