Prepare yourself, Austin, Texas’s own The Sword is releasing 15 new tracks for your listening pleasure. The new album “High Country” will be released via Razor & Tie on August 21st. This will mark their 5th studio album, and it will be an uphill battle to compete with their previous releases like 2012’s “Apocryphon” and “Warp Riders” released in 2010. The album is produced by Adrian Quesada. It’s said that he pushes the boundaries where analog meets digital and retro meets progressive. The Sword already have a retro’ish sound, so whatever comes out of this pairing I’m certain will be to the fans liking.
01. Unicorn Farm
02. Empty Temples
03. High Country
04. Tears Like Diamonds
05. Mist And Shadow
07. Seriously Mysterious
08. Suffer No Fools
09. Early Snow
10. The Dreamthieves
12. Silver Petals
13. Ghost Eye
14. Turned To Dust
15. The Bees Of Spring
Anytime a band has the word “country” in it’s album title it scares us in a way. But after seeing these new pre-order bundles for “High Country” we assume they speak of something entirely different than the “high country” we imagined.
You can purchase the “LIMITED EDITION High Country Collectors Bundle” through our favorite merch store IndieMerch.
-Custom stained and hand numbered latching stash box measuring 9″ x 6″ x 3″ with inside lid album art and an engraved top
-Custom wood grain dugout with right hand grip and included metal cig
-One pack of 40 count 1 1/4″ unbleached rolling papers in custom album art packaging
-Custom grinder card with brushed metal inset surrounded by album art
-CD copy of High Country in digipak packaging
-2xLP copy of High Country on limited edition “Earth & Sky” colored vinyl
You can follow The Sword at the following locations:
“Archangel” will be the 10th studio album by Max Cavalera’s band Soulfly since forming in 1997. They have released a lyric video for the track “We Sold Our Souls To Metal” which is also the name of the upcoming tour they will headline. Archangel was produced and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Behemoth, Children of Bodom).
Max stated via Faceebook:
“I feel it is my most mystic album since Prophecy. The guest collaborations have always been a trademark of SOULFLY and Archangel is no different! We can’t wait to play this live for the worldwide tribe!”
“Archangel” track listing:
01. We Sold Our Souls To Metal
03. Sodomites (feat. Todd Jones of NAILS)
04. Ishtar Rising
05. Live Life Hard! (feat. Matt Young of KING PARROT)
07. Bethlehem’s Blood
10. Mother Of Dragons (feat. Richie Cavalera of Incite, Igor Cavalera of Lody Kong)
The We Sold Our Souls To Metal 2015 Tour kicks off in Los Angeles, California on September 30th. with Soilwork, Decapitated, and Shattered Sun. This will be an amazing tour that you will not want to miss. We will be catching this tour in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 22nd at The International. Expect a review of the show to follow. See you there!
Once you put this album on play you will automatically assume it is one of the great Florida death metal pioneers, however this is the new Jungle Rot album “Order Shall Prevail”. Since 1994 the band has slowly been climbing to the top of the food chain in the death metal world. This album solidifies their place at the top. The bands 9th studio album brings to you the teeth grinding, hard hitting violence that the fans have grown to expect. From the moment you hit play the brutality begins, the guitars and machine gun like drums welcome you to the album in the opening track “Doomsday”. Speeding through the song as singer Dave Matrise’s vocals are the cure all to any metal head’s needs. The album also features Brazilian icon Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Ex-Seplutura) on the track “Fight Where You Stand”. Everything comes together in a perfect storm like assault and Max’s vocals fit into the song like a glove. The tone of the album is set, and the brutality continues. The song entitled “Trench Tactics” brings with it these old school shrieking guitar parts that make it one of our favorites. The song changes pace several times, slowing down and then the fierce drum beat leading it back into a faster pace. From start to finish this record is exactly what Jungle Rot fans expect from them, and will help them earn a slew of new fans as they tour the U.S. Catch them on the Rockstar Mayhem tour and feel their wrath in the flesh.
01 – “Doomsday”
02 – “Paralyzed Prey”
03 – “Blood Revenge”
04 – “Fight Where You Stand” (Featuring Max Cavalera of Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy)
05 – “Order Shall Prevail”
06 – “The Dread Pestilence”
07 – “I Cast The First Stone”
08 – “E.F.K.”
09 – “Trench Tactics”
10 – “Nuclear Superiority”
Robb Flynn lead singer for one of heavy metals finest bands Machine Head are currently in Australia. The last date of the sold out “An Evening With” tour in Australia ended last night in Perth. After Robb’s flight from Adelaide to Perth he noticed he no longer had his phone. As we all know your cell phone especially when abroad is a life line. It’s your email, social media, gps, well you get the point, it’s everything.
Robb explained what happened via Instagram:
I left my phone on the flight from Adelaide to Perth yesterday, AGH!! I discovered it missing when we got to the hotel. FUUUUCK!! Thanks to “Find My iPhone” app I was able to track it back to the airport. My TM and I went back re-traced my steps around the coffee shop, bathroom, everywhere I went after I got off the plane, but mysteriously, my phone kept saying it was out on the tarmac. We learned from when someone broke into our dressing room and stole Dave’s iPhone (and eventually got back from thief) that the app s not 100% accurate but pretty damn close. So I took it all with a grain of salt. Eventually we found the dude below, and this guy went way, way, WAY above and beyond the call of duty looking for the phone out on the tarmac, which was a restricted area that we couldn’t go to. He kept coming back saying there was nothing out there, that it had to be wrong, and after 2 hours I was ready to give up, and resign myself to buying a new phone because let’s face it, in this day and age, EVERYTHING goes through your iPhone! He went back one more time, and miraculously, he found the phone!! He kept pinging it with the “play sound” feature (which sets off a ringtone), and where did he find it? Not on the plane, oh no… it was under a fence, in the outside area of the tarmac!!?? Apparently some Qantas Airlines employee in charge of cleaning the planes had found it and rather than turn it into lost & found, stashed it to take home, in hopes I’d forget it or something. Regardless, for the unbelievable amount of effort Mr. Scott Macander put into helping me out, this guy is getting a “DUDE’S A HERO” moniker!!! He stayed an hour after work to keep looking for it, and help a complete stranger, and that was after he’d worked from 4 AM to 4PM! I’m so damn inspired by this guy!! An average person / stranger who helps us out for no reason in particular other than just being a rad person. I tell ya man, in a world where everyone is often too busy helping themselves, and in a fat ass hurry to get on with their own lives, this guy did the opposite, am I grateful he did!!
New Battlecross song, “Spoiled” is now available for streaming (Below). The song is the first released from the upcoming album entitled “Rise To Power” which is due out on August 21st via Metal Blade. The new song starts out with this throwback 80’s style guitar riff and then jumps to a more modern thrash sound. It is the Battlecross we have all grown to love since the debut release on Metal Blade “Pursuit of Honor”. They are currently wrapping up a tour with Crowbar, and Lord Dying which will end on July 3rd in Baton Rouge. After that they will have some time off before hitting the road on Gwar’s 30 Years of Total World Domination tour with Butcher Babies.
8/25 — Millvale, Pa. — Mr. Small’s Theater
8/27 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wooly’s
8/28 — Lincoln, Neb. — Bourbon Theater
8/30 — Lawrence, Kan. — Granada
8/31 — Tulsa, Okla. — Cain’s Ballroom
9/1 — San Antonio, Texas — Kapone’s
9/2 — Baton Rouge, La. — Varsity Theater
9/3 — Mobile, Ala. — Soul Kitchen
9/4 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
9/5 — New Albany, Ind. — Rustic Frog / Befuddled Fest
9/6 — Winston-Salem, N.C. — Ziggy’s
9/8 — Wilmington, N.C. — Ziggy’s By the Sea
9/9 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Freebird Live
9/10 — Chattanooga, Tenn. — Track 29
9/11 — Sauget, Ill. — Pop’s
9/14 — Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — The Chance
9/15 — S. Burlington, Vt. — Higher Ground
9/16 — Reading, Pa. — Reverb
9/17 — Huntington, N.Y. — Paramount
9/18 — Rochester, N.Y. — Water Street Music Hall
Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai
*This is part of our State Of The Arts series, showcasing bands every Monday from the state of the month*
This month’s state is Ohio.
Beneath Oblivion are based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have been together since 2003 and self released their first full length in 2006 titled “Existence Without Purpose”. The album they released in 2011 “From Man to Dust” is an incredible piece of doom from start to finish. The band defines funeral doom. The symphony of darkness on tracks like “Atomic Mother” capture you and have you listening and out of nowhere the vocals take hold of your throat keeping your attention. Each song seems to capture a darkness in its own way. The only way to convey the sound is like feeling each stage of death then hitchhiking your way back from hell. They are expecting another release soon. This band should not slip by anyone the vocals Scott T. Simpson brings to this album are flawlessly combined with the guitar work by himself and Allen L. Scott II. Nothing in the music is overdone, it’s the correct amount of everything. Bassist Keith Messerle and drummer Nate Bidwell play off each other like dirt beating down on a casket. When everything seems unbearably dark they let just a little light in, only so they can again bring you into the darkness again.
Kadavar have released the music video for “The Old Man” which will be on the upcoming album named after their hometown “Berlin”. It is the first song released off the album which will be the bands 3rd album. The song is the Kadavar we all know, and if you don’t know them yet you have been missing out. This song just gives us a tease of what to expect out of the new album, which will be some of the best acid rock around. The new album is being released by Nuclear Blast on August 21st.
Witch Mountain was formed in 1997 and became a household name in the city that keeps it weird, Portland, Oregon. The doom crew had just released mostly likely the best album thus far since the formation of the band in the 2014 release “Mobile of Angels”. Singer Uta Plotkin was belting out all the vocals on the most recent albums. Her voice became the definition of doom to most within the scene. Uta announced she would be leaving the band prior to the release of Mobile of Angels in September of 2014. If that wasn’t already enough bassist Charles Thomas was leaving the band as well. This left only drummer Nathan Carson and guitarist Rob Wrong. Uta left some huge shoes to fill for whoever would eventually take her place. The band had a few months to look around for a singer prior to Uta leaving the band. They were in no immediate hurry to fill the spot and just wanting to ensure they had the right person. Less than a week after receiving a video audition from Kayla Dixon she was to become the new singer of Witch Mountain. Dixon spent some time with the Cleveland based band Demons Within, but the majority of her career was in theatre acting. The 19 year old Dixon was flown out to join the band and newly added bass player Justin Brown from the Portland band Lamprey. Once again the band was complete. A tour was soon announced and Witch Mountain would be opening for the doom power house YOB.
