ALBUM REVIEW: Demon Head – Viscera


 

With the release of their fourth full-length, Demon Head has gone from a particularly rustic Occult Doom band to full-on Goth Rock with a few sparse Doom elements. Glossy guitars and Robert Smith-esque vocals among other elements became prominent with 2019’s Hellfire Ocean Void and Viscera (Metal Blade Records) pushes them to an even further extent. But while this album should feel like the culmination of a well-realized evolution, the results are those of an unfortunately awkward misstep.

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UPDATED: Cannibal Corpse Shares New Single “Inhumane Harvest” – Announces New Album on Liquid Metal


(UPDATE: We now have the full new single and announcement here) Cannibal Corpse premiered a new song last night on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal show! “Inhumane Harvest” is the first single from their upcoming new album Violence Unimagined, due out this year from their longtime label Metal Blade Records. More details are expected to be released soon and we will update as soon as we know more.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hallows Eve – Tales of Terror (Reissue)


Hallows Eve was quite an anomaly back in the halcyon days of Eighties Heavy Metal. Even going by the standards of a time when subgenres were still nebulous and ill-defined, the Atlantans’ approach was difficult to pin down. Utilizing familiar tropes in unfamiliar ways, their Alice Cooper-inspired horror theatrics set them apart from their Speed Metal peers while their Punk attitude was a far cry from King Diamond. Their 1985 debut album, Tales Of Terror (Metal Blade Records), is easily the rawest and arguably the most endearing iteration of their Horror Metal formula.

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Vio-lence to Enter the Studio Next Month to Record Their Comeback Album


House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 8/18/19

Bay Area Thrash legends Vio-lence will enter Trident Studios in early 2021 to record a five-song EP. Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Heathen, Skinlab) will produce the EP, which will release on Metal Blade Records around “mid-to-late summer”according to Phil Demmel in a video with most of the band and Juan, posted via Instagram. It will be the first recording of brand new material from the band since the Nothing To gain was recorded and released in 1993. The current lineup of the band includes founders drummer Perry Strickland and guitarist Demmel (BPMD), vocalist Sean Killian and new members Christian Olde-Wohlbers (Powerflo, ex Fear Factory) on bass, and guitarist Bobby Gustafson (Satan’s Taint, ex-Overkill).

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The Black Dahlia Murder Books “Yule ‘Em All” Livestream


Technical Death Metal leaders The Black Dahlia Murder have announced “Yule ‘Em All”: A Holiday Variety Extravaganza” livestream for Friday, December 18th – featuring live performances, special guests, and more! Presented by Night Shift Merch, fans can purchase tickets and merch bundles now at the link below, where the stream itself will take place. ***There will be a 48-hour video on demand restream period for ticket holders (you MUST buy a ticket before the livestream airs to have access to the VOD restream). The Black Dahlia Murder released their latest album, Verminous, earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night


 

Over 35 years ago, Fates Warning was one of the main trailblazers and influencers in the Progressive Metal movement. With so much history, there has been a lot of lineup changes throughout the years, but the band has always been known for its exploration and expansion of the scene. Even today this East Coast act is still examining their special sound. Earlier this month FW released their newest full-length album, Long Day Good Night (Metal Blade Records). These boys went big and completed 13 songs to celebrate their 13th full-length release. The group took their time to dig deep into their assorted inclinations to expose the wealth they found there.

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Armored Saint Shares New Music Video, Announces Livestream Concert


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

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The Ocean Shares a New Video for “Oligocene”, New Album Incoming


Progressive post-Metallers The Ocean will release their 8th full-length, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band’s own Pelagic Records (vinyl). In 2018, The Ocean released Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic – the first half of a sprawling but superbly cohesive paleontology concept album. Now, the group is ready to release the eagerly-awaited concluding parts of the Phanerozoic journey. The band has released a video for the new single “Oligocene” (filmed by band members Loic Rossetti, David Ahfeldt and Robin Staps, plus edited and animated by Craig Murray) which you can watch right now!

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