Category Archives: Shock Of The New

Here’s where you’ll find the next generation of bands who will be stepping up when AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Judas Priest step down.

Brazil’s Pato Junkie Release New Music Video

Brazilian Metalcore band Pato Junkie have released a new music video for their single Bad Memories.

The new single is taken from Pato Junkie‘s upcoming new second album, The Rag Doll.    This will be the follow-up to their 2015 debut Doido e Violento.

The band was started in 2009 by vocalist Alexandre Gomes and drummer Wellington Nunes as a Punk/Hardcore crossover band.

In 2016 after a gap and a change of members, the band decided to change their style, taking on a heavier and more modern sound, influenced by Nu Metal, Thrash and Metalcore.

The video for Bad Memories was directed by Alvaro Borges and Getúlio Alves and edited by Alcatraz Filmes.

Habitual Sins

Pittsburgh-based Habitual Sins are the latest US signing to Pure Steel Records.

The band’s core membership is made up of veterans of their local scene, Matthew Bizilia (ex-Icarus Witch), Steve Pollick (ex-Icarus Witch, Order Of Nine) and Jim Dofka.

The album, Personal Demons, is due for release on 20th January 2017.  Here’s the video for the current single, I Pray For You.

If you’re interested in another taster from the album, here’s a little something more from Pure Steel Records’ Soundcloud page:

Demise Of The Crown release single and video

Montreal’s Demise Of The Crown have released a new single entitled Black Rain.

You can watch it here:

The new single was mixed and mastered by Cryptopsy six-stringer, Chris Donaldson, following up on the band’s self-titled debut album which was released in March.  If you want to give the album a spin, head over to Demise Of The Crown’s Bandcamp page.

For those of us who aren’t in the know about these guys, Canadian Metal band Demise Of The Crown can really only be classified as “Metal“.  They began as Prog Metal, but through time (and slogging through their local Montreal scene), they evolved into a what can really only be described as a Heavy Metal band, with elements of Death Metal, Power Metal, shredding and some catchy bits to bring in the casual listener.

The current line-up, lead by Manuel Iradian (guitar), Kevin “Kevy Metal” (drums) and Darren Beadman (vocals) finally came together in 2014.  Influenced by headliners like Nevermore, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Pantera, and Faith No More, they have performed with bands like Hellyeah, Devin Townsend Project, 3 Inches Of Blood, Katatonia and Firewind.

Lebanese Metal band, ZiX, to release new single

Lebanese Metal band ZiX to release Heaven’s Eyes as the new single from their forthcoming album Tides Of The Final War, on 28th October 2016

Lebanon‘s latest Metal export, Zix, travelled all the way to Nevada to record their debut album, Tides Of The Final War in the Vegas View studios with Steve Thompson (who has worked with luminaries such as Metallica, Anthrax and Guns N’ Roses).  The album was then remixed and remastered at QuSoundStudio in Germany by Michael Kusch.

The band, made up of Ziad Bardawil (Bass/founder), Juan Carrizo and Walid Awar (Guitars), Ziad El Alam (Drums) and Maya Khairallah (Vocals), managed to rope in guest appearances from such luminaries as Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden), Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar, Death Dealer) and many more.

Not at all bad for a band releasing their debut.


CreTura are a six-piece Symphonic Metal band, hailing from Bergen in Norway.  The band consists of Markus Pettersen (guitars, vocals), Marius Toen (guitars), Jørgen Beijer (bass, vocals), Michael Sveri (drums), Kine-Lise Sæthre (keyboards) and Sárá Márjá Guttorm (vocals).

Formed in 2010, according to the band themselves:

Our music is symphonic with many horror elements such as the melodies, musical arrangements and lyrics. The music varies from the melodic parts with female vocals and the heavier parts with the rough growls of Markus.  We find inspiration in bands such as Nightwish, Mayhem, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Children of Bodom, and also from classical composers such as Edvard Grieg.

Their full debut album, Fall Of The Seventh Golden Star, was released in April 2016 on WormHoleDeath Records.  It can be bought by clicking HERE.



Former Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage bassist Tim Commerford‘s new band, Wakrat (pronounced wôk•rat) are already making something of a name for themselves without playing a note.

Along with Commerford, guitarist Laurent Grangeon and drummer Mathias Wakrat, led a protest through the streets of London, declaring a brand new micronation in what was formerly known as Parliament Square in an effort to expose the failings of the current political system.

The so-called Republic of Wakrat proudly “welcomes everyone of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths, and offers a fresh alternative to the current system.

