Voivod Begins Recording First Full Length New Album In Five Years

Canadian progressive thrash veterans Voivod has announced via a short post on Facebook that they have today entered the studio to begin recording a new album. The message, which simply read: “It is with great enthousiasm that we announce that Voivod is entering the Studio today for the next full length album! Exciting! Stay connected!” means that this will be the band’s first full length album since 2013’s, “Target Earth.” The gap has been filled in the meantime with the 2016 EP, “Post Society,” which comprised of songs released as split singles with Entombed A.D., Napalm Death and At The Gates, as well as a cover of the Hawkwind classic, “Silver Machine” and the title track.

In an interview with Rock Sverige earlier this year, drummer Michel Langevin (AKA, Away) stated that the new record would be a concept album and that it could very likely also be a double album, given the lengths of some of the songs. No further details have been confirmed as of yet.

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Hostile Media Inks Deal With The Vicious Head Society

Earlier this year, The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane released the debut album “Abject Tomorrow,” which gained applause the world over. Featuring guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley “Abject Tomorrow” tickled the ears of progressive metal fans and those with a taste for all things guitar.

Today, Keane can reveal he has teamed up with Hostile Media to reissue his acclaimed debut on December 15th. The reissue will also include a bonus track “Xylematic Disembowelment.” Keane comments, “When Hostile Media offered me a contract which guarantees huge amounts of cash, fame and at least two limousine rides in exchange for my earthly soul, it was a no brainer! In seriousness, I’m delighted to sign with HM, it presents me with a chance to reach more people with my music. To celebrate, I recorded an out take from the Abject sessions and we just about managed to squeeze it on to the CD. ‘Xylematic Disembowelment’ is a zappa inspired instrumental combined with death metal. I don’t think I need to say any more than that!”

The track list for the album is:

1. The Sycophants
2. Abject Tomorrow
3. Downfall
4. Agenda
5. The 11th Hour
6. Psychedelic Torture Trip
7. Gods Of The New Age
8. Analogue Spectre
9. Xylematic Disembowelment

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Hostile Media Inks Deal With The Vicious Head Society

Earlier this year, The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane released the debut album “Abject Tomorrow,” which gained applause the world over. Featuring guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley “Abject Tomorrow” tickled the ears of progressive metal fans and those with a taste for all things guitar.

Today, Keane can reveal he has teamed up with Hostile Media to reissue his acclaimed debut on December 15th. The reissue will also include a bonus track “Xylematic Disembowelment.” Keane comments, “When Hostile Media offered me a contract which guarantees huge amounts of cash, fame and at least two limousine rides in exchange for my earthly soul, it was a no brainer! In seriousness, I’m delighted to sign with HM, it presents me with a chance to reach more people with my music. To celebrate, I recorded an out take from the Abject sessions and we just about managed to squeeze it on to the CD. ‘Xylematic Disembowelment’ is a zappa inspired instrumental combined with death metal. I don’t think I need to say any more than that!”

The track list for the album is:

1. The Sycophants
2. Abject Tomorrow
3. Downfall
4. Agenda
5. The 11th Hour
6. Psychedelic Torture Trip
7. Gods Of The New Age
8. Analogue Spectre
9. Xylematic Disembowelment

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New Animated Video Clip “Not For You” Posted By Red Fang

Portland’s Red Fang issued a new animated video clip for the song “Not For You.” The song is lifted from the band’s latest effort “Only Ghosts,” which is available now through Relapse Records.

Check out the clip, directed by Balázs Gróf, here:

Red Fang hits the road with Black Label Society in January. For dates and venues, head over to this location.

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New Video Clip “Room Of Nightmares” Released By Black Label Society

Black Label Society has debuted the brand new music video for the first single from “Grimmest Hits” titled “Room Of Nightmares” which was directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich.

