Review: EMPYREAN THRONE – ‘Chaosborne’ [Song Stream]

Album art by Vladislav Kutuzov

Up and coming black metal artists, Empyrean Throne, are gearing up to release their first full length album: ‘Chaosborne’. The album will be released on January 24th, 2017 by Erthe and Axen Records. The record was produced by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh). The American band was born in Lake Forest, California back in 2011. This will be the band’s followup to their debut EP that was released in 2013, titled ‘Demonseed’. Empyrean Throne does a great job combining the traditional black metal sound along with the new age sound as well. They blend in orchestral elements, melodic and speedy guitar, and raw, ripping vocals. The band consists of Andrew Knudsen on vocals, Mike Brennan on guitar, and Leviathan on the drums. You can check out some of their previous material on their Bandcamp page as well. Continue reading

Review: Detoxed ‘Modern Slavery’ [Song Stream]

Detoxed first formed in Montpellier, France in 2009. The band’s first release was their EP ‘It Was Written In Blood’ which released in 2011. Detoxed has a thrash sound with elements of melodic speed metal also in the mix. You can hear a lot of influence from In Flames in their music. ‘It Was Written In Blood’ really established the band’s style and sound. The band was off to a great start. The EP, from a listener’s perspective, was a complete hit. All they had to do now was continue to make music in their already successful style. Then the unthinkable happened. The band’s lineup was forced to change as singer Laurent “Styx” Py exits the band. Most people can attest that more often than not the hardest member of a band to replace is the singer. There are guitarists, drummers and bassists that massively contribute to complete a band’s sound, but no two singers can be identical. Regardless who stepped up to the mic Detoxed and their music would be forced to change in some way. Fortunately the band didn’t have to look very far. Guitarist David Fantoni is now pulling double duty playing both guitar as well as singing. Detoxed recently released the album ‘Modern Slavery’ on October 16th via Send The Wood Music (Distributed by Seasons Of The Mist) which showcases David Fantoni as the new voice of the band. All the other parts of the band remain intact and now the only question is if the band will rise or fall with their new voice. Those questions and more are now answered after consuming every second of their new album ‘Modern Slavery’. Continue reading

Review: Static Tension – ‘Out Of Reach’

Static Tension is a band I have been watching grow for quite some time. It was about a year or so ago that I became aware of the Cincinnati, Ohio based band. As a fan of music I tend to always prefer original music, but these guys really captured my attention with their cover of Dax Rigg’s (Acid Bath) song “Night Is The Notion”. (Let me note that there is not a bigger Acid Bath, or Dax Riggs fan than me.) Static Tension draws influence from classic rock, 90’s grunge, and progressive metal, but they have really become masters to their own unique musical blend. They refer to their sound as progressive grunge. Melodic vocal harmonies is a big part of their sound, but they also have creative and powerful riffs to go along with it. The band has only been reformed since 2014, lead guitarist Greg Blachman first used the name Static Tension in 1999. During that time the band recorded the album, ‘Paint By Number’ before parting ways in 2001. After a 13 year absence the name was resurrected in 2014 with a new line-up, including lead vocalist Rob Rom, and bassist Ritchie Paik. In early 2015 the band completed a four track EP entitled ‘Rebirth’, which contains two vocally reworked tracks off of Greg’s solo album ‘Beyond Horizons’ released in 2013, as well as two new, more collaborative tracks “Bottom Rung” & “Rebirth”. Static Tension has now finished their most recent EP ‘Out Of Reach’, which is set to release January 6th, 2017 via Buried By Sky Records. The album was written, recorded and produced by the band. Static Tension will be celebrating the release with a show on January 14th at The Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky. The band will be joined by three amazing bands The Past, Hemp Noose, and Motel Faces. Continue reading

Austin Carlile Announces Departure from OF MICE & MEN!

Austin Carlile/ Of Mice & Men

After a long, grueling path of dealing with health problems on and off the road, lead singer from Of Mice & Men has announced he is leaving the band. Some of these issues led to canceling festivals and many tour dates over the last two years. Carlile has been with the band for most of its duration since it formed in 2009. Their newest album ‘Cold World’ was released on September 2nd of 2016. The band will continue on as four members for now. You can read his statement in the picture below that was uploaded from his Twitter account. Continue reading

Review and Stream of Tactus “Bending Light”: Where Overwhelming Technical Abilities Illicit Emotional Response

Tactus is:

Jason MacKnight – Vocals

Ben MacLean – Drums/Programming

Steve Parish – Bass

Alec Dobbelsyeyn – Guitar

Adrian Barnes – Guitar/Vocals

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DARKSHIP Have Unleashed A New Music Video For ‘II Hearts’!

