Sludgecore Leviathans MASTIFF Debut Disgusting New Video 'Brainbleed'

Sludgecore Leviathans MASTIFF Debut Disgusting New Video 'Brainbleed'

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"Churning pestilence and pervasive darkness." 4K - Kerrang Magazine
"Exhilarating agony." 8/10 - Metal Hammer 
"Ungodly amounts of disgust." - Metal Injection 
"An onslaught of savage music." -
"I’m really happy we can name bands after dogs now." - Metal Sucks 
"MASTIFF have delivered the album we need." - Distorted Sound Magazine

Sludgecore leviathans MASTIFF have released their latest single, 'Brainbleed', taken from the critically acclaimed new album, Plague, which was unleashed upon an unsuspecting and quite frankly unprepared public last Friday, 1st February via APF Records.

Brainbleed is a 44 second savage, blink and you'll miss it, sensory assault. 

The UK's premier misery spreaders MASTIFF have gained worldwide notoriety,  applause and disgusted confusion from metal outlets for their abrasive blend of churning sludge and formidable hardcore, creating a release dominated by raw, unadorned aggression and volatility. 

Plague is the band’s first full-length album on APF Records, and represents the misanthropic quintet at their most intense and unrelenting. Born of their disgust at humanity’s false nature, and the way in which our deceit and lies spread through social media, Plague is the culmination of a lifetime of frustration, hatred and sorrow, filtered through the most brutal and pummelling material MASTIFF have ever concocted.

Across eight tracks of mutable anger, raw power and bitter resignation, MASTIFF manage to capture the sound of a country in its death throes.  From the opening blast of ‘Hellcircle’ to the apocalyptic finality of ‘Black Death’, the album is a work of nail-biting extremity, and finds the band veering wildly from Nails-esque grind into the depths of harrowing doom. The end result, a band that sounds like it’s trying to rip itself apart through music.

Plague is out NOW via APF Records. Ltd edition vinyl orders are available via APF Records here. CD and digital orders available here. Stream on Spotify here

Catch the band live:
21st Feb – Coventry UK: The Arches Venue (supporting King Witch)
22nd Feb – Stevenage UK: Red Lion

23rd Feb - Newcastle Under Lyme UK: The Freebird 
2nd Mar – London UK: The Black Heart

18th May - Manchester UK: Rebellion (supporting Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard / Witchsorrow)

Find out more about the band 
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O.R.k. release new single 'Black Blooms' featuring System Of A Down's Serj Tankian

O.R.k. release new single 'Black Blooms' featuring System Of A Down's Serj Tankian

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O.R.k. have revealed their new single & video for 'Black Blooms', which features their collaboration with the iconic System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming album Ramagehead which is due for release on 22nd February 2019 via Kscope

Check out 'Black Blooms' here:

O.R.k. features Italy’s celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto (drums), Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone (guitars). 

Colin Edwin explains how the collaboration with Serj Tankian came about:

The involvement of Serj Tankian came about through legendary producer Bill Laswell, who played bass on Lef's 2018 solo album Hypersomniac. Laswell passed a copy of Hypersomniac to Serj, who was impressed enough to also check out O.R.k. and our previous two albums. This led directly to Lef and Serj connecting and discussing potentially collaborating at some point; it was just at the time we were working on Ramagehead, so of course a suggestion had to be made. Lef sent him the tracks as a ‘work in progress’ and from this, Serj himself chose 'Black Blooms' as the song he wished to sing and work with us on.”

He continues, “the development of 'Black Blooms' took a few unexpected turns as we all contributed along the way, Pat Mastelotto's masterful drumming added an underlying aspect of urgency I hadn't anticipated on the original demo, and Carmelo Pipitone manages to strike a superlative balance between sensitivity and total fireworks as the song progresses. The atmosphere was always going to be a great context for Lef's vocals, but the biggest surprise was Serj Tankian's involvement, which really amazed me when I first heard it, he's added, not simply a great vocal performance, but the exact amount of extra depth to the framework, to turn it into something truly special, and if I didn't know better, I would have thought 'Black Blooms' was made with him in mind."

