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NAPALM DEATH – Debut first song off “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album

Anticipating their upcoming 15th studio album release entitled “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America, British Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are now launching a first online song-sample as an appetizer.

Check out the new NAPALM DEATH track “Cesspits” Decibel Magazine’s blog:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/uncategorized/streaming-napalm-death-cesspits/

While currently still on tour in Europe, NAPALM DEATH’s vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway checked in to comment on the track as follows:

“Cesspits is both literally and figuratively about people living in holes. It is perhaps one of the ultimate indignities and one of those things that a blind eye is often turned to. The subject matter called for a very savage delivery, and although there are quite a few musical facets to this song, it doesn’t stop letting rip.”

Further details about “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album will be revealed soon…

Here is a list of all upcoming NAPALM DEATH Tour Dates:

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2014:
Presented by Rage Wear, OX Fanzine, Slam Magazine & Fuze Mag.
21.11.2014 Paris (France) – Le Trabendo + Hatebreed
22.11.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Speedfest
26.11.2014 Tokyo (Japan) – Liquidroom + Brutal Truth
27.11.2014 Osaka (Japan) – Club Quattro + Brutal Truth
28.11.2014 Nagoya (Japan) – Electric Lady Land + Brutal Truth
30.11. 2014 Tokyo (Japan) – Earthdom + Brutal Truth

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2015:
22.-26.01.2015 Florida/Jamaica – 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

“Through Space And Grind” North American Tour 2015:
Featuring NAPALM DEATH & VOIVOD
w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate
and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia

01.27.2015 Miami, FL – Grand Central *
01.28.2015 St Petersburg, FL – State Theater *
01.29.2015 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
01.30.2015 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s *
01.31.2015 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
02.02.2015 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater *
02.03.2015 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
02.04.2015 Toronto, ON – Opera House
02.05.2015 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02.06.2015 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
02.07.2015 Worcester, MA – Palladium *
02.08.2015 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater *
02.09.2015 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *
02.10.2015 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s *
02.11.2015 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam *
02.12.2015 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
02.13.2015 Regina, SK – The Exchange
02.14.2015 Calgary, AB – Republik
02.15.2015 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02.17.2015 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater **
02.18.2015 Seattle, WA – Studio 7 #
02.19.2015 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02.20.2015 Oakland, CA – Metro ##
02.21.2015 Fresno, CA – Strummers ##
02.22.2015 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
02.23.2015 Tempe, AZ – Club Red ##
02.24.2015 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater ##
02.25.2015 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall ##
02.26.2015 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater ##
02.27.2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey ##
02.28.2015 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s ##
* = Ringworm, ** = Dayglo Abortions, # = Theories, ## = Phobia

WOLVHAMMER: Second Wave Of Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour Includes West Coast Dates With Black Cobra

Fresh off of the first wave of their Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour in support of their third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, WOLVHAMMER will embark on the next subdivision of the trek at the end of this month, with West Coast devastation planned.

Having stormed the East Coast/Midwest US with support from Mortals in recent weeks on the first installment of the tour, Desanctifying North America 2014 Part II will run from November 30th through December 18th. With several headlining gigs planned on WOLVHAMMER’sway out to the West Coast and back to the Midwest, the bulk of the newly-confirmed run will feature headlining action on the West Coast gigs from San Francisco’s mighty Black Cobra duo. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

WOLVHAMMER Desanctifying North America 2014 Part II w/ Black Cobra:

11/30/2014 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN * 12/01/2014 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT *
12/02/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA *
12/03/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
12/04/2014 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/05/2014 Wow Hall – Eugene, OR
12/06/2014 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
12/07/2014 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA
12/08/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/10/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
12/11/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
12/12/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
12/13/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/15/2014 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV *
12/17/2014 Lost Lake – Denver, CO *
12/18/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS *
*WOLVHAMMER only

BLODHEMN: Second Full-Length From Norwegian Black Metal Project Released Stateside

One-man Norwegian black metal project, BLODHEMN, is pleased to spew forth its sophomore full-length, H7, upon unsuspecting ears. Led by one Invisus, H7 follows the critical accolades of his Brenn Alle Bruer EP and Holmengraa debut.

Carrying on a maniacal blend of no-nonsense thrash and high-octane heavy metal with traditional old-school black metal grimness, with H7, BLODHEMN is as vehement and aggressive as ever, yet on a much more grandiose scale. H7’s grisly assault of fast, blasting riffs are contrasted with lengthier, melancholic melodies and raw, salted wounds akin to the sounds of an ocean after a storm; serene yet ravaged, aching and sad.

