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SOREPTION: Play-Through Clip From Swedish Death Metal Faction Playing At Gear Gods; US Tour With Cryptopsy, Disgorge And More Draws Near

Today, Swedish technical death metal faction, SORPEPTION, hurls forth a blazing play-through video for the track “A Speach To Survival.” The tune comes by way of the band’s Engineering The Void full-length, released last year via Unique Leader Records.A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg.

Notes Gear Gods simply: “The note density is so high that if I add even a few more words the internet will collapse in on itself.”

The clip comes in conjunction with the band’s impending US live overthrow supporting Canadian death metal icons, Cryptopsy and US death metallers, Disgorge. The Metal Injection-sponsored stretch of shows will stomp through eighteen cities from May 14th through May 31st. Additional support will come from Canadian black metal unit, Erimha and Ohio death metallers, The Convalescence.

SOREPTION w/ Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Erimha, The Convalescence:
5/14/2015 Ralph’s Rock Diner – Worcester, MA
5/15/2015 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ
5/16/2015 Nihil Gallery- Brooklyn, NY
5/17/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY
5/18/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
5/19/2015 Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
5/20/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/21/2015 West End Trading Co. – Sanford, FL
5/22/2015 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
5/23/2015 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
5/24/2015 Korova – San Antonio, TX
5/25/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
5/26/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
5/27/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/28/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
5/29/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/30/2015 Metal Bar – Cudahy, WI
5/31/2015 Agora – Cleveland, OH

“…an example of tech-death guitar work at its finest.” – No Clean Singing

“..the horn-o’-plenty of riffdom smashed onto this album will be irresistible.” – Last Rites

“These dudes play seriously gnarly technical death metal to the level where you might need a physics degree just to headbang to it. You can hear them constructing the framework of the abyss as Engineering The Void runs its course, culminating in the title track – at which point they push the button and the whole thing implodes. For a band on their second full-length, they’ve figured this sound out pretty well.” – Decibel

“The Swedes in SOREPTION are up there with Obscura, Gorod and Psycroptic at the upper echelon of the crowded tech-death pack, no doubt.” – MetalSucks

“This album came out at me like a fist through the wall, but it was indeed the first of some cybernetic android from the future that sought to teach me all of the universes’ hidden secrets. And that’s exactly what the album feels like… a highly calculated and whimsically wizened fist.” – New Noise Magazine

“…mechanical precision and jaw-dropping chops still have their place in death metal. These are messy times, but they’re futuristically so. Metal fans are far more likely to battle information overload on a daily basis than they are to fight monsters or serial killers. Sweden’s SOREPTION provide a compelling soundtrack for the daily grind.” – Invisible Oranges

GRUESOME: New Grisly Video Clip From Schuldiner; Savage Land Out Now

Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME pays homage to death metal’s most celebrated founding American acts, Death. As such, their debut full-length, Savage Land, released earlier this week via Relapse Records, is a delightfully punishing display of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal that keeps the true sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

In commemoration of its release, today Bloody Disgusting offers up the charmingly gore torn new video for the record’s title track. A deliciously cannibalistic wonder world of blood, barbarians and blatant brutality, the visual accompaniment to “Savage Land” is truly… gruesome.

Expels guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “The kind folks at Relapse put together a really cool clip video for the title track of the GRUESOME album. The video perfectly captures the violence and gore of the tune and takes me back to the early days of my teens when I devoured gore flicks and the first three Death albums with equal enthusiasm. This video is definitely not safe for work and not for the squeamish. Enjoy!”

Elaborates the carnage keepers at Bloody Disgusting: “The video uses footage from Umberto Lanzi’s 1980 cannibal film Eaten Alive! (Mangiati Vivi!) as well as Antonio Margheriti’s Cannibal Apocalypse, which also came out in 1980. As a result, this video is packed to the brim with gore, nudity, and violence. There’s people being torn apart, eyes gouged out, limbs being eaten, and that’s probably just grazing the surface. If you’re at work, I recommend waiting until the coast is clear before pressing play on this one!

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. The idea gained traction, and the band had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was tracked by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

“This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” – Stereokiller

“This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for. Observe.” – Metal Injection

“From this nod to the past comes a fertile energy that raises the excitement levels of the music. Each song is charged up, never falling victim to parody… It’s an ode to a time in death metal where there were no guidelines or strict formula to work from. It was evolving into something nobody could predict, and this album fits right into that time period effortlessly. 4/5 ” – About.com

“The enthusiasm alone on Savage Land is awe-inspiring… this is a fun romp through the rehearsal space of a bunch of longhairs who love a band so much it hurts. 8/10″ – Exclaim

“Metal needs more albums like Savage Land… The legacy and sound of Death lives on ever so faithfully through bands like Gruesome, and wherever he is, Chuck Schuldiner is undoubtedly windmilling ferociously and smirking ear to ear at the deathly sounds of Savage Land. 4/5″ – HeavyBlogIsHeavy

“A clear-cut case of a band that is passionate about doing what they do, as opposed to jumping on the bandwagon and putting out a disc of half-hearted junk. GRUESOME is the real deal, and should be an easy sell to all of those Death (and old school DM) fans out there.4/5″ – Dead Rhetoric

“Death metal can be a lot of things-technically impressive, sonically abusive, completely impenetrable-but rarely is it this much fun. If you’re a fan of Leprosy-era Death, or just want more solos and breakdowns than you can shake a dismembered limb at, then this beast, now streaming at Decibel, is yours for adoption.” – Free Williamsburg

“This band reinvents old school death metal in the way that its vulgar atmosphere is unmatched. This is one of the few bands combining lurid melodies that bash violently with technical composition, creating the formula for the ultimate death metal sound. 2015 has so far laid down its most annihilating album. 5/5″ – The Age Of Metal

SLAYER NEARING COMPLETION OF NEW ALBUM Band’s 2015-2016 Global Tour Kicks off April 24 Band will Headlline the 2015 Mayhem Festival

Slayer – bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, guitarist Kerry King, and returning drummer Paul Bostaph, along with touring guitarist Gary Holt and producer Terry Date – has completed recording what is one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2015, Slayer’s 11th studio album and the band’s first new effort since 2011’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood. The currently untitled album is expected out later this year, and will be released on Slayer’s own as yet unnamed label (through Nuclear Blast).

