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AT THE GATES to headline fourth annual Decibel Magazine Tour with CONVERGE, VALLENFYRE

The Decibel Magazine Tour has established itself as the extreme music destination of the spring, bringing metalheads a thoughtfully curated lineup that celebrates the genre’s proud and diverse global legacy. The fourth installment is no different, as Swedish melodeath legends AT THE GATES join forces with U.S. hardcore heroes CONVERGE and U.K. death/doom supergroup VALLENFYRE, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December.

Last year, Decibel brought you CARCASS’ first sustained domestic tour in five years, as the reanimated death metal legends introduced North America to long-awaited comeback album Surgical Steel. In 2015, we’re stoking fans’ salivary glands again, offering the first live taste of death metal icons AT THE GATES’ incredible 19-years-in-the-making At War With Reality. Presented by Century Media, IndieMerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast Mailorder, Handshake Inc., Lace Music, Deathwish Inc and Profound Lore, the 2015 Decibel Magazine Tour will slaughter the souls of North American concertgoers for 15 unforgettable dates, offering a bounty of extreme trailblazers making their best music right now.

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Crowbar Debuts New Music Video, More Tour Dates

Sludge mavens CROWBAR have debuted an all new music video today exclusively through NOISEY MUSIC for their latest single, “Symmetry in White.” Directed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios (GOATWHORE, HIGH ON FIRE, EYEHATEGOD), this is the second video Holderbeast has done for the band having directed their last video for “Walk With Knowledge Wisely.”

CROWBAR has also announced a new batch of tour dates with label-mates UNEARTH and BLACK CROWN INITIATE for December. Dates will kick off in Pensacola, FL at the Vinyl Music Hall and trek through the eastern half of the U.S. before finishing up in Longview, TX.

Symmetry in Black was released back in May and sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release, the highest of any LP?s in the band?s 25 year career, beating out its predecessor Sever the Wicked Hand released in 2011. Symmetry in Black has received quite the critical reception to boot. Metalsucks states, “It?s no surprise that it?s excellent, but what is a surprise is just how excellent it is.? With Windstein?s focus entirely on Crowbar for the first time since the band?s inception, the anticipation was higher than ever leading up to its release leading internet giants LOUDWIRE to declare, “Windstein?s singular focus pays off.?

Lastly, tastemakers INVISIBLE ORANGES go as far to say that the band “deliver their trademark style of passionate and despondent hardcore-influenced sludge metal with ruthlessness and grace, crafting a masterful album.? The crushing signature sound of Crowbar is at its peak on Symmetry in Black, the band?s most diverse yet cohesive release.

1. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
2. Symmetry In White
3. The Taste Of Dying
4. Reflection Of Deceit
5. Ageless Decay
6. Amaranthine
7. The Foreboding
8. Shaman Of Belief
9. Teach The Blind To See
10. A Wealth Of Empathy
11. Symbolic Suicide
12. The Piety Of Self-Loathing

IRON REAGAN Kick Off US Tour

Richmond, Virginia’s IRON REAGAN will kicked off their North American tour last night in Brooklyn, NY.  The band is touring in support of their Relapse Records debut The Tyranny of Will that is out now.  The tour, which includes headline shows, dates alongside Eyehategod and Powertrip as well as a festival appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX runs through November 21st culminating in a huge hometown show in Richmond, VA.

IRON REAGAN’s video for the song “Miserable Failure”, which was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang) can be viewed HERE;

The Tyranny of Will, IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut is available now! This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury.

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SODOM to Release New EP Sacred Warpath in January 2015 on SPV/Steamhammer

On Tour in Europe With KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY!

Listen up, everybody! Mister Tom Angelripper has important things to say on the subject of the brand-new SODOM EP Sacred Warpath, on the state of the world and on life in general. He’s really vented his feelings: “Since we’ve been getting the impression that the world is falling apart at the seams, we’ve decided to make our voices head … while there’s still time. ‘Sacred Warpath’ was originally written for our upcoming album, but we feel it’s a good idea to release it now as an appetizer for future Sodom tracks. Because it’s going to get raw, brutal and will be a reflection of all the things that we’re afraid of and that give us nightmares. Pretty much like that hate-filled world we live in. And it’s probably more authentic than any of our releases so far.”

