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Album Review: Cowards – “Rise to Infamy”

Posted by Seaniam on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:52 PM (PST)

Cowards are from France and they play what is best described as metal with elements of sludge/crust and black metal. So yeh..its pretty heavy. This is the bands second long player and it comes out via Throatruiner Records on vinyl/digital in Feb 2015.

Cowards material features blasts of fast discordant metal with howling screams and are just as comfortable slowing it right down, getting really low and gutteral. There are more than a few exceptionally meaty ‘chug-chug-chug’ moments and other sections where the guitars just drone on notes too. Basically Cowards are a band that play at two extremes and rarely anywhere between them. It’s dark and relentless music that might tire a few listeners after only a few songs though.

The opening track “Shame Among Shame” is a 6 minute epic full of contrasting metal/sludge/doom stuff and is loaded with noise, feedback and bigger-than-big guitars. It’s got a little bit of everything that you’ll hear throughout the rest of the album.

Track #4 “Beyond My Hands” plays with some great string bends in its beginning and creates a dark kind of ambiance before the vocals and rhythm kicks in. Album highlight in my opinion.

Track #7 “Anything But The High Road” is an unexpectedly short track with a haunting field recording (media sample?) of a woman talking at the start for a few seconds and then the group storms back in for full effect with the established hugeness and aggression.

There are definitely some interesting idea’s at play throughout the 10 tracks and it feels very consistent and blends together well. The vocals are more like howls and screams which will either do it for you… or they won’t. It suits this stuff because you don’t exactly sing along to it and the lyrics are completely indecipherable from the performance, but it could have been made more interesting, whether that’s through better use of tones, technique, or even other vocals?

The mix is uncompromising and raw. Clearly some serious effort goes into making something sound so huge and yet out of control at the same time. The artwork though.. I dont like. Anytime violence is depicted against a woman, I feel like we’re crossing a line that is getting easier and easier to cross. It’s unacceptable in this social and political climate… or is that just an Australian thing? Yes it is stark, confronting and uncomfortable to look at (in a sense sort of fitting for the music) but it’s my opinion that it’s a poor choice. There should be zero tolerance for that with respect to women and it’s a shame that no one stopped it or urged the band to use a different image.

2.5 / 5

Wovenwar announce tour with In Flames and All That Remains

Posted by Shawn-Ray Dalinsky on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:40 PM (PST)

SoCal based Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying; Oh, Sleeper) may be in the middle of a huge tour with Periphery, but they have just announced that after this tour they will tour as support for metal-icons In Flames and metalcore act All That Remains. Check out the dates for the “Charming America” tour below.

The band also plan on releasing a music video for their song “Death To Rights” in the coming weeks.

Wovenwar released their debut self-titled album this past August through Metal Blade Records.

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Between the Buried and Me begin work on new album

Posted by Bizarro Dustin on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:15 AM (PST)

Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me have started to work on their next album, which will happen to be their eighth full length album. Between the Buried and Me front-man Tommy Rogers had this to say about the new album:

I’m very proud to say that we are now recording a brand new BTBAM record. We have really pushed and challenged ourselves more than ever with this material. It is a perfect representation of where we stand as musicians and as people. This is our voice in the current age of music. Evolution is a must. We now enter the coma and we will see you on the other side… hopefully.

We’ll keep you posted as updated become available.

The band’s most recent album The Parallax II: Future Sequence was released in October 9, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.

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Corrosion of Conformity announce reunion tour with Pepper Keenan

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:36 PM (PST)

Punk/metal legends Corrosion of Conformity have announced their first tour with onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan back in the band. They will play six shows in the UK in March, and you can find the dates and locations below.

Corrosion of Conformity recently announced plans to hit the studio this month to begin work on a new album with Keenan for the first time since 2005′s In the Arms of God. Due to commitments with his other band Down, Keenan did not participate in the band’s 2010 reunion, which lasted for two albums (2012′s Corrosion of Conformity and last year’s IX) and one EP (Megalodon, also released in 2012).