Not to be outdone by the music, the lyrics on H7 are as complex as the blistering melodies they rest upon. Where tracks like “Flammens Virke” and “Slettet av Tid” disgorge blasphemous bile and ravenous anger, “Evig Heder” and “Veiten 3″ tell of recent Norwegian history of war and of those who defended their country at all costs. “The H7 monogram is used by BLODHEMN as a symbol of Norwegian patriotism,” reveals Invisus, “an homage to late heroes and the hardship they had to endure. This, as well as the traditional tropes of black metal, take a large part in creating that trademark Norwegian grimness, lyrically. But my love for the west coast of my country, with its capricious weather and its grey, barren landscapes are a source of inspiration I always return to, be it words or music.” Such is the case with closing track, “Holmengraa,” about the unforgiving treachery of the North Sea and the often brutal consequences for those who dare it; the majesty of its riffs are outdone only by the viciousness of its subject matter. A new chapter in black metal is here and BLODHEMN is ready to defend it with sharpened teeth!

Sample second track “Slettet Av Tid”;

H7 Track Listing:
1. Flammenes Virke
2. Slettet Av Tid
3. Evig Heder
4. Veiten 3
5. Åndenes Ansikt
6. Fandesvenn
7. Holmengraa

BLODHEMN:
Invisus – All studio instruments and vocals
Dan – live drums
Hauk – live bass
Ånneland – live guitar

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Trio To Release Av Oss, For Oss In North America

A band is an idea. It can exist as a vision in the architect’s mind, but is never complete. It is only when this vision reaches its audience, that it turns into something more and greater than the sum of its parts. An artist can reach his audience through images, stories and crafts. EINHERJER’s derives comes from a spoken culture — a musical culture — and it is from the stage where it is most accurately conveyed.

Over the past two decades, the Norwegian Viking metallers have carried out their vision full-force. They were there when Norwegian extreme metal took shape and erupted into an enormous cultural export. They played far and wide. At home and abroad. They were part of something new. Something special and innovative. They swung the hammer when Viking metal was forged as a unique expression that later inspired countless bands, worldwide. Now the horns of war sound again. And EINHERJER is there with sixth full-length, Av Oss, For Oss. Written and produced by the band and mixed by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Monster Magnet et al), the record thrusts forth eight elaborately executed war hymns.

Elaborates the band: “Our Norse heritage is a phenomenon that reaches far beyond what one can hear alone. It is an amalgamation of the mystique and sagas of old, of songs and poems, of woodcutting and sword grinding and the Vikings merciless way of life. It’s a cultural patchwork that fills the consciousness with the brutal majesty of the Nordic nature, the elemental strain, of mighty longships plowing the black seas to reach unknown shores. The wisdom of the gods and their Valhalla. Of cultural encounters and trade. Of violence and brutality. Of tough men in a tough time. Our hometown Haugesund also rings with a historic sound, and from our own shores on the west coast of Norway the influence of the Vikings stretched towards the sea and the world beyond. The adventurers, pioneers, poets and craftsmen have inspired EINHERJER to go their own way. The Vikings courage and boldness have inspired us to never compromise our vision: A vision that is a unique, self-made, original and modern interpretation of our mighty Nordic heritage. EINHERJER have never used their banner to spread cowardly and ignorant propaganda. We never seek entry in the un-culture extremists taint our ancestors with. We wish to give people in all countries knowledge to what we feel is a mysterious and fascinating culture that can be shared and enjoyed by many. Our history rings with the same sound and side by side with other cultures worldwide. From the age of the Egyptian pharaohs, the splendor of the Roman Empire, the genius of the Inka, the bastions of Constantinople, the wonders of the east, the honor of the Samurai and the Greek philosophers. Our heritage is a world heritage. And we strive to renew ourselves. We strive to retell our story in a new way. With a new sound. But with the same spirit that has followed EINHERJER since the beginning. In the wake of Norrøn, we once again tread a new path. Studio Borealis is still our chosen studio. Matt Hyde is still behind the mix. The new album Av Oss, For Oss will help us bring our vision and our heritage even further!”

Av Oss, For Oss Track Listing:
1. Fremad
2. Hammer I Kors
3. Nidstong
4. Hedensk Oppstandelse
5. Nord Og Ner
6. Nornene
7. Trelldom
8. Av Oss, For Oss

EINHERJER:
Frode Glesnes – guitar, bass effects, vocals
Aksel Herløe – lead guitar, bass effects, backing vocals
Gerhard Storesund – drums, samples

ARCH ENEMY welcomes Jeff Loomis as their new guitarist

Metal icons ARCH ENEMY are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE) will be joining their ranks for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015.

Jeff Loomis states:
“I’m very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!”

After a great year of intensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, ARCH ENEMY is parting ways with guitarist Nick Cordle, who states: “With ‘War Eternal’, I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future.”

USA fans will be able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour.

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: “We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We’re also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour!

The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world in my opinion, as well as being a long time friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the ‘War Eternal’ touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!”