The forthcoming album Ramagehead, their first for Kscope, was created from the band’s collective vision, unique influences and a multi-layered reflection of their powerful and engaging live experience. The resulting epic contains all the ingredients of a fiery O.R.k. performance with dark and heavy riffing and mesmeric atmospheres.

Recorded during 2018 at LefMusicStudio (Italy), The Wormhole (USA) and Nightspace (UK), the mixing for Ramagehead was handled by Adrian Benavides and three-time Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (U2Foo FightersNick Cave), the mastering by Michael Fossenkemper, engineering by Benavides and Bill Munyon (King Crimson), cover art by Adam Jones (TOOL) and design by Denis Rodier (SupermanBatmanWonder Woman). The recordings, and involvement of SOAD’s Serj Tankian on 'Black Blooms' solidifies the band's serious intent to use their musical chemistry in exploring the hard-edged possibilities within rock.

Pre-orders of Ramagehead are available here:

O.R.k. have an extensive live campaign planned in support of Ramagehead which will begin in February 2019 with a European and UK headline run, as well as being special guests on the continuing Dissolution Tour with new label mates The Pineapple Thief.

** with The Pineapple Thief

15.02.2019 - Ravenna (IT), Bronson
16.02.2019 - Lugagnano di Sona/Verona (IT), Il Giardino
17.02.2019 - Torino (IT), Spazio 211
19.02.2019 - Perugia (IT), Rework Club
20.02.2019 - Rende (IT), Mood Social Club
21.02.2019 - Bari (IT), Garage Sound
22.02.2019 - Roma (IT), Largo Venue**
23.02.2019 - Milano (IT), Santeria Social Club **
24.02.2019 - Pratteln (CH), Z7 **
26.02.2019 - Stuttgart (DE), LKA Longhorn **
27.02.2019 - Frankfurt (DE), Batschkapp **
28.02.2019 - Strasburg (FR), La Laiterie **
01.03.2019 - Zoetermeer (NL), Borderij ** 
02.03.2019 - Hamburg (DE), Grosse Freiheit 36 **
03.03.2019 - Copenhagen (DK), Store Vega **
05.03.2019 - Stockholm (SE), Nalen **
06.03.2019 - Oslo (NO), Rockefeller **
08.03.2019 - Iserhagen/Hannover (DE), Blues Garage 
10.03.2019 - Cologne (DE), Yard Club 
12.03.2019 - Munich (DE), Backstage
13.03.2019 - Budapest (HU), Durer
14.03.2019 - Nove Mesto nad Vahom (SK), Blue Note
15.03.2019 - Berlin (DE), Musik & Frieden
17.03.2019 - Paris (FR), Petit Bain
19.03.2019 - London (UK), Borderline
20.03.2019 - Newcastle (UK), o2 Academy **
21.03.2019 - Glasgow (UK), St. Luke’s **
22.03.2019 - Manchester (UK), o2 The Ritz **
23.03.2019 - Birmingham (UK), o2 The Institute 2 **
24.03.2019 - Bristol (UK), SWX **

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US Proggers SOURCE announce new album and stream video

US Proggers SOURCE announce new album and stream video

Colorado USA progressive rock three-piece SOURCE have announced the release of new album Totality on March 1st via Pavement Entertainment and have unveiled the first new single / video from the record.

Produced by Ulrich Wild (DeftonesPanteraDethklokWhite ZombieTotality is the band’s second full length and presents a refined evolution of their unique sound. Entwining intelligent composition with melody at the core, you can hear a wide range of influences on Totality including ToolOpeth and Chevelle.