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The Ghost Inside part ways with guitarist Aaron Brooks

Posted by Kaylee McNeil on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 3:19 PM (PST)

California hardcore band The Ghost Inside have officially just parted ways with guitarist Aaron Brooks. The following is the statement released by the band on the news:

The Ghost Inside is parting ways with guitar player Aaron Brooks. The band wishes him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life. 

You can catch TGI on tour all of 2015 - www.theghostinside.com

Brooks has not released any personal comment on the development.

Their most recent album, Dear Youth, was released in November 2014 via Epitaph Records.

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Twin Cities mosh purveyors, In Defence, have just wrapped up the recording process of the act’s fourth full-length for unveiling by mid-2015, and being the road hounds they are, have already booked a full Southern US tour in advance of its release.

With a pile of independent splits, EPs and singles, compilation appearances, and three previous LPs already on the slab, the fourth In Defence LP – the follow-up to their 2011-released Profane Existence full-length, “Party Lines And Politics” – was recorded in recent weeks at Signaturetone Studios in Minneapolis, with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust handling mixing and producing duties. Additional details on the album, including its title, release date and label destination, will be announced in early 2015 amidst heavy bouts of touring.

While no additional details on the upcoming album are available as of yet, In Defence will be taking their “Fuck that shit; circle pit!” mentality to the Southern half of the US on a nearly month-long tour, running from February 1st through the 24th. The full itinerary is below with the final clubs being locked down as this info hits the airwaves. Stand by for much more on In Defence in the coming days.

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Album Review: Hierophant – “Peste”

Posted by Seaniam on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM (PST)

Here’s what you need to know about Hierophant: They are from Italy, this is their 2nd full length and it is heavy.

The opening track, “Inganno”, sums up a lot of what you will hear across the enormous 10 tracks to follow. It explodes with distorted vocals (which are in-decipherable), blast beats and massive guitars. The band quickly shift to a familiar double time pace and the onslaught continues with deep dark chords and more growling. A brief metallic-hardcore breakdown drops towards the end slowing things down a bit and the whole track is over in under a couple of minutes with a little feedback leading into the next song. Repeat formula x 9.

To genre-cast this material I’d put it firmly in the dark-hardcore/crust category. Typical trademarks of the genre include punk/double time drums and blasts, low-tuned guitars and heavy chord driven arrangements instead of riffs and leads. It’s powerful, angry and dramatic.

Starting with track #5 the album begins to feature some more doom-metal inspired material which brings a welcome break to the intense and much faster first half of the record. The contrast between Hierophant when they are at their furious best and the restrained slower moments like this one shows that the band have a firm grasp on dynamics and how to fill the space without cluttering it.

The second half of the record is punctuated with these slower parts amongst blistering fast breaks and blast beats. One over arching criticism of the record would be how all the songs seem to be written in the same key and revolve heavily around the same chords. Although many of the tracks are brief and certainly pack a quite punch, the differences between them start to become less noticeable. Just a little more variety or even perhaps some different sounds would have broken it up a little more.

Overall this is a really solid album and one that fits within the genre perfectly and no doubt already lives on fans iPods already. Well done to Bridge 9 for sticking with the band for a second time around. This style isn’t exactly huge just yet, amongst the numerous other clicks and sub-genres within hardcore, but it is brutal and unrelenting. With a little more imagination this could be the sound of things to come as Europe continues to churn out these terrifyingly heavy and original crust/dark-hardcore bands!

3.5 / 5 Stars

Crumbsuckers to reunite for next year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM (PST)

New York crossover icons Crumbsuckers have announced that they will reunite for at least one performance at next year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl, which will take place May 16-17th, 2015 at Webster Hall in New York City. Crumbsuckers bassist and founding member Gary Meskil comments:

“It’s so true! We are thrilled and fortunate to be able to reunite Crumbsuckers for Black N’ Blue Bowl 2015! The last time we hit the stage together was for a full house at B.B. King’s (New York City) in 2006, and in 2015 we plan for another strong showing and to represent the band in true form once again!”

It is currently not clear if the Black N’ Blue Bowl show will be a one-off, or the Crumbsuckers plan to release new material, but we’ll keep you posted as more details on their reunion come to light.

