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Geordie Post-Hardcore Band Built Upon Sand Release New Music Video

The post-hardcore outfit Built Upon Sand from Newcastle upon Tyne has released a new music video for their song “Integrity”. The polished and meticulously-tight track originally premiered with and is the first single on their debut EP, Blind Justice (release date TBA).

?This is a tale of two twisted souls separated by trust, encapsulated by Built Upon Sand’s raw emotion and melody,” says clean vocalist Joe Pye


About Built Upon Sand:
The Geordie post-hardcore outfit known for being a hard-hitting live act, BUILT UPON SAND will brand a permanent mark on your memory. The bands origins lie in school mates Joe Pye (Clean Vocals), Adam Ford (Drums), Jack Boddy (Vocals) and Michael (Rhythm Guitar) meeting local guitarist Josh Hummerston in 2012. Lead Guitarist Josh had recruited bass player Tom Loveday in the works of a band inspired by artists such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, The Amity Affliction and more. By 2013 the line up had been complete and BUILT UPON SAND were ready to perform live with original material being demoed.

Gaining powerful experience in the local live circuit and networking through booking and promoting their local area with festivals the band began to seek and research into touring and playing shows out of town. 2014 ? present BUILT UPON SAND have excelled, placing their flag across the UK playing with bands such as ?Dream On, Dreamer?, ?Silent Screams?, ?Martyr Defiled?, ?Napoleon?, ?Demoraliser?, ?Fathoms? and more.

With demo?s prepared and live experience gained the introduction of ?a local hero and a pure natural talent? as described by the band, Liam Gaughan a Newcastle based tutor/producer yet to work within the Metal genre became the key factor in the birth of BUILT UPON SAND?s debut EP ?Blind Justice?. Gaughan?s influence and eye for perfection has not only matured song writing abilities within the band but influenced members to improve their playing, even encouraging Adam to become a drum tutor outside of the band.

BUILT UPON SAND are the definition of ambition, the six piece Metalcore act dream to one day journey to the USA and around the world, with the belief that they can one day rise to the heights of prevous UK bands such as Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon.

URN® Signs with Dark Moon Records; Releases New Album “Epiphany” on August 25, 2015

The U.S.-based dark metal band URN® has inked a deal with Dark Moon Records, a subsidiary of Dark Moon Productions for their new upcoming album, ?Epiphany?, to be released world-wide on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015.

Watch URN’s “Cast In Amber” Music Video From Their Upcoming Album “Epiphany” Below:

Since 2000, URN® has been on a musical journey exploring the darker aspects of both the conscious mind and the unconscious soul. The band has been captivating audiences across multiple genres and have been establishing themselves as one the more energetic live acts to see. The line-up consists of seasoned veterans formerly of national acts such as The Electric Hellfire Club and Diabolic Intent.

This will be URN?s fifth major release following up their ?Consecrated Ashes? EP (2002), ?Desecrated Ashes? EP (2003), ?Dancing with the Demigods? LP (2006), and ?Scribings of a Forgotten Soul? LP (2009).

URN® has drawn comparisons from national trade media to artists such as Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Amorphis, Nightwish, My Dying Bride and many similar acts of whom they have shared the stage with over the years and find a certain beauty in darkness.

In addition, the band over the years has collaborated with artists of other mediums such as Michelle Belanger, noted author of the Psychic Vampire Codex and former cast member of A&E?s Paranormal State.

Scott Clendenin, formerly of the pioneering death metal band Death, had been performing with URN® the past two years until his untimely passing this past March due to health complications. The band has dedicated this new album to his memory.

The band has filmed and released a promotional music video for the title track and is currently in talks with a new booking agency for touring plans to support the new release for the fall of 2015 and the majority of 2016.

About URN®
The band originated in 1994 as part of the Cleveland college music scene and relocated to Chicago in 1998 as founder Dominic St. Charles also performed with the Electric Hellfire Club. Urn started touring nationally in 2001 in support of their first self-released EP ?Consecrated Ashes?.

The band then followed up and self-released their ?Desecrated Ashes? EP in 2003 and received strong airplay support via college and internet radio stations across North America. The band then self-booked several national tours and eventually made their Canadian and Mexican debuts in this timeframe.

In December of 2005, URN signed with Rotting Corpse Records and in July of 2006, released their first full-length LP ?Dancing with the Demigods? with major chain-store distribution through Century Media, Synergy Distribution, and Azure Green. The album received rave reviews in trade magazines such as Pit Magazine, Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles, Explicitly Intense, New Witch, Dark Realms, and many more.

As a result, URN toured even more extensively throughout North America, highlighted by being the direct support acts for To/Die/For, Virgin Black for full production tours. The band also did support for regional legs of tours with Moonspell, Katatonia, Daylight Dies, Finntroll, and many notable others.

The band also headlined many high-profile conventions/festivals throughout such as Ancient Ways in Chicago, KiNvention North in Toronto, Endless Nights in New Orleans, Radio Active in Detroit, GenCon in Indianapolis, The International Body Art Expo in Columbus, Paganstock in Michigan, Doomsday Metal Fest in Milwaukee and The Long Black Veil in New York.

URN released their second full-length album, ?Scribings of a Forgotten Soul? in July 2009, again on Rotting Corpse Records, and the band would continue its relentless approach to international touring and promoting by being direct support acts for artists such Tarja Turunen for full tours as well as being selected for regional tours with artists such as Epica, Leaves Eyes, Ensiferum, Tyr, and The Genitorturers.

In 2011, the band relocated from Chicago, IL to Orlando, FL to seek a new perspective on many facets of life and music and in early 2014 signed with Dark Moon Records and recorded their fourth major release ?Epiphany? with a scheduled August 2015 release date.

URN is a band who is always pushing their boundaries and thresholds and look to continue to do so over the coming years by their life commitment to constantly evolve, adapt, and grow on their musical journey.

September Mourning Reaches Initial Kickstarter Funding Goal & Announces Stretch Goals


July 20, 2015 – Alternative, Hard Rock Transmedia Project September Mourning, alongside Top Cow Productions, were able to reach their initial Kickstarter funding goal for the first issue of the September Mourning comic book in under 72 hours! The first stretch goal of $20,000 has been announced. When the stretch goal is reached, every person receiving a print or digital copy of September Mourning #1 will now also receive a corresponding digital and/or print copy of September Mourning #2 with a new Summeye Kesgin cover! This is a completely separate comic and continues the story of September Mourning. This exclusive cover edition will only be available through Kickstarter. The #2 issue is not a separate pledge level, it’s a stretch goal added to all who receive #1. So you can pledge other levels or spread the word about the campaign to your friends to help push over the $20,000 pledge level. Other added rewards include T-Shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops, & some amazing deals from Top Cow.

