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WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way.

Presented by MetalSucks, from June 14th through 21st, WOLVHAMMER will provide direct support for Norway’s Taake, the two bands set to raid Allston, Montreal, Toronto, Lansing, Lakewood, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Kansas City. On June 22nd, that’s when North Carolina’s Young And In The Way join the caravan, and together the three acts continue on to raid St. Louis, Atlanta, Asheville and Baltimore before the final show in Brooklyn on June 26th. A session of WOLVHAMMER headlining dates surrounding the tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.

WOLVHAMMER Tour Dates:
6/14/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA w/ Taake
6/15/2015 Théâtre Plaza – Montreal, QC w/ Taake
6/16/2015 Hard Luck- Toronto, ON w/ Taake
6/17/2015 The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Taake
6/18/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Taake
6/19/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Taake
6/20/2015 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Taake
6/21/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Taake
6/22/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/23/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/26/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s Disorder Recordings handling the LP version. Recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, the nearly fifty-minute album showed the band’s gloomy and pessimistic hymns delivered with elevated levels of songwriting and execution, and the album reigned in international print and online media outlets for months surrounding its release. Following US tours with Mortals, Black Cobra and more, the band took on the entire country with 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn, and now continues to bring their wrath to your doorsteps again with the impending Taake and Young And In The Way trek.

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms

California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing.

The first official Wrvth teaser comes today in the form of opening psalm, “Harrowing Winds,” now playing at No Clean Singing who issues accurately of the track, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, will return to the road next month for another round of live debauchery, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

MARUTA Deploys “Hope Smasher” From Relapse Debut Via Lambgoat; First In-Studio Video Installment Released

Additional evidence of MARUTA’s auditory war crimes has been exposed, with new, preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit’s Remain Dystopian LP spreading through media this afternoon. The first in a series of video reports from the clandestine recording sessions documenting the outfit’s torturous experimentation with ultra-brutal audio frequencies has been leaked via YouTube, while the sources at Lambgoat have uncovered the entire second track from the impending release, appropriately titled, “Hope Smasher.”

MARUTA’s third full-length invasion, and first under the banner of Relapse Records, Remain Dystopian inarguably dispatches this infamous unit’s most demoralizing and strenuous torture tactics to date. Recorded in various studios, including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of infectious deathgrind mayhem, fueled by guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, and wrapped with sporadic does of grueling noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall and apt cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn.

Lambgoat has exposed Remain Dystopian’s “Hope Smasher” through an exclusive reveal at THIS LOCATION, while visuals from MARUTA’s regimented studio tactics can be viewed here;

Additional sensory-decimating audio/video propaganda from MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian campaign will continue to be released in the coming weeks in advance of its release on CD, LP and digital formats, June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and elsewhere.

Innovating classic foundations forged by early offensives by Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Brutal Truth, MARUTA joins the likes of audio warmongers Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and Cephalic Carnage in the upper ranks of contemporary death/grind. Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, the band has pummeled the masses for the past decade, including two prior LPs via Willowtip Records, several tracks hitting Relapse’s “This Comp Kills Fascists Vol 1″ compilation and more. For the next phase of their extinction protocol, MARUTAsigned with Relapse Records in August of last year, and the task of creating their next full-length atrocity began, now to rear its head as Remain Dystopian, an album which raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish!

GRUESOME: New Full-Length From Death-Saluting Supergroup Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Savage Land To Detonate Via Relapse Next Week

With its release now just one week away, today Decibel Magazine is streaming Savage Land, the forthcoming new long player from Death-saluting supergroup, GRUESOME, in its menacing entirety.

Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME channels inspiration from one of death metal’s most revered founding American acts, Death, into their own mangled interpretations. Boasting eight crushing tracks of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal madness, GRUESOME truly and sincerely keeps the sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

Gushes Stereokiller in a perfect 5/5 review of the record, “If you like old school death metal and are looking to travel back in time with a new record, this is an absolute must. Right down to the production and the Eric Repka artwork. This is perfect. As such a fan of the Leprosy record, I’m absolutely blown away about how close of a sound GRUESOME has perfected to that era of Death. This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” Metal Injection concurs, “This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for. Observe.” Adds No Clean Singing of the title track specifically, “‘Savage Land’ sounds like it crawled from the grave, a resurrected zombie of late ’80s/early ’90s Floridian death metal. It romps, it lurches, it crawls. The riffs slash and burn, they thrash and hammer, they slither and writhe, they generate an authentic stench of morbid atmosphere. The savagery of the vocals.”

In celebration of its North American release next week, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Savage Land in its gruesome entirety. Relish the old school at THIS LOCATION.

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

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

GOATWHORE Announces North American Headlining Dates With Support From Ringworm, Black Breath, And Theories

Louisiana’s GOATWHORE announces a North American headlining tour in support of their critically-lauded full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. Following a stretch of one-off dates in Mississippi, Florida and Texas in May, the journey will officially commence in June at FreePress Summer Festival in Houston, Texas. The cross-country run will trample its way through thirty-four cities, drawing to a close on July 12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Support will come from Ringworm, Black Breath and labelmates, Theories. The lengthy march follows GOATWHORE’s extremely successful Australian run last month, and their stomp across Europe, currently underway.

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DRUDKH stream new track, “Cursed Sons II”

Enigmatic Ukrainian black metal pioneers DRUDKH are streaming the second new track taken from their highly anticipated new album, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’. The track, titled “Cursed Sons II”, is streaming now at Decibel Magazine here.

‘A Furrow Cut Short’ will be released by Season of Mist on May 19, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The track list can be seen below.

Their most epic full-length to date, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ features the grandeur of seven huge, sweeping songs that draw inspiration from the genre’s true roots. Eschewing speed and brutally for ambiance and mood, each piece is a journey downward giving pause only for a fell voice from the wilderness. Without a doubt, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is black metal brilliance, and the ultimate statement of intent from a true genre leader.

Track List:
1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To The Epoch Of Unbowed Poets
4. Embers
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

The band’s first new studio record since 2012, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is DRUDKH’s follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Eternal Turn of the Wheel’. The album represents the ancient pagan cycle of the seasons and a marked a return to the band’s roots and early sound.

ABIOTIC Debut New Single “Molecular Rematerialization”

ABIOTIC are set to release their new album “Casuistry April 21st on Metal Blade Records. So far two blistering tracks from the band’s sophomore release have been made available for streaming. Today as the band kicks off their North American tour, ABIOTIC has teamed up with Metal Sucks for an exclusive premiere of their next single “Molecular Rematerialization”. Check out the song;

Guitarist John Matos commented on the new track:

” ‘Molecular Rematerialization’ is one of my favorite songs off of Casuistry! You get to hear Brent kill it in a drum solo and it has Alex’s signature shredful bass runs. We’ll be playing this one and tons more off of Casuistry on our upcoming tour with Boris the Blade and Alterbeast!”

A play through video for the song “The Absence of Purity” which features a guest solo from Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner can be viewed HERE;

Guitarist John Matos had to learn the solo and will be playing it live on tour this month!

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RINGS OF SATURN Releases Dual-Guitarist Playthrough Video For “Godless Times”

RINGS OF SATURN has posted a new dual-guitarist playthrough video for their technically ferocious track, “Godless Times,” hailing from last year’s flooring Lugal Ki En LP. The single take live instructional shows both Lucas Mann and Miles Dimitri Baker lightheartedly executing the brutalizing movement side-by-side, and includes a bit of info on the band’s upcoming tablature book for Lugal Ki En.