Slayer will tour extensively to support the new album, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival as well as playing other major outdoor festivals and several “An Evening With…” Slayer-only concerts. The confirmed itinerary is below.

Following Slayer’s studio sessions in March 2014 that yielded the track “Implode,” offered by the band as a free download, Slayer recorded on and off between September and mid-January at L.A.’s Henson Studios, and is currently mixing the album. Eleven songs have been recorded, but what will end up on the final track listing is yet to be determined. Early reports indicate that Slayer fans have a lot to look forward to – the new music is a sonic assault of brutal, ominous, lightening-fast and heavy-as-hell music with lyrics that unmask what Slayer knows best – the terror, the corruption and the societal turmoil that dominates our world.

“The new songs have that iconic Slayer feel,” said Nuclear Blast America’s General Manager Gerardo Martinez. “Tom’s vocals are probably the best I’ve heard in two decades, and Kerry, Paul and Gary are playing their asses of with powerful, intense performances and riffs and beats that are absolutely lethal.”

Fans got a second preview of the new album this past Saturday when another one of the new songs, “When The Stillness Comes,” was released as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), seven-inch vinyl picture disc exclusive for Record Store Day.

The new album marks the first time Slayer has worked with producer Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), Bostaph’s return to the Slayer recording line-up since 2001’s God Hates Us All, and Holt’s first appearance on a Slayer album. It’s also the first Slayer album without the presence of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, athough a Hanneman-penned song is on the final track listing.

According to Araya, “Jeff had always been writing and demoing songs, even up until shortly before he passed. You can tell by the quality of his songwriting that this was his passion. There will be a song written by Jeff on the new album. Everything but the vocals had been completed, so we did the vocals and it’s done. And there are a few more of Jeff’s songs that we might record and release in the future.”

“With this new album,” added King, “Tom, Paul and I put all of our ideas out on to the table, working in a more collaborative way toward the ultimate heavy outcome. And I’ve got to give big props to Gary who played lead on several of the new songs. I think he got all of his leads done in one day – he’s a maniac!”

Confirmed Slayer tour dates:

APRIL
24 Iron City, Birmingham, AL*
25 Monter Energy Welcome to Rockfille, Metropolitian Park, Jacksonville, FL
26 Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA*

MAY
1 Lunatic Luau, Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
3 Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte, NC
22 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
23 Socorro Casino, El Paso, TX*

JUNE
13 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
16 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
17 Paramount, Huntington, Long Island NY*
19 State Theatre, Portland, ME
20 Amnesia Rock, Montebello, Montreal

(Mayhem headline dates):
26 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
27 San Manual Amphitheatre, San Bernardino, CA
28 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
30 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA

JULY
1 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, Boise, ID
3 Ak-Chin Amphitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Kilpsch Amphitheatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Meadowbrook (Bank of NH Pavilion), Gilford, NH
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Whitewater Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX

AUGUST
1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX

* “An Evening with…” headline dates

ABOUT SLAYER:
For nearly three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. The two-time Grammy-winning band has also accumulated an abundance of Certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit. Slayer is set to release its 11th studio album later this year.

CRADLE OF FILTH Unveil the Cover Artwork for Forthcoming Album “Hammer Of The Witches”

Cradle Of Filth the UK?s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled ?Hammer Of The Witches?.

Fiendish main man and vocalist Dani Filth explained the provocative artwork;

?The artwork for ‘Hammer Of The Witches’ was created by Latvian Artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich Renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful yet unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty… and horror.?

Arthur Berzinsh is best known for his defiant neo-symbolism raster graphics and oil paintings, postmodern interpretations of classic myths and refined hooliganism in the playground of contemporary art. He has been proclaimed as a ?sacred monster of Latvian postmodernism?. And rightly so, his visually expressive and mannerly works tend to trigger emotions which can make thoughts fidget and wriggle, unable to find a comfortable position among the impressions gathered. His creative work is characterized by a varied range of voluptuous erotica, intensified imagery, dream-like scenes and decorativeness weighed down by visual metaphors and contrasts teetering on the edge of symbolism.

Arthur Berzinsh explains his artwork and concepts;

?In terms of mood, I was looking for the inspiration of this set in the spirit of Faustian romanticism, the ambivalent art of Renaissance that reanimated motives of pagan mythology after the Middle Ages, and of course, the darkly beautiful and charming spirit of Goetia traditions that is filled with the atmosphere of hermetical rituals. My personal conceptual leitmotif that inspires me, is a conflict between the free-thinking and totalitarianism, where the raw power always gains the upper hand over individualism. The act of art is a theurgical act that creates existence in the Platonic reality – reality of ideas. So, at least in this Platonic dimension let?s give the suppressed ones a chance to get their revenge. For me the Goat of Mendes on the cover symbolizes the scapegoat, who’s tired of his humiliating role and wants a payback. This character is an archetypical symbol of libido and other primordial forces and instinctive aspects of a human being. And these forces always have been a menace for those who want to reign over the others, like it’s schematically represented in George Orwell’s “1984”.”

