We Came As Romans & Brand Of Sacrifice Join Forces To Release Punishing New Version Of ‘Darkbloom’

A stark reminder of our own inner strength and a challenge to flourish even when faced with our darkest days, metalcore mavericks We Came As Romans issued a worthy test to both listeners and themselves with the release of ‘Darkbloom’ last July; die or grow.

On their rebellious attitude and brutal collaboration, We Came As Romans state:
“We’ve been fans of Brand of Sacrifice for a minute – and when we had the idea to do a reimagined version of Darkbloom, they were the first people to come to mind. A lot of bands have done incredible re-releases or reimagined versions of songs, and those versions are usually stripped down and showcase a softer side. We wanted to do the exact opposite – to team up with some powerhouses in the deathcore scene, and release something heavy, fast paced and aggressive. It’s been a blast working with the BOS guys, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”

Elaborating further, Brand of Sacrifice add:
“When WCAR approached us to rewrite this track with them, we were excited to be able to work with a band that has done so much for metalcore as a whole. This reimagined version of Darkbloom is full of aggression and energy, and combines all of the elements that make both of our bands special with some unexpected surprises along the way. I’m super stoked that we have the opportunity to innovate and bridge the gap between two very different sub genres, and do something insane that really hasn’t been done all that often in metal.”

French Metalcore Newcomers Empreinte Release

A couple of days after putting again in the light their new EP with an extended digital release, French alternative/metalcore/modern post-hardcore newcomers Empreinte just premiered a brand new official music video illustrating the song “The Other World”.

Check out the video for ‘The Other World’ below.

Stream the EP, ‘Void’ via the following link.

Death Lens Share New Track, ‘No Luck’

LA based punk rockers Death Lens have released their highly anticipated new album No Luck on Secret Friends Music Group.

The bands new album is propelled by the hype surrounding singles “Abrupt”, “DAEMON” and “Not Impressed”, all of which received official playlist placements from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music along with airplay on MTVU, Sirius XM, Idobi Radio and television shows like Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness

The band has this to say about their new album: 

“No Luck was our chance to get out of our comfort zone as a band by allowing each of us to bring our own influences to the table with total comfort and acceptance. It was also our way of releasing anxiety and anger from being confined and feeling silenced during the pandemic – we used this album as a platform to voice our opinions on problems we’re facing on a societal level as a country” 

Check out ‘No Luck’ below.

Spirit Of The Bear Release New Music Video For ‘Live On The Sun’

Indie rocker band Spirit of the Bear have dropped their latest release in the form of “Live On The Sun”.

 
The band says, “The video for Live On The Sun was our first foray into directing and editing one of our own music videos, and we had an absolute blast putting all our random ideas on the screen. It essentially started as a list of shot ideas we’ve had going for over a year, and we decided to get our talented videographer friend Joey Allen to come down and shoot all of those ideas to see how they panned out. It worked out better than we would’ve expected!”
 
Live on The Sun” was recently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and on Wonderland Magazine. 

Venom Inc Release New Single, ‘How Many Can Die’, Announce Sophomore Record, ‘There’s Only Black’

Extreme Metal pioneers Venom Inc. are proud to announce their sophomore album There’s Only Black, which will be released on September 23rd 2022 via Nuclear Blast Records. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 Venom line-up of guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and vocalist/bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan and the new addition of drummer Jeramie ‘Warmachine’ Kling have returned with one hell of a follow-up to their acclaimed debut, Avé, and show no signs of slowing down.

Check out ‘How May Can Die’ below.

Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan commented:
“Following Wacken in 2019, our live season closed giving us time where I could have my hip replacement surgery and the band could use the recovery time to work on a new album…Little did anyone know we’d be hit by a pandemic that would pause the whole world.

We began our work at a pace, then being locked down with no prospect of live shows, we decided there was no need to rush it but instead utilise the time to create without the pressure of live work looming.