Amidst heavy bouts of touring, in October, Bay Area alien death metal outfit RINGS OF SATURN released their Lugal Ki En sophomore album through Unique Leader Records, the record’s over-the-top blistering proficiency and uniquely bizarre output literally vaporizing nearly any other technical metal release of the year. Lugal Ki En’s relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction is based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity.

Metal Injection crowned the album with a 9/10 review, proclaiming, “Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy.” Another 9/10 write-up from TechnicalDeathMetal.com adds, “This time around RINGS OF SATURN let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well.” MetalSucks issued, “… it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years,” and Headbang Or GTFO’s 4.5/5 review states, “The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet.”

While no new tour plans are in RINGS OF SATURN’s immediate future, you can rest assured that additional propaganda and performances are in the works. Stand by for future broadcasts on the band’s ever-morphing invasion.

The ReAktion Release Lyric Video For “10 Steps To Success” Off Upcoming SELKNAM LP

South American alternative rock/electronica band The ReaKtion have released their lyric video for “Ten Steps to Success”, the debut single off of their upcoming album SELKNAM.

“Ten Steps to Success” is a very special song for us. It was a song that got the attention of lots of people who would later get involved in our work and our new album. We can’t wait to play it live for everyone on this coming tour” – Phil Monypenny, The ReAktion

Produced by Gggarth (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro) and Futcher, with additional production on the song “Ten Steps to Success” by Sid Wilson (#0, Slipknot), SELKNAM has a yet to be determined release date. The guys are planning the album’s promotion with Sid Wilson’s management company, M2P8Ent, with whom they signed in February 2015. As well, The ReAktion is working on their upcoming tour with Otep, scheduled for this summer, through 3THIRTEEN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP.

About The ReaKtion:
The ReAktion is a South American, alternative rock/electronica band from Santiago, Chile. Formed in 2010, the band developed a unique sound based on elements of rock, metal, and electronic music. Conceptually, The ReAktion deals with subjects such as social movements, environmental awareness, and unity, in an attempt to bring a message of consciousness revolution to the world.

The band recorded it’s first Demo LP “Be(lie)ve in R(evol)ution” independently in 2011. During 2012 the band promoted their work through live shows and social media. Later, in June of 2012, the band settled for a year and a half in Vancouver, Canada, where they met Gggarth and Futcher, who would take the guys under their wing to start production on their new album. The production and recording of the album took place in the Nimbus School of Recording and Fader Mountain Studios, where Gggarth would invite the mastermind behind Pink Floyd?s The Wall, Bob Ezrin, to contribute on the pre-production of “10 Steps to Success” with some of his students. Later, in 2013, the guys met Sid Wilson (#0, Slipknot), who visited them back in Chile after his show with Slipknot headlining Rock in Rio. On this visit, Sid would contribute with additional production on the song “Ten Steps to Success” and would begin conversations to finally sign the band to his management company M2P8Ent in 2015.

BATTLECROSS Joins Crowbar On The Summer Of Doom North American Tour

Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. The trek will commence on May 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana and run through nearly three-dozen cities before winding down on July 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar,” says BATTLECROSS guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala. “Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada…it’s been too long! See you all soon.”

BATTLECROSS Summer Of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying:
5/28/2015 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
5/29/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/30/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/31/2015 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
6/04/2015 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
6/05/2015 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
6/06/2015 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
6/07/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/08/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/10/2015 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
6/13/2015 Pawn Shop Live – Edmonton, AB
6/14/2015 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
6/16/2015 The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
6/17/2015 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
6/18/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/19/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
6/20/2015 Reggie’s Rock Room – Chicago, IL
6/21/2015 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
6/23/2015 MOD Club – Toronto, ON
6/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/25/2015 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
6/26/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/27/2015 Trick Shot Billiards – Clifton Park, NY
6/28/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
6/29/2015 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/30/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
7/01/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
7/02/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2015 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
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8/08/2015 Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC

The Summer Of Doom trek is BATTLECROSS’ first tour since completing the production of their third Metal Blade release, which was produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. Further details to be announced soon. BATTLECROSS’ most recent album, War Of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release in July of 2013 marking the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut. War Of Will also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes Metal Chart on the day of release.

