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photograph by Jeremy Saffer

Hatebreed have premiered the official video for "Looking Down the Barrel of Today." The track comes off their upcoming album, 'The Concrete Confessional,' due May 13 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The album was produced by longtime collaborator Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence) and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Megadeth).

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photograph by Piggy D

The following is an excerpt—and extras!—from the Rob Zombie feature in the April/May issue of Revolver. Here, the vocalist answers fan questions on life for our Going Postal feature such as becoming vegan, relationship advice, a Rob Zombie presidency, if he acts his age, and more. To read the rest, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or get your copy here. Story by Richard Bienstock.

How long have you been vegan, and what advice would you give someone who is trying to become vegan? —Jennifer Roman I've been a vegetarian since I was a kid, and I was vegan for a while a couple years ago. But for the last four years or so I've been very hardcore about it. The last thing that I was still eating was cheese—that's what kept me from being a total vegan. I think it's a good thing to do, and the right thing to do, but my advice to people is, maybe ease yourself into it. Also, understand why you're doing it. You can't just do it because it's trendy or something. Because it can be difficult to do. Not necessarily in terms of the food, but sometimes as far as finding the food. You've gotta do it because you really believe in it. Otherwise it'll drive you crazy. Do you have any good relationship advice? Seriously, you and Sheri Moon are #relationshipgoals —Vickie Blalock One thing I would say is, life is crazy, and sometimes it's good times and sometimes it's bad times. And one of the biggest things I see with some people is that as soon as there's one bad moment they wanna split. They always think the grass is greener on the other side. It's not. Sheri and I have been together for something like 23 years, and it's great. But, you know, every moment can't always be great. If it was, you wouldn't be able to distinguish a great moment. There are a bunch of weirdos running for president this year, which makes it seem like maybe a Rob Zombie presidential run could be not too far off. If you were to run and win, what could we expect from a Rob Zombie presidency? —Zach Tato That's like a joke question and I don't have a joke answer [laughs]. But I do follow everything that's going on, and I think it's kind of sad. I mean, being president is a serious thing that people should have respect for, and it's just turned into buffoonery. There are real issues that affect real lives, and all these people do is grandstand on nonsense. It's kind of drag. Rob, you are only one year younger than me, and have managed to always stay true to yourself. Have you ever had someone tell you that you need to act more your age? And if so, what has your response been to them? —Heidi K. Hartman No one's ever said that to me, and if they did it would be because they don't know what that means. I do everything that I want to do. My life is run like a giant business. If you're making movies and making music and running a huge touring business, who's telling you something like that? You can't be an idiot and make things run. So I am acting my age. Don't be fooled by the show—there's a lot of work that goes into this.

MORE ROB ZOMBIE: Interview: Rob Zombie Answers Fan Questions, Part 1 and Part 2 

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photograph by Travis Shinn

French metal act Gojira have premiered its new song and music video, "Stranded." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band will release its new album 'Magma'—which was recorded at the band's own Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York—on June 17 via Roadrunner Records.

Frontman Joe Duplantier said, "We are very excited to release our new album 'Magma.' We put everything we had into these songs. This album is our flesh and blood."

Pre-orders for 'Magma' are available today at, with all orders receiving an instant grat download of "Stranded." Exclusive bundles are also available, which include a limited edition 52 page hardcover book with exclusive photos, sketches and artwork from the creation of 'Magma.' Additionally, all bundles also include a DVD and HD digital download of Gojira's 2015 Rock In Rio performance featuring newly mixed audio done by the band themselves.


'Magma' tracklisting:
1 Shooting Star
2. Silvera
3. The Cell
4. Stranded
5. Yellow Stone
6. Magma
7. Pray
8. Only Pain
9. Low Lands
10. Liberation


Of Mice & Men have released "The Depths," the first video from their upcoming 'Live at Brixton' double-disc set, due May 27.

The Brixton concert was Of Mice & Men's largest headline show to date – a blistering set in support of their 'Restoring Force: Full Circle' reissue.

Check out "The Depths" below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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photograph by Piggy D

The following is an excerpt—and extras!—from the Rob Zombie feature in the April/May issue of Revolver. Here, the vocalist answers fan questions on music for our Going Postal feature such as what's so "fucked up" about the new album, if he has seen a U.F.O, the craziest thing a fan has done for him, and much more. To read the rest, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or get your copy here. Story by Richard Bienstock.

