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It’s finally here! Madison’s legendary three piece doomy, garage-rock outfit Lunar Moth has announced the release of their newest single ‘Valley of Fire’! As a huge fan of Lunar Moth, I couldn’t wait to have this track in my hands! This is a tune that transports you to another realm of sludgy riffs, spacey vocals, fuzzy bass, and let’s not forget the heart-stopping drums!
‘Valley of Fire’ is available HERE starting 4/20 and drops at 4:20 PM! I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the holiday than with this absolute banger! Not every holiday has to be cancelled this year; so, while you are at home during these times, spark one up with Lunar Moth! Don’t forget to grab their self-titled release as well! You won’t regret it, we promise!
1 years after their last full-length “Mistreated”, German Speed Metal veterans SDI return with a new album! After reactivating their activity back in 2013, SDI went to perform on several shows and festivals such as “True Thrash Fest” in Japan, as well as the Czech “Obscene Extreme” and several other shows and tours across Europe since 2017.
In the year 2019 ,the trio finally made it back to the studio, where they recorded 12 new tracks, reflecting the band’s range from speed metal grenades to metal anthems in ways of the old school. To get rid of the expectation to have reinvented the wheel somehow, the title of the album makes it clear on what’s going on – and so this album is all about the 80s, the period of time where the band left their mark!
“80s Metal Band” is therefore not only a description in which SDI feel represented in 2020, but also the motto and title of the new full-length which takes the listener 30 years back in time. The mix of Føni Goedereis and the mastering of Peter “Pluto” Neuber (Primordial, Blood Red Throne, Manos) makes sure that the sound of SDI fits into the new millennium!
This is a two minute straight up jam that speaks out against everyone’s favorite made up Hallmark Holiday. It creatively expresses how frustrating it is that we all feel like we ‘have to validate’ our love for one another with a box of chocolates or a stuffed animal with some kind of lame love related pun about you being PUURR-FECT. Color Killer always makes me laugh at the creativity of their tunes. They’re always relatable and quite obviously about things that would frustrate a young punker in their age group especially; however, they are also about things that us “older” folks are equally frustrated with as well; like how much winter sucks or how creepy spiders can be.
Color Killer has come a long way, in what feels like such a sort time, since the very first time I saw their video performance of “Down With Winter” about two years ago. They’re always so cool and so fun! Whenever I happen to see that they have a new release I know it’s always going to be worth my time to check it out! Not Your Valentine is available NOW on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play! Be sure to give them a like and a follow if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss out on what’s coming up next!
Catch COLOR KILLER live at their next performance HERE!
Hello again music readers and enthusiasts! Another jam-tastic album review here for you-SUPERNAUT has released their album The Green with fat tone and fuzz galore! Let’s dive into this one together shall we?
Track one-‘Spacewreck’ starts off with an opening hum and undertone of the intro really builds up in a subtle yet tasteful manor. It then takes a hard right turn into a straight forward punk-esque swing. The drummer really knows how to accent the little things on this album; the combination of dramatic intent and reverb really brings you right up front- even through your headphones. Topped off with a super tasty solo-you get a very organic vibe. The second track ‘Dream Eater’ is definitely much more progressive in ways, like the groove and dynamic in their composition. The quick wittily licks and ‘riffy’ rhythms shows you what the band is capable of standing them right long side of groovy-doom style bands such as The Sword and Redfang.
‘Third Circle’ is next and the first thing I can say I love about this track is how much voice the bass has. I can’t get over the way the band members of Supernaut stay in perfect harmony throughout. From the guitars’ fuzz in complimented by the bass fuzz; to the layering of the vocals-they really pull it together “Sound as a Pound” The slick blues licks and bass runs are solid as a rock, sliding right into a classic doom-styled breakdown adding yet another layer to Supernaut’s dynamic. “Honey Mountain” is a bit more on the jazzy side. I dig the idea of having a short ambient instrumental. Sometimes these tracks can seem a bit pointless to impatient listeners, but I love to embrace these short james and use them to build context to their albums as a whole.
“Fade Out” maintains a calm vibe while having a busy nature. It makes me really want to see their drummer in action especially. These is so much going on underneath the rest of the instruments that I feel I’d have to actually see the rhythm section live to catch it all. Side note: Nice use of cowbell!! The build and dives of this song are just gross in all the best ways naturally leaving us with a fade out- nice.
