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Fight The Fight release video for “Triggerfinger”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM (PST)

Norwegian metallers Fight The Fight have released a video for their latest single “Triggerfinger.”

“Triggerfinger” is off the band’s upcoming album Deliverance due out on September 18 via Blacklight Media Records/Indie Recordings.

The video and the sound remind me of Nonpoint. The band says of the song, “The song is about being at war with yourself, the mind and the alter ego. Everything gets out of control or maybe it all falls in part? It’s up to you how you see it.”

The band says of the themes of the album: “You can say that in many ways writing this album has been a path to set free our individual alter egos. These are all coming out in the lyrics during the album. It is not about cleansing but realizing. Always be true to yourself and everyone around you. Sometimes you have to let that beast out and here it is, a beast of an album!”

Check out the video for “Triggerfinger” here.

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Judas Priest announce 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour with Sabaton!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:45 AM (PST)

Judas Priest , icons of true metal, have announced a 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour for frothing metal fanatics who still crave the band’s molten and particular sound. Halford is still capable of ruling the stage and the band’s recent Firepower was masterful evidence that they still can startle with the power of even new material. I am certainly supporting this over KK’s Priest silliness. No Offense to KK but fuck Ripper…he’s consistently said lots of dumb sexist right wingy shit and after I argued with him about degrading Stormy Daniels in super trashy ways and sex workers in general I will never support any records he is on again. And I once upon a time LOVED his Iced Earth-era  (sorry but he never matched Rob in Priest…that’s a fucking Joke).

Anyway, back to positivity…

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature fucking Sabaton as openers! How sick is that?!!  It is being fueled by the indeed highest charting album of Priest’s career Firepower which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest

Dates BELOW.

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[Photo by Dana Willax]

Washington deathcore metallers Enterprise Earth are currently on tour in Europe with Rings of Saturn, Traitors, and Brand of Sacrifice. That tour will wrap up later next month. The next day the band will be kicking off their North American tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Aversions Crown, and Une Misere in Baltimore, MD.

Different legs of this tour will also include Extinction A.D. and Graveview.

Check out tour dates and posters here.

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Cult Of Luna, Emma Ruth Rundle, Intronaut Tour set to kick off

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12:55 PM (PST)

In just a few days post metal brain bards Cult Of Luna will begin their early 2020 North American Tour. The much ballyhooed trek also includes the brilliant Emma Ruth Rundle and sound sculptors Intronaut. Cult Of Luna are supporting the flabbergasting achievement of A Dawn To Fear, one of their most impressive records to date.

Dates below.

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Metallic hardcore troopers RINGWORM have some looming tour dates with fellow veterans All Out War, the buzzed about High Command and ragers Genocide Pact (who just got a killer nod from no less than Kerrang as one of the top 50 best death metal bands right now).

RINGWORM is touring in support of their 8th studio album Death Becomes My Voice, out now on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available via Relapse.com HERE. Digital Downloads / Streaming Services are available HERE.

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Aborted announce EP ‘La Grande Mascarade’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:07 AM (PST)

Belgian death metal institution Aborted are back in 2020 with an Ep called La Grande Mascarade, three tracks of rebellious evil out April 17th. The EP will feature studio recordings of “Gloom and the Art of Tribulation”, “Serpent of Depravity”, and “Funereal Malediction”.

“Not only do we have this ultimate badass tour with Napalm Death, but since 2020 marks 25 years of us making noise, we figured we should take advantage of that fact and serve you guys up some tasty treats in the form of the EP ‘La Grande Mascarade’! If you want to hear us go beyond the limits of what we have done so far, stay tuned for the first single soon! Our US pre-order featuring the import digipak is already up at Indiemerch (https://www.indiemerch.com/aborted/item/82903) and limited to only 200 units! For the Europeans out there; Impericon will have the same pre-order in a few days,” states the band about the forthcoming release.

