Imonolith (Threat Signal, Ex-Devin Townsend Project, Etc.) Premiere Debut Single & Video “Hollow”

Imonolith – featuring members of Threat Signal, Devin Townsend project and Methods Of Mayhem fame – premiere their first single “Hollow“ via a new music video streaming for you below.

Comments drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen of the track:

“‘Hollow‘ is a song about the personal battles we all can face internally. Social pressures and self expectation can drive you to a point of feeling hollow inside if you don’t meet specific standards in your mind. The song itself actually has a positive message built into it. It’s not about feeling hollow, it’s more about preventing that hollow feeling that any one of us can develop through negative thinking and limited beliefs.

“As for ‘Hollow‘, musically it represents the catchier side of Imonolith‘s music. We have varying influences spread throughout the band and we don’t like to play just one style of music. We have a more metal crushing side, a catchier radio side and then music that fits in-between our heavy and catchier vibes. We always aim to make Imonolith‘s overall sound diverse and interesting. Most of all, we’re always focused on trying to write a great song, no matter if it’s heavy or catchy.”

Imonolith’s first live shows will take place in February and March:

02/23 Vancouver, BC – The Red Room
03/01 Calgary, AB – Dickens
03/02 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Temple

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Oceans Of Slumber Announces The Depature Of Guitarists

Houston, Texas based progressive metal outfit Oceans Of Slumber has announced that both guitarists Sean Gary and Anthony Contrereas have left the band. A statement on Facebook reads as follows:

“As many of you have seen, we’ve been having a rough patch over the last few years. Especially October. After Anthony decided to leave us (which was something we somewhat expected sadly), Sean informed us that he too would be exiting. He needed to concentrate on his personal life and career and that meant no more touring and band commitments. We’ve known for a bit about this and have auditioned a handful of people. We’ve got one of two covered now… Now the hunt begins for the next.

“Severing ties in a relationship is never easy. Losing two of the founding members of this band after 7 years of close proximity sucks too. Anthony and I have been in multiple bands together and have traveled all over the world together in them. Sean has been my right hand man from the get go. It’s taken a lot of work to get where we are. But things change. They always do. We will miss them immensely, but this house isn’t finished being built and we’re left with the task of completing it. Though there is an amount of hurt and sadness on our end, we will power through all of this and come out just fine. We must stay vigilant not to be dragged down with the daunting task of moving forward. With all of that said; goodbye to the two of you and we hope all of the things you want and need happen for you.”

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Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert’s Cause Of Death Revealed

According to late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert’s widow, the toxicology report for him has come back and listed his cause of death as drowning. She issued the following statement regarding that:

“Good morning everyone this is Beth. And indeed it IS a good morning; Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband’s death!

Cause of death- Drowning
Toxicology- Oli was apparently self-treating for manic-depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid. The psych meds found in his system were the same ones that a close relative has been prescribed for a long time, so he knew what to hunt down for the “treatment”.

Seeing how he was not going (and WOULDN’T GO) to a doctor to get diagnosed with the issue and was not being prescribed the medications and monitored on them, it explains his occasional erratic behavior here at home.

As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason.

If anybody knows where Oli was getting the psych meds, please call CT State Police, Troop C in Tolland, CT.”

The 44-years-old guitarist‘s body was found in a pond nearby his Stafford Springs, CT home on October 16th, 2018.

All That Remains just released their new record “Victim Of The New Disease”, and have tapped guitarist Jason Richardson as Herbert’s fill-in.

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Internal Bleeding Posts New Video, “Focus” Online, Reveals New Album Details

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding has posted a new music video online for the song, “Focus.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming sixth album, “Corrupting Influence,” which is set to be released through Unique Leader Recordings on October 19th and is their first album in four years, following 2014’s, “Imperium.”

“We are not much of a ‘concept video’ band” states founding guitarist Chris Pervelis. “We’d much rather shoot something that gives fans a better understanding of who we are, and how passionate we are about the music write.” This video, shot in three different locations in Long Island, NY by director/producer Sean Ageman of Washed up Media captures Internal Bleeding in all their fury, as they perform “Focus” — a song written about seizing the moment, harnessing your personal strength and never letting anyone or anything get in your way. “‘Focus’ is about going out there and killing it every single day,” vocalist Joe Marchese said, “It’s about digging deep and finding huge reservoirs of strength you never knew you had.”

