BESVÄRJELSEN join Magnetic Eye Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:50 AM (PST)

BESVÄRJELSEN have penned a multi-album deal with Magnetic Eye Records. The Swedish forest rockers will release their sophomore album via the label this year and also contribute a track to the forthcoming “Back in Black Redux” homage to AC/DC.

BESVÄRJELSEN comment: “We are extremely thrilled to be joining Magnetic Eye Records”, writes drummer Erik Bäckwall. “We know that we have come to the right team as we will be joining an amazing roster on this renowned label. In all modesty, we think that we have written our finest material yet for the new record, so we are very much looking forward to record and share it with the world as soon as possible!”

Jadd Shickler welcomes the Swedes: “I feel extremely privileged in welcoming Besvärjelsen onto our roster and I promise that the world of heavy music will be floored by what this amazing group does next”, comments the Magnetic Eye Records label director. “Having been part of the heavy rock underground for some time, I am fortunate to know many great musicians going back quite a few years. Sometimes such artists re-emerge with new bands and projects and I am lucky to be one of the first to hear about them.  The very moment that original Dozer drummer Erik let me hear material from his new band Besvärjelsen, I knew they were something special and magical. Altareth, Heavy Temple, and now Besvärjelsen, 2021 is shaping up to be a hell of year for great bands joining Magnetic Eye Records.”


Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, founding member and guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan was shot and killed during a Damageplan performance in Columbus, OH on December 8, 2004 .


The boundary pushing creative characters behind THE LION’S DAUGHTER are streaming their potent new record Skin Show ahead of Friday’s Season of Mist release date. The immaculately Sanford Parker produced and Colin Jordan mastered release builds on the synth explorations of Future Cult with an even more sophisticated aura of barely contained unease or outright explosive sleek yet blackened dystopian angst. These songs create an atmosphere of illicit and surreal, disturbingly tormented sensual unrest that is accentuated by the visual presentation intensely.

Giordano says, “We worked with (artist) Mothmeister again for the album art and used a similar approach as we did with the music. Things are stripped down, more direct, more focused. There’s a sense of fear, isolation, and madness that very much correlates with the music. The character on the outside is in white and surrounded in light, while the character on the inside is in black surrounded by darkness. But it’s ultimately two sides of the same character. I think that’s a good representation of the themes within the album, dark things within people that they may want to keep hidden.”

The band will also be hosting an in-person album release party and merch pop up in their hometown of St. Louis, MO on April 8 on the Punk Patio of The Record Space. Fans who attend the event will be able to purchase the record one day in advance of the release and will have an opportunity to meet and greet the band. 4 Hands Brewing will be sponsoring the event and providing free beverages to those who are 21+. The event is free to attend and will occur from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. CDT. RSVP HERE.

In addition, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will be hosting a two-hour radio special via Gimme Metal on April 9 @ 3:00 P.M. EDT to celebrate the release of the new record! Frontman Rick Giordano has cultivated a very special playlist and will be present in the live chat to interact with fans! As always, it is FREE to subscribe and sign up! Tune in HERE.

Moreover, THE LION’S DAUGHTER will also be supporting the new offering with a brand new live stream! The virtual concert is part of a four night event by Sinkhole and will air on Sunday, April 11 @ 8:00 P.M. EDT. The band will also be joined by HELL NIGHT for a double feature! Tickets and merch bundles are available at THIS LOCATION.

Las Vegas metalcore veterans DISTINGUISHER have released a music video for their emotionally charged new single “We All Suffer” at Metal Injection HERE. A direct follow up to their well received track “Nothing Is Real” – released in March – the song sees the group showcasing their full dynamic range and melodic abilities with Metal Injection commenting “Combining heavy, nu-metal influenced groove, powerful vocals, and chilling melodies, with a solid bit of djent at the end, Distinguisher pulls together all the best elements of metalcore in a fresh way.”

