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GRUESOME Shares “Raped By Darkness” From Forthcoming Dimensions Of Horror EP

“If we’ve done our job as a band correctly, this EP should transport the listener to those days of low-budget gross-out movies and death metal demos dubbed onto blank tapes and disseminated via the postal service.” – Matt Harvey, GRUESOME.

“Raped By Darkness,” the new single from GRUESOME’s forthcoming EP Dimensions Of Horror has just premiered via Revolver Magazine.

Issuesguitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey of the latest track on deck, “‘Raped by Darkness’ is another tune that has its origins in the ‘Horror’ section of the video rental places that dotted the landscape of the mid-1980s like zits on a teenage metalhead’s face. When I was nine or ten-years-old, it was a never-ending ordeal to convince someone’s parent or guardian to rent R-rated, or even better, unrated, horror movies for me and my friends to watch. Sometimes I would just browse the aisles and be captivated by the cover art for movies like Street Trash, Future Kill, and Basket Case, which I never actually got to see until much later. Despite, or maybe because of, their limited availability, I lived for gory flicks like The Toxic Avenger, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, and Evil Dead, which is what this song is based around. In the tradition of great death metal cuts like ‘Dead By Dawn,’ and the oh-so-subtle ‘Evil Dead,’ this is an ode to Sam Raimi’s horror masterpiece, but ours is lyrically centered around one particular scene – the infamous ‘tree rape’ bit. The music is, of course, directly modeled after our raison d’etre, Death, particularly the Scream Bloody Gore era that this EP is centered around. When I first discovered death metal, back in 1989 (you know, when dinosaurs and mullets roamed the earth), it resonated with me immediately and very specifically as the audio equivalent of all those VHS movies about the occult, deranged killers, and inter-dimensional fiends. If we’ve done our job as a band correctly, this EP should transport the listener to those days of low-budget gross-out movies and death metal demos dubbed onto blank tapes and disseminated via the postal service. To fully appreciate the song and immerse yourself in the vibe we’re trying to create, we recommend cranking this tune on cassette via a $20 Radio Shack boom box with a Dark Angel sticker on it, while chugging cheap American beer (preferably stolen from someone’s parents) in an empty drainage ditch covered in graffiti while passing a joint of skunk weed around with your friends. Join us in some unabashed nostalgia.”

Produced by the band and co-produced and recorded by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions Of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, savage, and irresistible.

Dimensions Of Horror is due out May 20th, 2016 on CD, LP, cassette and digitally worldwide.

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

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

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

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Announces Diadem Of 12 Stars Reissue And North American Tour Dates

Pacific Northwest black metal clan WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will proudly re-release their 2006 debut album Diadem Of 12 Stars through their own Artemisia Records in mid-June. The album will precede the band’s first East Coast North American dates in five years.

Written almost exclusively in a windowless, black room over the long dark nights of Winter 2005, Diadem Of 12 Stars was the first official WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM release. Re-imagining black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest, WITTR created a unique melancholic atmosphere. Diadem Of 12 Stars is about lunar sorcery on Cascadian mountaintops and encounters with wild spirits. In contrast to the icy, razor sharp soundscapes of their 90s Norwegian forebears, the sound of Diadem… is lush and ethereal, dripping with rain soaked moss and lichen.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM honed the material for Diadem Of 12 Stars by touring across the country’s basements and squats. Its raw analog sound in many ways pays homage to the band’s varied influences: the harsh black metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor or their American counterparts Weakling and Ludicra, the monolithic heaviness of Neurosis and Swans, the sorrowful Funeral Doom of My Dying Bride and in places, the mournful goth of Dead Can Dance. Yet, WITTR distills these inspirations to create a sound that is entirely their own.

Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases Diadem Of 12 Stars was recorded live to tape in Oakland by Tim Green. Joined in the studio by Jamie Myers (Hammers Of Misfortune, Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Asunder. Dystopia), every song was rendered in one or two takes and the album was mixed without the aid of a computer. Originally released on a small DIY label and unavailable physically for many years, this reissued version has been carefully remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The band redeveloped every photograph from the original negatives, creating richer, high quality prints in order to present the artwork as originally envisioned.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will follow the reissue with their first live performances since mid-2014 this September, with two weeks of shows currently confirmed and more to be added in the coming weeks.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Tour Dates:
9/13/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
9/14/2016 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2016 DC9 – Washington, DC
9/17/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/18/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
9/19/2016 Sisters In Christ – New Orleans, LA
9/20/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
9/21/2016 Dada – Dallas, TX
9/22/2016 Riot Room – Lawrence, KS
9/23/2016 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/24/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
9/26/2016 Space Gallery – Portland, ME
9/27/2016 Cuisine En Locale – Somerville, MA

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has to date released five studio albums, two EPs, and multiple live albums to date, including Diadem Of 12 Stars (2006), Two Hunters (2007), Black Cascade (2008), Celestial Lineage (2011), and most recently, Celestite (2014), which was an instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. The band is currently working on new material, which promises to be their heaviest and darkest in some time.

VENOM INC. Returns To North America With Necrophagia Next Month

UK-based metallers, VENOM INC., will kick off the second leg of their North American tour next month. The latest march will run from May 31st in Brooklyn, New York through July 2nd in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Support will again be provided by long-running American death metal behemoths Necrophagia. The trek follows the band’s recent and successful stomp through North America this past January.

VENOM INC. features original Venom members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray with former Venom bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. The band made their live debut as VENOM INC. in April 2015 at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, performing a full set of Venom classics and played to over 30,000 people at Heavy Montreal last August. Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in M:Pire Of Evil, who released their latest full-length, Crucified, in May 2013. VENOM INC. took to the streets early last Fall on the lengthy Iron And Steel European Tour before closing the year with a Latin American live infiltration. The band returned to the streets of North America last January to the frenzied praise and fans and critics alike.

In a review of their New York City performance, Cryptic Rock hailed, “A solid offering of killer Venom classics,” further noting, “many fans did not want the evening to come to an end. Sometimes bands splitting up into two separate names can be confusing to their followers. Nonetheless, VENOM INC. are doing a great job of making it clear who they are as they educated fans who are loving every minute of what they are coming to learn.” Agreed Now Toronto, “Kicking off with ‘Prime Evil,’ the title track from the first of three late ’80s/early ’90s albums on which Demolition Man sang after Cronos temporarily left the band, the English metalheads quickly got fists raised and a pit on the verge of erupting. While speedy classics… like ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Don’t Burn The Witch.’ and, for the final song of the encore, ‘Black Metal’ ensured no one left disappointed, it was the sludgier ‘1000 Days In Sodom’ and ‘At War With Satan’ that packed the unholiest sonic punches.” Brave Words championed a, “great night of old school classics,” and a performance that was nothing short of, “highly entertaining.” While Lithium Magazine gushed, “Yes, Chronos has the long-standing good fortune of being the original Venom vocalist, and zealots will say if he’s not in the band it’s not Venom. I disagree. Hearing ‘Prime Evil,’ ‘Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil),’ and ‘Buried Alive’ this evening managed to raise the hairs on the back of neck quite easily. The tightly packed crowd writhed in appropriate fashion for every one of these classic Venom songs, while Mantas, Anthony and Tony howled and snarled their way through like the consummate players they are… For $25 you couldn’t really go wrong with this show.” Added Metal Wani, “In all honesty, a tour like this doesn’t hit the states too often. Not only do you get to see the pioneers of everything speed/black metal, but supporting them are pioneers of death metal… a truly legendary lineup that can’t be missed! If this tour is coming to or near your city, get out and witness the best of the best tear it up.”

VENOM INC. w/ Necrophagia:
5/31/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/01/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/02/2016 Once Ballroom – Boston, MA
6/03/2016 Piranha – Montreal, QC
6/04/2016 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/05/2016 This Aint Hollywood – Hamilton, ON
6/07/2016 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
6/08/2016 Mr. Smalls – Detroit, MI
6/09/2016 Thompson House – Newport, KY
6/10/2016 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
6/11/2016 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
6/12/2016 Brauerhaus – Lombard, IL
6/13/2016 Rock Island Brewing Co. – Rock Island, IL
6/15/2016 3 Kings – Denver, CO
6/17/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
6/18/2016 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
6/20/2016 Star Theater – Portland, OR
6/21/2016 Oakland Opera House – Oakland, CA
6/22/2016 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/23/2016 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2016 Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, NV
6/25/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/26/2016 Rebel Club – Phoenix, AZ
6/27/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX
6/28/2016 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
6/29/2016 Walters – Houston, TX
6/30/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
7/01/2016 The Haven – Orlando, FL
7/02/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC

RINGS OF SATURN Announces The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 With The Browning And Lorna Shore; Coffin Dragger Tour Underway

While currently embarked on the massive Coffin Dragger Tour, with Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon, and Thy Art Is Murder, RINGS OF SATURN announces a new headlining tour for May.

