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Featured Band: Kaoteon

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KAOTEON is an unusual east-west international extreme metal collaboration, originally hailing from the Middle East but now based in Amsterdam. For their new album, Damnatio Memoriae, full-time members Anthony Kaoteon (Death Drive) on guitar and vocalist Walid Wolflust (Ordum, ex-Gothmog) tapped the distinctive talents of bass wizard Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drum master Fredrik Widigs of Marduk as guests. After performing with them live for the first time in Beirut in April at the Beirut Metal Fest, Klausenitzer described KAOTEON as, “legends of the Lebanese metal scene”.  The album drops February 23. Click below for album tracks and the video to Damnatio Memoriae.

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Featured Band: Venom Prison

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Since the release of the debut album, Animus, VENOM PRISON have had a whirlwind year. They have toured near-constantly, picking up support slots with Trap Them, Suicide Silence, Aversions Crown, Gorguts, Revocation, and Fallujah, as well as high profile slots at Download and Bloodstock. After picking up a Metal Hammer “Best Newcomer” award in June, the band rounded out the album anniversary by appearing on the cover of the magazine’s 300th issue. The band will be reissuing Animus with a bonus disc containing 5 songs recorded live during the Summer 2017 tour on February 23rd, 2018. Check out the video for Immanentize Eschaton and Venom Prison’s tour dates via the link below.

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Stop The Presses! New Judas Priest Video!

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Priest is back! Here’s Lightning Strike (below) off their new album Firepower! After listening to this tune, we can say for certain that Judas Priest still has what it takes. Lightning Strike sounds like some of their older material. Check out their site here for a whole lot of tour dates and more info on the album.

 

 

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Featured Band: Huntsmen

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Much like Dylan, Springsteen and Waits, Chicago’s Americana metal outfit, Huntsmen, continue the long standing tradition of storytelling in their music. Huntsmen just do it with volume higher and more metallic grit. The Huntsmen Facebook site, with show dates and more, is here. Have a look – and a listen – to the video for the heavy, driving tune Pyre (off the new American Scrap album) via the link below.

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Featured Band: The Atlas Moth

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Really like this hard driving sound from Chicago psychedelic sludge band The Atlas Moth and this video for Coma Noir is pretty cool! Official release: On Coma Noir, the ever-evolving The Atlas Moth injects a shot of rock into their psychedelic, experimental blend of metal. Produced by Sanford Parker. Available on all digital outlets, compact disc, limited edition clear/swirl variants on vinyl and a super limited LP with a noir envelope photo pack on Feb 9th. On tour with Mirrors of Psychic Warfare on Royal Thunder 2/10 – 2/22. We’ve got pics, the video for Coma Noir, and the tour dates at the link below! 

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Featured Band – Atala

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Well, this will certainly wake you up in the morning! Hard-driving Atala is based out of the SoCal desert military town of Twentynine Palms. The band’s new album, Labyrinth of Ashmedai, charges with the production talents of fellow Twentynine Palms native Billy Anderson, otherwise recognized for his work with colossal bands such as Sleep, Melvins, and Mastodon.

Atala’s homebase is located very close to famed Joshua Tree National Park (an area the band calls “a tourist trap” that other bands describe as a “serene” and “meditative” place to perform and record), but they choose to source alternative inspiration from the grittier aspects of their desert surroundings. “We feel more sullen in our outlook,” says guitarist/frontman Kyle Stratton. “Not only do we deal with weather reaching nearly 130 degrees, we see and experience the effects of true struggles – war, poverty, death, drugs, gang violence, prostitution and murder – quite often. Gun stores, casinos, churches, liquor stores, bars, wild animals and greed-based-politics just touch the surface of what our town offers. Without going into too much detail… it’s no easy life for us out here. Our music is a mirror that reflects the truth of our personal life experiences.”

Atala have performed at festivals such as Maryland Doom Fest and Holland’s Roadburn Festival, and have shared the stage with bands such as Pallbearer, Baroness, Chelsea Wolf, The Obsessed, Coven, 16, Coliseum, Green Jelly and many others. Click the link below for more info on the band and to see their videos for Grains of Sand and a Mini-Documentary + “Tabernacle Of”:. The documentary is really cool as it really shows the band in their environment and all their awesome dogs!

