Female-fronted UK tech metallers Mask Of Judas should definitely be on your list of "Ones to watch" in 2013. Featuring female vocalist Jo’s vicious screams and quirky vocal lines, Mask of Judas’s sound flows from raw heaviness to needle-precision tech. The bands inspirations are many, their goal to make interesting, new heavy music that will leave all metal fans with a fresh perspective and you can check out their new video here to see why.
London-based tech-metal outfit Exist Immortal have just posted the new video taken from their Dream Sequence debut album and you can check it out here. 2012 was a huge year for the band, playing with the likes of Sylosis, Monuments, Chimp Spanner and Textures, as well as share the stage on other occasions with bands such as Red Seas Fire and Uneven Structure. Their double single/mini EP release entitled Insects/Exist was released last March.
UK hardcore mob Heights team up with Architects frontman Sam Carter for their awesome new video for Eleven Eyes and you can check out the video online here. The band is currently touring through the UK before heading to Belgium for some shows in early March.
Following last year's awesome debut event, Takedown Festival organisers have confirmed the 2013 event will take place on Saturday May 11th at Southampton University and will feature the acts listed below. Get excited and get your tickets! More acts are to be confirmed and ticket information is available from www.takedownfestival.co.uk
Lawnmower Deth, self-proclaimed Godfathers of British Thrash and Usurpers of the buffoonery crown, have announced their only club show of 2013. Since being pulled out of retirement for a one-off show at Alexandra Palace with Bullet For My Valentine, the band have refuted reports of reformation. "It's a regurgitation, get it right!" states singer Qualcast Mutilator.
Hardcore icons, Hatebreed have lined up a UK tour in support of their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, 'The Divinity Of Purpose', which hits stores last week. Full dates for the tour are listed below.
To celebrate their fifth year on the festival circuit, Hevy Fest organisers have pulled an impressive opening shot out of the bag by confirming punk rock legends Black Flag as one of the headliners for the 2013 event. Greg Ginn’s legendary punk band will be reforming in 2013, fronted by Ron Reyes. From their formation in 1976, Black Flag (originally called Panic) redefined what it is to be a punk band. They have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on DIY record distribution, underground touring and hardcore music of any band, before or since.
Tonight’s poor turnout could be due to the appalling weather conditions that rendered a good part of the UK house bound for six days, or it could be that the Reading metal crowd only make the effort to turn up when a name band comes to town, but whatever the reason, yet another show rolls through the town with little interest from the "scene kids".
Sleaze-rockers Buckcherry return with their new album, Confessions, on February 19th and you can check out the new video from the track "Gluttony" right here.
Polar Bear Club have announced a full UK tour for May and June 2013. The band will be joined on the tour by Me Vs Hero and Landscapes. Dates for the tour are as follows below.
Metal heavyweights Megadeth have today announced that they will be touring the U.K. in June of this year. They will play headline shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London. Currently working in their studio in San Diego on their 14th studio album titled 'Super Collider', Mustaine, along with bassist Dave Ellefson, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, are looking forward to its release in June 2013. Megadeth’s 'Super Collider' is the first release through Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through UMe.
There is a point midway through opening track "The Mean Spirits, Breathing" when hardcore legends Shai Hulud drop the pace to an almost crawl. It’s a brilliant moment that guarantees your attention is well and truly grabbed. While these slower moments are few and far between, the rest of Reach Beyond The Sun is littered with epic metallic hardcore.
French hardcore – two words that don’t usually conjur up images of anything particularly inspiring but, a quick visit to the journalists best friend (Google) brings up comparisons to bands like Cancer Bats and Every Time I Die, so maybe the forty minutes spent in the company of this album might not be so bad after all?
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!