ALBUM REVIEW: Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

When listening to Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast), Pallbearer’s fourth full-length, it’s hard to remember a time when they were ever this riff-driven. The title track sets an immediate precedent with its beginning feedback transitioning into pummeling yet catchy verses, a surprisingly hooky chorus, and a softer bridge that manages to keep the momentum going. ‘The Quicksand Of Existing’ and ‘Vengeance Ruination’ serve up even more heaviness in the album’s second half with the former’s straightforward chugs standing out. Considering past jabs I’ve made about Pallbearer being one of the most riff-adverse groups in Doom Metal, it’s a very refreshing change of pace.

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REVIEW: Devin Townsend – Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1

Devin Townsend is a music extraordinaire who is well-known for his many different and successful projects that he has participated in over the last 25 years or so. Whether it be Strapping Young Lad or Devin Townsend Project the man has always thrown his heart into it. He is a Canadian machine that expertly and consistently generates epic-scale music in many diverse forms. Last year he released his latest solo album, Empath (InsideOut Music). He took his essence to a new level of eccentricity with a masterful embodiment of bonkers meets serene. Many cling to the wilds that is Dev for his honest presentation, whether that be in Jazz, Metal, or whatever genre he chooses to express himself with. His devotees gather in the masses at his shows for a guaranteed excellent and entertaining performance. Last December he brought his uncommon magic to England and much like his actual works, the presentation was a little unconventional. Dev is about to release his new live album, Order of Magnitude: Empath Live Volume 1 (InsideOut Music) documenting that European tour. It will be released as a limited deluxe 2CD/Blu-Ray/DVD artbook package, a limited 2CD+DVD digipak, gatefold 3LP+2CD vinyl box set, and more. 

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War Curse Signs with Blacklight Media Records/Metal Blade, New Album Incoming

War Curse has signed a new record deal with Blacklight Media Records/Metal Blade Records and will release a new album in 202. The modern Trad Heavy Metal formed in 2013 and has released two full-lengths, including  Eradication (Svart Records) in 2019. 

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #508: Not Being Helpless

Matt and Curtis go deep on why your weakness and needy behavior dissuades music industry types from working with your band.   Dumb and Dumbest Episode #508 is streaming now and is all about Not Being Helpless. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot/ Stone Sour) Shares Unplugged Version of “Black Eyes Blue”  

 

Corey Taylor (Slipknot/ Stone Sour) has shared a new acoustic version of his track “Black Eyes Blue”  from his solo debut album, CMFT (Roadrunner Records) out now. The new version of the track is available on all DSPs at the link below. Previously, Taylor performed the track unplugged ina livestream for Japanese TV. Check out the track right now! Continue reading

Architects Announce New Album, Share New Video “Animals”

Metalcore leaders Architects have returned with a new single and video for the track “Animals”. The song is the first salvo from their upcoming new album For Those That Wish To Exist, due out on February 26th, 2021, via their label Epitaph Records. Pre-orders are live at the link below. It is their first new music since their acclaimed 2018 album Holy Hell. Watch the clip for “Animals” now!

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1980s Rock Hero Tony Lewis of The Outfield Has Died 

Sad news to report as Tony Lewis,  singer and bassist of Pop/Rock band The Outfield, who has a string of hit records in the 1980s has died. He was 62. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was passed down via Tony’s official Twitter account. The Outfield was a sensational pop-rock band with millions sold and 100s of millions in streams of their biggest tracks to this day. Tony release a solo album in 2018, and the band had an MTV Unplugged session earlier in 2020. RIP Tony. 

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Fear Factory Will Release a New Version of “The Industrialist” with Mike Heller on Drums

 

As reported by Blabbermouth.net, drummer Mike Heller (Malignancy) has confirmed to New Breed TV that the band’s 2012 album The Industrialist, will be released to digital services in a new version where the drum-machine used on the original recording will be replaced by Heller’s live drums. No word as to whether the current Kickstarter by Fear Factory for their new album Regenerate will also fund this endeavor. Interestingly The Industrialist is the only Fear Factory album not on streaming services. Heller commented: 

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BACON BLOODY BACON: Matt Bacon on Show Promotion Post-COVID

So I think we can agree that this coronavirus thing is gonna last a while. Like a while. Like probably until next fall. With this in mind, I think we can agree the booking landscape is also going to be changed in some unprecedented ways. Continue reading