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IRON REAGAN Announce Australian Tour

Richmond, Virginia’s IRON REAGAN released their Relapse Records debut The Tyranny of Will in the fall of 2015 This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.

After spending most of 2014 on the road, IRON REAGAN shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Today the band is stoked to announce their first ever Australian Tour. IRON REAGAN are set to head down under April 7th in Wollongong, NSW and wraps up April 11th in Melbourne, VIC

Before they head to Australia, IRON REAGAN The band will crisscross North America alongside Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed and Black Crown Initiate. The tour begins January 27th in Miami, FL and runs through February 28th in Houston, TX.

The Tyranny of Will is available in multiple configurations and formats, including standard CD, Deluxe CD that features a bonus track, cassette, LP and Digital Download.

Fronted by the venomously lyrical Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), on paper IRON REAGAN is a Richmond, Virginia super group (the band also features Phil Hall of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, etc. as well as Ryan Parrish formerly of Darkest Hour together with members of Mammoth Grinder).

IRON REAGAN is:
Tony Foresta – Vocals
Phil Hall – Guitar
Mark Bronzino – Guitar
Rob Skotis – Bass
Ryan Parrish – Drum

IRON REAGAN:

***All dates w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate***

Jan 27 Miami, FL Grand Central*
Jan 28 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater*
Jan 29 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade*
Jan 30 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s*
Jan 31 Baltimore, MD Soundstage*
Feb 02 New York, NY Gramercy Theater*
Feb 03 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
Feb 04 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb 05 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
Feb 06 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Feb 07 Worcester, MA Palladium*
Feb 08 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater*
Feb 09 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom*
Feb 10 Chicago, IL Reggie’s*
Feb 11 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam*
Feb 12 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
Feb 13 Regina, SK The Exchange
Feb 14 Calgary, AB Republik
Feb 15 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Feb 17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater**
Feb 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven #
Feb 19 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Feb 20 Oakland, CA Metro ##
Feb 21 Fresno, CA Strummers ##
Feb 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Feb 23 Tempe, AZ Club Red ##
Feb 24 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ##
Feb 25 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall ##
Feb 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater ##
Feb 27 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey ##
Feb 28 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s ##

* w/ Ringworm # w/ Theories
** w/ Dayglo Abortions ## w/ Phobia

**Australian Tour**
April 07 Wollongong, NSW Yours and Owls
April 08 Brisbane, QLD Crowbar
April 09 Newcastle, NSW Cambridge Hotel
April 10 Sydney, NSW Bald Face Stag
April 11 Melbourne, VIC The Tote

**European Festival Dates**

Jun 18-20 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell 2015
Jun 19 Clisson, France Hellfest
Jun 25 Milano, Italy Solomacello Festival
Jul 07 Tabor, Czech Republic Mighty Sounds
Jul 18 Albi, France Xtreme Fest

MARDUK launch video clip for title track of “Frontschwein”

Panzer dawn …

MARDUK have launched the video for the title track of their new album “Frontschwein.” Feuer frei!

“Frontschwein” – the 13th studio album from MARDUK and the band’s first solely war-themed album since 1999’s legendary release “Panzer Division Marduk” – was released in Europe this week and set for release in North America on February 10, 2015.

The album is available as CD Jewelcase, LP (gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl, booklet) and limited CD Mediabook (with alternate layouts and one bonus track).

“Frontschwein” tracklist:
Frontschwein
The Blond Beast
Afrika
Wartheland
Rope Of Regret
Between The Wolf-Packs
Nebelwerfer
Falaise: Cauldron Of Blood
Doomsday Elite
503
Thousand-Fold Death
Warschau III: Necropolis (Mediabook bonus track, in cooperation with ARDITI)

In February and March MARDUK will hit European stages to present you “Frontschwein” live, supported by Belphegor as special guest.

In April MARDUK will team up with Six Feet Under, Vader and Hate for the HATEFEST tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Tour dates can be viewed below.

MARDUK live:

JAPAN 2015
Jan 22 – Osaka – Nanba Rockets
Jan 23 – Nagoya – Imaike Club 3Star
Jan 24 – Tokyo – Shibuya Cyclone
Jan 25 – Tokyo – Shibuya Garret

EUROPEAN HEADLINER tour with Belphegor (special guest) and two support acts
19.02.2015 HOL Rotterdam / Baroeg
20.02.2015 HOL Eindhoven / Effenaar
21.02.2015 HOL Sneek / Het Bolwerk
22.02.2015 BEL Vosselaar / Biebob
23.02.2015 UK Plymouth / The Hub
24.02.2015 UK Manchester / Academy 3
25.02.2015 UK Glasgow / Audio
26.02.2015 UK London / Underworld
27.02.2015 FR Paris / Divan du Monde
28.02.2015 CH Monthey / Pont Rouge
01.03.2015 FR Toulouse / Dynamo
03.03.2015 SP Madrid / Caracol
04.03.2015 SP Barcelona / Apolo
06.03.2015 ITA Turin / Cafe Liber
07.03.2015 ITA Brescia / Circolo Colony
08.03.2015 SLO Nova Gorica / Mostovna

HATEFEST 2015 with Six Feet Under, Vader and Hate
02.04.2015 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.04.2015 AT – Wien, Gasometer
04.04.2015 CH – Pratteln, Z7
05.04.2015 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle
06.04.2015 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
07.04.2015 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
08.04.2015 DE – Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
09.04.2015 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10.04.2015 DE – Geiselwind, Musichall
11.04.2015 DE – München, Backstage
12.04.2015 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof

ABYSMAL DAWN Confirm New Headline Dates Tour With 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer

ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album Obsolescence last fall via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.

