📰 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.
Atmospheric post metal / post hardcore hybrid SIRENS CHANT release new epic “Kali Yuga”, a song about the connection between mankind and its creator.
We hosted a special feature on the single HERE.
California 80s straight edge hardcore band INSTED have released Live at CBGB, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner, released on June 27, 2004.
You can now stream the full recording on Bandcamp.
Texas blackened death metalcore act SINCE MY BELOVED have teamed up with London based The Coming Strife Records for the release of their recent EP “The Sickness Called Despair”.
Unleash the beast through the player below and find it on your favorite streaming platform. For fans of: Prayer For Cleansing, Cast From Eden, Endthisday.
ALL OUT WAR have announced their 2022 European tour. See the details and a video teaser below.
28.06 Losheim – Reality Bites (GER)
29.06 Zürich – Werk 21 (CH)
30.06 Lyon – Warm Audio (FRA)
01.07 Rennes – Le Jardin Moderne (FRA)
02.07 Geleen – Cafè De Meister (NLD)
03.07 Lichtenstein – JZ Riot (GER)
04.07 Essen – Don’t Panic (GER)
05.07 Ieper – Ieper Fest (BEL)
KNOCKED LOOSE will be touring New Zealand / Australia / Southeast Asia / Japan in early 2022. The band released a special teaser in support of this trek.
01/09 Auckland, NZ – Neck Of The Woods
01/11 Tarwin Lower, VIC – Unify Gathering
01/13 Adelaide, SA – Enigma Bar
01/14 Melbourne, VIC – Arrow On Swanston
01/15 Melbourne, VIC – Stay Gold
01/16 Wollongong, NSW – Diceys
01/17 Newcastle, NSW – Cambridge Hotel
01/18 Sydney, NSW – Invasion Fest
01/19 Brisbane, QLD – Wolly Mammoth
01/21Jakarta, Indonesia – Studio Palem
01/22 Singapore, Indonesia – Anaki Records
01/23 Johor Bahro, Malaysia – Rockin Jamz Hall
01/24 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Angkasa Space
01/25 Manila, Philippines – 123 Block
01/26 Bangkok, Thailand – Brownstone Studio
01/29 Tokyo, Japan – Club Asia
01/30 Nagoya, Japan – 3Star
01/31 Osaka, Japan – Beyond
02/01 Yokohama, Japan – B.B. Street
02/02 Tokyo, Japan – Antiknock
Chicago hardcore band LIFE’S QUESTION are teasing their first full-length on Triple B Records with new promo release below.
Check out their three new songs, “For You,” “A Prayer For My Old Man,” and “Rotting from the Head Down,” below.
Comments Stereogum: “Chicago hardcore warriors Life’s Question haven’t released a full-length album yet, but they’ve already figured out a supremely potent sound, a metallic growl with a whole lot of guitar heroics and a serious sense of bounce. Since shows have started happening again, Life’s Question have also proven to be serious road warriors, willing to truck across the country for a couple of VFW Hall shows. And now that they’re getting read to release their full-length debut, Life’s Question are really getting ready to show what they can do.”
BOYSETSFIRE’s legend Nathan Gray have released his third solo album called “Rebel Songs”, teased in our interview and FUGAZI tribute special HERE.
t’s no longer enough to just fight with yourself. On his third solo album, BOYSETSFIRE singer NATHAN GRAY sounds more political than he ever has since his band’s very first records while at the same time recognizing that no protest can bring change without the people behind it. “Rebel Songs” transforms this realization into twelve tracks full of changeability that not only spread a spirit of optimism through their lyrical character, but also convey a sense of “we” stronger than ever through the involvement of numerous guests – most notably in the title track, which features TIM MCILRATH from RISE AGAINST. Nathan Gray also weaves in other exciting collaborators on a record that repeatedly brings up what are for the singer unusually snappy influences from archetypal punk heroes like The Clash or heartland rock in the style of The Hold Steady while at the same time daring to conduct many new experiments quite apart from any cherished structures.
Florida based straight edge band CONTENTION are re-releasing their demo as a 7” via Dropping Bombs.
We took the chance to sit down with their vocalist Cosmo Vidussi to chat about various topics, including Florida, some politics, the pandemic, their local scene and, of course, their vicious craft. GO HERE to see the full feature.
American screamo act LIFE have shared their new EP called “Coma Garden”, filled with heartache and pain.
Polish captivating emotive punk band JAYWALKER have shared their new EP “II”. Check out the full stream below and stay tuned for a full special feature on IDIOTEQ this week!
Hardcore Download blog Sophie’s Floorboard has updated their offering for December with free downloads from Das Oath, Lava, Supine, and Militarie Gun. GO HERE to download.
Lisbon based hardcore / grindcore label ragingplanet has shared the recent EP from Porto grindviolence metallic hardcore pack BORF!
Borf deliver a furious mix of vicious metal/hardcore that can be classified somewhere between bands like Kickback, For The Glory but also compared with APMD or Candy. They combine different classic elements of bleak 2000’s Metalcore and slashing Grindcore with heavy drumming, biting vocals and nasty distorted riffings. This brutal S/T Record brings you 7 merciless punches in the face straight from Porto, Portugal.
Portuguese hardcore band DEVIL IN ME (just interviewed for IDIOTEQ HERE) have shared another heavy banger from their upcoming new LP calle “On The Grind.”
The new song is called “Will” and comes with a powerful new video below:
The latest pressing of GORILLA BISCUITS’ iconic album “Start Today” is available now on opaque yellow vinyl via Revelation Records.
