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Peaceville Records Announce The Signing Of Hellripper

Peaceville Records Announce The Signing Of Hellripper

Peaceville Records are extremely excited to announce the signing of Hellripper to the label; one of the most electrifying young, up & coming metal acts in the scene today. 

Hellripper, aka James McBain, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, is fast gaining a reputation for whipping up an infectious storm of blackened speed metal greatness in the spirit of old. 

With the new studio album from Hellripper scheduled for release on Peaceville for early 2020, James comments on the signing and updates on how the new album recording is progressing “I am honoured to be part of such a legendary label alongside Darkthrone, Autopsy and Bloodbath to name just a few. It means a lot to me personally as some of the first metal CDs that I bought as a kid were released on Peaceville.  Continue reading →

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envy Announce New Album ’The Fallen Crimson’

envy Announce New Album ’The Fallen Crimson’

It’s hard to fathom what 25 years of being a band really means: if musicians keep playing together under the umbrella of the same band for that long, then their belief in their craft and the importance of their artistic expression must be stronger than individual egos, personal developments, members coming and going, and the odds of living off of music vs. career job and family reality. If a band can look back at 25 years of existence, it means that they are invincible.

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Cinematic Metal Outfit Hypno5E Share New Video For ’Tacua – Pt. II (Nowhere)

Cinematic Metal Outfit Hypno5E Share New Video For ’Tacua – Pt. II (Nowhere)

HYPNO5E have forged the term “cinematic metal” with their truly epic- scope compositions, oftentimes exceeding not only the 10- but the 20-minutes mark, merging elements of contemporary metal with latin folk and soundtrack-score like sonic landscapes. 
After the acoustic special album “Alba –Les Ombres Errantes” (2018), the Southern French quartet are now returning with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing: their 5th album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, is the second part of a diptych album project released on 22nd November (Pelagic Records). Continue reading →
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NAUT Share New Track ‘Reprise’

NAUT Share New Track ‘Reprise’

‘Semele’ Ep Released Today

NAUT is a 5 piece dark rock band from Bristol, whose shared love of classic rock and metal, alongside reverence for the post-punk pioneers of the late 70s and 80s makes itself known from the start. Their songs switch from raw tribal tom beats to uplifting anthemic synth in a moment, but always stay danceable and perhaps most dangerously, catchy.  Continue reading →

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Cult Black Metal Band The Deathtrip Share New Video For ‘Enter Spectral Realms’

Cult Black Metal Band The Deathtrip Share New Video For ‘Enter Spectral Realms’

New Album ‘Demon Solar Totem’ Released 15Th November (Svart Records)

Cult Black Metal band The Deathtrip have shared the video for new single ‘Enter Spectral Realms’ taken from their sophomore album Demon Solar Totem,the follow-up to 2014’s debut,Deep Drone Master.

A hypnotic yet brutal concoction for this offering. Ferocious and unrelenting, evoking the magical untamed essence of old. Featuring the long-due return of Kvohst (Ex-Dødheimsgard/Code) on lyrics/vocals joining the cold, hypnotic riffs of Host, the primal drumming of Storm (Ex-My
Dying Bride, Blasphemer) and introducing the bass playing of Thomas Eriksen (Mork), The Deathtrip offer tickets to primaeval possession and open portals to other dimensions. Demon Solar Totem captures the spirit of ancient Darkthrone, Thorns and Beherit imbued with old-English occultism and the chanting of sacred sound formulas.

“From the depths of the blackened tomb, bear witness, as we commune with the spirit world and summon the abyss that will swallow the universe, & our flesh becomes at once scattered and, again, renewed.
Enter Spectral Realms. Come.
Enter Spectral Realms.”

Watch the video for ‘Enter Spectral Realms’

Demon Solar Totem will be released on November the 15th 2019 via Svart Records (Europe)/Profound Lore (North America).
Listen to previous single ‘Abraxas Mirrors’ and pre-order Demon Solar Totem here:
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Wolves Like Us – Stream New Album In Full

Wolves Like Us – Stream New Album In Full

Norway’s Wolves Like Us will unleash their fourth album, Brittle Bones, this Friday on Pelagic Records and are streaming it in full.

