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Pig Destroyer Stream ‘Mass & Volume’ EP; Announce Additional Tour Dates

Grindcore masters PIG DESTROYER recently announced plans to release a two song doom EP entitled Mass & Volume. Previously available for a limited time as a digital only release with all of the proceeds going to the family of former Relapse Records employee Pat Egan, who tragically passed away last year, this cult release will now be available on physical formats for the first time ever.

Today, PIG DESTROYER present the the full stream of the monolithic EP. Listen to Mass & Volume;

Written and recorded during the final hours of the sessions for 2007?s Phantom Limb LP, Mass & Volume finds PIG DESTROYER?s typically break neck speed virtually come to a grinding halt with two epic songs of crushing doom. The album will be available on October 14th in North America, October 13th in the UK/World and October 10th in Germany/Benelux/Finland. Mass & Volume will be limited to a one time press of 2000 CDs worldwide and a limited run of colored vinyl, each featuring the stunning cover art from legendary artist Arik Roper (High on Fire, Sleep).

Additionally, the band has revealed more upcoming tour dates including shows with Eyehategod, Ringworm, Dropdead and Full of Hell in numerous cities that they have never before played.

Check out a full list of dates below and stay tuned for more from PIG DESTROYER.
Pre-Order ‘Mass & Volume’ from Relapse Records Here »
Pig Destroyer Tour Dates:
Oct 11 Baltimore, MD Malenski Family Benefit show @ Ottobar
Nov 20 San Antonio, TX Karova
Nov 21 Houston, TX Fitzgerald?s w/ Eyehategod, Today is the Day & Venomous Maximus
Nov 22 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack?s w/ EyehategodDec 19 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall w/ Dropdead and Hivemasher

Dec 20 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church w/ Dropdead, Fight Amp and UltraMantis Black

Jan 31 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar w/ Ringworm, Full of Hell and more

May 29-31 Bristol, UK Temples Festival (2015)

DEICIDE kicks off ‘In The Minds of Evil’ headline tour

DEICIDE hit the road again in support of their latest album, IN THE MINDS OF EVIL (2013). This time around they are joined by special guests Septic Flesh, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn, Carach Angren. They have also put together a static video for the tour.

Check out “GodKill” from IN THE MINDS OF EVIL:

Head over to the DEICIDE merchandise table to pick up your copy of IN THE MINDS OF EVIL directly from the band!

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CARACH ANGREN stream “There’s No Place Like Home”

Melodic black metal masters CARACH ANGREN have released a new track in anticipation of their first-ever North American tour. The track, titled “There’s No Place Like Home” is streaming now at Lambgoat.com.

“There’s no Place Like Home” is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, to be released in 2015 by Season of Mist. The album was recorded by Patrick Damiani (FALKENBACH) and will be mixed by acclaimed producer Peter Tägtgren (DIMMU BORGIR, IMMORTAL, SEPTICFLESH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS).

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MARDUK working on new album for 2015

MARDUK are in the studio at the moment to record their new album “Frontschwein” which is planned to be released in January 2015.

INQUISITION announce headlining European tour

Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION has announced a headlining European tour. The tour sees INQUISITION with support from ARCHGOAT, ONDSKAPT, and BLACKDEATH. The tour kicks off on January 20 in Germany, and continues through 11 different countries. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Regarding the new tour, founding member Dagon comments:

“The time has come to close the black circle, and journey together as one shadow by gathering what we feel is a line-up of cults that we know will offer the atmosphere we seek to bring to you. We are honored to have assembled and bring to all followers this occasion to witness live in the flesh, in support of the INQUISITION headlining tour 2015. As direct support we have chosen the beast of ARCHGOAT right out of Finland for their long dedication to Black Metal and the art of occult music in general; simply one of our favorite bands and a classic act. Equally proud to have with us will be the obscure Swedish cult ONDSKAPT casting their potent dose of highly lethal poisons, and, the unique darkened souls of BLACKDEATH from Russia evoking abstract rites of dark frequencies whom we are very proud to have joining us. From beginning to end throughout the evening, we would like to offer an occasion of ritual to the ancient ones and initiation to the newly arrived. Raise the chalice!?

INQUISITION are currently embarking on a previously announced fall North American tour. The “In the Minds of Evil” tour sees INQUISITION playing alongside DEICIDE, SEPTICFLESH, CARACH ANGREN, and ABYSMAL DAWN. The tour, which began last night in Charlotte will continue throughout the United States until Oct. 29.

