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DENY THE CROSS: Alpha Ghoul Full-Length From Powerviolence Supergroup Streaming At Noisey; Record To Drop This Friday Via Tankcrimes

DENY THE CROSS, the lethal powerviolence alliance uniting current and past members of Spazz, Black Army Jacket, Agents Of Satan, Municipal Waste, and Discordance Axis, will drop their ravaging Alpha Ghoul full-length this Friday via Tankcrimes.

As a precursor to its release, today Vice’s music portal Noisey offers up the record in its maniacal entirety noting, “DENY THE CROSS isn’t straight up grind… but is rather locked in a too-close-to-call race for dominance that pits grindcore against classic powerviolence and stirs up enough punk stomp and dirty grooves to keep your head bobbing.”

Hear Alpha Ghoul before you can buy it, courtesy of Noisey, at THIS LOCATION.

Paying respects to the likes of Assück, Napalm Death, Raw Deal, Crossed Out, and Gauze, DENY THE CROSS’ punishing, eighteen-track Alpha Ghoul will see release via Tankcrimes on July 29th, 2016 digitally and on vinyl. The first pressing, limited to just 100 copies, is now sold out.

Alpha Ghoul was captured by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum) at Earhammer Studios with drums recorded by Chris Pierce (Rorschach, Night Birds) and includes cover art by Mark McCoy of Charles Bronson.

DENY THE CROSS is:
Dan Lactose – guitar
Dave Witte – drums
Ramon Salcido – bass
Carlos Ramirez – vocals

“…an unsettling, dark, and energetic concoction of various elements of death metal, punk, and hardcore.” – Decibel

“You only need to look at the history of DENY THE CROSS’ members to know they’re going to be fucking killer… But if there’s any doubt left in your mind, listen to their new track ‘U69’… Measuring in at 39 seconds long, this one is fast, mean, and very to the point, very much in the vein of grindcore’s filthy devil-may-care forefathers. God damn, this is going to be a fun album.” – MetalSucks on “U69”

GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Hooligans Stream Dungeon Bastards At MetalSucks; Record To Infect The Masses This Friday Via Tankcrimes

This Friday, Tankcrimes will infect the masses with the sonic mutations of Dungeon Bastards, the new full-length from the masked madmen in GHOUL. Captured and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, and mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco, Dungeon Bastards wields eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band’s now-patented Creepsylvanian splatterthrash.

In advance of its release, today the ghouligans at MetalSucks are streaming the record in full noting, “Dungeon Bastards isn’t just GHOUL’s finest album to date – it’s one of 2016’s strongest albums to date, a pipe bomb hybrid of thrash, death metal, and hardcore that is effortlessly aggro and fun. Dungeon Bastards is the kind of record that will have you looking cockeyed at anyone who claims not to like it.”

Hear Dungeon Bastards, courtesy of MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

Dungeon Bastards will rear its seditious head from the subterranean bowls of Creepsylvania on July 29th, 2016 on CD and digital formats. The record will also come in slime green and blood red vinyl options with a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins.

GHOUL is currently soiling stages with blood, dread, and disease nationwide supporting Carcass and Crowbar on a seventeen-city US tour. The One Foot In The Grave Tour 2016 will come to a close August 8th. Additional support is being provided by Night Demon. Following their run with Carcass, GHOUL will contaminate four more cities on a smattering of headlining shows. See all confirmed dates below.

GHOUL w/ Carcass, Crowbar, Night Demon:
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
End Tour
8/06/2016 Harmony House – Webster, NY *
8/07/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL *
8/08/2016 Rock Room – Kansas City, MO*
8/13/2016 Metro – Oakland, CA *
*GHOUL Headlining Shows

Utters Mass Movement of GHOUL’s latest masterwork, “Infused with the savage technicality of thrash behemoths and legendary crossover beasts such as Blind Illusion and Attitude, the energy and power of early Death and Sodom and the morbid humours of GWAR, GHOUL’s lifelong mission has taken another crucial step toward world domination. Thrashing time is here…” In a 5/5 score Skulls ‘N’ Bones points out, “Yes, GHOUL has a humorous appearance and slant on their music, but don’t let that fool you. These guys write some seriously good metal and can back everything up with solid musicianship to boot.” Metal Reviews concurs in an 85/100 rating, “With so many gimmicks, it would seem surprising at first glance that GHOUL has continued for this long, but those gimmicks, and the not-so-secret identities of the band members, are just window dressing that covers music that can stand on its own merits. Dungeon Bastards continues GHOUL’s policy of high quality with a blast of noise that will leave fans wishing for more than ten tracks.” Ave Noctum crowns Dungeon Bastards, “the best thing GHOUL has put out to date.” In Decibel’s For Those About To Squawk column, Waldo awards the record, “7 Fucking Pecks,” noting, “The production here is crisp and choppy and adds to the fun of this release… add in the sing-a-long choruses and you have a pretty beaking cool release.” Concludes Riot Nerd, “GHOUL’s live antics and theatrical presentation may get kids through the door and asses in the seats (hell, it certainly got my attention), but on Dungeon Bastards they prove themselves the best of the best of the red food coloring and corn syrup set, with the deft musicianship and songwriting chops to take on anyone, masked, facepainted, or otherwise. Stalwart Creepsylvanians take heed, there’s about to be a population boom. Haters, doubters, trolls, and lurkers won’t be able to deny the ‘naked, merciless force’ of Dungeon Bastards, and GHOUL have earned every single new blood soaked fist in the air.”

AMON AMARTH Announces US Tour With Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, And Havok

This September and October, Swedish metal kings AMON AMARTH will return to the US as direct support to Megadeth! The tour, which runs from September 20th through October 16th, will also include Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok.

Comments AMON AMARTH of the upcoming trek: “We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!”

During the journey, AMON AMARTH will also join the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on Sunday, September 25th as part of the annual Knotfest. See all confirmed dates below.

AMON AMARTH w/ Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, Havok:
9/20/2016 Casper Events – Center Casper, WY
9/22/2016 The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel And Casino – Las Vegas, NV
9/25/2016 Knotfest – Devore, CA * AMON AMARTH only
9/27/2016 WaMu Theater – Seattle, WA
9/28/2016 Matthew Knight Arena – Eugene, OR
9/29/2016 City National Civic – San Jose, CA
10/01/2016 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO
10/03/2016 Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex – Council Bluffs, IA
10/04/2016 Roy Wilkins Auditorium – St. Paul, MN
10/05/2016 Sears Centre – Hoffman Estates, IL
10/07/2016 iWireless Center – Moline, IL
10/08/2016 UWM Panther Arena – Milwaukee, WI
10/09/2016 Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
10/11/2016 Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
10/12/2016 DCU Center – Worcester, MA
10/13/2016 Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
10/14/2016 Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
10/16/2016 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

AMON AMARTH will be touring in support of their recently released Jomsviking full-length. As the band’s first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking — which was produced and mixed again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) — tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal . The record landed on the global charts — including a #11 spot on the US Current Album Billboard Chart! To purchase and preview Jomsviking, visit amonamarth.com, where the record is available in various formats, and the videos for “At Dawn’s First Light” and “First Kill” can be viewed.

