Canadian Thrashers HAZZERD Debut Tuning Room Music Video For 'Waking Nightmare'
HAZZERD, one of thrash metal's most exciting young contenders, have released a music video for their song “Waking Nightmare,” which captures the raw energy of the Calgary-based quartet as they jam the track live in their rehearsal room (guitarist Toryin Schadlich's basement). Check out the clip – which also features additional conceptual footage by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions (The Absence, Ayreon) – HERE.
“Waking Nightmare” is a standout track from HAZZERD's sophomore recording, “Delirium,” which has received extensive praise since its January release, including Sonic Perspectives calling it “an album that embodies the best of thrash and heavy metal,” while Metal Injection wrote “rip-roaring… leaves absolutely no survivors in its wake.” The album – which is available on CD, digital and limited-edition colored vinyl – was mixed and mastered by Johnny Gasparic (Into Eternity) and features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch). To order please click HERE for options internationally.
Says drummer/vocalist Dylan Westendorp, “Waking Nightmare is one of our favorites off the new album, as it is super-aggressive and fast with a melodic build-up intro. The song itself was written about sleep paralysis and how scary that situation can be. A number of people have reported waking up in the middle of the night unable to move and seeing things that aren’t actually there, like monsters, demons, and other apparitions. The video was shot by a local production company called Russman Productions. We were going for that underground/thrash feeling for the video, and we think we got it.”
HAZZERD was initially formed by Westendorp and guitarist Brendan Malycky, two Calgary teens who were inspired by the early work of thrash legends such as Overkill, Metallica and Anthrax. After solidifying their lineup with the addition of bassist David Sprague and lead guitarist Schadlich, the group recorded their full-length debut, “Misleading Evil,” which was released via Canada's World War Now Records. Featuring cover art by Bouzikov, the record was praised by Metal-Temple.com as “one of the strongest thrash releases of 2017,” while Dead Rhetoric called the album “an exhilarating aural ride” with a “Maiden/Priest-meets-early Metallica vibe.”
Last year, HAZZERD caught the attention of M-Theory Audio after being featured on Gimme Radio, where Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine championed the group as a promising thrash hopeful. He also included the band on his personal list of record collection picks, where HAZZERD were one of only two up-and-coming artists listed (the other being Power Trip).
In recent years, HAZZERD has performed alongside the likes of Striker, Vicious Rumors, Archspire, Spellcaster and Grim Reaper in addition to playing noted Canadian festivals such as Loud As Hell and Armstrong MetalFest. Lately, the group completed a successful string of shows across Canada with Hatchet.
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French Hardcore Group STINKY Unveils Music Video For
"Strangers With Familiar Faces"
New album 'Of Lost Things' June 12; new tour dates announced
The French quintet STINKY – whose metallic hardcore “makes you feel like you can headbutt through a brick wall,” according to Midlands Metalheads Radio – have unveiled a music video for the second preview track for their forthcoming third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Of Lost Things.” Check out “Strangers With Familiar Faces” – which debuted via Germany’s Visions magazine – HERE.
According to STINKY vocalist Claire, “Strangers With Familiar Faces” – which is now available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp and other digital platforms – “talks about past relationships, about those people who have had an important place in our lives and who have taken a different path from ours – someone who once mattered, but who today has become a complete stranger.”
Like the band's recently released single “Revival Fire” – the video for which was filmed at France's largest annual metal festival, Hellfest – “Strangers With Familiar Faces” demonstrates the power and ferocity that's captured on “Of Lost Things,” which will now be released on June 12. Pre-orders on digipak CD and limited-edition splatter vinyl are available at HERE, while all digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Strangers With Familiar Faces” and “Revival Fire.”