The group elaborated on the thought process behind “We All Suffer” saying, “We All Suffer” directly follows up a track we released 3 weeks ago titled “Nothing Is Real.” The idea of making two songs with accompanying music videos that tie in together was something we’ve talked about doing for a very long time. The goal of this release I think stemmed from wanting to showcase the contrast of the band. We want people to know that we will continue to push the extremes of our sound, whether it’s heavy, more melodic, or even more nu-metal influenced. Both titles were meant to be blunt and painfully inevitable. While “Nothing Is Real” touches on the perception of life and the anxieties that come with it, “We All Suffer” simply states the inevitable in that we will all one day be gone, and that’s something I’ve continued to struggle with the older I get. “We All Suffer” lyrically is filled mainly with questions that I personally feel never get answered in life, and the song’s overwhelming sense of emotion was very much centered around the chorus. I’ll never forget the night Josh and I locked in what would be the main vocal melody, the rest of the song came together so naturally from there. We’re all incredibly proud of the music we continue to make, but we all individually stand by this being our favorite Distinguisher song to date, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

“We All Suffer” is part of DISTINGUISHER’s 2 track release Nothing Is Real / We All Suffer which sees the group deftly alternating between raw, punishing aggression, soaring choruses, and mosh pit inducing groove while never straying from their highly emotional and fearlessly honest lyrical content. The effort leaves listeners in no doubt that DISITINGUISHER are at the very forefront of metalcore’s new crop of bands that are pushing the genre further than ever before.

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The new NOÊTA song “Elm” is the title track of their newest Prophecy release, out 4/23. It sounds like wrestling your deepest sorrows on a forest bed somewhere distant and overcast, if you could even see the sky. It is an intensely beautiful and intense realization of dark folk, tension and muted stillness paired with fae, bittersweet emotion. The song just feels wonderfully, painfully alive in a delicate state of strength. It almost fluctuates between chill and warmth in remarkable conversation with it’s own state of self. Remarkable energy paired with Êlea’s memorable vocal presence, especially when you learn the song is concerned with embracing or departing life itself.

NOÊTA comment: “The title-track ‘Elm’ is in parts told through the words of Sylvia Plath”, reveals frontwoman Êlea. “Her poem ‘Elm’ is an almost physical expression of anxiety and depression as something real and vivid that is living inside some of us –  something that is dark, terrifying and malevolent. Being haunted by anxiety and depression can lead to fear of the uncontrollable malignity living within the self. It claims the afflicted as its own in order to kill. This poem became even more upsetting to me after learning that Sylvia Plath went on to commit suicide not long after she wrote it.”

Red Fang’s new album cover, artwork by Orion Landau

 

True rock believers RED FANG return with Arrows this year, scheduled for a June 4th release via Relapse Records. I am loving the super limited tape option which probably already sold out as I write this. As for the title track video…it is certainly humorous. Don’t goof with katana swords though, kids. I remember in social studies class years ago my buddy and I interviewed this sword master guy once who said he knew of a guy who played with one once drunk and like decapitated his St. Bernard or something super horrible and that story has scarred me for years. The bong chopping here is much more benign.

“It was so gratifying to put these songs on tape with Funk!” says guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles of the album that was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Funk (Murder The Mountains, Whales and Leeches). “It felt very comfortable with a loose schedule. We didn’t take it one song at a time, but added guitars, vocals, or general weirdness whenever an idea sprang to mind. We busted out a hurdy gurdy! It was that fun.

Long live Rock!!”

“WOW! We are SO EXCITED to finally release this record to the world! We finished the album way back in December 2019 and then… something happened that is not worth discussing…,” adds vocalist/bassist Aaron Beam“Making this record felt totally loose and easy. It felt like we were just doing whatever the fuck we wanted, and not overthinking anything. That attitude reminded me a lot of what it felt like to make Murder the Mountains. The result doesn’t sound anything like MTM, but it has more of that vibe.”

 

News of the eagerly-awaited album, the band’s first collection in five years, arrives with a new chapter in the band’s unparalleled canon of Whitey McConnaughy-directed music videos as the foursome unveils a clip for“Arrows” (https://youtu.be/lwQPJ1G2n5o). “Arrows” finds Red Fang once again exploring creative ways to spend the label’s music video budget in a subtle nod to the band’s classic “Wires” video.

“His way of presenting us really works,” says guitarist David Sullivan of the band’s relationship with Whitey. “That first video he did for us for ‘Prehistoric Dog’ gave us a big jumpstart as far as the band getting popular. And we love working with him.” 

