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If you are a fan of Black Coast then the last month has been pretty exciting for you with the release of not one but two new singles – Paradise and Vodka Smile. The two singles are from the band’s forthcoming debut album that is due out later in 2021.

The band have used the last twelve months to do nothing but write, spurred on by the band’s recent signing to Blood Blast. To find out more about what to expect from the forthcoming album recently Subculture’s Dave Griffiths sat down and had a chat with frontman Charlie Hewitt.

Take a listen to the interview right here:

ROB ZOMBIE releases his second single ‘The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man’ off of The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, to be released March 12th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast.

The LP is ROB ZOMBIE’s seventh studio album and marks his first new album in nearly five years. The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy is a classic Zombie album to its core with high-energy rages like ‘The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man’ and ‘Get Loose’ to heavy-groove thumpers like ‘Shadow Of The Cemetery Man’ and ‘Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass.’ The new album is produced by ZEUSS.

As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, ROB ZOMBIE has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. ROB ZOMBIE is a 7-time Grammy nominee, has sold fifteen million albums worldwide to date, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of eight feature films with a worldwide gross totalling more than $150 million. His re-imagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 2007 debuted at #1 and still holds a Box Office record for Labor Day Weekend.

The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy Tracklist

1) Expanding the Head of Zed

2) The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)

3) The Ballad of Sleazy Rider

4) Hovering Over the Dull Earth

5) Shadow of the Cemetery Man

6) A Brief Static Hum and Then the Radio Blared

7) 18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One-Way Ticket On the Ghost Train

8) The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man

9) The Much Talked of Metamorphosis

10) The Satanic Rites of Blacula

11) Shower of Stones

12) Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass

13) Boom-Boom-Boom

14) What You Gonna Do with That Gun Mama

15) Get Loose

16) The Serenity of Witches

17) Crow Killer Blues

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce the signing of Arizona’s GO AHEAD AND DIE. The band features vocalist and guitarist Max Cavalera joining forces with his son, singer, guitar and bass player, Igor Amadeus Cavalera as well as Zach Coleman on drums to produce a sound that mixes elements of Death and Thrash Metal with early CELTIC FROST influences and a punk rock attitude.

Max Cavalera comments, “One of a kind father/son collaboration bringing the old school with a new attitude! Sick riffs and abrasive lyrics from Igor and brutal drumming from Zach Coleman (BLACK CURSE, KHEMMIS) inspired me! Extreme times call for extreme music!”

Igor Amadeus Cavalera states, “We are beyond excited to sign with Nuclear Blast. They are definitely the right choice for this colossally heavy record. G.A.A.D. will deliver fast-paced, hate-fuelled energy that hasn’t been heard in years.” 

Zach Coleman adds, “I could not be more excited to be a part of G.A.A.D. and to have the album come out on Nuclear Blast! I feel like we were able to capture (extreme) aggression with the record. It’s a mix of old school (think ’89 era metal/punk) style and newer sounds that reflect what’s going on around us. Protest and Survive!”

Nuclear Blast comments. “For such a heavy, brutal, and pissed-off record; GO AHEAD AND DIE will leave any Metal fan with a smile on their face. With riffs the size of boulders and a genuine fuck off attitude that speaks about today’s horrors, this album will without a doubt leave a mark in Metal and we are happy to be part of the journey.”

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming debut album.

Max Cavalera | Guitar and Vocals
Igor Amadeus Cavalera | Bass, Guitar and Vocals
Zach Coleman | Drums

Nuclear Blast is proud to announce that ex-KVELERTAK frontman, Erlend Hjelvik, has started a solo metal band HJELVIK and has signed with Nuclear Blast Records!

Jens Prueter, Head of A&R at Nuclear Blast Europe, adds:
“It’s been 10 years ago when I first saw Erlend with Kvelertak in my hometown Dortmund in Germany. Their debut album was just out for a couple of months and on heavy rotation on my turntable. I was blown away by the raw energy of his stage performance and ten years later it is an honor to start working with him on HJELVIK. He has not lost the high energy and is bringing his unique mix of black metal, hardrock and punk to a new level. Welcome to Nuclear Blast and onward to Hel!”

HJELVIK also reveals he will release his debut album Welcome to Hel later this year.

Former frontman and co-founder of KVELERTAKErlend Hjelvik, comments:
“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a dream come true for me. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of classic NB bands like, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames and so on — so, that makes me feel extra proud to call Nuclear Blast my new label home. I’m certain Nuclear Blast will do an awesome job bringing HJELVIK metal to the masses on my new album, Welcome to Hel, and many more to come.”

Erlend Hjelvik describes his music as ‘blackened Viking Heavy Metal’ with lyrics based on Norse mythology and history. There is more to come soon, so stay tuned!


The mighty Sepultura are back with their brand new album Quadra and boy is this an album with a difference. The world has been blessed with the music of these mighty giants now for thirty-five years with many believing their 1986 album Morbid Visions was a game changer when it came to the thrash genre.

Now in 2020 Sepultura have released Quadra an album that while full of original songs goes back over their career to date and seems to grab the different styles the band has presented over the years. When I had the opportunity to sit down with front-man Derrick Green and chat about Quadra he admits that was the idea that the band when into the studio with.

