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Red Fang Announce Headlining Australian / New Zealand Tour

Fresh off their North American tour with Opeth and In Flames, Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining tour in Australia/New Zealand this May. The tour comes on the heels of the band’s headlining appearances at the renowned Desertfest along with numerous European and Russian tour dates. RED FANG have also recently confirmed various European festival appearances this summer including Hellfest, Forta Rock, Copenhell, Mighty Sounds Festival and many others. A complete listing of upcoming dates is included below.

RED FANG recently premiered their new animated video for ?Crows In Swine,? the third single off their critically acclaimed third album Whales and Leeches. The clip which was animated and directed by Adam Avilla can be viewed HERE;

Released on Relapse Records, RED FANG?s current album Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group?s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album Whales and Leeches, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Whales and Leeches propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite. The album can be streamed in full via their official Bandcamp page.

Apr 21 L’EPICERIE MODERNE Feyzin, France
Apr 22 L’Autre Canal Nancy, France
Apr 23 Grand Mix Tourcoing, France
Apr 24 Desertfest London, United Kingdom
Apr 25 Desertfest Berlin, Germany
Apr 26 Alibi Wroclaw, Poland
Apr 27 Fabryka Krakow, Poland
Apr 29 Zal Ozhidaniya Saint Petersburg, Russia
Apr 30 Volta Moscow, Russian Federation
May 07 Rosemount Perth Wa, Australia
May 08 Fowlers Live Adelaide, Australia
May 09 The Barwin Club Geelong, Australia
May 10 Cherry Rock 015 Melbourne, Australia
May 12 Crowbar Brisbane, Australia
May 13 Crowbar Brisbane, Australia
May 14 The Manning Bar Sydney, Australia
May 15 The Prince Bandroom St. Kilda, Australia
May 16 Kings Arm Newton, New Zealand
May 17 San Francisco Bath House Te Aro, New Zealand
Jun 06 FortaRock 2015 w/ Epica Nymegen, Netherlands
Jun 18 Copenhell 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun 19 Azkena Rock Festival ARF 2015 Bilbao, Spain
Jun 26 Provinssi Festival Seinajoki, Finland
Jul 03 Mighty Sounds Festival Tabor, Czech Republic
Jul 04 Vainstream Rockfest Münster, Germany

CYNIC announce Japanese tour dates

Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have announced a string of Japanese tour dates. The dates start on September 4 in Tokyo, and sees the band concluding their trek in Osaka on September 6. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

CYNIC are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’. ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ was released on Feb. 18, 2014 (Feb. 14 worldwide).

CYNIC recently graced the front page of the LA times, and has also been featured in Guitar World, Drum! Magazine, Decibel Magazine, and more . ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ has been called. ?…an album that, while most definitely in the realm of prog rock, has the kind of open, unpretentious air that makes Rush such an easy-to-love band.? (AllMusic), and “an album that transcends all the limitations of genre and era, and in the end will come to represent what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less. There are few albums which can claim such a remarkable hold.” (Prog Magazine).

CYNIC Japanese Tour Dates
9/4 Tokyo, JP @ Club Asia
9/5 Tokyo, JP @ Unit
9/6 Osaka, JP @ Drop

What the press has said about CYNIC:

“CYNIC should be understood not so much alongside any metal bands, but along with such radical harmonic progressives in the last 45 years of pop and jazz as Milton Nascimento, the Beach Boys or Pat Metheny.” – Ben Ratcliffe – The New York Times

Another über-heavyweight of 2014, Kindly Bent To Free Us is a rare piece that reaches the hype that precedes it and, in surprising fashion, manages to destroy whatever expectations remained. – Dead Rhetoric

Cynic may have started out as a technical death metal band two decades ago, but they?ve since evolved into one of the leading voices in prog rock with a sound more nuanced than pummeling, ?Kindly? being among their most adventurous, melodically refined works. – Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Cynic makes technical, progressive sounding music sound fun and emotional. These guys are masterful technical musicians, but more importantly, they are great songwriters.” – Pop Matters

“If Focus was the cutting edge kid who didn’t even realise the infernos that were being set in the wake of his actions, and if Traced In Air was the returning, once-absent adult with everything to prove, Kindly Bent To Free Us is the confident elder statesmen who accepts living life with the knowledge that, at some point, you can only be you.” – Bravewords and Bloody Knuckles

“Cynic have returned with an elemental power. They are defying gravity at every turn with music that seems lighter than air.” – MetalSucks

WHITECHAPEL TO Kick Off Brotherhood Of The Blade Headlining Tour Tomorrow; “Let Me Burn” Video Unveiled

Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again tomorrow for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. The journey will take the Tennessee natives from Memphis through the Midwest and includes an appearance at Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, California March 7th alongside The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce The Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more.

In conjunction with the tour’s kick off, WHITECHAPEL have unveiled a video for “Let Me Burn,” from their critically-lauded Our Endless War full-length issued last year via Metal Blade Records. For “Let Me Burn,” the band collaborated with director Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan et al) who brought the track’s lyrics to to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

WHITECHAPEL vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: “The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done.” Guitarist Alex Wade adds: “It’s our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we’re really happy with how it came out. Phil’s idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie’s directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well.”

