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CHTHONIC To Kick Off European Tour With Satyricon Next Month


Taiwanese avant metal ensemble, CHTHONIC, are readying to kick off a massive European trek supporting Norwegian metal titans, Satyricon. Slated to begin on November 7th in Copenhagen, the extensive journey marks the band’s first performances on European soil since the release of their latest studio album, Bú-Tik, and will also mark their first-ever shows in Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Luxembourg!

“We are looking forward to the tour in Europe, especially because we will be visiting some cities for the first time,” said the bassist Doris Yeh. “CHTHONIC’s music is full of Oriental martial art spirits and traditional music; we are confident that the blend of traditional elements and heavy metal could bring some very different sensations to those audiences.”

CHTHONIC released their seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik,in North America via Spinefarm Records US June 25, 2013. Bú-Tik is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits.”

CHTHONIC w/ Satyricon
11/07/2013 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark,
11/08/2013 Turock-   Essen, Germany
11/09/2013 Le 106 – Rouen, France
11/10/2013 Academy 3 – Manchester, England
11/11/2013 The Limelight – Belfast, N. Ireland
11/12/2013 Buttn Factory – Dublin, Ireland
11/14/2013 O2 Academy Islington – London, England
11/15/2013 Le Maroquinerie – Paris, France
11/16/2013 L’echonova – Vannes, France
11/17/2013 Cc John Lennoné – Limoges, France
11/19/2013 Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal
11/20/2013 Sala But – Madrid, Spain
11/21/2013 Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
11/22/2013 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, France
11/23/2013 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
11/24/2013 Distortion Festival – Eindhoven, Holland
11/26/2013 Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
11/27/2013 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
11/28/2013 Lido – Berlin, Germany
11/29/2013 Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
11/30/2013 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Rep.
12/01/2013 Arena – Vienna, Austria
12/03/2013 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia
12/04/2013 A38 – Budapest, Hungary
12/05/2013 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
12/06/2013 Orion Club – Rome, Italy
12/07/2013 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
12/08/2013 Backstage Halle – München, Germany
12/10/2013 Konzerthaus – Luzern, Switzerland
12/11/2013 L’usine – Geneva, Switzerland
12/12/2013 Club Zentral – Stuttgart, Germany
12/13/2013 Kulturfabrik – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
12/15/2013 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
12/17/2013 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
12/18/2013 Klubi – Tampere, Finland
12/20/2013 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden



With the Oct. 29 release of new album “Serpents Unleashed” just around the corner, blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH have unveiled the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes videos about the recording process. In this edition, drummer Dustin Boltjes and guitarist Nate Garnette discuss some of their favorite songs from the album, including two tracks — “Beneath Dead Leaves” and “This Evil Embrace” — that, until now, have yet to be heard publicly.

Having just completed a second round of dates supporting Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., SKELETONWITCH will next perform a record release show in their Athens, Ohio hometown on Oct. 23. The following night, the band will kick off an extensive North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. A complete list of the group’s upcoming tour dates (including their early 2014 schedule with Amon Amarth and Enslaved) is below.

10/23   Athens, OH – The Union (record release party)
10/24   Cleveland, OH – Peabody?s Concert Club ^
10/25   Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club ^
10/26   Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
10/27   Pawtucket, RI – The Met ^
10/28   Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
10/29   Quebec City. QC – Le Cercle ^
10/30   Montreal, QC – La Tulipe ^
10/31   Ottawa, ON – Ritual ^
11/1     London, ON – Rum Runners ^
11/2     Toronto, ON – Mod Club ^
11/4     Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ^
11/6     Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre ^
11/7     Saskatoon, SK – Louis? Pub ^
11/8     Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre ^
11/9     Calgary, AB – The Den ^
11/11   Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret ^
11/12   Spokane, WA – The Center ^
11/13   Eugene, OR -WOW Hall ^
11/14   South Lake Tahoe, CA  – Whiskey Dick?s Saloon ^
11/15   Fresno, CA – Rasputin (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
11/15   Fresno, CA – Strummer?s ^
11/16   Pomona, CA – Glasshouse ^
11/17   Tucson, AZ – The Rock ^
11/18   El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/19   Odessa, TX – Club Patron ^
11/20   Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory &
11/21   Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom &
11/22   St. Louis, MO – Vintage Vinyl (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
11/22   St. Louis, MO – Firebird &
11/23   Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose &
11/24   Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre &
11/25   Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet ^ &
11/26   Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection &
11/27   Flint, MI – The Machine Shop &
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 *
1/28     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 *
2/7       Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/8       Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/9       Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11     Denver, CO – Summit Tree *
2/12     Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater *
2/14     San Francisco, CA – The Regency *
2/15     Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16     San Diego, CA – House of Blues %
^ with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
*  with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
% with Amon Amarth

