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On October 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release LP re-issues of their sophomore album, 2015’s Monarchy, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order your copy now at: https://www.metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where hoodie, t-shirt, guitar tab book and flag bundles are also available!

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FORETOKEN release debut album ‘Ruin’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:15 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Robert Escue

Prosthetic Records have teamed up with Virginia’s ambitious Foretoken to release Ruin, a blend of folk, death and black metal styles.

Dan Cooley commented:
“The record’s release brings an equal mix of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. We’ve spent the last almost two years writing and obsessing over every detail of the album. There are definitely some things we’ve learned throughout that process which we will incorporate in the next record, but for now we’re confident our debut, Ruin, is everything we wanted it to be: cinematic, energetic, and at times melancholy. We hope everyone enjoys the album and we want to thank everyone who supported us early on through Bandcamp.”

Bandmate, Steve Redmond added:
“We’re super excited for everyone to hear the album. This project started as nothing more than a “bedroom studio project” that would’ve probably never seen the light of day and evolved into something much more. This is my first time writing a symphonic metal record and it has been incredibly fun. It has also been a learning experience. With Ruin we really want the listener to be able to go on a musical journey through these myths and legends. We hope we were able to capture that with this record. We hope everyone has as much fun listening to Ruin as we had making it. ”

During the creation of Ruin, the pair enlisted Hannes Grossmann (Triptykon, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) on drum duties. The album also features James Malone (Arsis) in a dueling guitar solo on the track A Deathless Prison, and was mixed by both Steve Redmond and Jacob Hansen; with mastering being done by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Jacob Hansen is a renowned producer/engineer who has worked on albums such as The Black Dahlia Murder’s Nightbringers and Fleshgod Apocalypse’s Veleno. The album’s art is a piece by Tomas Honz entitled Fallen Empires .

Eyes premiere “Distance” video over at Decibel Magazine

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:35 PM (PST)

Danish metallic hardcore noisemakers Eyes have released a video for their song “Distance” over at Decibel Magazine!

“Distance” comes off the band’s upcoming debut album Underperformer due out September via Indisciplinarian.

Eyes is made up by five young veterans from the Danish metal and hardcore scene, and the new album Underperformer reflects a combo that does not worry one bit about what fans, the scene, or people in general might think. One senses an artistic kinship with bands such as Daughters, Pissed Jeans, and Converge, all bands who started out with a particular sound and have changed and developed their musical vision significantly; something Eyes aims for as well, and succeeds in.

Barely over two years since the band’s eponymous debut EP saw the light of day, Eyes delivers their Underperformer. The record was produced by Tobias Munk Tønder (Église, Drukner), mastered by Jacob Bredahl (Lifesick, I Am Bones) who also contributes guest vocals to several songs on the record, and completed with artwork by Jon Gotlev/No Heroes.

The new video for “Distance” was directed by Ausrine Kurgonaite and Chey Long-Andersen.

Eyes lead singer Victor Kaas states about the “Distance” single:

“‘Distance’ is the shortest and most aggressive track on the record, by a small margin, as the whole record is pretty fucking aggressive. It was also one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it ended up being the song that really shaped the sound of Underperformer. Lyrically, the song is about discovering when something isn’t as it should be in your life. The feeling of reaching out, only to be met with dismissal and misunderstanding. If you’re depressed; don’t stop reaching out. Not everyone will understand; someone will.”

Head over to Decibel Magazine to see the video for “Distance.”

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Brazilian Death Metallers The Troops of Doom have released a video for their track “Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

The track comes off the band’s forthcoming EP The Rise of Heresy due out October 9 via Blood Blast Distribution.

The Troops of Doom is led by guitarist Jairo “Tormentor” Guedz from the band The Mist and former member of Sepultura’s original lineup. The band also includes bassist/vocalist Alex Kafer (Enterro, Explicit Hate, ex-Necromancer), drummer Alexandre Oliveira (Southern Blacklist, Raising Conviction), and guitarist Marcelo Vasco (Patria, Mysteriis, acclaimed graphic artist for legendary bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Machine Head, Soulfly, and Hatebreed among many others).