“Crimson Sea” has a lot of grind. It does indeed put you in the right mindset according to the first impression given by the title of the tune. Second by second the vocal desperation grows and draws you deeper and deeper. “Buglung”..well first of all HELL YEAH MAN! The crazy almost acid-rock jam style of this track is pure gold. As a fan of Primus, Opeth, Neck and a lot of other crazy artists; I am in love with everything this track has to offer.
We have arrived at the title track of the album “The Green” which has a Twilight Zone vibe in the chorus which really gives the lyrics power. I also feel a Druid vibe in there as well. It almost sounds as though the guitarist shapes their tone a little differently on each tune. I’ve always admired that and wished I had that kind of patience myself! “Owl” is a super smooth southern-blues adventure. I’ve always been inspired by tunes like this, especially lyrically. The attention to detail and an ability to personify is an art form.
We finish out the album with the track “Iron Goddess Of Mercy” There is so much attitude packed into this jam and the devil is definitely in the details on this one! The way the tune is brought up and down throughout the track with technicality and grace is very quality-“Go big or go home!” as they say, and Supernaut has proven to be nothing short of “Big” on this jam. They end this album with great intensity!
All in all- I honestly enjoyed this album in its entirety. I have yet to come across a band with this kind of nostalgic dynamic before. The Green as a whole made me think of many types of old-school down right dirty rock n roll artists. “Rock n’ roll is coming back baby!” as my friend Jeff Sandbom called it- and I stand by that fact!
Thank all of you who are reading this and I hope you are all jamming this album with me! You can find it for yourself- HERE!
Gates of Hell Records will release the two-song EP Victims of the Night/Drifting Away from upstart Finnish Metallers ORPHAN DEVIL on 7″ vinyl format on February 21. The EP showcases a deft blend of classic metal with a dose of speed. Formed in 2016, Orphan Devil is prepared to emerge from the Finnish metal underground with a pair of songs that showcase their unique influences and stellar songwriting.
The self-released digital version released is available to stream HERE Track List Side A – Victims of the NightSide B – Drifting Away
Named after a 1982 single from the obscure Swedish band Shakespeare, Orphan Devil was formed in 2016 by a group of old Finnish friends who shared the same interest in music. Once vocalist Perttu joined earlier in 2019, Orphan Devil’s lineup was officially complete, and the band quickly got to work on some existing ideas, hammering out the two-song Victims of the Night/Drifting Away EP, which will be formally released by Gates Of Hell Records.
While Orphan Devil is a classic metal band at heart, their influences reveal something deeper. Continuing the thread of taking influences from their neighbors to the northwest, Orphan Devil has culled from their vast library of vintage Swedish metal bands for their sound. (It’s also worth pointing out that none of the members of Orphan Devil would have picked up an instrument without Iron Maiden.) But, this slight punk influence and melancholy coming from Sweden has worked its way into both “Victims Of The Night” and “Drifting Away,” two songs that were put together by the guitar tandem of Sakke and Kristo, with the latter handling the lyrics that touch upon themes of life and death with a glimpse of hope.
Orphan Devil’s method of completing their songs harkens back to the old-school as well: Once Sakke and Kristo have worked out the riffs and lyrics, the rest of the band (which includes bassist Sampo and drummer Late), add their ideas.
Designed to whet the appetite of the metal scene, Victims of the Night/Drifting Away hones in on Orphan Devil’s very simple philosophy: Have something to say with your music. Don’t just copy already existing bands. Be creative and find your own thing. Truer words have not been spoken.
August 5, 2019 – Alternative Rock Band THE SHRIEKS has released the visually intense music video for their politically charged single, “Synaptic Free Zone,” off of their April released LP, Toxygen.
“‘Synaptic Free Zone’ is a fun song about something that is not so fun.
The reality that we are all sheep following a blind destiny ordained by giant corporations that manipulate and orient us in ways that suit their business model, which is..’Don’t question, just follow, consume, and continue to be just a small number in their algorithm of pawns and deception’.
