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GIGAN: Exploratory Tech Metal Ambassadors Announce Ceremonies And Hallucinations Tour 2014‏


Exploratory tech metal ambassadors, GIGAN, will take to the streets this May for another rash of live rituals. Scheduled to initiate on May 2nd in Wisconsin, the Ceremonies And Hallucinations Tour will wind through twenty metropolises. As a bonus, the Chicago show will feature a full liquid light show and Super 8 visual accompaniment, manifesting the ultimate live GIGAN experience! Additionally, the tour will include special guests on both coasts, specifically Transylvanian eclectic metal sorcerers, Negur? Bunget, in both Santa Ana and Las Vegas, as well as Mike Browning’s iconic Nocturnus A.D. in Tampa!

GIGAN Ceremonies And Hallucinations Tour 2014
5/02/2014 The Bottom End – Appleton, WI
5/03/2014 The Wisco – Madison, WI
5/04/2014 The House Of Rock – Eau Claire, WI
5/05/2014 The Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/06/2014 The Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2014 The Haymarket – Louisville, KY
5/09/2014 The Haven – Orlando, FL
5/10/2014 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL w/ Nocturnus A.D.
5/11/2014 Atticus Bar – Jacksonville, FL
5/14/2014 White Swan – Houston, TX
5/15/2014 Reno’s – Dallas, TX
5/16/2014 Beerland – Austin, TX
5/17/2014 Zombie’s – San Antonio, TX
5/18/2014 The Weather Balloon – Roswell, NM
5/20/2014 The District – Tucson, AZ
5/21/2014 Tempe Tavern – Tempe, AZ
5/22/2014 The Boncroft – San Diego, CA
5/23/2014 The Handbag Factory – Los Angeles, CA
5/24/2014 Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA w/ Negura Bunget
5/25/2014 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Negura Bunget

IRON REAGAN Signs To Relapse Records; Recording Underway + US Tour To Commence This Sunday‏


Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of Richmond, Virginia hardcore thrash supergroup, IRON REAGAN. Consisting of current and former members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Darkest Hour, Mammoth Grinder, Suppression and a thousand other killer bands, IRON REAGAN formed in 2012 and consists of vocalist Tony Foresta, guitarists Phil Hall and Mark Bronzino, bassist Rob Skotis and drummer Ryan Parrish.

IRON REAGAN is currently in the midst of recording their highly anticipated sophomore full-length with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze Of Torment Studios in their hometown of Richmond and will be self-producing the record before sending it off to Converge’s Kurt Ballou to be mixed. A Fall release is expected.

Additionally, IRON REAGAN are plotting a roadside takeover set to begin this Sunday. The seven-week run will take them to SXSW and back and includes dates with Occultist and Ghoul.

3/09/2014 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
3/11/2014 Pitchfork Showcase @ Mohawk – Austin, TX
3/13/2014 The Basement – San Antonio, TX
3/14/2014 Converse/Thrasher Showcase @ Scott Inn – Austin, TX
3/14/2014 MetalSucks Showcase @ The Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
3/15/2014 Tone Deaf Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX
3/16/2014 Spill Over Fest @ Club Dada – Dallas, TX
3/18/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
3/19/2014 The Odditorium – Asheville, NC

w/ Occultist
4/02/2014 Strange Matter – Richmond VA
4/04/2014 Macrock Festival – Harrisonburg, VA
4/05/2014 The End – Nashville, TN
4/06/2014 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR

Weapons Of Mosh Destruction Tour II w/ Ghoul, Occultist
4/09/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
4/10/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
4/11/2014 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
4/12/2014 Rock City – Camarillo CA
4/13/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
4/14/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
4/15/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
4/18/2014 Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest – Oakland, CA [info] *no Occultist

w/ Occultist
4/22/2014 Gino’s – Salt Lake City, UT
4/23/2014 Moe’s – Denver, CO
4/24/2014 Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
4/25/2014 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
4/26/2014 Three Floyd’s Brewery [Dark Lord Day] – Munster, IN
4/27/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
4/28/2014 Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
4/29/2014 Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
4/30/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

HOUR OF PENANCE announce new album title and release date‏


HOUR OF PENANCE have announced the title of their new album — “Regicide,” a word defined as the act of the killing of a monarch. Scheduled for release via Prosthetic Records on May 13 in North America (May 12 in UK/EU, May 16 in Germany), the band describes “Regicide” as “a bone-crushing feast for old and new fans…more varied and brutal than everything we’ve done so far.”

