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WHITECHAPEL Plots Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour For March

Top 10 Billboard charting metal collective, WHITECHAPEL, will return to the road again this Spring for the Brotherhood Of The Blade Tour. Set to embark on February 28th, the trek will take the Tennessee natives from Memphis through the Midwest and includes an appearance at Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, California March 7th alongside The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce The Veil, Stick to Your Guns, The Ghost Inside, and more.

2/28/2015 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN
3/01/2015 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/02/2015 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
3/03/2015 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
3/05/2015 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
3/07/2015 NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest) – San Bernardino, CA
3/08/2015 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
3/09/2015 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
3/10/2015 Jakes Sports Cafe – Lubbock, TX
3/11/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2015 Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
4/11/2015 Empire Garage (Texas Independence Fest) – Austin, TX

WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records. Their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release to date, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, #1 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current) and #2 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

“…fantastic…definitely one of WHITECHAPEL’s best albums.” – Metal Injection


Dawn Of The Nine will be the same of the twelfth studio album by Swedish death metal pioneers UNLEASHED, due out in North America this spring via Nuclear Blast.

UNLEASHED founding member, bassist, and vocalist Johnny Hedlund shares the following about the cover artwork created by Pär Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN):

?The artwork represents the continuation of our previous album, which ended with ?The Great Battle of Odalheim.? The battle took place at Uppsala Fields in Sweden, and you can clearly see the king?s grave in the cover art work which also represents the future. You can also see the bombed out church in the far distance, the place of blood in the front, and the rune stone with the runic symbol of courage of the new dawn.?

Recorded & produced by UNLEASHED guitarist Fredrik Folkare at his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the track listing for Dawn Of The Nine is:

01. A New Day Will Rise
02. They Came To Die
03. Defenders Of Midgard
04. Where Is Your God Now?
05. The Bolt Thrower
06. Let The Hammer Fly
07. Where Churches Once Burned
08. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
09. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!

With a career spanning twenty five years, UNLEASHED are credited with founding the Viking Death Metal movement back in 1990, when they were among the first death metal bands to write songs about their Viking/Scandinavian heritage. Two and a half decades later, their riffs are still register as shrapnel and their choruses are just as epic as they continue to meld uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to the pantheon of gods in Norse mythology, most especially Odin – ruler of Valhalla.

KORPIKLAANI Reveal Artwork For New Album Noita

Finnish folk metal superstars KORPIKLAANI are set to release their new album Noita, May 5th in North America via Nuclear Blast. Today the band reveals the breathtaking artwork that was created by Jan Yrlund, of Darkgrove Design. Yrlund has created all the KORPIKLAANI artwork in recent years and once again has come up with another Masterpiece.

Noita was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording and mixing again. It is also the first KORPIKLAANI album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula’s joining the band has added another dimension in the band’s folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari.

In March, KORPIKLAANI will be headlining the Paganfest Extended Shows and will additionally play a run of European festival later this year.

ESCHATON: New England-Based Technical Death Metal Tacticians Sign Multi Album Deal With Unique Leader Records

New England-based technical death metal tacticians, ESCHATON (es-kut-on), are the latest addition to Unique Leader Records’ expanding roster of extreme.

A name signifying the “end of the world” or a “climax of history,” ESCHATON was founded in 2007 near Providence, Rhode Island and manifests a uniquely aggressive, stand-alone sound that’s at once procedural yet wholly-enthralling. Comments Unique Leader of their newest recruits, “We are pleased to present yet another great signing for Unique Leader Records this year. ESCHATON brings a perfect blend of technicality, power and groove and are sure to turn heads with their debut album out this Spring.”

Adds the band, “Unique Leader Records has a reputation for signing innovative, brutal talent, making it one of the most extreme labels worldwide. Every band on Unique Leader’s roster is bad-ass and straight brings the pain. ESCHATON couldn’t be more excited to add their own flavor of punishment to Unique Leader’s growing arsenal.”

ESCHATON features vocalist Jason Viteri, guitarist brothers Joshua and Jared Berry, bassist Pat Pattison drummer Darren Cesca (Pillory, Arsis, Goratory, Incinerate). The band self-released their woefully underrated five-track Wake Of The Ophidian EP in 2010. Elaborated Sick Drummer of the band’s output, “ESCHATON… combines technical skill and thoughtful composition, forging an unforgiving and aggressive sound that as a listener, will leave you picking up the pieces of that wimpy thing you called a life. Blending neo-classical progressive death metal riffs with grooves, solos and epic harmonies, guitarist Joshua Berry has a writing style that punches your face, many times, and leaves you crying for more. Not a fruity pie? You will be, once Darren Cesca riddles your body with relentless blast-beats and lightning-fast fill combinations. Combine all this with half demon, half angel, half man vocalist Jason Viteri’s dynamic highs, brutal gutturals and greasy long hair and what do you get? Windmills.”

This all set the tone for the sonic brutality that would become ESCHATON’s first full-length, Sentinel Apocalypse. The as-yet-unreleased album caught the attention of Unique Leader Records in 2014, leading to a formidable partnership that will expose ESCHATON to metal fans globally. Sentinel Apocalypse will be released this Spring. Further details to be announced soon.

