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The Hatchet Job: May 16-19

Editor’s Note: It’s so easy to be absorbed by the stigma and the shame society ingrains into people’s minds regarding mental health and its emotional counterparts. It’s also very easy to condemn those that have succumbed to their silent battles rather than to have empathy, learn from it, and create a safety net for others. But please, always remember that regardless of who you are and what you do for a living, what your musical preference is, your gender, your religious believes, or what your sexual preference is, your life matters. You matter. End of story.

We are all human with complex emotions and minds and there is no shame in that. Above all, we are irreplaceable. If you or someone you know needs a life line, don’t be afraid to reach out for it and get the help you need.

May 16

Oregon Venue Axes Shining Show, Vocalist Competes With Bobby Liebling In The Scumbag Olympics!

Not long ago we talked about how the Crypt Keeper who happens to be the vocalist of Pentagram and goes by the stage name of Bobby Liebling, pregamed for mother’s day by assaulting his octogenarian mother. Now Liebling faces a new and promising competitor that threatens his gold medal status in the scumbag Olympics. Who can this be?! Well it’s none other than the batshit crazy eccentric frontman of Shining Niklas Kvarforth!

You’re probably wondering just how he’s a threat to Liebling, especially since Bobby has an impressive résumé. Well Kvarforth joined the games when Tonic Lounge in Portland axed their May 17 show after he left quite the impression at The Shredder in Idaho on May 14. According to Toilet Ov Hell, the vocalist was not only accused of drugging a woman’s drink and threatening audience members, but he is also caught on the security camera outside of the venue making a gesture resembling the Nazi salute while attempting to attack an attendee.

“After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive.” Said Tonic Lounge on a now deleted statement on Facebook justifying their decision. “We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.”

Though the Ugh Metal team has seen Kvarforth in action before, and it was interesting to say the least, it was family friendly compared to the show at The Shredder and definitely this one. For those that have been to a Shining show will confirm that Niklas is a little screwy. Other venues didn’t seem to mind and Shining is on course to wrap up their tour with Wolvhammer and Revenge at the Rail Club on May 24. Check out Tonic Lounge’s full statement here and read all the dirty details and while you’re at it, check out the infamous video and you be the judge. After all of that, get your score cards ready! Who deserves the gold medal the most? Team Liebling or Team Kvarforth?

May 17

Time Do Things ‘The Ski Mask Way’

Ever wonder how GTA would be with a little bit of Body Count? Well, wonder no more and Body Count does just that in their latest music video for “The Ski Mask Way.” Minus the boring characters and the hookers *sigh.* This get-rich-quick anthem is featured in their latest album Bloodlust which is now out via Century Media Records. If you this song does not convince you to add this album to your collection, perhaps the Klown can persuade you.

May 18

Farewell, Mr. Cornell

One of the forefathers of grunge and vocalist of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell, has passed away at age 52. News of this tragedy broke in the early hours of May 18 after the vocalist’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel Detroit. Later in the day, a medical examiner confirmed the rumor that Cornell took his own life by hanging himself making this already unfortunate incident more heartbreaking.

Cornell performed with Soundgarden earlier in the night at Detroit’s Fox Theater and was slated to headline at Pointfest in Missouri which has been cancelled, and Rock on The Range in Ohio which will still run accordingly. Several fan videos of Cornell’s last performance is going viral creating a bittersweet effect on fans offering a last glimpse of this great artist in action. Cornell leaves behind three children and his wife and an amazing musical legacy.

Our deepest condolences to Chris Cornell’s family, friends and bandmates. And to you Mr.Cornell, thank you for everything you gave to the world and for serving as a beacon for all the angsty youths. May your music offer a light at the end of the tunnel to someone that is stuck in their darkest hour.

Carach Angren Reign With ‘Blood Queen’

Melodic death metallers Carach Angren bring a visually haunting tale to life with their latest lyric video for “Blood Queen.” All that she wants is to have a behbeh, dammit! Either way, this is a bloody good ride that Guillermo del Toro would be proud and I’m sure Dario Argento would love that opening sequence. Check it out and get ready to Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten which will be released on June 16 via Seasons of Mist Records.

May 19

Decrepit Birth Release New Song From Upcoming Album

California technical death metallers Decrepit Birth released a fancy 360° video for their latest single “Epigenetic Triplicity.” The time off has not wavered the quartet’s brutality to table and will be releasing their first album in seven years on July July 21 titled Axis Mundi via Nuclear Blast Records. Take this video for a spin and don’t be a wiener and pre-order Axis Mundi now especially ‘cause this track will have you feeling all sorts of things.

