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Bornstellar

UTG PREMIERE: Bornstellar – ‘Self Destruct’ EP

Less than a year after coming together in the name of rock and roll, Bornstellar have written and recorded a killer EP that demands your full attention.

It’s hard to know what to write about Bornstellar that hasn’t already been said in a dozen other articles found here on UTG. Founded in December 2013, this hard rock outfit hail from South Carolina with a sound that blends elements of hard and alternative rock with just enough mainstream magic in the mix to have broad appeal. Their new release, the Self Destruct EP, features five great tracks that will have you …

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Best Video Of The Week? Nice Hooves Unleash “Warpaint Is Not A Mask”

Nice Hooves are a band that I have known existed for less than three hours, but I am quickly becoming a fan of their frenzied take on the place where modern hard rock meets punk.

Today, Nice Hooves released the official video for their latest single, “Warpaint Is Not A Mask.” It’s the type of song that offers the kind of in-your-face take on rock that made bands like The Refused a household name, only this time it’s channeled through a slew of post-Y2k influences that give the entire production a nice modern edge. In fact, one UTG writer described …

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UTG PHOTOS: Black Label Society & Down (5/10/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph The Revolver Golden Gods Tour on May 10, 2014.

Over 2,000 members of the BLS New York Chapter gathered Saturday night for a sold-out evening of metal music. The stacked lineup included Black Label Society, Down, Devil You Know and Butcher Babies.

It was satisfying seeing the proud display of heavy music in Times Square. Tourists passing by and looking at the sold-out marquee for the likes of Zakk Wylde and Phil Anselmo is just as satisfying to watch as …

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STREAM: Cities And Years – “Situations” And “Buried”

Over a month ago, we posted a small teaser from Michigan heavy rock band Cities And Years, where they had teased to us all a small glimpse of some new music. Well today is a very lucky day for everyone, as they have released not one, but two brand new tracks to the music world. These tracks take a progressive leap forward from their past EP, TRUTH, and fans of Comeback Kid, AFI, and Sum 41 will instantly get attached to Cities And Years.

You can stream their two newest tracks, called “Situations” and “Buried,” right after the …

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UTG TV: Twelve Foot Ninja Celebrate Their Revolver Golden Gods Award

“Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down,” reads a Snapple cap I’ve just exchanged with Stevic, lead guitarist of Twelve Foot Ninja. He’s mildly interested and certainly exhausted. In our brief walk together it became clear how intellectual and curious his mind really was. By this point, he was mainly concentrated on the speculative conversation that we’d been having over dinner with the band members and Zach from Metal Insider.

Over pizza we discussed everything from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight to Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper; but that was the least exciting part of our night. …

Relief In Sleep

MUSIC VIDEO: Relief In Sleep – “Sleepwalker”

If you need some hard rock music in your life, then Relief In Sleep may be a band you want to check out. They recently signed to Imminence Records, and will be releasing their self-titled full length album via the label on April 1. One of the singles off the album is titled “Sleepwalker,” and today the group is proud to finally reveal the music video for it. You can check out the visuals for yourself by taking a look below.

You can pre-order a digital copy of their album by heading on over to Bandcamp. When you pre-order …

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Lionfight Release “Uncle Ben” Music Video

Just a week after releasing their debut EP, Chicago rock outfit Lionfight have released a brand new music video.

Built around a single performance, “Uncle Ben” showcases that eye-catching stage presence of Lionfight against bright lights and dark backdrops. The track is essentially a riot set to music, and the energy shown from the members in the clip is fittingly frantic. You can view the video below.

We featured a track-by-track with Lionfight earlier this month. Click here to learn the story behind their debut EP.

Speaking of that new release, anyone interested in learning more about Lionfight’s music can …

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Motley Crue Confirm ‘Final Tour,’ Reveal Routing

Motley Crue held their highly-anticipated news conference in Los Angeles this afternoon, and as expected they announced plans to embark on their final tour later this year.

Dubbed ‘The Final Tour,’ Motley Crue’s last run together will see them visiting arenas around the globe over the course of several months. The aging metal outfit will kick things off this summer with a July 2 performance in Grand Rapids, then proceed to visit many cities around the nation before taking their show overseas. Alice Cooper will serve as direct support.

The tour dates for Motley Crue’s final run were …

ICE-T

UTG TV: Ice-T Q&A At CBGB Music & Film Festival

“When it’s all said and done, no ones gonna remember what I had. They’re going to remember what I said,” proclaims Ice-T. “If you tell the truth, it will always be relevant.”

The past month has been a serious onslaught of concerts, film screenings, press events, and more for the New York City area. Between CMJ and CBGB’s you couldn’t walk ten feet without finding another great exposition of artistic integrity.

One event UTG was fortunate to sit in on was an intimate press conference with notorious rapper, actor, and entrepreneur, Ice-T. He discussed everything you could imagine. The reunion …

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Reactions Stream Cover Of Ke$ha’s “Thinking Of You”

Earlier this week I was thinking that it had been a moment since we had a good, ridiculous cover to feature on the site. Then, as if the heavens above (or devil below) heard my cries, the following track found its way to our inbox.

After teasing the release of a new cover if the group hit certain numbers on a Facebook post, Reactions have released a cover of Ke$ha’s revenge-loving track, “Thinking Of You.” The song details the songstress’ reflection on a lover from the days before she was as famous as she is now, and the angst added …

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Madina Lake Confirm Break Up; Plan Final EP

We have been keeping quiet on this story, but a few of our AbsoluteVoices brethren have been following its development for the last few weeks. Madina Lake, probably most well known for their hit “Here I Stand,” have confirmed what many have been saying for weeks and will indeed be splitting up in the near future.

Confirmation of the impending split was made by bassist Matthew Leone, who explained the decision with a short message to fans. His letter reads:

“We feel content and grateful for the ambitious goal and dream we’ve been able to realize with this project, and

The Bronx

REVIEW: The Bronx – IV

Artist: The Bronx
Album: IV
Genre: Hardcore/Punk
Label: White Drugs

I’m tempted to write that it’s business as usual here for The Bronx, but doing so feels like a disservice. The simply-titled IV (as in, their fourth eponymous album) is a model of cast-iron efficiency, utilising all the toughness and relish and jarring qualities that permeate their work, and yet it’s something more elegant and refined than that description might imply. IV is easily good enough to count among the punk stalwarts of the new year but it has a light and, at times, tender touch that gives it …