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EYEHATEGOD Set To Scathe The Western US On Mini-Tour Surrounding Psycho California

Having barely unpacked their dirty laundry following their riotous, nearly month-long Staggering Backwards European Tour, EYEHATEGOD is already gearing up for another excursion, as they prepare to blaze through the western edges of the US next week surrounding their headlining performance at Psycho California. Set to storm the three-day event, the New Orleans bandits will attack the stage on the opening night of Psycho, this Friday, May 15th in Santa Ana alongside the likes of Atriarch, labelmates Author & Punisher, Old Man Gloom, Cough and more. Subsequent to the festival the crew will plow through Phoenix, Seattle and Fort Worth before crushing their New Orleans home turf for the close-out show on May 23rd.

EYEHATEGOD:
5/15/2015 Psycho California – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Alice Cooper’stown – Phoenix, AZ
5/17/2015 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
5/21/2015 Tiki Bar – Shreveport, LA
5/22/2015 Fort Worth Metal Fest – Fort Worth, TX
5/23/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA

Another EYEHATEGOD European excursion surrounding their set at Hellfest is on the horizon as well.

EYEHATEGOD continues to pummel the masses in support of their Housecore Records-released self-titled LP which inundated the masses in 2014, breaking the band’s decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release in the band’s twenty-five-year lineage. An exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come, the album landed at #82 on the Billboard Current Album chart, #92 on the Top 200 chart, #26 on the Rock chart, #4 on the Hard Rock chart and #12 on the Indie chart upon its first week of release, solidifying the band as one of the most important extreme music acts going.

“… a Southern influenced, doomy, stoner metal mix of equal parts Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Trouble, Black Flag and the Melvins that many newer bands often emulate, but none can replicate.” – OC Weekly

“…the best material of their 25-year career.” – Exclaim

“…the record that EHG fans have been waiting for; a stomping and venomous set of eleven tracks that reignite the band’s amazing propensity for down-trodden, electric blues and with their late drummer LaCaze behind the kit.” – Noisey

“To say that this album is ‘a triumphant return,’ or ‘the album we’ve all been waiting for’ are elephantine understatements. This album holds its own against some of the best of their canon…” – Metal Insider

“…in terms of consistency and sheer ‘fuck yeah’-ness this is right up there in that first tier of must-have EYEHATEGOD platters. Welcome back, boys. You earned it.” – Metal Injection

CHILD BITE: Punk Metal/Noise Rock Misfits Issue Studio Update; Live Dates With Coliseum Announced

Detroit’s favorite punk metal/noise rock misfits, CHILD BITE, recently took a brief pause from their US live takeover to record their forthcoming new full-length at Philip H. Anselmo’s famed Nodferatu’s Lair.

Reports vocalist Shawn Knight from the Lair, “We’ve been having a blast in the studio with Philip Anselmo! Historically, CHILD BITE has tracked full-length LPs in two to four days, so it has been both strange and relieving to spend two full weeks at Nodferatu’s Lair. The thirteen songs we tracked sound incredible, ten of which will make up the album while the other three will be released independently. In our spare time, we also shot a music video for ‘Mongoloid Obsession’ off of the Strange Waste EP. Written and directed by the band, it’s a lo-if slab of Ed Wood-meets-John Waters bafoonery. Look for that sucker any day now!”

The band’s forthcoming long player will be unleashed via Anselmo’s Housecore Records later this year. In the meantime, CHILD BITE will return to the road tonight to terrorize New Orleans alongside labelmates Author & Punisher and Gasmiasma before ravaging the ears of Jacksonville, Charlotte, Richmond, Canton and Cincinnati. From there, CHILD BITE will take a short breather before heading back out supporting Kentucky’s Coliseum for a nine-date run of East Coast demolitions.

CHILD BITE:
5/11/2015 The Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/13/2015 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
5/14/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
5/15/2015 Buzzbin Art & Music – Canton, OH
5/16/2015 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH

w/ Coliseum:
6/05/2015 The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
6/06/2015 The End – Nashville, TN
6/07/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
6/09/2015 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
6/10/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
6/11/2015 DC9 – Washington, DC
6/12/2015 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
6/13/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
6/15/2015 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA

Crowned “the soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was,” by American Aftermath, CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP was release via Housecore Records last Fall. Ugly, anxious and perilously habit-forming, the record continues to shock and awe ears of the willing with its deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. And don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash.

