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CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “Symmetry In Black” Out 5/27/14

CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM "Symmetry In Black" Out 5/27/14

NOLA riff lords CROWBAR will release an all new full length album entitled “Symmetry in Black” on May 27, 2014. The album will be released in Europe on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records. Founding vocalist Kirk Windstein provides the following comment,

“We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all time high. We are 100% ready to get this Juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. CROWBAR will not be stopped!”

Symmetry in Black” was produced by Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur. The new effort will be the latest material from CROWBAR since “Sever The Wicked Hand” was released in 2011.

The new effort will be the tenth studio LP, and also marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of CROWBAR. Windstein continues, “Crowbar is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. It’s an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy & focus into something that I created 25 years ago! We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour. See you on the road!”

Now that the band has finished recording, they’ll head over to the U.K. for a handful of dates with HANG THE BASTARD & DROPBACK.


The band is also confirmed for a handful of European festivals this summer including ROADBURN and BLOODSTOCKCROWBAR will make a bone-crushing appearance at MARYLAND DEATHFEST in the U.S. as well.

Unearth Announce Handful of U.S. and Canadian Tour Dates


UNEARTH have announced a new batch of tour dates aptly named the “NORTHERN WATCH TOUR” surrounding their appearance on the 2014 NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL, taking place in Worcester, MA the weekend of April 17th,18th and 19th.

The band will be hitting a variety of Canadian cities starting April 11th with TEXAS IN JULY & California’sWINDS OF PLAGUE providing direct support. Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments:

“We are finally done with the new album and ready to hit the road!  Eastern Canada, Cleveland’s Fire Fest and the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will all be part of the tour dates this April.  We are proud to include Winds of Plague and Texas in July on this Northern trek. See you all soon.”

UNEARTH recently wrapped up production on their yet to be titled all new LP due later this year, their sixth spanning the band’s 15 year tenure.

Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, Unearth emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They’ve resisted and prevailed against changing trends, sub cultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact.

UNEARTH is: Trevor Phipps (vocals), Buz McGrath (guitar), Ken Susi (guitar) and Nick Pierce (drums).

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Perpetrators Premiere New Tune

The experimental death metal perpetrators in New York City’s PYRRHON (pronounced peer-on) are pleased to soil ears with the title track from their forthcoming new long player, The Mother Of Virtues.

A nightmarishly exploratory manifestation of physically and psychologically ravaging extreme metal, The Mother Of Virtues delvers a brain-twisting synthesis of clanging death metal, subtle otherworldly psychedelia, dark jazz rhythms and demented storytelling. Recorded by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the nine tracks occupying The Mother Of Virtues takes its listeners on a traumatic audio voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity. Recommended for perverse souls with a penchant for the sonic acuteness of acts like Brutal Truth, Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, Portal, Deathspell Omega and Today Is The Day.

Comments vocalist Doug Moore of the title track: “I’ve seen some people say that we aren’t ‘really’ a death metal band, and this song is pretty good evidence in favor of that claim. It’s also one of the more ambitious songs we’ve ever recorded, structurally speaking. Good luck.”

Wrap your head around closing track “The Mother Of Virtues,” now staining soundwaves at MetalSucks;

PYRRHON will bring their crude canticles to the streets on a near-two-week run of live rituals scheduled to begin this Monday at Brooklyn’s Acheron. (more…)

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Lyric Video for “Sail”

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

The California Groove Machine known as DEVILDRIVER released their sixth studio album Winter Kills in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Winter Kills hit charts all over the world, with some of the band’s best chart numbers to date. In North America, Winter Kills came in at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (The band’s highest chart debut ever), #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #10 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #13 on the Billboard Independent Chart.

One of the standout tracks on the album was the band’s groundbreaking cover of the AWOLNATION hit single “Sail”. The song has become a staple of the band’s live set as well as a fan favorite. “Sail” has also been receiving heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s “Octane”.

Recently the band completed work on a lyric video for “Sail” which is receiving its exclusive premiere today via Loudwire. Check out the video here;

DEVILDRIVER is currently on tour as part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia, following those dates, the band heads to Japan for three special shows with Bay Area Thrashers Testament. March 27th sees the band kicking off a European headline tour in Cologne, Germany and it will run through April 19th in Schijndel, Netherlands.

