SWORN ENEMY BRING THEIR METALLIC HARDCORE TO THE UK
IN SUPPORT OF ANTHRAX AND MUNICIPAL WASTE
Three Vinyl Reissues Coming Early Next Year – Available to Pre-Order Now
New York metallic hardcore masters SWORN ENEMY begin their run opening for the legendary ANTHRAX and this generation’s crossover kings MUNICIPAL WASTE Tuesday in Birmingham, England for the next week + of shows.
"It's really exciting to be part of the upcoming Anthrax tour. I've been a huge fan since their early days," states singer Sal Lococo. "Not only are we touring with1 of the big 4, but we also get to support Municipal Waste! The UK doesn't know what they are in for!"
SWORN ENEMY's most recent album, ‘Gamechanger,’ was released in April 2019 by M-Theory Audio. The album – produced by Robb Flynn of Machine Head and engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Warbringer) – featured 11 tracks of punishing metallic force that expertly fused the hardcore spirit, thrash metal energy, and metallic groove that have fueled the Queens, NY band from day one. ‘Gamechanger’ was praised by Cryptic Rock as “a brazen album of guts, honor, and respect,” earned plaudits from Dead Rhetoric for its “massive chugging riffs/breakdowns,” and was applauded by Metal Temple for being “heady, rabid, and ready to fuck your shit up.”
The group just released a video for “The Consequence” featuring footage edited by guitarist Matt Garzilli of the guys recording ‘Gamechanger’ at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland.
SWORN ENEMY first burst onto the scene after being signed by Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, who released the group's first two EPs on his Stillborn Recordings label in 2001 and 2002. He also produced the band's full-length debut, “As Real As It Gets,” memorably praised by Lambgoat as “music that inspires you to want to beat the living piss out of the next unsuspecting person who walks in the room.” The album was released by Elektra Records in 2003, a year that saw the band deliver memorable performances on tour with Ozzfest. The band has also performed alongside a bevy of heavy metal greats, including Mastodon, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Dying Fetus, Earth Crisis, Madball, Biohazard, Sacred Reich, Vio-lence, Overkill, Shadows Fall, Nuclear Assault and Hatebreed.
The years between “As Real As It Gets” and “Gamechanger” saw the band release four additional records, three of which – 2006's “The Beginning of the End,” 2007's “Maniacal,” and 2009's “Total World Domination” - will be reissued on colored vinyl with liner notes by Sal Lococo in early 2023 by M-Theory Audio. Pre-Order now available from the official label webstore HERE.
Sworn Enemy supporting Anthrax and Municipal Waste
Sept. 27 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, England
Sept. 29 – Academy – Manchester, England
Sept. 30 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, Scotland
Oct. 1 – O2 City Hall – Newcastle, England
Oct 3 – O2 Academy – Leeds, England
Oct. 4 – Rock City – Nottingham, England
Oct 6 – Academy – Bristol, England
Oct. 8 – Brixton Academy – London, England
GRAVESHADOW Debut “The Betrayer” Music Video
More Live Shows Announced
The Sacramento-based quintet GRAVESHADOW – who deftly mixes symphonic/gothic metal with elements and influences from a variety of styles to create something epic, progressive, melodic and powerful - release a brand-new music video for “The Betrayer” from their recently release comeback album, ‘The Uncertain Hour’ which can be seen HERE.
The footage that comprises the clip was shot on the band’s recent west coast headlining tour from a show at Seattle’s Funhouse venue by Karl Whinnery, bassist from tour and labelmates Vintersea.
"The Betrayer' was written with the intention of continuing the more power metal direction that was introduced with the release of [the first single] 'Gwynnbleidd,'" explains guitarist Aaron Robitsch. [Guitarist] Will also wanted to make more use of guitar harmonies, and I think this song showcases that well. It also continues a theme we have become known for - lyrics about World of Warcraft."
"This song became an early favorite of mine during the recording process. Aaron worked out the idea to have a video shot while we were on tour and the fantastic Karl Whinnery from Vintersea helped us out by shooting it," states guitarist William Lloyd Walker. "Really happy with how it came out a huge thank to Karl for helping us put this together."
GRAVESHADOW's third album, 'The Uncertain Hour,' was produced by Miss May I guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe (Clutch, War Of Ages), mastered by Alberto De Icaza (Crobot, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist) and features artwork by Roman Ismaylov (Battle beast, Beast In Black). It sees a new lineup for GRAVESHADOW now augmented by the newfound energy that has been brought into the band by the soaring melocid performance of new vocalist "Rachl "Raxx" Quinn and the rumbling rhythm section of new bassist Luci Rae and new drummer Bones Padilla (ex-Cultural Warfare). The returning guitar duo of William Lloyd Walker and Aaron Robitsch once again deliver a beautiful display of guitar histrionics that tastefully mix searing shred with warm melody, while Aaron even adds some harsh backing vocals. GRAVESHADOW are back on the scene with a story to tell. Intertwining melodic highs and crushing lows to sweep listeners away on a journey of self-discovery, loss and the will to carry on.
Jewelcase CDs and limited edition vinyl (200 copies) of 'The Uncertain Hour' are available in stores or can be ordered online HERE, as well as digital download/streaming.
Three digital singles and videos have been released in the buildup for the album. The first taste of new music from the reformed lineup came with The Witcher inspired song “Gwynnebleidd” way back in May 2020. It proved the revamped quintet could create new music and be accepted by their existing fanbase and a new audience. Collaborating on more new music further sessions continued and were evidenced by “Soldier Of 34” and “The Swordsman” (the latter even featuring guest vocals from Chelsea Murphy of Dawn of Ouroboros, Cailleach Calling and Tegmentum).
Additionally, GRAVESHADOW will perform two shows in Northern California next month with direct support on both shows coming from buzzworthy So Cal band Our Dying World.
Upcoming GRAVESHADOW live shows:
10/14 Cafe Colonial - Sacramento, CA
10/15 Hotel Utah Saloon - San Francisco, CA
Alternative Metal Band MORDRED Release ‘Demonic #7’ Music Video
Featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy
The influential San Francisco alternative thrash metal act MORDRED have revealed a new music video for “Demonic #7,” which can be viewed HERE. The video is the latest visual piece for the band’s first new album in over 25 years, ‘The Dark Parade’ which was shot and edited by Eddie Granillo (Instagram @kept1) and stars Testament vocalist Chuck Billy as… the devil.
"The way I remember it, Eddie and Jeff [Gomes], our drummer came up with the Chuck Billy devil storyline. It was Szandora LaVey [daughter of the infamous Anton LaVey] who was able to talk Chuck into painting him up when she came with the red paint, devil horns and the idea of being demon ladies," explains singer Scott Holderby about the behind-the-scenes process.
"Szan and Edie Eve choreographed all of their moves, and our good friend Larry Chandeler did all of the animations and post-production so that Eddie could edit. It was a really fun shoot, despite a dry ice debacle, but oh well, we had our personal smoke machine to puff it up. It was also nice that our seventh band member Chris Powell could be in the video (as he helped write the song and played on the recording of it). Ken Mooney crushed his part too (he's actually a great singer in real life0. The are realms even lower than hell..."
MORDRED continues to promote ‘The Dark Parade’ with more videos and live shows in the works. In recent months the band recently completed west coast shows with Defiance, a festival appearance at Blades of Steel in WI and a trip to Europe to play Hellfest in France. Next up Sept. 30th headlining Club Fox in Redwood City, CA.