The highly controversial and iconic, Body Count (featuring Ice-T on vocals), has officially inked a world-wide deal with Century Media Records and will begin tracking their highly anticipated new, full-length offering with Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body). Putney also tracked the group’s last effort, Manslaughter, which caught the entire genre’s immediate attention with its sheer abrasiveness and unabashed brutality.
Ice- T states:
"It’s cool to be a member of The Century Label Group alongside such a lot of well-established metal artists. With our last album Manslaughter, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body CountT style intact. Producer, Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body), is like a member of the band and has an excellent ear. He’s a great producer because he captures the true essence of our band’s sound. Once we are done writing the song it’s his job to step in and make it sound better. He helps move the record in the right direction, were anticipating working with him again. “Once the records done, were going to shoot a lot of music videos and perform spot-dates on certain tests, etc.”
This is the group that dropped hip-hop attitude into heavy metal and hard rock music before Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead made records, despite nary an ounce of rapping over their mosh-pit inducing songs. Body Count is a full on metal band, fronted by a legendary rapper who drops knowledge, violent stories and verbal middle fingers, with a bellowing growl descended from some of punk rock’s most pissed off screamers.
Ice-T and co-founder / lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable Manslaughter, backed by bassist/songwriter Vincent Price (with Body Count now for nearly 15 years), drummer Ill Will (joined in 2009) and new guitarist Juan Garcia of Evildead. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. From the punk bite of their gold debut through the metallic triumph of Born Dead (1994), Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997) and Murder 4 Hire (2006), to the all encompassing Body Count vibe of Manslaughter, which merges the strengths of the band’s entire catalogue.
Driven by the same iconoclastic, anti-authoritarian and pimp-turned-poet mentality that made Ice-T a gangster rap pioneer, a platinum artist from the streets and a household name in film and television before “rapper / actor” was a commonly used term, Body Count flipped the script with the same tenacity when they bum-rushed heavy metal. The first rumblings of Body Count were heard in the eponymous song unleashed on Ice-T’s gigantic O.G.: Original Gangster album in 1991, which hit stores just two months after Ice’s first major movie role in the modern crime classic, “New Jack City.” The fierce thrash of the “Body Count” anthem put people on notice that the Megadeth cap Ice-T wore on MTV wasn’t for show: aggressive heavy metal and hardcore is in his blood.
Greek hardcore crew, Sarabante, has issued a track from their incoming second LP, "Poisonous Legacy", which is set for release through Southern Lord in June. Tune in and hear the band take their tense, foreboding sound found to new lows, mirroring and capturing the anguish of their native country in the track "Mass Grave."
Stream Sarabante's "Mass Grave" at THIS LOCATION.
The gripping, lamenting melodies of the guitars on "Poisonous Legacy" define the album's sound, and speak volumes about Sarabante's world view. Eloquently miserable harmonies soar then hammer down on the listener, constantly seeking nervous and reverberating moments to amplify and meld into their modern crust motion, involving copious amounts of righteous d-beat and clarity amongst the crunch. Few have done it so well since the advent of Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone, and Sarabante is undoubtedly creating their own approach with impressive, aggressive songwriting, and forceful momentum. Their meticulous attention to mournful atmospheres is maintained across the twenty-six minutes, filling "Poisonous Legacy" with rampaging passages and brooding breakdowns, and making the record a thrilling and powerful statement from Sarabante.
After forming in Athens in late 2006, the Summer of 2011 saw Sarabante release their first album "Remnants". The LP was released by Sara Records, the band's own label, followed by a limited edition CD by Southern Lord. This was followed by an Eastern European tour and numerous local live shows, as well as 2013's Έρμαια Των Καιρών / Under The Shadows, a 7" EP via Man in Decline Records.
Heavily influenced by oppression and trying to withstand the ongoing crisis in their home country Greece, Sarabante's new music is forged in times of extreme austerity, which has without doubt blackened their focus. As a result, the music on "Poisonous Legacy" is darker, filthier, more straightforward, and more destructive than we've heard before. Featuring grim artwork by Karouk, "Poisonous Legacy" was mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Nails, Obituary) and will be released on vinyl and digital through Southern Lord, June 10th.