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PRIMUS announce ‘a tribute to kings’ tour to honor RUSH

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 4:17 PM (PST)

 

Lot of tour news today from Ozzy sadly having to cancel his farewell dates with Marilyn Manson due to illness to Faith No More and Korn hitting the road with Spotlights, Helmet and others in tow. For me, the coolest announcement was from, uh, the Punchbowl? Alt rock fusion funk metal hard rock blender of weirdness icons Primus are known to have their own legendary take on Rush’s “YYZ” that often segues into “John The Fisherman” and created a nerdy bridge between fun living fandoms many years ago. Shit, due to my age I probably was aware of the cover version first. Anyhow, both powerful trios capable of crazy instrumental prowess and weird ass vocals – of course it made sense. Seriously can you hear  Hellbound 17 1/2 (theme from)” and not hear some Rush influence?

To honor the late, great Neil Peart we now are lucky to get Les and the gang doing a Farewell To Kings full album tour. Pretty special. Check out the dates HERE.

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This summer, #Primus will pay homage to prog-rock legends @rush with a "Tribute to Kings", a cross-country tour that will feature the iconic 'A Farewell to Kings' in its entirety. Special guests @officialwolfmother will be joining the tour, with @theswordofficial and @battlestheband opening select dates. "A little over one year ago, Ler LaLonde and I started kicking the idea around of Primus performing a series of shows featuring an iconic Rush album from our youth," says bandleader Les Claypool. "Being that 'A Farewell to Kings' was the first Rush record I ever heard, and that it contains my all-time favorite Rush tune, "Cygnus X1", the choice narrowed quickly. Years ago, I had done something similar with Colonel Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, when we covered Pink Floyd Animals in its entirety. It was an insane amount of work, but ended up being one of the most enjoyable live endeavors I've ever done. Dubbing the tour 'Primus: A Tribute to Kings'; it was originally scheduled to be performed in the Fall of 2019, but when we were asked to support Slayer on their Final Campaign, the "Tribute to Kings" tour was postponed. Geddy, Alex and Neil had been superheroes to Larry, Herb and I in our teens, so when we all became pals while touring together in the early 90's, we were pretty delighted; partially because of the musical geek-out factor, but mostly because the three guys whom we had admired so much from afar, turned out to be truly great, down-to-earth humans, and like us, a tad eccentric. The "Tribute to Kings" tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends" A special pre-sale, including VIP upgrade options, will go on sale tomorrow, Wed, February 19 at 10am local time. General public on sale is this Friday, February 21 at 10am local time. Ticket & show info at www.primusville.com/tour

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Psychy stony proggy hard rockers King Buffalo are just the thing for getting your wheels and imagination turning on those overcast days where the clouds won’t seem to part. You can listen to their  tasteful 8 minute new road worthy opus “Eta Carinae” now from new EP Dead Star, out March 20th, if you want to get the yellow motion lines on your mental highway flying past again at optimum speeds.  I am liking the propulsive grooves and smooth vocal hypnosis of this one. This band never tip their hand and just grow on you like a familiar shirt you don’t want to change, but hopefully occasionally is laundered- hahaha.

“These six songs deviate and expand on horizons that we as King Buffalo haven’t yet reached,” says drummer Scott Donaldson, who also handled the graphic layout of Dead Star with Ryan T. Hancock’s striking cover art. “It’s extremely exciting to make something familiar, but unlike anything we’ve previously done. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Dead Star was written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2019 & January 2020. Produced & engineered by Sean McVay, mixed by Grant Husselman, and mastered by Bernie Matthews. The artwork was created by Ryan T Hancock with fonts by Mike Turzanski.

Dead Star Track list:
1. Red Star Pt. 1
2. Red Star Pt. 2
3. Echo of a Waning Star
4. Ecliptic
5. Eta Carinae
6. Dead Star

Dead Star is the Rochester rock trio’s 4th EP overall and kicks off a busy 2020 that finds the band schlepping their sonic spaciousness to more stages and markets. Dates BELOW.