Arrows tracklist:

 

    1. Take it Back
    2. Unreal Estate
    3. Arrows
    4. My Disaster
    5. Two High
    6. Anodyne
    7. Interop-Mod
    8. Fonzi Scheme
    9. Days Collide
    10. Rabbits in Hive
    11. Why
    12. Dr. Owl
    13. Funeral Coach

 

Pre-orders for the 13-song album are available now, with Arrows available in a variety of formats, including standard versions of the LP, CD, cassette and digitally, as well as, a limited-edition liquid filled LP, deluxe CD (exclusive to Europe and Relapse.com), and two collectible bundles: LP with a limited Arrows blacklight poster and a Red Fang x Psycho Las Vegas limited-edition Texas Hold’em themed box set. Dubbed the Fortune Hunter Gamblers Pack, the poker-themed package includes branded casino-quality playing cards, dice, collector’s coin, custom boxing, and a card of authenticity (all featuring custom artwork by Ian Colazzo), as well as the LP, and t-shirt. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse’s webstore (http://bit.ly/redfangarrows), while digital downloads and streaming links can be found here: (https://orcd.co/redfangarrows).

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India’s socially aware thrashers AGAINST EVIL have a new lyric video (with band footage as well) for anti propaganda song “End Of The Line”. It is the title track of their pending new album. Billy Sheehan is even on a tune.

Shasank (Rhythm, Lead Guitar) shares more details about the song: “This is the title song and also the heaviest song on the album! It’s about a dystopian future where common people have no rights and are trapped under the control of evil governments and shadow organizations. We also got the idea for the cover artwork after writing this song, where the band also known as The Army of Four are being sentenced to death by the electric chair for rebellion against the evil government. Overall, it’s a very aggressive heavy metal song with a good blend of thrash.” 

Seems timely when you think of how authoritarian governments are removing band’s entire digital work from streaming if they disagree.

The album End of the Line will be out May 14th via German/Swiss based record label Doc Gator Records in Europe and independently the rest of the world. The sound of Against Evil is best described as Heavy Metal with Power and Speed ​​Metal influence.

RIYL Overkill, Testament, Annihilator, Acrassicauda, Evile.

(Gothenburg, Sweden – April 1, 2021) – Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES announces their new full-length album The Nightmare Of Being today. The album is set for release on July 2nd via Century Media Records.

 

While main parts for The Nightmare Of Being were recorded in several different Swedish studios (drums at Studio Gröndal with Jens Bogren, guitars and bass with Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studio and vocals at Welfare Sounds with Per Stålberg), the album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Kreator, etc.) by Jens Bogren, who previously worked with AT THE GATES on their 2014 comeback album At War With Reality. The album’s visual concept and album cover was developed by artist Eva Nahon.

 

“The overall theme deals with the topic of pessimism, and I have been diving deep down in pessimistic philosophers. Trying to understand this way of looking at the world. It is not a negative album, more a gateway into new ideas for me personally, trying out different perspectives. You could call the album an introduction to pessimism as a concept, I guess. It is a very dark album, but not negative,” states AT THE GATES vocalist Tomas Lindberg Redant about the album concept.

 

Musically The Nightmare Of Being unveils a newly liberated and adventurous AT THE GATES with some of the bravest and most mesmerizing material they have ever written. Lindberg Redant adds, “It still sounds like AT THE GATES, 100 percent. It is just more of everything.”

 

The Nightmare Of Being Tracklist:
1. Spectre of Extinction
2. The Paradox
3. The Nightmare of Being
4. Garden of Cyrus
5. Touched by the White Hands of Death
6. The Fall into Time
7. Cult of Salvation
8. The Abstract Enthroned
9. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter of Reason

 

Further details about The Nightmare Of Being, its various formats, and pre-order will be revealed on April 30th. Mark your calendars!
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‘This album is essentially a reflection of the societal ills that hold us back from having the grand culture and community the United States loves to pretend it has.’ – KZ

Hello dear readers and happy Trans Day of Visibility. Hope people are lifting one another up today and feeling good and loved. I need cold water thrown on my face after the inane stupor I entered from just reading an article about how friggin’ Michale Graves might testify on behalf of some loser Proud Boy Jan. 6th insurrectionists. Uh, that’s your character witness? What is he gonna do? Get up there and go ,”You’re lookin’ through the eyes of a Psycho! An American Psycho (Whoa-oh!).” The sad part is I don’t know if that would work in the fash mob defendants favor more or less considering how compromised many of our courts are.