Iced Earth Enlist On The “Great Heathen Army”

The white walkers may have the army of the undead but power metallers Iced Earth have the “Great Heathen Army” on their side. The lyric video showcases great artwork to accompany this battle song will surely please inhabitants of Valhalla and Hel. Be sure to preorder their June 16 album Incorruptible which will commence its raid through Century Media.  

The Hatchet Job: May 11- 15

May 11

Nuclear Blast Will Become Possessed

photo courtesy of their Facebook Page

Nuclear Blast Records won’t exactly be starring in a reboot of The Exorcist but they did something way cooler by signing death metal icons Possessed. The record label along with the band plan to release a full length album in 2018. Another fun fact about this mysterious upcoming album is that it will be Possessed’s first full length album since 1986’s Beyond The Gates… Whoa.

“We are proud to finally announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records!” The band stated in their Facebook page. “We are honored to be a part of the Nuclear Blast family and look forward to bringing you all our first full-length release in 31 years, sometime in 2018!”

If that doesn’t make you feel all tingly inside then check out the teaser below.

That’s Dr.Professor Holland To Us.

Dexter Holland keeps defying the “stereotypes” and when he isn’t kicking ass belting out his signature vocals in The Offspring, he is out getting Ph.Ds. Holland didn’t just receive the fancy doctor title that comes with the coveted degree, but he received the Ph.D in molecular biology. The frontman stated in The Offspring’s official site that he “was interested in the molecular dynamics of HIV infection and of virus: host interactions in general.” How ‘bout them apples? Holland had put on hold his education after the band reached success with their 1994 album Smash but went back to school about five years ago and it paid off. Dr. Holland will not only be indulging us with more music from the Offspring but will now be helping save lives, on other news Dexter Holland has reached a supreme level in street cred. Think this a joke? Then take a look at his thesis which is titled “Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions Of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions Of Novel Mechanisms For Viral Infection And Pathogenicity” right hurr. And be sure to send him plenty of graduation cupcakes and balloons!

Dexter Holland: I BE A DOCTOR!

Get Your Shit Together, Bobby!

For those that haven’t been keeping up with Pentagram and their latest misadventures, let me quickly fill you in. On April 20, the band released a vague statement explaining why their front man/living dead man Bobby Liebling wasn’t going to join them on their short East Coast tour as a result of his “personal actions.” Now Pentagram released a statement earlier today announcing they would be embarking on their European tour without Liebling because he was in a detention facility awaiting a preliminary hearing…Umm Okay. But wait! There’s more! So a few hours after that statement, MetalSucks broke the news that Liebling had been charged with three different types of physical abuse on a “vulnerable adult” and one count of first-degree assault.

According to MetalSucks, it is highly speculated that the victim is none other than Liebling’s elderly mother who is in her 80’s. That’s right. Two separate Facebook statements posted by former Pentagram drummer Gary Isom fuels this speculation when he sent out his thoughts and prayers to “Mrs. Diane Liebling… I don’t care for Bobby but his mother is a super sweet lady.”

Bobby boy is no stranger to controversy and has been accused of being a misogynistic douche in the past which raised eyebrows when the female fronted bands King Woman and Wax Idols abruptly dropped off their tour with Pentagram last year. Hopefully the band can soldier on and hope his mother is okay and can recover from this unfortunate ordeal. As for Skeletor..I mean Bobby, you need some serious help.

Yes Bobby, I am talking to you.

May 12

Doyle Says “Run For Your Life.”

Antsy about Halloween taking forever to get here again? No worries! Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is here to satisfy that urge with his new video for “Run For Your Life.” This slasherrific video will entertain the hell out of you and the song itself will make you want to “fight to survive,” whether you are feeling the urge to tap out on the treadmill or down that extra shot of tequila you know will get you hammered. “Run For Your Life” will be featured in the June 2 album titled Doyle II As We Die out through Monsterman Records/EMP Label Group which is available for preorder. Be sure to catch him on the road starting on June 1 where he kicks off his tour at The Maywood in Raleigh, NC and for my fellow San Diegans, be part of the horrorlicious bash from Doyle at the Brick By Brick on June 17.

