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TOXIC HOLOCAUST Join Black Tusk For A European Takeover


TOXIC HOLOCAUST will join forces sludge warriors/labelmates Black Tusk for a European campaign of live destruction this Summer. The mayhem begins in Denmark where the trio will systematically devastate Copenhagen before joining team Black Tusk, along with Hamburg doom-sludge quartet Downfall Of Gaia, to ravage eight cities through Germany, Belgium and France including an appearance at this year’s Hellfest.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST recently wrapped up a European tour with labelmates/death metal gore tacticians, Exhumed. In two weeks’ time, the band will be embarking on another lawless journey with blackened thrash powerhouse, Skeletonwitch, through Australia and New Zealand in support of their crushing Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length, released last year to the riotous approval of fans and media stateside and abroad.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST w/ Skeletonwitch
4/16/2014 The Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
4/17/2014 Bodega Bar – Wellington, NZ
4/18/2014 The Rosemont Hotel – Perth, AU
4/19/2014 Fowlers Live – Adelaide, AU
4/20/2014 Espy Gershwin Room – Melbourne, AU
4/21/2014 TBD – Byron Bay, AU
4/22/2014 The Basement – Canberra, AU
4/24/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
4/25/2014 Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, AU
4/26/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
4/27/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU

6/13/2104 Copenhell – Copenhagen, DK

w/ Black Tusk, Downfall Of Gaia
6/14/2104 Underground – Köln, DE
6/15/2104 Chez Heinz – Hannover, DE
6/16/2104 Bastard Club – Osnabrück ,DE
6/17/2104 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
6/18/2104 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE
6/19/2104 De Centrale – Gent,  BE
6/20/2104 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
6/21/2104 SkullFest – Wervik, BE

MISERY INDEX stream new track “The Calling”‏


MISERY INDEX have revealed the second new track titled “The Calling” from their forthcoming album ‘The Killing Gods‘. MISERY INDEX will see the release of ‘The Killing Gods‘ in May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide).

In addition to the track premiere, MISERY INDEX have also announced a new European tour alongside label-mates GORGUTS. The tour, which starts on April 24 in Madrid, will see both bands travel through Spain, Italy, France, and more before concluding on May 8 in Tilburg, where both bands will perform as part of this year’s “Neurotic Deathfest“. MISERY INDEX were also recently added to the main stage of this year’s Maryland Deathfest on May 25 in Baltimore, Maryland. The band also recently announced a special live date as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest pre-show, on May 21. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

MISERY INDEX tour dates with GORGUTS:
24 Apr 14 Barroselas (PT) SWR Festival
25 Apr 14 Madrid (ES) Shoko
26 Apr 14 Murcia (ES) Garaje
27 Apr 14 Barcelona (ES) Razz3
28 Apr 14 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo
29 Apr 14 Brescia (IT) Circo Colony
30 Apr 14 Wien (AT) Escape
01 May 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
02 May 14 Lyss (CH) Kulturfabrik
03 May 14 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin4
04 May 14 Tilburg (NL) Neurotic Deathfest

5/21-25/14 Maryland Deathfest

Nocturnal Breed releases “Napalm Nights” today on Agonia Records; Full album streaming on Soundcloud‏


Norwegian blackened thrash metal act, Nocturnal Breed, has released its fifth studio album, Napalm Nights, today in North America on Agonia Records. Featuring 10 brand new tracks recorded at Killer Studio (Norway) in 2012 and 2013, Napalm Nights marks Nocturnal Breed’s triumphant return after a seven year silence. The band, which possesses present and past members of Satyricon, Aeternus and Gehenna, welcomes back original guitarist I. Maztor to the mix, once again producing a punch of epic old school thrash metal with a seething rock and roll undercurrent. In addition to a special guest appearance by Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto on vocals, former guitarist, A.E. Rattlehead, returns for a guest appearance of his own.

This week only, Napalm Nights is streaming in its entirety on Soundcloud. Check out a preview track The Devil Swept The Ruins below.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Announces (worst possible) 2014 Artist Line-Up‏


Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count Featuring IceT, SuicideSilence, Emmure, MissMay I, Mushroomhead and Many, Many More! (With the possible exception of Cannibal Corpse, Body Count, and Veil Of Maya I couldn’t think of a worse line-up. They may as well go all-in and book ICP as well. I hope this is an elaborate April Fools ruse, but I know better.)

