Toronto, Canada continues to produce bad-ass bands at an near alarming rate. But no one’s fucking complaining, cause that’s a good problem to have. Enter the relatively new punk rock quartet PUP. These guys are new (duh!), raucous, and fall into the aforementioned “bad-ass” bracket. With their self-titled debut out now in Canada and set to drop everywhere else on April 8th, we grabbed (not literally… that isn’t nice and we’re Canadian) guitarist Steven Sladkowski to find out more about the record and his gear. Word.

Broken Hope has revealed the title of their 6th studio release as ‘Omen of Disease’. The album title – created by chief-lyricist, Jeremy Wagner – is also an actual album track, which marks the first official Broken Hope “title track” since their 1991 debut album, ‘Swamped in Gore’. ‘Omen of Disease’ is slated for a worldwide release in late summer 2013 via Century Media Records.

Central Canadian black metal duo Wilt – comprised of Jordan Dorge (Laika) and Brett Goodchild – has officially released their self-titled EP. Black metal has never sounded so dark and deprived. This EP will take you on a visceral journey into your mind and into the crevices of the Earth. With influences rooting from Winterfylleth, Woods Of Ypres, Altar Of Plagues, Nachmystium and many more, they hinder their own true and unique sound to Canadian black metal.

Los Angeles indie rock band Vanaprasta have partnered with Spotify, the world’s leading digital music service, to release the ‘Spotify Sessions’ EP on November 6th. The release captures live, semi-acoustic takes of songs from ‘Healthy Geometry’, the band’s well received debut album released on November 1st, 2011. Listen to the album via Spotify RIGHT HERE.

You know when you listen to an album and every song literally blends into the other making all the songs sound the same? How much does that suck? Thankfully, for me (and you), Snatch Magnet’s 2010 release Screw, Nut & Bolt accomplishes the complete opposite.