Take A Chance On This Chalice of Suffering Contest!

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Hailing from twin-city-to-St.Paul Minneapolis, Chalice of Doom have thus far shared one solo album of exemplary funeral doom with the world so far, with plans for their sophomoric release sometime SOON.  While we anxiously await for that album to drop (and if you haven’t already, check what my duderus Fist had to say about their debut here), these pallbearers of funeral doom purveyors are giving away some sweet swag to TWO lucky winners via their Facebook page!  Continue reading

SUFFOCATION Set To Release New Album In June [New Track Streaming]

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Brutal death metal pioneers Suffocation have announced they will be releasing their 10th studio album on June 9th. ‘…Of The Dark Light’ will be released via Nuclear Blast Records and it is the band’s first full length record since ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ in 2013.  You can check out a 360 video of the new single “Your Last Breaths” below. You can also view the track list and see what founding guitarist Terrance Hobbs has to say about the record. Suffocation begins a North American tour next month with Morbid Angel, Revocation, and Withered. Pre-order ‘…Of The Dark Light’ here. Continue reading

Plague Throat Release “Fallible Transgression”[Official Video]

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So, today’s news is something brutal. Yes, presenting you the new video release by Indian death metal band Plague Throat. So, Plague Throat are a death metal band from India, hailing from the city of Shillong, Meghalaya nestled beautifully on the peaceful hills of the North Eastern India. They rapidly rose to fame right after their highly acclaimed EP release back in 2013, entitled, ‘An Exordium To Contagion’, which set the ball rolling, especially creating havoc in the national underground scene. More success followed when they went on to represent India at the Wacken Open Air, 2014 edition, after triumphing in the national wacken metal battle finals. And ever since then, they haven’t turned back, but only continued to pulverize the fans here in India and abroad as well with their music and decimating live performances. I know cause I have had the honor of watching them live once when they shared the stage with the mighty Cannibal Corpse and deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence in India. They have also opened for international hotshots like Dying Fetus, Carcass, Sikth, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Hacktivist. Continue reading

DOYLE: “Hopefully We Get To Do Another Misfits Run, That Would Be Nice”

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DOYLE recently spoke to Joshua Toomey on Talk Toomey Podcast about The Misfits reunion and the possibility of another round of shows with the reunited lineup! You can hear the full interview below!

DOYLE, the current project of Von Frankenstein, with CANCERSLUG vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, and a current touring lineup rounded out by bassist Brandon Strate and drummer Brandon Pertzborn, continues the lineage of Doyle’s former projects, pairing crushing metal riffs with ferocious Punk Rock swagger. Most of you however know DOYLE from his shredding guitar work with THE MISFITS. DOYLE has been supporting their upcoming LP DOYLE II: AS WE DIE, in stores May 5th from EMP LABEL GROUP, and Doyle’s own MONSTERMAN RECORDS. AS WE DIE will be available Worldwide on CD and LP May 5, and is currently available for pre-order from empmerch.com, including several international versions with alternate artwork configurations, including art by legendary horror/comic/album cover artist Mister Sam Shearon, known for his iconic works with Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Clive Barker, KISS, Ministry, Rammstein, X-Files, and more. On DOYLE’S Louisville, Kentucky tour stop the veteran guitar player spoke with Joshua Toomey of TALK TOOMEY PODCAST. Doyle speaks about THE MISFITS reunion shows saying “Just another day at the office”, “Hopefully we get to do another Misfits run, that would be nice”. The sheer idea of being able to see reformed MISFITS with Glenn Danzig back on the microphone instantly causes chill bumps. Their performance at Denver Riot Fest was the first show with Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle since October 29, 1983 and was billed as “THE ORIGINAL MISFITS”. The band was rounded out by Dave Lombardo on drums; Acey Slade on second guitar. THE MISFITS then went on to play Chicago Riot Fest as well making it the second and final date the band has played with the original lineup thus far. In a Rolling Stone Interview Jerry Only said of the first appearance “A lot of bands, when they do big reunions, they’ll book some small club gigs as warmup shows,” “I thought that this was the perfect warmup show for what we do. I thought us coming back to Denver out of all the places on the planet Earth was … why not?” THE MISFITS doesn’t do things on a small scale, and with DOYLE hoping for another run of shows we certainly hope it pans out. Continue reading

DOWNTREND Auditioning Vocalists Following Exit Of Mike Jackson!

