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BENIGHTED release DVD teaser

Leading European death metal extremists BENIGHTED have premiered a new trailer their forthcoming live DVD. A sneak peek at the new DVD, titled ‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’ can be seen here;

‘BENIGHTED – Brutalive the Sick’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on February 23, 2015.

BENIGHTED previously released a video for the track “Spit”, off their new album, ‘Carnivor Sublime’. The video features Niklas Kvarforth of label mates SHINING (Swe).

“Spit” was taken from the band’s newest album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’, which was released by Season of Mist on February 18. BENIGHTED are streaming their new album, ‘Carnivore Sublime’ at bandcamp. The track list and artwork can be found below. The album art was designed by ABORTED vocalist Sven de Caluwé.

Track list
1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Experience Your Flesh
4. Slaughter/Suicide
5. Spit
6. Defiled Purity
7. Jekyll
8. Collection of Dead Portraits
9. Carnivore Sublime
10. Les Morsures de Cerbère
11. June and the Laconic Solstice

VENOM Reveal Stunning ‘From The Very Depths’ Cover Art

VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths (Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.

The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOM logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’s Fallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.

And to think this is merely the cover! The album’s accompanying music slays, and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM’s best releases…ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent ‘Venomous’, referencing the band’s infamous live intro tape.

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Legion’s Av Oss, For Oss Full-Length To See North American Release

Norwegian Viking metal trio, EINHERJER, will unleash the battle-ready fruitions of their epically infectious Av Oss, For Oss full-length to North American ears next month. The band’s sixth full-length was written and produced by the band, recorded at guitarist/bassist/vocalist Frode Glesnes’s own Studio Borealis and mixed by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Monster Magnet et al). Released on European shores earlier this year, the offering delivers eight elaborately executed war hymns that are at once vicious, gallant and treacherously catchy.

In celebration of its official stateside release, today Noisey waves their Viking flag to the heroic gallop of fifth movement, “Nord Og Ner” noting, “the Norwegian trio takes a darker, more abrasive approach than that of cheeseball troll-chasers like Korpiklaani or Finntroll, tempering their jaunty traditional folk melodies and full-voiced Viking choruses with seething black metal aggression. Drawing upon stories from Norse mythology and holding tight to the blackened chords of old, Av Oss, For Oss, does its forefathers proud.”

Adds the band: “The Vikings courage and boldness have inspired us to never compromise our vision: A vision that is a unique, self-made, original and modern interpretation of our mighty Nordic heritage. EINHERJER have never used their banner to spread cowardly and ignorant propaganda. We never seek entry in the un-culture extremists taint our ancestors with. We wish to give people in all countries knowledge to what we feel is a mysterious and fascinating culture that can be shared and enjoyed by many. Our history rings with the same sound and side by side with other cultures worldwide. From the age of the Egyptian pharaohs, the splendor of the Roman Empire, the genius of the Inka, the bastions of Constantinople, the wonders of the east, the honor of the Samurai and the Greek philosophers. Our heritage is a world heritage. And we strive to renew ourselves. We strive to retell our story in a new way. With a new sound. But with the same spirit that has followed EINHERJER since the beginning. In the wake of Norrøn, we once again tread a new path. The new album Av Oss, For Oss will help us bring our vision and our heritage even further!”

Sample “Nord Og Ner,” courtesy of Noisey, at THIS LOCATION.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Release Teaser for “Epilogue” Video Clip

Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, recently filmed a new promotional video for the song “Epilogue” and have released a teaser for the video. The track is taken from the band’s latest album Labyrinth;

“2014 has been an incredible year for us,” states the band. “We played more than a hundred shows promoting Labyrinth all over the world and had the chance to see amazing things, but more than anything, we’ve been showed an amazing support by all the fans we had the honour to meet in so many different countries! That’s why we decided to do something special to thank you all for making this possible: we recently came across some outstanding locations that deeply inspired us and we decided to shoot a new video clip for one of the most particular and representative songs of our last album. This will be our Christmas present, and we already know it’s going to be super-classy!”

The official video for “Epilogue” will be released on December 09th – stay tuned!

Labyrinth was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio and hones in on the band’s unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (ORIGIN, KATAKLYSM) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces for a massive inlay.

Decibel Magazine’s Streaming ABYSMAL DAWN’s Cover of Dissections’ “Night Blood”

New Album Obsolescence Out Now on Relapse Records

“The riffs are nonstop infectious to the point of being addictive, the grooves are bitchin’ and demand the volume cranked and the car windows lowered…”
-Outburn 9/10

ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album Obsolescence earlier this month via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like.

