Louder Than Life 2018 Spotlight: MONSTER MAGNET [Official Videos]

*This is part of our “Louder Than Life 2018 Spotlight” series where we  focus on some of the up-and-coming bands that fans can see at this year’s Louder Than Life Festival on Sept. 28th-30th.  This week, we’re checking out Monster Magnet.*

1989 marks the year of birth of New Jersey’s spacerock legends Monster Magnet. Though this band isn’t one of the headliners of this years festival they have put in their time and are veterans of the rock and metal world. They have likely put in more hours on stage than most of the other early acts combined. The bands first demos titled ‘Forget About Life, I’m High on Dope’ and ‘I’m Stoned, What Ya Gonna Do About It?’ should pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the band, but there is much more you should know. The band released their official debut album ‘Spine Of God’ on Caroline Records in 1991 which became a full on genre classic literally in an instant. If you were ever looking for some stoner space rock look no further than the originators; Monster Magnet. Frontman Dave Wyndorf has expertly piloted the band through an asteroid belt of lineup changes and health scares, substance abuse and public opinion, emerging as something of a stoner rock elder statesman. The drug hazed heavy sound of the releases helped in cementing Monster Magnet‘s reputation of being the only legit descendants of the likes of psychedelic and stoner rock Godfathers Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, and their electrifying punk siblings in MC5.

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“Inspired By A Man Who I Saw Go Into Cardiac Arrest,” MONUMENT OF A MEMORY Talks New Single, “Cold Eyes” [Official Video]

New Jersey metalcore band, Monument of a Memory has just released the official music video for their single “Cold Eyes” from their January, 2018 EP, ‘Ex-Mortis.’ The song has a chilling, real life backstory that is captured brilliantly in the sonic intensity of the music and lyrics. Continue reading

The Bucketlist with DRIFTER

*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, we always welcome newcomers to the music scene and love to hear new music from bands all over the world.  When we first hear about a band, it’s pretty interesting to sort of follow the band’s career as they gain more and more success from playing local shows to playing some of the biggest music festivals.  With that, New Jersey natives Drifter have been showing up in several independent media outlets in the recent months and one listen will have you understanding why.  Continue reading

DINOSAUR EYELIDS Release Video For “Day Zero” [Video Streaming]

 

Dinosaur Eyelids have been one of the most revered rock n roll bands in the New Jersey music scene since their formation in 2009. The bands goes about things in a true DIY way and have no released 5 albums. The advise that their musical influences range from Soundgarden to The Replacements to Ween. That is certainly a vast area of influence but so is this bands style and sound. It seems that about anything they set out to conquer they are able to do in stride. With around 100 shows under their belt Dinosaur Eyelids is not only refining their sound in the studio but on the stage as well. Their 2014 album ‘Bypass To Nowhere’ debuted at #1 on WRSU Rutgers Radio and their material has been played on 180 college radio stations across North America. They are like a mixture of Nirvana and Neil Young that creates heartbreaking love songs that sink you to lows and also life stories that uplift you. Dinosaur Eyelids is like the pendulum of life told through rock n roll. Continue reading

Review: DINOSAUR EYELIDS – ‘Left Turn On Red’ [Album Stream]

 

Dinosaur Eyelids have been one of the most revered rock n roll bands in the New Jersey music scene since their formation in 2009. The bands goes about things in a true DIY way and have no released 5 albums. The advise that their musical influences range from Soundgarden to The Replacements to Ween. That is certainly a vast area of influence but so is this bands style and sound. It seems that about anything they set out to conquer they are able to do in stride. With around 100 shows under their belt Dinosaur Eyelids is not only refining their sound in the studio but on the stage as well. Their 2014 album ‘Bypass To Nowhere’ debuted at #1 on WRSU Rutgers Radio and their material has been played on 180 college radio stations across North America. They are like a mixture of Nirvana and Neil Young that creates heartbreaking love songs that sink you to lows and also life stories that uplift you. Dinosaur Eyelids is like the pendulum of life told through rock n roll.

 

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State Of The Art: BINARY CODE! [Official Album Stream]

*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*
                                                              This month’s state is New Jersey!

Binary Code is a progressive metalband from, how suprising, New Jersey. They have been making stellar music since 2010 starting with ‘Priest’ which is, to me, one of the better progressive records I have heard in a while. But don’t worry, the flame hasn’t died yet. Last year, May 24, they restarted the engine by firing up the full album ‘Moonsblood’. So without further ado, let’s dig right into this masterpiece of a band!

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State Of The Art: New Jersey’s EXOVOID! [SONG STREAM]

*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured state*
This month’s state is New Jersey!
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Make way for the moshpit-inducing, high-speed and wicked intense death metal band, ExoVoid! Previously known by their fans as Asphyxiating, ExoVoid are a technical death metal/prog band from Trenton, New Jersey.

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State Of The Art: New Jersey’s MOM FIGHT! [EP Stream]

 

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

This month’s state is New Jersey!

2015 saw the formation of the band Mom Fight in Middleton, New Jersey. The band is currently a three piece, but started out as a 4 piece band. Former singer Joe left the band in May and cited his desire to focus on film making as his reason for leaving the band. It was at this time that guitarist Nick Timoniere stepped up and filled the role of vocalist as well as continuing as the bands guitarist. On Nick moving forward as the vocalist the band stated “After Joe left, we decided it would be best to record Vacant as a three piece, with Nick being the most natural of transitions for vocals. If you saw us back in August or looked at the photos, you knew Nick was putting the guitar down and fronting the band. Everyone knew, but we just never confirmed it. Nick put in a tremendous amount of work on this EP, as he did every guitar and all the lead vocals on it.” The band also picked up guitarist Shawn Riyann so Nick could focus on vocals and completing the band once again as a 4 piece. Some of the Mom Fight’s influences are Bottomfed, The Greatest Virtue, Deadbeat, Hounds, Queensway, and Gallery. The bands sound has a varying style. You can hear a wide variety of genres they sort of touch on but they certainly can’t be pigeon holed to one specific genre. At times you will hear a bit of metalcore and other times they seem more sludgy with a hint of thrash and hardcore. No matter what you call it, one word that can define their sound is HEAVY.

 

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An Interview With NEGATIVE SKY’s Tom Fitzgibbon!

  New Jersey natives Negative Sky have just recently put the final touches on their upcoming release ‘Placid Black’. They also released a video for the hard hitting and aggressive track “The Dark Unknown”. The band certainly carries with it a ton of influence from the New York Hardcore scene, but they also add differing elements that really sends their music to a new level. From the very first listen to this new track I was immediately drawn to their music. Beware of your surroundings when you first listen to “The Dark Unknown” because it will make you want to start a circle pit 30 seconds into the song. We were fortunate enough to speak with Negative Sky drummer Tom Fitzgibbon and get some info on the bands formation and what their plans are for the future. Continue reading