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VIRGIN STEELE Releases Lyric Video For “Lucifer’s Hammer”

New Album Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation Out June 23rd in

North America on SPV/Steamhammer

VIRGIN STEELE will release their new album this June 23rd via SPV/Steamhammer. The title of the album is Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation and the album will have three different versions of the cover art. Today the band has released a lyric video for the song “Lucifer’s Hammer”. The video can be viewed on the SPV YouTube Channel HERE.

Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation can be pre-ordered on Amazon and iTunes.

Front man David Defeis speaks on the new album:

Our new album which is called Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation, is not a concept album per se, but there is a through line that connects the tracks. The lyrics essentially deal with relationship issues and by that I mean…. the connections between entities…. as in all sorts of beings, not only human beings…but also Gods & Goddesses, Spirits, Elements, or whatever, plus various creatures, animal, vegetable and or mineral, but largely the album is about connections between people. People and their belief systems, people and their Gods or Goddesses…people and their life philosophies and also the various substances we invest or inject into our daily or nightly rituals and our worldview, and all the complexities of what drives us, makes us who we are and takes us where we may…or may not be going. To sum it up this album is about…. all the various ways in which humans can entangle themselves, or destroy themselves…so the album’s title essentially encompasses what the vibe of the whole Work is about. The title relates to the album in the way that the title “NOBLE SAVAGE”, or “AGE OF CONSENT”, expressed each of those particular Works. The title provides a framework and connective tissue, but each song is really its own thing.

For More Info Visit:

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All Out War – “Dying Gods” to release June 23

Long-running New York-based hardcore/metal stalwarts, ALL OUT WAR, declare 2015 as the year of the Dying Gods, as the quintet prepares its latest set of recordings for release this Summer.

Since 1991, ALL OUT WAR has assaulted the masses with their punishing metallic hardcore aggression, and through a multitude of recordings, including a pile of singles and EPs, their 1997 debut LP, Truth In The Age Of Lies on Germany?s Gain Ground Records, and four subsequent LPs on Chicago?s Victory Records — For Those Who Were Crucified (1998), Condemned To Suffer (2003), Assassins In The House Of God (2007) and Into The Killing Fields (2010). Their arsenal of recorded misanthropy and waves of worldwide touring, has led the band to become a respected staple act for metal and hardcore fans everywhere. In 2013, after several years off the grid, ALL OUT WAR came crushing back with the reunited For Those Who Were Crucified-era line up and laid waste at both This Is Hardcore Fest and 2014?s A389 Records Bash. The momentum has been growing ever since.

Now nearing the band?s two-and-a-half decade mark, ALL OUT WAR proves that age has only refined the band?s killing capabilities on Dying Gods, a brand new EP which the band is about to unleash upon humanity early this Summer. Dying Gods sees the band return to the sound of For Those Who Were Crucified, and just like that timelessly brutal album, Dying Gods was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) at West West Side Studios in New Windsor, New York. The record sees the band bringing five decimating new original tracks and covers of two iconic underground anthems.

The crew will continue to bring their malice to the stage in the coming months surrounding the release of Dying Gods, with several high profile festival appearances confirmed on both American and European soil, including a European tour in August.

In 2015, ALL OUT WAR returns with Dying Gods. You have been warned.

ALL OUT WAR‘s musical style is an unrelenting metal assault of the mid-?80s German thrash scene colliding head-on with the crossover sound of Carnivore and the Cro-Mags. The two styles are as different as they come, yet the band seamlessly unites them into a purely seething, tension-filled alloy rife with divebomber leads and merciless breakdowns, unmatched by today’s standards. Featured is their trademark social commentary on such subjects as political and religious hypocrisy as well as social apathy of a materialistic population. They attack the relevant subjects of corruption of organized religion, ecocide, and the degradation and exploitation of the weak, set to a soundtrack appropriate for the end of days.

ALL OUT WAR:
Mike Score – vocals
Erik Carrillo – bass
Taras Apuzzo – guitar
Andy Pietroloungo – guitar
Jesse Sutherland – drums

For coverage of the band contact dave@earsplitcompound.com worldwide.

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WISDOM IN CHAINS: Entire The God Rhythm LP From Pennsylvania Punk/Hardcore Kingpins Unleashed Early Via Blow The Scene

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Eastern Pennsylvania’s unstoppable WISDOM IN CHAINS is now streaming their empowering The God Rhythm LP in its entirety. Initially set for release on June 30th, the album’s street date has been pushed forward, now set to hit the streets on June 16th, and today, the entire anthem-packed, fourteen-track record is now playing two weeks before its new official public destination through an exclusive early stream at Blow The Scene.

The God Rhythm is fueled with the same infectious brew of oi/punk-inspired hardcore WISDOM IN CHAINS has been internationally championed for delivering on their prior four full-length titles and many other releases since their 2001 inception, but here the band delivers their most heroic tunes, investigative lyrics, and memorable choruses yet. With almost forty minutes of hook-laden sing-alongs and metallic breaks built for full-on live riots, recorded by Len Carmichael at Trax East and Carmichael Sound, with the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, The God Rhythm boasts the most victorious WISDOM IN CHAINS material to date.

Proudly unleash WISDOM IN CHAINS’ bold The God Rhythm album through an early Blow The Scene exclusive stream at THIS LOCATION.

Also check out the extensive interview trailer on the album’s creation at New Noise Magazine HERE.

Preordered physical copies of The God Rhythm are shipping to fans early, first thing next week; place orders for the CD, LP and merch bundles via Fast Break! Records RIGHT HERE.