Included on Obsolescence as a bonus track, ABYSMAL DAWN covered the classic Dissection song “Night’s Blood”. Today Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is hosting an exclusive stream of ABYSMAL DAWN’s take on the track HERE.

ABYSMAL DAWN strikes the perfect balance between extreme songwriting and exceptional skill with an infectious blend of technical yet memorable riffs, throat shredding vocals, and crushing rhythms delivered with machine gun precision.

VENOM To Release New Album in January

VENOM -the hugely influential British heavy metal trio, widely revered for driving and shaping many aspects of the music industry, including black and thrash metal as well as for their instinctive blending of metallic power and punk spirit- have confirmed the release of their new studio album, From the Very Depths. It will be released January 27 via Spinefarm Records.

The band is led by vocalist/bassist and original VENOM titan, Cronos, who decided against making fans the world over wait too long for this powerful new 14-track release, which is the follow-up to 2011’s Fallen Angels, also issued via Spinefarm.

So… VENOM will be unleashing their fourteenth studio album, via CD and download, on January 27, with a double vinyl format to follow shortly after.

Cronos says, “This album is perfect, all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording. Dante created pure thunder from his drums, while Rage tears the flesh off your face with his riffs, making everything fall into place so well. It’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure Black Metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the Legions… Hell Yeah!”

Just as the aftermath of Christmas can be laced with reminders of gluttony and false cheer, so VENOM will unleash a full-throttle, full-length LP to drag you even further into HELL!

AGNOSTIC FRONT to Begin Recording New Album Next Month!

Seminal NYC hardcore veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT, will enter Buzzbomb Sound Labs on December 5th to begin recording their 11th studio album. The session will be handled by Paul Miner (TERROR, H2O, ATREYU, DEATH BY STEREO, ETC.,) who will be engineering, mixing and mastering the release. Artwork and layout will be handled by artist Todd Huber, who also works with vocalist Roger Miret’s clothing-line American Made Kustom.

“We are excited to be working with Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Sound Labs on our new record which we are calling The American Dream Died,” comments Miret. “This recording promises to be mean, fast and furious; with elements of our classic styles, adding chaotic blasts of real old school hardcore!”

These rarely confronted and always respected leaders of hardcore were established as one of the meanest-sounding bands in the emerging punk genre, helping to initiate the term “hardcore,” and placing an entire uproar on the New York map by association. From the start, AGNOSTIC FRONT released a catalogue of fast and violent punk tunes consisting of distinctive and aggressive drumming, fuming guitars, overdriven bass work, and a non-stop barrage of chaotic shouting.

AGNOSTIC FRONT?s latest record, My Life My Way, was released on March 22, 2011. It features 13 powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by none other than Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.).

Upcoming AGNOSTIC FRONT tour dates:

12/17/14 Simons ? Providence, RI
12/18/14 Church ? Boston, MA
12/19/14 Stanhope House ? Stanhope, NJ
12/20/14 Revolution ? Amityville, NY
12/21/14 The Brighton Bar ? Long Branch, NJ
03/18/15 The Phoenix Taproom ? Jacksonville, FL
03/19/15 Churchill?s ? Miami, FL
03/20/15 Orpheum ? Tampa, FL
03/22/15 Back Booth ? Orlando, FL

TODAY IS THE DAY Continues To Book New Tours Supporting Animal Mother LP

Violent, visionary, longstanding metal trio, TODAY IS THE DAY has issued a new list of target cities for live actions in support of their brilliantly destructive tenth full-length album, Animal Mother, released in mid-October via Southern Lord.

Having just completed an exhaustive US trek with a month of headlining tour dates and then another two weeks directly supporting Eyehategod, TODAY IS THE DAY issuesa new warning to humans in the Midwest and Northeast regions that the outfit’s newest tour itinerary includes a metropolis in your locale. The brand new dates will kick off this weekend, with the first slated for this Saturday, November 29th in Pittsburgh. The routing will then slither north and south through the eastern half of the country through December 21st, with the latter half of the tour still being finalized, and to be announced in the coming days. So come on down and get saved this holiday season! Additional live TODAY IS THE DAY offensives will be broadcasted through the coming months.

