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zhOra Release New Music Video ‘Ruthless Bastards’



Irish metallers zhOra have released a brand new track/music video ‘Ruthless Bastards’ in promotion of their Irish/UK tour.

This band have always evolved throughout their time as a band and they’ve really changed it up here with this track. I got into them in 2014 after witnessing them annihilate ‘Monsters Of Rott’ which has now sadly ended. I was a fan before, but they just blew me away that day.

They always continued to impress me, but I felt they got a bit too proggy in their sound. I love prog, but this was zhOra. Why wasn’t my face just melted off! I can very happily say, the zhOra I fell in love with is back! There’s still progressive elements but it’s far more direct! It’s a real tour de force from start to finish and possibly their strongest track to date.

zhOra have been firmly on the rise over the past couple of years and this track will hopefully aide their consistent growth. In a just and fair world it will.

This is what I knew this band were capable of. They’ve fused their energy, progressive elements and created an absolute monster here!

Up Tipp!!! 

They released this brief statement today. 


Check out our new video for “Ruthless Bastards”.




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CULTURAL WARFARE Prepare For ‘WARMAGEDDON’ California Thrashers’ Debut LP Due SEPT. 14 Stream “DIVIDED WE CRAWL” Now



After first making waves with their 2017 debut EP “Future Kill,” hailed by Metal Wani as “neck-breaking thrash,” the Oakland-based CULTURAL WARFARE return with “Warmageddon,” their blistering full-length debut. A video for the album’s first single, “Divided We Crawl,” (created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, The Absence)) can be seen at this location https://youtu.be/pFUQzKiQigg while the new album is available now for pre-order via the M-Theory Audio webshop – www.m-theoryaudio.com/store



“’Divided We Crawl’ captures the essence of where we are today as a society,” explains vocalist Jacques Serrano. “We are so divided and forgetting our history as well. In essence it tells the story of all this division and I hope it helps some open their eyes to make some changes in the world.”


Recorded at California’s Trident Studios with producer Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Exodus) and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Sepultura, Kreator), “Warmageddon” is a “look into the future” where a “new world chaos” reigns supreme, according to the band.


CULTURAL WARFARE create music that stays true to the classic Bay Area sound of its time while creating a modern twist in the music to create a melodic, yet aggressive sound. With all five members of the band having long standing roots in the Bay Area back to the golden age of thrash metal, CULTURAL WARFARE understands the rich history and lineage of all the classic bands that paved the way for all heavy bands for the modern age. With that said, the band has created a sound of their own while flying the flag of music that inspired them along the way.


Upon releasing “Future Kill” last year, the group performed throughout the Western United States alongside the likes of Warbringer, Hatchet, Apothesary, The Agonist, Hatriot and others. Whereas the EP found Kevin Doughty playing drums, “Warmageddon” sees him join Billy Garouette on guitar to make room for new percussionist Bones Padilla, a former tech for Biohazard.


The Bay Area has a legacy for great music throughout the decades, and the influence of the region’s thrash metal bands on the international scene is unparalleled. With their unique combination of traditional metal and aggressive, melodic thrash, CULTURAL WARFARE furthers the area’s legacy and proves that thrash is undoubtedly alive and well.


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SIGNS OF THE SWARM Part Ways With CJ McCreery and Recruit New Vocalist Dave Simonich



US slamming deathcore group SIGNS OF THE SWARM have recently announced that they have parted ways with their original vocalist CJ McCreery and will be replacing him with Dave Simonich. 

The group issued in a collective statement: “CJ Mccreery and SIGNS OF THE SWARM have decided to part ways. The split between the band and CJ was mutual and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.   

“With that being said, anyone who has seen us on the Ingested run and Devastation on the Nation may have noticed that we had our good friend Dave Simonich filling in on vocals. We are pleased to announce that Dave will be joining SIGNS OF THE SWARM as our new permanent vocalist.

“This change has given us opportunities that could not have been possible before, and with that we are beyond excited for the future of the band and what we have to come.”

Watch new vocalist Dave Simonich display his otherworldly chops with this cover of ‘Cowards Deathbed’ here:


‘Cowards Deathbed’ is from SIGNS OF THE SWARM‘s 2017 Unique Leader debut The Disfigurement of Existence which can be purchased physically HERE and digitally HERE

SIGNS OF THE SWARM are on tour in the UK with Traitors, Deadland, Distinguisher, and Falsifier in July and August.




