Comprising of members coming from Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Wintersun, and Finntroll, new Finnish metal band, Crownshift have just signed to Nuclear Blast Records. They have also recently joined the roster of Till Dawn They Count Ltd management (Nightwish, Beast In Black, Sonata Arctica). This comes in sync with the announcement that their debut album is coming, it’s first single and music video due to land January 17th. Keep reading for more.
Richmond thrashers, Municipal Waste, along with Nuclear Blast records have put together a North American tour with the Tankcrimes label, under the banner of Brainsqueeze. Spawned from the Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze festivals, support comes from Ghoul, Necrot, and Dead Heat. Read more below.
For lovers of classic British metal with a bewitching, devilish twist – you know who you are, walking ancient ways, creatures of habit, oceans of time – I recommend a deep, deep exploration of the nostalgic but still brand-new and thoroughly splendid This Heathen Land (Nuclear Blast Records).Continue reading
Brutal Technical Death Metal begins and ends with Suffocation.
The titans of industry have had a stranglehold on the masses for decades now. Hymns From The Apocrypha (Nuclear Blast Records) is simply a six-years-in-the-waiting culmination of a desire to continue to reign supreme. Even with the half-decade wait between records, any amount of time between Suffocation releases feels like an eternity.
Doro Pesch is the epitome of a metal repping lifer. Not just one of the nicest people in metal who regularly remembers everyone’s birthday and a constant genre cheerleader, but also one of the greatest front-people to ever hype up a crowd. Her heartfelt and classic albums have stood the test of time and embodies “True Heavy Metal” just as much as a masculine landmark like Manowar‘s ‘Louder Than Hell’.
In an electrifying announcement that will cause anticipatory convulsions through the world of metal, Bay Area icons Machine Head have announced the first leg of their “Slaughter The Martøur Nørth America 2024” tour. Forgoing their “An Evening With…” format for the first time in a decade, Machine Head will have LA’s cyber-metal masters Fear Factory, Sweden’s Orbit Culture, and Louisville, KY’s Gates To Hell in tow guaranteeing your 2024 starts off as heavy as humanly possible! Machine Head continues to tour behind 2022’s ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN, the Ghost Cult Album of the Year, as voted on by our staff. The two bands and labelmates also recently teamed up to jam on Machine Head’s weekly livestream. Watch the trailer here and get tickets and VIP at the links below!
I’ve been looking forward to wrapping my ears around Svalbard’s new material after catching snippets of what was to come when I caught them live supporting Russian Circles and Cult Of Luna over in Berlin earlier in 2023. And landing that European tour signified a fine start to a year which has also seen the Bristol based band sign for Nuclear Blast Records, with The Weight Of The Mask their first album for the prestigious new label and their first collection of new songs since the excellent When I Die, Will I Get Better? which was released on Church Road Records back in 2020.
If there’s one redeeming quality to Carnifex’s new record, it’s guitarist and relative newcomer Neal Tiemann. The string slayer’s adept finger-tapping during boisterous guitar solos does its best to keep Necromanteum (Nuclear Blast Records) afloat despite a myriad of deficiencies.
30 years ago, I hadn’t heard of Cryptopsy. When a friend played them for me 20 years ago, I did not like what I had heard. I knew it was good, but there was no way I was going to listen to it, or ever see that band live. 20 years later, I was thrilled to see Cryptopsy perform at last.Continue reading
In Flames has announced vinyl reissues of five of their albums from the last 20 years of the band, some which have never been on vinyl before. Releasing on November 17th, Reroute To Remain, Come Clarity, A Sense Of Purpose and Sounds Of A Playground Fading are available for pre-order now. The band released their new album Foregone earlier in 2023.