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OVERKILL SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NUCLEAR BLAST; ANNOUNCES BOX SET & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SYMPHONY X

OVERKILL, New Jersey?s highest-ranking admirals of thrash, are proud to announce their worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Previously signed to the label in Europe only, a special box set comprised of the band?s entire back catalogue will be their first worldwide release on Nuclear Blast, due out this fall and coinciding with their co-headlining North American tour with fellow Jersey natives & progressive metal juggernauts SYMPHONY X.

“OVERKILL is now a part of the Nuclear Blast family for the entire world,? states band manager John Finberg. ?I have worked with the U.S. office on various projects as of late and they have a true understanding of what to do and how to do it. This upcoming box set is the start of the next chapter in the band?s career.?

Nuclear Blast label manager Gerardo commented on the signing of OVERKILL:

?NB is proud to announce a world-wide deal with Overkill. We?ve worked with them outside North America for the past few years, but it was time to extend the deal and have them join the North American family as well. Nuclear Blast America welcomes the legends!?

The 24-date OVERKILL / SYMPHONY X co-headlining trek launches at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 18th, hits four Canadian cities, then wraps up with a very special night at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 17th : the first time in the bands? combined histories that they?ll play a show together in their own backyard.

OVERKILL vocalist Bobby ?Blitz? Ellsworth shares the following about the upcoming tour: ?This should just kill! Pure Jersey, power, and class!?

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates below are on sale at EnterTheVault.com. VIP packages include a Meet & Greet session with both bands & an exclusive poster.

09/18/2015 The Palladium ? Worcester, MA *
09/19/2015 Upstate Concert Hall ? Clifton Park, NY **
09/20/2015 Dome Theater ? Niagara Falls, NY *
09/22/2015 Agora Ballroom ? Cleveland, OH *
09/23/2015 The Intersection ? Grand Rapids, MI **
09/24/2015 House of Blues – Chicago , IL *
09/25/2015 Rave ? Milwaukee, WI *
09/26/2015 Mill City Nights ? Minnesota, MN **
09/27/2015 Park Theatre ? Winnipeg, MB – CANADA **
09/29/2015 Mac Ewan Hall Ballroom ? Calgary, AB – CANADA **
09/30/2015 Union Hall ? Edmonton, AB – CANADA **
10/01/2015 Knitting Factory ? Spokane, WA **
10/02/2015 Vogue Theatre ? Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA *
10/03/2015 Showbox at the Market ? Seattle, WA **
10/05/2015 The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center ? San Francisco, CA **
10/06/2015 The Regent Theater ? Los Angeles, CA **
10/07/2015 Marquee Theatre ? Tempe, AZ *
10/09/2015 The Bomb Factory ? Dallas, TX *
10/10/2015 210 Kapones ? San Antonio, TX **
10/11/2015 Warehouse Live ? Houston, TX *
10/13/2015 The Ritz ? Tampa, FL *
10/14/2015 The Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA **
10/15/2015 The Filmore ? Charlotte, NC **
10/16/2015 The Filmore ? Silver Spring, MD *
10/17/2015 Terminal 5 ? New York City, NY *

*Overkill closes
** Symphony X closes

EYEHATEGOD To Kick Off Their Staggering Backwards European Tour

New Orleans volume assassins, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their Staggering Backwards European takeover this week. Set to embark on March 30th in Finland, the trek will fester its way through nearly two dozen cities throughout Europe including a stop at the Durbuy Rock Festival in Belgium, Desertfest in the UK and Roadburn in The Netherlands where, in addition to rupturing the stage, both guitarist Jimmy Bower and vocalist Mike IX Williams will appear on a special Q&A panel April 10th to discuss Noisey’s NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary. Released last year, the fascinating seven-part series explores the people and culture that helped spawn the Crescent City’s now-legendary hotbed of talent. A full screening of the documentary will follow the Q&A as part of Roadburn Cinema.

In related EYEHATEGOD tour news, the band will return to the West Coast in May to deafen ears on day one of Psycho California in Santa Ana, California alongside Atriarch, Author & Punisher, Old Man Gloom, Cough and more. The following month the band will return to France to raze Hellfest 2015 with additional onstage abrasions being conspired.

EYEHATEGOD – Staggering Backwards European Tour:
3/30/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI
3/31/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI
4/01/2015 Klubi – Tampere, FI
4/03/2015 Debaser – Stockholm, SW
4/04/2015 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SW
4/05/2015 1000Fryd – Aalborg, DK
4/06/2015 Atlas – Aahus, DK
4/07/2015 Loppen – Kopenhagen, DK
4/08/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/09/2015 Roadburn Festival 2015 – Tilburg,NL
4/10/2015 Roadburn Festival 2015 – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2015 Durbuy Rockfestival 2015 – Durbuy, BE
4/12/2015 Bastard Club – Osnabrück, DE
4/13/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
4/14/2015 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
4/16/2015 Lo Fi Club – Milano, IT
4/17/2015 Init – Roma, IT
4/18/2015 The Cage – Livorno, IT
4/19/2015 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
4/20/2015 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/21/2015 Usine – Geneve, CH
4/22/2015 Mjc Totem – Lyon, FR
4/23/2015 Molodoi – Strasbourg, FR
4/24/2015 Le 106 – Rouen, FR
4/25/2015 Desertfest 2015 @ Electric Ballroom – London, UK
5/15/2015 Psycho California @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
6/20/2015 Hellfest 2015 – Clisson, FR

EYEHATEGOD continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Over two-and-a-half decades, EYEHATEGOD has helped define the NOLA sound: down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section. Following well over a decade-and-a-half between studio albums, EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before with 2014’s EyeHateGod. An exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come, the album, released in North America via Housecore Records, landed at #82 on the Billboard Current Album chart, #92 on the Top 200 chart, #26 on the Rock chart, #4 on the Hard Rock chart and #12 on the Indie chart upon its first week of release! Additionally, EyeHateGod made its way to the top of year end lists globally and snagged the coveted #1 spot of Spin’s 20 Best Albums Of 2014 who issued of the release, “The self-titled slab is as nastily heavy as anything they recorded back in the ’90s, dosed with added perspective, instant-classic black-tar blues riffs, and a heady dose of vocalist Mike IX Williams’ trademark surrealist protest poetry.” The record earned the #14 position of Pitchfork’s Best Metal Albums Of 2014, who opined, “The classic New Orleans group’s first record in 14 years, which comes after Katrina and various personal tragedies, ranks with the best of their over-driven punked-up sludge blues,” while Decibel Magazine placed the record at #30 of their Top 40 Albums Of 2014 noting, “we’ve been privy to a few outstanding comeback albums lately, but EYEHATEGOD’s scabrous mix of leaden harcore punk felt the most desperate – in the best possible way,” further applauding its, “deranged, almost possessed fervor.”

