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.

I recently spoke with guitarist Kevin Jardine of the Gothic/Operatic Rock/Metal band Upon Wings. The group has a unique sound and is fronted by vocalist Anne Autumn Erickson, a classically-trained dramatic mezzo-soprano. The band is set to release their newest EP, Afterlife, on January 15th and Jardine took a moment to let us in on the secret to his signature sound.

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 based band Deap Vally are excited to announce the release of their debut single, “Gonna Make My Own Money,” on Ark Recordings on July 31st. The song is a raucous and energetic blues rocker with an infectious chorus that puts this all-girl group on the map as heirs apparent to the throne left vacant by West Coasters Sleater Kinney and Bikini Kill.