Preorders are available HERE.
Slovakia's own Wastage are a brutal blend of thrash, hardcore and metalcore with no-nonsense lyrics about dystopian society we live in. As a relentless workhorse, they have already shared the stage with the likes of Sepultura, Decapitated, E-Force, Obscure Sphinx and many more, quickly rising through the ranks in the heavy charts among the bands from Central Europe. Featuring former members of Xibalba, Stone Cold Bitch, Eternity and The Weed, Wastage is definitely a powerful dark force to be reckoned with!
Lifeforce Records are very happy to announce the signing London-based Progressive Metal / Hardcore act When Our Time Comes to their roster.
The band's fantastic "selftitled" debut album is set to be released April 15 in Europe and May 6 in North America!
'Impending' is the first single taken from the new album.
When it comes to music, catchiness and claim are not mutually exclusive. First you take notice of the beautiful, accessible dimension. Then you discover the given substance of the songwriting, and the discerning approach of the songs. What sounds nice and playful, has more to offer than it seems initially. Welcome to the debut album of When Our Time Comes.
Having opened shows for the likes of Of Mice And Men, The Color Morale, or Hacktivist, the band from the North of London combines polyrhythmic grooves with heavy breakdowns and emotional easiness. When Our Time Comes are always good for a surprise, but at the same time they pay attention to a harmonious balance and a coherent framework.
Formed in 2011, When Our Time Comesare an exciting five piece band from the UK. Drawing on their collective influences from SikTh, Parkway Drive, Thrice, and Periphery, the band released their EP "Test The Waters" in the April of 2012, and now are about to unleash their self titled debut album on Lifeforce Records.
New Album "When Our Time Comes" - out April 15 in Europe (May 6 in North America)
Visit and "like" the band's Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.
Cancer Bats has released a brand new video for "Beelzebub" from their "Searching For Zero" full-length. View the video now here. The video comes as a precursor to the band's North American dates set to commence next week including a run with Danzig and Pennywise.
Vocalist Liam Cormier admits that the band are "excited to be heading out with Danzig and Pennywise", declaring their love for both bands upon getting "into punk and metal" music and that to "tour with both is like a dream come true! We'll be ripping the pit and headbanging until we puke every night!".
6/17/2015 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
6/18/2015 Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
6/19/2015 Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MT
6/20/2015 MoSo Rock Bottom - Saskatoon, SA
6/21/2015 International Beer Haus & Stage - Red Deer, AB
6/24/2015 Flashbacks - Kelowna, BC
6/25/2015 Garibaldi Lift Company - Whistler, BC
6/27/2015 Better Than Fred's - Grande Prairie, AB
7/06/2015 The New Direction - Fargo, ND
7/07/2015 Slowdown - Omaha, NE
7/09/2015 The Flycatcher - Tucson, AZ
w/ Danzig, Pennywise:
7/11/2015 Fox Theater Pomona - Pomona, CA *no Pennywise
7/12/2015 Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park - Flagstaff, AZ
7/13/2015 Friendz Bar & Zombie Burger - Amarillo, TX *CANCER BATS only
7/14/2015 Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX
7/15/2015 Aztec Theatre - San Antonio, TX
7/17/2015 South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX
7/18/2015 Club Brady - Tulsa, OK
7/19/2015 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, MO
7/21/2015 The Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
7/24/2015 MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
7/25/2015 Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
7/27/2015 Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
7/28/2015 Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
7/30/2015 The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV
8/15/2015 Gwar BQ @ Hadad's Lake - Richmond VA
Napalm Records are excited to announce the signing of Michigan’s Walls Of Jericho, who are currently conjuring up their new album which will be released via Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer expressed the band's excitement and honor they have being accepted into the Napalm Records family, whilst suggesting previous record label deals were not 100% satisfactory as the band "are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership"; indicating not all was well with previous relationships. The band are grateful for their fans and families patience as it has been seven years since the band had released an album.
Napalm Records' Vice-President Thomas Caser expressed his delight at the news, calling Walls Of Jericho "one of the most exciting acts out of this genre", heavily praising their live performances and expressing his belief that the band stands out in the music industry.
