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BLACK TRIP To Release Shadowline September 4th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer

“We are really excited about our second album coming out and are looking forward to finally getting some BLACK TRIP dates in Europe under our belt!” – Peter Stjärnvind

“Making this album was a real trip and to take it out on the road and finally play for our fans will be a blast” – Joseph Tholl

BLACK TRIP are back and they are on a mission! Their first all-killer-no-filler album Goin’ Under released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia) was soaked in the true spirit of the NWOBHM and showed that great heavy metal music still can be made. With bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and 70’s era Scorpions amongst their influences BLACK TRIP really paid both homage and respect to the classic metal sound that runs through the veins of every metal head, and yet they have their own distinct sound and direction.

Now, two years on from that critically acclaimed debut they are about to release their second album Shadowline, which vocalist Joseph Tholl describes as “a bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock”. Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds “the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way”.

Joseph – “When Goin’ Under was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand – Drums) didn’t know the other guys that well so we’ve all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love heavy metal, that’s the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan. With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We’ve influenced each other and we’ve begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can’t do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on Goin’ Under this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with Shadowline we have started to build the framework of the band.”

Speaking about the influences for Shadowline it’s clear the whole process isn’t an exact science for BLACK TRIP. Peter doesn’t plan the songs, he just lets the mood take him and whatever comes out comes out. Two bands he has listened to constantly during this time are Geordie, particularly the album “Don’t Be Fooled by the Name”and Blue Öyster Cult. “It’s all about those little details and feelings that just blow you away!” says Peter enthusiastically.

Shadowlinewas recorded and mixed by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) at his studio The Honk Palace in February/March 2015. All being fans of his bands and his musical taste and approach to sound, they felt he was someone they could trust to get the very best in the studio. The recording went really smoothly and Andersson has definitely captured the sound and feel of the essence of what Black Trip are all about. Joseph – “Nicke was totally on our wave-length from the start and during the recording process it felt like he was more or less one of us.” Peter -“His all round input was just great. He would suggest simple things like going from a 4/4 time to double time on the hi-hat to give that extra drive. He really brings the best out of you in the studio and recording guitar solos with him was a delight. He is always encouraging you to do your best”.

The new album Shadowline will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in North America on September 4th as Digipak CD & Colored Vinyl LP and Digital Download.

Track Listing Digipak:

1. Die With Me 04:12

2. Danger 04:56

3. Shadowline 03:57

4. Berlin Model 32 04:09

5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52

6. Clockworks 03:54

7. Rooms 00:46

8. Subvisual Sleep 03:04

9. Sceneries 03:28

10. The Storm 05:23

11. Coming Home 03:30

Track Listing Vinyl Version

Side 1

1. Die With Me 04:12

2. Danger 04:56

3. Shadowline 03:57

4. Berlin Model 32 04:09

5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52

Side 2

1. Clockworks 03:54

2. Rooms 00:46

3. Subvisual Sleep 03:04

4. Sceneries 03:28

5. The Storm 05:23

6. Coming Home 03:30

To coincide with the release of the new album BLACK TRIP will finally hit the road for their first European tour dates outside of Sweden, something the band are hugely excited about.

Deaf Forever and Rocks present BLACK TRIP live 2015

18.09. D-Flensburg – Roxy

19.09. D-Hamburg – Knust

20.09. D-Berlin – K17

22.09. D-Munich – Garage Deluxe

23.09. D-Tannheim – Schwarzer Adler

24.09. D-Mannheim – 7er Club

25.09. D-Rheine – Hypothalamus

26.09. D-Bochum – Matrix/Rockpalast

27.09. B-Vorselaar – Secrets Of Metal Festival

28.09. D-Cologne – Underground

INSOMNIUM announces Nick Cordle (SANCTUARY, ex-ARCH ENEMY, ex-ARSIS) as fill-in guitarist on upcoming North American tour

Ready to embark on their first USA headlining tour this August, Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have announced Nick Cordle (SANCTUARY, ex-ARCH ENEMY, ex-ARSIS) as the fill-in guitarist for the trek. Due to his very busy work schedule, Ville Friman is not able to join the band on this run of dates, but fans can still expect the dual face-melting, guitar hero onslaught of Vanhala & Cordle every night!
Ville Friman comments: “My sincere apologies for not being able to take part in INSOMNIUM‘s busy touring schedule this year. I’ve tried my best to work my way around work and band and will be doing as many shows as possible. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take part in this run. But worry not, Nick has kindly accepted to step into my shoes and will be shredding his way into your hearts every night. In the meanwhile, I’ll be concentrating on coming up with new INSOMNIUM tunes. Hope to see you soon in North America.”
Nick Cordle adds: “It’ll be an honor and a pleasure to sit in with INSOMNIUM on this run! They’re an awesome live band and I’ll try to hold up my end of that ‘face melting guitar hero onslaught’ as promised!”
Kicking off at the Heavy MTL festival on August 9th, the tour also features OMNIUM GATHERUM as direct support. Stay tuned for details about a special tour split 7″ with INSOMNIUM and OMNIUM GATHERUM coming soon! See below for all dates.

Aug. 9 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL festival

Aug. 11 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Aug. 12 – West Springfield, VA – Empire

Aug. 13 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Aug. 14 – Albany, NY – Bogie’s

Aug. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

Aug. 16 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge

Aug. 17 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes

Aug. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

Aug. 19 – Winnipeg, MB – Zoo Cabaret

Aug. 21 – Edmonton, AL – Pawn Shop

Aug. 22 – Calgary, AL – Nite Owl

Aug. 23 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room

Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Aug. 25 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Aug. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside

Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey a Go Go

Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Aug. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS

Aug. 30 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red

Sept. 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Sept. 3 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five

Sept. 4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom

Sept. 5 – Toronto, ON – Garrison

Sept. 6 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual

Sept. 7 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle
INSOMNIUM will be touring in support of their latest album, Shadows Of The Dying Sun. Born out of the melancholy, sorrow and dreariness of long winter nights, their 6th full-length is even more intense and dynamic than its predecessor (2011’s acclaimed masterpiece, One For Sorrow). With each new album, the quartet seems to bring their songwriting craftsmanship closer to perfection; Shadows Of The Dying Sun is irrefutably “…melodic death metal done right” (METAL

YEAR OF THE GOAT Release First Lyric Video For Track “The Emma” Via Revolver


Today YEAR OF THE GOAT invite us deeper into their second full length album The Unspeakable.

