“Monarchy” is not only their darkest record to date, but their most dynamic, atmospheric and powerful” -9/10 Outburn Magazine-
“Monarchy” is the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now, and it probably won’t change any time soon.” -Heavy Blog is Heavy-
Today RIVERS OF NIHIL have released their sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Fans can purchase the album, which No Clean Singing calls “…a pinnacle of the band’s union of atmospheric and progressive aims” on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp or directly from Metal Blade Records.
The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.
This week, the band played a special album release show in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus. Fans were treated to songs from “Monarchy” as well as classic tracks from the band’s debut. A full North American tour will be announced soon.
The seasonal concept that began with spring on “The Conscious Seed of Light” continues, of course, with “Monarchy”, as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in “The Conscious Seed of Light”. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”
This October, extreme metal powerhouse, Unique Leader Records, will reissue The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, the second full-length from Russian death metal behemoths and recent label signees, ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY. The out-of-print brutalizer was initially released in 2012 via Brutal Bands Records and earned the adulation of underground slam fiends in the proverbial know. Sputnik Music praised in a 4/5 rating, ?The Anomalies? is an album made for death metal fans, emphasizing everything they love and amplifying it in grotesque proportions. The riffs, drums and vocals have all been honed to near perfection, creating an album full of sci-fi based anthems that will bring the alien mosh warrior right out of you.? In an 8.5/10 score, Metal Storm named the record, the ?top slam death album of the year,? adding, ?For those who are unfamiliar with ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY, all you need to know is that their sophomore release is quite literally stronger in every aspect: groove, technicality, brutality, flow, clarity, and songwriting prowess. Far be it from me to say these guys are the Tool of brutal death metal, but their overall abilities have improved immensely, surpassing their peers with a vulgar display of power.? Spirit Of Metal concurred crowning The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, ?Russian death metal at its best,? commending its, ?musical quality and bombarding brutality,? while Skull Fracturing Metal called the record, ?a perfect example of what brutal death metal has to offer. It features relentless blast beats, an endless barrage of vocals that discuss pseudo-intellectual topics, and low-tuned slamming guitars.?
The Anomalies Of Artificial redux was remixed and remastered by Ivan Anthropocide at Anthropocide Studios and includes the wicked sci-fi cover renderings of Par Olofsson, Matti Way (Cinerary, Liturgy, ex-Disgorge, ex-Pathology) on lead vocals and guest backing vocals by Angel Ochoa (Condemned, Cephalotripsy), Corey Athos (Deeds Of Flesh, Flesh Consumed), and A.J. Magana (Disgorge).
The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin Track Listing:
1. Remnants Of The Tortured
2. A Massacre In The North
3. Letting Them Fall…
4. A Burial For The Abandoned
5. Lack Of Oxygen
6. Wormhole Inversion
7. The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin
8. The Last Communion
Hailing from the Moscow region, ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY was forged in 2003 under the original moniker of Devoured Entrails. Through various lineup shifts over the next several years the band began performing regularly, and released several decimating recordings, leading with their initial promo demo in 2006, followed by their debut long playee, In The End Of Human Existence, released the following year by Lacerated Enemy Records. A four-year gap and multiple more lineup shifts would bridge their first full-length and their next release, a new promotional CD in 2011, which gained the attention of Brutal Bands Records, who issued the band?s second album, The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, in 2012.
2015 sees the ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY lineup more stable than ever, and ready for the next chapter in their destructive history, having been picked up by Unique Leader Records. The band is currently composing material for their upcoming third full-length album which will be recorded later this year for release through Unique Leader in 2016. Fans of Devourment, Disgorge, Skinless, Pathology, Katalepsy and the like stay alert.
The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin will be reissued on CD and LP (with alternative artwork by Matt Auer of Mottla Art) via Unique Leader Records on October 30th. Preorders are currently available.
The Icelandic Viking Metal band SKÀLMÖLD are set to hit the road from end of November through mid-December together with ELUVEITIE again for an extensive European and Scandinavian tour!
The latest album Með vættum promises epic Viking stories and fleshes with a cool Icelandic breeze.
Get ready for your fix of Pagan and Viking Metal on these upcoming tour dates:
23.11.15 DE – Kiel / Orange Club
24.11.15 DK – Aarhus / Voxhall
25.11.15 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
27.11.15 NO – Haugesund / Byscenen
28.11.15 NO – Bergen / Garage
29.11.15 NO – Oslo / John Dee
30.11.15 SE – Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
01.12.15 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
03.12.15 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
04.12.15 FI – Turku / Klubi
05.12.15 FI – Tampere / Pakkahuone
06.12.15 EE – Tallinn / Tapper
08.12.15 LV – Riga / Melna Piektdiena
09.12.15 LT – Vilnius / Loftas
10.12.15 PL – Gdansk / B 90
11.12.15 DE – Rostock / Alte Zuckerfabrik
As New York City-based occult black metal collective, TELOCH VOVIN, prepares to release their Further Down The Tunnel EP on 2015 Fall Equinox, the first public foretaste of the grisly recording has been made available early, with both audio and video versions of the track “Adoration/Vexation” premiered through No Clean Singing.
TELOCH VOVIN’s latest release, Further Down The Tunnel sees the outfit’s cruel tones delivered with more searing clarity than ever, showing the band honing their craft while retaining the Khaotic unchained maliciousness one would expect from the band through five tracks engineered, mixed and mastered by Jos-Sothoth. With nearly a half-hour of tormented disharmony, the EP takes the listener one step further from the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and deepening the souls fall into Khaos. The maiden single to be issued from the record comes with the closing track, “Adoration/Vexation,” which features some of the most intense moments of the EP, and includes guest vocals by Paul Delaney of Black Anvil.
“Adoration/Vexation” is spat forth through the underground metal loyalists at No Clean singing in both audio and video formats, the site issuing, “The first part of the song is mid-paced, with rolling tremolo chords expressing a melancholy melody that does indeed reflect an atmosphere of worship – though the multitude of savage voices that erupt over the music come across not as solemn, but as explosively ferocious. You’ll have no trouble detecting when the song segues into the second half of the duality – the band start to thrash and slash at high speed, spewing unrestrained destruction, still accompanied by those thoroughly unhinged shrieks, growls, and roars, but now with the addition of clean vocals that give the song a ritualistic aura.”