“Jomsviking is sure to satisfy AMON AMARTH fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready. 4.5/5” – MetalSucks

“This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite.8.5/10” – Blabbermouth

“…the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.” – PopMatters

“After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!” – Metal Hammer (Germany)

“…you are left with no doubt that AMON AMARTH are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid. 9/10” – Powerplay (UK)

“…this is killer business as usual…” – Metal Hammer (UK)

“This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band. 8/10” – Musicology (UK)

AMON AMARTH:
Johan Hegg – vocals
Ted Lundstrom – bass
Johan Soderberg – guitar
Olavi Mikkonen – guitar

GHOUL: The Masked Malefactors Of Creepsylvania Premiere “Shred The Dead;” Tour With Carcass Underway + Dungeon Bastards Release Day Draws Near

The masked malefactors of Creepsylvania GHOUL are pleased to contaminate the airwaves with a premiere of “Shred The Dead” from their forthcoming Dungeon Bastards opus. In “Shred The Dead,” vocalist Baron Samedi’s commands to retrieve the Omicron Bomb fall on deaf ears, as GHOUL retreats deeper into the Catacombs muttering half-hearted assurances; that is, until Samedi unleashes an army of revivified corpses to persuade them otherwise.

Elaborates guitarist Digestor,”‘Shred The Dead’ is a song about undead fiends, eldritch, mysterious skateboard tricks, and the efficacy of the prevent defense. If Mr. Mustaine is reading this, I’m sure our lawyers can work something out. You seem like a reasonable man.”

GHOUL is currently mucking up stages with blood and dread nationwide supporting Carcass and Crowbar on a seventeen-city US tour. The One Foot In The Grave Tour 2016 will come to a close August 8th. Additional support is being provided by Night Demon. Following their run with Carcass, GHOUL will infect four more cities on a smattering of headlining shows. See all confirmed dates below.

GHOUL w/ Carcass, Crowbar, Night Demon:
7/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
End Tour
8/06/2016 Harmony House – Webster, NY *
8/07/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL *
8/08/2016 Rock Room – Kansas City, MO*
8/13/2016 Metro – Oakland, CA *
*GHOUL Headlining Shows

GHOUL’s Dungeon Bastards LP brandishes eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band’s Creepsylvanian splatterthrash. The record was captured and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, and mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco), the final presentation of this atrocity wrapped in the ghoulightful graphics of Mark W. Richards of Heavy Hand Illustration (Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toke, Black Fast). With Dungeon Bastards, the world’s most revered hooded cannibals will rip your flesh with speed and riffs… before eating it.

Dungeon Bastards will rear its seditious head from the subterranean bowls of Creepsylvania on July 29th, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats courtesy of the sound assassins at Tankcrimes Records. The record will also come in slime green and blood red vinyl options with a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins.

GOATWHORE Announces US Live Dates Surrounding Ozzfest Appearance This Fall

New Orleans’ rad warriors GOATWHORE will return to the US tour circuit this Fall on a short run of live abrasions prior to and following their Ozzfest appearance in San Bernardino, California on September 24th. The trek will commence on September 16th and rupture fifteen stages through October 1st. Support will be provided by The Blood Royale on select dates. GOATWHORE’s latest US journey will follow a two-week stretch of European onstage debauchery set to kick off next month.

Comments GOATWHORE frontman Ben Falgoust, “We have been associated with Ozzfest in the past and are grateful to be playing it this year, but being part of Black Sabbath’s final West Coast show is another legendary experience to be affiliated with and be able to witness first hand, taking in every element of a band that has been a great influence on all levels in the metal world. Also, Ozzfest has given opportunities to countless freshly-emerging metal acts to forge new paths and give people new levels of extreme music to connect with and hear… that doesn’t exclude this year. Tons of acts that have been pretty damn strong in the underground metal community will be making their first appearances at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, as well as repeat acts that have been a part of it in the past. So, when you come to see Black Sabbath out West for their last time, come early and be a part of the future of metal, as well as it’s legendary past.”

Adds drummer Zack Simmons, “We are very honored to be a part of Black Sabbath’s last ever California performance and Ozzfest’s 20th Anniversary. It’ll be a ripping day of heavy metal and a bittersweet farewell to the godfathers of the genre.”

GOATWHORE:
8/06/2016 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE
8/07/2016 Sylak Fest – Saint-Maurice-de-Gourdans, FR
8/08/2016 Dynamo – Zürich, CH
8/09/2016 Rockhouse – Salzburg, AT
8/10/2016 Brutal Assault – Jaromer, CZ
8/11/2016 Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, DE
8/12/2016 Party San – Schlotheim, DE
8/13/2016 Ieper Fest – Ieper, BE
8/14/2016 Bloodstock – Walton On Trent, GB
8/15/2016 Tower – Bremen, DE
8/16/2016 Beta – Copenhagen, DK
8/17/2016 Lido – Berlin, DE
8/20/2016 Motocultor Saint – Nolff, FR
w/ The Blood Royale:
9/16/2016 The District – Lafayette, LA *
9/17/2016 Texas Rose Saloon – Beaumont, TX
9/18/2016 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/19/2016 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX
9/20/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
9/21/2016 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
9/22/2016 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
9/23/2016 The Merrow – San Diego, CA *
9/24/2016 Ozzfest – San Bernardino, CA *
9/25/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
9/26/2016 Rojo’s – South Lake Tahoe, CA
9/28/2016 Lion’s Lair – Denver, CO
9/29/2016 Launchpad – Albuquerque. NM
9/30/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
10/01/2016 Luna Live – Lake Charles, LA *
* No The Blood Royale

 

DENY THE CROSS Premieres “Hospital Ballads” At Cvlt Nation

Powerviolence Faction Uniting Spazz, Black Army Jacket, Agents Of Satan, Municipal Waste, And Discordance Axis Members To Release
Alpha Ghoul Via Tankcrimes July 29th

In less than two weeks, DENY THE CROSS, the murderous powerviolence collaboration uniting current and past members of Spazz, Black Army Jacket, Agents Of Satan, Municipal Waste, and Discordance Axis, will unleash the punishing fruit of their Alpha Ghoul full-length. Fittingly short, fast, and loud, the eighteen-track Alpha Ghoul was captured by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum) at Earhammer Studios with drums recorded by Chris Pierce (Rorschach, Night Birds) and includes cover art by Mark McCoy of Charles Bronson.