Having just stormed the mighty Black N’ Blue Bowl in NYC, WISDOM IN CHAINS has confirmed the details of their home turf record release show for the new album, with an outdoor BBQ event planned at Club Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania on June 27th, with support from Strength For A Reason, Yesterday’s Youth and more. The band will also return to This Is Hardcore Festival on July 23rd, the multi-day fest to once again overthrow Philadelphia with WISDOM IN CHAINS set to join the likes of the Misfits, The Exploited, the Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Chokehold, Nails, All Out War, Bane, Biohazard and many others. August will see the band returning to Europe, confirmed to perform at Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic in early August with At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Killing Joke, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Triptykon and endless others, with a set of tour dates surrounding the festival to be announced in the coming days.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Tour Dates:

6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA *record release show [info]

7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

8/05-08/2015 Fortress Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault [info]

Review copies of The God Rhythm and interviews with WISDOM IN CHAINS are available worldwide via dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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AUDIOTOPSY SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS

Debut Album Out Late Summer

AUDIOTOPSY, the powerhouse new band featuring guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne, Hell Yeah), drummer Matt McDonough (Mudvayne), vocalist Billy Keeton (Skrape) and bassist Perry Stern have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. Their debut album is scheduled for release in late summer 2015.

“AUDIOTOPSY is the band that has been waiting to happen,” says Greg. “All the stars aligned and here we are. It’s some of the best music I’ve been a part of. We all cannot wait for everyone to hear it and we’re excited to join forces with Napalm to make it all happen! See ya on tour!”

“We are thrilled to announce that AUDIOTOPSY has signed with Napalm Records! All of the members have already left their mark on the music scene with different groups before and we’re glad to be part of the AUDIOTOPSY story that will certainly follow suit! The debut record will be released later this year and leave no doubt that this is a highly creative and innovative group of musicians,” states Napalm Records Vice President Thomas Caser.

Extensive tour plans are in the works for what will undoubtedly be a very busy remaining 2015 and beyond in support of the new album. So expect much more news from these guys in the weeks and months ahead.

Matt prophetically adds: “Sometimes your world only changes once. Sometimes your world changes forever. Sometimes we get to change together. AUDIOTOPSY welcomes you, the change and the future. Thanks for joining us on our journey.”

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NASHVILLE PU$$Y Announces North American Tour in Support Of Ten Years of Pussy

Ten Years of Pussy Out Now on SPV/Steamhammer

Two weeks ago, southern hard rockers NASHVILLE PUSSY released Ten Years of Pussy, a retrospective of the bands ten years of working with SPV/Steamhammer. In support of the release NASHVILLE PUSSY are hitting the road on an extensive North American tour including appearances at the Ink-N-Iron Festival in Nashville, TN as well as the Full Terror Assault Festival in Cave In Rock, IL. The tour kicks off August 7th and will wrap up on September 13th in Memphis, TN. A complete list of dates can be found below. Expect additional dates to be added as well.

Ten Years Of Pussy highlights the band’s most relevant work of their decade history on label SPV. Up The Dosage (2014), featuring rock solid bassist Bonnie Buitrago, has been called “NASHVILLE PUSSY’S Back In Black” and was Pick Of The Week on That Metal Show. From Hell To Texas (2009) was recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio in Texas and featured some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date. And Get Some (2005), was the first SPV release and the first collaboration with Daniel Rey, and has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box. And of course the bonus live CD includes the ultimate version of Nutbush City Limits with special guest Ron Heathman from The Supersuckers on guitar.

Ten Years of Pussy is available on iTunes and Amazon.

NASHVILLE PUSSY:
8/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
8/8: Nashville, TN @ Bicentennial Mall Park – Ink-N-Iron Festival
8/9: Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
8/11: Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
8/12: Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
8/13: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
8/14: Greeneville, SC @ Gottrocks
8/15: Charlotte, NC @ The Chop Shop
8/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
8/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Monterey Club
8/19: Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
8/20: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
8/21: Gainesville, FL @ Loosey’s
8/22: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
8/26: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
8/27: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
8/28: Austin, TX @ Red 7
8/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N’ Grill
8/30: Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
9/1: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/2: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
9/3: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/4: Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing
9/5: Springfield, IL @ Donnie’s Homespun
9/6: Lombard, IL @ Brauerhouse
9/8: Newport, KY @ Southgate
9/9: Louisville, KY @ Headliner Music Hall
9/10: Cave In Rock, IL @ Hogrock Campgrounds – Full Terror Assault Festival
9/11: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
9/12: Carbondale, IL @ PKS
9/13: Memphis, TN @ Lafayette’s Music Room

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GLOWSUN Premiere New Video For “Behind The Moon” Via The Obelisk

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French trio GLOWSUN are back with their third studio album and strongest record to date: Beyond The Wall Of Time! The sound and tone of the new album perfectly fits into Instrumental Psychedelic Rock realms. From the start the listener is kidnapped by the spherical sound, between enormous atmospheric compositions with pure rock riffs and psychedelic melodies that are perfectly intertwined.

The band has completed work on a music video for their song “Behind The Moon” and today The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive premiere of the video. Get a first look HERE

Beyond The Wall Of Time will be released June 29th in the UK & July 7 in the US on Napalm Records! Get ready for this journey with Psychedelic Rockers GLOWSUN!