TSJUDER recording new album

Cult Norwegian trio TSJUDER (Nag – Vocals, Bass; Draugluin – Guitars; AntiChristian – Drums) have announced the recording of a new album. A follow up to the well-received latest full-length, ‘Legion Helvete’, the as-yet titled album will be released by Season of Mist later this year.

Regarding the new album, the band comments:

“We are currently in the studio recording our new album, and we’re about half done. We have spent some 3-4 years creating the album, and as always we haven’t been rushing it. The music is in the same vein as always; raw and brutal Black Metal without any compromises. The album will be all done in March, but released in the fall, so on our upcoming concerts we’ll probably play a few of the new songs. We’ll make it worth the wait!”

Currently, the band is scheduled to make a rare North American appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest alongside international metal stalwarts SODOM, SUFFOCATION, ARCTURUS, AURA NOIR, and more.


?Thurisaz Dreaming,? the lead-off track from In Times, the thirteenth studio album by Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED, is available now for exclusive streaming on the site.

In his interview with Noisey, ENSLAVED guitarist & composer Ivar Bjørnson states: ?When you?re measuring success or fulfilling ambitions from parameters that are just controlled by your own self and your feelings, then it?s pretty hard to be disappointed as long as you work.?

Recorded at Duper Studios and Solslottet Studio in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings sessions in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen, Conclave & Earshot Studios, and Peersonal Sound Studios, In Times was produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy. Mixing was completed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Artwork is by long-time collaborating artist and ?sixth ENSLAVED member? Truls Espedal, who has painted all seven album covers since 2001?s Monumension.

Watch Truls? creative process on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

The track listing for In Times is:

01 ? Thurisaz Dreaming
02 ? Building With Fire
03 ? One Thousand Years Of Rain
04 ? Nauthir Bleeding
05 ? In Times
06 – Daylight

ENSLAVED return to North America in early March 2015 with YOB and ECSTATIC VISION. Dates are:

3/05/15 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/06/15 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
3/07/15 Slim?s – San Francisco, CA
3/09/15 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
3/10/15 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver B.C. – CANADA
3/11/15 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/13/15 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
3/14/15 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/16/15 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
3/17/15 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
3/19/15 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
3/20/15 Les Foufounes Électriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
3/21/15 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
3/22/15 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/15 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/24/15 Sinclair – Boston, MA


Brooklyn-based crust-laden black metallists MUTILATION RITES have crossed the pond to wreak havok alongside Hierophant on their first-ever European tour, which kicked off in Milan, Italy. Upon returning to the States, the quartet will immediately launch a headlining tour across North America with German monsters Mantar in tow. Full dates can be found listed below.

“Harbinger” – the second full length release from MUTILATION RITES – was released last summer via Prosthetic Records. Described as a “nightmarish merger between black, death, d-beat, and doom” (Pitchfork), the album was recorded by long-time friend and producer Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC) and mastered by James Plotkin (Pelican, Isis, SunnO))), Isis). Its eight tracks of “invigorating and nerve-wracking debauchery” (Dead Rhetoric) are perfectly accompanied visually by noted cover artist Valnoir (Psycroptic, Watain, The Black Dahlia Murder).


2/4 Milan, IT – Lo Fi Club #
2/7 Lisboa, PT – Burning Light Festival #
2/8 Malaga, ES – Velvet Club #
2/9 Valencia, ES – TBA #
2/10 Toulouse, FR – Pavillons Sauvages #
2/12 Antwerp, BE – Het Bos #
2/13 Utrecht, NL – DB’s #
2/14 Hamburg, DE – Bambi Galore #
2/16 Copenhagen, DK – KB18 #
2/17 Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia #
2/18 Leipzig, DE – Ose Project #
2/19 Budapest, HU – Durer Kert #
2/20 Linz, AT – Ann And Pat #
2/21 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie #
2/22 Bologna, IT – Freakout Club #

3/1 Rochester, NY – Bugjar
3/2 Pittsburgh, PA – Roboto Project
3/3 Cincinnati, OH – Last House on the Left
3/4 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
3/5 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
3/6 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
3/8 Seattle, WA – Highline ^
3/9 Portland, OR – Branx ^
3/10 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse ^
3/11 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globos ^
3/12 San Diego,CA – TBA ^
3/13 Phoenix, AZ – 51 West ^
3/15 El Paso, TX – The Sandbox ^
3/16 San Antonio, TX – The Korova ^
3/17-22 Austin, TX – SXSW ^
3/23 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ^
3/24 Tallahassee, FL – Pug?s Live ^
3/25 St. Petersburg, FL – Local 662 ^
3/26 Miami, FL – Churchill?s Pub ^
3/27 Orlando, FL – Hourglass Brewery ^
3/28 Asheville, NC – The Odditorium
3/29 Harrisonburg, VA – Crayola House
3/30 Washington, DC – The Pinch
4/3 Montreal, QB – Messe de Morts Festival
# with Hierophant
^ with Mantar

ROTTING CHRIST announce festival dates

Greek metal masters ROTTING CHRIST have announced a string of festival dates across several European countries in February. The trek, which begins at Norway’s Blastfest on February 19 runs through nine more countries, and sees the band performing at festivals such as Party.San Open Air in Germany, Metal Days in Slovenia, Einstaflug in Iceland, and more before concluding on October 1. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

‘Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy’ means “Do What Thou Wilt” and links ROTTING CHRIST to their heritage as pioneers of black metal. From underground heroes to international headliner status, the Greek band brings together elements from death, heavy and gothic metal with a rich native heritage element without ever betraying their black roots. ‘Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy’ takes this progression even further as ROTTING CHRIST forges their own sound, and augment it with female vocals, and a wide array of instrumentation. Inspired by ancient cultures around the globe, ‘Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy’ sees ROTTING CHRIST employ poetry from the Sumerians and Incas as well as a Romanian folk song, the tale of an undead Russian water spirit, Voodoo, Zoroastrianism and other sources.

