Shackles Set To Release New Album Hatred’s Reservoir On November 6th

Following an extended hiatus in the recording sphere, Byron Bay’s deathly brutal hardcore outfit SHACKLES return to set a crushing new precedent with their latest LP, ‘Hatreds Reservoir’. The album will be released on Friday November 6th, through iconic label Resist Records (Parkway Drive, Polaris)

The band have laid down thirteen tracks of pure distilled grinding barbarity that takes immediate cues from Death Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore and Power Violence, while producing a mutant synthesis of them all.

That’s by their own description and pretty much hits the nail on the head. I’m a big Grindcore fan so to my ears it’s slightly more that style than the others but the death/hardcore influences are quite clear at times and really add to the overall feel of the album. Grindcore for some can get a bit samey but certainly not the case here!

At no point did I ever consider skipping forward a track and my thought when it concluded was to start it again. It’s that good!
Granted the songs are short but that’s taking nothing away from this excellent album!

The band have released two tracks prior to the albums release. The title track Hatred’s Reservoir and Not As They Appear, both of which we are including here. I think overall they give a good indication of the album as a whole.

This is the best Grindcore album I’ve heard in a long time without doubt and one I’ll return to again and again!


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Carcass Release Video For Their Track Slaughtered In Soho New EP Despicable Out Now

UK Death/Grind veterans Carcass have released their new EP Despicable. Do they thread any new ground? No! Nobody wanted them to…
Classic Carcass is exactly what we got!

They issued this statement.
Here’s the final track “Slaughtered In Soho” from the offcuts of the new album recording session that we decided to make available as an EP in order to tide people over. David Castillo who recorded & mixed the album was surprised this never made the cut….we, the band, were NOT! Anyhow, grit your teeth and ‘enjoy’!

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Horrenda Release Video For Their Track Axewound

Horrenda Release Video For Their Track Axewound

Irish black metal act Horrenda have released a new official video for their track Axewound.

The video was helmed by Angel Croitor and The band said “Angel is a man of incredible talent and vision. It was a pleasure to work with him and we’re excited to share the projects we have lined up as the relationship between Horrenda and grows.”

‘AxeWound’ is taken from Horrend’s criticaly acclaimed first album, Díoltas. Released on July3th, Díoltas features 10 tracks four years in the making; taking beloved live tracks, material from their past demos and brand new compositions and making it into a harsh, heavy black metal tome. 

The album was recorded and produced by Josh Sid Robinson at JSR Audio Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Díoltas is out now in association with Sudden Strike Records. 



Hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Horrenda takes elements from raw black metal, DSBM and death metal to create their unique brand of the genre. Horrenda have earned their reputation with engaging live performances and their impressive array of demos over the years. Díoltas was the first full length release for the band. 
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Rabid Bitch Of The North Announce Details For Their New LP ‘Heavy Metal Rabies’

Rabid Bitch of the North are pleased to announce details of their highly anticipated second  album, entitled “Heavy Metal Rabies”. Slated for a May 2021 release, it will come out on  the newly-resurrected Distortion Project Records – the label arm of Belfast-based heavy  metal promoter, manager and tour booker / manager The Distortion Project. The band’s  sophomore effort will consist of eight brand new tracks of pulse pounding, old-school heavy  metal. Forged in the fires of the genre’s venerable antecedents, Heavy Metal Rabies is choc  full of classic fist bangers to get the blood pumping. If you like your metal with a healthy  dose of denim, rivets and sweat then this is the album for you!  

Following on from 2017’s well received debut “Nothing But A Bitter Taste”, Heavy Metal  Rabies builds on the foundations laid by that album and expands upon their trademark  sound still further. Rabid Bitch have matured as musicians and songwriters, and it shows on  these 8 dynamic, well-crafted heavy metal anthems. 

