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CATTLE DECAPITATION Unveils New Track From Forthcoming Full-Length

The Anthropocene Extinction is the forthcoming new full-length from San Diego deathgrind icons, CATTLE DECAPITATION. Set for world wide release August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records, the followup to 2012’s critically lauded Monolith Of Inhumanity was again captured by producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and includes guest appearances from the legendary Philip H. Anselmo, Tristan Shone/Author & Punisher and Bethlehem’s Mr. Jurgen Bartsch.

Thematically, with The Anthropocene Extinction we are 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 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.

As a precursor to its release, today Revolver Magazine is offering up seventh track and second single, “Mammals In Babylon,” for communal appreciation. Offers guitarist Josh Elmore,

“‘Mammals In Babylon’ was one of the earliest songs written for the new album. At that time we had completed several other tunes that fell more on the epic side of our writing style. As a foil to that strategy, ‘Mammals’ came about based upon a desire to concoct a no-BS, straight-forward ripper. Blending a brutal death metal assault with groovier passages that leads into a bleak, yet triumphant chorus, ‘Mammals’ has a pounding quality that gives way to a buzz-sawing completion. All the while [vocalist] Travis’ [Ryan] lyrics frame humanity’s infancy in paradise and our evolution to ‘maturity’ which now finds us dwelling in a wasteland of our own creation. We invite you to take a listen to the next track from The Anthropocene Extinction.”

Witness “Mammals In Babylon,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

Coinciding with The AnthropoceneExtinction’s official unveiling, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour with Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Obscura and more. Slated to commence on July 28th in Denver, the trek will run through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close August 24th in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the Summer Slaughter Tour, the band is very pleased to announce a special Halfway To Slaughter contest! It’s easy to enter. Simply go to the Summer Slaughter Tour’s FaceBook page and share the streaming single post to enter: facebook.com/SummerSlaughterTour. One random fan on FaceBook will be selected on July 6th to win prizes courtesy of Indie Merch and Metal Blade Records. The mega prize pack will include:

– The Anthropocene Extinction T-shirt
– 30″ x 60″ full-color custom album art beach towel
– Aluminum water bottle with gold band logo print
– 4′ x 2′ full-color album art tapestry
– 4-count button pack with custom hangcard
– 5″ square full-color album art sticker
– 5″ embroidered patch with gold band logo
– Cassette copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– CD copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– Double LP copy of The Anthropocene Extinction

Prior to their Summer Slaughter run, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California on July 11th to perform a special album release party. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for the 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. There will also be a hosted bar by Sailor Jerry from 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Get in early, grab some drinks and pick up a ticket for a chance to win some awesome swag! If you’re a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick – just a short ride away from the SD Convention Center! Tickets are available for purchase HERE. Additional headlining shows prior to and throughout the Summer Slaughter excursion will be announced in the coming weeks. See confirmed tour listing below.

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
7/10/2015 Bay Area Deathfest – Oakland, CA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show [info]
7/11/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
7/18/2015 Armstrong Metalfest – Armstrong, BC * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, …After The Burial, Beyond Creation:
7/28/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
7/30/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
7/31/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
8/01/2015 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
8/02/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/03/2015 The Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
8/04/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/05/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
8/06/2015 Club 77 – Hamilton, ON
8/07/2015 Heavy MTL* – Montreal, QC
8/08/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/09/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
8/10/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/12/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
8/13/2015 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
8/14/2015 Gwar-B-Q Fest – Richmond, VA
8/15/2015 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/16/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation [info]
8/17/2015 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/18/2015 Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX
8/19/2015 Tricky Fall’s – El Paso, TX * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/20/2015 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/21/2015 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/22/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
8/23/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
8/24/2015 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
More Dates Coming Soon!

HELLBASTARD: New Bruiser From Long-Running UK Crust Metal Crossover Crew Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Band Announces Special Feral Contest

As the imminent release of Feral, the brand new full-length from long-running UK crust metal crossover crew, HELLBASTARD, draws ever closer, today Cvlt Nation sears the ears of the willing with a stream of second track, “Outsider Of The Year.”

HELLBASTARD’s Feral is unlike any other modern crossover album. This is primal, back-to-nature shit; a tsunami of raw emotion made sound that demands everything of the listener, no half measures. Not ever. You have to give yourself to the flow completely, or not at all, but the reward for such fearless trust in others is great indeed. An adrenaline shot of pure punk energy, for starters, all filtered through with some of thrash metal’s intricacies – but thankfully none of its overblown ego. And there is melody to be had here too, but you have to dig deep, claw through the wreckage and get your hands bloodied; subtle harmonies in the guitar interplays and peaceful interludes where you can rest a while between the harrowing heaviness of most of the material. Because honesty is always harrowing, isn’t it? And this is so honest, so utterly uncompromising in its pure existentialism, it will shake you to your core. As the album title suggests, this is a force of nature that refuses to be tamed, and will sweep everything before it asunder, rending it apart with its violent rhythmic contortions. A social hand grenade jammed in your teeth, literally blowing your skull apart with endless possibilities.

Issues guitarist/vocalist Scruff Lewty of “Outsider Of The Year,” “You know that feeling you get where you don’t like anything about what you experience? Where you’d rather be somewhere else? Like in the company of a beloved pet, like a cat or dog you love spending time with. Anything but the drone of the shitty experience you’re having? That’s what ‘Outsider…’ is about. The urge to escape the fools.”

Plan your exodus with “Outsider Of The Year” streaming at THIS LOCATION.

In celebration of its release, HELLBASTARD is hosting is special Feral contest. To win, HELLBASTARD devotees need only send the band the most “interesting” photo of themselves holding a copy of their Feral CD, set for official unveiling worldwide on July 17th 2015. Photos should be sent via the band’s official FaceBook page: facebook.com/hellbastardofficial. The winner will be announced on the page exactly one month after the official street release date. Mega prize pack includes:

– A signed guitar (matte black – typical HELLBASTARD fashion) used on several Feral tracks complete with carry case, spare set of strings, a tuner, a DVD of tutorials and basic methodologies of guitar playing.

– Loads of records, some signed, some not, colored vinyl galore
– HELLBASTARD T-shirt
– Various HELLBASTARD CDs
– A DVD featuring full sets from HELLBASTARD and Panzerbastard filmed on the Bastards Over Europe 2011 tour.

Formed in 1985 in the North East of England in the midst of Thatcherism, HELLBASTARD set out to play what they wanted to listen to themselves…. too “metal” for the punks and too “punk” for the metallers the band went on hiatus in 1992 before officially reuniting in 2008 and continue to bring a relevant lyric and sound to counteract against, mediocre sub-standard radio friendly, safety-rock.

