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IHATE: Chris Barnes Launches Vicious New Death Metal Project

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Six Feet Under founding throat/death metal icon, Chris Barnes, is pleased to bring fans his latest work of sonic deviance in the form of the fittingly christened, IHATE. A venture inadvertently launched between Barnes and multi-instrumentalist/fellow horror enthusiast Bob Taggett, their as-yet-untitled debut promises to deliver eight violent tracks of raw, unrepentant, death metal brutality and lyrical depravity.

Says Barnes of the project’s formation, “Early last year I got a message via Facebook from someone named Bob and Bob said to me, as a lot of people do, ‘I have some songs and I’d like you to sing on them. Can I send you a song so you could check it out?’ I get a lot of these requests and didn’t think too much of it, but since I was just fresh back from a tour and a little bored, I decided to entertain the idea of listening to a song from Bob. After receiving an email with the first track that was attached to a video which more or less mapped out a murder storyline, I thought it was really different, and definitely creepy visually. And there was something very primitive and energetic to the attack of the music. It was very driven. I could feel it instantly. I knew this wasn’t a joke and wasn’t done half-assed. The music I was listening to was aggressive as a knife carving chunks of flesh off a body. Putting the music to a video caught my attention, immediately, as to Bob’s focus. I found it all really interesting. I have almost always worked from a storyline in my head for my lyrical inspiration and my own imagination, but never have started from the standpoint of lyrically scoring a storyline already laid out on video first, like scoring a film. That seemed really exciting to me as a writer as well as a vocalist. I emailed Bob back and told him I would love to be involved with making this album with him. So one thing led to another and we began writing and recording. We are very close to finishing the album and have enlisted the good people at Pledge Music to help us reach out to all of the fans who we hope will help us make this album a reality.”

Check out the track “Seeing Red” below. Is it worse than the new Warfather? Perhaps.

ABORTED Announce New Album, Spring Tour With KATAKLYSM

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The venerable Belgian CARCASS-clones known collectively as ABORTED have announced their eighth album, The Necrotic Manifesto. While a specific release date has yet to be set, the band has entered Hansen Studio under the guidance of producer and probably owner, Jacob Hansen. Hansen has worked with such diverse, but not necessarily good, acts as VOLBEAT, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and MERCENARY. In addition, the band is set to tour North America later this year in April with the mighty KATAKLYSM.

GRIDLINK Disbands, Final Release Forthcoming

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GRIDLINK, Jon Chang’s much-debated, somewhat-loved spiritual successor to DISCORDANCE AXIS, has officially disbanded. This news comes straight from the source: Mr. Chang himself, who has decided to end the band before it ends itself, and right before the band’s final release, the upcoming Longhena. Set for release on February 19 through Handshake, Inc., this final release took the band over two years to write and record, and we’re sure it will be worth the wait. After this, it’s only the void…

BROKEN HOPE to Co-Headline Upcoming “The Best In Brutality” Tour with Oceano

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BROKEN HOPE is proud to announce their first major North American tour of 2014! “The Best in Brutality” tour, co-headlined by BROKEN HOPE and Oceano, will hit 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada in March and April. The tour will also include a premier stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Thursday, April 17th.

The Best In Brutality” is a brand new, branded tour that is here to further bring underground death metal and metal to the forefront of today?s heavy metal offerings. In a world where metal fans are loyal to what they love and are always looking for something new, “The Best In Brutality” tour aims to bridge the gap each year with artists that indulge new and old fans of underground metal music. The first installment of “The Best In Brutality” tour features legendary death metal titans BROKEN HOPE and deathcore superstars Oceano co-headlining together, with support from Fallujah, Rivers of Nihil and Kublai Khan to round out this heavyweight line-up and tour.

The Best In Brutality Tour
03/18/14   Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
03/19/14   Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
03/20/14    Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
03/22/14    Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater
03/23/14    San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
03/25/14    Portland, OR @ Branx
03/26/14    Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
03/27/14    Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
03/28/14    Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
03/29/14    Calgary, AB @ Golden Age Club
03/31/14    Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
04/01/14    Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
04/02/14    Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
04/03/14    Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/04/14    Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
04/06/14    Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
04/08/14    Quebec City, QC @ Le Dagobert
04/09/14    Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
04/11/14    Montreal, QC @ Underworld
04/12/14    Springfield, VA @ Empire
04/13/14    Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
04/15/14    Reading, PA @ Reverb
04/16/14    New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
04/17/14    Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
04/18/14    Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
04/19/14    Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

THE HAUNTED launches new track, “Eye Of The Storm”

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Swedish metal pioneers THE HAUNTED have launched their first single, “Eye Of The Storm“, featuring the band’s revamped line-up! Taken from their 3-song single, entitled Eye Of The Storm, this title track can be heard here:

Due out tomorrow (January 21st) in North America via Century Media Records, Eye Of The Storm will be available as a limited edition 7″ and as a digital single. THE HAUNTED is currently working on their upcoming studio album, expected for a summer 2014 release.

