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Legion: XX (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 18, 2018*
RIAA-certified, Billboard chart-topping, Richmond, VA band LAMB OF GOD may be one of the biggest bands in modern metal, but they will never forget where they came from. Mark Morton (guitar), John Campbell (bass), and Chris Adler (drums) formed the first incarnation of the band, BURN THE PRIEST, in the winter of 1994 after meeting four years earlier as students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Less than a year later, in the summer of 1995, they met vocalist Randy Blythe before adding Chris Adler's brother, Willie Adler (guitar), prior to transitioning to LAMB OF GOD - and the rest is global metal history.
Guitarist Mark Morton says, "To truly understand the essence of the band BURN THE PRIEST, one must first consider the landscape in which it began: the mid-90s. Grunge and alternative music ruled the airwaves. Social media and the internet had yet to assume their role as our collective sources for entertainment and cultural exchange. It was a time when DIY 'zines turned us onto new bands and regional scenes, and 'copy and paste' still implied a print shop and a glue stick."
BURN THE PRIEST's self-titled debut album, released via Philadelphia-based Legion Records, documented what was, in essence, a primal punk band performing metal. Ultimately, as they grew in local popularity, the five-piece chose to stray away from their name to avoid being associated with satanic metal, choosing the name LAMB OF GOD.
Morton continues, "As our sound and songs developed, so did our goals we began playing basement parties and warehouse shows and in doing so, we realized that the energy we were creating was transferable. The shows we played in those squats and warehouses [in Philadelphia] and the people we met there are forever embedded in our collective consciousness and the DNA of our band."
As they enter their 20th year since releasing their first self-titled album as BURN THE PRIEST, the band will release a full-length covers album that reflects on the greatness of classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise - rock subgenres that contributed to what LAMB OF GOD - and indeed, the world - now view as modern heavy metal.
As BURN THE PRIEST, the band presents Legion: XX - featuring tracks originally performed by CRO-MAGS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, QUICKSAND, MINISTRY, BAD BRAINS, MELVINS, S.O.D., THE ACCUSED, BIG BLACK and Richmond punk band SLIANG LAOS. The tracks are performed with the unmistakable precision that has kept the band vital for two decades, but ultimately harks back to the raw, punk-driven sound first explored by four unsuspecting college students and a line cook-turned-vocalist in their formative years. Produced with Josh Wilbur at the helm, Legion: XX exhibits BURN THE PRIEST in their true element.
"Our inauspicious beginnings somehow grew into something none of us had ever even imagined possible, let alone aspired to, however, this is the story of BURN THE PRIEST," adds Morton. "The songs we chose to cover on this album reflect that story. They are touchstones from that point in time. The inspiration we gleaned from these bands and these songs carries through our work and our creative pursuits, even to this day. Many thanks to these bands for lighting our fire and endless gratitude to our fans around the world for keeping it lit."
"I've been an ACCUSED fan since I was 14 when they were on the »Thrasher Skate Rock Volume 3« compilation with C.O.C. and all these amazing crossover bands," says frontman Randy Blythe. "Their singer Blaine Cook was a huge influence on me, vocally."
Drummer Chris Adler recalls, "'Inherit The Earth' hit me in the face soon after I managed to get my grubby mitts on the album sometime around '88. I got the ACCUSED record at a "Yellow Banana" record store on Route 1 south of DC while in route back from my "counselor" to my home in Woodbridge, Virginia. I got home and grabbed my board and I rocked it on my Discman. At about 2:12 into the tune the clouds parted above me and on a loudspeaker, God bellowed down to me, 'RECEIVE YOUR PURPOSE.' That was the moment I knew that if I tried hard enough, I could convey myself and how I felt - with music. It will never be "ours," and we know that about all the tunes we've covered, but hopefully one of them hit you in the face as I had been, and God will part the clouds for you, too."
Blythe adds, "I have a radio show on Gimmie Radio, and [the station] is all metal shows except for mine. I do the punk rock show because I want to show the direct correlation between my band, and the punk scene going back to THE MC5 and THE STOOGES. There is a direct link - look at old pictures of METALLICA, SLAYER and ANTHRAX, and they're wearing MISFITS, D.R.I., and C.O.C. t-shirts. They fused the technicality of metal with the intensity of punk rock. Before them, metal was like in slow motion. Speed metal bands were listening to DISCHARGE. I beat that drum all the time when I talk to kids."
