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THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD Sets Their Sights On Europe; Lawful Evil European Tour Dates Confirmed

“It is my deepest desire that folk and metal fans in the Netherlands and Germany can teach us a thing or two about drinking beer…” – Captain Wolfbeard O’Brady

Heavy mahogany marauders THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD affirm their next phase of worldwide domination in support of their Lawful Evil album, with plans of raiding Europe later this year.

In March 2016, Southern California-based squadron THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD released their fourth full-length, Lawful Evil, a rampant collection of violent shanties, delivered in the band’s singular brew of all-acoustic pirate metal. Amidst critical acclaim for the album’s creative explosiveness, the band issued several official videos for the album, and toured several times throughout the year, including a massive tour last year which saw them assaulting townsfolk at a wide array of clubs and Renaissance Faires across the North American map.

Continuing to plunder on behalf of Lawful Evil, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD has set their sights on European shores, and declares their reckless pillaging of several countries in the months ahead. The Lawful Evil European Tour 2017 will see the armada crossing the Atlantic with two weeks of live engagements on their battle plan. The voyage sees the band invading the Netherlands, Germany, and possibly Switzerland and beyond, beginning in Eindhoven on November 24th and ending in Munnekezijl December 10th, with a couple of venues/cities still being eyed for invasion. The band has pulled double-duty on December 8th, confirming a TV show performance for Noardewyn Live in Holland ahead of the evening’s set.

Declares THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD Captain Wolfbeard O’Brady, “We’ve finally done it! After years of excuses and adventures all over our own continent, we’ve finally sacked and plundered enough towns to take our acoustic assault across the Atlantic Ocean and play on European soil! It is my deepest desire that folk and metal fans in the Netherlands and Germany can teach us a thing or two about drinking beer, and that we find a new group of nautical warriors to take with us on our path of destruction and occasional instrument repair. Heavy Mahogany is coming, and we plan to show these foreign shores the true meaning of Lawful Evil!”

See THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD’s “Star Wars Medley” video HERE, then let the ride continue through the Lawful Evil videos and more HERE.

Lawful Evil is available direct from the band on CD HERE and digital HERE,as well through as most digital providers.

THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD Lawful Evil European Tour 2017:

11/24/2017 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL

11/25/2017 T Beest – Goes, NL

11/26/2017 Bolwerk – Sneek, NL

11/30/2017 TBA – DE/CH

12/01/2017 Freakshow – Essen, DE

12/02/2017 Das Greif – Lünen. DE

12/03/2017 Stellwerk – Hamburg, DE

12/05/2017 TBA – NL/DE

12/06/2017 De Engel – Den Helder, NL

12/07/2017 Melkweg – Amsterdam. NL

12/08/2017 Noardewyn Live – Holland, NL *TV show performance

12/08/2017 Scum – Katwijk. NL

12/09/2017 De Meester – Almere, NL

12/10/2017 De Sluys – Munnekezijl, NL

THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD‘s Lawful Evil showcases the band’s unique style of heavy mahogany, capturing their relentlessly energetic, dynamic, and entertaining sound in pristine audio, recorded at Seahorse Sound, mixed by Aksu Hanttu (Korpiklaani, Shade Empire). and mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Korpiklaani, Dragonforce, Rammstein) at Chartmakers Audio Mastering. The record bears contributions from several guest vocalists, including Brittney Slayes (Unleash The Archers), Admiral Nobeard (Swashbuckle), and others. The cover art for the album was created by Mark Gibbons (World Of Warcraft, League Of Legends, Warhammer). Gear Gods issued, “A fully acoustic band playing pirate music that isn’t corny or too ren-fair-y – it’s just badass.” Angry Metal Guy commends the band as, “strong songwriters with a knack for hooks and effective time management.” We Love Metal’s praise-filled review includes, “The heaviness is there song after song, and although I’m not a big fan of comparing bands to one another, when it comes to THE DREAD CREW think of Dropkick Murphy’s drunk; kicking the shit out of Alestorm.” Toilet Ov Hell commends, “The lack of amps and electric instruments only strengthens the band’s throwback sound, allowing all the instruments time to shine.”

For all coverage of THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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DEATH BELLS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SOMETHING ABOVE”

?Standing At The Edge Of The World,? the Australian band?s debut album, will drop on September 29 via Funeral Party.

Fanning the flames of excitement surrounding their debut LP, Australian dream-pop group Death Bells have revealed yet another single from the forthcoming ?Standing At The Edge Of The World.? Driven by a staunch bassline and cloaked vocals, ?Something Above? is the band?s darkest foray yet. Stream the single today via Noisey.

Formed in 2014, the Sydney band bridges the gap between somber pop and bloodletting post-punk. Staying true to their moniker, they craft contemplative and lively songs. After releasing a self-titled EP last year, Death Bells will be gifting the world with a full album in late September. The 10-track debut will explore the dark recesses of the heart and mind.

?Standing At The Edge Of The World? will be released in North America via Funeral Party Records (and in Australia via Burning Rose) on September 29. Stay tuned for more news to come.

?Standing At The Edge Of The World? Track Listing

  1. Days
  2. Alone, Into An Empty Clearing
  3. Roman Candles
  4. Only You
  5. Something Above
  6. Beneath The Flesh
  7. Nothing Changes
  8. Coming Down
  9. Bury Your Light
  10. Undertow

 

GUITARIST LOU DiBELLO SHOWCASES HIS SKILLS ON ‘HEAT WAVE’

The art of six-stringer shredding has unquestionably come back to forefront in modern day hard rock and heavy metal music. And talented guitarist Lou DiBello will soon be leaving his own mark on the genre, with the release of his album, Heat Wave. The album features input from current or former members of Manowar (guitarist Ross The Boss Friedman) and Symphony X (bassist Mike Lepond), and is chock full of headbanging rockers and six-string showcases, especially the tune Full Throttle, which can be sampled here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-NPz-HcduM

Heat Wave is my 4th solo release and by far my best effort to date, explains DiBello. The fact that I worked with such a great group of people was key, most notably singer Carsten Schulz, bassist Mike LePond, and legendary guitarist Ross The Boss Friedman. It was a real honor to have Ross play dueling leads and harmonies with me on the epic track Blood on the Cross, and he gave me valuable advice along the way as well. The record is a nice blend of hard rock/metal with vocals as well as instrumental tracks with a real emphasis on good songs with great guitar playing, as opposed to just great guitar playing. All out rocker Let Me Hear You Scream – Rock & Roll!, as well as instrumental tracks Full Throttle and my take on the Michael Schenker classic Into the Arena are a few of the highlights.

DiBello – who is an honors graduate from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California – has been a veteran of the Central Illinois music scene since the late 80s. Additionally, he has played over 2,500 paid performances, 600 in last 5 years alone, plus countless opening slots for acts like .38 Special, Slaughter, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, and more. As an instructor, DiBello has given over 25,000 private lessons, and started one of the first streaming guitar lesson websites.

The guitarist also feels he has a lot to offer in the areas of instruction and collaboration with other artists, as he is a flexible player in a range of styles and enjoys playing in many different settings. Also, he is looking to place his music for licensing for TV and film.

I love playing guitar! I am blessed to continue to pursue my passion and I am looking forward to further successes in this ongoing journey.

Line-Up for Heat Wave:

Lou DiBello – Lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar

Carsten Schulz – Vocals

Bobby Whiles – Drums

Mike LePond (Symphony X) – Bass guitar (Blood On The Cross/Drop Deadly/Into The Arena)

Ross The Boss Friedman (Dictators, Manowar) – Lead guitar (Blood On The Cross)

Tim Rixstine – Keyboards, synthesizer

 

Heat Wave Tracklisting:

1) Heat Wave

2) Let Me Hear You Scream – Rock & Roll!

3) Blood On The Cross

4) The Meeting

5) Full Throttle

6) Drop Deadly

7) When All Is Lost

8) Into The Arena

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SILENT RIVAL + TATTOO PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “DIE A LITTLE”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L.A. up ‘n’ comers SILENT RIVAL have partnered with Tattoo.com to premiere their video for “Die a Little,” which lives on their debut album The Kindness of Strangers, out now.

Watch the video here.

“No one plays Russian roulette because they want to die,” singer Sara Coda told Tattoo.com about the song and video. “They play to make sure they’ve squeezed every last drop of experience out of life. This song is about spinning the proverbial barrel. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but that’s not what matters. To me, what matters most, is that I’ve felt everything there is to feel, lived fast, and left behind a corpse that tells the stories. This video hopefully conveys that feeling. We are really happy with it.”

The single has been making quite an impact, landing on KROQ “Locals Only” program, where it has parked itself in the Top 5 for nine weeks, with five of those weeks at #1!

BRIAN SLAGEL – METAL BLADE CEO AND COOL GUY EXTRAORDINAIRE

Due to some scheduling difficulties the phoner never happened but Brian Slagel was kind enough to respond to an email with his answers (Thanks Nikki Law). With the recent release of his biography on Metal Blade Records, For The Sake Of Heaviness, I will continue to sing his praise. With something that I mentioned on Twitter, big props for never talking about making money or how much money was made. Brian’s belief is strictly focused on the music and belief in his bands. I applaud his career and without further mindless rambling from myself…..here are Brian’s replies!

1 – At what point did you realize, “music is my life, I need to pursue this full time?”
I guess around the end of year one of trying to do Metal Blade. 
 
2 – What’s the one thing about your upbringing that might surprise people?
That it was very conservative and [I] played sports. I never learned to play any instrument. 
 
3- I pre-ordered your book from Amazon and I look forward to the read, being 47 and a life long lover of heavy music, what pieces of this book do you think I might enjoy the most?
Hard to say, I hope you find the story interesting! {note, I did}
 
4 – When did you fall in love of the sport of ice skating in football uniforms (aka Ice Hockey)? (forgive the sarcasm)
Ha! I was a huge sports fan as a kid and liked all sports. I started going to a lot of LA Kings games in 1981 and really got into the sport then. 
 
5 – You liked a tweet [of mine] a few weeks back where I commented about your suggestion of learning Psychology to deal with the music business – can you elaborate on that for the masses and how it relates to the business?
One of the best things I did was read some psychology books. It really helped me in dealing with people on a business and personal level. 
 
6 – Who are your Top 5 Songwriters of all time? (note: wasn’t asking for band or albums)
Songwriters
Steve Harris
Malcolm Young
Adrian Smith
Tony Iommi
Kerry King
James Hetfield

Part 2 to this question, who are your Top 3 Storytellers with their lyrics?
Storytellers
Alice Cooper
Bruce Dickinson
Ronnie James Dio

 
 
 
7 – 35 years in the making with Metal Blade, you’ve seen the music model change.  What are your thoughts on its evolution and what do you see bring, ‘next?’
Certainly the way people consume music now is moving to the streaming model. I think this will be good for the business in the future. 
 
8 – Do you get more music sent to you now? back during the days of cd’s? or back during the days of tapes?
     Part 2 to this question, should a band have an Attorney or Manager solicit music to you or will you take it without the proverbial ‘middle man?’
We still get lots of music to us on all formats. Honestly the best thing a band can do is get known in your local scene. Most of the bands we sign, someone we know will turn us on to them. Rarely is it when someone gives us music cold. 
 
9 – Without a large staff, how do you manage to fully handle all of the artists you work with?
     Not a question – but mucho applause to Nikki for making this happen.
Our staff is amazing. We are all music fans first and do everything in our power to get them what they need. 
 
10 – What are some of your most proud accomplishments?
I think being around for 35 years is one of the top ones! Writing a book now is up there as well. And just working and being friends with so many amazing artists too.
 