SOURCE are currently on a headline tour of the US, check them out on the following dates:

Feb-01    Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Feb-02    Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS
Feb-03    The Elbow Room, Wichita, KS
Feb-04    The Vanguard Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Feb-05    Zombiez Bar & Grill, Amarillo, TX
Feb-06    Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM      

Formed in 2013 in Boulder Colorado, Benjamin Gleason, Justin Mirarck and Riley Selleck create consciousness-based music through the exploration of flotation tanks, philosophy, meditation, yoga, and other embodiment and mindfulness practices. Their music is an expression of the sensations experienced on this planet, the profoundness of the human experience and the beauty of all that is.

Their debut album Return To Nothing was released in September 2016 on Pavement Entertainment and received a hugely positive response from music fans and press. Accolades included being named Metal Nexus' #1 best album of 2016 and Heavy Music HQ's #9 best progressive metal album of 2016, and their video for single 'memories of yesterday' was supported by Axs TV, Promo Only , Club Com Network and many more.

The success of the record earned them tours with Hellyeah, In Flames, From Ashes to New and TrapT, firmly establishing them in the US rock scene. 2019 will see them tour the US in Jan / Feb in support of the first single ‘Benjamin’, and they will be announcing a full spring tour soon.

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BLACK COAST announce 'Ill Minds Vol 2' EP & release new single 'Weird'

BLACK COAST announce 'Ill Minds Vol 2' EP & release new single 'Weird'

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BLACK COAST have confirmed that they will release Ill Minds Vol 2 on 8th March 2019 via Primordial Records. The follow-up to 2018’s Ill Minds Vol 1, this is the second and final instalment of their EP series and hits harder than ever before. 

To coincide with the announcement, BLACK COAST have released new single 'Weird'. Premiered by Daniel P. Carter on the Radio 1 Rock Show, check it out here:

Stream 'Weird' on Spotify:

BLACK COAST will play alongside Pengshui and Selfworth at Kerrang! Fresh Blood Live in February, hosted by Alex Baker. Tickets for the show sold out in 9 hours. 

Live dates: 

06.02.2019 - Stoke, The Sugarmill (w/ SHVPESThe Five HundredDeath Blooms)
28.02.2019 - London, The Old Blue Last (w/ PengshuiSelfworthSOLD OUT 

A ferocious and relentless assault, Ill Minds Vol 2 is BLACK COAST carving a sound that is both melodic and intense in equal measures. While citing influence from Stray From The Path and Counterparts, the five-piece form their own style and push the boundaries of metallic hardcore. Charlie Hewitt’s fiercely spit vocals convey a raw passion, and when combined with his bandmates’ striking skill set Ill Minds Vol 2 is an exhilarating and captivating listen. 

Formed in January of 2016, BLACK COAST wasted no time in making their voice heard within an over-saturated UK metal scene. With the release of their debut EP Crows Of The North and a plethora of tours that took them to every corner of the country, BLACK COAST have made a name for themselves as one of the most hardworking and exciting bands to emerge in the last few years.

2017 brought the band an unforgettable year: summer saw them support the likes of Stray From The Path before setting out on a full Japanese tour, hitting some of the biggest cities in the country including Tokyo and Nagoya. The band followed this up with performances alongside GideonIn Hearts Wakeand Silent Screams. 2018 saw BLACK COAST keep up the tireless work ethic, touring alongside warsDeath RemainsThe Family and MSRY, supporting KING 810 and releasing Ill Minds Vol 1, which saw support from Kerrang! Radio, Metal Hammer, BBC Introducing Stoke and more.

With the release of the pummelling Ill Minds Vol 2 and more touring in the worksBLACK COAST will continue their rise in 2019 and beyond. 

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RADAR Festival launches and announces first wave of bands

RADAR Festival launches and announces first wave of bands


RADAR Festival has launched, announcing its first wave of bands for the inaugural edition. The festival is to be held in Guildford, Surrey, on 2-3rd August in a brand new venue.

