Mark Bryson

About Mark Bryson

Writer here at Metal Nexus! Keeping the doom fuzzy and the stoner long. Please invite me to your Municipal Waste pizza party. Follow me on twitter @PostermodernPoser for metal, pizza, and Henry Rollins love.

CAROUSEL KINGS Debut Music Video For ‘Monarch’, Announce Tour [Music Video]

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Carousel Kings have released a music video for their track “Monarch”, along with a tour announcement. The track is off their latest release Plus Ultra which is available now. “Monarch” is the third track off of Plus Ultra, following “Code Breaker (Smile)” and “Lock Meowt” respectively. The tour begins July 26 in their hometown of Lancaster, Pa in support of the new record. 

“ ‘Monarch’ is an anthem to keep pushing, to trust your inner voice and simply GO FOR IT!” explains Carousel Kings vocalist Dave Alexander. “Every day we all have to overcome adversity in some aspect, and this song was written to have the listener reach deep within themselves to erase any preconceived ideas you may not realize are holding you back from your dreams and living your life to its fullest potential. On the video, we wanted to showcase this angle, with a Muay Thai kickboxer training for his fight. His struggles in the ring mirror life’s struggles and adversities, and how perseverance is the only way to prevail.”

These Pennsylvania rockers are set to travel in the Northeast, and then hop West to Washington, California, etc. To keep up with all things Carousel Kings, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Victory Records.

CAROUSEL KINGS On Tour

July

26 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

27 – Blossburg, PA @ Canyon Music Fest

28 – Lakewood, OH @ Foundry

August

5 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin

6 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

7 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

10 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos

13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunk House

CORRODED Bring The Heat With “Bitter”- Album Review

Swedish hard rockers Corroded are back with their fifth album, Bitter, out via Despotz Records. Since 2009, Corroded has been the backdrop of many forms of media, having the music featured in Sweden’s 2009 season of Survivor and the video game Battlefield Play4Free. Taking influences from Black Sabbath and Machine Head, Corroded have hard-hitting riffs that memorable and combined with Jen Westlin’s vocals make crowd-pleasing anthems. Since their last release, Defcon Zero, Corroded has played all across Europe, selling out shows with Pain as well as their own headlining tour. Playing massive crowds at Sabaton Open Air, Skogsröjet and Sweden Rock Festival, where they broke records as the largest crowd at the 4 Sound Stage

Corroded pride themselves as being brothers, a family unit that works together to put music out into the ether. According to Westlin, “It’s what has gotten us where we are today – we never give up – despite setbacks that have hit us like a fist to the face we get up and use that as inspiration to create new music.” says Westlin, “Our background is in the working class which is reflected in our music. The fact that we’ve had to struggle with various setbacks to get where we are today has given us thicker skin and shines through in our music.” This album leans a little more on the heavier side than their previous work. A lot of their influences blend well together, finding a blend of European power metal with Southern American spices spread throughout. The album starts with an intro track, something that is a bit dated now but can be easily hand waived. No harm, no foul. But the second track, “Breathing”, you see the unity this band has through their music. Each bringing their own to this song, especially Guitarist Tomas Andersson. The main riff is very catchy and gets rhythm support by Per Solang (drums) and Bjarne Elvsgard (bass). This album is full of great battle anthems, something they excel at, like “Testament”. Full of chanting vocals, this is sure to become a fan favorite in their setlist. This is paired well with the follow-up track, “Scream”; Catchy choruses seem to be their bread and butter. The fastest track, “Destruction”, is a great biker rock anthem. That ended up becoming my personal favorite, featuring Westlin’s diverse vocal talent. 

This is a very accessible band for fans of hard rock who are maybe looking for something a little heavier at the summer festival. With chanty choruses, I can see many beer glasses raised in Corroded’s honor. Bitter is a good track for your summer is available now! Corroded is Jens Westlin(Lead Vocals), Tomas Andersson (Guitars), Bjarne Elvsgard  (Bass), Per Solang (Drums). To keep up with them, follow them on Facebook and their website

Exumer Release Video For “King’s End” [Music Video]

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Multinational thrash legends Exumer have released a video for “King’s End” a track off of their latest Hostile Defiance. This is the band’s fifth release, which debuted last month via Metal Blade Records. The album hit German charts on position 42, the highest chart entry in the band’s history.

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KADAVAR Renew Record Deal, Working On New Album

     

         German rockers Kadavar have re-signed with their longtime label, Nuclear Blast and are currently working on a new record. Being with the label 7 years, Kadavar has released three studio albums, touring the world over furiously. Continue reading

ORIGIN To Join North American Tour W/ DEICIDE, JUNGLE ROT, New Album Coming Soon

 

Origin are set to hit the road with death metal legends Deicide and Jungle Rot with support from The Absence. This tour will promote the band’s new record, Abiogenesis- A Coming Into Existence, out May 3 via Agonia records.

