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ELUVEITIE: Announce North American Tour this Fall!‏

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Swiss folk-metal pioneers, ELUVEITIE, will return to North America once again for a headlining tour this Fall! The band will be touring in support of their highly-anticipated follow-up to Helvetios (2012), with the release of their new album, Origins, this August.

Origins will be released on August 1st (EUR), August 4th (UK) and on August 5th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. Cover artwork was created by none other than the group?s mastermind himself, Chrigel Glanzmann. Origins was recorded once again with producer Tommy Vetterli (KREATOR, CORONOR) at New Sound Studios in Switzerland.

ELUVEITIE, TYR, METSATÖLL
09/19/14 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/20/14 Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop
09/21/14 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09/22/14 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/23/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
09/25/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09/26/14 San Antonio, TX – Tequila Room at Backstage Live
09/27/14 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
09/29/14 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10/02/14 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
10/03/14 San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/04/14 Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall
10/05/14 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House
10/06/14 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/07/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/08/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
10/10/14 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
10/11/14 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
10/13/14 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
10/14/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
10/15/14 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/16/14 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
10/17/14 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
10/18/14 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/19/14 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
10/21/14 Boston, MA – Royale
10/22/14 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

Devourment Announce Lineup Reformation + US and South American Tour Dates‏

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DEVOURMENT have announced a major lineup change that sees the band regressing to the sewage from which they were originally conceived. After nearly 10 and 20 years, respectively, Eric Park and Mike Majewski have decided to leave the group to pursue other things. Their absence has ushered in the return of two of DEVOURMENT’s most hailed players. DEVOURMENT co-founder Brad Fincher has reclaimed the drum throne, and Ruben Rosas has come back, sans guitar, to once again provide guttural filth on the mic. Rosas made his unique style of vocal assault infamous on the band’s legendary 1999 debut LP Molesting the Decapitated,and is known by true death metal aficionados to tout some of the lowest, sickest growls on the planet. The originator of the DEVOURMENT name and overall vision of groove-oriented, Texas style brutality that became the hallmark of the band’s sound, Brad Fincher co-wrote and performed drums on the early demos, Molesting the Decapitated, and the 1.3.8.compilation, which includes DEVOURMENT’s signature slammer, “Babykiller“.

In addition to that personnel shift, incumbent bassist Chris Andrews has taken over the role of guitar, where he will be debuting his crushing style worthy of the DEVOURMENT lineage – pushing it forward into more extreme and punishing directions.

The band will debut this new lineup starting July 12th in Dallas, TX  followed by a series of US tour dates and special appearances at Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Fest, New York Deathfest, and Louisville Deathfest. Additionally the band has confirmed a run of South American dates this August plus an appearance at Germany’s Essen Deathfest.  A full list of dates is available below with more details to be announced soon.

DEVOURMENT released their fourth full-length and Relapse debut Conceived in Sewage in early 2013. The Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) produced album was the group’s heaviest and most critically acclaimed album to date.

DEVOURMENT Tour Dates
Jul 12 Dallas TX Reno’s Chop Shop
Jul 18 Little Rock AR Stickyz
Jul 19 Chicago IL Underground Lounge
Jul 20 Cleveland OH The Foundry
Jul 21 Rochester NY The Bug Jar
Jul 22 Baltimore MD The Sidebar
Jul 23 Boston MA The Church
Jul 24 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory TIHC Afterparty
Jul 25 Secaucus NJ The Blue Room
Jul 26 Brooklyn NY Deathfest @ St Vitus Bar
Aug 9 Louisville KY Louisville Deathfest

South American Tour
Aug 15 Bogota, Colombia
Aug 16 Quito, Ecuador
Aug 17 Lima Peru
Aug 22 La Paz , Bolivia
Aug 23 Santiago , Chile
Aug 24 Santiago, Chile
Aug 27-30 Brasil

