Destruction Unit are a band from Arizona. This line-up has released several cassettes on their own label Ascetic House, a small run LP, Void on Jolly Dream and have an upcoming limited edition 7" on Suicide Squeeze Records. Deep Trip is their first proper studio record, recorded by Ben Greenberg of The Men, Pygmy Shrews and Hubble, and Kyle Keays at Vacation Island in New York City, and mastered by Kris Lapke of Alberich and Josh Bonati, this is brooding American psychedelia, modern psych, debt and war psych. The future of rock and roll burning through three twin reverbs and a pound of grass.
As The Scrapers head into the studio to blaze through nine new tracks as a follow up to their breakout, underground (though well received) EP Pollute The Youth, the boys release their latest video for "Babylon Burns." Featuring award winning film maker, and Roger Miret and The Disasters bass player Brian Darwas along side of Brendan Wiseman, head barber at New York City's famous "Frank's Chop Shop" on vocals, The Scrapers have earned their cult following the old fashioned way, through raw live performances.
Thot has just recently released their new EP titled Citizen Pain with the title track and lead single available here as a free download!
One of hard rock's most promising new bands, Venrez, is gearing up to return soon, with their latest release, American Illusion, on July 30th. Comprised of singer Steven Berez (whose last syllables of his first and last name serve as the group’s name), guitarists Jason Womack and Alex Kane, bassist Michael Bradford, and drummer Ed Davis, the Los Angeles-based group is ready to take it to the next level, as evidenced by the album's forthcoming single, "Unforeseen." Thus far, Venrez has opened shows for shock rock legend Alice Cooper, and has received praise for their debut full-length, 2012's Sell the Lie.
Rock/post-hardcore band Speaking The King's from Orange County, California have premiered the lyric video for the track "How You Work." The song comes off their debut Here To Stay EP, due out in North America on July 9th. The EP was recorded with A Day To Remember producer, songwriter, and former guitarist Tom Denney (Pierce The Veil, Secrets) in Florida. Speaking The King's was formed during the Winter of 2011 by guitarists Justin Bock and Mike Entin and drummer Will Peacock. Vocalist Bobby Burap then joining the ranks to round out the line-up. The band has shared stages with We Came As Romans, Bleeding Through, Winds Of Plague, Of Mice & Men, iwrestledabearonce, Darkest Hour, blessthefall, Secrets, and Close To Home, among others.
Diamond Lane is a hard rock band from California that just released their newest record, Sapphire. The dark video for the track is laced with stunning performance footage, and an unforgettable scene with a young woman, who appears to have lost her mind. Shot, directed and edited by W.A. Henderson, "Sapphire," is laced with an overall darkness throughout, setting a gloomy mood for the video. The single itself is filled with boisterous vocals, a pounding rhythm section, and brilliant guitar riffs that will have you on the edge of your seat. Diamond Lane's unique brand of music is party-centric and is laced with commercially attractive choruses with fist pumping guitar riffs that have recently attracted the ears of major broadcast network, FOX.
AWOLNATION premiered a video for new song, "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT" last week. The song is featured on the "Injustice: Gods Among Us" video game soundtrack and was directed by Cameron Duddy (Bruno Mars, AWOLNATION, Rod Stewart). AWOLNATION just wrapped up an appearance at Snowmass Mammoth Fest in Colorado over the weekend, and will be playing a few more radio festivals in the US before heading over to Europe to play the Summer Festival circuit there.
We Butter the Bread With Butter are pleased to be releasing their new EP titled Projekt Herz. The EP prepares fans for the band’s next full-length, Goldkinder, which will receive a late summer release. Despite having never set foot on U.S. soil or releasing a CD here, the band’s music has resonated heavily with a sizable fan base that have discovered them via social media and recommendations. A result of this was the band’s last full-length, Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging, cracking the iTunes Top 50 upon its release in 2010 without any domestic release or push. The Projekt Herz EP has already gained strong momentum on American radio, with the single “USA” receiving heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal.
Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, Amorphis, have made the official music video for the song "The Wanderer." The clip was shot by iconic director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Mnemic) and comes from the band’s latest album, Circle, which was released on April 30th. "We've had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always," commented the band. "See for yourselves - for us, it's one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we've done so far! Enjoy and keep rocking!"
Secrets released their debut full-length The Ascent (produced by Tom Denney) in January of 2012 to rave reviews. The record debuted at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to crack the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #185. Secrets has toured heavily since the release of The Ascent, supporting such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack! and Escape The Fate. They have now released a video for "Ready For Repair," the latest track from their debut.