ROTTING CHRIST tour dates:
2/19 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
2/28 Praha (CZ) Hellenic Darkness Fest
3/14 Esslingen (DE) Hell Over Esslingen Festival
4/5 Rotterdam (NL) Veneration of the Dead Festival
5/16 Pfaffing in Oberbayern (DE) Bavarian Battle Open Air
5/29 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
5/30 Gdynia (PL) Atlantic
6/5 Milano (IT) Circolo Coloni
6/6 Roma (IT) Traffic
7/5 Roitzschjora (DE) With Full Force
7/9 Neskaupsstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug
7/23 Tolmin (SI) Metal Days
7/24 Hamburg (DE) Schlattfest
7/25 Lörrach (DE) Baden in Blut Open Air
8/6 Schlotheim (DE) Party.San Open Air
8/22 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Festival
8/30 Istanbul (TR) Headbangers Weekend Festival
10/1 Trondheim (NO) Trondheim Metal Fest

LORD DYING Premiere New Video on Noisey (Featuring Cameos From Red Fang, Yob and More)

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

Recently the band completed work on a video for the title track of Poisoned Altars. The video was co-directed by Danger Ehren of Jackass fame and Brett Roberts. Today the video receives its exclusive premiere on Noisey. The video includes cameos from members of Red Fang, Thrones, Yob, Witch Mountain and more.

“The video is a homage of 80’s horror and Sci-Fi movies pitting dirt bags vs. yuppies. In Portland we keep seeing our favorite hangs getting bulldozed for condo’s to go up and we wanted to return the favor,” states front man Erik Olson.


INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Technical Death Metal Faction Announces US Live Takeover With Wrath Of Vesuvius

California technical death metal faction, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will bring their methodical audio alchemy to the stage next month on an eighteen-date live excursion.

Brought to you by ADHD Entertainment and ADHD Tours, The Enter Into Atonement Tour 2015 is slated to inaugurate on February 26th in Stockton, California and will trounce venues throughout California as well as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, with the tour drawing to completion on March 15th in Sacramento. Support will be provided by labelmates and fellow technical death architects, Wrvth (Wrath Of Vesuvius) and follows INANIMATE EXISTENCE’s year-end stomp supporting Cannabis Corpse.

2/26/2015 The 207 – Stockton, CA
2/27/2015 EPEK Print Shop – Salinas, CA
2/28/2015 Musichead – Medford, OR
3/01/2015 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
3/02/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
3/03/2015 The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MT
3/04/2015 Machinery Row – Great Falls, MT
3/05/2015 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/2015 Bushwackers Saloon – Denver, CO
3/07/2015 The Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/09/2015 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA
3/10/2015 Boondocks Tavern – Banning, CA
3/11/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
3/12/2015 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA FREE Show!
3/13/2015 The Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
3/14/2015 Arlene Francis Center – Santa Rosa, CA
3/15/2015 On The Y – Sacramento, CA

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

DEMOLITION HAMMER – Vinyl reissues of “Tortured Existence” and “Epidemic Of Violence”

The day the hammer demolishes…again!

“For me DEMOLITION HAMMER represents the most sheer brute force that you can have in thrash metal,” is how John Kevill (Warbringer) once aptly described this legendary NY based act, which released three albums via Century Media Records between 1990 and 1994.

Now, DEMOLITION HAMMER’s quintessential “Tortured Existence” (1990) and “Epidemic Of Violence” (1992) will finally be reissued on vinyl again featuring heavy 180g wax and the original cover artworks! Both titles are set for release on March 9th, 2015!

The following editions will be available for pre-ordering from February 9th, 2015 on:

DEMOLITION HAMMER “Tortured Existence (Re-Issue 2015)”

black LP – limited to 600 copies

gold LP – limited to 200 copies (only available via / European & US webshop)

white LP- limited to 200 copies (exclusive to / US webshop only!)

DEMOLITION HAMMER “Epidemic Of Violence (Re-Issue 2015)”

black LP – limited to 600 copies

silver LP – limited to 200 copies (only available via / European & US webshop)

transparent blue LP- limited to 200 copies (exclusive to / US webshop only!)


LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL continues to grow the line-up for the inaugural three day, multi-stage rock festival with the addition of seven-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock legend, visionary filmmaker, and author Rob Zombie and alt-rock heroes Weezer as festival headliners.

The two bands join previously announced headliner, GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum band, Linkin Park on the bill for the Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 festival at Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, CO. In addition, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, and Hinder have been added to the festival bill, with the full lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.