Following the release of the official video of TODAY IS THE DAY’s brutal immediate classic, “Masada,” late this past Summer, a new visual version of “Animal Mother” is in construction for release in the coming weeks, with David Hall of Handshake Inc. responsible for masterminding both projects. Watch “Masada”;

TODAY IS THE DAY Tour Dates:

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LORD DYING Premiere New Song “A Wound Outside of Time”

Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING will release their new album entitled Poisoned Altars, January 27, 2015 (1/26 for UK/World and 1/24 for Germany/Benelux/Finland) via Relapse Records. Poisoned Altars is available in CD/LP/Digital and a Special Silver Colored LP for Relapse Records 25th Anniversary. The album was recorded with Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind (Black Tusk) at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR. Poisoned Altars is direct result of the relentless work the band put in the past 18 months grinding it out on the road touring non-stop with the likes of Red Fang, Black Tusk, Corrosion of Conformity, Valient Thorr and more.

Today the first song from the album “A Wound Outside Time” has been made available to the public.

Front man Erik Olson on “A Wound Outside Time”:

“We are excited to premier ‘A Wound Outside of Time,’ a song about confronting your demons and addictions and not being afraid to head into the darkness regardless of the outcome. Hopefully we all persevere. Enjoy! ”

Poisoned Altars Track Listing:
1. Poisoned Altars
2. The Clearing at the End of the Path
3. A Wound Outside of Time
4. An Open Sore
5. Offering Pain (and An Open Minded Center)
6. Suckling at the Teat of a Shebeast
7. (All Hopes of a New Day)…Extinguished
8. Darkness Remains

OBITUARY Launch Guitar Solo Contest Via Ultimate Guitar

Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, this past October via Relapse Records. In conjunction with the album’s release OBITUARY have teamed up with ESP Guitars and Ultimate Guitar for a special guitar solo contest. Visit Ultimate-Guitar.com and find out how to record your own unique solo on the new song “Violence”. OBITUARY will personally judge each entry awarding one grand prize and 2 runners up.

Tomorrow OBITUARY has scheduled a Reddit “AMA” at 4:00 PM Central Time. Brothers John and Don Tardy will be online to answer any question you may have about OBITUARY, their new album, tour and their three-decade long legacy of Death Metal trailblazing. The AMA will take place at reddit.com/r/Music/

Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. The album cracked the Billboard Top 100 coming in at #75. This is OBITUARY’s highest chart number to date and sold almost 5 times as many copies of their 2009 release “Darkest Day”. Inked in Blood also came in at #8 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #15 on the Top Current Rock Chart. Internationally Inked in Blood came in at #56 in Germany (2nd Highest Chart Entrance in Band History), #81 in The Netherlands, #139 in Belgium, #174 in the UK and #65 in Switzerland.

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SYLOSIS Release Animated “Leech” Music Video

“Little known secret; METALLICA’s …And Justice For All and DEATH’s Symbolic record had a baby. It was tossed into a junkyard and forgotten about. It ate metal and drank gasoline until it broke free and began to kill. SYLOSIS defines modern speed metal. ” ? Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD)

UK based modern thrash heroes SYLOSIS have released an animated music video for the track “Leech”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming new album Dormant Heart, which will be released on January 12th (UK), 13th (N. America) and 16th (Rest of Europe) via Nuclear Blast.

The video was animated by Oliver Jones of Better Feeling Films in the UK. It took five hours to film the band and story footage and roughly 60 days to animate. Oliver was the only person working on the project, from shooting the live action footage to animating the entire video. The process he used is called ‘rotoscoping’, which involves tracing over footage, frame by frame.

Frontman Josh Middleton commented: “‘Leech’ is the second single off the new album. I would say the album is probably our heaviest to date but this song showcases a more melodic and stripped back side to what we do. It’s a really dark, sinister doomy sounding song and we thought it would be cool to try something a bit different for the video and have it reflect the vibe of the music. We’ve always wanted to have an animated music video and it allows for a bit more creativity and makes it stand out.”

Dormant Heart was produced by Middleton with the help of engineer Scott Atkins and was mastered by TesseracT guitarist Acle Kahney. The artwork was created by Bristol based artist BONFIRE (Opeth, Satyricon, Kataonia). On the theme of the artwork Josh comments: “The cover relates to sacrifice (the sacrificial lamb is more of a symbol than something to be taken literally) but also the looming, oppressing figure in the background represents corruption and being forced into something against your will.”

Despite the name, Dormant Heart is not a peaceful album; it?s about a powerful force unleashing anger against everyday injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them.

In regards to the record Josh states: “It’s the most pissed-off, aggressive and intense album we’ve done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we’re also known for. It’s a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We’ve been through a lot as a band and individuals and we’ve made our darkest album to date.

“The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd, how a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it’s ‘tradition’ as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness.”

