PODCAST: Episode 486 – Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) on His “Marked Cards And Loaded Dice” Album


Steve Austin is a name synonymous with underground metal. Through his three-decade-plus career with Today Is The Day, as well as his countless production credits on albums both genre-defining and extremely heavy, such as Deadguy, Converge, Unsane, former Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra, and Lamb Of God, Steve continues to help evolve the sound of metal. But through it all, Steve is still evolving himself as an artist too, as evidenced by his new project inspired by Classic Outlaw Country! Steve dropped his first single so far gone and his upcoming full-length album, “Marked Cards And Loaded Dice” has been announced, with more details to follow. Reviews editor Tom Osman is back to interview this legend about this new direction, his first gig in the books, and the myriad of other projects in the works, soon to be revealed.Continue reading


Jinjer, Converge, God Forbid, 3 Inches Of Blood, Hanabie, Carbomb, Gost, Cave In, and More are Booked for The Second Ever Metal injection Festival


Metal Injection announces their second annual Metal Injection Festival, ft. Jinjer, Converge, God Forbid, 3 Inches Of Blood, Hanabie and many more bands! 31 bands, 3 stages + 2 days of rock and metal that runs the gamut between death metal, djent, metal core, hardcore, doom, rock, gothic metal, thrash, industrial, slam and more! Taking place in Brooklyn, NY at Meadows and Brooklyn Monarch from September 21-22, 2024! Early Bird Tix now on sale in limited quantities.Continue reading


New England Metal and Hardcore Fest 2024 Will See The Comeback for Year of The Knife on Stage


New England Metal & Hardcore Fest 2024 has added the comeback of Year of The Knife, in their first live performance since their horrific and life threatening van accident in June 2023. The band released their amazing album No Love Lost via Pure Noise Records last year. The two-day extravaganza will take place on September 21 and 22 at the Palladium. NEM&HCF faves Killswitch Engage will be playing a special 25th anniversary show and will headline the first night. Slaughter to Prevail will headline the second night. Continue reading


Umbra Vitae Shares a New Single and Video “Belief Is Obsolete” – Sophomore Album Incoming


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Umbra Vitae, the powerhouse which features Jacob Bannon (Converge), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord), Jon Rice (Uncle Acid, Tsjuder) and Greg Weeks (The Red Chord) have announced their sophomore album, Light Of Death. Set for release on June 7, 2024 via Deathwish Inc., the album was recorded by Kurt Ballou and Zach Weeks at God City Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Light Of Death emerges with a spine-chilling violin swell before erupting into duel guitar driven madness, and Umbra Vitae stay redlined onto their first single “Belief Is Obsolete,” which premieres today. Watch and share “Belief Is Obsolete” now!Continue reading


New England Metal and Hardcore Fest 2024 Books Killswitch Engage, Converge, Machine Head, Suicidal Tendencies, As I Lay Dying, Bane, Overkill, Better Lovers, Nails, and More


New England Metal & Hardcore Fest launched back in 1999 and took place at the famed Palladium in Worcester through 2018. It was often held over two or three days, with multiple stages and top-tier acts like Megadeth, Manowar, DragonForce, Opeth, Between the Buried & Me, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, and more appearing through the years. It was always a “who’s who” of the metal and hardcore scene and was a “not to be missed” event each Spring. It took a brief break after 2018 but returned to much fanfare in 2023 with Parkway Drive, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, and more. Today, the 2024 edition has been announced and the lineup is stacked. It features literally every single band you’d want to see at a metal and hardcore festival. The two-day extravaganza will take place on September 21 and 22 at the Palladium. NEM&HCF faves Killswitch Engage will be playing a special 25th anniversary show and will headline the first night. Slaughter to Prevail will headline the second night. Continue reading


EP REVIEW: Escuela Grind – DDEEAATTHHMMEETTAALL


Yeah, you can score one more for the good guys up here representing extreme metal in New England. Massachusetts more specifically. And that’s not against our friends in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Rhode Island as they are also vital components of the scene, but Massachusetts just hits a little differently.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Rile – Pessimist


 

Hailing from Salt Lake City and formed by Cult Leader bassist Sam Richards, Rile are a band with fine credentials who have recently landed on the Church Road Records roster and have created a solid debut for the UK label, which unashamedly takes inspiration from Converge, Trap Them and the like.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Year of the Knife – No Love Lost


 

We can’t delve quite into Year of the Knife’s No Love Lost (Pure Noise Records) without addressing the unfortunate accident that this Delaware collective endured this Summer. For those not in the know consult the internet and read up on what happened in Salt Lake City this July.

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INTERVIEW: Thefalls – On Their Favorite Gear, Sources of Inspiration, and Their New Album “Reflections – Void”





The Drammen-born four-piece thefalls crafts their meticulous approach to metal in the most experimental way possible by blending in hardcore, post-metal, and sludge elements altogether. Hailing from the same town as Kambodsja, which I interviewed earlier, they are one of the rising forces that helped build the foundation of the underground scene in the said Norwegian small town.

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