The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse (read: shitty) lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages – the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music – including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as KornAsking Alexandria and Trivium. (That’s literally four to five straight hours of shit.) The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May IMushroomheadTexas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning BodyVeil of MayaDarkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill NinoWretchedIslander, and Erimha.

The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th. If you are a masochist or just have straight up awful taste, dates are below.

7/5 – CA – San Bernardino – San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 – CA – Mountain View (San Francisco) – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 – WA – Auburn (Seattle) – White River Amphitheatre
7/9 – ID – Boise – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 – AZ – Phoenix – Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 – NM – Albuquerque – Isleta Amphitheatre
7/14 – CO – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 – MO – St. Louis – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 – MI – Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 – WI – Milwaukee – Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 – IN – Indianapolis – Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 – IL – Chicago – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 – MA – Mansfield (Boston) – Xfinity Center
7/23 – NY – Saratoga – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 – ON – Toronto (Canada) – Molson Amphitheatre
7/26 – PA – Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) – First Niagra Pavilion
7/27 – CT – Hartford – Xfinity Theatre
7/29 – NY – Darien Center – Darien Lake
7/30 – NY – Wantagh – Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 – NJ – Camden (Philadelphia, PA) – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 – PA – Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 – VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) – Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 – GA – Atlanta – Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/7 – OK – Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 – TX – Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 – TX – The Woodlands (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Main Stage and Second Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T and Emmure, no King 810)

IRON REAGAN Presents Free Spoiled Identity EP; Band To Tour With Ghoul And Occultist‏


In conjunction with Decibel Magazine, crossover maniacs and recent Relapse signees,IRON REAGAN, today announce the release of their Spoiled Identity EP available now for free through the official IRON REAGAN Bandcamp page. Mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), the EP hammers through thirteen riotous numbers in about seven minutes. Spoiled Identity will also be available as a 7″ EP as part of Decibel’s ongoing Flexi Disc series.

In related news, IRON REAGAN is days away from a solid month of live takeovers with Ghoul and Occultist. See a complete list of dates below.

IRON REAGAN Live Takeover 2014 w/ Occultist
4/02/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond VA
4/04/2014 Macrock Festival – Harrisonburg, VA
4/05/2014 The End – 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 Gino’s – Salt Lake City, UT
4/23/2014 Moe’s – Denver, CO
4/24/2014 Replay Lounge – 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

MESHUGGAH North American tour dates


MESHUGGAH are returning to North America this summer to celebrate their 25th year of musical deviance. Opening for them (on all but the two festival dates) will be Between The Buried And Me.

MESHUGGAH aim to play a very special 25th Anniversary set by performing selections from their entire discography & possibly include some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years. Fans have the opportunity to vote for the songs they want to hear via MESHUGGAH’s online song poll:

MESHUGGAH – 25 Years of Deviance tour dates
06/06/14   The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
06/07/14   The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
06/09/14   Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
06/11/14   House of Blues – Dallas, TX
06/13/14   Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
06/14/14   Pop?s ? Sauget, IL
06/15/14   Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
06/17/14   The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
06/18/18   House of Blues – Boston, MA
06/19/14   Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
06/20/14   Amnesia Rock Fest – Montebello, QC – CANADA
06/21/14   Best Buy Theater – New York, NY

EYEHATEGOD Announces Additional Album Details


New Orleans’ disciples of hardcore, blues-based, post-amplified audio wreckage, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to unleash their long-anticipated new studio recording later this Spring. Set for North American release via Housecore Records, the domestic version of the self-titled offering will come in a CD digipack while the LP will be a single slab of vinyl in a gatefold jacket. The first pressing will be limited to 1600 copies and made available in the following colors:

- Black (600 copies)
- Purple (300 copies)
- Clear (400 copies)
- Purple and Grey (300 copies)

Eyehategod Track Listing:
1. Agitation! Propaganda!
2. Trying To Crack The Hard Dollar
3. Parish Motel Sickness
4. Quitter’s Offensive
5. Nobody Told Me
6. Worthless Rescue
7. Framed To The Wall
8. Robitussin And Rejection
9. Flags And Cities Bound
10. Medicine Noose
11. The Age Of Bootcamp

Preorder packages including various CD, LP and T-shirt bundles are currently available via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION.

