Following an extended slumber, Mammoth Lake, California-based black/death merchants, VALDUR, emerge from their crypts with the infernal fruits of latest offering, lovingly dubbed Pathetic Scum.
The follow-up to 2013?s soul-devouring At War With full-length, which Meat Mead Metal appropriately heralded for filling, ?that void of anger and disengagement with society that may be darkening your heart,? Pathetic Scum was tracked entirely at the band?s clandestine Bloody Mountain Bunker, mixed by drummer Matthew, mastered by Dan at Morbid Mastering and offers up seven cruel odes of audio abhorrence as only VALDUR can conjure. Featuring the addition of new guitarist, Vuke, the record delivers a blizzardy onslaught of warring riffs, bestial blasts, wrath-infused vocal offensives and an overwhelming atmosphere of pandemonium, trepidation and all-encompassing ruthlessness. Indeed, Pathetic Scum is a true testament of a diseased society gone sour and maintains VALDUR?s place as one of America?s best kept extreme metal secrets.
Relays VALDUR, from the tombs, ?Guitarist/vocalist Samuel is still with us so to speak, but he is so busy with personal/family matters at the moment. Vuke, new guitarist, is not a replacement, but a full time member of VALDUR. And for live dates this spring, Roskva will be on vocals again. And we have William on bass and Matthew on drums. We all appreciate anyone who takes the time in this world to have a listen to our music. It is built and molded by our own hands to the form and shape that we like. With these new songs, we give you something different yet again along the obscure VALDUR timeline??
Pathetic Scum Track Listing:
2. Impending Doom
3. Blessings Of The Goat
4. Pathetic Scum
5. Incantre Pt. II
6. Morbid Emanations
Featuring past and current members of Weverin, Endless Blizzard and Plutocracy, VALDUR was forged at the turn of the century in a small mountain town located in the pulsating heart of the Sierra Mountains where the Death Valley desert lands meet the ascending Mt. Whitney and where the unholy collective dwells without interference of fashionable scenes or rulebooks.
Vuke ? guitars
William ? bass
Matthew ? drums
Roskva ? (live) vocals
Pathetic Scum will be officially unveiled digitally and in digipak format via the band?s own Bloody Mountain Records on June 30th, 2015.
?There?s no question this band can make heavy music, but there?s also emotional depth to be found as well.? ? Metal Injection
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Following an extended slumber, Mammoth Lake, California-based black/death merchants, VALDUR, emerge from their crypts with the infernal fruits of latest offering, lovingly dubbed Pathetic Scum.
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Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, Northern Virginia-based KING GIANT has completed their thundering third LP, Black Ocean Waves, set for release this Summer.
With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce through handling the recording and releasing of their own gravelly anthems since their inception. Their 2006 Burden EP was followed by the self-released 2009 LP, Southern Darkness, which won over stoner/doom rockers everywhere with its vibrant approach to the genre. But it was the Dismal Hollow LP released in 2012 that launched the band into a more accessible, but more sinister territory, reaping critical acclaim from internationally-based mags and webzines.
2015 brings KING GIANT?s third full-length album, proudly celebrating a decade in existence as they prepare to unleash the wayward grooves of Black Ocean Waves. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on Black Ocean Waves, the new opus surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation. KING GIANT recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, the album engineered by Jawbox architect, J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who later mixed the album. Robbins also performed Hammond organ on the track, ?Blood Of The Lamb,? and background vocals on ?Trail Of Thorns.? The cover art for Black Ocean Waves, created by Misty Kilgore. . The band plans to independently release the album in June on CD, digitally distributed by The Path Less Traveled, with an LP version to follow.
Candlelight Records today confirms June 16th as the North American release date for A Dracula, the second full-length album from Las Vegas-based doom metal band, DEMON LUNG.
In mid-December, DEMON LUNG began their second pilgrimage to Oregon to work with Anderson. At the journey?s conclusion, eight dark hymns became A Dracula?s storyline. Using Juan López Moctezuma?s 1977 horror film, Alucarda, as the album?s muse, the audio is packaged with unique original art by illustrator Joshua Foster (Pallbearer). Drummer Jeremy Brenton notes, ?When we started the writing process, we happened to be deep into an Alucarda obsession. [Vocalist] Shanda [Fredrick] sat down and made an outline for her take on the film and we all started crafting songs to flow with it. Fitting the mood of each riff and melody with the narrative was challenging but it is the most satisfying way for us to write.?
Fredrick adds, ?Alucarda is a more relatable story for me than our last album?s subject matter; which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world. So like I said? it?s a lot more fun this time around.?
A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band?s debut, 2013?s The Hundredth Name. ?A modern doom masterpiece,? said Ghost Cult. ?The future of doom seems to be in safe hands,? uttered This Is Not A Scene. ?Everything about DEMON LUNG?s debut screams epic,? voiced Las Vegas Weekly. The Hundredth Name perfectly set up A Dracula with a growing and healthy international fan base to launch from.
?While we naturally continued where we left off with The Hundredth Name,? shares Brenton, ?this album is definitely faster, definitely more epic. We spent twice as much time in the studio with Billy than we did last time and we had more time to experiment. This was certainly the hardest we have ever worked on anything and we?re very proud of the final product.?
A Dracula Track Listing:
1. Rursumque Alucarda
2. Behold, The Daughter
3. I Am Haunted
4. Gypsy Cursem
5. Deny The Savior
6. Mark Of Jubilee
7. Rursumque Adracula
8. Raped By The Serpent
Formed in 2011, DEMON LUNG self-released their EP, Pareidolia, in early 2012. The band joined the Candlelight roster and unleashed The Hundredth Name a year later. The album featured artwork by English illustrator Tom Gates (Amorphis, Vision Of Disorder etc). Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, ?She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet?s lurch.? An aggressive regional performer, the band recently signed with Tone Deaf Touring to broaden their touring endeavors.
DEMON LUNG is Shanda Fredrick and Jeremy Brenton with guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch and bassist Jason Lamb. Tour dates in support of A Dracula will be announced shortly.
Sacramento, CA rockers, Long in the Tooth are releasing their new EP digitally through HearYou Music July 14
This rock band is a group of musicians who were raised on, and inspired by, a broad range of musical styles. Each influence layers together to create Sacramento?s unique sound known as Long In The Tooth.
Long in the Tooth Is:
Anthony Vallejos Vocals
Jeff Marsh Guitar
Dean Marshall Van Gelder Guitar
Chris Alosi Bass/Vocals
Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody Drums
“Brazzers Ft Fronz” (Official Lyric Video) & Tour Dates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2015 – Perth, WA – Post Hardcore band Emberville have released their debut album, Scare City, which includes the single “Skeleton” featuring Escape The Fate’s Craig Mabbitt, and “Brazzers Ft Fronz“.
About the album and video for “Skeleton”, Emberville had only to say, “Don’t show your Mum..“
Listen to Emberville’s Scare City:
Watch Emberville “Brazzers Ft Fronz” (Official Lyric Video), off of Scare City:
SCARE CITY AUS TOUR:
JUNE 18TH – Hot Damn, Sydney (18+)
JUNE 19TH – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle (18+)
JUNE 20TH – House show, Sydney (AA)
JUNE 21ST – Aspire Studios, Albion Park (AA)
JUNE 25TH – NEXT, Melbourne (18+)
JUNE 27TH – Wrangler Studios,West Footscray (AA)
JUNE 28TH – Lilydale Bridge Builders, Lilydale (AA)
JULY 17TH – Amplifier Bar, Perth (18+)
JULY 18TH – YMCA HQ, Leederville (AA)
Formed in the most isolated city in the world, Emberville have smashed through the music scene with their love it/hate it attitude, the post hardcore act are known for their live stage performance, bringing the live entertainment factor to the stage combining 80’s style hard rock with post hardcore, things really started hyping up when they released their single “Skeleton” which features vocals from Escape The Fate’s Craig Mabbitt hot off their Indonesian tour Emberville are set to bring out their long awaited album Scare City to the world, which has been under wraps for almost 3 years.