About September Mourning’s Kickstarter Campaign:
September Mourning is a character that was created by Emily Lazar (aka September) with Mark Silvestri, founder & CEO of Top Cow Productions, Inc. The band alongside Top Cow are running a Kickstarter campaign to bring September Mourning’s story from the stage to the pages of a comic book. An amazing all female team has been assembled to bring the story to life. The first issue has already been written by Mariah McCourt, illustrated by Summeye Kesgin, and conceptualized by Emily Lazar (September Mourning) & Marc Silvestri. There are many reward tiers for donations with comic and music gifts to be had.

Urilia Announces Pre-Order For Debut EP “The Adversarial Light” (Out August 11, 2015)

July 21, 2015 – Los Angeles based Extreme Metal band Urilia has announced the pre-order of their debut EP “The Adversarial Light” which will be released on August 11th.
Check Out Urilia‘s “I Am Nephilim” (Official Lyric Video) From “The Adversarial Light” EP Below:

The goal of this EP was to create a sound that combines a blend of European-style Metal with American Metal, ranging from Symphonic Black Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Groove Metal, and all other forms of Extreme Metal. This fusion of hard-hitting brutality will annihilate viewers with fast speed picking riffs and heavy breakdowns, mixed with eerie symphonic/apocalyptic orchestrated keyboards. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Mick Kenney, the mastermind behind Anaal Nathrakh, who also worked with artists such as Bleeding Through, Motionless in White, The Witch Was Right, Suffer Well, and much more. This album is perfect for fans of all sub-genres of Metal.

The overall message behind this EP is to educate our fans on dark spirituality, and how to utilize Left Hand Path energy to cultivate the inner strength and wisdom that is too often lost within a modern society that undervalues authenticity and personal power, and serves to keep us bound by pervasive and limiting cultural norms, narrow-mindedness, and corruption. The Adversarial Light is also based on one of the many books written by Occult writer/leader of the ‘Order of Phosphorus’, Michael W. Ford, based on the Luciferian Path.

We hope everyone enjoys this EP, and that the power in the message inspires our fans to continue growing and breaking free. – Kristof Bathory (Urilia)

About Urilia:

GEOGRAPHICAL INFO: URILIA – THE following is the Text of URILIA, the Book of the Worm. It contains the formulae by which the wreakers of havoc perform their Rites. These are the prayers of the ensnarers, the liers-in-wait, the blind fiends of Chaos, the most ancient evil.
? Necronomicon –

Here is a new and improved vision of Extreme Metal that combines a European style of Metal with an American style that also strikes with a powerful message from a path based on Occultism, Dark Spirituality, and Left Hand Path beliefs that will now spread like a plague throughout the Metal scene. .
? The law behind the nature of creation and destruction. The magick of chaos.

DIE CHOKING Leaks First Vicious Single From III LP With Cvlt Nation Premiere; October Street Date Through The Compound Recs Locked

Philadelphia’s unchained grind trio, DIE CHOKING, will release their third recording and very first full-length with III this October through Earsplit’s label faction, The Compound Recs, and the first single from the record has been leaked through an exclusive Cvlt Nation-hosted premiere of “Death’s Waveform.”

With an already unfuckwithable track record built through their self-titled debut and subsequent II 7″ releases and their insatiable need to play their tunes at maximum speed in the live setting as often as possible, DIE CHOKING — featuring ex and current members of Total Fucking Destruction, Cop problem, and Burden — is about to take things to the next level with their debut full-length. All in all, III is one of the heaviest grindcore albums ever conceived. Written during the shitty Northeastern Winter months, it is an album stripped of overproduction, performed with devastating efficiency, and dripping with a foul aggression that is frequently absent in today’s extreme music landscape. III was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Cop Problem) at Studio 4 and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Baptists, From Ashes Rise, Nails). There are no samples, no triggers. The band simply drilled the takes until they hit it.

Issues founding bassist/vocalist Paul Herzog quote on the upcoming album, “DIE CHOKING’s forthcoming album III is a dastardly Americanized reinterpretation of Plato’s allegory of the cave. It is a dense work and presents a politicized metaphysical cycle: origin, liberation, corruption, falter, violent degradation, decay, and rebirth. III is a brutal reference to both ancient and modern interpretations of existence, morality, and politics. This album is a short, simple and a delightfully entropic vision. It presents a nihilistic emergence from ignorance that is met not by a joyous embrace of eternal knowledge but is heralded by a vision of an eternal, ever-stretching graveyard. It is here that coffin after coffin and grave upon grave stretches into the forever.”

More than two months before its official release, DIE CHOKING issues the first single of the monolithic III’s third track, “Death’s Waveform,” through an exclusive premiere at Cvlt Nation. In less than a minute-and-a-half, the trio dispatches some of the most angular and jagged riffage and pummeling percussive execution one can envision.

As with their prior duo of 7″ releases, Earsplit-forged DIY label The Compound Recs will release III directly in conjunction with the band. The digital will see release on October 8th, and the vinyl will ship the week of October 23rd. The vinyl is being pressed in a run of 500 copies on 180-gram wax in three crazy blue color variants in juxtaposition with the cover art designed by DIE CHOKING guitarist Jeffrey V Daniels — 200 on Blues Of The Mighty Haze, 200 on Blue & Bone Splatter Milky Clear, and 100 A Side / B Side black base with 2 blue Splatter, exclusive to The Compound.

DIE CHOKING continues their ongoing live rampage — a killing spree which has not ceased since the band’s inception — with a plethora of new shows confirmed through the coming months straight through the release of III. Highlights of the incoming mayhem include a headlining show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on July 29th, a support slot for the legendary Catharsis in Philly on August 7th, a set at Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4 in Providence on September 24th, and the band’s first West Coast US tour which is coming together for October. DIE CHOKING is also plotting their first invasion of Europe for February 2016 which will be announced shortly.


7/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blank, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds

8/07/2015 Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA w/ Catharsis, Die Young, Future/Primitive

8/28/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w /Grin And Bear It

8/29/2015 Bourbon St. Café – Columbus, OH @ FOR THE PETS II: Pets Without Parents Fundraiser

9/24/2015 AS220 – Providence, RI @ Riotous Outburst Fall-Fest 4: Day 1 w/ Grizzlor, Aneurysm, Cross Armed, Calculator

10/22/2015 Bremen Café – Milwaukee, WI w/ No Brainer

10/23/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN

10/24/2015 The Mutiny – Denver, CO

10/25/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID

10/26/2015 The Doghaus – Spokane, WA

10/27/2015 TBA – Portland, OR

10/28/2015 TBA – Oakland, CA

10/29/2015 Perez – Los Angeles, CA

10/30/2015 TBA

10/31/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO

11/01/2015 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA

III Track Listing:

1. Millerem

2. Dwell

3. Death’s Waveform

4. Bastard Of Hyperion

5. The Prince Of Population

6. Leave It To Them

7. Shake My Hand, Bow Down & Die

8. Dead Figurehead

9. Entropy Shrine

10. Back To Halcyon

11. Telos

Davey Suicide Releases “World Wide Suicide” Music Video


July 22, 2015 – Davey Suicide has released the “World Wide Suicide” music video from the sophomore album of the same name, which is available now on iTunes. The video, which premiered with BlankTV, was co-directed & filmed by Needlz & MichellexStar in downtown UnHolywood Killafornia.