Danzig Will Take You On Your ‘Last Ride’ If You Ignored Doyle’s Advice

Who knew Ugh Metal would be hosting a mini Misfits reunion! Well… sort of. Just in case you ignored Doyle when he told you to run for your lives and resumed drinking your 40, Danzig will kill you slowly with “Last Ride.” This old school and somewhat bluesy song will have you blasting it as you set off into the sunset on your bike. “Last Ride” will be featured in Danzig’s May 26 album Black Laden Crown via Nuclear Blast Records. And if you REALLY can’t get enough of Danzig, after pre ordering this album be sure to get your tickets to his Blackest of The Black festival which will be on May 26 – May 27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA

May 14

Grindmother: The Movie!

Our Grindmother, yes the same grindcore band by that is fronted by the 68 years young Grindmother and who melted our faces off not long ago, is now turning to their loyal grindchildren to help fund a documentary on Kickstarter. The star of this film will be none other than the Grindmother herself and will shed light as to how she went from being a simple Canadian gam gam to THE badass Grindmother we all know and love. The campaign offers several different perks according to the amount you donate, but if you feel generous and donate $1,000 or more you will have a private screening of the film for you and 15 of your friends and will be dubbed her “favorite grindchild.” The Kickstarter campaign ends on June 26 so there is still plenty of time to help this film reach its $8,771 goal and is currently at $614. Once you give Grindmother dearest some donations in this link, headbang to her album Age of Destruction while you eat the delicious cookies she gave you.  


Myrkur Unveils Upcoming Album Title

Mareridt will be the name of the album Amalie Brunn and Myrkur have been working on. The big announcement slithered its way out of Myrkur’s Facebook page, and Bruun captivated fans with a video clip of her playing Scandinavian folk music on her string instrument called a nyckelharpa. The album will debut this fall via Relapse Records and though the details of the album are still shrouded in mystery including the actual date of its release, it will be worth the wait. Not quite familiar with Myrkur? Check out how the Ugh Metal team fell under her spell last year and check out her YouTube channel too.

We Love Lacuna Coil  “ ‘Cause They Hate You”

JK! You’re our homie… so long as you supply us with booze and burritos. Anyway, Lacuna Coil delivers the crime thriller music video” I Love You ‘Cause I Hate You.” This concept video is a follow up to their previous video “Blood, Tears, Dust” and this track is not only a haunting ballad of unrequited love but it will also have you at the edge of your seat. We follow vocalist Cristina Scabbia as a detective and her partner who is played by UK actor Andrew Harwood Mills and is still way better than True Detective season 2! Check it out this second part of the concept video and be sure to get their latest album Delirium which is out now via Century Media Records!

The Hatchet Job: May 1- May 10

May 1

Give Yourself To The ‘Helsinki Vampire’

Front man of The 69 Eyes, Jyrki 69, will unleash the Helsinki Vampire on June 23 via Cleopatra Records. In this solo project, he will bring more goth n’ roll. The album will be mixed by Johnny Lee Michaels who is no stranger to The 69 Eyes camp so we can maybe expect to hear more of the classic 69 Eyes influences in this album. Join the dark side and pre-order this vampire and we promise you won’t star on a bad supernatural love triangle.


These silver tongued demons from Texas celebrate the god of all things wild in the music video for “Pan Reborn.” SILVERTONGUEDEVIL  has a little jam sesh in front of their fans, what better way to celebrate the second coming of the god of music! Did you enjoy “Pan Reborn” and can’t get it out of your head? Well then check out their 2015 album Orthodox Heresy album via Devils Music Records and check out their Reverbnation.

May 2

Come Alive With ‘Ghost Of A Chance’

Rancid is getting us all sorts of excited! Aside from their upcoming summer tour (don’t forget to get dem tix btw) they dished out their music video for “Ghost Of A Chance.” This fun track will  be featured in their June 9 album Trouble Maker which will wreak all sorts of havoc via Hellcat/Epitaph Records. Be a badass and pre order this bad boy and don’t forget to catch them on tour.

‘Immortal Sin’ Will Take You Deep

Former vocalist of Sister Sin, Liv “Sin” Jagrell and frontman of The 69 Eyes, Jyrki 69 have teamed up to bring a new rendition of “Immortal Sin.” The cover originally sang by Rob Halford’s band Fight, adds a woman’s touch with Liv Sin’s and is complimented with Jyrki 69’s signature baritone vocals. Check out the video below and take a bite of that apple and grab a copy of Liv Sin’s debut solo project Follow Me which is out now.  