In advance of its release, today the noise bringers at Cvlt Nation offer up the official premiere of thirty-three-second bruiser, “Hospital Ballads.” Elaborates vocalist Carlos Ramierz, “I’m fortunate enough to have great health care, but I know of friends and family who have had their lives ruined because they couldn’t afford insurance. I also know of people who are supposed to be on more than one medication, but they only take one because the other one(s) is too expensive. This is tragic.”

Paying respects to the likes of Assück, Napalm Death, Raw Deal, Crossed Out, and Gauze, DENY THE CROSS’ Alpha Ghoul will see release via Tankcrimes on July 29th, 2016 digitally and on vinyl. The first pressing, limited to just 100 copies, is now sold out. Sweat not though as second pressing preorders are currently. You can also sample opening cut, “Heart Like Siberia,” “U69,” and “Teens In The Graveyard,” which initially premiered at Decibel Magazine, at the Tankcrimes BandCamp.

DENY THE CROSS is:
Dan Lactose – guitar
Dave Witte – drums
Ramon Salcido – bass
Carlos Ramirez – vocals

“…an unsettling, dark, and energetic concoction of various elements of death metal, punk, and hardcore.” – Decibel

WHITECHAPEL Reveals First Round Of Confirmed Dates For US Co-Headlining Tour With Suicide Silence This Fall

WHITECHAPEL will co-headline a US run with Suicide Silence this Fall. Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing, the Straight Outta Hell tour also features Carnifex and Oceano as support, with Despised Icon appearing on select shows. This must-see trek kicks off in late September and ends in late October – see below for the first round of confirmed dates, with more shows to be revealed next week.

Currently on the road as part of the annual Vans Warped Tour, WHITECHAPEL recently released their sixth full-length, Mark Of The Blade, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Hailed as, “an exciting milestone,” by Alternative Press, Mark Of The Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees WHITECHAPEL redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting eleven tracks. Kicking off with “The Void” — which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band’s three-guitar attack — the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on “Decennium” bring the record to a close, it’s impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Guitarist Alex Wade explains, “At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us.”

WHITECHAPEL Warped Tour Dates:
7/19/2016 Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
7/20/2016 Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
7/21/2016 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22/2016 The Palace Of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI
7/23/2016 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
7/24/2016 Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
7/26/2016 Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, MI
7/27/2016 Hollywood Casino – St. Louis, MO
7/28/2016 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater – Bonners Spring, KS
7/30/2016 Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
7/31/2016 Pepsi Center Arena Lot – Denver, CO
8/01/2016 Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
8/02/2016 Salt River Fields – Phoenix, AZ
8/05/2016 Qualcomm Stadium Lot – San Diego, CA
8/06/2016 Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
8/07/2016 Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
8/09/2016 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
8/11/2016 Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater – Boise, ID
8/12/2016 White River – Auburn, WA
8/13/2016 Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR
End Tour
w/ Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Oceano:
9/30/2016 The Pin – Spokane, WA
10/01/2016 Pub Station/2016 Billings, MT
10/04/2016 Wooly’s/2016 Des Moines, IA
10/05/2016 The Waiting Room/2016 Omaha, NE
10/12/2016 Harmony House/2016 Webster, NY *
10/14/2016 Chameleon Club/2016 Lancaster, PA *
10/17/2016 Pete’s/2016 Greensboro, NC
10/21/2016 Top Deck/2016 Farmington, NM
* w/ Despised Icon

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Death Metal Icons To Kick Off Summer Slaughter Headlining Tour

This Saturday, death metal icons CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off a month-long US tour as Summer Slaughter headliners. The annual caravan commences on July 23rd in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, runs through August 21st in Atlanta, Georgia, and sports one of its most extreme lineups to date with support provided by Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter To Prevail, Ingested, and newest addition, Enterprise Earth.

CANNIBAL CORPSE on Summer Slaughter:
7/23/2016 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
7/24/2016 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
7/26/2016 The International – Knoxville, TN
7/27/2016 Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
7/28/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
7/23/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
7/30/2016 The Palladium – Worchester, MA
7/31/2016 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2016 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
8/03/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
8/05/2016 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/06/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
8/08/2016 Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
8/10/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
8/11/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
8/12/2016 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
8/13/2016 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/15/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
8/16/2016 Empire Garage – Austin, TX
8/17/2016 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
8/19/2016 The National – Richmond, VA
8/20/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
8/21/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

CANNIBAL CORPSE released their critically-lauded A Skeletal Domain full-length in 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The band’s thirteenth studio offering debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart upon its first week of release, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history. Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida, the record boasts twelve ravenous tracks of confrontational, meticulously-executed, ill-omened brutality as only CANNIBAL CORPSE can deliver.

Earlier this year, CANNIBAL CORPSE traveled back in time to commemorate some classic titles, namely Butchered At Birth, Eaten Back To Life, The Bleeding, Vile, and Tomb Of The Mutilated.

GHOUL: The Masked Bastards Launch Fan-Fueled “Ghoulunatics” Lyric Video; Tour Dates With Carcass Loom

Line your floor with plastic, sharpen a rusty hatchet, and strap in for the gorestrewn melee of the new “Ghoulunatics” lyric video by GHOUL. Using the fantastic tool of the modern day video camera to hurl bloody hails to their diehard and loyal legions of devotees, the visual accompaniment is hewn around the track culled from the henchmen’s impending fifth album, Dungeon Bastards. Said MetalSucks of the track upon its initial unveiling, “From the best Metallica riff that won’t be on the new Metallica album to the bang snap drums to the exotic guitar leads to the lyrical celebration of miscreants, everything about the song rages. Shit feels like being strapped into a flaming car and sent full speed at a brick wall.”

The previously-unearthed “Bringer Of War” is playing at Revolver RIGHT HERE.

GHOUL’s anxiously awaited Dungeon Bastards LP brandishes eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band’s Creepsylvanian splatterthrash, recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, and mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco), the final presentation of this atrocity wrapped in the ghoulightful graphics of Mark W. Richards of Heavy Hand Illustration (Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toke, Black Fast). With Dungeon Bastards, the world’s most revered hooded cannibals will rip your flesh with speed and riffs… before eating it.

GHOUL’s Dungeon Bastards will rear its mutinous head from the subterranean bowls of Creepsylvania on July 29th, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats courtesy of the sound assassins at Tankcrimes Records. The record will also come in slime green and blood red vinyl options with a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins.