Tom Angelripper on the bonus material of SODOM’s new EP: “The record includes three representative titles which we recorded in Germany this year, and it’s guaranteed to become a rare collectors’ item. The cover will feature a re-paint of an old design from the 80s, which I did for a demo cover, painted in oil by Christian Ermel. This may all sound a little old-school, but that’s intentional. That’s what we’ve always been and always will be about. We very much hope to tie over the waiting time until the arrival of our new album. And now listen to my unmistakable demand on this world: turn back on your sacred warpath and find the path of peace before it’s too late. Our music will help you!”

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RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Out Now Via Unique Leader Records; Tour With As Blood Runs Black Begins Next Week

RINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, boundary-destroying third full-length, Lugal Ki En, has officially infiltrated the population and is now available worldwide through Unique Leader Records. The album invaded purchase points stateside on Tuesday and today sees its way into European outlets, amidst an inundation of floored reactions from media outlets and open-minded fans of technical, extreme metal.

A cataclysmic display of RINGS OF SATURN’s most vicious, sci-fi obliteration yet, Lugal Ki En surges with nearly forty-five minutes relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction, based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. The album was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies), and features conceptual art pieces by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art.

All of Lugal Ki En is now available for human consumption, streaming via YouTube RIGHT HERE;

The LP version of Lugal Ki En comes in two limited edition color varieties — purple and four-color splatter — bound in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download card.

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HUNTRESS To Support AMON AMARTH In Europe/UK Early 2015!

Supporting Arch Enemy And Kreator In North America This Fall!

California’s HUNTRESS will be touring North Amercia this fall with Arch Enemy and Kreator in support of their latest release, 2013’s Starbound Beast. The tour begins October 23rd in Baltimore, MD and runs through November 23rd in Cleveland, OH.

HUNTRESS will continue their rapid pace, having just announced a full European tour with Amon Amarth as direct support! Vocalist Jill Janus on the upcoming tour:

“The Gods have spoken! HUNTRESS will spend a wintery month with the Vikings from Sweden; Amon Amarth! It’s a fantasy come true to tour with one of our favorite bands as direct support. Huntress will bring the fury to Europe and the UK once again! This is an exciting time for us, just launching into a North American tour with the mighty Arch Enemy and Kreator. Our attack has been relentless, we’re now recording our third album in Los Angeles with production duo Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch) and Jim Rota (Sound City, Fireball Ministry, Kyng), slated for release in early 2015. Spread it, shred it, behead it! Hail Heavy Metal!”

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KRISIUN begins work on new album; launches new video for “Blood Of Lions”

Death metal maniacs KRISIUN are proud to present their new video for “Blood Of Lions”, taken from their latest studio album, The Great Execution, and to announce the last set of dates on their “Great Execution World Tour”. The band comments:

“We made this video clip in celebration of 4 years of relentlessly touring around the globe in support of the album ‘The Great Execution’. This video features live footage shots from most of the festivals and clubs we played on this tour so far, just for you to feel the live energy of the band, from big festivals to small clubs. No fake fantasy or bullshit, just the sheer power we deliver in our live shows. During the past 4 years we played in various countries around the world and we’ll be wrapping up this world tour now by hitting places we haven’t played before yet on this cycle, this time going to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai/Emirates.”

See below for upcoming dates and watch the video here:

KRISIUN has also started working on a new album, which is set for release in 2015. Moyses Kolesne (guitar) comments:

“We already have 8 new songs for the new album. We are still writing some more songs, and I can say we are very satisfied with the results. It’s going to be recorded around February/March 2015, with a possible release in the summer of 2015.”

KRISIUN live:
Nov. 6 – Osaka, Japan – Namba Rockets
Nov. 7 – Nagoya, Japan – Imaike Club 3Star
Nov. 8 – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone
Nov. 9 – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone
Nov. 12 – Perth, Australia – Amplifier
Nov. 13 – Brisbane, Australia – Crowbar
Nov. 14 – Sydney, Australia – The Bald Faced Stag Hotel
Nov. 15 – Melbourne, Australia – Bendigo Hotel
Nov. 16 – Wellington, New Zealand – Valhalla
Nov. 17 – Auckland, New Zealand – Kings Arms
Nov. 18 – Melbourne, Australia – Ding Dong
Nov. 22 – Dubai, Emirates – The Music Room

NEUROSIS: New North American Performances Begin This Weekend At Southwest Terror Fest

NEUROSIS begins a new string of North American tour and festival dates beginning this weekend with two headlining shows.

