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DEICIDE to release “In The Minds of Evil” on November 25

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Bentonites rejoice–legendary death metal act DEICIDE have set November 25 as the release date for their brand new full-length album In the Minds of Evil on Century Media Records. As frontman Glen Benton so elegantly puts it, the album “is like King Kong taking a shit on a daisy.” And while we’re not entirely sure what that means, it certainly piques our interest. The album’s cover is taken from Simon Cowell’s painting “Power of the Mind,” and the names of its eleven tracks can be previewed below:

  1. In the Minds of Evil
  2. Thou Begone
  3. Godkill
  4. Beyond Salvation
  5. Misery of One
  6. Between the Flesh and the Void
  7. Even the Gods Can Bleed
  8. Trample the Cross
  9. Fallen to Silence
  10. Kill the Light of Christ
  11. End the Wrath of God

Salivating fans can get a sneak preview of the album before it drops by seeing the band on their No Salvation tour this October. Support will be provided by death metal legion Broken Hope, Disgorge, and Necronomicon.

02: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03: Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
04: Springfield, VA – Empire
05: Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 (Delaware Death Fest, co-headline with Suffocation)
06: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
07: Montreal, QC – Club Soda
08: Toronto, ON – WreckRoom
10: Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
11: Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
12: Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
13: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
15: Spokane, WA – The Hop
16: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
17: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
18: San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
19: S. Lake Tahoe, CA – Whisky Dick’s
20: W. Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
21: Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
22: El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
23: Dallas, TX – Trees
24: Austin, TX – Infest

DESTROID ANNOUNCED FOR ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

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Rob Zombies Great American Nightmare

Dubstep super group DESTROID featuring Excision, Downlink and KJ Sawka have been announced as the final piece in the skull crushing lineup for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween music and horror event–every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 – November 2 at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is the ultimate Halloween music and horror event!!! Showcasing three terrifying haunted houses; Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses as well as featuring concerts from various artists and genres each night.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available now starting at $30. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and the Bloody Boulevard activities. Purchase Concert Tickets at GreatAmericanNightmare.com

On November 1st DESTROID will bring forth the next stage of the dubstep movement as a full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen. The live setup will feature Excision and Downlink performing with two custom MIDI guitars and KJ Sawka banging away on a fully custom digital drum kit. Sharing the stage with them will also be Dirtyphonics and Fei Fei.

DESTROID must be seen to be believed! You can get a preview of the madness they’ll bring to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare here:

They join EDM Nights lineup at the Great American Nightmare, taking place every Friday from October 10th to November 2nd. Rob Zombie has invited the crème da le crème of the EDM scene for a series of mind-blowing shows under the night sky.

“If you are easily scared or offended go to a f*cking amusement park.”

Zakk Wylde (guitars, vocals) – Black Label Society (SMNnews exclusive)

Back in the 80’s OZZY OSBOURNE had a revolving door of guitar players. Then he found a kid from New Jersey and when I saw Miracle Man on MTV, I was an instant fan of ZAKK WYLDE. His pinch harmonics, fluid solos, and ability to write memorable riffs help keep afloat Ozzy’s career throughout the 90’s. But Zakk was never complacent and always had other avenues to express himself. Fast forward t0 2013 and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is releasing Unblackened on September 24th which is a live CD/DVD filmed in Los Angeles, CA. I had the opportunity to catch up with Zakk, have a chat, share a laugh, and this is what I bring you here as Zakk leads in with, “Hey Mark, what are you doin?”

Q: Zakk brother, how are you?

A: What’s happenin?

Q: It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken with ya.

A: I dig it, how’s everything goin over there?

Q: Things are great and my life is better now that I’m Unblackened!

A: Very good (laughs).

Q: I live here in LA and I missed that gig because I was out of town, but damn it came out phenomenal.

A: I dig it brother, thanks man! We did a DVD with Eagle. We had production out on the last run and I remember JD saying we should film some of the dates and yada yada yada. We had the video screens, the pyro, and things we don’t usually have but the whole thing is we got approached to do this thing. With Berzerker Nation people always ask can you guys do more mellow songs. When we’re headlining we’ll wheel the piano out and do the Dime Song (In This River), Darkest Days, or Spoke In The Wheel or something like that. On every Black Label record, and there’s nine of them, there’s some mellow tunes on the record but they never get the chance to see the light of day live. We can only do a couple of ‘em then it’s back to the Marshall Wall of Doom. So this was a great opportunity so when it presented itself we were like, why don’t we just do it now? So that’s how it came about.

Q: History wise for you and my first introduction was hearing Miracle Man and the band I was in was like, “shit, we have to cover this song.” (Zakk laughs) On through your career, and with everything you’ve done, Book Of Shadows is one of my favorite albums of all time. Now you kind of got to play in that style some of your other songs which is cool to hear.

A: Absolutely!

Q: Do you see yourself doing more of this in the future?

A: Umm, well yeah! I’ve always listened to the mellow stuff. What got me into music was ELTON JOHN before I found BLACK SABBATH and LED ZEPPELIN and everything you listen to that’s a staple on Classic Rock. Whenver we’d be sitting on a 16-hour bus ride we’d be sitting on the submarine at the end of a gig sitting back drinking and listening to everything we love that is mellow whether it’s BOB SEGER, NEIL YOUNG, Elton, anything, even CROWDED HOUSE or the Motown stuff. Just chillin out in the front. It’s always been there anyways, even with Ozzy doing Mama, I’m Coming Home. It’s always been a part of who we are and the cool thing about now that this is out, we can actually tour then a year later come back around and do it as an Unblackened gig so everybody knows it’s going to be a different show obviously.

Q: You brought Derek Sherinian (kayboards) in for this.

A: With Derek, I’ve known Derek since I came out here with Ozzy and he was playing with ALICE COOPER and stuff like that. And JD knows him as well, they’re both BERKLEE (school of music) guys. But the whole thing is, I’ve jammed on Derek’s records and it was a killer opportunity to just get together and for us to finally do something together.

Q: I thought it was real cool what you guys did with Speedball.

A: Oh yeah, that’s the love for AL DIMEOLA and CHICK COREA and all that stuff, definitely cool. We had it down.