ABORTED announce North American Tour with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY

ABORTED will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Support will be from Archspire, Entheos & Dark Sermon. The tour will kick off in Albany, NY on May 8th. Tickets went on sale Monday, March 30th! Here are the dates:

5/08/2015 Albany, NY @ Trickshots

5/09/2015 Brooklyn, NY @ ST Vitus

5/10/2015 Reading, PA @ The Reverb

5/11/2015 Richmond, CA @ The Broadberry

5/12/2015 Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern

5/13/2015 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

5/14/2015 Houston, TX @ Walters

5/15/2015 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

5/17/2015 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

5/18/2015 CO Springs, CO @ Black Sheep Cafe

5/19/2015 Denver, CO @ Moon Room

5/20/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto

5/21/2015 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky

5/22/2015 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

5/23/2015 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline

5/24/2015 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

5/25/2015 S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dick’s

5/26/2015 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge

5/28/2015 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

5/29/2015 Kamloops, BC @ Inlander Pub

5/30/2015 Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl

6/02/2015 EAU Claire, WI @ House Of Rock

6/03/2015 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

6/4/2015 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

6/5/2015 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

6/7/2015 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

AT THE GATES kick off the Decibel Magazine Tour with CONVERGE, PALLBEARER, VALLENFYRE

Continuing the support of their much acclaimed comeback studio album and Century Media Records debut, At War With Reality, Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES are kicking off the Decibel Magazine Tour across North America together with CONVERGE, PALLBEARER and label-mates VALLENFYRE.

Additionally, AT THE GATES has announced a few in-store signing sessions during the Decibel Magazine Tour:
–March 27th @ Vacation Vinyl in Los Angeles from 4-5:30PM
–March 30th @ Scrape Records in Vancouver from 5-6PM
–April 11th @ Vinyl Altar in Philadelphia from 4-5:30PM

AT THE GATES is releasing a very special split 7″ EP (together with label-mates VOIVOD) on April 6th to accompany the tour. The 7″ EP will feature the AT THE GATES bonus-track “Language Of The Dead” from the At War With Reality sessions (previously unreleased on vinyl!), while VOIVOD contribute the new song “We Are Connected”. The EP is “Double A-Sided” (meaning, each band has an own, reversible front-cover side!) and comes with artwork created for both bands by VOIVOD’s Michel “Away” Langevin.

The 7″ EP is available in the following limited worldwide editions:
–1,000x copies black vinyl
–500x copies white vinyl
–500x copies transparent red vinyl

The 7″ EP will be on sale during the North American tour of AT THE GATES but is also available for pre-order from CM Distro as of now.

See below for all upcoming AT THE GATES tour dates, including a recently announced Australian tour from October 28th to November 1st, as well as some more festival appearances (updates marked *):

AT THE GATES – live 2015
Mar. 27, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Mar. 28, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Mar. 29, 2015 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Mar. 30, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Mar. 31, 2015 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 2, 2015 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 3, 2015 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 4, 2015 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Street / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 5, 2015 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 6, 2015 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 8, 2015 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 9, 2015 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 10, 2015 – Boston, MA – Royale / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 11, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE
Apr. 12, 2015 – New York, NY – Webster Hall / Decibel Tour + CONVERGE, PALLBEARER & VALLENFYRE (SOLD OUT!)
May 1, 2015 – Örebro (Sweden) – Ritz + TRIBULATION
May 2, 2015 – Sundsvall (Sweden) – Pipeline + TRIBULATION
May 22, 2015 – Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja
May 23, 2015 – Kraków (Poland) – Studio
May 29, 2015 – Cape Town (South Africa) – The Mercury Live
May 30, 2015 – Johannesburg (South Africa) – Carfax Club
Jun. 16, 2015 – Rome (Italy) – Ippodromo Capannelle + SLIPKNOT
Jun. 19, 2015 – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhell Festival
Jun. 20, 2015 – Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 21, 2015 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
Jul. 3, 2015 – Hassleholm (Sweden) – Siestafestivalen
Jul. 16, 2015 – Tokaj (Hungary) – Kingdom of Hegyalja Festival
Jul. 18, 2015 – Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands – G! Festival
Jul. 31, 2015 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 6, 2015 – Gävle (Sweden) – Getaway Rock Festival
Aug. 8, 2015 – Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 12, 2015 – Oslo (Norway) – Oyafestivalen *
Aug. 15, 2015 – Cetatea Rasnov (Romania) – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
Aug. 29, 2015 – Istanbul (Turkey) – Headbangers Weekend *
Sept. 4, 2015 – Bogotá (Colombia) – Teatro Metropol
Sept. 18, 2015 – Gothenburg (Sweden) – Liseberg
Oct. 28, 2015 – Perth (Australia) – Amplifier Bar *
Oct. 29, 2015 – Adelaide (Australia) – The Unibar *
Oct. 30, 2015 – Melbourne (Australia) – Corner Hotel *
Oct. 31, 2015 – Sydney (Australia) – Manning Bar *
Nov. 1, 2015 – Brisbane (Australia) – Brightside *
Nov. 7, 2015 – Leeds (UK) – Damnation Festival

ESCHATON: New England-Based Progressive Death Metal Unit Unmasks “Immortal Mutilation” Video

Sentinel Apocalypse is the impending new full-length from New England-based progressive death metal engineers, ESCHATON. Set to detonate this May via Unique Leader Records, Sentinel Apocalypse was captured at drummer Darren Cesca’s House Of Grind Studios in southern Connecticut and brandishes eleven tracks rife with surgically precise guitar sweeps, incapacitating drum work and enough vocal acrimony to crumble a nation. A surefire win for devotees of the twisted compositions of Carnifex, The Faceless, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder and Beneath The Massacre.