Gorilla Biscuits’ “Start Today” is one of the most influential records in hardcore. Hailing from NYC, Gorilla Biscuits carved a niche within the NY hardcore scene. Blending the aggression and energy of bands like Agnostic Front with a sense of melody likened to Dag Nasty, Gorilla Biscuits still stands as a unique reference point for many hardcore bands that have come after them.
Chaotic hardcore band DEAF CLUB have premiered their new video for the song “Shoplift From Jail”!
The band is a savage sound bath dripping with sardonicism: a blastbeat-centric hardcore punk assault channeling crust, thrash, and grind (un)sensibilities. Check out their previous music video and learn more about their new LP in our recent feature HERE.
Polish post punk tinged alt punk rockers RABAN (members of Brooks Was Here, Bastard Disco, The Spouds, Hanako) have shared their new single “Superglue“.
The single comes with a new music video below.
Fredericia, Denmark based metallic hardcore behemoth LIFESICK have shared their new single and music video “Wolf Amongst Rats”.
The band’s third studio album ‘Misanthropy’ comes out February 11th, 2022 via Isolation Records. GO HERE to learn more and check out their previous single and music video “Dies Irae”.
Dutch emotive indie rockers ZAHRADA shared their 2019 EP “Eternal Waste” on Bandcamp.
“All 3 tracks from our recording session in 2019 are now on our bandcamp. One track was previously released on Spotify, one on the SF Mini Olomouc, CZ benefit compilation and one track is new.” – explain the band.
Denver, Colorado based progressive ,etalcore outlet COLONY COLLAPSE have dropped their new single “Empty Mirror”. For fans of: Periphery, Born of Osiris, Invent Animate, Reflections.
Vocalist Noah Khorey commented on the concept of the song: “Empty mirror explains how personal experiences of abuse have led to a negative view of oneself that leads to a constant ebb and flow of suicidal ideation. Falling out of love with self-loathing is the only way to truly move on from the past.”
Colony Collapse is where ferocious metal collides with soaring melody. Sacrificing their former lives, the band relocated to Denver, Colorado, where years of creative fixation led to the dynamic and compelling sound of Colony Collapse. Aiming to captivate listeners with enthralling waves of savagery and grace, it’s been the band’s goal to cut through the drivel of modern metal.
WAR Records has signed Medellin, Colombia’s REACT! The band brings in a solid punk influenced hardcore for fans of Violent Reaction, Muro, Rival Mob, Warzone, and Raw Brigade!
Punk rock band OLD CURRENTS have uncovered the first glimpse into their upcoming album, The Glory, The Defeat with the first single “Here, You Throw This Away.”
The full length album is set to release on April 22, 2022 with a collection of singles on the way until then. This new track showcases their undeniably captivating contribution to the rock genre and allows the band’s diverse musical influences to shine. We sat down with the band to discuss their work, local punk rock scene, the pandemic era, and more! GO HERE to see our special feature.
Triple B Records release MIND PIECE “Demo 2007” 7”. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“It’s a true honor to close out this incredible year for BBB with this badass 7” for a good cause.” – comments the label
German indie post punk act METER have premiered their new single and music video called “Schnaps”.
The track comes from their new captivating EP “Pascal”.
Comments the band: “Anger. What makes you angry? Are you being lied to, laughed at, marginalized? Are you insulted, patronized, muzzled? Are they not listening to you? Don’t they let you go? Don’t they let you out? Do they lock you in? Do they shut you out? Do you know what has happened? Do you know what’s going to happen? Are you living in the moment? Have you forgotten why you’re angry? Forget why you’re angry. Be angry.”
Finland’s d-beat hardcore punk band KÜRØISHI have joined us for a special first listening party of their third album “Käärme sisälläsi, myrkyttää maailmani”, available now via Break The Records (Japan, CD), and a follow up vinyl release Fight Records (Finland, vinyl) and SPHC Records (North America, vinyl).
Zegema Beach Records has shared Scordatura Perforations by NEW GRASS, a captivating post hardcore / post rock offering from an underground act from Illinois.
Comments the label: “Intense and gorgeous, postrock tinged emoviolence? I dunno. What do you want from me? My screamo fortune, of course. We’re drifting. I love everything about this record. It uniquely checks so many boxes for me. I hear a lot of Capsule and Daitro, some My Bloody Valentine in the guitars, with a tone just clean enough to really feel the urgency. There’s a couple basslines in here that steal the show. But then the vocals have some Itto in them. I hear some IDLES, Bear vs Shark and Self Defense Family too strangely enough. Shifting wildly between sullen and manic, you can’t tell if you’re chasing someone or being chased. An experience we all obviously crave.”
Hardcore videographer hate5six has shared tons of great live videos this past week, including live performances from DARE, ZULU, CROWN OF THORNZ, MH CHAOS, MILITARIE GUN, and more! GO HERE to watch them all, subscribe and support hate5six via Patreon.
Feet First Productions has it covered, too, with tons of great video and new additions last week: AGNITUDE, INCLINATION, DRUG CHURCH, CITIZEN, ONE STEP CLOSER< and more! GO HERE to watch.
Sometimes those steps sideways are the most impactful. Former Yellowcard vocalist and rhythm guitarist WILLIAM RYAN KEY continues to challenge not only his fans but also himself with a slight right turn for his third solo EP EVERYTHING EXCEPT DESIRE (release date: February 11, 2022). Propelling him further into uncharted musical territory with a more experimental sound, this EP also marks a new beginning for the multi-instrumentalist: he has inked a new recording deal with seminal independent label Rude Records/Equal Vision Records.