Plans for a North American tour are being finalized now and will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

Black metal war machine ENDSTILLE have announced a new European Tour. The trek, which will in begin on March 27 in Groningen, NL will see ENDSTILLE make stops in France, Germany, and more before ending in early April. ENDSTILLE will be touring in support of their newest album, ‘Kapitulation 2013′. ‘Kapitulation 2013′ was released on November 12th. The album is currently streaming here.

Previously, ENDSTILLE debuted a music video for the song “Aborted”:

The artwork and track listing for ‘Kapitulation 2013′ can be found below.

Track List:
The Refined Nation
Reich An Jugend
Sick Heil
Monotonus 2013
Stalin Note
KDF 511
Endstille (Abschie)

Being one of Germany’s most popular black metal exports, and one of Europe’s biggest non-scandivian black metal bands, ENDSTILLE has created waves throughout the underground community, starting with the release of ‘Operation Wintersturm’ (2002). Several well-received full lengths later, ENDSTILLEeventually became a true live force, touring alongside bands such as DARK FUNERAL and NAGLFAR, and as part of various festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Motocultor, Summe Breeze, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, With Full Force Open Air, Metal Assault, and many more.

ENDSTILLE European Tour (All dates with KOLDBRANN)
3/27 Groningen (NL) @ Vera
3/28 Oostrozebeke (BE) @ JH ‘t Ipperste
3/29 Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
3/30 Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
4/1 Toulouse (FR) @ Saint des Seins
4/2 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
4/3 Nürnberg (DE) @ Rockfabrik
4/4 Alsfeld (DE) @ Hessenhalle (Kings of Black Metal Festival Warm Up Night)
4/5 Leipzig (DE) @ Hellraiser
4/6 Hamburg (DE) @ Bambi Galore



The Los Angeles-based heavy metal quartet EXMORTUS is excited to unveil their energetic new music video for the track “Foe Hammer,” taken from their acclaimed Prosthetic debut “Slave To The Sword.” Unleash the power of the sword and check out the video, directed by Ron Thunderwood (9 Electric), below:

Described as “a song-centric demonstration of thrash/death intensity and memorable trad metal songwriting” by Outburn (who gave the album a perfect 10/10 review), “Slave To The Sword” features 10 heavy-hitting tracks which LA Weekly says evoke memories of “80s shred guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.”

The band is currently winding up a successful support run with Gothenburg icons Dark Tranquillity, after which they will immediately embark on a co-headlining tour throughout the eastern U.S. alongside Lich King. The band will continue to deliver their refreshing and energetic live show in support of German thrashers Destruction and Brazilian death metal stalwarts Krisiun for the final three weeks of their spring North American tour. Full dates can be found below.

PRONG Reveal More Details on New Album Ruining Lives


Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.

With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Sepultura) once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album. From the first riff-assault of the opener “Turnover”, the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ-elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled.

Tommy Victor about Ruining Lives: “This is the fastest written and recorded PRONG-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous PRONG-record. I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There’s a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a “Force Fed” type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some “Rude Awakening” but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of PRONG on this album.

He continues, “Come To Realize” is something new – we have never approached this kind of time signature. It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What’s exciting about the whole album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of PRONG: marrying post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and modern elements – all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.”

The new album Ruining Lives will be released now through SPV/Steamhammer in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th as a limited digipak version incl. 1 bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download.

WHITECHAPEL Brand New Album Announced! Track Listing and Album Artwork Revealed


Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

Our Endless War will be released April 29th in North America via Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL have revealed the album artwork track listing and have released the first single entitled “The Saw is the Law” from the new album. “We are excited to announce our fifth full length studio album Our Endless War. In typical WHITECHAPEL fashion, this CD takes the sound we have been developing over the past 8 years of our career and pushes it to new levels. We want each record we release to sound different, and this one is no exception. With dashes of every record we have done so far mixed with the intensity of a new sound, this record is sure to please fans of WHITECHAPEL, old and new”, says guitarist Alex Wade.

Having progressed with every record, onWhitechapel the band took a stylistic leap forward, garnering a whole army of new fans and greater critical respect in the process. This determination is immediately apparent. Having started to “seriously” write in February of 2013, the album was a year in the making, the band letting the writing develop organically while putting everything under a microscope, working harder on perfecting every song than they ever had before.