As a precursor to the release, today titanic video portal, Metal Injection, is pleased to premiere a brand new video for third track, “Immortal Mutilation.” Elaborates the ESCHATON collective, “‘Immortal Mutilation’ was the chosen track for our first single off Sentinel Apocalypse because it takes many of the core themes that you will be seeing from ESCHATON, puts them in a spiked-chain-mail sack, and uses it to beat the listeners within a breath of their lives. The track is particularly aggressive, technical, dynamic, and innovative with chaotic riffing and blasting. Lyrically, the song tells the harsh truth that one must mutilate their innocence in order to survive one’s enemies, transforming into a beast, but then comes to the realization that existence is codependent with the very thing that one once despised.”

A theological term that refers to the world during the post historic era of God’s overt apocalyptic reign, immediately preceding the end of the world, ESCHATON was founded in 2007 near Providence, Rhode Island and manifests a uniquely belligerent, stand-alone sound that’s at once harsh and procedural yet wholly-enthralling. ESCHATON features vocalist Jason Viteri, guitarist brothers Joshua and Jared Berry, bassist Pat Pattison and drummer Darren Cesca (Pillory, Arsis, Goratory, Incinerate).

PYREXIA set to re-issue Sermon Of Mockery

Ground breaking, Genre-defining, no holds barred, brutal death metal act PYREXIA will re-issue their 1993 classic Sermon Of Mockery on April 21, 2015 via Century Media.

Remaining original member, Chris Basile had this to say about the re-issue: “20 years ago we could only imagine that this record would find a home at The Metal institution that is Century Media. It’s such an amazing package they put together. We feel honored to be part of the Century Family.”

Check out the title track “Sermon of Mockery”;

CD Bonus includes:
Liturgy of Impurity demo from 1992
Hatredangeranddisgust EP

LP Bonus includes:
Liturgy of Impurity demo from 1992
Hatredangeranddisgust EP
Live in 1992 (Unreleased)

Here are the LP formats:
-Black (unlimited)
-Green (100 CM Distro US Exclusive)
-Orange (200 CM Distro EU Exclusive)
-Gold (100 CM Distro / Band Exclusive)

Pre-orders are online now at CM Distro

GHOUL: Creepsylvania’s Favorite Masked Mutants To Take To The Streets This May On The Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour + Band To Devour Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil

Following a short bout of downtime spent harvesting the dead, the masked mutants in GHOUL will return to the States for another round of live debauchery on this year’s Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in astounding 3-D! The three-dimensional beatings will commence on May 15th in Denver, Colorado and rampage its way through three weeks’ worth of dates including a stop at the Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore. GHOUL will be joined by California grind miscreants, Phobia, and Ohio scumsmiths, Necrofilth. 3-D glasses not included. As a precursor to the fetid festivities, the band will also contaminate the stage of the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, California as part of Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil alongside Meshuggah, High On Fire, Agnostic Front and more!

Comments Digestor, “Greetings, numbskulls! It is I, Digestor, announcing that GHOUL is once again coming to your wretched country to cleanse it of the gutter trash that litter your streets and our shows. We are joined in this effort by legendary grinders Phobia, and sleaze masters Nekrofilth: two bands that we will no doubt miss after we are forced to murder and eat them at the end of the tour. And this time we are doing it all in 3-D, mainly because it allows us to charge more at the door. So, accept your fate, prostrate yourself in front of the altar of GHOUL, and die by the manifold murderous machinations of Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D!”

GHOUL:
4/10 – 12/2015 Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil @ Rockbar Theater – San Jose, CA

GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour w/ Phobia, Necrofilth:
5/15/2015 Mo’s – Denver, CO
5/16/2015 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
5/17/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/19/2015 Cattivo – Pittsburgh PA
5/20/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/21/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/23/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/25/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
5/26/2015 The Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
5/27/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
5/29/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/30/2015 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
6/02/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/03/2015 Til Two – San Diego, CA
6/04/2015 TBA – Ventura, CA
6/05/2015 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
6/06/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
6/07/2015 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

MARUTA: Miami Deathgrind Act Demolishes The Social Order With Relapse Records Debut; Track From Remain Dystopian Released

Having inked a blood pact with underground overlords, Relapse Records, Miami, Florida’s unhinged deathgrind maniacs, MARUTA, will declare war on society by unloading their charged label debut, Remain Dystopian LP, now set to disrupt early June.

It is inarguable that MARUTA’s Relapse debut, Remain Dystopian, is their most punishing and focused album to date. Recorded in various studios including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of relentless and infectious deathgrind mayhem. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, plus layers of noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, Remain Dystopian raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish! Seekers of top-tier extreme metal punishment in the tradition of Napalm Death, Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and the like should keep Remain Dystopian on their radar as tracks from the record and more are released onto the masses.

The tenth track to MARUTA’sRemain Dystopian, “Stand In Defeat,” is now playing;

Remain Dystopian will see release on CD, LP and digital platforms June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and the rest of the planet.

Remain Dystopian Track Listing:
1. Genocide Interval
2. Hope Smasher
3. The Void Within
4. Minimal Progress
5. Protocol For Self Immolation
6. Absolutist
7. Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth
8. Submergence aka Barren Oceans Of Infinity
9. Erode
10. Stand In Defeat
11. Remnants Of Failed Utopia
12. I, Usurper
13. Durandal
14. Psalm For The Withered
15. Return To Zero
16. Slaying Jehova
17. Immune

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, MARUTA has pummeled eardrums abroad through grueling tour ventures and inundated the masses with their bludgeoning, death-infused, grindcore concoction over the past decade. As organized as it is a clusterfuck of blinding rage, the band’s malicious dedication and potent material has gained them a dedicated fanbase, on stage as well as through the release of their In Narcosis debut full-length through Willowtip Records in 2008, followed by the critically lauded Forward Into Regression full length in 2011. Previous band actions have earned accolades such as, “You won’t like this, but you need to hear it immediately,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine. Blabbermouth said, “Vitriolic in delivery and misanthropic in message, MARUTA are grind enough for the grindcore fans and deathly enough for the death metal fans, bridging the gap between the two styles with precision and skill,” and MetalSucks sums it up as succinctly as possible: “This band will tear you a new asshole.” For the next phase of their extinction protocol, MARUTAsigned with Relapse Records in August of last year, and the task of creating their next full-length atrocity began, now to rear its head as Remain Dystopian.

