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MANGOO: Finnish Fuzz/Doom Rockers Release Video “Beyond The Sky” From Forthcoming Album ‘The Heat’ via Small Stone



Finnish fuzz rockers MANGOO (pronounced “man go”) will drop their forthcoming full-length, The Heat, via Small Stone next week. The Turku-based outfit’s third full-length boasts a wall of thick, fuzz-fueled guitars and hard-hitting drums with an added sprinkling of analog synth sounds. Combined they result in a sound truly the band’s own – someplace between grunge, classic heavy rock, and a progressive psychedelic spaciousness that refuses any and all boundaries of style between rock and metal and beyond.


“Beyond The Sky.” The captivating new clip was selected to be screened and compete in the Finnish Oulu Music Video Festival 2017. Offers the band of their latest Atte Heinonen-directed work, “Once again, director Atte Heinonen did an amazing job with the video. We are especially thankful for not having to appear in it at all. Atte and Juha [Koivisto] came up with an interesting and personal interpretation that gives the song a new dimension. We are also very grateful for Gidon Tannenbaum’s [Mother Kasabian] kick ass guest appearance on the track.”


Adds Atte Heinonen, “Tormenter is alluring. Tormenter is cunning. Tormenter is brutal. Tormenter is with us all. Can you find a key to your prison? The video to MANGOO‘s ‘Beyond The Sky’ is a grindhouse style story about three young women on a roadtrip that takes a strange turn. The soundtrack vibe of the song inspired me to make a cinematic video, actually more like a short film. We developed the idea during the summer of 2016, and the production started in the fall. All in all, we spent seven days shooting it. We built our own props and two sets of miniature models. Two of the locations where in an old clergy house dating from the 18th century. We got the whole thing done just in time for the Oulu Music Video Festival, where it was accepted into the domestic competition category. There it went up against 112 other videos selected from 402 entries. For a music video, this was quite a big chunk of work, but we got it packaged very nicely thanks to an amazing and dedicated team!”



And if you missed it, view the video clip for MANGOO’s first single, “Relief,” RIGHT HERE.


The Heat will see release via Small Stone on December 8th, 2017. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.


MANGOO has been busting out the fuzz since 2005 when they released their untitled debut EP. Countless beers, shows, and drummers later in 2009 the first full-length, Neolithic, was released on 7:45 Records. With a firm lineup of vocalist/guitarist Richard “Pickles” Dahllund, guitarist/backing vocalist Mathias “Mattarn” Åkerlund, bassist/backing vocalist Igor del Toro, drummer/backing vocalist Teemu Pulkkinen, and keyboardist/backing vocalist/noisemaker/engineer Niklas Björklund, they engage new expanses as they follow-up their 2012 Small Stone debut, Neverland, with the eleven songs of The Heat.


Mega-choruses like “Get Away” and “Grey Belly” provide landmarks while MANGOO brings psychedelic heft to “Beyond The Sky” and the title-track, which, at seven minutes, seems to draw together everything the album that shares its name has to offer – except perhaps in the closing cover of Eddie Murphy’s 1985 single “Party All The Time.” Not that they needed to remind listeners to stay on their toes because you never know what’s coming when MANGOO emerges from the studio, but suffice it to say the track remains an earworm for the ages.


All told, MANGOO‘s The Heat is fifty-three minutes of masterful heavy rock and roll of inimitable personality and unmistakable songcraft. It is a welcome return after half a decade from a band who have obviously not been wasting their time in terms of growth and forward progression, and a surefire highlight for any underground heads lucky enough to take it on.




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Australian Hardcore Band SANCTUM & SOLACE Release New Single & Lyric Video ‘SLAVE’



Sanctum & Solace, North Queensland’s most fire new heavy act, are today bringing their tropical heat to everyone. Today they are dropping their new track/lyric video Slave, a brand new taste of a forthcoming EP that will see the light of day in early 2018. Slave will be available for purchase and for streaming from this Friday December 1st on iTunes and Spotify. 

The band have been in operation since 2013 and have found themselves with a strong foothold in the Queensland heavy music scene due to an undeniably awesome work and tour ethic, playing a tonne of shows this year and last and have been packing out shows up and down the QLD coast. 

The outfit put out Taedium Vitae in October to an awaiting fanbase, which was the first taste of this new music. They even received some love from triple j’s Short. Fast. Loud. presenter, Josh Merriel, who has also got behind the band from the start – even playing Keeper, a track from their early Demos on SFL. They have played along side the likes of Aussie bands Deadlights, Vitals, Promethean, Stepson and She Cries Wolf, the band has received overwhelming responses from everywhere they’ve played. 

