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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.

GRUESOME
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?”

https://soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine/db067

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
One

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.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off Second Leg Of North American Live Takeover Supporting Lamb Of God And Clutch

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off the second leg of their North American live takeover today, May 3rd in New Orleans, Louisiana, supporting Lamb Of God and Clutch. The trek runs through June 10th in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and follows the band’s successful headlining trek with Mothership last month. The latest stretch of dates will see the band performing some never-before-heard tunes slated for their forthcoming full-length.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Lamb Of God, Clutch:
5/03/2016 The Orpheum – New Orleans, LA
5/04/2016 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
5/05/2016 Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
5/07/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH *w/ Lo-Pan (no LOG or Clutch)
5/08/2016 Reading Eagle Theatre – Reading, PA
5/09/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
5/10/2016 House of Blues – Boston, MA
5/12/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/13/2016 Westfair Amphitheater – Council Bluffs, IA
5/14/2016 Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA (no LOG or Clutch)
5/16/2016 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, NY
5/17/2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/18/2016 Higher Ground – So. Burlington, VT w/ Clutch (no LOG)
5/19/2016 TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
5/20/2016 Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – Schaghticoke, NY
5/23/2016 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/24/2016 Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
5/25/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/27/2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/28/2016 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA
5/29/2016 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
5/31/2016 WaMu Theater @ CenturyLink Field Events – Seattle, WA
6/01/2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
6/04/2016 Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB
6/05/2016 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
6/06/2016 Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park – Saskatoon, SK
6/07/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
6/10/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN w/ Clutch, Valkyrie (No LOG)

Of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s recent performance at Brooklyn, New York’s Saint Vitus Bar, Rock Shock Pop hailed, “a blistering set of heavy, riff-centric tracks from the albums that they’ve made together over the years. On top of that, the band was clearly having a blast and seemed to be feeding off of the crowd’s energy.” Of the same evening, Local Bozo observed the, “collective energy simmering in the sweaty standing room only crowd,” punctuated by, “pumping fists, banging heads, and mosh pits engulfing the room.” Concurred Metal Assault, “nothing defines heavy music more than a CORROSION OF CONFORMITY headlining show…” The Province noted, “Anyone who loves the Southern metalpunk crew knows that when the version of the band featuring Pepper Keenan on vocals is performing, it’s CORROSION OF CONFORMITY doing its BBQ Black Sabbath best and they did… ‘Wiseblood,’ a killer extended dub jam on ‘Albatross,’ the always worthwhile ‘Vote With A Bullet’ and others had fans headbanging and punching the sky as the quartet sludged away,” while National Rock Review hailed, “a shining performance from one of the best rock bands in the world.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has been diligently working on their follow-up to 2014’s IX offering. The as-yet-untitled long player will be helmed by longtime producer John Custer, who’s recorded such prior COC classics as Deliverance, Wiseblood, America’s Volume Dealer, and In The Arms Of God. The record will mark the band’s studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan and their first full-length record together since 2005. A Fall 2016 release is expected.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012’s self-titled album and 2014’s IX to wide acclaim, but many fans have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.

The band was originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a then new lineup on 1991’s Blind album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as the group’s primary vocalist on Deliverance (1994) and Wiseblood (1996). These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of their previous albums, with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution. Since then the band has often been copied but rarely equaled. This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside such greats Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod, and many more. Eventually, following the release of In the Arms Of God in 2005, Keenan decided to focus all his energy on his hometown band Down… until now.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is:
Pepper Keenan – vocals, guitar
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals

SUNN O))) To Release Triple Live Album From First Moscow Performance; Band To Play Levitation And West Coast Shows This Week

SUNN O))) has announced the impending release of a brand new triple-LP live album, captured on the band’s first ever performance in Moscow last year, titled ??????: ?????? ? ?????? 11 ??????? 2015 (translated, NOLIFE: Alive In Moscow 11 August 2015).

In the summer of 2015, SUNN O))) was invited to perform in Moscow, Russian Federation. The experience and the concert went beyond everyone’s’ expectations…. extremely raw, punishingly loud, and ultimately transcendental. Capturing this intensity of this special show, the band’s set was recorded direct from the soundboard as well as the audience. These two recordings were conjoined and mixed by Joel Grind and mastered by Brad Boatright, both at Audiosiege. The members of SUNN O))) are grateful to the amazing audience in Moscow, all who attended, and their hosts for their gracious hospitality surrounding this performance.

Southern Lord will issue ??????: ?????? ? ?????? 11 ??????? 2015 on May 29th in a limited pressing on three slabs of 12″ vinyl housed in a Stoughton gatefold jacket with a digital download code included.

Following their massive performance at Big Ears Festival trailed by several other Southeastern US dates, SUNN O))) will travel to Austin, Texas to take part in Levitation 2016 with the likes of Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, and many more this weekend, followed by shows in Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
4/30/2016 Levitation – Austin, TX
5/02/2016 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
5/03/2016 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/06/2016 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/07/2016 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/21/2016 Moogfest – Durham, NC
6/06/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
6/07/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
6/08/2016 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
6/09/2016 El Club – Detroit, MI
6/10/2016 Hearn Generating Station – Toronto, ON @ Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival
6/11/2016 Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC @ Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival
6/14/2016 Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
6/15/2016 Vooruit – Ghent, BE
6/17/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

SUNN O)))’s current tour will be followed later this month with the band’s participation in Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina on May 21st. In June, they will tour through St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit on their way to tow major Canadian festivals; Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival on June 10th, and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal on June 11th. The band then crosses the Atlantic for shows in Amsterdam and Ghent preceding their return to Hellfest in France on June 17th.

