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BEHEMOTH Releases “Ben Sahar” Video; North American Tour Dates Draw Near

BEHEMOTH has unveiled their fourth music video from The Satanist in the form of “Ben Sahar.” The clip is a sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that’s become standard fair for the Polish band’s videos.

“Ben Sahar” was directed by Sturla Vioar, Dariusz Szermanowicz and Adam “Nergal” Darski, with DOP Olafur Kiljan, props and costume designs by Sharon Eman of Toxic Visions, and VFX by Olafur Kiljan. The complete cast and credits can be found in the video’s YouTube description. Watch the video now;

The death/black metal outfit has announced their return to North America this Spring with a special tour, featuring support from Myrkur. With plans to play their latest album, The Satanist, in its entirety, this is one BEHEMOTH show not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages that include a commemorative laminate, meet and greet with the band, 18″ x 24″ poster set (three posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now. Only fifty fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now! See below for all dates.


BEHEMOTH w/ Myrkur:

4/21/2016 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/23/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/24/2016 Royale – Boston, MA
4/25/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
4/26/2016 The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
4/27/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/29/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
4/30/2016 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
5/01/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/03/2016 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
5/04/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/06/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
5/07/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CADeclared, “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever,” by Decibel Magazine, The Satanist was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, and a debut at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off The First Leg Of Their North American Live Takeover

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off the first leg of their long-anticipated North American live takeover tomorrow, April 6th in Huntington, West Virginia. The trek runs through April 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York with support provided by Mothership. The following evening the band will play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Richmond, Virginia.

Following a short breather, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will head back out for more than two dozen dates with Lamb Of God and Clutch. See confirmed performances below. The latest excursions follow the band’s successful headlining trek with Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours, and Mothership at the close of 2015 and will include some never-before-heard tunes slated for their forthcoming full-length.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Mothership:
4/06/2016 V Club – Huntington, WV
4/07/2016 Ziggys By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
4/08/2016 Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA
4/09/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/10/2016 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
4/12/2016 The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
4/13/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/14/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
4/15/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/16/2016 The BroadBerry – Richmond, VA * w/ Eyehategod (no Mothership)
w/ Lamb Of God, Clutch:
5/03/2016 The Orpheum – New Orleans, LA
5/04/2016 Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
5/05/2016 Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
5/07/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH *w/ Lo-Pan (no LOG or Clutch)
5/08/2016 Reading Eagle Theatre – Reading, PA
5/09/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
5/10/2016 House of Blues – Boston, MA
5/12/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/13/2016 Westfair Amphitheater – Council Bluffs, IA
5/14/2016 Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA (no LOG or Clutch)
5/16/2016 Magic City Music Hall – Binghamton, NY
5/17/2016 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
5/18/2016 Higher Ground – So. Burlington, VT w/ Clutch (no LOG)
5/19/2016 TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
5/23/2016 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/24/2016 Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
5/25/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/27/2016 Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/28/2016 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA
5/29/2016 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
5/31/2016 WaMu Theater @ CenturyLink Field Events – Seattle, WA
6/01/2016 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
6/04/2016 Calgary Stampede Corral – Calgary, AB
6/05/2016 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
6/06/2016 Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition Park – Saskatoon, SK
6/07/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
6/10/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Ft. Wayne, IN w/ Clutch, Valkyrie (No LOG)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has been diligently working on their follow-up to 2014’s IX offering. The as-yet-untitled long player will be helmed by longtime producer John Custer, who’s recorded such prior COC classics as Deliverance, Wiseblood, America’s Volume Dealer, and In The Arms Of God. The record will mark the band’s studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan and their first full-length record together since 2005. A Fall 2016 release is expected.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012’s self-titled album and 2014’s IX to wide acclaim, but many fans have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.

The band was originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a then new lineup on 1991’s Blind album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as the group’s primary vocalist on Deliverance (1994) and Wiseblood(1996). These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of their previous albums, with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired songwriting and more spacious production and execution. Since then the band has often been copied but rarely equaled. This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside such greats Metallica, Clutch, Eyehategod and many more. Eventually, following the release of In the Arms Of God in 2005, Keenan decided to focus all his energy on his hometown band Down… until now.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is:
Pepper Keenan – vocals, guitar
Woodroe Weatherman – guitar
Mike Dean – bass, vocals
Reed Mullin – drums, vocals

WRVTH Unveils “Larkspur” Video; Live Takeover Looms

In advance of their 2016 Spring live takeover, California atmospheric tech death unit, WRVTH, unveils the visual companion to “Larkspur,” from their critically-lauded, self-titled full-length released via Unique Leader last year.

Directed by Justin Aragon, the punishing black and white performance clip finds the band in their most comfortable habitat: the stage. Check it out;

WRVTH’s latest run of onstage mayhem will commence with a short string of headlining dates this Friday, April 8th in Riverside, California and run through April 13th in Austin, Texas. From there, the band will join Seeker and Forty Winters for a fifteen-date pillage through the end of the month. The chaos continues with four more headlining dates from May 1st in Spokane, Washington through May 4th in Cupertino, California with additional live abrasions to be announced in the weeks to come.

WRVTH:
4/08/2016 Clash City Station – Riverside, CA *
4/09/2016 The Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ *
4/10/2016 Blu Phoenix Venue “The Compound 2” – Albuquerque, NM *
4/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, X
4/12/016 Renos Chop Shop- Dallas, TX *
4/13/2016 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX *
w/ Seeker, Forty Winters:
4/14/2016 Boneshakers – Corpus Christi, TX
4/15/2016 Twist Of Lime – Metairie, LA
4/16/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
4/17/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
4/18/2016 Anonymous Guitars – Lake Worth, FL
4/19/2016 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016 The Basement – Atlanta, GA
4/21/2016 The DHP – Fayetteville, NC
4/22/2016 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
4/23/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/24/2016 Championship Bar- Trenton, NJ
4/25/2016 The Outpost – Kent, OH
4/26/2016 The Ritz- Warren, MI
4/27/2016 Fubar- St Louis, MO
4/29/2016 Black Gold Grille – Casper, WY
4/30/2016 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
End Tour
5/01/2016 The Pin! – Spokane, WA *
5/02/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA*
5/03/2016 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR *
5/04/2016 Homestead Bown & The X Bar – Cupertino, CA *
* WRVTH only

Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth, commended by Dead Rhetoric for being, “bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings,” 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.

“Exploring technically-driven death metal through a more emotive and atmospheric approach, WRVTH often takes the road less traveled.” – Dead Rhetoric

“[WRVTH’s] penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them ‘on a playlist with Fallujah’ one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. WRVTH add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk – think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. – and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience.” – MetalSucks

“WRVTH’s long stretches 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.” – No Clean Singing

“Wrvth is a triumph in a way that hasn’t really been seen before: 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.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“WRVTH reemerge with a unique, albeit morose, offering that outshines any previous efforts.” – Sputnik Music

CHILD BITE: New Full-Length From Detroit Noise Rock Oddballs Out; Record Streaming In Full + Massive Upcoming Tour Schedule Unveiled

Negative Noise is the long-awaited new full-length from Detroit noise rock oddballs, CHILD BITE. Out today on Housecore Records, the traumatizing, forty-seven-minute offering was produced by label head Philip H. Anselmo, mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. With twelve tracks of the bands distinct brand of chaotic, noisy apocalyptic sound Negative Noise represents all the weirdness that has made CHILD BITE so great over their hard years on the road.

In celebration of its release, today New Noise Magazine is pleased to host a stream of the record in its entirety, calling it, “an adventurous slice of loud rock,” in a 4.5/5 review. “CHILD BITE plays on the outskirts of several different scenes. They have the aggressive force of hardcore, but it’s filtered through grimy noise rock, which means the songs all take interesting twists and turns. They can get right in your face, but they can also go off on proggy tangents, while retaining their impact…Negative Noise showcases a band firing on all cylinders.”

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ESCHATON: New England Technical Death Metal Behemoths Premiere The Beast Is Awakened Video

The rage-bringers at Itdjents.com are pleased to premiere ESCHATON’s visual accompaniment to “The Beast Is Awakened.” The track comes by way of the band’s spine-twisting Sentinel Apocalypse full-length released through Unique Leader last year.

Captured at drummer Darren Cesca’s House Of Grind Studios in southern Connecticut, Sentinel Apocalypse is a relentlessly abrasive exercise in technical agility and blatant aggression boasting eleven tracks of methodical guitar sweeps, fierce drum incursions and dominating vocal tirades for fans of the twisted craftings of bands like Carnifex, The Faceless, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Beneath The Massacre.

