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August Burns Red Celebrate a Decade of ‘Rescue & Restore’ at Worcester Palladium [Photos]

August Burns Red celebrated ten years of ‘Rescue & Restore’ at Worcester Palladium, along with Spite, Brand of Sacrifice, and Crystal Lake.



August Burns Red on Nov 10, 2023, photo by Christina Altamirano

Another Friday night spent at the Worcester Palladium! This time with night one of August Burns Red, ten years of Rescue & Restore with bands Spite, Brand of Sacrifice, and Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake started the night off right! With powerful chugs and breakdowns, this band was great to see live! They opened with their song “Mephisto” and played other recognizable tracks like “Six Feet Under,” “Disobey,” and “Lost in Forever.” During “Watch Me Burn,” there was a sea of crowd surfers coming up to the barricade and security. The band ended with “Apollo,” which was a hit with the audience, as evidenced by the moshing and head banging.

Brand of Sacrifice came on next and played a nine-song set. The Toronto-based deathcore band opened with songs “Dawn” and “Demon King.” Their setlist consisted of two live debut songs, “Purge,” which was a brand new song, and “Ruin.” They ended with their well-known closer, “Eclipse.” This band is a force to not be messed with.

Spite was amazing, like always! They also had a nine-song setlist that consisted of songs like “Made to Please,” “Caved In,” “Dedication to Flesh,” and “The Root of All Evil.” The California deathcore band had the audience moving, including myself, as I head banged to every song while not taking photos. They closed with “Kill or Be Killed.”

Artwork for ‘Death Below’ album by August Burns Red

Artwork for ‘Death Below’ album by August Burns Red

August Burns Red closed the night with ten years of Rescue & Restore. Vocalist Jake Luhrs came on stage sporting a grey beard. Maybe he’s getting ready for their Christmas shows? They played the album in its entirety, and there were many live debuts. With songs like “Treatment,” “Count it All as Lost,” “Sincerity,” “Echoes,” and “The First Step.” They also played “Creative Captivity” for the first time since 2013 and “Animals” for the first time since 2014. During their encore, they played five more songs, including “Carol of the Bells,” “Composure,” and ended with their most popular track, “White Washed.”

If you love deathcore and August Burns Red, then go check out this tour in a city near you. This was an exciting and energetic night!

I got into photography in late 2017/ early 2018 even though cameras have always interest me. I've been working with mostly local bands in the New England area since mid 2018 and working on growing my craft since then. I love shooting live shows. The energy the bands give on stage can be such a powerful experience and I want to be able to capture that moment for a lifetime!


The V13 Fix #004 w/ Darkest Hour, Glitterer, LowLives and more

From pop to metalcore, experimental grindcore to indie, each week The V13 Fix will bring you a roundup of all the new music worth hearing…



The V13 Fix

Welcome to the latest The V13 Fix our weekly round-up of some of the best albums, singles and EPs to drop in our laps/inboxes this week. From pop to black metal to experimental pop to punk rock, there is something for everyone in this mix of new music. Check out and support all the bands and labels if you like what you hear and if there is a particular album you like, make sure you head over to Spotify and check out one of our specially curated playlists where there is more great new music added daily.

Alternatively, if you’re in a band or want one of your bands considered for inclusion get in touch. While we can’t guarantee every album or EP we receive will be included, there are still plenty of other ways we can support you.

So, without further ado, sit back, plug in your headphones and get this week’s V13 Fix of new music…

Zero’ [Single]

When Japanese genre-smashers Crossfaith exploded onto the scene with their brutal, electronic-laced metalcore, the world sat up and paid attention. Well, after twelve months regrouping, the band are back with this new single, a massive statement that they’re ready to pick up where they left off but with a new energy. This new slice of heaviness from the band is packed dangerously full of pulsating electronics and pummelling metalcore. Equally as explosive as it is anthemic, “Zero” heralds a new chapter from the band who, after hitting the reset button twelve months ago, have returned with a vengeance.

