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Becomes Astral Release 'Paleblood Sky' Play-through

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Ontario-based progressive death metal outfit Becomes Astral recently released their album, Paleblood Sky, with 6 tracks recorded and mixed by Christian Donaldson and Marco Frechette (The Grid). As the band continues on their tour in support of the album, Becomes Astral has teamed up with Gear Gods to unveil a killer guitar play-through video for the album's title track, "Paleblood Sky," that the band recorded while on the road!

Check it out below!

Becomes Astral's album, Paleblood Sky is out now and can be purchased here. The band is currently wrapping up their national Canadian tour with Eye of Horus and Into Eternity, and dates can be found below. Follow Becomes Astral online for new music, announcements, shows, and more.

Becomes Astral: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter  // YouTube

In Anticipation Of Summer Slaughter Tour Lorna Shore Releases Live Video

New Jersey-based metal band Lorna Shore has been making waves since the release of their highly-praised, pulverizing sophomore album, Flesh Coffin, which was released earlier this year with Outerloop Records. 

For fans worldwide who can't wait to catch Lorna Shore's dark and technical live performance, the band released a live video of Flesh Coffin's debut track, "Denounce the Light."

Check out the video, which was posted by The Summer Slaughter Tour, down below!

In the coming months, Lorna Shore will be hitting the road and performing across the U.S. on The Summer Slaughter Tour (7/27-8/26/17), followed by the European Never Say Die Tour in November.

Drummer Austin Archey states, "Here we have a live music video for the track 'Denounce The Light' that will be featured in our set list for this year's Summer Slaughter tour. Thank you to Enlighten Creative Studio for making this happen, and capturing footage from such an awesome night at the Glasshouse in Pomona. Hope you all are prepared to fully bring it for us this summer!"

To keep up with Lorna Shore, check out their social media below!

Lorna Shore: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Spotify

Major Announcements From Becomes Astral

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Ontario-based death metal outfit Becomes Astral announced their album Paleblood Sky, which has been set for release on August 18, 2017. Paleblood Sky includes six pulverizing tracks and was recorded and mixed by Christian Donaldson and Marco Frechette at The Grid.  

Upon the release of Paleblood Sky, the band will set out on their album release tour throughout Canada, starting on the Eastern leg with Eye of Horus and later adding Into Eternity for the Western leg of the tour.

Check out the dates below!

Of the new release, Layne says, "This is our breakthrough into the minds of the creators, early development in our quest of outcasting ourselves. Dark souls will manifest themselves in these hymns of insanity."

To keep up with Becomes Astral, check out their social media below!

Becomes Astral: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter  // YouTube

Full Of Hell Share New Music Video

As they gear up for the release of their new album Trumpeting Ecstasy on May 5th (Profound Lore), experimental death-noise band, Full Of Hell have released a new music video for the album's title track!

TheQuietus said it's "...suitably gloomy to fit the track's scuzzy, industrial streak." The song features guest vocals from Canadian singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger and the video was written, shot and edited by Jordan Musheno and Ian Killian.  

Check out the debut video below!





Trumpeting Ecstasy is available for pre-order here.  For more on Full Of Hell, check out our interview with them, and then check out their social media down below!

Full Of Hell: Facebook // Bandcamp

New Music Video From Lorna Shore

With anticipation for their upcoming album, Flesh Coffins, looming - Lorna Shore are teasing listeners with a brand new music video for their track, "FVNERAL MOON."

Partnering with Metal Injection to debut the first track off the album, titled, "Denounce the Light," fans have been itching to hear more from Lorna Shore. Yesterday, Lorna Shore partnered with Lambgoat to premiere their powerful new music video for "FVNERAL MOON."

Check it out below!

"FVNERAL MOON" is a dark track about the ghost of a troubled man who has committed suicide due to his inability to live with the things he has done but cannot escape existence even in death, so he's haunted to live as a ghost to humanity alive to witness pain forever. 

Vocalist Tom Barber adds, "Sometimes people forget, that beyond our jobs, everything we own or our social standings, We're just people. Some of us damaged and simply trying to cover a wound so none can see weakness, and some of us just covered in scars just ashamed of their past wanting no one to see their mistakes. Everything has its way of surfacing in the end, and you are the master of your own fate. Whatever it may be, understand that everyone struggles, no one is perfect, and always acknowledge there is beauty in the struggle of life. Never give in to the darkness."

For more on the upcoming album, or on Lorna Shore, check out their social media links below!

Lorna Shore: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Spotify

Forthteller Signs With Imminence Records, Joins Stages Tour

Ever since the surge of death metal throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Florida has been a hotbed for heavy music.

