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OMMADON: UK Drone/Doom Duo To Undrape Empathy For The Wicked Via Golden Mantra This July

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Following the crushing doom of their critically-adored, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, UK drone/doom duo, OMMADON, continues their perpetual quest to achieve sonic annihilation of the self through unadulterated heaviness with Empathy For The Wicked. Boasting just one earth-rupturing track broken into two parts, Empathy For The Wicked was recorded live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), who gave it the final crushing touches it deserves.

Where OMMADON‘s previous scores were all recorded in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks their first release to be recorded on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity. The first track from Empathy For The Wicked was originally recorded for the cassette split with Horse Latitudes and Coltsblood. During that session, OMMADON decided to continue recording through the night and drone out the riff which became the second side to Empathy For The Wicked.

Empathy For The Wicked will be released on 12″ vinyl via Golden Mantra on July 15th, 2015 with preorders available at: www.goldenmantra.co.uk. Teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Critical Hails For V:

A hypnotic, dead-eyed combination where patience, misanthropy and endurance collide; a zombie chained to a pole walking the same ugly circle.” – Rolling Stone

Split across four sides of vinyl, the double record was mastered by Billy Anderson… so you can bet your favourite Sunn O))) picture disc on this thing sounding heavier than a dying planet.” — Terrorizer
I love this album because it’s so preposterously barbaric and for such an extended period of time and it’s beyond excessive. It’s an absolute endurance test, and by the end of it I was not the same as I’d come into it. There aren’t a lot of albums you can say that about.” – The Sludgelord

OMMADON categorically prove that it is still possible to make compelling music within the field of drone-doom, an area that I personally had considered long since mined dry.” — The Sleeping Shaman

OMMADON‘s V has more in common with the harsh, acidic fuzz of Conan, and Earth’s early work, but much, much more abrasive.” — Blog Of Putrefaction

Over the last couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to listen to some quite excellent instrumental doom, and OMMADON’s V is right up there with the very best.” — Lair Of Filth

Listening to the two 45-minute tracks on V is like trying to imagine your own burial under the Himalayas.” — Echoes And Dust

OMMADON Personnel:

David Tobin – guitars

Ewan Mackenzie – drums, noise

For review links and interview requests contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

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DIABOLICUM: New Hymn From Industrial Black Metal Misery Makers Playing At No Clean Singing; Band To Unleash First Full-Length In Fourteen Years Via Code666

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Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is the impending new long player from Swedish industrial black metal misery makers, DIABOLICUM. Now boasting the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the record breaks the band’s fourteen-year slumber and boasts nine harrowing psalms of disease and torment. The record will see release on July 7th, 2015 via Italy’s Code666. In celebration of its official ignition, today No Clean Singing delivers the first taste of plague with fifth cranium-crusher, “Salvation Through Vengeance.”

DIABOLICUM are known for their skill in integrating the savagery of Swedish black metal and the driving pulse of industrial music,” issues the esteemed music portal, “and ‘Salvation Through Vengeance’ displays that union in striking fashion, significantly augmented by Kvarforth’s crazed howls and roars (which hold nothing back) and Likstrand’s boiling guitar solo. The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”

Sample the tones of terror at THIS LOCATION.

Initially spawned in 1994 by Sasrof and Thorne under the Imperial moniker, DIABOLICUM stands among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene. The collective’s first demo appeared under the title Mori Voluntaria. The tape was recorded in just two days at a mental hospital and included the session vocals of Blackblood (Tommy Dahlström now of Aeon). Following various personnel shifts, Imperial unleashed The Imperial Darkness demo with vocals and lead guitar handled by Thyrfing (Stefan Dhalberg) with third demo, De FÆrdÆmdas Legion, unveiled by Arte De Occulta shortly thereafter. By 1997, members of Imperial formed black metal collective, Helvete, together with Mysteriis and Kraath of Setherial. The project was put on hold when guitarist Sasrof took over bass responsibilities for Setherial.

Two years later, Imperial changed their name to DIABOLICUM. Nathzion (AKA Zeb Nilsson now of Aeon) joined the ranks as lead guitarist and DIABOLICUM‘s debut, the annihilating The Grandeur Of Hell, dropped in 1999 via Napalm Records. In the summer of 2000, DIABOLICUM fled Napalm to explore new opportunities and forged a union with Italian imprint, Code666. Wielding a flawless meld of Swedish black metal and industrial ambient noise, 2001’s resulting The Dark Blood Rising full-length is now considered a cult classic among the industrial black metal scene. In the years to follow, the band published a collection of early demos (The Killing Spree 1.5) and two split 7″ EP – one with Watain; the other with Angst – before penning their third diabolic opus with new vocalist Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and lead guitarist Likstrand. After several setbacks and delays, the band is finally ready to undrape Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows). Spewing forth nine merciless tracks of sonic scorn, and featuring guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), with cryptic artwork by Maxime Taccardi, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is anguished, devouring and destined to become a new milestone within the industrial black metal community.

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

For review links and interview requests contact liz@earsplitcompound.com.

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THE GREAT DISCORD Streaming Debut Album Duende In Full!

Available June 2nd in North America on Metal Blade Records

 

Duende

 

“Driving in every sense of the word, Duende could be another standard for progressive metal compatriots striving to attain new heights in the genre.”

-Dead Rhetoric-

“Duende is full of catchy rhythms, riffs, and vocals that will ensnare your mind and come back to you again and again, playing over and over in your subconscious.”

-The Grim Tower-

“…They swoop brutally over a raw, dramatic, cinematic and multi-colored canvas where not a single space left to chance”

-Sweden Rock-

Sweden has been a fertile ground for metal of all varieties for multiple decades, and there appears to be no sign that this will change anytime soon. The variety and quality of bands is staggering, and Metal Blade Records is prepared to help add THE GREAT DISCORD to the list of one of Sweden’s finest new groups. The band’s cornerstone is with the enigmatic vocals of Fia Kempe. Her tone and delivery is immensely emotive and is augmented by a band whose sound is impossible to describe. It’s technical, heavy, and yet not so much to overwhelm those not anointed in metal. What’s important is that THE GREAT DISCORD offers a truly unique twist on both metal, and what is to be expected from a female-fronted band.

Duende will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Garnering critical acclaim worldwide, THE GREAT DISCORD are almost ready to release Duende to the public. As the release date draws closer Duende is now available to stream in its entirety at http://www.metalblade.com/thegreatdiscord. After listening to the album, be sure to pre-order a copy there as well.

One of the most unique things about THE GREAT DISCORD is their visual presentation. This has been showcased so far in a series of video teasers. The fifth and final installment entitled “Ire (Selfæta)” along with the first four clips can be viewed HERE.

The band’s video for the song “The Aging Man”, that was directed by Philip Kullgren and edited by Joakim Sjöholm, both from Pellen Productions can be viewed HERE.

The relationship between Fia Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren has stood for many years, connecting on a deep personal level when it comes to music, though it was only when they came together to form THE GREAT DISCORD in 2013 that their collaboration began. Sharing an interest in progressive music, they count the likes of Genesis and King Crimson as well as contemporary acts such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan among those who have inspired them.

While music pundits and critics will fall over themselves trying to label the unique and intriguing sounds contained within Duende the band are more interested in presenting their music to the world, with the hope of making a profound musical connection with the like-minded. Having been working toward the completion of the record for nearly two years the band have perhaps only just arrived at the beginning, and the ambitiousness of their music is further reflected in their goals. “We obviously want to take over the world,” Kempe smiles. “We really believe in our vision, we really believe in the concept behind everything that we do. We want to entertain people. We want them to come to our shows and experience everything that we have visualized for this band, and we want them to relate to the emotion that we’re putting into our songs, to be able to find something in THE GREAT DISCORD that they cannot find anywhere else.”

THE GREAT DISCORD is:
Fia Kempe – vocals
Aksel Holmgren – drums
André Axell – guitars
Gustav Almberg – guitars
Rasmus Carlson – bass

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VATTNET VISKAR launches new video, “Impact”

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, has launched a new video for “Impact”, the fourth single from their upcoming sophomore album Settler. The clip was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-NEUROSIS, SOUNDGARDEN), who also created the band’s “Breath of the Almighty”, “Settler”, “Colony”, and “Yearn” videos.

VATTNET VISKAR’s Nick Thornbury (Guitar/Vocals) comments: “This song is a good summary of the huge highs and lows that the album deals with.”

For another preview of Settler, be sure to check out the following previously released video singles:
–“Settler”: https://youtu.be/zrFxKXtkPfw
–“Colony”: https://youtu.be/0wK0WR3IFwk
–“Yearn”: https://youtu.be/P9ihRnmY4pA

Featuring 8 tracks that expand upon their “awe-inspiring, violently gorgeous” sound (PITCHFORK.com), Settler will be released June 16th in North America (June 29th in Europe).

Settler track-listing:
1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar

Before Settler’s release, VATTNET VISKAR will be appearing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, then heading out on a month long tour with 1349 and NECROPHAGIA. See below for all upcoming dates.

VATTNET VISKAR live:
May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live (Maryland Deathfest)
June 21 – Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
June 22 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness

“Chaos Raids North America 2015″ tour dates with 1349, NECROPHAGIA, VATTNET VISKAR
May 30 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
June 1 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
June 2 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
June 3 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
June 4 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
June 5 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
June 6 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
June 9 – Boise, ID – The Crazy Horse
June 10 – Seattle, WA – Club SUR
June 11 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
June 12 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
June 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
June 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
June 15 – El Paso, TX – Mesa Music Hall
June 16 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
June 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
June 18 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
June 19 – Orlando, FL – The Haven

VATTNET VISKAR line-up:
Nick Thornbury – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Alfieri – Guitar
Seamus Menihane – Drums
Casey Aylward – Bass

Thrash Legends EXODUS Launch European Headline Tour Next Monday, June 1st in Germany

Thrash metal legends EXODUS are set to kick off their upcoming European headline tour on June 1st, 2015. The European dates kick off in Hamburg, Germany at Knust and end in Helinski, Finland on June 26th. The tour includes several festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air.

EXODUS just wrapped up a successful U.S. run with headliners TESTAMENT and special guests SHATTERED SUN, dubbed the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour. Later this year, EXODUS will take part in the Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th.

?We?re already out here in Europe ready to kill,? states vocalist Steve ?Zetro? Souza. ?We are currently in Spain and ready for the rest of Europe and all the festivals. See you in the pit for The Toxic Waltz!?

Catch EXODUS in Europe this summer ? see below for all dates.

EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR:
6/1 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
6/2 – Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
6/4 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock – Sweden Rock Festival
6/5 – Hanover, Germany @ Musikzentrum
6/6 – Njmegen, Netherlands @ Forta Rock Festival
6/7- Moscow, Russia @ Volta Club
6/8 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Zal Ozhidaniya
6/10 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
6/11 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
6/12 – Vienna, Austria @ Szene
6/13 – Nova Gorcia, Slovenia @ Mostovna
6/14 – Brno, Czech Republic @ Faval Club
6/15 – Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
6/16 – Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap
6/17 – Essen, Germany @ Turok
6/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
6/19 – Gardelegen, Germany @ Metal Frenzy Festival
6/20 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/21 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest Festival
6/23 – London, England @ Underworld
6/24 – London, England @ Underworld
6/25 – Manchester, England @ Academy 3
6/26 – Helinski, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

MOTORHEAD?S MOTORBOAT CRUISE:
9/28-10/2 – Miami, FL @ Port of Miami

ABOUT EXODUS:

This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal?s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica?s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever ? #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada?s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood. EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.

NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal- Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer- Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 HouseOfBlues-New Orleans, LA w/Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth,Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works. In 2012, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with Honor Found In Decay, cultivated through their own Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration. Following the record release show, the outfit disbanded with the longtime visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

AGALLOCH To Kick Off Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV Next Week

Portland’s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, AGALLOCH, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV next week. Set to commence on June 5th in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse sixteen cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20th in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

AGALLOCH Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV w/ Helen Money:
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Yob, Ufomammut *
6/06/2015 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
6/08/2015 SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
6/09/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA
6/11/2015 The Rebel – Phoenix, AZ
6/12/2015 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/13/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
6/14/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
6/15/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
6/16/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/17/2015 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
6/18/2015 Venue – Vancouver, BC
6/19/2015 Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
6/20/2015 Star Theater – Portland, OR
* No Helen Money

AGALLOCH continues to tour in support of their critically-adored The Serpent & The Sphere opus, released last year via Profound Lore. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Asunder, Ommadon, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.) at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz), the offering includes a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neofolk trio, Musk Ox, and finds the band delivering some of their most forward-thinking and stimulating compositions to date, elevating their progressive musical oeuvre to a challenging new level whilst still maintaining true to their signature sound.

“…their most refined and generous album to date, an elegant trip to unexpected ends.” – Pitchfork

“Whereas their triumphant previous album was painted in dark blues and glittering black, this one comes draped in muted grays and browns, calming earth tones that soothe rather than awe. If Marrow of the Spirit was a storm, The Serpent & The Sphere is the stillness that descends over damp stones and battered branches once the howling winds have quieted.” – Spin

“As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm’s vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson’s guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton’s bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker’s drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.” – Exclaim

“AGALLOCH has always had a strong folk theme flowing through their music, a reflection of their heritage in the woods of the American Northwest. But on many of the songs here, the listener’s eyes and ears are drawn away from the rivers and the trees and up towards the night sky… a fantastic addition to the band’s legacy and a brilliant set of work on its own.” – Metal Injection

“To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense.” – Stereogum

“…a Homeric journey of a record peppered with some of the band’s finest moments to date…at once progressive and reflexive.” – MetalSucks

CrashDollz – Metal Meets Punk

 

CrashDollz is a energetic crossover from punk to metal. Crossing demented aggression, punk attitude, heavy metal power, virtuoso musicianship and sexy/trashy/gutter punk image into a whole new music revolution that could only have come out of Detroit, CrashDollz are truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Listen to “Novocaine”, “Dollhouse”, “Dumpster Punk” or the radio-friendly “27 Tulip Pass” and you will hear serious songwriting talent at the core of a big explosion of rock and roll audacity the likes of which hasn’t been heard in many years.

Leading the way on vocals is Nikki Darling, with her Raw, Aggressive and Powerful vocals. Nikkis technical ability as a singer adds enormous depth to an otherwise stale genre and her outrageous stage presence and confrontational stance is without peer. Followed by Guitarist Rachel Rekkits loud in your face but memorable guitar riffs, whiz-kid solos and demented stage presence.

Drummer Mikk Mannikk smashes the cannon-like beats into a frenzy and finally, you have Kevin “Krank” Kekes on pounding, aggressive bass guitar. Kranks agile and acrobatic playing ability and stage presence balances the CrashDollz front line into the most uniformly bombastic stage fronts in rock history. CrashDollz is the band to watch in 2014 and beyond!

You can get their self-titled CD CrashDollz for a free download on Bandcamp. They are currently in the studio working on their second CD ? Watch for it!

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Persona Releases Video for Upcoming Album – Elusive Reflections

 

Persona has released their video, “Blinded,” from their upcoming CD, Elusive Reflections.

PERSONA is a female-fronted alternative metal band from Tunisia. Their style unites modern metal sound with elements of rock, thrash and heavy riffs with synth effects and classical orchestration, creating the perfect foundation for intense and captivating vocal lines.

Persona consists of:

Jelena Dobric : Lead & backing Vocals
Melik Melek Khelifa : Lead Guitar
Yosri Ouada : Rhythm Guitar
Youssef Aouadi : Drums
Walid Bessadok : Keyboard
Nesrine Mahbouli : Bass

Being considered one of the most accomplished and influential bands on the Tunisian metal scene, PERSONA is now ready to take it to the international level. Their debut album “Elusive Reflections” will be released in 2015, so get ready to be taken on a journey full of different identities, various and conflicting states of mind and diverse emotions.

 

The Persevering Promise Release Music Video For Cover Of Maroon 5’s “Animals”

 

The Persevering Promise have released a music video for their cover of Maroon 5’sAnimals.” The band’s current album, “An Illusion in Shambles“, which includes featured artists such as, Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Shawn Spann of I, The Breather, and Chad Ruhlig of For The Fallen Dreams/Legend landed The Persevering Promise at #8 on Billboard Heat Seekers chart this summer and is available now on all digital outlets.