VATTNET VISKAR announces new album, dates with EARLY GRAVES

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, has set a June 16th (June 15th in Europe) release date for their sophomore full length album, Settler. Recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, IL with producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, VOIVOD), the album will have 8 tracks that expand upon what Pitchfork describes as their “awe-inspiring, violently gorgeous” sound.

The band is confirmed for this year’s Maryland Deathfest and will be doing dates with California’s EARLY GRAVES. Dates are below.

VATTNET VISKAR live:
May 16th, 20015 – Milly’s Tavern – Manchester, NH
May 17th, 2015 – Parlour – Providence, RI
May 18th, 2015 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
May 20th, 2015 – Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA
May 21st, 2015 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
May 22nd, 2015 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest)

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

SIX FEET UNDER Premieres New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Crypt Of The Devil To Drop Next Month

Crypt Of The Devil is the impending new full-length from long-running death metal miscreants, SIX FEET UNDER. Composed by legendary vocalist Chris Barnes and Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance. A continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviousness, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest point of the human condition, Crypt Of The Devil is punishing in both sound and concept.

Crypt Of The Devil was captured at Phil Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh Hall, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new base of operations in Seattle, Washington to record vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley tracked his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York. Crypt Of The Devil stands as a truly collaborative and cross-country effort from a selection of today’s finest metal minds, and the result is a refreshing yet instinctively brutal SIX FEET UNDER experience.

SIX FEET UNDER is currently terrorizing Europe headlining HateFest Tour 2015 with support from Marduk, Vader and Hate, with North American live invasions to be announced in the coming weeks.

SIX FEET UNDER w/ Marduk, Vader, Hate [remaining dates]:
4/07/2015 Club Vaudeville – Lindau, DE
4/08/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
4/09/2015 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
4/10/2015 Musichall – Geiselwind, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/11/2015 Backstage – München, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/12/2015 Postbahnhof – Berlin, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery

SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes – owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre – was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart.

INCANTATION: Iconic Death Metal Legion Continues To Brutalize The Masses On The Ongoing Dirges Of Elysium Tour

Iconic death metal legion, INCANTATION, will continue to raze stages throughout North America in support of their Dirges Of Elysium full-length. The latest bout of live assaults will begin on April 17th in Hempstead, New York at El Relax Lounge. The following day, INCANTATION will head to Worcester, Massachusetts to play this year’s edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at the Palladium. From there, the band will bring their audio malevolence to stages in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Syracuse and Buffalo. The onstage abrasions continue the following month when INCANTATION ravages their way through seven more cities before bringing their brutality to the Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party on May 20th in Baltimore. In June, INCANTATION will summon the dead at the Farmageddon Festival FOA in Vancouver and in August the band will take part in the Wolves Of Apocalypse Festival in Denver. The band’s latest bout of onstage obliteration follows their recent West Coast takeover and first ever performance in Hawaii this Winter with additional 2015 live devourement in the conspiring stages.

INCANTATION released Dirges Of Elysium last year via Listenable Records. Crowned, “one of the most influential death metal bands of all time,” by Metal Injection, who further elaborated of the record, “With all the evil-sounding riffs, squealing pinch-harmonics and crushing dirges scattered throughout, this is the sound that made INCANTATION legends. This is some profoundly dark and creepy stuff,” the record continues to raise the brows of death metallers old and new. Sputnik Music dubbed Dirges Of Elysium, “a breath of fresh air for INCANTATION, and another fine addition to their discography, ” Metal Forces gushed, “It’s all ungodly but all so bloody brilliant, and with ‘Charnel Grounds’ smoldering from the stench of char-coaled flesh and the blustering bluster of ‘Dominant Ethos’ dragging us into the mud-clogged shredder that is ‘Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh),’ I hold up my severed stumps in surrender for another harangue of hate from one of death metal’s most criminally underrated bands,” while Exclaim added, “INCANTATION preserve their archetypal ominous atmosphere, while the production gives the band a more modern edge, making Dirges Of Elysium a consistent yet fresh release from the influential band.”