One thing that DOESN’T make me want to scream in frustration (at least not in a bad way) is listening to the cathartic and brilliant new record Modern Grotesque from melodic post-screamo East Coasters Dreamwell, pretty much the most impressive shit I have discovered in a long time. This record , especially after the shared PTSD of 2020 we are all semi-thawing from,  just feels like a massive release of hope, heart and triumphant defiance. A cry for a more caring and dignified world for people who are different, sensitive or just genuine… for the lovers, dreamers and you (to get more Kermit than Pepe up in here). It is an album that reminds me that feeling things is not weakness and which has some of the fiery and passionate type of playing that first got me into bands like UOA, At The Drive In or On The Might Of Princes.

Modern Grotesque also boasts some of the most impactful melodic playing I have heard in a long time this side of really good Modest Mouse, moments that just take artful twists and turns that couldn’t have been generated through a cynical aim and only through vibrant and vulnerable love for the music.

Please enjoy my chat with vocalist KZ as much as I did.

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Vertigo from Finnish occult psych metal hybrid Jess and the Ancient Ones is nearly here, a brilliant bouquet of bold songwriting, deep mental excavation and explosive creativity. The Svart backed record (order HERE) releases this May in time for some of the finest weather for celebrating the sacred planet we inhabit -and too often regularly abuse- as well as the wider cosmos. It is an album that defies easy categorization even as it revels in nostalgia, riding waves of late 60’s bliss turned to unease through the dark heart of our current disoriented moment of mass ptsd and hopefully out the other side to better horizons. Rarely has escapism sounded so timely and alive, a defiance of folding up and dying without making a joyful, organ-steeped noise.

It is one of the most exciting, colorful and living testaments to rock you will hear this year and is in heavy rotation in my home, one of my favorite releases of 2021 yet by a long shot. The tornado on the cover might seem foreboding byt is also a fitting symbol of the intensity of the soaring vocals and enlightened playing within! It was a pleasure to pick the brain of guitarist Thomas Corpse about the release and other topics related to the band and their orbit.

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Metal has long had dalliances with Tolkien lore in the long shadow cast by Zeppelin’s Middle Earth appreciation. Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth,  Ephel Dúath and many more (including of course even the highly problematic Burzum) have names or themes inspired by Mordor or other realms. Recently the highly entertaining Gimli, Son Of Gloin project has been getting some buzz/traction. Now we have the new lyric video from Cuban black metal pioneers Mephisto off their Pentafixion release to add to the list of metal thus inspired. The band Mephisto was founded in September 1997 in the city of Holguín, Cuba and blend orchestral and other metal influences into their tapestry of darkness.

Mephisto are:

Osney Cardoso Riaño -Vocals
Alexander Jorge Parra – Bass
Kevin Chaperón – Guitars
Fabián F. Rodríguez González – Guitars
David Leonardo Nieves Naranjo – Drums

With simply one listen to ’68’s thunderous opening track “The Knife, The Knife, The Knife” from new (third) record Give One Take One you will know you are not only witnessing a special moment in the band’s development into something even more formidable but it is also very obvious that this crowd pleaser in waiting for live shows is destined to be a complete free for all when people can enjoy raging to it safely.

Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains) has managed to help coax the band into catchier territory that renders them even more anthemic without losing ANY of their immediacy. Few bands out right now could pull off what “Life And Debt” does without sounding overly earnest or self-conscious.

Give One Take One combines the band’s penchant for two man carnival showmanship with higher than ever octane Black Flag meets Blues Explosion spiritual adrenaline highs. The whole thing leaves competition in the dust and shows better than ever the insane chemistry of this duo.

Josh Scogin grew by leaps and bounds as an entertainer during the reign of the fabulous and chaotic post hardcore band The Chariot (who surpassed Norma Jean in quality quite rapidly). ’68 however continues to stake a claim for the most theatrical project from Scogin yet, which is saying something! Nikko Yamada is unstoppable, combining Lightning Bolt-esque jaw dropping feats of daring with finesse and groove and a very adept talent for knowing when less is more and more is even more.

Speaking on the album release, Scogin said:
“This album has been a long time coming. We recorded in the summer of 2019 and had to sit on them until now, the next step in to see these songs fulfilled live. I’m hoping that comes sooner than later.” 