Oct 11 Essen, Germany Essen Deathfeast @Turock

Hard Rockers DEAD END SKY Release New Single & Lyric Video for ‘When You Fall’ + Announce Headline Show in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA modern hard rockers DEAD END SKY aren’t new to the hard rock scene, noting connections to bands like Five Finger Death PunchDevolved and Deadsett. If you are just learning about them, now is the perfect time for you to check out the band’s new single/lyric video for the track ‘When You Fall';

You can also catch DEAD END SKY live as they headline Loaded (21+) this Friday, May 16, with support from SNew, GlamSkanks, Suicide Jones, and Art of Shock. The show begins at 8:00PM and is $10.  Loaded is located at 6377 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

Formed in 2013, DEAD END SKY is based in Los Angeles and led by Ex-Devolved frontman Kyle Zemanek.  The band’s sound is described as “soaring vocals backed with crushing rhythms and dark, heartfelt ballads.  This is the definition of modern hard rock in 2014.

Zemanek’s history includes a short stint as original vocalist for metal juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch.  He also was vocalist/songwriter for Deadsett, a band which featured in its ranks, Chris Howorth (In This Moment), Matt Snell (ex-Five Finger Death Punch), Jeff Fabb (Filter, ex-In This MomentJames Durbin), and Travis Johnson (In This Moment).

Joining Zemanek in the group are Rich Abronson (lead guitar), Dan Bartlett (bass), and Masa Oishi (drums). DEAD END SKY recorded at the world famous NRG recording studio in North Hollywood with veteran engineer Josh Newell (Linkin ParkAvril Lavigne,Intronaut).

DEAD END SKY’s self-titled debut album was mixed by acclaimed producer/mixer Brian Virtue (30 Seconds to MarsChevelle,Puddle of Mudd, Jane’s AddictionAll That RemainsShadows Fall).  It was mastered by Paul Logus (Stone SourAnthrax,VolbeatHellyeah).

Classic Heavy Metal Band MINDCAGE Releases New Single and Lyric Video for ‘The One Constant’

Michael Wagener- Mixed Special Edition of Dystopian Concept Album “Our Own Devices” Hitting Digital Stores this Summer via AetherWax 

Fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rush and Queensryche – Take Note!

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Groundbreaking heavy metal band MINDCAGE puts a fresh, conceptual spin on an internationally-embraced classic heavy metal sound, originally established by artists like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Not unlike the aforementioned groups, MINDCAGE serves up a potent blend of heavy melodies mixed with progressive influences à la Rush, but offers a unique steampunk twist to the theme of the music.

Florida-natives MINDCAGE released their new concept album, Our Own Devices, in September 2013, but are pleased to announce that they will enter triple-platinum producer Michael Wagener’s WireWorld studio (Ozzy OsbourneAcceptMegadeth, Alice Cooper, Helloween) next month to mix even more songs for a special edition version. The original version of Our Own Devices was self-produced by the band and engineered by Wagener, so his familiarity with the project will only add to the potency of the special edition, coming this summer.

The special edition of Our Own Devices will include exclusive, never-before-released live footage from the band?s headlining performance at this year’s Florida-based Comic Con event, Pensacon. Our Own Devices also includes the band’s new single “The One Constant”, which can be streamed via lyric video now:

The track will hit radio on May 19th and will be available via iTunes on May 20th. (more…)

WHITECHAPEL Debut Video For “Our Endless War” North American Tour Starts Today‏

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WHITECHAPEL are kicking off their North American tour tonight in St. Louis, MO.  On the first two dates, support will come from label-mates Revocation and Rivers of Nihil.  Beginning May 17th WHITECHAPEL joins up with DevilDriver for a co-headlining tour. Support on the tour will come from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For an Autopsy.  The tour runs from May 17th in Denver, CO through June 23rd in Austin, TX.