“CHILD BITE’s music smashes into you, as fast as a freight train and just as heavy. The guitars are a blistering blur of nimble and gnarly tones, with the rhythm section’s raucous grooves propelling a raspy, yowling vocalist’s emphatically motor-mouthed lyrics…” – Detroit Free Press

“Knight’s voice is what I image one would get by throwing the vocals of Mike Patton, Jello Biafra, Joe McTighe, David Yow and Dave Brockie into a furnace to mix together and pour out as a flowing molten blend. Strange Waste is one of those rare albums that is ridiculously good from start to finish.” – The Examiner

GWAR to Destroy Literary World As Well As Actual World With New Book Release

Let There Be GWAR is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. GWAR fans will cherish this oversized hardcover book chock full of fascinating first-hand accounts and rare, never-before-seen photographs. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the “Dim Time,” when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague. This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR, the band whoredefined the meaning of performance in rock music with their outlandish costumes and intense theatrical performances. A GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. Let There Be GWAR takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band’s albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome. Bohabs the world over, will delight in the wretched world of GWAR through the pages of this, the most monstrous book since The Necronomicon.

The hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave-Pit Inc. the production company behind the band.

The book was compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman

Gorman began working with Slave Pit and GWAR in 1988. Today he serves as secretary, shop foreman, performer and visual artist for Slave-Pit. He began GWARchiving GWAR and Slave-Pit history in 1997, and this book is the result of that effort.

Gastman, the self-proclaimed “curator of culture” was the brains behind infamous “While You Were Sleeping” and “Swindle” magazines, has packaged over 3 dozen books for small publishers, curated gallery shows MoCA, the Corcoran, and countless other and has produced or worked on several documentaries concerning Graffiti or subculture in general.

For you Ultimate Bohabs, there will be a limited number (150) books hand signed by the members of GWAR. These copies cost $100 and can be pre-ordered. They are expected to ship late August/early September.

ANAAL NATHRAKH To Kick Off North American Tour With Labelmates Secrets Of The Sky

UK-based extreme metal terrorizers, ANAAL NATHRAKH, will kick off their long-awaited North American live infiltration next week! Commencing this Monday in Sacramento, California guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney and vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L., with live recruits — drummer Steve Powell (ex-Detrimentum, ex-Theoktony), guitarist Jay Walford (Vicious Bastard, ex-Malevolent Creation live guitarist) and bassist Dunc Wilkins (Hordes, Fukpig) – will wage their sadistic sounds upon a dozen metropolises, with their final massacre to take place at this year’s Maryland Deathfest on May 24th in Baltimore. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and atmospheric, doom-touting labelmates, SECRETS OF THE SKY.

ANAAL NATHRAKH w/ Incite, Secrets Of The Sky:
5/11/2015 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
5/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/13/2015 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
5/14/2015 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/16/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/17/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
5/19/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/20/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

ANAAL NATHRAKH will be touring in support of their eighth studio effort, Desideratum, released via Metal Blade Records last Fall. Named, “one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene,” by Decibel Magazine, “impossibly abrasive and brutal,” by MetalSucks, and applauded by Metal Injection for consistently offering up, “their own special breed of terrifying, mixing up grindcore speediness with giant choruses and riffs that are the audible equivalent of total nuclear annihilation,” ANAAL NATHRAKH’s quaking tones of terror are at once petrifying and inexplicably inviting, the duo’s maniacal musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with an intensely cynical intelligence is virtually unmatched in the metal world.

SECRETS OF THE SKY will be teasing songs from their forthcoming full-length, Pathway. Engineered, mixed, mastered and co-produced by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Sadus etc.) of Trident Studios with SECRETS OF THE SKY, Pathway is the gargantuan, thirteen-track follow-up to 2013’s critically-lauded To Sail Black Waters long player. Dark, ominous, fluid and engrossing, Pathway finds SECRETS OF THE SKY at their most poignant. In a near perfect 9/10 review, Dead Rhetoric rightfully crowns the record, “an emotionally draining journey… the type of album that you can just close your eyes and visualize your own tale, even as some parts seem to prop up only after repeated listens,” further championing Pathway for having, “all of the inner workings of a great and resonating album,” while Metal Injection christened first single, “Three Swords” alone a “progressive metal masterpiece.”

MARUTA: Miami Grind Mercenaries Deploy “Hope Smasher” Video

The latest dose of enforced persuasion in the propaganda campaign surrounding MARUTA’s incoming Remain Dystopian LP has been put on display in the form of a brutally brainwashing visual accompaniment to the band’s “Hope Smasher” track, delivered by the puppet masters at Noisey. While the auditory delivery of the Miami grind mercenaries is already over-the-top with blistering speed and seething dissonant aggression, see what happens when these measures are deployed in the visual form with seizure-inducing effects set to the track’s rabid pace. Offers the write-up accompanying the video, “…’Hope Smasher’ is a full on cavalcade of grind blasts, groove-metal breaks, and all out pandemonium. MARUTA’s video for the song is similarly venomous, combining footage of the band performing with video freakouts, riot footage, dumpster diving, landfills, and Chernobyl. Get ready to do your windmill headbangs, this fucker rips.”

Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, the newest phase in MARUTA’s modus operandi comes in the form of their fourth LP, and first for Relapse, with Remain Dystopian. Delivering seventeen demanding and damaging tracks in under twenty-eight minutes, the album is made all the more dangerous with the assistance of contracted outside henchmen for the multiple-studio recording of the album — including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez — with additional torment tactics provided by Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall, and Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates.

Australian technical death masters PSYCROPTIC are coming to North America!

North America! Get ready for a “rapid-riffing adventure” (MetalSucks) as Australian technical death metal masters PSYCROPTIC make their way Stateside to headline the Metal Injection-sponsored “Bloodletting North America” tour this summer. Dates for the tour — which also features Arkaik, Ovid’s Withering and The Kennedy Veil — will be announced soon, but for now, spread the news to your friends and share the above tour poster!

During their first North American tour since supporting Nile in 2010, PSYCROPTIC will blast tunes from their brand new self-titled album — which reached #59 on the Australian pop charts and is one of the best-reviewed metal records of the year to date — along with favorites from their five previous releases over the past 10 years. The new album, produced, engineered and mixed by guitarist Joe Haley while being mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Baroness), features nine tracks of “biting lyrics and crushing guitar work” that Heavy Blog is Heavy hails as the band’s magnum opus with “some of the catchiest guitar licks imaginable.” Prior to their venture to the States, PSYCROPTIC will travel to Japan for two headlining gigs before returning to Australia to join The Black Dahlia Murder on tour throughout June. Dates can be found below.

6/7 Osaka, JP – Nanba Rockets
6/8 Tokyo, JP – Duo Music Exchange
6/19 Adelaide, AU – Fowlers #
6/20 Melbourne, AU – Northcote Social Club #
6/21 Melbourne, AU – Northcote Social Club # (All Ages, Afternoon Show)
6/21 Melbourne, AU – Northcote Social Club # (18+ Only, Evening Show)
6/25 Newcastle, AU – The Cambridge #
6/26 Canberra, AU – The Basement #
6/27 Sydney, AU – The Factory #
# with The Black Dahlia Murder & Colossvs

GRUESOME: Death-Loving Collective Untethers Slayer Cover Via Metal Injection

The cast of GRUESOME, the Schuldiner-hailing collective featuring members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, today untethers a very special cover of Slayer’s “Black Magic.” The band’s latest reconfiguration of the old-school appears on the deluxe digital edition of the band’s Savage Land full-length.

“We chose our cover tunes the same way we tried to write the album,” relays guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey. “We just did what Chuck [Schuldiner] would have done. Death was never a band particularly known for their cover song repertoire, but they did occasionally close their set with a rendition of ‘Black Magic’ and it’s a cover that dates as far back as an old 1984 Death/Mantas rehearsal, so we felt it would be appropriate. We were considering ‘The Exorcist’ by Possessed, since Death started recording a cover of it during Individual Thought Patterns, but since [GRUESOME guitarist] Dan [Gonzalez] is in Possessed, it was a bit weird. Again, we tried to approach the song as Death doing a Slayer cover, so… hopefully we came close to the mark.”

Raise your horns to GRUESOME’s take on Slayer’s “Black Magic”;

GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released last month Relapse Records, is an addictively punishing exhibition of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive and well.

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).

WARBEAST: Texas Thrash Behemoths Prepare For Live Takeovers; Band Welcomes Two New Recruits

Texas thrash behemoths, WARBEAST, are readying for a long-anticipated live takeover with a slew of one-off shows through their homestate and beyond throughout the Spring and Summer months. The festivities commence this Friday in San Antonio at Fitzgerald’s. The following evening, the band will bring their sonic devastation to Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 in Houston alongside Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards and more. Additional WARBEAST live incursions include an appearance at the Ft. Worth Metal Fest in Ft. Worth on Memorial Day weekend, with Eyehategod and Goatwhore, One Fest 2015 in Dallas, with Mobile Deathcamp and Devourment and Full Terror Assault Open Air Fest in Cave-In-Rock, with Fear Factory, Eyehategod and M.O.D with future onstage infiltrations being deliberated.