Zombie will take a break from producing his next feature film 31 to bring his raw live show, which will feature an arsenal of incendiary, infectious classics like ?Dragula,? as well as the Top 10 Active Rock single ?Dead City Radio and The New Gods of Super Town” off his most recent solo album release, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Arena-filling megastars, Weezer–Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar), and Scott Shriner (bass)–will perform tracks from their recently released ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and a collection of hits from their 20-year catalog to the festival.

In addition, A Day To Remember, the Ocala, Florida band who?ve grown into a worldwide phenomenon since their formation in 2003 will join GRAMMY®-winning band Halestorm, who will be releasing their massively anticipated new album INTO THE WILD LIFE on April 7, and multi-platinum Oklahoma City, hard rockers Hinder, on the festival bill.

Says Lzzy Hale, lead vocalist and guitarist of Halestorm, “The boys and I are so stoked to be coming to Colorado for Loudwire Music Festival! This is one of the events we are looking forward to the most this summer! Prepare yourself for some crazy new tunes and your faces to be melted into your shoes!?

Produced by Townsquare Media, Inc., owners of, one of the leading websites in the rock world, the inaugural LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature some of the world?s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock–hard, classic, alternative, metal and indie–performing across three stages with the goal to create the most dynamic, interesting and fun rock music festival in the West.

A variety of ticketing and camping options are on sale for festival-goers. Camping scenarios include a fully immersive weekend with the festival?s on-site camping selections ranging from standard (within walking distance to the festival grounds) starting at $95 to premier (the closest camping to the festival grounds) and VIP (campgrounds for VIP ticket holders only, close to festival grounds) starting at $180.

EXHUMED: “New” Psalm Sullying The Airwaves Of Invisible Oranges; North American Onslaught With Napalm Death + Voivod In Progress

Today, the rabble-rousers of Invisible Oranges are sullying the airwaves with a refurbished rendition of “Necromaniac” by California’s favorite gore strategists, EXHUMED.

The latest number comes by way the band’s forthcoming Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 full-length. A genre-changing audio manifestation of vile, grinding, over-the-top death-metal, Gore Metal was initially unleashed in 1998 and drips with charming repugnance, its raging riff subversions, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired prose and putrid cover art still repulsively alluring nearly two decades since its release. Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio to re-record the underground classic. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, slated for release next month via Relapse Records, maintains the bone raw aggression of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

Proclaims guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “‘Necromaniac’ was a song that we felt best exemplified what we were going for on Gore Metal: Possessed and Repulsion ripoff riffs, grunts, screams, whammy bar obnoxiousness, and a traditional song structure. Hence why we chose it for the album’s leadoff track. We’ve played the song countless times live throughout the years and I don’t hate it yet, which is a good sign! This version is a lot more listenable and coherent, which may or not be a good thing depending on your taste. Anyway, if all that sounds like your kind of thing, give this revamped version a listen!”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “Though only Matt Harvey remains from the old crew, he’s brought back an old friend to guest on these re-recordings. Ross Sewage reprises his primal roar here on… and the result is an especially nostalgic and endearing feel that most re-recordings miss in their quest for perfection. The performance is tighter, the guitar solo is sharper and the vokills are actually somewhat intelligible this time around. Most importantly though, ‘Necromaniac’ is still a whole lot of fun…. It’s still gore fucking metal.”

EXHUMED is currently lacerating the ears of the living throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. The raid will trounce nearly three-dozen municipalities, with its final assault befalling Houston on February 28th. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the trek.

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Alkaloid (Ex-Necrophagist / Ex-Obscura): Premiere New Song; Complete Recording Full-Length Debut

Germany’s most extreme progressive metal supergroup, ALKALOID have recently completed their highly anticipated debut album The Malkuth Grimoire. In celebration of this event, the band has premiered the song “Cthulu”;

Consisting of a pedigree of extreme musicians, including current and former members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid, ALKALOID set out to push the boundaries of progressive, extreme music on their full-length debut. The group also decided to self-record and self-release The Malkuth Grimoire via a crowdfunding campaign on The campaign has less than three days remaining and the band has already surpassed their goal.

Drummer Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, Ex­-Obscura, Ex­-Necrophagist) commented on the completion of the album:

“We finished the mix of “The Malkuth Grimoire”. Well, what can I say…it’s a monolith. I really have no clue how people will react when hearing the whole thing. But I’m happy. No doubt that it is the best sounding record of my career. And it’ heavy…I mean HEAVY!!”

Alakaloid is:

Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) – ­Vocals, Guitars
Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, Ex­-Obscura, Ex­-Necrophagist) ­- Guitars
Danny Tunker (Aborted, Ex­-God Dethroned) ­- Guitars
Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) ­- Bass
Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, Ex­-Obscura, Ex­-Necrophagist) -­ Drums

About Alkaloid:

Alkaloid is a new band created by five good friends, who happen to be well-known musicians of the metal genre. Their intention is to go beyond any limit that metal music sub-genres might have these days and create the world’s most extreme Prog Metal band.

