ALBUM REVIEW: All Out War – Celestial Rot


 

When we last heard of our New York heroes in All Out War they were still practicing a charged-up, violent brand of Metallic Hardcore on 2019’s Crawl Among the Filth. Yet it’s now 2023 and a global pandemic later and those gentlemen are again picking up that metallic mantle like it never went out of fashion on Celestial Rot (Translation Loss Records).

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Allegaeon Announces Extraterrestrial Takeover Tour Featuring Special Guests The Zenith Passage


 

Allegaeon is pleased to announce the Extraterrestrial Takeover Tour featuring special guests The Zenith Passage on select dates. The journey kicks off on May 13th in Denver, Colorado, and runs through May 25th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This brief North American run of shows is punctuated by the band’s appearance at this year’s Modified Ghost Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band continues to tour behind their 2022 album Damnum, out now via Metal Blade.

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EP REVIEW: Forever Autumn – Crowned In Skulls


 

Forever Autumn’s Crowned in Skulls EP (Self-Released) is raw, in many senses of the word. Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, the band’s creative force, seems to be drawing us in to witness an intensely cathartic pain-cleansing ritual over the course of the record’s five songs. Her voice acts as a vessel through which the ritualistic channeling of various primal expressions takes place. It is by turns painfully fragile and terrifyingly ferocious, but always fully saturated with unrefined emotion.

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Slipknot Shares a Surprise New Single and Video – “Bone Church”


 

 

Slipknot has surprise dropped shared “Bone Church,” a surprise standalone single available today on all streaming platforms. The new song arrives with a M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan –directed video piece titled “Yen – Director’s Cut (Bone Church),” which finds the multidisciplinary artist and founding member refreshing footage from the band’s “Yen” music video.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Russkaja – Turbo Polka Party


 

Turn up for what? Turn up for a Turbo Polka Party! That’s right, it’s time to get this party started with the newest dance-worthy, head-bopping, ska-laden, metal riffage of Russkaja and Turbo Polka Party (Napalm Records). Russkaja is famous for blending ska, punk, and reggae to create a unique and fun sound. This new offering is a straight-up craic!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Soothsayer Orchestra – The Last Black Flower


 

Until his untimely death in February of 2022 there were few singers who could match the gruff, forlorn weariness of Mark Lanegan. But while the world won’t be able to look forward to a new release from the former Screaming Trees frontman in 2023, on The Last Black Flower (Lay Bare Recordings) the second album by Soothsayer Orchestra, the spirit of Lanegan is ever-present.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Xandria – The Wonders Still Awaiting


 

One thing which the German symphonic metal act Xandria cannot be accused of is staleness. A seemingly constant revolving door of members since day one, there simply isn’t enough time for inertia or sterility. The musical merry-go-round did slow down recently though, as for only the second time the band did actually manage to keep the same line-up for more than one record. However, it all changed once again as guitarist and founder member Marco Heubaum returns not only with an entirely refreshed group of musicians, but a noticeable modification to the band’s sound.

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Year Of The Knife Surprise Drops a New EP – “Dust To Dust”


Straight-Edge Hardcore band Year Of The Knife (YOTK) has surprise dropped a new EP Dust To Dust today, Thursday 2nd February, via Pure Noise Records (Knocked Loose, State Champs, Drug Church), streaming on all DSPs. The EP is the band’s first new music since the release of their hugely received album Internal Incarceration which was released in August 2020. The three-song EP, ‘Dust To Dust’, was produced and engineered by, Taylor Young, (Nails, God’s Hate, Twitching Tongues) clocking in at just seven minutes, of raw, ferocious music. The band has launched a pre-order for the vinyl version of the album. Stream the EP now, and pre-order the vinyl.Continue reading


PODCAST: Heavy Business Episode 307 – Justin Roth of War Curse: Touring, Buy-Ons, and Scams


Heavy Business is a metal marketing podcast presented by C Squared Music. You’ve toiled away to make your music great, don’t drop the ball on the promotion! Meet your hosts – seasoned PR professional Curtis Dewar, and metal musician Aliyah Daye. We dig deep with our guests on when to DIY your promotion, and when (and how) to get help. Join the conversation as they chat with musicians, record execs, journalists, and more about how to get more eyes (and ears) on your music! Visit csquared.info for your PR and Marketing needs. Listen as Aliyah and Curtis welcome in Justin Roth of War Curse to discuss everything about touring you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.

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EP REVIEW: Dream State – Untethered


 

As of February 2022, the UK’s Dream State lingered in limbo after the announcement came that all music fans fear. Vocalist CJ Gilpin and guitarist Rhys Wilcox would be departing from the lineup. Both band members stepped down for personal/mental health reasons, but as for the last remaining founding member, Aled Evans decided to charge forward instead of closing the book for good.Continue reading