Winter – “Ethereality”
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“Ethereality” is WINTER’S second studio album, which is the first release on the band’s own EVERYTHING BLUE RECORDS. The music pulls from influences including shoe gaze, power pop, and 90’s alternative. WINTER is the project of songwriter Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspired the dream pop/indie rock four piece. Check out the release show in LA in May, or catch WINTER on tour throughout the US and internationally right after that!
BAND NAME: Winter
LABEL NAME: Everything Blue Records
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This is the limited edition colored vinyl version for the 10th anniversary of “Satan is Watching” from country doom masters, THOSE POOR BASTARDS! Features fan favorites like, “Crooked Man” and “The Bright Side,” – a duet with Hank III on “Swallowed By Sin,” and a disgusting cover of Mr. Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.”
BAND NAME: Those Poor Bastards
LABEL NAME: Tribulation Recording Co.
A SOUND OF THUNDER was formed in Washington, DC in 2009. The band has remained independent through 7 albums and 3 EPs. They were an early adopter of crowd-funding, were the first to institute many rewards and perks that are now standard, and is currently the most funded metal band of all time on the Kickstarter platform! Their 7th album is a “back to basics” straight ahead heavy metal album full of fist-pumping, high-energy anthems. It features guest appearances by ACCEPT vocalist Mark Tornillo and Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW keyboard player Tony Carey. “It Was Metal” is available for pre-order now!!
BAND NAME: A SOUND OF THUNDER (Website / Spotify / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest)
LABEL NAME: MAD NEPTUNE RECORDS
Devin Townsend has always been open about being diagnosed with Bipolar, and it’s abundantly clear on STRAPPING YOUNG LAD’s out of this world 1995 debut LP. Tracks “Cod Metal King” and “The Filler” have an industrial flavor reminiscent of MINISTRY and FEAR FACTORY, while “Goat” displays a southern metal tinged groove that stands nicely next to PANTERA. Despite poor sales on the initial release nearly 25 years ago “Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing” gained a cult following and helped launch Devin’s career into progressive metal icon-status. Now, THINK FAST! RECORDS is making it available once again to the masses, so don’t miss out this time!
BAND NAME: Strapping Young Lad
LABEL NAME: Think Fast! Records
RIPPLE MUSIC brings you ‘Beast Remains’, the latest album from what is now FREEDOM HAWK – reincarnated as a 4 piece unit. Making this record brought them back to the days of old but this time as better musicians, better writers, better players, producers and tighter than ever before! Make your way to stoner metal heaven at RIPPLE MUSIC and pick up a copy!
BAND NAME: Freedom Hawk
LABEL NAME: Ripple Music (Website / Facebook)
US Death Metal veterans SKINLESS return with their pulverizing sixth studio offering, aptly titled “Savagery”. Recorded by Tom Case at Doomsday Bunker Studio in New York and by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado. “Savagery” embodies ten slabs of rotting, aural remains across 37 minutes of titanic slams, untouchable grooves, mauling riffs and blood-thirsty, bestial growls. SKINLESS at the top of their game, more than 25 years into an untouchable reign of terror. Head over to your source for all that is metal, RELPSE RECORDS!
BAND NAME: Skinless
LABEL NAME: Relapse Records