You've called 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser' your "heaviest most fucked up musical monster to date." But what's so fucked up about it? —Jonathan Mason We recorded the album over a very long period of time—we would work on it for a couple weeks, break down the studio, go on tour, then come back and work on it for a couple more weeks. We just went back and forth that way rather than hammering through from start to finish. And what I really liked about that process was it gave us a chance to fine-tune every song so that they all were unique. On this album we tried to make the vocals sound different on every song, the guitars sound different on every song, the drums sound different on every song. And that's what made it, to me, the best record yet. The first single is "Well, Everybody's Fucking in a U.F.O."? Have you ever seen a U.F.O.? —Ben Ableson There's two times that I can say yes. One time, I was very little, probably in third grade. My friends and I were walking home from a Halloween party at our school, and our school was adjacent to a cemetery. Now, this is a bunch of third graders hopped up on candy, so who knows what we were seeing. But then many years later—it might have been the final days of White Zombie—we were on tour in California and coming back towards home and there was a huge light hovering over a desert area. And I remember our bus driver was on his CB radio and other people were saying they saw it too. It kind of looked like a setting sun, only it was nighttime and this was no sun. What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you? —Shira Bradner Here's one particular thing I remember: A radio station was having a contest where whoever could promote their call letters in the craziest way possible got to meet the band. And the guy who won had taken a razor blade and carved the radio station's name into his chest. So they brought him into the meet and greet and it was, "Here's Steve—he won the contest!" Except he must have just done the carving, because he was still bleeding like crazy. So I was like, "Hey, nice to meet you Steve! Now somebody go take Steve to the hospital!" That one always sticks out to me. The new White Zombie box set, 'It Came from N.Y.C.,' looks awesome. Were you involved at all in putting it together? —Kirby Davidson My involvement was the same as everyone else's. When they were putting the booklet together I would go through it and say, "This photo's cool, that photo's not cool," things like that. And when they were writing the liner notes I'd go, "Here's my version of what went down and how I remember it…" But that's about it as far as my involvement. As far as the rest of it, the music, I was involved in all of it. But that was done like a million years ago, so… How do you come up with ideas for your album titles? —Karista Melsheimer The same way I come up with ideas for anything. They just kind of pop into my head. But usually I wait until the record's basically finished. Then when I hear the finished record I say, "What does this sound like to me? What should it be called?" With the new one, the title is just how the record sounded to me when it was done. And people can interpret it however they like.

  MORE ROB ZOMBIE: Interview: Rob Zombie Answers Fan Questions, Part 1 


Killswitch Engage recently released their new album, 'Incarnate.' Today, the band has teamed up with Revolver to exclusively premiere "Define Love"—an unreleased track from the 'Incarnate' sessions. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Frontman Jesse Leach said, "'Define Love' was written as my critique on our attempts as humans to limit love or restrict love. Whether it be political or religious agendas, love seems to be used as a way to manipulate people to think or act a certain way. Love is deeper than simple emotion or desire. It is an unexplainable spirit that defies our attempts to harness and understand it. True love in my mind is far greater than our feeble comprehension of it. We need not try to set any limitations on what defines love."

"Define Love" will be released as a limited edition 7" on Record Store Day. The exclusive 7" will be available on Saturday, April 16 with the song on Side A and Side B is silkscreened with artwork created by bassist Mike D'Antonio. The release will also include a Killswitch Engage stencil.

On Record Store Day, the group will also be doing a signing at Newbury Comics in Leominster, Mass. at 2pm prior to their headlining set at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival that night.

MORE KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Photos: Killswitch Engage Behind-the-Scenes from Revolver's Cover Shoot

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photograph by Photo: Travis Shinn


Gojira have announced the title and release date of their upcoming album. The follow-up to 2012's 'L'Enfant Sauvage,' the new record is titled 'Magma' and will be released June 17.

'Magma'  was recorded at frontman Joseph Duplantier's Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York.

In an interview with, frontman Joseph Duplantier said of the new record: "We want[ed] a short album. Something less epic than what we usually do. People's attentions are shorter now. So a lot of the songs are four minutes."

Check out a teaser clip announcing 'Magma' below!


When we caught up with Walls of Jericho frontwoman, Candace Kucsulain (pictured above), for a report in the April/May 2016 issue of Revolver (on newsstands now), the Detroit-based hardcore group was gearing up to release their latest and first album in eight years, 'No One Can Save You from Yourself.'

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn't include most of the interview. But that's what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say about powerlifting and the powerful message behind some of the tracks.

REVOLVER What meaning does the new album title, 'No One Can Save You from Yourself,' have for you? 
CANDACE KUCSULAIN It means we are our own worst enemy. That most of the damage we've done is by our own hand. Because we live our lives with the expectations of what life "should" be instead of what we want it to be, it most likely sets us up for failure.

Everyone in the band has struggled with this at one point in time and I know I still do. We are  in charge of our destiny and that no one can do for you but you. If you want change, either in yourself or the world, it must start with you. Find the solution and take action.