REVOCATION Premiere Video for “Fracked.” Kick off North American Tour Tomorrow Night!

revocation album art

REVOCATION recently completed work on a video for their song “Fracked“, which comes from their recently released self-titled 4th album via Relapse Records. Frontman Dave Davidson commented on the video and the bands upcoming tour: “Greetings heavy metal warriors! We are pleased to present to you our video for “Fracked.” Lyrically this song is about the rape and destruction of our environment at the hands of profit driven sociopaths, in other words a real feel good hit to brighten up your day. We’ll be jamming this new tune on our upcoming tour, see you in the pit!”

After returning home from a killer European tour REVOCATION will hit the road tomorrow in North America alongside Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Diamond Plate.  The first show is in San Francisco, CA and the tour runs through November 10th in Santa Ana, CA.

REVOCATION with Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Diamond Plate
10/18: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/19: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/20: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
10/21: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
10/23: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
10/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/25: Dallas, TX @ South by So What
10/26: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
10/27: St. Louis, MO @ FuBar
10/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/30: Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/31: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/1: Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
11/2: Boston, MA @ Middle East
11/3: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
11/4: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/5: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/7: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/8: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/9: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
11/10: Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory

12/7-Santurce, Puerto Rico @ La Respuesta

SUNN O))) Initiates Online Store; Black One 2xLP Reissue Set For Release

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Today, SUNN O))) has unveiled a massive online entity through a newly-developed webstore/online presence. The SUNN O))) site is now the direct outlet for not only all releases from the long-running drone/atmospheric sect, it will serve as the source for an ongoing series of reissued merch/clothing designs. Every two to three months the band will reprint/reissue two out-of-print designs in an edition fit for the demand. In addition, SUNN O))) has and will continue to release rare and limited audio items available through this site exclusively, as well as all current catalog releases.

One of the first additions to this new web presence for SUNN O))), is an ultra-deluxe reissue of the now classic album, Black One. Having just marked its eighth birthday since its initial release, Black One was issued in October of 2005, the sixth full-length from the band formed by Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley unveiling the darkest and most suffocating material from them to date, and arguably since.

This new pressing of Black One is issued in a 180-gram, 2xLP fashion, bound in a thick Stoughton style gatefold jacket in an exclusive Record Store Day edition of 1,000 copies on black vinyl, with an official street date of November 26th. As a special bonus fans can order the new pressing of the album on white or grey vinyl now, in runs of 1,000 each, a month and-a-half early. A silver edition of 1,000 be available in Europe-only via Southern Lord Europe shortly.

Additionally, SUNN O))) has declared two brand new live incantations in the Benelux collective this December. The first performance will transpire on the 12th of December in Kortrijk, Belgium with support to be announced at a future date. The following night SUNN O))) will appear at State-X New Forms Festival in Den Hagg, Netherlands with The Orb, Amenra and others. The act’s full live lineup for this duo of performances remains unannounced.

