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NEUROSIS Confirms Performance At Heavy Montréal This August; Band Prepares To Invade Maryland Deathfest

Today, NEUROSIS confirms the band’s invitation to perform at this year’s upcoming installment of the massive Heavy Montréal Festival, in Montréal, Quebec.

NEUROSIS is one of the latest acts to be confirmed for Heavy Montréal, having just been announced alongside the likes of The Devin Townsend Project, Sanctuary, Obscura, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and more, joining the roster of artists already confirmed to play at this year’s event, including Slipnot, Faith No More, Korn, Lamb Of God, Iggy Pop, NOFX, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Testament, Nuclear Assault and countless others. The open air Heavy Montréal gala will overthrow Quebec’s largest metropolis on August 7th – 9th, and NEUROSIS will take the stage on the opening night, Friday, August 7th.

Prior to their Heavy Montréal debut, NEUROSIS will make their return to the brutalizing Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend. Running from May 21st through 24th, the band’s Neurot Recordings kin Yob and Ufomammut will perform the opening night of the event, while NEUROSIS is set to play the final evening, headlining the Edison Lot A stage, following performances from Skepticism, Winter, Goatsnake and Tombs on the same stage.

Additional NEUROSIS live actions will be announced in the very near future.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

5/24/2015 Edison Lot – Baltimore Maryland @ Maryland Deathfest
8/07/2015 Parc Jean Drapeau – Montréal, QC @ Heavy Montréal

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings throughout 2010 and 2011 – including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP – NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s impressive Honor Found In Decay, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with longtime visuals that had been a part of their live set for decades, thereby empowering their anthems in a more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works.

ABORTED ready for North American Tour with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY

Belgian Death Metal mainstays, ABORTED, will return to the U.S. for a full co-headlining tour with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY starting next week! The band is out supporting their latest album, NECROTIC MANIFESTO, which was released in 2014. Support will be from Archspire, Entheos & Dark Sermon.

Lead singer/front man, SVEN DE CALUWÉ, had this to say about the tour:

“We coudln’t be more excited to get back over to north america since our last run with Kataklysm in 2014. This as a co-headliner with Fit for an autopsy and our good friends in Archspire. This is the first US tour in support of the necrotic manifesto so get ready for tons of blasts, violence and Belgian style insanity. Come on out to a show and party and grind with us!”

Check out the official video for “The Extirpation Agenda” from NECROTIC MANIFESTO:

Here are the dates:

Date Venue City State
5/8/2015 Trickshots Albany NY
5/9/2015 St Vitus Brooklyn NY
5/10/2015 The Reverb Reading PA
5/11/2015 The Broadberry Richmond VA
5/12/2015 New Brooklyn Tavern Columbia SC
5/13/2015 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
5/14/2015 Walters Houston TX
5/15/2015 Dirty Dog Bar Austin TX
5/16/2015 The Rail Club Forth Worth TX
5/17/2015 Riot Room Kansas City MO
5/18/2015 Black Sheep Café CO Springs CO
5/19/2015 Moon Room Denver CO
5/20/2015 Joe’s Grotto Phoenix AZ
5/21/2015 The Whisky West Hollywood CA
5/22/2015 Ramona Maintstage Romona CA
5/23/2015 Adrenaline Las Vegas NV
5/24/2015 DNA Lounge San Francisco CA
5/25/2015 Whisky Dicks Lake Tahoe CA
5/26/2015 Tonic Lounge Portland OR
5/27/2015 Club SUR Seattle WA
5/28/2015 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver BC
5/29/2015 Inlander Pub Kamloops BC
5/30/2015 Nite Owl Calgary AB
5/31/2015 The Exchange Regina Sk
6/1/2015 The Zoo Cabaret Winnipeg MB
6/2/2015 House Of Rock EAU Claire WI
6/3/2015 Reggies Chicago IL
6/4/2015 The Foundry Lakewood OH
6/5/2015 Foufounes Electriques Montreal QC
6/6/2015 The Palladium Worcester MA
6/7/2015 Montage Music Hall Rochester NY

 

KATAKLYSM Announces Unprecedented Plan to Release Video Clips for Every Track Off “Of Ghosts and Gods”

Canadian powerhouse KATAKLYSM are set to release their twelfth studio album Of Ghosts And Gods on July 31st (Europe, UK, US) via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band has released a short video previewing music from the album and detailing their plan to release a video clip for every track on Of Ghosts And Gods, here:

The artwork from KATAKLYSM’s explosive new album was done by up-and-coming dark and macabre artist Surtsey (www.facebook.com/ocvltadesigns). The cover?s sinister artwork depicts the reality of humanity?s beautifully disturbing existence and its impending death through the mortal and the everlasting. The background shows an ancient incantation written in Aramaic.

Of Ghosts And Gods track listing:

01. Breaching The Asylum
02. The Black Sheep
03. Thy Serpents Tongue
04. Soul Destroyer
05. Vindication
06. Marching Through Graveyards
07. Shattered
08. Hate Spirit
09. Carrying Crosses
10. The World Is A Dying Insect

Guitarist/producer J- F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) tracked drums, guitars and bass for Of Ghosts And Gods, while vocals were recorded by producer Mark Lewis (WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, CANNIBAL CORPSE). The entire process was mixed and mastered in the UK by legendary producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AMON AMARTH).