With that being said the band has just unveiled a brand new lyric video for the track “The Emma”.

Painfully beautiful guitar work and Hammond keyboard infusions build the foundation for Thomas Sabbathi`s forceful vocals and merge true 70s spirit with pure ritual for the masses. These Swedes indulge in occult doom rock full of blackened heart`s blood and elegant melody lines that will haunt your dreams!
The Unspeakable will be released worldwide on July 31st on Napalm Records!

RUSSKAJA – Full Album Trailer Revealed

RUSSKAJA is in the house ? and that means no stone will be left unturned! Vienna`s sons and kings of turbo polk metal love catchy rhythms, badass riffing, punk spirit, Russian disco even country and ska have a place in the realm of RUSSKAJA. To get the full RUSSKAJA feeling and to see what you can expect from Peace, Love & Russian Roll check out a brand new album trailer!

Together with RUSSKAJA you can celebrate their upcoming album release of Peace, Love & Russian Roll, out on July 24th in Germany and worldwide on July 31st 2015 via Napalm Records!

RUSSKAJA live on tour:

24.09.15 CH – Bern – Gaskessel
25.09.15 CH – Aarburg – Musigburg
14.10.15 DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
15.10.15 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
16.10.15 DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
17.10.15 DE – Bochum – Matrix
18.10.15 DE – Augsburg ? Spectrum
29.10.15 NL – Groningen – Simplon
30.10.15 NL – Amsterdam – Paradiso
31.10.15 NL – Hengelo – Metropol
01.11.15 NL – Leiden – deNobel
03.11.15 FR – Paris – Glazart
06.11.15 DE – Leipzig – Werk II
07.11.15 DE – Cologne – Live Music Hall
08.11.15 DE – Weinheim – Cafe Central
11.11.15 DE – Freising – Lindenkeller
12.11.15 DE – Berlin – SO 36
13.11.15 DE – Hannover – Lux
14.11.15 DE – Hamburg – Fabrik
15.11.15 DE – Stuttgart – Das Cann


POWERWOLF – Celebrate Exclusive Music Video Premiere!

Today Heavy Metal masters POWERWOLF celebrate a worldwide music video premiere or let’s say a POWERWOLF ceremony in the form of “Army Of The Night!” Come & celebrate the special music video premiere for Army Of The Night. This is definitely another tasty appetizer for the upcoming album Blessed & Possessed, but be prepared for simply not getting enough of POWERWOLF!The wolves are more than ready to enthrall not only with their brand new video, but also with their upcoming masterpiece Blessed & Possessed, which will now be released worldwide on July 17th on Napalm Records!

POWERWOLF are set to hit the road appearing at numerous summer festivals and headline shows on their upcoming Wolfsnächte-Tour 2015 later this year!
Make sure to get your tickets fast & be part of one of the most extensive Heavy Metal shows of the year?Wolfsnächte-Tour 2015:
supports: Orden Ogan + Xandria (*) bzw. Civil War (**)

03.09.15 CH Pratteln / Z 7*
04.09.15 DE Speyer / Halle 101*
05.09.15 DE Cologne / Live Music Hall*
06.09.15 NL Leiden / Gebr DeNobel*
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*
04.10.15 NL Nijmegen / Doornroosje*
22.10.15 DE Berlin / C-Club**
23.10.15 DE Leipzig / Hellraiser**
24.10.15 DE Munich / Backstage**
26.10.15 AT Wien / Arena **
29.10.15 DE Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle**
30.10.15 DE Geiselwind / Music Hall**
31.10.15 DE Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn**
01.11.15 BE Antwerpen / Trix**
07.11.15 DE Saarbrücken / Garage*

Enabler: reveals artwork and track-listing for new album, ‘Fail To Feel Safe’

Enabler:  reveals artwork, track-listing, pre-order details for new album, 'Fail To Feel Safe'

After releasing their By Demons Denied 7″/digital single earlier this month, Ohio’s ENABLER is now ready reveal details for their upcoming full-length effort, Fail To Feel Safe! Due out August 7th worldwide via Century Media Records, Fail To Feel Safe was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE) and producer Greg Thomas (MISERY SIGNALS, SHAI HULUD), who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed album, All Hail The Void (2012). Mastering was handled by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.
Featuring artwork by Chris Smith (who also created designs for past ENABLER releases and merch), Fail To Feel Safe contains 13 tracks of the band’s signature hardcore-metal. See below for the album track-listing:
Fail To Feel Safe track-listing:
1. Suffer to Survive

2. Fail to Feel Safe

3. By Demons Denied

4. Euphoric Revenge

5. Isolation Sickness

6. Sinister Drifter

7. Sail the Sea of Fire

8. Haunted

9. Drownage

10. Demolition Praise

11. Malady

12. La Furia

13. Sabotage Within
For a first preview of Fail To Feel Safe, be sure to check out the previously released single, “By Demons Denied” (an expanded version appeared on the 7″/digital single of the same name):



IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicago-Based Blackened Death Grind Misifts Unleash First Helping Of Empress/Abscess Full-Length via Decibel Magazine

Track Features Guest Spot By Weekend Nachos’ John Hoffman


In related IMMORTAL BIRD missives, the band will  make appearances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.), Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with future onstage demolitions in their plotting stages.


Forged by drummer/vocalist/lyricist Rae Amitay, IMMORTAL BIRD was brought to fruition by cowriter and guitarist Evan Berry and bassist John Picillo. Their critically-adored debut EP, which Decibel crowned, “dark and twisting,” and Ghost Cult dubbed, “distinctly disturbing and beautifully harsh,” was released in December of 2013. Following several tours that took the band across the United States and into Canada, IMMORTAL BIRD entered the studio to record their debut full-length, Empress/Abscess.