Cradle Of Filth have been ensconced in creative purgatory for the last few weeks in Britain’s darkest rural Suffolk, busy finishing the recording of their album at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. It has been three years since the release of their previous album ? the longest gap in the band’s history. And the wait is almost over.

SIX FEET UNDER: Iconic Death Metal Giants Deafen The Masses With New Single From Crypt Of The Devil Currently Streaming

In just two weeks, iconic death metal giants, SIX FEET UNDER, will unleash the bestial wares of their Crypt Of The Devil full-length via Metal Blade Records. Composed by renowned growl king, Chris Barnes with Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten brutalic slabs of audio repugnance and, as a continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviltry, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest depths of the human condition, is chilling in both sound and concept.

As Crypt Of The Devil’s release day draws near, today No Clean Singing rolls out “Gruesome” for communal huffing noting, “I’m not saying you shouldn’t blaze one before listening to ‘Gruesome,’ as long as you understand the risk of warfare in your brain chemistry – between the part of you that wants to sink into a couch and dial out for a pizza and the part, awakened by this song, that wants to skin your obnoxious neighbor with a lemon peeler and then set him on fire before he bleeds out. Barnes sounds like he’s feeling the heat of the blood lust,” the popular music portal continues of the track, “the jabbing/drilling riffs are scalpel-sharp and vicious, and there’s enough crowbar-to-the-neck groove in the song to plow through the cranium and get stuck in the squishy part. When the band really jam the pedal to the floor in this thing and let loose a flame-throwing guitar solo, it becomes Grade-A mosh meat, too – the song is bound to become a staple in SFU’s live shows.”

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SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes – owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre – was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart. Latest offering, Crypt Of The Devil, was recorded at Phil “Landphil” Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new homebase in Seattle, Washington to track vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley captured his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York.

Crypt Of The Devil will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 5th, 2015.

“If they open a Death Metal Hall of Fame, Chris Barnes should have a wing… This record is another classic by a band that makes more hits than misses. 9/10″ – Wicked Channel

DAWN OF AZAZEL: New Zealand Progressive Death Metal Merchants Drop New Tune At Skulls ‘N’ Bones; The Tides Of Damocles Release Day Draws Near

In less than two weeks, New Zealand ear-bleeders, DAWN OF AZAZEL, will drop their The Tides Of Damocles full-length upon the living. A name referencing the ocean as a metaphor for the forces of life that constantly assail and erode the will of those who seek power, The Tides Of Damocles marks the trio’s first new compositions in six years. Recorded, mixed and mastered last year at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, et al) in Tampa, Florida by Brian Elliot and J.J. Hrubovcak, the ten track creation offers up forty-eight battering minutes of brutal, scrupulously detailed death metal deviltry.

Said Kill Your Stereo in an early review of the record, “The Tides Of Damocles is aggressive, brutal while still incorporating grooves and melodies to make a more modern and progressive sound for DAWN OF AZAZEL. The blast beats are furious, the vocals raw and emotional and all backed up by driving riffs and solos. This album is definitely a standout work for a band appealing to a large fan base.”

Following No Clean Singing’s premiere of the Scott Rudd (Aborted, Acrania, Fit For An Autopsy)-produced “Vassalplasty” lyric video, today Skulls ‘N’ Bones hammers faces in with a taste of “Controlled Burn,” the band elaborating, “‘Controlled Burn’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. We incorporated a wide range of tempos and probably the closest thing to a hooky chorus on the album on this track. Lyrically, it is a rejection of comfort, ease and familiarity, choosing to burn them to the ground in favour of the power, wisdom and confidence that is found the in the ashes of hardship, uncertainty, pain and toil. The greatest treasures are born of fire.”

Adds Skulls ‘N’ Bones, “Since 1999, DAWN OF AZAZEL has written some of the most intense and aggressive music in our scene, and The Tides Of Damocles is a culmination of all of those years thrown into one album. It’s their most diverse record yet, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still as crushing as ever.”

DAWN OF AZAZEL will bring their bestial compositions to the stage on a slew of live incursions through New Zealand and Australia with future live demolitions to be announced shortly.

DAWN OF AZAZEL:
4/18/2015 Napier Deathfest – Napier, NZ
4/23/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Napalm Death, Carcass
5/02/2015 The King’s Arm Tavern – Auckland, NZ w/ Suffocation, Decapitated
7/04/2015 Rust In Perth 2015 – Perth, AU
8/29/2015 Living Death Fest 2015 – Melbourne, AU

Influenced by the audio violence of bands like of Order Of Chaos, Immolation and Sarcofago, DAWN OF AZAZEL was forged in 1999 and rapidly established themselves with relentless live shows throughout New Zealand and Australia. The release of two demos and a 7″ received widespread acclaim within the underground fanzine and tape trading community. DAWN OF AZAZEL would later release their debut, the volatile The Law Of The Strong, though Agonia Records in 2003 followed by an extensive tour through New Zealand, their first ever shows in Europe and a headlining tour of Australia. Second full-length, Sedition, was unleashed via Ibex Moon and found the band playing over one-hundred-and-twenty shows touring first through Thailand, Indonesia, and the U.S., followed by thirty-two shows through Europe supporting Immolation. Australian tours with Deicide, Katyklysm and support slots on their homeland for Motörhead, Korn, Suffocation and Children Of Bodom capped off a year and a half of live bedlam to support the album. The band’s infamy was further bolstered by the controversial mix of the band’s violent and Satanic lyrical content and frontman Rigel Walshe’s occupation as a police officer becoming the subject of television and newspaper coverage at home and abroad.

