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Alternative metal outfit Dirty Machine from Los Angeles, California have released a powerful new music video for the track “Self Made Hero” directed and produced by Ron Thunderwood from 9Electric; who has directed music videos for Hollywood Undead, Combi Christ and Stitched up Heart.

The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/OfCc7dmrnz0

Dirty Machine recently inked a worldwide deal with Zombie Shark Records and hit the road with Insane Clown Posse. The band’s latest album‘Discord’ was produced by Ben Jovi and Dirty Machine at Left Coast Label Studios. The album was mixed by Arnold "Hedge" Quezada and Darren Davis at Blunoize Studios, and was mastered by Josh Wickman from Dreadcore Productions (KING 810, Within The Ruins).

Dirty Machine has been heralding the nu metal flag since 2012 and pulls major influences from nu metal-era bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Nonpoint, Mudvayne and Sevendust. The band has built a rabid following, especially in the Kansas City area, due to getting regular airtime on the leading Kansas City rock station 98.9 The Rock and headlining the Jägermeister Stage at the 2016 Kansas City Rockfest. Dirty Machine has shared the stage with P.O.D., Adema, Ghost, Sixx AM, Disturbed, Trivium, Hell Yeah, Alien Ant Farm, Otep, Metalachi, Orgy and many more.

Frontman David Leach states, "We chose to release “Self Made Hero” as our next single, simply because of the current state of the world. Everyone is angry, everyone is divided and "Self Made Hero" is a song that completely contradicts that. It’s about paving your own way and writing your own story. Regardless of what the media, politicians or celebrities want you to feel. The middle class has always been kicked around. More now than ever before. This is their anthem.”


'Discord' Tracklist:

1. Discord
2. Seeds
3. Self Made Hero
4. Social Recoil
5. Ecusa's Nightmare
6. Built
7. C4
8. Wonka
9. Refuse To Follow (Bonus Track)
10. Victory (Bonus Track)
11. J-Dead (Bonus Track)

The album art for Illuminated is meant to convey a simple but captivating image. A lantern shattering with the flame inside still burning. This imagery is symbolic in that no matter what happens around you, you have to keep your passion or your inner flame alive. It also represents the core message of our band, and our music. Heavy & explosive on the outside, with a powerful and meaningful message throughout the lyrics, themes, and our motto to “Shine light & Inspire”. "

Following a string of celebrated 7-inch releases, Primal Rite are ready to deliver a K.O. punch to the world with their debut album, Dirge of Escapism. Due out January 26 via Revelation Records, the Bay Area outfit have prepped and perfected 10 tracks of blood-curdling thrash. Listen to the album’s first single, “Demon,” today via Revolver Magazine.
 
Surfacing from the ashes of San Francisco bands Scalped, Yadokai and Face The Rail, Primal Rite are the shot in the arm that the hardcore scene has been yearning for. Propelled by vocalist Lucy Xavier’s fiery skirmishes on personal politics, mental health, and identity, Primal Rite’s thrashing dirges are galvanized by a noble purpose. No punk bravado, no machismo—just wailing guitars, nods to both Japanese + Cleveland hardcore styles, and controlled chaos that will be stirring long after the record’s 30-minute runtime.
 
Named one of Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2017Primal Rite’s debut album is poised to be one of the most crushing debuts of the coming year. With a flurry of 7-inch releases already out on Revelation Records, Grave Mistake Records, and Warthog Speak Records plus a cassette on Pop Wig Records, Primal Rite is ready to top both their contemporaries and themselves.
 
Dirge of Escapism will be released via Revelation Records on January 26, 2018. Stay tuned for more news. 


Dirge of Escapism Track Listing: 

1. Chapter Zero
2. Akumajō (Blood)
4. Interference 
5. Demon
6. Sensory Link to Pain
7. Bu Zhi Chun
8. Persona 
9. Ecstatic Agony
10. Immutable Law
Nothing More celebrate massive success at radio today with “Go To War” taking the top spot at Active Rock and becoming the #1 Rock Song in the USA!