Empress/Abscess will be released on July 14th, 2015 as a collaborative effort, with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge with vinyl and cassettes, while IMMORTAL BIRD will be self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings.


(New York, N.Y.): Denmark’s ESSENCE are recent Spinefarm Records signees and they have revealed details about Prime, their label debut, sharing snippets of six songs from the release.

The Danes will release Prime on October 2.

Narrowing the gap between the poppy energy of The Offspring and the youthful vehemence of early Metallica and Slayer, the album, their third overall, is a Prime example of how a riveting combo of melodic and catchy yet wildly thrashing metal is done.

“No Sleep ‘Till Def,” the first instant grat track, lands on July 17, while the lead single and video for “Untouchable” will land in August.

Prime Track Listing (October 2, Spinefarm Records)

1. Refuse to Exist

2. Thunder Prayer

3. No Sleep ‘Till Def

4. Heart of Gold

5. Modern Heroes

6. Untouchable

7. Flawless

8. Prime

9. Watch it Burn

10. Triumph

With 100% analog production.

SKINLESS: New York’s Favorite Death Metal Marauders Reveal New Album Art Video At No Clean Singing; Only The Ruthless Remain Out Now

In celebration of the official release of their long-anticipated Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, which dropped via Relapse Records earlier this month to the riotous applause of metallers globally, today New York’s favorite death metal marauders, SKINLESS,untether the fiery new album art video for closing number, “Barbaric Proclivity.”Bedecked in the sadistic grooves and flawless musicianship for which the band has become notorious and adorned in the harrowing cover illustration of Ken Sarafin, Only The Ruthless Remain features SKINLESS‘ now-classic, late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, and marks the band’s first proper full-length offering in nearly a decade.


Reaping critical hails from media outlets both stateside and abroad, MetalSucks calls the outting, “a rewarding record that scratches the most persistent of death metal itches,” and a, “lean, zero-flaws death metal dynamo.” Apoch’s Metal Review crowns Only The Ruthless Remain, one of the finest albums in SKINLESS’ repertoire,” further elaborating, “This isn’t just an album SKINLESS fans will lovingly embrace, but a creation that stands as one of the top offerings of 2015 within the death metal genre, proving the time away from the studio, as well as one another, has only strengthened them as a unit,” while Exclaim boasts, “With every crushing rhythm and breakneck riff, it’s as if SKINLESS never left, delivering everything you’d expect from the band… Only the Ruthless Remain is an exceptional, solid return from the very missed masters of death metal.” Heathen Harvest champions a record that’s, “well-written, meaty,” and, “just so fucking heavy.” In Your Speakers issues,The seven tracks of Only The Ruthless Remain are each dynamic enough in themselves to form a comprehensive listening experience, yet maintain the traditional SKINLESS appeal; it’s really the whole package. SKINLESS is a band that can survive both a break-up and more than twenty years in death metal, and if you need a reminder why that is, Ruthless has more than enough to persuade you.” Adds Wonderbox Metal, “Memorable, impressive songs are the meaty main course in this sumptuous feast of rotten flesh. SKINLESS are heavy and they’ve always been exceptionally heavy. Death Metal by its very nature is a heavy form of music, but there’s heavy and then there’s HEAVY. SKINLESS own the latter.”


Following a pre-release stream of “Barbaric Proclivity,” via MetalSucks who gushed, “This track is straight-up bloodthirsty… It will grab you by your waist and squeeze your innards out of your mouth like so much toothpaste,” No Clean Singing spews forth its accompanying art clip as created by bassist Joe Keyser, noting, “It’s such a good song, a real meat-grinding death metal machine, but one that does more than prod the reptile part of your brain with savage riffs, skull-cracking drumbeats, horrific gutturals, and putrescent shrieks. It also couples those gruesome, grinding segments to irresistibly headband-inducing passages that alternately charge like a freight train and slam like massive, methodical hammer blows right on top of your fragile skull. But that’s still not all! Along with a lot of near-atonal riff murder, it also includes an atmospheric melodic interlude that heightens the song’s aura of morbid oppressiveness.”



Only The Ruthless Remain was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.


Only The Ruthless Remain is currently available on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records. Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP are also be available.

HOPE DRONE Cloak Of Ash Relapse Release: 24 July 2015

“Mourn the last light, its fleeting passage; Mourn the breaking day; For every breath is written; And every end is fated in its beginnings…” — “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning”

Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal collective, HOPE DRONE, emerges from the depths with their Relapse Records debut, Cloak Of Ash, set for release this July. A rich, captivating, seven-song stroke of sonic brilliance, Cloak Of Ash was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and HOPE DRONE at Wavelength Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland,Oregon. Uniting chest-cavingly poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves, Cloak Of Ash is dynamic and textured; nihilistic, doomed and earth shattering cloaked in the hopeless dissonance of a world gone rotten. Fans of Altar Of Plagues, Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Cult Of Luna pay heed.

Cloak Of Ash Track Listing:
1. Unending Grey
2. Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow
3. The World Inherited
4. The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth
5. Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning
6. He Waves Forever Shatter Upon Our Shores
7. Carried Apart By The Ceaseless Tides

HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, “fresh, invigorating and captivating,” by Cvlt Nation, “a bleak style of black metal strongly indebted to the Cascadian variety and played with surprising maturity and aplomb,” and “a band to watch,” by Teeth Of The Divine, and, “possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally andlyrically,” by AngryMetalGuy.


Karl Hartwig – guitars, noise
Christopher Rowden – guitars, vocals, noise, organ
Aaron Pickersgill – bass, additional vocals
Francis Keil – drums, additional percussion


INTERNAL BLEEDING: Legendary NYC Death Metal Squadron Releases New Video Via Metal Injection


 Legendary NYC death metal squadron, INTERNAL BLEEDING, is pleased to unveil the official new video for “Fabricating Bliss.” The crushing hymn comes by way of the band’s critically-lauded Imperiumfull-length released last year via Unique Leader Records.


