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INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Progressive Death Metal Ensemble Streams Calling From A Dream Full-Length

Progressive death metal ensemble INANIMATE EXISTENCE will release their Calling From A Dream full-length this Friday. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California (Suffocation, Fallujah, The Zenith Passage etc.), Calling From A Dream is the story of a young man’s journey to reunite with the soul of his lost lover. Through his dreams, she guides him across a dark mysterious world filled with gods and demons.
In celebration of its release, today No Clean Singing is streaming the record in its eclectic entirety noting, “Among the disparate musical pieces within these dynamic songs are jolting, jarring busts of start-stop riffs and fusillades of rapid-fire drumming; the rippling keys of what sounds like a harpsichord and the mystical expressions of a flute; swirling guitar harmonies and fiery solos; bearlike growls, cracked howls, and lofting female vocals (thanks to Adrianna Tentori); brutal, pile-driving rhythms, eerie dissonance, and gliding melodies. The pacing, rhythms, volume, and intensity are in almost constant flux, as are the moods of the music. And somehow it all hangs together, telling a story – or simply providing an ever-shifting series of visions for your mind’s eye to conceive.”

Calling From A Dream is INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s multifaceted, nine-track follow-up their critically-lauded A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement studio offering. In a recent 9.5/10 review, Dead Rhetoric boasts, “A lively, dark, and emotive tale awaits those who venture into Calling From A Dream. INANIMATE EXISTENCE continue to improve their storytelling/songwriting abilities, and at this point should be considered one of death metal’s finest in this regard. Calling From A Dream is a near-magical listen – technically-impressive death metal that is enhanced by a keen sense of atmosphere and emotion that brings the listener on a compelling trip to a mysterious realm.” Angry Metal Guy concurs, “Calling From A Dream’s stylistic shift is hugely effective and if the band continue to make albums that are this solid, they’re sure to land a place somewhere in the modern death metal pantheon. Added to the much richer and more dynamic production that Zack Ohren achieved on this record, it’s a huge step forward…” Wonderbox Metal calls the record, “Very highly recommended,” adding, “Calling From A Dream is an exciting addition to the world of modern death metal, one that’s got a lot of longevity in it, and I can’t help but feel that it’s going to become a firm favorite…”

INANIMATE EXISTENCE formed in 2012 and is notorious for pushing the boundaries of metal. Their fresh approach to songwriting and arrangements shine an innovative light into the dark and grim genre. With the output of Calling From A Dream, they promise to deliver an even more refined and mature sound.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE is currently in the midst of a short headlining tour with additional live performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE [remaining dates]:
9/15/2016 Johnny B’s – Medford, OR
9/16/2016 Alturas Bar And Nightclub – Reno, NV
9/17/2016 Red House – Walnut Creek, CA
9/18/2016 The X Bar – Cupertino, CA

GATECREEPER Shares Third Single “Stronghold”; Sonoran Depravation To See Release Next Month + Tour With Skeletonwitch Draws Near

[photo by Hayley Rippy]

“The Bolt Thrower influence on this one is more than obvious. This is the sound of being run over by a tank.” – Chase Mason, GATECREEPER

Death metal newcomers/recent Relapse signees GATECREEPER have just shared another savage new single, “Stronghold,” lifted from their forthcoming full-length debut Sonoran Depravation, set to drop next month via Relapse Records. The track is currently waging war at Decibel Magazine.

Notes GATECREEPER vocalist Chase Mason of the track, “Chronologically, this is the oldest song on the record. We wrote this song early on and it has been a staple in our live set ever since. The Bolt Thrower influence on this one is more than obvious. This is the sound of being run over by a tank.”

Having devastated the underground since their formation less than three years ago, GATECREEPER’s Sonoran Depravation was produced by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails, Black Breath) at God City Studios. The recordtears and chugs through more than thirty minutes of crusty, doom-soaked death metal at its most infectious and uncompromising with a massive sound that calls to mind the classic Swedish buzz-saw attack of Dismember and Grave mixed with the impeccable groove of Obituary and Bolt Thrower.

Sonoran Depravation is set for an October 7th release.

GATECREEPER recently announced a full US tour supporting Skeletonwitch and labelmates Iron Reagan which will commence on September 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional support will come from Oathbreaker. A complete listing of dates is available below.

GATECREEPER:
9/23/2016 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
9/26/2016 Depot District O Bar – Lubbock, TX
9/27/2016 SoundPony – Tulsa, OK
9/28/2016 RockHouse Live Midtown – Memphis, TN
w/ Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker:
9/29/2016 The Earl – Atlanta, GA
9/30/2016 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
10/01/2016 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
10/02/2016 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
10/03/2016 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL *
10/04/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
10/05/2016 White Oak – Houston, TX
10/06/2016 RBC – Dallas, TX
10/07/2016 Barracuda – Austin, TX
10/08/2016 The Sandbox – El Paso, TX *
10/09/2016 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
10/10/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
10/11/2016 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/12/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/14/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
10/15/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
10/16/2016 Wastelander Studios – Boise, ID *
10/17/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
10/18/2016 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
10/29/2016 Within These Walls Fest – Mesa, AZ*
*GATECREEPER Only

ULCERATE Premieres “Abrogation” Via Clrvynt; Shrines Of Paralysis LP Nears

New Zealand’s forward-thinking, lead death metal horde, ULCERATE, has issued the crushing new track “Abrogation,” which hails from the band’s Relapse Records-bound fifth full-length, Shrines Of Paralysis.

The new track comes forth through new music portal Clrvynt, who issues, “New Zealand’s ULCERATE are a marvel and a juggernaut. Approaching fifteen years of existence, the trio keeps getting stronger and more adept as songwriters.” The write-up notes that “Abrogation” specifically is, “a whirlwind of death metal insanity, complete with odd atonal riffing, sick grooves when needed, subtle melody and a growl seldom seen this side of the Styx.”

ULCERATE’s latest masterwork Shrines Of Paralysis isa flawless continuation of the band’s signature sonic philosophy. Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of singular death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques round-out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings. As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape ULCERATE’s music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band’s most cohesive and powerful release to date.

Shrines Of Paralysis is due out October 28th, 2016 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

Additionally, ULCERATE has announced a headlining North American Fall tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm. The trek embarks out of Los Angeles on November 2nd and consumes the rest of the month, the final show taking place November 29th in Brooklyn, New York. ULCERATE will also be performing two exclusive dates in New Zealand at the end of October preceding the North American tour.

ULCERATE Tour Dates:
10/21/2016 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
10/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ
w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:
11/02/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
11/03/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
11/04/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
11/05/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/06/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
11/07/2016 The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
11/09/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
11/12/2016 Limelight – San Antonio, TX
11/13/2016 Acadia Bar – Houston, TX
11/14/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
11/15/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/16/2016 Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
11/17/2016 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/18/2016 529 – Atlanta, GA
11/19/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/20/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
11/23/2016 Great Scott – Boston, MA
11/24/2016 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
11/25/2016 Coalition – Toronto, ON
11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
11/27/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

Death metal has always had roots in themes of humanity, darkness, and oppression, but when ULCERATE formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, their unconventional approach to the genre quickly redefined the meaning of those concepts throughout death metal and beyond. The trio’s distinctive treatment of dynamics alongside in-depth lyrical content established the band as a formidable force long before they became the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal, one defined by meticulous passages of understated melodic sensibilities and jarring, tooth-scraping dissonance. Following the release of two promising demos, Ulcerate and The Coming Of Genocide, ULCERATE released their debut full-length Of Fracture And Failure (Neurotic Records, 2007), which sent waves through the underground. ULCERATE ascended to the global stage upon the release of their 2009 sophomore record and Willowtip Records debut, Everything Is Fire, which garnered the band widespread critical recognition and enabled them to complete extensive tours of Europe for the first time.

ULCERATE’s next two albums found the band venturing into bleaker and more atmospheric territory than ever before. The Destroyers Of All, released via Willowtip in 2011, captivated press and audiences worldwide, even appearing at #3 on Pitchfork’s top 40 metal albums of the year. In 2013, ULCERATE joined forces with Relapse Records for the release of Vermis, which further refined the band’s doom-laden take on technical death metal and became ULCERATE’s most acclaimed and accomplished release thus far. The band are masters of their craft outside the studio, too – ULCERATE has taken the time to hone a punishing live act and establish themselves as an inimitable live presence. The band has toured the world extensively, including headlining North American tours with labelmates Inter Arma & Tombs, a headlining UK tour with Bell Witch, headlining European tours with Svart Crown and Wormed, and numerous tours of New Zealand and Australia. ULCERATE have also appeared at worldwide festivals ranging from Maryland Deathfest in the US to Hellfest in France and more.

CARCASS Announces November Tour Dates With Deafheaven And Inter Arma

British metal icons CARCASS will return to to North America for a headlining tour this November. Joining them are shoegaze-infused black metallers Deafheaven and doom merchants Inter Arma. Slated to commence on November 7th and run through November 27th, the band’s latest journey follows the One Foot In The Grave headlining tour with Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon this past Summer. Tickets are on sale now at all local ticket outlets.

CARCASS w/ Deafheaven, Inter Arma:
11/07/2016 The Varsity Theatre – Batone Rouge, LA
11/09/2016 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
11/10/2016 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
11/11/2016 States Theater – Tampa, FL
11/12/2016 North Side Festival – Monterrey, MX (CARCASS only)
11/14/2016 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
11/15 /2016 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
11/17/2016 Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
11/18/2016 Reverb – Reading, PA – Reverb
11/19/2016 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI
11/20/2016 The Emporium – Patchogue, NY
11/21/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/22/2016 Rex Theater – Pittsburg, PA
11/23/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/24/2016 Dallas – Kitchener, ON
11/25/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
11/26/2016 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
11/27/2016 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

CARCASS continues to tour in support of Surgical Steel, released in September 2013. The record came in at #41 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, just narrowly avoiding the dreaded “Top 40 Band” moniker. Even with their impressive back catalogue, Surgical Steel has given the band their highest charting and possibly most critically acclaimed record to date.

Surgical Steel was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorefest, Cannibal Corpse etc.) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament). Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (Aborted, Trigger The Bloodshed) and guitarist Ben Ash (Pig Iron, Desolation, Liquefied Skeleton). Original sticksman Ken Owen contributed guest vocals as well.

CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (see Reek Of Putrefaction, Symphonies Of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (see Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career, Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered.

ENSLAVED To Issue Vikingligr Veldi On Vinyl For The First Time Ever

Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons ENSLAVED will issue their debut full-length, the now legendary Vikingligr Veldi, on vinyl for the first time ever. Set for release on September 23rd, 2016 via By Norse Music, the limited 2xLP gatefold edition includes a stunning new layout design by Z. Bielak (Ghost, Mayhem etc.) as well as four brand new illustrations specially made for this groundbreaking offering. Additionally, the record has been respectfully remastered for vinyl by Iver Sandøy preserving every bit of its original dynamics.

ENSLAVED’s Vikingligr Veldi, initially released in 1994, was co-produced with the legendary Pytten (Immortal, Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor et al) in Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway. The album features lyrics in Icelandic, and is a tribute to the Norse landscape, history, and mythology. The songs match these themes with long, horizontal songscapes, dense atmospheres, and winds from the past.

“We have been waiting since the day we recorded it,” comments ENSLAVED’s Ivar Bjørnson, “and at last it is happening! It has been a challenging journey, and it has demanded a lot of patience and understanding from all parts involved. The day we held the finished product in our hands was as sacred a day for us as the day we finished recording it.”

ACT OF DEFIANCE Kicks Off US Headlining Tour Plus Select Dates With Killswitch Engage And Hellyeah

ACT OF DEFIANCE — featuring within their ranks Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Times Of Grace), and Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) — will return to the road for a US run of headlining shows tomorrow. The band’s Fall live takeover begins September 14th in Salt Lake City, Utah and rolls through October 13th in San Diego, California. Additionally, the band will appear with Killswitch Engage and Hellyeah on select dates.

ACT OF DEFIANCE:
9/14/2016 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
9/15/2016 The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
9/16/2016 Marquis – Denver, CO
9/17/2016 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/19/2016 Basement East – Nashville, TN
9/20/2016 The Cone Denim – Greensboro, NC *
9/21/2016 Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL *
9/22/2016 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA *
9/24/2016 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
9/25/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/27/2016 Brauer House – Lombard, IL
9/28/2016 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
9/29/2016 Anthem @ Hard Rock – Sioux City, IA *
9/30/2016 The Black Bar – Janesville, WI
10/02/2016 Our Place Tavern – Bismarck, ND
10/03/2016 Pub Station – Billings, MT
10/04/2016 The Falls – Idaho Falls, ID
10/06/2016 Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA
10/07/2016 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
10/08/2016 Complex – Glendale, CA
10/09/2016 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (free show!)
10/11/2016 Bunkhouse Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
10/12/2016 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
10/13/2016 House of Blues – San Diego, CA **
* w/ Hellyeah
** w/ Killswitch Engage

ACT OF DEFIANCE will be touring in support of their recently released full-length, Birth And The Burial. The record was commended by Terrorizer for delivering a, “perfectly produced, super slick slice of savage, technical modern thrash,” while Powerplay hailed sounds that are sure to, “destroy your eardrums, as they are uncompromising and unrelenting metal at its very best.”

ALLEGAEON: Melodic Death Metal Unit To Kick Off Short Run Of Live Abrasions In Advance Of Metal Blade-Bound Proponent For Sentience Release

Melodic death metal outfit ALLEGAEON today kicks off a short run of live abrasions supporting Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots. Set to embark this evening in Las Vegas, Nevada, the band will level thirteen stages through October 12th including an appearance on Ozzfest Meets Knotfest September 24th in San Bernardino, California. See all confirmed dates below.

ALLEGAEON will be touring in support of their soon-to-be-released fourth full-length, Proponent For Sentience, set for official unveiling via Metal Blade Records on September 23rd. Produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation), Proponent For Sentience, which featuring guest appearances by Soilwork’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid and Scar Symmetry/ex-Bloodshot Dawn’s Benjamin Ellis, is a musically complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. With a lyrical arc rooted in science-fiction yet uncomfortably encroaching upon the reality of the present, it captures the Fort Collins, Colorado natives at their most ambitious and accomplished, pushing the boundaries even further than on their three previous, critically-acclaimed full-lengths. Check out the band’s recently issued mini documentary for Proponent For Sentience, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with footage from the studio;

ALLEGAEON w/ Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, Combichrist:
9/12/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
9/13/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
9/15/2016 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
9/16/2016 Diamond Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
9/17/2016 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, PA
9/18/2016 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
9/19/2016 The Concourse – Knoxville, TN
9/20/2016 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
9/22/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
9/24/2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernardino, CA *
10/10/2016 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON #
10/11/2016 Opera House – Toronto, ON #
10/12/2016 Les Foufounes – Montreal, QC #
* ALLEGAEON only
# Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, The Black Dahlia Murder, ALLEGAEON only

Danny Wimmer Nominated For IEBA “Festival Buyer Of The Year”

Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents–a producer of some of the biggest rock festivals in America–has been nominated by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) for ?Festival Buyer Of The Year.?

Member voting is underway now through September 14 and awards will be presented at the Honors & Awards Ceremony on October 11, 2016 in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville. For more details, visit https://www.ieba.org/2016-ieba-industry-award-nominees-announced/.

In addition, Danny Wimmer Presents was recently named one of ?America?s Fastest Growing Companies? in the Inc. 5000. Overall, DWP was ranked #266 on the list, placing them in the top 6% of this elite group of the 5000 fastest growing privately held U.S. companies.

The Inc. 5000 ?are the superheroes of the U.S. economy.? This list recognizes a wide range of businesses that ?exercise the body and the mind, push the boundaries of virtual reality and 3-D printing, and delight fans with rock concerts and superheroes.?

Inc. invites readers to ?Thrill to these companies’ amazing exploits–and learn a thing or two about the hard, real work?.

Inc. 5000 also placed DWP at #15 on the list of Top Consumer Products & Services Companies and at #21 on the Top Los Angeles Companies list, with 3-Year Growth reported at 1,496% under CEO Danny Hayes? stewardship.

Hayes has been a business advisor and attorney for Danny Wimmer since DWP?s inception in 2011. A preeminent entertainment attorney and founding partner of consumer rewards website Swagbucks and its parent company, Prodege, Hayes oversees day-to-day operations and drives DWP?s business development and accelerated growth initiatives. During his career, Hayes has represented iconic artists including Tool, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Paramore, Staind, Corey Taylor and Yanni. His considerable experience with members of the music industry, as well as his entrepreneurial success with Prodege and Swagbucks, gives him a unique understanding of the full spectrum of DWP?s industry.

DWP?s 2016 festival roster includes Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Houston Open Air, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, and Northern Invasion.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Kicks Off The Transcending The Coma Fall Co-Headlining Tour With Devin Townsend Project

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME kicks off their long-anticipated Transcending The Coma co-headlining trek with Devin Townsend Project this evening. Set to commence in Nashville, Tennessee and conclude in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 15th, the near month-long journey, which includes support from Fallujah, will find BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME performing their most recent album, Coma Ecliptic, in its entirety.
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME w/ Devin Townsend Project, Fallujah:
9/09/2016 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
9/10/2016 Music Farm – Charleston, SC *
9/11/2016 The Plaza – Orlando, FL
9/12/2016 Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
9/13/2016 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
9/15/2016 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/16/2016 Playstation Theater – New York, NY
9/17/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Sabaton
9/18/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
9/20/2016 The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
9/21/2016 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
9/22/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
9/23/2016 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/24/2016 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
9/25/2016 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
9/27/2016 The Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
9/29/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/5/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
10/6/2016 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
10/7/2016 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
10/8/2016 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
10/9/2016 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/11/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
10/12/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
10/13/2016 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/14/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/15/2016 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
* No Devin Townsend Project
Upon release in July 2015, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME’s Coma Ecliptic debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top 200, and #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart, Vinyl Chart, Amazon Hard Rock Chart, and Amazon Metal Chart. In addition, the album charted on the iTunes Rock Chart at #2, the Canada Hard Music Chart at #3, the UK Rock/Metal Chart at #4, the UK Independent Chart at #10, the Canada Top 200 Chart at #17, the Canada Top 200 Digital Chart at #22, the Germany Top 100 Chart at #53, and the UK Album chart at #74. Rolling Stone called the record, “a 68-minute cosmic opera,” while Metal Injection named it the, “finest achievement of their career.”

DEATH ANGEL: Bay Area Thrash Icons Kick Off North American Tour With Slayer And Anthrax

Bay Area thrash icons DEATH ANGEL kicked off an epic run of live dates supporting Slayer and Anthrax. The latest trek, which commenced with a string of headlining dates September 4th, will run through October 30th and level over three dozen stages with an included stint on Rock Allegiance in Chester, Pennsylvania alongside Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah and many more. See the band’s full schedule below.

DEATH ANGEL w/ Slayer, Anthrax:
9/09/2016 Jacob’s Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
9/10/2016 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI
9/11/2016 Streeters Ground Zero – Traverse City, MI #
9/12/2016 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
9/13/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/15/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/16/2016 Anthology – Rochester, NY (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
9/17/2016 The Chance – Pougheepsie, NY **
9/18/2016 Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA [info]
9/20/2016 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
9/21/2016 Conchord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #
9/22/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2016 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA #
9/25/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
9/27/2016 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/28/2016 Fillmore – Miami, FL
9/29/2016 Club LA – Destin FL #
9/30/2016 Horseshoe Casino Tunica – Tunica, MS
10/01/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN **
10/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/04/2016 The Orange Peel – Danville, VA (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
10/05/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/06/2016 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA **
10/07/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/08/2016 ACL at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
10/10/2016 Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/11/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2016 The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
10/14/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID #
10/15/2016 Revolution Concert House – Garden City, ID #
10/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA #
10/17/2016 ENMAX Center – Lethbridge, AB
10/19/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
10/20/2016 Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC
10/21/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR #
10/22/2016 Gibson Ranch/Aftershock – Elverta, CA **
10/23/2016 Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
10/24/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NB **
10/25/2016 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ #
10/26/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM #
10/27/2016 El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
10/28/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ **
10/29/2016 Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA **
10/30/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA **
** DEATH ANGEL only
# Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL only

DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their newest full-length The Evil Divide, released earlier this Spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The Evil Divide was recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010’s Relentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.

Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remains as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability drive The Evil Divide. The group – vocalist Mark Osegueda, lead guitarist Rob Cavestany, guitarist Ted Aguilar, drummer Will Carroll, and bassist Damien Sisson – satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.

The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released By The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art Of Dying for the next generation.

In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon) for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart.

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SMNnews.com was able to speak with CHIP Z’NUFF from 80’s power pop/glam rockers ENUFF Z’NUFF. Chip was able to speak of his past tours, his love of THE BEATLES, VINCE NEIL stealing his former drummer, his good friend STEVEN ADLER (GUNS N ROSES) his appreciation and experiences playing for our troops, and a different view of DOKKEN‘s honesty for doing their reunion shows in Japan for the money.
All of this leading up to the SiriusXM Hair Nation Festival in Irvine, CA on Saturday, September 17.
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ENSLAVED To Release The Sleeping Gods – Thorn November 11th

Norwegian progressive extreme metal icons ENSLAVED will release The Sleeping Gods ? Thorn compilation this November via ByNorse Music. A full-length album comprised of rare material from 2010-2011, The Sleeping Gods ? Thorn is a unique collection of experimental material connecting with the band?s early roots.

The seven tracks comprising The Sleeping Gods ? Thorn originally appeared on extremely limited EPs between ENSLAVED?s Axioma Ethica Odini and Riitiir full-lengths and were recorded both in Solslottet Studio in Bergen, as well as the band members? own studios and partly in the deep woods of Valevaag on the south western coast of Norway. Like the songs themselves, the production is a mix of old and new; high tech and no-tech ? a mix of concepts that have been essential in achieving the signature sound ENSLAVED has become notorious for today. Members Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson co-produced the material together with long-time collaborator Iver Sandøy.

The album includes lyrics sung in Norwegian, English, and Old Norse, with themes centered on mythology and the esoteric side of the runes, as well as contrasting the Norse Ways as a polytheistic belief system to the monotheistic plague of the Big World Religions. The music nods respectfully to the wildly varying deities that make up the pantheon of inspiration for ENSLAVED, both ?then? and ?now.? There are traces of the proto black metal of Bathory, the classic rock and heavy metal of the ?70s and ?80s, the synthesized and sequenced masters of the ?70s, prog-rock, world/Norse folk music, Norwegian black metal of the ?90s, modern classical music, goth rock a la Fields Of The Nephilim and much more.

Tying he package together are the extensive liner notes Kjellson and a beautiful new layout by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media (Roadburn Festival, Opeth, Darkthrone, At The Gates, etc.) whose mesmerizing new illustrations display a unique symbiosis between two of our times? most exciting visual and sonic artists.

The Sleeping Gods ? Thorn will see release on November 11th on limited edition blue vinyl (webshop edition), black vinyl, digipak CD and digitally via ByNorse Music. Preorders will start on September 30th.

The Sleeping Gods ? Thorn Lineup:
Ivar Bjørnson ? guitar, synth
Grutle Kjellson ? vocals, bass
Cato Bekkevold ? drums
Ice Dale ? lead guitar

Revolution Rock Festival, Saturday, September 17 Outdoors At Foxwoods Resort Casino In Connecticut With Performances from Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost & More

Band performance times, onsite experiences, and the Friday Night Pre-Party have been revealed for Revolution Rock Festival–fueled by Monster Energy–set for Saturday, September 17 outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Produced by AEG Live, Revolution Rock Festival will feature a powerful rock lineup with: Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, and more.

For those with Revolution Rock Festival Hotel Packages, the weekend kicks off with the Friday Night Pre-Party at the Grand Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino, featuring performances from Thunderstruck and Strutter.

On Saturday, festival doors open at 11:00 AM. The current performance schedule for Revolution Rock Festival is as follows (subject to change):

Monster Energy Main Stage
9:30 PM    Avenged Sevenfold
7:50 PM Slayer
6:20 PM Volbeat
5:00 PM Chevelle
3:50 PM Of Mice & Men
2:40 PM Killswitch Engage
1:30 PM Anthrax
12:30 PM Crobot

Bud Light Stage
8:50 PM Ghost
7:20 PM Sevendust
5:50 PM Nothing More
4:30 PM The Amity Affliction
3:20 PM KYNG
2:10 PM Twelve Foot Ninja
1:00 PM Devour The Day
Noon Smashing Satellites

Fans are encouraged to buy now and save. Tickets for Revolution Rock Festival increase to the following week-of-show prices starting Monday, September 12 at Noon EDT and remain the same through day of show. General Admission tickets will be $99.50 (plus fees) and 4-pack GA ticket packages will be $358.00 (plus fees). Hotel packages are SOLD OUT.

Revolution Rock Festival has teamed up with some of the area?s yummiest food trucks and vendors to offer festivalgoers the ultimate food experience. Providing a wide variety of dining options, the following food trucks and tents will be onsite serving their specialties during the event:
– Toasted ? a ?sandwich revolution? enhancing the way America eats sandwiches
– Have A Ball ? everyone can have a ball with custom-made risotto balls
– Cheese Louise ? gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and mac n? cheese bowls
– Aporkalypse Now ? the ultimate BBQ experience from a traditional southern pit
– Master Of Patties ? gourmet burgers for a hearty appetite
– Cravin? Cajun ? New Orleans style favorites featuring authentic Cajun & Creole spices
– Lobster Craft* – made to order, freshly buttered lobster rolls, from boat to bun!
– Naples Pizza* – pizza cooked to crisp perfection in a 900-degree wood fired oven
*available in VIP area only

OPETH PREMIERES NEW SONG, “WILL O THE WISP,” FROM UPCOMING ALBUM ‘SORCERESS’

Sweden?s musical alchemists, OPETH, have unveiled an earnest new track called ?Will O The Wisp.? The track is found on the band?s forthcoming, 12th studio album, Sorceress, that will be released on September 30th via the band?s imprint label Moderbolaget Records with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

In a recent, exclusive track-by-track feature with Metal Hammer, vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt gave some insight behind the creation of the song. ?It?s a song inspired by ?Dun Ringil?l by Jethro Tull (from the album Stormwatch, 1979). I wanted to do a song with my capo really high, so it?s up on the fifth fret. It makes the guitar sound really glittery. I just wanted to go for a simple, catchy vocal melody. It has a slightly positive vibe to it, but the lyrics are really, really dark. It?s a beautiful song, I think. I?m really happy with that one.?

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon Music will receive an instant download of ?Will O the Wisp? and the band?s previously released title track, ?Sorceress.?

OPETH will make their awaited return to the U.S. later this month with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA, which will be followed by a headlining North American tour. The run will include a monumental show at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 1st.
OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo?s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum

POWER TRIP Confirms Tour Dates With Madball, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Pig Destroyer. Abnormality, And More

POWER TRIP continues their seemingly nonstop live crusade with a barrage of upcoming announcements, including new tour dates with Madball, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Pig Destroyer, Abnormality, and others, surrounding their performances at Off Limits Festival and Southwest Terror Fest.

For September, in two weeks, POWER TRIP will take part in Off Limits Festival in Mexico City on September 17th, joining the likes of Sick of it All, Iron Reagan, Impalers, Strife, and many others. This one-off in Mexico is followed directly but four shows supporting Madball, with shows in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Lubbock, September 20th through 23rd.

October sees POWER TRIP at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, joining an incredibly diverse lineup over the four-day gathering. POWER TRIP plays on the main stage Saturday, October 22nd alongside Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Infest, Sex Prisoner, and more.

And brand new announcements have seen POWER TRIP confirmed to tour across a large sector of the country in November. The full run of dates will see the band joining Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Abnormality, playing shows in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New York, Greensboro, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas November 12th through 21st. Pig Destroyer will also join the Baltimore, Boston, and New York shows.

POWER TRIP Tour Dates:
9/17/2016 Off Limits Festival – Mexico City, MX w/ Sick of it All, Iron Reagan, Impalers, Strife
9/20/2016 Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX w/ Madball
9/21/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX w/ Madball
9/22/2016 Sidewinder – Austin, TX w/ Madball
9/23/2016 Backstage – Lubbock, TX w/ Madball
10/22/2016 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Infest
11/12/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/13/2016 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/14/2016 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/15/2016 Les Poisson Rouge – New York, NY w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/16/2016 Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/17/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/19/2016 Numbers – Houston, TX w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/20/2016 Red Box – San Antonio, TX w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality
11/21/2016 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Abnormality

The follow-up to POWER TRIP’s unrelenting Manifest Decimation debut LP, Nightmare Logic has been recorded, and the final details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Since the release of Manifest Decimation in mid-2013, POWER TRIP has become an underground staple in the US metal/hardcore scenes, the album unloading a caustic, stomping brew of old-school crossover, unloaded through merciless tones, presented with relentless energy. The band has toured relentlessly across the planet with the likes of Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Negative Approach, Turnstile, Backtrack, Mizery, Eyehategod, Foreseen HKI, Bane, Off!, and having performed with literally countless others, in addition to pummeling audiences at major festivals all over the US, Europe, and beyond.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announces US Co-Headlining Tour With Napalm Death; Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, And Power Trip To Appear As Support On Select Dates

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will return to the road again this Fall, first, joining Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, Allegaeon, Combichrist, All Hail The Yeti, and Oni for some performances across North America, followed by a co-headlining US run with Napalm Death! Set to commence November 1st, the Abysmal Predator co-headlining tour features Abnormality, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, and Power Trip as support on select dates. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will also headline a few shows before and after they join this highly anticipated tour package.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER comments: ?It is our great pleasure to once again reunite with our long-time pals in Napalm Death; we really hit it off with them when we were just little tykes on our first-ever European tour so many years ago. To this day, Napalm remains a vital force in music and are some of our absolute heroes. It feels great to finally be able to announce this amazing lineup we?ve been brewing? Keeping a secret this good was killing us inside! All of the bands are absolutely killer and we couldn?t be more proud to be considered a part of this elite package. We?ll see you this Fall; bring your helmet!?

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER w/ Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, Combichrist, Allegaeon, All Hail The Yeti:
9/12/2016 LVCS ? Las Vegas, NM
9/13/2016 Sunshine Theater ? Albuquerque, NM
9/15/2016 Exit / In ? Nashville, TN
9/16/2016 Diamond Concert Hall ? Louisville, KY
9/17/2016 Montage Music Hall ? Rochester, PA
9/19/2016 The Concourse ? Knoxville, TN
9/20/2016 Georgia Theater ? Athens, GA
9/22/2016 Diamond Ballroom ? Oklahoma City, OK
10/08/2016 Call The Office ? London, ON w/ First Fragment
10/9/2016 Salle Multi ? Ville de Quebec, QC w/ First Fragment
w/ Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots, Allegaeon, Oni:
10/10/2016 Mavericks ? Ottawa, ON
10/11/2016 Opera House ? Toronto, ON
10/12/2016 Les Foufounes ? Montreal, QC
End Tour
10/27/2016 The Old Crow ? Middletown, OH w/ Misery Index
10/28/2016 Apollo Theater ? Belvidere, IL
10/29/2016 Fubar ? St. Louis, MO w/ Misery Index
10/30/2016 Rock Island Live ? Wichita, KS w/ Abnormality
w/ Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer (Nov. 13-15), Misery Index (Nov. 1-11), Power Trip (Nov. 12-21), Abnormality (Nov. 1-21):
11/01/2016 Top Deck ? Farmington, NM
11/02/2016 Club Red ? Phoenix, AZ
11/03/2016 Observatory ? Santa Ana, CA
11/04/2016 The Regent ? Los Angeles, CA
11/05/2016 The Chapel ? San Francisco, CA
11/07/2016 Depot ? Salt Lake City, UT
11/08/2016 Summit Music Hall ? Denver, CO
11/09/2016 Riot Room ? Kansas City, MO
11/10/2016 Bottom Lounge ? Chicago, IL
11/11/2016 Agora Ballroom ? Cleveland, OH
11/12/2016 Underground Arts ? Philadelphia, PA
11/13/2016 Sound Stage ? Baltimore, MD
11/14/2016 Brighton Music Hall ? Boston, MA
11/15/2016 Les Poisson Rouge ? New York, NY
11/16/2016 Arizona Pete?s ? Greensboro, NC
11/17/2016 Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA
11/19/2016 Numbers ? Houston, TX
11/20/2016 Rock Box ? San Antonio, TX
11/21/2016 Gas Monkey ? Dallas, TX
End Tour
11/22/2016 Hi Tone ? Memphis, TN w/ Abnormality
11/23/2016 Diamond Pub ? Louisville, KY

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be touring in support of Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, and Metal Insider, among many others.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Unveils “Pulse Of The Mountain’s Heart” From Progressive Death Metal Collective; Calling From A Dream Release Day Nears

“…one of death metal’s finest… Calling From A Dream is a near-magical listen – technically-impressive death metal that is enhanced by a keen sense of atmosphere and emotion that brings the listener on a compelling trip to a mysterious realm.” – Dead Rhetoric

With the release of Calling From A Dream, the consuming new full-length from Bay Area progressive death metal collective, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, less than three weeks away, today Decibel Magazine unveils the mystifying sounds of “Pulse Of The Mountain’s Heart” for public consumption.

Issues the band, “‘Pulse Of The Mountain’s Heart’ showcases INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s approach to heavy riffing. The song structure evolves many times throughout, guiding listener through beautiful clean sections and into dark riffs layered with ethereal guitar leads.”

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California (Suffocation, Fallujah, The Zenith Passage etc.), Calling From A Dream is the story of a young man’s journey to reunite with the soul of his lost lover. Through his dreams, she guides him across a dark mysterious world filled with gods and demons.

Calling From A Dream is INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s multifaceted, nine-track follow-up their critically-lauded A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement studio offering. “After the release of our last album, we decided to take our sound to a new place while incorporating our roots,” the band elaborates. “Expect deep compositions with many emotional ups and downs. Inspiration was drawn from music theorists and composers dating back thousands of years. Within Calling From A Dream, listeners will encounter a wide array of musical elements blended to form a rich contrast of sonic textures that result in a dynamic aural experience.” Gushes Dead Rhetoric in a recent 9.5/10 review, “A lively, dark, and emotive tale awaits those who venture into Calling From A Dream. INANIMATE EXISTENCE continue to improve their storytelling/songwriting abilities, and at this point should be considered one of death metal’s finest in this regard. Calling From A Dream is a near-magical listen – technically-impressive death metal that is enhanced by a keen sense of atmosphere and emotion that brings the listener on a compelling trip to a mysterious realm.”