For More Info Visit:
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BRANT BJORK Unveils Brand New Music Video For “Controllers Destroyed” Via Diffuser.FM

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As a cult figure of the Palm Desert scene, as founder of Stoner-Rock legends Kyuss and a permanent member of Vista Chino, the formation with Kyuss legend John Garcia, BRANT BJORK knows what he is doing in the Desert Rock Scene.

With his latest solo album Black Power Flower (Napalm Records), he proves once again that his multi-instrumental skills know no creative boundaries! See his brand new music video for the track “Controllers Destroyed” courtesy of of Diffuser.FM HERE.

BRANT BJORK Live

29.05.15 DE – München / Rockavaria
30.05.15 DE – Gelsenkirchen / Rock im Revier
20.06.15 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
24.07.15 DE – Beelen / Krach am Bach
30.07.15 DE – Breitenbach / Burg Herzberg Festival

For More Info Visit:
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AHAB Unveil First Details Of Upcoming Album!

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They are hitting the sea again!
Nautical Doomsters AHAB cast their net across the oceans and capture their fans with their impressive soundscape! The German quartet has now unveiled the first details of their upcoming album The Boats Of Flen Carrig.

The sensational artist Sebastian Jerke, who was also responsible for the latest album artwork from the likes of Zodiac, The Answer and My Sleeping Karma, created the cover artwork.

The Boats Of Flen Carrig Track Listing:

1. The Isle

2. The Thing That Made Search

3. Like Read Foam (The Storm)

4. The Weedmen

5. To Mourn Job

6. The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison) (Bonus Track)

The Boats Of Flen Carrig will be released on August 28 on Napalm Records &isavailable as LTD 6 Page Digipak & Bonus Track, 2LP Gatefold edition, strictly limited Wooden Box Edition and Ultra Deluxe Canvas Edition. Pre-orders will start on June 18th!

Don’t miss the chance to see these guys live:

03.06.15 DE – Geiselwind / Out & Loud Festival

19.06.15 FR – Clisson / Hellfest

04.07.15 UK – High Wycombe / The Boston Music Rooms

25.07.15 DE – Langendorf / Ragnarock Festival

12.12.15 NL – Eindhoven / Eindhoven Metal Meeting

For More Info Visit:
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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Release First Music Video From Upcoming Album!

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Female fronted Metallers UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have unveiled their first music video for the track “Tonight We Ride” from their upcoming album titled Time Stands Still!

The Canadian shooting stars play kick ass heavy metal; with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to! The combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks and complex drumming provides a little something for everyone!

See it for yourself here: http://smarturl.it/TonightWeRide

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POWERWOLF Release Third Part Of “The Road To Blessed & Possessed” Series!

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Heavy Metal masters POWERWOLF are back with their sensational new album Blessed & Possessed, set to be released on July 17th via Napalm Records. This masterpiece is already considered a monument of a whole genre that presents metal hymns with emotiveness and pure magic!

The wolves havereleased the third part of “The Road To Blessed & Possessed” series giving yet another insight into the recordings. See the brand new video HERE.

POWERWOLF will present Blessed & Possessed live on their “Wolfsnächte Tour 2015″. Find all tour dates below & make sure to get your tickets fast!

03.09.15 CH – Pratteln / Z 7
04.09.15 DE – Speyer / Halle 101
05.09.15 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.09.15 UK – London / 02 Academy Islington
10.09.15 FR – Paris / Trabendo
11.09.15 CH – Vevey / Rocking Chair
12.09.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie
01.10.15 DE – Bremen / Aladin
02.10.15 DE – Oberhausen / Turnbinenhalle
03.10.15 DE – Hamburg / Grosse Freiheit
22.10.15 DE – Berlin / C-Club
23.10.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
24.10.15 DE – Munich / Backstage
29.10.15 DE – Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle
30.10.15 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
31.10.15 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn
01.11.15 BE – Antwerp / Trix
07.11.15 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage

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MICHAEL MONROE, Celebrated Rock ‘N’ Roller, To Release Blackout States On October 16 Via Spinefarm Records

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(New York, N.Y.): MICHAEL MONROE-hugely influential front man, force of nature, multi-instrumentalist and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon-will release a new studio album, Blackout States, on Friday, October 16 via Spinefarm Records.

This 13-track outing was produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.

It is the follow-up to Horns and Halos, a Finnish chart-topper in 2013.

With Blackout States, MONROE‘s current touring and recording outfit, comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig), provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock’s most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited MONROE’s unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.

Indeed, when Slash headlines the Ice Hall in Helsinki on May 28, MONROE will be the invited “Special Guest,” opening the show in front of thousands of fans; after that, he heads across to London to play the Camden Rocks Festival on May 30.

This one-off UK appearance at Camden Proud will be filmed by celebrated videographer/photographer Ville Juurikkala as part of the video for the first single from Blackout States.

As with Horns and Halos, the new recordings see MONROE both toasting the future and honoring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks, the group with which he forged his name in the early-to mid-’80s.

Says MONROE, “I’m extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record: strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”

MONROE has a number of festival appearances locked into place for the spring and summer, with further international touring plans to be announced shortly.

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This is a joint Freeman Promotions/Atom Splitter PR project, as will be the case for most Spinefarm releases. We know that keeping up with PR firms and labels can get confusing, but we’ll make it easy for you. You can contact either or both of us at any time regarding any press inquiries or needs regarding the band.

