Sunday, 26 July 2015

LAMB OF GOD Releases Groundbreaking New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” via Epic Records

Today, American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD releases their vastly anticipated seventh full length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, via Epic Records. Fans can purchase the album at physical retailers everywhere, or digitally via, iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

Vocalist Randy Blythe comments on the release of the new album: “Over twenty years ago this band started in the basement - we're still standing, and I'm still stoked to be putting out new music. As always, play it LOUD.”

Visit these upcoming record signings to get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang signed by the band at these locations:

7/26 - Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA 8/1 - Looney Tunes, Long Island, NY 8/5 - Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ 8/29 - Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ

Today also marks the kick-off of the “Summer’s Last Stand” tour, which also features headliners Slipknot, and special guests Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White. In a special streaming event, the July 28th Detroit, MI show will be aired live on Yahoo Screen for free! Make sure to tune in here on July 28th at 6:00pm ET to watch:


LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

7/24 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre 7/25 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre 7/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 7/28 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre – streaming live, see above! 7/29 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 7/31 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center 8/1 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 8/2 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre 8/4 - Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center 8/5 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 8/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion 8/8 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/9 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau - Heavy Montreal 8/11 - Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live 8/12 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 8/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center 8/15 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/19 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre 8/22 - Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center – NO SLIPKNOT 8/23 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater 8/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena 8/26 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion 8/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds 8/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion 8/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 9/2 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater 9/4 - Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 9/5 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

FEAR FACTORY - New track 'Dielectric' premieres online

Pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal FEAR FACTORY have premiered a new track online. 'Dielectric' is taken from the band's much anticipated metallic masterpiece, Genexus and can be heard here:

The album's title GENEXUS is a hybrid of two words: GENESIS and NEXUS. This word describes the next transition in human evolution as man moves forward to a 'mechanical' state of being. "The album is a record of thought patterns, psychology and struggles of the Genexus generation. The cognitive machine has arrived and it wants autonomy from the industry that created it. This machine struggles, like every other human has throughout the course of history. This is the story of every one of us", explains front man Burton C. Bell. Whereas the first two tracks on GENEXUS deal with themes of new machinery taking over the old and the enhancement of technology in the process, Dielectric deals with this new machinery learning about it's capabilities and the advantages. Burton describes this transition: "After it's enhancement the model learns that it's power is protected in many ways. It has the ability to withstand enormous amounts of energy flowing through it's form and has the ability to conduct the energy with it's own determination. It cannot be deterred by hate or violence. The model will withstand all attacks and remain intact."

FEAR FACTORY's 9th studio album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be in stores on August 7th worldwide.

Genexus was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell & guitarist Dino Cazares and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD). Artwork was once again handled by artist Anthony Clarkson. Drums on Genexus were performed by Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY).

GENEXUS track list:

1. Autonomous Combat System 2. Anodized 3. Dielectric 4. Soul Hacker 5. Protomech 6. Genexus 7. Church Of Execution 8. Regenerate 9. Battle For Utopia 10. Expiration Date LIMITED DIGIPACK BONUS TRACKS: 11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix) 12. Enhanced Reality

Formed in Los Angeles back in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band’s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

ZARDONIC Produces Main Theme for NBC World Series of Fighting, "Bring It On"

International Electronic Metal Producer ZARDONIC has brought his signature aggressive bass to the the extreme sports and fighting world with his newest single "Bring It On (Feat. Mikey Rukus)", out now on legendary eOne Music. Not for the feint of heart, the now NBC MMA World Series of Fighting main theme is a hard-hitting, unapologetic electronic metal anthem with distorted extreme guitars and bellicose lyrics from MMA music legend Mikey Rukus.