The tracklisting for “Corrupting Influence” reads thusly:

1. Compelled To Consume
2. Corrupting Influence
3. Fatal Dependency
4. Focus
5. Surrounded From The Inside
6. Unreality
7. Litany Of Insincerity
8. Final Justice
9. The Supreme Sacrifice

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Karl Schubach Breaks His Silence On Being Fired From Misery Signals

With Misery Signals‘ 2008 release having recently hit its tenth anniversary, the group’s ex-vocalist Karl Schubach breaks his silence on his 2014 firing from the band to make way for the return of his predecessor frontman Jesse Zaraska:

“This year marked the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, should have been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Misery Signals third studio album, Controller, was released July 22, 2008. I still receive floods of messages from fans explaining how much that album means to them.

To this day, I’ve maintained my silence in regards to my departure from the band which, in retrospect, might be part of the reason I find myself struggling with my mental health to this day.

Over the past few years, I’ve felt growing resentment, and increasing negativity towards my experience as a member of Misery Signals. Removal from the band has left me fighting increasing battles with depression, anxiety, and a complete loss of self-confidence that has severely affected my personal relationships, and has hindered the way I interact with people.

In order to grow, move forward, and begin the healing process I feel there’s no better time than this 10 year milestone to shed some light:

I received a phone call from Ryan in early October, 2015. It was only a week or so after I had made the drive two hours north to link up with Kyle and Stu at a Comeback Kid show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It had been a while since I had any communication with the guys, as no touring plans were in the immediate future.

After the formalities and courteous catching up on life, Ryan’s tone shifted. I already knew what was coming, I could feel it in his voice. He proceeded to inform me that the band collectively had decided to continue on with the original vocalist Jesse, which whom they had re-established their relationship with through performing together on the Malice X tour a few years prior.

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For those who don’t know how I came to join the band, I submitted an audition via Myspace of myself singing over an instrumental track off their first record. At that point, they asked me to come down to Madison, WI in order to do an in-person audition, and to pack like I wouldn’t be coming home for a while. After a week of auditions and rehearsals, it was official: This random kid from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada became the vocalist of his favorite band.

Everything was great in the honeymoon phase. Being on tour, in a different city every night, playing music to hundreds of people, sharing a stage with my idols…every….single….night. I was in no position to call any shots, nor did I want to. I was the new kid, and a literal stranger thrown into a world that was completely unknown to me. These guys had been touring together for years. They clearly had everything figured out. I was content in just being along for the wild ride.

Communication had never been the band’s strong suit. Although tempers never flared, feelings were rarely expressed. It felt like we would rather just bite our tongues, rather than butt heads in an effort to avoid confrontation. Quite simply, it was easier this way. I was guilty of it just the same.

Towards the end of an Australian tour, Stu and Kyle both announced their intentions to leave the band upon our return home. I remember Ryan and I having a conversation about the future of the band, and how he thought it should play out. Eventually he ended up recruiting Greg Thomas, who we had met while he was filling in on guitar for Shai Hulud. With Greg in the mix, it came time to start the writing process for what would become Absent Light.

Something changed in me during the writing of Absent Light. I felt like every decision was being made without my consideration. As if my opinion didn’t count for anything. Seven years, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and here I was still feeling like the new kid as I perceived to watch Greg waltz in and immediately get to start calling the shots alongside Ryan as to how things should sound, the recording process, the mix, etc.

That was the first time I could pinpoint that something wasn’t right. I found my mind constantly taking me to a dark place where I only had the ability to feel like a victim, and like everyone was out to get me. Every set of thoughts was illogical, and irrational.

Nothing made sense, but I still tried to justify my sporadic thought patterns. Rather than seek help, or make anyone aware, I shut down. I became distant, passive, and secluded. I had trouble sleeping, and staying focused. All motivation, creativity and passion seemed to vanish. I felt numb…..empty.