Cloudkicker stream full album ‘Live with Intronaut’

Cloudkicker are set to release Live with Intronaut on Tuesday November 24 via Century Media Records. The CD version is available as a digipack and is streaming now on Cloudkicker’s website.

Bad news for fans on the vinyl front. The LP has been delayed until January 27. The CD version is available as a digipack and the vinyl comes in 4 colors and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide.

The tracklisting is below.

1. Subsume Part 1
2. Subsume Part 2
3. We are going to invert…/Here, wait a minute, damn it!
4. We’re goin’ in, we’re going down.
5. Seriosity
6. You and yours
7. Dysphoria
8. Subsume Part 8
9. Push it way up!

Cloudkicker is:
Ben Sharp – all guitars, bass, drum programming, recording and engineering

Intronaut is:
Sacha Dunable – guitar, vocals
Joe Lester – bass
Dave Timnick – guitar, vocals, percussion
Danny Walker – drums

Triptykon – New video clip for “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”; Touring commencing soon

On the eve of returning to the stage in their native Switzerland after an absence of more than two years, and two weeks before embarking on a tour of Europe with At The Gates, Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act Triptykon are debuting a new visualization of a song off their acclaimed second album, Melana Chasmata.

See the video for the album’s opening track, “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”;

The video was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously worked with Triptykon for the group’s highly acclaimed “Shatter” and “Aurorae” video clips).

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BLACK CROWN INITIATE debute music video for their newest single “The Fractured One”

PA metal beard warriors BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted the music video for their newest single, “The Fractured One,” off their new LP The Wreckage Of Stars. Directed by Jess Orsburn of Toaster in the Tub Studios, the new video is the followup to the “Withering Waves” music video released last month.

BLACK CROWN INITIATE will round out the year supporting label mates CROWBAR and UNEARTH this December followed by a heavy hitting run with NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD, EXHUMED and IRON REAGAN early next year.

Black Crown Initiate has been seeing some high reviews surrounding their debut LP. The Guardian states, “this band are striving to do something fresh and exciting in the prog metal realm and the title track from their full-length debut suggests that they are succeeding in their noble aims.” About.com go as far to say “their label, is claiming Black Crown Initiate as the next big thing. With such creative heaviness on display in The Wreckage of Stars, it?s damn near impossible to deny their claim.” In addition to such critical accolades, The Wreckage of Stars also found it’s way to #1 for two consecutive weeks at the CMJ Music Charts.

NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. While the members of NEUROSIS currently reside in numerous areas of the country, the Bay Area will forever remain the land of the band’s origin, and to commemorate one of their most active years performing abroad in their nearly three decades in existence, they’ll unite for a trio of concerts including two shows back where it all began.

The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County’s Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st — will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of these headlining shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland’s morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco’s sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, MX w/ The Ex, Monogatari, more

12/29/2014 The Conservatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more

The newly-announced trio of performances comes as NEUROSIS continues their massive 2014 live campaign, as the band has just conquered the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III in Tucson, Arizona, and next week will headline the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The five-day gala, set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, will include performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed, in addition to music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band’s return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings — including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP — throughout 2010 and 2011, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s mighty Honor Found In Decay LP, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with their longtime visuals at their live shows, empowering their grand anthems to their fans in a monolithic, more human approach. Since its 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.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off Gwar Eternal North American Tour 2014

North Carolina crossover icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off a near month-long run of live tirades with Gwar tomorrow to finalize the year. Set to embark at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, the band will crumble the stages of twenty-six venues, coming to a close on December 13th at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY continues to tour in support of their mammoth IX full-length released this past Summer via Candlelight Records. Dubbed “a triumph” by the Obelisk, the critically adored IX was captured by the band alongside longtime friend and colleague John Custer. Clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes, the record boasts all the groove-laden sludge/doom/punk concoction fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. The Onion’s A.V. Club champions the band’s “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence,” furthering that, “the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast,” while Rock Revolt notes,”…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid CORROSION OF CONFORMITY fan.” Decibel Magazine agrees elaborating that, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012’s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” Adds Blabbermouth, in an 8/10 rating, “COC are closer to their Animosity and (to some measures) Eye For An Eye roots than they’ve been in ages. Certainly IX is one of the loudest albums ever put down in this unit, so consider earplugs if you catch COC live.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Gwar:

11/14/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
11/19/2014 The Venue – Fargo, ND
11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/23/2014 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2014 Treemont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/02/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

ARCHSPIRE drummer streams new play-through

Fast-rising technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE have released new footage of drummer Spencer Prewett playing live at this year’s Housecore Horror Fest. Footage of Prewett playing the track “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is streaming at SickDrummer. “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is taken from the band’s recently-released album ‘The Lucid Collective’.

ARCHSPIRE (Tobi Morelli – Guitar; Spencer Prewett – Drums; Dean Lamb – Guitar; Jaron Evil – Bass & Vocals; Oli Peters – Vocals) recently concluded a North American tour alongside FALLUJAH.