INANIMATE EXISTENCE formed in 2012 and is notorious for pushing the boundaries of metal. Their fresh approach to songwriting and arrangements shine an innovative light into the dark and grim genre. With the output of Calling From A Dream, they promise to deliver an even more refined and mature sound.

Prior to the release of Calling From A Dream, INANIMATE EXISTENCE will bring their odes to the stage on a nine-date headlining tour from September 9th through September 18th with additional live performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE:
9/09/2016 Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
9/10/2016 50 West (Fifty Pub & Grub) – Salem, OR
9/12/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
9/13/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/14/2016 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
9/15/2016 Johnny B’s – Medford, OR
9/16/2016 Alturas Bar And Nightclub – Reno, NV
9/17/2016 Red House – Walnut Creek, CA
9/18/2016 The X Bar – Cupertino, CA

DIE CHOKING: Philadelphia Hypergrind Trio To Storm Full Terror Assault Fest This Weekend; Summer/Fall Tour Dates Expanded

Philadelphia-based by-the-throat hardcore grinders DIE CHOKING will take their blistering live set to the audiences at Full Terror Assault fest this weekend in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. The band will storm the main stage of the massive gathering alongside the likes of Lock Up, Rotten Sound, Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, Sacred Reich, Shining, Master, and many others.

DIE CHOKING continues to tour in support of their debut LP, III, which has seen the band decimating audiences across North America and Europe steadily over the past year since the album?s release. The attack of the band?s first European tour early this year alongside Paris-based Department Of Correction will now repeat itself on US shores this Fall. DOC will head into the country mid-October to join up with DIE CHOKING for a week-and-a-half of tour dates down the East Coast, which comes to a finale at the massive The Fest 15 in Gainesville, Florida with the likes of Fucking Invincible, Coke Bust, Braid, Night Birds, and dozens more. The tour is preceded by a rash of DIE CHOKING one-off shows over the coming weeks.

Decibel Magazine calls the band, ?the energetic, Hellenistic philosophy-obsessed future of grind,? offering, ?Just don?t think that DIE CHOKING?s fondness of brevity is another example of 21st Century grind kid ADD? the band takes pride in the arrangements, narrative and atmosphere of whirlwinds?? Stereogum issued, ??III?s not all flying spittle and popping veins. DIE CHOKING channels the intensity with a subtle songwriting intelligence that begins to emerge after the initial shock of their impact wears off.? Noisey notes how DIE CHOKING, ?has grown a big reputation in short time for its unrelenting, caustic brand of socio-politically conscious, anti-authoritarian punk/metal played at tempos that come close to breaking the sound barrier, issuing of the LP, ?III contains the band?s most confrontational, intense, and crust-fueled sounds yet while exploring heady philosophical concepts.? Bloody Disgusting praised the devastation of the album?s, ?pure sensory assault, featuring blistering drums, raging vocals, and a wall of distorted guitars, all combining to ensure maximum face melting power,? and Cvlt Nation exclaims, ?An all-out brutality fest will take place in your brain once you hear this album! From the very first to the last moment of this album, this band wants to punish, and they do a pummeling job of just that!?

DIE CHOKING Tour Dates:
8/26/2016 Moody?s Point ? Bloomington, IL w/Kelut
8/27/2016 Full Terror Assault ? Cave-In-Rock, IL w/ Rotten Sound, Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, Organ Dealer
8/28/2016 Voodoo Brewery ? Meadville, PA w/ Organ Dealer
9/01/2016 Rake?s End ? Cincinnati, OH w/ True Of All Death
9/02/2016 Drkmttr ? Nashville, TN w/ Forest of Tygers
9/03/2016 Rotten Fest ? Tallahassee, FL w/ Night Witch, Abacus
9/04/2016 The Foundry Coffee ? Savannah, GA
10/09/2016 Pi lam ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Noisear, Mother Brain, Bea$ters
10/12/2016 Sidebar ? Baltimore, MD w/ Gadget, Vermin Womb
10/20/2016 Good Weekend ? Allentown, PA w/ Department Of Correction, Carved Up
10/21/2016 Shred Shed ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Department Of Correction
10/22/2016 Silent Barn ? New York, NY w/ Department Of Correction, Pyrrhon
10/23/2016 Gallery 5 ? Richmond, VA w/ Department Of Correction, Burn/Ward
10/24/2016 Riffhouse Pub ? Virginia Beach, VA w/ Department Of Correction, Amara
10/25/2016 Slims ? Raleigh, NC w/ Department Of Correction, Old Codger
10/26/2016 The Station ? Charlotte, NC w/ Department Of Correction
10/27/2016 New Brookland Tavern ? Columbia, SC w/ Department Of Correction
10/28/2016 529 ? Atlanta, GA w/ Department Of Correction
10/29/2016 Rain Dogs ? Jacksonville, FL w/ Department Of Correction
10/30/2016 The Fest 15 ? Gainesville, FL w/ Department Of Correction, Fucking Invincible, Coke Bust, Braid, Night Birds, more

ULCERATE Shares “Extinguished Light” From Relapse-Bound Shrines Of Paralysis; Release Date And Preorders Issued + Fall Tour Looms

Forward-thinking, unorthodox New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE returns this October with their latest masterwork Shrines Of Paralysis. A flawless continuation of the band’s signature sonic philosophy, this week the band shares the album’s street date and preorders, as well as the first single, “Extinguished Light.”

Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of ULCERATE’s singular death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques flesh out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings. As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape ULCERATE’s music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band’s most cohesive and powerful release to date.

Additionally, ULCERATE has announced a headlining North American Fall tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm. The trek embarks out of Los Angeles on November 2nd and consumes the rest of the month, the final show taking place November 29th in Brooklyn, New York. ULCERATE will also be performing two exclusive dates in New Zealand at the end of October preceding the North American tour.