Q: How’s life out at the compound?

A: I’m just sitting here writing because the guys get out here on the 27th or 28th and we start firing up and making noise.

Q: You got a bucket full of riffs to give them right now?

A: Totally! We’ll listen to some CARPENTERS records, some Sabbath and Zeppelin, mixed in with some DONNY & MARIE video tapes of the old shows and we’re good to go. (laughs)

Q: I remember being on the Merry Mayhem Tour with you back in 2001 with Ozzy, ROB ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and SOIL.

A: That was brutal (laughs). That’s when the firemen in New York had that Crucifix made with some pieces of the Towers.

Q: How’s your health right now?

A: It’s great! I take blood thinners twice a day once when I wake up and before I hit the sack. Of course, no booze for like four years. I can’t drink anymore because that’s like putting blood thinner on blood thinner. I still feel great, I’m still high on life like I was before. (laughs)

Q: You sound like the same Zakk!

A: Yeah (laughs), nothing’s changed! Some people are like, ‘did Zakk find God?’ because I don’t drink anymore. I go, ‘No’, what are you talking about? I rolled with Jesus when I was drinking now I don’t drink and still rolling with Jesus. Let’s not complicate things, okay? (laughs)

Q: I guess it’s the cliché thing with Rockers that when they mature (Dave Mustaine, Head, etc.) they become Jesus Crispies or something.

A: HaHa! I’m more like, ‘when did you lose him [Jesus]? Were you following the trail, what’s going on here? (laughs)

Q: They were playing hide n seek with him.

A: HaHa – I guess so!

Q: How are the kids?

A: They’re doing great! They’re 21, 20, 11, and now we got Sabbath Page, he’s 1. He’s a 4th of July baby so it’s definitely comedy.

Q: You’re still firing bullets.

A: Oh yes! I have to remind everyone cause of the age difference of the kids they’re like wow, you’ve got a 21 year old, a 20 year old, and a 1? And I go, ‘Yeah, I’m not some new guy, I’ve been here for the whole ride.” (laughs)

Q: So the guys are coming out, you’re doing a Black Label record, how soon do you hope to have it done?

A: Probably first week of December we’re looking at.

Q: Wow, that’s quick!

A: Yeah, it’ll be no time at all. We just have to go in and get the sounds going. The studio is already set up. We just added some new stuff to the outboard gear. Drums are still sitting there from when we did the last album.

Q: This is all at your place, right?

A: Yeah, the Black Vatican!

Q: Is recording something you enjoy a lot now?

A: I always have! Now I got my own studio. I love it all! I run into some guys I’ve met through the years and they’re like, “I hate touring, I wish I was home with my family.” I love touring dude! I love making the records, I still love practicing. A lot of guys hate being away from the family. That’s like you and me being professional baseball players, yet we can’t stand to travel.

Q: Yeah, that would suck.

A: That’s the reason you’re playing for the Yankees! I don’t get it. Being a baseball player, traveling is part of it, I don’t get it.

Q: If you don’t want to tour you can join THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT.

A: Yeah, or STEELY DAN. But I love it just as much as I first started with Oz.

Q: You can see it in how you approach it. You go up there and you have fun.

A: Yeah, without a doubt. It’s always a blast! On top of it, I’ve never been in a band with a bunch of guys I can’t stand so that’s makes it easier. Ever since it started when I was 15 years old playing in a pickup band then getting older I was playing keg parties, in people’s kitchens, and the whole nine yards, high schools, and we all loved hanging out together and jamming. The same thing when I got with Ozzy, then PRIDE AND GLORY, then when me and Nick went out and did the Book Of Shadows thing then Black Label. Everybody that’s been in Black Label we all did hanging out with each other. Especially in the early days with the drinking it was comedy all the time, it was ANIMAL HOUSE.

Q: Outside of Black Label there’s a lot of rumors, what if’s, etc. when it comes to a PANTERA reunion and what if we could get Vinnie and Phil to talk and iron things out, and put Mr. Wylde on guitar, is that ever a possibility?

A: Well I was just out with Vinnie at the first game of the football season at Texas Stadium watching the Cowboys and Giants. We were hanging out and we just did Gigantour together. I love Vinnie. He’s in our video for There Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone. All the guys are great. If the guys ever start talking and the guys were like, ‘Zakk, we want you to honor Dime’ of course I’d do it. Everybody always says nobody cane replace Dime. And I say nobody can replace Randy Rhoads either and all the guys we love. When I was explaining this to one of the guys I was talking with, it’s a matter of honoring him. If everyone is wearing 7 on the Yankees, it’s because they’re honoring Mickey Mantle. What you’re doing is honoring Dime’s greatness and all the great things Pantera achieved. As far as I’m concerned in that genre of music, they’re the Led Zeppelin of that genre, Extreme Metal. That’s what they are and always will be. All bands, in that genre of music, are measured against Pantera. It would be a celebration of all things Pantera, all things Dimebag, it’s a beautiful thing. If the guys say Hey Zakk, we want you to honor Dime, of course I would do it.

THE HARDROCKCORE

SEPULTURA – New single “The Age Of The Atheist” available for streaming

Legendary Brazilian metal icons SEPULTURA, have the new single “The Age Of The Atheist” available for streaming below:


The single will be released digitally and on colored vinyl on September 27, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

Track list:
Side A: The Age Of The Atheist
Side B: Zombie Ritual (DEATH cover song)

You can preorder the single here: http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/shop/artikel/landing/sepultura

The song “The Age Of The Atheist” comes from their highly anticipated upcoming release “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”, which will be released on October 25th via Nuclear Blast.

Check also the album trailers streaming over Virgin Media Broadband networks :

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7MbyGOZJts
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2HLYnR_-yg

The artwork for “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner (www.alwg.org).

The album was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (KORN, MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY), who worked with SEPULTURA on their landmark 1996 release Roots, and co-produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, INCANTATION), who previously worked on SEPULTURA?s “Roorback” (2003), the “Revolusongs” EP (2002), and “Nation” (2001).

