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The SMN Interview: Luc Lemay of GORGUTS

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Below is a write-up on SMN’s interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts. For the full transcript, click here.

With his first full-fledged North American tour since reactivating the band set to begin next week, Luc Lemay of Gorguts is the furthest thing from nervous. In fact, he’s “been waiting for this moment for a very long time,” and is eager to “reconnect with the fans.” Given the fact that this will be the ‘Guts first long-form tour of America since reactivating, I’d wager to say that the fans are just as ecstatic. Outside of a few shows here and there, including a memorable stint on the 2012 Death To All tour, Lemay’s merry band of metallers have been biding their time, waiting for the official release of Colored Sands, before deciding to take it on the road.

The headlining tour in question finds Italian imports Nero di Marte opening, and Gorguts drummer John Longstreth’s other band, Origin, sharing the bill, but Lemay reveals that this was not always the case. “Initially, it was supposed to be Ulcerate that were going to open the evenings, but there was not enough shows for them to cover all the fees,” such as airfare and visa sponsorship, so he asked for Nero di Marte. His touring wish list reads like an encyclopedia of all things heavy: “Neurosis, Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Napalm Death, Carcass,” and the list goes on. As for the latter-most band on that list… well, it looks like his wish was granted, since Gorguts will be opening up for Carcass on the 2014 iteration of the Decibel Magazine Tour. Before that happens however, there’s still the matter of this headlining tour.

Even though rehearsing might seem difficult when the members of your band are scattered across various parts of North America, Lemay insists his crew is composed of “very meticulous musicians,” so the end result feels like they “jam together all the time.” Maybe that’s not surprising though, when half of your band consists of Dysrhythmia‘s string section, and your drummer is a human metronome. Although it might be unwise to expect a lot of older material being played on this tour–or any Gorguts tour for that matter, since Lemay just doesn’t remember how to play some of those old songs that have been permanently etched into the minds of many a fan. He concedes, “most of the songs from Erosion, Considered and Obscura I don’t remember at all,” but to remedy this from happening 20 years down the line, he’s a bit more proactive now, making sure he has “everything written down in tablatures.” Hopefully this translates into a tab book, thus sparing the YouTube-viewing masses from having to watch inevitable deluge of wrong cover videos.

Although Gorguts has never had the most consistent lineup, Lemay has always been surrounded by exceptional musicians; perhaps none more unique than Steeve Hurdle–a crucial element to 1998′s landmark album, Obscura, and one of Lemay’s closest friends. When Hurdle passed away last year, the metal community lost one of its brightest lights, and even though he was not coming back for Gorguts, Lemay credits Steeve for giving him “the idea about making a new album.” Lemay reveals that “one of my biggest regrets is that he never got to hear the record… to me he was the first on the list to hear it.” And while Steeve unfortunately never got to hear the new album, his influence can be heard very specifically in two songs off the new record. “The music from the song “Reduced To Silence” was a song I wrote for Negativa, [and] just before I left Negativa I had written all the music for “An Ocean Of Wisdom.”  As for the album’s instrumental piece “The Battle of Chamdo,” Lemay has more where that came from, and would “love to do a record with my compositions, but the costs are very high.”

Gorguts is a band defined by reinvention and bold new beginnings. Each album has a distinct feeling of immersion unique to itself, and Lemay’s golden songwriting rule mirrors this. “Each song’s beginnings have to be very, very different from one another,” and judging by the reception Colored Sands has received, it’s probably fair to say this is his strongest beginning yet. Now who wants to spearhead the Luc Does Classical Kickstarter?

Interview conducted by Mike Melvin in December 2013.

WATAIN reveals their first ever video for the song “Outlaw”

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We are proud to reveal the first ever video for WATAIN. The song “Outlaw” is taken from their latest album, The Wild Hunt, which came out in August 2013 through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media Records.

