Watch FROM HELL featuring members of Discordia DragonLord Death Angel & Duran Duran Duran perform their smash hit “Ascent from Hell” @ The Boardwalk
FROM HELL is a heavy metal horror concept band in which each recording is intended to be its own horror story. The first one called “Ascent From Hell”, is about a corpse that wakes up in Hell and finds out he must go back to earth to find his soul that still lives on inside the body of a priest and drag it back to Hell.
For this first recording, metal icons Paul Bostaph from Slayer on drums, Steve Smyth from Nevermore on lead guitar and Damien Sisson from Death Angel on bass were recruited to make this record happen. This recording is diabolically epic, and heavy as Hell! Every song is different from the next covering many genres of metal from thrash metal and black metal to death metal and doom metal. This album is as dynamic as metal can be! Also participating in this recording is Phil Bennett of the iconic rock band Starship, playing piano on the track Dead Reckoning and a 22-piece choir, The Pacific Mozart Ensemble on four other tracks. Establishing new ground, this record has the first recorded blast beat by Paul Bostaph, orchestrated with shredding guitar solos from Steve Smyth and heavy melodic & syncopated bass by Damien Sisson.
Produced by George Anderson and Steve “Snake” Green, guitar player from Skinlab, a Century Media recording artist, this recording is a theatrical 70 minutes long with segues in between each song to give additional detail to this horror story. Once the music starts, it never stops until the end.
The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol.
VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol
proves yet again … as pioneers of power metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high-energy shows and top quality musicianship … VICIOUS RUMORS
is perhaps the most versatile band of the heavy metal genre.
Their debut releases on Shrapnel Records, Soldiers of The Night (which was also the full length recording debut of metal guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore) and Digital Dictator – are unanimously considered to be full-on metal classics, by both fans and reviewers worldwide. Vicious Rumors three subsequent releases on Atlantic Records (and the companion MTV videos, which landed in regular rotation on ´Headbanger’s Ball`) served to cement their reputations in heavy metal music history. Countless tours, eleven studio and three live albums later – it is now well beyond question that the band will never fail to deliver a relentless, driving energy and commitment to excellence. Their major festival appearances at events like Bang Your Head, Rock Hard and Wacken Open Air over the years have left no doubt – this is a band who is not satisfied to simply rest on their laurels.
The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol. Not simply a “return to form” , the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar … alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe … as well as guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis .
Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the melodic power of´Take It Or Leave It`, the brutality of ´1000 Years`, and the haunting ´Circle Of Secrets` will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there`s the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown metal territory.
“Concussion Protocol” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer onAugust 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.
1. Concussion Protocol 4:56
2. Chemical Slaves 05:50
3. Victims Of A Digital World 04:13
4. Chasing The Priest 04:13
5. Last Of Our Kind 03:56
6. 1000 Years 03:39
7. Circle Of Secrets 05:04
8. Take It Or Leave It 03:23
9. Bastards 04:40
10. Every Blessing Is A Curse 04:14
11. Life For A Life 06:11
RWMF!! Free!! ALL AGES!! Out doors at Alex Thomas Plaza in Ukiah Ca. starts at 1230pm, with vendors, food
This years lineup includes:
THE WHITETRASH SUPERSTARS
HAND OF FIRE
FROM THE RUINS
More info hyo!
Only a few days before the Swedish black metal juggernaut will unleash its highly anticipated new album, Where Shadows Forever Reign, DARK FUNERAL have now launched a video for their new track “Unchain My Soul”!
“With ice cold precision, ‘Where Shadows Forever Reign’ mills itself right into the auditory canals. Here rules the bitterly cold, yet sinister blazing fire of Swedish black metal. Or, to put it in their own words: ‘Nail them to the cross / angels weep / nail them to the cross / eradicate god’!” – 7/7 Metal Hammer (DE)
“Where Shadows Forever Reign is a thick cloud of terror pushing against the listener. The fear is real. Something terrible is happening in the atmosphere, and Dark Funeral are once again on top of it.” – New Noise Magazine (US)
Where Shadows Forever Reign will be released on June 3rd, 2016 via Century Media Records!