First, the band will perform on the main stage of Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, this Saturday, October 18th in Tucson, Arizona, with support from The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe. The next evening, October 19th, NEUROSIS will headline a one-off show in Denver, Colorado with Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents.

One week later, NEUROSIS will perform at the second Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas on Satruday, October 25th alongside Neurot kin, Corrections House, with Voivod, Samhain, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more also set to play at the gathering.

Next month, the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico, has invited NEUROSIS to take part in their five-day gala, 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 music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds.

Additional NEUROSIS live sightings will be made in 2015, including the band’s return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on 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
10/25/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX
11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Ciudad, Mexico
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

GOATWHORE Releases “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed” Video

Louisiana’s favorite blackened thrash goliaths, GOATWHORE, have launched a brand new music video for the track “Nocturnal Conjuration Of The Accursed.” The song appears on their latest collection of NOLA-flavored audio devastation, entitled Constricting Rage Of The Merciless;

Tomorrow night, GOATWHORE will be performing at New Orleans’ notorious House Of Shock where the band’s “Baring Teeth for Revolt” video was filmed!. For tickets and info, check out the band’s facebook event page. Following their House Of Shock performance, GOATWHORE will take on their next leg of Autumn live assaults set to commence October 23rd in St. Louis. The band will quash eleven metropolises including three shows supporting death rock/horror punk icons, Samhain, before heading overseas for a European takeover with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah.

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Despised Icon Announce Reunion shows

Reactivated Montreal, Canadian death metal pioneers, Despised Icon, have now announced some North American shows this Winter. The band recently performed a run of dates in Europe, four years after announcing that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist, Alex Erian comments:

“Cheers to everyone that came out to our reunion shows this summer. The response was overwhelming. It felt just like in the good old days. We promised you a few more in Canada and the US, so here you go! There won’t be any other dates so don’t miss out. Keep it brutal.”

Confirmed dates and final dates:

Dec 13 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Dec 14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 20 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Dec 21 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

1349 stream POSSESSED cover track

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have released a cover track taken from death metal pioneers POSSESSED. The track, titled “The Heretic” is streaming now;

Previously, “The Heretic” was only available on the limited North American version of 1349’s new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ on CD digipak. ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ was released in North America on September 30, and is available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats.

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DEAD CONGREGATION: East Coast Tour w/MAUSOLEUM & PISSGRAVE Draws Near

Revered Greek death metal squadron DEAD CONGREGATION is about to take the East Coast by storm, aided and abetted by zombified death cult MAUSOLEUM and bestial black/death noiseniks PISSGRAVE. Presented by Signature Riff, the seven-date tour will see them share stages with local talent like OAK, CHURCHBURN, MUTANT SUPREMACY, and more.

The death march starts off in Baltimore at the Metro Gallery, brutalize Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar, then head north before looping back down, culminating at Bayonne, NJ’s Lot 13.

DEAD CONGREGATION’s latest opus, Promulgation of the Fall, was released by Profound Lore Records earlier this year and received an avalanche of critical acclaim. Mausoleum’s sophomore album is now available from Razorback Records, and Pissgrave’s depraved 2014 demo is currently available from Graceless Recordings.

DEAD CONGREGATION US TOUR 2014
10/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ OAK
10/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Immortal Bird
10/21 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph?s Rock Diner w/ Desolate
10/22 – Providence, RI @ Dusk w/ Churchburn
10/23 – Buffalo, NY @ Rockin Buffalo Saloon w/ Darkapathy
10/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks w/ Wrought Iron
10/25 – Bayonne, NJ @ Lot 13 w/ Mutant Supremacy, Dridge

ABYSMAL DAWN Debut Lyric Video for “Laborem Morte Liberat Te”

The past weeks have seen the release of 2 face-ripping tracks from ABYSMAL DAWN’s forthcoming release Obsolescene. Today the third song comes your way in the form of a lyric video. Get a first look at the lyric video for “Laborem Morte Liberat Te”;

Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Obsolescence is available for pre-order from Relapse Records and digitally via Bandcamp. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats. The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album. A Relapse exclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster. The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).

