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“Letters To Stallone”, the new video from the Los Angeles-based experimental heavy rock band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, can be seen below. The clip features live, backstage and road footage compiled from the group’s recent European tour.

“Letters To Stallone” comes off IWRESTLEDABEARONCE‘s third studio album, “Late For Nothing”, which was released on August 6 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by the group’s guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles. It also marks IWRESTLEDABEARONCE‘s first record with their new singer Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with “Late For Nothing”. While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely. By far their boldest and most accessible release to date, “Late For Nothing” rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage.

“The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different,” affirms Bradley. “We didn’t want to make another weird IWRESTLEDABEARONCE album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released. It’s a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well — especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.”

Featuring the schizophrenic first single “Thunder Chunky”, “Late For Nothing” scales the summit of heavy rock/metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody. The album’s opener, “Thunder Chunky”, sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like “Letters To Stallone” that showcases LaPlante‘s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and “Carnage Asada”, which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.

“Late For Nothing” track listing:

01. Thunder Chunky
02. Letters To Stallone
03. Snake Charmer
04. Boat Paddle
05. Firebees
06. Mind The Gap
07. Carnage Asada
08. The Map
09. That’s A Horse Of A Different Color
10. I’d Buy That For A Dollar
11. Inside Job
12. It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind



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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will appear in the all-star bill topped by CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG at the 27th annual Bridge School benefit concerts on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Tickets for the Bridge School concerts go on sale Friday, September 13 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE‘s Bridge School set will unveil new dimensions of the “…Like Clockwork” instant classics that have been garnering the most over the top raves of Joshua Homme and crew’s career, presumably alongside exclusive-to-the-evening arrangements of gems spanning the QUEENS‘ 15-year odyssey. As reports from the world at large continue to verify, Homme and cohorts Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore are delivering the world’s premiere live rock show nightly on their continually expanding world tour in support of “…Like Clockwork”.

“…Like Clockwork”, sold 91,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on June 4 via Matador Records, the disc follows up “Era Vulgaris”, which opened with 52,000 units back in June 2007 to enter the chart at No. 14. The band’s 2005 offering “Lullabies to Paralyze” registered a first-week tally of nearly 97,000 copies, to debut at No. 5.

Described by Homme as “an audio documentary of a manic year,” “…Like Clockwork” is the band’s first full-length collection of all new material since 2007’s “Era Vulgaris”, as well as its debut release on new label partner Matador.

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Los Angeles-based experimental heavy rock band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE released its third studio album, “Late For Nothing”, on August 6 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by the group’s guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles. It also marks IWRESTLEDABEARONCE‘s first record with their new singer Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with “Late For Nothing”. While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely. By far their boldest and most accessible release to date, “Late For Nothing” rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage.

“The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different,” affirms Bradley. “We didn’t want to make another weird IWRESTLEDABEARONCE album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released. It’s a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well — especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.”

Featuring the forthcoming, schizophrenic first single “Thunder Chunky”, “Late For Nothing” scales the summit of heavy rock/metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody. The album’s opener, “Thunder Chunky”, sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like “Letters To Stallone” that showcases LaPlante‘s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and “Carnage Asada”, which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.

“Late For Nothing” track listing:

01. Thunder Chunky
02. Letters To Stallone
03. Snake Charmer
04. Boat Paddle
05. Firebees
06. Mind The Gap
07. Carnage Asada
08. The Map
09. That’s A Horse Of A Different Color
10. I’d Buy That For A Dollar
11. Inside Job
12. It Don’t Make Me No Nevermind

The video for the song “Boat Paddle” can be seen below.



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The dawn of 2013 also saw the birth of a brand new indie record label, founded by the owners of Brooklyn’s dark music institution and watering hole, Saint Vitus Bar: welcome Sacrament Music.

“Sacrament’s mission is to proliferate the culture that is experienced by thousands every year at our club through recordings, merchandise, mixtapes, and of course EPIC shows” states the label’s freshly launched website.