11 – Not a question, but Thank You for working with KING’S X – amazing band that never crossed over.
Thanks, I love them!
 
12 – Can you share any information on bands that maybe you passed on who went on to be ‘successful’ in the industry?
Volbeat was one.  I like their first demo, but the staff was not into it. 
 
13 – no question here, it’s unlucky 13….
 
14 – What made you successful?
I think just learning from mistakes and being able to adapt to a changing industry. 
 
15 – Have the airlines you fly on made up for the late/cancelled flights? (note, you’ve liked some of my banter against my delayed Southwest flights haha)
Pretty rarely, but sometimes they have given me some free miles…ha
 
15 – Thank You for your responses, your contribution to my life in the past 35 years with the music you brought me, and please keep doing what you do!
 
16 – consider this the P.S. question – Please predict the Stanley Cup Teams for 2018…..
Tough one this year. 
Edmonton vs Toronto (probably wont happen but would be fun!!)

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LO!: Treble Streams “Glutton” from Australian Post Metal/Sludge Faction; Vestigial Full-Length to See Release Via Pelagic Records in Oct

Stream / Share LO!’s “Glutton” at THIS LOCATION.

Vestigial is the impending third full-length from Sydney, Australia-based post-metal/sludge faction LO!. Set for release via Pelagic Records October 6th, the songs comprising Vestigial are truly next level. Well-crafted with a larger scope both musically and thematically than previous outings, the band is simply tighter than ever before boasting a sound that’s seismically heavy yet organic, with a mammoth harmonic density behind their stupefying heavy riffs.

In advance of its release, Treble is currently offering up first single “Glutton” for communal ingestion praising a, “meaty, melodic, yet pummeling burst of roaring metal that recalls the likes of Neurosis, Isis and their labelmates The Ocean,” furthering, “like those bands, it features some impressive dynamics, transitioning from a full-throated assault into a moody, even pretty instrumental section that showcases the full range of the band’s talents.”

Witness “Glutton,” courtesy of Treble, at THIS LOCATION.

LO!‘s Vestigial will see release on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorders in North America, visit THIS LOCATION, in European go to THIS LOCATION, and in Australia, go to THIS LOCATION.

LO! literally made a splash last year with the ingenious video clip for “Orca,” produced by bass player Adrian Shapiro himself: The clip showed vocalist Sam Dillon as a vicious creature emerging from a vat of shiny pink goo, in front of an otherwise completely black background. Pink in metal? The clip went viral over the love-it-or-hate-it discussion that followed… but even the haters had to admit that this clip, premiered via Noisey, Metal Hammer, and Decibel, showed a truly outstanding and innovative approach to visual arts in heavy music.

LO! has come to remind you of glorious times; times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records,” wrote Metal Hammer UK on the band’s debut album Look And Behold. And in fact, song titles like “Megafauna” or “Hall Of Extinct Mammals” show that LO! have always been interested in man’s relationship with the natural world. Themes of extinction, circuses, and animal exploitation were explored on the band’s 2015 EP The Tongueless, “so it was a nice lead in to where we are at now on Vestigial,” notes vocalist Sam Dillon, “with a revisit of the outro from the EP as the intro on album number three.”

A world where politics resemble black comedies, where guns have become an aspect of culture, and where addiction to technology is the norm is at the lyrical heart of Vestigial. “There are several repeated characters throughout the album,” Dillon reveals. “The Judas Steer, the Locust Christ… these are antiheroes, the wolves among sheep figuratively. The ghastly Donald Trumps, The Kim Jong-Uns, the extremists and ignorant tyrants of our modern lives…”

After a European tour supporting Cult Of Luna in 2013, including a performance at Roadburn Festival, the band will be back in Europe this October to present Vestigial. Fit for fans of Mastodon, Cursed, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Breach, Black Breath, and the like.

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LACUNA COIL ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW – “NOTHING STANDS IN OUR WAY”

ON TOUR NOW IN NORTH AMERICA WITH EPICA

2018 will mark the 20th anniversary (20 years are you kidding me?) of LACUNA COIL’s debut on the metal scene. To commemorate this special occasion, the iconic Gothic metal outfit are announcing a very special show.

119 Productions Presents:
LACUNA COIL – NOTHING STANDS IN OUR WAY
(A One Night Only Event)

Date: January 19th, 2018
Venue: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London, UK)

Tickets are available now via the band’s website: http://lacunacoil.com/

The one night only show promises to be a unique extravaganza, with the band putting on a career-spanning set that will include songs they have never played before live. The event will also be filmed and recorded for a release later in 2018.

Speaking about what fans can look forward to at this one night only event, the band comments:

“We are very excited to celebrate our twentieth anniversary with an exclusive live show on January 19th in London! London is a very special city for us. It welcomed us with open arms when we started 20 years ago and we feel it’s the perfect place to invite our fans from all over the world to celebrate with us. As for what will happen…that’s a surprise. You’ll have to come and see for yourselves!”

LACUNA COIL are also working on their first ever book of the same title, “Nothing Stands In Our Way”, which will be published worldwide in 2018. Fans can go to http://lacunacoil.com/ for more info, including the option to register for early news and more.

Can’t make the London show, Uber/Lift letting you down? Well you’re in luck, LACUNA COIL are currently on tour in North America as part of the “Ultimate Principle” Tour w/ Epica, Insomnium, and Elantris. A complete list of remaining dates can be found below.

LACUNA COIL – “The Ultimate Principle Tour” w/ Epica

September 8, 2017 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 9, 2017 – The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
September 11, 2017 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
September 12, 2017 – Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theater
September 14, 2017 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theater
September 15, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
September 16, 2017 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
September 17, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
September 19, 2017 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
September 20, 2017 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
September 21, 2017 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
September 23, 2017 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
September 24, 2017 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
September 25, 2017 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
September 27, 2017 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live!
September 28, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
September 29, 2017 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater

LACUNA COIL Online:
Official Website: http://lacunacoil.com
Facebook: facebook.com/lacunacoil
Twitter: twitter.com/lacunacoil

SIGNS OF THE SWARM: Pittsburgh Death Metal Squad To Release The Disfigurement Of Existence Via Unique Leader; New Video Playing + October Tour Dates Announced

Pittsburgh death metal squad/recent Unique Leader signees SIGNS OF THE SWARM will release their latest full-length, The Disfigurement Of Existence, this fall.The ten-track offering was mixed and mastered by Phil Pluskota (Abiotic, King Conquer) of Sonic Assult Studios in Cape Corral, Florida, features a guest appearance by Dickie Allen (Abiotic, Bludgeoned Beyond Reason, Infant Annihilator et al), and comes swathed in the cover art of Par Olaffson (Aborted, Abysmal Dawn, Revocation, Immolation et al).

Offers SIGNS OF THE SWARM vocalist CJ McCreery, “Our first album Senseless Order was mainly to get the point across that we know how to bring the heavy. A lot of the songs were fairly slow and nothing really stood out as far as appealing to anyone more than the standard ‘deathcore’ fan base. For The Disfigurement of Existence , we all dove into our own craft and stepped our game up one-hundred-percent individually to really bring this album together and be more than just a standard ‘deathcore’ band. We got our new guitarist (Jacob Toy) and drummer (Jimmy Pino) right when we started the writing process for TDOI and immediately realized that all of our minds working together could make an absolutely insane album, and I feel like we accomplished that goal. The guitar riffs are way more intricate, Jimmy’s drumming is fucking batshit crazy, and I made sure to really step it up vocally and lyrically. An unbelievable amount of work, sweat, and tears — and probably blood at some point too — went into this album and we are so excited to finally release it to everyone and show what we are now capable of. We cannot wait to see what the near future holds and are extremely excited to tour new places and meet new fans. The amount of support we got in the last year is so incredibly heartwarming and all of us are blessed beyond words to have such awesome fans and be where we are right now in our careers. A huge thanks to Unique Leader Records for believing in us and having us join the team to make this album possible. We’re just getting started.”

The Disfigurement Of Existence will see release on November 3rd, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Preorders will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the band’s via for opening track “Cesspool Of Ignorance” RIGHT HERE.

The Disfigurement Of Existence Track Listing:

1. Cesspool Of Ignorance
2. Failed Breed
3. Cowards Deathbed
4. Lifeless Visitors
5. Final Phase
6. Guided Into Serenity
7. Nightcrawler’s
8. Descending Into Despair
9. Embedded In Fear
10. Misery From Demoralization

Prior to the release of The Disfigurement Of Existence, SIGNS OF THE SWARM will take part in the Super Slam Bros. North American tour with Face Your Maker, Falsifier, and Hive. See confirmed dates below.

SIGNS OF THE SWARM w/ Face Your Maker, Falsifier, Hive:

10/01/2017 Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
10/03/2017 Charlie’s Cafe – Virginia Beach, VA
10/04/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
10/05/2017 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
10/06/2017 Sunnyvale – Brooklyn, NY
10/07/2017 Gas House Hall – Allentown, PA
10/08/2017 Photo City – Rochester, NY
10/10/2017 The Ritz – Detroit, MI
10/11/2017 Penny Road Pub – Elgin, IL
10/12/2017 Shorty’s Hall – Milwaukee, WI
10/14/2017 Trailside Saloon – Denver, CO

SIGNS OF THE SWARM is a five-piece death metal horde hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the release of their debut album Senseless Order last year, they began gaining national attention. Said Sputnik Music of the offering, “The mood and ambience are consistent and the breakdowns and build up to them are flawless. Vocals are absolutely incredible.” Combining various styles such as death metal, slam, and hardcore, each song SIGNS OF THE SWARM conjures is sure to maim and crush. With their catchy riffs, raunchy breakdowns, maniacal vocals, and off-the-rails, unapologetically heavy brand of sonic deviance, SIGNS OF THE SWARM is quickly causing a stir within the underground.

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Post-Instrumental Group ZAIUS Streams Ethereal New Track “Sheepdog”

Stream Now via Heavy Blog Is Heavy | Pre-Order Here

New Album, Of Adoration, out October 6, 2017 via Prosthetic Records 

Chicago-based post-instrumental group ZAIUS will release their debut LP, Of Adoration, via Prosthetic Records on October 6, 2017. Shortly after dropping their first new track, “Phaneron”, two weeks ago, ZAIUS are back with a second new track – the ethereal, dynamic “Sheepdog”.Take a listen now, exclusively via Heavy Blog Is Heavyhttp://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2017/09/07/exclusive-premiere-let-zaius-sheepdog/

Guitarist Ian McConnell says, “‘Sheepdog’ was a random working title that wouldn’t go away for whatever reason, so we stuck with it. In retrospect, it’s meaning, “a protector”, has a lot to do with the vibe of the song and record as a whole so maybe it was a subconscious thing all along.”

Of Adoration was tracked at the start of 2017 with Jeff Edwards before being sent off to be mixed and mastered by Chris Common (Pelican, Mouth of the Architect, Minus the Bear). The record features eight tracks that peaks and valleys its way through over 40 minutes of music. Pre-orders are available here: www.smarturl.it/ZAIUS

Of Adoration track listing:

  1. Phaneron
  2. Echelon
  3. Reformer
  4. Sheepdog
  5. Magnolia
  6. Seirenes
  7. 7Anicca
  8. Colin

Formed in 2010, ZAIUS explores a lighter, more melodic side of the members’ musical tastes without abandoning the metal tendencies that come natural to them. ZAIUS first arrive on the scene withAll Your Friends Are Dead, the band’s 2011 debut EP, which showcased a fine mix of dense and morose guitar playing. 2013’s Divided By Tides EP came next and pushed things further, adding in soaring melodies. The album was met with glistening reviews, with MetalSucks proclaiming, “the world needs more instru-metal bands like ZAIUS, who steer completely clear of djent while still managing to bring the groove (via Maserati), atmospherics (via Constants, If These Trees Could Talk, etc) and the heavy (via Scale the Summit). Bomb.