It's been about eight years since the last record. What have you been up to in the meantime? I know members have had children and members have been in and out…
Oh, a shit ton. Let's see where to start... After touring a while on [2008's] 'The American Dream' I decided I wanted to start a family. That's how the break began [laughs]. Quickly after I got pregnant with my daughter Patsy, and as you can imagine that put a halt to our touring. I decided to stay home 'til she was eight months before we took our first tour back. Having babies is a bit different when it's the singer having them. We didn't do a lot of touring, I didn't want to be away from her too long during her first few amazing years.

We had many talks about writing a new record but my brain just couldn't get out of mommy-mode. This past year a lot has changed and happened and the flood gates opened up and this record began.

My understanding is the track, "Relentless," has a voice from a member of the Relentless Detroit Foundationwhich gives support for families with terminally ill childrenthat passed away. How did you get involved with the powerlifting charity foundation? 
Yes, it does. His name is Connor. He passed away over the summer and a few days before he did, I recorded him saying, "I am Relentless." It gives me chills even now.

I stared working with Relentless Detroit first after I saw someone post about it a few years ago. Relentless Minnesota and Detroit each host a powerlifting meet every year. We raise money for kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

It's wonderful doing something you love while being able to help others. Our band went full force on tour raising awareness and money for the meet. After my first Relentless meet the thing that stood out was how dedicated everyone was even after the meet. This wasn't just a fundraiserit was a lifestyle. This moved me in a way so much so that I wanted to write a song about it, for the families and the kids to see how much what they do and how they live is so inspirational to others. With help from other Relentless members, the song was born.

What do you like about powerlifting? And do you find if it helps you as a musician? 
Yes, powerlifting has been a huge part of my life for the past four years. I've accomplished a Raw Elite total and a Gear Pro total. Two years ago we moved to train under the strongest woman in the world and one of the best coaches in the world, Laura and Shane Sweatt. The atmosphere they've created in their gym is what powerlifting is all about. It's you and the barno one can lift that weight for you. It's doesn't owe you a thing and isn't gonna give unless you put 100 percent of yourself into it.

I love the challenge and the mental and physical toughness of it. It teaches you to look at the world differently. Something that once seemed impossible, this weight, that you though you would never pick up is now just a warm-up because of the hard work you did. When you approach life that way, you realize anything is possible if you want it bad enough or are willing to work hard enough for it.

Is there another track on this album that has a special significance for you? 
Yes, "Cutbird." This song is for my younger brother, Larry. Last November he got diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away in February. He had a wife and two boys that he loved with all his heart and he wore that heart on his sleeve. I am more of a guarded person, with a pretty good resting bitch face [laughs]. My brother passing was a huge reminder of what is important in life. And we now have a saying, "Living Life Like Larry"trying to live life loving as well as he did. He loved music and also made our "Relentless" video for us. I just wanted to give him one more thing.


Italian metal group Lacuna Coil will release their new album, 'Delirium,' on May 27 via Century Media Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new song and lyric video, "The House of Shame." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia said, "Everything feels different this time in the Lacuna Coil camp. It's something I can hear it and something I can breath. A new wave of confidence, a renewed essence and pure drops of energy sweating out of our pores. I can't wait to show it to all my friends and welcome you all once again in our family. Trust me, this is a delirium you will feel the need to be part of."

The frontwoman can be also be seen on the cover of Revolver's February/March 25 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue (read an excerpt here). You can find a copy in our webstore.

The band has also announced the first wave of North American tour dates which will include support from Butcher Babies, 9Electric and Painted Wives. Check out the dates below.

For more on Lacuna Coil, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

LACUNA COIL w/Butcher Babies, 9Electric, Painted Wives:
May 07 - San Francisco CA - Social Hall *
May 08 - Los Angeles LA - The Roxy
May 09 - Phoenix AZ - The Marquee
May 10 - El Paso TX - Tricky Falls
May 12 - Dallas TX - Trees
May 14 - Cherokee NC - Cherokee Event Center (direct support to Halestorm) - Lacuna Only
May 15 - Richmond VA - The National (direct support to Halestorm) - Lacuna Only
May 17 - Davenport IA - Adler Theater (direct support to Halestorm) - Lacuna Only
May 18 - Madison WI - Majestic Theatre *
May 20 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero *
May 21 - Flint MI - The Machine Shop
May 25 - Brooklyn NY - Saint Vitus ^^
May 26 - Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den ^^
* no Butcher Babies
^^ no support

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photograph by Justin Lowe

When we caught up with After the Burial vocalist, Anthony Notarmaso (pictured above, far left), for an interview in the April/May 2016 issue of Revolver (on newsstands now), the Twin Cities, M.N.-based metal group was gearing up to release their latest, 'Dig Deep.'