GHOUL will level stages nationwide in conjunction with the release of Dungeon Bastards, supporting Carcass and Crowbar on a seventeen-city US tour beginning next week. The One Foot In The Grave Tour 2016 will commence on July 17th and run through August 8th with additional support provided by Night Demon.

GHOUL w/ Carcass, Crowbar, Night Demon:
7/17/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
7/19/2016 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
7/20/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
7/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT

CARCASS To Kick Off One Foot In The Grave 2016 North American Headlining Tour

British metal icons CARCASS will return to North America next week for their One Foot In The Grave 2016 headlining tour. Set to commence on July 16th and level nearly two dozen stages through August 6th, the journey includes performances at Chicago Open Air Festival as well as Heavy MTL. Support will be provided by Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon. The band’s latest stateside journey follows their recent and successful assault on North American soil alongside labelmates Slayer and Testament.

CARCASS w/ Crowbar, Ghoul, Night Demon:
7/16/2016 Chicago Open Air Festival – Chicago, IL
7/17/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
7/19/2016 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
7/20/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
7/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
8/06/2016 Heavy MTL Festival – Montreal, QC (CARCASS only)

CARCASS will be touring in support of Surgical Steel, released in September 2013. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, just narrowly avoiding the dreaded “Top 40 Band” moniker. Even with their impressive back catalogue, Surgical Steel has given the band their highest charting and possibly most critically acclaimed record to date.

Surgical Steel was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse etc.) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.

CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (Reek Of Putrefaction, Symphonies Of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career, Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered.

Marc Vanderberg Releases New Single – “Pray”

 Pray

German rock act `Vanderberg` will release the first single off their upcoming album “Devil May Care.” The single is named “Pray.” (Lyrics below) “Devil May Care” is slated for release in early 2017.

`Vanderberg´ veröffentlichen heute einen neuen Song ihres im ersten Quartal 2017 erscheinenden Albums “Devil may Care”. Der neue Song nennt sich `PRAY`.

Lyrics:

I like Ike, vision thing, little Marco, yes we can
Yes we burn, like a candle, like a torch, like an oilfield in Iraq,
We´re like a draft, like a flaw, like a wind, like desert storm,
We shift the truth, we tip the scale, what you see is what we hail,
Second hand words by the President, fighting the world til the end.

Havoc of war, Home of the brave

We pray  for the love of god
We pray  for guns and bombs
We pray  for a war to end all wars
We pray  for stars and stripes
We pray  for human rights
We pray  for a war to end all wars
We pray. We pray.

Love Trumps hate, feel the Bern, make America great again,
GOP, face the truth, 2016, Trump or Cruz,
A billion dollars for each campaign, a billion dollars down the drain,
Between the Devil and the deep blue sea, your candidates suck, don?t blame me,
Second hand words by the President, who may be the best candidate.

Say can you see, What so proudly we hailed

We pray  for the love of god
We pray  for guns and bombs
We pray  for a war to end all wars
We pray  for stars and stripes
We pray  for human rights
We pray  for a war to end all wars
We pray.

About  Vanderberg
Vanderberg is a German rock act led by guitarist/songwriter Marc Vanderberg. Their Debut-Single “Key to Your Heart” was released October 31, 2014.  The EP “The Four Elements”was released May 22nd 2015.

Marc Vanderberg uses a VGS Eruption Relic with Iconix Marc Vanderberg Deth Punch Signature Set and a VGS Roadcruiser Relic. Marc also uses Pyramid Strings and Picks.

Marc Can Be Found At
www.facebook.com/marcvanderbergofficial

www.reverbnation.com/marcvanderberg

www.soundcloud.com/marc-vanderberg

www.twitter.com/marc_vanderberg

PR-Kontakt / PR-Contact Marc Vanderberg
Markus Laue, Stresemannstraße 5, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany
Phone: +49 / 177 / 7748128, marc.vanderberg@yahoo.com

 

WRVTH To Kick Off North American Tour This August

Atmospheric tech death unit WRVTH continues to support their self-titled 2015 release with a string of late Summer headlining shows. The month-long trek begins August 5th in Bend, Oregon, and includes an appearance at Jamfest in Beamsville, Ontario as well as Dirt Fest in Pontiac, Michigan alongside Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Attila, Asking Alexandria and more. The live debauchery comes to an end on September 3rd in Sacramento, California. Support will come courtesy of Depths Of Hatred and Pathways on select dates.

WRVTH:
8/05/2016 Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
8/06/2016 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR
8/07/2016 50 West – Salem, OR
8/08/2016 The Pin – Spokane, WA
8/09/2016 Railyard – Billings, MT
8/11/2016 Shorty’s Hall – Milwaukee, WI
8/12/2016 Jamfest @ BMR Private Ranch – Beamsville, ON *
8/13/2016 Dirt Fest @ Crofoot Festival Grounds – Pontiac, MI
8/14/2016 Coalition – Toronto, ON *
8/15/2016 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC *
8/16/2016 L’Anti Bar Spectacles – Quebec City, QC *
8/17/2016 Koto – Salem, MA
8/18/2016 3065 Live – Buzzards Bay, MA
8/19/2016 The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
8/21/2016 The Iron Heights – Augusta, GA **
8/22/2016 Bombshells Tavern – Orlando, FL **
8/24/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL **
8/25/2016 TBD – Houston, TX
8/26/2016 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
8/28/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
8/30/2016 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
8/31/2016 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
9/01/2016 PBW – Pomona, CA
9/02/2016 La Movida – Salinas, CA
9/03/2016 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
*with Depths Of Hatred
**with Pathways

Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth — commended by Dead Rhetoric for being, “bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings” — features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

“[WRVTH’s] penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them ‘on a playlist with Fallujah’ one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. WRVTH add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk – think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. – and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience.” – MetalSucks

“WRVTH’s long stretches of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time.” – No Clean Singing

“WRVTH reemerge with a unique, albeit morose, offering that outshines any previous efforts.” – Sputnik Music

“Wrvth is a triumph in a way that hasn’t really been seen before: by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is THE atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

I PREVAIL ANNOUNCE TITLE AND ART FOR UPCOMING, DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

Detroit rock band I Prevail has announced today the title and artwork for their forthcoming, debut album. The record is called, Lifelines, and it?s expected out later this year from Fearless Records.

The band?s first full-length record follows the band?s 2014, breakout EP, Heart vs. Mind, which featured their massively successful cover of Taylor Swift?s ?Blank Space.? They went on to sell 300,000 singles, generated over 40 million streams and were introduced to a worldwide audience of fans.