The Rise Of Heresy features four original songs and two cover versions of Sepultura classics, “Bestial Devastation” and “Troops Of Doom.” In advance of the EP’s release, The Troops of Doom are pleased to unleash a lyric video for first single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.”

Check out the lyric video for “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” as well as the album art for The Rise of Heresy here.

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Concrete streaming ‘Free Us From Existence’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:12 AM (PST)

New York hardcore metallers Concrete are streaming their latest full-length, Free Us From Existence over at No Echo. Free Us From Existence is due out this Friday, August 7.

From vocalist Lenny Fletcher: “This record is about having the strength to break the shackles and truly be free by any and all means necessary. You can either learn to turn your anger and sadness into fuel or kill yourself trying. Whatever it may be, we need to be freed from this existence.”

Head over to No Echo to check out Free Us From Existence.

 

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Upon A Burning Body release “Extermination”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:42 AM (PST)

Texas metallers Upon A Burning Body have released a new track “Extermination.”

The track comes off the band’s newest EP Built From War.

Check out the video for “Extermination” here.

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Halestorm announce ‘Reimagined EP’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:58 AM (PST)

Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm have announced their newest EP Reimagined to be released in August.

The EP features a song with Amy Lee of Evanescence and will also include a cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Check out “Break In (Feat. Amy Lee)” here.

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Korn and Yelawolf cover Charlie Daniels

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:40 AM (PST)

I am very very sick and so not posting much this week. Charlie Daniels believed some super dumb conservative shit later in life but “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” will always remain a bop. Here is an insane new version of it from Korn and Yelawolf at Bandcamp. Props to Korn for continuing their tradition to do oddball covers, not just metal. Seems to be for a good cause with Awakening Youth. I am too tired to read more about it right now. Ok, legit time to go throw up and tremble in weak sickly horror again. My ass sounds as flappy as Fieldy’s bass tone right now. Y’all boogie down to this now and I will hopefully see you soon.

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US prog metal outfit OCEANS OF SLUMBER release the second single, “The Adorned Fathomless Creation”, today off their forthcoming self-titled album out September 4th via Century Media Records worldwide. The song opens with a chaotic tempest before the hypnotic clean vocals enter on top of a frantic riff for powerful effect. One of the most innovative band of songwriters on the planet.

“Violence, revenge, retribution, repeat. The adorned fathomless creation that is humanity, that is society, that is each of us. Warped and blinded by this eye for an eye mentality, we stumble along the path of this insidious and cyclical nature of violence and pain. Hate begets more hate. Fear a contagion. Compassion a lost art of emotional bending. Outcry, anger, rage, repeat. We long for the gentle embrace of compassion, hope to be soothed by a love that is no where to be found. So the machine churns, spewing smoke along a degenerative wasteland. Victim, valor, vengeance, repeat. Our only hope is to remember that among ourselves is an ability to connect, an ability to heal, an ability to grow. To break the machine and free ourselves from its corrosive and cancerous nature. Teach, acknowledge, heal, repeat,” states Oceans Of Slumber about the track relese.

Oceans Of Slumber is available as a standard CD jewelcase, gatefold black 2LP+CD, digital album. Pre-order the album HERE.

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An important new pro equality comp has been released today for metal fans. 31 tracks from Falls of Rauros, Woe, Panopticon, Outlaw Order, Cloud Rat, Krieg, Uprising, Throne Of Blood, Hag Graef, Nechochwen and many more. OVERGROW TO OVERTHROW is extensive and awesome. Plenty of music here to zone out to and feel like the world and metal want to be a better place. Very cool.

Love the Evil Queen Bavmorda pigs sample in the Thou song. Doom’s track is probably my favorite.

Between this and the ferocious new Of Wolves album , metal heads have a good start to an anti-4th partying soundtrack.

Voices from across the Metal and Punk spectrum have united to not only speak out against racism and in support of those who are in the streets actively demonstrating, but work to actively support a fight that all of us must take on.

Digital only. All proceeds to support:
• Black Lives Matter – Over-arching movement to combat racism and fight for social justice in the US and Canada.
• Life After Hate – A nonprofit in the US that seeks to combat racism by providing resources to help people leave racist movements, as well as help de-radicalize violent Far Right extremists.

