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Death metal has intense vocal skills depending on the precise style and vocalist at the mic. In the case of Post Mortal Possession with their EP release "Possessing Entity", this release has their vocalist bringing the death metal style up front and centered, by allowing it to have more of a pig squeal effect than a deep guttural growl effect. This doesn't mean the vocals are bad to the ear but more of an easy listening experience. The vocals ganging up with the instrumentals, like the guitar riffs, and drumming all collide together, ganging up on each other. Like take songs like "Suspended By Nails", "Death March", and "Visceral Butchery", these provide that exposure and experience. Allowing the listener to hear the music but enjoy it more easily, while they bang their heads. One other act that is brought to mind that sounds a lot like these guys would be Terminally Your Aborted Ghost. All in all Post Moral Possession's EP is one easy listening experience.
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Dark rock n' rollers MurderFM are back on the scene with all new material! They have a new album coming out with a single to follow called "Lethal Lovers". Touring and show plans also in the works with just getting their name ever so further in existence! Frontman vocalist, guitarist, Norman Matthews, discusses the new material briefly, but covers a wide range of input on the NAMM convention. A music based trade show where all of the world's largest and smallest acts gather to party, talk, and make a deal!


1. Introduce yourself, who are you, and what do you do in the band?

Norman:  I am Norman Matthew, singer/guitarist of MurderFM and the second cutest member. Actually I am probably the fourth outa four but it's all good haha!

2. Let us get started by filling in as to what the band has been up to in the past year?

Norman: Man! We have been killing it thanks to our awesome fans! I know that sounds super cliché, but we have a crazy cult following similar to HIM. That the band is doing really well. We did the Rob Zombie tour, Fozzy with Chris Jericho tour which was super amazing, Avatar tour, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, Five Finger Death Punch,  I mean the year was just crazy for us! Now we're getting ready to release our new album in April, announce our new signing, so it's been awesome!  It's just like tour, tour, tour, no record, that one single and video "We The Evil" it just took off for us, thanks to you and Revolver Magazine and other outlets, so thank you.

3. You are currently at NAMM's seventh year run, for those who may not be familiar with NAMM, what can you expect?

Norman: Yeah the NAMM convention is a huge trade show filled with lots of retailers, Gibson, Fender, Blackstar Amps, it's an only industry only, but there are people who get in through friends, family, retailers, etc. The artists treat them right ya know? A lot of autograph signings, I got to do something with Tommy of KISS, which was pretty awesome! It's a huge convention, with people from all over the world, it's like a yearly excuse to party!

 4. Have you been to NAMM before? Does each year differ from one another or is it the same ordeal year after year?

Norman: This is my fifth year being here probably. I brought my little brother with me during my first year here, so we wanted to check out everything! We wanted to try and meet people, go to the autograph signings, get the hook-up, it was just too much for a few days. Now it's cool, doing interviews, appearances, we now have our own career, just walking the halls, saying hey. I've been stopped by people, taking pictures, saying hey, it's just great, seeing how things change and our band is a Cinderella story.

5. Why did you want to go to NAMM this year?

Norman: This year, we kind of had too. I would have come anyways haha. But this year was business, letting everyone know who we are and what we have planned with the new album, industry, just showing everyone our thing, since we're off running around here and there now. It's California, you got to come out and see the industry and your friends.

6. What are you looking out for while at NAMM?

Norman: This year, a lot of press, build up, release cycle, I was able to check out some new stuff, Blackstar AMPs, some new recording software, which I use at the Sound Foundation, so a lot of new things going on. I am hoping to run into Nikki Sixx again, that'd be cool because he's always here.

7. Who have you run into while at NAMM?

Norman: I've run into my friends from the UK The Defiled, I walked by Stevie Wonder, Bono of US, the thing I did with KISS was cool. The dudes from Megadeth, it's so weird walking down the hall then see Dave Mustaine, asking if I can use the sink in the bathroom too haha. It's cool when bands acknowledge us as a band and us them.

8. How does one get to attend NAMM?

Norman: You got to be a baller haha. You have to know someone in the industry or work in the industry to get access to it. But you can come by and check everything out, see who pulls up in what, who's hanging out front, it's cool.

