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at the gates single of the weekOne of the most legendary Swedish death metal bands of all time in At The Gates is about to release their first new album since 2014’s At War With Reality. When you think of the Death Metal scene from Gothenburg, At The Gates is immediately one of the first bands that I think of instantly as well as their legendary Slaughter Of The Soul album. Nonetheless, the band is back with a new album in To Drink From the Night Itself which comes out May 18TH via Century Media. To keep us occupied until then, the band has unleashed the title track as the first single from the album. When asked why the title track as the first single, vocalist Tomas Lindberg said, “So, for the first song to present to the public, we chose the title track of the album. Which is also the opening track of the record. To us, this gives a presentation of the attitude of the album: raw, hungry and desperate. It also gives an introduction to the whole concept of the record.”

To_Drink_from_the_Night_Itself_cover_artHe then continues to say, “We live through our art, and the whole album deals with the concept of art. Art as a tool either for revolution, or suppression. To drink from the night itself is just that, a metaphor for living and breathing through art. Of course the concept goes deeper than that, but this song is the heart of the concept, the fierce call to arms so to say. We are still at war, but this time we are fighting the abyss, the abyss of apathy and oppression. It is an aggressive song, but also contains a lot of the other elements of the band´s sound on this record. Melancholia, desperation and struggle. For the first video we chose to use Patric Ullaeus again, as he is good at capturing the raw energy of the band playing live. In the video you can also see glimpses of the art used for the cover, so it binds it all together nicely. Enjoy.” The song contains everything you would want from an At The Gates track and it even contains some melodic parts to show you how much depth the band has. To pre-order the album right now, click here.

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Godsmack Single Of The WeekOne of the best bands from Boston besides Boston, The Cars, or Aerosmith has been Lawrence legends Godsmack. They have been carrying the flag for Boston Hard Rock/Metal since their self titled debut album. These guys whether you like it or not are also one of the best bands to see in a live format and you can take that to the bank. Now the band is getting ready to release their first album 2014’s 1000HP in their seventh overall album entitled When Legends Rise on April 27TH via BMG (Their first with the label). The band has also unleashed the very first single off the album in Bulletproof which is very melodic. The song is actually very different than what we are used to from the band, but the direction of their music should not be a surprise to anyone. Lead singer Sully Erna once said in an interview in 2014, “I’m not that same young, angry kid as I was when I was writing early Godsmack material. And so now Godsmack has become a little bit of a challenge because I go, ‘Okay, what am I gonna write about?’ Cause you can’t write too ‘happy’ when you’re writing for Godsmack, but nothing is really making me super sad or angry. And so it’s gonna be interesting to continue.” I actually like the direction the band is going in and I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the tracks sound like. If you would like to pre-order the album, you can do so here.

M75502_1500Black Stone Cherry are one of those bands that you always hear about in the music industry that no matter what happens they hang around where most would give up. No matter if a label decides to push them or not, they continue to be road warriors and they continue to do what they love doing which is write new music. From their beginning days at Roadrunner to their current home at Mascot, the band is soldier on with their sixth studio album in Family Tree. Drummer John Fred Young talked about the album saying, “Family Tree showcases all of our collective musical influences and how we have taken those to create something that is truly our own unique Southern American rock ‘n roll sound.” The band has also unleashed the first single off the album in Burnin’ which sees the band flex their rock muscles with the track as vocalist Chris Robertson goes all out vocally. The band has also released some cool packages for you everyone as you can pre-order the album before it hits the stores on April 20TH. Check out the track below:

strypergoddamnevilcdOne of the most underrated metal bands of all time has to be the one and only Stryper who have been victims for years because of the attachment of the words “Chrsitian Metal”. For those of you who do not know who Razorfist is, I suggest you get familiar with what he had to say about the band in his Metal Mythos episode on Stryper. You have to agree with him when he tells you that they were an unbelievable Power Metal band that got the raw end of the stick for many years because of the stigma that was attached to them. Nonetheless, the band is back with a vengeance with a brand new album that may just stir up some controversy on the scene with the album title God Damn Evil. The band proves they deserve more than they get with the brand new track Take It To The Cross which is high octane metal with an edge that fans of the band had yet to see. The song is fierce and so fast that it’ll melt your face right off with the power of a Teutonic blast.

