DOWN Celebrate Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of NOLA Full-Length With Exclusive Livestream August 29th

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN’s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!  Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.
Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”  

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE


10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that. 

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION

With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, EyeHateGod, and so many others, DOWN puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans in September of 1995 with the release of NOLA. At that moment, they instinctively summoned something akin to a ritual. The record was largely credited with introducing the sound of underground New Orleans metal – “slow, super-heavy, doomsday guitar riffs stamped with Anselmo’s trademark bellow,” as described by NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune – to a worldwide audience. By October of 1995, NOLA peaked at number 57 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for six straight weeks. The album spawned four singles: “Stone The Crow,” “Lifer,” “Temptation’s Wings,” and “Bury Me in Smoke.” “Stone The Crow” would move on to achieve commercial success when it reached number 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, becoming DOWN’s first top 40 song. Twenty-five years later, there’s still no mistaking those gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums, and hypnotic howls for absolutely anybody else under the sun.

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ASTRALIST Release First Self Titled Four Track Demo EP

ASTRALIST are a new project that was born in Lockdown by Ciaran Coghlan also of Coroza.
As of now it’s just him but there are plans for this project. After listening to it in full I’m delighted there’s further plans on the horizon as this is an excellent EP!

He said:

The initial idea was to put together a band, but I decided to put some full tracks together myself during the pandemic lockdown. Sub-genres were not on my mind when creating this, so it does fall under various parts of the “doom” umbrella.

Anyway, thanks for checking it out. All of your support is greatly appreciated.

– Ciaran Coghlan

Lets hope this all comes together now and they can bring this to the live circuit next year. Real potential here!
One to most certainly watch!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astralistband

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Sparrow Release New Single ‘Machina’

Sparrow Release New Single ‘Machina’

Perth, Western Australia’s favourite industrial sons, SPARROW, are returning today with the news of their new single, the first taste of an upcoming album! This new single release ‘Machina’ is available for pre-order now on all good digital outlets at https://ffm.to/sparrow_machina.

Sparrow worked alongside talented/celebrated mixer/producer, FORRESTER SAVELL (KarnivoolCOGDead Letter Circus) to bring this track to life – and this is only the beginning of a mountain of new music coming from Sparrow over the coming months. The new single will be released via The Orchard/Sony and Sub Rosa.

The new single ‘Machina’ develops and expands upon the heavy, industrial, digital sound of their previous release and doubles down on that. Vocalist Sean Hendry, said of the new single, “We can’t wait for this to be out there in the world, it’s been a little while in between drinks and this new music is the stuff we are most proud of to date!

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/sparrowbandaus

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Whiskey Dancer Release Debut LP Sound For 7:30

Whiskey Dancer are Ireland’s answer to revive the ROCK Industry that dominated in the 80’s. As a result, Whiskey Dancer are a hard hitting “Don’t Know When To Stop” Rock Band. Shaun, Paddy Bear, Vivian, and Jimmy had dedicated their career to entertaining Motorcycle Enthusiasts over the years. This dedication with their mix of jaw-dropping volume and mix of classic rock, blues and metal cover songs filled venues across the Island of Ireland. They always delivered and entertained throughout the years. Giving back in 2020 is now about getting new aggressive and loud music out there and celebrate a career of music by producing their own. To again inspire a nation and bring their existing following along for the ride would be their honour. Just like their home base, the West of Ireland is Wild and fierce, and this band expresses the same emotions on stage.

I became aware of this band in 2013. Someone spoke very highly of them to me. I saw a couple of live recordings and was impressed. After that I heard nothing again so assumed like many midlands based bands they had ran their course.
Then from nowhere they were back again and announced their debut album Sound For 7:30 was coming soon. Single/videos Feed My Lies, Break Free and Steel Cruisin were all released prior to this album so they clearly had put time and money into this…
Their videos on YouTube have got huge views so not entirely a loss…
Sound For 7:30 is out now and it’s a great rocking album. It reminds of of Therapy in ways so that’s a good thing!
A top effort from all involved and great to see a band from the midlands persevere throughout the years and deliver an album of this quality.
Full album stream here along with their three previously released video/singles.

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BLASPHEMER release new Video ‘The Sixth Hour’

Italian extreme metal stalwarts BLASPHEMER have released a new video for their single ‘The Sixth Hour’. The video is the title track of the band’s most recent album which was released worldwide by Candlelight Records on 24th January this year. 

Premiered via Decibel Magazine , you can now watch the video in full here:

The band commented:BLASPHEMER is proud to introduce you to the new videoclip of their latest album’s title track ‘The Sixth Hour’. This visual assault which has been meticulously crafted by talented artist Chariot of Black Moth (Converge, Wolves in the Throne Room…) to blast the viewer with a relentless black-and-white abyss of sinisterness. The images displayed dive deeply into the most obscure religious manifestations of Southern Italy around the Holy Week and Easter, including macabre processions often climaxing in gore-drenched, self-harming traditions – aiming to emulate and celebrate the suffering of Christ in his path to the crucifixion. Unsettling portraits of Jesus upon Golgotha mix here with these nowadays representation of the passion, since the death of Christ and the grotesqueness of his vulnerability, counterposed to the falsity of his divine nature, encompass the centuries.”

Album The Sixth Hour was released earlier this year in January and showcases twelve songs of pure blackened-death metal, mastered at the famous studio Hertz in Poland, known for their work with BehemothDecapitated and Vader. Fundamentally a concept album, The Sixth Hour’s main theme is the way of the cross, i.e. the last day of Jesus Christ, the path that led him from the Gethsemane to Golgotha. The aim of the album is to depict Jesus as merely human, trying to transpose into music the agony he felt in the last day. Out now on Candlelight Records, you can order the album here:https://blasphemer.lnk.to/TheSixthHour 

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