TELOCH VOVIN will independently issue Further Down The Tunnel digitally and on CD on the first day of Fall, September 23rd. Preorders for the CD and other merch including two patch designs, a t-shirt design, a few remaining physical copies of the band’s I and Atah Gebur Le-Olam Sathanas live CDR releases as well as a limited number of Red (Lilith) and Black (Samael) ritual candles are available.
Following an absence of shows since last year, TELOCH VOVIN will also return to the stage in support of their new works. Already confirmed is an appearance at the first day of the Rage Of Armageddon Fest at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn alongside Broken Hope, Embalmer and more, with additional live Rituals to be announced.
TELOCH VOVIN Live:
10/16/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY @ Rage Of Armageddon Fest w/ Broken Hope, Embalmer
The cryptic works of the TELOCH VOVIN coven have amassed a respectable and diehard legion of devotees for the cult over the past three years, regionally via notable live performances throughout the greater New York City area and internationally through their independently-released I rehearsal promo CD in 2013, and last year’s Atah Gebur Le-Olam Sathanas limited edition live CDR. Unloading a Khaotic disease ridden, occult-based, black/death metal attack infiltrated with ceremonial bells, chimes and unorthodox instrumentation amidst layered vocal insanity, the band’s on-stage rituals include candlelight altars, sacrificial bones and ritual blood, and ablaze with an atmosphere of pure death worship. Lyrically, the outfit delves further into the abyssal unknown than a great majority of their peers, with an incredibly devoted intensity to their craft based upon the rites and rituals of the temple surrounding the band.
Torche has confirmed an additional round of dates for their previously announced month-long fall European headlining tour starting this November. Having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Western Europe over the past year, this tour will see Torche bring their unique brand of doom metal and hard rock to Scandinavia and much of Eastern Europe. A complete listing of dates is available below.
Torche recently released Restarter, the band?s debut for Relapse Records, and their best selling album to date, with the ten-song collection landing on multiple worldwide charts and Pitchfork calling the set ?their most compelling record since Meanderthal? and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band ?loud rock?s most adroit genre-benders.? The album can be streamed in it’s entirety via Bandcamp.
Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse.
CANNIBAL CORPSE has spent the summer of 2015 conquering Europe, with included stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows. But they aren’t even close to being finished with 2015. The band today reveals their plans for a massive US tour this Fall, bringing a brutal package of acts with them across the United States beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th. Direct support is slated to come from Metal Blade labelmates, Cattle Decapitation, preceded by Sweden’s Soreption, plus a local opener on each show. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th. VIP upgrades will be announced soon. Check cannibalcorpse.net for details as they are made available.
Comments CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster: “We’re very excited to be hitting the road this Fall with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption, two killer bands that we know our fans will love. Get ready for a night of complete brutality!”
Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan expresses the band’s excitement for the upcoming shows: “We’ve wanted to tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE ever since we started touring and we’re glad that’s finally going to be a reality! Looking forward to making memories with these guys and Soreption!”
CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Cattle Decapitation, Soreption:
10/08/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
10/09/2015 Motorco – Durham, NC
10/10/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
10/12/2015 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
10/13/2015 Reverb – Reading, PA
10/14/2015 The Emporium – The Emporium – Long Island, NY
10/15/2015 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
10/16/2015 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/17/2015 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
10/19/2015 VClub Live – Huntington, WV
10/20/2015 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
10/21/2015 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
10/23/2015 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/24/2015 Club XS – Tucson, AZ
10/25/2015 KnotFest – San Bernardino, CA
10/27/2015 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
10/28/2015 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2015 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10/30/2015 Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
10/31/2015 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
11/01/2015 The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
11/03/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
11/05/2015 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2015 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/07/2015 Venue 578 – Orlando, FL
A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE and thirteenth full-length overall, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida, the record boasts twelve ravenous tracks of confrontational, meticulously-executed ill-omened brutality as only CANNIBAL CORPSE can deliver.
Cattle Decapitation’s The Anthropocene Extinction was just released this past Friday, August 7th, and has amassed the praise from press and fans globally. Decibel Magazine commends, “abundant hooks, extremity meeting musicality, a diverse vocal performance, an almost surprisingly bittersweet tone, and hairpin temp shifts,” adding, “there’s always been a fine line between extremity and listenability and CATTLE DECAPITATION have marvelously tiptoed that line again… their command of craft has never been better.”
Swedish technical death metal unit, Soreption, released their Engineering The Void full-length last year via Unique Leader Records.A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg. The band’s latest North American jaunt follows their run earlier this year supporting Cryptopsy and Disgorge.
Pacific Northwestern psychedelic doom bringers, YOB, will bring their sonic enormity to stages this Fall on a lengthy North American headlining trek. Slated to commence on October 22nd in Boise, Idaho and conclude on November 21st in Oakland, California, the trio will quake the stages of over two dozen venues including a special performance at this year’s edition of Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Fest in San Antonio, Texas. Support will come from San Francisco volume dealers, Black Cobra. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 14th.
YOB w/ Black Cobra:
10/22/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
10/23/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/24/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
10/25/2015 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
10/27/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
10/28/2015 High Noon – Madison, WI w/ Jex Thoth
10/29/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Acid King
10/30/2015 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ Ethicist
10/31/2015 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
11/02/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC w/ Dopethrone
11/03/2015 Brighton – Boston, MA
11/05/2015 Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
11/06/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
11/07/2015 Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – New York, NY
11/08/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/09/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2015 Tiger Mountain – Asheville, NC
11/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Author & Punisher, Muscle & Marrow
11/14/2015 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX
11/15/2015 Housecore Horror Festival – San Antonio, TX *
11/17/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ Deafheaven, Tribulation*
11/18/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
11/19/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/20/2015 Echo – Los Angeles, CA
11/21/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA
* no Black Cobra
YOB’s live show is everything you’d want from a power trio. From frenetic riffs and furious drumming to slow, crushing doom, a YOB gig is less a performance and more a communal brain-fuck. They hold their audience transfixed with brief moments of brooding, atmospheric, almost ambient respite, before pulverizing them with a massive, brutal crush of noise. The band will be touring in support of their universally-adored Clearing The Path To Ascend full-length, released early last Fall via Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list of the best metal albums and was praised by countless media outlets from Pitchfork to The New York Times. Never before has doom metal been at the forefront of the public consciousness, and it’s easy to see why: though it’s come almost two decades into their existence, YOB have created not just the best album of their career – they’ve made what will come to be regarded as one of the defining records in the pantheon of doom metal.
YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings.
“YOB might be one of the best bands in North America.” – The New York Times
“Psychedelic rock, stoner rock, stoner metal, blues metal, ambient: all reside comfortably in YOB’s wheelhouse, coalescing and collapsing on a path that stretches as far as the listener’s imagination.” – Pitchfork
“The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB … makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” – Rolling Stone
“Mike Scheidt’s songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic… a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse.” – Decibel
“Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied (‘Nothing To Win’) as well as their gentlest (‘Marrow’), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us.” – Stereogum
“An absolute monument of musicianship, songcraft, and raw emotion…” — Free Williamsburg
“All dreams must end-but by extension, so must all nightmares. On Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB has beautifully, brutally conjured a bit of both.” – The A.V. Club
Supergroup is such an erroneous term – images of bored playboys pissing on their legacy spring to mind – but the members of WITH THE DEAD have a history of creating criminally good records as long as your arm. They’ve all served hard time in the subterranean worlds of Doom and the heaviest forms of Metal and have now reconvened to surpass previous projects. They’re back – and this time the aim is to maim.
WITH THE DEAD were formed by the founding rhythm section of occultist Doom overloads Electric Wizard: guitarist/bassist Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening, a pair once notorious for the sheer brute heaviness of their bowel-shaking sound and early extra-curricular activities that involved excess, injury and low-level criminality (arrests for the theft of a crucifix from a church roof and drunkenly robbing an off-licence to name but two). Both have also played together in Ramesses.
Completing the triangle is frontman Lee Dorrian, co-founder of Doom pioneers Cathedral, former frontman with grindcore legends Napalm Death and owner of Rise Above Records, the UK’s finest independent purveyors of all sounds heavy and underground, whose stable of bands include Ghost, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lucifer, Blood Ceremony and Witchcraft. Having been in business since 1988, Rise Above is also one of the most enduring.
Existing doom-heads will already know that the longstanding relationship between Rise Above and Electric Wizard is one that was fractious and fraught. Much mud has been slung between band, label and former members in recent years, but the WITH THE DEAD trio are of the opinion that big words meant little – it’s the action that truly counts. And as the fire that is Electric Wizard peters out, WITH THE DEAD burn with eyebrow-singeing intensity. WITH THE DEAD are heavy. No – scratch that. WITH THE DEAD are heavy.H.E.A.V.Y!!! They are a band with teeth and talons.
Like the product of some sort of alchemical alignment or a diabolical modern demon summoned by a whispered incantatory spell, WITH THE DEAD formed on All Hallow’s Eve 2014. They worked quickly and the result is a six-track, self-titled debut broadside that draws on the members’ rich musical legacy but without ever taking a backward step. Rising like a fecund creature from the fetid bogs of old England, With The Dead is a malevolent beast that lurches and staggers, flattening everything in its path. Guitars moil and curdle, bubbling up through the loam like black tar, while existing fans will surely welcome the return of Dorrian’s distinctly hateful vocals. The album was recorded at Orgone Studios in High Barnet, London, with producer/engineer Jaime Gomez Arellano in late March/early April 2015, With The Dead’s vocals were then added in two very short evening sessions in April and May 2015.
With The Dead Track Listing:
1. Crown of Burning Stars
2. The Cross
4. Living With The Dead
5. I Am The Virus
6. Screams From My Own Grave
WITH THE DEAD Lineup:
Lee Dorrian – vocals
Tim Bagshaw – guitar / bass
Mark Greening – drums
This October, Screaming Crow Records will release the first ever BLACK YO)))GA CD/DVD. Created by 200-hour RYT-certified instructor, Kimee Massie, BLACK YO)))GA is vinyasa style yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. It incorporates basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. It’s a traditional yoga class in practice, however darker than what you may typically associate with the practice in the Western world.
Since 2012, the music for classes has been a series of mix-tapes. This particular recording — Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 — was performed and created by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by Kimee’s husband, Scott Massie. With members involved from Storm King, Veniculture, Agnes Wired For Sound, Moonstation Burning, Vulture, Deathcrawl, Complete Failure, Hero Destroyed, Filth On Demand, Secant Prime, Emay, Crown Of Eternity, Torrential Bleeding, and more, this ensemble has produced a soundscape tailored to create a heavy meditative space in order to spread the benefits of yoga to people within their own art and music communities: people who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc.; those who may not feel they fit into typical yoga classes; the people who, in all rights, may most need the balance and release of yoga to return to and lead rich, fulfilling lives.
This project consists of two releases. The first will be the BLACK YO)))GA DVD/instructional video, Asanas Ritual Vol 1, directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, containing a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score. The second release will be a CD version of the soundtrack on its own. Both releases contain plenty of bonus features and will be available in stores and online by the first of October via Screaming Crow Records.
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. A Wandering Through
2. The Dark Places In Our Lives
4. Hungry Ghosts
5. Negative Confession
7. Nest Of Thorns
8. Loopholes In The Universe
Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 will see release via Screaming Crow Records on October 30th, 2015.
Death metal legends BROKEN HOPE, have confirmed their appearance at the 2015 OBSCENE EXTREME AMERICA festival on Saturday August, 22nd in Montreal Canada.
Obscene Extreme is one of the few remaining pure underground festivals bringing together some of the biggest extreme metal pioneers with cult-classic bands from around the world. The festival lineup features BROKEN HOPE, IMMOLATION, TRAP THEM and many more.