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ARCH ENEMY reveals artwork, track-listing for ‘War Eternal’

Arch Enemy War Eternal

Extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu, who previously worked with Michael Amott on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ re-issue of their self-titled debut.

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: “I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we’ve been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who’s work I’ve admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he’s delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we’ve ever had with ARCH ENEMY!”

ARCH ENEMY’s upcoming album, War Eternal, was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the official video for the album’s title track, created by Patric Ullaeus:

War Eternal track-listing (standard edition)
1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
11. Avalanche
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World (more…)

Thrash Legends EXODUS Issue First Studio Update!

Exodus on Tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 + Rock On The Range + Heavy Montreal

Exodus on Tour with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 + Rock On The Range + Heavy Montreal

San Francisco’s veteran thrashers EXODUS have entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap to record their eleventh studio album. Guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following update:

“We are well into drum tracks; everything is going super smooth and Tom [Hunting] is just killing it! Best drum sound this band has ever laid down – sounds just simply pummeling! Only one more song and some B sides to go, then we go through things and make sure everything is up to par, and then time for guitars! Can’t wait to add the crunch to these monsters. This is gonna be so goddamned heavy it ain’t even funny! We couldn’t be more stoked and pleased with how this record is coming along! Bludgeoning!”


EXODUS performed at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL in San Francisco in early February. This May, they?ll play six shows as direct support to Slayer with openers SUICIDAL TENDENCIES before joining Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock at this year’s Rock On The Range festival. On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. (more…)

SEPTICFLESH unveil second ‘Titan’ webisode; new album set for June 24 release‏


Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have unveiled a second behind-the-scenes look at the making of their upcoming Prosthetic debut “Titan,” which will be released in North America on June 24. In this episode, follow drummer Fotis Benardo during his tracking session.

As previously reported, “Titan“ will consist of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory, Cavalera Conspiracy). More information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

SEPTICFLESH will next venture to Australia with Fleshgod Apoclaypse in May.

5/14       Brisbane, AU – The Hi Fi  #
5/15       Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live #
5/16       Melbourne, AU – The Hi Fi #
5/17       Sydney, AU – Manning Bar #
5/18       Perth, AU – Amplifier #
# with Fleshgod Apocalypse

MIASMAL premieres new track, “Until The Last”; reveals details for upcoming album, ‘Cursed Redeemer’‏


Gothenburg’s MIASMAL have launched the first track from their upcoming album, Cursed Redeemer, due out April 21st in Europe and May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. Check out “Until The Last” below.

Recorded in no more than 7 days with Fredrik Nordström at the mighty Studio Fredman (AT THE GATES, OPETH, WOLFPACK, AGRIMONIA, MARTYRDOD), MIASMAL’s sophomore effort, Cursed Redeemer, continues the band’s aim of unleashing crust/death metal upon the masses.

April 5 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Truckstop Alaska
(“Death Comes Ripping!” Show with MORBUS CHRON and VAMPIRE)

CYNIC announce Soundrop chat, new festival dates‏


CYNIC have announced a Soundrop chat session with founder/guitarist Paul Masvidal on Wednesday, March 26th at 6 pm EST/ 3 pm PST. Masvidal will discuss their recently released new album ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us‘ as well as future CYNIC plans.

In addition to the Soundrop session, CYNIC recently announced two North American Festival dates. The first date will see the band perform in Los Angeles, CA as part of “United We Stand Festival” on May 10. Following their stateside appearance, CYNIC will then trek to Canada for an exclusive performance as part of Heavy Montreal festival in early August. Tour dates and more information about these festivals can be found below.

CYNIC tour dates
5/10 Los Angeles, CA @ United We Stand Festival
8/8-10 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal

Lacerated Enemy Records re-launches Konkeror’s debut

Konkeror has made a mark with its unique brand of atmospheric and progressive Death Metal, rife with activity and enthusiasm. Lacerated Enemy Records is set to release the band’s debut album which is evidently the next level in the evolution of this style, encompassing all elements that makes this style great, keeping it vicious, melodic and brutal, all at once. Konkeror is that kind of band.

Konkeror’s Lacerated Enemy Records version will be promoted thoroughly around the world, will feature bonus tracks including a Bolt Thrower cover, not to mention brand new artwork specially for this release which will be on CD format, limited edition Digipack and will have renewed Digital distribution worldwide.