They define themselves through the field of tension created between musical opposites. All band members are active death metal musicians who nevertheless all have a much broader view of music than blast beats and growls. They establish from the beginning that they have many faces, and that oscillating between (seemingly) contrary or mutually exclusive styles is an important factor.

BEHEMOTH To Release Official Biography Via Metal Blade Records

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors by ?ukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive BEHEMOTH biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by BEHEMOTH, serves as an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn’t, “Poland’s response to Motley Crüe’s biography The Dirt.” Simply put, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors is the story of BEHEMOTH, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland.

A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade Records in February, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author’s narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets etc. Preorders are available now at, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this preorder. The passages below serve as previews of the book.

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: “The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Of course, not as a religion experience – I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you’re ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos – a guitar.”

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently leveling stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long Winter live takeover kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana and will wind its way through nearly three-dozen cities, coming to a close on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation.

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation:
1/28/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
1/29/2015 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/30/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/31/2015 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

2/02/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
2/03/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/05/2015 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
2/06/2015 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/07/2015 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2015 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
2/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/11/2015 Comodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/13/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
2/14/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
2/16/2015 The Garric – Winnipeg, MB
2/17/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/18/2015 Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
2/20/2015 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

WOLVHAMMER Confirms Headlining Dates Surrounding US With 1349, Origin & Abysmal Dawn

Midwestern cult, WOLVHAMMER, has confirmed several headlining dates surrounding their upcoming US tour supporting 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn.

Following their two-pronged Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour — the first with support from Relapse artists, Mortals, and second including Southern Lord ragers, Black Cobra, headlining many of the gigs — WOLVHAMMER will spend the majority of February the opening slot of the Chaos Raids USA 2015 tour, headlined by Norwegian black metal legion, 1349, with additional support from Kansas’ tech death metal unit, Origin, and California death outfit, Abysmal Dawn. The recently expanded nineteen-date run will begin February 8th in Tampa, Florida, and run through the 26th in Savannah, Georgia. Yet WOLVHAMMER has also just locked up several headlining shows preceding and subsequent to the main run, February 5th, 6th and 7th, as well as the 27th and 28th.

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s own Disorder Recordings handling the vinyl pressing, the record reigning in accolades from media and fans internationally while the band took the pulverizing hymns to the road heavily the second half of the year. With nearly fifty minutes of the band’s best death rock-fueled blackened thunder yet, surging with more self-infliction, abuse, regret, and debauchery than ever, the record was recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis.


2/05/2015 PG – Evansville, IN

2/06/2015 TBA

2/07/2015 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL

2/08/2015 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/09/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/10/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/11/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/12/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix AZ w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/13/2015 Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/14/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/15/2015 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/16/2015 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/17/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/18/2015 Marquis Theater – Colorado, CO w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/19/2015 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/20/2015 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/21/2015 Roc Bar – Cleveland, OH w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/22/2015 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/23/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/24/2015 Empire – W. Springfield, VA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/25/2015 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/26/3015 Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn

2/27/2015 529- Atlanta, GA

2/28/20155th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN

SEPTICFLESH announce European tour

Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have announced a European tour alongside MOONSPELL. The tour, which starts on March 12 in the Netherlands, sees SEPTICFLESH hit 10 different countries before concluding in South Africa. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

SEPTICFLESH are fresh off their heels from a North American tour alongside CARACH ANGREN, INQUISITION, AND DEICIDE. Following the tour, SEPTICFLESH announced the welcoming of drummer Kerim ?Krimh? Lechner (Decapitated, Behemoth ) to its ranks.

Regarding his new placement in the band, Krimh comments:
“I feel very honored to join such a great band which has been one of my favorites since years. Septicflesh?s music is outstanding and unique. It is melodic and heavy but with groove. Exactly how I like it! I can’t wait to start a new chapter with SF and see you on the road”

3/12 Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
3/13 Haarlem, Netherlands @ Grote Zaal, Patronaat
3/14 Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
3/15 Mühltal, Germany @ Steinbruch Theater
3/16 Essen, Germany @ Turock
3/17 Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
3/18 Berlin, Germany @ K17
3/19 Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk / Hansa 39
3/20 Pratteln, Switzerland @ Konzertfabrik Z7
3/21 Vevey, Switzerland @ Rocking Chair
3/22 Romagnano Sesia, Italy @ R´n´r Arena
3/23 Lyon, France @ Salle de Kao, Ninkasi
3/24 La Valette Du Var, France @ Le Vox
3/25 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 2
3/26 Madrid, Spain @ Sala Caracol
3/29 Santiago de Compostela, Spain @ Sala Capitol
3/30 Toulouse, France @ Le Metronum
3/31 Paris, France @ Le Trabendo
4/01 Oslo, Norway @ Inferno Festival
4/02 Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
4/03 Pretoria, South Africa @ WitchFest
6/19 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting

IRON REAGAN Announce Australian Tour

Richmond, Virginia’s IRON REAGAN released their Relapse Records debut The Tyranny of Will in the fall of 2015 This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.

After spending most of 2014 on the road, IRON REAGAN shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Today the band is stoked to announce their first ever Australian Tour. IRON REAGAN are set to head down under April 7th in Wollongong, NSW and wraps up April 11th in Melbourne, VIC

Before they head to Australia, IRON REAGAN The band will crisscross North America alongside Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed and Black Crown Initiate. The tour begins January 27th in Miami, FL and runs through February 28th in Houston, TX.