“BROKEN HOPE just played OBSCENE EXTREME in the Czech Republic for the first time last month–and it was a HUGE and INSANE concert experience for us! Now we’re back to play the MONTREAL edition of OEF, and we’re BEYOND STOKED! We haven’t played MONTREAL since 2013, and we have a longtime love for MONTREAL and our fans there, so this entire festival and the city hosting it makes BROKEN HOPE extremely excited for our appearance on August 21st! Moreover, BH will be playing a longer and extremely lethal set at OEF… you’ve been warned!!!!” states guitarist and founding father, Jeremy Wagner.
BROKEN HOPE will release the “LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” Blu-Ray Concert DVD and Live Album worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18th, 2015. In case you missed the Decibel Magazine preview, watch it now:
This Live Concert Blu-Ray and Live Album are historic firsts as BROKEN HOPE has never before released a Live Concert DVD or Live album-until NOW!
“LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” BLU-RAY DVD CHAPTER LISTING:
THE DOCKING DEAD
DILATION & EXTRACTION
INTO the NECROSPHERE
SWAMPED IN GORE
THE DEAD HALF
I AM GOD
HE WAS RAPED
THE FLESH MECHANIC
BLU-RAY DVD-BONUS FEATURES:
*BEHIND the SCENES at BRUTAL ASSAULT-THE INTERVIEWS
(with JEREMY, DAMIAN, and MIKE)
*”THE FLESH MECHANIC” OFFICIAL VIDEO
*”25 YEARS of SICKNESS-THE HISTORY of BROKEN HOPE”
DOCUMENTARY FILM-FOR the FIRST TIME on BLU-RAY for the WORLD!
“LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” LIVE ALBUM/CD TRACK LISTING:
THE DOCKING DEAD
DILATION & EXTRACTION
INTO the NECROSPHERE
SWAMPED IN GORE
THE DEAD HALF
I AM GOD
HE WAS RAPED
THE FLESH MECHANIC
BROKEN HOPE is:
Damian Leski – Vocals
Jeremy Wagner – Guitars
Diego Soria – Bass
Matt Szlachta – Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek – Drums
BROKEN HOPE discography:
Omen of Disease (2013)
Grotesque Blessings (1999)
Repulsive Conception (1995)
The Bowels Of Repugnance (1993)
Hobo Stew EP (1993)
Swamped In Gore (1991)
Metal Blade Records has set an August 28th release date for the Digital EP from new supergroup BLOOD DIVISIONS. BLOOD DIVISIONS features a who’s who of metal musicians, including Chris Jericho, Dave Austin, Ralph Santola, Terry Butler, Greg Gall, Bill Owen, John Mahoney and Ben Meyer. The Digital EP features two tracks, the first being a cover of the Nasty Savage track “The Morgue” and the second is a cover version of the Scorpions classic “Top of the Bill”.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the self-titled EP will benefit Rock & Rescue a charity helmed by acclaimed producer Jay Ruston as well as the Warren County Tennessee Humane Society.
Vocalist Chris Jericho on BLOOD DIVISIONS: “BLOOD DIVISIONS is an all star collection of some of the most talented musicians to ever come from the legendary southern Florida metal scene. Being a HUGE fan of all of these musicians and their legendary bands, especially Nasty Savage, when David Austin himself asked me to lay down the vocals, I responded immediately, ‘YES! What songs do you want me to sing and how many studded leather gauntlets can I wear?’ I’m so honored and proud to be a part of the project and very excited with the results. Trust me, it’s going to tear all of your fuckin’ heads off, in the best possible way!”
BLOOD DIVISIONS features:
Chris Jericho – vocals
Dave Austin – guitars (Nasty Savage)
Ralph Santola – lead guitar (Death, Obituary, Testament, Iced Earth)
Terry Butler – bass (Obituary, Death, Denial Fiend, Massacre)
Greg Gall – drums (Six Feet Under)
Bill Owen – lead guitar (Purgatory)
John Mahoney – lead guitar (Fester)
Ben Meyer – lead guitar (Nasty Savage, Low Brow, Gardy Loo)
BLOOD DIVISIONS Track Listing:
“The Morgue” – Nasty Savage cover
“Top of the Bill” – Scorpions cover
UK metal act HEART OF A COWARD will release their third album, entitled Deliverance, on October 2nd via Century Media Records.
Deliverance was produced and mixed by SIKTH vocalist Justin Hill. The artwork was done by Daniel McBride (AFTER THE BURIAL, VEIL OF MAYA), who also did the artwork for HEART OF A COWARD’s debut album Hope and Hindrance.
“Musically assured, and performed by a band who have been honing their chops on the road, Deliverance is another step up for a band on the rise.”
– Jason Hicks, Metal Hammer (UK)
03. Turmoil I: Wolves
04. Turmoil II: The Weak Inherit The Earth
06. A Grain Of Sand
07. Mouth Of Madness
09. Skeletal I: Mourning Repairs
10. Skeletal II: Arise
The band just recently launched their brand new video for “Hollow”.
HEART OF A COWARD live:
September 24, 2015 – Belfast
September 25, 2015 – Dublin
HEART OF A COWARD is:
Jamie Graham – Vocals
Carl Ayers – Guitars
Steve Haycock – Guitars
Vishal “V” Khetia – Bass
Christopher “Noddy” Mansbridge – Drums
versum is the forthcoming new full-length from Finnish psychedelic doom practitioners, DARK BUDDHA RISING. Their fifth studio offering and first under the Neurot Recordings banner, Inversum is a two-track exercise in the black arts of psychedelia, swallowing its listeners whole into a tense, brooding realm of dark atmospheres, harrowing mysticism, tormented howls and slow, ominous riff protrusions. Considered the opening of the Third Cycle Of DARK BUDDHA RISING, the record was recorded, produced and mixed by the band in the bowels of the Wastement, the self-proclaimed ?asylum of eternal feedback,? and welcomes the addition of new DARK BUDDHA RISING recruits, V. Vatanen (guitar, vocals), J. Saarivuori (keyboards) and M. Neuman (vocals). Inversum Track Listing:
1. E S O
2. E X O
As the dust of centuries has settled on pages unwritten, the gates are opened only within. In ascension rites of introvert spirits, the signature of passing flesh is inscribed in the memorial garden as a note of entrance. Succeeding this initiation, all levels are accessible through death transpired as severance of the flesh and the spirit immortal.
