Brisbane metal act Slaves Of Dissonance are set to release their debut EP "Toxoplasmosis" on the 12th August. The first single, "Involuntary Lobotomy" was recently released, a crushing debut track that details people misleading and exploiting others, based on their faith, for ulterior motives. The track is available on all major streaming platforms and on Bandcamp:
Borrowing influences from such acts as Lamb Of God, Gojira and At The Gates, the bands sound can be described as having groovy / technical guitar riffs, high energy beats with shattering blasts and powerful grooves and ear piercing vocals. All members have uniquely different tastes ranging from thrash / groove or prog to more extreme styles like black metal / death metal resulting in Slaves of Dissonance creating a unique metal sound all of their own.
Furthermore, some of the band members work in social / psychological science fields and utilize those experiences for eye opening lyrical content such as mental health disorders, government conspiracies, brainwashing media organizations and misleading, exploitative faith groups.
"Toxoplasmosis" will be released on 12th August via all major streaming platforms and at https://slavesofdissonance.bandcamp.com/album/toxoplasmosis
Lamb Of God unleash “Nevermore,” the first single and music video from Omens. The forthcoming full-length from the GRAMMY-nominated metal titans is due October 7th on Epic Records.
Tickets and VIP packages are on sale today at https://www.lamb-of-god.com/tour for The Omens Tour, featuring Lamb Of God and special guests Killswitch Engage, Baroness, Motionless In White, Spiritbox, Animals As Leaders, plus Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy join on different legs. The tour kicks off on September 9 in Brooklyn, NY and wraps October 20 in Dallas, TX.
Lamb Of God follows 2020’s No. 1 Hard Rock Album with a vicious new testament. Riding high on a creative renaissance saluted by the likes of Rolling Stone and NME, the Grammy-nominated goliath returns with the gloriously unhinged Omens, produced by long-time collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth).
Omens is a furious entry in the Lamb Of God catalogue, perhaps their angriest album yet. "The world is crazy and keeps changing. Omens is a reaction to the state of the world,” explains vocalist D. Randall Blythe. "It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed-off.”
The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal architects tracked Omens at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, a location that birthed classics from The Doors, The Ramones, and Soundgarden, among others. "The inner workings of the band have never been better,” explains guitarist Mark Morton. “You can hear it in Omens. You can see it in our performances, and if you're around us for five minutes, you can feel it."
The Omens album pre-order is live now at https://www.lamb-of-god.com, boasting several exclusive items, including a signed coloured vinyl variant, shirt, hoodie, and signed CDs with an alternate colour cover. All physical CD and Vinyl releases will include a free access code to watch the livestream viewing of "The Making of Omens" documentary, which will premiere the week of album release.
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Baroness, Suicide Silence
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Motionless In White, Fit For An Autopsy
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox, Fit For An Autopsy
Lamb of God w/ Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Fit For An Autopsy
*Not A Live Nation Date
Counterparts are back. The Hamilton, Ontario-based metalcore heavyweights have announced their upcoming full-length, "A Eulogy For Those Still Here", due out October 7th from Pure Noise Records. The record finds Counterparts tapping into a deep sense of uncertainty and dread and pushing their visceral sound to even greater extremes to make their most definitive statement yet.
To mark the announcement, Counterparts have shared the album's first single "Unwavering Vow." Kicking off with a blast of pummelling drums and intricate riffing, the gut punch of a track offers a ground-shaking introduction to "A Eulogy For Those Still Here". After two minutes of intense aggression the song pauses for a brief respite of haunting atmosphere, then hurtles into one of the most crushing breakdowns the band have ever written.
Since forming in 2007, Counterparts–made up of vocalist Brendan Murphy, guitarists Alex Re and Jesse Doreen, bassist Tyler Williams, and drummer Kyle Brownlee–have gone from underdogs to a globetrotting powerhouse in the world of aggressive music. Engineered / produced by Will Putney (Knocked Loose, Every Time I Die, Vein.fm), "A Eulogy For Those Still Here" finds Murphy at a crossroads, preoccupied with the inevitability of change and endings.