Filmed by director Kirk Farrington and adapted from a concept developed by bassist Jay Liff and vocalist Keith DeVito, the video was shot in a chaotic style to match the frenzied mind of the video’s protagonist. The theme behind “Fabricating Bliss” revolves itself around the chaotic decent into the mind of someone who suffers from symphorophilia, a mental disorder in which sexual arousal is achieved by watching disasters and catastrophes. In this case, the disaster is a traffic accident.


“‘Fabricating Bliss’ is a great opening song for our Imperium album,” notes DeVito, “and we’re really glad that we got the chance to do a video for it. Kirk really helped our vision come to life. We hope our fans dig it.”

“Fabricating Bliss” is currently wreaking havoc courtesy of the chaos keepers at Metal Injection. Scroll on over to THIS LOCATION to view.

In related news, INTERNAL BLEEDING will be breaking the stage of the Hartford Deathfest next month as fest headliners. Set to commence at the Webster Underground, additional support will be provided by King Pariah, 60 Grit, Eyes Of Lilith and Martyrs Of Necromancy. Additional INTERNAL BLEEDING live incursions will be announced in the coming weeks.



7/18/2015 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT

Produced by the band and Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium serves asINTERNAL BLEEDING‘s most inexorable and enraged output to date delivering ten sonically pulverizing tracks including a trilogy featuring guest appearances by Suffocation’s Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen as well as former INTERNAL BLEEDING throat Frank Rini.


“There’s a charisma and personality in an album like Imperium and in a band like INTERNAL BLEEDING that is simply absent in so much of the brutal, technical or slamming death metal that’s put out there these days…This is an album worth going out of your way to hear,” – The Sludgelord


“…a massive slab of slamming death metal, but done with some actual intellect…” – Dead Rhetoric


“The band has taken great care to come back with an album that not only fulfills a gap in the band’s career but also looks back to the reasons why INTERNAL BLEEDING made such a mark in the death metal community to begin with.” – Selective Memory


“Play Imperium at full volume, then quickly get out of its way as it destroys everything nearby.” – Wonderbox Metal


“…a few moments of fun…mixed in with all the Dying Fetus-by-way-of-Cannibal Corpse sounds that you’d expect, delivered with the whiff of originators, not followers, adds up to a solid, and surprisingly fun, slammy USDM experience.” – Brave Words


“Imperium finds the band incorporating new layers into their sound, and features atmospheric passages complete with synths and acoustic guitar work…While maintaining their raw approach, the album is much more polished than their early releases, and the new elements provide an interesting departure from an otherwise predictable sound.” — Exclaim


“It’s inspiring to hear one of the bands that pioneered a genre almost a quarter of a century ago stretch it into new and refreshing territories.” – Angry Metal Guy


HELL:ON: 10th Anniversary Album “Decade Of Hell” Out Now


Ukrainian metal maniacs HELL:ON have released their 10th anniversary album ?Decade Of Hell? via Ferrrum Records.

Comments the label:
Today we would like to present to you our new release, HELL:ON?s ?Decade of Hell?, a compilation dedicated to the 10th anniversary of this great Ukrainian band. The compilation gives the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the band and listen to how their sound has evolved from 2005 to 2015. This release consists of the best tracks from the band?s five studio albums, including two songs from an as yet not released album.

The album is available free of charge at band?s Bandcamp:

During the past 10 years the band has made a long journey. They have released several albums, spent a lot of hours of hard working in the studio, and on tours. HELL:ON have played on different stages together with such inspiring bands as KREATOR, MEGADETH, VADER, RAGE, ARCH ENEMY and many others. In the course of time each band member has had an opportunity to work with such remarkable musicians as Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Marek Pajak (VADER), Andy La Roque (KING DIAMOND), Spiros Antoniou (SEPTIC FLESH), Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), and many others talented people. Known for their outstanding live performances, the band has visited many wonderful countries and places such as Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, the Netherlands. Keep to your work, guys, and stay metal!

Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Adds Zombi, Poison Idea, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Corrosion Of Conformity Featuring Pepper Keenan And More To Its Expanding Lineup! Tickets On Sale Now + Film Submissions Now Open

Philip H. Anselmo’s third annual horror-themed film and metal festival will commence in San Antonio, Texas this year at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.


Already featuring a jaw-dropping lineup, bands confirmed to perform the yearly gore gala include Autopsy, Child Bite, Cripple Bastards, Eyehategod, Nails, Suffocation, Warbeast and YOB, with the recent additions of Agoraphobic Nosebleed (performing their second show ever), Author & Punisher, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Crowbar, Dropdead, Ghoul, Gristnam, Negative Approach, Poison Idea and Zombi! And we’re not even close to done!


Housecore Horror Festival Lineup [with more to be added!]:

Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Author & Punisher


Child Bite

Corrosion of Conformity (with Pepper)

Cripple Bastards







Negative Approach

Poison Idea








3-day passes to Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival officially went on sale Monday, June 22nd. Don’t miss out!

Additional bands, films and special guests to be announced in the near future. You have been warned.


BAT: Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New Living Fast Episode Available

BAT, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more! The band’s Gwar B-Q appearance follows a headlining performance in Raleigh and serves as a precursor to a rare run of live abrasions through Richmond, Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh in September.


Comments Waste of the oncoming onstage demolitions, “After finishing up our debut full length album on Hells Headbangers this summer, we in BAT are gearing up for a short run around some rad US festivals. The first being the Gwar B-Q in our hometown of Richmond, which is always wet and wild. Come September, we hit the road again to play in Cleveland at the Hell’s Headbash. We’re thrilled to play with our pals in High Spirits and Midnight on the opening night. Beforehand, we’re cramming in another hometown gig and hitting Chicago and Pittsburgh to round out the Labor Day weekend. Come rage with us and always beware of the BAT!”