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, premieres new track, “Settler”

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, has launched a new video for the title track (and first single!) of their upcoming sophomore album, Settler. The video was made by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-NEUROSIS, SOUNDGARDEN), who also created the video for “Breath of the Almighty”, from the band’s debut full-length, Sky Swallower.

Featuring 8 tracks that expand upon their “awe-inspiring, violently gorgeous” sound (PITCHFORK.com), Settler will be released June 16th in North America (June 29th in Europe). VATTNET VISKAR has launched the official album pre-order today at their merch store, Indie Merch.

Settler track-listing
1. Dawnlands
2. Colony
3. Yearn
4. Impact
5. Glory
6. Heirs
7. Settler
8. Coldwar

Before Settler’s release, VATTNET VISKAR will be appearing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest and doing dates leading up to it with California’s EARLY GRAVES. Shortly after MDF, they will head out on a month long tour with 1349 and NECROPHAGIST. Cities and dates will be announced shortly.

VATTNET VISKAR live 2015:
May 16th – Milly’s Tavern – Manchester, NH w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 17th – Parlour – Providence, RI w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 18th – Great Scott – Allston, MA w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 19th – Waterfront Tavern – Holyoke, MA w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 20th – Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 21st – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ EARLY GRAVES
May 22nd – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest)

VATTNET VISKAR line-up:
Nick Thornbury – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Alfieri – Guitar
Seamus Menihane – Drums
Casey Aylward – Bass

MISERY INDEX stream new video for “The Harrowing”

Baltimore death metal outfit MISERY INDEX have released a new video for the track “The Harrowing” via Lambgoat.com. The clip was directed by David Hall/Handshake Inc. (PORTAL, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, VENOM, etc). “The Harrowing” is taken from the band’s new album ‘The Killing Gods’.

Regarding the new video, Director David Hall comments:
“In February, Jason Netherton asked me if I would be interested in making a second video for The Killing Gods for the track “The Harrowing”. Of course, the answer was ?yes? and we started talking about ideas. Jason had the concept of some sort of nefarious cult or gang that kidnaps someone, tortures them, tries to indoctrinate them, and eventually kills their victim. After some research and thought we came up with the idea of a Zodiac style outfit, just because the associated meaning is kind of open ending, and honestly, it?s creepy as hell.

So, while the costumes were being made, Jason and I did some location scouting and watched a bunch of weird cult videos and such and mapped the basic plot. The band also had some great footage filmed in Europe on their tour last summer, so we decided to incorporate that as well. After the initial cut, I felt something was missing a bit, so we had Jeff singer/guitarist Mark Kloeppel film some footage performing the song, which was shot by Jeff Grindstopher of Grindstopher productions, and we decided to incorporate some of the killer artwork Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs had created for ‘The Killing Gods’ album. I feel this video is a bit of a departure from some of the stuff I normally do, which I am really happy about.”

Hall continues, “To me this feels like a classic metal video?some great shots of the bands performing, creative footage to mirror some of the meaning of the song, and a little bit of the old ultraviolence. On a side note, when we were filming some of the Zodiac dudes in a field, a concerned citizen called the police and reported ?a bunch of big, masked dudes in a field wearing crosses are up to no good.? At least the cops had a sense of humor about it when they showed up.”

MISERY INDEX have embarked on their recently announced North American tour. The tour, which sees the band play throughout May before concluding on May 10th in Chicago, hitting North American and Canadian territories. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

MISERY INDEX is streaming a new play-through video for the track “Conjuring The Cull” at the DRUM! Magazine website. “Conjuring the Cull” is taken from the band’s new album, ‘The Killing Gods’.

‘The Killing Gods’, the band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). The track list for ‘The Killing Gods':

Tracklisting
1.) Urfaust
2.) The Calling
3.) The Oath
4.) Conjuring the Cull
5.) The Harrowing
6.) The Killing Gods
7.) Cross to Bear
8.) Gallows Humor
9.) The Weakener
10.) Sentinels
11.) Colony Collapse
12.) Heretics
13.) Thieves of the New World Order (bonus track on Digibox)

Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in death metal, MISERY INDEX (Jason Netherton ? bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel ? guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis ? drums, Darin Morris ? guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries, over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, MISERY INDEX will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling death grind with the release of ‘The Killing Gods’.

MISERY INDEX tour dates:
May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
May 2 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 3 Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shots
May 4 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
May 5 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
May 6 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
May 7 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
May 8 Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts
May 9 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
May 10 Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge

MARUTA: “Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth” Featuring Tomas Lindberg From At The Gates Premiered At Revolver Magazine

The Miami grind machine, MARUTA, unloads an intimidating new single from their Remain Dystopian LP, delivering “Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth” with an exclusive premiere at Revolver Magazine, the track featuring a vocal outburst from Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates.