May 3

Goatwhore Make Their ‘Vengeful Ascension’

If this is what sweet vengeance sounds like, then we shall have retribution! Batman would be proud and so will Goatwhore fans! “Vengeful Ascension” finally sought its revenge on the non believers a few months after Goatwhore announced their upcoming album. This evil track will be featured in their June 23 album Vengeful Ascension which will seek its revenge via Metal Blade Records. You can preorder the album and because these gents from the Big Easy are fucking G’s, they are offering a version with a spell book. A FUCKING SPELL BOOK. Quick! Get your book before the wicked witch of the west comes in and whacks you all the way to next week with her Louis Button bag and takes all the spell books!

‘Opus Brain’ Will Mess With Your Brain!

The electronic composer Igorrr keeps dishing out audible and visual pieces that will make you say “Da Fuk?!” and think about your life and our entire existence. This music video directed by Swiss short film director Garrick J Lauterbach who captures the trippiness and mixes a lot of symbolism to the track. Experience “Opus Brain” in all its eclectic glory below and pre- order his upcoming album Savage Sinusoid which will be out to mind fuck us on June 16 via Metal Blade Records.

May 4

Rammstein Are Going To Be Strange and “Unusual” On Next Album

Rammstein has been keeping us in the dark regarding a follow up to their 2009 album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da but that’s okay because guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe threw us a bone. In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer Magazine, Kruspe and Landers filled people in with the album’s progress and said that they would create a new and blend “unusual methods,” in the mysterious seventh album, which is Rammstein terms, it can be ANYTHING.

“Our goal right now is to write really good songs and maybe even try unusual methods, new ideas, and change the path that one usually has.” Said Landers about their desire to reinvent themselves in their upcoming album. “It might be that when grandmother hears the album, she thinks it’s the same as the other ones. But for us, we really want it to be another milestone.”

Kruspe added that they were waiting for frontman Till Lindemann to finish the “mysterious ideas” they have. All I have to say to that is MY BODY IS READY and so should yours! Be sure to see these iconic pyros this summer on their short North American tour and for those that are in the west coast, be sure to get your tickets to their only west coast show in Sin City at the T-Mobile Arena on July 1. Read the whole interview and order your copy of Metal Hammer.

May 5

We’re Sailing Down to ‘Mexico’

The pirates of Scotland known as Alestorm have found a treasure more fun than gold in the music video for “Mexico.” Alestorm released this new anthem in time for us to drown our shame and have a great time as every drinking holiday should be! Get drunk with glee with their second single and get drunker but with joy after pre-ordering their May 26 album No Grave But The Sea via Napalm Records.

May 6

Behemoth Will Awake In 2018

Guitarist/vocalist of Behemoth Adam “Nergal” Darski said in an interview with online music station Rockhok that they have about a dozen songs in development for their follow up album. Darski also stated that they are shooting for a fall 2018 release to their 2014 follow-up to their successful The Satanist album.

“We’re taking it easy it’s not tense whatsoever but we have 10 or 13 songs already like sketches of the new songs. Times flying and we are super stoked about this new stuff its like, I like the approach with Behemoth too you know because when I went from this to do Behemtoth songs, I was super hungry.” Said Darski as he tried to find the right words to describe his desire to play metal again. “I was like hungry for doing like this you know radical, you know, sounds and I really hope it sounds different again but it’s refreshing and it’s something we’re defining and rejuvenating in what we do with Behemoth again.”

We are just as excited and borderline speechless as Darski when it comes to Behemoth. Check out the full interview below and soothe the beast inside with Me and That Man’s debut album Songs of Love And Death which is out now. Need help deciding whether you want to sings the blues with Darski? Check out the Klown’s verdict on this baby.

May 8

King 810 Will Turn Heads With ‘La Petite Mort’

In the spirit of celebrating the French phrase used to describe an orgasm and their track, “La Petite Mort,” King 810 has recruited three porn stars for the NSFW video. The band has been teasing fans with eight second clips on their Twitter and if you’re still a little hot and bothered, check out their peepshow. It will be interesting to see exactly how the Michigan metallers will portray “La Petite Mort” since the song itself is dark and gets real and far from sexy. We won’t know exactly what’s up with this video till its premiere in the world famous PornHub sometime in the future. I will get to the bottom of this to answer this burning question people have…I will not rest till I do! But for now start the foreplay with their latest album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God which is out now via Roadrunner Records.

May 9

Feel ‘Absolutego’ Run Through Your Soul

Veteran experimental Japanese trio Boris have released their first and psychedelically sludgetastic single “Absolutego.” The track will be featured in their July 14 album Dear which will be released via Sargent House Records. This chill track has a kick to it and will definitely indulge the stoner rocker in you. If you like what you hear so far, don’t forget to preorder and spice up your next smoke circle.   