SYLOSIS began tracking the new album back in March 2014, working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Drum tracks were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle House by original drummer Rob Callard, who parted ways with the band last month due to time restraints. After filling in for some live shows during SYLOSIS? Spring 2014 tour, BLEED FROM WITHIN’s drummer Ali Richardson is now a permanent member of the band.

Dormant Heart track list:

1. Where The Wolves Come To Die
2. Victims And Pawns
3. Dormant Heart
4. To Build A Tomb
5. Overthrown
6. Leech
7. Servitude
8. Indoctrinated
9. Harm
10. Mercy
11. Callous Souls
12. Quiescent
Bonus tracks:
12. Pillars Erode
13. Zero (Smashin? Pumpkins cover)

Bonus DVD
The Dormant Heart Sessions – Live in the studio

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Tech Death Behemoths To Kick Off US Tour With Cannabis Corpse And Mammoth Grinder

California technical death metal behemoths, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will kick off a three-week bought of US live assaults next week supporting Richmond bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. The tour will kick off in the Southeast, with the first show in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 28th, and whip counter-clockwise through the country across the Gulf Coast, up through California then eastward through the Midwest and back down the East Coast, coming to a halt in Richmond on December 20th. Additional support will come from Austin-based hardcore/death crossover outfit, Mammoth Grinder.

INANIMATE EXISTENCE will be touring in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement finds INANIMATE EXISTENCE elevating their signature, outlandish compositions to an entirely new level of profundity. A conceptual offering centered on Tibetan folk, each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and venomous vocal assaults as female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances add to the record’s already confounding depth. No Clean Singing crowns, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, “…a fascinating effort, a true journey for your ears and mind that’s well worth experiencing again and again,” Last Rites notes, “INANIMATE EXISTENCE may very well take the crown as the one tech album worth listening to in a calendar year. It’s tighter than my old man’s wallet… and interesting enough to stand away from a field already crowded beyond breathing capacity,” while MetalSucks concurs, “A Never-Ending Cycle… fulfills the face-fuckery I forecast in January, with percussive endurance that grinds like jackhammers.” Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect score, “A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is meta in the sense that it recognizes the never-ending cyclical nature of genre stereotypes – bands that regurgitate and rehash the same material without the slightest incentive of breaking new ground – and INANIMATE EXISTENCE offer penance for their contemporaries; a public display of atonement in a brutal 45-minute package.”

INANIMATE EXISTENCE w/ Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder:
11/28/2014 Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC
11/29/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
11/30/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
12/02/2014 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
12/03/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
12/04/2014 Limelight – San Antonio, TX
12/06/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
12/07/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
12/08/2014 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2014 Strummers – Fresno, CA
12/10/2014 The Metro – Oakland, CA
12/11/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
12/12/2014 The Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
12/13/2014 The Core – Salt Lake City, UT
12/14/2014 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12/17/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
12/18/2014 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
12/19/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
12/20/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

IRON REAGAN Premiere Video For “I Won’t Go”

Richmond, Virginia’s IRON REAGAN released their Relapse Records debut The Tyranny of Will earlier this year. This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe. The Tyranny of Will is available for in multiple configurations and formats, including standard CD, Deluxe CD that features a bonus track, cassette, LP and Digital Download.

Today IRON REAGAN brings to you another cinematic masterpiece from The Tyranny of Will. The video filmed in their state of the art practice space and directed by Steve Krandall of FMB BMX.

After a quick break, IRON REAGAN will return to the road this January alongside Napalm Death, Voivod and Exhumed. The tour starts January 27th in Miami, FL and runs through February 28th in Houston, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.

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NAPALM DEATH – Debut first song off “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album

Anticipating their upcoming 15th studio album release entitled “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” via Century Media Records on January 26th, 2015 in Europe and January 27th, 2015 in North America, British Grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH are now launching a first online song-sample as an appetizer.

Check out the new NAPALM DEATH track “Cesspits” Decibel Magazine’s blog:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/uncategorized/streaming-napalm-death-cesspits/

While currently still on tour in Europe, NAPALM DEATH’s vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway checked in to comment on the track as follows:

“Cesspits is both literally and figuratively about people living in holes. It is perhaps one of the ultimate indignities and one of those things that a blind eye is often turned to. The subject matter called for a very savage delivery, and although there are quite a few musical facets to this song, it doesn’t stop letting rip.”

Further details about “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” album will be revealed soon…

Here is a list of all upcoming NAPALM DEATH Tour Dates:

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2014:
Presented by Rage Wear, OX Fanzine, Slam Magazine & Fuze Mag.
21.11.2014 Paris (France) – Le Trabendo + Hatebreed
22.11.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Speedfest
26.11.2014 Tokyo (Japan) – Liquidroom + Brutal Truth
27.11.2014 Osaka (Japan) – Club Quattro + Brutal Truth
28.11.2014 Nagoya (Japan) – Electric Lady Land + Brutal Truth
30.11. 2014 Tokyo (Japan) – Earthdom + Brutal Truth

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2015:
22.-26.01.2015 Florida/Jamaica – 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

“Through Space And Grind” North American Tour 2015:
Featuring NAPALM DEATH & VOIVOD
w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate
and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia

01.27.2015 Miami, FL – Grand Central *
01.28.2015 St Petersburg, FL – State Theater *
01.29.2015 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
01.30.2015 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s *
01.31.2015 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage *
02.02.2015 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater *
02.03.2015 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
02.04.2015 Toronto, ON – Opera House
02.05.2015 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02.06.2015 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
02.07.2015 Worcester, MA – Palladium *
02.08.2015 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater *
02.09.2015 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *
02.10.2015 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s *
02.11.2015 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam *
02.12.2015 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
02.13.2015 Regina, SK – The Exchange
02.14.2015 Calgary, AB – Republik
02.15.2015 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
02.17.2015 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater **
02.18.2015 Seattle, WA – Studio 7 #
02.19.2015 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02.20.2015 Oakland, CA – Metro ##
02.21.2015 Fresno, CA – Strummers ##
02.22.2015 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
02.23.2015 Tempe, AZ – Club Red ##
02.24.2015 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater ##
02.25.2015 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall ##
02.26.2015 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater ##
02.27.2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey ##
02.28.2015 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s ##
* = Ringworm, ** = Dayglo Abortions, # = Theories, ## = Phobia

WOLVHAMMER: Second Wave Of Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour Includes West Coast Dates With Black Cobra

Fresh off of the first wave of their Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour in support of their third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, WOLVHAMMER will embark on the next subdivision of the trek at the end of this month, with West Coast devastation planned.

Having stormed the East Coast/Midwest US with support from Mortals in recent weeks on the first installment of the tour, Desanctifying North America 2014 Part II will run from November 30th through December 18th. With several headlining gigs planned on WOLVHAMMER’sway out to the West Coast and back to the Midwest, the bulk of the newly-confirmed run will feature headlining action on the West Coast gigs from San Francisco’s mighty Black Cobra duo. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

WOLVHAMMER Desanctifying North America 2014 Part II w/ Black Cobra:

11/30/2014 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN * 12/01/2014 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT *
12/02/2014 The Hop – Spokane, WA *
12/03/2014 Rotture – Portland, OR
12/04/2014 Highline – Seattle, WA
12/05/2014 Wow Hall – Eugene, OR
12/06/2014 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
12/07/2014 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA
12/08/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/10/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
12/11/2014 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
12/12/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA
12/13/2014 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
12/15/2014 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV *
12/17/2014 Lost Lake – Denver, CO *
12/18/2014 Replay – Lawrence, KS *
*WOLVHAMMER only

BLODHEMN: Second Full-Length From Norwegian Black Metal Project Released Stateside

One-man Norwegian black metal project, BLODHEMN, is pleased to spew forth its sophomore full-length, H7, upon unsuspecting ears. Led by one Invisus, H7 follows the critical accolades of his Brenn Alle Bruer EP and Holmengraa debut.

Carrying on a maniacal blend of no-nonsense thrash and high-octane heavy metal with traditional old-school black metal grimness, with H7, BLODHEMN is as vehement and aggressive as ever, yet on a much more grandiose scale. H7’s grisly assault of fast, blasting riffs are contrasted with lengthier, melancholic melodies and raw, salted wounds akin to the sounds of an ocean after a storm; serene yet ravaged, aching and sad.

Not to be outdone by the music, the lyrics on H7 are as complex as the blistering melodies they rest upon. Where tracks like “Flammens Virke” and “Slettet av Tid” disgorge blasphemous bile and ravenous anger, “Evig Heder” and “Veiten 3″ tell of recent Norwegian history of war and of those who defended their country at all costs. “The H7 monogram is used by BLODHEMN as a symbol of Norwegian patriotism,” reveals Invisus, “an homage to late heroes and the hardship they had to endure. This, as well as the traditional tropes of black metal, take a large part in creating that trademark Norwegian grimness, lyrically. But my love for the west coast of my country, with its capricious weather and its grey, barren landscapes are a source of inspiration I always return to, be it words or music.” Such is the case with closing track, “Holmengraa,” about the unforgiving treachery of the North Sea and the often brutal consequences for those who dare it; the majesty of its riffs are outdone only by the viciousness of its subject matter. A new chapter in black metal is here and BLODHEMN is ready to defend it with sharpened teeth!