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Diamonds Are Forever is metalcore band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In the late of 2011 they merged from two already existing local bands and started a new project. By December 2011 they had released their first EP – 4 song material entitled “Whom Shall I Fear” and also a first music video for the single ?The eyes of blinded sorrow? from their new EP. Driven by their local success, the band moves forward and start working on new songs.
Starting 2012, a new single was recorded along with a music video for it, called ?Face Me? which was heavily promoted in their native country and online media. Gaining more notoriety, they started a daring project, and the band filmed a live DVD. ?Bridges Are Born DVD? is a dual disk product: one disk contains a full live concert and the second disk contains a movie, documenting the bands 1?st year of existence and born process. Soon, a second music video for the upcoming EP is released( ?The Scar?). This is the first preview of the second EP called ?Momaentum? (2013), followed by the lyric video for the song ?The Industry?.
The natural progression followed and the work for the first full length album started. It?s something new, it?s different than what the band did previously. The first single is ?My Fragile Heart Will Feed The Darkness?. The rest is to come…
They had the chance to tour in Romania and nearby countries: Hungary, Ukraine, Moldova. To name a few of the bands they shared stage with: Unearth, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Caliban, Veil of Maya, Betraying the Martyrs, Cancer Bats, Super Butt, Last Hope, Give Em? Blood, Subscribe, and many more, gaining a lot of positive feedback.
In 2013 they became the first Romanian band to reach the cinemas with their documentary movie from ?Bridges Are Born? DVD. Already, the next year that followed a first glimpse of what is to become their full length album was to come out. A new single ?My fragile heart will feed the darkness? was the one to disclosure the album music direction. The future looks good…
Magic Bullet Records will deliver one of the most corrosive sludge/doom releases of the year with the somewhat unexpected self-titled debut and incurably bleak and sinister awakening and introduction to the world of Boston?s newest heavy music titan, WORMWOOD.
In 2005, band members Chris Pupecki and Chris Bevilacqua represented one half of the progenitors of Black Thunder, the debut album from Northeast perennials, Doomriders. Pupecki played guitars and Bevilacqua handled drums. Nine years later, the duo have come back together to unleash a sound and a vision much, much farther out on the plains of annihilation than either had gone prior. Recorded 100% analog by Alex Garcia-Rivera at Mystic Valley Studios, you will simply not be hearing the sounds of Wormwood on Apple commercials, in romantic comedies, or overhead while walking through the mall. Song titles and lyrics like ?Hollow Black Eyes? and ?I?d Rather Die? obviously convey a very specific worldview and outlook. The sonic attack is harsh, the vocals are unapologetically negative, and it?s all destructively perfect as the needle digs in across the vinyl expanse of this stunning debut. If albums from Winter, Warhorse, -16-, Old Man Gloom and Graves At Sea frequent your habitual deafening, WORMWOOD should be next in line.
In the straight world, ?wormwood? often describes a state (or even source, when describing the woody shrub of the same name) of bitterness and grief. In the metal underground, and with the release of Wormwood, the concept is about to be cemented many times over. Time will mend our bones but never heal our souls.
Wormwood will see worldwide release through Magic Bullet, digitally on October 14th, 2014, and on LP — the first pressing on smoke, black and red variations — on October 28th. Additionally, a CD run including a limited woven patch will be released by Patac Records, and a super limited run of cassettes will be released on Negative Fun Records.
For coverage of WORMWOOD including interviews with the band contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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California technical death metal faction, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, who feature within their ranks members of Brain Drill and Son Of Aurelius,
will bring their methodical audio alchemy to the stage next month on an eighteen-date live excursion. Brought to you by ADHD Entertainment and ADHD Tours, The Enter Into Atonement Tour 2015 is slated to inaugurate on February 26th in Stockton, California and will trounce venues throughout California as well as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, with the tour drawing to completion on March 15th in Sacramento. Support will be provided by labelmates and fellow technical death architects, Wrvth (Wrath Of Vesuvius) and follows INANIMATE EXISTENCE?s year-end stomp supporting Cannabis Corpse.
INANIMATE EXISTENCE w/ Wrvth:
2/26/2015 The 207 ? Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop ? Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead ? Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub ? Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin ? Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge ? Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row ? Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock ? Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon ? Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix ? Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe?s Grotto ? Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar ? Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern ? Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music ? Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer?s ? Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar ? Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center ? Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On The Y ? Sacramento, CA
INANIMATE EXISTENCE continues to tour in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement finds INANIMATE EXISTENCE elevating their signature, outlandish compositions to an entirely new level of profundity. A conceptual offering centered on Tibetan folk, each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and venomous vocal assaults as female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances add to the record?s already confounding depth. No Clean Singing crowns, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, ??a fascinating effort, a true journey for your ears and mind that?s well worth experiencing again and again,? Last Rites notes, ?INANIMATE EXISTENCE may very well take the crown as the one tech album worth listening to in a calendar year. It?s tighter than my old man?s wallet? and interesting enough to stand away from a field already crowded beyond breathing capacity,? while MetalSucks concurs, ?A Never-Ending Cycle? fulfills the face-fuckery I forecast in January, with percussive endurance that grinds like jackhammers.? Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect score, ?A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is meta in the sense that it recognizes the never-ending cyclical nature of genre stereotypes ? bands that regurgitate and rehash the same material without the slightest incentive of breaking new ground ? and INANIMATE EXISTENCE offer penance for their contemporaries; a public display of atonement in a brutal 45-minute package.?
This October, American purveyors of the extreme musical underworld Crucial Blast Records will officially re-release Spectre Music Of An Antiquary, the sought out-of-print 2012 album from UK ambient/black/noise metal entity, EMIT.
A full-length collection of murky ambiance, deranged ?80s-style synthesizer-driven, ritualistic black drift, and stranger sound forays into black noise, Spectre Music Of An Antiquary was first released as an extremely limited cassette on Glorious North, marking the first new material from EMIT in over five years. This British outfit has been creating their unique brand of experimental blackened delirium since the late 1990s, branching out of a low-fi UK black metal band called Ante Cryst. With EMIT, the members began to explore a creepy, synth-heavy sound that was unmistakably descended from black metal but supremely more deformed, combining harsh electronic noise, horror-movie soundtrack atmospherics, droning keyboards, wrecked and fractured black metal guitars, and bizarre vocals that would often push the collective?s music into a strange realm of hallucinatory, ghastly psychedelia.
Though on Spectre Music Of An Antiquary, EMIT‘s sound has morphed into something that more resembles some mutated, primitive ?80s darkwave being completely taken over by malevolent spirits, with eerie electronic drones and distant moaning vocals often taking over; very different from past recordings, though no less weird or phantasmagoric. And as with other offerings, Spectre is concerned more with the occult lore and hidden history of the British Isles than Satanism or goat worship or any of the other over-used black metal tropes, which all serves to enhance the wraithlike vibe of these songs.