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Kentucky metal veterans Downtrend have announced today that lead vocalist Mike Jackson is stepping away from the band due to unforeseen circumstances. The band formed in 2004 and has went through a few lineup changes since then. The band retains founding members Josh Crum and Jeremy Chaney. Long time member drummer J.D. Hall completes the current lineup. Hall and Chaney were also formerly bandmates in the crushingly heavy group Voices Of Aggression. The chemistry among these three gents is amazing, which can be heard in their music and seen live when they take the stage. The band’s first lead singer when they formed was Steve Damron and at that time the band had an old school heavy metal sound similar to maybe Dio or Judas Priest. His vocal abilities along with the talents of the band made anyone within earshot of their music an immediate fan. Unfortunately, he left the band in 2004. Downtrend then took some time to regroup and reformed with Daryl Amburgey taking over vocal duties. His style drastically changed Downtrend’s style but in a positive way. He delivered not only amazing vocals but incredible lyrics as well. The music while Daryl was at the help took more of an emo or post-hardcore type vibe. The band of course stayed true to their heavy roots and shredding guitar riffs. Daryl exited the band in 2008 and the band was once again auditioning vocalists. This is when Whitesburg native Mike Jackson stepped up to the mic and became the frontman of the band for almost a decade. Mike truly added a southern metal sound to the band. Along with his harmonica playing his onstage swagger and vocal dominance would be a staple of Downtrend’s uniqueness. The time has come again for the band to search for another singer. After speaking with guitarist Josh Crum we have learned the band has auditioned a few vocalists around the region including West Virginia native Joey Ferris, Jason “Brew” Brewer, Michael McKay Combs (Voices Of Aggression) and Shawn Williams (Hollow). While the auditions are still ongoing the band had a scheduled show opening for Bullet Boys at The Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg, Kentucky. The band has stated they will have a “guest vocalist” for this show which sources say will be Michael McKay Combs. Mike certainly has the ability to take over the void left in the band. He was the deep baritone vocalist of Voices Of Aggression which bassist Jeremy Chaney and J.D. Hall were also a part of. While I’m told everyone is still in the running for this position you can see a live audition when the band takes the stage opening for Bullet Boys.

Auditions continue and if interested in becoming the new voice of Downtrend email downtrend@hotmail.com

For tickets to see Bullet Boys & Downtrend’s special performance go here.

 

ENSLAVED To Release “Roadburn Live” On Record Store Day, April 22nd

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Record Store Day 2017 is upon us! In just a few, short weeks, exclusive releases by artists – ranging from Johnny Cash to Warbringer – will be available for purchase in record stores across the globe. And it is confirmed that among the vinyl releases there will be a limited run of a special Enslaved LP coming on Saturday, April 22nd! The legendary, progressive black metal band’s first official live album, Roadburn Live, will chronicle Enslaved’s performance at Roadburn Festival 2015 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Continue reading

Carolina Rebellion 2017 Preview!

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Carolina Rebellion has become one of the most anticipated festivals, not only this year but each and every year. Carolina Rebellion along with Welcome To Rockville are really the two events that kick off the festival season. Headliners this year at Rebellion are Sound Garden, A Perfect Circle, Def Leppard, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, and The Offspring. Not on is the lineup strong but it is diverse both in the headliners and the lower bands on the bill. The festival returns on May 5th, 6th, and 7th at Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. Don’t waste anymore time and pick up your tickets here.

 

One of the most appealing aspects at the festival this year is the strength of the mid-level bands. Prepping the crowd for the headliners you have bands like Mastodon, The Cult, and Opeth on Friday. Tesla, Chevelle, and Alter Bridge on Saturday. Finally Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Seether on Sunday. Most of these bands also have one thing in common, they are some of the heaviest bands on the lineup. Some 90’s powerhouse acts that haven’t toured heavily for a while are being showcased. Those are bands like The Offspring and Sum 41. Both are bands that I haven’t had the opportunity to see and being a teenager during the 90’s I was certainly a big fan of both bands at one point and time. Eagles of Death Metal are probably known more widely now than they ever were before. The band as performing at Bataclan in Paris, France when terrorists entered the venue and began to shoot concert goers. It was one of the most tragic things to happen at a metal show since Dimebag Darrell was gunned down in Columbus, Ohio at the Villa Rosa. Eagles of Death Metal has not let that night stop them. They have become stronger and even more diligent about spreading their music to the masses.

