While there is no doubt that New York brutalists Suffocation have influenced a hell of a lot of the modern death metal bands doing the rounds these days, there is no ignoring the fact that, twenty five years into their careers, the death metal stalwarts are still way ahead of the pack when it comes to filthy, rancid extremity.
While the accompanying press release would get you preparing for a fairly generic metallic hardcore album, Welsh boys Continents have to get a thumbs up for taking the genre and giving it a right good shake up. Idle Hands effectively takes the blueprint of a genre bursting with a lot of bands who sound fairly similar and throws it right out of the window!
A galloping introduction sets the scene for what is to follow on Ride The Void, the new album from Los Angeles metallers Holy Grail. Following up their critically-acclaimed Crisis In Utopia was always going to be a tough call but, as "Archeus" gives way to the rip-roaring "Bestia Triumphans", a track which flies out of the starting gate with all guitars wailing and soaring vocals, it’s fair to say that the LA shredders have more than matched their debut.
Bloodstock organisers have confirmed the addition of Austrian death/black metallers Belphegor and occult metal overlords Hell to the growing 2013 bill. Belphegor, who celebrate their twentieth anniversary in 2013 and Hell, who will release their new album through Nuclear Blast later this year, join an already impressive line-up that includes headliners Slayer, Lamb Of God and King Diamond along with a supporting cast that includes DevilDriver, Anthrax, Whitechapel, Municipal Waste and many more to be confirmed.
Norwegian nutters Kvelertak have announced that they will return with their highly anticipated second album 'Meir' on March 4th, 2013. Moreover, they've also confirmed that the release will be supported by a full European tour. Dates for said tour are as follows below.
In demand Brit rockers Muse have posted a lyric video for "Supremacy", the second single to be lifted from their critically acclaimed album The 2nd Law. The album has shifted 1.5 million copies and the band will embark on their biggest stadium tour so far with a series of dates this year including Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Etihad Stadium, Manchester and two nights at Emirates Stadium, London.
British metal act Sacred Mother Tongue have just announced their first tour dates of 2013. The band will head out for a short run supporting none other than Pennsylvanian rock band Halestorm. The six UK dates are listed below and are bound to be a blowout!
Fozzy are returning to Europe in April for a co-headlining tour with Drowning Pool. Joining the band on the UK leg of the tour will be Welsh metallers Revoker. The dates for the tour are all listed below. Be sure to grab a ticket ASAP as this will be a solid outing!
Ahead of their UK dates with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Rat Attack (featuring Liam Cromby from We Are The Ocean) have posted the video for the lead single off their forthcoming self-titled debut EP online. Check it out here.
Rising horror metalcore outfit Motionless In White have just posted a live/lyric video recorded on their North American headline tour. The video celebrates their recent cinematic thriller "Devil's Night" hitting 1 million views on YouTube.
US rap-rockers Limp Bizkit are one of 37 new acts confirmed for Download Festival 2013. Fred Durst's men will join headliners Slipknot, Rammstein and Iron Maiden along with the following new additions all listed just below. Weekend and day tickets for the festival, which takes place at Donington Park on June 14th-16th, are available from www.downloadfestival.co.uk
Enter Shikari round of 18 months of touring the world promoting their third album, "A Flash Flood Of Colour" with the Return To Energiser 2013 UK and Ireland tour which sees the band playing 24 intimate shows in towns they have either not played before, not played for a long time or rarely see a rock show.
British thrash mob Evile have confirmed they will be joining German thrash legends Kreator on their forthcoming run of UK shows. Evile bassist Joel Graham comments: "We are really looking forward to playing a few shows with the mighty Kreator this April; we really enjoyed touring the US with them for two months back in 2010. We'll be fresh out of the studio too around this time, so who knows, it's possible these shows could see us playing some new stuff for the first time..."
British metalcore bruisers Bury Tomorrow head up the first list of acts confirmed for Redfest. The full list of bands confirmed for the "Redcore - In Your Face" stage of the festival, which will take place on the 26th/27th July at Robins Cook Farm, Redhill, are as follows below.
Steve Harris will be taking his new solo/side project British Lion out on the road next month visiting fourteen countries and twenty four cities across Europe, starting in Portugal on February 21st. For the first time ever, and as a major surprise to many, Iron Maiden’s bass player, founding member and leader will be taking temporary leave from his Maiden activities and heading out on a full European Club tour. Dates for the tour are as follows below.
Live albums as a concept are generally hit and miss affairs, usually aimed at diehard fans of the band in question. So, when you hear the muted response to Norwegian grindcore band Beaten To Death from a home crowd, you really have to wonder if this is a good idea.
LA rap-rock troublemakers Hollywood Undead are one of those bands that have a knack for writing songs that you know deep down you should hate but, for some reason, you just don’t. You may not love them like you loved say Master Of Puppets, but you sure as hell can’t get songs like "Pigskin" out of your head.
Quite clearly bonkers, German power metal outfit Sacred Steel have produced one of the most ludicrously brilliant heavy metal albums of the year in The Bloodshed Summoning. In fact, only more ludicrous than the actual album itself was the sight of me driving along at 80 mph pounding my fist along to the unashamed heavy metal of "No God / No Religion".
Welsh rock band Bullet For My Valentine will release the first official single from their forthcoming album ‘Temper Temper,’ entitled "Riot," on February 3rd. The band's fourth studio album 'Temper Temper' will follow on February 11th. The album will be available in both standard and deluxe editions on RCA Records. The rock giants recently headlined Radio 1’s Rock Week at the BBC Maida Vale studios where they debuted the album’s title track. They have also announced a UK tour for March which is already sold out.
Produced by Enter Shikari fan, Jonathon Lindley after the animator approached the band with the idea of low/zero-budget animated video for the track lifted from their "A Flash Flood Of Colour" album. See the end result here.