WATAIN Black Death tour
Dec 05 Manchester, Academy 2, UK
Dec 06 Glasgow, Garage, UK
Dec 07 Birmingham, The Library, UK
Dec 08 London, Electric Ballroom, UK
Dec 13 Eindhoven Metal Meeting, NL
Dec 14 Paris, Le Trabendo, FRA

Black Metal Australia Tour with MAYHEM
09.01.2014 Amplifier Bra, Perth, Australia (WATAIN only)
10.10.2014 The HiFi, Melbourne, Australia
11.01.2014 The Factory Theater, Sydney, Australia
12.01.2014 The HiFi, Brisbane, Australia

23.01.2014 Fryshuset
25.01.2014 Lille Vega, Vesterbro, Denmark
20.06.2014 Hellfest, Clisson, France

07.-09.08.2014 Party-San Open Air, Schlotheim, Germany
More dates to be announced soon!

Alonzo Mosely’s review of The Wild Hunt here

SOREPTION: Swedish Death Metal Horde To Unleash Engineering The Void

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Sundsvall, Sweden-based technical death metal horde, SOREPTION, is pleased to announce February 18, 2014 as the official worldwide release date of their forthcoming new full-length, Engineering The Void. Album teaser below

SOREPTION will unleash Engineering The Void to the masses this February followed by a reissue of Deterioration Of Minds, both via Unique Leader Records. Preorder links and video clips to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

MORTA SKULD Release Remastered Debut Through PEACEVILLE

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Maybe it’s my misguided Midwestern pride, or just the fact that their music still holds up today, but I’ve always been a fan of Wisconsin’s MORTA SKULD. While they certainly don’t seem out of place with the older bands such as OBITUARY or AUTOPSY, there’s always been something off-kilter in those old records that make Morta Skuld stand out. Something in the riffs, the atmosphere… maybe it’s just the dumb name. Whatever the case may be, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album by releasing a remastered version of the cult classic through their original label Peaceville, and I implore you to listen. If not for me, then for the band who is no doubt banking on this remaster to pay off their vacation homes in Tahiti.

DEICIDE Release Music Video, Chart Third on BILLBOARD

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Proving that if you hang in there long enough, you’re bound to end up on the Billboard charts one way or another, DEICIDE‘s latest effort In the Minds of Evil ranked third on the Heatseekers chart last week with 2,706 copies sold. While that’s probably the amount of records Michael Jackson still sells a day, it’s nothing to sneeze at for the old Bible-bashers. In addition to this personal-best record, the band just released a music video for the track “End the Wrath of God,” which can be viewed below. It’s black and white so it’s more brutal and stuff.

DRUDKH Preview New Track Off Split With WINTERFYLLETH

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Who better to brighten up a dreary day than melancholic black metallers DRUDKH? The band is currently streaming the track “…W Krainie Drzew,” originally recorded by the Polish band HEFEYSTOS, off their upcoming split with WINTERFYLLETH due for release in January 2014. Truth be told, I think they were just trying to fit as many inarticulate band names as they could into one press release. Regardless, the track is definitely worth listening to, and you can find out for yourself over at Stereogum. Who said the Ukraine was weak?

INTRONAUT Release Video, Announce Tour With BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

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The beautifully burly gentlemen of INTRONAUT have released an appropriately trippy video for the song “Harmonomicon” off their latest album Habitual Levitations. In addition to the video, which can be viewed below, the band has announced a United States tour in support of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME starting February 2014. The package also includes the always-controversial quasi-black metal act DEAFHEAVEN, as well as openers THE KINDRED. For a full list of tour dates, look below the video.

02/20   West Springfield, VA      Empire
02/21   Huntington, NY             Paramount Theater
02/22   Clifton Park, NY             Upstate Concert Hall
02/23   Boston, MA                   Royale Nightclub
02/24   Burlington, VT              Higher Ground
02/26   Montreal, QC                Corona Theater
02/27   Quebec City, QC           Imperial De Quebec
02/28   Toronto, ON                  Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01   London, ON                  London Music Hall
03/02   Syracuse, NY                Lost Horizon
03/04   Grand Rapids, MI          Intersection
03/05   Palatine, IL                   Durty Nellie’s
03/06   Milwaukee, WI              The Rave
03/07   Lawrence, KS                Granada Theatre
03/08   Omaha, NE                   The Waiting Room
03/10   Reno, NV                      The Knitting Factory
03/11   Oakland, CA                  Oakland Metro
03/12   Pomona, CA                  Glasshouse
03/14   Lubbock, TX                  Jake’s Sports Café
03/15   San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit
03/16   Grand Prairie, TX           South By So What?! Festival
03/18   Sauget, IL                     Pop’s
03/20   Ybor City, FL                 The Ritz Ybor
03/21   Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Revolution
03/22   Athens, GA                   40 Watt
03/23   Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall

ARTIFICIAL BRAIN Tease Debut Album ‘Labyrinth Constellation’

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In a year filled with death metal reunions (GORGUTS!), here comes ARTIFICIAL BRAIN to restore faith in the masses that believed only the legends could do the genre justice. The band features half of the guitar-team behind REVOCATION, but luckily that’s where the connections end, as Artificial Brain proves to be a tad more interesting fare. MetalSucks is currently streaming the 2nd track off their forthcoming (and awesomely-titled) LP, Labyrinth Constellation, and I implore you to listen to it. You know how sometimes bloggers say something, but they don’t really mean it? Well, this isn’t that–this is serious. February is shaping up to be a busy month, and you might as well mark the 18th on your calendar, as that’s when you’ll be able to get your hands on this heaving, filthy slab. Listen!

BENIGHTED Announce New Album ‘Carnivore Sublime’ For 2014

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French bastions of brutality, BENIGHTED, have announced a follow-up to their 2011 effort Asylum Cave. Set for release on February 18 in North America through Season of Mist, Carnivore Sublime will most certainly retain all the aspects of Benighted you’ve come to know and love–if you love Benighted that is. While Asylum Cave told “the story of a schizophrenic, delusional man and his violent obsession with notorious Austrian torturer Joseph Fritzl,” the band is keeping the lyrical themes for the new album under wraps. If we had to guess though, it’s probably about the sublimity of the carnivore? I can’t be certain, but something in the album’s title just points me in that direction…

METALLICA ANNOUNCES LIVE DATES IN EUROPE NEXT SUMMER AND INVITES FANS TO PICK THE SET LIST FOR EACH SHOW

Metallica today announced that they will bring their explosive live show to fans throughout Europe next summer with an All Request show, a first for the multi-platinum, award-winning band. As a special tribute to their fans, the band will introduce “Metallica By Request“, the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience.

Fans who purchase tickets online to these upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at their show – giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica’s material and close to 140 recorded songs to date. Metallica’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs and as the band did not want to be left out of the fun, their vote for the 18th slot goes to adding a brand new song!

The first announced show will take place in Hamburg, Germany on June 4th with additional dates announced in Nuremberg, Germany and Nürburgring, Germany. Tickets for the Nuremberg and Nürburgring dates will go on-sale on Wednesday, November 27th. Tickets for the Hamburg date will go on-sale on Friday, November 29th at 10AM CET. Stay tuned for additional European dates to be announced next week

Metallica By Request 2014 Live Dates (New Additions in Bold)
May 28, 2014 – Beach Sonisphere – Helsinki, Finland
May 30, 2014 – Gardet Royal Park – Stockholm, Sweden
June 1, 2014 – Valle Hoven Sonisphere – Oslo, Norway
June 3, 2014 – Gaol – Horsens, Denmark
June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany
June 5-8, 2014 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany
June 6-9, 2014 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany
June 9, 2014 – Landgraaf Pink Pop – Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 1, 2014 – Rock In Rome Sonisphere – Rome, Italy  
July 3, 2014 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium
July 4, 2014 – St. Jakobspark Sonisphere – Basel, Switzerland
July 6, 2014 – Knebworth Park Sonisphere – Knebworth, England
July 8, 2014 – Aerodrome Festival – Prague, Czech Republic
July 9, 2014 – Krieau Rocks – Vienna, Austria
July 11, 2014 – National Stadium Sonisphere – Warsaw, Poland

CANNABIS CORPSE Sparks-Up With A Track From Their Split With GHOUL

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Get ready to fire one up to the soothing torrent of “Shatter Their Bongs,” packing a bong-bastic surge of lung-blackening auditory intoxication from red-eyed riffmanglers, CANNABIS CORPSE. Harvested from their impending Splatterhash split with GHOUL, the second of CC’s two tracks on their contribution of the co-release, “Shatter Their Bongs” is the first from the band to showcase the lungpower of bassist Land Phil (Iron Reagan, Municipal Waste)

 

With two tracks from both acts, the Splatterhash split will be made available via Tankcrimes on January 7, 2014.