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact:

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OMMADON: UK Drone/Doom Duo To Undrape Empathy For The Wicked Via Golden Mantra This July

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Following the crushing doom of their critically-adored, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, UK drone/doom duo, OMMADON, continues their perpetual quest to achieve sonic annihilation of the self through unadulterated heaviness with Empathy For The Wicked. Boasting just one earth-rupturing track broken into two parts, Empathy For The Wicked was recorded live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), who gave it the final crushing touches it deserves.

Where OMMADON‘s previous scores were all recorded in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks their first release to be recorded on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity. The first track from Empathy For The Wicked was originally recorded for the cassette split with Horse Latitudes and Coltsblood. During that session, OMMADON decided to continue recording through the night and drone out the riff which became the second side to Empathy For The Wicked.

Empathy For The Wicked will be released on 12″ vinyl via Golden Mantra on July 15th, 2015 with preorders available at: www.goldenmantra.co.uk. Teasers to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Critical Hails For V:

A hypnotic, dead-eyed combination where patience, misanthropy and endurance collide; a zombie chained to a pole walking the same ugly circle.” – Rolling Stone

Split across four sides of vinyl, the double record was mastered by Billy Anderson… so you can bet your favourite Sunn O))) picture disc on this thing sounding heavier than a dying planet.” — Terrorizer
I love this album because it’s so preposterously barbaric and for such an extended period of time and it’s beyond excessive. It’s an absolute endurance test, and by the end of it I was not the same as I’d come into it. There aren’t a lot of albums you can say that about.” – The Sludgelord

OMMADON categorically prove that it is still possible to make compelling music within the field of drone-doom, an area that I personally had considered long since mined dry.” — The Sleeping Shaman

OMMADON‘s V has more in common with the harsh, acidic fuzz of Conan, and Earth’s early work, but much, much more abrasive.” — Blog Of Putrefaction

Over the last couple of years I’ve been lucky enough to listen to some quite excellent instrumental doom, and OMMADON’s V is right up there with the very best.” — Lair Of Filth

Listening to the two 45-minute tracks on V is like trying to imagine your own burial under the Himalayas.” — Echoes And Dust

OMMADON Personnel:

David Tobin – guitars

Ewan Mackenzie – drums, noise

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DIABOLICUM: New Hymn From Industrial Black Metal Misery Makers Playing At No Clean Singing; Band To Unleash First Full-Length In Fourteen Years Via Code666

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Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is the impending new long player from Swedish industrial black metal misery makers, DIABOLICUM. Now boasting the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the record breaks the band’s fourteen-year slumber and boasts nine harrowing psalms of disease and torment. The record will see release on July 7th, 2015 via Italy’s Code666. In celebration of its official ignition, today No Clean Singing delivers the first taste of plague with fifth cranium-crusher, “Salvation Through Vengeance.”

DIABOLICUM are known for their skill in integrating the savagery of Swedish black metal and the driving pulse of industrial music,” issues the esteemed music portal, “and ‘Salvation Through Vengeance’ displays that union in striking fashion, significantly augmented by Kvarforth’s crazed howls and roars (which hold nothing back) and Likstrand’s boiling guitar solo. The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”

Sample the tones of terror at THIS LOCATION.

Initially spawned in 1994 by Sasrof and Thorne under the Imperial moniker, DIABOLICUM stands among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene. The collective’s first demo appeared under the title Mori Voluntaria. The tape was recorded in just two days at a mental hospital and included the session vocals of Blackblood (Tommy Dahlström now of Aeon). Following various personnel shifts, Imperial unleashed The Imperial Darkness demo with vocals and lead guitar handled by Thyrfing (Stefan Dhalberg) with third demo, De FÆrdÆmdas Legion, unveiled by Arte De Occulta shortly thereafter. By 1997, members of Imperial formed black metal collective, Helvete, together with Mysteriis and Kraath of Setherial. The project was put on hold when guitarist Sasrof took over bass responsibilities for Setherial.

Two years later, Imperial changed their name to DIABOLICUM. Nathzion (AKA Zeb Nilsson now of Aeon) joined the ranks as lead guitarist and DIABOLICUM‘s debut, the annihilating The Grandeur Of Hell, dropped in 1999 via Napalm Records. In the summer of 2000, DIABOLICUM fled Napalm to explore new opportunities and forged a union with Italian imprint, Code666. Wielding a flawless meld of Swedish black metal and industrial ambient noise, 2001’s resulting The Dark Blood Rising full-length is now considered a cult classic among the industrial black metal scene. In the years to follow, the band published a collection of early demos (The Killing Spree 1.5) and two split 7″ EP – one with Watain; the other with Angst – before penning their third diabolic opus with new vocalist Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and lead guitarist Likstrand. After several setbacks and delays, the band is finally ready to undrape Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows). Spewing forth nine merciless tracks of sonic scorn, and featuring guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), with cryptic artwork by Maxime Taccardi, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is anguished, devouring and destined to become a new milestone within the industrial black metal community.

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

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THE GREAT DISCORD Streaming Debut Album Duende In Full!

Available June 2nd in North America on Metal Blade Records

 

Duende

 

“Driving in every sense of the word, Duende could be another standard for progressive metal compatriots striving to attain new heights in the genre.”

-Dead Rhetoric-

“Duende is full of catchy rhythms, riffs, and vocals that will ensnare your mind and come back to you again and again, playing over and over in your subconscious.”

