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As San Diego-based crossover/thrash outfit PISSED REGARDLESS prepares for the Creator-Destructor Records release of their Feed The Birds 7″ in early February, Decibel Magazine has debuted the raging new single, “Lipstick On A Pig.”

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Death Keepers is a spanish-based heavy metal four-piece that came together in 2011, though hasn’t really made their presence known from the studio as much as you’d expect by this point of their career. The group’s ranks remained fairly stable over the years, allowing them to unleash their independent debut EP On the Sacred Way before parting with bassist Alan Prieto a year later, then drummer Noel Corredor in 2015. It wouldn’t be until about four years later the band would release their first full-length, Rock This World, through Fighter Records and kicking off 2018 with a strong dose of traditional heavy metal with some hard rock influence at times. But is it a solid enough effort to make up for the silence since the previous outing, or is there little shine to this potentially hidden gem?

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The Brazilian and international metal community have lost one of its finest metal brothers DARK AVENGER vocalist Maria Linhares whom passed away on December 22nd. Rockshots Records has issued the following statement…

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Originally formed in 2012, avant-garde blackened psych-doom act Eye of Nix stormed on the scene a year later with their well celebrated demo recording. In the time that followed, the band expanded beyond the normal four to five-minute track length and further explored their sound to become the abrasive act they are come their debut full-length effort Moros. Another two years later and we find the evolution continuing with their latest album Black Somnia, being handled by both the band and Scrye Recordings on vinyl and digital mediums. With a scrutinous eye hovering above them since, has the four-piece outfit reached a new plain of existence, or have they gone back on their recently discovered output?

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Originally formed under the name Subterranean Drilling Machine in 2013, Greytomb officially came to life through a proper name change in 2015. The now three-member outfit composed of current members from Adamus Exul, Ordnance, and ex-Wreak have been lurking about the depths of the underground for a little while now as an atmospheric black metal act, releasing their 2015 one-song demo The Mourning Field and debut full-length A Perpetual Descent a year later through Bandcamp. For 2017, the tides have changed with Transcending Obscurity Records releasing their latest EP Monumental Microcosm to wrap up the year. But does this effort offer a truly blackened experience, or does it fail to hit the mark on setting the proper mood for its chosen style?

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A good friend of mine, Ryan Mullaney, decided to be a son of a bitch and rub in that he was going to check out the recent North America tour with Lacuna Coil, Epica, and Insomnium. The aspiring writer and photographer offered to shoot over the pictures he took for publication on this very site, which is what you will be seeing in three different parts. Up first? Epica.