May 10

Napalm Records Snags Satyricon

The Norwegian black metal legends have found a new home in Napalm Records and will still release their highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 self titled album on September 22. Though Satyricon has been keeping the deetz on this album under wraps, we can’t wait! For my lucky European peeps, be sure to catch them on the road starting September 24.


The Hatchet Job: April 24- 28

April 24

Feels A Lot Like 1999

Adding to the nostalgia is KMFDM who not only announced the release of their June 23rd five song EP Yeah!, but also a new studio album in August. Though the industrial band has left us in the dark regarding their upcoming album, they did surprise fans by announcing a tour! What year is this? Well whatever Doc and Marty McFly say, this is becoming an awesome year for music. KMFDM will hit the road here in North America with fellow industrial band Lord Of The Lost and OHGR. They will be making a stop here in San Diego on Oct.20  at the House of Blues and tickets are available now! Also be sure to keep you OG cool kid status and pre order Yeah! Which will be released via earMusic Records.


With OHGR & Lord Of The Lost:

10/01 Chicago, IL – Metro (‘Cold Waves VI Festival‘)
10/02 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
10/03 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10/04 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
10/05 Falls Church, VA – The State Theatre
10/06 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/08 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/09 Baltimore, MD
10/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
10/12 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
10/13 Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
10/15 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/17 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
10/18 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/19 Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
10/20 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/21 Los Angeles, CA – TBD
10/22 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/25 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/26 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/27 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
10/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II

April 25

Here Comes ‘Charlie…’

Carach Angren have summoned a new kind of classy but deadly beast with their latest single “Charlie.” The symphonic black metallers weave their net and pull us in to this haunting chapter from their upcoming saga titled Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten which will haunt us silly on June 16 via Season of Mist Records. I guess our new friend “Charlie” will have to keep us company till then, be sure not to anger him and take home this new chapter and pre order.

April 26

Songs To Fight Off 8-Bit Villains

Yeah, yeah , yeah, before you go off that this is not metal and blah blah blah, everyone can appreciate a nice video game soundtrack per se. Jimmy Urine may not be making eccentrically danceable music with Mindless Self Indulgence but he is back making eccentrically danceable music of the 8-bit kind. Urine has decided to embark on his own adventure and help you conquer that one stage you can’t get past with his solo album The Secret Cinematic Sounds Of Jimmy Urine which is now streaming on The End Records’ YouTube channel. Urine’s solo album won’t be unlocked for the masses till April 28 via The End Records, but for now indulge on the entire album. Excuse me, I have some ass asses to kick! *Puts on bright helmet and hopes on neon tricycle*     

April 27

‘Amateur Sketch’ Will Fuck You Up!

I guess we’ll allow Municipal Waste to paint us like one their French girls after listening to their latest single “Amateur Sketch.” The crossover thrashers will be making their festival rounds this summer in the Van’s Warped Tour this summer and will finally lather us with their June 23 album Slime And Punishment via Nuclear Blast Records. Get ahead of the game and pre-order this bad boi!

‘Never’ Say Never

You think Decapitated has been lounging and doing other things metal? Well you’re half right! The quartet has been doing other things of the metal variety such as making and releasing this brand new music video for “Never.”  The quartet not only let this baby loose, but they also announced their next album titled Anticult which will pour down all that Kool Aid on us on July 7 through Nuclear Blast Records. Another fun fact about “Never,” is that it’s their first single, so stay tuned for more and pre-order this gospel.

Feeling A Little ‘Blood Sick’

Man, this day been pretty eventful with so many videos to binge watch and albums to squeal to. In fact we are so excited, we feel a little sick with giddiness but luckily, Wednesday 13 gives us a little cure with their latest music video for “Blood Sick.” This video taps in to conquering your fears and having your sweet revenge on soulless arachnids, the type that devour your heart assuming you have one. Anyway this song will have you singing along, just like Wednesday knows how and if you just gotta have this song in your collection, be sure to pre-order Condolences which will comfort our blood sickness on June 2 via Nuclear Blast Records.

April 28

Come Alive With ‘Astralive’

Helsott unite and conquer with their music video for “Astralive,” which is now available on their April 28 EP The Healer via M-Theory Audio Records (OMG! That’s today). Get your battle axes ready and prepare to charge deep in to the woods, but not too far ‘cause we don’t have those fancy Norwegian park rangers that retrieve lost metal bands/people. Die with honor and joy after being part of this epic campaign and did I mention The Healer is out now?! Well go ahead and snag your copy!


