LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown – “Pressure”

Nashville-based rockers Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown dropped their highly anticipated album  Pressure on Friday, October 16th  to rave reviews.  Usually, a band who are constantly on the road, the group played their ONLY show of 2020 and crafted a special virtual live stream to celebrate the record release. The invigorating set was sprinkled with songs from across the TBSD catalog, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and backstories on a handful of Pressure tracks. The chatbox during the performance was populated by grateful fans from every corner of the globe, showing the impact of the band worldwide as well as how much live music has been missed these past several months. 

Continue reading

BORIS and Merzbow Announce New Collaboration Album – “2r0i2p0”

BORIS and Merzbow have announced a new collaborative album “2r0i2p0” (“Twenty Twenty R.I.P.”), due out December 11th, from Relapse Records. The two long-running avant-garde artists have worked together on split relapses and collabs before, always with explosive results. Watch the new music video for their single  “Away From You” now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Mr. Bison – Seaward

Those who deserted Pisa-based riff kings, Mr. Bison, after their 2012 debut album We’ll Be Brief (Dracma Records) will recognise neither the physical nor the sonic entity that exists today. Only guitarist/vocalist Matteo Barsacchi remains from that initial incarnation, now replenished by two more Matteos – vocalist/guitarist Sciocchetto and drummer D’Ignazi – and the dry, ZZTop-influenced sound of that first effort has been gradually replaced by an oft euphoric leaning towards a form of Desert Psychedelia as progressive as it is retrospective. Their fourth album Seaward (Subsound Records / Ripple Music) is the band’s biggest step forward yet, displaying a level of invention and confidence that is both profound and joyous. Continue reading

Clutch Announces “The Obelisk” Twelve LP Boxed Set for Record Store Day

Clutch announces a special new LP boxed set for Record Store Day drop #3, THe Obelisk, due this Saturday,  October 24th via Weathermaker Music. The limited-edition set includes 12 LPs, a  Turntable Slipmat, Signed Lithograph, all exclusives. The Obelisk is a box set that consists of all of Clutch’s Weathermaker Music vinyl releases. There are six doj um7t. In addition, the box contains a turntable mat and a square, artist signed lithograph. The rigid box has a magnetic closure and the silver foil is stamped on black Sierra cloth. This is a premium collector’s item and only 2000 exist in the world. Clutch released their twelfth studio album, Book of Bad Decisions, through their own Weathermaker Music in 2018

Continue reading

FEVER 333 Shares New Single – “Bite Back” New EP Drops This Week

FEVER 333 will release a new EP this week, Wrong Generation, via Roadrunner Records / 333 WRECKORDS CREW – built for these troubling times. Artwork for the EP cover was done by D. Randall Bly of Lamb of God. Listen to a brand new song, “Bite Back”, pre-order the album, and get set for livestream demonstration “World Tour” to follow this weekend and all next week. Continue reading

Headbangers Con to Go Virtual For December “Conline” Event 

The very first convention for Metalhead lifestyle and culture is the wildly successful Headbangers Con. The 2020 edition of the event will be a virtual “Conline” event and it looks to carry the momentum of the first two into this year. Headbangers Con features live events, online meet and greets, and much more! Brought to you by the masterminds behind this one of a kind music event, Chris 51 (Chris 51 Tattoos, Epic Ink on A&E) and Morgan Rose (Sevendust), and the lineup features Rose (new Sevendust album out soon) Shaun Foist (Breaking Benjamin), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio), David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) just announced. They join the likes of Page Hamilton (Helmet), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Overcast,) and Phil Demmel (BPMD, Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head). More guests will be announced soon! 

Continue reading

Early King Crimson Member Gordon Haskell Has Died

Sad news as Gordon Haskell, a one-time member of King Crimson, and vocalist for such classic-era albums In The Wake Of Poseidon (Island, 1970), and Lizard (Island, 1970), has died. He was 74. No cause of death was revealed, but hew had been ill for some time Haskell also had an impressive solo career and was in the proto-prog rock group Fleur De Lys in the mid-1960s. Although his split with Crimson was acrimonious, the band announced his passing with several thoughtful posts today. We send our sympathies to Gordon’s family and friends at this difficult time. 

Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Angband – IV

Formed in 2004 and based in Tehran, Angband plays a style of Power Metal in the vein of American groups like Iced Earth and Jag Panzer rounded out with elements of Prog and Persian traditional music. Their fourth full-length album, aptly titled IV (Pure Steel Records), is their first to come out since 2012’s Saved From The Truth as well as the first to feature Tim Aymar of Control Denied/Pharaoh fame on lead vocals. The prospects are exciting, but the actual execution ends up being a rather mixed bag.

Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #506: Everything Is Content!

Matt and Curtis discuss why you can never run dry of content, because  everything is content! Dumb and Dumbest #506 is live and it’s all about Everything is Content! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

Continue reading