WHITECHAPEL:
2/28/2015 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/01/2015 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/02/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
3/03/2015 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/05/2015 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
3/07/2015 NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) – San Bernardino, CA
3/08/2015 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
3/09/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/10/2015 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
3/11/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2015 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR

WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records. Their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release to date, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

MORGOTH launches lyric video for new track, “Snakestate”

MORGOTH has released a lyric video for the track “Snakestate” off the upcoming album, Ungod. “Snakestate” perfectly displays the trademark sound and musical variety of Ungod, an album that turned out surprisingly diverse and fresh, capturing the essence of MORGOTH by blending the ferociousness of the band’s legendary EPs, Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall, with the abysmal atmosphere of MORGOTH’s great classic albums, Cursed and Odium. Fans can listen to the track here:

Ungod will be released on March 30th in Europe and April 7th in North America via Century Media Records. In addition to the standard jewelcase CD and digital download format, a limited digipak CD version (with alternate cover colouring and two bonus tracks) and LP edition of Ungod will be available at CM Distro. See below for an overview of the different LP colors:
–Black vinyl – unlimited
–Dark green vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)
–Silver vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro USA)
–Golden vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at Nuclear Blast)

The worldwide pre-order will start on March 2nd.

MORGOTH live 2015:
Mar. 26 – Hamburg (Germany) – Bambi Galore *
Mar. 27 – Berlin (Germany) – Cassiopeia *
Mar. 28 – Würzburg (Germany) – Cafe Cairo *
Mar. 29 – Wermelskirchen (Germany) – AJZ Bahndamm *
Jun. 13 – Cerveny Kostelec (Czech Republic) – Czech Death Fest
Jun. 19 – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhell Festival
Jun. 20 – Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 21 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
Jun. 26-28 – Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air
Jul. 18 – Wadersloh/Diestedde (Germany) – Black Frenzy Festival
Jul. 30-Aug. 1 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13-15 – Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air

PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. Featuring support from French grinders Department Of Correction, the trek will commence on April 10th in Paris, France and runs through April 25th in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

The band will be touring in support of their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut, The Mother Of Virtues. Released in early 2014, PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues take its listeners on a traumatic sonic voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity with a mind-altering synthesis of clanging death, dark jazz rhythms, twisted storytelling and subtle shades of otherworldly psychedelia. Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls the record, “delightfully off-kilter and forever twisting,” Pitchfork dubs it, “…interesting and audacious…” while Noisey elaborates, “NYC’s PYRRHON sits alone in the fold between a pair of local giants, Unsane and Suffocation. The band clearly leans on its nerdier than thou technical death metal approach to provide the backbone of what they do, but for some of the breakdowns and parts that surround the fretboard wizardry is a devotion to the noisy, misanthropy found on records by Today Is The Day and most of the early Am-Rep roster. It’s a mix of intelligent hatred that could only come from the five boroughs…”

PYRRHON w/ Department Of Correction:

4/10/2015 Cirque Electrique – Paris, FR

4/11/2015 TBA – Poitiers, FR

4/12/2015 Canadian Café – Tours, FR

4/13/2015 Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR

4/14/2015 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR

4/15/2015 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR

4/16/2015 L’Assomoir – Saint Etienne, FR

4/17/2015 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, FR

4/18/2015 Caffette – Bern, CH

4/19/2015 Epplehaus – Tubingen, DE

4/20/2015 Péniche Inside Out – Liege, BE

4/21/2015 Unicorn – London, UK

4/22/2015 Temples of Boom – Leeds, UK

4/23/2015 Northumberland Arms – Newcastle, UK

4/24/2015 Alma Inn – Bolton, UK

4/25/2015 Tiki Pub – Plymouth, UK

DRUDKH stream new track, announce album details

Enigmatic Ukrainian black metal pioneers DRUDKH are streaming the first new track taken from their highly anticipated new album, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’. The track, titled “Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover the Eyes” is streaming now at No Clean Singing. ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ will be released by Season of Mist on April 20, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The track list can be seen below.

Their most epic full-length to date, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ features the grandeur of seven huge, sweeping songs that draw inspiration from the genre’s true roots. Eschewing speed and brutally for ambiance and mood, each piece is a journey downward giving pause only for a fell voice from the wilderness. Without a doubt, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is black metal brilliance, and the ultimate statement of intent from a true genre leader.

Track List:
1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To The Epoch Of Unbowed Poets
4. Embers
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

The band’s first new studio record since 2012, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is DRUDKH’s follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Eternal Turn of the Wheel’. The album represents the ancient pagan cycle of the seasons and a marked a return to the band’s roots and early sound. The album is streaming at the official DRUDKH bandcamp page.

ULCERATE Announces Australasia MMXV Tour Dates

Cutting-edge death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has announced a run of Spring and early Summer tour dates throughout Australia and their native New Zealand. At press time, the Australasia MMXV headlining tour consists of seven live performances in April, May and June, which will see the band overwhelming audiences in Napier, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand, as well as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

ULCERATE Australasia MMXV:
4/18/2015 Cabana – Napier, NZ
5/08/2015 Whammy – Auckland, NZ
5/09/2015 Dux Live – Christchurch, NZ
5/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ
6/25/2015 Beetle Bar – Brisbane, AU
6/26/2015 Bald Faced Stag – Sydney, AU
6/27/2015 Bendigo Hotel – Melbourne, AU

Displaying a forward-thinking death metal style citing Hate Eternal, Gorguts and Immolation which collides head-on into the dissonant and blackened influences of Deathspell Omega and Portal, ULCERATE’s destructive methodology is in a class of its own. Following their debut album on Neurotic Records, and two subsequent LPs through Willowtip, ULCERATE signed with Relapse Records for the September 2013 release of their fourth full-length, Vermis, the album delivering the band’s relentlessly destructive methodology in its most ominous and technical form to date. While Vermis is an incredibly extreme, cerebral and devastatingly creative body of work in its own right, the mere three-piece lineup performs the new songs with astonishing strength and seamless professionalism, simultaneously mesmerizing and devastating audiences with a relentless tsunami of revolutionary death metal supremacy.