“I think I deal with things by preparing myself for the end,” he explains. “With so much of this record I’m mourning the loss of someone that’s still alive or saying goodbye to something that hasn’t left yet.” The result is a high stakes record written as a true statement of intent–a mix of crushing heaviness and stark atmospherics that draws on everything Counterparts have been honing for the past 15 years. “All of these things I have are still a big part of my life but one day they won’t be, and I don’t want to be focusing on that instead of enjoying the time I have with them,” says Murphy. “Maybe I’m saying goodbye pre-emptively but I think it’s important to say goodbye while you can.”
Explosive. Bombastic. Defiant. Intense. Seething Akira continue to rampage forward with their gloriously turbulent nu-metal sound. Hot off the editorial success of their last album "Dysfunctional Wonderland" and with scheduled appearances at the Heavy Music Awards 2022 on June 5, Download Festival on June 9, and TECH-FEST on July 1st, comes the band's fiery latest single "Punishment Instructions."
"'Punishment Instructions' expresses all facets, whether that be positive or negative, of hope, wish and desire," states Seething Akira. "The message expresses the loss of hope due to the uncontrollable actions of others. Punishment Instructions are the side effects of when these immoral actions are resisted."
"Punishment Instructions" is a hard-hitting metal track that exemplifies everything fans love about the band. As the song's thought-provoking lyrics examine the effects of trying to resist when others are trying to strip all hope away from you, the heavy rhythms, featuring aggressive guitars, coupled with the aggressive vocals, only add fuel to the rebellious firestorm that is Seething Akira. Warning: This single may induce the urge to jump into your nearest mosh pit. Listen wisely, and use as directed.
"Punishment Instructions" is out now from independent multi-genre music label FiXT.
Explosive. Bombastic. Defiant. Intense. Seething Akira have developed a gloriously turbulent sound that is uniquely their own. Founded by vocalists Charlie Bowes and Kit Conrad, Seething Akira are a 6-piece electronic nu-core band hailing from the seafront city of Portsmouth, UK that have been tearing venues apart across Europe with their powerful fusion of genres since 2012.
The band's first full-length album, "Sleepy Skeletor", dropped in 2018 and made it clear that Seething Akira would be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. In late 2020, the band launched a series of new singles leading up to their second album, the highly anticipated "Dysfunctional Wonderland". With the strength of the band's music and their popularity with fans rocketing skyward, they connected with electronic rock label FiXT and forged a partnership for their future releases.
Seething Akira has been featured on the Rock Hard Spotify editorial list, while their single "Firepower" landed on Kerrang Radio and Scuzz. "I Am The Devil" and "The Islander" were both featured on BBC Introducing, and "The Islander" premiered on Soundsphere Magazine.
At home and on the road, Seething Akira have also put their stamp on staple festivals such as Bloodstock, Victorious, Camden Rocks, and many more while touring with bands like The Qemists and The Algorithm.
The band dropped the latest album "Dysfunctional Wonderland" in late 2021 and plan to begin releasing new singles in mid 2022.
Metalcore band One Missing Link returns with a fresh new music video for 'Shadows Inside'. Since their last creative effort "The Monstrosity" featuring vocalist Nikan Nasim and guitarist Mahan Abdollahi, One Missing Link has become a quartet with the addition of drummer Kiumars Saffari and bassist, Nima Mohammadi.
Shadows Inside Out Now Via Tough Sounds: https://fanlink.to/shadowsinside
One Missing Link's latest creative effort 'Shadows Inside' deals with the concept of duality within the human consciousness and how the conscious and usually the righteous 'self' converses with the invariably corrupt 'spectre' who creeps up on the 'self' with intrusive and usually destructive thoughts.
