Leprous Releases “From The Flame” Music Video

Norway’s Leprous is now rolling out the campaign for fifth studio album “Malina” (due out August 25th, 2017 via InsideOutMusic) by debuting irst single and video “From The Flame” today.

The band checked in with the following comment: “‘From the Flame’ is definitely one of our favourite tracks from the album, with a strong hook and memorable melodies. Despite it sounding big and catchy, it also sounds pretty organic and it has a depth to it. We’re super proud of the son and feel it represents Leprous 2017 very well!”

Video director David Solbjørg of Twitchy Films added about the clip: “It’s always fun and challenging to work with Leprous. This time around we chose to shoot with RED 8K cameras and brand new colour science (ipp2) to get as atmospheric shots as possible in a demanding low light environment.”

1. Bonneville
2. Stuck
3. From The Flame
4. Captive
5. Illuminate
6. Leashes
7. Mirage
8. Malina
9. Coma
10. The Weight Of Disaster
11. The Last Milestone

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New Video Clip “Thrash Is A Verb” Posted By Desecrator

Australian thrash maniacs Desecrator, who are currently on their “To The Gallows Australian Tour,” have released the first official video “Thrash is a Verb” from the debut album “To The Gallows.” The album was issued at the tail end of March. Check out the video clip in the player below.

The band commented: “THRASH IS A VERB VIDEO RELEASE!! Here it is RIVOTHEADS!! The first video release from TO THE GALLOWS is not only a KILLER representation of the song but also a look into what it was like ON THE ROAD in DESECRATOR touring across BRAZIL, MEXICO, AUSTRALIA and EUROPE last year. Grab a RED STEEL, turn it up loud and enjoy!!”

The video, which was shot by Robert Taylor, can be viewed here:

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Allegaeon debuts on music charts for new album, ‘Proponent for Sentience’

– October 4th, 2016 –

Melodic death metal outfit Allegaeon recently released their critically acclaimed fourth full-length, Proponent for Sentience, via Metal Blade Records. For their efforts, the group debuted on various music charts in the USA:

#6 Top New Artist Albums
#9 Top Albums Market Share- RED
#11 Current Hard Music Albums
#24 Record Label Independent Current Albums
#33 Current Rock Albums
#41 Internet Albums
#67 Current Digital Albums
#81 Digital Albums
#99 Top Current Albums

To hear Proponent for Sentience – featuring “sweeping orchestrations, breath-taking hooks, adrenaline-fueled riffs, stunning leads, and diverse vocals” (DeadRhetoric.com – 10/10) – head over to MetalSucks.net for the exclusive album stream: metalsucks.net

Proponent for Sentience can be purchased now at: metalblade.com/allegaeon. Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation), the album is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. With a lyrical arc rooted in science-fiction yet uncomfortably encroaching upon the reality of the present, it captures the Fort Collins, Colorado natives at their most ambitious and accomplished, pushing the boundaries even further than on their three previous critically acclaimed full-lengths.

In support of Proponent for Sentience, Allegaeon will first join Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots and The Black Dahlia Murder in Canada, before heading out with Battlecross and Necromancing the Stone for a full USA tour this winter. See below for all dates!

Allegaeon tour dates
Oct. 7 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
Oct. 8 – Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots

Allegaeon tour dates
w/ Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, The Black Dahlia Murder

Oct. 10 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes
Oct. 14 – Quebec City, QC – The Imperial Theater

Allegaeon “Winter Warriors Tour” dates
w/ Battlecross, Necromancing the Stone

Nov. 25 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
Nov. 26 – Webster, NY – Harmony House
Nov. 27 – Albany, NY – Fuze Box
Nov. 28 – Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
Nov. 29 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Nov. 30 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
Dec. 1 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Dec. 2 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Dec. 3 – Augusta, GA – The Iron Heights
Dec. 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Dec. 7 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Dec. 8 – Texarkana, AR – Shooters
Dec. 9 – San Antonio, TX – The Korova
Dec. 10 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
Dec. 11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
Dec. 12 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
Dec. 13 – Little Rock, AR – Rev Room
Dec. 14 – Nashville, TN – The East Room
Dec. 15 – Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots
Dec. 16 – Dayton, OH – Rockstar Pro Arena
Dec. 17 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge

Allegaeon line-up:
Riley McShane – vocals
Greg Burgess – guitar
Michael Stancel – guitar
Corey Archuleta – bass
Brandon Park – drums

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Metal Blade Records launches Summer edition of “6 Bands in 60 Seconds”

– July 13th, 2016 –

In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new edition of the “6 Bands in 60 Seconds” campaign, where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights six artists from the label’s roster every three months. The goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The latest installment of the series features Abnormality, Exumer, Redemption, Native Construct, Good Tiger, and Mother Feather; to watch the video clip, and to learn more about the artists, please visit: metalblade.com/6bands

This past April, Abnormality released their sophomore full-length, Mechanisms of Omniscience – a “…seething, roaring, fire-breathing death metal beast…” (MetalSucks.net). Marrying the ceaseless brutality coming out of New York and New England to the hyper-blasting intensity endemic to Quebecois death metal, Mechanisms of Omniscience is as unrelenting as it is passionate, and the album tackles real world issues with intelligence and raw emotion. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/AbnormalityOfficial

German thrashers Exumer unleashed their fourth full-length, The Raging Rides, earlier this year, with critics declaring it “…a non-stop fist-banger with riffs that cut like razors and vocals that punish hard” (DecibelMagazine.com). A deliberate and violent thrash attack that stays true to the band’s 30 year legacy, The Raging Rides is “…THE yardstick for thrash metal in 2016″ (Rock Hard Magazine, Germany). For more information, please visit: facebook.com/exumerofficial

Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – released their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, this past February. Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss also includes special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/RedemptionBand

Hailed as a “masterpiece” by HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com (5/5), Quiet World (2015) is the debut full-length from progressive metal outfit Native Construct. Written and largely self-produced while the band members were full-time students at the Berklee College of Music, Quiet World saw the group land on the Billboard charts (#56 Hard Music Albums Chart; #85 New Artist Chart) and join the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, and more on the road – proving that it is anything but quiet in Native Construct‘s world. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/NativeConstruct

Featuring former members of Tesseract, The Safety Fire, and Architects UK, Good Tiger released their debut album, A Head Full of Moonlight, digitally in 2015 (after crowd-funding a staggering $45,980!), with the first single, “Where Are The Birds”, being heard on BBC Radio 1. This past April, the band signed with Blacklight Media (the new label formed by Chris Santos – executive chef and managing partner of the New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex – together with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records) to give A Head Full of Moonlight a physical release – which only furthered Good Tiger‘s success in the music world. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/GoodTigerOfficial

Currently on the road with the annual Warped Tour, Mother Feather released their self-titled full-length in May, giving fans 10 tracks that marry the scratchy yet catchy, swaggering, and dangerous sounds of The Stooges, Blondie, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with the playfulness, pop sensibility, and exuberance of the finest 90s alt-rock. For their efforts, the group has garnered massive buzz for their unique brand of rock, vibrant Bowie-esque costumes and makeup, and enthralling live show. Having previously been featured on IFC.com, TeamCoco.com, and HuffingtonPost.com (who declared them as “a great New York City band in the tradition of Great New York City Bands”), Mother Feather was also recently named “new band of the week” by Metal Hammer, and has received much play on Daniel P. Carter’s Rock Show on BBC Radio 1. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/motherfeather

To view the previous installments of “6 Bands in 60 Seconds”, be sure to check out the following videos:
–Part 1 (Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, Harlott): youtube.com/watch?v=07bXkEq4Mtg
–Part 2 (Brimstone Coven, Ketzer, Gehennah, Accuser, Artillery, Sourvein): youtube.com/watch?v=bp2iJ7hmh80

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Crobot Announces Tour Dates With Volbeat

Pottsville, PA-based group Crobot will release a sophomore album entitled “Welcome To Fat City” on September 23rd through Nuclear Blast.