“‘The Beast Is Awakened’ is an attempt to illustrate mankind’s metamorphosis into savage and destructive animals that is the result of the perpetual struggle between man’s obsession with power and inextinguishable thirst for freedom,” elaborates the band of the track. “Some would rather face death than oppression while others will stop at nothing to maintain control, resulting in a cycle of horrific acts that represent the worst of who we are as a species. The video’s producer, Miceli Productions LLC, went to great lengths to capture the chaotic and violent nature of the song, but also the energy and technicality of the band’s performance. The goal was to blend dynamic angles, post production effects, war footage and editing techniques to give the viewer an intense and captivating experience.”

“The Beast Is Awakened” and you’re invited to watch;

A theological term that refers to the world during the post historic era of God’s overt apocalyptic reign, immediately preceding the end of the world, ESCHATON was founded in 2007 near Providence, Rhode Island and manifests a uniquely belligerent, stand-alone sound that’s at once harsh and procedural yet wholly-enthralling. ESCHATON features vocalist Jason Viteri, guitarist brothers Joshua and Jared Berry, bassist Pat Pattison and drummer Darren Cesca (Pillory, Arsis, Goratory, Incinerate).

EYEHATEGOD Confirms Spring Live Takeovers; Upcoming Dates Include A Trek With Discharge

Following a short Winter slumber, the New Orleans ear bleeders in EYEHATEGOD are back to flatten stages this Spring with two separate roadside takeovers. The first round will commence with a headlining tour set to kick off April 13th and run through May 3rd. The near-three week march features support from Fight Amp on select dates as well as special shows with Antiseen (April 15th) and Corrosion Of Conformity (April 16th). The band will take a short pause before heading back to the streets from May 29th through June 6th with hard punk icons Discharge with additional support provided by Toxic Holocaust. See all confirmed dates below.

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SUNN O))): New Southeastern US Tour Including Big Ears Festival Begins This Week

Following their recent performances throughout Australia, SUNN O))) this week travels to the Southeastern US for a run of tour dates. Leading off with the massive Big Ears Fest in Knoxville this weekend where they’ll share the stage with Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass, Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra Arkestra, Wolf Eyes, labelmates Big | Brave, and many others, shows in Nashville, Athens, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa follow through April 8th. Later in April, SUNN O))) will travel to Austin to take part in Levitation 2016 with the likes of Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, The Brian Jonestown Masacre, Sleep, and many more.

May sees SUNN O))) performing throughout the Southwestern and West Coast states, with shows in Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Oakland, May 2nd through 7th. This tour is followed later in the month with the band’s participation in Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina on May 21st. In June, they will tour through St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit on their way to tow major Canadian festivals; Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival on June 10th, and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal on June 11th. The band then immediately crosses the Atlantic for shows in Amsterdam and Ghent preceding their return to Hellfest in France on June 17th.

The touring lineup for these shows will include founding members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, as well as longtime members Attila Csihar, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and Steve Moore (Earth, Stebmo). Additional international live performances are still being scheduled for the Spring and Summer months.

SUNN O)))’s late 2015-released full-length album, Kannon, the brand new reissue of the Dømkirke live album, and other titles and merch is available through Southern Lord.

SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
4/02/2016 Big Ears Fest – Knoxville, TN
4/03/2016 Exit/in – Nashville, TN
4/05/2016 Georgia – Athens, GA
4/06/2016 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
4/07/2016 Sun Ray Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
4/08/2016 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/30/2016 Levitation – Austin, TX
5/02/2016 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
5/03/2016 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/06/2016 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/07/2016 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/21/2016 Moogfest – Durham, NC
6/06/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
6/07/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
6/08/2016 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
6/09/2016 El Club – Detroit, MI
6/10/2016 Hearn Generating Station – Toronto, ON @ Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival
6/11/2016 Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC @ Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival
6/14/2016 Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
6/15/2016 Vooruit – Ghent, BE
6/17/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

COFFIN DUST: Philadelphia Death Thrashing Grave Robbers Featuring Matt Slime To Unleash Everything Is Dead Via Unholy Anarchy Records; New Track Stenching Up The Airwaves

Philadelphia-based death thrash grave robbers, COFFIN DUST, which features within its repugnant ranks former Exhumed bassist Matt Slime, will unleash their Everything Is Dead full-length via Unholy Anarchy Records this May.

Recorded and mastered by Ryan Reed at Creep Records Recording Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Everything Is Dead offers up seven tracks of audio deviance including a cover of Slayer’s “Metal Storm/Face The Slayer.”

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GRUESOME Announces Dimensions Of Horror; Trailer + EP Details Revealed

After exploding onto the death metal scene in 2015 with their Leprosy-inspired full-length debut, Savage Land, death metal wrecking crew GRUESOME — featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, and Derketa — returns in 2016 with a new EP entitled Dimensions Of Horror. Produced by the band and co-produced and recorded by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions Of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, savage, and irresistible.

GRUESOME has unveiled a trailer of new music from Dimensions Of Horror;


Over the past year, GRUESOME has performed at numerous festivals worldwide, including Full Terror Assault Fest, Obscene Extreme America, and Netherlands Deathfest. The band has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore this coming May 26th through the 29th. Stay tuned for more festival announcements.

Dimensions Of Horror Track Listing:
1. Forces Of Death
2. Raped By Darkness
3. Amputation
4. Hellbound
5. Seven Doors
6. Dimensions Of Horror

Multi-state death metal project GRUESOME was born out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. Harvey served as frontman for the original mini-tour and Rios both performed “Baptized In Blood” and worked with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support. After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested that the pair write their own songs in intentional homage to the band. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the band soon had five tracks written. With Harvey writing 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.

GRUESOME released a pair of single-song demos in 2014, and was subsequently signed by Relapse Records in June of that year, with a full-length release (recorded in Florida, of course) planned for early the following year. The result of those recordings would become the band’s debut full-length Savage Land, a truly harrowing slab of Leprosy-styled death metal released in April 2015. It’s clear from the song quality on Savage Land that GRUESOME is humbly determined to keep Death’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible, and the critical acclaim for the record has reflected the band’s dedication. Metal Injection called Savage Land, “the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for,” while Exclaim gushed, “the enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring.” Now, GRUESOME has returned stronger than ever with their new EP Dimensions Of Horror. With an all-star lineup and unmatched songwriting skills, GRUESOM is willing and able to propel the historical sentiment and sincerity of Death’s spirit into the present.

GRUESOME is:
Daniel Gonzalez – guitar
Matt Harvey – guitar, vocals
Robin Mazen – bass
Gus Rios – drums

WHITECHAPEL To Appear On Warped Tour This Summer

Currently putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming sixth full-length, WHITECHAPEL has announced their appearance on this year’s edition of Warped Tour, which runs from June 24th through August 13th. Joining them on the annual expedition will be Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine, Every Time I Die, Motionless In White, and many more. For further info visit vanswarpedtour.com. WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their as-yet-untitled new album.

Prior to their Warped Tour takeover, WHITECHAPEL will conclude their campaign for their latest album, Our Endless War, with a US headlining trek with support provided by Fit For A King, The Plot In You, and Enterprise Earth. See below for all confirmed dates.

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WRVTH: Ethereal Tech Death Quintet To Kick Off First National Live Takeover Of 2016 Next Month

California ethereal tech death perpetrators, WRVTH, are readying to kick off their first US live takeover of the year. The band’s latest journey will commence next month with a short string of headlining dates from April 8th in Riverside, California through April 13th in Austin, Texas. From there, the band will join Seeker and Forty Winters for a fifteen-date pillage through the end of the month. The onstage debauchery continues with four more headlining dates from May 1st in Spokane, Washington through May 4th in Cupertino, California with additional live abrasions in their plotting stages.

WRVTH:
4/08/2016 Clash City Station – Riverside, CA *
4/09/2016 The Underground – Mesa, AZ *
4/10/2016 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM *
4/112/016 Renos Chop Shop- Dallas, TX *
4/13/2016 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX *
w/ Seeker, Forty Winters:
4/14/2016 Boneshakers – Corpus Christi, TX
4/15/2016 Twist Of Lime – Metairie, LA
4/16/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
4/17/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
4/18/2016 Anonymous Guitars – Lake Worth, FL
4/19/2016 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016 The Basement – Atlanta, GA
4/21/2016 The DHP – Fayetteville, NC
4/22/2016 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
4/23/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
4/24/2016 Championship Bar- Trenton, NJ
4/25/2016 The Outpost – Kent, OH
4/26/2016 The Ritz- Warren, MI
4/27/2016 Fubar- St Louis, MO
4/29/2016 Black Gold Grille – Casper, WY
4/30/2016 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
End Tour
5/01/2016 The Pin! – Spokane, WA *
5/02/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA*
5/03/2016 Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR *
5/04/2016 The X Bar – Cupertino, CA *
* WRVTH only

WRVTH released their critically-lauded self-titled full-length via Unique Leader last year. Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), the records 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.

