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Enslaved and Wardruna To Perform Skuggsjá, The Sound of Norway’s Norse History at Roadburn Festival 2015

We’re elated to announce that Enslaved and Wardruna will perform Skuggsjá, the sound of Norway’s Norse History at Houses of the Holistic, Ivar Bjørnson’s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik’s curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Written by Bjørnson and Selvik for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered this past weekend at the Eidsivablot festival, this will be Skuggsjá’s first performance outside of Norway, and will certainly be one of the highlights of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.

Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the commissioned piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.

By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, Skuggsjá will tell the history of Norway and reflect relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of this they will reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway and Scandinavia?s oldest instruments, and poetry in Proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá will be a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.

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SKELETONWITCH added to Roadburn 2015, band continues shredding across US/CA

Today, the prestigious Roadburn Festival announced that SKELETONWITCH has been invited to perform at the 2015 edition of the event, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland next April. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Oct. 16.

“Simply put: if you want blackened thrash (or whatever you want to call it – everybody has their own definition of what these Ohio rednecks are supposed to be defined as) of the absolutely highest order, these are your guys,” proclaimed Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who alongside Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (Wardruna) has curated the line-up for Roadburn 2015.

Having hand-picked SKELETONWITCH to play, Bjørnson – who toured alongside the group earlier this year – added, “Okay, I?ve gotta admit that once again sharing a backstage area with these wonderful specimens of the human variety is a motivation in itself – but it is of course first and foremost the music that brought about the invite. This is the perfect band to tear down the walls at Roadburn 2015 and seriously shake things up/slap us silly. If ‘Witch’s high-octane metal doesn?t make you headbang like there?s no tomorrow, you?re probably dead.”

SKELETONWITCH recently took a short break from their non-stop touring schedule to film a music video for the dynamic track “Unending, Everliving.” Taken from their 2013 release “Serpents Unleashed,” which marked the band’s highest Billboard chart postion to date, the gory, horror-themed clip can be seen below. A 7-inch single of the song — limited to only 300 copies, and featuring a hand-screened B-side with exclusive artwork — is available now via the Prosthetic web shop.

Recorded in Salem, Mass. at Godcity Studios with Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge), “Serpents Unleashed” features 11 tracks of “pure, unapologetic heavy metal” (Decibel). The album is on sale now at Amazon MP3, Bandcamp and the Prosthetic web shop.

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IRON REAGAN Premieres Video For “Miserable Failure”

The wait is over and The Tyranny of Will, IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut is available now! This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury. The album 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. The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

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

IRON REAGAN recently completed work on their video for the song “Miserable Failure”. The video was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang) and is receiving its exclusive premiere today courtesy of Noisey. Check the video out;

Singer Tony Foresta on the video:
“Whitey McConnaughy and Iron Reagan proudly present to you the world’s first (or at least as we know of) FLASH MOSH!!!! Enjoy!”

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ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK Extreme Metal Duo Wages War With “Monstrum In Animo,” Now Playing At Decibel

Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Feel the scorch of third movement, “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Named, “one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror… a master class in extreme metal,” by MetalSucks, “a thrill ride of horrors,” by Pitchfork and the, “soundtrack to our demise,” by PopMatters, ANAAL NATHRAKH – Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – exists for one purpose: to replicate the sounds of true evil. Forged in fury in 1999, the pair has gained a reputation for expressing precisely that. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against an impenetrable wall of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is plainly terrifying. Their winding resume includes not only the release of seven critically lauded long-players and an EP but collaborations with such legendary talents as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. Combined with rankings among “best album of the year” polls and “album of the month” in the press and cover appearances on revered magazines such as Terrorizer, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s position as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is irrefutable. Hallmarked by pulverizing musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in the metal world.

Noisey Debuts REVOCATION’s “Madness Opus”

REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.

“Deathless” is set for an October 14th release, today the artwork, track listing and first single which is the title track, have been unveiled. The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Today the second song from “Deathless” is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisey. The song entitled “Madness Opus can be heard HERE.