I have seen Lamb of God a number of times over the years. From the incredibly drunk Randy Blythe who couldn’t remember the lyrics to one of the bands most popular songs Redneck, to a stone cold sober monster on stage vocally destroying all who stand before him. On May 29th in Oakland California at The Fox Theater, the latter is exactly what the crowd got.
With the opening acts consisting of Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch it almost felt like that pairing was done on purpose to bring the excitement level up a few more notches for Lamb of God. Don’t get me wrong, if you are a COC or Clutch fan more power to you because there were a lot of you there and the crowd really seemed to enjoy the two bands. In this humble writers opinion it didn’t work. For me out of both bands the highlight of either ones set was when the Metal God and riff master himself James Hetfield came out and played a tune with COC, besides from that I personally wasn’t too impressed with either bands set, but I digress.
Lets talk about Lamb of God. Going into the show I knew what to expect from this veteran band out of Richmond “Mother fucking” Virginia as Randy always says and the fans and I got just that. With John Campbell on bass and Chris Adler on drums (where he belongs….not in Megadeth) holding down a constant booming sound in the rhythm section it made it easy for Mark and Willie to do what they do best which is shred. As I mentioned earlier since Randy has been sober he is beyond focused and has so much energy it makes him one of the most entertaining front men and he has never sounded better. His vocal power is right where it should be with the full range of screams we have all come to know and appreciate from the Lamb of God front man. The night was full of old and new songs ranging from Hourglass and and The Faded Line off of their Certified Gold album Ashes Of The Wake to newer tunes like 512 and Anthropoid off their latest release V11: Strum Und Drang. It was an all around solid set list.
It took me a long time to get in to Lamb of God, my younger Brother Ben tried for years to get me to like them and i just couldn’t. Then one day it clicked, I knew why I wasn’t digging them, I couldn’t put them in a certain genre of Metal and that bothered me. They weren’t Thrash, or Death, or Speed, they were just Metal. Now I look at them as one of the most consistent heavy live bands out there. Through everything this band has been through over the years they have remained together since the mid 90’s and i see no sign of them slowing down. Good for you Lamb of God, the world needs more Metal bands like you. Gene A. Gaona
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- Walk with Me in Hell
- Ghost Walking
- Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
- Still Echoes
- The Faded Line
- Blacken the Cursed Sun
UK-based hardcore punk legends DISCHARGE have been forced to cancel their U.S. headlining tour, which was scheduled to kick-off tomorrow at the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, our visas have been delayed and we are forced to postpone the immediately forthcoming tour dates in North America,” states the band. “FEAR NOT, however, as we are working diligently to reschedule these shows as QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, and we WILL fulfill all shows. All tickets will be honored. Please stand by as we will announce new performance dates in the next few days!”
DISCHARGE are a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977. The band is characterized by a minimalistic approach to music and lyrics. A heavy, distorted and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a political speech, with lyrics on anarchistic and pacifistic themes.
AllMusic calls the band’s sound a “high-speed noise overload” characterised by “ferocious noise blasts”. The band’s 1982 debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, went to number two in the UK Indie Charts and number 40 in the UK Album Charts. In the early 1980s, numerous DISCHARGE singles and EPs landed in the top 10 of the UK Indie Charts, including the 1981 EP Why? and the 1982 single ‘State Violence State Control’. Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing paved the way for thrash metal, black metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. The musical genre of d-beat is named after DISCHARGE and their distinctive drumbeat.
DISCHARGE released their new album End Of Days, on May 13 in North America.
ONLINE METAL PROMO and THE AUTOPSY REPORT radio show (UK) have partnered to offer “Metal Up Your Axe, Vol. 2”, a free digital download music compilation featuring a mix of 41 past, current and unreleased original songs from established and up and coming rock & metal bands from the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria.
Bands featured on the compilation include:
3. Azrael’s Bane
4. Blasted To Static
5. Broken Teeth
7. Chris Violence
8. Corners of Sanctuary
9. Diamond Lane
10. Dire Peril
12. Empires of Eden
14. Eternal Voyager
15. Flames of Fury
17. Helion Prime
21. Lords of the Trident
22. Love & War
24. Maxxxwell Carlisle
25. Outlaws & Moonshine
27. Rabid Assassin
29. Seventh Calling
30. Shallow Ground
32. St. James
33. Stop Stop
35. The Rods
Download the free songs, compilation artwork and track listing here.