"Vinnie Paul Abbott wasn’t just a drummer, he was an iconic fixture in the metal and hard rock community, a pioneer, and an absolute legend. He was a self taught drummer who went on to win many awards for his impeccable skills throughout his career.
A founding member of Pantera, DamagePlan and his current band HellYeah, Vinnie was a vital force for bands and millions of fans worldwide. Whether fans were turning their volume to 11 or headbanging their hearts out at live shows, Vinnie was an inspiration.
His most recent release, Hellyeah’s 'Undeniable' contained three hit singles, thanks to support from Sirius XM’s Octane. “All of us at Octane are so broken hearted to hear of the passing of our brother Vinnie Paul. We sent love to his family, band members and fans. You will be missed. Thinking of you reunited and rockin’ with Dime… Rest in Peace, Vinnie Paul Abbott”, Octane released in a statement.
Today, the world not only lost a legend, but also a genuine human being who lived to put a smile on the faces of everyone he met. May he be reunited with his brother as we all strive to continue his legacy.
Eleven Seven Music is heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, bandmates, friends, and fans through this difficult time."
Lebanese metal act Phenomy have released their new video "Sacrifice (Live at i8 Production Studios)", taken from their latest album "Threaten World Order" (out March 2018).
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/l-p9d6q7uuM
Commented the band: "Rehearsals before Metalhead Meeting Festival and Wacken Open Air this summer, We can't wait to share our music into new horizons. This is one of many projects we are working on stay tuned."
As previously announced, Phenomy won the Metal Battle in Beirut on April 27th, earning so a slot at the Wacken Festival 2018 (August 2nd-4th).
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash/Groove metal with Melodies, breakdowns and tribal/ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale/Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedbacks from magazines and webzines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomytoured with Repay the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported GRAVE in Lebanon in October 2017. The band released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
Stream “Dance Of The Wounded Souls” here: https://soundcloud.com/phenomy/02-dance-of-the-wounded-souls
Phenomy, winners of the W:O:A Metal Battle in The Lebanon are set to perform at Wacken Festival 2018
On 27th of April in Beirut, Lebanese metal act Phenomy, alongside three other bands, took the challenge to battle for a slot in the worldwide final of the Metal Battle at the Wacken Festival 2018 (August 2nd-4th). Phenomy gained the first place in the battle! Congratulations, Guys!
Stated the band:
"It is an honour for us to represent our country in one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, Wacken Open Air. We are happy that the hard work is paying off and we are thankful for everything we are being able to do. Going through a hell of a journey climbing the ladder step by step and we are proud of what we have accomplished so far. To all those who believe in Phenomy, thank you so much for being a part of our family!"
Govad Music (the responsible promoter for the W:O:A Metal Battle in Middle East) wrote about Phenomy:
"Approaching the metal scene with a solid ground, a clear vision, and a steady aim; Influenced by Thrash metal and their love for melodies, they set out to define a sound of their own, away from the common labels and flavours of the genre." Read more here: http://www.govad-music.com/phenomy-is-the-winner-band-of-the-metal-battle-in-lebanon
Wacken Open Air 2018 Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/328105420965621
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash / Groove metal with Melodies, breakdowns and tribal / ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale / Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedbacks from magazines and webzines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomy toured with Repay in the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported Grave in Lebanon in October 2017. The band released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
Stream “Dance Of The Wounded Souls” here:
Toronto groove metal four-piece Vodnik will be unleashing their debut music video "Our Dread, Our Joy" in the coming weeks and before they set the world ablaze they are sharing with metal fans a little taste of what's to come in a new teaser that can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/v8olzP58iks
Approaching the genre with a blend of heavier and lighter styles, which range from technical metal riffs, to spooky mellow passages, to hardcore breakdowns, Vodnik balance their metal between progressive grooves and dark atmospheres to establish a sound that is both bizarre and ominous yet catchy and memorable. With this formula, Vodnik aspires to grab the attention of a wider audience.
Drawing their name and lyrical themes from the mythological Czech creature, guitarist Jeremy Jackson explains:
“In Czech, Vodnik roughly translates to ‘of water’. I adopted the name for us because it is a widely celebrated mythological creature from my Czech heritage. Vodnik is gruesome, perfect for metal and what we want to do with it.”
Vocalist Reinier Vandenbosch adds:
“Lakes and rivers are its territory where it awaits to trap the souls of drowning victims. He is similar to the boogieman of the English-speaking world that also scares children. I try to write the lyrics largely from the perspective of the Vodnik creature.”