The Sacrament Music/Saint Vitus crew brought local outfit and close cohorts Sannhet on board, and have locked down the label’s maiden release. Founded in late 2010, the instrumental trio known as Sannhet has amassed a diehard audience within Brooklyn’s broad underground music circuit through their abundant live performances throughout the borough, always choreographed with electrifying visuals.

“Known Flood,” Sannhet’s sprawling debut LP, features nearly forty-five minutes of their electrified post-metal, fueled with domineering riff-building movements and intense percussive hostility, unifying in a slightly blackened and trance-inducing atmospheric style. The LP was captured by Colin Marston (Krallice, Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and mastered by Carl Saff. Sacrament Music will release the album digitally and on LP, the pressing limited to 500 with 100 on colored wax. Preorders are available here.

Today, BrooklynVegan is hosting a video for the opening track from “Known Flood,” titled “Absecon Isle,” created by Sannhet’s bassist AJ Annunziata. Get your first listen to the album and more right here. The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Absecon Isle
2. Safe Passage
3. Invisible Wounds
4. Endless Walls
5. Moral
6. Slow Ruin
7. Haunches
8. Still Breathing
9. Flatlands

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Subsequent to the demise of reunited NYC hardcore/speed metal legends Stormtroopers Of Death, two of the four members of the brutal faction have set out to forge a new path of punishment in 2013.

United Forces unites S.O.D.’s bassist Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Nunfuckritual, Lock-Up,ex-Anthrax) and notorious frontman Billy Milano (Method Of Destruction) as the longtime cohorts take their mayhem to new turf. Milano and Lilker recruited two additional henchmen to help carry out their forthcoming disorder, with the thunderous Nick Barker (Lock-Up, Ancient, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) on percussive duties, and Anton Reisenegger (Criminal, Pentagram Chile, Extreme Noise Terror, Lock Up) handling guitars.

With Lilker located in upstate New York, Milano in central Texas, Barker in England and Reisenegger in Spain, details on the outfit’s plans concerning touring or recording remain unknown, but United Forces is, without question, a pending force with which to be dealt.

Notes vocalist Billy Milano on the eclectic union of metal soldiers: “I’m not out to reinvent myself at my age. I just want to have a lot of fun with this. We called it United Forces because we’re located all over the place, in different countries, but this is something we’re going to come together for.”

Added four-string assaulter Danny Lilker: “It’s gonna be really fun to get together with some good friends — who are also great musicians — and play some earsplitting, hardcore-tinged thrash metal! And obviously, we know how to do just that.”

At this year’s installment of the Fun Fun Fun fest in Austin, Texas, modern thrash heavyweights Municipal Waste were joined by Lilker and Milano onstage to help unleash the S.O.D. staple “United Forces.” Check out the carnage below.

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Tucson sludgetroopers Godhunter recently wrapped-up filming a self-financed video for the crushing anthem “Wolves Of The North.” After making its initial appearance on the band’s 2011-released “Wolves” EP, more recently “Wolves Of The North” reared its ugly head on Godhunter’s self-released split 7” with hometown cohorts Inoculara.

The split was pressed on off-white wax, with cover artwork by Matt “Zip” Howard, and interior art by Hoss, limited to only three-hundred hand-numbered copies. The video is currently going through final edits in preparation for its release in January.

The “Wolves Of The North” video will be released just in time for Godhunter’s newly-confirmed 2013 Winter Tour, sponsored by Acid Reflux Records and Earsplit. Broken into multiple treks between mid-January and mid-March, the quartet will thunder through the Southwestern states and then head back down towards the Gulf Coast, on the way to raid SXSW 2013 for several dates before trekking back to Arizona. Further confirmations will be announced as the dates are finalized in the coming weeks.

Godhunter also confirms that indie label Moshpit Tragedy will be re-releasing the “Wolves” EP digitally, and will also be handling the digital sales of the act’s upcoming “City Of Dust” LP later in 2013. The proceeds from these digital sales will be donated to an animal-based charity. The band will enter Arcane Digital Studios in Chandler, Arizona (Exhumed, Misery Index, Phobia) this Summer with producer Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Unruh) to record “City Of Dust,” a concept album about life and death in a decaying desert shithole of a hometown.