Some words about 'Shadows Inside' by vocalist Nikan:
“This song is about a conversation with a half-life spectre of our own self within the heart; it’s the part of us that desires evil things; should you ever succumb to it, it leaves you with the consequences. But the truth is, you control both "yourself" and the "spectre,"; this begs the question, how can we overwhelm all these temptations in our daily lives? This song calls for a victory rush against all the black dots inside our personalities that could blacken our hearts.”
'Shadows Inside' was mixed and mastered by Finnish producer "Joonas Vuojolahti" at Cold Truth Music Studio and was released through Tough Sounds. The music video of 'Shadows Inside', which premiered on Spaceuntravel, was filmed and edited by "Amirhosein Esmaeili"/
Devastating metalcore grooves with post hardcore sensibilities, One Missing Link prove themselves to be the Iranian representatives of the new wave of core.
Coloured by the integrity of outfits like Wage War, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Motionless in White, One Missing Link combines the extremity of rusty metalcore noises with the fragility of unstable apperception.
The band's initial inception started with vocalist Nikan Nasim and guitarist Ali Mostanbet's cover of the Architects song 'Royal Beggars' in 2020. They released their first original single, "Shivers," a year later, after the departure ofAli Mostanbet.
After signing with the first Iranian Metal Label Tough Sounds, One Missing Link made a comeback with the release of "The Monstrosity," and "Shadows Inside" from their upcoming EP 'The Other Side'.
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Colorado-based metalcore band Mouth For War have shared the video for the brand new song "Reshaped" at Knotfest.com
Watch it here and here.
Vocalist Trae Roberts shares:-
"This is our first new material drop since the release of our debut album Life Cast In Glass, which turned one year old just two weeks ago. This hard-hitting track is dedicated to the life of my late sister, Sophie, and touches on themes of loss, grief, and mental health."
Formed in 2019 by members of Bruise and Remain and Sustain, Mouth for War hit the ground running with the release of their debut EP, An Ear Kept to the Ground, and multiple tours. The band offers its own take on classic hardcore and metal, which sounds like Kickback and Sentence with a smooth modern twist of influences from Lamb of God and The Devil Wears Prada.
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After riling up the public with their energetic live shows and active social media presence, Japanese metalcore veterans Sailing Before the Wind are back this month with the release of their new single ‘Neo Chronicle’, featuring Jei Doublerice of Despite Exile.
Bass player, composer and longest member of Sailing Before the Wind Bitoku Sakamoto has teased fans with a statement about what fans can expect from the new single:-
“My roots are in melodic hard rock, it’s a style we have touched on past releases. This time I tried to present that more clearly because it's natural for me. When it came to picking a feature, I did not want to lose the heaviness of metalcore, which is how Jei Doublerice came to mind. We’ve performed together in Japan back in 2019 and I’m glad we could collaborate this time.”
‘Neo Chronicle’, which was mixed and mastered by Innersound Audio (known for work with InVisions and Glamour of the Kill) is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most other online streaming platforms. It is also accompanied by a lyric video created by GHD, check it out on the band’s YouTube.
The Tokyo based metalcore band Sailing Before The Wind formed in 2011. The band had numerous line-up changes over the years, currently the band consists of four members, bassist Bitoku with three recruited members. The band made their presence known continuously with seven EP’s and various singles, which includes guest appearances from The Unguided, A Scent Like Wolves, Sienna Skies and more.
Sailing Before The Wind songs frequently feature highly melodic twin guitar leads, metal riffs, and breakdowns, with a variety of influences from many metal sub genres. The band is also noted for their aggressive live performance and synchronized stage presence.
Neo Chronicle will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most other online streaming platforms.
Savannah, Georgia five-piece Vatican will release their new album "Ultra" 17th June via UNFD. Pre-order it here. Now, they have shared the explosive video for "[Ultragold]." Watch it here.
Guitarist Tom Lovejoy shares his thoughts:-
"This is the dopest track on the record. Big BREAKDOWNS, ridiculous RIFFS, and heavy HITTERS. '[ULTRAGOLD]' was written in two hours at 2am while chugging Monster, and never changed from there. Full late night LAN party style. When I hear it, it reminds me of all the reasons I fell in love with hardcore. Everlasting growth, eternal youth, and lyrics that make you grab your friends and throw them into a wall."
