Wednesday, January 28th
Minsk are ending a 6-year hiatus with the release of a new full-length affair through Relapse Records.
The album, whose art and track list can be seen below, is titled The Crash and the Draw and it will be officially available on April 7. Afterwards, the band will embark on a European tour.
1. To The Initiate
2. Within And Without
3. Onward Procession I. These Longest Of Days
4. Onward Procession II. The Soil Calls
5. Onward Procession III. The Blue Hour
6. Onward Procession IV. Return, The Heir
8. The Way Is Through
9. To You There Is No End
10. To The Garish Remembrance Of Failure
11. When The Walls Fell
Danish psych/pop outfit Halasan Bazar and French singer Tara King Th. are streaming their collaboration album 8 at Halasan Bazar's official Bandcamp location.
The album was released on January 13 through Moon Glyph Records. You can stream it right below.
Soundi magazine reports that Wintersun and Kai Hahto hvae announced the drummer's indefinite departure, citing his drumming duties on Nightwish as the reason. Hahto's seat in Wintersun will be filled on
tours by Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala).
The band emphasizes that this is only a temporary solution, and that Hahto will return to the band at a later date. Hahto's "farewell concerts" happened at the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which took
place in January.
Source (in finnish): http://www.soundi.fi/uutiset/wintersunia-tahdittaa-uusi-rumpali-ainakin-toistaiseksi
Last week, Anthrax offered up a toast to the late Dimebag Darrell on his birthday, but also revealed that they were in the studio to work on their new album. The band
didn’t waste any time getting to work as a new video has surfaced showing that they have indeed begun laying down new music.
In the short video posted below, guitarist Scott Ian teases the fact that recording has begun with an intro leading into a chaotic recording opening. But the clip
quickly fades to black after a second or two of Charlie Benante‘s drums, Ian’s guitar and Frank Bello‘s bass.
The group is currently working with producer Jay Ruston on the follow-up to their 2011 release ‘Worship Music.’ Along with the trio of Ian, Benante and Bello, the group
also features lead vocalist Joey Belladonna and guitarist Jon Donais.
The band has been writing and demoing material over the past few months and plan to record right through the holida ...more
English garage rock duo Drenge have recently released a new song to Youtube, entitled 'We Can Do What We Want'. The song is taken from their forthcoming album Undertow, ehich is due for release on April 6th of this year, and it is currently available for pre-order.
You can listen to the new track here:
You can also pre-order Undertow on CD and vinyl here:
Dutch stoner rock band Moosedriver have just released their debut EP on their official Bandcamp page:
For those curious, the band describes their sound as:
Moosedriver. Nothing fancy, no pretensions. The classic three-piece line-up implies: simple music, with recognizable melodies, structure and groove. Rock n roll!
Blink-182 have announced that they are playing the Musink Festival in March 2015 with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba as a fill-in for founding member Tom DeLonge, after a public spat that began January 26.
The dispute began when Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker released a press statement, in which they revealed that DeLonge's manager had told them that he "didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors". However, DeLonge promptly responded with a post to his Facebook page, stataing that he "never quit the band".
In response, Hoppus and Barker conducted an interview with Rolling Stone in which they accused DeLonge of being disinterested in Blink-182, as well as "disrespectful and ungrateful" behavior, stating that he was in fact no longer a part of the band. After a further statement by DeLonge in which he lodged his own accusations against the band, their f ...more
Tuesday, January 27th
On April 14, Calexico will release a brand new album, entitled Edge Of The Sun. It features input from various artists such as Neko Case, Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, DeVotchka's Nick Urata, Gaby Moreno and Mexican artist Carla Morrison, among others. The record will be out through Anti-/City Slang.
Regarding the new effort, Joey Burns stated that "The ‘edge of the sun’ could be coming from the direction of darkness seeking light, or riding the line between both. Which side of this edge are you on? Traversing along the edge of the sun, that to me feels closest to what this album is and what the band has been, and where we are with this international makeup of musicians. Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix. All in all, this album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dar ...more
Australian stoner rock/metal band Crypt are streaming their debut EP Kvlt Mmxxiv at their official Bandcamp location.
The EP is an independent release since January 9.
Stream/"name your price" download Kvlt Mmxxiv here:
Italian '70s heavy rock band Killer Boogie are streaming their debut album Detroit at the official Bandcamp location of Heavy Psych Sounds Records.