A September 2016 European tour is to be announced soon, including a performance at the Ruhrtriennale under the artistic direction of the Dutch director Johan Simons where SUNN O))) will perform in the Turbinenhalle at an old power plant called Jahrhunderthalle Bochum; The theme of Mr. Simons’ programme is “Seid umschlungen” (be embraced) – a gesture of social, political and geographical embracement. The tour will also include a special concert at “Labirinto della Masone” (Masone Labyrinth) opened in Fontanellato, near Parma in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna.

GRUESOME Shares “Raped By Darkness” From Forthcoming Dimensions Of Horror EP

“If we’ve done our job as a band correctly, this EP should transport the listener to those days of low-budget gross-out movies and death metal demos dubbed onto blank tapes and disseminated via the postal service.” – Matt Harvey, GRUESOME.

“Raped By Darkness,” the new single from GRUESOME’s forthcoming EP Dimensions Of Horror has just premiered via Revolver Magazine.

Issuesguitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey of the latest track on deck, “‘Raped by Darkness’ is another tune that has its origins in the ‘Horror’ section of the video rental places that dotted the landscape of the mid-1980s like zits on a teenage metalhead’s face. When I was nine or ten-years-old, it was a never-ending ordeal to convince someone’s parent or guardian to rent R-rated, or even better, unrated, horror movies for me and my friends to watch. Sometimes I would just browse the aisles and be captivated by the cover art for movies like Street Trash, Future Kill, and Basket Case, which I never actually got to see until much later. Despite, or maybe because of, their limited availability, I lived for gory flicks like The Toxic Avenger, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, and Evil Dead, which is what this song is based around. In the tradition of great death metal cuts like ‘Dead By Dawn,’ and the oh-so-subtle ‘Evil Dead,’ this is an ode to Sam Raimi’s horror masterpiece, but ours is lyrically centered around one particular scene – the infamous ‘tree rape’ bit. The music is, of course, directly modeled after our raison d’etre, Death, particularly the Scream Bloody Gore era that this EP is centered around. When I first discovered death metal, back in 1989 (you know, when dinosaurs and mullets roamed the earth), it resonated with me immediately and very specifically as the audio equivalent of all those VHS movies about the occult, deranged killers, and inter-dimensional fiends. If we’ve done our job as a band correctly, this EP should transport the listener to those days of low-budget gross-out movies and death metal demos dubbed onto blank tapes and disseminated via the postal service. To fully appreciate the song and immerse yourself in the vibe we’re trying to create, we recommend cranking this tune on cassette via a $20 Radio Shack boom box with a Dark Angel sticker on it, while chugging cheap American beer (preferably stolen from someone’s parents) in an empty drainage ditch covered in graffiti while passing a joint of skunk weed around with your friends. Join us in some unabashed nostalgia.”

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 gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, 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, cassette and digitally 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.

Multi-state death metal project 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.

GRUESOME 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. Metal Injection called Savage Land, “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim gushed, “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.” 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.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Announces Diadem Of 12 Stars Reissue And North American Tour Dates

Pacific Northwest black metal clan WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will proudly re-release their 2006 debut album Diadem Of 12 Stars through their own Artemisia Records in mid-June. The album will precede the band’s first East Coast North American dates in five years.

Written almost exclusively in a windowless, black room over the long dark nights of Winter 2005, Diadem Of 12 Stars was the first official WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM release. Re-imagining black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest, WITTR created a unique melancholic atmosphere. Diadem Of 12 Stars is about lunar sorcery on Cascadian mountaintops and encounters with wild spirits. In contrast to the icy, razor sharp soundscapes of their 90s Norwegian forebears, the sound of Diadem… is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM honed the material for Diadem Of 12 Stars by touring across the country’s basements and squats. Its raw analog sound in many ways pays homage to the band’s varied influences: the harsh black metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor or their American counterparts Weakling and Ludicra, the monolithic heaviness of Neurosis and Swans, the sorrowful Funeral Doom of My Dying Bride and in places, the mournful goth of Dead Can Dance. Yet, WITTR distills these inspirations to create a sound that is entirely their own.

Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases Diadem Of 12 Stars was recorded live to tape in Oakland by Tim Green. Joined in the studio by Jamie Myers (Hammers Of Misfortune, Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Asunder. Dystopia), every song was rendered in one or two takes and the album was mixed without the aid of a computer. Originally released on a small DIY label and unavailable physically for many years, this reissued version has been carefully remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The band redeveloped every photograph from the original negatives, creating richer, high quality prints in order to present the artwork as originally envisioned.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will follow the reissue with their first live performances since mid-2014 this September, with two weeks of shows currently confirmed and more to be added in the coming weeks.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Tour Dates:
9/13/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
9/14/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2016 DC9 – Washington, DC
9/17/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
9/19/2016 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA
9/20/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
9/21/2016 Dada – Dallas, TX
9/22/2016 Riot Room – Lawrence, KS
9/23/2016 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/24/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/26/2016 Space Gallery – Portland, ME
9/27/2016 Cuisine En Locale – Somerville, MA

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has to date released five studio albums, two EPs, and multiple live albums to date, including Diadem Of 12 Stars (2006), Two Hunters (2007), Black Cascade (2008), Celestial Lineage (2011), and most recently, Celestite (2014), which was an instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. The band is currently working on new material, which promises to be their heaviest and darkest in some time.

VENOM INC. Returns To North America With Necrophagia Next Month

UK-based metallers, VENOM INC., will kick off the second leg of their North American tour next month. The latest march will run from May 31st in Brooklyn, New York through July 2nd in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Support will again be provided by long-running American death metal behemoths Necrophagia. The trek follows the band’s recent and successful stomp through North America this past January.

VENOM INC. features original Venom members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray with former Venom bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. The band made their live debut as VENOM INC. in April 2015 at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, performing a full set of Venom classics and played to over 30,000 people at Heavy Montreal last August. Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in M:Pire Of Evil, who released their latest full-length, Crucified, in May 2013. VENOM INC. took to the streets early last Fall on the lengthy Iron And Steel European Tour before closing the year with a Latin American live infiltration. The band returned to the streets of North America last January to the frenzied praise and fans and critics alike.

In a review of their New York City performance, Cryptic Rock hailed, “A solid offering of killer Venom classics,” further noting, “many fans did not want the evening to come to an end. Sometimes bands splitting up into two separate names can be confusing to their followers. Nonetheless, VENOM INC. are doing a great job of making it clear who they are as they educated fans who are loving every minute of what they are coming to learn.” Agreed Now Toronto, “Kicking off with ‘Prime Evil,’ the title track from the first of three late ’80s/early ’90s albums on which Demolition Man sang after Cronos temporarily left the band, the English metalheads quickly got fists raised and a pit on the verge of erupting. While speedy classics… like ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Don’t Burn The Witch.’ and, for the final song of the encore, ‘Black Metal’ ensured no one left disappointed, it was the sludgier ‘1000 Days In Sodom’ and ‘At War With Satan’ that packed the unholiest sonic punches.” Brave Words championed a, “great night of old school classics,” and a performance that was nothing short of, “highly entertaining.” While Lithium Magazine gushed, “Yes, Chronos has the long-standing good fortune of being the original Venom vocalist, and zealots will say if he’s not in the band it’s not Venom. I disagree. Hearing ‘Prime Evil,’ ‘Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil),’ and ‘Buried Alive’ this evening managed to raise the hairs on the back of neck quite easily. The tightly packed crowd writhed in appropriate fashion for every one of these classic Venom songs, while Mantas, Anthony and Tony howled and snarled their way through like the consummate players they are… For $25 you couldn’t really go wrong with this show.” Added Metal Wani, “In all honesty, a tour like this doesn’t hit the states too often. Not only do you get to see the pioneers of everything speed/black metal, but supporting them are pioneers of death metal… a truly legendary lineup that can’t be missed! If this tour is coming to or near your city, get out and witness the best of the best tear it up.”

VENOM INC. w/ Necrophagia:
5/31/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/01/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/02/2016 Once Ballroom – Boston, MA
6/03/2016 Piranha – Montreal, QC
6/04/2016 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/05/2016 This Aint Hollywood – Hamilton, ON
6/07/2016 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
6/08/2016 Mr. Smalls – Detroit, MI
6/09/2016 Thompson House – Newport, KY
6/10/2016 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
6/11/2016 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/12/2016 Brauerhaus – Lombard, IL
6/13/2016 Rock Island Brewing Co. – Rock Island, IL
6/15/2016 3 Kings – Denver, CO
6/17/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
6/18/2016 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
6/20/2016 Star Theater – Portland, OR
6/21/2016 Oakland Opera House – Oakland, CA
6/22/2016 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/23/2016 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2016 Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, NV
6/25/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/26/2016 Rebel Club – Phoenix, AZ
6/27/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX
6/28/2016 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
6/29/2016 Walters – Houston, TX
6/30/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/01/2016 The Haven – Orlando, FL
7/02/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC

RINGS OF SATURN Announces The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 With The Browning And Lorna Shore; Coffin Dragger Tour Underway

While currently embarked on the massive Coffin Dragger Tour, with Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon, and Thy Art Is Murder, RINGS OF SATURN announces a new headlining tour for May.

The newly confirmed RINGS OF SATURN trek, dubbed The Space Slam North American Tour 2016, will see the California-based quartet supported by Lorna Shore and The Browning on all dates. Beginning Sunday, May 21st at Rock N’ Derby in Schaghticoke, New York, the caravan will carve a serpentine path through the Eastern US, winding down through the Southeast, the final show hitting Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday, June 3rd.