Feral was tracked at the prestigious Hellfire Recording Studios (Slayer, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, Napalm Death etc.) in Derbyshire, engineered, recorded, produced and mixed by Ajeet Gill (Warlock UK, Slab, I Am Colossus, etc) and includes guest appearances from Andy “A. Droid” Wiggins (ex Amebix) on “In Praise Of Bast – Feral,” Rob “The Baron” Miller (also ex-Amebix… indeed, the love of all things Amebix permeates every note and beat of this album) on “Wychcraft” and Andy Sneap (ex-Sabbat/Hell) on “And The Point Of Your Being Is….?”

Feral will be officially unleashed worldwide on July 17th 2015 on CD and digitally via PATAC Records with exclusive distribution by Independent Label Distribution. The first CD pressing will include a bonus track (not available on digital download or the upcoming 2016 vinyl edition) as well as an eight-page booklet and embossed digipack packaging.

“As ever, the legendary punk-thrashers, led by founder-member guitarist/vocalist Scruff, have poured into this album a massive amount of passion, sadness, anger and sincerity: the work sways from incandescent, bone-crushing, proper (and I mean proper – proper – proper!) thrash to heart-breaking, bleak ambience magnificence…” – 3rdEye.com

Agony in the Garden Releases New Video

 

Agony in the Garden has released their first video from their EP – Where Olympus Dwells.  The new lyric video for the title song, is now available on YouTube.

You can also watch Mack’s tutorial videos for WT Foster Guitars.  Here is the first installment.

Watch for release information on Agony’s second EP.

 

Atom Heart

ATOM HEART was formed in March 2015 and to listen to them, you would never know they have been playing together for such a short time.  An awesome blend of hard rock, metal, and blues that is guaranteed to blow you away.

They are in the process of working on their first release, expected in late September.

Located in Warsaw, Poland, they are working on their first release, recording in Sonic Disorder Studio.

Their live shows are like their studio work, high energy, excellent quality.  Don?t miss any chances to see them play live!

ATOM HEART is:

Daniel Brühl       Vocals
Ilya Mayeuski     Drums
Tomek Kozie?   Bass
Kamil Wysocki    Guitar

Check out their demo EP at:  http://atomheart-official.com/

LEPROUS – Launch lyric-video for album track “Slave”

 

After having performed last weekend at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS continue to promote their newest studio album “The Congregation”, which was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Today, LEPROUS are pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track “Slave”.

The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Check out the lyric video for “Slave” here:

LEPROUS’ Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track:
“I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album.
The foundation is simple, but the content is rich”.

LEPROUS previously launched a video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album’s opening track “The Price”, which can be seen here
“The Congregation” entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release, as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.

Here is the track-listing for the 65 minutes long album release:

LEPROUS – “The Congregation”

1. The Price (5:14)

2. Third Law (6:18)

3. Rewind (7:07)

4. The Flood (7:51)

5. Triumphant (4:25)

6. Within My Fence (3:16)

7. Red (6:35)

8. Slave (6:37)

9. Moon (7:13)

10. Down (6:26)

11. Lower (4:34)

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums “Bilateral” and “Coal”, “The Congregation” was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album’s artwork was created by Nihil

REVOCATION Announces Headlining Tour With Support From Cannabis Corpse

 
REVOCATION will hit the road this Fall on a North American headlining tour. Presented by Gear Gods and featuring support from Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, and Black Fast, the trek marks REVOCATION’s first headlining tour following the release of their latest album, Deathless. The passage will commence on September 3rd in Providence, Rhode Island with the opening acts joining the package the following day in at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City and stampede through over two dozen cities. On October 3rd, Boston fans will be treated to a huge hometown show to bring the run to a close.

REVOCATION:

9/03/15 Dusk – Providence, RI

w/ Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, Black Fast:
9/04/15 Studio @ Webster – New York, NY
9/05/15 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
9/06/15 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
9/08/15 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
9/09/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/10/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave in Rock, IL REVOCATION + Cannabis Corpse Only
9/12/2015 Rail Club – Ft Worth, TX
9/13/2015 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
9/14/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
9/16/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/17/2015 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2015 Mystery Box – Los Angeles, CA
9/19/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
9/20/2015 Analog Cafe Portland, OR
9/21/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/22/2015 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
9/24/2015 Starlite Edmonton, CA
9/25/2015 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
9/26/2015 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
9/27/2015 Skyway Theater Studio B – Minneapolis, MN
9/29/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
9/30/2015 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON *
10/01/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON *
10/02/2015 La Source – Quebec City, QC *
10/03/2015 Great Scott – Boston, MA *

*No Cannabis Corpse

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, Brett Bamberger on bass and the recent addition Ash Pearson on drums. 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.

REVOCATION:

Dave Davidson – guitars/vocals
Dan Gargiulo – guitars/vocals
Brett Bamberger – bass/vocals
Ash Pearson – drums

NWOBHM Legends RAVEN Announce US Tour!

 
NWOBHM legends RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals you can cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Thus will be the case when RAVEN returns to the road in North America supporting their latest release ExtermiNation. The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

ExtermiNation combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades. Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) – the band have taken their game to the next level…this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!

RAVEN Live:

8/27: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus

8/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery

8/29: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live

8/30: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s

8/31: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

9/1: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique

9/2: Toronto, ON @ Garrison

9/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

9/4: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub

9/6: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena

9/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

9/9 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java

IIVII: First Movement From Cosmic New Project Featuring A Storm Of Light’s Josh Graham Now Playing Band Welcomes The Addition Of Will Lindsay + Incubate Fest Performance Confirmed


IIVII is the new solo project fabricated by visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Josh Graham. A founding member of Red Sparowes and Battle Of Mice, Graham currently plays in A Storm Of Light, and has made appearances with Jarboe, Blood And Time, Tombs, Syndrome, Fallen Black Deer, and Tribes Of Neurot.

With IIVII, Graham focuses on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge. This approach has allowed Graham to expand upon his sonic body of work and traverse new electronic territory, focusing on the subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres, rather than the bombastic approach found in A Storm Of Light.

Depicting a derelict space colony in view of Saturn, the artwork was also completed by Graham, who currently serves as art director to Soundgarden, and has also worked with many bands including Neurosis, Jesu, Shrinebuilder, Sleep, Vattnet Viskar, and Isis.

Live shows will fuse guitar, analogue and digital keyboards, cassette loops, and more. Select live performances also welcome multi-instrumentalist Will Lindsay to the mix. Lindsay is a longtime collaborator in A Storm of Light, and his resume includes Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room, Bloodyminded, Lord Mantis, Anatomy Of Habit and more.

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IIVII’s self-titled debut will see release via Consouling Sounds this Fall. In advance of its official descent, Cvlt Nation is hosting a cosmic visual excursion through the ethereal modulations of sixth movement, “On The Shores If Markarian 335,” noting, “So much of our lives are spent around objects that distract us from our inner peace and also interfere with our imagination….IIVII will give your imagination the space it needs to breathe… Space is the place!”