9. What is in the future for Murder FM?

Norman: Our new record comes out in April, with our new single being "Lethal Lovers", some of the best stuff I have ever written and a favorite of mine. We'll be shooting a video for it. We're going to add some bonus content to the album's release. Our drummer is the drummer of Wednesday 13, so they're out on tour for now, then we'll be out touring and doing shows.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Norman: I definitely want to do the cliché fan shout out. We have done 0 marketing dollars into trying to make this band happen, it has all been done by the fans, magazines, we're doing it on our own. You should be proud, take pride, in who we are as MurderFM and who they are because without them we wouldn't be here.
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Embryo has released a new video for "An Awkward Attempt". Check it out HERE.
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Road warriors 3 Years Hollow continue to build their following the old fashioned way - taking their live show to the people - as evidenced by a month and a half worth's of US tour dates, which will see the band sharing the stage with RED and Islander. The tour will kick off on February 21st at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY, and will wrap up on March 29th at the Silo in Abilene, TX.

"We're very honored to be hitting the road with RED in February," says 3YH's singer, Jose Urquiza. "I first started listening to them when I heard the song 'Breathe Into Me.' Then I got really deep into their album 'Until We Have Faces.' It's a massive record. So this is a pretty great feeling to be able to share the stage with these guys. We also toured with Islander recently and I love those guys, so I'm looking forward to hanging with them again for a month."

"A lot of the cities on this tour are stops we haven't been to in a while, so I'm excited to see our fans and friends again. It's exciting man. We're heading into our 3rd year of touring, so most of these experiences are still pretty new for us. We love getting to know the music lovers that make it possible for us to live this dream."

TOUR DATES:

February
19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar**
20 - Erie, PA - BT Theater @ Basement**
21 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance**
22 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club**
24 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
25 - NYC - Gramercy**
27 - Portland, ME - Asylum
28 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater

March
1 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
4 - Winston - Salem, NC - Ziggy's
5 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy’s By The Sea
6 - Knoxville, TN - The Concourse
7 - Clarkesville, TN - The Warehouse Bar and Grill
8 - Biloxi, MS - Kress Live
10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe’s
13 - Racine, WI - Rt 20
14 - Spring Lake Park, MN - POV’s
17 - Indianapolis, IN - The Rock House
19 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
20 - Lancaster, OH - Mickey’s
21 - Newport, KY - Thomson House
22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora
24 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
25 - Sauget, IL - Pops
27 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
28 - Dallas, TX - Trees
29 - Abilene, TX - The Silo

**Denotes date Islander will not be appearing.
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Attila has released a new video for "Hate Me". Check it out HERE.
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Slipknot will be heading out on a U.S. headlining tour calling itself the Summer's Last Stand Tour. Joining them will be Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine, and Motionless In White. Check out the list of dates below!

TOUR DATES:

July 24 - West Palm Beach, FL
July 25 - Tampa, FL
July 26 - Atlanta, GA
July 28 - Detroit, MI
July 29 - Darien Center, NY
July 31 - Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 1 - Wantagh, NY
Aug 2 - Hartford, CT
Aug 4 - Boston, MA
Aug 5 - Holmdel, NJ
Aug 6 - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 8 - Toronto, ON
Aug 11 - Washington, DC
Aug 12 - Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 14 - Indianapolis, IN
Aug 15 - Chicago, IL
Aug 16 - St. Louis, MO
Aug 19 - Denver, CO
Aug 21 - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 24 - Vancouver, BC
Aug 26 - Concord, CA
Aug 28 - Las Vegas, NV (On-sale TBD)
Aug 29 - Phoenix, AZ
Aug 30 - Albuquerque, NM
Sept 2 - Austin, TX
Sept 4 - Houston, TX
Sept 5 - Dallas, TX (On-sale TBD)
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My Little Pony has been a part of the Build a Bear brand for a while now. Since it debut it's released the mane 6, Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy. Others joining them have included Spike, Trixie, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Zecora, Princess Celestia be the most recent. Now more are joining in on all of the Build a Bear fun! Princess Luna, Cadance, and Prince Shining Armor. These three like the rest will have their own voiceboxes and attire to choose from. Check out the photos below and expect to see these soon!

Princess Cadance
Princess Luna

Prince Shining Armor



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Lalaloopsy will be returning in an all new movie special and DVD! This time around, the Lalaloopsy friends create the perfect recipe for fun and adventure in this delightful movie treat! When a sugar shortage threatens the annual Festival of Sugary Sweets, the friends devise a delicious way to save the day - and discover that when you work together as a team, you can make something really special. Expect to find this release March 3rd! Check out the trailer HERE and DVD artwork below!

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Sleeping With Sirens have announced that their fourth full-length album "Madness" will be out via Epitaph Records on March 17th. They have already released 3 singles off the album including "Kick Me", "We Like It Loud", and "Go Go". Check out the video for it HERE. This will be the band's first release for Epitaph Records, since their three previous full-length albums were released through Rise Records. Go get your pre-orders HERE. As well as check out the album's artwork and tracklisting below!