The newly confirmed RINGS OF SATURN trek, dubbed The Space Slam North American Tour 2016, will see the California-based quartet supported by Lorna Shore and The Browning on all dates. Beginning Sunday, May 21st at Rock N’ Derby in Schaghticoke, New York, the caravan will carve a serpentine path through the Eastern US, winding down through the Southeast, the final show hitting Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday, June 3rd.

A limited number of special VIP packages for The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 – which include a general admission ticket, a meet and greet with RINGS OF SATURN, as well as a ROS merchandise pack including a koozie, exclusive guitar pick, 11×17 poster, and VIP laminate with lanyard for the show — went on sale Friday, April 22nd. General admission tickets will go on sale today Monday, April 25th.

The news on the new tour comes as RINGS OF SATURN continues to batter the continent on the Coffin Dragger Tour, with Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon, and headliners Thy Art Is Murder. Now two weeks into the tour, the mammoth trek continues for another entire month, with shows running through Thursday, May 19th, just two days before the kickoff of The Space Slam.

RINGS OF SATURN Tour Dates:
The Coffin Dragger Tour w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Dark Sermon [remaining dates]:
4/21/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
4/22/2016 Independence Ballroom – Grand Junction, CO
4/23/2016 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4/24/2016 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
4/25/2016 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
4/26/2016 Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
4/27/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
4/28/2016 The Loft – Lansing, MI
4/29/2016 Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
4/30/2016 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
5/01/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
5/02/2016 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
5/03/2016 Higher Ground Ballroom – Burlington, VT
5/04/2016 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
5/05/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
5/06/2016 Club Reverb – Reading, PA
5/07/2016 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
5/09/2016 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
5/10/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
5/11/2016 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/13/2016 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
5/14/2016 Game Changer World – Freehold, NJ
5/15/2016 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
5/16/2016 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
5/18/2016 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
5/19/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
The Space Slam North American Tour 2016 w/ The Browning Lorna Shore:
5/21/2016 Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – Schaghticoke, NY @ Rock N’ Derby (*ROS only)
5/22/2016 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/24/2016 Shelter – Detroit, MI
5/25/2016 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/26/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
5/27/2016 Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
5/28/2016 Grant’s Lounge – Macon, GA
5/29/2016 Kelsey Theater – Lake Park, FL
5/31/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
6/01/2016 Transitions – Tampa, FL
6/02/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
6/03/2016 Kress Live – Biloxi, MS

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

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy Lineup Complete

Having announced dozens of bands over the past several weeks, the full lineup for Tucson, Arizona’s SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy is now complete, and all ticket options for the festival are now available.

For the fifth installation of the annual even, SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy will overthrow Tucson October 20th through 23rd, with forty-five artists from across the US and Canada converging on five stages, including venues 191 Toole, Club Congress, The Flycatcher, and Gary’s Place.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy’s opening show Thursday, October 20th will see The Body & Full Of Hell and Sumac headlining the main stage of 191 Toole, with a combined Theologian/Lament Cityscape set headlining the second stage., followed by a late show at Gary’s Place with a mystery guest headliner. Friday, October 21st at 191 Toole will see Nails and Pig Destroyer headlining the main stage, and Full Of Hell headlining the second, and a late show at Club Congress headlined by Old Man Gloom. Saturday, October 22nd main stage headliners will be Infest and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, with Theories headlining the side stage, followed by a late show at Flycatcher headlined by local legends Malignus Youth. And Saint Vitus and The Skull headline Club Congress on Sunday, October 23rd for the main closing show.

View the full show-to-show individual lineups below.