“Exploring technically-driven death metal through a more emotive and atmospheric approach, WRVTH often takes the road less traveled,” noted Dead Rhetoric upon initial investigation of the record, further commending the band’s, “innovation within the technical death metal genre. A genre that is frequently fueled by sterility and/or clinical productions, Wrvth comes as a breath of fresh air… WRVTH can be bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings.” MetalSucks shared the sentiment. “[WRVTH’s] penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them ‘on a playlist with Fallujah’ one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. WRVTH add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk – think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. – and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience.” Added Metal Injection of the band’s first single, “‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that it 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.”

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy — Initial October Festival Lineup Announced

The initial lineup for Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy has been announced, as early bird tickets for the event have been made available this week.

For the fifth installation of the annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST, this year’s edition will once again overthrow Tucson, the 2016 installment of the annual gathering running from October 20th through 23rd, with forty-five artists from across the US and Canada converging on three stages, including venues 191 Toole, Club Congress, The Flycatcher, and Gary’s Place..

The SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy initial lineup has been announced, this first wave of bands featuring Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Infest, Nails, Power Trip, Final Conflict, Full Of Hell, Sumac, Kowloon Walled City, Khemmis, CHRCH, Behold! The Monolith, Theories, Wake, and The Drip!

The second wave of artists set to play SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy will be announced April 18th, the same day VIP passes and individual tickets go on sale.

Since 2012, the SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST gathering has seen hordes flock to the desert city of Tucson for several days of music, the event rooted heavily into the community through local business sponsorship and cooperation. Prior festivals have seen dozens of extreme artists from across the spectrum, including Neurosis, Sunn O))), Sleep, The Body, Goatsnake, Pelican, Author & Punisher, Kylesa, Red Fang, Hull, and countless others performing, and there are several dozen more acts still to be announced for the upcoming fifth gathering.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Gears Up For Mammoth 2016 North American Live Takeover

Long running metal icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off an epic North American live takeover next month. The first leg of the journey kicks off on April 6th in Huntington, West Virginia and will run through April 15th in Poughkeepsie, New York with support provided by Mothership. The following evening the band will play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Richmond, Virginia. Following a short breather, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will head back out for more than two dozen dates with Lamb Of God and Clutch. See confirmed performances below. The latest excursions follow the band’s successful headlining trek with Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours and Mothership at the close of 2015 and will include some never-before-heard tunes slated for their forthcoming full-length.

Comments guitarist Woodroe Weatherman: “We’ve all been working hard writing and demoing new riffs for the next album but we thought it would be a good idea to jump on the road a bit and let some of these new ideas sink in.”

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FEAR FACTORY To Kick Off US Demanufacture Tour

In less than two weeks, the pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, will kick off their US headlining tour which will see the band perform its classic second album Demanufacture in its entirety. The trek will commence on March 21st and run through May 7th with support provided by Swedish metal unit, Soilwork.

“To me, this album sounds not one day older today than it did in 1995,” stated guitarist Dino Cazares, “It’s a metal classic for the ages and I’m excited that we are finally going to be able to perform it live in its entirety and songs from Genexus. Play fearlessly.”

Adds vocalist Burton C. Bell, “I am looking forward to the upcoming tour where FEAR FACTORY will be performing Demanufacture in full for the first time since we released it in 1995. We have some good friends joining us for everyone’s enjoyment. Please come and support the bands that tour hard, and play harder!”

FEAR FACTORY w/ Soilwork:
3/21/2016 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM (No Soilwork)
3/22/2016 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM (No Soilwork)
3/24/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/25/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX
3/26/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
3/28/2016 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
3/29/2016 Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
3/30/2016 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
4/01/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/02/2016 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
4/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
4/05/2016 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
4/06/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
4/08/2016 Reverb – Reading, PA
4/09/2016 Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/10/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/12/2016 Altar Bar- Pittsburgh, PA
4/14/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/1/52016 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
4/16/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
4/17/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
4/19/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
4/20/2016 Q and Z Expo Center- Ringle, WI
4/21/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/22/2016 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
4/23/2016 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
4/24/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
4/26/2016 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
4/27/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID
4/29/2016 Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
4/30/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/01/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
5/03/2016 Slims – San Francisco, CA
5/04/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
5/05/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/06/2016 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
5/07/2016 Fonda – Theatre Los Angeles, CA

FEAR FACTORY’s latest offering, Genexus, was released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album charted in several countries around the globe, coming in at #13 on the World Top 40 Chart, and once again solidifying the band’s stature as an international force! In addition, Genexus has surpassed the band’s last two releases, Mechanize (2010) and The Industrialist (2012), in terms of first-week sales and chart numbers in the United States.

Genexus world chart positions include:
Australia #15
Austria #25
Belgium #35
Canada #36
Czech Republic #42
Finland #25
France #55
Germany #17
Ireland #7 (Top 20 Indie)
Netherlands #34
Sweden #12 (Rock/Metal)
Switzerland #18
UK #31
USA #37
World #13

Genexus was produced by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, and co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber. The album was mixed by famed British producer and engineer, Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Testament, Exodus et al). Artwork was once again handled by artist Anthony Clarkson. Drums on Genexus were performed by Mike Heller (Malignancy).
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1990, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become an immense influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band’s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

GOROD: “Inner Alchemy” Video From French Tech Death Strategists; Band To Kick Off Canadian Tour Later This Month

MetalSucks is pleased to unveil the official new video for “Inner Alchemy” from French tech death strategists, GOROD. The latest crusher comes by way of the band’s A Maze Of Recycled Creeds full-length, released last Fall in North America via Unique Leader Records.

Centered around unfathomable fantasies created by various secret societies and mystical orders, A Maze Of Recycled Creeds is a near-fifty-minute-long work of diabolic genius spewing forth eleven tracks of arthritis-inducing riffs, spiraling, harmony-rich fret decompositions, surgically-precise time shifts, blasts, brawn and an incessant barrage of malicious vocal onslaughts.

Issues MetalSucks of the track, “How do GOROD do it? Combine such masterfully technical riffing and lead work with instantly memorable melodies, that is. So many try yet so few succeed, resulting in the oft-cited ‘tech-death salad’ problem cited by so many of the genre’s detractors. Yet GOROD consistently delivers the goods time and time again, as they did on their 2015 album A Maze of Recycled Creeds, proving why they’re some of the best in the biz. Here we are with a new music video for ‘Inner Alchemy’ from that album, as good as an example as any. Besides showcasing what GOROD do best from a musical standpoint – see above – the video is a fun watch; there are plenty of up-close shots of the guys playing their instruments for you musicians out there, all wrapped in a visually arresting style that keeps the video engaging for the rest of us.”

In related news, GOROD will kick off a Canadian tour later this month. Set to commence on March 24th and run through April 16th, the band will be joined by Bookakee as well as Beyond Creation on select dates.

GOROD w/ Bookakee – Canadian Tour 2016:
3/24/2016 Les Productions 4 Barils – Jonquière, QC *
3/25/2016 Cactus Show Bar – Rimouski, QC *
3/26/2016 Gus’ Pub & Grill – Halifax, NS *
3/27/2016 Esquire Tavern – Moncton, NB *
3/28/2016 Charlotte Street Arts Centre – Fredericton, NB *
3/29/2016 House of TARG – Ottawa, ON
3/30/2016 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC*
3/31/2016 Bar Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
4/01/2016 L’Anti Bar & Spectacles – Quebec, QC
4/02/2016 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
4/3/2016 The Asylum Sudbury – Sudbury, ON
4/05/2016 North Hill Inn – Brandon, MB
4/06/2016 Vangelis Tavern – Saskatoon, SK
4/07/2016 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
4/08/2016 The Office Pub & Grill – Kamloops, BC
4/09/2016 Funky Winker Beans – Vancouver, BC
4/10/2016 The Green – Vernon, BC
4/11/2016 Brixx – Edmonton, AB
4/12/2016 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/13/2016 TBA – Winnipeg, MB
4/14/2016 Black Pirates Pub – Thunder Bay, ON
4/15/2016 TBA – Sault-Ste-Marie, ON
4/16/2016 La Scène Évolu-Son – Rouyn-Noranda, QC
* w/ Beyond Creation

“…the undisputed kings of melodic tech death…” – MetalSucks

“…one of the best technical death metal bands out there…”– Metal Injection

“… the band’s highly diverse mix of influences – and their boundless ability to combine all of them together this succinctly – makes for an incredible listening experience, and one not to be missed by any fan of tastefully written heavy music.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…in lesser hands, this mixing of jazz/funk/prog/fusion/metal would likely end up as an unlistenable mess, but you only have to look to the weirdly infectious, stop-motion fretwork of ‘An Order To Reclaim’ — which concludes with an audaciously epic, funk-doom outro — to see the Frenchmen make it look almost effortless.” – No Clean Singing