The track listing for the album is:

01. Trauma Of War
02. The Vatican
03. Impending Doom
04. Manipulation of Tragedy
05. Tsunami
06. The Bliss Of Ignorants
07. Grief
08. The Age Of The Atheist
09. Obsessed
10. Da Lama Ao Caos (Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover)

ENDSTILLE premiere new track

Black Metal war machine ENDSTILLE have premiered the first track off their forthcoming full-length, “Kapitulation 2013″. The new track, titled ‘The Refined Nation’ is streaming now via the following outlets:

Rock Hard (DE)
This Is Rock (ES)
Rockoverdose (GR)
Rockerilla (IT)
Sweden Rock (SE)
Terrorizer (UK)

“Kapitulation 2013″ is slated for release on November 8th worldwide. The album is now available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

ENDSTILLE
recently revealed details about their forthcoming record. The artwork and track-list for “Kapitulation 2013″ can be found below:

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1. Aborted
2. The Refined Nation
3. Reich an Jugend
4. Sick Heil
5. Blasphemer [Sodom cover]
6. Monotonus 2013
7. Nostalgia
8. Stalin Note
9. KDF 511
10. Endstille (Abschied)

With their eighth full frontal assault “Kapitulation 2013″, ENDSTILLE are armed and dangerous again. There is true grit and dirt in their nine original tracks as well as in the cover version of the SODOM classic “Blasphemer” featuring Grave Violator on guitar. “Kapitulation 2013″ has everything you expect from German Black Metal and more: furious droning of deliberately monotonous guitars, relentless punishing from the rhythm section and undiluted vocal aggression from the raw throat of frontman Zingultus ? formerly of legendary NAGELFAR. Now ENDSTILLE are once more ready to take on the world with “Kapitulation 2013″, combining their strongest aspects on one album. Prepare to surrender!

ENDSTILLE previously released “Infektion 1813″. The album is available for streaming at their Bandcamp page.

MORGENGRAU signs with Unspeakable Axe Records

Unspeakable Axe Records will join forces with Austin death metal outfit MORGENGRAU next year for their second, currently untitled full-length album.

MORGENGRAU formed in 2010 and self-released their debut, Extrinsic Pathway, earlier this year. The album has received great reviews for its vicious death metal blending European and American influences from classic ’90s bands, including Morbid Angel, Slayer, Pestilence, Asphyx, with original songwriting and a voice purely the band’s own. MORGENGRAU has been entirely self-distributed and self-promoted thus far; entering into the Unspeakable Axe/Dark Descent Records fold, they are now poised to inflict vastly greater damage worldwide.

Vocalist/guitarist Erika Morgengrau has this to say about the signing: “We are very pleased and honored to be working with such a professional and respected label. This will allow us to move to the next level with our music and shall certainly inspire us to produce a second album that buries the first!”
The second MORGENGRAU album is expected to begin recording next summer for release in mid to late 2014. Extrinsic Pathway is available at morgengrau.bandcamp.com.

For more on Unspeakable Axe Records, visit:
www.unspeakableaxerecords.com
www.facebook.com/unspeakableaxerecords

SKELETONWITCH Marks 10-Year Anniversary With Video Premiere

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Ten years ago today, brothers Nate and Chance Garnette joined forces with Scott Hedrick in a new band they opted to call SKELETONWITCH. A decade later, the blackened metal powerhouse commemorates their anniversary with the world premiere of the slasher/classic horror-themed music video for “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived),” a new song from the group’s highly anticipated fifth studio offering, Serpents Unleashed.

Next month, SKELETONWITCH will initiate the massive Serpents Unleashed touring cycle by playing a handful of shows with Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., after which they’ll embark on a full North American takeover with The Black Dahlia Murder. The band will kick off 2014 with a stateside journey alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. A full list of the group’s upcoming live assaults are included below.

SKELETONWITCH
10/04/2013 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI w/ Ghost B.C.
10/05/2013 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI SKELETONWITCH only
10/06/2013 Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN SKELETONWITCH only
10/07/2013 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH w/ Ghost B.C.
10/14/2013 Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN w/ Ghost B.C.
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
10/24/2013 Peabody’s Concert Club – Cleveland, OH
10/25/2013 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/26/2013 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
10/27/2013 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
10/28/2013 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
10/29/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
10/30/2013 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
10/31/2013 Ritual – Ottawa, ON
11/01/2013 Rum Runners – London, ON
11/02/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
11/04/2013 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
11/06/2013 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/07/2013 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK
11/08/2013 Avenue Theatre – Edmonton, AB
11/09/2013 The Den – Calgary, AB
11/11/2013 The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
11/12/2013 The Center – Spokane, WA
11/13/2013 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
11/14/2013 Whiskey Dick’s Saloon – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/15/2013 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
11/16/2013 Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
11/17/2013 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/18/2013 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX *newly added
11/19/2013 Club Patron – Odessa, TX
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
11/20/2013 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
11/21/2013 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
11/22/2013 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
11/23/2013 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
11/24/2013 The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
11/25/2013 Mojoes of Joliet – Joliet, IL
11/26/2013 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/27/2013 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House of Blues – Houston, TX
1/24/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/07/2014 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
w/ Amon Amarth
2/16/2014 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

WARBRINGER launch first song off new album IV: Empires Collapse

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Following up on a successful appearance at Iron Maiden’sThe Battle Of San Bernardino” event last weekend and in the light of the upcoming release of their fourth studio album, IV: Empires Collapse, on October 29 via Century Medias Records, WARBRINGER are now debuting  the first song from the album, “Hunter- Seeker.