A limited number of special VIP packages for The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 – which include a general admission ticket, a meet and greet with RINGS OF SATURN, as well as a ROS merchandise pack including a koozie, exclusive guitar pick, 11×17 poster, and VIP laminate with lanyard for the show — went on sale Friday, April 22nd. General admission tickets will go on sale today Monday, April 25th.

The news on the new tour comes as RINGS OF SATURN continues to batter the continent on the Coffin Dragger Tour, with Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon, and headliners Thy Art Is Murder. Now two weeks into the tour, the mammoth trek continues for another entire month, with shows running through Thursday, May 19th, just two days before the kickoff of The Space Slam.

RINGS OF SATURN Tour Dates:
The Coffin Dragger Tour w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon [remaining dates]:
4/21/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
4/22/2016 Independence Ballroom – Grand Junction, CO
4/23/2016 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4/24/2016 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
4/25/2016 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
4/26/2016 Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
4/27/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
4/28/2016 The Loft – Lansing, MI
4/29/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
4/30/2016 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
5/01/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
5/02/2016 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
5/03/2016 Higher Ground Ballroom – Burlington, VT
5/04/2016 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
5/05/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
5/06/2016 Club Reverb – Reading, PA
5/07/2016 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
5/09/2016 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
5/10/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
5/11/2016 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/13/2016 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
5/14/2016 Game Changer World – Freehold, NJ
5/15/2016 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
5/16/2016 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
5/18/2016 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
5/19/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 w/ The Browning Lorna Shore:
5/21/2016 Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – Schaghticoke, NY @ Rock N’ Derby (*ROS only)
5/22/2016 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/24/2016 Shelter – Detroit, MI
5/25/2016 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/26/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
5/27/2016 Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
5/28/2016 Grant’s Lounge – Macon, GA
5/29/2016 Kelsey Theater – Lake Park, FL
5/31/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
6/01/2016 Transitions – Tampa, FL
6/02/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
6/03/2016 Kress Live – Biloxi, MS

Following its release through Unique Leader Records in October 2014, RINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, jaw-dropping, Lugal Ki En, took the #116 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart, #3 on the Heatseekers/New Artist chart and #26 on the Independent album chart. The album also slaughtered the Hard Music chart taking the #12 position, as well as #41 on the Rock chart. A cataclysmic display of over-the-top technical death metal, Lugal Ki En surges with nearly forty-five minutes relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction, based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. The album was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies), and features conceptual art pieces by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy Lineup Complete

Having announced dozens of bands over the past several weeks, the full lineup for Tucson, Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy is now complete, and all ticket options for the festival are now available.

For the fifth installation of the annual even, SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy will overthrow Tucson October 20th through 23rd, with forty-five artists from across the US and Canada converging on five stages, including venues 191 Toole, Club Congress, The Flycatcher, and Gary’s Place.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy’s opening show Thursday, October 20th will see The Body & Full Of Hell and Sumac headlining the main stage of 191 Toole, with a combined Theologian/Lament Cityscape set headlining the second stage., followed by a late show at Gary’s Place with a mystery guest headliner. Friday, October 21st at 191 Toole will see Nails and Pig Destroyer headlining the main stage, and Full Of Hell headlining the second, and a late show at Club Congress headlined by Old Man Gloom. Saturday, October 22nd main stage headliners will be Infest and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, with Theories headlining the side stage, followed by a late show at Flycatcher headlined by local legends Malignus Youth. And Saint Vitus and The Skull headline Club Congress on Sunday, October 23rd for the main closing show.

View the full show-to-show individual lineups below.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy:

Thursday, October 20th – Early Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:30 – end – Sumac
9:10 – 9:55 – The Body/Full Of Hell
8:00 – 8:40 – Kowloon Walled City
7:00 – 7:30 – Generation Of Vipers
6:00 – 6:30 – North
Side:
9:55 – 10:30 – Theologian/Lament Cityscape
8:40 – 9:10 – Senior Fellows
7:30 – 8:00 – Waft
6:30 – 7:00 – Via Vengeance

Thursday, October 20th – Late Show @ Gary’s Place
1:00 – end – ??? ????
12:00 – 12:40 – Order Of The Owl
11:00 – 11:40 – Akris

Friday, October 21st – Early Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:00 – 11:00 – Pig Destroyer
8:40 – 9:25 – Nails
7:30 – 8:10 – Final Conflict
6:30 – 7:00 – Gay Kiss
5:30 – 6:00 – Trench
Side:
9:25 – 10:00 – Full Of Hell
8:10 – 8:40 – Wake
7:00 – 7:30 – Vermin Womb
6:00 – 6:30 – Sorrower
5:00 – 5:30 – Disservice

Friday, October 21st – Late Show @ Club Congress
12:50 – end – Old Man Gloom
11:50 – 12:30 – Behold! The Monolith
11:00 – 11:30 – Mountain Man
10:15 – 10:45 – Nonpareil

Saturday, October 22nd – Main Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:00 – 11:00 – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
8:40 – 9:25 – Infest
7:30 – 8:10 – Power Trip
6:30 – 7:00 – Sex Prisoner
5:30 – 6:00 – Junkie Vomit
Side:
9:25 – 10:00 – Theories
8:10 – 8:40 – The Drip
7:00 – 7:30 – ACxDC
6:00 – 6:30 – Wvrm
5:00 – 5:30 – Magguts

Saturday, October 22nd – Late Show @ Flycatcher
12:45 – end – Malignus Youth
11:45 – 12:30 – Final Conflict
11:00 – 11:30 – Get A Grip

Sunday, October 23rd – Main Show @ Club Congress
11:00 – end – Saint Vitus
9:50 – 10:40 – The Skull
8:45 – 9:30 – Witch Mountain
7:50 – 8:25 – Khemmis
7:00 – 7:30 – CHRCH
6:15 – 6:45 – Grey Gallows

With special performances by Amigo The Devil throughout the weekend.

