As 20 Buck Spin prepares to release Darkness Evermore, the sophomore full-length from Portland-based NIGHTFELL, the label has issued the cover art, track listing and confirmed vinyl release date for the anxiously awaited album.
NIGHTFELL is the tumultuous project founded by Todd Burdette (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Warcry) and Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Sempiternal Dusk, Saturnalia Temple), who here forge their perceptions into a harsh, epic, and wholly different delivery than any of either artists’ prior or other current bands. Surging with bleak viewpoints lyrically, matched by the seething aggression of each song’s brooding misery, the follow-up to their 2014-issued The Living Ever Mourn displays NIGHTFELL’s wrath in an even more slickly-deployed state. On the potent Darkness Evermore, the duo unloads a more than forty-minute deluge of new material through six demoralizing new tracks recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan “Maus” Mersky and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, as with their debut.
20 Buck Spin will issue Darkness Evermore on CD and digital platforms on September 11th, with the 12″ LP now confirmed for an October 23rd street date. The track listing for the record along with its cover art created from paintings by Carl Auge (His Hero Is Gone) has been issued in advance of its release.
Upon the release of Darkness Evermore, NIGHTFELL will transform from a studio-only duo into a roaming entity, taking their threatening anthems to the stage on tour for the first time with additional allies filling out the live lineup. Additional info on this incarnation of the band, audio samples from the LP and more will be dispatched in the coming days.
Darkness Evermore Track Listing:
1. At Last
In 2014, Portland’s NIGHTFELL stormed decisively onto the worldwide metal scene with their forceful debut album The Living Ever Mourn, released through Southern Lord and Parasitic Records. Having since further fortified their ominous fusion of shadowed disharmony, the band now marches forward with Darkness Evermore, a commanding display of power, tension and dynamics. Again defying easy classification, Darkness Evermore seethes with NIGHTFELL’s fiery, apocalyptic energy from the opening moments of “At Last” until the final “Collapse” and through the cycle of “The Cleansing” and “Rebirth” in between. Ranging from short respites to more than ten minute epic pieces, the album’s blackened guitar harmonies and bleak melodies provide a somber counterpoint to the massive, imposing riffs strewn about the record like bodies on a war torn field. Unsurprisingly considering the primary members’ other musical outlets, the immense ferocity of the vocals exact a heavy toll and agonizing dread. As on the debut LP great care has been taken on the production and mastering side of Darkness Evermore to ensure a brutally heavy mix with a punishing low end that maintains clarity throughout. Poised to make the shift from studio project to live band in the coming months, NIGHTFELL’s second LP signals a new birth for a band only beginning to make its indelible mark.
Following their maiden trip across the Pacific last year, Australia’s gruesome twosome, DEAD, has washed back onto US soil for another putrid invasion of our Western shores, with a month-long tour beginning this evening. In celebration of the new expedition, the band has unveiled their impressive new major budget “Nakaken” video, hailing from their latest LP, Captains Of Industry.
DEAD, our favorite downunder bass-and-drums duo, kicks out the noise jams once again, motherfuckers. Captains Of Industry, their third LP, beats you about the head with stripped-down but mighty mind-melters, the occasional respite via ambient experimental pieces. Continuing along their trajectory to nowhere, Captains… has all that palpable DEAD energy, up in your face with a wry smile, battering away. The recording by Toshi Kasai captures their unholy marriage of sharp bass riffage and hardcore drum acrobatics punctuated by shout-along vocal bursts. Brown Noise Unit reports, in an early review of the album, “Not content with aping their heroes, DEAD are a band with something to say, and they say it loud on Captains Of Industry. Fans of heavy, inventive music-don’t miss out on this one.”
DEAD has released their first official video for the new LP with the complex storyline of “Nakaken.” Named after their comrade in Japanese band, Cyberne, the video delivers the seventh of the nine rampant rippers on Captains Of Industry with a dazzling overdose of maximum visual impact.
Uncage DEAD’s mighty “Nakaken” video.
Having just slayed their native continent on tour with Black Cobra and Jucifer, the DEAD duo is back in the US this week, beginning a month-long Western America tour TODAY. The first phase of the tour sees the band alongside House Of Lightning and Wrong for a week-and-a-half of shows, ending just before the band raids Total Fest once again, for the final incarnation of the festival this year. Following Total Fest, DEAD will go rogue, performing with the likes of Gay Witch Abortion, Big Business, Vaz, Hot Victory, Rabbits, Prizehog, Towers, Volumen, Lazarus Long, Drunk Dad, Elephant Rifle and many others for the remainder of the trek before smoldering to a finale in Los Angeles where the tour began, the final show on September 3rd.
Stand by for additional updates in the near future, as DEAD was also just back in the studio again with Toshi Kasai, recording the follow-up to Captains Of Industry.
DEAD US Tour Dates:
8/03/2015 All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/04/2015 Que Sera – Long Beach, CA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/05/2015 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/06/2015 TBA – El Paso, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/07/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/08/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/09/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/10/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/11/2015 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
8/12/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ House Of Lightning, Wrong
Last week, American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD released their groundbreaking seventh full length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, via Epic Records. The numbers are in, and the proof that metal is truly alive and well lies within the album?s incredible #2 first week debut on the U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts. Additionally, the album has charted extremely well internationally, surpassing the chart numbers for the band?s last album in every territory.