The lead single off the band’s latest album 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' (out now on Better Noise Records), “Go To War” has been streamed more than 13 Million times across platforms globally to date with synch highlights including the new UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo  promo and  War for the Planet of the Apes film trailer plus heavyweight Spotify playlists including Rock This, and The Official Game Of Thrones: Songs Of Fire & Ice.

The track has steadily climbed the charts, winning fans over with it’s furious guitar, driving electronics, and the soul-bearing passion of frontman Jonny Hawkins’ vocal delivery. Inspired by intimate arguments and a past personal relationship, Hawkins lyrical themes resonate universally: “Screaming at the ones we love / Like we forgot who we can trust / Screaming at the top of our lungs / On the grounds where we feel safe / Do we feel safe? Do we feel safe?

Nothing More’s 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves' has met with breakout success in 2017, debuting at #15 on Billboard’s Top-200 Album Chart. Further week-of-release debut highlights included: #2 Billboard Independent Album Debut, #3 Billboard Rock Album Debut, #3 Billboard Alternative Album Debut, and more.

Having just wrapped a 50+ date US tour with a sold-out hometown San Antonio November 10th, Nothing More launch a European Tour starting tomorrow which is set to captivate audiences across the globe with the band’s one-of-a-kind live show, featuring the handmade instrument “The Scorpion Tail”. 
Tickets, VIP packages and more info can be found HERE.


GOATWHORE's exclusive new Decibel Flexi Series track, "Command To Destroy," is currently streaming at the magazine's official website.
"'Command To Destroy' is the most rippin' three minutes you're likely to experience today," writes the esteemed publication of their 85th installment in the series.
Stream "Command To Destroy" at THIS LOCATION.
An extremely limited amount of the January 2018 issue featuring the GOATWHORE "Command To Destroy" flexi are available HERE. Don't snooze on your chance to complete your GOATWHORE discography!
GOATWHORE recently wrapped up a mini tour with 1349 and labelmates Tombs which lead to their performance at this year's edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. In February, the band will take to the seas on the 2018 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal before heading overseas for a month-long trek with Sepultura, Obscura, and Fit For An Autopsy. See all confirmed dates below.
GOATWHORE:
2/1-5/2018 70000 Tons Of Metal - Ft. Lauderdale, FL [tickets]