Listen now:

The band comment, We built this record brick by brick, took the mortar from the 90s alt rock classics and mixed it with the concrete of punk rock – the result was a graffitied punk squat inhabited by shady sailors. Enjoy.
The long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Black Soul ChoirBrittle Bones — demoed by Kvelertak’s Bjarte Lund Rolland and mixed by Kowloon Walled City’s Scott Evans — displays a more refined and dynamic wolf pack. 
WOLVES LIKE US’ Brittle Bones includes a guest vocal appearance with longtime comrade Gared O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars and will be available on CD, LP, and digital format. See preordering options below. Fans of The Afghan Whigs, Quicksand, Hot Water Music, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Junius, and Drive Like Jehu pay heed. 
Following the release of Brittle BonesWOLVES LIKE US will embark on a European tour supporting Planes Mistaken For Stars. The journey begins in December 1st in Manchester and runs through December 12th in Oslo. See all confirmed dates below.
WOLVES LIKE US w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars:
12/01/2019 Soup Kitchen – Manchester, UK
12/02/2019 The Exchange – Bristol, UK
12/03/2019 The Flapper – Birmingham, UK
12/04/2019 Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, UK
12/05/2019 G2 – Glasgow, UK
12/06/2019 The Lounge – London, UK
12/07/2019 Den Eglantier – Sint-Niklaas, BE
12/08/2019 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE
12/09/2019 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
12/10/2019 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
12/11/2019 MTC – Cologne, DE
12/12/2019 Vaterland – Oslo, NO

Forged in 2010, WOLVES LIKE US emerged out of the ashes of local punk/hardcore pioneers JR Ewing, Amulet, and Infidels Forever, among others. The band quickly made a name for themselves as a super-energetic live band within the local scene, blending equal parts Quicksand and Afghan Wings with their own idiosyncratic post-hardcore sound. After only five shows, they signed with Prosthetic Records and hit the road for tours and shows with the likes of such scene heavyweights as Kvelertak, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Swing Kids, Junius, and Gallows. The band went on to release three critically-lauded albums under the Prosthetic Records banner: Late Love (2011), Get Gone (2012), and Black Soul Choir (2014).

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Toronto Blessings Release New EP – ‘Alseep’

Toronto Blessings Release New EP – ‘Alseep’

Asleep is the culmination of 6 months of hard work for Toronto Blessings. Over the 7 tracks it showcases every side to the band. From pulsating Synth, driving bass, to screaming walls of noise, all kept together with bigger hooks than Quint. Lyrically the band arent afraid to deal with dark subject matter but they always try to offer hope. We would love it if they were the catalyst for someone feeling they were able to talk about having a hard time. It was recorded very quickly with the bulk of the tracks being recorded over 2 days. Renowned producer Jason Sanderson (Rolo Tomassi, Brontide, Bodyhound) was at the helm again and captured the music exactly to what we wanted to achieve. The production is clean and crisp and when the layers of noise cascade into each other on the end of the title track Asleep it’s a perfect apocalyptic cacophony to soundtrack the demise of human civilisation.

Check out the EP at these sites –

Toronto Blessings - Asleep EP

Asleep recorded by Jason Sanderson (Who has recorded/mastered Rolo Tomassi, Brontide, Bodyhound, The Plight)

Instagram toronto_blessings

Band Members
Rik – Vocals/Bass
Dale – Guitar/Synth/Vocals
Murray – Drums

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Pist Share New Single & Guitar Playthrough Video For ‘If I Was You…’

Pist Share New Single & Guitar Playthrough Video For ‘If I Was You…’


Riff juggernaut Pist who release new album ‘Hailz’ on 8th November through APF Records (Mastiff, Battalions, BongCauldron, Desert Storm) have shared a guitar playthrough video for new single ‘If I Was You…’.  Filmed in association with Blackstar Amplification, guitarist John Nicholson describes the track as, “The fastest and most extreme song from the album, this was written shortly after seeing Uada in Nottingham which turned out to be a big influence for us.”

Watch the playthrough video for ‘If I Was You…’ now

The Bury, Lancashire based quartet’s new album ‘Hailz’ features 7 tracks that see them taking a step away from the stoner-doom label they were tagged with. 

Formed in late 2013 Pist have since released an EP and album chock-full of NOLA-influenced, Southern-tinged heavy rock whilst traveling the UK playing gigs, festivals and drinking beer. Both long out of print on CD, APF re-released 2014’s “Riffology” EP and 2015’s “Rhythm & Booze” album on one disc under the title “68 OFO” in March 2018 with new artwork by Dominic Sohor. 