Legion: XX is a sonic tribute to metal's dark, dirty secret - the punk inspiration of all future heavy music to come.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Inherit The Earth (originally performed by THE ACCUSED)
2. Honey Bucket (originally performed by MELVINS)
3. Kerosene (originally performed by BIG BLACK)
4. Kill Yourself (originally performed by S.O.D.)
5. I Against I (originally performed by BAD BRAINS)
6. Axis Rot (originally performed by SLIANG LAOS)
7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (originally performed by MINISTRY)
8. One Voice (originally performed by AGNOSTIC FRONT)
9. Dine Alone (originally performed by QUICKSAND)
10. We Gotta Know (originally performed by CRO-MAGS)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
KilladelphiaRecorded Live at The Trocadero in Philadelphia in October of 2004, Lamb of God continues to capture their comfort in taking musical risks. Killadelphia features 15 live tracks, six of which are new renderings from their critically acclaimed album Ashes of the Wake. Pure American Metal at its best!1. Intro
2. Laid To Rest
4. As the Palaces Burn
5. Now You've Got Something To Die For
6. 11th Hour
7. Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard
11. The Faded Line
13. The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion
15. What I've Become
16. Black Label$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Resolution (Discontinued)Lamb of God have set 23rd of January 2012 as the release date for Resolution, the follow up to their Grammy nominated album Wrath.
Resolution, produced by Josh Wilbur, will feature 14 songs and will come in a mattpainted gatefold cover with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.
The album was recorded in various studios in Virginia and New York.
Deluxe double LP on 180gr, printed innersleeves with mattpaint!1. STRAIGHT FOR THE SUN
3. GHOST WALKING
5. THE UNDERTOW
6. THE NUMBER SIX
11. TERMINALLY UNIQUE
12. TO THE END
14. KING ME$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Duke EP (Colored Vinyl)Pressed On Opaque Blue Colored Vinyl
Internationally-renowned heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release a brand new EP, entitled The Duke via Epic Records. The EP is titled after the new track 'The Duke,' written in honor of the band's late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after The Duke John Wayne.
A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford - he was terminal - leukemia. I talked with him often, even video chatted him into the studio. He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him, dedicates vocalist Randy Blythe.1. The Duke
3. Still Echoes
5. Engage the Fear Machine$12.9912 Colored Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Hourglass: Collector's EditionAll 6 Lamb of God studio albums on 180g heavy vinyl for the first time, in a linen-wrapped collectors box. Includes the full albums: Wrath, Sacrament, Ashes of the Wake, As the Palaces Burn, New American Gospel and Burn The Priest1. Bloodletting
6. Lies of Autumn
7. Chronic Auditory
8. Suffering Bastard
11. Preaching to the Converted
12. Departure Hymn
15. Black Label
16. A Warning
17. In The Absence of the Sacred
18. Letter to the Unborn
19. The Black Dahlia
20. Terror and Hubris in the House of Frank Pollard
21. The Subtle Arts of Murder and Persuasion
26. As The Palaces Burn
28. 11th Hour
29. For Your Malice
30. Boot Scraper
31. A Devil In God's Country
32. In Defense of Our Good Name
33. Blood Junkie
35. Laid To Rest
37. Now You've Got Something To Die For
38. The Faded Line
40. Blood Of The Scribe
41. One Gun
42. Break You
43. What I've Become
44. Ashes of the Wake
45. Remorse Is For The Dead
46. Walk with Me In Hell
47. Again We Rise
50. Foot to the Throat
52. Blacken The Cursed Sun
54. More Time to Kill
55. Beating On Deaths Door
56. The Passing
57. In Your Words
58. Set To Fail
60. Fake Messiah
62. Broken Hands
63. Dead Seeds
64. Everything To Nothing
65. Choke Sermon
66. Reclamation$149.99Vinyl LP - 6 LP Box Set Sealed Buy Now
VII: Sturm Und DrangVII: Sturm und Drang is the upcoming eighth studio album by American groove metal band Lamb of God.1. Still Echoes
2. Erase This
8. Engage the Fear Machine
9. Delusion Pandemic
