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PUPPY – ‘The Goat’ [Album Review + Video Stream]

 

There have been few bands to have such a powerful breakthrough album such as Puppy have. The UK based rockers have experienced their fair share of success in their respective country but now their infectious disease of tones and melodies is starting to spread stateside, and we have your inside scoop on the hottest young group of Brits in the word right now. Their long-awaited debut album, “The Goat,” is set to release everywhere via Spinefarm Records on January 25th. This group has demonstrated a multitude of experimentation in their music and their debut effort is nothing short of jaw-dropping. A combination of earth-shattering riffs, earworm melodies, and their go-it-alone, can-do attitude is a testament to their drive to succeed. In a world full of modern rock copycats, these guys just have something.. these guys HAVE that, “IT,” factor that a lot of young artists strive to have. It’s like these guys can hit you with the hardest left hook in the world on a riff and turn right around into a chorus that will make you helplessly smile and sing along. Frontman and guitarist Jock Norton explains that they love heavier bands that seem to have something smarter going on below the surface level of their music, “but we also love pretty dumb bands, too!”

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LAMB OF GOD Guitarist Mark Morton Announces New Solo Album!

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Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has always been known for his ability to produce some of the most outstanding riffs and contribute to some of Metal’s most iconic albums. He was one of the few guitarists of our generation that seemingly makes it effortless to write bone crunching riffs for every single Lamb of God album that releases, and we will all now have the chance to hear his musicianship at an even further level in his upcoming solo album, “Anesthetic.” The Lamb of God shredder has announced that the release of his first solo piece will be unveiled to the world in 2019, featuring collaborations with a lot of his old and new friends in the music industry. Sirius XM Liquid Metal will be premiering the single for the album all day tomorrow, so be sure to tune in and check it out! Continue reading

State Of The Art: Iowa’s GREEN DEATH [Album Stream]

In this installment of State Of The Art over here at Metal Nexus, we’re gonna be analyzing some of the top underground Metal acts from the great state of Iowa! Famous for having some of the most vast farmland in the USA, and the home of some household Metal names like Slipknot and Stone Sour, what seems to be a very rural part of our country is also home to a very strong and sturdy underground Metal scene. This month we will be giving you all a look at Green Death, an up and coming thrash outfit from Des Moines.

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Providing us with music from EMP Label Group, Dan by Dave Ellefson, these young guys have already shared the stage with the likes of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Trivium, Suicidal Tendencies, and many many more. Having charted across Amazon and iTunes, there’s no surprise as to why this outfit are growing as quickly as they are. The quartet consists of guitarist Mark Reinking, vocalist Sol Bales, drummer Ryan Berrier, and bassist Parker Willis.

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PUPPY Release Music Video for ‘World Stands Still’ [Video Stream]

 In need of some new Rock music in your life? Look no further! Spinefarm Records newbies PUPPY have officially released their music video for their new single, “World Stands Still,” and it’s a total banger.

                                        

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RIVERS OF NIHIL Launch Music Video for ‘The Silent Life’ [VIDEO STREAM]

Are you a Rivers of Nihil fan? Of course you are! The death metal titans have officially released a music video for, “The Silent Life,” the lead single off of their new release, “Where Owls Know My Name,” an album that was as crushing and intense as it gets. The album debuted on the Billboard and Canadian music charts upon its release in March: #3 Top New Artist Albums (Billboard / USA), #9 Current Hard Music Albums (Billboard / USA), #57 Top 200 Current Albums (Billboard / USA), #61 Top 200 Albums (Billboard / USA), #50 Top 200 Chart (Canada), #10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada).

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Rivers Of Nihil’s Brody Uttley (guitar) comments: “This live music video for ‘The Silent Life’ was filmed by the kind folks over at MyGoodEye Visuals in our hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania on the last date of our recent headlining tour. We had our good pal Zach Strouse playing live saxophone with us that night, so it seemed like a great chance to catch some footage. As always, working with David Brodsky and his team was a blast. We hope you enjoy.
We will also be embarking on our second European tour late this November with our friends in Revocation, Archspire, and Soreption. We will be playing a nice selection of new tunes as well as some old favorites. Come out and get in the pit!”

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WRITTEN IN GRAY Premiere Blistering New Song “What’s Done Is Done” [Track Stream]

How much do you love Metalcore? Well, no matter what your answer is, allow us to make you love it even more! Written In Gray have just unleashed a music video for their smashing new single, What’s Done Is Done. An underground act out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, putting the foot to the accelerator and not looking back on this ripping new track! The band has been around for a few years now, and, despite some roster changes throughout the years, have showed us that they’re ready to make a statement in the genre and put their names into everyone’s music library. ‘The One Has Risen, was a demo released in mid-2015, around the time they solidified their official lineup we know today. They have taken the North Carolina metal scene by storm, opening for names such as Arch Enemy and John 5! They have since released an EP entitled, ‘Sea of Embers. Continue reading

Review: THOMAS GILES – ‘Don’t Touch The Outside’ [Music Video Stream]

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Thomas Giles Rogers Jr. has made a name for himself musically, there’s no doubt about that. His tenure with the mighty Between The Buried And Me may have already cemented his legacy as one of the pioneers of new-age progressive rock, however, outside of BTBAM’s extensive discography, there’s still much to be heard in the frontman’s arsenal. With the upcoming release of his fourth SOLO studio album, “Don’t Touch The Outside,” (via Sumerian Records) we have one of your first looks at the next chapter of his solo career, and, what an ambitious effort it is!