Nominated for Alternative Press? best ?Breakthrough Band? at the upcoming 2016 APMAs, I Prevail returns with one of the scene?s most anticipated albums, Lifelines. The new record was recorded at Wall of Sound Studios in Riley, MI with producers B.J. Perry and John Pregler.

“Making this record pushed us to our limits, which is exactly how we wanted it,? says vocalist Brian Burkheiser. ?That’s how you know you’ve put your all into something. The writing process took over a year because we just refused to settle. We’re going to prove to the world that we’re here to stay. Our heart and soul is in every track.”

“We really wanted to stay true to our sound, but also find a way to continue maturing at the same time,? adds lead guitarist Steve Menoian. ?I think we found a good balance. The choruses are bigger, the heavy parts are heavier, and we were able to express a message that is really meaningful to all of us.”

Fans can get a taste of what?s to come on I Prevail?s upcoming North American headline tour, which kicks off in Grand Rapids, MI on July 14th.

I PREVAIL Tour Dates:
July 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
July 15 – South Bend, IN – Cheers Pub
July 16 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
July 19 – Saginaw, MI – The Red Room at the Dow Event Center
July 20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
July 22 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
July 23 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
July 24 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly?s
July 26 – Little Rock, AR – The Metroplex
July 27 – Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
July 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart?s
July 30 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew?s Hall
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Aug 2 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Aug 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Aug 5 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Aug 6 – Bangor, ME – Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion
Aug 7 – Montreal, QC – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau
Aug 9 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 10 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Aug 11 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Aug 12 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Music Hall
Aug 13 – Bristol, TN – Patton-Crosswhite VFW Post 6975
Aug 16 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
Aug 17 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at House of Blues
Aug 18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
Aug 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – Cambridge Room
Aug 21 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
Aug 22 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Aug 23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Aug 24 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Aug 26 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Aug 27 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

ABIOTIC Announces Canadian Tour With Necronomicon And Vesperia This August

Progressive death metal unit, ABIOTIC, will be touring Canada this August alongside the black metal might of Necronomicon and Vesperia for the Okkults In Canada Tour 2016. Set to commence on August 4th and level nearly two dozen venues through August 27th, the upcoming trek follows ABIOTIC’s recent European tour alongside death metal heavyweights, Suffocation and Cattle Decapitation.

ABIOTIC will be touring in support of their Casuistry full-length, issued last year via Metal Blade Records. Featuring guest appearances by Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me and John Gallagher of Dying Fetus, the critically-acclaimed offering ranked in at #50 on the Billboard Current Hard Music Album Chart and #68 on the Billboard New Artist Chart upon its first week of release. Purchase Casuistry at metalblade.com/abiotic where you can also sample a stream of “Cast Into The Depths.”

ABIOTIC w/ Necronomicon, Vesperia:
8/04/2016 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
8/05/2016 Detour Music Hall – St. Catherines, ON
8/06/2016 Windsor Beer Exchange – Windsor, ON
8/07/2016 Call The Office – London, ON
8/09/2016 The Asylum – Sudbury, ON
8/10/2016 TBA – Sault St Marie, ON
8/12/2016 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
8/13/2016 North Hill Inn – Brandon, MA
8/14/2016 The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MA
8/15/2016 TBA – Regina, SK
8/16/2016 Inferno Nightclub – Lethbridge, AB
8/17/2016 Filthy’s – Edmonton, AB
8/18/2016 Munins Post – Kelowna, BC
8/19/2016 TBA – Victoria, BC
8/20/2016Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/21/2016 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
8/22/2016 Distortion – Calgary, AB
8/23/2016 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
8/24/2016 TBA – Kenora, ON
8/26/2016 The Working Class – Timmins, ON
8/27/2016 The Atria – Oshawa, ON

“ABIOTIC creates some life-affirming thrills. These are fast songs, full of growls and jazzy blast beats.” – Decibel

“…just the right amount of technicality to keep things interesting all the while instantly grabbing listeners with catchy hooks and melodic compositions.” – Outburn

GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Splatterthrashers Unmask “Bringer Of War”

“‘Bringer Of War’ is a plaintive ode to the perils of nuclear proliferation, the dangers of a ‘broken-arrow’ scenario, and the ever-present threat of rampaging wolf-headed commandos with acid squirting guns.” – Digestor, GHOUL

Dungeon Bastards is the long-anticipated new full-length from Creepsylvanian splatterthrashers, GHOUL. The eleven-track audio abduction (and their fifth overall) was recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, California, mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco, California, and comes adorned in the ghoulightful graphics of Mark W. Richards of Heavy Hand Illustration (Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toke, Black Fast). With Dungeon Bastards, the world’s most revered hooded cannibals will rip your flesh with speed and riffs… before eating it.

Said Nerdist of the band’s first single, “Ghoulunatics,” “Close your eyes and imagine what a band called GHOUL might sound like. Picture an album called Dungeon Bastards and a song called ‘Ghoulunatics.’ Now open your eyes and press play. Chances are, this sounds exactly like you thought it would. Crazy, thrash metal with a hint of humor, and a focus on ripping. These guys probably are armed with swords and axes while they play, slaying demons in between solos. Is it ridiculous? Sure, maybe a little, but we can’t help but love it. There’s no denying these guys have skills and know how to thrash.”

In advance of the release of Dungeon Bastards, today Revolver Magazine wages combat with a taste of second album cut, “Bringer Of War.”

“‘Bringer Of War’ is a plaintive ode to the perils of nuclear proliferation, the dangers of a ‘broken-arrow’ scenario, and the ever-present threat of rampaging wolf-headed commandos with acid squirting guns,” reveals guitarist/vocalist Digestor. “Listen if you dare.”

Hear “Bringer Of War,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

GHOUL’s Dungeon Bastards will rear its mutinous head from the subterranean bowls of Creepsylvania on July 29th, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats courtesy of the sound assassins at Tankcrimes Records.

The record will also come in slime green and blood red vinyl options with a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins. For more detailed gaming info, visit Invisible Oranges, who got the inside scoop.

In conjunction with the release of Dungeon Bastards, GHOUL will level the stages of seventeen venues supporting Carcass and Crowbar this Summer. The One Foot In The Grave Tour 2016 will commence on July 17th and run through August 8th with additional support provided by Night Demon.