SUNN O))) Live Actions
12/12/2013 De Kreun – Kortrijk, Belgium
12/13/2013 State-X New Forms – Den Hagg, Netherlands

KATAKLYSM: “Elevate” Video Clip Now Online


Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, in cooperation with Metal Hammer UK, have made the video clip for the song “Elevate” available for viewing. The song comes from their upcoming album Waiting for the End to Come, which will be released on October 25th (Europe) and October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

11/01 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
11/02 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
11/03 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/04 Seattle, WA – Neumos
11/07 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/08 Sauget, IL – Pops Nightclub
11/09 Detroit, MI – Harpos
11/10 Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
11/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/13 Springfield, VA – Empire
11/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/15 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
11/16 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/17 Reading, PA – Reverb
11/18 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
11/20 Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
11/21 Miami, FL – Grand Central
11/23 Fort Worth, TX – Queen City Hall
11/24 Austin, TX – Emo’s East

OBLITERATION Release Virulent New Track


Norwegian death metal cult OBLITERATION have just premiered a new track off their upcoming LP ‘Black Death Horizon,’ which is due out in North America via Relapse Records on November 12, 2013.

Hailing from Kolbotn, Norway (the home of Darkthrone) OBLITERATION are true heirs to a long line of gritty Scandinavian death metal. ‘Black Death Horizon‘ both invokes the classics of the genre and puts a new and fresh spin on the sound to make it their own. As Pitchfork says, “If you liked to hear Celtic Frost and Darkthrone go out searching for something strange, OBLITERATION wields that weirdness like a newborn superpower.” Fenriz himself hails ‘Black Death Horizon‘ as “A brand new old organic sounding death metal masterpiece.”

Check out the track ‘Goat Skull Crown

The band plans to return to North America in early 2014 in support of their new record. Until then, put the needle on the record and prepare for aural OBLITERATION!

INQUISITION premiere new track off forthcoming LP

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Just in case you needed a little more reassurance before pulling the trigger on the new INQUISITION album, the band has offered the title track “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse” for your streaming pleasure at Lambgoat. And while you may have missed the boat on snagging the goat leather-sleeved double vinyl edition, Season of Mist still has plenty of preorder options before that fateful day of October 25.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Confirms US Takeover This November


Portland’s favorite metal/punk hooligans, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, today confirm details of their US headlining tour. Set to commence November 16th in Trenton, New Jersey, the 15-date expedition will find TOXIC HOLOCAUST spreading their contagion through much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1st in Island Park, New York. The band will be joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence. Additionally, TOXIC HOLOCAUST will perform a special Halloween procedural in Portland on October 31st with Stovokor. See a confirmed listing of dates below. European takeovers will be announced in the coming weeks.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be touring in support of their impending new beast of a long player,Chemistry Of Consciousness. Recorded by the band, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering,Chemistry Of Consciousness pays tribute to the likes of Anti-Cimex, Warfare, Infernal Majesty, GBH, Discharge, Autopsy and Chaos UK without replicating them and has already raised the eyebrows of critics nationally. Loudwire calls Chemistry Of Consciousness,”one of thrash’s most exciting modern bands,” MetalSucks equates the record to “…the aural equivalent of a cobra with a chest tattoo of a double helix and syringes for fangs getting ready to strike amidst two flesh-like walls of anxious, bloodshot eyes…” while Axis of Metal gushes, “This album is the result of Discharge, GBH and Motorhead meeting old school thrash metal and having a demented baby. The riffs are super-fast, and have that classic d-beat aggressiveness to them. It’s delicious…this album is one of the best TOXIC HOLOCAUST albums to date.”

Chemistry Of Consciousness will drop in North America on October 29th (October 25th in Benelux/Germany/Finland and October 28th in UK/World) on CD, LP and digitally via Sky TV offers.