Between The Buried And Me are probably a step ahead of many bands in terms of songwriting, and Tommy doesn’t hit the brakes when it comes to his solo work either. Don’t Touch The Outside dives deeper into the frontman’s musical endeavors with music that will send chills down your spine from the into to the last song. His grand scheme of songwriting is a persistent wave of emotion that crosses all musical boundaries with no intent on slowing down. Songs like “Incomplet,” with spiraling guitar riffs from the start into melodies that will put you under a trance, underneath Tommy’s distant vocals that draw you to the edge of your seat while you’re listening. Heading into songs such as, “I Win,” featuring experimental vocalist, Carley Coma (Candria) with heavy synth-driven beats with Carley’s aggressive voice and rhyme schemes as the cherry on top. “Sway,” a song that stuck out with its drum-heavy backbeat, light-hearted vocals to make this an immersive listening experience.

For all of our readers that are fans of the elite musicality of Raleigh, North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me, be sure to check out vocalist Tommy Giles’ impressive, mesmerizing fourth solo effort entitled, Don’t Touch The Outside, releasing this Friday (November 9th) via Sumerian Records.

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STATE OF THE ART: Milwaukee’s H1Z1

It’s that time of the month again here at Metal Nexus, with that being said let’s jump right into this month’s installment of State Of The Art! This month we are covering America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin. One of the bands we are covering in our spotlight this week is a heavy metal band from Milwaukee by the name of H1Z1, an up and coming group of headbangers out of the Bucks city. Formed originally in the summer of 2010, and, shortly after, evolving into a five piece act, this quintet are nothing short of spectacular. While listening to their music, it is clear that they are doing an incredible job of blending all our favorite sounds of the early 2000s with thrash, groove, and even death metal. The band released their debut album, Unbounded, on August 11th, 2017 under Gunderslam Records and are surely not showing any signs of slowing down. Tracks like, “A.D.H.D.,” perfectly display their mixture of groove and sludge-filled goodness, along with songs such as, “Paralytical,” which are more riff heavy and focus more on getting the point across with in-your-face METAL. Wanna check out more from these Milwaukee rockers? Listen to, “Unbound,” in its entirety everywhere on all major streaming platforms now! As always, thanks for checking out Metal Nexus! Continue reading

MEGADETH Frontman Dave Mustaine Announces The Band Is Working On A New Album!

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Did someone say new Megadeth album? SOMEONE SAID NEW MEGADETH ALBUM, and not just anyone, Dave Mustaine himself! Mustaine and drummer Dirk Verbeuren took to the studio today to begin work on the 16th studio album from the Metal titans. The band will once again be working with Grammy winning co-producer Chris Rakestraw, whom also worked on Dystopia, the previous effort Megadeth released to the world. No full details of the upcoming release have surfaced yet, all we know is that work has officially hit full swing and details should be revealed soon. The pioneers of our beloved genre are approaching their 35th anniversary, coming off of the Dystopia tour ending this year. The band will have two shows left on their iconic year of 2018, playing Rock In Rio, and capping off this year with the MEGACRUISE later this winter, featuring Dragonforce, Anthrax, Testament, and more. For all of your breaking Metal news, be sure to check out Metal Nexus!

WHITECHAPEL Guitarist Alludes To Completion of Seventh Album!

BIG NEWS for Whitechapel fans: the deathcore elites have finished the recordings for their upcoming seventh studio album. Guitarist Alex Wade posted a teaser of a song on the album on his instagram story over the weekend with the caption, “it’s done. #7” The Knoxville sextet are still riding out 2018 on a wave of massive tour dates and momentum in the celebration of their definitive album, “This Is Exile,” turning ten this year. Their closing tour dates on the year feature a month and half long run on the road with Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail, starting November 1st in Pittsburgh, PA at The Rex Theater and ending December 16th at their annual toy drive/Christmas show at The Mill And The Mine in their hometown Knoxville, TN. The album release date has yet to be announced, but, fans may expect to hear some new music in the early portions of 2019.

So without further ado, let’s get right into those dates!

Nov. 1 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Rex Theater
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ Westcott Theater
Nov. 3 – Easton, Pa. @ One Centre Square
Nov. 4 – Providence, R.I. @ Fete Ballroom
Nov. 5 – Hartford, Ct. @ Webster Theater
Nov. 7 – Richmond, Va. @ Canal Club
Nov. 8 – Huntington, W.V. @ V Club
Nov. 9 – Dayton, Ohio @ Oddbodys
Nov. 10 – Greenville, S.C. @ The Firmament
Nov. 12 – Athens, Ga. @ Georgia Theater
Nov. 13 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Abbey
Nov. 16 – Toledo, Ohio @ Civic Music Hall
Nov. 17 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave II
Nov. 18 – Ft Wayne, Ind. @ Piere’s
Nov. 20 – St Louis, Mo. @ Delmar Hall
Nov. 21 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Royal Grove
Nov. 23 – Wichita, Kan. @ Wave
Nov. 24 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios
Nov. 25 – Ft Collins, Colo. @ Aggie Theater
Nov. 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Nov. 28 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Pin
Nov. 29 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox at the Market
Nov. 30 – Jerome, Idaho @ Diamondz Event Center
Dec. 1 – Portland, Ore. @ Bossanova Ballroom
Dec. 2 – Bend, Ore. @ Domino Room
Dec. 4 – Chico, Calif. @ Senator Theater
Dec. 5 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ The Catalyst
Dec. 6 – Bakersfield, Calif. @ Bryder’s
Dec. 7 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Fonda Theater
Dec. 8 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
Dec. 9 – Tucson, Ariz. @ The Rock
Dec. 12 – Austin, Texas @ Come and Take It Live
Dec. 13 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 14 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Growler’s
Dec. 15 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Zydeco
Dec. 16 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Mill & Mine

Whitechapel:

Phil Bozeman – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar
Zach Householder – Guitar
Alex Wade – Guitar
Gabe Crisp – Bass
Navene Koperweis – Drums