Easton, Maryland trio The Lunar Era, bassist/vox Ben Tucker, drums/guitarist David McQuay and guitar/ synths/vox Cody Finkner, released their 7-song self-titled album via Procrastination Records close to two months ago. The release and band both have been gradually garnering increasing attention for their diversified blending of experimentally-fueled atmospheric metal/progressive psyche rock. That attention is quite justified too as the band, first formed back in 2012, are establishing themselves as one of the better somewhat undiscovered acts within the music underground. Just listening to the expanse of musical territory covered on their latest outing is akin to undertaking an aural trip though morphing genres of extreme music’s finest elements.
Award-winning powercore metal pioneers A BREACH OF SILENCE are back with the release of their third full-length studio album, ‘Secrets’. The Australian band has been making a name for themselves for some time now. Their debut album ‘Dead Or Alive’ was self-released in 2012, but it didn’t take long for labels to take notice. The band’s previous album ‘The Darkest Road’ via Eclipse Records debuted on the iTunes metal chart at #1 in Australia, and at #20 on AIRA’s 100% Independent chart. ‘The Darkest Road’ made several lists for top albums of the year in 2014. The band has taken time to ensure they are putting out a great third release and the anticipation for a follow-up to their last record has been overwhelming. The new album ‘Secrets’ is set to release February 24, 2017 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) and mixed by Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. Continue reading →
Industrial metal giants DOPE and Combichrist are set for the Blood, Lust, Death Tour with special guests September Mourning and Davey Suicide. This will be Dope‘s first tour promoting material from their new album ‘Blood Money’. Combichrist will also be playing new material from their 2016 release, ‘This is Where Death Begins’. The tour kicks off in late February in Portland, OR and wraps up on April 9th in Los Angeles. Lead singer of Dope, Edsel Dope, had this to say about the tour: “We are very excited to get back out on the road. This will be our first time touring with Combichrist & we both have some really cool surprises planned for the tour…If you are a fan of Industrial Metal, this is one show that you don’t want to miss”. You can view the dates for the tour sponsored by Blackcraft Whiskey below. Continue reading →
In their relatively short existence, N.Y.’s Clouds Taste Satanic have built such attentive momentum that they are now skyrocketing upward through the heavy music underground. People everywhere continue to discover the amazing occult-oriented, psychedelia-centered Instrumental rock band which, in no small part, is due to their trio of stellar album releases..two of which I have reviewed myself. It all began with 2014’s “To Sleep Beyond The Earth” which was followed by 2015’s “Your Doom Has Come” (review) and this year’s amazing “Dawn Of The Satanic Age” (review). Clouds Taste Satanic recently played Day 2 of the inaugural Doomed And Stoned Festival in Indianapolis where they utterly astounded observers with the visually stunning presentation of their unique music. They were definitely one of the main bands I was eager to see live for the first time at the event, which I did and was just enthralled by seeing and hearing them pull off their amazing music onstage. It is because of their phenomenal talents and rapidly growing popularity that I asked rhythm guitarist and Clouds Taste Satanic‘s main driving force Steve Scavuzzo (band roster completed by Sean Bay – Bass, Greg Acampora – Drums, & Brian Bauhs – Guitar)to sit down and discuss some things with me. That is exactly what we did too and here’s your chance to check it out:
Founded in 2015, Chalice of Suffering may be based in Minneapolis, Minnesota but, they also have musicians from Alford, Massachusetts and also Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The bands international roots also add to the flavor of the band as well. There are elements within their sound you don’t normally hear within American Funeral Doom. Founder John McGovern not only brings his vocals to the band, but his incredible writing talents. Though the lyrics at times are few and far between they are one of the strongest elements of the bands style. Chalice of Suffering is largely comprised of members of other bands. Both guitarist Will Maravelas and drummer Aaron Lanik are members of the band death metal band We Are Legion, and Plague of Stars. The band has been building momentum prior to their debut album releasing. Recording of ‘For You I Die’ started in early 2015, the album cover was revealed last September, and late April 2016 saw the digital launch and CD releases through Times End (USA) and GSP (Russia), with vinyl and cassette versions to follow. The album was recorded & mastered at: 14:59 Studios Minneapolis, MN, and was recorded and produced by members of the band. Continue reading →