Watch Davey Suicide’s “World Wide Suicide” Music Video Below:

Often times we can be imprisoned by people in our lives that intentionally try and break us. Their ego can’t let themselves make the logical decision, so they make it hell for everyone who defies them. This video symbolizes freedom from that. – Davey Suicide

Catch Davey Suicide in August on “The Dirty Rotten Road To Dirt Fest”.

“The Dirty Rotten Road To Dirt Fest” Tour Dates:
08/05 – Club X – Salt Lake City, Utah
08/06 – Roxy Theater – Denver, Colorado
08/07 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, Iowa
08/08 – Dirt Fest – Birch Run, Michigan with Hellyeah, Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Mushroomhead, Down, Pop Evil, We Are Harlot, Periphery, & more!

The name, ?Suicide? is a constant reminder that unless we kill ourselves, there?s no ceiling for what we are capable of.”

Davey Suicide is ruling the underground by fusing the live aesthetic of an arena rock show into a club setting. The Los Angeles insurgent injects gutter grit and theatrics back into a rock industrial genre that?s been salivating for it?s next messiah. The band flanked by (Drayven Davidson, Needlz, Niko Gemini,& Derek Obscura) distills heavy metal, industrial, and punk into anthems that are as corrosive as they are catchy. Currently, Davey Suicide is supporting their sophomore release, Worldwide Suicide, after spending the past four years extensively touring the US along with their first UK tour on their self titled debut album. This video marks the first video that the band has released since their departure from their former record label in May of 2015.

GRUESOME: Death-Saluting Metal Collective Announces Live Dates; Savage Land Out Now Via Relapse Records

Death-saluting metal collective, GRUESOME, will take to the streets next month on a short run of live performances. Following an appearance at Obscene Extreme America Fest in Montreal next month, the band — which features guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed), drummer Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation), guitarist Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed) and bassist Robin Mazen (Derketa) — will kick off a mini tour in September, waging their classic Schuldiner-styled odes upon the ears of Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cave-In-Rock, San Diego and Los Angeles. See confirmed dates below.

Issues Harvey of the trek, “We’re beyond excited to finally take this beast out on the road and deliver some Schuldinerisms at full fucking volume to the folks out there. It’s gonna be a blast to see the tunes come to, ahem, ‘life’ onstage and in the pit as well. See you there – bring beer!”

8/21/2015 Obscene Extreme America – Montreal, QC
9/04/2015 The Crowbar – Tampa, FL
9/05/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL
9/06/2015 The Haven – Orlando, FL
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault – Cave-In-Rock, IL
9/12/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/13/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA

GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released earlier this year via Relapse Records, is a delightfully punishing display of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

Savage Land was tracked by Gus Rios and Daniel Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el). Savage Land is out now via Relapse Records on CD, LP and all digital outlets.

“…less an exercise in nostalgia than a perfect reconstruction of a lost world.” – Decibel

“…just so goddamned fun.” – MetalSuck

“This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This is the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for.” – Metal Injection

“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring. This is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts.” – Exclaim

“…eight slices of gruesome death metal [that] most definitely hit the mark…” – PureGrainAudio

“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like GRUESOME, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land.” — HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” – Stereokiller

CATTLE DECAPITATION Reveals The Anthropocene Extinction “Making Of” Documentary; Summer Slaughter Takeover Looms

As the official deployment of The Anthropocene Extinction, the impending new full-length from San Diego deathgrind visionaries, CATTLE DECAPITATION, draws ever closer, today Vice Magazine’s mega music portal, Noisey, premieres the official “making of” documentary.

Tracked by Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, The Anthropocene Extinction serves as CATTLE DECAPITATION’s most sonically and thematically engrossing record to date. With The Anthropocene Extinction we are transported forward to man’s last gasps in the band’s trademark “turning the tables” approach that mirrors what is happening in the Pacific Ocean: The birds and aquatic wildlife are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet – and the domino effect that will result… The Anthropocene Extinction.

The making of The Anthropocene Extinction mini documentary brings fans up close and personal with the band and the intricacies involved in following up their critically-lauded Monolith Of Inhumanity full-length.

Issues Noisey of the fifteen-plus minute clip, “It’s an interesting look on how the band has changed their approach over the years, especially when gearing up for the new record. From Homovore to now, the band has refined their grindy sound into something dark yet crisp. This record is going to be an absolute monster, and you can even hear a little bit of it in the documentary.”

Coinciding with The Anthropocene Extinction’s official release, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour with Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Obscura and more. Slated to commence on July 28th in Denver, the trek will run through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close August 24th in Los Angeles with special headlining shows scattered throughout. Additional live CATTLE abrasions will be announced in weeks to come. Stay alert.

7/18/2015 Armstrong Metalfest – Armstrong, BC * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, …After The Burial, Beyond Creation:
7/28/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
7/29/15 The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS w/ Arch Enemy, Veil Of Maya, CATTLE DECAPITATION, Beyond Creation
7/30/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
7/31/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
8/01/2015 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
8/02/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/03/2015 The Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
8/04/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA **
8/05/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
8/06/2015 Club 77 – Hamilton, ON
8/07/2015 Heavy MTL* – Montreal, QC
8/08/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/09/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
8/10/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY **
8/12/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
8/13/2015 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
8/14/2015 Gwar-B-Q Fest – Richmond, VA
8/15/2015 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/16/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA ** [info]
8/17/2015 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/18/2015 Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX
8/19/2015 Tricky Fall’s – El Paso, TX **
8/20/2015 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/21/2015 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/22/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
8/23/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
8/24/2015 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

** CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
More Dates Coming Soon!

NEUROSIS Prepares For Most Widespread North American Tour In Nearly Two Decades

In less than three weeks, NEUROSIS will embark on the band’s most widespread North American tour since before the turn of the millennium.

On the eve of their thirtieth anniversary, the forceful aural surge of NEUROSIS will be felt with a deluge of performances set to take place in sixteen cities across America and Canada this Summer. The genre-creating quintet will punish the continent with one of their most crushing live sets to date, beginning on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, followed by shows in Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Louisville, Detroit, Toronto, Montréal, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Carrboro, Atlanta and New Orleans, before coming to a smoldering finale in Houston on August 16th, invading cities and states which they have not visited since the ’90s along the way.

