Metal Life Crisis is a New Jersey based heavy metal force. Formed in 2015 by Shawn Kaiser (guitars) and Kevin Dixon (drums), the group was solidified with the addition of Gerald Franklin (guitars, vocals) and Mark Yard Sr (bass).
Their second full-length release Theatre Of Fire will be released via Sliptrick Records in 2023 and comes at the height of their eight year history blending power, musicality and thoughtful song writing. Another highlight not to be missed on Theatre Of Fire, is the amazing drumming of Matt Thompson (King Diamond).
Metal Life Crisis is excited for the international metal community to hear their contribution to this diverse genre of music and look forward to bring Theatre Of Fire to stages worldwide which will feature their newest member Rich Dinnerman on drums.
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Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Progressive metalcore head-turners Invent Animate have dropped the video for their latest single "Elysium." Watch it here.
The track cycles through multiple modes, textures, and layers — vacillating between intricate, slow, and downright pretty sonic passages before erupting with brutal riffage and nightmare-haunting vocals. It moves in fits and starts, and invites the listener to ride sidecar on a sonic thrill ride. Lyrically, the song dives deep into subject matter we can all relate to — grief.
"When my grandfather got sick, I was a 15-year-old boy with no emotional grip on my world," offers vocalist Marcus Vik, pulling back the curtain on the song's inspiration and sharing how it helped him exorcise a personal demon he was dealing with. "We were close, but his sickness was something I didn't see. It might've been because I didn't want to see it or that I was too scared. When he passed, I didn't comprehend the mourning, I didn't feel it, and that made me feel shame. It took me 12 years to wake up one day and embrace it, and it hit me like a wave of odd emotions that I've never felt before. Grief is upon me and this is the story of me looking back, searching my inner self and looking forward."
Earlier this year, Invent Animate released the new single "Shade Astray." Listen here. The quartet is hard at work on its forthcoming album, due out next year. The new material follows The Sun Sleeps, As If It Never Was EP, which arrived in 2021 and served as the band's UNFD debut. To date, the EP has tallied over 2 million streams. The 2020-released full-length Greyview has topped 10 million streams, as well.
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American metallers Malus Dextra have signed with Wormholedeath for their EP "III, Pt.1", due for release on November 25th, 2022.
This is what the band had to say:-
"We are extremely excited for the next growth chapter through the signing with WormholeDeath, we feel this was the right step for us currently and are looking forward to our future together. When it comes to the upcoming release its crazy to think about, being an underground band self-funded in everything we have done to date here we are making yet another album, Malus Dextra III is unlike any other album we have released thus far, we are dropping this as a multi-part release for the fans and to do what we do best, challenge the idea of norm. With part 1 we cut through the BS and give a raw delivery of how we feel, you could say this is almost a live album with the limited rehearsal, slide-in members, and no tied-down structure, all combined to make what we felt is the purest form of what we have to offer. Lyrically we dance around the board a little, but the essential theme is to question everyone and trust no one. There is so much divide in our country right now and even abroad, we try our best to break all the BS down to the individual and how we and countless others feel amidst all the global chaos and corruption. In short, Malus Dextra III is raw, it’s real, and it’s controlled chaos in its purest form."
Malus Dextra hails from St. Louis, MO. where guitarist Justin Ruesch (former D-Railed/Brutal Harmony) resides, formed in 2017 after recruiting vocalist Wayne Allison (former A Strand of Fate/Victims of Life) with the intent to bring the world music that was not limited to boundaries of genre and subgenres. Although the core of the band is metal the music speaks to the masses for fans ranging from Killswitch Engage to Slayer to I Prevail, the two entered Encapsulated Studios to record the debut “Self-Titled” album, released Oct 31, 2017, and was supported with mid-west and upper east coast touring in 2018.
