Blackfinger – Afternow

Featuring the instantly recognizable vocals of former Trouble (and current The Skull) front man Eric Wagner, the doom group BLACKFINGER – which also features guitarist Terry Weston (Dream Death, Penance) – has unveiled a music video for their song “Afternow.” Filmed in the band’s rehearsal room, with additional footage added and edited by Rafael Ortega (Helsott, Ayreon), the clip can be seen at this location. Says Wagner, “I think ‘Afternow’ is about wondering why things are the way they are when they don’t really need to be. Maybe if we could only catch a glimpse of where we came from, it might be enough to change the future. (Wishful, I’m afraid.)” Continue reading

ENSLAVED – The Recording Process

On October 13th, true avant-garde Norwegians ENSLAVED will unleash their highly anticipated studio album E and herald a new era of their career. The band’s 14th opus melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and epic musical landscapes; and today, the band unveils the third album trailer. Watch as guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjørnson guides you through the recording studio where E was created, while singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson explains the band’s working relationship with co-producer Iver Sandøy Continue reading

Shakra – Snakes & Ladders

On November 10th, SHAKRA will release their new studio record „Snakes & Ladders“. Check out the lyric video for the first single, the title track of the album! It’s been almost 2 years since „High Noon“ was released, the comeback album with former leadsinger Mark Fox back on the microphone. „High Noon“ made it to #2 in the swiss album charts and also entered the
german charts. The haunting melodies, the distinctive voice of Mark Fox, the striking guitar riffs from Thomas Muster, the emotional solos from lead guitarist Thom Blunier and the irrestistible grooves from Drummer Roger Tanner and bass player Dominik Pfister are all typical SHAKRA trademarks, which can be found again on „Snakes & Ladders“.

We Came As Romans – Lost In The Moment

Michigan Post-hardcore outfit WE CAME AS ROMANS have just dropped the official music video for ‘Lost In The Moment’. The band’s heavily anticipated fifth album, Cold Like War will be available on October 20th via SharpTone Records. In their expansive tenure as a band, they’ve released four full-length releases, charted #8, #11 and #21 respectively on the Billboard Top 200, performed in five continents and 40 different countries and that doesn’t even begin to touch on what they have in the works for 2017 which is the start of a new era for We Came as Romans. In a word, the album represents adversity—in all of its various forms. It’s a thrilling, energetic and immensely catchy compendium of songs that run the full gambit of emotion—aggression to sorrow, love to hate—to capture the fullest extent of the conflict and turmoil We Came as Romans endured to make it to this point in their careers and their lives. “Cold Like War is about struggle, those trials,” says guitarist and songwriter Joshua Moore. “They can turn us towards each other, towards those we love, towards those who have supported us. Because the last two years to us have felt like this giant war—an internal war—to figure out the right path for our band… to figure out how to stay together and be happy again.”

STEVE HUNTER – New Album

“Before The Lights Go Out” is long time Alice Cooper/Lou Reed Guitarist Steve Hunter’s latest solo album. The cover art and title make a statement about his failing eyesight, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a quiet wave goodbye. As soon as you put on the first track, you will know that this is more like a Blues Rock Declaration of Independence! There are sexy grooves, luscious guitar tones and melodies galore. As with all Hunter’s releases, there is some diversity and sound imagery, not least of which is Tienes Mi Corazón where alongside his nylon string improvisation comes the sound of his own heart. And listen out for Joe Satriani adding his fire to the heat of “Mojo Man.” Continue reading

THEN COMES SILENCE – Good Friday

Swedish post punk/dark wave masters THEN COMES SILENCE have released the official music video for their brand new single ‘Good Friday’. The track is taken from the forthcoming album, Blood. Band leader Alex Svenson shares his personal story about the inspirations behind this emotionally dark tune: “I’d just started writing on the new album when my father suddenly passed away. He lived thousands of miles away from me and we didn’t keep in touch as much as we should have. I’ve understood now that he needed someone to talk to. Writing the album became a healing process. I miss him a lot and fortunately he pops up in my dreams every now and then. That’s basically what ‘Good Friday’ is about.” Continue reading

-(16)- European Tour Trailer

Veteran California sludge trailblazers -(16)- have announced headlining European tour dates for this upcoming October. Direct support will be provided by Italy’s Grime. The tour commences on October 7 in Bologna, Italy and ends October 21 in Milano, Italy spanning across ten countries in two weeks. The tour includes an appearance at Desert Fest in Antwerp, Belgium. -(16)- have also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2018 on May 24 in Baltimore, MD. -(16)-’s latest full-length album release Lifespan Of A Moth is available for purchase and download via Relapse.com  and Bandcamp . Continue reading

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Welsh Music Prize

Welsh doom band Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have been shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. The Welsh Music Prize was created in 2011 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and festival promoter and music industry expert John Rostron and has previously been won by the likes of Joanna Gruesome and Gruff Rhys. As you can imagine this makes MWWB the heaviest band (with the best/worst name) to be ever be shortlisted and a cool bit of mainstream exposure for extreme metal. The shortlist of the prize is today being revealed and ’Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ is one of twelve albums which show the scope of the music being produced by artists from Wales. Experimental and ambitious, Wrexham based four-piece Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have a vision for the crowded doom genre. Their latest release ’Y Proffwyd Dwyll’ i.e. ‘The False Prophet’ in Old North Welsh, is a dark, heavy, yet extraordinary journey which shows the full scope of the bands’ talents. Dave from the band said: ‘We are surprised and honoured to be shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize. We’ve always tried to include where we come from in the music we write. The Welsh language is beautiful and very descriptive so we wanted all our album titles to be in Welsh. We really wanted to explore and advance our sound with this album so we included more stuff like vocal harmonies and analogue synths. The response the album received was great and being invited to play in such cool places such as Poland, Germany and Lithuania kind of indicates that Welsh music does travel well.’

World War Me – Mr. Misery

WORLD WAR ME continue to drop new music for us all. Here with their latest track they present, ‘Mr Misery’. World War Me was founded in the autumn of 2015, exploding into the music scene like one hundred cannons firing in unison, whilst June 2016 saw them signed to the exciting new label SharpTone Records’ blossoming roster and launching the rip-roaring single ‘War Zone’, 2017 has been spent finishing their debut LP and touring throughout the US. The album World War Me will be available October 6th, 2017 world wide. Pre-order your copy here:  http://smarturl.it/WWM