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IN SHORTS #61 📢 Top News in Punk, Hardcore, Metal & Rock in the pre-Christmas week of Dec. 20-24

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📰 Take a couple of minutes to catch up on the past week’s essential news in punk, metal and rock music – IDIOTEQ.com’s #InShorts News Briefing is a rundown of the past week’s most important music news stories you need to know about independent and underground music around the globe.

Albany pop punk rockers STATE CHAMPS shared their very first original Christmas song, called “Ordinary Christmas“!

New Safe Inside Records signess DEATH SPIRAL (members of THIS IS HELL) have shared their new EP “Tyranny of Tradition”.

Screamo label Zegema Beach Records has shared “///” by CAMPBELL TRIO, a noise rock filled post hardcore band, for fans of Life In Vacuum, North Of America and Victor! Fix The Sun.

Comments the label: “The trio plays wonderfully constructed, driving, angular, post-hardcore/noise-rock along the lines of Life In Vacuum, Blue Youth, and The Holy Shroud, mixing wonderfully done singing with coarse yells and the occasional scream. This album was actually recorded many years ago but due to recording issues, deaths, a pandemic, and general the album wasn’t released until 2021. It was more than worth the wait. Easily one of the best albums of the year.”

Emotional screamo / post hardcore band ELDSTAD have returned with new single 23​:​e December, sung in Swedish. Listen below.

Travis Barker reimagines “Easy On Me” by ADELE:

Melodic hardcore vets FREEWILL (New Age Records) has shared their new video for the song “The SHow, coming from the band’s new LP From the LP “All This Time”, out via Unity WorldWide Records & New Age Records. NoEcho has it covered HERE. We have the band covered HERE.

Scottish street oi! punks THE EXPLOITED will be touring the States with TOTAL CHAOS and CRO-MAGS! Both bands will be doing a longer trek in Europe in early 2022.


Our exclusive special features released this week:

Chino Moreno’s CROSSES ††† (also featuring Shaun Lopez of FAR have signed a deal with Warner Records. The band shared their new tune “Goodbye Horses”.

Lopez commented: “Very happy to announce that Crosses recently signed a worldwide deal with Warner Records. Looking forward to working with such an amazing crew. Hi fives to the bro, Chino Moreno, we did it.”


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Ieperfest has announced more bands for the exciting 2022 edition. MINDFORCE will be performing their exclusive Euro gig and the band will join a solid pack of other amazing bands, seen in the poster below.

Ieperfest 2022

After a couple mysterious years, Rome’s SECT MARK are back with some new mangle. Seattle based Iron Lung Records has shared the band’a new offering dubbed “Promo MMXXI”, originally released digitally by he band on September 18, 2021.

Originally released as a micropressing of just 30 copies by the band themselves as a promo tape to hawk at K-Town Virus Weekend in August 2021. Sadly the band could not make it to the show so Iron Lung Records has made this essential piece of razor sharp nasty hardcore available to a wider audience. At the time of this release, Sect Mark is finishing up the writing/recording for their next LP which promises to be even more insane than previous releases. We’ll let you know when it’s ready so enjoy these three new songs and a bonus Nerorgasmo cover in the meantime. Sick.

NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called pheochromocytoma. The musician underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor earlier in December. Chad detailed his situation in a lengthy Instagram post HERE.


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SLAYER’s “Seasons in the Abyss” has received a new cover from a group formed by HAKEN guitarist Charlie Griffith, Protest the Hero frontman Rody Walker, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, The Absence/Inhuman Condition drummer Jeramie Kling, Cradle Of Filth bassist Daniel Firth, Haken drummer Ray Hearne (on tuba) and guitarist Dan Goldsworthy (My Minds Weapon):

Griffiths had this to say about the collaboration: “Injecting this song with some Christmas cheer worked better than any of us expected! Apparently Jeff Hanneman loved Christmas, so hopefully he would approve of our tribute and I hope we help to spread some musical merriment during yet another Christmas of uncertainty in the pandemic abyss. Thanks to all the guys for joining in with the fun and to Scott Atkins for mixing! Eternal gratitude to the all the members of Slayer and we wish everyone a Merrytory Yuletide!”

CanaDave from screamo label Zegema Beach Records is launching a new “soft” label next week called Softseed Music. Check out a song by FORMANTS, which is the solo project of Derek from LOWER AUTOMATION and stay tuned for more details. IDIOTEQ special coming up in January!

Chicago street punk hardcore band THE KREUTZER SONATA have shared their new album “Cradle to the Grave”:

In another episode of the Spencer Elden vs NIRVANA lawsuit, the baby pictured on the cover of Nevermind has received a harsh response from the band’s estate.