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Wildheart Announce ‘We Are’ EP Drop Self Titled Single & Video



Today, Wildheart are announcing their brand new EP, entitled We Are. The five-track release will see its way into the world on Friday August 31 2018. The announcement comes with the first taste of new music and visuals from the band, the title track from the record, We Are, scoring a videoclip that is released today. The single will be live for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music from this Friday July 20 and Pre-Orders for the EP on iTunes, Google Play and more will go live that day as well.

Wildheart have always been a band to push boundaries, and their latest EP “We Are” showcases their prowess to create vastly contrasting music, whist also enforcing a strong message that is rooted at the ‘heart’ of what they do. 

Drummer for the band, Andrew Edward, stated that they are enthusiastic about this release and what the future holds for the band. “We could not be more excited to put this EP out – this is the material we are most proud of so far in our career, and we really hope that people out there are going to love it as much as we do! Hopefully it allows us the opportunity to tour more and get in front of so many more people!”

For the uninitiated, Wildheart are a melodic hardcore band from Brisbane, Australia. After releasing their debut EP “A Thousand Days” in March 2015, followed up by a two-track release entitled “Above/Below” in August 2016, Wildheart quickly moved to make a name for themselves sharing their heavy yet melodic music and showcasing their energetic live show across QLD. 

They have since gained a dedicated fan base, and supported bands such as Young Lions, Bare Bones, Hand of Mercy, A Night in Texas, Deadlights, Casey (UK), and Belle Haven.

Previous singles “Exhale” and “D.O.A” premiered live on Triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud with Josh Merriel and the release show for “Exhale” saw Wildheart play a sold-out hometown show at The Brightside supporting Young Lions. To celebrate the release of “Exhale”, Wildheart embarked on a headline tour of the East Coast of Australia before returning home to write, which resulted in this new EP “We Are”.

Wildheart are Axel Best on Vocals, Adam Finlay on Guitar, Kerry Rowe on Bass/Vocals, Andrew Cooke on Drums and Jaya Shinn on Guitar.

They have already been lauded by triple j unearthed staff on the strength of their previous recordings – Claire Mooney, Music Producer at triple j Unearthed said of their track ‘Exhale’ – “I’ve just kicked over everything in the office. I just couldn’t control this absolute force of energy” and head of triple j unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe, thought that their track had “…a massive feel to it”.

Wildheart’s EP ‘We Are’ will be released on Friday August 31 and pre-orders go live this Friday July 20, as will the single for streaming. 



For more information, please go to facebook.com/wearewildheart


Artist: Wildheart
EP Title: We Are
EP Release Date: Friday August 31
Single Title: We Are
Single Release Date: Friday July 20

Genre: Melodic Hardcore

Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


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Khôrada Set To Release Debut LP ‘Salt’ On July 20th Via Prophecy Productions




Rising from the ashes of Agalloch and Giant Squid, a new group is born: Khôrada. Featuring former Agalloch members Don Anderson (guitar), Jason Walton (bass) and Aesop Dekker (drums) alongside ex-Giant Squid guitarist / vocalist Aaron John Gregory, Khôrada creates colossal, textured, and emotionally powerful music. The group will release its debut album, “Salt”, on July 20 via Prophecy Productions.

As a completely fresh concept, Khôrada is an opportunity for the musicians to explore new soundscapes while challenging themselves creatively. With “Salt”, Khôrada forges breathtaking swathes of sound that swell, stretch, submerge and recede with panoramic power.
At once atmospheric, aggressive and apocalyptic, the album’s emotion is driven by the band members’ view of today’s world; these are precarious times. “Salt” was written under the pressure and uncertainty of the beginning of the Trump-era, standing as a musical exploration of the routine madness we now live. Paired with the surreally visceral artwork of internationally renowned painter & sculptor Cedric Wentworth, the visual explorations prove to be as haunting as the ethereal vocals of Aaron himself.
“Salt” will be released as Digisleeve CD, Gatefold 2LP, 2CD book edition (hardcover, 18x18cm, 36 pages with enhanced artwork, liner notes and bonus track) and ltd. complete box set; including Gatefold 2LP, 2CD book edition, 7″ single, art prints and signed/numbered certificate.
The dissolution of two of America’s most beloved underground groups has resulted in the formation of perhaps the scene’s most highly anticipated new band. With a sound built upon a resolute sense of purpose, Khôrada has arrived.

