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I am gonna give tech death prog core creatives Born Of Osiris the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t intentionally bite Three’s excellent banger “Alien Angel” (which still rocks) and that BoO came up with their album title on their own. It is quite possible since aliens and angels are both common (I see and talk to them constantly, don’t you? haha) and, like Fallujah, Born Of Osiris have also often seemed into weird cosmic and portentous art and symbols.
Regardless, no shade. This new material sounds next level energetic and some of the best production yet from a band that continues to add to their impact and push their skills with each meaningful release.
Born Of Osiris will release their new album, Angel Or Alien, on July 2nd via Sumerian Records. Pre-order the album here, and check out the preview below.
“Angel Or Alien”
“Threat Of Your Presence”
“In For The Kill”
“You Are The Narrative”
“Truth And Denial”
Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).
As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.
It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.
Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 14, 2021
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A Very Special shout out to all the BC Fans Worldwide. For over 30yrs you’ve stayed loyal. Celebrate with us Tonight! Thanks for the love and continued support. ‘Keep It Hardcore’ 4Life 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/gLkuVenLqp
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) March 15, 2021
Late weekend news on a couple of bangers for ya today as I try to distract myself from the obstinate idiocy of Bill Maher and Megyn Kelly. Enough pretending you are liberal, Bill. You constantly platform and are starry eyed at or giddy about agreeing with bigoted pieces of shit. Anyway…
Gizmachi are back after a noted absence from the scene, a sort of hybrid blend of extreme, Nu and fusion metal who I often used to enjoy seeing on stacked bills in Poughkeepsie back in the day. I just woke up and made coffee and discovered the band’s new video for “Look What I’ve Become.”
I was certainly startled to see no Sean Kane in the video but rather the much balder head of Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid. What the heck is going on? Well, all I know for sure is the band has a new album coming out March 12th called Omega Kaleid and it is awesome to see them rise up again. Always a killer live show and a lot of passion and talent in this group, so we wish them the best whatever the line-up situation is!
In a double whammy for you tech metal nutsos out there, prog-core torchbearers Veil Of Maya are also back with a new jam! See the animated video for “Viscera” below! Lukas Magyar continues to elevate the sophistication of the band’s material as the group unveil a Mad Max hellscape in an animated clip for fans.Add to My Radar
Today McKinney has released a peek inside his creative flow with a play-through for “Amanuensis” from his great recent Sumerian solo record Infinite Mind.
Nov. 13, LONDON – Periphery, who released Periphery: Live in London today, have made the 10-song album available as a hyper-limited cloudy blue vinyl variant, limited to 250 copies (https://store.periphery.net/). Vinyl purchasers will receive an exclusive bonus CD of the album.
“For years Periphery has wanted to do a live record. We’d always talk about it, what show would we capture? When would we do it? What would we want it to sound like? On November 15, 2019 we figured out the answers to those questions by capturing our entire show in London and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to everyone,” explains guitar player Jake Bowen. “London has consistently been one of our favorite places to play and this show was certainly one we’ll never forget, so we present to you our first live album…Periphery: Live in London!”
Black Veil Brides have today released the re-recorded track “Perfect Weapon” off their recently announced brand new, re-imagined, re-recorded 2020 edition of their debut album re-titled Re-Stitch These Wounds. It sounds dominating and confident. Fans can check out the re-imagined track, “Perfect Weapon” below. This new album comes in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their debut We Stitch These Wounds. The forthcoming album Re-Stitch These Wounds will be released via Sumerian Records on Friday, July 31st. Pre-Orders are available from ReStitchTheseWounds.com.
Speaking on Re-Stitch These Wounds and his band’s 10th year milestone, frontman, Andy Biersack says:
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary. A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly. I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.
We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it’s amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way.”Add to My Radar
Mantar are one of the most righteous and raucous bands out there these days and now the German noise sludgers are delivering an all killer grunge tribute album Grungetown Hooligans II. The excellent Brutal Panda is releasing this slab on June 26th. It is directed towards lesser heralded acts who made some of the best music of that era and includes L7, Jesus Lizard, Babes In Toyland covers and more. The “100%” Sonic Youth cover is especially pitch perfect and adds a lot more snarl while capturing the sneer of the original. “Puss” the Jesus Lizard cover is not as booze soaked and blindly madcap Yow microphone swallowing as the original but retains the swing and glory of the riffing while adding more metallic roar to the vocals. And the drum break is still pure fucking payoff.
Check out the “Ghost Highway” fresh take on a Mazzy Star classic below. Kudos to the band for taking a slight left turn here from prior releases and doing something different.
Poppy has released a rad cover of t.A.T.u’s “All The Things She Said.” She has grown a lot on me as an artist and I think she is doing cool stuff. Nice to see her really spreading her wings and in a much better situation. I think this is also a good cover choice as t.A.T.u were also under-estimated when they were active by a lot of people. She writes:
This cover song was delivered to my label over two weeks ago, with the purpose of being released in time for Pride Month. Unfortunately, in the time elapsed since then, we’ve been faced with a tragedy that calls for our much needed attention. While we are still fighting for equality in the lgbtq+ community, we still have a long way to go, and there still remains an absurd amount of injustice for minorities in America.
