Alkaloid (Obscura, Etc.) Premiere New Track “Chaos Theory And Practice”

Alkaloid (Obscura, etc.) premiere their new song “Chaos Theory And Practice“. The band’s new effort “Liquid Anatomy” is due out May 18th via Season Of Mist.

Explains the group’s vocalist/guitarist Morean:

“This is the second of two new songs in the Dyson saga, which I started on our first album. When we set up the band back in 2012, getting a chance and platform to write these tracks was one of my main reasons to join – and when I had finished the first four songs, I realized that this story had only just begun… This time around, I’m realizing once more that it’s far from finished.

The Kardashev scale, which is used to measure how advanced a spacefaring civilization is, is nothing less than a technological path leading planet-bound organisms to becoming cosmic overlords – basically, god. In these two new songs, the sentient, self-aware ‘spaceship’ that developed from the swarm of robots that built the Dyson Sphere now finds itself traveling interstellar distances at, well, nothing more than the speed of a truck, pulling the sun with it by a technique called ‘star lifting’.

In the song that precedes this one on the album, ‘Interstellar Boredom‘, the aeons pass without much change, and it becomes obvious that any meaningful seeding of the galaxy will be impossible at these ridiculous time scales and vast distances. A drastic decision is made: the sphere sets course to Sirius B, the nearest white dwarf star. There, the sphere splits up again into thousands of little self-contained worldlets, watching as our good old sun is intentionally collided first into Sirius A, and then both of them into the white dwarf, which triggers a supernova explosion.

This extremely violent cosmic blast serves as a greatly accelerated way to spread the Dyson seeds across the galaxy, ending the dilemma of sluggish physical motion through endless distances in the most dramatic way. In ‘Chaos Theory and Practice‘, the plan is put into action. In a few stages of acceleration, like gear changes which are also noticeable in the music, this explosion that lights up the galaxy sends the now again separated parts of the sphere towards random destinations all over the galaxy.

The consideration behind this choice is that it can be better to throw it all up in the air, shuffle the cards anew, and take a risky maneuver that might end everything, than to condemn yourself to a near infinite wait in stasis, and the secure knowledge that on the path you’re on, nothing much is going to happen except inevitable insanity from cosmic isolation, and a resulting gradual death wish from a total lack of perspective.

Musically, I think we stayed true to the style laid out on the first album. But much more than a repetition of previous ideas, we feel we continued right where we left off this time around, eyes always on the horizon. We feel this is true for the entire album.

So although we are glad to welcome you back to Alkaloid’s universe, you all also know that there will always be a few surprises on the way. I’m extremely happy and proud for the chance to add these songs to our second album. Danny contributed some incomparable lead guitar sugar at the end as well. So enjoy, everyone!”

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Beneath Oblivion Premiere New Song “Satyr” From Upcoming New Album

Japan’s long-running label Weird Truth Productions has a knack of finding some of the best doom metal acts from around the world and the latest one to see a release on the label, along with Mournful Congregation, is Beneath Oblivion from US. The band premiered one of the songs below.

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Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons Posts New Track By Track Video Online

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, the group led by former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, has posted a second video online, in which they explain the songs behind their debut album, “The Age Of Absurdity,” track by track. You can check out both videos below.

“The Age Of Absurdity” will be released on January 26th through Nuclear Blast Records and is comprised of this tracklisting:

1. Ringleader
2. Freak Show
3. Skin And Bones
4. Gypsy Kiss
5. Welcome To Hell
6. Dark Days
7. Dropping The Needle
8. Step Into The Fire
9. Get On Your Knees
10. High Rule
11. Into The Dark
12. Silver Machine (Hawkwind cover featuring Dave Brock of Hawkwind)*
*First CD pressing only

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Accuser releases video for “Catacombs”

– January 23rd, 2018 –

New album “The Mastery’ out this Friday!

German thrash legends ACCUSER will release their new album The Mastery January 26th via Metal Blade Records! As of today, fans can watch the brand new video for Catacombs at metalblade.com/accuser.

ACCUSER comments on the new video: “Catacombs describes the attempt to escape a psychological dead end. Imprinting, education and religion are the possible causes of this dark aberration, so the lyrics of this tune are quite gloomy and kinda fit into the present time where a lot of people have to deal with depression, fear or mental problems. Musically, Catacombs is a classical Accu§er thrash anthem with taughtly riffs, a chorus you can scream your lungs out to and some really intense solos.

Fans can also hear Mission Missile and Time For Silence on their Metal Blade Records youtube playlist HERE, as well as on Spotify and Apple Music.

The Mastery is available in the following formats:
–CD
–180g black vinyl
–Aubergine marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–Black purple splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–Pastel pink/violet marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 160 copies)

The Mastery track listing:
1. Mission-Missile
2. The Real World
3. Solace in Sorrow
4. Time for Silence
5. My Skin
6. Catacombs
7. Mourning
8. Ruthless
9. Into the Black
10. The Mastery

ACCUSER has been in a constant songwriting mode all over last year. Combined with the energy and spontaneity from several live shows the songs came together very quickly. Together with long time producer Martin Buchwalter they put together the record in the summer of 2017 at well-known Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Tankard and many more). For the band The Mastery, is some kind of missing link between the technical virtuosity of an album like Who dominates Who and the more basic, heavy approach of Repent. Best of both worlds so to say and not only for the band the best album since their comeback in 2008. The Mastery contains all of the elements that define the ACCUSER sound: heavy, chunky thrash riffs, aggressive vocals with a touch of melody – in addition to the high class guitar solos by youngster Dennis Rybakowski. When it comes to the lyrical side of their songs, b>ACCUSER still raises their voices to denounce social grievances.