A must-hear for anyone into the murky surrealistic blackness of artists like Reverorum Ib Malacht (a band that has shared members with Emit in the past), Yoga, Occultation, Uno Actu, Utarm, and Dapnom, Spectre Music Of An Antiquary will see official re-release via Crucial Blast on both digital download and digipak featuring evocative, all-new artwork on October 28th, 2014.
SUNN O))) Releases Live Archives Of Unmixed And Unmastered Taper And Fan Recordings On BandCamp; Summer Tour Schedule Approaching + Vinyl Represses Available
SUNN O))) announces that their live, cathartic reverberations have been documented and can now be accessed via their live BandCamp page. Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from their 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to their recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty.
SUNN O))) invites you to contribute to this sonic archive at THIS LOCATION.
“SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you.
We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archive. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too. Hail to our great fans!”
A number of key European festival appearances pending this Summer offer ample opportunities for fans to add to this archive. Such appearances include the recently announced Le Guess Who? Festival whereby Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will showcase their similar, adventurous musical inclinations with a very special four-day program titled SUNN O))) presents at Le Guess Who? Festival 2015. The program will include a performance by the legendary Annette Peacock, who will return to The Netherlands for the first time in over twenty tears.
Additionally, Southern Lord is repressing the following SUNN O))) titles; Black One in limited edition clear vinyl, øø Void in limited edition green vinyl and SUNN O)))/ULVER Terrestrials on black vinyl. These are now available at the SUNN O))) store HERE.
SUNN O))) European Tour Dates:
7/17/2015 Dour Festival – Dour, BE
7/19/2015 Ilosaarirock Festival – Joensuu, FI
8/06/2015 Brutal Assault Festival – Josefov, CZ
8/07/2015 OFF Festival – Katowice, PL
8/09/2015 Heimathafen Neukolln – Berlin, DE
8/11/2015 PIPL – Moscow, RU (with Phurpa)
8/13/2015 Øya Festival – Oslo, NO
8/14/2015 Way Out West – Gothenburg, SW
8/15/2015 Koncerthuset – Copenhagen, DK
8/16/2015 Kampnagel – Hamburg, DE
8/18/2015 Southbank Centre – London, UK @ David Byrne’s Meltdown (with Phurpa)
11/19-22/2015 Le Guess Who? Festival – Utrecht, NE
Stand by for further SUNN O))) actions to be announced. For coverage of the band, in North and South America contact email@example.com and in Europe contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s Metal of Honor Program Announces the Musicians Institute “Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship”
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The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Kicks Off Friday, June 26th in San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the 8th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, kicks off next week with another stellar heavy metal and hard rock line-up. Featuring 13 bands performing on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE, the festival will feature five-time-nominated, two-time Grammy winning legends Slayer as headliners, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is pleased to once again present initiatives with the amazing Metal of Honor charity program. Metal of Honor started in 2011 to raise awareness and financial support to a few key military non-profits while showing gratitude to our military men and women during the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL tour. In conjunction with this year?s Metal of Honor activities, The Puppy Rescue Mission and Team Red White and Blue charities will have a presence at many of festival stops, and COLDCOCK Whiskey will also host special military meet and greets for veterans, and will provide guitars signed by Slayer for this year?s Hometown Heroes.
This year, Metal Of Honor will specifically highlight the very special Musicians Institute Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship (named after late veterans advocate and celebrated Metal of Honor team member Steve Robinson), and will focus donations towards OneMaps, The Pathway Home, and Hope for the Warriors. See the bottom of this release for more information on these charities.
Musicians Institute?the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood?has announced the brand new Steve Robinson Metal of Honor Veterans Scholarship, sponsored by the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL?s iHome – Metal of Honor program which will award $10,000 in tuition credit at Musicians Institute to support the educational growth of a newly enrolling U.S. military veteran who clearly articulates their personal history, current circumstances and future goals in the music industry. The scholarship may be applied to any program offered at MI. The scholarship is available to veterans who will be enrolled in any Certificate, Associate of Arts or Bachelor Degree Program at MI beginning in Fall 2015. Applicants are invited to submit a 3 minute (maximum) video recording (DVD format only) describing their personal circumstances, biographical background, future goals in the music industry and why they should be chosen as a winner. The deadline for Fall 2015 applicants is August 28, 2015. For complete details and application form, click HERE.
?On behalf of everyone at Musicians Institute, we are extremely proud that Metal of Honor is helping veterans pave the way in pursuit of a professional music education by sponsoring this fantastic scholarship! We are thrilled to recognize and support deserving veterans by providing this opportunity in honor of the extraordinary role model and veterans advocate; Steve Robinson. We thank Metal of Honor for their ongoing support of veterans, and the creation of this exceptional scholarship,? states Beth Marlis, Vice President of Industry and Community Relations at Musicians Institute.
?What an awesome way to honor my husband Steve. This thoughtful educational music scholarship at Musicians Institute represents and supports his advocacy for our military veterans, but also on a personal level, his love and appreciation of music, its ability to help heal and the power of music to unite people,? adds Patti Robinson. ?My heartfelt gratitude goes to Metal of Honor for leading the way, for their generous sponsorship, and ongoing loyal support to our military veterans and Steve’s legacy.?
Prior to his untimely death, Steve Robinson worked intensely with his brother-in-law, Kip Bradley, on a veterans program called One MAPS. Thanks to a donation from the Metal of Honor program submitted last year, the Metal of Honor program, along with other donors, are proud to be able to help ONEMaps become a reality. One MAPS, Inc. provides our veterans with a free Mission Awareness Program; a plan designed by veterans, for veterans. Only in the military do we train people to go into trauma and then not train them when they come back home. We teach them to turn off the brain?s normal response to trauma, get them to override fight/flight or freeze, go do what we need them to do and then wonder why we have a ?problem? when we come back home. One MAPS will not tell a veteran that they have a problem or that they are broken, because they are not either of those, but rather give that veteran the missing component in their Warriorship and training. And if need be, One MAPS will also give that veteran?s family the same block of instruction so they are not sent home for failure. One MAPS will assist these veterans with a MAP to debrief after their mission while also teaching them skills to downregulate is a re-balancing tool that can be applied to their internal battle of readjustment ultimately returning them to a peaceful place at home and in society. Learn more at www.onemaps.org.
Patti Robinson adds, ?Metal of Honor has been a keen supporter of One MAPS, Inc. One MAPS is a direct extension of Steve and what he cared about most – healing, self-empowerment and the meaningful camaraderie of veterans helping veterans. Because of Metal of Honor’s support, this unfinished project now exists. Steve’s vision will carry on and go forward as we continue on the path he carved for us. This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for our extraordinary friends at Metal of Honor.?
?One MAPS Inc. is honored to be partnered with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in continuing our mission and Steve?s legacy,? adds One MAPS lead instructor Kip Bradley. ?He believed in what we are doing and knew that it works.?
Make sure to visit the Metal of Honor tent at your local ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stop!
Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL are on sale now for all markets! Get your tickets via www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.
The festival will kick off on June 26th at Sleep Train Amphitheater in San Diego, CA and ends at Gexa Energy Amphitheater in Dallas, TX on August 2nd. See below for all confirmed tour dates.
