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TOTAL NEGATION: New Full-Length From Depressive Blackened Doom Project Out Today + Streaming In Full Via New Noise

With the release of Zeitzeuge, the latest full-length from TOTAL NEGATION officially available to the public today, New Noise Magazine is offering up the depressive blackened doom epic in its misery-making entirety.

Led by the deranged sonic conjurings of chief sound manipulator Wiedergaenger, Zeitzeuge marks the third full-length from a project made of menacing tones and deranged German storytelling. Cold, dismal and atmospherically diseased, with Zeitzeuge TOTAL NEGATION merges the principals of primeval black metal, doom and Krautrock into a sound that?s lush, mystifying, and harrowingly apocalyptic.

The underground gem has been harvesting the love of adventurous critics both stateside and abroad with Echoes And Dust noting, ??Wiedergaenger has crafted something so original with Zeitzeuge, the album literally sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack. When the final words scream out in agonized fashion, you?ll tear your shirt off in similar acrimony. Listen to this if you like modern black metal that evolves the genre instead of cluttering it up with copycat music.? Cosmos Gaming expounds, ?Zeitzeuge is built upon mid-tempo and fast paced black metal mixed with slower doomier riffs, over which sprawling melodies are placed. It?s the type of sound that immediately grabs your attention, as the icy waves of black metal and density of doom are intact but the melodic leads don?t necessarily fall into that stereotypical ?atmospheric? sound. Instead, there?s a murkier psychedelic feel to many of the leads, and that?s just from the guitars. Once the vibraphone takes over on some of the later tracks the textures continue to expand outwards and TOTAL NEGATION has a sound that?s melancholic, introspective, and otherworldly all in the course of the same song.? Adds Black Metal And Brews thoughtfully, ?Black metal often feels like something strong, carved from stone or steel, possibly even a triumphant or battle-ready genre, yet TOTAL NEGATION?s compositions on Zeitzeuge lean towards a spectral and wispy presence. The songs themselves are well rounded and full in production, yet it?s the growing sense of alienation and isolation throughout the album?s course that lead the listener to place it almost outside of one?s sonic periphery. The current of pain runs deep here, yet the progressive leanings of the artist allow each song to explore its depths and meanings instead of being bland landscapes of misery like so many other albums with negative fixations. From the shockingly human vocals to the perfect fusion of black metal and meandering krautrock, this is an experience that refuses to be pigeonholed yet becomes increasingly familiar and poignant with each listen.?

Witness the isolating sounds of Zeitzeuge, courtesy of New Noise Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.

Zeitzeuge follows 2013?s universally applauded Zur Späten Stunde | Zeiträume creation and relays the story of a contemporary witness, who breaks under the pressure of controlling the life and death of others. With the integration of instruments like the melodica and the vibraphone, the record preserves the icy, disconcerting elements of its predecessor while allowing for more breathing room and breadth within its compositions.

Zeitzeuge is out TODAY via Temple Of Torturous. Order your copy at THIS LOCATION.

GOATSNAKE Prepares To Headline Crucial Fest This Weekend

Upon return from their European tour in their stint of shows supporting their lauded Black Age Blues LP, GOATSNAKE is gearing up for the final gig of the run with a headlining slot at Crucial Fest V this weekend. Running from Thursday, June 18th through Saturday the 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah, GOATSNAKE will headline the final evening of Crucial Fest. This performance will be the final show from the band for the immediate future, although additional live actions will be announced for later in the year.

With new live coverage pouring in from their recent stateside record release show for Black Age Blues, their set at Maryland Deathfest, and most recently, their European Tour, killer new footage of GOATSNAKE at FreakValley Festival in Germany has been posted on the Southern Lord YouTube page RIGHT HERE.

6/20/2015 Crucialfest ? Salt Lake City, UT [info]

Stream Black Age Blues in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.

Black Age Blues on CD, 2xLP in a Stoughton gatefold jacket with two exclusive bonus tracks and more can be ordered at the new Goatsnake store, and the album is available digitally via BandCamp and iTunes.

GOATSNAKE?s mighty first LP to see release in fifteen years, Black Age Blues, is out now worldwide on Southern Lord Recordings. Amidst the waves of press that has been rolling in on Black Age Blues ahead of its release, A.V. says the album is, ?an undeniable reminder that GOATSNAKE is doom royalty,? and in a review of the early single, ?Elevated Man,? the Chicago Reader issues, ?they make it clear that nothing has changed in their absence: heavy-as-hell, monster guitar riffs channel Tony Iommi?s best, and the bridge is topped off with a rough-around-the-edges harmonica solo? maximum volume is highly recommended.? The Obelisk brought a massive slab of praise to the album, offering in part, ?on paper the patterns are simple, but what the band does with them is nothing short of breathtaking, even aside from the simple appeal the album carries with it for fans through the simple fact of its existence. Sounds like hyperbole, but the blessings Black Age Blues bestows are not to be undervalued either for their heaviness or the individual presence at work behind them, and five years after their first reunion set, 15 years after their last album, GOATSNAKE may be the most vital they?ve ever been.? LA Weekly, in an interview with guitarist Greg Anderson on the album, included, ?Whether it?s because of the aforementioned life experiences or simply because their skills as musicians and songwriters are better honed, Black Age Blues is the most substantial release of GOATSNAKE?s career. Musically, there is more of an infectious blues edge to their take on the classic Sabbath blueprint? GOATSNAKE?s heavy rock is more palatable on Black Age Blues than on previous efforts.?

DESTROYER OF LIGHT: The Obelisk Premieres Lyric Video From Endsville Split With GODHUNTER; Preorders Posted + US Tour Nears

The first full single from, Endsville ? the split 2xLP release from GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT ? has been released through a lyric video for DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s ?Electric Shadows,? premiered by The Obelisk.

Austin-based quartet, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, has taken a straight forward approach to tempering the disparate and harmonious parts of their influences into a total sum of slow motion tidal heaviness that bows to no altar but that of the riff. With the smoky flavors of hazed out doom and the stomping cadence of rock?s heyday, the band both tickles and deafens the ears with the theatrical flashes of Mercyful Fate, the ominous tones of Electric Wizard, and the ferociously feral feedback of a Sleep dirge. Following their 2012-released self-titled debut album and 2014?s Bizarre Tales Vol. II EP, DESTROYER OF LIGHT contributes four tracks to their half of Endsville, totaling nearly twenty-seven minutes of brand new material mastered by James Plotkin. Leading things off is ?Electric Shadows,? which now sees release through a video created by Erik Bredthauer, with a premiere at The Obelisk, who issues of the track, ?Guitarist/vocalist Steve Colca, guitarist Keegan Kjeldsen, bassist Jeff Klein and drummer Kelly Turner have their Sabbath worship down pat, but there?s more to the track for those who?d dig in, and over the course of its six minutes, they?re able to smoothly shift between wrenching doom and ?70s-style shuffle, a catchy boogie of a guitar lead taking hold in the second half to steer toward a surprisingly upbeat, if somewhat sudden, finish.?

Crank up DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s ?Electric Shadows? lyric video with The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

View the layered Endsville cover art installation come together via Gear Gods HERE.

Endsville sees a joint release through GODHUNTER co-owned Battleground Records and DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s Heavy Friends Records on July 28th, a 180-gram gatefold 2xLP with each bands? platter on a different color of vinyl; GODHUNTER?s on translucent green and DESTROYER OF LIGHT?s on translucent red. Preorders are now live for the wax HERE and the digital HERE.

GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT will collaborate on the twenty-five city Endsville tour together, which will include a performance at Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, Connecticut on August 14th and 15th with Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and more.