“Ever since I started making my own music, I think I’ve been searching for what became Everything Except Desire,” says Key about the new EP. Textured with multi-layered soundscapes that incorporate pastoral washes of piano, strings and synths, the music from Everything Except Desire evokes emotions through complex song structures that shows Key’s passion for experimentation.
Canadian punk rock vets DAYGLO ABORTIONS have released their new single “World of Hate” from their upcoming album “Hate Speech” and premiere via Moshville Times and you can stream it via Bandcamp below.
Murray “The Cretin” Acton commented: “You might not realize it listening to this song, but I have learned how to process my anger as it happens. I don’t hold on to it. I am not interested in revenge when I’ve been wronged because You need to keep the anger alive for that. I just want to let it go. Because when it’s gone there is no residual poison lurking in my subconscious waiting to transform into real hatred. Hatred can also be spawned by fear and sure, there’s lot’s of things I’m afraid of but again, as long as I process it, I can get beyond it. What’s my secret you ask? I write music. I make songs that ridicule the things I am afraid of, and the things that fuck me around. It works really good, I have a pile of self therapy songs, and I write new ones all the time. You should try it. It’s really important if you want to be healthy and happy, you gotta loose the hatred. Don’t even say the word.”
French fast punk rockers LE TUNNEL DE L’ENFER (ex-members of Gummo, Stupid Karate, Penny At Work or Supermodel Stitches) have shared their debut single “Sly is a doer”.
This song will featured on ‘A Tribute to Daylight’, the band’s debut EP to be released early 2022 on the main legal platforms and distributed by Minga Records & the Domino Media Group (Colossus Of Destiny, Jian, Lethal Technology…).
Connecticut punks AMERICAN THRILLS recently announced their signing to the Wiretap Records roster. The band have released a brand new single titled “Alive and Well.”
The track is now on streaming platforms. The band, who opened for scene legends Piebald in Hamden, CT this week, last released a 4-way split with the bands Tired Radio, Nightmares For A Week and Neckscars, where they contributed the track “Blue Collar.” The heartland punks released their debut EP last year in 2020 and the EP “Old Things” earlier this year.
Melodic pop punk rockers MXPX continue their live session video series with new video additions on YouTube!
SoCal based post-hardcore outfit DEAD AMERICAN have shared their emotive new single and video “Choke” and announced their upcoming debut album New Nostalgia, out February 11th on Velocity Records and Equal Vision Records.
The members – Cove Reber (vocals), Chad Rexton (guitar), Josh Latham (bass, vocals), and Kyle Rosa (drums) are inspired by the classics of their genre but looking to the future with their upcoming album, which is available for preorder here. The band considers themselves students of the Warped Tour Era, with a palpable amount of influence taken from artists such as Underoath, My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday, and New Found Glory mixed with their own original sound.
MODERN LIFE IS WAR have released “TRIBULATION WORKSONGS VOL. 3“, the newest addition to their series of releases, recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios.
Aiming to be as hand built as possible, the lyrics/credits of each song were typed by vocalist/lyricist Jeff Eaton on his 1950’s Royal “Quiet De Luxe” typewriter. These were later hand stamped on the front and back covers by artist Jacob Bannon, making each cover totally unique. The labels of the vinyl were also hand stamped before final assembly by the people at Deathwish.
As we approach the end of another year, Beijing melodic post hardcore rockers LIFE AWAITS hands over a brand-new treat for the heavy groove lovers through their new single ‘Unchained‘, ending the year with a literal banger!
Bringing together beastly, brutal screams and catchy, clean melodies, the quartet express their take on modern metalcore. The lyric video for ‘Unchained’ is now exclusively premiering through Dreambound YouTube channel, and the track is released worldwide via Famined Records.
Vocalist Bai Yu share the inspiration and meaning behind the lyrics of the new single: “The song is about some of our feelings living in the current world and how we’re trying to find peace in ourselves. Lots of things we see on the news or social media are spreading negative energies. No different opinions allowed, saying meanest things to a stranger on the internet, doing stupid things on tiktok to get other’s attention, things like that. It just seems like many of us are struggling with something in some way.”
Multi style hardcore punks LA ARMADA have shared their new single “Le Fe No Abasta”. The video for the single was directed by Jamezz Hampton.
The song comes from their upcoming album Anti-Colonial Vol.2 out February 11 via Mal De Ojo Records, Thousand Island Records, and Lockjaw Records. GO HERE to see their previous video and learn more about the new release.
HeWhoCannotBeNamed (The Dwarves) have released Kids concept album with Milo Aukerman (Descendents), Spike Slawson (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) and Chris Barrows (Pink Lincolns, Chris Barrows band).
Here’s a special gift for the holiday season: HeWhoCannotBeNamed has enlisted the help of family and allies to create an ambitious themed musical that harkens back to the classic works Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. All original songs, all composed and performed by HeWhoCannotBeNamed with the assistance of some very special guests including: Spike Slawson of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Chris Barrows of Pink Lincolns and Chris Barrows Band and, Milo Aukerman of Descendents, and many more!
Laptop Punk Records was formed by Grim Deeds in 2020 as an outlet for friends and underground punk artists to release singles and albums digitally, and to release a compilation series in the spirit of Lookout! and Fat Wreck Chords. Laptop Punk emphasizes DIY and encourages home recording projects, and also celebrates side-projects and one-offs from both obscure and well-known artists. Lisa Marr of Cub, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks, and John Jughead Pierson of Screeching Weasel are among the artists who’ve contributed songs, as well as many obscure and new artists with exciting ideas and talent to offer. Laptop Punk’s mission is to promote inspired songwriting from across the globe, and there are already great releases from international (Japanese, Indonesian, Ukrainian, Russian) artists in the catalog. With new releases launching every month, the pace is set to continue strong into 2022 and a new compilation cd is on the way. Laptop Punk Records Compilation Volume 1 is now available and features 29 hits from a wide variety of artists.
