[UPDATED] LAMB OF GOD Debut New Track (Now With Video)

lamb of god resolution

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Lamb of God’s been working on a new album, Resolution, due out January 24th, 2012. The curtains have been  pulled back on the album, as the band has unveiled the groove-filled “Ghost Walking,” available for streaming exclusively at Metal Sucks.

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Preview The Harvest Wombs

If you’re a fan of bands like The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me, and Cynic you have to check out Fallujah. Born right in our own backyard, these dudes from San Francisco write some seriously impressive tunes.  They’ve posted two of their songs from the forthcoming debut The Harvest Wombs (coming out Nov. 22 on Unique Leader Records). “Become One” features Francesco Artusato of fellow Bay Area shredders All Shall Perish.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Opeth Is No Longer Opeth.

I just want to start off by saying that I have a bit of a bias in this review: Opeth is my all time favorite band. I even have their logo tattooed on my right forearm to prove how much I obsess over them. There has never been a Progressive Metal band with such musicianship and talent like these guys. When people think of Opeth, they think of masterpiece albums like Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park, which included equal amounts of ear-raping death metal and somber acoustics with beautiful clean vocals. These Swedes have been doing that for over 20 years, and we still can’t get enough of it. In 2008, they released Watershed which was still metal as fuck, but leaned a bit more towards their softer side — but even still, it was goddamn amazing. We couldn’t wait to hear what their new album would bring. After three years of waiting, they finally released Heritage… and it wasn’t exactly what anyone expected.

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Hold up Your Horns for The Hunter

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In 2009, Mastodon swept the metal masses off their feet with their comparably slower, melodic epic, Crack the Skye. I’ll admit, before that record, Mastodon and I were only acquaintances in the metal spectrum – we’d hang out every once in a while, I’d always play their songs on Guitar Hero, but they weren’t a band that had earned their spot as one of my favorite bands. Crack the Skye changed everything, it cemented a regular spot in my playlists, and somehow, those proggy bastards found a way to outdo themselves yet again with 2011’s The Hunter.

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Speaking Volumes “Via” Breakdowns

For fans of: Periphery, Meshuggah, After the Burial

From Los Angeles, CA comes a group of young genre-benders called Volumes. Their sound can be described as a mix between chuggy “djent,” and post-rock flavored melody. Upon first listen, I found the album to be rather frustrating: the band’s chugging sections became very monotonous compared to the more melodic sections. My interest would be briefly piqued, but then I’d sit around waiting for the next memorable section.

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BAMF Spotlight: Behold the Desecration

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re melting your face off with Behold the Desecration from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Job for a Cowboy, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, etc.

Don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like the way your face looks. Don’t listen to these guys if you’re in a nursery or china shoppe. Lastly, don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like you’re trying to currently undergoing psychological testing to prove you’re not insane. Why not? None of the scenarios I mentioned can handle the brutality BtD brings, and I’m not sure you can either. These guys like to take it straight to your face, with blistering fast drums, an insane level of shredding, and songs so punishingly brutal you’ll need to pick your stomach off the floor because you’ll have just thrown it up from this music kicking you in the balls so fucking hard. In all seriousness, if you’re a fan of extreme/death metal, you need to hear these guys, and you’ll need to see them live at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Hatriot

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Hatriot from Oakland, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Strapping Young Lad, etc.

Fans of Exodus should know the name Steve “Zetro” Souza already, but for those that don’t, Souza was the frontman for the colossal thrash giant from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-04. I should probably have your attention now. Souza returns to the bay fronting the pissed off foursome, Hatriot, and they’ve come to rejuvenate your love for traditional American thrash. The guitars are very melodic for their speed, and Souza brings a pure unadulterated sense of chaos and rage to their sound that you really need to hear to believe. Check them at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Left of Christ

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re showcasing Left of Christ from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Soilwork, As I Lay Dying, etc.

With all the extreme acts bringing in BAMF this year, it’s going to be a refreshing change of pace to welcome Left of Christ onto the stage. These guys know how to write some catchy melodies and pair it seamlessly with some good old fashioned brutality. These guys will get the pits going during their heavier moments, and get the kids singing along with their killer vocal hooks. Any fan of melodic metal in the bay should already be familiar with Left of Christ, but in case you’re not, your time to catch them is at BAMF this July. Don’t miss out.