Comments the band in a collective statement, “The response to the Dirges Of Elysium album and tour has just been amazing! We still have a lot of touring left to go for this release. We are looking forward to seeing all you deathbangers on the road!”

INCANTATION:
4/17/2015 El Relax Lounge – Hempstead, NY
4/18/2015 New England Metal/Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
4/23/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ FaithXtractor
4/24/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/25/2015 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/26/2015 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/14/2015 Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/15/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Funerus
5/16/2015 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Funerus
5/17/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Funerus
5/18/2015 The Motlight – Asheville, NC w/ Funerus
5/19/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Funerus
5/20/2015 Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party – Baltimore MD
6/13/2015 Farmageddon Festival FOA – Vancouver, BC
8/15/2015 Wolves of Apocalypse Festival- Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

ORIGIN Join Forces with Brazil’s KRISIUN for the “Devastation on the Nation” Tour

Genre defining technical death metal giants, ORIGIN, will lay waste to North America once again this fall on an extensive co-headlining trek with the Brazilian death metal trio KRISIUN! The tour will also see AEON, ALTERBEAST, SOREPTION, and INGESTED as support, making this a must-see show for all death metal maniacs! See below for upcoming dates:

“Devastation on the Nation” tour dates feat. KRISIUN & ORIGIN with AEON, ALTERBEAST, SOREPTION, INGESTED
Sept. 4, 2015 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Sept. 5, 2015 – Madison, WI ? High Noon Saloon
Sept. 6, 2015 – Winnipeg, MB – Zoo Cabaret
Sept. 7, 2015 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Sept. 8, 2015 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Sept. 9, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 10, 2015 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Sept. 11, 2015 – Spokane, WA – The Pin!
Sept. 12, 2015 – Salem, OR – Duffy’s Hangar
Sept. 13, 2015 – San Jose, CA – Rockbar Theater
Sept. 14, 2015 – Upland, CA – The Grizzly Den
Sept. 15, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 16, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
Sept. 17, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Sept. 18, 2015 – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
Sept. 19, 2015 – Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
Sept. 20, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix Venue
Sept. 22, 2015 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey B&G
Sept. 23, 2015 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
Sept. 24, 2015 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sept. 27, 2015 – Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
Sept. 28, 2015 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds Pub
Sept. 29, 2015 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Sept. 30, 2015 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Oct. 1, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
Oct. 2, 2015 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
Oct. 3, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Oct. 4, 2015 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry

ORIGIN’s latest release, Omnipresent, was recorded and mixed with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS. The album was mastered at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (NEVERMORE, KATAKLYSM, EXODUS). The album marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (ex-SKINLESS), who has being touring with the ORIGIN as their vocalist since the release of Entity.

BATTLECROSS Joins Crowbar On The Summer Of Doom North American Tour

Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. The trek will commence on May 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana and run through nearly three-dozen cities before winding down on July 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additionally, the band will appear on the 2015 edition of Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. Summer Of Doom tickets are on sale now!

“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar,” says BATTLECROSS guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala. “Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada…it’s been too long! See you all soon.”

