ALBUM REVIEW: Other Half – Soft Action


 

Hailing from Norwich, England, post-hardcore trio Other Half have put out their second album Soft Action (Big Scary Monsters), consolidating their presence in the modern punk scene. It is a record that keeps the adrenaline pumping throughout its fourteen-track run-through and brings solid production to an otherwise disorderly DIY kind of tone. Despite its title, the album is anything but soft.

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Coltaine and Kariti Announce Co-Headline Dates for 2023


Kariti

 

Psychedelic Doom band Coltaine and Doomy Folk artist Kariti are pairing up for an early tour of Europe in 2023, the “Tales of Southern Lands Tour. The tour will kick off in Stuttgart, Germany on the 17th of February and conclude in Coltaine’s hometown of Karlsruhe, on the 11th of March. Tickets are available from the venues and on the socials for each band. Continue reading


Dimebag Darrell Abbott of Pantera Died Eighteen Years Ago Today


Today marks the 18th anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the former Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. That venue has now been demolished. As we do every year on this date, we prefer to honor how he lived. Almost 20 years later no one can deny his impact as a player, songwriter, and major personality in metal. The current Pantera tour is a tribute to Darrell and his late brother Vinnie Paul. Jam out to some classic Dimebag and Pantera tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull!
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Volumes Shares a Cover of Pantera’s “Rise” in Tribute to Dimebag Darrell


 

Metalcore band Volumes has shared a new single and visualizer for their cover of Pantera’s – “Rise!” You can stream the track on all DSPs, and watch the video below. The cover pays tribute to guitarist Dimebag Darrell who was murdered on this day (December 8th) 2004. “Rise” comes off of Pantera’s second mainstream album Vulgar Display of Power, released in 1992 via East-West, Atco Records.

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PODCAST: C-Squared Podcast Epsiode 291 – Jimi Maltais from Crimson Shadows


 

C2 is a new podcast series from the minds of Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), Cori Westbrook focusing on helping bands with their music marketing, sales, and promotion. Curtis and Cori are frequently joined by Holly Royle, Aliyah Daye, Effy Gold, and Gaia Guarda. In this episode – Aliyah and Curtis interview vocalist Jimi Maltais of Crimson Shadows! Continue reading


The Winery Dogs Announce European Tour Dates, New Single Out This Week


The Winery Dogs, by Evil Robb Photography

Prog-Rock supergroup The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, and Billy Sheehan – already announced their upcoming new album. Now they have announced addtional 2023 tour dates, this time in Europe. III is set for release on February 3, 2023, via the band’s Three Dog Music label (via Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). Following in the footsteps of their first two albums, III was once again self-produced by The Winery Dogs and mixed by longtime band associate Jay Ruston (Anthrax). Pre-orders will be available starting Friday, December 9 on CD and all digital formats, which include an instant download of the album’s first song to be released, “Xanadu.” A vinyl edition of III will also be revealed in just a few months.

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Metallica Shares a New Lyric Video for “Lux Æterna” in Five Different Langauges


 

Metallica has shared a new lyric video for their new single “Lux Æterna!” in five different languages. The lyric video arrives in English, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Check them out below. Last week the band dropped the single and video for the track from their new album 72 Seasons, releasing from their own label Blackened Recordings on April 14th, 2023! The single is streaming on all DSPs and the album is available for pre-orders now on their website. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Legendarium – Death’s Hand In Yours


 

Legendarium is a fairly busy band already with two releases, the At the Gate of the Black Kingdom single and the project’s third full-length album Under the Spell of Destruction this year alone. Their latest, Death’s Hand In Yours (Self-Released), is their strongest release of the year.

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Epiphone Guitars and Adam Jones of Tool Team Up for The Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection


 

Epiphone is proud announce the long-awaited Adam Jones and Epiphone partnership has now arrived with the release of the Epiphone Adam Jones Les Paul Custom Art Collection. This unprecedented, limited-edition collection blends Adam’s love of fine art and music, resulting in seven, iconic Silverburst Les Paul Custom masterpieces which feature the artwork of five distinguished visual artists curated by Adam Jones of Tool.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lionheart – Welcome To The West Coast III


 

LHHC, baby.

 

Singer Rob Watson is one of the most adept frontmen in hardcore when it comes to being able to both hype up a crowd and tell grim, streetwise lyrical tales over bouncy grooves. Nothing has changed with their latest release, Welcome To The West Coast III (Arising Empire). While the series of ‘Welcome…’ releases started with an EP, it is now halfway to keeping pace with Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter albums. “Welcome” implies an introduction, but ironically the band no longer need one. Think of the title as more akin to an ongoing episodic documentary at this point.

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