Arriving to a legion of fans, media and bewildered tourists in an iconic red London bus decorated with the words #GenerationFucked – the title of the band’s new single – the protest created headlines across the UK and beyond, striking a chord in the current climate of political unrest.  Everyone is invited to join the Republic of Wakrat at

The video, Smashing The Grid, which you can watch below, features the band talking about their formation, the creation of their self-titled debut album, their use of different effects and sounds, and quite a bit more.

The band’s guitarist Laurent Grangeon comments: “We need to do something completely opposite of that boxed-in, overproduced, gutless type of music that’s hammered every day.”

Their self-titled debut album is due to be released on November 11th on physical formats and November 8th on digital formats to coincide with the US election.  It can be pre-ordered now on ultra-limited, hand-stencilled and signed vinyl, signed CD and coloured vinyl, regular CD and vinyl, and t-shirt bundles at

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, which will give you an instant download of the track Generation Fucked, at

If you’re over in the US, Wakrat are about to go on tour with Commerford‘s other new band, the Rage Against The Machine/Cypress Hill/Public Enemy hybrid, Prophets Of Rage:

Aug. 19 – Fairfax, VA – EagleBank Arena
Aug. 20 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 24 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Aug. 28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Sep. 01 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 03 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 04 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 05 – Kansas City, MO – PMCA
Sep. 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep. 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Sep. 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sep. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 25 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone
Oct. 01 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 02 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Oct. 04 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct. 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Oct. 08 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Jinjer release third album

Being the Ukraine’s best-kept Extreme Metal secret, the technically sophisticated four-piece Jinjer represent a mix of Metalcore, Djent, Hardcore, and Groove Metal.

Their third album, King Of Everything, is the first to get a release outside their home country, and was released on Napalm Records on 4th August.

First Batch of Metal 2 The Masses Winners Added to New Blood Stage Bill

There’s a wealth of exciting news from Bloodstock HQ in regard to their grass-roots-metal-supporting Metal 2 The Masses scheme.  Coming on board as a premier sponsor is the newly resurrected, iconic metal label, Music For Nations!  Also two more exciting prizes have been thrown into the mix for one of the lucky bands on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage bill.

All those winning a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage via the Metal 2 The Masses initiative will already be in the running for the chance to receive endorsement deals from gear manufacturers and professional PR advice, but are also now eligible for these additional prizes.  One winner will get recording time with renowned producer, Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Angel Witch, Cathedral and many more) at his residential Orgone Studios in Woburn, Beds.  Metal Hammer have also pledged to support one winning band with exposure on Metal Hammer’s website and invite them to the magazine offices for a feature photoshoot and interview, plus a radio interview for Team Rock Radio.

Meanwhile, the M2TM finals are already under way and continue through to 10th July (remaining dates below).  Bloodstock’s Metal 2 The Masses judging squad have been clocking up the miles (1800 to date!) and many lucky bands have won slots on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage!  Check out this lot for starters.

Joining Friday’s bill are;

SEED OF SORROW, Melodic Death Metallers from the Inverness final.  Five piece from the Scottish Highlands, dedicated to producing the angriest metal possible!

HUSK, Death Metal from the Wolverhampton final.  With many of their dark, groove based tracks being built around bass player/vocalist Bob Taylor’s infectious bass playing, introducing elements of slap bass in Death Metal shouldn’t even be a thing …. But it really is.

BURNING THE DREAM, Progressive Death Metal from Glasgow’s final.  Venomous groove-laden death with hooks galore!

VEHEMENT, extreme/black metal from Brighton’s final.  Black clothes?  Black face masks?!  Check!  An unrelenting smoke machine and a bone fide MMA fighter on drums?!  Check, check!!  Extreme Metal with real strength!

TRIVERSE MASSACRE, groove/thrash metal from Carlisle’s final.  “…like standing naked in a hurricane, or diving head-first into a nest of pissed-off hornets!”  Heavy as fuck!!

THE CRAWLING, down-tempo death from Belfast’s final.  When a band has the ability to set a scene in a mere 30mins, you’re on to a winner.  The Crawling say little between tracks allowing the sample of flies to draw the audience into an uneasy feeling of melancholy.  A grim blend of doom and death that’ll have you scratching and questioning your own mortality.

TEN TON SLUG, stoner sludge doom from Dublin’s final.  Like being reverse kicked in the knackers by a disgruntled rhino!  These lads are not for those of a weak disposition.

Winning a Saturday slot:

BEARFIST, Metal from London!  It’s all about the riffs and these guys have ‘em in spades.  So much so, the guitarist won the handmade custom guitar from local sponsors, Empire Guitars!  Congrats lads!