LACUNA COIL announce special CD Release party

LACUNA COIL announce special CD Release party

LACUNA COIL announce special CD Release party

Lacuna Coil have announced a special ‘Broken Crown Halo’ CD release party / headline show in Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy on April 1st.There are no advance tickets for the show, fans must buy a copy of the new CD at The Roxy on April 1 to gain admission to see Lacuna Coil perform live! Come out and celebrate with us!

“Die & Rise” from ‘Broken Crown Halo’

3/24/14 @ Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/25/14 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
3/27/14 @ Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/28/14 @ The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/29/14 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
3/30/14 @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
4/1/14 @ The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

4/2/14 @ Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
4/4/14 @ The Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX
4/5/14 @ Malls Of America – San Antonio, TX
4/6/14 @ Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX
4/8/14 @ Juanitas Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
4/9/14 @ Strange Brew – Shreveport, LA
4/11/14 @ Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL

4/12/14 @ Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando,FL

4/14/14 @ Exit/In – Nashville,TN
4/16/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
4/17/14 @ Austin’s – Libertyville, IL
4/18/14 @ POV’s – Spring Lake Park, MN

98 ROCKFEST 2014:
4/25/14 @ Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL

4/26/14 @ Jet Blue Park – Ft.Meyers,FL

4/27/14 @ Metropolitan – Jacksonville, FL

L.A. Rockers THE CHIMPZ Announce PledgeMusic Campaign to Fund New EP

Fusing Hard Rock, Metal and Hip-Hop Influences to Create a High-Energy Sound and Live Show

Fusing Hard Rock, Metal and Hip-Hop Influences to Create a High-Energy Sound and Live Show

“… The Chimpz are one hot band…  ”Who Can I Trust” is a phenomenal album.”

- Our City Radio, Minneapolis

“The Chimpz could singlehandedly resurrect the rap-metal genre.”

- HardRockHaven

“The Chimpz ride a fine line of rocking fun sound and songs with meaning and purpose. Even at their most serious, you’re going to enjoy their music.”

- TastesLikeRock

“A brilliant listen.”

- Metal Shock Finland, review of 2011 EP “Who I Can Trust”

For many years, Southern California has been recognized in the music world for pushing out some of the most potent hard rock, metal, hip-hop music, and even more so for boasting some artists with the skill to combine these genres to create a unique style that sets them apart from the pack.

THE CHIMPZ are one of these artists, continuing the tradition of classic metal and hip-hop fusion. Not only has the band impressed enough to gain a large following of loyal fans across the country, but has garnered the distinct attention of companies like Jagermeister, Schecter Guitar Research, Sabian, and television networks like FX and MTV (the band’s music has been featured on shows like Sons Of Anarchy, Real World, and Bam Margera’s Unholy Union). The band also recently released their brand new single, ‘War Machine’.

With all of this budding attention, THE CHIMPZ are ready to take the next step. They recently released their Who Can I Trust EP to great reviews, so now with their impending visit to Validus Recording Studios with producer Ryan Greene (NOFXBad Religion) to record their next offering, the band is reaching out to fans to become a part of the journey.

THE CHIMPZ have kicked off their first PledgeMusic campaign to help fund their new EP, which also serves as a pre-order. Fans (or as they’ve branded, The Chimpz Nation) can choose from several donation options ranging from album downloads, signed CDs, guest appearing in a music video, VIP show tickets and beyond, to merch packages, Skype lessons, signed guitars or a full band house concert! Check out all of the options and pledge here:

THE CHIMPZ have been touring consistently since their inception, playing shows like the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar FestivalSeattle Hemp FestOrange County FairLane County FairWhiskey a Go GoHouse of Blues, and other great venues. THE CHIMPZ have several upcoming shows in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma, including the band?s second performance at ROCKLAHOMA via Axis Entertainment! See below for all currently booked dates

THE CHIMPZ – Upcoming Events:

3-26-2014        North Hollywood, CA @ Skinny’s Lounge

3-30-2014        Hollywood , CA @ Loaded                        

4-05-2014        Fullerton, CA @ Slide Bar

4-25-2014        Scottsdale, AZ @ Electric Ballroom – The Chimpz CD Release party!