2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
6/27 ? San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
6/28 ? Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
6/30 ? Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater
7/1 ? Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 ? Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater
7/4 ? Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
7/5 ? Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
7/7 ? Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah?s Council Bluffs
7/8 ? Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/10 ? Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater
7/11 ? Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater
7/12 ? Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
7/15 ? Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
7/17 ? Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center
7/18 ? Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/19 ? Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
7/21 ? Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 ? Erie, PA @ Erie Insurance Arena ? NO SIDE STAGES
7/24 ? Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/25 ? Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
7/29 ? Atlanta, GA @ Aaron?s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/31 ? San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
8/1 ? Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 ? Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater
* Lineups in each city may vary. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for full lineup details.
Following the crushing doom of their critically-adored, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone?s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014, UK drone/doom duo, OMMADON, continues their perpetual quest to achieve sonic annihilation of the self through unadulterated heaviness with Empathy For The Wicked. Boasting just one earth-rupturing track broken into two parts, Empathy For The Wicked was recorded live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), who gave it the final crushing touches it deserves.
Where OMMADON‘s previous scores were all recorded in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks their first release to be recorded on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity. The first track from Empathy For The Wicked was originally recorded for the cassette split with Horse Latitudes and Coltsblood. During that session, OMMADON decided to continue recording through the night and drone out the riff which became the second side to Empathy For The Wicked.
Empathy For The Wicked will be released on 12? vinyl via Golden Mantra on July 15th, 2015 with preorders available at: www.goldenmantra.co.uk.
Critical Hails For V:
?A hypnotic, dead-eyed combination where patience, misanthropy and endurance collide; a zombie chained to a pole walking the same ugly circle.? ? Rolling Stone
“Split across four sides of vinyl, the double record was mastered by Billy Anderson? so you can bet your favourite Sunn O))) picture disc on this thing sounding heavier than a dying planet.” — Terrorizer
?I love this album because it?s so preposterously barbaric and for such an extended period of time and it?s beyond excessive. It?s an absolute endurance test, and by the end of it I was not the same as I?d come into it. There aren’t a lot of albums you can say that about.? ? The Sludgelord
?OMMADON categorically prove that it is still possible to make compelling music within the field of drone-doom, an area that I personally had considered long since mined dry.? — The Sleeping Shaman
?OMMADON?s V has more in common with the harsh, acidic fuzz of Conan, and Earth?s early work, but much, much more abrasive.? — Blog Of Putrefaction
?Over the last couple of years I?ve been lucky enough to listen to some quite excellent instrumental doom, and OMMADON?s V is right up there with the very best.? — Lair Of Filth
?Listening to the two 45-minute tracks on V is like trying to imagine your own burial under the Himalayas.? — Echoes And Dust
David Tobin – guitars
Ewan Mackenzie – drums, noise
KING GIANT: Entire Black Ocean Waves LP From Virginia Doom Metal Quintet Playing At Invisible Oranges; Album Out Next Week
Northern Virginia doom metal quintet, KING GIANT, now just a week from releasing their mighty third LP, Black Ocean Waves, today streams the entire album early through an exclusive stream courtesy of Invisible Oranges.
With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, KING GIANT has been rendering woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce through handling the recording and releasing of their own gravelly anthems since their inception. Their 2006 Burden EP was followed by the self-released 2009 LP, Southern Darkness, which won over stoner/doom rockers everywhere with its vibrant approach to the genre. But it was the Dismal Hollow LP released in 2012 that launched the band into a more accessible, but more sinister territory, reaping critical acclaim from internationally-based mags and webzines. Now in their tenth year, KING GIANT delivers their third full-length album, Black Ocean Waves. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on the new opus, surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation. Recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, the album was engineered by Jawbox architect, J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who later mixed the album and also supplies Hammond organ on “Blood Of The Lamb” and background vocals on “Trail Of Thorns.”
Invisible Oranges is now playing Black Ocean Waves in its entirety a week ahead of its release date. Alongside the exclusive album stream, a track-by-track breakdown of the entire album has also been issued, in addition to a write-up of the album which absolutely praises the band, including, “I have no idea why KING GIANT still hasn’t been signed, as they arguably offer more mainstream appeal than the last year’s worth of bands featured on Invisible Oranges put together. Their sound is big, straightforward and bluesy, recalling Corrosion of Conformity circa Deliverance – my favorite record of theirs – as well as Down and Kyuss. KING GIANT‘s approach is ‘meat and potatoes’ in the sense that Argentine filet Mignon and rosemary roasted fingerlings is ‘meat and potatoes’.”
Stream KING GIANT’s Black Ocean Waves via Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION.
Black Ocean Waves will be released on June 30th with CD/digital distribution through The Path Less Traveled, with a vinyl edition to follow later this Summer. Preorders for the album are available through Amazon HERE and the KING GIANT webstore HERE.
KING GIANT has booked several new gigs for the Summer months with more intense touring coming together which will see the band exploring other regions of the East Coast and Southern regions of the country. Stand by for tour updates following the release of Black Ocean Waves.
KING GIANT Live:
8/21/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Foghound, Midnight Ghost Train
8/22/2015 L&Bs – Dale City VA w/ Foghound, Midnight Ghost Train
In Memoriam LP Available July 10th on Rise Above Records
In Memoriam CD/DVD Edition available July 24th on Rise Above Records
As with a choice few truly great bands, the first self-financed cassette recording by CATHEDRAL – made available in October 1990 – was a pioneering underground masterpiece in its own right; the sound of a young band exploring its newfound chemistry, finding confident variations on a flawless list of influences and cultivating a sound and style that would prove hugely inspirational throughout the 1990s and beyond, being a major influence on everyone from Electric Wizard through to Reverend Bizarre.
On July 10th Rise Above Records will reissue this classic demo as an exclusive LP format, which can be pre-ordered HERE. The CD/DVD version will be released July 24th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Today Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is streaming a clip of live footage recorded in Groningen from 1991 of the song “All Your Sins”. This clip is taken from the DVD portion of the In Memoriam CD/DVD Package. Check out the video HERE.
Where most demos are little more than a dry run for the first album, In Memoriam still has its own distinct and important identity in the CATHEDRAL canon. The debut LP that followed, Forest Of Equilibrium, has a somber, devout, melodic and mystical grandeur all of its own – but In Memoriam has a far murkier, earthier, more deathly intent. Creepy, cryptic and bowel-looseningly heavy, it represents the first time that the doom metal stylings of Trouble, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Witchfinder General had been rendered in a new, more extreme metallic form.
At the beginning of the new decade, it was really only CATHEDRAL who were proud to assert the influence of true doom metal – a perennially unfashionable genre, but especially in a turn-of-the-decade metal scene so obsessed with speed, technicality, brutality and modernity.
Now the former members of CATHEDRAL have moved on and continue their musical ventures. Garry “Gaz” Jennings released the debut from his new band Death Penalty last year and now plays as part of the band Lucifer. Also expected soon is a release from With The Dead featuring Lee Dorrian and original Electric Wizard Members Mark Greening and Tim Bagshaw
*Highly influential cult Doom Metal debut recording by the UK masters, CATHEDRAL.
*CD edition comes with bonus DVD, featuring a rare live performance from 1991. Also incudes booklet with extensive notes and rare photos.
*Vinyl edition comes as a double 180gm LP set in gatefold sleeve and full sized 8-page booklet.