According to Billboard, on Wednesday in a new filing at U.S. District Court in Central California, the Nirvana estate posted: “Elden has spent three decades profiting from his celebrity as the self-anointed ‘Nirvana Baby’. But the Nevermind cover photograph was taken in 1991. It was world-famous by no later than 1992. Long before 2011, as Elden has pled, Elden knew about the photograph, and knew that he (and not someone else) was the baby in the photograph. He has been fully aware of the facts of both the supposed ‘violation’ and ‘injury’ for decades.”

“Elden’s claim that the photograph on the Nevermind album cover is ‘child pornography’ is, on its face, not serious,” the Nirvana estate also said. “A brief examination of the photograph, or Elden’s own conduct (not to mention the photograph’s presence in the homes of millions of Americans who, on Elden’s theory, are guilty of felony possession of child pornography) makes that clear.”

The initial suit filed by Elden came a month before Nevermind‘s 30th anniversary. Elden is seeking $150,000 from each party named in the suit.

See more details here.

In other NIRVANA news, Dave Grohl revealed his top 15 NIRVANA songs.

American beatdown hardcore pack CAPO KONG strikes back with heavy new tune “Blood Money”.

“After dropping a killer 2 track demo back in July 2021 these Conneticut based Beatdown guys have built a solid reputation around the scene in a short time with their brutal live performances leaving people battered & bruised and their singer Matt urging on the violence with cries of “Death to False Beatdown” before ripping in with vicious lyrics to back up the crushing soundtrack that is CAPO KONG !!” – comments Australian label 1054 Records.

Having signed up with 1054 Records back in September “Blood Money” is the first single off the upcoming debut EP set for release early in 2022

“Strap yourself in & get ready for some of the most ignorant & brutal Beatdown Hardcore you will find anywhere on the planet” – concludes 1054.

MESHUGGAH have postponed their 2022 tour with Converge and Torche It will no longer be going ahead as planned due to a “skin condition” suffered by one of the band’s members, and s now set for September and October.

Converge, unfortunately, will not be part of the newly announced run and their replacement will be unveiled at a later date.


LA punk rockers THE BRONX have announced the postponement of their upcoming European headlining tour dates. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates. The band’s UK shows are due to go ahead as planned.


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Experimental noisy puks GEISHAS OF DOOM have dropped an interesting new record called Sick Music For Sicker People – Vol. 2, recorded it in one day on a Tascam four track cassette recorder.

“We only used 2 tracks. We tried to catch the spirit off early 80’s bands like black flag / flipper / circle jerks and butthole surfers in the moment” – comments the band.

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND have announced that their upcoming UK tour will no longer be taking place in January. The new schedule is for March.

Funeral For A Friend

KEXP.ORG has shared a new live performance from LA post punk / alt rock band CUFFED UP, performing live in the KEXP studio, recorded November 24, 2021.

Ex emocore / metalcore, now hard rock band ATREYU have shared their new live video for the song Catastrophe, serving as the Baptize Tour recap.

Dimebag Darrell of PANTERA gave the members of INCUBUS a hilarious gift when the band’s performed together back in the 90s.

Following up on their latest single “Phantom Pain”, SAVING VICE is back today with their new single “Dying To Watch”. The track is completely independently produced and takes elements from their early music while also showcasing them experimenting with some new sounds.

Fans who were introduced to the band with songs like “Never Knows Best”, “Black Ice” and their Binary EP will find something to like about the track.

Fictional characters’ stories have been inspiring Saving Vice’s songwriting since their start back in 2017. They’ve been taking overarching themes from video games to anime to movies and including them as part of their narrative. “Endgame” features lines from Marvel’s Infinity War, “I don’t wanna go” and the video for “Phantom Pain” was inspired by Evangelion for its overall aesthetic and feel. This new track is no different.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s “Killing in the Name” has been voted as the Favorite Christmas No. 1 of all-time in a new poll in the U.K. The band is expected to return for their pandemic-delayed reunion trek next year.

GO HERE to learn more details.

CAVE IN vocalist/guitarist Stephen Brodsky and guitarist/vocalist Adam McGrath (also of ZOZOBRA) performed a show together as a duo at Nova Arts in Keene, NH this past Friday, December 17th and did a series of Cave In tracks, including the debut of a brand new song by the name of “Reckoning”, to be released on the band’s forthcoming new album, due out in 2022.

Today, on December 24th 2021 legendary duo COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE will release a new 3-Track EP called Section IV-VI together with the new single Section VI.

With the new EP, Collapse Under The Empire move further and further away from the post-rock sound and enter new electronic spheres, covering the musical varieties from ambient to ice-cold electronica.

This time the project comes without a concept or story to achieve a certain emptiness and purification. It will be offered exclusively on the band’s website, digitally the tracks can be heard via the streaming portals. A new Collapse Under The Empire album is planned for the end of 2022.