10. Torches$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Ashes of the Wake (Awaiting Repress)Violence begins to mend what was broken, is not only a lyric taken from Lamb of God's song Omerta, it's a theme that's emblazoned throughout Ashes of the Wake both in message and music, inspired as much by personal trial as by world politics. Lamb of God showcases their 80's thrash roots on Ashes of the Wake by featuring solos from both Testament and Megadeth. At the same time the band plows forward here sampling from the new, the old and adding their own menacing footprint.1. Laid To Rest
3. Now You've Got Something To Die For
4. The Faded Line
6. Blood Of The Scribe
7. One Gun
8. Break You
9. What I've Become
10. Ashes Of The Wake
11. Remorse Is For The Dead$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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SacramentRichmond, Virginia's own Lamb of God and their franchise of Pure American Metal is undoubtebly growing and they've allready headlined Ozzfest and toured with Slayer. Their new album Sacrament is once again produced by Machine and it is destined to expand their audience even further and bring them mainstream attention with their anthemic hooks and explosive riffs.1. Walk with Me In Hell
2. Again We Rise
5. Foot to the Throat
7. Blacken The Cursed Sun
8. Forgotten (Lost Angels)
10. More Time to Kill
11. Beating On Deaths Door$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wall Of Sound (Awaiting Repress)I thought WALL OF SOUND would be the toughest album I would ever make. I was so satisfied with my previous album, INFERNO, more than I have ever been in my whole career. Musically, sonically, and most importantly, I was satisfied with the melodies and soundscapes on a personal level. It was as if I finally found the key to something.
Even as I was still working on INFERNO, I was thinking, how the hell am I ever going to top this next time? I was doomed.
I started WALL OF SOUND with a daunting blank slate and somehow, ideas came out. Refined ideas, complex ideas, small and large scale ideas and plenty of them.
It was as if the exhaustive process of putting INFERNO together strengthened a new creative muscle that I had never zoned in on before, so the first steps of writing WALL OF SOUND felt like a runner who runs a marathon after over-training for a long time. I was well warmed up.
The guitar playing on the album also came quite easy, despite it being without question the most evolved guitar playing of my career. It's a challenge to evolve on one's instrument album after album, especially on your 13th solo album. Luckily this is a challenge that I love. You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact, all of the final guitar tracks on WALL OF SOUND were done in 9 days.
This furious and productive pace was made possible by over a year of making demo after demo and spending more time listening and living with the music rather than playing it. I had lived with the songs and edited them so incredibly many times, that by the time I got to the actual recording studio, it was like I had been playing the whole album on tour for a year already. I learned to do this from making INFERNO. This is why a lot of artists` debut albums are so strong - because they have had so much time to reflect on and fix the music, and also, more importantly, attach real life experiences to the songs. I feel like I have a debut album here.
Jinxx from Black Veil Brides and I wanted to do something that would shock his fans and my fans. I arranged a monster of a tune called Sorrow & Madness based on a melody that Jinxx wrote on the violin. I took his sweet melody and added so many twists and turns that it became a mammoth of Martyisms in tandem with a large side of Jinxx that has yet to be heard by his fans. We are both very proud of what happened.
I think Deafheaven is the one heavy band that comes to mind when people ask me to recommend something that`s not Japanese!, I was super excited to work with Shiv from Deafheaven. We wrote Pussy Ghost together and it is one of the most aggressive songs I have ever played, while at the same time evoking grotesquely beautiful moods that I have never felt before. One thing I learned from making INFERNO is that when you have a guest, let them come up with music first. Let it be their baby, so they are personally invested in the song. Then arrange it and do it my way, then add more things together. This gives you a final song that really sounds like both of the people put their heart and souls into the music, as opposed to one guy doing everything and the guest just blasting out a solo somewhere.