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Dave Lombardo’s PHILM Streams Another New Track “Train” via DRUM! Magazine – New Album “Fire From The Evening Sun” Out Today

“They’ve definitely nailed it on Fire From The Evening Sun? Packed full of ideas and sounding like nothing except PHILM, the trio – Lombardo especially – are on superb form.” – Rock-A-Rolla Mag

“Gerry Nestler’s vocals veer from haunting whispers to manic screams, while Dave Lombardo and bassist Pancho Tomaselli provide some truly dazzling rhythmic interplay.” – Rock Sound

“Fire From The Evening Sun is an eerie must-listen for a different slant on your usual metal genre. Imagine a unique Quentin Tarantino movie, a romantic yet violent adventure?” – Planet Mosh

Today marks the release of PHILM?s brand new album, Fire From The Evening Sun, via UDR Music! Right now, in celebration of the new release, DRUM! Magazine is streaming the track ‘Train’. Listen here: http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/exclusive-philm-track-with-dave-lombardo/

“I couldn’t be more excited about the release of our sophomore album”, states Dave Lombardo. “I think fans will appreciate the many maniacal levels of our combined personalities showing their crazed head on this record. I believe Fire From The Evening Sun is a combination of being fearless, methodical, focused and charming. I recently read that those are the four traits that successful entrepreneurs and psychopaths have in common. So.. listen at your own risk.”

PHILM just wrapped up a successful tour of Europe in support of Fire From The Evening Sun, and have recently confirmed dates on October 2nd in Bogota, Columbia, and October 16th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go.

CANNIBAL CORPSE: A Skeletal Domain Out TODAY On Metal Blade Records

Today marks of the official unveiling of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s anticipated A Skeletal Domain full-length! Out NOW via Metal Blade Records, the thirteenth full-length from the American death metal institution was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, and delivers twelve ill-omened tracks in forty-four minutes, the result of which is a colossal, confrontational, and meticulously-executed display of unparalleled brutality.

In an 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine gushes, “‘Vector Of Cruelty’ is a masterful combination of coruscating mid-pace burl and quirky thrash, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ pushes boundaries in the fields of lead work and atonality, while ‘Kill Or Become’ has a sizzling, infectious quality and the potential to be a set closer should they ever quit it with ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’… the point is, there’s material on lucky number thirteen that stands up to the classics.” Ghost Cult commends, “A Skeletal Domain has shown the world that CANNIBAL CORPSE is still on top of their death metal game and just how evil these guys can be,” while The Guardian boasts, “A cleaner, sharper production certainly gives the likes of teeth-shattering opener ‘High Velocity Impact Spatter’ and the scattershot thud of ‘Sadistic Embodiment’ a more pristine air than anything on 2012’s Torture, but it is the subtle flights of perverse structural fancy lurking within the sustained riff tirade of ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ and the gleefully unsavory ‘Asphyxiate To Resuscitate’ that make this one of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s most absorbing records in years.” In a 4/5 verdict, Sputnik Music notes, “CANNIBAL CORPSE have pushed the technicality of their songs without forgetting the brutality or speed that fans have come to expect. They’ve also added a thrash element that periodically rears its head before being murdered by another blast beat and atonal guitar solo. Together these elements have created a CANNIBAL CORPSE album that is darker and more chaotic than normal…with A Skeletal Domain there is even more of a reason for people to give CANNIBAL CORPSE a listen,” while MetalSucks adds succinctly, “[CANNIBAL CORPSE] fucking rule their fucking roost with talons of fucking steel.”

To celebrate A Skeletal Domain’s release, the band is offering listeners a chance to win a mega CANNIBAL CORPSE prize pack though mid-October. Thirty retail stores throughout the US are currently festooned with special A Skeletal Domain CD displays.

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SICK OF IT ALL premiere lyric video for “DNC” from LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE

New York Hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have just launched a new lyric video for the song “DNC” via Invisible Oranges. To understand the full meaning of the song that comes with the addition “DNC (Do Not Comply)” to the title, check it out here:

After playing a run of (festival) dates in Europe during the past summer SICK OF IT ALL will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour which will be the perfect setting to present LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE live. Before that they will do two shows in the U.S.

