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ALLEGAEON To Kick Off Get Rekt Live Takeover

Colorado’s ALLEGAEON will return to the road next week on a month-long run of live excursions. The journey will commence with a performance on March 18th at SXSW at Dirty Dog as part of the fifth annual South By South Death showcase, presented by and 89.5FM WSOU. From there, the band will be joined by The Agonist and Product Of Hate for Get Rekt Tour 2015 which includes appearances at Texas Independence Fest and the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. See a full list of confirmed performances below.

ALLEGAEON will be touring in support of their Elements Of The Infinite full-length, released last year via Metal Blade Records. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage etc.) at Flatline Audio in Colorado,Elements Of The Infinite serves as the band’smost realized and mature release to date rightfully claiming spots on a medley of year end lists, including,, and For the first time ever, ALLEGAEON cracked the charts with the record earning the #25 spot on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #31 on the Canadian Hard Rock Chart and #141 on the Canadian Digital Music Charts. On the day of release in Canada, the album was #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #38 on the iTunes Top 200 Current Album Chart. In the US, the album peaked at #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart. Elements Of The Infinite can be ordered now on, where the band’s previous videos for “1.618,” “Our Cosmic Casket,” and “Dyson Sphere” are also streaming.

3/18/2015 SXSW South By South Death Showcase @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
w/ The Agonist, Product Of Hate
3/21/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/22/2015 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
3/23/2015 Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2015 White Oak Music Hall – Van Nuys, CA
3/25/2015 Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
3/26/2015 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
3/27/2015 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
3/28/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/29/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/04/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
4/06/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH w/ The Agonist
4/07/2015 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
4/08/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
4/10/2015 Curtain Club- Dallas, TX
4/11/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/12/2015 Texas Independence Festival @ Empire Control Room And Garage – Austin, TX
4/14/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/15/2015 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
4/16/2015 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
4/17/2015 Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
4/18/2015 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/19/2015 The Papers Box – Brooklyn, NY
4/20/2015 Backstage At Championships – Trenton, NJ

Fates Warning announce 2015 US tour dates

Progressive metal masters Fates Warning will be touring the US in October 2015 – initial confirmed dates are below, and more will be added in the coming weeks.


Fri, October 9 – Hartford, CT, Webster Theater
Sat, October 10 – Worcester, MA, Palladium
Sun, October 11 – Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
Fri, October 23 – Dallas, TX, Trees
Sat, October 24 – Houston, TX, Scout Bar
Sun, October 25 – San Antonio, TX, 210 Kapone’s Live

In 2013, Fates Warning released their eleventh album (and first for the InsideOut label), Darkness in a Different Light, to great acclaim from fans and media. Stay tuned for additional dates!


PRONG has released their cover of the Bad Brains classic “Banned in D.C.” off their forthcoming covers LP, exclusively through Revolvermag.

Songs From The Black Hole will be released in the U.S. on March 31st via eOne Music. The release will be in tandem with SPV/Steamhammer special CD and LP edition available in Scandinavia on March 25, in Germany on March 27, and the rest of Europe on March 30. “PRONG is very excited about the upcoming release of our new record, ‘Songs From The Black Hole,'” says frontman Tommy Victor. “We are equally excited about the artwork and packaging.”

The band has also announced a full U.S tour for the fall, a tour poster with dates can be seen above.

Victor continues, “With the help of our art director Mike Lopez, the theme of urban decay, desolation, insecurity and ultimate change that prevails in the music has been brought to the surface in images. Since much of PRONG’s origins come from a place of abandonment, we feel our new album artwork fully reflects this sentiment.”

The track list is far from traditional. With covers of artists like Neil Young, Black Flag, Bad Brains and Sisters of Mercy, the band casts their net wide. The goal, says Victor, was to explore the vast landscape that makes up the bands sound, stemming from their roots. “Since the record explores PRONG’s roots, musically and geographically, this needed to be expressed visually and this was attained.”

1. Doomsday (DISCHARGE)
2. Vision Thing (SISTERS OF MERCY)
3. Goofy`s Concern (BUTTHOLE SURFERS)
4. Kids Of The Black Hole (ADOLESCENTS)
5. Bars (BLACK FLAG)
6. Seeing Red (KILLING JOKE)
7. Don`t Want To Know If You Are Lonely (HÜSKER DÜ)
8. Give Me The Cure (FUGAZI)
9. Banned in DC (BAD BRAINS)
10. Cortez The Killer (NEIL YOUNG)

SIX FEET UNDER: Victor Brandt To Step In On Bass For HateFest Tour 2015

April 2015 will see the return of Europe’s HateFest Tour. The unholy bill will be headlined by SIX FEET UNDER and includes Marduk, Vader and Hate! Special guests on all weekend-dates will be Eisregen and Debauchery.

Stepping in on bass for the tour will be Victor Brandt. Comments SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes, “Thanks to all the fans for the great response to the upcoming new SFU release, Crypt Of The Devil, and the first track, ‘Open Coffin Orgy.’ We are currently getting ready for our upcoming European tour with Vader and Marduk on HateFest. It will be a cataclysmic event. Do not miss it. Also for this run of dates we want to let you know that stepping in for our bass player, Jeff Hughell, will be Victor Brandt from Entombed. Steve Marco and myself are very much looking forward to sharing the stage with Victor while Jeff and his wife Fazi welcome the birth of their first child! It’s gonna be a great year for SIX FEET UNDER! Can’t wait to see you all soon!”

Adds Brandt: “I am very proud and happy to step in for my good friend and Warwick brother, Jeff Hughell, on bass with the mighty SIX FEET UNDER for their upcoming tour in Europe. We’re gonna have a blast! See you in the pit and/or the bar.”

SIX FEET UNDER w/ Marduk, Vader, Hate:
4/02/2015 Hellraiser – Leipzig, DE
4/03/2015 Gasometer – Wien, AT w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/04/2015 Z7 – Pratteln, CH w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/05/2015 Weststadthalle – Essen, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/06/2015 Garage – Saarbrücken, DE
4/07/2015 Club Vaudeville – Lindau, DE
4/08/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
4/09/2015 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
4/10/2015 Musichall – Geiselwind, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/11/2015 Backstage – München, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/12/2015 Postbahnhof – Berlin, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery

SIX FEET UNDER will release their eleventh studio recording this Spring via Metal Blade Records. Titled Crypt Of The Devil, the ten track slab of audio violence was composed by vocalist Chris Barnes and Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall. While on tour with Cannabis Corpse in 2013, Barnes and Hall met and kept in touch. Barnes would later lend his vocals to a track on Cannabis Corpse’s From Wisdom To Baked. That same year, Hall and Barnes joined forces to pen brand new SIX FEET UNDER tracks. Barnes lauds Hall’s take on the SIX FEET UNDER style of death metal and stated that this material was, “where my wheelhouse is – it’s where I thrive vocally and lyrically.” Crypt Of The Devil stands as a truly collaborative and cross-country effort from a selection of today’s finest metal minds, and the result is a refreshing SIX FEET UNDER experience.

NECROWRETCH releases new album, ‘With Serpents Scourge’, in North America; launches new track, “The Bells Of Evil Schism”

NECROWRETCH’s new album, With Serpents Scourge, has been released in North America! To purchase With Serpents Scourge, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats.

For a preview of the album, be sure to check out the new track, “The Bells Of Evil Schism”:

With Serpents Scourge offers nine tracks of ugly and depraved satanic death metal, praising evil in all its merciless, rotten beauty. The album was mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony (NECROPHOBIC, DISSECTION, ASPHYX, NECROS CHRISTOS, etc.). The brilliant, detailed cover artwork was again done by Milovan Novakovic, who also created NECROWRETCH’s previous artworks.

With Serpents Scourge track-listing:
1. Black Death Communion
2. Feast Off Their Doom
3. With Serpents Scourge
4. By Evil And Beyond
5. The Bells Of Evil Schism
6. He Thrones On Thy Sins
7. Even Death May Die
8. Infernal Imprecation
9. Mortem Ritu

Vlad – guitars, vocals
Amphycion – bass
Ilmar – drums

IRON REAGAN Announces North American, European and UK Tour Dates

Richmond, Virginia’s IRON REAGAN are true road warriors. After just wrapping up an extensive North American run, the band has a quick break before heading over for their first-ever Australian tour. IRON REAGAN are set to head down under April 7th in Wollongong, NSW and wraps up April 11th in Melbourne, VIC.

After Australia the band shows no signs of stopping as today they have announced a touring schedule that will keep them on the road through July! The band has announced new United States dates, European dates and a headlining UK Tour. A complete list of dates can be found below. The European dates include numerous festival appearances and the US dates will also feature Noisem and Angel Dust.

Bassist Land Phil on touring Europe.
“I am very excited to bring IRON REAGAN to all you crazy head bangers across the ocean. We have been busy as hell these past two years touring the US and Canada and have yet to get the opportunity to go overseas and play in front of some of the greatest audiences in the world. Prepare for some raging, out of control, cross-over insanity!”

Front man Tony Foresta about hitting the UK:
“IRON REAGAN’s first trip to the UK!!!! And to top it off a gig in London at one of my all time favorite venues with legends Terrorizer. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing so many old friends as well as bringing Iron Reagan to a whole new audience. I’m going to fill up on so much food at Cookies and Scream in Camden that I will most likely barf it all up later that night at the Crobar. Can’t wait!”

Iron Reagan released their sophomore full-length The Tyranny of Will via Relapse Records last year along with the viral video directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang, ZZ Top) for the song “Miserable Failure”.

Fronted by the venomously lyrical Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), on paper IRON REAGAN is a Richmond, Virginia super group (the band also features Phil Hall of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, etc. as well as Ryan Parrish formerly of Darkest Hour together with members of Mammoth Grinder).


***Australian Tour***
April 07 Wollongong, NSW Yours and Owls
April 08 Brisbane, QLD Crowbar
April 09 Newcastle, NSW Cambridge Hotel
April 10 Sydney, NSW Bald Face Stag
April 11 Melbourne, VIC The Tote

***European tour***
April 30 Dunkerque, FR Les 4 Ecluses
May 01 Meerhout, BE Groezrock Festival
May 02 Nantes, FR Nantes Hardcore Festival
May 04 Bourg en Bresse, FR La Tannerie
May 05 Schweiz, DE TBC
May 06 Koln, DE Underground
May 07 Osnabruck, DE Bastard Club
May 08 Berlin, DE Cassiopeia
May 09 Andernach, DE JUZ Live Club

***All dates from 5/28 – 6/6 with Angel Du$t and Noisem***
May 28 Baltimore, MD Metro
May 29 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
May 30 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
May 31 Pittsburgh, PA Gooski’s w/ Knife
June 02 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
June 03 Boston, MA Great Scott
June 04 New York, NY Saint Vitus
June 05 Philadelphia, PA Black Box @ Underground Arts
June 06 Richmond, VA TBA

*European Tour Dates*
Jun 18 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell 2015
Jun 19 Haarlem, NL Patronaat
Jun 20 Hiausterdyk, NL Dokk’em Open Air
Jun 21 Clisson, France Hellfest
Jun 23 Lyon, FR Warm Audio
Jun 24 Sadenia, IT TBA
Jun 25 Milano, Italy Solomacello Festival
Jun 26 Roma, IT Traffic Club
Jun 27 Bologna, IT Freakout Club
Jun 28 Nova Gorica, SK Mostovna
Jul 01 Antwerpen, BE TBA
Jul 02 Tilburg, NL Hall of Fame
Jul 03 Munster, DE Vainstream
Jul 04 Tabor, CZ Mighty Sounds Festival

*UK Headlining Dates*
Jul 08 Bristol, UK The Exchange
Jul 09 Newcastle, UK Think Tank
Jul 10 Glasgow, UK Audio
Jul 11 Manchester, UK Star & Garter
Jul 12 London, UK The Underworld
Jul 16 Giedrius, LT Devilstone Festival
Jul 17 Viveiro, ES Resurrection Fest
Jul 18 Albi, France Xtreme Fest

WARBRINGER – Back in action with new line-up; Touring Asia!

WARBRINGER built a reputation for themselves. The Southern California thrash metal band were part of every major tour around the globe for five years straight. In that time it was miraculous that they found time to record four albums of unrelenting aggression. And then it all came to a screeching halt.

“I really thought that the Empires Collapse record cycle ended prematurely due to the departure of (guitarist) John Laux and (drummer) Carlos Cruz. I figured it would be the end of the band, and the end of my life’s work, as I’d really put everything I had into this band” explains singer John Kevill.

“I remember on the last show we played on that US tour (guitarist) Adam Carroll came to me and told me how we had to keep the torch held high and to realize the full potential of the band no matter what. We carried on the following European tour with fill-in members, as we really hate to cancel a gig and let down our fans, but it really seemed like the end for us. Fortunately, though it took a long time, we have been able to find musicians in our area to help carry on the torch of the destructive, intense music this band stands for. So welcome Vicken Hovsepian on drums, Noah Young on guitar, and Alex Malmquist on bass. Our mission since we started rehearsing together was to be the tightest incarnation of the band yet, and to raise the bar and move forward, never back. So far progress has been great and I can’t wait to get out there and unleash this new weapon upon the world.”

After months of intense rehearsal the five-piece is ready to show the world the new WARBRINGER. The campaign starts with an Asian Assault because there’s nothing better than flying halfway across the world and debuting your new lineup in front of a huge crowd at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside established heavyweights like Lamb of God, Mayhem, Vader, Unearth, and The Faceless among others. This show will be followed by additional headlining dates in the region, an area WARBRINGER have attacked feverishly before.

“We are extremely pumped to return to Asia. It will be our third time over there and we’re ready to get back into action and bust some skulls! We’ve played Indonesia and Taiwan before but this run will include our first visit to China so we’re excited for that” states Kevill.

WARBRINGER are already putting together plans for US shows throughout the summer in between writing sessions for a next album. The first of these short runs will begin with a pair of shows at the San Diego and Anaheim House of Blues with Meshuggah. Then headliners at the World Famous Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood, Thee Parkside in San Francisco and The Spring Meltdown Festival in Reno, NV.

“We’re looking forward to playing our hometown again after well over a year. We’re going to play some songs we have never played live before and seriously bring down the hammer. See you guys there, c’mon and let’s wreck the place!”

WARBRINGER – Live 2015:
March 8 – Hammersonic Festival – Jakarta, Indonesia
March 10 – Hidden Agenda – Hong Kong
March 11 – Yu Gong Yi Shan – Beijing, China
March 13 – The Wall – Taipei, Taiwan
April 13 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
April 14 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
April 30 – Whisky – W. Hollywood, CA
May 1 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
May 2 – Spring Meltdown Fest – Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV

BENIGHTED announce UK tour dates

Leading European death metal extremists BENIGHTED have announced a string of tour dates in the UK. The trek, which begins on April 11, sees the band playing shows in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and more before concluding on April 17 in Reading. Support on this tour comes from CANCEROUS WOMB and ABHORRENT DECIMATION. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

BENIGHTED are touring in support of their recently-released live CD + DVD set, ‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’. The album is streaming now at Bandcamp. The DVD art and track list can be found below.

Regarding the forthcoming trek, the band comments: “We are very proud and excited to come back to the UK for this leg. We are looking forward to kick ass together with our friends from CANCEROUS WOMB and ABHORRENT DECIMATION, who will join us! We will sure deliver a sick and intense show that our UK fans will not forget soon. Promise! Don’t miss this!”

BENIGHTED have embarked on a headlining tour of Canada. The tour sees the band travel throughout the country before concluding on March 21. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Track list:
1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Let the Blood Spill between My Broken Teeth
4. Collapse
5. Experience Your Flesh
6. Carnivore Sublime
7. Prey
8. Grind Wit
9. Fritzl
10. Collection of Dead Portraits
11. Slaughter Suicide
12. Slut
13. Asylum Cave

Canadian tour dates:
3/05 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekcuf
3/06 Toronto, ON @ Rancho Relaxo
3/07 Sault Ste Marie, ON @ Oddfellows Hall
3/08 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
3/09 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
3/10 Regina, SK @ The Clud
3/11 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/12 Vernon, BC @ The Green
3/13 Vancouver, BC @ Funky Winker Bean’s
3/14 Kamloops, BC @ Dirty Jersey
3/15 Edmonton, AB @ Dv8
3/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Vangellis
3/17 Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn
3/19 Sudbury, ON @ Theater Cambrian
3/20 Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Salle Évolu-Son
3/21 Trois-Rivières, QC @ Batisse Industrielle

UK dates:
4/11 Croydon UK @ Scream Lounge
4/12 Bristol UK @ The Exchange
4/13 Liverpool UK @ Magnet
4/14 Edinburgh UK @ Bannermans
4/15 Leeds UK @ Temple of Boom
4/16 Birmingham UK @ The Flapper
4/17 Reading UK @ Face Bar


Do legacies ever fade? Not when Brazilian blood is involved.

Celebrating their 30th year of existence, Brazil’s most esteemed metal band SEPULTURA will be headlining a Metal Injection-sponsored tour that includes German thrashers DESTRUCTION as direct support and American melodic tech-deathsters ARSIS as openers. We can already sense the frenzy in mosh pits across the U.S. and Canada, too.

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

The mayhem begins in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10th and ends on June 14th in
Grand Junction, Colorado. SEPULTURA  will be performing one solo show on
May 9th.

Confirmed SEPULTURA ? 30 Years tour dates are:

05/09/15 Rock In Rio ? Las Vegas, NV
05/10/15 Joe?s Grotto ? Phoenix, AZ
05/11/15 The Whisky ? West Hollywood, CA
05/12/15 Ace of Spades ? Sacramento, CA
05/13/15 Bossonova Ballroom ? Portland, OR
05/14/15 Studio Seven ? Seattle, WA
05/15/15 Rickshaw Theater ? Vancouver, B.C. ? CANADA
05/16/15 Starlite Room ? Edmonton, AB ? CANADA
05/17/15 Pub Station ? Billings, MT
05/19/15 Zoo Cabaret ? Winnipeg, MB ? CANADA
05/20/15 The Amsterdam ? Minneapolis, MN
05/21/15 High Noon Saloon ? Madison, WI
05/22/15 Reggie?s ? Chicago, IL
05/23/15 Expo Five ? Louisville, KY
05/24/15 Centerstage Bar & Grill ? Kokomo, IN
05/26/15 The Pyramid Scheme ? Grand Rapids, MI
05/28/15 Opera House ? Toronto, ON ? CANADA
05/29/15 Club Soda ? Montreal, QC ? CANADA
05/30/15 Webster Hall ? New York, NY
05/31/15 Jewel Nightclub ? Manchester, NH
06/01/15 Ottobar ? Baltimore, MD
06/02/15 The NorVA ? Norfolk, VA
06/03/15 Holligans Music Hall ? Jacksonville, NC
06/04/15 The Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA
06/05/15 Culture Room ? Fort Lauderdale, FL
06/06/15 Publiq House ? New Orleans, LA
06/07/15 BFE Rock Club ? Houston, TX
06/08/15 The Rail Club ? Fort Worth, TX
06/10/15 Empire Garage ? Austin, TX
06/11/15 Cine El Rey ? McAllen, TX
06/12/15 Sunshine Theater ? Albuquerque, NM
06/13/15 Summit Music Hall ? Denver, CO
06/14/15 Mesa Theater ? Grand Junction, CO

Red Fang Announce Headlining Australian / New Zealand Tour

Fresh off their North American tour with Opeth and In Flames, Portland, OR hard rockers RED FANG have announced a headlining tour in Australia/New Zealand this May. The tour comes on the heels of the band’s headlining appearances at the renowned Desertfest along with numerous European and Russian tour dates. RED FANG have also recently confirmed various European festival appearances this summer including Hellfest, Forta Rock, Copenhell, Mighty Sounds Festival and many others. A complete listing of upcoming dates is included below.

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

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

Apr 21 L’EPICERIE MODERNE Feyzin, France
Apr 22 L’Autre Canal Nancy, France
Apr 23 Grand Mix Tourcoing, France
Apr 24 Desertfest London, United Kingdom
Apr 25 Desertfest Berlin, Germany
Apr 26 Alibi Wroclaw, Poland
Apr 27 Fabryka Krakow, Poland
Apr 29 Zal Ozhidaniya Saint Petersburg, Russia
Apr 30 Volta Moscow, Russian Federation
May 07 Rosemount Perth Wa, Australia
May 08 Fowlers Live Adelaide, Australia
May 09 The Barwin Club Geelong, Australia
May 10 Cherry Rock 015 Melbourne, Australia
May 12 Crowbar Brisbane, Australia
May 13 Crowbar Brisbane, Australia
May 14 The Manning Bar Sydney, Australia
May 15 The Prince Bandroom St. Kilda, Australia
May 16 Kings Arm Newton, New Zealand
May 17 San Francisco Bath House Te Aro, New Zealand
Jun 06 FortaRock 2015 w/ Epica Nymegen, Netherlands
Jun 18 Copenhell 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun 19 Azkena Rock Festival ARF 2015 Bilbao, Spain
Jun 26 Provinssi Festival Seinajoki, Finland
Jul 03 Mighty Sounds Festival Tabor, Czech Republic
Jul 04 Vainstream Rockfest Münster, Germany

CYNIC announce Japanese tour dates

Progressive, hard rock innovators CYNIC (guitarist/vocalist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Sean Malone) have announced a string of Japanese tour dates. The dates start on September 4 in Tokyo, and sees the band concluding their trek in Osaka on September 6. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

CYNIC are touring in support of their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’. ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ was released on Feb. 18, 2014 (Feb. 14 worldwide).

CYNIC recently graced the front page of the LA times, and has also been featured in Guitar World, Drum! Magazine, Decibel Magazine, and more . ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us’ has been called. ?…an album that, while most definitely in the realm of prog rock, has the kind of open, unpretentious air that makes Rush such an easy-to-love band.? (AllMusic), and “an album that transcends all the limitations of genre and era, and in the end will come to represent what you want it to be, nothing more, nothing less. There are few albums which can claim such a remarkable hold.” (Prog Magazine).

CYNIC Japanese Tour Dates
9/4 Tokyo, JP @ Club Asia
9/5 Tokyo, JP @ Unit
9/6 Osaka, JP @ Drop

What the press has said about CYNIC:

“CYNIC should be understood not so much alongside any metal bands, but along with such radical harmonic progressives in the last 45 years of pop and jazz as Milton Nascimento, the Beach Boys or Pat Metheny.” – Ben Ratcliffe – The New York Times

Another über-heavyweight of 2014, Kindly Bent To Free Us is a rare piece that reaches the hype that precedes it and, in surprising fashion, manages to destroy whatever expectations remained. – Dead Rhetoric

Cynic may have started out as a technical death metal band two decades ago, but they?ve since evolved into one of the leading voices in prog rock with a sound more nuanced than pummeling, ?Kindly? being among their most adventurous, melodically refined works. – Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Cynic makes technical, progressive sounding music sound fun and emotional. These guys are masterful technical musicians, but more importantly, they are great songwriters.” – Pop Matters

“If Focus was the cutting edge kid who didn’t even realise the infernos that were being set in the wake of his actions, and if Traced In Air was the returning, once-absent adult with everything to prove, Kindly Bent To Free Us is the confident elder statesmen who accepts living life with the knowledge that, at some point, you can only be you.” – Bravewords and Bloody Knuckles

“Cynic have returned with an elemental power. They are defying gravity at every turn with music that seems lighter than air.” – MetalSucks

WHITECHAPEL TO Kick Off Brotherhood Of The Blade Headlining Tour Tomorrow; “Let Me Burn” Video Unveiled

Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again tomorrow for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. The journey will take the Tennessee natives from Memphis through the Midwest and includes an appearance at Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, California March 7th alongside The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce The Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more.

In conjunction with the tour’s kick off, WHITECHAPEL have unveiled a video for “Let Me Burn,” from their critically-lauded Our Endless War full-length issued last year via Metal Blade Records. For “Let Me Burn,” the band collaborated with director Mitch Massie (Cattle Decapitation, The Dillinger Escape Plan et al) who brought the track’s lyrics to to life in gloriously gory fashion; this video is not for those with a weak constitution.

WHITECHAPEL vocalist Phil Bozeman explains: “The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and eventually douses himself in gasoline and begs his daughter to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and regrets everything he has done.” Guitarist Alex Wade adds: “It’s our first time trying a story based video versus a performance video with us playing and we’re really happy with how it came out. Phil’s idea for the concept of the video mixed with Mitch Massie’s directing developed a very dark and sinister feel that represents the song well.”

2/28/2015 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/01/2015 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/02/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
3/03/2015 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/05/2015 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
3/07/2015 NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) – San Bernardino, CA
3/08/2015 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
3/09/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/10/2015 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
3/11/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2015 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR

WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records. Their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release to date, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

MORGOTH launches lyric video for new track, “Snakestate”

MORGOTH has released a lyric video for the track “Snakestate” off the upcoming album, Ungod. “Snakestate” perfectly displays the trademark sound and musical variety of Ungod, an album that turned out surprisingly diverse and fresh, capturing the essence of MORGOTH by blending the ferociousness of the band’s legendary EPs, Resurrection Absurd and The Eternal Fall, with the abysmal atmosphere of MORGOTH’s great classic albums, Cursed and Odium. Fans can listen to the track here:

Ungod will be released on March 30th in Europe and April 7th in North America via Century Media Records. In addition to the standard jewelcase CD and digital download format, a limited digipak CD version (with alternate cover colouring and two bonus tracks) and LP edition of Ungod will be available at CM Distro. See below for an overview of the different LP colors:
–Black vinyl – unlimited
–Dark green vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)
–Silver vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro USA)
–Golden vinyl – limited to 200 copies (exclusively available at Nuclear Blast)

The worldwide pre-order will start on March 2nd.

MORGOTH live 2015:
Mar. 26 – Hamburg (Germany) – Bambi Galore *
Mar. 27 – Berlin (Germany) – Cassiopeia *
Mar. 28 – Würzburg (Germany) – Cafe Cairo *
Mar. 29 – Wermelskirchen (Germany) – AJZ Bahndamm *
Jun. 13 – Cerveny Kostelec (Czech Republic) – Czech Death Fest
Jun. 19 – Copenhagen (Denmark) – Copenhell Festival
Jun. 20 – Dessel (Belgium) – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 21 – Clisson (France) – Hellfest
Jun. 26-28 – Protzen (Germany) – Protzen Open Air
Jul. 18 – Wadersloh/Diestedde (Germany) – Black Frenzy Festival
Jul. 30-Aug. 1 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13-15 – Dinkelsbühl (Germany) – Summer Breeze Open Air

PYRRHON: New York Experimental Death Metal Strategists Announce European Tour

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, have announced their first ever European tour. Featuring support from French grinders Department Of Correction, the trek will commence on April 10th in Paris, France and runs through April 25th in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

The band will be touring in support of their sophomore full-length and Relapse debut, The Mother Of Virtues. Released in early 2014, PYRRHON’s The Mother Of Virtues take its listeners on a traumatic sonic voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity with a mind-altering synthesis of clanging death, dark jazz rhythms, twisted storytelling and subtle shades of otherworldly psychedelia. Heavy Blog Is Heavy calls the record, “delightfully off-kilter and forever twisting,” Pitchfork dubs it, “…interesting and audacious…” while Noisey elaborates, “NYC’s PYRRHON sits alone in the fold between a pair of local giants, Unsane and Suffocation. The band clearly leans on its nerdier than thou technical death metal approach to provide the backbone of what they do, but for some of the breakdowns and parts that surround the fretboard wizardry is a devotion to the noisy, misanthropy found on records by Today Is The Day and most of the early Am-Rep roster. It’s a mix of intelligent hatred that could only come from the five boroughs…”

PYRRHON w/ Department Of Correction:

4/10/2015 Cirque Electrique – Paris, FR

4/11/2015 TBA – Poitiers, FR

4/12/2015 Canadian Café – Tours, FR

4/13/2015 Pavillons Sauvages – Toulouse, FR

4/14/2015 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR

4/15/2015 Raymond Bar – Clermont Ferrand, FR

4/16/2015 L’Assomoir – Saint Etienne, FR

4/17/2015 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, FR

4/18/2015 Caffette – Bern, CH

4/19/2015 Epplehaus – Tubingen, DE

4/20/2015 Péniche Inside Out – Liege, BE

4/21/2015 Unicorn – London, UK

4/22/2015 Temples of Boom – Leeds, UK

4/23/2015 Northumberland Arms – Newcastle, UK

4/24/2015 Alma Inn – Bolton, UK

4/25/2015 Tiki Pub – Plymouth, UK

DRUDKH stream new track, announce album details

Enigmatic Ukrainian black metal pioneers DRUDKH are streaming the first new track taken from their highly anticipated new album, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’. The track, titled “Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover the Eyes” is streaming now at No Clean Singing. ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ will be released by Season of Mist on April 20, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The track list can be seen below.

Their most epic full-length to date, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ features the grandeur of seven huge, sweeping songs that draw inspiration from the genre’s true roots. Eschewing speed and brutally for ambiance and mood, each piece is a journey downward giving pause only for a fell voice from the wilderness. Without a doubt, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is black metal brilliance, and the ultimate statement of intent from a true genre leader.

Track List:
1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To The Epoch Of Unbowed Poets
4. Embers
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

The band’s first new studio record since 2012, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is DRUDKH’s follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Eternal Turn of the Wheel’. The album represents the ancient pagan cycle of the seasons and a marked a return to the band’s roots and early sound. The album is streaming at the official DRUDKH bandcamp page.

ULCERATE Announces Australasia MMXV Tour Dates

Cutting-edge death metal outfit, ULCERATE, has announced a run of Spring and early Summer tour dates throughout Australia and their native New Zealand. At press time, the Australasia MMXV headlining tour consists of seven live performances in April, May and June, which will see the band overwhelming audiences in Napier, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand, as well as Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

ULCERATE Australasia MMXV:
4/18/2015 Cabana – Napier, NZ
5/08/2015 Whammy – Auckland, NZ
5/09/2015 Dux Live – Christchurch, NZ
5/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ
6/25/2015 Beetle Bar – Brisbane, AU
6/26/2015 Bald Faced Stag – Sydney, AU
6/27/2015 Bendigo Hotel – Melbourne, AU

Displaying a forward-thinking death metal style citing Hate Eternal, Gorguts and Immolation which collides head-on into the dissonant and blackened influences of Deathspell Omega and Portal, ULCERATE’s destructive methodology is in a class of its own. Following their debut album on Neurotic Records, and two subsequent LPs through Willowtip, ULCERATE signed with Relapse Records for the September 2013 release of their fourth full-length, Vermis, the album delivering the band’s relentlessly destructive methodology in its most ominous and technical form to date. While Vermis is an incredibly extreme, cerebral and devastatingly creative body of work in its own right, the mere three-piece lineup performs the new songs with astonishing strength and seamless professionalism, simultaneously mesmerizing and devastating audiences with a relentless tsunami of revolutionary death metal supremacy.

ULERATE followed the release of the Vermis LP with waves of brutal touring through Australasia, Europe and North America throughout 2013 and 2014, which continues into 2015 with Australasia MMXV. Stand by for further engagements in the months ahead.

KEEP OF KALESSIN: New Track From Norwegian Black Metal Faction Streaming At Cryptic Rock; Epistemology Out

Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America via Indie Recordings. Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date.

In an 8.5/10 review, Metal Wani crowns the release “flawless,” further elaborating, “KEEP OF KALESSIN have definitely experimented a little with their sound and stepped out of their comfort zone in this album. It shows their ability to maintain that classic black metal vibe interwoven with melodic riffs and more airy yet dark elements. …their ability to bring in more subtle and even non-metal elements into a track and make them work extremely well, to the extent that they don’t seem too out of place…” Metal Hammer issues, “Epic and extreme, Epistemology could be an apt score to a bloodthirsty Tolkien-esque battle and the symphonic ‘Introspection’ in particular would be ideal for some post-skirmish tankard-smashing. Obsidian’s guitar-playing throughout the Norwegian’s sixth full-length opus is simply magical. Equal parts brutal (‘Universal Core’) and beautiful (‘Epistemology’), his stunning blues and classic rock-steeped solo during the title track is so good Dave Gilmore would sell his inflatable pig for it.” Adds Ultimate Guitar in an 8/10 score, “The musicianship is formidable, the mixing/engineering is good, and the ideas are interesting.”

Witness the delightful destruction of third cut, “Dark Divinity,” courtesy of Cryptic Rock, at THIS LOCATION.

Thematically based around the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion, KEEP OF KALESSIN’s Epistemology is as grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom. The record highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

FULGORA: Full-Length From Grindcore/Death Unit Featuring Members Of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index & Agoraphobic Nosebleed Streaming In Its Entirety

Stratagem is the forthcoming, seven-track skull-crusher from grindcore/death perpetrators, FULGORA. A name representing the female personification of lightning in Greek mythology, FULGORA features members of Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Together, their output is vicious, painful and sadistic.

Set for imminent detonation courtesy of Housecore Records next month, Stratagem is a sinister collection of limited vinyl singles and samples. In anticipation of its release, today Decibel Magazine spews forth Stratagem in its scathing entirety noting in a recent 8/10 review of the record, “With Adam and John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed etc.) acting as the rhythmic backbone for guitarist/vocalist B.L. LaMew it’s not a surprise that direct lines exist between those bands. Not that we’re complaining. Adam’s drumming …unfathomably exudes space, breadth and surprising amounts of groove, while sounding like he’s hitting everything at once. His frenetic style works well with LaMew’s weaving of splashy discord into taut powerful riffs.”

Strap on a helmet and check out Stratagem at THIS LOCATION.

FULGORA will release Stratagem via Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records on March 24th, 2015.
“FULGORA is cute” – Philip H. Anselmo

“…if Misery Index is a determined fanatic seething with the righteous rage of political revolution and Pig Destroyer is the lovelorn, desperate stalker of every woman’s nightmares, then FULGORA is a mad scientist who is going to make you the middle section of his human centipede. FULGORA’s music is unforgiving and furious, but it’s also executed with surgical precision.” – MetalSucks

BEHEMOTH: Revolver Magazine Unveils Exclusive Excerpts From Forthcoming Biography; North American Live Takeover Continues

Next week, Metal Blade Records will unleash Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors. A definitive BEHEMOTH biography penned by ?ukasz Dunaj, the stunning 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. In addition to the author’s narrative, the book includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former BEHEMOTH members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more. In the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz (Polish poet, writer, occultist and longtime lyric co-writer): “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

In advance of its release, today Revolver Magazine offers up an exclusive excerpt from the book where vocalist/guitarist Nergal recounts his early grade and high school years, his increasing interest in extreme music and his growing skepticism of Catholicism. Check it out at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently damning stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long takeover continues to march its way across the country and will trample through nearly three-dozen cities upon its conclusion on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation. Reports The Dallas Observer of the band’s set, “BEHEMOTH’s credo is the power of the will, and it completely permeates their live show… On a starkly lit stage filled with cast-iron ritualistic symbols, vocalist and guitarist Nergal lurched around with the ease of a seasoned performer. He held the audience in his hand, and his performance alone made it plain why BEHEMOTH’s live show is so renowned.”

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation [remaining dates]:
2/20/2015 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015.

ABYSS: Decibel Magazine Premieres First Single From Vicious Debut LP Pending Release

Decibel Magazine is now exclusively streaming “The Atonement,” the first single culled from Toronto-based death cult, ABYSS’s Heretical Anatomy debut, impending release through 20 Buck Spin mid-April. The second of eight grisly passages bound into the album erupts with a whirlwind of debilitating and utterly sadistic grinding, percussive, death metal and never relents, much like its seven counterparts, which collectively burn all modern metal trends to a sulfuric, insignificant dust.

Heretical Anatomy will see release through 20 Buck Spin on LP and digital formats April 14th, 2015, guaranteed to attract fans of Napalm Death, Exhumed, Repulsion, Impaled, Noisem, Terrorizer, Carcass, Axis Of Advance, labelmates Mammoth Grinder, Bone Sickness and the like. ABYSS will also trek the barren North American plate spreading their diseased hymns throughout the year, with new tour dates to be announced shortly.

Exploding with a tenebrous style of Stygian, grinding death metal, witnessed through two prior demos including The Reins Of Horror via Dark Descent Records, Heretical Anatomy documents the first fully realized glimpse into the dark surging ABYSS. Hideous shapes and bloodthirsty rites of the Old Ones are viciously summoned upon the bones and bowels of the Earth, through eight odes to nameless terrors and protean revulsion mercilessly ripped from the flayed life of the cosmos and dripping with crimson adoration. The frenzied blasting of early American and UK death metal and grindcore, before a distinct separation between the two existed, is a hallmark of Heretical Anatomy, yet the overwhelming speed scattered throughout the album’s duration is expertly applied, never descending into a one dimensional space where only velocity is the basis for existence. Songs are crafted with the care of the elder gods, rigorously refined with a seasoned sophistication, always maintaining a sharply primitive ferocity. Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust adds his touch to the production, mixing and mastering this malformed death metal and the horror of its Lovecraftian persona.

Josh Gilbert (bass, vocals) – Wovenwar

Fresh off of a 5-week run with PERIPHERY, San Diego’s own WOVENWAR start a new trek with IN FLAMES and ALL THAT REMAINS in Agoura Hills, CA. Bassist JOSH GILBERT was kind enough to take a few minutes before set time for this conversation.

Q: So, day one of the tour. What’s your set time tonight?

A: 8:00.

Q: Just you three or is there a local opener?

A: No, just us 3.

Q: Where are you off to tonight after the show?

A: We head to Tucson, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, then to San Diego.

Q: Do you have a day off at home?

A: We do, we get to hang out for a bit, but we have a long drive the next day so we can’t stay super long. It will be nice just to be there.

Q: When’s the last time you were home?

A: 5 weeks ago. Actually, we played there on the last tour. We had a day and a half home. I went home, basically slept, took a shower, then went right back to the bus and came up here to start this tour.

Q: So basically 6 months since the album came out, great album by the way, and obviously different than other things you guys have done in the past and more dynamic musically.

A: Cool! That’s what we went for! We actually didn’t set out to write something as different as we possibly could. But I think we wanted to distance ourselves in any way we could at that point in time and the music that was coming out was just a lot different but retained some of the elements. We wanted to do something that spoke for itself, was separate, but had elements that fans of our old band would like. It’s not like we were writing stuff in the past that we didn’t want to write; we love that music too. I think all of us have always gravitated towards Metal, Rock, or Hard Rock as that’s stuff we grew up loving and play.

Q: But now you have a lot of singing going on and melody.

A: Yeah! That was something we were expanding as much as we would in our prior band. But with a singer that wasn’t able to sing melodically, it limited how we could write songs. It’s not like we could have a song with all singing because it was like, ‘what’s our lead singer gonna do?’ With this band, it’s really liberating to be able to write a song that spoke for itself as a piece of music and was exactly what we wanted and explored everything the song deserves.

Q: How did the writing process work?

A: It was a band effort. We started a couple months after Tim was already on house arrest and got out on bail. It was like, the allegations are true and we’re not going to want to do anything with this band in the future so what will we do with our time? All of us had been musicians and been on the road since we were out of high school. I was in this band a year after I was out of high school. So we just started writing as catharsis because we had nothing else to do but think about this insane situation. So we started on our own and we finally met at Phil’s house (PHIL SGROSSO, guitars), played each other’s demos, started jamming, making refined demos. It was around that time we thought, let’s get someone to sing these songs and we had no idea when we started writing because the songs were all over the map. Some were heavy similar to our old band and stuff that was poppier and stuff and doing whatever we were inspired to do. Once we narrowed it down to Shane (SHANE BLAY from OH, SLEEPER), because Nick (NICK HIPA, guitars) and Shane were friends for like 13/14 years. We knew Shane from his old band and met him through Nick so when Nick suggested it, we thought it would be awesome. We sent him a couple of the demos. We heard some of the ideas, but nothing concrete. So he flew out and we went up to my studio in Burbank, (Echelon Studio) and he stayed with me for a week. I barely knew the guy as we had only met a couple of times and we wrote the first few songs that ended up on the record like All Rise and The Mason. It happened all so quick. The label loved what we were coming up with and it felt right so we kept going with it. He went home then came back a month later and in another month the whole record was done. Everybody had that creative renaissance, the rebirth and we didn’t have to be defined by what we wrote in our pasts. There’s probably three times as many songs written than what made it on the record.

Q: That’s a quick process.

A: Once we showed them to the label and our management, we had to figure out a plan as we wanted to start playing live by Summer 2014. So we had to work quick and find time to set it up, mix, and master it. That’s when we got in touch with Bill (BILL STEVENSON, BLACK FLAG, THE DESCENDENTS) and he loved it. Within a text message conversation he was in. Then we had Colin (COLIN RICHARDSON, SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD) mix it. Then we sat on it for like 3 or 4 months while we tried to figure out the best way to announce it because of the delicate situation. Ultimately that was kind of ruined by Tim. He found out through the grapevine, announced it before we could just out of spite. We had a really cool 2-3 week rollout plan and within the first week he blew it for us.

Q: Is that a strained relationship these days?

A: At this point there really isn’t one. The relationship was defined pretty much right after everything happened. It was pretty much, ‘you’re with me or against me’ kind of thing and there was no middle ground. So we kind of obviously had more perspective on it than what he said in his interviews at the time. When somebody does something that doesn’t only affect you, but more importantly his own family and friends it’s a big grey area, it’s not a black and white matter. Without going into too much detail, we don’t really communicate right now.

