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GODHUNTER Debuts Violent New Video For “Cassandra Complex” From Double-LP With Destroyer Of Light Via Cvlt Nation


As the massive split double-12″ album, GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville, grows closer to release at the end of July, GODHUNTER has just issued an official video hailing from their contribution to the record.

GODHUNTER brings their nearly five-minute-long “Cassandra Complex” psalm to life through a new video for the track; its grim but groove-laden doom metal thunder delivered through an incredibly brutal barrage of footage capturing our violent society in action. Not meant to simply garner shock value for the sake of offending viewers, the video showcases this rampant bloodshed and disregard for our fellow man as a wake-up call to the burning world. Created by Frank Huang (Metal Injection’s Pit Full Of Shit), the completely NSFW new video sees release through Cvlt Nation for the first time. This is the world you live in; you’ve been warned.

Endsville sees a joint release through GODHUNTER co-owned Battleground Records and DESTROYER OF LIGHT’s Heavy Friends Records on July 28th, a 180-gram gatefold 2xLP with each bands’ platter on a different color of vinyl; GODHUNTER’s on translucent green and DESTROYER OF LIGHT’s on translucent red.

The day following the release of the album, GODHUNTER and DESTROYER OF LIGHT will embark on their massive Endsville tour together, which sees GODHUNTER touring the East Coast for the first time. The trek will also include performances from both bands at the Death To False Metal Festival in Hamden, Connecticut on August 14th and 15th with Whiplash, Krieg, Secrets Of The Sky, Valkyrie, Imperial Triumphant, Nightbitch, Immortal Bird, Secret Cutter and more.

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT Endsville 2015 Tour:

7/29/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

7/30/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ

7/31/2015 The Sandlot – El Paso, TX

8/01/2015 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

8/02/2015 Seventh Circle – Denver, CO

8/03/2015 The Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE

8/04/2015 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN

8/05/2015 Liveweire – Chicago, IL

8/06/2015 Fat Guy Fest – Kalamazoo, MI

8/07/2015 Fifth Quarter – Indianapolis, IN

8/08/2015 Magnolia Bar – Louisville, KY

8/09/2015 Pour House – Raleigh, NC

8/10/2015 The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV

8/11/2015 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA

8/12/2015 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY

8/13/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

8/14/2015 KoTo – Salem, MA

8/15/2015 The Outer Space & Ballroom – Hamden, CT @ Death To False Metal Fest

8/16/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

8/17/2015 The Depot – Baltimore, MD

8/18/2015 Thomas Creek Brewery – Greenville, SC

8/19/2015 The Basement – Atlanta, GA

8/20/2015 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR

8/21/2015 Saturn Bar – New Orleans, LA

8/22/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville bears twenty minutes of new material and a cover track from each band. Tucson/Vancouver-based metallic doom/sludge bandits, GODHUNTER, captured the tunes for their platter at WaveLab Studios in Tucson by Dana Fehr (North, Juarez), the newest in a steady line of titles since their 2014-released debut LP, City Of Dust, including their GH/OST:S split LP with Secrets Of The Sky and The Outer Dark collaborative 7″ with Amigo The Devil. The adjoining slab by Austin-based psychedelic doom outfit, DESTROYER OF LIGHT, follows the band’s 2012-released self-titled debut album and 2014’s Bizarre Tales Vol. II EP, recorded at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, engineered and mixed by Matt Meli. The entire album was then mastered by James Plotkin, and fitted with album artwork created from an incredibly complex sculpture art installation by Bestia Dentro and photography by Andrew Weiss.

COMING NEXT WEEK: New Titles From THE CLEARING PATH, DIABOLICUM + KHEMMIS – New promo materials available from Earsplit PR

THE CLEARING PATH
Watershed Between Earth And Firmament
independent
11 July 2015

Italian blackened hardcore/metal outfit, THE CLEARING PATH, has completed its debut full-length album, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament, and is finalizing the details for its release this Summer.

Born from the ashes of ThySolace, THE CLEARING PATH?s sole creator, one Gabriele Gramaglia, took the black metal and hardcore influences of that act into drastically more conceptual directions, in a more ambitious delivery, thriving on the influence of abstract hardcore/punk acts in the vein of Converge, Traged and His Hero Is Gone, and atmospheric/experimental black metal, citing the likes of Blut Aus Nord, Enslaved, Deathspell and Omega. Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gramaglia, the first recording from THE CLEARING PATH, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of mountainous landscapes of the Italian Alps north of the creator?s homeland.

Conceived in reflection about one of the darkest periods in the artist?s life, Watershed Between Earth And Firmament stands as a turning point, in searching for the light to find the path back to normalcy. Metaphorically describing a trek from the slopes of a majestic mountain to its summit in which, after many efforts and obstacles, some semblance of solace is found, the groundwork for the album was inspired by the beauty of the landscapes through these times of travel and meditation. Mastered by Marco Gervasio and fitted with custom artwork painted by Luca Devinu/Blessend,Watershed Between Earth And Firmament is a dense, thirty-minute release sure to catch the attention of fans of Celeste, Castevet, Krallice, Eleven As In Adversaries and the like.

Watershed Between Earth And Firmament will see independent release on July 11th, at first digitally, with physical versions to follow.

DIABOLICUM
Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows)
Code666
7 July 2015

Following a fourteen-year slumber, cult Swedish industrial black metal misanthropes, DIABOLICUM, now featuring the diseased vocal conjurings of Shining?s Niklas Kvarforth, return with the tormented tones of third full-length, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows).

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

Two years later, Imperial changed their name to DIABOLICUM. Nathzion (AKA Zeb Nilsson now of Aeon) joined the ranks as lead guitarist and DIABOLICUM?s debut, the annihilating The Grandeur Of Hell, dropped in 1999 via Napalm Records. In the summer of 2000, DIABOLICUM fled Napalm to explore new opportunities and forged a union with Italian imprint, Code666. Brandishing a flawless meld of Swedish black metal and industrial ambient noise, 2001?s resulting The Dark Blood Rising full-length is now considered a cult classic among the industrial black metal scene. In the years to follow, the band published a collection of early demos (The Killing Spree 1.5) and two split 7? EP ? one with Watain; the other with Angst ? before penning their third diabolic opus with new vocalist Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and lead guitarist Likstrand. After several setbacks and delays, the band is finally ready to undrape Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows). Spewing forth nine merciless tracks of sonic scorn, and featuring guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), with cryptic artwork by Maxime Taccardi, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is anguished, devouring and destined to become a new milestone within the industrial black metal community.

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) Track Listing:

1. Baxxar Ehl Uhza
2. The Void Of Astaroth
3. The Silent Spring
4. Genocide Bliss
5. Salvation Through Vengeance
6. The Abyss Of The Shadows
7. One Mans War
8. Angelmaker
9. Ia Pazuzu

DIABOLICUM 2015 Lineup:
Niklas Kvarforth ? vocals
Sasrof ? guitars
Gorgorium ? bass
Likstrand ? guitar

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666.

DIABOLICUM are known for their skill in integrating the savagery of Swedish black metal and the driving pulse of industrial music and ?Salvation Through Vengeance? displays that union in striking fashion, significantly augmented by Kvarforth?s crazed howls and roars (which hold nothing back) and Likstrand?s boiling guitar solo. The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It?s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.? — No Clean Singing on first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance”

KHEMMIS
Absolution
20 Buck Spin
7 July 2015

20 Buck Spin has, over the course of the last ten years, worked with the best of the best in the crowded doom genre; bands as diverse as Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and more. In that tradition, the label is proud to present KHEMMIS, a quartet from Denver, who, on their debut full-length Absolution brings components of many of the aforementioned label alumni and forge a venerable testament to what heavy doom rock is in 2015.

The six meticulously crafted songs on Absolution reveal a level of musicianship and writing skill seldom heard on debut albums. Often within the scope of a single song, KHEMMIS veers effortlessly between the crushing heaviness of Southern sludge and the somber melodies of traditional doom metal, cohesively weaving the disparate styles into their own immediately recognizable form. Vocally, KHEMMIS also utilizes a dual approach, sometimes harsh and guttural, but generally through a stunningly smooth classic doom/heavy rock delivery that even adamant fans of Pete Stahl and Wino will applaud. The powerfully adept rhythm section perfectly anchor the towering riff mastery and colorful dual guitar harmonies, all brought together by Dave Otero?s (Cobalt, Nightbringer) pitch perfect production work.

From the album opener ?Torn Asunder? to closing track ?The Bereaved,? the latter of which will stand as THE doom track of 2015, Absolution positions KHEMMIS among the highlight surprises of the year. The band is most certainly a live act and will tour at intervals throughout the remainder of 2015, including a planned West Coast run in Summer 2015. Fans of Goatsnake, Pallbearer, Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Red Fang and Yob should keep the name KHEMMIS at the top of their list of bands to watch this year. The album?s Fantastic Frazetta inspired cover art by Sam Turner (Speedwolf, Black Breath, Trve Brewing) and track listing have been divulged.

 

 

ZEBRAS: Wisconsin-Based Scream-Laden Hardcore Crossover Hooligans To Release New Full-Length Next Month; Teaser Track Posted + Live Abrasions Scheduled

 
Wisconsin-based, scream-laden hardcore crossover hooligans, ZEBRAS – who features within their ranks members of Those Poor Bastards and Call Me Lightning (French Kiss/Revelation Records) — will release their brand new full-length next month via Secret Records.

Titled The City Of Sun, the follow-up to their self-titled debut, which Heavy Mental dubbed, “a mindless moment of bravery; psycho,” and Sonic Abuse crowned, “irredeemably, spectacularly horrid,” was recorded at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by drummer Shane Hochstetler (Call Me Lightning, Multiple Truths, Haymarket Riot, Enabler etc.), mastered by Carl Saff (Pencil, Lustre King, Windmills By The Ocean etc.) in Chicago, Illinois and boasts ten sordid tracks of raucous, battering, stripped down punk-infused metal made of huge drums, huger amps, bowel shaking bass, chainsaw guitars, and head exploding screams. Backed by the twisted tales of the occult, ancient texts, and lesser known military operations, The City Of Sun is both sonically and thematically terrorizing. In an advance review of the record, Pig Squeals And Breakdowns hails the trio noting, “these three musicians know how to write angry pissed off songs…,” further elaborating,

“‘Levitation’ is a pretty deranged, maniacal song; definitely not for the lightest of hearts. ‘Solomon’ has some of the nastiest, elephant riffs; it punches.”

The City Of Sun Track Listing:

1. Hollow Earth

2. The Turning Of The Bones

3. My Apocalypse

4. The Bell

5. Baalbek

6. The Garden

7. Levitation

8. Solomon

9. Vitrified

10. Filled With Fire

ZEBRAS was forged in 2007 and often likened to Dead Kennedys, Lard, and various Am Rep bands before forging their own perverse brand of heaviness. Since pairing with Shane Hochstetler, the band has shelved all prior material, had a complete gear overhaul, and considers themselves an entirely new outfit. Their self-titled LP was a mix of newer songs with older, now abandoned numbers and reaped praise from underground outlets both stateside and abroad. Their latest offering finds the new and improved ZEBRAS completely emerged into all things heavy and sounds miles away from where they left off in 2012. ZEBRAS has shared bills with the likes of Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, High On Fire, Negative Approach, Black Flag, Goatwhore, Die Kreuzen, Melt Banana, Poison Idea, Atlas Moth, Northless, Lo-Pan, DRI, and will return to the stage later this month alongside Melt Banana, Torche and Hot Nerds. In September, the band will open shows with Old Man Gloom and Mare in Chicago and DRI and Population Control in Madison, Wisconsin with future live abrasions to be announced in the weeks to come. Stand by.

ZEBRAS Live Abrasions:

7/14/2015 The High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Melt Banana, Torche, Hot Nerds.

9/06/2015 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Old Man Gloom, Mare

9/23/2015 The Frequency – Madison, WI w/ DRI, Population Control

ZEBRAS Personnel:

Vincent Presley – guitars/vocals

Shane Hochstetler – drums
Lacey Smith – analog synths

The City Of Sun will be released on CD and digitally on July 14th, 2015 and on limited edition vinyl September 22nd, 2015. The wax version will come in two color variants: 400 black vinyl copies and 100 special hand-numbered preorder copies on color vinyl plus downloads.

MEATWOUND Addio Magic Bullet Records 24 July 2015

Magic Bullet Records will take responsibility for the dirty job of handling the release of the scum-laden debut LP from MEATWOUND, an act collecting individuals who have done or are currently doing time with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more throughout the Floridian peninsula over the past two decades or so.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences overthrow the MEATWOUND sound; a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.

MEATWOUND?s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris [Steak Mtn.].

Last year, playing with his current act, Primate Research, vocalist Dan caught drummer Ross and guitarist Ari slaying instrumental jams at a house, and an instant pact of filth was formed, after which the trio found themselves intoxicated at an off-the-grid location in regular jamming sessions. Shortly thereafter, Mariano was sanctioned for the bass research. The vocalist issues, ?I asked Mariano to play bass. He had been playing guitar for twenty-five or more years but never played bass; I?m not smart enough to play bass and sing, so I asked him if he wanted to do the shit we were doing, which was Sepultura meets Jesus Lizard, and he jumped in. We wrote three more songs and recorded this 12?. Anything goes. No rules, no boredom, lots of recreational debauchery? a lifestyle upgrade.?

MEATWOUND fashioned their new anthems under a unified regimen of decadence in a place where, as the band depicts it: ?According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn?t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.?

MEATWOUND:
Ari  guitar/jungle tongues
Dan  vocals/Aryan infiltration
Mariano  bass/island violence
Ross  drums/financing

Spend Your Burger Flippin’ Bucks On The Best Value Of The Summer The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q – Express Lanes Add More Benefits – Awesome New Ticket Packages


We are now a little less than two months away from GWAR B-Q 2015. GWAR’s 30th birthday bash is shaping up to be the most insane party of the summer! VIP Tickets for the event are Almost Sold Out! There is still time Bohabs!So, what are you waiting for? Word in Antarctica is that Phil Anselmo, one of the only humans brutal enough to hang with GWAR, will be on hand for an exclusive celebrity signing for VIP ticket holders ONLY!! Phil will be joined by a lavish list of other artists appearing at the VIP Meet & Meat such as, Clutch, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Goatwhore and many more. But that’s not all, in addition to the numerous other benefits, VIP’s will also enjoy exclusive indoor bathrooms in which to void their hideous waste. Why poop with the plebes in the port-a-potties when you have the cash to assure your turds a place at the top of the pile? And if escaping the chemical toilets isn’t enough, VIP’s will also have a refuge from the sun and chaos while enjoying the shade from their very own private VIP Pavilion!

Always one for charity, GWAR’s manager, Sleazy P. Martini has further sweetened the pot by adding the Express Band; a special wristband that grants access to Express Lanes throughout the festival, providing shorter lines everywhere from the entrance gates to the merch booth, and lines for beer tickets and port-o-potties.

“That’s right Bohabs, now you you can experience for one day the awesomeness that is my entire life. You’re welcome.”

To make sure things run smoothly, numerous staff will be in place to monitor lines at all event booth locations including the entrance gate, merchandise, beer sales and port-o-potties. Express Bands are included in the VIP and Deluxe Ticket packages, and this is retroactive, so if you have already purchased a ticket package, you will still get your wristband at the festival. VIP ticket holders will already have all of their credentials prior to the event for the easiest of access. Deluxe ticket holders and Express Band purchasers will pick up their Express Bands at the gate through the express lane. VIP swag bag and Deluxe official GWAR B-Q event t-shirt will be picked up at the Merchandise booth. Express Bands can also be purchased à la carte online ($19) at http://gwarbq.com/buy-tickets or at the door on the day of the festival ($25). All sales are subject to availability. In order to keep lines short, a limited number of these express wristbands will be available, so get them while they’re hot! Don’t miss out on all of the killer benefits and new additions.

But despair not intrepid Bohab! Even if you can’t afford the upgrades, there are several changes this year that will ensure the event runs smooth as a porn star’s pussy. Lines will be more manageable thanks to the addition of Cash Lanes at all event booths, including entrance gates, merchandise and beer ticket sales. As in years past, it will be hot as fuck at the GWAR B-Q, and when it is hot as fuck people want to keep cool and stay hydrated. This year GWAR B-Q will be providing plenty of FREE GWATER for everyone in attendance. Of course, the main concern of most booze addled Bohabs is ready access to gallons and gallons of BEER! Thanks to our friends at Pabst Blue Ribbon and Loveland distributors there will be 3 Beer Trucks on site and 4 GWAR Beer Kiosks selling the cherished nector of the gods, Oderus Ale, brewed by Cigar City. So rest assured Bohabs…WE WILL NOT RUN OUT OF BEER! And finally, where oh where will you piss it all away? No less than 50 portable crappers at this years event are guaranteed to cut down the number of drunken idiots waiting cross-legged to empty their beer bloated bladders. All this is to say; GWAR-B-Q 2015 will be bigger, better and wetter than ever!

As an added bonus, we’ve created The Ultimate Bohab Guide to all things GWAR B-Q. This all-encompassing checklist and guide will ensure every Bohab’s maximum pleasure while attending the legendary GWAR B-Q.

Change Is Release Debut Album Insomnia!


Metal/Hardcore band Change Is have released their debut album Insomnia digitally through Bandcamp as well as a Limited Edition 300 CD printing.

“The concept behind the album is that each song represents a reason why I was up late and why life just seemed to turn gray. I decided to call the album Insomnia because all of these issues came to me at once, causing the sleepless nights that tested my limits.”  Calvin Banning / Vocalist

Change Is are a multifaceted metalcore act who express aptitude with all manners of heavy music. Insomnia is as versatile as it is immersive, with ?Eternal Sleep,? ?Loss (Feat. Devin MacGillivray of Villains),? and ?Haunted? all showcasing heaviness, catchiness and cunning displays of calculated savagery. Meanwhile, ??Til June? and ?5 Months? are more subtle displays of dynamism, trading in aggression for atmosphere to catch the listener completely off guard. Finally, the quartet provide unexpected portions of rest that still keep the listener engrossed?especially ?Ready to Turn In,? which will easily appeal to die-hard fans of Villains? ?Freudian Slip? or ?Better off Alone.? Change Is are a versatile band that fill a large void in the grey area created by the gap between progressive post-hardcore and modern, murderous nu-metal.   Connor Welsh – New Transcendence

 

About Change Is:

From Saginaw, Michigan, Change Is is a 4 piece metal/hardcore band. Differing from the average music scene in the area, this emotionally driven band delivers hard-hitting lyrics and strives to be musically independent. As a follow up to their 2013 EP, “Shadows Past”, the band released their full-length album, “Insomnia” in 2015. The album shows definite growth and development in the band’s sound. Their efforts in the past year have put them on shows alongside national acts such as Monuments, Villains, Lionfight, Polyphia, Jamie’s Elsewhere, and Famous Last Words. 2015 has been a big year for the band with a new album, a tour, and even a set at Bledfest. These four dedicated artists aim to impress and inspire everyone who hears them.

Vocals – Calvin Banning

Guitar – Dillon Leppien

Bass – Ben Collison

Drums – Jeff Alcorta

DIABOLICUM: Third Album From Swedish Black/Industrial Act Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) Out Next Week Via Code666

Italy’s Code666 is now just days from officially releasing Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), the third full-length album from Swedish industrial black metal architects, DIABOLICUM, and another phase of the shock campaign surrounding its release comes to fruition today as Cvlt Nation unleashes an early stream of the entire opus.

Standing among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene, DIABOLICUM boasts a storied lineage of personnel/directional shifts, and an impressive discography with prior albums on Napalm Records and Code666 in addition to split releases with Watain and Angst. Now featuring the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the band’s third album, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows), ends a fourteen-year hiatus in releases from this outfit. With nine traumatic hymns of disease, distress and psychological torment, the new record documents a torrent of plagues mirroring the world in which we dwell, including guest contributions from Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), and artwork by Maxime Taccardi. Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is unapologetic, anguished and unspeakably devouring.

Metal Underground crowns the release, “Precision destruction delivered straight to your ear drums… This is some truly relentless industrial black metal fourteen years in the making,” while The Metal Observer notes, “DIABOLICUM specializes in heavily industrial-laced black metal that has a tangible sense of misanthropy dripping from every lyric and icy riff. It’s dark and belligerent as black metal should be and, like… Mysticum, they clearly know how to mesh metal and industrial in a way that preserves and highlights the best elements of both (sub)genres,” furthering, “I couldn’t help but marvel at the almost arrogantly confident manner in which they kick down the door on barb-wired monsters like ‘Void Of Astaroth’ and ‘Genocide Bliss,’ while also not forgetting that the thrill is as much in the chase as it is in the kill by getting all pensive and dirge-y on us with ‘Silent Spring’ and ‘One Man’s War.'” Dead Rhetoric concurs, “The band’s third full-length… wrangles the mechanical, militaristic tone of war metal, and merges it with the diabolic fury of primitive black metal. In so many words, they’re like a less outlandish Aboyrm or Tidfall, or for even modern reference, Kommandant.” Terrarelicta issues, “The music is pretty much my definition of a perfect black metal track, with its tremolo picking, fast paced guitars and ultra-fast blast beats… dark and atmospheric, it has a slight Shining vibe at some parts, mainly because of Kvarforth’s vocals,” while Echoes And Dust hails, “The vocalist on this band sounds absolutely primed for war. The songwriting is stellar…” Adds No Clean Singing eloquently of first single, “Salvation Through Vengeance,” “The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”

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

WINDFAERER: Atmospheric Folkloric Black Metal Collective To Release Tenebrosum Full-Length This Fall


New Jersey’s own WINDFAERER forges a soundscape that entwines folkloric elegance with black metal ferocity. A portmanteau meaning, “one who travels with the wind,” like a vessel lost at sea, the name WINDFAERER sets a melancholic atmosphere of longing for a return to a homeland, yet with hopeful eyes set toward the unknown. It is the animus of guitarist and frontman, M. Gonçalves as an epic black metal paean to his ancestral homeland of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

In 2009, WINDFAERER debuted their well-received demo, Glorybound. According to Nocturnal Cult, “The carefree and laid-back rural countryside of hilly and forested European landscapes finds new life and breathes once again within the structure of WINDFAERER‘s songs.” The demo set the pathway for their first full length, Tribus (2010), and hefty critically-acclaimed EP, Solar (2012), in which they artfully combined epic folk with the allure of Gothenburg-style death metal and the grit of Scandinavian black metal. In a near perfect rating, Stereokiller dubbed the record, “absolutely spectacular,” while The Metal Crypt opined, “How a band with this much talent and ability remains unsigned is a mystery to me…”

On their most recent effort, Tenebrosum, WINDFAERER casts off the edge of black metal and takes the listener on a spiritual journey of discovery, embarking into the unknown, treacherous seas. The album is named after the archaic term for the Atlantic Ocean (“Mare Tenebrosum”), meaning “sea of darkness.” “From Euskadi and to Hyperborea, leaving Finisterra behind!”