But the primary topic of our interview wasn't a pleasant one: The recent death of guitarist Justin Lowe. The founding guitarist had a psychotic break, quit the band, and soon after committed suicide. He was 32.

But rather than collapse under the pressure, After the Burial forged ahead and created the aptly-titled 'Dig Deep,' their most introspective record to date. Notarmaso is still stunned by how quickly everything transpired—and was brave and honest about the story. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn't include most of the interview. Here is the unedited version of the conversation.

Everyone at Revolver sends their deepest condolences to After the Burial and all of Lowe's family, friends and loved ones.

Interview by Chris Krovatin

REVOLVER How far into the recording process were when everything went down?
ANTHONY NOTARMASO I can't recall the exact dates, but the band being from Minnesota and me being in Florida, they were already there a couple of days. I showed up a couple of days after them. They were setting up, and a lot of stuff that didn't really involve me. When I got there, they'd just gotten everything dialed in. They were ready to roll. When I got there, it was the same day Justin left, so I never got to see Justin. I spoke to him on the phone two days before I got there, and he was fine. We were laughing on the phone, joking around. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. He sounded like himself. He said, "Have a safe flight, see you soon." And I never got to see him after that. I never got to talk to him again.

I'm terribly sorry, man. It sounds like things escalated quickly, and you couldn't have been prepared.
We didn't even know. Trent [Hafdahl] and Dan [Carle] were there in the studio with Justin, and they didn't tell me anything. I guess the night before I'd gotten there, they knew something was wrong, but I guess they thought he was just too stressed. Times were hard on us before we got to the studio, so they didn't want to freak me out before I got there, which would have happened anyway. Dan picked me up from the airport, and when we got there, Trent was standing outside of the studio, sitting on a curb. And as we were pulling up, Dan said, "Hey, I gotta talk to you about something." And I'm looking as Trent comes walking up, and I'm thinking, Are they gonna kick me out of the band or something? And they broke it down for me—that Justin wasn't doing well, and he went home. And they said, "So…we're here. There's three of us. We understand the situation, we just want to know what you want to do." And I said, "Let's make a fucking record." And Dan was like, "Oh god, I'm so glad you said that." They were so relieved we were all on the same page—we're here, let's do it, let's try and make a record.

Was it difficult for Trent to where it was left off?
As far as having to carry a ton of weight, Trent was amazing. I'm a late riser—I've always been like that—and I was getting up around 11 or 12, and Trent was already up, had a little breakfast. We were all staying in these rooms in this studio, and he was in the guitar rooms tracking from about 10 in the morning until one in the morning. Just grinding, all day, all night. What Trent did on this record is absolutely amazing. Even Dan and I, we all worked so hard. Going through something like what we did, and having each other's backs, pushing through and getting this record done, it brought us closer as a band. And that's something I think is super important, as far as trusting someone and having a relationship with someone.

When you found out Justin had died, did you consider ending the band?
We found out through a friend… Well, we kind of put two and two together. We saw a news report from a really small town the day they found the body. And I just knew. I didn't know the area that well, apart from St. Paul. But I asked them, when I saw that report, I asked them, "How close to that was his car found?" And they said right nearby, right under it. When it was confirmed, we all broke down. We didn't talk to each other for a few days. And then we talked to each other. There was that consideration. We talked about if this was a sign that we should hang up our guns, or start a new band altogether, that maybe this was the end of After the Burial.

We thought about it. It wasn't just a fleeting thought. We considered it. In the end, we just didn't want whatever defeated him to defeat us as well. And in the situation, if the roles were reversed, I wouldn't want the band to stop playing. I'd want them to keep playing, and be as happy as they can. It's rough. Your whole world gets flipped upside-down, and nothing's safe anymore. You don't know anything. Everything's this big huge question. Which sucks. That's not a fun way to live, worrying about your future.

Did you guys go back and do any additional work on the album after Justin's passing?
Once the album was done, we left everything. That's the way it was supposed to be, and that's the way it was going to happen. Justin broke down on that album. We were trying to work while being deeply concerned about him. I think everything that we went through as a band and as human beings… Justin was a family member. He was a brother. We were deeply concerned. Everything we went through is on that record.

When you listen back to the material, is there a song or moment you find hard to listen to?
There's one in particular that when we would be in a room soundchecking or line-checking, Justin would always play this really pretty riff, over and over again. A lot of the times, when it would happen early in the day, when people were just waking up, it was soothing before the noise came. That's in one of our new songs. It's hard to listen to that. Extremely hard. Even just talking about it… It's one of those songs, if we end up playing it live, and I'm afraid we will, that will be really hard to play.

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