8/14/2015 Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC

8/15/2015 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

9/03/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/04/2015 Hell’s Headbash (Agora) – Cleveland, OH
9/05/2015 El Rey Ballroom – Chicago, IL
9/06/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA


The Virginia/Texas meta punk marauders in BAT released their Primitive Age EP last year on cassette via Tankcrimes and on 12″ vinyl via Hells Headbangers. Channeling the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead and Discharge, the EP features five filthy numbers of confrontational Kill ‘Em All angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation. Said Last Rites of the offering, “This nasty little beast is a crust-a-licious demo-nic hybrid of ugly gutter thrash with a vicious punk spirit and a dose of injected blackness. Jump back thirty years to an uncomfortable-yet-awesome three-way between Cronos, Lemmy, and Tom Warrior (or, whatever, Satanic Slaughter) – then BOOM, BAT! A close 21st-century equivalent would be Midnight, only with less sleazy Satanic debauchery and more of an all-encompassing generalized rebelliousness.”

In related news, Living Fast, the heavy metal talk show created by Waste continues to reap views from the headbanging public. The first episode featured John Gallagher of Raven while the second episode, divided into two parts, takes place during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture where Waste visits with Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) at Beat Bop Records, his second-hand vinyl shop located in the heart of Copenhagen. Recently unleashed, Canadian edition third episode features Dave Carlo and Mike Campagnolo of Razor and number one Anvil fan, Colin “Maddog” Brown.

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases “When We Were Young” Official Video; The God Rhythm Release Show Goes Down This Weekend

In the wake of their fifth official full-length release, The God Rhythm, WISDOM IN CHAINS has just issued the first official video from the LP, as the band prepares for their headlining record release show for the record this weekend.


Surging with fourteen new tracks blending even more metallic intensity into their oi/punk-inspired hardcore, WISDOM IN CHAINSThe God Rhythm was released last week via Fast Break! Records. Loaded with nearly forty minutes of unyielding, groove-heavy action laden with inspiring lyrics and empowering gang chants, the LP was captured in bruising clarity, recorded by Len Carmichael at Trax East and Carmichael Sound, and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno. The band’s new video was created for the track, “When We Were Young,” the song’s insightful look back at the early days of life blends an entertaining plotline with performance footage, filmed and produced by There’s Always Next Year Productions.


Shred to WISDOM IN CHAINS’ new “When We Were Young” video, featured on the Fast Break! Records home page HERE


WISDOM IN CHAINS will celebrate the release of The God Rhythm with hometown/area fans this Saturday, June 27th at Club Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania, the record release show including an outdoor BBQ event, as well as live support from Strength For A Reason, Yesterday’s Youth and more. WISDOM IN CHAINS will also make their return to This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on July 23rd joining 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 more, with a set of tour dates surrounding the festival to be announced in the coming days.



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

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

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


In an interview with WISDOM IN CHAINS early into the promotion of The God Rhythm, No End In Sight Zine writes, “It takes an unbelievable level of passion, commitment, and sacrifice to keep a hardcore band two-stepping, moshing, and screaming for as long as Wisdom In Chains has. They’ve endured everything from being robbed to becoming family men with full time jobs, yet they still bring more energy to their live shows than most bands half their ages, and they continue to release some of the catchiest hardcore albums you’ll ever lay your ears upon.” Stereokiller’s crushing 4.5/5 review of the album issues in part, “I’m not sure how many listens it took me, but I think I found my favorite WISDOM IN CHAINS song yet with ‘Best Of Me.’ Lyrically it speaks to me on a level that I haven’t experienced many times before. Maybe I’m just interpreting the words to fit my life, but that’s fine, and that’s what the beauty of what WISDOM IN CHAINS is. There are countless hardcore bands writing three chord songs about being mad, but how many are writing actual songs? Songs that conjure an emotion other than aggression?” Legends Arising praised the record as well, offering, “The God Rhythm is an incredibly forceful hardcore album, addressing all the themes you’d expect and some more. After more than a decade WISDOM IN CHAINS still improves and broadens, without ever compromising the scorching fury that made the band what it is today. Get. This. Record.” And’s Heavy Metal sector declares, “Hardcore vocals combine with thrashy riffs and a punk attitude to craft an album that’s aggressive and potent. It’s also packed with memorable songs and shoutalong/singalong choruses.”

EAT THE GUN Release Cover Art and Track Listing For New Album Howlinwood

Available September 4th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer

EAT THE GUN have truly upped the ante: on September 4th in North America, the band will release their fifth studio album Howlinwood in digipak, LP and download formats. The band will once again collaborate with label partner SPV/Steamhammer

The musical reorientation on the 2013 release Stripped To The Bone was game-changing for EAT THE GUN and rewarded by the European music press with tremendous praise of the album and the band. Starting in 2015 the band was literally living in the studio, working nonstop to finish the songs for their much-anticipated new album. The band and label were once again able to bring in Stephan ‘Gudze’ Hinz (H-Blockx) as producer, who already in 2013 helped the band redefine their sound.

One thing’s for sure: captivating modern Alternative Rock, great songs and amazing live performances are on the menu for 2015. There isn’t just one place for good music Howlinwood is everywhere.

Track Listing Digipak

1. Howlinwood 03:40

2. Falling 03:22

3. How Does It Feel 03:57

4. Blood On Your Hands 02:44

5. Old Friend 03:30

6. Take It Away 04:07

7. Electric Life 03:03 (feat. John Konesky)

8. Unforgotten 03:45

9. Trouble Magnetic 03:18

10. The Drudge 03:30

11. Anger 02:56

Tracklisting LP

Side 1

1. Howlinwood 03:40

2. Falling 03:22

3. How Does It Feel 03:57

4. Blood On Your Hands 02:44

5. Old Friend 03:30

6. Take It Away 04:07

Side 2

1. Electric Life 03:03 (feat. John Konesky)

2. Unforgotten 03:45

3. Trouble Magnetic 03:18

4. The Drudge 03:30

5. Anger 02:56

EAT THE GUN – Live 2015

Festivals 2015

11.07. D-Bonn, Rockaue Festival

31.07. D-Anröchte, Big Day Out Festival

15.08. D-Brunsbüttel , Dith Rockt Festival

“Howlinwood” – Tour 2015

28.08. D-Münster , Sputnikhalle – Howlinwood Release Show!

24.09. D-Essen, Turock

25.09. D-Frankfurt, Nachtleben

01.10. D-Munich, Backstage

02.10. D-Geislingen, Seemühle

04.10. D-Berlin, Comet

15.10. D-Cologne, Underground

16.10. D-Osnabrück, Westwerk

17.10. D-Hamburg, Molotow

18.10. D-Hannover, Lux

30.10. D-Oldenburg, Cadillac


KRONOS: Decibel Magazine Premieres New Track From Forthcoming Unique Leader-Bound Full-Length

With the release of Arisen New Era, the forthcoming new full-length from French death metal unit and recent Unique Leader signees, KRONOS, now exactly one month away, Decibel Magazine offers up opening bruiser, “Infernal Abyss Sovereignty,” for communal devourment.