LYCHGATE – Album cover + track list announced / New song premiered

 

The classical cover art and track listing are unveiled for academic, apocalyptic black metal unit Lychgate’s sophomore opus “An Antidote for the Glass Pill”.
The label says: ‘The album is the ceremonial, liturgical extension of the band’s well-acclaimed, doom-laden debut. Taking two painstaking years to execute, the seminal work is vast in concept, continually wandering into the garden of opulence and genius. The record is also perhaps the only black metal album in history that features full accompaniment by a professional church pipe organist throughout.’
The band features Greg Chandler from funeral doom legends Esoteric on guitar, vocals, and studio engineering duties, guitarist V. (The One, Spearhead), drummer T.J.F. Vallely (Macabre Omen), bassist A. K. Webb (Ancient Ascendant) and guitarist S.D. Lindsley.
“An Antidote for the Glass Pill” [2015] is to be released via Blood Music (Fin/USA) on August 18th, 2015. Pre-orders are to commence on May 29th, 2015.

Track list:

1. Unto My Tempest
2. Davamesque B2
3. I Am Contempt
4. A Principle on Seclusion
5. Letter XIX
6. Deus Te Videt
7. The Illness Named Imagination
8. An Acousmatic Guardian
9. My Fate to Burn Forever
10. The Pinnacle Known to Sisyphus

A second track from Lychgate’s conceptual opus “An Antidote for the Glass Pill” is currently streaming online.
“An Acousmatic Guardian”

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Agony in the Garden – Mack Perry

 

Agony in the Garden is an alternative metal band based in Dayton, OH, fronted by Mack Perry.  Agony’s new EP, Where Olympus Dwells, was released May 1.

 

  • Tell us a little bit about how Agony was started.   I honestly have no idea. Lol! Just kidding. When I first began it all started as instrumental style music, inspired and influenced by Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and a host of others as well as all the tutorial media I could find. I started writing band style music much later, approximately 9 years after I picked up an axe.
  • How, exactly, would you explain the genre of your music?  That is a very good question. I?m not exactly sure. My influences span from Andre Segovia to Ronnie James Dio. I firmly believe that bands, music and artist move from genre to genre visa vi the listener depending on what is needed at that exact moment. So I hope to continue this tradition allowing anyone who listens to put Agony where they need to.
  • Your new EP ? Where Olympus Dwells ? was released recently. What inspired the music on this EP?  A variety of things. Yes I know this is completely vague and in generalized. The truth is from the mighty to the minuscule I find myself inspired. I carry this very same theme through life. The fuel of passion, to be remembered by any who took the time to listen and in turn become inspired, a bit of a paradox but nothing short of the truth.
  • Which song on the Where Olympus Dwells sums up the message of the EP?  Where Olympus Dwells, ?You can?t kill what won?t bleed let them do what they will.? This song says no matter what you?re going through as long as you wake daylight never dies. It?s never too late.
  • Tell us a little bit about the new single, Rain.  Rain was written as a trailer-theme for the most excellent book Garden by Jane Yates. She is working to have the book made into a movie where it would be used as well. Rain?s theme symbolizes the power of self, strength and rebirth, literally starting over at any point in your life. Reinventing yourself whenever you should need the Rain.
  • I understand you were recently added to the endorsed musicians at WT Foster guitars. Tell us a little about how that came about.  Sorry job security! Lol! Literally I woke up one day and found this momentous boon. I am beyond honored to be added to the roster of guitar endorsees. I will do my very best to match this beautifully crafted work of art note for note. Simply put I?ve been blessed.
  • What are your future plans musically?  I hope to inspire anyone who takes the time to listen. I plan to put together a touring band. Like everyone out there I would love at least one OBBE, out of box band experience. Touring as soon as possible bringing the music to fans via any venue that will have Agony, along with plenty of benefit concerts, making sure all over the world people have a warm place to sleep and food to eat. I truly hope to pay it forward.
  • Where can we find you online?  www.agonyinthegardenofficial.com is the honeycomb hideout for links to Agony?s social media sites, links to purchase music and merchandise, links to sponsors as well as exciting news and current events.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add that we haven?t talked about?  I would just like to thank you for this fantastic interview and everyone for taking the time to read it as well as all the friends and fans who have been on this musical journey with Agony. More than words my friends.

CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced

Anthropocene
/æn??r?p??si?n/
noun

Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later, CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), CATTLE DECAPITATION returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life. “Dave is a bonafide producer,” elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. “He’s got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so well. We’ve always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody.”

CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends his throat to “The Prophets Of Loss” while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track “Plagueborne.” Additionally, Germany’s dark metal misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track “Pacific Grim.” Your body simply is not ready.

The record also sees the band extending their collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who’s handled the artwork for every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002’s To Serve Man. “When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band,” says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record’s themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued their present course, with The Anthropocene Extinction we have been transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just part of the problem – there are five gyres on planet earth and they’re all filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean’s ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

The Anthropocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
3. Plagueborne
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim

In related news, on Friday, July 11th, fans can join CATTLE DECAPITATION at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California where the band will be playing a special, advanced CD release show in honor of The Anthropocene Extinction. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for this special occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records and the band making this a show not to be missed. So if you are a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick — just short ride away from the SD Convention Center — and prepare to meet your doom!

The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records.

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums

FEAR FACTORY Announce Tour w/ COAL CHAMBER!

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will hit the road this July in anticipation of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut. ?We are beyond excited and honored to be touring with our great friends in COAL CHAMBER,? states the group. ?It’s been years since both bands have shared the same stage together. It?s funny that it took us all these years to actually tour together but we are stoked that it?s finally happening!?

