Life Of Agony Reveals New Album “The Sound Of Scars” Details

Brooklyn, NY’s Life Of Agony is currently tracking their highly anticipated sixth studio album The Sound Of Scars with esteemed producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down) at her recording studio Studio Divine in Ashland, Oregon. Additional recording will take place at various studios in New York. Sylvia Massy will also handle mixing duties for the album. “The Sound of Scars” is expected to drop this fall from Napalm Records.

“Sylvia has a deep understanding of what this band is all about and we’ve wanted to work with her for a very, very long time,” says bassist Alan Robert. “Especially, since this is a concept album continuing the story of River Runs Red, we’re extremely grateful to have her on board to help capture the darkness, raw emotion and heaviness of the new material.

“Life of Agony began boldly over 25 years ago with its hard musical discourse into the human condition, a darkly hued story which continues to evolve today,” explains Sylvia Massy. “This is a unique band with a remarkable history of personal discovery – a phoenix tale of flight, fire and resurrection. This month we begin again to record the latest chapter. I am excited to be the witness to the creation of the new Life of Agony album!”

The Sound of Scars marks the first Life Of Agony album with new drummer Veronica Bellino, who joined the group last January and performed all-year long on LOA’s highly successful “Rise of the Underground” tour. Bellino is best known for her work with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck, DMC, Richie Sambora/Orianthi, and Carmine Appice/Slamm.

Besides work on the album, Life Of Agony has already announced a handful of dates for 2019, including a co-headlining show with Overkill on Friday, May 10th at PlayStation Theater in New York City, Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany on August 2nd, and Rhein Riot Festival in Cologne, Germany with Body Count on August 3rd.

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Exhorder Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

New Orleans based thrash metal pioneers Exhorder have signed to Nuclear Blast Records!

Comments vocalist Kyle Thomas:
“The excitement level of Exhorder being in contract negotiations once again is higher for us than we can express. Coming to an agreement with Nuclear Blast has inspired us to bring our writing to new heights. People still want to hear this band, as was evident in the reaction to our performances in 2018. Nuclear Blast strongly wants to help facilitate this venture, and for that we are truly excited and grateful. I am looking forward to seeing what we can make happen together over the next few years. The roster at Nuclear Blast speaks for itself, as well as the presence of Monte Conner and Jaap Wagemaker on the team. Be on the lookout, because Exhorder is heading your way once again!”

Adds guitarist Vinnie LaBella:
“What an incredible honour it is to be added to the Nuclear Blast family! We’ve had such a great year already, and now this! We are so proud and could not be in better company moving forward. We are excited for the future. We realise we turned in a couple of classics back in the day and it’s been 27 years since we released our last record. And while those past successes are notable, we feel in our hearts like this new record will be our first record, and we couldn’t have a better partner in NB to bring it to you. New management, new line up, new label, new record, new Exhorder!”

Exhorder were formed in 1985 by a group of friends who wanted to break out of the hardcore scene and had a passion for the heaviest music in the world. They are considered progenitors of the groove-oriented thrash sound later made famous by bands such as Pantera, Lamb Of God, White Zombie, and Machine Head. Coming after years of demos, their debut LP “Slaughter In The Vatican” (1990) was regarded as a major influence on the NOLA metal scene and saw them rapidly rise on the world stage as one of the defining thrash acts of their generation. Their second (and to date last album) The Law was released in 1992 and adopted more of a groove metal sound. It saw the band reach their peak of popularity, unfortunately bad luck and external pressures lead to the demise of the group in 1994.

With the underground remaining steadfast in their dedication to the band, they have since reunited with the lineup from The Law on several occasions. With these reunions they have played Maryland Deathfest, Rock Hard, and countless others. The reunion was cut short in 2011 with the untimely passing of their classic-era bassist Frankie Sparcello. Now the band is back, reunited and hungrier than ever to take on the world. With a boatload of festival dates on the way along with select club shows the New Orleans boys are here to show the world once more what it takes to thrash it up.

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Devil Master Debut New Music Video “Obscene Charade”

Relapse Records announce their signing of Philadelphia’s Devil Master. A new video for the band’s track “Obscene Charade” is streaming below.

