Archive for the ‘Single Of The Week’ Category

abbath metal singleOne of the great vocalists and songwriters of the black metal genre is arguably the one and only Abbath Doom Occulta who now fronts his own band Abbath. In 2016, Abbath released his first self titled solo record since having been in Immortal and it was an incredible record. Fast forward three years and he is now gearing up to release his second album titled Outsrider which comes out June 5TH via Season Of Mist. The band will have a whole new look with the album as Abbath has a whole new line up that consists of Ole Andre Farstad (Guitar), Ukri Suviletho (Drums), and Mia Wallace (Bass). The black metal legend has gotten everyone ready for the release of the record by sharing a brand new single with all of us entitled Calm In Ire Of Hurricane. The track opens with an ominous and brooding sound that just builds until the twin guitar assault begins and the thing that I love about this track is the fact that Abbath can infuse classic metal riffs with the fierceness of Black Metal. It’s an ability that he has been able to produce for quite some time and the track is amazing. I’m definitely excited for what the rest of the album will sound like. You can pre-order the album right now through Season Of Mist by clicking here. Otherwise check out the track below:

skillet singleA band that has always impressed me with the material they have put out is none other than Christian rock band Skillet. The track that got me hooked into the band was none other than their 2009 mega hit Monster and the track certainly brought them into the mainstream for sure and they have not looked back since. Now 10 years later and the band is gearing up to release their tenth studio album in Victorious which comes out August 2ND via Atlantic Records. To get the fans ready for the album, the band has released a track that may sound a little familiar to fans in the track Legendary which the band has played live. The anthemic track was described by singer John Cooper, “It’s actually a little different for Skillet as well. That opening guitar riff isn’t like anything we’ve ever done on guitar. It’s a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock. I thought it was cool.” He continues to say, “It’s the first time that me and Korey [Cooper] produced most of the record ourselves. When I was looking at what we did well on Unleashed, I thought it was a real energizing and fun record to listen to. That’s what a great Skillet record is — songs that make people want to put their fists up in the air at a concert or get them through a run or drive or whatever they are doing. So we set out to make a record that had a lot of emotion to it.” The band will be on the road this summer with Sevendust so be sure to check out that tour, but in the meantime check out the lyric video below:

Death Angel singleOne of the most underrated bands to come out of the late 1980’s thrash metal scene has to be Death Angel who have been holding it down for Bay Area Thrash for quite some time. The band has a brand new album entitled Humanicide which drops May 31ST via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by Jason Suecof. To keep the fans enticed until then, the band has a special track that they have released as one of the album’s singles in The Pack which is a tribute to the band’s fan base. Guitarist Rob Cavestany talks about the track saying, “The Pack’ is inspired by and dedicated to our fans! When I wrote this song, we had just come home from tour and I was still feeling the rush of performing at open air festivals. The energy exchange between us on stage and the mass of metal heads in the crowd is unlike any other. I wanted to capture it in a song about unity, like our song ‘Kill as One.” He continues to say, “Our fan club is called ‘The Pack,’ our fans get it! But it’s not only for them, it also branches out to represent our families, friends, team, crew… and all metal heads! We feel honored to belong to this worldwide ‘pack.’ This song requires crowd participation, we are SO looking forward to playing it live!” Check out this banger below and be sure to get your copy which you can pre-order here. Check out the track below and be sure to check out the band live right now with Overkill:

12 years in the tomb singleIt has been 24 years since fans of legendary doom metal band Saint Vitus have heard the singing of Scott Reagers on a Saint Vitus album. That wait is over as Saint Vitus have unveiled their newest album since Lillie: F-65  which was released seven years ago and they have unveiled that Reagers has replaced Wino in the band for the self titled new album. The album also marks the first time that Pat Bruders (Down, Ex-Crowbar) has played bass on a Saint Vitus album as he replaced original bassist Mark Adams who is currently battling Parkinson’s disease. The track 12 Years In The Tomb is absolutely awesome as it channels the likes of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost as far as the riffing is concerned and Reager’s vocals are awesome as his gritty vocals goes real well with the band’s overall sound. I love the solo towards the end of the song as Dave Chandler just shreds along with the track reminding us of all the greatness that is doom metal. Seasons Of Mist will be releasing the album on May 17TH and you can check out some of the goodies that are available with the pre-order here. Otherwise, check out the track below:

