PALLBEARER – Dropout

Little Rock, Arkansas-based ruminant progressive doom quartet, Pallbearer, have released a brand new track entitled ‘Dropout’ as the 53rd instalment of the Adult Swim Singles Program. The song encapsulates the singular doom-prog metal sound the Arkansas outfit is known for and can be heard here

Comments the band: “We have almost always written music intended to exist as part of an album, with common musical and lyrical threads that tie many elements together into one release. Being freed from those confines in recording this song allowed us to  explore themes and immediacy that might not have been uncovered in our more typical “large format” composition process.”

The track will be available for download and streaming on April 27th.

“Dropout” follows the band’s 2017 critically acclaimed album Heartless which was recorded entirely to analogue tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by Pallbearer, and mixed by widely known producer Joe Barresi (Tool, The Melvins, QOTSA, FuManchu). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Soundgarden, Metallica).

Initially formed in 2008, Pallbearer grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas – releasing their debut full length Sorrow and Extinction in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four piece fans outside of the metal scene. Hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of 2012, the album also received the coveted Best New Music stamp of approval from Pitchfork and landed the band on end of year lists at SPIN and NPR.

Their formidable sophomore record, 2014’s Foundations Of Burden featured on countless critic‘s end of year lists and cemented their reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force – driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music. The record charted in the Billboard Top 100, achieving Pitchfork‘s Best New Music accolade and Decibel‘s highly honoured Album Of The Year award.

WRONG – Pustule

Miami noise rock/alt metal powerhouse WRONG share the official music for “Pustule” off the impending, new full-length album Feel Great.

WRONG’s new album Feel Great is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical Packages are available via Relapse.com and Digital Downloads / Streaming Services .

WRONG’s (members of Torche, ex-Capsule, ex-Kylesa) sophomore album Feel Great will make you feel the exact opposite of great. The band has created a moody and eclectic record, albeit the moods are pissed and the eclecticism is various levels of pissed. On Feel Great, WRONG has mastered the arts of bludgeoning groove, riff, tone, and grit, creating eleven songs that are faster, heavier, angrier yet also more melodic than their breakout debut. The album was self-produced by the band and recorded at various studios around Miami with mixing handled by guitarist Ryan Haft and artwork by Rick Smith of TORCHE. WRONG is the exact type of rock band the world needs in 2018, uncompromising, aggressive and ready to tear the whole damn place to bits.

Diamond Black – Ghost in the Glass

Intense, sensual and arcane, Diamond Black are a dark-rock quartet based in London. Founded by
Ben Christo (guitarist in The Sisters of Mercy), the band deliver crushing riffs, mesmerising electronica
and cinematic choruses: a dark fusion of irreverence, intrigue and isolation. Hard rock with melody,
meaning and mystique, their music is powerful and muscular but can also be fragile and haunting, with
lyrics and themes that are often nuanced and introspective and an emotive vocal that ranges from a
brooding whisper to a venomous scream. There are 80’s rock and electro vibes and 90’s industrial and
metal flavours, but there is a contemporary darkness too – all tied together with a cohesive melancholy.
Inspired by the heaviness of Katatonia, the passion of Depeche Mode, the haunting soundscapes of
Type O Negative and the anthemic melody of The Cult, Diamond Black weave tangled tales of desire,
decadence and devotion.

The band’s debut single, ‘Sorrow’, was released in October 2017 to much acclaim. Premiered via
Metal Talk, its distinctive promo video received rotation on Scuzz TV, while the song was hailed and
shared by peers such as Rob Zombie’s band, Therapy? and The Mission.

