Another magnificent chapter in the Blood of the Black Owl musical saga is now complete. Bindrune Recordings/Glass Throat Recordings have targeted a July 31st co-release date for Light the Fires! on six-panel Deluxe Gatefold CD.
Polish death metal squad Masachist have just completed work on their second full-length, Scorned. The anticipated follow-up to the band's 2009-released Death March Fury was recorded in mid-2011 at Monroe Sound Studio, with final production touches taken care by guitarist Aro. Featuring nine brutal and intricate songs, Scorned will be released worldwide by Selfmadegod Records on September 3rd, 2012.
LA rock band Masque announces the release of their latest single titled "Cake". "Cake" is the second in a series of Summer releases produced by Keith Olsen (Ozzy, Scorpions, Whitesnake). "Although the title 'Cake' may conjure thoughts of something sweet, I wrote this song based on a rather dark relationship from my past" states lead guitarist Kevin James. "I dig how Keith captured the huge wall of guitars while showcasing a raw, up front and in your face vocal performance. It was truly a pleasure working with the man responsible for so many legendary records".
"Watch The Corners," the first single from Dinosaur Jr.'s upcoming album I Bet On Sky, premiered online today. The new single starts out with chugging riffs that ease into Mascis' vocals, and properly closes with a shredding solo. Wedged in the middle of the tune is an atypical breakdown with a brief flash of acoustic guitar. "I always liked that since I was a kid, from like, Black Sabbath," Mascis says. "Suddenly they go into acoustic, back into electric – I guess I've always been into that."
Garden State blackened metal troupe Windfaerer are currently streaming "A Glimpse of Light," the second track off their new EP, Solar. The self-released follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed Tribus debut was recorded with Bobby Torres at Frightbox Recording in Clifton, New Jersey and offers up seven tracks of sadistic beauty laden with elements of black and melodic death metal while exuding a folkloric edge.
Necrovation are streaming the new track "Sepulchreal," from their new self-titled album, at Agonia Records' SoundCloud page. The track is available below. Necrovation's self-titled album is out June 26th in Europe and August 14th in the States courtesy of Agonia Records, and is the follow-up to 2008's Breed Deadness Blood. It marks a swift improvement over the band's previous raw death metal style, with more classical and heavy metal influences but still with the classic death metal elements that have been the group's trademark since the beginning. Strong recommendation for those who once liked Metallica, early Entombed and Morbid Angel.
Deap Vally is a duo from LA's San Fernando Valley (thus the name) and will be releasing their debut 7 inch single in the UK on Ark Recordings on July 31st. The a-side to this release "Gonna Make My Own Money" is making waves and can be grabbed for free right below. With rock-hard grit and all-girl soul, Deap Vally is made up of the howl of Lindsey Troy and the rhythm of Julie Edwards. Together, the duo break blues down to its simplest, most fundamental form: beat, melody, and meaning, while their scorching live shows are fast becoming the stuff of legend.
As torchbearers of the UK tech metal scene, Monuments has already forged their complex soundscapes into the minds of thousands with their 3 track EP, We Are The Foundation, and now the band is ready to release their debut full-length album, Gnosis, this August! Due out August 27th in Europe, August 28th in North America, and August 31st in Australia/NZ, Gnosis combines aggressive angular grooves and a spacious melodic ambience that is punchy, yet progressive.
Though Chicago, Illinois' The Prep School Tragedy are a relatively new band, they by no means sound, perform or act like one. These guys are like musical veterans who bring an energy to their music (both in studio and live) that rivals groups who've been together for decades. Since their formation, the industrial/alternative act has secured a spot as one of Chicago's top bands - the fact that their live show features "The Squad" (or scantily clad cheerleaders), certainly doesn't hurt either. Led by Benn "TranQ" Guy and Michael "Ignited" Hodes, The Prep School Tragedy has already toured across the US with several notable acts (Blood On The Dance Floor, The Birthday Massacre, Celldweller, Mushroomhead) and is well on its way to being a National name.
James Iha is excited to announce the release of his new solo album Look To The Sky, out September 18th on The End Records. As a member of A Perfect Circle, the power pop super-group Tinted Windows, and of course, the Smashing Pumpkins, Iha has gathered musical depth and craftsmanship inspired by his many bands as well as his production work with The Sounds, Whiskeytown and Ladytron, to create a new album offering listeners sophisticated pop melodies, lyrical sharpness and guitar driven rock.
Olympia, WA's cult rock and roll band Milk Music are about to embark on a full US tour in July, including a stop at Pitchfork Festival. Today, the band are sharing a new/old track to celebrate the tour. "Violence Now" originally appeared on a very small run of flexi discs as a split effort with Carrie Keith of Gun Outfit. They were included with an issue of the Olympia based NUTS! Fanzine. If you didn't have a friend who was in the know, or were already familiar with NUTS!, chances are you didn't get one. You can hear the dirty, fuzzed out anthem right now, released digitally for the first time.