MURDER CONSTRUCT Premiere “The Next Life” Video

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MURDER CONSTRUCT have just released a new music video for “The Next Life,” a track from their blistering 2012 debut Results. The video, directed by Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation, The Locust), visually captures the chaos and anxiety that the band flawlessly conveys in brutal, sonic form.

MURDER CONSTRUCT consist of vocalist Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, ex-Exhumed, ex-Phobia), guitarist Leon Del Muerte (ex-Impaled, ex-Exhumed), guitarist Kevin Fetus (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Fetus Eaters) and bassist Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip). 

Stay tuned for forthcoming MURDER CONSTRUCT news / album release / tour information.

SEPTICFLESH Announce ‘A Fallen Temple’ Reissue‏

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Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have announced an January 21st North American release date for the reissue of their full-length ‘A Fallen Temple‘ album. Originally released in 1999, the band’s critically-acclaimed fourth record will feature four bonus tracks, in the shape of previously unreleased mixes of  “The Last Time (PARADISE LOST cover)“, “Underworld Act 3“, “Finale” and “The Eldest Cosmonaut (Single Version)“. Additionally, the re-issue has been remastered and completely repackaged by vocalist/bassist Spiros “Seth” Antoniou with all-new cover artwork. ‘A Fallen Temple‘ will be available on CD and limited edition LP.

A Fallen Temple‘ is the fourth of the series of re-issues of early SEPTICFLESH full-lengths by Season of Mist. Season of Mist recently reissued SEPTICFLESH’s first three records: ‘Ophidian Wheel‘, ‘Mystic Places of Dawn‘ and ‘ESOPTRON”. (I’m not searching around for your stupid font)

Hate Eternal Bassist Reveals Another New Tune From Forthcoming Christmas Album

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Hate Eternal bass sorcerer J.J. Hrubovcak recently unveiled the details of his Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics creation. Composed and produced by J.J. with vocals and artwork, by brother/Monstrosity throat Mike Hrubovcak, Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics was engineered by Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan and J.J., mixed and mastered by Brian Elliott all at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and boasts five diseased recreations of some of the season’s darkest hymns.

Get merry with “Earthen Kings (We Three Kings)

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Announes Initial Lineup for 2014 Outing

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The initial lineup for the 2014 installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival (NEMHF) has been announced, and seemingly exists only to make us wonder why NILE is on the bill. Not that we’re complaining, but they hardly seem ideal bedfellows with ICED EARTH and BLEEDING THROUGH. Regardless, the 16th annual jaunt will take place from April 17-19 at the Worcester Palladium, and the full lineup can be seen below. If nothing else, it will certainly be an excellent primer for Maryland Deathfest.

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2014 Confirmations:

All That Remains

Iced Earth

Nile

Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance”

Sabaton

Revamp

Nails

Within The Ruins

Slapshot

All Out War

Cruel Hand

Ramallah

Twitching Tongues

Lionheart

Counterparts

Harms Way

Suburban Scum

Fire and Ice

Naysayer

Colin of Arabia

Reign Supreme

Fit For An Autopsy

Born Low

The Mongoloids

Warhound

Malfunction

Alpha & Omega

King Nine

Discourse

Will To Die

Barrier

Kublai Khan

Scale The Summit

Sylar

EARACHE RECORDS To Re-Release CARCASS ‘Reek of Putrefaction’ LP

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Whether your old copy bit the dust, or you never had one to begin with, the seminal grindcore album Reek of Putrefaction will see a fiendish re-release on Black Friday as part of CARCASS‘s contribution to the Record Store Day initiative. The puke-splattered vinyl will come complete with a 24″x36″ foldout poster and numbered toe tag, all housed in a “black body-bag” shrinkwrap. Devoted fans in the USA can look for this release at participating retailers this November 29, but given Black Friday’s reputation, you better start camping out now. Oh wait–everybody’s probably gonna be at Best Buy, so you might be able to sleep in and still snag it.

