Darkening was originally formed in 2004 by guitarist Oscar Pita in Havana City, Cuba, but is now based in Louisville, Kentucky. The band recently finalized their sophomore release ‘In Exile United’ and it released on December 9, 2016. We reviewed the album and became immediate fans of the band. (Read Review And Stream Album Here) The album was produced by Artifex Pereo guitarist Jordan Haynes (We Were Giants, Greyhaven, Intent To Kill) at Earlygrayce Studios in Louisville, Kentucky. The band also recently recorded a music video for the track “Time” from the EP. The video was filmed and directed by YoYo Lopez. Darkening boasts gut wrenching growls and some of the most technical and vibrant guitar playing to date. This band is truly putting Louisville on the map for brutal and technical metal. We will also have an interview coming up in the future with band founder and guitarist Oscar Pita, until then enjoy the new video for “Time” below. Continue reading
Australian natives THE FUROR prepare an explosive concoction of death, black and thrash metal and the result is scathing to say the least. The bands not so secret weapon, drumming phenomenon Dizazter is part of Singaporean legends IMPIETY, but with THE FUROR he’s taking it to a different extreme. Mind-boggling drumming aside, his skills with guitars too are no less impressive and he has laid down all the songs for this album. Aided by guitarist Hellhound and The Grand Impaler on bass, THE FUROR whip up a storm of biblical proportions. From start to finish, the album is absolutely unforgiving but it has its share of clever variations and deft tempo changes without derailing the entire momentum. ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ will go down as one of the most venomous albums of its time. THE FUROR’S explosive ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ release, due out March 5th on Transcending Obscurity Records. The album was produced by Nizam Aziz of IMPIETY at Studio 47, in Singapore. The band just released the stream for ‘Rampage Upon the Rational’, and were already streaming 2 other tracks from the album which are ‘Death Manifest’, and ‘The Flames of Fate’. These 3 tracks will give you a head start on the album before it releases tomorrow. This is an album you will not want to miss. ‘Cavalries of the Occult’ has instant appeal and will surely be a cult classic for years to come. Continue reading
Let’s talk about Russia! And let’s leave the politics out of it. Moscow’s REMARK has garnered a tremendous amount of attention with their video for the track “Falling” from their recent self titled album. The video has been out for a period of time but is still circulating heavily. The band released their debut ‘REMARK‘ in January 2016, it was produced by Andrew Konoplev. The band has stated that “Our first album was about finding our sound, style, manner of execution, and ultimately how REMARK should sound and look on stage”. I’m not sure what sound they were striving for but they hit a home run with the outcome. A true rock n roll record with a gritty edge. The 5 piece band is able to add melodic and aggressive notes within their style along with a rhythm that has that instant classic appeal. REMARK with Kuper Kukunchikov (METAMORPHOSIS Production) released two new music videos; the first one, “Falling,” brought REMARK to national attention and pushed them to the next level, winning the “Ultra Music” radio contest and a performance on Russian TV. In 2016 they appeared in rotation on many internet radio stations, and performed on many major Russian radio stations such as the RSN, L!FE, MAXIMUM live. The band raised the standards for rock n roll. Check out the video for “Falling” below. Continue reading
Seven Kingdoms is:
Sabrina Valentine – Vocals
Camden Cruz – Guitar
Kevin Byrd – Guitar
Keith Byrd – Drums
Aaron Sluss – Bass
It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Seven Kingdoms! Their brand of Power Metal is among the most polished and technically stunning from anywhere in the world, bar none! The icing on the cake for me is that they call my state of Florida home. After listening to them for years, seeing and reviewing their show in Orlando a couple months ago and reviewing “Decennium” that was released just over a month ago, I jumped at the opportunity to interview them when offered. Big thanks to Jon Freeman for this one!
Nova Collective is:
Richard Henshall – Guitar
Dan Briggs – Bass
Pete Jones – Keyboards
Matt Lynch – Drums
So. What happens when you take the talents of ranking members of three, very heavy hitting Progressive Metal bands, like say, Between the Buried and Me, Haken and Cynic and throw them in the blender with the Modern Jazz sounds of a band like, oh I don’t know, Trioscapes? To sweeten the deal even more, add the engineering wizardry of Jamie King (for readers that follow my musings, I seem to end up covering just about everything this man produces and needs no introduction from me) and have everything mixed by Rich Mouser (Neal Morse, Transatlantic). Guesses? Honestly, I would have guessed something very technical and heavy in a minor key that drive on 7ths instead of strictly 5ths, done on extended range guitars and maybe a fretless bass. Nope. Not even close! What you get is a supergroup that call themselves Nova Collective and they are about to release their debut album entitled The Further Side on the Metal Blade record label March 10th, 2017. Upon receiving this pre-release, I was on this thing like white on rice! Oh man, what an absolute treat these guys have for everyone!