-The Grim Tower-

“…They swoop brutally over a raw, dramatic, cinematic and multi-colored canvas where not a single space left to chance”

-Sweden Rock-

Sweden has been a fertile ground for metal of all varieties for multiple decades, and there appears to be no sign that this will change anytime soon. The variety and quality of bands is staggering, and Metal Blade Records is prepared to help add THE GREAT DISCORD to the list of one of Sweden’s finest new groups. The band’s cornerstone is with the enigmatic vocals of Fia Kempe. Her tone and delivery is immensely emotive and is augmented by a band whose sound is impossible to describe. It’s technical, heavy, and yet not so much to overwhelm those not anointed in metal. What’s important is that THE GREAT DISCORD offers a truly unique twist on both metal, and what is to be expected from a female-fronted band.

Duende will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Garnering critical acclaim worldwide, THE GREAT DISCORD are almost ready to release Duende to the public. As the release date draws closer Duende is now available to stream in its entirety at http://www.metalblade.com/thegreatdiscord. After listening to the album, be sure to pre-order a copy there as well.

One of the most unique things about THE GREAT DISCORD is their visual presentation. This has been showcased so far in a series of video teasers. The fifth and final installment entitled “Ire (Selfæta)” along with the first four clips can be viewed HERE.

The band’s video for the song “The Aging Man”, that was directed by Philip Kullgren and edited by Joakim Sjöholm, both from Pellen Productions can be viewed HERE.

The relationship between Fia Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren has stood for many years, connecting on a deep personal level when it comes to music, though it was only when they came together to form THE GREAT DISCORD in 2013 that their collaboration began. Sharing an interest in progressive music, they count the likes of Genesis and King Crimson as well as contemporary acts such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan among those who have inspired them.

While music pundits and critics will fall over themselves trying to label the unique and intriguing sounds contained within Duende the band are more interested in presenting their music to the world, with the hope of making a profound musical connection with the like-minded. Having been working toward the completion of the record for nearly two years the band have perhaps only just arrived at the beginning, and the ambitiousness of their music is further reflected in their goals. “We obviously want to take over the world,” Kempe smiles. “We really believe in our vision, we really believe in the concept behind everything that we do. We want to entertain people. We want them to come to our shows and experience everything that we have visualized for this band, and we want them to relate to the emotion that we’re putting into our songs, to be able to find something in THE GREAT DISCORD that they cannot find anywhere else.”

THE GREAT DISCORD is:
Fia Kempe – vocals
Aksel Holmgren – drums
André Axell – guitars
Gustav Almberg – guitars
Rasmus Carlson – bass

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VATTNET VISKAR launches new video, “Impact”

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, has launched a new video for “Impact”, the fourth single from their upcoming sophomore album Settler. The clip was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-NEUROSIS, SOUNDGARDEN), who also created the band’s “Breath of the Almighty”, “Settler”, “Colony”, and “Yearn” videos.

VATTNET VISKAR’s Nick Thornbury (Guitar/Vocals) comments: “This song is a good summary of the huge highs and lows that the album deals with.”

For another preview of Settler, be sure to check out the following previously released video singles:
–“Settler”: https://youtu.be/zrFxKXtkPfw
–“Colony”: https://youtu.be/0wK0WR3IFwk
–“Yearn”: https://youtu.be/P9ihRnmY4pA

Featuring 8 tracks that expand upon their “awe-inspiring, violently gorgeous” sound (PITCHFORK.com), Settler will be released June 16th in North America (June 29th in Europe).

Settler track-listing:
1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar

Before Settler’s release, VATTNET VISKAR will be appearing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, then heading out on a month long tour with 1349 and NECROPHAGIA. See below for all upcoming dates.

VATTNET VISKAR live:
May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live (Maryland Deathfest)
June 21 – Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
June 22 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness

“Chaos Raids North America 2015″ tour dates with 1349, NECROPHAGIA, VATTNET VISKAR
May 30 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 31 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus
June 1 – Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
June 2 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
June 3 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
June 4 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
June 5 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar
June 6 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
June 9 – Boise, ID – The Crazy Horse
June 10 – Seattle, WA – Club SUR
June 11 – Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
June 12 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
June 13 – San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
June 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
June 15 – El Paso, TX – Mesa Music Hall
June 16 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
June 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats
June 18 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
June 19 – Orlando, FL – The Haven

VATTNET VISKAR line-up:
Nick Thornbury – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Alfieri – Guitar
Seamus Menihane – Drums
Casey Aylward – Bass

Thrash Legends EXODUS Launch European Headline Tour Next Monday, June 1st in Germany

Thrash metal legends EXODUS are set to kick off their upcoming European headline tour on June 1st, 2015. The European dates kick off in Hamburg, Germany at Knust and end in Helinski, Finland on June 26th. The tour includes several festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air.

EXODUS just wrapped up a successful U.S. run with headliners TESTAMENT and special guests SHATTERED SUN, dubbed the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour. Later this year, EXODUS will take part in the Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th.

?We?re already out here in Europe ready to kill,? states vocalist Steve ?Zetro? Souza. ?We are currently in Spain and ready for the rest of Europe and all the festivals. See you in the pit for The Toxic Waltz!?

Catch EXODUS in Europe this summer ? see below for all dates.

EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR:
6/1 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
6/2 – Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
6/4 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock – Sweden Rock Festival
6/5 – Hanover, Germany @ Musikzentrum
6/6 – Njmegen, Netherlands @ Forta Rock Festival
6/7- Moscow, Russia @ Volta Club
6/8 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Zal Ozhidaniya
6/10 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
6/11 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
6/12 – Vienna, Austria @ Szene
6/13 – Nova Gorcia, Slovenia @ Mostovna
6/14 – Brno, Czech Republic @ Faval Club
6/15 – Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
6/16 – Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap
6/17 – Essen, Germany @ Turok
6/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
6/19 – Gardelegen, Germany @ Metal Frenzy Festival
6/20 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/21 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest Festival
6/23 – London, England @ Underworld
6/24 – London, England @ Underworld
6/25 – Manchester, England @ Academy 3
6/26 – Helinski, Finland @ Tuska Open Air Metal Festival

MOTORHEAD?S MOTORBOAT CRUISE:
9/28-10/2 – Miami, FL @ Port of Miami

ABOUT EXODUS:

This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal?s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica?s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever ? #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada?s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood. EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.

NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal- Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer- Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 HouseOfBlues-New Orleans, LA w/Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth,Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works. In 2012, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with Honor Found In Decay, cultivated through their own Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration. Following the record release show, the outfit disbanded with the longtime visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

AGALLOCH To Kick Off Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV Next Week

Portland’s long-running dark, progressive metal collective, AGALLOCH, will kick off their eagerly anticipated Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV next week. Set to commence on June 5th in Eugene, Oregon, the journey will traverse sixteen cities through nine states and two provinces, drawing to a close on June 20th in Portland. The band will be joined by very special guest, Helen Money.

AGALLOCH Serpens In Cvlmination Western Hemisphere Tour MMXV w/ Helen Money:
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Yob, Ufomammut *
6/06/2015 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
6/07/2015 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
6/08/2015 SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
6/09/2015 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
6/10/2015 Casbah – San Diego, CA
6/11/2015 The Rebel – Phoenix, AZ
6/12/2015 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/13/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
6/14/2015 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
6/15/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
6/16/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/17/2015 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
6/18/2015 Venue – Vancouver, BC
6/19/2015 Victoria Event Center – Victoria, BC
6/20/2015 Star Theater – Portland, OR
* No Helen Money

AGALLOCH continues to tour in support of their critically-adored The Serpent & The Sphere opus, released last year via Profound Lore. Captured by legendary producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Asunder, Ommadon, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.) at Cloud City Studios in Portland, Oregon (and mixed by Anderson at Everything Hz), the offering includes a guest appearance by guitarist Nathanaël Larochette of Canadian neofolk trio, Musk Ox, and finds the band delivering some of their most forward-thinking and stimulating compositions to date, elevating their progressive musical oeuvre to a challenging new level whilst still maintaining true to their signature sound.

“…their most refined and generous album to date, an elegant trip to unexpected ends.” – Pitchfork

“Whereas their triumphant previous album was painted in dark blues and glittering black, this one comes draped in muted grays and browns, calming earth tones that soothe rather than awe. If Marrow of the Spirit was a storm, The Serpent & The Sphere is the stillness that descends over damp stones and battered branches once the howling winds have quieted.” – Spin

“As much as it is possible to describe the hissing whispers and supernova roars John Haughm’s vocal performance, or the galactic wonder of Don Anderson’s guitars, the sticky and celestial spirals of Jason Walton’s bass lines, or the powerful alchemical engine of Aesop Dekker’s drumming, together they form something greater: a massive, sublime universe unto itself.” – Exclaim

“AGALLOCH has always had a strong folk theme flowing through their music, a reflection of their heritage in the woods of the American Northwest. But on many of the songs here, the listener’s eyes and ears are drawn away from the rivers and the trees and up towards the night sky… a fantastic addition to the band’s legacy and a brilliant set of work on its own.” – Metal Injection

“To be a fan of the band demands patience; they make you wait, and they make you work. But when the payoff arrives, it is thrilling, glorious, momentous. Everything comes into focus. Everything makes sense.” – Stereogum

“…a Homeric journey of a record peppered with some of the band’s finest moments to date…at once progressive and reflexive.” – MetalSucks

CrashDollz – Metal Meets Punk

 

CrashDollz is a energetic crossover from punk to metal. Crossing demented aggression, punk attitude, heavy metal power, virtuoso musicianship and sexy/trashy/gutter punk image into a whole new music revolution that could only have come out of Detroit, CrashDollz are truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Listen to “Novocaine”, “Dollhouse”, “Dumpster Punk” or the radio-friendly “27 Tulip Pass” and you will hear serious songwriting talent at the core of a big explosion of rock and roll audacity the likes of which hasn’t been heard in many years.

Leading the way on vocals is Nikki Darling, with her Raw, Aggressive and Powerful vocals. Nikkis technical ability as a singer adds enormous depth to an otherwise stale genre and her outrageous stage presence and confrontational stance is without peer. Followed by Guitarist Rachel Rekkits loud in your face but memorable guitar riffs, whiz-kid solos and demented stage presence.

Drummer Mikk Mannikk smashes the cannon-like beats into a frenzy and finally, you have Kevin “Krank” Kekes on pounding, aggressive bass guitar. Kranks agile and acrobatic playing ability and stage presence balances the CrashDollz front line into the most uniformly bombastic stage fronts in rock history. CrashDollz is the band to watch in 2014 and beyond!

You can get their self-titled CD CrashDollz for a free download on Bandcamp. They are currently in the studio working on their second CD ? Watch for it!

http://crashdollz.bandcamp.com/
https://www.reverbnation.com/crashdollz
http://www.crashdollz.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZnEPvlFdrfTf4FMyL7EBw

 

 

Persona Releases Video for Upcoming Album – Elusive Reflections

 

Persona has released their video, “Blinded,” from their upcoming CD, Elusive Reflections.