Tracklisting
1. Lucid Collective Somnambulation
2. Scream Feeding
3. The Plague of AM
4. Fathom Infinite Depth
5. Join Us Beyond
6. Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain
7. Kairos Chamber
8. Spontaneous Generation

‘The Lucid Collective’ has been garnering rave reviews for it’s ferocious blend of technical prowess and extreme speed. ARCHSPIRE guitarists Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli and drummer Spencer Prewett previously released play-through footage of the track “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” at Guitar World and DRUM! Magazine respectively.

“If you are asking, “Is there something new to do in Death Metal?” ARCHSPIRE is the answer”- Technicaldeathmetal.com

?This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drum-work, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I?m not sure I?ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE?s . . . . This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them.? – No Clean Singing

“ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It?s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I?ve ever heard in this genre.” – Invisible Oranges

“The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What?s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on.” – Terrorizer Magazine

1349 release new live footage, embark on European tour

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have released live footage from their recent ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ record release show in Bergen, Norway. Multi-cam footage of the band playing the new track titled “Postmortem” is streaming here;

1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) have embarked on the ‘Chaos Raids’ European headlining tour. The tour starts tonight in Munchen, and sees the band travel across Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and more, before concluding at the end of the month. A full listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

1349 is touring in support of their recently released album, ‘Massive Caudlron 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).

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

1349 Tour Dates:
‘Chaos Raids” European Tour 2014
11/12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
11/13 Aalen, Germany @ Rock It
11/14 Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
11/15 Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
11/16 Biebob, Belgium @ Vosselaar
11/17 Paris, France @ Glazart
11/18 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kulturfabrik
11/19 London, England @ Underworld
11/20 Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
11/21 Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
11/22 Manchester, England @ Sound Control

RED FANG: Premiere Animated Video for “Crows In Swine;” Nationwide U.S. Tour Starts Dec. 3

RED FANG L-R: John Sherman, David Sullivan, Aaron Beam, Bryan Giles.
Red Fang band photo: http://msopr.com/files/red_fang_press_photo.jpg

RED FANG have premiered their new video for “Crows In Swine,” the third single off the Portland-based rock group’s critically acclaimed third album WHALES AND LEECHES (Relapse) today, November 12 via Loudwire. Watch the full video for the propulsive rock track;

RED FANG have also announced they’ll join the “Communion of Sirens” tour with Opeth and In Flames this winter. The tour will kick off December 3 in Chicago (dates below). Following the “Communion of Sirens” trek, RED FANG–BRYAN GILES (Guitar/Vocals) AARON BEAM (Bass/Vocals) DAVID SULLIVAN (Guitar) JOHN SHERMAN (Drums)?will work on the follow-up to WHALES AND LEECHES and perform select dates early next year at the Timbrr! Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth, WA on January 10 before headlining Desert Fest in London and Berlin April 23-26.

“I am blown away by the video Adam made for us,” says RED FANG guitarist/vocalist BRYAN GILES. “It’s brutally cute. I wish I was as cool as the character I am in it in real life. Recliners, sausage, guitars and kittens!!”

For the new animated video, RED FANG was looking to move away from doing the same type of clips they’ve been known for in the past and create something different this time around. For the “Crows In Swine” video, the group teamed with renowned animator Adam Avilla to direct. Adam came up with the barbarian concept and each band member came up with their own secret weapons for the clip.

Released on Relapse Records, RED FANG’s current album WHALES AND LEECHES debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group’s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album WHALES AND LEECHES, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (Yob) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), WHALES AND LEECHES propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite.

MASSACRE to kick off “Swamp Leper Stomp North American Tour 2014″ this week with DEATH (DTA), OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL

Florida death metal pioneers MASSACRE, who launched Back From Beyond (their first studio album in almost 20 years) earlier this year worldwide via Century Media Records, will be hitting the road this week with DEATH (DTA), OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL for an extensive North American tour! See below for all upcoming dates.

MASSACRE- live in North America 2014:
Nov. 11, 2014 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club + OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Nov. 13, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS + OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Dec. 20, 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico – TBA

DEATH (DTA), OBITUARY, MASSACRE, RIVERS OF NIHIL – Swamp Leper Stomp North American Tour 2014:
Nov. 14, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
Nov. 15, 2014 – Ramona, CA – Mainstage
Nov. 16, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Nov. 18, 2014 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Nov. 19, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
Nov. 21, 2014 – Calgary, AB – Mac Ballroom *
Nov. 22, 2014 – Regina, SK – Riddell Centre *
Nov. 23, 2014 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre *
Nov. 24, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam *
Nov. 25, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Nov. 26, 2014 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Nov. 27, 2014 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov. 28, 2014 – Montreal, QC – Le National
Nov. 29, 2014 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Nov. 30, 2014 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
Dec. 3, 2014 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Dec. 4, 2014 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Dec. 5, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Dec. 6, 2014 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Dec. 7, 2014 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
*=plus UNTIMELY DEMISE