The latest bout of live mayhem finds WARBEAST with an updated lineup featuring newest recruits, second guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud (stepson of vocalist Bruce Corbitt), two young, thirsty Lonestar thrash heads and longtime WARBEAST devotees. Comments Corbitt, “We are back with a new lineup and we’re ready to hit the stage again doing what we do best, that is to kick some ass Texas thrash style! We are also busy working on some new songs and talking about entering the studio sometime in August to record this deadly new material. I’m anxious to start this next chapter of WARBEAST. It will be memorable, I can guarantee everyone that much!”

WARBEAST:
5/08/2015 Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
5/09/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX @ Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 w/ Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards, more…
5/15/2015 Blue Max – Midland, TX
5/22/2015 The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ft. Worth Metal Fest w/ Eyehategod, Goatwhore
6/05/2015 Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA
6/12/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
6/26/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
8/01/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX @ One Fest 2015 w/ Mobile Deathcamp, Devourment
8/15/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault Open Air Fest – Cave-In-Rock, IL w/ Fear Factory, Terrorizer, Eyehategod, M.O.D.

WARBEAST was originally forged in the Fall of 2006 under the name Texas Metal Alliance. In April of 2009 the band officially changed their name to WARBEAST and united with Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records. WARBEAST’s roots are firmly entrenched in the legendary ’80s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas’ most furious thrash exports while drummer Joey Gonzalez now also provides blastbeats and mayhem for Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. WARBEAST’s live shows prove equally impressive having already massacred crowds alongside the likes of Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Arson Anthem, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, haarp, Child Bite, Hymns, Author & Punisher, Gwar, Goatwhore, Destruction, Danzig, Samhain, Goblin, Municipal Waste, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pig Destroyer and countless others.

ENSIFERUM Kick Off North American Tour

Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, ENSIFERUM has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. A Latin word translating to “sword bearer,” ENSIFERUM’s valiant tale begins humbly with three meticulously composed demos that raised the collective eyebrows of the extreme metal underground with their sharp and dexterous fusion of Bathory-ian darkness, Amorphis-styled melody and poignant accounts of ancient sagas and warrior quests. Released in 1999, it was third demo, Hero In A Dream, which included the band’s first-ever integration of female vocals, that reaped the praise and support of Finland’s Spinefarm Records, where the band would remain for five conquering studio offerings.

ENSIFERUM recorded their self-titled debut in November of 2000 at Sundi-Coop Studios in Savonlinna with Tuomo Valtonen (Rapture, Nattvindens Gråt, Darkwoods My Brotherhood). Released during the new millennium’s emerging Viking metal movement, the album featured such guest musicians as Trollhorn (keyboards), Marita Toivonen (kantele) and Johanna Vakkuri (guest female vocals who first appeared on the Hero In A Dream demo). Christened, “an excellent platter of Viking metal,” by Sputnik Music, furthering that “The Finns put forth an excellent effort, one that combines heavy, yet melodic riffing, impressive, folky interludes, and fun sing/growl-along atmospheres,” the record’s methodic, yet organically-executed synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal adorned in fantastical themes of Scandanavian lore sans the more kitschy humppa trappings of many of their sword-wielding peers, earned ENSIFERUM the mass reverence of fans on European shores and beyond.

Second full-length, Iron, found ENSIFERUM holed upin Copenhagen’s Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, the band’s second full-length was captured by the gifted hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, notorious for his work on such groundbreaking recordings as Metallica’s Master Of Puppets and Ride The Lightning. For the next decade, ENSIFERUM would gallop their way further into the hearts of metallers of all walks with their epic hymns and grandiose, cinematic live performances. Honing their creative skills both compositionally and thematically with each passing effort, the band’s unification of technically adept metallic guitar sweeps with the more traditional sounds of their homeland a la Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, and the gentle balance of vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos warring growls with Toivonen’s and bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka’s harmonized choruses, proved continually and deliberately infectious.

By 2013, ENSIFERUM — Toivonen, Hinkka and Lindroos alongside drummer Janne Parviainen and keyboardist/vocalist Emmi Silvennoinen ? had become an international folk metal sensation having spread their valiant battle anthems to the stages of some of Europe’s most prestigious metal festivals as well as lengthy live pillagings through North America, Australia, South Africa, China, South- and Central America. That year, the collective joined the legendary ranks of heavy metal powerhouse, Metal Blade Records, for the release of their sixth studio album.

Titled One Man Army, the primarily analog-recorded long player was tracked between September and November of 2014 with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and boasts eleven heroic victory psalms.