The first announcement sets the tone of the festival for future years and marks this new event's ambition. ANIMALS AS LEADERS are the first announced headliners, with MONUMENTS and ROLO TOMASSI, TOSKA, and more. 

Full list:

Animals as Leaders    
Rolo Tomassi   
Car Bomb   
Sithu Aye   
No Consequence*   
Valis Ablaze   
Mask of Judas

*back for one night only.

Tickets for the new indoor festival start at £34.99 for a day ticket, or £59.99 for both days. Purchase tickets here:

With their mixture of international talent and confirmed homegrown success, RADAR Festival will position themselves as champions of forward-thinking guitar-led music. The brainchild of two promoters in the South of England, RADAR will be held over two stages at a new indoor location in Guildford, half an hour from London.

Focusing on bands who push boundaries across the musical spectrum, RADAR will become a high-point on the UK festival calendar, and a new community for all fans of sonic innovation.

For more information:
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SYLAR release new video and announce US headline tour

SYLAR release new video and announce US headline tour

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SYLAR have streamed their new video for 'SHOOK!', and announced their first ever US headline tour, with support from Varials and GroundCulture, plus a Special Guest (TBA).

Watch 'SHOOK!' here:
'SHOOK!' on Spotify:
'SHOOK!' on Apple Music:

The video follows the band's new LP Seasons, released via Hopeless Records in October 2018.

Order Seasons here:


4/18 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium (Upstairs)
4/20  — Pittsburgh, PA — Mr. Smalls Theater
4/21  — Philadelphia, PA — The Foundry at The Fillmore
4/23  —  Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory
4/24 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
4/25 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade (Hell)
4/27 — Houston, TX — So What?! Music Festival*
4/28 — New Orleans, LA — House of Blues 
4/29 — Corpus Christi, TX — House of Rock
5/01 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
5/02 — Memphis, TN — Growlers
5/04 — Dallas, TX — Curtain Club 
5/05 — Springfield, MO — Outland Ballroom
5/07 — St. Louis, MO — Fubar
5/08 —  Indianapolis, IN — Hoosier Dome
5/09 — Kent, OH — Outpost
5/10 — Columbus, OH — The Basement 
5/11 — Rockingham, NC — Epicenter Festival*
5/12 — Louisville, KY — The Tiger Room
5/14 — Chicago, IL — Beat Kitchen
5/15 — Lawrence, KS — Granada Theater
5/17 — Denver, CO — The Marquis
5/18 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
5/20 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile 
5/21 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
5/23 — Sacramento, CA — Holy Diver
5/24 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
5/25 — Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy
5/26 — Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction 
5/28 — San Diego, CA — Soma
5/29 — Scottsdale, AZ — Club Red West
5/30 — Albuquerque, NM — Launchpad
6/01 — San Antonio, TX — The Rock Box

SYLAR is a celebration of self-expression, against a backdrop of down-tuned bounce, stadium ready choruses, and streetwise hip-hop flavor. The Queens, New York sonic stomp squad are positioned as a new voice for the voiceless, unapologetically championing the underdog, reigniting the rap/rock genre, and doing it all with style.

They’ve taken the melodic might of Linkin Park, the swagger of Limp Bizkit, the atmosphere of Deftones, the straightforward bounce of P.O.D. and the heaviness of Marilyn Manson, and forged something uniquely their own, blazing a new path of individuality within metalcore.  

SYLAR became road dogs in the process, winning over crowds on lengthy runs with BeartoothAtillaIce Nine KillsInsane Clown PosseIssuesMemphis May Fire, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as stops at major festivals like Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range, and the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival. 



Jayden Panesso (Vocals)

Dustin Jennings (Guitar)

Miguel Cardona (Guitar/Vocals)

Travis Hufton (Bass)

Cody Ash (Drums)

FROM SORROW TO SERENITY announce forthcoming LP and release new single

FROM SORROW TO SERENITY announce forthcoming LP and release new single


Scottish groove metal band FROM SORROW TO SERENITY have announced their keenly-awaited second LP, Reclaim, to be released 22nd March via Long Branch Records.

