It's not called Friday any more - it's now called Cum On Feel The Newz Day and here's your weekly comprehensive round up of all the news from across the Metal and rock world that isn't featured in those yellow boxes on the right.
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The Hyena Kill, described as "a turbocharged brick shithouse of a beast", are about to hit the road in support of debut album 'Atomised' which is available now. Catch them at the following dates:
A musical journey into the mind in pursuit of happiness set to a mix of 70s progressive rock, modern day electronica, industrial and Metal, topped off with clear, beautiful vocal lines: that's what young Copenhagen quartet Vola are offering on their debut album 'Inmazes', out on Mascot Records on 2LP, CD and Digitally on September 16th.
Guitarist and vocalist Asger Mygind sees a steady development from 2011s 'Monsters' towards 'Inmazes': "On 'Monsters' we started experimenting with 7-string guitars and a lot of polymetrics - odd-time signatures over a straight 4/4 beat in our case. And it worked so well on the EP that we wanted to elaborate on this for a full album. But I think we have gotten better at producing our music as a band, which has given way to a tighter and more in-your-face vibe on 'Inmazes'.
"We are also one person less than on 'Monsters' (guitarist and singer Niels Dreijer Madsen quit the band in 2012), so in my case I've had to fill out more space as guitarist and singer, as Niels also played guitar and sang a lot of vocal harmonies."
In December of 2015, three bands with three different stylistic approaches to aggressive music, but a common outlook on the world, came together to create a collective piece of work - The Depression Sessions. Those three bands were Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain and Fit For An Autopsy and on August 12th, Nuclear Blast Entertainment will release the results of this experience both digitally and on limited edition vinyl.
All parties involved have released the following collective statement: "After months of heavy touring, a cold NJ background set the tone for a dark, honest, and moody record. We gave some nods to the bands we grew up listening to and took some new risks in our own songs. More importantly, this record is a statement of community. We live in a very competitive and selfish world, and this is proof it doesn't have to be like that. It's the friendships you make along the way, between the artists you share the stage with, that you'll take away with you long after the shows are over. Support your peers; the whole music scene will be better for it. Thank you for listening."
Check out this lyric video for the first single 'They Will Know Another' by Thy Art Is Murder'.
Whitechapel have launched a new video for 'Elitist Ones', from their new album 'Mark Of The Blade' which is out now.
Later this year Whitechapel are coming back to Europe to headline the 'Impericon Never Say Die Tour 2016'. Alex Wade told us: "We are excited to return to Europe this fall with our new record and headline Never Say Die! 2016. We love Impericon and the Never Say Die! Tour so we've been looking forward to this since it was offered to us. The line up is solid and heavy so don't miss this tour!"
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Doom Metal warriors from the south-west of England, The Wounded Kings, are due to release their fifth full length album, 'Visions In Bone', on August 26th via Candlelight/Spinefarm Records. It was jointly produced and engineered by Chris Fielding and the band at Mwnci Studios in Wales and Skyhammer Studios in Cheshire, UK and it swirls and flows with vintage tones and smoky vibes, with the themes of death, despair and redemption very much to the fore.
Formed in 2004, The Wounded Kings proudly uphold Britain's occult heritage via a unique blend of spectral doom and psychedelic horror, creating a desolate, end-of-the-world vibe filled with suffocating heaviness and have been cited as: "British doom of staggering power."
San Diego, California-based Metal outfit Carnifex have released the second making-of episode for 'Slow Death'. Watch the video here:
'Slow Death' will be released on August 5th via Nuclear Blast. Check out the official video for the first single, 'Drown Me In Blood' here.
Extreme metallers Brujeria will release their fourth full length album entitled 'Pocho Aztlan' on September 16th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The release will be followed by a US tour this October alongside Cattle Decapitation and Pinata Protest.
'Pocho Aztlan' is the band's first release since 'Brujerizmo' was released in 2000 via Roadrunner. It was recorded over the course of many years and at several studios around the globe and the end result was mixed by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, The Exploited). Check out the visualizer for the song 'Viva Presidente Trump!' here. The track comes from their recent 7" release of the same name here.
Boston-based group On Broken Wings (For fans of Converge, Glassjaw, Every Time I Die) formed in early 2001 to create a mood of hostility and despair with their self-labeled brand of "mosh-metal" and what sets OBW apart from the pack is the atmosphere which haunts each song, punctuated by vocalist Jonathan's range. In one moment, Jonathan is the growling demon in your head, while in the next he is showing off his surprisingly sensitive singing voice.
Following the success of their debut EP last year, Irish alt rockers Mindriot are back with their debut album 'Brothers' which is available now.
Mindriot bass player Mike Hoye told us: "Each track has it's own story to tell. And we are telling a story of the life we have had. Out of all the material we have written in the past, this year we feel like we've found our feet and produced the 12 tracks that we are the most proud of! 'Brothers' is our story and you're listening to the first chapter." Here's the video for 'Alibi':
Watford quartet The Spitfires have revealed the video for their new single 'On My Mind'. The track is the follow up to their #1 UK Vinyl Single Chart hit 'So Long' and is available as a free download now with all digital pre-orders of forthcoming second album 'A Thousand Times'.