In less than one month, San Diego grinders CATTLE DECAPITATION will kick off their long-anticipated US headlining tour.

The Death… At Last Tour runs from January 18th through February 20th. Support will be provided by The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Creeping Death, and Extinction A.D. Tickets are on sale NOW! See all confirmed dates below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION will be touring in support of their critically lauded Death Atlas full-length release via Metal Blade Records. Produced by Dave Otero, Death Atlas was named one of the best records of 2019 by Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and many more, and it demands an emotional response. The band has never shied away from confronting the awfulness wrought upon the natural world by the human race, and Death Atlas is their bleakest offering to date, featuring elements of death metal, grindcore, black metal, sludge, doom, drone – with Travis Ryan’s vocals broader and more fully realized than ever before.

Cattle Decapitation

CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher have shared his new solo track “Acid Vat“, featuring his Cannibal Corpse guitarist Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal). The album will be out on February 04, 2022 via Perseverance Music Group.

Having already launched his own cryptocurrency, Wu Tang’s Ghostface Killah will now make his debut in the world of non-fungible tokens (aka NFTs). See more details here.

Australian metalcore act THE AMITY AFFLICTION have announced a string of North American shows this coming spring with Archetypes Collide and The Seafloor Cinema. The band will be touring in support of their newly released EP, “Somewhere Beyond The Blue“.

03/16 San Diego, CA – SOMA
03/18 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
03/19 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
03/20 Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/22 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Hideaway
03/23 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/26 Grand Junction, CO – Two Rivers Convention Center
03/27 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/29 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
03/31 St. Louis, MO – The Old Rock House
04/01 Chicago, IL – Metro
04/02 Detroit, MI – The Shelter
04/03 Columbus, OH – The Basement
04/05 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
04/06 Worcester, MA – Palladium
04/07 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philly
04/09 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
04/10 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
04/11 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
04/12 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
04/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/15 Orlando, FL – The Social
04/16 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
04/17 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
04/19 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
04/20 Houston, TX – Houston Warehouse Studios
04/21 Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
04/23 Tucson, AZ – Encore

EYEHATEGOD will be hitting the road with hardcore band CAPRA in February. See the dates below.

Feb 24 – Chelsea’s Live, Baton Rouge, LA
Feb 25 – White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
Feb 26 – Bears, Shreveport, LA
Feb 27 Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke made his return to the stage after pandemic lockdown at the October 30, 2021 Letters Live show at Royal Albert Hall. He played a new song from THE SMILE, the Radiohead side-project that features Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, in collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich. Watch his solo performance of “Free in the Knowledge” below.

SOULFLY have announced they’ll be hitting the road early 2022 for another headlining run, this time with 200 STAB WOUNDS. Support on other dates are still to be announced.

Max Cavalera commented: “I’m more than thrilled to kick off the New Year with a tour! We will be playing songs from our upcoming new release!”

2/07/2022 Las Vegas, NV – Rockstar Bar*
2/08/2022 Palmdale, CA – Transplants*
2/09/2022 Oxnard, CA – Oxnard PAC*
2/10/2022 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s*
2/11/2022 Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium
2/12/2022 Reno, NV. – Virginia Street Brewhouse*
2/14/2022 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone*
2/15/2022 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post*
2/16/2022 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall*
2/17/2022 Portland, OR – BossaNova Ballroom
2/18/2022 Seattle, WA – El Corazon*
2/19/2022 Tacoma, WA – Fawcett Hall at Alma Mater*
2/20/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/21/2022 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper*
2/23/2022 Great Falls, MT – The Newberry #
2/24/2022 Billings, MT – Pub Station #
2/25/2022 Casper, WY – Gaslight Social #
2/26/2022 Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater %
2/28/2022 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/01/2022 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze #
3/02/2022 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theater #
3/03/2022 Hobart, IN – Hobart Theater #
3/04/2022 Lombard, IL – Brauer House #
3/05/2022 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live #
3/06/2022 Nashville, TN – Basement East #
3/08/2022 Memphis, TN – Growler’s #
3/09/2022 Little Rock, TX – Little Rock Music Hall #
3/10/2022 Oklahoma City, OK – Whiskey Nights %
3/11/2022 Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s %
3/12/2022 Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club %
3/13/2022 Shreveport, LA – The Sand Bar %
3/15/2022 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock %
3/16/2022 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey Theatre %
3/17/2022 Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar %
3/19/2022 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut Music %

* = Support TBD
# = with 200 STAB WOUNDS
% = No Support

(hed) P.E. have shared their new music video for the song “Death Trip”.

“The Death Trip video is sort of an homage to classic slasher movies like Friday The 13th, Halloween, Sleepaway Camp… ” – comments the band.

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