“GOROD are simply turning the genre on its head while delivering one of the year’s very best and entertaining albums.” – Teeth Of The Divine

“GOROD continues to evolve and progress while others are content to ride their coattails…. one of the year’s strongest tech death offerings.” – Dead Rhetoric

“If Animals As Leaders or Felix Martin decided that they wanted to be a band like Metallica…it might come out like this.” – Glacially Musical

WHITECHAPEL Announces Headlining US Tour With Fit For A King, The Plot In You And Enterprise Earth

Currently finishing up work on their upcoming sixth full-length, WHITECHAPEL will head back out on the road next month for their final headlining tour in support of their latest album, Our Endless War. The seventeen-date journey will kick off May 4th in Fayetteville, Arkansas and wrap up on May 22nd in Wilmington, North Carolina. Support will be provided Fit For A King, The Plot In You, and Enterprise Earth.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Fit For A King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth:
5/04/2016 Georfe’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
5/05/2016 The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
5/06/2016 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK *
5/07/2016 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
5/08/2016 Rock Island – Wichita, KS
5/10/2016 Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
5/11/2016 Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
5/12/2016 The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI
5/13/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
5/14/2016 Reverb Concerts – Reading, PA
5/15/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
5/17/2016 Higher Ground South – Burlington, VT
5/18/2016 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY **
5/19/2016 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
5/20/2016 The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC **
5/21/2016 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
5/22/2016 Ziggy’s by the Sea – Wilmington, NC
* WHITECHAPEL, Fit For A King, Enterprise Earth only
** WHITECHAPEL, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth only

Never content to remain idle, WHITECHAPEL – who’ve spent the past few years on the road with the likes of Slayer, King Diamond, Suicide Silence, and other premier acts – plans to tour North America this Summer and beyond, supporting their as-yet-untitled new full-length. Reuniting with producer Mark Lewis (Audio Hammer Studios), the follow-up to 2014’s Our Endless War — which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart — is poised to dominate the music world in 2016. Stay tuned for details!

BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY Announce US Tour With Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong

This Spring, Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS and Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit ABNORMALITY will hit the road with Soulfly, Suffocation, and Lody Kong for an extensive US tour. The near-month-long journey runs from April 22nd through May 20th with additional BATTLECROSS one-off shows confirmed prior to and following the tour.

BATTLECROSS will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise To Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band’s second Billboard entry (2013’s War Of Will entered the charts at #130).

Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, ABNORMALITY will be releasing their debut for the label this upcoming April. Stay tuned for details.

BATTLECROSS:
4/19/2016 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
4/21/2016 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY w/ Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong:
4/22/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
4/23/2016 El Rey – McAllen, TX
4/24/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX *no Suffocation
4/25/2016 Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
4/26/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/27/2016 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
4/28/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2016 Revolution – Long Island, NY
4/30/2016 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
5/01/2016 Mill City Ballroom – Lowell, MA
5/03/2016 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/04/2016 Bada Brew – Joliet, IL
5/05/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
5/06/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
5/07/2016 Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
5/08/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
5/10/2016 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/11/2016 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/12/2016 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
5/14/2016 Main Street Studios – Walla Walla, WA
5/15/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/17/2016 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/18/2016 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
5/19/2016 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
5/20/2016 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2016 Bled Fest – Howell, MI * BATTLECROSS only

CHILD BITE: Detroit Noise Rock Terrorists Premiere “Born A Hog” At Decibel; Tour Dates With Voivod Announced

“‘Born A Hog” is about how much it would suck to be born a hog. I eat my fair share of bacon, but I can’t help keeping in mind where it comes from…” – Shawn Knight, CHILD BITE

CHILD BITE’s Negative Noise full-length will see release next month via Housecore Records. A forty-seven-minute pulsing ball of energy filled with furious jabs and paranoia-fueled explosions, Negative Noise is a fully-realized vision, inside and out.

In advance of its release today Decibel Magazine spews forth “Born A Hog” for communal absorption. “‘Born A Hog” is about how much it would suck to be born a hog,” considers vocalist Shawn Knight. “I eat my fair share of bacon, but I can’t help keeping in mind where it comes from. Interesting how we choose certain animals to eat and others to pamper. I’ve got two pet dogs, but I also eat bacon. Kinda fucked up when you think about it. Thinking too much about anything can ruin the experience, but I believe that the least I can do for that pig is to make myself feel a little guilty while I’m eating him. We were stoked to get a real pig on the track too; you can hear sweet Lucy squealing at the very end of the song.”

Go hog wild, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

What began as a thoughtful-yet-spazzy art rock band in a Detroit suburb has now fully mutated into an aggressive, dissonant blend of all things punk, hardcore, sludge, surf, prog rock, noise rock and metal; a truly unique voice in a sea of copycats. Indeed, CHILD BITE have succeeded in creating a singular expression, therefore carving out their own place in the current musical landscape. They are perfectly comfortable not fitting in… and are beginning to realize that they never had a choice. Negative Noise is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps. Negative Noise was produced by label head Philip H.Anselmo and features artwork by vocalist Shawn Knight.

In related CHILD BITE news, the band will take to the stage this weekend at the third annual Berserker Music Fest in Detroit. Founded and organized by Knight and his wife Veronica, Berserker III boasts its most devouring lineups to date with the all-ages three-night/three-stage gala featuring appearances by internationally touring acts like Voivod, Ghoul, Conan, Macabre, Cannabis Corpse and Black Tusk as well as a spattering of new and established Michigan-based artists like Acid Witch, Perversion and Shit Life.

The perpetually road-bound noise rock misfits will also lso playing shows next month opening for the mighty Voivod alongside labelmates King Parrot with additional onstage debauchery to be announced in the coming weeks. The latest run of dates follows the band’s recent tour supporting hardcore punk legends Poison Idea.

CHILD BITE w/ Voivod, King Parrot:
5/26/2016 Marquis Theatre – Denverm CO
5/28/2016 Vinyl (Hard Rock Cafe) – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2016 The Whiskey – Los Angeles, CA
6/11/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/13/2016 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/16/2016 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

CHILD BITE’s Negative Noise will be released via Housecore Records on April 1st, 2016. Further details and preorder links to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME To Kick Off Co-Headlining North American Tour With August Burns Red This Friday

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will kick off their co-heading North American tour with August Burns Red later this week. Set to commence on March 4th in Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom, the lengthy trek will traverse over three dozen cities, coming to a close on April 17th in New York, New York at Webster Hall. Additional support will be provided by The Faceless and Good Tiger. Tickets are on sale now through all local ticket outlets. Special VIP packages which include general admission ticket, 18×24 signed poster, VIP laminate/Skip The Line pass, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME/August Burns Red pintone pin set, and exclusive tour t-shirt are available at showstubs.com/abrbtbam.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME w/ August Burns Red, The Faceless, Good Tiger:
3/04/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/05/2016 The National – Richmond, VA
3/07/2016 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
3/08/2016 Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/09/2016 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
3/10/2016 Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
3/11/2016 Minglewood Theater – Memphis, TN
3/12/2016 Pageant – St. Louis, MO
3/14/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/15/2016 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/16/2016 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
3/17/2016 Rialto – Tucson, AZ
3/18/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/19/2016 Self Help Festival | NOS Event Center – San Bernardino, CA
3/21/2016 Regency – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/23/2016 Roseland – Portland, OR
3/24/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/25/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
3/26/2016 Vogue – Vancouver, BC
3/28/2016 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
3/29/2016 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
3/30/2016 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/01/2016 Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
4/02/2016 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2016 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/05/2016 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/06/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/07/2016 Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, IL
4/08/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/09/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/10/2016 Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON
4/12/2016 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/13/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
4/14/2016 Lupos – Providence, RI
4/15/2016 Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
4/16/2016 Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
4/17/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
End Tour
5/06/2016 Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
5/22/2016 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be touring in support of their latest album, Coma Ecliptic. Described as, “a 68-minute cosmic opera that’s part Stravinsky, part Queensryche,” by Rolling Stone, and commended for, “forging boldly into the future of tightly choreographed instrumental excess,” by Spin, the record debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, as well as the iTunes Metal Chart, Vinyl Chart, Amazon Hard Rock Chart, and Amazon Metal Chart.

RINGS OF SATURN Confirmed For The Coffin Dragger Tour With Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon

RINGS OF SATURN has been announced as one of the acts set to participate in The Coffin Dragger Tour with Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon, and headliners Thy Art Is Murder, the massive trek set to consume most of April and May with nearly forty tour dates confirmed across the country. The tour begins in Tucson, Arizona on April 6th and snakes its way eastward, hitting as many cities as possible through the final show May 19th in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tickets for The Coffin Dragger Tour go on sale Friday, February 26th at 10am (local time).