7/29/2015 Club Congress ? Tucson, AZ
7/30/2015 Yucca Tap Room ? Tempe, AZ
7/31/2015 The Sandlot ? El Paso, TX
8/01/2015 The Launchpad ? Albuquerque, NM
8/02/2015 Seventh Circle ? Denver, CO
8/03/2015 TBA ? Omaha, NE
8/04/2015 Triple Rock ? Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2015 Liveweire ? Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Fat Guy Fest ? Kalamazoo, MI
8/07/2015 Fifth Quarter ? Indianapolis, IN
8/08/2015 Magnolia Bar ? Louisville, KY
8/09/2015 Pour House ? Raleigh, NC
8/10/2015 The Empty Glass ? Charleston, WV
8/11/2015 Gooski?s ? Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2015 Mohawk Place ? Buffalo, NY
8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar ? Brooklyn, NY
8/14/2015 KoTo ? Salem, MA
8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom ? Hamden, CT @ Death To False Metal Fest
8/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie ? Philadelphia, PA
8/17/2015 The Depot ? Baltimore, MD
8/18/2015 Thomas Creek Brewery ? Greenville, SC
8/19/2015 The Basement ? Atlanta, GA
8/20/2015 Vino?s ? Little Rock, AR
8/21/2015 Saturn Bar ? New Orleans, LA
8/22/2015 Holy Mountain ? Austin, TX

SONS OF TONATIUH: Atlanta Sludge Faction To Kick Off East Coast Live Invasion Wednesday; Unreleased Track Posted

This Wednesday, the sludge slingers in SONS OF TONATIUH will quake the stages of eleven venues on their latest jaunt of live debauchery. Scheduled to embark this Wednesday on their home turf of Atlanta at 529, the band will make their way North and back again, playing several locales they?ve yet to punish, with the tour coming to a close on June 27th in Raleigh. Bring ear plugs.

SONS OF TONATIUH recently unveiled the diseased fruits of unreleased track, ?Skull File,? for public intoxication. The scathing hymn was tracked at a home studio in Atlanta in the Fall of 2013 with engineering band acquaintance, Ben Martin, and serves as a precursor to the recording of their full-length, slated to begin this Summer. Their as-yet-untitled third offering will include a re-recorded version of ?Skull File,? as well as seven brand new tracks of slow-roasted wrath and desolation.


6/17/2015 529 ? Atlanta, GA w/ Rapturous Grief, Waste Layer
6/18/2015 The Milestone ? Charlotte, NC w/ From the Gun
6/19/2015 Strange Matter ? Richmond, VA w/ Backwoods Payback
6/20/2015 O?Brien?s Pub ? Boston, MA w/ Finisher
6/21/2015 Lucky 13 ? Brooklyn, NY
6/22/2015 My Place Pizza ? Poughkeepsie, NY
6/23/2015 The Hoyt House ? Buffalo, NY
6/24/2015 The Smiling Mouse ? Pittsburgh, PA
6/25/2015 Kung Fu Necktie ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Repellers
6/26/2015 Guido?s ? Frederick, MD
6/27/2015 Slim?s Downtown ? Raleigh, NC w/ Squall

SONS OF TONATIUH, featuring guitarist/vocalist Dan Caycedo, bassist Twitch and drummer Josh Lomanto, released their Parade Of Sorrow long player via Hydro-Phonic Records in 2012. Called, ?savagely aggressive,? and ?sonically belligerent,? by This Is Not a Scene, praised for its ?joining of galloping thrash and arching doom, bruising hardcore and crackling guitar solos,? by Independent Weekly and likened to, ?sinking in quicksand,? by Exclaim!, the Kyle Spence-(Harvey Milk) produced exercise in amplification continues to deafen the ears of listeners globally with its gnarly brand of punk-infused, lead-footed, sludge rock anthems.

Check out Parade Of Sorrow streaming in its entirety at the official SONS OF TONATIUH BandCamp page HERE.

WRVTH: New Full-Length From Transcendental Technical Death Metal Legion Streaming In Full At MetalSucks; Release Shows Announced

Today MetalSucks is streaming the self-titled full-length from California technical death metal legion, WRVTH (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), in its furious entirety.

The stream comes on the eve of the record?s release via Unique Leader Records. Captured at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and has been reaping critical acclaim for manifesting eleven stirring tracks of transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing. Wonderbox Metal crowns Wrvth, ?an innovative and impressive release from a band who are clearly not content to be average,? while HeavyBlogIsHeavy calls the record, ?a triumph in a way that hasn?t really been seen before,? further elaborating, ?by so skillfully blending riffy techdeath with genres that are known for their emotional qualities, WRVTH sees to it that the album is both beautiful and consistently engaging for the listener. This is the atmospheric techdeath album, and it will be for years to come.? Upon investigation of the band?s their first single, Metal Injections notes, ??Harrowing Winds? is deceiving in that in begins with a very subdued, atmospheric guitar passage before taking off into a cacophony of sonic chaos. This is not an easy balance to achieve well, but WRVTH seem to have it nailed down.? No Clean Singing agrees, ?The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity ? eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.? Metal Machine rallies, ?For faster speeds, smartly progressive metal, and just an overall enjoyable album, Wrvth by WRVTH is going to delight listeners of many different ages and metal backgrounds.? Adds Dead Rhetoric in a 9/10 score, ?It?s nice to see some innovation within the technical death metal genre. A genre that is frequently fueled by sterility and/or clinical productions, Wrvth comes as a breath of fresh air. The death metal formula is given a chance to really let loose with these enhancements, showcasing that there can be emotion within these complex riffs if you provide a jumping off point. Wrvth can be bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings. A death metal album with genuine feeling; how often do you hear about that? Clearly, an album worth investigating.?

Sample Wrvth, now playing at MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

In other WRVTH intel, following a recent slot on the successful Dawn Of The Shred tour, WRVTH will level stages in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Tempe, and San Diego on a short run of record release shows beginning this Friday with additional live invasions to be announced in the weeks to come.

WRVTH Record Release Shows:
6/19/2015 Loaded ? Los Angeles, CA
6/20/2015 Malone?sSun ? Santa Ana, CA
6/21/2015 Yucca Tap Room ? Tempe, AZ
6/22/2015 The Yard ? San Diego, CA *w/special guests/labelmates Lord Of War

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder yours today HERE.

NEXT TO NONE release lyric video for “Blood On My Hands”

InsideOut teen prodigy band, Next To None, are a week away from the release of their debut album ‘A Light in the Dark’ on June 29th, 2015. In advance of the album’s release, the band are pleased to reveal a lyric video for the album’s closing epic track, “Blood on my Hands.”

Vocalist/keyboardist Thomas Cuce had this to say about “Blood On My Hands”:

“At the time [I wrote the lyrics] it seemed like every day there was a different person going crazy somewhere and shooting up a building or whatever, and I would ask my self ‘Why does this keep happening? What was that person thinking? What led them to do this?’ So I tried to put myself in this person’s head. I created a character and started from the aftermath of the event, which is where we first hear about it in the news.” Of the song’s extended arrangement, he says, “It took us months to write this song and then months to learn it. We had a big dry erase board that we used to chart out all the parts with the time signatures until we had them memorized.”

You can see the lyric video here:

You can also listen to a stream of the track ‘You Are Not Me’ here:

Check out Next To None’s EPK video here:

Pre-orders for the album have started, and you can pick up your copy of the record from the Radiant Records link below:

Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of.

‘A Light in the Dark’ also features guest appearances on the track “A Lonely Walk” from Bumblefoot on guitar (Guns N Roses) and Prog legend Neal Morse on Mellotron.

‘A Light in the Dark’ tracklist:

1. The Edge Of Sanity

2. You Are Not Me

3. Runaway

4. A Lonely Walk

5. Control

6. Lost

7. Social Anxiety

8. Legacy

9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:

10. Fortune Cookie

11. Deafening

Next To None online:


IMMORTAL BIRD Empress/Abscess Broken Limbs/Manatee Rampage Release: 14 July 2015

Following last month?s mammothly successful Western Migration live takeover, today Windy City-based blackened death grind unit, IMMORTAL BIRD, confirms the official details of their anticipated Empress/Abscess LP.
Set for release next month, the follow-up to 2013?s Akrasia EP was captured by Pete Grossmann (Weekend Nachos, Harm?s Way, Dead In The Dirt) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois earlier this year and mixed and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Nader Sadek, Atheist, Origin etc.) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York. Empress/Abscess includes a guest appearance by John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos and finds former drummer/vocalist, Amitay, swapping in her drum stool for a full-time position at the mic with longtime live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom) taking her place at the kit.

Elaborates Amitay, ?I?ve stepped away from drumming duties and enlisted our live drummer, Garry Naples (Novembers Doom). Essentially, I had to set my ego aside and determine what was going to be the best for this music. [Guitarist] Evan [Berry] and I wrote some incredibly challenging material for Empress/Abscess, and Garry had been playing it live for months, whereas I?d been focusing a lot of my drumming energy on the newest Thrawsunblat album. My chops are in a very different place than they were when we recorded Akrasia and it would take me a week in the studio to do what Garry can accomplish in two days. Having him behind the kit saved us time, the finished product is stronger, and I was able to delve into the vocal performances and lyrics with my undivided attention. Will I play drums on future IMMORTAL BIRD albums? It?s entirely likely, but for Empress/Abscess, I passed the sticks over to the best person for the job.?
IMMORTAL BIRD was forged by drummer/vocalist/lyricist Rae Amitay and brought to fruition by cowriter and guitarist Evan Berry and bassist John Picillo. Their debut EP, Akrasia, mixed by Kurt Ballou and mastered by Brad Boatright, was released in December of 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Decibel Magazine called the offering, ?dark and twisting,? while The Chicago Reader commended the band?s ??sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart.? Elsewhere the sentiment echoed with Ghost Cult crowning Akrasia, ?Distinctly disturbing and beautifully harsh,? This Is Not A Scene heralding, ??nineteen minutes of metal greatness,? and Last Rites noting, ?these songs don?t really make their point; they insist on it.?
Following several tours that took the band across the United States and into Canada, IMMORTAL BIRD entered the studio to record their debut full-length, Empress/Abscess. Picking up where Akrasia left off, Empress/Abscess delves once again into a cesspool of misery, fury, and anguish with stunning cover art by Kikyz1313 (Akrasia). The album will be released as a collaborative effort, with Broken Limbs Recordings taking charge with vinyl and cassettes, while IMMORTAL BIRD will be self-releasing the CD/digital version under the moniker Manatee Rampage Recordings.
In related IMMORTAL BIRD news, the band recently confirmed appearances at Shadow Woods Metal Fest (Midnight, Occulation, Iron Man etc.), Southwest Terror Fest (Sleep, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Dropdead, Bongripper etc.) and Death To False Metal (Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Secret Cutter etc.) with future onstage demolitions in their plotting stages.

Empress/Abscess will see release on July 14th, 2015. Teaser tracks to be unveiled in the coming days.


CONTINUUM: New Play-Through Video Of Unreleased Track Unveiled At Gear Gods

Following the release of their critically lauded The Hypothesis full-length, today CONTINUUM, in cooperation with mega tech site Gear Gods, unveils a brand new, no-frills play-through clip of an as-yet-untitled new track.


Elaborates Gear Gods, “[Lead guitarist/composer] Chase Fraser lays down the gauntlet in this one – a gauntlet big enough for four players, one of whom is a wizard that needs food badly. In the past I’ve ranted about how heavily edited play-throughs are really just lightly edited music videos in disguise. Well, CONTINUUM don’t bring their jester to that court. This video has zero guitar edits – one take, no bullshit. And just to top it off they got Keith Merrow to mix the damn thing.”


Feel bad about your weak playing skills and head over to Gear Gods at THIS LOCATION.


A true monolith of progressive technical death metal, CONTINUUM‘s The Hypothesis was released in April via Unique Leader Records. Captured predominantly by lead guitarist/composer Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth, Animosity), with additional tracking and mixing by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at Castle Ultimate Studios, the ten-track The Hypothesis flaunts a cripplingly precise assemblage of engaging, abrasive, surgically accurate and unrepentantly violent compositions based conceptually on the mysteries of the infinite and the unsolved theories of the “continuum hypothesis.”


Forged in 2009, CONTINUUM features the current working lineup of Fraser alongside guitarist Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Deeds Of Flesh), vocalist Riley McShane (Son Of Aurelius), bassist Nick Willbrand (Flesh Consumed) and drummer Spencer Edwards (Son Of Aurelius). Together, the CONTINUUM collective provides a sound that rocks the very foundation of modern death metal.


The Hypothesis is out NOW via Unique Leader Records. Order yours today HERE.


“Bolstered by a pristine production and show-stopping detail, CONTINUUM‘s The Hypothesis is a staggeringly well-executed display of full-throttle, procedural brutality. …for those of us who connect, plug in, and enjoy getting lost in such an aesthetic brainfuck, rest assured that this Bay Area singularity has created one of the most impressive tech-death albums of the year.” – The Metal Observer


The Hypothesis offers an incredible wealth of mesmerizing musical ideas and stands as a complex and masterful statement of how to rise above the rest of the technical death metal pack. Unique Leader has been on an impressive release streak, and if you are a fan of what they put out, this is one of the best things the label has ever released.” – No Clean Singing


“A primer in progressive technical death metal, insane polyrhythmic drumming, manic riffing, scabrous dual vocalizing and other-worldly lead guitar runs this is one for lovers of the genre. Highly recommended!” – Aural Delights


“With slick production, a great sound, and stellar performances by all involved, ‘The Hypothesis’ by Continuum is a great addition to any metalhead’s collection.” – The Sludgelord


“The Hypothesis is sure to please tech death fans. With a few interesting diversions from the usual formula, they’ve also proven they have the ability to standout in a perpetually expanding genre.” – Dead Rhetoric


The Hypothesis is out NOW via Unique Leader Records. Order yours today HERE.

DUST BOLT: New Album In The Making + Tour Dates Announced!

When DUST BOLT comes into town, you better be prepared for a thunder of massive thrash blasts & heavy as hell riffs! After the successful release of their last album Awake The Riot (2014, Napalm Records), the band has checked in with fantastic news for every metal head, as they are currently working on a brand new album!

Vocalist & guitarist Lenny Breuss unveils: “We are already working on the next album and plan to visit the studio early next year! We are really excited, full of ideas and can´t wait to come out with another record! It will contain a mixture of both previous albums but also lots of new stuff! The touring we did since Awake the Riot gave us lots of inspiration for the new songs and they are going to be brutal!! We´ll take some time over winter to concentrate on the final writing process but with the new album a major part of us will also be finished with their educations and studies, which means that we will be able to tour way more and visit countries we haven´t been yet! We can´t wait!! Be prepared!”

Catch DUST BOLT live when they hit the road & take over your town or favorite festival on the following dates:

20-06-2015 Metal Frenzy Open Air – Gardelegen (GER)

17-07-2015 Devilstone Open Air – Vilnius (LIT)

23-07-2015 Free and Easy Backstage München (GER) w/Sepultura, Death Angel

24-07-2015 Lanzenanger Festival – Burglengenfeld (GER)

25-07-2015 Viel und Draußen Open Air – Heilbronn (GER)

27-07-2015 München – Feierwerk (GER) w/D.R.I.

29-07-2015 Lindau – Club Vaudeville (GER) w/Sepultura

30-07-2015 Saarbrücken – Garage (GER) w/Sepultura

15-08-2015 Summerbreeze Open Air – Dinkelsbühl (GER)

22-08-2015 Turock Open Air – Essen (GER)

09-10-2015 Köln – Underground (GER)

24-10-2015 Rodewisch – BAV

31-10-2015 Niklasdorf – VAZ (Aut)

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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Reveal Album Preview Clip!

Canadian shooting stars UNLEASH THE ARCHERS have been on the road since their inception in 2007. Since then they have created an immensely loyal North American fan base. With a fresh sound, precise songwriting and the incredible feeling for heaviness and melodies, this power quintet with singer Brittney Slayes are now ready to take the rest of the world. Their new studio album Time Stands Still, is fast-paced and wildly entertaining; the combination of power vocals, death screams, tasty guitar licks and complex drumming provide a little something for everyone. Time Stands Stillis kick ass heavy metal with fist-pumping anthemic melodies you can’t help but sing along to.

Sing and scream your lungs out with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and check out this album preview clip HERE. Time Stands Still is set to be released in Europe & UK on June 26th, Sweden & Spain July 1st and in the States & Canada on July 7th 2015 via Napalm Records:

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AHAB Reveal First Teasers & Song Preview For New Album! The Boats of the Glen Carrig Coming August 28, 2015!

Pessimism can be so beautiful: the German nautical doomsters in AHAB have not only created their very own subgenre, they are also incomparable dabblers in solemn melancholy. Finally the band is back with their new masterpiece ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ which will be released worldwide on August 28th 2015 via Napalm Records!

With ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ the band was inspired by the novel of the same name written by William Hope Hodgson, first published in 1907. It is widely regarded as “a survival and adventure story with elements of psychedelic horror in the form of weird weed monsters and dangerous snail-like creatures,” thus making it a perfect backdrop for AHAB‘s doom and gloom approach.

Since the band`s founding in late 2004, the four-piece has continuously worked its way to the top of (funeral) doom. ‘The Boats of the Glen Carrig’ is their magnum opus and is gracefully nestled in between slow-motion anthems and haunting melodies.

Now the band has unveiled the first two teasers for their upcoming album, as well as an exclusive song preview for the track ‘Turn of a Friendly Card’, a cover version of Alan Parsons Project featuring Olav Iversen of Sagh on guest vocals! This track will be available on the 7″ inch Vinyl with the strictly limited to 500 copies Wooden box edition only, a must-have for every fan!

Check out AHAB‘s brand new previews here:

Teaser 1 – ‘To Mourn Job’:

Teaser 1 – ‘The Weedmen’:

Check out a song preview for “Turn of a Friendly Card” HERE.

Catch the band live at the following shows:

June 19th 2015 – Hellfest I France

July 04th 2015 – The Boston Music Rooms I London, UK

July 25th 2015 – Ragnarock Festival, GER

Oct 29th 2015 – Elfer Club I Frankfurt am Main, GER
Oct 31st 2015 – Bambi Galore I Hamburg, GER
Nov 6th 2015 – Club Cann I Stuttgart, GER
Nov 8th 2015 – Schwimmbad Club I heidelberg, GER

Dec 12nd 2015 – Eindhoven Metal Meeting I Einhoven NL

More dates to be announced soon!

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ARKONA Unveil Brand New Video For ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ on Metal Underground

Russia’s Pagan Metal finest in ARKONA have just unveiled a brand new music video for ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ taken from the band´s current album Yav (April 2014, Napalm Records). Check out the band’s brand new video for the track ‘Zov Pustyh Dereven’ courtesy of Metal Underground HERE.

With Yav the Russian warriors centered impressive frontwoman Masha “Scream” Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of ARKONA. “Yav” offers 70 minutes of original, majestic and unique Folk Metal, and already crowned ARKONA as the kings of Pagan!

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SKINDRED Announce ‘Pump Up The Volume’ UK Tour Dates For November 2015 & Unveil Album Cover Art For New Album Volume Due Out October 30th 2015

SKINDRED are currently putting the finishing touches on their 6th studio album, entitled ‘Volume’, which will be the bands first release on Napalm Records and is set to the the light of day on October 30th 2015! The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James ‘Lerock’ Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers).

SKINDRED have also just announced a full UK headline tour in November 2015. After a sold out arena run with Steel Panther, a remarkable Camden Rocks performance, two sold out Hit The Deck headline slots and a host of European festival shows (including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot) already in 2015, Skindred will be hitting the road for a UK headline tour in November 2015 with Crossfaith & HED PE as support.

Tour Dates:
Wed 4th Nov 2015 – Southampton Guildhall
Thu 5th Nov – Norwich UEA
Fri 6th Nov – Nottingham Rock City
Sat 7th Nov – Manchester Academy
Sun 8th Nov – Newcastle Academy
Tue 10th Nov – Glasgow ABC
Wed 11th Nov – Leeds Stylus
Thu 12th Nov – Bristol Academy
Fri 13th Nov – Birmingham Institute
Sat 14th Nov – London Brixton Academy

Purchase your tickets at:

To shorten your wait for the upcoming album, catch SKINDRED live at the following summer & festival shows:

25.06. – Bravalla Festival, SWE

27.06. – Rock on The Rock Club, Gibraltar

05.07. – I Am The Rocker Festival, Romania

16.07. – Deichbrand Festival, GER

17.07. – 2Days A Week Festival, AT

18.07. – Resurrection Fest, Spain

19.07. – Budapest Park, HU

21.07. – Metaldays, SLO

29.07. – Effenaar, Eindhoven NL w/ Rob Zombie

31.07. – Trebur Open Air, GER

01.08. – Wacken Open Air, GER

02.08. – Lokerse Festival, BE

07.08. – Kubana, Kaliningrad – Russian Federation

15.08. – Serengeti Festival, GER

22.08. – Studio 24, Edinburgh UK

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DEMON LUNG: Las Vegas-Based Doom Hellions Stream A Dracula In Full At Revolver Magazine + Live Assaults Confirmed

With the release of A Dracula, the hotly anticipated second full-length from Las Vegas-based doom hellions, DEMON LUNG, now less than two weeks away, today Revolver Magazine is hosting the record in its sinister entirety.


Tracked by legendary soundsmith, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), A Dracula delivers eight dark, menacing psalms of sin loosely based on Juan López Moctezuma’s 1977 horror film, Alucarda in which two teenage orphan girls living in a Catholic convent unleash a demonic force and ultimately become possessed by Satan.


Already reaping the approvals of media outlets nationally and abroad, Doom Metal Heaven names the latest DEMON LUNG platter, “a consistently engaging and mesmerizing work of creative misery,” The Sludgelord notes, “A Dracula is a record that screams of heaviness, but it also provides a sonic abyss that allows listeners to get lost in its depth and undercurrent,” while Nefarious Realm champions, “a massive record full of monumental riffs, an impressive rhythm section, and a voice full of soul…by far one of the best releases of the year.” Meat Mead And Metal celebrates a production that, “scratches every damn doom itch,” and is, “blisteringly fun but also richly mind-altering, like you’re being beaten alive as drugs paralyze your system,” naming DEMON LUNG, “one of doom’s most exciting new bands.” Metal Insider concurs, “they’ve not only avoided the dreaded sophomore slump on their newest opus, but they’ve kicked it in the nuts and pushed it off a cliff…You’d be hard-pressed to find a better soundtrack this year for gratuitous amounts of blood, and sadistic hedonism… If they were any heavier, any more smothering, the Earth would open and swallow you whole.”