4-26-2014        San Diego, CA @ The Merrow

5-17-2014        Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad

5-21-2014        Tulsa, OK @ The Hunt Club

5-24-2014        Pryor, OK @ ROCKLAHOMA

8-1-2014          Frasier Park, CA @ Fiesta Days Festival

THE CHIMPZ sponsors include Jagermeister, Sabian Cymbals, Schecter Guitars, Sullen Clothing, Coffin Case, Equation Audio, Bogner Amps, Xcel Drumsticks, Audio 2000′s, and Outlaw Threadz.



Polish extreme metallers VADER have revealed the new artwork created by a true legend of visuals Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD, KRISIUN) for the band’s twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, be released in North America later this year.

VADER frontman & guitarist Peter W. states: “Joe is a legend! Not just because he created the MOTÖRHEAD logo and breathtaking artworks for many outstanding albums. Joe is timeless and his imagination touches Hell itself.  This is enough reason to ask him to paint a hellfire  for VADER’s new music. He accepted the job…and made me so proud!”

Artist Joe Petagno adds: “VADER have been on my ‘get in touch’ list for years. Finally we managed it, and for a killer album very appropriately titled: TIBI ET IGNI.”

TIBI ET IGNI was recorded in at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawski.

BENEATH: New Lyric Video From Icelandic Death Dealers


Celebrate your Friday with the scalding sounds of “Chalice,” the latest canticle of cruelty from Iceland-based death metal miscreants, BENEATH. The tune comes off the band’s alarming sophomore full-length, The Barren Throne, set to drop via Unique Leader Records next month.

Formed in the winter of 2007/2008, the members of BENEATH have all been active in the Icelandic metal scene for some years. In February 2010, BENEATH released their debut Hollow Empty Void EP on Mordbrann Musikk which landed them a union with Unique Leader Records. The follow-up to 2012′s Enslaved By Fear, The Barren Throne is BENEATH’s first release with new vocalist, Benedikt Natanael Bjarnason, who joined the lineup in June 2013. The album’s massive production was achieved by the Wieslawski brothers of famed Hertz Studios in Poland (Behemoth, Dead Infection, Vader, Decapitated), and the album artwork once again sanctioned to the masterful Raymond Swanland. The Barren Throne will be released worldwide on April 29th.

ARCH ENEMY presents title track from upcoming album, ‘War Eternal’‏


As announced earlier this week, extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY have introduced a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian act THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on the band’s management. Now it’s time to present the new line-up with the title track of the upcoming album, War Eternal.

ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan in early June 2014. ARCH ENEMY will start their War Eternal world tour in May with an extensive run through Europe. A US tour is planned for fall 2014.

23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5, Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L’Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost’, Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

DEAD IN THE MANGER Unveils First Song from Transience EP


Just a few weeks after the first public knowledge of new blackened grind act DEAD IN THE MANGER the first pummeling audio from this obscure act is now playing. Released today via 20 Buck Spin is the third of six movements from their debut Transience EP, simply titled III.

20 Buck Spin will release Transience on MLP and digital formats in North America on April 29th and in Europe on May 2nd, to be followed later in 2014 by DEAD IN THE MANGER’s debut LP, with more information to follow shortly.

BLOODLET: A389 To Issue 1995 WFMU Radio Session With Unreleased Track For Record Store Day‏


Following initial announcements on three exclusive titles for Record Store Day 2014 — splits from Full Of Hell/Psywarfare, Noisem/Occultist and Integrity/VegasA389 Recordings confirms one more special platter for release that day, in the form of a full BLOODLET radio set from the mid 1990′s.

After culling the defunct BLOODLET out of nonexistence for an exclusive reunion in January, in conjunction with the release of an unreleased mid-90s single in the form of the “Embrace” 7″ and a remastered version of their seminal Entheogen album on 2xLP, the Live On WFUM-FM 12″ was recorded at longtime North New Jersey underground music station, WFMU. The killer performance took place on March 23rd, 1995 as BLOODLET exploded from a swamp-born entity into a widely-respected and explosively original entity who was carving their own incredible slice into the virtually brand new metalcore scene.

Live On WFUM-FM captures a crucial collection of early versions of some of BLOODLET’s best material, including alternate arrangements and different vocals. Included are the tracks “CPAI-75,” “Shell,” “Brainchild,” “Something Wicked,” “Cherubim, “The Triumph” and the unreleased “Canker” as a mid-set surprise, the recording unearthed from the personal collection of Will Tarrant of Chainsaw Safety Records. The songs have recently been mastered by Audiosiege and had artwork created by Aaron Turner (Isis/Hydrahead), and will see release on limited 12″ vinyl for Record Store Day. Fans are urged to contact their local participating record outlet to secure physical product of all four of these A389 specials and all other RSD-exclusive releases in advance.