Sample second track “Slettet Av Tid”;

H7 Track Listing:
1. Flammenes Virke
2. Slettet Av Tid
3. Evig Heder
4. Veiten 3
5. Åndenes Ansikt
6. Fandesvenn
7. Holmengraa

BLODHEMN:
Invisus – All studio instruments and vocals
Dan – live drums
Hauk – live bass
Ånneland – live guitar

EINHERJER: Norwegian Viking Metal Trio To Release Av Oss, For Oss In North America

A band is an idea. It can exist as a vision in the architect’s mind, but is never complete. It is only when this vision reaches its audience, that it turns into something more and greater than the sum of its parts. An artist can reach his audience through images, stories and crafts. EINHERJER’s derives comes from a spoken culture — a musical culture — and it is from the stage where it is most accurately conveyed.

Over the past two decades, the Norwegian Viking metallers have carried out their vision full-force. They were there when Norwegian extreme metal took shape and erupted into an enormous cultural export. They played far and wide. At home and abroad. They were part of something new. Something special and innovative. They swung the hammer when Viking metal was forged as a unique expression that later inspired countless bands, worldwide. Now the horns of war sound again. And EINHERJER is there with sixth full-length, Av Oss, For Oss. Written and produced by the band and mixed by Matt Hyde (Hatebreed, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Monster Magnet et al), the record thrusts forth eight elaborately executed war hymns.

Elaborates the band: “Our Norse heritage is a phenomenon that reaches far beyond what one can hear alone. It is an amalgamation of the mystique and sagas of old, of songs and poems, of woodcutting and sword grinding and the Vikings merciless way of life. It’s a cultural patchwork that fills the consciousness with the brutal majesty of the Nordic nature, the elemental strain, of mighty longships plowing the black seas to reach unknown shores. The wisdom of the gods and their Valhalla. Of cultural encounters and trade. Of violence and brutality. Of tough men in a tough time. Our hometown Haugesund also rings with a historic sound, and from our own shores on the west coast of Norway the influence of the Vikings stretched towards the sea and the world beyond. The adventurers, pioneers, poets and craftsmen have inspired EINHERJER to go their own way. The Vikings courage and boldness have inspired us to never compromise our vision: A vision that is a unique, self-made, original and modern interpretation of our mighty Nordic heritage. EINHERJER have never used their banner to spread cowardly and ignorant propaganda. We never seek entry in the un-culture extremists taint our ancestors with. We wish to give people in all countries knowledge to what we feel is a mysterious and fascinating culture that can be shared and enjoyed by many. Our history rings with the same sound and side by side with other cultures worldwide. From the age of the Egyptian pharaohs, the splendor of the Roman Empire, the genius of the Inka, the bastions of Constantinople, the wonders of the east, the honor of the Samurai and the Greek philosophers. Our heritage is a world heritage. And we strive to renew ourselves. We strive to retell our story in a new way. With a new sound. But with the same spirit that has followed EINHERJER since the beginning. In the wake of Norrøn, we once again tread a new path. Studio Borealis is still our chosen studio. Matt Hyde is still behind the mix. The new album Av Oss, For Oss will help us bring our vision and our heritage even further!”

Av Oss, For Oss Track Listing:
1. Fremad
2. Hammer I Kors
3. Nidstong
4. Hedensk Oppstandelse
5. Nord Og Ner
6. Nornene
7. Trelldom
8. Av Oss, For Oss

EINHERJER:
Frode Glesnes – guitar, bass effects, vocals
Aksel Herløe – lead guitar, bass effects, backing vocals
Gerhard Storesund – drums, samples

ARCH ENEMY welcomes Jeff Loomis as their new guitarist

Metal icons ARCH ENEMY are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE) will be joining their ranks for their upcoming European tour which kicks off November 26, as well as all future tours in 2015.

Jeff Loomis states:
“I’m very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY. Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!”

After a great year of intensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, War Eternal, ARCH ENEMY is parting ways with guitarist Nick Cordle, who states: “With ‘War Eternal’, I believe we wrote an album together which will stand the test of time, and I wish them well for the future.”