Australian melodic metalcore vets THE AMITY AFFLICTION have announced a new EP, Somewhere Beyond The Blue, and shared another single from the release called “Like Love.
The record will be released as a limited-edition 7″ that will ship in summer next year. Of the new track, the band say: “We’re deep into a pandemic that won’t go away. With lockdowns still happening here in Australia and no touring in sight, it’s a hopeless situation and one that inspired the lyrics in this song.”
French avant-garde black metallers CELESTE are teasing their new album, Assassine(s) (coming up on January 28, 2022) with another new single and music video “De Tes Yeux Bleus Perlés.”
Check out the previous single “Des Torrents De Coups” HERE.
Kerrang has shared their top albums of the year and Stereogum have their top picks for best hardcore releases of the year, while BrooklynVegan topped their screamo offerings of the 2021.
UK alt hardcore punks HIGHER POWER have returned with their new single “Fall From Grace”, blending some serious QUICKSAND, DEFTONES and GLASSJAW vibes in their own fashion.
Pop punk rockers SIGNS OF PROGRESS have shared their new Christmas single ”Retail Holiday”. Listen below and stay tuned for a special Christmas feature on IDIOTEQ later this week!
Outside Language by GIRL ARM has been made available for streaming via Zegema Beach Records.
“Originally released digitally in 2012, Zegema Beach Records fell in love and asked for some tapes, to which the band agreed. So in 2018 we made 33 tapes, and now at the tail-end of 2021 we want to remind you again about one of the best Canadian math-rock albums of the last decade. Mixing equal parts jangly North Of America with the sassiness of For The Mathematics (p.s. same drummer!) these 8 tunes are as fun as they are jarring. Definitely influenced by Faraquet and At The Drive In. Girl Arm has since changed their band name to WORKS. We also updated the digital release with an unreleased live track!” – comments the label.
SLEEP and HIGH ON FIRE guitarist Matt Pike has unveiled his first ripping single as a solo act dubbed PIKE VS THE AUTOMATON!
Shoegazers from NOTHING have shared a one off single from their acclaimed LP “The Great Dismal”, called “This Man’s Gift” (Feat. Midwife).
High energy pop punk rockers YEARS DOWN have shared their new wicked single “Backbreaker”. Charge your week with this banger below!
Detroit hardcore punk/thrash outfit SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fucked Up) today unleashes a brand new lyric video for “Soil Of Blood.” Now playing at New Noise Magazine, the track comes by way of the band’s Exile//Banishment full-length released earlier this Fall via Housecore Records in North America.
Captured amidst plague, governmental corruption, and widespread societal suffering, Exile//Banishment is the band’s heaviest, darkest, and most unrepentantly volatile offering to date focusing on personal frustrations and the hopeless future of humanity.
Austin, Texas’ post-everything act GLASSING have shared their new video in support of new album Twin Dream, which saw release in November through Brutal Panda Records.
Watch the “Doppler” below.
THE BANNER announced that 2022 will find them returning back to full-time activity.
A new album and touring plans in support of it are coming up and the band will play a January 21st show at undisclosed venue in Trenton, NJ on January 21st. Shackled, Weeping, Edict and Dead Torches are also on the bill.
— THE BANNER (@THEBANNERNJ) December 16, 2021
Santa Monica’s Vagrant Records has announced a select set of 2022 West Coast and East Coast shows as a continued celebration of the seminal punk and emo label’s 25th anniversary this year. Both lineups for Vagrant 25 Years on the Street include alumni Dashboard Confessional, Thrice, The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary and Hot Rod Circuit, while Alkaline Trio joins the West Coast date and Moneen joins the East Coast date.
Vagrant 25 Years on the Street takes place on May 28th at Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA and on June 11th at The Palladium Outdoors in Worcester, MA. Tickets are available for purchase now.
The shows arrive in the same spirit of the wildly popular turn-of-the-century Vagrant America Tour, which showcased the best of what the label had to offer and solidified the community that made it one of the most-trusted names in the scene. Last taking place in 2002, it’s been nearly 20 years since most of these artists have performed on the same stage together in honor of the label that helped to launch their careers.
New York punks THE JUKEBOX ROMANTICS have shared their new EP the Fires Forming EP, their first release since 2018, via Sell The Heart Records (US) and Engineer Records (UK).
Italian metallers CADAVERIA are teasing their special 20th anniversary release of The Shadow’s Madame.
Cadaveria’s acclaimed debut album, The Shadows’ Madame, will be reissued for the very first time on vinyl and cassette via Time To Kill Records on March 3, exactly 20 years after the date of its first release.
South Korean powerviolence band POLLUTER are releasing a special limited edition lathe cut version of their debut demo on Singaporean label Vanilla Thunder Records.
TURNSTILE made their late night TV debut last night, performing “MYSTERY” and “T.L.C. (TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION)” on Late Night with Seth Meyers – Watch it below. Both tracks are featured on the band’s widely celebrated new album GLOW ON, which is staking its claim as one of the year’s top releases, earning “Best of 2021” honors from: NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, Stereogum, SPIN, Vulture, The FADER, The Ringer, The Washington Post, Esquire, FLOOD, Uproxx, Consequence, Paste, Revolver and more.
Furthermore, TURNSTILE recently announced a run of 2022 North American headline tour dates in support GLOW ON. Deemed “THE TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION TOUR,” the largely sold-out spring run will feature special guests Citizen, Ceremony, Ekulu, Truth Cult, and Coco & Clair Clair [full itinerary below]. For tickets and more information on TURNSTILE’s upcoming international tour dates, visit www.turnstilehardcore.com.
