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Last month Toronto's production and film crew Reel Wolf Productions dropped a collaboration video, "The Underworld 2," with some of the biggest names in underground hip-hop—such as featuring Chino XL, Sean Price, ILL Bill, Necro, Kuniva from D12, Havoc from Mobb Deep, Slaine, Johnny Richter, and more. Today, Reel Wolf have teamed up with Revolver to premiere a metal remix of the song that features Mark Morton of Lamb of God's signature bone-crushing riffs and some diabolical scratches from DJ Sid Wilson of Slipknot. Check out the track and music video below and let us know what you think in the comments!

To get "Reel Wolf Presents Underworld 2," visit their webstore. For more on Reel Wolf, visit their website and Facebook.


Hard rock act Hinder will release its acoustic EP, 'Stripped,' on May 13 via The End Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere the entire EP stream right here, right now! Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band said. "We've wanted to do an acoustic EP for a long time, since that's how most of our songs are first constructed. It was fun to strip everything away from our popular recordings to let our fans hear them in a different way. We've always said that you can tell when a song is well written when you can play it in several different styles and still love it."

To accompany the release, Hinder will embark on their first-ever acoustic tour. See the dates below.

To get 'Stripped,' visit iTunes. For more on Hinder, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Hinder 2016 acoustic tour dates:
06/01 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head ON Stage **
06/03 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
06/04 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino, Wolf Den (free show) **
06/05 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Hall
06/07 – Binghamton, NY – Magic City Music Hall
06/08 – Boston, MA – Royale Boston
06/10 – Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall
06/13 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
06/14 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
06/16 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
06/17 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
06/18 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks Pub
06/20 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
06/21 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
06/22 – Grand Junction, CO – Independence Ballroom
06/25 – Reno, NV – Cargo
06/26 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
06/28 – Modesto, CA – Fat Cat
06/29 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
07/01 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
07/02 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
07/03 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theater
** Hinder only


Skeletonwitch's Adam Clemans dropped by Revolver HQ to talk about joining the extreme metal act as its new vocalist, the "Well of Despair" single, internet backlash, his favorite vocalist that joined a band midstream, new full-length plans, and more. Check out our video chat below and lets us know what you think in the comments!

For more on Skeletonwitch, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


Hatebreed have premiered the lyric video for a new song, "Seven Enemies." The track comes off the band's upcoming album, 'The Concrete Confessional,' due May 13 via Nuclear Blast.

According to frontman Jamey Jasta, the song is a take on the Seven Deadly Sins that have a place in most of the world's religions. "A lot of people gravitate towards their vices and sins and it dooms them," Jasta says. "They lead to destructive lifestyle patterns, and then that starts affecting the people around them."

Check out "Seven Enemies" below and let us know what you think in the comments!


Liverpool, U.K.-based metalcore act Carcer City will release its new album via Stay Sick Recordings, Attila frontman Chris "Fronz" Fronzak's label, this fall. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere its new song and music video, "Infinite/Unknown." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band said, "We're over the moon to sign to one of the most exciting new labels for our genre in the U.S.A. Carcer City have had a strong fan base over there for some time now and we've been looking to reach out for a number of years. With this partnership in place, we can finally put together the necessary plans to make that happen and the team at Stay Sick have been behind us every step of the way. This is the first step in a new chapter for this band and we are ready to show the world just what we're made of."

Fronzak added, "Carcer City is creating music that is both addictive and dynamic. This album transcends with multiple different moods, all of which are extremely satisfying. These guys know what they're doing and their talent is easy to see. Give them a listen and let their music consume you. This is how heavy music should sound."

For more on Carcer City, follow them on Facebook.


Revolver recently caught up with J-pop metal hybrid Babymetal to talk about its latest album, 'Metal Resistance,' performing on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,' headlining Wembley Stadium, and much more! Check out the video interview below and let us know what you think in the comments!

For more on Babymetal, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.


Revolver's own Derek Soto was on hand to catch all the action for Halestorm and Lita Ford's show on April 27 at Webster Hall in New York City. Check out the photos he captured for us below–you can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.


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photograph by photo by Colin B Cadell

Vancouver-based tech-death act The Schoenberg Automaton will release its new album, 'Apus,' on June 3 via Entertainment One Music (eOne) / Lifeblood Inc. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere its new song, "Swarm." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments! Vocalist Jake Gerstle said, "Our visual journey through life helps us understand and recognize patterns. The patterns of life can be chaotic. We connect through social circles that intertwine with the different connections we establish, creating our reality that travels along the Mobius strip of our existence. Our social circles help us understand our connection with loved ones and nature. However, individual freedoms can often be trapped by the intertwining of these circles." To get 'Apus,' visit iTunes. For more on The Schoenberg Automaton, follow them on Twitter and Facebook


Revolver's own Derek Soto was on hand to catch all the action for Behemoth and Myrkur's show on April 23 at Webster Hall in New York City. Check out the photos he captured for us below–you can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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photograph by Disentomb