TRACKLISTING:

1. Kick Me
2. Go Go Go
3. Gold
4. Save Me A Spark
5. Fly
6. The Strays
7. Left Alone
8. Better Off Dead
9. We Like It Loud
10. Heroine
11. November
12. Madness
13. Don’t Say Anything
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Declaring their style as heavy fucking metal thrash, Torrefy has been jamming for years. Doing it for fun all along, just wanting in a return a good old time of craziness, screaming, moshing, and headbanging! Frontman vocalist John Ferguson discusses the band's works, plans, and more!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

John: Before we were Torrefy the instrumental part of the band used to jam regularly in Adam’s garage. Dan, Simon, John, and Adam grew up together in Victoria BC and developed musically in the same environment individually influenced by punk, blues, classic rock, hip hop, and of course, Heavy fucking Metal. Ben Simon and Dan through work after having moved to Vancouver Island in 2008.  Ben’s former band “Moonlit Burial” had just broken up and he had moved to the island to play in a band called “The Tower” Simon, and Dan came out to one of his shows, after that band broke up they invited him to come jam in Adam’s garage. Ben was impressed by their collective talent and began bringing up the idea of writing full songs, as opposed to just “jamming.” After writing a few songs, their combined influences and attitudes naturally manifested into music most closely resembling Thrash Metal . After seeing Torrefy perform instrumentally, because they had not yet found a vocalist who suited their particular brand of Thrash Metal, John soon tried out, and was immediately inducted into the band. We performed as a whole at a 2011 New Years Eve party. Since then they have come to perform with multiple acts who inspired them to follow the path of Metal, and in turn have formed a brotherhood that goes beyond the stage.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

John: TORREFY to dry or roast with fire parch, scorch such as a to subject (ores) to scorching heat so as to drive off volatile ingredients roast. To dry (drugs) on a hot metallic plate til they are friable or are reduced to the state desired. It just described us to a “T”.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

John: We hail from Victoria BC, way up in Canada, where the music scene is a tight knit community with a vast cross section of styles. This can lead to awesomely varied line ups at local shows where Grindcore bands will open for polished Power Metal bands. We have a bit of everything up here from Galdra (Black Metal), and Iskra (Black Crust) to Atrous Leviathan (Death Metal) and Scimitar (Folk-Death Metal).

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

John: We hate over-convoluted genre titles, so we just refer to ourselves as “Thrash” even though we are aware of multiple influences that affect our particular style of song writing. Taking from Classic Rock, Blues, Black Metal and Death Metal. The result is a unique brand of Thrash Metal that is inspired but not derivative. The only way to know what we sound like is to listen to us. If we took the time to write out all of our influences it would be a massive list, it expands all the way from Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Metallica to Skeletonwitch, Vektor, and Gojira.

5. What's your take on "Thrash and Burn" as a whole?

John: It was an excellent first album experience for Torrefy. We wound up working with the guitarist of local metal band Scimitar, George Anstey, as our recording engineer. We were quite impressed with the results, considering it was recorded in dingy basements and bathrooms. Overall we were stoked on the finished product, and we are anxious to hear what the masses think of it. We are excited to take what we learned from our experience in the “studio” and apply it to our second album.

6. What's your favorite song on the album right now?

Adam- Incineratorr

Ben- 8%

Simon- Thrash and Burn

Dan- Direwolf

John- Incineratorr

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

John: That even though we just released our 1st album we have the entirety of our second album, a concept album called “The Infinity Complex”, completely written and ready for recording. Our output of music is both constant and rapid due to our passion for the art and the fact that all members of the band are contributing songwriters. We just can’t stop writing. We've made a huge impression on our local scene and are just at the beginning of our journey as a band.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

John: As we mentioned we have an entire second album ready for recording and are anxious to get in the studio. We have our sights on some Canadian festivals like Farmaggedon, and Armstrong Metal Festival, as well as larger international festivals. Right now we are in a competition for the chance to play Wacken Open Air against numerous other bands across the country.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

John: All our recorded material is available on our Bandcamp page, including all of “Thrash and Burn” and some live off the floor recordings.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

John: We’d like them to remember a mind-reeling, all-encompassing high that unleashes a flame within their blackened heart, which spreads forth across the multiple planes of their infinitesimal existences.
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I Am Ghost who broke-up in 2010, have been making posts upon an I Am Ghost Facebook page, even having frontman vocalist Steven Juliano and drummer Justin McCarthy making posts upon their own personal pages. Drummer Justin McCarthy went on to say "Keep your eyes open for more news this year". So it looks like these guys have returned after all. Expect to hear more as it becomes available.

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Dr. Living Dead's new video for "TeamxDeadx" can be seen HERE.
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