The death rock/black metal/punk hybrid band commented of their new label home:

“Relapse Records‘ store in Philly was crucial to all of us growing up scoring Bathory, Celtic Frost, Danzig etc merch, corrupting and burning an eternal impression in our then fragile minds that has gone unmatched. It’s an honor to be able to work with Relapse Records and Arthur Rizk, two titans of the underground, on our upcoming debut LP in spreading the spells that DEVIL IS YOUR MASTER!!!”

The band also have the following live dates scheduled:

09/20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (feat. Cloven Hoof)
09/28 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (‘Metal Punk Death Fest‘)
10/12 Toronto, ON – Not Dead Yet Fest
10/13 Detroit, MI – The Precinct
10/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Rock Room
10/20 Philadelphia, PA – Ukie Club (‘Street Metal Massacre‘)
10/31 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar (feat. Christian Death)
01/11 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery (feat. Integrity & Genocide Pact)

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War Of Ages, Convictions & Earth Groans Tour Initial Dates Announced

Initial dates have been announced for War Of Ages‘ U.S. headlining tour with Convictions and Earth Groans. Check the so far booked dates below:

02/09 Newport, KY – The Thompson House
02/10 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
02/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
02/12 Buffalo, NY – Stamps
02/13 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
02/15 Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
02/16 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
02/19 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/20 Nashville, TN – The End
02/22 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/23 McAllen, TX – Yeberia Culture
02/24 Dallas, TX – Dirty 30
02/25 Lubbock, TX – Backstage
02/26 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
02/27 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
02/28 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
03/03 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk
03/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
03/05 Denver, CO – Moon Room
03/06 Omaha, NE – The Lookout Lounge
03/07 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
03/08 Berwyn, IL – The Wire
03/09 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
03/10 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions

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Dark Buddha Rising’s “II” Set To Drop Via Neurot Recordings This March

Prepare your mind, body, and the deepest recesses of your soul: the black gates that Dark Buddha Rising unlocked a decade ago with “I”, open further in 2018, as the band announce the “II” EP, due for release via Neurot Recordings on March 23rd, 2018. “II” continues to traverse spiritual planes, exposing a vortex with their sonic calls from beyond.

Sample new sounds with this immersive video below:

For ten years, the Finnish band has convened in the now-famous Wastement studio space, set below their home city of Tampere, Finland, to roil in the sounds of the underground, to meet dark spirits, to breathe in time with rhythmic pulses sent from the skies, the stars, and the very dirt around them.

On the surface, the band emits the blackest of psychedelia. Deep down, their sounds are forged in the blue fires of the ancients; exhalations of gods, goddesses and demons alike. Of this new offering, V. Ajomo notes, “To drain our sonic temple, we wanted to record the new material which was made for 2016 shows in order to proceed towards the unknown with open minds and hearts. After the cleansing, we initiated our chamber with ambient meditation and opened the portals of inspiration for our future work.”

“II” sees Dark Buddha Rising return to its purest incarnation: J.Rämänen on drums, P. Rämänen on bass, and V. Ajomo on guitar, J. Saarivuori on synths and M. Neuman on main vocals. “We have done a full cycle of the orbit and now is the time for gravitational slingshot towards the new dimensions in sound, deliverance and vision,” says Ajomo.

The EP’s A-side was recorded and mixed in Space Junk Studio by K.Nyyssönen and B-side was recorded in Wastement by Dark Buddha Rising and mixed by S. Tamminen.

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King Witch To Release “Under The Mountain” Via Listenable Records This February – Album Details Revealed

Scotland-based metal/doom rockers King Witch will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records early this February.

Under The Mountain was recorded and produced by guitarist Jamie Gilchrist at their underground studio in their home city of Edinburgh, mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings (Dragged Into Sunlight, Acolyte) in Southport and comes swathed in artwork created by vocalist Laura Donnelly. The record serves as King Witch’s follow-up to their debut EP, Shoulders Of Giants, and boasts nine riff-laden tracks offset by the powerful yet bewitching vocals of Donnelly. Influenced by everything from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Mastodon and High On Fire, Under The Mountain is as melodic as it is monolithic, taking its listener on a journey from soulful doom to full-tilt metal mayhem.