1/17/2013 Billy O’s – Ventura, CA
1/18/2013 Max Steiner’s – Long Beach, CA
1/19/2013 The Palms – Twentynine Palms, CA
2/06/2013 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
2/08/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Phoenix, AZ
2/09/2013 The Kitty – Lake Havasu, AZ
2/23/2013 BleedBleed House – Prescott, AZ
3/01/2013 Yayo Tacos – Las Vegas, NV
3/02/2013 The Big House – Flagstaff, AZ
3/03/2013 Hooligan’s – Albuquerque, NM
3/04/2013 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO
3/05/2013 The Zodiac – Colorado Springs, CO
3/06/2013 Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
3/07/2013 TBA – Dallas, TX
3/08/2013 Wild Salmon – Lafayette, LA
3/09/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/10/2013 TBA – Houston, TX
3/11-13/2013 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14/2013 Green Room – Las Cruces, NM
3/15/2013 House Of Rock – El Paso, TX
3/16/2013 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

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Keyport, New Jersey-based rabid metal trio El Drugstore is currently in construction mode, demoing and preparing a debut full-length.

Featuring guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall), and bassist Rolando Alvarado, this Keyport, New Jersey-based outfit has been dropping a brew of aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band’s debut, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant — which marked the maiden release for both bands’ then newly-founded Nefarious Industries — El Drugstore is now beyond balls-deep in the songwriting process for “Plague Ship,” the band’s first studio full-length.

The album will be recorded in the coming weeks, and is slated for a late Spring release, once again via Nefarious Industries. El Drugstore recently released a demo version of “Fascinating Underpants,” one of the mangled anthems set to be a part of “Plague Ship.” The track was posted as an exclusive premiere via American Aftermath here.

Upcoming El Drugstore live shows are:

12/15/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Behold The Arctopus, Ocrilim
1/15/2013 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Jar’d Loose, Hammer Fight, Toothgrinder
3/03/2013 TBA – NJ w/ The DRX

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The organisers of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, has announced that Danish heavy metal icon, King Diamond, will be one of the three headlining acts at next year’s edition of the event. King and his cohorts will be closing the main stage on the first day of the festival, which will also include performances from German metal legends, Accept and Greek power metal outfit, Firewind, amongst other names yet to be announced.

Speaking on the band’s performance at Bloodstock, King Diamond stated: “I’m looking so much forward to this, we all are. Finally back in England! The people at Bloodstock have gone the extra mile to make this possible, and will be expanding the stage to fit our full production. This is gonna be DARK and very HEAVY!”

The festival will take place from August 8th – 11th (no main stage performances on the 8th) and now features the following lineup, with many more bands to be announced:

King Diamond (Headliner)
Accept
Anthrax
Firewind
Fozzy

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This weekend founding Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Scott Kelly will take to the road for a four-show California tour in support of his recently released third solo album, “The Forgiven Ghost In Me.” For the first time, Kely will be joined on these shows by cohorts Noah Landis and Greg Dale as Scott Kelly And The Road Home, bringing his dark Americana to fruition on stage in a whole new way, as they did on the new album.

The action begins tonight in San Francisco and plays through Oakland, Fullerton and Los Angeles, with opening support from YOB frontman Mike Scheidt. You can also stream the title track to the new album “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” via Decibel Magazine’s blog right here.

9/29/2012 Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern w/ Mike Scheidt
9/30/2012 Uptown Nightclub – Oakland, CA w/ Mike Scheidt
10/01/2012 The Slidebar – Fullerton, CA w/ Mike Scheidt
10/02/2012 Cineplex at the Silent Movie Theater – Los Angeles, CA w/ Mike Scheidt

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In a recent interview with Georgia Straight, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian was asked which of his cohorts in the “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX — he most enjoyed listening to in his spare time.

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