So we began recording our songs and after producing twice the amount required, we began editing, touching up, improving and polishing until we finally had what we felt was THE correct album to finally present to you: a pure ball of furious VENOM INC power that left us feeling proud and excited at the same time. THIS album will soon be yours!!! And as the world runs through its evolution of colours remember: when the sun goes out…THERE’S ONLY BLACK!!!!! AVE!”

Check out the Cover Art and Tracklisting for ‘There’s Only Black’ below.

01    How Many Can Die    
02    Infinitum   
03    Come To Me    
04    There’s Only Black   
05    Tyrant    
06    Don’t Feed Me Your Lies   
07    Man As God   
08    Burn Liar Burn  
09    Nine   
10    Rampant    
11    The Dance  
12    Inferno   

Don’t Sleep On Gilts New Track, ‘Trophy Hunter’

Gilt have dived further into their brutally heavy sound with the impactful new track, ‘Trophy Hunter’

The journey of a composition features guest vocals from Nat Lacuna of The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir (who is also involved in capturing much of GILT’s imagery). An evocative music video has been released alongside the track to add a visual element to match the music’s intensity. ‘Trophy Hunter’ is the climax of GILT’s forthcoming new EP ‘Conceit’ which is set for release 06 May via Smartpunk Records. The affecting ‘Amethyst’ (ft. Shaolin G of Unity TX) with its poetic, emotion-drenched, post-hardcore stylings was the first single to be revealed from the forthcoming collection and will open up the release. 

“We probably spent as much time refining the time modulation noise at the start of Trophy Hunter as we did on any of the musical parts because this track is at the core of the rage-fit that is Conceit, and every part of it is made to keep the energy flowing in a different way from push-mosh to floor punching beats,” says guitarist and bassist Tyler Fieldhouse. Vocalist Ash Stixx continues “Nat (Lacuna – on guest vocals) did a beautiful job of embodying multiple voices and getting as close to actually using the word ‘gilt’ in a song as we’ve ever dared to come (“foil to the canvas”). ‘Trophy Hunter’ culminates all the previous ideas and coping mechanisms of ‘Conceit’ and actively taunts Death, begging to be the one taken instead of the ones we’ve lost. In a sort of stockholm way, ‘Trophy Hunter’ rebukes salvation and takes solace in living in the shadow of death and both fearing and courting it. We didn’t have any real uplifting message to present at the end of this like our previous work, but the story is still ongoing. We’re all still living in the wake of our pasts and the band will definitely have a lot more of this to tackle on further releases so we’re not tying it up with a bow. Sometimes you lose someone and you wish they had lost you instead. It’s not sensible or nice, it’s honestly pretty selfish and conceited. But it’s human.”

GILT kicked off 2022 playing shows with Sarah and the Safe Word. They’re also lined up to support Mannequin Pussy in Florida in May and they’ll be headlining across the US, Europe and the UK off the back of their new EP.

Check out the UK Touring Dates below.

June 2022

9th Thu Bristol UK Exchange (Basement)
10th Fri Newport UK Le Pub
11th Sat Leeds UK Temple of Boom
12th Sun London UK The Queen’s Head, Brixto

Check out ‘Trophy Hunter’ below.

Ocean Grove Have A New Track Out Feating Dune Rats, Listen To It Right Now!

The perfect collab does exist, and in 2022 it prevails in the form of the brand new single and music video ‘BORED’, boasting Oddworld icons Ocean Grove teaming up with fellow beloved party-starters Dune Rats.

Offering one last mouthwatering peek at Ocean Grove‘s impending new album Up In The Air Forever,  out tomorrow 22nd April on UNFD, ‘BORED’ is a boisterous and bustling ode to the frustrations and stifled energy from the past few years, delivered with delectable Ocean Grove creamy bounce and some rambunctious flair with Dune Rats along for the ride.