“The composing process was slow as always,” elaborates Hinkka of the One Man Army birthing process. “We twist and turn every note, chord and part upside down so that we can be sure that the result is the best possible. We cut down the actual amount of tracks on the record and really arranged the instruments more wisely. The recording process was equally long and hard,” he continues, “but rewarding and full of incredible moments. Instruments were actually played and left as they were instead of creating tracks from hundreds of different takes, moving them to the grid and modifying things. Of course computers were used but overall we made everything as analog as possible. Listeners can experience a better sound and natural groove, something that we think most metal albums lack these days. Overall, the album sounds much more like a band playing live rather than ‘midi-metal.’ I think we’ve learned from previous sessions what we like,” he continues, “and on this album I think we finally reached the level songwriting and sound wise that we have been reaching for on our previous albums. We are extremely proud of each second of this album.”

Commended by Outburn Magazine for songs that are consistently “epic” in scope with a “reliance on catchy melodies,” ENSIFERUM’s crushing One Man Army serves as the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Unsung Heroes full-length and comes shrouded in the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc).

“On the new album, we took many things musically to the next level so we decided also to try something new graphics-wise,” relays Hinkka. “Gyula Havancsák did a phenomenal job! For the first time it was really nice to be more involved with designing the cover and all details. Our humble gratitude to Gyula for all the patience and really amazing results. We couldn’t be more satisfied!”

As a precursor to the release, ENSIFERUM unleashed the special Suomi Warmetal EP for public consumption in December 2014. A four-track platter of bonus cover tunes featuring among them the band’s rendition of Barathrum’s “Warmetal,” initually unveiled as the covermount CD of issue #94 of Germany’s long-running Legacy Magazine. ENSIFERUM’s One Man Army was released via Metal Blade Records worldwide on February 24th, 2015 with widespread touring to be announced throughout the months to follow.

ENSIFERUM will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest.

ENSIFERUM w/ Korpiklaani, Trollfest:
5/06/2015 House of Blues ? Los Angeles, CA
5/07/2015 Slim?s ? San Francisco, CA
5/08/2015 Hawthorne Theater ? Portland, OR
5/09/2015 El Corazon ? Seattle, WA
5/10/2015 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
5/12/2015 Republik ? Calgary, AB
5/13/2015 Union Hall ? Edmonton, AB
5/15/2015 Summit Music Hall ? Denver, CO
5/16/2015 Bourbon Theater ? Lincoln, NE
5/17/2015 Mill City Nights ? Minneapolis, MN
5/18/2015 Bottom Lounge ? Chicago, IL
5/19/2015 Agora Theater ? Cleveland, OH
5/20/2015 Opera House ? Toronto, ON
5/21/2015 Mavericks ? Ottawa, ON
5/22/2015 Club Soda ? Montreal, QC
5/23/2015 Imperial de Quebec ? Quebec City, QC
5/24/2015 Brighton Music Hall ? Boston, MA
5/26/2015 Mr. Small?s Theater ? Pittsburgh, PA
5/27/2015 Baltimore Soundstage ? Baltimore, MD
5/28/2015 Theatre of Living Arts ? Philadelphia, PA
5/29/2015 Irving Plaza ? New York, NY
2015 Summer Festivals:
8/13/2015 Rockstadt Extremefest ? Rasnov, DE
6/19-21/2015 Hellfest ? Clisson, FR
7/30-8/1/2015 Wacken Open Air ? Wacken, DE
8/06-08/2015 Party San Open Air ? Schlotheim, DE
8/08/2015 IntoThe Grave Festival ? Leeuwarden, NL
8/09/2015 Bloodstock Open Air ? Walton-On-Trent, GB
8/13-15/2015 Summer Breeze ? Dinkelsbühl, DE

?Finland?s ENSIFERUM have long traded in their designation as a ?folk metal? group, but on the band?s sixth studio album the metal side of that label is decidedly dominant. And it?s epic metal at that: ?One Man Army? blasts forth with symphonic guitar orchestrations, double-time drum gallops, quick-changing dynamics and operatic vocal chorales that would make 19th century homeboys Pacius and Sibelius proud.? ? Revolver

?ENSIFERUM have produced their most polished album to date; one that bulges with bombast and rages with frostbitten grit? these northern sword-wielders are close to finding the perfect recipe for taking folk into the mainstream of metal ? all without losing a shred of authenticity.? ? Metal Hammer

??warlike and fiery?a perfect example of the band?s standout sound: it?s definitely a genre piece, but it?s the best of its kind.? ? MetalSucks

?One Man Army is ENSIFERUM at their finest. The three years between releases worked to the band?s benefit as their execution and adventurous songwriting finds them with a renewed passion and energy.? ? About.com

??Like a powerful drink, after twenty years, ENSIFERUM keeps the strength intact and adds a bit of a sweet scent in this new release.? ? Against Magazine

?ENSIFERUM has become one of folk metal?s finest acts?ENSIFERUM?s music awakens one?s inner warrior? it?s a pity fighting to the death with swords and battle axes is illegal nowadays.? ? Loudwire

DEICIDE and ENTOMBED A.D. to kick off the “Metal Alliance Tour” this month

Floridian death metal masters DEICIDE will be back on the road again this month, this time as headliners of the “Metal Alliance Tour”! Joining them on the run is Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D., along with HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, LORNA SHORE, and SVART CROWN – making this one bill not to miss!