Recorded with producer Mike Elizondo and co-produced by TURNSTILE vocalist Brendan Yates, GLOW ON finds TURNSTILE once again charting new ground for hardcore, expanding stylistic boundaries and celebrating new possibilities. GLOW ON is 15 tracks devoid of borders, boundaries, or entry obstacles, only abundant imagination, heart, and grooves plucked from all corners of the musical spectrum.
Pacific Northwest post-punk trio, DATURA, expand on the tense, synth-heavy sound their first two EPs with their new full-length, Arcano Chemical, which they announced will see release on Sell The Heart Records January 27, 2022.
Recorded in their hometown of Wenatchee, Washington, and mastered by Seattle-based recording engineer and musician TAD Doyle, the album highlights the band’s range of emotion and stylistic variety, which White Light // White Heat calls, “goth-tinged, compelling, energetic and melodic dark post-punk influenced by ’80s greats like The Cure, The Misfits, Echo and the Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Chameleons.“
Tickets for DRAIN‘s headlining March 2022 U.S. tour with support from Pain Of Truth and Ingrown are on sale now! Head over to Drain’s official webpage for a full list of dates and ticket links.
DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter has more guitar playthrough videos on YouTube. This time around he delves into the track “Moana” from the band’s gold-certified 2003 self-titled album.
Portland gothic post punks DRY WEDDING have shared their new album Sway.
Listen and see our recent feature on their top influential albums HERE.
Earlier this year Cardiff alt rockers HOLDING ABSENCE performed their latest album ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ live & in colour during a stream from the beautiful Portland House in Cardiff. To mark the band kicking off their UK tour supporting Creeper today, they have released a video taken from the livestream of their performance of album track ‘Drugs and Love’, which you can watch below.
Determined to make the stream as special as possible, the band enlisted not only Grammy-nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda (who produced previous singles ‘Gravity’ and ‘Birdcage’ and mixed the Bring Me The Horizon ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ DVD) and director Zak Pinchin (who worked with the band on ‘Like A Shadow’, ‘In Circles’, ‘nomoreroses’ and more) to work on the project, but also additional musicians Toby Evans (Casey), Arwel Brown (Nightlives) and Caitlin Woodland, to help elevate the songs to a whole new level.
LARS FREDERIKSEN, who released his critically acclaimed debut solo EP To Victory earlier this fall, has just announced his first set of 2022 tour dates. The dates for the RANCID guitarist and frontman of THE OLD FIRM CASUALS start on March 29th in Scottsdale, AZ and will see Frederiksen hit the west coast, midwest, and east coast alongside Joe Sib, DJ Cris Powerhouse, and Boss Hooligan Soundsystem.
This solo venture for Frederiksen started back on March 7th, 2020 when he sold out the landmark Oakland club Eli’s Mile High Club. Frederiksen performed a Billy Bragg-esque set. The lucky fans attending the show [which was supposed to be the first of many, including an appearance alongside Dropkick Murphys on St. Patrick’s Day in Boston] had no idea that they would be the only ones to witness this unbelievable performance for quite some time…until now!
The surreal performance was treasured by the lucky few who got to see it, and has given Lars even more confidence and validation to pursue this venture.
“So much happened in my life starting in 2018 and is just now sorta wrapping up here currently in 2021. This entire period, especially during my mom’s passing, was a great reflection point for me and a time to dive deeper than I’ve ever been into my Pagan roots,” remarks Frederiksen.
Catch Frederiksen live in 2022 has he plays songs from his acclaimed debut solo EP and see what all the hype is about!
“There will be more to come ’cause I’m not done yet. I don’t think I’ll ever be. As long as I have breath I’ll unapologetically use my voice,” he adds.
03/29/2022 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
03/30/2022 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
04/01/2022 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
04/03/2022 – Oakland, CA – Starline
04/22/2022 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
04/23/2022 – Hamtramck, MI – Small’s
04/25/2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
04/26/2022 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
04/28/2022 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
04/29/2022 – Garwood, NJ – Crossroads
‘One For The Kids,’ the 2001 third studio LP from beloved pop-punk band YELLOWCARD is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a completely remixed and remastered high definition version of the classic album on vinyl and digital, with new artwork and featuring never before seen band photos and an unreleased version of the song “A.W.O.L.”
Lobster Records, the band’s first label home, has launched pre-orders for the vinyl at this location.
Raw, chaotic and cathartic one man black metal act THE SUN’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE NIGHT has signed with Church Road Records! Along with this comes the announcement of a new single titled “The Black Pyramid”, dropping next month!
“The Black Pyramid” charts this projects darkest descent in to mental turmoil and agony. There will be physical copies available via Church Road Records. The incredible artwork for this release is pictured above and was created by British artist Seanen Middleton.
Metalcore supergroup END (members of Counterparts, Fit For An Autopsy, Misery Signals, Dillinger Escape Plan, and more) are doing a headlining run in March of 2022 with support from Portrayal of Guilt, Yashira, and Wake.
03/03 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
03/05 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents
03/06 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
03/08 Montreal, QC – Cabaret Foufs
03/09 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
03/10 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
03/11 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
03/12 Minneapolis, MN – Studio B / Skyway Theater
03/14 Denver, CO – HQ
03/17 Portland, OR – Mano Oculta
03/18 Oakland, CA – Eli’s Mile High Club
03/19 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
03/22 Dallas, TX – Amplified
03/23 Nashville, TN – The End
Legendary Belfast, Ireland based instrumental outfit And So I Watch You From Afar has shared “I Dive Pt1” & “II Dive Pt2”, and announced their ambitious upcoming multimedia album Jettison. The latest offering from the group will be available on February 18th, 2022 via Equal Vision Records in partnership with Velocity Records.