Run for Cover Records is incredibly excited to welcome Pity Sex to the roster. Hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, Pity Sex specialize in foggy, lo-fi noise pop and fuzzed-out, blown-speaker walls of sound, all with their own Midwestern emo subtleties. Situated somewhere at the convergence of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Hum, the bands quietest moments are defeated reflections with plaintive instrumentals. Its loudest are desperate cries washed in searing, reverb-y overdrive.
Agalloch have made their new EP, Faustian Echoes, available for streaming online - see below. This EP will be available as a digital download at the Bandcamp site starting on July 11th when the band begins their Summer tour in Portland, Oregon. The LP and CD versions will be released through Agalloch's own imprint, Dammerung Arts. Both the LP and CD versions will be initially only available during the band’s trek (July 11th – August 11th) and will then be made available to the world following the tour.
Borne of Kansas City, Missouri is the indie rock band The Slowdown, a six-piece group ready to burst out into the mainstream. The Slowdown likes to think of themselves as a blend of Wilco, The Flaming Lips, M83, early Aerosmith, Alice in Chains and My Morning Jacket. Lead singer Sam Hoskins and keyboard player Joe Hoskins got their start in music as members of the regionally renowned rock/pop group Elevator Division, one of the hottest bands in the area for the last decade. The Slowdown is rounded out by guitarist Josh Johnston and bassist Jeremy Wilson who have each spent time behind the boards of various Kansas City venues, learning the art of capturing the perfect stage mix and blending tones and textures like no one else is capable of. Add in second guitarist Austin Turney and drummer Drew Little and you've got a formidable on-stage force.
Miseration have revealed another new song entitled "Waylayer" taken from their upcoming third album Tragedy Has Spoken, which can be found below. The theme of these Scandinavians' third album can be described as the sum of the major tragedies of mankind’s history. Lyrics for Tragedy Has Spoken were written by Pär Johansson (Satariel, Torchbearer, The Few Against Many) and band’s lead singer Christian Älvestam (also in Solution.45, Torchbearer), and address the diversity of tragedies. Some of which have taken the guise of accidents or natural disasters, while others were carried out with human hands and intent. Behind all this there is to find an imaginary architect, a fictive entity – something powerful, aware, far above the manmade concepts of good or evil: the nature of tragedy itself.
The Cult have released another single from their latest album Choice of Weapon out now on Cooking Vinyl Records. "Honey From a Knife," the lead off track from The Cult's critically-acclaimed new studio album Choice of Weapon, hits radio this week. The song, rooted in the seductiveness of addiction, has been singled out in numerous media reviews for its raw energy, sexual rhythms, Duffy's knife-edge guitars and Astbury's impassioned vocals, all woven around the song's mesmerizing chorus, "We got the drugs, the drugs in here."
Chaos Records and Dark Blasphemies will co-release Unconsecrated's 'Awakening in the Cemetery Grave' on July 9th with a vinyl LP version to follow later in the year. The CD can be pre-ordered at THIS LOCATION
. Featuring all the material the Spanish old school death metallers have recorded to date, the compilation includes the 'Unconsecrated Cemetery' (2006) and 'Dark Awakening' (2007) demos, as well as 2010's 'Slave to the Grave' EP, which was previously released as a 7" on Dark Descent Records. The material has been remastered by Skaldir at the Kalthallen Studios in Germany (2011) and cover art comes courtesy of Daniel Devilish (Entrails, Malfeitor, Blood Mortized).
Out of Honolulu, Hawaii, FallsStart is a three-piece rock/punk rock band with a sound that combines the best of their wide-range of influences and creates something very much their own. The group has influences from everywhere, including the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton to newer bands like Yellowcard, Story of the Year and Taking Back Sunday to classical music. FallStart has some interesting origins as singer and bassist Davey Leatherwood and guitarist Adrian Cottmeyer both met while the two were stationed in South Korea in 2006 on active duty for the U.S. Air Force. They soon discovered that they shared a love of the same music and the two started jamming together.
Single Bullet Theory have made the recently recorded track "Edge of Broken" available for download via their Bandcamp page - listen below! The song is a reworked piece of older material that will appear as a bonus track on the band's forthcoming self-titled album, which the band is set to record this Fall.
New York pop-punkers Years In The Making are pleased to announce that their debut EP, entitled Prevail, will be released July 17th on Fast Chords Records. In promotion for the release, the band has released the first single "You’ll Never Know" on Bandcamp and iTunes.