The Synapse is a junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter. If we’re not thinking for ourselves we are in essence ‘Synaptic Free’.” – Luis Accorsi
Track List: 1. Chainsaw 2. Frustration in the Nation 3. Recess 4. Hot Strife 5. Synaptic Free Zone 6. Free Radical 7. Story of Bad Luck 8. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 9. Outta the Way 10. Dam 11. Purple Fold 12. Spangalore
The Shrieks is Luis Accorsi (aka Tito Lembi) based out of Brooklyn. Luis and his fantastically talented friends are the synthesis of pure, unadulterated, meaningful protest rock. Toxygen is relevant to our times and original, incredible music. It takes us further into being a protest band, but not all our music has to do with the state of the world. It has to do with the state of us as humans: in love, distraught, downtrodden, happy. Our tracks are about never being apathetic. We make our feelings known, and what comes from the heart, gets to the heart.
Finland’s DAMAGE S.F.P. have unveiled their new video “Tragedy” in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album due out on June 14th via Rockshots Records. The video can be watched at the following link here.
The debut album is an amalgamation of 30 years of music created by the band after first forming in 1989 as three childhood friends.
“The album is like a time-leap straight to ’90s, since all of the tracks were composed between 1991-1994.” states the band.
During the band’s existence, they released three demos in the ’90s: 1992, 1993 and 1996 along with a promo tape in 1994 and continued performing until 1996 before disbanding. Moshing in 2018, DAMAGE S.F.P. was reformed by guitarist Nikkilä and drummer Lipsonen with bassist Remes hearing the call to arms to rejoin his schoolyard headbangers. Solidifying the original line-up, the trio returns 30 years after first picking up their instruments to destroy audiences and are now ready to unleash what has been a long time coming in their debut self-titled album, which features eleven of their best whip lashing tracks.
The band adds: “This album is our debut, but at the same time collection of our best songs. It is diverse, bringing in influences from both thrash and death metal, but not forgetting the beautiful melodies of heavy metal. At the far end of the album you can find a short track called ‘Grain Brain’, which is almost grindcore, then on the other end is ‘In Termination’, an epic song with Amorphis and Iron Maiden vibes.” The first single off the album “Ruthless Fate” can be heard HERE
Album pre-order available via Rockshots RecordsHERE
Track Listing: 1. Ride 2. Death of Innocent 3. Ruthless Fate 4. Tyrants 5. Insomnium (inst.) 6. Ode to Sorrow 7. Tragedy 8. Grain Brain 9. Crying for Relief 10. In Termination 11. Burst of Rage
DAMAGE S.F.P. is: Jarkko ”Jaake” Nikkilä – Vocals and Guitars Antti Remes – Bass Tero Lipsonen – Drums
The Transylvania County based duo BLOODY HAMMERS release the second official video from their upcoming album “The Summoning.” “From Beyond The Grave” transports the dark and sinister feeling that only BLOODY HAMMERS can summon in 2019. The wonderfully creepy horror mix of 80s hard rock, gothic, doom and epic metal riffs are wonderfully illustrated in the new video with a silent film era twist. The video was once more produced by the band itself in the BLOODY HAMMERS Film Studios.
Anders Manga on the video and the song:“The video is obviously a homage to F.W. Murnau and his early horror work in the silent film era. We had a great time making the video. The song, in a horror rock way, is a narrative from the perspective of a ghost who wants to return to his love on earth. I have so many favorites from the new album, but this is one of those straight forward hard rock tracks that I hope to see people blasting by the pool this summer… while covered in goth strength sunblock of course.” Watch “From Beyond The Grave” HERE.
BLOODY HAMMERS deliver their fifth studio album entitled “The Summoning” on June 26th 2019 via Napalm Records! The U.S. duo has prepared a wonderfully creepy horror musical experience that pays homage to classic flicks such as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) and Now The Screaming Starts (1973) by creating a dark BLOODY HAMMERS story around the movie titles. The band’s idea of a soundtrack for your favorite video nasties holds some surprises on their upcoming record.
The Summoning” track listing: 1. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie 2. Now the Screaming Starts 3. The Summoning 4. Fire In The Dark 5. The Beast Is Coming Out 6. Welcome to Darkness 7. Tales That Witness Madness 8. Condemned, The Prisoner 9. From Beyond The Grave 10. Unbreakable
“The Summoning” will be available in the following formats:-4 page Digipack-1 LP Gatefold-2LP Gatefold (purple) – Napalm Records mailorder exclusive, strictly limited to 200 units-Digital Album.