Support on this venture will be provided by a rotating, dynamic spread of acts, including nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue, not to mention support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle of TAD and Hog Molly) for the entire trek, excluding NEUROSIS’ participation in the immense Montréal Festival where they’ll join the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts and many others.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts
8/08/2015 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/13/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

Since the release of their 1987 debut LP, Pain Of Mind, NEUROSIS has increasingly developed into a more potent and prolific act with each new recording and tour. Through releases on Alchemy, Lookout!, Alternative Tentacles, Relapse, Hydra Head and more — before forming their own Neurot Recordings which houses all of their recordings since the beginning of the millennium — the band has become a genre-defining institution of heavy music. The Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works, as well as forming their own solo outfits and touring acts outside of NEUROSIS.

In 2012, NEUROSIS released Honor Found In Decay, recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcasing the band taking their esoteric but leveling and hymns to even further diversified areas of exploration. Following the album’s hometown release show, they disbanded with the backdrop visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been heavily proactive tour-wise, embarking on regional bouts of touring and taking part in high-profile one-off and festival events throughout North America and Europe. And the cycle shall continue through the remainder of 2015 and onward towards their eleventh studio album.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ? JULY 20TH, 2015 – Multi-platinum, alternative rock band Evanescence is set to reemerge after a three-year hiatus with select, intimate shows scheduled this fall in Nashville, Dallas and Los Angeles. (Dates listed below.) The influential, Grammy-winning band last performed live in November of 2012.

Evanescence ? confirmed dates:
11/13 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works – tickets on-sale Friday, 7/24 at 10am
11/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom – tickets on-sale Saturday, 7/25 at 10am
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern – tickets on-sale Friday, 7/24 at 10am

*For full details and ticket information, go to


SKINLESS: Reactivated New York Death Metal Unit Announces Fall Live Incursions

Reactivated New York death metal unit, SKINLESS, will level stages this Fall on a medley of live takeovers. The onstage debauchery includes performances in Montreal, Clifton Park, Boston, Brooklyn and Philadelphia as well as a co-headlining stint with Pig Destroyer on this year’s edition of Denver Black Sky in December. Additional onstage infiltrations are currently in their plotting stages.

Comments the band: “We’re stoked to have the opportunity to shred in some of our favorite cities! Time is tight for the good ol’ boys in SKINLESS but when the stars align, you can expect and old school night of extreme brutality. Very much looking forward to it; see ya soon.”

9/25/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/26/2015 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
11/20/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/21/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/22/2015 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
12/05/2015 Denver Black Sky – Denver, CO w/ Pig Destroyer

SKINLESS will be performing in support of their long-anticipated and critically-lauded Only The Ruthless Remain full-length, released via Relapse Records last month. Bedecked in the sadistic grooves and flawless musicianship for which the band has become notorious, Only The Ruthless Remain features SKINLESS’ now-classic, late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, and marks the band’s first proper full-length offering in nearly a decade.

In related SKINLESS bulletins, the band is currently offering a free download of “Satan Is Living.” The song rears its menacing head during the credits of their ominous video for namesake track, “Skinless.” “Satan Is Living” is an original tune by the Sunshine Family Ministry and serves as an unofficial Only The Ruthless Remain bonus track. The Sunshine Family Ministry was a fanatical religious cult from the ’80s that committed mass suicide by skinning themselves alive… (fast forward thirty years to the gruesome “Skinless” video). The song “Satan Is Living” was recovered from an old reel-to reel recorder recovered at the scene. The first fifty orders made at the newly-launched SKINLESS webstore will receive a free download of the track as well as an Only The Ruthless Remain poster.

Only The Ruthless Remain was tracked by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, with the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

IMMORTAL BIRD: Empress/Abscess Out Now And Streaming In Its Terrifying Entirety

“Rae Amitay sounds furious, both at herself and at other people,” begins Invisible Oranges in their investigation of IMMORTAL BIRD’s latest offering. “Who, exactly? I don’t know. There’s a long list of potential targets, judging by her vocal performance on Empress/Abscess, the first full-length album by [the] Chicago polygenre-inclined grind outfit…”

Unleashed today as a collaborative effort with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge of vinyl and cassettes, and the band self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings, IMMORTAL BIRD’s Empress/Abscess is indeed a vexing sound excursion through the very bowels of human existence. Picking up where 2013’s lauded Akrasia EP left off, the record delves deeper into an audio cesspool of desolation, wrath, and overall suffering and with its members having sharpened their skills both as individual musicians and as a functioning unit, the final outcome is nothing short of terrifying.

Following teasers from Decibel Magazine and NPR Music and in celebration of today’s release, INVISIBLE ORANGES offers up Empress/Abscess in all its gut-rotting glory alongside a thorough breakdown of the material at hand. “Duality, sonically and lyrically, drives IMMORTAL BIRD’s music,” writes the popular blog. “It’s what makes the music so interesting to listen to. Echoing the record’s title, Amitay’s characters switch between authoritative (‘It seems that we’ve reached an impasse / A rock and a hard place / I’ll choose the latter / I was born there,’ she screams on opener ‘Neoplastic’) and self-damaging (‘I’ve wasted years with invertebrates […] The idea of redemption is insulting / But you know that,’ from ‘A Watery Grave’). In kind, the music itself is similarly chiaroscuro. During a relatively short timeframe (five songs and just over a half hour of music) the band oscillates between extremes of melody and tempo, chaos and order…. IMMORTAL BIRD’s Empress/Abscess is not a collection of music to only be consumed. It’s a densely layered meditation on anger and abuse, and an equally challenging collage of extreme music sub-genres.”

In related IMMORTAL BIRD missives, the band will return to the stage this August on a short run of live demolitions with includes appearances at Louisville Deathfest (Arsis, Disgorge, Malignancy) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with additional onstage debauchery to come at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.) and Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) in the Fall. See all confirmed IB dates below.

8/07/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL
8/08/2015 Louisville Deathfest – Louisville, KY
8/10/2015 The Doom Room – Lafayette, IN
8/11/2015 Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH
8/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
8/14/2015 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
8/15/2015 Death To False Metal Festival – Hamden, CT
8/16/2015 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
9/25 – 27/2015 Shadow Woods Metal Fest – White Hall, MD
10/16/2015 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ

Empress/Abscess was recorded by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harms Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York and finds former drummer/vocalist, Rae Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit.

WRVTH: Atmospheric Technical Death Metal Conjurors Reveal “Malaise” Video

Atmospheric technical death metal conjurors, WRVTH, in cooperation with the death bringers at Decibel Magazine, are pleased to reveal the new video for “Malaise.” Captured by Cory Davis at Yellowbox Films, the manic black and white clip comes by way of the band’s self-titled new full-length, deployed last month via Unique Leader Records.

“This track is focused on self-abuse,” elaborates the band. “Whether it be with substance, friendships or relationships, things you know that are bad for you but you continue to repeat this phase or find yourself caught in this routine of bad habits/decisions.”