Famed for their three-guitar lineup, the band have always packed a crushing sonic punch, but on Our Endless War they take greater advantage of this than previously. Frequently, the seven-stringers build dramatic, incredibly heavy walls of thrilling noise through interweaving their parts, making for a sonic richness that pulls listeners even further into the songs. As with all of WHITECHAPEL’s releases the heaviness does not just stem from the music but Bozeman’s lyrics, showing characteristic diversity across the record’s ten tracks.

When it came to tracking the album the band considered no one beyond Mark Lewis, who helmed Whitechapel. “Making the self-titled record went so well, we loved the way it came out, our label loved the way it came out, and our fans kept telling us that it was our best sounding record so it would have been stupid not to work with him again!” laughs guitarist Alex Wade. For the artwork, the band turned again to Aaron Marsh, who supplied WHITECHAPEL with its stark, arresting imagery, but again they wanted to push things to the next level. “With the sound maturing we felt like the artwork needed to reflect that. We also introduced a new logo – our old logo is classic Whitechapel, and that’s not something we plan on getting rid of, but as the band grows and changes we felt like we needed the logo to represent the maturity of this new Whitechapel.”

Leading up to the release of Our Endless War, WHITECHAPEL have confirmed a string of dates including an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. These dates will being April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL. These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand. More dates including a North American co-headlining North American tour are in the works and will be announced shortly.

Our Endless War Track Listing:
1. Rise
2. Our Endless War
3. The Saw is the Law
4. Mono
5. Let Me Burn
6. Worship the Digital Age
7. How Times Have Changed
8. Psychopathy
9. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road

WHITECHAPELw/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*
4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern
4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

CRADLE OF FILTH: Iconic Extreme Metal Ensemble To Release Total Fucking Darkness Demo On Vinyl


After more than two decades, Total Fucking Darkness, the infamous third demo from notorious UK extreme metal magicians, CRADLE OF FILTH, will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm this Spring.

The undertaking was helmed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, who first signed CRADLE OF FILTH, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.

Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the aid of engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from Emperor to Thin Lizzy), Total Fucking Darkness commences with “Spattered In Faeces,” the only surviving track from the now mythical Goetia sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the Total Fucking Darkness demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli),” recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted Goetia album. Two short instrumental movements from former CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.

Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the perverse visions of Radio 1 Presenter and occult artist, Daniel Carter, the legendary recording will be released in an initial mail-order edition of 666 copies, unleashed in an unholy trinity of three two-color, 180-gram vinyl variants limited to 222 copies each; orange/black, blue/grey and grey/black. Each copy includes a limited edition booklet with a foreword by Dani Filth and formerly unseen photos from the band archives. A retail version in blue vinyl with insert, and a digipak CD, will be available from Amazon and other outlets on May 5, 2014, with the limited edition version slated for release two weeks earlier.

Total Fucking Darkness Track Listing: 

Side A
1. Spattered In Faeces
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. As Deep As Any Burial

Side B
1. Unbridled at Dusk
2. The Raping Of Faith
3. Fraternally Yours, 666

Side C
1. Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. Seance And Mandrake (Instrumental)

Side D
1. The Raping Of Faith
2. Unbridled At Dusk
3. Hekate Enthroned (Instrumental)

MISERY INDEX announce new album, ‘The Killing Gods’

MISERY INDEX announce new album, 'The Killing Gods'

Acclaimed grindcore extremists MISERY INDEX have finished recording their forthcoming new album ‘The Killing Gods’. ‘The Killing Gods’, the band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). MISERY INDEX will see the release of ‘The Killing Gods’ in May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide).

Regarding the release of the new album, Misery Index front man Jason Netherton comments “After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed “The Killing Gods.” It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can. We think we have succeeded and we hope you do as well. Look for this metal beast to drop in May!”

Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in grindcore and death metal, MISERY INDEX (Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis – drums, Darin Morris – guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, MISERY INDEX will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling grind/metal with the release of ‘The Killing Gods’.

The band recently announced a special live date as part of this year’s Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Studio Update on New Album – Promises Heaviest Record Yet!


(Photo Credit: Glen Laferman)


CAVALERA CONSPIRACY the band featuring the legendary metal brothers Max and Igor Cavalera are currently in the mixing stage of their third album and their first for their new label home Napalm Records.  The band is working with producer John Gray (Soulfly) and plans on having the record ready for release in Fall of 2014.

Members of the band and producer John Gray took some time to give an update on the recording process:

This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera.  Max, Igor and Marc were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process.  I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary.  Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso.  I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he’s under pressure.  What can I say about Nate Newton- he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth.  I’m really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him someday. 