Seeking a level of professionalism that could not be found at home, the band entered Erik Rutan’s famed Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida to record their third offering, Relentless, released via Unique Leader Records. Live journeys alongside Krisiun as well as support slots for Megadeth, Suffocation, Aborted, The Faceless, Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, and Slayer ensued. Shortly after its release, Walshe was offered a position of a covert nature within the police department. During this period from 2010 through 2013 the band went on hiatus and focused on creating new material, re-gearing their personal circumstances to enable them to take the band to greater heights. 2013 was spent composing new material, and in early 2014 the band once again entered Mana Studios to record their fourth album The Tides Of Damocles.

SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage Posted

Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. Boasting their classic late ’90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only SKINLESS could compose.

Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, SKINLESS returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, andpoised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Today, SKINLESS is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, “Serpenticide” for public inebriation. Relays Webber, “[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, ha!”

SKINLESS will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

Following a lengthy hiatus, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available.

“SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth

HIGH ON FIRE to Release New Album, Luminiferous, June 23

World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 23 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group?s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis.

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates molten heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, blackened bombast and hall of fame heaviness. The group’s seventh studio album, Luminiferous, is a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume, delivering calculated catharsis as a volcano of revolving riffs and hailstorm of thundering drums combine to beam a blazing spotlight towards the future of modern metal music.

“We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world,” comments vocalist / guitarist Matt Pike. “Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.”

After nearly two decades of trailblazing new passageways to heaviness, HIGH ON FIRE’s strong, stunning archetype continues to both sharpen and evolve; the trio’s vision has never been clearer. The Riff, as always, is King.

Track listing:

1 – The Black Plot
2 – Carcosa
3 – The Sunless Years
4 – Slave the Hive
5 – The Falconist
6 – Dark Side of the Compass
7 – The Cave
8 – Luminiferous
9 – The Lethal Chamber

UNLEASHED RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “DEFENDERS OF MIDGARD”

The legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED released a lyric video for the second song ?Defenders Of Midgard? from their upcoming studio album. Dawn Of The Nine will be released in North America on May 4th.

Check out the lyric video for ?Defenders Of Midgard?;

Mastermind Johnny about the meaning of the song:

?As time passed, the Midgard Warriors prepared for life in this new situation. A time to heal and prepare for what is about to come. With the wisdom from their past, and their current strength and determination, the time has come to rise and defend what is rightfully ours. The Althing initiated a campaign to hunt down all that is left of White Christ?s rule in Svithiod, and to reinstate the hammer and the rule of Thor.?

With their blend of melody and brutality, the warriors of UNLEASHED are credited as the founding fathers of the Viking death metal movement from their inception back in 1989. Twenty-six years later, they have managed to unite the spirit of the Viking tradition with their merciless riffs and epic choruses – melting uncompromising brutality with hymns to Odin.

Dawn Of The Nine, UNLEASHED?s twelfth studio album, was recorded by producer and guitar player Fredrik Folkare in his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The artwork album was created by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, DEMONAZ, EXODUS).

Below is the track list for Dawn Of The Nine

1. A New Day Will Rise
2. They Came To Die
3. Defenders Of Midgard
4. Where Is Your God Now?
5. The Bolt Thrower
6. Let The Hammer Fly
7. Where Churches Once Burned
8. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
9. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way.

Presented by MetalSucks, from June 14th through 21st, WOLVHAMMER will provide direct support for Norway’s Taake, the two bands set to raid Allston, Montreal, Toronto, Lansing, Lakewood, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Kansas City. On June 22nd, that’s when North Carolina’s Young And In The Way join the caravan, and together the three acts continue on to raid St. Louis, Atlanta, Asheville and Baltimore before the final show in Brooklyn on June 26th. A session of WOLVHAMMER headlining dates surrounding the tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.

WOLVHAMMER Tour Dates:
6/14/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA w/ Taake
6/15/2015 Théâtre Plaza – Montreal, QC w/ Taake
6/16/2015 Hard Luck- Toronto, ON w/ Taake
6/17/2015 The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Taake
6/18/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Taake
6/19/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Taake
6/20/2015 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Taake
6/21/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Taake
6/22/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/23/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/26/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s Disorder Recordings handling the LP version. Recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, the nearly fifty-minute album showed the band’s gloomy and pessimistic hymns delivered with elevated levels of songwriting and execution, and the album reigned in international print and online media outlets for months surrounding its release. Following US tours with Mortals, Black Cobra and more, the band took on the entire country with 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn, and now continues to bring their wrath to your doorsteps again with the impending Taake and Young And In The Way trek.

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms

California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares of Bay Area jazz group, Atta Kid, on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing.

The first official Wrvth teaser comes today in the form of opening psalm, “Harrowing Winds,” now playing at No Clean Singing who issues accurately of the track, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity – eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, will return to the road next month for another round of live debauchery, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

MARUTA Deploys “Hope Smasher” From Relapse Debut Via Lambgoat; First In-Studio Video Installment Released

Additional evidence of MARUTA’s auditory war crimes has been exposed, with new, preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit’s Remain Dystopian LP spreading through media this afternoon. The first in a series of video reports from the clandestine recording sessions documenting the outfit’s torturous experimentation with ultra-brutal audio frequencies has been leaked via YouTube, while the sources at Lambgoat have uncovered the entire second track from the impending release, appropriately titled, “Hope Smasher.”

MARUTA’s third full-length invasion, and first under the banner of Relapse Records, Remain Dystopian inarguably dispatches this infamous unit’s most demoralizing and strenuous torture tactics to date. Recorded in various studios, including drums with Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and vocals with Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez, Remain Dystopian is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of infectious deathgrind mayhem, fueled by guest vocals from the legendary Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer’s J.R. Hayes, and wrapped with sporadic does of grueling noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Jay Randall and apt cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn.