#1 debut (last album Resolution debuted at #2)
#2 (Resolution was #3)
#7* (Resolution was #19), #1 Indie, #1 Rock (This is the band and label’s first Top Ten in the UK)
#12 (Resolution was #37)
#13 (Resolution was #56)
#13 (Resolution was #36)
#3 (Resolution was #5)
#11 (Resolution was #12)
#19 (Resolution was #21)
#23 (Resolution was #61)
#25, #1 Indie (Resolution was #41)
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Remaining Dates
LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White
8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
8/22 – Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center ? NO SLIPKNOT
8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Visit these upcoming record signings to get your copy of VII: Sturm Und Drang signed by the band at these locations:
8/5 – Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ
8/29 – Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ
?Although there?s plenty of LAMB OF GOD?s trademark guitar chug and Olympics-level drumming, the eerier moments (see the jailhouse tale ?512?) and unexpected guests (including members of Deftones and the Dillinger Escape Plan) show a group that?s thirsty to evolve beyond its own established patterns.? ? Kory Grow, Rolling Stone
??LAMB OF GOD have made one of their most alluring albums in years.? ? Grayson Currin, Pitchfork
?”VII: Sturm und Drang”, for all of its polish and bows to melody, is one of the fiercest albums they’ve ever laid down? This album is a full-on purge and if you can relate, “VII: Sturm und Drang” will get you off in more ways than one.? ? Ray Van Horn Jr., Blabbermouth.net
??their much-ballyhooed seventh album arrives sounding like a band reborn? their best album in more than a decade.? ? Adrien Begrand, Decibel Magazine
?LAMB OF GOD’s return with VII: Sturm und Drang [Epic Records] is a flawless fire and brimstone blast. This is heavy music forged in flames of raw emotion and experience in the most unbridled manner. The group? carve out a rapturously heavy and unsettlingly hypnotic space that’s easy to fall into. This is the band’s most simultaneously atomic and atmospheric body of work to date.? ? Rick Florino, ArtistDirect.com
?From the brooding dynamics of ?Overlord? and ?Embers? to the more expected savagery of ?Erase This? and ?Delusion Pandemic?, LAMB OF GOD sound more focused than ever here, and thoroughly deserving of their status as one of metal?s biggest bands.? ? Dom Lawson, The Guardian
?The band’s newest work finds them continuing to find the fine balance between sinister thrash and metallic catchiness on standout tracks like “Overlord” and “Erase This?.? ? Jason Roche, OC Weekly
??another solid addition to the LAMB OF GOD catalogue.? – Bradley Zorgdrager, Exclaim! Magazine
Recently, LAMB OF GOD released their official music videos for ?Overlord? and ?512?, both directed by Jorge Torres-Torres
ABOUT LAMB OF GOD:
Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake ? having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band?s first major release, 2000?s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, ?The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.?
In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track ?Redneck?. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks ?Set to Fail? and ?In Your Words?, both cut from Wrath (CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band?s track ?Ghost Walking?, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). Now, on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece is poised to prove their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal ? a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.
Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe?s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and upcoming book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.
Los Angeles based Metal band The Augments Project have released their “Awaken” music video off their new EP of the same name, available now through Bandcamp. The video was written by Jimmy Trigger, directed by Jimmy Trigger & Brian Cox, and filmed and edited by Brian Cox. The track is also available for free download on the band’s Reverb Nation page.
Watch The Augments Project “Awaken” Music Video Below:
The track “Awaken” was the first song we all wrote together, so it holds special weight for us all. The ideology of the band is for us all to shine in our skill sets, and I think that happened. The result: something fresh & new but hinting that old skool influence. “Awaken” is an aggressive song, that got me to delve into emotions that I haven’t visited in quite a while. The song deals with the turmoil’s of life and doing our best to succeed regardless. There are a lot of metaphors in each song, but some are very real (Take this noose around my neck that binds me to my lives regrets). You can decide, I guess. The end result should always be a PMA view point, or PMMA (positive mental motherfuckin attitude) as i say. – Jimmy Trigger (The Augments Project)
About The Augments Project:
The Augments Project brings together captivating vocal melodies, accompanied by brutal heavy grooves and razor sharp instrumental precision and accuracy.
Produced and engineered by its members, THE AUGMENTS PROJECT merges the familiar sounds of modern day progressive metal and rock with an electronic twist.
From the opening track “Awaken” the group performs an almost mechanical introduction of blistering guitars and thunderous drums followed by a throat tearing first verse, letting the listener know immediately that play time is over.
Irish Born Jimmy Trigger (We Are The Riot, Switchpin) known for his work with supergroup “We Are The Riot” (featuring members of Coal Chamber Meegs and Mikey Cox) delivers an amazing level of diversity with each breath!!! With a range that could only be matched by the efforts of several vocalists, Jimmy sends a message of positivity, strength and empowerment. aka PMMA positive mental motherfkin attitude)
Accompanying his vocal efforts is Matt, the groups multitalented keyboard and programming specialist. Matt brings the electronic world to life in every song, and takes on the vocal duties where he’s needed.
Bringing the thick and immense low end to the groups sound and also taking on vocal duties is none other than Frankie Sil (previously of Static X) who’s eccentric and radical look is matched by his aggressive performance abilities and spectacular musicianship. Frankie’s work with more contemporary rock groups brings to the table a “more approachable” idea when it comes to the song writing process, leaving the listeners ears pleased and thirsty for more.
Manning the helm behind the percussive department is Josh Alves (Sisters Ov the Blackmoon) Josh plays a game of pick up sticks, take no prisoners!!! With a musical range that starts with rock and blues and ends with 300bpm + death metal, Josh delivers each hit as if it were a gavel stroke condemning the listener to a life sentence!!!
Last but not least we come to Johnny Death (Previously of Before The Mourning, The Kill Corps) the 7 string gunslinger displays a finger blistering array of crushing grooves and melodic leads that compliment and drive the sound home!!!
The Augments Project bases its origins from music itself, as the very name means to contribute to and make greater!!! This powerful lineup of skilled musicians delivers an impactful and massive sound that will leave you anxious for more!!!
FATES WARNING to Release Deluxe Reissue Deluxe Version of Classic Album “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” October 2nd Via
Metal Blade Record
Progressive Metal legends FATES WARNING will be releasing 3 CD/DVD deluxe reissue of their critically acclaimed 1997 release “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” October 2nd on Metal Blade Records. “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.
This all encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of “We Only Say Goodbye” and a studio cover version of the Scorpions “In Trance”. The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”. Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”. The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band’s 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Friday August 6th.