October 4th – Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
November 8th – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

EMP Persistence Tour 2015
SICK OF IT ALL
w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin – Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris – Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht – Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich – Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava – Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden – Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze – Brielpoort

LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE is set for a release on the following dates:
Europe, Australia / NZ: September 29th, 2014
USA, Canada: September 30th, 2014

LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

NECROWRETCH announces new 7″, plus upcoming album details

On October 13th, the French grand masters of blasphemy, NECROWRETCH, will return with the release of the 7″, Even Death May Die. This strictly limited 7″ includes one brand new track (the title track), as well as an evil cover version of SLAYER’s classic “Black Magic”. It’s also the first taste of NECROWRETCH’s upcoming second album, With Serpents Scourge, which is scheduled for release in January 2015.

With the recruitment of Ilmar as NECROWRETCH’s new drummer, the band has managed to push their limits further than ever before, delivering their filthiest, most ruthless and most diverse material to date. NECROWRETCH has retained their bestial intensity while adding a touch of melody as well. Expect a ferocious mix of Sweden’s MERCILESS, the insane fury of classic IMPALED NAZARENE and a dose of mid 90’s black/death!

Even Death May Die is limited to 500 copies worldwide: 400 on black vinyl, 100 on golden vinyl. Stay tuned for the CM Distro USA pre-order coming soon!

Even Death May Die track-listing:
Side 1
Even Death May Die
Side 2
Black Magic (SLAYER cover version)

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

Black Crown Initiate Debuts More New Music

PA metal torchbearers BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted a second song titled “Withering Waves” from their upcoming debut LP The Wreckage Of Stars, due out on September 30th, 2014.

The band will release The Wreckage Of Stars on September 30, 2014 via eOne Music. The band signed their brand new label deal earlier this summer and have since been hitting the road hard. The band will be touring with fellow PA metal heads THE RIVERS OF NIHIL throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates UNEARTH on the HELL OR HIGH WATTAGE tour.

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on their debut LP.

Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for The Wreckage Of Stars.

The effort will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed Song of the Crippled Bull EP they released last year. BCI got their big break on THE METAL ALLIANCE TOUR supporting BEHEMOTH earlier this year. The band managed to get the attention and more than a few nods in the press, most notably landing on the “Albums That Will #$@&%*! Your Face Off in 2014″ list released by Metal Sucks throughout the year. They touted the EP as a “rare beast that’ll both catch your ear on first listen and keep getting better and better each time.”

MESHUGGAH: WORLD PREMIERE OF “DO NOT LOOK DOWN” LIVE VIDEO

Extreme music fans of all things deviant can visit the DrumMagazine.com homepage to watch the world debut of the live video for “Do Not Look Down” by Sweden’s MESHUGGAH;

The footage comes from MESHUGGAH’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, The Ophidian Trek – which celebrates the 25-year anniversary since the recording of the band’s first EP – due out in North America on September 30th.

Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany. The live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).

The Ophidian Trek’s track listings are:

Live DVD / Blu-Ray:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus
10 – Bleed
11 – Demiurge
12 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
13 – Dancers To A Discordant System
14 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
15 – The Last Vigil

Live CD 1:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus

Live CD 2:
01 – Bleed
02 – Demiurge
03 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
04 – Dancers To A Discordant System
05 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
06 – The Last Vigil

NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB: Three Key Neurot Recordings Artists To Perform At Maryland Deathfest XIII

Neurot Recordings is proud to have three major acts from their expansive family of acts confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest XIII, the annual festival once again set to take over Baltimore from May 21st to May 24th, with NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT and YOB joining the list of more than eighty bands to perform at the 2015 gathering, marking the label’s largest invasion of the annual festival to date.

The opening night of Maryland Deathfest XIII, Thursday, May 21st, will see UFOMAMMUT and YOB both making their way to the event for the very first time. The two bands will headline the Rams Head Live stage, taking over the venue with Bevar Sea, Conan, Iron Man, Jex Thoth, Mantar and Primitive Man. And following their mesmerizing and destructive set amidst a thunderstorm at MDF 2011, the mighty NEUROSIS will make their way back to the event this year. A major highlight of the festival, NEUROSIS will perform outdoors on the Edison Lot stage on the final day, Sunday, May 24th, joining Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Prosanctus Inferi, Skepticism, Tombs and Winter.