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ANAAL NATHRAKH Drops New Ode Of Acrimony At Noisey; Desideratum Release Day Looms

Today Noisey spews forth a new ode of acrimony from the UK’s favorite extreme metal miscreants, ANAAL NATHRAKH. Titled “The One Thing Needful,” the latest hymn serves as the fourth movement on the band’s forthcoming Desideratum full-length, slated for release later this month via Metal Blade Records.

Crowned, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” “elite level mind-fuckers,” and “aural devastators” by Decibel Magazine, Desideratum is doused in enough fury to level a nation. Said AngryMetalGuy in advance review of the record, “Desideratum is a statement of malicious intent, a call-to-arms to rally the masses and bring forth armageddon. ANAAL NATHRAKH continue their brand of grinding merriment, sanity be damned, and they are taking your sorry ass with them. Submit, and revel in the insanity yet again.” Adds Noisey, “The snarling vocals of Dave Hunt are the focal point, with the war machine of unrelenting black metal/grind/pseudo-industrial blasts bringing up the rear. ANAAL NATHRAKH’s approach is no mercy ever, apparently.”

Get mauled by the vehement sounds of “The One Thing Needful,” now playing at Noisey at THIS LOCATION.

ANAAL NATHRAKH – guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – replicates the sounds of true evil. With both screaming banshee tirades and traditional vocals set against an dense wall of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is wholly petrifying yet inexplicably inviting. Hallmarked by crushing musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is infused with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in the metal world. Desideratum was produced by Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California.

War of Ages join Battlecross on Winter Warriors Tour

This November War of Ages are joining forces with Battlecross and Wretched on the Winter Warriors Tour, paying tribute to the military with special events throughout the tour. Tickets on sale this Friday!

Nov 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache at The Intersection
Nov 28 – Erie, PA @ BT Theater
Nov 30 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Dec 2 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Dec 3 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
Dec 4 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Dec 5 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
Dec 6 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
Dec 7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Dec 8 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
Dec 9 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
Dec 10 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Dec 11 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline Sports Lounge
Dec 13 – Sparks, NV @ The Alley
Dec 15 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Dec 16 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershcok
Dec 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar
Dec 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Dec 19 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Dec 20 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
Dec 26 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 27 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Dec 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Dec 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Dec 30 – Worcester, MA @ Upstairs at The Palladium

ENSLAVED: NEW ALBUM UPDATE FROM THE STUDIO

Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED are currently in the studio recording their thirteenth full-length album and offer fans this latest update:

“As always, it is hard to formulate an exact direction ENSLAVED is or is not heading in with the new album. This duality is part of the essence of the band: The ability to maintain consistency and a strong identity and, at the same time, surprise both the oldest fans and even ourselves with new musical directions. The new material is darker and rawer, more aggressive and direct, yet continues the exploration deeper into progressive, softer, and more melodic territories with at times complex song structures, combined with unusually immediate (for ENSLAVED, at least) elements. The high level of energy in the songs reflects both an inspired and an ever-harder working band that keeps pushing their own and their associated genres’ limits. ”

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7″ single in 2012.

The new album is being produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Artwork will be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001?s Monumension.

2012’s studio release, RIITIIR, garnered ENSLAVED a seventh nomination for a Spellemann Award (the Norwegian equivalent of the American Grammy) in the category of “Best Metal Album.” They have won a Spellemann Award four consecutive times for the following four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012″ lists around the world.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Premieres New Song

No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world.

The new studio album Pandemonium will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records and shows that fatigue is a foreign word for them. Front man Max Cavalera rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound.

Today another song from Pandemonium is being unveiled and receiving an exclusive premiere courtesy of Loudwire. Check out the worldwide exclusive premiere of the song “Babylonian Pandemonium” at Loudwire.

Pandemonium can be pre-ordered on Amazon, the Napalm Records Webstore and iTunes

The first track from Pandemonium is available for streaming now. Check out “Bonzai Kamakazi” here:

Pandemonium Track Listing:

1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

MALEVOLENT CREATION signs worldwide deal with Century Media Records

Photo credit: Ricarda Menn (https://www.flickr.com/photos/-mrsvertigo-/)
From left to right:
Bret Hoffmann – vocals
Phil Fasciana – guitars
Justin DiPinto – drums
Philipp Schulte – Century Media A&R Europe
Jason Blachowicz – bass
Jens Prüter – Century Media head of A&R Europe
Stefan Franke – Century Media Product Manager / CM Distro Marketing & Sales
Nasrin Vahdani – head of publicity GSA
Gio Geraca – guitars
Tomas Reyhash – Tour Manager

Death metal legends MALEVOLENT CREATION have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records! Currently working on their upcoming 12th full-length, the band will unleash this new album in 2015 and tour the world in support of it.