INQUISITION are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’. ‘Obscure Verses for the Multiverse’, the band’s first for Season of Mist, has landed on several “best of 2013″ year-end lists, including Decibel Magazine, MetalSucks, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Invisible Oranges, and many more.

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INTER ARMA: Streaming ‘The Cavern’ in Full; Announce Additional Tour Dates

Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA are streaming their entire 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern via Pitchfork HERE.

Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded last year during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured last year’s monolithic Sky Burial LP.

Shifting from Americana laced extreme metal to doom to stoner rock to prog all within a single song, INTER ARMA’s The Cavern is an opus that will surely be heralded for years to come as a work of true artistic vision and endurance.

The EP, which features guest vocals from Windhand?s Dorthia Cottrell will see it?s official release in North America on October 14th, in the UK/World onOctober 13th and in Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 10th.

Additionally, the band has announced a short run of East Coast shows this October, including headlining the official MetalSucks / Metal Injection CMJ Showcase in Brooklyn, NY. The quintet has also confirmed a co-headlining European tour with German sludge duo Mantar this November through December. INTER ARMA will also be making an appearance at next year’s Maryland Deathfest. A complete listing of tour dates is available below.

Inter Arma Tour Dates:

Oct 11 Blacksburg, VA Ceritano?s
Oct 21 Brooklyn, NY Acheron w/ King Parrot, So Hideous, Lazer/Wolf and Moon Tooth
Oct 22 Philadelphia, PA Mitten House
Oct 23 Lindenwold, NJ Sex Dungeon
Oct 24 Harrisonburg, VA Blue Nile

Nov 14 Charlottesville, VA Main Street Annex

***All dates from Nov 29 to Dec 20 w/ Mantar***

Nov 27 Athens, Greece Death Disco (Inter Arma only)
Nov 28 Tilburg, Netherlands Little Devil (Inter Arma only)
Nov 29 Nijmegen, Netherlands Merelyn
Nov 30 Antwerp, Belgium Music City
Dec 01 London, England Our Black Heart
Dec 03 Glasgow, Scotland Audio
Dec 06 Gigors, France Gigors Electric
Dec 07 Draguignan, France Bucephale
Dec 08 Geneva, Switzerland La Graviere
Dec 09 Bologna, Italy Freak-Out
Dec 10 Milan, Italy Lo-Fi
Dec 13 Leipzig, Germany Zorro
Dec 14 Prague, Czech Republic 007
Dec 15 Flensburg, Germany Sonic Ballroom
Dec 17 Olso, Norway Pokalen
Dec 18 Aalborg, Denmark 1000Fryd
Dec 19 Lyngby, Denmark Templet
Dec 20 Leeuwarden, Netherlands Romein

May 23 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Soundstage

MAYHEM announce a Norwegian headlining tour

Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM have announced a headlining tour of Norway. Following MAYHEM’s previously announced November European tour dates, the band will be making stops in Trondheim, Bergen, Oslo, and more. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

MAYHEM is touring in support of their recently released acclaimed album, ‘Esoteric Warfare’. ‘Esoteric Warfare’ has been called “an adventurous and energetic record built on stylistic explorations and enthusiastic shifts” (Pitchfork), “a magnificent black metal album” (Metal Injection), and “a fantastic display of progressive black metal” (Sputnik Music). The album is available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats. The ‘Esoteric Warfare’ track list can be found below.

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TODAY IS THE DAY Adds Eyehategod Tour To Fall Itinerary

While TODAY IS THE DAY is currently in tour preparation mode — leaving for their brutal trek with support from Lord Mantis in less than a week — the band has confirmed a rash of additional new tour actions, including a crushing US run with the infamous Eyehategod, going to battle for their incoming tenth studio album, Animal Mother.

From October 7th through the 30th, the package withLord Mantis package will storm the across the country, making its way westward, where on November 1st, TODAY IS THE DAY meets up with Eyehategod, as well as Power Trip and Iron Reagan for a pair of shows in Oakland and Santa Ana. Two headlining TITD shows, including a gig with Sea Of Bones, follow, then another nine dates with Eyehategod ensue, coming to a close on November 21st in Houston, with Pig Destroyer also on the final night’s bill. Stand by for even more tour dates from TODAY IS THE DAY to be confirmed in the dark days ahead.