Formed in early 2015 in a dark cavern beneath the streets of old Edinburgh, King Witch manifests a potent and heavy brew of old school metal and the meatiest of ’70s classic rock. In a time where many seek to stick rigidly within the confines of their chosen genre, King Witch simply writes the songs they want to play.

Under The Mountain is scheduled for a February 9th, 2018 release via Listenable Records. For preorders visit listenable.net. A track-by-track guide to Under The Mountain as described by the band can be found below.

Under The Mountain Track Listing:
1. Beneath The Waves
2. Carnal Sacrifice
3. Solitary
4. Under The Mountain
5. Approaching The End
6. Ancients
7. Hunger
8. Possession
9. Black Dog Blues

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King Witch To Release “Under The Mountain” Via Listenable Records This February – Album Details Revealed

Scotland-based metal/doom rockers King Witch will release their debut full-length, Under The Mountain, via Listenable Records early this February.

Under The Mountain was recorded and produced by guitarist Jamie Gilchrist at their underground studio in their home city of Edinburgh, mixed and mastered by Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings (Dragged Into Sunlight, Acolyte) in Southport and comes swathed in artwork created by vocalist Laura Donnelly. The record serves as King Witch’s follow-up to their debut EP, Shoulders Of Giants, and boasts nine riff-laden tracks offset by the powerful yet bewitching vocals of Donnelly. Influenced by everything from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Mastodon and High On Fire, Under The Mountain is as melodic as it is monolithic, taking its listener on a journey from soulful doom to full-tilt metal mayhem.

Formed in early 2015 in a dark cavern beneath the streets of old Edinburgh, King Witch manifests a potent and heavy brew of old school metal and the meatiest of ’70s classic rock. In a time where many seek to stick rigidly within the confines of their chosen genre, King Witch simply writes the songs they want to play.

Under The Mountain is scheduled for a February 9th, 2018 release via Listenable Records. For preorders visit listenable.net. A track-by-track guide to Under The Mountain as described by the band can be found below.

Under The Mountain Track Listing:
1. Beneath The Waves
2. Carnal Sacrifice
3. Solitary
4. Under The Mountain
5. Approaching The End
6. Ancients
7. Hunger
8. Possession
9. Black Dog Blues

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Origod Inks Deal With Argonauta Records

Born in Torino during the past decade and formed by Vincenzo Circosta – vocals, Dario Chiadini – guitars, Marco Miglietti – bass guitars, Luciano Cotta – drums, Origod released their first album in 2010, that received much praise by the underground community thanks to its unique blend of sonorities like Mastodon and Isis meets At The Drive In.

The band is currently working on the final touch of their new album “Solitude in Time and Space”, that marks an important evolution of their sound, now full of groove and melody for a stunning post-core assault. Origod “Solitude from Time and Space” will be released on CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available by early 2018.

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Origod Inks Deal With Argonauta Records

Born in Torino during the past decade and formed by Vincenzo Circosta – vocals, Dario Chiadini – guitars, Marco Miglietti – bass guitars, Luciano Cotta – drums, Origod released their first album in 2010, that received much praise by the underground community thanks to its unique blend of sonorities like Mastodon and Isis meets At The Drive In.

The band is currently working on the final touch of their new album “Solitude in Time and Space”, that marks an important evolution of their sound, now full of groove and melody for a stunning post-core assault. Origod “Solitude from Time and Space” will be released on CD/DD by Argonauta Records and available by early 2018.

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Rapture Premiere New Song “Misanthropic Outburst” From Upcoming New Album “Paroxysm of Hatred”

Here’s a stunner of a release that’s being put out by the underground favorite Memento Mori label in January 2018. It’s a fiery concoction of death and thrash metal that you thought was impossible to create in this decade. Greek band Rapture are up for the task and you can listen to one of their vicious songs titled “Misanthropic Outburst” below.

Track list:
1. Thriving on Atrocity
2. Vanishing Innocence
3. Redemption Through Isolation
4. Paroxysm of Hatred: Procreation
5. Misanthropic Outburst
6. Taken by Apathy
7. Quintessence of Lunacy
8. Paroxysm of Hatred: Revelation

Line up:
Apostolos Papadimitriou – Guitars, Vocals
Nikitas Melios – Guitars
Stamatis Petrou – Bass
Giorgos Melios – Drums

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