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Julia Jacklin (photo by Nick Mckk)
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Notable Releases of the Week (2/22)

This week's Notable Releases include Julia Jacklin's best album yet, SPELLLING's Sacred Bones debut, Candlemass' first album with their original singer in 30+ years, Offset's solo debut, and more.

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Relapse 2018 sampler
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Relapse release 2018 sampler (with new signings Monolord & Cherubs & more)

The 2018 edition of Relapse's annual sampler also includes YOB, Windhand, Author & Punisher, Nothing, Pig Destroyer, Outer Heaven, Zeke, Devil Master, and more.

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Converge at Royale Boston
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Converge’s Nate Newton’s favorite albums of 2018

Converge bassist Nate Newton shared a huge, eclectic, genre-spanning list of his favorite albums of 2018, with punk, metal, hip-hop, and indie rock picks including War on Women, Daughters, Mazzy Star, Mitski, St. Vincent, Tomb Mold, Hot Snakes, Judas Priest, Cardi B, Deafheaven, Voivod, High On Fire, Boygenius, Author & Punisher, The Body, and more.

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Relapse Records 2017 sampler
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Relapse release 2017 sampler, sign Trappist (mem Spazz, Despise You, etc)

The sampler is free to download as always, but if you do want to donate, this year 100% of the proceeds are going to Rock to the Future, which provides music education for Philly's underserved youth.

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Cloakroom Big World
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Relapse release 2016 sampler, signed Cloakroom (stream new song “Big World”)

The sampler has a new Cloakroom song, plus Inter Arma, Ulcerate, Gatecreeper, Sumerlands, Ringworm, Black Tusk, Cough, S U R V I V E, The Album Leaf, Nothing, True Widow, and more.

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MDF 2015
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Maryland Deathfest update (schedule, cancellations/replacements) ++ related NYC shows

Check out the updated schedule for Maryland Deathfest (including some cancellations/replacements since we last spoke), plus a handful of upcoming NYC metal shows (some related to MDF, some not).

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Maryland Deathfest 2016 adds Testament, Discharge, Severed Head of State, Paradise Lost, Repulsion, Goblin & more

Maryland Deathfest 2016 already announced two rounds of bands, and today they added a bunch more. Additions include Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Paradise Lost, Ringworm, Severed Head of State (who also play NYC soon), Buzzov'en, World Burns to Death, Tragedy, Satan, DOOM, Crypt Sermon, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Horrendous, Infest, Nuclear Assault (who are supposedly breaking up soon), Weedeater...

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Maryland Deathfest 2016 announces second round of bands

Annual metalhead destination Maryland Deathfest announced its initial 2016 lineup last week, and today the festival revealed its second round of ba...

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Maryland Deathfest 2016 initial lineup (Venom, Exciter, Samael, Bongzilla, Wormed, Sinister, Gruesome & more)

The 2015 Maryland Deathfest is behind us (read our review), and now the initial lineup for 2016 is already announced. Next year happens from May 26-29 in the usual locations of Edison Lot, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage, and so far the lineup looks like this: There's Venom (whose only US show of 2015 is FFF Fest) and the back-in-action Bongzilla, plus Samael (performing Ceremony of Opposites), Exciter, Sinister, Hail of Bullets, The Haunted, Destroyer 666, Wormed, Gruesome, Jungle Ro...

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The Heavy Lowdown: Motorhead cruise details + KEN mode, Today is the Day, Gruesome, CoC, weekend shows & more

Motörhead at Coachella, 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

What does the loudest boat in the world sound like? Kinda like "Ace of Spaces...

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