Lambgoat has exposed Remain Dystopian’s “Hope Smasher” through an exclusive reveal at THIS LOCATION, while visuals from MARUTA’s regimented studio tactics can be viewed here;

Additional sensory-decimating audio/video propaganda from MARUTA’s Remain Dystopian campaign will continue to be released in the coming weeks in advance of its release on CD, LP and digital formats, June 2nd in North America, preceded by May 29th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and June 1st in the UK and elsewhere.

Innovating classic foundations forged by early offensives by Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Brutal Truth, MARUTA joins the likes of audio warmongers Nasum, Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Nails, Discordance Axis and Cephalic Carnage in the upper ranks of contemporary death/grind. Named after a special project during World War II in which the Imperial Japanese Army used human beings for torturous scientific experiments, the band has pummeled the masses for the past decade, including two prior LPs via Willowtip Records, several tracks hitting Relapse’s “This Comp Kills Fascists Vol 1″ compilation and more. For the next phase of their extinction protocol, MARUTAsigned with Relapse Records in August of last year, and the task of creating their next full-length atrocity began, now to rear its head as Remain Dystopian, an album which raises the bar for what 21st Century grind can accomplish!

GRUESOME: New Full-Length From Death-Saluting Supergroup Streaming In Its Entirety At Decibel; Savage Land To Detonate Via Relapse Next Week

With its release now just one week away, today Decibel Magazine is streaming Savage Land, the forthcoming new long player from Death-saluting supergroup, GRUESOME, in its menacing entirety.

Uniting members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME channels inspiration from one of death metal’s most revered founding American acts, Death, into their own mangled interpretations. Boasting eight crushing tracks of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled death metal madness, GRUESOME truly and sincerely keeps the sound and spirit of Chuck Schuldiner and Death alive.

Gushes Stereokiller in a perfect 5/5 review of the record, “If you like old school death metal and are looking to travel back in time with a new record, this is an absolute must. Right down to the production and the Eric Repka artwork. This is perfect. As such a fan of the Leprosy record, I’m absolutely blown away about how close of a sound GRUESOME has perfected to that era of Death. This couldn’t come more highly recommended. Buy this and take a trip back to the ’80s when death metal wasn’t all about blast beats and gutturals.” Metal Injection concurs, “This isn’t your crusty, nasty, run-of-the-mill retro death metal. Hell no. This the advanced, dripping-rot-from-the-corners-of-a-coffin, putrid, vile death metal throwback that you’ve been waiting for. Observe.” Adds No Clean Singing of the title track specifically, “‘Savage Land’ sounds like it crawled from the grave, a resurrected zombie of late ’80s/early ’90s Floridian death metal. It romps, it lurches, it crawls. The riffs slash and burn, they thrash and hammer, they slither and writhe, they generate an authentic stench of morbid atmosphere. The savagery of the vocals.”

In celebration of its North American release next week, today Decibel Magazine hurls forth Savage Land in its gruesome entirety. Relish the old school at THIS LOCATION.

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours. After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida. Savage Land was recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, and features a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el).

Relapse Records will unleash Savage Land on CD and all digital outlets in North America on April 21st, preceded by its European release dates, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK and rest of the world.

GOATWHORE Announces North American Headlining Dates With Support From Ringworm, Black Breath, And Theories

Louisiana’s GOATWHORE announces a North American headlining tour in support of their critically-lauded full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. Following a stretch of one-off dates in Mississippi, Florida and Texas in May, the journey will officially commence in June at FreePress Summer Festival in Houston, Texas. The cross-country run will trample its way through thirty-four cities, drawing to a close on July 12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Support will come from Ringworm, Black Breath and labelmates, Theories. The lengthy march follows GOATWHORE’s extremely successful Australian run last month, and their stomp across Europe, currently underway.

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DRUDKH stream new track, “Cursed Sons II”

Enigmatic Ukrainian black metal pioneers DRUDKH are streaming the second new track taken from their highly anticipated new album, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’. The track, titled “Cursed Sons II”, is streaming now at Decibel Magazine here.

‘A Furrow Cut Short’ will be released by Season of Mist on May 19, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The track list can be seen below.

Their most epic full-length to date, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ features the grandeur of seven huge, sweeping songs that draw inspiration from the genre’s true roots. Eschewing speed and brutally for ambiance and mood, each piece is a journey downward giving pause only for a fell voice from the wilderness. Without a doubt, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is black metal brilliance, and the ultimate statement of intent from a true genre leader.

Track List:
1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To The Epoch Of Unbowed Poets
4. Embers
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes

The band’s first new studio record since 2012, ‘A Furrow Cut Short’ is DRUDKH’s follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Eternal Turn of the Wheel’. The album represents the ancient pagan cycle of the seasons and a marked a return to the band’s roots and early sound.

ABIOTIC Debut New Single “Molecular Rematerialization”

ABIOTIC are set to release their new album “Casuistry April 21st on Metal Blade Records. So far two blistering tracks from the band’s sophomore release have been made available for streaming. Today as the band kicks off their North American tour, ABIOTIC has teamed up with Metal Sucks for an exclusive premiere of their next single “Molecular Rematerialization”. Check out the song;


Guitarist John Matos commented on the new track:

” ‘Molecular Rematerialization’ is one of my favorite songs off of Casuistry! You get to hear Brent kill it in a drum solo and it has Alex’s signature shredful bass runs. We’ll be playing this one and tons more off of Casuistry on our upcoming tour with Boris the Blade and Alterbeast!”

A play through video for the song “The Absence of Purity” which features a guest solo from Between the Buried and Me’s Paul Waggoner can be viewed HERE;

Guitarist John Matos had to learn the solo and will be playing it live on tour this month!

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RINGS OF SATURN Releases Dual-Guitarist Playthrough Video For “Godless Times”

RINGS OF SATURN has posted a new dual-guitarist playthrough video for their technically ferocious track, “Godless Times,” hailing from last year’s flooring Lugal Ki En LP. The single take live instructional shows both Lucas Mann and Miles Dimitri Baker lightheartedly executing the brutalizing movement side-by-side, and includes a bit of info on the band’s upcoming tablature book for Lugal Ki En.

Amidst heavy bouts of touring, in October, Bay Area alien death metal outfit RINGS OF SATURN released their Lugal Ki En sophomore album through Unique Leader Records, the record’s over-the-top blistering proficiency and uniquely bizarre output literally vaporizing nearly any other technical metal release of the year. Lugal Ki En’s relentless, cyber-infused deathcore destruction is based on a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity.

Metal Injection crowned the album with a 9/10 review, proclaiming, “Lugal Ki En is a refined and mature sounding Dingir. Speedy catchy riffs, fast beats, choppy transitions, and even some expressive timing is thrown in small segments enhancing specific qualities and making the entire album a rich experience… If technical extreme metal is a genre that you enjoy, there is no doubt Lugal Ki En will satisfy.” Another 9/10 write-up from TechnicalDeathMetal.com adds, “This time around RINGS OF SATURN let the songs evolve more naturally, and while the spastic bursts of jabbing high notes still exist, listeners can hear a variety of influences and new elements as well.” MetalSucks issued, “… it might be the heaviest thing laid down in years,” and Headbang Or GTFO’s 4.5/5 review states, “The band add a lot more to this album with background noise and technical guitar playing that actually feels natural this time around and not random wild guitar playing. Lugal Ki En is one of the better technical death metal albums of 2014 and their best album yet.”

While no new tour plans are in RINGS OF SATURN’s immediate future, you can rest assured that additional propaganda and performances are in the works. Stand by for future broadcasts on the band’s ever-morphing invasion.

The ReAktion Release Lyric Video For “10 Steps To Success” Off Upcoming SELKNAM LP

South American alternative rock/electronica band The ReaKtion have released their lyric video for “Ten Steps to Success”, the debut single off of their upcoming album SELKNAM.

“Ten Steps to Success” is a very special song for us. It was a song that got the attention of lots of people who would later get involved in our work and our new album. We can’t wait to play it live for everyone on this coming tour” – Phil Monypenny, The ReAktion

Produced by Gggarth (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro) and Futcher, with additional production on the song “Ten Steps to Success” by Sid Wilson (#0, Slipknot), SELKNAM has a yet to be determined release date. The guys are planning the album’s promotion with Sid Wilson’s management company, M2P8Ent, with whom they signed in February 2015. As well, The ReAktion is working on their upcoming tour with Otep, scheduled for this summer, through 3THIRTEEN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP.

About The ReaKtion:
The ReAktion is a South American, alternative rock/electronica band from Santiago, Chile. Formed in 2010, the band developed a unique sound based on elements of rock, metal, and electronic music. Conceptually, The ReAktion deals with subjects such as social movements, environmental awareness, and unity, in an attempt to bring a message of consciousness revolution to the world.

The band recorded it’s first Demo LP “Be(lie)ve in R(evol)ution” independently in 2011. During 2012 the band promoted their work through live shows and social media. Later, in June of 2012, the band settled for a year and a half in Vancouver, Canada, where they met Gggarth and Futcher, who would take the guys under their wing to start production on their new album. The production and recording of the album took place in the Nimbus School of Recording and Fader Mountain Studios, where Gggarth would invite the mastermind behind Pink Floyd?s The Wall, Bob Ezrin, to contribute on the pre-production of “10 Steps to Success” with some of his students. Later, in 2013, the guys met Sid Wilson (#0, Slipknot), who visited them back in Chile after his show with Slipknot headlining Rock in Rio. On this visit, Sid would contribute with additional production on the song “Ten Steps to Success” and would begin conversations to finally sign the band to his management company M2P8Ent in 2015.

BATTLECROSS Joins Crowbar On The Summer Of Doom North American Tour

Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. The trek will commence on May 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana and run through nearly three-dozen cities before winding down on July 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar,” says BATTLECROSS guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala. “Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada…it’s been too long! See you all soon.”

BATTLECROSS Summer Of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying:
5/28/2015 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
5/29/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/30/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/31/2015 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
6/04/2015 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
6/05/2015 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
6/06/2015 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
6/07/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/08/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/10/2015 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
6/13/2015 Pawn Shop Live – Edmonton, AB
6/14/2015 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
6/16/2015 The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
6/17/2015 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
6/18/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/19/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
6/20/2015 Reggie’s Rock Room – Chicago, IL
6/21/2015 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
6/23/2015 MOD Club – Toronto, ON
6/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/25/2015 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
6/26/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/27/2015 Trick Shot Billiards – Clifton Park, NY
6/28/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
6/29/2015 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/30/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
7/01/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
7/02/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2015 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
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8/08/2015 Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC

The Summer Of Doom trek is BATTLECROSS’ first tour since completing the production of their third Metal Blade release, which was produced by Mark Lewis and engineered by Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios. Further details to be announced soon. BATTLECROSS’ most recent album, War Of Will, debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release in July of 2013 marking 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.

VATTNET VISKAR announces new album, dates with EARLY GRAVES

New Hampshire’s post-black metal band, VATTNET VISKAR, has set a June 16th (June 15th in Europe) release date for their sophomore full length album, Settler. Recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, IL with producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, VOIVOD), the album will have 8 tracks that expand upon what Pitchfork describes as their “awe-inspiring, violently gorgeous” sound.