FATES WARNING will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Exclusive VIP Packages are available for all shows and can be purchased HERE. There are two different VIP Packages, the first includes a chance to watch the band’s sound check, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate. The second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a SIGNEDcopy of the deluxe reissue of “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? July 27th, 2015 ? Los Angeles, CA ? Seether has announced their final headlining tour of the year, a 19-city jaunt that keeps the hard rocking outfit on the road through October 2015. Joining Seether will be special guests Saint Asonia. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Friday, July 31st. The tour news was announced today exclusively by Loudwire, who will also partner with Seether to give away a one-of-a-kind guitar signed by the band. For more info, visit:http://loudwire.com/seether-fall-2015-tour-saint-asonia-signed-guitar-giveaway/
Seether has been working nonstop since the release of their critically acclaimed 2014 album Isolate and Medicate, which has now sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The singles, ?Words As Weapons? and ?Same Damn Life? took hold of rock radio this past year, each spending several weeks in the Top 5 with ?Words As Weapons? reaching #1. Most recently, Seether released an ambitious and thought-provoking interactive video for their current radio smash ?Nobody Praying For Me?. Created by Seether front man Shaun Morgan and video director, Sherif Higazy, the clip (premiered by The Huffington Post) offers several differing points of view in the ongoing debate over abusive police brutality and tactics in America. The video?s prevailing message is displayed in its final shot: ?It?s critical to be critical.? Read an interview with Shaun and watch the video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/30/seether-police-brutality_n_7691514.html
Saint Asonia was formed when former Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier received a call out of the blue from Staind lead guitarist Mike Mushok in 2014. Tapping the talents of mutual friends, drummer Rich Beddoe [ex-Finger Eleven] and bassist/background vocalist Corey Lowery [Dark New Day, Stereomud, Eye Empire], the lineup formally solidified. By the beginning of 2015, their initial three-song experiment quickly turned into a full-blown studio session with producer, engineer, and mixer Johnny K [Sevendust, Disturbed, Megadeth] at his Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, IL. In May 2015 the band posted a cryptic video citing ?the combined forces behind 25 Top Ten Rock Singles and seventeen #1 hit songs.? Saint Asonia made its formal debut live in front of 15,000 fans at Rock on the Range Festival a week later. Saint Asonia will support Seether on tour throughout October.
?We’ve been waiting for a metal record like this all year that’s as intricate as it is infectious. This is Bullet For My Valentine’s masterpiece and their moment. This is Venom.? – ArtistDirect
Welsh metal titans Bullet For My Valentine unleash today a new track entitled ?Army of Noise? from their forthcoming album VENOM set for release on August 14th on RCA. Fans who pre-order the album VENOM will receive an instant download of the band?s brand new song, ?Army of Noise,? as well as previously released tracks ?No Way Out? and ?You Want A Battle? (Here?s A War).?
Additionally, Bullet For My Valentine releases today a new lyric video for their latest track, ?Army of Noise?;
Bullet For My Valentine is currently wrapping up their South American headline tour, and will be embarking on a North American tour with Slipknot and Lamb of God next week.
Bullet For My Valentine North/South American Tour Dates:
July 18, 2015 – Bogota, Colombia – Downtown Majestic (w/Motionless In White)
July 24, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 25, 2015 – Tampa, FL – Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 26, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron?s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 28, 2015 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 29, 2015 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 31, 2015 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 1, 2015 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 2, 2015 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 4, 2015 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 5, 2015 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Art Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 6, 2015 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 8, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 9, 2015 ? Montreal, QC ? Heavy MTL
August 11, 2015 ? Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 12, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach(w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 14, 2015 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 15, 2015 ? Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 16, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 19, 2015 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 21, 2015 ? West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 22, 2015 ? Garden City, ID ? Revolution Center (w/Lamb of God)
August 24, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 26, 2015 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 28, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Resort Festival Lot (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 29, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 30, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 31, 2015 ? Socorro, TX ? Socorro Entertainment Center (Headline Show)
September 2, 2015 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 4, 2015 ? The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 5, 2015 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Legendary Prog group Spock’s Beard’s 12th studio album ‘The Oblivion Particle’ is set for release on August 21st, 2015. In advance of the album’s release, the band is pleased to announce the first lyric video from the album, for the track “Minion.”
The song is classic Spock’s, sure to please fans both old and new.
The band recently announced European tour dates in support of the album.
They’ll be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.
The full list of dates are as follows:
16.09 – Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
17.09 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
18.09 – Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
19.09 – Progresja, Warschau, Poland
20.09 – Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
21.09 – Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
23.09 – Legend, Milan, Italy
24.09 – Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25.09 – Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
26.09 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
27.09 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
29.09 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30.09 – Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
1.10 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2.10 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
3.10 – Club Academy, Manchester, UK
Spock’s Beard’s forthcoming new studio album The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013’s Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The album finds the band answering the needs of their creations by utilizing the considerable versatility of each member. In addition to Ted Leonard’s soaring vocals and Dave Meros’ distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on “Bennett Built a Time Machine” and Ryo expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends his touch to the album’s majestic closer, “Disappear.”
As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.
The post-hardcore outfit Built Upon Sand from Newcastle upon Tyne has released a new music video for their song “Integrity”. The polished and meticulously-tight track originally premiered with Last.fm and is the first single on their debut EP, Blind Justice (release date TBA).
?This is a tale of two twisted souls separated by trust, encapsulated by Built Upon Sand’s raw emotion and melody,” says clean vocalist Joe Pye
About Built Upon Sand:
The Geordie post-hardcore outfit known for being a hard-hitting live act, BUILT UPON SAND will brand a permanent mark on your memory. The bands origins lie in school mates Joe Pye (Clean Vocals), Adam Ford (Drums), Jack Boddy (Vocals) and Michael (Rhythm Guitar) meeting local guitarist Josh Hummerston in 2012. Lead Guitarist Josh had recruited bass player Tom Loveday in the works of a band inspired by artists such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, The Amity Affliction and more. By 2013 the line up had been complete and BUILT UPON SAND were ready to perform live with original material being demoed.
Gaining powerful experience in the local live circuit and networking through booking and promoting their local area with festivals the band began to seek and research into touring and playing shows out of town. 2014 ? present BUILT UPON SAND have excelled, placing their flag across the UK playing with bands such as ?Dream On, Dreamer?, ?Silent Screams?, ?Martyr Defiled?, ?Napoleon?, ?Demoraliser?, ?Fathoms? and more.
With demo?s prepared and live experience gained the introduction of ?a local hero and a pure natural talent? as described by the band, Liam Gaughan a Newcastle based tutor/producer yet to work within the Metal genre became the key factor in the birth of BUILT UPON SAND?s debut EP ?Blind Justice?. Gaughan?s influence and eye for perfection has not only matured song writing abilities within the band but influenced members to improve their playing, even encouraging Adam to become a drum tutor outside of the band.