Q: You and I can differ on opinion and still get along in life. It doesn’t have to be a certain way or we can’t exist together.

A: That’s the point. At the very bottom of my heart, I hope he finds the rehabilitation that he needs for being in solitude for so many years. He’s going to have to make that decision for himself. So all we can really do is be hopeful!



ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Titans Announce North American Tour With Korpiklaani; One Man Army Full-Length To Drop Next Tuesday

Finnish folk metal titans, ENSIFERUM, will return to North America this Spring on a co-headlining tour with country-mates, Korpiklaani. Scheduled to commence on May 6th in Los Angeles, the band will level nearly two dozen cities with the trek coming to a close on May 29th in New York City. Additional support will be provided by Trollfest. The tour follows the band’s European march alongside Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum next month. Tickets are on sale today. See all confirmed dates below.

ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their One Many Army full-length, set to drop in North America this Tuesday via Metal Blade Records. Crowned “warlike and fiery” by MetalSucks, ENSIFERUM’s predominantly analog-recorded One Man Army wields eleven stunning tracks of the band’s signature synthesis of Viking, folk and power metal swathed in fantastical themes of Scandinavian lore, captured by award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland,

In anticipation of its release, the band recently partnered with Spotfiy to bring fans a stream of the record in its entirety. Hosted by Decibel Magazine, each day Spotify added an additional One Man Army track to their player leading up to the record’s final descent.


CONTINUUM: Bay Area Death Metal Unit To Release New Full-Length

Bay Area death metal henchmen and recent Unique Leader signees, CONTINUUM, are readying to unleash their debut full-length, The Hypothesis, this Spring.

The brain child of lead guitarist/composer Chase Fraser Decrepit Birth, Animosity), CONTINUUM was forged in 2009 and 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.

Recorded mainly by Fraser with additional tracking and mixing by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at Castle Ultimate Studios, The Hypothesis delivers a scathing assemblage of engaging and abrasive compositions steeped conceptually in the mysteries of the infinite and the early but no-less-relevant and unsolved theories of the “continuum hypothesis.” This hypothesis was studied by a number of mathematicians including Georg Cantor in 1878, many of whom committed suicide before reaching a conclusion to the unfathomable question of infinity. This theme is brought to life by the lyrics of Mcshane, the artwork of Raymond Swanland (Deeds of Flesh, Psycroptic, Suffocation), and the mathematical compositions of Fraser. A monolith of progressive technical death metal awaits!

The Hypothesis Track Listing:
1. Hypothesis: A Profound Discovery
2. The Epiphany
3. Hypothesis: Evolution
4. Absolute Zero
5. The Awakened Creator
6. Wasps In The History Of The Weak
7. Perspective
8. Where The Worlds Were Left
9. A Surreal Descent
10. The Steppes To Ascension

The Hypothesis will be released via Unique Leader Records on April 21st, 2015 with teaser tracks and preorder packages to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by.


Psychedelic rock supergroup Vanilla Fudge returns to Sellersville Theater 1894 in Eastern Pennsylvania in celebration of their first new album in several years titled ‘The Spirit Of ’67.’  They’ve influenced a generation of musicians while creating a legion of loyal fans.  They feature original members Guitarist Vinnie Martell, Keyboardist Mark Stein and Drummer Carmine Appice (Tim and Carmine later played with Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck). The Fudge hit big with “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me For A While” and “Season Of The Witch.”

Vanilla Fudge | Sellersville Theater 1894

TO ENTER: E-mail with the subject PSYCHEDELIC for your chance to win a pair of tickets to show!  Winners will be contacted by e-mail.  Event date is Thursday, February 26th and begins at 8 PM.

Venue Information:
Sellersville Theater 1894
24 W Temple Ave
Sellersville, PA 18960
(35 Miles North Of Philadelphia)

GRUESOME: Death Metal Faction Featuring Members Of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation And Derketa To Release Debut

GRUESOME is a debilitating death metal faction featuring members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa. A respectful celebration of the sound of the early Death records, the collective was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours — Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing “Baptized In Blood” and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a several dates. The pair stayed in touch and discussed their mutual love (obsession?) for the early half of Death’s catalog. After deliberating and ultimately discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. With Harvey composing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the West Coast. The result is eight-track debut, Savage Land, a truly gruesome slab of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal. Tragically, there will never be any truly new Death material, but GRUESOME is humbly determined to keeping the band’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible.

Elaborates Harvey, “We had such a blast writing and recording this album, I just hope people enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed doing it. It was a great experience working with my friends in Florida and getting to write and record my take on the Death sound. I’m beyond happy with the way everything came out and I hope people take it as the loving, respectful piece of work that it is. I know that sounds counterintuitive for a death metal album, but the whole band is really a super nerdy fan letter to Chuck [Schuldiner], James [Murphy], Rick [Rozz], Terry [Butler], Chris [Reifert], Paul [Masvidal], Sean [Reinert], and Stevie D [DiGiorgio] for making records that have given me literally decades of enjoyment. Having had a chance to meet and hang out with all of those dudes from the early Death days, with the exception of Bill Andrews, has been nothing but humbling, rewarding, enlightening and has only deepened my love for the band and made it that much more personal. So I decided to write an album about ’80s horror movies and deadly diseases, which is what anyone would do under the circumstances, right? Anyway, if you like late ’80s Death, I sincerely hope you enjoy our take on it, which is really what this album is, with all the drippy blood and inverted crosses in the logo that that implies.”

Savage Land was recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

Savage Land Track Listing:

1. Savage Land

2. Trapped In Hell

3. Demonized

4. Hideous

5. Gangrene

6. Closed Casket

7. Psychic Twin

8. Gruesome

Savage Land will be released in North America via Relapse Records on April 21st, 2015, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK and the rest of the world on CD and digitally.

“The turning inside out of Death’s first two albums is in good hands here.” – Decibel Magazine

Daniel Gonzalez – Guitar
Matt Harvey – Guitar, vocals
Robin Mazen – Bass
Gus Rios – Drums

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