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BODY COUNT – BLOODLUST

Body Count released their sixth full length studio album, Bloodlust, on March 31, 2017 via Century Media Records. Body Count, fronted by former gangsta rapper Ice-T, made their debut in 1991 at Lollapolooza and were said to be the highlight of the show. Their early...

DEADHAND SYSTEM – ARTIFEX

Rising from the ashes of Chicago’s now defunct extreme death act, Against the Plagues, has come the phoenix that is Deadhand System.  Featuring an amalgamation of current and former members of many other prominent Chicago groups, Deadhand System have spent the last...

RED MOON ARCHITECT – RETURN OF THE BLACK BUTTERFLIES

Red Moon Architect is releasing their new album, Return Of The Black Butterflies on May 19th courtesy of Inverse Records. A little background on this group - they are from Kouvola, a town in Finland known for being the ‘largest lighted cemetery’. So it makes perfect...

BLACK DREAMS – MY HELL

Finnish blues metalers Black Dreams are set to release their single "My Hell" on May 10th courtesy of Inverse Records. Think of the great classic rockers Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, or Janis Joplin, mix in some heavy metal and a gothic vibe and what you would get is...

MISSILES OF OCTOBER – BETTER DAYS

Belgians Missiles of October recently released their gutter, groovy, garage style punk LP, Better Days, and holy hell does it make you want to turn your brain off and mosh until you pass out from heat stroke.   Better Days is made up of ten kickass, grimy punk rock...

HOLLOW – HOME IS NOT WHERE THE HEART IS

Reminiscent of metalcore giants Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me the Horizon, Hollow’s Home Is Not Where The Heart Is is a melodic fist pumping, skull crackin’ collection of infectious tune-age. With songs like “Delta F508” and “Coward King” perfectly blending...

INCUBUS – 8

Incubus is back, releasing their eighth full-length album since the band’s creation in 1991, courtesy of Island Records. The album is appropriately titled 8, and was released on April 21st, 2017 - this was the longest fans have ever had to wait between releases for...

NOUMENA – MYRRS

Finland natives Noumena are set to debut their album Myrrs on April 28th and it is undoubtedly worth the wait.  Myrrs is proof positive that phenomenal music has no borders and that music is a language in itself. Myrrs is not just a metal album, it is a melodic metal...

DAWN OF ASHES – DAEMONOLATRY GNOSIS

Symphonic black metal band Dawn of Ashes will be releasing their 7th album Daemonolatry Gnosis on June 9th. Dawn of Ashes has revolutionized the symphonic metal genre with this monstrous release; classical instruments ringing behind overwhelming guitar riffs, a choir...

A FLOURISHING SCOURGE – A FLOURISHING SCOURGE

A Flourishing Scourge is releasing their first full length, self-titled album courtesy of Begotten Records on June 9, 2017. The album was recorded in a little over a week - setting: Brooklyn, at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studio. The album was engineered and mixed by Jamie...

HIDEOUS DIVINITY – ADVENIENS

I’ve had my ear on Rome, Italy’s Hideous Divinity ever since the extreme tech-death quintet put out Cobra Verde – their concept album based upon a little-known German film of the same name about a slave-trading king-killer in Brazil – in 2014, and ever since, I’ve...

LIV SIN – FOLLOW ME

LIV SIN, the newest project of former Sister Sin front woman, Liv "Sin" Jagrell, is set to release their debut album, Follow Me, on April 28th via Despotz Records. LIV SIN has a modernized metal sound; combining old school heavy metal, thrash, black metal, and mixing...

REBEL BEAT – STEEL DUST

Rebel Beat, founded in 2013, is set to release their new album, Steel Dust, on May 5th courtesy of Pavement Entertainment. True to the name, Rebel Beat delivers just that - mad beats - starting with the first song, “I'm the Law”. If you’re wanting more of a...

INSANITY – TOSS A COIN

Switzerland natives Insanity are bringing back 90's harcore (Hatebreed, Pennywise, Strung Out) in style with their sophomore full-length release Toss A Coin, available May 26th via Bastardized Recordings.   While Toss A Coin is most definitely a Throwback Thursday...

BURY THE MACHINES – WICKED COVENANT

If you combined Ghost B.C., TesseracT, and Mastodon with a touch of extra bleak madness, you'd get Bury the Machines, the new solo project of John E. Bohmer Jr, and the upcoming release Wicked Covenant courtesy of California based label Midnight Collective. Wicked...

EMPTYBROOK – EMPTYBROOK

Finnish sludge metalers Emptybrook are set to release their self-titled EP, Emptybrook, via Inverse Records on April 17th. Four of the five tracks on Emptybrook stand out; “Repeat”, “The Grand King of Fuckery”, “Smoking Weed with Numbskull Emptybrook in the Country...

BUCKSHOT FACELIFT – ULCER ISLAND

Incredibly heavy and hard to define, Long Island, New York’s Buckshot Facelift have been assaulting the ear drums and puzzling the noodles of fans and critics alike since 2004.  Drawing from a veritable mish-mash of influences that includes (but is in no way limited...

NIGHTRAGE – THE VENOMOUS

Greek melodic death metal band, Nightrage, recently released their new full-length album The Venomous. Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, Nightrage  was formed in 2000 by Marios Iliopoulos and Gus G. Both guitarists, the later retired from the band in 2006, after...

EXCOMMUNION – THRONOSIS

Colorado born Excommunion is to release their newest album, Thronosis on May 12; Fifteen long years after their debut release, Superion. Thronosis seems to manifest itself into an unfathomable leviathan crushing everything in its path; this abyssal release will leave...

FALLING IN REVERSE – COMING HOME

Falling In Reverse is back with their new album Coming Home, available right now courtesy of Epitaph Records, their first record since their 2015 release titled Just Like You. This Vegas based band will make you a fast fan with this new album.   The opening track,...

MASTODON – EMPEROR OF SAND

Mastodon...we have gone through one hell of a wild ride together, haven’t we? Mastodon is one of those bands that I am truly proud to have grown and evolved with. From their punishing riffs on Remission to their insanely heavy Leviathan, to their perfect concept album...

ALL HELL – THE GRAVE ALCHEMIST

Asheville, North Carolina’s horror-thrash three-piece All Hell have made some incredible strides since I last saw them live here in Chicago in early 2016.    At that time, All Hell were promoting their second full-length, 2015’s The Red Sect, that had been released by...

THE UNIT – I WON’T DIE

  The UNIT’s debut release, I Won’t Die, is set to be released by Pavement Entertainment on April 28th, 2017. This rock duo from Long Beach, CA is sure to make a splash on the scene with their tribute to grunge, punk, and metal encompassed on one album.   Sofi Savage...

PYROXENE – PYROXENE

Slovenia's experimental heavy metal quintet, Pyroxene, are set to release their self-titled EP, Pyroxene courtesy of Inverse Records on April 21st. Describing themselves as 'solid metal', they've created an experimental amalgamation of music that is truly their own, a...

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