BATTLECROSS Summer Of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying:
5/28/2015 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
5/29/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/30/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/31/2015 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
6/04/2015 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
6/05/2015 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
6/06/2015 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
6/07/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/08/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/10/2015 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
6/13/2015 Pawn Shop Live – Edmonton, AB
6/14/2015 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
6/16/2015 The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
6/17/2015 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
6/18/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/19/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
6/20/2015 Reggie’s Rock Room – Chicago, IL
6/21/2015 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
6/23/2015 MOD Club – Toronto, ON
6/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/25/2015 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
6/26/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/27/2015 Trick Shot Billiards – Clifton Park, NY
6/28/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
6/29/2015 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/30/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
7/01/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
7/02/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2015 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA

SKINLESS: Iconic New York Death Metal Militia To Drop First New Full-Length In Nearly A Decade

[photo by Shaun MacMahon]

Iconic New York death metal militia, SKINLESS, was spawned in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. Following an extended hiatus, SKINLESS will again corrupt the ears of the living this June with a brand new studio recording.

Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, and featuring their classic late ’90s lineup with with recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, the record was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. Brandishing seven tracks of SKINLESS’ signature meld of punishing, war-waging grooves and blast-laden, surgically precise severity, Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic and plainly addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Comments Carpenter, “We worked really hard on this record and I hope you guys soil your diapers repeatedly when you hear it. We think it’s the most well-rounded SKINLESS album yet; from the song writing to the production, the artwork, and the layout, it’s the real deal. Get your beers and toilet paper ready.”

Adds Webber, “Gallons of brew slammed and oceans of blood spilled, we’re back sicker than ever. This is a dark, immense slab of death metal. May the brutal party commence again until Only The Ruthless Remain!”

Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing:
1. Serpenticide
2. Only The Ruthless Remain
3. Skinless
4. Flamethrower
5. The Beast Smells Blood
6. Funeral Curse
7. Barbaric Proclivity

In related SKINLESS developments, the band will levy their sonic brutality upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks.

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

MISERY INDEX announce new video

Baltimore, Maryland’s death metal extremists MISERY INDEX have released video stills from a forthcoming music video for the track “The Harrowing”. “The Harrowing” is taken from the new MISERY INDEX album, ‘The Killing Gods’, which is streaming at the official MISERY INDEX bandcamp page.

MISERY INDEX have added new dates in Columbus OH, and Lebanon PA to their previously announced North American tour. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

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

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

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

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

MISERY INDEX tour dates:
All dates with LORD DYING
Apr. 28 Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
Apr. 29 Frederick, MD @ Café 611
Apr. 30 Lebanon, PA @ Sound Check
May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
May 2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 3 Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shots
May 4 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 5 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
May 6 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
May 7 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
May 8 Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts
May 9 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
May 10 Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge

SEPTICFLESH UNVEILS ‘PROMETHEUS’ MUSIC VIDEO, FINALIZES TOUR ITINERARY

SEPTICFLESH are ready to ignite audiences worldwide with the premiere of their gruesome and vehement music video for “Prometheus,” taken from their critically acclaimed 2014 opus “Titan.” The band announced the debut as “the second video clip since our formation (the first being ‘The Eldest Cosmonaut” from the album “A Fallen Temple’). The storyline revolves around the theme of transformation and crossing the thin line between predator and prey. It is something that literally brings food for thought. Provoking, disturbing, resisting, surviving the ordeal?”

Directed and produced by Jon Simvonis (jonsimvonis.net) — who added “It’s been a pleasure working with the almighty SEPTICFLESH, visualizing a massive song from their latest album, an album which works on so many different levels. Bon Appetit!”

SEPTICFLESH will return to North America later this month as they embark on the “Conquerors of the World III” tour with support from gothic metal acts Moonspell and Deathstars. Previously the band has appeared on worldwide tours alongside acts including Deicide, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Krisiun, Inquisition, Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Children of Bodom, just to name a few.

Lauded as ?the music of a Biblical apocalypse?, “Titan” was recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Children’s Choir while being mixed and mastered by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory). The album contains 10 resounding tracks the band depicts as “the ultimate death metal soundtrack for your darkest dreams,” which are currently available on either 2CD Digipak including an extra disc featuring five orchestral bonus singles or gatefold 2LP.

