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UTG LIST: The Best ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’ From Bands Available In 2014

It’s that time of year again!

I don’t know how much time you’ve spent plotting your holiday shopping just yet, but the must-have item in nearly every band store this season is once again the “ugly Christmas sweater.” Sometimes sold as a crew neck with a sweater design, these items offer a humorous twist on the classic Christmas sweater while giving artists a decent excuse to cash in on the holiday season through merchandising. We love them, as we know many of you do, and after seeing our social feeds flooded with designs from countless bands we decided to compile …

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As Animals Eat My Insides Tease ‘Devoured’

After grinding in the studio for much of 2014, Atlanta metalcore outfit As Animals Eat My Insides have finally revealed details surrounding their forthcoming full-length debut. Entitled Devoured, the album will feature ten songs and is set to hit digital outlets on December 16.

Alongside the release date reveal, the band have also posted a quick teaser that can be found after the jump, so be sure to check it out and give the record’s tracklisting a glance as well.…

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REVIEW: Fit For A King – ‘Slave To Nothing’

Artist: Fit For A King
Album: Slave To Nothing
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Solid State Records

If any band had the year of their lives in 2013, the honor would most likely go to Texan metalcore outfit, Fit For A King. After laying claim to the most successful debut in Solid State Records history via the sonic yin and yang of Creation/Destruction, the group proceeded to hop on tour after tour while being granted the ability to re-record their independently released full-length of yesteryear, Descendants. Rather than dedicate 2014 to more touring in support of both releases, though, …

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Stolas Push Back ‘Allomaternal’ Album Release

Yesterday, fans received some unfortunate news from progressive hardcore band Stolas, who are currently on the tail end of the Blue Swan Records Tour in support of Hail The Sun. According to unknown issues, perhaps well beyond the band’s control, the group has been forced to push back the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Allomaternal.

Originally scheduled for release on October 15, the band has announced via Facebook that the new release date will be over 3 weeks later, on November 7.

As a consolation prize, the band also announced that they would be releasing a new …

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8th Grade Metal Band Unlocking The Truth Perform On ‘The Colbert Report’

Yep, you read that right. 8th grade metal band Unlocking the Truth recently interviewed as well as performed on The Colbert Report.

For those who don’t know, Unlocking the Truth is a power trio based out of Brooklyn, NY who got their start playing in Times Square, and have now safely secured a whopping $1.7 million dollar, two-album record deal with Sony.

Follow us after the jump to see their interview with Colbert, and the rifftastic performances of “Monster” and “Free As You Wanna Be.” Both tracks are from their upcoming EP, Free As You Wanna Be.…

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

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In This Moment Announce New Album, Stream Lead Single

It’s been a hot minute since the last time we wrote anything about the female-fronted metal outfit In This Moment. They have been on various tours since the release of their album Blood, and aside from that it seems they haven’t been up to much. That is all about to change though, as the group made a few exciting announcements within the last 24 hours.

First, they plan on dropping their next studio album this November, titled Black Widow. In addition to the announcement of the new record, the band confirmed they will be headlining a tour …

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Ten Years Later, We Still Give A Fuck: A Decade of Lamb of God’s ‘Ashes of the Wake’

In the early 2000s, the heavy metal community was in shambles. Pantera had imploded, and we’d later tragically lose Dimebag Darrell all together. Slayer was on cruise control. Metallica released St. Anger, and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn put on a shiny track suit and tried to rap. Our world needed a hero — and sorry, Dave Mustaine, but Megadeth had already taken one too many Risks to earn back our collective trust.

There’s a good chance this isn’t the only Ashes of the Wake retrospective you’ll read this week, but there’s an even better chance this is the …

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Hear Deafheaven’s Single For Adult Swim, “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”

As summer comes to a close, so too does this year’s Adult Swim Singles Series. Five singles remain, with the first of those five being Deafheaven‘s “From the Kettle Onto the Coil.”

If the title sounds familiar, that would be because we’ve already heard this single. Deafheaven have been playing it live, including at Pitchfork, where it was recorded quite expertly. This is the studio version of that track in all its shrieking, crystal clear glory. It helps bring out some nuances that could get lost live, especially towards the end of the six and a half-minute …

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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 …

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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 …