Green Druid: Denver-Based Stoner Doom Release Track ‘Pale Blood Sky’ Ahead Of ‘Ashen Blood’ Album Release On March 16th Via Earache



Ashen Blood is the forthcoming full-length from Denver-based psychedelic stoner doom unit GREEN DRUID. Set for release this March via Earache Records, Ashen Blood is at once brooding, atmospheric, and isolationist, with weighty riffs summoning the Lovecraftian horrors of the cosmos.


The sonic sorcery GREEN DRUID manifests on Ashen Blood entrances its listeners with tales of the Old Blood and of dismal worlds too soon forgotten. Observes The Obelisk upon an advance investigation of the record, “It does not seem at all like a coincidence that GREEN DRUID have been plucked from an emergent underground in Denver, Colorado, to release Ashen Blood on Earache Records. One of heavy metal’s most historically celebrated imprints has a history of landmarks in terms of riffy fare — … Sleep’s Holy Mountain chief among them but by no means the only one; albums from Cathedral, Iron Monkey, Fudge Tunnel, Deadbird, and Hour Of 13 come to mind — and even if it’s not the style for which Earache is chiefly known, GREEN DRUID represent well the core values of modern stoner-doom idolatry, a nodder like ‘Dead Tree’ rolling itself forward slowly but not without a fluid drive.”


“And surrounded as they are in their hometown by the likes of the pure onslaught of Primitive Man, the emotive doom of Khemmis, the unbridled boogie of Cloud Catcher, and so on,” the esteemed blog continues, “GREEN DRUID succeed via the tortured string pulls and wails of ‘Cursed Blood’ in finding a blown-out space of immersive rhythm and Iommic rollout, each righteous-for-righteousness’-sake riff helping to sculpt a niche for the band that, by the time they get around to the three-minute noise finale ‘Nightfall,’ they’ve made their own and thoroughly dominated. Whatever it might seem to accomplish superficially, Ashen Blood proves deceptive in its ambition in displaying the band’s sheer will to overwhelm their listeners with viscous tonality, obscure shouts, and jarring thud and crash. It should be considered nothing less than a joy to the already converted, and as they present their mystical lyrical themes with a bent more toward fantasy literature than cultish posturing, there’s a classic sensibility drawn from the metal of old that only makes GREEN DRUID seem all the more human in their approach. They’re fans too. Clearly.” [Read the full review HERE.]



Initially self-released, Ashen Blood will receive proper unveiling via Earache Records March 16th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorder bundles, go to THIS LOCATION.


GREEN DRUID worships at the feet of the monolithic amplifier and performs holy communion with the tremorous onslaught of murky tones that emanate from its maw. “While our first EP and foray into the world of doom could be viewed as us learning the ins-and-outs of the genre, Ashen Blood is where we really started to hone in on our own voice,” issues the band. “Taking influence from the dark fantasy landscapes of games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, we strove to create a truly doomed psychedelic experience.”


Graham Zander – guitar
Chris McLaughlin – guitar/vocals
Ryan Sims – drums
Ryan Skates – bass

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CRISIX: Barcelona-Based Thrashers Unleash “Get Out Of My Head” Video; Against The Odds Full-Length To See Release Via Listenable Records 



Barcelona-based vintage thrash battalion CRISIX will release their Against The Odds full-length via Listenable Records this spring.


In advance of its release, the band is pleased to unveil the hilarious visual accompaniment to the track “Get Out Of My Head.” “‘Get Out Of My Head’ talks about the stupid pop hit songs that you hear everywhere on the radio, TV, on the bus, in the bar… The melodies get stuck in your head, even if you hate them,” comments the band. “The video story is a parody of reality talent shows. CRISIX members act as all characters from the jury to the contestants.”


Against The Odds will see release in Europe on March 23rd followed by a North American release on April 6th. For preorder info visit THIS LOCATON.


Sporting a symbolic title that represents the band’s hard work, dedication, and friendship, CRISIX‘ fourth full-length studio output was self-produced at Axtudios in Spain and mastered by Jens Bogren (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Bloodbath, Kreator et al) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Straight from the raging kick off of “Get Out Of My Head,” the nine-track Against The Oddscommands its listener’s attention with a devastating formula of power thrash with an often hardcore edge proving CRISIX‘ importance in today’s new generation of thrash. Thematically, the record draws from a wide range of subject matter including Ridley Scott’s Aliens in “Xenomorph Blood,” novelist George R. R. Martin’s fantasy worlds in “The North Remembers,” and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball character in “Prince Of Saiyans.”


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LIGHT THIS CITY: Bay Area Melodic Death Metal Warriors Issue Teaser For First New Record In Ten Years



Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY issues a new teaser video for the band’s first new album in ten years. Having completed the new LP in recent days, the trailer shows the reactivated outfit in the studio, leaking the very first traces of the anxiously awaited record.


After a decade of silence between albums, LIGHT THIS CITY has returned with ten blazing tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ’90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. The album was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren, who handled the band’s previous four full length albums, at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, and features artwork by Tony Midi.



The new record will be released in CD, LP, and digital formats on May 25th; watch for the title, artwork, track listing, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the days ahead.


LIGHT THIS CITY began in 2002, when best friends Laura Nichol and Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the ’90s. After the sparks were lit, Nichol and Murray soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band’s following three albums.


As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, LIGHT THIS CITY released 2005’s Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of the band’s trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favorable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store forLIGHT THIS CITY.