w/ Sepultura, Obscura, Fit For An Autopsy:
2/23/2018 Conne Island - Leipzig, DE

2/24/2018 Masters of Rock Café - Zlin, CZ
2/25/2018 Barba Negra - Budapest, HU
2/26/2018 Orion Club - Rome, IT
2/27/2018 Magazzini Generali - Milano, IT
3/01/2018 Explosiv - Graz, AT
3/02/2018 Majestic Music Club - Bratislava, SK
3/03/2018 Proxima - Warsaw, PL
3/04/2018 B90 - Gdansk, PL
3/06/2018 Columbia Theater - Berlin, DE
3/07/2018 Docks - Hamburg, DE
3/08/2018 Garage - Saarbrücken, DE
3/09/2018 LKA Longhorn - Stuttgart, DE
3/10/2018 Backstage - München, DE
3/11/2018 Tivoli Ronda - Utrecht, NL
3/13/2018 SWX - Bristol, UK
3/14/2018 SWG3 -Glasgow, UK
3/15/2018 The Tivoli - Dublin, IE
3/16/2018 Hammerfest  - Pwlhelli, GB
3/17/2018 Foundry - Sheffield, UK
3/18/2018 Koko - London, UK
3/20/2018 Elysee Montmartre - Paris, FR
3/21/2018 Zeche -Bochum, DE
3/22/2018 Hirsch - Nürnberg, DE
3/23/2018 Rockhouse - Salzburg, DE
3/24/2018 Kofmehl - Solothurn, CH
GOATWHORE's latest full-length, Vengeful Ascension, was released in June via Metal Blade Records. Their seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel, Vengeful Ascension was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).
The critically-lauded offering toppled Billboard charts upon its first week of release earning the #4 spot on Billboard's Heatseeker Albums chart, #6 on the Hard Rock Album Sales chart, #11 on the Independent Albums chart, #16 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, #18 on the Rock Album Sales chart, #49 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, and #59 on the Top 200 Albums chart making it the band's highest charting album to date!
Vengeful Ascension is out now on Metal Blade Records on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. To preview and purchase the record visit metalblade.com/goatwhore.
 "The album roars with the classic GOATWHORE sound of searing shredding and screams of rage. The material also tries some new things, tossing in a bit of blackened atmosphere, adding to the philosophical questions the music dives into." - Alternative Press
"Turning frowns upside down with metal steeped in gloom isn't supposed to be a thing, but in incorporating more classic influences, GOATWHORE has (in)advertently offered Vengeful Ascension as a link between battle jackets and monk robes. 8/10" - Decibel Magazine
"...the most mature recording in the GOATWHORE canon... Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell. 4/5" - Team Rock
"Vengeful Ascension proves that the band is firing on all cylinders, standing tall as one of extreme metal's leading bands. 9/10" - Blabbermouth
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Imminence Records' symphonic rock outfit Worhol is pleased to release their brand new music video. The video, for the track “Already Forgotten,” is in promotion of the recently released The Awakening. The band are currently planning for an eventful 2018 and beyond.
"This video portrays topics that are very personal. We in Worhol want people to know that there is hope and always a way to heal. May this video bring courage, and strength to the world for anyone who has or is going through anything personal. You are loved by each of us.” - Ashley Worhol (Vocalist)

1. Voices from Above 
2. Bowing Before You 
3. Time to Say Goodbye 
4. Already Forgotten 
5. Rage and Revenge 
6. In This Town 
7. We, The Abused 
8. Jurisdiction 
9. Is This What's Left of Me 
10. The Darkness



East London quartet Shanghai Blues are pleased to reveal the video for their new single ‘SWIM’ which is out now via all good digital retailers.


Picking up support from the likes of Clash Music, Spotify, Apple Music, BBC introducing and Amazing Radio, the release is the latest in a string of independent singles which has seen the band steadily gaining support over the past year.

The video for Swim was shot at 7am by Nick Suchak (Anabasis Media) on a secluded beach in Kent in the midst of Storm Brian. Their timing was perfect and the scene was blessed by a gorgeous sunrise which gave the perfect lighting to match the sombre but uplifting transitions within the track.

Commenting on the song, the band said: “Swim is a song with some quite dark and heavy themes, but it’s also a song with light and hope that we hope physically lifts you when listening. The song is full of natural emotion and we really wanted to capture that.”

‘SWIM’ was produced, mixed and mastered by Oz Craggs (Feed The Rhino/Neck Deep/Mallory Knox) at Hidden Track Studios in Kent with whom the band have recorded all of their releases so far. Starting life simply as a riff written by guitarist James Heed, the band worked it up in the studio with full concentration on nailing the emotion in the music, with drummer Mike Stinton leading those powerful guitars into a towering chorus.

Injecting a heaviness into their more indie-leaning material, and instantly more impactful and considered than their previous releases, the new single shows a mellower and more mature side to this young outfit, displaying some restrained and intelligent song writing which only goes to underscore their growing appeal.

Following Spring 2017 tour dates alongside Glass Caves, Theme Park and Palace, the band have been racking up Spotify plays with appearances on several high-profile lists including The Indie List, Hot New Bands and Fresh Finds, plus support at Apple Music (Best Of The Week), Abbie McCarthy at BBC Introducing and various international radio stations. Music Week, It’s All Indie, Punktastic and a swathe of other blogs have also recently lent their voices to the band’s lengthy list of early champions.