Vocalist/founding member Bret Hoffmann comments: “I am very excited and extremely pumped to be signing and working with Century Media! I believe we will finally get that push we need to really get our music out there!! It feels great to have the guys at Century Media believe in us and our new songs, and really want to stand behind them and the band, and push us forward to bigger things! I mean I think we have always been a bit under rated (I hear that from a lot of fans too) and I really think with this signing we have a great chance to boost this band up!!! It’s also a pleasure to have drummer Justin DiPinto back in the fold! He brings the hungry aggressive quality this band has always had back to the forefront! When we played 3 weeks of festivals and shows in Europe in August it felt great!! That aggression was feeling strong!! Looking so forward to playing MANY shows after this album hits the street!! Speaking of which. We are currently working on the new slab! It is coming out intense and heavy as HELL!! Everyone is killing it! I think everyone is just so determined and hungry to bust out the heaviest music and ideas we can with this one!! Great heavy grooves will not be missing, I promise!! With this signing to Century Media and the new ripping album being done, I see great thing happening!! So with that being said, we will soon be unleashing the Malevolence all over the world!!! We will be pounding stages and eardrums into oblivion and hope to see you all out there!!! Let the slaughter commence!!!!”

Guitarist/founding member Phil Fasciana adds: “I couldn’t agree more with Bret’s comments concerning signing with such an established record label (Century Media) and having the confidence of knowing we are working with a company that believes in our band’s music and will get it distributed worldwide properly. Along with guitarist Gio Geraca, bassist/founding member Jason Blachowicz and returning drummer Justin DiPinto, we no longer have the word ‘compromise’ associated with band and its music. We have had more than enough time to write, re-write and perfect our new material and deliver it the way we want for ourselves and fans. We are very excited to be working together on our 12th album and look forward to its release on Century Media and will be wasting no time on getting back on the road and touring extensively around the world to promote our band and new album. Nobody knows what the future holds, but the 5 of us are all committed to delivering the heaviest MALEVOLENT CREATION album to-date and look forward to the future and working with Century Media Records worldwide.”

Philipp Schulte (Century Media A&R Europe) comments: “When my colleague Stefan Franke and I were asked about our opinion about signing MALEVOLENT CREATION, my thought was if this was a rhetorical question. MALEVOLENT CREATION have never ever wimped out. They never tried to go mainstream nor have they ever delivered a weak album (Don’t mention ‘Stillborn’ here! The album still slays, no matter what you think of the production) and they know how it has to be done. So the answer seemed pretty obvious to me.

We have received a lot of positive feedback throughout the last couple of years on our signing policy for extreme metal bands, be it newcomer bands or big established names. MALEVOLENT CREATION belongs to the latter group and we think they just perfectly fit into the Century Media roster. We are very proud having them on board. The six demo tracks we have heard are brilliant, offering all the well-known trademarks on a very high level. Seeing them live and meeting the guys at PartySan Open Air was a pleasure. We saw a veteran death metal band in perfect shape, all five guys fully committed to the band with the focus on working on an album with the potential to become a classic in a catalogue abundant in classic albums.”

Dan Dismal (Century Media Product Manager/A&R USA) adds: “Being a MALEVOLENT CREATION fan AND having the privilege to hear a handful of their new material made this an easy decision for me…Yes, yes and YES!! And come on, it’s MALEVOLENT CREATION! Who wouldn’t be stoked to work with one of Death Metal’s most viable institutions!?”

HATE ETERNAL signs to Season of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of legendary death metal band HATE ETERNAL. Helmed by founder, guitarist/vocalist, primary songwriter and acclaimed producer Erik Rutan, HATE ETERNAL has been one of the leading bands in the worldwide death metal scene for over eighteen years. The band’s five full-length albums are considered crucial genre touchstones, and the band is a proven headliner across five continents.

HATE ETERNAL (Rutan [guitar, vocals] and J.J. Hrubovcak [bass/vocals]) are currently holed up in Rutan’s Mana Recording studio (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MOUNTAIN GOATS, GOATWHORE) recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.