Blasting with mega infectious death-infused grindcore, Remain Dystopian delivers MARUTA’s seventeen most demanding and damaging works to date, the album recorded in various studios, including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez. Several outside mercenaries were contracted to take part in the action, including Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, and on the new track, bearing possibly one of the most appropriate titles, the legendary Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates, Disfear and the like on “Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth.” While passersby should be wary of every volatile second of MARUTA’s first LP for Relapse, this song in particular delivers especially scathing qualities. Here, the band’s generally full-on blazing blast assault gives way mid-track to half-speed guitars and tension-filled dissonance, while the guest vocal tirade of Lindberg rubs an extra dose of corrosive salt into your wounds.

“Stride Endlessly Through Scorched Earth” with MARUTA as your soundtrack via Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE;

MARUTA has also locked up a record release show in Miami for Remain Dystopian, setting their hometown ablaze on June 6th with support from Orbweaver and Sacridose. This is the first of many live incursions from the outfit to be announced.

MARUTA Live:

6/06/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL — Record Release Show w/ Orbweaver, Sacridose

MORGOTH premieres “Traitor” video via Decibel Magazine

Having recently released their first full-length in almost two decades and “the album fans have been waiting for” (EXCLAIM.ca), German death metal legends MORGOTH are now ready to unleash a new video from the critically acclaimed Ungod! Debuting today via Decibel Magazine.com, the official promo clip for “Traitor” can be viewed below:

MORGOTH’s Harry Busse (guitar) comments: “The first idea that existed for ‘Traitor’ was the marching riff you find in the verse of the song. After we wrote the bridge and the chorus, the song was almost finished from its instrumental side. I still had no idea in which direction the lyrics should go. Only when Sebastian came up with the clean guitar, that introduces and completes the song, did I have the idea for a theme that would perfectly match the sadness and desperation of this interlude, followed by the brutality and mercilessness of the song itself. A child soldier, betrayed by the ones supposed to protect him, betrayed by the “Traitor’.”

MORGOTH – Ungod CD/LP/Digital Download (standard track-listing):
1. House Of Blood
2. Voice Of Slumber
3. Snakestate
4. Black Enemy
5. Descent Into Hell
6. Ungod
7. Nemesis
8. God Is Evil
9. Traitor
10. Prison In Flesh
11. The Dark Sleep
12. Die As Deceiver *
13. Battalions Of Strangers (FISCHER-Z cover) *
*=Digipak CD bonus tracks

MORGOTH live 2015:
June 13 – Cerveny Kostelec (Czech Republic) – Czech Death Fest
June 19 – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhell Festival
June 20 – Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 21 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
June 26-28 – Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air
July 18 – Wadersloh/Diestedde (Germany) – Black Frenzy Festival
July 30-Aug. 1 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13-15 – Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air

MORGOTH line-up:
Karsten “Jagger” Jäger – Vocals
Harry Busse – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Sebastian Swart – Rhythm Guitars
Sotirios Kelekidis – Bass
Marc Reign – Drums

ESCHATON: New England Technical Death Metal Oppressors Unleash “Falsified Existence”

This month Unique Leader Records will spew forth the spine-twisting sounds of Sentinel Apocalypse from New England-based progressive death metal oppressors, ESCHATON.

Tracked 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.

With the release of Sentinel Apocalypse now just less than a month away, Skulls ‘N’ Bones offers up the forbidden sounds of “Falsified Existence” for communal gorging.

“Falsified Existence is a blast-beat infested, riff-drunk guttural onslaught packed into two-and-a-half-minutes of ass-kicking,” elaborates the band. “No beating around the bush, no finesse, just ESCHATON trying to beat it into your heads that every track on Sentinel Apocalypse is ruthlessly aggressive. The lyrical concept pertains to being repulsed by mankind’s failures and that our desperate clinging to the terms of this false reality must be shed.”

Hear ESCHATON’s “Falsified Existence,” courtesy of Skulls ‘N’ Bones;

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).

Sentinel Apocalypse will be released via Unique Leader Records on May 19th, 2015.

“Blending neo-classical progressive death metal riffs with grooves, solos and epic harmonies, guitarist Joshua Berry has a writing style that punches your face, many times, and leaves you crying for more… – Sick Drummer

“This is a band that if you took Soilent Green’s vocals threw them in a blender with Meshuggah and The Black Dahlia Murder you will only be on the surface of what to expect from this monster. The drum work on this record along with the crunch of the guitars is such a powerful pounding and rifftastic journey that I am shocked that they did not leave behind a pile of ash and destruction.” – Wicked Channel

GWAR Announces “30 Years of Total World Domination Tour”

 

30 years have passed since GWAR awoke from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. Since that time, the band has used broadswords and guitars to shape the music and culture of mankind. 30 years later, the world sucks more than it ever has, and humans have GWAR to thank! Three decades of bloodlust, throttling the life from humanity, and perverting the human imagination have left no doubt that GWAR rules supreme!