In conjunction with the tour kickoff, WHITECHAPEL are debuting their new video for the title track from Our Endless War.  The video features life performance footage and was directed by Naughty Mantis.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Revocations and Rivers of Nihil
5/14: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/15: Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar

WHITECHAPEL w/ DevilDriver, Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy
5/17: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/19: Tempe, AZ @ Marquis Theater
5/20: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
5/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/22: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/23: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spade
5/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/25: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factor
5/26: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factor
5/27: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/29: Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer & Market Stag
5/30: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/31: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
6/1: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
6/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
6/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
6/4: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
6/5: Kokomo, IN @ CenterStage Bar and Grill
6/7: Knoxville, TN @ The International
6/8: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
6/10: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
6/12: New York, NY @ Stage 48
6/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
6/14: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
6/15: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
6/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/17: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
6/18: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
6/20: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
6/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
6/22: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23: Austin, TX @ Mohwak

8/7: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall*
8/8: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual*
8/9: Montreal, QC @ Parterre Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy MTL 2014**
8/10: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/12: Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
*With Stick To Your Guns
**Festival Appearance

NADER SADEK: Video From Morphing Elite Metal Collective Now Playing‏

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Three years subsequent to the formation of elite metal project, NADER SADEK, and the release of the collective’s debut album, In The Flesh, today the final video from the album has been released.

Following several other extremely layered videos to emerge since the album’s release, in the final video for In The Flesh, the curse of petroleum traps faceless protagonists in a vicious cycle of dismemberment and rebirth, with the song, “Re:Mechanic.” Breaking down body parts and re-appropriating them into engine parts, the infernal Machine accumulates those parts in order to extend and intensify this process. Caught in this loop, the song functions as a ritual that links the divine skies with the underground; an ancient past with the cradle of damnation.

Musically, “Re:Mechanic” was re-recorded with vocals by Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), backing vocals by Mike Hrubovac (Monstrosity, Vile) and Tim Rocheny (Mausoleum), drums by Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), main guitars from Rune Eriksen (Ava Inferi, ex-Mayhem), leads from Orestis Nalmpantis, and bass by Kelly Conlon (Pessimist, ex-Death, Monstrosity). Yet in the ever-morphing fashion of the NADER SADEK entity, the video hosts an altered cast. While Eriksen and Mounier are featured, the rest of the filmed lineup is rounded out with bassist and vocalist Novy Nowak (Condemnation, ex-Vader), as well as SADEK himself not only directing the video but also appearing as the Desert Druid.

An even different incarnation of the NADER SADEK collective will perform live once again this month, with six shows booked in Canada, Italy, Switzerland and France between May 20th and 27th. The touring lineup for this run will include Travis Ryan, Martin Rygiel, Rune Eriksen, Bobby Koelble and Flo Mounier.

NADER SADEK Live
5/20/2014 Le Petit Campus – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5/23/2014 Traffic – Rome, Italy
5/24/2014 Cycle Club – Calenzano, Florence, Italy
5/25/2014 Circolo Colony, Bresciara, Italy
5/26/2014 Sunset Bar – Martigny, Switzerland
5/27/2014 Le Klub – Paris, France

FALLUJAH: Bay Area Tech-Death Collective Completes Second Full-Length For Unique Leader Release‏

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Unique Leader Records is proud to announce the completion and pending release of the new full-length from San Francisco-based cutting-edge death metal outfit, FALLUJAH.

Having just wrapped-up production on their highly anticipated follow up to 2011’s The Harvest Wombs, FALLUJAH will bombard the masses in 2014 with what is surely one of the freshest and most emotive metal albums to be released in years, entitled The Flesh Prevails. The album was mixed, mastered and engineered by Zach Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California over the course of a few months and features guest appearances from Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist) and the voice of Roniit Alkayam. The cover artwork was a collaborative effort between Poland’s Tomasz Alen Kopera and the band’s vocalist, Alex Hofmann.

The Flesh Prevails is set to be released during FALLUJAH’s participation in this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more. A confirmed street date, track listing, and deafening serenades from this brutalizing exhibition will be released in the coming days.

BLACK ANVIL: New Tune Now Playing At Stereogum; ‘Hail Death’ Release Date Draws Near‏

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In less than two weeks, Hail Death, the long-anticipated new studio offering from New York’s BLACK ANVIL, will rear its gnarled head upon the masses. In anticipation of its final descent, today the band hurls forth a new track, “Until The End.”