BUILT UPON SAND are the definition of ambition, the six piece Metalcore act dream to one day journey to the USA and around the world, with the belief that they can one day rise to the heights of prevous UK bands such as Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon.
The U.S.-based dark metal band URN® has inked a deal with Dark Moon Records, a subsidiary of Dark Moon Productions for their new upcoming album, ?Epiphany?, to be released world-wide on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015.
Watch URN’s “Cast In Amber” Music Video From Their Upcoming Album “Epiphany” Below:
Since 2000, URN® has been on a musical journey exploring the darker aspects of both the conscious mind and the unconscious soul. The band has been captivating audiences across multiple genres and have been establishing themselves as one the more energetic live acts to see. The line-up consists of seasoned veterans formerly of national acts such as The Electric Hellfire Club and Diabolic Intent.
This will be URN?s fifth major release following up their ?Consecrated Ashes? EP (2002), ?Desecrated Ashes? EP (2003), ?Dancing with the Demigods? LP (2006), and ?Scribings of a Forgotten Soul? LP (2009).
URN® has drawn comparisons from national trade media to artists such as Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Amorphis, Nightwish, My Dying Bride and many similar acts of whom they have shared the stage with over the years and find a certain beauty in darkness.
In addition, the band over the years has collaborated with artists of other mediums such as Michelle Belanger, noted author of the Psychic Vampire Codex and former cast member of A&E?s Paranormal State.
Scott Clendenin, formerly of the pioneering death metal band Death, had been performing with URN® the past two years until his untimely passing this past March due to health complications. The band has dedicated this new album to his memory.
The band has filmed and released a promotional music video for the title track and is currently in talks with a new booking agency for touring plans to support the new release for the fall of 2015 and the majority of 2016.
The band originated in 1994 as part of the Cleveland college music scene and relocated to Chicago in 1998 as founder Dominic St. Charles also performed with the Electric Hellfire Club. Urn started touring nationally in 2001 in support of their first self-released EP ?Consecrated Ashes?.
The band then followed up and self-released their ?Desecrated Ashes? EP in 2003 and received strong airplay support via college and internet radio stations across North America. The band then self-booked several national tours and eventually made their Canadian and Mexican debuts in this timeframe.
In December of 2005, URN signed with Rotting Corpse Records and in July of 2006, released their first full-length LP ?Dancing with the Demigods? with major chain-store distribution through Century Media, Synergy Distribution, and Azure Green. The album received rave reviews in trade magazines such as Pit Magazine, Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles, Explicitly Intense, New Witch, Dark Realms, and many more.
As a result, URN toured even more extensively throughout North America, highlighted by being the direct support acts for To/Die/For, Virgin Black for full production tours. The band also did support for regional legs of tours with Moonspell, Katatonia, Daylight Dies, Finntroll, and many notable others.
The band also headlined many high-profile conventions/festivals throughout such as Ancient Ways in Chicago, KiNvention North in Toronto, Endless Nights in New Orleans, Radio Active in Detroit, GenCon in Indianapolis, The International Body Art Expo in Columbus, Paganstock in Michigan, Doomsday Metal Fest in Milwaukee and The Long Black Veil in New York.
URN released their second full-length album, ?Scribings of a Forgotten Soul? in July 2009, again on Rotting Corpse Records, and the band would continue its relentless approach to international touring and promoting by being direct support acts for artists such Tarja Turunen for full tours as well as being selected for regional tours with artists such as Epica, Leaves Eyes, Ensiferum, Tyr, and The Genitorturers.
In 2011, the band relocated from Chicago, IL to Orlando, FL to seek a new perspective on many facets of life and music and in early 2014 signed with Dark Moon Records and recorded their fourth major release ?Epiphany? with a scheduled August 2015 release date.
URN is a band who is always pushing their boundaries and thresholds and look to continue to do so over the coming years by their life commitment to constantly evolve, adapt, and grow on their musical journey.
July 20, 2015 – Alternative, Hard Rock Transmedia Project September Mourning, alongside Top Cow Productions, were able to reach their initial Kickstarter funding goal for the first issue of the September Mourning comic book in under 72 hours! The first stretch goal of $20,000 has been announced. When the stretch goal is reached, every person receiving a print or digital copy of September Mourning #1 will now also receive a corresponding digital and/or print copy of September Mourning #2 with a new Summeye Kesgin cover! This is a completely separate comic and continues the story of September Mourning. This exclusive cover edition will only be available through Kickstarter. The #2 issue is not a separate pledge level, it’s a stretch goal added to all who receive #1. So you can pledge other levels or spread the word about the campaign to your friends to help push over the $20,000 pledge level. Other added rewards include T-Shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops, & some amazing deals from Top Cow.
About September Mourning’s Kickstarter Campaign:
September Mourning is a character that was created by Emily Lazar (aka September) with Mark Silvestri, founder & CEO of Top Cow Productions, Inc. The band alongside Top Cow are running a Kickstarter campaign to bring September Mourning’s story from the stage to the pages of a comic book. An amazing all female team has been assembled to bring the story to life. The first issue has already been written by Mariah McCourt, illustrated by Summeye Kesgin, and conceptualized by Emily Lazar (September Mourning) & Marc Silvestri. There are many reward tiers for donations with comic and music gifts to be had.
July 21, 2015 – Los Angeles based Extreme Metal band Urilia has announced the pre-order of their debut EP “The Adversarial Light” which will be released on August 11th.
Check Out Urilia‘s “I Am Nephilim” (Official Lyric Video) From “The Adversarial Light” EP Below:
The goal of this EP was to create a sound that combines a blend of European-style Metal with American Metal, ranging from Symphonic Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Groove Metal, and all other forms of Extreme Metal. This fusion of hard-hitting brutality will annihilate viewers with fast speed picking riffs and heavy breakdowns, mixed with eerie symphonic/apocalyptic orchestrated keyboards. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Mick Kenney, the mastermind behind Anaal Nathrakh, who also worked with artists such as Bleeding Through, Motionless in White, The Witch Was Right, Suffer Well, and much more. This album is perfect for fans of all sub-genres of Metal.