In support of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN will hit the road again this winter. This run starts with a string of headline dates that kick off February 1st in Las Vegas, NV and run through February 6th in Panama Beach, FL. Following those dates, ABYSMAL DAWN will join up with 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer on February 8th in Tampa, FL and will run through February 23rd in New York, NY. ABYSMAL DAWN will also return to Europe this March as part of The Death to All Tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

During the process of recording the album the band shot performance videos for the song “Perfecting Slavery”. Head HERE to see the band perform the song together. The song also features a guest guitar solo from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession, Alkaloid)

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision.

ABYSMAL DAWN:

Feb 02 Farmington, NM Studio 18
Feb 03 Amarillo, TX The Wreck Room
Feb 04 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
Feb 05 Birmingham, AL The Syndicate Lounge
Feb 06 Panama City, FL A&M Theater

***All dates w/ 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer***

Feb 08 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Feb 10 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
Feb 11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Feb 12 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
Feb 14 Los Angeles, CA The Complex
Feb 15 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Feb 16 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
Feb 17 Salt Lake City, UT Area 51
Feb 18 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Feb 19 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Feb 20 Joliet, IL Mojoe’s
Feb 21 Cleveland, OH Roc Bar
Feb 22 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
Feb 23 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

***Feb 27 to March 22 dates w/ Death DTA Tours and Loudblast***

Feb 27 Bocum, DE Matrix
Feb 28 Endohoven, NL Dynamo
Mar 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Mar 02 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Mar 03 Dublin, IR Academy
Mar 04 Manchester, UK Club Academy
Mar 05 Paris, FR Trabendo
Mar 06 Zurich, CH Alte Kaserne
Mar 07 Munich, DE Theaterfabrik
Mar 08 Ludwisburg, DE Rockfabrik
Mar 09 Romagnano Sesia, IT RnR Arena
Mar 11 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 12 Wien, AT Szene
Mar 13 Cracov, PL Fabryka
Mar 14 Gdansk, PL B 90
Mar 15 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Mar 16 Berlin, DE K 17
Mar 17 Wurzburg, DE Posthalle
Mar 18 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Mar 19 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
Mar 20 Stockholm, SE Klubben
Mar 21 Oslo, NO Vulkan
Mar 22 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio

***All dates with Enfold Darkness***

Mar 25 Baltimore, MD Sidebar Tavern
Mar 26 Fairfax, VA Fat Tuesday’s
Mar 27 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Mar 28 Murfreesboro, TN Wall Street

KEEP OF KALESSIN: Norwegian Black Metal Legion To Release New Full-Length In North America

Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, will unleash their long-anticipated new full-length in North America next month via Indie Recordings.

Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date. As grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom, Epistemology highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

Simply and accurately crowned a, “flawless release from KEEP OF KALESSIN,” by Metal Wani in an early review of the record, Epistemology — a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge — fuses the prime qualities of traditional ’80s heavy metal, thrash, death and black metal into a smouldering album that is at once epic and extreme; brutal and elegant; engaging and empowering!

Epistemology Track Listing:
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
5. Necropolis
6. Universal Core
7. Introspection
8. Epistemology

VATTNET VISKAR kicks off US trek

 

Having recently completed a North American tour with PALLBEARER and TOMBS, New Hampshire’s VATTNET VISKAR is now ready to get back on the road again! See below for all upcoming dates.

VATTNET VISKAR live 2015:
Jan. 21, 2015 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Jan. 22, 2015 – The Avenue – Lansing, MI
Jan. 23, 2015 – Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jan. 31, 2015 – Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH
Feb. 1, 2015 – Stamps – Tonawanda, NY
Feb. 2, 2015 – Just Be Cause – Ithaca, NY
May 21, 2015 – Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

Currently recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, Sky Swallower (2013), with producer Sanford Parker (TWILIGHT, PELICAN), VATTNET VISKAR’s next album promises to boast more of the crushingly ambient metal that earned the quartet “album of the year” accolades in the past. For a preview of Sky Swallower, be sure to check out the video for “Breath Of The Almighty”. Sky Swallower can be purchased digitally at iTunes or in a variety of physical formats at CM Distro.

Inter Arma Announce North American Tour Dates with Yautja

Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest. A complete listing of tour dates is available below.

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.

Inter Arma Tour Dates:

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

Noisey Premieres VENOM’s “Grinding Teeth”

VENOM are metal royalty and they remain as relevant ever as they gear up to release their new album From the Very Depths, which sounds as though Cronos and co. crawled from the very depths of hell itself to bring you this maximum metal opus.

Today, January 20, Noisey premieres the brand new song “Grinding Teeth” from From the Very Depths, out January 27 via Spinefarm. It’s so metal that iron ore runs through every vein and ventricle. Go ahead and grind!