CONQUERORS OF THE WORLD III TOUR DATES
4/24 Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador
4/25 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog #
4/26 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club #
4/27 El Paso, TX – The Lowbrow Palace
4/28 Phoenix, AZ – Joe?s Grotto #
4/29 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage #
4/30 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #
5/1 Los Angeles, CA – Black Castle #
5/2 Oakland,CA – Metro Opera House #
5/3 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
5/4 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
5/5 Spokane, Wa – The Pin #
5/6 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
5/9 Indianopolis, IN – Emerson Theater #
5/10 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
5/11 Chicago, IL – Reggie?s #
5/12 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre #
5/13 Toronto, ON – The Opera House #
5/14 Montreal, QC – Theatre Corona #
5/15 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall #
5/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium #
5/17 New York,NY – Gramercy Theatre #
5/18 Springfield, VA – Empire #
5/19 Atlanta, GA – Hell (The Masquerade) #
6/19-2 Dessel,BE – Graspop Metal Festival
# with Moonspell & Deathstars

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand-Based Death Metal Troupe Unveils “Vassalplasty” Lyric Video

The Tides Of Damocles is the furiously menacing forthcoming new long player from long-running New Zealand-based progressive death metal unit, DAWN OF AZAZEL. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles marks the trio’s first new offering in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track creation hurls forth forty-eight minutes of harrowing, scrupulously detailed death metal mastery.

The first taste of The Tides Of Damocles comes in the form of the “Vassalplasty” lyric video.

Elaborates the band: “Tides is a diverse album, and we felt ‘Vassalplasty’ is the song with the most immediate impact: Heaviness and aggression mixed with a taste of some of the more psychotropic elements to be found on the rest of the album. The title is a play on the surgical procedure to straighten a fractured and weakened spine. The lyrical theme is retaining a backbone in the face of circumstances that would cause others to conform, submit or crumple.”

Adds No Clean Singing: “The song is itself a raging, storm-lashed assault, driven by blistering riffs, highly weaponized drumming, and raw vocal vitriol. It’s a tightly controlled frenzy, the kind of murderous outburst that somehow manages to be both chaotic and machine precise. The song is laced with inventive instrumental excursions and packed with grooves that are powerful enough to crack skulls. Both viscerally powerful and technically eye-opening, it will awaken the predator in you while simultaneously re-wiring your brain.”

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live excursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.

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

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

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

INTER ARMA: Extreme Metal Outfit Reveal “Destroyer” Music Video; Prepare for North American Tour with Yautja

Richmond, VA’s genre-destroying metal troupe INTER ARMA have unveiled a new music video for “Destroyer.” The epic cut is taken from the band’s glorious 2013 LP Sky Burial, which Pitchfork called ” one of the most exhilarating experiences you might hope to have with a record.”

In just ten days, the quintet will kick off a North American tour with Nashville,TN’s Yautja. The journey begins in Philadelphia and culminates with a performance at the acclaimed Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd.

INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013’s monolithic Sky Burial.

***North American Tour with Yautja***

April 10 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
April 11 Boston, MA TT The Bear?s
April 12 Brooklyn, NY St Vitus
April 13 Washington, DC DC9
April 14 Durham, NC Pinhook
April 15 Asheville, NC Mothlight
April 16 Atlanta, GA 529
April 17 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
April 18 St Petersburg, FL Fubar
April 19 Tallahassee, FL Liberty Bar
April 20 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic
April 21 Birmingham, AL Spring Street Firehouse
April 22 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
April 23 Houston, TX Fitzgerald?s
April 24 Dallas, TX Three Links
April 25 Austin, TX Holy Mountain
April 26 El Paso, TX The Sandbox
April 27 Tucson, AZ Flycatcher
April 28 Phoenix, AZ 51west
April 29 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
April 30 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
May 01 Los Angeles, CA Complex
May 02 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
May 04 Portland, OR Doug Fir
May 05 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl
May 06 Seattle, WA Highline
May 07 Spokane, WA The Bartlett
May 08 Missoula, MT The Palace
May 09 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 10 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
May 11 Denver, CO Lost Lake
May 12 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
May 13 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
May 14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
May 15 Pontiac, MI Pike Room at The Crofoot
May 16 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
May 17 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
May 18 Nashville, TN Stone Fox
May 23 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Soundstage