What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a spectacular victory lap bringing death and depravity to cities across America? GWAR’s “30 Years of Total Domination Tour” is a celebration of unimaginable torment. Expect more blood and bodily fluids than ever before as your Lords and Masters take on the newest threat to their very existence-the Internet! That’s right, GWAR is going to kick the Internet’s ass; if they can ever stop jerking off to porn long enough to find it. Pustulus is none too pleased about the situation, having this to say while “taking 5″ from his weekly schedule of drawing dicks on bible pages…

“I’ve survived prisons, gulags, religious protests, surfing a crucial wave on D-Day, and even an ISIS spaghetti dinner, so this is nothing. Bring it on! GWAR is coming!, Where is Baltimore?”

Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and Battlecross. The tour kicks off August 25th in Millvale, PA and wraps up September 18th in Rochester, NY. Tickets go on sale this Friday May 1st for all shows!

GWAR w/Butcher Babies and Battlecross
8/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
8/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Kapones
9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/5: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog – Befuddled Fest
9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

SKINLESS: New York Death Metal Sickos Premiere Horrific New Video

[photo by Shaun MacMahon]

Following the aftermath of their “Serpenticide” track premiere, which left the masses deaf, gored but feigning for more, today reactivated New York death metal sickos, SKINLESS, further traumatize the metal hordes with the visual accompaniment to their namesake track, “Skinless.”

The latest skull-crusher comes by way of the band’s imminent new full-length, the fittingly-titled Only The Ruthless Remain. Featuring their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, the record was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire slab of audio violence mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.

The sadistic, seven-minute “Skinless” clip begins innocently enough before surging throat first into a horrific world of lethal injections, human flaying and general group-inflicted suffering as part of “some sort of Satanic cult ritual.” A delightful exercise in SKINLESS’ signature brand of butchering riffs and surgical precision, “Skinless” is punishing both sonically and visually.

Elaborates Webber, “The ‘Skinless’ video chronicles the sordid obsession of our accomplice, the Hudson Skinner. Captured by an equally ruthless Jim Brassard and his team, have a look into the sickened world of the Hudson Skinner set to song by your fiends in SKINLESS.”

Adds Bloody Disgusting, who premiered the video trailer last week, “The video, which is incredibly NSFW for torture and gore, shows a man being slowly murdered by the band as well as a ‘doctor,’ who could easily have come from Rob Zombie’s House Of 1,000 Corpses. If you have issues with being skinned, avoid this video at all costs.”

SKINLESS will bring their odes of revulsion to Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live devastation to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Spawned in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts. Following a lengthy hiatus, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013.

Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available.

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand-Based Progressive Death Metal Malefactors Unleash The Tides Of Damocles; Album Streaming In Its Entirety

The Tides Of Damocles is the wrath-infested new full-length from long-running New Zealand-based progressive death metal unit, DAWN OF AZAZEL. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles, independently released today, marks the trio’s first new offering in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track manifestation hurls forth forty-eight minutes of traumatic, scrupulously detailed death metal mastery.

Earning hails from fans and critics alike, Kill Your Stereo calls the record, “a standout work,” furthering, “The Tides Of Damocles is aggressive and brutal while still incorporating grooves and melodies to make a more modern and progressive sound for DAWN OF AZAZEL.The blast beats are furious, the vocals raw and emotional and all backed up by driving riffs and solos…” AngryMetalGuy concurs, “Tides… is a cut so savory you’ll want to eat it raw,” while the Metal Observer boasts, “the openness and brutal variety found on The Tides Of Damocles is undeniable.” Elsewhere the sentiment reverberates with Wonderbox noting “DAWN OF AZAZEL pour so many different riffing styles into the mix that you might be listening to a Morbid Angel section at one point only to have it change into something Meshuggah-inspired, or maybe a riff Immolation would be proud of. Ultimately though it all flows together quite naturally and The Tides Of Damocles is a very striking record.” In an 8/10 review, Champions Dead Rhetoric, “Vocalist Rigel Walsh has lost none of his fury, with aggressive roars taking their rightful place above the blistering drums and punchy grooves,” adding, “With a more well-rounded approach, DAWN OF AZAZEL have successfully honed their death metal approach. The further emphasis on groove ensures that listeners won’t be easily bored as well as keeps them from being a one-trick pony…Chalk up another victory for New Zealand!”

Experience The Tides Of Damocles in all its visceral glory;

DAWN OF AZAZEL has been regularly demolishing stages through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced soon. Stand by for announcements.

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Influenced by the sonic obliteration of bands like of Order Of Chaos, Immolation and Sarcofago, DAWN OF AZAZEL was spawned in 1999 and rapidly established themselves as a force with which to be reckoned with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over one-hundred-and-twenty shows with their infamy further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad. Third offering, Relentless, was released via Unique Leader Records followed by another glut of tour ventures. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, reemerging with the deliciously punishing tidings of The Tides Of Damocles.

KORPIKLAANI Premiere Music Video for “Pilli On Pajusta Tehty”

Finnish folk metallers KORPIKLAANI will release their ninth full length studio album Noita, on May 1st (Europe) and May 4th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast. Today sees the band premiering the music video for their brand new track ?Pilli On Pajusta Tehty? via Decibel Magazine. Check out all the beer drinking fun:

Noita is the first KORPIKLAANI release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. The album was recorded at Petrax Studios with musician and producer Aksu Hanttu. Jan Yrlund (MANOWAR, SIRENIA etc), of Darkgrove Design, created the artwork. Yrlund has created all of the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another masterpiece.

