The song “Concrete Ocean” from the upcoming Netra album entitled Sørbyen has been made available for streaming and free download. This is the second track to be made available from the upcoming album, following the release of the track “Wish She Could Vanish” a few weeks ago. This track however, stands in contrast to “Wish She Could Vanish” in that it explores the more black metal side of Netra, having a similar sound to Burzum’s Filosofem album in some parts in terms of the guitar sound and vocals while still retaining the trip-hop influences present in many Netra tracks. The upcoming Sørbyen album will see a release on the Canadian label Hypnotic Dirge Records in the Summer of 2012.
Norwegian avant-garde rock outfit, Ulver, has updated the ‘Childhood’s End’ mini-site with a stream of the band’s rendition of We The People’s, “In the Past.” Childhood’s End, a 16-track collection of psychedelic rock covers recorded in unique fashion by one of Scandinavia’s most passionate and diverse bands, is due out June 5th via Kscope.
With an enthralling live show that has won over countless fans and critics, Los Angeles quartet The Henry Clay People are thrilled to hit the road this summer in support of their upcoming album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives. The five-week tour beginning June 14th will see the band share the stage with Motion City Soundtrack, These United States and Futurebirds, along with their own headlining dates.
Reverence is the USA power metal band featuring former Savatage, Tokyo Blade and Jack Starr’s Burning Starr members, Steve “Doc Killdrums” Wacholz (drums), Bryan Holland (guitar) and Frank Kruckel (Bass), Todd Michael Hall (vocals), and Sanxtion’s, Pete Rossi (guitar) and with guest appearance by Sanxtion, drummer Tony Rossi.
Doctor Veritas, the third album from Ukraine’s Experimental death/black metal act Svyatogor, is out now via Svarga Music. Along with melodic fragments and penetrating vocals, the solos smack of classical heavy metal and the saxophone gives the music jazz and art-rock tendencies, all of which is rooted in black metal. Lyrics are written in Russian, Ukrainian, English and French languages and devoted to the problems of society, preparation of human emotions, reflection on the subject of contemporary history, structure of the universe, and macrocosm.
Extreme metallers The Agonist will finally be unleashing their long-awaited third studio album, Prisoners, on June 4th in Europe and June 5th in North America via Century Media Records. In anticipation of this release, the band has now premiered a new track, “Predator & Prayer” online – check it out below.
Bullet Tooth’s latest signing Throw The Fight have lined up record release shows for June in anticipation of the release of their debut album What Doesn’t Kill Us (out June 26). Fans can stream the first single “Not So Hollywood” and get first dibs on exclusive pre-order packages at the Bullet Tooth webstore. Throw The Fight continues the tradition of former acts from Minneapolis by delivering an authentic display of metal-edged, hard rock. It’s the kind of energy one hears on the band’s newest album, the John Feldmann (Atreyu, The Used) produced, What Doesn’t Kill Us.
Philadelphia’s noisy rockers Ladder Devils are gearing up to release Nowhere Plans, their debut full length for Brutal Panda Records. The band, featuring members of now defunct PA hardcore heroes The Minor Times, are planning a June 26th release date on vinyl and digital formats. The band is currently streaming the new song “Good Enough Methodology” online – listen below.
Los Angeles progressive thrashers HeXen have officially released a sample track from their forthcoming new full-length, Being And Nothingness set for North American released through Pulverised Records on July 17, 2012. Check out the new song, “Stream Of Unconsciousness” just below!
Just one week remains until the release of North Carolina powerhouse To Speak of Wolves’ ferocious new album, Find Your Worth, Come Home, already praised by heavy music tastemaker Revolver as “sweeping, anthemic metalcore.” Two days after releasing the album’s first epic video, the band is teasing fans with the debut of a fourth track from the anticipated album, “A Simple Thought That Changed Everything.” “‘A Simple Thought…’ is a pretty different song for us as it is all singing,” says drummer Phil Chamberlain. “We wanted to try something different and we wanted to share this song to show a different aspect of the record that we haven’t previewed yet.”
The new international progressive rock/metal act Affector has been preparing for the release of their debut album Harmagedon, due out on May 22 (North America, May 21 Europe) via InsideOut Music. In anticipation of the release, Affector has released the title-track “Harmagedon”, which can be heard in its 13-minute entirety just below.
In support of their upcoming new EP titled Easy Listening, out May 22nd on Concession Records, Canada’s pummeling angular punk trio Greys have premiered a full stream of their latest release one week early online.
Starting today, French death metallers Trepalium have a brand new song from their forthcoming new studio creation streaming online. The track, “Let The Clown Rise, comes off the band’s highly anticipated fourth full-length, H.N.P., which is set for release on June 8th through Klonosphere/Season of Mist and was recorded, mixed and mastered at Thibault Chaumont’s Deviant Lab studio.
A native Oregonian, Scheidt did time in the ’80s hardcore scene in the mid-Willamette Valley (he’s lived all his forty-one years in the Eugene area). But with Ken Kesey’s Oregon Country Fair so close, and rainbow gatherings on a seasonal basis right next door, Scheidt was inevitably drawn to some roots beyond his punk and metal leanings. Taking guitar lessons from none other than Zoot Horn Rollo (of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band) and learning to fingerpick while selling guitars at McKenzie River Music, he found weight and passion in albums by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Merle
Travis, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.