Featuring a continuous textual reference to the gods of ancient civilizations, KRONOS bludgeons ears with a heightened level of dynamics accomplished by only by a select number of bands. Recorded, mixed and mastered by David Potvin at Dome Studios (Lyzanxia, Arcania, Under The Abyss etc.) in (appropriately) Angers, France, the nine-track Arisen New Era is a smoldering display of technical death metal barbarity adorned in the distinctive cover art of Pierre Alain (Withering Soul, Silentlie, Cyrax etc.).


Elaborates the band, “Arisen New Era as a whole is about the fratricidal strife between Hades and Poseidon whose rivalry will lead them to an alliance against Zeus. ‘Infernal Abyss Sovereignty’ starts the album and introduce the story… Feeling aggrieved by the sharing of the world with his two brothers, Poseidon feels it’s time to awake some fratricidal quarrels.” Decibel calls it, “Brutal, yet

astonishingly catchy.”

Don’t mess with Poseidon. Check out “Infernal Abyss
Sovereignty” RIGHT HERE.


And if you missed it, delight in the audio carnage of first teaser track, “Klymenos Underwrath,” courtesy of No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.


A name derived from the Greek god of time, Kronos (or Cronus), father of Zeus, KRONOS was forged over fifteen years ago in a small town in the Northeastern province of Alsace-Lorraine and quickly established a name for themselves based solely on their musical unity of harmony and violence. Lauded in the past for their, “diversified guitar work… intricate drum patterns… wicked guitar solos and a good number of catchy yet non-compromising hooks,” by Metal Crypt, and their knack for packing, “a metric ton of creativity into each song… you will barely hear the same riff twice,” by Sputnik Music, on their fourth full-length KRONOS continues to uphold their signature brand of meticulously arranged and conceptually stirring brutality.

“…carnage incarnate – an overpowering onslaught of rapid-fire drum and bass propulsion matched with flurries of jolting riffs and boiling guitar solos and accompanied by a fusillade of bestial growls. And yes, it includes an exotic Eastern melody that gives the song character and that will stay with you.” – No Clean Singing on first single, “Klymenos Underwrath”  


“…the stunning artwork adorning the cover of Arisen New Era speaks to the epic scale KRONOS is trying to achieve, and if ‘Klymenos Underwrath’ is any indication, I’d say that they’re onto something special. Think the bludgeoning groove of Benighted dipped in the Ancient Roman melodies of 

Son Of Aurelius. It strikes the perfect balance between God of War-style sonic violence and epic melodies, and serves as the perfect backdrop for the Greek Mythology themes which permeate KRONOS’ music.” – Metal Injection on first single, “Klymenos Underwrath”  


EARTH Continues Massive Primitive And Deadly LP Tour Schedule With Eastern US Venture Booked

Seattle-based EARTH has booked a new East Coast US tour through the Summer months, as the outfit continues to take the slow motion magnificence of their lauded tenth album, Primitive And Deadly, to the masses.


EARTH has booked a run of Northwestern performances in Portland, Olympia and Seattle on July 18th, 19th and 22nd, respectively, which begins with a set at Project Pabst Presents. A month later, EARTH will traverse the continent to begin their new East Coast tour, which begins in Providence, Rhode Island on August 22nd with a set at the city-wide tribute to H.P. Lovecraft at the Necronomicon Convention. From there, the band tours down the entire East Coast and across the Midwest with two-and-a-half weeks of shows with support from Holy Sons between August 23rd and September 9th. One of the highlights of the tour includes a New York City show on August 26th with opening support from Marc Ribot and Ikue Mori performing a live score to Jennifer Reeves’ Shadows Choose Their Horrors. The tour comes to a close on September 11th, with EARTH‘s performance at the massive Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana, Illinois. Additionally, Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Brett Netson And Snakes), who performed on the Primitive And Deadly LP, will join the band on second guitar from August 22nd through 28th.

EARTH Tour Dates:

7/18/2015 Revolution Hall – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Presents w/ Federale

7/19/2015 Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ ManDate

7/22/2015 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ ManDate

8/22/2015 Columbus Theatre – Providence, RI @ Necronomicon Convention w/ Elder

8/23/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA w/ Holy Sons

8/25/2015 3S Artspace – Portsmouth, NH w/ Holy Sons

8/26/2015 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY w/ Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori

8/27/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Holy Sons

8/28/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Holy Sons

8/29/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Holy Sons

8/30/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Holy Sons

8/31/2015 Cat’s Cradle (Backroom) – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Holy Sons

9/01/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Holy Sons

9/02/2015 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL w/ Holy Sons

9/03/2015 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Holy Sons

9/04/2015 Saturn – Birmingham, AL w/ Holy Sons

9/05/2015 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN w/ Holy Sons

9/06/2015 The Bishop – Bloomington, IN w/ Holy Sons

9/08/2015 Frequency – Madison, WI w/ Holy Sons

9/09/2015 Entry – Minneapolis, MN w/ Holy Sons

9/11/2015 Ellnora Guitar Festival – Urbana, IL



From the hopeless abyss of Richmond, VA comes U.S. BASTARDS, a punk/speedrock/heavy metal trio formed in 2007 and fronted by GWAR’s lead guitarist Brent Purgason (aka Pustulus Maximus) along with John Kelly (Arbiter of Conceit) and Jeremy Dutra (Car Thief). The Bastards continue what bands like ZEKE, MOTORHEAD and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK started. Stacks of Marshalls driven by Les Pauls to blast your brains out of your ears. These dudes are loud and pissed… about what you may ask? The answer is ‘everything’. After selling their souls to Satan for $50 and a half a pack of smokes they are coming to your town to prove rock and roll is not dead. Yet.