Don?t miss the chance to see KORPIKLAANI live at the following dates:

KORPIKLAANI, ENSIFERUM, TROLLFEST
28-April-15 ? Charlotte, NC ? The Chopshop (No ENSIFERUM)
29-April-15 ? Atlanta, GA ? The Masquerade (No ENSIFERUM)
01-May-15 ? Houston, TX ? Scout Bar (No ENSIFERUM)
02-May-15 ? San Antonio, TX ? The Korova (No ENSIFERUM)
04-May-15 ? Phoenix, AZ ? Joe?s Grotto (No ENSIFERUM)
05-May-15 ? San Diego, CA ? Brick by Brick (No ENSIFERUM)
06-May-15 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
07-May-15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim?s
08-May-15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
09-May-15 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10-May-15 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
12-May-15 – Calgary, AB – Republik
13-May-15 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
15-May-15 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
16-May-15 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
17-May-15 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
18-May-15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
19-May-15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
20-May-15 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
21-May-15 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
22-May-15 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
23-May-15 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
24-May-15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
26-May-15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small?s Theatre
27-May-15 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
28-May-15 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
29-May-15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

SEPULTURA: 30th Anniversary EP to Correspond w/ Upcoming World Tour

Brazilian metal icons SEPULTURA are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their esteemed career with a world tour and special tribute to their fans! The artwork for the band?s upcoming Sepultura Under My Skin 7? EP was made up of fan submitted pictures of SEPULTURA tattoos from all over the world! It will feature the brand new track ?Under My Skin? plus a live version of the song ?Kairos?. Sepultura Under My Skin will be released June 05, 2015 on limited colored vinyl.

Celebrating their 30th year of existence, Brazil?s most esteemed metal band SEPULTURA will be headlining a Metal Injection-sponsored tour that includes German thrashers DESTRUCTION as direct support and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS as openers.

?It?s going to be an amazing experience to celebrate a 30-year career with the strongest album we?ve ever made in our history,? states SEPULTURA guitarist & songwriter Andreas Kisser about the upcoming 33-show trek and their latest album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. ?We are coming back to America and Canada with full force and with a hunger to destroy everything! Can’t wait to perform the songs from the new album on stage! See you all on the road!?

Confirmed North American dates:

05/9/15 Las Vegas, NV at Rock In Rio (SEPULTURA Only)

SEPULTURA, DESTRUCTION, ARSIS
+ Boris The Bade and Micawber opening:
05/10/15 Phoenix, AZ at Joe’s Grotto
05/11/15 West Hollywood, CA at Whisky A Go Go
05/12/15 Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades
05/13/15 Portland, OR at Bossanova Ballroom
05/14/15 Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
05/15/15 Vancouver, BC at Rickshaw Theater
05/16/15 Edmonton, AB at Starlite Room
05/17/15 Billings, MT at Pub Station
05/19/15 Winnipeg, MB at Zoo Cabaret
05/20/15 St. Paul, MN at The Amsterdam
05/21/15 Madison, WI at High Noon Saloon
05/22/15 Chicago, IL at Reggies
05/23/15 Louisville, KY at Expo Five
05/24/15 Kokomo, IN at Centerstage Bar
05/26/15 Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme

+ The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Starkill opening:
05/28/15 Toronto, ON at Opera House
05/29/15 at Montreal, QC at Club Soda
05/30/15 New York, NY at Webster Hall
05/31/15 Manchester, NH at Jewel Nightclub
06/01/15 Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
06/02/15 Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
06/03/15 Jacksonville, NC at Hooligans Music Hall
06/04/15 Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
06/05/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room
06/06/15 New Orleans, LA at Publiq House
06/07/15 Houston, TX at BFE Rock Club
06/08/15 Fort Worth, TX at The Rail Club
06/10/15 Austin, TX at Empire Garage
06/11/15 McAllen, TX at Cine El Rey
06/12/15 Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
06/13/15 Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
06/14/15 Grand Junction, CO at Mesa Theater

SOREPTION: Play-Through Clip From Swedish Death Metal Faction Playing At Gear Gods; US Tour With Cryptopsy, Disgorge And More Draws Near

Today, Swedish technical death metal faction, SORPEPTION, hurls forth a blazing play-through video for the track “A Speach To Survival.” The tune comes by way of the band’s Engineering The Void full-length, released last year via Unique Leader Records.A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg.

Notes Gear Gods simply: “The note density is so high that if I add even a few more words the internet will collapse in on itself.”

