Hailing from Thessoloniki, Greece, Until Rain is the prog metal band that you’ve probably haven’t heard but definitely should if progressive music catches your ear in any shape or form. The sextant, whom have been together in various incarnations for thirteen years now, have honed their sound steadily over time, taking bits and pieces of whatever musical styling catches their ear, and mashing it with the long form/steady build up pacing of prog to formulate their own master blend. Until Rain’s third full length album, “Inure“, is set to drop in the US on May 12th and to give a little taste of what promises to be their darkest album yet, we’ve got our hands on the band’s visual accompaniment for the lead single ‘Because Something Might Happen.’ Thematically, the video fits the album and the song well. Dealing with a female protagonist that’s reliving the nightmares of being abused throughout her life, the nine minute epic track covers the broad range of emotional devastation and mental fallout that can haunt a survivor, and how just getting out is just the beginning of a much longer story. It’s a tough story to tell adequately within the time frame, but visually, the video pulls it off quite well as the images fit the band’s narrative and song like a glove. Until the launch of the full album, Until Rain has promised to be releasing new videos and teaser streams along the way. If you like what you see and hear below, give ’em a follow on Facebook here or check ’em out on Bandcamp here to stay updated for upcoming teasers and announcements!
The almighty French metal band Gojira has just added five more shows to their already large US tour. Two of these shows will feature heavy metal trio Kyng while the other three feature shoegaze black metal band, Deafheaven and hardcore punk band, Code Orange. You can find all the ticket links here. You can find the rest of the US dates below. Continue reading →
Last week on Talk Toomey, our friend Josh Toomey had a chance to interview Battlecross guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala. Josh and Hiran discussed what it was like to be out on the road with Phil Anselmo of Superjoint, including a running joke of creating a A Flock of Seagulls cover band. They also talk about Slayer’s ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, GWAR, who they might cover next, and the future plans of Battlecross. You can stream the full interview below. It begins around the 25 minute mark. Continue reading →
From Reading in the UK comes the brilliant, recent release of BridgeAcrossTime from the ProgRock trio called Coalition. This album has been a long time coming and has been well worth the wait since their 2011 release of InSearchofForever.
Due out this Friday, September 16th from Demark’s premier PowerMetal outfit IronFire is their release of AmongtheDead. After sixteen years and seven albums, the authors of PowerMetal’s cult classic Thunderstorm, On the Edge in 2001, Speed Metal inspired Revenge in2006, Blade of Triuph (2007), To the Grave in2009, Metalmorphosized (2010) and Voyage of the Damned in2012 still have the hunger they had back at the turn of the millennium until today. After a number of line-up and sound changes over the years, original founding members MartinSteene on vocals and bass and KirkBackarach on guitars are joined again by their original drummer GunnarOlsen who rejoined the band back in 2015 after a fifteen year hiatus and are going back to their roots. The resulting CD is exceptionally good PowerMetal that will be felt everywhere when this beast drops!
Extreme metallers BRUJERIA will release their fourth full length album, entitled Pocho Aztlan, on Mexican Independence Day (September 16) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has debuted a very “N.S.F.W.” video for the track “Plata O Plomo”. The term “Plata O Plomo” was popularized by Mexican and South American drug cartel leaders such as Pablo Escobar and translates into “silver or lead?”. Meaning, “take the money (bribe) or take a bullet”. Pocho Aztlan is now available for pre-order in various formats and bundles (images below) from the Nuclear Blast web shop. Fans can also pre-order the album digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play and receive the song “No Aceptan Imitaciones”, “Bruja-” and “Plata O Plomo” (starting tomorrow) instantly. Continue reading →
*This is part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*
This month’s State is Alaska!
3 Kisses. Where the hell do you start describing a band that has been around since January 2004, performed thousands of shows, has nine albums under their belts, been in endless music magazines, on countless radio stations, been on ABC’s “Wife Swap”, had their own reality show, been featured in numerous commercials, video games, movies and TV shows (including the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards; Restaurant Impossible; Diners, Drive Ins& Dives; Dallas Card Sharks; Disaster Decks; Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare; Sonic Boom; Lifetime movies, and Hot Wheels spots), had songs in the Top 15 by Rock Solid Preasure, is currently rated #1 for Alaskan Alternative Music on ReverbNation, heavily supports breast cancer research through the SusanG. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Cancer Society and been inducted into the Independent Artist Registry? I honestly don’t know, but let’s give it a shot. Here we go…
We were fortunate enough recently to sit down with Byzantine founder/guitarist/singer Chris “OJ” Ojeda when the band headlined the Summer Slam Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. The band was recently signed to Metal Blade Records after they received national success with their 5th and latest release “To Release Is To Resolve”. The band still has a handful of dates left on their short tour. Their next release is highly anticipated and will be the bands first release on Metal Blade. We’d like to thank OJ for his time as it was a pleasure to not only see him and the band perform live again but to speak with him one on one is much appreciated. Continue reading →
There hasn’t been an announcement yet from Crowbar but bassist Jeff Golden posted via Facebook that he is no longer a member of Crowbar. Jeff became a member of the band in 2013 when Pat Bruders exited the band and simultaneously Kirk Windstein left Down. Jeff stated: Continue reading →