-John Gray

The new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY record was amazing to record…definitely a brutal and fast third record!!!

-Marc Rizzo

It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record.   For me it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them.   It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max write’s songs and I am glad to have been a part of it.

-Nate Newton

More updates and news on CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s new album will be released in the coming weeks.

Enthroned premieres new track “Of Feathers and Flames”


Belgium’s leading black metal force, Enthroned, has premiered a brand new song entitled “Of Feathers and Flames.” It is the first track to be revealed from band’s upcoming 10th album, Sovereigns, out April 15 on Agonia Records.



Touring to support their 2013 release Spiritual Genocide, German thrash metal institution DESTRUCTION will launch their North American headlining tour on Tuesday, March 18th in Worcester, Massachusetts with direct support from Brazilian death metal kings KRISIUN.  Guest openers will be North Carolina metallers WIDOW (March 18th – 24th) and California death thrashers EXMORTUS (March 25th – April 14th).

DESTRUCTION with KRISIUN, Widow, and Exmortus
03/18/14   The Palladium – Worcester, MA*
03/19/14   Marlin Room @ The Webster Hall – New York, NY*
03/20/14  Empire – Springfield, VA*
03/21/14  Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE*
03/22/14  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH*
03/23/14  The Casbah – Johnson City, TN*
03/24/14  Fubar – St. Louis, MO*
03/25/14  Dirty Dog – Austin, TX#
03/26/14  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX#
03/27/14  Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ#
03/28/14  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV#
03/29/14  Mirror Image – Anaheim, CA#
03/30/14  Whisky-A-Go-Go – W. Hollywood, CA#
04/01/14  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA#
04/02/14  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA#
04/03/14  Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR#
04/04/14  The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA#
04/05/14  Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA#
04/07/14  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO#
04/08/14  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO#
04/09/14  Woolys – Des Moines, IA#
04/10/14  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL#
04/11/14  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY#
04/12/14  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA#
04/13/14  Complexe Meduse – Quebec, QC – CANADA#
04/14/14  Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA#
*with Widow
#with Exmortus

TURISAS to co-headline “Paganfest America Part V” with KORPIKLAANI; tour dates announced‏


Finnish battle metallers TURISAS will return to North America this spring with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) KORPIKLAANI for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour! Some of the finest names in pagan metal, CHTHONIC (Taiwan), VARG (Germany) and WINTERHYMN (USA), will also be joining the two titans on the road for this year’s crusade. See below for all confirmed dates.

April 25 – Empire – Springfield, VA
April 26 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
April 27 – Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
April 28 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
April 29 – Imperial – Quebec City, QC
April 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
May 1 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
May 2 – Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 3 – Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
May 4 – Skyway Theater – B – Minneapolis, MN
May 5 – Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
May 7 – The Republik – Calgary, AB
May 8 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
May 9 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 10 – Toxic Lounge – Portland, OR
May 11 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
May 13 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 15 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
May 16 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May 17 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
May 18 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Autopsy to release “Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves” this April on Peaceville‏


U.S. death metal legend, Autopsy, has completed work on its seventh studio album, Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves, set to be unleashed in North America on April 29 via Peaceville Records.

Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves was recorded at Fantasy Studios with producer Adam Munoz, and sees a continuation of Autopsy’s pursuit of the ultimate in metallic horror and extremity. Artwork comes courtesy of Wes Benscoter, who was also previously responsible for the stunning Macabre Eternal album cover.


SKELETONWITCH has announced a re-pressing of their 2011 Billboard-charting release “Forever Abomination” on picture disc LP, scheduled for release on March 18. Limited to 500 copies, only 150 will be available via the Prosthetic North American webshop, while another handful will be available via Prosthetic’s European webshop. The remaining copies will be distributed via your local record store or online distribution shop.

Having just completed a triumphant trek throughout North America in support of Amon AmarthSKELETONWITCH will next bring their “gloriously intense” (SD City Beat) live show overseas this April. The band will play their first-ever shows in Asia before heading down under to join Toxic Holocaust throughout New Zealand and Australia. Their full routing can be found below.

