Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah have announced a 2018 North American tour with special guests Code Orange and Toothgrinder. The 6-show tour will kick off at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on January 23rd and will make stops in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco before concluding at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on January 29th! Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, December 8th at 1 PM EST, purchase here. Following the 6-show trek, Meshuggah will perform at the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise alongside Kreator, Exhumed, Sepultura, Goatwhore, Internal Bleeding and many, many more. How about that for a new year high? Continue reading →
Midlands four-piece GO PRIMITIVE have released the brand new video for ‘A Different Person’ the explosive second single taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Choices‘,out February 23rd 2018. The video sees our bewildered protagonist attending a seemingly standard job interview which descends into a surreal and chaotic adventure, as he is taunted by unwanted fantasies about the other potential candidates’ alter egos. The track itself is an energised rock stomper layered with thunderous riffs and punchy beats entwined with melodic vocal lines and killer guitar solos. Fuelled with attitude, the band state, “’A Different Person’ is about someone showing their unfavourable true colours, shattering the belief of the kind of person you thought they were”.
POP EVIL have added dates to their Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL are confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th.
Added tour dates on the Music Over Words Tour include stops in Des Moines (2/18) Omaha (2/20), Louisville (3/30), Chicago (4/5) and Columbus (4/7). The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at www.popevilvip.com. PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support on all dates. Continue reading →
I remember when my jaws dropped in disbelief as my eyes stayed fixated on this band when I first came to know about the teenage sensation band, UNLOCKING THE TRUTH. I couldn’t believe the amazing feat and the ability of these mere teens who were already taking the metal and rock community by storm with their crisp and perfectly chiseled song performances. Now, the nu metal teenage trio are ready to break huge on the scene as they prepare to unleash their all new music video, “My Chains“. After years of media excitement, late-night TV appearances, and breakout sets at Coachella and Bonnaroo, the band’s debut album ‘Chaos‘ was finally released independently last year. The music video is off the very same album.
Nashville based rock band Hogan’s Goat has released the Official Music Video for their single “Annie Off The Rails”. Originally premiered on Huffington Post, “Annie Off The Rails” is off of Hogan’s Goat’s self titled, debut album.
Hogan’s Goat tracks mud on your clean carpet. Located in Nashville, TN the band slithers in the swamps of Rock N’ Roll/Metal. A shotgun blast away from the big leagues, HG released their debut album in July of 2017. The band received 20+ reviews, all with high marks. With sites likening them to Guns N’ Roses, Mastodon, Red Fang, and Clutch, the band has the utensils necessary to stir the cauldron. Hogan’s Goat is bound to “usher in a new era of music.” [Kenny Larson, The Gauntlet]
This month in State Of The Art we are going to Kentucky, and first up we have a heavy hitting Death Metal trio named KUR who make their lair in Lexington. KUR is the depraved union of Apollyon – Drums, Mortimus Bile – Bass/Vocals, and Aciel – Guitar/Vocals. I’m inclined to think this band is an extremely fresh face on the scene from what little information ive been able to gather on this brutal trinity of unholy monstrosities, which gives them all the more appealing. I happened to stumble upon them in a stroke of random chance just earlier today after I heard the track “Drowning The Kings Heir” which was released in anticipation of their upcoming EP with Hominine Records, to be released on New Year’s Eve of this year. KUR reminds me of some of the best Death Metal/Black Metal hybrids that hail from Europe. They have slight raw feel to them, dark and heavy riffs complimented with hellish drumming and powerful guttural vocals, fusing the best parts of Death Metal and Black Metal for a satisfying listening experience. Continue reading →
America’s one of the festival giants are back and how! Carolina Rebellion 2018 line up has finally been revealed and we surely do have some great and big names hitting on the bill. The three day rock festival that serves it’s fans an unique experience and is definitely a must go festival if you’re an avid US festival fan. The new line up reads rock heavyweights and biggies like ALICE IN CHAINS, STONE SOUR, GODSMACK, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN, amidst many more giants in the rock industry and also upcoming bands. The festival will take place from May 4th to 6th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“This is part one of the colossal Thunderbolt World tour. We’re going to be touring the whole of 2018 so get your tickets and join the ride. It’s going to be fast and furious, dark and brooding. Monumental riffing and screaming vocals – loud and proud – it’s going to be a Saxon tour, unique in every way!” adds Biff Byford.
Last month we bought you the news that heavy metal legends Saxon had announced not only the upcoming release of their 22nd studio album ‘Thunderbolt’, but also that they will be embarking on Part 1 of a huge European Tour with Part 2 to be announced in early 2018. To kick-start this holiday season we have the electrifying first single “Thunderbolt” with a brand new music video that you can watch below! ‘Thunderbolt’ sees release on February 2nd 2018 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music) with digital pre-orders live right here! Or if you’d prefer to keep things old-school, you will soon be able to order the physical CD Album in Digipack, a 180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold, Tape Cassette or Special Edition Boxset at the same address!
Following on from Part 1 of their European Tour, the news that American fans have all been waiting for… Saxon will be touring North America with fellow British legends Judas Priest and Black Star Riders as support! The North American tour will begin in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 13 and will visit several major cities including Washington DC, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas – coming to an end in San Antonio, TX on May 1. All dates and venues are listed below!
American guitarist John 5’s band, JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES are embarking on an tour spanning all across the American soil. Known for his work with ROB ZOMBIE, the band will out on the road performing on over fourty different dates and cities. Touring in support of his upcoming live album, ‘It’s Alive‘, which is scheduled to come out on January 25th as the first live album of the creatures. The live album is a follow up to this year’s eighth studio album by the band, ‘Season Of The Witch‘ which came out earlier on March 3. John 5 notes he is “very excited” to be releasing their first live album. Pre-Order ‘It’s Alive‘ HERE!
How about some technical death metal with a tinge of jazzy and funk influence? If this doesn’t entice your pleasures then I don’t know what will. GOROD is a tech death band hailing from Bordeaux, France formed back in 1997, but with a different name. The initial name with which the band started out was Gorgasm, and that soon changed to GOROD when they re-released their debut record ‘Neurotripsicks‘ under Willowtip Records(US) in 2005 with two new bonus tracks in it. The name change was primarily due to avoid confusion with another band of the same name back in Chicago, USA.
GOROD are one of the most technically proficient death metal bands out there and are the flag bearers of the extreme metal scene in France. The band’s music works on many levels and it truly showcases the incredible talent each member in the band possess. Their version of jazz oriented, progressive tech death has shot them to worldwide attention in the death metal community.Having played the Maryland Deathfest in the U.S., a couple of European runs over the years and six full lengths under their belt, GOROD isn’t shying away to make their filthy and heavy sound heard all across the globe.