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The Vicious Head Society Release New Single/Video On A Silver Thread

The Vicious Head Society have dropped their second single On A Silver Thread from his forthcoming album Extinction Level Event out on May 28th.

This track in my opinion is a better idea of the overall album than previous single The Signal. That was an excellent track too of course but it has been described as the albums ballad and that’s a fair statement.

The album itself as a body of work is absolutely phenomenal and it’s genuinely one of the best albums I have heard full stop!

Check out On A Silver Thread here and come to your own conclusion. To my ears this is a masterpiece and album of the year is just around the corner…

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Previous single/video The Signal

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The Vicious Head Society Release The Signal Guitar Playthrough

The Vicious Head Society recently released their first single The Signal from the forthcoming album “Extinction Level Event” out on May 28th 2021 via Hostile Media.
For now, he has released a guitar playthrough of the track before the album itself drops. There may be future singles released prior to the albums release and we will keep you updated as time progresses.
He released this brief statement today.

Here is a guitar playthrough of “The Signal”! It was my first attempt at creating a video of this style (multiple camera angles, lighting etc) and I’m pretty pleased with the result! I hope you guys enjoy it! If you are at all inclined, I’d love it if you could leave a like and or subscribe if you haven’t already!Thank you all for your amazing support!

To add, we were sent on a promo copy of the album and it’s absolutely brilliant!
An album of the year contender?
Without question!

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The Vicious Head Society Release New Single/Video The Signal

Extinction Level Event; one could say this long awaited title reveal of the forthcoming album from The Vicious Head Society today is quite apt given what the world has endured the last year or more. At a time of uncertainty, Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane, the brainchild behind The Vicious Head Society, has been hunkered down like the most of us. However, while some of us were taking up new hobbies or ploughing through documentaries, and binge watching boxsets, one of us has been quietly fine tuning his latest epic for an exciting unveil this summer.

Following on from his 2017 debut Abject Tomorrow, an album which featured notable guests such as Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley. Abject Tomorrow gained recognition from prog metal fans the world over, with spreads in the likes of UK’s Metal Hammer and airplay on national radio only further cementing Graham’s reputation.

As well as the full details reveal today, The Vicious Head Society have also released the first single ‘The Signal’ which is available now on all streaming platforms as well as right here on YouTube.

Graham discusses his new album, “In very basic terms, Extinction Level Event is an album about the end of the world. This is a concept that has been explored in various other forms of media but on this album, I wanted to explore personal stories about how people might react to knowing their demise is imminent.”

“It tells the stories of 7 different people facing the end, how they process the event, what meaning or impact their lives have had. It asks what they cherish, what grudges or ill will they hold on to. Will they face the end with dignity? Essentially, the album asks the same question of us, the listener. Grief and loss are never far away… are we willing to carry bitterness, anger and resentment to our death or are we willing to let go? Conversely, are there people in our lives that are deserving of forgiveness?”

As with Abject Tomorrow Nathan Maxx returns on vocals. Graham adds that “his voice was the perfect fit for this more modern sound. He was able to deliver versatile and very emotive vocals for every song.” Likewise Klemen Markelj is back on drums along with Pat Byrne of Hedfuzy on bass. Nahuel Ramos who played on the first album is also back to offer some keyboard solos and there are guest appearances from Australian virtuoso Chris Brooks and violinist Shelley Weiss. In addition, Graham wanted to have a dedicated growler for this album and after hearing Andy Ennis’ work with Overoth, he reached out and asked him to jump on board.

The album was mixed and mastered by Matheus Manente who also added some additional instrumentation. Graham said that, “he really has a deep understanding of the music and was an absolute godsend to work with. I can’t praise him enough! Musically, I feel it has a more modern sound than Abject Tomorrow. I was conscious of indulging too much this time and wanted things to be more concise. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of tangential musical explorations but I felt that I needed to reign things in a little. For the people who love that side of prog, there are two instrumentals on the album! It’s a very heavy album but also very melodic… my favourite writers have always managed to tread that line very carefully and I did my best to emulate them here. There’s also a lot more continuity in terms of instrumentation. Seeing as it explores the end of the world, I thought it would be cool to explore my own childhood fear of nuclear war. I used a lot early 80’s synth sounds to capture the feel and sound of that time.”


