New Album “Elude” On The Way From In-Defilade

In-Defilade will release the sophomore album “Elude” on November 20th independently.

“To the end of their lives I will drive them…There will be no fury as my fury” – The words are taken from “Will To Survive,” the opening track of In-Defilade’s second album, “Elude.” In those few words there lies a hint of the supreme, imperious, unassailable power that radiates from every note of this staggering release. The music moves through an array of moods and tempos, from the insidious slithering dread of “The Collapse” to the tumultuous torrent of riffs and indefatigable blast beat assaults of “Fearing The Worst,” but at all times there is that sense of ultimate confidence, the unshakeable self knowledge that In-Defilade stand tall, subservient to none.

In-Defilade was first created by Jon Vesano, the man whose mighty bass and vocal roar can be heard on Nile’s revered “Annihilation Of The Wicked” and “In Their Darkened Shrines” albums and who fronted the dark, underground treasure of Dark Moon. For the first In-Defilade album, “Rulers Of Famine,” Vesano was joined by Vesperian Sorrow’s Subverseraph and guitarist Shawn Lee Bozarth – known for his work with legendary thrash outfits Defiance and Ulysses Siren. Before work commenced on Elude Bozarth stood down from the ranks, but Vesano and Subverseraph ensnared drummer Erik Schultek (ex-Narcotic Wasteland) and the resulting chemistry is terrifying in its potency.

Vesano’s vocals have never sounded so venomous as they do on “Elude,” blending brutality with a biting clarity as he enunciates his disdain for the weakness of humanity. The thunderous barrage of the rhythm section is soul-shaking, overwhelming, intimidating in its sheer unfathomable power and the riffs are a firestorm that fuses complexity with immediacy, a nuclear explosion of bewildering velocity, yet rife with barbed, inescapable hooks. Then scything through the maelstrom come the howling chaos of the solos, supplied by guest, friend and comrade in arms, Dallas Toler-Wade (ex-Nile, Narcotic Wasteland).

In-Defilade are coming and you have a choice to make – ride the storm with them, or be torn asunder as it passes over you. Elude is death metal of inhuman power and it will not be denied.

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Enemy Remains Streaming Full New “No Faith In Humanity” Album

Global Music Award-winning heavy metal group Enemy Remains is thrilled to share entire new album, “No Faith In Humanity,” with fans on this day of critical historical relevance.

Enemy Remains has specifically crafted an album inspired by the need to wake up, unite and regain faith in ourselves and others during this tumultuous time in U.S. history. The band cites “No Faith In Humanity,” which hits stores today, as a personal contribution to social awareness.

In a band statement that weaves the concept of each track together, Enemy Remains comments: “In a time when evil is on the cusp of rule, and darkness brews the sky a dark brimstone ash… it is in this hour that men and women, our ‘Colony’ as a whole, find their true worth. Where we lay down our petty differences and join together in unity to fight a common enemy.

“Tyranny and persecution may be responsible for the coming together of man, but a longing for togetherness still leaves us all feeling ‘Empty Inside.’ When the ability to ‘Trust In No One’ has become so great and we are simply ‘Divided by Hate,’ we know that tomorrow is not promised and we should feel grateful that we even get to ‘Breathe Again.’

“Having ‘No Faith In Humanity’ forces us to stomp our feet down and say NO! We will not allow this to happen! That there are two kinds of people in this world: those that watch things happen and those that make them happen. A wise man once said that ‘we are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams’! Not putting our foot down in some way, shape or form would be a universal crime in itself, would it not?

“We’re taking this opportunity to use our music and voice to drive an idea, a thought, a reason to press on and move forward as we always have through hardship and turmoil, time and time again! As we speak of the lack of faith in humanity, we remind you that the gimmick… the punchline… the heavy hammer… is that we are the returning faith, and that we want you to join us and make this ‘Civilization’ right again on this journey. For he who is not part of the solution is merely part of the problem.”

