SAXON Announce New Album ‘Thunderbolt’ And UK + European Tour Dates For 2018!

“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a storming, smashing, thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with producer Andy Sneap, and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford.

Since the 1970’s Saxon have been pioneers of the British Heavy Metal wave with over 20 electrifying studio albums firmly under their belt. Now they are set to release their latest studio album ‘Thunderbolt’ on February 2nd 2018 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music), following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015. The new album ‘Thunderbolt’ will feature stunning original artwork by the long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory (well known for producing epic Tolkien-inspired fantasy artworks for the likes of Dio, Molly Hatchet, Motörhead and Blind Guardian) and pre-orders go live on December 1st. To appease fans old and new ‘Thunderbolt’ will be available as a CD Digipack Album, 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold, Special Edition Boxset, Tape Cassette and Digital Download.

Three weeks after release day, heavy metal titans Saxon has announced that they will embark on the first phase of the ferocious Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour, joined by fellow English rockers Diamond Head. Performing alongside on scheduled UK dates will be metal trio Rock Goddess, with very special guests Magnum performing exclusively on the Hull UK date only! Presale for all shows is on Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00am with general on sale Friday, November 10 at 10:00am. Purchase your tickets here Continue reading

Review: SCOUR – ‘Red’ EP. Supergroup Ft Philip Anselmo, Adam Jarvis… [Partial Album Stream]

“[T]he Scour thing was something that just popped up, and it’s something that I think I can kill, something I can lay it out…it’s predominantly, in my ear, modern-ish black metal sounding, thrash black metal type stuff. I’m going to put my own spin on it. I don’t have to sound like your boy from Gorgoroth (laughter) to get my point across, man. There’s other ways of singing over that style of music, and I shall employ many styles” – Philip H. Anselmo talking to hellbound.ca

Just kill it? – too tame! The US extreme metal supergroup Scour, the brainchild of Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index) have absolutely annihilated it once again with their ferocious new ‘Red’ EP out this Friday 3rd Nov via Anselmo’s own Housecore records label (physicals including CD, LP and merchandise orders here, and digital available here). The ‘Red’ EP offers a punishing 16-minute mix of pure modern black metal with pulsating grind and thrash which will leave you ‘seeing red’ with an insatiable bloodthirsty appetite for more – not that that’s a bad thing, existing fans of Scour are waiting heavily in anticipation for a full-length and if this EP is anything to go by, it will be an absolutely formidable aural battery full, pioneering the new chapter in US Black metal!

The record well exceeds expectations that were already set high after 2016’s debut ‘Grey’ EP, which reached an unprecedented #4 on the iTunes top 100 heavy metal albums just 2 days after release. The ‘Grey’ also saw release via Anselmo’s own Housecore label, just before their crushing performance at Hellfest Open Air festival featuring the Pantera classic “Strength Beyond Strength”. Continue reading

AS LIONS Announce Winners Of ‘Nine Lives’ Comp For Upcoming Headline UK Tour [Tour Dates + Offical Tour Playlist Stream]

[On As Lions] “We had a mission statement to each other and to the music. And that was to create the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale.” – recalls Austin Dickson.

Fresh from their hugely successful European Tour supporting hard-rock titans Alter Bridge this past October, UK rockers As Lions return to home turf for their headline tour with alternative rockers Greyhaven. In conjunction with their label Eleven Seven, the ‘Nine Lives’ competition was launched to find 9 local bands to open up each show at their home venue, on each stage of the tour – 9 dates, 9 towns, 9 bands. After 100’s of entries the lucky winners have just been revealed. Here’s who will be joining As Lions and Greyhaven on the road: Continue reading

VESSEL OF LIGHT Unveil New Lyric Video “Dead Flesh And Bones” Ahead Of Debut Release [Video Stream]

US Doom super-group Vessel Of Light is the new collaboratory project born from the unlikely pairing of Dan Lorenzo (Hades, Non-Fiction, and The Cursed) and Nathan Opposition (Ancient VVisdom). Their debut 6-track EP releases this Friday 3rd November on Argonauta Records (pre-orders available here) and is a hauntingly atmospheric concoction of sludgy doom-rock, heavily laden with murderous lyrics and old-school hooks. They premiered their first single “Meant To Be” at the end of August (available now on iTunes) and have recently just released a lyric video to “Dead Flesh And Bones”, the second track taken from this most intriguing record. Watch both hauntingly delightful videos below. Continue reading

THE ADICTS Release Music Video For “Picture The Scene” – Catch Them Live TOMORROW Oct 28th At House Of Blues Of Anaheim!

Tomorrow night (Fri 27th October), don’t miss your chance to experience the unforgettable, high energy, mosh-pit inducing, up-tempo music from Kings of Punk The Adicts. Fashioned in unparalleled Clockwork Orange Droog attire, the band is returning to the House of Blues of Anaheim for a very special Clockwork Orange County Halloween show. Joining the band are none other than Los Angeles based punkers, The Generators and L.A. sleaze-rockers, Dr. Boogie! Purchase your tickets for the show here and join them in raising hell on earth! (Scroll down for further tour dates).