NEUROSIS continues to tour the planet, in their most intense years of touring since the band’s earlier days, following the 2012 release of their acclaimed tenth LP, Honor Found In Decay. Following tours of North America, Europe and their first trek to Australia earlier this year, the remainder of 2014 will see the band as one of the main headliners at Arizona’s Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. The festival will consume Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th, with main acts Goatsnake and Sunn O))) in addition to NEUROSIS, who will headline Saturday, October 18th with support from The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe. The same weekend, the band will invade Denver on Sunday, October 19th with support from Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents. The following weekend they’ll join Voivod, Samhain, Danzig, Lustmord, Corrections House, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more at the second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest, running from October 23rd through 26th in Austin, Texas. And on November 22nd, NEUROSIS will travel to Mexico City to perform at Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others performing, alongside an array of music workshops, film screenings and more.

Currently celebrating their fifteenth year in existence, Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT,will return to North America for their first major tour of the continent in 2015, including their first trip to Maryland Deathfest. With only a brief 2008 West Coast venture in the US under their belt, the full-on upcoming tour will see the band spending several weeks stateside, bringing their magical, mysterious and pulverizing doom metal to the masses in support of their acclaimed ORO double-album set, released in 2013, as well as their next full-length release, which the band is currently preparing to record in October for release again through Neurot in early 2015. UFOMAMMUT will also be releasing a massive DVD entitled XV through their own Supernatural Cat Recordsthis October, with more than three hours of material documenting their decade-and-a-half together. The band is also set to perform at Up In Smoke in Pratteln, Switzerland with Fu Manchu, Kadavar, Blues Pills, Brant Bjork, Dozer, Naam, Conan and tons more on October 3rd and 4th.

Oregon’s psychedelic doom metal trio, YOB, is currently embarked on a massive European tour with Pallbearer, supporting their recently-released seventh studio full-length, Clearing The Path To Ascend. The widely lauded album is currently thriving with great accolades pouring in from media outlets and fans worldwide, being recognized as another massive achievement for the now institutional act, and marks one of the most essential extreme albums of the year. Their first release as part of the Neurot family, the album was just released by the label on CD and all digital download, with Relapse Records handling the vinyl version. Following the ongoing five-week voyage which is permeating every corner of the European continent, YOB will tour heavily in North America as well, with new tour dates to be announced in conjunction with their MDF performance in the coming months.

Stand by for further label and tour developments from NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB and other talented acts hailing from the Neurot Recordings clan over the rest of 2014 and into next year.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest III
10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents
10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX
11/22/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, Mexico
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:

10/03-05/2014 Up In Smoke – Pratteln, Switzerland
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

YOB Tour Dates:
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI w/ Pallbearer
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE w/ Pallbearer
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK w/ Pallbearer
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE w/ Pallbearer
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL w/ Pallbearer
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE w/ Pallbearer
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ w/ Pallbearer
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT w/ Pallbearer
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT w/ Pallbearer
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH w/ Pallbearer
9/27/2014 Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT w/ Pallbearer
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH w/ Pallbearer
9/30/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE w/ Pallbearer
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT w/ Pallbearer
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR w/ Pallbearer
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE w/ Pallbearer
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicagoan Blackened Death Thrashers Announce Autumn Live Infiltration

Chicagoan blackened death/thrash day-ruiners, IMMORTAL BIRD, will bring their odes of deviance and decay to the stage next month on a short rash of North American live incursions.

Set to initiate on October 15th, 2014 on their home turf at the Cobra Lounge, IMMORTAL BIRD will pillage their way through nine metropolises sharing the stages with Pyrrhon, Krieg and Dead Congregation on select dates. The tour follows the band’s recent takeover of Tampa’s Southern Darkness Fest last month and marks their first time ever performing on Canadian soil.

Relays vocalist/drummer Rae Amitay: “Our little road trip to St. Louis with Mortals in July and our not-so-little road trip to Tampa for Southern Darkness Fest made us want to go out for a bit longer this Fall. We’ve been writing a lot of material for our new album and we’re looking forward to taking some of it on the road before we record. Plus, we all want to see some of that famed New England Fall foliage. Nothing says ‘kvlt as fvck’ like hot apple cider and sweater weather.”