Connect with your inner villain. Check out A Dracula now playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION.


In related DEMON LUNG missives, the band will bring their rumbling rituals to the stage of Crucialfest tomorrow and a record release show the following evening with special guests, Ides Of Gemini, as well as Southwest Terror Fest this Fall with additional live ceremonies in their plotting stages.



6/19/2015 Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT

6/20/2015 The Dive – Las Vegas, NV * record release show w/ Ides Of Gemini

10/18/2015 Southwest Terror Fest @ Club Congress – Tucson, AZ


A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band’s critically-lauded, 2013-released The Hundredth Name. Media applauded the band, especially vocalist Shanda Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, “She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet’s lurch.” A Dracula will be released via Candlelight Records on June 29th, 2015 with additional tour dates to be be announced shortly. In the meantime, preorders are available at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, point your browsers HERE.

LOCRIAN: Noisey Premieres Single From Relapse-Bound Infinite Dissolution LP Alongside Interview On 10th Anniversary Of Band

A suffocating new tide of cerebral blackened/industrial audio from Relapse Records’ LOCRIAN today rises with a vengeance with an exclusive premiere of the outfit’s “Heavy Water,” culled from the rapidly approaching flood of their Electrical Audio-recorded Infinite Dissolution LP.


Paired with the “Heavy Water” audio, Noisey interrogates all three members of the LOCRIAN unit breaking down the creation of their latest works, their plans for their tenth anniversary commemoration this year, and how we live in the midst of our own demise on a daily basis. A segment of the feature offers of Infinite Dissolution, “It might not seem that a record steeped in concepts of man’s inevitable extinction and his inability to face his starring role in his own demise would contain as much staggering beauty as crushing despair, yet Chicago-Baltimore experimental trio Locrian strikes a perfect balance of the two on its upcoming sixth full-length, Infinite Dissolution… Perhaps it’s no surprise from a band that has been masterfully conjuring and destroying alternate universes through music for nearly ten years and more than double that number of releases, with each one providing challenging sonic adventures and evocative perspectives on the physical state of the world around us.”


Traverse LOCRIAN’s “Heavy Water” at Noisey now at THIS LOCATION.


Infinite Dissolution‘s three-part “An Index Of Air” is also streaming via Soundcloud HERE and YouTube HERE.


Several new live performances from the Chicago/Baltimore-based outfit have been secured as LOCRIAN prepares to inundate sectors of the planet in multiple waves throughout the year. A string of Midwestern shows is already underway for next month, with a headlining show confirmed in Detroit July 17th and a show with Liturgy on the 18th in Chicago confirmed, and more cities expected to be added to this run. With a West Coast tour coming together for August, special tenth anniversary performance plans coming together for the Autumn months, and a European invasion likely for early next year, these shows are only the beginning.



7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beast in the Field, Beset by Creatures Of The Deep

7/18/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy


Infinite Dissolution will see North American release on July 24th, 2015 on CD, vinyl and digital formats. View the trailer for the album RIGHT HERE and check out physical preorder options HERE, and digital preorders via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE.


Recorded at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and with artwork based on a massive installation by sculptor David Altmejd, Infinite Dissolution is a multi-part concept album dealing with the struggle of human extinction; a seamless and harrowing blend of dark ambience, drone, black metal, post-rock, and power electronics, and the perfect manifestation of modern, forward-thinking experimental music. Amidst their nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, Infinite Dissolution will mark LOCRIAN‘s second album for the diverse Relapse roster as it hits the street in late July, amidst the band’s celebration of its tenth anniversary. Another dark and cinematic work of exceptional aural artistry the band, Infinite Dissolution presents nearly fifty minutes of material more epic and foreboding than anything in their extensive catalog.

SHATTERED SUN Reveals Exclusive Guitar, Bass and Drum Play-Through Videos


Debut Album Hope Within Hatred Out Now via Victory Records

Get Your Copy Now: iTunes | Amazon Music | Spotify

Texas metal frontrunners SHATTERED SUN have revealed four brand new play-through gear videos ? including guitars, bass, and drums ? available for viewing now. Check out the links below and get ready to witness SHATTERED SUN on this summer?s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, kicking off next week!

Guitars via

Bass via

Drums via ? Part 1 | Part 2

All tracks from these videos are cut from SHATTERED SUN?s recently released debut album, Hope Within Hatred, which is available now in-stores, online at

Tunes | Amazon Music | Spotify

and wherever digital music is sold. Hope Within Hatred debuted at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, as well as within the Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

In addition to SHATTERED SUN ripping up North America on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on the Victory Records Stage all summer long, fans can see the band this fall on the ?We Sold Our Souls To Metal Tour? alongside Soulfly, Soilwork and Decapitated. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.


6/26 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater

6/27 ? San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater

6/28 ? Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater

6/30 ? Auburn, WA (Seattle) @ White River Amphitheater

7/1 ? Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater

7/3 ? Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Amphitheater

7/4 ? Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

7/8 ? Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom

7/10 ? Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) @ Kilpsch Amphitheater

7/11 ? Clarkston, MI (Detroit) @ DTE Energy Amphitheater

7/12 ? Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

7/15 ? Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach

7/17 ? Camden, NJ (Philadelphia) @ Susquehanna Bank Arts Center

7/18 ? Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh) @ First Niagara Pavilion

7/19 ? Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre

7/21 ? Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

7/24 ? Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

7/25 ? Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center

7/26 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach

7/29 ? Atlanta, GA @ Aaron?s Amphitheater at Lakewood

7/31 ? San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall

8/1 ? Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/2 ? Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater

7/31 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden

8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/2 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Amphitheater


9/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

10/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

10/2 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/3 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

10/4 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre

10/6 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub

10/7 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite

10/8 – Saskatoon, SK @ O?Brians Event Centre

10/9 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre

10/10 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

10/11 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes

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

10/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom

10/14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue

10/15 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

10/16 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium – Rock & Shock

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

10/19 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot

10/20 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

10/21 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

10/22 – Knoxville, TN @ The International

10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

10/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

10/25 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre

10/27 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/28 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage

10/29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!

10/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre

10/31 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red – NO SOULFLY

11/1 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick – NO SOULFLY

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HOPE DRONE: New Hymn From Australian Atmospheric Blackened Sludge Alchemists Now Playing At Cvlt Nation

“All rivers diverge from centre; Torrents rage through clutching fingers; Stealing into the nothing…” –
HOPE DRONE‘s “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow”


Cloak Of Ash is the imminent new full-length from Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal alchemists, HOPE DRONE. Their debut for Relapse, Cloak Of Ash was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and the band (also at Wavelength Studios), and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. A seven-track stroke of sonic enormity fusing panicked, poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves, the record is reminiscent of the lush yet isolated resonance of bands like Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Altar Of Plagues without replicating them. Indeed, Cloak Of Ash is at once dynamic and textured; nihilistic, doomed and hopeless draped in the dejected dissonance of the prophecy of a dying planet.


As a precursor to Cloak Of Ash‘s official emergence next month, today the desolation-dealers a Cvlt Nation offer up second track, “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,” for public appreciation. Issues the band of the track, “‘Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow’ is about the frailty of human life. It is about holding your loved ones close, in a world that seeks to tear them away into the quiet.”


Adds Cvlt Nation, “Have you ever wondered what it feels like when all of existence is sucked into a black hole? Or when nature decides that the human plague has wreaked enough havoc, and it’s time for our species to go extinct? …’Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,’ and the intensity of [HOPE DRONE‘s] music is enough to make one imagine the above scenarios.”


Experience the punishing, forlorn urgency of “Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow,” courtesy of Cvlt Nation, at THIS LOCATION.