PERSONA is a female-fronted alternative metal band from Tunisia. Their style unites modern metal sound with elements of rock, thrash and heavy riffs with synth effects and classical orchestration, creating the perfect foundation for intense and captivating vocal lines.

Persona consists of:

Jelena Dobric : Lead & backing Vocals
Melik Melek Khelifa : Lead Guitar
Yosri Ouada : Rhythm Guitar
Youssef Aouadi : Drums
Walid Bessadok : Keyboard
Nesrine Mahbouli : Bass

Being considered one of the most accomplished and influential bands on the Tunisian metal scene, PERSONA is now ready to take it to the international level. Their debut album “Elusive Reflections” will be released in 2015, so get ready to be taken on a journey full of different identities, various and conflicting states of mind and diverse emotions.

 

The Persevering Promise Release Music Video For Cover Of Maroon 5’s “Animals”

 

The Persevering Promise have released a music video for their cover of Maroon 5’sAnimals.” The band’s current album, “An Illusion in Shambles“, which includes featured artists such as, Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Shawn Spann of I, The Breather, and Chad Ruhlig of For The Fallen Dreams/Legend landed The Persevering Promise at #8 on Billboard Heat Seekers chart this summer and is available now on all digital outlets.

LYCHGATE – Album cover + track list announced / New song premiered

 

The classical cover art and track listing are unveiled for academic, apocalyptic black metal unit Lychgate’s sophomore opus “An Antidote for the Glass Pill”.
The label says: ‘The album is the ceremonial, liturgical extension of the band’s well-acclaimed, doom-laden debut. Taking two painstaking years to execute, the seminal work is vast in concept, continually wandering into the garden of opulence and genius. The record is also perhaps the only black metal album in history that features full accompaniment by a professional church pipe organist throughout.’
The band features Greg Chandler from funeral doom legends Esoteric on guitar, vocals, and studio engineering duties, guitarist V. (The One, Spearhead), drummer T.J.F. Vallely (Macabre Omen), bassist A. K. Webb (Ancient Ascendant) and guitarist S.D. Lindsley.
“An Antidote for the Glass Pill” [2015] is to be released via Blood Music (Fin/USA) on August 18th, 2015. Pre-orders are to commence on May 29th, 2015.

Track list:

1. Unto My Tempest
2. Davamesque B2
3. I Am Contempt
4. A Principle on Seclusion
5. Letter XIX
6. Deus Te Videt
7. The Illness Named Imagination
8. An Acousmatic Guardian
9. My Fate to Burn Forever
10. The Pinnacle Known to Sisyphus

A second track from Lychgate’s conceptual opus “An Antidote for the Glass Pill” is currently streaming online.
“An Acousmatic Guardian”

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Agony in the Garden – Mack Perry

 

Agony in the Garden is an alternative metal band based in Dayton, OH, fronted by Mack Perry.  Agony’s new EP, Where Olympus Dwells, was released May 1.

 

  • Tell us a little bit about how Agony was started.   I honestly have no idea. Lol! Just kidding. When I first began it all started as instrumental style music, inspired and influenced by Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and a host of others as well as all the tutorial media I could find. I started writing band style music much later, approximately 9 years after I picked up an axe.
  • How, exactly, would you explain the genre of your music?  That is a very good question. I?m not exactly sure. My influences span from Andre Segovia to Ronnie James Dio. I firmly believe that bands, music and artist move from genre to genre visa vi the listener depending on what is needed at that exact moment. So I hope to continue this tradition allowing anyone who listens to put Agony where they need to.
  • Your new EP ? Where Olympus Dwells ? was released recently. What inspired the music on this EP?  A variety of things. Yes I know this is completely vague and in generalized. The truth is from the mighty to the minuscule I find myself inspired. I carry this very same theme through life. The fuel of passion, to be remembered by any who took the time to listen and in turn become inspired, a bit of a paradox but nothing short of the truth.
  • Which song on the Where Olympus Dwells sums up the message of the EP?  Where Olympus Dwells, ?You can?t kill what won?t bleed let them do what they will.? This song says no matter what you?re going through as long as you wake daylight never dies. It?s never too late.
  • Tell us a little bit about the new single, Rain.  Rain was written as a trailer-theme for the most excellent book Garden by Jane Yates. She is working to have the book made into a movie where it would be used as well. Rain?s theme symbolizes the power of self, strength and rebirth, literally starting over at any point in your life. Reinventing yourself whenever you should need the Rain.
  • I understand you were recently added to the endorsed musicians at WT Foster guitars. Tell us a little about how that came about.  Sorry job security! Lol! Literally I woke up one day and found this momentous boon. I am beyond honored to be added to the roster of guitar endorsees. I will do my very best to match this beautifully crafted work of art note for note. Simply put I?ve been blessed.
  • What are your future plans musically?  I hope to inspire anyone who takes the time to listen. I plan to put together a touring band. Like everyone out there I would love at least one OBBE, out of box band experience. Touring as soon as possible bringing the music to fans via any venue that will have Agony, along with plenty of benefit concerts, making sure all over the world people have a warm place to sleep and food to eat. I truly hope to pay it forward.
  • Where can we find you online?  www.agonyinthegardenofficial.com is the honeycomb hideout for links to Agony?s social media sites, links to purchase music and merchandise, links to sponsors as well as exciting news and current events.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add that we haven?t talked about?  I would just like to thank you for this fantastic interview and everyone for taking the time to read it as well as all the friends and fans who have been on this musical journey with Agony. More than words my friends.

CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release The Anthropocene Extinction This August Via Metal Blade Records; First Single Unveiled + Special Record Release Show Announced

Anthropocene
/æn??r?p??si?n/
noun

Anthropocene, a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment.

In 2012, CATTLE DECAPITATION shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity. Here we are, three years later, CATTLE DECAPITATION and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015.

Reenlisting Monolith Of Inhumanity producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage), CATTLE DECAPITATION returned to Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, eager to revisit the close collaboration that helped bring that record to life. “Dave is a bonafide producer,” elaborates vocalist Travis Ryan. “He’s got a lot of great ideas and this time we heard him out pretty religiously because making Monolith… had worked out so well. We’ve always kind of co-produced our records with whoever we brought in, but these last two we did a lot more listening to what he had to say rather than just sticking with what we were saying. Sometimes we shot down his ideas and vice versa, but that discussion was always beneficial. He basically becomes the fifth member of the band at that point, and I think that kind of relationship is the best way to get anything out of anybody.”

CATTLE DECAPITATION also enlisted a surprising array of guests to help achieve their vision. The one and only legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO lends his throat to “The Prophets Of Loss” while recent signee to his Housecore Records label, fellow San Diegan and friend of the band, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, brings forth the industrial damnation as an intro to the track “Plagueborne.” Additionally, Germany’s dark metal misanthrope, MR. JURGEN BARTSCH of the almighty BETHLEHEM, lends a spoken word piece in his native tongue to the apocalyptic final track “Pacific Grim.” Your body simply is not ready.

The record also sees the band extending their collaboration with illustrator Wes Benscoter, who’s handled the artwork for every CATTLE DECAPITATION release since 2002’s To Serve Man. “When we work with Wes, he becomes a member of the band,” says Ryan. As always, Benscoter formulated striking imagery that conveyed the record’s themes in unflinching style, the cover featuring a bloated and distorted corpse washed up on a beach, its torn abdomen disgorging a mass of waste plastic.

Whereas Monolith Of Inhumanity dealt with what could become of the earth and its life forms had humans continued their present course, with The Anthropocene Extinction we have been transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre is just part of the problem – there are five gyres on planet earth and they’re all filling with plastic waste outnumbering the plankton vital for the ocean’s ecosystems. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

The Anthropocene Extinction Track Listing:
1. Manufactured Extinct
2. The Prophets of Loss
3. Plagueborne
4. Clandestine Ways (Krokodil Rot)
5. Circo Inhumanitas
6. The Burden Of Seven Billion
7. Mammals In Babylon
8. Mutual Assured Destruction
9. Not Suitable For Life
10. Apex Blasphemy
11. Ave Exitium
12. Pacific Grim

In related news, on Friday, July 11th, fans can join CATTLE DECAPITATION at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California where the band will be playing a special, advanced CD release show in honor of The Anthropocene Extinction. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for this special occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records and the band making this a show not to be missed. So if you are a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick — just short ride away from the SD Convention Center — and prepare to meet your doom!

The Anthropocene Extinction will be released August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records.

CATTLE DECAPITATION:
Travis Ryan – Vocals
Josh Elmore – Guitar
Derek Engemann – Bass
Dave McGraw – Drums

FEAR FACTORY Announce Tour w/ COAL CHAMBER!

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will hit the road this July in anticipation of their upcoming Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut. ?We are beyond excited and honored to be touring with our great friends in COAL CHAMBER,? states the group. ?It’s been years since both bands have shared the same stage together. It?s funny that it took us all these years to actually tour together but we are stoked that it?s finally happening!?

Tickets go on sale everywhere on Friday May 22nd at 10 am local time. Additional headlining FEAR FACTORY shows to be announced shortly.

COAL CHAMBER, FEAR FACTORY, JASTA*, DEVIL YOU KNOW**, SAINT RIDLEY, MADLIFE
07/24/15 Rialto Theatre ? Tucson, AZ**
07/25/15 Sunshine Theater ? Albuquerque, NM**
07/26/15 Tricky Falls ? El Paso, TX**
07/28/15 Alamo City Music Hall ? San Antonio, TX*
07/29/15 Gas Monkey ? Dallas, TX*
07/30/15 Granada ? Lawrence, KS*
07/31/15 Pop?s ? Sauget, IL*
08/01/15 Bogart?s ? Cincinnati, OH*
08/02/15 Track 29 ? Chattanooga, TN*
08/03/15 The Orange Peel ? Asheville, NC*
08/04/15 Music Farm ? Columbia, SC*
08/06/15 Concord Music Hall ? Chicago, IL*
08/08/15 Water Street Music Hall ? Rochester, NY*
08/10/15 London Music Hall ? London, ON*
08/11/15 Irving Plaza ? New York, NY*
08/12/15 The Chance ? Poughkeepsie, NY*
08/15/15 Underground Arts ? Philadelphia, PA**
08/16/15 Agora ? Cleveland, OH**
08/18/15 Bourbon Theatre ? Lincoln, NE**
08/19/15 The Summit Music Hall ? Denver, CO**
08/20/15 The Complex ? Salt Lake City, UT**
08/21/15 Brooklyn Bowl ? Las Vegas, NV**
08/22/15 The Observatory ? Santa Ana, CA**

FEAR FACTORY?s as-of-yet-untitled 9th studio album is tentatively scheduled for a release this Summer. The record was co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell and mixed by Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD).

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band?s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

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

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