Mourning of a New Day
All Your Sins
Live Holland/Belgium 1991
Intro/Comiserating the Celebration
Neophytes For Serpent Eve
All Your Sins
Mourning of a New Day
DVD Live in Groningen (NL) May 1st 1991
Intro/Comiserating the Celebration
Neophytes For Serpent Eve
All Your Sins
Mourning of a New Day
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KINGCROW: Explosive Sixth Album From Italian Progressive Metal Act Now Playing At Heavy Blog Is Heavy; Eidos Out Now On Sensory Records
Eidos, the anxiously awaited sixth studio album from Rome, Italy-based progressive metal champions, KINGCROW, is out today, a priority title for Sensory Records. In celebration of the album’s official release date, the grand, explosive album is now playing in its entirety through a stream at Heavy Blog Is Heavy.
KINGCROW‘s Eidos is a colossal, conceptual album which sees the sextet exploring new territories and pushing the band’s sound to more ill-omened realms. Boasting over an hour of material which closes the path-of-life saga of their prior two albums — Phlegethon dealing with childhood, and In Crescendo about the end of youth — Eidos carries a more foreboding, ominous edge than KINGCROW‘s prior releases, enhanced in part by guest saxophone provided by Stefania Bentivoglio and piano by Fred Colombo of Spheric Universe Experience. Mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, the stunning production of the album is matched by visionary artwork by Cristian Nastasi/Devilnax. In commemoration of its official release, Heavy Blog Is Heavy champions Eidos with a full stream of the album.
Be engulfed by KINGCROW’s commanding sixth album, Eidos, through Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.
Eidos is now officially available worldwide through Sensory Records; the metal branch of the progressive Laser’s Edge Group, also responsible for KINGCROW‘s prior album, In Crescendo, which saw the band conquer US soil on tour for the first time. Orders for Eidos on CD can be placed HERE; digital orders can be placed via Bandcamp HERE and iTunes HERE.
Watch for new tour dates for the band in the coming months as the passion of Eidos fully sets in.
1st Annual FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL Adds THREE DAYS GRACE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CLUTCH, ANTHRAX & More to Performance Line-Up
Tags: Food Truck and Rock Carnival
Taking Place September 18-20, 2015 @ Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ
See Below for Full Music Line-Up & Events
Live Concert Tickets Starting at $29.99 (Single Day) and $54.99 (Weekend Pass)
See Below for FULL Price Breakdown + VIP & Cabana Pricing
An Action-Packed Weekend Including FREE Events Such As:
Full Classic Carnival with Amusement Rides
40+ Food Truck Competition
The Stress Factory Comedy Hour – NEW, See Below!
Craft Beer Village
Entertainment lovers across the NJ tri-state area and beyond are eagerly anticipating this year?s first annual FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL, taking place September 18th, 19th and 20th at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ. What has already been confirmed as a massive event ? featuring a classic carnival experience, FREE food truck competition featuring 40+ trucks, four stages of continuous live music from chart-topping, Grammy-winning artists, beer gardens, pro-wrestling, and more ? is now announcing even more newly-added, top-charting musical talent and exciting carnival entertainment!
In addition to an already fantastic music line-up featuring legendary groups like Godsmack, Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Stone Temple Pilots, Skid Row, Skillet, Puddle of Mudd, and more, the FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL will now include additional performances from Three Days Grace, Black Label Society, Clutch, Anthrax, Sevendust and more! See below in red for all newly confirmed artists and day-by-day line-ups:
Friday, September 18th:
Voyage – Tribute to Journey
Saturday, September 19th:
Three Days Grace
Black Label Society
Puddle of Mudd
Stephen Pearcy of Ratt
Sunday, September 20th:
Stone Temple Pilots
Like a Storm
Live music tickets are on sale now – starting affordably low:
*Act now ? ticket prices will rise as the FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL nears!
Single Day Passes – $29.99
(Under 16 $19.99, Under 10 FREE – intro prices valid until July 6th)
Full Weekend Passes – $54.99
(Under 16 $39.99, Under 10 FREE – intro prices valid until July 6th)
Single Day VIP Passes – $129.99
Weekend VIP Passes – $249.99
*VIP Includes Access to VIP Lounge Area, Private Entrance, Side of Stage Privileges, Access to private Restrooms with Attendants, Laminate/Lanyard, unlimited ride wristband, 21+ or accompanied by an adult 21+.
Ringmaster Cabana – $3,499
*Limited Quantity Available. This package is for 6 event tickets in total for the weekend. The Ringmaster Cabana includes the VIP ticket package plus a private six person tent (10×10 high peak tent), furniture and a cocktail table, Food Truck and Rock Carnival cooler with a microbrew six-pack, personal parking with shuttle service, a private restroom per cabana, and waitress/waiter service available! 21+.
Rockstar Cabana – $4,499
*Limited Quantity Available. This package is for 6 event tickets in total for the weekend. The Rockstar Cabana includes a 30 minute meet and greet in your cabana + photos and autographs with Slaughter, Faster Pussycat, Kix, Lita Ford, and more, the VIP ticket package, a private six person tent (10×10 high peak tent), furniture and a cocktail table, Food Truck and Rock Carnival cooler with a microbrew six-pack, personal parking with shuttle service, a private restroom per cabana, and waitress/waiter service available! 21+.
In addition to these performances, the FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL is also announcing several new and entertaining appearances and happenings to the carnival portion of the event ? adding even more fun for all ages! The carnival will feature appearances from world-renowned Illusionist Jason Bishop and Hypnotist Dan Candell, who will each perform twice daily. Other recently confirmed on-site events include a ?Hell On Wheels? BMX Stunt Show and The Stress Factory Comedy Hour, which will feature VH1 That Metal Show?s Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, Last Comic Standing contestant Rich Vos, Comedy Central frequenter Big Jay Oakerson, frequent Opie and Anthony Show guest and The Stress Factory owner Vinnie Brand, and more!
Also, recently added to the GCW Wrestling portion of the event is a Junior Wrestlers Boot Camp. Each boot-camper will spend 90 minutes training and learning from Pro Wrestling Hall of Famers Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “Hacksaw” Jim Dugan along with some of the brightest stars climbing the pro wrestling ranks. Each camper will also receive a photo in the ring with the wrestlers, personalized, autographed photos from Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “Hacksaw” Jim Dugan, a BOOT CAMP t-shirt and certificate. Campers will learn tumbling, use of the ropes and more signature moves, watching the wrestlers up close —-and very personal. Each camper will work in groups, and one on one with the instructors and legends. This is a minimal contact and fun training program – highly suggested for ages 8+. This is NOT a competition and only the pros will be taking the falls. The Boot Camp programs are limited in number, so please sign up NOW!
Many FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL activities will offer FREE admission to all, with daily events including live music, GCW pro-wrestling, food truck competitions, karaoke and discount, high-energy amusement rides. The FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL will bring you daily action-packed, high energy rides. Rides and amusements will require tickets or wristbands, and will include everything from classic ferris wheels to thrill-inducing rides. Discount Ride Programs will be hosted on Friday, September 18th with unlimited ride wristbands available for purchase. The event will also include a special vendor village.
For constantly updated and confirmed information detailing the carnival, tribute music stages, food truck competition, craft beer gardens, live action wrestling, the GameLoud gaming tournament, and more please visit www.TheRockCarnival.com. There you can also find constantly updated information on tickets and VIP packages, also detailed above.