EYEHATEGOD: Louisiana Volume Dealers To Kick Off 2015 Live Invasion

Louisiana volume dealers, EYEHATEGOD, are readying for another bout of live demolitions this month commencing with a set of California rumblings through Bakersfield, Lancaster, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo and Fresno. From there, the band will head east to sonically traumatize Boston, Massachusetts, Clifton, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York for two nights and a very special show in Baltimore, Maryland with the Cro Mags, Saint Vitus and Misery Index!

EYEHATEGOD:
1/22/2015 Jerry’s Pizza & Pub – Bakersfield, CA
1/23/2015 Moose Lodge – Lancaster, CA
1/24/2015 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
1/25/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA
1/26/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA
2/04/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston MA
2/05/2015 The Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ
2/06/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/07/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/08/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Cro Mags, Saint Vitus, Misery Index

EYEHATEGOD continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Commended for its, “brilliant riffs,” and, “barely contained aural violence,” and deemed, “a worthy addition to the band’s already impenetrable legacy,” by Stereoboard, the record was unleashed last May via Housecore and continues to floor the masses, placing among year end lists globally including the coveted #1 spot of Spin’s 20 Best Albums Of 2014 who gushed, “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.” Snagging the #14 spot of their Best Metal Albums Of 2014, Pitchfork 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 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.” Elsewhere, EyeHateGod earned the #14 position on Wondering Sounds’ 25 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 who championed a, “symphony of sickness from five ill-fated souls who’ve suffered the wrath of drug addiction, industry hardships, natural disasters and the death of band mates and friends,” #8 on OC Weekly’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 praising the band’s eclectic, “Southern influenced, doomy, stoner metal mix of equal parts Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Trouble, Black Flag and the Melvins that many newer bands often emulate, but none can replicate,” and #2 on Exclaim’s Top Ten Metal And Hardcore Albums Of 2014 who crowned EyeHateGod the band’s, “best material of their 25-year career.”

Over two-and-a-half decades, EYEHATEGOD have 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. Though it was a long time between riffs, EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before. EyeHateGod personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the “N’awlins” sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity. EyeHateGod is an exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come.

CARACH ANGREN release new track, “Killed And Served By The Devil”

Extreme metal conjurers CARACH ANGREN have premiered a new track off their forthcoming album ‘This is No Fairy Tale’. The track, titled “Killed And Served By The Devil” is streaming now at Metal Underground.

‘This Is No Fairy Tale’ will be released by Season of Mist on January 27, 2015 in North America (January 25 worldwide) across multiple formats including LP and CD, limited edition Digibox, and a special bundle including an extremely limited CARACH ANGREN mask. The artwork is above and the tracklisting for ‘This Is No Fairy Tale’ can be seen below.

CARACH ANGREN previously premiered “There’s No Place Like Home” here. The video was directed and animated by acclaimed graphic artist Costin Chioreanu (AT THE GATES, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE).

Track List
1. Once upon a Time
2. There’s No Place Like Home
3. When Crows Tick on Windows
4. Two Flies Flew into a Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming of a Nightmare in Eden
6. Possessed by a Craft of Witchery
7. Killed and Served by the Devil
8. The Witch Perished in Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After

‘This Is No Fairy Tale’ was recorded at Tidalwave Studio in Karlsruhe, Germany with Patrick Damiani (FALKENBACH)). The follow-up to 2012’s ‘Where The Corpses Sink Forever’ was mixed by acclaimed producer Peter Tägtgren (DIMMU BORGIR, IMMORTAL, SEPTICFLESH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS)

1349 announce more headlining US tour dates

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have added more shows to their headlining U.S. tour. New dates include shows in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and more. Support on this tour comes from ORIGIN, ABYSMAL DAWN, and WOLVHAMMER. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

In addition to the full U.S. tour, 1349 has also announced an exclusive performance as part of this year’s “70000 Tons of Metal” cruise alongside VENOM, DESTRUCTION and more.

1349’s critically acclaimed new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’was recently for a Spellemann award, (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) in the in the “Best Metal Album” category.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.”

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer
1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves” here. “Slaves” is the lead track from ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’.

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

1349 Tour dates:
01/22-26 Miami, FL @ 70000 tons of Metal Cruise (1349 Only)
02/08 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
02/09 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
02/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
02/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
02/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
02/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
02/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
02/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
02/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
02/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
02/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/19 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
02/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
02/21 Cleveland, OH @ Roc Bar
02/22 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Championship Bar
02/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
02/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
02/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
2/26 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

UNLEASHED Enter Studio to Record New Album!

Legendary Swedish Viking Death Metal outfit UNLEASHED are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed Odalheim album. The new album is being recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The title of the record is still a secret but expect it to be released tentatively in the spring of 2015 via Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Johnny Hedlund states:
?Warriors!!! We are almost finished with the recordings of the new album. We are naturally very excited about this new release and are looking forward to hear your comments about it. This album takes over exactly where Odalheim left off, both music and story wise. Looking forward to see you all in a Viking hall soon. Hail Odin! Johnny & The Boys?

With their blend of melody and brutality, UNLEASHED are one of the founders of Viking death metal. Their riffs are pure shrapnel and their choruses are epic – melting uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to Odin.

