metal (genre)

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Ill Niño

“All metal bands, whether you’re in your 20s, whether you’re 18…30…40…you obviously want to turn the youth of America into a metalhead.”

Fourteen years ago Cristian Machado stepped up from bass to lead vocals for the NJ based Latin Metal rockers Ill Niño. On July 22 of this year the band dropped their seventh studio album, Till Death, La Familia, via Victory Records. The timing was perfect to coincide with their run on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 alongside Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and many more.

UTG’s John Bazley spoke with Cristian about his time spent on the …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Veil Of Maya

A new Veil of Maya album is coming. We promise. How do we know? Well, because we spoke to them! We caught up with Brandon Butler and Marc Okubo in Scranton, PA at the 2014 Rockstar Mayhem Festival to sit down with the guys and discuss a few things.

Between traveling around the country with the Mayhem Festival and playing one-off dates with Trivium, Emmure, and more, the guys have been keeping busy. That’s a good thing according to vocalist Brandon Butler, who doesn’t know what to do when he’s not performing. On days when he was extremely bored, he’d …

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour Stream Full-Length Album

With only a day away until the release of the new self-titled Darkest Hour album, Sumerian Records has decided to give fans an early listen by streaming the full album online.

Based off of the singles this metal act already released, Darkest Hour was already slowly shaping into becoming one of the most memorable metal records of 2014. You can give it a listen following the jump.

Want to pick up a physical copy of this release? Place your orders through the band’s merch page. Darkest Hour have been on the road with Mayhem Fest, which will be finishing …

Ceiling Of Anvers

Famined Records Welcomes Ceiling Of Anvers

Over the last few months, Famined Records has added a handful of new bands to their roster. The latest group to join their family is an Italian metal outfit called Ceiling Of Anvers. They happily made their announcement yesterday, and in addition confirmed they would release their new EP through the label.

The EP is titled We All Live In Balance, and it will hit stores August 26. To celebrate the news the band revealed the music video for their single “L.I.F.E.,” which features guest vocals by Nicolò of Damned Spring Fragrantia. It’s available to watch beneath the …

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OM Announce Fall Tour Dates

Last we heard from experimental drone metal band OM, they were touring in support of their excellent fifth album, Advaitic Songs, in 2012. The Drag City release saw them growling their best behind a wave of black shirts and deadpan stares like they do best. Now the trio will be hitting the road again for a short US tour this fall, presumably covering a range of their material.

Their dates kick off in Boston on October 2 at The Sinclair and see them traveling through New England all the way to Minneapolis and Kentucky in a little over a …

Darkest Hour

TWO-MINUTE NECK WORKOUT: Darkest Hour Release “Rapture in Exile”

Two weeks ago, D.C. modern thrash veterans Darkest Hour offered “Wasteland,” the first official taste of new music from their upcoming self-titled album. Today, we get our second helping of new Darkest Hour in the form of “Rapture in Exile.”

The band has premiered the track in the form of a music video that captures the band tearing up the stage during their current run on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Fast, melodic and heavy, the two-minute shredder is classic Darkest Hour and features John Henry’s massive “Fuck Waiting Around to Die” vocal that has been at the forefront …

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Slipknot Announce U.S. Knotfest 2014; Danzig, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Etc. Set To Perform

Slipknot has announced the U.S. return of Knotfest, a three-day music and camping festival that will make its home in San Bernardino, CA from October 24-26.

Slipknot will close the festival on both Saturday and Sunday night, while the Friday festivities will serve as a pre-party for attendees who purchase a camping package. Supporting Slipknot will be a massive and impressive lineup of heavy acts, featuring everyone from Danzig, Killswitch Engage and the recently reunited Atreyu to Tech N9ne and death metal legends Carcass. From top to bottom, it’s about as good a mainstream metal/hard rock lineup you’re likely to …

Darkest Hour

METALHEADS REJOICE: Darkest Hour Share New Track “Wasteland”

For the last 15 years, D.C. modern thrash masters Darkest Hour have been perhaps the most consistent thing in metal. Trends, whether it be metalcore, deathcore or djent continue coming along, band members come and go, but Darkest Hour just keep sounding like Darkest Hour.

And finally, after releasing a teaser last week, Darkest Hour have premiered the first song from their Sumerian Records debut and first album since 2011′s The Human Romance. The song is titled “Wasteland,” and its lyric video can be viewed below. The band has also confirmed the new album, slated for August 5, will …

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REVIEW: Mastodon – ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’

Artist: Mastodon
Album: Once More ‘Round the Sun
Genre: Metal
Label: Reprise

Six albums into their career, it’s almost as if Mastodon have created their own subgenre. No two albums are alike, but each one of them is unmistakably Mastodon, a sound that continues to evolve on their latest release, Once More ‘Round the Sun.

Mastodon’s 2011 release, The Hunter, was probably the most divisive of the band’s career. While still undeniably metal, the album brought the psychedelic elements the band toyed with on previous releases to the forefront, while delivering a single (“Curl of the Burl”) that, …

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Listen To Betraying The Martyrs’ New Single, “Jigsaw”

Betraying The Martyrs‘ new album, Phantom, is coming out next month via Sumerian Records. It’s official release date is July 15, which now is just a little less than a month away. The first single from the record received mixed reviews, and now the group has unleashed another song for fans to check out. The single is titled “Jigsaw,” and you can give it a listen by clicking “Read More.”

The band’s sound has transformed over the years, and judging by the two singles released so far, Phantom will certainly not be a repeat of their last album. …

warped

UTG LIST: 20 Must-See Acts At Warped Tour 2014

Ahhh, Warped Tour. It’s that time of year again. Time for every misfit scenester, hipster, punk rockster, blogster, and all the other ‘sters to come together and celebrate life with ridiculous outfits, unique hairdos, the art of moshing, and one of our truest loves, music. Lather up the sunscreen, put on a pair of those infamous “fucking” sunglasses, prepare to be bombarded with a year’s worth of free goodies and go find your next favorite band.

In honor of the twentieth year of our favorite annual punk rock roadshow, our staff has decided to collectively provide you with a list …

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Watch Mastodon’s Epic Music Video For “High Road”

Say what you will about it, but metal is a pretty geeky – yet still relatively awesome – genre of music. Mastodon fully embrace this idea with their new music video to “High Road,” which comes off of their upcoming album Once More ‘Round The Sun, slated for release on June 24. Featuring the age-old tale of geeks versus bullies, with the themes of LARPing and family values set in the background (along with a kick ass new song from Mastodon, mind you), this video demands your attention this Wednesday afternoon. Besides, do you really think you’ll find anything …