Sounds From The Heavy Metal Underground – Week of 09/01/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 2, 2014

New music from the best underground heavy metal bands the week of 09/01/14 with Swine Overlord, Cross Examination, Ghost Season, Verse Vica, and more.

I.O.’s PICKS OF THE WEEK I couldn’t make up my mind. Was it a brutal death metal kind of week or a crossover thrash kind of week? I’m feeling both so here are my two pick’s for this week: SWINE OVERLORD Parables of Umbral Transcendence (Gore House Productions) I usually don’t lean this far into [...]


This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases – 09/02/14

by Mike Lawrence on September 1, 2014

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Lots of extreme metal to check out this week including new albums from black metal veterans Dark Fortress and Burzum, new death thrash from The Haunted and other releases from the likes of Blood of Kingu, Emblazoned, Horned Almighty, Nostril Caverns and more.  For those that like their metal slowed down a bit, there are [...]


A review of the IT LIVES IT BREATHES headliner tour at Fish Head Cantina 8/24/14 with ILLUMINATE ME, BRIGHTWELL, EXEMPTUS, ARTIFACTS, and more.

I was invited to a live show at FISH HEAD CANTINA on August 24th that I wouldn’t normally attend because of the types of metal bands playing. I decided to go because my inclination to NOT go made rethink my assumptions. I’m glad I did. LOCAL BANDS You know I support my local bands. Metal Descent [...]


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Wow!  What an amazing week for new music.  Our inbox was so crammed full of great new stuff that it took us forever to get through everything.  Once we thought we had the list crafted, we would get another huge influx of new songs and videos.  There were so many other songs that we wanted [...]


Heavy Metal News Week In Review – 08/29/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on August 28, 2014

A summary of heavy metal news for week ending August 29, 2014 including stories on Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Giraffe Tongue, Shadow Falls and more.

Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams Dead at “30.” SUICIDAL TENDENDICIES announced the death of their former bassist Tim “Rawbiz” Williams on Facebook. A cause of death has not been confirmed and neither has Mr. William’s age, but the band had this to say: It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing [...]


HAMMERFALL (r)Evolution: Album Review

by Mike Lawrence on August 27, 2014

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Admittedly I have never been a huge fan of power metal.  Although really I should be because I am a nerd and a fair amount of this music can be geek metal at its finest.  I mean that with the utmost respect.  I have always been able to find a fair amount of power metal [...]


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Today three big metal acts announced details on their upcoming new albums including album art, track lists and release dates. Cavalera Conspiracy will release their next album, Pandemonium, on November 4th. This will be Max Cavalera’s third release in just over a year. He released a Soulfly album late last year and the debut from [...]


New music from the best underground heavy metal bands week of August 25, 2014 with Darkness Divided, A Breach of Silence, Witches of Doom and more.

  METAL DESCENT’S Battle of the Bands – Round I We’ve taken six of I.O.’s weekly picks and pitted them against each other in a brutal Battle of the Bands. At the end of the year, we’ll take the readers’ votes from each of the battles and write up the Top Ten Underground Heavy Metal [...]


This Week’s New Heavy Metal Album Releases – 08/26/14

by Mike Lawrence on August 25, 2014

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2014 continues to be the story of every other week.  In other words one week has tons of big releases and the next week doesn’t  have much.  Last Tuesday was a big day for new albums and next week will be as well.  Sandwiched in between is a week with a few new albums mostly [...]


Post image for SLIPKNOT Gives Details On Their New Album <em>.5: The Gray Chapter</em>; Releases New Single And Announces Fall U.S. Tour

This was a busy morning for Slipknot as the band unveiled the album art, track list, name and release date for their upcoming new album.  The band also released the second single from the album called “The Devil In I” and announced the Prepare For Hell Tour with support from Korn and King 810.   .5: [...]