ULERATE followed the release of the Vermis LP with waves of brutal touring through Australasia, Europe and North America throughout 2013 and 2014, which continues into 2015 with Australasia MMXV. Stand by for further engagements in the months ahead.

KEEP OF KALESSIN: New Track From Norwegian Black Metal Faction Streaming At Cryptic Rock; Epistemology Out

Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America via Indie Recordings. Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date.

In an 8.5/10 review, Metal Wani crowns the release “flawless,” further elaborating, “KEEP OF KALESSIN have definitely experimented a little with their sound and stepped out of their comfort zone in this album. It shows their ability to maintain that classic black metal vibe interwoven with melodic riffs and more airy yet dark elements. …their ability to bring in more subtle and even non-metal elements into a track and make them work extremely well, to the extent that they don’t seem too out of place…” Metal Hammer issues, “Epic and extreme, Epistemology could be an apt score to a bloodthirsty Tolkien-esque battle and the symphonic ‘Introspection’ in particular would be ideal for some post-skirmish tankard-smashing. Obsidian’s guitar-playing throughout the Norwegian’s sixth full-length opus is simply magical. Equal parts brutal (‘Universal Core’) and beautiful (‘Epistemology’), his stunning blues and classic rock-steeped solo during the title track is so good Dave Gilmore would sell his inflatable pig for it.” Adds Ultimate Guitar in an 8/10 score, “The musicianship is formidable, the mixing/engineering is good, and the ideas are interesting.”

Witness the delightful destruction of third cut, “Dark Divinity,” courtesy of Cryptic Rock, at THIS LOCATION.

Thematically based around the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion, KEEP OF KALESSIN’s Epistemology is as grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom. The record highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

FULGORA: Full-Length From Grindcore/Death Unit Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index & Agoraphobic Nosebleed Streaming In Its Entirety

Stratagem is the forthcoming, seven-track skull-crusher from grindcore/death perpetrators, FULGORA. A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORA features members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Together, their output is vicious, painful and sadistic.

Set for imminent detonation courtesy of Housecore Records next month, Stratagem is a sinister collection of limited vinyl singles and samples. In anticipation of its release, today Decibel Magazine spews forth Stratagem in its scathing entirety noting in a recent 8/10 review of the record, “With Adam and John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed etc.) acting as the rhythmic backbone for guitarist/vocalist B.L. LaMew it’s not a surprise that direct lines exist between those bands. Not that we’re complaining. Adam’s drumming …unfathomably exudes space, breadth and surprising amounts of groove, while sounding like he’s hitting everything at once. His frenetic style works well with LaMew’s weaving of splashy discord into taut powerful riffs.”

Strap on a helmet and check out Stratagem at THIS LOCATION.

FULGORA will release Stratagem via Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records on March 24th, 2015.
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“FULGORA is cute” – Philip H. Anselmo

“…if Misery Index is a determined fanatic seething with the righteous rage of political revolution and Pig Destroyer is the lovelorn, desperate stalker of every woman’s nightmares, then FULGORA is a mad scientist who is going to make you the middle section of his human centipede. FULGORA’s music is unforgiving and furious, but it’s also executed with surgical precision.” – MetalSucks

BEHEMOTH: Revolver Magazine Unveils Exclusive Excerpts From Forthcoming Biography; North American Live Takeover Continues

Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors. A definitive BEHEMOTH biography penned by ?ukasz Dunaj, the stunning 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. In addition to the author’s narrative, the book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former BEHEMOTH members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more. In the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz (Polish poet, writer, occultist and longtime lyric co-writer): “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine offers up an exclusive excerpt from the book where vocalist/guitarist Nergal recounts his early grade and high school years, his increasing interest in extreme music and his growing skepticism of Catholicism. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently damning stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long takeover continues to march its way across the country and will trample through nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Reports The Dallas Observer of the band’s set, “BEHEMOTH’s credo is the power of the will, and it completely permeates their live show… On a starkly lit stage filled with cast-iron ritualistic symbols, vocalist and guitarist Nergal lurched around with the ease of a seasoned performer. He held the audience in his hand, and his performance alone made it plain why BEHEMOTH’s live show is so renowned.”

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation [remaining dates]:
2/20/2015 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015.

ABYSS: Decibel Magazine Premieres First Single From Vicious Debut LP Pending Release

Decibel Magazine is now exclusively streaming “The Atonement,” the first single culled from Toronto-based death cult, ABYSS’s Heretical Anatomy debut, impending release through 20 Buck Spin mid-April. The second of eight grisly passages bound into the album erupts with a whirlwind of debilitating and utterly sadistic grinding, percussive, death metal and never relents, much like its seven counterparts, which collectively burn all modern metal trends to a sulfuric, insignificant dust.

Heretical Anatomy will see release through 20 Buck Spin on LP and digital formats April 14th, 2015, guaranteed to attract fans of Napalm Death, Exhumed, Repulsion, Impaled, Noisem, Terrorizer, Carcass, Axis Of Advance, labelmates Mammoth Grinder, Bone Sickness and the like. ABYSS will also trek the barren North American plate spreading their diseased hymns throughout the year, with new tour dates to be announced shortly.

