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ABORTED premiere new song & start U.S. Tour

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Belgium Death metal psychopaths ABORTED are set to release their eighth full-length, The Necrotic Manifesto on April 29 via Century Media.  The band will be in the states later this month kicking off a tour that includes dates with Pyrexia and Kataklysm.  See dates below.

ABORTED tour dates
Mar. 27 – Empire – Springfield, VA (United States) **
Mar. 28 – Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY (United States) **
Mar. 29 – The Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Infest 2)
Mar. 30 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (United States) **
Mar. 31 – Bogie’s – Albany, NY (United States)**
Apr. 1 – Middle-East – Cambridge, MA (United States) **
Apr. 2 – Palace Theater – Stafford Springs, CT (United States) **
Apr. 3 – St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (United States) w/ Kataklysm & Pyrexia
Apr. 4 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (Canada) *
Apr. 5 – El Mocambo – Toronto, ON (Canada) *
Apr. 6 – The Foundry – Lakewood, OH (United States) *
Apr. 7 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI (United States) *
Apr. 8 – Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB (Canada) *
Apr. 9 – The Exchange – Regina, SK (Canada) *
Apr. 10 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB (Canada) *
Apr. 11 – Republik – Calgary, AB (Canada) *
Apr. 12 – Columbo Lodge – Kamloops, BC (Canada) *
Apr. 13 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC (Canada) *
Apr. 14 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (United States) *
Apr. 15 – Jub Jubs – Reno, NV (United States) *
Apr. 16 – DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA (United States) *
Apr. 17 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA (United States) *
Apr. 18 – Mirror Image – Anaheim, CA (United States) *
Apr. 19 – Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ (United States) *
Apr. 20 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX (United States) *
Apr. 21 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO (United States) *
Apr. 22 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (United States) *
Apr. 23 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (United States) *
**=with PYREXIA 
*=with KATAKLYSM

(Hed)P.E. and SOiL announce Born To Ride 2 Tour

Metal, rasta, punk infused heavyweights (hed)P.E. will embark on the “Born To Ride 2″ tour with fellow label mates SOiL throughout May 2014. This tour follows 2012′s “Born To Ride” tour featuring both bands.

(Hed)P.E.’s forthcoming album “Evolution” is currently being mixed as is slated for a summer 2014 release on Pavement Entertainment. This is the follow up to 2010′s “Truth Rising”. According to vocalist Jahred, the album will be “Some of the heaviest material we have ever recorded”.

SOiL is currently supporting their new single “The Hate Song” which comes from the critically acclaimed new album “Whole”. Available digitally and in stores now.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

MAY 2014:

1 Arlington Heights, IL     HOME bar
2 Waterloo, IA                  Reverb Rock Garden
4 Denver, CO                   Summit Theatre
7 Los Angeles, CA           Whiskey A Go Go
8 Pomona, CA                 The Glass House
9 Las Vegas, NV              LVCS
10 Tempe, AZ                 The Marquee
11 Ramona, CA               Ramona Mainstage
13 Long Beach, CA         Gaslamp
14 Fresno, CA                 Strummer’s
16 San Francisco, CA      DNA
17 Sacramento, CA         Ace Of Spades
18 Reno, NV                    Knitting Factory
20 Spokane, WA              Knitting Factory
21 Seattle, WA                 Studio Seven
22 Portland, OR               Hawthorne Theatre
24 Salt Lake City, UT         In The Venue
25 Colorado Springs, CO   Black Sheep
30 Oklahoma City, OK       The Chameleon Room (SOiL Only)
31 Kansas City, MO           Kansas City Rockfest (SOiL Only)

DECAPITATED ENTER STUDIO & ANNOUNCE NEW DRUMMER‏

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DECAPITATED entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland this week to record their sixth studio album and follow-up to 2011′s critically-acclaimed Carnival Is Forever. Drummer Michal Lysejko, who assisted with the band’s live shows on the most recent LAMB OF GOD tour, has been announced as a full-time addition to DECAPITATED.