The band's second full-length album titled “The Gate” was released Oct 31, 2020, supported by mid-west touring, followed by dual releases “Bangin Bionic Beats” a 6 song EP featuring tracks from both the “Self Titled” and “The Gate” remixed and reimagined by John McLucas from McLucas Studios (CA), and “A Somber Moment” a 6 song softer acoustic side from the artist recorded at Encapsulated Studios with producer/engineer Gabe Usery, both Eps released on Oct 31, 2021. Shortly before the recording of “A Somber Moment” the band welcomed two new members, Bassist Alex Smick (former Warheadd) and Guitarist Justin Keane (Blackdeth). 2022 Malus Dextra have once again stepped into Encapsulated Studios to record tracks for their 3rd full-length album titled “III” making this their 5th studio album released. The album is slated to be a multipart release with “Part 1” released in late 2022. “Tomorrow” the first single from the album released March 25th, 2022 on all streaming platforms.
Wayne Allison- vocals
Justin Ruesch- guitars
Justin Keane- guitars
Alex Smick- bass
Don't mess with Suicide Silence... you might not live to regret it! The band has dropped the NSFW video for "Capable of Violence." The age-gated video is basically a slasher flick condensed into four-and-half-minutes. And it, well, slays!
Watch it here.
"What would it take to make you retaliate?," the band states rhetorically. "Even further, what would make you take a life? Is there ever an appropriate time for violence? We live in a world where these questions are unfortunately answered by many all of the time. An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, yet humanity continues to crave death and destruction. Are you 'Capable of Violence?'"
As for the blood and guts visual?
"This might be the most Suicide Silence video EVER," the group offers. "We hope you enjoy it. Happy Halloween everyone. Heavy as possible."
Suicide Silence will drop their seventh studio album, Remember… You Must Die, which was produced and mixed by Taylor Young (NAILS, Xibalba, Vitriol…), in the first quarter of 2023. Stay tuned for more — but maybe with less blood and gore than the "Capable of Violence" video.
Wacken Metal Battle USA submissions now open! One band to rule them all and play Wacken Open Air 2023
Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce its return for 2023 to crown one independent band to perform on the world's largest gathering of metalheads from around the world. To date, the battle has sent 4 previous bands to perform on metal's most prestigious stage. 2022 witness San Diego's Mythraeum crown champion, following previous winners San Diego's Monarch (2019), Anaheim's Voices of Ruin (2018) and Philadelphia's Corpse Hoarder (2017).
2023 battles will be taking place in Los Angeles, CA, Orange County, CA, San Diego, CA, Bay Area, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Akron, OH, Salt Lake City, UT, Dallas, TX, Austin, TX, San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX and El Paso, TX with more to be announced at later date.
WMBU Promoter and Artist Relations Eric Dow adds:
"I am very excited to announce Wacken Metal Battle USA 2023. The battle this year was extremely successful so we are not going to muck with the formula too much. One change is that I am happy to announce the addition of Salt Lake City to the battle. Who will wear the crown next year? Will San Diego be dethroned? Will Houston come up victorious? Will Akron send the champions to Germany? Make sure you follow the battle and find out who will represent the USA with pride in the battle at Wacken Open Air!
For the last 4 years of battles (2017-2019, 2022), Wacken Metal Battle USA has hosted battles across the country to send one independent metal band to perform at the world’s largest metal festival Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany. 2019 saw the festival celebrate its 30th anniversary, but due to COVID, the 2020 and 2021 editions were both cancelled. As the metal community regains its strength, Wacken Open Air 2023 will be the 32nd edition of the festival and will be held from August 2nd to 5th. The 2023 event is already sold out with a line-up that includes Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Dropkick Murphys, Wardruna, Jinjer, Beartooth, Trivium, Kataklysm and many more. Details here.
Independent American bands interested in participating can apply at https://metalbattleusa.com/apply
Band submissions will open on October 25th at 6AM PST and close on December 15th at 11:59PM PST.
