Eyehategod Frontman Mike IX Responds To Senator Jason Rapert

New Orleans sludge metal legends Eyehategod has recently found themselves in some hot water with Republican Senator Jason Rapert of Arkansas. A poster for their upcoming show in Little Rock (see below) displayed the politician biting a baby, who responded by labeling the band as “extreme liberals” who “torment his stand for better moral values.” Rapert also urged people not to attend the venue (Vinos,) demanded the band and venue issue an apology, claimed they have “no respect for babies lives or people of faith” and that they invited the Satanic Temple to the city.

Eyehategod frontman Mike IX has issued a retort to the Senator, which reads as follows:

“Open letter to Sen. Jason Rapert (R):

“Thank you for all the attention you’ve given the EyeHateGod show in Little Rock, Arkansas. Any image that was used of you is protected under the First Amendment, which supposedly protects us ‘Americans.’ Please stick to destroying peoples lives by trying to ban same sex marriage, opposing medical marijuana legalization, threatening minorities, and absolutely attacking women’s right to choose. Your moral crusade against basic human rights will be fought at every turn.

“Mike IX Williams
“EyeHateGod”

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Sins Of The Damned Posts New Song “Take The Weapons” Online

Shadow Kingdom Records has set May 3rd as the international release date for Sins Of The Damned’s debut album, Striking The Bell Of Death, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.

Formed in 2013 in the city of Santiago, Sins Of The Damned have become a cult institution in their homeland of Chile, itself a hotbed of heavy metal mania. The band self-released their first couple of demos, totally DIY but 100% professional, and prodigiously perfected their craft with subsequent short-length releases every year since. And now, at last arrives the full distillation of Sins Of The Damned’s eternal, unyielding aesthetic: the full-length Striking The Bell Of Death!

For a debut album, Striking The Bell Of Death does everything it should: consolidate all of Sins Of The Damned’s strengths, unveil previously hinted-at elements, and deliver them in a powerful production. The beauty (or is that ugliness?) of Sins Of The Damned is that the quartet maintain such a classic sound, drinking deeply of metal’s rich history, and yet exude a freshness of approach that results in something legitimately, respectably modern. Striking The Bell Of Death is full, furious proof of that, exhibiting absolutely masterful songwriting – hooks, energy, and passion – while roughening it up in a manner almost blackened (but not too much!). As such, the record comes highly recommended to maniacs of classic Razor, Whiplash, Exciter, and Deathrow (Germany) as well as current torchbearers like Desaster, Gospel Of The Horns, Deathhammer, and Italy’s Barbarian.

Hark! Do you hear that sound? It’s Sins Of The Damned – Striking The Bell Of Death. The first tolling bell of doom can be heard with the new track “Take The Weapons”.

Striking The Bell Of Death by Sins Of The Damned

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Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Saxon Announces 40th Anniversary Shows With Girlschool And Other Special Guests

1979 was a monumentous year for British Hard Rock with the birth of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and the subsequent rise of future giants of the genre. After 40 years and 22 studio album releases SAXON remain as one of those giants of British Heavy Metal and to prove the fact the band are back in 2019 to play 3 iconic shows in iconic venues.

For the first time since the 1980’s Saxon return to headlining London’s legendary Hammersmith “Odeon” and Manchester Apollo, together with their largest Scottish show to date at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in October 2019, with a mega show featuring staples of Saxon shows past, the castle set in its enormity together with the classic Eagle Lighting rig!

In addition to the announcement of these shows, the band will release another chapter in the classic “The Eagle Has Landed Live” series of albums with The Eagle Has Landed 4 out on general release on August 2nd 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Renamed “The Eagle Has Landed 40” to commemorate the anniversary, the album will be a double CD set (available on other formats including a special box set) containing 40 songs spanning the bands career.

The Tour Dates are as follows:

Friday October 18th – Glasgow, Braehead Arena
Saturday October 19th – London, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
Sunday October 20th – Manchester, o2 Apollo

To add to an already exciting spectacle, very special guest acts have been included on all shows to make these events no hard rock fan can bear to miss.

For London and Manchester, a four band bill will include Swiss legends KROKUS who will play their first and only shows in the UK for many years together with friends and NWOBHM icons GIRLSCHOOL & DIAMOND HEAD. Krokus have decided to retire after this year, so these will also be the band’s last ever shows in the UK.