2/19      Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
2/21      Oklahoma City, OK – Leon?s Lounge (inside The Chameleon)
2/22      St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/8        Bangkok, TH – Mellow Yellow Club, RCA
4/10      Kuching, MY – DBNA Hall
4/12      Singapore, SG – Aliwal Art Centre
4/13      Johor Bahru, MY – Stop Zone Hall
4/16      Auckland, NZ – The Kings Arms ^
4/17      Wellington, NZ – Bodega Bar ^
4/18      Perth, AU – The Rosemont Hotel ^
4/19      Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live ^
4/20      Melbourne, AU – Espy Gershwin Room ^
4/21      Byron Bay, AU – TBD ^
4/22      Canberra, AU – The Basement ^
4/24      Brisbane, AU -The Hi Fi ^
4/25      Newcastle, AU -Cambridge Hotel ^
4/26      Sydney, AU – The Hi Fi ^
4/27      Melbourne, AU – The Hi Fi ^
^ with Toxic Holocaust

ABORTED reveals details for upcoming album, ‘The Necrotic Manifesto’‏


Death metal psychopaths ABORTED have just finished their eighth full-length, The Necrotic Manifesto, with Danish producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, MERCENARY) The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and on April 29th in North America via Century Media Records.

In support of The Necrotic Manifesto, ABORTED will tour North America together with KATAKLYSM in March/April 2014. The band will then return to Europe in May for a handful of release shows before heading into the festival season. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

ABORTED tour dates
Feb. 22 – BlastFest – Bergen (Norway)
Mar. 27 – Empire – Springfield, VA (United States)
Mar. 28 – Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY (United States)
Mar. 29 – The Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA (United States)
Mar. 30 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (United States)
Mar. 31 – Bogie’s – Albany, NY (United States)
Apr. 1 – Middle-East – Cambridge, MA (United States)
Apr. 2 – Palace Theater – Stafford Springs, CT (United States)
Apr. 3 – St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (United States)
Apr. 4 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (Canada) *
Apr. 5 – El Mocambo – Toronto, ON (Canada) *
Apr. 6 – The Foundry – Lakewood, OH (United States) *
Apr. 7 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI (United States) *
Apr. 8 – Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB (Canada) *
Apr. 9 – The Exchange – Regina, SK (Canada) *
Apr. 10 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB (Canada) *
Apr. 11 – Republik – Calgary, AB (Canada) *
Apr. 12 – Columbo Lodge – Kamloops, BC (Canada) *
Apr. 13 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC (Canada) *
Apr. 14 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (United States) *
Apr. 15 – Jub Jubs – Reno, NV (United States) *
Apr. 16 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA (United States) *
Apr. 17 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA (United States) *
Apr. 18 – Mirror Image – Anaheim, CA (United States) *
Apr. 19 – Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ (United States) *
Apr. 20 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX (United States) *
Apr. 21 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (United States) *
Apr. 22 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (United States) *
Apr. 23 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (United States) *
Apr. 30 – Magasin 4 – Brussels (Belgium)
May 1 – Steinbruch Theater – Darmstadt (Germany) ***The Necrotic Manifesto release show w/ GORGUTS, MISERY INDEX***
May 2 – Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg (The Netherlands)
July 18 – Boarstream Festival – Mulfingen (Germany)
July 19 – Grindtastic Open Air – Mittelsinn (Germany)
July 21 – Metal Days – Tolmin (Slovenia)
Aug. 1 – Xtreme Fest – Albi (France)
Aug. 8 – Party San Open Air – Schlotheim (Germany)
Aug. 10 – Bloodstock – Walton on Trent (United Kingdom)
Aug. 14 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbuhl (Germany)
Aug. 23 – Kaltenbach Festival – Spital am Semmering (Austria)

VATTNET VISKAR announces North American tour dates in support of debut album, ‘Sky Swallower’‏


New Hampshire’s post-black/doom metallers VATTNET VISKAR have announced over two months of touring in support of their debut full-length, Sky Swallower. The extensive North American trek kicks off in March with Vermont’s sludgy stoners, VAPORIZER, as they head into this year’s SXSW music festival. From there, Australian thrashers KING PARROT join the bill for a lengthy run of dates, before VATTNET VISKAR finally meets up with the legendary DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in April. See below for all upcoming tour dates and details.