As the remnants of flesh dance to the endless pulses of the multiverse, the underlying directives in biorhythms to which these pulses are synchronized (from ego to the universe on the left hand and no ego in the void beneath the veil) and to be followed like a call of nature. Nature withholds the void that exists to the unaided eye of the celestials, and the rhythms transpire as keys.
As the innerspace traveler is aligned with the order of the nine, disarray in the processes is suddenly reversible, and the liberated shall walk the brightened path that is not treaded afoot. This is DARK BUDDHA RISING.
August 5, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Modern Melodic Metal band Every Hour Kills has released their “Almost Human” music video from their upcoming self-titled EP which comes out on September 18th. The video, which was directed by Doug Cook is part of an online voting competition where the winning videos receive one of two $30,000 grants to produce a music video + documentary, receive training and mentorship opportunities, and distribution on TELUS Optik TV On Demand and online!
The song is about addictions, vices and demons. Everybody has them in some form. Sometimes when you deal with these trials you feel isolated and alone, like an alien among your own kind. Like you’re not quite human…
The video concept illustrates this by showing the band in a cold, isolated environment being filmed only by futuristic robotic security cameras. They are forced to perform and give every ounce of energy they have to even have a chance of being set free… – Sacha Laskow
Inspired by an anonymous literary quote ?Every hour wounds, but the last one kills.?, Every Hour Kills is a power house ensemble featuring ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (ex-Breach of Trust, ex-Death Valley Dolls), drummer Rob Shawcross (ex- Out Of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-Kobra and The Lotus) along with vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, ex-Out of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-the R.A.C.E.). EHK?s birth began when drummer Rob Shawcross returned from a stint at the PIT in LA and approached Sacha Laskow after his departure from Nuclear Blast signed Divinity. From there, the duo worked together and recruited the best musicians they knew bassist Brent Stutsky and vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster to the line up. Progressing as a unit of epic, modern, melodic groove Metal with a twist of djent, Every Hour Kills has pushed forward in studio over the years with Sacha Laskow leading the pack?s song writing to collaborate and create an extreme sound for new fans that ranges from those familiar with heavy weights such as Soilwork, Sevendust, Meshuggah to electronic music and even rock radio friendly tunes. ?The key is blending all those genres and influences into a cohesive style.? comments Laskow. ?All the tracks we have completed at this time, are not written to ?throwaway? or do as filler tracks, every song has to have a ?single? quality for us to work on it and add it to our set.?With their debut self-titled EP due for release in summer 2015, EHK?s is excited to set their metal scene on fire performing shows in their home base of Calgary, AB and beyond.
Odium Records proudly announce the new opus from Mephorash (feat. members of Malign, ex Ofermod). The album is going to be unleashed at the end of August/ beginning of September.
We give you a taste of what the album has to offer by presenting to you, the first track of the album “Riphyon – The Tree of Assiyah Putrescent”, featuring Nebiros of Malign, ex Ofermod:
The tracklist is as follows:
1. Riphyon – The Tree of Assiyah Putrescent
2. Phezur – Dissolving The Sea of Yetzirah
3. Cheidolun – Breaking The Blade of Beriah
4. Berberioth – Vandalising The Throne of Atziluth
Each track of the album features additional vocals from the vocalists of Malign, Hetroertzen, Embrace of Thorns and Fides Inversa. You can expect 42 minutes of extraordinary Black Art deeply rooted in the occult pathways.
The album will be released on a deluxe six panel digipack with gold foil stamped seals woven into the artwork and on gatefold vinyl later this year by Odium records. The album will also be available in a die-hard edition, limited to 50 hand numbered copies on cd and vinyl that will be released together with a book written by G. De laval. The book will process and dig deep in to the concept of the negated elements with around 50 pages of pure occult magic.
This November, Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what’s morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!
Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin doing a live score of George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar’s fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!
And the awesome won’t stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.
Comments Anselmo: “I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King.”
Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who’s shaping this year’s HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: “It’s been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It’s gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!”
Corrosion Of Conformity
Goblin (Dawn Of The Dead live score)
Author And Punisher
Muscle And Marrow *
Besides showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and late festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are also encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. And yes, Anselmo does watch them all. For rules and deadlines visit: http://housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com/submissions/.
Single-day passes are on sale today. Don’t sleep on this. They will sell out!
Additional bands, films and special guests to be announced in the near future. Until then, suffer.
For those who are not yet familiar with the genius of expert guitarist RAMON ORTIZ, prepare to experience a shred fusion onslaught that only a true master of his craft could execute. For those who are familiar with Ortiz and his successful stints with revered Latin American metal groups Puya and Ankla, the wait is over – Ortiz is back in action with his brand new upcoming release Portal, set to release on September 15, 2015. The album will be available for pre-order exclusively via CDBaby beginning August 18th.
Today RAMON ORTIZ is giving fans an early taste of Portal by streaming the first single “82512”, which features percussion by Paoli Mejias of fusion rock legends Santana, via his official YouTube page.
Ortiz states, “I had heard about Paoli’s legendary drumming for a long time but never had seen him perform, which is ironic since we?re both from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Likely because we’re from different musical scenes, he’s more from the Latin Jazz side and I?ve always been more on the rock/metal side. People kept telling me ‘you should do something with him because you’re both doing musical fusion and are both innovators in different genres’. I finally saw him perform with his own band at a Jazzfest in San Juan and I was floored – very high energy Latin Jazz fused with Puerto Rican folklore and his incredible virtuosic conga drum playing. I couldn’t talk to him after the show, but luckily a few days later I ran into him, and congratulated him on his show, and mentioned to him that I had an instrumental track called ‘82512’ which featured a fusion of metal and latin jazz and that I would love him to play conga drums in it. He heard it loved it and put new life into it with his conga drumming style.”