The clip comes in conjunction with the band’s impending US live overthrow supporting Canadian death metal icons, Cryptopsy and US death metallers, Disgorge. The Metal Injection-sponsored stretch of shows will stomp through eighteen cities from May 14th through May 31st. Additional support will come from Canadian black metal unit, Erimha and Ohio death metallers, The Convalescence.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, The Convalescence:
5/14/2015 Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
5/15/2015 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
5/16/2015 Nihil Gallery- Brooklyn, NY
5/17/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY
5/18/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/19/2015 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/20/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
5/22/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
5/23/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
5/24/2015 Korova – San Antonio, TX
5/25/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
5/26/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/27/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/28/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
5/29/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/30/2015 Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
5/31/2015 Agora – Cleveland, OH

“…an example of tech-death guitar work at its finest.” – No Clean Singing

“..the horn-o’-plenty of riffdom smashed onto this album will be irresistible.” – Last Rites

“These dudes play seriously gnarly technical death metal to the level where you might need a physics degree just to headbang to it. You can hear them constructing the framework of the abyss as Engineering The Void runs its course, culminating in the title track – at which point they push the button and the whole thing implodes. For a band on their second full-length, they’ve figured this sound out pretty well.” – Decibel

“The Swedes in SOREPTION are up there with Obscura, Gorod and Psycroptic at the upper echelon of the crowded tech-death pack, no doubt.” – MetalSucks

“This album came out at me like a fist through the wall, but it was indeed the first of some cybernetic android from the future that sought to teach me all of the universes’ hidden secrets. And that’s exactly what the album feels like… a highly calculated and whimsically wizened fist.” – New Noise Magazine

“…mechanical precision and jaw-dropping chops still have their place in death metal. These are messy times, but they’re futuristically so. Metal fans are far more likely to battle information overload on a daily basis than they are to fight monsters or serial killers. Sweden’s SOREPTION provide a compelling soundtrack for the daily grind.” – Invisible Oranges

GRUESOME: New Grisly Video Clip From Schuldiner; Savage Land Out Now

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

In commemoration of its release, today Bloody Disgusting offers up the charmingly gore torn new video for the record’s title track. A deliciously cannibalistic wonder world of blood, barbarians and blatant brutality, the visual accompaniment to “Savage Land” is truly… gruesome.

Expels guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “The kind folks at Relapse put together a really cool clip video for the title track of the GRUESOME album. The video perfectly captures the violence and gore of the tune and takes me back to the early days of my teens when I devoured gore flicks and the first three Death albums with equal enthusiasm. This video is definitely not safe for work and not for the squeamish. Enjoy!”

Elaborates the carnage keepers at Bloody Disgusting: “The video uses footage from Umberto Lanzi’s 1980 cannibal film Eaten Alive! (Mangiati Vivi!) as well as Antonio Margheriti’s Cannibal Apocalypse, which also came out in 1980. As a result, this video is packed to the brim with gore, nudity, and violence. There’s people being torn apart, eyes gouged out, limbs being eaten, and that’s probably just grazing the surface. If you’re at work, I recommend waiting until the coast is clear before pressing play on this one!

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. The idea gained traction, and the band had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was tracked by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

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

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

“From this nod to the past comes a fertile energy that raises the excitement levels of the music. Each song is charged up, never falling victim to parody… It’s an ode to a time in death metal where there were no guidelines or strict formula to work from. It was evolving into something nobody could predict, and this album fits right into that time period effortlessly. 4/5 ” – About.com

“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring… this is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts. 8/10″ – Exclaim

“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like Gruesome, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land. 4/5″ – HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“A clear-cut case of a band that is passionate about doing what they do, as opposed to jumping on the bandwagon and putting out a disc of half-hearted junk. GRUESOME is the real deal, and should be an easy sell to all of those Death (and old school DM) fans out there.4/5″ – Dead Rhetoric

“Death metal can be a lot of things-technically impressive, sonically abusive, completely impenetrable-but rarely is it this much fun. If you’re a fan of Leprosy-era Death, or just want more solos and breakdowns than you can shake a dismembered limb at, then this beast, now streaming at Decibel, is yours for adoption.” – Free Williamsburg

“This band reinvents old school death metal in the way that its vulgar atmosphere is unmatched. This is one of the few bands combining lurid melodies that bash violently with technical composition, creating the formula for the ultimate death metal sound. 2015 has so far laid down its most annihilating album. 5/5″ – The Age Of Metal

SLAYER NEARING COMPLETION OF NEW ALBUM Band’s 2015-2016 Global Tour Kicks off April 24 Band will Headlline the 2015 Mayhem Festival

Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood. The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer-only concerts. The confirmed itinerary is below.

Following Slayer’s studio sessions in March 2014 that yielded the track “Implode,” offered by the band as a free download, Slayer recorded on and off between September and mid-January at L.A.’s Henson Studios, and is currently mixing the album. Eleven songs have been recorded, but what will end up on the final track listing is yet to be determined. Early reports indicate that Slayer fans have a lot to look forward to – the new music is a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new songs have that iconic Slayer feel,” said Nuclear Blast America’s General Manager Gerardo Martinez. “Tom’s vocals are probably the best I’ve heard in two decades, and Kerry, Paul and Gary are playing their asses of with powerful, intense performances and riffs and beats that are absolutely lethal.”

Fans got a second preview of the new album this past Saturday when another one of the new songs, “When The Stillness Comes,” was released as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), seven-inch vinyl picture disc exclusive for Record Store Day.