Adds Decibel, “This San Jose quintet …is very correctly billed as technical death metal, but the most prominent comparable I hear in WRVTH’s hypnotic video for ‘Malaise’ is defunct anything-goes post-metallers Burst. That’s a good thing. It’s definitely not the only thing. ‘Malaise’ is the second track on WRVTH’s third, self-titled full-length and it maintains an excellent balance of dizzying chops and disquieting atmospherics.”

Wrvth was tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

“WRVTH’s long stretchs of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time… You can relax to this album and then just as quickly want to groove and headbang. It’s an ambitious disc whose sensibilities strive for independence, reflecting the band’s desire to separate themselves from everyone around them, and it has a massive amount of appeal for that.” – No Clean Singing

“…by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is the atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“‘Harrowing Winds’ is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down.” – Metal Injection on first single, “Harrowing Winds”

“WRVTH definitely set the bar high for their first album… Fans of atmospheric, progressive death metal bands like Ulcerate and Fallujah will surely enjoy the sounds of WRVTH. – ITDjents

“Lush atmospherics share the stage with bone-crushing breaks and dizzying guitar solos, making for a delightfully unpredictable joyride that will no doubt find its way on to many EOTY lists come December.” – Under The Gun Review

“Wrvth can be bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings. A death metal album with genuine feeling; how often do you hear about that? Clearly, an album worth investigating.” – Dead Rhetoric

“…an innovative and impressive release from a band who are clearly not content to be average.” – Wonderbox Metal

COAL CHAMBER Debut Video For “Rivals” Prepare to Kick Off North American Tour With Fear Factory

Nu-Metal legends COAL CHAMBER recently returned from a massive European tour that saw them playing to sold out rooms across the continent. At their London tour stop, the band filmed live footage performing the title track of their new album Rivals. They used this for their head banging new video, which is being debuted today.

COAL CHAMBER’s first new album in over 13 years Rivals was released in May of 2015 entering the Billboard Top 200 and received critical acclaim from the media and fans alike.

In support of Rivals COAL CHAMBER are returning to the road in North America with Fear Factory (All Dates), Devil You Know (Select Dates), Jasta (Select Dates), Saint Ridley and Madlife (All Dates). The tour kicks off July 24th in Tucson, AZ and will wrap up in Santa Ana, CA on August 22nd. This run also includes festival appearances at Dirt Fest in Birch Run, MI, Heavy MTL, in Montreal, QC and the B4BQ (Part of the GWAR B-Q) in Richmond, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

COAL CHAMBER is offering VIP Packages for every date on the tour. The VIP package includes a meet and greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).

COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:

7/24: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater

7/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

7/26: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls

COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife:

7/28: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall

7/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live

7/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

7/31: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

8/1: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

8/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

8/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

8/4: Columbia, SC @ Music Farm

8/6: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

8/7: Birch Run, MI @ Dirtfest*

8/8: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

8/9: Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL*

8/10: London, ON @ London Music Hall

8/11: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

8/12: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

8/14: Richmond, VA @ B4BQ (The National)*

COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:

8/15: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

8/16: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

8/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater

8/19: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

8/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

8/21: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

8/22: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

*Festival Appearance

LOCRIAN Premieres “Arc Of Extinction” Via Steel For Brains; Band Announces August West Coast Tour Dates In Support Of Infinite Dissolution LP

With the imminent surge of LOCRIAN‘s punishing Infinite Dissolution LP set to inundate the human population via Relapse Records in just two weeks, another distressing single from the record has been premiered via Steel For Brains with “Arc Of Extinction” now playing alongside an intense interrogation of the band.

Amidst their nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, Infinite Dissolution will mark LOCRIAN‘s second album for Relapse, during the band’s celebration of its tenth anniversary this year. Recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, Integrity, Sleep), and with artwork based on a massive installation by sculptor David Altmejd, Infinite Dissolution is a nearly fifty-minute-long concept album dealing with the struggle of human extinction; a seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambiance, drone, black metal, post-rock, and power electronics. Steel For Brains interrogated the members of LOCRIAN, the interview now seeing publication alongside the premiere of the awakening album opener “Arc Of Extinction,” which sets the stage for Infinite Dissolution’s mesmerizing broadcast of our planet’s ecosystems through the band’s most intense palette of post-industrial/blackened cinematic sorcery to date.

In addition to LOCRIAN‘s Midwestern shows in Detroit and Chicago on July 17th and 18th, the band has just confirmed a leg of West Coast US tour dates in August in support of Infinite Dissolution. From August 16th through the 22nd the band will flood the western half of the country with their demoralizing auditory fabrications, with shows in Boise, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento confirmed, and at least four more dates being added to this itinerary in the next few days. Special tenth anniversary performance plans are coming together for this Fall, which will be followed by a European tour in early 2016.


7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beast in the Field, Beset by Creatures Of The Deep

7/18/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy

8/16/2015 Crazy Horse – Boise, ID

8/17/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

8/19/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA

8/20/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

8/21/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA

OMMADON: Side B Of Empathy For The Wicked From UK-Based Drone/Doom Duo Now Punishing Ears At Revolver Magazine

Record To Drop Next Week Via Golden Mantra

With the release of Empathy For The Wicked, the impending new full-length from UK drone/doom duo now less than a week away, today Revolver Magazine delivers side B in its ravenous entirety.

Continuing their ceaseless undertaking to attain sonic obliteration of the self through unadulterated heaviness and earth-collapsing amplification, Empathy For The Wicked follows the suppressing doom of their critically-lauded, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014.

Captured live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), Empathy For The Wicked levies just one predatory track broken into two parts. Where preceding OMMADON offerings were all recorded in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks the duo’s first release to be created on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity and the results are nothing short of aurally devastating.

The Sludgelord champions OMMADON’s, “perfect balance between noisy, gritty atmosphere, and murderous sonic rampage,” further likening the record to, “meditation, but for all things evil… The only intention this album seems to have is killing the listener. The beauty of it being that once you’re dead, it’s still smashing your fucking soul as you become reborn into eternal darkness.” Metal Machine celebrates, “45 minutes of destructive musical warfare,” that will spin, “right into a vortex of black fuzz sure to give you the vapors,” while Echoes And Dust issues, “It shouldn’t work. It is 45 minutes-plus of two people carving out enormous, low-frequency slabs of noise. But it does. And when it’s over, you feel as if you’ve experienced something supernatural; like you have seen things which you didn’t think you could see, all through your ears. Almost as if mud pools could make music. Fantastic.”

THE AGONIST premieres “A Necessary Evil” play through video via Guitar

Premiering on, guitarists Danny Marino and Paco Jobin of THE AGONIST take listeners through “A Necessary Evil” in the first of a three part play through video series of fan requested singles from their latest album, Eye Of Providence.