HOUR OF PENANCE: COMPLETE ‘REGICIDE’ DETAILS REVEALED; LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG UNVEILED‏

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Italian death metal quartet HOUR OF PENANCE have unveiled a lyric video for ”Resurgence Of The Empire,” a new song from the group’s upcoming album “Regicide.”

Due May 13 in North America, May 12 in the UK/EU and May 16 in G/A/S and Australia, “Regicide” features cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Destruction, Grave Digger) and was recorded, mixed and mastered at Rome’s 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse.) The album’s first CD pressing will be a limited-edition digipak that will contain three bonus tracks. Those bonus tracks will also be available via download card to anyone who orders the album on vinyl or cassette, as well as anyone who orders the “deluxe edition” of the album on Bandcamp or other digital providers.

MASSACRE premieres new video for “Back From Beyond”

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Death metal legends MASSACRE have returned with their first studio album effort in almost 20 years! Due out March 24th in Europe and April 1st in North America via Century Media Records, this new album, Back From Beyond, is “pure Florida death metal, the way it was meant to be played from the Sunshine State.” For a preview of Back From Beyond, check out the video premiere of the album’s title track.

Returning to the roots of MASSACRE’s early 90′s trademark sound, Back From Beyond was recorded and mixed by Tim Vazquez of CGM Studios, Florida, and features original MASSACRE members Rick Rozz (Guitars; ex-MANTAS/DEATH) and Terry Butler (Bass; OBITUARY, ex-DEATH/SIX FEET UNDER), as well as Ed Webb (Vocals; ex-DIABOLIC/EULOGY) and Mike Mazzonetto (Drums; ex-PAIN PRINCIPLE).

MASSACRE live 2014
May 2 – Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Neurotic Deathfest
May 3 -Powys (UK) – Rad Fest
May 4 – Leeds (UK) – Kin Hell Fest
May 5 – London (UK) – Barfly
May 6 – Oberhausen (Germany) – Resonanzwerk w/ LAY DOWN ROTTEN
May 7 – Aalen (Germany) – Rock It w/ LAY DOWN ROTTEN
May 8 – Hamburg (Germany) – Bambi Galore w/ LAY DOWN ROTTEN
May 9 – Dresden (Germany) – Scheune w/ LAY DOWN ROTTEN
May 10 – Siegen (Germany) – Vortex w/ LAY DOWN ROTTEN
May 11 – Brussels (Belgium) – Magasin 4 w/ PESTILENCE

WOLVHAMMER Enters Studio To Record Third LP For Summer Release

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Midwestern black/death rock nihilists, WOLVHAMMER, are currently deep in the process of laying down the tracks that are to become the band’s third LP. Occupying Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, WOLVHAMMER is currently tracking their anticipated full-length follow-up to the band’s 2011-released Profound Lore debut, The Obsidian Plains.

Upon its completion, details on the new album’s official Summer release date and more will be unveiled in the coming weeks WOLVHAMMER will of course take to the highways in support of the release over the coming months with a US tour already being devised in conjunction with its street date.

MISERY INDEX stream new track “Conjuring the Cull”, reveal new album details‏

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Acclaimed death metal extremists MISERY INDEX have revealed the first new track, “Conjuring The Cull” from their forthcoming album ‘The Killing Gods‘. MISERY INDEX will see the release of ‘The Killing Gods‘ in May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide).

Regarding the track premiere, MISERY INDEX comments “Conjuring the Cull” is the fourth part of “Faust;” a single fifteen and a half minute song comprising the first five tracks of “The Killing Gods” album.  We are proud to demolish your ear drums with this pummeling taste of our new record.”

The Killing Gods‘, the band’s fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way Recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK).