Illustrations for the album were created by Marald Van Haasteren (Baroness, Kylesa) whose style is as colorful and alive as these tracks were meant to be.

TOUR DATES:
10/03 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs (w/ Set and Setting)
10/20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/22 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar (w/ Outrun the Sun)
11/03 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington (w/ Huntsmen)

ZAIUS is:

Jeremy Bellen – Bass
Dann Dolce – Guitar
Mike Imbordino – Drums
Ian McConnell – Guitar

ZAIUS online:
www.facebook.com/zaiustheband/

PROSTHETIC RECORDS Fall/Winter Concert Calendar

New shows from All Hell, Bereft, Funeral Chic, Junius, North,
Reaping Asmodeia, Weltesser, Without Waves, Wormwitch & Zaius!
Fans will be able to purchase tickets through the venues!

ALL HELL
All Hell is a band from Asheville, NC who draws inspiration from dark and horrific literature, films, art, and history. All Hell is currently on the road in support of their Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) mixed and mastered opus The Grave Alchemist, out now (order here). Influenced by gothic literature, weird fiction and visual aestheticism, The Grave Alchemist, is a fuming mixture of black thrash, rock and roll and first wave black metal with an undercurrent of dark punk and deathrock.

Listen to their track “Vampiric Lust” here – https://youtu.be/z7iCLbvcaEs

All Hell is: Jacob Curwen – Vocals and Guitar; Kurt Henderson – Drums; Erik Ballantyne- Bass

TOUR DATES:

9/13 – Ashville, NC @ The Odditorium

9/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Bar Matchless

9/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Century

9/16 – White Hall, MD @ Shadow Woods Metal Fest

9/17 – Greenville SC @ Radio Room

9/22 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway

9/30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milstone Club – Rapid Fire Fest

10/27 – Knoxville, TN @ WUTK Funeral Fest

11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl – Cloak record release show

11/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium – w/ Cloak

ALL HELL Online:

https://allhell.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/allhellband/
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BEREFT
Madison, WI’s atmospheric doom metal band, Bereft is a steadfast expression of the human condition. Founding members Zach Johnson and Alex Linden rounded out Bereft by adding Cade Gentry on bass and Jerry McDougal on drums.
Bereft weave elements of doom and black metal into exhaustive, dynamic songs. Lyrically, they draw from their views on religion, politics and social injustice. It is in this spirit that they create their own style of powerful metal, unbound to any genre and fully conscious of the impression.

Listen to their track “We Wept” off of their latest album Lands here –https://youtu.be/DPbh_aC4g24. Fans can order Lands here.

Bereft
 is: Zach Johnson (guitar/vocals), Alex Linden (guitar/vocals), Cade Gentry (bass), Michael Kadner (drums (studio)), Jerry McDougal (drums (live))

HOME TOWN CONCERT:
9/19 – Madison, WI @ Art In – w/ Black Table & The Central

BEREFT Online:
www.bereftwi.wordpress.com
www.facebook.com/bereftwi/
www.instagram.com/bereftwi/
https://twitter.com/bereftwi
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FUNERAL CHIC
North Carolina’s Funeral Chic is the latest addition to the Prosthetic Records family. The 5 piece, blackened crust punks hailing from Charlotte will begin recording their Prosthetic debut towards the end of 2017. The band released last year’s critically acclaimed “Hatred Swarm” LP, which Blow The Scene described as “monstrous blackened crust riffage blasting into pummeling drum rhythms, executed with hell-fire precision.”

Funeral Chic have toured with JoyOf Feather & BoneYoung And In The Way and opened for NailsPower TripOathbreakerFull Of HellHomewreckerHarms Way,Twitching Tongues and many more throughout their home state.

“Funeral Chic are among a spring of blackened punk bands, splintering and reshaping black metal’s more caustic sounds into the tangible furor of hardcore and crust punk.” – CVLT Nation

Catch Funeral Chic on the road with WVRM this December.

FUNERAL CHIC Confirmed US dates with WVRM:
12/2 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
12/3 – Nashville, TN @ That 70s House
12/4 – New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
12/5 – Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
12/6 – El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar
12/8 – San Diego, CA @ Til Two
12/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington
12/11 – Long Beach, CA @ Blacklight District Lounge
12/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
12/15 – Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop
12/16 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
12/17 – Memphis, TN @ Rockhouse Live Midtown
12/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

FUNERAL CHIC online:
https://funeralchic.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/funeralchicnc/
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JUNIUS

JUNIUS is on the road in support of their latest release Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light, which is out now. Fans can order their copy of Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light here. The album marks the completion of their conceptual trilogy which began in 2009 with their evoking LP The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, depicted by Rolling Stone as, “a perfect hybrid of Neurosis and The Smiths” followed by 2011’s Reports From The Thresholds of Death. The critically acclaimed 2014 EP, Days of the Fallen Sun, was lauded by Pitchforkas their “strongest and most sensuous work to date”.

Whilst not working on the new material, JUNIUS have spent the past three years touring across North America and Europe with acts including Solstafir, Caspian, Long Distance Calling and Wolves Like Us – just to name a few, as well as making a featured performance at the prestigious Roadburn Festival in 2015.

Watch their music video for “A Mass for Metaphysicians” here –https://youtu.be/tv_yKPChhq4

Tour dates w/ Black Mare and Mustard, Gas & Roses
9/21 –  Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
9/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
9/23 – Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
9/24 – Sacramento, CA @ The Cafe Colonial
9/25 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
9/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Highline
9/27 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
9/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
9/29 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/1 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder

JUNIUS Online:
http://www.juniusmusic.com/
www.facebook.com/juniusmusic/?ref=br_rs
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NORTH

One of the most respected outfits in the underground metal scene, Tucson, AZ’s NORTH will be kicking off their tour with Rosetta on October 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ at Rouge.

NORTH will be touring in support of their new live album Transmissions: Live In Bucharest, which is out now (order here).

NORTH is: Evan Leek (vocals/bass), Zack Hansen (drums) and Matthew Mutterperl (guitar)

On tour with Rosetta:
10/5 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Rogue
10/6 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Five Star
10/9 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
10/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Ash St Saloon
10/16 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
10/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
10/18 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
10/21 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
10/23 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
10/24 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
10/25 – Ft Worth, TX @ Lolas
10/26 – Austin, TX @ Lost Well
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Green Room
10/28 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
10/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
10/30 – Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher

NORTH Online:
www.facebook.com/NorthAZ/
http://northband.us/
twitter.com/NorthAZ
www.instagram.com/northaz/
https://galacticdads.bandcamp.com/
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REAPING ASMODEIA
Minneapolis, MN-based progressive/technical death metal group REAPING ASMODEIAdropped their Prosthetic Records release, Impuritize, in February of this year (available for order here). REAPING ASMODEIA will be kicking off their headline tour on September 8, 2017 at The Underground Rockshop in Des Moines, IA which ends on September 16 in Peoria, IL at Rail II. On September 23REAPING ASMODEIA will hit the road with Archspire.

Last month, REAPING ASMODEIA‘s guitarist, Alex Kelly released a play through for their song “The Clemency Guise” – watch the video here – https://youtu.be/Q6nfHyfaurE.

REAPING ASMODEIA is: Steven Lane – VocalsAlexander Drake Kelly – GuitarDaniel John Koppy – Drums; Roman Pinter – Bass.

Tour Dates:

9/8 – Des Moines, IA @ The Underground Rockshop – Gurnfest
9/9 – Madison, WI @ Knuckledown Saloon – Midwest Massacre
9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room – w/ Venom Inc.
9/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
9/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live
9/15 – South Bend, IN @ Big Shots
9/16 – Peoria, IL @ Rail II
9/23 – Kelowna, BC @ Munnin’s Post – w/ Archspire
9/24 – Calgary, AB @ Distortion – w/ Archspire
9/25 – Edmonton, AB @ Brixx – w/ Archspire
9/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Good Will – w/ Archspire
10/1 – Denver, CO @ Roxy Theatre – w/ Archspire
10/2 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater – w/ Archspire
10/4 – Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House – w/ Archspire
10/5 – Bend, OR @ Third Street Pub – w/ Archspire
10/6 – Grants Pass, OR @ The Sound Lounge – w/ Archspire

REAPING ASMODEIA Online:

https://reapingasmodeia.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/reapingasmodeia
http://www.reapingasmodeia.com
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WELTESSER
St. Petersburg, FL’s own WELTESSER will be performing for their local fans at The Crowbar in Ybor City, FL on October 27. They are performing in support of their new album, Crestfallen, out now (order here). Watch their video for “Terminal” here – https://youtu.be/T_GoLjA5KUk

Weltesser is the ringing in your head after a punch. They’re fueled by sour diesel and misery– a trio guided by feedback since 2014. Ian Hronek (Rotting Palms, Landbridge) Nate Peterson (Rotting Palms, Sky Burial) and Mike Amador (Landbridge) met in Saint Petersburg, FL over Sabbath worship and Monolord.

Through unnerving riffs and thick bass tone, they forge a swollen atmosphere only to destroy it, and fittingly so, as Weltesser is German for world-eater. A slow roast that simmers on heavy drums and deep vocals, Crestfallen is seamless and self-aware. Their sound is inspired by Dystopia, His Hero is Gone, and Laudanum, lending a humble maturity beyond three years. Lacking nothing, these swamp natives plan on touring all throughout 2017. They’ll leave you lightheaded, but at least the smoke in their wake will come from a well-deserved bowl you ripped.

Weltesser is: Ian Hronek, Nate Peterson & Mike Amador

HOME STATE SHOW:
10/27 – Ybor City, FL @ The Crowbar

WELTESSER Online:
weltesser.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/weltesser/
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WITHOUT WAVES

Formed in 2010, Without Waves set out to write music with an open-ended approach to songwriting. This attitude has helped Without Waves create a wildly varied sound with a foundation in heavy metal. After seven years,

Without Waves is currently supporting its Prosthetic Records debut, Lunar.