Released last year to critical acclaim, Sky Swallower was recorded at Universal Noise Storage with producer Brett Boland at the helm and features eight tracks of crushingly ambient, blackened doom metal. If you are not familiar, be sure to check out the video for the album track, “Breath of the Almighty

Mar. 1 – No Problemo – New Bedford, MA*
Mar. 2 – Elevelns – Northampton, MA*
Mar. 3 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY*
Mar. 4 – Bug Jar – Rochester, NY*
Mar. 5 – The Forvm – Buffalo NY*
Mar. 6 – Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA*
Mar. 7 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH*
Mar. 8 – Death House – Grand Rapids, MI*
Mar. 9 – Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL*
Mar. 10 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO*
Mar. 11 – M.F. Metal Music – Bryant, AR*
Mar. 12 – Tomcats West – Ft. Worth, TX*
Mar. 13 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar. 14 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar. 15 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar. 16 – Mango’s – Houston, TX*^
Mar. 17 – Mud & Water – Baton Rouge, LA*^
Mar. 18 – Siberia – New Orleans, LA*^
Mar. 19 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA*^
Mar. 20 – Orpheum – Tampa, FL*^
Mar. 21 – Hoodie’s – Longwood, FL*^
Mar. 22 – The Standard – St. Augustine, FL*^
Mar. 23 – Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL*^
Mar. 25 – The Chop Shop – Charlotte, NC*^
Mar. 26 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA*^
Mar. 27 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD*^
Mar. 29 – Ralph’s – Worcester, MA*^
Mar. 30 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY*^
Mar. 31 – Nectar’s – Burlington, VT*^
Apr. 1 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC^
Apr. 2 – Bug Jar – Rochester, NY^
Apr. 3 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON^
Apr. 4 – Kobo Live – Columbus, OH^
Apr. 8 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL^
Apr. 9 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN^
Apr. 10. – Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS^
Apr. 11 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO^
Apr. 12 – Burt’s Tiki lounge – Salt Lake City, UT^
Apr. 13 – The Shredder – Boise, ID^
Apr. 14 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC^
Apr. 15 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA^
Apr. 16 – Rotture – Portland, OR^
Apr. 17 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA^
Apr. 20 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Apr. 27 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ~
Apr. 28 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM~
Apr. 29 – Marquis – Denver, CO~
May 1 – Trees – Dallas, TX~
May 2 – Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX~
May 3 – Mohawk – Austin, TX~
May 5 – Juanitas – Little Rock, AR~
May 6 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA~
May 7 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA~
May 10 – Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT~

IRON REAGAN: Hardcore Thrash Hellions Announce April Run Of Live Assaults


Virginia hardcore thrash hellions, IRON REAGAN, will obliterate the hordes on a menacing jaunt of live assaults this April! Set to embark on April 2ndon their home turf, the band will level the stages of twenty-one cities with their co-conspiring labelmates/Creepsylvanian miscreants in Ghoul and blackened punk deviants/hometown comrades, Occultist. The caustic run includes an appearance on the iconic Macrock Festival as well as this year’s edition of Tankcrimes’ maniacal Brainsqueeze Fest, which features more than a dozen legendary ear-spearing volume fiends including Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up and Cannabis Corpse.

IRON REAGAN features within their crossover ranks Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), LandPhil Hall (Municipal Waste/Cannabis Corpse), Ryan Parrish (ex- Darkest Hour), Mark Bronzino (Mammoth Grinder/ANS) and Rob Skotis (Hellbear). The band released a vinyl-only split with California gore-bringers Exhumed via Tankcrimes early last month. A profane union of repugnant spirits, the now sold out split features eight unrepentant tracks of high-paced riotous fury.

IRON REAGAN w/ Occultist
4/02/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond VA
4/04/2014 Macrock Festival – Harrisonburg, VA
4/05/2014 TBA – Nashville, TN
4/06/2014 Vino’s Little Rock, AR

Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II w/ Ghoul, Occultist
4/09/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
4/10/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
4/11/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
4/12/2014 Rock City – Camarillo CA
4/13/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
4/14/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/15/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/18/2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest – Oakland, CA *no Occultist

w/ Occultist
4/22/2014 TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
4/23/2014 Moe’s – Denver, CO
4/24/2014 TBA – Lawrence, KS
4/25/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/26/2014 Three Floyd’s Brewery [Dark Lord Day] – Munster, IN
4/27/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
4/28/2014 Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
4/29/2014 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/30/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

MAYHEM: Announce New Album, Premiere New Track‏


Norway’s black metal legends MAYHEM have returned. Metal’s most infamous band will release an as-yet-untitled new album, and follow up to 2007′s critically acclaimed ‘Ordo Ad Chao‘ later this year. In anticipation of the new album, MAYHEM are streaming a new track, titled “Psywar.”