10/31/0213 White Owl Social Club – Portland, OR w/ Stovokor
w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence
11/16/2013 Championship – Trenton, NJ
11/17/2013 Dusk – Providence, RI
11/18/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
11/19/2013 Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY
11/20/2013 Mojo Main – Newark, DE
11/21/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2013 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA
11/23/2013 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/24/2013 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/25/2013 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
11/27/2013 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Clubn – Island Park, NY

TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences – Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones - TOXIC HOLOCAUST offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

“…a thoroughly dynamic piece, delivering an evil intensity truly captivating in approach. Of course, the guitar rushes in for a blistering solo, bridging the song towards a conclusion with plenty of muscle.” – Loudwire on the track “Rat Eater”

CRONIAN Release ‘Chemical Dawn’ From Upcoming Album “Erathems” Exclusively Thru SMN

CRONIAN Erathems

CRONIAN; Erathems

Release date: November 8th, 2013 - North America November 12th, 2013

CRONIAN, the collaboration between Scandinavian metal visionaries Andreas Hedlund (VINTERSORG) and Øystein Brun (BORKNAGAR), return with ‘Erathems’; its first new record in over five years. A meticulously arranged and orchestrated album from start-to-finish, ‘Erathems’ symphonic, melody-laden metal is nothing short of exhilarating. ‘Erathems’ is truly progressive, avant-garde heavy metal art.

1. Cold Wave Eruption
2. Ecocracy
3. Drifting Station
4. Moments and Monuments
5. Blackwater Horizon
6. Core Resiliency
7. Chemical Dawn
8. End(Durance) Part III
9. Full Moon Inferno (bonus track)

Listen to ‘Chemical Dawn’ exclusively thru SMNnews;


The album is available for pre-order thru Season of Mist.

In regards to ‘Erathems’, CRONIAN stated (more…)

Until Dawn release track Roamers And Lurkers from their latest album ‘Horizon’, exclusively on SMN

Until Dawn’s intense energy, intoxicating guitar riffs along with their lively stage shows has shown that their location in the remote northern depths of Fort McMurray, Alberta will not slow them down. Mixing the sound of modern metal and classic rock, brothers Luke and Deke Worrell, with Adam MacLeod and Steve White have created a sound appealing to both young and old alike. This modern sound with a classic throwback was evident in their self-titled debut that was released in early 2011. Since that release, Until Dawn has enjoyed great success from their hard work and determination.

Their hit single “Table and the Plastic” was on steady rotation at local Fort McMurray station Rock 97.9FM, which aided in strong support for the band’s very successful tour of Western Canada, which included festival performances and sharing the stage with such as acts as rock legends KISS, where they wowed the audience with their own brand of modern metal.

The band released their sophomore album Horizon in August 2013, building on their previous success and setting new plans to bring their music to larger audiences around the world. All in all, Until Dawn is melodic metal at its finest, and this is just the beginning.

Horizon Booklet Cover

1. Roamers And Lurkers
2. Strings Of The Dammed
3. The Red Sun Rises This Day
4. Third Knee
5. This Fallen Fortress
6. A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks
7. DNR
8. Time Tested Fortune
9. The Trial
10. Polar Parallels
11. Horizon
12. WM3 (Bonus Track)
13. Richard (Bonus Track)

Until Dawn is releasing a free download for their track “Roamers And Lurkers” exclusively here on SMN;

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This exclusive free download is brought to you by BT Broadband.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn:

(L-R) – Steve White – Guitar, Darren Ehler – Bass, Adam Macleod – Vocals, Luke Worrell – Drums, Deke Worrell – Guitar (Photo Credit – Barrett Klesko - FadeBlack Studios United)

Shared Stage w/

Korn, Volbeat, Billy Talent, Kiss, A Day To Remember, Hell Yeah, All Else Fails, Fozzy, Ill Scarlett, Without Mercy, Unleash The Archers, 3 Inches of Blood, Striker



Gift Of Gods, the new band from Nocturno Culto – one half of the acclaimed Norwegian duo, Darkthrone – will release its debut mini-album ‘Receive‘ on November 5 via Peaceville Records. A new mini-site for the upcoming album has been launched online featuring an edit of the new song “Enlightning Strikes.”


A labor of love over several years since its initial inception, ‘Receive‘ was performed and recorded by Nocturno at his own studio. ‘Receive‘ was mixed & mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door, after having recently worked with Nocturno on Darkthrone’s The Underground Resistance.

LORD DYING Announce North American and European Tour Dates

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LORD DYING has been on the road non-stop since the release of their critically acclaimed debut Summon the Faithless earlier this year via Relapse Records.The band has not stopped touring and has no plans to stop anytime soon.  In addition to their appearance at Phil Anselmo’s inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest alongside Pig Destroyer, Down, Repulsion and many others LORD DYING has announced a run of dates for October and the beginning of November in North America.

Next year the band will be heading to Europe for the first time for an extensive tour with label mates Red Fang and TeePee Records artist The ShrineLORD DYING has also confirmed an appearance at the 2014 Roadburn Festival.  A complete list of all dates can be found below.

Also check out their song “Value of Pity“.  The song is only available on the deluxe digital edition of Summon the Faithless.  

10/18: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
10/19: Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
10/20: Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
10/22: Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge w/Self Inflicted
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Bryan St Tavern w/Black Queen
10/24: Austin, TX @ Housecore Horror Film Festival @ Emo’s East
10/29: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock w/Black Queen
10/30: San Diego, CA @ The Void w/Archons, Black Queen
11/1: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp w/Psychosomatic, Ghulehim, Valley of Thrones
11/2: Arcata, CA @ Alibi w/Black Queen

LORD DYING European Tour With Red Fang and Shrine
1/18/14: Geneve CH @ Usine PTR
1/19/14: Orleans FR @ Astrolabe
1/20/14: Nantes FR @ Ferraileur
1/21/14: Bordeaux FR @ Krakatoa
1/22/14: Bilbao ESP @ Kafé Antzoki
1/23/14: Oporto PT @ Club
1/24/14: Lisbon PT @ Music Box
1/25/14: Madrid ESP @ Sala Copérnico
1/26/14: Barcelona ESP @ Bikini
1/28/14: Toulouse FR @ Connexion
1/29/14: Clermont-Ferrand FR @ Wild Festival
1/30/14: Mezzago IT @ Bloom
1/31/14: Livorno IT @ The Cage Club Theatre
2/1/14: Bologna IT @ Locomotiv Club
2/2/14: Ljubljana SLO @ Channel Zero
2/4/14: Rijeka CROATIA @ Palach
2/5/14: Budapest HU @ Dürer Kert
2/6/14: Prague CZ @ Futurum
2/7/14: Athens GR @ Gagarin 205
2/8/14: Thessaloniki GR @ Eightball

3/14/14: Köln GER @ Essigfabrik
3/15/14: Hasselt BEL @ Muziekodroom
3/16/14: Paris FR @ Divan Du Monde
3/17/14: Sheffield UK @ Corporation
3/18/14: Manchester UK @ Sound Control
3/19/14: Glasgow UK @ Classic Grand
3/20/14: Birmingham UK @ Institute Temple
3/21/14: London UK @ Islington Academy
3/22/14: Eindhoven NL @ Effenaar
3/23/14: Nijmegen   NL @ Doornroosje
3/25/14: Hamburg GER @ Knust
3/26/14: Gothenburg SWE @ Truckstop Alaska
3/27/14: Oslo NOR @ John Dee
3/28/14: Stockholm SWE @ Debaser Strand
3/29/14: Copenhagen DK @ Pumpehuset
3/30/14: Berlin GER @ Lido
3/31/14: Warsaw POL @ Basen
4/1/14: Wien AT @ Arena
4/3/14: München GER @ Backstage
4/4/14: Leipzig GER @ Taubchenthal
4/5/14: Stuttgart GER @ LKA
4/6/14: Wiesbaden GER @ Schlachthof

WATAIN appears on Grand Rapids, MI WZZM TV 13 “Take Five and Company” morning show


Having graced the magazine covers of Decibel (USA), Terrorizer (UK), Metalized (DK),Rock Hard (DE), Scream (NO), Sweden Rock (SE), Rock Tribune (BE), and Metallian (FR), Swedish black metallers WATAIN have left a media buzz in the wake of their new album’s release and subsequent world tour. Currently on the road in North America, the band’s own Erik Danielsson (vocals, bass) and Hakan Jonsson (drums) checked-in with Grand Rapids, MI WZZM TV 13 “Take Five and Company” for an exclusive interview about their trek in support of their fifth full-length, The Wild Hunt, as well as the emergence of Swedish bands in the metal scene.