To get you in the mood we’ve got the positively infectious new music video for “Picture The Scene” off their brand new full length album ‘And It was So!’ for your viewing pleasure. The artistically surreal Dali-esque motion voyage was skillfully directed by Bobby Hacker and produced by Luke “Ramone” Davison, and is an energetic visual feast infused with The Adicts classic Punk/Rock vibes. “Picture The Scene” is the first single to be released from their forthcoming album and is strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide via 7” vinyl. Don’t delay! Order your own exclusive copy of “Picture The Scene” here!

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CATTLE DECAPITATION Insane New Live Recorded Video “The Prophets Of Loss”! [Video Stream + Tour Dates]

US Death metal titans Cattle Decapitation have just dropped an insane new video for “The Prophets Of Loss” including live footage from their latest European headlining tour with Broken Hope and Hideous Divinity. Director Paul McGuire of Obscenerey Films travelled with the band and captured rare behind-the-scenes glimpses and electrifying live footage for the track, taken from 2015’s highly acclaimed ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’.

Currently headlining the Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain. Touring in support of their most recent maniacal offering; the thematically engrossing and sonically charged full-length ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ – named as one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, alongside many more. Preview and order the acclaimed record here.  Continue reading

THY ART IS MURDER, THE ACACIA STRAIN And FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY Release ‘THE DEPRESSION SESSIONS’ Limited CD Digipak As Record Store Day Exclusive! [Lyric Video]

To celebrate Record Store Day on the 24th November, Nuclear Blast Entertainment will be releasing ‘The Depression Sessions’ exclusively for the first time on CD. In the winter of 2015, three bands with a common outlook on the world came together to create this collective piece of work – each with their own unique stylistic approach to aggressive music. Those three bands were Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy.

Previously only available digitally and on vinyl, the experience can now be yours to own, but hurry! The pressing will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide! This limited CD (Digipak) edition will be available exclusively at your local indie record stores in the U.S. and Canada! To find your nearest one click here. Continue reading

BRIDGE NINE unveils JESSE LEACH cover of MINOR THREATS “SALAD DAYS” for upcoming comp ‘Still Having Their Say’ to accompany ‘xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore and Punk in the Eighties’ book [Video Stream]

Bridge Nine have just unveiled Jesse Leachs (Killswitch Engage) impassioned electro/dub cover of Minor Threats “Salad Days” as the latest preview to their teased 19-song compilation album entitled ‘Still Having Their Say’. Featuring re-imagined interpretations of Hardcore hallmarks by the likes of Strife, letlive., Fu Manchu, The Riverboat Gamblers and more, the compilation will accompany the long awaited ‘xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties’ book which drops on Nov 10th (pre-orders available here). On “Salad Days”, Leach commented, “I’m honoured to be a part of this covering one of my favourite bands on the planet. I wanted to bring a whole other creative approach to the song. I feel like if you’re going to do a cover you might as well push it in another direction and make it unique. I think it’s safe to say I added my own spin to the track. Hardcore music is the backbone and soul of my youth and Minor Threat was the first band to make me want to scream into a microphone.” Continue reading

THE BLACK HAND Premiers New Video “Where Are You Now?” Starring MICHAEL CUDLITZ from THE WALKING DEAD [Video Stream]

“The upstart rockers have a promising future and they are delivering one of the more intense and emotionally raw videos you’ll see this year…”Loudwire

So Cal rockers The Black Hand have just dropped another emotionally charged video for the song “Where Are You Now?” the second to be taken from their debut ‘Self-titled’ album which is out now and available across all platforms. The Rick Gomez directed video features Michael Cudlitz, best known for his role as ‘Abraham’ in the hit television series The Walking Dead. Lead vocalist Chris Hughes describes, “Working on this video was heavy. Everyone involved left it all on the set. As soon as you walked in the room you felt it. Cudlitz is as real as it gets, a true artist who goes all in every time.” Watch the full video below. Continue reading

State Of The Art: REPLACIRE [Full Album Stream]


*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*

This month’s state is Massachusetts’!


It’s time once again to shake off those Monday blues with an absolute earth-shaker of a band that are completely redefining the new-wave of technical death metal. Hailing from MA’s capital Boston are technical death metallers Replacire. Already described as “a new breath of life for the death metal genre”, Replacire have been taking the aggressiveness and complexity of modern death metal and infusing it with beautifully intricate progressive elements and technical complexity. Think of a masterminded cosmic mutation that would ensue from the intense atmosphere and progressiveness of Mikael Åkerfeldts Opeth, mixed with Obscuras and Beyond Creations technical virtuosity and death growls, with Katatonias haunting cleans and dynamacism. Whilst this may sound in print like it has been done to death (pun-intended), Replacire stand out from the sea of other technical metal artists and are certainly at the head of the pack. Who ever said that metal was dead clearly has no idea what they’re talking about, with young blood like this keeping death fresh and feeding our bloodthirsty desires, Replacire are redefining an already extensively innovative genre and they are certainly the ones to be keeping an eye on!

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