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Heavy horror punk icon WEDNESDAY 13has slithered his way to the top of the horrendous heights of rock, punk and metal with his electrifying solo music and as frontman of renowned horror punk supergroup Murderdolls, amassing a colossal cult-following along the way. On October 7, 2022, the undisputed harbinger of metal horror returns, following up on 2019’s acclaimed Necrophaze (#2 US Heatseekers) with Horrifier – a brand new slathering of 11 terrifyingly grim and groovy anthems to get blood pumping and brains melting! 

Showcasing a blend of styles plucked from the band’s 20-year career, Horrifier weaves an underlying sonic thread reminiscent of WEDNESDAY 13’s roots – a raucous blend of ballistic metal and macabre heavy rock that’ll have new and diehard fans alike ascending from the depths. As always, various tracks on the album are inspired by classic horror flicks, this time circling cult-favorite slasher John Carpenter’s Halloween and the iconic Christine supernatural thrillers.

Today, get a first listen to Horrifier with the album’s first single, “You’re so Hideous”, out now and accompanied by an Exorcist inspired official music video! The track stuns with danceable 90s sonic flavor, a sing-a-long chorus and an unforgettable lead riff that is sure to be heard at venues this fall!

WEDNESDAY 13 says about “You’re so Hideous”:
“’You’re so Hideous’ is such a catchy track and it’s one of the very first ones I wrote for the album. Lyrically, it’s a modern day Medusa story… Beware the stare into her eyes. The music video was of course inspired by the Exorcist film and was a lot of fun recreating that.”

Heavy horror punk icon WEDNESDAY 13has slithered his way to the top of the horrendous heights of rock, punk and metal with his electrifying solo music and as frontman of renowned horror punk supergroup Murderdolls, amassing a colossal cult-following along the way. On October 7, 2022, the undisputed harbinger of metal horror returns, following up on 2019’s acclaimed Necrophaze (#2 US Heatseekers) with Horrifier – a brand new slathering of 11 terrifyingly grim and groovy anthems to get blood pumping and brains melting! 

Showcasing a blend of styles plucked from the band’s 20-year career, Horrifier weaves an underlying sonic thread reminiscent of WEDNESDAY 13’s roots – a raucous blend of ballistic metal and macabre heavy rock that’ll have new and diehard fans alike ascending from the depths. As always, various tracks on the album are inspired by classic horror flicks, this time circling cult-favorite slasher John Carpenter’s Halloween and the iconic Christine supernatural thrillers.

Today, get a first listen to Horrifier with the album’s first single, “You’re so Hideous”, out now and accompanied by an Exorcist inspired official music video! The track stuns with danceable 90s sonic flavor, a sing-a-long chorus and an unforgettable lead riff that is sure to be heard at venues this fall!

WEDNESDAY 13 says about “You’re so Hideous”:
“’You’re so Hideous’ is such a catchy track and it’s one of the very first ones I wrote for the album. Lyrically, it’s a modern day Medusa story… Beware the stare into her eyes. The music video was of course inspired by the Exorcist film and was a lot of fun recreating that.”

Southern Californian death/thrash battalion EXMORTUS has officially joined the roster of metal’s heaviest label Nuclear Blast Records. In addition to the signing announcement, the band is giving fans a taste of their highly-anticipated next album with the single ‘Oathbreaker,’ which is available for streaming now and accompanied by the music video created by Wayne Joyner (DREAM THEATER, DEVIN TOWNSEND).

Commenting on the signing, founding guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez says: 

“We are very excited to announce that our upcoming album will be our first with Nuclear Blast as our new label. We’re working with them to bring you what we consider to be our best album yet!”

Adding about the single, Conan states: 

“‘Oathbreaker’ is the perfect teaser for the new album. Not only is it fast, heavy and filled with shred, but it’s inspired by Tolkien’s haunting lore of the Dead Men of Dunharrow in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. While our previous work focused more on the heroic aspect of fantasy and sword & sorcery, this album expresses the darker side with tragic heroes and horrors of humanity. Enjoy the new track cause we feel it belongs in our setlists for years to come!”

As three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet NOTHING MORE gear up to hit the road later this month alongside IN THIS MOMENT, the band have shared a fourth new track, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS,” from their upcoming album SPIRITS –  out October 14 and available for pre-order now.

The impassioned song examines what happens when one tries to make a one-sided relationship work with all-too-real lyrics— “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, there’s no rest, there’s no peace”—which leads into frontman JONNY HAWKINS’ fervently belting out its chorus, “You don’t know what love means, and it’s killing me.” 