Pick up your copy of “Zero” from here.

Darkest Hour
Perpetual | Terminal
MNRK Heavy

It’s incredible when you realise that Perpetual | Termainal is the tenth album in the rollercoaster career of US metalcore/metallic hardcore mob Darkest Hour. Spirit and dogged determination has kept the band going to this point and it is a theme which provides the heartbeat of this savage collection. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum explains: “The record’s theme centers around the duality of survival while embracing rebirth,” and, hearing the band hurtle through each of the eleven tracks, Perpetual | Terminal certainly feels like the sound of a band who have been reborn. An uncompromising, unrelenting metal assault, Perpetual | Terminal highlights exactly why heavy music would be worse off without Darkest Hour in it.

Pick up your copy of Perpetual | Terminal from here.

Morta Skuld
Creation Undone
Peaceville Records

Now, even though the new wave of modern death metal bands is doing a sterling job in keeping the flag flying high for the genre, sometimes it’s nice just to take a trip back into some of the old-school bands. Having formed in Milwaukee in 1990, Morta Skuld are still battering away with their latest offering from the death metal stalwarts indicating no sign of slowing down. For fans of the likes of Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide, the band expertly combine groovy moshy sections, blastbeats with swamp born vocals. Creation Undone isn’t metalcore, it’s not deathcore, there are no symphonies, this is just straight between the eyes brutality.

Pick up your copy of Creation Undone from here.

Dirty Deeds
Quiet Panic

M.U.T.T. are a trashy punk rock band straight from the gutters of the San Fransisco punk rock scene. There isn’t much you need to know about the kind of punk rock M.U.T.T. peddle except that it comes devoid of airs and graces. Taking a route one approach, M.U.T.T’s punk noise is covered in snot and packed with attitude. Formed from the ashes of Culture Abuse, the project has moved on from the more rock and roll stylings of their debut album, Bad To The Bone, into more trashy waters. Offerings like “Downtown Boy” come with a suitably unpleasant sneer plastered across their face and, while this EP might a fairly brief listen, M.U.T.T pack plenty of bite into those eighteen or so raucous minutes.

Pick up your copy of Dirty Deeds from here.

Gen & The Degenerates
ANTI-FUN Propaganda
Marshall Records

Alt-punk collective Gen & The Degenerates tattoo their principals proudly onto their debut album. Written to a backdrop of disaster, tragedy and misfortune, ANTI-FUN Propaganda comes from a world of late nights and early mornings, sexuality, gender politics and mortality. It’s a punk rock album at its beating heart but, as vocalist Gen puts it, comes with a humourous approach and a love of dirty disco pop. Lyrically, tracks like “Famous” may come from a dark, bleak place but, as the video for “Big Hit Single” highlights, there is a wry smile and a sense of sarcasm nipping away at the subject matter to make sure we don’t lose sight of the fact that, while a quick look outside your window will show a world imploding on itself, it’s important to enjoy what time we have while we’re here.

Pick up your copy of ANTI-FUN Propaganda from here.


Following his previous band Title Fight ceased touring, lead singer and songwriter Ned Russin needed a creative outlet. The creative outlet soon manifested into what originally started out as solo project but, six years later, has blossomed into a fully-fledged band and the release of their fourth album, but debut as a full band, Rationale. An album with a sound deeply entrenched in the DC hardcore and indie rock scenes, Rationale is a rowdy listen packed with jarring indie guitars and slick pop melodies with the cohesiveness paying testament to the fact that Russin has found bandmates who share his creative vision.

Pick up your copy of Rationale from here.

Hands of Kalliach
Prosthetic Records

Spawned from the minds of Edinburgh, Scotland husband and wife duo have blended together melodic death metal melded with Scottish folk music to create an album that is a work of art. The title of the album is inspired by enormous whirlpool, Corryvreckan, which lies between some of the western isles of Scotland. As harsh yet as beautiful as the inspiration behind it, Corryvreckan is a jaw-dropping piece of work. Soaring passages of melancholic Scottish folk music crash into brutal death metal, like two perfectly matched components. Through the folk music, the pair capture a drama and the emotion that can only come from being truly living and breathing it. When matched up with the extremities of the death metal scene, the end result is utterly majestic.