MAYHEM will also release “Psywar” as limited edition, stand-alone 7″ Ep. The “Psywar” 7″ also includes “From Beyond Event Horizon“, an unreleased track taken from the band’s 2012 Budapest sessions, and will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST, BEHEMOTH) and Costin Chioreanu (ULVER, VADER, IHSAHN, and more). ‘Psywar‘ will be pressed across several different colored vinyl editions.

Enthroned to release new album “Sovereigns” in April‏


Belgium’s leading black metal force, Enthroned, returns with a new studio album entitled, Sovereigns. The follow up to the critically acclaimed, Obsidium (2012), is scheduled for a worldwide April 15 release via Agonia Records.

Sovereigns was recorded and mixed in Enthroned’s own studio, Blackout Multimedia. The album will be available in: digipack CD, black vinyl, bone-white vinyl with green splatter limited to 100 hand numbered copies and exclusive BOX CD limited to 333 hand numbered copies (including: the new album released in exclusive jewel case edition, embroidered patch, flag and a lighter with band’s logo).

Sovereigns drifts from sonic blast beats to oppressive slower parts, melds together aggressive shredding with forceful riffs, and blends satanic whispers with Nornagest’s trademark vocals. The band’s 10th album introduces a new drummer, Menthor, in the place of Garghuf and a new rhythm guitarist, ZarZax.

GHOUL: Hooded Hooligans Announce Weapons Of Mosh Destruction II Tour Dates!


The hooded hooligans of Creepsylvania, GHOUL, are bursting blood vessels to finally announce the second installment of the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour! Set to launch this April, team GHOUL will lay waste to seven unsuspecting metropolises throughout the West Coast alongside their hardcore thrash mutant accomplices, Iron Reagan, and experimental punk/hardcore rippers, Occultist. Following their pillage, the band will spread their ghoulish delectables all over Oakland headlining the first night of this year’s edition of Brainsqueeze Fest, which features more than a dozen iconic ear-bleeders including Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up and Cannabis Corpse.

Proclaims GHOUL from their underground headquarters, “Loyal numbskulls, the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour is rearing its ugly head again, and GHOUL is looking forward to burning your towns, raping your pets, and drinking your beer as we unmercifully bombard the West Coast of your United States on our way to the Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze in Oakland, California. In the unlikely event that you are lucky enough to survive the blitzkrieg assault of Iron Reagan and Occultist, you will be decapitated and disemboweled by GHOUL’s razor sharp riffs, and after that, our razor sharp razors. All survivors will be brought back to the catacombs in cages, where GHOUL will keep you alive on a cocktail of morphine and energy drinks while we carve away chunks of your flesh to devour while you watch in horror… I may have said too much. Come to the show! Nothing bad will happen to you!”

GHOUL will be touring in support of themselves as well as their forthcoming Hang Ten EP. The limited edition six-song (mostly) instrumental 10″ features guest vocals from Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan) as Henchman #1 and the inimitable R.A. MacLean (ex-Deadbolt) as Kreeg, alongside Digestor, Cremator, Fermentor, Dissector and The Moron Cavern-Shackled Choir.

GHOUL on the Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II w/ Iron Reagan, Occultist
4/09/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
4/10/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
4/11/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
4/12/2014 Rock City – Camarillo CA
4/13/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
4/14/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/15/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/18/2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest – Oakland, CA *
*no Occultist

BEHEMOTH – The Satanist


Released Feb. 3rd via Nuclear Blast in Europe, Feb. 4th via Metal Blade in North America

Ever since the release of Demigod people have been telling me how awesome Behemoth is and that I’m missing out by not listening to them. The thing is, I’ve TRIED to like Behemoth, like multiple times. I figured that if so many people whose musical opinions I respect were into them, then I must have missed something important. Maybe if I listened to them on my set up at my house where everything is EQ’d the way I like it. Maybe I was distracted and wasn’t able to give their music the attention it deserved. Maybe they were so awesome that their music was just over my head. So on several occasions I’ve gone back and listened to all the Behemoth I could get my hands on. I checked out their early black metal albums Sventevith and Grom (some of it was pretty good I will admit). I listened to Demigod a bunch, I tried to get into The Apostasy and Evengelion. I’m probably more well versed in Behemoth’s back catalog than a lot of Behemoth fans. But for some reason their music just never clicked with me. I never thought they totally sucked or anything like that. I thought they were pretty good (but not great), and I understood why OTHER people liked them, but I just never had that moment where I was like “You know what, that’s fuckin awesome.” Even seeing them live didn’t do it. I saw them with Watain and thought Watain were infinitely more enjoyable.