CHRIS ADLER of LAMB OF GOD Joins DAVE MUSTAINE in the Studio for New MEGADETH Album

Dave Mustaine, the creative driving force behind original American metal and hard rock crossover giants MEGADETH, and Chris Adler, drummer for the leaders of modern American heavy metal LAMB OF GOD, will join bassist David Ellefson in the creation of MEGADETH’s anticipated forthcoming album. Adler will be appearing as a guest on the album and contributing his thundering, hard-hitting, and technically precise style and skill, adding new blood and drive into the mix while staying true to MEGADETH’s roots.

Dave Mustaine comments, “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our GRAMMY nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace.’ I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

David Ellefson adds, “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in MEGADETH?s next chapter.”

Chris Adler offers, “MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.”

“About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” adds Adler. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy.”

Anthrax: New CD Update, Volbeat and Festival Dates

Clockwise from left: Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais

Anthrax, five-time-Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, and card-carrying-member of The Big Four, will begin the set-up of its brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up, a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).

On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.” The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II” which was made available on March 17 and is already getting airplay on hard rock radio. Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian are massive fans of the show, so having been asked to write a song for the Mixtape was an enormous thrill. You can hear “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock)” (and the entire mixtape) for free on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music that featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, was named one of the best metal albums for 2011 by countless media outlets, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year. The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian. “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”

The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – started recording the new album in November last year. According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is really thrashy.”

Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”

“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”

“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”

Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year.

Dates for Leg One of Anthrax’s 2015-2016 tour are as follows:

APRIL
24 1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
25 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
27 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
28 Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
29 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

MAY
1 Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
2 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
3 Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
4 SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
6 Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
7 Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
9 Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
10 WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
12 General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
13 TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
14 Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
15 CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
17 Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
18 Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
19 Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
22 Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
23 Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
24 Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
25 Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
27 Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
28 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
30 Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
31 Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*

JUNE
2 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates

ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK-Based Extreme Metal Duo Announces North American Live Takeover

UK-based extreme metal duo, ANAAL NATHRAKH, will wage war on North America later this spring on a long-anticipated stretch of live incursions. Slated to embark on May 11th in Sacramento, the antagonistic twosome will march through a dozen metropolises, with their final massacre to take place at this year’s Maryland Death Fest on May 24th. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and labelmates, Secrets Of The Sky.

ANAAL NATHRAKH w/ Incite, Secrets Of The Sky:
5/11/2015 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
5/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/13/2015 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
5/14/2015 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/16/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/17/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
5/19/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/20/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

ANAAL NATHRAKH unleashed their eighth studio offering, Desideratum, via Metal Blade Records last Fall. Christened, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” by Decibel Magazine, and, “impossibly abrasive and brutal,” by MetalSucks, ANAAL NATHRAKH – guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – is the sound of chaos incarnate. Entirely petrifying yet inexplicably inviting, the duo’s maniacal musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with an intensely cynical intelligence is virtually unmatched in the metal world. Reaping mass approvals from media outlets globally, Desideratum takes the meaning of “extreme” to an entirely new realm of audio bedlam. Metal Injection applauds the pair for consistently offering up, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” Noisey boasts of the record, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently,” while About.com opines, “ANAAL NATHRAKH are mesmerized by chaos, whether it be from incoherent screaming or programmed drums that blur into a mess of seismic beats. Even more intriguing are the melodic components thrown into the chaos, like the occasional soaring chorus line or striking guitar lead.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Overkill closes
** Symphony X closes

EYEHATEGOD To Kick Off Their Staggering Backwards European Tour

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

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

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

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

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