Glasgow will feature special guests BLACK STAR RIDERS, fresh after the release of pending album No 4, together with Girlschool opening the show.

Biff Byford: “We are very happy to be celebrating 40 years of Saxon by playing these great venues – to be back at Hammersmith and Manchester Apollo is fantastic and to see all our Scottish friends at Braehead Arena just tops it off! The show will be the biggest and best since the classic era of the band and the set list will be …. Well let’s say we’ll start with ‘Wheels Of Steel’ – straight into ‘Strong Arm Of The Law’ into ‘Denim & Leather’ … that good enough for you?”

Krokus’ Chris Von Rohr adds “We all have very good memories about the British fans – and Saxon – long stick will go boom! Together we gonna set the damn roof on fire!”

Ricky Warwick from Black Star Riders comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be special guests to our good friends Saxon at their Braehead Arena show. Glasgow is very dear to us and I personally … have a huge history with the City! Can’t wait to see you all. This will be epic!”

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City Of Tyrants Premiere New Song & Lyric Video “Astral Projection” From Upcoming New Album “Revelations”

New Jersey based Metal band CITY OF TYRANTS has released the official lyric video for “Astral Projection,” the first single off of their upcoming album, REVELATIONS. Due out 11/16/2018, REVELATIONS will be a concept album addressing the conflict and confusion of pursuing ones personal ideology.

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Light This City & Gygax East Coast North American Mini-Tour Announced

Light This City and Gygax will be hitting the road together again this fall. This time for an East Coast mini-tour in November. Light This City will be touring in support of their latest effort “Terminal Bloom“, which arrived earlier this year.

11/06 Cleveland, OH – The Foundry
11/07 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
11/08 Montreal, QC – Katacombes
11/09 Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sounds Bar
11/10 Worcester, MA – Ralph’s Diner
11/11 Philadelphia, PA – The Fire

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Berthold City Debut New Music Video “Moment of Truth”

Los Angeles straightedge hardcore outfit BERTHOLD CITY, featuring members of Strife, World Be Free, Internal Affairs, Allegiance, and more, has released a new video for the title track to their debut EP, Moment Of Truth. The “Moment Of Truth” video was directed and edited by John “Eightclip” Jenkins for What We Do Collective.

See BERTHOLD CITY’s “Moment Of Truth” video below:

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Light This City Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Terminal Bloom”

Light This City‘s new effort “Terminal Bloom” is now available to stream below in its entirety. The album is the group’s first to arrive in roughly a decade and will be out this Friday, May 25th, via Creator-Destructor Records.

Terminal Bloom by Light This City

Light This City will touring the West Coast with Gygax:

06/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
06/23 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
06/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room
06/28 San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
06/29 Seattle, WA – Highline
06/30 Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
07/01 Sacramento, CA – On The Y

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Witch Casket Premiere Music Video For “The True Knot”

In anticipation of the release of their debut EP entitled “Hatred Index”, Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket have announced the release of the music video for “The True Knot”, one of the tracks from their upcoming album due out April 27th. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by the band’s vocalist “Drogoth”.

Watch the video below:

Drogoth had this to say about the video:

“Since our first music video was mainly a “performance” video, I wanted to do something more cinematic and story driven. The video finds the band members fleeing the city, being pursued by an unseen adversary, or perhaps being drawn to the outskirts by the call of a coven of powerful witches. The band is taken on a journey that serves as a sort of “origin story”, following them through a transformation from crestfallen reprobates to a stronger, more unified force. The video was shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel mountains.”

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Witch Casket Premiere Music Video For “The True Knot”

In anticipation of the release of their debut EP entitled “Hatred Index”, Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket have announced the release of the music video for “The True Knot”, one of the tracks from their upcoming album due out April 27th. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by the band’s vocalist “Drogoth”.

Watch the video below:

Drogoth had this to say about the video:

“Since our first music video was mainly a “performance” video, I wanted to do something more cinematic and story driven. The video finds the band members fleeing the city, being pursued by an unseen adversary, or perhaps being drawn to the outskirts by the call of a coven of powerful witches. The band is taken on a journey that serves as a sort of “origin story”, following them through a transformation from crestfallen reprobates to a stronger, more unified force. The video was shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel mountains.”

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