This new track ‘Slave’ is an absolute force of nature from go to whoa, with the song not letting up throughout it’s entirety. Soon to be releasing a newly recorded EP mixed and mastered by Gareth Hargreaves at Tall Tree Studios which has now sadly closed down. Gareth Hargreaves at Tall Tree Studios recorded the band’s energetic take on hardcore, using all live recordings. The band wanted to capture that live feeling and emotion captured on stage. 

James Levin, guitarist for the band, said that they were absolutely stoked to be getting this track out into the world. “We put everything we have into our music and these new tracks are 100% the best things we have created to date – so I couldn’t be more excited to get them out, to be honest.”

For more information, please go to Slave will be available for purchase and for streaming from this Friday December 1st on iTunes and Spotify.



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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Unveils ‘Wolf Named Crow’ Video From Forthcoming ‘No Cross No Crown’ Full-Length



CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is pleased to unveil the official new music video for “Wolf Named Crow” from their forthcoming No Cross No Crown full-length.


Issues bassist Mike Dean of the tune, “‘Wolf Named Crow’ started with a couple of riffs Pepper was sitting on for a while. We learned those and collectively came up with a bridge on the spot and it fell together naturally. It reminds me of a new take on Wiseblood-era COC and Reed played some very original, yet very Bill Ward inspired fills. It’s easily my favorite track on this record.”



If you missed it, view CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s ongoing No Cross No Crown video blog series conducted by J. Bennett via the links below:


Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:


Listen to CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s first single from No Cross No Crown, “Cast The First Stone,” here:


No Cross No Crown marks the band’s first recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade. The record will see worldwide release on January 12th, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various preorder bundles are currently available at:


Recording in North Carolina with longtime producer John Custer, on No Cross No Crown beefy Southern stompers like “The Luddite,” “Little Man,” and “Forgive Me” are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like “No Cross,” “Matre’s Diem,” and “Sacred Isolation” – just like Sabbath used to do in the ’70s. In the end, the record serves as irrefutable proof of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s ability to overcome. “CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I’ve done with them didn’t just go away,” Keenan observes. “It’s an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. We’re not chasing anybody around. We’re not gonna worry about trends. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY.”



Pepper Keenan – vocals, guitar
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals






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EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: Archaós Self Titled Debut EP Set For Release On December 3rd



Cork Alt-Metal four piece Archaós are releasing their debut Ep on December 2nd in Fred Zeppelins Cork. The 5 track EP was self recorded and produced by the band. They have their own unique sound ranging from hard rock and grunge influences, to syncopated Tool-esque riffs and heavy breakdowns.

Archaos have previously released their first single ‘Limbo’ which offers a taste of what is to be heard on the album. Which is available online via Spotify and YouTube

Following the launch on December 2nd, featuring Aponym, Red Sun Alert, Pretty Happy and Limit 60, the band plan to immediately begin working on their follow up release. Aiming to have the next record ready by late 2018.

Pre orders are available via Bandcamp, with the Ep being released on online on December 3rd.









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Irish Sludge Metallers ZHORA Release Live Bloodstock Festival Video 


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Irish sludge powerhouse zhOra have released a live video for their track ‘Turmoil’ shot at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.  The track is taken from their sophomore album Ethos, Pathos, Logos which was released on 27 October

Watch the video here: 


Vocalist Colin Bolger comments“Turmoil does exactly what it says on the tin. It takes you and your precious feelings and drags them through the mud and blood until you can’t take no more. We love playing this tune live and we had the opportunity to storm through it at the absolutely amazing Bloodstock Festival this year. If you haven’t been you must mark it down on the bucket list!

Come see us storm through it in the flesh on December 10th at Facebarmagedden in Reading. It has a serious line up featuring our Irish brethren Dead Label along with solid bands like Raging Speedhorn, Evil Scarecrow and tonnes more. This will be our last show of 2017 and we have a real pant wetting set planned so make sure you bring some spare knickers. The Winter months will see us eating lots of mushrooms, trying not to ruin our lives with whiskey and writing riffs, riffs and more riffs for our next full length. The tracks are already spilling out of all of our collective orifices and they taste better than ever. The future is bright, the future is zhOra.”

Over the span of six years zhOra have quickly become one of the most recognisable names in the burgeoning Irish metal scene. In this time the band has released one EP Feet Nailed to the Ground (2011) and their debut LP Almaz (2013), both releases garnering huge praise within the scene. Now in 2017, the band is set to undertake the next stage in their journey, Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

In the only predictable aspect of the band’s sonic trajectory, Ethos, Pathos, Logos finds the band once again putting themselves under their own microscope and refining their approach. With a lush cover designed by acclaimed Visionary Artist Jake Kobrin, the record is zhOra’s first back-to-back concept album, an hour long journey through past lives and cannibalism. 

Pick up the new album Ethos, Pathos, Logos now via Big CartelBandcampiTunes and all other digital outlets. 

Catch zhOra in December: 

December 10 – Facebarmaggedon, The Face Bar, Reading (tickets)

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