DEICIDE’s Glen Benton (bass/vocals) comments: “It’s with great pleasure to announce our involvement in this year’s Metal Alliance Tour 2015. We look forward to bringing our style of extreme…satanic death metal to all who attend and seeing old friends and making new ones as we travel the highways and byways of this great country of ours…As always we can’t wait to get out there and do what we do best…Crush…HAIL!”

ENTOMBED A.D.’s L-G Petrov (vocals) adds: “It’s going to be really good to tour the States again after a long absence overseas– and doing it with The Metal Alliance Tour is a great comeback! We are looking forward to sharing the stage with all the bands on the bill. Expect total headbang!!!”

See below for all upcoming dates!

“Metal Alliance Tour” dates feat. DEICIDE, ENTOMBED A.D., HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, LORNA SHORE, SVART CROWN
May 26 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
May 28 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
May 30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
May 31 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
June 1 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam
June 2 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room*
Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews**
June 3 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
June 5 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!
June 6 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 7 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
June 8 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
June 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
June 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
June 12 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
June 13 – El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 14 – Lubbock, TX @ Depot “O” Bar Live*
Houston, TX @ TBC**
June 15 – Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
June 16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
June 18 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
June 19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 20 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
June 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl**
June 22 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum**

* = DEICIDE, HATE ETERNAL, BLACK CROWN INITIATE, LORNA SHORE
** = ENTOMBED A.D., SVART CROWN

From his anti-god lyrics and Satanist labeling, Glen Benton has managed to lead DEICIDE through 11 albums over the past 25 years, and they have been a staple death metal band from the early years of the genre. Their latest album, In The Minds Of Evil, came out in late 2013 via Century Media to critical acclaim.

ENTOMBED A.D. will be touring in support of their recently released album, Back To The Front. From the morbid, pissed-off lyrics over detuned, massive riffs, to the inimitable brick-heavy groove, to L-G Petrov’s titanic roar, Back To The Front promises to win over new and old fans alike.

1349 announce new North American tour with NECROPHAGIA

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have announced the second leg of the North American “Chaos Raids” tour. The “Chaos Raids” tour kicks off on May 30 and includes cult death metal pioneers NECROPHAGIA and VATTNET VISKAR. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

1349 is touring in support of their new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The album, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.” (Sputnik Music), and a “musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward”;

NECROPHAGIA is touring in support of their new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral. The album, which has been called “Simple, sick and heavy” (Metal Injection), and “career-defining, solid, consistent work which brings together thirteen tracks, drawn from one source of inspiration yet each performed to stand out among one another.”;

1349 and NECROPHAGIA tour dates:
May 30 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 31 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
June 01 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
June 02 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
June 03 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
June 04 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 05 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar
June 06 Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
June 09 Boise, ID @ The Crazy Horse
June 10 Seattle, WA @ Club SUR
June 11 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
June 12 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
June 13 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
June 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
June 15 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 16 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
June 18 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
June 19 Orlando, FL @ The Haven

RED FANG: Announce European Summer Tour, Festival Appearances

Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a month-long headlining tour and festival appearances in Europe kicking off this June. The tour comes on the heels of the band’s headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand and will see RED FANG playing a special opening set for Faith No More in Bratislava plus making stops at various festivals including Hellfest, Forta Rock, Copenhell, With Full Force and many others.

RED FANG recently premiered their new animated video for ?Crows In Swine,? the third single off their critically acclaimed third album Whales and Leeches. The clip was animated and directed by Adam Avilla;

Released on Relapse Records, RED FANG?s current album Whales and Leeches debuted at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group?s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. RED FANG are generating worldwide critical acclaim from SPIN, Revolver, Magnet, Alternative Press and more (soundbites below) for their current album Whales and Leeches, which was produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists) and mixed by Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Kings of Leon). Featuring such guests as Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Whales and Leeches propels RED FANG into the upper stratosphere of the heavy rock and metal elite. The album can be streamed in full via their official Bandcamp page.