Amid the tracks teeming with WATAIN’s classic sound, The Wild Hunt also features clean vocals, Spanish guitars, and other musical experimentation, with the end result being“their most daring album yet” (Decibel Magazine). For a preview of The Wild Hunt, be sure to check out the following (more…)

Hear it First: Motörhead’s New Album, ‘Aftershock’

With nearly 40 years and 20 studio albums under their belts, the speed metal icons in Motörhead are still holding the ace of spades – and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. This month, Lemmy Kilmister (who will be 68 this Christmas Eve!) and the boys are releasing their first album of original material in three years, Aftershock, which has been touted as one of the most anticipated releases of 2013.

The set won’t be out officially until October 22, but Yahoo Music is excited to offer fans a premiere of the entire album one week ahead of time. Consider it an early Halloween treat!

Motörhead?s New Album, ?Aftershock?

Motörhead’s New Album, ‘Aftershock’

Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, Aftershock is yet another perfect MOTÖRHEAD record, boasting 14 riff-monsters, placing MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years.

MOTÖRHEAD recently announced their upcoming official listening party, taking place at the world-famous Rainbow Bar & Grill located at 9015 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. The event is taking place on Friday, October 18th from 9:00-11:00 PM, upstairs. Come listen to the brand new MOTÖRHEAD album Aftershock before it’s released on October 22nd, enjoy free Rainbow Pizza and win MOTÖRHEAD prizes! The first 100 MOTÖRHEAD fans get in free! All of the bands involved in the ‘Most Anticipated Release of October’ Poll were great sports, butMOTÖRHEAD’Aftershock came out on top! Thanks to all who voted.

Aaron Buchanan (vocals) and Rob Ellershaw (bass) – Heaven’s Basement

When the Going To Hell tour pulled into Anaheim, CA., was there to have a brief chat with UK Rockers, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT. Being the middle band of a tour that also features THE PRETTY RECKLESS and Russia’s own LOUNA, frontman Aaron Buchanan and bassist Rob Ellershaw were in good spirits and enjoying their time in America.

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EYEHATEGOD: Melvins Drummer Dale Crover Volunteers To Play With EHG At The Housecore Horror Film Fest

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Following the tragic death of EYEHATEGOD drummer Joey LaCaze, legendary Melvins basher, Dale Crover, recently volunteered to seize the drum stool for the band’s scheduled set at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest later this month. (more…)

SiriusXM Liquid Metal To Broadcast Exclusive DEICIDE & BROKEN HOPE Interview Specials Starting Today


Death Metal fans are in for a treat this week, as SiriusXM Liquid Metal (channel 40) will be broadcasting two interview specials with DEICIDE and BROKEN HOPE that will be heavy enough to make the heavens rumble, and fire and brimstone quiver in their wake.

LIQUID METAL host Shawn “The Butcher” Winkler caught up with both DEICIDE and BROKEN HOPE when the NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 (see dates below) stopped in New York City October 6.

DEICIDE will release ‘In The Minds Of Evil‘ on November 25 via Century Media Records – in addition (more…)

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: Southern Lord Confirms BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini


On Friday, October 21st, 2011 – one month after releasing their fourth studio album, Celestial Lineage, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recorded two live tracks at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Southern Lord now confirms a special vinyl release of these sessions confirmed to hit later this Fall.