IIVII Track Listing:

1. Signals From Home

2. Colliding Horizons

3. Transmissions Illumine I

4. Transmissions Illumine II

5. Black Galaxy

6. On The Shores Of Markarian 335

7. Shaping Itself From Dust

In related news, IIVII will make a live appearance at this year’s edition of Incubate gala in Tilburg. Incubate is the annual celebration of cutting-edge culture. It is a festival exhibiting a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, visual arts, film and contemporary dance, and a conference. It brings more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to free jazz. Refreshing art next to inspiring debate. Additional European dates prior to and following Incubate are currently in their plotting stages with US shows to follow.

IIVII Live:

9/20/2015 Incubate – Tilburg, NL

IIVII’s debut album is set for a September 4th, 2015 release on Consouling Sounds. The album will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl. Stay tuned for more IIVII transmissions in the coming weeks.

FIN’AMOR Streaming New Album Forbidden Mourning Via No Clean Singing

Available July 7, 2015

New York’s FIN’AMOR will release their new album Forbidding Mourning July 7th. The album is available for pre-order in bundle packages on the FIN’AMOR Band Camp Page HERE. Today the album is streaming in its entirety exclusive on No Clean Singing.

“We are excited to have our long-overdue work released to the masses. The last seven years have lead to this culmination of our efforts and we hope that it will bring as much pleasure to the listeners as it did to us in the process of making it. The temple of doom is looking for followers, so we will see you en masse,” says the band about the new release.

In support of their new release FIN’AMOR have scheduled a hand full of dates for July and August, including a special hometown CD Release show July 10th in Brooklyn, NY. A complete list of dates can be found below

FIN’AMOR was founded in the fall of 2008 by guitarist Julian Chuzhik, vocalist Benjamin Meyerson, and keyboardist/bassist Nodar Khutortsov, as an ambitious effort to manifest a sound inspired by the sorrow and down-tempo of doom, the atmosphere and orchestration of goth, the versatility of progressive, and the strength and resolution of death. This fusion manifested itself as a breath of fresh air to the members: an independent style that bleeds passion and sets itself apart from popularized variants found in metal, while retaining the identity it garnered from its raw origins.

The band is set to venture from the New York scene in the summer of 2015, beginning with the release of their debut full-length album. The album Forbidding Mourning explores themes of hope, despite a despairing existence, the paradoxical nature of love, and the desolation of apathy. Moving forward, the collective expects to further evolve and introduce new elements into the polyphony during their continuous composition process.

Forbidding Mourning Track Listing:

1. Bleed The Oceans

2. Oasis

3. I Am Winter

4. Memories of Flesh

5. Natura

6. Porcelain Swan

7. Valediction

FIN’AMOR Lineup:

Benjamin Meyerson- Vocals

Julian Chuzhik- Guitar

Raphael Pinsker- Guitar

Nodar Khutortsov- Keyboard

Slava Morozov- Bass

Eugene Bell- Drums

FIN’AMOR Live:

7/10: Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13 Saloon (CD Release Show)

7/11: Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Bros

7/12: Albany, NY @ Trickshots

8/14: Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar w/ Immortal Bird

8/15: Raleigh, NC @ Slims w/ Helgamite

8/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

ENABLER premieres title track from ‘Fail To Feel Safe’ LP via MetalSucks


As ENABLER prepares to deliver their eagerly awaited third LP, Fail To Feel Safe, in just over a month, MetalSucks has exclusively premiered the title track to the conquering album.

Their first album for Century Media, with Fail To Feel Safe, ENABLER delivers an incredibly slick and dynamic record, furiously deploying thirteen brand new tracks in exactly forty-two minutes, as always, continuing along the same path of evolution which dates to their very first recordings, while retaining the core enraged and savage foundation of the tunes. Recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die) and producer Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud) — the team who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, All Hail The Void — then mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering, the record was completed with cover art by Chris Smith, as with their 2014-released La Fin Absolue Du Monde sophomore LP.

ENABLER‘s longtime supporters at MetalSucks have released a brand new single from Fail To Feel Safe, deploying the title track to the LP just days after the album showed up on an early Best Of 2015 So Far List. in a glowing write-up alongside the premiere the site offers that the track, “features all the elements that made us fall in love with the trio in the first place. Specifically: lean n’ mean riffage; drums that roll and crash like tsunami waves; guitars that sound like a massive cloud of furious wasps; and Jeff Lohrber’s vitriolic vocals, which seem as though they were recorded immediately after the dude gargled on a cocktail of sulfuric acid and broken glass. Enabler offer nothing less than all your greatest horrors in audio form.”

Also view the recently released “By Demons Denied” lyric video.

Fail To Feel Safe Track Listing:

1. Suffer to Survive

2. Fail to Feel Safe

3. By Demons Denied

4. Euphoric Revenge

5. Isolation Sickness

6. Sinister Drifter

7. Sail the Sea of Fire

8. Haunted

9. Drownage

10. Demolition Praise

11. Malady

12. La Furia

13. Sabotage Within

Century Media will officially issue Fail To Feel Safe on CD, both teal and black vinyl LP, and digital formats on August 7th.

Led by frontman, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s (Fall Out Boy, Racetraitor) FC Records in 2010. Two full-length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including last year’s La Fin Absolue Du Monde, which appeared on many “Best of 2014″ lists.

HOPE DRONE: Otherworldly Black Metal Conjurors Unveil Third Single Via Noisey; Cloak Of Ash To See Release Later This Month

 

“A low note, it carries on the winds; To every riven channel’s depths; And to every quiet corner; Where history resonates…”  HOPE DRONE’s “The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth”

As the release day of Cloak Of Ash, the latest long player from otherworldly black metal conjurors, HOPE DRONE, creeps closer to release, today Noisey hosts the haunting elegance of fourth movement, “The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth.”

Captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and the band (also at Wavelength Studios), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, with Cloak Of Ash, the Australian unit manifests a sound of forlorn isolation and despair with each of its seven tracks fusing panicked, poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves. Reminiscent of the lush, lonely resonance of bands like Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Altar Of Plagues, HOPE DRONE’s Cloak Of Ash is at once dynamic and textured; nihilistic and doomed yet there exists a calm within the chaos. The light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

“The music is something that was created to lose yourself in and whatever comes out of that is a valid experience,” issues of the band on the cathartic elements of their latest offering. “A lot of reactions to our music refer to as nihilistic and honestly while it is bleak at times, there is a lot more going on and not excessive amounts of pure negativity.”

With the official unveiling of Cloak Of Ash now just three weeks away, today Noisey is streaming “The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth,” for communal meditation noting, “It’s a very modern sound, and wholly unlike the usual blasphemous black/death that usually comes merauding out of the Antipodes. I could see these guys on tour with The Atlas Moth, or Tombs, or even Thou and in 2015, that ain’t a bad place to be.”