1. Colony
2. Trust in No One
3. Divided by Hate (feat. Nick Bellmore [Toxic Holocaust, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow])
4. Civilization
5. No Faith in Humanity (feat. Joey Concepcion [Armageddon, Dead By Wednesday] & Jeff Curtis [Obsession & StikPin])
6. Breathe Again
7. Empty Inside

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Valleys Streams New Track “Finding Solace”

Valleys is set to release debut full-length concept album, “Experiment One: Asylum,” on February 12th, 2016. The album illustrates the main character, Asylum, in his tumultuous fight with Multiple-Personality Disorder. Each track depicts Asylum’s returning struggle with a different personality.

In anticipation of the upcoming release, the band is revealing the first single from the album, entitled “Finding Solace.” Listen in below. Vocalist Jayson Mitchell comments:

“”Finding Solace” is one of my favorite tracks on the record. The song speaks for itself – it paints a perfect picture of triumph and struggle for the character. This track is about Asylum fighting to overcome his disease. It’s a track that we as a band feel to be one of the strongest songs we have in our discography.”

“Experiment One: Asylum” was recorded during the summer and fall of 2015 and is produced by Paul Barton of 415 Recording, with mixing and mastering duties handled by Todd Borland of Borland Studios.

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Blynd Reveals New Album “Liber Sum”

Cyprus-based thrash/death metallers Blynd return with their third album, “Liber Sum,” a follow-up to 2012’s “Punishment Unfolds” (reviewed here).

“Liber Sum” (“I Am Free”) is a journey through the spiritual and material history of humanity, greatly influenced by the tumultuous history of Cyprus, combined with the alchemical art of psychospiritual growth and transmutation. The album gradually transitions to a more positive side of things, with a truly majestic ending of the song “The Kingdom Within” where a touch of hope and change is found.

The album’s artwork was handled by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, While Heaven Wept, Kamelot, Morbid Angel among others) and is inspired by the ancient writings and history of Cyprus. The album was engineered and mixed by Philip Zilfo and mastered by 4DSounds.

“Liber Sum” is scheduled for a worldwide release on November 6, 2015 on CD and digital formats, with pre-orders available here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bread and Circuses
2. Phobos
3. Barbarians
4. Aes Cyprium
5. In the Epicenter
6. Under High Seas (A Prelude to the King)
7. Liber Sum
8. Al-Kimiya
9. Invictus
10. The Kingdom Withi

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JPT Scare Band Re-Releasing Two Early Albums

Banded together during the tumultuous years of the early 70s, proto-metal toufti JPT Scare Band fused a sound equally heavy in hard rocking blues as it was tripped out in psychedelia, creating a sound so imposing that it perfectly reflected the emotions of the era.

Formed by guitarist/vocalist Terry Swope, drummer Jeff Littrell, and bassist Paul Grigsby, JPT Scare Band began recording songs in a Kansas City basement and soon compiled a vault full of reel-to-reel tapes that would make up much of the band’s catalogue.

Though formed in 1973, JPT Scare Band’s first album, “Acid Acetate Excursion,” wasn’t released until 1994, over twenty years after the band’s formation. In conjunction with Monster Records, the released two more albums, 1998’s “Rape Of Titan’s Sirens” and 2000’s “Sleeping Sickness.”

The new millennium has seen JPT Scare Band delve deeper into the archive of recorded material accumulated through massive jam sessions throughout the 70s, as well as the 90s, and a flood of product was soon released. Through the band’s self-realized label Kung Bomar, seven albums hit the streets, including 2009’s “Rumdum Daddy.”

In the waning months of 2009, JPT Scare Band merged energy with rock label Ripple Music to release “Acid Blues Is The White Man’s Burden,” a collection of unreleased tracks, extended jams, and outstanding cover tunes that helped bridge the gaps in the JPT chronology.

This April, Ripple Music will release a very special LP set consisting of JPT’s first two, seminal releases – “Acid Acetate Excursion” and “Rape Of The Titan’s Sirens” – re-presented in full, with new gatefold album art that incorporates the images of the original two albums.

“Acid Acetate Excursion” and “Rape Of The Titan’s Sirens” will be released together via Ripple Music on April 28th, 2015.

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Behond Dishonor Releases Breaking Bad Themed “Heisenberg” Music Video

Trenton, New Jersey metalcore mainstays Beyond Dishonor have released a music video for the single “Heisenberg.” Check it out below.