I contributed almost nothing to the lyrical content of Absent Light, as I simply couldn’t find the inspiration anymore. That same inspiration, which at one point flourished, had simply evaporated. I removed myself from the recording process of Absent Light and returned home to Regina, where I tracked the vocals in my home studio to the lyrics and vocal patterns that Ryan provided.

The album released a few months later, and a very light touring schedule was set up to support it. The runs were much shorter than what we were typically used to, but that didn’t seem to change anything. I was miserable on the road, completely disengaged from everyone.

I was content in being in a bubble 23 hours of the day, playing the show, and then returning to isolation. This wasn’t a healthy existence for me, or for the rest of the band members. I knew it. They knew it.

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Flash forward to a day after that phone call: I was angry. I felt used, discarded like a piece of trash tossed to the roadside out of a moving vehicle. “How dare they?!” For them to simply tell me my services were no longer required after essentially putting “real life” on hold, and investing 9 years into helping them to continue living out their dream.

No severance package, no two weeks notice, just simply: “welp…See ya later”. It’s taken a lot of time and self-reflection to realize their decision to remove me from the equation wasn’t out of malice (bad reference, I know), but as a necessity for both parties to be able to continue a healthy existence.

Up until recently, I hadn’t listened to a Misery Signals song since that phone call. The countless framed tour posters, magazine articles, vinyls had been collecting dust in a dark corner of my basement for years, rather than being out on display. It pained me to look at them, because I collectively associated them with the result of that conversation, and not the incredible memories and friendships that each of them represented.

In an attempt to heal, I’m letting go of the resentment. I’m taking ownership of the role I played, and the end result. I’m dusting off those posters, and hanging them on the wall, as I feel like I can finally show how proud I am of what I accomplished in that time.

To Ryan, Branden, Kyle, Stu & Greg: I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you I’m sorry. I’m not proud of what I let myself become, and ask that you forgive me for not having the strength to get the help I needed back then. Part of me wishes things could have been different, but most of me also thanks you for doing the right thing. I wish you nothing but the best of luck with Jesse and the new album. I’ll be one of the first to pre-order it.

To everyone else: I hope that by reading this, I haven’t let any of you down. If any of you are struggling with depression or anxiety, please make getting help a priority. Don’t let it go untreated. If you feel alone or like you have no one to talk to, please message me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Writing this all out has actually been very therapeutic. To the point where I now feel the need to rephrase the very first sentence I wrote:

‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.’”

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Wolfheart Announces New Album, “Constellation Of The Black Light”

Finnish metal outfit Wolfheart has announced the details of their forthcoming new studio album, “Constellation Of The Black Light.” A statement on the band’s official Facebook page reads thusly:

“Determination and perseverance were the key points in the making this album, while conquering obstacle after obstacle during the process of recordings while coldness and beauty of winter were the themes where the music was born. This is definitely a triumph in our career and one of the biggest battles won in my personal career. I could not be more satisfied with the result and with new label and management behind us we are headstrong to stay in the bath of victories”
-Tuomas of Wolfheart

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Exmortus Premiere New Music Video For “Feast Of Flesh”

Exmortus premiere a new music video for their track “Feast Of Flesh“, which is taken from their new album “The Sound Of Steel“, which was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Suffocation). The effort will be out June 08th via Prosthetic Records.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez:

“As some may have noticed on my personal page, I don’t just post guitar or band stuff, but a lot of food pictures and I’m no vegan. ‘Feast Of Flesh‘ is a celebration of our carnal needs and desires. I’m not trying to make any political/environmental statements but I feel this song expresses the ugly and brutal nature of humans and other animals.

It ain’t pretty so we thought it would be fun to shoot the band chowing down on actual raw flesh fresh from the meat market. My girlfriend was willing to play the hapless victim of the carnage, which made the whole experience quite fun and yet funny since we were all trying to act and not laugh at the whole idea. The song itself is more of a caveman stompy headbanger so the music works beautifully with the lyrics and visuals in bloody harmony. So, sit back and enjoy the Feast of Flesh! Cheers!”