UNLEASHED?s latest record Odalheim was released in April 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

NECROWRETCH posts new track, “Feast Off Their Doom”, online; reveals artwork and details for new album, ‘With Serpents Scourge’

With Serpents Scourge, the second diabolic opus from NECROWRETCH, will be released through Century Media Records on February 16th in Europe and February 24th in North America (digital only). The album will be available on CD, LP, and digitally; vinyl collectors, be sure not to miss the album on dark green vinyl! This version is limited worldwide to only 100 copies and can exclusively be purchased at CM Distro.

For a preview of With Serpents Scourge, fans can check out the new track, “Feast Off Their Doom”;

Possessed by Satan and with an urge to deliver one of the most blasphemous albums ever recorded on French soil, NECROWRETCH channeled all of their sinister powers and spewed out nine tracks dripping with utter blasphemy, depravity and vileness that have no equal. The album was mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony (NECROPHOBIC, DISSECTION, ASPHYX, NECROS CHRISTOS, etc.).

Be prepared for the storm of the Antichrist!

With Serpents Scourge track-listing:
1. Black Death Communion
2. Feast Off Their Doom
3. With Serpents Scourge
4. By Evil And Beyond
5. The Bells Of Evil Schism
6. He Thrones On Thy Sins
7. Even Death May Die
8. Infernal Imprecation
9. Mortem Ritu

NECROWRETCH line-up:
Vlad – guitars, vocals
Amphycion – bass
Ilmar – drums

MORGOTH announces details for new album, ‘Ungod'; launches new track, “Black Enemy”

After 19 years, the deadly teutonic death metal force of MORGOTH returns with a new studio album: Ungod. Due out March 30th in Europe and April 7th in North America via Century Media Records, Ungod will contain 11 tracks of dark and dismal death metal, combining the untamed ferocity of MORGOTH’s infamous EPs with the atmospheric density of the band’s two legendary albums, Cursed and Odium.

For a preview of this upcoming release, be sure to check out the new track “Black Enemy”:

MORGOTH comments on the new album and the new track as follows:

“After 18 years we can finally present a first glimpse at our new full-length album, ‘Ungod’! We started with the songwriting in January 2013 and finished the recording process by the end of December 2014. It was an awesome experience to go through the sometimes very complex and challenging process of writing and recording an album again.

Our goal was to present some real MORGOTH-style Death Metal, which closes the gap between ‘Cursed’ and ‘Odium’. We hope that we have achieved this goal and our supporters and friends will like the final outcome.

The idea behind the song ‘Black Enemy’ is that this evil force rests within all of us and all we can do is trying to keep that beast under control. The ‘Black Enemy’ represents the dark and destroying part inside of us and the lyrics deal with someone who is not able to control it anymore, committing a murder in the end”.

Ungod was recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2014 by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Tonstudio in the band’s initial home-area of Sauerland / Germany, after having already successfully tested the studio for the God Is Evil EP.

MORGOTH recently parted ways with longtime vocalist Marc Grewe, who was replaced by Karsten “Jagger” Jäger (also in DISBELIEF). Jagger has already proven being the perfect fit for MORGOTH at his live debut in December, and his performance on Ungod will further solidify the choice.

Be prepared for the return of MORGOTH and the coming of the Ungod.

MORGOTH live 2015:
Jan. 17 – Pretzschendorf / Dresden, Germany – Break The Silence Festival
Feb. 20 – Bergen, Norway – Blastfest
Mar. 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Bambi Galore *
Mar. 27 – Berlin, Germany – Cassiopeia *
Mar. 28 – Würzburg, Germany – Cafe Cairo *
Mar. 29 – Wermelskirchen, Germany – AJZ Bahndamm *
June 19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 20 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 26-28 – Protzen, Germany – Protzen Open Air
July 30-Aug. 1 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13-15 – Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze Open Air
*=Ungod release shows with DESERTED FEAR as main support

BENIGHTED release second DVD track, announce Canadian headlining tour

Leading European death metal extremists BENIGHTED have premiered the second live track taken from their forthcoming live CD + DVD set, ‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’. The track, titled “Experience Your Flesh” is streaming now at Lambgoat.

‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on February 23, 2015. Pre-orders are available here. The DVD art and track list can be found below.

BENIGHTED have announced a headlining tour of Canada. The tour, which starts on Feb 26 in Quebec sees the band travel throughout the country before concluding on March 21. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Previously, the band streamed the track “Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth”.

Track list:
1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Let the Blood Spill between My Broken Teeth
4. Collapse
5. Experience Your Flesh
6. Carnivore Sublime
7. Prey
8. Grind Wit
9. Fritzl
10. Collection of Dead Portraits
11. Slaughter Suicide
12. Slut
13. Asylum Cave

BENIGHTED also recently released a video for the track “Spit”, off their new album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’. The video, featuring Niklas Kvarforth of label mates SHINING (Swe), is streaming here. “Spit” was taken from the band’s newest album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’, which was released by Season of Mist on February 18. BENIGHTED are streaming their new album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’ at bandcamp.
Updated BENIGHTED news and tour information will be made available at the Season of Mist website, and the BENIGHTED Facebook page.