Following the release of the stunning video singles for "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace" and "Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire" from their forthcoming new full-length Bú-Tik, Taiwanese metal ensemble ChthoniC are pleased to unleash their latest work of cinematic magnificence in the form of "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant." The video carries on the band’s mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history. On April 24, 1970, a member of the World United Formosans for Independence, Peter Huang, attempted to assassinate Chiang Ching-kuo, who was the Vice Premier of the Republic of China at the time, in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York. The attempt failed, however, when pushed to the ground by security personnel, Huang shouted, "Let me stand up like a Taiwanese!" ChthoniC's seventh studio recording Bú-Tik was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011's critically-lauded Takasago Army full-length.
Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge have released "Alight A New Tomorrow," the first video from their new studio album The Bonding. The Bonding has turned into the band's most haunting and ambitioned album so far, including truly impressive numbers such as "Mystic River," "Alight A New Tomorrow," "Shadows Of My Memory" and more or less as the grand finale, the fifteen minute title track, a memorable duet by Sabine Edelsbacher and Erik Martensson. Guitarist and main songwriter Lanvall comments "this song is the culmination of the album's general theme, which is about universal energy, about birth and growth, about memories and reflection."
Drone/doom cult Chains have premiered the video for "Dancing With My Demons." The song is the title track to Chains' Dancing With My Demons 7" EP, released in March. Chains started in 2010 as a hypnotic drone/doom project in the vein of Sunn O, Moss, and Urfaust but with a '70s horror vibe influenced by bands like Death SS and Paul Chain. In 2012, after the release of the first opus, Of Death, Lord Samhain (also in Hour of 13) joined the project. He now plays drums in the duo. At this point, the music took a retro-evolution and became a hybrid between '80s Italian dark doom, deathrock, and '80s dark metal. On their next album, which is currently being worked on, Chains will revive the vintage horror doom style with a spice of alchemic elements and simple, hypnotic riffs.
Exeter rockers I Divide, who open the Download Festival second stage this Saturday, release their new single "Follow Me" today. "Follow Me" is the first single to be taken from the quintet’s debut album which is set for release this Autumn via fresh new label Destroy Everything. The single boasts catchy melodies with a massive sing-along chorus that will quench the thirst of their ever growing fan base for new material. The band have just finished a run of shows with label buddies We Are Fiction and Reading four piece Attention Thieves, warming them up nicely for Download.
Norwegian heavy rockers Wolves Like Us will release a new 10-inch single, "Get Gone," later this month. The black vinyl release - limited to 500 copies worldwide - includes the eight-minute title track and a colossal cover of Quicksand's "Too Official." The group features ex-members of Norwegian acts Amulet, Infidels Forever, JR Ewing and Silver. The band are currently in an Oslo studio recording the follow-up to their 2011 debut Late Love. The new album is scheduled for release before year's end.
Imminence Records' most recent signing Claps For Caroline has recently finished their Imminence Records debut EP and to celebrate the band has released the lyric video for their recent single, entitled "Vixen." The new EP is expected to be released later this Summer with the band releasing more details as the release gets closer.
Just debuted this week is the official video for "Judgement Of The Wicked," the first single of GrandExit's forthcoming new album The Dead Justifies The Means, due to be released July 8th in Europe and July 23rd in North America. The style of this Swedish band is unconventional and peculiar but at the same time also immensely pleasing and catchy. Being around for 13 years – thereof the first decade as Vicious – the quintet out of Västerås in the midst of Sweden plays straight from the heart and is led by intuition when it comes to the suspense-packed song writing. On The Dead Justifies The Means, the Scandinavians offer earthed heavy hymns which are presented as mix of vibrant death metal and comprehensive progressive rock.
French modern metallers Checkmate have recently released a video for the track "Invictus," which comes off their first full-length album Immanence, released this week. Having played more than 100 shows throughout Europe and the US, Checkmate have quickly established themselves as one of the most promising unsigned metal bands in the French scene. Produced and mixed by Guyom Pavesi (Devianz, The Prestige), with the exception of guitars which were recorded by Lucas d’Angelo (Betraying the Martyrs), and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Whitechapel) Immanence offers nearly forty-seven minutes of innovative and aggressive music containing the perfect balance between crushing grooves, pummeling rhythms and enigmatic atmospheres.
When you think about it, naming your band Righteous Vendetta is a lot like calling yourself Virtuous Vengeance (if anyone would like to steal and copyright that name, just remember, you can't afford me).
Power metal act Arrayan Path are back with their new, fourth, album, IV: Stigmata, released worldwide on June 10th, 2013, through Pitch Black Records and judging by the numerous enthusiastic reviews the album has been receiving so far, it’s already looking like the band will have yet another album making it into several “best of the year” shortlists. A new lyric video of the song “Stigmata” has just been released while post-production has already started on the band’s first ever video clip.