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST V: Houses Of The Unholy:

Thursday, October 20th – Early Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:30 – end – Sumac
9:10 – 9:55 – The Body/Full Of Hell
8:00 – 8:40 – Kowloon Walled City
7:00 – 7:30 – Generation Of Vipers
6:00 – 6:30 – North
Side:
9:55 – 10:30 – Theologian/Lament Cityscape
8:40 – 9:10 – Senior Fellows
7:30 – 8:00 – Waft
6:30 – 7:00 – Via Vengeance

Thursday, October 20th – Late Show @ Gary’s Place
1:00 – end – ??? ????
12:00 – 12:40 – Order Of The Owl
11:00 – 11:40 – Akris

Friday, October 21st – Early Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:00 – 11:00 – Pig Destroyer
8:40 – 9:25 – Nails
7:30 – 8:10 – Final Conflict
6:30 – 7:00 – Gay Kiss
5:30 – 6:00 – Trench
Side:
9:25 – 10:00 – Full Of Hell
8:10 – 8:40 – Wake
7:00 – 7:30 – Vermin Womb
6:00 – 6:30 – Sorrower
5:00 – 5:30 – Disservice

Friday, October 21st – Late Show @ Club Congress
12:50 – end – Old Man Gloom
11:50 – 12:30 – Behold! The Monolith
11:00 – 11:30 – Mountain Man
10:15 – 10:45 – Nonpareil

Saturday, October 22nd – Main Show @ 191 Toole
Main:
10:00 – 11:00 – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
8:40 – 9:25 – Infest
7:30 – 8:10 – Power Trip
6:30 – 7:00 – Sex Prisoner
5:30 – 6:00 – Junkie Vomit
Side:
9:25 – 10:00 – Theories
8:10 – 8:40 – The Drip
7:00 – 7:30 – ACxDC
6:00 – 6:30 – Wvrm
5:00 – 5:30 – Magguts

Saturday, October 22nd – Late Show @ Flycatcher
12:45 – end – Malignus Youth
11:45 – 12:30 – Final Conflict
11:00 – 11:30 – Get A Grip

Sunday, October 23rd – Main Show @ Club Congress
11:00 – end – Saint Vitus
9:50 – 10:40 – The Skull
8:45 – 9:30 – Witch Mountain
7:50 – 8:25 – Khemmis
7:00 – 7:30 – CHRCH
6:15 – 6:45 – Grey Gallows

With special performances by Amigo The Devil throughout the weekend.

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

BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY To Kick Off US Tour With Soulfly, Suffocation, And Lody Kong

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

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

Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, ABNORMALITY will be releasing their
sophomore full-length, Mechanisms Of Omniscience, on April 29th. Marrying the ceaseless brutality coming out of New York and New England to the hyper-blasting intensity endemic to Quebecois death metal, Mechanisms Of Omniscience is as unrelenting as it is passionate, and the album tackles real world issues with intelligence and raw emotion.

BATTLECROSS:
4/19/2016 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
4/21/2016 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
BATTLECROSS + ABNORMALITY w/ Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong:
4/22/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
4/23/2016 El Rey – McAllen, TX
4/24/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX *no Suffocation
4/25/2016 Southport Hall – New Orleans, LA
4/26/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/27/2016 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
4/28/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2016 Revolution – Long Island, NY
4/30/2016 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
5/01/2016 Mill City Ballroom – Lowell, MA
5/03/2016 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
5/04/2016 Bada Brew – Joliet, IL
5/05/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
5/06/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
5/07/2016 Oddbody’s – Dayton, OH
5/08/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
5/10/2016 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/11/2016 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/12/2016 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
5/13/2016 The Falls – Idaho, ID
5/14/2016 Main Street Studios – Walla Walla, WA
5/15/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/17/2016 Dantes – Portland, OR
5/18/2016 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
5/19/2016 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
5/20/2016 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2016 Bled Fest – Howell, MI * BATTLECROSS only

Marc Vanderberg and Iconix Pickups, Michigan, USA, join forces

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April 15, 2016 – For Immediate Release – German guitarist and songwriter Marc Vanderberg and the US based pickup manufacturer Iconix Pickups teamed up and developed a rock/metal humbucker set, that was built up to Marc´s specific requirements. It is called `Marc Vanderberg Deth Punch Signature Set´.

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?Since I started playing the guitar, I was crazy about pickups and their impact on the sound. During the last couple of years I bought lots and lots of pickups – active, passive, expensive, cheap, custom, off the rack – tested them, kept them, sold them and so on. Always in search of a better pickup. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I read something about Iconix Pickups in the USA and contacted them. Iconix is a pickup boutique. I talked to Don, the CEO, and sent him some of my
songs and solos to let him know, what kind of music I am into and how I play the guitar. Moreover I told him about the sound I want to have. Then he came up with the idea of a signature set. After the pickups have been built in my VGS Eruption Relic, a Les Paul Style guitar, I plugged it in the amp and was really blown away by the sound. The pickups are very powerful and clear, warm and accurate. Besides the great sound, I love the white pickups with blood splatter?, says Marc about the new pickups.