Since 2012, the SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST gathering has seen hordes flock to the desert city of Tucson for several days of music, the event rooted heavily into the community through local business sponsorship and cooperation. Prior festivals have seen dozens of extreme artists from across the spectrum, including Neurosis, Sunn O))), Sleep, The Body, Goatsnake, Pelican, Author & Punisher, Kylesa, Red Fang, Hull, and countless others performing, and there are several dozen more acts still to be announced for the upcoming fifth gathering.

BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY To Kick Off US Tour With Soulfly, Suffocation, And Lody Kong

Next week, Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS and Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit ABNORMALITY will take to the streets with Soulfly, Suffocation, and Lody Kong for an extensive US trek. The near-month-long excursion runs from April 22nd through May 20th with additional BATTLECROSS one-off shows confirmed prior to and following the tour.

BATTLECROSS will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise To Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band’s second Billboard entry (2013’s War Of Will entered the charts at #130).

Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, ABNORMALITY will be releasing their
sophomore full-length, Mechanisms Of Omniscience, on April 29th. Marrying the ceaseless brutality coming out of New York and New England to the hyper-blasting intensity endemic to Quebecois death metal, Mechanisms Of Omniscience is as unrelenting as it is passionate, and the album tackles real world issues with intelligence and raw emotion.

BATTLECROSS:
4/19/2016 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
4/21/2016 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY w/ Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong:
4/22/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
4/23/2016 El Rey – McAllen, TX
4/24/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX *no Suffocation
4/25/2016 Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
4/26/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/27/2016 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
4/28/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2016 Revolution – Long Island, NY
4/30/2016 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
5/01/2016 Mill City Ballroom – Lowell, MA
5/03/2016 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/04/2016 Bada Brew – Joliet, IL
5/05/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
5/06/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
5/07/2016 Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
5/08/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
5/10/2016 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/11/2016 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/12/2016 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
5/13/2016 The Falls – Idaho, ID
5/14/2016 Main Street Studios – Walla Walla, WA
5/15/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/17/2016 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/18/2016 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
5/19/2016 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
5/20/2016 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2016 Bled Fest – Howell, MI * BATTLECROSS only

Marc Vanderberg and Iconix Pickups, Michigan, USA, join forces

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April 15, 2016 – For Immediate Release – German guitarist and songwriter Marc Vanderberg and the US based pickup manufacturer Iconix Pickups teamed up and developed a rock/metal humbucker set, that was built up to Marc´s specific requirements. It is called `Marc Vanderberg Deth Punch Signature Set´.

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?Since I started playing the guitar, I was crazy about pickups and their impact on the sound. During the last couple of years I bought lots and lots of pickups – active, passive, expensive, cheap, custom, off the rack – tested them, kept them, sold them and so on. Always in search of a better pickup. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I read something about Iconix Pickups in the USA and contacted them. Iconix is a pickup boutique. I talked to Don, the CEO, and sent him some of my
songs and solos to let him know, what kind of music I am into and how I play the guitar. Moreover I told him about the sound I want to have. Then he came up with the idea of a signature set. After the pickups have been built in my VGS Eruption Relic, a Les Paul Style guitar, I plugged it in the amp and was really blown away by the sound. The pickups are very powerful and clear, warm and accurate. Besides the great sound, I love the white pickups with blood splatter?, says Marc about the new pickups.

Technical Information of the pickups:

Bridge pickup: 16k, Alnico 8 magnet, 4 conductor wire Neck pickup: 11k, Alnico V magnet, 4
conductor wire Scatterwound and hand built.
Price: 200,– USD

The humbucker set can be bought directly through: Iconix Pickups, Don Smith, info@iconixpickups.com The Set is available in black, white, black with blood splatters, white with blood splatters.

EYEHATEGOD Kicks Off Spring Tour; Additional NYC Date Announced

New Orleans’ favorite amplification dealers, EYEHATEGOD, return to the stage for two separate live invasions. The first leg commences tonight in Atlanta, Georgia. The headlining trek will run through May 3rd and features support from Fight Amp on select dates as well as special shows with Antiseen (April 15th), Corrosion Of Conformity (April 16th), and Negative Approach (April 22). Additionally, with their April 24th show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York now sold out, a second NYC date has been added on April 25th (also at Saint Vitus) with support from Tombs, Ache and Haan.

