Guitarist Jeff Pogan Quits Suicidal Tendencies

Jeff Pogan, rhythm guitarist of Suicidal Tendencies, has posted the below announcement via his Instagram:

“Hey guys,
I have decided to leave Suicidal Tendencies for personal reasons.
This means I will not be playing on any of the upcoming shows or tours.
I wish the guys the best of luck and am grateful for all of the experiences I had with them.

– Jeff“

Suicidal Tendencies themselves have not publicly addressed the matter yet. Pogan had been a band member since 2016.

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False Flag Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Self-Titled Debut EP

False Flag’s unique blend of d-beat, neo-crust, black metal, screamo, and hardcore, complete with philosophical nature of the lyrics, make them one of the most fiery and intelligent bands in recent years. Premiered below, the three track self-titled debut EP is currently available on Bandcamp.

Says guitarist Shaunak:

“The songs on this EP are reflections on alienation- ideological, societal and existential. The words here are informed by the experiences I’ve had during what proved to be the most difficult and crucial years of my intellectual,ideological and personal growth. It’s not difficult to see that they are also informed by ideas of albert camus and the Frankfurt school. While, Unbroken was composed around the words written by a very dear friend of mine”.

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Bloodway Posts “Midnight Scout” Video

Romania’s Bloodway will release a new album on November 3rd, 2017 and today a new video comes online heralding that release. Check out “Midnight Scout” — the first single from “A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues” — in the YouTube player below.

Bloodway cements an ongoing relationship with I, Voidhanger Records with this album, closing chapter of a trilogy that started in 2014 with the “Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon” EP and continued the following year with the band’s first full-length album, “Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams.”

Led by artist Costin Chioreanu, Bloodway blends black metal, progressive metal, heavy rock and psychedelia in equal parts, forging a very peculiar style that revolves around deep emotions and dark inner visions.

“In this new chapter the same character from the previous albums returns to the world of humans, but with a different and larger perspective, animated by his experiences and mental transformations,” Chioreanu explains. “The world is nothing but a prison, with virtual walls risen from the controlled collective intellect, where all the prisoners are locked in by themselves. Everyone is free to go and live outside the so-called system, but nobody really wants to leave the
cells for the unknown.”

1. Not Whom, But Where (feat. Tomas Lindberg) (2:21)
2. The Startling Grotesque (5:04)
3. Don’t Wake The Void (8:09)
4. Midlight Scout (6:15)
5. Prison Paradise (7:25)
6. The Incident (6:25)
7. Encounters To Pray For (4:54)
8. A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues (feat. Mat McNerney) (5:11)

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Loviatar Streaming “Nascent” Track

Canadian post-rock/doom four-piece Loviatar (pronounced low-vye-ah-tar) just posted a lyric video taken from the band’s self-titled debut full-length, which is due out worldwide on July 28th, 2017 via Prosthetic Records.

The track “Nascent” is the first of the three-part “Stygian Wyrm” opus and can be heard below. Loviatar comments “‘Nascent’ is the first movement of he Stygian Wyrm trilogy. The song relates the birth of a dragon in fire, death and thunder, his formative years in solitude and his experiences among humans. Focusing on human failings, corruption and the inevitable apocalypse, Loviatar’s debut opus will be released over the coming weeks.”

The band’s new self-titled album features two monolithic tracks: the aforementioned “Stygian Wyrm” (broken down into three parts for the digital release) and “Blind Goddess of the Nine Plagues.” It will be available on all digital platforms, digipack CD and a limited edition gold and black swirl LP. Pre-orders are available here.

1. Nascent (Stygian Wyrm Part I) – 6:11
2. Discordant (Stygian Wyrm Part II) – 3:39
3. Ascendant (Stygian Wyrm Part III) – 8:07
4. Blind Goddess of the Nine Plagues – 19:03

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American Standards Releasing New Album “Anti-Melody”

Arizona based quartet American Standards is set to release forthcoming full-length album, “Anti-Melody,” on April 28th.

Forming in 2011 and releasing a first record in 2012 on We Are Triumphant, the band quickly became known for intense live shows, a tongue in cheek demeanor, and relentless work ethic playing over 250+ shows to date.

Vocalist Brandon Kellum comments: “What started as social commentary on the growing divide in our society became very personal when our founding guitarist (Cody Conrad) passed of suicide and then soon after, my father of cancer. We went back in to re-write much of the album and in a lot of ways used it as therapy to deal with the experiences. Although very personal, at its core Anti-Melody is centered around the universal theme of separation on many levels.”

1. Writers Block Party
2. Carpe Diem, Tomorrow
3. Church Burner
4. Bartenders Without Wings
5. Danger Music #9
6. CancerEater
7. Broken Culture
8. Chicago Overcoat

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Lyric Video For New Song “The Incredible Machine” Issued BY SynaptiK

Norwich, U.K. progressive metal act SynaptiK is launching the sophomore studio album entitled “Justify & Reason” today via Divebomb Records (Snakes On Fire in the U.K.). The follow-up to the 2014 debut “The Mechanisms of Consequence” can be ordered via the band’s official webstore in various packages. Along with the release of “Justify & Reason,” SynaptiK is premiering a lyric video for the new son “The incredible Machine” in the player below.

The creative process for “Justify & Reason” was a great, positive experience. Singer John Knight commented: “We have honed our skills and built on the knowledge gained from the experiences recording the debut album and channeled these into ‘Justify and Reason.’ The way we wrote and recorded this album seemed to work a hell of a lot better for us this time. A lot more time spent on pre-studio recording and getting everything sounding right, working on guitar harmonies, new drum patterns that fit the riffs and feel of the songs better. So when it came to recording it, it was quite a nice chilled but yet focused time, we got the whole album recorded in just a week.”