Exploding with a tenebrous style of Stygian, grinding death metal, witnessed through two prior demos including The Reins Of Horror via Dark Descent Records, Heretical Anatomy documents the first fully realized glimpse into the dark surging ABYSS. Hideous shapes and bloodthirsty rites of the Old Ones are viciously summoned upon the bones and bowels of the Earth, through eight odes to nameless terrors and protean revulsion mercilessly ripped from the flayed life of the cosmos and dripping with crimson adoration. The frenzied blasting of early American and UK death metal and grindcore, before a distinct separation between the two existed, is a hallmark of Heretical Anatomy, yet the overwhelming speed scattered throughout the album’s duration is expertly applied, never descending into a one dimensional space where only velocity is the basis for existence. Songs are crafted with the care of the elder gods, rigorously refined with a seasoned sophistication, always maintaining a sharply primitive ferocity. Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust adds his touch to the production, mixing and mastering this malformed death metal and the horror of its Lovecraftian persona.

Josh Gilbert (bass, vocals) – Wovenwar

Fresh off of a 5-week run with PERIPHERY, San Diego’s own WOVENWAR start a new trek with IN FLAMES and ALL THAT REMAINS in Agoura Hills, CA. Bassist JOSH GILBERT was kind enough to take a few minutes before set time for this conversation.

Q: So, day one of the tour. What’s your set time tonight?

A: 8:00.

Q: Just you three or is there a local opener?

A: No, just us 3.

Q: Where are you off to tonight after the show?

A: We head to Tucson, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, then to San Diego.

Q: Do you have a day off at home?

A: We do, we get to hang out for a bit, but we have a long drive the next day so we can’t stay super long. It will be nice just to be there.

Q: When’s the last time you were home?

A: 5 weeks ago. Actually, we played there on the last tour. We had a day and a half home. I went home, basically slept, took a shower, then went right back to the bus and came up here to start this tour.

Q: So basically 6 months since the album came out, great album by the way, and obviously different than other things you guys have done in the past and more dynamic musically.

A: Cool! That’s what we went for! We actually didn’t set out to write something as different as we possibly could. But I think we wanted to distance ourselves in any way we could at that point in time and the music that was coming out was just a lot different but retained some of the elements. We wanted to do something that spoke for itself, was separate, but had elements that fans of our old band would like. It’s not like we were writing stuff in the past that we didn’t want to write; we love that music too. I think all of us have always gravitated towards Metal, Rock, or Hard Rock as that’s stuff we grew up loving and play.

Q: But now you have a lot of singing going on and melody.

A: Yeah! That was something we were expanding as much as we would in our prior band. But with a singer that wasn’t able to sing melodically, it limited how we could write songs. It’s not like we could have a song with all singing because it was like, ‘what’s our lead singer gonna do?’ With this band, it’s really liberating to be able to write a song that spoke for itself as a piece of music and was exactly what we wanted and explored everything the song deserves.

Q: How did the writing process work?

A: It was a band effort. We started a couple months after Tim was already on house arrest and got out on bail. It was like, the allegations are true and we’re not going to want to do anything with this band in the future so what will we do with our time? All of us had been musicians and been on the road since we were out of high school. I was in this band a year after I was out of high school. So we just started writing as catharsis because we had nothing else to do but think about this insane situation. So we started on our own and we finally met at Phil’s house (PHIL SGROSSO, guitars), played each other’s demos, started jamming, making refined demos. It was around that time we thought, let’s get someone to sing these songs and we had no idea when we started writing because the songs were all over the map. Some were heavy similar to our old band and stuff that was poppier and stuff and doing whatever we were inspired to do. Once we narrowed it down to Shane (SHANE BLAY from OH, SLEEPER), because Nick (NICK HIPA, guitars) and Shane were friends for like 13/14 years. We knew Shane from his old band and met him through Nick so when Nick suggested it, we thought it would be awesome. We sent him a couple of the demos. We heard some of the ideas, but nothing concrete. So he flew out and we went up to my studio in Burbank, (Echelon Studio) and he stayed with me for a week. I barely knew the guy as we had only met a couple of times and we wrote the first few songs that ended up on the record like All Rise and The Mason. It happened all so quick. The label loved what we were coming up with and it felt right so we kept going with it. He went home then came back a month later and in another month the whole record was done. Everybody had that creative renaissance, the rebirth and we didn’t have to be defined by what we wrote in our pasts. There’s probably three times as many songs written than what made it on the record.

Q: That’s a quick process.

A: Once we showed them to the label and our management, we had to figure out a plan as we wanted to start playing live by Summer 2014. So we had to work quick and find time to set it up, mix, and master it. That’s when we got in touch with Bill (BILL STEVENSON, BLACK FLAG, THE DESCENDENTS) and he loved it. Within a text message conversation he was in. Then we had Colin (COLIN RICHARDSON, SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD) mix it. Then we sat on it for like 3 or 4 months while we tried to figure out the best way to announce it because of the delicate situation. Ultimately that was kind of ruined by Tim. He found out through the grapevine, announced it before we could just out of spite. We had a really cool 2-3 week rollout plan and within the first week he blew it for us.

Q: Is that a strained relationship these days?

