Archive for May 12th, 2017

Ethereal sludge unit He Whose Ox Is Gored will unleash the brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch this weekend via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records.

Captured by producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio, “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s “Rumors” EP — remixed by the band’s cohorts in Seattle’s Newaxeyes.

“The ‘Paralyzer’ seven-inch started as a great opportunity presented to us by Converse Rubber Tracks and Jack Endino,” He Whose Ox Is Gored comments. “We also wanted to find a way to work with our friends in Newaxeyes and a seven-inch came to mind. When Ben and Heather Heywood of Los Angeles’ Chain Letter Collective came on board, it created an opportunity for us to bring it all together.”

“Paralyzer” will see official release on June 16th but will be available this Sunday, May 14th at the band’s special show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk at Highline in Seattle as part of the venue’s seven-year anniversary series. The seven-inch will also be available throughout He Whose Ox Is Gored’s U.S. tour with Samothrace from May 17th through June 10th.

The trek includes performances with Void Omina, Noothgrush, and Graves At Sea on select dates. See all confirmed shows below.

5/14/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Conan, North, Serial Hawk
w/ Samothrace:
5/17/2017 Back Alley Pub – Great Falls, MT
5/19/2017 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
5/20/2017 The Reverie – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2017 Reggies Joint – Chicago, IL
5/22/2017 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/23/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/24/2017 Black Forge – Pittsburgh, PA
5/25/2017 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2017 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2017 Rudyards – Houston, TX
5/29/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omina
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omina
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omina, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

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The return of the djent quartet A Total Wall from Milan is a mix of dark and atonal groove with more refined melodies and wide-ranging harmonic layers. “Delivery” will officially drop on May 25th, with the eight tracks now available for streaming below.

“Delivery” arrives three years after previous EP “Soundtrack For Your Honeymoon,” with pre-orders now online right here. The mixing and mastering were handled by Tancredi Barbuscia at Greenriver Studio in the dark province of Varese, while artwork comes courtesy of Chiara Mariani.

1. Reproaching Methodologies
2. Evolve
3. Sudden
4. Maintenance
5. Lossy
6. The Right Question
7. Delivery
8. Pure Brand

Delivery by A Total Wall

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Pennsylvania-based metal act Next To None, featuring drummer Max Portnoy, has announced the release of forthcoming second album “Phases” on July 7th through EMP Label Group in North America and InsideOutMusic in Europe.

The band recently completed its first ever European tour alongside label-mates Haken, and has forthcoming dates supporting Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress.

Formed in 2012, in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, the foursome released debut “A Light In The Dark” in 2015 via InsideOut (reviewed here), before setting out to work on “Phases.”

The album features 12 tracks self-recorded by the band at singer/keyboardist Thomas Cuce’s home studio Battery Power Studios, and mixed by Grammy nominated Periphery bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood.

Drummer Max Portnoy says, “It’s a collective production, with all of the band having their say. We had strong ideas as to how we wanted this album to turn out, and if we’d brought in an outside producer, then this could have changed. So, it was best for us to stick together and follow our own vision.”

The recording process started early last October, with drum parts being recorded at Neal Morse’s Radiant Studios in Nashville; these sessions were engineered by Jerry Guidroz.

Says Portnoy, “We then spent about four months at Thomas’ home studio (Battery Powered Studios) doing the rest of the work; Thomas was the engineer for those sessions. We were in there every day until 3am. I don’t know how Kris coped, because he was going to school after we’d finished in the studio and getting just a couple of hours sleep.

He continues, “We’re so excited to finally be releasing our new album. We feel it’s a huge step forward for the band and shows a much heavier and much more technical side. This album is very special to us because it’s the first time we recorded and self-produced our entire album. We were able to create music that is completely our own. Every note, every sound, every word, came from us and we can’t wait for you all to hear it. I suppose you could say that we’ve done here is do more of everything we did before, but the greater experience we now have has helped us become better at what we want to do.”

Vocalist Cuce adds, “Working with Nolly on the mix has been one of the highlights of this recording for us. He captured the exact sound we wanted right from the start. Doing this upcoming tour with The Shattered Fortress will be a great opportunity to premiere this new material to an audience that will surely get where we’re coming from.”

“Phases” also marks the recording debut of new guitarist Derrick Schneider, arriving on the recommendation of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, who guested on the band’s first album. Guitarist Ryland Holland departed the band last year to attend Berklee College of Music.

