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DEAD IN THE MANGER Unveils First Song from Transience EP

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Just a few weeks after the first public knowledge of new blackened grind act DEAD IN THE MANGER the first pummeling audio from this obscure act is now playing. Released today via 20 Buck Spin is the third of six movements from their debut Transience EP, simply titled III.

20 Buck Spin will release Transience on MLP and digital formats in North America on April 29th and in Europe on May 2nd, to be followed later in 2014 by DEAD IN THE MANGER’s debut LP, with more information to follow shortly.

BLOODLET: A389 To Issue 1995 WFMU Radio Session With Unreleased Track For Record Store Day‏

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Following initial announcements on three exclusive titles for Record Store Day 2014 — splits from Full Of Hell/Psywarfare, Noisem/Occultist and Integrity/VegasA389 Recordings confirms one more special platter for release that day, in the form of a full BLOODLET radio set from the mid 1990′s.

After culling the defunct BLOODLET out of nonexistence for an exclusive reunion in January, in conjunction with the release of an unreleased mid-90s single in the form of the “Embrace” 7″ and a remastered version of their seminal Entheogen album on 2xLP, the Live On WFUM-FM 12″ was recorded at longtime North New Jersey underground music station, WFMU. The killer performance took place on March 23rd, 1995 as BLOODLET exploded from a swamp-born entity into a widely-respected and explosively original entity who was carving their own incredible slice into the virtually brand new metalcore scene.

Live On WFUM-FM captures a crucial collection of early versions of some of BLOODLET’s best material, including alternate arrangements and different vocals. Included are the tracks “CPAI-75,” “Shell,” “Brainchild,” “Something Wicked,” “Cherubim, “The Triumph” and the unreleased “Canker” as a mid-set surprise, the recording unearthed from the personal collection of Will Tarrant of Chainsaw Safety Records. The songs have recently been mastered by Audiosiege and had artwork created by Aaron Turner (Isis/Hydrahead), and will see release on limited 12″ vinyl for Record Store Day. Fans are urged to contact their local participating record outlet to secure physical product of all four of these A389 specials and all other RSD-exclusive releases in advance.

MAYHEM announce new album, titled ‘Esoteric Warfare’‏

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Legendary Norwegian black metal legends (This is a copy and paste straight from a Season Of Mist press release. They used the phrase legendary legends, not us.) MAYHEM have announced new details of their new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare‘. MAYHEM will see the release of ‘Esoteric Warfare‘ on May 27th in North America (May 23 worldwide). The album will be available as a CD, Limited Edition box set, and various Lp formats.

WHITECHAPEL Premiere New Song

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Returning with their fifth full-length album, WHITECHAPEL has released another new song from Our Endless War titled “Mono“. Our Endless War will be released April 29th in North America via Metal Blade Records.

Leading up to the release of Our Endless War, WHITECHAPEL have confirmed a string of dates including an appearance at this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival.  These dates will being April 16th in Columbus, OH and run through April 27th in Birmingham, AL.  These shows feature support from Carnifex, Within the Ruins and Cruelhand.  More dates including a North American co-headlining North American tour are in the works and will be announced shortly.

WHITECHAPELw/ Carnifex, Within The Ruins and Cruelhand
4/16: Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/17: Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
4/18: Worcester, MA @ Palladium – New England Metal and Hardcore Fest*
4/19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
4/20: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/22: Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
4/23: Columbia, SC @ New Brooklyn Tavern
4/24: Jacksonville, FL @ Roc Bar
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
4/27: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

MAYHEM announce European headlining tour‏

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Legendary Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM have announced a headlining European tour. The tour kicks off in Germany at Hamburg’s famous Markthalle, and will continue through ten countries before concluding in Denmark’s capital København at Pumpehuset. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

MAYHEM will release an as-yet-untitled new album, and follow up to 2007′s critically acclaimed ‘Ordo Ad Chao‘ later this year. In anticipation of the new album, MAYHEM recently announced the release of a vinyl 7″ single, titled ‘Psywar‘. The “Psywar” 7″ is backed by “From Beyond Event Horizon“, an unreleased track taken from the band’s 2012 Budapest sessions, and will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST, BEHEMOTH) and Costin Chioreanu (ULVER, VADER, IHSAHN, and more). ‘Psywar‘ will be pressed across several different colored vinyl editions.