The Tyranny of Will is available in multiple configurations and formats, including standard CD, Deluxe CD that features a bonus track, cassette, LP and Digital Download.

Fronted by the venomously lyrical Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), on paper IRON REAGAN is a Richmond, Virginia super group (the band also features Phil Hall of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, etc. as well as Ryan Parrish formerly of Darkest Hour together with members of Mammoth Grinder).

Tony Foresta – Vocals
Phil Hall – Guitar
Mark Bronzino – Guitar
Rob Skotis – Bass
Ryan Parrish – Drum


***All dates w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate***

Jan 27 Miami, FL Grand Central*
Jan 28 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater*
Jan 29 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade*
Jan 30 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s*
Jan 31 Baltimore, MD Soundstage*
Feb 02 New York, NY Gramercy Theater*
Feb 03 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
Feb 04 Toronto, ON Opera House
Feb 05 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
Feb 06 Montreal, QC Club Soda
Feb 07 Worcester, MA Palladium*
Feb 08 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater*
Feb 09 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom*
Feb 10 Chicago, IL Reggie’s*
Feb 11 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam*
Feb 12 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
Feb 13 Regina, SK The Exchange
Feb 14 Calgary, AB Republik
Feb 15 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
Feb 17 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater**
Feb 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven #
Feb 19 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Feb 20 Oakland, CA Metro ##
Feb 21 Fresno, CA Strummers ##
Feb 22 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Feb 23 Tempe, AZ Club Red ##
Feb 24 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ##
Feb 25 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall ##
Feb 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater ##
Feb 27 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey ##
Feb 28 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s ##

* w/ Ringworm # w/ Theories
** w/ Dayglo Abortions ## w/ Phobia

**Australian Tour**
April 07 Wollongong, NSW Yours and Owls
April 08 Brisbane, QLD Crowbar
April 09 Newcastle, NSW Cambridge Hotel
April 10 Sydney, NSW Bald Face Stag
April 11 Melbourne, VIC The Tote

**European Festival Dates**

Jun 18-20 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell 2015
Jun 19 Clisson, France Hellfest
Jun 25 Milano, Italy Solomacello Festival
Jul 07 Tabor, Czech Republic Mighty Sounds
Jul 18 Albi, France Xtreme Fest

MARDUK launch video clip for title track of “Frontschwein”

Panzer dawn …

MARDUK have launched the video for the title track of their new album “Frontschwein.” Feuer frei!

“Frontschwein” – the 13th studio album from MARDUK and the band’s first solely war-themed album since 1999’s legendary release “Panzer Division Marduk” – was released in Europe this week and set for release in North America on February 10, 2015.

The album is available as CD Jewelcase, LP (gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl, booklet) and limited CD Mediabook (with alternate layouts and one bonus track).

“Frontschwein” tracklist:
The Blond Beast
Rope Of Regret
Between The Wolf-Packs
Falaise: Cauldron Of Blood
Doomsday Elite
Thousand-Fold Death
Warschau III: Necropolis (Mediabook bonus track, in cooperation with ARDITI)

In February and March MARDUK will hit European stages to present you “Frontschwein” live, supported by Belphegor as special guest.

In April MARDUK will team up with Six Feet Under, Vader and Hate for the HATEFEST tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Tour dates can be viewed below.

MARDUK live:

JAPAN 2015
Jan 22 – Osaka – Nanba Rockets
Jan 23 – Nagoya – Imaike Club 3Star
Jan 24 – Tokyo – Shibuya Cyclone
Jan 25 – Tokyo – Shibuya Garret

EUROPEAN HEADLINER tour with Belphegor (special guest) and two support acts
19.02.2015 HOL Rotterdam / Baroeg
20.02.2015 HOL Eindhoven / Effenaar
21.02.2015 HOL Sneek / Het Bolwerk
22.02.2015 BEL Vosselaar / Biebob
23.02.2015 UK Plymouth / The Hub
24.02.2015 UK Manchester / Academy 3
25.02.2015 UK Glasgow / Audio
26.02.2015 UK London / Underworld
27.02.2015 FR Paris / Divan du Monde
28.02.2015 CH Monthey / Pont Rouge
01.03.2015 FR Toulouse / Dynamo
03.03.2015 SP Madrid / Caracol
04.03.2015 SP Barcelona / Apolo
06.03.2015 ITA Turin / Cafe Liber
07.03.2015 ITA Brescia / Circolo Colony
08.03.2015 SLO Nova Gorica / Mostovna

HATEFEST 2015 with Six Feet Under, Vader and Hate
02.04.2015 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
03.04.2015 AT – Wien, Gasometer
04.04.2015 CH – Pratteln, Z7
05.04.2015 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle
06.04.2015 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
07.04.2015 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
08.04.2015 DE – Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
09.04.2015 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
10.04.2015 DE – Geiselwind, Musichall
11.04.2015 DE – München, Backstage
12.04.2015 DE – Berlin, Postbahnhof

ABYSMAL DAWN Confirm New Headline Dates Tour With 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer

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

In support of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN will hit the road again this winter. This run starts with a string of headline dates that kick off February 1st in Las Vegas, NV and run through February 6th in Panama Beach, FL. Following those dates, ABYSMAL DAWN will join up with 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer on February 8th in Tampa, FL and will run through February 23rd in New York, NY. ABYSMAL DAWN will also return to Europe this March as part of The Death to All Tour. A complete list of dates can be found below.