The overall message behind this EP is to educate our fans on dark spirituality, and how to utilize Left Hand Path energy to cultivate the inner strength and wisdom that is too often lost within a modern society that undervalues authenticity and personal power, and serves to keep us bound by pervasive and limiting cultural norms, narrow-mindedness, and corruption. The Adversarial Light is also based on one of the many books written by Occult writer/leader of the ‘Order of Phosphorus’, Michael W. Ford, based on the Luciferian Path.
We hope everyone enjoys this EP, and that the power in the message inspires our fans to continue growing and breaking free. – Kristof Bathory (Urilia) About Urilia:
GEOGRAPHICAL INFO: URILIA – THE following is the Text of URILIA, the Book of the Worm. It contains the formulae by which the wreakers of havoc perform their Rites. These are the prayers of the ensnarers, the liers-in-wait, the blind fiends of Chaos, the most ancient evil.
? Necronomicon –
Here is a new and improved vision of Extreme Metal that combines a European style of Metal with an American style that also strikes with a powerful message from a path based on Occultism, Dark Spirituality, and Left Hand Path beliefs that will now spread like a plague throughout the Metal scene. .
? The law behind the nature of creation and destruction. The magick of chaos.
Philadelphia’s unchained grind trio, DIE CHOKING, will release their third recording and very first full-length with III this October through Earsplit’s label faction, The Compound Recs, and the first single from the record has been leaked through an exclusive Cvlt Nation-hosted premiere of “Death’s Waveform.”
With an already unfuckwithable track record built through their self-titled debut and subsequent II 7″ releases and their insatiable need to play their tunes at maximum speed in the live setting as often as possible, DIE CHOKING — featuring ex and current members of Total Fucking Destruction, Cop problem, and Burden — is about to take things to the next level with their debut full-length. All in all, III is one of the heaviest grindcore albums ever conceived. Written during the shitty Northeastern Winter months, it is an album stripped of overproduction, performed with devastating efficiency, and dripping with a foul aggression that is frequently absent in today’s extreme music landscape. III was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Cop Problem) at Studio 4 and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Baptists, From Ashes Rise, Nails). There are no samples, no triggers. The band simply drilled the takes until they hit it.
Issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog quote on the upcoming album, “DIE CHOKING’s forthcoming album III is a dastardly Americanized reinterpretation of Plato’s allegory of the cave. It is a dense work and presents a politicized metaphysical cycle: origin, liberation, corruption, falter, violent degradation, decay, and rebirth. III is a brutal reference to both ancient and modern interpretations of existence, morality, and politics. This album is a short, simple and a delightfully entropic vision. It presents a nihilistic emergence from ignorance that is met not by a joyous embrace of eternal knowledge but is heralded by a vision of an eternal, ever-stretching graveyard. It is here that coffin after coffin and grave upon grave stretches into the forever.”
More than two months before its official release, DIE CHOKING issues the first single of the monolithic III’s third track, “Death’s Waveform,” through an exclusive premiere at Cvlt Nation. In less than a minute-and-a-half, the trio dispatches some of the most angular and jagged riffage and pummeling percussive execution one can envision.
As with their prior duo of 7″ releases, Earsplit-forged DIY label The Compound Recs will release III directly in conjunction with the band. The digital will see release on October 8th, and the vinyl will ship the week of October 23rd. The vinyl is being pressed in a run of 500 copies on 180-gram wax in three crazy blue color variants in juxtaposition with the cover art designed by DIE CHOKING guitarist Jeffrey V Daniels — 200 on Blues Of The Mighty Haze, 200 on Blue & Bone Splatter Milky Clear, and 100 A Side / B Side black base with 2 blue Splatter, exclusive to The Compound.
DIE CHOKING continues their ongoing live rampage — a killing spree which has not ceased since the band’s inception — with a plethora of new shows confirmed through the coming months straight through the release of III. Highlights of the incoming mayhem include a headlining show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on July 29th, a support slot for the legendary Catharsis in Philly on August 7th, a set at Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4 in Providence on September 24th, and the band’s first West Coast US tour which is coming together for October. DIE CHOKING is also plotting their first invasion of Europe for February 2016 which will be announced shortly.
DIE CHOKING Tour Dates:
7/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blank, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds
8/07/2015 Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA w/ Catharsis, Die Young, Future/Primitive
8/28/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w /Grin And Bear It
8/29/2015 Bourbon St. Café – Columbus, OH @ FOR THE PETS II: Pets Without Parents Fundraiser
9/24/2015 AS220 – Providence, RI @ Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4: Day 1 w/ Grizzlor, Aneurysm, Cross Armed, Calculator
10/22/2015 Bremen Café – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer
July 22, 2015 – Davey Suicide has released the “World Wide Suicide” music video from the sophomore album of the same name, which is available now on iTunes. The video, which premiered with BlankTV, was co-directed & filmed by Needlz & MichellexStar in downtown UnHolywood Killafornia.
Watch Davey Suicide’s “World Wide Suicide” Music Video Below:
Often times we can be imprisoned by people in our lives that intentionally try and break us. Their ego can’t let themselves make the logical decision, so they make it hell for everyone who defies them. This video symbolizes freedom from that. – Davey Suicide
Catch Davey Suicide in August on “The Dirty Rotten Road To Dirt Fest”.
“The Dirty Rotten Road To Dirt Fest” Tour Dates:
08/05 – Club X – Salt Lake City, Utah
08/06 – Roxy Theater – Denver, Colorado
08/07 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, Iowa
08/08 – Dirt Fest – Birch Run, Michigan with Hellyeah, Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Mushroomhead, Down, Pop Evil, We Are Harlot, Periphery, & more!
The name, ?Suicide? is a constant reminder that unless we kill ourselves, there?s no ceiling for what we are capable of.”
Davey Suicide is ruling the underground by fusing the live aesthetic of an arena rock show into a club setting. The Los Angeles insurgent injects gutter grit and theatrics back into a rock industrial genre that?s been salivating for it?s next messiah. The band flanked by (Drayven Davidson, Needlz, Niko Gemini,& Derek Obscura) distills heavy metal, industrial, and punk into anthems that are as corrosive as they are catchy. Currently, Davey Suicide is supporting their sophomore release, Worldwide Suicide, after spending the past four years extensively touring the US along with their first UK tour on their self titled debut album. This video marks the first video that the band has released since their departure from their former record label in May of 2015.