The “Stop Resisting Tour” begins July 4th in Winston Salem, NC and they’re out on the road to get the word out for their new full length LP coming soon from Primitive Ways Records.

July 4th Winston Salem, NC – Heavy Rebel Weekender

July 5th Raleigh, NC – Slim’s Downtown

July 6th Asheville, NC – The Mothlight

July 7th Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn

July 8th Nashville, TN – Springwater

July 9th Memphis, TN – Murphy’s Pub

July 10th Forth Worth, TX – The Rail Club

July 11th Amarillo, TX – URBN DKAY

July 12th Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits

July 14th Tulsa, OK – Boulevard Trash

July 15th Joplin, MO – Blackthorn Pizza

July 16th Chicago, IL – Liar’s Club

July 17th Louisville, KY – Mag Bar

July 18th Pittsburgh, PA – Excuses

July 19th Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St

July 20th Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

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Caligula’s Horse sign worldwide deal with InsideOut Music

Brisbane based progressive alternative tour-de-force Caligula’s Horse are on course for a stellar finish to 2015, with the huge announcement that they have signed with record label InsideOut Music (of the Century Media family).

Founder and CEO of InsideOut Music, Thomas Waber had this to say about the signing: “Australia is home to many great bands and we are thrilled and excited to start working with Caligula’s Horse, one of the most exciting Australian bands we have heard in quite a while!”

Vocalist Jim Grey echoed Waber’s comments, “Over the moon, man! Over the moon. This is a huge step for us – we’re thrilled to be working with Inside Out, not to mention the honour of sharing a roster with some of our musical heroes…we’re all absolutely stoked!”.

This news follows a hugely successful year for the group so far, with highlights including signing with Wild Thing Presents (Management), The Agency Group (North American bookings), AMF Publishing, as well as supporting musical heavyweights such as Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Twelve Foot Ninja.

Caligula’s Horse will make their way to Europe for the first time in October, including a performance at the ProgPower Europe Festival in the Netherlands (2nd October 2015) alongside acts such as Leprous, Myrath and Pagan’s Mind. The band also has plans in place to tour Australia in the not too distant future.

You can check out the video for ‘A Gift To Afterthought’, taken from the bands 2013 album ‘The Tide, The Thief & River’s End’ on YouTube.

Look out for more news, including tour dates, in the coming months!



(New York, N.Y.): Call it “Survival of the Metal-est.” This past Sunday, June 21, on the solstice and longest day of the year, the Norwegian blackjazz band SHINING played the world’s first concert on top of a grandiose mountain structure hanging out 700 meters-that’s nearly 2300 feet-above the ground.

How they f!@# did that they do that?

Here’s how.

The band flew a PA system and power generator up to the mountaintop and blasted their patented “blackjazz” music to a group of 300 fans and mountain hikers who had embarked on the daunting task of walking the five-hour trip to the top o’ the mountain.

A fan-filmed clip of the concert can be seen HERE. If you are afraid of heights, screw it and watch ANYWAY!

Post-show, SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby said, “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever been part of! First of all, I’m happy that we’re all still alive! But I’m also happy that we got all the technical aspects of this to work, as it’s no easy task to plan a full rock and metal concert on top of a freaking mountain!”

The concert was filmed with one helicopter, one drone, and several cameramen. It will be released once the material is gathered and processed.

Munkeby added, “We have this video series called ‘Live on Location,’ where we set up our stuff in unusual places and test our musical strength against uncontrollable environments. And what’s more uncontrollable than a huge rock literally soaring above a 700 meters straight drop down to the ground in the middle of the Norwegian mountains? I can’t wait to start working on the footage and getting it out there!”

A picture the band posted on their Facebook page after the show instantly garnered global attention. By Tuesday, June 23, it had been seen by nearly a half a million people, leading to TV exposure and No. 1 trending status on Reddit.

“I am happy for all the attention this gives us. But I’m not surprised. This is indeed an amazing and extreme setting for a concert. The only thing that would bring more attention would be if Dave Grohl decided to play up there. But I hope he doesn’t,” Munkeby said, jokingly referring to the accident Foo Fighters’ frontman had in Stockholm last week, where he stepped off the stage during a show, broke his leg, and kept playing.

The band will release its Spinefarm debut this fall. But for now, they are all about the mountaintop.


WATERTANK Destination Unknown Solar Flare Records Release: 29 June 2015

Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records has inducted a new act into their realms of auditory dementia, bringing Nantes-based WATERTANK on board for the impending release of their sophomore LP, Destination Unknown.

Two years after their first release, WATERTANK returns with their nine-track full-length, Destination Unknown, bringing forth nearly thirty-five minutes of brand new material. While the album came together quickly, being composed and recorded with unusually short notice, the LP cohesively reveals a more confident band through this new batch of strongly crafted songs. The Nantes ­based band is still in love with melodic hooks, and down­tuned heavy riffing, as heard especially in cuts like ?Dcvr? and ?Doomed Drifters,? yet sees them evolving from their post­-hardcore background in tracks like ?Contrails? and exploring new territories completely within ?Scheme? and the title track, as always aiming to deliver lasting listening enjoyment. Once again recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner), Destination Unknown marks a step forwards for the renewed line­up. If you?re into the likes of Torche, Quicksand, Jawbox, Sense Field and Failure, WATERTANK will be for you.

WATERTANK, having taken part in last year?s edition of Hellfest and more, is now gearing up for a run of Spring live dates throughout France. With the final details still falling into place, the outfit will be out from May 13th through June 1st, with eight dates currently locked, including shows with the likes of Torche, Membrane and others. Additional tour dates are to be announced throughout the coming weeks as Destination Unknown nears release, and a larger tour coming together for after its street date.