MARUTA:
Mitchell Luna – vocals
Eduardo Borja – guitar
Mauro Cordoba – guitar
Danny Morris – drums

DAWN OF AZAZEL: Long-Running New Zealand-Based Death Metal Tyrants To Release New Full-Length

Long-running New Zealand-based progressive death metal tyrants, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will release their fourth full-length next month. Titled The Tides Of Damocles, the ten track slab of sonic violence is the trio’s first output in six years following 2009’s critically-heralded Relentless long-player. The Tides Of Damocles was recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles thrusts forth forty-eight minutes of harrowing, surgically precise death metal mastery.

Comments the band of their latest works: “We’re excited as fuck to resurface with this record. It has an anger and a dynamism that reflects the reasons we’ve been silent for a several years, and our aggression moving forward in spite of these obstacles. We couldn’t be more proud of this record as our contribution of something ferocious and unique to the death metal genre.”

The Tides Of Damocles Track Listing:
1. Strike First, Strike Hard, Strike Often
2. Irresistible Foe
3. Vassalplasty
4. The Odious Tides
5. Forever Enduring, Always Ready
6. Controlled Burn
7. Progeny of Pain
8. The Eagles Grasp
9. Damocles
10. Tarnished Gold

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their brutality to the stage in the coming days on a slew of live excursions through New Zealand and Australia with further invasions to be announced shortly.

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
3/22/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Goatwhore
4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Dubbed, “metal in its roughest and most primal form” by The Metal Observer and influenced by the ferocious sounds of Order Of Chaos, Immolation, Sarcofago and the like, DAWN OF AZAZEL was forged in 1999 and quickly began to make a name for themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in Poland in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon Records and found the band playing over 120 shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by thirty-two shows through Europe supporting American death metal icons, Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.

Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album, The Tides Of Damocles.

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
Rigel Walshe – bass, vocals
Joe Bonnett – guitar
Jeremy Suckling – drums

“Blunt ‘n’ belittling malevolence, mathy yet molten in nature, prepare to meet your new masters: New Zealand’s DAWN OF AZAZEL” – Terrorizer

VALBORG: German Dark, Primitive Metal Trio To Unleash Fifth Full-Length Opus Via Temple Of Torturous

German-based dark, primitive metal trio, VALBORG, will unleash their fifth full-length opus via Temple Of Torturous. Titled Romantik, the follow-up to 2012’s Nekrodepression, which Last Rites commended for being consistent with VALBORG’s “tradition of strange, compelling German music,” further lauding their “patient, measured aggression,” features six tracks of somber avant blackened beauty. After four albums based around experimental, skull-crushing doom, with Romantik VALBORG dives deeper into the heart-tearing atmospheres of the abyss of which they’ve so boldly explored. Ambient synthesizers collide with wistful guitars, all slowly, purposefully floating above a foundation built upon pummeling rhythms, the band’s harsh, German vocal inflections adding further terror their profoundly bleak funeral power doom. Fans of Type O Negative, Vangelis, Killing Joke and Celtic Frost/Triptykon pay heed.

Romantik Track Listing:
1. Vampyr
2. Blitz aus Sodom
3. Comtesse
4. Sulphur Vitriol Angel
5. Kryptische Arroganz
6. The Haunted Womb

VALBORG features current and former members of Owl, Klabautamann, Woburn House, Gruenewald and more. Romantik was produced, recorded and mixed by Oliver Weiskopf at Stonehenge Studios, mastered by Michael Schwabe at Monoposto Mastering and will be released on CD and digitally on May 19th, 2015 and on vinyl June 16th, 2015 via Temple Of Torturous. Teaser tracks and preorder links to be revealed in the coming days.

“…spooky music for spooky times…” – Last Rites

SKELETONWITCH begins work on new release, preps for European tour

SKELETONWITCH has proven time and time again that mixing killer tunes with an unshakeable work ethic remains the key to metal success. Arguably the genre’s hardest-touring band, the group will soon support their critically acclaimed 2013 release ?Serpents Unleashed? — which has already seen the quintet conquer stages worldwide alongside some of metal?s most reputable acts, including Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Suffocation and Ghost B.C. — with their most extensive European tour to date.

The Midwestern blackened metal troopers will return to The Old Continent in April to appear at several of the spring’s heaviest festivals (Inferno, Roadburn) in addition to headlining 26 shows across Western Europe with support from Goatwhore and Mortals. From there, the group will pillage their way across Eastern Europe and headline dates in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Greece. A full list of dates appears below; tickets are available now at Skeletonwitch.com.

SKELETONWITCH have also begun writing material for a new album, expected to be released later this year. Guitarist Scott Hedrick commented, “After we return from melting faces in Europe, our entire focus will be on writing a new album. We have a mountain of riffs and ideas that will be carved into epic tunes. Excited to get started!”

Lauded as “the strongest (release) of their career” for its “punchy, potent slices of blackened thrash, death metal and plain ol’ heavy metal” by Decibel Magazine, which included the album in their Top 40 list of 2013, “Serpents Unleashed” was recorded at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them) and features stunning artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa). The album — the group’s best-selling and highest-charting release to date — is currently available on CD and 180-gram black vinyl via the Prosthetic webshop.