Travel far beyond the realms of earthly reality and witness “The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth” at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,” is streaming now courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION as well first single, “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning,” currently available at YouTube or SoundCloud.

A name derived from a Godspeed You! Black Emperor song , HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, “fresh, invigorating and captivating,” by Cvlt Nation, and, “possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically,” by AngryMetalGuy.

Cloak Of Ash will be available on CD, double LP and digitally via Relapse Records on July 24th, 2015.

GODHUNTER Debuts Violent New Video For “Cassandra Complex” From Double-LP With Destroyer Of Light Via Cvlt Nation


As the massive split double-12″ album, GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville, grows closer to release at the end of July, GODHUNTER has just issued an official video hailing from their contribution to the record.

GODHUNTER brings their nearly five-minute-long “Cassandra Complex” psalm to life through a new video for the track; its grim but groove-laden doom metal thunder delivered through an incredibly brutal barrage of footage capturing our violent society in action. Not meant to simply garner shock value for the sake of offending viewers, the video showcases this rampant bloodshed and disregard for our fellow man as a wake-up call to the burning world. Created by Frank Huang (Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit), the completely NSFW new video sees release through Cvlt Nation for the first time. This is the world you live in; you’ve been warned.

Endsville sees a joint release through GODHUNTER co-owned Battleground Records and DESTROYER OF LIGHT’s Heavy Friends Records on July 28th, a 180-gram gatefold 2xLP with each bands’ platter on a different color of vinyl; GODHUNTER’s on translucent green and DESTROYER OF LIGHT’s on translucent red.

The day following the release of the album, GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT will embark on their massive Endsville tour together, which sees GODHUNTER touring the East Coast for the first time. The trek will also include performances from both bands at the Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, Connecticut on August 14th and 15th with Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and more.

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT Endsville 2015 Tour:

7/29/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

7/30/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ

7/31/2015 The Sandlot – El Paso, TX

8/01/2015 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

8/02/2015 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO

8/03/2015 The Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE

8/04/2015 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN

8/05/2015 Liveweire – Chicago, IL

8/06/2015 Fat Guy Fest – Kalamazoo, MI

8/07/2015 Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN

8/08/2015 Magnolia Bar – Louisville, KY

8/09/2015 Pour House – Raleigh, NC

8/10/2015 The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV

8/11/2015 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA

8/12/2015 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY

8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

8/14/2015 KoTo – Salem, MA

8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT @ Death To False Metal Fest

8/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

8/17/2015 The Depot – Baltimore, MD

8/18/2015 Thomas Creek Brewery – Greenville, SC

8/19/2015 The Basement – Atlanta, GA

8/20/2015 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR

8/21/2015 Saturn Bar – New Orleans, LA

8/22/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville bears twenty minutes of new material and a cover track from each band. Tucson/Vancouver-based metallic doom/sludge bandits, GODHUNTER, captured the tunes for their platter at WaveLab Studios in Tucson by Dana Fehr (North, Juarez), the newest in a steady line of titles since their 2014-released debut LP, City Of Dust, including their GH/OST:S split LP with Secrets Of The Sky and The Outer Dark collaborative 7″ with Amigo The Devil. The adjoining slab by Austin-based psychedelic doom outfit, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, follows the band’s 2012-released self-titled debut album and 2014’s Bizarre Tales Vol. II EP, recorded at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, engineered and mixed by Matt Meli. The entire album was then mastered by James Plotkin, and fitted with album artwork created from an incredibly complex sculpture art installation by Bestia Dentro and photography by Andrew Weiss.

COMING NEXT WEEK: New Titles From THE CLEARING PATH, DIABOLICUM + KHEMMIS – New promo materials available from Earsplit PR

THE CLEARING PATH
Watershed Between Earth And Firmament
independent
11 July 2015

Italian blackened hardcore/metal outfit, THE CLEARING PATH, has completed its debut full-length album, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, and is finalizing the details for its release this Summer.

Born from the ashes of ThySolace, THE CLEARING PATH?s sole creator, one Gabriele Gramaglia, took the black metal and hardcore influences of that act into drastically more conceptual directions, in a more ambitious delivery, thriving on the influence of abstract hardcore/punk acts in the vein of Converge, Traged and His Hero Is Gone, and atmospheric/experimental black metal, citing the likes of Blut Aus Nord, Enslaved, Deathspell and Omega. Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gramaglia, the first recording from THE CLEARING PATH, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of mountainous landscapes of the Italian Alps north of the creator?s homeland.

Conceived in reflection about one of the darkest periods in the artist?s life, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament stands as a turning point, in searching for the light to find the path back to normalcy. Metaphorically describing a trek from the slopes of a majestic mountain to its summit in which, after many efforts and obstacles, some semblance of solace is found, the groundwork for the album was inspired by the beauty of the landscapes through these times of travel and meditation. Mastered by Marco Gervasio and fitted with custom artwork painted by Luca Devinu/Blessend,Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a dense, thirty-minute release sure to catch the attention of fans of Celeste, Castevet, Krallice, Eleven As In Adversaries and the like.

Watershed Between Earth And Firmament will see independent release on July 11th, at first digitally, with physical versions to follow.

DIABOLICUM
Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows)
Code666
7 July 2015

Following a fourteen-year slumber, cult Swedish industrial black metal misanthropes, DIABOLICUM, now featuring the diseased vocal conjurings of Shining?s Niklas Kvarforth, return with the tormented tones of third full-length, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows).

Initially spawed in 1994 by Sasrof and Thorne under the Imperial moniker, DIABOLICUM stand 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. Brandishing 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) Track Listing:

1. Baxxar Ehl Uhza
2. The Void Of Astaroth
3. The Silent Spring
4. Genocide Bliss
5. Salvation Through Vengeance
6. The Abyss Of The Shadows
7. One Mans War
8. Angelmaker
9. Ia Pazuzu

DIABOLICUM 2015 Lineup:
Niklas Kvarforth ? vocals
Sasrof ? guitars
Gorgorium ? bass
Likstrand ? guitar

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.

DIABOLICUM are known for their skill in integrating the savagery of Swedish black metal and the driving pulse of industrial music 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.? — No Clean Singing on first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance”

KHEMMIS
Absolution
20 Buck Spin
7 July 2015

20 Buck Spin has, over the course of the last ten years, worked with the best of the best in the crowded doom genre; bands as diverse as Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and more. In that tradition, the label is proud to present KHEMMIS, a quartet from Denver, who, on their debut full-length Absolution brings components of many of the aforementioned label alumni and forge a venerable testament to what heavy doom rock is in 2015.