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SYLOSIS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS

Dormant Heart will be the title of the fourth studio album by the U.K.’s modern thrashers SYLOSIS. Despite the title, it?s not a peaceful album: It’s about a powerful force unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them.

“It’s the most pissed-off, aggressive and intense album we’ve done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we’re also known for,” reveals SYLOSIS frontman Josh Middleton. “It’s a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We’ve been through a lot as a band and individuals and we’ve made our darkest album to date.

“The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd, how a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it’s ‘tradition’ as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.”

The album was produced by Middleton with the help of engineer Scott Atkins and is mastered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney.

“It was great doing some of the recording with Scott again,? Middleton shares about the band?s studio time. ?We’ve got a good working relationship and he’s really dedicated to what he does. We like to strive for a very earthy and organic sound. It adds to the human element and brings out the intensity and vibe in the music.”

SYLOSIS began tracking the new album back in March 2014, working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Drum tracks were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard, who parted ways with the band last month due to time restraints. After filling in for some live shows during SYLOSIS? Spring 2014 tour, BLEED FROM WITHIN?s drummer Ali Richardson is now a permanent member of the band.

SYLOSIS are:
– Josh Middleton – Vocals & Guitars
– Alex Bailey – Guitars
– Carl Parnell – Bass
– Ali Richardson – Drums

DECAPITATED: VIDEO FOR “INSTINCT” NOW AVAILABLE

Instinct [in-stingkt] ? noun: 1) a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, capacity, or inclination; 2) an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species; 3) something you know without learning it or thinking about it; 4) a natural ability.

Visually capturing the music they were born to make for all to revel in, the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel is proud to present the official music video for ?Instinct? by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED. Enjoy the riff-o-rama here:

The track is from the band?s sixth studio album Blood Mantra which was recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland.

DECAPITATED will be touring the U.S. this October & November as direct support to GWAR

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ABYSMAL DAWN Posts Third Video From Obsolescence Recording Sessions

Los Angeles based extreme metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats. The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album. An exclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster. The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).

Throughout the recording of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN shot a series of videos documenting the process. Today the band has posted the third video in the series;

The first song off of Obsolescence, “Inanimate” can be heard on Sound Cloud and YouTube. The band recently shot a video for Inanimate directed by Rob Mestas. It will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER To Kick Off Co-Headlining Tour With Suicide Silence

Michigan-based melodic death metal behemoths, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, are ready to quake stages on a Blackcraft-sponsored heavy metal campaign across North America with co-headliners SUICIDE SILENCE. Set to embark tomorrow in Chicago, the tour will rampage its way through twenty-four cities and includes a Knot Fest pre-party performance. Additional support will come from Alterbeast and Chelsea Grin.

Additionally, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has teamed up with Live Nation and Yahoo to live-stream their October 9th, 2014 concert from New York City. This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a twelve-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen. Fans can tune in on October 9th at 10:25PM EST | 7:25PM PST at screen.yahoo.com/live-nation. The concert can also be streamed remotely through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
w/ Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Alterbeast:
10/03/2014 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/04/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/05/2014 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
10/06/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/07/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
10/08/2014 Paradise – Boston, MA
10/09/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/10/2014 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/11/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/13/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/14/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/17/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/18/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/19/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX w/ Whitechapel, Beartooth
10/21/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2014 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/23/2014 Yost Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
10/24/2014 San Manuel Amphitheater – Devore, CA (Knotfest Pre-Party)
10/25/2014 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA (no Suicide Silence)
10/26/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/28/2014 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
10/29/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
10/30/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s critically-lauded Fool ‘Em All DVD was released on May 27th, 2014 and landed at #3 on the Billboard Top Music Video Sales chart upon its first week of release. The full HD version is available now on iTunes, Amazon instant video, and other digital retailers.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s most recent studio offering, Everblack, debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 in June of 2013. The album earned the #3 slot on the Billboard Current Hard Music Albums chart (behind Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age). Additional chart debuts included #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums, #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #30 on the Hits Albums Chart. Everblack also peaked at #15 on the iTunes album chart, and #2 on the iTunes Metal chart, second only to living legends Black Sabbath.

RIGOR MORTIS New Album Streaming in Full on Bloody Disgusting

Twenty-Three years after their last record, and nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, DFW TX Speed/Thrash Metal pioneers, RIGOR MORTIS, will release their fourth and final studio album – Slaves to the Grave (Due October 7th via Rigor Mortis Records). This marks the bands first studio album in 23 years, and the first with the classic original line up (Mike Scaccia – guitar, Casey Orr – Bass, Bruce Corbitt – Vocals, and Harden Harrison on drums), since their 1988 eponymous debut album.