BAT: Members Of Municipal Waste, DRI And Volture Unite; New Primitive Age EP Streaming At Metal Injection

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Tankcrimes Records is pleased to welcome BAT to their roster of audio decadence. An unholy union of Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, the Virginia/Texas punk metal marauders invoke the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead and Discharge with their Primitive Age demo EP. Featuring five tracks of filthy, fuck-all, debauchery, Primitive Age is a primal outpouring of molten metal riffs, confrontational Kill ‘Em All angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation. The EP is currently streaming in full for your mischievous listening pleasures at Metal Injection

The Primitive Age EP is available as a “Pay-What-You-Want-Including-Free” download TODAY at the official BAT BandCamp page

BLOODLET: A389 To Release Unearthed Recording From Florida Metalcore Pioneers

Following the recent proclamation that defunct metalcore pioneers, BLOODLET, will make a special one-time appearance — reuniting for the A389 X Bash in January — today, the label also proudly confirms two special pending releases from the band in 2014.

First up, A389 will release an unreleased BLOODLET demo, recorded in 1994! The track, called “Embrace,” was recorded with several other songs prior to the release of the band’s debut LP, Entheogen. A track which ran astray from the others recorded in the same sessions — “Shell” and “Cheribum” appearing on the band’s Shell 7″, and then re-appeared on their Eclectic singles compilation LP — BLOODLET’s early, completely inventive style of ominous, swamp-born metalcore is relived once again in “Embrace.” The lost track was discovered by hardcore webzine XStuckInThePastX and shared the masters with A389 Recordings, who will now release an official 7″ version of the track in January 2014. The Embrace 7″ will tie directly into band’s first performance in over ten years, with their one-time reunion at the A389 X Bash the weekend of January 17th and 18th in Baltimore, Maryland, joining the reunion of Integrity’s Systems Overload lineup, All Out War, Infest, Haymaker, Noisem, Full Of Hell, Empire of Rats and tons more.

In addition, A389 is also collaborating with Victory Records on a special reissue of BLOODLET’s landmark debut LP, Enthogen, which Victory initially released in early 1996. The new edition will be released in a deluxe 2xLP in the coming months pending the completion of the remastering sessions, currently going down at Audiosiege.

BLOODLET vocalist Scott Angelacos currently remains busy with his present bands Junior Bruce – who is working on the follow-up to their The Headless King LP, released in 2012 by A389 — and Hollow Leg, which just released Abysmal on Last Anthem Records

SKELETONWITCH TO HEAD DOWN UNDER WITH TOXIC HOLOCAUST‏

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Ohio blackened metal masters SKELETONWITCH are excited to reveal that in addition to their recently announced tour dates throughout Europe alongside Overkill, they will be also heading Down Under for the first time! The band will bring their “relentlessly intense, in-your-face brutality” (Metal Assault) to Australia in April alongside thrashers Toxic Holocaust. Dates are listed below.

Skeletonwitch Tour Dates
USA
11/20     Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory &
11/21     Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom &
11/22     St. Louis, MO – Firebird &
11/23     Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose &
11/24     Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre &
11/25     Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet &
11/26     Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection &
11/27     Flint, MI – The Machine Shop &
1/9/14    Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
1/11/14  Indianapolis,IN -  Beale Street Live Indy
1/17/14  Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18/14  Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20/14  San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21/14  Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22/14  Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23/14  New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24/14  Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25/14  Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26/14  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/27/14  Jacksonville, FL – Atticus Bar
1/28/14  Savannah, GA – The Jinx
1/29/14  Charlotte, NC – The FILLMORE *
1/30/14  Norfolk, VA – The NorVA *
1/31/14  Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*
2/01/14  Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/03/14  Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/04/14  New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/07/14  Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/08/14  Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/09/14  Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11/14  Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
2/12/14  Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre *
2/14/14  San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*
2/15/14  Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16/14  San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
* with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
# with Amon Amarth

