It was a battle of the best from the Philadelphia and Boston areas for the first ever Wacken Metal Battle USA to send one American band to play at this year's Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany as part of the festival's international Metal Battle competition. The final four came down to Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia), Goblet (Boston), Power Theory (Philadelphia) and Upheaval (Boston) for one to play the stage at Wacken. Bringing their blasts of metal ranging from power, black, death, thrash and a mixture of more, the first ever Wacken Metal Battle USA champion was crowned to Corpse Hoarder who brought an exciting, energetic set of their blend of groove death grind metal that the judges could not deny being presented to the Wacken stage.
The Wacken Metal Battle USA final was held in Philadelphia on May 20th at the Whiskey Tango.
Wacken Metal Battle USA Finalists
Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia) - https://corpsehoarder.bandcamp.com/ - WINNER
Goblet (Boston) - http://goblet2.bandcamp.com/
POWER THEORY (Philadelphia) - http://www.sentinelmusic75.wix.com/powertheoryand
Upheaval (Boston) - http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com/
Wacken Metal Battle USA will be returning for 2018 with an announcement of participating cities and submissions.
Please follow them at http://www.metalbattlusa.com and https://www.facebook.com/metalbattleusa/.
As a lead-up to Sabbath Assembly's highly anticipated sixth album, Rites of Passage - set for international release on May 12th via Svart Records - today, heavily trafficked tastemakers Noisey - Music By Vice stream the album in its entirety. Hear the entirety of Sabbath Assembly's Rites of Passage exclusively HERE.
Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original Sabbath Assembly drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). Rites of Passage marks a moment in which Sabbath Assembly truly "comes of age" as a unique combination of its members, creating progressive metal influenced by Gorguts and Hammers of Misfortune while maintaining a melodic edge true to the roots of the band in the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.
Thematically, Rites of Passage is a reflection on the complexity of the transitional stages of life. Ethnographer Arnold van Gennep first defined "rites of passage" in 1960 as birth, childhood, puberty, marriage, parenthood, religious initiation, and funerals. In our current age, when many eschew these specific rites, Sabbath Assembly's newest songs define transitional moments based on experiences in their own lives that have left them feeling truly changed. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
In a time when others in the occult rock genre remain preoccupied with fantasy and dark mysticism, Sabbath Assembly finds the most profound of transformative moments in everyday experience. Rites of Passage presents its listeners with a set of songs that the band hopes will mirror their own experiences of transition, and in some way provide necessary passage. Feel the full reflection exclusively HERE, as well as read a revealing interview with Myers, courtesy of Noisey - Music By Vice.
Bare Infinity have released a new Lyric video for the song 'Orion's Light' , from their new album "The Butterfly Raiser" which was released on the 3rd of March 2017 by Blackdown Music.
LINK TO OFFICIAL VIDEO :
The song features the singer Sarah Wolf of the American Symphonic metal band AfterTime .
The Lyric video and song portray a strong Ancient Greek theme visualised by Very Metal Art.
The album is available on all streaming and download platforms as well as in physical copy throughout the USA via CDBaby and Alliance Entertainment, BeyondBattle Records and RockAvenue Records in Japan and by Blackdown Distribution in the EU.
Linkin Park have released the official video for "Good Goodbye" from the forthcoming album, One More Light.
Watch video here
The video was directed by Isaac Rentz and features American rap star, Pusha T, British grime sensation, Stormzy, and NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
One More Light will be released May 19th. To pre-order the album go to http://linkinpark.com.
The One More Light World Tour kicks off July 27th.
Pre-sale begins May 9th. Register now at http://presale.linkinpark.com.
General on-sale is set for May 12th.
Nu Metal outfit Dirty Machine from Los Angeles, California have inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records, the new record label from Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, Ex-The Browning). The band’s latest album ‘Discord’ was produced by Ben Jovi and Dirty Machine at Left Coast Label Studios. The album was mixed by Arnold "Hedge" Quezada and Darren Davis at Blunoize Studios, and was mastered by Josh Wickman from Dreadcore Productions (KING 810, Within The Ruins).‘Discord’ will be available worldwide on May 26th, 2017 and can be pre-ordered at www.zombieshark.net
Dirty Machine has been heralding the nu-metal flag since 2012 and pulls major influences from nu-metal era bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Nonpoint, Mudvayne and Sevendust. The band quickly built a rabid underground following, especially in the Kansas City area, due to getting regular airtime on the leading Kansas City rock station “98.9 The Rock” and headlining the Jägermeister Stage at the 2016 Kansas City Rockfest. Dirty Machine has shared the stage with Ghost, Sixx AM, Disturbed, Trivium, Hell Yeah, Alien Ant Farm, Otep, Metalachi, and Orgy.