As with their debut EP and previous album, ‘Hailz’ was recorded with Chris Fielding (Conan, Witchsorrow, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard), this time over at Foel studio. 

Only 2 years after starting out Pist had already supported Orange Goblin and Raging Speedhorn, toured with Ten Foot Wizard and Widows and come to the attention of Simon Hall at Bloodstock Open Air Festival who booked them to perform on Bloodstock’s the Sophie Lancaster Stage in August of 2015. 

During the six years since their formation Pist has also supported Napalm Death, Church Of Misery, Monolord, OHHMS and Dopethrone and played at Mammothfest, ‘Kinhellfest, Red Sun Festival, Hard Rock Hell and Hammerfest (twice). The band undertook UK tours in 2014 with Diesel King, 2015 with Foetal Juice and BongCauldron & Gurt, and with their label-mates BongCauldron again in 2016. Last year saw a co-headline tour with APF Records label-mates Battalions in the Spring, playing at Desertfest London in May. 

‘Hailz’ is a record that will grab the attention of fans of Orange Goblin, Kvelertak, Motörhead, Entombed, Uada and Black Breath making Pist one of the standout bands in the current UK underground heavy scene. ‘Hailz’ is Pist finally finding their sound as vocalist David Rowlands concludes, 

“I finally feel like we’ve made a record we can all be proud of.”

Pist are: Dave Rowlands – Vocals, John Nicholson – Guitars, Mike Collins – Bass, & backing vocals Andy Hunt – Drums

Pre-order now: 
1 – Ex-Nihilo
2 – Wreck
3- Mind Rotter
4 – Fools Gave Chase
5 – If I Was You…
6 – Strangle The Sun (featuring Elephant Tree)
 7- Skin Your God
Upcoming Pist shows:

9th November 2019 – Album release show – The Bread Shed, Manchester w/ Bast, Video Nasties

19th March 2020 – Hammerfest – Great Yarmouth
20th March 2020 – The Dev – London
21st March 2020 – The Old Salutation Inn – Nottingham
6th June 2020 – Stonebaked Festival – Temple of Boom – Leeds

“This is nuts-out and rum-fucked outlaw metal from the dingy pubs of Manchester” –  METAL HAMMER 

“Pist have got everything – groove, riffs, great sound, heaviness and rawness and bags of attitude” – AVE NOCTUM 

“A compact amalgamation of razor riffs played along a fuzzy metallic edge, pounding drums, and a screaming vocalist that wants to rip your face apart while at the same time pouring a beer down your neck and partying till dawn” – HEAVY PLANET

Find Pist online: 

Twitter: @PISTband


YouTube Channel:


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New Live Single From Underwing

New Live Single From Underwing

 Underwing delivers high-octane progressive finesse in their latest LIVE version of “Paragon (Live from Spirals Tour)”


Progressive grunge band Underwing continues to release new music this fall, while simultaneously writing their debut album. This time around they’re launching a LIVE version of “Paragon”, one of the first songs the band ever wrote and released together back in 2016. 

2019 has been a hectic year for Underwing with the release of multiple singles leading up to their latest EP “Spirals”, a summer tour to promote their music to new audiences, and recently they released a cover of TOOL’s famous song “The Pot”.


Now they’re back again with “Paragon (Live from Spirals Tour)” featuring a LIVE video of the band during one of their shows on their aforementioned summer tour! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

The band has issued the following statement in regards to the release;

“The second single we released back in 2016, “Paragon” was a shock to the local audience who were curious about Underwing. After putting out a slow and groovy stoner-rock song, “Reaper” on the 1st of July 2016 – We held this gem ready for release on the 15th of July and everyone suddenly started taking us more seriously. Here is a LIVE version of the song, from our latest tour “Spirals Tour” which took place the summer of 2019. This one is for the fans!”


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Leprous Release ‘Distant Bells’ Single

Leprous Release ‘Distant Bells’ Single

Today, Norwegian Rock outfit Leprous are launching a new, third single entitled “Distant Bells” off their sixth and most ambitious studio album “Pitfalls”, which is to be released on October 25th, 2019 worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Listen to “Distant Bells” here: Continue reading →

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