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I was lying in bed reading a Grand Admiral Thrawn book and annoyed that my hot water is out, listening to Sabbath and Alice Cooper on Spotify and being kind of a lazy piece of shit when the guilt set in. Morgan, it is 50 years since Sabbath’s debut and you haven’t posted anything, you worthless poseur. The dark well from which all metal of value doth flow, the haunting grounds of “The Wizard”, the nativity in black. A warning to every sleeping village that music had forever changed. Zep never got so evil. Mentioning Mordor doesn’t come close to Sabbath’s shadows. What the hell was I doing running a metal site if I can’t get my ass up to praise the lords on this sacred day? So what if I smell bad and am wearing my girlfriend’s PINK sweatpants, even better.

Now I sit in front of the computer trembling in awe thinking of the power of that record and how amazing the fifty years since have been as not just pond ripples but tidal waves of influence have rolled out from those doomy notes. Someone on Twitter said Priest invented metal and I am sorry,  but…while they both had an early start Sabbath had five evil as fuck albums out before Priest even got Rocka Rolla (a good but comparatively wimpy album). Even if you were so insane as to discount the first 4 Sabbath albums as just heavy blues- which ignores “Children of the (fucking) Grave” on Master Of Reality, can anyone seriously look at the tormented person on the grim ass cover art of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and hear the title track and say THAT isn’t metal??? Seriously?

Often imitated, never quite matched…the Sabbath legacy. Pick up some new merch today. You can’t just copy greatness and expect the same heights. On that note, why the hell does that band the Used with that dude Bert who used to date Kelly have a new album called fucking Heartwork?! Are you serious, dudes? Have you really never heard of god damned CARCASS!!?? Ooof. But I digress.

Anyway, God and the Devil bless Ozzy for still being here and still making rock n roll. Thank you Tony and all the boys and the long list of others attached to the band over the years. You all changed my life forever and the lives of countless others. Thank you.

 

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.gif from god prepare for east coast shows

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:34 PM (PST)

Have you been hoping to catch .gif from god live and haven’t yet? Well, if you live in Philadelphia or New York your chance is coming up.

The Virginia metalcore ensemble are preparing to play some shows later this month, with further dates to be released soon.

.gif from god are touring in support of their 2019 Prosthetic Records debut approximation_of_a_human.

.gif from god collectively encourages all reading to seek out and donate to these organizations, and those similar within their own communities:
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Black Mama’s Bailout Fund, ICE Out of RVA, Nationz Foundation, Richmond Food & Clothing Resistance Collective.

The band will be playing with HIRS, Binary, Sonagi, Machine Girl, Kilbourne, Lustsickpuppy, and Versus, including at Machine Girl’s record release show. If you haven’t experienced .gif from god’s cacophonous brand of noise yet, be sure to head over to their Bandcamp and rectify that.

The shows announced so far are:

February 25 – Cousin Danny’s – Philadelphia, PA
February 26 – Smog, Bard College, NY
February 27 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

credit: Sarmistha Talukdar

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Get your pittin’ pants on, kids. Terror are bringing The Warriors, the very deadly indeed Creeping Death and Dare on a short West Coast (mainly Cali) run of frolic and furious foaming mouth fun. The underground is an extended family at the best of times and this looks like a rad little tour. Creeping Death has a lot of dates coming up with The Acacia Strain as well this year, but here is an earlier option.

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Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, In Flames touring North America 2020

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:02 PM (PST)

Huge tour news as Megadeth team up with cohorts Lamb Of God to underscore the respect the groups have often had for one another over the years. Special Guests on the tour include the iconic In Flames and metal staple genre band Trivium for a huge package. Heh, heh, Beavis…he said ‘huge package”. Sorry. Had to.

Mustaine is back after sending cancer packing and this is gonna be a legendary tour, I am sure.

Dave Mustaine says:
“Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you.”

LAMB OF GOD, adds:
“The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! Lamb Of God has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year.”

Tickets and VIP packages for all four artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 14th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets & VIP packages beginning Tuesday, February 11th at 10am local time until Thursday, February 13th at 10pm local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Dates BELOW.