Arriving hot on the heels of a well received run of UK dates (their first ever live shows) with Swiss
alt/goth/folk/prog pioneers Cellar Darling, ’Ghost In The Glass’ is the pounding, soaring follow-up to
‘Sorrow’, maintaining the haunting heaviness of its predecessor while showcasing another shade of
Diamond Black. In the band’s words, the song is “equal parts ferocity and fragility, a tale of sin and
solitude, crafted to lure you into the depths of the diamond black…”

Finnish singer J.I. Turunen’s powerful vocals are delivered with a distinctly Scandinavian melancholy,
while Christo’s unforgiving riffs and emotive lead-lines provide a dramatic backdrop. Add a thunderous,
dynamic rhythm section, courtesy of drummer Jan-Vincent Velazco and bassist Adam Lightspeed and
encase it all in the cutting-edge darkwave/electro-rock production of Finnish visionary Jaani Peuhu and
the result is the explosive and evocative sound of Diamond Black.

When asked about their name, the band claim that “it simply appeared from the ether – and it works.
‘Diamond Black’ means dark rock with sparkling melody, heartbreak tinged with hope, isolation imbued
with inspiration, lust laced with loneliness.” As such, meaningful lyrics are central to their vision. Sick of
the throwaway, tacked-on, clichéd words of much of today’s music, they explain that “we only write
what we feel, so the lyrics are intensely personal, fiercely honest and cathartic and are born from
regret, crushing anxiety, emotional fragility, fear, desire, insecurity, addiction and hedonism.

Testament to the genuine, often very personal and specific nature of their songs, they add that “even
though we have only released one song until now, we have already received numerous mails from
fans about how much the words and music have moved them, inspired them and even helped them
through some hard times. That’s amazing. That’s one of the main reasons we do this. Because that’s
what the music of other band’s has done for us. In short, we are writing this music for all the other
black diamonds out there… those who are still shining in the darkness.”

Janet Gardner – UK Tour

After encountering a recent health scare, Janet Gardner has announced a UK tour at the end of May 2018 kicking off in Edinburgh on the 23rd.

Janet can’t wait to land: “It’s always an honor to take the stage in the stomping grounds of so many legendary bands. We can’t get across the pond fast enough!”

JANET GARDNER

May 2018

23rd         EDINBURGH – Bannermans
24th         NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Basement
26th         MANCHESTER – The Factory
27th         BRIDGWATER – Cobblestones
28th         LONDON – Underworld

Buster Shuffle – We Fall To Pieces

BUSTER SHUFFLE are premiering a brand new video for “We Fell To Pieces” from  their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed ’I‘ll Take What I Want‘ which was released on Burning Heart Records last November.

Just announced are North American dates with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and UK shows with Mad Caddies. Plus already announced dates in Germany plus Flogging Molly‘s Salty Dog Cruice and Punk Rock Bowling. More to come too!

Catch BUSTER SHUFFLE live:

BUSTER SHUFFLE

18.04 – Will‘s Pub, Orlando, FL – USA
20-23.04 – Flogging Molly‘s Salty Dog Cruise, Miami, FL, USA to Bahamas
27.04 – Mephisto, Hannover – Germany
28.04 – Monkey‘s Club, Hamburg – Germany
30.04 – Bi Nuu, Berlin – Germany
16-28.05 – Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas, NV – USA
26.06 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
27.06 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
30.06 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
03.07 – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
05.07 – Scoot Inn, Austin, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
06.07 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
07.07 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
31.07 – O2 Academy, Newcastle – UK (with Mad Caddies)
01.08 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham – UK (with Mad Caddies)
18.08 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ONT – Canada (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
19.08 – Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
21.08 – The Vogue, Miniapolis, IN – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
22.08 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
23.08 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

Siriun – Mass Control

Unleashing a furious and blistering sound bred from the union of varied creative metal borne winds, Brazilian metallers Siriun have persistently drawn eager ears since emerging in 2014 and are poised to do so again with the release of their debut album, ‘In Chaos We Trust’. Siriun has teamed up with Metal Injection, for an exclusive premiere of their new video for the song “Mass Control”. Watch the video HERE. ‘In Chaos We Trust’ is a furnace of sonic and emotional fire as ravenous as it is seductive, each track drawing the listener into unique explorations of sound and provocation. It sees acoustic and predatory sides often entangling, exotically melodic and savagely invasive textures frequently aligning as the compelling lyrical and vocal confrontations of Alexandre roar.