Wacken Battle Trailer Video - https://youtu.be/fjMugRXEc5g
Wacken Metal Battle USA is part of an international competition that sees bands from across the country battle each other for the chance of winning their spot among 29 other countries’ champions, and represent the USA in an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival: Wacken Open Air. The battles have been hosted at the festival for over a decade giving independent bands the opportunity to showcase their talents to an international audience along with the chance to win multiple prizes.
How it works:
Participating cities will host qualifying rounds plus a city final organized by a local city concert promoter where one band will move forward to the American national final (date and city to be determined). The winner of the national final will move on to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2023 and compete against the winners of 29 other countries in a final global battle. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry representatives.
Rules for participation: https://metalbattleusa.com/rules/
Lansing, Michigan technical death metallers Recorruptor are back with their new standalone single, "Malediction Upon The Holy" a fiery cut of brutal and frenetic death metal with a bit of something for everyone. The song comes from the band's split EP, Horrendous with fellow Michigan death metal act Redlord which is out now The band has been at work on their upcoming 3rd album, which is tentatively set for release in the summer or fall of 2023.
Recorruptor elaborates on the release of "Malediction Upon The Holy":-
"Malediction Upon the Holy” is the culmination of all the personal and musical growth achieved through two and a half years of great stress and frustrations. Pairing our own stresses as people together with the unnaturally fucked up string of events that have plagued our society in recent years left us with no choice but to harness our inordinate rage and display it in vicious fashion. “Malediction”, and the forthcoming record, is Recorruptor at our most violent.
Lyrically, the single details the hopeful destruction of radicalized religion that plagues this world. In the light of Roe v. Wade being overturned, my personal hatred for the extremist, cultist behavior of radical Christianity grew to a peak. Recorruptor firmly negates the notion that any one person should heed to the imposed oppression that religious fanatics force upon this world on a daily basis."
Formed in 2013, the Lansing, Michigan death metallers in Recorruptor spent many years honing their craft playing live shows before releasing their debut album Bloodmoon in 2017. In 2020, Recorruptor unleashed their well-received sophomore album, The Funeral Corridor. That album saw the band's music evolve from their earlier more straightforward sound toward a multifaceted approach drawing heavily from black metal, brutal death metal, technical death metal, and melodic death metal.
Like many bands, the Covid-19 pandemic slowed things down in the Recorruptor camp, yet since live shows returned in 2021, Recorruptor has resumed melting faces as often as they can. Playing Rust Fest in 2021 & 2021, and performing at OIGS Fest. As well as playing shows alongside notable bands such as Battlecross, Throne, Hath, Cognitive, and opening on the recent Suffocation, Atheist, Contrarian, and Soreption tour.
Recorruptor is strongly recommended for fans of bands the group cites as influences which include Hour of Penance, Cattle Decapitation, Cannibal Corpse, Aborted, The Black Dahlia Murder, Immolation, and Emperor.
As power / progressive metal band Immortal Guardian continue building their next opus, the group issues “Perfect Person” as the fourth sample of their new work. Recording independently and remotely the quartet is assembling the follow-up to 2021’s successful ‘Psychosomatic’ track-by-track and sharing the material as it completes, along with visually captivating music videos, that again the self-contained group produce themselves.
“Perfect Person” is available now for streaming / download at all digital platforms or watch the video HERE https://youtu.be/MRTrNHlC90A
“I grew up in a very religious Mexican family. It was a big part of our lives, especially every Sunday morning when we went to church,” explains guitarist / keyboardist Gabriel Guardian. “But one day, our pastor had a heart attack while in the middle of a sexual act cheating on his wife and died right there in the church after-hours. It was absolutely bonkers and I remember it really stirred up the moral point-of-views in our tiny Texas town. We stopped going to church after that and really started questioning why we were there to begin with. You see, some Christians had such a bad taste of the church that they left religion altogether and felt lied to and deceived, while others said the Christian thing to do would be to forgive him and move on and find another church. It was super interesting to grow up and watch both sides of this play out. This made a very interesting topic to write about and it definitely fuelled the spark for ‘Perfect Person.’