With the new album out, SynaptiK’s plans are clear — the idea is to promote the new material live as much as possible. According to Knight, “It’s always tough with the lead up to realizing an album and this is the biggest push we have given an album, it deserves it, it’s a great album, I know everyone says that but I truly believe this and I really hope it goes on to win Synaptik more fans worldwide. It’s a massive world and there are so many metal heads out there that I’m certain will really appreciate the songs on ‘J&R,’ they just need to get a chance to hear them. So the aim is to continue to push the album as hard and as far as we can, we are also looking for festivals outside the UK to give us a chance to play these songs live, so please share our videos and sounds, web pages and let all your friends know about us. Onward.”

“Justify & Reason” ventures into the dark, labyrinthine corridors of the human psyche to examine the relationship between inner emotions and society at large ? universal themes that transcend cultural and national boundaries. Each song has a different feel, they are their own monster, the lyrics reflect these different moods, the effects of anti-psychotic medication, regret, emotional abuse/control, and the human brain and the mysteries it holds.

Check out “The Incredible Machine” here:

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Third Studio Report On Drum Recordings Available From Opeth

Opeth released a third studio report on the upcoming new album “Sorceress,” which will drop on September 30th via the band’s own Nuclear Blast Entertainment imprint label, Moderbolaget Records.

In the clip, Martin “Axe” Axenrot shares his experiences with the drum recording process of the band’s twelfth studio album.

The track list for “Sorceress” is:

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress (song streaming here)
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

Check out the clip here:

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Circles Parts Ways With Guitar Player

Australian outfit Circles just issued this announcement online about parting ways with the band’s guitarist:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we share some sad news with you all. After several discussions it has come to light that Matty will no longer continue playing guitar in Circles. Ultimately, Matty would like to explore some other musical directions and we would never want to hold him back from pursuing what makes him happy creatively.

“We’ve shared some crazy times together that we’ll never forget and wish him all the best in this next chapter. A great musician, a brother and a best mate. We love ya dude! As for Circles, this is definitely not the end. We are working around the clock to get album number 2 out to your ear holes and can’t wait for you to hear this thing!”

Matty also issued this statement via Facebook: “Hey all, I am writing this to announce that sadly, I’ll be stepping down from guitar duties in Circles. It hasn’t been an easy decision but after a big chat with the guys, I have decided it was time for myself to move on to the next chapter, continuing to work on some of my own music as well as some other projects.

“I have to say that the experiences I’ve had over the past 5 years with these guys have been some of the best of my life and will cherish forever. Thanks Ted, Dave, Drew and Perry for being awesome brothers/bandmates/musicians and wish you the best of luck with everything. Love you guys! And last but not least, to all the fans and awesome friends/musos I’ve met over the last few years. Thanks for your support!”

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Dynazty Cancels ProgPower USA 2015 Performance

ProgPower 2015 has kicked off and we’ve got boots on the ground rocking out and ready to write up their experiences when they get back, but it’s been a less than smooth year getting the festival together.

After Hibria, Anubis Gate, and Persefone all had to drop off this year’s bill for various reasons, now Dynazty is the latest casualty to visa problems preventing a scheduled performance. The festival’s organizer comments:

“Dynazty will not be performing tomorrow. Three of the members of the band are here. Two remained behind and hoped to rescheduled for today. Despite assurances by the Swedish consul earlier this week, one of the band member’s visas was not delivered. The band waited at the airport yesterday in hopes it would arrive prior to the flight. We attempted to get an emergency issue today and failed.

“Needless to say, the band is devastated. Please support the band members here and help salvage their trip by showing the type of family we are. They will continue with their signing session on Saturday evening at 9:45pm.

“The show must go on. Unleash the Archers will now perform 5p-6p. Dragonland will now perform all of the material that was cut last night due to time constraints plus other stuff from 3:30-4:30.

“I have never experienced a year like this. We will make arrangements to deal with all the new USCIS bullshit being thrown at us this year. Nobody is more pissed and hurt than I am. I don’t know what else to say….”

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Falconer To Play Final Show At Prog Power USA 2015

ProgPower USA has announced the line up for ProgPower XVI, which will include Falconer’s final live performance. The festival is scheduled to take place in Atlanta, GA September 11-12 next year. Tickets will go on sale on October 4th through Ticketmaster.

Falconer has released the following statement online: “As the news has been dropped that we won’t continue as a live act we take the opportunity to explain, not that it really differs much from the state the band usually is in. The last show will take place at ProgPower USA in 2015.

“As I (Stefan Weinerhall) started Falconer in 1999 it was meant to be a studio project, I have always looked upon myself as a writer more than an artist, the creative work has been the reason and driving force.

“We started doing some shows after a while but never really going all in although the shows themselves was really rewarding, fun and filled with fond memories. It is due to conscious decisions that we have built the band up around our obligations, work schedules and family lives so there is no bitterness to this decision although the decisions were harder to make in the early years when everything started rolling. If we’re not a proper live act we’re better of as the studio project we were meant to be.

“The inconsistency of doing very few shows with huge gaps between them has meant that we’ve had to start up the rusty machinery from scratch each time. So now as we all are becoming grumpy old men, we realise that the output don’t match the input although the experiences from the past gigs have been great!

“We owe it to our fans and ourselves to do some more appearances before becoming even more reclusive than we already are, haha! So for 2015 we have looked into our windows of opportunity and seen which festivals we CAN do. Those festivals are now contacted and know of the exclusivity in the offer.

“So with this I hope that those of you who really want to catch us a last time will succeed, even though we haven’t directly booked a world tour!

“Cheers from the metal minstrels from the north!”

Falconer’s most recent album, “Black Moon Rising,” was released in June of this year and can be heard in the player below.

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