Thursday, February 22nd
Japanese rock group BRATS, fronted by Rei Kuromiya (previously of Ladybaby), have released a video for their new song "Kimarigoto". A live version had previously appeared on international editions of their debut EP Ainikoyo / Nounai Shoukyo Game, but this is the first time a studio version has been released.
The track is one of BRATS' more metal-influenced tracks, and is expected to appear on the band's next release - Rei Kuromiya's first release since leaving Ladybaby in November 2017. Details of what it may be, or when it will be release, have yet to be announced.
Wednesday, February 21st
Philadelphia indie rock/folk band Hop Along have released the second single from their upcoming album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, which is scheduled to be released on April 6th through Saddle Creek Records.
The second single is titled "Not Abel" and can be heard below:
English epic doom metal band Solstice, are streaming their new album at their official Bandcamp location.
White Horse Hill, the first Solstice album in 20 years, is independently released today (February 21).
Up the horns I implore thee:
After a long leave of absence since their debut Youthanize, experimental noise outfit The Color of Violence have returned with their first release since 2009.
The new single is titled "Dreadophile" and you can stream the track via YouTube below:
American, legendary, technical, metal pioneers ATHEIST have signed a worldwide record deal with the European based label, Agonia Records. The band is expected to release a new studio album, the follow-up to 2010's critically acclaimed "Jupiter" in mid to late 2018.
Band co-founder & vocalist/songwriter Kelly Shaefer commented: "2018 will mark our 30th year of making records. Atheist will embark on a very important album with an important new label along with a great team behind us, including Extreme Management Group. I feel confident that together, and with their anticipated dedication to bringing Atheist to a new level, the band will be poised for a crushing, new record! We cannot wait to begin this new chapter".
Agonia Records commented: "We're beyond excited to welcome Atheist to our roster. This is a band of extreme talent and bold creativity, a band lauded for their invaluable contribution to the death metal genre. They've ...more
UK-based Synthwave/Retrowave group ZETA - which features the talents of Dan Tompkins (TesseracT, White Moth Black Butterfly) and Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner) - have released a music video for the track "Causeway", off their 2017 self-titled debut album.
Tuesday, February 20th
American rock band Slaves have just released a music video for the track "The Pact." The song is the closing track for their newest album Beautiful Death, which just dropped on February 16, 2018.
Watch the video below:
Will.i.am, main singer/songwriter of The Black Eyed Peas, confirmed in an interview with the Daily Star that now former lead singer Fergie has left the group. Her involvement with the group had started to become a matter for debate among fans as she did not perform on any of their recent releases or live performances.
Will.i.am also hinted that Nicole Scherzinger, who was allegedly meant to join the band back in 2001 before deciding to front the Pussycat Dolls, could replace Fergie.
(the) Melvins have released a new single from their forthcoming album, Pinkus Abortion Technician. The song, titled "Stop Moving To Florida", is a medley featuring covers of "Stop" by James Gang and "Moving To Florida" by Butthole Surfers.
In addition, this upcoming album features Butthole Surfers' Jeff Pinkus in the lineup, who has collaborated with Melvins in the past. He will be sharing bass duties with current Melvins bassist Steven McDonald.
The album will also feature covers of "Graveyard" by Butthole Surfers and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles. The record will be released on Ipecac Recordings.
Monday, February 19th
Norwegian extreme metal band Susperia have released a new track, entitled "My Darkest Moment", from their upcoming album. The Lyricist, the band’s 6th LP, is slated for a March 16th release date via Agonia Records and comes 9 years after 2009's, Attitude.
1. I Entered
3. The Lyricist
4. My Darkest Moment
5. Day I Died
7. Feed the Fire
8. Whore of Man
9. Come Alive
You can listen to "My Darkest Moment" here:
Belgian black metal band Wiegedood, released a new NSFW video for the title track of their forthcoming LP. De Doden Hebben Het Goed III, the final chapter of their De Doden Hebben Het Goed trilogy, is slated for an April 20th release date via Century Media Records and comes just 1 year after 2017's, De Doden Hebben Het Goed II.
De Doden Hebben Het Goed III track-listing:
3. De Doden Hebben Het Goed III
You can listen to "De Doden Hebben Het Goed III" here:
Unsung '80s speed metal heroes Iron Angel have released a new track, entitled "Ministry Of Metal", from their upcoming album. Hellbound, the band’s 3rd LP, is slated for a May 4th release date via Mighty Music and comes 32 years after 1986's, Winds Of War.
1. Writing's on the Wall
2. Judgement Day
3. Hell and Back
4. Carnivore Flashmob
5. Blood and Leather
6. Deliverance in Black
7. Waiting for a Miracle
9. Purist of Sin
10. Ministry of Metal
You can listen to "Ministry Of Metal" here:
Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist will release his new album, entitled Amr, on May 4 via Candlelight/Spinefarm.
Ihsahn says of the new album:
"Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time. So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds. It goes back to the beginning of Emperor, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter's Halloween.
I've also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It's just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to ...more
Saturday, February 17th
Post hardcore band A Lot Like Birds have revealed in a Facebook post that the band is splitting up. They had this to say in the post:
"So, here we are, nine years into something we built.
In 2009, when it started, it was just a question asked from one kid to a bunch of other kids. "Do you want to make music with me?" Bassist, guitarist, singers, keyboardists, violinists, cellists, saxophonists, trumpet players, percussionists and even a drum machine. Our shows were in garages to our very patient friends. We washed cars to raise money for tours that went no further than three or four cities away from us. We wrote simply, we played sloppily and we released a record called Plan B.