ARCH ENEMY launches new video for “Stolen Life (2015 Version)”

Before extreme metal titans ARCH ENEMY kick off their European tour tomorrow in France, they are releasing a new video for the digital single, “Stolen Life (2015 Version)”! The original version of the song was released on 2014’s War Eternal, and the new version features additional lead/solo parts by the band’s new guitarist, Jeff Loomis.

“Stolen Life (2015 Version)” is available digitally today in Europe (it can be purchased on May 18th in North America). To hear the single, head over to Decibel Magazine.com to watch the video, which was directed and produced by Carlos Toro V. (Abysmo Films) and filmed in Chile during ARCH ENEMY’s recent Latin American tour:

ARCH ENEMY founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: “I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we released the ‘War Eternal’ album! Time flies when you’re having fun huh?! We’re just starting up our summer tour here in Europe and there’s still a long way to go – we’re booked up till Christmas! There has been such an amazing reaction to the new music and lineup and it is really keeping us motivated. Having Jeff Loomis out with us on the road is fantastic. A fine player and a true gentleman. I’m super happy that he could throw down a couple of leads on this new exciting version of ‘Stolen Life’, it really adds some new fire to the song. On our recent tour in Latin America we had the opportunity to film a video for our new single. It was a really good experience working with the talented Abysmo team and I’m more than happy with the end result! I look forward to seeing you all out there on the road…”

ARCH ENEMY live:
05.05.2015 – Le Splendid – Lille, France*
06.05.2015 – L’Empreinte – Savigny-Le-Temple, France*
07.05.2015 – Le Fil – St Etienne, France*
08.05.2015 – Le Moloco – Audincourt, France*
09.05.2015 – JUZ Live Club – Andernach, Germany
10.05.2015 – ZAK – Uelsen, Germany*
11.05.2015 – Komplex 457 – Zurich, Switzerland*
14.05.2015 – Les Docks – Lausanne, Switzerland*
15.05.2015 – Audiodrome – Torino, Italy*
16.05.2015 – Rock Planet – Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy*
17.05.2015 – La Paloma – Nimes, France*
18.05.2015 – La Krakatoa – Bordeaux, France*
21.05.2015 – Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal*
22.05.2015 – Hardclub – Porto, Portugal*
23.05.2015 – Capitol – Santiago de Compostela*
31.05.2015 – Komma – Wörgl, Austria (support by DRONE)
02.06.2015 – Barba Negra Track – Budapest, Hungary (support by DRONE)
03.06.2015 – Orpheum – Graz, Austria*
(*=supported by UNEARTH and DRONE)

04.06.2015 – Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind, Germany
05.06.2015 – Metalfest Open Air – Pilsen, Czech Republic
06.06.2015 – Plein Air de Rock Festival – Jarny, France
19.06.2015 – Nummirock Metal Festival – Nummijarvi, Finland
20.06.2015 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
21.06.2015 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
25.06.2015 – Bravalla Festival – Norrköping, Sweden
26.06.2015 – TopFest – Piestany, Slovakia
03.07.2015 – Pfeffelbach Open Air – Pfeffelbach, Germany
05.07.2015 – With Full Force Festival – Roitzschjora, Germany
17.07.2015 – Metal Collision Festival – Frankfurt, Germany
18.07.2015 – Dynamo Metal Fest – Eindhoven, Netherlands
19.07.2015 – Two Days A Week Festival – Wiesen, Austria
23.07.2015 – Metaldays – Tolmin, Slovenia
24.07.2015 – Lanzenanger Festival – Burglengenfeld, Germany

NIGHTWISH, ARCH ENEMY, AMORPHIS “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” European tour 2015
16.11.2015 – Falconer – Copenhagen, Denmark
18.11. 2015 – O2 World – Hamburg, Germany
19.11. 2015 – Heineken Music Hall – Amsterdam, Netherlands
20.11. 2015 – Heineken Music Hall – Amsterdam, Netherlands
21.11. 2015 – König-Pilsener-Arena – Oberhausen, Germany
23.11. 2015 – Hall Tony Garnier – Lyon, France
25.11. 2015 – POPB-Bercy – Paris, France
26.11. 2015 – Le Zénith – Toulouse, France
28.11. 2015 – St. Jakobshalle – Basel, Switzerland
29.11. 2015 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
01.12. 2015 – Zenith – Munich, Germany
03.12. 2015 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
04.12. 2015 – Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
05.12. 2015 – Arena – Nürnberg, Germany
07.12. 2015 – Tip Sport Arena Prague – Prague, Czech Republic
10.12. 2015 – Polivalenta Hall – Bucharest, Romania
14.12. 2015 – Arena – Leipzig, Germany
15.12. 2015 – Max – Schmeling-Halle – Berlin, Germany
16.12. 2015 – Rockhal – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
17.12. 2015 – Lotto Arena – Antwerp, Belgium
19.12. 2015 – Wembley Arena – London, UK

SOULFLY Announces Headlining Tour w/ SOILWORK, DECAPITATED and SHATTERED SUN!