Through 40 minutes of sonic exploration spread across nine distinct parts and a visual accompaniment by artist Sam Wiehl, Jettison traverses the various shades of ASIWYFA’s euphoric instrumental output. The Arco String Quartet adds moments of ethereal elegance, juxtaposed against cryptic dialogue by Emma Ruth Rundle and Neil Fallon throughout the album, which is available for pre-order here.
Peaceful opening piano chords and orchestral stirrings punctuate “I Dive Pt1” before the lift-off commences on “II Dive Pt2″, where guitarists Rory Friers and Niall Kennedy are joined by their compatriots Chris Wee on drums and Johnny Adger on bass. “I Dive Pt1” introduces a mesmerizing spoken word element courtesy of Emma Ruth Rundle, while “II Dive Pt2” offers the listener a more straightforward (albeit brilliantly nuanced) version of the bands serpentine arrangement styles and esoteric melodic sensibility.
GREEN DAY have shared a short clip of them recording music at London’s RAK Studios, set to what could be a new song.
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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE will be rebroadcasting the Live At The Palladium streaming event on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 7pm ET, with continued on-demand viewing access through Sunday, January 16 — this time with all band members live-chatting with fans in real time during the performance stream. Get your tickets HERE.
Three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock heavyweights Killswitch Engage, recognized by Forbes as “one of modern metal’s most cherished acts,” have a lot going into the new year.
Many fans recall the band’s powerful streaming event performance, which originally aired last summer from The Palladium in Worcester, MA, home to so many memorable and iconic KsE shows throughout the band’s two-decade history. Directed by David Brodsky and Allison Woest for MyGoodEye, the performance found KsE performing 2019’s Atonement in full, along with the 2000-released self-titled album in full — with some surprises along the way.
THE OKLAHOMA KID – a modern metal experience. Known for their very own blend of genres, the avant-garde 5-piece never falls shy of pushing the boundaries and breaking old conventions.
The first single ‘Pale Tongue’ takes everyone on a disturbing trip with psychedelic visuals and heavy rhythms and is deeply influenced by early millennial industrial music and neue deutsche Härte. Therefore, the band met up with Pavel Trebukhin (Imminence, Landmvrks, Annisokay) inside a bunker to create a striking visual experience for their first single from the upcoming material.
‘Pale Tongue’ was recorded and produced by Jan Kerscher (Ghost City Recordings) – mixed and mastered by Lance Prenc (Alpha Wolf, Polaris, Dealer).
Harsh noise project SELMAN has shared “eureka, never had one”, a rumbling and toxic alchemy of harsh noise, oscillators and earsplitting feedback. Selman generates an impenetrable force field of MASSIVE sound. Please listen to sitting down or curled up in a ball. This is a hearty dose of experimental noise. Not for the weak.
Melodic hardcore metal band THROUGH THE NOISE have shared their new video for the song “Aktaion“, coming from their new EP that drops January 21st.
All three songs on Tragedies were influenced by and named after the characters of classic Greek myths. “Tantalus” is an interpretation of the classic myth of Tantalus and Tantalean punishments when one has good things but are not allowed to enjoy them. “Aktaion” is a classic grass is always greener on the other side of the fence story about venturing into the unknown and suffering horrible consequences. Aktaion was a skillful hunter and follower of Artemis, goddess of hunting and chastity. One day he wanders into a forbidden forest and stumbled upon a naked Artemis bathing in a pond. She is filled with rage and transforms Artemis into a stag (only his mind remains human) and when he tries to run away, his hunting hounds chase him down and tear him apart into pieces. The final track “Lamia” is an interpretation of the classic, Greek myth about a woman driven insane by horrible grief due to the loss of her children, which turned her into a child-devouring monstrosity.
BEHEMOTH have shared final live video from “In Absentia Dei,”, out now! The show was said to set a new standard for streaming events in the future and this was something Behemoth set out to achieve from the start. Produced by Grupa 13, In Absentia Dei was presented as a show of four parts, woven with high-production theatrics and even a hellish flames emanating from all parts of the sacred building.
When Poland’s metal masters BEHEMOTH unleashed their livestream upon the world in 2020, they raised the bar to a new level, with one of the most ambitious, incendious, and blasphemic broadcasted shows throughout the pandemic. Never before had anyone tried to bring such a cinematic happening into one massive show that took place in an abandoned church in rural Poland, right during the darkest times of the pandemic lockdown. A year since the show’s premiere, In Absentia Dei is still as epic as it was in September 2020 and returns in a range of deluxe formats for fans to relive the heretic chef d’oeuvre that took place on that fateful night.
“In Absentia Dei — one of two pandemic endeavors that we managed to accomplish,” the band’s Nergal states. “We set the bar so high and you were right there with us, legions. You can now recreate the magic of that night whilst we wait to reunite in person! Get your copy and join us, the lord shall not be present…”
ROADBURN Festival has announced the “Pelagic Presents” feat. Exclusive Performances by LUSTMORD, KARIN PARK, ÅRABROT, YEAR OF NO LIGHT, LLNN, BRUIT, OSLO TAPES.
The label commented: ”It is with great pleasure that we announce our Roadburn showcase in 2022 – this time as part of a real life, face-to-face, flesh and bone version of the festival in Tilburg. Roadburn has been a source of great inspiration for us ever since our first trip 13 years ago, and we are honoured and grateful to be given the chance and the platform to present a selection of our artists at this one-of-a-kind festival for challenging, cutting edge music.”