If you've not had a chance to witness a Vatican show yet — due to the pandemic or other reasons — allow this video to serve as a primer for the band's volcanic live energy.
After developing a name for themselves and garnering press praise from Revolver, Kerrang!, New Noise, and more with 2019's full-length Sole Impulse, Vatican stormed out of the gates hard in 2021, when they signed to UNFD and released their knockout double single effort Become A New God. Featuring singles "Absolute Reality" and "Fractured God," both of which received full rotation adds on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal, Become A New God saw Vatican tackling the complexity of the human experience and all its brokenness, uncertainties, strangeness, and need for constant self-reflection and improvement." They followed with "Decemeta," which dropped late last year at Brooklyn Vegan.
Vatican are influenced by the "f**k you" frankness of heavy hardcore, but with the technical leads of djent and progressive metal. Cynical of technology, but enamoured with video games. The band quickly began shaping their sound from nascent metalcore into something more complex and interesting.
By the time Vatican released their first full-length, Sole Impulse, in 2019, they had developed past their exploratory beginnings and were making a fairly serious mark in the scene with a polished, well-performed strain of challenging and confrontational metalcore. But an even more invigorating chapter began when vocalist Mike Sugars entered the fold in October 2020, replacing the band’s former frontman, John Whittle. Sugars had been fronting Indianapolis' Church Tongue, friends of Vatican who just so happened to be slowing down as a band when Sugars was contacted by Soto-Ramos.
The mutual admiration of each other's dopeness led to an instant connection, with Sugars making his recorded debut on last year's Become a New God double single. He quickly infused the band with a new energy, as well an immediately focused lyrical theme of regaining self-control and owning one's problems in such a way that, well, one becomes their own god. Fast-forward to 2022.
With their latest full-length, Ultra, the band have metabolized all their ambitiously varied musical influences and merged them into a forward-thinking approach that pulls in their love of video games and subtle humour, resulting in an impossibly tasteful and wildly varied, post-modern metalcore affair.
As they did on other recent efforts, the band still harken to the complexity of Meshuggah’s polyrhythms and the Dillinger Escape Plan’s technical abrasion, as well as Hatebreed and Turmoil's more straightforward, metallic hardcore foundation – but there's also guitarist Tom Lovejoy's electronics and Sugars' clean singing.
Ultra is infused with the band's overall personality, and what results is a subtle aura of dark satire that's more refined than it sounds on paper. " Above it all, Sugars bellows, barks, and sometimes sings a wide range of topics spanning more emotions than just anger. To be sure, he rages against inhumane billionaires and the ills of nü-internet; grapples with mixed feelings towards his father; and much more.
Motionless In White have shared "Slaughterhouse," a brand new song featuring Knocked Loose's Bryan Garris.
"Slaughterhouse" is available today on all streaming platforms and featured on Motionless In White's widely-anticipated new album Scoring The End of the World, due out June 10. The forthcoming album is available to pre-save on all streaming platforms today, with exclusive merch bundles available for pre-order in the band's official store.
Building on the anticipation for Scoring The End of the World, "Slaughterhouse" follows the previously released singles "Masterpiece" and "Cyberhex," the official videos for which quickly trended Top 10 on YouTube and have since amassed over 6 million views. Furthermore, "Masterpiece" continues to grow at the Active Rock radio format, jumping into the Top 30 this week and continuing to grow in audience.
Scoring The End of the World fully encompasses the expanse of the band's dynamic, deep, and dark vision, and marks the band's first full-length body of work in three years since 2019's Disguise. The latter has quietly made a major impact on rock music and culture. The single "Another Life" stands out as their most-streamed song ever with over 25 million YouTube views on the music video. The record claimed a spot on Loudwire's "50 Best Metal Albums of 2019," plus it ignited the creative renaissance that would set the stage for the statement-making Scoring The End of the World.