Along with embracing themes centred around the creature, Vodnik is also inspired by science fiction and horror, social and political commentary, dark philosophical ideas, and other mythological stories. Citing a wide variety of musical influences, Vodnik is a legit, no nonsense, heavy band that brings a ferocious energy to the stage.
The band's forthcoming debut single "Our Dread, Our Joy" is off their planned debut EP slated for later release in 2019.
New album by multiple award-winning groove metal band Road is out now; certified Gold in Hungary by the time of it’s release
Hungarian hard rock / groove metal band Road have released their seventh studio album, “A tökéletesség hibája” (English translation: A Flaw in Perfection) earlier this month. The album, containing 12 brand new songs, was recorded at SuperSize Recording Studio and was recorded, mixed, mastered by Zoltán Varga. The cover art was made by Gyula Havancsák, who previously worked with Wintersun, Ensiferum, Stratovarius, Edguy and many others.
➧ The new album can be ordered on the band’s official website: www.road.hu
➧ (Official album teaser video) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJdZ-Uo2_14
➧ Road on online platforms: songwhip.com/artist/road
The band also premiered their first videoclip off the album, which was shot for the final song of the record, “Sokkal jobb jónak lenni”. Multiple award winning Hungarian actor Imre Csuja (Argo, A Kind of America, Glass Tiger, The Whisky Robber) also makes a special appearance in the video, which was made by Mihaszna Film Studio.
➧ ROAD - Sokkal jobb jónak lenni (Official video) goo.gl/DWqKsJ
Kazakhstan's Zarraza have just released a video for their song "Shadows". The song is taken from their new album Necroshiva which is being released on May 11th.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efkc8BE1kfc&feature=youtu.be
Formed in 2010, Zarraza is one of the hardest working metal bands in Central Asia. They independently released two EP's (Bullets & Beliefs in 2012 and Cutting Meat, Fast & Loud in 2013 ) and have travelled across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to bring their virulent brand of death metal to hungry audiences.
Zarraza received international notoriety after Maxim Magazine shared their video for "Zombie Kids" with Asking Alexandria, who expressed fear and disgust after watching it.
Now the band is ready to blow up the scene with their first full-length album, Necroshiva, to be released May 11, 2018.
The band commented:-
"The only thing we worry about is how our lyrics for songs like “If I Was Satan” would be translated into Kazakh or Russian. Anti-religious songs full of sarcasm and quotes from Giordano Bruno and Pierre-Simon de Laplace are not welcomed in a country where there is a significant Muslim population."
Truly an international endeavour, Necroshiva was recorded in the fall and winter of 2017 through 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It was mixed and mastered by Arkadiy Navaho (Katalepsy, Siberian Meatgrinder, Distant Sun) at Navaho Studio in Moscow, Russia, with cover artwork by V. Smerdulak (Katalepsy).
Nick Khalabuzar – guitar and vocals
Ruslan Konon – drums
Eugene Hablack – bass
Dan Eternal – guitar
Legion: XX track listing:
1. Inherit The Earth (originally performed by The Accused)
2. Honey Bucket (originally performed by Melvins)
3. Kerosene (originally performed by Big Black)
4. Kill Yourself (originally performed by S.O.D.)
5. I Against I (originally performed by Bad Brains)
6. Axis Rot (originally performed by Sliang Laos)
7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (originally performed by Ministry)
8. One Voice (originally performed by Agnostic Front)
9. Dine Alone (originally performed by Quicksand)
10. We Gotta Know (originally performed by Cro-Mags)
RIAA-certified, Billboard chart-topping, five-time Grammy nominated Richmond, VA band Lamb Of God recently announced the release of their highly-anticipated full-length covers album as Burn The Priest - Legion: XX - a collection of songs reflecting the greatness of the classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise artists that influenced them in their formative years, executed with their signature modern sound.
Legion: XX features tracks originally performed by Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front, Quicksand, Ministry, Bad Brains, Melvins, S.O.D., the Accused, Big Black, and Richmond punk band Sliang Laos. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, Legion: XX exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element.
Following up on the surprise release of their cover of the Accused's "Inherit The Earth" last month, the band is releasing another blistering track from Legion: XX - a charging cover of Big Black's "Kerosene". Listen now via http://burn-the-priest.com.
"Big Black is a very important band to me," says vocalist Randy Blythe. "When I was 12 and first listening to punk rock, I thought all punk came from England - but then through skating, I got into Black Flag and Bad Brains. I soon discovered this super-smart American punk rock - very caustic, and deeply sardonic about the murky side of the human experience. That got me into Steve Albini's future bands Shellac and Rapeman - and all the noisy smart punk rock on labels like AmRep and Touch & Go. 'Kerosene' was one of their biggest songs, if they even had one. It speaks to small-town boredom."