MAYHEM tour dates
5/14 Hamburg (DE) @ Markthalle
5/16 Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
5/17  Köln (DE) @ Essigfabrik
5/18  Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
5/20  Bruxelles (BE) @ AB
5/21  London (GB) @ Electric Ballroom
5/22  Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
5/23  Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
5/24  Milan (IT) @ Factory
5/26  Bratislava (SK) @ Randal
5/27  München (DE) @ Backstage Club
5/28  Berlin (DE) @ C-Club
5/29  Warsaw (PL) @ Proxima
5/30  Plzen (CZ) @ Metalfest Open Air Festival
5/31  København (DK) @ Pumpehuset
8/8  Øya (NO) @ Tøyenparken (Øya Festival

TRIPTYKON announce Special Limited Edition box set‏

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Triptykon and Century Media Records/Prowling Death Records are proud to announce a special limited edition box set of the band’s second album, Melana Chasmata, containing the album’s main Mediabook CD edition as well as a selection of unique Triptykon paraphernalia. The Melana Chasmata Mediabook features a 32-page booklet and an additional 12-panel fold-out cross-booklet; the paraphernalia comprises a silver Triptykon “T” necklace, 2 specially manufactured Triptykon candles, a Triptykon tote bag, a poster, and 3 postcards.The box set will be limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

PRONG to Release 7″ Single For Record Store Day 2014‏

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On April 19th PRONG will release an exclusive 7″ single for the “Record Store Day” celebration in the USA with the new track “Turnover” on side A and a Pig Remix of “Revenge Best Served Cold” by Raymond Watts on Side B.

The single is limited to 3,000 copies and comes in green marbled vinyl. The worldwide digital release of this single is April 21st! PRONG will take care of their European fans by selling this 7″ inch single during their European tour that kicks off on March 26th in Essen and ends on April 20th in Stockholm. In addition, the first 100 fans to show up at the venue will receive a free 2 track cardboard sleeve CD. This CD contains another new track from the upcoming album “Ruining Lives” and a track from their celebrated 2012 album “Carved Into Stone“.

The new album “Ruining Lives” will be released through Steamhammer/SPV in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th as a limited Digipak version that includes 1 bonus track and a poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard CD version and download.

PRONG Live 2014
26.03. D-Essen – Turock
27.03. NL-Haarlem – Patronaat
28.03. NL-Roermond – ECI Cultuurfabriek
29.03. B-Antwerp – Trix
30.03. GB-London – Underworld
01.04. GB-Glasgow – Cathouse
02.04. GB-Manchester – Sound Control
03.04. GB-Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
04.04. F-Paris – Nouveau Casino
05.04. D-Cologne – Luxor
06.04. D-Karlsruhe – Substage
08.04. D-Saarbrücken – Garage
09.04. CH-Aarau – Kiff
10.04. D-Munich – Backstage
11.04. A-Vienna – Szene
12.04. CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice
13.04. PL-Krakow – Kwadrat Club
15.04. D-Berlin Lido
16.04. D-Bremen – Tower
17.04. D-Hamburg – Knust
18.04. DK-Copenhagen – Vega
19.04. SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
20.04. SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand

22.07. I-Milano – Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
01.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air
08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

GORGUTS begin the 2014 DECIBEL Magazine Tour‏

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Canadian technical death metal legends GORGUTS are kicking off the 2014 DECIBEL Magazine North American Tour tonight in Orlando, FL at The Beacham theater alongside CARCASS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and NOISEM. The band will then proceed to hit various territories across the United States and Canada before concluding on April 13. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

GORGUTS main-man Luc Lemay was recently featured on the cover of the DECIBEL Magazine (Issue #114, April 2014). The third annual DECIBEL tour is GORGUTS’ first national trek since the release of their critically-acclaimed new album ‘Colored Sands‘. Presented by Nuclear Blast, Peavey, Metal Blade, IndieMerchstore.com, Season of Mist and Lace Music, the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour will fester across North America for 21 putrefying dates, once again seamlessly integrating the past, present and future of extreme music.

