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Featured Band: Starkill

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Metal fans, introducing Starkill from Chicago – “Foo Fighters have long been one of our favorite groups of all time, and we’ve long considered doing a cover or interpretation of one of their tracks. “The Pretender” is one of those instantly recognizable rock anthems, and we decided to bring together various aspects from both the original and other versions we had heard to form a cohesive, more metal-centric cover.” Starkill’s Facebook site is here. Check out the video for ‘The Pretender’ below!

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Featured Band – Dawn Ray’d


Black Metal from the north of England! Check out the video for Emptiness Beneath The Great Emptiness (below) taken from their critically acclaimed album, THE UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY. Catch DAWN RAY’D at this year’s Roadburn Festival and on tour throughout Europe and the UK. Dawn Ray’d Facebook page here. Video at the link below.

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Check Out This Heavy Video For ‘El Sol’ From Southern California’s Will Haven

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Introducing some great new metal from Will Haven – definitely give these guys a listen!

Sacramento, CA’s Will Haven are are set to return again with their sixth album, Muerte, on March 23. Muerte is available for pre-order now via Amazon and Bandcamp, with iTunes digital, PledgeMusic bundles and Spotify streaming becoming available very soon. Check out the video for ‘El Sol’ as well as tour dates and more info on the band below.

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Featured Band: WuW


Rien ne nous sera épargné is the cascading, instrumental debut from Parisian duo, WuW. A dark and heavy progressive soundtrack for appreciators of Magma, King Crimson and Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Check out the video for Pour Ce Qu’il En Restera at the link below.

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Featured Band: Hallow Point

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St. Louis, Missouri-based Hallow Point are launching a U.S. tour, kicking off in their hometown of St. Louis on March 9 at The Firebird. The tour will hit several southeastern and midwestern cities, coming to an end in Louisville, KY on March 24 at Brewskee’s. Each show will feature different support artists. See below for all confirmed tour dates and check out the video for ‘Acedia’ off their new EP ‘Beyond Our Name’! This tune is not for the faint at heart and is perfect for pumping iron at the gym! 

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Featured Band: Monotheist


Monotheist mix the brutality of Suffocation, the melodic sensibilities of Extol and the earnest riffing of Death with explorations into classical and jazz realms. Mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith (7 Horns 7 Eyes). Available 3/16 on all digital outlets, compact disc and limited edition blue with orange and yellow swirl wax. Click the link below to hear The Grey King featuring Christian Alvestam.

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Featured Band: Kaoteon


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


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


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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A Couple Music Videos From Featured Band: Asomvel


We really liked what these guys did with the Motorhead idea – taking the sound and look and expanding on it – see what you think after watching the videos for World Shaker and Railroaded below!  Continue reading A Couple Music Videos From Featured Band: Asomvel

Featured Band – Septic Flesh


Well, look who’s coming to dinner! Septic Flesh brings their own brand of  symphonic death metal from Athens, Greece straight into your head. Check out the new video for Martyr off their Codex Omega album which we previously covered here. Martyr and its video are pretty good! Video, pics, and the latest tour dates below.



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Featured Band: Howling Sycamore


Prosthetic Records has just signed Austin/San Francisco’s Howling Sycamore, a progressive extreme metal project featuring members from Ephel Duath, Watchtower, and Necrophagist. If you’re looking for extreme progmetal for the new year, this is it!

So, why the name Howling Sycamore? Davide Tiso (Guitars/Bass) was always fascinated by the symbolism of the sycamore tree, which has special significance in Egyptian religion and that “bridged the world of the dead and the living” in David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks. He was also inspired by the tree itself – turning white in winter and reflecting the moonlight in otherworldly ways, bearing not only mystery but also a certain component of solitude and pain. And no experimental prog project is complete without random sax solos – by none other than Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Brain Tentacles! Also making appearances on guitars are Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) and Fester (Burials, Humorous).

Videos for Upended, Let Fall, and more at the link below. 

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Trailer – Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal


We normally like to post a featured band but today we’re giving you a whole mess of them: The early L.A. thrash metal scene, in fact. From the official release (Inside Metal)…

Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been deemed as the epicenter for thrash metal, whereas Los Angeles has invariably been considered the stomping ground for glam and hair metal. True, San Francisco has birthed many exceptional thrash bands since the early ’80s, but the fact remains – Los Angeles is the rightful birthplace of three of the “Big 4” thrash bands and is the breeding grounds for unconventional thrash/punk-metal bands. From legendary thrash icons Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth, to punk/metal renegades Suicidal Tendencies and combative thrash stalwarts Dark Angel and Hirax, they all generated from this pretentious, megalopolis hellhole we call Los Angeles. Video and more at the link below…

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Featured Band: The Atlas Moth


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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