Team EYEHATEGOD will take a short break before heading back to the streets from May 29th through June 6th with hard punk icons Discharge with additional support provided by Toxic Holocaust. See all confirmed dates below.

EYEHATEGOD:
4/13/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA *
4/14/2016 Shakas – Virginia Beach, VA *
4/15/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen *
4/16/2016 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Corrosion Of Conformity
4/17/2016 Ziggys – Wilmington, NC *
4/18/2016 Pour House – Raleigh NC *
4/19/2016 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN *
4/20/2016 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH *
4/21/2016 Lost Horizon – Syracuse NY *
4/22/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore MD w/ Negative Approach *
4/23/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA *
4/24/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
4/25/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Tombs, Ache, Haan
4/26/2016 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA [Tickets] *
4/27/2016 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH *
4/28/2016 Louie’s – Kalamazoo, MI [Tickets]
4/29/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
4/30/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
5/01/2016 Trixies – Louisville, KY
5/02/2016 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
5/03/2016 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
* w/ Fight Amp
EYEHATEGOD w/ Discharge, Toxic Holocaust:
5/29/2016 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/30/2016 Webster Hall/Marlin Room – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
5/31/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
6/01/2016 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/03/2016 Dante’s – Portland, OR
6/04/2016 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
6/05/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
6/06/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before with their self-titled LP, which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records. Reaping critical acclaim globally, the record marks the band’s most successful release in their twenty-five-plus-year lineage. Having helped define the NOLA sound with their signature down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section, 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.

Also available are two split release. The first comes by way of F.O.A.D. Records as a special nine-inch duel release with Boston grinding hardcore veterans Psycho. Both sides were recorded live in Europe during their respective Summer tours in June – July 2011 and capture the very core of the intensity of these bands on stage, and you know what to expect: EYEHATEGOD cranks out three tormented classics of misanthropy-tinged heaviness… “Story Of The Eye,” “New Orleans Is The New Vietnam” and “Sisterfucker,” while Psycho completes the hecatomb with six short and fast stabs of rabid hardcore/grind in their own matchless style. The audio quality of these soundboard recordings is clean, powerful and heavy as a steamroller crushing your eardrums. And did we mention it’s a nine-inch?

The second release finds EYEHATEGOD back-to-back with Bl’ast! Issued earlier this year on Rise Records, the limited edition seven-inch comes in three different color variants, with 1000 pieces pressed in total. Bl’ast!’s contribution is the track “Cut Your Teeth,” which was recorded and mixed by frequent Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator, Alain Johannes. EYEHATEGOD’s portion comes in the form of “The Liars Psalm,” featuring vocal production by Phil Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan. Billy Anderson (High On Fire, Melvins) produced the drums, while Berrigan also handled the bass and guitars. Sanford Parker (Minsk, YOB) mixed it.

AMON AMARTH Set To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour; New Album Jomsviking Smashes Charts Globally

AMON AMARTH will kick off their headlining North American tour today with fellow Swedes Entombed A.D. and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus. See below for all confirmed dates.

AMON AMARTH have been steadily gathering strength and fans over the years, culminating with the stunning performance of the new album Jomsviking on global sales charts this week:

Germany: #1
Austria: #1
Switzerland: #3
Canada: #4
Finland: #4
Sweden: #5
USA Current Album Chart: #11
Australia: #15
USA Billboard Top 200: #19
Belgium: #25
UK: #30
France: #33
Netherlands: #35

Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com, where the album is available in various formats, and the videos for “At Dawn’s First Light” and “First Kill” can be viewed.

AMON AMARTH w/ Entombed A.D., Exmortus:
4/07/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
4/08/2016 The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
4/10/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
4/12/2016 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
4/13/2016 The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
4/15/2016 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
4/16/2016 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
4/17/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
4/18/2016 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/21/2016 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
4/22/2016 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
4/23/2016 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
4/25/2016 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/26/2016 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
4/28/2016 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/29/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/30/2016 The Danforth – Toronto, ON
5/01/2016 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
5/02/2016 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI
5/04/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/05/2016 The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
5/06/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/07/2016 The Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
5/09/2016 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
5/10/2016 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
5/12/2016 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
5/13/2016 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
5/14/2016 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
5/16/2016 The Commodore – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2016 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
5/18/2016 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
5/20/2016 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
5/21/2016 The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA

“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.” – Pop Matters

“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)

GRUESOME Shares First New Single, “Forces Of Death”

Death metal disciples GRUESOME – featuring within its punishing ranks current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, and Derketa – has just shared the first new song, “Forces Of Death,” from their newly-announced EP, Dimensions Of Horror.

Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey of the latest track, “We’re totally psyched to bring you the first track from our new EP. This record, Dimensions Of Horror, delves deeper into the roots of our favorite Floridian, Chuck Schuldiner, and revisits the days of Scream Bloody Gore and the numerous Death demos. We wanted to do something rawer, nastier and more primitive than [GRUESOME debut] Savage Land and we hope you guys enjoy it and get into that gutter-level, early death metal head-space with us. So as you listen, close your eyes, imagine that you just got home from high school in 1987, ditched your Mongoose bike and ejected your brand new None Shall Defy cassette out of your Walkman to check your mailbox. Inside, there’s a sixty-minute TDK tape in the mail from an overseas pen pal with the Insanity 1985 rehearsal on one side and a dub of this new ‘mini-LP’ on the other. You steal some of your dad’s beer, light up a joint before your parents get home and pop this bad boy in the stereo while you watch a worn out, second generation VHS dub of The Beyond on mute on a 125-pound television. Now you’re ready to enter the dimensions of horror and enlist in the forces of death.”