IMMORTAL BIRD Autumn 2014 Tour:
10/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL at Cobra Lounge w/ Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain
10/16/2014 Coach & Horses – Windsor, ON
10/17/2014 Duffy’s Tavern – Toronto, ON
10/18/2014 Sammy’s Patio – Revere, MA
10/20/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Dead Congregation, Mausoleum, Pissgrave, Svart Crown
10/21/2014 Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA w/ Krieg
10/22/2014 Skid Row Garage – York, PA w/ Krieg
10/23/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
10/24/2014 Carabar – Columbus, OH

IMMORTAL BIRD continues to tour in support of their maniacal Akrasia EP, released late last year via .Closed Casket Recordings. Recorded at Lo-Tech Laboratories by unsung Windy City audio magician Jeff Ziolo, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Isis, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch) at Godcity Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails, All Pigs Must Die) at Audiosiege, Akrasia thrusts forth four disparaging hymns of hate, gracefully consuming grimness and psychosomatic anguish all led by the punishing vocal ambushes of Amitay (Thrawsunblat). Nearly twelve months since its official descent, the EP continues to earn critical accolades from respected media outlets both stateside and abroad. Decibel Magazine calls Akrasia, “dark and twisting,” while Invisible Oranges commends the EP’s, “inward-looking cosmopolitan ugliness that sometimes evokes a less-patient version of early Castevet.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. The Chicago Reader applauds the band’s, “…sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart,” in a 10/10 rating This Is Not A Scene applauds Akrasia’s “…nineteen minutes of metal greatness,” while Metalbandcamp.com likens the band to a, “death metal Ludicra.”

DEVIL YOU KNOW: “My Own” Lyric Video Posted

DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), have posted an official lyric video for the track “My Own”;

The song comes on the cusp of their upcoming tour with LACUNA COIL, which kicks off this Sunday at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA. The track is taken from their recently released debut album The Beauty of Destruction, which was released last April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The Beauty of Destruction was produced by Logan Mader (5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA) and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer/mixer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, CHELSEA GRIN). Artwork was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND).

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FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

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The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, have signed a deal for North America & Europe with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band?s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

“Evolution and change are key elements in the non-stop growth of FEAR FACTORY,” comments guitarist  Dino Cazares. “With that said, I am proud to be back working alongside the first man to believe in what we were doing back in 1990. He took a chance and signed us, and the rest is history. Monte Conner, once the main A&R man at Roadrunner Records, has now once again come back into the FEAR FACTORYfamily with his new home – Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We can’t wait to deliver an epic new album to kick off this new era.”

FEAR FACTORY are truly one of the groundbreaking metal bands of our time,” adds Conner. “On their 1992 debut Soul Of A New Machine, Burton C. Bell introduced the world to the alternating heavy and melodic dual vocal approach that would go on to become a staple in metal to this very day. The following year, they were the first metal band to enter the industrial/dance remix world with the pioneering Fear Is The Mindkiller EP. And look at the countless metal bands who have since imitated the unique machine gun-style rhythm section, created when Dino Cazares‘ staccato riffs locked in perfectly with the syncopated kick drums. I am excited to be reunited with this legendary band, and I am certain their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be another FEAR FACTORY classic.”

FEAR FACTORY are currently working on material for their Nuclear Blast debut. The as-of-yet-untitled album will be co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell. A Winter 2015 release is expected.

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Left to right: Burton C. Bell, Monte Conner, Dino Cazares

FEAR FACTORY‘s latest album, The Industrialist, debuted at position No. 38 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart in 2012.  The band’s 2010 release, Mechanize, debuted at No. 72 on the American Billboard Top 200.

FEAR FACTORY
is:

Burton C. Bell – Vocals
Dino Cazares – Guitars
Matt DeVries – Bass
Mike Heller – Drums

1349 announce European tour

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) have announced a European headline tour in support of their forthcoming new album ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The headline run, dubbed the ‘Chaos Raids’ Tour, kicks off on Nov. 12 and runs through seven countries. A full listing of confirmed 1349 tour dates can be found below.

Additionally, the band are featured on the cover of the September issue of Norway’s Scream Magazine. The cover appears below, and further details can be found at the Scream website.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ will be released in North America on September 30, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats.

1349 are streaming three songs from their forthcoming album: “Exorcism”, “Cauldron”, and “Slaves”. “Slaves” is available for stream and purchase at iTunes and Bandcamp.

