News And New Music Roundup: High On Fire, Shape of Despair, Prurient, Refused, Symphony X And More!

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If by some unholy miracle you missed that High On Fire’s seventh full-length – Luminiferous – is coming out on June 23th on eOne Music then plz go and die, rid the world of your worthless existence you can congratulate yourself for having kept off the interwebs for quite some time. High on Fire have always delivered and De Vermis Mysteriis of 2012 was a surprisingly good effort from the band reaching to their best recordings so one might say I am eager to hear their latest effort. Last year the band released “Slave The Hive” as a Scion AV- single and even though it was good I wasn’t super impressed, apparently it’s going to be on the album – hopefully re-recorded. Anyways here’s “The Black Plot” an all-new song. [Disclaimer: I went back and listened to StH, it’s actually very good.]

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Shape of Despair have released yet another single from their upcoming comeback album (pretty sure you can call 10- years of recording inactivity a comeback). “The Distant Dream Of Life” is the shortest song on Monotony Fields and supposedly the catchiest. We’ll see on June 15th. In the meanwhile I recommend this track to all of you, even if funeral doom isn’t exactly your thing because it is indeed a rather upbeat and catchy song. I have not exactly been sure what to think of the previous songs, despite feeling good something that used to be an integral part of SoD seemed gone. That something isn’t back here but the song is the best we have yet heard from the album. You should be able to stream it here, here or here.

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HOT DAD RELEASED A NEW EP AND I’M NOT MASTERJOE OR EVEN YOUR AVERAGE DOKTER TRASHNKILL SO I’LL JUST SHOUT IN ALL CAPS AND LEAVE YOU THE BANDCAMP PLAYER TO THIS EP THAT WILL BE REGARDED BY THE FUTURE GENERATIONS AS AN ESSENTIAL MASTERPIECE OF OUR TIME… or not, whatever. I kinda, actually have started to like this. Fuck me, right.

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June 30th will finally see Refused join the ranks of reuniting more-than-just-nostalgia legends with their “musically most radical” album – Freedom. I still stand by what I said last time, which was: ” ‘Elektra’ already sounds better than anything on TSoPTC.” Now the band have premiered another song and you can stream it below. It sounds alright, I’m unsure of what to think about this one.

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The world’s only reindeer-metal band A.R.G are streaming their new album Redemption From Refaim in full at this location. I wasn’t impressed by the lyric video they previously premiered posted (or the song it contained) but if I was to judge their semi-death-metallic-reindeer-thrash by the first song on the album, “Overlord”, I would give it a rather high score. I haven’t gotten any further yet but by the time you read this I most likely have an opinion on the rest of the album as well.


Symphony X have released a new song – Nevermore – from their upcoming album Underworld out on July 24th. Russel Allen sounds good but less so than I’d like, song sounds like SymphoX and not far removed from the vein of Iconoclast. You’ll probably dig it more than I do but I didn’t mind jamming it, once.

Additionally

  • Unleash The Archers released a new song “Tonight We Ride”, this is where you can hear it.
  • August will see W.A.S.P release their yet unnamed 15th studio album, according Aunt-Alma also known as Blackie Lawless, the album will continue in the vein of it’s nearest predecessor – Babylon – released in ’09
  • If for some reason you did not check out Cult of Endtime’s In Charnel Lights, a very good Finnish Death Metal album, after I blurbed it on the last ThisToiletTuesday this is what I had to say about it: “In Charnel Lights sounds massive as it sways between fast punishment and slower, doom-y sections. It’s heavy and riff-oriented as death metal is wont to do but the band finds room for melodies as well. Occasionally CoE removes themselves quite far from their template, riffing in the spirit of stoner-blues but never do they sound like a herd gone astray.” And this is where you can stream it in full.
  • Speaking of kick-ass FinnDeath here is the full stream of Shrapnel Storm’s debut full-length Mother War, if death metal in the vein of Bolt Thrower is something you enjoy this is something you are obliged to try. The stream is up until Friday.
  • Nile announced a new album What Should Not Be Unearthed to be released on August 28th
  • Fear Factory announced a new album Genexus to be released on August 7th
  • Maruta’s Remain Dystopian can now be streamed in full over at… here (I feel so dirty, ugh)
  • Oh and finally, Prurient will be embarking on a tour in support of Frozen Niagara Falls, This will be Prurient’s first U.S tour in seven years and will be in support of Godflesh. Dates are:

 

09/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

09/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Fest

09/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

09/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

09/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

09/17 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

09/18 – Montreal, QC @ POP Montreal

09/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

09/21 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues

09/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall

09/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar

09/24 – Pontiac, MI @ Thr Crofoot

09/25 – Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival

09/27 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

09/28 – Vancouver, BY @ Venue Nightclub

09/29 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

10/03 – Pamona, CA @ The Glass House

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