Tickets go on sale everywhere on Friday May 22nd at 10 am local time. Additional headlining FEAR FACTORY shows to be announced shortly.

COAL CHAMBER, FEAR FACTORY, JASTA*, DEVIL YOU KNOW**, SAINT RIDLEY, MADLIFE
07/24/15 Rialto Theatre ? Tucson, AZ**
07/25/15 Sunshine Theater ? Albuquerque, NM**
07/26/15 Tricky Falls ? El Paso, TX**
07/28/15 Alamo City Music Hall ? San Antonio, TX*
07/29/15 Gas Monkey ? Dallas, TX*
07/30/15 Granada ? Lawrence, KS*
07/31/15 Pop?s ? Sauget, IL*
08/01/15 Bogart?s ? Cincinnati, OH*
08/02/15 Track 29 ? Chattanooga, TN*
08/03/15 The Orange Peel ? Asheville, NC*
08/04/15 Music Farm ? Columbia, SC*
08/06/15 Concord Music Hall ? Chicago, IL*
08/08/15 Water Street Music Hall ? Rochester, NY*
08/10/15 London Music Hall ? London, ON*
08/11/15 Irving Plaza ? New York, NY*
08/12/15 The Chance ? Poughkeepsie, NY*
08/15/15 Underground Arts ? Philadelphia, PA**
08/16/15 Agora ? Cleveland, OH**
08/18/15 Bourbon Theatre ? Lincoln, NE**
08/19/15 The Summit Music Hall ? Denver, CO**
08/20/15 The Complex ? Salt Lake City, UT**
08/21/15 Brooklyn Bowl ? Las Vegas, NV**
08/22/15 The Observatory ? Santa Ana, CA**

FEAR FACTORY?s as-of-yet-untitled 9th studio album is tentatively scheduled for a release this Summer. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD).

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band?s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

FEAR FACTORY’s latest album, The Industrialist, debuted at position No. 38 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart in 2012. The band’s 2010 release, Mechanize, debuted at No. 72 on the American Billboard Top 200.

Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. “When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

1349 and NECROPHAGIA announce special guests for the “Chaos Raids 2015″ tour

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 and cult death metal pioneers NECROPHAGIA have announced special guests for different regions of the new North American “Chaos Raids” tour. The “Chaos Raids” tour kicks off on May 30 and includes VATTNET VISKAR. Added to the tour are BLACK ANVIL for the performances in Baltimore and Brooklyn, ATRIARCH in Seattle and Portland, and EARLY GRAVES will be performing in Oakland and San Diego respectively. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

1349 is touring in support of their new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The album, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.” (Sputnik Music), and a “musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward” (Metal Injection) is streaming here.

NECROPHAGIA is touring in support of their new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral. The album, which has been called “Simple, sick and heavy” (Metal Injection), and “career-defining, solid, consistent work which brings together thirteen tracks, drawn from one source of inspiration yet each performed to stand out among one another.” (Sputnik Music), is streaming here.

1349 and NECROPHAGIA tour dates:
May 30 Baltimore, MD@ Ottobar W/BLACK ANVIL
May 31 Brooklyn, NY @St. Vitus W/BLACK ANVIL
June 01 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
June 02 Toronto, ON @Mod Club
June 03 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
June 04 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 05 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar
June 06 Des Moines, IA @ Hell Over Iowa Fest – Val Air Ballroom
June 07 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
June 09 Boise, ID @ The Crazy Horse
June 10 Seattle, WA @ Club SUR W/ATRIARCH
June 11 Portland, OR @ Panic Room W/ATRIARCH
June 12 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House W/EARLY GRAVES
June 13 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick W/EARLY GRAVES
June 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
June 15 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 16 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
June 18 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
June 19 Orlando, FL @ The Haven

MARUTA To Blast Five Tracks In Five Days As Remain Dystopian LP Nears Release

Now just two weeks from release is Miami grindcore squad MARUTA’s third LP, and first for Relapse Records; Remain Dystopian. Easily one of the extreme metal highlights of this year, the unstoppable album advances the genre with forward-thinking dementia jacked-into the brutalizing blasting core, and with the aid of several special guest appearances, makes for an incredibly satisfying platter of 21st Century grind.

For five days in a row, Relapse will unload a massive MARUTA smear campaign, dispatching five brand new tracks from Remain Dystopian, beginning right now, the barrage leading off with a premiere of “Genocide Interval” with American Aftermath. Through the rest of the week, Heavy Blog Is Heavy will release “Protocol for Self Immolation” tomorrow, Decibel Magazine will unload “Erode” (featuring JR Hayes of Pig Destroyer) on Wednesday, No Clean Singing breaks out “Slaying Jehova” on Thursday, and New Noise Magazine wraps up the crusade with “The Void Within” on Friday.

MARUTA sets their hometown ablaze on June 6th at a release show for Remain Dystopian, after which they’ll embark on a European tour in support of the LP, running from June 25th through July 11th where it will come to a close at the mighty Obscene Extreme Festival. Subsequent widespread North American touring will be announced in the coming days as well.