DIRTY MACHINE has released a powerful new music video for the title-track “Discord” produced by Ron Thunderwood from 9Electric; who has directed music videos for Hollywood Undead, Combi Christ and Stitched up Heart.
The video for "Discord" can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ca_Y9SDIsWc
Dirty Machine frontman David Leach states:-
“We are excited to be joining forces with Zombie Shark Records, a record label whose mission is to bring back the genre that Dirty Machine themselves and so many millions of other fans around the world live for - nu metal. With our debut album recorded, Dirty Machine and Zombie Shark Records teaming up guarantees the resurgence that the world has been waiting for!”
Catch Dirty Machine live at these upcoming events:
April 28th - Whisky A Go-Go w/ Trapt
May 10th - Skinny's w/ Keychain
July 22nd - IPO Radio Fest in Tucson, AZ
Aug 11th - Whisky A Go-Go w/ Corey Feldman
Dirty Machine is:
David Leach (Dirty Davo) - Vocals
Arnold Quezada (Hedge) - Guitar
Darren Davis - Guitar/Vocals
Nathan Young (Youngblood) - Bass/Backing Vocals
Mike Weekley (Nightmare) - Drums
DJ Ecusa - Turntables & Samples
Unscripted, unfiltered and featuring NO "genre-fication" whatsoever, "It's Electric!" is a weekly window into the mind of Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Hear music that excites this great Dane, as well as chats with artists who inspire him...all wrapped in magnificently mindless banter!
Airing every Sunday at 3:00 PM PST with an encore every Monday at 3:00 AM PST.
Link To Listen Live: http://www.apple.co/beats1onair
Lars Ulrich is the drummer and co-founder of Metallica, one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history. Having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents, Metallica have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991's Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Metallica's latest album Hardwired...To Self Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week.
Beats 1, Apple Music's global radio station, broadcasts 24/7 to more than 100 countries from studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London. To listen live, go to Radio inside MUSIC and tap PLAY NOW. It's Electric! with Lars Ulrich broadcasts Sundays at 3PM LA Time, with a repeat edition on Mondays at 3AM. Later that day the show will be available On Demand and the Playlist will be posted to MUSIC
Legendary New Jersey thrashers, Overkill, have kept the machine running strong in 2017 with the release of their highly-acclaimed eighteenth album, ‘The Grinding Wheel’, as well as adding another US tour under their belts. Today, the band welcomes another addition to Overkill’s history with their new drummer, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner (Shadows Fall, Flotsam And Jetsam).
"Overkill would like to announce its newest member, behind the kit and steering the ship, Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner," comments Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth. "We wholeheartedly would like to thank Eddy ‘The Mexicutioner’ Garcia for holding down the ship and keeping the momentum up for the band over this past year plus. Eddy has and always will be part of the Overkill machine. Jason is a long-time friend of the band and his abilities have always spoken for themselves. Let the touring continue... onward-upwards!"
Jason ‘Sticks’ Bittner states:
"When my phone rang about 2 months ago and Blitz said 'Hey, me and DD are wondering if you would be interested in joining?' It really didn't take much for me to write back a one word answer… ABSOLUTELY! I am extremely excited to be a part, once again, of thrash metal history, and I cannot wait to get out on the road and wreck stages across the world with the 'Mean Green Killing Machine!'"
Madrost returns with a new full-length album titled The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh on June 27! Featuring seven tracks of Orange County's finest Progressive Thrash Metal from one of the scene's most sci-fi bands! This is 37 minutes of total devastation and chaos, makes this the only album to truly bake your brain! A lyric video for the album's opening track, "Eyes of the Deceit," is available at https://youtu.be/9CcLno1wnb4
Pre-order The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh: https://madrost.bandcamp.com/album/the-essence-of-time-matches-no-flesh
On The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh, Madrost has found its definitive sound, one that is much more dynamic and darker than previous album Into the Aquatic Sector. The forthcoming album picks up where Into the Aquatic Sector left off and takes the sound to a whole new, previously unexplored level. Vocalist/guitarist Tanner Poppitt comments: "I wanted a broader scope to work with and have the listener think about what they are listening to." Last but certainly not least, Tony Koehl's (The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Malignancy, etc) cover art also represents a huge step forward for the band, as his artistic interpretations tie everything together into a cohesive whole. The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh was mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Studios, and mixed and recorded by Mark Rivas of Rivas Studios. The album was produced by Mark Rivas and Tanner Poppitt.