As three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet NOTHING MORE gear up to hit the road later this month alongside IN THIS MOMENT, the band have shared a fourth new track, “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE MEANS,” from their upcoming album SPIRITS –  out October 14 and available for pre-order now.

The impassioned song examines what happens when one tries to make a one-sided relationship work with all-too-real lyrics— “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, there’s no rest, there’s no peace”—which leads into frontman JONNY HAWKINS’ fervently belting out its chorus, “You don’t know what love means, and it’s killing me.” 

It’s time for another deep dive into the horrors of mortality and the foul side of the supernatural – it’s time for “Survival Of The Sickest”! The sixth full-length album from BLOODBATH, Sweden’s undisputed masters of old school death metal, will be unleashed on September 9, 2022 via Napalm Records.

This is death metal at its ugly best: vicious, unrelenting and irrevocably sworn to the black.
After smashing the thrashing death metal assault and album opener “Zombie Inferno” out to the masses, BLOODBATH have just released another new burner, entitled “Carved”, featuring none other than Luc Lemay (Gorguts). Without any doubt, the relentlessly heavy track will ensnare the minds of new fans and thrill longtime supporters, aiming to turn intestines outwards in preparation for another irrevocable BLOODBATH!

Jonas Renkse on “Carved“:“If you’re a subject to human experiments performed by the sickest surgeon, you may not have the time to suffer a thousand deaths, but one thing is for certain: YOU’RE CARVED.”

The world is in flames, and “Survival Of The Sickest”, produced by BLOODBATH and co-produced and mixed by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios, offers no respite from the horrors of reality. Instead, with the addition of new guitarist Tomas ‘Plytet’ Åkvik (Lik) onboard, BLOODBATH’s latest and greatest album gleefully confronts the slavering ghoul lurking in the shadows, and treats him to ten songs of ripping death metal frenzy. Alongside BLOODBATH’s official alumni, “Survival Of The Sickest” boasts a smattering of irresistible cameos from the great, good and ghoulish of the metal underground, including Barney Greenway (Napalm Death), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Marc Grewe (Morgoth).
From the thuggish brain-smash of opener “Zombie Inferno” to the bleak, obsidian ooze of closer “No God Before Me”“Survival Of The Sickest” is the sound of a great band in blistering form. In contrast with The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, which borrowed heavily from the blackened end of the death metal world, the new BLOODBATH goes straight for the jugular in true old school fashion. With strong echoes of everything from Morbid Angel and Death to Deicide and Obituary, songs like the rampaging “Putrefying Corpse”, the disgustingly slow and heavy “Dead Parade”, and the deliciously twisted “Tales Of Melting Flesh” breathe fresh fire into an arcane, perpetually rotting formula.

Formed by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström (both of KATATONIA), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity) in 1998, BLOODBATH devoted themselves to resurrecting the increasingly forgotten art of pure death metal. In 2014, they unveiled a new frontman – legendary Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes, now redubbed Old Nick – and yet another macabre musical evolution. With this new line-up, the only way to go was grim. On “Survival Of The Sickest”BLOODBATH evoke their most horrifying sonic scenarios to date, from the death-by-munching nightmare of “Malignant Maggot Therapy”, to the murderous nihilism of “Affliction Of Extinction”.

A glorious comeback from a legendarily wicked musical force, “Survival Of The Sickest” provides yet more proof that BLOODBATH are the kings of the old school.
BLOODBATH add:“If there was a declaration of goods attached to this album, it would say Florida death metal exported from Sweden.”

Providence, RI. quintet KINGSMEN have unleashed their latest single and music video for ‘Bitter Half’ via Sharptone Records. Speaking on today’s release, the band shares:

“There’s always a good guy and bad guy.  Every story has one. Every person has an inner voice speaking on behalf of each side. Every idea you create involves them. More often than not, the bad guy in our minds seems like a big scary monster. They’re intimidating. They can be enticing. They can make things seem too easy. They can cheat you out of a great opportunity by offering the coward’s way out. They can make you feel weak. ‘Bitter Half’ is about knowing you’ve been taken advantage of by that ‘devil on your shoulder’. Its about standing up and saying enough is enough. It’s time to move on. It’s time to become better. It’s time to say “f*ck you” to your bitter half.’’

Prior to today’s drop, Kingsmen have previously released the music video for ‘Trial By Fire’, the band’s first new, original release since their 2020 debut album, ‘Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery‘. Watch the music video for ‘Bitter Half’ here or at the link below, stream the track here: https://bfan.link/bitter-half

Be sure to stay tuned for more Kingsmen news coming soon.