The six meticulously crafted songs on Absolution reveal a level of musicianship and writing skill seldom heard on debut albums. Often within the scope of a single song, KHEMMIS veers effortlessly between the crushing heaviness of Southern sludge and the somber melodies of traditional doom metal, cohesively weaving the disparate styles into their own immediately recognizable form. Vocally, KHEMMIS also utilizes a dual approach, sometimes harsh and guttural, but generally through a stunningly smooth classic doom/heavy rock delivery that even adamant fans of Pete Stahl and Wino will applaud. The powerfully adept rhythm section perfectly anchor the towering riff mastery and colorful dual guitar harmonies, all brought together by Dave Otero?s (Cobalt, Nightbringer) pitch perfect production work.

From the album opener ?Torn Asunder? to closing track ?The Bereaved,? the latter of which will stand as THE doom track of 2015, Absolution positions KHEMMIS among the highlight surprises of the year. The band is most certainly a live act and will tour at intervals throughout the remainder of 2015, including a planned West Coast run in Summer 2015. Fans of Goatsnake, Pallbearer, Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Red Fang and Yob should keep the name KHEMMIS at the top of their list of bands to watch this year. The album?s Fantastic Frazetta inspired cover art by Sam Turner (Speedwolf, Black Breath, Trve Brewing) and track listing have been divulged.

 

 

ZEBRAS: Wisconsin-Based Scream-Laden Hardcore Crossover Hooligans To Release New Full-Length Next Month; Teaser Track Posted + Live Abrasions Scheduled

 
Wisconsin-based, scream-laden hardcore crossover hooligans, ZEBRAS – who features within their ranks members of Those Poor Bastards and Call Me Lightning (French Kiss/Revelation Records) — will release their brand new full-length next month via Secret Records.

Titled The City Of Sun, the follow-up to their self-titled debut, which Heavy Mental dubbed, “a mindless moment of bravery; psycho,” and Sonic Abuse crowned, “irredeemably, spectacularly horrid,” was recorded at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by drummer Shane Hochstetler (Call Me Lightning, Multiple Truths, Haymarket Riot, Enabler etc.), mastered by Carl Saff (Pencil, Lustre King, Windmills By The Ocean etc.) in Chicago, Illinois and boasts ten sordid tracks of raucous, battering, stripped down punk-infused metal made of huge drums, huger amps, bowel shaking bass, chainsaw guitars, and head exploding screams. Backed by the twisted tales of the occult, ancient texts, and lesser known military operations, The City Of Sun is both sonically and thematically terrorizing. In an advance review of the record, Pig Squeals And Breakdowns hails the trio noting, “these three musicians know how to write angry pissed off songs…,” further elaborating,

“‘Levitation’ is a pretty deranged, maniacal song; definitely not for the lightest of hearts. ‘Solomon’ has some of the nastiest, elephant riffs; it punches.”

The City Of Sun Track Listing:

1. Hollow Earth

2. The Turning Of The Bones

3. My Apocalypse

4. The Bell

5. Baalbek

6. The Garden

7. Levitation

8. Solomon

9. Vitrified

10. Filled With Fire

ZEBRAS was forged in 2007 and often likened to Dead Kennedys, Lard, and various Am Rep bands before forging their own perverse brand of heaviness. Since pairing with Shane Hochstetler, the band has shelved all prior material, had a complete gear overhaul, and considers themselves an entirely new outfit. Their self-titled LP was a mix of newer songs with older, now abandoned numbers and reaped praise from underground outlets both stateside and abroad. Their latest offering finds the new and improved ZEBRAS completely emerged into all things heavy and sounds miles away from where they left off in 2012. ZEBRAS has shared bills with the likes of Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, High On Fire, Negative Approach, Black Flag, Goatwhore, Die Kreuzen, Melt Banana, Poison Idea, Atlas Moth, Northless, Lo-Pan, DRI, and will return to the stage later this month alongside Melt Banana, Torche and Hot Nerds. In September, the band will open shows with Old Man Gloom and Mare in Chicago and DRI and Population Control in Madison, Wisconsin with future live abrasions to be announced in the weeks to come. Stand by.

ZEBRAS Live Abrasions:

7/14/2015 The High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Melt Banana, Torche, Hot Nerds.

9/06/2015 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Old Man Gloom, Mare

9/23/2015 The Frequency – Madison, WI w/ DRI, Population Control

ZEBRAS Personnel:

Vincent Presley – guitars/vocals

Shane Hochstetler – drums
Lacey Smith – analog synths

The City Of Sun will be released on CD and digitally on July 14th, 2015 and on limited edition vinyl September 22nd, 2015. The wax version will come in two color variants: 400 black vinyl copies and 100 special hand-numbered preorder copies on color vinyl plus downloads.

MEATWOUND Addio Magic Bullet Records 24 July 2015

Magic Bullet Records will take responsibility for the dirty job of handling the release of the scum-laden debut LP from MEATWOUND, an act collecting individuals who have done or are currently doing time with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more throughout the Floridian peninsula over the past two decades or so.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences overthrow the MEATWOUND sound; a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.

MEATWOUND?s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris [Steak Mtn.].

Last year, playing with his current act, Primate Research, vocalist Dan caught drummer Ross and guitarist Ari slaying instrumental jams at a house, and an instant pact of filth was formed, after which the trio found themselves intoxicated at an off-the-grid location in regular jamming sessions. Shortly thereafter, Mariano was sanctioned for the bass research. The vocalist issues, ?I asked Mariano to play bass. He had been playing guitar for twenty-five or more years but never played bass; I?m not smart enough to play bass and sing, so I asked him if he wanted to do the shit we were doing, which was Sepultura meets Jesus Lizard, and he jumped in. We wrote three more songs and recorded this 12?. Anything goes. No rules, no boredom, lots of recreational debauchery? a lifestyle upgrade.?

MEATWOUND fashioned their new anthems under a unified regimen of decadence in a place where, as the band depicts it: ?According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn?t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.?

MEATWOUND:
Ari  guitar/jungle tongues
Dan  vocals/Aryan infiltration
Mariano  bass/island violence
Ross  drums/financing

Spend Your Burger Flippin’ Bucks On The Best Value Of The Summer The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q – Express Lanes Add More Benefits – Awesome New Ticket Packages


We are now a little less than two months away from GWAR B-Q 2015. GWAR’s 30th birthday bash is shaping up to be the most insane party of the summer! VIP Tickets for the event are Almost Sold Out! There is still time Bohabs!So, what are you waiting for? Word in Antarctica is that Phil Anselmo, one of the only humans brutal enough to hang with GWAR, will be on hand for an exclusive celebrity signing for VIP ticket holders ONLY!! Phil will be joined by a lavish list of other artists appearing at the VIP Meet & Meat such as, Clutch, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Goatwhore and many more. But that’s not all, in addition to the numerous other benefits, VIP’s will also enjoy exclusive indoor bathrooms in which to void their hideous waste. Why poop with the plebes in the port-a-potties when you have the cash to assure your turds a place at the top of the pile? And if escaping the chemical toilets isn’t enough, VIP’s will also have a refuge from the sun and chaos while enjoying the shade from their very own private VIP Pavilion!