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BAMF Spotlight: Short Fuse

very week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Short Fuse from Redwood City, CA.

For fans of White Zombie, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Fear Factory, etc

Welcome to the gut punch that calls itself Short Fuse. Short Fuse brings a raw and menacing approach to metal with a uniquely honed sound few could even attempt to replicate. These guys leave no holds barred — one minute they’ll beat you over the face with a fury of blast beats, rip the heart from your chest with demonic low growls, and then hypnotize you with hauntingly melodic choruses. Short Fuse isn’t afraid to sacrifice speed at times, either, their signature sound of buzzsaw guitars and sludgy riffs don’t sacrifice an ounce of brutality in the process. Short Fuse bring a level of dynamics that goes unmatched by its peers, and is definitely a band you can’t afford to miss at the BAMF Festival this summer.

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BAMF Spotlight: Desecrater

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we present Desecrater from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Death, Metallica, Megadeth, etc

If you like your metal with a constant barrage of double bass and shredding guitars, we’ve got the band for you. Desecrater hails from San Jose with no intention of slowing down or compromising their sound. Led by the bellowing low vocals of guitarist/vocalist Sid Frankosky, Desecrater seeks only to inspire circle pits and beer-fueled brawls. They’re as traditional to metal as you can get; there are no gimmicks or sing-along choruses in sight, just a pure relentless attack. Make sure to check these guys out at BAMF This July.

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Sounds Like My Idols Fading

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So here we are in yet another familiar situation: In Flames has put out a new studio album, and the metal community faces yet another controversial release from the (now) infamous Swedes. In case you aren’t up to speed with In Flames’ discography, every release they’ve put out since 2002’s Reroute to Remain has been met with mixed reactions – that was until 2008’s A Sense of Purpose, which was met with just about universal disappointment. In my opinion (and in many others’), A Sense of Purpose was undoubtedly the group’s weakest offering, and in turn made a whole lot of us dread the release of its follow up.

That brings us to Sounds of a Playground Fading, In Flames’ tenth full-length album, and despite having what’s probably the worst album title in all of meta everl, it’s actually not completely terrible.

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BAMF Spotlight: Potential Threat

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we introduce the hard-hitting Potential Threat from Redwood City, CA.

For fans of Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer

This band reminds of the glory days of metal before people argued about breakdowns, before people “danced” in “mosh pits” and before Hetfield quit drinking. This band has very solid, no-bull shit metal sound. Lots of heavy riffs, seamless transitions and the perfect sound for drinking whiskey straight from the bottle. Seriously, I’m writing this at 11:00am and I’m sitting here thinking a quick swig would be nice before this song ends.

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BAMF Spotlight: Chained Existence

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we bring you the pummeling Chained Existence from Mendocino, CA. 

For fans of old school thrash, metal, etc.

Do you remember the glory days of when punkers and metal heads united under the common umbrella of pissed off, grungy thrash with group chants and a fuck-you attitude? Chained Existence does. These guys are taking it upon themselves to bring back the energy that’s so easily forgotten with many contemporary bands. You’ll find some face melting solos, circle-pit inducing speed, and some nasty gutteral low growls to go along with all the headbanging you’ll be doing. This is the kind of thrash you expect on the newest edition of Songs to Induce Bar Fight Related Comas To, coming soon to your favorite family record store (if those existed anymore). If you’re looking to get plastered and fight people this weekend, but were a bit concerned by a lack of music to go along with it, have no fear, Chained Existence is here.

Find out more below.

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BAMF Spotlight: Kinetik

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we give you the tech-metal tyrants, Kinetik, from San Jose, CA. 

kinetik bamfFor fans of: Meshuggah, Sikth, Textures, Mnemic, Between the Buried & Me, etc…

Kinetik is a very technical and heavy metal band formed in 2007 in San Jose. Their sound is very thick and is very reminiscent of Meshuggah and Sikth, and seriously “Damn, that’s some fucking metal” was my reaction after hearing Kinetik for the first time. Each song starts with an awesome, in your face technical riff that’s pretty much designed to rip your balls off and would be best listened to during the good parts of any Michael Bay movie….explosions, guns, chicks and….over priced special effects? So if you’re looking for a dose of some down-tuned math metal, with some franticly aggressive vocals, look no further than the band on this page. These guys have a sound that can truly grab you by the throat, so make sure not to miss these guys at BAMF this July.

