BLACK LABEL SOCIETY To Headline North American Tour With CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, EYEHATEGOD & RED FANG This Winter

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY just announced a massive tour encompassing the entire North America from coast to coast this coming winter. Joining hands with fellow rockers CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, EYEHATEGOD and RED FANG, this mega tour looks and promises to be a heavy weight one to end the year on a high note and similarly start the next year with the same fervour. Spanning exactly two months from this December 27, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will be promoting their all new upcoming 2018 LP, ‘Grimmest Hits‘, which hits the stores on January 19, next year in the midst of the aforementioned tour. So if you’re planning to hit this up, be pumped cause you might end up witnessing one or two new tunes to groove to.

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Album Review: UFOMAMMUT – ‘8’ [Album Stream]

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Ufomammut

8

Neurot Recordings

Since their inception nearly two decades ago, Italian space sludge squadron Ufomammut have carved out a singular niche for themselves in the doom community. Unlike many groups who manage to get by on brute strength alone, Ufomammut’s pulverizing yet hypnotizing sound tends to crush with pressure rather than weight; it’s a black hole, massive, swirling, and distorting, that sucks listeners in and rips them apart on a molecular level, as opposed to just beating them over the head with a great big hammer. 8, the trio’s latest offering, is an intergalactic machine of almost infinite force, a riff-hewn monolith perched on the edge of the universe.

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Album Review: MONOLORD – ‘Rust’ [Tracks Streaming]

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Monolord

‘Rust’

RidingEasy Records

‘Rust’, the third long-player from Sweden’s Monolord, is a mountain-sized monster of an album, a great, lumbering beast with a low heartrate and a horrifyingly bad disposition. The follow-up to 2015’s breakthrough ‘Vænir’ sees the band ascend into the upper pantheon of modern doom while maintaining and further honing a sense of melody that eludes most of their contemporaries.  ‘Rust’ is an exquisitely crafted truncheon designed for maximum impact, a phaser set on ‘Infinite Crush’; it’s also a moody, dynamic, emotive piece of work that stands with the finest heavy music released this year.

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MOONSPELL Release First Teaser From Upcoming Album!

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Portugal’s Dark Metal pioneers MOONSPELL are back with their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled ‘1755’. Set to be released on November 3rd 2017 on Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from MOONSPELL before!

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SORCERER Announces New Album Details & Releases Video For “Sirens”

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Swedish epic heavy doom metal warlords SORCERER will release their new album, ‘The Crowning Of The Fire King, on October 20th via Metal Blade Records! For a preview of ‘The Crowning Of The Fire King a video for the first single, “Sirens“, can be viewed below!

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BARONESS To Perform At Revolver Magazine’s Relaunch Party On Sep. 10 At Brooklyn Bazaar

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BARONESS return to the road for a handful of festival outings, as well as a Sept. 10 performance at the Brooklyn Bazaar to celebrate Revolver Magazine’s re-launch and raise funds for the suicide prevention charity, Hope For The Day.

Revolver Magazine’s re-launch, The Living Breathing Revolver, pairs BARONESS’ performance with an art show/auction curated by the band’s John Dyer Baizley and Jodi Milbert of Burlesque of North America, live Q&As and video screenings. SANNHET, an experimental metal/post metal band from New York will also have the chance to join BARONESS on stage that night. Tickets are on-sale now. Go get them HERE!

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Review: PARADISE LOST – ‘Medusa’

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Paradise Lost are an eclectic bunch. Sure, the metal outfit originating from West Yorkshire, UK has consistently released melancholic and depressive doom metal with a bleak nihilistic worldview that allows the listener to ponder the fruitlessness of their own existence (It’s wonderful!), but Paradise Lost have never been afraid to fuse disparate subgenres such as death metal, goth, symphonic black metal, and even electronic dark pop with their Black Sabbath inspired sound.

Indeed, Paradise Lost’s sonic flexibility has ensured every album in their discography sounds fresh and is easy to differentiate from one another, and this was definitely the case with their previous album ‘The Plague Within’ which was a critically acclaimed beast of an LP that ended up being my favorite album of 2015.

However, despite the rave reviews, Paradise Lost only basked in the praise for a limited amount of time before they embarked on the unenviable task of crafting a dynamic and worthy follow-up. Consisting of vocalist Nick Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, bassist Steve Edmondsen, and new drummer Finn Walttery Vayrynen, Paradise Lost have created a more than worthy successor in their 15th album ‘Medusa’ which is an LP where the band has decided to strip the symphonic black metal elements that were present in ‘The Plague Within’ in favor of focusing on the doom and sludge sound that made the band so successful in the first place, and with the aid of producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, ‘Medusa’ is a great album with crushing riffs that wallop the listener akin to a strike from a ten ton hammer. Continue reading

State Of The Art: DRUG HONKEY

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*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*

This month’s state is Illinois!


 Ey yo people! Welcome back to the weekly edition of our State Of The Art series, where every Monday we get a bit generous and pull the curtains down and shed some limelight to the lesser known and underground bands who already are wrecking shit up at your local town or city, or even across oceans apart. Last month I highlighted the fast and punishing thrash metal band called WARHEAD from Phoenix, Arizona, which you can check it out HERE. Today I am here to rejuvenate your boring Monday with another kick ass band that has been stirring some major shit up since their self-titled, debut album came out in 2002. And especially, this year with their new highly acclaimed 2017 record, ‘Cloak Of Skies‘. This week’s band is Industrial/Doom-death metal outfit from the capital city Chicago, Illinois, DRUG HONKEY. You thought I’d be doing a hat-trick on thrash bands? Didn’t you? Well, this band really turned my head and got my attention real good, for all the new and genre breaking antics they’re up to.

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LOW FLYING HAWKS (Feat. Members Of MELVINS) Premiere “Smile” [Streaming]

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Shoegazy doom outfit LOW FLYING HAWKS will release their new album, Genkaku, on August 25th via Magnetic Eye Records.

Featuring drummer Dale Crover (THE MELVINS) and bassist Trevor Dunn (MR. BUNGLE) alongside songwriters and multi-instrumentalists EHA and AAL, Genkaku is the follow-up to LOW FLYING HAWKS‘ 2016 debut, ‘Kōfuku, a record lauded by many critics and all alike.

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New ORANGE GOBLIN Album To Feature MOTORHEAD’s Phil Campbell; Europe And US Tour Dates Unveiled

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London’s ORANGE GOBLIN have finally officially announced that the writing process has begun for a brand new album, slated for release in spring 2018.

The new record will be their first for the Candlelight label since being acquired by Spinefarm/Universal and will be recorded early next year at Orgone Studios in the UK with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost,Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Angel Witch, etc.)
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