Hail Death, which comes festooned in the ominous cover creations of Metastazis (Behemoth, Alcest, Black Dahlia Murder), will be released via Relapse Records in North America/UK/World on May 27th, 2014 preceded by Germany/Benelux/Finland on May 24th, 2014

Following the record’s release later this month, on July 20th, 2014 BLACK ANVIL will bring their caustic compositions to the stage of Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar where they’ll perform Hail Death in its entirety! Sponsored by Noisey, the band will be joined by Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior and Yellow Eyes with additional live infiltrations to be announced in the weeks to come.

BLACK ANVIL Live 2014
7/20/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *playing Hail Death in its entirety w/ Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, Yellow Eyes

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT Tucson-Based Extreme Music Fest Announces 2014 Lineup – Neurosis, Sunn O))), Goatsnake & More Confirmed‏

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The promoters of Tucson, Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST have finalized the massive lineup for the 2014 installment of the event, unveiling an incredible listing of bands that takes this now annual extreme metal gathering up to an entirely new level.

On October 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, 2014, the third episode of the only major multi-day metal festival to annually invade the lower western territory of the US will bring an incredible collective of bands into Tucson for SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III: THE WESTERN FRONT. Having stepped up the hosting venues for this year’s gathering, the three main nights’ events will be held at the historic Rialto Theatre in Tucson, with the kickoff show on Thursday and each night’s after show throwdowns taking place at nearby The District Tavern.

The need for more space comes due to the influx of more major name bands sanctioned to take part in SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III. Headlining acts for this year include the unstoppable and ever-morphing NEUROSIS, lords of decimating drone, SUNN O))), and riff rock kingpins, GOATSNAKE. The rest of the lineup is set to include a widespread mix of national and local bands, with PELICAN, -16-, THE BODY, EAGLE TWIN, BAPTISTS, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, THE FUCKING WRATH, PRIMITIVE MAN, BLACKQUEEN, NIGHT DEMON, OBLITERATIONS, NORTH, TAKE OVER AND DESTROY, SECRETS OF THE SKY, GODHUNTER, SEX PRISONER, SORXE, TWINGIANT, SPIRITUAL SHEPHERD, WINDMILL OF CORPSES and CONQUEROR WORM confirmed to perform.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST was conceived and implemented in 2011 by members of Tucson-based underground acts GODHUNTER, INOCULARA, DISEASED REASON and GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDY in conjunction with local venues and businesses, in order to bring a full-bore event to underground music fans the Southwestern portion of the country. 2012’s event doubled in size from the maiden voyage, and now the third installment of the crushing event will bring more auditory damage to the city than ever before.

Actual day-to-day lineups, ticketing info/packages and more on SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST III will be released in the coming weeks.

Municipal Waste Guitarist Launches Living Fast Episode 2‏

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Living Fast is a heavy metal talk show created by Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste/Volture/BAT). The first episode, which debuted in February to the riotous approval from diehard metal fans globally, featured John Gallagher of Raven. The second episode, divided into two parts, takes place in Europe during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture.

Waste elaborates, “We did all the filming and interviews on the fly giving it a different vibe from the first episode. This time around we broke it into two parts because of the multitude of footage. Part one mostly covers the UK with interviews from Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn and Tony ‘Demolition Man’ Dolan (Venom, Atomkraft, M:Pire Of Evil) and several other NWOBHM bands during Brofest 2 in Newcastle. We also visited a couple British heavy metal landmarks and dubbed multiple ‘Headbangers Of The Month’ across mainland Europe.

