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I find it almost unbelievable that Hope In Hell is Anvil’s 15th release to date. This is a band that achieved a small amount of success and despite all obstacles, has continually trucked onward. Most bands would have throw in the towel and moved onto other things ages ago, but not the mighty Anvil!

An odd trend that has been around for some time now involves death metal bands switching their sound to that of a power metal style. We’ve seen Katatonia, Amorphis and also recently Finland’s Amoral take on this makeover. Using their melodic/technical techniques, Amoral have transferred their sound and skills over into their “revised” sonic attack which can yet again be heard on Beneath, their fifth full-length.

HUNG is a five-piece metal band from New York City name after its world-renowned violinist Lyris Hung who is previously known for her work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Bryan Adams. For years she had known that she had wanted to start a heavy metal band so in early 2005 she finally decided to make her wish a reality and put out a Craigslist ad looking for similarly-minded musicians. John Clark and Sam Roon had been playing together for many years, searching for other artists to play the unique style of progressive music that they were envisioning. Soon they teamed up with Lyris and then less than a year later, Dmitry Kostitsyn from Russia became the group’s frontman. HUNG recently released its debut self-titled record and they are looking to tour behind it as much as possible. In this interview with HUNG’s bassist Sam Roon, we talk a lot about the release of HUNG’s first album, its search for a drummer that has taken five tries now and how the band writes music in a rather unconventional way.

“Shoegaze” bands today are a dime a dozen, but finding a psych band that produces jams with truly infectious grooves is far more rare. San Francisco based group Sleepy Sun is at the forefront of an emerging scene of flowery, trance-y, hypnotic rock that needs no label to be set apart from the crowd. Check out what singer Bret Constantino and guitarist Matt Holliman had to say, and buy their latest album Spine Hits, out now.

Though I know they’ve been around for a while and have quite the cult following, I’m new to The Dandy Warhols camp and honestly had no idea what to expect. With such an intriguing name I must say I was more than anxious to dig into this new release and see what the group was all about. In my mind the band name sort of lends itself to the indie genre and I believe I wasn’t far off; the overall sound is a sort of an indie/grunge hybrid.

The Dandy Warhols have been a band for 18 years. ‘This Machine’ is the Dandy’s 8th official studio album and was recorded over the course of 2011 at The Dandy Warhols rock clubhouse/ entertainment megaplex/studio The Odditorium. The band recorded the album with their longtime engineer – producer Jeremy Sherrer. Taylor-Taylor describes this record as “stripped down, woody and extremely guitar centric.”

After an amazing debut (Sole Lord) Brooklyn, NY’s Hull had some intense pressure on their shoulders to create and equally good sophomore album. The follow up, Beyond The Lightless Sky, came out 2 years later and became one of the metal world’s most anticipated albums of 2011.

Today long-running New York City weekly newspaper, The Village Voice, is hosting an exclusive stream/download of “Fire Vein,” the fifth track off Hull’s upcoming new full-length, ‘Beyond The Lightless Sky’. Set for release on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records, the follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed ‘Sole Lord’ debut was co-produced by Brett Romnes and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins, et al). Check out “Fire Vein,” HERE.

Pitchfork is currently streaming “Beyond The Lightless Sky,” the title track off Hull’s upcoming new full-length, set for release on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records. The follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed ‘Sole Lord’ debut was co-produced by Brett Romnes and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins, et al). Check out “Beyond The Lightless Sky” HERE.

Critically acclaimed atmospheric rock band Anathema are set to release the highly anticipated ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ on June 7th on The End Records. ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ perfectly blends alternative, rock, and prog, and marks the 8th studio album from a band with such a natural sense of melody, seething power and lyrics that they enlighten and inspire. They are a band of brothers and sisters; a band of truly unique origin.