TOUR DATES
4/3 Oslo, NO – Inferno Fest (Skeletonwitch and Goatwhore only)
4/4 Motala, SW – Kulturakademin #
4/6 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset #
4/7 Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang #
4/8 Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club #
4/10 Tillburg, NL – Roadburn Festival (Skeletonwtich only)
4/11 Manchester, UK – Sound Control #
4/12 Dublin,IL – Voodoo Lounge #
4/13 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks #
4/14 Birmingham, UK – The Oobleck #
4/15 Sheffield, UK – Corporation #
4/16 London, UK – Underworld #
4/17 Brussels, BE – Magasin 4 #
4/18 Koln, DE – Underground #
4/19 Paris, FR – Covent Garden #
4/20 Angouleme, FR – La Nef #
4/21 Madrid, ES – Sala Lemon #
4/22 Barcelona, ES – Sala Razz 3 #
4/23 Lyon, FR – MJC O Totem #
4/24 Zurich, CH – Dynamo/ Werk 21 #
4/25 Milan, IT – Lo Fi #
4/26 Rome, IT – Traffic Live #
4/27 Innsbruck, AT – p.m.k. #
4/28 Munchen, DE – Backstage #
4/29 Leipzig, DE – Conne Island #
4/30 Berlin, DE – Magnet #
5/1 Wien, AT – Arena #
5/2 Prague, CR – Exit-us #
5/3 Budapest,HU – Durer Kert
5/4 Kosice, SL – Collosseum
5/5 Cluj-Napoca, RO – Flying Circus
5/6 Bucharest, RO – Colectiv Club
5/7 Sofia, BU – Bar Zar
5/8 Thessaloniki, GR – Eightball Club
5/9 Athens, GR – Ground Zero
# with Goatwhore and Mortals

GRUESOME: No Clean Singing Debuts Opening Track From Impending Relapse-Bound Album By Death Metal Division Members Of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation And Derketa Unite

While Relapse Records puts the final grisly details in place for the release of Savage Land, the debut album from Death-inspired metal collective, GRUESOME — uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, Derketa and more — No Clean Singing has unleashed the opening title track to the disc.

Channeling inspiration from one of death metal’s iconic, founding American acts, Death, into their own mangled interpretation, GRUESOME’s Savage Land, a truly horrid slab of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal created in homage to the late Chuck Schuldiner’s early masterworks, is humbly determined to keep the band’s sound alive as authentically as possible. Opening the floodgates to the punishing first release from the outfit is the album’s title track, which now sees early release via No Clean Singing, who issues of the repulsive reverence,”GRUESOME’s talents are so impressive that they have pulled off a feat that would be beyond the capabilities of most musicians: They’ve written new songs that really do faithfully invoke the sound and spirit of Death’s early albums – and they’re so damned good that you’d fall for them even if you didn’t know Death had ever existed. ‘Savage Land’ sounds like it crawled from the grave, a resurrected zombie of late ’80s/early ’90s Floridian death metal. It romps, it lurches, it crawls. The riffs slash and burn, they thrash and hammer, they slither and writhe, they generate an authentic stench of morbid atmosphere. The savagery of the vocals matches the intensity of the music, and the song includes guitar soloing that’s to die for.”

Notesdrummer Gus Rios, “What was to become ‘Savage Land’ started out as a kind of funny sounding guitar pro demo, complete with midi drums. [guitarist/vocalist] Matt [Harvey] had already sent me his first demo song, but this was the track that sent me into a renewed sense of excitement for playing metal! It sounded like a lost Death demo from ’88-’89! I knew right then and there that I would see this project through to completion. Most people have already heard the demo version, so this album track will really showcase the upgraded production value of the full length.”

Relapse Records will issue Savage Land on CD and all digital outlets in North America via April 21st, preceded by its European release dates, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK and rest of the world.

The GRUESOME collective was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours, as Harvey handled frontman duties for the original nine-member mini-tour, and Rios executed “Baptized In Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as direct support. The pair stayed in touch and discussed their mutual obsession for the early half of Death’s catalog. After deliberating and ultimately discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen and the lineup was complete. Savage Land was recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida — except Harvey’s vocals, which were recorded in California — mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Atheist etc.l).

Motorhead’s Motorboat Set For September 28-October 2 With Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band & More

Motörhead’s Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28 through October 2, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami, with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. The Loudest Boat In The World will feature performances from some of the greatest heavy rock bands in the world, including Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Crobot, Phil Campbell?s All Starr Band, Motor Sister, Kyng, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, and more.

Motörhead’s Motörboat offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an experience with their favorite bands and to see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship and on the island of Great Stirrup Cay.

Staterooms go on sale Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM ET at MotorheadCruise.com.

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister says, “And so the Motörboat sets sail one more time – better get your tickets now, or be left sobbing on the dock! Oh – and we promise not to run out of beer this time!”

Slayer?s Kerry King says, ?Slayer is crashing the Motörboat party!! I, personally, will be keeping the bar in business. Hell will be coming with us. Light it up!!!?

Motörhead–the world?s biggest and baddest rock & roll band of all time–are celebrating their 40th anniversary and recently returned to the studio to begin work on their 22nd studio album. The band?s song “Heartbreaker”–from their mammoth Aftershock album, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200–was nominated in the “Best Metal Performance” category at this year’s Grammy Awards. In 2005, Motörhead won the Grammy in the same category for the song ?Whiplash.? Through tenacity, hard work, and a deep-seated ability to produce an original, face-melting sound, Motörhead–Lemmy Kilmister (bass, vocals), Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums)–has become one of the most popular bands in the world with a fanbase that is second to none.

The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot wrote that the five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning Slayer is “one of the great American rock bands of the last 30 years, forget about genre.” Indeed, few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. With songs that mirror the turmoil and aberrations of our society, Slayer remains crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer recently formed its own label imprint that will be distributed worldwide through Nuclear Blast, and plans to release a new album in 2015. Slayer–Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass/vocals), Paul Bostaph (drums) and Gary Holt (touring guitarist)–will tour extensively to support the new music.

2015 marks the first excursion on Norwegian Sky for Motörhead’s Motörboat. The contemporary ship offers 13 complimentary and specialty dining options, 12 bars and lounges, a coffee bar, an outdoor pool, and five hot tubs. While onboard, guests can try their luck in the Sky Club Casino, relax in the onboard spa and get their heart pumping in the fitness center or full basketball court.

For the debut Motörhead?s Motörboat cruise in 2014, an international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise’s iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock ?n? roll living with no holds barred. Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead’s Motörboat 2014 featured more than 30 performances by 15 of rock and metal?s top artists, including heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Anthrax, Testament, Down, and Zakk Wylde.