During the process of recording the album the band shot performance videos for the song “Perfecting Slavery”. Head HERE to see the band perform the song together. The song also features a guest guitar solo from Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession, Alkaloid)

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


Feb 02 Farmington, NM Studio 18
Feb 03 Amarillo, TX The Wreck Room
Feb 04 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
Feb 05 Birmingham, AL The Syndicate Lounge
Feb 06 Panama City, FL A&M Theater

***All dates w/ 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer***

Feb 08 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Feb 10 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
Feb 11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
Feb 12 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
Feb 14 Los Angeles, CA The Complex
Feb 15 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Feb 16 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
Feb 17 Salt Lake City, UT Area 51
Feb 18 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Feb 19 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Feb 20 Joliet, IL Mojoe’s
Feb 21 Cleveland, OH Roc Bar
Feb 22 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
Feb 23 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre

***Feb 27 to March 22 dates w/ Death DTA Tours and Loudblast***

Feb 27 Bocum, DE Matrix
Feb 28 Endohoven, NL Dynamo
Mar 01 Antwerp, BE Trix
Mar 02 London, UK Electric Ballroom
Mar 03 Dublin, IR Academy
Mar 04 Manchester, UK Club Academy
Mar 05 Paris, FR Trabendo
Mar 06 Zurich, CH Alte Kaserne
Mar 07 Munich, DE Theaterfabrik
Mar 08 Ludwisburg, DE Rockfabrik
Mar 09 Romagnano Sesia, IT RnR Arena
Mar 11 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
Mar 12 Wien, AT Szene
Mar 13 Cracov, PL Fabryka
Mar 14 Gdansk, PL B 90
Mar 15 Warsaw, PL Progresja
Mar 16 Berlin, DE K 17
Mar 17 Wurzburg, DE Posthalle
Mar 18 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
Mar 19 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
Mar 20 Stockholm, SE Klubben
Mar 21 Oslo, NO Vulkan
Mar 22 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio

***All dates with Enfold Darkness***

Mar 25 Baltimore, MD Sidebar Tavern
Mar 26 Fairfax, VA Fat Tuesday’s
Mar 27 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Mar 28 Murfreesboro, TN Wall Street

KEEP OF KALESSIN: Norwegian Black Metal Legion To Release New Full-Length In North America

Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, will unleash their long-anticipated new full-length in North America next month via Indie Recordings.

Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date. As grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom, Epistemology highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!

Simply and accurately crowned a, “flawless release from KEEP OF KALESSIN,” by Metal Wani in an early review of the record, Epistemology — a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge — fuses the prime qualities of traditional ’80s heavy metal, thrash, death and black metal into a smouldering album that is at once epic and extreme; brutal and elegant; engaging and empowering!

Epistemology Track Listing:
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
5. Necropolis
6. Universal Core
7. Introspection
8. Epistemology

VATTNET VISKAR kicks off US trek


Having recently completed a North American tour with PALLBEARER and TOMBS, New Hampshire’s VATTNET VISKAR is now ready to get back on the road again! See below for all upcoming dates.

Jan. 21, 2015 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Jan. 22, 2015 – The Avenue – Lansing, MI
Jan. 23, 2015 – Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jan. 31, 2015 – Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH
Feb. 1, 2015 – Stamps – Tonawanda, NY
Feb. 2, 2015 – Just Be Cause – Ithaca, NY
May 21, 2015 – Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

Currently recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, Sky Swallower (2013), with producer Sanford Parker (TWILIGHT, PELICAN), VATTNET VISKAR’s next album promises to boast more of the crushingly ambient metal that earned the quartet “album of the year” accolades in the past. For a preview of Sky Swallower, be sure to check out the video for “Breath Of The Almighty”. Sky Swallower can be purchased digitally at iTunes or in a variety of physical formats at CM Distro.

Inter Arma Announce North American Tour Dates with Yautja

Richmond, VA genre-destroying metallers INTER ARMA have announced a five week North American Tour with deliciously dark, Nashville metallers YAUTJA. The dates kick off April 10th in Philadelphia, PA and end May 18th in Nashville, TN followed by a stop at the renowned Maryland Deathfest. A complete listing of tour dates is available below.

INTER ARMA recently released a critically acclaimed 45+ minute, single song EP entitled The Cavern. Originally written during the summer of 2009, but reworked and perfected over the last few years, The Cavern was recorded in 2013 during breaks from the relentless touring the band did with the likes of Baroness, Russian Circles, Ulcerate and numerous others. The recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured 2013’s monolithic Sky Burial.