A: At this point there really isn’t one. The relationship was defined pretty much right after everything happened. It was pretty much, ‘you’re with me or against me’ kind of thing and there was no middle ground. So we kind of obviously had more perspective on it than what he said in his interviews at the time. When somebody does something that doesn’t only affect you, but more importantly his own family and friends it’s a big grey area, it’s not a black and white matter. Without going into too much detail, we don’t really communicate right now.

Q: You and I can differ on opinion and still get along in life. It doesn’t have to be a certain way or we can’t exist together.

A: That’s the point. At the very bottom of my heart, I hope he finds the rehabilitation that he needs for being in solitude for so many years. He’s going to have to make that decision for himself. So all we can really do is be hopeful!

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ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Titans Announce North American Tour With Korpiklaani; One Man Army Full-Length To Drop Next Tuesday

Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland,

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record’s final descent.

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CONTINUUM: Bay Area Death Metal Unit To Release New Full-Length

Bay Area death metal henchmen and recent Unique Leader signees, CONTINUUM, are readying to unleash their debut full-length, The Hypothesis, this Spring.

The brain child of lead guitarist/composer Chase Fraser Decrepit Birth, Animosity), CONTINUUM was forged in 2009 and features the current working lineup of Fraser alongside guitarist Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Deeds Of Flesh), vocalist Riley McShane (Son Of Aurelius), bassist Nick Willbrand (Flesh Consumed) and drummer Spencer Edwards (Son Of Aurelius). Together the CONTINUUM collective provides a sound that rocks the very foundation of modern death metal.

Recorded mainly by Fraser with additional tracking and mixing by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at Castle Ultimate Studios, The Hypothesis delivers a scathing assemblage of engaging and abrasive compositions steeped conceptually in the mysteries of the infinite and the early but no-less-relevant and unsolved theories of the “continuum hypothesis.” This hypothesis was studied by a number of mathematicians including Georg Cantor in 1878, many of whom committed suicide before reaching a conclusion to the unfathomable question of infinity. This theme is brought to life by the lyrics of Mcshane, the artwork of Raymond Swanland (Deeds of Flesh, Psycroptic, Suffocation), and the mathematical compositions of Fraser. A monolith of progressive technical death metal awaits!

The Hypothesis Track Listing:
1. Hypothesis: A Profound Discovery
2. The Epiphany
3. Hypothesis: Evolution
4. Absolute Zero
5. The Awakened Creator
6. Wasps In The History Of The Weak
7. Perspective
8. Where The Worlds Were Left
9. A Surreal Descent
10. The Steppes To Ascension

The Hypothesis will be released via Unique Leader Records on April 21st, 2015 with teaser tracks and preorder packages to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Vanilla Fudge

Psychedelic rock supergroup Vanilla Fudge returns to Sellersville Theater 1894 in Eastern Pennsylvania in celebration of their first new album in several years titled ‘The Spirit Of ’67.’  They’ve influenced a generation of musicians while creating a legion of loyal fans.  They feature original members Guitarist Vinnie Martell, Keyboardist Mark Stein and Drummer Carmine Appice (Tim and Carmine later played with Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck). The Fudge hit big with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me For A While” and “Season Of The Witch.”

Vanilla Fudge | Sellersville Theater 1894

TO ENTER: E-mail enews@st94.com with the subject PSYCHEDELIC for your chance to win a pair of tickets to show!  Winners will be contacted by e-mail.  Event date is Thursday, February 26th and begins at 8 PM.

Venue Information:
Sellersville Theater 1894
24 W Temple Ave
Sellersville, PA 18960
(35 Miles North Of Philadelphia)
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GRUESOME: Death Metal Faction Featuring Members Of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation And Derketa To Release Debut

GRUESOME is a debilitating death metal faction featuring members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa. A respectful celebration of the sound of the early Death records, the collective was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours — Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing “Baptized In Blood” and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a several dates. The pair stayed in touch and discussed their mutual love (obsession?) for the early half of Death’s catalog. After deliberating and ultimately discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. With Harvey composing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast. The result is eight-track debut, Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal. Tragically, there will never be any truly new Death material, but GRUESOME is humbly determined to keeping the band’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible.

Elaborates Harvey, “We had such a blast writing and recording this album, I just hope people enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed doing it. It was a great experience working with my friends in Florida and getting to write and record my take on the Death sound. I’m beyond happy with the way everything came out and I hope people take it as the loving, respectful piece of work that it is. I know that sounds counterintuitive for a death metal album, but the whole band is really a super nerdy fan letter to Chuck [Schuldiner], James [Murphy], Rick [Rozz], Terry [Butler], Chris [Reifert], Paul [Masvidal], Sean [Reinert], and Stevie D [DiGiorgio] for making records that have given me literally decades of enjoyment. Having had a chance to meet and hang out with all of those dudes from the early Death days, with the exception of Bill Andrews, has been nothing but humbling, rewarding, enlightening and has only deepened my love for the band and made it that much more personal. So I decided to write an album about ’80s horror movies and deadly diseases, which is what anyone would do under the circumstances, right? Anyway, if you like late ’80s Death, I sincerely hope you enjoy our take on it, which is really what this album is, with all the drippy blood and inverted crosses in the logo that that implies.”

Savage Land was recorded by Rios and 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 Track Listing:

1. Savage Land

2. Trapped In Hell

3. Demonized

4. Hideous

5. Gangrene

6. Closed Casket

7. Psychic Twin

8. Gruesome

Savage Land will be released in North America via Relapse Records on April 21st, 2015, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK and the rest of the world on CD and digitally.