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Super Group HEAVY AS TEXAS Set To Release New Album In April

Formed out of the infamous Exhorder, the legendary guitarist Marzi Montazeri and vocalist Kyle Thomas, have formed a whole new metal project Heavy As Texas. Their self-titled release is due out April 19 via Crunchy Western Records. The album is available for preorder via Itunes and the band’s website.

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Breathe In BLACK LUNG’S ‘Ancients’ [Album Preview Video]

Doom three-piece Black Lung have returned with their new record, Ancients, via Ripple Music. Formed in Baltimore during the winter of 2014 by Adam Bufano and Elias Schutzman (founding members of The Flying Eyes) with multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier (Snakefeast). Creating a loud, effects-driven sound, they used their doom influences with touches of palatable melody. After the release of their self-titled album, they were named Best New Band by the Baltimore City Paper in 2015. In that same year, they went across the pond to Europe, playing Rockpalast Crossroads Festival (which was broadcast on German television), Freak Valley, and Desertfest Belgium. This is where they shared the stage with doomsters Graveyard, Dead Meadow, and All Them Witches. In 2016, they came back with a second full-release, See The Enemy, an album that put them on the map as a rising band. Now with more songs written, they went into the studio with Frank “The Punisher” Marchand (The Obsessed, Borracho) and came out with a sharper tuned-up sound.

Right off the bat, I am glad that they did not use distorted vocals on this album. Although I do enjoy distorted reverb vocals from stoner rock/metal and alternative artists occasionally, I think it can limit the songs. Dave Cavalier does great vocal work on this album, without making it sound like they are playing in a tin can. It feels cleaner, and it’s refreshing. That’s not to say I don’t love the guitar tone created by effects for this album. “Mother of the Sun” was an inviting first track with an intro that acts almost as an introductory track, without becoming too exhausting. The title track is really groovy and has a partnership between riff and chorus that will get in your head (in a good way, not a Bachman-Turner Overdrive kind of way). “Gone” is a fun track that has solos woven in and out of it, blended with another catchy riff. The album slows down with the heavier tone of “Badlands”, a song that radiates a Spaghetti Western aesthetic. Just when you think the track is ending, it pans out into an atmospheric jam. This album is a nice turn for Black Lung, making their sound a little more accessible without still being very heavy in the right places. I would recommend this to any hard rock fan who was looking for something heavier, as a stepping stone even heavier music.

Ancients will be released March 8 via Ripple Music (North America, Asia, and Australia) and March 22 on Noisolution (the UK and Europe). To preorder the album go here, and follow Black Lung on Facebook and Bandcamp

BLACKTOP MOJO Release Video For “Prodigal”

Texas hard rockers Blacktop Mojo have released a video for “Prodigal”, off their 2017 LP, Burn The Ships. Blending elements of country and 70s hard rock, Blacktop Mojo has a timeless sound that pairs well with any drink you got in your hand. Formed in 2012 by frontman Matt James and drummer Natan Gillis, the band eventually became a 5-piece with Matt Curtis on bass and Ryan Kiefer and Chuck Wepfer on guitars. After releasing I Am in 2014, they hit the road sharing the stage with acts like Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Black Stone Cherry, Drowning Pool, and many others.

With their sophomore album, Burn The Ships, they went into the studio with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnson. Released via their label Cuhmon Records the album received critical acclaim, hitting the Top 40 Billboard Active Rock Chart with singles “Where The Wind Blows” (#27) and the band’s cover of Aerosmith classic, “Dream On” (#31).

As for the video, according to frontman Matt James, the band had a good time with the video: “We had fun making the video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts. We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video really reflected the song’s theme. The song is sort of autobiographical. It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day. No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.” This is the band’s second video from their successful sophomore release.

Blacktop Mojo spent most of their 2017/2018 touring, writing, and recording in “The Mojo Mansion” in their hometown of Palestine, Texas. While playing a show at Rock Allegiance 2018, frontman Matt James sat down with Metal Nexus to talk everything Blacktop Mojo. You can find that interview here. To keep up to date on Blacktop Mojo follow them on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Mark’s Top Ten Albums Of 2018!

 

It was a year of good metal, it was a year of fake metal. Each year metal becomes more and more diverse culturally, aesthetically, and sonically. Whether it is blending elements of black metal and crust punk to create something beautiful, or sticking to something that still sounds good, metal can go in so many directions. With the rise of streaming services, bands from across the world can literally release their music for all the world to hear. Even with the tape trading days long behind us, that thirst to find every great band is stronger than ever. With websites like Bandcamp, we have quick access to anything an artist has to offer be it mp3 downloads, LPs, or pins. Something that was recorded in a West Virginia basement can now be found in India thanks to the internet. Us at Metal Nexus even make it an effort with our State of The Art pieces that deep dive into bands from different states you might not have known about yesterday. I was able to discover so many fantastic bands this year because of streaming services. A lot of the bands on this list I discovered this year and their music became lodged in my brain so I had to add some of them to this year’s album list. The metal community’s driven passion for the music cannot be wasted on just talking about the new record. Listen to the record. Buy the record. Go to the show. Buy a t-shirt at the show. I am going to try my best and do the same in 2019.   Continue reading