Archive for March 6th, 2019

NWOBHM pioneers, Diamond Head, return to the world stage with a new album. The Coffin Train is at once fresh and exuberant while also being a stone-cold classic slice of old-school heavy metal excellence. Is it packed with the sort of riff-fueled power that founding member (and riff lord) Brian Tatler led a genre and influenced the odd band or two with? It’s electric for sure… and then some.

The album’s lead single, “Belly Of The Beast”, is a ripping signal of intent with huge, catchy, crunchy riffs coupled with Rasmus Bom Andersen’s fiery vocals and married to a steam-engine old-school tempo which will have headbangers gleefully reaching for their air guitars and aspirin. It is both furious and thickly intense.

Remarks Tatler, “‘Belly Of The Beast’ is the lead track on the album and the first single. This is classic Diamond Head, bringing to mind songs like ‘Helpless’ and ‘The Prince’. It’s a very exciting song to play and really pumps up your adrenaline. It’s in your face the whole way though.”

Andersen adds, “It’s a song about personal demons; everyone carries at least one through their life. Don’t be hasty to judge people, for we all have a battle inside.”

“The Coffin Train” will be released via Silver Lining Music on May 24th. Pre-orders will be available on Friday, March 8th.

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Having just returned from their tour of Japan with Converge, visionary heavy music icons Neurosis have announced a new North American tour for this summer, with Bell Witch and Deafkids also on the bill.

Neurosis’ previously-announced tour of Europe runs from July 11th through 27th with support from Yob. The band also plays a special one-off London performance with Godflesh on July 20th.

Upon their stateside return, Neurosis will now head back out to the Eastern US and Southeastern Canada for a run of performances in August. The new dates, confirmed to run from August 7th through August 17th, will see the band performing in Atlanta, Carrboro, Washington, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago.

On this tour, direct support will be provided by Seattle doom metal outfit Bell Witch. Opening support will be deployed by Brazilian avant/noise/industrial trio Deafkids, who Neurosis signed to their own Neurot Recordings. This tour marks Deafkids’ first time on North American soil.

The tour dates are as follows:

August 7 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
August 8 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
August 9 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
August 10 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
August 11 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
August 13 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
August 14 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
August 15 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
August 16 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
August 17 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

Watch for additional Neurosis tour dates to be announced in the months ahead.

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– March 6th, 2019 –

On April 5th, AntropomorphiA will release their new album, Merciless Savagery, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Merciless Savagery, a video for the new single, “Womb ov Thorns”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/antropomorphia – where the album’s title track can also be heard, and the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dead gold marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–black/white splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 120 copies)
–brown marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)

In the year marking the 30th anniversary, AntropomorphiA has delivered an extreme metal opus that more than maintains the high standards upheld over the course of their storied career. Further building on the monstrous sounds of 2017′s Sermon Ov Wrath, Merciless Savagery lives up to its name, attacking with unrepentant ferocity and holding nothing back. Vocalist/guitarist Ferry Damen comments: “‘Sermon Ov Wrath‘ was our most raw and honest statement and an album where we transcended certain genre limitations, capturing the essence of AntropomorphiA, and I would say the new record’s atmosphere is darker, heavier and more punishing, but still has hooky riffs and grooves. I think it’s the logical step forward. It’s a different chapter, even more diverse while being very cohesive, but you can immediately hear it’s AntropomorphiA.”

Merciless Savagery track-listing
1. Merciless Savagery
2. Requiem Diabolica
3. Womb ov Thorns
4. Cathedral ov Tombs
5. Apocalyptic Scourge
6. Wailing Chorus ov the Damned
7. Luciferian Tempest
8. The Darkest Light
9. Unsettling Voices

AntropomorphiA line-up:
Ferry Damen – vocals, guitar
Jos van den Brand – guitar
Jeroen Pleunis – bass
Marco Stubbe – drums

AntropomorphiA online:
http://antropomorphia-official.com
http://www.facebook.com/AntropomorphiA
http://www.youtube.com/AntropomorphiA
http://soundcloud.com/antropomorphia

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One of this generation’s most promising metal acts The Raven Age are releasing their brand new album “Conspiracy” on March 8th via Corvid Records. The 12-track masterpiece boasts their biggest statement yet, hitting the mark for melodic metal with power, ambition and maturity that’s been receiving high praise from the likes of Metal Hammer, Kerrang and Powerplay.

The band have now shared the video for the latest track taken from the record “The Day The World Stood Still,” which is a charismatic film formed of footage from their time on the road supporting Tremonti across Europe in 2018. It premiered with Metal Hammer who dubbed them “Brit metal heroes” and is an inside look at the five personalities who form The Raven Age collective.

“It’s a track that our new guitarist Tony brought forward and it quickly became one of our favourites to play,” comments co-founder and guitarist George Harris, “It’s a hard hitting, groove orientated song with loads of catchy melodies, cool guitar work and also one of my favourite drum beats from Oats (Jai)…so hats off to Tony for writing this belter.”

“The Day The World Stood Still” is a melodic metal monster that is as brilliantly catchy as it is artfully heavy, it’s equipped with epic guitar solos and powerful vocal lines that have the ferocity and theatrics of the likes of metal heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold.

The track reflects on some of the personal challenges they face during their relentless life on the road and how the passion for what they do helps to overcome these inner battles, “It was written whilst on tour,” says Tony, “it’s about being in a constant battle with your own mind, delving into dark places you didn’t know you had. Simple things like sleep become a challenge when your mind’s working on overdrive and it seems there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

“The fact that I was able to turn this into something positive and create music out of it was the escape I needed at the time to get me through it.”

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Seattle-based melodic death metal band Whythre premiere the full-album stream of the band’s new EP “Stillborn World”, which is out in stores now via Bandcamp.

Check out now “Stillborn World” in its entirety below.

Stillborn World by Whythre

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