 

Though the entire lineup is impressive there is 3 must see bands in my opinion. Dinosaur Pile Up is a band I was really looking forward to last year at Louder Than Life, and they really blew me away. It’s your chance now to see them live, and after the first time you can’t get enough of them. The second band is Coheed & Cambira. This band still sells out venues even when people aren’t going out to see live music as much as they were before. They can play back to back nights in the same town, if that’s not enough to tell you how many fans they have then I’m not sure what to tell you. They have a sound that’s truly unmatched and they have a really energetic stage show. The third and final band I will refer you to is In Flames. The band is pretty much as popular in Sweden as Metallica is in the U.S. Their sound has changed over the years, yet they always impress. Longtime bassist Peter Iwers left the band at the end of last year, but the band has decided to continue on as they have had various lineup changes through the years. Maybe the new bassist will breathe new life into the band and give us something we’ve never seen before. Don’t miss this Swedish Thrash sensation.

I know I will be there, and if you truly love hard rock and metal you can’t let yourself miss this either. Buy your tickets now and start preparing now this is bound to be 3 days of pure fun and excitement.

 

EXHUMED Enters Studio To Record Concept Album ‘Death Revenge’!

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California extreme metal veterans EXHUMED formed in 1990, went on hiatus in 2005, and reformed in 2010. Since their reformation they have release two albums ‘All Guts, No Glory’ (2011) and ‘Necrocracy’ (2013). The band has now entered the studio to record their  sixth studio album and follow-up to 2013’s ‘Necrocracy’. Four years of waiting has certainly made this album one of the most highly anticipated albums releases of 2017. And for fans they can relax that the wait is almost over. The album will be entitled ‘Death Revenge’ and will see a late 2017 release via Relapse Records.

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DIE SO FLUID Release Debut Single “Bittersweet” [Streaming]

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Los Angeles/London rock band Die So Fluid has released “Bittersweet,” the debut single taken from their long awaited 5th LP, ‘One Bullet From Paradise’. Produced by Drew Richards. After a year of turmoil and tragedy in 2016 – which saw the sudden and unexpected death of their beloved friend & drummer Al Fletcher – the remaining 2 band members Grog & Mr Drew stepped back to contemplate not only the meaning of life; but the meaning of their band, their music and their future. Al had been a huge part of Die So Fluid’s sound. He’d won a Grammy for his drumming and his finesse, thunder, power, enthusiasm & creativity always enhanced the band’s rough, tough, soaring, bittersweet rock songs. At the time of his death Grog and Mr Drew had written a bunch of songs for a new album but nothing had been recorded. After a period of reflection they went back to the drawing board. They had a lot more to say. They wrote new songs. No holds barred. Harder, heavier, faster, punkier. No filler. No fat. No fucking around. Life is short. Why wait for tomorrow. They asked friend Justin Bennett (Skinny Puppy, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) to play drums on the album. Grog recorded bass & vocals in LA, Mr Drew recorded guitars, synths, loops and noises in London and Justin recorded the drums in Bologna, Italy. ‘One Bullet From Paradise’ is the title of the new album. “Bittersweet” is the first single to be taken from it.
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Danny Wimmer Presents Premieres Driven: An Exclusive Interview With Korn [Video]

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Korn at Chicago Open Air 2016

Via Danny Wimmer Presents, nu metal band Korn talks about what drives them in why they love playing music. Vocalist Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer discuss some of their inspirations and how much the crowd means to them at shows. You can view the video below. Korn will be performing at Carolina Rebellion on May 6th, Rock on the Range on May 20th, and Chicago Open Air on July 15th. It was also just announced today that Korn will be opening for Rammstein alongside Stone Sour in Las Vegas on July 1st at the T-Mobile Arena. The show is also being presented by DWP and tickets go on sale Friday, March 31st. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook for tour updates and Danny Wimmer Presents for more exclusive content.

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