The new album marks the first time Slayer has worked with producer Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), Bostaph’s return to the Slayer recording line-up since 2001’s God Hates Us All, and Holt’s first appearance on a Slayer album. It’s also the first Slayer album without the presence of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, athough a Hanneman-penned song is on the final track listing.

According to Araya, “Jeff had always been writing and demoing songs, even up until shortly before he passed. You can tell by the quality of his songwriting that this was his passion. There will be a song written by Jeff on the new album. Everything but the vocals had been completed, so we did the vocals and it’s done. And there are a few more of Jeff’s songs that we might record and release in the future.”

“With this new album,” added King, “Tom, Paul and I put all of our ideas out on to the table, working in a more collaborative way toward the ultimate heavy outcome. And I’ve got to give big props to Gary who played lead on several of the new songs. I think he got all of his leads done in one day – he’s a maniac!”

Confirmed Slayer tour dates:

APRIL
24 Iron City, Birmingham, AL*
25 Monter Energy Welcome to Rockfille, Metropolitian Park, Jacksonville, FL
26 Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA*

MAY
1 Lunatic Luau, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
3 Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte, NC
22 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
23 Socorro Casino, El Paso, TX*

JUNE
13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal

(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA

JULY
1 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX

AUGUST
1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

* “An Evening with…” headline dates

ABOUT SLAYER:
For nearly three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. The two-time Grammy-winning band has also accumulated an abundance of Certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit. Slayer is set to release its 11th studio album later this year.

CRADLE OF FILTH Unveil the Cover Artwork for Forthcoming Album “Hammer Of The Witches”

Cradle Of Filth the UK?s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled ?Hammer Of The Witches?.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;

?The artwork for ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.?

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a ?sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism?. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism.

Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts;

?In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism. The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality – reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let?s give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who’s tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it’s schematically represented in George Orwell’s “1984”.”

Cradle Of Filth have been ensconced in creative purgatory for the last few weeks in Britain’s darkest rural Suffolk, busy finishing the recording of their album at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. It has been three years since the release of their previous album ? the longest gap in the band’s history. And the wait is almost over.

SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From Crypt Of The Devil Currently Streaming

In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their Crypt Of The Devil full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.

As Crypt Of The Devil’s release day draws near, today No Clean Singing rolls out “Gruesome” for communal huffing noting, “I’m not saying you shouldn’t blaze one before listening to ‘Gruesome,’ as long as you understand the risk of warfare in your brain chemistry – between the part of you that wants to sink into a couch and dial out for a pizza and the part, awakened by this song, that wants to skin your obnoxious neighbor with a lemon peeler and then set him on fire before he bleeds out. Barnes sounds like he’s feeling the heat of the blood lust,” the popular music portal continues of the track, “the jabbing/drilling riffs are scalpel-sharp and vicious, and there’s enough crowbar-to-the-neck groove in the song to plow through the cranium and get stuck in the squishy part. When the band really jam the pedal to the floor in this thing and let loose a flame-throwing guitar solo, it becomes Grade-A mosh meat, too – the song is bound to become a staple in SFU’s live shows.”

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SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes – owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre – was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart. Latest offering, Crypt Of The Devil, was recorded at Phil “Landphil” Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new homebase in Seattle, Washington to track vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley captured his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York.

Crypt Of The Devil will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 5th, 2015.

“If they open a Death Metal Hall of Fame, Chris Barnes should have a wing… This record is another classic by a band that makes more hits than misses. 9/10″ – Wicked Channel

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near

In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles marks the trio’s first new compositions in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track creation offers up forty-eight battering minutes of brutal, scrupulously detailed death metal deviltry.

Said Kill Your Stereo in an early review of the record, “The Tides Of Damocles is aggressive, brutal while still incorporating grooves and melodies to make a more modern and progressive sound for DAWN OF AZAZEL. The blast beats are furious, the vocals raw and emotional and all backed up by driving riffs and solos. This album is definitely a standout work for a band appealing to a large fan base.”

Following No Clean Singing’s premiere of the Scott Rudd (Aborted, Acrania, Fit For An Autopsy)-produced “Vassalplasty” lyric video, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones hammers faces in with a taste of “Controlled Burn,” the band elaborating, “‘Controlled Burn’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. We incorporated a wide range of tempos and probably the closest thing to a hooky chorus on the album on this track. Lyrically, it is a rejection of comfort, ease and familiarity, choosing to burn them to the ground in favour of the power, wisdom and confidence that is found the in the ashes of hardship, uncertainty, pain and toil. The greatest treasures are born of fire.”

Adds Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “Since 1999, DAWN OF AZAZEL has written some of the most intense and aggressive music in our scene, and The Tides Of Damocles is a culmination of all of those years thrown into one album. It’s their most diverse record yet, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still as crushing as ever.”

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live incursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Influenced by the audio violence of bands like of Order Of Chaos, Immolation and Sarcofago, DAWN OF AZAZEL was forged in 1999 and rapidly established themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over one-hundred-and-twenty shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by thirty-two shows through Europe supporting Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.

Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album The Tides Of Damocles.

SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage Posted

Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. Boasting their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only SKINLESS could compose.

Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, SKINLESS returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, andpoised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Today, SKINLESS is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, “Serpenticide” for public inebriation. Relays Webber, “[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, ha!”