Hot on the coattails of their early 2017 single releases ‘Those Three Words’, ‘Tense’ and ‘Night Tears’, which saw the band selling out their debut headline show in London at The Social (Heavenly Records) earlier this year, SWIM is another confident step forward for this quartet crafting their songs with a hugely diverse array of influence from artists including J Hus, Kanye West, Dinosaur Pile Up, The Strokes and Mooseblood.

SWIM is out now.



This Friday, WAR Records will release STRIFE's Live At The Troubadour, recorded live at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on February 5th, 2005. Decibel Magazine is now streaming the audio of the entire concert early.
 
Issues STRIFE guitarist Andrew Kline, "After a very long wait, I'm excited to finally see Live At The Troubadour being released! We filmed this show back in 2005, without a concrete plan regarding its release, so I am really happy that it's now out on my label, WAR Records! Over the years we have had so many people ask us about the DVD and when it was coming out... Here it is! I hope it was worth the wait!"
 
Stream STRIFE's Live At The Troubadour in its entirety at Decibel RIGHT HERE.
 
Live At The Troubadour will see release through WAR Records as a CD+DVD version of the album in conjunction with the Record Store Day-exclusive LP+DVD version, pressed on red vinyl in a run of 500 copies. Find preorders for the CD+DVD: HERE, iTunes preorders HERE, and Bandcamp preorders HERE. Check with your local Record Store Day participating store for the vinyl.
 
Live At The Troubadour showcases the original lineup of STRIFE playing songs spanning their Victory Records-released first three albums - 1994's One Truth, 1997's In This Defiance, and 2002'sAngermeans -- the forty-three-minute performance delivers eleven of the band's most iconic tracks recorded to 24-track audio to accompany a five-camera DVD shoot. After a twelve-year wait, the long-awaited STRIFE Live At The Troubadour live album will finally see the light of day. Featuring fully mastered audio and video versions of the set, the audio for Live At The Troubadour was recorded by John St. James, mixed by Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Trapped Under Ice, Cavalera Conspiracy), and the live footage was filmed by Nate Weaver, Matt Bass, Mark Kienlen, and director of Photography, Brian Hodge. Todd Jones from Internal Affairs then - now of the juggernaut Nails - provides guitar on the track "Force Of Change."

Southern California-based metal/hardcore outfit TWITCHING TONGUES will kick off their North American tour supporting Hatebreed this week. The 20 Years Of Desire, 15 Years Of Perseverance tour will commence on November 22nd in Poughkeepsie, New York and run through December 9th in Sayreville, New Jersey. Additional support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Code Orange. See confirmed dates below.
 
TWITCHING TONGUES w/ Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Code Orange:
11/22/2017 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
11/24/2017 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/25/2017 TLA - Philadelphia, PA
11/26/2017 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
11/27/2017 Arizona Pete's - Greensboro, NC
11/29/2017 The State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
11/30/2017 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
12/01/2017 Diamond Pub Concert Hall - Louisville, KY
12/02/2017 House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH
12/03/2017 Metro - Chicago, IL
12/05/2017 The Majestic - Detroit, MI
12/06/2017 Opera House - Toronto, ON
12/07/2017 Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
12/08/2017 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
12/09/2017 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
 
TWITCHING TONGUES released their third studio album, Disharmony, via Metal Blade Records in 2015. Metal Injection crowned the offering, "truly impressive," Outburn called it, "one of the most creatively ambitious releases of the year," and an, "exercise in metallic experimentation that is every bit as refreshing as it is punishing," while Skulls 'N' Bones gushed, "their ability to dance the line between genres is simply fucking amazing!" To preview and purchase Disharmony, visit: metalblade.com/twitchingtongues.


American power metallers SONIC PROPHECY are set to unleash their third full length "Savage Gods" via Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018. Featuring 10 fist pounding tracks rooted in traditional heavy metal melded with the symphonic beauty of power metal, SONIC PROPHECY capture the excitement and sound of such bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Hammerfall and Kamelot while blending other musical styles to arrive at a sound all their own.

