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Nothing Is Forever, So Enjoy The Shrine’s New Single Right Now

THE SHRINE - Bless OffComing off of a hard-rocking debut album Primitive Blast released just last summer, the guys from The Shrine are back with a new single premiering on Vice’s Noisey titled “Nothing Forever.” With a determination to get in the face of all who listen, The Shrine has developed a Skater-Rock attitude, mixed with a 70′s Garage Rock sound that hits hard and doesn’t let up for a second.

Hailing from LA, The Shrine takes influences from Black Sabbath, which explains their Psychedelic, riff-heavy Rock. Named one of LA Weekly’s ”Top Los Angeles Metal Albums of 2012,” The Shrine is out to dominate the world this time with their new album Bless Off, released on Tee Pee Records on March 11th.

In the first single off of the album, “Nothing Forever” starts with heavy Black Sabbath/The Sword sounding riffs that rip open the beginning, allowing drummer Jeff Murray to build his drum fills until the song takes off into post-punk skaterdom. Noisey captured their sound perfectly, saying that “Nothing Forever” feels “just like the soundtrack to dropping into an empty pool.” Check it out for yourself and be sure to blast this one all the way to 11.

Get A Glimpse of The Future of Metal with ALAYA

January 17, 2014 Artist News No Comments

Alaya1The wait is finally over. After months of anticipation, ALAYA are very pleased to announce the release of their debut album Thrones on March 17 via Progressive Metal gurus Basick Records.

The band premiered their new single “Sleep” on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter this week before exclusively releasing the accompanying video on both sides of the world simultaneously on Metal Hammer and Metal Injection.

Hailing from Chicago, IL, ALAYA are a band who have caught the ears and imaginations of musicians, fans and press worldwide by fusing punishing technical rhythm with a genre-defying soulful, melodic style. Thrones is the product of over two years of meticulous craftsmanship. Combining heartbreakingly haunting and beautiful melodies with an eye for razor-sharp technical grooves, ALAYA illuminate the path of the future of Metal. Entirely accessible and exclusively unique: ALAYA are here.

ALAYA are Evan Graham Dunn (Vocals/Guitar), David Jacob Robison (Drums), and Michael Brandt Rinkenberger (Bass/Vocals).

Pre-order the debut album now, and check out the video for “Sleep” below:

Carcass’ New Album Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

July 25, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Unknown-15Carcass, the legendary British metal band who created the Gore-Grind genre and set the bar for melodic Death Metal, is dropping its new album, Surgical Steel, this September 17th in the U.S. As a special preview for impatient fans, you can already stream and download the track “Captive Bolt Pistol“ courtesy of Nuclear Blast.

Surgical Steel is the band’s sixth full length album, and their first record since 1996, so you can imagine just how highly it’s been anticipated. When the band decided to take a break after their last record, fans weren’t sure they were ever going to return. In 2007, the Metal world got its wish as Carcass reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the world. Re-motivated, the band has decided to come out with this brand new album, bringing joy to fans around the globe.

This time around, joining guitarist Bill Steer and vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker will be drummer Dan Wilding and guitarist Ben Ash. Both of these talented musicians have been part of other Metal bands such as Aborted, Trigger The BloodshedPig Iron, Desolation and Liquefied Skeleton. In addition, original skinsman Ken Owen will be providing guest vocals too.

Show Carcass how glad you are they’re back by downloading “Captive Bolt Pistol” now, and keep your eyes peeled for Surgical Steel in September. Until then, check out this album trailer. It’s definitely worth watching, no matter what your taste in music is!

“Destroy Everything” You Think You Know About Rock + Metal

April 18, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Destroy Everything LogoAlready running one of the baddest Metal labels on the scene in the form of Basick Records, the folks at Invictus Music & Media have just announced the launch of new Rock and Metal imprint DESTROY EVERYTHING. Not ones to take things slowly, they’ve confirmed six new signings already, namely The First, Azriel, Black Dogs, We Are Fiction, I Divide and The Colour Line.

Nathan Barley Phillips, A&R Director for Invictus says he’s “absolutely delighted to be launching DESTROY EVERYTHING and signing so many exciting bands immediately to the roster. The underground Rock and Metal scene has an incredible amount of talent pushing through to the mainstream right now; by partnering up with The Orchard we expand our reach and capabilities, so I’m thrilled to be able to develop and support all of our new and existing acts and play a major part in their early careers.”

What can you expect from DESTROY EVERYTHING? A whole load of awesomeness, mainly. Either see for yourself at the launch party this evening in London (flyer after the jump), or have a listen to The First below:

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Children of Bodom, Secret Locations and A New Album

February 7, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Children of BodomYou’re a legendary Finnish metal band and you want to record a new album. What do you do? If you’re Children of Bodom, you go to a secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki, team up with recording engineer Mikko Karmila (who worked on the Hatebreeder, Follow the Reaper, and Hate Crew Deathroll albums) and producer Peter Tägtgren (Immortal, Marduk, Amon Amarth), and feverishly lay down tracks for your eighth studio album. Yeah, that’s pretty Metal.

The upcoming record will be mixed at Finnvox Studios and a summer release date via Nuclear Blast is expected. You can anticipate some serious mayhem on this album with working song titles including: “All Twisted,” “Slowdance On Nails,” “Moto GP,” “FC Pettymys,” “Kananmuisti-ilmiö” [Chicken Memory Effect] and “Trondheim.” We’re not even going to ask what “Chicken Memory Effect” is about, but it will probably melt plenty of faces in standard COB fashion.

If you’re unfamiliar with these heavy-hitters, the Finnish quintet’s sound spans the gambit of Metal — Death, Power, Thrash, Melodic, Neoclassical — and over their two-decade career they have become one of Finland’s bestselling artists. With three consecutive albums debuting #1 on the Finnish album charts and over 250,000 records sold in their home country alone, the band is no stranger to success. Children of Bodom is led by guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho, who was named “Best Metal Guitarist” by the readers of Guitar World, and you can expect to hear more of his dizzying fret work on the upcoming record.

According to the band, bass tracks are already finished up for the as-yet-untitled album as well as the basic guitar tracks and drums. Now, the Metal men from Espoo, Finland are geared up to record the guitar melodies and solos, along with all keyboard and vocal tracks (which will be overseen by producer Peter Tägtgren). Additional updates and videos of the recording process will be available on the official Children of Bodom Facebook page and band website.

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