Watch the play through video for “A Necessary Evil”

We’re stoked to have our guitar playthrough video premiered on Guitar World! We’ve been getting a lot of requests from fans for guitar playthrough videos from our new album Eye of Providence. So after listening to the fans, we picked a few songs and got our resident bassist/video director Chris Kells to shoot a couple songs. This first video is for one of my favorite songs on the album, A Necessary Evil. It has a nice blend of staccato riffing, interesting chord extensions and of course, a ripping solo by my man Paco Jobin! states Guitarist Danny Marino)”

On the live front, THE AGONIST will join EPICA and ELUVEITIE on the Revolver North American tour beginning September 8th. THE AGONIST will also perform at the infamous Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal in August. Full tour schedule below. Get Eye Of Providence now on iTunes.

THE AGONIST tour dates:

“Revolver Magazine presents EPICA and ELUVEITIE with special guests THE AGONIST, North American Tour”

08/08/2015 – Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC

09/08/2015 – Soundstage: Baltimore, MD

09/09/2015 – Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA

09/11/2015 – Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC

09/12/2015 – Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC

09/13/2015 – Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON

09/15/2015 – House Of Blues: Chicago, IL

09/16/2015 – Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN

09/18/2015 – O’Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK

09/19/2015 – Union Hall: Edmonton, AB

09/20/2015 – MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB

09/22/2015 – Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC

09/23/2015 – Neumos: Seattle, WA

09/25/2015 – The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA

09/26/2015 – Fonda Theatre: Los Angeles, CA

09/28/2015 – Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO

09/29/2015 – Sokol Auditorium: Omaha, NE

10/01/2015 – Mercury Ballroom: Louisville, KY

10/02/2015 – Agora Ballroom: Cleveland, OH

10/03/2015 – Irving Plaza: New York, NY


Vicky Psarakis – Vocals

Danny Marino – Guitar

Chris Kells – Bass

Simon McKay- Drums

Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

FORCED ORDER: California Hardcore Act To Release Debut LP Via Revelation Records; Track Playing At Revolver + Band To Tour North America With Terror, Bane And More

Revelation Records will proudly issue the Vanished Crusade debut LP from Southern California hardcore quintet, FORCED ORDER, in early August, and Revolver Magazine has exclusively premiered the opening track from the album, “New Forms.”

FORCED ORDER‘s rampaging, metallic hardcore especially romanticizes ’90s Cleveland genre pioneers Integrity, Ringworm and In Cold Blood, merging said acts takes on beatdown riffs, dominating backup chants and malevolent, divebombing metal leads. Uniting a tight-knit set of diehards whom also spend time in Twitching Tongues, Disgrace, Soul Search, and others, the band’s jaw-clenching angst courses through every second of their debut LP, Vanished Crusade, the record delivering their metallic hardcore with unchained urgency, with haunting instrumental pieces infiltrating the ill-omened delivery of the record, helping to paint an appropriately bleak view of the world. The follow-up to their Retribution 7″, also released through Revelation, the band’s Vanished Crusade debut LP was produced by Taylor Young at The Pit (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues), the album delivering fourteen merciless, by the throat tracks that become instantly addictive. The first single and opening track fromVanished Crusade makes itself known through Revolver Magazine today, with the opening track, “New Forms,” issuing within the mangling debut, “We exist to watch you die, FORCED ORDER!”

Groundbreaking and longstanding hardcore entity Revelation Records will issue FORCED ORDER‘s Vanished Crusade on CD and digital platforms on August 7th, with the vinyl version to follow shortly afterward. Stand by for preorders to be posted in the coming days.

In support of Vanished Crusade, FORCED ORDER will take part in the final day of this year’s massive This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, set to perform on Sunday, July 26th alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and more. Afterwards, a three-day, cross-country run sees the band playing in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia between August 1st and 5th where FORCED ORDER will join up with The Life & Death Tour. Featuring headliners, Terror, as well as Bane, Turnstile, Backtrack and Heavy Chains, the tour begins in Rochester, New York on August 6th and runs a clockwise stampede ending August 31st in Amityville, New York, with twenty-six cites on the itinerary.


7/26/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

8/01/2015 The Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

8/03/2015 Boulevard Trash – Tulsa, OK

8/05/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

FORCED ORDER on The Life & Death Tour 2015 w/ Terror, Bane, Turnstile, Backtrack, Heavy Chains:

8/06/2015 The Harmony House – Rochester, NY

8/07/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

8/08/2015 Gamechanger World – Howell, NJ

8/09/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

8/10/2015 Greene St – Greensboro, NC

8/11/2015 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

8/12/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL

8/13/2015 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA

8/14/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX

8/15/2015 Sons of Herman Hall – Dallas, TX

8/16/2015 The Korova – San Antonio, TX

8/17/2015 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ

8/18/2015 Epicenter – San Diego, CA

8/19/2015 Chain Raction – Anaheim, CA

8/20/2015 Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA

8/21/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA

8/22/2015 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV

8/23/2015 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

8/24/2015 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

8/25/2015 Aftershock Bar and Grill – Merriam, KS

8/26/2015 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

8/27/2015 Legends – Cincinnati, OH

8/28/2015 Magestic Cafe – Detroit, MI

8/29/2015 The Rockpile – Toronto, ON

8/30/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

8/31/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY

Vanished Crusade Track Listing:

1. New Forms

2. Unexist

3. Turn The Knife

4. Sense Walker

5. The Pain Enclosed

6. Blind To Trust

7. Forced Order

8. Retribution

9. Ischys

10. Seven Realms Of Fear

11. Disintegrate

12. March Of The Diseased

13. Dechrau

14. Allanfa

Windhand Share New Song “Two Urns” First Single From Grief’s Infernal Flower Out on Relapse Records September 18th

Windhand floor us with “Two Urns” – the leading single from their third full-length album, Grief’s Infernal Flower. Produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden), the album stands to see Windhand cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time. Windhand convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. It’s a massive sound, heavy, personal and a modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies.

On Grief’s Infernal Flower, front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of today’s most powerful vocalists – perfectly balancing beauty with enormous force. The twin-guitar attack of Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record.

Motörhead Music/UDR GmBH to Present Youngest Lead Guitarist in W:O:A History–Nik Kai–at Germany’s Wacken 2015

On Thursday July 30, virtuoso guitar prodigy Nik Kai will unveil the bombastic-yet-melodic 6 piece rock/metal/alternative band NO WORDS to over 80,000 people at Wacken Open Air, the world?s biggest, loudest and most established hard rock/heavy metal music festival. Wacken will be No Words? European debut, and the first time a festival audience will be witnessing the precocious, engaging and exciting guitar work of Nik Kai.

Kai, at 14 years old is the youngest lead guitarist ever invited to play Wacken, an exhilarating new musician who will be featured on Motörhead Music, the label set up in partnership with UDR GmBH. The label?s objective is to offer a world stage to fresh and innovative new talents who carry an independent and heartfelt spirit throughout their art. It will be a label by musicians for musicians, and it will be an honest and powerful gateway to the next generation of rock?n?rollers.