Jorgen from Shining also guested on INFERNO and when we finished that song we immediately started talking about what we would do next. For those who don`t know Shining, they are like a steroided out and genius level musicianed out version of Nine Inch Nails for the 21st century, with a charismatic singer/composer (Jorgen) and a wicked sense of melody, that hits me in the gut on every song. (Just Gimme) Something To Fight is the one vocal track on the record and it kills. Even after finishing this song we have started working on more new things for who know what
Having super engineer Paul Fig (Ghost, Alice in Chains, Rush), mixer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Lamb of God) and even the producer responsible for many of Queen's biggest hits and my idol Brian May's guitar sounds, Mack do the mixing on 2 of the songs on the album, is an honor for me for sure.1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight
9. The Soldier
11. The Last Lament$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Sin And The SentenceRecorded with producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira) at Santa Ana, California's Hybrid Studios, The Sin And The Sentence finds Trivium - Matt Heafy (lead vocals, lead guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar, vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bass) and Alex Bent (drums) - returning with their first new music since their celebrated 2015 LP, Silence In The Snow. The new LP also features the band's first recordings with new drummer Bent who joined the band last year.1. The Sin And The Sentence
2. Beyond Oblivion
3. Other Worlds
4. The Heart From Your Hate
6. The Wretchedness Inside
7. Endless Night
8. Sever The Hand
9. Beauty In The Sorrow
10. The Revanchist
11. Thrown Into The Fire$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blood For BloodHellyeah's fourth studio album, Blood for Blood, will be released via Eleven Seven Music.
The album was helmed by producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment) at his the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the cover artwork for Blood for Blood, Hellyeah vocalist Chad Gray collaborated with renowned tattoo artist Paul Booth, who has been tattooing for over twenty years, and in that time he has worked on many celebrities and rock bands, including Slayer, Slipknot, Sepultura, Soulfly and Lamb of God.
The last project that Chad and I worked on together was the Mudvayne blacklight design, says Paul. I had such a great time working on that art, when Chad called on me to design Hellyeah's 'Blood for Blood,' I jumped right into it as I knew it, too, would likely be a fun one. Chad always gives me the freedom to explore and interpret his ideas. It always makes for great collaboration. I look forward to seeing it all in print!
It's a defining record for Hellyeah and for anyone on the fence, the band founding drummer Vinnie Paul declared, describing the record as focused and with a clear direction.
- Ultimate Guitar1. Sangre Por Sangre (Blood for Blood)
2. Demons in the Dirt
3. Soul Killer
5. Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones)
9. Say When
10. Black December$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Temple Of The Morning Star: 20th Anniversary Deluxe EditionIncludes An Exclusive Second LP With Bonus Tracks
Led by visionary frontman Steve Austin, Today Is The Day reigns as one of the most unique and influential underground metal bands of the past two decades. The band's violent and anthemic style, which blends metal, noise, psychedelia, and rock, has won worldwide acclaim ever since the debut album, Supernova, first hit in the early 90s. Nine studio albums have been released on such labels as Amphetamine Reptile and Relapse -- including modern-day classics like Willpower, Temple of the Morning Star, and In the Eyes of God -- and the band's changing lineup has included such musicians as Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, who would later go on to form Mastodon. Today Is The Day has toured the world with Motorhead, Helmet, The Melvins, Morbid Angel, Converge, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Unsane, Coalesce, and many more. Steve Austin has also made a name as a producer, helping create seminal albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy, and more.LP 1
1. Temple of The Morning Star (Acoustic)
2. The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself
4. High As The Sky
6. Kill Yourself
10. Root of All Evil
11. Satan Is Alive
12. Rabid Lassie
13. Friend For Life
14. My Life With You
15. I See You
17. Temple of The Morning Star
1. Miracle (Demo)
2. Pinnacle (Demo)
3. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Demo)
4. Temple of The Morning Star (Demo)
5. Crutch (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
6. High As The Sky (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
7. Pinnacle (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
8. Hermaphrodite (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
9. Kai Piranha (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
10. Bugs (Death March) [Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go]
11. Willpower (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
12. My First Knife (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
13. The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
14. Blindspot (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)
15. Miracle (Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DystopiaMegadeth storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album, Dystopia. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold).
Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine's intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs , paying homage to Megadeth's influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.1. The Threat Is Real
3. Fatal Illusion
4. Death From Within
5. Bullet To The Brain
6. Post American World
7. Poisonous Shadows
8. Conquer Or Die
9. Lying In State
10. The Emperor
11. Foreign Policy$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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On its fifth album and first for Roadrunner Records, L'Enfant Sauvage, French heavy metal goliaths Gojira certainly ask their fair share of questions. The title, which literally means The wild child, connotes a big question for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Joe Duplantier.
When you become a musician, you don't have a boss telling you what to do so you have to be very responsible, he affirms. With freedom comes responsibility so I'm asking myself, 'What is freedom? What does it mean to me?' L'Enfant Sauvage reflects on that. There's no answer though. There's just life and questions.
The french quartet have created their most anticipated release - already being heralded from Revolver to Pitchfork to Alternative Press. The album is produced by Josh Silver (Lamb Of God).LP 1
2. L'Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
1. Mouth Of Kala
2. The Gift Of Guilt
3. Pain Is A Master
4. Born In Winter
5. The Fall$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hits Vol. 1Gray and Black Colored Vinyl
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John "Lou" Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers' Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album's 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project's title) includes: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin's Corrosion of Conformity band mates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. All instrumental tracks on Teenage Time Killers' Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl's 606 Studios in Northridge, CA. The album was produced by John Lou Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, engineered and mixed by John Lou Lousteau at 606.LP 1
1.Exploder (feat. Reed Mullin)
2.Crowned by the Light of the Sun (feat. Neil Fallon)
3.Hung Out to Dry (feat. Randy Blythe)
4.Power Outage (feat. Clifford Dinsmore)
5.Ode to Sean Hannity (feat. Jello Biafra)
6.Barrio (feat. Matt Skiba)
7. The Dead Hand (feat. Reed Mullin)
8.Egobomb (feat. Corey Taylor)
9.Plank Walk (feat. Pete Stahl)
10.Time to Die (feat. Mike IX Williams)
11.Days of Degradation (feat. Tommy Victor)
12.Clawhoof (feat. Tairrie B. Murphy)
1.Big Money (feat. Lee Ving)
2.Devil In This House (feat. Karl Agell)
3.Say Goodnight to the Acolyte (feat. Phil Rind)
4.Ignorant People (feat. Tony Foresta)
5.Son of an Immigrant (feat. Jonny Webber)
6.Your Empty Soul (feat. Aaron Beam)
7.Bleeding to Death (feat. Vic Bondi)
8. Teenage Time Killer (feat. Tren
9.Ode to Sean Hannity (feat. Reed Mullin)
10.Ignorant People (feat. Reed Mullin)
11.Time to Die (feat. Reed Mullin)
12.My Revenge (feat. Reed Mullin)$22.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Keepers Of The FaithImport
TERROR earned quite a reputation since forming at the turn of the millennium. Their melding of no-frills, breakneck hardcore and the fervor of new generation metal bridges the gap between young and old, and it makes for one hell of a pit no matter what city or stage the band leaves in ruins. Vogel has been a key figure in the scenes survival, having given up a normal home life to slug it out on the road despite broken limbs, slipped discs and everything else that comes with hosting a TERROR show. TERROR is so much more than five individuals making music. They are an energy, a force, a refuge and a voice for all the lost and unheard. This is an attempt to put to words that force expressing the bands dreams, visions and hopes through the underground music medium of hardcore. This is the story of TERROR, the now legendary team of vets tirelessly sharing their ambitions live on stage over 300 times a year since their start in 2003. The band has no boundaries when playing a show. Performing a festival to thousands one day and following it up with a show in a squat the other is not an uncommon occurrence for this group. They simply want to perform for whoever is willing to listen. TERROR is welcoming to all crowds and groups, sharing the stage with such a diverse list of bands ranging from HATEBREED to STRUNG OUT, BEHEMOTH to THE BOUNCING SOULS and LAMB OF GOD to TRAPPED UNDER ICE. If someone wants to book it and the schedule is willing, they are there to inspire. So prepare for the release; the latest communique to the troops; everyone on high alert for the imminent distribution of hardcore reality. You know what youre getting into when TERROR releases new tracks. Clear any room you may be in because its not gonna be pretty.1. Your Enemies Are Mine
2. Stick Tight
3. Return To Strength
4. The Struggle
6. Youre Caught
7. Dead Wrong
8. Keepers Of The Faith
9. Stay Free
10. Hell And Back
11. Only Death
12. The New Blood
13. Defiant$42.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Animal MotherVisionary metal cult known as TODAY IS THE DAY prepares to assault the masses with their tenth full-length album, Animal Mother.