Their diverse sound has given Without Waves a chance to share the stage with an equally diverse selection of bands: The Black Dahlia Murder, Scale the Summit, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Vattnet Viskar and Leprous just to name a few. Though a relatively new band, the members themselves had been playing together in one form or another for over a decade prior to Without Waves. Their unique bond contributes to the diversity of the songs and their performance. Their live show is energetic, tight and, at times, free flowing, which only comes when players are 100% confident and respectful of each other.
Without Waves is: Anthony Cwan – Vocals/Guitars, Zac Lombardi – Guitars, John Picillo – Bass, Garry Naples – Drums
Tour Dates:
9/14 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux 2.0 at KCH
9/15 – Alamosa, CO @ San Luis Valley Brewing Company
9/16 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (ALL AGES)
9/17 – Omaha, NE @ Sozo Coffeehouse
9/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/15 – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
WITHOUT WAVES Online:
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WORMWITCH
Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, an early incarnation of the group was more of a hardcore/punk band but as the band’s influence of Celtic Frost, Darkthrone and Disfear started showing up more in their music, they chose to rebrand themselves as Wormwitch. In October of 2015, they released their first EP,  The Long Defeat. In early 2016, No Clean Signing premiered a new track,  Coffin Birth, describing it as a “high-octane rush of deep, grinding riffs, piston-driven drumming, and thundering bass, with a heavy as-hell production.” It was then that they caught the attention of Prosthetic Records and soon a worldwide deal was struck. A few short months later, they entered Rain City Recorders with producer Curtis Buckoll (Archspire) to begin work on their debut album,  Strike Mortal Soil.
Integrating equal parts black metal savagery and rock n’ roll defiance, Strike Mortal Soil, stands like a monolith commemorating those that came before while dispersing a beacon of hope to the future. Fans cam order their copy here: http://smarturl.it/strikemortalsoil
Watch their video for “Everlasting Lie” here – https://youtu.be/uDzbljFeCvc  
 
 
Tour dates w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Decrepit Birth and Necrot
10/6 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/7 – Lowell, MA @ Mill City Ballroom
10/8 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
10/10 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
10/11 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
10/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
10/13 – Easton, PA @ One Center Square
10/14 – Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
10/16 – Montréal, QC @ Le Foufounes Electriques
10/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Center
10/18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/19 – Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
10/20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
10/21 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
10/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
10/23 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
10/25 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
10/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
10/27 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/28 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room (BRIXX)
10/29 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee
10/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/1 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven – w/ Exhumed
11/2 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall – w/ Exhumed
11/3 – Lake Tahoe, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock – w/ Exhumed
11/6 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red – w/ Exhumed
11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
11/9 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/11 – Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
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Photo credit Andy Delgado

 

 

ZAIUS
Photo credit: Andy Delgado

Of Adoration, the band’s debut album will be released via Prosthetic Records on Oct 6, 2017(pre-order). The opus was tracked at the start of 2017 with Jeff Edwards before being sent off to be mixed and mastered by Chris Common (Pelican, Mouth of the Architect, Minus the Bear). The record features 8 tracks that peaks and valleys its way through over 40 minutes of music.

Listen to their single “Phaneron” here – https://youtu.be/Mf-svT3oICw  

Formed in 2010, ZAIUS explores a lighter, more melodic side of the members’ musical tastes without abandoning the metal tendencies that come natural to them. ZAIUS first arrive on the scene withAll Your Friends Are Dead, the band’s 2011 debut EP, which showcased a fine mix of dense and morose guitar playing. 2013’s Divided By Tides EP came next and pushed things further, adding in soaring melodies. The album was met with glistening reviews, with MetalSucks proclaiming, “the world needs more instru-metal bands like ZAIUS, who steer completely clear of djent while still managing to bring the groove (via Maserati), atmospherics (via Constants, If These Trees Could Talk, etc) and the heavy (via Scale the Summit). Bomb.

ZAIUS is: Jeremy Bellen – Bass; Dann Dolce – Guitar; Mike Imbordino – Drums; Ian McConnell – Guitar

Tour Dates
10/3 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Downstairs – w/ Set and Setting
10/20 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/22 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar – w/ Outrun the Sun
11/03 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington – w/ Huntsmen

ZAIUS Online:
facebook.com/zaiustheband

ACT OF DEFIANCE Reveal Music Video for Searing New Track “Overexposure”

New Full-Length Album, Old Scars, New Wounds, out September 29 via Metal Blade Records
Pre-Order & Watch “Overexposure” Here: www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance

Art by Travis Smith (King Diamond, Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, and Strapping Young Lad)
 
ACT OF DEFIANCE – the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – will return with their new album, Old Scars, New Wounds, on September 29, 2017 via Metal Blade Records. After slamming back into the metalscape with their first video/single“M.I.A.”, ACT OF DEFIANCE are back today with a second new music video/track, “Overexposure”. Directed by Vince Edwards, the melodic scorcher is backed with fast-paced imagery of the band members in their finest form – churning out a precise metal assault! Watch here: www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance

Guitarist Chris Broderick says, “‘Overexposure’ is a track about not selling out and maintaining convictions about your art. I think this song has a great chorus and flows extremely well. As for the solo, I wanted it to start very melodic and build to the end where it erupts in intensity. Henry wrote all of the lyrics and most of the music to this song – it is a testament to his musicality and artistic integrity. For the video we enlisted and tortured Vince Edwards from Metal Blade Records to film it and he killed it… in a good way! The dark filtering, camera work and edits match the intensity of the song and give it life. Enjoy!”

You can pre-order the album now at that same link. Pre-orders are available in the following formats:

— CD

— 180g Black Vinyl (EU exclusive)

— Golden Vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 100)

— Auburn Marbled Vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)

Pre-order bundles are also available and feature the items pictured below:

On Old Scars, New WoundsACT OF DEFIANCE has upped the ante. Each of the 11 new tracks sound fresh and urgent while wielding a timeless quality that will connect powerfully with metal fans new and old – and there aren’t many contemporary bands who can make such a claim. Naturally blending a plethora of metallic styles and never recycling ideas, Old Scars, New Wounds is an even more dynamic and diverse collection than its predecessor. The title – plucked from the blistering track “Conspiracy Of The Gods” – stands as a metaphor for life in general, and the breadth of lyrical matter covered is as broad as the styles of heavy music found on the record.

Old Scars, New Wounds track-listing:
1. M.I.A.
2. Molten Core
3. Overexposure
4. The Talisman
5. Lullaby of Vengeance
6. Circle of Ashes
7. Reborn
8. Conspiracy of the Gods
9. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion

Going into writing the record, the quartet had no grand plan, and spread across the continental US, the individual members worked separately, bouncing demos back and forth and building on each others’ ideas. Like many contemporary bands, through taking advantage of available technologies they made a record that is very much a collaborative effort, despite the distances lying between the members’ home bases. Recruiting producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon) they tracked the record likewise, with Broderick laying down guitars in his own Ill-Fated Studios in LA, Derek and Broderick’s vocals tracked at Red Light Studios also in LA, with Bachand tracking his contributions at Manshark in South Hampton, MA and Drover’s drums were laid down at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios.

Having proven themselves on the road in support of Birth And The Burial both as headliners and supporting the likes of Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah, and Hatebreed, the band are looking ahead to the expansive touring that will accompany Old Scars, New Wounds, and their hunger to get back in front of crowds has not abated in the slightest. Upcoming touring plans are set to be announced very soon.

Stay tuned for more news, tracks and videos coming from ACT OF DEFIANCE, in anticipation of the release of Old Scars, New Wounds.

ACT OF DEFIANCE line-up:
Chris Broderick – guitar
Henry Derek – vocals
Shawn Drover – drums
Matt Bachand – bass

ACT OF DEFIANCE online:

https://www.facebook.com/actofdefiancemusic

https://instagram.com/actofdefiance

https://twitter.com/actofdefiance1

https://twitter.com/chris_broderick

https://twitter.com/shawndrover

https://twitter.com/mattowsfall

https://twitter.com/totheboyelis

Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Memorializes GREGG ALLMAN in Portrait Painted with Late Musician’s Own Blood

Striking Art Included in Southern Blood Deluxe Package/Vinyl First Edition 

Watch an Exclusive Time-Lapse Painting Video Now via Yahoo Music 

GREGG ALLMAN’s Southern Blood out this Friday, September 8

Rounder Records will release late music legend GREGG ALLMAN‘s final studio album, Southern Blood, this Friday, September 8. The deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will include a visually stunning, heartfelt painting that Allman and his daughter Layla Brooklyn commissioned from award-winning surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA. The beautiful portrait (based on a photograph by Neal Preston and pictured above) was painted with Allman’s actual blood and the blood of his children – making for an extremely personal, one-of-a-kind, and everlasting tribute, and ultimately inspiring the title of the new album itself. A limited edition numbered double-sided picture disc will be available at local record shops or with pre-orders of the album via http://found.ee/GASouthernBloodD2C.
Watch a special time-lapse video of Castiglia painting the portrait now, exclusively via Yahoo Musichttps://www.yahoo.com/music/see-late-gregg-allman-immortalized-portrait-created-blood-160951026.html
“Southern Blood” isn’t the first piece of VINCENT CASTIGLIA‘s art to be commissioned by Allman, but it is undoubtedly the most significant and impactful. On Christmas Eve of 2015 – after the idea was initially conceived by his daughter, Layla Brooklyn – Allman personally asked Castiglia if he would be interested in painting his portrait as album art for Southern Blood.
“I was completely blown away, and the proposal was met with an immediate and unequivocal YES. This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life,” says Castiglia.
After receiving the shipment of Allman’s blood vials a few months later, the blood remained in Castiglia’s refrigerator for the following year, only to be used after Allman’s untimely passing.“When Gregg shipped me the vials of his blood, no one could have foreseen what was to come – that ultimately the painting wouldn’t be created until his after his passing,” adds Castiglia.“Painting Gregg’s portrait in his and his children’s blood, memorializing him posthumously, was one of the most emotively intense experiences.”

GREGG ALLMAN‘s daughter, Layla Brooklyn, says that the genesis of the Southern Bloodportrait occurred when her father told her about a work of art he had commissioned, “Gravity”, that utilized the artists’ own blood. Layla Brooklyn was captivated by this process and needed to meet the man behind it – and thus, her friendship with Castiglia was born.

“After becoming friends with Vincent, I began entertaining the idea of a musician surrendering their own blood to his paintbrush,” says Layla Brooklyn. “A few years ago, I invited him to the studio when my metal band was tracking sessions for a record that I didn’t end up releasing. I tucked the art concept away. Upon listening to the early stages of my father’s Muscle Shoals sessions, I knew this concept was perfect visual representation for what would be my father’s last body of work on many levels. I introduced the two artists and suggested to my father he send Vincent vials of his own blood to save for his yet to be titled record. He did it, and nearly a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together. The story, the music, the painting and my dad’s fight to keep playing music when he became ill represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only in metaphorically giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally. Our whole family is in awe of Vincent’s expertise in capturing the spirit of his subjects and concepts using a monochromatic palette with a haunting twist. My father had penchant for collecting strange treasures in his travels and creating a uniquely beautiful ambiance with them. So, it comes as no surprise that Vincent’s work found its way into his home and into our family.”

VINCENT CASTIGLIA says that while one may assume this painting is important to him because of Allman’s musical legacy, additionally and somewhat alternatively, it’s because of the grassroots grit and unrelenting heart, soul, sincerity and integrity of the man himself. “Working with the very last of what was physically left of [Gregg] is just difficult to put into words. My immense respect for him and the project became palpable and was amplified exponentially as soon as I put brush to canvas. I was transforming his life force, his physicality, into his visage. And knowing this was his and his family’s will and having them entrust me in this enormous and incommunicable way was just one of the greatest honors of my life, one which I’m so grateful to Gregg and the Allman family for.”

Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. GREGG ALLMAN‘s first all-new recording since 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations. Though his loss leaves a vast musical space that can never truly be filled, Southern Blood stands tall as a remarkable valedictory and memorial to a true giant of American music, now and forever.
For more information on VINCENT CASTIGLIA and his work, please visit www.vincentcastigliaart.com, and visit www.greggallman.com for more information on GREGG ALLMAN and Southern Blood.
About VINCENT CASTIGLIA:
Award-winning surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA has garnered mainstream attention throughout the last decade with his shocking, meticulously-detailed art painted in human blood. In the privacy of his studio, Castiglia practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. Castiglia’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way, the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.
Castiglia has been featured by the likes of The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo)Fox News, CNBC, BBC, New York 1 News, Fox News “Good Day New York”, The Discovery Channel, New York Post, The Huffington Post, International Business Times and countless other reputable television channels and publications. Castiglia has created cover art for well-known albums and films, painted pieces for entertainment legends such as Gregg Allman and Margaret Cho, and was even the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artistH.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Earlier last year, Castiglia also made headlines after hand-painting Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt’s signature ESP guitarwith the Holt’s own blood. The guitar made its debut at the January 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
Castiglia’s impressive work can be witnessed in mediums throughout the entertainment world. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Castiglia painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon‘s 2010 debut release,Eparistera Daimones.Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frostsinger and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. Castiglia also painted the DVD cover for Fangoria Presents film, Corpsing.
As briefly touched upon above, Castiglia’s work hangs in many distinguished collections, and his paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally.
About GREGG ALLMAN:
GREGG ALLMAN was undoubtedly among rock and roll’s greatest and most significant artists, his soul-fired and still utterly distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in all of American music. From his founding role in the one and only Allman Brothers Band to his long and storied solo career, Allman consistently proved himself to be an iconic singer/songwriter and exceptional practitioner of the American blues tradition. Allman accrued a remarkable list of honors over his five-decade career, including the ABB’s 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Allman detailed his brilliant career in 2012’s acclaimed memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now available in both hardcover and paperback, the New York Times bestseller chronicles an astonishing life and creative journey burdened by unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addiction, told with clear-eyed wisdom and sharp hindsight.

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS: MEGADETH’S DAVE MUSTAINE to join ROB HALFORD, ANTHRAX, HALESTORM, BODY COUNT, NOTHING MORE, STARSET and POWER TRIP For Exclusive Live Performances


SAMMY HAGAR
To be honored with the HUMANITARIAN AWARD
LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS –THE ULTIMATE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AWARD CEREMONY AND CONCERT–
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 AT THE NOVO
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
FOR TICKETS (HERE)
FAN VOTING ONLINE NOW (HERE)

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremony and concert–has announced that Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), will perform alongside previously announced artists ANTHRAX, NOTHING MORE, ICE-T & BODY COUNT, HALESTORM, STARSET, POWER TRIP and a special guest performance from ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale now at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.

In addition, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and longtime Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar will be honored for his charitable efforts with The Hagar Family Foundation. “It’s always exciting to receive an award. But this one is extra special,” says the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. “To be recognized for something you truly love doing and in front of an audience of your peers, doesn’t get any better than that!” The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar–is a private non-profit which puts their community philosophy towards giving into action by eliminating the red tape in getting funds and food quickly into the hands of the people and charities in need. “We look for things that are grassroots,” explains Hagar. “We want to give a dollar to somebody and have it go right in their pocket or put food on their table.” Since the launch of their foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.

Confirmed presenters so far for LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Rex Brown, Brendon Small, Brian Posehn, and members of As Lions, August Burns Red, Avatar, Beartooth, Bloodclot, Butcher Babies, Crown the Empire, Ded, Demon Hunter, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Ice Nine Kills, Huntress, LA Guns, New Year’s Day, Of Mice & Men, Pop Evil, PowerFlo, Prayers, Quiet Riot, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, Steel Panther, Stitched Up Heart, Sum 41, Sylar, Wage War and many more to be announced.

Voting for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS is now open until October 2, 2017. Loudwire.com readers are able to vote in multiple awards categories, including Album and Artist of the Year at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.

Following are the categories and nominees for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS:

HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by FRONTIERS RECORDS

* In This Moment

* Korn

* Papa Roach

* Pretty Reckless

* Starset

* Stone Sour

METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

* Avenged Sevenfold

* Body Count

* Code Orange

* Mastodon

* Metallica

* Power Trip

HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR

* At The Drive In “In*Ter * A*Li*A”

* Highly Suspect “The Boy Who Died Wolf

* Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”

* Royal Thunder “WICK”

* Starset “Vessels”

* Stone Sour “Hydrograd”

METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by RAZOR & TIE

* Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”

* Body Count “Bloodlust”

* Code Orange “Forever”

* Mastodon “Emperor of Sand”

* Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”

* Power Trip “Nightmare Logic”

 HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC

* Foo Fighters “Run”

* Fozzy “Judas”

* I Prevail “Alone”

* Nothing More “Go To War”

* Of Mice & Men “Unbreakable”

* Starset “Monster”

METAL SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC

* Body Count “No Lives Matter”

* DragonForce “Ashes of the Dawn”

* Municipal Waste “Amateur Sketch”

* Obituary “Sentence Day”

* Pallbearer “I Saw The End”

* Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”

BEST LIVE BAND presented by eONE

* Amon Amarth

* Anthrax

* Behemoth

* The Dillinger Escape Plan

* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

* Iron Maiden

MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by BMG/RISE

* Babymetal

* Blink-182

* Halestorm

* I Prevail

* Iron Maiden

* Rammstein

BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by APPLE MUSIC

* Avatar

* Beartooth

* Bloodclot

* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

* King Woman

* Royal Thunder

BEST NEW ARTIST presented by CENTURY MEDIA

* Black Map

* Cover Your Tracks

* Ded

* Gone Is Gone

* Greta Van Fleet

* Zeal & Ardor

BEST VOCALIST presented by FEARLESS RECORDS

* Chester Bennington, Linkin Park

* Maria Brink, In This Moment

* Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden

* Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge

* MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder

* Corey Taylor, Stone Sour

BEST GUITARIST

* Tosin Abasi. Animals As Leaders

* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold

* Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon

* Dave Mustaine & Kiko Loureiro – Megadeth

* Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge

* Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath

BEST DRUMMER

* Charlie Benante, Anthrax

* Brann Dailor, Mastodon

* Mario Duplantier, Gojira

* Tomas Haake, Meshuggah

* Matt Greiner, August Burns Red

* Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah

BEST BASSIST presented by INDIGO HOTELS

* Frank Bello, Anthrax

* Derek Boyer, Suffocation

* Rex Brown, Rex Brown

* Matt Freeman, Rancid

* Steve Harris, Iron Maiden

* Mike Kerr, Royal Blood

Previously announced:

The COURAGE AWARD – Tony Iommi

The LEMMY AWARD presented by EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT – Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST

WWE superstar Chris Jericho will serve as host for the first-ever LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS ceremony and concert with the GRAMMY Awardwinning ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST receiving the “Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award“– named in honor of late MotörheadfrontmanLemmy Kilmister. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi–who will be presented with the “Courage Award,”which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer.

The Loudwire Music Awards will be curating exclusive playlists on Apple Music to spotlight the top hard rock and heavy metal released this year, and Apple Music will be featuring these playlists in support of the following awards categories: Heavy Metal Song of the Year, Hard Rock Song of the Year and Breakthrough Band. For the above categories, the fans will let their voices be heard by streaming the songs and the total streaming numbers will dictate the winners.

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremony and concert–attracts the biggest names in the world of rock and will celebrate artists that have imprinted themselves on generations of rock fans and is proudly sponsored by Blacklight Media, BMG, Century Media, Entertainment One Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eleven Seven Music, Fearless Records, Frontiers Records, Loudwire Nights Radio, Metal Blade Records, Musicians Institute, Nuclear Blast, Razor & Tie, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Sinister Picks, Spinefarm Records, Suretone Records, TicketFly and Indigo Hotels.

LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM

About The Hagar Family Foundation:

The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar-is a private non-profit which expands their community philosophy toward giving and eliminates the red tape in getting funds quickly to the people and charities in need. Among the Hagar’s charitable initiatives include: supporting local food banks in every tour city that Sammy and his band visit; donating all profits from Sammy’s popular chain of restaurants “Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill” and “Sammy’s Red Rocker Bar and Grill” located in U.S. airports and casinos to charities; and in 2014, Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield of Metallica created “Acoustic-4-A-Cure,” an annual benefit concert which supports the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Since the launch of The Hagar Family Foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.

About LOUDWIRE:

Townsquare Media’s Loudwire.com is one of the leading hard rock and heavy metal websites in the world, with more than 1.3 million Facebook fans. Meanwhile, Loudwire’s YouTube channel has more than 600,000 subscribers and 175 million lifetime views. Townsquare Media is also home to ‘Loudwire Nights,’ a syndicated radio show that airs weeknights on multiple active rock radio stations across the United States.

About TOWNSQUARE MEDIA:

Townsquare is a media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company principally focused on small and mid-sized markets across the U.S. Our assets include 312 radio stations and more than 325 local websites in 66 U.S. markets, a digital marketing solutions company serving approximately 11,200 small to medium sized businesses, approximately 550 live events with nearly 18 million attendees each year in the U.S. and Canada, and one of the largest digital advertising networks focused on music and entertainment reaching more than 50 million unique visitors each month. Our brands include iconic local media assets such as WYRK, KLAQ, K2 and NJ101.5; acclaimed music festivals such as Mountain Jam, WE Fest and the Taste of Country Music Festival; unique touring lifestyle and entertainment events such as the America on Tap craft beer festival series, the Insane Inflatable 5K obstacle race series and North American Midway Entertainment, North America’s largest mobile amusement company; and leading tastemaker music and entertainment owned and affiliated websites such as XXLmag.com, TasteofCountry.com, Loudwire.com and BrooklynVegan.com. For more information, please visit www.townsquaremedia.com.

Watch TONY IOMMI making the
LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARD statuette (HERE).

For PHOTOS, visit (HERE).

 

ELM: Dirty Rock Collective To Unveil Dog Full-Length Via Italy’s Bronson Recordings; New Track Streaming + Pre Orders Available

Small towns in the countryside are all obstinately the same wherever you go: loneliness, abjection, rage. From a godforsaken place, the volume abusers in ELM tell their tales with languages and images of the American Bible Belt; a land of obsessed preachers and sleazy moralism; cradle of inveterate losers and alienation.

On their new album Dog, ELM wanders places lost somewhere between reality and imagination; Swamps and deserts where God is just a mere memory that leaves only a pale reflection, a dark and distorted echo that fosters the need for the absolute of irredeemable Sinners who live under the burden of their stories. They are stories from the darkest places of our society that nobody wants to tell; stories that need no judgement, where the outcasts end up unsurprisingly all in the same way; stories told through killer riffs and nasty plots by four respectable members of the community, who live the honest and relaxed small-town life.

Dog was tracked live at ELM‘s rehearsal studio in April 2017 and includes a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Holed up in their den, they used no outside producers or studio trickery. Dog is dirty, sharp, crushing, no frills rock ‘n’ roll, constantly overloaded never underestimated. Mastering was taken care of by Ettore Dorado from Hubsolut Studio in Cuneo, Italy to bring the sound over the maximum impact level.

Dog will see release via Italy’s Bronson Recordings on CD, LP, and digital formats on October 20th in Italy and the rest of Europe and December 12th worldwide. The vinyl edition will be limited to 500 copies with 100 on marble wax and 400 on standard black. For CD preorders visit THIS LOCATION, for black vinyl go HERE, and for marbled vinyl go HERE.

For digital orders go HERE where you can sample opening track “Banister.”

Dog Track Listing:

  1. Banister
  2. Ed’s
  3. Scum
  4. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
  5. La Kiva
  6. Lamb
  7. Mayhem
  8. Swampland
  9. Waco
  10. Boogie

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AGUSA: Laser’s Edge To Release Eponymous Third Album By Swedish Psychedelic/Progressive Rock Alchemists In October


Swedish psychedelic/progressive rock alchemists AGUSA present their third full-length album, and second for Laser’s Edge, simply titled Agusa. The label will release the sprawling new LP worldwide in late October, unveiling the record’s artwork and information this week.

The follow-up to 2015’s Agusa 2 (Två ) sees the AGUSA circle expanding their kaleidoscopic output which conjures images of nature and the cosmos, their extensive passages again leading the listener into fantastic realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence. While Agusa 2 (Två) engulfed forty minutes of music through two massive tracks, Agusa sees the band delivering their singular brand of trance-inducing, folk-inspired, occult rock through more traditional track lengths, offering five songs which range from five to ten-and-a-half minutes in length and are a bit heavier than the album’s predecessors.

Agusa was recorded and mixed by Viktor Ronneby and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bob Katz, and completed with art by Danilo Stankovic and design by Peter Wallgren.

Laser’s Edge will release AGUSA‘s eponymous third album on digital, CD, and LP formats on October 27th. This will be celebrated with release shows in Sweden and Denmark, after which the band will head east to play their first gigs on Russian soil.

Agusa Track Listing:

  1. Landet Langesen
  2. Sorgenfri
  3. Den Fortrollade Skogen
  4. Sagor Fran Saaris
  5. Bortom Hemom

In September 2016, AGUSA released their live disc Katarsis, which was recorded in Athens, Greece six months before. Following that release the band had hectic schedule with gigs in Scandinavia, Poland, and back to Greece. This proved to be too much for organ player Jonas Berge who left the band in January 2017, while recording the new Agusa album, which caused the band to take a pause in order to complete the album and replace Berge. Finding a talented organ player who would also fit into the group proved to be a difficult task, but finally Danish organ player Jeppe Juul was picked as Berge’s successor. Juul is originally from Denmark but now lives in the deep woods of southern Sweden in primitive circumstances, where they must carry all water from a nearby well and occasionally get some electricity from some solar cells on the roof. He has previously played with many acts in different genres; Marcus Miller, Royal Danish Ballet, and Lili Haydn, among many others.

AGUSA has performed live throughout Europe, including the mighty Roadburn Festival and more. Preceding the new Agusa album, flute player Jenny Puertas gave birth to a daughter in May which saw the band performing sans-flute for several shows, and additionally, organist Jonas Berge rejoined the lineup for several performances, which saw them playing live with two organ players. As always, AGUSA performed vastly different versions of the new songs live compared to how they ended up on the album, continuing their ongoing mission of turning every concert into something unique.

AGUSA:

Tobias Pettersson – bass
Jeppe Juul – organ
Jenny Puertas – flute
Tim Wallander – drums, percussion
Mikael Ödesjö – guitar

5IVE: Magic Bullet Records’ Five Weeks Of 5IVE Continues With The Hemophiliac Dream + The Theory Of Abstract Light Solo Recordings Reissues


Magic Bullet Records’ Five Weeks Of 5IVE continues, as the label digitally reissues the entire catalog of defunct Boston riff/math/doom rock act, 5IVE. The past two weeks have seen the rebirth of 5IVE‘s self-titled debut and follow-up The Telestic Disfracture, andnow this Friday, September 8th, will see the label re-releasing the outfit’s third title, The Hemophiliac Dream, as well as the reissue of the eponymous THE THEORY OF ABSTRACT LIGHT solo recordings from the band’s Benjamin Carr.

Stream and order 5IVE’s The Hemophiliac Dream HERE and The Theory Of Abstract Light album HERE.

Five Weeks Of 5IVE continues with the reissue of Versus on September 15th and Hesperus on September 22nd.

A space shuttle pharmacy, composing mini-symphonies that hang in the atmosphere, with effects similar to Ambien, Xanax, Valium, and other synthetic sedatives. Performing under the moniker 5IVE’s CONTINUUM RESEARCH PROJECT on this release, The Hemophiliac Dream is considered the third offering from 5IVE. It was originally only released on CD format by Tortuga Recordings on November 26th, 2002. While many of the aspects of this recording remain a mystery, here’s what we do know: “Part I” is 24:02 in length. It features Ben Carr on drones and sonics, Charlie Harrold on “wrenches,” with Jeff Caxide (of ISIS) on “subbass (feebles), Rhodes, and lost weed.” Carr also handled the artwork, layout, and mechanics of this release. Bo Dixon engineered the recording of “Part I” in March of 2002 at “Unknown” Studio. James Plotkin remixed the track, which comprises “Part II” of the album. Dave Locke pre-mastered the recording at JP Masters before Nick Zampiello took the reins to master the entire record.

Self-described as, “an interpretation of depression falling into madness,” THE THEORY OF ABSTRACT LIGHT was a solo project and album by 5IVE‘s Benjamin Carr. In 2001, Carr released the nine-song album via his own Odd Halo Recordings imprint; it was packaged in a custom, letterpressed and foil-stamped cardstock case with insert. Interestingly, Carr made the packaging alongside his father in the latter’s print shop. The duo also created many packaging elements for5IVE, Hydra Head Records, and Deathwish Inc. during this era. The Theory Of Abstract Light recording was later reissued in the fall of 2002 by the now defunct Tortuga Recordings label. Both versions are long sold out and long out of print with 2017 marking the first time that this recording has been offered digitally in quite some time. On this album, all sonic captures and mechanics were tracked by Carr at Odd Halo in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the winter of 2000, and mastering was performed by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East.

The Hemophiliac Dream Track Listing:

  1. Part I: The Hemophiliac Dream
  2. Part II: The Hemophiliac Dream (A James Plotkin Remix)

The Theory Of Abstract Light Track Listing:

  1. Outside The World’s Fair (1912)
  2. Is the Dream…
  3. Self Is Taught (Daemon)
  4. Self Loathing (Realizing)
  5. The Menagerie (Broken) (Minus One)
  6. His Mother’s Lock (A Broken Memoir)
  7. The Hemophiliac Dream
  8. The Hemophiliac Dream (Dream)
  9. The Hemophiliac Dream (A Message Into)

 

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IN SEARCH OF SUN ANNOUNCE ALBUM DETAILS + REVEAL FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO FOR “SAY IT LIKE YOU SEE IT”


NEW ALBUM VIRGIN FUNK MOTHER DUE FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 20

Hailing from London, In Search of Sun are a five-piece alternative rock act who know a thing or two about big grooves, big choruses, and being both progressive and to-the-point, as their new single “Say It Like You See It” clearly shows.

Watch the video here.

The song is lifted from Virgin Funk Mother, the UK band’s forthcoming studio album set for release via Spinefarm Records on October 20. It’s available for pre-order here.

This exciting, ambitious 11-tracker is the follow-up to The World Is Yours, the debut ISOS outing, independently issued back in 2014.

Following the release of The World Is Yours, ISOS set about building their profile out on the road, sharing stages with acts such as Twelve Foot Ninja, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral for a Friend, and Nothing More, as well as appearing at the prestigious Download festival in the UK in 2016; at the same time, the quality of the band as both songwriters and players attracted the attention of key media outlets such as Kerrang! Radio, Scuzz TV and VH1, who selected ISOS as one of the “15 Metal Bands You Should Be Listening To In 2015.”

Now, having inked a worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records, the band is perfectly placed to build on such acclaim, plus the groundwork of the past.

Virgin Funk Mother was co-produced by Phil Kinman and Rory Kay, and mixed by former Periphery bassist “Nolly” Getgood, who approached the band enthused by what he’d heard!

In Search of Sun are:
Adam Leader  Vocals
Rory Kay  Guitar/Vocals
David Mena Ferrer  Guitar
Faz Couri  Bass
Sean Gorman  Drums

“BLACK SABBATH: THE END OF THE END”

ONE NIGHT ONLY IN CINEMAS WORLDWIDE


SEPTEMBER 28 2017

FULL LIST OF THEATERS AND TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

“The End of The End” chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre–BLACK SABBATH. On February, 4 2017, BLACK SABBATH stormed the stage in the U.K. in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of “The End” tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.

The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits including “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and many more. BLACK SABBATH are also seen in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band’s world: the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.

The band said: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”

“The End of The End” offers viewers the chance to witness BLACK SABBATH‘s swansong. As OZZY says, “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s fucking amazing.” This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.

Marc Allenby from Trafalgar Releasing said: “Trafalgar Releasing are excited to be expanding our music events with the legendary band, BLACK SABBATH, and their final ever historic show. We look forward to collaborating with Eagle Rock and BLACK SABBATH‘s management on ‘The End of the End’.”

For one night only on September 28 2017, over 1,500 cinemas worldwide will be showing a specially edited version of “Black Sabbath: The End Of The End.”

The film will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on September 28 and will include the historic final gig as well as unprecedented behind the scenes access to the band, filmed by director Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors Live). “The End, Live In Birmingham” will be released in various formats later this year.

Tickets are now on sale worldwide with more cinemas to follow soon. If “Black Sabbath: The End Of The End” is not screening in a specific area, fans can make a request for via ‘Demand It’ it by filling out a form on the website, and Trafalgar Releasing will do their best to bring the event to a cinema near them.

For details of cinemas taking part in this very special one night only event and ticket information, visit www.blacksabbathfilmtickets.com

Custom Sportswear Brand PUCK HCKY Now Offering EXODUS and GRUESOME Hockey Jerseys, Flannels & More

PUCK HCKY (www.puckhcky.com) – the custom hockey apparel brand dominating music merchandise – have recently partnered with an exciting mix of artists, such as Snoop Dogg(who recently sported his PUCK HCKY brand hat on Jimmy Kimmel Live), Testament and OverkillPUCK HCKY are thrilled to expand further with the joining of thrash legends Exodus and heavy metal newcomers Gruesome. In addition, PUCK HCKY plans to add partnerships with artists such as MeshuggahDarkest Hour, Toothgrinder, Less Than Jakeand others in the coming months, as well as music labels and other brands.

The Exodus “Bonded by Puck” collection is designed around the band’s favorite sports teams. In the hockey world, Exodus loves the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers. Fittingly, the Bonded By Blood jersey is classic Flames style, and the Fabulous Disaster jerseys (two colorways) have that Philly spirit. Exodus also tasked PUCK HCKY with crossing hockey over with their other favorite sports. The Piranha jersey brings in a little football, as it’s done up in 49ers colors, and The Warrior jersey gives props to reigning champs of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors. Fun fact: The Warrior is also the same jersey worn by the Hanson Brothers in Slapshot! All of the jerseys, as well as the Toxic Waltz flannels in this collection sport a patch based on their legendary song of the same name, if you look closely, you’ll find two players ready to “waltz it up”. Each jersey and select flannels also feature the “Bonded by Puck” patch which commemorates the collaboration and pays tribute to the San Francisco Giants.

The Gruesome “Skate Savage Play Savage” collection celebrates old school Death Metal. The Demonized jersey design harkens back to the 80’s and 90’s Death Metal scene, with a brand new hockey make-over. While the Bronx Bomber jersey pays homage to band favorite, the New York Yankees.

Both lines feature not only hockey jerseys, but also several different colored hoodies and flannels. See below for images of selections from the individual Exodus and Gruesomecollections and visit www.puckhcky.com to see every design:

Matt Marini, CEO of PUCK HCKY says: “Well it certainly doesn’t get any more legendary than adding the mighty Exodus to the PUCK HCKY roster! Everyone knows that you can’t have any discussion about Bay Area thrash without starting with Exodus. The guys are very proud of their home and we worked hard to reflect that in the designs. The “Bonded by Puck” collection is here! We are also super-pumped to add a newer, but no less heavy band in Gruesome! We totally dig that Gruesome pays tribute to old-school death metal with their look and sound. The “Skate Savage Play Savage” collection is also here!”


Exodus
 guitarist Gary Holt adds: “Hella stoked to be collaborating with PUCK HCKY. This is what Paul Baloff is wearing right now while he is beating posers with his hockey stick mic stand in Hell.”

