ALBUM REVIEW: Ministry – HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES


Ministry’s long career began back in 1981 and has seen many different incarnations over the proceeding 43 years with the one constant of producer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Al Jourgensen steering the ship throughout. It’s fair to say the band have had to navigate some severely choppy waters over the decades, with a revolving door style policy of other personnel joining the larger-than-life frontman in his lifelong musical pursuit, and with various controversies never too far away.Continue reading


Alcest Shares a New Single and Video for “L’Envol” – New Album “Les Chants De L’Aurore” Coming Soon


This summer will see the release of a long-awaited gem, French shoegaze/indie act Alcest announce the release of their seventh album Les Chants De L’Aurore for June 21st. The pre-order will start soon. To celebrate the announcement, the band shares a new song, “L’Envol,” together with an outstanding music video that you can watch here. The music video for “L’Envol” as well as the artwork for Les Chants De L’Aurore was created by Yoann Losel. Watch the clip here:Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Lucifer – Lucifer V


In the beginning … there was Lucifer! And now this fifth full-length outing for the “occult metal” outfit proves to be a thoroughly satisfying, good ol’ heavy rock ’n’ roll album which, at its very best – the outstanding “Slow Dance In A Crypt” – can be downright beautiful and utterly beguiling.

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In Flames Books a Headline Tour with Gatecreeper and Creeping Death


Sweden’s iconic masters of metal In Flames are set to infiltrate the US for a spring headlining US tour with special guests Gatecreeper and Creeping Death. The skull crushing lineup will kick off the excursion on May 1st in Portland, ME and will wrap it up on May 26th in Dallas, TX. In Flames continues to tour behind their 2023 album Foregone, out now on Nuclear Blast! Read our review here.Continue reading


Alluvial (The Faceless, Suffocation) Share “Death Is But A Door” Video – New EP Announced


Hailing from Georgia, US, Alluvial have just posted a brand new video for thier track, “Death Is But A Door”. Directed by Juan Carlos Escobar Salazar, it depicts the mental and emotional descent of a man against an apocalyptic urban backdrop. The song is also the title track of their new Ep, due out on January 12 via Nuclear Blast records. Check it out below.

*Trigger warning: The video does include scenes of gun violence. 

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Watch Machine Head Unbox the 20th Anniversary Vinyl Edition of “Through The Ashes of Empires”


In time for Record Store Day Black Friday last weekend, Machine Head and Nuclear Blast Records released a 20th anniversary vinyl edition of their 2003 album Through The Ashes of Empires. There are two splatter versions: one for the USA and one for the UK and Europe, although its available for import too. Watch Robb Flynn unbox the vinyl and order it at the link below. Machine Head will kick off their next big tour in early 2024 with Fear Factory.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Green Lung – This Heathen Land


 

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


ALBUM REVIEW: Fuming Mouth – Last Day of Sun


 

Nothing makes me feel more proud than when a local band from the Boston scene makes it. I’ve been a big fan of Fuming Mouth over the years of their growth and was pleased to find their sophomore full-length, Last Day of Sun (Nuclear Blast Records), in my bin.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Suffocation – Hymns From The Apocrypha


 

Brutal Technical Death Metal begins and ends with Suffocation.

Full stop.

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.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Go Ahead And Die – Unhealthy Mechanisms


 

It’s one thing to see siblings together in music, but two generations in one band is not as typical. Go Ahead And Die features legendary Max Cavalera (ex-Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, etc.) and his son, Igor Cavalera Jr. (Healing Magic, Lody Kong). What’s more, Johnny Valles (live drummer for Cerebral Rot, Black Braid, etc.) has picked up the drumming role on their latest album, Unhealthy Mechanisms (Nuclear Blast Records). The three-piece specializes in a groovy death metal band with some crossover punk spilled over the top.

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