RAMAGE INC, Ambient Prog Metal from Glasgow’s final.  Already well established with Prog/Tech Metal fans, these guys deliver with comparisons to the Devin Townsend writing style but with the Ramage stamp.  Tech bliss.

FAMYNE, Doom from Kent’s final.  A young band with an Old School sound, remiscent of Chronicles-era Hawkwind mixed up with the epic sound of Candlemass.  An obligatory oversized gong and a rolling smoke machine were in full effect!

And the first one for Sunday:

ART OF DECEPTION, Melodic Death from Norway’s final.  With frontman Sindre Johnsen having direct family ties to Kvelertak, his pedigree points to his ferocious vocal delivery and no shortage of notable twin lead skills.  These guys were a stand out choice.

As well as the fresh blood, sliding in to a Sophie stage slot are BEHOLDER!  Fronted by M2TM Head Honcho, Simon Hall, he’ll be leading the way where many of his charges will hope to follow.  With a recently lauded new album….

There’s also a chance for punters at each event to win weekend tickets to Bloodstock, a case of Hobgoblin Ale to take home, or various other Bloodstock related prizes.  You can even shake hands with Bloodstock’s M2TM mainman, Simon Hall.  Remaining finals run as follows so get out, support and win those festival tickets for yourself!

17th Jun – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny
18th Jun – SOUTH WALES / CARDIFF – Fuel Club
19th Jun – MANCHESTER – Grand Central
24th Jun – SWINDON – The Victoria
24th Jun – DEWSBURY – The Old Turk
25th Jun – MERSEYSIDE / LIVERPOOL – Bumper
1st Jul – LINCOLNSHIRE / LINCOLN – The Lincoln Imp
2nd Jul – READING – Facebar
9th Jul – BURNLEY – Sanctuary
9th Jul – BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
9th Jul – POLAND / BIELSKO-BIALA – The Rude Boy Club
10th Jul – BIRMINGHAM – The Roadhouse

Cage9 to release New Album through Ellefson’s Label

LA’s Cage9 released their album Illuminator, on June 3rd in North America via eOne with a European release due in July through SPV. In addition the record released June 3rd in Japan via Triple Vision Entertainment.

Cage9 main man Evan Rodaniche (who writes and produces all the band’s music) had this to say about the new single (for which you have just seen the video): “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer. But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible. I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video. But then he was gone. And that’s what this is all about. We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”

He continues, “We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard. We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are, we’re all in this together.

Everything You Love is also the track that caught David Ellefson’s attention and ultimately inspired him to sign us to EMP. After a few conversations with our A&R guy Thom Hazaert, he brought it to David, and he got it. The rest is history.”

Says Ellefson, “Cage9 is definitely the real deal. When I first heard Everything You Love Will Someday Die, it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern Rock audience. And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we are doing at EMP.”

Rodaniche continues, “As for the song, itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute
epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.) I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, so having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my, (and half the planet over 30’s) youth, dig our band is a HUGE honour.

Cage9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica. This definitely makes getting this chance to work with David in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing. Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”

Eventually the band moved to Los Angeles, and with no outside help, has released almost 100 songs over 6 albums (including one in Spanish), sold 25,000 plus physical copies worldwide, toured the US (over 50 dates last year alone), Japan and Central America, as direct openers for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, In This Moment, and have also shared bills with Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool and many more. Rodaniche also spent a few years on guitar with sci-fi metal purveyors Powerman 5000 and helped co-write, record, mix and produce their last few albums along with ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new solo album, Boy Hits Car and more. The quartet now includes San Diego native Brian Sumwalt on
drums, Michigan transplant Matt Borowski on guitar, and Leslie Wyatt on bass and backing vocals

Illuminator has catchy hooks, great musicianship and killer songwriting…  I can see them making some real noise in 2016.” Blasko / Ozzy Osbourne

Cage9 totally belong on the radio...” Ben Bruce / Asking Alexandria

I can’t remember when an opening band grabbed our whole band’s attention like Cage9 did recently. We watched side stage for their entire set and became believers.” Jason Null / Saving Abel

There is a certain pop element to the songs that really pushes them over the top… The same element that pushed bands like Shinedown and Hinder over into the Top 40 world. …and the production is fucking OUTSTANDING. Matt DiRito / PopEvil

“I’ve been a fan of Evan’s vocals for a very long time and the new material really showcases the incredible talent of this band. Great hooks and very well-crafted songs all over this new record!”
Francesco Artusato / Devil You Know

“Goddamn it’s the best stuff I’ve spent time with in a while…it’s totally beautiful.”  Ron Underwood / 9Electric

“I love listening to new music…and the new Cage9 does not disappoint!”
Brian “Head” Welch / Korn