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 gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, 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.

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.

Multi-state death metal project 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.

GRUESOME 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. Metal Injection called Savage Land, “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim gushed, “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.” 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.

BEHEMOTH Releases “Ben Sahar” Video; North American Tour Dates Draw Near

BEHEMOTH has unveiled their fourth music video from The Satanist in the form of “Ben Sahar.” The clip is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that’s become standard fair for the Polish band’s videos.

“Ben Sahar” was directed by Sturla Vioar, Dariusz Szermanowicz and Adam “Nergal” Darski, with DOP Olafur Kiljan, props and costume designs by Sharon Eman of Toxic Visions, and VFX by Olafur Kiljan. The complete cast and credits can be found in the video’s YouTube description. Watch the video now;

The death/black metal outfit has announced their return to North America this Spring with a special tour, featuring support from Myrkur. With plans to play their latest album, The Satanist, in its entirety, this is one BEHEMOTH show not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages that include a commemorative laminate, meet and greet with the band, 18″ x 24″ poster set (three posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now. Only fifty fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now! See below for all dates.


BEHEMOTH w/ Myrkur:

4/21/2016 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/24/2016 Royale – Boston, MA
4/25/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
4/26/2016 The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
4/27/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/29/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
4/30/2016 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
5/01/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/03/2016 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
5/04/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/06/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
5/07/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CADeclared, “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever,” by Decibel Magazine, The Satanist was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and a debut at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off The First Leg Of Their North American Live Takeover

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off the first leg of their long-anticipated North American live takeover tomorrow, April 6th in Huntington, West Virginia. The trek runs through April 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York with support provided by Mothership. The following evening the band will play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Richmond, Virginia.

Following a short breather, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will head back out for more than two dozen dates with Lamb Of God and Clutch. See confirmed performances below. The latest excursions follow the band’s successful headlining trek with Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours, and Mothership at the close of 2015 and will include some never-before-heard tunes slated for their forthcoming full-length.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Mothership:
4/06/2016 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/07/2016 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
4/08/2016 Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA
4/09/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/10/2016 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
4/12/2016 The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
4/13/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/14/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/15/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/16/2016 The BroadBerry – Richmond, VA * w/ Eyehategod (no Mothership)
w/ Lamb Of God, Clutch:
5/03/2016 The Orpheum – New Orleans, LA
5/04/2016 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
5/05/2016 Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
5/07/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH *w/ Lo-Pan (no LOG or Clutch)
5/08/2016 Reading Eagle Theatre – Reading, PA
5/09/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
5/10/2016 House of Blues – Boston, MA
5/12/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/13/2016 Westfair Amphitheater – Council Bluffs, IA
5/14/2016 Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA (no LOG or Clutch)
5/16/2016 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, NY
5/17/2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/18/2016 Higher Ground – So. Burlington, VT w/ Clutch (no LOG)
5/19/2016 TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
5/23/2016 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/24/2016 Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
5/25/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/27/2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/28/2016 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA
5/29/2016 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
5/31/2016 WaMu Theater @ CenturyLink Field Events – Seattle, WA
6/01/2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
6/04/2016 Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB
6/05/2016 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
6/06/2016 Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park – Saskatoon, SK
6/07/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
6/10/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN w/ Clutch, Valkyrie (No LOG)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has been diligently working on their follow-up to 2014’s IX offering. The as-yet-untitled long player will be helmed by longtime producer John Custer, who’s recorded such prior COC classics as Deliverance, Wiseblood, America’s Volume Dealer, and In The Arms Of God. The record will mark the band’s studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan and their first full-length record together since 2005. A Fall 2016 release is expected.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012’s self-titled album and 2014’s IX to wide acclaim, but many fans have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.

The band was originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a then new lineup on 1991’s Blind album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as the group’s primary vocalist on Deliverance (1994) and Wiseblood(1996). These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of their previous albums, with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution. Since then the band has often been copied but rarely equaled. This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside such greats Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod and many more. Eventually, following the release of In the Arms Of God in 2005, Keenan decided to focus all his energy on his hometown band Down… until now.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is:
Pepper Keenan – vocals, guitar
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals

WRVTH Unveils “Larkspur” Video; Live Takeover Looms

In advance of their 2016 Spring live takeover, California atmospheric tech death unit, WRVTH, unveils the visual companion to “Larkspur,” from their critically-lauded, self-titled full-length released via Unique Leader last year.

Directed by Justin Aragon, the punishing black and white performance clip finds the band in their most comfortable habitat: the stage. Check it out;

WRVTH’s latest run of onstage mayhem will commence with a short string of headlining dates this Friday, April 8th in Riverside, California and run through April 13th in Austin, Texas. From there, the band will join Seeker and Forty Winters for a fifteen-date pillage through the end of the month. The chaos continues with four more headlining dates from May 1st in Spokane, Washington through May 4th in Cupertino, California with additional live abrasions to be announced in the weeks to come.