THE HAUNTED live
January 27-31–Miami, FL–70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise

THE KENNEDY VEIL: Full Album Now Streaming; Band Announces Spring Tour‏

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In celebration of its official unveiling tomorrow, today This Is Not A Scene is streaming Trinity Of Falsehood, the forthcoming new full-length from Sacramento death metal assassins, THE KENNEDY VEIL, in its entirety!

In other THE KENNEDY VEIL related news, the band kicked off what is expected to be a solid year of live assaults this past Friday. Following a special record release bash slated to take place this Tuesday on their home turf of Sacramento, THE KENNEDY VEIL will take on the Decimating The West Spring 2014 Tour. Presented by Rock the Nation USA, Unique Leader Records, Extreme Management Group, Inc. and RebelPyro Management, the ten-date journey will commence on February 27th and find the band sharing the stage with Arkaik and Lord Of War.

THE KENNEDY VEIL Live Assaults 2014
1/20/2014 Ouija Club – San Francisco, CA w/ Cyanic, Inanimate Existence, Alterbeast
1/21/2014 On The Y – Sacramento, CA *Official CD Release Show* w/ Arkaik, Lord Of War
2/27/2014 Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
2/28/2014 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV
3/01/2014 Big T’s – Redmond, OR
3/02/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA
3/04/2014 The Roxy – Denver, CO
3/05/2014 The Gasworks – Albuquerque, NM
3/06/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/07/2014 Royal Dive – San Diego, CA
3/08/2014 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA
3/09/2014 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA

Zakk Wylde (guitars, vocals) – Black Label Society

One of the hardest working musicians among us today took a few minutes out of his day to catch up with us here at www.SMMnews.com. My roots go deep with ZAKK WYLDE and it’s always a good conversation from start to finish. He and his BLACK LABEL SOCIETY brothers will unleash another new studio album to us in April, CATACOMBS OF THE BLACK VATICAN. We took a few minutes to talk before he did this season’s taping of THAT METAL SHOW…..here we go as Zakk answers the phone with, “hello there” in is best female-inspired hotel maid voice.

Q: Good Morning, how we doin there?

A: Doin ok man, is this Mark?

Q: This is Mark, what’s happenin brother, how ya been?

A: What are you doin brother?

Q: First and foremost I have to wish you a Happy Birthday!

A: Thank You very much brother!

Q: My wife had to remind me this morning, she said, “you have to wish him Happy Birthday today, don’t forget!”

A: (laughs) Ha Ha Ha! Mark the calendar Ha Ha Ha!

Q: I’ve been with ya forever but the wife had to remind me. I’m sure the warden has to remind you sometimes of things you forget.

A: Yeah (laughs)! It’s your birthday tomorrow (laughs)

Q: You’re in New York today, right?

A: We’re gonna be hookin up with Eddie Trunk, Jim, and Don and filming That Metal Show today so that will be comedy! Always good seeing those guys!

Q: Tell me what you got coming up for us in April.

A: We got a new album coming out called Catacombs Of The Black Vatican and the Black Label model will be firing up with the rest of the fellows. Before that I’m gonna be doin the HENDRIX EXPERIENCE TOUR coming up. Then we got this tour with our Canadian Black Label Family. We’re gonna roll with the Canadian Chapters then we have the Metal All Stars over in Europe with me rolling with a bunch of my buddies over there so that will be a good time.

Q: You have a busy year ahead of you!

A: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it! I like working you know! When you’re doing something you love it’s not work!

Q: That’s true! A few months ago you recorded the album so what was the process like with you and the guys sweating it out?

A: After we got off the Gigantour it was get the rest of the guys out here and we have 25 days to write the record. Everyday I’d be sitting out in the garage with my Marshall JCM2000 and it sounds gigantic like I’m playing Madison Square Garden and just keep digging and writing riffs. You know, put on a CARPENTERS CD, play it backwards and listen to all of the satanic messages to get inspired for some demonic riffs and off I go.

Q: (laughs) Love the reference man!

A: People will be going, ‘I never knew they were a satanic band.’

Q: Yeah, Zakk’s rolling with Jesus but has Satan in the passenger seat and Jesus tied up in the trunk.