DEATH (DTA), MASSACRE, ABYSMAL DAWN, LOUDBLAST – Symbolic European Tour 2015:
Presented by: Metal Hammer, Legacy, Slam Magazin, metalnews, Noizeletter. BLAST
Feb. 27, 2015 – Bochum (Germany) – Matrix
Feb. 28, 2015 – Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo
Mar. 01, 2015 – Antwerp (Belgium) – Trix
Mar. 02, 2015 – London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
Mar. 03, 2015 – Dublin (Ireland) – Academy
Mar. 04, 2015 – Manchester (UK) – Club Academy
Mar. 05, 2015 – Paris (France) – Trabendo
Mar. 06, 2015 – Zürich (Switzerland) – Alte Kaserne
Mar. 07, 2015 – München (Germany) – Theaterfabrik
Mar. 08, 2015 – Ludwigsburg (Germany) – Rockfabrik
Mar. 09, 2015 – Milan (Italy) – RnR Arena
Mar. 11, 2015 – Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
Mar. 12, 2015 – Wien (Austria) – Szene
Mar. 13, 2015 – Cracov (Poland) – Fabryka
Mar. 14, 2015 – Gdansk (Poland) – B 90
Mar. 15, 2015 – Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
Mar. 16, 2015 – Berlin (Germany) – K 17
Mar. 17, 2015 – Würzburg (Germany) – Posthalle
Mar. 18, 2015 – Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
Mar. 19, 2015 – Gothenburg (Sweden) – Sticky Fingers
Mar. 20, 2015 – Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
Mar. 21, 2015 – Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan
Mar. 22, 2015 – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Amager Bio

Returning to the roots of MASSACRE’s early 90’s trademark sound, Back From Beyond was recorded and mixed by Tim Vazquez of CGM Studios, Florida, and features original MASSACRE members Rick Rozz (Guitars; ex-MANTAS/DEATH) and Terry Butler (Bass; OBITUARY, ex-DEATH/SIX FEET UNDER), as well as Ed Webb (Vocals; ex-DIABOLIC/EULOGY) and Mike Mazzonetto (Drums; ex-PAIN PRINCIPLE).

CANNIBAL CORPSE & BEHEMOTH Confirm Co-Headlining North American Winter Tour

Two of the most prominent bands in the history of death metal are teaming up to take North America in 2015! CANNIBAL CORPSE and BEHEMOTH will join forces beginning on January 28th in New Orleans, Louisiana at the House Of Blues for a month-long winter live takeover.

Both bands are touring in support of their most recent and massively successful albums. CANNIBAL CORPSE released their thirteenth album, A Skeletal Domain, on September 16th and debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200. BEHEMOTH’s critically-adored tenth album, The Satanist, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #34 after its release on February 4th of this year.

Combining both bands’ headlining sets into one touring package promises to make this the must see metal tour of 2015! Support will come from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Premium packages for the tour will include a meet-and-greet with both CANNIBAL CORPSE and BEHEMOTH, an exclusive t-shirt, early entry into the show, an exclusive screen-printed poster, and a VIP laminate. For further info, scroll on over to THIS LOCATION.

BEHEMOTH & CANNIBAL CORPSE Winter Tour 2015
w/ Aeon, Tribulation:
1/28/2014 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
1/29/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/30/2014 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/31/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
2/02/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
2/03/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/05/2014 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
2/06/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/07/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
2/10/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/11/2014 Comodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/13/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
2/14/2014 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
2/16/2014 The Garric – Winnipeg, MB
2/17/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/18/2014 Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
2/20/2014 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2014 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2014 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2014 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2014 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2014 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2014 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2014 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2014 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sweden’s AEON released Aeons Black in 2012 via Metal Blade Records and toured as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2013. This will be the band’s first time returning to North America since. Tribulation, who also hails from Sweden, released the critically acclaimed and lengthy 75-minute The Formulas Of Death, in 2013 on Invictus Productions.

MACHINE HEAD Announce Headlining North American Tour!

Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD will headline an exclusive tour starting this January, which will span all across North America! No support bands. No locals. Just a crushing two-hour set of pure fucking MACHINE HEAD!!!

“We’re doing ‘An Evening With’ MACHINE HEAD. Meaning: it’ll just be us, folks,? commented guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn. ?We are really excited about the idea, playing longer sets, throwing in some deep cuts, and just having our own world. Promoters in the US seem really stoked about it, some have said it feels like ‘an event’.?