MAYHEM announce new album, titled ‘Esoteric Warfare’‏


Legendary Norwegian black metal legends (This is a copy and paste straight from a Season Of Mist press release. They used the phrase legendary legends, not us.) MAYHEM have announced new details of their new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare‘. MAYHEM will see the release of ‘Esoteric Warfare‘ on May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide). The album will be available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats.

WHITECHAPEL Premiere New Song


Returning with their fifth full-length album, WHITECHAPEL has released another new song from Our Endless War titled “Mono“. Our Endless War will be released April 29th in North America via Metal Blade Records.

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.

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

MAYHEM announce European headlining tour‏


Legendary Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have announced a headlining European tour. The tour kicks off in Germany at Hamburg’s famous Markthalle, and will continue through ten countries before concluding in Denmark’s capital København at Pumpehuset. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

MAYHEM 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 recently announced the release of a vinyl 7″ single, titled ‘Psywar‘. The “Psywar” 7″ is backed by “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.

MAYHEM tour dates
5/14 Hamburg (DE) @ Markthalle
5/16 Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
5/17  Köln (DE) @ Essigfabrik
5/18  Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
5/20  Bruxelles (BE) @ AB
5/21  London (GB) @ Electric Ballroom
5/22  Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
5/23  Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
5/24  Milan (IT) @ Factory
5/26  Bratislava (SK) @ Randal
5/27  München (DE) @ Backstage Club
5/28  Berlin (DE) @ C-Club
5/29  Warsaw (PL) @ Proxima
5/30  Plzen (CZ) @ Metalfest Open Air Festival
5/31  København (DK) @ Pumpehuset
8/8  Øya (NO) @ Tøyenparken (Øya Festival

TRIPTYKON announce Special Limited Edition box set‏


Triptykon and Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records are proud to announce a special limited edition box set of the band’s second album, Melana Chasmata, containing the album’s main Mediabook CD edition as well as a selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia. The Melana Chasmata Mediabook features a 32-page booklet and an additional 12-panel fold-out cross-booklet; the paraphernalia comprises a silver Triptykon “T” necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster, and 3 postcards.The box set will be limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

PRONG to Release 7″ Single For Record Store Day 2014‏


On April 19th PRONG will release an exclusive 7″ single for the “Record Store Day” celebration in the USA with the new track “Turnover” on side A and a Pig Remix of “Revenge Best Served Cold” by Raymond Watts on Side B.

The single is limited to 3,000 copies and comes in green marbled vinyl. The worldwide digital release of this single is April 21st! PRONG will take care of their European fans by selling this 7″ inch single during their European tour that kicks off on March 26th in Essen and ends on April 20th in Stockholm. In addition, the first 100 fans to show up at the venue will receive a free 2 track cardboard sleeve CD. This CD contains another new track from the upcoming album “Ruining Lives” and a track from their celebrated 2012 album “Carved Into Stone“.

The new album “Ruining Lives” will be released through Steamhammer/SPV 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 that includes 1 bonus track and a poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard CD version and download.

PRONG Live 2014
26.03. D-Essen – Turock
27.03. NL-Haarlem – Patronaat
28.03. NL-Roermond – ECI Cultuurfabriek
29.03. B-Antwerp – Trix
30.03. GB-London – Underworld
01.04. GB-Glasgow – Cathouse
02.04. GB-Manchester – Sound Control
03.04. GB-Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
04.04. F-Paris – Nouveau Casino
05.04. D-Cologne – Luxor
06.04. D-Karlsruhe – Substage
08.04. D-Saarbrücken – Garage
09.04. CH-Aarau – Kiff
10.04. D-Munich – Backstage
11.04. A-Vienna – Szene
12.04. CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice
13.04. PL-Krakow – Kwadrat Club
15.04. D-Berlin Lido
16.04. D-Bremen – Tower
17.04. D-Hamburg – Knust
18.04. DK-Copenhagen – Vega
19.04. SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
20.04. SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand

22.07. I-Milano – Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
01.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air
08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

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