American modern metallers Oceans Of Slumber release video for 'The Hanging Tree'; new album “Starlight And Ash” out now
Welcome to the New Southern Gothic.
Friday 22nd July marked the release of "Starlight And Ash", the long-awaited 5th album by Oceans Of Slumber. Equipped with a profoundly deep musical background, a staunch reverence for the American South, and starry-eyed artistic curiosity, Oceans Of Slumber have created a sonic expression like no other.
Starlight And Ash isn’t a mere compilation of songs, but it comes with an underlying concept, Cammie Beverly (vocals) comments:
“The album Starlight and Ash is scenery and stories inspired by characters, settings, and themes from the band’s (traumatic) childhood experiences. These encounters are woven into the lives and tales of individuals in a fictitious community living on the Gulf Coast.”
Check out the video for 'The Hanging Tree' to dive further into the storyline. “An old childhood home, a frequently visited spot along the meadow, a closet we pass in our grandmother's house, a tree in the town centre that has scars from its terrible past...places hold memories and they never forget them even when buried under the changes of time”, says Cammie Beverly about 'The Hanging Tree'.
Make sure to (re-)visit 'The Lighthouse (Official Video)', as both cinematic videos, that were directed by Angela Herr and Bianca Greene for FirstSight Agency, are conceptionally connected.
Fronted by the inimitable power, range, and grace of vocalist Cammie Beverly, Starlight and Ash posits Oceans Of Slumber in a league of their own. This is as much eloquent extensions of famed singer-songwriters Nick Cave and Chris Stapleton as it is the heart-breaking pulse of Type O Negative and Katatonia. Starlight and Ash isn’t Metal, but its edges are. The album was produced by Joel Hamilton (Violet Road, Battle of Mice) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yes, Voivod). Its stunning artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Heaven Shall Burn and many more).
The band previously released 3 videos for Starlight and Ash that can be viewed here:
The following formats are available:
Click here to secure your copy: https://OceansOfSlumber.lnk.to/StarlightAndAsh
Devildriver's Clouds Over California The Studio Albums 2003 - 2011 box set has an updated release date of 19th August
Few musicians manage to make a worldwide impact with their music. Fewer still manage to pull that trick off twice – but Dez Fafara, the leader of DevilDriver, is one of this elite number. Formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2002 when vocalist & frontman Dez Fafara’s previous band Coal Chamber were winding down, the five piece have since become a constant and dynamic force in the metal world over the best part of the last two decades. Now this deluxe collection of their first five albums entitled Clouds Over California documents their meteoric rise and is available in deluxe splatter LP and expanded CD format.
DevilDriver’s first, self-titled album DevilDriver had established a successful, groove-heavy precedent on its release in 2003 – but when the Californian quintet got together to compose material for the follow-up album two years later, their music had evolved to an unexpected degree, the result was The Fury Of Our Makers Hand. 2007’s The Last Kind Words was recorded as the, then DevilDriver line-up reached the apogee of its powers, ranging from mercilessly fast extreme metal, to subtler, slower territory and all points between. When Pray For Villains was recorded and released in 2009 the album was a deliberate attempt by DevilDriver to step back a little, inject some textures into the songs and allow the music to breathe, while still staying true to their sound. Their fifth album, 2011’s Beast made a clear statement of intent. It’s predecessor was deliberately more introspective so the intention was to amp everything up tenfold this time by getting visceral and violent again.
Des Moines’ firebrands, Vended have revealed another incendiary new single, 'Ded To Me', ahead of their first ever UK and European dates.
The five-piece tell us; “This song is unforgiving and uncompromising. We are back and better than ever. This is a straight fuck you!”
Next week, the five piece will cross the pond to mainland Europe for their debut European shows, kicking off in Bucharest, Romania on 20th July. In August, they will find themselves on UK shores for their first British festival, opening the Ronnie James Dio main stage at the UK's biggest extreme music fest, BLOODSTOCK on Sunday 14th August. They will then play headline shows in London and Bournemouth before continuing their touring back out in mainland Europe.
Vended continue; "We’ve spent the past year playing shows, touring, releasing music, and meeting fans in the U.S. Now it’s time to start world domination and hit Europe with the same energy. Hope you're ready, here we come…!"
Late last year, the band dropped a duo of singles ('Asylum' and 'Burn My Misery') ahead of their 5-track debut EP, ‘What Is It / Kill It’, which arrived at DSPs on November 12th. The much-acclaimed collection was recorded with Griffin Landa of The Acacia Strain. The two singles bookended their first US headline tour, after which the band went on to open the day's proceedings at the huge Knotfest Los Angeles show at the Banc Of California Stadium, playing alongside Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange and Cherry Bombs.
Vended‘s fresh and furious sound heralds a new era of heavy music and the arrival of the next generation of brutality. Formed in February 2018 by Cole Espeland (lead guitar), Griffin Taylor (vocals), Simon Crahan (drums), Jeremiah Pugh (bass) and Connor Grodzicki (rhythm guitar), Vended showcase a barbarous sound built on foundations laid by the power and precision of the rhythm section, layered with vicious guitars, soul crushing solos and guttural-yet-melodic vocals portraying the hardships and harsh realities of life.
Stay tuned for more coming from VENDED very soon. In the meantime, catch them live at any of the dates below. Tickets available at OfficialVended.com.
VENDED SUMMER EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
With SLIPKNOT - ##
With LAMB OF GOD and KREATOR - **
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
Atlanta, Georgia-based mathcore group, The Callous Daoboys, will unleash their anticipated "Celebrity Therapist" full-length on September 2nd via MNRK Heavy together with Modern Static Records.