Black Label Society will release the tenth full length “Grimmest Hits” on January 19th via Entertainment One (eOne). The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” (2014) and “Order of the Black” (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released “Book of Shadows II,” the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

“Room Of Nightmares” is available on all digital service providers and streaming services today. The track is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes now will receive “Room of Nightmares” as an instant download. The cover art and track listing can be seen below.

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at Chicago Open Air with high profile festivals like Louder Than Life and Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on deck to close out the year.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

The track list for “Grimmest Hits” is:

1. Trampled Down Below
2. Seasons Of Falter
3. The Betrayal
4. All That Once Shined
5. The Only Words
6. Room Of Nightmares
7. A Love Unreal
8. Disbelief
9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say

Check out “Room Of Nightmares” here:

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Sharptooth Premieres Title Track From Upcoming New Album “Clever Girl”

Sharptooth premieres the title track of the band’s upcoming new album “Clever Girl”, which will be out in stores on October 27 via Pure Noise Records.

Check out now “Clever Girl” below.

Comments vocalist Lauren Kashan of the song:

“‘Clever Girl‘ the track is all about aggressively fighting back against the hands that chain us. It’s about ‘biting back’ against oppression of all forms, be that by people in your life, in your society, or systemic forms of oppression like sexism, racism and bigotry. The song was inspired by an argument I had with a guy who tried to tell me and a bunch of other women (many of us survivors of sexual assault) about how WE should feel about sexual violence. And all I could think in that moment was SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP because this person had absolutely no right to speak on the subject, let alone talk down to us. I think anyone can relate to the experience of having someone who has no idea what they’re talking about, either trying to talk down to you or control you. This is a call to arms for any and all marginalized people for our voices to be heard and for everyone else to take this time to simply listen.”

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Maniac Abductor Releases “Fight Or Die” Single Video

Evil Eye Records is aiming to spearhead a New Wave Of Thrash Metal with a series of singles to culminate in a compilation album later this year. The label comments:

“It is with a great sense of pride and excitement that we present to you the first single and video from the single series – Finnish thrash metallers Maniac Abductor’s ‘Fight Or Die’ track. It is available to download on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

“This band originates from the same country that spawned Children Of Bodom, Lost Society and Diablo to name a few great bands and we believe that Maniac Abductor is destined to be the next big musical export out of Finland. The band is also busy working on a debut album so you can expect more updates from us as they progress.”

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Uncured Gearing Up For Extensive U.S. Tour Dates

Uncured is a progressive, technical death metal band from NJ led by the 17 year-old guitar prodigy Rex Cox, alongside his 19 year-old brother Zak Cox on lead guitars. The dynamic rhythm section of Jon Kita (Diecast) on bass and Liam Manley on drums round out the group.

Uncured will kick-off a lengthy U.S. tour alongside DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, and Cane Hill on August 18th and then continue U.S. touring in November with Children of Bodom for that entire month.

Check out the “Stygian Valley” track below – taken off the “Medusa” album released in March – along with a list of upcoming tour dates.

Uncured w/DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill
8/18 San Jose, CA @ The Ritz (no Cane Hill)
8/19 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater (no Cane Hill)
8/20 Spokane, WA @ The Pin (no Cane Hill)
8/21 Billings, MT @ Pub Station (no Cane Hill)
8/23 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
8/24 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/25 Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theatre
8/26 Battle Creek, MI @ Leila Arboretum (Michigan Metal Festival)
8/27 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Lounge
8/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
8/29 Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
8/30 Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
8/31 Wichita, KS @ Crown Uptown
9/1 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/2 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/5 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
9/7 Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
9/8 Dayton, OH @ Oddbodys
9/9 Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse
9/13 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse – The International
9/14 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
9/15 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall
9/20 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/21 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
9/22 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom

w/Children of Bodom, Carach Angren, Lost Society
10/31 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
11/01 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live!
11/03 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/05 San Francisco, CA – UC Theatre
11/07 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/08 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
11/10 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
11/11 Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
11/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand @ The Complex
11/14 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/15 Kansas City, MO – The Truman
11/17 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
11/18 Chicago, IL – The Forge
11/19 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
11/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
11/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
11/24 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
11/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/26 Rochester, NY – Anthology
11/28 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/29 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
11/30 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
12/01 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