SKINLESS will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

Following a lengthy hiatus, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available.

“SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth

HIGH ON FIRE to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 23

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group?s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:

1 – The Black Plot
2 – Carcosa
3 – The Sunless Years
4 – Slave the Hive
5 – The Falconist
6 – Dark Side of the Compass
7 – The Cave
8 – Luminiferous
9 – The Lethal Chamber

UNLEASHED RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “DEFENDERS OF MIDGARD”

The legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED released a lyric video for the second song ?Defenders Of Midgard? from their upcoming studio album. Dawn Of The Nine will be released in North America on May 4th.

Check out the lyric video for ?Defenders Of Midgard?;

Mastermind Johnny about the meaning of the song:

?As time passed, the Midgard Warriors prepared for life in this new situation. A time to heal and prepare for what is about to come. With the wisdom from their past, and their current strength and determination, the time has come to rise and defend what is rightfully ours. The Althing initiated a campaign to hunt down all that is left of White Christ?s rule in Svithiod, and to reinstate the hammer and the rule of Thor.?

With their blend of melody and brutality, the warriors of UNLEASHED are credited as the founding fathers of the Viking death metal movement from their inception back in 1989. Twenty-six years later, they have managed to unite the spirit of the Viking tradition with their merciless riffs and epic choruses – melting uncompromising brutality with hymns to Odin.

Dawn Of The Nine, UNLEASHED?s twelfth studio album, was recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The artwork album was created by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, DEMONAZ, EXODUS).

Below is the track list for Dawn Of The Nine

1. A New Day Will Rise
2. They Came To Die
3. Defenders Of Midgard
4. Where Is Your God Now?
5. The Bolt Thrower
6. Let The Hammer Fly
7. Where Churches Once Burned
8. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
9. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way.

Presented by MetalSucks, from June 14th through 21st, WOLVHAMMER will provide direct support for Norway’s Taake, the two bands set to raid Allston, Montreal, Toronto, Lansing, Lakewood, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Kansas City. On June 22nd, that’s when North Carolina’s Young And In The Way join the caravan, and together the three acts continue on to raid St. Louis, Atlanta, Asheville and Baltimore before the final show in Brooklyn on June 26th. A session of WOLVHAMMER headlining dates surrounding the tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.

WOLVHAMMER Tour Dates:
6/14/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA w/ Taake
6/15/2015 Théâtre Plaza – Montreal, QC w/ Taake
6/16/2015 Hard Luck- Toronto, ON w/ Taake
6/17/2015 The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Taake
6/18/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Taake
6/19/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Taake
6/20/2015 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Taake
6/21/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Taake
6/22/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/23/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/26/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s Disorder Recordings handling the LP version. Recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, the nearly fifty-minute album showed the band’s gloomy and pessimistic hymns delivered with elevated levels of songwriting and execution, and the album reigned in international print and online media outlets for months surrounding its release. Following US tours with Mortals, Black Cobra and more, the band took on the entire country with 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn, and now continues to bring their wrath to your doorsteps again with the impending Taake and Young And In The Way trek.

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms

California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing.

The first official Wrvth teaser comes today in the form of opening psalm, “Harrowing Winds,” now playing at No Clean Singing who issues accurately of the track, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, will return to the road next month for another round of live debauchery, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

MARUTA Deploys “Hope Smasher” From Relapse Debut Via Lambgoat; First In-Studio Video Installment Released

Additional evidence of MARUTA’s auditory war crimes has been exposed, with new, preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit’s Remain Dystopian LP spreading through media this afternoon. The first in a series of video reports from the clandestine recording sessions documenting the outfit’s torturous experimentation with ultra-brutal audio frequencies has been leaked via YouTube, while the sources at Lambgoat have uncovered the entire second track from the impending release, appropriately titled, “Hope Smasher.”

MARUTA’s third full-length invasion, and first under the banner of Relapse Records, Remain Dystopian inarguably dispatches this infamous unit’s most demoralizing and strenuous torture tactics to date. Recorded in various studios, including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of infectious deathgrind mayhem, fueled by guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, and wrapped with sporadic does of grueling noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall and apt cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn.

Lambgoat has exposed Remain Dystopian’s “Hope Smasher” through an exclusive reveal at THIS LOCATION, while visuals from MARUTA’s regimented studio tactics can be viewed here;

Additional sensory-decimating audio/video propaganda from MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian campaign will continue to be released in the coming weeks in advance of its release on CD, LP and digital formats, June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and elsewhere.

Innovating classic foundations forged by early offensives by Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Brutal Truth, MARUTA joins the likes of audio warmongers Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and Cephalic Carnage in the upper ranks of contemporary death/grind. Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, the band has pummeled the masses for the past decade, including two prior LPs via Willowtip Records, several tracks hitting Relapse’s “This Comp Kills Fascists Vol 1″ compilation and more. For the next phase of their extinction protocol, MARUTAsigned with Relapse Records in August of last year, and the task of creating their next full-length atrocity began, now to rear its head as Remain Dystopian, an album which raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish!

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