This is an example of the direction we're taking for the new Zardonic album on eOne. Working with Mikey Rukus was an absolute pleasure and thanks to James Jeda CEO of Rocktagon Worldwide we put this insane collaboration together four months ago, and now it's the Main Theme of World Series Of Fighting and is being heard by millions all over the world on NBC. I'm yet to know what it means to be happier than this! - ZARDONIC Listen to ZARDONIC Feat. Mikey Rukus "Bring It On (NBC WSOF 2015 Theme)"

Despite minimal radio play and little to no coverage from mainstream outlets, ZARDONIC keeps making history by being the most renowned Venezuelan DJ in all categories, with a constant tour schedule of headlining shows and festivals in 31 countries, packing clubs and arenas up to 20.000 attendants, as well as garnering millions of plays on YouTube, topping Arca (the Venezuelan producer behind Björk's upcoming album) and even Grammy nominated bands like La Vida Bohéme, while still maintaining his unique Heavy EDM / Metal signature sound and cultivating a solid, hardcore fan base all over the world.

Buy ZARDONIC Feat. Mikey Rukus "Bring It On (NBC WSOF 2015 Theme)" on iTunes!


August 1st Las Vegas, Nevada @ World Series Of Fighting
August 30th Colombo, Sri Lanka @ Maelstrom Festival
September 12th Vernon, NJ @ Elemental Fusion Festival
October US Tour TBA w/ Heavygrinder

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Hell Within Teaser - Slash Fiction

JUPITER FALLS - New, young heavy rock guitar heroes release blistering debut album ‘Revolution’ on August 10th, via Broken Road Records

Jupiter Falls are an immensely gifted young metal / hard rock quintet, who mix anthemic, classic rock foundations with a modern, heavy alt-rock edge, to create a fresh sound that’s sure to inspire fans of breathtaking guitar pyrotechnics, and hard-hitting, groove-laden hooks. Forming in Leeds in 2013, and fast amassing a fanbase far and wide, following touring with Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel in France and the UK in 2014, Jupiter Falls are now set to release their highly accomplished debut album ‘Revolution’ on August 10th, via Broken Road Records.

‘Revolution’’s awesomely crisp sound comes courteous of legendary producer Roy Z, known for his work with major names such as Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen and Bruce Dickinson. Jupiter Falls were introduced to Roy by their former manager, and as singer James Hart tells it, “We were just having a night in our studio with a few beers when we got a Skype out of the blue and it was Roy. We were totally taken off guard, especially when he said how much he loved our music”.

What Roy fell in love with was an incredible blend of superlative technical skills, and solid, powerful heavy rock songwriting, influenced by the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Dio, Alter Bridge, Shinedown and Avenged Sevenfold. At the fore of Jupiter Falls’ dynamic sound are James’ distinctive yet versatile vocals, which move easily from gravelly growl to rich melody, and the amazing skills of lead guitarist Deano Silk, who consistently delivers memorable riffs and breathtaking solos throughout ‘Revolution’.

The pair started collaborating after James saw a YouTube clip of Deano playing. “The guy just blew me away!”, James remembers, and three weeks later they were in the studio together, writing what would become ‘Revolution’. Next, they assembled the stunningly tight rhythm section, consisting of rhythm guitarist Zachari Daniels, bassist Dan Clark, and drummer Lewie Lewington, who conspire to create Jupiter Falls’ booming bottom end, adding a pulverizing weight and depth to the sound.

The lead single, ‘Chasing The Dragon’, out as a download on August 3rd, is a strong indicator of the quality of the material in store. A swinging hard rocker, with several shades of Slash in its chugging freight-train riffs and fluid, fast-fingered solos, the song serves as a superb introduction to Jupiter Falls’ songwriting, which draws freely from the classic canon right through to modern icons over the course of ‘Revolution’s 12 tracks.

On the album opener ‘Awake’, which begins with a reading of the children’s bedtime prayer ‘Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep’ (doubtless familiar to metalheads everywhere from a certain other song!), James’ sings with an appropriately Hetfield-esque snarl, while for the brooding story of betrayal ‘When The Time Is Right’, he delivers an aching and emotive vocal, perfectly complemented by Deano’s seething guitarlines.

