Blazing into 2020 on the strength of an amazing year with their comeback album Awakening, Metal Blade artists and thrash legends Sacred Reich will start the new year on the road a lot! They will join Sepultura on their North American “Quadra Tour”. Other bands on the bill include Crowbar and Art of Shock! The trek begins March 18th in San Diego, California and makes its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion April 22nd in Ventura, California. Tickets are on sale now! The trek will follow the band’s impending performances in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand next month with Vio-lence. See all confirmed dates below. Continue reading
In a story we reported several months ago, Hasbro has completed their acquisition of Entertainment One (eOne Records, eOne Heavy) and their properties. The move adds more global brands to Hasbro’s cadre of entertainment offerings. Originally founded as music distributor Records on Wheels in 1970, but today has a plethora of well-known music, film, and television brands. eOne’s music offerings includes the libraries of Artemis Records, Death Row Records, and Dualtone Records as well as Grammy winners High on Fire, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Zakk Wyle’s Black Label Society, Crowbar, Ace Frehley, The Blue Stones, Arkells, The Bloody Beetroots, Lights, The Game, Teagan and Sara and more.
Sepultura will release their new album Quadra on February 7th, via Nuclear Blast Records. The 29-date tour kicks off at the San Diego House Of Blues on March 18th and will make stops in Denver, Brooklyn, and Atlanta before ending on April 22nd in Ventura, CA. Joining the band as special guests are Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock.
Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes have shared a mega-aggro remix of their hit song ‘Crowbar’ by Idles producers Black Futures. This is the latest in a stream of tight remixes from the band. You can purchase or stream the track now. Over the coming weeks, the band will be dropping a number of further End Of Suffering. The original Crowbar appears on their amazing End of Suffering album, from earlier in 2019. Continue reading
The long-rumored Down reunion is in effect for 2020! The first date of a presumed world tour celebrating the Stoner-Doom supergroup’s legendary debut album NOLA releasing twenty-five years ago next year will begin at Graspop Metal Meeting. The band features current and former members of southern metal greats Pantera, EyeHateGod, COC, Crowbar,Honky and more. The fest takes place June 18-20 in Belgium and added seventy new bands to the bill today, including Down. The announcement comes less than a month after singer Philip Anselmo revealed that the band was in talks to reunite in 2020 for some shows in celebration of the 25th anniversary. No word if former members like co-founder Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdomm of Sorrow, Rex Brown (Pantera), or the recently retired again Todd Strange will participate. Continue reading
One of the architects of Southern Metal and Sludge, Kirk Windstein is bringing forth his debut solo album. Best known for his work in Crowbar, Down and Kingdom of Sorrow, Windstein will release his debut solo album, Dream in Motion, January 24, 2020 via eOne Music. Kirk handled all vocal duties, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). The album features new originals and The a faithful rendition of ‘Aqualung’, the title track of Jethro Tull’s 1971 masterpiece. Directed by Justin Reich (Black Label Society, Royal Thunder), watch the video for the title track now! Continue reading
In a new interview with Metal Underground, Philip Anselmo has expressed interested in a Down reunion in 2020/. Next year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stoner Doom supergroup’s (Pantera, COC, Crowbar, EyehateGod) debut album Nola (East/West). Anselmo, whose 51st birthday was yesterday June 30th, also shared that any Down reunion must include Kirk Windstein who left the band several years ago to concentrate on Crowbar, be respectful of the many members’ projects, as well as his lack of interest in his Superjoint project any longer. Continue reading
It’s the mid-nineties and while the economy is flourishing, our president gets cool points for playing the sax on television and we have Super Metroid, we still found the need to complain. And of all the things to moan about during that decade, one of the silliest is to decry the lack of decent metal. Did we all suddenly forget that Pantera dropped possibly the heaviest release to debut atop the Billboard Top 200 in Far Beyond Driven (Eastwest)?Continue reading
Live at Brighton Music Hall
by Evil Robb Photography
After seven years of relative silence since their debut, the excellently monikered TheMound Builders use the opening minute of their self-titled sophomore album (Failure Records and Tapes) to well and truly set the scene. There’s a triumphant opening chord ringing out, with more than a hint of Volume 4 (Vertigo) about its tone, Ryan Strawsma hits a vintage clanking bass run and the swinging drums come in. By the time Jim Voelz’ raw shouts come in on top, we’re well underway to establishing this is going to be a fun, riffy, High On Fire fuelled uptempo Sludge Metal romp, with all the essential hints of Hardcore to pepper things up. Continue reading