PS While you are here, please also read this Jacobin article I found today about how we need to SHUT DOWN the School Of The Americas/WHINSEC permanently. 

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NYC extreme metallers Pyrrhon have released their earth shattering new full length Abscess Time via Willowtip. Some how they defy and embrace death at the same time. This is some of their most impressive technical and vivid songwriting yet. “Human Capital” is one of the most timely and savage songs of 2o2o in experimental death metal with killer lyrics about modern class inhumanity.

Throughout the entirety of Abscess Time, PYRRHON explore the turbulent and ripping darkness of everyday survival. “This album is about watching the human world slowly slide towards collapse while you’re too busy trying to survive until the next day to do anything about it,” comments PYRRHON vocalist Doug Moore. “The process seems to take forever, even though little things change every day. And since you’re constantly straining to keep your head above water, it’s all just the background against a foreground of more immediate dangers.”

PYRRHON entered Menegroth: The Thousand Caves studio in January 2020 with mastermind engineer, Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) at the helm. “Colin Marston has worked on every Pyrrhon record so far – he’s mastered all of them, and mixed our last three. We do a pretty unusual combination of things during our recording process, and he’s about the only engineer out there who’s got experience with all of them,” explains Moore.

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“Say a prayer for humanity/lost in the halls of insanity”. That lyric could be a timeless folk song, but is delivered with power metal confidence and melodic warrior muster on Greyhawk‘s excellent album Keepers Of The Flame (out today)!

Rev Taylor (vox) leads this company of Seattle metal adventurers boldly forth to visit new realms (no, not CHAZ). Taylor’s voice reminds me slightly of the full chested confidence of singers such as Matt Barlow or Blaze Bayley. This group is potent and expresses their Blind Guardian, Dio and Hammerfall compatible charm with the ease of a roguish grin. Fighter Records made a wise choice with this band!

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New York City-area hostile faction GRIDFAILURE today unveils Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II through Nefarious Industries. All sales from the outfit’s Bandcamp for the entire month of June will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

Performed/arranged, recorded, and mixed by GRIDFAILURE’s David Brenner at The Compound in Valley Cottage, New York, who also drew the cover art, the record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee (Kool Keith, Benjamin Tod, Krieg, Thetan).

The album features contributions from GRIDFAILURE live members Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe), Greg Meisenberg (Oxx, Maid Myriad, A Fucking Elephant), and Richard Muller (The Third Kind, Vise Massacre, Great Planes), as well as Mac Gollehon (David Bowie, Miles Davis, Onyx, Madonna, Blondie), Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Faith Ciavarella, Pete Tsakiris, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu), Nathan Verrill (Fyrhtu, Cardinal Wyrm), No One (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Clayton Batholomew (Mountaineer, ex-Secrets Of The Sky), Dave Small (Cutworm), Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes), Lane Oliver (Feel Happiness, Yatsu), Christopher Henry (Fuck Your Birthday, Humans Etcetera), Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves), Matt Bacon, Andrew Hess, and Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, ex-Rwake) and his family Star, Izzie, and Mason Schaaf.

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The Acacia Strain release ‘E’ 7″ and digital single

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:35 AM (PST)

New England metallers The Acacia Strain have dropped E a new 7′ and digital release today through Rise Records.

It features two tracks — “Solace and Serenity” and “The Lucid Dream.”  The latter track features vocalist Jess Nyx of Mortality Rate.

“I’ve been a fan of Jess since Judiciary introduced me to her voice, and I’m extremely happy to have her on a song,” says singer Vincent Bennett. “Solace, serenity — enter the lucid dream. The second chapter is here. We descend further and further into our own undoing.”

The band previously issued the “D” seven inch and digital single. It included “Feed A Pigeon, Breed A Rat” and “Seeing God,” the latter of which features Aaron Heard of Jesus Piece/Nothing.

Check out E as well as D here.

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Thou Art I drop ‘Dreams of an Outside World’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:18 AM (PST)

Omaha noisemaker Thou Art I has released her newest album Dreams of an Outside World today.

Also today, Bandcamp isn’t taking cuts from purchases made at their site.

If you haven’t had a chance before, now is a great time to check out Thou Art I. She has a pretty expansive discography over at Bandcamp.

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