The Crumbsuckers, who released only two studio albums in their initial career (1986′s Life of Dreams and 1988′s Beast on My Back), first broke up in 1989 and shortly resurfaced under the name Heavy Rain before briefly reviving the Crumbsuckers name in 1990 and again in 2006. After the Crumbsuckers’ second breakup in the early 90′s, the rhythm section of Gary Meskil and Dan Richardson went on to Pro-Pain, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with The Genitorturers.

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Corrosion of Conformity to begin work on new album in January with Pepper Keenan

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin said that the legendary punk/metal band will enter the studio in January to begin recording their next album with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan. He explains:

“If we start working in January, don’t you think? Like I said, we’ve got to use Pepper while we can get him! It’s cool of him to do this because, you know, he’s got his set-up in New Orleans. He’s got a bar, and he’s got a little girl, so he doesn’t go out for that much touring, anyway, so for him to do COC and more Down stuff next year is awful cool of him.”

Asked if the reunited four-piece version of Corrosion of Conformity will debut any new material on their upcoming tour, “I don’t know how much new stuff we’ll play on the road. Nostalgia seekers are going to want to hear as much of ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Wiseblood’ and ‘Volume Dealer’ and ‘In the Arms of God’ as they can. So we’ll have four albums, pretty much, to go off of. And maybe later in the year, we’ll add a couple new songs. Hopefully by the end of the year, we’ll have an album out.”

Keenan, who was a member of the band from 1989 to their hiatus in 2006, last recorded with Corrosion of Conformity on their 2005 album In the Arms of God. The band has since recorded two albums without Keenan (2012′s Corrosion of Conformity and this year’s IX), which featured the Animosity-era lineup of Woody Weatherman (guitars), Mike Dean (bass, vocals) and Reed Mullin (drums).

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Cowards (French hardcore sludge) stream new album “Rise To Infamy”

Posted by The Torchbearer on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM (PST)

Parisian metallic hardcore band Cowards are currently streaming their upcoming album Rise To Infamy.

Check it out below.

Rise To Infamy will be released on February 9th, 2015, via Throatruiner Records.

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Suicide Silence announce US tour dates

Posted by The Torchbearer on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM (PST)

Suicide Silence have announced some tour dates that will take them across the US next February and March.  The band will be joined by Emmure, Within The Ruins, and Fit For An Autopsy.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

The band released You Can’t Stop Me on July 15th via Nuclear Blast Records.  The album is their first since the November 2012 death of vocalist Mitch Lucker.

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New England Metal & Hardcore Festival announces 2015 lineup

Posted by ChrisDude on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8:56 PM (PST)

The lineup for the 17th annual the 3-day New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been announced. Bands that are playing the festival include Exodus, Testament, Between the Buried and Me, The Banner, Nuclear Assault, Black Mask, No Zodiac, NailsIncendiary, Wisdom in Chains and many others. More details on which band is playing and which day they will be playing on can be found here.

The 2015 edition of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes place from April 17-19 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday (December 10th) at 4PM EST at www.soundrink.com.

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Music Video: At the Gates – “Heroes and Tombs”

Posted by ChrisDude on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM (PST)

Swedish metal legends At the Gates have premiered a music video for their song “Heroes and Tombs”. You can watch the video below.

“Heroes and Tombs” is taken from At the Gates’ latest album At War With Reality, which was released last month on Century Media, and is the band’s first since 1995′s Slaughter of the Soul. At the Gates will promote At War With Reality with a U.S. tour with Converge and Vallenfyre, which will kick off next spring.

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I, Omega announce West Coast shows with Eidola

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM (PST)

I, Omega will embark on a seven-date West Coast tour next month with Eidola. The dates and locations are below.

I, Omega released their latest album Transients last July, while Eidola last released the Ends of the Spectrums EP a year ago.

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Cowards (French hardcore sludge) announce new album, “Rise To Infamy”

Posted by jaystone on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM (PST)

Parisian metallic hardcore band Cowards have announced plans for a brand new album. It’s called “Rise To Infamy,” and not only can you check out the cover art above, but you can see the band’s official trailer for the album below. Check it out.

“Rise To Infamy” will be released on February 9th, 2015, via Throatruiner Records. Stay tuned for pre-order info as it becomes available.

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