The band have also released their storming new single 'We Are Liberty', streaming now.

Watch the video:

Pre-order the album:

Reclaim follows the band's 2017 stand-alone single 'Golden Age', and is the first album with new frontman Gaz King (ex-Nexilva).

Following the release of 'Golden Age', FROM SORROW TO SERENITY followed up with relentless touring, which included sold out UK tours with Jinjer and Heart of a Coward respectively, as well as being hand-picked to support Fit For An Autopsy. The band then signed to Long Branch Records and premiered the first single from 'Reclaim' in February 2018.

FSTS entered the studio in September 2018 to begin the recording process at their own studio in Glasgow, Scotland. Guitarist and songwriter Steven Jones (also of Bleed From Within) took the helm on recording, production and mixing, with mastering handled by Ermin Hamidovic(ArchitectsPeripheryBury Tomorrow) at Systematic Productions in Melbourne, Australia.

Album artwork was painted by James Banks at his studio, also in Glasgow, Scotland, with packaging and layout handled by Daniel Wagner in Los Angeles, California.

FROM SORROW TO SERENITY will be touring Japan with Betraying the Martyrs in May.


Gaz King - Vocals
Steven Jones - Guitars
Andrew Simpson - Bass
Ian Baird - Drums

Norwegian rockers TEMPEL announce debut LP

Norwegian rockers TEMPEL announce debut LP


Norwegian rockers TEMPEL announce their debut self-titled full-length, due March 22nd via Jansen Records.

In a first reveal interview with Kerrang!, the quartet are also streaming their first single from Tempel.

Listen to 'Wolves' here:

Pre-order the record:

The dark riff-lords were formed by Kvelertak drummer Kjetil Gjermundrød with his brothers Espen and Inge, and childhood friend Andreas Espolin JohnsonTEMPEL combine old-school metal with classic rock and blackened hardcore to create something highly entertaining and utterly irrestistable, with nods to KylesaMastodon, and of course Kvelertak.

The band tell Kerrang! "TEMPEL mixes a wider range of genres and sounds. We are softer yet harder. And maybe a bit more progressive at times... You also get thrash metal and even some doom from TEMPEL".

Although still only on their debut release, TEMPEL have already toured Germany, Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, an impressive feat for a new group.

Live, drummer Kjetil has stepped aside due to his busy schedule with Kvelertak, handing the drumsticks to young powerhouse Jonas Usterud Rønningen, without lessening the group’s sonic impact one decibel.


Espen Gjermundrød - Guitar
Inge Gjermundrød - Bass and lead vocals
Jonas Usterud Rønningen - Drums (live)
Kjetil Gjermundrød - Drums
Andreas Espolin Johnsen - Guitar

Norwegian deathpop quartet BLOOD COMMAND announce new EP

Norwegian deathpop quartet BLOOD COMMAND announce new EP


The critically acclaimed, unique Norwegian quartet BLOOD COMMAND have announced their forthcoming EP Return Of The Arsonist, due 19th April via Fysisk Format.


The band will be releasing their first single from the EP - 'Afraid of Water' - on 8th February.

The self-described 'deathpop' group are a one-of-a-kind proposition. Hardcore meets metal meets pop meets punk, the band have previously been called 'one of the world's best kept secrets' by Rock Sound, received one of the Albums of the Year in Kerrang!, and applauded by Metal Hammer.

The news follows the band's successful tour support with Rolo Tomassi at the end of 2018, and is a conceptual successor to 2011's Hand Us The Alphamale EP, specifically the opening track 'Summon the Arsonists'.

BLOOD COMMAND have shared the stage with RefusedTragedyComeback Kid, and Gallows, to name a few; and have played The Great Escape2000trees and Roskilde festivals.

Stay tuned for further news on the band's European tour support with Skindred, postponed until November.

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