Photo Credit: Wilbur Kilb Hunter
Photo Credit: Wilbur Kilb Hunter
Metal Nexus was lucky enough to catch Witch Mountain in Johnson City, Tennessee on March 27th. Just 5 days into that tour. The show was at The Hideaway which is one of the most intimate settings anyone could see a show. The stage is close quarters, up close and personal with very good sound. Kayla seemed very composed and eager to take stage. The whole crowd had yet to hear her sing as nothing had been released, so we were all going into this deaf and blind not knowing what to expect out of the new singer. Once the show started she seemed in her own world, the left handed shredder Rob started in on guitar and she began to sing. Immediately she had everyone in the room’s attention. Her vocals stand out, much different than anything we have heard in some time. Her singing would go from hitting these very high notes in perfect fashion to these deathly growls. After the first song the crowd was more than ready for more of the new Witch Mountain. Her stage presence made it seem like she had been the leader of the band for decades. Not one person in the room could look away. New bassist Justin and Kayla were showing that they belonged in this band. The great partnership of Rob Wrong and drummer Nathan Carson had correctly added an amazing new element to the band in Kayla Dixon. They began to play one of our favorites in the song “Beekeeper”. The song sealed the deal for us. Of course we love the old Witch Mountain stuff, but this new era is here and we love it. We went into this show not knowing what to expect and by the time it was over we were begging for more. Chemistry is hard to build within a band and sometimes takes a long time. The band looked like they had been playing with this lineup for years. For 45 minutes they captured the attention of every soul in the room, and may have even kept a few souls for themselves. Sometimes doom has a beautiful voice…
*This is part of our State Of The Arts series, showcasing bands every Monday from the state of the month*
This month’s state is Ohio.
Cleveland, Ohio is home of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, and Lebron James, but most importantly it’s home to one of Ohio’s best rock bands in The Great Iron Snake. The band is a trio of hard rocking guys that have some chemistry when it comes to being in a band together. The comradery and stage presence they have may seem like déjà vu, but that’s only because they are ¾’s of the band Red Giant. The guys have been together sporting this new band name since 2012. You have Damien Perry at the helm on vocals and rocking out his Gretsch White Falcon guitar that sounds absolutely amazing. Brian Skinner is setting the low tones on bass, and behind the kit is Eric Matthews on the sticks. The band recently released a single in February entitled “Pungent Porcelain”. Like a trucker in a roadside brothel, the song gets right to business. The guitar work leads the song through its paces, from start to finish it’s an uphill to downhill rhythm. Playing off every up tempo and downtempo change the song perfectly showcases the talents of the band. They have been playing live shows in and around the Cleveland area with some other bands we enjoy like Trouble, and Black Pussy. Presently The Great Iron Snake is unsigned to a label, which we don’t think will last very long. With a unique sound and with as much chemistry Damien, Eric and Brian have together it won’t be long before they are fighting away offers. Other than the one song “Pungent Porcelain” that has been recorded and is streaming on Bandcamp there are a few good quality live videos available of the band as well. The song “Elipsis” (which we will link below) has this great little bluesy groove to it that just has this amazing energy to it. We always say that the best way to see a band is live and in person. We look forward to catching these guys on the road soon.
Cancer is a disease that seems to have touched every family in America. Over 20 bands are donating their time by putting on an amazing show in Louisville, KY at Diamonds Pub Concert Hall to help raise money to fight cancer. Horns Up Against Cancer is an all day music festival and the money raised goes to the F*uck Cancer Foundation. The foundation uses proceeds to raise awareness, educate about early childhood cancer detection, and help victims and their families deal with the ongoing epidemic through the Dyin 2 Live Program.
The bands honoring the stage are some great national touring acts. Headlining the show is Primer 55 who have rootd on Kentucky and were formed in 1997 and are a household name with any rock or metal fan. They will be giving “The Big F*uck You” to cancer. They are by no means the only well known band there. X Factor 1 will also be rocking out at the benefit as well. Coming down from Columbus the band has been a regional favorite around Kentucky, West Virginia and their home state of Ohio. Just a few other bands showcasing their talent to help fight cancer are In Virgo, 8lb Pressure, Eye Ov The Storm. There are far too many more bands to name. Remember that these bands are not being paid and are playing this show simply to help in the fight against this horrible disease. Other than the bands there are a lot of people behind the scenes that helped this all day music fest happen and they deserve your praise as well. Barring jail or death anyone able should attend this show, Saturday September 19th. It kicks off at 10 a.m. and you can pick up at ticket for $25 bucks. How often can you help out a good cause and enjoy some amazing metal bands at the same time? You can help make a difference! Be there!