WARBRINGER tour w/ Kreator and Overkill.
10/30/2013    Soundstage    Baltimore    MD
10/31/2013    The Trocadero    Philadelphia    PA
11/1/2013    The Palladium    Worcester    MA
11/2/2013    Club Soda    Montreal    QC
11/3/2013    Opera House    Toronto    ON
11/4/2013    Altar Bar    Pittsburgh    PA
11/5/2013    Al Rosa Villa    Columbus    OH
11/6/2013    Mojoes    Joliet    IL
11/7/2013    Granada    Lawrence    KS
11/8/2013    Gothic Theater    Englewood    CO
11/9/2013    In The Venue    Salt Lake City    UT
11/11/2013    Rickshaw Theater    Vancouver    BC
11/12/2013    El Corazon    Seattle    WA
11/13/2013    Hawthorne Theatre    Portland    OR
11/14/2013    Fillmore    San Francisco    CA
11/15/2013    The Grove    Anaheim    CA
11/16/2013    Marquee Theatre    Tempe    AZ
11/17/2013    Sunshine Theater    Albuquerque    NM
11/18/2013    Trees    Dallas    TX
11/19/2013    Backstage Live    San Antonio    TX
11/21/2013    Diamond Pub & Billiards    Louisville     KY
11/22/2013    Empire    West Springfield    VA
11/23/2013    Stage 48    New York City    NY
11/24/2013    Stage 48    New York City    NY

GWAR ‘Battle Maximus’ Available Today!

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The day has finally arrived.  Your lords and masters GWAR have unleashed their 13th and most devastating album to date Battle Maximus. Tonight in Richmond, VA at Balliceaux there will be a Battle Maximus release party.  The party starts at 8:00 PM and will feature appearances by Oderus Urungus and guitarist Pustulous MaximusBattle Maximus will be blasting in its entirety, there will be free posters and fans can pick up their copy of the new album for $5.

But that’s not all; Oderus has taken over the satellites at SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.  Every hour today through 2:00 AM tomorrow morning, the Warty One will be introducing new songs from Battle Maximus.  That’s a new GWAR song every hour!

GWAR will be heading out this fall on the  “Madness at the Core of Time” tour.  The tour, which features a completely brand-new show full of slavering creatures and deserving victims, is set to kick off October 2nd in Columbus, Ohio and runs through November 17th in Washington, DC.  GWAR shall be joined by label-mates Whitechapel, Richmond, VA thrashers Iron Reagan (featuring Municipal Waste singer Tony Foresta) and A Band of Orcs (who are actually a band of Orcs).

“Madness at the Core of Time” Tour With Whitechapel, Iron Reagan and Band of Orcs
10/2: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/3: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/4: Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
10/5: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/6: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
10/7: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
10/8: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
10/9: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
10/11: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
10/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
10/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/15: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/16: Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
10/17: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/18: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
10/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
10/20: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/22: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/24: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/25: Ft. Worth, TX @ LaGrave Field
10/26: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/28: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
10/29: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/30: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/31: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/1: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/2: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/4: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/5: Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
11/7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11/8: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/9: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/10: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11/12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/13: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/15: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
11/17: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

GRAVE releases new EP, ‘Morbid Ascent,’ today in North America

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Death metal legends GRAVE have released a new 5-track EP, Morbid Ascent, today in North America!

Morbid Ascent track-listing
Side 1:
1. Venial Sin
2. Morbid Ascent
Side 2:
1. Possessed (originally by SATYRICON)
2. Epos (Risen From The Tomb – Remix)
3. Reality Of Life

For a preview of Morbid Ascent, be sure to check out the album track “Venial Sin

GRAVE live
10.5   Oostenede (BE)   Zombie Fest II

ORANSSI PAZUZU: New Track From Finland’s Black Metal Voyagers

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As Finnish cosmic black metal collective ORANSSI PAZUZU prepares for their sophomore LP, Valonielu, to see release in less than a month, today they unveil the luminous album opening “Vino Verso (Askew Sprout).” The plodding track follows a set course, with a seemingly unwavering beat pounding solidly through the nearly five-minute anthem, yet a constant barrage of the band’s investigational riff tactics and celestial effect experimentation unwinding and uncoiling ceaselessly, the tension escalating until the implosion at the song’s crescendo.

The innovative Valonielu will see release on CD and LP via 20 Buck Spin in North America on October 15th preceded by the European release via Svart Records on October 11th. Valonielu offers a vibrant, colorful cataclysm of psych, space rock and black metal that cannot be easily categorized as any one particular genre or any single influence.

BROKEN HOPE – Omen of Disease

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Releases September 30 through Century Media.

Few bands do I hold as near and dear to my heart, and few death metal reunions have I anticipated with such fervor, as Broken Hope. Early on in my discovery phase, I latched onto the Chicago band’s final two albums and never let go. While Loathing initially intrigued me because of the appropriately disgusting cover art, it was the guitarwork that made me stay and still keeps me coming back for repeat listens to this day. Grotesque Blessings offered more of the same, for which I was grateful, but the band’s earlier output just never clicked with me. I’ve always leaned further on the technical side of death metal, but BH’s first three albums are unflinching in their simplistic brutality–no doubt what endears them to some fans, but not this one.

This is why when I heard the band was reuniting with 3/5 the lineup that recorded their final two albums, I was set ablaze with anticipation. Would I finally get more of that Broken Hope sound I so desperately wanted? Well, the answer is yes and no. While there are moments, riffs, and tracks that sound like the band I fell in love with, there are also others which echo a much simpler Broken Hope – that of Swamped In Gore and The Bowels of Repugnance. Unfortunately the previously mentioned 2/5 missing from this lineup were the key ingredients that made BH one of my favorites, and the reason why this album ultimately falls a little short.

As soon as the vocals kick in after the album’s intro, longtime fans will notice a marked change. After Joe Ptacek tragically committed suicide in 2010, the surviving members took their time finding someone who could fill Ptacek’s legendary shoes, and ultimately recruited Gorgasm’s Damian Leski for the job. After spending an album with Mr. Leski however, I must say that he simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Perhaps I had too lofty an expectation going into Omen of Disease, but every track I heard simply made me yearn for Ptacek’s trademark delivery all the more. The band certainly doesn’t do itself any favors in this regard by devoting the album’s final word to a re-recording of a song off their debut album – an act which I think will just make listeners want to return to the Ptacek era. I don?t want to beat Leski up here, but a little enunciation goes a long way.

Luckily, things fare a little bit better for the musical side of this album, as the guitars do a pretty excellent job of balancing the tremolo riff with the chunky riff–a technique that Broken Hope seemed to have perfected by the end of their initial run. A late-album standout, “Give Me The Bottom Half,” starts with a trademark Broken Hope bend riff, and features the album’s most memorable lead work. Unfortunately, the absence of previous lead guitarist Brian Griffin can be felt in just about every other solo that permeates this album. It’s not that the solos aren’t good enough; surely they are technically proficient and check all the boxes in that regard, but they simply don’t stay with the listener like in previous albums.