RAMON ORTIZ’s career has always been characterized by the exploration of seemingly incompatible musical genres and the relentless pursuit of fusing them together. His music ranges in influence, craftily balancing traditional shred with Latin American rhythmic instrumentation and various fusion elements. Portal showcases these influences and more, and progresses even beyond Ortiz’s first solo record, Ortiz (2012). This first record initially introduced fans to Ortiz’s undeniable musical ability in a solo setting, and reached the top 20 most-played tracks on Sirius XM Liquid Metal as published by Revolver Magazine.
You can also view Ortiz’s previously released music video for the track “Yukiyú II”, directed by Eva Luna Ortiz and filmed in the El Yunque Rain Forest of Puerto Rico. This video features a shorted version of the full track, which appears as the last song on Portal.
RAMON ORTIZ is currently sponsored by Seymour Duncan pickups, Mesa Boogie amps and Fernandes guitars, who built him his first signature seven string tribal themed guitar, designed by Ortiz himself.
Stay tuned for more music and videos coming soon from RAMON ORTIZ in the coming weeks.
As 20 Buck Spin prepares to release Darkness Evermore, the sophomore full-length from Portland-based NIGHTFELL, the label has issued the cover art, track listing and confirmed vinyl release date for the anxiously awaited album.
NIGHTFELL is the tumultuous project founded by Todd Burdette (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Warcry) and Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Sempiternal Dusk, Saturnalia Temple), who here forge their perceptions into a harsh, epic, and wholly different delivery than any of either artists’ prior or other current bands. Surging with bleak viewpoints lyrically, matched by the seething aggression of each song’s brooding misery, the follow-up to their 2014-issued The Living Ever Mourn displays NIGHTFELL’s wrath in an even more slickly-deployed state. On the potent Darkness Evermore, the duo unloads a more than forty-minute deluge of new material through six demoralizing new tracks recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan “Maus” Mersky and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, as with their debut.
20 Buck Spin will issue Darkness Evermore on CD and digital platforms on September 11th, with the 12″ LP now confirmed for an October 23rd street date. The track listing for the record along with its cover art created from paintings by Carl Auge (His Hero Is Gone) has been issued in advance of its release.
Upon the release of Darkness Evermore, NIGHTFELL will transform from a studio-only duo into a roaming entity, taking their threatening anthems to the stage on tour for the first time with additional allies filling out the live lineup. Additional info on this incarnation of the band, audio samples from the LP and more will be dispatched in the coming days.
Darkness Evermore Track Listing:
1. At Last
In 2014, Portland’s NIGHTFELL stormed decisively onto the worldwide metal scene with their forceful debut album The Living Ever Mourn, released through Southern Lord and Parasitic Records. Having since further fortified their ominous fusion of shadowed disharmony, the band now marches forward with Darkness Evermore, a commanding display of power, tension and dynamics. Again defying easy classification, Darkness Evermore seethes with NIGHTFELL’s fiery, apocalyptic energy from the opening moments of “At Last” until the final “Collapse” and through the cycle of “The Cleansing” and “Rebirth” in between. Ranging from short respites to more than ten minute epic pieces, the album’s blackened guitar harmonies and bleak melodies provide a somber counterpoint to the massive, imposing riffs strewn about the record like bodies on a war torn field. Unsurprisingly considering the primary members’ other musical outlets, the immense ferocity of the vocals exact a heavy toll and agonizing dread. As on the debut LP great care has been taken on the production and mastering side of Darkness Evermore to ensure a brutally heavy mix with a punishing low end that maintains clarity throughout. Poised to make the shift from studio project to live band in the coming months, NIGHTFELL’s second LP signals a new birth for a band only beginning to make its indelible mark.
Following their maiden trip across the Pacific last year, Australia’s gruesome twosome, DEAD, has washed back onto US soil for another putrid invasion of our Western shores, with a month-long tour beginning this evening. In celebration of the new expedition, the band has unveiled their impressive new major budget “Nakaken” video, hailing from their latest LP, Captains Of Industry.
DEAD, our favorite downunder bass-and-drums duo, kicks out the noise jams once again, motherfuckers. Captains Of Industry, their third LP, beats you about the head with stripped-down but mighty mind-melters, the occasional respite via ambient experimental pieces. Continuing along their trajectory to nowhere, Captains… has all that palpable DEAD energy, up in your face with a wry smile, battering away. The recording by Toshi Kasai captures their unholy marriage of sharp bass riffage and hardcore drum acrobatics punctuated by shout-along vocal bursts. Brown Noise Unit reports, in an early review of the album, “Not content with aping their heroes, DEAD are a band with something to say, and they say it loud on Captains Of Industry. Fans of heavy, inventive music-don’t miss out on this one.”
DEAD has released their first official video for the new LP with the complex storyline of “Nakaken.” Named after their comrade in Japanese band, Cyberne, the video delivers the seventh of the nine rampant rippers on Captains Of Industry with a dazzling overdose of maximum visual impact.
Uncage DEAD’s mighty “Nakaken” video.
Having just slayed their native continent on tour with Black Cobra and Jucifer, the DEAD duo is back in the US this week, beginning a month-long Western America tour TODAY. The first phase of the tour sees the band alongside House Of Lightning and Wrong for a week-and-a-half of shows, ending just before the band raids Total Fest once again, for the final incarnation of the festival this year. Following Total Fest, DEAD will go rogue, performing with the likes of Gay Witch Abortion, Big Business, Vaz, Hot Victory, Rabbits, Prizehog, Towers, Volumen, Lazarus Long, Drunk Dad, Elephant Rifle and many others for the remainder of the trek before smoldering to a finale in Los Angeles where the tour began, the final show on September 3rd.
Stand by for additional updates in the near future, as DEAD was also just back in the studio again with Toshi Kasai, recording the follow-up to Captains Of Industry.