With less a then a week before the release of Slaves to the Grave, the band has teamed up with the internet home for everything horror Bloody Disgusting for an exclusive full album stream of Slaves to the Grave. Check out a track-by-track description of the album from the band and listen to in its entirety on Bloody Disgusting.

Following their hometown CD release show, the surviving members of Rigor Mortis will be performing as Wizards of Gore at the upcoming Housecore Horror Film Fest.

WIZARDS OF GORE AT HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FEST
Oct. 23rd – 26th – Emo’s – Austin, TX
The second annual event boasts underground and classic horror screenings and merch, full reunion of cast from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2, as well as a great line up of bands like Superjoint Ritual, GWAR, Danzig, Samhain, Wizards Of Gore (RIGOR MORTIS), Warbeast, Portal, Randy Blythe, Satyricon, Eyehategod, Cattle Decapitation, Unearth, Acid Witch, and many more

Recorded less than a year before Mike’s passing, Slaves To The Grave was to going to herald the band’s long overdue comeback. In February 2012, RIGOR MORTIS entered 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, and recorded the 10 tracks that would become STTG. The artwork was done Michael Broom.

Without question, this record contains some of Mike’s finest work. In his zone and with no restraints, he delivered some absolutely stellar performances. His solo at the end of “Blood Bath”, for instance, is absolutely breathtaking, exposing more heart and soul than precious few of his contemporaries possess.

RIGOR MORTIS dedicates this record to Mike Scaccia 1965-2012.

Slaves to the Grave Track Listing:

1. Poltergeist
2. Rain of Ruin
3. Flesh for Flies
4.The Infected
5. Blood Bath
6. Ancient Horror
7. Fragrance of Corpse
8. Curse of the Draugr
9. Sacramentum Gladiatorum
10. Ludus Magnus

MAYHEM announce new European headlining tour

Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM have announced a November European headlining tour. The tour sees the band perform in Gdansk, Poland, and will continue through six countries before concluding in Gothenburg, Sweden. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

MAYHEM is touring in support of their recently released acclaimed album, ‘Esoteric Warfare’. ‘Esoteric Warfare’, which has been called “an adventurous and energetic record built on stylistic explorations and enthusiastic shifts” (Pitchfork), “a magnificent black metal album” (Metal Injection), and “a fantastic display of progressive black metal” (Sputnik Music) is streaming here. The album is available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats here. The ‘Esoteric Warfare’ cover and track list can be found below.

‘Esoteric Warfare’ track list:

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Premieres Full Album Preview at RevolverMag

No one can delude Max and Igor Cavalera anymore. The two SEPULTURA founders show with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY what it means to shoot Thrash and Death Metal straight into the world.

The new studio album Pandemonium will be released on November 3rd in the UK & November 4th US/CAN via Napalm Records and shows that fatigue is a foreign word for them. Front man Max Cavalera rushes with bellow of rage into the fray, lets his brother drum coarsest grooves and puts his finger into the open wound.

Today Revolver Magazine is presenting an exclusive full album preview clip of Pandemonium. The video clip features 30 second samples from the entire album and can be seen here, courtesy of Revolver;

Pandemonium Track Listing:
1. Babylonian Pandemonium
2. Banzai Kamakazi
3. Scum
4. I, Barbarian
5. Carmunhao
6. Apex Predator
7. Insurrection
8. Not Losing the Edge
9. Father of Hate
10. The Crucible
11. Deus Ex Machina
12. Porra

AT THE GATES graces cover of Decibel Magazine’s November issue

On October 27th, “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will release their first new album in 19 years, At War With Reality, which was recorded with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995). Never compromising their vision, At War With Reality is an album that once again captures the honesty and integrity that has defined AT THE GATES, making them one of the most significant extreme metal names of the past 25 years. True devotees have always been excited by the band’s willingness to be diverse; this upcoming effort continues that tradition after 19 years of anticipation. With this long-awaited album, “the greatest Swedish Death Metal band ever reclaims their rightful throne” (Decibel Magazine).

For an in-depth interview with AT THE GATES about At War With Reality, be sure to purchase Decibel Magazine’s November issue, which features the band as the cover story. This special issue is now available on newsstands and online for $6 at the official Decibel store.