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 is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact Enrique Sagarnaga via email or phone (215-625-8400). Updated 1349 news will be made available through the Season of Mist website, and the official 1349 website and Facebook pages.
1349 Tour Dates:
Sept. 26 Oslo, Norway @ Pokalen Pub – ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ record release show
‘Chaos Raids” European Tour 2014
Nov. 12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
Nov. 13 Aalen, Germany @ Rock It
Nov. 14 Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
Nov. 15 Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
Nov. 16 Biebob, Belgium @ Vosselaar
Nov. 17 Paris, France @ Glazart
Nov. 18 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 19 London, England @ Underworld
Nov. 20 Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
Nov. 21 Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
Nov. 22 Manchester, England @ Sound Control

GOATWHORE Readies For Forthcoming Live Assaults; Additional Dates Announced

Louisiana blackened thrash perpetrators, GOATWHORE, are currently readying for their next round of headlining live assaults. Slated to commence in Houston on September 15th, the band will quash nearly two dozen US cities including recently added dates in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Georgia and Florida as well as five shows supporting death rock/horror punk icons, Samhain! From there, GOATWHORE will bring their canticles of chaos overseas for a European invasion with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah. The lengthy expedition embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium and comes to a ceremonial close on December 19th in Hamburg, Germany.

Due to the upcoming birth of his first son, GOATWHORE bassist James Harvey will be sitting out both tours. In the interim, the band has enlisted bassist TA from San Antonio blackened death horde, HOD.

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INCITE Releases Music Video for New Track “Fallen”

 

Aggressive modern metal band INCITE, fronted by Richie Cavalera, released their new album Up In Hell last week via Minus HEAD Records. Today, the band has unveiled a brand new music video for their track ‘Fallen’, directed by Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed director, Robert Sexton (Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Angel). The music video was shot earlier this year in Hollywood, CA. Check out the new video for ‘Fallen’ here;

Front man Richie Cavalera says, “Working with Robert was awesome. The man has a twisted and very dark vision. He knocked this one out of the park, couldn’t have asked for a better director or video. Enjoy ‘Fallen’.”

Up In Hell was produced at Hideaway Studios by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Hatebreed, Parkway Drive), who is also responsible for the recording, mixing and mastering of the record. Production assistance was provided by Thomas Bellier and Jon Nicholson of Drum Fetish is credited as drum technician on the album.

Over the years, INCITE has toured alongside the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Soulfly, Throwdown, Cavalera Conspiracy, and more. Moreover, they’ve been praised by everybody from Kerrang! and Revolver to ARTISTdirect. In addition, INCITE has reached Top-40-status on Sirius Metal Charts with tracks like ‘Army of Darkness’ and the Devil’s Dozen on Liquid Metal with ‘The Aftermath’. Revolver also named 2012’s All Out War its “Album of the Week” upon release.

Motorhead’s Motorboat: Megadeth Withdraws Due To Medical Issue, Metal Allegiance All-Star Band Added

Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22-26 cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.

Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) andMike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs.

Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”

“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can?t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”

“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.

Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”

Mike Portnoy agrees: “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”

The first annual Motörhead?s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at MotorheadCruise.com.

VOMIT FIST: NYC Father/Son Grindcore Project Taps Spin Studios (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Testament) for New EP

Think back – what did you do with your father when you were a teenager? Perhaps you went on fishing trips, learned how to change the oil in your first car, or even enjoyed a ballgame together from time to time? Such is not the case for impressive 17-year-old drummer Leo ?Lurkrot? Didkovsky, who proposed the idea of forming a blackened-grindcore band with his guitarist/composer father, Nick “Vürdoth” Didkovsky, in 2013. With the later addition of fellow 18-year-old family friend and vocalist Malcolm “Skrag the Screecher” Hoyt, this connection birthed the ultra-high energy project VOMIT FIST, hailing from the depths of New York City.

The trio’s recently released debut digital EP, Forgive But Avenge, will be made available in hard copy CD format via independent release on October 28, 2014. Take a listen to the track ‘Under The Rind’ now;

Featuring raw, in-your-face sonics, the Forgive But Avenge EP was recorded and engineered at Nik Chinboukas at Spin Studios (studio credits include Lamb of God, Testament and Gojira). The tracks rip through themes of rebirth, apocalyptic chaos, ecstatic dermal auto-excoriation, and transgressive ancient tantric poetry.