Walls Of Jericho seem to have gone from strength to strength, negating the whole genre-tagging and image fiasco that never seems to end in the music industry, whilst using their wealth of talent to create music meant to last and stand on it's own feet.
Walls Of Jericho is:
_Victory Records are pleased to announce the signing of Welsh Metal/Hardcore outfit Continents.
Philip Cross, Vocals
Darryl Sweet, Guitar
Duncan Hamill, Drums
Tom Weaver, Guitar
Dominic Turner, Bass
Victory Records welcomes dynamic Welsh Metal/Hardcore outfit Continents, to its roster. Watch the full announcement video here.
“We've always tried to put our own passion for our music before external influence, the most important thing for us is that we enjoy the music we play, and if other people enjoy it too then that's awesome,” said Vocalist, Philip Cross. “We like to mix elements of our favorite styles and influences, and then put our own perspective on things to see where it takes us.”
Formed in 2010, Continents quickly established themselves within the UK music scene. They are five self-proclaimed “lads with a party attitude who love getting groups of people into a room who share their passion for music.” In concert, this UK bunch throws a blistering barrage of songs and energy at the crowd which is evident in their first music video from the band’s self-released single "Trials"; which received over 10,000 views on YouTube, in just the first few days. Thanks to “Trials”, in November the band was voted as a favorite YouTube UK Metal Act and was featured on the YouTube home page.
They will be killing it on stage Saturday, June 30, at Leeds University for Europe's biggest indoor metal/hardcore festival, Ghostfest 2012. They will be joining the likes of Emmure, The Black Dahlia Murder, Comeback Kid and many more.
GENRE: METALCORE / HARDCORE
This is a new initiative set out by the Global Metal Apocalypse team in attempt to exploit and promote fresh underground unsigned talent to the masses. Every so often (possibly weekly) an unsigned band will be plucked out of the abyss and showcased, and so for this week it is Shake Well Before from Italy.
_Shake Well Before is a Metalcore / Hardcore band from Italy which formed in 2008. The project started with the recording of their first 3-track promo. With the video "This Butterfly Is A Dragon" the word of this Italian stallion was soon spread. After a few important concerts (sharing the stage with bands like Adept, Hand To Hand, Hopes Die Last, Post Offense, More Than A Thousand, The Dead Lay Waiting and many more) the quintet won a regional contest as the "best young band" in 2009. In the same year the band went on to record their very first self-produced EP called "Rational Painkillers Pills" during a trip in Munich,Germany and all 500 copies were sold.
Through a few line-up changes the band changed their style as well and had a rebirth. The first serious single "Watching Jersey Shore" has been out since october 2011 was recorded by Marco Mantovani (Hopes Die Last) as a taster to the EP. The EP called "Goliath" was recorded at the Fusix Studio by Andrea Fusini, well-known to the Italian music scene and released on March 2012. "Insomnia" was the first single taken of the EP with a video directed by Andrea Larosa on youtube which can be viewed here. Right now the band is promoting "Goliath" and working on brand new stuff!
Antagonist A.D. have premiered the song "Violence" from their upcoming album _'Nothing From No One' on their official Facebook page, which can be found here .
The album is set to hit stores on July 3rd through Mediaskare Records.
“The new album steps in a more personal direction than our previous releases,” stated vocalist Sam Crocker. “There are still the usual themes you can expect from Antagonist A.D. with songs about animal rights, consumerism & apathy, but where it differs is dealing with anxiety, depression – feelings of alienation. I think for me, being from a tiny town on a small isolated island at bottom of the world I really started to feel that isolation – the lyrics have been a lot more therapeutic than anything I have written before.”