ACCUSER line-up:
Frank Thoms – vocals/guitars
Dennis Rybakowski – guitars
Frank Kimpel – bass
Olli Fechner – drums

http://accuser.de
https://www.facebook.com/Accuser2008

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Stryper Frontman Michael Sweet Says They Have Finished Work On New Album

Michael Sweet, frontman of Christian metal legends Stryper has posted an update on his Facebook page proclaiming that the band has finished work on their new album. The message reads as follows:

“Three things stand out to me on the new Stryper album:

“#1 – Songs! They’re edgy & heavy, yet memorable & catchy. And yes there’s a ballad (rock/guitar ballad).

“#2 – Clarity! We tried hard to make this our most defined & dynamic album ever. We didn’t get into a “loud war” while mixing & mastering. Because of that it retained it transients and it really “breathes”??

“#3 – Stryper got their groove back”

This will mark the group’s first album featuring bassist Perry Richardson, who joined the band last year and their first release since 2015′, “Fallen.”

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Blacklight Media Records announces its very first label showcase (hosted by Jose Mangin) in New York City

– January 16th, 2018 –

Featuring Candiria, Gozu, Good Tiger, Mother Feather, Oni, and Eyes Of The Sun

On March 8th, Blacklight Media Records will throw a label showcase (hosted by Jose Mangin!) at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Featuring Blacklight Media artists Gozu, Good Tiger, Mother Feather, Oni, and Eyes Of The Sun, all leading up to very special guest headliner Metal Blade Records artist Candiria! This is one show not to be missed! Tickets will go on-sale this Friday (January 19th) at: concerts1.livenation.com

Blacklight Media Records’ Chris Santos comments: “I could not be more excited to announce the very first Blacklight Media Showcase! To say this is a lifelong dream come true doesn’t begin to articulate how proud I am of this show and more importantly, how proud I am of the bands who call Blacklight Media and Metal Blade Records their home. This is truly a once in a lifetime show for all of us and for all the amazing fans of these talented artists. Having Jose Mangin as the Master of Ceremonies is icing on the cake! We can’t wait to celebrate a night of crushing multi-genre Metal with you on March 8. Long Live Metal!”

About Blacklight Media Records:
Blacklight Media is a hard rock and heavy metal label founded in February 2016 by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, in partnership with Brian Slagel, founder of Metal Blade Records. Blacklight has a distinct focus on releasing music that possesses an extensive amount of melody, mixed with heavy ebbs and flow.

About Candiria:
Since their inception in 1992, the name Candiria has become synonymous with the kind of experimentation and genre-bending not often associated with the hard/metalcore community, a testament to the band’s skillful musicianship and intelligent sonic aesthetic. Born in Brooklyn, NY, they have been lauded for their ability to mesh decidedly different styles in a seamless way. They were named one of the “10 Most Important Bands in Metal” by Rolling Stone back in 1999 for consistently releasing music that challenges listeners, thrills critics, and – most importantly – attracts a legion of dedicated, diehard fans. Their latest release While They Were Sleeping certainly continues that legacy, with Pitchfork hailing the band as one of “the most convincingly flexible acts that metal and hardcore have ever seen.” It’s a concept album that tells the tale of a failed musician who rises up against a NYC monarchy. To preview and purchase While They Were Sleeping, please visit: metalblade.com/candiria

About Gozu:
Formed in 2010, Gozu has released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2018 release via Blacklight Media. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves. Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media, with worldwide touring to follow. Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2018 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.

About Good Tiger:
Comprised of guitarists Derya “Dez” Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, bassist Morgan Sinclair, drummer Alex Rudinger, and vocalist Elliot Coleman, Good Tiger has raised the stakes across the board on their upcoming sophomore effort, We Will All Be Gone. Every track on the album has a definitive character of its own, and none stay in a single gear, all of them dynamic and textured as they evoke various tones and moods. Tracking at Middle Farm Studios in southwest England, the band recruited producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool/Dead Letter Circus), and engineer/mixer Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery/Animals As Leaders). “We worked with Nolly on the last album, we had a great working relationship, and wanted to explore that further in a more developed situation,” Dez explains. “Forrester has made some of our favorite albums, and is someone we could trust steering the ship. Having self-produced for so long it can be at times quite difficult to let go, so it was important we found people we could fully entrust to help create the album we wanted to make.” To preview and pre-order We Will All Be Gone, please visit: metalblade.com/goodtiger