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Featured Band: Terror Universal

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Made up of current and former members of Machine Head, Ill Niño, Soulfly, and Upon A Burning Body, Terror Universal joined together to exercise their love for horror flicks and mosh-ready anthem metal without putting too much hard focus on themselves as people – hence the masks and anonymity (aside from Dave Chavarri, who has come out as a member of the band since their formation). Terror Universal has just dropped a new album – Make Them Bleed. Make Them Bleed features the talents of guest bassists John Moyer (Disturbed, Art of Anarchy, ex-Adrenaline Mob) and Tony Campos (Fear Factory, Ministry, Soulfly, Static-X). Campos appears on the track “Dead On Arrival”, and Moyer appears on “Spines”. Make Them Bleed was produced by members the band, and mixed by Eddie Wohl (Smile Empty Soul, Fuel, Ill Niño, 36Crazyfists).

Make Them Bleed can be pre-ordered right now via Bandcamp, or via the band’s brand new PledgeMusic campaign, with incentives including digital download cards, signed CDs, limited edition posters, t-shirts, stickers, limited edition blood-splatter vinyl, signed gear (including a guitar, drumhead and drum sticks), one-on-one music lessons, and more.

You can listen to ‘Make Them Bleed via the link below. Put this album on your music mix next time you’re working out at the gym. Guaranteed you’ll lift AT LEAST 5000 pounds. The album drops Jan 19. 

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Featured Band – Zaius (In Studio)

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We’re big fans of Zaius featured previously here. Their latest drop is a live, in studio version of Echelon, taking from their debut full length, Of Adoration – which is on heavy rotation at the Sci-Clops office! Video at the link below. 

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Video – Marty Friedman – Self Pollution

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Grammy nominated recording artist and legendary guitarist as well as Ambassador of Japan Heritage (!) Marty Friedman returns with WALL OF SOUND, the much anticipated follow up to his Billboard charting album, INFERNO. 11 bombastic tracks featuring a diverse group of guests: Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Shiv Mehra (Deafheaven) and Jorgen Munkeby (Shining), WALL OF SOUND explores, expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. Video at the link below.

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Featured Band – Wolf King

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Live version of the track, LOYAL TO THE SOIL 1, which will appear on Wolf King’s forthcoming album, LOYAL TO THE SOIL, due out on Prosthetic Records, Spring 2018. Video and tour dates at the link below. 

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Featured Band – Reaping Asmodeia

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From Prosthetic Records: Reaping Asmodeia combine sheer brutality with meticulous technicality to craft one of the finest extreme death metal albums of the year. Video at the link below.

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Featured Band: Junius

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Metal/progmetal fans, here’s another awesome band! Junius will be on the road in support of their latest release Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light, which is out now. Fans can order their copy of Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light here. The album marks the completion of their conceptual trilogy which began in 2009 with their evoking LP The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, depicted by Rolling Stone as, “a perfect hybrid of Neurosis and The Smiths” followed by 2011’s Reports From The Thresholds of Death. The critically acclaimed 2014 EP, Days of the Fallen Sun, was lauded by Pitchfork as their “strongest and most sensuous work to date”. Click the link below to check out A Mass For Metaphysicians, taken from Junius’ new LP “Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light” AND be sure to note the latest Junius tour dates. 

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Featured Band: Fall Of Humanity

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Sci-Clops recently had the pleasure of running across Syracuse, NY based metal band Fall of Humanity and wait till you check out their video for their debut single Seasons! Consisting of Marcus Rafferty – Guitar/Vocals, Michael Rafferty – Drums, and Jimmy Falco – Guitar/Vocals, Fall of Humanity list their influences as Maiden, Priest, Ozzy, Sepultura, and Killswitch Engage among others. Already making a big splash in the metal world, we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more from this band. Click the link below for the Seasons video, photos, and more on Fall of Humanity.

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Band Of The Day – Judas Priest (Live Graspop 2008)

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If you’re a Priest fan, you’re going to love this live 2008 show and if you’ve always wanted to hear Priest, then this is the show for you. Crammed with hits, leather, guitars, and of course THAT Harley, you won’t be disappointed! Video at the link below. Make sure to play at maximum volume.

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Band Of The Day – Fortis Amor

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Introducing melodic progressive metal project, Fortis Amor.  Fortis Amor, meaning “strong love” in Latin,  is a one-man (Guitarist/vocalist/composer/producer Ryan Duke) project that has just released an inspiring self-titled album. Check out more on the project and the single Holding On To Nothing via the link below. 

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