GHOUL w/ Carcass, Crowbar, Night Demon:
7/17/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
7/19/2016 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
7/20/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
7/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT

KC ROCKFEST 2016 – Drowning Pool

Well, Hey, here we go again, The KC Season is officially kicked off with 98.9’s ROCKFEST 2016.
Perfect weather,  I mean, bright blue sky, sunshine,  and Lucky Ass Me, I get to go see a band I have seen several times, DROWNING POOL
ok, that is the upside…now the downside,   the audio at outdoor venues isnt always the best, So I cross my fingers and breathe slowly, come on I think, kick this in the ass, and blow this crowd away….
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WOW, God clearly loves him some D.Pool….  Spot the F’ on.   boom baby…. we got us some Rockstars, I could not have been more pleased, You could hear vocals clearly, guitar, bass drums all in a well mixed session.
I have only one regret… Not being able to stay in the pit for more than 3 songs… damn rules anyways..
I think it is high time the boys get the Main Stage…. OK OK, I am supposed to be reviewing the band, so here goes…(  and So Sorry in my best Asian hooker voice.)
Jasen Moreno, is the best Lead that this band has had.  Disagree? suck it… In my previous 6 (that I remember or was sober) times seeing D.Pool, I was happiest at Rockfest KC. Now don’t get your panties in a bunch, I have been blessed to see 3 Lead vocalist, and I truly dig Jasen. Much love to those who have moved on and passed on.
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In fact, I went home and checked my schedule to see if any of my bike trips, and trips I have planned, coincided with a tour stop this summer.
 
Oops, I was talking about the quality of music….C.J, Steve and Mike Killed it.., and Thanks to C.J, who set up several good pictures…. I laugh as I say that, because I was half watching and half fumbling with my camera,,,, he glanced at me, grinned and stepped back to the edge and stayed there several times for me to get some pics…  actually, now that I wrote that, it made me think of how very well, the whole band responds to the audience…  Few people get a chance to feed on other peoples energy, you could just see it in their face and actions, they truly get it, how blessed they are to have a loyal fan base, and for me, it is always fun to see the crowd, (newbies) jamming to some rock n roll on a grassy field in a park, and then BODIES drops, and even now, people realize just how many songs they know….. well, I’m babbling now….so let’s agree to this,   Those of you who didn’t get to the Worth Harley stage, well, You missed a great band. Jump online and download a song or two from each album,  and listen to those tunes, the radio wasn’t paid to promote, you know the songs that the guys put blood and tears and joy into making…. and for the love of God, Go see them next time.
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6 out of 6 strings
 
Peace
 
Michael Bridges
aka  LUCKY MAN
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Fable Cry Drops Video For, “Dead or Alive (For Now),”

Theatrical scamp rockers, Fable Cry just dropped a spectacular video, “Dead or Alive (For Now),” from their latest album, We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are 

 

They’ve been featured on premiere horror and music sites including Rue Morgue, Horror Society, Fangoria, Bloody-Disgusting, Absolute Punk,  The Deli and PopMatters to name a few. 

 

“Dead or Alive (For Now)” has a unique spooky vibe reminiscent of film composer Danny Elfman and his Nightmare Before Christmas score. (Horror Society).

For more information, contact meijin@theoutletmusic.com

5:40 Releases Debut Album “Unique”

Arkansas-based Psycho-Rap artists, 5:40, will release their debut album May 27, 2016.

A mix of psycho-rap, hard rock, and country-rap, this album showcases the diversity of talent in these young artists.  Michael ?Treehouse Mike? Oglesbee and  Thomas ?Nitrous? Filiatreau combine to create a rap style that is intense and forceful.

The addition of Chasity Filiatreau?s vocals on ?Heartless Darkness? brings a feeling of drama and beauty to the darkness of the song.

About 5:40

5:40 is a rap/hip-hop group from Saline County, Arkansas.  The groups consists of two performers that go by ?Nitrous? and ?Treahouse Mike.?  Both members of 5:40 are very strict and passionate about their work, emphasizing on speaking their lyrics clearly as well as being able to be understood by listeners.  This intense music-making duo generates more and more fans with each performance.

Gathering new followers from all walks of life, 5:40 appeals to fans who are normally loyal to other genres such as Country, Metal, and Rock.  This sets the bar for new music.

With the ability to gain such diverse listeners, 5:40 is an unstoppable force to be reckoned wtih, spreading their message through Hardcore Hip-Hop in every city they play.

Track List

  1. Unique
  2. Way Back in the Woods
  3. The Madness(ft. Mederro
  4. Crank It Up
  5. Welcome to the Ark (ft. Mederro, 607, and S.J.)
  6. Chosen (ft. iWreck ? Dart and Donnie)
  7. Chaotic
  8. Shut It Down (ft. Flip Robinson)
  9. Heartless Darkness (ft. Chasity Filiatreau)
  10. Underground (ft. Wes Robertson)
  11. Creep (ft. Gotti Man)
  12. Bump in the Night (ft. K.E.V.)
  13. Save Me (ft. Mederro)
  14. Save Me
  15. Battlefield

If you are in the Little Rock area, be sure to catch them live May 29 at the Revolution Music Room (Rev Room).

STATEMENT FROM DAVE MUSTAINE REGARDING THE PASSING OF NICK MENZA

I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza’s passing. Shocked, devastated, and saddened don’t begin to describe my feelings.

Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn?t take long for us to realize he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. We asked Nick to join Megadeth as our drummer in 1989. At the time, the band already had its first platinum album, which only served to stoke the fire. We all wanted world domination- with so much of our lives and dreams ahead of us. As we navigated through the pitfalls of life and the music business, our first album with Nick, Rust in Peace, and subsequent albums Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia, kept up the momentum. We parted ways after Cryptic Writings. We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout.

As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun. There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons it never came together. We’ve been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger than life personality.

The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick’s children. All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

My deepest condolences go out to Nick’s family.

Dave Mustaine

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST TICKETS AND VIP PACKAGES ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 20

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, arguably the unholiest musical union of all time, will offer concert-goers a variety of ticketing and camping options to experience a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet.

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST ticketing and camping packages include some unique offerings including a personal photo opportunity with Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi & Geezer Butler), collectible and commemorative items, VIP “Fast Lane” entry into the festival, pit pass, reserved seating and VIP parking. Theseand many other amenities are available via a variety of ticketing packages (additional details below). Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes. VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500. Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00. Additional details on camping and ticketing options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (PT).

Last week (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA, representatives from some of the 40 acts on the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST bill gathered together to reveal the merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock–OZZFEST, celebrating its 20th anniversary,and KNOTFEST, which debuted in 2012. Beyond the festival namesakes Ozzy Osbourne (with Geezer Butler) and Corey Taylor (with fellow Slipknot members, Shawn “Clown” Crahan and DJ Sid Wilson), Sharon Osbourne; David Draiman, Disturbed; Scott Ian, Anthrax; Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society; Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed; Jill Janus, Huntress; Dave Lombardo, Dead Cross; and Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence all were on hand for the historic announcement.