In addition to the track premiere, MISERY INDEX have also announced a new European tour alongside label-mates GORGUTS. The tour, which starts on April 24 in Madrid, will see both bands travel through Spain, Italy, France, and more before concluding on May 8 in Tilburg, where both bands will perform as part of this year’s “Neurotic Deathfest“. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

MISERY INDEX Live
24 Apr 14 Barroselas (PT) SWR Festival
25 Apr 14 Madrid (ES) Shoko
26 Apr 14 Murcia (ES) Garaje
27 Apr 14 Barcelona (ES) Razz3
28 Apr 14 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo
29 Apr 14 Brescia (IT) Circo Colony
30 Apr 14 Vienna (AT) Escape
01 May 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
02 May 14 Lyss (CH) Kulturfabrik
03 May 14 Brussel (BE) Magasin4
04 May 14 Tilburg (NL) Neurotic Deathfest

Enthroned launch new track “Of Shrines and Sovereigns”‏

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Belgium’s leading black metal force, Enthroned, has launched a new track, “Of Shrines and Sovereigns,” from the band’s upcoming full-length, Sovereigns.

Sovereigns will hit stores on April 15 via Agonia Records.

EYEHATEGOD To Release New Full-Length This Spring; Lyric Video Now Playing

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Following countless years of personal hardships, studio disasters and times of music industry indecision, New Orleans’ own EYEHATEGOD, with much relief and excitement, are proud to announce the release of their brand new full-length! Entirely assembled and financed by the band, the self-titled, eleven-track long player will be released on May 27th by their partners at Housecore Records in North America, May 26th by Century Media in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and May 21st by Daymare in Japan.

Check out  the new lyric video for “Agitation! Propaganda!“ 

The recording process for Eyehategod started with producer Billy Anderson back in the fold (he recorded 1996′s Dopesick). The session saw both producer and band not quite on the same page and at the end, the album was unfinished. A few months later, the band reconvened at longtime friend Phil Anselmo’s home studio with producer Stephen Berrigan (Down). Both Anselmo and Berrigan helped draw out the missing pieces to one of underground metal’s most anticipated albums in years.

As a precursor to the release, EYEHATEGOD will play a special one-off show with High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention and Ilsa at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27th.

Lacerated Enemy Records signs Infecting The Swarm

Lacerated Enemy Records will be unleashing the latest epic in brutality by Infecting The Swarm from Germany. Playing hyperfast blast-ridden and visceral Brutal Death Metal, Infecting The Swarm compete against the likes of Disgorge, Guttural Secrete and Suffocation, taking the music forward without compromising on the extremity in any possible way.

‘Pathogenesis’ will contain nine tracks of sci-fi-themed brutality and has designed the artwork conveying the same. This is a welcome relief from the excessively gory and violent misogynist themes prevalent in this style but Infecting The Swarm believe in portraying the brutality via its music.

Infecting The Swarm comments:
“I am extremely proud to announce that Infecting The Swarm has signed a multi-album deal with the veteran Death Metal label Lacerated Enemy Records. The first album ‘Pathogenesis’ will be released on 5/5/2014 as CD, Limited Digipack and Digital version. On a personal note I want to add that I am beyond honoured to be on LER, so far working with this label has been nothing but a pleasure and extremely professional. I can’t wait to work with LER for the next albums too!”

Artwork of ‘Pathogenesis’ -

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Video from the upcoming release -

 

Lacerated Enemy Records – www.laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com
LER Bandcamp – www.laceratedenemyrecords.bandcamp.com
LER Facebook – www.facebook.com/laceratedenemyrecords

Infecting The Swarm – www.facebook.com/InfectingTheSwarm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOUR OF PENANCE announce new album title and release date‏

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

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

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

Aurora Borealis – Worldshapers REVIEW

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROKEN HOPE announces “The Docking Dead” video contest‏

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

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

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

Odem – The Valley of Cut Tongues

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

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

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

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

 

Kunal Choksi

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Perpetrators Premiere New Tune

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

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

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

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

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

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Lyric Video for “Sail”

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

New Album Winter Kills Out Now on Napalm Records

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

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

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

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

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

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

ENDSTILLE Announce European Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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