DEAD US Tour Dates:
8/03/2015 All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/04/2015 Que Sera – Long Beach, CA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/05/2015 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/06/2015 TBA – El Paso, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/07/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/08/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/09/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/10/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/11/2015 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/12/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
Last week, American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD released their groundbreaking seventh full length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, via Epic Records. The numbers are in, and the proof that metal is truly alive and well lies within the album?s incredible #2 first week debut on the U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts. Additionally, the album has charted extremely well internationally, surpassing the chart numbers for the band?s last album in every territory.
#1 debut (last album Resolution debuted at #2)
#2 (Resolution was #3)
#7* (Resolution was #19), #1 Indie, #1 Rock (This is the band and label’s first Top Ten in the UK)
#12 (Resolution was #37)
#13 (Resolution was #56)
#13 (Resolution was #36)
#3 (Resolution was #5)
#11 (Resolution was #12)
#19 (Resolution was #21)
#23 (Resolution was #61)
#25, #1 Indie (Resolution was #41)
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Remaining Dates
LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White
8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
8/22 – Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center ? NO SLIPKNOT
8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Visit these upcoming record signings to get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang signed by the band at these locations:
8/5 – Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ
8/29 – Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ
?Although there?s plenty of LAMB OF GOD?s trademark guitar chug and Olympics-level drumming, the eerier moments (see the jailhouse tale ?512?) and unexpected guests (including members of Deftones and the Dillinger Escape Plan) show a group that?s thirsty to evolve beyond its own established patterns.? ? Kory Grow, Rolling Stone
??LAMB OF GOD have made one of their most alluring albums in years.? ? Grayson Currin, Pitchfork
?”VII: Sturm und Drang”, for all of its polish and bows to melody, is one of the fiercest albums they’ve ever laid down? This album is a full-on purge and if you can relate, “VII: Sturm und Drang” will get you off in more ways than one.? ? Ray Van Horn Jr., Blabbermouth.net
??their much-ballyhooed seventh album arrives sounding like a band reborn? their best album in more than a decade.? ? Adrien Begrand, Decibel Magazine
?LAMB OF GOD’s return with VII: Sturm und Drang [Epic Records] is a flawless fire and brimstone blast. This is heavy music forged in flames of raw emotion and experience in the most unbridled manner. The group? carve out a rapturously heavy and unsettlingly hypnotic space that’s easy to fall into. This is the band’s most simultaneously atomic and atmospheric body of work to date.? ? Rick Florino, ArtistDirect.com
?From the brooding dynamics of ?Overlord? and ?Embers? to the more expected savagery of ?Erase This? and ?Delusion Pandemic?, LAMB OF GOD sound more focused than ever here, and thoroughly deserving of their status as one of metal?s biggest bands.? ? Dom Lawson, The Guardian
?The band’s newest work finds them continuing to find the fine balance between sinister thrash and metallic catchiness on standout tracks like “Overlord” and “Erase This?.? ? Jason Roche, OC Weekly
??another solid addition to the LAMB OF GOD catalogue.? – Bradley Zorgdrager, Exclaim! Magazine
Recently, LAMB OF GOD released their official music videos for ?Overlord? and ?512?, both directed by Jorge Torres-Torres
ABOUT LAMB OF GOD:
Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake ? having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band?s first major release, 2000?s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, ?The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.?
In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track ?Redneck?. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks ?Set to Fail? and ?In Your Words?, both cut from Wrath (CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band?s track ?Ghost Walking?, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). Now, on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece is poised to prove their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal ? a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.
Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe?s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and upcoming book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.
Los Angeles based Metal band The Augments Project have released their “Awaken” music video off their new EP of the same name, available now through Bandcamp. The video was written by Jimmy Trigger, directed by Jimmy Trigger & Brian Cox, and filmed and edited by Brian Cox. The track is also available for free download on the band’s Reverb Nation page.
Watch The Augments Project “Awaken” Music Video Below:
The track “Awaken” was the first song we all wrote together, so it holds special weight for us all. The ideology of the band is for us all to shine in our skill sets, and I think that happened. The result: something fresh & new but hinting that old skool influence. “Awaken” is an aggressive song, that got me to delve into emotions that I haven’t visited in quite a while. The song deals with the turmoil’s of life and doing our best to succeed regardless. There are a lot of metaphors in each song, but some are very real (Take this noose around my neck that binds me to my lives regrets). You can decide, I guess. The end result should always be a PMA view point, or PMMA (positive mental motherfuckin attitude) as i say. – Jimmy Trigger (The Augments Project)
About The Augments Project:
The Augments Project brings together captivating vocal melodies, accompanied by brutal heavy grooves and razor sharp instrumental precision and accuracy.
Produced and engineered by its members, THE AUGMENTS PROJECT merges the familiar sounds of modern day progressive metal and rock with an electronic twist.
From the opening track “Awaken” the group performs an almost mechanical introduction of blistering guitars and thunderous drums followed by a throat tearing first verse, letting the listener know immediately that play time is over.
Irish Born Jimmy Trigger (We Are The Riot, Switchpin) known for his work with supergroup “We Are The Riot” (featuring members of Coal Chamber Meegs and Mikey Cox) delivers an amazing level of diversity with each breath!!! With a range that could only be matched by the efforts of several vocalists, Jimmy sends a message of positivity, strength and empowerment. aka PMMA positive mental motherfkin attitude)
Accompanying his vocal efforts is Matt, the groups multitalented keyboard and programming specialist. Matt brings the electronic world to life in every song, and takes on the vocal duties where he’s needed.
Bringing the thick and immense low end to the groups sound and also taking on vocal duties is none other than Frankie Sil (previously of Static X) who’s eccentric and radical look is matched by his aggressive performance abilities and spectacular musicianship. Frankie’s work with more contemporary rock groups brings to the table a “more approachable” idea when it comes to the song writing process, leaving the listeners ears pleased and thirsty for more.
Manning the helm behind the percussive department is Josh Alves (Sisters Ov the Blackmoon) Josh plays a game of pick up sticks, take no prisoners!!! With a musical range that starts with rock and blues and ends with 300bpm + death metal, Josh delivers each hit as if it were a gavel stroke condemning the listener to a life sentence!!!