USA fans will be able to catch a special reunion as Christopher Amott (the brother of ARCH ENEMY founder/bandleader Michael Amott) has joined the band for the remainder of their American headlining tour.

Michael Amott (guitars) comments: “We all wish Nick the very best in his new endeavors and we are sure that you will hear much more from him. We’re also super grateful to my brother Christopher for stepping in to finish the current American tour!

The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome! Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world in my opinion, as well as being a long time friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the ‘War Eternal’ touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!”

Cloudkicker stream full album ‘Live with Intronaut’

Cloudkicker are set to release Live with Intronaut on Tuesday November 24 via Century Media Records. The CD version is available as a digipack and is streaming now on Cloudkicker’s website.

Bad news for fans on the vinyl front. The LP has been delayed until January 27. The CD version is available as a digipack and the vinyl comes in 4 colors and is limited to 1500 copies worldwide.

The tracklisting is below.

1. Subsume Part 1
2. Subsume Part 2
3. We are going to invert…/Here, wait a minute, damn it!
4. We’re goin’ in, we’re going down.
5. Seriosity
6. You and yours
7. Dysphoria
8. Subsume Part 8
9. Push it way up!

Cloudkicker is:
Ben Sharp – all guitars, bass, drum programming, recording and engineering

Intronaut is:
Sacha Dunable – guitar, vocals
Joe Lester – bass
Dave Timnick – guitar, vocals, percussion
Danny Walker – drums

Triptykon – New video clip for “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”; Touring commencing soon

On the eve of returning to the stage in their native Switzerland after an absence of more than two years, and two weeks before embarking on a tour of Europe with At The Gates, Swiss avant-garde extreme metal act Triptykon are debuting a new visualization of a song off their acclaimed second album, Melana Chasmata.

See the video for the album’s opening track, “Tree Of Suffocating Souls”;

The video was directed by Philipp Hirsch (who previously worked with Triptykon for the group’s highly acclaimed “Shatter” and “Aurorae” video clips).

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BLACK CROWN INITIATE debute music video for their newest single “The Fractured One”

PA metal beard warriors BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted the music video for their newest single, “The Fractured One,” off their new LP The Wreckage Of Stars. Directed by Jess Orsburn of Toaster in the Tub Studios, the new video is the followup to the “Withering Waves” music video released last month.

BLACK CROWN INITIATE will round out the year supporting label mates CROWBAR and UNEARTH this December followed by a heavy hitting run with NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD, EXHUMED and IRON REAGAN early next year.

Black Crown Initiate has been seeing some high reviews surrounding their debut LP. The Guardian states, “this band are striving to do something fresh and exciting in the prog metal realm and the title track from their full-length debut suggests that they are succeeding in their noble aims.” About.com go as far to say “their label, is claiming Black Crown Initiate as the next big thing. With such creative heaviness on display in The Wreckage of Stars, it?s damn near impossible to deny their claim.” In addition to such critical accolades, The Wreckage of Stars also found it’s way to #1 for two consecutive weeks at the CMJ Music Charts.

NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. While the members of NEUROSIS currently reside in numerous areas of the country, the Bay Area will forever remain the land of the band’s origin, and to commemorate one of their most active years performing abroad in their nearly three decades in existence, they’ll unite for a trio of concerts including two shows back where it all began.

The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County’s Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st — will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of these headlining shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland’s morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco’s sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, MX w/ The Ex, Monogatari, more

12/29/2014 The Conservatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City

5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more

The newly-announced trio of performances comes as NEUROSIS continues their massive 2014 live campaign, as the band has just conquered the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III in Tucson, Arizona, and next week will headline the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The five-day gala, set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, will include performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed, in addition to music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band’s return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

Following the release of their Live At Roadburn 2007 album and reissues of some of the band’s most seminal recordings — including their Souls At Zero and Enemy Of The Sun LPs and the Sovereign EP — throughout 2010 and 2011, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with 2012’s mighty Honor Found In Decay LP, all through their own cultivated Neurot Recordings. The album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration, and following the record release show for the album, the outfit disbanded with their longtime visuals at their live shows, empowering their grand anthems to their fans in a monolithic, more human approach. Since its release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off Gwar Eternal North American Tour 2014

