If you know your old sayings, it is considered something akin to poor taste to judge a book by its cover. Yet, if you apply twisted logic and judge the new Norma Jean album by its song titles… well, you might just be onto something and assume the Atlantan metalcore mainstays took the Timewave Zero route Blood Incantation trekked through, while remaining heavy and fierce. Continue reading →
Okay, so how do I go about this? Well, here’s the dive into the iciest part of the pool. Arch Enemy has been tiptoeing for quite some time now. Yeah, War Eternal, Will to Power and their latest effort Deceivers (Century Media) are all above the standard metal release, but with all due respect, this lineup of power players should be standing head and shoulders above the competition. I’m thinking what Metallica was compared to the average Thrash Metal act back in 1988. Continue reading →
Riot Fest has announced their full slate of late night “After Shows” with shows including Thursday with Anthony Green, Fear, Bully, The Maine, Alexisonfire with War On Women, Jeff Rosenstock, Pvris, Alkaline Trio, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jimmy Eat World, Action Bronson, The Academy Is… with Midtown, The Get Up Kids with Sparta and more! Pre-sales begin tomorrow and these shows always sell out fast. Artists usually take the opportunity to create special shows, and setlists compared with their usual RF performances. Individual tickets and info is on sale at the link below.
Making it clear from the outset that vibrancy (and guitars) are a key element of their third album, Pale Waves kick off Unwanted (Dirty Hit) hurtling straight into a vocal and guitar-strummed combo two-line tease of what is to come throughout the album. While opening track ‘Lies’ may spend most of its run-time stripped down to a funking bass and drum pattern playing under Heather Baron-Gracie’s catchy vocal lines, it flashes enough of a smile to let us know the six-string grin is back. Continue reading →
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with UK show promoter Anthony Chalmers, to discuss the upcoming Raw Power Festival! We chatted with Anthony about his start in booking and promoting, the history of Baba Yaga’s Hut shows, how he overcame challenges from the pandemic, putting together a festival lineup, and how Raw Power has managed to stay so eclectic, and much more. The next Raw Power fest will be the last, so get your tickets at the link below.
Venom Prison hasdropped a slamming cover of Stampin’ Ground’s “Officer Down” available on all digital platforms. The song has finally come full circle, as Century Media Records released the original on Stampin’ Ground’s classic album “Carved From Empty Words” in 2000. Stream the track now! Continue reading →
L-R: Paz Lenchantin, David Lovering, Black Francis, Joey Santiago
Alternative rock innovators Pixieshave returned with a new single and video for the track “Vault of Heaven!” The track comes from the band’s new album Doggerel, due out on September 30th, 2022, via BMG. The band has been playing a series of acclaimed show of late, and have booked a long string of world tour dates, including a brief run of shows in the USA. “Vault Of Heaven” was preceded by its lead single “There’s A Moon On” which has been racking up streams on all DSPs. Check out “Vault Of Heaven” now!”
There are times when album art seems absolutely representative of the music contained within. So it is with Irkalla (The Artisan Era), the forthcoming album by Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Aronious. The technical death metal group’s follow-up to their 2020 album Perspicacity, rushes at the listener in relentless, head-spinning waves, as though the band was charting the soundtrack to the formation of galaxies. Continue reading →
Crippled Black Phoenix have released the title track from their upcoming new album Banefyre! The album releases on September 09, 2022 via Season of Mist. The song “Bonefire” is now streaming at the link below with a cool visualizer on the Season of Mist YouTube channel. Pre-orders are also live at the links below.
Sad news as legendary bassist Darryl Hunt of Celtic Rock/Punk band The Pogues, has died. He was 72. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. The band’s official page broke the news on social media “We are saddened beyond words. Our Darryl passed away yesterday afternoon in London.” In addition, his former bandmates and friends ShaneMacGowan and SpiderStacey, many peers and fans also commented on their loss. Hunt was an integral members of the band from 1986 through 1996 until their break up. RIP.