HOUR OF PENANCE will play their first show of 2014 at the Trondheim Metalfest in Norway this weekend. The band will also be seen at several European festivals throughout the spring, including Neurotic Death Fest (Suffocation, Misery Index, Cephalic Carnage). A list of all of their upcoming appearances can be found listed below.

3/8         Trondheim, NO – Trondheim Metalfest
4/25       Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
4/26       Glasgow, UK – Stereo
4/27       Liverpool, UK – Lomax
4/28       Leeds, UK – The Library
4/30       Bristol, UK – The Exchange
5/1         London, UK – The Black Heart
5/3         Tilburg, NL – Neurotic Death Fest 2014
5/17       Trezzo Sull’adda Mi, IT- Metalitalia Festival
9/7         Valletta, MT – Malta Death Fest

Aurora Borealis – Worldshapers REVIEW


This band has been around for years and years and it has mostly released albums via its own label. I remember the band struggling to promote its music on forums back in the day and tracking its progress, each album was largely an improvement over the earlier ones. This band is playing Black/Death Metal, remaining gritty not unlike Angelcorpse, but being more dynamic comparatively. It’s got a unique theme and all album artworks represent that. As the band name suggests, they’re mostly indicative of the Aurora Borealis phenomenon happening in the north side although the band has progressed to involve sci-fi imagery not far removed from Nocturnus, where artworks are concerned. Musically, the band remains true to its original Black/Death sound but it’s doing it with far more potential and competency than the others. The latest 2014 album has bits of sci-fi fireworks but they’re too few and far between to really affect the music on an intrinsic level.

The band’s definitely got a solid US Death Metal sense, it’s not flirting too much with the European style of melody-infused Death Metal as it may appear. You’ll be surprised to find it so hard-hitting and gravelly and yet be rife with some of the most driven and enthusiastic activity. It’s not technical but it’s varied and god, it’s catchy. Again it’s not some dumbed down music, but catchiness with aggression, the kind they don’t make any more. Floridian Death Metal bands have much in common with the way Aurora Borealis structures its songs, apart from Angelcorpse, there’s the ever-present Morbid Angel influence, infected with early Malevolent Creation rabidity and some of the newer Monstrosity material similarity as well. This is what makes Death Metal so good, few could contest with that. It’s got Death Metal in its genes, but Aurora Borealis takes the vitriol from Black Metal especially in the vocal department and gives the music an edge that’s hard to miss. It’s refreshing in a sense because too often monotonous growls make the proceedings dull and repetitive. Here there’s that special spice, that sizzling quality that comes from the rasps, a certain thrashiness to it as well.

The hooks make this album special. It’s normal to get lost in the music but they come as a constant reminder of the quality of the band’s music, never letting your attention drift too far away. I wish there were more atmospheric elements as the artworks suggest but if you want your music to be aggressive and gritty and riffy all the same time, you couldn’t possibly get disappointed with this. ‘Worldshapers’ is an accomplished effort, where the band has used its two decades of experience to make sure it’s as potent as ever, probably better. In times where numbing brutality is the order of the day, Aurora Borealis surely stands out, heads and shoulders above.
Kunal Choksi


ARCH ENEMY reveals details for new album, ‘War Eternal’‏


Three years after the release of Khaos Legions and their most successful world tour to-date, extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY have started mixing their 9th studio album with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Sweden.

ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released in early June 2014; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock, Wacken and many more. A full headlining tour in North America, Europe, and the UK will take place in fall/winter 2014. ARCH ENEMY will once again tour nearly every corner of this world to spread the sound of War Eternal!

THE HAUNTED begins recording new album; announces support acts for Scandinavian tour dates‏


Swedish metal pioneers THE HAUNTED have started recording their 8th studio album at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with their revamped band line-up, featuring founding members Jonas Björler (Bass) and Jensen (Guitars), returning members Adrian Erlandsson (Drums) and Marco Aro (Vocals), and the newest member Ola Englund (Guitars). This currently untitled full-length will be produced by Tue Madsen, who has already worked with the band on their latest albums, in addition to heavyweights such as DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and SICK OF IT ALL.

THE HAUNTED’s list of upcoming shows has been expanded by a few dates; DEAD SOUL has also been announced as the main support for the tour, together with various opening acts. See below for more details.

THE HAUNTED live 2014
Mar. 28 – Göteborg (Sweden) – Trädgårn w/ DEAD SOUL & DEATH DESTRUCTION
Mar. 29 – Örebro (Sweden) – Ritz w/ DEAD SOUL & LEECH
Apr. 4 – Oslo (Norway) – John Dee w/ DEAD SOUL & MIASMAL
Apr. 5 – Malmö (Sweden) – Kulturbolaget w/ DEAD SOUL & BLOOD EAGLE
Apr. 17 – Turku (Finland) – Klubi w/ TUONI
Apr. 18 – Tampere (Finland) – Klubi w/ TUONI
Apr. 19 – Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia w/ TUONI
May 8 – Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben w/ DEAD SOUL & HATESPHERE
May 9 – Gävle (Sweden) – Harrys w/ DEAD SOUL & HATESPHERE
May 10 – Karlstad (Sweden) – Verket w/ DEAD SOUL & HATESPHERE
May 16 – Linköping (Sweden) – Backstage w/ DEAD SOUL & SHRINE
Aug. 7-9 – Gävle (Sweden) – Getaway Rock Festival

ENTOMBED: limited blood-red, black marble ‘Wolverine Blues’ double 10″ LP re-issue


Where Left Hand Path and Clandestine helped define a genre and launch a “sound,” Wolverine Blues was the foundation that ENTOMBED laid down for a new style in extreme music altogether (or it was the beginning of the end of a great band, you choose.) Forever influential and chock-full of that sought after guitar tone, Wolverine Blues is a must-have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of underground music. This classic album has been re-envisioned, pressed on blood red wax with black marbling and spread across two 10″ LPs, with side four being an etching of the now iconic Skull & Bones symbol. Inside the double gatefold jacket, there is also an array of bonus material, including: (1) the album lyrics, (2) a classic collage of photos from this era of ENTOMBED, and (3) a collectible 20″x20″ double-sided poster. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

ABORTED “Scriptures Of The Dead” EP available on US tour‏


In support of ABORTED’s upcoming studio album “The Necrotic Manifesto” – to be out in North America on April 29 – Century Media Records are announcing the release of the special 7inch EP, “Scriptures Of The Dead“. This EP is worldwide limited to only 500 copies and will exclusively be offered on ABORTED’s upcoming North American tour (see tour dates below). Side A of “Scriptures Of The Dead” includes the title track of the new album while side B offers a ferocious cover version of SEPULTURA’s classic tune “Arise“. This track is not going to be offered on any other physical format.

3-27  Empire – Springfield, VA (US)
3-28  Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY (US)
3-29  The Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA (US)
3-30  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (US)
3-31  Bogie’s – Albany, NY (US)
4-01 Middle-East – Cambridge, MA (US)
4-02  Palace Theater – Stafford Springs, CT (US)
4-03  St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (US)
4-04  Club Soda – Montreal, QC (CA) *
4-05  El Mocambo – Toronto, ON (CA) *
4-06  The Foundry – Lakewood, OH (US) *
4-07  High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI (US) *
4-08  Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB (CA) *
4-09  The Exchange – Regina, SK (CA) *
4-10  Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB (CA) *
4-11  Republik – Calgary, AB (CA) *
4-12  Columbo Lodge – Kamloops, BC (CA) *
4-13  Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC (CA) *
4-14  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (US) *
4-15  Jub Jubs – Reno, NV (US) *
4-16  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA (US) *
4-17  Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA (US) *
4-18  Mirror Image – Anaheim, CA (US) *
4-19  Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ (US) *
4-20  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX (US) *
4-21  Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (US) *
4-22  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (US) *
4-23  Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (US) *
30.04. Magasin 4 – Brussels (BE)
01.05. Steinbruch Theater – Darmstadt (DE) **
02.05. Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg (NL)
18.07. Boarstream Festival – Mulfingen (DE)
19.07. Grindtastic Open Air – Mittelsinn (DE)
21.07. Metal Days – Tolmin (SI)
01.08. Xtreme Fest – Albi (FR)
08.08. Party San Open Air – Schlotheim (DE)
10.08. Bloodstock – Walton on Trent (UK)
14.08. Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl (DE)
23.08. Kaltenbach Festival – Spital am Semmering (AT)
** “The Necrotic Manifesto” release show w/ GORGUTS, MISERY INDEX

BROKEN HOPE announces “The Docking Dead” video contest‏


BROKEN HOPE are calling on fans to create the best video for the track, “The Docking Dead.” The winning submission will be chosen by the band, and they will use it as an official BROKEN HOPE video! The winner will also receive entry to “The Best In Brutality” tour date of their choice with a guest and VIP access, plus official band merchandise and a signed postcard. For full contest details, please visit:

BROKEN HOPE will be back on the road in North America this spring as part of the first installment of “The Best In Brutality” tour. Featuring death-core superstars OCEANO as co-headliners with BROKEN HOPE, this trek will see support from FALLUJAH, RIVERS OF NIHIL, and KUBLAI KHAN to round out this heavyweight line-up.

“The Best In Brutality” tour dates feat. BROKEN HOPE and OCEANO with FALLUJAH, RIVERS OF NIHIL, KUBLAI KHAN
Mar. 18 – Tempe, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
Mar. 19 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Mar. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Mar. 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Southern Nevada Sports Centre
Mar. 22 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater
Mar. 23 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Mar. 24 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
Mar. 25 – Portland, OR @ Branx
Mar. 26 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Mar. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Mar. 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Mar. 29 – Calgary, AB @ Golden Age Club
Mar. 31 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Apr. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
Apr. 2 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Apr. 3 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Apr. 4 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Apr. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Apr. 8 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Dagobert
Apr. 9 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Apr. 11 – Montreal, QC @ Underworld
Apr. 12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
Apr. 13 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Apr. 15 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Apr. 16 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Apr. 17 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium **New England Metal and Hardcore Festival**
Apr. 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Apr. 19 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

Odem – The Valley of Cut Tongues



Odem along with Pyre is the best Russian Death Metal band. While the other is more derivative, you can’t hold that against Odem – it’s something else entirely. It’s not old school which is a relief, but it’s got that essence, that substance particularly and it’s taking with it the whole genre ahead. There’s the Black Metal influence coupled with Death Metal brutality not too different from Azarath but this one goes beyond that. It’s also got that eccentric and unpredictable flair, a curveball that Azarath can’t throw. But then again let’s not compare too much and let each band do its own thing. Odem is truly special and deserves your attention.

This is an EP however, four songs, all powerful, fast and going straight for the jugular while doing the frills, so to speak, along the way. That’s the way it should be. The momentum is raging, remains like that and your head continues to be crushed or is getting there. The music reeks of an esoteric air which is hard to pinpoint – a remarkable feat these days to do something like that. Given this day and age, the redundancy of Death Metal bands, Odem’s ‘The Valley of Cut Tongues’ stands out like a sore thumb everyone wants to suck. It’s that age of infancy all over again, with old school making a comeback, but that’s hardly reinventing the wheel, that’s what Odem is doing. This will stand the test of time.

Released on the respectable Daemon Worship Productions, mostly known for its Black Metal art, this is a great discovery, a revelation for the Death Metal fans. It’s intense, unrelenting and at the same time artistic without allowing pretension to seep through. It’s just too fast and powerful for any of that. This is the template of the future – there’s the so-called modern influences reminiscent of the Canadian bands, namely Deamon and hints of Cryptopsy and Gorguts, channelled through the Polish school of Death Metal but executed to perfection. I can’t get enough of this EP because there’s so much happening in there and at a speed and level of diversity difficult to comprehend all at once.

‘The Valley of Cut Tongues’ is easily one of the best EPs to surface in recent times, it’s almost like the Death Metal equivalent of that sensational Bolzer EP. Odem is more experienced however, having released a full length album prior to this, and is forging its own path, burning conventions and hackneyed templates. Excellent.


Kunal Choksi


CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “Symmetry In Black” Out 5/27/14

CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM "Symmetry In Black" Out 5/27/14

NOLA riff lords CROWBAR will release an all new full length album entitled “Symmetry in Black” on May 27, 2014. The album will be released in Europe on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records. Founding vocalist Kirk Windstein provides the following comment,

“We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all time high. We are 100% ready to get this Juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. CROWBAR will not be stopped!”