EUROPE
3/15       Dublin, UK – The Academy %
3/16       Glasgow, UK – Cathouse %
3/17       Manchester, UK – Sound Control %
3/19       Cologne, DE – Essigfabrik %
3/20       Bochum, DE – Matrix %
3/21       Braunschweig, DE – Meyer?s %
3/22       Leipzig, DE – Hellraiser %
3/24       Milan, IT – Bloom Club %
3/25      Aarau, CH – Kiff %
3/26      Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos-Saal%
3/27      Ludwigsburg, DE – Rockfabrik %
3/28      Nuremberg, DE – Hirsch %
3/29      Saarbrücken, DE – Garage %
% with Overkill

AUSTRALIA
4/17      Fremantle, AU – Mojo’s ^
4/18      Perth, AU – The Rosemont Hotel ^
4/19      Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live ^
4/20      Melbourne, AU – Espy Gershwin Room ^
4/22      Canberra, AU – ANU Bar ^
4/23      Byron Bay, AU – Hotel Great Northern ^
4/24      Brisbane, AU -The Hi Fi ^
4/25      Newcastle, AU -Cambridge Hotel ^
4/26      Sydney, AU – The Hi Fi ^
4/27      Melbourne, AU – The Hi Fi ^
^ with Toxic Holocaust

Alonzo Mosely’s review of Serpents Unleashed here

GWAR Debuts Video For “Madness at the Core of Time”

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Sure they may have just finished the first leg of their most brutal tour to date, but the Intergalactic Warlords are not ready for a break just yet.  People have been asking when there will be a video for a song from GWAR’s latest masterpiece Battle Maximus and now they have an answer.  Today your Lords and Masters bring to you the video for “Madness at the Core of Time“.

GWAR’s Battle Maximus out now on Metal Blade Records features twelve brand new tracks that not only honor their departed ally, but tells the story of GWAR’s latest struggle against what may be their greatest enemy yet…the insidious “Mr. Perfect”, who has travelled through time itself to steal the power of GWAR–the power of immortality, and use this power to mutate the human race into his twisted vision of what the “perfect” human should be. Once again GWAR finds themselves as the only thing standing between the human race and the latest super-powered shithead bent on the destruction of GWAR and the enslavement of their worshippers.

Following a short Antarctic slumber GWAR will return to the road with three shows around the holidays (December 27th - 29th) with Battlecross and Iron Reagan providing support.  Then it’s off to Antarctica again before heading “down under” for their appearance on the 2014 “Soundwave Festival“.

GWAR Holiday Dates With Battlecross and Iron Reagan
12/27: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/28: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/29: Richmond, VA @ The National

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2014
2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

MISERY INDEX Announce New Album Update‏

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Grindcore extremists MISERY INDEX has begun recording their forthcoming new record, and first for Season of Mist, at Visceral Sound studios with PIG DESTROYER’S Scott Hull.

The band comments, “We just began recording our first record for Season of Mist. Adam (Jarvis) has started tracking drums with Scott Hull at his Visceral Sound Studios outside Washington DC. [After the drums are done] the rest of the album will be recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, by Steve Wright (DYING FETUS). We expect tracking to wrap up in early January and are looking at a spring 2014 release. It is shaping up to be our longest and most diverse effort to date. In the meantime, we will be posting studio updates and videos, as things unfold. Cheers and looking forward.”

LAKE OF BLOOD Unleash New Track

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California black metal nightmares LAKE OF BLOOD have revealed another new song off their just-released new album, the 80-minute opus ‘Omnipotens Tyrannus‘ (which features the multiple talents of Wrest of Leviathan infamy).

Listen to “Blood & Mercy

 

‘Omnipotens Tyrannus’ is the sophomore release from Lake of Blood. This album featured massive contributions in all forms (strings, screams/howls, & lyrics) by Wrest of Leviathan/Lurker of Chalice and Scott “The Collects” Miller, former and original member of Sutekh Hexen, who contributed all sounds and noise of paranoia & angst woven in and between songs.

PHILIP ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS ANNOUNCE LEG TWO OF “TECHNICIANS OF DISTORTION” TOUR

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Philip Anselmo and The Illegals will hit the road bright and early in 2014 for Leg Two of its “Technicians of Distortion” tour.  The trek kicks off January 10 in Houston, will play intimate rock clubs exclusively, and is in support of Anselmo’s first solo album, the critically-acclaimed Walk Through Exits Only that was released last July, as well as the recently-released, limited-edition two-song Housecore Horror Fest 10-inch vinyl EP that will be available for purchase on all tour dates.