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NEUROSIS To Headline Bestia Festival In Mexico This November

Slowly and steadily, NEUROSIS maintains their infiltration of all corners of the planet with new live performances continuing to be scheduled into 2015.

Today, the promoters of the second annual Bestia Festival in Ciudad, Mexico have unveiled the lineup for the upcoming 2014 installment of the gathering, with the name NEUROSIS dominating the list as the fest headliner. The three-day Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed. In addition to the concerts, an array of music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. For five days, the venues Teatro de la Ciudad, Cineteca Nacional, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Estación Indianilla and Museo Universitario del Chopo will host the festival around the city. The program brings the opportunity to see bands and projects that can’t easily be seen throughout Mexico, and the promoters strive to create a live experience with high standards in sound and production. Tickets for Bestia Festival will go on sale on September 17th.

This new development with Bestia Festival follows other recent NEUROSIS live announcements, including the band’s upcoming performances at the four-day Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, where they’ll headline the main stage on Saturday, October 18th, joined by The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe, followed by a concert in Denver the following evening, Sunday, October 19th, with Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents supporting. Later that same week, NEUROSIS will perform at the second Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas with Voivod, Samhain, Corrections House, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more. And even more recently, the promoters of the annual Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore will bring NEUROSIS back to their mighty gathering in 2015 where they’ll perform on the final day, Sunday, May 24th, with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest
10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents
10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX
11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Ciudad, Mexico
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights like Isis, Mastodon and High on Fire. As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, the band continues to perform across the planet sporadically but steadily — not having toured this heavily since the earlier years of their career — in seemingly unending support of their 2012-released tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay.

DECAPITATED: FIRST ALBUM PREVIEW RELEASED

A clip featuring 30-second previews of the first four songs from Blood Mantra ? the sixth studio album by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED ? is now available for streaming on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland, Blood Mantra features the debut of new drummer Michal Lysejko and is due out in North America on September 30th.

RINGS OF SATURN Posts Album Teaser Video for Lugal Ki En; Month-Long North American Tour Announced

San Francisco Bay Area-based innovative death metal quartet, RINGS OF SATURN, has released a teaser for their impending Lugal Ki En LP, the album nearing release in one month via Unique Leader Records. Featuring a sampling of some of the music from the blistering, cutting-edge album, as well as the vibrant alien-based artwork, the five-minute-long trailer gives technical death metal-seeking enthusiasts a brutally diverse sampling of the beautifully progressive and downright savage tunes quarantined on Lugal Ki En.

Check out the Lugal Ki En album trailer now;

The bandtoday also announces their next phase of widespread touring in support of Lugal Ki En, with another massive trek confirmed. Following their recent headlining month-long Face Implosion Tour, and direct support placement on the subsequent Summer Slaughter The Canada Club Tour, the tour will see RINGS OF SATURN as special guest support for As Blood Runs Black for a five-week US run, also joined by Upon This Dawning, Elitist, The Convalescence and Those Who Fear for the majority of the tour. From October 23rd through November 29th, the thirty-city maelstrom will wind through the entire country and into Canada in a clockwise pattern, the mission beginning and concluding in California.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Legends Premiere New Video; Band Prepares For Live Run Supporting Gwar

North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are pleased to unveil their latest music video for “On Your Way,” the sixth cut from their recently released IX full-length.

Crowned, “a triumph,” by The Obelisk and, “eccentric and engaging,” by Sputnik Music, the John Custer-produced IX thrusts forth nearly forty-five minutes of the band’s signature “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence (The Onions’s A.V. Club).”

View the apocalyptic clip for “On Your Way” HERE;

In related CORROSION OF CONFORMITY happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting Gwar! Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek — which follows the band’s recent run with Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying — will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.

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

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Strategists Premiere New Video

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, today unveil the official video for “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing new clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and comes by way of the band’s Ryan Jones – (Mutilation Rites) produced The Mother Of Virtues full-length, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

And if you missed it, the quartet recently unleashed a play-through video for the track “Balkanized” via Gear Gods.

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