Symmetry in Black” was produced by Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur. The new effort will be the latest material from CROWBAR since “Sever The Wicked Hand” was released in 2011.

The new effort will be the tenth studio LP, and also marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of CROWBAR. Windstein continues, “Crowbar is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. It’s an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy & focus into something that I created 25 years ago! We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length & to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour. See you on the road!”

Now that the band has finished recording, they’ll head over to the U.K. for a handful of dates with HANG THE BASTARD & DROPBACK.


The band is also confirmed for a handful of European festivals this summer including ROADBURN and BLOODSTOCKCROWBAR will make a bone-crushing appearance at MARYLAND DEATHFEST in the U.S. as well.

Unearth Announce Handful of U.S. and Canadian Tour Dates


UNEARTH have announced a new batch of tour dates aptly named the “NORTHERN WATCH TOUR” surrounding their appearance on the 2014 NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL, taking place in Worcester, MA the weekend of April 17th,18th and 19th.

The band will be hitting a variety of Canadian cities starting April 11th with TEXAS IN JULY & California’sWINDS OF PLAGUE providing direct support. Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments:

“We are finally done with the new album and ready to hit the road!  Eastern Canada, Cleveland’s Fire Fest and the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will all be part of the tour dates this April.  We are proud to include Winds of Plague and Texas in July on this Northern trek. See you all soon.”

UNEARTH recently wrapped up production on their yet to be titled all new LP due later this year, their sixth spanning the band’s 15 year tenure.

Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, Unearth emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They’ve resisted and prevailed against changing trends, sub cultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact.

UNEARTH is: Trevor Phipps (vocals), Buz McGrath (guitar), Ken Susi (guitar) and Nick Pierce (drums).

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Perpetrators Premiere New Tune

The experimental death metal perpetrators in New York City’s PYRRHON (pronounced peer-on) are pleased to soil ears with the title track from their forthcoming new long player, The Mother Of Virtues.

A nightmarishly exploratory manifestation of physically and psychologically ravaging extreme metal, The Mother Of Virtues delvers a brain-twisting synthesis of clanging death metal, subtle otherworldly psychedelia, dark jazz rhythms and demented storytelling. Recorded by Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Mutilation Rites) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the nine tracks occupying The Mother Of Virtues takes its listeners on a traumatic audio voyage into the darkest portals of musical severity. Recommended for perverse souls with a penchant for the sonic acuteness of acts like Brutal Truth, Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, Portal, Deathspell Omega and Today Is The Day.

Comments vocalist Doug Moore of the title track: “I’ve seen some people say that we aren’t ‘really’ a death metal band, and this song is pretty good evidence in favor of that claim. It’s also one of the more ambitious songs we’ve ever recorded, structurally speaking. Good luck.”

Wrap your head around closing track “The Mother Of Virtues,” now staining soundwaves at MetalSucks;

PYRRHON will bring their crude canticles to the streets on a near-two-week run of live rituals scheduled to begin this Monday at Brooklyn’s Acheron. (more…)

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Lyric Video for “Sail”

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

The California Groove Machine known as DEVILDRIVER released their sixth studio album Winter Kills in August 2013 via Napalm Records. Winter Kills hit charts all over the world, with some of the band’s best chart numbers to date. In North America, Winter Kills came in at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (The band’s highest chart debut ever), #3 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #10 on the Billboard Rock Chart and #13 on the Billboard Independent Chart.

One of the standout tracks on the album was the band’s groundbreaking cover of the AWOLNATION hit single “Sail”. The song has become a staple of the band’s live set as well as a fan favorite. “Sail” has also been receiving heavy airplay on Sirius XM’s “Octane”.

Recently the band completed work on a lyric video for “Sail” which is receiving its exclusive premiere today via Loudwire. Check out the video here;

DEVILDRIVER is currently on tour as part of the Soundwave Festival in Australia, following those dates, the band heads to Japan for three special shows with Bay Area Thrashers Testament. March 27th sees the band kicking off a European headline tour in Cologne, Germany and it will run through April 19th in Schijndel, Netherlands.

Plans for a North American tour are being finalized now and will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

Black metal war machine ENDSTILLE have announced a new European Tour. The trek, which will in begin on March 27 in Groningen, NL will see ENDSTILLE make stops in France, Germany, and more before ending in early April. ENDSTILLE will be touring in support of their newest album, ‘Kapitulation 2013′. ‘Kapitulation 2013′ was released on November 12th. The album is currently streaming here.

Previously, ENDSTILLE debuted a music video for the song “Aborted”:

The artwork and track listing for ‘Kapitulation 2013′ can be found below.

Track List:
The Refined Nation
Reich An Jugend
Sick Heil
Monotonus 2013
Stalin Note
KDF 511
Endstille (Abschie)

Being one of Germany’s most popular black metal exports, and one of Europe’s biggest non-scandivian black metal bands, ENDSTILLE has created waves throughout the underground community, starting with the release of ‘Operation Wintersturm’ (2002). Several well-received full lengths later, ENDSTILLEeventually became a true live force, touring alongside bands such as DARK FUNERAL and NAGLFAR, and as part of various festivals, including Wacken Open Air, Motocultor, Summe Breeze, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, With Full Force Open Air, Metal Assault, and many more.

ENDSTILLE European Tour (All dates with KOLDBRANN)
3/27 Groningen (NL) @ Vera
3/28 Oostrozebeke (BE) @ JH ‘t Ipperste
3/29 Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
3/30 Nantes (FR) @ Le Ferrailleur
4/1 Toulouse (FR) @ Saint des Seins
4/2 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
4/3 Nürnberg (DE) @ Rockfabrik
4/4 Alsfeld (DE) @ Hessenhalle (Kings of Black Metal Festival Warm Up Night)
4/5 Leipzig (DE) @ Hellraiser
4/6 Hamburg (DE) @ Bambi Galore



The Los Angeles-based heavy metal quartet EXMORTUS is excited to unveil their energetic new music video for the track “Foe Hammer,” taken from their acclaimed Prosthetic debut “Slave To The Sword.” Unleash the power of the sword and check out the video, directed by Ron Thunderwood (9 Electric), below:

Described as “a song-centric demonstration of thrash/death intensity and memorable trad metal songwriting” by Outburn (who gave the album a perfect 10/10 review), “Slave To The Sword” features 10 heavy-hitting tracks which LA Weekly says evoke memories of “80s shred guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.”

The band is currently winding up a successful support run with Gothenburg icons Dark Tranquillity, after which they will immediately embark on a co-headlining tour throughout the eastern U.S. alongside Lich King. The band will continue to deliver their refreshing and energetic live show in support of German thrashers Destruction and Brazilian death metal stalwarts Krisiun for the final three weeks of their spring North American tour. Full dates can be found below.

PRONG Reveal More Details on New Album Ruining Lives


Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.

With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Sepultura) once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album. From the first riff-assault of the opener “Turnover”, the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ-elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled.

Tommy Victor about Ruining Lives: “This is the fastest written and recorded PRONG-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous PRONG-record. I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There’s a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a “Force Fed” type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some “Rude Awakening” but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of PRONG on this album.

He continues, “Come To Realize” is something new – we have never approached this kind of time signature. It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What’s exciting about the whole album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of PRONG: marrying post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and modern elements – all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.”

The new album Ruining Lives will be released now through SPV/Steamhammer in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th as a limited digipak version incl. 1 bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download.

WHITECHAPEL Brand New Album Announced! Track Listing and Album Artwork Revealed


Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.

Our Endless War will be released April 29th in North America via Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL have revealed the album artwork track listing and have released the first single entitled “The Saw is the Law” from the new album. “We are excited to announce our fifth full length studio album Our Endless War. In typical WHITECHAPEL fashion, this CD takes the sound we have been developing over the past 8 years of our career and pushes it to new levels. We want each record we release to sound different, and this one is no exception. With dashes of every record we have done so far mixed with the intensity of a new sound, this record is sure to please fans of WHITECHAPEL, old and new”, says guitarist Alex Wade.

Having progressed with every record, onWhitechapel the band took a stylistic leap forward, garnering a whole army of new fans and greater critical respect in the process. This determination is immediately apparent. Having started to “seriously” write in February of 2013, the album was a year in the making, the band letting the writing develop organically while putting everything under a microscope, working harder on perfecting every song than they ever had before.