The band is confirmed for this year’s Maryland Deathfest and will be doing dates with California’s EARLY GRAVES. Dates are below.

VATTNET VISKAR live:
May 16th, 20015 – Milly’s Tavern – Manchester, NH
May 17th, 2015 – Parlour – Providence, RI
May 18th, 2015 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
May 20th, 2015 – Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA
May 21st, 2015 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
May 22nd, 2015 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD (Maryland Deathfest)

VATTNET VISKAR is:
Nick Thornbury – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Alfieri – Guitar
Seamus Menihane – Drums
Casey Aylward – Bass

SIX FEET UNDER Premieres New Canticle Of Chaos At Decibel; Crypt Of The Devil To Drop Next Month

Crypt Of The Devil is the impending new full-length from long-running death metal miscreants, SIX FEET UNDER. Composed by legendary vocalist Chris Barnes and Cannabis Corpse bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall, the band’s eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance. A continuation from SIX FEET UNDER’s previous works of deviousness, wherein Barnes pens lyrics from the darkest point of the human condition, Crypt Of The Devil is punishing in both sound and concept.

Crypt Of The Devil was captured at Phil Hall’s studio in Virginia. Hall tracked rhythm and bass guitar, while his brother, Josh Hall, tracked drums, and guitarist Brandon Ellis tracked the majority of the album’s leads. Barnes took to London Bridge Studio (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc.) in his new base of operations in Seattle, Washington to record vocals and in fact holed himself up in the very same booth where Layne Staley tracked his words. Mixing was completed by Rob Caldwell (Cannabis Corpse, Iron Reagan etc.) in Sarasota, Florida and mastering was handled by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Torche, Skeletonwitch etc.) at West West Side in New Windsor, New York. Crypt Of The Devil stands as a truly collaborative and cross-country effort from a selection of today’s finest metal minds, and the result is a refreshing yet instinctively brutal SIX FEET UNDER experience.

SIX FEET UNDER is currently terrorizing Europe headlining HateFest Tour 2015 with support from Marduk, Vader and Hate, with North American live invasions to be announced in the coming weeks.

SIX FEET UNDER w/ Marduk, Vader, Hate [remaining dates]:
4/07/2015 Club Vaudeville – Lindau, DE
4/08/2015 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
4/09/2015 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE
4/10/2015 Musichall – Geiselwind, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/11/2015 Backstage – München, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery
4/12/2015 Postbahnhof – Berlin, DE w/ Eisregen, Debauchery

SIX FEET UNDER began as a side project while Barnes – owner of what would become one of the most dominating, groundbreaking and instantly distinguishable voices of the death metal genre – was fronting Cannibal Corpse. SIX FEET UNDER would eventually become a full-fledged entity in 1995 and now stands among the longest standing and successful acts in death metal history, with all but their debut appearing on a Billboard chart.

INCANTATION: Iconic Death Metal Legion Continues To Brutalize The Masses On The Ongoing Dirges Of Elysium Tour

Iconic death metal legion, INCANTATION, will continue to raze stages throughout North America in support of their Dirges Of Elysium full-length. The latest bout of live assaults will begin on April 17th in Hempstead, New York at El Relax Lounge. The following day, INCANTATION will head to Worcester, Massachusetts to play this year’s edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at the Palladium. From there, the band will bring their audio malevolence to stages in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Syracuse and Buffalo. The onstage abrasions continue the following month when INCANTATION ravages their way through seven more cities before bringing their brutality to the Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party on May 20th in Baltimore. In June, INCANTATION will summon the dead at the Farmageddon Festival FOA in Vancouver and in August the band will take part in the Wolves Of Apocalypse Festival in Denver. The band’s latest bout of onstage obliteration follows their recent West Coast takeover and first ever performance in Hawaii this Winter with additional 2015 live devourement in the conspiring stages.

INCANTATION released Dirges Of Elysium last year via Listenable Records. Crowned, “one of the most influential death metal bands of all time,” by Metal Injection, who further elaborated of the record, “With all the evil-sounding riffs, squealing pinch-harmonics and crushing dirges scattered throughout, this is the sound that made INCANTATION legends. This is some profoundly dark and creepy stuff,” the record continues to raise the brows of death metallers old and new. Sputnik Music dubbed Dirges Of Elysium, “a breath of fresh air for INCANTATION, and another fine addition to their discography, ” Metal Forces gushed, “It’s all ungodly but all so bloody brilliant, and with ‘Charnel Grounds’ smoldering from the stench of char-coaled flesh and the blustering bluster of ‘Dominant Ethos’ dragging us into the mud-clogged shredder that is ‘Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh),’ I hold up my severed stumps in surrender for another harangue of hate from one of death metal’s most criminally underrated bands,” while Exclaim added, “INCANTATION preserve their archetypal ominous atmosphere, while the production gives the band a more modern edge, making Dirges Of Elysium a consistent yet fresh release from the influential band.”

Comments the band in a collective statement, “The response to the Dirges Of Elysium album and tour has just been amazing! We still have a lot of touring left to go for this release. We are looking forward to seeing all you deathbangers on the road!”