Writing about last year?s experience, RollingStone.com proclaimed, ?Anthrax, Lemmy Kilmister, hundreds of metalheads and a naked, inflatable doll make the Motörboat cruise completely unforgettable?Motörboat brought heavy metal to the high seas and featured a previously unseen combination of gambling, belly-flopping, shirtlessness, guitar soloing and even yoga [September 29, 2014].”

KILLER BE KILLED UNLEASH VIDEO FOR “CURB CRUSHER”

KILLER BE KILLED unveils the brand new official music video for ?Curb Crusher,? taken from the band?s 2014 self-titled debut. Directed by Melbourne photographer Neal Walters, the video combines a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes footage captured in Australia, where KILLER BE KILLED made their international debut at last month?s Soundwave Festival and ?Sidewave? club shows.

Watch ?Curb Crusher? on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

For their live debut, Max Calavera (SOULFLY, ex-SEPULTURA), Troy Sanders (MASTODON), and Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) were joined by Juan Montoya (MONSTRO, ex-TORCHE), who also performed on the album, and Ben Koller (CONVERGE, ALL PIGS MUST DIE, MUTOID MAN).

Metal Hammer stated the following about the band?s world debut:

?Despite releasing only one record, KILLER BE KILLED fill the hour-long set with ease and little by the way of banter outside of the great appreciation they pour on their first-ever audience. And the feeling is mutual. [I]t?s a feeling of acknowledgement and gratitude from the Aussie crowd who are now officially a part of heavy metal history.?

Killer Be Killed debuted at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart while cracking the Top 50 in Australia, the Top 100 in the U.K., Germany, Canada, and Switzerland, and the Top 200 in Belgium and France.

The album was produced & mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).

?Curb Crusher? is the third official music video from KILLER BE KILLED?s debut album, following ?Wings Of Feather And Wax? – which recently passed one million views – and ?Snakes Of Jehovah.? Both of the previous clips were directed by Thomas Mignone, who helmed the legendary video for SEPULTURA?s ?Roots Bloody Roots.?

MISERY INDEX announce North American tour

Baltimore, Maryland’s death metal extremists MISERY INDEX have announced a North American tour. The tour, which begins on April 28 sees the band kick off in Harrisonburg, VA and treks for two weeks before concluding in Chicago on May 10. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

MISERY INDEX is touring in support of their new album, ‘The Killing Gods’. ‘The Killing Gods’ is streaming now here. ‘The Killing Gods’ is available as a CD, Limited Edition CD Digibox, limited edition cassette, and on various Lp formats here.

MISERY INDEX have premiered a video for “The Calling”. The video is streaming below. “The Calling” video was assembled by director David Hall at Handshake Inc. (RWAKE, GRIDLINK, DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT, and more).

‘The Killing Gods’, the band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). The track list for ‘The Killing Gods’ can be found below:

Tracklisting
1.) Urfaust
2.) The Calling
3.) The Oath
4.) Conjuring the Cull
5.) The Harrowing
6.) The Killing Gods
7.) Cross to Bear
8.) Gallows Humor
9.) The Weakener
10.) Sentinels
11.) Colony Collapse
12.) Heretics
13.) Thieves of the New World Order (bonus track on Digibox)

Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in death metal, MISERY INDEX (Jason Netherton ? bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel ? guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis ? drums, Darin Morris ? guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries, over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, MISERY INDEX will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling death grind with the release of ‘The Killing Gods’.

MISERY INDEX tour dates:
All dates with LORD DYING
Apr. 28 Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
Apr. 29 Frederick, MD @ Café 611
May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
May 2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 3 Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shots
May 4 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 5 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
May 6 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
May 7 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
May 9 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
May 10 Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge

INQUISITION reissue ‘Nefarious Dismal Orations’

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION will release their critically acclaimed album, ‘Nefarious Dismal Orations’ through Season of Mist with brand new artwork by acclaimed artist Paolo Girardi. Season of Mist will release the band’s album on June 2.

All of INQUISITION’s reissues will available across CD and limited edition LP formats in the highly coveted goat and cow leather variants previously seen on the release of the band’s newest album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. All INQUISITION pre-orders will be available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Tracklisting
1. Ancient Monumental War Hymn
2. Nocturnal Gatherings and Wicked Rites
3. Strike of the Morning Star
4. Through the Infinite Sphere Our Majesty Shall Rise
5. Infernal Evocation of Torment
6. Where Darkness is Lord and Death the Beginning
7. Nefarious Dismal Orations
8. Enter the Cult
9. Before the Symbol of Satan we Bow and Praise

INQUISITION last released their newest full length, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. The new album, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013″ year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

WRVTH: Technical Death Dealers Announce May Live Takeover

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, technical death dealers WRATH OF VESUVIUS,otherwise known as WRVTH, will embark upon another run of live takeovers, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO

w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK

w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

WRVTH, will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares from Bay Area jazz group Atta Kid on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of transcendental death metal.

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Death Rock Conjurors Announce North American Spring Tour With Sólstafir

Occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will bring their rituals to the stage on a near month-long live run alongside atmospheric Icelandic metallers, Sólstafir. The ceremonies will commence on April 22nd in Brooklyn and swarm twenty-five cities, the journey coming to a close on May 20th in Richmond.

Comments the band, “Great news Lucifer’s children, we are back on the road with a vengeance and this is going to be the sickest one yet! We are honored to share the stage with Solstafir!”

ANCIENT VVISDOM will be touring in support of their Sacrificial long player, unleashed last year via Magic Bullet Records. Produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Bonner at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering, Sacrificial finds the collective at their most eloquent conjuring dark, penetrating neofolkian psalms of unholiness that are at once melodic, catchy and maniacally addictive.

In a 9.5/10 rating, This Is Not A Scene commends the band’s “unsettling occult atmosphere,” further applauding an “outstanding album” that’s “more effective than a hex.” The Sludgelord celebrates “another album of great hooks and infectious melodies,” as well as an “odd mixture of pop sensibilities and occult lyrics that will not fade from memory any time soon,” while Ghost Cult notes, “Both enticing and enchanting, Sacrificial captures the listener with its satisfying mixture of heaviness and melody. While the sound has certainly taken a stronger step towards the most traditional occult metal style, this record has proved it is certainly not a bad move from the band. With strong riffs, a great mix and catchy vocal melodies, Sacrificial would have the Devil himself tapping away to the odd track.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Hellride Music crowns the record a, “vital, unflinching work reflective of their passions and beliefs,” Metal Underground champions, “a fantastic effort that perfectly straddles the line between melody and heaviness…” while The Grim Tower praises a ” Satanic praise and worship album,” adding, “Songs like ‘Blood Offering’ and ‘Devil’s Work’ further cement this, showing off Nathan’s glass-like clean approach while the rest of the band channel Type O Negative and mid-era Tiamat to some extent.”