Commenting on the song and video, front man Billy Sullivan said: "This track was one of the first songs to be written for the album. In fact it was written just before our debut album came out. It's been getting a fantastic response live, with people singing the chorus back before it's even been released. The recording has a great 'live' feel to it, which is why we chose to do a very simple music video in a rehearsal room, which to me captures the essence of the song."
Gary Hoey fuses his blues and rock influences on his 20th album, 'Dust & Bones' which features eleven original songs that celebrate Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Robin Trower and others. Lita Ford guests on 'Coming Home'. Check out the new song 'Boxcar Blues' here:
Gary told us: "This is where I belong — playing this ferocious blend of blues and rock music. I did my last album, 'Deja Blues', to prove to myself that I could play authentic blues, and now that I feel more at home there, I felt it was time to mix my favorite guitar styles into something seamless, organic, and powerful.
"This is the biggest-sounding album I've done in years. From the guitars to the vocals to the rhythm section — everything was designed to produce a huge impact. I'm just so proud of this record."
Chapter And Verse are currently on the road in support of their new EP 'The Wolves Back Home'. They'll be playing Mothers Ruin, Bristol tonight (8th July), Old Blue Last in London on 13th, Frog And Fiddle, Cheltenham on 14th, Lounge 41, Workington on 15th and Nice N Sleazy, Glasgowon 16th.
'The Wolves Back Home' is to be released On July 15th. Speaking on the current tour dates, frontman Josh Carter said: "We've re-worked a lot for this little run and we've never been more stoked to show it off. We want the shows to perfectly encapsulate the up-and-down dynamics of the EP whilst keeping the usual spontaneity and passion. The stakes are much higher than before and we have no plans to shy away from it."
Swedish hard rockers Dead Lord continue to promote their latest album 'Heads Held High' by debuting a promotional video for the track 'Don't Give A Damn'. The clip was directed by Daniel Garptoft and Maria Evelius for the production company Dirt Frame and here it is:
Dead Lord told us: "We're proud to present to you the second music video of the album 'Heads Held High'. This time we give you 'Don't Give A Damn'! We teamed up with Swedish film crew Dirt Frame to conceive this 70s-tv-show-oozing performance clip! Heavy Rock guitars! Smoking Marshall stacks! Polyester suits! Soap bubbles! It features all the good stuff you can ever want in rock and roll, and more! So sit back and dream yourself away to a time when the tv-hosts didn't know, or care, what band they had on their show!"
Dead Lord will be playing at this year's Hard Rock Hell which takes place in Pwllheli, Wales from 10th to 12th November.
London based metallers Counting Days have dropped their brand new video for 'Prison Of Misery', the first to feature new member and ex Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Curtis Ward.
The band are fresh off supporting coldrain on their most recent UK tour, as well as supporting Architects at their two sold out hometown shows and smashing the fourth stage at Download Festival 2016.
'Prison Of Misery' is taken from debut album 'Liberated Sounds' and the video was shot in an old underground theatre in North London that was turned into a car park but is being restored to its former glory. Talking about the location guitarist Charlie Wilson told us: "I was lucky enough to go to an exclusive Skepta show there about a year ago and knew it would be a great location for the video. The lyrics for the song are influenced by the feeling of depression and anxiety, and how you can tear yourself apart from it."
Leeds melodic Punks Eat Defeat have released their new video for the track 'Shortcuts' which is taken from the new EP 'Time And Tide' which is out now through Umlaut Records. 'Shortcuts' was produced by Robin Booker Films and has appearances from friends, Random Hand, Fierce Morgan and Cast Ashore. Speaking on the video, bassist/vocalist, Summers said: "It feels pretty great to finally get the video out, the response so far has been incredible. I'm glad people are not only loving the music but also appreciating just how good our comedic acting is, and how far we're willing to go to make ourselves look stupid."
Eat Defeat will play a handful of UK shows this month before a run on the continent with Ghouls.
16/07 - The Underground, Plymouth
17/07 - Sitwell Tavern, Derby
20/07 - Smoutpot, Zwijndrecht (BE)*
21/07 - AZ, Aachen (DE)*
22/07 - Rülps, Munich (DE)*
25/07 - Cross Club, Prague (CZ)*
26/07 - TBA, Ústí nad Labem (CZ)*
30/07 - Roundhay Park, Leeds
* Acoustic Performance
The Modern Age Slavery are pleased to announce their new guitar player. After taking Federico Leone on drums, the death metal band introduces Ludovico Cioffi on the guitars, completing the new line up. In this guitar playthrough you can check out his skills while playing 'Vile Mother Earth' with Luca Cocconi. The song is taken from the debut album 'Damned To Blindness' released via Napalm Records in 2008.
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