MARUTA Live:

6/06/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL — Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose

6/25/2015 Maguires Pizza – Liverpool, UK

6/26/2015 The Red Lion – Bristol, UK

6/27/2015 The Unicorn – London, UK

6/28/2015 The Pit’s – Kortrijk, BE

6/29/2015 Les Runes – Brodeaux, FR

6/30/2015 Les Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR

7/01/2015 Stage Live – Bilbao, SP

7/02/2015 TBA – Madrid, SP

7/03/2015 TBA – Barcelona, SP

7/04/2015 TBA – Turin, IT

7/05/2015 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT

7/06/2015 Dürer Kert – Budapest, HU

7/07/2015 RC Brooklyn – Brno, CZ

7/08/2015 Reil 78 – Halle, DE

7/09/2015 TBA

7/10/2015 Black Fleck – Potsdam, DE

7/11/2015 Obscene Extreme – Trutnov, CZ

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, the newest phase in MARUTA’s modus operandi comes in the form of their fourth LP, and first for Relapse, with Remain Dystopian. Delivering seventeen demanding and damaging tracks in under twenty-eight minutes, the album is made all the more dangerous with the assistance of contracted outside henchmen for the multiple-studio recording of the album — including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez — with additional torment tactics provided by Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, and Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates.

SKINLESS: New York Death Dealers Traumatize Ears With “Barbaric Proclivity,” Now Streaming At MetalSucks; Only The Ruthless Remain To Drop In Two Weeks

[photo by Shaun MacMahon]

In just two weeks, reanimated New York death metal miscreants, SKINLESS, will lacerate ears with the sadistic grooves of Only The Ruthless Remain. Boasting their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remainmarks the band’s first proper full-length offering in nearly a decade.

Crowned, one of the finest albums in SKINLESS‘ repertoire,” in an early 9/10 review of the record by Apoch’s Metal Review who furthers, “This isn’t just an album SKINLESS fans will lovingly embrace, but a creation that stands as one of the top offerings of 2015 within the death metal genre, proving the time away from the studio, as well as one another, has only strengthened them as a unit,” Only The Ruthless Remain was captured 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 the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

In celebration of its official detonation next month, today MetalSucks hurls forth the world-collapsing sounds of closing pounder, “Barbaric Proclivity.”

“It’s the kind of song that I love for its raw intensity,” relays Webber bluntly. “It’s a true-to-form, knuckle-dragger. Fuck technicality; fuck beats-per-minute. If you want a raw, heavy, New York style skull crusher, this one is for you, and will beat the rest into submission.”

MetalSucks agrees: “This track is straight-up bloodthirsty… If you played it for one of rage-zombies in the movie 28 Days Later, they’d be like, ‘Whoa, too harsh, bruh! Chill!’ It will grab you by your waist and squeeze your innards out of your mouth like so much toothpaste…. worth the wait.”

Witness the sonic pummel of “Barbaric Proclivity,” currently monopolizing the airwaves of MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.
SKINLESS will bring their onstage butchery to Baltimore later this week as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

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). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available.

WORMED begin recording new album

Sci-fi technical death metal masters WORMED have entered Sadman studios in Madrid to begin the band’s forthcoming 3rd studio album, and first for Season of Mist. Pictures of the ongoing recording process are available at the official WORMED Facebook page.

Regarding the forthcoming album, the band comments:

“The material we are recording for the new album can be described as an epic and supermassive attack of nanomachines, molecular blast beats in warp drive, riffing algorithms from the pulsar and non-organic voices from galaxy’s central black hole, closing the trilogy. A prequel that reveals the events leading up to Krighsu’s mission.

Prepare your brain structures for one of the most extreme acoustic pressures ever written by WORMED.

Will your human neurons withstand the pressure?”


One of the most respected bands in the international death metal underground, WORMED (Phlegeton : Vocals, Migueloud : Guitar, J.Oliver: Guitar, Guillemoth : Bass, G-Calero: Drums) has earned a well-deserved reputation as an undeniably extreme and creative force.   The band exploded onto the scene with their cult 2003 debut, ‘Planisphaerium’.  WORMED has since toured the world, playing in prominent international festivals as such as Maryland Deathfest (MDF), Neurotic Death Fest, SWR Barroselas Metalfest, Death Feast Open Air, Mountains of Death, Obscene Extreme Festival and more.

What the press is saying about WORMED:

“Weird, adventurous modern death metal had a banner year in 2013. This is my favorite example. …genius in practice, Wormed use thrusters of pure shred to launch slam-happy brutal death metal through the techkinox wormhole and into the cosmos.” -One of Stereogum’s – 50 Best metal albums of 2013

“With swine-like growls and switchback riffs cutting razor-sharp corners like a Tron light cycle, WORMED’s “The Nonlocality Trilemma” is engineered to bludgeon you into multidimensional submission. …yet for all its disorientation, there’s something rational about the structure of it all. Wormed goes beyond: This music is alien, unknown.” – NPR

“…it?s pretty unassailable, if you?re a fan of savage blast beats, sci-fi riffing, and ultra-downtuned chugs that will make you want to punch holes in your living room floor. …heavy and hyper-aggressive, but still extremely technical and complex, music.” – Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance

“Wormed’s Exodromos was an album that felt captivating. It’s bleak lyricism mixed with Dillinger Escape Plan soundscapes pulled together a mangled and manic experience.” – Metal Injection

“[WORMED] spends much of its discography unearthing lyrical themes of astronomy, astrophysics, biology and human evolution with an extremely deep and complex analysis.”- Westword

“Wormed are working feverishly to expand the genre’s borders. ” – Hank Shteamer, Noisey

LAMB OF GOD to Release New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang” – Available Worldwide July 2015 via Epic Records

Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, worldwide this July via Epic Records. Today, after weeks of hinting at fans about the imminent release, the band is unleashing a brand new track, ?Still Echoes?, via www.lamb-of-god.com.

LAMB OF GOD?s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.