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ABOUT THE FOOD TRUCK AND ROCK CARNIVAL:
The FOOD TRUCK & ROCK CARNIVAL is a multi-day celebration of the Rock And Roll lifestyle to include food truck competitions, concerts, amusement rides, music themed inter-actives and exciting performances geared for music fans of all ages. The Rock Carnival is the creative partnership of John D’Esposito of GameChanger, Larry Fishman of Top Wave Entertainment and Stan Levinstone of SLP Concerts, all New Jersey based firms who handle talent buying for top area venues along with Six Flag Theme Parks, Skate And Surf Festival, Electric Adventure Festival and The Bamboozle Festival. The event includes a free food truck and carnival for all to enjoy with tickets required for admission to concert field.
Tags: Spider Rockets
Song Taken From Band’s Latest Release Bitten
Everyone has been Bitten by the infectious sounds of New Jersey’s SPIDER ROCKETS. The album has received some real love from press and made Top Adds on the CMJ Metal charts. At secondary market active rock, SPIDER ROCKETS triumphed over respectable heavy hitters like Five Finger Death Punch, Pennywise, Hellyeah and other kick-ass contenders. Since the release of Bitten, the group has toured with Trapt, opened for the likes of Papa Roach, Steel Panther, Saigon Kick, and their track, “Going Down,” was picked up by the WWE and served as wrestler Charlotte Flair’s entrance AND victory theme for 2 quarters of 2014.
Now the band is pleased to debut their FIRST EVER lyric video for the song “Break.” For the concept, the band wanted to make this a fun video to watch and was drawn to powerful and dramatic pulp art from the 1930’s through the early 1960s. The video was created and directed by Jason Nappi and Roman Fernandez.
“People on the verge, mummies, aliens, monsters and spiders — what’s not to like?” says frontwoman Helena Cos. Check out the video HERE!
SPIDER ROCKETS combines contemporary loud rock with classic rock elements. The New Jersey based band travels the sonic spectrum from dark and seductive to energetic to angry, with a dynamic live show and scream-along anthems. Interestingly enough for a band called SPIDER ROCKETS, it is a bit strange that members of the band are afraid of spiders…. Although, it seems that they may be starting to overcome their fear based on the title of their album, Bitten.
On Bitten, the band worked once again with producer Eric Rachel in New Jersey. In South Florida, Ryan Sambrook provided additional production and Zach Ziskin mixed the album. From both a compositional and performance standpoint, Bitten is the group’s strongest work to date. Long before completion of the record, an early rendition of one stand-out track “Scream,” garnered over 35,000 hits on YouTube without any promotional efforts and no official release.
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MORGLBL: French Experimentalist Fusion Trio Releases New Video From Tea Time For Punks; European And US Tour Dates Confirmed
Following the very recent Free Electric Sound release of Tea Time For Punks, the mighty sixth studio full-length from French rock/fusion trio, MORGLBL, the band has just issued an official video for the album’s title track.
The madcap “Tea Time For Punks” video, which was directed by Enguerran Prieu, is just as screwball, unpredictable and engaging as MORGLBL‘s energetic output as a whole, literally bringing its title to life. As the band serenades a highbrow brunch crowd with their rambunctious tunes, the multiple personalities reflected in their music unapologetically heave themselves upon the unsuspecting diners.
Come for the scones, stay for the riot; dine to MORGLBL’s “Tea Time For Punks” video RIGHT HERE.
In support of their new album, MORGLBL will begin to tour sporadically across Europe in the coming weeks with several massive festival performances confirmed through the Summer months, including headlining the Crescendo Prog Festival in St. Palais sur Mer, France in August. Additionally, the band will return to North America this Fall, with a tour set to consume most of October with several shows already being announced. Stand by for many other tour dates on multiple continents to be announced in the weeks ahead.
MORGLBL Tour Dates:
7/18/2015 Guitare En Scene Festival – St. Julien en Genevois, FR w/ Scorpions, Sting, Marcus Miller, Steven Wilson, Mark Knopfler [info]
8/01/2015 La nuit de la guitar – Agde, FR
8/13/2015 Le plongeoir – Jonzac, FR
8/14/2015 Kiosque à Musique – Royan, FR
8/15/2015 Place de l’océan – St. Palais sur mer, FR
8/16/2015 La pinède – La Palmyre, FR
8/17/2015 TBA – Breuillet, FR
8/18/2015 Théâtre de verdure – Vaux sur mer, FR
8/20/2015 Crescendo Prog Festival – St. Palais sur Mer, FR w/ Atoll, Arabs In Aspic, Psycho Praxis, Kaipa Da Capo [info]
9/18/2015 Amperage – Grenoble, FR
9/24/2015 Promzona’s Club – Bishkek, KGZ [info]
10/09/2015 Roxy ‘N Dukes – Dunellen, NJ @ NJ Proghouse
10/24/2015 Orion Studio – Baltimore, MD
MORGLBL‘s virtually vocal-freeexploratory musical concoctions and nutty jazz/jam metal fusion energy have been infiltrating the airwaves for over eighteen years, and while Tea Time For Punks doesn’t deviate from their standard formula, the album delivers it all with more astounding creativity than ever. The album was recorded during December 2014 — drums by Vincent Thermidor at Studio TF, guitars at Gnõ-Gnõ Studio and bass at Van’s Studio — mixed by Enzo d’Agostino at Elia Studio and mastered at Conkrete Studio by Mobo, and delivers over an hour of nonstop freakshow entertainment fit for virtually any open-minded rock fan. Envision equal parts vocal-free fusion and crushing metal power chords, then inject a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor, like Primus, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth and Frank Zappa in a high-speed blender, and you’ve got a grip on what Tea Time For Punks beholds.
KHEMMIS: No Clean Singing Premieres “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” And Exclusive Interview As Absolution Debut LP Nears Release
With 20 Buck Spin preparing to issue the bruising debut LP from KHEMMIS, entitled Absolution, the latest single from the album has been premiered through a No Clean Singing exclusive of the hymn “Ash, Cinder, Smoke.”
Absolution not only sees the Denver-based quartet KHEMMIS joining the same label responsible for records from Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and other heavyweights of the doom metal subgenre, the band seamlessly merges comparable clean and caustic elements from said acts into a cathartic and unforgettable display of top-tier doom metal. Undoubtedly a must-hear album for all fans of the style, Absolution was produced by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cobalt, Nightbringer, Cephalic Carnage), and bears Fantastic Frazetta-inspired cover art by Sam Turner (Speedwolf, Black Breath, Trve Brewing).
No Clean Singing this week delves head-on into KHEMMIS‘ world, issuing an in-depth interview with the band on their intoxicating works, which has been published alongside an exclusive premiere of Absolution‘s second moving track, “Ash, Cinder, Smoke,” which includes a guest vocal appearance by Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man in its later moments. Issues the webzine’s write-up of the track itself, “KHEMMIS shake the earth with pavement-cracking riffs and cannon-blast drum blows. They stomp like brontosaurs and rumble like boulders, while sending out tendrils of lead guitar melody that coil around your neck like hungry pythons. And the vocals – the principal vocals soar up high, clean and pure, while the instrumental music is busy down below in the excavation zone, pulverizing foundations of large buildings and reducing them to rubble. And in tandem with those excellent clean vocals, the band mix in abraded, growling tirades that leave scars in their wake…”
Stream KHEMMIS’ “Ash, Cinder, Smoke” via No Clean Singing now at THIS LOCATION.
KHEMMIS‘ upcoming Western US tour in support of Absolution will be announced in the days ahead. 20 Buck Spin will release Absolution on CD/digital on July 7th with the LP version coming in August.