To present this brand-new groove monsters to the masses, the band will be touring Europe with Volbeat. Find all dates below. Catch Crobot live on these upcoming shows:

w/ VOLBEAT
28.10. D Hamburg – Barclaycard-Arena
29.10. D Berlin – Mercedes-Benz-Arena
31.10. D Munich – Olympiahalle
01.11. A Linz – Tipps Arena
02.11. A Vienna – Stadthalle
04.11. A Innsbruck – Olympiahalle
05.11. CH Geneva – Arena
07.11. D Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
08.11. CH Zurich – Hallenstadion
09.11. D Cologne – Lanxess Arena
10.11. D Frankfurt – Festhalle
12.11. D Leipzig – Arena
13.11. D Oberhausen – König Pilsener Arena
14.11. B Brussels – Forest National
15.11. NL Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome

More CROBOT dates:

w/ THE BAD FLOWERS, DIRTY THRILLS
20.06. UK Oxford – o2 Academy 2
21.06. UK Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
22.06. UK Birmingham – The Courtyard
23.06. UK London – Islington Academy 2

24.06. F Lille – International Lille Tattoo Convention

w/ SEVENDUST, RED TIDE RISING
02.08. USA Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
03.08. USA Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
05.08. USA Sturgis, ND – Full Throttle Saloon
06.08. USA Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
07.08. USA Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09.08. CDN Regina, SK – Conexus Convention Hall
10.08. CDN Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market
11.08. CDN Edmonton, AB – The Ranch
12.08. CDN Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Events Center
14.08. CDN Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
17.08. CDN Toronto, ON – The Opera House
19.08. USA Council Bluffs, IA – River Riot Festival
20.08. USA Columbia, MO – Blue Note (w/ KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)

17./18.09. USA Chester, PA – Rock Allegiance
01./02.10. USA Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

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Joy Posts New Track “Red, White, And Blues”

Following a stream of “Hope Less,” the ironically named psych rock band Joy has now released a track titled “Red, White, and Blues.”

The California band will release new album, “Ride Along!,” on April 29tj via Tee Pee Records. Produced by vocalist / guitarist Zachary Oakley and recorded at San Diego’s Audio Design Studios (Earthless, Rocket From the Crypt), the album contains nine new Joy compositions and a searing cover of ZZ Top’s “Certified Blues.”

The track “Red, White, and Blues” (available below) features Earthles drummer Mario Rubalcaba and Sacri Monti guitarist Brenden Dellar ripping alongside Joy frontman / guitarist Zachary Oakley and bassist Justin Hulson.

“We are SUPER stoked to have been able to session with Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba on this record,” comments Oakley. “I had the tune ‘Red, White and Blues’ laying around for awhile, but something about the tempo and groove just wasn’t jiving right. But man, Mario is one the best drummers in the universe and he took this track into psychedelic-riot / speed-freak tempo which is exactly what it needed and things just clicked.”

He goes on to sa y, “Lyrically, it’s an observational commentary on the current American condition; out of control police violence, riots in the streets, racism and minority oppression (to name but a few) masked by the illusion of freedom, packaged and sold to us by a privileged, corrupt few. Stand side by side and battle these RED, WHITE and BLUES!”

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New Lyric Video “Nobody Lives” Issued By Myrath

Franco-Tunisian progressive metal act Myrath released a new lyric video for the track “Nobody Lives.” The song appears on the band’s latest album “Legacy,” issued a few weeks back via Nightmare/Sony/RED in North America. A review for the album can be read at this location.

Check out the clip here:

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Byzantine Posts 2015 Recap Message To Fans

Chris Ojeda from Byzantine just checked in with this year-end recap message and update about what to expect in 2016:

“Hey guys, OJ here! We have been really quiet here in the Byzantine camp during the last month as things are winding down for 2015. This year has been a roller coaster for the band as we have had some of the coolest things and some of the worst things happen. We will start with the worst…

“This year we lost Matt Wolfe as the drummer of Byzantine. This came as a shock to us and I personally didn’t think I would be carrying on with Byzantine without Skip, Tony and Matt. BUT, the show must go on! We are currently in the process of finding the next member of our band that is willing to get into the trenches and continue to make waves for Byzantine.

“We are currently looking for tours for Spring, Summer and Fall so if any of you around the world want to see Byzantine live, write your congressman and favorite band and request to see us on their tour!