While you can tell the original members are trying desperately to recapture some of that old BH magic, one of the album’s quote-unquote singles, “The Docking Dead,” seems to be a complete regurgitation of earlier material. Sure, it sounds like Broken Hope, but it doesn?t sound like the Broken Hope I want to listen to. “Blood Gullet” is much more effective in this regard, because while it wouldn’t sound out of place on one of the earlier albums, it also brings something different to the table. As with any guitar-centric album, it’s always going to come down to the riffs, and this album is a mixed bag. “Carnage Genesis” varies it up just in time to save the album, with that patented groove riff that goes straight into the tremolo-work that defined later-era Broken Hope. This song also allows the drummer to give his snare a rest (not completely, mind you), and work out a little double bass and cymbal jam.

Broken Hope has always been a bit of a tongue-in-cheek band, and the sample at the end of “Rendered Into Lard,” captures this perfectly. They don’t want to set the trends, and they don’t want to follow the trends. Omen of Disease, if nothing else, is a testament to their complete unwillingness to alter their identity to suit death metal’s current landscape. In a scene that is dominated at the moment by bands trying to be darker and more dissonant than the next, Broken Hope proves that there is still a need for death metal. Absolutely crushing, unrelenting death metal, and there’s nothing wrong with that (now if we could just do something about those vocals…)

7/10

This is Mike Melvin’s first review, so be gentle. Please refrain from using anything that can be inserted.

SKELETONWITCH Confirms 2014 Tour With Amon Amarth + Enslaved; New Track From ‘Serpents Unleashed’ To Premiere Today Via SiriusXM

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Although their busy Fall itinerary — which includes tours alongside Ghost B.C. and The Black Dahlia Murder — is their immediate focus, blackened metal heathens SKELETONWITCH are already looking ahead to 2014 with a massive month-long trek alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved that will take the Ohio quintet to many markets they will not hit during their Autumn takeover. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Find a complete list of the group’s upcoming concerts below.

Last month, SKELETONWITCH unveiled “Burned From Bone,” the first taste of the their highly anticipated new album, Serpents Unleashed, which will be unleashed in North America on October 29th, in Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 25th and in the UK and the rest of Europe on October 28th. If you’re jonesing for more, another new tune from Serpents Unleashed will premiere on Liquid Metal with Jose on SiriusXM channel 40 today between 3:00:PM – 9:00PM EST. Additionally, the world premiere of the group’s newest music video will take place tomorrow!

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10/04/2013 Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI w/ Ghost B.C.
10/05/2013 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI SKELETONWITCH only
10/06/2013 Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN SKELETONWITCH only
10/07/2013 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH w/ Ghost B.C.
10/14/2013 Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN w/ Ghost B.C.

w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
10/24/2013 Peabody’s Concert Club – Cleveland, OH
10/25/2013 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/26/2013 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
10/27/2013 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
10/28/2013 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
10/29/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
10/30/2013 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
10/31/2013 Ritual – Ottawa, ON
11/01/2013 Rum Runners – London, ON
11/02/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
11/04/2013 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
11/06/2013 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
11/07/2013 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK
11/08/2013 Avenue Theatre – Edmonton, AB
11/09/2013 The Den – Calgary, AB
11/11/2013 The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
11/12/2013 The Center – Spokane, WA
11/13/2013 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
11/14/2013 Whiskey Dick’s Saloon – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/15/2013 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
11/16/2013 Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
11/17/2013 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/18/2013 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/19/2013 Club Patron – Odessa, TX

w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
11/20/2013 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
11/21/2013 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
11/22/2013 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
11/23/2013 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
11/24/2013 The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
11/25/2013 Mojoes of Joliet – Joliet, IL
11/26/2013 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/27/2013 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House of Blues – Houston, TX
1/24/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/07/2014 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

w/ Amon Amarth
2/16/2014 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

SLAYER’S HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM SHOW SELLS OUT, SECOND DATE ADDED

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Slayer’s first show in 25-years at the Hollywood Palladium, set for Monday, October 28, has sold out, and the band announces that a second show has been added for Sunday, October 27. Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour
OCTOBER
22   Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25   The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
27   Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
28   Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30   Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA
NOVEMBER
1   WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
3   Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
4   Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
5   Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7   MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8   Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10   FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12   Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13   South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15   Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17   LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19   The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21   Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23   CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24   Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26   Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27   Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29   Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30   Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

ENSLAVED TO TOUR WITH AMON AMARTH IN EARLY 2014

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Norwegian progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED are pleased to announce their return to the U.S. as direct support to Swedish death metal headliners AMON AMARTH on their Deceiver Of The Gods 2014 Tour.  The tour launches on Friday, January 17th in Las Vegas, Nevada and ends in San Diego, California on Sunday, February 16th. SKELETONWITCH will be opening on all but one date.

ENSLAVED were nominated for a Spellemann Award (the Swedish equivalent of the American Grammy) for the seventh time in the category “Best Metal Album” for their 2012 studio release, RIITIIRENSLAVED have won four consecutive times for their previous four studio albums: Axioma Ethica Odini (2010), Vertebrae (2008), Ruun (2006), and Isa (2004).

View the lyric video for the track “Thoughts Like Hammers

AMON AMARTH?s ?Deceiver Of The Gods? North American tour dates with special guests ENSLAVED and SKELETONWITCH
01/17/14  House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
01/18/14  Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
01/20/14  Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
01/21/14  House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
01/22/14  House Of Blues – Houston, TX
01/24/14  Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
01/25/14  The Ritz – Tampa, FL
01/26/14  Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
01/27/14  House Of Blues – Orlando, FL*
01/29/14  The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
01/30/14  The NorVA – Norfolk, VA
01/31/14  The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
02/01/14  House Of Blues – Boston, MA
02/03/14  TLA – Philadelphia, PA
02/04/14  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
02/07/14  House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
02/08/14  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
02/09/14  Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
02/11/14  Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
02/12/14  Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
02/14/14  The Regency – San Francisco, CA
02/15/14  The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
02/16/14  House Of Blues – San Diego, CA#
*No SKELETONWITCH
#No ENSLAVED

SMNnews Exclusive Alice In Chains Pictures from 9.13.13

These are two exclusive photos of ALICE IN CHAINS taken from 9.13.13 in Irvine, CA from the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

William Duvall – Vocals / Guitar
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ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL – 9.15.13 Photos of The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

And we now post a few photos of the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winners, THE CHUCK SHAFFER PICTURE SHOW. Definitely one of the highlights of the side stages on this tour.