The Hatchet Job: April 17- 21

April 17

Tye Trujillo Debuts His Band

Let’s face it, 12-year-old Tye Trujillo is the real star of this Korn tour and good for him! The son of Metallica bassist (Robert Trujillo) made his live debut after Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu literally dropped the bass and was unable to join Korn on their South American tour. Footage of the young Trujillo quickly went viral, and he handles the bass and the spotlight like a pro. Trujillo is on his way to build an impressive resume and is sure to surpass his old man. Now if you excuse me, I’m gonna go and reexamine my pathetic life but while I do that, enjoy this pro footage of Trujillo kicking ass.

April 19

Dat Riot Fest Line up Tho!

The lineup to the annual music festival in Chicago is impressive to say the least. Wha? You calling me a liar?! How does Nine Inch Nails, Bad Brains, Queens of the Stone Age, Ministry and GWAR sound like? OH and that’s just the tip of the iceberg by the way, I haven’t even scratched the surface in this mother of a fest! Riot Fest will take place from September 15-17 in Chicago’s Douglas Park and tickets are on sale now through Ticketfly. Undress this poster with your eyes, bb.

Prepare to ‘Die On My Ride’

Tengger Cavalry debuted the lyric video for “Die On My Ride,” a battle song that will certainly resonate in your head. Though frontman Nature Ganganbaigal doesn’t dish out his signature throat singing, he does something different and shows off cleaner but deeper vocals with remnants of his trademark style. Beneath the battle scars this track proudly displays, a pained and subtle hopelessness bleeds through sending the quintet into uncharted territory we can’t wait to see!

“Die On My Ride” will be featured on Tengger Cavalry’s first album, as a signed band, titled Die On My Ride via M-Theory Audio on June 2. The announcement comes a few months after the nomadic warriors joined the burgeoning record label helmed by Marci Barbieri, who was the former president of Century Media and Nuclear Blast USA. Tengger Cavalry will announce dates of their North American raid in the coming weeks and will take over European festivals in the summer. So, grab your axe and pre-order digitally on their bandcamp or physically on M-Theory Audio’s site. Check out my slave intern’s (who’s obsessed with me) “professional” take on this story on Metal Assault.

Internal Bleeding Tragically Lose A Founding Member

One of the founding fathers and drummer of Internal Bleeding, William “Bill” Tolley, has passed away after a fall while on duty as a firefighter. According to CBS New York, Tolley had finished ventilating a burning building and attempted to step back in to the basket when the aerial ladder shook, causing him to plummet five stories. The 42-year-old succumbed to his injuries in Wyckoff Heights Hospital and leaves behind a wife and an 8-year-old daughter.

“Our drummer, the heartbeat of the band, William Tolley died today. There are ZERO WORDS to describe the loss. He was a good, decent and honorable man who loved his friends, his family and the people he served.” The band stated in their Facebook page. “There will never be another like him. There are no words to describe the utter sadness and despair we feel right now. We love you Bill.”

Guitarist Chris Pervelis and Tolley found the band in 1991 and created the death metal subgenre known as “slam” which has more of a distinct and slower breakdown and rhythm than your average death metal. Internal Bleeding is set to hit the road in the summer with Vader and have yet to make a statement regarding any changes. Our deepest condolences to Tolley’s family, friends and Internal Bleeding. Thank you for 26 years of brutality and thank you for your service, Mr.Tolley.

When Bill Tolley wasn’t tearing a new one in your ear holes, he was out in the streets of NYC saving lives.

April 21

Internal Bleeding Commemorate Fallen Brother With Music Video

The New York death metallers kept on slammin’ despite the sudden loss of their drummer/founding member William “Bill” Tolley, releasing their music video for “Final Justice.” The video kicks off with the firefighter portrait of Tolley with a heartfelt message from the band and is ended with “Slam On.” Aside from this being a sick and brutal song, this simple music video became more meaningful, and shows the guys doing what they love alongside Tolley. The single is now available for purchase through bandcamp.

Alestorm Raises A Glass To Themselves

After finding their way out of the Gay Dolphin, our favorite inebriated buccaneers have released a fun little ode to themselves with the music video for their latest single “Alestorm.” Getting lost in the Gay Dolphin was the least of their worries and must now fight themselves to gain their rightful place in drunkenness, though I know you must think I must still be celebrating 4/20, watch the video and see what I mean! And if you like what you hear, pre order their May 26 album No Grave But The Sea which will set sail via Napalm Records.

