A new supergroup has emerged and it goes by the name White Empress. Featuring guitarist Paul Allender (Cradle Of Filth), Chela Thea (ex-Coal Chamber), and vocalist Mary Zimmer (Luna Mortis), the group has just released a free 4-track EP, which you can download here. The music is fast and vicious but has some playfulness about it. It’s symphonic-influenced metal with a lot of theatricality. Head below to listen to “Erased And Rewritten” and make sure to click the above link for a free EP! READ MORE
Mutha flipping’ Friday is upon us! You know what? I’m beyond stoked for this weekend! I’ve got two parties I’ve got to go to including a friends birthday party as well as a gathering to plan out a bachelor party. I’m gonna be hanging out with friends pretty much nonstop, which is great because I need to unplug and unwind from the internet and social media life! I can’t let all these electronic gizmos run my life, you know what I mean?
However, it seems like every single creature in Blockhead‘s “The Music Scene” is not taking this advice and, as a matter of fact, going the complete opposite way. Everything seems to taken over entirely by television and electronics to the point that it leaves them an husk empty husk. Honestly, the video is one of the trippiest things I’ve seen in a while. Who needs drugs when you have this? Give it a watch below and you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Post metal band ISIS are gearing up to release their third album Panopticon on April 29th via Ipecac Recordings. The album originally came out in 2004 and was highly acclaimed by many outlets. This is the second reissue for the band as last year saw the reissue of Celestial, their first album.
Guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner comments, “After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be. Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.”
Drummer Aaron Harris adds, “I got the check disk from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time. When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the re-master. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that re-masters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this re-master, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.”
Listen to “In Fiction” below. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with producer/composer Varien to bring you an exclusive first listen to a dark, evil new track entitled “Bring Me Their Bones”. But not only can you give it a listen, you can also download it for free! I’d try to describe it, but Varien did it far better than I ever could, saying, “This is a track heavily inspired by horror movie soundtracks and the sound design behind them. I wanted to set the stage of a cult in the woods practicing ancient black magick and just aim for the most brutal, dark sound possible.” Head down below to give it a listen!
The soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive is now available for pre-order via ATP Festival on both CD and vinyl (180 gram 2xLP with download code). The score was composed primarily by Jozef Van Wissem with SQÜRL although there is a track by Yasmine Hamdan.
The film stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (Constantine) and is, “…centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.”
Head below for a soundtrack sample and the trailer. READ MORE
It’s time for me to suggest another band for you, the lovely BD readers! This time I’m suggesting Munich, Germany’s progressive rock band RPWL, who have their new album Wanted coming out on April 1st via Gentle Art Of Music/E1. The band originally began as a Pink Floyd cover band and the influences of this are readily apparent (I say this in the best way possible). They released their first album, God Has Failed, in 2000 and have since steadily released either studio or live albums.
The band’s previous album, Beyond Man And Time?, tackled the themes of Neitzsche. But for Wanted, the band turned to a more difficult topic: the ultimate liberation of the spirit. Heavily influenced by Plato, the album features 10 tracks that “…tell a compelling story of courage, doubt, bravery, the unconditional desire to never give in and, ultimately, the belief in what is right.”
Some of the most unsettling and terrifying scenes in horror come from Japanese films. Audition, Kairo, One Missed Call, and more featured scenes that worked their way under my skin and scraped their filthy nails right along my spine. That feeling is what I’m reminded of with this music video premiere.
We’re teaming up with avant-garde group Xiu Xiu to bring you their video for “El Naco”, which is a dark, abusive BDSM tale that is NSFW due to nudity, strong sexual themes, and implied violence (with very visual blood). The song comes from the band’s latest album Angel Guts: Red Classroom, which is based upon the Japanese film of the same name (warning: link NSFW). I don’t want to give away any more, so head on below to see this unsettling, eerie video, which was directed by John C. Clark.
Metalcore band Norma Jean have released an official music video for their song “Sword In Mouth, Fire Eyes”, which comes from last year’s stellar album Wrongdoers. The video, which was directed by Eli Berg, shows an office worker who is upset that his co-worker is so much more beloved than himself. OH! It should also be mentioned that the guy’s co-worker is a shark in a suit. Also, this shark may or may not be interested in eating people here and there…
Head down to watch it! READ MORE
Bassist Zander Zon has posted an incredible solo bass cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ classic track “Hurt”. While the title says that it’s a cover of NIN’s, I personally think it sounds more like a cover of Johnny Cash‘s 2002 cover. So, it’s a cover of a cover. We’re definitely going deeper here.