“Now for the good stuff… With the help of Adam Pollock @ (RED), we released our 5th album on our own label, Snakepit Music. Kodi, Zach and Nick @ The Syndicate were instrumental spreading the word around the airwaves and in the press. The Art of Christopher Lovell produced the hands down BEST album cover we have ever had! And lastly, Jose and Sirius XM allowed us to sit beside our heroes at the big boys table. Thanks to all you guys!

“We toured with some fantastic bands in Wednesday 13, IKILLYA, Thy Will Be Done, Your Chance To Die and played some great one off shows like South X Southwest in Austin and Rock n Shock in Worcester.

“Our album, financed ONLY by fans, friends, family members and the band itself took up real estate on many Album of the Year lists as well as finishing in the top 20 of the year for Loud Rock (CMJ) and Sirius Liquid Metal. So, to wrap this novella up, here’s our goals for 2016.

* Tour the West Coast of the US
* Tour Canada
* Tour Europe
* Play Festivals
* Write album 6
* BECOME A BETTER BAND!

“We appreciate all the love, support and as always… we will keep on trucking. Chin up and Head Down. HERE’S TO A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016!”

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Blastfest Announces Full 2016 Lineup

It’s been months in the making, but the schedule for Blastfest 2016 is complete. Now in its third year, the Bergen festival has not only put together yet another incredible lineup, but also one in which will be a one-time-only celebration of the Norwegian scene.

A 100% Norwegian lineup, which includes the likes of Abbath, Arcturus, Taake, 1349, Gorgoroth and even some rare appearances from the likes of Green Carnation. Blastfest 2016 will be a truly memorable occasion, with chief and owner Yngve Christiansen comments:

“2016 will be a very special festival edition with a lineup consisting solely of Norwegian bands. The bands represented at Blastfest are the legends, those from the beginning, the ones who made it evolve… the ones who disappeared… the ones who never stopped… the ones whom you should have heard more about… and the ones you will hear about. We have done our best to make a strong lineup representing Norway in the best possible way.”

***Wednesday – February 17th***
Garage – Doors open 17:00 – Showstart 18:00
CHROME DIVISION / MISTUR / SVARTTJERN / VOLUSPAA / ENDEZZEMA / BLODHEMN / HADENS

***Thursday – February 18th***
USF Verftet – Doors open 15:00 – Showstart 16:00
GORGOROTH / TAAKE / IN THE WOODS / DØDHEIMSGARD / KAMPFAR / THRONE OF KATARSIS / VIRUS / NOCTURNAL BREED / VIPER SOLFA / VULTURE INDUSTRIES / EXECRATION / GRAVDAL / INCULTER / TROLDSKUGGE / REPTILIAN

***Friday – February 19th***
USF Verftet – Doors open 15:00 – Showstart 16:00
IHSAHN / 1349 / ARCTURUS / MANES / SOLEFALD / NEKROMANTHEON / DJEVEL / FUNERAL / ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD / AUDIOPAIN / THE 3rd ATTEMPT / COR SCORPII / KRAKOW / SULPHUR / SLEGEST

***Saturday – February 20th***
USF Verftet – Doors open 15:00 – Showstart 16:00
ABBATH / GREEN CARNATION / RED HARVEST / EINHERJER / KHOLD / ANCIENT / CVLT / BLOOD TSUNAMI / ALLFADER / EVIG NATT / EL CACO / IN VAIN / SAHG / VREDEHAMMER / OSLO FAENSKAP

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Metal Blade Records and RED Music launch “6 Bands in 60 Seconds” campaign

– November 16th, 2015 –

In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new campaign, entitled “6 Bands in 60 Seconds“, where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights 6 developing artists from the label’s roster. With plans to select 6 new bands once every three months, the goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The first installment of the series (featuring Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott) can be viewed at the following locations:
http://www.metalblade.com/6bands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07bXkEq4Mtg
https://soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords/sets/6-bands-you-need-to-know

Brian Slagel comments: “We are super excited about our new artists and wanted to help share these to you guys. We thought about giving you 6 new bands you should know about, so here you have those bands. We will be updating this as time goes on with new bands coming in, so be sure to keep following the Metal Blade ’6 Bands You Need To Know’. Let’s keep growing the metal scene!”

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