Thrash architects Exodus are celebrating 32 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, Exodus was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. The band is currently gearing-up for the Battle of the Bays tour which kicks off September 14 and runs through October 16, as well as writing the follow up to Blood In, Blood Out.

Gruesome
‘s Matt Harvey adds: “We’re very excited to be working with the fine folks at PUCK HCKY to come up with some truly gruesome jerseys! We collaborated to come up with some killer designs – check ’em out and get some blood on the ice!”

Gruesome 
originated from guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios’ mutual involvement with the DEATH TO ALL tours (Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing Baptized In Blood and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a few dates). The pair stayed in touch and after discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the 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. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derkéta bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the west coast. The result is a truly gruesome slab of late-80s / early 90s “Florida Death Metal” that specifically celebrates the early Deathrecords. Tragically, there will never be any truly new Death material, but Gruesome is humbly determined to keep the band’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible.

The current PUCK HCKY team roster includes Snoop Dogg, Testament, Overkill, ExodusGruesome, Hed PE, David Ellefson of MegadethAll Hail The YetiDoyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Monster Truck, Ice Guardians movie, 36 Crazyfists, First Jason (Friday the 13th), Tomas Tatar (Detroit Red Wings), Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks), Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche), Eric Comrie (Winnipeg Jets) and Thom Hazaert.

To order these and other PUCK HCKY merchandise designs, please visit www.puckhcky.com. You can also visit PUCK HCKY on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

ANCIENT VVISDOM: Occult Rock Sect To Release Fourth LP 33 Digitally Via Magic Bullet Records; “Light Of Lucifer” Streaming + Preorders Posted

Magic Bullet Records confirms the digital release of 33, the new LP by occult rock sect, ANCIENT VVISDOM. The album’s second track, “Light Of Lucifer,” has been issued alongside preorders for the album.

33 is the fourth studio album from Cleveland, Ohio’s ANCIENT VVISDOM. This time around, the perennial nucleus of brothers Nathan “Opposition” Jochum (vocals, acoustic guitar, kick drum) and Michael Jochum (guitar, backup vocals) is rounded out by new band member Connor Metsker on bass.

Thematically, the album largely continues forth the prior agenda of empowerment through Satanism, instinct, enlightenment, and ritual. 33 comes under the microscope on this recording and is regarded by the band as a master number. Frontman Nathan Jochum is quick to point out that it is the age that Christ was crucified, the age of the peak of existence, and the age he happened to be in making this album.

The sonic approach continues in the tradition of prior albums: deliberate, mid-tempo songs with minimal arrangements, unparalleled melody, and dynamic vocal range. ANCIENT VVISDOM could be cited as among the strongest proponents of the philosophy “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” 33 was produced by Nathan “Opposition” Jochum, engineered by Steve Rauckhorst, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and completed with cover art by Linas Garsys and design by Emma White.

Stream 33‘s second hymn, “Light Of Lucifer,” RIGHT HERE.

Appropriately, 33 sees official release on Friday the 13th of October 

33 Track Listing:
1. Ascending Eternally
2. Light Of Lucifer
3. In The Name Of Satan
4. True Will
5. Infernal One
6. Summoning Eternal Light
7. Rise Fallen Angel
8. 33
9. The Great Beast
10. Lux
11. Dispelling Darkness

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THE CONVALESCENCE: This Is Hell Full-Length Out Now And Streaming; Band To Kick Off Tour With Venom Inc., Goatwhore, And Toxic Holocaust Tonight + Fall Headlining Dates Announced

Sept 1 marked the official release of the THE CONVALESCENCE‘s This Is Hell full-length via Unique Leader Records. The ten-track offering was produced by John Burke (Forever In Terror, Captain Kid, etc.) at Vibe Studios, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Beyond Creation, etc.) at The Grid, and comes wrapped in the macabre cover art of Coki Greenway.

Notes Moshpit Nation of the record, “Haunting, dark, and brutal are all words that describe this full-length album by this hard-touring band. Mixing death metal with elements of black and symphonic metal, THE CONVALESCENCE sows dread, anger, and healing deep into your psyche, but in the end lead those along for the ride to redemption.

In conjunction with the release of This Is Hell, the band will join The Blood Stained Earth North American tour featuring UK-based metal icons Venom Inc., New Orleans’ blackened death thrash legion Goatwhore, and Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust. The trek will commence today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and run through October 2nd in Baltimore, Maryland. From there, THE CONVALESCENCE will close the year with a headlining tour through October and mid-November. Support will be provided by Wings Denied, Shaping The Legacy, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming, and Death Rattle. See all confirmed dates below.

“We are beyond exciting to bring our twisted vision of reality to the United States on the This Is Hell headlining tour,” says keyboardist/vocalist Katie McCrimmon. “We can’t wait to see everyone, hit the road with our friend and tear it up nightly!

THE CONVALESCENCE w/ Venom Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust:
9/01/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
9/02/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
9/03/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
9/04/2017 The Low Beat – Albany, NY THE CONVALESCENCE only
9/05/2017 Bungalow Bar – Manchester, NH THE CONVALESCENCE only
9/06/2017 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
9/07/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/08/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
9/09/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
10/01/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/02/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

End Tour

w/ Wings Denied, Shaping The Legacy, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming, Death Rattle:

10/06/2017 The Odeon – Cleveland, OH
10/07/2017 Frankie’s Inner City – Toledo, OH
10/09/2017 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
10/11/2017 Opinion Brewing Company – Newport, MN
10/12/2017 Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
10/14/2017 Ernie November – Cheyenne, WY
10/15/2017 Your Mom’s House – Denver, CO
10/16/2017 Monk’s Bar – Missoula, MT
10/18/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
10/19/2017 The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
10/20/2017 Shasta Grange Hall – Klamath Falls, OR
10/21/2017 PJs Roadhouse – Placerville, CA
10/22/2017 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
10/24/2017 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/25/2017 Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
10/26/2017 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
10/27/2017 Jack’s Patio Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/28/2017 The Brown Plaza – Del Rio, TX
10/29/2017 Diamond Jim’s – Arlington, TX
10/30/2017 White Swan Live – Houston, TX
10/31/2017 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
11/01/2017 Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL
11/02/2017 The Dungeon Tavern – Panama City, FL
11/03/2017 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/04/2017 The Haven – Winter Park, FL
11/05/2017 Piper’s Sports Bar – Greenacres, FL
11/06/2017 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
11/08/2017 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
11/09/2017 Patterson’s Creations – Attleboro, MA
11/10/2017 Bungalow Bar – Manchester, NH
11/11/2017 The Low Beat – Albany, NY
11/12/2017 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
11/13/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
11/14/2017 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
11/15/2017 Carl’s Tavern – New Haven, IN
11/16/2017 The Ritz – Warren, MI
11/17/2017 Papa Pete’s – Kalamazoo, MI
11/18/2017 The Courtyard – Englewood, OH

Founded in the spring of 2011, THE CONVALESCENCE is a six-piece collective featuring vocalist Keith Wampler, guitarists Brandon Davis and Zac Lunsford, bassist Ronald Buckley, drummer Charles Webber, and keyboardist/vocalist Katie McCrimmon. Together they fuse deathcore with theatrical elements of black metal and the shredding guitars and blast beats of modern death metal. The band has remained mainly independent over the years with constant touring including tours with As Blood Runs Black, Rings Of Saturn, Cryptopsy, Disgorge, Soreption, Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Abiotic, and many more as well as joining Slayer, King Diamond, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Whitechapel, and many more on festivals including Mayhem Festival 2015, Dirtfest 2015 and 2016, Rock Fest 2016, and Texas Tattoo Music Festival 2016.

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This Month on NAIL THE MIX… Decapitated Track, “One Eyed Nation”

Renowned Swedish Producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Behemoth, In Flames) to Teach Online Mixing Class with Decapitated Track, “One Eyed Nation”

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It’s no secret that Sweden, Poland and Norway have always been hotbeds of heavy metal talent, and the producers behind those countries’ biggest bands have been instrumental (no pun intended) in shaping that talent – ultimately ensuring it stays that way. One of the most notable producers behind this sound, Daniel Bergstrand, is known for his work with artists such as DecapitatedBehemoth, MeshuggahDimmu Borgir, Dark FuneralIn FlamesSoilwork,and many others.

One of Daniel Bergstrand’s most recent projects was mixing Decapitated‘s massive new album, Anticult. This month, NAIL THE MIX is pleased to host Bergstrand as guest mixer to analyze his mixing process on one of the album’s biggest tracks, ‘One Eyed Nation” (listen here).

Daniel Bergstrandwill lead an exclusive livestreaming class offering a complete walkthrough of how he mixed “One Eyed Nation”. NAIL THE MIX subscribers can download the multi-tracks today, then join Bergstrandfor the livestream on Saturday, September 30NTM will also host a Q&A chat with Daniel Bergstrand on Wednesday, September 13 at 12:00pm ET, exclusively available to subscribers. Register for the Q&A here.

Daniel Bergstrandsays, “I feel very honored to be a part of NAIL THE MIX team. Doing stuff like this is new for me. I’ve always thought, ‘who would be interested in what I’ve got to say?’ I’m not an in-the-box kind of guy so most of the mixing will be done on my console and outboard hardware. Decapitated‘s “One Eyed Nation” needs a lot of tweaking and can be taken in many different directions. I will try my best to explain how I mixed this song.”

He adds, “Personally, my biggest challenge on this song was the snare, which I worked a lot on, but there are many directions to go and it will be interesting to see if I go the same route the second time around.”

NTM‘s Eyal Levi adds, “Daniel Bergstrand has always been an enigma to me. He’s always been that sick metal producer/mixer who I wish I knew more about, but could never find any info on no matter where I looked. He’s been behind so many landmark albums, yet his methods remained a total mystery to me. Here and there I would hear things like, ‘he’s an analog guy that still mixes on a board’ but I could never confirm. As of this month on NAIL THE MIX that all changes. Myself and the NAIL THE MIX crew are traveling to Daniel’s studio in Sweden to film him nailing the mix for the latest Decapitated banger, which by the way sounds incredible. This will be the first time he’s ever allowed a peak behind the curtain, and I can tell you already, it’s gonna be good. Oh, and did I mention that he’s mixing a Decapitated song? Only one of my all time extreme metal favorites. Do I sound excited? I am! And so should anybody who’s ever wanted to take their metal mixing to the next level.”

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In addition to receiving the raw multi-tracks of “One Eyed Nation”, those who get access to September’s NTM class can take part in a user-judged mix competition with major prizes from Ehrlund, including an EHR-E microphone, as well as a chance to attend the 2017 URM Summit in Orlando, FL with VIP access, hotel stay and more included! Select subscriber mixes will be chosen for airing on NAIL THE MIX‘s sister podcast, URM Podcast, as part of their “MixCritMonday” series.

See below for everything else you receive with a NAIL THE MIX subscription!

About NAIL THE MIX:

NAIL THE MIX is an online school for aspiring rock and metal producers created by Joey Sturgis, Joel Wanasek and Eyal Levi – the producers behind The Devil Wears PradaChelsea GrinBlessthefallMachine HeadMonumentsMiss May IThe Black Dahlia Murder,ReflectionsBorn Of OsirisAsking Alexandria and dozens more of this generation’s best metal bands. Every month, NTM members will gain access to a bevy of educational resources including multi-track song files, a mix competition with prizes, a 6-8 hour live mix “fly on the wall” video stream with chat, a live Q&A webinar chat, a bonus exclusive community and a bonus subscription to the Unstoppable Recording Machine podcast.