“The turning inside out of Death’s first two albums is in good hands here.” – Decibel Magazine

GRUESOME:
Daniel Gonzalez – Guitar
Matt Harvey – Guitar, vocals
Robin Mazen – Bass
Gus Rios – Drums

American Metal Legends TESTAMENT Announce “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour

Pioneers of the classic American metal scene, TESTAMENT, are announcing what will undoubtedly be the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this spring ? the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will conquer North America for five weeks, beginning April 1st in San Francisco, and will include select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Select cities are on sale now, and more dates will be announced soon.

Adding to TESTAMENT?s live onslaught, fans will receive a guaranteed pummelling from the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour?s revered support: fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.

TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN ?Dark Roots of Thrash II? Dates:

04/01/15 Regency Ballroom ? San Francisco, CA

04/02/15 House Of Blues ? Hollywood, CA

04/03/15 Livewire ? Scottsdale, AZ

04/04/15 Sunshine Theater ? Albuquerque, NM

04/06/15 Aztec Theater ? San Antonio, TX

04/07/15 House Of Blues ? Houston, TX

04/08/15 House Of Blues ? Dallas, TX

04/10/15 Pop?s ? Sauget, IL

04/11/15 Mojoes ? Joliet, IL

04/12/15 Harpo?s ? Detroit, MI

04/13/15 The Intersection ? Grand Rapids, MI

04/15/15 Phoenix Concert Theatre ? Toronto, ON ? CANADA

04/16/15 Rapids Theatre ? Niagara Falls, NY

04/17/15 Starland Ballroom ? Sayreville, NJ

04/18/15 The Palladium ? Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

04/19/15 The Paramount ? Huntington, NY

04/21/15 Mercury Ballroom ? Louisville, KY

04/22/15 Cannery Ballroom ? Nashville, TN

04/23/15 Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA

Additional TESTAMENT & EXODUS Festival Dates (No SHATTERED SUN):

04/25/15 ? Metropolitan Park ? Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville Festival

05/01/15 ? Farm Bureau Live ? Virginia Beach, VA, Lunatic Luau 15

05/03/15 ? Charlotte Motor Speedway ? Concord, NC, Carolina Rebellion 2015

Additional dates will be announced soon.

In addition to its monumental line-up, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour sees TESTAMENT serving up another surprise for die-hard fans of their early tenure. Each night, TESTAMENT will perform an epic headlining set that digs deep into the early discography that launched their worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades. TESTAMENT?s exclusive set will feature full-album performances of 1987?s classic body of work The Legacy and 1988?s unrelenting The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989?s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach.

The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour marks the live re-introduction of TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio. This isn?t DiGiorgio?s first time playing with TESTAMENT, as he is credited for recording bass on 1999?s The Gathering and 2001?s First Strike Still Deadly. Additionally, the tour will mark the live debut of Alex Skolnick?s anticipated brand new signature ESP guitars and Budda amps.

EXHUMED: Original Gore Metal Bassist/Vocalist Ross Sewage To Perform Five Special Shows This Week

California gore strategists, EXHUMED, are currently dispersing their disease throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. The invasion will have slaughtered nearly three-dozen municipalities upon its conclusion, with its final assault befalling Houston on February 28th. Beginning with tomorrow’s performance in Seattle through their Los Angeles date on February 22nd, bassist/vocalist Ross Sewage (Ghoul, Impaled), who played on the original Gore Metal release and redid his vocals for the recently-released rerecorded version (Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015), will join EXHUMED onstage for an “old school” portion of the band’s set.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “I’m beyond psyched that our old friend Ross Sewage will be doing us the honor of joining us on the West Coast for a some really special sets where the pure old school vibe will be 100% raging. It’s been a long time since we’ve shared the stage properly and I’ve been hoping something like this would happen for years. We look forward to grinding your faces off and literally partying like it’s 1999!”

Adds Sewage, “It’s awesome to go casket crushing again with Matt and EXHUMED, my fellow necromaniacs. We’re going to give the naked and the dead a proper taste of EXHUMED’s earlier years. In our human slaughterhouse, there will be nothing but pure, unbridled, gore fucking metal… but don’t call it a comeback. I been here for years. Makin’ the blood rain down like a monsoon, listen to my bass go boom.”

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories *
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia *
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia *
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA*
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

*w/ Ross Sewage on bass

A genre-altering slab of venomous, jaw-jarring death-metal, Gore Metal was initially issued in 1998 and oozes a charismatic audio repugnance, its maniacal riff mutinies, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired verbiage and putrid cover art still abhorrently alluring nearly two decades since its unveiling. Rather than let the opus decompose into dust however, EXHUMED returned to the studio to revisit the underground classic, the results of which can be heard on Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015. Adding depth and a new level of devious urgency to the proceedings thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 still maintains the grinding, bone raw aggression of the original recordings.

SATYRICON Signs With Napalm Records For Release of Spectacular Live DVD

Norwegian Black Metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records for release of their upcoming DVD Live At The Opera!

Mastermind Satyr about the story behind Live At The Opera:

“The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.

We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.

For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you’re there.

This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It’s not a live album. It’s a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”

Live At The Opera is set to be released in Europe on May 1st & on May 5th 2015 in North America via Napalm Records. This upcoming release will contain the full performance DVD and double CD of this exclusive and very special concert by the legendary Satyricon.