Comments’ Guitarist Gerry Mulholland 

“Our second album is quite literally the next step for us. If things were different we might  have had another album out as well, but juggling a band and outside band life is tough as  you have money and time constraints. So what we will be putting out will be new material  built on foundations laid down by everything we have written and recorded previously. We  aren’t going off in any new directions, we are just solidifying what we are and that is a heavy  metal band steeped in the traditional genres of the golden era of metal. A natural evolution  in our ability and musicianship will be on display and we’ll be incorporating some things we  haven’t done before alongside the tried and tested formula of our previous releases, but with  a little more refinement. 

Strides will be taken towards purifying our sound and making it into the kind of metal we all  believe in. The production will be another notch up from the first album and the lessons learnt from that will bolster our sonic signature for the listeners. One thing I have purposely  aimed for is more dynamic material to show a little more complexity but without losing  touch with the material from our previous album. I believe this makes for a perfect vehicle  to showcase some things people may not have heard from us before. Two new songs have  already been played live at the Fullmetal Osthessen festival in Germany and they went down  a storm. We’re hoping that what follows with the rest of the album will also satisfy the hardcore headbangers out there! In the New Year we will be taking the tracks on the road  with the aim of spreading the heavy metal rabies as far as we can. So after this pandemic is  over and everyone survives we can unleash our own virus in a much more enjoyable way,  infecting new fans from place to place and wherever we can get on stage.”. 

The album will be preceded by a single with an accompanying video.  

As well as being available on CD, Vinyl and cassette the album will be released on all digital  formats, to include Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Deezer and many others.  

The band are also pleased to announce the first few dates of the “Rabies Over the UK 2021” tour in support of the album. These will be their first shows on the mainland in 3 years, with  many more to come including a return to Europe and beyond! The confirmed dates so far  are: 

Thursday 27th May. The Patriot, Crumlin – Wales 

Friday 28th May. Hanger 18, Swansea – Wales 

Saturday 29th May. Gryphon, Bristol – England 

Sunday 30th May. TBC 

To celebrate this announcement the band have released a brand new piece of merchandise  in the form of a limited edition covid-killing mask. Rabies trumps coronavirus every time  when you’re wearing one of these! They’re on sale now at £5.50 + p&p from so get yours now and mark yourself as safe  from the ‘rona! 


Song titles will include “Heavy Metal Rabies”, “Scumbag, “Return to Oak Island”, Irish Sword  and more. 


Rabid Bitch of the North are a three-piece heavy metal band from Belfast Northern Ireland.  They are very much inspired by traditional heavy metal bands and associate themselves  with the NWOBHM and its descendants. The bands musical character and individuality is  very important to their ethos and ultimately, they aim to be themselves. They like to play  fast, hard, heavy and with fury! 

Rabid Bitch have toured and played with a long list of Metal legends including Angel Witch,  Raven, Diamond Head, Blitzkrieg, Hell, Portrait, Tim Ripper Owens, Acid Reign, Xentrix,  Pagan Altar, Primordial, Solstice, Dark Forest, Age Of Taurus, and Argus. They toured  Europe in 2016 with Lord Volture and the UK with Toledo Steel and Midnight Force in 2018.

They have played Bloodstock (twice) Full Metal Haggis (twice) and SinFest in Malta, as well  as headlining the first night of the Fullmetal Othessen festival in March 2020. Their well received debut album (Nothing But a Bitter Taste, Hostile Media Records – released on CD  and all digital formats in August 2017) saw a vinyl release in February 2019 and they played  3 Irish dates with Asomvel in support of the release May of that year. 

The band are currently writing and recording our 2nd album, which is due for release in the  May 2021 with further touring planned for the second half of the year. 

For fans of: 

Raven, Tank, Venom, Motorhead, Warfare, Nuclear Assault, Witchfinder General,  Atomkraft, Saxon, NWOBHM, NWOTHM 


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Shackles Release Video/Single Hatred’s Reservoir

Following an extended hiatus in the recording sphere, Byron Bay’s deathly brutal hardcore outfit SHACKLES return to set a crushing new precedent with their latest LP, ‘Hatreds Reservoir’. The album will be released on Friday November 6th, through iconic label Resist Records (Parkway Drive, Polaris) and is available to pre-order now at

To herald the new album, the band have released the first track and video from the record, the title track, ‘Hatred’s Reservoir’! CVLT NATION wrote about the song last night, saying that SHACKLES have “ created a wrecking machine, a wall of metal and violence that pulverizes everything before it and leaves only splinters in its wake.”