Despite his youth, Nik Kai has already garnered acclaim and recognition from many avenues, appearing on Howard Stern?s show at 10 years old, being the youngest to receive a Metal Hammer Golden God award nomination and receiving endorsements from the likes of Gibson/Epiphone, Marshall and Dunlop.

NO WORDS is a 6 man heavy metal band headed by Nik Kai who hand picked every member. An American band from the west coast, NO WORDS was founded in Laguna Beach, California. In addition to founder Nik Kai, the band is fronted by Las Vegas native and former model Atonio Savelio, a powerful vocalist who brings passion, and gut-wrenching soul to every song. On bass is Izzy Maxx, a throwback to bassists like Rudy Sarzo with an infectious spirited enthusiasm on stage. Keys and backup vox is classically trained Shane Zimm, on skins is Drew Moses, a former Marine and Arizona native who looks up to Thomas Lang as his number one source of drum mastery. Rounding out this six piece band is rhythm guitarist Chris Garcia, a Las Vegas resident who has toured nationally. Upcoming shows are Vamp?d Vegas July 23rd, W:O:A & Hamburg, Germany July 29-Aug. 3 and Motörhead?s Motörböat Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015

CANCER BATS To Kick Off Tour With Danzig And Pennywise

Canada punk metal perpetrators, CANCER BATS, will kick off a short sprint of North American dates supporting Danzig and Pennywise this weekend. Set to commence tomorrow, July 11th in Pomona, California, the tour will wind its way through fifteen cities in eleven states and provinces, coming to a close on July 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, the band will take part in this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia in August.

CANCER BATS will be touring in support of their Searching For Zero full-length, released via Metal Blade Records earlier this year. Recorded in the Summer of 2014 with legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) at his studio in Venice, California. Robinson and the band shared a singular vision to create a personal, vibrant album and the results are apparent. The multiple-JUNO nominated hardcore band’s fifth studio offering features ten tracks that are the most melodic, yet menacing CANCER BATS tunes compositions to date. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant, and the more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps And Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

CANCER BATS w/ Danzig, Pennywise:
7/11/2015 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA *no Pennywise
7/12/2015 Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Flagstaff, AZ
7/13/2015 Friendz Bar & Zombie Burger – Amarillo, TX *CANCER BATS only
7/14/2015 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
7/15/2015 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
7/17/2015 South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
7/18/2015 Club Brady – Tulsa, OK
7/19/2015 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO
7/21/2015 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
7/24/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
7/25/2015 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
7/27/2015 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
7/28/2015 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
7/30/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
End Tour
8/15/2015 Gwar BQ @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond VA

In related CANCER BATS news, leading Canadian rock/metal/punk/hardcore website recently released Zeroed In, its first-ever mini documentary. The site teamed with CANCER BATS and The Visual Medium to cover in detail the release Searching For Zero, plus the album release show held at The Phoenix Concert Theatre last March. Through extensive fan-interviews at the release show, plus a frank discussion with the CANCER BATS, the twenty-minute Zeroed In documentary sets out to not only explore the intricacies behind Searching For Zero but to also demonstrate the impact and influence the group continues to have on the local scene, fans and bands alike.

SUPERJOINT To Kick Off The It Takes Guts Summer Tour

Reactivated metal icons, SUPERJOINT — who feature within their ranks members of Down, Eyehategod, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast etc. — will kick off a near two-week long US tour tomorrow. Presented by frontman Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, the It Takes Guts Summer takeover marks the band’s first official touring venture in over a decade! The caravan of chaos will commence Friday, July 10th in Oklahoma City and ravage its way through twelve US cities with support provided by punk metal/noise rock misfits, Child Bite, and Australian grind miscreants, King Parrot, both members of the Housecore Records family.

Now featuring Anselmo (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Pantera et al), guitarists Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) and Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horsepower), the long-anticipated trek follows SUPERJOINT’s first ever performance in Europe at this year’s edition of Hellfest last month in Clisson, France.

SUPERJOINT: The It Takes Guts Tour w/ King Parrot, Child Bite:

7/10/2015 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7/11/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston TX
7/12/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas TX
7/14/2015 Bogarts – Cincinnati OH
7/15/2015 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
7/17/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie NY
7/18/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster PA
7/19/2015 V-Club – Huntington, WV
7/21/2015 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
7/23/2015 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
7/24/2015 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola FL
7/25/2015 Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

KING PARROT released their eagerly-anticipated Dead Set full-length earlier this year via Housecore Records. Captured by Anselmo and Michael Thompson with Steve Berrigan at the famed Nodferatu’s Lair, KING PARROT’s Dead Set brandishes ten grind-laden, punk-infused odes of defiant audio savagery bedecked in the dark, cynical humor for which the band has become notorious.

CHILD BITE will be touring in support of their Strange Waste EP, a deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More, released last Fall via Housecore. The band recently tracked their forthcoming new full-length with Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. Titled Negative Noise, the LP will be released later this year via Housecore.

SUPERJOINT churns out a debaucherous crossover of hardcore punk and metal a la Pantera and unleashed two critically-lauded full-lengths – 2002’s Use Once And Destroy and 2003’s Lethal Dose Of American Hatred – before taking hiatus in 2005.

CANDLEBOX Announces Summer and Fall Tour Dates To Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Critically-Acclaimed Album Lucy

Band Reveals Lineup Changes As It Moves Forward

Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2015) – CANDLEBOX is reigniting the flame this summer as it announces plans for a summer and fall tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Lucy.

Released in 1995, Lucy was the successful follow up album to CANDLEBOX‘s debut and achieved Gold certification thanks to songs like “Simple Lessons”, “Best Friend” and the title track “Lucy”.

The tour, which will kick off July 23 in Lake Charles, LA and run through the fall, will feature hits from Lucy as well as fan favorites.

In addition to revealing tour news, CANDLEBOX has also confirmed a lineup change.

After twenty plus years of rocking the road and creating great music together Peter Klett and Scott Mercado have decided to take a break from touring with CANDLEBOX. Parting ways amicably, Klett and Mercado have decided to devote their careers full time to Lotus Crush and their other side projects.

“I’m stoked that Pete and Scott are having such great success with Lotus Crush and their other projects. I wish them nothing but the best,” said Kevin Martin, lead singer for CANDLEBOX.

Peter Klett added, “It’s time; there is nothing greater than playing music you’ve created in front of fans who love it with their heart and soul. That is what we have done with CANDLEBOX for 20 plus years. The wonderful people who have embraced us have done it with class. For that, Scott and I are extremely grateful.”

The CANDLEBOX lineup continues with current member: Adam Kury on bass and guitar. Drummer Dave Krusen, who played with CANDLEBOX from 1996-2001 and was in Pearl Jam and was featured on the iconic 10 album, Mike Leslie (Mike Leslie Band) and Fosterchild Guitarist Brian Quinn, who was label mates and friends with Martin for years.