Prayer of Transformation” and “Thuja Magus Imperium” are the two tracks recorded on that day, taken from their lauded album Celestial Vintage and spanning two sides of vinyl and twenty minutes. Entitled BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini, this session is testament to the band’s ability to inspire awe with homespun strands of metaphysical ambiance and painstakingly flexed sinews of metal, and is a must for all fans of the band as well as followers of contemporary metal.

Southern Lord will release BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini in North America on November 26th, 2013.

ANNIHILATED: Los Angeles Death Metal Squadron Enter Studio


Los Angeles death metallers, ANNIHILATED, are set to enter Trench Studios in Corona, California later this month to record the beast of brutality that will be 13 Steps To Ruination. Set for release via their new label home of Unique Leader Records, 13 Steps To Ruination will be produced by drummer Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn). Drums will be recorded by producer/engineer John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Exhumed, Intronaut).

Forged in 2008 by guitarists Eric Matranga and Robert Fimbres following the demise of their former band Excretion, ANNIHILATED crafts maniacal death metal hymns focused on promoting rational thought and to question what’s being force-fed to the masses via mass media. In 2012, drummer Scott Fuller (Abysmal Dawn) joined the group with the same values and ideologies. Helping to further their musical purpose, he added a new dimension of percussive flavor and syncopation to the music. Shortly thereafter, the band recruited ex-Decapitated bassist Martin Rygiel to lay down bass tracks for their EP, Injected. Rygiel’s roaring bass assaults and vast musical knowledge supplemented their already refined brand of relentless aggression. The self-released Injected EP was recorded and produced at Trench Studios by Fuller, features guest vocals by Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn, Bereft), a special guitar solo by Fancesco Artusato (All Shall Perish, Fancesco Artusato Project) and serves as a taste of the sickness to come with six face-liquefying tracks of extreme, uncompromising death metal.



The Greek symphonic death metal act SEPTICFLESH has entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens to record the 10 songs that will appear on their new, as-yet-untitled full-length album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 release “The Great Mass.” This time around, the band will record with producer and former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Fear Factory, Gojira) while once again collaborating with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the group will also utilize full regular and children’s choirs on the new album, which will surely further enhance the epic nature of their music.

The group, who recently headlined the “Conquerers of the World” North American tour, will take part in next year’s 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. The band’s new album is scheduled to be released in North America via Prosthetic Records in early 2014.


Italian atmospheric metal virtuosos NERO DI MARTE have unveiled a brand new music video for “Time Dissolves,” the second track off of their self-titled debut.

Having previously performed in Europe alongside acts including Godflesh, Carcass, Immolation, Cynic, Decapitated, Red Fang and Svart Crown, the band is excited to announce their first-ever North American tour this winter with Canadian technical death legends Gorguts and Origin. Tickets go on sale this Friday (Oct. 11).

12/11 Burlington, VT-  Nectar’s
12/12 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
12/13 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
12/14 Columbus, OH- Alrosa Villa
12/15 Chicago, IL- Cobra Lounge
12/17 Toronto, ON- Wreck Room
12/18 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
12/19 Quebec City, QC- Cégep de Limoilou
12/20 Montreal, QC – La Tulipe
12/21 Brooklyn, NY- Saint Vitus

SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST – Year Of The Snake; Four Days Of Mayhem Takes Over Tucson Tonight


SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST 2013: Year Of The Snake, the second annual installment of the Tucson-based extreme underground music gathering featuring over sixty bands in four days, begins tonight.

A fully DIY undertaking, envisioned and organized by Tucson-based sludgecore instigators GODHUNTER, the SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST is a low-cost event for all ages and brings a one-of-a-kind festival to the Southwestern sector of America. Following the dominant 2012 debut of SWTF, this year’s installment of the now annual outing has more than doubled in duration and has expanded to include a more sizable roster of national acts and dozens more crushing newcomers.

