REVIEW: Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse


Review by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy

Swedish black metal act Watain have unleashed their sixth studio album ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’ after a five-year gap between albums which marks the return to more traditional aggressive black metal.

The opener ‘Nuclear Alchemy’ gets the dark journey underway with sinister vibes and immediately asserts a more classic black metal style. With its explosive and foreboding unstoppable ending, this is the perfect opener and scene setter…

‘Sacred Damnation’ features some brilliant eerie guitar work throughout and is one of the most melodic, with it’s seeping moody sounds it is a must hear. ‘A Throne Below’ again it features a sense of hope and is very tuneful for black metal making it a dark masterpiece.

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Bent Knee launch animated video for ‘Time Deer’

Bent Knee have unveiled their gripping music video for ‘Time Deer’. The video and song are a stunning depiction and commentary on our ever-changing and strained relationship with technology and our environment, just one of the many themes discussed on band’s critically-acclaimed album Land Animal.


The director Riki Nitabaru comments: “Before I began working on the animation, I spent some time thinking about how to portray the song’s story in visuals. The story centers around a deer that travels through time, trying to find the cause of humanity’s problems in the modern world. I thought it would be too dull to draw that up literally, so I interpreted the story in my own way to add some flare. 

In my take, just as the deer finds the cause of all strife, the world starts to cleanse itself. The deer becomes a receptacle of all living things, and it morphs to become a brand new being that encompasses all life forms. 

Since I had this storyboard in my mind, putting together the production was like a simple puzzle. There were times where I was unsure what to draw for specific moments of the song. But, I found inspiration in the drama portrayed in the music, and was able to create something better than I first imagined. 

I hope this video enhances your enjoyment of Bent Knee!”

‘Land Animal’ is available as CD, LP+ CD & digital download here:

“Bent Knee deliver in a way that not many bands can.” – Louder Than War

“Throwing off shackles of genre…truly the definition of experimentalism.” – Consequence of Sound

“It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that.” – Substream

The band recently released a live video for the single ‘Terror Bird’, and you can watch that here:

Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.

The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s farewell tour ahead of signing with InsideOutMusic/Sony.

“We’re very excited to be working with InsideOutMusic/Sony,” said Swain. “It’s wonderful to have our music reach a lot of new ears across the globe through them. It’s an honor to join their roster of prestigious artists and we look forward to a long relationship with the label.”

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STREET DOGS ink worldwide record deal with Century Media Records; join Vans Warped Tour & hit Europe

Boston, Mass. punk rock legends STREET DOGS are excited to reveal they have signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media Records.

Bassist Johnny Rioux comments:
We are thrilled to be invited into the Century Media family. We have always appreciated bands and labels doing something different and who value and express themselves through multiple genres of music, CM are no exception and have a rich history to back it up. Rock and roll, metal, hardcore, if it has heart, soul, and conviction we always stand behind it.”

The band will celebrate their signing later today as they join the prestigious Vans Warped Tour for a string of dates featured on the SkullCandy Stage throughout July 16. Full dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available now at

In addition to that, the band’s European fans can look forward to STREET DOGS shows and festival gigs from mid-August to early September, you can view the exact dates below.

Virtually everyone in the punk rock world knows who the STREET DOGS are. Formed in 2002 following the departure of vocalist Mike McColgan from Dropkick Murphys, it was clear from that moment he began writing with Rioux that this would be more a force, and a family, than simply a band.

Having gone through various line-up changes over the past 15 years, STREET DOGS have released five full-length albums and several EP’s, including their most recent 7″, “Crooked Drunken Sons”, in 2013 via Pirates Press. The band have kept an active international touring schedule over the years on the road with a who’s who of punk icons including Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid, Bad Religion, The Pogues, Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag and Dropkick Murphy’s, just to name a few!

Stay tuned for more news on STREET DOGS and new music!

STREET DOGS Live Shows 2017
Vans Warped Tour Dates

July 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavillion Charlotte
July 7 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavillion
July 8 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell H at Jones Beach Theatre
July 9 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 10 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans Unite HL Amphitheatre
July 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 14 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavillion
July 15 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

European Summer Tour Dates
August 19 – Vyskov, CZ – Fest Pod Parou
August 20 – Vienna, AT – Chelsea
August 21 – Munich, DE – Backstage
August 24 – Kulttempel, DE – Oberhausen
August 25 – Niedergörsdorf, DE – Spirit Festival
August 26 – Chemnitz, DE – AJZ Talschock
August 27 – Eindhoven, NL – Blue Collar Hotel
August 29 – Bristol, UK – The Exchange
August 30 – London, UK – Underworld
August 31 – Viersen, DE – Rockschicht
September 1 – Lindau, DE – Club Vaudeville
September 2 – Nonnweiler, DE – Primsrock 2017
September 3 – Magenta (Milano), IT – Decibel Club
September 6 – Hamburg, DE – Monkeys Music Club
For ticket links & booking info, please visit:  

Mike McColgan: Lead Vocals
Johnny Rioux: Bass
Matt Pruitt: Guitar
Lenny Lashley: Guitar
Pete Sosa: Drums


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