You can also sample first single, “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” at YouTube HERE or via SoundCloud HERE.


HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, “fresh, invigorating and captivating,” by Cvlt Nation, “a bleak style of black metal strongly indebted to the Cascadian variety and played with surprising maturity and aplomb,” and “a band to watch,” by Teeth Of The Divine, and, “possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally and lyrically,” by AngryMetalGuy.


Cloak Of Ash will be available on CD, double LP and digitally via Relapse Records on July 24th, 2015. Physical preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, go HERE.

ENABLER reveals artwork, track-listing, pre-order details for new album, ‘Fail To Feel Safe’

After releasing their By Demons Denied 7″/digital single earlier this month, Ohio’s ENABLER is now ready reveal details for their upcoming full-length effort, Fail To Feel Safe! Due out August 7th worldwide via Century Media Records, Fail To Feel Safe was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti (THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE) and producer Greg Thomas (MISERY SIGNALS, SHAI HULUD), who also produced the band’s critically acclaimed album, All Hail The Void (2012). Mastering was handled by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.
Featuring artwork by Chris Smith (who also created designs for past ENABLER releases and merch), Fail To Feel Safe contains 13 tracks of the band’s signature hardcore-metal. See below for the album track-listing:

Fail To Feel Safe track-listing:

1. Suffer to Survive

2. Fail to Feel Safe

3. By Demons Denied

4. Euphoric Revenge

5. Isolation Sickness

6. Sinister Drifter

7. Sail the Sea of Fire

8. Haunted

9. Drownage

10. Demolition Praise

11. Malady

12. La Furia

13. Sabotage Within
For a first preview of Fail To Feel Safe, be sure to check out the previously released single, “By Demons Denied” (an expanded version appeared on the 7″/digital single of the same name):
To pre-order Fail To Feel Safe, please visit the band’s official store:
Stay tuned for more news coming soon! In the meantime, be sure to purchase the limited By Demons Denied 7″, which includes two exclusive b-sides, “The Flame” and “Some Things Are Worth Living For”:
ENABLER online:

SWEET COBRA Premieres Video From New Magic Bullet Records-Bound Earth LP Via Noisey

Having signed Chicago-based SWEET COBRA for their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, Magic Bullet Records is now preparing the LP for release in July, as the first single is made publicly available through a video of “Future Ghosts” via an exclusive premiere at Noisey.


SWEET COBRA’s first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy, the thundering Earth was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios in Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Massachusetts, and mastered by Carl Saff. Additionally, both Ballou and Talbot make guest appearances on the album. Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach. There’s no rough edges; no jarring moments. From the first note to the conclusion of the twelve-song bang-ouevre, there is crystal clear purpose and cohesiveness throughout. It has the confidence and catchiness of the heavier moments of Queens Of The Stone Age with the drive of The Jesus Lizard. It has the surge and wallop of Quicksand while delving into far more diverse sonic territories. The pairing of Talbot and Ballou as co-producers has truly yielded a stunning, classic heavy album for the ages.


The bizarre official video for first single from Earth, “Future Ghosts” was directed and animated by Katie Kapuza with assistance from Molly Mccandleuss and props and masks created by Christine Ciarleglio. Showcasing not only the crushing and vibrant tones of their new LP, the video also brings out the imaginative and amusing angles of the SWEET COBRA trio. The write-up accompanying the premiere at Noisey issues in part, “Their video for lead single ‘Future Ghosts’ finds the Chicago trio deviating from their earlier permutations of d-beat, sludge metal, and hardcore. As if tipping their hat to the city that’s nurtured them, the song takes on elements of other staunchly uncompromising Chicagoans-the sardonic middle-finger of Jesus Lizard, the bottomfeeder throb of early Pelican, the call-to-arms drive of Naked Raygun..”


Break out SWEET COBRA’s “Future Ghosts” video through Noisey at THIS LOCATION.


Magic Bullet Records will issue Earth on digital formats July 17th, and on LP and CD July 24th. Digital preorders are live HERE and physical preorders will be posted in the coming days.


Earth Track Listing:

1. Far Too Temp

2. Future Ghosts

3. He Tall He

4. Complaints

5. Flight Risk

6. Sunburned Sons

7. Repo

8. Stiff Fits

9. Blue Rose

10. Jealous of Drugs

11. Old Haunts

12. Walls


SWEET COBRA will play a local show for Earth this Friday, June 19th at the Empty Bottle in Chicago as a special advance for their diehard local audience, with another show in Madison later in the month. Much more touring from the band is to be expected in the coming months as well.


6/19/2015 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Cloakroom, Electric Hawk (record release), Paletazo [info]

6/27/2015 The Frequency – Madison, WI w/ The Life And Times


The dedication of its members has helped make SWEET COBRA a household name to fans of bold rock and post-hardcore internationally, and a staple within the bustling music scene of their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2003 by former members of a wide array of notable underground acts and boasting the fury and angular qualities of their hardcore/noise-rock/metal roots with a more straightforward rock rhythm and delivery, the band came into existence and toured alongside the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Coliseum, Black Cobra, Doomriders, The Life And Times, Young Widows and many more. SWEET COBRA toured regularly throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and released a crushing load of recorded material, including three LPs – 2004’s Praise through Seventh Rule Recordings, 2007’s Forever through Hawthorne Street Records, and 2010’s Mercy on Blackmarket Activities – as well as split releases with Doomriders, Get Rad, and Young Widows among other releases.


In fall 2009, with Mercy just completed, second guitarist Mat Arluck lost his ongoing fight with cancer. Arluck’s death left a deep scar on the entire Chicago music scene (and beyond). SWEET COBRA committed to soldier on as a three-piece, as they began, resulting in a transformation of the band in the following years. The members have pushed forward – playing shows, constructing new material, and exploring new sounds. These efforts have culminated in the upcoming release of Earth.

SOFY MAJOR: French Metallic Noise Rockers Complete Third LP, Waste, For October Release; Band To Play Hellfest This Weekend

From the post-industrial wilderness of Clermont-Ferrand, France’s violently addictive hardcore-soaked noise rock outfit, SOFY MAJOR, has confirmed the completion of their third LP, and this week disclose the release details for the anxiously awaited Waste as the band prepares to perform at the massive Hellfest gathering in their native country this weekend.


The construction of SOFY MAJOR‘s Waste LP was handled by nearly the same cohorts as their preceding sophomore album, Idolize, yet under radically different circumstances. While the band traveled from France to Brooklyn, New York in October 2012 to record with Andrew Schneider at Translator Audio (Unsane, Keelhaul, Cave In), Hurricane Sandy waged war on the region, the immense storm surge demolishing the entire studio and all of the band’s gear. Cohort and labelmate Dave Curran (Unsane, Pigs) helped Schneider and the band relocate to Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge and Spaceman Sound studios and complete the recording sessions Sandy attempted to thwart.


Now comes forth the band’s third album, Waste. With just under forty-two minutes of new material, Waste undoubtedly sees SOFY MAJOR charting new boundaries, and at a more relaxed pace. While not shying away from their rampant outbursts completely, the raging appears more subdued, with slightly more melodious sensibilities enveloping its delivery. The grimy Unsane/Harvey Milk/Hammerhead-influenced Big-Muff sonic core of the band’s delivery is here fused to a rocked-out underbelly analogous to the output of Coliseum, Rising, Floor, and the like. Calling once again upon their trusted engineer team, SOFY MAJOR enlisted Dave Curran (Unsane, Pigs, Big Business) to produce Waste, this time on home turf to avoid hurricanes, recording the album at Black Box Studio in France. The output was then mixed by Andrew Schneider (Pigs, Julie Christmas, Unsane) at Translator Audio in Brooklyn and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.