Following its release through Unique Leader Records in October 2014, RINGS OF SATURN’s remorseless, jaw-dropping, Lugal Ki En, took the #116 spot on the Billboard top 200 chart, #3 on the Heatseekers/New Artist chart and #26 on the Independent album chart. The album also slaughtered the Hard Music chart taking the #12 position, as well as #41 on the Rock chart. A cataclysmic display of over-the-top technical death metal, Lugal Ki En surges with nearly forty-five minutes relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction, based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity. The album was produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies), and features conceptual art pieces by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art.

Watch RINGS OF SATURN’s official 3D video for “Senseless Massacre”:

Stream the entire Lugal Ki En album:

RINGS OF SATURN On The Coffin Dragger Tour w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon:
4/06/2016 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
4/07/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
4/08/2016 Jakes Sports Café – Lubbock, TX
4/09/2016 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
4/11/2016 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
4/12/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
4/14/2016 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
4/15/2016 Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
4/16/2016 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/17/2016 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
4/18/2016 The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
4/19/2016 Rock Island Live – Wichita, KS
4/21/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
4/22/2016 Independence Ballroom – Grand Junction, CO
4/23/2016 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4/24/2016 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
4/25/2016 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
4/26/2016 Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
4/27/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
4/28/2016 The Loft – Lansing, MI
4/29/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
4/30/2016 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
5/01/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
5/02/2016 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
5/03/2016 Higher Ground Ballroom – Burlington, VT
5/04/2016 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
5/05/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
5/06/2016 Club Reverb – Reading, PA
5/07/2016 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
5/09/2016 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
5/10/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
5/11/2016 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/13/2016 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
5/14/2016 Game Changer World – Freehold, NJ
5/15/2016 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
5/16/2016 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
5/18/2016 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
5/19/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Metal Injection issued a 9/10 review, proclaiming, “Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy.” Another 9/10 write-up from TechnicalDeathMetal.com adds, “This time around RINGS OF SATURN let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well.” MetalSucks issued, “… it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years,” and Headbang Or GTFO’s 4.5/5 review states, “The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet.”

SUNN O))) Confirms Additional North American And European Spring Performances; Luminato Festival, Suoni Per Il Popolo, And Hellfest Included

SUNN O))) continues to confirm more upcoming live actions for 2016, over the past week announcing several more waves of international touring for the months ahead.

After SUNN O))) tours Australia in March, with shows in Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne, April sees them touring though the Southern US as part of Big Ears Fest in Knoxville on April 2nd, immediately followed by shows in Nashville, Athens, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Tampa through April 8th. Later in April, SUNN O))) will travel to Austin to take part in Levitation 2016.

This week, SUNN O))) confirmed a new run of shows for May, which sees the band performing throughout the Southwestern and West Coast states, with shows in Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Oakland, May 2nd through 7th. This tour is followed later in the month with the band’s participation in Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina on May 21st.

Preceded by a short run through St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit in early June, SUNN O))) has also been locked for sets at to major Canadian festivals, at Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival on June 10th, and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal on June 11th. The band then immediately crosses the Atlantic for three newly confirmed European shows, Amsterdam on June 14th, Ghent on the 15th, and a return to the massive Hellfest in France on June 17th.

The touring lineup for these shows will include founding members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, as well as longtime members Attila Csihar, Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and Steve Moore (Earth, Stebmo). Additional international live performances are still being scheduled for the Spring and Summer months.

SUNN O)))’s late 2015-released full-length album, Kannon, the brand new reissue of the Dømkirke live album, and other titles and merch is available through Southern Lord and Southern Lord European store.

SUNN O))) Tour Dates:
3/12/2016 Adelaide Festival – Adelaide, AU w/ Magma
3/15/2016 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU
3/16/2016 Max Watts – Melbourne, AU
4/02/2016 Big Ears Fest – Knoxville, TN
4/03/2016 Exit/in – Nashville, TN
4/05/2016 Georgia – Athens, GA
4/06/2016 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
4/07/2016 Sun Ray Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
4/08/2016 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/30/2016 Levitation – Austin, TX
5/02/2016 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
5/03/2016 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
5/06/2016 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
5/07/2016 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
5/21/2016 Moogfest – Durham, NC
6/06/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
6/07/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
6/08/2016 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
6/09/2016 El Club – Detroit, MI
6/10/2016 Hearn Generating Station – Toronto, ON @ Unsound Toronto at Luminato Festival
6/11/2016 Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC @ Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival
6/14/2016 Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
6/15/2016 Vooruit – Ghent, BE
6/17/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

GOATWHORE To Pillage New Orleans Tonight; Short Run Of North American Shows To Commence Next Week + Initial Summer Festival Dates Confirmed

New Orleans’ favorite road demons GOATWHORE will take to the streets again with their first live performances of 2016. The onstage uprising begins tonight on their home turf at Gasa Gasa. Next week, the band will level stages in six cities from February 25th through March 1st including an appearance at Inertia Entertainment’s 20th Anniversary Show with Sacrifice, Macabre and Panzerfaust at The Opera House in Toronto. Additionally, team GOATWHORE will play at Shredmonton Fest in Canada in May as well as Bloodstock Fest in the UK and Motorcultor Fest in France, both set to take place in August, with supplementary live invasions currently in their plotting stages.

Comments frontman Ben Falgoust, “In August, we will be making our first appearance at Bloodstock Open Air. After many years of diligent work and relentless touring we have been presented with this fine experience. We are quite ready to give our fans and newcomers a performance well deserved of BOA. See you all then! We have some more festival announcements coming in the next month, so keep your eyes open for more details. If any of our European fans would like to see us at other festivals please step forward and demand our presence directly to the festival that you would like to see us perform at.”

GOATWHORE:
2/19/2016 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
2/25/2016 Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
2/26/2016 Small’s – Detroit, MI
2/27/2016 Inertia Entertainment 20th Anniversary Show @ The Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Sacrifice, Macabre, Panzerfaust
2/28/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
2/29/2016 Massey’s Entertainment Venue – Danville, KY
3/01/2016 JJ Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
5/07/2016 Shredmonton Fest @ Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
8/11-14/2016 Bloodstock 2016- Derbyshire, UK
8/19/2016 Motorcultor Festival – Theix, FR

GOATWHORE released their unanimously-adored Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length via Metal Blade in 2014. Crowned a, “blasphemous blast,” by Decibel Magazine and commended for channeling, “every evil impulse of its blackened death thrash,” into the record by The Austin Chronicle, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, crushing their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Constricting… also hit the #21 spot on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart, #13 on the Independent chart and, boasting ten mutinous tracks of thick, predatory, subterranean metal, continues to reap the exaltation of fans and critics globally.

RIVERS OF NIHIL Set To Kick Off US Tour With Black Fast And Dark Sermon Tomorrow; Band Launches Live Video For “Monarchy”

Ready to kick off their US tour tomorrow, Wednesday February 17th, with Black Fast and Dark Sermon, RIVERS OF NIHIL has now launched a live video for the track “Monarchy,” taken from their new album of the same name. Shot at a Los Angeles show this past November, the video can be viewed here;

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their recently released, sophomore album, Monarchy. Hailed as, “the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now,” by HeavyBlogIsHeavy, Monarchy continues the seasonal concept that began with Spring on the band’s acclaimed debut, The Conscious Seed Of Light, this time, welcoming the oppressive Summer heat. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Black Fast, Dark Sermon:
2/17/2016 The Evening Star – Niagara Falls, NY
2/18/2016 Amityville Music Hall- Amityville, NY
2/19/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
2/20/2016 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
2/21/2016 Club 611 – Frederick, MD
2/22/2016 The DHP – Fayetteville, NC
2/23/2016 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
2/24/2016 The Haven – Orlando, FL
2/25/2016 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
2/26/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/27/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/28/2016 The End – Nashville, TN *
3/01/2016 The Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN *
3/02/2016 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL *
3/03/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH *
3/04/2016 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH *
3/05/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
3/06/2016 The Pinch – Washington D.C. *
*RIVERS OF NIHIL, Dark Sermon only

My Experience On 70,000 Tons Of Metal (2016)

2016 was the 6th year of 70,000 Tons Of Metal, The Original, World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, and my second time being aboard (I also went in 2014). In that time between my two excursions I have come to notice that the idea of combining cruising and metal has been emulated by others, who no doubt have recognized the success of 70,000 Tons. The thing I like about 70,000 Tons is that there are 60 fucking bands playing two sets each during the voyage. That’s 120 sets of metal over the course of 4 days! There are bound to be bands on board that you already know you like, and there are going to be others that you may not be as familiar with who are going to blow you away when you catch their set. Most other cruises of this type are centered around a few main headliners, with the gaps between their sets filled in by lesser knowns. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d go on any of them and have a great fucking time, but there’s something about such a huge selection of bands that makes 70,000 Tons unique. That and its international appeal. This last cruise had people on board from 72 different countries, and that diversity is reflected in the band selection. There is a reason people go on this cruise year after year after year (I met a guy from Australia the first night who had been on every single one of them), and each one of those people will tell you that they look forward to it all year and wouldn’t miss it for the world.