I cannot adequately express my distain for how our government, and above all, our president is reacting to what’s happening in America right now.I encourage you to educate yourself, go out and protest, donate, and raise your voice to speak out against this injustice.
I’ll also be sharing a few links to donate to if you have the means to do so.
I stand with you in love
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EDM DJ Sikdope has done a pretty cool remix for “The Violence” by Asking Alexandria.
Born of Osiris are hitting the road for the third leg of The Simulation Tour. Fellow techy weirdos Car Bomb and the monstrously heavy deathcore band Oceano will ensure plenty of pitting and pants shitting on this trek, and BOO are at the top of their game and better than ever at present. You should really catch a date of this run if you can, kids.
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We are very thrilled to announce the third leg of The Simulation Tour ft. @oceanometal and @CarBombOfficial! Tickets go on sale on Friday. Which date are you coming to?#bornofosiris #thesimulationtour #oceano #carbomb pic.twitter.com/uKnupPhbPP
— Born of Osiris (@BOOOfficial) October 22, 2019
Hogan had this to say of the signing:
“Ash [Avildsen, owner of Sumerian Records] called me up, said he really loved the music and that he was excited to help take things to the next level.. I’m excited to be a part of the Sumerian roster along with so many other artists that I enjoy and respect. We share a common vision and Sumerian provides the freedom to cultivate that vision.”
Sin Shake Sin have also released a music video for the track “Nobody’s Gonna Save My Soul.” Of the video Hogan says:
“The video involves a cult-like congregation who’ll stop at nothing to gain followers, only to reveal they aren’t who they seem. This is commentary on those throughout my life who have went out of their way to judge people only for the purpose of distraction away from their own guilt. We see this every day on social media, which can also be like a cult.”
Check out the music video for “Nobody’s Gonna Save My Soul” here.Add to My Radar
Earlier this week English rockers Asking Alexandria released their latest track “The Violence.”
Complete with a cheesy zombie movie music video that features the boys in the band, the track is the first new track since the band’s 2017 self-titled album.
The music video was written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films. The video follow the plight of every day zombies: Cocaine Shane (Danny Worsnop), Peter (Ben Bruce), Disco Luke (Cameron Liddell), Phat Noah (James Cassells) and Waterboy Eric (Sam Bettley).
Says guitarist Ben Bruce:
“We are back bigger, better, louder and more insane than ever before. This single encompasses everything we have been working towards. Huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning.”
“The Violence was an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we’d done before and create something fresh and engaging. Thematically the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power. As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough. I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve created here, we had a great time making it, and even more fun shooting the video!”
Asking Alexandria are headed out on the road later this month with Papa Roach and Bad Wolves on the “Who Do You Trust” US Summer Tour. Then in September Asking Alexandria will join Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Savage After Midnight on another North American tour.
Check out “The Violence” and Asking Alexandria tour dates here.Add to My Radar
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Today is the big release day for one of the most anticipated (and rightly so) albums of the year, the hysterically titled Hail Stan, by Periphery. In a sense, it is a pretty perfect name for an album in these days when stan culture is really off the charts bonkers and semi-satanic half the time. It also happens to feature some of the progressive metalcore band’s heaviest and most elaborate work. The Juggernaut era is hard to top for me but this new record is phenomenal.
Periphery manage to give themselves a pat on the back via obviously pure love of the artform, give the fans what they want and STILL challenge them. Has the pact between art and artist, stan and musician ever been more blurred? The beauty of this record is it reminds us all we are fans at heart. And lucky to be alive.
It is only 1/4 of the way through the year but I know that this and the Venom Prison record are gonna be very hard to dislodge from my top ten of 2019. The hype is real. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to check out the massive opening track ‘Reptile” today, which is one of the most ambitious moments from the band to date.Add to My Radar
Sound architects of the highest magnitude, prog maestros Animals As Leaders have announced the full line up for their upcoming ’10 Year Anniversary Tour’ of the USA. The Contortionist will be main support on all dates and Buke and Gase, Evan Marien & Dana Hawkins and Moon Tooth will join as the opening act, each on select dates (full list of dates and supports below). The 18 date tour will kick off on May 1st in Tickets for the 10 Year Anniversary Tour are on sale now from animalsasleaders.org
Animals As Leaders are also hosting their ‘Camping With Animals’ Music Masters Camp at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian in New York this July (16th-19th). Right near where I grew up! Hit up that fancy newfangled Phoenicia Diner, y’all. Anyway, the camp is an all-inclusive summer vacation masterclass program that offers instrument specific intensive masterclasses – Guitar With Tosin Abasi | Drums With Matt Garstka | Guitar & Production With Javier Reyes as well as sessions such as ‘How to Use Technology for Self-Improvement, Writing and Recording’, exclusive performances from Animals As Leaders, special guests, group writing sessions and open panel discussions. Full information and tickets can be found at campingwithanimals.org
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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.