“Of Lost Things” – which received praise in an advance review by the British music magazine Down For Life for its “monstrous anthems and full-on bangers” – was recorded in part by Fabien Guilloteau (Hacride, The Necromancers) and features cover artwork by Emy Rojas (Clutch, Ministry, Queens of the Stone Age). The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Revival Fire
2. Lame Heart
4. Strangers With Familiar Faces
5. Mind Trapped
9. Made It Home
10. Spring Letter
11. Rough Diamond (Unplugged)
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide” and 2017's “From Dead-End Street.” Along the way, the group has shared the stage with the likes of Sick Of It All, Terror, Walls of Jericho and Millencolin.
While the band's name might seem curious to some, STINKY's music unquestionably passes the smell test. Influenced by the likes of Comeback Kid, Bane, Miles Away and Champion, the band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.
Although the band's April tour of Japan has been postponed, STINKY looks forward to returning to the live stage in their home country at the shows listed below.
30/04/2020 - Warehouse - Warm-Up Hellfest (NANTES) w/ Rise Of The Northstar
04/07/2020 - Plane'r Fest (LYON)
18/07/2020 - Festival La Guerre Du Son (LANDRESSE)
07/08/2020 - Poetfest - (SAINT-SAUVEUR-EN-PUISAYE)
15/08/2020 - Festi'map (PERIGUEUX)
28/08/2020 - Useless Fest (LA FLECHE)
29/08/2020 - Graveyard Fest 3 (RIORGES)
26/09/2020 - Festival Pose Tes S'melles (SAINT-MARS-LA-REORTHE)
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Melodic Death Metal Group VOICES OF RUIN Unveil Music Video For New Song 'Carved Out'
Logan Mader-produced new album 'Path To Immortality' due out April 24
With the April 24 release of their M-Theory Audio debut “Path To Immortality” fast approaching, the Southern California-based melodic death metal quintet VOICES OF RUIN have unveiled a music video, which premiered yesterday via Decibel Magazine, for their powerful new song “Carved Out.” The clip, filmed and edited by Matt Zane (Zakk Wylde, Society 1, Static-X), can be seen HERE.
“Carved Out” – which can now be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms – is also now available as an “instant grat” download with all digital pre-orders of “Path To Immortality.” Physical pre-orders for the album – which was produced by former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, SepticFlesh) and features cover artwork by Par Olofsson (Exodus, Immortal, Revocation) – are available on compact disc and limited-edition splatter vinyl via Bandcamp and the M-Theory Audio webshop and all PRE-ORDER options.
Says vocalist David Barrett, “This song is one hell of a banger that's sure to get your blood moving! With its vicious guitar riffs, infectious chorus and a pummeling rhythm, this tune is a crushing death metal anthem that you'll want to put on repeat! Matt Zane really kicked our asses and pushed us to unleash one of our most energetic performances yet. His attention to detail, as well as his experience behind the camera, really motivated the band to create this dynamic video that we think is one-of-a-kind. The song has an intense lyrical theme, as it tells the story of a deranged stalker who is enraged by his failed life and grotesque image. He sees others who are attractive and living their 'perfect' lives, and this fuels his rage. He hunts them down and carves out their eyes, leaving them trapped between life and afterlife. Crank the fucking volume up and rage to 'Carved Out!'”
VOICES OF RUIN – who describe their sound as an epically-crafted blend of classic heavy metal and modern death metal that also pays homage to the traditional Scandinavian melodic death metal sound – have performed extensively in support of their two self-released albums, 2010's “Into Oblivion” and 2015's “Born From The Dark.” In addition to winning the U.S. Wacken Metal Battle in 2018 – when they bested dozens of unsigned groups to earn the chance to perform at the world's largest annual heavy metal festival – the group has toured Europe with Internal Bleeding and Sacrificial Slaughter; supported Vader across North America on the 2017 “Strike Of The Empire” tour; played in Japan alongside Vader and Hate; and performed extensively in Southern California alongside a number of notable acts, including Morbid Angel, Trivium, Devildriver, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus and Origin.
For the past six years, VOICES OF RUIN have also organized the annual Ruinfest festival, a celebration of California's extreme metal scene that has featured the likes of Fallujah, Exmortus, Pessimist, Skeletal Remains, Helsott and Letum Ascensus.