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Cold Blooded Streams New Song “Forever War”

“Forever War” – a new track from Spokane, Washington’s own Cold Blooded – just came online and can be heard below. A sludgy song of epic proportions, the track is taken from the forthcoming full-length album “Throne Burner,” due to be released via Blackhouse Records (Prison Religion, Ras Kass) on 7/21 and produced by Bill Nieman.

Speaking on the album’s title and lyrical through-line for the songs, vocalist Ethan Kennedy said: “In the past I wrote lyrics inspired by books or films that affected me. However with Throne Burner I started writing shortly before the presidential election and I knew no matter who won, a good deal of this country would be supremely pissed off and extremely divided.

“I wrote about all the negativity and violence in America and the influences that in turn has on our society. Some songs are from the perspective of someone directly affected by the violence, some deal with those of us viewing it in the media and even to the perspective of someone who wants to perpetrate the violence.”

To further hone the sonic chaos the band enlisted Topon Das of avant-grind freaks Fuck The Facts to contribute several sound-collage interludes (as well as master the record). Speaking on Das’s relationship to the band, Kennedy related: “we’ve opened for Fuck The Facts several times and they are one of our favorite bands. We also bonded because our old drummer owns a food truck of some renown and we invited them down after a show to gorge themselves. That definitely solidified our friendship.”

Speaking on Das’s interludes, Kennedy continues “he really went out of his way to get our input into what we wanted for those segments to even revising what he did based on my opinion. In the end he created some very palpable moods/messages that fit the album perfectly.”

The band has several shows confirmed around the record release (listed below) and will also be supporting Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder in Spokane.

7/20 Spokane, WA The Pin (Record Release Show!)
8/18 Seattle, WA The Kraken Klaw
8/19 Everett, WA Tony V’s Garage Klaw, Method 13
8/31 Spokane, WA The Pin Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder

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Cold Blooded Streams New Song “Forever War”

“Forever War” – a new track from Spokane, Washington’s own Cold Blooded – just came online and can be heard below. A sludgy song of epic proportions, the track is taken from the forthcoming full-length album “Throne Burner,” due to be released via Blackhouse Records (Prison Religion, Ras Kass) on 7/21 and produced by Bill Nieman.

Speaking on the album’s title and lyrical through-line for the songs, vocalist Ethan Kennedy said: “In the past I wrote lyrics inspired by books or films that affected me. However with Throne Burner I started writing shortly before the presidential election and I knew no matter who won, a good deal of this country would be supremely pissed off and extremely divided.

“I wrote about all the negativity and violence in America and the influences that in turn has on our society. Some songs are from the perspective of someone directly affected by the violence, some deal with those of us viewing it in the media and even to the perspective of someone who wants to perpetrate the violence.”

To further hone the sonic chaos the band enlisted Topon Das of avant-grind freaks Fuck The Facts to contribute several sound-collage interludes (as well as master the record). Speaking on Das’s relationship to the band, Kennedy related: “we’ve opened for Fuck The Facts several times and they are one of our favorite bands. We also bonded because our old drummer owns a food truck of some renown and we invited them down after a show to gorge themselves. That definitely solidified our friendship.”

Speaking on Das’s interludes, Kennedy continues “he really went out of his way to get our input into what we wanted for those segments to even revising what he did based on my opinion. In the end he created some very palpable moods/messages that fit the album perfectly.”

The band has several shows confirmed around the record release (listed below) and will also be supporting Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder in Spokane.

7/20 Spokane, WA The Pin (Record Release Show!)
8/18 Seattle, WA The Kraken Klaw
8/19 Everett, WA Tony V’s Garage Klaw, Method 13
8/31 Spokane, WA The Pin Decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder

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