Death-saluting metal collective, GRUESOME, will take to the streets next month on a short run of live performances. Following an appearance at Obscene Extreme America Fest in Montreal next month, the band — which features guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed), drummer Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation), guitarist Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed) and bassist Robin Mazen (Derketa) — will kick off a mini tour in September, waging their classic Schuldiner-styled odes upon the ears of Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cave-In-Rock, San Diego and Los Angeles. See confirmed dates below.
Issues Harvey of the trek, “We’re beyond excited to finally take this beast out on the road and deliver some Schuldinerisms at full fucking volume to the folks out there. It’s gonna be a blast to see the tunes come to, ahem, ‘life’ onstage and in the pit as well. See you there – bring beer!”
8/21/2015 Obscene Extreme America – Montreal, QC
9/04/2015 The Crowbar – Tampa, FL
9/05/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
9/06/2015 The Haven – Orlando, FL
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL
9/12/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/13/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released earlier this year via Relapse Records, is a delightfully punishing display of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.
Savage Land was tracked by Gus Rios and Daniel Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el). Savage Land is out now via Relapse Records on CD, LP and all digital outlets.
“…less an exercise in nostalgia than a perfect reconstruction of a lost world.” – Decibel
“…just so goddamned fun.” – MetalSuck
“This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This is the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for.” – Metal Injection
“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring. This is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts.” – Exclaim
“…eight slices of gruesome death metal [that] most definitely hit the mark…” – PureGrainAudio
“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like GRUESOME, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land.” — HeavyBlogIsHeavy
“This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” – Stereokiller
As the official deployment of The Anthropocene Extinction, the impending new full-length from San Diego deathgrind visionaries, CATTLE DECAPITATION, draws ever closer, today Vice Magazine’s mega music portal, Noisey, premieres the official “making of” documentary.
Tracked by Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, The Anthropocene Extinction serves as CATTLE DECAPITATION’s most sonically and thematically engrossing record to date. With The Anthropocene Extinction we are transported forward to man’s last gasps in the band’s trademark “turning the tables” approach that mirrors what is happening in the Pacific Ocean: The birds and aquatic wildlife are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet – and the domino effect that will result… The Anthropocene Extinction.
The making of The Anthropocene Extinction mini documentary brings fans up close and personal with the band and the intricacies involved in following up their critically-lauded Monolith Of Inhumanity full-length.
Issues Noisey of the fifteen-plus minute clip, “It’s an interesting look on how the band has changed their approach over the years, especially when gearing up for the new record. From Homovore to now, the band has refined their grindy sound into something dark yet crisp. This record is going to be an absolute monster, and you can even hear a little bit of it in the documentary.”
Coinciding with The Anthropocene Extinction’s official release, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour with Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Obscura and more. Slated to commence on July 28th in Denver, the trek will run through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close August 24th in Los Angeles with special headlining shows scattered throughout. Additional live CATTLE abrasions will be announced in weeks to come. Stay alert.
7/18/2015 Armstrong Metalfest – Armstrong, BC * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, …After The Burial, Beyond Creation:
7/28/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
7/29/15 The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS w/ Arch Enemy, Veil Of Maya, CATTLE DECAPITATION, Beyond Creation
7/30/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
7/31/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
8/01/2015 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
8/02/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/03/2015 The Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
8/04/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA **
8/05/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
8/06/2015 Club 77 – Hamilton, ON
8/07/2015 Heavy MTL* – Montreal, QC
8/08/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/09/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
8/10/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY **
8/12/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
8/13/2015 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
8/14/2015 Gwar-B-Q Fest – Richmond, VA
8/15/2015 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/16/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA ** [info]
8/17/2015 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/18/2015 Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX
8/19/2015 Tricky Fall’s – El Paso, TX **
8/20/2015 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/21/2015 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/22/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
8/23/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
8/24/2015 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
** CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
More Dates Coming Soon!
In less than three weeks, NEUROSIS will embark on the band’s most widespread North American tour since before the turn of the millennium.
On the eve of their thirtieth anniversary, the forceful aural surge of NEUROSIS will be felt with a deluge of performances set to take place in sixteen cities across America and Canada this Summer. The genre-creating quintet will punish the continent with one of their most crushing live sets to date, beginning on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, followed by shows in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Louisville, Detroit, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Carrboro, Atlanta and New Orleans, before coming to a smoldering finale in Houston on August 16th, invading cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s along the way.
Support on this venture will be provided by a rotating, dynamic spread of acts, including nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue, not to mention support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle of TAD and Hog Molly) for the entire trek, excluding NEUROSIS’ participation in the immense Montréal Festival where they’ll join the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts and many others.
NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts
8/08/2015 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/13/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black
Since the release of their 1987 debut LP, Pain Of Mind, NEUROSIS has increasingly developed into a more potent and prolific act with each new recording and tour. Through releases on Alchemy, Lookout!, Alternative Tentacles, Relapse, Hydra Head and more — before forming their own Neurot Recordings which houses all of their recordings since the beginning of the millennium — the band has become a genre-defining institution of heavy music. The Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works, as well as forming their own solo outfits and touring acts outside of NEUROSIS.
In 2012, NEUROSIS released Honor Found In Decay, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcasing the band taking their esoteric but leveling and hymns to even further diversified areas of exploration. Following the album’s hometown release show, they disbanded with the backdrop visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been heavily proactive tour-wise, embarking on regional bouts of touring and taking part in high-profile one-off and festival events throughout North America and Europe. And the cycle shall continue through the remainder of 2015 and onward towards their eleventh studio album.
EVANESCENCE RETURNS TO THE STAGE
ANNOUNCE FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCES
IN THREE YEARS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? JULY 20TH, 2015 – Multi-platinum, alternative rock band Evanescence is set to reemerge after a three-year hiatus with select, intimate shows scheduled this fall in Nashville, Dallas and Los Angeles. (Dates listed below.) The influential, Grammy-winning band last performed live in November of 2012.