EYEHATEGOD Issues Statement Regarding Cancellation Of Tour Dates In Australia And Mexico

On the heels of the recent cancellation of their Australian tour, EYEHATEGOD was regrettably forced to postpone their three-day run through Mexico as well.

In an official statement, the band notes: “We regret to have to cancel both our Australian and Mexican dates until further notice. Vocalist Mike IX Williams’ mental stability and health are major serious issues at this point, and we are very, very sorry for putting our fans and business partners in this miserable position. We feel horrible about these empty spaces in our schedule and will make up these tours as soon as possible. The cancellation of these tours is in no way any fault of the promoters or foreign booking agents. We hope our fans understand.”

Since part of the problem included long flights, EYEHATEGOD recently embarked upon two separate short runs of shows on the West and East coast, fully against doctor’s orders. These shows were found to be physically draining and a detriment, performance-wise, to Williams. Williams – who is currently dealing with exhaustion and chronic fatigue from a near nonstop tour schedule over the last five years — is resting, healing and catering to his health and will be ready to conquer Europe and the UK on tour this April.

PRIMITIVE MAN: New EP From Blackened Doom Nihilists Out

Denver’s favorite blackened doom nihilists drop the decaying sounds of their Home Is Where The Hatred Is EP upon innocent masses. Flaunting four malicious slabs of anarchic, feedback-doused audio atrocities, Home Is Where The Hatred Is was tracked at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.) and is currently available as a special 12″ via Relapse Records.

Cvlt Nation likens the EP to having one’s “chest cavity caved in and stuffed with shit,” further celebrating a, “savage, heretical release,” Heavy Planet concurs: “Buzzing throughout with equal parts callous disregard and deafening feedback, Home Is Where The Hatred Is marks another triumphant blow to our perceptions of the human condition. Ugly truths are never easy to swallow, and here there’s no safe alternative. PRIMITIVE MAN have snatched the torch and thrust it into our gleaming smiles. So what’s it really sound like? I’d imagine slowly dying alone would look, feel, and sound something like this.” Skulls ‘N’ Bones notes, “PRIMITIVE MAN’s outlook is as bleak as ever, their sound is titanic in size and force, and their tone is depressed. There is little hope found on Home Is Where the Hatred Is, but for many, hope was lost a long, long time ago,” while Exclaim adds, “Unapologetically bleak and permeated by loathing and hostility, Home Is Where The Hatred Is will either leave you wanting more or contemplating teetering off a ledge.”

In commemoration of its release today MetalSucks is streaming Home Is Where The Hatred Is in its wretched entirety elaborating: “PRIMITIVE MAN’s weapon of choice is more akin to water-boarding: they’re going to drag this shit out as long as possible, they’re going to torture you ever so slowly, and they’re gonna make sure every little drop is even worse than the one before it.”

PRIMITIVE MAN will wage war upon the US this Spring with a short run of live abrasions which will include an appearances at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. Slated to commence on May16th in Omaha and accompanied by Canadian grindcore perpetrators, Wake, on select dates, the band will consume eleven cities with their traumatic odes, with the run coming to a halt in Colorado Springs on May 30th. The trek follows the band’s UK takeover with Sea Bastard and European dates with Fister.

PRIMITIVE MAN:
3/30/2015 Unicorn – London, UK w/ Sea Bastard
3/31/2015 TBA – Nottingham, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/01/2015 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/02/2015 South Sea Live – Sheffield, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/03/2015 South Sea Live – Newcastle, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/04/2015 Audio – Glasgow, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/05/2015 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK w/ Sea Bastard
4/6/2015 The Pit’s – Kortijk, BE w/ Fister
4/07/2015 Het Bos – Antwerp, BE w/ Fister
4/08/2015 Vera GroningeN, NL
4/09/2015 Roadburn Festival 2015 @ 013 Venue – Tilburg, NL
4/10/2015 1000fryd – Copenhagen, Denmark w/ Fister
4/12/2015 Modra Vopice – Prague, CZ w/ Fister
4/13/2015 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE w/ Fister
4/14/2015 L’usine Geneva, CZ w/ Fister
4/15/2015 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT w/ Fister
4/16/2015 Lo-Fi – Milan, IT w/ Fister
4/18/2015 Jugendhaus Kloster – Weil der Stadt, DE w/ Fister
5/16/2015 TBA – Omaha, NE w/ Wake
5/17/2015 The Black Hole – Cedar Falls, IA w/ Wake
5/18/2015 Skeletunes Lounge – Fort Wayne, IN w/ Wake
5/19/2015 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI w/ Wake
5/20/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Wake
5/21 – 5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD
5/25/2015 TBA – Washing DC w/ the Body Water Torture, Wake
5/26/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Wake
5/27/2015 JJ’s Bohemia – Chatanooga, TN w/ Wake
5/28/2015 The Demo – St. Louis, MO w/ Wake
5/30/2015 Flux Capacitor – Colorado Springs, CO
8/14/2015 Oakland Deadfest 2015 @ Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA

PRIMITIVE MAN features within their animosity-strewn ranks current and former members of Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death Of Self, Vermin Womb and Reproacher. Home Is Where The Hatred Is serves as the follow-up to the band’s Scorn full-length. Crowned, “one of the most brutal, unsettling and uncompromising albums you will hear all year,” by About.com and, “terrifyingly addicting and unforgivingly heavy,” by MetalSucks, Scorn was initially unleashed in 2012 via a collaboration between Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records before being reissued by Relapse the following year.