Regarding the recording Rutan comments, “We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out so far, and our new label and home Season Of Mist. We’ve worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of Hate Eternal and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We’re super proud of what we’ve accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful Hate Eternal material to date.”

Rutan continues, “Now it is time to bring this all to life! The recording process so far has been fantastic. I’ve never felt so focused and determined on a Hate Eternal record, and I know that this will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both Hate Eternal began recording it’s first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We have so much more news to share with you over the coming months. We cannot wait for you to hear this album!”

EXODUS Unleashes Highly-Anticipated New Album “Blood In, Blood Out”

Blood In, Blood Out, the brand new album by EXODUS that Yahoo Music calls, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, has been unleashed to the word today via Nuclear Blast. Pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers. Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats.

“This entire band could not be more proud and excited for this record to hit the US like an atom bomb,” states guitarist Gary Holt. “D-Day is upon us, time to go to war!”

“We’re so excited for this release,” adds vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza. “I think it’s the best effort that I’ve ever given vocally. If you love what EXODUS has done over the past 30 years, you’re really going to love Blood In, Blood Out, so go pick this shit up and will see you out there on tour live!”

Critics have had nothing but tremendously positive things to say about Blood In, Blood Out – which is being considered a return to form by many.

“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”

“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt recently announced that he has officially joined the ESP Guitars? acclaimed artist endorsement roster, just in time for the release of Blood In, Blood Out!

“I am way beyond excited to announce my return to the mighty ESP!” said Holt. “The new guitars are amazing, and I can’t wait to unleash the new signature model on the world! It’s gonna be a sick shred machine with that crushing tone ESP has been long known for! Can’t wait to let this beast roar!”

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, an early bandmate and decades-long friend of Holt (and celebrated guest soloist on Blood In, Blood Out) commented, “Gary has influenced a whole generation of metal guitarists with his wicked riffs and leads in EXODUS. I’m happy that he’s jumped on for the ESP ride!”

ESP’s director of artist relations Chris Cannella says, “I am so proud to have Gary onboard at ESP. Not only is he one of the best players in metal? he created thrash metal!”

EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall! Get your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page. Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.

All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!

EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)

CANNABIS CORPSE announce North American headlining tour

Richmond, VA based death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE have announced a headlining North American tour. The New Noise Magazine/Metal Underground/JSR Merchandise sponsored tour begins November 28 in Wilmington, NC and will run for a month. Support on all dates comes from MAMMOTH GRINDER, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, as well as soon to be announced, special regional guests. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The New Noise Magazine cover stars are touring in support of their new album, ‘From Wisdom to Baked’. The album, which has been called “the brutal blunt death metal bludgeoning you’ve been waiting for” (Metal Injection), “death metal for stoners par excellence”, and “a big step up for [the band] and a high point for the group?s discography” (No Clean Singing) is streaming at Bandcamp.com.

From Wisdom to Baked’ is available across various formats and bundles here. The track list and artwork for ‘From Wisdom to Baked’ are as follows:

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LORD DYING: Complete New Album; Announce West Coast Tour Dates

Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed recording their much anticipated sophomore album and are set to embark on a West Coast tour with stoner/sludge trio Castle. The new record, entitled Poisoned Altars, was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland and will see an early 2015 release via Relapse Records.

Poisoned Altars is direct result of the relentless work the band put in the past 18 months grinding it out on the road touring non-stop with the likes of Red Fang, Black Tusk, Corrosion of Conformity, Valient Thorr and more. Now the band will test out new material back on the road starting November 8th in Spokane, WA through November 26th in their hometown, Portland. Frontman Erik Olson commented on the upcoming dates:

“We are excited to get out on the road and pummel you with endless riffs! This time we will be joined with San Francisco’s Castle. This will be heavy as hell, don’t snooze and loose!”

More details on Poisoned Altars, including cover art, tracklisting and a release date will be announced shortly.

LORD DYING’s debut Summon the Faithless is available now on Relapse Records. The album is available in CD and LP formats.

Summon the Faithless can be streamed in full on LORD DYING’s BandCamp.