Evanescence ? confirmed dates:
11/13 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works – tickets on-sale Friday, 7/24 at 10am
11/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom – tickets on-sale Saturday, 7/25 at 10am
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern – tickets on-sale Friday, 7/24 at 10am
*For full details and ticket information, go to www.evanescence.com/tour
Reactivated New York death metal unit, SKINLESS, will level stages this Fall on a medley of live takeovers. The onstage debauchery includes performances in Montreal, Clifton Park, Boston, Brooklyn and Philadelphia as well as a co-headlining stint with Pig Destroyer on this year’s edition of Denver Black Sky in December. Additional onstage infiltrations are currently in their plotting stages.
Comments the band: “We’re stoked to have the opportunity to shred in some of our favorite cities! Time is tight for the good ol’ boys in SKINLESS but when the stars align, you can expect and old school night of extreme brutality. Very much looking forward to it; see ya soon.”
9/25/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/26/2015 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
11/20/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/21/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/22/2015 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
12/05/2015 Denver Black Sky – Denver, CO w/ Pig Destroyer
SKINLESS will be performing in support of their long-anticipated and critically-lauded Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, released via Relapse Records last month. Bedecked in the sadistic grooves and flawless musicianship for which the band has become notorious, Only The Ruthless Remain features SKINLESS’ now-classic, late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, and marks the band’s first proper full-length offering in nearly a decade.
In related SKINLESS bulletins, the band is currently offering a free download of “Satan Is Living.” The song rears its menacing head during the credits of their ominous video for namesake track, “Skinless.” “Satan Is Living” is an original tune by the Sunshine Family Ministry and serves as an unofficial Only The Ruthless Remain bonus track. The Sunshine Family Ministry was a fanatical religious cult from the ’80s that committed mass suicide by skinning themselves alive… (fast forward thirty years to the gruesome “Skinless” video). The song “Satan Is Living” was recovered from an old reel-to reel recorder recovered at the scene. The first fifty orders made at the newly-launched SKINLESS webstore will receive a free download of the track as well as an Only The Ruthless Remain poster.
Only The Ruthless Remain was tracked by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, with the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
“Rae Amitay sounds furious, both at herself and at other people,” begins Invisible Oranges in their investigation of IMMORTAL BIRD’s latest offering. “Who, exactly? I don’t know. There’s a long list of potential targets, judging by her vocal performance on Empress/Abscess, the first full-length album by [the] Chicago polygenre-inclined grind outfit…”
Unleashed today as a collaborative effort with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge of vinyl and cassettes, and the band self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings, IMMORTAL BIRD’s Empress/Abscess is indeed a vexing sound excursion through the very bowels of human existence. Picking up where 2013’s lauded Akrasia EP left off, the record delves deeper into an audio cesspool of desolation, wrath, and overall suffering and with its members having sharpened their skills both as individual musicians and as a functioning unit, the final outcome is nothing short of terrifying.
Following teasers from Decibel Magazine and NPR Music and in celebration of today’s release, INVISIBLE ORANGES offers up Empress/Abscess in all its gut-rotting glory alongside a thorough breakdown of the material at hand. “Duality, sonically and lyrically, drives IMMORTAL BIRD’s music,” writes the popular blog. “It’s what makes the music so interesting to listen to. Echoing the record’s title, Amitay’s characters switch between authoritative (‘It seems that we’ve reached an impasse / A rock and a hard place / I’ll choose the latter / I was born there,’ she screams on opener ‘Neoplastic’) and self-damaging (‘I’ve wasted years with invertebrates […] The idea of redemption is insulting / But you know that,’ from ‘A Watery Grave’). In kind, the music itself is similarly chiaroscuro. During a relatively short timeframe (five songs and just over a half hour of music) the band oscillates between extremes of melody and tempo, chaos and order…. IMMORTAL BIRD’s Empress/Abscess is not a collection of music to only be consumed. It’s a densely layered meditation on anger and abuse, and an equally challenging collage of extreme music sub-genres.”
In related IMMORTAL BIRD missives, the band will return to the stage this August on a short run of live demolitions with includes appearances at Louisville Deathfest (Arsis, Disgorge, Malignancy) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with additional onstage debauchery to come at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.) and Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) in the Fall. See all confirmed IB dates below.
8/07/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL
8/08/2015 Louisville Deathfest – Louisville, KY
8/10/2015 The Doom Room – Lafayette, IN
8/11/2015 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
8/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
8/14/2015 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
8/15/2015 Death To False Metal Festival – Hamden, CT
8/16/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
9/25 – 27/2015 Shadow Woods Metal Fest – White Hall, MD
10/16/2015 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ
Empress/Abscess was recorded by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit.
Atmospheric technical death metal conjurors, WRVTH, in cooperation with the death bringers at Decibel Magazine, are pleased to reveal the new video for “Malaise.” Captured by Cory Davis at Yellowbox Films, the manic black and white clip comes by way of the band’s self-titled new full-length, deployed last month via Unique Leader Records.
“This track is focused on self-abuse,” elaborates the band. “Whether it be with substance, friendships or relationships, things you know that are bad for you but you continue to repeat this phase or find yourself caught in this routine of bad habits/decisions.”
Adds Decibel, “This San Jose quintet …is very correctly billed as technical death metal, but the most prominent comparable I hear in WRVTH’s hypnotic video for ‘Malaise’ is defunct anything-goes post-metallers Burst. That’s a good thing. It’s definitely not the only thing. ‘Malaise’ is the second track on WRVTH’s third, self-titled full-length and it maintains an excellent balance of dizzying chops and disquieting atmospherics.”
Wrvth was tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.
“WRVTH’s long stretchs of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time… You can relax to this album and then just as quickly want to groove and headbang. It’s an ambitious disc whose sensibilities strive for independence, reflecting the band’s desire to separate themselves from everyone around them, and it has a massive amount of appeal for that.” – No Clean Singing
“…by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is the atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy
“‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down.” – Metal Injection on first single, “Harrowing Winds”
“WRVTH definitely set the bar high for their first album… Fans of atmospheric, progressive death metal bands like Ulcerate and Fallujah will surely enjoy the sounds of WRVTH. – ITDjents
“Lush atmospherics share the stage with bone-crushing breaks and dizzying guitar solos, making for a delightfully unpredictable joyride that will no doubt find its way on to many EOTY lists come December.” – Under The Gun Review
“Wrvth can be bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings. A death metal album with genuine feeling; how often do you hear about that? Clearly, an album worth investigating.” – Dead Rhetoric
“…an innovative and impressive release from a band who are clearly not content to be average.” – Wonderbox Metal
Nu-Metal legends COAL CHAMBER recently returned from a massive European tour that saw them playing to sold out rooms across the continent. At their London tour stop, the band filmed live footage performing the title track of their new album Rivals. They used this for their head banging new video, which is being debuted today.