8/01/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO * Absolution release show w/ Native Daughters, Of Feather And Bone
Sweden’s DEAD LORD has revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album, Heads Held High, which is going to be released worldwide by Century Media Records on August 21st. DEAD LORD’s debut album, Goodbye Repentance, hit the scene like an airstrike out of nothing in 2013 and gained them the reputation of being excellent song writers and vanguards of the new scene of classic hard rock. Two years of constant live activities have managed to spread the name of DEAD LORD further all across the rock music scene. With the newly gained experience and armed to the teeth with killer songs, DEAD LORD entered the studio in late 2014 to record Heads Held High, an album with “10 songs of solid no-bogus, face-melting, twin-guitar, smart-rock action”, as singer/guitarist Hakim Krim describes the album.
The album’s artwork was created by Pol Abran / Branca Studio; details about formats, vinyl color splits and more will be announced soon.
DEAD LORD on tour with AUDREY HORNE and DEAD CITY RUINS:
31.08.15 – Denmark, Copenhagen @ KB18
01.09.15 – Germany, Berlin @ Magnet
02.09.15 – Germany, Hamburg @ Headcrash
03.09.15 – Holland, Leiden @ Gebr. De Nobel
04.09.15 – Belgium, Antwerp @ Trix
05.09.15 – France, Paris @ Divan du Monde
08.09.15 – Spain, Madrid @ Sala Caracol
09.09.15 – Spain, Barcelona @ Razzmatazz
10.09.15 – France, Bordeaux @ iBoat
13.09.15 – Switzerland, Pratteln @ MiniZ7
14.09.15 – Italy, Milano @ Lo Fi Club
15.09.15 – Austria, Wien @ Viper Room
16.09.15 – Germany, Munchen @ Backstage
17.09.15 – Germany, Stuttgart @ Kellerklub
18.09.15 – Germany, Oberhausen @ Kulttempel
19.09.15 – Germany, Wiesau @ Storm Crusher Fest (AH/DL only)
DEAD LORD summer festival appearances:
09.-11.07.2015 – Erfurt-Stotternheim (Germany) – Stoned From The Underground Festival / www.sftu.de
31.07.-01.08.2015 – Smalandska Dadesjo (Sweden) – Fest I Logen / http://festilogen.se
13.-15.08.2015 – Abtsgmnd (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air / http://www.summer-breeze.de
22.08.2015 – Konigs Wusterhausen (Germany) – Bergfunk Open Air / http://www.bergfunk-openair.de
19.09.2015 – Wiesau (Germany) – Storm Crusher Festival / http://www.storm-crusher.de
More dates will be announced soon…
DEAD LORD line-up:
Hakim Krim – Guitar and vocals
Olle Hedenstrom – Guitar
Martin Nordin – Bass
Adam Lindmark – Drums
DEAD LORD discography:
No Prayers Can Help You Now – 7″ EP 2012
Goodbye Repentance – CD/LP 2013
Split with BLACK TRIP – 7″ EP 2014
Heads Held High – CD/LP 2015
DEAD LORD online:
Available Now Directly Via BandCamp With “Pay as You Wish” Pricing
After a 12-year journey ROSETTA has been reborn with Quintessential Ephemera. Now a five-piece including new guitarist/vocalist Eric Jernigan (City of Ships), the band recorded their new album Quintessential Ephemera, a many-layered collection of songs at once existential and deeply hopeful. Containing some of the band’s most moody and yet accessible work to date, it still has an upward force to it that delivers an appropriate counterpoint to the darkness and disintegration of The Anaesthete.
Today Quintessential Ephemera is streaming in its entirety courtesy of Noisey. Check out the stream and an interview with the band HERE.
Quintessential Ephemera is available digitally today with “pay as you wish pricing” directly from ROSETTA’s BandCamp page HERE. The band will be playing shows prior to the albums release (listed below). Additional dates will be added soon.
ROSETTA formed in Philadelphia in 2003. Their first two full lengths, 2005’s The Galilean Satellites and 2007’s Wake/Lift, pulled together elements from 90s hardcore, drone, doom, and atmospheric sludge metal. Informed as much by the minimal sonics of Stars of the Lid as by the crushing weight of Godflesh, the band’s experiments had a spaced-out and exploratory feel, appropriately dubbed “metal for astronauts.” With the release of A Determinism of Morality in 2010, the band traded improvisation for a tighter and meaner sound. Leaving the space themes behind, the album focused on retaining melodic sophistication while honing a confrontational urgency.
After concluding a decade-long partnership with Translation Loss Records in 2013, ROSETTA went fully independent and quietly released The Anaesthete, a self-funded, pay-as-you-wish download on Bandcamp. A literal overnight success, the album paid for itself in 24 hours and remained the top-selling release on Bandcamp, in any format, for nearly a month after its release. The Anaesthete was a turning point, the darkest and most conceptual album of the band’s career, a slab of nihilistic despair in the face of the corruption and co-optation of independent music by commercial industry.
Quintessential Ephemera Track Listing:
1. After The Funeral
2. (Untitled I)
3. (Untitled II)
4. (Untitled III)
5. (Untitled IV)
6. (Untitled V)
7. (Untitled VI)
8. (Untitled VII)
9. Nothing in the Guise of Something
7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
7/12: Boston, MA @ O’Briens
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ÅRABROT: You Bunch Of Idiots EP Streaming At Invisible Oranges; North American Tour With Ghold Begins This Week
It’s a big week for Norwegian mad avant-rock scientists, ÅRABROT, as the outfit releases their captivating You Bunch Of Idiots EP this week as they simultaneously traverse halfway around the globe to begin their intense North American tour. To begin the celebratory madness, Invisible Oranges is now streaming the entire EP in its entirety.
The third in a trio of themed EPs, You Bunch Of Idiots is the newest addition to the powerful catalog of Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, the band here drops six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. Recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and mastering handled by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering, You Bunch Of Idiots sees the band at the top of apex of their creative intensity to date. Invisible Oranges is now playing the entire EP as its release date looms, issuing in part, “Whether you think ÅRABROT is a triumph of high art from the lowest places or just a noise-rock mistake… there’s no doubt that their music is loud, heavy, disturbing, and also entertaining in a creepy insane genius sort of way.”
Decimate every speaker possible with ÅRABROT’s You Bunch Of Idiots at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
The band’s first American title, You Bunch Of Idiots sees release this Tuesday, June 23rd, stateside through Eolian Empire, and in Europe through ÅRABROT‘s partners at Fysisk Format. The album hits just a day before the band begins their massive North American tour with London sludge power-duo, Ghold this Wednesday, June 24th. ÅRABROT will blaze through the US and Canada for more than three weeks, with additional acts including Rabbits, Towers, Dispirit, Lycus and others joining on several dates, and Pinkish Black joining the tour for the final six shows.
You Bunch Of Idiotsis available on 12″ vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets; for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.
ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour w/ Ghold:
6/24/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/26/2015 The Depot – York, PA
6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL
6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
7/04/2015 The Shredder – Boise, ID
7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR w/ Rabbits, Towers
7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
7/10/2015 Thee Alley – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 Exploded View Gallery – Tucson, AZ
7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black
7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black
7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black
7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black
7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black
7/19/2015 The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black
ALL OUT WAR Unloads Entire Dying Gods EP Via Cvlt Nation; Record Out This Week On Organized Crime Records
This week, New York’s infamous ALL OUT WAR drops their devastating Dying Gods EP onto humankind through Organized Crime Records, presenting some of the most vicious material the band has released in their twenty-five years as a unit.
Engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed, Turmoil) at West West Side Studios and mastered by Alan Douches from West West Side, the ferocious new Dying Gods will re-establish ALL OUT WAR as one of the leaders of the scene, delivering their groove-laden anthems in ode to the destructive conduct of modern man, bridging searing metal leads with the harshest of hardcore’s most dangerous breakdowns through five brand new original tracks and covers of “Arise” by Amebix and “God Is Dead” by Carnivore. Decibel Magazine issues on behalf of the EP, “Dying Gods is some seriously high-grade, fully actualized, take-no-prisoners, for-really-real metalcore. Heavy on the metal, thank fucking you-know-who.” Noisey raved of the release, “The New York hardcore band take chug metal riffs, add in all manner of vitriol, dive-bombs, and half-speed parts for the mosh kids into hardcore readymade for the pit. No bullshit, just hate… Nasty nasty shit made to crank up and scream along.” Dying Gods is upon us early, as Cvlt Nation streams the new record before it hits stores.
Unload ALL OUT WAR’s Dying Gods early at THIS LOCATION.
The CD version of Dying Gods comes with an exclusive bonus download of three tracks from the unreleased 1993 demo, and the vinyl in blood clear red, scorched earth sand tan, and smoke of destruction clear and black mix pressings including a digital download code. Orders can be placed direct through Organized Crime Records HERE.
Following thehir first of two record release shows for Dying Gods — the first having gone down in Poughkeepsie this past weekend with Black Anvil, Subzero and more — ALL OUT WAR is preparing for the second show, going down in New York City this Sunday, June 28th with Subzero, Darkside NYC and others. Their return performance to the massive This Is Hardcore in Philly, their European Dying Gods Tour and more will follow during the Summer months, with additional shows being planned as well.
ALL OUT WAR Tour Dates:
6/28/2015 Bowery Electric – New York, NY *release show w/ Subzero, Darkside NYC, NYC Headhunters, Sonic Poison
7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/07/2015 JZ St. Peter – Duisburg, DE
8/08/2015 Still Cold Fest – Hannover, DE [info]
8/09/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
8/10/2015 Underworld – London, UK
8/11/2015 Werk 21 – Zurich, CH
8/12/2015 Molotov – Marseille, FR
8/13/2015 La Mechanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
8/14-16/2015 Motocultor Fest – Bretagne, FR [info]
8/14-16/2015 Ieperfest – Ieper, BE [info]
9/04-09/2015 Hearfest – Gatineau, QC
Includes Dates With Whitesnake, Headline Shows And Festival Appearances
Irish Rockers THE ANSWER have released their new album Raise a Little Hell to critical acclaim via Napalm Records. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK national Rock Chart and also charted in Germany and a number of European territories. The band has been on the road non-stop in support of the album and is now ready to take over North America again! Check out a special video message from the band HERE.
Having just completed a successful European run followed THE ANSWER have returned to the USA for their first dates on this side of the pond in over six years. The Irish Rockers are set to join classic rock icons Whitesnake as they make their way across the states breaking off to play some festivals and their own headline club shows.
Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, Raise A Little Hell presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that point to the spirit of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. Raise a Little Hell is available at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.
THE ANSWER With Whitesnake
6/22: Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater
6/23: San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
6/25: El Paso, TX @ Socorro Event Center
6/27: Greeley, CO @ Greeley Independence Stampede**
6/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/1: St. Paul, MN @ Myth*
7/3: Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill AMP
7/5: Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock
7/7: Huber Heights, OH @ Music Center @ The Heights
7/8: Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center
7/9: St. Louis, MO @ ORH*
7/10: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room*
7/11: St. Paul, MN @ Myth
7/12: Chicago, IL @ Reggies*
7/14: Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
7/16: Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
7/17: Geneva, IL @ Geneva Music Park
7/18: Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza
7/20: Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
7/21: Washington, DC @ DC9*
7/22: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory*
7/24: Green Bay, WI @ Burning Cow Festival**
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FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Prepares For First US Invasion; Set At This Is Hardcore And Subsequent Tour Impending
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Finland?s most decimating hardcore crossover thrash quintet, FORESEEN HKI, has announced the band?s very first American touring endeavor, as the band prepares to raid This Is Hardcore Fest, kicking off their first stateside tour with Helsinki Savagery Over America.
Leading off FORESEEN HKI?s upcoming US tour in support of their Helsinki Savagery debut LP, the band will hit the stage at the mighty annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26th, set to play alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and many others. Directly after the fest appearance, the band will hit the East Coast alongside Power Trip and Red Death for a week of dates, after which they?ll split off on their own ongoing rogue mission into the Upper Midwest states and back to the East Coast, ending the trek in Baltimore on August 9th, with a total of sixteen shows confirmed.
FORESEEN HKI Helsinki Savagery Over America Tour Dates:
7/26/2015 Electric Factory ? Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest [info]
7/27/2015 Strange Matter ? Richmond, VA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Barge [info]
7/28/2015 Kings ? Raleigh, NC w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
7/29/2015 Rock N Roll Hotel ? Washington, DC w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Protestor [info]
7/30/2015 Cuisine en Locale ? Boston, MA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom Intent [info]
7/31/2015 Warren American Legion ? Warren, NJ w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Razorheads [info]
8/01/2015 Palisades ? Brooklyn, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/02/2015 Amityville Music Hall ? Amityville, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/03/2015 Bug Jar ? Rochester, NY
8/04/2015 Zenith ? Detroit, MI
8/05/2015 Mt. Happy ? Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Indiana City Brewing Co. ? Indianapolis, IN [info]
8/07/2015 The Foundry ? Lakewood, OH
8/08/2015 Mr. Roboto Project ? Pittsburgh, PA [matinee]
8/08/2015 The Rock Room ? Pittsburgh, PA [night]
8/09/2015 Charm City Art Space ? Baltimore, MD [matinee] [info]
FORESEEN HKI delivered their relentless debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, through 20 Buck Spin in November, followed by a vinyl edition several weeks later, its distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility bringing back a vengeful streetwise edge to thrash that?s largely been missing for years. Recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd?s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, and the cover art for the record was created by Eetu Blomqvist and Chad Keith.
Courageous journalists took to the album immediately, resulting in an invigorated mass of reactions in media outlets everywhere. Decibel Magazine dubbed Helsinki Savagery, ?one of the darkest, nastiest slabs of crossover thrash to come lurching out of the heavy metal tar pits in a long, long while, continuing, ?This is a collection of seriously charged steamroller songs, representing a near-perfect fusing of the wild churn ?n? chug of Crossover-era D.R.I. and Carnivore to the metalized controlled aggressions and velocity of Vio-lence (circa Bonded By Blood Exodus) and Nuclear Assault.? A pulverizing 9.5/10 review from This Is Not A Scene praised, ?FORESEEN are a shining example of carrying the genre ever onward, that I would quite happily file amongst the original thrash greats that no doubt inspired them. Without shadow of a doubt, I?d say it?s a thrash metal classic already and an essential purchase for thrash fans old and new.? The opinion of Last Rites agreed offering, ?Standing between Agnostic Front metallic punk and Nuclear Assault punkish metal, FORESEEN?s brand of thrashing pulls from the best of both worlds. Of that blend, its riffs lean squarely toward the latter ingredient, full-on furious thrash that feels perpetually on the verge of complete chaos.?