EARTH ELECTRIC (Former Mayhem & Ava Inferi Members) Debut Via Season Of Mist Revealed; Track Premiere

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There is a brand new project, named Earth Electric, that excels at creating atmospheric Psyche-Doom and Hard Rock music. Comprised of former members of Mayhem and Ava Inferi (such as ex-Ava Inferi singer Carmen Susana Simoes and current Aura Noir guitarist Rune Eriksen), Earth Electric will release their debut album, “Vol. 1: Solar“, through Season Of Mist on May 12th. The music contained on the album is multifaceted with various elements and layers to it, powered by ethereal vocals, strong riffs and intriguing keys. Those factors are enjoyably prevalent on a new audio-only track premiere from the band, “Meditate. Mediate“, which is streaming below.


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ALL HELL To Release Prosthetic Records Debut ‘The Grave Alchemist’ In April; Tour Dates

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One of our favorite regional bands (for those of us at MNHQ that is), Asheville, North Carolina’s All Hell, have shared some details of their upcoming debut for Prosthetic Records, “The Grave Alchemist“. Produced by Kris Hilbert (The Body), who worked with the band on their earlier release The Red Sect, and mixed and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), The Grave Alchemist will see a worldwide release on April 14th. The album contains twelve tracks of the ferocious blackened thrash that we have come to love seeing the band perform on a regular basis here in the Appalachian locale. The press release included with the news of the album states “The album is a narrative-driven horror concept album that weaves a tale of alchemy, necromancy, and vampirism over the span of three centuries. It is a potent blend of violence, mysticism, psychology, and the occult, distilled into an aural elixir of Blood and Gold.”

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HORSENECK ‘Heavy Trip’ Review, Official Video & Album Stream

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I have been a longtime fan of the Post-Rock/Hardcore band Will Haven from the moment I first heard them years ago so it was a no brainer for me to check out Horseneck recently when I saw they had connections to WHVN. Those connections are in the form of present and/or past members of not only Will Haven but Chelsea Wolfe as well but to be honest, that is where any and all comparisons to either band should be stopped. In fact, comparisons should not even be actually made because Horseneck is one of the more uniquely stand-alone bands I have heard in awhile. The sound they have is unlike most anything else happening in the heavy rock, alternative, or what have you scenes..their music is as diversified as it gets. And what it gets here is fantastically rocking and energetically intense and I really don’t know what labels or genre quantifications to throw at you to properly relate what the hell is going on here with the “Heavy Trip” debut. Guitarist/vocalist Anthony Paganelli, bassist Lennon Hudson, guitarist/vocalist Lance Jackman and drummer Jess Gowrie meld elements of Post-Rock, Aggro-Noise Rock, Hardcore and, believe it or not, Classic Rock. Hell, they even have synths, organs and horn sections at times and man, oh man does it make for some amazingly fascinating music on this album. This album, “Heavy Trip” being exactly what this is with the ten tracks of dense heaviness recorded by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering. It will be issued on February 17th on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
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OBITUARY Says ‘No’ In New Song Stream From Decibel Magazine

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Florida’s death metal legends Obituary are streaming a new song titled “No” which they recorded for the Decibel magazine’s flexi-disc series. The track is exclusive to Decibel and is not included on the tracklist of the upcoming Obituary self-titled album due from Relapse Records March 17th. The same day the album is released, Obituary kick off their participation in this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour 2017 along with Kreator, Midnight, and Horrendous

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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EXMORTUS Premieres ‘For The Horde’ Official Video

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Classic thrash/speed metallers Exmortus have just debuted an official video for the song “For The Horde” from the 2016 Prosthetic Records release “Ride Forth“. The clip was directed by James Pesature with footage filmed during the band’s touring with Children Of Bodom, Abbath and Oni recently. The band are currently preparing to hit the road in EU. with Havok, Warbringer and Gorod and you can find those dates/locations listed below.

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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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DEATH ‘Human’ Deluxe Vinyl Re-Issue Details; Album Stream & Video Trailer

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Relapse Records has announced their planned vinyl reissue of Death’s legendary fourth album, Human. The reissue will be available as a standard single LP and a limited edition deluxe 2xLP boxset. The deluxe version has been packaged into a super limited (500) vinyl box set containing the full Human album remastered on the first LP plus a bonus 2nd LP featuring instrumental studio tracks and demos from ‘91 (on vinyl for the first time) and is housed in an exclusive jacket with expanded art. Both LPs are pressed on Bone White and Aqua Blue Merge with Blood Red and Bronze Splatter. The box set is accompanied with an album art slipmat, a 22” x 22” album art poster and a 8.5” x 8.5” magnet sheet containing all of Death’s iconic album art and logos. A stream of the album can be found below.

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Unsigned Band Review: CURSED SUN ‘The Amygdala’ EP Review & Official Video

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Directly from Belfast, Ireland has come “The Amygdala 5-song EP from one of the country’s longest running extreme metal bands, Cursed Sun. After at least one full-length effort and numerous EPs, these lads are well established veterans within the the Northern Ireland music scene and for damn good reason. The music contained on this latest salvo is intense, multifaceted metal that incorporates primarily Thrash, Death Metal, Hardcore and Metalcore along with some hard Rock into the mix, and all with an endless supply of grooves. The guys themselves, vocalist Jones, guitarists Jonny and Ciaran, drummer Chris and bassist Monty, run like a well-maintained engine of pummeling savagery. It’s easy to hear what bands have probably both inspired and influenced them to play metal themselves, the primary comparison is to Pantera pure and simple. You can hear that nod to the legendary band in the savage introduction to this release, the opening cut “Breeding To Bleeding“. It’s a mid-tempo, chunky and heavily beefed-up hard hitter that chugs along with some killer guitar-fueled grooves, solid drumming, and great gravelly vocals that are full of angst and aggression. What’s really interesting is the band’s ability to merge somewhat tranquil, more melodic elements into things such as the emotion-evoking title song “The Amygdala” and its alternating harsher and cleanly sung vocals. They fluidly interchange nicely as the song’s music is equally diversified and able to provide varying types of energy, like a rollercoaster ride basically.

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State Of The Art: New York – BLACK WATER RISING

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

This month’s State is New York!

BLACK WATER RISING

Brooklyn is home base for one of the absolute best Hard Rock bands in the music underground, above ground, stratosphere or where the hell ever…Black Water Rising! With a sound that is rooted in a semi-metallic Rock approach founded on incendiary guitars, throbbing rhythms, and empowering drums, Black Water Rising wield a powerful style of infectious music that’s hard to resist. Formed back around 2008 by former Dust To Dust singer/songwriter Rob Traynor (guitars & vox) who would later recruit bassist Oddie McLaughlin, former Stereomud guitarist John Fattoruso and former Boiler Room drummer Mike Meselsohn, the guys went to work as an active musical entity. In 2009 they recorded and independently released their incredible 11-song self-titled debut Black Water Rising, producing the hit song “Brother Go On” which ultimately received major airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane channel and other outlets. The album achieved the #6 album in the Top 20 for October 2009 (the only unsigned band on the chart!) and #2 most requested phone-in for the Top 20 weekly chart at that time also, all of which fueled the band to issue an Official Video for the hit. Another song from the self-titled release, “No Halos“, also received the video treatment and both are streaming below.
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