The rapidly growing label Transcending Obscurity Records has announced they will be handling the release of the upcoming new offering from Drug Honkey. The 7-song “Cloak Of Skies” will be issued from the label on May 5th and will assuredly find the band expanding on its style of mindf_ckingly atmospheric sludge and trippy doom music. That is pretty much guaranteed with the revelation that collaborators on the effort include Bruce Lamont (Corrections House, Yazuka, Brain Tentacles) and other than Justin K. Broadrick of Godflesh/Jesu, etc. fame. Both parties of this news announcement had commentary to add with TOR’s head honcho Kunal Chokski saying: “I’ve fallen in love with Drug Honkey ever since I heard their 2008 album ‘Death Dub’ (which I ended up distributing as well). It gives me immense pleasure to continue working with Drug Honkey for their new album titled ‘Cloak Of Skies’ which is supremely atmospheric while retaining the original twisted appeal. Thanks to Paul Gillis and the guys for having faith in my abilities.” Continue reading →
When the now legendary heavy Stoner/Doom band Sleep were in their early stages of obscurity in the early 1990’s, another band formed as an almost type of offshoot from Sleep, despite being nothing like Sleep whatsoever. It was around 1991 when Sleep were recording their sessions for what would eventually become their “Volume One” record when guitarist Justin Marler quit the band (leaving the trio of Matt Pike, Al Cisneros, and Chris Hakius) and he enlisted with a Russian Orthodox monastery, where he spent the next seven years training to become a monk. After Marler completed his studies, he re-united with drummer Chris Hakius and formed a new band, The Sabians, in 1999 and rounded out the roster with guitarist Patrick Huerta and bassist Rachel Fischer. People were expecting some type of heavy doom type of band of course when the quartet entered the recording studio to create their debut album. The fact that Fudge Tunnel/Nailbomb member Alex Newport was helming the sessions in the producer’s role only fueled folks expectations for something heavy and abrasive but they were in for quite a surprise. In 2002 The Sabians issued their debut full-length album “Beauty For Ashes” for The Music Cartel label, a highly melodic, atmospheric and emotion-riveting record. Quite musically multifaceted with touches of grunge, alternative rock, and elements of psychedelia, the debut is a diversely complex outing that’s simultaneously beautiful and haunting both as evidenced in the title track below. Continue reading →
Swedish metallic hardcore is something that is bit of a first for me so I dove headfirst into Socialstyrelsen‘s latest offering, the 5-song “D-takt för dig som inte orkar mer” EP. The band, which consists of Martin (vocals), Putte (guitar), Tommy (drums), Devan (guitar) and Arne (bass), has a very abrasive sound that forcibly unites metal, punk, hardcore, crust and a bit of Post-Rock together. What results is a very aggressive, darkly-tinted foray into acidic music that relentlessly pummels you for the brief running time of a little under ten minutes. Chainsaw guitars buzz and slice while rhythms rumble about beneath and the drums carry out the equivalent of driving nails into your skull. Meanwhile, broken glass vocals full of fury and angst ride the rollercoaster of fierce musicality taking place all about like a beehive of activity. Song titles are in Swedish and I think the lyrics in the vocals are too as I cannot make out any decipherable English that I recognize. I don’t mean that as anything negative though as hostility-fueled aggro music is something that is universal and therefore thoroughly enjoyable as it batters you without ceasing. See if you can survive the ten minute assault by checking out Socialstyrelsen‘s “D-takt för dig som inte orkar mer” EP in the embed below.
Blackfield, the collaborative project between mega-talented British musician Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen, are sharing the new Single from their upcoming album release. “Family Man” is available for streaming in the Visualizer below and hails from the imminent new Blackfield album, “Blackfield V” which is due for release on February 10th.
Beantown’s Rozamov have shared the details of their upcoming debut full-length, This Mortal Road, which is set for co-release through Battleground Records and Dullest Records on March 3rd. Rumored to be intensely heavy, the offering was recorded and mixed by Jon Taft at New Alliance Audio and mastered by Nick Z at New Alliance East Mastering. The album was finalized with photography by Andrew Weiss and layout by Matt Martinez. The cover art, track listing, and a brief trailer for This Mortal Road, featuring a clip of audio contained on it, have been issued and are all here to check out.