After headlining the Impericon Never Say Die! European tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Fallujah,and more last month, WHITECHAPEL is ready to head out on the road again, in support of their new album, Mark Of The Blade. Hailed as “an exciting milestone” by AltPress, Mark Of The Blade sees WHITECHAPEL redefine who they are and what they are capable of with 11 tracks that leave a distinct impression on every listener. To view the band’s “Bring Me Home” video and to purchase the record in various formats, visit: metalblade.com/whitechapel.
CATTLE DECAPITATION recently joined forces with Brujeria for a US tour in support of their most recent full-length, 2015’s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and MetalInjection, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.
WARBRINGER has continued to evolve throughout its four albums into the one of the most aurally devastating bands in the scene today. On March 31st they deliver their monumental 5th record entitled Woe to the Vanquished and make a triumphant step forward on this record–it’s an absolute must for ANYONE who’s into metal today.
WARBRINGER singer John Kevill describes the new album musically:
“For the music on this record we re-focused ourselves after a lot of the experiments on Empires Collapse, and decided we wanted to make a record that is start-to-finish more merciless, ruthless, and cruel, but also maintains some of the more melodic and progressive sense. What we ended up with is a record that has a lot of traits of classic thrash but also a lot of extreme metal, and a rather unique version of that blend. It’s overall faster and meaner than anything else we’ve put out, but also has our biggest and most ambitious song, the 11-minute “When the Guns Fell Silent” to close the record.”
Woe to the Vanquished has been carefully crafted over period of time, and the album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).
Kevill explains the stunning album artwork, “It is directly based on a photograph from the end of the First World War–a grim monument, a pyramid of 12,000 German spiked helmets, right in the middle of New York City. What struck me about the image is firstly how morbid it seems to be celebrating 12,000 dead men and calling it victory.”
Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, comments on the title, Woe to the Vanquished and the story behind it: “The title “Woe to the Vanquished” comes from early Roman history–before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it. On the Gaul’s scales, the Roman’s thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks “Vae Victis” (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record “Woe to the Vanquished” is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone–the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed.”
“One of the great things about heavy metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than “I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad)”. I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music… and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that’s a children’s story. Real evil is in the hearts of men.”
Hot on the heels for their album release, the band will be hitting the road all over Europe in Spring and Summer, including confirmed festivals like Spain’s Resurrection Fest, Slovenia’s Metal Days and Devilstone in Lithuania, with more to be announced.
As they prepare for the release of their third full-length album Crossover Ministry. Iron Reagan have unveiled another song from the record; listen to “Grim Business”. One of Crossover Ministry’s 18 tracks, “Grim Business” thrashes and grooves in true Iron Reagan form.
Recorded by guitarist Phil “Landphil” Hall and mixed by Kurt Ballou, Crossover Ministry features 30 minutes of relentlessly catchy riffs and irresistibly mosh-ready breakdowns paired with lyrics that run the gamut from satirical to serious. In the wake of one of the most controversial presidential elections in American history, Crossover Ministry couldn’t have come at a better time.
Iron Reagan will play two shows with Dag Nasty to close out 2016 and will be announcing 2017 tour dates soon.
What Graceless Dawn is the forthcoming full-length from dark ethereal doom bringers Worm Ouroborous. Recorded and mixed at Oakland’s Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Noothgrush), the stunning six-track offering will see its official unveiling on December 2nd, 2016 via Profound Lore Records.
Adds the band, “In many ways this album is darker and rawer than our previous two, and hope plays a smaller role. ‘(Was It) The Cruelest Thing’ is a love song to the memory of beauty when hope and light are extinguished. It’s the lie the heart manufactures in order to keep beating once all context is gone.”
WORM OUROBOROS formed in June 2007 by Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way. With both musicians already having experience within the Bay Area heavy music scene – Way was previously part of metal band World Eater and Rath being a part of the influential Amber Asylum lineup as well as being co-mastermind of The Gault – WORM OUROBOROS set out to create music which explores the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord. Drawing inspiration from many places, including metal, doom, folk, progressive, and dark ambient genres, WORM OUROBOROS creates its own space; a creeping, dark landscape full of murky dreams and emotions. The band would see the inclusion of drummer Aesop Dekker in 2010 who would replace original drummer Justin Green
Read Junk exclaims, “’No Change in the Weather’ takes you back with a dose of nostalgia as well as plenty to look forward to for the future.”
“The flame has always been lit,” says leader singer Scott Radinsky. “We’ve written new music over the years that we were sitting on… The lack of a label and having to put it out ourselves had slowed things down the last few years but the want to get in the studio was always there.”
Propelled by Chris Dalley’s hard hitting drums and the group’s melodic harmonies, “Syndrome” reminds its listeners of the of the band’s original 90’s punk rock sound, which transcends into the slow lyrical closer “Black Box.”
Pulley‘s up-tempo return is not only marked by feeling, but also listening thanks to the production of Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Strung Out) and mixing from Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX, Bad Religion), which has allowed the band to achieve a sound better than ever.
With No Change in the Weather, Pulley continues to crank out anthemic punk-rock songs that can speak to a new generation of wise-to-the-world youth while renewing and reaffirming an energetic passion for a scene that represents an alternative, musically and philosophically, from the ho-hum status quo.
One of the greatest American hardcore releases of the 1980s gets the deluxe Southern Lord reissue treatment, with the January re-release of the landmark Screaming For Change classic album by UNIFORM CHOICE.
Screaming For Change was the debut album from Orange County, California’s godfathers of positive hardcore, UNIFORM CHOICE. Furious hardcore energy and a signature vocal delivery combine with empowering lyrical output to formulate one of the most renowned and longstanding albums of the ’80s hardcore scene. Originally released in 1986 on the band’s own Wishingwell Records label, vocalist Pat Dubar recently contacted Southern Lord with the desire to have an official re-issue of the classic album “done right” for their fans. After several unauthorized, completely sub-par bootlegs appeared Pat wanted a definitive version released to set the record straight!
The fourteen straightedge anthems on this essential piece of hardcore history has been remastered from the original tapes by Brad Boatright (Excel, Nails, High On Fire, YDI, Brotherhood), and the elaborate packaging includes a 8-page 12″x12″ booklet bound into a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket. There are a ton of amazing, never-before published photos from the personal archives of the members of UNIFORM CHOICE and their friends, and liner notes by longtime Orange County hardcore dude Casey Jones. This is a very special release that is not to be missed!
UNIFORM CHOICE’s Screaming For Change will hit independent retails stores and be available through the usual digital channels (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify) on January 20th, 2017. Preorders for the deluxe LP on six different colors of vinyl — including several limited edition color variants available exclusively from Southern Lord – as well as newly reprinted versions of the band’s classic merch designs are available right hyo.
Screaming For Change Track Listing:
1. Use Your Head
2. My Own Mind
3. Straight And Alert
4. Build To Break
5. Scream To Say
6. Once I Cry
8. Screaming For A Change
9. No Thanks
10. A Choice
11. Big Man, Small Mind
12. Don’t Quit
13. In Time