Technical Information of the pickups:

Bridge pickup: 16k, Alnico 8 magnet, 4 conductor wire Neck pickup: 11k, Alnico V magnet, 4
conductor wire Scatterwound and hand built.
Price: 200,– USD

The humbucker set can be bought directly through: Iconix Pickups, Don Smith, info@iconixpickups.com The Set is available in black, white, black with blood splatters, white with blood splatters.

EYEHATEGOD Kicks Off Spring Tour; Additional NYC Date Announced

New Orleans’ favorite amplification dealers, EYEHATEGOD, return to the stage for two separate live invasions. The first leg commences tonight in Atlanta, Georgia. The headlining trek will run through May 3rd and features support from Fight Amp on select dates as well as special shows with Antiseen (April 15th), Corrosion Of Conformity (April 16th), and Negative Approach (April 22). Additionally, with their April 24th show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York now sold out, a second NYC date has been added on April 25th (also at Saint Vitus) with support from Tombs, Ache and Haan.

Team EYEHATEGOD will take a short break before heading back to the streets from May 29th through June 6th with hard punk icons Discharge with additional support provided by Toxic Holocaust. See all confirmed dates below.

EYEHATEGOD:
4/13/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA *
4/14/2016 Shakas – Virginia Beach, VA *
4/15/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen *
4/16/2016 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Corrosion Of Conformity
4/17/2016 Ziggys – Wilmington, NC *
4/18/2016 Pour House – Raleigh NC *
4/19/2016 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN *
4/20/2016 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH *
4/21/2016 Lost Horizon – Syracuse NY *
4/22/2016 Ottobar – Baltimore MD w/ Negative Approach *
4/23/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA *
4/24/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
4/25/2016 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Tombs, Ache, Haan
4/26/2016 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA [Tickets] *
4/27/2016 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH *
4/28/2016 Louie’s – Kalamazoo, MI [Tickets]
4/29/2016 5th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN
4/30/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
5/01/2016 Trixies – Louisville, KY
5/02/2016 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
5/03/2016 Saturn – Birmingham, AL
* w/ Fight Amp
EYEHATEGOD w/ Discharge, Toxic Holocaust:
5/29/2016 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
5/30/2016 Webster Hall/Marlin Room – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
5/31/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
6/01/2016 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/02/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/03/2016 Dante’s – Portland, OR
6/04/2016 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
6/05/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
6/06/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before with their self-titled LP, which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records. Reaping critical acclaim globally, the record marks the band’s most successful release in their twenty-five-plus-year lineage. Having helped define the NOLA sound with their signature down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section, EyeHateGod personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the “N’awlins” sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity.

Also available are two split release. The first comes by way of F.O.A.D. Records as a special nine-inch duel release with Boston grinding hardcore veterans Psycho. Both sides were recorded live in Europe during their respective Summer tours in June – July 2011 and capture the very core of the intensity of these bands on stage, and you know what to expect: EYEHATEGOD cranks out three tormented classics of misanthropy-tinged heaviness… “Story Of The Eye,” “New Orleans Is The New Vietnam” and “Sisterfucker,” while Psycho completes the hecatomb with six short and fast stabs of rabid hardcore/grind in their own matchless style. The audio quality of these soundboard recordings is clean, powerful and heavy as a steamroller crushing your eardrums. And did we mention it’s a nine-inch?

The second release finds EYEHATEGOD back-to-back with Bl’ast! Issued earlier this year on Rise Records, the limited edition seven-inch comes in three different color variants, with 1000 pieces pressed in total. Bl’ast!’s contribution is the track “Cut Your Teeth,” which was recorded and mixed by frequent Queens Of The Stone Age collaborator, Alain Johannes. EYEHATEGOD’s portion comes in the form of “The Liars Psalm,” featuring vocal production by Phil Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan. Billy Anderson (High On Fire, Melvins) produced the drums, while Berrigan also handled the bass and guitars. Sanford Parker (Minsk, YOB) mixed it.