For a preview of At War With Reality, check out the album’s title track:

At War With Reality standard track-listing

1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

AT THE GATES line-up:
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Anders Björler – Guitars
Martin Larsson – Guitars
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums

NAPALM DEATH – New album recording status update; further worldwide touring!

After a busy year with intense studio sessions as well as incessant international touring activities, UK Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH have checked in with an update in regards to their much anticipated next album release. Vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway had the following to say:

“When we say that we’ve been working on the album recording for nearly a year, people might be thinking that this all sounds a bit too extravagant for Grindcore-type behaviour. The full story is though that we’ve been recording it in segments to try and achieve varying types of sonic assault. There is a belief in certain quarters that you can only do so much with our particularly noisy strain of music. We think otherwise, so as well as a few stylistic quirks on the album (that are sometimes happy accidents), generally it’s rawer, perhaps a little looser and of course always dense, nasty and, hopefully, invigorating too. Certainly not more polished – yuk!

Russ Russell helped us to give lots of people headaches down the years. He doesn’t mind us adopting certain, erm, techniques with studio equipment that most producer-engineers would find somewhat distasteful. So back we went again with Russ to Parlour Studios in the comparatively serene surroundings of Northamptonshire to do damage. There’s possibly some of the fastest and spazziest stuff we’ve ever done and, on the other end of the scale, some of the weirdest, most oppressive and adventurous no-wave-type stuff too.

Some song titles for you to chew on: “Copulating Snakes”, “Dear Slum Landlord” (aired at Roadburn 2014), “What is Past Is Prologue”, “Stunt Your Growth”. We’re nearly finished – we promise!”

Expect an early 2015 release for the band’s fifteenth studio LP effort by NAPALM DEATH, which succeeds 2012’s critically acclaimed UTILITARIAN album.

In the meantime, NAPALM DEATH continue their restless and relentless worldwide touring campaign, which includes a current tour of South America, appearances at Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horrorfest and at Slipknot’s own Knotfest in the US, European dates (Together with Hatebreed, headlining or at festivals like Speedfest / NL and Metal Hammer Paradise / D), but also a tour of Japan together with Brutal Truth. Here is a list of all next live-dates that have already been announced for NAPALM DEATH. And there is more to come soon…

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2014:
Presented by Rage Wear, OX Fanzine, Slam Magazine & Fuze Mag.
10/3 – Bogota – Teatro Las Vegas (Colombia)
10/5 – Mexico City – Jose Cuervo Salon (Mexico)
10/25 – Austin – Housecore Horrorfest (USA)
10/26 – San Bernadino – Knotfest 2014 (USA)
11/7 – Wroclaw – Alibi (Poland)
11/8 – Chemnitz – Arena (Germany)+ Hatebreed
11/9 – Hannover – Capitol (Germany)+ Hatebreed
11/10 – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof (Germany)+ Hatebreed
11/11 – Genf – Le Usine (Switzerland)+ Hatebreed
11/12 – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrig (Germany)+ Hatebreed & War Of Ages
11/13 – Bochum – Matrix (Germany) + Hatebreed & War Of Ages
11/14 – Oldenburg – Amadeus (Germany)
11/15 – Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany)
11/21 – Paris – Le Trabendo (France)
11/22 – Eindhoven – Speedfest (Netherlands)
11/26 – Tokyo – Liquidroom (Japan) + Brutal Truth
11/27 – Osaka – Club Quattro (Japan)+ Brutal Truth
11/28 – Nagoya – Electric Lady Land (Japan)+ Brutal Truth
11/30 – Tokyo – Earthdom (Japan) + Brutal Truth

ALTERBEAST: Progressive Death Metal Titans To Level North America With The Black Dahlia Murder And Suicide Silence

Sacramento progressive death metal titans, ALTERBEAST, will kick off a month-long North American run of live takeovers tomorrow supporting The Black Dahlia Murder and Suicide Silence. Presented by Blackcraft, the tour will commence in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge and coil its way through two-dozen cities, coming to a close in Denver at The Summit Music Hall. Additional support will come from Chelsea Grin.

Comments team ALTERBEAST: “Trick or Treat motherfuckers! We’re going to be running amuck with Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder and Chelsea Grin all over this god forsaken country of ours and we couldn’t be more stoked! Every night of this tour will be fucking insane so come out and completely lose your shit with us! Keep those horns up, shred till you’re dead and we’ll see you in the pit!”