The album is almost upon the world. Tomorrow to be exact and Prog fans are going to really like this album. Over the seven tracks you’re brought on a musical journey. There’s so many layers, dynamics, tone changes and more. It all works though! It’s a true prog metal/rock masterpiece if I’m honest. It takes a couple of listens at minimum to fully digest, but like all great prog releases it’s a grower and more becomes apparent the next time you listen to it. It’s easily the best prog release I’ve heard this year and I honestly can’t see it getting beaten. Without doubt an album of the year contender! 

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The band have released three tracks off the album prior to the albums release which we have included here. It’ll give you a good idea of what to expect from the full album. If you enjoy these songs, you’re going to like the album. 

We also had a brief chat with the bands Guitarist Don Anderson about the bands formation and the album itself. 



BM: Can you please tell us about how the band was formed? 

DON: Khôrada was born out of the breakup of Agalloch.  Once the three of us: myself, Jason, and Aesop found we were no longer in a band together, we immediately started a new one and asked our friend Aaron from Giant Squid, who had also disbanded, to join us.  We simply weren’t finished writing and playing music together and strongly felt that just because John broke up the band, it didn’t mean we had to just lay down and die. 

BM: As there’s a lot of different styles and very much a progressive release. When starting the writing process, did you have any particular influences or was it just a let it flow vibe?


DON: A little of both.  We mentioned bands we wanted to reference as a starting point and to see where we agreed on things musically.  From there, however, we all kept our minds open so that we would also develop our own sound.  That was really important to us.  We saw this new band as an opportunity to do something new.  So, we started from a few vague ideas and then let things develop naturally.  We were careful not to pass too hard of judgement on anything anyone came up with for the songs. 



BM: What are your hopes for this record? 


DON:  Well, in one way I’ve met my hope already—it’s out, it’s done.  I’m proud of it.  As a working musician, sure, I’d love to see it be a success.  But, it’s already a personal success for me.

BM: Will you be performing the album live and have you any touring plans you can discuss?


DON: No touring plans yet, but we are definitely going to be playing live. 

BM: After all these years, what drives you? You play progressive metal, so it’s not the money anyway!


DON:  Well, I never did music for the money.  Since I was 10 I’ve been playing guitar and playing in heavy metal bands from thrash, to death, to black/folky metal—so, no it’s not for the money.  I’m just driven to write music.  I get the same excitement today as I did when I was 10 years old playing with a four track and recording multiple guitar parts to get something that sounded cool to me.  And I really think that’s all there is to it.  That excitement has never left me for the last 30 years of my life.  Even now, I’m thinking of adding a little single note harmony on a melody for the new Sculptured album.  I can’t wait to hear how it will sound.  

BM: Anything you would like to add? 


DON: Thank you for the support.  We appreciate it!  We hope to visit Ireland someday.  Agalloch never made it over there.  Hopefully Khôrada will!



Pre-Order Salthttps://prophecy.lnk.to/khorada-salt


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Anaal Nathrakh Release First Single ‘Forward’From Their Forthcoming LP ‘A New Kind Of Horror’



Annal Nathrakh have released a new video/single Forward from their forthcoming tenth album ‘A new Kind Of Horror’. Statements below!  

Our Tenth full length album ‘A New Kind Of Horror’ will be released through Metal Blade Records on 28th September.

When writing about A New Kind Of Horror in the record’s liner notes, Anaal Nathrakh vocalist Dave Hunt is succinct in his description: “This is not a happy album, it is bitter, vengeful, sarcastic, sardonic, violent, terrified and horrified, terrifying and horrifying in equal measure. Above all, it is human, and all that that entails. It’s as sincere as we could make it.” Those exposed to the ten tracks comprising the band’s tenth full-length will be unable to deny the truth to these words, for lyrically, musically and sonically it is a punishing listen mired in darkness and seething with raw emotion. With multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney pushing their distinctive hybrid of symphonic black metal, death metal, industrial and grindcore ever forward, Hunt draws lyrical inspiration primarily from the horrors of the First World War, contemporary politics, and the letters of D.H. Lawrence, creating one of the most powerful, timely and unique releases of 2018. “There’s a lot that goes into our albums, of course, but it all comes about as a natural result of who we are, and for A New Kind of Horror we felt early on that it was clearly its own thing. It doesn’t have to stand in comparison with anything, because to us it’s in a class of its own.”

Metal Blade have opened preorders for our upcoming album, A New Kind of Horror, and have made a song from the new album available online. It is, as we would put it, a banger! Forward! All the details are here – https://www.metalblade.com/anaalnathrakh/





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