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Danny Leal of Upon A Burning Body

Upon A Burning Body have released a video for “B.M.F.” The track is featured on Upon A Burning Body’s fourth album, Straight From The Barrio, which was released October 28, 2016 via Sumerian Records.

The video was shot in the style of hit 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, which starred rapper Will Smith and helped launch his career as an actor. In the video, the camera zooms in on frontman Danny Leal to reveal his Fresh Prince tattoo on his arm. The singer has previously revealed his love of the show, posting a picture of himself wearing a Bel-Air Academy basketball top on Twitter. Watch the video and view tour dates inside! (more…)

Periphery/Photo by Josefa Torres

Periphery (Photo by Josefa Torres)

Washington, D.C.-based prog innovators Periphery will return this summer with a new album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty (July 22, Sumerian Records), and a U.S. tour, dubbed the “Sonic Unrest” tour, launching Aug. 4.

Periphery III: Select Difficulty is finally complete and we’re extremely excited to show everyone,” said guitarist Jake Bowen. “For the past couple of years, we’ve been refining our collaborative process as a band, and we feel that it’s only getting better with the completion of this album. We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound but also reflect where all of us are as musicians. Working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively. In support of Periphery III, you’ll see us hit the road in the States this summer with SikTh, Chon and Toothgrinder on the ‘Sonic Unrest’ tour. It’s going to be a blast! See you on the road!” (more…)

Born of Osiris

Born of Osiris

Born of Osiris have premiered the video for “The Other Half of Me.” The clip, directed by Ramon Boutviseth, shows the band spoofing the movie The Expendables. View the video clip inside and tour dates. (more…)

Sumerian Records marks its 10 year anniversary with a four week tour, dubbed the Sumerian 10 Year Tour, featuring five of the Los Angeles labels’ bands: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, ERRA and Bad Omens.

“Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial have all played a crucial role in the new wave of progressive, heavy music and in the pedigree of Sumerian,” said label founder, Ash Avildsen. “They are some of the most genuine, hard-working and talented musicians I have had the privilege to work with. I vividly remember first seeing all three of them play together at a tiny legion hall in a small Illinois town when Sumerian was less than a year old and they were all unsigned. I can proudly say that without Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial together on the label, Sumerian would not have become the entity it is today. I am honored to have this Midwest menagerie carrying the 10 Year Tour and excited for our newcomers ERRA and Bad Omens. Thank you to all of the fans who support the bands and the music. Without you, none of this would be possible. See you in the pit.” View tour dates inside. (more…)

Born of Osiris have released the official music video for the track “Illuminate.” The song comes off of the band’s new release, Soul Sphere (read review). Watch the Egyptian-themed video now and stream the entire Soul Sphere album here.

Born-of-Osiris-Soul-SphereReview by Jeff Maki
On its fourth album, Soul Sphere, the Chicago quintet Born of Osiris might now become what many have been saying since the band’s inception: the next big thing. I recently saw the band live on the 2015 Summer Slaughter Tour (read review), a show (and most likely) a tour it easly could have headlined. The kids are eating up Born of Osiris’ (or BoO, as their affectionately known) djent style, made up of polyrhythmic guitars colliding with orchestral electronics (or video game music) and extreme vocals. While many critics have been hailing the band for its intricacies and complex music, it seems to have taken a step in another direction with Soul Sphere. While its hallmark attributes remain intact, Born of Osiris has taken the first baby step in leaving the former class of experimental djent bands behind and is entering more mainstream musical territory with bigger choruses and more memorable songs. And there’s nothing wrong with that. (more…)


Review by Jeff Maki
Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation, Beyond Creation
With all the drama surrounding the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and its lack of true headlining bands and low attendance, the timing of the 2015 Summer Slaughter Tour couldn’t have been any better.

But wait, there’s no one here either … (more…)

Subversion_animiReview by Jeff Maki
Subversion is a five-piece U.K. band that plays a brand of syncopated technical death and experimental metal, comparable to Meshuggah, Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya. Its 2010 album, Lest We Forget (no, not Marilyn Manson’s greatest hits record), received high marks from the U.K. metal media, and a four-song EP called Transcend was released in 2013. The band said the new album, Animi (is that a Tool album title?), is “bigger, heavier and sprinkled with a mental amount of epic. We have retained what people loved about the first album and built upon that early foundation in a way that we hope will make you stand back and realize that we are back.” So I guess if you’ve heard the first album and are a fan, this is good news. Unfortunately, I have not. (more…)

meshuggah_obzenReview by Jeff Maki
The experimental Swedish metal band Meshuggah has always been something of a mystery to me. Musicians and critics in publications like Rolling Stone and Alternative Press absolutely love them, praising them for their avant-garde, mathematical sound and constantly ranking them as one of the “most important metal bands.” You never hear much more about them otherwise, no high-profile tours or massive worldwide success, yet they continue to release album after album, building more critical acclaim. I’ve never been a huge fan, but there always seems to be a song here and there that stands out, such as “Rational Gaze” from 2002’s Nothing or “Corridor of Chameleons” from 1998’sChaosphere. I thought that 1995’s Destroy Erase Improve was–and still is–their best release. To me, this is a band that’s kind of been drudging along ever since like an old, broken-down, beat-up truck, the owners squeezing out every last mile. (more…)