Calling all Australian heavy music fans as two of the nations most captivating and relentless heavy acts, Brisbane post-hardcore outfit Deadlights and regional Victorian metallers Mirrors, join forces to announce an unforgettable six-date Australian co-headline tour in November, ‘The Ego’s Valley Australian tour

Joined by special guests Inertia, the Destroy All Lines tour kicks off in Mirrors hometown of Melbourne on November 4 at Corner Hotel. The tour will move through Hobart on November 5, Perth on November 22, Adelaide on November 12, Sydney on November 25 and will come to wrap at Princess Theatre in Brisbane on November 26. Tickets on sale Wednesday August 3 at 5pm local time via Destroy All Lines. 

Having extensively toured their mesmerizing live shows together across the country in 2019, both Deadlights and Mirrors are primed and ready to pick up where they left off and dive headfirst into ‘The Ego’s Valley’ tour.

Since touring with each other in November 2019 on Thornhill’s The Dark Pool tour, we’ve been itching to get back on the road together!” share respective vocalists Dylan Davidson and Patty Goodman.

As we both released albums during COVID and haven’t had a chance to tour them yet, we figured now is the perfect time to make it happen. I think our sounds mesh in a really cool way that both our fanbases will love. Our worlds are going to collide to create an experience that the Aussie scene will always remember.”

Debuting with Greyscale Records as one of their first signings with their album ‘Mesma’, Deadlights have become a household name within the Australian alternative scene. Supporting acts such as Parkway Drive, Thy Art Is Murder, Every Time I Die, and so many more, 2020 saw the band knuckle down to create the landscape that would become the follow up to ‘Mesma’. They began with a blank slate, waded into uncharted territories and dove deep into ‘The Uncanny Valley’.

Similarly, Mirrors quickly turned the eyes and ears of Australian listeners towards Regional Victoria in 2017. Ceaseless work by the band alongside their fierce production team culminated in an eleven track, genre busting tour de force in the form of their debut album ‘The Ego’s Weight’ released in 2021 through their freshly acquired record label, Resist Records. Nominated for Best Independent Heavy album or EP at the 2022 AIR Awards, ‘The Egos Weight’ delivered a multitude of opportunities for the quartet including an appearance at Knight and Day Festival, Unify Forever Festival, and national tours with Polaris and While She Sleeps alongside Loathe. 

Sydney band Inertia have proven their place atop the lineup with their most recent release, ‘Memoria‘, built from the foundations of dark pop dripping with soul and intensity contrasting with explosive, driving riffs. The metalcore act strive to carve out their unique position at the forefront of Australia’s heavy music community, leaving a lasting impression with their carefully crafted sound. Inertia’s determination and drive secured them a place on the coveted Resist Records roster and has seen the band share the stage with some of the most prominent alternative acts both Australian and international.

Join Deadlights, Mirrors and Inertia on an unforgettable run of shows on the ‘The Ego’s Valley’ Australian Tour. Tickets on sale Wednesday August 3 at 5pm local time via Destroy All Lines. 

Watch and listen to ‘Omens,’ the title track from LAMB OF GOD’s forthcoming 9th album. The new single from the GRAMMY-nominated metal colossus is available everywhere for download and streaming.

I think a lot of the messes human beings find ourselves in could be very easily prevented simply by paying attention to obvious repeating patterns, both in our personal lives and in a broader sociohistorical context,” says LAMB OF GOD frontman D. Randall Blythe. “What some call ‘omens’ are really just manifestations of the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. It’s foolish to ignore this, but we all do it.”

Listen to the single on all platforms:  https://lambofgod.bfan.link/omens-single

Pre-order Omens album here (included local pre-order link): https://lambofgod.bfan.link/omens

The gargantuan ‘Omens’ follows the album’s first single, ´Nevermore,´ which collected more than 1 million views on YouTube and over 1 million streams on Spotify shortly after its release just last month.

The hard rock and metal press described ´Nevermore´ as “crushing” (Metal Injection), “like a nail bomb” (Revolver), and “a thundering taste of what’s to come” from the band’s new album (Kerrang!).

The Omens album arrives on October 7th, 2022, on Nuclear Blast Records.

Omens follows 2020’s self-titled No. 1 Hard Rock Album, saluted by the likes of Rolling Stone and NMEOmens is perhaps their angriest album yet. Produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth), Omens is a vicious new testament for the Richmond, Virginia-based band, a furious entry in their beloved catalog. “The world is crazy and keeps changing. Omens is a reaction to the state of the world,” Blythe explains. “It’s a very pissed-off record.” He pauses for emphasis. “It is extremely pissed-off.”