Brazil’s melodic prog power metallers DARKSHIP have unleashed a new music video “II Hearts” in support of their debut album ‘We Are Lost’ released earlier this year. This is their 2nd video from the album. You can watch their video for ‘Frozen Feelings’ here. The album features ten songs with album artwork done by artist Carlos Fides of Artside Studio (Evergrey, Noturnall, Shaman, Almah). The album is the first part of the band’s concept trilogy based on a fictional story about two people in love who are controlled by a force called “Darkship”. The video was directed by Douglas Castilhos Coutinho.  Continue reading

Review: Let The Guilty Hang – ‘In Tongues’

Let The Guilty Hang was formed in 2005 in the deep dark hills of West Virginia. Initially the band was supposed to be a side project, but they quickly realized their potential and jam sessions turned into a full-fledged band. Daniel Johnson (formerly of Guinness Clarke’s Wine) and Matt “Beevare” Jeffrey (formerly of Lifter) formed the band. The band quickly captured the attention of Derek Maynard who joined the band almost immediately adding his electrifying abrasive vocal tone to the bands already talented roster. The band then sought after a second guitarist in an effort to create Iron Maiden like guitar styling. Joe Baer (formerly of Born For Eternity) was the man for the job. The band was then rounded out with Adam Adkins (formerly of Born For Eternity) he brought not only bass playing to the table, but his voice also, supplying the contrasting clean vocals and backup vocals throughout what has become the bands signature sound. In September of 2007, Let The Guilt Hang released their debut album ‘The Unspeakable’. Opening for bands like Byzantine, As I Lay Dying, The Haunted, All That Remains, Trivium, and August Burns Red the band had quickly made a name for themselves around the region. The band has just recently released their latest album ‘In Tongues’ which was recorded at Domicile Studio in Cross Lanes, WV and was produced by Eric Hayne (The Corinthian, Isla Sorna, Profligation). Continue reading

Brazilian Thrashers BLACKFORCE Release Lyric Video For “Downfall” [Album Stream]

Brazilian thrashers BLACKFORCE have posted a new lyric video for the song “Downfall” in support of their debut EP ‘Slaves To Reality’ recorded, mixed and mastered at the band’s home studio. BLACKFORCE hail from Niteroi in the state of Rio de Janeiro – Brasil. They 5 members are all friends and formed the band together in 2014. ‘Downfall’ lyric video was edited by Marcelo Nespoli and can be watched at the following below. Continue reading

WEAKLESS MACHINE Posts New Video For “Tarred With The Same Brush”!

Brazil’s WEAKLESS MACHINE have posted their new music video ‘Tarred With The Same Bush’ in preview of their upcoming debut album (title and release date to be determined). The video was recorded at Studio Black, filmed and edited by Orbit Global Art. After hearing this song WEAKLESS MACHINE is a band we are going to be keeping a close eye on. The band has a tremendous amount of thrash elements within their music. Vocalist Jonathan Carletti adds 2 dimensions of singing to this song. At times he has an aggressive harsh scream and then at other times he has more of a dialed back harsh yet melodic tone. The riffs throughout the track seem almost unfathomable that they are produced by one guitarist. Yet those thunderously heavy riffs are shredded by one man Fernando Cezar Junior. Every aspect of this song showcases each band members talents, and when you put them all together it creates on kick ass cohesive song. We fully expect their upcoming release to be filled with even more incredible riff filled goodness. Stay tuned as we will let you know once the album has a scheduled release date.  Continue reading

Review of The Blue Sunshine Family Band’s Dazzling, Self-Titled Debut

The band’s name is The Blue Sunshine Family Band. They are from Santa Rosa, California. Now, go ahead and check out the beautiful and cool artwork by David Paul Seymour (also of various Wo Fat albums, Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (Redux), The Vintage Caravan, Ironaut, Doomstress and many others). Don’t listen to it yet though. Get a sound in your head that you think is going to fit. Thinking it is some sanctimonious, rehashed peace, love, rainbows and unicorns, hippie, acoustic crap? Maybe some weird, ethereal, atmospheric stuff with annoying, Far Eastern dissonance and sitars? A Pink Floyd tribute band maybe? No, no and, uh no. Said to have the “Heart of Metal. Mind of Jazz. Soul of Blues.”, The Blue Sunshine Family Band is a very heavy, fuzzy guitar based instrumental band that will simply blow your f’in mind!

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