AMON AMARTH Set To Kick Off North American Headlining Tour; New Album Jomsviking Smashes Charts Globally

AMON AMARTH will kick off their headlining North American tour today with fellow Swedes Entombed A.D. and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus. See below for all confirmed dates.

AMON AMARTH have been steadily gathering strength and fans over the years, culminating with the stunning performance of the new album Jomsviking on global sales charts this week:

Germany: #1
Austria: #1
Switzerland: #3
Canada: #4
Finland: #4
Sweden: #5
USA Current Album Chart: #11
Australia: #15
USA Billboard Top 200: #19
Belgium: #25
UK: #30
France: #33
Netherlands: #35

Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com, where the album is available in various formats, and the videos for “At Dawn’s First Light” and “First Kill” can be viewed.

AMON AMARTH w/ Entombed A.D., Exmortus:
4/07/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
4/08/2016 The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2016 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
4/10/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
4/12/2016 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
4/13/2016 The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
4/15/2016 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
4/16/2016 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
4/17/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
4/18/2016 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/21/2016 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
4/22/2016 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
4/23/2016 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
4/25/2016 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/26/2016 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
4/28/2016 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/29/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/30/2016 The Danforth – Toronto, ON
5/01/2016 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
5/02/2016 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI
5/04/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/05/2016 The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
5/06/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/07/2016 The Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
5/09/2016 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
5/10/2016 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
5/12/2016 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
5/13/2016 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
5/14/2016 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
5/16/2016 The Commodore – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2016 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
5/18/2016 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
5/20/2016 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
5/21/2016 The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA

“Jomsviking is sure to satisfy AMON AMARTH fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready. 4.5/5” – MetalSucks

“This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite.8.5/10” – Blabbermouth

“…the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.” – Pop Matters

“After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!” – Metal Hammer (Germany)

“…you are left with no doubt that AMON AMARTH are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid. 9/10” – Powerplay (UK)

“…this is killer business as usual…” – Metal Hammer (UK)

“This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band. 8/10” – Musicology (UK)

GRUESOME Shares First New Single, “Forces Of Death”

Death metal disciples GRUESOME – featuring within its punishing ranks current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, and Derketa – has just shared the first new song, “Forces Of Death,” from their newly-announced EP, Dimensions Of Horror.

Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey of the latest track, “We’re totally psyched to bring you the first track from our new EP. This record, Dimensions Of Horror, delves deeper into the roots of our favorite Floridian, Chuck Schuldiner, and revisits the days of Scream Bloody Gore and the numerous Death demos. We wanted to do something rawer, nastier and more primitive than [GRUESOME debut] Savage Land and we hope you guys enjoy it and get into that gutter-level, early death metal head-space with us. So as you listen, close your eyes, imagine that you just got home from high school in 1987, ditched your Mongoose bike and ejected your brand new None Shall Defy cassette out of your Walkman to check your mailbox. Inside, there’s a sixty-minute TDK tape in the mail from an overseas pen pal with the Insanity 1985 rehearsal on one side and a dub of this new ‘mini-LP’ on the other. You steal some of your dad’s beer, light up a joint before your parents get home and pop this bad boy in the stereo while you watch a worn out, second generation VHS dub of The Beyond on mute on a 125-pound television. Now you’re ready to enter the dimensions of horror and enlist in the forces of death.”

Produced by the band and co-produced and recorded by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP Studios in Orlando, Florida, Dimensions Of Horror is a gruesome salute to Death’s iconic Scream Bloody Gore full-length and once again features cover art by the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre et al). A six-song slab of grisly, bone-breaking death metal jams, Dimensions Of Horror continues the development of GRUESOME’s homage to the founding fathers of the genre and proves that no matter the decade, old-school death metal is always relevant, savage, and irresistible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BEHEMOTH w/ Myrkur:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WRVTH Unveils “Larkspur” Video; Live Takeover Looms

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

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

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

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

Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth, commended by Dead Rhetoric for being, “bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings,” features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

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

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

“WRVTH’s long stretches of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time.” – No Clean Singing

“Wrvth is a triumph in a way that hasn’t really been seen before: by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is THE atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GRUESOME Announces Dimensions Of Horror; Trailer + EP Details Revealed

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

WHITECHAPEL To Appear On Warped Tour This Summer

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

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

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

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

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

WRVTH released their critically-lauded self-titled full-length via Unique Leader last year. Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), the records features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FEAR FACTORY To Kick Off US Demanufacture Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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