Canadian tour dates:
2/26 Québec, QC @ Studio Sonum
2/27 Rimouski, QC @Cactus Show-bar
2/28 Halifax, NS @ Gus’pub
3/01 Moncton, NB @ Le Coude
3/02 Fredericton, NB @ The Capital
3/03 Arvida, QC @ K-Baret
3/04 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Électriques
3/05 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
3/06 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
3/07 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Oddfellows Hall
3/08 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/09 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
3/10 Regina, SK @ The Clud
3/11 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/12 Vernon, BC @ The Green
3/13 Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winker Bean’s
3/14 Kamloops, BC @ Dirty Jersey
3/15 Edmonton, AB @ Dv8
3/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangellis
3/17 Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn
3/19 Sudbury, ON @ Theater Cambrian
3/20 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Salle Évolu-Son
3/21 Trois-Rivières, QC @ Batisse Industrielle

Prong to release covers record this spring

PRONG will release an all covers LP titled Songs From The Black Hole in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

TRACK LISTING:

1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy’s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)

Victor continues, “With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment.”

The track list is far from traditional. With covers of artists like Neil Young, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Sisters of Mercy, the band casts their net wide. The goal, says Victor, was to explore the vast landscape that makes up the bands sound, stemming from their roots. “Since the record explores PRONG’s roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained.”

SAMAEL announce headlining festival appearance

Swiss metal legends SAMAEL have announced a rare North American festival appearance at Montreal’s Messe Des Morts Festival, where the band will play their universally lauded album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ in its entirety. Messe Des Morts runs from April 2-4 and sees the band playing alongside underground stalwarts SHINING, CULT OF FIRE, and MITOCHONDRION.

SAMAEL previously released the albums ‘Anti God’ and ‘Lux Mundi’ through Season of Mist.

Founded in 1997, SAMAEL has earned notoriety within the worldwide underground scene as a result of the band’s constant evolution in extreme music. The band’s classic album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ is considered the record that paved the way for SAMAEL’s shift from primitive black metal to their current-day fusion of extreme metal with industrial music.

BROKEN HOPE Unveils First Photos of New Lineup + Announces 2015 Festival Appearances

BROKEN HOPE recently overhauled their lineup by adding new bassist, DIEGO SORIA of DISGORGE, and new lead-guitarist, MATT SZLACHTA (ex-CHIMAIRA).

BROKEN HOPE founding-father, JEREMY WAGNER, says: “I’m far beyond delighted with our new members–Diego and Matt. Both of these guys are old friends of mine, and both are amazing musicians of the highest order. Diego’s history with extreme death-metaller’s DISGORGE and Matt’s contributions to CHIMAIRA bring a new level of professionalism and brutality to BROKEN HOPE. Moreover, Diego and Matt possess a true love for death metal and grind. Their passion for extreme metal was something their predecessors lacked–and it’s a most-welcome adrenaline-shot that BROKEN HOPE needed badly. SEE YOU ALL IN 2015–STRONGER & SICKER THAN EVER!”

BROKEN HOPE have also announced the following 2015 spring and summer European festival appearances (via Flaming Arts Management & Booking):

04/11/2015: ROYAL METAL FEST (Aarhus, DENMARK) w/DESTRUCTION & more

04/17/2015: DOOM ROTTEN DEATH FESTIVAL (BERLIN, GERMANY).

04/19/2015: NEUROTIC DEATH FEST (Tilburg, HOLLAND) w/BLOODBATH, HATE ETERNAL, IMMOLATION, INTERNAL BLEEDING, OBITUARY, & more.

04/25/2015: INSANE INSANITY FEST (Erlenbach Am Main, GERMANY) w/INTERNAL BLEEDING, INTERNAL SUFFERING, PROFANITY, & more.

07/09/2015: OBSCENE EXTREME (Trutnov, CZECH REPUBLIC) w/PIG DESTROYER, TERRORIZER, INTERNAL BLEEDING, NAUSEA, HIRAX, & more.

07/11/2015: ROCK MARATON FEST (Budapest, HUNGARY) w/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATEBREED, THE EXPLOITED, DESTRUCTION, & more.

07/25/2015: STONEHENGE FESTIVAL (Steenwijk, HOLLAND) w/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, MARDUK, HIRAX, & more.

07/30/2015: GOTHOOM FESTIVAL (Nova Bana, SLOVAKIA) w/INSOMNIUM, AGOLLOCH, CRYPTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, & more.

09/12/2015: FULL TERROR ASSUALT–OPEN AIR FESTIVAL (Cave-In-Rock, ILLINOIS). *The FIRST “OPEN AIR” Death Fest in the USA!

INQUISITION reissue discography

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION will release their entire back catalog through Season of Mist with brand new artwork by acclaimed artist Paolo Girardi. The first of these to release in North America is their second record ‘Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan’, which will be available on Feb. 24. Following the release of ‘Invoking the…’, Season of Mist will release the band’s third album, ‘Magnificent Glorification of Lucifer’ on March 24.