CANDLEBOX tour dates include:

*Note: Additional dates to be added.


7/23: Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge du Lac

7/25: St. Clair, MI @ St. Clair Riverfest

7/30: New Bedford, MA @ Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

8/1: Sturgis, SD @ Easyriders Saloon

8/8: Fort Bliss, TX @ Ft. Bliss Army Base

8/15: Glen Flora, WI @ North Woods Rock Rally

8/21: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock

8/22: Island Lake, IL @ Sideouts Bands in the Sand

8/28: Tacoma WA @ Uncle Sams

8/29: Central Point, OR @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater

9/11: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Amphitheater

9/19: Cottonwood, AZ @ Thunder Valley Rally

10/17: Houston, TX @ CWM Pavilion


Formed in 1990, CANDLEBOX is considered one of the greatest American rock bands of its time. CANDLEBOX was the first successful act on Madonna’s Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones and The Prodigy. The band found immediate success with the release of its self-titled debut album in July 1993. It featured some of the band’s biggest hit singles, including “Far Behind”, “You” and “Cover Me” and was certified platinum by the RIAA four times. The group has sold over 8,000,000 albums worldwide. They continued their success releasing two highly successful albums (Lucy and Happy Pills), toured relentlessly and in the year 2000 took an indefinite hiatus.

Following the six-year hiatus, the band reunited in 2006, and two years later, they released their fourth album Into the Sun, followed by an extensive tour. Their latest album, Love Stories & Other Musings, was released in April 2012. CANDLEBOX are currently hard at work on their new album, which is set for an early 2016 release. More details on the new album and additional tour dates will be coming soon.

RIVERSIDE – Launch new track “Discard Your Fear” via lyric-video

Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are now kicking off the promotional activities for their much anticipated new studio album “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”, which will be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

Today, the band is revealing the first track off the album via a lyric-video.

RIVERSIDE‘s Mariusz Duda checked in about “Discard Your Fear” as follows:
“On the new album I wanted to combine the 70’s and the 80’s. The 80’s were a decade of musical growing up for me. I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb. ‘Discard Your Fear’ is a good example of this flow. The lyrics are about the most popular kind of fear that touches most of us – the fear of the unknown.”

RIVERSIDE‘s 6th studio album features cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and will contain the following track-listing:

RIVERSIDE – “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”

1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)

2. Under the Pillow

3. #Addicted

4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire

5. Saturate Me

6. Afloat

7. Discard Your Fear

8. Towards the Blue Horizon

9. Time Travellers

10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)

A musical package entitled “Day Session”, the brighter companion of the “Night Session” presented on the band’s previous album “Shrine of New Generation Slaves”, will be available as bonus material well.

In other news, RIVERSIDE are kicking off a string of European dates this weekend at “Be Prog! My Friend” festival in Barcelona, Spain and also visit Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK on this run, on which the band will already showcase some of the new album’s material.

Below is an overview of the upcoming RIVERSIDE tour dates for North America. More dates will be confirmed soon…

RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:

Sep 12 – Atlanta, GA – ProgPower USA Center stage

Sep 13 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

Sep 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Bull Shooters Saloon

Sep 16 – New Brunswick, NJ – NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre

Sep 19 – Montreal, QC – Theatre La Tulipe

Sep 20 – Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial

Sep 22 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club

Sep 23 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge

Sep 24 – Chicago, IL – Reggies

More dates to be confirmed soon…

RIVERSIDE‘s previous album, “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves”, entered the national sales charts of several countries upon release as follows (highest chart week position mentioned!): Germany: # 33, Poland: # 2, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands (Alternative Charts): # 9, Switzerland: # 51, UK (Rock Charts): # 24, Finland: # 41, France (Top 200): # 194, USA (Billboard New Artists Chart): # 18.

More details about “Love, Fear and the Time Machine” will follow soon…

NAPALM RECORDS News Updates For July 9th

THE ANSWER Premiere New Video For “Gone Too Long” via Pop Matters

THE ANSWER overcame the recent US Visa system crash and made it to the USA in time for their tour with Whitesnake! The band’s new single “Gone Too Long”which was mixed for radio by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters / Biffy Clyro) – will be released July 31, 2015 following the band’s North American Tour and in anticipation of their European Festival appearances & a special one off London Planet Rock London Borderline show on July 29th!

Today the band premieres their latest video for”Gone Too Long” taken from their latest album “Raise A Little Hell” (Napalm Records).

With over 300,000 sales worldwide, THE ANSWER are one of the hardest working Irish artists in rock, having performed over 200 shows worldwide in the last eighteen months.


July 09th St Louis MO @ ORH Headline show
July 10th Kansas City MO @ Daveys Headline show
July 11th St Paul MN @ Myth (w/ Whitesnake)
July 12th Chicago, IL @ Reggies (w/ Whitesnake)
July 14th Clear Lake IA @ Surf Ballroom (w/ Whitesnake)
July 16th OshKosh WI @ Rock USA Festival
July 17th Geneva IL @ Geneva Music Pk (w/ Whitesnake)
July 18th Merrillville IN @ Star Plaza (w/ Whitesnake)
July 20th Greensburg PN @ Palace Theatre (w/ Whitesnake)
July 21st Washington DC @ DC9 Headline show
July 22nd New York @ Knitting Factory Headline show
July 24th Green Bay WI @ Burning Cow Festival
July 29th London @ The Borderline Special Headline show
July 30th Wacken Festival DE

AMBERIAN DAWN Unveil Album Title And Release Date!

Finish Symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to unveil the first details of their next masterpiece! Together with AD’s co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen (known for his work with Delain, Ensiferum and Sonata Arctica), vocalist Capri and the band’s composer Tuomas Seppälä the band are hard at work right now on the new album. The album will be released worldwide on October 23rd via Napalm Records! Handling production duties on the record is composer Tuomas Seppälä who also plays keyboards and guitar.

AMBERIAN DAWN mastermind Tuomas Seppälä on the upcoming album, entitled Innuendo:

“This is one of the most melodic and vocal-driven album in AD’s history. I’ve composed these songs in a little bit of a different way than I’ve used to do before. I have worked with these songs without any limitations. Some of the elements I’ve used have been quite unusual in the heavy metal genre and there’s going to be a fresh new sound for AD. Musically these songs are still very much influenced by classical music but also by electro-composers like Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis for example. Our new vocalist Capri was able to bring tons of emotion with her sound and lyric writing and I’m sure that this album will be our best so far “

Together with their label mates in DELAIN & Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM, AMBERIAN DAWN is going to hit the road in October & November!


14.08.15 CZ – Hodonin / Made Of Metal Open Air

27.10.15 CH – Solothurn / Kopfmehl

28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie

29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde

30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob

31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club

02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle

03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club

04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv

05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202

06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club

07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia

08.11.15 DE – Berlin / K17

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