ANCIENT VVISDOM w/ Sólstafir:
4/22/2015 The Shop – Brooklyn, NY
4/23/2015 L’ail’ze – Montreal, QC
4/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
4/25/2015 Garrison – Toronto, ON
4/26/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
4/27/2015 31st St Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
4/28/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/29/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
4/30/2015 TBA – Milwaukee, WI
5/01/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/03/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/04/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/05/2015 Larimer – Denver, CO
5/06/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
5/08/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/09/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/12/2015 Oakland Opera – San Francisco, CA
5/13/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
5/14/2015 Pub Rock Live – Scottsdale, AZ
5/15/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/16/2015 Sons Of Hermann – Fort Worth, TX
5/17/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/18/2015 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
5/20/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

TODAY IS THE DAY Declares Spring US Tour With Lazer/Wulf

TODAY IS THE DAY hereby announces the band’s return to widespread live performances this Spring, this week announcing a month-long US tour to take place in April and May.

Following several months off the road recuperating behind them, consequent to a brutal highway accident in late November, which destroyed their van, merch, equipment and seriously injured some of the members, TODAY IS THE DAY is now ready to take their savagery back to nearly thirty stages across America. The newly booked trek will trudge through the country clockwise, beginning in Portland, Maine on April 24th and finishing on May 24th in Rochester, New York. The current TODAY IS THE DAY lineup is completed by bassist Trevor Thomas, drummer Douglas Andrae, and founding guitarist/vocalist, Steve Austin. Direct support for the entire tour will be supplied by Georgia-based trio, Lazer/Wulf.

Additional stateside tour actions from TODAY IS THE DAY will be announced in the coming weeks, in addition to an upcoming European tour surrounding the band’s upcoming set at this year’s massive Temples Festival in Bristol, United Kingdom at the end of May, performing alongside the likes of Converge, Pig Destroyer, Triptykon, Nails, Bongzilla, Magrudergrind, Portal, Will Haven, labelmates Goatsnake, and countless others.

TODAY IS THE DAY also has two brand new videos nearing completion to see release in the weeks ahead. Both hailing from the band’s commended tenth LP, Animal Mother — released in October via Southern Lord — the video for “Heathen” has been commissioned to Marcos Morales and Neil Barrett of Novel Concept TV (Primitive Man, etc.), and the visual depiction of the title track, “Animal Mother,” to David Hall of Handshake Inc. (Brutal Truth, Lae, Maryland Deathfest: The Movie), who also directed the band’s intense “Masada” video.

Endure TODAY IS THE DAY’s “Masada” video;

TODAY IS THE DAY w/ Lazer/Wulf:
4/24/2015 Space – Portland, ME
4/25/2015 Cambridge Elks Lodge – Boston, MA
4/26/2015 Coco 66 – Brooklyn, NY *
4/27/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/29/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/01/2015 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/02/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC
5/03/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
5/05/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX *
5/06/2015 Lost Well – Austin, TX *
5/07/2015 Doublewide – Dallas, TX
5/08/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/09/2015 Pub Rock – Tempe, AZ
5/10/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/11/2015 Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/12/2015 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/13/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/14/2015 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
5/15/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
5/18/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/19/2015 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5/20/2015 Nether Bar – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2015 Double Door – Chicago, IL
5/22/2015 Outpost – Kent, OH
5/23/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
5/24/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
* = no Lazer/Wulf

SKINLESS: Reunited New York Death Metal Legion To Release First New Full-Length In Over Eight Years; Artwork + Release Date Revealed

Reunited New York death metal legion, SKINLESS, will defile the ears of the living this June with their first new studio offering in nearly a decade. Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, and featuring their classic late ’90s lineup, SKINLESS returns stronger and more vicious than ever before with a prime slab of truly brutal death metal. Recorded by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, Only The Ruthless Remain boasts seven tracks of SKINLESS’ signature fusion of punishing, concussively heavy grooves and surgically precise, blasting severity. Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic yet addictive death metal offerings of the year. Comments the band, “Stockpile your beers, gather your minions, it’s time to get RUTHLESS.”

SKINLESS was forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup.

In 1998, SKINLESS released their now legendary Progression Towards Evil debut full-length,which stunned the underground, showcasing the visceral energy the band had become notorious for live. An independent release, Progression Towards Evil received frenzied acclaim from media outlets globally. A union with Relapse Records ensued and three more bludgeoning platters were served from 2001-2006 with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

Following a seven-year slumber, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013 and have since added second guitarist, Dave Matthews (not that Dave Matthews) to the ranks. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland).

In the meantime, the band will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France with further live invasions to be announced in the coming weeks.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/21/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Guilty Personnel:
Sherwood Webber – Vocals
Noah Carpenter – Guitar
Dave Matthews – Guitar
Joe Keyser – Bass
Bob Beaulac – Drums

“Anyone who is a fan of real, gritty, no-holds-barred death metal or grindcore will love SKINLESS.” – Metal Injection

“SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth

ALKALOID: Premiere Debut Album The Malkuth Grimoire

Photo Credit: Christian Martin Weiss

Germany’s most extreme progressive metal supergroup, ALKALOID are now streaming their highly anticipated debut album The Malkuth Grimoire via Loudwire HERE.

Consisting of a pedigree of extreme musicians, including current and former members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid, ALKALOID set out to push the boundaries of progressive, extreme music on their full-length debut. The group also decided to self-record and self-release The Malkuth Grimoire via a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. The album will see it’s release on digital platforms worldwide and via Bandcamp and the band’s official site on CD. CDs will be available in stores worldwide on May 8th.

