OF MICE & MEN’S Aaron Pauley “We Knowingly Do Some Stuff Thats Gonna Get The Haters Talking”


Since their genesis in 2009, Of Mice & Men have become one of the biggest names in the music industry fusing sugary-sweet melodies, captivating hooks, and aggressive, in-your-face energy.  The band released their self-titled debut album in 2010, gaining notoriety with hits like “Second & Sebring” and “Those In Glass Houses”.  Of Mice & Men gained momentum with the success of their sophomore album ‘The Flood’, and used that momentum to cement the Of Mice & Men name into history with the release of 2014’s ‘Restoring Force’ which has come to be known by fans as arguably the band’s “best” album.  With over 100 million cumulative streams, ‘Restoring Force’ packed a heavy arsenal with numbers like “Feels Like Forever”, “Would You Still Be There”, and “Bones Exposed” and made its way all the way to #4 on the Billboard Top 200.  The guys followed up the successful album with another success, 2016’s ‘Cold World’ which sold 19,000 copies in its first week and appeared at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 in the U.S.  ‘Cold World’ would become the last album to feature long-time frontman, Austin Carlile. Continue reading

The Bucketlist with SHADOW OF WHALES

*In this series we pose the age-old question to a wide array of music lovers. As fans of music, most of us keep a mental list of active bands we want to see live that we haven’t yet seen. The Bucketlist brings to you those lists of your favorite artists and why those bands mean so much to them*

Here at Metal Nexus, our goal is to bring the best in news, updates, and the goings-on with your favorite rock and metal groups.  As well as this, we also strive to bring attention to lesser-known bands that are just as talented.  As many of you know, our Bucketlist segment has shone light on many bands – from main acts on a festival lineup to festival openers and everyone in between.  Recently, Metal Nexus established contact with a great up and coming band that some may know, Shadow of Whales.  Admittedly, I had never heard the band, but after hearing a few songs, I was hooked immediately. Continue reading

DEAD EARTH POLITICS Part Ways With Drummer!

Austin, Texas-based metal group Dead Earth Politics have been compared to the likes of Lamb of God, Iron Maiden, Pantera and other legends, this band strikes at many cores. The band has become one of the top bands in the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal. They have their roots in the thrash metal genre, but at times also show signs of influence from traditional metal and power metal as well. Dead Earth Politics perfectly blends melodic vocals and vicious harsh screaming. The band announced today they have parted ways with drummer Mason Evans. The drummer co-founded Dead Earth Politics in 2005 with vocalist Ven Scott and contributed heavily to the band’s meteoric rise through the Austin metal scene. Evans was an integral part of the band and was on all Dead Earth Politics’ 5 releases the most recent being ‘The Mobius Hammersmith’ which will be the last album Evans will make an appearance on.  Continue reading

DEATH WILL TREMBLE “Mona” Review & Stream!


Modern music and fans are always racing to put a title on a band. Genres and sub-genres have run rampant. Sometimes a band comes along and refuses to be tagged as one specific sound. Let me introduce you to DEATH WILL TREMBLE. They are a band that melds together a handful of elements from various genres. It’s impossible really to wrangle them into one specific category or two for that matter. I simply like to refer to their style as creative. Lots of bands attempt to create a whole new sound that hasn’t really been heard before and fail miserably. DEATH WILL TREMBLE call Austin, Texas home. The musicians that make up the band have played in various projects in the past. You can hear the chemistry within the band, breaking ground and musical barriers isn’t easily done and the band has already made amazing strides. Continue reading

The Sword Release Upcoming Album Cover & New Song [Streaming]



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.

You can hear the new track here!


“High Country” track listing:

01. Unicorn Farm
02. Empty Temples
03. High Country
04. Tears Like Diamonds
05. Mist And Shadow
06. Agartha
07. Seriously Mysterious
08. Suffer No Fools
09. Early Snow
10. The Dreamthieves
11. Buzzards
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:





Razor & Tie