About Mother Feather:
Mother Feather will release their upcoming album in 2018 via Blacklight Media. “The newest songs for the album were written last fall and winter in the midst and aftermath of the US presidential election,” Courtney comments. “The political climate and outcome were personally devastating, but it also re-ignited my sense of purpose. I locked myself away to write, face my depression, and stare down some uncomfortable feelings. Truthfully, I went to some very dark and lonely places. So there’s a lot of fever – and intimacy – in the new music. When I emerged from my self-exile, I discovered my band waiting for me on the other side, so there’s exuberance and catharsis there too. It’s good to have friends, ya know?! Together, we worked to develop the songs and shape them into some of Mother Feather‘s best, most eclectic work yet.” To preview and purchase Mother Feather‘s previous release – the band’s self-titled debut – please visit: metalblade.com/motherfeather

About Oni:
With their influences rooted in progressive metal, Oni‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on their debut, Ironshore. Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), the album takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. To preview and purchase Ironshore, please visit: metalblade.com/oni

About Eyes Of The Sun:
Eyes Of The Sun was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks with Jeff a few months later on guitar. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O’Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past 10 years, delivering their unique brand of doom metal – which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves then experience and extract from. The band explains: “It is known throughout the laws of science and nature that the sun creates and sustains life…Now it stands witness to the atrocities, depletion and vile consumption manifested by mankind, which it originally sustained life for. In our way, we portray what is seen through the Eyes Of The Sun.”

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Accuser releases lyric video for second single, “Time for Silence”, from new album ‘The Mastery’

– January 9th, 2018 –

German Thrash legends Accu§er will release their new album, The Mastery, on January 26th via Metal Blade Records! Accu§er comments: “2017 has been quite busy for us, as we wanted to come back with a bang and to present you a more than decent follow up to ‘The Forlorn Divide‘. For us, ‘The Mastery‘ is the essence of what Accu§er is all about. It definitely feels like the angry newborn child of ‘Who Dominates Who‘ and ‘Repent‘. We just hope all you thrashers out there are going to enjoy this record as much as we do!”

For a preview of The Mastery, the 2nd single, “Time For Silence”, can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=EL1o-prn_2M

The first single, “Mission Missile”, can be streamed at: metalblade.com/accuser – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–jewelcase-CD
–180g black vinyl
–aubergine marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–black purple splattered vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–pastel pink/violet marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 160 copies)

The Mastery track-listing:
01. Mission: Missile
02. The Real World
03. Solace in Sorrow
04. Time for Silence
05. My Skin
06. Catacombs
07. Mourning
08. Ruthless
09. Into the Black
10. The Mastery

Accu§er has been in a constant songwriting mode during the past year. Combined with the energy and spontaneity from several live shows, the songs came to fruition very quickly. Together with long-time producer Martin Buchwalter, they made the record in the summer of 2017 at well-known Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Tankard and many more). For the band, The Mastery is the missing link between the technical virtuosity of their classic album Who Dominates Who and the more basic, heavy approach of Repent – making it their best album since their comeback in 2008. The Mastery contains all of the elements that define the Accu§er sound: heavy, chunky thrash riffs, aggressive vocals with a touch of melody – in addition to the high class guitar solos by youngster Dennis Rybakowski. When it comes to the lyrical side of their songs, Accu§er still raises their voices to denounce social grievances.

Accu§er line-up:
Frank Thoms – vocals/guitars
Dennis Rybakowski – guitars
Frank Kimpel – bass
Olli Fechner – drums

Accu§er online:
http://accuser.de
https://www.facebook.com/Accuser2008

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Skinlab Debut New Songs “Dead Tomorrow” & “End Of Silence”

Skinlab share two new tracks to kick off the new year. Both of the songs, “Dead Tomorrow” and “End Of Silence“, were produced by 36 Crazyfists guitarist Steve Holt and can be streamed below.

Dead Tomorrow by Skinlab

End Of Silence by Skinlab

The outfit will be out with Pissing Razors and Shattered Sun on this run later this month:

01/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
01/26 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
01/27 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar
01/28 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room
01/30 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
01/31 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
02/01 Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
02/02 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
02/03 Harlingen, TX – The Hop Shop

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Sigh Reveals New Album Title, Shoots New Music Video

Japanese extreme metal veterans Sigh has posted a short update online, in which revealed the name of their forthcoming new album. The message reads as follows:

“Time files but we promise that our new album ‘Heir to Despair’ will be coming out some time in 2018. The recording process should be done very soon and we have already shot the video for one of the songs.”

This will be Sigh’s first album since the critically acclaimed, “Graveward” (see review here) in 2015.

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Tetrarch Releases New Music Video For “Freak”

Tetrarch, have dropped a bunch of action-heavy new videos supporting the release of their latest album, Freak. Today, the band is treating fans to another new video for the title track, “Freak”.

Watch the video today below:

Guitarist and vocalist Josh Fore states:

“We wanted to make each song [on the album] a different version of what someone might call “a freak”. We have the title track, that acknowledges it in some way, everybody has something that makes them a little bit of a freak in their own minds.”

Guitarist Diamond Rowe adds: “All the songs tie in to being happy with yourself no matter what others think. It’s, ‘I’m weird in this way but that’s what makes me, me.’ That’s something I’m proud of, and a philosophy I think more people should adapt.”

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