INCANTATION:
4/17/2015 El Relax Lounge – Hempstead, NY
4/18/2015 New England Metal/Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
4/23/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ FaithXtractor
4/24/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/25/2015 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY w/ FaithXtractor
4/26/2015 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
5/13/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/14/2015 Madison Theater – Cincinnati, OH w/ Funerus, FaithXtractor
5/15/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Funerus
5/16/2015 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Funerus
5/17/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Funerus
5/18/2015 The Motlight – Asheville, NC w/ Funerus
5/19/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Funerus
5/20/2015 Maryland Death Fest Pre-Party – Baltimore MD
6/13/2015 Farmageddon Festival FOA – Vancouver, BC
8/15/2015 Wolves of Apocalypse Festival- Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

ORIGIN Join Forces with Brazil’s KRISIUN for the “Devastation on the Nation” Tour

Genre defining technical death metal giants, ORIGIN, will lay waste to North America once again this fall on an extensive co-headlining trek with the Brazilian death metal trio KRISIUN! The tour will also see AEON, ALTERBEAST, SOREPTION, and INGESTED as support, making this a must-see show for all death metal maniacs! See below for upcoming dates:

“Devastation on the Nation” tour dates feat. KRISIUN & ORIGIN with AEON, ALTERBEAST, SOREPTION, INGESTED
Sept. 4, 2015 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Sept. 5, 2015 – Madison, WI ? High Noon Saloon
Sept. 6, 2015 – Winnipeg, MB – Zoo Cabaret
Sept. 7, 2015 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Sept. 8, 2015 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Sept. 9, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Sept. 10, 2015 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Sept. 11, 2015 – Spokane, WA – The Pin!
Sept. 12, 2015 – Salem, OR – Duffy’s Hangar
Sept. 13, 2015 – San Jose, CA – Rockbar Theater
Sept. 14, 2015 – Upland, CA – The Grizzly Den
Sept. 15, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 16, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
Sept. 17, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Sept. 18, 2015 – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
Sept. 19, 2015 – Denver, CO – Roxy Theater
Sept. 20, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix Venue
Sept. 22, 2015 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey B&G
Sept. 23, 2015 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
Sept. 24, 2015 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sept. 27, 2015 – Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
Sept. 28, 2015 – Louisville, KY – Diamonds Pub
Sept. 29, 2015 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Sept. 30, 2015 – Reading, PA – Reverb
Oct. 1, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
Oct. 2, 2015 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
Oct. 3, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Oct. 4, 2015 – Lakewood, OH – The Foundry

ORIGIN’s latest release, Omnipresent, was recorded and mixed with longtime producer/engineer Robert Rebeck at Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS. The album was mastered at Menegroth – The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston, and features artwork once again by Colin Marks (NEVERMORE, KATAKLYSM, EXODUS). The album marks the recording debut of Jason Keyser (ex-SKINLESS), who has being touring with the ORIGIN as their vocalist since the release of Entity.

BATTLECROSS Joins Crowbar On The Summer Of Doom North American Tour

Motor City thrashers, BATTLECROSS, will join Crowbar and Lord Dying on The Summer Of Doom North American Tour. The trek will commence on May 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana and run through nearly three-dozen cities before winding down on July 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additionally, the band will appear on the 2015 edition of Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 8th. Summer Of Doom tickets are on sale now!

“I am beyond excited to tour with one of my favorite bands, Crowbar,” says BATTLECROSS guitarist, Hiran Deraniyagala. “Ever since I heard Odd Fellows Rest, I’ve been a fan. Kirk Windstein is such a monster guitar player. His riffs are inspiring. It’s an honor to be able to hit the road with these guys and I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity. We’re excited to get back out there, especially Western Canada…it’s been too long! See you all soon.”

BATTLECROSS Summer Of Doom Tour w/ Crowbar, Lord Dying:
5/28/2015 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA
5/29/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
5/30/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/31/2015 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
6/04/2015 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA
6/05/2015 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
6/06/2015 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
6/07/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/08/2015 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
6/09/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
6/10/2015 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
6/12/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
6/13/2015 Pawn Shop Live – Edmonton, AB
6/14/2015 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
6/16/2015 The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
6/17/2015 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
6/18/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/19/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
6/20/2015 Reggie’s Rock Room – Chicago, IL
6/21/2015 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
6/22/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
6/23/2015 MOD Club – Toronto, ON
6/24/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
6/25/2015 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
6/26/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
6/27/2015 Trick Shot Billiards – Clifton Park, NY
6/28/2015 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
6/29/2015 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
6/30/2015 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
7/01/2015 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
7/02/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/03/2015 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA

SKINLESS: Iconic New York Death Metal Militia To Drop First New Full-Length In Nearly A Decade

[photo by Shaun MacMahon]

Iconic New York death metal militia, SKINLESS, was spawned in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with one goal: to be the heaviest band in creation. Following a variety of personnel changes and two demos, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. Following an extended hiatus, SKINLESS will again corrupt the ears of the living this June with a brand new studio recording.

Titled Only The Ruthless Remain, and featuring their classic late ’90s lineup with with recent addition of second guitarist, Dave Matthews, the record was captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon. Brandishing seven tracks of SKINLESS’ signature meld of punishing, war-waging grooves and blast-laden, surgically precise severity, Only The Ruthless Remain is poised to stand among the most sadistic and plainly addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Comments Carpenter, “We worked really hard on this record and I hope you guys soil your diapers repeatedly when you hear it. We think it’s the most well-rounded SKINLESS album yet; from the song writing to the production, the artwork, and the layout, it’s the real deal. Get your beers and toilet paper ready.”

Adds Webber, “Gallons of brew slammed and oceans of blood spilled, we’re back sicker than ever. This is a dark, immense slab of death metal. May the brutal party commence again until Only The Ruthless Remain!”

Only The Ruthless Remain Track Listing:
1. Serpenticide
2. Only The Ruthless Remain
3. Skinless
4. Flamethrower
5. The Beast Smells Blood
6. Funeral Curse
7. Barbaric Proclivity

In related SKINLESS developments, the band will levy their sonic brutality upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks.

SKINLESS:
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

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