A: (laughs) If you dig deep enough into Karen Carpenter’s music catalog you will discover she was a huge fan of Norwegian Black Metal.

Q: (laughs) Yeah, it wasn’t the guys in the bands that burned down that first church, it was really Karen Carpenter.

A: (laughs) The best part about that whole thing is you have people who actually believe it. I remember telling this one guy who asked me, ‘what’s this song Crazy Horse all about?’ And I said it’s about a Horse, that’s Crazy! (laughs) And I go No, it’s actually about Crazy Horse, the Indian. And he goes, ‘Oh, that’s what I thought.” And I said I was just doing some research on him and I was shocked that he was Irish Catholic. Then a special of JIM JONES comes on [TV] and I think, I can see how this happens (laughs).

Q: You’ve been watching the same channel as I have been lately on all those serial killers and cults.

A: Yeah, Jim Jones, Charlie Manson, and a bunch of these cult leader guys.

Q: Like that weirdo Warren Jeffs in Utah with like 84 wives or some crap like that.

A: Yeah! That guy! Totally, I was like going, ‘who buys this?’ I guess the whole thing is you try to date every woman but I guess it’s the if you ask 1,000 of them you’re bound to score with one of them. It’s unbelievable. (laughs). But anyways, the writing process of 25 days, just keep writing stuff and keep digging until you get what you’re happy with. I’ll jam it with CHAD (SZELIGA, drums) sitting next to me in a chair, then we’ll run it through a couple of times, and that’s it, done!

Q: Maybe that’s some of the magic you capture that you don’t spend a year twiddling with it.

A: I’ve done that in the past. I did it with OZ, like when we did NO MORE TEARS. It would be me, MIKE INEZ (bass) and RANDY CASTILLO (drums) and then the producers sitting in front of Randy’s kick drum and they’d say, ‘now what is the kick drum doing there?’ And it’s like, ‘the kick drum is doing exactly what Randy wants it to do.’ What are you going to do, sit in front of John Bonham’s drums when they’re recording THE OCEAN and say, “what is the kick drum doing here?” Just shut the fuck up and get out of the way! Just hit the record button and get out of the way. The whole magic is when you first record something. I remember when we did the demo for MAMA, I’M COMING HOME, Ozzy’s vocal performance came out amazing and then we were constantly trying to chase the demos afterwards. I kid you not! If you’re going to record something, just record it right the first time.

Q: That’s the spirit of it! Do you roll tape the whole time you’re in the studio so you capture that lightning in a bottle?

A: Yeah, it’s because we know the songs and it’s like, let’s record this take! We just put a click track up. I’ve been playing to a click forever. When you’re playing to a click track you’re swimming around it so we don’t sound like a robot. I remember reading something and one guy said, “this album almost killed us it was so much work.” And I go, “work?” Dude, were not roofing houses, you’re playing in a band. It’s a Rock Band, just stop! Obviously he never had a job before. It’s not rocket science when we go in the studio.

Q: It’s when you’re in the studio and you look at the drummer, or bassist and you know you got that something special from the performance and you know, ‘that was it!”

A: Yeah, and you know it! And it’s done and you move on to the next thing, I completely agree.

Q: How many songs are going to be on the album?

A: There’s 11 tunes on the record, then there’s 4 bonus tracks. Then I’m going to record 2 or 3 more when I get home. Some acoustic, solo versions of some stuff just so we have some extra bonus tracks laying around.

Q: How soon until we hear some music?

A: The single should be out next week.

Q: What’s it called?

A: MY DYING TIME!

Q: How would you describe the song?

A: It’s your typical Black Label, soothing, make out, grope music.

And Zakk continues the laughter and his honest approach to being himself and his music. This is another album I cannot wait for!

THE HARDROCKCORE

WORMED Joins Season of Mist, Begins Work on New Album

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Everyone’s favorite time-traveling Spaniards, WORMED, have apparently left the warm embrace of Willowtip Records, and fled to the open arms of Season of Mist. Following the critical acclaim of their sophomore album, Exodromos, which was released through the former label in early 2013, the band has now joined the ranks of such extreme metal elite as PESTILENCE, GORGUTS, and DEATHSPELL OMEGA–not that they sound anything like those bands, though. Although they took 10 years between albums the last time around, with the band currently at work writing their next album, chances are you won’t have to wait another decade to hear some new tunes from the boys in blue. Well, some of them probably wear blue. They wear jeans in Spain, right? Yeah, let’s go with that.