Any fan of the hit television drama Breaking Bad will immediately recognize that “Heisenberg” is a tribute to the popular show, complete with yellow meth lab suits, greasy cigar-smoking drug kingpins, shady factory laboratories galore and more. “Heisenberg” is cut from the band’s upcoming EP “Generations,” set to drop in June 2013.

“It’s an obvious homage to one of our favorite pieces of entertainment, but it is wrapped around a stronger metaphor – just as Walt perfects the formula against his better judgement, so too are we forced to find and perfect the formula for notice and respect in this tumultuous industry and genre,” states lead vocalist Reese Dunlap. “That theme is referenced throughout the song, and goes one step further in the video, where we are, in a sense, a victim of this formulaic control. It is only when we have ‘perfected the formula’ that we can finally escape mediocrity.”

Beyond Dishonor will head out on a 13-date east coast trek beginning April 12th. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

4/12 Atco, NJ @ Devlin’s
4/13 Staten Island, NY @ The Full Cup
4/14 Newark, DE @ Mojo on Main
4/17 West Springfield, VA @ Empire w/ Miss May I
4/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Miss May I
4/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Club Risqu

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Mutiny Within Announces Release Date For Sophomore Album "Synchronicity"

New Jersey-based Mutiny Within has released the following statement:

“Many people have a countdown until December 21, 2012. The time has come for a new countdown: January 12, 2013. Modern metal juggernauts Mutiny Within have announced the official release date of their long awaited sophomore album, ‘Synchronicity,’ for January 12, 2013.

“Mutiny Within made waves in the metal community early in their career by joining the Roadrunner Records roster and touring endlessly on the heels of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Having half the lineup live across the great Atlantic pond and having serious financial difficulties due to the rampant piracy in the music industry, Mutiny Within was forced to go on hiatus in 2011. That was the end of the touring band, but not the end of their music.

“Epic metal music cannot be contained – not even by the one-eyed pirates of the tumultuous thief infested world we call the ‘music industry.’ Mutiny Within had so many good ideas and music ready to go, founding member/songwriter A.J. Jacobs and singer Chris Clancy decided to finish what they started and put out the next evolutionary sound of Mutiny Within in the form of the self-produced ‘Synchronicity.’

“The road is far from over for Mutiny Within, and fans can look forward to many surprises leading up to the highly anticipated release of ‘Synchronicity.'”

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Hull Splits With Guitarist Drew Mack

It is with heavy hearts that Brooklyn-based sludge rock sorcerers Hull announce the departure of longtime guitarist Drew Mack from their collective. Mack will play his final show at Acheron in Brooklyn on June 29th (additional dates listed below).

Comments the band on Mack’s departure: “We are saddened to announce that our Brother, Drew Mack, has chosen to resign from the ranks of HULL. We wish the Wizzard the best on his journey through the tumultuous path of life. Upon the still of the darkest nights, we shall listen for his glorious yodel from high upon the mount. With challenging waters unknown, the ship shall sail farther. As always, your allegiance is not without glorious praise.”

Adds Mack: “Together my brothers and I willingly leapt into the curl of the sea, eager to build the hull of a ship worthy of sailing from the golden halls of Valhalla, down into the many fiery stomachs of Hel. Though from Viking seed we all sprang, the cold power of raw lightning had not yet laid in our hands and the echoing brass of thunder had not yet yawned from beneath our feet and thrust itself up through the guts of our bodies… In our oaken ship we stand now skewed upon the quest. Wielding our axes with pride and honor, we sail to breathe light into the darkness and to turn dark back in upon the light; never leaning this way for a lack of that… And yet at a time when all look forward to the wisdom of the path ahead- even with all eyes together, into the quickening gray, not every heart shall pass this veil of mist. Some must yet dive again into the churn of the earth…

“‘Through fire and water. From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak, I fought him, the Balrog of Morgoth. Until at last, I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me. And I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life-age of the earth. But it was not the end. I felt life in me again… I’ve sent myself back until my task is done. And I shall come back to you at the turn of the tide….’ – Mithrandir.”

Hull’s upcoming live shows are as follows:

6/16/2012 The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Triac, Drugs of Faith, Musket Hawk Other Gods
6/29/2012 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY W/ Praetura, Gang Signs, Blackout (Drew Mack’s last show)
7/09/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ A Life Once Lost, Woe

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