Pick up your copy of Corryvreckan from here.

Job For A Cowboy
Moon Healer
Metal Blade

For fans of iconic progressive death metal outfit Job For A Cowboy, it’s been almost a decade since new music was last heard from the band. Having teased for a number of years, the band are now back with their follow-up to 2014’s Sun Eater pretty much picking up where the 2014 album dropped off. Unsurprisingly, Moon Healer is the kind of album you really need to invest your time and effort into to really appreciate. Skim over it and you’ll find another incredible album in the Glendale’s musical armoury. Dig under the surface and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world which thematically picks up the story from Sun Eater while musically delivers it in a tightly woven package of complex, experimental, progressive death metal.

Pick up your copy of Moon Healer from here.

Austrian Death Machine
Quad Brutal
Napalm Records

Ten years since their last outing, Austrian Death Machine are back with Quad Brutal, their first album for new home Napalm Records. Formed fifteen years ago by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis, the Arnie-inspired neck-wrecking death machine is back reinspired and reinvigorated. Joined by a bunch of friends from across the metalcore scene including members of Ov Sulfur and Wolves At The Gate, Lambesis is back with another full-throttle, adrenaline-fueled metal feast. With more muscle than your typical weights room, Quad Brutal is just pumped-to-fuck, beefed-up metal. There’s nothing fancy about this. No need to put your brain into gear, Quad Brutal is just here for when another couple of plates on the end of that bar just doesn’t seem enough.

Pick up your copy of Quad Brutal from here.

Royal Tusk
MNRK Heavy

To date, Alberta, Canada three-piece Royal Tusk have gigged with a veritable Who’s Who of Rock from Slash to Halestorm while, during the pandemic, frontman Daniel sang on viral at-home collabs with Stone Sour, In Flames, and Mastodon. Listening to the hard rockers third album and you can probably pinpoint all of those inspirations seeping through the thumping anthems. Full of hard rock bangers like “Fire In Your Veins” and “The Death of Common Sense” to “Hated”, Altruistic has the perfect blend of melody, singalong choruses and power. Of the album, bassist Sandy MacKinnon says “I really hope you want to blast it in your car and headbang” and we can’t think of a better way to enjoy Altruistic than that.

Pick up your copy of Altruistic from here.

Century Media

Honouring commitments delayed by the pandemic means that it has been almost five years since we have heard a new full-length album from Norwegian progressive folk/black metal band Borknagar. Reading into the whole process the band go through to write an album though, you do get the feeling Fall would have taken as long pandemic or not. An unrushed, flawlessly-crafted peice of work, Fall sounds like Borknagar frontman Øystein G. Brun has worked tirelessly to ensure that every moment of this album plays out like a story. Blast of grim, violent black metal weave through epic passages of progressive rock and folk to tell a tale of survival. Heading towards their third decade, Fall feels like the Norwegians are still riding at the top of their game.

Pick up your copy of Fall from here.

Mother Mother
Grief Chapter
Warner Music / Parlophone

It’s fair to say that 2021’s album INSIDE catapulted Canadian indie rock troop Mother Mother to new heights. Piling up an incredible 300 million streams for said album Grief Chapter has some task ahead of it. The ninth album of their career finds the band at their most energized despite it focusing, lyrically at least, on themes of death and mourning. This is an album that transcends genres not only over the course of the twelve tracks but, as demonstrated on the brilliant opener “Nobody Escapes” or the stomping “Normalize”, many times within songs. An album which may come from a morbid place lyrically, by the end, will have you well and truly hooked.

Pick up your copy of Grief Chapter from here.