COAL CHAMBER’s first new album in over 13 years Rivals was released in May of 2015 entering the Billboard Top 200 and received critical acclaim from the media and fans alike.
In support of Rivals COAL CHAMBER are returning to the road in North America with Fear Factory (All Dates), Devil You Know (Select Dates), Jasta (Select Dates), Saint Ridley and Madlife (All Dates). The tour kicks off July 24th in Tucson, AZ and will wrap up in Santa Ana, CA on August 22nd. This run also includes festival appearances at Dirt Fest in Birch Run, MI, Heavy MTL, in Montreal, QC and the B4BQ (Part of the GWAR B-Q) in Richmond, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below.
COAL CHAMBER is offering VIP Packages for every date on the tour. The VIP package includes a meet and greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
7/24: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
7/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/26: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
7/28: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
7/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/31: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
8/1: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
8/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
8/4: Columbia, SC @ Music Farm
8/6: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
8/7: Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest*
8/8: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
8/9: Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL*
8/10: London, ON @ London Music Hall
8/11: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/12: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
8/14: Richmond, VA @ B4BQ (The National)*
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
With the imminent surge of LOCRIAN‘s punishing Infinite Dissolution LP set to inundate the human population via Relapse Records in just two weeks, another distressing single from the record has been premiered via Steel For Brains with “Arc Of Extinction” now playing alongside an intense interrogation of the band.
Amidst their nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, Infinite Dissolution will mark LOCRIAN‘s second album for Relapse, during the band’s celebration of its tenth anniversary this year. Recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, Integrity, Sleep), and with artwork based on a massive installation by sculptor David Altmejd, Infinite Dissolution is a nearly fifty-minute-long concept album dealing with the struggle of human extinction; a seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambiance, drone, black metal, post-rock, and power electronics. Steel For Brains interrogated the members of LOCRIAN, the interview now seeing publication alongside the premiere of the awakening album opener “Arc Of Extinction,” which sets the stage for Infinite Dissolution’s mesmerizing broadcast of our planet’s ecosystems through the band’s most intense palette of post-industrial/blackened cinematic sorcery to date.
In addition to LOCRIAN‘s Midwestern shows in Detroit and Chicago on July 17th and 18th, the band has just confirmed a leg of West Coast US tour dates in August in support of Infinite Dissolution. From August 16th through the 22nd the band will flood the western half of the country with their demoralizing auditory fabrications, with shows in Boise, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento confirmed, and at least four more dates being added to this itinerary in the next few days. Special tenth anniversary performance plans are coming together for this Fall, which will be followed by a European tour in early 2016.
7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beast in the Field, Beset by Creatures Of The Deep
With the release of Empathy For The Wicked, the impending new full-length from UK drone/doom duo now less than a week away, today Revolver Magazine delivers side B in its ravenous entirety.
Continuing their ceaseless undertaking to attain sonic obliteration of the self through unadulterated heaviness and earth-collapsing amplification, Empathy For The Wicked follows the suppressing doom of their critically-lauded, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014.
Captured live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), Empathy For The Wicked levies just one predatory track broken into two parts. Where preceding OMMADON offerings were all recorded in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks the duo’s first release to be created on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity and the results are nothing short of aurally devastating.
The Sludgelord champions OMMADON’s, “perfect balance between noisy, gritty atmosphere, and murderous sonic rampage,” further likening the record to, “meditation, but for all things evil… The only intention this album seems to have is killing the listener. The beauty of it being that once you’re dead, it’s still smashing your fucking soul as you become reborn into eternal darkness.” Metal Machine celebrates, “45 minutes of destructive musical warfare,” that will spin, “right into a vortex of black fuzz sure to give you the vapors,” while Echoes And Dust issues, “It shouldn’t work. It is 45 minutes-plus of two people carving out enormous, low-frequency slabs of noise. But it does. And when it’s over, you feel as if you’ve experienced something supernatural; like you have seen things which you didn’t think you could see, all through your ears. Almost as if mud pools could make music. Fantastic.”
Premiering on GuitarWorld.com, guitarists Danny Marino and Paco Jobin of THE AGONIST take listeners through “A Necessary Evil” in the first of a three part play through video series of fan requested singles from their latest album, Eye Of Providence.
Watch the play through video for “A Necessary Evil”
We’re stoked to have our guitar playthrough video premiered on Guitar World! We’ve been getting a lot of requests from fans for guitar playthrough videos from our new album Eye of Providence. So after listening to the fans, we picked a few songs and got our resident bassist/video director Chris Kells to shoot a couple songs. This first video is for one of my favorite songs on the album, A Necessary Evil. It has a nice blend of staccato riffing, interesting chord extensions and of course, a ripping solo by my man Paco Jobin! states Guitarist Danny Marino)”
On the live front, THE AGONIST will join EPICA and ELUVEITIE on the Revolver North American tour beginning September 8th. THE AGONIST will also perform at the infamous Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal in August. Full tour schedule below. Get Eye Of Providence now on iTunes.
THE AGONIST tour dates:
“Revolver Magazine presents EPICA and ELUVEITIE with special guests THE AGONIST, North American Tour”
08/08/2015 – Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC
09/08/2015 – Soundstage: Baltimore, MD
09/09/2015 – Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA
09/11/2015 – Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC
09/12/2015 – Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC
09/13/2015 – Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON
09/15/2015 – House Of Blues: Chicago, IL
09/16/2015 – Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN
09/18/2015 – O’Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK
09/19/2015 – Union Hall: Edmonton, AB
09/20/2015 – MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB
09/22/2015 – Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC
09/23/2015 – Neumos: Seattle, WA
09/25/2015 – The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA
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