Frontman Anders Manga infused the new album tracks with epic metal and hard rock nuances. But don’t fret, the lumbering doom riffs deliver massive doses of goth rock, and Devallia’s psychedelic keyboards are present ever-still, and turn their latest effort “The Summoning” into a well-balanced, lush and highly infectious affair.
BLOODY HAMMERS Anders Manga: Vocals, Guitar Bass Devallia: Keyboards, Organ
Highly respected Australian brutal death metal titans DISENTOMB have officially signed with Unique Leader Records, who will release the band’s monstrous new album The Decaying Light on July 12th.
Following up their legendary 2014 album Misery, The Decaying Light contains 13 slabs of dissonant, atmospheric extreme metal and shows the band truly coming into their own and cements their place as one of the most unique and exciting bands in the genre.
Guitars for The Decaying Light were tracked by band guitarist Jake Wilkes, drums and bass were recorded by Joe Haley (Psycroptic), and vocals were tracked by Dan Field at Sledgehammer Studios. Mixing and reamping for the effort were done by DISENTOMB bassist Adrian Cappelletti, and mastering was done by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering (Deeds of Flesh, Devourment).
Artwork for The Decaying Light comes from the incredible Nick Keller with the layout and design coming from Steve Crow of Condemned.
The band commented on the effort, “These 13 tracks combined make up an album we have always wanted to write and have been on the path to writing since the birth of Disentomb 10 years ago.
The Decaying Light solidifies a unique sound we have worked to carve out, 13 tracks of dissonant Brutal Death that we feel is our most personal and accomplished work to date.
The addition of Adrian on bass has helped Disentomb reach new levels of songwriting and cemented our sound.
We understand five years is a long time between albums, especially for touring bands, and we thank our fans for their patience.”
Watch the video for their new single “Your Prayers Echo Into Nothingness”
The Decaying Light track listing – 1. Collapsing Skies 2. Your Prayers Echo Into Nothingness 3. Indecipherable Sermons of Gloom 4. Undying Dysphoria 5. Centuries of Deluge 6. The Decaying Light 7. The Great Abandonment 8. Dredged Into Existence 9. The Droning Monolith 10. Dismal Liturgies 11. Invocation In The Cathedral of Dust 12. Rebirth Through Excoriation 13. Withering
Physical pre-order bundles for The Decaying Light will be available on Monday, May 20th. Digital pre-orders are available HERE
Ignescent’s first CD, Electrified, was produced by Grammy Nominated producer Travis Wyrick (10 Years, P.O.D.) and recorded at Lakeside Studiosin Knoxville, Tennessee. The first song on the CD, “Calling Out to You”, was co-written with former lead guitarist of Skillet, Ben Kasica. Ignescent’s 2nd CD was produced by Eric LaBrosse of Cherry Pit Studios. Their song, “You Got Me”, has been played on many radio stations including 95 WIIL Rock. Ignescent’s new song, “Into The Night,” was produced by Cameron Mizell(Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens).
Ignescent has had the honor of opening for Flyleaf, Eve 6, Megadeth, Stryper, Saliva, Stitched Up Heart, Lacey Sturm, Otep, Fight The Fury – featuring John Cooper of Skillet, Another Lost Year, Art of Dying, Letters From The Fire, Like a Storm and has played at fests with Switchfoot, Colton Dixon, Memphis May Fire, The Devil Wears Prada, and Veridia. Ignescent has also played on Vans Warped Tour, at world famous – Rock Fest – in Cadott, Wisconsin with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Anthrax, Lita Ford, Slayer, and Sevendust, at Summerfest, and recently co-wrote a new song with Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf.
Ignescent combines their musical backgrounds to form a harmony that is both addictively musical and inspiring. Ignescent is more than just a rock band, they are real people with a combination of great stories. These stories, combined with moving guitars riffs and a driving beat create a sound people enjoy and relate to. Their influences include Flyleaf, Evanescence, and Paramore.
Ignescent’s music is a great mixture of rock and pop with a great message. You can tell that their music has a rock/alternative edge that sounds right at home with most Top 40 formats.
Ignescent is excited to share their music. They have been working hard creating and perfecting their sound. Relatable lyrics with a rock and roll vibe, Ignescent is sure to entertain and inspire. “We’re authentic people that just want to encourage others with our message. We’re also a rock band and put on a great show! The music is addicting, it’s catchy with a real message.”