 ‘Seraphic’ Will Reel You In

Ghost Bath lures you into the depths of harmony and despair with their latest music video for “Seraphic.” The video is filled with holy imagery and is embedded with images of the band jamming. Beware! If you’re expecting a relaxing instrumental piece, Dennis Mikula’s anguished screams will come right at you! This track will be featured in their April 21 album Starmourner and will be released through Nuclear Blast. Though individuals with an acquired taste will love this, this is a nice track someone can enjoy if they’re open to it.


The Hatchet Job: April 10-15

April 10

Get Ready To Jump In The ‘Arena Of The True Lies’

Tankard charges in to this battle with full force and killer riffs in their latest lyric video for “Arena Of The True Lies.” As a metalhead, I’m digging this song. It’s easy on my decrepit ears after a long day of adulating and if you want to sing about the grievances in the world. As a millennial, however, how dare you Tankard?! Attacking social media!? I’m gonna Snap about this later with my dog filter!

They’re lucky this is an enjoyable song and they have beer that will be featured in their 17th album titled One Foot In The Grave which will rise out of the Nuclear Blast crypt on June 2. Prepare to be outraged and check them out while I go Snap about this with my dog filter! Did I mention I’m gonna use the dog filter?

April 11

Professional teases known as Tool have announced a show on June 24 in San Bernardino at the Glen Helen Amphitheater. The quartet will mindfuck audiences with their powers of visual and audible deepness with Primus, Melvins, The Crystal Method and a mystery “special guest” which will be announced later… see what I mean about teasing!?

Frontman Maynard James Keenan has been BUSY with his successful side projects such as Puscifer and is currently on the road with A Perfect Circle. Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Tool show and here’s hoping they will debut a new song from the highly anticipated follow up. Can’t a girl dream?

April 12

Dragonforce Cast The ‘Curse of Darkness’

Power metal extravaganza known as Dragonforce treat us to an easy paced but beautifully wide eyed track with “Curse of Darkness.” Though this track is a little “slower” than their well known songs, it’s a nice breather and allows us to soak in Herman Li and Sam Totman’s somewhat chiller riffs and Marc Hudson’s melancholic but hopeful vocals. “Curse of Darkness” will be featured in their May 19 album Reaching Into Infinity via earMUSIC records and is now available for pre order, but for now grab your satchel and reach for the starts, young padawan!  

April 13

Firewind Serenades The ‘Lady of 1000 Sorrows’

Firewind ignites the power of love and feels with their latest ballad “Lady of 1000 Sorrows” from their latest album Immortals which was released earlier this year. The music video is anything but sorrowful and follows the power metallers through their gigs. The real stars of this video, however, are their passionate fans and the ecstasy they radiate will definitely make that lady of 1000 sorrows turn that frown, upside down! To save you the trouble from replaying this song a few times, tough guy, pick up a copy of Immortals and see what the Klown thought about it.

April 14

God Dethroned Sets ‘The World Ablaze’

The Dutch are coming!…With another music video for the for their May 5th record  The World Ablaze which will rise from the pits of hell via Metal Blade Records and will be the final part of their WWI concept. “The World Ablaze” video shows the band jamming in front of an audience fused with WWI footage and imagery and the track is very complimentary to the concept. Don’t be a square and pre order yours today!

Suffocation Do A 360

Unfortunately for us, not literally, be just like Journey once said, we won’t  stop believing ‘cause we’re always to the jungle because they have fun and games. Powerful stuff. Anyway enough about my philosophies and back to SUFFOCATION! The Long Island death metallers debuted their 360 degree lyric video for “Your Last Breaths,” which will be featured in their June 9 album …Of The Dark Light and will seep through Nuclear Blast Records.

The song itself is not only brootal but it’s 360 DEGREES! YES!!! *furiously looks around the lyric video* Check it out and have first dibs on this baby and pre-order your copy! While you’re at it, check out our slave unpaid intern’s (who is obsessed with me and wants to be me!) debut article on Metal Assault regarding Suffocation.

April 15

Join Megadeth in the Fight!

Unfortunately Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich won’t be engaging in to an epic slap fight, but you can defend the Earth in Megadeth’s Space Invaders type game on their site. The soldiers that enlist in the Cyber Army will have a chance to win a prize pack such as a Dystopia deluxe VR bundle, Kiko Loureiro signature KIKOSP2 Ibanez guitar and a signed Dystopia poster and vinyl record.