1. 13
2. Answer Me
3. The Apple
4. Beg
5. Alone
6. Kek
7. Clarity
8. Pause
9. Mr Mime
10. Isolation
11. Denial
12. The Wanderer

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Australian progressive metal outfit Voyager just unleashed the band’s 6th opus “Ghost Mile” today – Friday, May 12th, 2017. The album is currently streaming in full below, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ascension
2. Misery Is Only Company
3. Lifeline
4. The Fragile Serene
5. To The Riverside
6. Ghost Mile
7. What A Wonderful Day
8. Disconnected
9. The Gentle Earth (1981)
10. As The City Takes The Night

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Napalm Records artists Arkona and Sirenia are ready to kick of their North American tour tomorrow night in New York, NY at Webster Hall. This tour serves as a special 15th anniversary run for Arkona and is also Sirenia’s first ever North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Anton of Arkona on what fans can expect on tour: “For our Anniversary set list we have chosen the songs, which we never played in North America before, from each of 7 albums we released. These songs are very well describing our 15th year path. Also we added 2 new songs from our upcoming album, which we are going to record right after out return from the tour. And of course our well known hits will not be forgotten!”

Morten of Sirenia added: “We are very excited about touring North America for the first time. It’s something that we wanted to do for years and years. This time it will finally happen. A special thanks to our fans supporting this project via our pledge campaign, together we made this happen. See you in the US and Canada in a few days. First show in NYC on the 13th of May already. Be ready, ’cause we sure are!”

5/13: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
5/14: Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
5/15: Quebec City, QC @ L’anti
5/16: Montreal, QC @ L’astral
5/17: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
5/20: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/21: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/23: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/24: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
5/25: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/27: Scottsdale, AZ @ Pranksters
5/28: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse
5/29: Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
5/30: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

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With the release of sixth full-length studio album, “Shadows Inside,” less than a month away, metalcore group Miss May I now unleashes a music video for the record’s title track.

Slated for a June 2nd release on the band’s new label, Sharptone Records, “Shadows Inside” is the follow-up to Miss May I’s “Deathless” and “Rise of the Lion,” which debuted at #5 & #6 on the Billboard Rock Charts, respectively.

Speaking about the title track, Miss May I lead vocalist Levi Benton states, “Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record. This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It’s about the past that lives within everyone; their ‘Shadows Inside’. The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place.”

Sharing some details about the creation of the music video, Levi adds: “We have quite a few videos and we’re always trying to change things up. With this video for ‘Shadows Inside’ we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the 90’s to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us.”

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Origin has unleashed the new song “Accident and Error” – the first single from the forthcoming new album “Unparalleled Universe,” set to be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe/ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America).

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error
3. Cascading Failures
4. Mithridatic
5. Truthslayer
6. Invariance Under Transformation
7. Dajjal
8. Burden of Prescience
9. Unequivocal
10. Revolucion

Check out the 360 degree clip here:

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Jorn – the solo band of ex-MasterPlan vocalist Jorn Lande – issued a music video for the new single “Love Is The Remedy.” The song is lifted from the new album “Life On Death Road,” which is scheduled to drop on June 2nd via Frontiers Music srl.

“Life On Death Road” marks the debut of a new lineup: On bass is Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, Kiske/Somerville), keyboards and production is Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints) (who already joined Jorn for the recording of his last covers album), on drums Francesco Iovino (Primal Fear) and on guitar Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle).

The track listing is as follows:

1. Life On Death Road
2. Hammered To The Cross (The Business)
3. Love Is The Remedy
4. Dreamwalker
5. Fire To The Sun
6. Insoluble Maze (Dreams In The Blindness)
7. I Walked Away
8. The Slippery Slope (Hangman’s Rope)
9. Devil You Can Drive
10. The Optimist
11. Man Of The 80’s (song streaming here)
12. Blackbirds

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Italian symphonic power metal group Rhapsody Of Fire issued the 2017 version of “Land of Immortals” (originally appearing on 1997 debut album “Legendary Tales”). Check it out in the player below.

The re-recording appears on the band’s new release entitled “Legendary Years,” featuring the band’s new lineup of vocalist Giacomo Voli (Teodasia) and drummer Manuel Lotter. The album features re-recorded material from the Rhapsody years (1997-2002).

“Legendary Years” was mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan), and is due out via AFM Records on May 26th. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dawn Of Victory
2. Knightrider Of Doom
3. Flames Of Revenge
4. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
5. Land Of Immortals
6. Emerald Sword
7. Legendary Tales
8. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
9. When Demons Awake (song streaming here)
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames

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Sweden’s Fallen Mankind announced that the new melodic metal album “Bleak Ocean” is coming worldwide on June 16th via Dr. Music Records. A lyric video for the title track can be heard in the player below. The album was originally issued independently in September 2016.

The album consists of ten tracks which contain everything a fan of timeless melodic metal sounds needs: Powerful riffs, energetic drums and Mats Hedfors (ex-Red Baron) as an outstanding singer. With this mixed and mastered album by Daniel Gese in the Realtime Record Studios (Bloodlust, Casanovas, Satana) metalheads that like bands such as Bloodbound, Armored Dawn and Nocturnal Rites will find their new favorite in the CD rack. The album deals with the current desolate state of the world, where corruption, egoism and misguided fanaticism prevail.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Bleak Ocean
2. Pheonix Rise
3. Murder She Screamed
4. Freedom Calls
5. By My Side
6. Shine
7. Obliteration
8. Bury Me Alive
9. Liars And Snakes
10. Unknown

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