As confidently as they pen slow-burners such as ‘When The Time Is Right’, and searing rock ballad ‘World War Three’, Jupiter Falls can also unleash sheer brutal aggression. ‘Forgiven’ is one fine example of the album’s heavier moments, where staccato riffing and moody guitar melodies mesh with Lewie’s merciless machine gun-fire drumming in an incredible intro. Elsewhere, the grooving, Latino-flavoured ‘Lei E Quella’ serves up one of Deano’s most transcendent solos, before the epic, keyboard-led arrangements of closing track ‘Where Are You Now?’ round off the record in spectacular style, and reinforces the point that Jupiter Falls are one seriously exciting, exceptionally talented new act.

WE CAME AS ROMANS - New Self-Titled Album To Be Released July 24th via Spinefarm Records

We Came As Romans have officially announced their highly anticipated self-titled new album, which will be released July 24th, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. The album was recorded with multi-platinum, award-winning producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, Of Mice & Men), and is now available for pre-order at one of the following links:

WCAR UK merch store

“Writing this record with David Bendeth was very intense,” states vocalist Dave Stephens. “If a song wasn't great, it was rewritten until it was, and if it still wasn't great, it was cut. We wrote close to 40 songs for this record and only ten made the album. Beyond becoming better writers and musicians, it made us stronger as a band and as a team.”

Today, We Came As Romans release a brand new song taken from the album. Fans can now stream the lead single, “The World I Used To Know” via soundcloud.

The band explains the new song by stating, “When we were younger, we had a youthful spirit that made us less fearful of the changing world around us. Even though we've lost that and are now more aware of the negativity in the world, we need to remember those days and view the world with a hopeful spirit.”

“The World I Used To Know” will be offered as an instant grat track when pre-ordered digitally from iTunes.

We Came As Romans – Track-listing

1. Regenerate 2. Who Will Pray? 3. The World I Used To Know 4. Memories 5. Tear It Down 6. Blur 7. Savior Of The Week 8. Flatline 9. Defiance 10. 12:30 The band will perform main-stage for the entire run of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, which officially kicks off on June 19th, 2015 in Pomona, CA at the Pomona Fairplex. Composed of vocalists, David Stephens and Kyle Pavone, guitarists Joshua Moore and Lou Cotton, bassist Andrew Glass and drummer Eric Choi, We Came As Romans have already seen massive success with their first two full-length albums To Plant A Seed and Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be each topping 100,000 sales in the US alone. Their most recent release, Tracing Back Roots topped the Billboard charts coming in at #8 on the Billboard 200. The album also charted #1 Independent Album, #1 Internet Album, #1 Hard Rock Album and#2 Top Rock Album. The band’s recent live DVD release Present, Future, and Past debuted #1 on the Billboard DVD charts, beating Metallica for the top spot.

MARK LANEGAN and BETH ORTON unveil cover version of "Your Kisses Burn" - UK/European tour dates to follow

Heavenly Recordings continues to mark it’s 25th anniversary with a meeting of the past and the present. Mark Lanegan, who has been releasing on Heavenly since 2013’s Duke Garwood collaboration Black Pudding, has teamed up with one of the label’s early stars, Beth Orton, to cover a Marc Almond number from 1988, “Your Kisses Burn”, a duet with the legendary Nico, which turned out to be her last ever recording. Listen below...

“Your Kisses Burn” was produced by Mark’s frequent collaborator Alain Johannes and is available to download now.

Mark Lanegan Band are soon to embark on an extensive European tour which reaches the UK for the following headline shows and festivals:

Saturday 1 August – SHEFFIELD – Leadmill Monday 3 August – LIVERPOOL – Academy Tuesday 4 August – LONDON – Electric Ballroom Wednesday 2 September – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2 Thursday 3 September – CAMBRIDGE - Junction Friday 4 September – CARDIFF – Y Plas Saturday 5 September – DORSET – End Of The Road festival