RAYLEIGH BOTB - 19/8/11 - FAINT YOUNG SUN, FREE A.M, IT KILLED HARPER, ALL FOR YOU, SOME WERE SATELLITES
FAINT YOUNG SUN - WICKFORD - POST HARDCORE / POWER POP
Wickford crew Faint Young Sun brought the armored sounds of Post-Hardcore / Soft Rock with the sauces of breakdown HP, funk-out Ketchup and Heinz 666. This is their first time they played their as of yet untitled song, with the fruitiest of breakdowns bearing a apple and cream of the crop, in tandem with a rotten pear in relation to a steamed out drummer. None the less they brought their 'A' game with them, whipping in a formidable ballistic missile of unprecedented audible sound-waves, echoing their name in their own sound of which is incomparable to other bands. Wild Wickford wizardry whips whirlwinds of wondrous wreckage around to calm the anti-carnage which seems to have stalled the crowd, but for Faint Young Sun, they may as well have won the hearts over on this one.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
FREE A.M. - ASHINGDON - PUNK ROCK
Sounding like a estranged mix of acute pop / post-punk rock this band have a screechy vocalist, but with that sounds the sensational audio noise of punk being booted out from the speakers. This is the sort of band that ups the ante from recording to live performances, whilst the guitar strumming is synchronous and the solo was insanely mental, this band brought in a party / funk feel and raised the poker stakes in that heat of the Rayleigh Battle of the Bands, musically they are similar to that of Sum 41 and Madina Lake. Free A.M. are a band bringing back the old traditional foundations of Punk Rock found in The Who, Sex Pistols and The Clash. Free A.M. however made their own sound and something new, just old roots are used as a foundation for this.
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IT KILLED HARPER - SOUTHEND - PUNK ROCK / METAL
This quartet unleash a torrential downpour of rock infused hardcore or so it would seem as their genre seems to be somewhat undetectable in it's easiest form, however the music itself is a semi-whitewash, coming from a progressive influence by embedding it on a watered down version of hardcore. Creating eccentric solo's, outrageous riffs and a hellbender humdinger of a matrix-cocktail from which involves mixing both rock and metal into the musical cookery pot and brewing something sensationally non-comprehensive in it's penultimate stage. It Killed Harper burdened a decent stage presence, but sadly they were the least promising of the night. There is a long way for these chaps to go before they can think of making something sound-breaking or record breaking. They brim with potential but lacked on the harnessing of the power and enthusiasm they tried giving.
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ALL FOR YOU - WICKFORD - POP PUNK / HARDCORE
Armed with a female vocalist, bringing more than a Pop Rock sound to the stage All For You delivers a sound that sounds far better than Paramore meeting Rolo Tomassi and The Pretty Reckless in one hit. The vocalist's vocals are left unchallenged, being one of unique sound and different to modern female-fronted bands. All For You is one of those bands that should easily be on Kerrang Radio and in Kerrang Magazine under the 'soft rock' tag, however they caused a rapture of which unleashed a chasm of interlinking musical craftsmanship with the underbelly of a meshed collection of Pop Rock, Riot Grrl and utmost intellect. Whilst the dress style clearly reflects a Post-Punk image, the music does the talking, ripping up a parallel streak of notes to awaken any nearby graveyards, so whilst the dead lay waiting to be awaken (no pun on the Swindon Metal band) by a band with enough explosive sound to challenge the British Army, the living are always awake, but in this case stand emotionally attached to this band's music. Definitely a band to watch out for, one of the more promising bands from the Essex music scene and definitely Kerrang material for sure, what with having the guts to do a cover of Jessie J's 'do it like a dude', this made JJ look like a poseur in music.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
SOME WERE SATELLITES - ESSEX - ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Climaxing on the vibes of Post-Punk / Hardcore is The Satellites, a quintet with more stomach-churning power than the Saw 'goreology'. But that's a little bit of a non-intellectual statement, in mere sincerity this band have a sack of balls more than ball sacks (no rude pun intended, unless you think that way), sounding similar to Enter Shikari munus the trance music, this quintet finalises a night full of ups, downs and the wide array of genres that have been exerted this night - even if the crowd resembled a home match of a local non-league football match. Even if they had a bout of trouble with the drums and a pun-after-pun sexual-related verbatim, this is a band with MTV stamped on their backside and a record label deal possibly in sight, mixing the best of soft popcore with hard hardcore. The Satellites are a promising upcoming band that could grab Kerrang's attention, all that's left to say is watch this band closely.
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
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