DREAMCAR was a really surprising super group that was formed almost 2 years ago, but only became public knowledge over the past 6-7 months. The band features No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young along with the vocal domination of A.F.I.’s Davey Havok. The band hasn’t really said much about what type of music they set out to make. Davey recently spoke about the bands first meeting together saying “just sitting at the table with them and hearing their thoughts on what they wanted to do which was essentially just have fun and create music in a very free open environment so I told them I’m in.” The word experiment has been thrown around in regards to the bands sound. I like most people assumed their sound would be a mix of rock, ska and punk influence. Tony Kanal stated “we had no idea where this was gonna go, this was just about getting in a room and making music together, and just having fun, and the beautiful thing is it’s been that ever since, for the last 2 and a half years. Like I don’t feel like that feeling ever changed.” The band had already accumulated thousands of fans before even releasing any music. Today the band launched their first single “Kill For Candy” from their upcoming yet to be titled album. “I can’t stop listening to it, so that’s always a good sign for me,” Kanal says, while noting the band is in the “final stages” of wrapping up the album. The song boasts a heavy 80’s pop rock influence, that could be reminiscent of Depeche Mode and maybe even Duran Duran. At this point I think DREAMCAR have a lot more up their sleeve than they are willing to show, I would be willing to make a large wager that the album as a whole will have an incredibly broad style. The band has also booked some tour dates on the West Coast. Until we are able to hear more enjoy the first single now streaming below. Continue reading
*Every Thursday from now until Chicago Open Air gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*
Our first artist is Black Map!
Black Map will be taking the Chicago Open Air stage on July 15th this year at Toyota Park and we couldn’t be more excited. This will be the first Danny Wimmer Presents festival that Black Map will be a part of . We are kicking off the artist spotlight in a special way as we also include an album review of their new release: ‘In Droves’. The alt metal trio unleashed their first songs in 2014. First, their 4-song EP titled ‘Driver’ was released in February and all 4 songs were included later on that year on their first full length album ‘…And We Explode’. They put off a heavy 90s rock vibe with huge, blasting riffs and raw emotion all packed into one punch. Last year the band made a large breakthrough with the premiere of a new song “Run Rabbit Run”. This song took the airwaves by storm and told us to get ready for 2017 because Black Map is quickly on their way to the top. ‘In Droves’ will drop across the US on March 10th via eOne Music. The album was produced by Aaron Hellam at Hellman Sound. You can pre-order ‘In Droves’ here on the band’s website. Continue reading
Within The Ruins is a metal band based out of Westfield, Massachusetts. They have a new album coming out March 3rd 2017 via eOne Music, titled ‘Halfway Human. When the band was talking about the writing process for this record, they touched upon the fact that they usually rush out music and jump into the studio. Within The Ruins collectively decided they were sick of the same old formula and wanted to try something new and take the time write a great record. Within The Ruins has stated they took the time to review their older material and have tried to make something different sounding. With the time, patience and research they have put into their new album ‘Halfway Human’ I’m sure most will be impressed by what Within The Ruins has done on their 5th studio record. Continue reading
Artwork by Shaun Beaudry
Melodeath/Metalcore band Darkest Hour has made a return to form with their new release titled ‘Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora’. The band’s ninth studio album drops on March 10th via Southern Lord Records. It was recorded in Salem, MA at Godcity Studio with producer/engineer Kurt Ballou (guitarist of Converge) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The cover art by created by Shaun Beaudry. This release returns all band members from the previous self-titled record released via Sumerian Records in 2014. The Washington D.C. quintet have put together a killer release that will appeal to the old school fans that loved the early albums. ‘Godless Prophets and the Migrant Flora’ is an absolutely relentless, marvelous clash of uncompromising riffs and utter domination on the vocals. The band is currently on tour with Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Rotten Sound, and Tombs, dates can be viewed below. You can pre-order the upcoming album here. Continue reading
Source, who reached the top of my Best of 2016 list a couple of months ago has just released their long awaited video for one of my favorite tracks on their “Return To Nothing” album entitled “The Serpent”. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Gleason, bassist Dan Crisafulli and drummer Georges OctoBous again show what great music wrapped around wonderfully lyrical themes can spiritually achieve between artist and listener. With the third dimension of visual cuing added, this already moving song takes on a life of its own, again reminding us all just how damned good Source is! Great way to start a Tuesday morning! Enjoy!!!
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