At the end of the day, it is about NOT over idolizing and over glorifying religious figures, politicians, celebrities, even musicians, and the like. I wonder if that pastor had just lived his life and died a non-religious man, nobody would have been bothered, but because everyone sought this man’s advice every week, got baptized by him, got married by him, and put his words and lifestyle on a pedestal, it made it that much more devastating. Everyone can pin a local ‘icon’ in their minds as a perfect figure that could do no wrong and preach endless golden words when in fact, he is just a mortal man with mortal sin.”
Heavy topics are not unfamiliar to Immortal Guardian whose previous album focused on the COVID pandemic, likely the first full album to be thematically linked to the disease and its effect on the globe and its people. In the past year, Immortal Guardian have revealed three brand new songs -- “Ozona,” “Echoes” and “Southern Rain” forming a basis for their next conceptual piece. The band will continue to share new material as the creative process proceeds building up to a follow-up full-length traditional album planned for 2023. More info will be released by Immortal Guardian and M-Theory Audio in the weeks and months to follow, including new tour dates.
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US metalcore group Fragmented Tranquility release the first single taken from their forthcoming album This Entity. Here’s what the band had to say about the track; “The Fall is our political view of the corrupt and deceitful government and, in our eyes, the downfall of our country. We as a whole feel out of place in our home, and at times think that we won’t get out of this hell our country has created.”
Available now at: Apple Music | Spotify | & other major stores
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Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Absolute Darkness is a death/thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area formed in 2015. Combining the influences of bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, and Amon Amarth, and the Bay Area thrash sounds of bands such as Testament, Vio-lence and Exodus.
The bands unapologetically dark and politically charged lyrics and music rail against dictators, income inequality, war and the spread of unproven rumour and conspiracy theories as facts. The latest album from Absolute Darkness is entitled Failure Of State and is set for release worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Absolute Darkness are:
Ron Dorn – Guitar / Lead Vocals
Douglas Vetter II – Lead Guitar / Backup Vocals
Orson Sojo – Bass
Emad Dajani – Drums
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
The Intense new track titled "Fight Alone," from alternative metal band, Motive Black (AFM Records) is out now. Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Rowe (Bloodsimple, Vampire Weekend), the track showcases the vocal prowess of frontwoman Elana Justin, and features Ray Luzier (Korn) on drums and Nick Rowe on guitar, bass and co-songwriting credits.
"This song is about losing yourself in passion," Elana Justin says. "Attraction is a powerful thing, it can be amazing, but also vicious. It can engulf you, and cloud your mind, but also awaken you in ways you never thought possible. Everything feels dangerous and so alive." She adds: "This song was super intense to create. It’s dark, vivid, and emotional. I felt really raw and almost animalistic when I was writing it. When Ray came in and added drums it brought everything to a new level that I believe only he is capable of tapping into."
Ray Luzier says "Elana’s a very powerful, emotional singer. Her aggressive yet dynamic lyrics are refreshing to hear. I think this record is gonna turn a lot of heads. We really need great, fresh-sounding, new music like Motive Black, now more than ever!!"
The track will be on the upcoming album titled Auburn. Justin says " Auburn is named for my sister who unfortunately passed away. She had beautiful auburn hair. Losing her forced me to reexamine my life and make significant changes. I went through a huge transitional period which included both ugly and beautiful experiences. The album is a wild ride through that journey of anger, mania, deep love, and self discovery."
"Fight Alone" was produced at the legendary NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Calif. by Grammy-winning Nick Rowe (Vampire Weekend, Lamb Of God, Madonna, Snoop Dogg) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Korn, Papa Roach). Motive Black will appeal to fans of Evanescence, Delain, Follow The Cypher, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, New Years Day, In This Moment, Shinedown.
Get the song on all digital platforms HERE
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