LORD DYING Tour Dates:

*All Dates with Castle*

11/8/2014 Spokane, WA; The Hop
11/9/2014 Billings, MT; Babcock Theater
11/10/2014 Salt Lake City, UT; Bar Deluxe
11/11/2014 Denver, CO; The Marquis
11/13/2014 Colorado Springs, CO; Black Sheep
11/15/2014 Juarez, MX; Hysteria Bar
11/16/2014 Tucson, AZ; The Rock
11/17/2014 Mesa, AZ; Club Red
11/18/2014 San Diego, CA; Brick By Brick
11/19/2014 Fullerton, CA; The Slidebar (21+)
11/20/2014 Van Nuys, CA; White Oaks Music
11/22/2014 Walnut Creek, CA; The Red House
11/23/2014 Reno, NV; Jub Jubs
11/24/2014 Bend, OR; 3rd Street Pub
11/25/2014 Seattle, WA; El Corazon
11/26/2014 Portland, OR; Hawthorne Theater

OBITUARY Premiere New Song via Guitar World Launch Vocal Cover Contest

Death metal legends OBITUARY make their Relapse debut with Inked In Blood, their 9th full length LP. Inked in Blood will be released October 27th in North America/UK/World and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th via Relapse Records. Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography.

Today the band has premiered the title track from the upcoming album. Listen to “Inked in Blood” via Guitar World

Additionally, Guitar World is giving away an autographed ESP guitar signed by the entire band. OBITUARY have also partnered with Metal Injection for a vocal cover contest for the song “Violence”. Details can be seen HERE.

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CARCASS: VIDEO FOR “THE GRANULATING DARK SATANIC MILLS” NOW ONLINE

Directed by Kazuaki “Kazu” Kimura & Glenn Maguire, the official video for the track “The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills” off the latest album by disinterred British extreme metal icons CARCASS, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Surgical Steel – CARCASS’ first studio release since 1996?s Swansong – debuted at #41 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart in September 2013 and was produced by Colin Richardson (NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER, CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOREFEST) & mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, ACCEPT, EXODUS, TESTAMENT).

The Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel 5-song EP will be released in North America on November 10th and can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop as a digi-pak, as black and exclusive clear vinyl, and as imported gold and silver vinyl editions.

CARCASS return to the United States in late October for their “Inked In Steel North American Tour 2014″ with Florida death metal legends OBITUARY and will play elected dates with the eclectic champions of murder metal, MACABRE. Opening are death grinders EXHUMED and newcomers NOISEM.

“We thought it would be cool to go off the beaten track a bit and play some places that usually get overlooked,” stated CARCASS frontman Jeff Walker. “We figure some of the tumbleweeds needed blowing away. Pretty chuffed to have managed to get our pals OBITUARY to come along on these dates. As anyone who has seen them recently will testify, they’re tearing it up live nowadays!”

SYLOSIS: NEW MUSIC VIDEO & ALBUM ARTWORK UNVEILED

The official music video for “Mercy,” a track off the forthcoming fourth studio album Dormant Heart by the U.K.’s modern thrashers SYLOSIS, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

“‘Mercy'”s got a pretty dark and heavy vibe to it, but it’s one of the most melodic tracks on the album at the same time,” reveals SYLOSIS frontman Josh Middleton. “It’s got a big slow, doomy outro with an octave pedal on the guitars so that’s going to rumble some guts live. For this video, we wanted to keep it dark and claustrophobic. It’s got some of the artwork from the album and inlay illustration as well, which came together really well.”

Dormant Heart?s artwork was designed by Bristol-based artist Bonfire (OPETH, SATYRICON, KATATONIA), who previously created artwork for SYLOSIS t-shirts. Speaking to the theme of the artwork, Middleton states: “The cover relates to sacrifice – the sacrificial lamb is more of a symbol than something to be taken literally – but also the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will.”

Dormant Heart is anything but peaceful; it’s a dark, gloomy, and atmospheric album. “The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd,” Middleton has previously stated. “How a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it’s ‘tradition’ as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.”

The album was produced by Middleton with the help of engineer Scott Atkins and is mastered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney.

SYLOSIS began tracking the new album back in March 2014, working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Drum tracks were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard, who parted ways with the band last month due to time restraints. After filling in for some live shows during SYLOSIS’ Spring 2014 tour, BLEED FROM WITHIN’s drummer Ali Richardson is now a permanent member of the band.

SYLOSIS are: Josh Middleton – Vocals & Guitars, Alex Bailey – Guitars, Carl Parnell – Bass, Ali Richardson – Drums

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