Famed for their three-guitar lineup, the band have always packed a crushing sonic punch, but on Our Endless War they take greater advantage of this than previously. Frequently, the seven-stringers build dramatic, incredibly heavy walls of thrilling noise through interweaving their parts, making for a sonic richness that pulls listeners even further into the songs. As with all of WHITECHAPEL’s releases the heaviness does not just stem from the music but Bozeman’s lyrics, showing characteristic diversity across the record’s ten tracks.

When it came to tracking the album the band considered no one beyond Mark Lewis, who helmed Whitechapel. “Making the self-titled record went so well, we loved the way it came out, our label loved the way it came out, and our fans kept telling us that it was our best sounding record so it would have been stupid not to work with him again!” laughs guitarist Alex Wade. For the artwork, the band turned again to Aaron Marsh, who supplied WHITECHAPEL with its stark, arresting imagery, but again they wanted to push things to the next level. “With the sound maturing we felt like the artwork needed to reflect that. We also introduced a new logo – our old logo is classic Whitechapel, and that’s not something we plan on getting rid of, but as the band grows and changes we felt like we needed the logo to represent the maturity of this new Whitechapel.”

Leading up to the release of Our Endless War, WHITECHAPEL have confirmed a string of dates including an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. These dates will being April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL. These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand. More dates including a North American co-headlining North American tour are in the works and will be announced shortly.

Our Endless War Track Listing:
1. Rise
2. Our Endless War
3. The Saw is the Law
4. Mono
5. Let Me Burn
6. Worship the Digital Age
7. How Times Have Changed
8. Psychopathy
9. Blacked Out
10. Diggs Road

WHITECHAPELw/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand

4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*
4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern
4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

CRADLE OF FILTH: Iconic Extreme Metal Ensemble To Release Total Fucking Darkness Demo On Vinyl


After more than two decades, Total Fucking Darkness, the infamous third demo from notorious UK extreme metal magicians, CRADLE OF FILTH, will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm this Spring.

The undertaking was helmed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, who first signed CRADLE OF FILTH, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.

Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the aid of engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from Emperor to Thin Lizzy), Total Fucking Darkness commences with “Spattered In Faeces,” the only surviving track from the now mythical Goetia sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the Total Fucking Darkness demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli),” recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted Goetia album. Two short instrumental movements from former CRADLE OF FILTH keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.

Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the perverse visions of Radio 1 Presenter and occult artist, Daniel Carter, the legendary recording will be released in an initial mail-order edition of 666 copies, unleashed in an unholy trinity of three two-color, 180-gram vinyl variants limited to 222 copies each; orange/black, blue/grey and grey/black. Each copy includes a limited edition booklet with a foreword by Dani Filth and formerly unseen photos from the band archives. A retail version in blue vinyl with insert, and a digipak CD, will be available from Amazon and other outlets on May 5, 2014, with the limited edition version slated for release two weeks earlier.

Total Fucking Darkness Track Listing: 

Side A
1. Spattered In Faeces
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. As Deep As Any Burial

Side B
1. Unbridled at Dusk
2. The Raping Of Faith
3. Fraternally Yours, 666

Side C
1. Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. Seance And Mandrake (Instrumental)

Side D
1. The Raping Of Faith
2. Unbridled At Dusk
3. Hekate Enthroned (Instrumental)

MISERY INDEX announce new album, ‘The Killing Gods’

MISERY INDEX announce new album, 'The Killing Gods'

Acclaimed grindcore extremists MISERY INDEX have finished recording their forthcoming new album ‘The Killing Gods’. ‘The Killing Gods’, the band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). MISERY INDEX will see the release of ‘The Killing Gods’ in May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide).

Regarding the release of the new album, Misery Index front man Jason Netherton comments “After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed “The Killing Gods.” It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can. We think we have succeeded and we hope you do as well. Look for this metal beast to drop in May!”

Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in grindcore and death metal, MISERY INDEX (Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis – drums, Darin Morris – guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing a disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, MISERY INDEX will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling grind/metal with the release of ‘The Killing Gods’.