Last but not least we come to Johnny Death (Previously of Before The Mourning, The Kill Corps) the 7 string gunslinger displays a finger blistering array of crushing grooves and melodic leads that compliment and drive the sound home!!!
The Augments Project bases its origins from music itself, as the very name means to contribute to and make greater!!! This powerful lineup of skilled musicians delivers an impactful and massive sound that will leave you anxious for more!!!
FATES WARNING to Release Deluxe Reissue Deluxe Version of Classic Album “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” October 2nd Via
Metal Blade Record
Progressive Metal legends FATES WARNING will be releasing 3 CD/DVD deluxe reissue of their critically acclaimed 1997 release “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” October 2nd on Metal Blade Records. “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.
This all encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of “We Only Say Goodbye” and a studio cover version of the Scorpions “In Trance”. The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”. Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”. The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band’s 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Friday August 6th.
FATES WARNING will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Exclusive VIP Packages are available for all shows and can be purchased HERE. There are two different VIP Packages, the first includes a chance to watch the band’s sound check, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate. The second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a SIGNEDcopy of the deluxe reissue of “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? July 27th, 2015 ? Los Angeles, CA ? Seether has announced their final headlining tour of the year, a 19-city jaunt that keeps the hard rocking outfit on the road through October 2015. Joining Seether will be special guests Saint Asonia. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Friday, July 31st. The tour news was announced today exclusively by Loudwire, who will also partner with Seether to give away a one-of-a-kind guitar signed by the band. For more info, visit:http://loudwire.com/seether-fall-2015-tour-saint-asonia-signed-guitar-giveaway/
Seether has been working nonstop since the release of their critically acclaimed 2014 album Isolate and Medicate, which has now sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The singles, ?Words As Weapons? and ?Same Damn Life? took hold of rock radio this past year, each spending several weeks in the Top 5 with ?Words As Weapons? reaching #1. Most recently, Seether released an ambitious and thought-provoking interactive video for their current radio smash ?Nobody Praying For Me?. Created by Seether front man Shaun Morgan and video director, Sherif Higazy, the clip (premiered by The Huffington Post) offers several differing points of view in the ongoing debate over abusive police brutality and tactics in America. The video?s prevailing message is displayed in its final shot: ?It?s critical to be critical.? Read an interview with Shaun and watch the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/30/seether-police-brutality_n_7691514.html
Saint Asonia was formed when former Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier received a call out of the blue from Staind lead guitarist Mike Mushok in 2014. Tapping the talents of mutual friends, drummer Rich Beddoe [ex-Finger Eleven] and bassist/background vocalist Corey Lowery [Dark New Day, Stereomud, Eye Empire], the lineup formally solidified. By the beginning of 2015, their initial three-song experiment quickly turned into a full-blown studio session with producer, engineer, and mixer Johnny K [Sevendust, Disturbed, Megadeth] at his Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL. In May 2015 the band posted a cryptic video citing ?the combined forces behind 25 Top Ten Rock Singles and seventeen #1 hit songs.? Saint Asonia made its formal debut live in front of 15,000 fans at Rock on the Range Festival a week later. Saint Asonia will support Seether on tour throughout October.
?We’ve been waiting for a metal record like this all year that’s as intricate as it is infectious. This is Bullet For My Valentine’s masterpiece and their moment. This is Venom.? – ArtistDirect
Welsh metal titans Bullet For My Valentine unleash today a new track entitled ?Army of Noise? from their forthcoming album VENOM set for release on August 14th on RCA. Fans who pre-order the album VENOM will receive an instant download of the band?s brand new song, ?Army of Noise,? as well as previously released tracks ?No Way Out? and ?You Want A Battle? (Here?s A War).?
Additionally, Bullet For My Valentine releases today a new lyric video for their latest track, ?Army of Noise?;
Bullet For My Valentine is currently wrapping up their South American headline tour, and will be embarking on a North American tour with Slipknot and Lamb of God next week.
Bullet For My Valentine North/South American Tour Dates:
July 18, 2015 – Bogota, Colombia – Downtown Majestic (w/Motionless In White)
July 24, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 25, 2015 – Tampa, FL – Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 26, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron?s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 28, 2015 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 29, 2015 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 31, 2015 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 1, 2015 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 2, 2015 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 4, 2015 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 5, 2015 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Art Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 6, 2015 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 8, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 9, 2015 ? Montreal, QC ? Heavy MTL
August 11, 2015 ? Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 12, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach(w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 14, 2015 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 15, 2015 ? Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 16, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 19, 2015 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 21, 2015 ? West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 22, 2015 ? Garden City, ID ? Revolution Center (w/Lamb of God)
August 24, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 26, 2015 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 28, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Resort Festival Lot (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 29, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 30, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 31, 2015 ? Socorro, TX ? Socorro Entertainment Center (Headline Show)
September 2, 2015 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 4, 2015 ? The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 5, 2015 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Legendary Prog group Spock’s Beard’s 12th studio album ‘The Oblivion Particle’ is set for release on August 21st, 2015. In advance of the album’s release, the band is pleased to announce the first lyric video from the album, for the track “Minion.”
The song is classic Spock’s, sure to please fans both old and new.
The band recently announced European tour dates in support of the album.
They’ll be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.
The full list of dates are as follows:
16.09 – Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
17.09 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
18.09 – Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
19.09 – Progresja, Warschau, Poland
20.09 – Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
21.09 – Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
23.09 – Legend, Milan, Italy
24.09 – Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25.09 – Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
26.09 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
27.09 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
29.09 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30.09 – Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
1.10 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2.10 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
3.10 – Club Academy, Manchester, UK
Spock’s Beard’s forthcoming new studio album The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013’s Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The album finds the band answering the needs of their creations by utilizing the considerable versatility of each member. In addition to Ted Leonard’s soaring vocals and Dave Meros’ distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on “Bennett Built a Time Machine” and Ryo expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends his touch to the album’s majestic closer, “Disappear.”
As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.
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