LIONIZE To Unleash ‘Nuclear Soul’ In September; Premiere New Video + Tour Dates

The Maryland-based funk soul rockers in Lionize have revealed the details for their upcoming studio effort, ‘Nuclear Soul‘. It will be released through The End Records on September 8th but today we have the premiere of the first Single, ‘Blindness To Danger‘, in an official video. The band oversaw production of the effort alongside frequent collaborator, Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and J. Robbins (Clutch, Against Me!). It is also believed that some of the Clutch members may also be guest contributors to the album as well.

Lionize LP
Nuclear Soul
tracklist:
01 – “Darkest Timeline”
02 – “Face Of Mars”
03 – “Fire in Athena”
04 – “Power Grid”
05 – “Ain’t It A Shame”
06 – “Election Year”
07 – “March Of The Clones”
08 – “Let You Down”
09 – “The Mad Scientist Of Sunshine”
10 – “Nuclear Soul”
11 – “Blindness To Danger”

The video below finds the band’s vocalist/guitarist Nate Bergman facing off against pro-wrestler The Almighty Sheik and was directed by Miguel “M.I.G.” Martinez using an iPhone 7 with special lenses. Lionize bassist Hank Upton commented on the song saying:

So much of our career as a band has been following our instincts and running headlong into the unknown with no regard for how insane a tour/show/song idea might be. I feel like that passion & willingness to take a risk has gotten us very far. Naturally, though, you’re walking a tightrope. Same goes for your personal life with romance or substances, etc. Passion and heart will take you everywhere but where’s the line? I was trying to investigate that feeling.

Lionize will embark on a string of tour dates in the U.S. abroad beginning in July. You can find their currently scheduled dates below also.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Lionize tour dates:
07/13 Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Hall (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/14 Portland, ME – Aura (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/15 Jay Peak, VT – Jeezum Crow Festival
07/22 Washington, DC – DC9
07/28 Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
07/29 Maidstone, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair
07/30 Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
07/31 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
08/01 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC 2
08/02 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/03 Leeds, UK – Key Club
08/04 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/05 London, UK – Our Black Heart
08/07 Belfast, IRE – Voodoo
08/09 Dublin, IRE – Fibber Magees
08/11 Burton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
09/07 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage (feat. Zakk Wylde)
09/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland (feat. Zakk Wylde)


GREEN DEATH Drops ‘Pure Torture’ EP; Streams New Song

One of the best rising acts within the underground metal scene is the Des Moines, Iowa-based Green Death. The crossover thrash band’s new EP, Pure Torture, was released yesterday (June 2nd) through longtime Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s label, EMP Label Group. To celebrate, the band is streaming the EP’s closing track “Sickle & Scythe”.

Vocalist Sol Bates commented on why this particular song was selected to share with fans saying: “‘Sickle & Scythe’ is the darkest song we have written to date. Lyrically it deals with blind faith, cult practices and death. The song is also meant to take the listener on a journey of our musical direction from our past albums to the next full-length album: We start out with more of a thrash style, then the middle/chorus gets into more death metal, ending with more of doom feel.  The upcoming full-length will explore more of that doom side of our sound.

Clayton Cagle, guitarist of Bay Area thrash group Hatchet, also contributes a guest solo to “Sickle And Scythe”.

You can purchase Green Death‘s ‘Pure Torture‘ right now at this location. (Digital platform-based releases have been delayed until June 9th).

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Green Death EP
Pure Torture EP tracklist

1. Viniculum
2. Pure Torture (f/ David Ellefson)
3. The Reaper
4. Sickle & Scythe


SikTH Streaming The Just-Released ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ Album

The avant-garde musical technicians known as SikTH just released their latest album, ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?‘, via Peaceville Records on June 2nd. To celebrate the latest effort from one of metal’s more eccentric, most unique units, Taste Nation LLC is pleased to present you the new album streaming in full below. You can also purchase the album at this location.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

SikTH


MARTY FRIEDMAN (Ex-Megadeth) To Release ‘Wall Of Sound’ In August; Song Premiere

Legendary guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman has revealed the details of his next studio release, ‘Wall Of Sound‘, due this August 4th from Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice In Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Sepultura, Opeth), the disc “expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music,” according to a press release. Two particular tracks, ‘Streetlight‘ and ‘For A Friend‘, were specially mixed by guest contributor, the famed producer for Queen, Mack. The song “Self Pollution” can be streamed below.

All “Wall Of Sound” preorders come with a laminate good for one VIP meet-and-greet to Marty’s 2017 U.S. tour. **Please note** this is not a ticket to the show.

Like its predecessor Inferno, Wall Of Sound will host several guest performers including prog-thrashers Mutoid Man, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit Shining and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers Black Veil Brides.

Marty commented on several aspects of the new album saying: “This time it’s even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and, with any luck, more exciting for those of you who will hear it.”

He added: “There will be elevent or twelve songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn’t make it to the album because it doesn’t fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we’re pushing sixty minutes, so it won’t be a short album.”

Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: “I’m a big fan of Jinxx and Black Veil Brides. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn’t even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now’s the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that’s a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

marty friedman wall of sound

Wall Of Sound” track listing:

01. Self Pollution
02. Sorrow And Madness (featuring Jinxx of BLACK VEIL BRIDES)
03. Streetlight
04. Whiteworm
05. For A Friend
06. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of DEAFHEAVEN)
07. The Blackest Rose
08. Something To Fight (featuring Jørgen Munkeby of SHINING)
09. The Soldier
10. Miracle
11. Last Lament


ACCEPT Proclaim Details For ‘The Rise Of Chaos’

Tuetonic titans of tumultuous thrash metal, Germany’s Accept, will return with their fourth outing for Nuclear Blast Records on August 4th. Titled ‘The Rise Of Chaos‘, will continue the tradition of its most recent three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision. The longrunning, legendary band seem to only be getting better and better with the passage of time and it is safe to say the new album will bolster that fact.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments: “The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover is our last stage set – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”

Accept TRoC LP

The Rise Of Chaos tracklisting:

“Die By The Sword”
“Hole In The Head”
“The Rise Of Chaos”
“Koolaid”
“No Regrets”
“Analog Man”
“What’s Done Is Done”
“Worlds Colliding”
“Carry The Weight”
“Race To Extinction”

And if this wasn’t enough, Accept will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Accept WOA

BARONESS And Guitarist Pete Adams Amicably Part Ways; Replacement Introduced

*Pete Adams (second from left) with Baroness

Long-time Baroness guitarist Pete Adams (also of the fantastic band Valkyrie) have amicably parted ways the band has reported. Pete’s departure is being fueled for reasons including spending less time on the road and making time to focus on a burgeoning non-music business and his home life.

Both Pete and Baroness leader John Baizley commented on this latest turn of events with Pete sharing: “I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness. Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

At the same time, John adds: “I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band. Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads. Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.”

 

*Gina Gleason pictured with Baroness, second from left
Baroness have added guitar player Gina Gleason (pictured second from left above), a Philadelphia native who Baizley, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson are excited to have on board:

“With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound. Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike. Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

Baizley, adds: “I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us. We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


GRAVES AT SEA Shove Off On The Cold Dead Hands Tour 2017

Portland, Oregon’s sludge/doom heavyweights Graves At Sea are officially on tour in the U.S. as of right this moment. Dubbed The Cold Dead Hands Tour 2017, the trek kicked off yesterday evening in Boise, Idaho and will close June 16th on their home turf in Oregon. The run includes performances at 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Washington. See all remaining dates below.

Graves At Sea are touring in support of their 2016 debut full-length album, The Curse That Is. Engineered by Greg Wilkinson (Noothgrush, Brainoil) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB), The Curse That Is melds walls of feedback-laden sound with gargantuan riffs that burden and crush one with the weight of mountains. The Curse That Is is out now on Relapse Records. For physical orders visit Relapse.com HERE. For digital orders go to the Graves At Sea Bandcamp page HERE where you can also stream the record in its densely savage entirety.

 GRAVES AT SEA [remaining dates]:

6/01/2017 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
6/02/2017 71 Grind Fest @ Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
6/05/2017 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/06/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/07/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
6/08/2017 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
6/09/2017 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/16/2017 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR

– Pat ‘Riot’ WhitakerGAS Tour


WITCHTHROAT SERPENT Stream ‘Striped Dragon’ Single

France-based doom stalwarts Witchthroat Serpent will release their new single Striped Dragon on June 15 through Svart Records. The newest offering from guitarist/vox Fredrik Bolzann, drummer Niko Lass and bassist Lo Klav finds the trio adding some psyche-heavy flourishes to this superb selection. The song and its B-side were recorded live at Drudenhaus Studio during the sessions for the band’s previous release, 2016’s Sang-Dragon. It is arriving just in time for the trio’s upcoming road trek (dates below).

Striped Dragon” is presented in a deluxe gatefold cover, a carefully-crafted work of art by Branca Studio. This piece is limited to 300 copies and is a one-time pressing.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

WITCHTHROAT SERPENTRISING SUN TOUR” June 2017:

19/06 BE Antwerpen “Kid’s Kaffee”
20/06 GER Berlin “Tiefgrund”
21/06 GER Dresden “Ostpol”
22/06 GER Leipzig “Black label Pub”
23/06 GER Nuremberg “Kunstverein”
24/06 GER Munich “St Helena Festival”
25/06 FR Paris “Dr Feelgood”


METAL CHURCH ‘Reset’ With New Official Video

The well-rejuvenated legends in Metal Church have just dropped their official video for the song ‘Reset‘ from their amazing latest album release, ‘XI‘. The video was directed by Jamie Brown for Smokin’ Gun Video Productions while the album XI is out now from Rat Pak Records and features the return of earlier vocalist Mike Howe. The band also recently announced the departure of drummer Jeff Plate and welcomed his replacement, Stet Howland (WASP, Four By Fate), to the fold.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

MC XI


KRYPTONITE (King Diamond, Mustasch, Eclipse, Etc. Members) Reveal Debut’s Details; Video Premiere

I recently shared a blurb on the Taste Nation LLC Facebook timeline about with an introduction to the new Swedish band Kryptonite. Today I am happy to bring you all a full article with more details about the band, their upcoming debut album and an Official Video premiere from said album as well. The video is for a track titled ‘Chasing Fire‘ which hails from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut due on August 4th from Frontiers Music SRL.

Kryptonite itself is a special project that began when The Poodles’ Jakob Samuel and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio decided to pursue putting together a band after working on another project. Soon they had brought in former The Poodles bassist Pontus Egberg (now in King Diamond and Treat) who was then followed by Robban Back of Mustasch (ex-Eclipse). The final piece of a guitarist soon fell to Mike Palace of the band Palace, a younger and extremely talented, impressive player.

The band Kryptonite play a more melodic style of rock music, not far removed from what many might call AOR Music. Of course that means it is more radio-friendly content and when it comes to exposure or increasing ones’ fanbase then there is nothing wrong with that. Check out Kryptonite for yourself via the clip for ‘Chasing Fire‘ below.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Kryptonite LP

Tracklisting:

“Chasing Fire”
“This Is The Moment”
“Keep The Dream Alive”
“Fallen Angels”
“Across The Water”
“Love Can Be Stronger”
“Knowing Both Of Us”
“Get Out Be Gone”
“One Soul”
“Better Than Yesterday”
“No Retreat No Surrender”