SWEAT LODGE Streaming ZZ Top Cover From Departing EP ‘Tokens From Hell’

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Texas rockers Sweat Lodge are sharing a new song from their upcoming Tokens From Hell EP which will be issued through Brutal Panda Records on March 10th. It will be a bittersweet offering as the band has announced they are disbanding after its release and some select live appearances. You can read that news and hear another new song from the EP in another Metal Nexus article here. Today we are presenting Sweat Lodge‘s version of ZZ Top’s “Precious And Grace“, also from the EP, below.

BLACK CAT BONES ‘Down To The River’ EP Review & Select Track Streams

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From across the pond, Liverpool to be exact, comes the late 2016 release from Black Cat Bones, their 5-song “Down To The River” EP (Broken Road Records LTD).  It is the follow up to the band’s preceding EP “False Promises & Wasted Time” and what the band has crafted here is nothing short of fantastically bluesy, boogie ‘n groove-infused Southern Rock. The guys, singer/harmonica player Jonnie Hodson, guitarists Alan Rimmer and Adam Kerbache, bassist/bkg. vox Jamie Hayward, and drummer/bkg. vox Ash Janes have captured the essence of 80’s hard rock ala Guns & Roses, Junkyard or Dangerous Toys. Clearly not satisfied with sitting on those influences, BCB mash that oldschool vibery with tinges of modern rock similar to what acts like Rival Sons or Monster Truck are putting out and the result is an infectious sound indeed.
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INDOMINUS ‘Legion Within’ EP Review & Stream

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We return to Ireland for yet another round of crushing, punishing extreme metal via Indominus‘ debut EP, the 5-song “Legion Within“. Released last September, the guys Alan Duddy (vox), Simon Cochrane (lead gtr./bkg. vox), Logan McKee (rhythm gtr.), Mark Payne (bass) and Nathan Glasgow (drums) administer a savage assault of Death Metal, Thrash, and traditional, oldschool-inspired Metal here. It is highly reminiscent of the earliest pioneering bands within the U.S.’ Floridian DM scene of yesteryear, clearly influenced by the likes of Obituary, Death, Massacre and the like. Structured upon blistering dual guitar antics, bone rattling rhythms and furiously unrelenting drums, the music is savage and abrasive. There are several vocal styles attached to things too ranging from bellowing gutturals to shriek-ish highs and the occasional aggressive Hardcore type, each adding a rather distinct flavoring to things.  
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THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) / HASHISHIAN ‘Taurean’ Split EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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What do you get when you take a primarily one-man musical project from Columbus, Ohio and mix it with a two-man musical project from Malaysia? You get six songs of pure badassery from the freshly issued “Taurean” split EP from the Buckeye State’s THAL (The Heathens Are Loose) and the weed worshiping Hashishian of course! Only THAL‘s Vince Green (John Walker) is joined by his wytCHord bandmate, Kevin Hartnell, for some help with the drums and guitars on this new material. Meanwhile, Hashishian is working within its own two man configuration for their contribution here as well so let’s jump into it, shall we? Continue reading

GRIM RAVINE ‘The Light Is From Below’ EP Review & Stream

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Just the name Grim Ravine itself inspires images of some foreboding, deep cavernous crevice within the earth where life is endangered and possibly, myriad evils abound. Those imaginings are not far off the mark either when the bleak, rock bottom sonics of the band’s imminent EP release, “The Light Is From Below“, is experienced. It will be issued this Friday, February 17th via Black Bow Records, the label run by Jon Davis of crushing heavyweights Conan. Taking their cue from such sonic monstrosities as Unearthly Trance or Bongripper, Grim Ravine have weaponized a lethal aural assault of bleak, burdensome Doom emanating with Sludge-like miseries. The four songs unleashed on the EP, “Shrine Of Misery“, “Translunary“, “Hypernova” and “Vacant Mass” carve their way into your skull with frightening misanthropy resonating in their beings. Heavy, loud, laden with groove, loud, heavy displays of what the band themselves admit to being their own knack to “worship tone and riffs”, this is vile doom merely for the same of such. Once you subject yourself to it via the Bandcamp embed below, odds are you will be utterly shuddered to your very soul itself and never able to peacefully rest again anytime afterward.

BANTHA RIDER Self-Titled EP Review, Stream & NYP Item

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From far away Warsaw, Poland we receive the newly released Bantha Rider self-titled 4-song EP which instantly piques my interest with its ‘instrumental Stoner/Sludge’ tag. That tag more than ably describes what we are getting here but there’s some elements of Doom too and it is all delivered with a kind of sluggish groove that just cannot be ignored. The power at the heart of this power trio, guitarist Chris, bassist Bart and drummer Art definitely meld an opiate-like haziness into their sound. Like any true opiate, the music rolls along at alternating speeds, tempos and paces which successfully you right along its path..one moment slow and sedate, the next a rush of energized riffs and nicely powered rhythms. Another notable aspect of the music is the seemingly somewhat Lo-Fi overall sound that its rendered within, which adds a most validated sludgened component to everything that you hear.
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VERMILION WHISKEY ‘Spirit Of Tradition’ Review & Select Song Streams; Album Teaser Video

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Remember that ol’ battle cry “The South will rise again!”? If there was ever a specific time frame that it was alluding to I think it was probably now, the first few months of 2017. And of course I mean musically in the fact that next week, on February 17th to be exact, Vermilion Whiskey will unleash their latest studio offering, the 6-song “Spirit Of Tradition” EP.  The Tony Reed (Mos Generator) mastered effort follows the recent release of White Light Cemetery and precedes upcoming ones from Electric Age and Forming The Void..all Southern bands from Louisiana to be exact. And make no mistake, this current music from Vermilion Whiskey is pure, undiluted Southern hard rock tempered with a bit of metallic sludge for taste. With slowly unfurling, molasses-thick riffs, swampy backwoodsy rhythms, and axe-hewn drums, the musical side of this content ripples with borne-from-below-the Mason/Dixon Line vibes with every note.

The five musicians behind Vermilion Whiskey, vocalist Thaddeus Riordan, guitarists Ross Brown and Carl Stevens, bassist Jeremy Foret and drummer Buck Andrus blend a potent mash of grunge-y Stoner Rock. Powered by guitar riffs as heavy as anything by the likes of Down or C.O.C., songs like “Road King“*, the blistering blues ‘n doom of “Come Find Me” and the metal-laden ripper “Loaded Up” scream Southern by the grace of God..or Satan, somebody, heh. The solos alone in “Road King” will absolutely scorch your ears but it’s when this unit takes a header into the heavier side of things that the smoke really begins to pour. “The Past Is Dead“* is a dense, heavy-handed slab of savage doom greatness, the slower riffs churning out as Thad’s vocals wail with whiskey-drenched severity, raspy and rowdy as can be.

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GRUESOME To Release New EP; Title Track With Guest Sean Reinert (Death/Cynic) Streaming

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The oldschool death metal influenced group Gruesome have announced they will release a new EP, “Fragments Of Psyche“, via Relapse Records on March 31st. It’s said the material is specifically influenced by Death’s monumental Human album and will include a cover of the song “Choke It“. Also included are demos of Gruesome‘s early recordings are also featured, including: “Closed Casket“, “Gangrene“, “Gruesome“, “Psychic Twin” and “Savage Lands“. A stream of the title track can be found below which features guest Sean Reinert of Death and Cynic fame. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (also of Exhumed) said of this outing:
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SILVER TONGUE DEVILS Self-Titled EP Review, Stream, & NYP Item

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From Greenville, South Carolina comes the scorching blues-fueled hard rock of Silver Tongue Devils and their self-titled 4-song EP, released in November 2016. This is southern rock in its most lethal state, crafted with intoxicating hooks and addictive rhythms and it is really no wonder it’s so damn good. The band itself consists of Michael Miller and Blake Webb of Alias For Now and Green Jello along with The Lucky Strange’s Jesse James Worley and Duncan Marrow, a well established blues guitarist who’s jammed with both B.B. King and the North Mississippi All-Stars. The chemistry this quartet brews up together on this EP is, simply put, fantastic and quite enthralling. The four cuts here, “High On You“, “Falling Away“, “Trouble And Money” and “Stardust” are laced with incendiary guitars, solid rhythmic bases, and laid back swagger. At times hypnotic and sedate, other times intensely fierce and driving, the music delivers a wide scope of varying degrees of energy.
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HOLLOW LEG ‘Murder’ EP Review & Song Share

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I have extolled the virtues of Florida’s Hollow Leg since I first learned of them back during the release of 2010’s Instinct and then on into subsequent outings Abysmal (2013) and Crown (2016). Seeing them decimate the stage at last year’s Maryland Doom Fest was a high point of the year for me as well and now we arrive at the present. Hollow Leg will issue a 2-song EP titled “Murder” through Argonauta Records on March 3rd and it will mark a personnel change within the unit. Recently, drummer and founding member Tim Creter exited the Jacksonville-based sonic juggernauts and his replacement, John Stewart (Caribou King), manned the kit for this new recording. The results here are proof positive that Stewart has settled right into the band alongside vocalist Scott Angelacos, guitarist/vocalist Brent Lynch and bassist Tom Crowther.


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