BROKEN HOPE to Support Immolation on “European Conspiracy” Tour

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Chicago’s death metal titans BROKEN HOPE have announced their direct supporting role to IMMOLATION on the upcoming “EUROPEAN CONSPIRACY TOUR” which was created by MASSIVE MUSIC (POLAND). The tour will deliver concerts across 12 countries and with IMMOLATION and BROKEN HOPE on board, these two death metal legends promise to make for one of the most exciting and extreme metal packages this year!

Comments DEICIDE’s Glen Benton: “This year?!? It’s only January.”

IMMOLATION & BROKEN HOPE “EUROPEAN CONSPIRACY” TOUR DATES
24.01.2014    GERMANY: Jena @ F-Haus
25.01.2014    SWITZERLAND: Zurich @ Dynamo
28.01.2014    GERMANY: Osnabruck @ Bastard
29.01.2014    GERMANY: Rostock @ Zuckerfabrik
30.01.2014    DENMARK: Copenhagen @ Pumpehuset
31.01.2014    GERMANY: Flensburg @ Roxy
01.02.2014    HOLLAND: Almelo @ Naxt Stage
02.02.2014    HOLLAND: Rotterdam @ Baroeg
03.02.2014    BELGIUM: Arlon @ l’Entrepôt
05.02.2014    SPAIN: Ourense @ Berlin Sala
06.02.2014    SPAIN: Madrid @ Sala Shoko
07.02.2014    PORTUGAL: Lisbon @ RCA Club
08.02.2014    SPAIN; Almeria @ Sala Jala Jala
09.02.2014    SPAIN: Barcelona @ Sala Bovedo
10.02.2014    FRANCE: Toulouse @ Dynamo
13.02.2014    ITALY: Rome @ Traffic
14.02.2014    ITALY: Brescia @ Circo Colony
15.02.2014    ITALY: Calenzano (Florence) @ Cycle Club
16.02.2014    SLOVENIA: Ljubljana @ Channel Zero
18.02.2014    AUSTRIA: Wien (Vienna) @ Escape
19.02.2014    POLAND: Krakow @ Fabryka
20.02.2014    POLAND: Warszawa (Warsaw) @ Progresja
21.02.2014    POLAND: Gdynia @ Ucho
22.02.2014    POLAND: Szczecin @ Slowianin

SOREPTION – Engineering The Void

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Releases Feb. 18th via Unique Leader Records

Ok so now theres like a million of these “tech death metal” bands. It’s an entire genre of metal dedicated to awesome displays of musical wizardry, and in that regard Soreption does not fail to deliver. All their songs are performed with super precision, and at least once per song I caught myself being truly impressed by some display of guitar noodling or whatever the equivalent of noodling is for the drums. They are all gifted musicians, there is no denying that.

However, and how do I say this politely, their songs are boring. And they are not alone, I have reviewed more than one band who’s album should be awesome, but falls flat because they sacrificed energy for precision. The fact is that no matter how hard they shred most of the songs on this album are slow to medium paced. Don’t misunderstand me, not all metal has to be fast, but a whole album of mid paced songs is boring, like mall metal. Now a novice listener might say “Hey, wait a second. How can this song be slow? The drummer’s feet are flying.” Well dig this friend – speed in a song is measured by one metric alone and that is the pace of the snare. So even if the drummer is running a marathon behind the kit, and the guitarist is fly picking and arpeggio sweeping his little fingers off, the song is still slow if the snare is plodding along like a Lamb of God song. That is not to say that the answer is constant blast beats, because that is stupid in addition to being boring.

Look, I don’t want to sound like I hated the album, because I didn’t. But, it should have been better. The thing I noticed that I find very telling is that when, on occasion, the band slipped out of precision mode and hit a basic 4/4 timed thrash riff, it sounded frickin awesome. Maybe mix in a little more of that. Also, the title track is (IMO) the best song on the album, and it is the LAST song on the CD (or digital download, whatever). Who’s idea was that?

Now on to the production. It is (no surprise) very clean and precise. For those of you familiar with Pro Tools (or any of the other digital audio workstations) lingo it sounded very “in the box.” I think it’s becoming more common for these types of albums to be constructed without the use of amplifiers or drum kits. I’m not saying that is the case here, I have no way of knowing for sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Anyway, this is an album where really impressive playing and performances do not equal necessarily great songs. Overall score 6.5/10

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely aka Slippery Jim, the other half of the legendary Crotchduster. Alonzo also plays guitar for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON

BARING TEETH Offer Album Update, Announce Tour Dates

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The Obscura-worshipping (album, not band) Texans, BARING TEETH, have offered some insight as to the recording of their sophomore album, stating on their Facebook page that they are slated to return to the studio “late spring/early summer.” Atrophy, the band’s debut album, was released through Willowtip Records in 2011, and pretty much satiated everyone’s hunger for new GORGUTS. Of course, now with the release of actual new ‘Guts material, we’ll have to wait and see if Baring Teeth can differentiate themselves enough to warrant your precious listening time. In addition, the band is playing two dates in Texas during February, so if you live there, have fun.
2/20 – The Boiler Room w/Funeral Horse, Caddis, Mountain of Smoke

2/21 – Fitzgerald’s Houston w/Omotai, Lions of Tsavo, and others

SKELETONWITCH TO RELEASE LIMITED-EDITION ‘SERPENTS UNLEASHED’ LP FOR CHARITY‏

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SKELETONWITCH will soon release a limited-edition, hand-screened 180-gram vinyl edition of their acclaimed, Billboard-charting 2013 release “Serpents Unleashed,” of which 100% of the profits will be donated to two animal shelters in the band’s home state of Ohio — the Athens County Humane Society and Columbus’ Pets Without Parents. The members of Ohio?s most-loved heavy metal group have always been proud pet owners and are excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness and support for two no-kill organizations in their region.

Limited to a one-time-only pressing of 100 copies, the 180-gram black LP includes a hand-screened, hand-numbered jacket with exclusive artwork (pictured above) and a hand-screened dust sleeve. It comes with a color poster and a sticker which both showcase the album’s original masterful artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), as well as a download card. Mark your calendars, as the limited-edition LPs will go on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively via www.skeletonwitch.com on Mon., Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

After touring North America extensively in the fall with The Black Dahlia Murder in addition to performing a select number of shows alongside Ghost B.C., SKELETONWITCH will continue to support the release by joining Amon Amarth and Enslaved on a U.S. tour starting Friday (17) in Las Vegas. Soon after, the group will make their way to Australia for the first time to tour alongside Toxic Holocaust. The band’s complete tour schedule can be found below.

SKELETONWITCH on tour
1/17        Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18        Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20        San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21        Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22        Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23        New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24        Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25        Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26        Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/27        Jacksonville, FL – Atticus Bar
1/28        Savannah, GA – The Jinx
1/29        Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
1/30        Norfolk, VA – The NorVA *
1/31        Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore*
2/1          Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/3          Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/4          New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/5          Huntington, NY – Paramount *
2/6          Pittsburgh,PA – Mr. Smalls *
2/7          Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/8          Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/9          Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11        Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
2/12        Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre *
2/14        San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom*
2/15        Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16        San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
2/21        Oklahoma City, OK – Leon?s Lounge (inside The Chameleon)
2/22        St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/16        Auckland, NZ – The Kings Arms ^
4/17        Wellington, NZ – Bodega Bar ^
4/18        Perth, AU – The Rosemont Hotel ^
4/19        Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live ^
4/20        Melbourne, AU – Espy Gershwin Room ^
4/21        Byron Bay, AU – TBD ^
4/22        Canberra, AU – The Basement ^
4/24        Brisbane, AU -The Hi Fi ^
4/25        Newcastle, AU -Cambridge Hotel ^
4/26        Sydney, AU – The Hi Fi ^
4/27        Melbourne, AU – The Hi Fi ^
* with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
# with Amon Amarth
^ with Toxic Holocaust

EYEHATEGOD: Australian Leg Of The 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour Cancelled

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EYEHATEGOD’s recently announced 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014, which included five Australian dates, was derailed today when the band was left stranded at the airport.

Comments the band in an official statement: “Due to poor planning by the Australian booking agent, EYEHATEGOD are sorry to say our Australian tour is now cancelled. We were left at the airport without our flights booked and then were expected to pay for them out of pocket an hour before boarding time. We were literally left standing with passports in hand but no way to travel. Many, many apologies to our Australian friends and fans. We will be back as soon as we can. Please understand this is not our fault. EYEHATEGOD loves Australia and were super excited to come back over.” Further info is available at the band’s Facebook page.

The band is currently looking to book some last minute US shows in place of these cancelled dates. Previously announced performances in Reno, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Denver later this month are unaffected by the unfortunate news.

EYEHATEGOD: 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour 2014 [remaining dates]
1/22/2014 Jub Jubs – Reno, NV
1/23/2014 Brick And Mortar – San Francisco, CA
1/24/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
1/25/2014 The Highline – Seattle, WA
1/26/2014 The Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

ALTERBEAST: Technical Death Metal Militia To Release Debut Full-Length Via Unique Leader This March; New Track Posted

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Sacramento technical death metal militia, ALTERBEAST, is pleased to unleash their full-length debut via Unique Leader this Spring! Titled Immortal, the eight track monster offering was meticulously assembled in several locals throughout 2013. With guitars and bass recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles with former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams, vocals arranged at Mayhemeness Studios in Sacramento by Bob Swanson (Rings Of Saturn, Plague Window et al) 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 release.