In regards to the band’s decision to only headline for this touring cycle as well as no longer play festivals, Flynn elaborates:

“We’re not trying to have a good time with a bunch of people who don’t know who we are. If MACHINE HEAD throws a party, big or small, we don’t want a bunch of ‘strangers’ there. This is about us and you guys, the die-hards! The Fucking Undesirables! We don’t care about the others out there. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere, if those people want to be a part of this, they know where to find us. So for the time being, and maybe ‘forever’ we’re done reaching out for them.”

V.I.P. ticket packages are now on sale at machinehead.soundrink.com! Packages include a meet and greet with the band, group photo with MACHINE HEAD, poster, flag, laminate, and MACHINE HEAD koozie. In addition, everyone that purchases the VIP experience will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed Bloodstone & Diamonds electric guitar!

Confirmed dates are as follows:

MACHINE HEAD
1/16/2014 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
1/18/2014 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
1/20/2015 Austin, TX – Red 7
1/21/2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
1/22/2015 Houston,TX – Fitzgeralds
1/23/2015 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
1/25/2015 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
1/26/2015 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
1/28/2015 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
1/29/2015 Philadelphia. PA – Underground Arts
1/30/2015 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
1/31/2015 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
2/3/2015 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
2/4/2015 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater
2/5/2015 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
2/7/2015 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
2/8/2015 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
2/9/2015 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
2/10/2015 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
2/11/2015 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
2/12/2015 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
2/13/2015 Minneapolis/ St Paul, MN – Mill City Nights
2/14/2015 St Louis, MO – Fubar
2/15/2015 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
2/17/2015 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
2/19/2015 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl / Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/21/2015 San Francisco, CA – Regency Center Grand Ballroom
2/24/2015 Seattle, WA – Neumos
2/25/2015 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
2/27/2015 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
2/28/2015 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
3/1/2015 Saskatoon, SK – Obrian’s Event Centre
3/2/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
3/4/2015 Minot, ND – The Original
3/6/2015 Missoula, MT – Stage 112
3/7/2015 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

SKELETONWITCH TO REISSUE ‘BEYOND THE PERMAFROST’ AS PICTURE DISC LP

SKELETONWITCH will release the final installment of their 2014 picture disc reissues on Nov. 24, when their groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed 2007 sophomore release “Beyond The Permafrost” will be available at select retailers. Featuring sensational artwork by John Baizley (Kvelertak, Baroness), the picture disc is limited to 500 copies worldwide, 150 of which are now available for pre-order via the Prosthetic webshop for just $19.99!

Proclaimed as a “metal-as-hell attack” combining “classic thrash with a bit of melodic death and black metal, and a NWOBHM undercurrent” (Blabbermouth), “Beyond the Permafrost” was produced by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot and features 12 pulverizing tracks filled with “old-school, turbo-charged rock solos and instantly memorable riffs? (Decibel). The album, a favorite amongst fans and critics alike, saw the road warriors tour alongside the likes of Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Hate Eternal, Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste, GWAR, Amon Amarth and more, proving that the quintet was a force to be reckoned with.

“Beyond The Permafrost” Track Listing
1. “Upon Wings of Black”
2. “Beyond the Permafrost”
3. “Baptized in Flames”
4. “Sacrifice for the Slaughtergod”
5. “Vengeance Will Be Mine”
6. “Limb From Limb”
7. “Cast Into the Open Sea”
8. “Fire from the Sky”
9. “Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery”
10. “Remains of the Defeated”
11. “Feast Upon Flesh”
12. “Within My Blood”

Listen to a stream of their classic track “Soul Thrashing Black Sorcery” — which was later featured in the heavy metal video game ‘Brutal Legend’ — in the below YouTube stream!

SKELETONWITCH just wrapped up a North American trek alongside Amon Amarth and Sabaton in support of their latest Billboard-charting effort, “Serpents Unleashed.” The band has spent the past year touring aggressively throughout North America and Europe. Upcoming dates are as follows:
11/14 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter Lounge
11/15 Dayton, OH – Oddbody?s Music Room
4/10/15 Tilburg, NL – Roadburn Festival @ 015 Venue

PRONG Announce New Covers Album and 2015 Tour Dates

Fresh off their US Tour, American Power Trio PRONG finished an album of cover versions, putting their distinct spin on an array of tracks originally recorded by artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Adolescents, The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü and Neil Young.

Tommy Victor: “PRONG is excited to announce 2015 European tour dates in conjunction with our upcoming release “Songs From The Black Hole”. Along with the standards and selected tracks from our newest albums, we will be performing our versions of classic influential masterpieces, as featured on the new record. The tour has us returning to England, remarkably, for four shows after our premier UK festival appearance at Bloodstock. It will also be great to head back to Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Austria and Holland with a new set and another new PRONG release, “Songs From The Black Hole”!

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the album as a special CD and LP edition in Scandinavia on March 25th, in Germany on March 27th, in Europe on March 30th and in the USA on March 31st 2015.