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HARLOTT to support Havok on tour in Europe in April!

– January 25th, 2018 –

Australian Thrash Maniacs HARLOTT will be back to Europe this April with Havok, Darkest Hour and Cephalic Carnage!

Harlott‘s Andrew Hudson comments: “We are extremely excited to be returning to Europe this April to be part of a brutal line-up of some of our personal favorite bands. We can’t wait to get back to the countries we visited with Annihilator back in 2015, and we are bringing our fastest and angriest live show ever with us.

HARLOTT released their third album Extinction in April 2017 via Metal Blade Records. The album features 12 tracks of furious riffs, spitting verses and face melting shred blend effortlessly with triumphant melodies and thundering groove to make a diverse and adaptable record that pays tribute to the kings of Thrash Metal, and makes waves in the new dawn of evil. Get all information here: metalblade.com/harlott

HARLOTT
Tour w/ Havok, Darkest Hour, Cephalic Carnage
05.04.18 Germany Oberhausen @ Kulttempel
06.04.18 Germany Berlin @ Musik & Frieden
07.04.18 Germany Leipzig @ Hellraiser
08.04.18 Germany Weinheim @ Café Central
09.04.18 Czech Rep Prague @ Nova Chmelnice
10.04.18 Hungary Budapest @ Durer Kert
12.04.18 Germany Nürnberg @ Z-Bau
13.04.18 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
14.04.18 France Lyon @ CCO Villeurbanne
15.04.18 Spain Barcelona @ Bóveda
16.04.18 Spain Madrid @ Caracol
17.04.18 Spain Sevilla @ Custom
18.04.18 Portugal Lisbon @ Lisboa Ao Vivo
20.04.18 Spain Pamplona @ Totem
21.04.18 France Montpellier @ Secret Place
22.04.18 France Paris @ Petit Bain
23.04.18 UK London @ Underworld
24.04.18 Ireland Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge
25.04.18 Scotland Glasgow @ Cathouse
26.04.18 UK Birmingham @ Asylum
27.04.18 Belgium Antwerp @ Zappa
28.04.18 Germany Hannover @ Faust
29.04.18 Germany München @ Backstage

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Wake Debut Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Misery Rites”

Canadian grinders Wake debut the title track of their upcoming third album “Misery Rites”, which will be out in stores February 23rd, 2018 via Translation Loss Records.

Check out now “Misery Rites” below.

Explains vocalist Kyle Ball:

“Misery Rites is a concept that is made up of my personal battles with depression, addiction, isolation and their perpetual cycles that I’ve found myself caught in, time and time again. Some songs stray from this concept and focus on different avenues of human arrogance. The song ‘Misery Rites’ is the first song in the overall narrative found throughout the album. It’s about the beginning of these cycles and how easily I keep falling back into them.”

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Drummer Sean Reinert Exits Cynic – Settlement Over Use Of Band Name Reached

Cynic haven’t been too active since 2015 when a a dispute emerged between frontman/guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert. At the time Reinert parted ways with the band, citing growing tensions and a general unhappiness with what he felt were suboptimal performances from Paul Masvidal.

He also mentioned that in order for Masvidal to legally continue performing under the Cynic name, they would need to come to a signed agreement. Drummer Sean Reinert has now announced that such an agreement has reached and it comes with his official exit. States Reinert via Facebook:

“Today I post with a heavy heart, but also a lightened spirit. A settlement has been reached between Paul and I in regards to CYNIC. I am unable to disclose any of the details regarding this agreement but I am at peace with the arrangement. I am going to step aside from CYNIC and continue with my personal projects – Paul is going to continue with CYNIC and his.

I want to take this last Facebook post as an opportunity to humbly thank all of the musicians, engineers, technicians, companies, booking agents, managers, crew, press, labels and friends that I’ve worked with (and will likely continue to) over this past 30-year span.

Most of all – I would like to thank the fans, who to this day still blow me away with their loyalty and love. You’ve always been the inspiration and the fuel for the machine!

To Paul, I sincerely wish him and the musicians he hires nothing but the best.

If you are interested in what’s going on in my world check out some of the links below:

Love,
Sean”

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