Check out the opening track “Flesh Bound Text” below

Immortal will rear its head upon the masses on March 18, 2014 via Unique Leader.

VALLENFYRE enters the studio to record second full-length album, ‘Splinters’

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In 2011, Gregor Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) announced that he would go back to his death metal roots with his new band, VALLENFYRE. The level of expectation was set high with a line-up consisting of Hamish Glencross (guitar; MY DYING BRIDE), Scoot (bass; DOOM, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND), Adrian Erlandsson (drums; AT THE GATES, PARADISE LOST, THE HAUNTED) – and of course, Gregor on vocals (for the first time in his career!).

Two years and some exclusive live shows later, VALLENFYRE is pleased to announce that their new album, Splinters, will be released in May 2014 with a relentless mix of death, doom and crust influences. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

In case you are not familiar with VALLENFYRE, here is a video for “Cathedrals Of Dread” off their first album A Fragile King

SOREPTION: New Track From Swedish Technical Death Metal Horde Streaming

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Swedish technical death metal horde, SOREPTION, today spews forth the title track off their impending new full-length “Engineering The Void,” which features guest vocals by The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad.

Engineering The Void was recorded by Tommy Rehn from symphonic black metal collective Angtoria at Ninetone Studios and serves as the follow-up to SOREPTION’s debut full-length, Deterioration Of Minds. SOREPTION will drop Engineering The Void upon the masses on February 18th followed by a reissue of Deterioration Of Minds, both via Unique Leader Records.

Check out Alonzo Mosely’s review of Engineering The Void here

RINGWORM to Release ‘Hammer of the Witch’ March 18th on Relapse Records – Announce Co-Headline Tour With Death Before Dishonor‏

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Cleveland’s legendary kings of metallic hardcore RINGWORM return with their Relapse debut Hammer Of The Witch. The band worked on the record with Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Walls of Jericho) handling production duties at Spider Studios in Cleveland, OH. The title track from Hammer of the Witch is being premiered today.

 

Hammer of the Witch is set release March 18th in North America, March 17th for the UK/World and March 14th for Germany / Benelux / Finland. RINGWORM will be hitting the road in support of Hammer of the Witch beginning March 29th in Reading, PA, where the band will embark on a co-headline tour with Death Before Dishonor, which runs through April 19th in Lakewood, OH.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

RINGWORM Co-Headline with Before Dishonor
3/29: Reading, PA @ Club Reverb
3/30: Patchogue, NY @ 89 North
3/31: Quincy, MA @ PRC
4/1: Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
4/2: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
4/3: Columbus, OH @ KOBO Live
4/4: Covington, KY @ Legends
4/5: Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
4/6: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/7: Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
4/8: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds (downstairs)
4/9: San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
4/10: El Paso, TX @ The Spot
4/11: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
4/12: Pomona, CA @ Aladdin Jr.
4/13: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
4/14: Salt Lake City @ Shred Shred
4/15: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/16: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
4/17: Sauk Rapids, MN @ Bubbas Bar
4/18: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
4/19: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

CYNIC premier the title track from their forthcoming new album “Kindly Bent to Free US”

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Legendary progressive rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have premiered the title track from their forthcoming new album in the form of a lyric video. It may or may not be six and a half minutes of terrible.

CYNIC’s highly-anticipated new record is titled ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us‘ and was produced by CYNIC at L.A.’s Perfect Sound Studios. The album was engineered by Jason Donaghy (BAND OF HORSES, FEIST, ROB ZOMBIE, RYAN ADAMS), mixed by R. Walt Vincent (PETE YORN, LIZ PHAIR, TOMMY KEENE) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (SEPULTURA, CATHEDRAL, PHILM, INQUISITION). The artwork for ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us‘ is by long-time CYNIC artist Robert Venosa.

Kindly Bent to Free Us‘ is scheduled for a North American release date on Feb. 18, 2014 (Feb. 14 worldwide). The album will be available as a CD-Digipack a limited edition collector’s box, limited edition Double-Lp, and digitally.