The other thing that’s awesome about this cruise is that there’s literally metal going on everywhere all the time. As you walk around the boat the ship’s public address system is playing metal in all the common areas. It’s not blasting at you, it’s at a conversational level, but it’s there, all the time, even in the elevator. And not soft metal either, like actual good heavy shit. Anyway, below is my day to day breakdown of the 2016 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.

DAY 1 – I got to the port around 3:30 after battling idiots all the way down I-95 from Orlando. I got on board and into my room around 4:00, went to the media check-in and got my photo pit access wristband, then I kind of meandered around the ship until I felt like I had a fair idea of where everything was (where are the 4 different stages, where can I eat, and where can I get a Crown & Coke) . I found all these things, I ate, and then I headed over to watch my first band of the cruise, DRAGONFORCE, who were scheduled to play in the Alhambra Theater (the Alhambra is a sizeable theater with a balcony, sort of like a Hard Rock Live) at 7:30, but technical difficulties forced them to reschedule for Sunday. Ok, no problem, I just went down a couple of decks and caught AT THE GATES. I didn’t have my camera with me (It was in my room charging), so I just watched their set for the pure enjoyment of it. I didn’t start “working” until I went to see BELPHEGOR.

BELPHEGOR

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70,000 Tons doesn’t announce all 60 bands for each cruise all at once. They let that information trickle out slowly over the months leading up to the cruise. As bands are announced you start to make a mental note of which bands you DEFINITELY want to see no matter what. Playing late, playing early, playing on the pool deck in the wind, or playing on the tiny Pyramid Lounge stage, it doesn’t matter because you are determined to catch their set. There are even some bands that you plan on catching twice (Each band plays two times during the cruise, so that if two bands you want to see are playing at the same time on different stages, you can always catch one of them later). Last time, for me, that was OVERKILL, DEATH (DTA), OBITUARY, CARCASS, D.R.I. and SATYRICON. This year it was BELPHEGOR.

It is impossible for me to talk or even think about BELPHEGOR without also talking or thinking about BEHEMOTH. Both bands play Satanic death metal with elements of black metal thrown in, sure, but more importantly they are close to each other alphabetically. See, last year I had to review BEHEMOTH’s The Satanist. I don’t know if you recall, but people who write about metal for a living were falling all over themselves praising this album. BEHEMOTH is one of those bands that never connected with me, and whenever I tell somebody that they say something like “Oh you should check out their earlier, more black metal stuff, you’d dig that,” or “You should listen to Demigod that’s their best shit,” or “Dude, if you like death metal, how can you not like this?” Look, I’ve listened to more BEHEMOTH than most BEHEMOTH fans and it just never grabbed me. I’m not saying they’re terrible, but I am saying that there is a possibility that they may be overrated. Anyway, I loaded up The Satanist into iTunes and listened through it a couple of times. During the third listen I began to write my review. As the album came to an end I was still writing, and iTunes automatically went to the next song in alphabetical order, which was In Blood – Devour This Sanctity, the first song off BELPHEGOR’s Blood Magick Necromance album. As soon as I heard the familiar opening riff I thought, now THIS is badass, THIS is catchy and brutal all at once, THIS is the album that the metal music press should have been all giddy about when it came out.

I did indeed catch both of BELPHEGOR’s sets. Their first set was on the very first night on the Pyramid Lounge stage (the Pyramid Lounge is like a small club. Small stage, low ceiling, you really have to get up close to see anything, but sometimes this can add to the intensity of the set, having all those people packed in so close) and the second set was Saturday in Studio B (Studio B is like a big club, much bigger than the Pyramid, but not quite as big as Alhambra). Both sets were really intense, they played a good mix of new and old material, and they use the same samples in between songs that are on the albums, which I like because it introduces each song without the singer having to scream “How the fuck is everybody doing tonight?” or “70,000 Tons let me hear you make some fucking noise” like 10 times during the set. Anyhow, BELPHEGOR was badass, just like I knew they’d be. Really glad I got to catch them twice.

DAY 2 – This was the first full day on the cruise. Nothing to do today but watch metal.

DISTILLATOR

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DISTILLATOR is a band from The Netherlands that plays old school thrash metal, which is one of my favorite types of metal. If you’ve never heard them before, which I hadn’t, they sound kinda like early EXODUS, which is pretty high praise as far as thrash metal goes. I caught their set at 10:45 AM. There is a weird internal disconnect that comes from knowing that outside the sun is up, and the part of the world that you’re from is going about normal daytime activities. Meanwhile, below decks, in the dark, a band is getting after it as if they were headlining a sold out show. The best part about it is: they are. The Alhambra wasn’t full to capacity, but it wasn’t empty either. Plenty of fellow travelers getting an early start.

When it comes to modern thrash metal, there is something we as a community should discuss: The shoes. The big, white high tops that have somehow become part of the standard thrash metal uniform. Look, we wore them shits back in the day because we had to. Those were just the shoes that shoe companies made, and if you wanted to wear high tops (which, in retrospect, I’m not really sure why we did) you had a choice between Chucks and huge, white, puffy high tops. We chose poorly. I think this is a thing that should be abandoned immediately. Trust me, the thrash metal will still be authentic without the goofy shoes. NOTE: I saw the guys from DISTILLATOR later on at the Pyramid Lounge waiting for DEAD CROSS to start……regular shoes.

TSJUDER

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I caught both sets from these guys. True Norwegian black metal. Grim and kvlt and all that. I’m pretty sure the temperature dropped like 30 degrees as soon as they started playing. In all seriousness, these guys play good, catchy old school black metal just the way I like it. Not a ton of blast beats, mostly that mid tempo, open chord black metal sound. No huge, orchestral parts in their songs. No complicated stage presentation, just solid black metal. A very nice alternative to the symphonic metal or folk metal going on in other venues at the same time. Not that those other bands are bad, but I’d rather watch TSJUDER.

NERVOSA

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Female thrash band from Brazil. Never heard of them before, but I had a little time between TSJUDER and KRISIUN, so I stopped by Studio B to catch their set. Ok I’m going to be honest, when it comes to metal I’m always a bit skeptical of bands with women in them. Only because it is usually an indication of a few possible scenarios. The first is a female fronted, symphonic metal band and that shit just ain’t my bag. Too slow, too many keyboards. The second is the all too familiar, adequately competent female bass player (often another band members girlfriend). The third is bands who make a gimmick out of the fact that they’re women in a male dominated scene. It’s almost as if they’re saying “We’re pretty good for being girls.” And before you can even say “What about Arch Enemy?” or “What about Lacuna Coil?” just know that I understand that there are exceptions to these scenarios. They are just impressions that I get (cue horn section) from having watched literally thousands of bands, some of which had women in them.

NERVOSA totally destroyed those impressions. This band was there to thrash, and thrash they did. With 60 bands playing staggered set times at four different venues, it’s sometimes difficult to catch all the bands you plan to see, let alone ones you may not be familiar with. I had to sneak out of TSJUDER’s set a couple songs early, but I’m glad I made time to catch NERVOSA. They’re a good band.

So on the last day we had some strong winds that forced the remainder of the shows on the Pool Deck stage to be rescheduled. This ended up working out well for NERVOSA, who were playing their second set in the Pyramid Lounge. Since the pool deck shows were not going on, they found themselves playing to a packed house, and once again they delivered a strong performance. During the show Fernanda Lira, the singer / bass player for NERVOSA said (and I’m paraphrasing) “Being thousands of kilometers away from Brazil, out in the middle of the ocean, you guys make us feel as if we were at home.” I think that perfectly describes a 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.

KRISIUN

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Anyone familiar with death metal has at least heard of KRISIUN. They’ve been around forever. To me they’ve always been a band that I thought was pretty good, but at the same time I’ve never been super into them. But watching their set I was impressed at the sound they get with just one guitar player. It’s because of Alex Camargo and his bass sound / technique. His sound fills up all the frequency space left empty by the guitar, and he has just enough distortion in his sound to really thicken up the mix. In essence he is a second guitar and bass guitar at the same time. Also, I noticed that he knows when to play with the guitar to thicken up the rhythm sound, and when to play with the drums to give the guitar some space to breathe. Lots of bass players do one or the other. He wasn’t a super technical player, but KRISIUN isn’t a super technical band. He did, however, understand what the specific section of the song called for, and he didn’t under / over play. They played a good set. Nice mix of older and new material. That’s two good Brazilian bands in a row.