He further commented on the creation of the documentary:
“While we sat in limbo during the 2020 shutdown, I gathered all my footage that I had and created a documentary. It was mostly done for fun, to keep me from losing my mind because I’m not good at sitting idle.  The end product shows a small glimpse into the world of ‘68 and how winging it by the seat of your pants can be a real adventurous way to live.”

Seriously, this record is pure rock’ n roll, about as good as it gets in 2021 or any year.


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If you want some technical death metal that combines chilling terror with Universal dread, you could do far worse than the absolutely fuck-nuts arrangements of Blindfolded and Led to the Woods. Out today, the death metal collective’s latest release Nightmare Withdrawals is a major train barreling off the tracks chaos embracer that is deceptive in that the band are in complete control the whole time.

Nightmare Withdrawals was recorded at The Sitting Room Studio, mixed by Samuel K Sproull, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, and completed with cover art by Agreatmass and additional artwork/design by Nina Morice. The album features guest vocal contributions from Karl Sanders of Nile on “Atop The Wings Of A Magpie” and Callum Gay of Spook The Horses on “Lucid Visitations.”
Writes guitarist Ben Atkinson, “Nightmare Withdrawals continues from our past records with chaotic and complex riffs but draws in a more nuanced and locked in approach with heavy grounded sections. From beginning to end the album tells a story of agony, trauma and release that is dark, unique, soul crushing, yet emotive.”

 

 

Hey there Megadeth and general thrash fanatics! Cool news today. I got to in a small way facilitate an introduction between Robert Bolger (longtime Nick Menza manager) and rocker/web designer Mark Aceves of the band ZED through my friend Lara Noel McGlynn who knew Mark. Long story short, here’s a website with a sneak preview of an upcoming Nick Menza documentary about the late, great thrash icon’s life!  Playing even a tiny, inconsequential part in this means a lot to me as Countdown… was very much one of the first records that got me into ‘heavier’ metal.

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment was founded by owner Holly Mollohan, who guides fans through the teaser clip.

Click HERE for more info, a terrific photo gallery, performance videos and to see a documentary teaser trailer \m/.

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March 24, 2021 – The New York-based group Zero Trust celebrated the release of their self-titled debut EP today in partnership with Equal Vision Records. Zero Trust might be a new name, but they boast résumé credits spanning decades of the most creative, cutting-edge pockets of the area’s storied hardcore scene. With a lineup consisting of members of Coheed and Cambria, Bulldoze, Full Scale Riot, Agents of Man, Skarhead, and more, the group formed as a creative outlet during the quarantined isolation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On their inaugural release, Zero Trust expands upon their collective experience, blurring the lines between hardcore, metal, and alternative rock with substantive lyrical themes from vocalist BJ Allen, who reflects on the socio-political turmoil that has erupted throughout the past year. To accompany the release, Zero Trust also shared the official music video for the opening track “Birch” (Editor’s Note: I vaguely think there was also a pretty cool Shabutie song called this from around the Penelope era that Travis maybe even sang (?), but maybe I am buggin’? Either way this shit is dope).

Zero Trust is out now and available to stream here.

Speaking on the single, BJ Allen (vocals) says:
“Birch is about exploring the part of your mind that knows the whole system is against you, while also knowing that if humanity were to be unified, civil and just we would be in a much better position.”

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Today RIGHT HERE or HERE you can pre-order the forthcoming (5/21) Dismemberment Cabaret collaboration release between noise scientist Gridfailure and esteemed jazz trumpet and pop genius Mac Gollehon. You can also see an eerie but colorful and nightmare jazzy visualizer for track “Roaming Blackouts”.

Dismemberment Cabaret Track Listing:
1. Evisceration Guest List
2. Transient Fault
3. Crime Scene Designers
4. A Diet Of Maggots
5. Roaming Blackouts
6. Fracture Mechanics
7. Gusher
8. El Temblor
9. Pieces
10. Harakiri Afterparty

Following the release of Dismemberment Cabaret, Nefarious Industries will also release the new LP from MAC GOLLEHON & THE HISPANIC MECHANICS later this year. GOLLEHON is also featured on the third GRIDFAILURE collaboration with Megalophobe which will also see release later this year.
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