All of INQUISITION’s reissues will available across CD and limited edition LP formats in the highly coveted goat and cow leather variants previously seen on the release of the band’s newest album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. All INQUISITION pre-orders will be available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Tracklisting
1. Embraced by the Unholy Powers of Death and Destruction
2. Enshrouded by Cryptic Temples of the Cult
3. Kill with Hate
4. Rituals of Human Sacrifice for Lord Baal
5. Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan
6. Hail the King of All Heathens
7. The Realm of Shadows Shall Forever Reign
8. For Lucifer My Blood
9. Imperial Hymn for Our Master Satan
10. Outro

Additionally, Season of Mist will release INQUISITION’s first proper full-length, ‘Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult’ for the world outside of North America on January 26.

INQUISITION previously announced a string of headlining European tour dates in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The dates, which start on February 11 in Latvia, will see the band travel for a week before concluding in Moscow. These dates follow INQUISITION’s previously announced headlining European tour. The tour sees INQUISITION with support from ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, and BLACKDEATH. The tour kicks off on January 20 in Germany, and continues through 11 different countries. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be seen below.

INQUISITION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013″ year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

“When a new Inquisition album appears, it’s not even a question of whether it’ll be any good. It’s a matter of how good. In the case of ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the answer is “completely fucking awesome”. In fact, we’re gonna go ahead and say it’s the band’s finest hour…Call it what you want, we’ll call it the Black Metal album of 2013″ – Decibel Magazine

“Safe to say the new Inquisition record, Obscure Verses for the Multiverse, is inventive and incredible, a stellar assembly of riff-first black metal guaranteed to go down as one of the year?s finest albums, metal or otherwise.” -Stereogum

“Obscure Verses for the Multiverse is exactly what you would want to hear from Inquisition. This is a dark album that offers both heavy, mid tempo groove as well as fast and aggressive moments. The insane drumming, the eerie guitars, a few melodic passages, a lot of dissonant parts and that demonic voice behind the microphone, everything is where it is supposed to be and the end result is fucking insane.” – CVLT Nation

INQUISITION European tour dates:
*All dates with ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, BLACKDEATH
1/20/2015 Berlin, DE @ K17
1/21/2015 Krakow, PL @ Fabryka Club
1/22/2015 Prague, CZ @ Nova Chmelnice
1/23/2015 Erfurt, DE @ From Hell
1/24/2015 Munchen, DE @ Backstage
1/25/2015 Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
1/26/2015 Brescia, IT @ Circolo Colony
1/27/2015 Luxembourg, LU @ Kulturfabrik
1/28/2015 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde
1/29/2015 London, UK @ Underworld
1/30/2015 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
1/31/2015 Essen, DE @ Turock
2/1/2015 Odense, DK @ Posten
2/2/2015 Flensburg, DE @ Roxy
2/3/2015 Kassel, DE @ Rostlaube
2/4/2015 Wien, AU @ Escape Club
2/5/2015 Zürich, CH @ Alte Kaserne
2/6/2015 Huy, BE @ Atelier Rock
2/7/2015 Weinheim, DE @ Cafe Zentral
3/11/2015 Riga, LV @ Nabaklab
3/12/2015 Tallinn, EE @ Tapper
3/13/2015 Saint Petersburg, RU @ Phoenix
3/14/2015 Moscow, RU @ Seven

EXHUMED: Gore Metal Tacticians Stream “New” Requiem Of Repugnance At Revolver; North American Live Takeover With Napalm Death + Voivod Draws Near

With the re-unveiling of EXHUMED’s now-iconic full-length, Gore Metal: A Necrospective: 1998 – 2015, now just one month away, today the gatekeepers at Revolver Magazine are delighted to decimate ear holes with a renovated version of longtime live favorite, “Limb From Limb.”

Expounds vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: “So… for the second ‘single’ from our hubris-laden rerecording of Gore Metal, here’s live staple ‘Limb From Limb.’ This one has been rerecorded pretty much exactly how we’ve played it live for years now; faster and a bit punchier than the original – not to mention infinitely more audible – and with the lovely chainsaw solo in the bridge. Now that’s what I call musical development! Anyway, it’s a great tune to piss off some neighbors with and will hopefully inspire you to find new and atrocious uses for your motorized home and garden appliances. Cheers, and enjoy!”

Crowned, “a classic piece of blazing gore metal with death on its mind from start to finish,” by MetalSucks, Gore Metal was initially released in 1998. A boundary-defying audio manifestation of vile, grinding, over-the-top death metal, Gore Metal beams with charming repugnance, its raging riff subversions, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired prose and putrid cover art still repulsively alluring nearly two decades since its release.

Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio to rerecord the underground classic. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, slated for release next month via Relapse Records, maintains the bone raw aggression of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

As a precursor to the release, EXHUMED will be goring stages throughout North America with co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod later this month. Set to commence on January 27th in Miami, the band will raze nearly three-dozen municipalities, with the trek coming to a close on February 28th in Houston. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the journey.

EXHUMED:
1/24/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
1/25/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate:
1/27/2015 Grand Central – Miami, FL w/ Ringworm
1/28/2015 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Ringworm
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Presented with completely new artwork and a gaggle of detailed liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 will be unleashed via Relapse Records February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album for the price of a single CD.

ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Forbearers Unleash New Video; One Man Army Full-Length To See Release Next Month

One Man Army is the sixth studio album from Finnish folk metal forbearers, ENSIFERUM. Set to drop next month via Metal Blade Records, the predominantly analog-recorded offering was captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and delivers eleven punishingly epic odes alongside a four-track bonus CD featuring the band’s rendition of Barathrum’s “Warmetal,” Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law,” initially unveiled as the covermount CD of issue #94 of Germany’s long-running Legacy Magazine.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release, today ENSIFERUM unveils the official new video for One Man Army’s title track as well as an in-depth “making of” clip that brings fans deep into the heart of the filming session.

ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015. 70,000 Tons of Metal voyagers will be able to catch ENSIFERUM’s battle-ready live performance next week before the band kicks off a lengthy European live incursion, wielding their swords alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum. See confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM:
1/22-1/26/2015 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise – Miami, FL
2/27/2015 Pakkahuone – Tampere, FI
2/28/2015 Rytmikorjaamo – Seianajoki, FI
3/06/2015 Lutakko – Jyvaskyla, FI
3/07/2015 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
w/ Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum:
3/11/2015 Zeche – Bochum, DE
3/12/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/13/2015 Backstage – München, DE
3/14/2015 Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/15/2015 Club 202 – Budapest, HU
3/16/2015 Szene – Wien, AT
3/18/2015 Live Club – Milan, IT
3/19/2015 Les Docks – Lausanne, CH
3/20/2015 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, FR
3/21/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/22/2015 Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, FR
3/23/2015 Le Bataclan – Paris, FR
3/24/2015 O2 Academy Islington- London, UK
3/25/2015 Patronaat – Haarlem, NL
3/26/2015 Hedon – Zwolle, NL
3/27/2015 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
3/28/2015 Tivoli – Bremen, DE
3/29/2015 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE
3/30/2015 Vega – Copenhagen, DK
3/31/2015 Göta Källare – Stockholm, SE
4/01/2015 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, SE
4/02/2015 Inferno Metal Festival – Oslo, NO

Festivals Summer 2015:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest – Rasnov, DE
6/19/2015 – 6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/30/2015 – 8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/06/2015 – 8/8/2015 Party San Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. A Latin word translating to “sword bearer,” ENSIFERUM’s valiant tale begins humbly with three meticulously composed demos that raised the collective eyebrows of the extreme metal underground with their sharp and dexterous fusion of Bathory-esque darkness, Amorphis-styled melody and poignant accounts of ancient sagas and warrior quests. Released in 1999, it was the third demo, Hero In A Dream, which included the band’s first-ever integration of female vocals, that reaped the praise and support of Finland’s Spinefarm Records, where the band would remain for five conquering studio offerings.

ENSIFERUM recorded their self-titled debut in November of 2000 at Sundi-Coop Studios in Savonlinna with Tuomo Valtonen (Rapture, Nattvindens Gråt, Darkwoods My Brotherhood). Released during the new millennium’s emerging Viking metal movement, the album featured such guest musicians as Trollhorn (keyboards), Marita Toivonen (kantele) and Johanna Vakkuri (guest female vocals who first appeared on the Hero In A Dream demo). Christened, “an excellent platter of Viking metal,” by Sputnik Music, furthering that “The Finns put forth an excellent effort, one that combines heavy, yet melodic riffing, impressive, folky interludes, and fun sing/growl-along atmospheres,” the record’s methodic, yet organically-executed synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal adorned in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore sans the more kitschy humppa trappings of many of their sword-wielding peers, earned ENSIFERUM the mass reverence of fans on European shores and beyond.

Second full-length, Iron, found ENSIFERUM holed up in Copenhagen’s Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, the band’s second full-length was captured by the gifted hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, notorious for his work on such groundbreaking recordings as Metallica’s Master Of Puppets and Ride The Lightning. For the next decade, ENSIFERUM would gallop their way further into the hearts of metallers of all walks with their epic hymns and grandiose, cinematic live performances. Honing their creative skills both compositionally and thematically with each passing effort, the band’s unification of technically adept metallic guitar sweeps with the more traditional sounds of their homeland a la Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, and the gentle balance of vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos warring growls with Toivonen’s and bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka’s harmonized choruses, proved continually and deliberately infectious.

By 2013, ENSIFERUM – Toivonen, Hinkka and Lindroos alongside drummer Janne Parviainen and keyboardist/vocalist Emmi Silvennoinen – had become an international folk metal sensation having spread their valiant battle anthems to the stages of some of Europe’s most prestigious metal festivals as well as lengthy live pillagings through North America, Australia, South Africa, China, South and Central America. That year, the collective joined the legendary ranks of heavy metal powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, for the release of their sixth studio album, One Man Army.

WATAIN to kick off North American tour

Swedish black metal tyrants WATAIN will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with MAYHEM! See below for all upcoming dates.