Bands that take on a "theme" often end up pigeon-holing themselves, releasing album after album with the same overarching concept and sound. When it came time to write and record their upcoming full-length album, Die On My Ride, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry recognized the opportunity to expand on their celebrated exotic sound and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare by delving into more personal, topical themes of racial discrimination, identity, equal rights and freedom.
Die On My Ride, which is scheduled to hit stores on June 2, 2017 via M-Theory Audio, delivers the potent, inimitable metal-meets-Mongolian / Central Asian world music sound that diehard Tengger Cavalry fans have come to know and love, while incorporating fresh styles and concepts that a whole new fan-base will enjoy. Listen to the brand new title track, "Die On My Ride", via lyric video now at MetalInjection.net:
"Die On My Ride is a rather different album than all of our previous releases," states Tengger Cavalry mastermind and frontman Nature G.
"This album reaches a more personal place for us. We discuss personal struggle surrounding identity conflicts, racial discrimination and individual freedoms. I think an important part of existing in modern society is learning to accept one another for who we are and embrace our differences, and to look beyond that to find a deeper connection between each race or ethnic group. Coming from a different place and walking the line between the Mongolian music world and American music world is sometimes challenging for me. I see all kinds of stereotyping and people throwing hatred, prejudice and judgement at one other because of arrogance, insecurity or simply a lack of understanding. This creates a huge identity conflict for individuals. These concepts make up a lot of what this album is about. Being yourself, pushing past judgement from others, being strong and fighting for your individual freedoms."
Nature G continues, "Musically, I intentionally tried to incorporate more clean vocal choruses, semitones and western minor scales, rather than stick just within our traditional Mongolian folk style. We also incorporated piano to add a more emotional element to the songs."
Die On My Ride was self-produced at Nature G's production studio Raiding Media, and is available to pre-order now in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory Audio or digitally via the band's Bandcamp page. Die On My Ride is Tengger Cavalry's first album available in vinyl format, as well as their first album to be released with M-Theory Audio - the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.
Die On My Ride will be supported by a North American tour and performances at several European summer festivals. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley dies battling Queens blaze; band issues tribute with music video
"Rest in Peace our brother William 'Bill' Tolley. Drummer. Brother. Firefighter. Hero. Friend. Life will never be the same without him. We love you, Bill. Slam On." - Internal Bleeding
Internal Bleeding drummer and veteran FDNY firefighter Bill Tolley passed away Thursday, April 20th after falling five stories from a rooftop while battling a two-alarm apartment fire in Queens, New York. Tolley leaves behind a wife and eight-year-old daughter.
Said Tolley's bandmates upon his tragic passing, "Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley, died today. There are zero words to describe the loss. He was a good, decent, and honourable man who loved his friends, his family, and the people he served. There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. Bill was our rock, our heart, and supplier of insane laughter. The music world lost a very influential drummer, and the world lost a friend, a father, and a damn good man. We love you Bill."
Yesterday marked the release of Internal Bleeding's digital single, "Final Justice." The track serves as a teaser from the band's forthcoming full-length, Corrupting Influence and the band planned to celebrate today's release with a new video for the track. Internal Bleeding wished to unveil the clip yesterday as planned in Tolley's honor. "Bill would want that more than anything. It will mean so much."
"Final Justice" takes the patented Internal Bleeding sound into new, more intense levels. It's still filled with all the hooks, slams, and grooves you've come to expect from the band, but at the same time, it's more sophisticated, sharper, and focused than anything they're released previously.
No Clean Singing is currently streaming the clip issuing, "It's now impossible to listen to the song and watch the video without thinking about yesterday's tragedy (and the original video has been modified since yesterday to include a remembrance and a dedication). Yet it's also a fitting tribute to Bill Tolley and his important role in creating the legacy of this band that obviously meant so much to him for so many years. There's a lot of visceral power in 'Final Justice,' and it captures the kind of immediacy, energy, and head-wrecking punch that you feel in a live performance..."
Read more and view "Final Justice" at THIS LOCATION.
"Final Justice" is available now via Unique Leader at THIS LOCATION and via iTunes HERE.
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