Review: PLAGUE THROAT – ‘Evolutionary Impasse’ [EP]

After releasing their first ever EP back in 2013 called ‘An Exordium To Contagion’ Plague Throat are back with their second EP ‘Evolutionary Impasse’ and it will crush your soul and send it straight back to hell!

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Epicenter Festival Spotlight: HIGH ON FIRE [Official Videos]

*This is part of the Epicenter Festival Spotlight segment where we help you get to know some of the non-headlining bands performing at the festival. This week we introduce you to High On Fire!*

If you are familiar with High On Fire you will be in agreement that it’s hard to believe they are billed earlier in the day on the inaugural Epicenter Festival lineup. The mastermind behind the band is of course Matt Pike known famously as one of the best doom guitarists ever from his work with his other band Sleep. He formed High On Fire in 1998. Pike is a talented musician that has a huge discography between his bands. With Sleep he has released 5 albums and one EP, and with High On Fire he has released 8 studio albums and 1 live album. He was also a part of the bands Asbestosdeath (which was was an early incarnation of Sleep) and Kalas who combined have released 2 EPs and 2 albums. The one area where High On Fire differs is that Matt Pike in addition to playing guitar also is the vocalist as well. His vocal style is gritty, raw, aggressive and it’s impossible to not thoroughly enjoy. The bands most recent album is ‘Electric Messiah’ which released in October via Eone Music and the album has been on nearly everyone’s best albums of the year list. In addition to that successful album High On Fire has also been nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. With the nomination they are joining some legendary past nominees like Metallica, Motörhead, Faith No More and TOOL, this is the first time the band has been nominated in their twenty-year career. In regards to their nomination the band had this to say: “We are so honored to be appreciated by our peers,” says vocalist and guitarist Matt Pike. “We love and live our art.” “It doesn’t matter whether we win or not,” says drummer Des Kensel. “It’s just an honor to be recognized for our hard work and sacrifice after devoting our whole lives to music.” Finally, bassist Jeff Matz adds, “This is pretty mind-blowing. We’re beyond thrilled about the nomination. We all put a lot of sweat and sleepless nights into writing and recording this album. It’s amazing that our efforts are being recognized in this way.” On February 10th High On Fire won that Best Metal Performance Grammy for  their album ‘Electric Messiah’ beating out other metal powerhouses Between The Buried And Me, Trivium, Deafheaven and Underoath. With that much talent in one category it certainly shows you the talent that High On Fire will bring to the Epicenter stage. Continue reading

Review: BAND VS BRAND Documentary By Bob Nalbandian [Official Trailer]

Director and writer Bob Nalbandian, who is probably best known for his compelling ‘Inside Metal’ documentary series, returns as the director and producer of the new documentary “Band vs Brand.” The new film, which will be coming to DVD and digital streaming outlets in March 2019 via Cleopatra Entertainment, covers the topic of making the comparison between the artistic integrity of a band vs the often exploitative business side of the music industry. It’s an interesting deeper dive into a topic that’s been heavily discussed lately among music enthusiasts, especially fans of classic hard rock and metal bands of the seventies and eighties. With many of these now “legacy” acts having, in one way or another, endured multiple lineup changes, deaths of key members, breakups, legal battles, and other turmoil, the idea of when a band is still the same band worthy of carrying on their original namesake logically comes into question. Well-known names such as Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Jack Russell (Jack Russell’s Great White), Frank DiMino (Angel), Dave Lombardo (Sucididal Tendencies, ex-Slayer), Marc Ferrari (Keel, Ferrari), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), and other notable veterans of the music industry weigh in to offer their personal insights on the “Band vs Brand” debate. Continue reading

West Virginia’s EMBRACER Loses $20,000 Of Gear To SoCal Thieves!

 

Embracer is a three-piece indie/alternative band based out of Charleston, West Virginia. The band consists of Jordan Bradley, Dylan Costinteen, and Zakk Garcia. While Embracer officially formed in the Spring of 2011, the band has went through much metamorphosis since then. Bringing together a collective of dark, brooding, and ambient works. the group also strongly enforces substance and feeling in their music. Leaving a lasting impression on the listener. In November of 2014, Embracer released their debut EP entitled ‘My Father’s Will,’ a five track record mixed, and mastered by Matt Malpass in Atlanta, Georgia.  Continue reading

WHITESNAKE To Release 13th Album ‘Flesh & Blood’ This May [Single Streaming]

 

Since the late 1970’s Whitesnake has released a dozen albums and this year is gearing up to welcome another one. “Flesh & Blood” is set to unleash a thirteen new song on May 10, courtesy of Frontier Music Srl, an Italian based label on CD, LP, streaming and for digital purchase. Continue reading

Dani Filth Didn’t Tell Band About BMTH Song Until It Was On Social Media.

Hailing from Suffolk, England, Cradle Of Filth have become the torch bearers for all things extreme for nearly 28 years spreading their brand of extreme metal across the globe. The bands most recent offering, ‘Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay,’ arriving in the later part of 2018, sees the band continuing to showcase their vast influences by seamlessly blending gothic and symphonic metal with frontman Dani Filth’s penchant for singing about all things macabre. Continue reading

Michael Orlando (Dead Girls Academy) “I Was The Most Hated Person In The Scene”

 

In 2016, when the curtains closed on Vampires Everywhere, Michael Orlando sought out other avenues for his new musical vision. “I’ve had the name DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY on the tip of my tongue for a few years,” admits Orlando,” and I’ve always been on the darker side of things in rock & roll, and the name fits the sound and overall image. Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project. I called together Ronnie (Radke, Falling In Reverse) and our friend Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust) and we started arranging songs and melodies. Living in Hollywood, there are so many fucked up things I’ve seen, the stories in my head, I could write six novels about them all. But that’s what breeds the creative juice and you will believe me once you hear DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY.”

“When Ronnie and I sat down to write ‘I’ll Find A Way,’ we were pretty adamant on stating truths. We wanted lyrics that would hit home and tell this story about conquering your inner demons. The voices in your head are pushing one way, and your heart is pushing the other – riding the line between right and wrong. I’m hoping this story, this song will give hope. The cure to happiness is inside us and we must not give up without a fight.”

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Review: CHILDREN OF BODOM – ‘Hexed’ [Official Video]

 

Children Of Bodom are about to let loose their tenth studio album entitled ‘Hexed’ on March 8th on Nuclear Blast Records. The band formed in Finland in 1993 originally under the moniker Inearthed. Children Of Bodom rocketed to success by melding thrash, neoclassical metal, symphonic black metal, and melodic death metal into a sound uniquely their own. Continue reading