The band's new music video and first single "Night Terror" can be viewed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lZriX_JUrY 


Vocalist Shane Provstgaard comments: 

"We think our fans will love this album! Savage Gods, as a record, basically combines all of the things I think people liked about our previous releases and then moves us forward into new areas musically and lyrically. For our fans, there will be no mistaking this is Sonic Prophecy, but we definitely cover some new exciting ground on this record."



"Savage Gods" follows SONIC PROPHECY's 2015 sophomore release "Apocalyptic Promenade" (Maple Metal Records), an album that combined the melody and beauty of symphonic power metal while maintaining the crunch, drive and power of traditional metal plus their 2011 debut "A Divine Act of War", which had its music placed in the television series “Rock n’ Lock”, the video game “Volgarr the Viking” and movie Danny Trejo's “Vengeance”.

The upcoming release lyrically covers many topics, from quests and medieval wars, to mechanized genocide, to the dangers associated with extremist ideologies. Broadening and stretching their musical palate, "Savage Gods" will give fans an adventurous listening experience.  It's an album that combines melodic hard rock, driving heavy metal, and chest pounding anthems in a way that is uniquely Sonic Prophecy.

"This is pure heavy metal with driving guitars, thundering drums, and some of what I feel is my best vocal work to date. With songs "Night Terror, "Unholy Blood" and the album title track, we’ve really laid down a brutal sonic backdrop, along with keeping the melody, which is important to our music."adds vocalist Shane Provstgaard “Savage Gods” is available for pre-order on Amazon along with single “Night Terror” available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

Following "Savage Gods" release, SONIC PROPHECY has plans to hit the road and tour across North America, Europe and beyond. The band has performed with Tyr, Alestorm, Ratt, Cinderella, Accept and Sabaton.



Track Listing:

1. Savage Gods (6:44)
2. Night Terror (5:38)
3. Unholy Blood (5:13)
4. Dreaming Of The Storm (4:55)
5. Man The Guns (5:04)
6. Walk Through The Fire (7:09)
7. A Prayer Before Battle (5:46)
8. Iron Clad Heart (5:24)
9. Man and Machine (6:44)
10. Chasing The Horizon (6:14)

Album Length: 58:57

On January 12th, 2018, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will release their long-anticipated new full-length No Cross No Crown. Set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the record marks the first recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade.
 
As a precursor to its release, the band is pleased to debut part two of a multi-part view blog series. In the latest clip, the band discusses working with longtime producer John Custer and more.
 
View the interview, conducted by J. Bennett, at THIS LOCATION.
 
And if you missed it, view the first clip at Nuclear Blast's Youtube channel HERE.
 
Listen to first single, "Cast The First Stone," at THIS LOCATION.
 
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY'S No Cross No Crown will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment worldwide on CD, digital, vinyl, and cassette formats. Various preorder bundles are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
 
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's No Cross No Crown somehow sounds as though no time has passed between 2005's In The Arms Of God and today. The band cut No Cross No Crown in about forty days over the course of a year. Some of these new jams sound like they could've easily appeared on Wiseblood or Deliverance, two of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's most revered records. Beefy Southern stompers like "The Luddite," "Little Man," and "Forgive Me" are interspersed with melancholy guitar interludes like "No Cross," "Matre's Diem," and "Sacred Isolation" - just like Sabbath used to do in the '70s. "We started doing that on Deliverance," Keenan points out. "My theory on that is that if you're trying to make a record flow, you need to break it up a little. When you need a breather, write an interlude. I like writing those mellow pieces just to space things out and make the next thing come in heavier."
 
No Cross No Crown stands as irrefutable proof of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's ability to overcome. "CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and the prior records I've done with them didn't just go away," Keenan observes. "It's an honor to be back out there and have an opportunity to do it again in a real way and not some washed-up reunion thing. Even before we wrote the record, we were out there for a year seeing there was a demand for it and that there was a void that we could fill. That's been CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's deal from day one. We're not chasing anybody around. We're not gonna worry about what the new trends are. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is CORROSION OF CONFORMITY."
 