DEAD CROSS

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If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering “I wonder what Dave Lombardo has been doing since Slayer?” This band is the answer. It probably isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but it is the answer. For some reason I caught both of their sets (the first time I was genuinely curious, the second time there was nothing else interesting going on, and I wasn’t hungry) and both times I got to the venue a little early, in time for soundcheck. Dave was behind the kit checking the toms. I’ve never seen somebody do such a meticulous soundcheck. He tuned each drum until it sounded perfect to him. He tuned the beater heads, he messed around with the resonant heads, he switched out cymbals, he switched out floor toms. After 20 minutes or so he had the drums just the way he wanted them, and I’ll be damned if they didn’t sound great. I’ve never been impressed by a soundcheck before.

Almost as soon as they started playing their first set Dave stood up and started waiving his arms until the rest of the band noticed and stopped playing too. Apparently he wasn’t happy with his monitor mix. Too much lead vocal. Can I ask a question to all of the audio engineers, from the sound guy at the smallest club to the monitor engineers on major tours, why is there always so much vocal in the monitors? As a musician in a band that plays shows I know what I need to hear in my monitor mix – DRUMS (especially kick and snare), the other guitar, bass, and a little bit of vocal. A little bit. Not so much vocal that it sounds like the singer is yelling through a bullhorn right into my face. But every time, there it is, VOCALS THIS GOD DAMN LOUD IN THE MONITOR. So loud that you wish there were no monitors. So I sympathise with Dave’s plight. After catching them the second time I came to realize that the entirety of their soundcheck is to make sure Dave’s monitor mix is just right.

As far as their music goes, to me it sounded like a poor man’s Dillinger Escape Plan – and by that I mean a bunch of screaming and noise masquerading as techy, sophisticated music. They also like to throw themselves around on stage the way Dillinger does. They seemed very concerned with knocking over monitors and mic stands, climbing on top of their amps, climbing on the drums. The vocalist was also super concerned with being snarky in between songs. During the different sets there is usually an equal number of people trickling in and out. The trickle of people leaving the venue was significantly heavier during this set. At the end of their set they went into the intro to South Of Heaven and abruptly stopped and left the stage as soon as the drums came in. Too bad, those 20 seconds were the best part of their set.

ROTTING CHRIST

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ROTTING CHRIST is another band that’s been around for years, but for some reason I just never took the time to become familiar with them. So as their set began I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I really liked what they were playing. I was picking up what they were putting down. I was even more surprised because I generally don’t like “slow” metal. Don’t get me wrong, these guys aren’t some doom / stoner rock band that plays slow and sludgy, but the tempo to most of the songs I heard them play was slower than what I’m generally used to. I really dug those guys. When I get back home I might have to look into them further.

KOYI K UTHO

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Another Latin American band. This time from Colombia. I had literally never heard of these guys before getting on board and reading the program booklet that has a brief description of each band and lists the set times. I found myself with some time to kill between ROTTING CHRIST and CRADLE OF FILTH, and these guys sounded interesting so I decided to check them out. I am fucking glad I did. Their music is sort of a mix of MINISTRY, SEPULTURA and SLIPKNOT, and the only reason I say SLIPKNOT is because they have a secondary percussionist to augment the drummer, and they wear masks / body paint / uniforms. But in reality they sound a lot more like MINISTRY, but with a Latin flavor. This is another band that I had no idea about until now and will definitely look into when I get back home.

CRADLE OF FILTH

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Lots of people have an unfavorable opinion about this band, which is fine, I’m not going to try to change that, but they have been around forever, and they were the stepping stone into black metal for a lot of people. I know that many people who are into “true” black metal claim that DARKTHRONE’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky was the first album they ever heard as a child and not one note of “false” metal has ever violated the sanctity of their ear canals, but in truth we all know they probably started out with COF. On the last night of the cruise some people like to dress up in funny or bizarre costumes. I saw a guy dressed as Jesus – he had the beard, the robe, the crown of thorns, the whole bit – and on his robe, in the COF font it said “Dani Filth Is A Cunt.” Now that’s funny. Anyway, I’ve never had a strong opinion about them one way or another, so I watched about three quarters of their set, got my pictures and then headed over to catch the mighty GHOUL.

GHOUL

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FUCKING GHOUL!!!!! These stunning bastards from Creepsylvania just delivered the best set I’ve seen on this cruise so far. If you aren’t familiar with these guys (you should be) they play straight up, easy to follow thrash metal, and despite the story that they are human flesh and cabbage eating weirdos, they are actually funny and well spoken in their between song banter. Similar to GWAR (but not nearly on the same scale) they have characters that come out during their set, and these characters subsequently get killed and blood sprays all over the first few rows of people. The crowd energy and the pit for these guys was amazing, even though they were playing this set on the small stage. They ended their first set with a cliffhanger. One of the characters came out and offered them $10,000 to stop playing music. Will GHOUL take the money? Find out at their next set Saturday night in Studio B. Pretty clever way to make sure people catch your next set, which I had planned to do anyway.
So, 3:00 AM on Saturday night comes and I’m down in the photo pit (between the stage and the guard railing) and GHOUL comes out and informs everybody that they WILL NOT be taking the money, but will instead disembowel this character. I could only stand there and shield my camera as “blood” poured all over me and the first several rows of people. I was bloody the whole rest of the night. It was awesome. Another killer set by these guys and another super energetic crowd (again this is between 3 and 4 AM). If these guys come to your town, or a town nearby, or they’re playing a festival with a bunch of other bands, MAKE SURE you catch them, you won’t regret it. Unless they decide to drag you back to Creepsylvania!!!

DAY 3 – Docked in Jamaica and got off the boat early. Did the normal tourist shore excursion stuff. Took a bus up into the mountains and took a series of ziplines back down. It was fun as shit, but I didn’t take my camera, so no pictures.

DIAMOND HEAD

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Back on the boat after spending the afternoon in Jamaica. The first set I wanted to catch was DIAMOND HEAD. I’ll be totally honest, I only caught their set because I wanted to hear them play the original versions of the songs METALLICA covered. Holy fuck I’m so glad I did. The first couple of songs in their set were straight up 70’s rock (and I don’t mean that in a good way) and I was starting to wonder why I was watching this band. Then as their set progressed I started to pick up on the thrash metal influences. Short bursts of intensity started to emerge during their songs, and it was like watching them make a blueprint for the thrash bands that would come later. Now I’m not saying that they transformed into SLAYER mid set, but I am saying that I could definitely hear the things that METALLICA later used to build their sound. The particular way that they harmonized the guitars, the vocal sound is total early Hetfield (not the original singer, but whatever), there was even a point in one song where the drummer did the snare-kick-kick-kick-snare-kick-snare-kick fill that Lars later used in the beginning of Orion. They finished their set with The Prince and Am I Evil? (both of which are DIAMOND HEAD originals) and by the time they were done, not only had they totally won over the crowd, but they were a different band than the one that started the set. The 70’s rock was gone and had been replaced by an intensity that would later be adopted by the bands that invented thrash metal. This band was certainly ahead of their time.

VADER

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The way most band’s sets go on this cruise is there is a small number of people that show up before soundcheck and wait, just like a regular show. Then when the band starts to play there is a rush of people coming in, and during the first few songs people continue to make their way in until the venue is full, or at least as full as it’s going to get for that particular set. However, there are a few bands that pretty much everybody wants to see, and those venues are full well before the band starts. VADER’s set tonight was one of those. They came out to a packed house and proceeded to lay waste for a solid 45 minutes. Great set, super energetic crowd. Huge pit that lasted the entire set.

CHILDREN OF BODOM

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This was another set that pretty much everybody decided beforehand that they were going to catch. Most of the boat just migrated from VADER up onto the pool deck to catch COB. So, this is another band that I’ve never had a really strong opinion about. Obviously their level of musicianship is amazing and has to be respected, and as I watched their set I started to notice that they sort of reminded me of EDGE OF SANITY a little bit, which is definitely a compliment. It’s the way the guitar and the keyboards mix to make a giant sound. Speaking of keyboards, when I’ve listened to this band’s albums in the past I never had any idea that they were so keyboard heavy, perhaps it’s low in the mix or I just wasn’t paying attention, but Janne Wirman (the keyboard player) was playing almost the entire time. Sometimes it was obvious and the keyboards were supposed to be prominent in that section of the song. Other times you might not know he was playing if you weren’t watching him, but he was thickening up the rhythm or ghosting Alexi’s notes over the rhythm. Pretty interesting to watch. Also, as far as talent goes he is every bit as talented as Alexi. This dude would play his parts without looking down at his fingers. He was just up there smiling, looking at people off to the side of the stage, and totally nailing his parts. Reminded me of Chris Broderick who used to just kill those MEGADETH leads without ever looking at his fretboard.