Tenebrosum finds WINDFAERER building upon their previous release, Solar. Powerful violins are immersed in a battering ram of dynamic metal riffing, painting a scene with every passage. The sounds on Tenebrosum can be used as a soundtrack to venerate Gaia or as a rousing heavy metal battle cry. Tenebrosum was recorded at Frightbox Recording throughout 2014 and mixed and mastered by Rob Torres. With Tenebrosum, WINDFAERER have truly forged “a monument to the iron within our veins.”

In celebration of its forthcoming unveiling, today No Clean Singing is offering up opening track, “Celestial Supremacy,” for public appreciation noting, “With hammering riffs, thundering drums, and a squalling lead guitar, ‘Celestial Supremacy’ immediately conjures vivid images of storm-tossed seas. The music is accented by Ben Karas’ violin performance, which is both beautiful and searing, while guitarist Michael Gonçalves’ passionate, bleeding-edge howls and shrieks enhance the music’s driving intensity. There is blood-pumping fury in the song, as well as captivating melody, as the band weave together elements of black metal and melodic death metal to produce a riveting, powerhouse piece of music that hits with the force of a gale.”

Tenebrosum Track Listing:

1. Celestial Supremacy

2. Finisterra

3. Tales Told In Oblivion

4. Santería

5. The Everlasting

6. Morir En El Olvido

7. The Outer Darkness

WINDFAERER will bring this sonic rituals to the stage on a short bout of east coast performances beginning tomorrow at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Later in the month the band will raze Trenton, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a performance at the Pocono Folk Metal Fest in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in August with additional live actions to be announced in the coming weeks.

WINDFAERER:
7/01/2015 Saint Vitus Bar- Brooklyn, NY
7/17/2015 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
7/24/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
8/01/2015 Pocono Folk Metal Fest – Stroudsburg, PA

Tenebrosum will be released independently on September 22nd, 2015. Preorder info to be announced shortly.

KHEMMIS: Absolution LP From Denver Doom Metal Quartet Streaming At Noisey; Album Out Next Week Via 20 Buck Spin + West Coast Tour Announced

Noisey is now streaming the entire mighty Absolution, the debut LP from Denver-based doom metal quartet, KHEMMIS, as the band prepares for its release via 20 Buck Spin next Tuesday, and announces their upcoming August West Coast tour dates.

Due to their seamless merging of clean and caustic doom metal elements into a cathartic and unforgettable manifestation, the release of Absolution sees KHEMMIS appropriately joining the likes of Samothrace, Graves At Sea, Pallbearer, Yob, Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Atlantean Kodex and other doom heavyweights on the 20 Buck Spin roster. With more than forty-one minutes of top-tier doom metal, Absolution sees the band delivering an immaculately captured and utterly entrancing album produced by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cobalt, Nightbringer, Cephalic Carnage). Vice Magazine’s music channel, Noisey, is now playing the entire LP more than a week before its official street date, offering, “Denver quartet KHEMMIS’ new album is really interesting. It’s an unexpected and near-perfect blend of sludgy stoner rock, traditional doom, heavy metal, and 70s hard rock, one that nods to Pallbearer as often as it bows to Thin Lizzy. It’s a logical move-doom metal as a genre has undergone a significant amount of changes since its ancestor first flowed forth from Tony Iommi’s fingertips, often for the better (or at least, the more interesting). That evolution has borne deliciously diseased hybrid fruit like sludge, drone, funeral doom, and so on, while exciting developments continue to thrill the fans of more traditional sounds and the old classics abide.”

The record will see digital release and full distribution on Tuesday, July 7th, and a 12″ vinyl version coming in August.

KHEMMIS has also announced the routing for their upcoming August Western US tour in support of Absolution. Following their hometown record release show in Denver for the album on August 1st, the band will tour from August 6th through 15th, with shows in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Los Osos, Los Angeles and Tempe confirmed, set to share the state with a host of great acts, including supporting Atriarch, Vattnet Vistakr and The Atlas Moth on the final two dates in Los Angeles and Tempe.

KHEMMIS Live:

8/01/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO * Absolution release show w/ Call Of The Void, Of Feather and Bone

8/06/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Satanarchist, Brainscraper

8/07/2015 McCoy’s – Olympia, WA w/ Infinite Flux

8/08/2015 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Druden, Satanarchist

8/09/2015 The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR

8/10/2015 Café Colonial – Sacramento, CA

8/11/2015 Golden Bull Bar – Oakland, CA w/ Bog Oak

8/12/2015 San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA

8/13/2015 TBA – Los Osos, CA

8/14/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch

8/15/2015 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ w/ The Atlas Moth, Vattnet Viskar, Atriarch

In advance of Absolution, press on the LP has been receiving accolades from major media outlets including Decibel Magazine, offering in part, “While most bands hauling this much tradditude avoid getting too aggressive-and bellowers at the other end of the spectrum tend to get bogged down in monotony-the Khemmis vocal approach plays each style off the other to grand effect… With Absolution, Khemmis have blazed a filler-free, consistently enjoyable debut.” No Clean Singing’s feature on the band included, “KHEMMIS shake the earth with pavement-cracking riffs and cannon-blast drum blows. They stomp like brontosaurs and rumble like boulders, while sending out tendrils of lead guitar melody that coil around your neck like hungry pythons. And the vocals – the principal vocals soar up high, clean and pure, while the instrumental music is busy down below in the excavation zone, pulverizing foundations of large buildings and reducing them to rubble. And in tandem with those excellent clean vocals, the band mix in abraded, growling tirades that leave scars in their wake…” The Obelisk came in early, offering in part, “one can hear that Absolution is a work geared more toward uniting styles to find something new from them rather than contrasting them, digging back to the theatrical death-doom roots of more modern doom à la Pallbearer and bringing in atmospheres that feel born out of classic Paradise Lost and Novembers Doom to add a shot of adrenaline and extra push where and when they feel it’s called for. The balance they strike and the fluidity they’re able to conjure are two of Absolution’s most impressive aspects…”

Long in the Tooth – Black Oak Swamp – July 14

Sacramento, CA rockers, Long in the Tooth are releasing their new EP digitally through HearYou Music July 14

This rock band is a group of musicians who were raised on, and inspired by, a broad range of musical styles. Each influence layers together to create Sacramento?s unique sound known as Long In The Tooth.

Long in the Tooth Is:

Anthony Vallejos Vocals
Jeff Marsh Guitar
Dean Marshall Van Gelder Guitar
Chris Alosi Bass/Vocals
Joe ?Machine Gun? Moody Drums

Pure Steel Records Inks Deal With As Darkness Dies

 

Connecticut metal act As Darkness Dies (f/k/a Graven Image) has signed on with Pure Steel Records for the release of the new album “Life Incomplete.” The album was produced by Mike Vescera (Obsession, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and will be released later this year (date TBA).

The band issued the following statement about the signing: “As Darkness Dies (ADD) are pleased to have signed with ‘Pure Steel Records’ from Germany. This culminates a lot of hard work and effort by the band and our producer Michael Vescera guiding us every step along the way. To go from local band to being a signed band is something every musician dreams of; we have been given that chance, and opportunity. Art is art regardless of the medium, and to have the chance to get it onto a world stage is something every artist hopes and dreams about. We are looking forward to the future, and looking back on the past, and how and where it all started, a couple of guys playing music just hoping they were good enough for people to like what it is that they are putting together.

“Here’s to all the possibilities, aspirations and dreams, and to giving people something they can hold on too. Music is more powerful than any other force in life because it sums up everything in life. And we all love that one song. Here?s to music, here?s to all it can bring out in each and every one of us.”

MALEVOLENT CREATION reveals cover artwork and details on new album ‘Dead Man’s Path’

Let loose the dogs of war!!

The wait will soon be over: Five years after the release of their last studio album, MALEVOLENT CREATION are back with a vengeance. The band’s new masterpiece, ‘Dead Man’s Path’, will be released worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18th. Expect nothing but a ferocious, riff-driven and relentlessly uncompromising death/thrash massacre. The cover artwork was done by tattoo artist German Latorres and perfectly captures the evil vibe of the album.

Detailed info on the various formats of ‘Dead Man’s Path’ (incl. vinyl color splits) will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

No one can destroy this Malevolent Creation!!

MALEVOLENT CREATION Line-Up:

Brett Hoffmann – vocals

Phil Fasciana – guitars

Gio Geraca – guitars

Jason Blachowicz – bass

Justin DiPinto – drums

MALEVOLENT CREATION Discography (studio albums only):

The Ten Commandments (1991)

Retribution (1992)

Stillborn (1993)

Eternal (1995)

In Cold Blood (1997)

The Fine Art Of Murder (1998)

Envenomed (2000)

The Will To Kill (2002)

Warkult (2004)

Doomsday X (2007)

Invidious Dominion (2010)

Dead Man’s Path (2015)

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH: Seattle Doom Merchants To Kick Off North American Live Incursion With Neurosis Next Month

 

Seattle doom merchants, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH, will bring their lumbering odes to stages throughout North America next month supporting Neurosis. Slated to embark on July 31st in Lawrence, Kansas, the trek will coil its way through sixteen cities, including one headlining performance, coming to a close on August 16th in Houston, Texas. Additional support will be provided by The Body, Sumac, Iron Tongue and Pinkish Black on select dates.

Comments legendary guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle of the journey, “Being a huge fan of what Neurosis does for so long, we are really excited that we have the honor and privilege of being support for them on this tour. It is a gift for us to be able to do this.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH features Doyle, formerly of Tad and Hog Molly, bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Anunnaki). The trio undraped their lead-footed, self-titled debut last February via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Robert Lang Studios and Doyle’s own Witch Ape Studio and mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon et al), Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth splices thick, jagged riffs through chilling post-punk drumming and hulking compositions that blow soulfully hot and desolately cold, sometimes within the confines of one track and serves as Doyle’s first recorded release in nearly fifteen years.

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary ruin; a slow, suffocating, spellbinding dance towards a looming apocalypse. Having already earned hails from fans and media globally, NPR Music recently listed the band’s debut among its 25 Favorite Albums Of 2015 (So Far) noting, “Seattle’s Tad Doyle has been at this heavy game coming on three decades now. With bands like Tad and Hog Molly, he could take a bummer riff and make it boil and hum in ways others just couldn’t. Years in the making, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH’s debut is a thoroughly satisfying doom metal LP that is fully awake and teeming with power.”

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Neurosis, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Neurosis, The Body

8/07/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY * BOTSC headlining show
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Neurosis, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Neurosis, Sumac

8/13/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Neurosis, Sumac

8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Neurosis, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Neurosis, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Neurosis, Pinkish Black

“The Bros.’ debut lurches to life with a lumbering, grunge-influenced tune, ‘Lava’… From here, things slow down to funeral doom pace for much of the next six tracks/35 minutes. However, the doom and darkness is shaded with some interesting melodic textures and moments of lightness that come at unexpected times and add a dynamic gravity to the material.” – Decibel

“The glacially paced ‘Empires Of Dust’ evokes Monotheist-era Celtic Frost with some post-punk elements, while ‘Unnamed’ imagines a world where the Melvins play black metal… Like the most iconic albums, this one reveals hidden nuances and elements with every listen.” – Invisible Oranges

“Tad leads the charge through seven rounds of atmospheric post-sludge, the record’s 44 minutes no less concerned with ambience and mood than with gritting their teeth and bashing the listener over the head with waves of tectonic nod.” – The Obelisk

DIEMONDS UNVEIL ALBUM DETAILS!

New Album Coming September 4th 2015 on Napalm Records

Calling downtown Toronto their home, but crisscrossing the continent for weeks on end, armed with little more than their brand of original hard rock, their gear and a dream: DIEMONDS have recently signed with Napalm Records and today they unveil the first details of their brand new album ‘Never Wanna Die’, set to be released worldwide on September 4th 2015!

“Stoked to be a part of the Napalm family, ready to unleash our proudest and most exciting album to date.” says C.C Diemond about the signing and upcoming album.

With their third album ‘Never Wanna Die’ the band continues to modernize their heavy rock n’ roll sound. This time, multiple Juno award-winner Eric Ratz (Monster Truck, Billy Talent) is in the producer chair. Remaining true to their sound, DIEMONDS takes lyrics that speak to the outcasts, wild children, and misfits, and combine them with a hard-hitting live show, taking cues from the greats they look up to. Priya Panda, the band’s front woman, is the sultry singer that the music world has has been waiting for. With her larger-than-life presence, she breaks every cultural, social, gender and sexual boundary known to hard rock. If the ever-growing legions of the band’s loyal following are any indication, DIEMONDS are firmly carving their own path in music and hoards of rock fans are already along for the ride.

DIEMONDS have now unveiled the stunning artwork as well as the track listing for their hotly anticipated album ‘Never Wanna Die':

Never Wanna Die Track Listing:

1. Never Wanna Die
2. Hell Is Full
3. Over It
4. Ain’t That Kinda Girl
5. Secret
6. Better Off Dead
7. Forever Untamed
8. Wild At Heart
9. Meet Your Maker
10. Save Your Life

LAMB OF GOD Unleashes Official “Overlord” Music Video

American heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD have just revealed the official music video for the brand new track ?Overlord?. As with ?512?, ?Overlord? is directed by Jorge Torres-Torres.

?Overlord? is the second official music video to be released in support of the band?s upcoming seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, hitting stores and digital retailers on July 24, 2015 via Epic Records.

?Overlord? is what some may consider the most unique and versatile track on the record ? a new play on the revered LAMB OF GOD sound. The track ?Overlord? uniquely features clean vocals and lyrics penned by vocalist Randy Blythe, and the video itself features his own personal concept and treatment.

?For years I’ve wished that I could have a movie camera directly linked to my brain so that some of the ideas I see in my mind’s eye could be translated into film for others to watch,? Blythe begins. ?Although that is obviously an impossibility (and probably a good thing- I find many things amusing that might not be so funny to everyone else), the video for “Overlord” is the next best thing for me. I came up with the idea and wrote the treatment for this video myself- to see Jorge (the director) take my concept, add his own touches, and use his technical know-how to translate my “mental script” into a suitably dark visual narrative is just an awesome, awesome experience for me.

I wrote the song about the dangers of self-obsession in our distressingly myopic and increasingly entitled “me-now/now-me” culture; just like the couple in the video, many people can’t seem to look past their own relatively small problems to see the bigger picture: the world is in serious trouble. Having a bad day at work, or a fight with your significant other, or getting a crappy haircut or table service does not in any way shape or form constitute an emergency. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to- deal with it. People who only see their own problems eventually wind up alone because no one wants to hear their crap anymore- we all know someone like that, always whining and complaining about some inconsequential setback as if it were the apocalypse. This song is for those people.

Oh yeah- if you’re out and about, watching the video on your pocket hate machine (mobile phone), try not to wander into traffic. A little situational awareness goes a long way.”

VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA. LAMB OF GOD?s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.

Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:

LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre

7/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron?s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre

7/29 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

8/2 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre

8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center

8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion

8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal

8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live

8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

8/22 – Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center ? NO SLIPKNOT *New Show*

8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater

8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds

8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion

8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

ABOUT LAMB OF GOD:

Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake ? having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band?s first major release, 2000?s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, ?The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.?

In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament (Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track ?Redneck?. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks ?Set to Fail? and ?In Your Words?, both cut from Wrath (CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band?s track ?Ghost Walking?, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). Now, on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece is poised to prove their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal ? a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.

Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe?s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and upcoming book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.

LAMB OF GOD is:

Randy Blythe – vocals

Mark Morton – guitar

Willie Adler – guitar

John Campbell – bass

Chris Adler ? drums

DIE CHOKING: Debut LP From Philadelphia Hypergrind Trio To See Late Summer Release Via The Compound; New Tour Dates Confirmed


Philadelphia’s hypergrind violators, DIE CHOKING, will release their debut full-length LP, III, through The Compound Recs late this Summer, as the band begins their most rigorous tour schedule to date in the coming weeks.

III was recorded in April with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (Lauryn Hill, Circa Survive, Blacklisted) capturing DIE CHOKING’s most intense material yet with absolutely superior sound and production, the band then sanctioning Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, From Ashes Rise, Nails) for its mastering. With seemingly implausible heaviness delivered at an absolutely unstoppable velocity, the eleven tracks on III deliver even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements than the band’s prior releases, the new material merging more elements of hardcore punk and crust with their blinding speed/grind metal. Socio-political topics as intense as the music itself permeate each blazing anthem, which continue the ongoing theme carrying through from their smoldering self-titled debut and subsequent II 7″ releases, with tracks XI through XXI. The impending debut LP from Philly’s most unhinged act promises to be one of the most violent, high-speed releases of 2015.

DIE CHOKING will partner with The Compound, the underworld label faction of Earsplit, for the release of III, as with both of their prior 7″ EPs. The album will be issued in September on all digital platforms as well as three color variations of 180-gram colored LP with exclusive colors and merch bundle packages. The cover artwork, confirmed street date and more will be issued in the coming days, followed by new official videos, audio samples and more from III. See the III album trailer HERE.

While DIE CHOKING tours and plays live on a fairly intense regular basis already, the group’s most intense touring yet is in store for the rest of this year and well into next. New July shows booked in Montclair, New Jersey on the 1st — a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — followed by a trio of shows in Philadelphia, New York City and another city to be confirmed on July 10th through 12th. Another run will see the band raid Baltimore, Knoxville and Asheville July 17th through 19th. DIE CHOKING will close the month, headlining Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on July 29th. August is already being booked as the band was just confirmed as support for the legendary Catharsis in Philly on August 7th, with more Summer shows to be announced in the days ahead and October West Coast US and February 2016 European tours to follow.

DIE CHOKING Live Actions:

7/01/2015 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ – www.afsp.org benefit show w/ Sunrot, Dutchguts

7/10/2015 The Pharmacy – Philadelphia, PA @ Blowthescene.com’s PAWS Benefit w/Mother Brain, Gut Feeling, Old Lines, Dying, Drones For Queens

7/11/2015 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ Gut Feeling, Elecrto Insides, Goolagoon, Crystal Methodist

7/12/2015 TBA

7/17/2015 The Sidebar Tavern – Baltimore, MD @ FREE show w/ ILSA, Fight Amp, Gatecreeper, Outer Heaven, Mind As Prison

7/18/2015 International Fine Arts Academy (IFAA) – Knoxville, TN

7/19/2015 The Murder Basement – Ashville, NC w/ Bathe, Black Mountain Hunger, Asherah

7/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Blank, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds

8/07/2015 Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA w/ Catharsis, Die Young, Future/Primitive

SWEET COBRA Earth

Magic Bullet Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Chicago-based SWEET COBRA for the release of their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth. The band?s triumphant new LP was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge, and also features guest musical contributions from each artist. Earth is their first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy. Recording was completed in late 2013 with Talbot and Ballou at Talbot?s Earth Analog Studios near Champaign, Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, and with final mastering by Carl Saff, Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach.

Issued Magic Bullet Records owner Brent Eyestone on getting hooked by the material on Earth, even before its final mastering, ?Holy hell? it?s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records? super catchy slabs of heaviness.?

The members of SWEET COBRA collectively offered a humble statement on the signing with Magic Bullet and the upcoming release of Earth: “We are honored to be working with Magic Bullet and have always felt a kinship to the label and artists they release. Earth is a deeply personal album for us, and it was a liberating experience to explore new sounds and dynamics in these songs with Matt and Kurt at the helm capturing it.”

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

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

SWEET COBRA:
Jason Gagovski – drums and cymbals
Robert Arthur Lanham Jr. – guitar
Botchy Vasquez (aka Tim Remis) – vocals and bass

BLOW THE SCENE Hosts PAWS Benefit Show July 10th: Mother Brain, Gut Feeling, Grin And Bear It, Die Choking, Drones For Queens To Perform


Next week, Philadelphia-based underground music, arts and activism webzine, Blow The Scene, will host its annual benefit show for PAWS — the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society — with a wide array of artists set to perform and a wealth of other activities confirmed.

Blow The Scene Presents A Night of Music / Art & Animal Love, set to take place next Friday, July 10th at The Pharmacy in South Philly. Sponsored by Psychics.com, Earsplit PR and Sit & Spin Records, the show will be used to collect donations to aid PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), and will include live performances from Mother Brain (Long Island grindcore champs), Gut Feeling (North Carolina hardcore act with members of Catharsis, Undying and more), Grin And Bear It (Cleveland powerhouse PV/punk), Dying (Philly XVX hardcore), Die Choking (Philly hyper grinders) and Drones For Queens (Philly shredders).

Additionally, an art show is part of the benefit, where many artists from all over the world are donating art prints that will be on display and for sale at this cash and carry event curated by Ryann Casey. Attendees will be able purchase rad art pieces for very reasonable prices. All monies collected from the art sales in addition to the $10 admittance fee will ALL be donated to PAWS!

Those not in the area can also take part in the benefit; people everywhere can donate and get awesome rewards from BlowTheScene including band pictures of your choice printed on METAL!

Check it all out and please support the fundraiser.

Those attending please do not bring your pets to the event; as much as we’d love to see them, loud shows are not a healthy environment for animals with sensitive hearing.

Artists can also donate their works to the event. Donated art can be any work on paper (old or new) and should be unframed (all work will be hung with wire and/or T-pins). We are also asking that all pieces be no larger than 20×24 so we can plan space accordingly and should be priced reasonably (the max price is $50 since this is a cash and carry event). Because of the quantity of work going into this show, we are asking that everything be either dropped off or received by no later than Sunday July 5th.

BATTLECROSS Premiere New Song “Spoiled” Via Loudwire Killing it On The Road With Crowbar and Lord Dying!

 

New Album “Rise To Power” out August 21st on Metal Blade Records

Motor City thrashers BATTLECROSS are currently out on the road with Crowbar and Lord Dying on “The Summer of Doom Tour” in support of their forthcoming release “Rise to Power”! The tour has been a career highlight for the band and the legendary sludge metallers Crowbar have really taken a liking to the band.

Today the band unleashes another scorching track from “Rise To Power”. Loudwire is exclusively premiering the song entitled “Spoiled”.

Guitarist Tony Asta spoke about the track:

“‘Spoiled’ kicks in with a heavy rockin old-school vibe and progresses into a brutal more technical feel. It’s also a really fun song to jam. The subject matter and lyrics of “Spoiled” were inspired by the dependency on modern technology, more specifically the cyber world. An entire generation thrives from its use but does not know what it was like before the internet existed. It IS a great tool, although the magnitude of its impact on our everyday lives sometimes gives me the chills. This is the only song I had a hand in writing lyrics for and you can thank the “phone-gazing zombies” for it.”

