Lamb Of God – The Duke EP [REVIEW]

Being an EP inspired by a fans struggle and loss to cancer, ‘The Duke’ is a way of commemorating that fan and showing that the true spirit lies within metal of bringing communities closer and being there for one another during difficult times and heartbreak.

Opening the EP is a track that you’ve probably heard before this review and the track that inspired this, the title of the EP ‘The Duke’ bringing a strong clean vocal style throughout that you might not be used to for Lamb Of God, but this somewhat new path they’re pushing through here and even with the last album they did a song or two with clean cut singing. This style on this track fuels a lot more emotion than it would if the words were screamed which is a testament to the bands fluidity as writers. The other new track has strong feels of ‘Sacrament’ era of the group with tracks like ‘Redneck’ seemingly seeping from the seams of this track and having such a punchy groove that will even get the pessimistic band headbanging along to its riff-tacular base and what it shows as a whole.

For a band that has been pushing its craft for over twenty years now, a question that a lot of people probably ask is if they still have the energy and professionalism to hit everything as well as they can after growing and growing. Well those doubts are immediately squashed when you listen to ‘Still Echoes (Live From Rock Am Ring)’ and it smashes through your speakers just like you would hear at a live show no matter what venue. The same goes for both ‘512’ and ‘Engage The Fear Machine’ which, played at Bonnaroo, bring a new certain of intensity. The vocals on these two tracks sound less distorted, but noticeably more quiet than on the Rock Am Ring track, but its a small price to pay to hear some crushing live music from a true veteran in heavy groove metal.

Whilst this may not be the release that people feel they want from the band as they claws their desks new holes waiting for a new album from the group, the two powerful and gripping original tracks followed by three equally enjoyable live versions of songs are a great placeholder and a reminder that they will always have a special place in your heart.

 

Lamb Of God to release new EP ‘The Duke’ on 18th Nov!

For those who have heard the latest track from Lamb Of God titled ‘The Duke‘ you might be please to know that it will feature on a new EP (released on November 18th) from the band! With 2 new songs and a couple of live tracks, it’ll definitely be exciting to hear something new from them. Check out the title track of the record below!

Amongst this, they will be releasing some items with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Amongst these items are;

Randy Blythe’s Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque
Signed signature model guitars
Signed copies of handwritten lyrics
Signed copies of ‘The Duke’ EP on CD
Signed copies of ‘The Duke’ EP on Vinyl
Signed copies of Randy Blythe’s book

More items including these will be available shortly over at https://www.propeller.la

Whitechapel release music video for ‘Bring Me Home’

Nobody really expected for Whitechapel to ever hit a cleaner side of their music when they started over ten years ago, but now with their ‘Mark Of The Blade‘ album they hit something that was exciting and a step in a different direction for them. The music video for ‘Bring Me Home‘ has a very dark story behind it, reliving the moment where frontman Phil Bozeman lost his father at age 10. You can check out the track below.

Lamb Of God release new emotional song ‘The Duke’

Every song has a story to tell, even when the topic is very emotional and can strike a chord with people listening. The latest Lamb Of God release titled ‘The Duke‘ is about one fan’s struggle and fight with cancer, honouring him with this incredibly touching song. Full of emotional cleans and a beauty unlike any other LoG song, this track is a perfect testament to remembering someone who had a strong impact on you. Check the song out below.

Rest In Peace – Wayne Alan Ford, 9/30/1981- 02/03/2015

Go behind the scenes of the latest Every Time I Die video

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes of Every Time I Die‘s latest music video for ‘It Remembers‘ which also features Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco fame? Well now you can with the latest video released over on Epitaph Records YouTube page. You can watch the video below!

This song features on their newly released record ‘Low Teens‘ which you can purchase physical copies as well as online versions HERE. They’ll be on tour in UK/EU December with ’68 and Drug Church this December.

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KYNG – Breathe In The Water [REVIEW]

Keeping it healthy for the heavy metal genre is So Cal trio Kyng who aren’t afraid to shy away from conventional norms. Their latest album ‘Breathe In The Water’ aims to show how they are still smashing their music with crunchy riffs, fast paced action and why they deserved to be on tours with acts such as Black Label Society and Clutch. With this record now being their third instalment into the era of Kyng, they show that they haven’t slowed down and are still able to bring the big guns.

The guitars on this record stay prominent throughout and provide a very powerful punch whilst staying in line with the rest of the band. Hearing the beautiful cleaner sections in intros such as ‘Closer To The End’ and then getting thrown into a southern banger like ‘Follow Blindly’ shows how meticulous they were about creating something special and unworldly. The bass tone as well adds so much depth into the entire record that it helps elevate each of the fourteen tracks that are provided. The acoustic interlude provided in the song ‘The Beginning of What Was’ is another enjoyable element towards the later part of the album and helps split everything up evenly.

As well as the guitars being a strong part of the field, the drums help an awful lot with making this record such a brilliant listen. Not going over the top and trying be its own unique entity is what makes this album that much more well-rounded and helps each track feel special in its own right. A great track that shows this is the opener ‘Pristine Warning’ as its one of the most high-octane tracks on the record.  When it goes to the more toned down and ballad-esque tracks like ‘Show Me Your Love’ which utilises all their past knowledge and they incorporate it very professionally into this song.

Eddie Veliz’s vocals are at one with this record. Within previous one you get the feeling that they were lacking in their punch in the production on the record but this whole record as whole improves that tenfold, especially in the vocal area. ‘Bipolar Schemes’ pushes just the single toned vocals to a newer level than previous record ‘Burn The Serum’ with terms of projection sound. As for harmonies, tracks like ‘Not Enough’ get drenched in them! The mix of tones are tastefully done and even though they sometimes get overpowered by the rest of the instrumentation, its nice to hear them hit different octaves to spread across the bass/treble mixing.

Third time is most definitely the charm when it comes to Kyng. With heartfelt riffs and a powerful selection of songs to get through, they definitely keep you mostly intrigued from start to finish. This will definitely be in a high ranking of your favourite albums if you enjoy throwing the devil horns or even holding up your can of beer. Rock on, Kyng!

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Released: 7th October 2016
For Fans Of: Black Stone Cherry / Metallica
Label: Razor & Tie

ALL HAIL THE YETI announce North American tour!

Whiskey-soaked, gritty hardcore metal hybrid ALL HAIL THE YETI are thrilled to announce their upcoming “Haunted & Damaged” North American headline tour with special guests Missouri-native groove thrashers Final Drive.
The tour will begin in Tempe, AZ on July 29th and hit 22 cities before coming to an end in Salt Lake City, UT on August 26th. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
ALL HAIL THE YETI Headline Tour Dates:
7/29/2016 – Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
7/30/2016 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground
7/31/2016 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot O Bar
8/1/2016 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
8/2/2016 – Houston, TX @ BFE
8/3/2016 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
8/4/2016 – Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
8/5/2016 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/6/2016 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (Final Drive headline)
8/8/2016 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Castle Lounge
8/9/2016 – Billings, MT @ The Rail Yard
8/10/2016 – Missoula, MT @ The Dark Horse
8/12/2016 – Edmonton, AB Canada @The Brix
8/14/2016 – Calgary, AB Canada @Distortion
8/15/2016 – Canmore, AB Canada @ Canmore Hotel
8/18/2016 – Vancouver, BC Canada @ Cobalt Hotel
8/20/2016 – Anchorage, AK @ Koot’s (no Final Drive)
8/22/2016 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
8/23/2016 – Portland, OR @ Ash Street
8/24/2016 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
8/25/2016 – Idaho Falls, ID @ The Falls
8/26/2016 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar