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Finntroll – Comment On Singers Departure

The remaining members of FINNTROLL have released the following statement regarding their decision to ask their singer, Tapio Wilska, to leave the band:

“We have reached a situation in which we find it impossible to continue
FINNTROLL with our singer Wilska. This decision was very hard to make, but after long talks and deep conversations we finally came to the conclusion that if we were to continue FINNTROLL, we had to let Wilska go. We thank Wilska for the past three years.

FINNTROLL is now actively searching for a new singer, and will continue working on a new album which should come out by the end of 2006. Although FINNTROLL does not have a permanent singer in its ranks at the moment, we will not let this affect our already scheduled performances.”

SMNnews – More Official Band Forums Up!

We’d like to welcome the following bands to our constantly growing community of official band forums:

RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER
XXX MANIAK
CLITEATER
THIS IS HELL

Report: Cookie Monsters of Death Metal

The following is an article by Jim Fusilli that appeared in the February 1st edition of the Wall Street Journal and also online in this location:

While the extreme branch of heavy-metal music known as death metal is defined in part by often-vile lyrics about violence, catastrophic destruction, nihilism, anarchy and paranoia, its singing style is associated with a beloved goggle-eyed, fuzzy blue puppet.

Death-metal vocalizing is also known as Cookie Monster singing, if not in tribute to, at least in acknowledgment of, the “Sesame Street” puppet that blurts in a guttural growl, his words discharged so rapidly that they tend to collide with each other.

All this was news to people at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street.” “We have nothing to do with it,” said Ellen Lewis, vice president of corporate communications. “What is it?”

“It’s a whole new thing to me,” said Frank Oz, who originated the voice of the Cookie Monster. “I’ve never heard of it.”

Most death-metal vocalists don’t seem to mind the term. “We think it’s funny,” said Angela Gussow, lead singer for the Swedish band Arch Enemy and one of the few female death-metal vocalists. “We take ourselves too seriously.”

The term is considered derogatory by some metal fans, but it’s an apt description. Issued like machine-gun fire, death-metal vocals are low, guttural and aggressive, with no subtlety, no melody and very little modulation. But unlike the garbled sound emanating from the lovable and occasionally frenetic Cookie Monster, death-metal vocals seem to come from a dark spot in a troubled soul, as if they were the narrator’s voice on a tour of Dante’s seventh circle of hell. Cute and funny they ain’t.

It’s not easy to determine where and how Cookie Monster singing actually began. Early death-metal bands such as Death and Morbid Angel that emerged from Florida in the mid-’80s helped create the musical template that characterized the blasting sound as well as that of its Satan- and occult-obsessed sibling, black metal: fast, relentless drumming often featuring two bass drums; grinding, rapid-fire chording on guitars; squealing guitar solos; muted electric bass; unexpected sudden tempo changes; and a sense of theatricality that’s inevitably threatening–”a horror film put to music” is how Monte Conner, a vice president at Roadrunner Records, sees it.

But while the vocals in early death metal are low, raspy and aggressive, not unlike the vocals by, say, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, that extreme degree of Cookieness is missing.

To be a true Cookie Monster vocal, said Mr. Conner, who signed some of the subgenre’s biggest bands, including Sepultura and Fear Factory, “it’s got to be really, really guttural. It should sound like they’re gargling glass.”

Nic Bullen of Napalm Death can sound remarkably like the Cookie Monster; his performance on the band’s 1987 debut “Scum” (Earache)–which contains 28 songs, 11 of which are under one minute in length, including “You Suffer,” which clocks in at less than two seconds–is a virtual Cookie Monster tribute. Frank Mullen of Suffocation, whose 1991 album “Effigy of the Forgotten” (Roadrunner) is considered a model of death-metal music, sounds like an especially malevolent Cookie Monster.

The term also signifies a level of incomprehensibility of the lyrics, which in most cases is absolute. Given the subject matter, that’s probably for the best. Carcass, a band featuring vocalist Jeff Walker, sings in graphic detail of disembowelment and the mechanics of the autopsy. Bloody annihilation is another popular theme among the groups. For most death-metal bands, the gorier the better, and few gruesome details are spared.

“If you want to make music that’s terrifying, you have to sing about ripping people’s heads off,” Mr. Conner of Roadrunner Records told me. “Singing about puppies and kittens isn’t too cool.”

Death-metal singing takes a toll on vocalists, according to Ms. Gussow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2001. She says that despite the characteristic rock-salt-and-razors growl, the sound doesn’t originate in the throat. It gets pushed up from the abdomen.

“If you use the right abdomen muscles, you get a lot of power,” she says. “It’s a primal form of vocalizing, but it’s also a very controlled style of singing. You can get weak if you don’t have muscle power.”

She does vocal exercises to keep fit, some of which she learned from Melissa Cross, a New York-based voice teacher whose instructional DVD “The Zen of Screaming” is a favorite of extreme vocalists.

“We’re on tour, sometimes, for 2 1/2 months,” the German-born Ms. Gussow said. “I can’t miss even a day.”

Mr. Oz agrees that making Cookie Monster sounds is an arduous occupation. “I never trained for it and I blew my pipes out,” he told me. “It’s completely unnatural, an explosion of force that comes from the belly through the throat. I would do a day of it and my normal voice would be a half an octave lower.” (During our conversation, Mr. Oz demonstrated the Cookie Monster voice. The sudden force was startling and the volume so loud, I had to pull the phone from my ear.)

Alas, the Cookie Monster school of death metal is dying, says Mr. Conner. In the late ’80s, popular death-metal bands like Sepultura, Obituary and Deicide sold about 100,000 CDs, not a bad total for bands on the musical fringe. Today’s bands that play only old-school death metal are lucky to sell 15% to 20% of that figure. “I stopped signing death-metal bands in ’93 or ’94,” Mr. Conner told me. “The glory days have long ago passed.”

Part of the reason is a reaction to a natural instinct among pop musicians: a desire to expand the audience. Death-metal pioneers Entombed now leapfrog between the sound of their classic ’89 album “Left Hand Path” (Earache) and more traditional heavy metal. Fear Factory‘s singer Burton C. Bell modified his Cookie Monster vocals that were prominent on the band’s early work in time for its ’99 release “Obsolete” (Roadrunner), which incorporates melodic or “clean” vocals, rap and metal singing without the Cookie Monster edge. The lyrics, clearly decipherable, tell the story of the war between man and machines. “Obsolete” sold more than 500,000 copies, significantly more than any of the band’s previous albums.

Led by 20-year-old vocalist Matthew K. Heafy, who counts Metallica and Pantera as major influences, Trivium also blends almost-Cookie Monster guttural singing with melodic vocals. The music of the Orlando, Fla.-based group echoes classic death metal, but has elements of other heavy-metal schools. Mr. Heafy says: “I can’t even do Cookie Monster vocals. It’s kind of a limited style. You can convey much more emotion with other types of singing.”

Six String Masterpieces – The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute – Information Released

“Rock Stars and Modern Artists join forces for an amazing art exhibit in remembrance of Dimebag Darrell Abbott and to support music education.”

SIX-STRING MASTERPIECES:THE DIMEBAG DARRELL ART TRIBUTE is: A collection of 50 DEAN ML guitars that have been hand-painted by world-famous Rock Stars and internationally known Tattoo & Visionary Artists in memorial tribute to one of the greatest guitarists of all time, DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT.

“There has never been an exhibit like this” states Exhibit Producer Curse Mackey. ” the fans of these artists are going to be really amazed at this project. It is such a cool thing that these artists have donated their time and talent to make this tribute to Dime a reality.”

The rock community is really stepping up for Darrell. The artist list is beyond belief! The exhibit features art work from MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE, JAMES HETFIELD, KERRY KING, JERRY CANTRELL, DAVE NAVARRO, TED NUGENT, TOMMY LEE, LINKIN PARK, JON DAVIS, MUNKY, DAVE GROHL, SAMMY HAGARD and more!

The guitar model being used as “the canvas” is the DEAN ML, originally designed in 1976 by DEAN ZELINSKY, the founder of DEAN GUITARS. This is DIMEBAG DARRELL‘s signature instrument, the exact model he played his whole life.

DIMEBAG DARRELL was a cherished individual who was highly respected by the music industry and fans for his incredible talent and vibrant personality.

SIX-STRING MASTERPIECES debuted Jan 19-22 in Anaheim, California in front of 50,000 people at NAMM, a massive music industry convention. The exhibit had incredible response with many people saying it was the highlight of NAMM. The exhibit will now tour to no less than ten major US markets at top concert venues, musuems, music instrument retail stores and Fine Art Galleries during the spring and summer of 2006. At the completion of the tour, the Art Guitars will be auctioned off via one of NYC’s top auction houses/galleries, with funds being donated to a foundation that supports Music Education in our schools.

“After the untimely passing of my friend Darrell Abbott, I am dedicated to keeping his name and image in the limelight. This promises to be a great event for the memory of Dimebag Darrell and a great cause with the charity. Thank you for your interest.” – Dean B. Zelinsky – Founder, Dean Guitars

For more information, a complete list of participating artists, or to join the mailing list – click here.

AZ Death Fest – Line-Up Announced

The line-up for the AZ Death Fest which will take place at Metal Devestation in Phoenix, AZ has been released:

Friday, April 7th:

WACO JESUS
MEAT SHITS
ENGORGED
SPLATTERHOUSE
GUTTURAL SECRETE
FECAL CORPSE
BUNG
GOLERS
BURN VICTIM
HE WHO BINDS HIMSELF
JOB FOR A COWBOY

Saturday, April 8th:

DEICIDE
XXX MANIAK
GORGASM
VITAL REMAINS
(w/ Glen Benton)
NAUSEA
ETTS
INDUCING TERROR
SAPHEAD
MERCITRON
SANITY IN DEATH

Mastodon – ‘Crusher Destroyer’ Live Footage Available at UVTV

There is another new live performance of MASTODON playing their track ‘Crusher Destroyer’ available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. It was recorded at Northern Lights in Saratoga, NY in 2005.

Chicago Powerfest – Set Times and Ticket Info Released

Tickets are now available for CHICAGO POWERFEST 2006 via ChicagoPowerfest.com. The two-day passes are $50, and there will only be 600 made available to the public. Accepted methods of payment will be Paypal or money order. Tickets will also be made available at select Chicagoland locations for local attendees within the next couple weeks.

The fourth annual festival, which features both veteran and up-and-coming bands from various sub-genres of metal, will take place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 at Mr. Kelley’s Music Box (18+ event) in Chicago Heights, IL.

Each night’s schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 7th

ELDRITCH 12:00 – close
BIOMECHANICAL 10:30 – 11:40
AGENT STEEL 9:20 – 10:10
GRACEPOINT 8:20 – 9:00
WITHERING SOUL 7:30 – 8:00

Saturday, April 8th

MORGANA LEFAY 12:10 – close
NOCTURNAL RITES 10:20 – 11:50
ION VEIN 9:20 – 10:00
TWELFTH GATE 8:20 – 9:00
MIRROR BLACK 7:30 – 8:00

P.O.D. – “Testify” Sells Only 54,000 in First Week

P.O.D.‘s latest album, “Testify”, that was recently released through Atlantic Records, has sold just over 54,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release landing the band at #9 on the Billboart Top 200 Charts. “Testify” is the follow-up to “Payable on Death”, which opened with 106,000 copies back in November 2003, also debuting at #9 on the Charts, and has sold close to 600,000 copies to date.

Exodus – Support Acts Confirmed

Support acts have been confirmed for EXODUS‘ upcoming headlining North American tour:

April 15 ? Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street *
April 16 ? Hollywood, CA @ Key Club *
April 17 ? Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre *
April 19 ? Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre *
April 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
April 21 ? San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit *
April 22 ? Houston, TX @ Engine Room *
April 24 ? Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
April 25 ? Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade *
April 26 ? Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
April 27 ? Springfield, VA @ Jaxx **
April 28 ? Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance **
April 29 ? Worchester, MA @ The Palladium **
April 30 ? New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club ***
May 1 ? Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place *
May 2 ? Montreal, QC @ Medley
May 3 ? Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place *
May 4 ? Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade *
May 5 ? Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s *
May 6 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s *
May 7 ? Niles, MI @ White House *
May 8 ? Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *
May 9 ? Nashville, TN @ The Muse *
May 10 ? Chicago, IL @ Joe’s On Weed St. *
May 11 – Lansing, MI @ Temple Club *
May 12 ? Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central *
May 13 ? Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb *
May 14 ? Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre *
May 16 ? Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven *
May 17 ? Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza *
May 18 ? Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk *
May 19 ? San Francisco, CA @ The Pound *

*with Full Blown Chaos, The Classic Struggle
**with Cryptopsy, Immolation, Full Blown Chaos,
The Classic Struggle

***with Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Immolation,
Full Blown Chaos, Skinless, The Classic Struggle

Madball, Zao, etc. – “Under The Gun” Tour Dates Released

Dates have been released for Ferret’s “Under The Gun” tour featuring MADBALL, ZAO, REMEMBERING NEVER, SCARLET, and THE BANNER:

March 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
March 15 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
March 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
March 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar Lounge
March 18 – Buffalo, NY @ Showplace Theater
March 21 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
March 22 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
March 23 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
March 24 – Farmington, MO @ Center Stage
March 25 – Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
March 26 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
March 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
March 28 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
March 29 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 31 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
April 2 – W. Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
April 3 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
April 5 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse

Dog Fashion Disco – “Adultery” Release Show Announced

Maryland nu-metallers DOG FASHION DISCO have announced that they’ll be playing a special CD release show for their new album “Adultery” on March 31st at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD.

Celtic Frost – More North American Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for CELTIC FROST‘s upcoming North American headlining tour:

September 12 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 13 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 14 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 15 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 16 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
September 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
September 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
September 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
September 23 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 30 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
October 1 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
October 6 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
October 7 – Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 11 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre

The Sword – Confirm Tour with Early Man and Priestess

THE SWORD have announced a U.S. tour in support of their wildly-acclaimed debut album, Age of Winters. The dynamic, Austin, Texas-based quartet will team up with PRIESTESS and EARLY MAN to launch a six week U.S. tour beginning February 1 at the Khyber in Philadelphia, PA. The tour is scheduled to conclude March 11 in Hoboken, NJ with additional dates pending.

THE SWORD (guitarist / singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo) will issue “Age of Winters” on February 14 via Kemado Records. The album has been hailed as “the new classic-BLACK SABBATH platter you have been waiting forever for the old Sabs to make” by Rolling Stone, and the band has been named as one of Billboard Magazine’s 2006 “Faces to Watch”

The final track listing for Age of Winters is “Celestial Crown”, “Barael’s Blade”, “Freya”, “Winter’s Wolves” (roll out single and video), “The Horned Goddess”, “Iron Swan”, “Lament for the Aurochs”, “March of the Lor” and “Ebethron”.

Misery Index – Announce First Ever Puerto Rico Shows!

MISERY INDEX has just confirmed their first ever shows in Puerto Rico:

March 3 – Catano, Puerto Rico @ Sopranos – w/ You Will Suffer, Sacrificio, Wall Red Murder
March 4 – Quebradillas, Puerto Rico @ Galeon del Pirata – w/ Outbreak Hate, Infectoria, Dismal Divinity

The band would like to thank Killing Productions for putting the shows together. MISERY INDEX‘s new album is almost done and will see the light of day on Relapse Records in May. More dates with DISFEAR are expected shortly.

Yakuza – Schedule Listening Party and Record Release Shows

Chicago’s YAKUZA has lined up a listening party and record release show in anticipation of the release of the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, Samsara. The album, already named as one of Decibel magazine’s most anticipated albums of 2006, will see a stateside release on March 21.

In the meantime, folks intrigued by Yakuza’s mind-boggling melding of psychedelia, metal, jazz and prog-rock can hear Samsara‘s lead track, “Cancer of Industry,” on the Prosthetic Records website or on the band’s MySpace page. Cover art has recently been revealed and can be viewed at those locations as well.

The Samsara listening party will take place February 18 at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee, Wis., while the band will hold a record release show on March 25 at the Beat Kitchen in the band’s hometown of Chicago.

Metal Poet – Release “A Life So Cold” Album – Artwork by Eddie Mize

Michael Terrax has released the fourth album of metal-inspired poetry on metalpoet.com, titled “A Life So Cold”. Like earlier albums, this new collection showcases an individual lyrical style borne of years immersed in heavy music.

Thematically, Michael Terrax says that this collection is “about looking inwards, reflecting on past failures and loss, and seeking to find purpose when there appears to be none”. Once again, the lyrics follow a driving, metallic rhythm that propels the words forward.

The artwork for the album cover features a design by talented graphic artist Eddie Mize, who has contributed album covers for Steve Gaines’ ANGER AS ART. Eddie Mize, whose website showcases his extraordinary artistic work, has been creating emotionally evocative art for over 20 years.

Previous contributors to metalpoet.com have not gone unappreciated, as the Guest Artist area has been revamped to present images from artists that have helped develop Metal Poet’s vision from its launch to the present.

Michael Terrax invites visitors to “find the stories beneath the words” in this album, which has once more been shaped by a lifelong passion for metal.

Caliban, Sworn Enemy – Team Up For North American Tour

It appears that CALIBAN, SWORN ENEMY, ION DISSONANCE, and EMBRACE THE END will be teaming up for a North American tour. The first date to be released is:

May 24 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Meat Shits – Shows And Festivals Announced

California based “porno death goregrinders” the MEAT SHITS have lined up the following upcoming shows and festival appearances:

February 18 – Hollywood, CA @ Los Angeles Murder Fest
March 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Sudsy Malones (St. Patrick’s Day Massacre w/ Anal Cunt, Waco Jesus)
March 26 – Ceres, CA @ The Workshop w/ Embryonic Devourment
April 7 – Phoenix, AZ @ AZ Death Fest w/ Waco Jesus, XXX Maniak, Gutturul Secrete
April 8 – Juarez, MX @ Bombin w/ Waco Jesus
April 10 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Compound w/ Waco Jesus
April 13 – Tijuana, MX @ Doberman Bar w/ Waco Jesus
April 14 – North Hollywood, CA @ Studio S w/ Waco Jesus
April 15 – Ceres, CA @ The Workshop w/ Waco Jesus
May 19 – Mexico City, MX @ Massacre Fest
May 20 – Monterrey, MX @ Massacre Fest

Angtoria – Feat. Sarah Jezebel Deva of Cradle of Filth – Massive Update / More Guests, Tracklisting

ANGTORIA, featuring Sarah Jezebel Deva (CRADLE OF FILTH, etc.), has issued an update regarding their new album, which is set for release this Spring through Listenable Records – Sarah’s message which touches on new guests, the album’s tracklisting, and more is below:

“Finally we can reveal a track listing for the album “God Has A Plan For Us All” which is due for release around the end of April via Listenable Records.The track listing is more or less in its correct order but as you know, things change!”

- The awakening*
- I´m Calling
- God has a plan for us all
- Six feet under´s not deep enough
- Deity of disgust
- The Addiction*
- Suicide on my mind
- Do you see me now
- Original sin
- Hell have no fury like a woman scorned
- Confide in me
- That´s what the wise lady said

* Indicate tracks taken from the Torn Between Two Worlds demo,which was a “Movie Score” type project between Chris and I, that was released solely for record companies around 2003. They havent been changed too much from the original versions but have been re-recorded and some extra’s have been added!

“The album is still being mixed and it due to be mastered Feb 14th at CuttingRoom in Stockholm by Björn Engelmann who has a very impressive background and has done everything from RAMMSTEIN to IN FLAMES to SOILWORK to DIMMU BORGIR to WITHIN TEMPTATION.”

“Last but not least! A few more guests! Tony Könberg, a male singer/musician from Sundsvall, helped out with some choir parts.He has been part of several local bands for 20 years and is also a theater and musical performer. We used him on the Torn Between Two Worlds demo as well. He has an amazing low choir voice and this time just couldn`t do without him! Also Richard Andersson, who has been labeled the “Fastest Keyboard Player in the World” has participated on our album by laying down a keyboard solo on one of our songs! I had never heard anything like it in my life! A keyboard solo??? He is in strong demand and has a huge fan base of his own! He is known for bands like Majestic, Time Requiem and Space Odyssey.”