Metal icons SOULFLY, will embark on a monumental North American headlining tour starting September 30th in Los Angeles, CA! The band will be supporting their upcoming vicious new release Archangel, which was produced by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and which will be released on August 14th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Joining them on this epic campaign are Swedish melodic-death metal visionaries SOILWORK, Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, and hot newcomers SHATTERED SUN. ?This is a great package and brutal lineup,? commented the legendary frontman Max Cavalera. ?I personally am a fan of all these bands and it?s an honor to have them touring with us! See you in the pit!?

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, May 8th at 10:00 am local time. Meet and greet packages will be made available as well. For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com.

Confirmed dates:

?We Sold Our Souls to Metal? 2015 Tour
SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN

09/30/2015 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater

10/01/2015 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

10/02/2015 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

10/03/2015 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven

10/04/2015 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre

10/06/2015 Kelowna, BC – Level Nightclub

10/07/2015 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room

10/08/2015 Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre

10/09/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre

10/10/2015 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam

10/11/2015 Joliet, IL – Mojoes

10/12/2015 Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom

10/13/2015 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater

10/14/2015 Toronto, ON – Opera House

10/15/2015 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater

10/18/2015 Columbus, OH – Northland Performing Arts Center

10/19/2015 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom

10/20/2015 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

10/21/2015 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar

10/22/2015 Knoxville, TN – The International

10/23/2015 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

10/24/2015 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

10/25/2015 St Petersburg, FL – State Theater

10/27/2015 Houston, TX – Scout Bar

10/28/2015 Austin, TX – Empire Control Room

10/29/2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

10/30/2015 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

Ever since the band’s gold-certified debut in 1998, SOULFLY have become deadlier and more dangerous with each critically acclaimed successive release and their latest album, Savages, is no exception. Savages was produced by the world-renowned Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN), and is the first to feature Max Cavalera’s 21-year-old son Zyon on drums. The artwork was created by artist Paul Stottler, who is best known for SACRED REICH?s legendary Surf Nicaragua cover. Guest vocal appearances on Savages include bass player Tony Campos, Max Cavalera’s other son Igor Cavalera (LODY KONG), CLUTCH’s Neil Fallon, NAPALM DEATH’s Mitch Harris and Jamie Hanks of I DECLARE WAR.

Swedish metal eminence SOILWORK were spawned in Helsingborg, in 1995. Following two highly acclaimed albums Steel Bath Suicide (1998) and The Chainheart Machine (1999) on Listenable Records, SOILWORK joined the Nuclear Blast roster in 2001. The band?s unique blend of melodic metal developed at a staggering rate as they released a new bombshell each year; touring aggressively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Some of the highlights included Ozzfest alongside headliners BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN and an arena tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Their latest release, The Living Infinite, is the first double album in melodic death metal history! Adventurous yet true to the band?s identity, this Jens Bogren-produced (OPETH, AMON AMARTH), twenty-song powerhouse is the ultimate proof that SOILWORK are true masters of their art and as relevant as ever!

Formed in 1996, Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED built a reputation over the years as one of the youngest leaders of their genre. In the past two decades, DECAPITATED has released five studio albums considered to be some of the most influential international death metal releases of the 21st century. For their sixth full-length record, DECAPITATED returned to Hertz Studio (located at Bialystok in their native Poland). Under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski, recording Blood Mantra proved to be an extremely demanding process: they cross-bred various styles and sounds, setting the highest bar possible for their new music. The result showcased various tempos, mixing elements of death metal with grindcore and displayed more groove-laden beats plus stoner-rock vibes along with their trademarked modern metal rhythmic riffs.

Victory Records? SHATTERED SUN are poised to dominate the metal scene. The six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins. SHATTERED SUN reflect the roots of their influences amidst their vigorous Southern backdrop, slamming together into a sound that is Hope Within Hatred, their debut album out now via Victory Records. What sets SHATTERED SUN apart from the crowd is their lyrical content in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst. SHATTERED SUN empower with their message of hope and positivity. SHATTERED SUN are currently wrapping up a successful U.S. run with thrash metal leaders Testament and Exodus, which has featured stops at Welcome To Rockville Festival and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.

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.

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