The band recently announced a special live date as part of this year’s Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Studio Update on New Album – Promises Heaviest Record Yet!


(Photo Credit: Glen Laferman)


CAVALERA CONSPIRACY the band featuring the legendary metal brothers Max and Igor Cavalera are currently in the mixing stage of their third album and their first for their new label home Napalm Records.  The band is working with producer John Gray (Soulfly) and plans on having the record ready for release in Fall of 2014.

Members of the band and producer John Gray took some time to give an update on the recording process:

This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera.  Max, Igor and Marc were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process.  I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary.  Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso.  I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he’s under pressure.  What can I say about Nate Newton- he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth.  I’m really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him someday. 

-John Gray

The new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY record was amazing to record…definitely a brutal and fast third record!!!

-Marc Rizzo

It was a lot of fun to be a part of this record.   For me it was a challenge to learn the songs sight unseen and record them.   It was a pretty interesting look into the way Max write’s songs and I am glad to have been a part of it.

-Nate Newton

More updates and news on CAVALERA CONSPIRACY‘s new album will be released in the coming weeks.

Enthroned premieres new track “Of Feathers and Flames”


Belgium’s leading black metal force, Enthroned, has premiered a brand new song entitled “Of Feathers and Flames.” It is the first track to be revealed from band’s upcoming 10th album, Sovereigns, out April 15 on Agonia Records.



Touring to support their 2013 release Spiritual Genocide, German thrash metal institution DESTRUCTION will launch their North American headlining tour on Tuesday, March 18th in Worcester, Massachusetts with direct support from Brazilian death metal kings KRISIUN.  Guest openers will be North Carolina metallers WIDOW (March 18th – 24th) and California death thrashers EXMORTUS (March 25th – April 14th).

DESTRUCTION with KRISIUN, Widow, and Exmortus
03/18/14   The Palladium – Worcester, MA*
03/19/14   Marlin Room @ The Webster Hall – New York, NY*
03/20/14  Empire – Springfield, VA*
03/21/14  Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE*
03/22/14  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH*
03/23/14  The Casbah – Johnson City, TN*
03/24/14  Fubar – St. Louis, MO*
03/25/14  Dirty Dog – Austin, TX#
03/26/14  Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX#
03/27/14  Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ#
03/28/14  Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV#
03/29/14  Mirror Image – Anaheim, CA#
03/30/14  Whisky-A-Go-Go – W. Hollywood, CA#
04/01/14  DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA#
04/02/14  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA#
04/03/14  Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR#
04/04/14  The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA#
04/05/14  Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB – CANADA#
04/07/14  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO#
04/08/14  Riot Room – Kansas City, MO#
04/09/14  Woolys – Des Moines, IA#
04/10/14  Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL#
04/11/14  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY#
04/12/14  Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA#
04/13/14  Complexe Meduse – Quebec, QC – CANADA#
04/14/14  Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA#
*with Widow
#with Exmortus

TURISAS to co-headline “Paganfest America Part V” with KORPIKLAANI; tour dates announced‏


Finnish battle metallers TURISAS will return to North America this spring with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) KORPIKLAANI for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour! Some of the finest names in pagan metal, CHTHONIC (Taiwan), VARG (Germany) and WINTERHYMN (USA), will also be joining the two titans on the road for this year’s crusade. See below for all confirmed dates.

April 25 – Empire – Springfield, VA
April 26 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
April 27 – Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
April 28 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
April 29 – Imperial – Quebec City, QC
April 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
May 1 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
May 2 – Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
May 3 – Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
May 4 – Skyway Theater – B – Minneapolis, MN
May 5 – Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
May 7 – The Republik – Calgary, AB
May 8 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
May 9 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
May 10 – Toxic Lounge – Portland, OR
May 11 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 12 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
May 13 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 15 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
May 16 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
May 17 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
May 18 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

Autopsy to release “Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves” this April on Peaceville‏


U.S. death metal legend, Autopsy, has completed work on its seventh studio album, Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves, set to be unleashed in North America on April 29 via Peaceville Records.

Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves was recorded at Fantasy Studios with producer Adam Munoz, and sees a continuation of Autopsy’s pursuit of the ultimate in metallic horror and extremity. Artwork comes courtesy of Wes Benscoter, who was also previously responsible for the stunning Macabre Eternal album cover.

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