Ryan – Vocals/Guitar
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Shad – Drums
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David – Bass
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ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL – Photos from 9.13.13

On Friday, September 13th I was on site for the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as it made one of the tours last stops in Irvine, CA. The weather wasn’t too hot, the crowd, although not a packed house, enjoyed all of the bands. There was a great vibe in the air and all of the bands sounded great. Seeing headliners ALICE IN CHAINS (pics pending) was an inspiration as was JANE’S ADDICTION and it was my first time, and I was impressed, seeing COHEED AND CAMBRIA. 2nd stage bands like BEWARE OF DARKNESS and DANKO JONES did their thing to win over new fans. THE DEAD DAISIES, rich with musical legacy, sound much more rocking live and WALKING PAPERS seemed to generate the biggest buzz on the side stages.

Here are some of the pictures

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DANKO JONES – Vocals/Guitar – Danko Jones
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DANKO JONES – Bass – John Calabrese
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THE DEAD DAISIES – Drummer – Brian Tichy
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WALKING PAPERS – Bass – Duff McKagan
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WALKING PAPERS – Vocals/Guitar – Jeff Angell
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COHEED AND CAMBRIA – Vocals/Guitar – Claudio Sanchez – Drums – Josh Eppard
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JANE’S ADDICTION – Vocals – Perry Farrell
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JANE’S ADDICTION – Guitar – Dave Navarro
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AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL – DAY ONE – GIRL ON FIRE

SMNnews is on site today at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. We will be talking with a few of the bands and posting those quick conversations here online for your reading enjoyment.

For installment three, we speak with Nicholas Wiggins (guitar) and Josh Mouser (bass), from Seattle based GIRL ON FIRE. When introducing themselves, a group behind them clap and scream ‘yay.’

Q: How do you feel about being a part of the Aftershock Festival?

A: It’s awesome! I love doing festivals so much because a lot of the time you run into bands that you’ve shared the road with so it’s like hanging out with old friends and seeing them rock. We just got done with a tour with BUCKCHERRY for two months so this is like a really cool ending to that.

Q: Cool! I love Buckcherry! (sings Crazy Bitch)

A: Love that, every night!

Q: Who are you most looking forward to seeing today?

A: PAPA ROACH!

Q: I’ve never seen them!

A: You have to watch them, they’re awesome! They’re amazing! Come watch them with us!

Q: For those that haven’t heard you, describe your sound for them?

A: A mixture of awesomeness and goodness. (laughs) If you mix a little awesome with the good and some rock n roll with sprinkles.

Q: Who are your influences?

A: FOO FIGHTERS, LINKIN PARK, SHINEDOWN!

Q: Do you have a broad taste?

A: Yeah, I like LADY GAGA too. I know every song she’s ever done.

Q: Anything you want to say to your fans?

A: I want to thank everyone who came out today to check us out. Especially because a lot of the people checking us out had never heard of us before. So when you see people walking by and they stop and take the time to listen to a band they’ve never heard of so it’s actually pretty cool.

Q: Are you guys staying tomorrow as well?

A: We are not. Right after this we head to Seattle for a couple of days off home, we haven’t been there in three months so we’re pretty excited about it. Then we play a show with HALESTORM. We’re playing a show with them in Portland on the 20th then in Seattle on the 22nd.

Q: What else do you have lined up after that?

A: It’s a secret, I can’t tell you or I’d have to kill you.

Q: Tell me about your album, Not Broken.

A: It just came out September 3rd. We’re really stoked about it. If you can’t find it at Best Buy, you can get it at CMdistro.com.

Q: Strange question for you…Jack in the Box or Jack Daniels?

A: Jack in the Box with Jack Daniels. They go hand in hand. But usually it’s the Jack Daniels first then it’s like, ‘I really need some Jack in the Box.’

Q: Who do you think is the stronger sex, male or female?

A: Strongest at sex or stronger sex?

Q: Aaaaah! Both?

A: Depends on the male and the female.

Q: Anything else you want to add?

A: Strong sex is great sex. Weak sex is just sex.

Q: Thanks for your time today guys.

A: Cool, that was one of the funnest interviews we’ve done. We better see you at Papa Roach.

AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL – 2013 DAY ONE – OTHERWISE

SMNnews is on site today at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. We will be talking with a few of the bands and posting those quick conversations here online for your reading enjoyment.

For installment two, we speak with Adrian Patrick, lead singer for Las Vegas based OTHERWISE.

Q: How do you feel about playing the Aftershock Festival today?

A: It was amazing. We opened the main stage here and when we were loading in there was like 20 people in the field but when we got on stage it looked like 20,000 people. It felt great!

Q: Who are you most looking forward to seeing today?

A: We’ve seen everybody. We’ve toured with every band on the bill except for MEGADETH. I’m looking forward to seeing Megadeth today. There’s a lot of bands here today. We saw Megadeth one time in Las Vegas with SLAYER but I don’t really remember that show (said in a tone of ‘ohhh, I partied too much that night).

Q: You guys are from Vegas right?

A: Born and raised?

Q: Are you guys hanging out tomorrow too?

A: No, we have to get to Pismo Beach (in CA) for a show with POD. We have a couple weeks with POD and then we jump on tour with FILTER and RED for all of October and at the end of October our acoustic EP, Enjoy The Pain, will be released for free. It’s a fanpiece. Our fans have been so supportive and asking for new music. We’ve been on the road for two years supporting our first album, True Love Never Dies so we just recorded the acoustic EP while we were out on the road literally on the bus driving down the freeway.

Q: Tell me about the first album.

A: It came out in May of last year and we’ve been lucky to have three radio singles and have an album cycle of two years. That doesn’t happen for a lot of new bands so the EP is our way of thanking the fans.

Q: Ozzy Sabbath or Dio Sabbath?

A: I love Dio, he was an amazing person and still is in my mind but you gotta go with Ozzy!

Q: Jack Daniels or Jack in the Box?

A: Jack Daniels!

Q: Who is the stronger sex?

A: Obviously physically males are stronger. But I think spiritually and mentally females are stronger.

Q: You can give a bullshit answer if you want.

A: No, that was from the heart (laughs)

Q: Any words for your fans for being so supportive?

A: We love you WISEONES! We hope you enjoy the EP that comes out in October and we will have the new album out in early 2014 and hit the festival cycle.

AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL – 2013 Day One – Heaven’s Basement

SMNnews is on site today at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. We will be talking with a few of the bands and posting those quick conversations here online for your reading enjoyment.

Here’s our first offering from England’s own, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT.

Q: SMNnews here with…..

A: Heaven’s Basement, I’m Heaven’s, and he’s Basement. (laughs)

Q: What’s your name?

A: Chris (drums) and Sid (guitars)

Q: What part of the UK are you from?

A: We’re all from different places. I’m from Manchester which is the North and he’s from Leicestershire which is the Midlands area.

Q: I’m from Suffolk.

A: Ah nice! Our singer Aaron is from down there.

Q: It’s kind of posh.

A: So you’re from Suffolk but you live here?

Q: I’ve lived over here for like 10 years.

A: Alright.

Q: Who are you looking forward to seeing here at the Festival?

A: We have to leave before KORN. Most of the bands on this lineup. we’ve become friends with in the past few years so it’s like a big reunion

Q: Are you staying here for tomorrow?

A: No, we have to leave for Texas tonight.

Q: Doing a full tour?

A: We have another show in a few days in Arkansas (and he said it like it’s spelled – laughs) if that’s how you pronounce it. Then we start a full tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS on the 23rd which keeps us out until November 11th or 12th.

Q: For people that haven’t heard you, how would you describe your sound?

A: Straight up Hard Rock.

Q: Who are your biggest influences?

A: We all share a lot of the same influences with classic hard rock and metal bands. LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, PINK FLOYD, BLACK SABBATH, then we all spiral off into our own things. We’re all music fans and we’re not the heaviest of the heavy.

Q: Is there anything you want to say?

A: We have an album out called Filthy Empire that came out in February. It’s a 12-track album we recorded last year with John Feldmann (ELECTRIC LOVE HOGS, GOLDFINGER). The single Fire, Fire is doing really well.

Q: Do you prefer playing the UK or USA?

A: Everywhere! Europe, every country has it’s different kind of vibe. Spain and Portugal is just insane.

Q: Getting kicked in the head every five minutes, over here it’s not like that.

A: A lot of American bands have said that before to us. Our shows haven’t been like that. The first time we played Los Angeles everyone was saying the crowd might be a bit standoffish but we went on stage and it was great.

Q: That means you’ve conquered! A lot of bands see the crowd just stand there.

A: Some of the American bands that were there were like, ‘we’ve never seen that’ and we were like what do you mean? It was just a concert. But they really warmed up to us.

CLUTCH Postpones September Tour Dates

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Maryland rockers CLUTCH have been forced to postpone the September tour dates of the “Earth Rocker” North American Tour.  This is due to a health issue with singer Neil Fallon.  Most of the shows will be rescheduled and dates are listed below.  Support on the rescheduled shows will remain the same and come from The Sword and Crobot.

Tickets that were already purchased for the dates in September will be honored for the rescheduled dates in January.  Unfortunately one of the shows could not be rescheduled and has been cancelled. This is show is Vienna, WV on 9/21. The shows scheduled for South Burlington, VT on 9/24 and Long Island, NY on 9/27 will be rescheduled for a later date, please hold on to your tickets.

Refunds for the West Virginia are available at point of purchase. The band will still be playing “The Shindig” festival on September 14th in Baltimore, MD. All dates on the October – November leg of the tour will go on as scheduled and planned.  The Hampton Beach, NH date originally in September is now scheduled for October 25.  Unfortunately The Sword and Crobot will not be appearing on this new date in Hampton Beach, NH.  News about support will be released in the coming weeks.

CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon gave an update on his condition:
“Dear friends, this week I’ve learned that a childhood injury to the neck, a genetic predisposition for spinal disease, and 20 some years of head banging will exact a toll. I’ve been diagnosed with an ugly case of cervical spinal stenosis and two herniated discs.
In some instances these conditions can be treated non-surgically.  This is not the case for me. I have been advised by several neurosurgeons that my spinal cord has already been damaged and that I risk further damage were I not to address the situation. For this reason, I’ve decided to take care of this ASAP. Believe me, re scheduling a tour turns my stomach, but I believe this is the wisest choice given the prognosis.
On Tuesday I will undergo surgery. The procedure will fuse three vertebrae together with a small titanium plate. I have faith that this surgery will go as well as it can, and that I will be back in the saddle for our October-November tour.  On behalf of my spine, deepest apologies to those who had been looking forward to seeing CLUTCH
over the next two weeks. We’ll make it up to you.”