Next came the band’s undeniably most popular album, Facing The Thousand. By the time Nichol and Murray had arrived into 2006, they were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousandsaw the band supporting a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.


After a three-year touring cycle the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album,Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, LIGHT THIS CITY disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.


In 2010, LIGHT THIS CITY played five final shows, dubbed The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band was able to celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band’s sudden disappearance from the world of heavy metal. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that LIGHT THIS CITY play the San Francisco date of their twentieth anniversary tour. LIGHT THIS CITY quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band’s four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite, ten years later.



Laura Nichol – vocals

Ben Murray – drums

Ryan Hansen – lead guitar

Steve Hoffman – rhythm guitar

Jon Frost – bass




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Cold Death From Russia! Aborted Fetus Unleash ‘The Ancient Spirits Of Decay’ Via Comatose Music On May 11th



From the Ural Mountains we bring you cold, unstoppable power! A beast is awake and advancing from its snow shrouded lair upon an unsuspecting world. Aborted Fetus have returned from beyond the ice and bring with them The Ancient Spirits Of Decay – released through Comatose Music on May 11th, this album will bathe the world in blood…

For nearly two decades Aborted Fetus have been unflinching in their pursuit of ruthless savagery. Nothing has been able to stand in their path as they have careered headlong into the very mouth of hell itself. Yet even while their violent, old school bludgeon and wanton destruction collides head on with a fearsome modern complexity and technicality, while screaming, howling solos tear through the guts of each heart-bursting track and vocalist Igor spearheads what can only be described as total annihilation, the imperious beauty of their art shines through. Aborted Fetus are a band that take extremity to the very edge, but every track is exquisitely crafted, steeped in chilling atmosphere and viciously addictive – and that is what sets them apart from the brutal death metal pack.

The Ancient Spirits Of Decay towers over Aborted Fetus’ previous atrocities, setting new standards for this most merciless of bands and mounting an audacious assault on the skull and sinew throne that sits at the pinnacle of the brutal death metal genre. Already recognised for their ‘face melting intensity’ by New Noise Magazine, branded ‘as brutal as they come’ by Metal Temple, with The Ancient Spirits Of Decay thousands more will fall before the implacable onslaught that is Aborted Fetus.

When these Russian beasts descend from their mountain lair there is no place to hide, there is no question of mercy…there is only death.



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Brutal Death Metal from Texas! Flesh Hoarder Release ‘Homicidal Necrophile’ Through Comatose Music On May 11th



On May 11th Flesh Hoarder will assault every bastion of decency with the release of their first full length album, Homicidal Necrophile, through Comatose Music – a label well versed in the arts of abomination. Featuring eleven tracks of sewer trawling vocals, unrelenting drum battery and riffs like thick, choking sludge Homicidal Necrophile takes you deeper into the filth than you have ever been before. Featuring the six string wickedness of Mike DeLeon (Phillip H Anselmo & The Illegals, ex-M.O.D.)tracks like ‘Ritualistic Rape Victims’, ‘Human Drapery’ and ‘Tortured Beyond The Grave’ are an onslaught of nightmares, a tidal wave of gore drowning you in suffocating fear and choking you with blood. There is no mercy, no moment of respite when you are in the hands of the Homicidal Necrophile!

Flesh Hoarder first began their campaign of carnage in 2011, when they emerged from the shadows of the bone house into the blazing Texas sun. Their first release was the shock attack of the Infatuation With Menstruation demo, which was received with greedy delight by the soul sick and warped. Now they bring a new gift for the deranged, new hymns of horror for the blood hungry…

When you’ve become desensitized to the horrors that the world has to offer, but your dark side calls out for more – more adrenaline, more terror, more blood and perversion – then you know where to go. Flesh Hoarder are waiting, in the kingdom of ruin and despair, the home of the Homicidal Necrophile, with agonies beyond your most abhorrent fantasies. One visit and you’ll never be the same…



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Bloodstock Festival Metal To the Masses NI Heat 4



The fourth heat of the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses competition is going ahead today in Belfast. We obviously delayed this post as a lot of events were cancelled this weekend for obvious reasons. 

These are today’s competitors.  


Hard Rock Band from Northern Ireland, Portadown/Lurgan.


Rule Of Six

Classic/Thrash metal from Belfast


Rusty Taste of Sweetness

Hard Rock/Metal band with an eclectic mix of original songs influenced by varied genres of metal from Newry. 


Skypilot The-band

Tree piece groove laden rock from Doagh, Northern Ireland


Saturday 3rd March 2018
Limelight 2, Belfast
Doors 5pm
Admission: £5.00 – includes 1 voting slip

Stage times will be:

Band 1: 5.45 – 6.15
Band 2: 6.30 – 7.00
Band 3: 7.15 – 7.45
Band 4: 8.00 – 8.30

Running order will be drawn at random on the day of the show.

Voting will close at 8.45 and the results will be announced between 9.15 and 9.15.

2 bands from each heat will qualify for the semi-finals, and the judging will be 50% audience vote and 50% judges vote. There will be a panel of 3 judges comprised of local journalists/sound engineers/other promoters and/or other music industry folk in Northern Ireland. Punters will be given voting slips as they enter the venue and asked to score points to the bands in descending order, by writing in the boxes on the voting slip.

4 points for their favourite band, 
3 points for their second favourite band 
2 points for their third favourite band
1 point for their fourth favourite band

An x or tick beside the band you want to win will NOT be accepted and these votes will NOT be counted!!

Good luck to all involved and let battle commence!!

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