Considering that The Hook has recently covered news pertaining to the alternative hardcore heroes Frameworks and Imminence Records metalcore newcomers Stages, who both originated in Gainesville, it seems clear that this has not changed. It looks like Imminence Records has taken particular interest in Florida’s potential, as they have just signed Tampa tech-metalcore maestros Forthteller to be amongst their ranks. 


The band, formerly known as I Shot The Albatross, features vocalist David Winters, vocalist/guitarists Ryan Kole and Justin Hatton, keyboardist Josh Beoddy, bassist Garrett Sharp, and drummer Thom Schultz. Together, these Floridians compose complex pieces, complete with odd time signatures, chaotically sweeping riffage, and heartwarming, synth-laden melodies, along with a lot more. Their sense for both the heavy and the heartfelt is evident throughout their Madman EP, which has gained them a lot of attention since its release in May. 

 Furthermore, the band has been added to Stages’ New War Tour, which will bring Forthteller on with their newfound label mates, as well as Tallahassee metalcore act A Dying Breed, on three of the four dates of the tour. You can view dates below.

Drummer Thom Shultz remarked on the recent events: 

We are very excited to be joining the Imminence Records team. This opportunity is something we have been working toward for a long time, and it is amazing to see all the hard work, the immense support we have received, and the opportunities every industry professional has given us finally come to fruition. We want to offer a special thanks to the dudes in Stages for letting us hit the road with them in July and August! Thank you to everyone for believing in us and making this possible. We will never forget that support!” 

With Forthteller’s newfound signing, this band is bound to be demanding the attention of the metal scene at large soon enough. Be sure to follow them on social media to keep up with the latest in Forthteller news, and pick up their existing material for cheap on their Bandcamp. Lastly, be sure to catch these guys live if you find yourself able to do so, as they put on a particularly prime set. As always, stay tuned for more technical terror!

Forthteller: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Dirt Fest 2016 Announces Lineup

It’s that time of year again folks. Time to crowd into open-air spaces with thousands of others, jam out to some of the best music imaginable, and avoid the porta-potties at all costs (shuddering just thinking about them)! Yes, it’s festival season! Adding to the excitement that grows with each passing week, Dirt Fest has announced its 2016 lineup, and it’s looking to be quite a banger this year!

The lineup is headlined by Massachusetts metalcore godfathers Killswitch Engage, Connecticut hardcore legends Hatebreed, the newly realized Asking Alexandria, Florida heavy metal veterans Trivium, and the raucous, ever-irreverent, always party-ready Attila.

The newly-resurrected Boston metalcore act Bury Your Dead will also be gracing the stage, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Beauty and the Breakdown. They will be accompanied by Michigan natives and all-around badasses Walls of Jericho and Wilson.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy a slew of other metal and hard rock acts, including Soil, It Lies Within, 6 Prong Paw, Paralandra, Beyond Threshold, and Sydetrakt, along with many more. There are to be around 50 bands there to get down to, so look forward to more announcements in the near future.

Dirt Fest is set to take place at the Crowfoot Festival Grounds in Downtown Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday, August 13th. You can take a look at the line-up promo for yourself right below!

Tickets are available now!
General Admission and VIP packages are available right here.

You can follow all Dirt Fest activity on the official Facebook. It’s still a ways away, so get ready to get rowdy!

Nails Announce Tour Dates

Fresh off tearing it up at Choosing Death Fest right here in Philly this Saturday AND releasing their debut single from their upcoming full-length You Will Never Be One Of Us, Cali powerviolence boys Nails keep the momentum going by announcing a number of Northeast and Canadian tour dates with fellow shredders Full Of Hell, God’s Hate, and Eternal Sleep!

The tour will commence on June 17th following the release of the album that same day, and it will go until the 25th. You can view tour dates below:

The band, which consists of vocalist/guitarist Todd Jones, bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Taylor Young, streamed the song “You Will Never Be One Of Us” on April 15th, releasing the music video for it later that day. Says Todd of the music video: “...we believe this video not only stands out as far as quality and expression, but represents us in the best possible way that a music video could. It conveys the emotions that you might experience from us if you come to one of our shows. This video shows what we are, doing what we do in this band. No pretence, no overblown image, no bullshit, no gimmicks, no artificial/cheap attention grab. This video IS NAILS. Fucking period.” You can read his description of the song at length here.

Watch the video below!

Nails has some great things going on right now, so be sure to keep up with all of it at their Facebook and Twitter. You can preorder their album here. We’ll see you in the pit!