  1. Extinction Level Event
  2. Solipsism
  3. The Signal
  4. Judgement
  5. Throes of Despair
  6. YP138
  7. On a Silver Thread
  8. Absolution
  9. Hymn of Creation

The album in full will be released 28th May 2021 via Hostile Media and will be available on CD, digitally and as part of a special limited edition ‘Time Capsule’ box set exclusively here: https://theviciousheadsociety.bigcartel.com/

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Lugösi Release LP Video Nasty

Lugösi Release LP Video Nasty

Lugösi have released their new album Video Nasty. They have previously released the singles We’re Here To Drink Blood, It Came From Outer Space and Soylent Green as an example of what to expect and the full album contains Eight tracks in all. Or is there? Each track is related to an older film and all excellent.

The album can be streamed in full here:

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Mister Misery Release Video/Single Devil In Me

After the pace-setting release of their praised debut album Unalive in 2019, modern horror metal band MISTER MISERY, spawned from the hollowed parts of Sweden (2018) has not slowed down, despite the fact a global pandemic crushed schedules, MISTER MISERY kept busy during quarantine, writing new breathtaking material, while still releasing numerous compilations for their fans in the meantime.

MISTER MISERY recently launched pre-orders for their new album A Brighter Side Of Death and will be available as CD, a limited special colored vinyl and a special fan bundle including CD and rare items on the 23rd of April 2021 via Arising Empire.

The band have released the second single of the album: ‘Devil In Me‘ combined with another mind-blowing music video. This album marks a milestone for the band and opens up the next chapter of their horror story! Stronger, scarier and more diverse than ever.

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Top 10 Albums Of 2020

Top 10 Albums Of 2020

This is my top 10 albums of 2020. There has been many great albums this year so difficult to pick ten but I’ll go with these albums as I have listened to them many times over the year. I have’t listened to every album so there’s bound to be one or two people would include on their list.
Descriptions will be short as it’s about the music…

zhOra – Mortals

I saw zhOra for the first time in 2014 and they blew me away. I followed them since then and while I liked their last album, it wasn’t the zhOra album I expected. This however was the album I expected times ten! I’d go as far to say as it’s one of the best metal albums by an Irish band full stop.
A viciously heavy album that attacks all in the senses in the best possible way!

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Benediction – Scriptures

In a personal highlight of 2020, Benediction returned with Dave Ingram and man it did not disappoint! An album I’ll be still listening to years from now. A masterpiece!

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

Annal Nakrath – Endarkenment

What a return! What an album! Maybe their best work to date? All I know is that this album is a masterpiece and one I’ll return to again and again.

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

Paradise Lost – Obsidian

A lot of Paradise Lost’s 2020 was about Draconian Times 25th anniversary and the planned full album performance at Bloodstock. Obsidian was released and it’s one of the best albums to date. An absolutely brilliant album by a brilliant band. Fitting they marked with the anniversary of Draconian Times with another classic album.

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Vader – Solitude In Madness

Polish death metal legends Vader returned and released another classic album in the process. One of the best long term death metal bands and never fail to disappoint!

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

Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering

Sylosis came back with a vengeance this year. A shame it was 2020 but they had just released this album and the whole world fell apart. Maybe sums up the luck this band have had over the years. They looked like hitting the next level numerous times but it just never materialised. Hopefully when things come back next year they can really kick on! This is an amazing album that deserves a lot more attention.

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis

Ward XVI aren’t for everybody. They’re the type of band you like or you don’t really. I personally love their music. This album is a real body of work listen as it’s a concept album and an amazing listen. Again, not for everyone but an amazing band in my humble opinion.

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Fleshwolf – Fleshwolf

Fleshwolf are a one man project. Marty Robinson set out to create a death metal album influenced by his love of classic Swedish death metal and he did not disappoint. An amazing album!

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Raging Speedhorn – Hard To Kill

I have been a Raging Speedhorn fan since I heard Thumper nearly twenty years ago. Having them back playing live the past few years was fantastic and I caught them three times live since their return. A new album was the icing. It’s exactly what it needed to be. Another excellent Raging Speedhorn album!

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The Grief – Horizon’s Fall

While in theory having existed for a while, The Grief really made a comeback in 2020 to the point many thought they were a new band. Two EP’s were released this year and they then combined both to release their debut album. An utterly brilliant doom metal album and a band that should be a lot better known. Hopefully when gigs come back they can really kick on as they had planned this year.

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That’s my top ten albums of 2020. Loads of great albums released this year but these were my return to albums so deserve their place in my list.

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