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Saint Vitus Album Cover

Saint Vitus Tracklisting

01. Remains (6:23)
02. A Prelude To… (3:20)
03. Bloodshed (3:04)
04. 12 Years in the Tomb (5:24)
05. Wormhole (5:22)
06. Hour Glass (5:23)
07. City Park (4:01)
08. Last Breath (6:38)
09. Useless (1:32)

The Dirt SingleThe film that you all have been waiting for since the rumors some years ago and the announcement during their retirement tour press conference is going to drop on Netflix this month. That’s right, I am talking about the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt which stars Machine Gun Kelly a.k.a. Colson Baker as Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil, and Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx. To celebrate the film, the band returned to the studio to record four tracks together which includes a cover of Madonnas Like A Virgin and the track we chose for today’s Rock Single of the Week in The Dirt (Est. 1981) featuring Machine Gun Kelly. The track at first has a very Shout At The Devil feel with the intro, but when the band comes in, it’s very Saints Of Los Angeles sounding which is cool because it’s the natural evolution of the Crüe. If you wondering what it sounds like with Machine Gun Kelly, I have to say that his part is not overwhelming as it fits the track perfectly and it doesn’t overtake it. One of the other common questions asked is how is the band getting back in the studio without wanting to reunite and tour? Nikki answered that question in an interview with Classic Rock saying, “Yeah, I miss the guys, and I miss playing with them, and playing that music, but everyone’s fairly busy with their own thing. That’s a whole conversation that we haven’t even had at that point.” He however did not deny nor confirm the rumors, but simple said, “I don’t know if we ever will.” Check out the film on Netflix and check out the single below:

whitechapel singleThe deathcore genre is one that has gone under the microscope as fans have accused bands to selling out to the point that bands are defending their decisions. Back with the release of their album Mark Of The Blade back in 2016, Tennessee Deathcore originators Whitechapel began reinventing themselves with a little bit of clean singing. Now with their seventh studio album The Valley due out on March 29TH via Metal Blade Records, they have released a new track that explores the depths of what they can achieve a little more. Phil Bozeman has said about the album, “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place. There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.” The track is called Third Depth and it has the feel of a Tool song with Maynard James Keenan like vocals mixed in with some deathcore growls. It’s an excellent track for what it is and it’s definitely one that you should check out with it’s eerie melodic tones and hypnotizing vocals. I give these guys a lot of credit for branching out and exploring themselves musically. Check it out below:

cross off singleFor this post, I didn’t designate whether it was a rock single or metal single of the week because it transcends the two. This post is such a special one because of how amazing the track is and how weird it will be for some people to comprehend. Did you ever imagine the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park ever working with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God? I never would have thought of it, but then again why not? Mark has a solo album that he will be releasing in 2019 entitled Anesthetic that features collaborations with various artists like Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Chuck Billy, and many more. Last year, we were introduced to the track The Truth Is Dead and now Mark has released the track that every one has waited for in Cross Off that features Chester on Vocals. Mark talked about Chester and his performance saying, “I was really impressed for a guy at his level, at the place in the career he was at, someone of his stature and celebrity, to have that level of humility and commitment to come in there and treat this like it would be a Linkin Park song, or his own song or whatever. I was pretty blown away by that. And it was immediate. Fifteen minutes after we met, we were standing over a table, one on either side, each with scraps of paper and pencil, crossing off words and trying different rhyme schemes and stuff.

linkin-park-lamb-of-god-758x465It’s absolutely an amazing track that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you hear the brilliance of Chester’s vocal abilities. The track also featured Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent of Trivium who handled the bass and drum tracks. The press release also stated, “The composition of the song began between Morton, Wilbur and Oni before the three approached Bennington about singing vocals. Bennington loved the song and came to the studio with additional ideas and lyrics that, together with his unique and incredible vocal style, shaped the song to be what it is today.” Check out the track below and look for the album out on March 1ST via Spinefarm.

Anesthetic Track Listing:

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “The Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)