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will join Black Label Society for a mammoth North American live takeover this winter. The tour begins December 27th, 2017 in Denver, Colorado and will wind its way through nearly four dozen cities, the journey coming to a close February 27th, 2018. Additional support will be provided by Eyehategod and Red Fang on select shows. See all confirmed dates below.
 
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Black Label Society, Eyehategod (12/29 - 1/20; 2/11 - 2/27), Red Fang (1/26 - 2/9):
12/27/2017 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
12/29/2017 Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, IA ^
12/30/2017 Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO ^
12/31/2017 Pop's Nightclub - Sauget, IL^
1/02/2018  Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE^
1/03/2018  House Of Blues - Chicago, IL ^
1/04/2018  Egyptian Room at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN ^
1/05/2018  The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit, MI ^
1/07/2018  Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY ^
1/08/2018  M Telus - Montreal, QC ^
1/09/2018  Rebel - Toronto, ON ^
1/10/2018  20 Monroe Live - Grand Rapids, MI ^
1/12/2018  Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK ^
1/13/2018  Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX ^
1/14/2018  Emo's - Austin, TX ^
1/15/2018  House Of Blues - Houston, TX ^
1/17/2018  House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA ^
1/18/2018  Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN ^
1/19/2018  Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH ^
1/20/2018  Center Stage - Atlanta, GA ^
1/26/2018  Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL *
1/27/2018  House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC *
1/28/2018  The Ritz - Raleigh, NC *
1/29/2018  The Fillmore Silver Spring - Silver Spring, MD *
1/31/2018  PlayStation Theater - New York, NY *
2/01/2018  The Palladium - Worcester, MA *
2/02/2018  Aura - Portland, ME *
2/03/2018  Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA *
2/05/2018  Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY *
2/06/2018  The Goodyear Theater at East End - Akron, OH *
2/07/2018  Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA *
2/08/2018  Eagles Ballroom Club Stage - Milwaukee, WI *
2/09/2018  Myth Live - St. Paul, MN *
2/11/2018  O'Brians Event Centre - Saskatoon, SK ^
2/12/2018  The Ranch Roadhouse - Edmonton, AB ^
2/14/2018  Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC ^
2/16/2018  Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place - Grande Prairie, AB ^
2/17/2018  MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB ^
2/19/2018  Showbox SoDo - Seattle, W ^
2/20/2018  Roseland Theater - Portland, OR ^
2/21/2018  Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA ^
2/23/2018  House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV ^
2/24/2018  The Marquee - Tempe, AZ ^
2/25/2018  Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM ^
2/27/2018  The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA ^
^ Dates w/ Eyehategod
* Dates w/ Red Fang

Seattle doom metallers BELL WITCH, fresh off a co-headlining tour with Primitive Man, will take to the streets again next week for a short West Coast tour with French doom metalists/labelmates Monarch! The journey will run from December 1st in Seattle, Washington through December 9th in Chico, California. Additionally, BELL WITCH will bring their devastating odes to the stages of Roadburn Festival 2018 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The band will perform two sets, the first on Saturday April 21st at the 013 venue and Sunday, April 22nd at Het Patronaat recreating Mirror Reaper in its crushing entirety. See all confirmed dates below.
 
BELL WITCH will be touring in support of their breathtaking Mirror Reaper full-length, issued via Profound Lore. Engineered and mixed by veteran producer Billy Anderson (Swans, Sleep, Neurosis), the duo of Dylan Desmond (bass, vocals) and Jesse Shreibman (drums, vocals, organ), Mirror Reaper delivers one continuous, eighty-three-minute piece unfolding as a single track. Mirror Reaper, which recently earned the #11 spot of Decibel Magazine's coveted Top 40 Albums List, sees the band explore the more meditative, melancholy, and introspective aspects to their sound through the introduction of long, lonely organ passages and the return of vocalist Erik Moggridge (Aerial Ruin), offering a prominent presence.
 
Stream the record in full via the official Profound Lore Bandcamp page HERE.
 
Mirror Reaper is available on 2xCD, 2xLP, and digital formats. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.
 
BELL WITCH w/ Monarch!:
12/01/2017 Highline - Seattle, WA
12/02/2017 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
12/03/2017 Old Nick's - Eugene, OR
12/05/2017 Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA
12/06/2017 Golden Bull - Oakland, CA
12/07/2017 Five Star Bar - Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2017 Café Coda - Chico, CA
End Tour
4/21/2018 013 @ Roadburn - Tilburg, NL
4/22/2018 Het Patronaat @ Roadburn - Tilburg, NL
 
Formed by Desmond and ex-drummer/vocalist Adrian Guerra, BELL WITCH released their first self-titled demo in 2011 and partnered with Profound Lore Records for their debut album, Longing, in 2012. The duo's second LP, 2015's acclaimed Four Phantoms was recognized as one of doom metal's triumphs of the year. The band extensively toured in North America and Europe, securing notable festival appearances including Roadburn, Basilica Soundscape, Sled Island, and Psycho California.
 
"The title 'Mirror Reaper' is indicative of the Hermetic axiom 'As Above, So Below,' written with two sides to form one whole," notes the band of the themes surrounding the concept and lyrics of latest offering, Mirror Reaper. "The song is both its own and its reflection, as an opposite is whole only with its contrary. Our focus as a band has always been the perception of ghosts and the implied archetype of the dichotomy of life/death therein. 'Mirror Reaper' is a continuation of that concept. During the writing process we were devastated by the loss of our dear friend and former drummer, Adrian Guerra. In love and respect to his memory, we reserved an important yet brief section in the song for him that features unused vocal tracks from our last album. This specific movement serves as a conceptual turn in the piece, or point of reflection. We believe he would be proud of it as well. 'Mirror Reaper' was the first collaborative writing project with the new lineup, and Adrian's death during it brought extra emotional weight. We sought to match the complexity and weight of these events within the composition of the piece."
 
"Seattle doom metal duo BELL WITCH's third album sounds broken down by life and death alike, but it scrapes together something like hope." - Pitchfork
 
"BELL WITCH's vision of what lies beyond is filled with both rippling beauty and the looming threat of negation. Still, somehow, it's a tempting invitation." - Tiny Mix Tapes
 
"Mirror Reaper bleeds profusely with misery, crushed by its own incredible weight, and locks eyes with you... blankly staring you down as it slowly perishes from all existence." - Invisible Oranges
 
"The Seattle-based funeral doom duo don't so much write songs as build sonic ecosystems, interval by interval and frequency by frequency. As performers, the charge every gesture with dynamic impact, nuance, and a degree of psychic intensity rare even in metal." - Decibel
 
"To listen to an album like Mirror Reaper is to surrender to it, to let it suck you in. Listening to Mirror Reaper, I'm not thinking about genres or influences or whether I like this album more than the band's last album. I'm not really thinking anything. I'm just feeling big feelings. Mirror Reaper, as a piece of music, exists somewhere in the beyond. It's a hell of a place to visit." - Stereogum
 
"Knowing the backstory makes listening to Mirror Reaper even more intense, but even if you don't, it's such a powerful piece of music that you'll be able to feel that some type of major force was behind it." - BrooklynVegan
 
"...one of the most breath-taking releases of the year." - Ghost Cult
 
"...an instant classic of its genre, meticulously deconstructing funeral doom's core components and reassembling them into something that pushes further than maybe any band of their kind has pushed before, and yet possessing an emotive heart and spirit so powerful and affecting that it feels the furthest thing from a clinical musical exercise and instead a stunning tribute to a fallen brother." - Distorted Sound

In this new occasion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Metal band The Body Politic, from Canada. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Spencer: The name of the band actually came from a short story by Clive Barker called ‘The Body Politic’. In the story, a man’s hands begin to communicate with each other through touch while he is sleeping. They plot to kill him and amputate themselves to freedom. The band isn’t related to the story – it was just a jumping off point. We knew that a band name takes on a meaning of its own after a band creates an identity, so we didn’t tie too much significance to it. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Spencer: The progressive metal genre appealed to us because it feels like a marriage of two elements of music that we love: high caliber musicianship and aggressive emotion. Most of us went to university to study music, and it’s great to be part of a project where we can really stretch out and take the limits off when it comes to composing. Metal also has to be the most fun of any genre to play live. The energy of the crowd at a metal show is something that we love. 