Always one for charity, GWAR’s manager, Sleazy P. Martini has further sweetened the pot by adding the Express Band; a special wristband that grants access to Express Lanes throughout the festival, providing shorter lines everywhere from the entrance gates to the merch booth, and lines for beer tickets and port-o-potties.

“That’s right Bohabs, now you you can experience for one day the awesomeness that is my entire life. You’re welcome.”

To make sure things run smoothly, numerous staff will be in place to monitor lines at all event booth locations including the entrance gate, merchandise, beer sales and port-o-potties. Express Bands are included in the VIP and Deluxe Ticket packages, and this is retroactive, so if you have already purchased a ticket package, you will still get your wristband at the festival. VIP ticket holders will already have all of their credentials prior to the event for the easiest of access. Deluxe ticket holders and Express Band purchasers will pick up their Express Bands at the gate through the express lane. VIP swag bag and Deluxe official GWAR B-Q event t-shirt will be picked up at the Merchandise booth. Express Bands can also be purchased à la carte online ($19) at http://gwarbq.com/buy-tickets or at the door on the day of the festival ($25). All sales are subject to availability. In order to keep lines short, a limited number of these express wristbands will be available, so get them while they’re hot! Don’t miss out on all of the killer benefits and new additions.

But despair not intrepid Bohab! Even if you can’t afford the upgrades, there are several changes this year that will ensure the event runs smooth as a porn star’s pussy. Lines will be more manageable thanks to the addition of Cash Lanes at all event booths, including entrance gates, merchandise and beer ticket sales. As in years past, it will be hot as fuck at the GWAR B-Q, and when it is hot as fuck people want to keep cool and stay hydrated. This year GWAR B-Q will be providing plenty of FREE GWATER for everyone in attendance. Of course, the main concern of most booze addled Bohabs is ready access to gallons and gallons of BEER! Thanks to our friends at Pabst Blue Ribbon and Loveland distributors there will be 3 Beer Trucks on site and 4 GWAR Beer Kiosks selling the cherished nector of the gods, Oderus Ale, brewed by Cigar City. So rest assured Bohabs…WE WILL NOT RUN OUT OF BEER! And finally, where oh where will you piss it all away? No less than 50 portable crappers at this years event are guaranteed to cut down the number of drunken idiots waiting cross-legged to empty their beer bloated bladders. All this is to say; GWAR-B-Q 2015 will be bigger, better and wetter than ever!

As an added bonus, we’ve created The Ultimate Bohab Guide to all things GWAR B-Q. This all-encompassing checklist and guide will ensure every Bohab’s maximum pleasure while attending the legendary GWAR B-Q.

Change Is Release Debut Album Insomnia!


Metal/Hardcore band Change Is have released their debut album Insomnia digitally through Bandcamp as well as a Limited Edition 300 CD printing.

“The concept behind the album is that each song represents a reason why I was up late and why life just seemed to turn gray. I decided to call the album Insomnia because all of these issues came to me at once, causing the sleepless nights that tested my limits.”  Calvin Banning / Vocalist

Change Is are a multifaceted metalcore act who express aptitude with all manners of heavy music. Insomnia is as versatile as it is immersive, with ?Eternal Sleep,? ?Loss (Feat. Devin MacGillivray of Villains),? and ?Haunted? all showcasing heaviness, catchiness and cunning displays of calculated savagery. Meanwhile, ??Til June? and ?5 Months? are more subtle displays of dynamism, trading in aggression for atmosphere to catch the listener completely off guard. Finally, the quartet provide unexpected portions of rest that still keep the listener engrossed?especially ?Ready to Turn In,? which will easily appeal to die-hard fans of Villains? ?Freudian Slip? or ?Better off Alone.? Change Is are a versatile band that fill a large void in the grey area created by the gap between progressive post-hardcore and modern, murderous nu-metal.   Connor Welsh – New Transcendence

 

About Change Is:

From Saginaw, Michigan, Change Is is a 4 piece metal/hardcore band. Differing from the average music scene in the area, this emotionally driven band delivers hard-hitting lyrics and strives to be musically independent. As a follow up to their 2013 EP, “Shadows Past”, the band released their full-length album, “Insomnia” in 2015. The album shows definite growth and development in the band’s sound. Their efforts in the past year have put them on shows alongside national acts such as Monuments, Villains, Lionfight, Polyphia, Jamie’s Elsewhere, and Famous Last Words. 2015 has been a big year for the band with a new album, a tour, and even a set at Bledfest. These four dedicated artists aim to impress and inspire everyone who hears them.

Vocals – Calvin Banning

Guitar – Dillon Leppien

Bass – Ben Collison

Drums – Jeff Alcorta

DIABOLICUM: Third Album From Swedish Black/Industrial Act Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) Out Next Week Via Code666

Italy’s Code666 is now just days from officially releasing Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), the third full-length album from Swedish industrial black metal architects, DIABOLICUM, and another phase of the shock campaign surrounding its release comes to fruition today as Cvlt Nation unleashes an early stream of the entire opus.

Standing among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene, DIABOLICUM boasts a storied lineage of personnel/directional shifts, and an impressive discography with prior albums on Napalm Records and Code666 in addition to split releases with Watain and Angst. Now featuring the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the band’s third album, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), ends a fourteen-year hiatus in releases from this outfit. With nine traumatic hymns of disease, distress and psychological torment, the new record documents a torrent of plagues mirroring the world in which we dwell, including guest contributions from Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), and artwork by Maxime Taccardi. Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is unapologetic, anguished and unspeakably devouring.

Metal Underground crowns the release, “Precision destruction delivered straight to your ear drums… This is some truly relentless industrial black metal fourteen years in the making,” while The Metal Observer notes, “DIABOLICUM specializes in heavily industrial-laced black metal that has a tangible sense of misanthropy dripping from every lyric and icy riff. It’s dark and belligerent as black metal should be and, like… Mysticum, they clearly know how to mesh metal and industrial in a way that preserves and highlights the best elements of both (sub)genres,” furthering, “I couldn’t help but marvel at the almost arrogantly confident manner in which they kick down the door on barb-wired monsters like ‘Void Of Astaroth’ and ‘Genocide Bliss,’ while also not forgetting that the thrill is as much in the chase as it is in the kill by getting all pensive and dirge-y on us with ‘Silent Spring’ and ‘One Man’s War.'” Dead Rhetoric concurs, “The band’s third full-length… wrangles the mechanical, militaristic tone of war metal, and merges it with the diabolic fury of primitive black metal. In so many words, they’re like a less outlandish Aboyrm or Tidfall, or for even modern reference, Kommandant.” Terrarelicta issues, “The music is pretty much my definition of a perfect black metal track, with its tremolo picking, fast paced guitars and ultra-fast blast beats… dark and atmospheric, it has a slight Shining vibe at some parts, mainly because of Kvarforth’s vocals,” while Echoes And Dust hails, “The vocalist on this band sounds absolutely primed for war. The songwriting is stellar…” Adds No Clean Singing eloquently of first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance,” “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.”