Click the jump to hear some of the wrath Kinetik will bring you..

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Limp Bizkit’s in the House…But You’ll Stay in the Closet

Limp Bizkit

Before we get started ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make:

I….was a big Limp Bizkit fan and honestly, still enjoy them.

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Get Nice and Evil with Ritual

Sometimes metal can be a difficult genre to stay faithful to.  There are so many great bands out there, but they can’t seem to stick around for very long before they lose their creative spark and either sell out or just begin to suck (I’m talking about you, In Flames).  It’s a terrible cycle, and it needs to be broken.  I’ve prayed to the metal gods, asking them for this to stop, and this time, I think they answered.  On June 21st, The Black Dahlia Murder released their fifth studio album, Ritual. This is a band that has raised the bar for melodic death metal higher and higher every time they’ve released an album — well, up until 2008, when their longtime lead guitarist John Kempanien left the band.  They hired Ryan Night to fill the void and released Deflorate a year later, but with the exception of two or three good tracks, the album as a whole was okay at best.  It made a lot of fans lose faith in such an amazing band.  When Ritual was announced, most of us just scoffed and said “Who cares, I’ll listen to Obscura.”  However, being the faithful fan that I am, I picked up a copy, and I do not regret it one bit.

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BAMF Spotlight: Embryonic Devourment

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we give you the crushingly brutal Embryonic Devourment from Willits, CA.

If you want a dose of shred with your morning cup of coffee, look no further than Embryonic Devourment, one of the big names topping this years Bay Area Metal Festival. If you like your metal with a relentless attack, full of blast beats, demonic growls, and enough shredding to give a plastic surgeon trouble putting your face back together after everything’s said and done, then you need to turn your attention to these guys. Brutality hardly comes close in describing Embryonic Devourment’s take on extreme metal. Death metal purists, proggressive enthusiasts, tech-metal lovers alike can find something to love about ED’s sound, and I fully expect them to bring the noise this July closing out the BAMF fest with Forbidden and Ulysses Siren.

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BAMF Spotlight: Ulysses Siren

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting 2-3 bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re bringing back the trash with San Francisco’s own Ulysses Siren.

For fans of: Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Judas Priest, etc

Never forget your roots. Where we come from, the roots of the SF Bay Area are planted with good old fashioned thrash metal. With bands like Exodus, Testament, and of course, the colossal Ulysses Siren emerging from these shores, it’s not hard to see why the Bay Area loves thrash so much. Ulysses Siren demonstrate the beauty of everything thrash should be. Their music is a relentless sonic assault, uppercutting you in the jaw with their blazing fast guitars and commanding drums, hitting you just as hard as when you first got sacked back in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out for NES. The vocals are just as ferocious, reminding me of early Slayer, but with vocal range and control not unlike Rob Halford’s from Judas Priest. It’s not hard to want to break out in an all out circle pit when blasting the tunes from these guys, which is why I can’t wait to bring in the pit with these guys this July. Hit the jump below to hear some of their stuff.

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BAMF Spotlight: Endings for Anastasia

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting 2-3 bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’ve got Endings for Anastasia, a metalcore band from Belmont, CA. 

For fans of Whitechapel, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Devil Wears Prada, etc

Endings for Anastasia comes raging onto the scene with a new-school, in your face, kick your ass and ask questions late kind of attitude. These guys like to throw down the gauntlets with their breakdowns and uppercut you Street-Fighter style with their angsty, pissed-off lyrics. They’ve got a slower, groovier style than most bands in their genre, but that doesn’t mean they’re not just as heavy. You can count on these guys to put on a high-energy show, especially at the upcoming BAMF Festival this July. Make sure you order your tickets soon, so you don’t miss out on these guys, and all the other great bands playing!

Check out more Endings for Anastasia after the jump!

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Bring Your Daughters

There’s a lot of music out there. A LOT. Much of it, you’ll probably never find, never hear, or never give a shit about if you do hear it. I spent a good portion of the last decade actually trying to hear a lot of it and coming to the conclusion that a lot of that mustic is terrible. Every once in a while, I’ll find a gem. Daughters was one of those gems for me.

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