?Still Echoes? will be available via all digital retailers and streaming services beginning Monday, May 18th.

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe states, ?The time has come to give the fans their first taste of the new LAMB OF GOD album. This is a very, very dark, yet sonically highly varied, record. As it’s always good to come out of the gate hard with a fast and aggressive one, we chose this track “Still Echoes” to kick it off. Enjoy/destroy.?

VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA.

Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:

LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

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GHOUL: The Hooded Henchmen Of Creepsylvania Set To Pillage Your Village On The Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour; Band Added To GWAR B-Q 2015

The hooded henchmen in GHOUL are fleeing their delightful dungeons of Creepsylvania to pillage your village on this year’s Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in stunning 3-D (glasses not included, swine). The three-dimensional lashings will initiate tonight, May 15th in Denver, Colorado and spread its chaos and disease through nearly three-dozen cities with an included infiltration of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. Team GHOUL will unite with California grind hooligans, Phobia, and Ohio scumsmiths, Nekrofilth.

Additionally, the masked menaces were recently added to the sixth annual GWAR B-Q in Richmond, Virginia this August to perform their repugnant requiems and public decapitations. The fetid festivities follow the band’s decimating performance at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil!

Issues Digestor, lead doer of deviousness, “GHOUL is on our way to your wretched country to once again scour the baked on scum from the crock pot of civilization. Sadness? Misery? Brutal totalitarian oppression? You’re soaking in it! GHOUL is also happy to announce that we will be playing the one and only GWAR B-Q! We look forward to receiving abuse, sexual and otherwise, from our fiendish overlords in GWAR, and sopping up their gore-soaked leavings in our palpitating jaws. Also, we will be playing some songs, time permitting.”

GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D Tour w/ Phobia, Nekrofilth:

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
5/31/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/02/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ *
6/03/2015 Til Two – San Diego, CA *
6/04/2015 Megasound Strudios – 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 *
8/14 – 16/2015 GWAR B-Q – Richmond, VA
*no Nekrofilth

REVOCATION Launches New Lyric Video For “Labyrinth Of Eyes;” Tour With Veil Of Maya Begins Next Week

REVOCATION returns to the road this month supporting Veil Of Maya. The Matriarch Tour begins on May 20th in Detroit and winds its way through the east coast, the south, and up into western Canada for a final show on June 14th in Winnipeg. A trailer for the tour can be seen now HERE. Tickets are on sale through your local ticket outlet.

In conjunction with the tour dates, REVOCATION has launched a series of lyric videos by fellow guitarist and director/animator, Nick Hipa. The first, “Labyrinth Of Eyes,” is viewable now;

REVOCATION w/ Veil Of Maya:
5/20/2015 Crofoot – Detroit, MI
5/21/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
5/22/2015 Waterstreet Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/23/2015 Revolution – Long Island, NY
5/24/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
5/25/2015 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
5/26/2015 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
5/27/2015 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
5/28/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
5/29/2015 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
5/30/2015 State Theater – Tampa, FL
6/02/2015 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
6/03/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
6/04/2015 Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
6/06/2015 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/08/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/11/2015 The Republik – Calgary, AB
6/12/2015 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
6/13/2015 The Exchange- Regina, SK
06/14/2015 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB

REVOCATION has spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full-length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of Dan Gargiulo on guitar, and Brett Bamberger on bass. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. The band’s latest full-length, Deathless, was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts.

Deathless debuted on the Billboard Charts beating their previous album by more than 30 spots to land at #124 on the Top 200 Chart. Deathless also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #114 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart. This is REVOCATION’s second straight debut on the Top 200 Chart.

GWAR B-Q Tickets Go On Sale MAY 22nd! Band Lineup Stacked Like Your Best Friends Mom

The Bohab’s (and their Moms) have started to grow impatient wanting to know how to get their tickets for the GWAR B-Q. Now, your Mutant Overlords are ready to satisfy them and the rest of the world by announcing the ticketing sale date for this years GWAR B-Q. TICKETS GO ON SALE MAY 22nd! There are three levels of tickets available, so don’t waste the chance to secure your corpse a spot at the top of the heap. Here are the ticket options. Choose your level of dedication before decapitation.

Pre-Sale- $45 Ticket – Limited Quantity. On sale MAY 22 at MIDNIGHT!
Standard- $55 Ticket – All day entry
Deluxe- $75 Ticket – All day entry and official GWAR B-Q t-shirt
Premium/VIP- $299 Ticket (Limited Quantity 200) – All day entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, B4BQ pre party show entry at TheNational, VIP Laminate with exclusive access to VIP area, Restrooms and Express Lanes including Main Gate entry, Merchandise Booth and Beverages Ticket Kiosks. Not to mention, the mattress peak of any Bohab’s miserable existence, a Meet & Greet signing with GWAR and a possible chance to appear on stage with GWAR. Only 200 of the most diehard, soon-to-die fans will be allowed to secure a Premium ticket which will be mailed to you prior to the event, so you can bypass the human scum waiting in line and get in first!

TICKET INFORMATION HERE!

This year’s GWAR B-Q will be nothing short of an outrageous, wet-n-wild orgy of hard music, super cool art, and delicious food. The main event will be held, horns high, Saturday, August 15th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231) in beautiful and historic Richmond, Virginia, the only city crazy enough to have produced the slaves of GWAR.