DIABOLICUM‘s Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available via Italy’s Code666 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.

WINDFAERER: Atmospheric Folkloric Black Metal Collective To Release Tenebrosum Full-Length This Fall


New Jersey’s own WINDFAERER forges a soundscape that entwines folkloric elegance with black metal ferocity. A portmanteau meaning, “one who travels with the wind,” like a vessel lost at sea, the name WINDFAERER sets a melancholic atmosphere of longing for a return to a homeland, yet with hopeful eyes set toward the unknown. It is the animus of guitarist and frontman, M. Gonçalves as an epic black metal paean to his ancestral homeland of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

In 2009, WINDFAERER debuted their well-received demo, Glorybound. According to Nocturnal Cult, “The carefree and laid-back rural countryside of hilly and forested European landscapes finds new life and breathes once again within the structure of WINDFAERER‘s songs.” The demo set the pathway for their first full length, Tribus (2010), and hefty critically-acclaimed EP, Solar (2012), in which they artfully combined epic folk with the allure of Gothenburg-style death metal and the grit of Scandinavian black metal. In a near perfect rating, Stereokiller dubbed the record, “absolutely spectacular,” while The Metal Crypt opined, “How a band with this much talent and ability remains unsigned is a mystery to me…”

On their most recent effort, Tenebrosum, WINDFAERER casts off the edge of black metal and takes the listener on a spiritual journey of discovery, embarking into the unknown, treacherous seas. The album is named after the archaic term for the Atlantic Ocean (“Mare Tenebrosum”), meaning “sea of darkness.” “From Euskadi and to Hyperborea, leaving Finisterra behind!”

Tenebrosum finds WINDFAERER building upon their previous release, Solar. Powerful violins are immersed in a battering ram of dynamic metal riffing, painting a scene with every passage. The sounds on Tenebrosum can be used as a soundtrack to venerate Gaia or as a rousing heavy metal battle cry. Tenebrosum was recorded at Frightbox Recording throughout 2014 and mixed and mastered by Rob Torres. With Tenebrosum, WINDFAERER have truly forged “a monument to the iron within our veins.”

In celebration of its forthcoming unveiling, today No Clean Singing is offering up opening track, “Celestial Supremacy,” for public appreciation noting, “With hammering riffs, thundering drums, and a squalling lead guitar, ‘Celestial Supremacy’ immediately conjures vivid images of storm-tossed seas. The music is accented by Ben Karas’ violin performance, which is both beautiful and searing, while guitarist Michael Gonçalves’ passionate, bleeding-edge howls and shrieks enhance the music’s driving intensity. There is blood-pumping fury in the song, as well as captivating melody, as the band weave together elements of black metal and melodic death metal to produce a riveting, powerhouse piece of music that hits with the force of a gale.”

Tenebrosum Track Listing:

1. Celestial Supremacy

2. Finisterra

3. Tales Told In Oblivion

4. Santería

5. The Everlasting

6. Morir En El Olvido

7. The Outer Darkness

WINDFAERER will bring this sonic rituals to the stage on a short bout of east coast performances beginning tomorrow at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Later in the month the band will raze Trenton, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a performance at the Pocono Folk Metal Fest in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in August with additional live actions to be announced in the coming weeks.

WINDFAERER:
7/01/2015 Saint Vitus Bar- Brooklyn, NY
7/17/2015 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
7/24/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/01/2015 Pocono Folk Metal Fest – Stroudsburg, PA

Tenebrosum will be released independently on September 22nd, 2015. Preorder info to be announced shortly.

KHEMMIS: Absolution LP From Denver Doom Metal Quartet Streaming At Noisey; Album Out Next Week Via 20 Buck Spin + West Coast Tour Announced

Noisey is now streaming the entire mighty Absolution, the debut LP from Denver-based doom metal quartet, KHEMMIS, as the band prepares for its release via 20 Buck Spin next Tuesday, and announces their upcoming August West Coast tour dates.

Due to their seamless merging of clean and caustic doom metal elements into a cathartic and unforgettable manifestation, the release of Absolution sees KHEMMIS appropriately joining the likes of Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and other doom heavyweights on the 20 Buck Spin roster. With more than forty-one minutes of top-tier doom metal, Absolution sees the band delivering an immaculately captured and utterly entrancing album produced by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cobalt, Nightbringer, Cephalic Carnage). Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing the entire LP more than a week before its official street date, offering, “Denver quartet KHEMMIS’ new album is really interesting. It’s an unexpected and near-perfect blend of sludgy stoner rock, traditional doom, heavy metal, and 70s hard rock, one that nods to Pallbearer as often as it bows to Thin Lizzy. It’s a logical move-doom metal as a genre has undergone a significant amount of changes since its ancestor first flowed forth from Tony Iommi’s fingertips, often for the better (or at least, the more interesting). That evolution has borne deliciously diseased hybrid fruit like sludge, drone, funeral doom, and so on, while exciting developments continue to thrill the fans of more traditional sounds and the old classics abide.”

The record will see digital release and full distribution on Tuesday, July 7th, and a 12″ vinyl version coming in August.

KHEMMIS has also announced the routing for their upcoming August Western US tour in support of Absolution. Following their hometown record release show in Denver for the album on August 1st, the band will tour from August 6th through 15th, with shows in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Los Osos, Los Angeles and Tempe confirmed, set to share the state with a host of great acts, including supporting Atriarch, Vattnet Vistakr and The Atlas Moth on the final two dates in Los Angeles and Tempe.

KHEMMIS Live:

8/01/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO * Absolution release show w/ Call Of The Void, Of Feather and Bone

8/06/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Satanarchist, Brainscraper

8/07/2015 McCoy’s – Olympia, WA w/ Infinite Flux

8/08/2015 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Druden, Satanarchist