French metallic hardcore band BEYOND THE STYX have shared their new video for the song “OVERLOAD”, a powerful extract from his upcoming 3rd album scheduled for February 2nd 2022 on WTF Records.
DCD2 / Fueled By Ramen artist nothing,nowhere. has announced details of a 2022 North American headline tour set to kick off this coming spring. Featuring special guests POORSTACY, carolesdaughter, gucchighwaters, and Snarls, the tour is set to get underway on April 21st at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and will continue through a performance on May 27th at New York City’s Irving Plaza.
Next month nothing,nowhere. will head overseas to support Neck Deep on a string of U.K. performances. Following the U.K. dates, nothing,nowhere. will then embark on a full headline European tour which will see him performing in various international markets for the first time ever. For tickets and more information on nothing.nowhere’s upcoming live dates, visit www.nothingnowhere.net.
nothing,nowhere.’s packed touring schedule will see him celebrating his new single, “Pieces of You” which is available on all streaming platforms and is accompanied by a Max Moore directed official music video. Elaborating on the new single, nothing,nowhere. shared “’Pieces of You’ is about being infatuated with someone and feeling vulnerable; like the ground can disappear from your feet at any second.”
Pure Noise’s rockers BORN WITHOUT BONES recently announced a new EP “NYE”, which features covers of the bands favourite New Years themed songs. The record is out 28th December via Pure Noise Records, and the band’s second single from the EP is a cover of The Zombies “This Will Be Our Year”.
Acclaimed rockers EELS are premiering the CGI video for their latest track “The Magic”.
The track is from the band’s upcoming 14th full length album Extreme Witchcraft, due January 28 via PIAS/E Works Records. The album marks EELS songwriter & frontman E (aka Mark Oliver Everett)’s first collaboration with PJ Harvey producer and guitarist John Parish since the group’s ground-breaking 2001 album Souljacker.
New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band WRITTEN BY WOLVES have released a version of Linkin Park’s ‘Papercut’ as a gift for fans this holiday season.
Vocalist Michael Murphy says of the track, “‘Without Linkin Park there is every chance that Written By Wolves would not exist. They paved the way for our band and for many others like ours and were pioneers of a whole new sound. We have talked for a long time about recording a tribute to Linkin Park – especially since the tragic loss of Chester. With all that has happened in the last 2 years we figured now was the time – a last minute holiday gift to our fans to end 2021…’
Pure Noise Records’ punk rockers CAN’T SWIM have announced their Winter 2022 headline tour plans. The band will head out on the road on a North American run with Dragged Under, fats’e, and Moodring. The “Set the Rooms Ablaze” tour, kicks off February 8 in Montreal and runs through March 12 in Philadelphia. GO HERE to see the details.
Can’t Swim released their latest album Change of Plans, on October 22 through Pure Noise Records. The album is available here.
Texas/ Ohio’s alt punk / noise rock band EL NO, who released their debut LP, Nothing Is Possible, on April 1, 2021, have announced the album’s follow up, Hoodlums. Offering a little more focus and hocus pocus on this one, the group boasts that it is heavy on mid-80s “hood culture” energy.
Nothing Is Possible garnered attention from The Big Takeover, New Noise Magazine, OffShelf, The Bad Copy, etc. establishing them as weirdos to watch.
Born and raised during the apocalypse of 2020, El No began as a collaboration between Nate Farley (Guided By Voices, The Amps, Robthebank, The Breeders) and Craig Nichols (Bellringer, Fur Coats, Dumbell, Shesus). With roots in the Dayton, Ohio, music scene, they are now both ex-pats living in Columbus, Ohio, and Austin, Texas, respectively. For Hoodlums, the group has expanded their ranks and are now a four piece with the addition of Ohioans Jamy Holliday and Duane Hart.
El No is tentatively scheduled to drop Hoodlums via Howdy Mouse Records in April 2022 and is preparing to do some touring and festivals this year. They’ve also released a little preview of the album by way of “1000 Lows,” which you can listen to here.
2x GRAMMY-nominated band CODE ORANGE have announced details of their 2022 North American “Out For Blood Tour.” The upcoming dates, which will feature support from Loathe, Vended, and Dying Wish, are set to get underway April 3rd in Detroit, MI and continue through a performance on May 7th in Boston, MA.
Furthermore, Code Orange have been announced as special guests on KORN’s upcoming 2022 U.S. headline arena tour, which kicks off March 4th in Springfield, MO. For tickets and more information on Code Orange’s 2022 tour dates, visit codeorangetoth.com. See more details on the KORN tour below.
Speaking on the new tour dates, Code Orange vocalist Jami Morgan declared, “We can’t wait to get out on the road and not only support the legends KORN but be able to showcase a more fully realized live vision at our own headline shows. We’re also excited to share the stage with three killer new bands in LOATHE, DYING WISH and VENDED. Can’t wait to see all the THINNERS OF THE HERD out there and make some new ones.”
KORN have confirmed details of a full U.S. headline run in celebration of their upcoming album Requiem. The band will be hitting the road for a 19-date run with special guests CHEVELLE and CODE ORANGE, kicking off in Springfield, MO and wrapping up in Wichita, KS.
