Monster Magnet probably needs no introduction to anyone who has paid any degree of attention to the alternative rock scene over the last 25 years or more. The band has always been unashamedly and unapologetically rockist in their approach. Largely ignoring scenes such as grunge as they have come and gone, Monster Magnet have managed to pump out album after album of classic heavy rock, and they continue to play to huge audiences. Somehow they have always stood out from the crowd of rock revivalists and “stoner” bands. Whilst the music of many of these retro bands so often feels tired and trite when compared to the 60s or 70s bands they try to copy, they always exuded a special kind of conviction, authenticity and raw power that sets them apart. Maybe this has something to do with (singer, guitar player and only original member) Dave Wyndorf having been born in 1956 and so having actually lived through the 60s and 70s. Either way, the music has always felt just as legitimate and classy as records by Motörhead or Deep Purple.
Former Delain singer and songwriter Charlotte Wessels will release her solo debut album Tales From Six Feet Under, via Napalm Records on September 17, 2021. The album is a compilation of her tracks from her pandemic era Patreon sessions, in which she put out an eclectic series of tracks, one per month, from her home recording studio, Six Feet Under Studios. The album also features a stirring collab with Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy. Check out the first single and new video for Soft Revolution – along with a studio report from a few months back.
In this day and age, it can be a daunting task for Heavy Metal music fans to decide what music to purchase due to the influx of new music available. Thank goodness there are bands like Heavy Metal powerhouse Tetrarch whose music never disappoints and is always the right choice. The band’s second full-length studio album, and first for Napalm Records, Unstable, unleashing ten tracks of mind-blowing Metal.
Hard at work on a new album, Ukranian progressive metal band Jinjer has announced they have rescheduled their previously postponed North American headline tour. Direct support will come from special guests Suicide Silence. Ticket pre-sales begin Thursday, March 25th with the public on-sale Friday, March 26th. The band is hopeful the new album will be due out later this year via Napalm Records. Watch their first studio update now.
Every album that Moonspell releases explores a different facet of their Gothic Metal style, sometimes responding to the one before it in a constant tug-o-war between darkness and light. Their thirteenth album, Hermitage (Napalm Records), is no exception. In contrast to the grandiose symphonics of 2018’s 1755, the band opts for a scaled-back, atmospheric approach with more Prog influence thrown in than usual. It seems to invoke the band’s early vibe without going full throwback and also reminds me of Tiamat or Opeth in spots.
Heavy Metal icon Dee Snider shared a tweet tonight (March 11th, 2021) in which he announced his upcoming album Leave A Scar, due out via Napalm Records this summer. The former frontman of Twisted Sister posted tonight on Twitter that his new album features George “Corspegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse on a song called “Time To Choose.” “HOLY HELL!! Just heard mix of a duet (if you can call something this brutal that) with me and #corpsegrinder of CANNIBAL CORPSE for my next album! ‘Time to Chose’ is BEYOND HEAVY! @jameyjasta @CorpseOfficial #HAAAAAARD !!!”
Life of Agony has announced the release of a new feature-length documentary, directed Leigh Brooks, about the making of their last album, 2019 The Sound of Scars, out now via Napalm Records. The band also announced a limited, two-week screening of The Director’s Cut starting Friday, April 16th, 2021. Watch the trailer now!
The self-described God of Partying, Andrew W.K., has shared a new single and music video for, “Babalon.” The track is also available to pre-order and stream from all DSPs. This is the first of new music from his newly minted worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. More information should be forthcoming soon about new Andrew W.K. music. Jam it out now!
Doom Metal legends Conan will release a live album, Live At Freak Valley, on March 12, 2021 via Napalm Records. Following their 2013 live album, recorded at Roadburn festival, and the self-released Live At Bannermans, their third live album could not have been recorded at a better place than Freak Valley Festival. Pre-orders are live below. Watch a performance clip for “Hawk As A Weapon” now!
As we reported last month, UK Thash Metal leaders Evile have returned! The band will release Hell Unleashed, due out April 30, 2021 via Napalm Records. The new album will be their first album since 2013 and features the new line-up formation of the talented Ol Drake on vocals/guitars and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist. You can check out the new single and video for the title track below! The new album is also available for pre-order now!