Early April saw the announcement of the first bands slated to play this year’s event. Of course your Lords and Masters, GWAR will be playing a special 30th Anniversary career spanning set. The initial announcement of bands boasted artists including The Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris, and Dead Earth Politics. That’s a fucking amazing lineup right there, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Scumdogs have confirmed an additional slew of bands for the GWAR B-Q. NYHC legends Cro-Mags are joining the already stacked lineup alongside Ghoul, Cancer Bats, Ringworm, American Sharks, Mutoid Man, Valkyrie, Child Bite, and RVA legends, RPG. Holy shit that’s a crazy lineup… And there’s more exciting news coming on that front!

Legions of fanatical fans are expected to descend on Richmond to share in the celebration of 30 YEARS of GWAR! The event’s expansion to a full three day weekend includes the annual kick-off party, the B4BQ, at The National on Friday, August 14th and a new closing party, The Brutal Brunch, which will be launched on Sunday, August 16th, giving destination fans an opportunity to check out the new GWARbar! And tell your mom we say what’s up.

EYEHATEGOD Set To Scathe The Western US On Mini-Tour Surrounding Psycho California

Having barely unpacked their dirty laundry following their riotous, nearly month-long Staggering Backwards European Tour, EYEHATEGOD is already gearing up for another excursion, as they prepare to blaze through the western edges of the US next week surrounding their headlining performance at Psycho California. Set to storm the three-day event, the New Orleans bandits will attack the stage on the opening night of Psycho, this Friday, May 15th in Santa Ana alongside the likes of Atriarch, labelmates Author & Punisher, Old Man Gloom, Cough and more. Subsequent to the festival the crew will plow through Phoenix, Seattle and Fort Worth before crushing their New Orleans home turf for the close-out show on May 23rd.

EYEHATEGOD:
5/15/2015 Psycho California – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Alice Cooper’stown – Phoenix, AZ
5/17/2015 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
5/21/2015 Tiki Bar – Shreveport, LA
5/22/2015 Fort Worth Metal Fest – Fort Worth, TX
5/23/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

Another EYEHATEGOD European excursion surrounding their set at Hellfest is on the horizon as well.

EYEHATEGOD continues to pummel the masses in support of their Housecore Records-released self-titled LP which inundated the masses in 2014, breaking the band’s decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release in the band’s twenty-five-year lineage. An exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come, the album 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, solidifying the band as one of the most important extreme music acts going.

“… a Southern influenced, doomy, stoner metal mix of equal parts Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Trouble, Black Flag and the Melvins that many newer bands often emulate, but none can replicate.” – OC Weekly

“…the best material of their 25-year career.” – Exclaim

“…the record that EHG fans have been waiting for; a stomping and venomous set of eleven tracks that reignite the band’s amazing propensity for down-trodden, electric blues and with their late drummer LaCaze behind the kit.” – Noisey

“To say that this album is ‘a triumphant return,’ or ‘the album we’ve all been waiting for’ are elephantine understatements. This album holds its own against some of the best of their canon…” – Metal Insider

“…in terms of consistency and sheer ‘fuck yeah’-ness this is right up there in that first tier of must-have EYEHATEGOD platters. Welcome back, boys. You earned it.” – Metal Injection

CHILD BITE: Punk Metal/Noise Rock Misfits Issue Studio Update; Live Dates With Coliseum Announced

Detroit’s favorite punk metal/noise rock misfits, CHILD BITE, recently took a brief pause from their US live takeover to record their forthcoming new full-length at Philip H. Anselmo’s famed Nodferatu’s Lair.

Reports vocalist Shawn Knight from the Lair, “We’ve been having a blast in the studio with Philip Anselmo! Historically, CHILD BITE has tracked full-length LPs in two to four days, so it has been both strange and relieving to spend two full weeks at Nodferatu’s Lair. The thirteen songs we tracked sound incredible, ten of which will make up the album while the other three will be released independently. In our spare time, we also shot a music video for ‘Mongoloid Obsession’ off of the Strange Waste EP. Written and directed by the band, it’s a lo-if slab of Ed Wood-meets-John Waters bafoonery. Look for that sucker any day now!”

The band’s forthcoming long player will be unleashed via Anselmo’s Housecore Records later this year. In the meantime, CHILD BITE will return to the road tonight to terrorize New Orleans alongside labelmates Author & Punisher and Gasmiasma before ravaging the ears of Jacksonville, Charlotte, Richmond, Canton and Cincinnati. From there, CHILD BITE will take a short breather before heading back out supporting Kentucky’s Coliseum for a nine-date run of East Coast demolitions.

CHILD BITE:
5/11/2015 The Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/13/2015 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
5/14/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/15/2015 Buzzbin Art & Music – Canton, OH
5/16/2015 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH

w/ Coliseum:
6/05/2015 The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
6/06/2015 The End – Nashville, TN
6/07/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
6/09/2015 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
6/10/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
6/11/2015 DC9 – Washington, DC
6/12/2015 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
6/13/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
6/15/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA

Crowned “the soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was,” by American Aftermath, CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP was release via Housecore Records last Fall. Ugly, anxious and perilously habit-forming, the record continues to shock and awe ears of the willing with its deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. And don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash.

“CHILD BITE’s music smashes into you, as fast as a freight train and just as heavy. The guitars are a blistering blur of nimble and gnarly tones, with the rhythm section’s raucous grooves propelling a raspy, yowling vocalist’s emphatically motor-mouthed lyrics…” – Detroit Free Press

“Knight’s voice is what I image one would get by throwing the vocals of Mike Patton, Jello Biafra, Joe McTighe, David Yow and Dave Brockie into a furnace to mix together and pour out as a flowing molten blend. Strange Waste is one of those rare albums that is ridiculously good from start to finish.” – The Examiner

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