“Also, very soon, we will have the first ANGTORIA merchandise available. Hopefully in the next few weeks! The first merchandise that will be available is a one off limited edition version of a t-shirt and girlie shirt, designed by Paul from CoF. This initial limited edition design will be of course be followed by more merchandise and designs connected to the release of our album, but if you want to get your hands on this limited edition design, keep an eye open so you don´t miss it!”

Sepultura – Andreas Kisser Records Lead for ‘War Ensemble’ Cover

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser recently took time away from recording with ASESINO at Undercity Studios to record a guest lead on SILENT CIVILIAN‘s cover of the SLAYER track ‘War Ensemble’. The cover is set to appear on the as-of-yet titled SLAYER tribute album, which is set for a June 6th release through Mediaskare.

Impetigo – Classic Albums Re-Issued By Razorback!

Razorback Records has announced that they’ll be re-issuing the classic albums “Horror of the Zombies” and “Ultimo Mondo Cannibale” by goregrind legends IMPETIGO in special deluxe editions this summer. They’ll be remastered with bonus tracks and will include tons of art, liner notes, and more.

More information on the releases can be found here.

Kataklysm – Greek CD Release Party Scheduled

Nuclear Blast Records has scheduled a Greek release party for the new KATAKLYSM album, “In The Arms Of Devastation”. The event will take place on Friday, February 10, at Athens’ Texas Club. “In The Arms Of Devastation”, out February 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, is the follow up to the band’s 2004 release “Serenity In Fire”.

Tool – Playing Coachella Festival

According to the LA Times, TOOL will be joining the likes of DEPECHE MODE and FRANZ FERDINAND among others as part of the seventh edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will take over the small desert town of Indio, CA on April 29 and 30. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Sexcrement – 2nd Show Announced

Massachusetts based death metal supergroup SEXCREMENT, featuring members of GORATORY and TERMINALLY YOUR ABORTED GHOST, have lined up another show for next month:

February 8 – Providence, RI @ The Grow Room w/ Neuraxis
February 11 – Saratoga, NY @ The Pool Hall w/ Wasteform, Balls Deep

The band is expected to record with Darren Cesca (Goratory, Burn In Silence) shortly.

Cephalic Carnage – Part Ways With Bassist

CEPHALIC CARNAGE bassist Jawsh has announced his departure from the band with the following statement:

“Hello All!

Jawsh here. I got some bad news for you, especially the ladies, I’m out again! That’s right, I have decided to retire from the road. This has not been an easy decision to make, trust me, however, where I want to be in 10 years requires sacrifice. I gonna go back to school! But right now I have to work and save to get there. I will miss ALL of you out there, especially the friends that put us up, and put up with us over the years. I love all of you. To all of the friends in all the bands we’ve toured with, Thank you!! Thank you for the drunken, smoked out stories I have to tell for the rest of my humble like!! The memories! I’ve had a great time, but now I have to go and do some other shit, I have no attention span.

I am staying active in music, however. I work at a rock club called the Hi-Dive, play in Munimula, Stuntcock, and Carniceria, so that’s keeping me busy. Eventually I want to work for Dave Otero, (If you don’t know who he is, you will very soon.) but I gotta work for it.

For those looking for juicy gossip regarding this lifestyle change, sorry, there is none. We are all grownups. It sucks for all of us, but it’s unavoidable, so we accept it. We are all friends, and they understand what I have to do. Those guys took me around the world, I could never have hate for them. I love them. I loved this band for years before I joined, if they don’t sell out, I will love them for all time!

If you live in Denver, or find yourself visiting Denver, come into the Hi-Dive, I will buy you a shot of whiskey and we will go over stories and laugh!

As Always, Take Care, See you soon!

Jawsh”

You can check the official CEPHALIC CARNAGE web site for information on how you can try out for the band.