Loser’ [Single]
Spinefarm Records

It’s the year 2000 and Wheatus earworm “Teenage Dirtbag” is rapidly becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. An anthem for misfits, outcasts and losers, it’s a song we hold close to our hearts even 24 years later. Now, West Coast alt-rockers have gone and written their own version. A wonderfully hopeful slice of slacker rock, “Loser” has an almost pleading air to the chorus while the melody is lifted straight from the grunge/alt-rock 2000s. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming debut album, Freaking Out, so don’t worry if you’re going through that misfit phase because Lowlives have got your back.

Pick up your copy of Freaking Out from here.

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SAUL Embark on Headlining Tour with Kingdom Collapse

Iowa hard rock heavyweights SAUL hit the road again embarking on a headline tour this spring and Kingdom Collapse will serve as support.




Iowa hard rock heavyweights SAUL — brothers Blake Bedsaul [lead vocals] and Zach Bedsaul [lead guitar, backup vocals], William McIlravy [bass, backup vocals], and Myles Clayborne [drums] — are hitting the road again. The band will embark on a headline tour this spring, and Kingdom Collapse will serve as support.

The tour kicks off on March 29 in their native Iowa and runs through April 12 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All dates are below, and tickets are HERE.

Zach comments:

“We are so stoked to be back on the road. Touring with our good friends in Kingdom Collapse will be amazing. Seeing all the Equals will be the best part of all! We will be throwing hard on every date to bring you the best show. So buckle up — because we’re coming!”

Saul dropped its latest album, THIS IS IT… THE END OF EVERYTHING last year via Spinefarm. It was celebrated for sticking to its “own artistic terms without bending at the knee to current trends” by Cryptic Rock and “a master class in hard rock” by Brutal Planet. Check out “TOOTH AND NAIL” and “A MILLION MILESfrom the album.

Tour Dates (w/ Kingdom Collapse):

3/29 — Des Moines, IA — Lefty’s Live Music
3/30 — Madison, WI — The Annex
3/31 — Westland, MI — Token Lounge
4/2 — Johnson City, TN — Capones
4/3 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade (Purgatory)
4/5 — Dallas, TX — RBC
4/6 — Austin, TX — Come And Take It Live
4/7 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
4/9 — Oklahoma City, OK — 89th Street
4/10 — St Louis, — Old Rock House
4/11 — Sioux City, IA — The Marquee
4/12 — Sioux Falls, SD — Remedy at 611

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Waterlines Drop New Single/Video “Brace” Alongside UK Tour Dates

Yorkshire metalcore heathens Waterlines return with UK tour news and their brand new single and video, “Brace.”




Following thunderous receptions at every show on their first tour of 2024 last week, Yorkshire metalcore heathens Waterlines are back with a barrelful of announcements!

First is the matter of their brand new single, “Brace.” It’s the heaviest song the band has released so far; It’s three minutes of the fiercest metalcore you will hear all year. The subject matter of the song is as heavy as the riffs that go with it. Put simply, it’s a song about a plane ride with an unhappy ending and those last few moments of life after everything has gone wrong.

Having just completed four very rowdy shows with their new friends Cabin Boy Jumped Ship, October Ends and Iridium, Waterlines has announced two more live show batches! They’ll be hitting the road at both the start and end of May for two long weekends of metal mayhem.

At the start of May, they’ll team up with Mancunian metalcore specialists The Human Veil for three shows in Nottingham, Leeds and The Human Veil’s hometown show in Manchester. At the end of the month, Waterlines head out for a trio of shows in London, Wakefield and Bolton with tech-metal/metalcore maestros Eschalon. The Bolton chapter of the Waterlines fan club was out in force, as that show sold out in hours!

Tour Dates:

Waterlines + The Human Veil + Local Supports – May 2024

2nd May – Nottingham – Billy Bootleggers
3rd May – Leeds – BOOM
4th May – Manchester – The Peer Hat

Waterlines + Eschalon + Local Supports – May / June 2024

30th May – London – 229
31st May – Wakefield – Vortex
1st June – Bolton – Alma (SOLD OUT)

For ticket information for all shows, please visit the Down For Life Music website.

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