WATAIN and MAYHEM with REVENGE:
Jan. 8, 2015–Philadelphia, PA–Union Transfer
Jan. 9, 2015–Baltimore, MD–Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 10, 2015–New York, NY–Webster Hall
Jan. 11, 2015–Boston, MA–Royale
Jan. 12, 2015–Montreal, QC–Club Soda
Jan. 13, 2015–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Jan. 15, 2015–Cleveland, OH–Agora Ballroom
Jan. 16, 2015–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Jan. 17, 2015–Minneapolis, MN–Mill City Nights
Jan. 18, 2015–Lawrence, KS–Granada Theater
Jan. 20, 2015–Denver, CO–Summit Music Hall
Jan. 23, 2015–Calgary, AB–Republik
Jan. 24, 2015–Edmonton, AB–Starlite Room
Jan. 26, 2015–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 27, 2015–Seattle, WA–El Corazon
Jan. 28, 2015–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 30, 2015–San Francisco, CA–DNA Lounge
Jan. 31, 2015–Los Angeles, CA–Fonda Theatre

WATAIN will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed fifth full-length, The Wild Hunt, which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records. Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik (Sweden), The Wild Hunt is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN’s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, the album also features clean vocals, Spanish guitars, and other musical experimentation, with the end result being “their most daring album yet” (Decibel Magazine).

ENDSTILLE announce European tour dates

Black metal war machine ENDSTILLE have announced a European tour. The dates include stops at Blast Fest (Norway), Incineration Fest (the UK) and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

ENDSTILLE are touring in support of their newest album, ‘Kapitulation 2013′. ‘Kapitulation 2013′ was released on on November 12.

Being one of Germany’s most popular black metal exports, and one of Europe’s biggest non-scandivian black metal bands, ENDSTILLE has created waves throughout the underground community, starting with the release of ‘Operation Wintersturm’ (2002). Several well-received full lengths later, ENDSTILLE eventually became a true live force, touring alongside bands such as DARK FUNERAL and NAGLFAR, and as part of various festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Motocultor, Summe Breeze, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, With Full Force Open Air, Metal Assault, and many more.

ENDSTILLE 2015 Tour Dates:
1/16 Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
1/17 Magdeburg, Germany @ Factory Magdeburg/ Dominion Club
2/21 Bergen, Norway @ Blastfest
3/28 Oberhausen, Germany @ Black’n’ Thrash Inferno
4/05 Munich, Germany @ Dark Easter Metal Meeting
5/09 London, UK @ Incineration Festival
7/24 @ Carpathian Alliance
8/14 Barth, Germany @ Barther Metal Open Air

KATAKLYSM Announce New Album Title

Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, are currently in the studio recording the follow up to their critically acclaimed Waiting for the End to Come album. The record, which has been dubbed Of Ghosts And Gods, will tentatively be released this upcoming Summer. A short teaser for the album can be viewed now via the group?s Facebook page.

Guitarist J- F Dagenais will track drums, guitars and bass for the album, while vocals will be recorded by producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process will be mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH).

KATAKLYSM has had one of their busiest years in 2014 supporting their latest gem Waiting for the End to Come. The band started a successful run that started in Australia and Japan a year ago and made its way worldwide to many countries, including some first time stops in places like Brazil and South Africa among others. This December, the campaign which saw the band play 150 shows will conclude with three shows in Mexico.

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

INQUISITION announce new headlining European tour dates

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION has announced a string of headlining European tour dates in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. The dates, which start on February 11 in Latvia, will see the band travel for a week before concluding in Moscow. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

INQUISITION previously announced a headlining European tour. The tour sees INQUISITION with support from ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, and BLACKDEATH. The tour kicks off on January 20 in Germany, and continues through 11 different countries.

Regarding the tour, founding member Dagon comments:

“The time has come to close the black circle, and journey together as one shadow by gathering what we feel is a line-up of cults that we know will offer the atmosphere we seek to bring to you. We are honored to have assembled and bring to all followers this occasion to witness live in the flesh, in support of the INQUISITION headlining tour 2015. As direct support we have chosen the beast of ARCHGOAT right out of Finland for their long dedication to Black Metal and the art of occult music in general; simply one of our favorite bands and a classic act. Equally proud to have with us will be the obscure Swedish cult ONDSKAPT casting their potent dose of highly lethal poisons, and, the unique darkened souls of BLACKDEATH from Russia evoking abstract rites of dark frequencies whom we are very proud to have joining us. From beginning to end throughout the evening, we would like to offer an occasion of ritual to the ancient ones and initiation to the newly arrived. Raise the chalice!?

INQUISITION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013″ year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

1349 announce headlining US tour, Norwegian Grammy nomination

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have announced a headlining U.S. tour. The tour, which starts on February 8 in Tampa, FL sees the band travel throughout the month before concluding in Spartanburg, SC. Support on this tour comes from ORIGIN, ABYSMAL DAWN, and WOLVHAMMER. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

In addition to the full U.S. tour, 1349 has also announced an exclusive performance as part of next year’s “70000 Tons of Metal” cruise alongside VENOM, DESTRUCTION and more.. The cruise departs from Miami, FL on Jan 22nd, and will travel for 4 days before returning.

1349’s critically acclaimed new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The new album was recently nominated for a Grammy in the band’s native Norway in the “Best Metal Album” category. The Spellemann awards will be presented on January 17.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.”

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

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

1349 Tour dates:
1/22-26 Miami, FL @ 70000 tons of Metal Cruise (1349 Only)
2/8 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
2/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
2/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
2/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex
2/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
2/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
2/21 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
2/22 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero

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