Comprised of charismatic frontman Carson Pace, possessed like a young Mike Patton, fretboard abusing guitarists Maddie Caffrey and Dan Hodsdon, frantic bassist Jack Buckalew, destructive drummer Sam Williamson, and spirited violinist Amber Christman, The Callous Daoboys revive noise rock like they’re summoning the dead. The recklessly free-spirited collective deliver a vibrant combination of mathcore, sasscore, and post-hardcore -- a sound that is at once abrasive, chaotic, and classy. Revelling in high-strung extremity their music is dense, impenetrable, and chaotic yet confusingly inviting as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines.
The band Kill Your Stereo called “insane, intricate, and impressive” introduced themselves to the underground with 2019’s "Die On Mars". Metal Injection insisted the group’s riotously explosive debut “is gonna make you punch everyone ever in the face” and they meant it in the best way possible. The music on Celebrity Therapist shockingly ups the ante with sadistic precision.
“Celebrity Therapist speaks to sense for the senseless. Who guards the blind, and who leads? What do we have, if not foresight? Misattribute these lyrics. We’re all following someone’s voice. But listen, the world ended again today. We brought you flowers, and something new.
We’re excited to share our new home with MNRK Heavy, amongst an incredible roster of artists. This record is the result of our most emotional process to date, and every member threw their life into its creation. We’re grateful to enable that risk with every step.”
Every band claims to combine the most devastating of heavy riffs with the catchiest of melodies, but this crew does precisely that with a wrecking ball of unrestrained frenzy and total mayhem. The Callous Daoboys comes from the school of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, and The Chariot, with a heightened degree of theatricality as one of the methods to their madness. Think Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy getting slapped around good-naturedly by Glassjaw. Celebrity Therapist even indulges in a bit of drone and avant-garde post-rock a la Sigor Rós and Radiohead.
Lyrically, contemplation and self-awareness run throughout Celebrity Therapist. “The whole album is about history repeating itself and how we kind of move in circles,” the singer notes. “It’s two steps forward and three steps back with a bunch of people in my life. The album is me reflecting on these people but realizing I’m guilty of the same at the end of the record. There are a lot of ‘fuck you’ songs because every heavy band likes writing those. But overall, the lyrics are more introspective and quite loving.”
In advance of the record’s release, The Callous Daoboys have unveiled a video for “What Is Delicious? Who Swarms?,” now playing at Revolver. Watch the video HERE or by clicking the image below.
“You can’t spot an angel-in-disguise, but you won’t refuse her. You’ve got a quick draw. The dust piles higher by the day/where you avert your eyes.”
The Callous Daoboys:-
Los Angeles symphonic prog metallers Anthea announce their return in 2022 with their sophomore album "Tales Untold" to be released once again via Rockshots Records this coming August to follow their 2020 debut "Illusion".
For the new album, Anthea has taken the reigns for a more DIY approach with vocalist Diego Valadez taking over also as the full-length's producer along with bassist Eric “EJ” Guerrero in charge of music videos and photography.
Diego Valadez comments:-
“We released our debut album in 2020, but were, unfortunately, like everyone else, unable to tour or play live gigs. However, this gave us a lot of extra time to really craft this follow-up album into something special. Tales Untold was written and recorded throughout 2021 and I am so proud of the end result.”
Fans of Anthea's first album "Illusion" will enjoy this one even more. The difference with this next record is that Anthea has a more mature sound and has carefully thought out the ebb and flow throughout it. Their end goal is to give a very dynamic and cinematic album in which the listener feels as though they’ve gone through a grand musical journey once they’ve reached the end.
"We also wanted to create a sense of escapism while keeping one fit in the real world lyrically."
Today in preview of the album, the band is sharing with fans a new music video for its title track. The opening song is about how art inspires new generations of art forms whether it be novels, music, movies, poetry, etc.
I just find the interconnectivity of it all fascinating. This song itself wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the music that we were influenced by, and their music wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for what they were listening to, and so on and so on.“ says Valadez.
Watch and listen to "Tales Untold" at
All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “Looking Glass” and “Empyrean” music by Marco Mejia, lyrics and orchestration by Diego Valadez. Music and lyrics for the cover song “In Time” originally written and performed by Robbi Rob.
Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.
"Tales Untold" is due out on August 26, 2022.
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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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Get ready for another taste of the waste! Richmond's hard-charging, thrash metal maniacs Municipal Waste have revealed the blistering second single, "High Speed Steel," from their massively-anticipated 7th studio album, "Electrified Brain," that's due out July 1st via Nuclear Blast.
Commenting on the single, guitarist Ryan Waste says:
“High Speed Steel is our ode to an era when heavy metal was transitioning into a faster form. We pushed the limits of our sound to channel that classic dynamic and keep the intensity high. It’s about overcoming the pressure and slicing down the odds when everything is stacked against you.”
In case it was missed, stream the upcoming record's initial single "Grave Dive" here:
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.
Heavy is as heavy does. The time is now... Murdersome is upon us. Murdersome is a heavy-as all-hell-thrash metal band hailing from Richmond, Virginia. Featuring current and former members of bands such as Alabama Thunderpussy, He-Wolf, Short Bus Pile Up, Appalling, Humungus, Disrotter, M.S.D., and Hypokalypse, Murdersome combines monstrous song writing with devastating musicianship.
And what better way to be introduced to them than this sick AF playthrough video of their song “Face To Forget” off of their forthcoming full-length debut, Carnal Death (release date and label to be announced soon).
The video for "Face To Forget" was shot and edited by Misery Index guitarist, Chris Joao (Iron Elephant Studio), and assisted by Cody Bowen (guitarist of Integrity).
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