ALTERBEAST will be touring in support of their spleen-rupturing Immortal full-length, released earlier this year via Unique Leader Records. Assembled in several locales throughout 2013, with guitars and bass recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles by former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams, vocals arranged at Mayhemeness Studios in Sacramento by Bob Swanson (Rings Of Saturn) and drums tracked at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al), who also mixed and mastered the offering, Immortal is a dynamic, meticulously executed and unapologetically scathing creation of auditory brutality that continues to earn the approval from fans and media globally. Decibel calls the record, “…sicker-than-a-resurrected-centurion-werewolf…” HeavyBlogIsHeavy notes, “ALTERBEAST have stirred the pot, plunged a claw in and come out with one of the most exciting death metal debuts in recent history… their skills and creativity have crafted an unholy ‘beast’ of a record which plays like a long forgotten demon wreaking havoc on us mere mortals,” while TechnicalDeathMetal.com gushes in a perfect 10/10 review, “ALTERBEAST’s first full-length combines bludgeoning yet dynamic technicality with neo-classicism Christian Muenzner would envy. The final product gives competition to genre heavyweights like Origin and Archspire for best record of 2014.”

ALTERBEAST w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin:
10/03/2014 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/04/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
10/05/2014 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
10/06/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
10/07/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
10/08/2014 Paradise – Boston, MA
10/09/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/10/2014 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
10/11/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/13/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/14/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/17/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/18/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/19/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/21/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
10/22/2014 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
10/23/2014 Yost Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
10/24/2014 San Manuel Amphitheater – Devore, CA (Knotfest Pre-Party)
10/25/2014 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA (no Suicide Silence)
10/26/2014 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/28/2014 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
10/29/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
10/30/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

Formed in 2011 under the working title Gary Busey Amber Alert (GBAA), ALTERBEAST combines the teachings of The Black Dahlia Murder, Necrophagist and Spawn of Possession with the classic death metal mastery of band’s like Dissection and Morbid Angel into an irately cathartic sound expulsion.

EXODUS “Blood In, Blood Out” Album Sampler Unlocked via Twitter “Flock to Unlock”

“The result of “Blood In, Blood Out” is an overwhelming success. This band is more recharged even than when pulling together “Shovel Headed Kill Machine” in 2005 and Steve “Zetro” Souza has plenty to do with it. The rest is left to some ingenious songwriting, punishing thrash and an old school refusal to die… Blood In, Blood Out far exceeds what the fans could’ve wanted from it. Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick.” – Ray Van Horn, Jr., Blabbermouth.net

“… if there?s anything you can count on EXODUS for, it’s riffs stacked on top of riffs on top of more RIFFS… ‘Collateral Damage’ delivers a deliciously peppy “Strike of the Beast”-type shuffle, featuring Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” – Kevin Stewart-Panko, Decibel Magazine

The highly-anticipated new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out hits stores everywhere on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast! Today, via EXODUS’ Twitter, diehard fans re-tweeted the post so fast that the entire Blood In, Blood Out album sampler was unlocked in record time! Make sure to listen to samples of the entire album here:

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REVOCATION Post Third Video From The Making of “Deathless”

REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band. The artwork for “Deathless” was hand painted by internationally recognized tattoo artist Tom Strom.

“Deathless” is set for an October 14th release. The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

During the recording process, the band shot a series of videos documenting their work on “Deathless”. Today the band has posted the third video in the series. The new video can be seen HERE;

“Deathless” was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like “Madness Opus” showcase a more deliberate REVOCATION – restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track.

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IRON REAGAN Releases Blooper Reel From “Miserable Failure” Video

The Tyranny of Will, IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut is available now! This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury. The album was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

The Tyranny of Will is available for in multiple configurations and formats. including standard CD, Deluxe CD that features a bonus track, cassette, LP and Digital Download. The album can ordered from Relapse Records.

Last week IRON REAGAN debuted their video for the song “Miserable Failure”, which was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang). Filming a video with IRON REAGAN is always an interesting experience, and it was documented this amazing blooper reel;

In support of The Tyranny of Will, the band will be hitting the road this fall including a special release show in Richmond, VA on October 3rd, dates with Eyehategod and an appearance at The Fun Fun Fun Fest. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Fronted by the venomously lyrical Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), on paper IRON REAGAN is a Richmond, Virginia super group (the band also features Phil Hall of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, etc. as well as Ryan Parrish formerly of Darkest Hour together with members of Mammoth Grinder).