The GRAND PRIZE winner, however, will not only get all of these treats but they will also have the opportunity to punch a member of Metallica of their choosing or have Sunday brunch with Metallica, Megadeth and the founders of Napster. [citation needed] To rack up those points to win this grand prize, be sure to snag a copy of Dystopia which is out now! Now go forth and kick some butt!

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April 3

Dimmu Borgir Keeps Teasin’

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (whose stage name is Silenoz), stated in an interview with Metal Shock Finland that they are in the middle of mixing the highly anticipated follow up of their 2010’s Abrahadabra AND gave us a glimpse of what’s to come…it sounds glorious.

“It’s more epic and symphonic, it’s more brutal, it’s more black metal, it’s more primitive.” Said Silenoz. “It includes everything we are known for, and what’s even better about it is that it has just come so easy.” My Stan… We will have to wait and see. In the meantime, cure those Dimmu shakes you got going on after reading the statement and get ready for their DVD Forces of the Northern Night which will be out on April 14 via Nuclear Blast. The DVD will feature two live performances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and their entire Wacken Open Air set in 2012.

April 4

We Venture ‘On the Wrong Side of the Wire’

God Dethroned has brought us more death metal with their latest music video for “On the Wrong Side of the Wire” and this song will have you hitting the replay button a couple of times! That riff will have you headbanging like no one’s business. This track will be feature on their May 5 album The World Ablaze which will burst via Metal Blade Records and it’s their first full length album in seven years! If this is how the album is gonna sound, then it’ll be worth the wait.

April 5

Watch out Deathcoreheads, the ‘Revelation’ Is Coming…

And it came and straight from Chicago! Oceano lays it all out on us in all its gritty, thick and growly goodness. “Revelation” will be featured in the quartet’s May 19 album The Great Tribulation which will debut via Sumerian Records. I’m not much of a deathcorehead but I gotta admit, this was a good song to tear shit up and put it on full blast at the end of your long work shift.

April 6

You’ll Catch Us ‘Dancing With The Wrong Girl’

That’s right, no shame and it’s something we’re all guilty, especially if its the Black Star Riders’ song! Now you dance AND view this beauty in their latest music video…sorry the infamous “wrong girl” Ricky Warwick laments over doesn’t have a face, but the sexy neon devil lady might as well be her. DAMN YOU STAN! If you can’t stop dancing to this catchy song, be sure to snag up their latest album Heavy Fire which is out now via Nuclear Blast. Not sure if you wanna, see what the Klown thought about it.

The Lights Have Dimmed Within the Trans Siberian Orchestra

Founder of the famous Trans Siberian Orchestra, Paul O’Neill, passed away at the age of 61 from chronic illness. “He was our friend and our leader—a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul.” Said the band about their fallen leader on their Facebook page. The band also mentioned in the statement that they would make additional announcements and asked fans to respect the privacy of O’Neill’s family.

O’Neill started out in the Floridian power metal band Savatage in 1983 as a lyricist and guitarist. Ten years later, O’Neill along with his band mates, keyboardist Robert Kinkel and vocalist/pianist Jon Oliva, crafted the rock opera powerhouse we know today. It’s uncertain what the future holds for the Trans Siberian Orchestra but whatever the outcome, we’ll look back and indulge in these masterpieces. Thank you for everything, Mr. O’Neill. That giant concert in the sky just got more metal and epic.

April 7

The Obsessed Tell A ‘Sacred’ Story

The doom legends are back and continue to celebrate their efforts by releasing something “Sacred,” as in the music video for the track! The hazy video and the fur clad man and woman really fits with the doomy, old school vibe. This enjoyable song will have you cracking open a beer or two. “Sacred” is featured in their first full length album in over 20 years titled Sacred which dropped today via Relapse Records! Interested? Of course you are! And thanks goodness for technology no? It is now available for streaming in their bandcamp.

April 8

American Idol: Metallica

Sorry to burst your bubble, but American Idol is dead and gone and it has not been resurrected for a metal version. BUT Metallica has created their version per se by launching “Hit the Stage” where you can vote which local bands will win the spot as openers in their five city “mini” tour. Though California is not included (Boo, you whores!), these pre selected bands will have their opportunity to shine in the blazing stadium stage lights. So be a real one and check ‘em out at their site to get ALL the details.

May 19 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (also with Volbeat)

June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium (also with Volbeat)

June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium (also with Avenged Sevenfold)

June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (also with Avenged Sevenfold)