Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: September 20, 2016
From the moment I first heard the Sorceress single from Opeth about a month ago my excitement for the newest chapter of Opeth grew to a level not acquired from the previous album, Pale Communion. The air and tone of the single Sorceress spoke to me and said, “This new album is going to blow you away!” Well, it did!
EXISTANCE – BREAKING THE ROCK
Release Date – October 15th, 2016
The last two bands that I’ve been given to review, Existance as well as a band called Kryptos for a different site, have had a sound that would be described by most as old school metal. Listening to these bands made me really want to go back and listen to actual old school metal bands. Not the Judas Priest‘s or Iron Maiden‘s of the old school world but rather the Riot‘s and the Accept‘s that had cult followings so strong that they’re still around today. It’s pretty easy to hear why a band like Existance would aspire to have a sound so similar to these great energetic bands from three decades ago and why they’d release a whole album, Breaking The Rock, which commemorates these glorious days of heavy metal. Continue reading
Calgary thrashers ILLYRIAN have teamed up with Metal Nation Radio for the premiere of their second single and lyric video ‘Zeta Reticulan’ in support of their upcoming album ‘Round 2: Fight!’ due out on October 7th. The album was co-produced by the band with Casey Lewis at Echo Base Studios plus mastered by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios. Continue reading
VOID KING – THERE IS NOTHING
Release Date – June 21st, 2016
I always seem to find myself reviewing stoner metal bands. Often it’s done reluctantly, because there doesn’t seem to be much else out there lately, and I end up writing the same things about them. Sometimes I get ones who prove to be worth more than just a few listens. Today I’ll be writing about the latter with Void King‘s There Is Nothing from early this past summer. Continue reading
The Rev had a chance to sit down with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch at this year’s recent edition of Heavy Montreal! Continue reading
After a twelve year break, Kill II This are ready to assault your ear canals with their unique concoction. Borne out of Manchester, Simon Gordon, Mark Mynett, and Pete Singer are ready to storm the UK and beyond with material old and new.
Sümer are back at Bloodstock and bigger than ever, storming the Sophie Lancaster stage in an epic triumph. Some of you may remember my interview with Sümer last year that involved their best animal impression. I’m sad to say I didn’t do that this time because that is so 2015 😉 I spoke with Taria Dawson and Ian Hill about what it’s like to be on the Sophie stage, their new album and funny band name mispronunciations.
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Tagged Bloodstock 2016, Bloodstock Open Air, Cedric, Ian Hill, Kinks, Simon Hall, Sophie Lancaster Stage, Sumer, Taria Dawson, The Animal You Are
In preparation for the release of their new album, “Orenda”, With Our Arms to The Sun is taking to the road bringing their lushly layered aural designs to cities across the country with LA’s Socionic leading up to a spot at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL. Continue reading
The iconic line of this interview is as follows: “When you were playing, I wasn’t even a sperm in my father’s ballsack”
After a 25 year hiatus, Acid Reign have returned hard and fast. I spoke with Marc Jackson and Howard “H” Smith about what it’s like to be back, the future and playing the Sophie Lancaster stage.
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Tagged Acid Reign, Bloodstock 2016, Bloodstock Open Air, Howard "H" Smith, Kinks, Marc Jackson, Motherly Love, Obnoxious, Postman Pat, The Fear