3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?


Spencer: Matt and I (Spencer) went to high school together and met when the band was formed by our mutual friend Mark Fawdry. We were 14 and 15 years old. We went through a lot of member changes in those early days. When we started attending the music program at VIU, we found Sam and later Dan and Rob. Jesse played in bands around our hometown and was a fan of the band before joining. 

4. Each band member favourite band?


Spencer: Protest The Hero
Matt: Tigran Hamasyan Trio
Rob: Meshuggah
Jesse: Cult of Luna
Sam: Dance Gavin Dance
Dan: The Contortionist


5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?


Spencer: As far as the instrumental composition goes, I think the thing that inspires us most is the musicianship and the composing of the artists we look up to. Artists that push technical boundaries always make us excited to write new music. Sam writes the lyrics, and because he pulls from emotional experiences in his life, his contribution often makes the songs feel more human. He adds an element of cohesion that completes our process. 


6. Where was your last gig?


Spencer: Our last gig was at Vern’s in Calgary, AB. We were on the “No Ragrets” Tour with some of our favourite bands Shark Infested Daughters and Forever Frost. Debauchery always ensues when we are around those dudes, lol. 


7. Where would you like to act?


Matt: Last year a few of us went to see Animals As Leaders, Intervals and Plini at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The venue was the perfect size and the sound was incredible so I've wanted to play there ever since. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?


Matt: It would be great to play with any one of our favourite bands, but I think a show with Protest the Hero, The Contortionist, or Periphery would be a great fit. 

9. Whom not?

Matt: I can't think of any bands in particular that we wouldn't want to play with. That being said, I always prefer to play with bands with complimentary styles. I don't think we would sound good opening for somebody like Bruno Mars! 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?


Spencer: I think we all get the pre-show jitters once in a while, but I have two ways of calming the nerves that work particularly well for me. The first is simply preparation. The more prepared you are going into a performance, the more confidence you will have. With more confidence, your nerves are less likely to get the best of you. The second is to visualize the performance when your practice it. Literally closing your eyes and imagining you are there in the moment on stage. You will trick your subconscious into believing that you are really giving the actual performance, and by the time you do give the real performance, it will feel like you’ve been there many times before. 


11. What bands have inspired you the most?


Matt: While I'm sure we are all inspired on a musical level by all of the bands listed above, I think some of our biggest inspiration comes from other independent bands. Bands like Ninjaspy, Deadeyes Open and The Perfect Trend (to name a few), all did things that inspired us to work harder. Whether it was a cool light show or an immaculate merch setup, we learned a lot from the bands we've played with. 


12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?


Spencer: I went to another band’s CD release party once. A girl came running up to me holding the band’s new album and said, “I love your band! Will you sign my CD?!” I politely told her that I wasn’t actually in that band. She said “I know! I just really love The Body Politic!” So I signed the other band’s CD, lol.


13. What do you think of your fans?


Spencer: We have always been extremely grateful for the support our fans give us, and we continue to be, but this album release has made me see our fans in a new way. When a band exists for long enough, it starts to belong to the fans as much as it belongs to the members themselves. I found myself wanting to make our fans proud with this release. People have told us how much our music means to them, and how it has gotten them through very hard times in their lives. I feel like we owe it to those people to put everything we have into the music we make. It’s not just for us anymore, it’s for all of us, the fans included. 


14. What do you think of our site?


Matt: The website is great! I love that you give bands the opportunity to describe their own music and their reasons for making it. I think your “Behind the Artwork” series is particularly cool!
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