Reprising his support slot from Leg One will be Author & Punisher, while the avant-garde metal band Hymns (signed to Anselmo’s label Housecore Records) will open all shows.  Hymn’s self-titled album will be available on all tour dates.

Philip Anselmo and The Illegals
JANUARY
10   Warehouse Live/Studio Room, Houston, TX
11   Riverside Warehouse, Shreveport, LA
13   Pop’s Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
14   Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
15   Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
17   El Corazon, Seattle, WA
18   Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20   Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
22   Metal Masters, Los Angeles, CA
24   Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
25   Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
27   Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
28   Trees, Dallas, TX

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Unite With Exhumed For 2014 European Takeover + US Tour Underway

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Portland punk metal day-ruiners, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will team up with death metal gore tacticians/labelmates, Exhumed, for a venomous trek through Europe next year! The extreme tag team will traverse the continent for an entire month leaving a trail of molten metal bangovers and beer cans in their wake.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST are currently spreading their contagion across the US on the first tour in support of their recently released Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length. The two-plus week expedition commenced this past weekend in Trenton, New Jersey and will level much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1stin Island Park, New York. The band is joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence.

In related news, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, who recently appeared on the cover of the December 2013 issue of Decibel Magazine, will feature in the next issue’s limited edition flexi series with the track “Life Is A Lie.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST
w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence [remaining dates]
11/18/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
11/19/2013 Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY
11/20/2013 Mojo Main – Newark, DE
11/21/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2013 Kingdom – Richmond, VA *supporting Municipal Waste
11/23/2013 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/24/2013 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/25/2013 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
11/27/2013 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
11/28/2013 Fitzie’s Pub – Binghampton, NY * Just Added
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Club – Island Park, NY

w/ Exhumed
2/22/2014 East Club – Bischofswerda DE
2/23/2014 Underground – Köln, DE
2/24/2014 Merleyn – Nijmegen, NL
2/25/2014 Underworld – London, UK
2/26/2014 Queens Hall – Warwickshire, UK
2/27/2014 Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, UK
2/28/2014 Hobos – Bridgend, UK
3/01/2014 Ieper Winter Fest – Ieper, BEL
3/02/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
3/03/2014 Le Saint des Seins – Toulouse, FR
3/04/2014 Sala Sonora – Bilbao, ES
3/05/2014 Hard Club -  Oporto, PT
3/06/2014 Sala Lemon – Madrid, ES
3/07/2014 Sala Estraperlo – Barcelona, ES
3/08/2014 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
3/09/2014 Schlachthaus – Dornbirn, AT
3/10/2014 Freakout – Bologna, IT
3/11/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
3/12/2014 Feierwerk – München, DE
3/13/2014 Arena – Wien, AT
3/14/2014 Conne Island – Leipzig, DE
3/15/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
3/16/2014 Magnet – Berlin, DE
3/17/2014 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SWE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NOR
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SWE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014  Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

SUNN O))) & ULVER: Collaborative Work Entitled Terrestrials Due For February 2014 Release Via Southern Lord

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SUNN O)))‘s most recent studio album, 2009′s Monoliths and Dimensions, and ULVER’s 2013 album, Messe I.X-VI.X, found both evolving and longstanding groups venturing into the world of acoustic arrangement and contemporary orchestration. Besides arriving at this seeming parallel in vision, the pair’s long standing camaraderie was initiated during SUNN O)))’s 2003′s White1 sessions with the track “CutWOODED” which was produced by ULVER, in tribute to deceased film director Ed Wood.

Today, it comes with great pleasure to confirm that SUNN O))) and ULVER, together, represent an astonishing yet somehow totally tenable matrimony of these two earthshakingly powerful forces, coming together like tectonic plates. The result of this union is a three-track recording entitled Terrestrials; a trio of movements which flow like magma beneath the Earth’s crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring, yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful. Southern Lord shall release Terrestrials in February 2014.

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