Beginning tonight, October 10th, and running through Sunday the 13th at The Rock, the SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST 2013: Year Of The Snake lineup features Sacred Reich Vehemence (more…)

Grammy Award-Winning Hard Rock Innovators Korn Inducted into Guitar Center’s Historic RockWalk

Guitar Center is proud to announce the  induction of Grammy Award-winning hard rock innovators Korn, into the retailer’s historic RockWalk. The private, invite only induction ceremony took place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Noon at Guitar Center’s Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. After two Grammy Awards, eleven MTV Video Music Award nominations, and millions of records sold, the members of Korn will took their place amongst fellow rock idols in Guitar Center’s RockWalk. Adding to the celebratory nature of the day, Korn also released their hotly anticipated eleventh studio album, The Paradigm Shift.

Grammy Award-Winning Hard Rock Innovators Korn Inducted into Guitar Center?s Historic RockWalk

Grammy Award-Winning Hard Rock Innovators Korn Inducted into Guitar Center’s Historic RockWalk

“When you look at the names of the other people inducted here all you can say is ‘wow!’ What an honor!” says Jonathan Davis of Korn. (more…)



Releases October 15 through Profound Lore Records.

I have no fear in proclaiming this my album of the year. Yes, those are bold and possibly foolish words to start a review on, but there they are. New York’s finest genre-bending metal act, Castevet, has returned with their sophomore effort Obsian, and it was worth the wait. This album is everything you would expect, and more from the masterminds that birthed the monstrous Mounds of Ash. If you were a fan of that album, then this one is a no-brainer, and if you haven’t heard it, where have you been? Castevet has one of the most distinctive styles in American metal, with trademarked vocals, a patented riffing style, and drums that, remarkably, don’t blastbeat. Like, ever.

Main ax-man Andrew Hock wastes no time on this album, starting things off with a powerful passage in “The Tower”.  The aptly-titled “Cavernous” earns its namesake through frantic riffing, echoed vocals, and a shimmering, enlightening transition halfway through the track that elevates the song to more ethereal realms. “The Curve” picks up halfway through with some truly twisted riffing that bobs and weaves around the buzzy twanging of the bass guitar. The truly enjoyable interplay between instruments as evidenced on this album brings to mind fellow Northeasterners Dysrhythmia – not the worst band to be in bed with. (more…)



Released Oct. 1 via Willowtip Records

This is the hardest kind of album to review because I didn’t love it or hate it. Sounds of the End delivered everything I expected out of it. All the musical gymnastics are there, but sometimes they sounded forced. I say this exact same thing in a lot of my reviews and I’ll say it again here – bands, there is nothing wrong with showing off your playing ability, but please do it within the structure of the song instead of forcing it. There were some really strong songs (Soldiers of the Endtime, The Great Orbs Beyond Our Skies) and even a couple of places where I was truly impressed. The vocals were strong throughout, ranging from a deep growl to a higher register scream and even some clean parts in a couple songs. Overall though, I just wasn’t blown away. If this were the first tech death metal I’d ever heard I might be more impressed, but it isn’t, so I’m not.

To continue with the baseball metaphor I’ve used in past reviews, this album is a solid double. The problem with a solid double is that sometimes your solid double comes right after the guy hitting before you comes up with the bases loaded and smacks a 500 ft. homer out of the stadium and onto the freeway, which is exactly what label mates Gigan did with their last release. It makes your solid double seem forgettable. Is it fair to judge a band’s album based on the strength or weakness of that album compared to another band’s? I don’t know, but that’s whats happening.

The other thing that bothered me about this album was the bare bones production. Gigan did the same thing and it kinda bothered me on their album too. I don’t know if this is like the new thing to do, or if only Willowtip bands are doing it, or if it’s just these two bands who happen to both be on the same label and it’s just an isolated thing. Whatever the case, it’s a bad idea and should stop immediately. It causes your album to sound thin and weak, quite frankly. There is a reason that bands use drum samples and eight tracks of rhythm guitar – because it sounds good.

Anyway, Sounds of the End is ok, but in my opinion it’s getting a little more praise than it deserves. Overall score 7/10

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

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