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Circle Of Darkness - PLAGUE YEARS

There's always been something uniquely exciting about collisions between thrash metal and brutal hardcore. Recent records by the likes of RINGWORM and INTEGRITY have proved that point tenfold, but while PLAGUE YEARS are considerably more traditional in thrash terms than either of those bands, there is a similarly destructive and anarchic vibe here. Vocalist Tim ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Criticizes CARDI B's 'WAP', Says He Doesn't Want His Granddaughter Subjected To 'That Garbage'

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER has criticized rap superstar Cardi B over the suggestive lyrics to her single "WAP", saying he doesn't want his granddaughter subjected to that "garbage." "WAP" debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month, breaking numerous streaming records and spawning a viral TikTok dance challenge. ...

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Original BAD BRAINS Singer SID MCCRAY Dies

Sidney McCray, a.k.a. "SidMac", the original lead singer and co-founder of the legendary punk rock band BAD BRAINS, passed away on September 9. No cause of death has been revealed. According to Wikipedia, BAD BRAINS was formed in 1976 as a jazz fusion ensemble called MIND POWER in the mold of bands such as Chick ...

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We Are Chaos - MARILYN MANSON

Pop culture icon MARILYN MANSON wrote his eleventh studio album prior to the onset of the pandemic. Yet the 10 songs on-hand reflect the madness and uncertainty that captures the essence of this turbulent era. With "We Are Chaos", the shock rocker rides along the trajectory that his musical career has been traveling upon and ...

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer DAVE LOMBARDO Demonstrates EVANS UV Drumheads (Video)

In the four-minute video below, UV test subject Dave Lombardo (SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, MISFITS) enters the UV chamber to deliver an illuminating performance sample using drumheads which feature Evans's patented UV-cured coating technology. For too long, coated drumheads have been susceptible to tone-killing breakage and wear caused by sustained playing. Unwanted overtones, dented heads, dirty ...

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HATEBREED To Release 'Weight Of The False Self' Album In November

Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED will release their new album, "Weight Of The False Self", on November 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album's first single will be made available tomorrow (Friday, September 11). The cover artwork, which can be seen below, was painted by artist Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with SOULFLY, TESTAMENT, ICED ...

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CODE ORANGE To Release 'Under The Skin' Digital Album

Grammy-nominated band CODE ORANGE will release "Under The Skin", a new digital album, this Friday, September 4. The record officially captures and chronicles CODE ORANGE's full-band stripped-down "Under The Skin" livestream with enhanced audio. Conceptually akin to classic "MTV Unplugged" performances, but with digital twists and turns, CODE ORANGE originally transmitted "Under The Skin" around ...

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Politics Versus The Erection - VENOMOUS CONCEPT

Irrespective of where you lurk on the political spectrum, there must surely be moments when the urge to block out any mention of politics or politicians becomes overwhelming. Helpfully, VENOMOUS CONCEPT have spewed up their fourth studio album as the perfect means to drown out the tsunami of bullshit pouring through your various media conduits. ...

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Like The Fearless Hunter - NONEXIST

NONEXIST has always been a project that danced in the realm of comfort-food melodeath, whose main creative force has primarily been guitarist Johan Reinholdz — now also a member of DARK TRANQUILLITY. But a large portion of that comfort, from founding through to 2015's "Throne of Scars", was from original ARCH ENEMY frontperson Johan Liiva. ...

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Guru Meditation - Next Life

The problem with micro-subgenres like digital grindcore is that, for most of us at least, there is only so much of the stuff one can consume before your brain gives up and sends you howling back to your SLAYER collection. There has always been much to be said for drinking too much coffee and listening ...

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Neuropunk Boostergang - EXPANDER

Folks that are uninitiated to the cacophonous noise that is generated by EXPANDER may see the words "thrash" and "Texas" in the band's bio and press releases, and get a preconceived idea that the group would be another straightforward band in the vein of POWER TRIP, or share a production sound with fellow Austin metallers ...

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THE CULT Is Recording New Album At Legendary ROCKFIELD STUDIOS

Iconic rockers THE CULT have entered the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales to begin recording their new album. The band's follow-up to 2016's "Hidden City" is being helmed by producer Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with GHOST and ROYAL BLOOD, among others. Earlier today (Saturday, August 15), THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy posted an ...

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HATEBREED Teams Up With Connecticut's Witchdoctor Brewing Company To Launch 'Live For This' Lager

Connecticut hardcore/metal masters HATEBREED have teamed up with Witchdoctor Brewing Company to launch "Live For This" lager under the band's new Breedbrew brand. The lager is named after the Grammy-nominated song from the band's 2003's album "The Rise Of Brutality". HATEBREED offered its own draft beer at its sold-out 25th-anniversary show in New Haven, Connecticut ...

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