Back to the topic at hand, Zon does an amazing job of covering “Hurt”, each section he does something new and exciting so as to keep the interest of the listener and viewer. It’s well worth a few minutes, so get down there and click on that ‘Play’ button! READ MORE
Death Waltz has tweeted various sketches for their vinyl reissue release of Lucio Fulci’s House By The Cemetery, which was composed by Walter Rizzati. It’s a really cool look into seeing the ideas that went into the final design. The artwork was done by Graham Humphreys, who has done some truly astounding horror art (seriously, check out his site here). Head on below for the comparison!
Andrew Glover, bassist for Upland, CA deathcore band Winds Of Plague, has been announced as the next host of creativeLIVE’s ‘Music & Audio’ online course, which will tackle advanced bass production. This free two-day workshop will air 9am to 4pm PST on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th and will cover many aspects of how to record and mix your bass signal for the optimal tone, whether it’s for hardcore, metal, punk, rock, or whatever genre you’re after. The course will also cover best practices for not just professional studios but also home setups as well.
Glover comments, “Bass guitar is one of the most misunderstood aspects of modern rock recording, but it is the foundation to a great mix. In this class I’ll be covering and expanding upon a lot of the basics to recording bass, as well as teaching you some advanced techniques to take your bass sounds to the next level.”
Andrew Glover is the owner of Sound Temple Studio in Los Angeles and longstanding bassist for heavy metal act Winds of Plague. Founded in 2008, Sound Temple has already worked with bands like Impending Doom, The Ghost Inside, and Sleeping Giant, as well as labels like Century Media, Facedown, Metal Blade and more.
Friends can give some of the best suggestions when it comes to music. They (hopefully) know what you’re into so when they come to you with something they think “is right up your alley” there’s more weight behind that suggestion than some random person shoving it in your face (I’m aware of the irony in this statement). So when a friend suggested that I absolutely HAD to listen to the new Helms Alee album Sleepwalking Sailors, my reaction was, “…Who?”
Yeah, so I had no idea who this band was. I hadn’t heard any of their material at all. But I trusted my friend. I took him at his word and streamed the album. After my first playthrough, I sat back and came to a conclusion: I absolutely had to hear the band’s other material. But since I’m here to tell you about Sleepwalking Sailors, let’s dive into that, shall we? READ MORE
Chicago metalcore band Lionfight has just come off the “We Are Savages” tour with Breathe Carolina, Mod Sun, and Ghost Town but that doesn’t mean that they’re taking a break. The group just released a self-titled EP (iTunes or free below) and they will be performing at the “South By So What?!” music festival in Grand Prairie, TX on March 15th.
To show everyone just what they can look forward to when seeing the band live, they’ve teamed up with us to premiere a live music video for their track “Vortex”. The footage was taken on the “We Are Savages” tour by Adam Rozko. Head on below to check it out! READ MORE
Record Store Day 2014 is gearing up for one amazing run of titles on April 19th. While the full list has not yet been compiled there are some supposedly confirmed titles that are just too awesome to pass up! For instance, it looks like Bathory is getting not one, not two, but SIX picture discs! Also, Insominum‘s The Candlelight Years is getting a 7xLP 180-gram colored vinyl box.
When it comes to horror, Exclaim! is stating that Death Waltz will be releasing Anto Maiovvi‘s Original Music from the Short Film in limited yellow vinyl. In two separate 7″ releases, there will be the themes to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits as well as instrumentals for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Munsters.
If ever there were an 80′s song that needed a bit more death metal behind it, it would have to be Culture Club‘s “Karma Chameleon”. The 1983 smash pop hit was always a little to “foofy” for me and the music video was more than a little troublesome (blatant racism!).
