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Shockingly, this week we discuss industry news and music news. The Lion’s Daughter on Pornhub, the Manowar guitarist getting arrested for actual CP, posthumous Static-X material, Kat leaving Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Souncloud’s new artist deal program, Matt Heafy dropping out of the Trivium tour, and new music by Interloper, Soilwork, and Wormed. Then cool people time! Enjoy!

Pig Destroyer – Head Cage

New albums from Virginian grindcore legends Pig Destroyer are increasingly few and far between, so each new release is a genuine momentous occasion. This time around, in the six years since Book Burner (which was itself five years removed from Phantom Limb), the stakes grew higher for the band in maintaining their spot on grindcore’s pedestal; or the first time ever, the band have invited a bassist into the fold in John Jarvis, further expanding their lineup after additions of drummer Adam Jarvis replaced Brian Harvey prior to Book Burner and sampler/electronics guy Blake Harrison on Phantom Limb. Such a change in dynamic, both sonically and interpersonally, is bound to have an affect on the output, and when taking into account six years of artistic development and fan anticipation, the group’s latest effort Head Cage was bound to be heavily scrutinized.

Grind My Gears – Fucked

Summer is nearly wrapped up over here so it’s time to get right back into the miserable weather, miserable conversation and general misery of being in a Northern part of the world. Fuck the tanned people and their day drinking, fuck the sweaty patch on the small of your back, fuck the tourists who stop walking every two seconds on the street. It’s high time for the grey, grim and gruesome to rear it’s resentful head. This weeks entry into Grind My Gears might just be the most obtuse and vehemently bleak thing you’ll hear the rest of this summer. I love that I get to write this next bit. Get Fucked.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc

It is 2016, the year of our Lord, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed have effectively traded in the gonzo cybergrind and powerviolence style in favor of Sabbath-worshiping doom and sludge on Arc, the first in a series of “solo” records representing each of its members. Those still mourning the loss of frontwoman Katherine Katz’ former band Solome will be delighted to hear her return to doom, but there’s a certain expectation that comes along with the ANb title, and for better or worse, this ain’t it.

Second Wave of Bands Announced for Third Annual Housecore Horror Film Festival

A little less than  a month ago, we covered the first wave of band announcements for the third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival (more info here), a horror film and heavy music soiree scheduled for this August. The bands packed into that announcement included Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros,…

“Drummer” Weakest Link in Fan Footage of First Official Agoraphobic Nosebleed Show at MDF

Maryland Deathfest has proven itself to be the greatest North American extreme metal festival year after year, with a consistently stellar lineup complete with a multitude of exclusive performances from disbanded, foreign or typically non-touring acts. This year was no different, as Agoraphobic Nosebleed appeared onstage for their first ever live-performance, of which…