The Black Dahlia Murder with Fallujah and Disentomb
Saturday, April 16 at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • Capacity of The Knitting Factory: 300 people
  • Chances the venue is currently over capacity: 72 percent
  • Number of N.Y.C death metal goombahs in attendance: All of them
  • Explanation for turnout: The Black Dahlia Murder are playing their debut, 'Unhallowed,' in its entirety. Most of this crowd grew up on this album.
  • Track from 'Unhallowed' this author hopes the band plays: "Hymn for the Wretched," "Elder Misanthropy," and obviously—well, they'll play them all, won't they?
  • View upon opening door to main venue space: A line of backs pressed right up to the door
  • Chances of buying a beer in said space while a band is playing: 0.27 percent
  • Convenient option: The Knitting Factory's outer bar has a wall of windows through which you can see the band without being crammed into the venue's main room
  • Upside: Allows for relaxation and boozing during an especially-packed show like this one
  • Downside: It's sort of like treating the reason you came out tonight as a zoo exhibit
  • First up: Disentomb from Australia
  • Sounds like: A 10-ton vomit burp
  • Crowd response: Super-enthusiastic. Obviously U.S. fans don't get to see these guys a lot, being from as far away as they are.
  • Notable trait of N.Y.C. death metal community: Unlike a lot of the N.Y.C. black metal community, these guys don't just stand there with folded arms. They actually mosh.
  • Notable habit of frontman Jordan James: Calling the audience, "Y'CUNTS."
  • Chances an American frontman could get away with calling fans 'cunts': 24.6 percent
  • Endearing aspect of Disentomb: James actually sounds really stoked and grateful to be here.
  • Number of attendees who look like they could be 12: 20.
  • Hours it would take someone to get a fake ID in New York City: Four, at the most.
  • Merch bummer: No 'Vlad, Son of the Dragon' shirts! Aw, bummer, that Dracula design really spoke to me. Guess I'll order it online.
  • Next up: Fallujah from California
  • Sounds like: A colorful nebula in deep space being suddenly assaulted by a bunch of big fucking meteors.
  • Named after: A city in Iraq
  • Crowd response: Positive. These guys definitely bring the punch along with the prog, and modern death metal fans dig that.
  • Layman's description of modern death-prog: Imagine some sheeneenee being placed over the womp womp.
  • Other band comparisons: Imagine if Cynic sounded like an actual metal band.
  • Look frontman Alex Hofman is going for: Goth Buddhist Soldier, First Class.
  • Hofman's regard for N.Y.C. crowd: "We love you, New York. This city is our second home."
  • Endearing trend: Hofman and Fallujah also seem really happy to be in New York playing with The Black Dahlia Murder. It's cool to see a lineup of bands so grateful to be here.
  • Chances Justin Bieber will gush so gratefully at his next New York show: It is not this author's business to try and imagine what Justin Bieber thinks or why he behaves the way he does.
  • Number of live reports on The Black Dahlia Murder this author has penned for this site: Four.
  • Number he would pen, given the chance: 1,258
  • TBDM pre-performance music: Earth, Wind, and Fire—"September" and "Let's Groove".
  • Crowd response: Funky
  • Percentage of crowd breaking it down hard to these tracks: 65 percent
  • Funny sight of the night: Dudes in spikes battle jackets gyrating excitedly to '70s disco tunes.
  • Funnier sight: The hardcore death metal dudes standing with crossed arms and frowns as the heshers around them boogie like crazy.
  • Moment the boogie dies: When "September" begins playing a second time. All right, guys, we get it, metal juxtaposed with n0t-metal music. Let's go.
  • And now: The Black Dahlia Murder from Michigan.
  • Sounds like: A haunted house is set on fire, and all the ghosts run screaming from it, their heads ablaze.
  • Opening track: They just play 'Unhallowed' to begin with, so, you know, all of those songs.
  • Crowd response: Massively excited. Everyone's screaming every word with their hands in the air.
  • Percentage by which marijuana usage jumps over the next 30 seconds: 432 percent
  • Especially effective tracks from 'Unhallowed': "Funeral Thirst," "When the Last Grave Has Emptied," and "The Blackest Transformation"
  • Strangest frontman stage moves: Trevor Strnad's flitting hand motions. It looks like he's either conducting a symphony or seasoning a stew.
  • Best stage banter of the night: Strnad making the crowd bark like a dog. "COME ON—ARUFF RUFF RUFFRUFF!"
  • Confusing realization: Man, so much of 'Unhallowed' is about really dark horror, but so much of the art and promotion around it after its 2003 release painted these guys as this total "core" band, with all these images of dead birds and clenched fists and tribal bullshit. Guess that's what was popular at the time.
  • More telling realization: You could have been in a goth folk duo in 2003 and the record label would have tried to sell it as a core band.
  • Non-Unhallowed tracks enjoyed: "Receipt," "Everything Went Black"
  • Sensations experienced leaving the show: Satisfaction, exhaustion, nostalgia, excitement.
  • Most anticipated event in forseeable future: The next time I get to cover this band live.