It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Christmas music. Like really hate it. There are people who will threaten to murder you if you so much as hum “Jingle Bells”. Luckily for metalheads, there is solace to be found in the form of August Burns Red, who put out August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album a year ago. Now the band has added another track to the album: Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. If you ever doubted the band’s guitar work before, you won’t after hearing this cover. This will be bundled with digital purchases of the album, or you can just get your nuts cracked by listening to it above.
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Posted by Bram Teitelman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm
If there’s one thing that’s dependable, it’s that Throwdown will keep cranking out catchy, riffy hardcore. Splitting the difference between groove metal and straight-up hardcore, they’ve never reinvented the wheel, but it’s a damn nice wheel you’re getting. “Avow,” the first single from their forthcoming album Intolerance, has been released, and it’s a rager. Just over two minutes, it’s streamlined, getting in and out before you realize it’s about being straight edge.
“I’ve written a lot of lyrical content coming off as rehashed. I was meticulous if not a little obsessive about making all venture into similar territory,” says frontman Dave Peters. “It’s been two decades since I’ve been straight edge. ‘Avow’ is about how it was important to me.”
We must say, it feels good to know that we only have to wait two months for the next Cynic album rather than 15 years. And it’s even better that we have a new track from it to gush over in the form of a lyrics video. “The Lion’s Roar” is the latest from Cynic off the new album Kindly Bent To Free Us. It’s pretty much drenched in prog rock, and that’s just fine with us. Kindly Bent To Free Us will be out February 18th in North America on Season of Mist.
Posted by Chris Colgan on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:10 am
There are only two weeks left of new releases for the year, so while you’re perusing the new music of 2013 and formulating your own Top 10 list, keep these final albums in mind and do whatever you have to in order to preview them!
Mutoid Man, Helium Head (Magic Bullet)
This three-member side project features two prominent members of the Massachusetts metal scene – drummer Ben Koller of Converge, and vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky of Cave In. Their music is described as a blend of prog riffs and psychedelic/sludge elements. Being that both Converge and Cave In have fairly progressive styles, it’s a good bet that Mutoid Man will appeal to fans of both bands.
Nightwish, Showtime Storytime (Nuclear Blast)
In October of 2012, Annette Olzon and Nightwish parted ways, marking the second time that Nightwish was without a lead singer. Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever) was brought in to sing for the remainder of the band’s world tour, including a performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival during the summer of 2013. This DVD chronicles that performance, and also features a two-hour documentary covering Jansen’s beginning period with the band and how she adapted to her new role.
Next Week: We close out 2013 with the final release of the year, a technical death metal album that should keep the ravenous hordes occupied until 2014. See you all next week!
Posted by Zach Shaw on Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 10:22 am
Every Time I Die is in the middle of a U.S. tour with letlive. and Code Orange Kids. But this past week (December 3 to be exact) while playing L.A.’s The Roxy, the band treated fans to a new song. Supposedly titled “Thirst,” this presumably marks our first taste of what’s to come from Every Time I Die’s next album, which the band plans to start recording in the coming months (that is if it ends up making the cut). The song starts off as a fast-paced, in your face burner, then ends with some pretty heavy riffage. So if this does end up making the cut for the follow up to 2012’s Ex Lives, we’ll be beyond stoke.
Watch fan filmed footage of Every Time I Die performing the new song “Thirst,” followed by “A Wild, Shameless Plain” for yourself above.
[by way of The PRP]
Posted by Erin O'Grady on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm
It seems like Converge is holding us over while we (very impatiently) wait for a new album. They’ve been into non-album releases lately, and they just announced a new 7 inch, “Live at the BBC” on their own Deathwish Inc. The new release was recorded at Maide Vale Studios in London in 2010 and will include live in the studio versions of “Dark Horse,” “Axe To Fall” and “Damages.” We also got word that it’ll have a rare electric version of “Hanging Moon.” We definitely can’t wait to hear that. The release date and pre-ordering information will be announced soon.
Not too shabby. I guess we’ll have to keep waiting for that new studio album. In the mean time, this isn’t a half bad Christmas gift, assuming it’s out by then. I mean, look at that artwork. That’s going to look good under the tree.
You’ve seen and heard several teasers for Behemoth’s “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,” which have no doubt stoked anticipation for the song. Now the video and single have been released, and both deliver on all counts. The song, which is as epic as a song as the title suggests (there are even brass wind instruments on the song!) is backed by a starkly and beautifully shot black and white video that features wolves, blood, topless women, ritual sacrifices and animal skulls. What’s to hate about that? The video is sorta NSFW, because boobs.