The album was released on January 14 and you can boogie yourself into it right below.
Montreal singer-songwriter Patrick Watson (and his eponymous band) has released a new single this week, entitled 'Turn Into the Noise', which will be appearing on the second half of the American television program The Walking Dead's fifth season. The singer's 'Noisy Sunday' track had previously appeared in the show.
Watson states he loves composing for cinema and television, and additionally announced that the track will be appearing on his upcoming solo album, Love Songs for Robots, scheduled for release this spring.
He described the album as in the same spirit as the song itself, in that it is much less folk-influenced than his previous works, and slightly R&B-induced and inspired by science-fiction.
'Turn Into the Noise' is currently available on iTunes, and you can catch the preview in which it is featured here:
Monday, January 26th
Famous Greek vocalist and bass player of the prog act Aphrodite's Child, died today in Athens, Greece at the age of 68 from illness.
Roussos began his carreer at the age of 17 when he joined the band The Idols. There he met Vangelis and formed Aphrodite's Child which recorded three albums and achieved major success in Europe. He then started his solo career where he topped UK charts in 1976 with his song "Forever and Ever"
Death Cab for Cutie's music appears to be taking a slightly new direction since the recent departure of Chris
Walla from behind the soundboard.
Their first single off of the upcoming record Kintsugi, entitled 'Black Sun', can be heard below:
Kintsugi is slated for a March 31st release.
Poison The Well have announced that they will be reuniting to play the Skate and Surf Festival, which runs through May 16 and 17 in Astbury Park, NJ.
The statement on their Facebook page hinted at there being the possibility of more
after the festival:
"We’re playing Surf and Skate Festival in New Jersey. We’ll probably play some more shows and make another record. Well, actually we may not do any of that stuff, but we wanted to cover our asses and make sure we admitted to each cliche ahead of time".
Poison The Well has been on hiatus since 2010, when the members separated to pursue other opportunities.
The third album from Title Fight, Hyperview, is now streaming over at NPR Music's First Listen.
Scheduled to release on February 3rd, the new album expands Title Fight's horizons of punk to a whole new level, with hints of past LP's beneath the layers of sound throughout the shoegaze-influenced album. This band has been known to constantly expand upon the punk genre, and by the looks of it, aren't slowing down anytime soon.
You can stream Hyperview here:
Spanish psychedelic/hard rock band 1886 are streaming their debut album Before The Fog Covers The Mount at their official Bandcamp location.
The album is an independent release since January 9, and it can be streamed through the link below.
Phil Elverum, better known under his project Mount Eerie, is streaming his new album, Sauna, over at NPR.
Sauna is Elverum's latest full-length studio album since he released both Clear Moon and Ocean Roar in 2012, though he hasn't remained quiet since those releases. Two 7"s were released in 2012, along with a compilation of remixed songs in the form of Pre-Human Ideas in 2013. As well as numerous live recordings and a flexi-disc released last year, entitled Emptiness (which appears on the new album),
Phil has been consistently warming our hearts, and now the man has blessed us with Sauna, almost an hour's worth of brand new material.
Listen here: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/25/378607099/first-listen-mount-eerie-sauna
Vacaville's rock band Papa Roach now have their latest album, entitled F.E.A.R, streaming in full length over on Youtube. The album was officially released on the 23th of January via Eleven Seven Music.
The album features appearances from Royce da 5'9" on the track 'Warriors', as well as In This Moment's Maria Brink, who provides guest vocals on the track 'Gravity'.
Stream the album via Eleven Seven Music here:
Sunday, January 25th
Alternative metal band 10 Years have officially released their latest single, 'Miscellanea'. The song is taken from their upcoming album, From Birth to Burial.
The current release date for the album is unknown, though the band will tour for the album next month.
Listen to 'Miscellanea' here:
Dutch progressive rock artist Franck Carducci is streaming his new album Torn Apart at his official Bandcamp location.
Carducci's sophomore album is an independent release since January 9.