Now, once again everybody is saying how awesome Behemoth’s new album, The Satanist, is. So, when I got my copy I brushed all of my past experience with them aside and had yet another go at trying to like Behemoth…and I have to say that although there are some very good songs and parts of songs on this album it just isn’t the groundbreaking, earth-shattering album that everyone is making it out to be.

The first song, Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel is a pretty forgettable slow song for the first half, although the short bass break is kinda cool. The second half of the song turns into a total mess with female chorus vocals and guitars panning back and forth from left to right. The song does end with a cool trumpet part (I say trumpet but it was most likely keyboards. I mean, maybe they hired a session trumpet player but I doubt it. Who knows.) The next two songs, Furor Divinus and Messe Noire are sort of standard issue “blackened death metal” songs. They aren’t terrible, but they aren’t groundbreaking or attention grabbing in any way. Which is exactly how I’ve always viewed this band.

The album doesn’t really get going until the fourth song Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer. This song will be in their live set, I guarantee it. Its a fast paced song with a cool verse riff and a fairly catchy chorus. This song should have been first or second on the album, not fourth. The Satanist is another good song. It’s a slower paced song, but slow with an impact. The song ends with more trumpet, which again I think is a cool touch. This song should also have been more towards the front of the album. It’s a good song (not to mention the album’s title track) and it’s sixth. Bad job by them.

A couple more forgettable songs come after that, then we get to the album’s closer, O Father O Satan O Sun! More chorus type vocals in this one, except this time it comes off as anthemic and grand sounding rather than a mess. Good song to end with.

This is probably my favorite Behemoth album, which is to say that I thought half the album was pretty good. However, something very telling happened after the end of the album. iTunes went to the next album in alphabetical order, Belphegor’s Blood Magick Necromance. Much better than The Satanist imo. This put into focus exactly how I felt about Behemoth’s new album (and Behemoth in general). It’s ok. It’s not terrible, but it isn’t great either. Somebody could make a valid and lucid argument for this album and this band being great. I just don’t hear it.

The production on this album is very good. No complaints there. Everything has its place in the mix and it sounds precise without sounding robotic.

Overall score 7/10. Like I said, this isn’t a terrible album. In fact it has some good songs, and almost every song has at least one cool part. However, there is nothing groundbreaking or attention grabbing going on here. Maybe if this album had been released 15 or 20 years ago it would be a different story. This would have probably been the epic and earth shattering album that people are making it out to be.

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely aka Slippery Jim, the other half of the legendary Crotchduster. Alonzo also plays guitar for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Adds Unearth + Kadavar To The Lineup; Welcomes The Best In Brutality Tour‏


As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the doers of the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEMHF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to their coveted stages!

Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEMHF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil and Kublai Khan.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the now iconic NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. Featuring two stages, the yearly gala continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans from around the country to the renowned Worcester Palladium for a solid weekend of mayhem! Initial day-to-day lineups are officially posted with more bands to be confirmed in the coming weeks. (Note this is NOT the official running order).

Thursday – April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm

Friday – April 18, 2014
Bent Life
Black Crown Initiate
Born Low
Colin Of Arabia
Cruel Hand
Fire and Ice
Fit For An Autopsy
I Declare War
Suburban Scum
The Acacia Strain
The Mongoloids
Thy Art Is Murder
Within The Ruins

Saturday – April 19, 2014
All Out War
Alpha & Omega
Gift Giver
Harm’s Way
Iced Earth
King Nine
Loyal To The Grave
Obey The Brave
Reign Supreme
Sam Black Church
Texas In July
Those Who Fear
Twitching Tongues
Will To Die

NECRONOMICON Premiere New Music Video‏


Canadian extreme metal horde NECRONOMICON have released a video for the title track off their latest full length, ‘Rise of the Elder Ones‘. If you can get past the hokey video you will discover a truly mediocre song. ‘Rise of the Elder Ones‘ is available at the official NECRONOMICON Bandcamp page.

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