BLOODLET: Seminal Entheogen LP & Unearthed Embrace Demo Set For February Release; One-Time Reunion To Take Place At A389 X Bash‏

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The A389 Recordings X Bash is upon us this weekend, with dozens of bands and thousands of fans converging upon Baltimore, Maryland in celebration of the label’s first full ten years in existence. Among the vast roster of warriors set to perform, one of the headlining highlights of the fest is the one-time reunion of Florida’s metalcore pioneers, BLOODLET. The defunct unit will take the stage at this solitary performance alongside Empire of Rats, Homewrecker, Pick Your Side, Power Trip, Noisem, Weekend Nachos, All Out War and the first set from Integrity’s influential Systems Overload LP lineup in two decades, all at Baltimore Soundstage this Saturday, January 18th.

Directly following the initial confirmation of the band’s reformation for the Bash, A389 also announced the upcoming release of two recordings from BLOODLET, both of which are now locked for release on February 7th. Their inventive, ominous style of metalcore is relived once again on the recently unearthed and 1994 demo track, “Embrace,” recorded alongside the band’s archetypal “Shell” and “Cheribum” tracks, yet was never released.

The same day, A389 will dispatch a special reissue of BLOODLET’s landmark debut LP, Entheogen, which Victory Records initially released in early 1996. Through the direct cooperation with Victory, the new edition of the mighty Entheogen will see a deluxe 2xLP pressing, for the first time ever delivering the seminal release on wax in its complete and correct playing sequence, fully remastered at Audiosiege and spread across two 12″ records cut at 45 RPM for optimum sound quality. This deluxe reissue also features a huge 24″x36″ poster insert of Aaron Turner’s (Isis) incredible cover artwork, and is being released as a one-time pressing of 1000 copies to coincide with the band’s solitary reunion at the A389 Recordings X Anniversary Bash.

INQUISITION To Take Part in 2014 Metal Alliance Tour‏

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Black metal powerhouse INQUISITION has announced new North American tour as part of the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour. The tour sees INQUISITION play alongside BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, 1349, and BLACK CROWN INITIATE. The tour kicks off on April 4, and continues through the United States and Canada, making stops at Texas Independence Fest and the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival along the way. This is in addition to a previously announced European tour, which sees INQUISITION play alongside BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, and IN SOLITUDE, and runs from Feb. 7 to March 1. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

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. Listen to the album that Decibel Magazine is calling “The Black Metal album of 2013″ here.

INQUISITION tour dates w/ CRADLE OF FILTH, BEHEMOTH, IN SOLITUDE, AND SVARTTJERN
2/7 München, DE @ Backstage
2/8 Stuttgart, DE @ LKA
2/9 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
2/10 London, UK @ Forum
2/11 Paris, FR @ Bataclan
2/13 Prattel, CH @ Z7
2/14 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
2/15 Bochum, DE @ Matrix
2/16 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
2/18 Tilburg, NL @ 013
2/19 Luxembourg, LU @ Atelier
2/21 Wien, AT @ Gasometer
2/22 Chemnitz, DE @ Südbahnhof
2/24 Gothenburg, SE @ Traedgarn
2/25 Stockholm, SE @ Tyrol
2/26 Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
2/27 Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
2/28 Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan
3/1 Berlin, DE @ Postbahnhof

Metal Alliance Tour Dates w/ BEHEMOTH, GOATWHORE, 1349, and BLACK CROWN INITIATE
4/4 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
4/5  Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
4/6  San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
4/8  Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
4/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ 1H Chameleon Room
4/11 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
4/12 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East (Texas Independence Fest)
4/13 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
4/15 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/16 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
4/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of The Living Arts
4/18 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
4/19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/22 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/23 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/24 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
4/25 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
4/26 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
4/27 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Center
4/29 Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall
4/30 Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
5/2 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/3 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7

HAMMERCULT Release Video for Steelcrusher

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HAMMERCULT have released the video for the title track of their forthcoming album Steelcrusher:

Steelcrusher will be released as CD and colored vinyl version on February 4th in North America via Sonic Attack/SPV. 

HAMMERCULT live 2014
11.04. Pontoise – Observatoire (France) + NAPALM DEATH
12.04. Creil – Grange a Musique (France) + NAPALM DEATH
13.04. Nantes – Ferrailleur (France) + NAPALM DEATH

BENIGHTED Premier New Track‏

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BENIGHTED have premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Carnivore Sublime‘. The video for the track, “Experience Your Flesh” can be seen below. ‘Carnivore Sublime has been set for a North American release on February 18th.

BENIGHTED previously announced a European tour with death metal legends LOUDBLAST. The tour, which will hit various french territories, is scheduled to start in late February and will end in mid March.