ULCERATE Tour Dates:
10/21/2016 Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
10/22/2015 San Fran – Wellington, NZ
w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:
11/02/2016 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
11/03/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
11/04/2016 Panic Room – Portland, OR
11/05/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
11/06/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
11/07/2016 The Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
11/09/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall – El Paso, TX
11/12/2016 Limelight – San Antonio, TX
11/13/2016 Acadia Bar – Houston, TX
11/14/2016 Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
11/15/2016 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/16/2016 Atlantic – Gainesville, FL
11/17/2016 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/18/2016 529 – Atlanta, GA
11/19/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/20/2016 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
11/23/2016 Great Scott – Boston, MA
11/24/2016 Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
11/25/2016 Coalition – Toronto, ON
11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI
11/27/2016 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

Shrines Of Paralysis Track Listing:
1. Abrogation
2. Yield To Naught
3. There Are No Saviours
4. Shrines Of Paralysis
5. Bow To Spite
6. Chasm Of Fire
7. Extinguished Light
8. End The Hope

Death metal has always had roots in themes of humanity, darkness, and oppression, but when ULCERATE formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, their unconventional approach to the genre quickly redefined the meaning of those concepts throughout death metal and beyond. The trio’s distinctive treatment of dynamics alongside in-depth lyrical content established the band as a formidable force long before they became the standard-bearers for a new era of death metal, one defined by meticulous passages of understated melodic sensibilities and jarring, tooth-scraping dissonance. Following the release of two promising demos, Ulcerate and The Coming Of Genocide, ULCERATE released their debut full-length Of Fracture And Failure (Neurotic Records, 2007), which sent waves through the underground. ULCERATE ascended to the global stage upon the release of their 2009 sophomore record and Willowtip Records debut, Everything Is Fire, which garnered the band widespread critical recognition and enabled them to complete extensive tours of Europe for the first time.

ULCERATE’s next two albums found the band venturing into bleaker and more atmospheric territory than ever before. The Destroyers Of All, released via Willowtip in 2011, captivated press and audiences worldwide, even appearing at #3 on Pitchfork’s top 40 metal albums of the year. In 2013, ULCERATE joined forces with Relapse Records for the release of Vermis, which further refined the band’s doom-laden take on technical death metal and became ULCERATE’s most acclaimed and accomplished release thus far.

The band are masters of their craft outside the studio, too – ULCERATE has taken the time to hone a punishing live act and establish themselves as an inimitable live presence. The band has toured the world extensively, including headlining North American tours with labelmates Inter Arma & Tombs, a headlining UK tour with Bell Witch, headlining European tours with Svart Crown and Wormed, and numerous tours of New Zealand and Australia. ULCERATE have also appeared at worldwide festivals ranging from Maryland Deathfest in the US to Hellfest in France and more.

DYSRHYTHMIA Deploys “Severed And Whole” From The Veil Of Control LP Through Exclusive Metal Injection Stream

“Severed And Whole” is the explosive new single to be deployed into the public domain from NYC-based instrumental metal tacticians, DYSRHYTHMIA. The new track hails from the band’s seventh studio full-length, The Veil Of Control, which is nearing release through Profound Lore in September.

Metal Injection is hosting the exclusive early stream of “Severed And Whole,” the song paired with an excellent write-up of the album, which includes, “Time in Gorguts, Krallice, Withered as well as solo efforts has Kevin Hufnagel, Colin Marston, and Jeff Eber in an ethos of accomplished musicians that many strive for.” The review proclaims of this new single specifically, “Like any great instrumental band, the track does not leave you wanting vocals. It is an important concept that master musicians like DYSRHYTHMIAare able to capitalize on and it is just one of multiple facets that makes the trio an influential force.”

Profound Lore will release The Veil Of Control on September 23rd. Stand by for additional audio samples, as well as preorders, tour dates, and more from DYSRHYTHMIA in the coming weeks.

Since their inception over seventeen years ago, NYC-based power-trio DYSRHYTHMIA has fully established themselves as one of the most notable progressive and unique instrumental metal bands.
With The Veil Of Control, DYSRHYTHMIA’s Kevin Hufnagel, Colin Marston, and Jeff Eber have once again created a new expression within their boundary-pushing repertoire. Conceived and executed within the confines of Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, in Queens, recorded, mixed and mastered by Marston, with artwork by Marston and Hufnagel, The Veil Of Control delivers six intense but seamless and expansive new works totaling nearly thirty-six minutes of instrumental technical metal perfection. The album sees Hufnagel solely using a twelve-string guitar on the LP, a facet that will go unparalleled within the niche genre of “instrumental progressive music”, demonstrating again the band’s importance within the scene.

WRVTH: Atmospheric Tech Death Unit Issues Second Installment Of Their Live In-Studio Video Series Via Gear Gods; North American Tour Underway

“It’s a perfect backdrop for their ethereal, ambient, soul-crushing sound that switches without warning from one mood to the next.” – Gear Gods

Atmospheric tech death unit WRVTH today issues part two of their live, in-studio video series with “Forlorn” which comes by way of the band’s self-titled full-length, issued last year by Unique Leader Records.

The moving, black and white performance clip was captured at Fang Studios with Nick Loiacono of FLYTRAPtv. “We feel the songs on our record are best represented in a live context,” said the band in a collective statement. “‘Forlorn’ is especially one of those songs that a raw production lends to the song accordingly, lyrically, and musically.”

Adds Gear Gods, “WRVTH are feeling ‘Forlorn’ in this live-in-studio video, which will likely make you feel forlorn as well, as it is shot all in black and white. It’s a perfect backdrop for their ethereal, ambient, soul-crushing sound that switches without warning from one mood to the next. Their recently released self-titled album… features a host of progressive blackened death jams for your aural pleasure. This band is putting out some truly interesting and unique sounding music (that’s also quite gorgeous – sometimes the two are mutually exclusive it seems), and you’ll be feeling your own wrath if you sleep on this album.”

WRVTH
is currently in the midst of a headlining tour which commenced on August 5th in Bend, Oregon. The journey includes an appearance at Jamfest in Beamsville, Ontario and will run through September 3rd in Sacramento, California.

WRVTH:
8/22/2016 Bombshells Tavern – Orlando, FL **
8/24/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL **
8/25/2016 TBD – Houston, TX
8/26/2016 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
8/30/2016 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
8/31/2016 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
9/01/2016 PBW – Pomona, CA
9/02/2016 La Movida – Salinas, CA
9/03/2016 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
**with Pathways

Tracked at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.), Wrvth- commended by Dead Rhetoric for being, “bold and visceral, all while providing depth and feelings” – features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and continues to astound the ears of fans and critics globally for its expert balance of beauty and brutality.

“[WRVTH’s] penchant for dramatic atmospherics under ominous, stormy death metal might garner them ‘on a playlist with Fallujah’ one-liners. And the collective’s technical wizardry certainly makes them right at home on Unique Leader. But damn if the devil isn’t in the details here. WRVTH add to their sonic stew a heavy helping of skronk – think Gorguts, Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, etc. – and a dash of post-hardcore sensibility, both in the harmonic structure of the chords they’re using and the vocal approach, all of which makes for a much more moody and emotional experience.” – MetalSucks

“WRVTH’s long stretches of ambience, combined with a half-billion different guitar riffs and occasional blast-beats, give the band the sense of an auteur, painting a multitude of different, distinctive pictures within their new disc’s run-time.” – No Clean Singing

“WRVTH reemerge with a unique, albeit morose, offering that outshines any previous efforts.” – Sputnik Music

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance: Daily Band Lineups, Gourmet Man Food, Craft Beer & Experiences Announced For Sept. 17 & 18 At Philadelphia’s Talen Energy Stadium (Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer)

The Gourmet Man Food lineup, craft beer selections and daily band lineups have been announced for the second annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, September 17 & 18 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA, just outside Philadelphia.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance will feature a lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, led by rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains, along with Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat and many more. Last year?s single-day debut shattered Talen Energy Stadium?s previous attendance high by nearly 10,000 people, with over 26,000 total in attendance, prompting festival organizers to expand to two days.

Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets–as well as a limited number of single day tickets?for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance are available at www.RockAllegiance.com.

The current daily band lineup for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, September 17: Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, The Offspring, The Cult, Motionless In White, Baroness, Chevy Metal, Trivium, Buckcherry, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Sick Puppies, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, letlive., The Apocalypse Blues Revue, Skindred, Young Guns, The Word Alive, Dinosaur Pile-Up

Sunday, September 18: Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Hellyeah, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Crobot, Twelve Foot Ninja, KYNG, Death Angel, Devour The Day, Hundredth

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day.

Here?s a preliminary list of Monster Energy Rock Allegiance onsite experiences, including Gourmet Man Food and craft beer, as well as nonprofit organizations with a presence at the festival:

Gourmet Man Food: Monster Energy Rock Allegiance features a Gourmet Man Food experience celebrating what makes Philadelphia cuisine famous, unique and delicious. The current Gourmet Man Food lineup includes: Angry Bird Grill ? Baby Blues BBQ ? BrazBQ ? Cheese E. Wagon ? Chef Donte’s Delicious Dishes ? Chickie’s & Pete’s ? Dos Hermanos Tacos ? Dump-N-Roll ? Lil Trent?s ? M.A.T.T.?s Food Truck ? Mama’s Meatballs ? Philly Delicias ? Seoulfull Philly ? Stella Jeanne’s Festival Foods ? Sum Pig ? The Cow And The Curd ? The Tot Cart ? Tilted Kilt ? What’s the Catch

Craft Beer: Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is proud to support beer entrepreneurship with a celebration of local breweries and specialty drafts hailing from throughout the nation. The roster of regional and national craft beers is as follows: Evolution Craft Brewing Co (Salisbury, MD ? Lot Nº 3 IPA, Jacques Au Lantern) ? Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE ? Rams Head IPA, Oak Barrel Stout) ? New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO ? Fat Tire Amber Ale, Snapshot Wheat) ? Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, VA ? Grateful Pale Ale, Northern Lights IPA) ? Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA ? Perpetual IPA, DreamWeaver Wheat) ? Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA ? Festbier, Headwaters Pale Ale).

State Of Mine Release Official Music Video For “Curtain Call,” Off Sophomore EP


Michigan Metal band STATE OF MINE have released the Official Video for “Curtain Call,” the second single off their sophomore EP, Devil In Disguise. The EP was produced by BJ Perry at Wall of Sound Studio and the video by Kyle Hopkins. Devil In Disguise drops September 15 but is available to pre-order via iTunes NOW.

 

The video is a visual tale of ones feelings of dealing with regret and having to try to internalize the decision. Trying to find yourself lost in the dark” –Steve (Vocals)

Track List

1. Curtain Call
2. Rise
3. Waste My Time
4. Stones
5. Killing Me
6. Undertow
7. Broke By Monday

About STATE OF MINE:

Hailing from Laingsburg, Michigan, State of Mine is a metal band consisting of Vocalist Steven Jodway, Bassist Corey Smith, Drummer Mike Martin, Rhythm Guitarist Matt Martin, and Lead Guitarist Shawn Willett. Organized in 2010, the band hit the local music scene running, playing as support for multiple national acts such as: Black Label Society, Adelitas Way, Saliva, Powerman 5000, Flaw, Otherwise, Soil, 3 Years Hollow, just to name a few.

In 2014 they released their debut, self-titled EP recorded and produced by BJ Perry at Wall of Sound Studio (I Prevail, UFC, INK MASTER, NFL, NCAA), in Memphis, Michigan. After performing for a year, the band decided to go back in studio with a new sound and direction, specifically targeting radio listeners. The new EP, produced by BJ Perry again, went above and beyond expectations, and will guarantee to keep the listener hooked, with huge vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars, powerful bass, and pounding drums. They look to continue on their path toward touring and performing for a national audience

PLAYER VS. ENVIRONMENT Release Official Music Video For “Guilty”


Experimental Metal / Rock / Electronic duo PLAYER VS. ENVIRONMENT, fresh off their 2 month run with Blood On The Dance Floor, have released the official video for their debut single, “Guilty,” off of their upcoming EP, Escapism. Engineered and co-produced by Kacey Dodson (Blacklite District, James Durbin), Escapism has a yet undeclared release date, but you can check out their fresh new sound below.
“Guilty” is about not feeling sorry because everyone is fucked up anyways. – Poltergiest
PVE
Buy PLAYER VS ENVIRONMENT “Guilty” on iTunes

Life is just a game, and we are your worst nightmare

The project, an unapologetic amalgamation of Hard Rock, EDM, Hip-Hop and Metalcore, consisting of South Florida metal veterans vocalist Poltergeist (Jose Rodriguez) (CELLPAN) and multi-instrumentalist Vega are preparing a 5 song EP Escapism for a Fall release.

Vocalist Poltergeist , known for his avant-garde Metal project CELLPAN, says while there are similar elements in PVE, the EP will definitely stand on its own. ?It?s a really interesting and eclectic mix. Where CELLPAN was a little off the wall, it was still pretty straightforward. This EP has everything from circus music to hip-hop, metalcore, EDM, dubstep, and straight up dance music with melodic choruses.?

Third Island Releases Debut EP “Dusk”

Irish-based Post Metal Band, Third Island, released their debut EP “Dusk.”

Third Island was formed in 2015 and  from a wide array of influences including doom, post rock, shoegaze, sludge, and stoner rock, the band aims to create a unique sound blending huge guitars tones and dark atmospheres.

The band is made up of multi-instrumentalists Liam O?Connor, John Quill, and Seamus Quaid.

In the summer of 2016 Third Island released their debut EP ?Dusk?. Based on themes of nightmares and sleep disorders, the EP aims to bring the listener on a journey through insomnia and fear.

Third Island is currently writing new material, promoting the EP, and preparing for live shows.

Release Info:
Third Island: Dusk (EP)

1. Thawed my Skin (11:08)
2. Come Now (09:10)
3. It’s Moving (11:55)

All lyrics and music composed and performed by Liam O?Connor
and John Quill
Recorded at Limerick Self Storage, early 2016.
Mixed and Mastered by Liam O’Connor.

Third Island Live 2016 are Liam O’Connor, John Quill, and Seamus Quaid.

All music, lyrics, and artwork by Third Island (c + p) 2016. All rights
reserved.

Listenings feel like they should be confined to a dark basement with only the flicker of flame to provide light.” – metaltrenches.com

A slow and heaving kind of shoegaze that given the proper time to savour, is really quite rewarding.” – metalireland.com

Third Island should appeal to fans of doom-based, ethereal, atmospheric classics such as Anathema and Paradise Lost” – metalsucks.net

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