You can preorder the band’s new album, The Satanist, before it’s released the first week of February, but if you want the single, it’s available for purchase now right here.
Well that came out of nowhere! We knew that Periphery were working on new material, and now it’s all coming to fruition. The band’s more experimental third offering, Clear, will be released on January 28th on Sumerian, but you can hear snippets of the whole thing above. And what’s even better is that they’re not even considering it a proper album release, as they’re still at work on Periphery III. Here’s what the band’s Jake Bowen had to say about it:
“Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It’s rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.
“Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear’s intro track “Overture” this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different. Clear shouldn’t be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we’re currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!”
Are we the only ones that are surprised by this? They’d made references to possibly coming out with something before the next full length a few months back, but to have a fully formed EP is definitely exciting
Posted by Chris Colgan on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 11:04 am
We’re winding down the year, getting our Top 10 lists ready, and preparing for the annual period of no new music that usually encompasses the holiday season. However, the book has not been closed on 2013 yet. There are still a few more new releases to cover before all is said and done, so let’s take a look at what we have on this, the first week of December.
Rhapsody of Fire, Dark Wings of Steel (AFM)
After the release of 2011′s From Chaos to Eternity, founding guitarist Luca Turilli departed Rhapsody on amicable terms, forming a different version of the band with some of its other members that also departed. Dark Wings of Steel will be the first album for Rhapsody that does not feature Turilli, so the reception that this album receives will be a key indicator as to whether the band can continue on without him.
Almah, Unfold (Scarlet)
Almah was initially formed as a solo project for ex-Angra singer Edu Falaschi, but it became a fully active band after the self-titled debut album was released in 2006. Unfold is the fourth album from the Brazilian power metal group.
Human Fortress, Raided Land (AFM)
Raided Land is the first new material that Human Fortress has released in five years. The group’s last album, Eternal Empire, saw a major style shift towards modern melodic metal, but the band has confirmed that they are returning to their epic power metal roots on Raided Land.
Truth Corroded, The Saviours Slain (AFM)
This Australian thrash group picked up veteran drummer Kevin Talley (ex-Chimaira and ex-Six Feet Under, among many others) to record their 2011 album Worship the Bled. Talley is out of the picture now, but his work with the band helped to vault them into the spotlight to a certain degree. The Savious Slain is a chance for Truth Corroded to prove that they have what it takes, even without Talley.
Next Week: A big live collection from a major symphonic metal band tops the list. Come on back for one of the final weeks of new releases for the entire year!
Posted by Chris Colgan on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:47 am
Black Friday is just around the corner, and many stores have begun running Black Friday deals that last the entire week. This is the perfect time to buy new music, either for yourself or as a planned holiday gift! Check out this week’s new options below!
Deicide, In the Minds of Evil (Century Media)
Deicide’s eleventh full-length album is the first to feature new guitarist Kevin Quirion, who joined the band in 2011 after the release of To Hell With God. Quirion had previously been a touring fill-in for the band on and off since 2008, helping fill the spot of the man he eventually replaced, Ralph Santolla.
Black Sabbath, Live… Gathered In Their Masses (Republic)
Black Sabbath’s reunion with Ozzy Osbourne this year for 13 was commemorated with a live concert film. Out on video, or as DVD/CD and Blu-Ray/CD, there’s also a deluxe box set that we’re giving away. Enter to win it here.
A Day to Remember, Common Courtesy (Self-released)
After a long, hard-fought battle with their former label, Victory Records, A Day to Remember finally won the right to self-release their fifth album in October. Although legal action is still ongoing and no official ruling has been issued, ADTR has elected to go forward with the release of Common Courtesy, which has apparently been in the works since mid-to-late 2011.
Puscifer, What Is… (Puscifer Entertainment)
This new DVD that is part concert and part comedy show might provide some insight into what the band is about, but according to Maynard James Keenan, it’s designed to raise just as many questions as it does answers. The soundtrack is also available for those that might just want the audio. Read more »
Monster Magnet, in the midst of their first nationwide tour in years, have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their tour, as frontman Dave Wyndorf has been diagnosed with the flu. Their Toronto, Boston, West Chester and New York dates are effected. The band says that they’ll be back.
In the mood for some epic power/folk metal? Then check out Scythia’s new music video for “Bear Claw Tavern” over at GuitarWorld.com.
Since A Perfect Circle’s box set, A Perfect Circle: Stone and Echo, sold out of it’s 2,500 copy physical run, the band is releasing the audio and video content digitally. You can hear their 20-track live album, Stone and Echo, on consequenceofsound.net before it’s out digitally on November 26th.
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