Perfectly complementing the nostalgic flavours of the track, the ‘BORED’ music video also features plenty of throwbacks like Discmans and old-school video games alongside the larrikin tinges. Also armed with some modern sonic grunge and a criminally catchy chorus you’ll definitely want to shout along to, ‘BORED’is the ultimate antidote to the frustrations of the past few years, while also marking a significant reminder to Ocean Grove about the importance of their burgeoning Oddworld universe, as the band explains: This song is what you get when you place your two favourite bands into a room during what felt like a never-ending lockdown for two years and ask them to sit still. Writing this song was the perfect way to funnel our pent up energy and irritation into something cathartic and positive – much like the entire album.”

“Really, we were the opposite of bored when it came to writing and recording this absolute thrasher – it was fun as f***! It was a timely reminder of just how important Oddworld music is to us and that it will always be the silver bullet to the mundanity we feel exerted around us on a daily basis. That’s essentially what this song is all about. It’s a laugh in the face of so- called authority, the wet blanket throwers, the nay-sayers. Anyone too afraid of change, to be bold, to take risks and who dampen the spirit of others in the process. It’s bin behaviour and to that we say “f*** that!”. We couldn’t think of a more legendary bunch of larrikins than Dune Rats to help escalate this song’s rascal energy. So when we got ‘em to enter the Oddworld for a sing-along, we knew ‘BORED’ was destined for greatness…as are the lot of ya!!!”

Check Out Boston Manor’s Latest Single, ‘Foxglove’

Currently on an extensive headline tour of North America, packing out some impressive venues, Blackpool’s Boston Manor have released their first new music of the year with a seductively spiraling new single ‘Foxglove’. The track comes from a cohesion of ideas and energy in the studio recording with Larry Hibbitt in Brixton. As frontman Henry Cox says: “We’re in a cool spot in our writing at the moment where we’re all reaching for the same thing. We’re able to get to the root of an idea quite quickly. This one is kinda woozy with a weird groove that you can dance to. It’s about losing your grip on things and starting to feel the train coming off the tracks. The video was a lot of fun to shoot, it spanned several nights across the North West of England hanging out of a box truck with a camera strapped to me.”

‘Foxglove’ is the perfect progression from Boston Manor’s deeply dark 2021 EP ‘Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures’ (also recorded with Hibbitt), which was the Blackpool band’s first release via SharpTone Records and has already surpassed 5 million streams. That collection of tracks kick-started a period of extreme focus on writing and creating music, which looks set to birth a whole host of imagination-capturing hooks like only Boston Manor can, so stay tuned for more new music news from this camp.  

Check out ‘Foxglove’ below.

Praise Drop Third Single, ‘Life Unknown’ From Upcoming Record, ‘All In A Dream’

Just two weeks away from the release of their new album, All In A Dream, Baltimore-area band Praisehave shared third single “Life Unknown”. The track is one of the most experimental on the album, weaving through different guitar tones and carefree vocals while still bridging together the band’s melodic-driven sound. Following “All In A Dream” and “Hotline To Memory”, “Life Unknown” continues looking inward at human emotions, this time focusing on taking someone else’s perspective on loss. All In A Dream releases May 6th on Revelation Records and is available for physical pre-order here.

Formed as a five-piece unit in 2010, Praise’s mission statement has been to work within the box of traditional hardcore while exploring the bounds of melody in every possible sense. All In A Dream darts and dashes through scenes, decades, and genres, united by the core tenets of a catchy song and the impulse to deliver a message. The band takes influence from ‘80s Minneapolis power-pop and the rich history of Washington, D.C. hardcore punk as much as from bands like Dag Nasty, The Cure, and Leatherface, along with sprinkles and nods to traditional guitar-based pop. The album is full of springy hardcore that travels with urgency while exploring the themes of introspective struggle, imagining a better world outside of our own, and the evolution of grief throughout the years. To achieve the sound found across the nine songs on the record, the band worked with producer and engineer Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore, MD and Brian McTernan (Be Well) stepped in as a second producer as well, focusing on song structure and vocal performances. 

Check out ‘Life Unknown’ below.