We’re here now. It’s 2018 and three records followed, each of them shooting out in directions we couldn’t anticipate and couldn’t have predicted or harnessed if we tried. An experimental record with a new singer, a concept record that nearly dro ...more
Thirty Seconds to Mars have finally announced the impending release of their new album, The New Album, is slated for release on April 6th.
Pre-orders of the new album The New Album are live on the bands site now. Find more details below:
Three Days Grace have released a second song from their upcoming 6th studio album Outsider, entitled "I Am an Outsider." This will be the second album to feature new singer Matt Walst since Adam Gontier's departure in 2013. Outsider is due March 9th.
You can listen to the new song below:
British rock band Muse have released another new song from their as-of-yet untitled 8th LP, entitled "Thought Contagion." There is still no news on the tracklist, artwork, or release date.
You can view the new music video here:
Paradise Lost have released a lyric video for their 1999 song "So Much Is Lost". The track is the opener of their 1999 album Host which will be reissued on March 16 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Jaime Gomez Arellano, who remastered the album states:
"Host is a fantastic album with a stellar production. When I had the opportunity to remaster it, I focused on warming it up through analogue tape and giving it more of that analogue 'vibe' since a lot of records from that period were a bit thin sounding in comparison to today‘s standards. The remaster resulted in more depth and bass frequencies and generally a warmer and fuller sound. I hope the fans enjoy it!"
Paradise Lost singer Nick Holmes adds:
"It was interesting to revisit this stage of the band's history. It's certainly not metal thrashing mad, but I've always regarded some of our strongest material was written around this period, and I still regard &q ...more
Tom Rapp, civil rights lawyer and frontman of the cult psych-folk act Pearls Before Swine, has passed away from cancer. He died in his home on February 11th. He was 70 years old.
Friday, February 16th
Symphonic darksynth project Hollywood Burns have revealed "Scherzo No. 5 in Death Minor" - the 3rd track off their upcoming debut album Invaders.
The track was premiered via PopMatters.
Invaders releases on April 13th, 2018 via Blood Music.
Baroque chiptune project Master Boot Record have revealed "DMA 3 LPT1 ECP MODE" - the 4th track off their upcoming fifth album Direct Memory Access.
Direct Memory Access is the first album of MBR's with vocals, those of Öxxö Xööx (Öxxö Xööx, Rïcïnn, Igorrr).
The track was premiered via MetalSucks.
Direct Memory Access releases on April 20th, 2018 via Blood Music.
Houston-based progressive metal band Oceans of Slumber, have released the third single entitled "No Color, No Light" from their upcoming album. The Banished Heart, the band’s 3rd LP, is slated for a March 2nd release date via Century Media Records and comes 2 years after 2016's, Winter.
The Banished Heart track-listing:
1. The Decay of Disregard
2. Fleeting Vigilance
3. At Dawn
4. The Banished Heart
5. The Watcher
7. A Path to Broken Stars
8. Howl of the Rougarou
9. Her In the Distance
10. No Color, No Light
11. Wayfaring Stranger
You can listen to "No Color, No Light" here:
Blessthefall have released the 2nd single to their upcoming album, Hard Feelings, which is slated for release on March 23rd via Rise Records. The cleverly titled track, Wishful Sinking, can be seen below.
Listen to "Wishful Sinking" here:
Thursday, February 15th
Black metal giants Wolves in the Throne Room are touring alongside Enslaved, Khemmis, and Myrkur, comprising the 7th Decibel Magazine Tour. First stop is in Philly, PA, tonight.
Check Brett's review for their most recent effort, Thrice Woven:
Feb. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Feb. 16 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Feb. 17 - Boston, MA - Royale
Feb. 18 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
Feb. 20 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre
Feb. 21 - Cleveland, OH - The Odeon
Feb. 23 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Feb. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Caboose
Feb. 25 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
Feb. 26 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Feb. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
Mar. 02 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
Mar. 03 - Edmonton, BC - The Starlite Ballroom
Mar. 05 - Vancouve ...more
Band-Maid have released a new video from their latest album, World Domination. The video for "DOMINATION" is currently streaming on YouTube and sets the band up for their coming album and World Domination Tour, which is expected to take the band to Europe, Asia and North America.
World Domination was released 14 February in Japan via Crown Stones. It will be released internationally by JPU Records on 9 March.
UK Black Metal band Winterfylleth are streaming the first taster of their upcoming acoustic album The Hallowing of Heirdom over at Metal Hammer. The track is described as "a spell binding ode to Ancient Britain."
Wednesday, February 14th
American Melodic Tech-Death Metal band Inferi have announced their fourth studio album, titled Revenant. It is set for release on April 21st on The Artisan Era.
Pre-orders, merch, and a five minute album teaser can be found at link below:
Tuesday, February 13th
Supergroup Czarface (Inspectah Deck with 7L and Esoteric) have announced a new album collaborating with the legendary MF Doom. The Joint LP entitled Czarface Meets Metal Face! is set to be released on March 30, 2018. The first single "Nautical Death" can be heard at the link below.
Judas Priest have revealed that guitarist Glenn Tipton will be unable to continue touring full-time. Tipton, one of the band's core members since their first album Rocka Rolla, was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's disease ten years ago, but has up to this point continued to tour with the band. However, as his condition progressed, some of their material has become too challenging for him to play. Tipton will still remain a member of the band in a different capacity, which hasn't ruled out future appearances with him on stage. He has requested producer Andy Sneap to step in as a replacement.
Tipton's playing can also still be heard on Priest's upcoming 18th studio album Firepower, which is due to be released on March 9th.
Monday, February 12th
Danish punk extraordinaires Iceage have released their first song in 2018, "Catch It". Along with the release of the single, the band announced a Euro-American tour. However, there is currently no news of an upcoming album.