Earth Rocker North American Dates
9/14: Baltimore, MD @ Carroll Park – “The Shindig” *
10/25: Hampton Beach. NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/26: Virginia Beach, VA @ Motorworld – Localpalooza*
10/27: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/28: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
10/29: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
10/31: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/01: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
11/02: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/04: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
11/05: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/07: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/08: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
11/09: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/10: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/11: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
11/15: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11/16: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
11/17: Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/20: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
11/21: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
11/22: Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
11/23: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
12/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Rescheduled Dates
1/2/14: Ashville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/3/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
1/4/14: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
1/5/14: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
1/6/14: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
1/9/14: South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
1/10/14: Buffalo. NY @ Town Ballroom
1/11/14: Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater

CLERIC: Scorching Video From Texas Death Metal Faction

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As Texas-based CLERIC — the vile death metal faction featuring members of Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, and Tyrannosorceress — prepares for the release of their debut album Gratum Inferno, today the band proudly releases a video for the track “Through The Starless Abyss

Recorded by Garry Brents (Kill The Client, Phobia, Noisear) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Nails, Sleep), Gratum Inferno boasts seven hymns of debauchery, with haunting horror-soundtrack elements permeating from deep within its hellish core. Mastered at 45rpm for superior sound quality, the LP is pressed on 200-gram, translucent yellow wax with blood red and milky clear splatter and features heavyweight spot-varnish printed jackets, gold foil-stamped inner-sleeve graphics and bears insane cover art was masterminded by Jason Barnett (Noothgrush, etc.). Dallas-based Tofu Carnage will officially release Gratum Inferno on September 26th

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11/22-23/2013 No Thanks Fest XI – Emory, TX w/ Scaphe, Recreant, Dead To A Dying World

Jon Stevens (vocals) – The Dead Daisies

THE DEAD DAISIES! Not exactly a household name at first glance. But when you learn a little bit about this band and its members, it turns out that it’s somewhat of a supergroup featuring Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed (GUNS N ROSES), Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT), Brian Tichy (BILLY IDOL, FOREIGNER), David Lowy (RED PHOENIX), and my interview victim Jon Stevens (NOISEWORKS, INXS). As The Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is coming to a finish, it was a great chat with Jon that starts with, “Hello Mark, hi there, Jon Stevens with The Dead Daisies here”

Q: Jon, how are you?

A: I’m good mate, how ya doin?

Q: I’m good, it’s nice to hear your voice, thanks for calling in today!

A: It’s a pleasure mate. Whereabouts are you?

Q: I am near Long Beach, CA.

A: Ah, very good! I’m looking forward to getting down there.

Q: I get to see you guys in a couple weeks actually. How are things going for you on the road?

A: Very good Mark. We’re in Salt Lake City, just did Colorado.

Q: Have you played today already?

A: We play in a couple of hours, 5:15 or something like that.

Q: This tour you guys are on is a pretty solid rock n roll lineup if you ask me.

A: Oh mate, definitely. It’s a lot of fun and it’s exciting to be touring America with the Daisies. Certainly a few months ago when we made the album I didn’t think for a second that all this stuff would be happening. It’s been very gratifying!

Q: A great way to spend your summer here in America?

A: Definitely!

Q: You’ve been out for a month and half so far?

A: Yeah, we started up in New York and just went from there, did some East Coast stuff and drifting further west. The reception, we come out and it’s a shock value that’s kind of cool. We’re playing on the Cold Cock Stage, all new artists. It’s neat to be hanging out with all these young bands doing their thing. There’s a couple of really cool bands. WALKING PAPERS (Duff McKagan) are awesome. BEWARE OF DARKNESS are really awesome for a young band.

Q: I’ve spoken with a few of the bands on the tour so far like Beware Of Darkness, CHUCK SCHAFFER PICTURE SHOW, and DANKO JONES who had nothing but great things to say about you guys.

A: He’s a really nice guy and good to be on tour. Beware Of Darkness, I’m really liking their vibe. It’s a little 3-piece with great energy, great songs, and the singer is great. Just an awesome little band.

Q: From talking with everybody, this tour seems to have a great vibe of camaraderie to it.

A: Very True! 100%! Certainly no attitudes, and definitely not in these parts.

Q: You guys have a great rock n roll record out right now. Talking with Danko we discusses there’s not a lot of straight ahead rock n roll albums out these days.

A: There’s so much technology out there involved in making music nowadays it’s not like it’s real anymore. Myself and songwriting partner David just wanted to make a really good rock n roll record that harkens back to our roots you know, THE FACES, BAD COMPANY, FREE. Simple riffs, choruses, and songs that when played live are better live. When you’re playing straight ahead rock n roll, you can never catch what actually transpires in the live environment. All of these songs were written on acoustic guitar so they stand up in a really simple format as that’s how we started it.

Q: It’s reassuring to have bands putting out really good rock records and the history of the band members [in The Dead Daisies], can you speak a little bit about the guys?

A: Yeah, we’ve had a bit of a revolving door in the drummer position. Right now Frank Ferrer from Guns N Roses is playing with us as is Dizzy Reed. Marco Mendoza is on bass, Richard Fortus on guitar with David. A great bunch of guys and obviously incredible players and it’s good to hang out with them. We’re just doing our thing. We go to the UK in November and December. Unfortunately Marco can’t play with us so we’ve got another bass player named DARRYL JONES from THE ROLLING STONES so he’s joining us.

Q: Having the revolving door like that, is it something you guys have come to understand given the nature of the members in the band?

A: Yeah, absolutely! Marco toured with us in Australia when we toured with AEROSMITH. He’s also in the BLACK STAR RIDERS and we’re going to be touring with them. Just yesterday Darryl confirmed with us. We have a couple from Guns N Roses, a Rolling Stone, and me and David from Australia. It’s all friends just hooking up keeping up the vibe of the band. We know enough musicians who love to come out and play. We’re oldies, there’s no bullshit for the fans.

Q: Do you have any plans to come back to America soon?

A: Absolutely, ASAP I reckon! After the reception we’ve been getting here we’d like to be back in 2014. We did some recording with this line up just last week. We spent three days in the studio and cut down four songs. We’re gonna finish them up after the tour in LA after we finish in San Diego. We’re going to finish up the songs and see where it leads you know. Next year we’ll do another record and we’ll see who will be on it.

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German Death Metal Unit ARROGANZ Signs with FDA Rekotz

FDA Rekotz is proud to announce the signing of German death metal undeads, ARROGANZ.

The band’s latest and second album, Kaos.Kult.Kreation, has been met with great response from every corner of the rotten crypt. ARROGANZ delivers blackened classic-styled death metal with its own unique markings. The band’s brand of metal is catchy but independent, raw, brutal and murderous. Their forthcoming third album will be released in 2014 by FDA Rekotz. Kaos.Kult.Kreation is available on CD and vinyl formats at www.fda-rekotz.com

Check out a video teaser for Kaos.Kult.Kreation at this location.

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