8/09/2015 The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR

8/10/2015 Café Colonial – Sacramento, CA

8/11/2015 Golden Bull Bar – Oakland, CA w/ Bog Oak

8/12/2015 San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA

8/13/2015 TBA – Los Osos, CA

8/14/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch

8/15/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch

In advance of Absolution, press on the LP has been receiving accolades from major media outlets including Decibel Magazine, offering in part, “While most bands hauling this much tradditude avoid getting too aggressive-and bellowers at the other end of the spectrum tend to get bogged down in monotony-the Khemmis vocal approach plays each style off the other to grand effect… With Absolution, Khemmis have blazed a filler-free, consistently enjoyable debut.” No Clean Singing’s feature on the band included, “KHEMMIS shake the earth with pavement-cracking riffs and cannon-blast drum blows. They stomp like brontosaurs and rumble like boulders, while sending out tendrils of lead guitar melody that coil around your neck like hungry pythons. And the vocals – the principal vocals soar up high, clean and pure, while the instrumental music is busy down below in the excavation zone, pulverizing foundations of large buildings and reducing them to rubble. And in tandem with those excellent clean vocals, the band mix in abraded, growling tirades that leave scars in their wake…” The Obelisk came in early, offering in part, “one can hear that Absolution is a work geared more toward uniting styles to find something new from them rather than contrasting them, digging back to the theatrical death-doom roots of more modern doom à la Pallbearer and bringing in atmospheres that feel born out of classic Paradise Lost and Novembers Doom to add a shot of adrenaline and extra push where and when they feel it’s called for. The balance they strike and the fluidity they’re able to conjure are two of Absolution’s most impressive aspects…”

Long in the Tooth – Black Oak Swamp – July 14

Sacramento, CA rockers, Long in the Tooth are releasing their new EP digitally through HearYou Music July 14

This rock band is a group of musicians who were raised on, and inspired by, a broad range of musical styles. Each influence layers together to create Sacramento?s unique sound known as Long In The Tooth.

Long in the Tooth Is:

Anthony Vallejos Vocals
Jeff Marsh Guitar
Dean Marshall Van Gelder Guitar
Chris Alosi Bass/Vocals
Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody Drums

Pure Steel Records Inks Deal With As Darkness Dies

 

Connecticut metal act As Darkness Dies (f/k/a Graven Image) has signed on with Pure Steel Records for the release of the new album “Life Incomplete.” The album was produced by Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and will be released later this year (date TBA).

The band issued the following statement about the signing: “As Darkness Dies (ADD) are pleased to have signed with ‘Pure Steel Records’ from Germany. This culminates a lot of hard work and effort by the band and our producer Michael Vescera guiding us every step along the way. To go from local band to being a signed band is something every musician dreams of; we have been given that chance, and opportunity. Art is art regardless of the medium, and to have the chance to get it onto a world stage is something every artist hopes and dreams about. We are looking forward to the future, and looking back on the past, and how and where it all started, a couple of guys playing music just hoping they were good enough for people to like what it is that they are putting together.

“Here’s to all the possibilities, aspirations and dreams, and to giving people something they can hold on too. Music is more powerful than any other force in life because it sums up everything in life. And we all love that one song. Here?s to music, here?s to all it can bring out in each and every one of us.”

MALEVOLENT CREATION reveals cover artwork and details on new album ‘Dead Man’s Path’

Let loose the dogs of war!!

The wait will soon be over: Five years after the release of their last studio album, MALEVOLENT CREATION are back with a vengeance. The band’s new masterpiece, ‘Dead Man’s Path’, will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18th. Expect nothing but a ferocious, riff-driven and relentlessly uncompromising death/thrash massacre. The cover artwork was done by tattoo artist German Latorres and perfectly captures the evil vibe of the album.

Detailed info on the various formats of ‘Dead Man’s Path’ (incl. vinyl color splits) will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

No one can destroy this Malevolent Creation!!

MALEVOLENT CREATION Line-Up:

Brett Hoffmann – vocals

Phil Fasciana – guitars

Gio Geraca – guitars

Jason Blachowicz – bass

Justin DiPinto – drums

MALEVOLENT CREATION Discography (studio albums only):

The Ten Commandments (1991)

Retribution (1992)

Stillborn (1993)

Eternal (1995)

In Cold Blood (1997)

The Fine Art Of Murder (1998)

Envenomed (2000)

The Will To Kill (2002)

Warkult (2004)

Doomsday X (2007)

Invidious Dominion (2010)

Dead Man’s Path (2015)

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle Doom Merchants To Kick Off North American Live Incursion With Neurosis Next Month

 

Seattle doom merchants, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH, will bring their lumbering odes to stages throughout North America next month supporting Neurosis. Slated to embark on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, the trek will coil its way through sixteen cities, including one headlining performance, coming to a close on August 16th in Houston, Texas. Additional support will be provided by The Body, Sumac, Iron Tongue and Pinkish Black on select dates.

Comments legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle of the journey, “Being a huge fan of what Neurosis does for so long, we are really excited that we have the honor and privilege of being support for them on this tour. It is a gift for us to be able to do this.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH features Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki). The trio undraped their lead-footed, self-titled debut last February via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth splices thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track and serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years.

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary ruin; a slow, suffocating, spellbinding dance towards a looming apocalypse. Having already earned hails from fans and media globally, NPR Music recently listed the band’s debut among its 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far) noting, “Seattle’s Tad Doyle has been at this heavy game coming on three decades now. With bands like Tad and Hog Molly, he could take a bummer riff and make it boil and hum in ways others just couldn’t. Years in the making, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s debut is a thoroughly satisfying doom metal LP that is fully awake and teeming with power.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Neurosis, The Body

8/07/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY * BOTSC headlining show
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Neurosis, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Neurosis, Sumac

8/13/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Neurosis, Sumac

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Neurosis, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Neurosis, Pinkish Black

“The Bros.’ debut lurches to life with a lumbering, grunge-influenced tune, ‘Lava’… From here, things slow down to funeral doom pace for much of the next six tracks/35 minutes. However, the doom and darkness is shaded with some interesting melodic textures and moments of lightness that come at unexpected times and add a dynamic gravity to the material.” – Decibel

“The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal… Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.” – Invisible Oranges

“Tad leads the charge through seven rounds of atmospheric post-sludge, the record’s 44 minutes no less concerned with ambience and mood than with gritting their teeth and bashing the listener over the head with waves of tectonic nod.” – The Obelisk

DIEMONDS UNVEIL ALBUM DETAILS!

New Album Coming September 4th 2015 on Napalm Records

Calling downtown Toronto their home, but crisscrossing the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream: DIEMONDS have recently signed with Napalm Records and today they unveil the first details of their brand new album ‘Never Wanna Die’, set to be released worldwide on September 4th 2015!

“Stoked to be a part of the Napalm family, ready to unleash our proudest and most exciting album to date.” says C.C Diemond about the signing and upcoming album.

With their third album ‘Never Wanna Die’ the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n’ roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, DIEMONDS takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild children, and misfits, and combine them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to. Priya Panda, the band’s front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has has been waiting for. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever-growing legions of the band’s loyal following are any indication, DIEMONDS are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.

DIEMONDS have now unveiled the stunning artwork as well as the track listing for their hotly anticipated album ‘Never Wanna Die':

Never Wanna Die Track Listing:

1. Never Wanna Die
2. Hell Is Full
3. Over It
4. Ain’t That Kinda Girl
5. Secret
6. Better Off Dead
7. Forever Untamed
8. Wild At Heart
9. Meet Your Maker
10. Save Your Life

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