Badr Vogu Posts Two New Songs

“Wroth” is the forthcoming new full-length from Oakland, California sludge/doom/crust metal faction Badr Vogu. Captured in the spring and summer of 2015 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum), the eight-track offering will be released on cassette and 2xLP via Tribunal Of The Axe Records.

In advance of the release of “Wroth,” the band today shares two new tracks in the form of “Copernican Theory” and “Narcotically Opaque.” Badr Vogu comments:

“‘Copernican Theory’ is the opening track off of the new album and the first song we wrote collectively with our current lineup. It starts off with a bang rather than with a slow build-up like the opener on our last album, so we thought it was the perfect song to kick things off.

“Lyrically, it deals with human subjectivity and the inherent narcissism embedded within which manifests as viewing yourself as a special, unique being when in all actuality we’re all just carbon-based, avaricious animals trapped on a tiny blue rock close to a dying star in an incomprehensibly vast and expanding universe. Contrary to what your parents and teachers told you, you aren’t special. You aren’t entitled to shit, and neither is anyone else, ourselves included.

“Narcotically Opaque’ is one of the more bluesy songs on the album, but it manages to rage into some heavy death/doom parts which feel like a blunt kick to the face. The whole song is very emotionally charged and that distraught pathos bleeds through in the riffs, crushing lead, and tortured vocals.

“The lyrics deal with watching a loved one existentially fade away via drugs and escapism in order to avoid facing trauma that has indelibly altered them – with the admission that you’re guilty of the same mental escapism. Whether its drugs, alcohol, religion, or television, everyone alters their mindset to avoid facing reality, but sometimes people lose sight of not only themselves, but reality itself in the process.”

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Hollow Bones Releasing “Lionheart” Album

Empire State melodic metalcore quintet Hollow Bones will self-release debut album, “Lionheart,” on May 27th. Over a year in the making, “Lionheart” was mixed, mastered and engineered by Randy Pasquarella at Pasquarella Recordings and self-produced by Hollow Bones with Pasquarella’s assistance.

The band comments: “We are incredibly proud to present our debut album ‘Lionheart.’ It took us over a year to get everything we wanted, and although it was a long wait, we couldn’t be happier with the final product. We hope that the passion we put into making this album rings true with people who are looking to find solace in music. We hope that people hear the words we are saying and are inspired to take action, or are relieved in knowing they are not alone and that others have felt the way they do and that there is reprieve. Our mission from the beginning has always been, and will always be, to find people who are as passionate about music as we are about creating it. Promote what you love, and use music to heal.”

Last year Hollow Bones launched a music video for the first “Lionheart” single, “Drytooth,” which can be seen here. In our exclusive premiere of the video, vocalist Patrick Anthony commented:

“Thematically ‘Drytooth’ is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.

“The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject.”

Another track off “Lionheart,” titled “The November Diaries,” can be heard in the YouTube player below.

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Western Massacre Announces "Freedom Through Violence" Tour Dates

Western Massachusetts “death groovers” Western Massacre have announced the dates for their 2012 tour, which blasts off on Friday, August 3rd at the Silk City TapRoom in Florence, MA. The tour will be in support of the band’s debut album “Freedom Through Violence” reviewed here.

Fellow Massholes Spoken Like A True Hero will offer support during the eight-gig, ten-day romp. Tour dates are as follows: (times and/or dates subject to change):

Friday, August 3rd, 9:00 PM – Silk City Taproom – Florence, MA ($5 General admission)
Saturday, August 4th, 9:00 PM – PVD Social Club – Providence, RI ($5 General admission)
Monday, August 6th, 7:00 PM – The Shop – East Haven, CT (Free Admission)
Wednesday, August 8th, 8:00 PM – Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE (Free Admission)
Thursday, August 9th, 6:30 PM – Le Grand Fromage – Atlantic City, NJ ($10 General Admission)
Friday, August 10th, 8:00 PM – Hard Hat Café – North Haven, CT (Free Admission)
Saturday, August 11th, 3:00 PM – Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH ($8 General Admission)
Sunday, August 12th, 12:00PM – American Legion – Post 338 Southwick, MA ($20 All Day ticket)

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More News On Condition Of Riot’s Mark Reale Released

More information on what transpired when Riot’s Mark Reale was transported to the hospital on January 11, 2012 (see MU article at this location) has surfaced from the stricken guitarist’s official website.

The site’s Websmaters have been posting information about the Reale’s condition, of which the latest indicated that the Riot founder suffered a subarachnoid hemmorhage as a result of a seizure and has been in a coma since his admission. The condition is when bleeding occurs in the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater surrounding the brain.

Reale is also facing other critical conditions as a result of his lifelong battle with Crohn’s disease and is under the care of San Antonio physicians. At the behest of Reale’s family Riot has continued its live dates, the latest of which is the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise which is ongoing.

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Mausoleum Announces First Live Show In Brooklyn

Mausoleum has issued the following announcement about performing the band’s first live show:

“After 10 years as a band, Mausoleum will finally be playing their first show ever! Brooklyn, New York Friday September 16th Signature Riff presents Drawn and Quartered, Mausoleum, Death Sick and Mutant Supremacy. St. Vitus Bar 1120 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn NY Doors Open @ 7pm Admission $12 21+”

Mausoleum will also be releasing the upcoming new album “Back From the Funeral” through Razorback Recordings in late Summer/early Fall.

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