2014 DECIBEL Magazine Tour w/CARCASS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and NOISEM
March 18 Orlando, FL @ The Beachum Theater
March 19 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
March 21 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
March 22 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
March 24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room
March 25 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
March 26 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
March 28 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 29 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
March 30 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 02 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
April 04 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
April 05 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
April 06 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 08 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
April 09 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
April 10 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 11 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
April 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
April 13 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Announces Deluxe Vinyl Reissues; European Tour With Exhumed Underway + Band To Takeover Australia And New Zealand With Skeletonwitch Next Month‏

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In celebration of their ongoing global conquest with Exhumed and Skeletonwitch, Relapse Records will be reissuing three long out-of-print LPs from Portland, Oregon thrash metal merchants, TOXIC HOLOCAUST. The group’s now classic albums, Evil Never Dies, Hell On Earth, and An Overdose Of Death, will all be available on deluxe vinyl on April 15th, 2014.

The album that started it all, 2003′s Evil Never Dies, will be available on vinyl for the first time in six years. Hell On Earth, 2005′s long out-of-print thrash-punk crossover masterpiece, will be reissued with the original artwork from Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Venom). Finally, 2008′s An Overdose Of Death will be repressed with gatefold packaging and contains some of the finest metal this side of the 21st century.

The trio are currently in the midst of their European takeover with fellow metal lifers Exhumed. From there, TOXIC HOLOCAUST will team up with blackened thrashers, Skeletonwitch, for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in April.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST w/ Exhumed [remaining dates]
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NO
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

w/ Skeletonwitch
4/16/2014 The Kings Arms – Auckland, NZ
4/17/2014 Bodega Bar – Wellington, NZ
4/18/2014 The Rosemont Hotel – Perth, AU
4/19/2014 Fowlers Live – Adelaide, AU
4/20/2014 Espy Gershwin Room – Melbourne, AU
4/21/2014 TBD – Byron Bay, AU
4/22/2014 The Basement – Canberra, AU
4/24/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, AU
4/25/2014 Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, AU
4/26/2014 The Hi Fi – Sydney, AU
4/27/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, AU
6/20/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

ARCH ENEMY announces new singer

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In early June 2014, ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Angela Gossow comments:

“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.”

ARCH ENEMY Confirmed Live Dates
23.05.2014 Turbohalle, Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 Metal Summer Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 Mixtape 5 , Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
29.05.2014 Rock and Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
30.05.2014 New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02.06.2014 L’Etage, Rennes, France
03.06.2014 Le 106, Rouen, France
04.06.2014 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, Germany
07.06.2014 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 Studio USF, Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 John Dee, Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
14.06.2014 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 RockMaraton, Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 Seven Festival, Wegorzewo, Poland
19.07.2014 Dong Open Air, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 Getaway Rock, Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 Leyendas Del Rock, Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK
22.09.2014 Re:Republic, Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 Yunost’, Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 Glav Club, Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 Zal Ozhidaniya, Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 Otdykh Club, Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 Angar Club, Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia

ABORTED premiere new song & start U.S. Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confirmed dates are as follows:

MAY 2014:

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

DECAPITATED ENTER STUDIO & ANNOUNCE NEW DRUMMER‏

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

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

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

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

MASSACRE premieres new video for “Back From Beyond”

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

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

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

WOLVHAMMER Enters Studio To Record Third LP For Summer Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enthroned launch new track “Of Shrines and Sovereigns”‏

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

Sovereigns will hit stores on April 15 via Agonia Records.

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

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

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

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

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

Lacerated Enemy Records signs Infecting The Swarm

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

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

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

Artwork of ‘Pathogenesis’ -

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Video from the upcoming release -

 

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

Infecting The Swarm – www.facebook.com/InfectingTheSwarm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOUR OF PENANCE announce new album title and release date‏

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

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

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

Aurora Borealis – Worldshapers REVIEW

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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