Enjoy Part 1 here and stay tuned for a lot more tour antics in Part 2 as well as an exclusive interview with Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate. “

CYNIC announce North American tour dates‏

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Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC have announced a string of North American tour dates. The trek, which starts on July 6 in Vancouver, BC, will see the band perform select dates in the US and Canada before concluding on August 12 in New York City. CYNIC will also be trekking to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of the Heavy Montreal festival in early August. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

CYNIC tour dates w/LESSER KEY and WE ARE THE CITY
7/6 Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
7/8 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
7/10 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

w/LESSER KEY and THE REIGN OF KINDO
8/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
8/8 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
8/9 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
8/10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

HOUR OF PENANCE UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO; NEW ALBUM ‘REGICIDE’ OUT TODAY‏

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Today, the Italian death metal quartet HOUR OF PENANCE celebrates the release of their new album, “Regicide,” with the unveiling of their first-ever music video for the album track “Reforging The Crown.” Drummer James Payne commented, “Based on the concept of the album, the video describes the predominance of evil on the church with the priest’s nightmare. After various scenes of obvious presence of malice in the house of the preacher of Christ, the nightmare materializes, crowning first and then killing the priest. End the millennial regime of those who have stifled freedom. Kill the kings!”

HOUR OF PENANCE will support the new release this summer alongside label mates Septicflesh as well as Fleshgod Apocalypse and Necronomicon on the “Conquerors of the World” tour! Full dates are below.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
5/17 Trezzo Sull’adda Mi, Italy – Metalitalia Festival
5/31 Bari, Italy – Bloodfest @ Demode Disco Club
6/22 Springfield, VA – Empire #
6/23 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 #
6/24 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
6/25 Cambridge, MA – Middle East #
6/26 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus #
6/27 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
6/28 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
6/29 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
6/31 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
7/1 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre #
7/3 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
7/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
7/5 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
7/6 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
7/7 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House #
7/8 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues #
7/9 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon #
7/10 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto #
7/12 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
9/7 Valletta, MT – Malta Death Fest
# with Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Necronomicon

Experimental Black Metal band HYPERBOREAN release 2nd full length album “Mythos of the Great Pestilence”‏

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This May Swedish Experimental Black Metal Duo HYPERBOREAN will release their 2nd full length album entitled “Mythos of the Great Pestilence” in digital format, the album will be made available through all major download sites (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) “Mythos of the Great Pestilence” was mixed by Magnus Devo Andersson (Marduk) and recorded in 2013 at Endarker Studio Sweden with Fredrik Widigs (Marduk) performing the drumming duties.

A lyric video for the title track ‘The Great Pestilence

Unique Leader Records Announces Showcase This June Featuring Disgorge, Condemned, Arkaik, Unmerciful, Alterbeast And More!‏

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Unique Leader Records, label hideaway of all things technical, extreme and flagrantly brutal, in cooperation with the sound assassins at Rock The Nation USA, is pleased to announce their first annual label showcase next month. Set to take place on June 15th at The Black Castle in Los Angeles, the scathing, ten-band takeover will feature ear-bleeding performances by Disgorge (USA), Condemned, Arkaik, Unmerciful, Inanimate Existence, The Kennedy Veil, Alterbeast, Euphoric Defilement, Omnihility, and special guests, Mouth Of The Serpent.

Doors for the all-ages show are at 4:00pm. To purchase tickets go here.

TRAP THEM: New song ‘Organic Infernal’ streaming now‏

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Extreme hardcore pioneers TRAP THEM have unleashed the lacerating new song “Organic Infernal” from their long-awaited June 10 release “Blissfucker“!

Recorded with longtime collaborator Kurt Ballou (Converge, Skeletonwitch) at Godcity Studios, “Blissfucker” — the follow-up to TRAP THEM’s 2011 Prosthetic debut “Darker Handcraft,” the best-selling vinyl release in the label’s history — contains 45+ minutes of unrestrained, unmedicated, unapologetic displays of depression, desperation and blasphemy.

Immediately following the release of “Blissfucker,” the band will head overseas to appear at the renowned Danish heavy metal festival Copenhell while also making a stop in Oslo, Norway to perform a one-off headlining gig. TRAP THEM will then return to the States to play the sold-out Deathwish Fest alongside Converge in Cambridge, Mass. Full dates can be found below.

