Napalm Death choosing to drop Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media) is the definition of perfect timing. For those not keeping score at home, the current leader of the free world is an ass-clown who smears his face daily with greasy self-tanner and fancies white supremacists and McDonald’s food. Oh, and there’s a bit of a global pandemic that has paused the world and crippled economies.
Opeth frontman Mikaël Åkerfeldt, paid tribute to legendary Heavy Metal drummer Lee Kerslake, who died this past weekend at age 73. In a post on social media, Akerfelt talked lovingly about Lee, less so for his work in Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz band, but specifically for his work in Uriah Heap’s classic 1970s era, from which the Opeth leader draws considerable influence. The Opeth leader worships the band, as told to Ghost Cult in our 2019 interview. Read Mikael’s thoughts on Lee below.
Australian Metallers King Parrot has dropped a new single, “Nor Is Yours” featuring Phil Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Superjoint, En Minor). The band recently announced their new EP Holed Up In The Lair, set for release on October 9th via Agonia Records in Europe. Housecore Records will release the EP in North America and Dead Set Recordings in Australia. Check out the track and pre-order the EP at the link below.
After releasing two albums and an EP under the Witch Hazel moniker, the York, Pennsylvania quartet has rebranded as SpellBook. Their first album under this new moniker, Magic & Mischief (Cruz Del Sur Music), doesn’t deviate too far from their established Occult Rock style. There are a multitude of Seventies Rock grooves fitted with a slight Doom crunch that is quick to recall their contemporaries in groups like Lucifer, Demon Eye, and Icarus Witch.
Colorado Death Metallers Of Feather And Bone will release their next opus, Sulfuric Disintegration, due this November 13th. The band is streaming their first new single, “Entropic Self Immolation”, which you can check out now, along with the pre-order.
Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint have dropped a new music single and video “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” (directed and produced by Costin Chioreanu // https://twilight13media.com/). The additional drone footage was shot by Miluta Flueras, with band performance footage by Vince Edwards. Special thanks to Dan Marinescu. The song comes from their eighth full-length album, Punching The Sky, October 23rd, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders and bundles are on sale now. The band also On Saturday, October 10th at 1PM PST//4PM EST//10PM CET, Armored Saint will host a live record release show online for Punching The Sky. Set to take place at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, CA, Armored Saint will be performing a full set, including 4 new songs from Punching the Sky. Additionally, the band will be answering select questions from fans who submit them via a post on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint
Heavy metal legends Hammerfall have shared another new video from their upcoming new live album & BluRay, Live! Against The World due out on October 23rd via Napalm Records. The live concert film and album celebrates the 20th anniversary of their chart-storming album Renegade (2000). “Keep The Flame Burning” is rarely heard in their setlists, so the live video is a treat for fans. Watch the video and pre-order the set below.
“Deftones 2020” would be quite the fitting campaign slogan this year. Faced with frightening realities, unexpected downs, and challenging changes, Deftones have swooped in to provide a sonic escape and maybe even a ray of hope in a time that has been plagued by a series of unfortunate events. Though President Chino Moreno may seem like a stretch (for now), Deftones have spun these unforeseen circumstances and unprecedented experiences into something fans can hold onto during this period of struggle: the highly-anticipated LP, Ohms, due out September 25th (Warner Records). 2020 is also a hallmark year in the Sacramento-born band’s career, as they celebrate 25 years since dropping their searing debut Adrenaline, 20 years since releasing their incomparable album White Pony, 10 years since unveiling their emotive and piercing record Diamond Eyes, and one presidential term since gracing fans with their eighth studio album Gore. Now, vocalist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, drummer Abe Cunningham, programmer Frank Delgado, and bassist Sergio Vega welcome Ohms, 10 tracks of heavy and reflective material that mirror the emotional distress of the pandemic and lockdown, the political power struggle that the world is witnessing, and the internal conflicts many are facing. Continue reading
Modern Metal legends Lamb of God absolutely tore the roof off their performance of their recent self-titled album last Friday. They blasted through their entire album, played a few classics, and one new song, “The Death of Us”, from Bill and Ted Face The Music. The event was hosted by SirusXM host Jose Mangin and featured an interview with D. Randal Blythe, and an interview and livestream performance by UK tech-metal band Bleed From Within, who were awesome. . The band will perform their second live stream in a row this coming week, when they perform all of their classic album Ashes of The Wake Friday, September 25. Whitechapel will provide the pre-LoG music this week. Continue reading
(HED) P.E. releases a solidly decent album with Class of 2020 (Suburban Noize Records). The band, hailing from Southern California, truly embodies the eclectic skater vibe of the area. The album is a mix of rock, funk, and rap. Jared Gomes, Jeremiah Stratton, Kurt Blankenship, DJ Blackard, and Chad Benekos are a tight outfit, and Class of 2020 has no wasted riffage.