More details will be revealed soon.

PRONG European Tour 2015
17.04. NL-Groningen – Vera
18.04. NL-Sittard – Volt
19.04. B-Kortrijk – De Kreun
21.04. UK-Birmingham – O2 Academy 2
22.04. UK-Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
23.04. UK-London – O2 Islington Academy
24.04. UK-Bristol – O2 Academy
25.04. F-Savigny le Temple – L’Emreinte
26.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
27.04. A-Graz – PPC
28.04. A-Vienna – Szene
29.04. D-Munich – Feierwerk
30.04. D-Berlin – C-Club
01.05. D-Cologne – Underground
02.05. D-Essen – Turock
03.05. D-Hamburg – Knust

LINKIN PARK CONFIRMED AS FIRST HEADLINER OF THREE-DAY ROCK FESTIVAL AT JAM RANCH

Prepare for next summer to be an extraordinarily loud one–in the high desert of western Colorado–as Townsquare Media launches the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL at Jam Ranch near Grand Junction, CO.

Already known as one of the leading websites in the rock world, Townsquare Media’s LOUDWIRE will now host their very own music festival in 2015. Set to debut June 26, 27, and 28, the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum artist Linkin Park as the first of three announced daily headliners.

“We’re really excited to play the first ever Loudwire music festival,” says Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park. “This will be one epic rock show!”

The inaugural LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature some of the world?s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock–hard, classic, alternative, metal and indie–performing across three stages. Additional artists will be announced in the months leading up to the festival.

“We are very excited to launch the Loudwire Music Festival at Jam Ranch,” remarked Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President, Live Events for Townsquare Media. “Loudwire is one of our flagship brands – spanning broadcast radio, syndicated radio and a national website – so the addition of a live festival seemed a natural way to evolve the brand and deliver a great experience to rock music fans.”

Festival-goers will have the option of a fully immersive weekend with the festival?s on-site camping selections. Camping options range from standard (within walking distance to the festival grounds) starting at $95 to premier (the closest camping to the festival grounds) and VIP (campgrounds for VIP ticket holders only, close to festival grounds), starting at $180.

Weekend ticket options include General Admission weekend passes for $79. Reserved Seating starts at $225, and the VIP Seating & Experience starts at $400. Additional festival information, including ticketing and camping options, can be found here. Stay connected with up-to-date information on the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL on Facebook or by following @LoudwireFest on Twitter.

SAHHR: Blackened Death Malefactors Unleash “Slay The Savior” Video At Ghost Cult; Self-Titled EP Out NOW

Having unleashed the unholy harvest that is their self-titled EP on Halloween night, today California blackened death malefactors SAHHR are pleased to gore eyeholes with their “Slay The Savior” video.

Co-directed by Jamie Phillips and Dale Pavinski of Gorilla Punk Productions, the lecherous clip is a visual treasure trove of chaos and debauchery.

Elaborates guitarist Aarsoth of the cinematic deviance on deck, “The video was shot in one day in an abandoned warehouse in the ghettos of Los Anegels where a known serial killer had brought victims. There was dried blood and syringes everywhere. We broke in and just shot guerrilla style. It stunk of death and was over one-hundred degrees… all the cameras stopped working and the candles melted. Several of us were arrested as we finished. Brilliant.”

View the horrors, courtesy of Ghost Cult;

Featuring past and current members of Skull And Bullets, Dowager, Scarecrow and Unwritten Law, SAHHR formed earlier this year by singer/songwriter Ryllyeh. A veteran of the New York City punk and metal scenes since the early 1980s, Ryllyeh’s (AKA-Joe Truck, also a world renowned tattoo artist) past musical endeavors include time spent in ’80s deathrock bands Scarecrow and Braineaters, the latter of which included ex-Samhain guitarist, Damien. He also plays bass and screams in doom heavyweights-Dowager. Ryllyeh united with guitarist Aarsoth earlier this year and instantly began composing what would become the trio of tracks occupying the EP.

Written by vocalist Ryllyeh and guitarist Aarsoth and recorded at Lot 54 Studio in Huntington Beach, California by Dylan-James Ehren Brock (Ghost Of Abel, Skull And Bullets, Dowager, Intestinal Buffet), SAHHR combines all the chief essentials of black metal, death metal and metalcore into an unholy fusios of unrepentant audio pestilence appropriate for ardent followers of Watain, 1349, Goatwhore and Lamb Of God.