Stream the album here:
Saturday, January 24th
In a recent blog post, cellist extraordinaire Zoë Keating expressed her frustration at Youtube's newly established music streaming service, Music Key. Taking issue with with the lack of control offered by the site's service agreement, Keating wrote:
"The Youtube music service was introduced to me as a win win and they don’t understand why I don’t see it that way. “We are trying to create a new revenue stream on top of the platform that exists today.” A lot of people in the music industry talk about Google as evil. I don’t think they are evil. I think they, like other tech companies, are just idealistic in a way that works best for them. I think this because I used to be one of them. The people who work at Google, Facebook, etc can’t imagine how everything they make is not, like, totally awesome. If it’s not awesome for you it’s because you just don’t understand it yet and you’ll come around. They can’t imagine scenarios outside their reality.& ...more
German-based Australian grunge/stoner rock duo Powder For Pidgeons are streaming their
latest LP, entitled Washed, Dried, Brain Fried on their official Bandcamp page.
The album was released on January the 15th.
Friday, January 23rd
Italian sludge/death/doom metal band Cryptrip are streaming their debut LP The Great Magmatic Leviathan at their official Bandcamp location.
The album is an independent release since January 8.
Stream/"name your price" download it right here:
Extreme metal titans Napalm Death have dropped a video for their new single entitled 'Smash a Single Digit'. The new track is taken off of their upcoming LP, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, which is due for release worldwide on January 27th.
You can stream the video below:
Following the departures of two members, Megadeth have yet to reveal their new band lineup or whether they even have new members in place. However, that is not stopping the group from moving full speed ahead on a new disc and eyeing a late 2015 album release.
Bassist David Ellefson tells Spotlight Report in a new interview that the idea of an off year is false, and adds that their new disc is "supposed to come out later this year".
While he held tight to keeping the identity of the band’s newest members a secret, he did add: "Most importantly we’re moving forward with writing a new album. Once we get into the studio to record it, then the lineup will naturally evolve around that".
Ellefson also spoke about the exits of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover last fall, adding: "It is obviously going to be different without them. We spent five years together with them in that lineup. That is a long time. We did multiple ...more
British metalcore act Asking Alexandria announced today that their long running frontman Danny Warsnop has quit the band as lead vocalist. Danny announced over twitter his decision to leave saying 'I want what is best for the band, and at this point in time that isn't me.'
Read the full Kerrang! article for all the details: http://www.kerrang.com/27430/asking-alexandria-frontman-danny-worsnop-quits-band/
Thursday, January 22nd
After 2013's EP Rival Dealer, Burial has released a new single, titled 'Temple Sleeper' on
Keysound Recordings (instead of his usual home Hyperdub). The track is available as white label vinyl or mp3 through the Keysound webshop, at
A clip of the track can be streamed below
Rock band We Are Harlot have premiered a new music video for their latest single "Dancing On Nails". The band, fronted by Asking Alexandria frontman Danny Worsnop, now had pre-orders for their debut
record available on iTunes.
This week, English rockers The Vaccines announced that their 3rd studio album will be entitled
English Graffiti and will be released sometime this spring.
The kung-fu themed video for the first single, "Handsome" was released this week.
When asked about the new album, lead singer Justin Young said to the NME: "We wanted to make
something that sounds amazing next year and then terrible in 10 years! If you
listen to anything from the 1990s now, it sounds fucking awful, but that's part of its identity."
The Vaccines have released two studio albums and one EP so far in their four year career, with
their last studio effort, Come of Age, hitting #1 on the British album charts. Their most recent
release, the Melody Calling EP, showed the band starting to expand their sound and experiment in
the studio with various sonic atmospheres.
You can read more about their new ...more
Call it the R41 tour to be a bit more statistically correct if you may, but better late than never: Rush will indeed be
celebrating 40 years this year by playing in a planned 34 cities across North America. Tickets go onsale on
January 30th in some markets, February 6th in others.
In addition, this will mark the first time they've played in Calgary in 8 years, having been due to play there in
2013, but the event was canceled due to flooding and moved to Red Deer, 90 minutes north.
MAY 8, 2015- Bok Center, Tulsa, OK
MAY 10, 2015- Pinnacle Bank Center, Lincoln, NE
MAY 12, 2015- XCel Energy Arena, St. Paul, MX
MAY 14, 2015- Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
MAY 16, 2015- 360 Arena, Austin, TX
MAY 18, 2015- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
MAY 20, 2015- The Toyota Center, Houston, TX
MAY 22, 2015- Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
MAY 24, 2015- Amalie Arena, Tam ...more