Additionally the first song from “Rise to Power”, “Not Your Slave”, is streaming at metalblade.com/battlecross. “Rise to Power” will be released worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015. The record was produced by Jason Suecof, and mixed/mastered by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios. Cover art was completed by Hungarian artist Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Sacred Steel).

The Summer of Doom is the first tour for BATTLECROSS since finishing the production for “Rise to Power”, their third Metal Blade release. The tour also puts an end to the band’s search for a permanent drummer, with bay area’s Alex Bent now firmly in place behind the kit. After performing with the band on two 2014 headliners and in South America, Alex officially joined and tracked drums for the new album.

BATTLECROSS will also appear at the 2015 Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th.

“Rise to Power” Track Listing:
1. Scars
2. Not Your Slave
3. Absence
4. Spoiled
5. The Climb
6. Blood & Lies
7. Bound by Fear
8. Despised
9. Shackles
10. The Path

BATTLECROSS

Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying

06/29 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

06/30 Frederick, MD Cafe 611

07/01 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern

07/02 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

07/03 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre

End Tour

08/08 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL

CD Release Shows

08/21 Westland, MI Token Lounge

08/22 Chicago, IL Reggies

08/23 Kokomo, IN Center Stage

08/24 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom

Tour w/ GWAR, Butcher Babies

08/25 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre

08/27 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

08/28 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre

08/29 Wichita, KS Lizards Lounge*

08/30 Lawrence, KS Granada

08/31 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

09/01 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall

09/02 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre

09/03 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen

09/04 Birmingham, AL Iron City

09/05 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero*

09/06 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys

09/08 Wilmington, NC Ziggys By The Sea

09/09 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live

09/10 Chattanooga, TN Track 29

09/11 Sauget, IL Pop’s

09/13 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz*

09/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance

09/15 So. Burlington, VT Higher Ground

09/16 Reading, PA Reverb

09/17 Huntington, NY The Paramount

09/18 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall

*Off Date – BATTLECROSS Headline Show*

BATTLECROSS’ previous album, “War of Will,” debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in July of 2013. This was the band’s first ever Billboard chart debut! “War of Will”also peaked at #3 on the US iTunes metal chart on the day of release.

KING GIANT Black Ocean Waves

Celebrating their tenth year as a band in 2015, Northern Virginia-based KING GIANT has completed their thundering third LP, Black Ocean Waves, set for release this Summer.

With their brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal, KING GIANT has been rendering their woeful, rousing tales of heartfelt loss and ruthless resolution through their songcraft since 2005, and has built a solid reputation as a diehard internal workforce through handling the recording and releasing of their own gravelly anthems since their inception. Their 2006 Burden EP was followed by the self-released 2009 LP, Southern Darkness, which won over stoner/doom rockers everywhere with its vibrant approach to the genre. But it was the Dismal Hollow LP released in 2012 that launched the band into a more accessible, but more sinister territory, reaping critical acclaim from internationally-based mags and webzines.

2015 brings KING GIANT?s third full-length album, proudly celebrating a decade in existence as they prepare to unleash the wayward grooves of Black Ocean Waves. Forty-five minutes of bold, ominous, organic, and accessible material pours fourth on Black Ocean Waves, the new opus surging with eight ebbing torrents of regret, shame, revenge, and reconciliation. KING GIANT recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, the album engineered by Jawbox architect, J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword, Wino) who later mixed the album. Robbins also performed Hammond organ on the track, ?Blood Of The Lamb,? and background vocals on ?Trail Of Thorns.? The cover art for Black Ocean Waves, created by Misty Kilgore. . The band plans to independently release the album in June on CD, digitally distributed by The Path Less Traveled, with an LP version to follow.

DEMON LUNG A Dracula

 

Candlelight Records today confirms June 16th as the North American release date for A Dracula, the second full-length album from Las Vegas-based doom metal band, DEMON LUNG. Produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, High On Fire, Eyehategod etc.).

In mid-December, DEMON LUNG began their second pilgrimage to Oregon to work with Anderson. At the journey?s conclusion, eight dark hymns became A Dracula?s storyline. Using Juan López Moctezuma?s 1977 horror film, Alucarda, as the album?s muse, the audio is packaged with unique original art by illustrator Joshua Foster (Pallbearer). Drummer Jeremy Brenton notes, ?When we started the writing process, we happened to be deep into an Alucarda obsession. [Vocalist] Shanda [Fredrick] sat down and made an outline for her take on the film and we all started crafting songs to flow with it. Fitting the mood of each riff and melody with the narrative was challenging but it is the most satisfying way for us to write.?

Fredrick adds, ?Alucarda is a more relatable story for me than our last album?s subject matter; which made writing a lot more fun this time around. The heroine in this story is the daughter of Satan, who happens to fall in love with the purest of souls in the convent she resides. She coaxes this soul over to the dark, with only intentions of love but in doing so she dooms her to death by the hands of the nuns. The anger consumes her and she uses her dark powers to resurrect her love and together they kill the convent and then the world. So like I said? it?s a lot more fun this time around.?

A Dracula comes nearly two years to the date from the successful release of the band?s debut, 2013?s The Hundredth Name. ?A modern doom masterpiece,? said Ghost Cult. ?The future of doom seems to be in safe hands,? uttered This Is Not A Scene. ?Everything about DEMON LUNG?s debut screams epic,? voiced Las Vegas Weekly. The Hundredth Name perfectly set up A Dracula with a growing and healthy international fan base to launch from.

?While we naturally continued where we left off with The Hundredth Name,? shares Brenton, ?this album is definitely faster, definitely more epic. We spent twice as much time in the studio with Billy than we did last time and we had more time to experiment. This was certainly the hardest we have ever worked on anything and we?re very proud of the final product.?

A Dracula Track Listing:
1. Rursumque Alucarda
2. Behold, The Daughter
3. I Am Haunted
4. Gypsy Cursem
5. Deny The Savior
6. Mark Of Jubilee
7. Rursumque Adracula
8. Raped By The Serpent

Formed in 2011, DEMON LUNG self-released their EP, Pareidolia, in early 2012. The band joined the Candlelight roster and unleashed The Hundredth Name a year later. The album featured artwork by English illustrator Tom Gates (Amorphis, Vision Of Disorder etc). Media applauded the band, especially Fredrick with Decibel Magazine gushing, ?She emerges like a high empress, adding real soul to the quintet?s lurch.? An aggressive regional performer, the band recently signed with Tone Deaf Touring to broaden their touring endeavors.

DEMON LUNG is Shanda Fredrick and Jeremy Brenton with guitarists Phil Burns and Brent Lynch and bassist Jason Lamb. Tour dates in support of A Dracula will be announced shortly.

Minds Like Mirrors Turn up the Heat in “Monuments” Music Video

 

 

(June 26, 2015 – Baltimore, MD) – The ambient-metal group Mind Like Mirrors has released a new music video for their song “Monuments” complete with flaming instruments. Premiering with *HEAVY Magazine*, “Monuments” is the third single off the band’s upcoming EP Metanoia (release date TBA). The clip was directed by David Borges and was shot in various areas of the group’s home state of Maryland.

?This song is probably one of the best testaments to the meaning of our EP Metanoia. A changing of one?s mind, heart, self, or way of life, is something we chose to express visually with our track Monuments. While the song carries a different meaning for each band member, the message remains the same. You are not alone.?   Peter Austin (clean vocals)


About Minds Like Mirrors:
Minds Like Mirrors. The product of 2 years in the making. An ambient/metal style of music with something unique to bring to the genre. We’re not going to tell you who we may or may not sound like because honestly we wouldn’t know. But, we do know that after pouring every ounce of ourselves into this music the sound you’ll come to know us for is our own personal reflection of the human spirit.