RIVERS OF NIHIL: Pennsylvania Death Metal Assassins Debut New Video

Pennsylvania death metal assassins, RIVERS OF NIHIL, have launched a brand new music video for “Mechanical Trees” on their official YouTube channel;

The Dave Brodsky-directed performance clip comes by way of the band’sThe Conscious Seed Of Light full-length. Fast, yet melodic and ambient, the tune evokes as much groove as it does relentless death metal speed and serves as a stellar introduction for the uninitiated as well as an ideal illustration of the brand of musically tight and heavy hitting live show fans can expect on RIVERS OF NIHIL’s upcoming tour.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments: “Working with David Brodsky on this video was a truly awesome experience. This guy has shot so many of our favorite bands over the years and to be able to work with him on something for our own band was truly surreal. We are also beginning our trek out to Los Angeles where we will be meeting up with Death To All, Obituary, and Massacre. We are super excited to be touring with bands that we all grew up idolizing! See you soon.”

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ARCH ENEMY launches live video for “As The Pages Burn” from Masters of Rock 2014 festival; currently on tour in North America with KREATOR

Currently headlining a North American tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, metal icons ARCH ENEMY have launched a new live video for “As The Pages Burn”, taken from their Masters of Rock 2014 festival performance:

To witness this must-see live show in the USA, be sure to catch the band on the road with KREATOR, HUNTRESS, and STARKILL at one of the remaining tour dates:

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EXODUS Hits the Road with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Next Week

Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are gearing up to thrash your face off on their upcoming tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. If you have not purchased your tickets for your local tour stop yet, act quickly ? several dates are close to selling out, including Oakland 11/12, Los Angeles 11/14, and New Jersey 11/29, which are already completely sold out. Get your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now!

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they?ve won.

See below for all current tour dates, including EXODUS one-off dates this month and next!

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KATAKLYSM Enlist Producer Andy Sneap for Next Album

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, will enter the studio next January to record the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The band has released the following statement:

“There is no rest for the wicked as they say. KATAKLYSM has been full of inspiration and are in full determination mode lately; a rejuvenated band that is out to conquer the world with no sign of stopping! We’ve been secretly working hard on a monstrous new album, and will enter the studio next January to start tracking. The process will take three months to complete, with three different producers at the helm. Seasoned guitarist and longtime studio engineer J- F Dagenais will be tracking drums, guitars and bass, while traveling between Montreal and Texas. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono will be tracking vocals in Florida with producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH).”

“This promises to be the album that will once and for all establish KATAKLYSM as one of the top pioneers of the genre! The latest material will be touching on some new ground, while maintaining the aggressive edge the band has always been known for. The chemistry with new drummer Oli Beaudoin is incredible, and the four horsemen promise some crushing new material coming your way. Death metal hymns are arriving!”

The as-of-yet-untitled album is tentatively scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2015.

KATAKLYSM has had one of the busiest year in their entire career supporting their latest gem Waiting for the End to Come. The band started a successful run that started in Australia and Japan a year ago and made its way worldwide to many countries, including some first time stops in places like Brazil and South Africa among others. This December, the campaign which saw the band play 150 shows will conclude with three shows in Mexico.

KATAKLYSM’s latest record Waiting for the End to Come was released last October via Nuclear Blast records.

Waiting for the End to Come Digipak and LP Track Listing:

01. Fire
02. If I Was God – I?d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood – Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
11. Elevate
DIGIPAK BONUS TRACK
12. The American Way (SACRED REICH cover)

Waiting for the End to Come was recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss (SUFFOCATION, HATEBREED, ARSIS). The artwork by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED) is featured on the deluxe digipak and LP versions of their new album, while the cover art by Peter Sallai (SABATON) is featured on the standard jewel case and limited edition cassette tape versions.

BASTARD FEAST announce new North American tour dates

Portland, Oregon’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse BASTARD FEAST (Taylor Robinson- guitar, Joshua Green- vocals, Nickolis Parks- drums, Justin Yaquinto- guitar, and Jesse Aspy- bass) have announced new North American tour dates. The band will now be making stops in Gainesville, Nashville, Asheville, Richmond, Kansas City, Cheyenne, and more. An updated full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

BASTARD FEAST are touring in support of ‘Osculum Infame’. ‘Osculum Infame’ has been called a “tightly arranged, light-eating burst of ferocity” (Decibel Magazine). The track list is

1. Bloated City
2. Old Father
3. The Rats Through Our Veins
4. The Serpent Spoke
5. Noose Of Smoke
6. A Tribute To What We Stole
7. Watchful Defiler
8. Claustrophobic Of This World
9. Fields Of Black Cancer
10. Synthetic Messiah

BASTARD FEAST’s full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Hawkes (ATTILA, EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO, RED FANG) at Interlace Audio (RED FANG, CHINO MORENO, CHELSEA GRIN) in Portland, Oregon.

Regarding the new album, guitarist Taylor Robinson said “The new record is a change in the path for us. We have dialed in our sound even more and sold our souls to hell to channel more darkness. The album is lyrically bleak and filled with contempt. Adding a 2nd guitar and finding our new bass player Jesse has completed our brotherhood for this band. We feel that everyone who will hear this music will be drawn in. It is truly hateful and inspired.”

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