Finland has long been an iconic hub for rock and metal music, from the gothic to the heavy and even the symphonic. With the likes of Nightwish, HIM, Children of Bodom, Apocalyptica, and so many more ensuring Finland’s place on the international map of popular bands, there is no wonder that there is quite a demand for Finnish rockers to find themselves back on United States soil.
EXCLUSIVE: PERPETUAL DOOM (All That Remains, TV’s Ghost Hunters/Ghost Nation, Split Shift) Announces Reunion...
Perpetual Doom, a western Massachusetts metal staple, had called it a day in 2000. Phil Labonte went on to Shadows Fall and then All That Remains, Ken Robert and William Brault to Split Shift, and Steve Gonsalves went on to star on TV’s Ghost Hunters. 20 years later, the band is back and ready to revisit their death metal past.
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE OF DEAD FRIENDS’ “CIS WHITE WHALE” ON OUTBURN.COM The band says, “Cis White Whale” is a song about entitlement and feeling like the world owes you something based on where you’ve been. What better visual companion piece than the world of politics?”
LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF “FLIGHT” BY ZAO TAKEN FROM PREFACE: EARLY RECORDINGS 1995–1996 ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM. “Flight” was the A-side of the very first Steadfast Records release back in 1995, a split 7-inch with Zao and Dayton HxC band Outcast.
LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF BLACKOUT TRANSMISSION’S “HEAVY CIRCLES” ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM Bright and gleaming at times, warm and meditative at others, Sparse Illumination effectively creates a seamless, lysergic journey filled with potent lyrics coupled with a rush of multi-chromatic textures anchored by magnetic bass grooves and feverish drumming.
The 1990s Norwegian black metal scene is credited with inventing the modern black metal genre, so there are plenty of albums by bands from that era that are modern classics. Here is our selection of the five greatest.
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF AL1CE’S NEW VIDEO “BOTTLED TRUTH” ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM. “Bottled Truth” is off AL1CE’s upcoming album As Above, So Below, which will be released later this year.
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF SERPENT SERVANT SLAVE’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WHATCHU DOIN’ WANTING MORE?” ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM Headless is the debut album from Serpent Servant Slave, the newest group assembled by Jesse Smith (Zao, Gods, Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost).
LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF THE DEEP END’S NEW EP ICARUS ONLY ON OUTBURN.COM. The Deep End has crafted an open, melodic, and thoroughly accessible collection on the Icarus EP, balancing honest lyricism, driving guitar work, and enticing melodic injections.
“This band was ahead of their time.” “This band changed metal.” “This band led the groundwork for a new breed of metal bands.” We use these sentences to describe a myriad of bands. But these examples apply to Cynic more strongly than any other band.