Inter Arma Tour Dates:

04/10/15 Fri Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
04/11/15 Sat Boston MA TT the Bears
04/12/15 Sun Brooklyn NY St Vitus
04/13/15 Mon Washington DC DC9
04/14/15 Tue Durham NC Pinhook
04/15/15 Wed Asheville NC Mothlight
04/16/15 Thu Atlanta GA 529
04/17/15 Fri Orlando FL Will’s Pub
04/19/15 Sun St Petersburg FL Fubar
04/20/15 Mon Gainseville FL The Atlantic
04/21/15 Tue Birmingham AL Bottletree
04/22/15 Wed Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon
04/23/15 Thu Houston TX Fitzgeralds
04/24/15 Fri Dallas TX Three Links
04/25/15 Sat Austin TX Holy Mountain
04/27/15 Mon Tucson AZ Flycatcher
04/28/15 Tue Phoenix AZ 51west
04/29/15 Wed Las Vegas NV Beauty Bar
04/30/15 Thu San Diego CA Soda Bar
05/01/15 Fri Los Angeles CA Complex
05/02/15 Sat San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
05/04/15 Mon Portland OR Doug Fir
05/05/15 Tue Vancouver BC Electric Owl
05/06/15 Wed Seattle WA Highline
05/07/15 Thu Spokane WA The Bartlett
05/08/15 Fri Missoula MT The Palace
05/09/15 Sat Boise ID Neurolux
05/10/15 Sun Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
05/11/15 Mon Denver CO Lost Lake
05/12/15 Tue Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
05/13/15 Wed Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
05/14/15 Thu Chicago IL Empty Bottle
05/16/15 Sat Louisville KY Zanzabar
05/17/15 Sun Cincinnati OH MOTR Pub
05/18/15 Mon Nashville TN Stone Fox
05/23/15 Sat Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest

Noisey Premieres VENOM’s “Grinding Teeth”

VENOM are metal royalty and they remain as relevant ever as they gear up to release their new album From the Very Depths, which sounds as though Cronos and co. crawled from the very depths of hell itself to bring you this maximum metal opus.

Today, January 20, Noisey premieres the brand new song “Grinding Teeth” from From the Very Depths, out January 27 via Spinefarm. It’s so metal that iron ore runs through every vein and ventricle. Go ahead and grind!

EYEHATEGOD: Louisiana Volume Dealers To Kick Off 2015 Live Invasion

Louisiana volume dealers, EYEHATEGOD, are readying for another bout of live demolitions this month commencing with a set of California rumblings through Bakersfield, Lancaster, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo and Fresno. From there, the band will head east to sonically traumatize Boston, Massachusetts, Clifton, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York for two nights and a very special show in Baltimore, Maryland with the Cro Mags, Saint Vitus and Misery Index!

1/22/2015 Jerry’s Pizza & Pub – Bakersfield, CA
1/23/2015 Moose Lodge – Lancaster, CA
1/24/2015 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
1/25/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA
1/26/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA
2/04/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston MA
2/05/2015 The Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ
2/06/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/07/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/08/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Cro Mags, Saint Vitus, Misery Index

EYEHATEGOD continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Commended for its, “brilliant riffs,” and, “barely contained aural violence,” and deemed, “a worthy addition to the band’s already impenetrable legacy,” by Stereoboard, the record was unleashed last May via Housecore and continues to floor the masses, placing among year end lists globally including the coveted #1 spot of Spin’s 20 Best Albums Of 2014 who gushed, “The self-titled slab is as nastily heavy as anything they recorded back in the ’90s, dosed with added perspective, instant-classic black-tar blues riffs, and a heady dose of vocalist Mike IX Williams’ trademark surrealist protest poetry.” Snagging the #14 spot of their Best Metal Albums Of 2014, Pitchfork opined, “The classic New Orleans group’s first record in 14 years, which comes after Katrina and various personal tragedies, ranks with the best of their over-driven punked-up sludge blues,” while Decibel placed the record at #30 of their Top 40 Albums Of 2014 noting, “we’ve been privy to a few outstanding comeback albums lately, but EYEHATEGOD’s scabrous mix of leaden harcore punk felt the most desperate – in the best possible way,” further applauding its, “deranged, almost possessed fervor.” Elsewhere, EyeHateGod earned the #14 position on Wondering Sounds’ 25 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 who championed a, “symphony of sickness from five ill-fated souls who’ve suffered the wrath of drug addiction, industry hardships, natural disasters and the death of band mates and friends,” #8 on OC Weekly’s 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 praising the band’s eclectic, “Southern influenced, doomy, stoner metal mix of equal parts Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Trouble, Black Flag and the Melvins that many newer bands often emulate, but none can replicate,” and #2 on Exclaim’s Top Ten Metal And Hardcore Albums Of 2014 who crowned EyeHateGod the band’s, “best material of their 25-year career.”

Over two-and-a-half decades, EYEHATEGOD have helped define the NOLA sound: down-tuned, blues-inflected guitars awash in furious distortion, underpinning the tormented screams of Mike IX Williams over a thundering rhythm section. Though it was a long time between riffs, EYEHATEGOD reemerged stronger and more determined than ever before. EyeHateGod personifies desperation and addiction in the various backwaters of forgotten America, punctuated by the “N’awlins” sound of rebellion and pollution resulting in triumph over adversity. EyeHateGod is an exclamation mark on an already storied career, a statement of rebirth, catharsis, self-preservation and a sign of things to come.

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