With a barrage of major touring to take place over the coming months around the release of Waste, SOFY MAJOR will raid France’s massive Hellfest for the first time this weekend, set to perform at The Valley this Sunday, June 21st alongside Superjoint Ritual, Saint Vitus, Life Of Agony, Eyehategod, Weedeater, Russian Circles and more. The band will also take on a major European tour with Big Business and labelmates, Pigs, this Fall; dates are to be announced shortly.


The track listing for the Waste LP, as well as its cover art created by Gerald Jay, have been issued well ahead of the album’s destined release date of October 29th through Solar Flare Records, home to Pigs, American Heritage, Fashion Week, Watertank, The Great Sabatini and more, the label owned and operated by SOFY MAJOR bassist/vocalist Mathieu Moulin.



6/21/2015 Hellfest – Clisson, FR w/ Superjoint Ritual, Saint Vitus, Life Of Agony, Eyehategod, Weedeater, Russian Circles, more


Waste Track Listing:

1. Waste

2. We See Fire

3. Turning Point

4. Slow Everywhere

5. Infinite Pill Case

6. Black and Table

7. Iron Butt

8. Devotion Man

9. As Happy As [Les Thugs cover]


Stand by for plenty of other news SOFY MAJOR to be released in the coming weeks.

OGOTAY Signs To Selfmadegod Records; New Full-Length Coming This August + Track Unveiled

Polish death metal quartet, OGOTAY, has just signed a deal with Selfmadegod Records to release their new full-length, entitled Dead God’s Prophet.


Comprised of bassist/vocalist Marcin ?wierczy?ski (Yattering), drummer Szymon Andryszczak (Pandemonium), and guitarists Artur Piotrowski (Mess Age) and Andrzej Peszel, OGOTAY recorded eight brand new songs at G Studio sometime in 2014. The follow-up to 2012’s Eve of The Last Day is set for August 1st, 2015 release via Selfmadegod Records on CD/digital.


OGOTAY is a new, promising group of musicians associated with Tri-City (Poland) music scene, which delivers brutal and technical, old fashioned death metal in the vein of Morbid Angel, Immolation and the like. At the beginning of 2011, Artur “Gufi” Piotrowski (Mess Age) and Andrzej “Pieczar” Peszel (Fulcrum) jointly created several songs, after which Marcin “SVierszcz” Swierczynski (Yattering, Sainc) was brought into the fold. With ten new compositions quickly created, in September of that year the band finished working on promotional material and brought in Szymon “Simon” Andryszczak (Pandemonium) on drums. The debut full-length Eve Of The Last Day was recorded, and released through Let It Bleed Records in April 2012. The band has played bunch of shows supporting the likes of Morbid Angel, Testament, Napalm Death, Vader, Lock-Up and more in support of the new release. Shortly after, OGOTAY began working on their second full length, Dead God’s Prophet, which is now set for release via Selfmadegod.


The first single from the album has been released via the title track “Dead God’s Prophet,” which is now streaming at Selfmadegod Records’ SoundCloud or YouTube channel.


Dead God’s Prophet Track Listing:

1. Dead God’s Prophet

2. Antiseptic Hell

3. Axis Mundi

4. Entering The Void

5. Bastards And Orphans

6. Kneel And Die

7. The Wasteland

8. Huge Fucking Nothing


Stand by for further info, audio, preorder links and tour dates for OGOTAY as Dead God’s Prophet nears release this Summer.

OMMADON: New Psalm From UK Drone/Doom Deafening The Weak At Cvlt Nation; Empathy For The Wicked To See Release Next Month

Empathy For The Wicked is the forthcoming new manifestation of sonic devastation from UK drone/doom twosome, OMMADON. Continuing their everlasting mission to achieve sonic annihilation of the self through unadulterated heaviness and earth-collapsing amplification, Empathy For The Wicked follows the suppressing doom of their critically-lauded, 2014 double LP, V, which earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014.


Levying just one rapturous track broken into two parts, Empathy For The Wicked was recorded live, mixed by OMMADON and mastered by recording legend, Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Zoroaster, Eyehategod, Taurus, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth etc.), who gave it the final crushing touches it deserves. Where previous OMMADON offerings were all captured in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by forest, Empathy For The Wicked marks their first release to be recorded on an industrial estate in urban Northumberland surrounded by the dregs of humanity.


In celebration of its impending release, today Cvlt Nation is crumbling the infrastructures with the thundering resonance of part one of Empathy For The Wicked. Originally recorded for a cassette split with Horse Latitudes and Coltsblood, during that session, OMMADON decided to continue recording through the night and drone out the riff which became the second side to Empathy For The Wicked.


Turn it up and watch your plaster crack at THIS LOCATION.


Empathy For The Wicked will be released on 12″ vinyl via Golden Mantra on July 15th, 2015 with preorders available at:


The only intention this album seems to have is killing the listener. The beauty of it being that once you’re dead, it’s still smashing your fucking soul as you become reborn into eternal darkness. It’s almost like meditation, but for all things evil. Do not fear the walls closing in, as you can not stop them. Do not fight the blade piercing your soul, for it will only hurt momentarily. There is no good. There is no light. Only OMMADON, lurking in the shadows, watching you. Slowly creeping behind you….embrace your death.” – The Sludgelord


“It shouldn’t work. It is 45 minutes-plus of two people carving out enormous, low-frequency slabs of noise. But it does. And when it’s over, you feel as if you’ve experienced something supernatural; like you have seen things which you didn’t think you could see, all through your ears. Almost as if mud pools could make music. Fantastic.” – Echoes And Dust

DIABOLICUM: Industrial Black Metal Pessimists Unleash “Silent Spring” Via Decibel Magazine; Ia Pazuzu… Release Day Looms

With the release of Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), the imminent new full-length from Swedish industrial black metal misanthropes, DIABOLICUM, now less than three weeks away, today Decibel brings forth the suffering with the bitter resonance of third movement, “Silent Spring.”

Now featuring the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) breaks the band’s fourteen-year slumber with nine traumatic hymns of disease, distress and psychological torment; a torrent of plagues mirroring the world in which we dwell.


Already enjoying critical praise for their meticulous display of audio torment, The Metal Observer notes of the release, “DIABOLICUM specializes in heavily industrial-laced black metal that has a tangible sense of misanthropy dripping from every lyric and icy riff. It’s dark and belligerent as black metal should be and, like… Mysticum, they clearly know how to mesh metal and industrial in a way that preserves and highlights the best elements of both (sub)genres,” adding, “I couldn’t help but marvel at the almost arrogantly confident manner in which they kick down the door on barb-wired monsters like ‘Void Of Astaroth’ and ‘Genocide Bliss,’ while also not forgetting that the thrill is as much in the chase as it is in the kill by getting all pensive and dirge-y on us with ‘Silent Spring’ and ‘One Man’s War.'” Terrarelicta issues, “The music is pretty much my definition of a perfect black metal track, with its tremolo picking, fast paced guitars and ultra-fast blast beats… dark and atmospheric, it has a slight Shining vibe at some parts, mainly because of Kvarforth’s vocals.” While No Clean Singing elaborates of first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance,” “The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”


Elaborates the band of “Silent Spring” in a collective statement, “The world has not gotten worse, just more disgusting.”


Choke on the introspective grimness of “Silent Spring,” currently streaming at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

And if you missed it, check out “Salvation Through Vengeance,” still streaming at No Clean Singing HERE.