Upcoming Appearances
6/11-6/13 Refshaleoen, DK – Copenhell Festival
6/14 Oslo, NO – Blitz (w/Haust & Next Life)
7/22 Cambridge,MA – Deathwish Fest (w/Converge) @ Middle East (Downstairs)
7/23 Cambridge,MA – Deathwish Fest (w/Converge) @ Middle East (Downstairs)

HOUR OF PENANCE TEASE NEW SINGLE/MUSIC VIDEO‏

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Italian death metal quartet HOUR OF PENANCE have unveiled a short teaser of their sacrilegious music video for their new song “Reforging The Crown“! The full video — which coincides with the themes of their new album, “Regicide” (that is, destruction, rebirth and the killing of the king) — will be revealed early next week!

Regicide,” HOUR OF PENANCE’s sixth album, will be released in North America next Tuesday. Following their upcoming live appearances in their home country, the band will join label mates Septicflesh and fellow Italian metal horde Fleshgod Apocalypse on the North American “Conquerors of the World” tour.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
5/17 Trezzo Sull’adda Mi, Italy – Metalitalia Festival
5/31 Bari, Italy – Bloodfest @ Demode Disco Club
6/22 Springfield, VA – Empire #
6/23 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 #
6/24 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
6/25 Cambridge, MA – Middle East #
6/26 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus #
6/27 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
6/28 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
6/29 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
6/31 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
7/1 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre #
7/3 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
7/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
7/5 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
7/6 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
7/7 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House #
7/8 West Hollywood, CA — House of Blues #
7/9 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon #
7/10 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto #
7/12 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
9/7 Valletta, MT – Malta Death Fest
# with Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Necronomicon

WOLVHAMMER Release Single From Upcoming Profound Lore Album ‘Clawing Into Black Sun’

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The first track to be released from WOLVHAMMER’s upcoming third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, is now playing at Decibel Magazine, well in advance of the album’s impending July release date.

Profound Lore will release Clawing Into Black Sun on Tuesday, July 8th, WOLVHAMMER’s second full-length for the label. The outfit’s amalgamation of black metal and death rock surges with self-infliction, abuse, and debauchery with nearly fifty minutes of brand new material. Recorded by the nucleus of WOLVHAMMER — vocalist Adam Clemans (Shaidar Logoth), guitarist Jeff Wilson (Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves, Doomsday, ex-Nachtmystium), and drummer Heath Rave (ex-Across Tundras) — in March at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis with Dan Jensen at the soundboard the band’s songwriting and delivery has developed immensely, culminating in their best work to date on Clawing Into Black Sun, which bears artwork by cohort Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Chrome Waves, Twilight).

Additional news on Clawing Into Black Sun and a slew of WOLVHAMMER tour dates are nearing announcement in the weeks ahead as the album nears release.

NEUROSIS Announces Summer European Live Performances‏

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NEUROSIS has announced a new round of live performances across Europe this Summer, continuing their voyage in support of the staggering, Honor Found In Decay LP. As part of this new expedition, the band will be heading to places they’ve never before performed.

Steve Von Till comments, “We feel very lucky to be able to return to European soil this summer. This brief journey will mark only our second time in Finland, and the first time ever for Neurosis to bring our music to Croatia and Greece. How very fortunate we are to be able to perform there, see new places and meet new people. And of course it is always good to be with friends and family in Germany!”

NEUROSIS Summer 2014 Performances
6/28/2014 GRASPOP Festival – Bessel, Belgium
6/29/2014 Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – Helsinki, Finland
6/30/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
7/01/2014 Jedinstvo-Pogon – Zagreb, Croatia
7/02/2014 Astra – Berlin, Germany
7/03/2014 Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, Greece

ORIGIN: New Album Details Revealed

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Genre defining technical death metal giants, ORIGIN, will release Omnipresent on July 8, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast (and on Agonia Records on July 4th in Europe). Omnipresent was recorded with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS. The album was mixed and mastered at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (NEVERMORE, KATAKLYSM, EXODUS). Omnipresent marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (ex-SKINLESS), who has being touring with ORIGIN as their vocalist since the release of Entity.