Legion: XX will be released on May 18, 2018 via Epic Records in celebration of Burn The Priest's upcoming 20th anniversary. Pre-orders and merch bundles are available now via http://burn-the-priest.com and fans can stream "Inherit The Earth" and "Kerosene" here: http://btp.lnk.to/legionxx. On street date, a 7" vinyl version of "Inherit the Earth" featuring a B-side of "In the Meantime" (originally performed by Helmet), will also be available.
Lamb Of God may be one of the biggest bands in modern metal, but they will never forget where they came from. Mark Morton (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums) formed the first incarnation of the band, Burn The Priest, in the winter of 1994 after meeting four years earlier as students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than a year later, in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe before adding Chris Adler's brother, Willie Adler (guitar), prior to transitioning to Lamb Of God - and the rest is global metal history.
The tracks on Legion: XX are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept Lamb Of God vital for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven sound first explored by four unsuspecting college students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in their beginnings as heavy music giants.
Alpha Omega Management is extremely glad to announce the signing of the Lebanese metal act Phenomy!
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash / Groove metal with Melodies, breakdowns and tribal / ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale / Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedbacks from magazines and web-zines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomy toured with Repay the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported Grave in Lebanon in October 2017. The band released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
Phenomy stated the signing:
"We are glad to announce our signing with Alpha Omega Management. We are proud to join the Alpha Omega family, another huge step forward. We would like to thank all the Alpha Omega members for the opportunity and we know it will be a hell of a ride. Expect only huge news from us."
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"What a pleasure to welcome these fabulous thrashers in Phenomy to our roster family! Since the formation, they have captured the attention everywhere they have played, and now their journey proceeds with us, conquering new wider territories. Stay tuned!"
Stream "Dance Of The Wounded Souls" here: https://soundcloud.com/phenomy/02-dance-of-the-wounded-souls
Romania's Krepuskul are pleased to unveil their new music video, to accompany their fiercely challenging track ‘The Limits Of Hate’. Taken from their new album, Hybrid, ‘The Limits Of Hate’ rages against the folly of mankind, the powers that be that set us against each other and the constant conflict that results.
Check it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2pI_KxZgFY&t=1s
“Once again, men against men, ripping their hearts from their chest, when history repeats nothing will stand as we’re pushing the limits of hate.”
Since 2007 Krepuskul have been raging against the machine with their powerful modern metal and with Hybrid the Romanian road warriors have unleashed their most powerful and potent album to date. The perfectly crafted nine tracks all exude passion, musicality, drive and energy, verve and vigour. Marrying death metal power to complex rhythms, deep rooted emotion and a primal roar in the face of a society sleepwalking to its doom, Hybrid is a vibrant, vital explosion of sound.
Hybrid is out now on Morningstar Heathens Music Group.
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Groove metal outfit Gusano del Culo from Ukraine have signed a worldwide distribution deal with Swimming With Sharks Entertainment. Their debut release entitled ‘Assworm’ was produced by Konstantin Ratnikov (Anvil Records) and is available now. The group is heavily influenced by artists such as Sepultura, Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Korn, Soulfly, and Slayer. The aggressive music of GDC explores themes of pain, depression, loneliness, hate and suicide.
Frontman Dima Klubov states, “We’d like to thank Noah “Shark” Robertson and Swimming With Sharks Entertainment. Also, Konstantin Ratnikov, Alexander Cherminyov, Nick Kushnir, Sergey Bilenko, Sergey Kochmar, and Andrew Dodor. And thanks to everybody who supported us and continues to support us. Thank you!”
Gusano del Culo (GDC) is an Experimental / Nu / Groove metal band from Cherkassy, Ukraine. The band was formed in 2014 by Alexander “MEAT” Cherminyov, Oleg Tcygankov, Ilya “PLUSHIK” Bryklya, Alex “HELLBOY” Kydriavtsev and Dima “DEE KAY” Klubov. In October of 2017, GDC performed their debut show, METAL NIGHT in Cherkassy, Ukraine; sharing the stage with Midgard, DEATHINCARNATION and Demonologist.
'ASSWORM' is available March 9th, 2018 via Swimming With Sharks Records, Zombie Shark Records, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and everywhere music is sold.
Gusano del Culo is:
Dee Kay - Vocals
Plushik - Guitar/Bass
Hellboy - Drums
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