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Band Spotlight: Sepultura

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM (PST)

Icons of world thrash Sepultura are the un-killable underground dynasty that refuses naysayers and continues to evolve and make bonds with new fans year after year. 2020 finds the band -Andreas Kisser (Guitars), Derrick Green(Vocals), Eloy Casagrande (Drums) and Paulo Jr. (bass) releasing one of the most incredible statements of the group’s storied legacy, Quadra. If you still only like the early eras you are willfully a stick in the mud or unable to hear greatness. “Isolation”, the pain exuding “Last Time”, the new class war anthem “Capital Enslavement” and the onslaught “Agony Of Defeat” are just a few examples of one of the most solid records in recent metal memory. Sepultura still have plenty of staying power!

“On ‘Quadra’, we felt the urge to revisit that old thrash feeling of ‘Beneath the Remains’ or ‘Arise’,’ only seen through the eyes of  today,”Andreas Kisser utters the magic words. “Add to that the tribal percussion, the orchestral elements, the choirs, the melodies and the clean vocals and you get a thorough run-through of our entire career, backed by a very contemporary approach.” 

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Grind legends and active political force in these horrific times Napalm Death are back with a digital EP and 7″ (love the brightly colored options), a very Napalm Death monickered Logic Ravaged By Brute Force release. Century Media put out this pit starter and it cheers me to see this in the same time period where I am gloomy from Barr destroying the justice apartment with his Baby Sinclair lookin’ ass face and the Senate’s own Palpatine , google eyed Mitch, shitting on the Constitution. It also super sucks what happened to Ke$ha this week with the defamation suit, so please stream and purchase her excellent High Road even if you are a grumbly metal fuck – she has supported metal before and is a rad lady who doesn’t deserve Dr. Puke’s bullshit. So yeah, we need to fight for logic and stop the brutes!

The release from the grind masters also kicks off their “Campaign For Musical Destruction” headline tour of Europe alongside EyeHateGod, Misery Index, Rotten Sound and Bat. That is a sick line-up! You lucky bastards over there better appreciate it and rage against some Brexit.

The EP includes a brand-new title-track as well as a freshly recorded cover version of “White Kross”, originally by Sonic Youth. The collectible Double-A-Side EP is also a first teaser for the band’s upcoming studio album, expected for release later in 2020. Sonic Youth covered by Napalm Death? I am losing my mind. How cool!

“In keeping with NAPALM DEATH custom, we had a vast swathe of new songs with many different flavors,” states NAPALM DEATH’s frontman Mark “Barney” Greenway about the EP: “So then naturally we moved into single territory and opted for ‘Logic Ravaged By Brute Force’. It’s the coldness and desperation of the guitar chords and voice that swung it. And then, seeing as Sonic Youth mash chords like few others, this cover of ‘White Kross’ just seemed to lift itself beyond the constraints of cover – or filler – song into a bit of a rumbling wall-of-sound epic”.

Hear it on Spotify HERE.

NAPALM DEATH’s Logic Ravaged By Brute Force 7″ EP is issued in the following versions:
Black vinyl – Unlimited
Blue vinyl – 200x copies via CM Distro Europe – Sold out!
Light Green vinyl – 100x copies via CM Webshop Europe – Sold out!
Neon Yellow vinyl – 100x copies via CM Webshop USA (Out February 28th!) – Sold out!
Orange vinyl – 600x – Available exclusively from the band on the road!

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Head to Metal Injection RIGHT HERE for a monster song premiere from death doomers Temple Of Void‘s new album The World That Was (Pre order here). This song had me raging and venting some major frustration at the shit show of the modern world today. “Casket Of Shame” is a fucking total beast fucker, just relentless and featuring monumental and emotional performances from the Detroit based band. Wow, this shit really almost sent me through my window out into my front yard headbanging. If you haven’t heard them they are shockingly next level good.

The song has a little bit of style variance for several sub-genre fans. It’s just amazing. Some true death and ominous, earth shattering doom with atmospheric emotional elements and a little slightly tuney guitar dueling here that sounds unhinged and great. Also some sick scrapes that would give Crowbar fans chills. This shit just fully rules in no uncertain terms!

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