Black Map enter the heavy fray with …And We Explode

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What do you get when you put the singer/guitarist from The Trophy Fire, the drummer from Far, and the bassist for dredg in a room to create some new music? Definitely not what you’d expect. On the debut album from Black Map, this trio blows away all expectations and takes listeners on a sonic journey that’s a little bit prog, a little bit hard rock, and a whole lotta heavy with a healthy dose of space rawk thrown in  for good measure. [Read more…]

Untitled Metal Column: Volume 9.1 (Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter)

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I’m not saying this is the greatest Slipknot album yet…but it kinda is. An album that should not be is now less than 24 hours from being released. Fueled by death and inner turmoil, .5: The Gray Chapter is a fury-filled fuck you to naysayers and a triumphant step forward for the nine.

It’s also a giant fuck you to fired founding member Joey Jordison who many believed was the driving force as far as songwriting was concerned. Just listen to “The Negative One”, Slipknot’s first tease from the album released back in August. Never mind the obvious jab in the song name (“One” was Jordison’s number) all you have to do is take one listen to any of the lyrics within: “I hope you live/To see the day/When your world comes up in flames/And as you die/You see my face/You’re the only one to blame”. And that’s just one refrain. Stylistically this “gift to the fans” showed off strong songwriting with a vicious track that captured the raw ferocity of Slipknot merged with modern technology. [Read more…]

Kele fully realizes electronica urges on Trick

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Make no mistake, I love Bloc Party. I do. But there was always something about that band and certain aspects that didn’t gel. Especially in the latter days and the more electronic aspects when vocalist Kele Okereke seemed to push in a different direction. Then came his solo outings and songs like “Tenderoni” and “What Did I Do” and you could just tell: this is what he’s supposed to do. [Read more…]

Video View: Youth Code, “Consuming Guilt”

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At some point there must’ve been a timewarp that brought back early Skinny Puppy into the present day or at the very least, Youth Code is some alternate universe version of SP. Regardless of what higher power brought this Los Angeles duo to industrial’s doorstep just be thankful that they’re here. They’re vicious, they’re danceable, and they have a message. The lead single off their latest EP, A Place To Stand, “Consuming Guilt” has all of those parts and more. [Read more…]

KMFDM celebrate 30 years of the Ultra Heavy Beat on latest album Our Time Will Come

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Thirty freaking years of the Ultra Heavy Beat. Think about this people. Thirty. Freaking. Years. Through numerous line up changes, band dissolutions, reformations, and finally coming up with a proper “band”, KMFDM have endured and celebrate such a momentous occasion the only way they can by not dwelling on the past but by instead looking to the future with a brand spankin’ new collection of Ultra Heavy Beats. [Read more…]

Wormwood debut embraces the doom as it rides further into darkness

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Maybe I’ve just been watching too much of Noisey’s recent documentary on the NOLA music scene lately but the debut opus from MA natives Wormwood shares a lot of its DNA from the greats of down south than any of the bands the Wormwood members have been previously or currently associated with. A more straightforward Eyehategod in spots, Kylesa in others, this offshoot of an offshoot absolutely rips from start to finish. [Read more…]

Noel Gallagher debuts new single, new album slated for 2015

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The elder Gallagher returns with his High Flying Birds on new single “In The Heat Of The Moment”, the first single off the highly anticipated Chasing Yesterday due on March 2 of next year. [Read more…]

Lizzard unleash “The Roots Within”, preview upcoming full-length Majestic

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Cool name with an even cooler sound, France’s Lizzard deliver tenfold on “The Roots Within” off their upcoming full-length entitled Majestic. With a super dense sound that begins like Opiate/Undertow-era Tool but soon transforms into an epic Alice In Chains-style croon fest thanks to vocalist Mathieu Ricou, Lizzard is a band that’s destined to rise above the dregs. [Read more…]

Video View: Dubioza kolektiv, “No Escape (from Balkan)”

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Move over Gogol Bordello because there’s a new “kolektiv” in town ready to topple your reign as the international crossover “Wanderlust King”. Their name is Dubioza kolektiv and their sound, quite simply, is infectious. Combining sounds from their native land of Bosnia with some amped up grooves and guitars melding ska and funk with metal, Dubioza kolektiv create a unique dichotomy that will have new listeners instantly hooked.

There’s a link in the Youtube clip below for “No Escape (from Balkan) to get their newest (FREE!) EP, Happy Machine,  but in the meantime  you can check out Wild Wild East here before their upcoming album hits in 2015 through Bill Gould’s KoolArrow Records.

 

Hank & Cupcakes hit the road, unveil new video for “Bat Your Eyelids”!

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Things are starting to heat up in Hank & Cupcakes land! Their latest album, CA$H 4 GOLD, has just been released and they’re about to embark upon a massive North American tour. As a proper send off (And to remind you why you need to check them out on tour), Hank & Cupcakes have released their self-made video for C4G opener “Bat Your Eyelids” and like most everything the duo do, it rocks. Propelled by Cupcakes raw charisma and the seemingly simple yet fascinating imagery, “Bat Your Eyelids” captures the eye-catching synth-fueled world of H&C in a glorious three minutes.

But enough talking from me. I’ll let the music (and video) speak for itself.

CA$H 4 GOLD is, of course, out now. Go here for the tour dates and here for the music.