GORGUTS – announce release of “Obscura” and “From Wisdom To Hate” reissues in April

Century Media Records are proud to announce the re-issue of two groundbreaking technical death metal albums by long-running Canadian legend GORGUTS on April 6, 2015 in Europe and April 7, 2015 in North America. Founding member Luc Lemay (vocals/guitar) comments:

“Hi everybody! It’s with excitement that I write these lines to you today, because I’m proud to announce that our 1998 record “Obscura” and 2001’s “From Wisdom To Hate” will finally be re-released! We did a lot of touring for our latest record, “Colored Sands”, and everyday someone would ask me when “Obscura” would be out again. Well, here we are!!!!

For this re-issue, I decided to include liner notes that tell the story behind each record. How we got together as musicians, what was the composition process that made this sound possible and that made us grow as artists.

You’ll also notice that both re-releases bear the new logo. Well, I decided to change the logo because, with a step back, I realized that I never really like the original one on “Obscura” and I wanted to give the record a fresh look. I kept the same logo for “From Wisdom To Hate”, because it was created for this record.

Thanks again to all our fans for their unconditional support through all those years…
Krank the volume to 11………INTRA LIMPIDUS OBSCURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Psycroptic debuts ‘Cold’ music video; new album coming March 10

Lauded as “one of the best technical death metal bands in the world”, the Tasmanian group PSYCROPTIC will release their self-titled Prosthetic debut on March 10. Watch their music video for the new song “Cold,” filmed by Wilson Bambrick (Deafheaven, Black Breath, Title Fight), here:

PSYCROPTIC will next be seen on a headlining jaunt across Australia alongside Goatwhore as well as additional support on select dates from Earth Rot, Disentomb, Ouroboros, label mates I Exist and more! See below for a full list of dates and upcoming festival appearances (including Brutal Assault).

The band’s upcoming self-titled release — featuring mind-bending artwork by Valnoir (The Black Dahlia Murder, Mutilation Rites) — was produced, engineered and mixed by guitarist Joe Haley and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Baroness).

TRACK LISTING
1. Echoes to Come
2. Ending
3. A Soul Once Lost
4. Cold
5. Setting The Skies Ablaze
6. Ideals That Wont Surrender
7. Sentence Of Immortality
8. The World Discarded
9. Endless Wandering

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
3/12 Perth, AU – Amplifier ^
3/13 Melbourne, AU – The Hi-Fi *
3/14 Adelaide, AU – The New Dead Festival (Fowlers) *
3/15 Ballarat, AU – Karova Lounge *
3/18 Geelong, AU – The Barwon Club #
3/19 Lanceston, AU – Club 54 #
3/20 Hobart, AU – The Brisbane Hotel #
3/21 Melbourne, AU – Wrangler Studios #
3/25 Canberra, AU – The Basement &
3/26 Newcastle, AU – The Cambridge Hotel &
3/27 Sydney, AU – The Factory Theater &
3/28 Brisbane, AU – Crowbar &
6/07 Osaka, JP – Nanba Rockets
6/08 Tokyo, JP – Duo Music Exchange
8/05 Prague, CZ – Brutal Assault 2015
^ with Goatwhore & Earth Rot
* with Goatwhore, Earth Rot & Aversions Crown
# with Goatwhore, Disentomb & Whoretopsy
& with Goatwhore, Disentomb & Ouroboros

WHITECHAPEL Plots Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour For March

Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again this Spring for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. Set to embark on February 28th, the trek will take the Tennessee natives from Memphis through the Midwest and includes an appearance at Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, California March 7th alongside The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce The Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more.

WHITECHAPEL:
2/28/2015 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/01/2015 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/02/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
3/03/2015 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/05/2015 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
3/07/2015 NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) – San Bernardino, CA
3/08/2015 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
3/09/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/10/2015 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
3/11/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2015 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
4/11/2015 Empire Garage (Texas Independence Fest) – Austin, TX

WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records. Their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release to date, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

“…fantastic…definitely one of WHITECHAPEL’s best albums.” – Metal Injection

UNLEASHED: NEW ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED

Dawn Of The Nine will be the same of the twelfth studio album by Swedish death metal pioneers UNLEASHED, due out in North America this spring via Nuclear Blast.

UNLEASHED founding member, bassist, and vocalist Johnny Hedlund shares the following about the cover artwork created by Pär Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN):

?The artwork represents the continuation of our previous album, which ended with ?The Great Battle of Odalheim.? The battle took place at Uppsala Fields in Sweden, and you can clearly see the king?s grave in the cover art work which also represents the future. You can also see the bombed out church in the far distance, the place of blood in the front, and the rune stone with the runic symbol of courage of the new dawn.?

Recorded & produced by UNLEASHED guitarist Fredrik Folkare at his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the track listing for Dawn Of The Nine is:

01. A New Day Will Rise
02. They Came To Die
03. Defenders Of Midgard
04. Where Is Your God Now?
05. The Bolt Thrower
06. Let The Hammer Fly
07. Where Churches Once Burned
08. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
09. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

With a career spanning twenty five years, UNLEASHED are credited with founding the Viking Death Metal movement back in 1990, when they were among the first death metal bands to write songs about their Viking/Scandinavian heritage. Two and a half decades later, their riffs are still register as shrapnel and their choruses are just as epic as they continue to meld uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to the pantheon of gods in Norse mythology, most especially Odin – ruler of Valhalla.

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