Motionless In White harnessed the power of an unholy union between industrial metal dissonance, spellbinding gothic pop bombast, and big screen-worthy iconography to emerge as 21 century rock's most iconoclastic and cinematic force. Climbing out of the shadows of the rustbelt in Scranton, PA, the group has tirelessly earned the undying allegiance of a devout worldwide audience one record at a time.
With over half-a-billion cumulative streams and views to date, they have notched three consecutive Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and Top Rock Albums Chart with Reincarnate , Graveyard Shift , and Disguise . The latter spawned the inescapable "Another Life," which tallied over 100 million streams and counting. Not to mention, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Maria Brink of In This Moment, and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth have welcomed the opportunity to collaborate.
After countless sold-out gigs and festivals, they co-headlined the Trinity of Terror Tour, selling out venues coast-to-coast. However, everything set the stage for their 2022 opus, Scoring The End of the World. Right out of the gate, the single "Cyberhex" trended Top 10 on YouTube, while the follow-up "Masterpiece" lit up streaming platforms. With guests as diverse Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose, Caleb Shomo of Beartooth, and video game composer Mick Gordon, the album finds the group's vision magnified wider than ever before with no shortage of teeth, fire, and blood. It's the dawn of their biggest chapter yet.
Bulgarian extreme metallers Gwendydd sign with Drakkar Entertainment & unveil new song from upcoming "Censored" album
Imagine a prime-time talent show on a major national TV channel. Pop starlet after pop starlet are giving their best to lull the audience with their favourite tearjerker. And then there is this innocent girly voice, performing Taylor Swift’s "Look what you made me do". Both audience and jury feel safe and sound. Until the song reaches the first chorus. What happened then, shocked and electrified the studio audience and a whole country in front of their TVs. With her brutal and angst-inducing death metal growls she seems to be ripping apart the original US pop star and spitting her left-overs all over the studio interior. Shock and joy, curiosity and fear melt into ecstatic cheering and a hurricane of applause.
That girl’s name is Victoria Stoichkova and her performance quickly reached more than five million views on You Tube with a bursting comment section full of enthusiasm and cheering. This was the starting point of a career for sure, and what soon should become a full band and Europe’s next up-and-coming, extreme metal hopes GWENDYDD!
Formed in 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, GWENDYDD have now inked a worldwide record deal with Drakkar Entertainment for the release of their upcoming, sophomore studio album entitled Censored! Driven by a modern production, complemented by the mastering fingerprint of Max Morton (Jinjer, Ignea,..), the band‘s vibrant blend of wrecking guitar riffs and adrenalizing drums builds up to an extreme-metal avalanche. The perfect carrier for that brute death metal voice, which cuts deep into the flesh of modern society – not only with words but with a message.
Censored is slated for a release on May 6, 2022 via Drakkar Entertainment, and the album pre-sale is now available at THIS LOCATION. But give ear, as today GWENDYDD also shared a new song taken of their upcoming album - see below.
The song is now streaming on all digital platforms HERE!
"We are so stoked to be working with Drakkar! We truly feel that this is the start of an inspiring symbiosis,“ vocalist Vicky comments.
"Our upcoming album CENSORED is going to be even more brutal and energetic than our debut album Human Nature. We are happy. We are proud. And we can’t wait to share CENSORED with the world!"
Maximilian Föse, Head Of Drakkar Entertainment adds:
"Welcome to the family! We are proud to announce the signing of GWENDYDD! You can hear right away that this is something the metal scene has been waiting for. I was so surprised by how diverse the final product sounded and how GWENDYDD is playing with this style of extreme metal. The new album Censored” is a fantastic record and I'm convinced that there are many, many people out there who will love it too."
In support of Censored, GWENDYDD will join DARK TRANQUILITY and ENSIFERUM as special guests on selected dates, and have announced a European headlining tour. Find all upcoming live dates of the band below!
Dark Tranquillity & Ensiferum Tour
CENSORED Tour 2022
Global Metal Apocalypse