Past sessions featured tracks from bands such as A Day To Remember, Papa RoachGojira, Meshuggah, Machine HeadPeripheryNeck DeepWe Came As Romans and State Champs – and NTM is the only place in the world you’ll get access to them! Learn more via this official NTM intro video:https://youtu.be/-iFE8M0W_So

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming NAIL THE MIX sessions, and learn more via these websites:

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Don’t miss the September 2017 episodes of UNSTOPPABLE RECORDING MACHINE, featuring:

–          Legendary metal producer / mixer Daniel Bergstrand

–          Audio Engineering secret weapon Jeff Dunne

–          Prolific UK Producer Romesh Dodangoda

–          Q&A Episodes with Joey Sturgis, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi, and Finn McKenty

–          Interview with Metal Injection co-founder Rob Pasbani

–          Ex-Defeater and now in-demand producer Jay Maas

Join the NTM team as they sit down each week with the best producers and artists in the business to talk shop. Listeners will get information, inspiration, and most of all, actionable insights from every episode. Make sure to join the other 100,000 listeners who download the Unstoppable Recording Machine podcast each month by visiting https://urm.academy/. Listeners can also stream and subscribe to the Unstoppable Recording Machine podcast via the link above, or iTunesSoundcloudStitcherAndroid and more.

CYHRA’S DEBUT ALBUM LETTERS TO MYSELF DROPS 10/20


NEW BAND FEATURES EX-MEMBERS OF AMARANTHE, IN FLAMES, AND ANNIHILATOR

LISTEN TO FIRST SINGLE “KARMA”

CyHra, the new band featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, have revealed details of their forthcoming debut album, Letters to Myself. The album is available for pre-order here.

Due for release on October 20Letters to Myself features plenty of the magic that each member of the band has become known for over the years.

CyHra have shared the first single, “Karma.” Listen to it here.

The video will follow on September 8.

From the blissfully melodic thrust of Strömblad’s riffs and hooks, and the soaring, soulful splendor of Jake E.’s unmistakable voice, to the pummeling, groove-driven precision of Peter Ewers, and Alex Landenburg’s rhythmic bedrock, every last moment crackles with the excitement of fresh territory, new challenges, and a brand new identity for all involved to embrace.

Formed in 2016 by long-time friends Jake E. and Jesper Strömblad, CyHra are about to light a fire under the contemporary metal scene that promises to blaze for decades to come.

With former In Flames bassist Peter Iwers plus Alex Landenburg (current drummer with power metal titans Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and a former member of thrash legends Annihilator) completing the line-up, the buzz around CyHra has been growing at a rapid rate since the band unveiled their plans earlier this year.

“The excitement that I feel about CyHra is over the top,” Jake E. exclaims. “I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it’s not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can’t wait to show it to the world!”

“For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special,” adds Strömblad. “This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can’t wait to share this.”

The band plans tour extensively behind its Spinefarm debut. The first show is scheduled for October 27 at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland.

CyHra Are:
Vocals: Jake E (ex-Amaranthe)
Guitar: Jesper Strömblad(ex-In Flames)
Bass: Peter Iwers (ex-In Flames)
Drums: Alex Landenburg (ex-Annihilator)

LETTERS TO MYSELF TRACK LISTING:
“Karma”
“Heartrage”
“Here to Save You”
“Muted Life”
“Closure”
“Letter to Myself”
“Dark Clarity”
“Holding Your Breath”
“Rescue Ride”
“Black Wings”
“Inside a Lullaby”
“Dead to Me”
“Letters to Myself”

KING WOMAN RELEASE AUSTERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “MANNA” Stream it in full today via Revolver Magazine / Catch King Woman on tour in September & October


King Woman has released a stirring new music video for ?Manna,? which was filmed in the depths of a forest using stark black-and-white filters.  The Huemidhaus-directed video delves into its namesake ?manna,? a miracle sustenance that was introduced in the Book of Exodus. As artful as it is spiritual, the video is a stunning addition to the King Woman dogma. Stream the video in full via Revolver Magazine.

The track is pulled from King Woman?s masterful debut album Created in the Image of Suffering, which was released earlier this year via Relapse Records. Harnessing the texture and temporality of drone alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of metal, King Woman forges world swallowing doom rock. Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA. Met with wide critical acclaim, King Woman‘s redemptive debut is still sending shockwaves across 2017?s musical landscape.

Each of Created in the Image of Suffering?s 8 songs evokes gloomy, Biblical leaning imagery with hazy, psychedelic atmospheres scarred with bristling swaths of distortion. Calling to mind a a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Hope Sandoval, King Woman crafts deeply cathartic pieces that channel religious and mental torment. There has never been any doubt that King Woman truly suffer to create their art.

King Woman is trekking out on the road with a batch of tour dates in September and October?including a performance at the Loudwire Music Awards (October 23rd, Los Angeles), where they?ve been nominated for Best Breakthrough Band, presented by Apple Music.  Vote for King Woman here.

A full tour itinerary is listed below. Stay tuned for more updates.

KING WOMAN ? ON TOUR: 
September 8 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch
September 9 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
September 10 Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali *
September 11 Oneonto, NY @ Cop Frat *
September 12 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk *
September 13 Toronto, ON @ Coalition
September 14 Montreal, QC @ Montreal Pop
September 15 New York, NY @ Union Pool +
September 16 Philadephia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie #
October 14  Joshua Tree, CA @ Desert Daze
October 23  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent (Loudwire Music Awards)

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+ w/ Dreamdecay
# w/ Wovenhand and Subrosa

UFOMAMMUT Streams 8 LP In Its Entirety At The Obelisk; Album Drops Fri 9/22 via Neurot Recordings

Stream and share UFOMAMMUT’s 8 at THIS LOCATION.

UFOMAMMUT is streaming their eighth full-length 8 in its entirety through The Obelisk as the album approaches release this Friday via Neurot Recordings

For the trio, the album is particularly symbolic, as they reflect, “8, seen as the infinite symbol, is for us representative of time tracing around an eternal line. More than ever, the process of writing, recording and realizing 8 with the visuals of the artwork, inlay and videos, has led us to step back and observe the continuing evolution of UFOMAMMUT in the past, present and future. Tracing our own line, and thinking about the possibilities.”

The Obelisk dissects the monolithic LP in detail, the review including, “As it invariably would, 8 brings new context to the turn of approach that really started with Ecate coming off of Oro, the 2015 outing serving as the point at which UFOMAMMUT embarked on the redirection that continues here… Whether this concept is something UFOMAMMUT embarked on consciously or it’s simply a matter of a fan-nerd reading too much into a progression between tracks, they made the choice to put these songs in this order with the lack of space between them and in so doing give 8 a personality that even as it seems to tighten the reins from Ecate succeeds in moving UFOMAMMUT stylistically forward. It’s not necessarily just about them getting huger and huger-sounding anymore, but about what can they do within and between the spaces they’re creating. Taking this notion in context with the immediacy of what they’re actually crafting, 8 is all the more an achievement for the nuance it brings to the established parameters of UFOMAMMUT‘s sound and the ways in which the three-piece persist in redrawing their own boundaries.”

Explore UFOMAMMUT’s 8 at The Obelisk RIGHT HERE.

Also view the previously-released video for the “Warsheep” single HERE.

8 will see release this Friday, September 22nd on vinyl and CD formats via Neurot Recordings, and on a limited and regular edition vinyl via UFOMAMMUT‘s Supernatural Cat label. EU vinyl Preorders for the limited LP (500 copies) can be placed via Supernatural Cat HERE, hand-crafted in Italy by Malleus – the rock art collective run by members of UFOMAMMUT. US Preorders can be placed via Neurot Recordings HERE.

This Friday in Milan, UFOMAMMUT has put together a very special event to not only mark the release of 8, but to celebrate the band’s journey, and as well as performing two live shows in the evening, and hosting an exhibition of band artwork, the members have some other surprises in store. The band felt inspired to look back into their past, and specifically at their first release Godlike Snake. They remark, “Whilst we believe it’s a good album, at the time we recorded it, we didn’t have the same ears and possibilities of today, so, during this past year, we have taken the old tapes and re-mixed the album the way we believe it should be heard.” A vinyl and a digipack version will be presented this Friday at the release party. Furthermore, they have also been working hard on a book titled “The Art of Ufomammut”, a Malleusdelic journey into, and celebration of the artwork they have realized as Malleus from the genesis of the band, right through to today. It is a four-color, ninety-six-page book that they shall also present at the release show. Any copies remaining will be brought on tour the following week. Lastly, in the final days in the run up to the release, Malleus is working on a five-color silkscreen poster for the forthcoming live dates.

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:

9/22/2017 Santeria Social Club – Milan, IT *release show and Malleus exhibit [info]

9/30/2017 La Boule Noire – Paris, FR w/ Usnea

10/01/2017 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Usnea

10/03/2017 Borderline – London, UK w/ Usnea

10/04/2017 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE w/ Usnea

10/05/2017 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE w/ Usnea

10/06/2017 Up In Smoke Festival – Pratteln, CH w/ Usnea

10/07/2017 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, NL @ Soulcrusher Festival w/ Usnea

10/08/2017 Forum – Bielefeld, DE w/ Usnea

10/10/2017 Blitz – Oslo, NO w/ Usnea

10/11/2017 Klub Undergangen – Stockholm, SE w/ Usnea

10/13/2017 Korjaamo – Helsinki, FI @ Blowup Vol. 3 Festival w/ Usnea

10/14/2017 Olympia-Kortelli – Tampere, FI w/ Usnea

10/16/2017 KB 18 – Copenhagen, DK w/ Usnea

10/17/2017 Lido – Berlin, DE w/ Usnea

10/18/2017 Markthalle – Hamburg, DE w/ Usnea

10/19/2017 Werk 2 – Leipzig, DE w/ Usnea

10/20/2017 Firley – Wroclaw, PL w/ Usnea

10/21/2017 007 – Prague, CZ w/ Usnea

10/22/2017 Keep It Doom Festival – Munich, DE w/ Usnea

11/17/2017 Magazzino Sul Po, Turin, IT

11/25/2017 Traffic Club – Rome, IT

11/07/2017 Bronson – Ravenna, IT

11/08/2017 Tetris – Trieste, IT

5/24-27/2018 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

“…slinky drums and bass lock the groove, a fuzz-laden guitar kicks in the door and chainsaws everyone inside, and kaleidoscopic keyboard noises send the whole shebang hurtling into the exosphere. Meanwhile, vocalist Urlo’s uniformed shotus invite a sedative trance before he hadds haunting melodies that call to mind Oceanic-era Isis performing on the deck of the Nostromo… and that’s only the first eight minutes…9/10” – Decibel

“subtle sleights-of-hand, together with immersive songwriting. keep the listener fixated and maintainUFOMAMMUT‘s standing as a leading figure for unearthing metaphysical pathways through the power of psychedelic doom.” – Metal Hammer

“It’s not so much overwhelming as completely absorbing, like letting yourself be pulled into a Technicolor tunnel with no clear destination in sight, but which promises fun nonetheless…It’s a journey with so many experimental turns and textural shifts that the best approach is to simply put on the headphones, lie down and go with it.” – Wire

UFOMAMMUT are an ingenious bunch, and this is one of their most absorbing strides toward oblivion yet.” – Classic Rock

 UFOMAMMUT have created an excellent blend of surreal and heavy, another step forward for this band who are clearly not afraid to be different, and I commend them for it.” – No Clean Singing

 

 

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