In practice IRON REAGAN are WAY more than just a super group project. They have toured the world several times over leveling audiences with their furious live show. IRON REAGAN is a fully formed raging band that have delivered one of the heaviest hardcore records of the year that is guaranteed to be on the top of both metalheads’ and punk rockers’ year end lists.

IRON REAGAN is:
Tony Foresta – Vocals
Phil Hall – Guitar
Mark Bronzino – Guitar
Rob Skotis – Bass
Ryan Parrish – Drum

IRON REAGAN Live:
10/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/Only Crime
10/22: Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam
10/23: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s w/Pentagram
10/24: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews W/Goatwhore
10/25: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room W/Today is the Day
10/26: Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
10/28: Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse W/Eyehategod
10/29: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon W/Eyehategod
10/30: Portland, OR @ Bossa Nova Theater W/Eyehategod
10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Star Lite Lounge W/Eyehategod
11/1: Oakland, CA @ Metro W/Eyehategod
11/2: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory W/Eyehategod
11/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos W/Eyehategod
11/4: Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst W/Eyehategod
11/5: Ventura, CA @ The Garage W/Eyehategod
11/8: Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/9: Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

1349 release ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ in North America

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) have released their vicious new full-length album ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ today in North America. ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ is available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats.

The album, which has been called “…miles ahead of anything they?ve done since 2005?s Hellfire, and an excellent argument for the continuing relevance of Norwegian black metal?s old guard. (Pitchfork), “a welcome return for 1349 and a record that will surely reconfirm their standing in the modern black metal world” (Metal Hammer UK) and “their most eclectic and perhaps definitive album to date”.

1349 previously premiered their new video for “Slaves”. “Slaves” is the lead track from ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’.

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

SICK OF IT ALL new album out today

SICK OF IT ALL have released a Track-by-Track video description of each song on the new album! Check out Craig and Armand break down all the lyrics and music to LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE which hit stores Today.

The band had this to say about “Get Bronx”;

“GET BRONX is a term we came up with and use amongst a group of our friends in the NYHC scene. It is used to describe the point that is passed push coming to shove, when you go all out. Musically the song is a hybrid throwback fusing some early punk type chord changes with a late 80’s NYHC style groove. The ending clearly Black Sabbath influenced and well… Geezer rules!”

INTERNAL BLEEDING Out With Imperium

Iconic New York death metal tyrants, INTERNAL BLEEDING, will release their long-anticipated new full-length, Imperium, to the masses this Fall via Unique Leader Records. Produced by the band alongside Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium boasts the menacing artwork of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (Carcass, Cryptopsy, The Haunted, Nevermore et al) and serves as the band’s most sonically debilitating and plainly brutal manifestation of their winding career.

Although Imperium is a new album, it is, in many ways, deeply rooted in the band?s past – a culmination of strong emotions that have been bubbling their way to the surface since 1992’s now-legendary Invocation Of Evil demo reared its maniacal head upon the underground circuit.

Elaborates the band in a thorough analysis of the record, “Ever since Invocation Of Evil was released, many in the music press and industry simply dismissed INTERNAL BLEEDING as another generic death metal band. We knew different, our fans knew different and the underground press certainly knew different. They understood that we offered something fresh and unique: death metal that focused on pit-friendly grooves, catchiness and hooks that you could actually remember. At the time, we called this approach to death metal ‘Total Fucking Slam.’ And though we garnered a great deal of underground acceptance, we had to fight a perpetual uphill battle against critics, naysayers and elitists who did nothing but talk a lot shit and run their mouths behind our backs or in print. We ignored them and kept plowing forward, but we never forget.

To add insult to injury,

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ENSLAVED ENTER THE STUDIO TO RECORD 13th ALBUM

Last week’s autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED is now underway.

From his home in Bergen, Norway, ENSLAVED guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:

“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with ENSLAVED to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again? O joy! As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions. Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it.

“I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it. It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.”

Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios.

Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7″ single in 2012.

The album will be produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Cover artwork will once again be illustrated by long-time collaborating artist and “sixth ENSLAVED member” Truls Espedal, who has painted all album covers since 2001’s Monumension.

For their 2012 studio release RIITIIR, ENSLAVED were nominated for a Spellemann Award (the Swedish equivalent of the American Grammy) for the seventh time in the category “Best Metal Album.” RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October 2012 and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012″ lists around the world.

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