The New Wave Of American Heavy Metal architects tracked Omens at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, a location that birthed classics from The Doors, The Ramones, and Soundgarden, among others. “The inner workings of the band have never been better,” explains guitarist Mark Morton. “You can hear it in Omens. You can see it in our performances, and if you’re around us for five minutes, you can feel it.”

In times of tyranny, Danish deathcore outfit CABAL are taking aim at the oppressors. The band’s new single ‘Violent Ends’ is a statement of intent for all those who use abuse their power.

CABAL states:
“Violence breeds violence, it’s as simple as that. Those who live by the sword will also die by it. This song is a middle finger to the people who violently abuse their positions of power. Their end is inevitable and it’s coming soon.” 

The new single comes with a stark new video that pairs a frenzied performance with intricate and evocative animation.

‘Violent Ends’ is the third single that the band has released from their upcoming album Magno Interitus. The band’s Nuclear Blast debut will be released on October 21st.

Stream the single here: https://cabal.bfan.link/violent-ends.ema

Preorder Magno Interitus here (Local pre-order available soon):
https://cabal.bfan.link/magno-interitus.ema

Today the Los Angeles garage rock quartet The Paranoyds share their new track ‘Single Origin Experience‘, taken from their forthcoming second album, Talk Talk Talk, arriving September 9th on Third Man Records. They’ve also announced their autumn North American tour and will support Jack White for three dates on his own tour this September. The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty, unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, Talk Talk Talk finds The Paranoyds taking their artistry to new heights. 

On the new single The Paranoyds playfully observe America’s deeply flawed ideals and its hyper-surveilled, hyper-marketed, absurd profit-driven reality. It reckons with both America’s shameful history and current shady antics by the government and top corporations. 

Explaining the meaning behind the song, guitarist and vocalist Lexi Funston says “Sometimes an event happens or a news report comes out or whatever and you’re just so bummed about what it means to be American. It can be so exhaustingly cringey. Companies spying on us and ‘green-washing’ their products in the hopes of selling as a ‘pure’ life, a branded experience. What the fuck right? Does single origin coffee really taste any better???”

Opening with a fuzzy, layered vocal that sings “Nihilism bobbleheads, misogynists but working on it / American means shaking hands and stealing land / Modern horror is unmotivated / Moving through the dates unabated,” the track exemplifies the band’s effortless blend of eccentric societal commentary with sincerity, all over a grainy guitar and a magnetic hook that’ll stick in your brain long after the song’s over.

Today’s release follows the previous gritty, lo-fi punk track ‘Lizzie‘ and its retro, 80’s-inspired video which sees the band launched into space, sporting robotic movements in silver costumes and ornate tin-foil headwear. Both tracks give a great taste of what’s to come on their excellent new record, Talk Talk Talk, which is packed with a masterful blend of light-hearted playfulness and sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy rock-n-roll.Over 11 tracks, the close-knit four-piece experiment with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock to groovy R&B, showcasing the innovative range of The Paranoyds.

Just one day after the release of their anniversary re-issues We Still Take You With Us and Live At Paradiso (for the first time!), symphonic metal titans EPICA will celebrate 20years of existence live at Tilburg’s 013, the same place where they played their first show (supporting Anathema) back in 2002.
 
However, since the show has long been sold out and not everyone can join the celebrations on September 3rd, the band are bringing the show to everyone via the internet. Fans everywhere can tune in to an exclusive, pro-shot live stream of the entire show that will contain plenty of surprises in the setlist, several guests and spectacular stage effects!
 
Coen Janssen comments: “We are extremely happy to be able to share our anniversary – not only with the lucky ones who got a ticket – but also with everybody else in the world!
Our loyal fanbase is everywhere around this planet and through this live stream we can let everyone be part of this party. It wouldn’t be a birthday bash without you!! So, grab your drinks and warn the neighbours, because this is going to be a noisy night!”
 
In addition, you will also get to witness the return of a band that had disappeared off the face of the earth for the last 20 years. SAHARA DUST reunite for a special one-off live performance to open the show.
Don’t miss them, because although you might have never heard of them, their history is heavily interwoven with Epica’s inception.
 
Starting live at 19:30 CEST, (3:30am September 4TH AEST) the shows will remain online for 72 hours for fans in different time zones to re-watch in their account at any time within that period. 

Early bird tickets are available until August 12th, bundles are available with limited edition merchandise that will only be available with the stream or directly at the anniversary show in Tilburg. 
 
Secure your tickets for this special event here: www.epicastream.com