KING APATHY by Maxe Probst

IN SHORTS #44 📢 quick news roundup, December 14th

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Dutch wild hardcore punks VITAMIN X released asick live footage of their recent show during Mexican Off Limits Fest on 9/29/2018!

Super old BAD BRAINS live video has surfaced online. “At The Atlantis” live at Max’s Kansas City session, 1978. Watch below.

EMERY have released a new video for their song “Name Your God”, coming from their new record “Eve”, released in early November this year.

“Santa Baby”, a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer, sung by Eartha Kitt, just received a proper pop punk kick from ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES. Listen below.

London based sludge / doom / stoner metallers BURNING VOW straming debut EP, oit now on Holy Roar Records!

The label commented:

Happy release day to Burning Vow and their debut S/T EP. Layers of Alt-Rock sheen combine with unbridled Doom power and tectonic riffing, on what is sure to be a late end of year favourite. 5 tracks of epic melodic wizard stoner doom from current and ex members of Employed To ServePARISOHarrowed and Group Of Man

London “punk with accents” act MOLAR reveal new EP “Straniero”. Stream it in full right here:

Chicago punks LURK streaming new record ‘Hi-Fi’, out now via Undertone Records:

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Heavy metalcore act OPTIMIST have revealed cover artwork and tracklist for their upcoming record “Vermächtnis”, to be released on February 1st via BDHW Records. Check out the new track Lethargie below.


Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood soundtrack will receive first vinyl release, featuring 2 additional tracks. See more details and pre-order via this location.

There Will Be Blood soundtrack vinyl

Chicago based metallic pop punk act KNOCKOUT KID (Pacific Ridge Records) have released their version of SENSES FAIL classic “Bloody Romance”

KING APATHY (former Thränenkind) reveal first track off new album; ‘Earthmother Rising’ the first new track off KING APATHY’S forthcoming new album “Wounds” can now be found here and all streaming platforms. “Wounds” the first album after the band have changed its name from THRÄNENKIND to KING APATHY is set to be released on February 22nd and is now available for preorder here.

Civilization kills: This is the opening track of KING APATHYs third record and there is no way around this frightening and sobering conclusion. Mankind is ruthlessly exploiting the earth. The downfall of our society is just a matter of time, because the planets’ resources are finite. Wether humanity as a species will survive the end of civilization as we know it is questionable. Will we destroy this world and make it uninhabitable for all life or can we find the strength to unlearn our destructive behaviours? Songs like The Scars Of The Land, Cleansing, Great Depression or Earthmother Rising are dealing with issues like this. One thing is sure: The “Wounds” we are inflicting are getting deeper and deeper and they definitely won’t heal on their own.

KING APATHY came to be in 2007 near Munich in the South of Germany­ under the name of Thränenkind. After ten years of existence the band changed its name to KING APATHY to make a statement about modern life on this planet. Everyone knows that we are destroying the earth, but hardly anyone fights against this blatant injustice. Plain and simple: a KING called APATHY rules our everyday life. The musicians share interests in the ideas of environmentalism, anarchism and veganism and are criticizing capitalism in general. In their lyrics KING APATHY are exploring the relationship between humanity and nature, environmental ethics, interpersonal relations and (post)modern life in general. You can feel their humility and sincerity – both in their lyrics and their music.

Having released two albums under the name of Thränenkind – “The Elk” (2013) and “King Apathy” (2016) – “Wounds” is the first full-length album under the new bandname. The songs of KING APATHY are still the kind of music for which the band is known and appreciated. They still draw their inspirations from a lot of different genres such as melodic metal, post black metal, doom, neo-crust, post rock, shoegaze and hardcore punk. Nevertheless the new album “Wounds” is more complex than its predecessors and you will have to listen several times before all its secrets are revealed. The atmosphere is dark and oppressive. On the surface it’s not a “violent” album, but the songs have an intense after-effect. They will leave you restless and will haunt you for quite some time.

Deathcore act WHITECHAPEL are teasing their upcoming new full-length “The Valley” (coming on March 29th via Metal Blade)with a new single “Black Bear”.

UK metalcore act RAGING SPEEDHORN are releasing a special live recording of their 20th anniversary show, recorded at London’s Electric Ballroom on October 6, 2018. GO HERE to pre-order.

Raging Speedhorn

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MC5, Kraftwerk, and Devo will miss out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, again. The Rock Hall announced its class of 2019, which includes RADIOHEAD, The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and The Zombies. The induction ceremony will be held on March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.


YouTuber Lars Von Retriever has released a new videp syncing Trump’s speeches to SLAYER’s anthemic metal song “Raining Blood”. Make America Metal Again!

IN FLAMES have premiered a new music video for their new track “I Am Above”, coming off their new record “I, The Mask” to be released on March 1st through Eleven Seven Music.

Austrian crossover thrashers INSANITY ALERT will release their new full-length, 666-Pack, on January 25th via Season Of Mist. Sample “Welcome To Hell” as well as the band’s recently-issued video for “All Mosh / No Brain” below.

Forged in Innsbruck in 2011 and influenced by the likes of SOD, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault, Bones Brigade, Municipal Waste, and Toxic Holocaust, INSANITY ALERT are the kind of people who know what to bring to a party: a big dose of humor with a dash of darkness, party tunes, and a six pack. It’s these ingredients that make up the basis of the band’s third full-length. A relentless, twenty-one-track ripper, 666-Pack brings the classic spirit of speed metal’s salad days back with savage metal precision. Ultra-catchy riffs, vicious vocals, and empowering gang vocals are packed into short, sharp rapid-fire attacks delivering everything great about thrash in spades.

666-Pack was produced and mixed by Toni “Meloni” Loitsch (Die Toten Hosen, Silbermond, H-Blockx) at Nautilus Sounds Studio, mastered by Dan Randall (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Ghoul, Cannabis Corpse) at Mammoth Sound Mastering and comes wrapped in the gruesome cover creation of Mark Riddick (Rotting Christ, Horrendous, Revocation, etc.).

Hailed for their, “screeching solos, huge guitar riffs, and a battery assault of drums, all providing vocalist Heavy Kevy the chance to shriek his brains out in a massively effective way,” by Punk News, INSANITY ALERT has confirmed a string of festival and headlining dates for 2019 with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The run sees the band making appearances at Tauanus Metal Fest, Vienna Metal Meeting, Aargh Festival, Obscene Extreme, Headache Inside Festival, and more. See all confirmed dates below.


After recently releasing the new lead single Chroma Queens from new surprise-LP Exiscens, New Zealand’s kings of heavy post-rock KERRETTA are back to reveal the cover art for the new 8 track vinyl release: Please keep sharing the new single Chroma Queens:

Classic SOUNDGARDEN set from Lollapalooza haas surfaced online. Recprded at Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton, WA, USA on July 22, 1992, the video can be watched below.

OLD MAN GLOOM (members of Cave In, Converge, Isis, Zozobra) are teasing their new record, a follow-up to their 2014’s “The Ape Of God”. The record will mark their first full length without bassist/vocalist Caleb Scofield, who passed away in a car accident earlier in 2018.


Turkish alt noise rock act ABSTRACT SENSE (featured on IDIOTEQ a while back) moved to Brussels from Istanbul this summer and just released its first LP titled ”REALM”! Stream it below!

GREEN DAY have released a new music video for ‘Youngblood’, taken from their 2016 album ‘Revolution Radio’. The video unveils behind the scenes of the band’s world tour last year.

Ex-deathcore rock band BRING ME THE HORIZON are teasing their new album Amo (Columbia Records, January 25th) with a new high qulity live video for the single “Wonderful Life”.

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