ORIGIN will tour North America this Summer from July 17 ? August 10 on Summer Slaughter Tour with MORBID ANGEL, DYING FETUS and THE FACELESS among others. Following that run the band will be embark on a US secondary market tour before heading to Europe in the Fall.

SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR NORTH AMERICA 2014
MORBID ANGEL, DYING FETUS, THE FACELESS, THY ART IS MURDER, GOATWHORE, ORIGIN, DECREPIT BIRTH, WITHIN THE RUINS, FALLUJAH
7/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
7/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
7/22 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/23 – Denver, CO @ Summit
7/25 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/26 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/27 – Dallas, TX @ GMBG
7/29 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
7/30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
8/02 – Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
8/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
8/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/06 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
8/07 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
8/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/09 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

ALLEGAEON Return With ‘Elements of the Infinite’ Out June 24th in North America on Metal Blade Records‏

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With change comes new ideas, and Elements of The Infinite is the culmination of a flurry of new ideas within ALLEGAEON. It is, in essence, an album with a chip on its shoulder, a point to prove, and a big step out of the shadows from its predecessor. With two new members, the band is in a very different place than they’ve ever been, and the music reflects that.

Elements of the Infinite was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado Feb-April 2014. Otero’s work has been more prominent in the last few years – some fans may have heard his work on the latest Cattle Decapitation album, Cephalic Carnage, and more.

Elements of the Infinite will be released on June 24, 2014 in North America, and June 23 in the UK/Europe and June 20 in the European G|A|S territories.  ALLEGAEON have completed work on a video for the song “1.618”.

SEPTICFLESH UNVEILS NEW TRACK ‘BURN'; ITINERARY FOR ‘CONQUERORS OF THE WORLD’ NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ANNOUNCED‏

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With the release of their highly anticipated Prosthetic debut “Titan” drawing nearer, Greek metal gods SEPTICFLESH have unveiled a new track from the album — “Burn.”

The group has also unveiled the complete itinerary for their North American summer tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse. The “Conquerors of the World 2014” tour, which will also feature Italian death metal quartet Hour of Penance and Canadian occultists Necronomicon, will kick off on June 22. Full dates are listed below.

CONQUERORS OF THE WORLD 2014 U.S. TOUR DATES
06/22 Springfield, VA – Empire #
06/23 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 #
06/24 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
06/25 Cambridge, MA – Middle East #
06/26 Montreal, QC – Café Campus #
06/27 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
06/28 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
06/29 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
06/30 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
07/01 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre #
07/03 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
07/04 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
07/05 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
07/06 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
07/07 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House #
07/08 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues #
07/09 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon #
07/10 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto #
07/12 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
# with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance & Necronomicon

HAMMERCULT Release New Video for ‘Satanic Lust‏’

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Neo Thrashers HAMMERCULT from Israel have announced a couple of continental European Festival appearances this summer together with a new video (featuring reviews and quotes) for their song “Satanic Lust” taken from their current album “Steelcrusher“.

HAMMERCULT live 2014
07.06. D-Reichenbach – Chronical Moshers Open Air
10.07. D-Ballenstedt – Rock Harz Open Air
11.07. B-Antwerp – Antwerp Metal Fest

HANK3 Announces Upcoming Eastern U.S. Tour – Hitting 14 Venues this June‏

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HANK3, the most famous hellbilly rock n’ roll outlaw of all time, will perform at 14 music venues up, down, and all around the Eastern portion of the U.S. this June. The tour will kick off on June 3rd in Louisville, KY at the Mercury Ballroom and will run through West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia before coming to an end on June 22nd in Raleigh, NC at the Lincoln Theatre.

HANK3 dropped his two new albums in October 2013; double country disc Brothers of the 4×4 and single punk disc A Fiendish Threat (by his new project “3”) via HANK3 Records.  Both new albums are also available in a double LP edition.