As always, the dejected and vengeful hymns TODAY IS THE DAY delivers with their latest opus are among the most scathing passages of audio one will experience, as Animal Mother unloads just short of a solid hour of pure anguish. The band's lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. Through fifteen diversified attacks, Animal Mother's wrath recalls elements of several seminal TITD albums, merging the dementia of Temple Of The Morning Star with the blazing delivery of In The Eyes Of God, yet several acoustic and more melodic angles elevate the LP's material to entirely different dimensions. Pain and hate are blatantly abundant in Austin's seething and venomous lyrical tirades and emotional outcries. The Animal Mother recordingsessions took place at the notorious architect's own Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin. The cover art for Animal Mother was created by Samantha Muljat.
For two and-a-half decades, TODAY IS THE DAY has woven Steve Austin's prophetic observations and noise-soaked chaos through a psychedelic, unique and unmatched battery of heavy styles. The outfit has spawned an incredible discography, forging their way to the forefront of Amphetamine Reptile, Relapse, Blackmarket Activities and many others. The band has toured with countless acts including Motörhead, Morbid Angel, Helmet, Neurosis, The Melvins, Napalm Death, Coalesce, Unsane and Eyehategod. Additionally, Steve Austin has produced nearly all of TITD's releases, as well as groundbreaking albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy and many others.1. Animal Mother
3. Sick Of your Mouth
5. Law Of The Universe
6. Outlaw (Acoustic)
8. Divine Reward
12. The Last Strand
14. Bloodwood$14.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Concrete ConfessionalAn institution can be relied on forever. Its foundations don't shake due to the winds of change or tides of trends-no matter how volatile, omnipresent, or tenuous.
With steadfast determination, drive, and dedication, Hatebreed cement themselves as one of heavy music's strongest institutions on their seventh full-length offering and very first for Nuclear Blast worldwide, 2016's The Concrete Confessional. Since 1994, the Connecticut quintet-Jamey Jasta [vocals], Chris Beattie [bass], Wayne Lozinak [guitar], Frank Novinec [guitar], and Matthew Byrne [drums]-has risen to the ranks of hardcore and heavy metal elite with a GRAMMY® Award nomination, main stage slots on festivals, and countless fans worldwide. 2013's The Divinity Of Purpose earned their highest entry on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #17 with impressive first-week sales in excess of 17,000. When it came time to return to the studio after two years on the road, Jasta and his cohorts clung to the bedrock on which their legacy stands firm.
"There's nothing better than loud amps, riffs that hit you right in the chest, and lyrics that spark a new thought and give you a charge," he declares. "That's our musical DNA. We could just be who we are. We don't need to incorporate whatever the trend is. We can just be Hatebreed. There are some new highlights to the game, but you know it's us."
The Divinity Of Purpose saw them become a headliner in locations such as Slovenia, Slovakia, Russia, Japan, and beyond. They would perform at Poland's Woodstock in front of 400,000 people. Stateside, the band supported longtime friends Slipknot on an extensive 2015 run in between festival appearances at Rock On The Range, Welcome To Rockville, and more as well as Motörhead's Motörboat with Slayer and Motörhead.
"Riding into this album, I realized we could play with bands of every genre nearly anywhere without deviating from who we are," continues Jasta. "The Motörboat was really a highlight of our career. We played this exclusive event with some of our chief influences. We got to literally chart new territory."
Returning home in the Fall of 2015, they entered the studio with longtime producer Zeuss [Rob Zombie, Soulfly]. Immediately, they channeled the spirit that's long defined their signature sound. By January, the record was mixed by Josh Wilbur [Megadeth, Lamb Of God] and primed for ignition.