The line-up for OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST, Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST), at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA, is as follows, with both OZZFEST and KNOTFEST dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Saturday’s OZZFEST will be headlined by Black Sabbath–marking their last Southern California performance ever as part of the band’s final tour–and Sunday’s KNOTFEST bill is topped by the festival’s namesake, Slipknot. In the longtime OZZFEST tradition of continuing to support the music for which it was created, both line-ups will again feature many acts that OZZFEST and KNOTFEST fans have seen at previous outings in both the U.S. or internationally. OZZFEST alumni appearing this year include Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, and Kataklysm, while Sunday’s KNOTFEST bill will feature OZZFEST alumni Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and Trivium. KNOTFEST returning artists include Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Trivium, Suicide Silence, Butcher Babies, Man with A Mission, Whitechapel and SIM.

OZZFEST Line-up
Saturday, September 24

MAIN STAGE: Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE: Children of Bodom, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up
Sunday, September 25

MAIN STAGE: Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE: Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Whitechapel, Combichrist, Death Angel, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

GRUESOME: Dimensions Of Horror From Death-Hailing Supergroup Streaming In Full At Noisey; Record To See Release Tomorrow Via Relapse

“GRUESOME is focused on breathing new life and aggression into a specific kind of timeless sound. In less than twenty minutes, Dimensions Of Horror shows that there is still so much that can be done with these familiar ideas, especially on the menacing title track which closes out the EP’s brief run.” — Noisey

Today, Vice’s mega music portal, Noisey, is streaming Dimensions Of Horror, the latest EP from Death-hailing supergroup, GRUESOME, in its punishing entirety. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official unveiling via Relapse Records.

Issues Noisey of the offering, “Everything about Dimensions Of Horror feels like it could have been brought into existence circa 1987. From the Lovecraftian horror on the cover, designed by legendary artist Ed Repka, to the searing solos and phlegmatic vocals on songs with titles like ‘Forces Of Darkness’ and ‘Amputation,’ each element on display fits so perfectly into the blueprint of classic Floridian death metal that you’d surely be forgiven for disbelieving that Dimensions Of Horror is brand new material from some of today’s most prolific death metal musicians. Given that GRUESOME’s seeds were planted on the Death To All tours by drummer Gus Rios and Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey, it makes perfect sense that this loving homage to Death is so appropriately executed.”

Get gruesome with Dimensions Of Horror, now playing at Noisey alongside an interview with Matt Harvey, at THIS LOCATION.

Produced by the band and co-produced and recorded by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions Of Horror is a grisly salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of classic, bone-breaking, death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, savage, and irresistible.

Dimensions Of Horror is due out May 20th, 2016 on CD/LP/CS/Digital worldwide.

Over the past year, GRUESOME has performed at numerous festivals worldwide, including Full Terror Assault Fest, Obscene Extreme America, and Netherlands Deathfest. The band has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore this coming May 26th through the 29th. Stay tuned for more festival announcements.

GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized In Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support. After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to the band. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast.

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released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and was subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the following year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full-length Savage Land, a truly harrowing slab of Leprosy-styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME is humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for the record has reflected the band’s dedication. Now, GRUESOME has returned stronger than ever with their new EP Dimensions Of Horror. With an all-star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOME is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.

“100 percent slash-and-burn bangers. Harvey’s insane vocal delivery on ‘Raped By Darkness’ is a real treat for Leprosy-era enthusiasts. It’d be the EP’s high point if it weren’t for the title track, one of the catchiest death metal songs since Death Breath, if not ever. 9/10” — Decibel

“Dimensions Of Horror is an EP that you are going to want to come back to time and time again because it is fun, powerful, and concise. Every riff fucking slays and every guitar solo has that wonderful singable quality that made Chuck [Schuldiner]’s playing so great. Matt Harvey and the gang have outdone themselves with music that reminds us just how far of the game Death was at every phase of their careers.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“Between amazing riffs, perfect grooves, and just the right amount of growl and inarticulation in the vocals, Dimensions Of Horror raises the bar for GRUESOME.” – Glacially Musical

“GRUESOME still revels in Death worship – but it’s good Death worship. Just like their previous release, Dimensions Of Horror makes the usual retro-death metal vicious and energetic… there’s no doubt that you are going to enjoy each listen.” – Dead Rhetoric

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Announces The Transcending The Coma Fall Co-Headlining Tour With Devin Townsend Project

Two of progressive metal’s most influential bands — BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and Devin Townsend Project — will join forces for the Transcending The Coma co-headlining tour this Fall. The trek will run from September 9th through October 15th and includes support from Fallujah. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 20th at 10:00am local time online or through local venue ticket outlets.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be performing their most recent album, Coma Ecliptic, in its entirety. This will be the first time the album will be performed live in full. Comments bassist Dan Briggs, “The songs on Coma Ecliptic came together in 2014 — and some of them even earlier than that — so it feels amazing to finally present the album live in full, the way it was intended to be heard. It’s our most theatrical album yet and we’ll be looking to bring that element to the stage as best we can; not to mention how great it will be to share the stage with Devin and crew again.”

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME:
5/22/2016 Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH
w/ Devin Townsend Project, Fallujah:
9/09/2016 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
9/10/2016 Music Farm – Charleston, SC
9/11/2016 The Plaza – Orlando, FL
9/12/2016 Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
9/13/2016 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
9/15/2016 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/16/2016 Playstation Theater – New York, NY
9/17/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Sabaton
9/18/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
9/20/2016 The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
9/21/2016 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
9/22/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
9/23/2016 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/24/2016 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
9/25/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
9/27/2016 The Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/5/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
10/6/2016 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
10/7/2016 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
10/8/2016 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV *
10/9/2016 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/11/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID *
10/12/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
10/13/2016 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/14/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/15/2016 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
* No Devin Townsend Project

Upon release in July 2015, Coma Ecliptic debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top 200, and #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart, Vinyl Chart, Amazon Hard Rock Chart, and Amazon Metal Chart. In addition, the album charted on the iTunes Rock Chart at #2, the Canada Hard Music Chart at #3, the UK Rock/Metal Chart at #4, the UK Independent Chart at #10, the Canada Top 200 Chart at #17, the Canada Top 200 Digital Chart at #22, the Germany Top 100 Chart at #53, and the UK Album chart at #74. Rolling Stone called the record, “a 68-minute cosmic opera.”