Starting out here in Baltimore MD, we aspire to do more, to travel, and to give our music purpose. We appreciate and thank everyone who has supported us over these years, yet we find now it is time to prove our worth. With our upcoming music releases and show performances in the MD/VA/DC area we look forward to showing you what this music is truly all about.

NEXT TO NONE debut “A Light in the Dark” Out Today, June 29th!

The debut album by Next To None, “A Light in the Dark” is out today, June 29th on InsideOut Music. The album features 9 songs of intense Progressive metal with Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals.

The album is already receiving great reviews:

“It’s not brilliant because of someone having a famous father. It’s brilliant because it’s just about the best Prog Metal album released so far this year, and on so many levels that is incredible.” Maximum Volume Music, 9.5/10

“If you want something to bang your head to, this is it.” The Prog Report
The band just released a lyric video for the album’s epic closer “Blood On My Hands.”

Vocalist/keyboardist Thomas Cuce had this to say about the track:

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

You can see the lyric video here:

Check out Next To None’s EPK video here:


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

‘A Light in the Dark’ tracklist:

1. The Edge Of Sanity

2. You Are Not Me

3. Runaway

4. A Lonely Walk

5. Control

6. Lost

7. Social Anxiety

8. Legacy

9. Blood On My Hands

Digital-only bonus tracks:

10. Fortune Cookie

11. Deafening

TWIZTID Announces FRIGHTFEST Performance at ROCK AND SHOCK 2015

Billboard chart-topping rap duo TWIZTID recently wrapped up their ?Back To Hell: The Darkness Tour?! Today, TWIZTID is revealing a very special upcoming Frightfest performance as part of Rock and Shock 2015, taking place the weekend of October 16, 17, and 18 at DCU Center and Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA. TWIZTID will headline the Frightfest portion of the performance line-up, with support from Blaze, Boondox, Prozak, Wolfpac, Scum, and Kissing Candice.

Additional Rock and Rock 2015 performing artists include Hatebreed, Soulfly, Sanctuary, Soilwork, and others. Get your tickets now at http://rockandshock.com!

Rock and Shock is a three day horror and music convention featuring celebrity signings, movie screenings, concerts, panels and more. Now in its 12th year, Rock and Shock has played host some of the biggest names in horror and rock. Previous Rock and Shock performers include Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Gwar, Misfits, Insane Clown Posse, Meshuggah, Type O Negative, Turbonegro, Mushroomhead, Wednesday 13, God Forbid, DevilDriver, The Haunted and others.

TWIZTID recently announced the upcoming release of an exclusive double limited edition red vinyl version of their highest-charting album of all time, W.I.C.K.E.D. Due to the album now being owned by the group?s new label, Majik Ninja Entertainment, TWIZTID is able to release this via their website.

TWIZTID?s most recent album, The Darkness, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 charts at #29, marking their 11th album debut on the chart. The Darkness marks the group?s first Billboard debut since the launch of Majik Ninja Entertainment.

BLACK TRIP To Release Shadowline September 4th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer

“We are really excited about our second album coming out and are looking forward to finally getting some BLACK TRIP dates in Europe under our belt!” – Peter Stjärnvind

“Making this album was a real trip and to take it out on the road and finally play for our fans will be a blast” – Joseph Tholl

BLACK TRIP are back and they are on a mission! Their first all-killer-no-filler album Goin’ Under released in 2014 (2013 in Scandinavia) was soaked in the true spirit of the NWOBHM and showed that great heavy metal music still can be made. With bands like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Thin Lizzy and 70’s era Scorpions amongst their influences BLACK TRIP really paid both homage and respect to the classic metal sound that runs through the veins of every metal head, and yet they have their own distinct sound and direction.

Now, two years on from that critically acclaimed debut they are about to release their second album Shadowline, which vocalist Joseph Tholl describes as “a bigger, more diverse and more personal album, but still dark, heavy metal rock”. Guitarist Peter Stjärnvind adds “the album whilst heavy is also groovy and catchy and just makes you feel happy in a really good way”.

Joseph – “When Goin’ Under was being shaped it was basically just me and Peter. But during that time we got offered gigs here in Sweden before we even had a band, so very quickly we had to get the other guys on board so we could play these gigs and record the album. Me and Jonas (Wikstrand – Drums) didn’t know the other guys that well so we’ve all been on this journey, getting to know each other and growing together as a band. We all love heavy metal, that’s the common bond that binds us, but we all have our different tastes and different musical backgrounds because me and Jonas are from a different musical generation than Peter, Sebastian and Johan. With the writing and recording of Shadowline we have grown together and it really feels like we have become a band now. We’ve influenced each other and we’ve begun to understand what our potential is, what we can do and what we can’t do. Every band member has contributed in one way or another to the shaping of this album and following on from what we did on Goin’ Under this was a very natural step for us. With the first album we were establishing the foundations of our sound, now with Shadowline we have started to build the framework of the band.”

Speaking about the influences for Shadowline it’s clear the whole process isn’t an exact science for BLACK TRIP. Peter doesn’t plan the songs, he just lets the mood take him and whatever comes out comes out. Two bands he has listened to constantly during this time are Geordie, particularly the album “Don’t Be Fooled by the Name”and Blue Öyster Cult. “It’s all about those little details and feelings that just blow you away!” says Peter enthusiastically.

Shadowlinewas recorded and mixed by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) at his studio The Honk Palace in February/March 2015. All being fans of his bands and his musical taste and approach to sound, they felt he was someone they could trust to get the very best in the studio. The recording went really smoothly and Andersson has definitely captured the sound and feel of the essence of what Black Trip are all about. Joseph – “Nicke was totally on our wave-length from the start and during the recording process it felt like he was more or less one of us.” Peter -“His all round input was just great. He would suggest simple things like going from a 4/4 time to double time on the hi-hat to give that extra drive. He really brings the best out of you in the studio and recording guitar solos with him was a delight. He is always encouraging you to do your best”.

The new album Shadowline will be released through SPV/Steamhammer in North America on September 4th as Digipak CD & Colored Vinyl LP and Digital Download.

Track Listing Digipak:

1. Die With Me 04:12

2. Danger 04:56

3. Shadowline 03:57

4. Berlin Model 32 04:09

5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52

6. Clockworks 03:54

7. Rooms 00:46

8. Subvisual Sleep 03:04

9. Sceneries 03:28

10. The Storm 05:23

11. Coming Home 03:30

Track Listing Vinyl Version

Side 1

1. Die With Me 04:12

2. Danger 04:56

3. Shadowline 03:57

4. Berlin Model 32 04:09

5. Over The Worldly Walls 03:52

Side 2

1. Clockworks 03:54

2. Rooms 00:46

3. Subvisual Sleep 03:04

4. Sceneries 03:28

5. The Storm 05:23

6. Coming Home 03:30

To coincide with the release of the new album BLACK TRIP will finally hit the road for their first European tour dates outside of Sweden, something the band are hugely excited about.

Deaf Forever and Rocks present BLACK TRIP live 2015

18.09. D-Flensburg – Roxy

19.09. D-Hamburg – Knust

20.09. D-Berlin – K17

22.09. D-Munich – Garage Deluxe

23.09. D-Tannheim – Schwarzer Adler

24.09. D-Mannheim – 7er Club

25.09. D-Rheine – Hypothalamus

26.09. D-Bochum – Matrix/Rockpalast

27.09. B-Vorselaar – Secrets Of Metal Festival

28.09. D-Cologne – Underground

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