Jan. 31 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Footprint Center^
Feb. 1 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena^
Feb. 4 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Banc of California Stadium^
Feb. 5 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Banc of California Stadium^
March 4 – Springfield, Mo. @ JQH Arena*
March 5 – Kansas City, Mo. @ T-Mobile Center*
March 7 – Fort Wayne, Ind. @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
March 8 – Evansville, Ind. @ Ford Center*
March 10 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ University of Tennessee – Thompson-Boling Arena*
March 11 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex*
March 13 – Huntington, W.V. @ Mountain Health Arena*
March 15 – Hershey, Pa. @ Giant Center*
March 16 – Providence, R.I. @ Dunkin Donuts Center*
March 19 – Manchester, N.H. @ SNHU Arena*
March 20 – Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center*
March 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Blue Cross Arena*
March 23 – Saginaw, Mich. @ Dow Event Center*
March 25 – Moline, Ill. @ TaxSlayer Center*
March 26 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Target Center*
March 28 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena*
March 29 – Madison, Wis. @ The Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center*
March 31 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Paycom Center*
April 1 – Wichita, Kan. @ INTRUST Bank Arena*
^ = w/ System of a Down, Helmet, Russian Circles
* = w/ Chevelle and Code Orange
Polish black metal band HEGEROTH presents the second single from their upcoming fourth album Sacra Doctrina. The album’s premiere is announced on January 24th, 2022.
Hegeroth’s music is black metal with both: traditional metal features and an openness to new experiences. Energy, rhythmics, clarity of musical message is enriched by diversity, variability and layering of melodic forms.
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE are closing out 2021 by sharing one more new song. The band has dropped “Left for Dead.” Watch the visualizer below.
Clearly, the quartet is ending the year on a sonic high note. “Left for Dead” is as gnarly as the band has ever been, but it also boasts seriously memorable melodics amid all of the maelstrom.
For much of 2021, MMF have been releasing new songs through their longtime label Rise Records. The band initially dropped a one-two punch with a pair of explosive songs — “Blood & Water” and “Death Inside.” The full-on riff fest “Bleed Me Dry” followed suit. “Blood & Water” became one the fastest growing hits of the band’s career. It was accompanied by a powerful video and cruised onto the SiriusXM Octane airwaves. Revolver called it a “return to form” and noted that the song boasted an “absurdly melodic lead lick that cuts through the chugging breakdowns like a hot knife on butter.” Meanwhile, “Death Inside” reminded fans of the band’s sonic heft. “Somebody” arrived in the fall and features all the sonic hallmarks fans know and love about MMF. All told, these four new tracks have accumulated nearly 24 million combined streams across platforms. Each song drop has had a philanthropic element and has been accompanied by a piece of charity-driven merch, available at the band’s online store.
To end the wild year with a bang, Russia’s protest art collective Pussy Riot is releasing a RAGE REMIXES collection today HERE. Last week, they already shared the stellar remix by German-Iraqi artist Boys Noize “RAGE” (“Besit” in Russian) HERE and it was sold as a 1/1 NFT on the Catalog platform. Other remixers are LA-based electro-pop artist HANA, experimental producer Count Baldor, Gold Glove, Not a Friend, PUTOCHINOMARICÓN, punk-hip hop duo WHOKILLEDXIX and Dutch musician/graphic artist Young & Sick.
Next February and March, Pussy Riot will go on tour, opening for MARINA (formerly MARINA & The Diamonds) (see tour dates below).
Conceptual artist and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, founding member of Pussy Riot, a global feminist protest art movement. Today, hundreds of people identify as a part of the Pussy Riot community.
Was sentenced in 2012 to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance. Went through a hunger strike protesting savage prison conditions and ended up being sent to a Siberian penal colony, where she managed to maintain her artistic activity and with her prison punk band she put together to tour around Siberian labor camps. Published a book “Read and riot: Pussy Riot’s guide to activism”.
Co-founder of independent news service and media outlet, Mediazona. Has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, European Parliament, appeared as herself on season 3 of House of Cards, performed at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.
Pussy Riot’s Punk Prayer was named by The Guardian among the best art pieces of the 21st century (“feminist, explicitly anti-Putin, protesting the banning of gay pride and the Orthodox church’s support of the president”), collaborated with Bansky on his Dismaland exhibition, endorsed by Marina Abramovic and Ai Weiwei, created an immersive experience in Saatchi gallery in London. Pussy Riot joined the NFT community in early 2021, is a PleasrDAO member, and a supporter of a stronger female representation in the NFT space.
Pussy Riot stands for gender fluidity, inclusivity, matriarchy, love, laughter, decentralization, anarchy, and anti-authoritarianism.
PUSSY RIOT TOUR DATES w/ MARINA:
FEB 26 – NEW YORK, NY @ TERMINAL 5
FEB 28 – ATLANTA, GA @ COCA-COLA ROXY
MAR 01 – NASHVILLE, TN @ RYMAN AUDITORIUM
MAR 03 – HOUSTON, TX @ BAYOU MUSIC CENTER
MAR 04 – AUSTIN, TX @ AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER
MAR 05 – DALLAS, TX @ THE FACTORY IN DEEP ELLUM
MAR 09 – INGLEWOOD, CA @ YOUTUBE THEATER
NONPOINT will release their new EP titled RUTHLESS along with the premiere of the official music video for single “Back in the Game” on December 27, 2021.
With the roar of one word, “INDEPENDENCE,” Nonpoint has transcended the underground and taken their rightful place in metal history. Even now they continue to change the rules with their newest song “Back In The Game”, which keeps the Nonpoint tradition of inviting you in close, kicking you in the chest, then imprisoning an infectious lyric like, “Cause you’re looking at a one man death squad!” into your mind knowing it will never escape. This song and official video goes live across all streaming platforms December 27th at midnight along with the remaining songs from the Ruthless EP. This follows their independent label plan of delivering music to their fans through more frequent releases and videos from the band.