WRVTH:
4/08/2016 Clash City Station – Riverside, CA *
4/09/2016 The Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ *
4/10/2016 Blu Phoenix Venue “The Compound 2” – Albuquerque, NM *
4/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, X
4/12/016 Renos Chop Shop- Dallas, TX *
4/13/2016 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX *
w/ Seeker, Forty Winters:
4/14/2016 Boneshakers – Corpus Christi, TX
4/15/2016 Twist Of Lime – Metairie, LA
4/16/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
4/17/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
4/18/2016 Anonymous Guitars – Lake Worth, FL
4/19/2016 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016 The Basement – Atlanta, GA
4/21/2016 The DHP – Fayetteville, NC
4/22/2016 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
4/23/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/24/2016 Championship Bar- Trenton, NJ
4/25/2016 The Outpost – Kent, OH
4/26/2016 The Ritz- Warren, MI
4/27/2016 Fubar- St Louis, MO
4/29/2016 Black Gold Grille – Casper, WY
4/30/2016 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
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5/01/2016 The Pin! – Spokane, WA *
5/02/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA*
5/03/2016 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR *
5/04/2016 Homestead Bown & The X Bar – Cupertino, CA *
* WRVTH only

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.

“Exploring technically-driven death metal through a more emotive and atmospheric approach, WRVTH often takes the road less traveled.” – Dead Rhetoric

“[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 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

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

CHILD BITE: New Full-Length From Detroit Noise Rock Oddballs Out; Record Streaming In Full + Massive Upcoming Tour Schedule Unveiled

Negative Noise is the long-awaited new full-length from Detroit noise rock oddballs, CHILD BITE. Out today on Housecore Records, the traumatizing, forty-seven-minute offering was produced by label head Philip H. Anselmo, mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. With twelve tracks of the bands distinct brand of chaotic, noisy apocalyptic sound Negative Noise represents all the weirdness that has made CHILD BITE so great over their hard years on the road.

In celebration of its release, today New Noise Magazine is pleased to host a stream of the record in its entirety, calling it, “an adventurous slice of loud rock,” in a 4.5/5 review. “CHILD BITE plays on the outskirts of several different scenes. They have the aggressive force of hardcore, but it’s filtered through grimy noise rock, which means the songs all take interesting twists and turns. They can get right in your face, but they can also go off on proggy tangents, while retaining their impact…Negative Noise showcases a band firing on all cylinders.”

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ESCHATON: New England Technical Death Metal Behemoths Premiere The Beast Is Awakened Video

The rage-bringers at Itdjents.com are pleased to premiere ESCHATON’s visual accompaniment to “The Beast Is Awakened.” The track comes by way of the band’s spine-twisting Sentinel Apocalypse full-length released through Unique Leader last year.

Captured at drummer Darren Cesca’s House Of Grind Studios in southern Connecticut, Sentinel Apocalypse is a relentlessly abrasive exercise in technical agility and blatant aggression boasting eleven tracks of methodical guitar sweeps, fierce drum incursions and dominating vocal tirades for fans of the twisted craftings of bands like Carnifex, The Faceless, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Beneath The Massacre.

“‘The Beast Is Awakened’ is an attempt to illustrate mankind’s metamorphosis into savage and destructive animals that is the result of the perpetual struggle between man’s obsession with power and inextinguishable thirst for freedom,” elaborates the band of the track. “Some would rather face death than oppression while others will stop at nothing to maintain control, resulting in a cycle of horrific acts that represent the worst of who we are as a species. The video’s producer, Miceli Productions LLC, went to great lengths to capture the chaotic and violent nature of the song, but also the energy and technicality of the band’s performance. The goal was to blend dynamic angles, post production effects, war footage and editing techniques to give the viewer an intense and captivating experience.”

“The Beast Is Awakened” and you’re invited to watch;

A theological term that refers to the world during the post historic era of God’s overt apocalyptic reign, immediately preceding the end of the world, ESCHATON was founded in 2007 near Providence, Rhode Island and manifests a uniquely belligerent, stand-alone sound that’s at once harsh and procedural yet wholly-enthralling. ESCHATON features vocalist Jason Viteri, guitarist brothers Joshua and Jared Berry, bassist Pat Pattison and drummer Darren Cesca (Pillory, Arsis, Goratory, Incinerate).

EYEHATEGOD Confirms Spring Live Takeovers; Upcoming Dates Include A Trek With Discharge

Following a short Winter slumber, the New Orleans ear bleeders in EYEHATEGOD are back to flatten stages this Spring with two separate roadside takeovers. The first round will commence with a headlining tour set to kick off April 13th and run through May 3rd. The near-three week march features support from Fight Amp on select dates as well as special shows with Antiseen (April 15th) and Corrosion Of Conformity (April 16th). The band will take a short pause before heading back to the streets from May 29th through June 6th with hard punk icons Discharge with additional support provided by Toxic Holocaust. See all confirmed dates below.

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