Initially spawned in 1994 by Sasrof and Thorne under the Imperial moniker, DIABOLICUM stands among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene. The collective’s first demo appeared under the title Mori Voluntaria. The tape was recorded in just two days at a mental hospital and included the session vocals of Blackblood (Tommy Dahlström now of Aeon). Following various personnel shifts, Imperial unleashed The Imperial Darkness demo with vocals and lead guitar handled by Thyrfing (Stefan Dhalberg) with third demo, De FÆrdÆmdas Legion, unveiled by Arte De Occulta shortly thereafter. By 1997, members of Imperial formed black metal collective, Helvete, together with Mysteriis and Kraath of Setherial. The project was put on hold when guitarist Sasrof took over bass responsibilities for Setherial.


Two years later, Imperial changed their name to DIABOLICUM. Nathzion (AKA Zeb Nilsson now of Aeon) joined the ranks as lead guitarist and DIABOLICUM‘s debut, the annihilating The Grandeur Of Hell, dropped in 1999 via Napalm Records. By the summer of 2000, DIABOLICUM united with Code666. Wielding a flawless meld of Swedish black metal and industrial ambient noise, 2001’s resulting The Dark Blood Rising full-length is now considered a cult classic among the industrial black metal scene. In the years to follow, the band published a collection of early demos (The Killing Spree 1.5) and two split 7″ EP – one with Watain; the other with Angst – before penning their third diabolic opus with new vocalist Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and lead guitarist Likstrand.


And now, the plague-ridden fruits of Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) are finally ready for official unveiling. Featuring guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), and artwork by Maxime Taccardi, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is unapologetic, anguished and devouring. The world will never be the same.


DIABOLICUM‘s Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available via Italy’s Code666 in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

MELTED SPACE: All-Star Lineup For Sensory Records-Bound French Metal Opera Album Announced + Trailer Posted

Following an announcement marking the signing of MELTED SPACE in March, Sensory Records is now confirming the details for the impending release of The Great Lie, a massively ambitious metal opera project led by French composer Pierre le Pape. A brief trailer for the album has been released, the video listing the full all-star cast of musicians involved in the album, which includes members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra!




MELTED SPACE is the creation of French composer Pierre le Pape, who bears a master degree in classical music and movie scores, here creating a modern opera that takes over the classical codes, including numerous characters, scenario, powerful orchestral arrangements and varied ambiances, all set to skilled and catchy songwriting and amazing casting. The new MELTED SPACE album, The Great Lie, features fourteen prestigious and unexpected singers, joined by seven talented guest musicians and The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra. Together, this cast has created an epic saga as powerful as moving, and by mixing the tradition of the classic opera with infectious heavy metal, The Great Lie promises to set a new milestone in the genre. The full cast of guests on the album includes David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Ailyn Gimenéz (Sirenia), Kobi Fahri (Orphaned Land), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Sylvain Coudret (Soilwork), Adrien Grousset (Hacride), Christine Rhoades (Jeff Loomis), Manuel Munoz (The Old Dead Tree), Arnaud Strobl (Carnival In Coal), Clémentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis), Virginie Goncalves (Kells),


Initiated by pianist and composer Pierre Le Pape, MELTED SPACE stands as the first French metal opera boasting the air of a huge choral fresco, bringing together numerous female and male singers and musicians from the international metal scene. Powerful metal meets the refined essence of movie soundtrack-style movements the band has seduced a wide audience. MELTED SPACE‘s music is inspired by traditional symphonic metal but is also rooted in the black and death metal scenes, each coming to play depending on what action that is taking place within the story that Pierre is telling us.


MELTED SPACE began as an instrumental project by Le Pape in 2007, yet under the thumb of his electro-acoustic teacher, he created a universe of its own which can be described as a potential ultimate step in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” The first record, 2009’s There’s A Place, was totally self-produced and while it was a completely instrumental album, it laid the foundations of the band’s 2012-releaseed successor, From The Past, which really pushed the name further. Gathering twenty-six musicians, renowned female and male singers, From The Past received rapturous articles and one of the most enthusiastic welcomes. Following this success, Pierre didn’t stop there and started to compose a mini-album entitled Between, which was released in May 2013 with Season Of Mist and PlasticHead handling French and European distribution. MELTED SPACE had gone further again as Pierre hired two internationally-known singers to interpret his songs: Liv Kristine (Leaves’s Eyes, ex-Theater Of Tragedy) and Ashmedi (Melechesh). Le Pape then hired five talented musicians to go on tour with him as main support act for The Old Dead Tree’s last tour in October 2013, and the motivation since has now resulted in additional tour and festival dates, and now, the most ambitious album from the collective yet, with The Great Lie.


Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, will release The Great Lie on October 16th, 2015. Stand by for additional samples from the album and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

FORESEEN HKI: Finnish Crossover Quintet Prepares For First US Invasion; Set At This Is Hardcore And Subsequent Tour Impending

Finland’s most decimating hardcore crossover thrash quintet, FORESEEN HKI, has announced the band’s very first American touring endeavor, as the band prepares to raid This Is Hardcore Fest, kicking off their first stateside tour with Helsinki Savagery Over America.


Leading off FORESEEN HKI‘s upcoming US tour in support of their Helsinki Savagery debut LP, the band will hit the stage at the mighty annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26th, set to play alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and many others. Directly after the fest appearance, the band will hit the East Coast alongside Power Trip and Red Death for a week of dates, after which they’ll split off on their own ongoing rogue mission into the Upper Midwest states and back to the East Coast, ending the trek in Baltimore on August 9th, with a total of sixteen shows confirmed.


Stream FORESEEN HKI’s Helsinki Savagery in full RIGHT HERE along with digital order options, and pick up the CD HERE and LP HERE.


FORESEEN HKI Helsinki Savagery Over America Tour Dates:

7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest [info]

7/27/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Barge [info]

7/28/2015 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]

7/29/2015 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Protestor [info]

7/30/2015 Cuisine en Locale – Boston, MA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom Intent [info]

7/31/2015 Warren American Legion – Warren, NJ w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Razorheads [info]

8/01/2015 Palisades – Brooklyn, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]

8/02/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]

8/03/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY

8/04/2015 Zenith – Detroit, MI

8/05/2015 Mt. Happy – Chicago, IL

8/06/2015 Indiana City Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN [info]

8/07/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH

8/08/2015 Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA [matinee]

8/08/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA [night]

8/09/2015 Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD [matinee] [info]


FORESEEN HKI delivered their relentless debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, through 20 Buck Spin in November, followed by a vinyl edition several weeks later, its distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility bringing back a vengeful streetwise edge to thrash that’s largely been missing for years. Recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, and the cover art for the record was created by Eetu Blomqvist and Chad Keith.


Courageous journalists took to the album immediately, resulting in an invigorated mass of reactions in media outlets everywhere. Decibel Magazine dubbed Helsinki Savagery, “one of the darkest, nastiest slabs of crossover thrash to come lurching out of the heavy metal tar pits in a long, long while, continuing, “This is a collection of seriously charged steamroller songs, representing a near-perfect fusing of the wild churn ‘n’ chug of Crossover-era D.R.I. and Carnivore to the metalized controlled aggressions and velocity of Vio-lence (circa Bonded By Blood Exodus) and Nuclear Assault.” A pulverizing 9.5/10 review from This Is Not A Scene praised, “FORESEEN are a shining example of carrying the genre ever onward, that I would quite happily file amongst the original thrash greats that no doubt inspired them. Without shadow of a doubt, I’d say it’s a thrash metal classic already and an essential purchase for thrash fans old and new.” The opinion of Last Rites agreed offering, “Standing between Agnostic Front metallic punk and Nuclear Assault punkish metal, FORESEEN‘s brand of thrashing pulls from the best of both worlds. Of that blend, its riffs lean squarely toward the latter ingredient, full-on furious thrash that feels perpetually on the verge of complete chaos.”

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