VALDUR Pathetic Scum Bloody Mountain Release: 30 June 2015

Following an extended slumber, Mammoth Lake, California-based black/death merchants, VALDUR, emerge from their crypts with the infernal fruits of latest offering, lovingly dubbed Pathetic Scum.
The follow-up to 2013?s soul-devouring At War With full-length, which Meat Mead Metal appropriately heralded for filling, ?that void of anger and disengagement with society that may be darkening your heart,? Pathetic Scum was tracked entirely at the band?s clandestine Bloody Mountain Bunker, mixed by drummer Matthew, mastered by Dan at Morbid Mastering and offers up seven cruel odes of audio abhorrence as only VALDUR can conjure. Featuring the addition of new guitarist, Vuke, the record delivers a blizzardy onslaught of warring riffs, bestial blasts, wrath-infused vocal offensives and an overwhelming atmosphere of pandemonium, trepidation and all-encompassing ruthlessness. Indeed, Pathetic Scum is a true testament of a diseased society gone sour and maintains VALDUR?s place as one of America?s best kept extreme metal secrets.
Relays VALDUR, from the tombs, ?Guitarist/vocalist Samuel is still with us so to speak, but he is so busy with personal/family matters at the moment. Vuke, new guitarist, is not a replacement, but a full time member of VALDUR. And for live dates this spring, Roskva will be on vocals again. And we have William on bass and Matthew on drums. We all appreciate anyone who takes the time in this world to have a listen to our music. It is built and molded by our own hands to the form and shape that we like. With these new songs, we give you something different yet again along the obscure VALDUR timeline??
Pathetic Scum Track Listing:
1.Tank Torture
2. Impending Doom
3. Blessings Of The Goat
4. Pathetic Scum
5. Incantre Pt. II
6. Morbid Emanations
Featuring past and current members of Weverin, Endless Blizzard and Plutocracy, VALDUR was forged at the turn of the century in a small mountain town located in the pulsating heart of the Sierra Mountains where the Death Valley desert lands meet the ascending Mt. Whitney and where the unholy collective dwells without interference of fashionable scenes or rulebooks.
VALDUR 2015:
Vuke ? guitars
William ? bass
Matthew ? drums
Roskva ? (live) vocals
Pathetic Scum will be officially unveiled digitally and in digipak format via the band?s own Bloody Mountain Records on June 30th, 2015.
?There?s no question this band can make heavy music, but there?s also emotional depth to be found as well.? ? Metal Injection

KING GIANT Black Ocean Waves independent Release: 30 June 2015

[all photos by Bobby Ross]

Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, Northern Virginia-based KING GIANT has completed their thundering third LP, Black Ocean Waves, set for release this Summer.

With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has  built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce through handling the recording and releasing of their own gravelly anthems since their inception. Their 2006 Burden EP was followed by the self-released 2009 LP, Southern Darkness, which won over stoner/doom rockers everywhere with its vibrant approach to the genre. But it was the Dismal Hollow LP released in 2012 that launched the band into a more accessible, but more sinister territory, reaping critical acclaim from internationally-based mags and webzines.

2015 brings KING GIANT?s third full-length album, proudly celebrating a decade in existence as they prepare to unleash the wayward grooves of Black Ocean Waves. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on Black Ocean Waves, the new opus surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation. KING GIANT recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, the album engineered by Jawbox architect, J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who later mixed the album. Robbins also performed Hammond organ on the track, ?Blood Of The Lamb,? and background vocals on ?Trail Of Thorns.?  The cover art for Black Ocean Waves, created by Misty Kilgore. . The band plans to independently release the album in June on CD, digitally distributed by The Path Less Traveled, with an LP version to follow.


DEMON LUNG A Dracula Candlelight Release: 29 June 2015

Candlelight Records today confirms June 16th as the North American release date for A Dracula, the second full-length album from Las Vegas-based doom metal band, DEMON LUNG.
In mid-December, DEMON LUNG began their second pilgrimage to Oregon to work with Anderson. At the journey?s conclusion, eight dark hymns became A Dracula?s storyline. Using Juan López Moctezuma?s 1977 horror film, Alucarda, as the album?s muse, the audio is packaged with unique original art by illustrator Joshua Foster (Pallbearer). Drummer Jeremy Brenton notes, ?When we started the writing process, we happened to be deep into an Alucarda obsession. [Vocalist] Shanda [Fredrick] sat down and made an outline for her take on the film and we all started crafting songs to flow with it. Fitting the mood of each riff and melody with the narrative was challenging but it is the most satisfying way for us to write.?
Fredrick adds, ?Alucarda is a more relatable story for me than our last album?s subject matter; which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world. So like I said? it?s a lot more fun this time around.?

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band?s debut, 2013?s The Hundredth Name. ?A modern doom masterpiece,? said Ghost Cult. ?The future of doom seems to be in safe hands,? uttered This Is Not A Scene. ?Everything about DEMON LUNG?s debut screams epic,? voiced Las Vegas Weekly. The Hundredth Name perfectly set up A Dracula with a growing and healthy international fan base to launch from.
?While we naturally continued where we left off with The Hundredth Name,? shares Brenton, ?this album is definitely faster, definitely more epic. We spent twice as much time in the studio with Billy than we did last time and we had more time to experiment.  This was certainly the hardest we have ever worked on anything and we?re very proud of the final product.?
A Dracula Track Listing:
1. Rursumque Alucarda
2. Behold, The Daughter
3. I Am Haunted
4. Gypsy Cursem
5. Deny The Savior
6. Mark Of Jubilee
7. Rursumque Adracula
8. Raped By The Serpent
Formed in 2011, DEMON LUNG self-released their EP, Pareidolia, in early 2012. The band joined the Candlelight roster and unleashed The Hundredth Name a year later.  The album featured artwork by English illustrator Tom Gates (Amorphis, Vision Of Disorder etc). Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, ?She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet?s lurch.? An aggressive regional performer, the band recently signed with Tone Deaf Touring to broaden their touring endeavors.
DEMON LUNG is Shanda Fredrick and Jeremy Brenton with guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch and bassist Jason Lamb. Tour dates in support of A Dracula will be announced shortly.


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