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Godhunter, the Tucson, AZ-based and The Compound/Battleground Records-signed doom/sludge metal band, are currently promoting their pulverizing new release, City of Dust. Featuring eight crawling, fuzzed-out massive tracks, this new February 18th released album is arguably the band’s best to date. We wanted to learn more about the recording so we snagged some time with drummer Andy Kratzenberg to talk about some of the gear he uses. This is what he had to say about his Ludwig drums.

The Liverpool, UK-based doom trio Conan is quickly gearing up to release their sophomore full-length, Blood Eagle, on February 28, 2014 via Napalm Records. As is to be expected from the group, this new record is slow, brooding, fuzzed-out, and mega fucking intense. In order to bring you some insight into the band’s signature sound, we asked guitarist and vocalist Jon Davis some gear-related questions in an attempt to pick his brain and determine just how the hell these guys sound so damned heavy! Check it out.

City Of Dust, the debut full-length release from Arizona’s anarcho-sludge faction, Godhunter, is now less than two weeks from deliverance, the fifty-minute politically-antagonizing concept album unleashing the band’s most musically diverse and lyrically thought-provoking anthems yet. Blast the new song “Snake Oil Dealer” just above.

Merseyside based riff-factory Stereo Virgins are pleased to be sharing the first track from their debut double A-side single 333 today after premiering it with Terrorizer. Stream and share the track just above dudes! The band will also be appearing at British Wildlife Festival on 9th March at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds alongside Electric Electric, Gum Takes Tooth, Bad Guys, Alpha Male Tea Party and more.

East Bay Heavy Rockers SpiralArms will release their second album Freedom tomorrow October 22nd in North America via Steamhammer / SPV. In anticipation of the release of Freedom the band has posted a full album stream for your listening pleasure – check it out below. SpiralArms rose from the ashes of millennial bands Systematic, Forbidden and Man Made God. This sextet has one mission. That mission is to save today’s music scene by bringing true heavy melodic rock to the forefront. And they plan on doing this with Freedom.

There is a place on the coast of England called Brighton. This coastal town was one of the most talked about on the UK music scene producing great venues, gigs and, most importantly, bands. One of those bands was Johnny Truant who, after critically acclaimed albums and jaw-dropping live shows, disbanded much to the disappointment of fans and press alike. Welcome then, Anacondas, a band who were born out of the ashes of Johnny Truant, having formed as a project at the tail end of the Johnny Truant story.

East Bay heavy rockers SpiralArms are set to release their second album Freedom on October 22nd in North America via Steamhammer/SPV. Today the band has premiered a stream of the song “Dealer” – check it out above. SpiralArms rose from the ashes of millennial bands Systematic, Forbidden and Man Made God. This sextet has one mission. That mission is to save today’s music scene by bringing true heavy melodic rock to the forefront. And they plan on doing this with Freedom.

Monster Magnet will be releasing their new album Last Patrol October 15th via Napalm Records. Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano produced Last Patrol, while Evil Joe Barresi mixed the album with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde. The artwork was created by John Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc. The album will be available as a Limited Edition Digipak which contains two bonus tracks, standard CD, 2LP and digital format. Today Monster Magnet has premiered the new track from “Mindless Ones” online.

The Portland, OR-based group Red Fang have debuted the lead single – “Blood Like Cream,” from their third studio album, Whales and Leeches – today (August 27) on SoundCloud. Listen just above to the song which SPIN hails “a gruff, flesh-hungry challenge to Queens of the Stone Age’s throne” and read Red Fang’s new biography, written by Melvins bassist Jared Warren right here.

‎As the Toronto crowd slowly trickled into the Virgin Mobile Mod Club there was a weirdly quick blurp of people and the venue shot from 20 patrons to a hundred in a matter of 2 Royal Thunder songs. With a couple beers and a shot of Jameson dead on the bar counter I realized that what was a dreadfully empty venue had become quite rammed. Sure most people might be here to see Baroness triumph over evil with their luscious tunes, but God damn they were treated to some fucking good Royal Thunder. The trio were in top form and easily outdid their last Toronto performance (they hit the Horseshoe Tavern back in October of 2012).