“A lot of times when we go into writing an album we usually like to go in a with a concept because it makes the process of writing a little bit easier,” he admits. “We become more focussed when we have an objective. So when we headed into this album we were looking at it as if it was a double album – so there was a Side A, a Side B, a Side C and a Side D. And with each side we wanted to have the elements – those elements of Sepultura that have existed in the past on each side.”

“So the first side – Side A – were more geared up towards the thrash elements of Sepultura’s past,” he goes on to explain. “Side B has more of the tribal elements, a mixture of that kind of leading to Machine Messiah. Then Side C is more of the experimental and instrumental phases of Sepultura and then the D side is the more melodical side. So that was the idea that we had in mind, all leading to the idea that Andreas Kisser our guitarist had because he came up with the title Quadra which is Portuguese for ‘the playing field that has four sides’ and then within this playing field you have rules, so Quadra is kind of what each person is born into, so it is a metaphor for the various parts of the world that people are born into, and the laws that you abide to or don’t. And of course there are repercussions for that. Then of course there are people that are struggling to get out of their quadra as well. ”

With that framework already in mind when the band went in to work on the album they also discovered that the term ‘quadra’ also had a lot deeper meaning for Sepultura as well. “We are a four piece,” says Green thinking for a moment. “So the number four has a deep meaning for us. We were also reading a book about taking the four elements of the Arts – namely arithmetic, geometry, music and astrology. And then there is numerology in which the number four is significant because when that number is manifested a lot of powerful things are happening in the moment, and that is how we felt as a band. When the four of us are together on stage there is a moment that is happening that is very powerful.”

“That also happens for us in the studio,” he admits again after thinking for a moment. So we went in that direction from the very beginning before anything was even written and we were able to have a lot of time to work on the album. We made sure that we had that time by not doing a lot of festival tours like we normally do in the summer and we became really comfortable in the writing process which really helped in the creation of this album.”

For Sepultura fans out there Quadra is a very special album indeed as it captures the true sound of the band in a way that many haven’t heard before. Green tells us that some versions of the album also feature the Endurance documentary that he band worked on as well.

“You can actually grab a copy that has the Endurance documentary of Sepultura as well,” he explains. “It has been out on Netflix in Latin American for awhile now but now it is great because it will be obtainable for everyone when they buy the album. I think it is with the Deluxe version of the album, so we are really excited about that. Check it out and check us out when we are in town.”

And for the hardcore Sepultura out there a little birdy called Derrick Green assured us they hope to be hitting all the Aussie towns in 2021.


Quadra is out now through Nuclear Blast.




Artist: Oceans

Title: The Sun And The Cold

Year: 10th January 2020

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

  1. The Sun And The Cold
  2. We Are The Storm
  3. Dark
  4. Payalyzed
  5. Take The Crown
  6. Shadows
  7. Legions Arise
  8. Polaris
  9. Truth Served Force Fed
  10. Water Rising
  11. Hope


When serious music journalists were asked who would be some of the bands to watch in 2020 one of the bands that a lot of people mentioned were Germany’s very own Oceans. The band hit like a tsunami in 2019 with two killer EPs which gave them a record deal with Nuclear Blast and the opportunity to hit the road with the likes of Cellar Darling and Equilibrium.

Now 2020 is here and Oceans haven’t kept us waiting very long for their debut feature length album as they are just about to drop their debut – The Sun And The Cold – and what a debut it is.

The thing that has always stood out about Oceans are they are a band that is not afraid to mash genres together as they go and the result is an album that really feels like it takes its audience on a journey while creating a rare sound that is going to see this band go a long way.

The album delivers sheer brilliance from the start as opening track ‘The Sun And The Cold’ begins with a looming atmospheric feel that then explodes into life delivering a very unique sound indeed. Timo Rotten’s mellow vocals almost have a bit of a Brit-Rock sound to them while his growls more than forced the moral of the song home.

The catchy side of Oceans comes out to play on ‘We Are The Storm’ which again sees the mix of Rotten’s gruff growls and melodic vocals sound a new level of awesome, while JF Grill’s pounding drum work really add intensity to the track.

As you continue to listen to the track you can see that Oceans promise of mixing everything from traditional death metal to the sounds of nu metal certainly come to life here as the layers of how the built that tracks are all there for the audience to hear on ‘Dark’ and ‘Paralyzed’, that latter a truly haunting masterpiece.

The aggressive side of Oceans is revealed on ‘Take The Crown’ and as Rotten’s growls declare ‘I’ll break your fucking face’ you can tell this is a song written with a real point in mind rather than aggression for the sake of aggression. Then comes the amazing ‘Shadows’ which needs to be the next single off the album while ‘Legions Arise’ is again another track that shows Oceans can take any mantle they set their minds to.

‘Polaris’ sees the album slow for the first time and the breather allows for a great solo from Patrick Zarske while the keys that are also present hails in a bit of a proggy and experimental sound for the band which then lingers around for both ‘Water Rising’ and ‘Hope’. Some may question such a dramatic change in sound but with Oceans and it seems to work, but then this feels like a band that could make any genre work.

We were all expecting something very special for Oceans’ debut feature album but I doubt anyone expected an album as special as what The Sun And The Cold has turned. This is a truly brilliant album that shows why 2020 is the year where everybody will learn who Oceans are.


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