The band have laid down thirteen tracks of pure distilled grinding barbarity that takes immediate cues from Death Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore and Power Violence, while producing a mutant synthesis of them all.

Captured by Liam Kriz and mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Harms WayDead in the DirtWeekend Nachos), the band burrow further into their collective stockpile of animosity and conniption to produce what could arguably be considered the strongest of their recorded output so far.

Saturated in abhorrence and hostility, this new record from SHACKLES bestows an absolute affirmation to the band’s claim as total purveyors of all things drear and desolate in the dead zone they occupy – between the realms of brutal hardcore and extreme metal.

SHACKLES’ new album ‘Hatred’s Reservoir’ will be released on Friday November 6th through Resist Records and can be pre-ordered now at The first single/title track from the record is available now to purchase and stream on all digital stores and streaming platforms.


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Make Way For Man To Release New EP Rites On September 18th

Make Way for Man are based in Perth, Western Australia and have built a name since their formation 2016 due to the positive message in their music despite it being pretty damn heavy!
They are set to release their EP Rites tomorrow and it’s sure to send up another level in a just and fair world because it’s rather good!

Guitarist Drew Shepherd says that the EP “…explores the idea of not overcoming fear by succeeding always, but knowing there are bound to be ups and downs in life – and having to be ready to handle them the best way you personally know how to.

Before I say anymore on this release and include the interview done with the band. Thanks to Tim Price at Collision Course! They have A Cover of the song ‘Fireflies’ by Owl City which has already been released. This is one of the greatest things to ever happen humanity!
Here it is…

On the EP as a whole. Man, there’s so many layers to this and it never gets boring! It’s also to my ears something different! Even though they don’t sound alike, they remind me of 36 Crazyfists aka A Snow Capped Romance era. The variety in vocals and melodies have a similar vibe and I think that’s an excellent album so pretty high praise here!

The guitar in this EP is just outstanding! It’s technical in nature but just sounds right! The bass and drums are also of the highest quality but the guitar sticks out here as it’s so damn good.
The electronic edge to the tracks also adds diversity and when the six tracks are finished you just want to start it again…

All in all, this is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard this year. It’s also the most interesting and different for absolute certain!
A band I’ll be following going forward and already looking forward to their future releases.


They also previously released their title track Rites. Check it out here.

BM: Can you tell us about the bands formation? What were your influences and how did it all come to be? 

MWFM: We started about 5 years ago now, it all came about because most of us were either in between bands or not doing much musically at the time and it seemed to come together pretty quickly. We all have quite varied influences, some of us heavier, some even more pop orientated, this seems to show up in the music we write and hopefully helps us come up with something a little different.

BM: What’s your hopes for this release? 

MWFM: We hope that it will exceed the response we had from our first EP, I think it is a step up for us and has quite varied styles in the one EP to have something for everyone. We also hope the virus goes away so we can start touring and playing the new songs!

BM: As we now live in an episode of Black Mirror and gigs may be off for a while, have you any outside the box ideas for promotion such as a streamed launch gig or the likes? 

MWFM: Yes, although I haven’t really considered live streaming a gig, it is probably a good idea. We are lucky enough to be all open and up and running in Western Australia so we will do a launch show here as well as a regional tour, we figure if we can’t leave our state we may as well get out and play where we can.

BM: Who are your favorite Australian bands you think should be better known? 

MWFM: My favourite at the moment is probably patient Sixty-seven, Xenobiotic, we have a lot of good perth bands which do get overlooked

BM: If you could tour with anyone who would it be? 

MWFM: Hometown perth bands like Make Them Suffer, its more fun when you tour with guys you know

BM: Anything you like to add? 

We have had a big break in between the first release to this new one. For us now there will be no slowing down as there is even more new material coming!

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