"We had a really good vibe in the studio," he says. "The record is a snapshot of this time for us."
It also reflects what's going on outside. The opening track and first single "A.D." fuses together torrential thrashed-out guitars, double bass drums, and Jasta's immortal growl before an incendiary lead. The singer dissects what the American Dream means in a climate of upheaval. "Fight fire with fire, you'll see everyone's burning," he screams. Think of it as "Vote With A Bullet" or "Holy Wars The Punishment Due" for the Instagram age.
"It's a mirror of both sides of the story whether it's what you believe in the media or what you actually see," he explains. "Musically, it came together quickly. It's about all of the frustrated feelings that come out when I turn on the news. So much of our attention is focused on the wrong areas. People want to one-up each other with better clothes and cars, and it's all bullshit. Nobody goes to the grave with any of that stuff. It's not all instant gratification. What exists on the phone and computer isn't what exists in real life. What is the American Dream anymore?"
The machine gun chug of "Looking Down The Barrel Of Today" proves equally uplifting and undeniable. "I wanted something to get crowds pumped up," he admits. "So many fans will tell us, 'Your records help me get through my life.' I needed to encourage this cyclical power to get up and face the day. You either make the best of today, or you're done in by it."
"Something's Off" carries an ominously lyrical bass line into a guttural chant, showcasing Jasta's chilling vocal dynamics in the process. "I've written songs about depression, alcoholism, and falling back into destructive patterns," he says. "However, I never felt like I could really put my finger on what anxiety is. It's not just social anxiety but this unexplained feeling of unease. I've felt it since I was in kindergarten. You can't control when it happens. Heavy music has kept that beast at bay-in addition to exercise and experiences with my family. I had to confront it directly in the lyrics here."
Elsewhere, "Remember When" and "Slaughtered In Their Dreams" juxtapose visceral lyricism with a searing sonic backdrop as chaotic as it is catchy. Through and through, The Concrete Confessional is classic Hatebreed.
In order to transfer this message to the masses, the band inked a global deal with Nuclear Blast. "They're world-renowned mainstays in the metal community," he smiles. "We get to be in the company of career bands we look up to." These musicians have come a long way from the East Coast's storied nineties underground scene. Their journey has seen them achieve a 2005 GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of "Best Metal Performance" for "Live For This," sell over 1.2 million records, and land a #1 debut on Billboard's DVD Chart with 2009's Live Dominance. Moreover, they've annihilated audiences from OZZfest Japan and Download Festival to Wacken, Hellfest, and beyond.
Now, The Concrete Confessional fits right into the bold, bloody, and beating heart of the Hatebreed institution.
"The title had to be something that was heavy and hard, but also vulnerable and honest," Jasta leaves off. "Heavy music is this cleansing, therapeutic, and cathartic experience. You're on that concrete floor, the guitars are crushing you, and someone's screaming their head off-sharing their pain and aspects of their life through words, poetry, or songs. There's nothing like it. You confess you have negative thoughts, and you purge them. For however long you're at the show, there are no bills to pay, issues to deal with, or problems holding you back. You can be free."1. A.D.
2. Looking Down The Barrel Of Today
3. Seven Enemies
4. In The Walls
5. From Grace We've Fallen
6. Us Against Us
7. Something's Off
8. Remember When
9. Slaughtered In Their Dreams
10. The Apex Within
11. Walking The Knife
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4. Amok Run
5. Destroy What Destroys You
6. Radical Resistance
7. Absolute Misanthropy
8. To The Afterborn
9. Corpses Of Liberty
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Century Media presents the LP pressing of Body Count's sixth album, Bloodlust. The album was recorded with producer Will Putney (Miss May I, Upon A Burning Body), who also produced Body Count's 2014 return, Manslaughter. Bloodlust features guest appearances by Soulfly and Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine and Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.1. Civil War (feat. Dave Mustaine)
2. The Ski Mask Way
3. This Is Why We Ride
4. All Love Is Lost (feat. Max Cavalera)
5. Raining in Blood / Postmortem 2017
6. God, Please Believe Me
7. Walk With Me... (feat. Randy Blythe)
8. Here I Go Again
9. No Lives Matter
11. Black Hoodie
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