ALKALOID is:
Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) – ­Vocals, Guitars
Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, Ex­-Obscura, Ex­-Necrophagist) ­- Guitars
Danny Tunker (Aborted, Ex­-God Dethroned) ­- Guitars
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) ­- Bass
Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, Ex­-Obscura, Ex­-Necrophagist) -­ Drums

About Alkaloid:

Alkaloid is a new band created by five good friends, who happen to be well-known musicians of the metal genre. Their intention is to go beyond any limit that metal music sub-genres might have these days and create the world’s most extreme Prog Metal band.

They define themselves through the field of tension created between musical opposites. All band members are active death metal musicians who nevertheless all have a much broader view of music than blast beats and growls. They establish from the beginning that they have many faces, and that oscillating between (seemingly) contrary or mutually exclusive styles is an important factor.

KORPIKLAANI Release Digital Single and Lyric Video For “Lempo” – Announce North American Headline Tour Dates

KORPIKLAANI are set to release their new album Noita, May 5th in North America via Nuclear Blast. Jan Yrlund, of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece.

Today the band premieres the lyric video for the song “Lempo”;

Commented Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari: “Lempo is a fiery God of fertility and the song is about the spells designated to Lempo in order to guarantee a success in one’s personal love life. The Finnish mythology is very unique in its approach to sexuality. We do not have spells to improve procreation like most of the cultures do. But the spells to gain more luck in love life or to increase ones stamina are numerous for both men and women. Lempo is also closely related to fire and one could see the hair of Lempo flashing in the red and yellow flames of fire. The song is a prime example of the new KORPIKLAANI sound with a lead guitar like violin solo and more prominent folk arrangements. It takes a step towards progressive rock balancing the folk and metal in a way Jonne has always dreamed it to be.”

In addition to their recently announced North American tour dates with Ensiferum, KORPIKLAANI has announced a run of North American Headline shows with Trollfest providing direct support. These dates begin April 28th in Charlotte, NC and run through May 5th in San Diego, CA. The two bands will then join up with co-headliner Ensiferum May 6th in Los Angeles, CA. The tour then crosses the country and wraps up May 29th in New York, NY.

The band has posted a trailer for the new album. The trailer gives insight on the recording process of their ninth studio album;

Noita was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording and mixing again. It is also the first KORPIKLAANI album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.

KORPIKLAANI Headline Dates w/ Trollfest:
4/28: Charlotte, NC @ Chop Shop
4/29: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/1: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/4: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
5/5: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

KORPIKLAANI With Ensiferum and Trollfest:
5/6: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
5/7: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
5/8: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/9: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/12: Calgary, AB @ Republik
5/13: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/15: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/16: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
5/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
5/18: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
5/19: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
5/20: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/21: Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
5/22: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
5/23: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
5/24: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
5/26: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
5/27: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
5/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
5/29: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

ALLEGAEON To Kick Off Get Rekt Live Takeover

Colorado’s ALLEGAEON will return to the road next week on a month-long run of live excursions. The journey will commence with a performance on March 18th at SXSW at Dirty Dog as part of the fifth annual South By South Death showcase, presented by MetalSucks.net and 89.5FM WSOU. From there, the band will be joined by The Agonist and Product Of Hate for Get Rekt Tour 2015 which includes appearances at Texas Independence Fest and the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. See a full list of confirmed performances below.

ALLEGAEON will be touring in support of their Elements Of The Infinite full-length, released last year via Metal Blade Records. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage etc.) at Flatline Audio in Colorado,Elements Of The Infinite serves as the band’smost realized and mature release to date rightfully claiming spots on a medley of year end lists, including Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, and HeavyBlogisHeavy.com. For the first time ever, ALLEGAEON cracked the charts with the record earning the #25 spot on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #31 on the Canadian Hard Rock Chart and #141 on the Canadian Digital Music Charts. On the day of release in Canada, the album was #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #38 on the iTunes Top 200 Current Album Chart. In the US, the album peaked at #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart. Elements Of The Infinite can be ordered now on metalblade.com/allegaeon, where the band’s previous videos for “1.618,” “Our Cosmic Casket,” and “Dyson Sphere” are also streaming.

ALLEGAEON:
3/18/2015 SXSW South By South Death Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
w/ The Agonist, Product Of Hate
3/21/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/22/2015 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
3/23/2015 Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2015 White Oak Music Hall – Van Nuys, CA
3/25/2015 Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
3/26/2015 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
3/27/2015 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
3/28/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/29/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/04/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
4/06/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH w/ The Agonist
4/07/2015 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
4/08/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
4/10/2015 Curtain Club- Dallas, TX
4/11/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/12/2015 Texas Independence Festival @ Empire Control Room And Garage – Austin, TX
4/14/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/15/2015 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
4/16/2015 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
4/17/2015 Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
4/18/2015 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/19/2015 The Papers Box – Brooklyn, NY
4/20/2015 Backstage At Championships – Trenton, NJ

Fates Warning announce 2015 US tour dates

Progressive metal masters Fates Warning will be touring the US in October 2015 – initial confirmed dates are below, and more will be added in the coming weeks.

FATES WARNING – US Tour 2015:

Fri, October 9 – Hartford, CT, Webster Theater
Sat, October 10 – Worcester, MA, Palladium
Sun, October 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
Fri, October 23 – Dallas, TX, Trees
Sat, October 24 – Houston, TX, Scout Bar
Sun, October 25 – San Antonio, TX, 210 Kapone’s Live

In 2013, Fates Warning released their eleventh album (and first for the InsideOut label), Darkness in a Different Light, to great acclaim from fans and media. Stay tuned for additional dates!

PRONG DEBUT “BANNED IN D.C.” BAD BRAINS COVER; SONGS FROM THE BLACK HOLE OUT 3/31/15

PRONG has released their cover of the Bad Brains classic “Banned in D.C.” off their forthcoming covers LP, exclusively through Revolvermag.

Songs From The Black Hole will be released in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

The band has also announced a full U.S tour for the fall, a tour poster with dates can be seen above.

Victor continues, “With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment.”

The track list is far from traditional. With covers of artists like Neil Young, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Sisters of Mercy, the band casts their net wide. The goal, says Victor, was to explore the vast landscape that makes up the bands sound, stemming from their roots. “Since the record explores PRONG’s roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy`s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don`t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)

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