BENIGHTED TOUR DATES w/ Loudblast
2/27  Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace
2/28  Lyon (FR) Transbordeur
3/1 Toulon (FR) Le Vox
3/2 Perpignan (FR) Le Crockmore
3/4 Toulouse (FR) Connexion Live
3/6 Bordeaux (FR) Le Bootleg
3/7 Limoges (FR) CCM John Lennon
3/8 Bourges (FR) Le Nadir
3/9 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
3/10 Poitiers (FR) Le Confort Moderne
3/11 Eragny (FR) Covent Garden
3/12 Paris (FR) Le Divan du Monde
3/13 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
3/14 Rombas (FR) Espace Culturel
3/15 Dommarien (FR) La Niche

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL Expands Mammoth Lineup With 1349, Battlecross, Goatwhore, Inquisition And More

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The epic lineup of this year’s NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain! Get ready to rage! The latest adds will unite with the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, the yet-to-be-revealed 2014 Metal Alliance Tour, and many more acts still to be announced.

Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the legendary Worcester Palladium.

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2014 Confirmed Lineup
1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance,” Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm’s Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

EXMORTUS REVEALS FURTHER U.S. TOUR DATES‏

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Immediately following their upcoming North American tour with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum, SoCal heavy metal brigade EXMORTUS will join thrashers Lich King for a short run throughout the Eastern U.S. in support of their forthcoming Prosthetic full-length debut “Slave To The Sword.”

A lyric video for the album’s title track can be seen below

Don’t miss EXMORTUS live at one of the following dates!
1/23         Anaheim, CA – The Juke Joint
1/27         Tucson, AZ- The Rock
1/28         El Paso, TX- Larry O lounge
1/29         Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar
1/30         New Orleans, LA – Siberia
2/1           Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
2/2           Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
2/3           New York, NY – Stage 48 #
2/4           Worcester, MA – The Palladium #
2/5           Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
2/6           Quebec City, QC – Dagobert #
2/7           Ottawa, ON – Mavericks #
2/8           Toronto, ON – The Opera House #
2/9           London, ON – London Concert Theatre #
2/10         Cleveland, OH – Peabody?s #
2/11         Columbus, OH – Skully?s #
2/12         Joliet, IL – Mojoes 22 #
2/13         Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater #
2/14         Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater #
2/15         Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue #
2/17         Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
2/18         Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
2/19         Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater #
2/20         San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #
2/21         Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #
2/22         West Hollywood,CA – House of Blues #
2/23         Tempe, AZ – Club Red #
2/25         Dallas, TX – Trees #
2/26         Houston, TX – Scout Bar #
2/28         Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards #
3/1           Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar #
3/2           Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero #
3/7           New York, NY – Blackhorn 51*
3/8           Trenton, NY – Back Stage of Champs*
3/9           Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
3/10         Charlotte, NC – Milestone*
3/11         Columbia, SC –  New Brooklyn Tavern*
3/12         Savannah, GA – Dollhouse Productions*
3/13         Jacksonville, FL – Atticus*
3/14         Miami, FL -Church Hills Pub*
3/15         Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug*
3/17         Johnson City,TN – The Hidaway *
3/18         Murfreesboro, TN – Main St LIVE*
3/19         Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups*
3/20         Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class*
3/21         Rochester, NY -The Bug Jar*
3/22         Florence,MA – JJs Tavern *
# with Dark Tranquility & Omnium Gatherum
* with Lich King

GWAR’s Really Important News!

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Today the mighty GWAR announced they would be bringing the most insane spectacle in Rock ‘n Roll all the way from Antarctica to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, recording and general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan!

“A lot of people think we have played there already because of our album, Live at Mt. Fuji,” said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. “But that was in fact recorded in the future!”

After playing the gigantic Soundwave Festival in Australia, GWAR will travel north to play two exclusive shows in Japan, where legions of GWAR fans have been waiting patiently for years for their chance to die in the presence of their hulking metal overlords. Their wishes shall at last come true on Thursday, March 6th at Club Quattro in Osaka, Japan, and Friday, March 7th at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo.

GWAR will bring their full show, featuring all the carnage, spew, and metallic mayhem that has enslaved legions of fans in North America and beyond. This of course means spontaneous beheadings and disembowelments shall be the order of the day, and a bloody attack by mutant cyborg Sawborg Destructo is sure to occur. GWAR will certainly fight back with their pulsing spew-cannon, the Biledriver, and Oderus has pledged to “blow wad everywhere” creating legions of mutated sex slaves to spread the disease of GWAR across the entire country. Even more alarming are the continued sightings of GWAR’s mighty pet Tyrannosaurus Rex, Gor-Gor, which have been coming ever closer to the region.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2014
2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Japanese Invasion
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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