North Carolina crossover icons, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, will kick off a near month-long run of live tirades with Gwar tomorrow to finalize the year. Set to embark at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, the band will crumble the stages of twenty-six venues, coming to a close on December 13th at Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY continues to tour in support of their mammoth IX full-length released this past Summer via Candlelight Records. Dubbed “a triumph” by the Obelisk, the critically adored IX was captured by the band alongside longtime friend and colleague John Custer. Clocking in at nearly forty-five minutes, the record boasts all the groove-laden sludge/doom/punk concoction fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. The Onion’s A.V. Club champions the band’s “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence,” furthering that, “the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast,” while Rock Revolt notes,”…this album contains the vital elements to satisfy the most fervid CORROSION OF CONFORMITY fan.” Decibel Magazine agrees elaborating that, “COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012’s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” Adds Blabbermouth, in an 8/10 rating, “COC are closer to their Animosity and (to some measures) Eye For An Eye roots than they’ve been in ages. Certainly IX is one of the loudest albums ever put down in this unit, so consider earplugs if you catch COC live.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Gwar:

11/14/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
11/19/2014 The Venue – Fargo, ND
11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/23/2014 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2014 Treemont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/02/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

ARCHSPIRE drummer streams new play-through

Fast-rising technical death metal force ARCHSPIRE have released new footage of drummer Spencer Prewett playing live at this year’s Housecore Horror Fest. Footage of Prewett playing the track “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is streaming at SickDrummer. “Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain” is taken from the band’s recently-released album ‘The Lucid Collective’.

ARCHSPIRE (Tobi Morelli – Guitar; Spencer Prewett – Drums; Dean Lamb – Guitar; Jaron Evil – Bass & Vocals; Oli Peters – Vocals) recently concluded a North American tour alongside FALLUJAH.

Tracklisting
1. Lucid Collective Somnambulation
2. Scream Feeding
3. The Plague of AM
4. Fathom Infinite Depth
5. Join Us Beyond
6. Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain
7. Kairos Chamber
8. Spontaneous Generation

‘The Lucid Collective’ has been garnering rave reviews for it’s ferocious blend of technical prowess and extreme speed. ARCHSPIRE guitarists Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli and drummer Spencer Prewett previously released play-through footage of the track “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” at Guitar World and DRUM! Magazine respectively.

“If you are asking, “Is there something new to do in Death Metal?” ARCHSPIRE is the answer”- Technicaldeathmetal.com

?This is a truly eye-popping convulsion of tech-death, with schizophrenic rhythms, astounding technical riffing and drum-work, and tiny threads of reappearing melody that stitch the songs together into cohesive wholes. And I?m not sure I?ve ever heard a death-metal vocalist bark out the lyrics faster than ARCHSPIRE?s . . . . This is most definitely a band to keep your eyes on; you will hear more about them.? – No Clean Singing

“ARCHSPIRE have released a gem. It?s definitely technical death, and it adroitly blends elements of various tech death bands together. The rhythm guitar work varies from choppy and percussive to fluid and melodic. The blasting and double bass work are absurdly fast, but remain fluent and rhythmic rather than wooden or jittery. The hard to soft musical transitions are as natural as I?ve ever heard in this genre.” – Invisible Oranges

“The pick-me-up comes in the form of ARCHSPIRE, a gang of happy-looking Canadians who might have been widely unknown to most present before this performance, but surely no longer. With a technical proficiency bordering on OMFG levels, they still achieve what lacks in a lot of other bands like this: the feat of actually writing songs. What?s more, they noticeably enjoy what they do, so smiles are abundant even if face-peeling technical death metal about alien monoliths and planets being devoured is going on.” – Terrorizer Magazine

1349 release new live footage, embark on European tour

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have released live footage from their recent ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ record release show in Bergen, Norway. Multi-cam footage of the band playing the new track titled “Postmortem” is streaming here;

1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) have embarked on the ‘Chaos Raids’ European headlining tour. The tour starts tonight in Munchen, and sees the band travel across Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, England and more, before concluding at the end of the month. A full listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

1349 is touring in support of their recently released album, ‘Massive Caudlron of Chaos’. The album, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.” (Sputnik Music), and a “musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward” (Metal Injection).

Tracklisting:
1. Cauldron
2. Slaves
3. Exorcism
4. Postmortem
5. Mengele’s
6. Golem
7. Chained
8. Godslayer

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

1349 Tour Dates:
‘Chaos Raids” European Tour 2014
11/12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
11/13 Aalen, Germany @ Rock It
11/14 Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
11/15 Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
11/16 Biebob, Belgium @ Vosselaar
11/17 Paris, France @ Glazart
11/18 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kulturfabrik
11/19 London, England @ Underworld
11/20 Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
11/21 Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
11/22 Manchester, England @ Sound Control

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