HANK3 Spring 2014 Tour Dates
6/3 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
6/4 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/6 – Huntington, WV @ V Club
6/7 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St
6/8 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar
6/10 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
6/11 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
6/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
6/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
6/17 – New York, NY @ Gramercy
6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
6/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
6/21 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
6/22 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

GHOST – MAY 6th, 2014 – ORLANDO FL, BEACHAM THEATRE

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Ok, so I have been looking forward to seeing GHOST (Let’s just dispense with the Ghost B.C. business. Nobody calls them that.) for quite a while now. I could have gone to see them last October when they opened for Avenged Sevenfold, but really – who wants to shell out $50 to watch them play a 20 minute set while being surrounded by an arena (half) full of people who think that Avenged Sevenfold is a good band.

Another thing I was excited about is the new commuter rail system that just started running in Orlando. Those of you who live in actual cities may wonder what the big deal is. You’ve had subways or rail systems or some kind of functioning mass transit for so long that you take it for granted. Not us. Despite having all the trappings of a real city (pro basketball team, huge international airport, major tourist destination) if you want to get anywhere around here you have to jump in your car and road rage it down I-4. Until last week.

Imagine my disappointment when I looked up the train schedule and found that it doesn’t run on weekends and the last train out of downtown back toward civilization leaves at 9 fuckin 30. What kind of hodunk podunk bullshit is that? It’s embarrassing. It’s like we’re intentionally trying to look like yokels. Oh well, two steps forward, one step back I suppose. Anyway, I got in my car and drove to the venue like some kind of fucking Luddite.

I have been catching shows at the Beacham since the ’90s, and I have come to learn that there is one thing you can count on when seeing a band there: The sound is going to be terrible. I’m not sure if it’s the shape of the theater or the construction materials or both, but it always sounds like crap there. Usually a mix of too much volume, muddy low end, and some feedback thrown in for good measure. Not tonight! GHOST sounded clean and clear. I’m pretty sure this was because GHOST had no amps on stage, nor did they have floor monitors or side fills. Both the guitars and bass were run direct and they were using in ear monitors. Maybe more bands should look into this type of set up. It really eliminated a lot of extra noise that normally plagues this venue.

GHOST played a nice variety of songs off Opus Eponymous and Infestissumam. I heard every song I wanted to hear, and they all sounded pretty much like the album. I felt like the simpler, more rock based material from Opus Eponymous came across better live than did the more “poppy” material from Infestissumam. However, the crowd reaction to “Year Zero“, “Ghuleh / Zombie Queen“, and “Monstrance Clock” was more enthusiastic than for the earlier material. I will say that at times I thought they relied too heavily on the backing vocal tracks, but it wasn’t bad enough to distract me from enjoying the show. Also, Papa Emeritus II an excellent frontman. He’s soft spoken and witty with the crowd between songs. I wish more bands would be this way instead of just screaming “This next song is ARGLEGARBLENECRODIE!!”

To sum it up: GHOST was awesome and if they come to your town you should go see them, mass transit or not.

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely AKA Slippery Jim of the legendary Crotchduster, and guitarist for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON

NOISEM Locks May Tour With Jarhead Fertilizer‏

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Baltimore death/thrash mosh motivators, NOISEM, fresh off of the massive North American Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder and Gorguts, have just confirmed another string of live actions for this month.

From May 13th through the 20th, NOISEM will entangle their ultra-rabid whirlwind of divebomb-infused speed metal and mangled death structures on an eight-city run in the Northeast US, including Brooklyn, York, Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Bethesda and Ocean City. Support for the quick but deadly trek will be provided by Ocean City’s grueling hardcore/powerviolence crew, Jarhead Fertilizer, featuring members of Full Of Hell.

NOISEM also just tracked a new single for A389 called “Consumed,” which is being slated for release this Fall. More info will follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the track, “Defiled,” released as part of Decibel Magazine’s Flexi Series.

NOISEM w/ Jarhead Fertilizer
5/13/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
5/14/2014 The Depot – York, PA
5/15/2014 The Lair – Buffalo, NY
5/16/2014 Basement Transitions – Erie, PA
5/17/2014 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH
5/18/2014 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
5/19/2014 Chef Tony’s Restaurant – Bethesda, MD
5/20/2014 Swirled World – Ocean City, MD

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