INCANTATION

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This cruise has a lot of European and Latin American bands on it, which is cool because it exposed me to some good music that I may not have heard otherwise, but it was nice to catch a set from a band playing some good, old school, American death metal. The style of death metal that these guys play comes from a time before every death metal band started trying to out-tech each other. I’m not saying these guys are simple, but the songs are songs, not 10 minute music lessons. No pig squeals, no robot voices, no clean vocals. Very refreshing. Glad I caught these guys.

HAMMERFALL

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This type of metal is generally not my thing, but I had some time to kill between INCANTATION and AT THE GATES, so I went to check them out. If you aren’t familiar they’re sort of like IRON MAIDEN, but a little less thrashy. All of these guys are very accomplished musicians though, and watching them play was impressive.

AT THE GATES

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Catching their second set. First set was on the very first night, and I was still settling in and getting the lay of the land, so I didn’t take any pictures or make any mental notes about their set, other than it was good, and it was the first heavily anticipated, full venue set of the cruise.
I remember listening to the The Red In The Sky Is Ours album many years ago and really digging it. Although as I listen back to it now it seems kinda primitive, and it definitely isn’t the same AT THE GATES that exists today. I didn’t really follow them after that album, but it’s good to see them back together, releasing albums, and touring again. It’s 2:00 AM and most of the CHILDREN OF BODOM crowd has returned to the pool deck stage for this set. ATG delivered another fine set, and people are still moshing and crowd surfing this late into the night (or early into the morning). Pretty awesome. Off to catch GHOUL’s second set.

TYR

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It’s almost 4:00 AM and I’m covered in “blood” from GHOUL, most of me just wants to wash up and go to sleep, but another part of me wants to Hold The Heathen Hammer High, so I’m going to catch TYR and do just that.
They are playing on the pool deck stage. This is an open air stage on the very top deck of the boat. If you’ve ever been to an outdoor show you know that the sound is different than it is at an indoor show. The sound outdoors does not resonate or reverberate because there is no building or structure containing the sound, it is just pushed out from the speakers and into the open air (hence the name). Now imagine that you are constantly moving, and that sound becomes even less resonant and more transient. I’m not complaining about the sound. The sound on this cruise is, despite some technical difficulties early on, top notch. However, an outdoor stage in high winds that is constantly moving does present some sonic challenges. I say all of that in order to say this: The first thing I noticed as I approached the stage to see TYR is that there were no huge amps with mic’s in front of them on the stage. Look at the pictures, no wall of amps, just a drum riser with a drum kit, which was mic’d up, and vocal mic’s. Insted of guitar and bass amps there were Kemper Profiler pre-amps. Little green boxes about the size of a small cooler. These pre-amps simulate guitar heads, cabinets, effects – all the shit you could ever want to have in your guitar or bass rig can be simulated with a Kemper (or a Fractal Audio Axe FX, but they were using Kemper, so lets keep it at that). The output of these pre-amps goes directly into the mixing console. No huge amps, no mic’s, just straight guitar or bass tone that you’ve programmed. Your sound isn’t changed by the elements (wind on an open air stage) or mic selection or any number of factors that might change how you sound. I’ve written about this several times in reviews of concerts , and I will again repeat that every band who can afford to do so should be doing this.

DAY 4 – Last day of the cruise. I spent most of this day catching repeat sets from a few bands, and ended the night catching SODOM and DRAGONFORCE

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This is a thing they do every year where they get members from different bands together and they play cover songs. I didn’t take pictures, and I’m not going to list off every combination of people and what band they are from and what song they played (you can find that information here), but I will tell you that I watched Stu Block (Vocals – Iced Earth), Jeff Waters (Guitar – Annihilator), Aaron Homma (Guitar – Annihilator), Tomasz Halicki (Bass – Vader), and Dave Lombardo on the drums play a cover of JUDAS PRIEST’s Painkiller that was about as badass as you could ask for.

SODOM

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Awesome set of old school thrash metal from a legendary band. Even though it’s the last night, and everybody knows we have to wake up and get off the boat super early, this venue is still packed and people are still raging. At the end of their impressive set SODOM did a cover of MOTORHEAD’s Ace Of Spades that sounded so much like the original, I would have thought it was MOTORHEAD if I only heard the audio recording.

DRAGONFORCE

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Last set of the cruise for me. The guitar wizardry on display here is astonishing. It’s one thing to hear it in a song, but to watch them do it live almost beyond comprehension. There were a few more sets still to be played after this one, but I just didn’t have the energy to catch them, so I headed back to my room, content that I had sqeezed every drop of awesome from my time on board.

As I was drifting off to sleep that last night, I couldn’t help but think back on the fucking incredible time I had on this cruise. It was a vacation that was designed specifically for me and people like me, and it’s fully engaging the entire time. Also, the selection of bands is so plentiful and varied that you could have been on this same boat and had a completely different, but equally awesome experience. I caught 20 of the 60 bands, and I was busy the entire time. Someone else could have seen just as many bands, and neither of us caught the same set.

If you’ve read this whole thing I’m going to make two assumptions about you. The first is that you like metal. The second is that at some point in your life you will go on vacation. I cannot suggest strongly enough that you get yourself on board a 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. In fact, I implore you to do so. I would go every year if I could, no question about it.

Article by Eric Spessard, guitarist for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON

CHILD BITE: Detroit’s Favorite Musical Misfits Set To Release Negative Noise Full-Length This April; Tour Dates With Against The Grain And Poison Idea To Kick Off Tonight

Detroit’s favorite musical misfits, CHILD BITE, will unveil their brand new full-length, Negative Noise, this Spring. Having released three full-lengths, as well as a gaggle of EPs and singles since their formation in late 2005, the prolific collective is now well into their second phase of bandhood. What began as a thoughtful-yet-spazzy art rock band in a Detroit suburb has now fully mutated into an aggressive, dissonant blend of all things punk, hardcore, sludge, surf, prog rock, noise rock and metal; a truly unique voice in a sea of copycats.

Negative Noise is forty-seven-minute throbbing ball of energy filled with furious jabs and paranoia-fueled explosions. Produced by Philip H. Anselmo and featuring artwork by vocalist Shawn Knight, Negative Noise is a fully-realized vision, inside and out. CHILD BITE have succeeded in creating a singular expression, therefore carving out their own place in the current musical landscape. They are perfectly comfortable not fitting in… and are beginning to realize that they never had a choice. Negative Noise is where the Venn diagram of Black Flag, Voivod and The Jesus Lizard truly overlaps.

Negative Noise Track Listing:
1. Death Before Dementia
2. Paralytic Phantasm
3. Euphoria Saturation Point
4. Born A Hog
5. Video Blood
6. Apex Of Anxiety
7. Vermin Mentality
8. Beyond The Dirt
9. The Great Ego Flood
10. Into The Disease
11. Feed Me Septic Dreams
12. Heretic Generation

In related CHILD BITE news, the band will take to the streets again for another round of onstage pandemonium. The live chaos will commence tonight, February 11th in Saginaw, Michigan and trample through eleven cities, the trek coming to a close on February 21st again in their home state in Grand Rapids. The band will be joined by Against The Grain for the first three dates before uniting with hardcore punk legends, Poison Idea, for the remaining run. Additionally, CHILD BITE will appear at the third annual Berserker Music Fest in Detroit this March. Founded and organized by Knight and his wife Veronica, Berserker III boasts its most devouring lineups to date with the all-ages three-night/three-stage gala featuring appearances by internationally touring acts like Voivod, Ghoul, Conan, Macabre, Cannabis Corpse and Black Tusk as well as a spattering of new and established Michigan-based artists like Acid Witch, Perversion and Shit Life. Check out the Berserker sampler, which includes the track “Vermin Mentality” from CHILD BITE’s Negative Noise at THIS LOCATION.

CHILD BITE:
2/11/2016 Counter Culture – Saginaw, MI w/ Against The Grain
2/12/2016 Buzzbin Art & Music – Canton, OH w/ Against The Grain
2/13/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Against The Grain
2/14/2016 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Poison Idea
2/15/2016 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ Poison Idea, Sheer Terror, Death Cycle
2/16/2016 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT w/ Poison Idea
2/17/2016 Once – Somerville, MA w/ Poison Idea
2/18/2016 Fuzebo – Albany, NY w/ Poison Idea
2/19/2016 Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC w/ Poison Idea
2/20/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Poison Idea
2/21/2016 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Poison Idea
3/3-5/3016 Berserker Music Fest III @ Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI

CHILD BITE’s Negative Noise will be released via Housecore Records on April 1st, 2016. Further details, including track premieres and preorder details to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

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