But that’s where YouTube cover wizard Andy Rehfeldt comes in! He took a live performance from the group and gave it that distorted edge that we all know the song needed. Give it a listen below! READ MORE
Montreal-based psychobilly punk rockers Gutter Demons, who were highly influential for bands such as The Creepshow, have reunited after six years! The group has announced that their first show will be in Montreal’s Club Soda on May 3rd alongside We Are Wolves, Shane Murphy, and many more. The band’s last release was 2008′s Room 209. READ MORE
Italian alt-metal band Destrage have released an official music video for their track “Purania”, which you can watch below courtesy of FearNet. The video mixes performance footage with dark animation. The band explains, “The story is set in an imaginary city, Purania, where personal choice has been banned, and people are controlled by a central brain unleashing an army called Select & Defend, divided in small squads of Blamers and Erasers. An underground secret movement, which the government calls “The Incoherents” is planning a revolt.”
The band elaborates on the filming of the video: “We did the shooting on a freezing Sunday, in January 2013. Cold keeps people awake and reactive, but we didn’t know it before that day! Anyway, a pretty large team of people was involved in the process of making this video. The Jack Stupid Collective came up with the concept together with the band, wrote the screenplay, set the style and organized the production. There was quite a lot of stuff to do. Location managing, set design (that place was a total blank warehouse). Casting, illustration, actor and extras managing and a lot of logistic shit. We also hired a D.O.P. and two camera operators, an electrician and everyone we needed on the set. When everything was shot, The Jack Stupid collective worked on it very hard for a few months in post production.”
“It was a pretty exhausting process, especially the animation of every single drawing, but we’re satisfied about the final result. We would like to thank everyone who was involved; you are too many to be mentioned, but you know who you are!”
Hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold has announced that they will be embarking on a month long N. American headline tour this Spring on the “Shepherd Of Fire” tour. Direct support will come from Hellyeah. The tour kicks off April 12th in Dawson Creek, BC and finishes with the band’s performance at this year’s Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH on May 17th. The tour misses all of the West Coast as well as a big majority of middle US, and the Midwest. You can see the full schedule below.
Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem have released a new lyric video for a song entitled “Psywar”, the title track to their upcoming fifth studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a May release. The album is the follow up to 2007′s Ordo Ad Chao and will be their fifth studio album in the band’s 30 year history.
Yesterday, metal band Coffin Dust released their new album This Cemetery, My Kingdom and along with it they unveiled a pretty awesome Ghostbusters themed t-shirt that they call “Dustin’ Makes Me Feel Good” (ZING!). The shirt shows Slimer and the terror dogs, Zuul The Gatekeeper and Vinz Clortho The Keymaster, as the band members. I don’t know about you, but a terror dog rocking the guitar sounds pretty awesome to me!
The new album costs $8 and the shirt costs $12, so you can pick yourself up some new tunes AND new threads for only $20 right here. Head below to see the shirt design (which is also available in green ink on grey). READ MORE
The dates and venues for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have been announced and can be seen below. So far no bands have been announced (that’s coming on March 31st) also it has been confirmed that there will be 19 bands total across four stages. There will also be Freestyle Motocross and a Motorsports exhibition.
Instrumental progressive metal group Animals As Leaders has released a brand new song entitled “Tooth And Claw”, which comes from their upcoming album The Joy Of Motion (out March 25th via Sumerian Records). The song is, as per AAL norm, a complete mind f*ck in terms of the structure, composition, and technical aspect. Seriously, the amount of skill in 10 seconds of any AAL song is more than most bands use in an entire album. Give it a listen below!
Massachusetts rockers Energy have decided that their love of horror punk band Misfits knows no bounds and that it should be shared freely with everyone! As a result, they’ve recorded a 7-track tribute album, fittingly titled A Tribute To The Misfits, and made it available for free download for any and all!
Vocalist Jason Tankerley explains, “I’ve always wanted to do a Misfits tribute record. Glenn Danzig has been my absolute number one influence since I was in middle school. There are just so many songs of theirs that I want to cover. Maybe we’ll do our own Collection 2 some day!”
Sad news has come out as it’s been confirmed that original Devo member Bob Casale has passed away from heart failure related issues at the age of 61. The news came from the official Devo Facebook page on a post that was written by his brother and founding member Gerald. Devo’s last album 2010′s Something for Everybody, which heavily featured Bob Casale. An official message can be read below.
Our thoughts go out to his friends, fans, and family. READ MORE