GHOUL: Notorious Cannibalistic Creepsylvanians Release “Wall Of Death” As Part Of Decibel’s Flexi Series; Band To Devour The Living On Tour With Carcass This Summer

The notorious cannibalistic Creepsylvanians in GHOUL have just released “Wall Of Death.” Recorded exclusively for Decibel’s Flexi Series, the tune serves as a precursor to their new full-length, set for release in the coming months via Tankcrimes (details forthcoming). “It is our duty and pleasure to commit to the Decibel Flexi Series this, our greatest achievement ever,” proclaims Digestor, doer of deviousness, “‘Wall Of Death;’ a song that tells a chilling tale of savage dictatorship, brutal oppression, and large-scale unreinforced masonry. Enjoy, won’t you?”

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In conjunction with the release of their new record, GHOUL will level the stages of seventeen venues supporting Carcass and Crowbar this Summer. The One Foot In The Grave Tour 2016 will commence on July 17th and run through August 8th with additional support provided by Night Demon.

GHOUL w/ Carcass, Crowbar, Night Demon:
7/17/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
7/19/2016 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
7/20/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
7/22/2016 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
7/23/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/24/2016 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
7/25/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
7/27/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/29/2016 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
7/30/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
7/31/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
8/01/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore MD
8/02/2016 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
8/03/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
8/04/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
8/05/2016 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT

GHOUL unleashed their We Came For The Dead!!! release on vinyl last year. Initially unveiled in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic delivering a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of Creepsylvania, where they’ve since waged war on mortals with full anonymity. The vinyl edition of We Came For The Dead!!! includes a GHOULed out rendering of Megadeth’s “Skull Beneath The Skin” and is out now on Tankcrimes.

Black Sabbath, Slipknot Headline Ozzfest, Knotfest Weekend

Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor announced that Ozzfest and Knotfest would be joining forces for a standalone mega-fest this fall at a press conference Thursday. The event, officially dubbed Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, will feature Black Sabbath’s final California concert. Sharon Osbourne introduced the artists at the press conference, which included Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Zakk Wylde and members of Anthrax, Hatebreed and others.

Jose Mangin of SiriusXM started the show off, introducing the Godmother of Metal herself, Sharon Osbourne. She proudly announced the marriage of the two families of Ozzfest and Knotfest. Bringing her creation and Slipknot?s ? fest.? She announced it as ?Ozzfest Meets Knotfest? officially merging the two fests. SiriusXM?s Jose Margin, as one would expect, enthusiastically introduced just a small portion of a heavyweight lineup!!! Disturbed?s David Draiman, Hatebreed?s Jamey Jasta, former Slayer and current Dead Cross drummer Dave Lombardo, Anthrax?s Scott Ian, Zakk Wylde, Huntress? Jill Janus, and Suicide Silence?s Eddie Hermida.

Sharon was quick to remind, some of the senior metal heads and educate the younglings that Ozzfest helped revive metal and gave the fans and bands a monster avenue to show their stuff, during the era of auto tuned boybands!! Not only did Ozzfest bring us an amazing string of summer tours, it was the kicking off point for fellow headliners? Slipknot.

The show will be over 2 days, September 24 and 25 out San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds. Sat is for Ozzfest and Sunday is dedicated to Knotfest? This, by the way, is where Ozzfest made its debut 20 years ago!!!

The line up for both days are sure to please everyone? A mix of the old and new?

Ozzfest: Sept. 24
Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25
Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
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Sept 24 also marks, according to Mr. Geezer Butler the final Sabbath show… in California? Ozzy added that he believed that this would also mark the final Ooziest. If that is the case for both, what an amazing send off for two of the best things ever to happen for metal music lovers of the past 4 decades!!!

After all the legends on the stage left, the crowd was treated to Zakk Wylde?s Zakk Sabbath? They treated us to a hour + long bombastic set, that included epic blistering Zakk solos, amazing vocals, the thundering beats by Joey C, and of course Blasko rounding out the rhythm section. If that wasn?t enough Corey came out as Number 8 as did David from Disturbed to lend their vocals to legendary Sabbath tunes.

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MISTUR In Memoriam

 

It?s been a long wait since Norway?s MISTUR made its mark on the world with their critically acclaimed debut, Attende. Fortunately, the wait has not been in vain. The band?s latest full-length, In Memoriam, sees MISTUR return with a masterpiece fielding long and layered arrangements, clever melodies and progressive elements mixed with its signature brand of ?Sognametal.?

MISTUR was forged in Sogndal, Norway by Espen Bakketeig and Andre Raunehaug, and joined shortly thereafter by Stian Bakketeig (Vreid, ex-Windir, ex-Cor Scorpii). Following just one demo, they landed a deal with Einheit Produktionen, who would release the band?s critically-adored Attende debut in. Apart from some festival shows and a tour however, the band fell dormant for a short time, before the work on the follow up album started.

With new vocalist Oliver Øien and new drummer Tomas Myklebust, MISTUR is back and more potent than ever bevore. In Memoriam was captured in Conclave and Earshot Studios as well as the band?s private studio, produced by MISTUR mainman Espen Bakketeig, and mixed by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Black Hole Generator, Vulture Industries). With In Memoriam, MISTUR brings new elements into the ?Sognametal? style without loosing its unique core. The album is a must for all fans of Windir, but will certainly appeal to fans Amon Amarth, Insomnium, and Månegarm.

In a 4/5 review, Sputnik Music elaborates, ?the ?bigger is better,? or in this case, the ?grandeur is grander, attitude has been taken into account in more ways than just one with MISTUR‘s latest? Every motif, every change of direction, every placement, all points towards a larger image. The unknown, impending doom induced by MISTUR‘s ruinous forays is magnificent. It may not extend its arms into the realms of pure ingenuity, but In Memoriam is 2016’s Brobdingnagian king.? In an 8/10 rating, Soundscape Magazine concurs, ?In Memoriam is a great album, and one you?ll keep wanting to come back to. A highly recommended listen, particularly for those who are fans of Windir,? while Eternal Terror notes in a near-perfect 5.5/6 verdict, ?The dark vocals are superb, while the clean version adds to the national-romantic feel of the music, add flawless sound and production and MISTUR is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and a serious contender to album of the year.? Adds No Clean Singing of the track ?Distant Peaks,? specifically, ?The song really does sound like the majestic soundtrack to a mythic saga ? it?s panoramic, sweepingly powerful, and warlike, and the guitar and keyboard hooks are sharp as scalpels. When the storming pace slows, the music becomes heart-aching, but no less compelling. The tale told in the lyrics fires the blood, too.?

Already issued in Europe late last month via Dark Essence Records, the label will unleash In Memoriam in North America on May 27th, 2016.

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