Michael Sweet talked about the album saying, “Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash. The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that’s bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, thrashy vibe. We brought in Matt Bachand (Act Of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp. This song is 100 percent high octane.” If this track is any indicator of what we can expect from the band on the album then sign me up. The album is due out April 20TH via Frontiers Music SRL, but you can pre-order it now right here. There’s a lot of cool options including some cool vinyl options like a test pressing. Check out the track below:

One of my all time favorite vocalists has always been Jonathan Davis of Korn ever since the first time I heard him on the self title debut album. I have always wondered what direction Jonathan would ever go in if he decided to go solo and we may have the answer right in front of us. Jonathan according to one article that I read has been at work on solo material since 2008 and we will all see how different his music will be from Korn’s music. The track is called What It Is and it was featured on the American Satan (Starring BVB’s Andy Biersack and Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce) Soundtrack. The song is very haunting in nature which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to fans, but the music itself is like a well planned symphony. The song is driven by the piano as it becomes more haunting in nature with every note, but it’s a beautiful haunting sound. It’s definitely an industrialized symphony as one article described it, but Jonathan’s voice is always the centerpiece of everything. We don’t know any information about when a solo record will materialize and land in stores, but I am sure that I will be paying close attention to it. Check out the single below:

Light-the-Torch-RevivalAt first glance, Light The Torch may sound like a brand new band for some of you out there, but for others it’s an all too familiar voice. Howard Jones, the former singer of Killswitch Engage was forced to change the name of his post-KSE band Devil You Know to Light The Torch. The band released a statement on the change saying, “After member issues and legalities continued for a year with no end in sight, we collectively felt it was time to put DYK to rest. Every effort was made to avoid this decision, but it needed/had to be done for the sake of moving forward. We will be forever grateful to those of you who shared that journey with us. With that said, we decided that this was a perfect time to write and record something truly different, something that reflected what we have been through and what we have become. Our new album is almost done being mixed, and there will be many more details coming in the following days and weeks. We are LIGHT THE TORCH. See you soon.” Nevertheless, the band is moving forward with a brand new album in Revival which is out March 30TH and the album will also mark the first time former Extinction A.D. drummer Mike Sciulara has played with the band. The band has also unleashed their first single Die Alone which is bound to please any fan of Howard’s. Check it out below:

Breaking Benjamin is one of those bands that has had it’s ups and downs which included the band taking a hiatus and not seeing new music released for six years. I have to give it to the fans of this band because they waited and they made 2015’s Dark Before Dawn a huge success for the band and now the band has a brand new album entitled Ember which will be released in 2018. To keep fans satisfied until the album is officially released the band has provided us with the first single of the album in the very atmospheric track Red Cold River. While the track may be atmospheric in nature, it has some real heavy elements to it that make it a cool track to check out. Vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Burnley’s vocals on the track can go from being intense to very melodic and I loved it. The band will be going on a month long tour with Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold and Synyster Gates talked about it saying, “We’ve been friends with these guys for a long time. Bullet for My Valentine, we’re bros. We’ve been in the trenches with those guys. My god, the fact that both bands are still around blows my fucking mind. They’re the coolest dudes and obviously we’re super fans of the music and the genres make sense. Breaking Benjamin, talk about songwriting, I mean, some of the greatest songwriters of the modern era. And, obviously it’s a little heavier. So to bring a pretty unique package you got super heavy, then there’s us and whatever the fuck that is and then really super strong songwriting through that hard rock filter.” Check out the track below: