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DEATH ANGEL: New Album Artwork and Details Unveiled!

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Three years have passed since the release of DEATH ANGEL’s crushing Relentless Retribution album; three years of constant touring and on-the-road-songwriting. Now the Bay Area veterans have returned with yet another visceral slice of thrash! The Dream Calls for Blood was recorded at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). The Dream Calls for Blood will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Rest of Europe),  October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America).

DEATH ANGEL recently announced a CD release show on October 18th at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA with special guests 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS and REVOCATION. Everyone that purchases a ticket will also receive a copy of the new DEATH ANGEL album at the show!

Skinless To Headline Day 3 of Delaware Deathfest

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NY Death Metal legends SKINLESS have reformed after a 2 year hiatus to headline the third day of Delaware Deathfest this October alongside label-mates Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Ringworm, Howl and Call of the Void plus Suffocation, Deicide, Broken Hope, Brutality and many more!  The 2nd annual Delaware Deathfest takes place October 4-6 in Wilmington, DE at Mojo 13.

Commented vocalist Sherwood Webber :“We’re back, the classic SKINLESS lineup has always had an undeniable live chemistry and it’s time to unleash the beast again.  We’re all old buddies and if we have the opportunity to destroy some stages around the world again, it feels right…who knows what’s next?!?  In keeping with the old SKINLESS credo of not giving a fuck…we’re back to destroy…we can’t let EXHUMED have ALL the fun!!!!!!

Skinless Tour Dates
Oct 6  Wilmington, DE  Delaware Deathfest w/ Brutality, Rings of Saturn, Rivers of Nihil and more

INTRONAUT announce headline dates in September in support of Habitual Levitations. Special guests Vattnet Viskar

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Post-metal proggers INTRONAUT are pleased to announce they will hit the road for a string of headline shows next month in support of their current album, HABITUAL LEVITATIONS, that was released earlier this year.  Label mates Vattnet Viskar will join the tour as special guests.

INTRONAUT & VATTNET VISKAR tour dates
12-Sep    Tempe, AZ    Rocky Point
14-Sep     Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
16-Sep    Dallas, TX    Club Dada
18-Sep    St Louis, MO    Firebird
19-Sep    Louisville, KY    Diamonds Pub
20-Sep    Rochester, NY    Montage Hall

2013 Bloodstock Streaming Live

Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) is the UK’s biggest independent METAL festival. Held at the picturesque location of Walton on Trent in Derbyshire, B-O-A has won the hearts and minds of fans of heavy ROCK AND METAL by consistently showcasing the strongest metal line up on UK soil.

You can expect some 15,000 metal heads descending on Derbyshire in August 2013 for 4 days of unadulterated full on Heavy Metal!!!

BLOODSTOCK boasts over 100 international rock and metal acts across four stages, as well as other attractions including a huge international metal market, late night entertainment in the Sophie Lancaster Tent, fairground rides, ‘The Bloodstock Arms’ festival bar serving real ale, full weekend camping and one of the best atmospheres the festival scene has to offer. Add to this a signing tent where you can meet your favorite bands, and for those of you who need those extra creature comforts – an extra special VIP experience in the Serpents Lair camping and hospitality backstage bar, which offers 80+ different real ales, this really is an unmissable date in the headbangers calendar. Metal brethren at your marks!

Dailymotion will be offering a free live streaming of UK festival Bloodstock. The live streaming will take place here from August 9 to 11.

Band Lineup:

2013 Bloodstock Band Lineup
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DEICIDE, BROKEN HOPE Unite For NO SALVATION TOUR 2013. DISGORGE And NECROMONICON To Support October Run

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Metal icons DEICIDE are returning to the road this fall on their NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 – a headlining run with fellow Century Media labelmates and death metal favorites BROKEN HOPE. Also in support are DISGORGE and NECRONOMICON.

DEICIDE will be touring to promote their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled studio release, due out this fall on Century Media Records. The album will be their second for Century Media, and the follow-up to ‘To Hell With God‘ in 2011.

BROKEN HOPE release ‘Omen Of Disease‘ October 1 – the album will be their first studio record in nearly 15 years, and debut album for Century Media. DISGORGE will release their fifth studio album in late 2013 on Unique Leader Records, while NECRONOMICON are touring in support of ‘Rise Of The Elder Ones,’ released June 10 via Season Of Mist.

DEICIDE with BROKEN HOPE, DISGORGE & NECRONOMICON
OCTOBER
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

REVOCATION New Album Out Today Metallica Cover of “Dyer’s Eve” Streaming

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Today, the highly anticipated self-titled 4th full-length album from Boston Metallers REVOCATION has been released on Relapse Records. The Deluxe CD and LP contain an exclusive bonus track, a cover of the Metallica classic “Dyer’s Eve“.

REVOCATION are taking part in this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation and others. In addition to the Summer Slaughter dates, the band has announced a handful of headline shows immediately following the tour.  Following the Summer Slaughter, REVOCATION will head to Europe this fall on tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and Aborted.  The tour kicks off September 18th and runs through October 10th.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

***THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR. All Dates from July 19 – Aug 16 with/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, Rings of Saturn, Thy Art is Murder***
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre (NO DEP)
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/17-Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
8/18 – Caldwell, ID @ The Venue *Headline Show*
8/19-Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/20-Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom

REVOCATION Headline Dates
8/21 Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion
8/22 Spokane, WA @ The Center
8/23 Billings, MT @ Railyard
8/24 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November Record Store
8/25 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
8/26 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

***European Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and Aborted**
9/18-Bochum GER @ Matrix
9/19-Paris  FR @ L’Empreinte
9/20-London UK @ Islington Academy
9/21-Manchester  UK @ NQ Live
9/22-Glasgow UK  @ Cathouse
9/24-Brussels  BE @ Magasin 4
9/25-Enschede NLD @ Atak
9/27-Stockholm SWE @ Klubben
9/28-Gothenburg  SWE @ Sticky Fingers
9/29-Oslo NOR @ John Dee
9/30-Copenhagen  DK @ Lille Vega
10/1-Berlin GER @ Magnet
10/2-Hamburg GER @ Logo
10/4-Munich GER @ Hansa 39
10/5-Leipzig GER @ Conne Island
10/6-Vienna AT @ Szene
10/7-Milan IT @ Tunnel
10/8-Solothurn SWI @ Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
10/9-Stuttgart GER @ Stuttgart Universum
10/10-Frankfurt GER @ Batschkapp

12/7-Santurce, Puerto Rico @ La Respuesta

BROKEN HOPE To Premier New Song “The Flesh Mechanic”

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The wait is over – Jose Mangin will premier the new BROKEN HOPE single “The Flesh Mechanic” tonight at 7pm EST (4pm PST) on SiriusXM Liquid Metal. It’s been nearly 15 years since we’ve heard new music from BROKEN HOPE, and fans have been chomping at the bit since Chicago’s visionaries of the extreme released the cover art for their upcoming new album ‘OMEN OF DISEASE‘ last week – today, the ‘OMEN OF DISEASE‘ is officially upon us.

The new music will debut only hours after metal icons DEICIDE officially announced their upcoming NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 – an October headlining run that will feature BROKEN HOPE in direct support. Joining the Century Media label mates on the tour will be DISGORGE and NECRONOMICON.

BROKEN HOPE with DEICIDE, DISGORGE & NECRONOMICON
OCTOBER
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

EXHUMED: Necrocracy Drops In North America TODAY; Band To Play Special Show With Carcass Next Month

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Necrocracy, the long-awaited new studio offering from West Coast ministers of blood, gore and audio disease, EXHUMED, officially drops TODAY in North America. Recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia), with drums tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut), Necrocracy is inarguably EXHUMED’s most musically adroit, sonically punishing and lyrically thought-provoking recording of their winding, blood-soaked career.

In related news, the band will be celebrating Necrocracy at their official release party August 8th in Los Angeles. The debaucherous evening will include a taste of the record in its entirety as well as Harvey at the DJ booth flaunting his exquisite taste in NWOBHM, thrash and grindcore. L.A. friends, don?t miss this!

Then, prior to their month-long North American takeover this Fall with labelmates Dying Fetus, EXHUMED will share the stage with extreme metal legends Carcass at The Troubadour in Los Angeles!

EXHUMED Necrocracy Release Party
8/08/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA

EXHUMED w/ Carcass
9/28/2013 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA

EXHUMED w/ Dying Fetus
10/04/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
10/05/2013 The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
10/06/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
10/07/2013 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/09/2013 Fitzgerald?s – Houston, TX
10/10/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX
10/11/2013 Trees – Dallas, TX
10/12/2013 Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
10/13/2013 Warehouse 21 – Santa Fe, NM
10/14/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
10/15/2013 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
10/16/2013 The Whisky – W. Hollywood, CA
10/17/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/18/2013 Branx – Portland, OR
10/19/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/20/2013 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/22/2013 Republik – Calgary, AB
10/23/2013 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
10/24/2013 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK
10/25/2013 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
10/26/2013 Station-4 – St Paul, MN
10/27/2013 Reggie?s – Chicago, IL
10/29/2013 Peabodys – Cleveland, OH
10/30/2013 Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/31/2013 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/01/2013 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
11/02/2013 Empire – Springfield, VA

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Video for “The Appetite”

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DEVILDRIVER will be releasing their sixth studio album Winter Kills August 27th via Napalm Records. The video for the song “The Appetite” can be viewed below.

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis
9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon
9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick
9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona
9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA

Legion debuts a brand new music video

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LEGION has released a brand new music video, directed by Kevin J Custer,  for their single “And Then, The Devil Said.”

LEGION’s brand new LP, “WOKE” is out now and they will be touring with FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY through mid August.

Legion w/ Fit For an Autopsy
08/04 Greensboro, NC – The Clubhouse Greensboro
08/05 Charleston, SC – The Skatepark Charleston
08/06 Orlando, FL – Uncle Lou?s
08/07 Tampa, FL – Epic Problem
08/08 Jacksonville, FL – Atticus Bar
08/09 Douglasville, GA – The Seven Venue
08/10 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
08/11 Wilmington, DE – The Harmony Grange
08/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose

SLAYER TO HEADLINE NEW YORK’s THEATER AT MSG and THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS

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Slayer will headline concerts at two venues it  hasn’t played in 25 years – the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, October 28, and New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 27, the night before Thanksgiving.  Gojira and 4ARM will support.

This will be the first time that Slayer – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will play a concert in New York since The Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, and the band’s first Hollywood show since 2010′s Jagermeister Music Tour. Over the past eighteen months, Slayer has toured throughout Europe, India, Japan, South America, and Australia, and co-headlined the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour of North America.  Slayer has also been confirmed to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 to be held at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX November 8-10.

While recovering from the devastating loss of Jeff Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to these dates.

Heavy Metal and Gambling

For a long time, there has been a link between heavy metal music and gambling. Throughout the years, there have been many metal songs written in which gambling is a central theme. There is something about the edginess of them both which make them particularly complementary to each other. Various operators of casino sites have become aware of this over the years and have established links with metal brands.
Cantor Gaming, owners of Cantor Casino, signed a deal with the ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine to incorporate some of the characters and storylines into the online gambling market. The design team at Cantor Gaming saw the opportunity to develop some innovative and edgy games based on the metal brand.
This is not the only time a relationship has been established between the two industries. Buenos-Aires based Leander Games signed a deal in 2011 with Megadeth, a globally recognized metal band, giving them the rights to use the brand for the development of new games. The band’s worldwide recognition has been very beneficial to Leander Games and Megadeth alike.
Before these deals were made there have been existing links between gambling and metal which have been around for years.
Think of songs such as the Motorhead classic, “Ace of Spades”, which talks about gambling and card games in general, emphasizing the importance of the ace of spades.
Another example is ‘The Angel and the Gambler’ by Iron Maiden. The lyrics of this song use the popular metal imagery of heaven and hell to draw comparisons to winning and losing in a high stakes card game.
The Jack’ by AC/DC is another example, which portrays a game against a girl who keeps winning with a jack.
These are just a few of the many times in which gambling and metal have been linked over the years. Hopefully it won?t be long until we begin to see some Megadeth-themed games.

WATAIN announces North American headlining tour with IN SOLITUDE, TRIBULATION

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With the release of their forthcoming full-length, The Wild Hunt, drawing near, Swedish black metallers WATAIN are now ready to announce their first North American tour in support of the album. Featuring IN SOLITUDE and TRIBULATION as support, this month-long headlining trek (aptly named “The Wild Hunt North America“) showcases some of Sweden’s finest metal from coast to coast. See below for all upcoming dates.

WATAIN comments: “Starting the first full tour for ‘The Wild Hunt‘ in North America seems quite appropriate, considering how many severe experiences and sleepless nights that country has bestowed upon us while riding through its strange wilderness…A thousand years and a thousand deaths have passed since we last visited the States, so prepare yourself to face something very, very old and very, very hungry. Deformed from both victory and defeat, distorted by a constant influx of powers residing beyond the borders of this world, we now return to join forces with our ever loyal US supporters. With us we will have two acts that have the capacity of transforming the audience into one big open wound before we go on stage, ready then to receive the lethal yet illuminating venom of WATAIN.

WATAIN tour dates feat. IN SOLITUDE, TRIBULATION
Oct. 8–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Oct. 9–Philadelphia, PA–Underground Arts
Oct. 10–Worcester, MA–Palladium Upstairs
Oct. 11–Montreal, QC-Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 12–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Oct. 14–Detroit, MI–The Magic Stick
Oct. 15–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16–Minneapolis, MN–Triple Rock Social Club
Oct. 18–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Oct. 19–Salt Lake City, UT–In The Venue
Oct. 21–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Oct. 22–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw
Oct. 23–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 25–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro
Oct. 26–Los Angeles, CA–VEX
Oct. 27–Phoenix, AZ–Rocky Point Cantina
Oct. 28–Albuquerque, NM–Launch Pad
Oct. 30–Austin, TX–Red 7
Nov. 1–Atlanta, GA–Masquerade Hell
Nov. 2–Charlotte, NC–The Casbah
Nov. 3–Baltimore, MD–Baltimore Sound Stage

Check out Alonzo Mosely’s review of The Wild Hunt here

Devildriver – Winter Kills Review

We have posted our review of Winter Kills from DEVILDRIVER here.

Mat Davis (guitars) – Castle

Currently on the road with THE SWORD, I had a conversation with CASTLE guitarist, MAT DAVIS. Hearing their latest album, Blacklands is one thing. But seeing them live takes it to a whole new level and I walked away with a higher opinion of Castle.

Q: You are based in the Bay Area?

A: San Francisco! But we haven’t really been there in well over a year, year and a half. We’ve been on tour off and on the whole time. We also stayed in Canada for a while too. And here in LA for a while too.

Q: Playing?

A: This is our 7th tour since the record came out. Most of those tour were between two weeks and six weeks long. There’s time in between and depending on where the tour ends or starts we’ll hang out with family in Canada or New York.

Q: Are you from Canada?

A: Yeah, near Toronto.

Q: So are you a Hockey fan?

A: No, not at all. A basketball fan.

Q: (laughs) Every Canadian I thought lives for Hockey.

A: Yeah, it’s definitely in your face the whole time growing up. I guess I watched it when I was younger. But mostly just playoffs. Never a die hard.

Q: This tour started a week ago, how did Texas treat you?

A: The shows in Texas were amazing. Dallas and Austin were awesome. We had never been to Lubbock or Abilene so it was cool to be out there, the smaller cities.

Q: Usually those crowds are more hungry than playing the big markets.

A: Totally! When we do our own tours we tend to include shows off the usual path and those are sometimes the best shows because the people are hungry for it, blue collar towns.

Q: Do you finish this tour in Canada?

A: No, we come back into the States. But the Canadian part is pretty extensive. It’s our first full Canadian tour from Vancouver over to Montreal. We’ve played cities here and there. We’ve played 12 or 15 shows in Canada but never on a tour of this level.

Q: What’s been the best tour you’ve been on so far?

A: This one for sure. Yeah, I would probably say the tour we just did in Europe as well.

Q: Who was that with?

A: INTRONAUT and ATLAS MOTH. We did a month there then some festivals on our own like ROADBURN.

Q: What was that like?

A: It was amazing! They have their own kind of culture there. Their own metal scene and people come from all over for those shows. Roadburn is like this festival that takes over this small city called Tilburg. And it’s full of metalheads for four or five days.

Q: Black Shirts everywhere.

A: Everywhere! The town really embraces it too. They kind of change the names on menus, we saw the HIGH ON FIRE BURGER. It’s really played up and well put together. Very cool to be a part of it.

Q: Cooler vibe over there.

A: It’s a little more different. More built in lifestyle. People traveling and touring so hospitality is really consistently high. People cooking you meals out of their kitchen. Everywhere you play has somewhere for the bands to stay. You don’t need to really worry about anything. You just show up and play and everything is taken care of.

Q: So it’s not like THE STORY OF ANVIL movie where they’re going around not getting paid?

A: (Laughs) That’s always your worst nightmare. I’ve seen ANVIL the third most of any band in my life. They used to play in small clubs all the time when I was a teenager into my early twenties. We would go see them every single time they came anywhere nearby. Not a lot of people back then for those guys. Small crowds, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 people. Good for them sticking it out all those years. I think it’s all who you know like the people bringing you over like the guys that booked the tours we’ve been on. These guys do like 50 tours a year and they’re very well connected and know how to organize it. You’re always afraid when you’re far away.

Q: How is the power trio received live?

A: Awesome! I think it’s a lot of room, I don’t want to say improvisation because we don’t improvise at all, but within the context of music we’re allowed a little bit of leeway dynamically, we can get a little busy or we can kind of simplify things and keep the essence of the songs. It’s almost like we rewrite the songs for live. Because they were originally studio songs and with the record I did more multi-tracking and with only three people live you gotta somehow strip down to what the bare essential is of the song and see what you can get away with kind of leaving out or subtly changing like the bass does a lot of guitar stuff now and I take a couple of guitar tracks and mix them together and make these kind of hybrid sounds. It’s cool because I think people pick up on that. People that know the records are like, ‘I thought the record was great, but seeing you guys live is a whole different thing’ and they like it even more which is a compliment.

Q: There’s a haunting vibe to the record with the vocal delivery.

A: Yeah, the music for sure, the sounds I like are kind of dark, trance like, things that are hypnotic. I think it starts with the guitar and then the vocals totally come from the music. It’s very rare we have a vocal idea putting music to it. I’m not opposed to doing it the other way. Our approach with vocals is because our songs have to work as an instrumental before I even think about calling it a song. What we try to do with vocals is not just fuck the song up. But either make it like a neutral position or embellish the music and it’s definitely how we started. That’s why the vocals are a little lower with more of using the vocals as an effect or some kind of harmonic thing going on with the guitar.

Q: What happens after this tour, what’s next?

A: It’s a little up in the air. Our agent’s trying to get us on another tour. I’m also in the middle of writing. I had to pack everything away before this tour started. I’m itching to get back in and finish that. We have loose plans to record in December. We’re trying to get this all together by November. It only leaves a few months and the basis for a lot of songs are already there and some are actually finished.

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Kyle Shutt (guitars) – The Sword

As THE SWORD make their way on a month long headlining tour in the US and CANADA, compromised of markets they will not be hitting on their upcoming tour opening up for CLUTCH, I had a sit down with Guitarist KYLE SHUTT backstage at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. Here is some of our conversation:

Q: One week on the road right now?

A: Yeah, one week out. First time in Orange County. Or is Pomona considered Orange County?

Q: Different area, but it’s all Southern California, usually the most boring crowds.

A: We always have good times man! Especially San Diego!

Q: You’re avoiding LA on this tour though.

A: We have to because of a tour that’s coming up later in the year that’s playing the House of Blues on Sunset with CLUTCH. We had to due to a radius clause. That’s what they call it, it’s music business banter.

Q: You just went out in Europe with Clutch didn’t you?

A: Yeah! It went so well we decided to do it again.

Q: Get along well with those guys?

A: We’re old friends with them. They invited us to go on tour with them in 2006. And ever since then it’s been ‘best friends’ (in a singing voice). We have a lot of common interests.

Q: Such as?

A: Smoke weed, hanging out, just being cool people and we just get along really well. Those guys are a class act and someone to follow.

Q: When does that tour kickoff?

A: Don’t ask a guy whose been on tour when the next one starts (laughs). I put in the merchandise orders a couple months in advance too so by the time I see the shirts I made months ago I get to think, ‘where are we going on this tour and do I need my passport?’

Q: You need it on this tour, right?

A: I do, we’re going to Canada. We’re doing the thing where we go up to Vancouver and drive across all the way to Montreal. I wish we could go further into Halifax. Mainly because I’m a huge TRAILER PARK BOYS fan.

Q: I’ve heard the rumors, but going across the border is a pain in the ass?

A: Oh God! It’s the worst! It’s the worst in the world! I haven’t been to Bolivia or whatever (laughs).

Q: You don’t look like a Hispanic drug cartel member!

A: (laughs) The Canadians are just doing their job, they’re polite about it and they can turn you away if you don’t have your paperwork done correctly. They hold you to the nature of your crimes to the standards of their laws. They hold a DUI in the same category as a first degree murder. They treat you as a murderer trying to enter the country. It’s a whole scam. You can bribe the consulate guy for $5,000 to let you in. But if you’re a band like us, then that’s like 2 or 3 guarantees so we can’t afford that. If you have a number one record in Canada you can do that. But we have to jump through all of the hoops. The real kick in the nuts is when you get back to the US with the border cops. They’re just the worst. They treat you like a total terrorist. They don’t understand people in a band. It’s like, “how come he’s from Chicago, and how does he know the rest of you guys, and you’re from Texas?” It’s needless. We’re not stupid enough to smuggle weed across the border. There’s plenty of weed in Canada and the US for me to buy. I’m not that stupid.

Q: What’s your favorite part of Canada to play?

A: Everything I just said, I don’t want to sound like I’m shitbagging Canada. It’s just the border cops. I don’t want it to reflect negatively on the citizens up there. We have a lovely time in Canada. Vancouver’s great! Calgary is always really fun. Canada’s great dude, Toronto of course! I feel bad for Canadians because a lot of times a band will roll through with replacement members.

Q: This tour started in Austin?

A: Dallas! Austin was the release of our own beer (Iron Swan) with the Real Ale Brewing Company. It was sold out before we got there. It was a good time, I’m glad I remember some of it.

Q: Do you guys get free beer?

A: Until it runs out. We made one huge batch. We’re going to send it out to market and see what the demand is like before we make another batch. It’s pretty gratifying cracking open a can of your own beer and it’s actually good. We made the recipe, added the hops ourselves, kind of made a mini movie about it. It was fun, we’re total beer nerds.

Q: You’re a year into the album cycle now, any plans to start writing again?

A: I can’t speak for everybody. We’re just been on tour so much we haven’t had more than two weeks off at a time. We haven’t sat down to write songs or anything. Every time we have an album cycle it’s like we get together and boom, it’s like six songs come right out. Then we’ll work on those a little bit. And while we’re working on those a few more come out. We always book a little tour right before we go make a record to kind of play the songs for people and so we get to know the song better before you make an album.

Q: So many people write their albums in the studio.

A: I don’t get that but there’s no rules in this business.

Q: Given the state of the music business, what do you attribute your success to?

A: God! Man, we just worked really hard. It sound cliché but we really did just bust our fuckin asses on the road. That’s really the only way to blow a band up these days is just to tour relentlessly and just go back and back and back and prove to people that you’re not going to stop. That’s only one part of it. We had a lot of love, a lot of help from people, way more powerful than us. It’s kind of humbling when people like METALLICA take you out like that and tell you this is going to be your spot for a year. This is pretty awesome! It’s not like that tour blew us up or anything. It was a huge thing for us for like a year and a half from Perth to Istanbul. That was a hard one. We had some struggles ending that tour. We needed six months off after that tour as we killed ourselves on those first two albums. We’ve never been a radio band but we had those GUITAR HERO games. That was huge for us. That put us in a million homes and people had to listen to your whole song to get further in the game. It was genius marketing.

Q: Labels don’t know what they’re doing anymore. It’s a different climate now. Selling 50K now is like selling 500K 10 years ago.

A: It’s been a slow, steady build. We survived the fad phase. I feel like we’ve really established ourselves musically. We’re not afraid to do what we do musically.

Q: You have a multi-album deal with RAZOR & TIE. Any pressure from them to change?

A: Even if there was pressure we would tell them to go away. They’re very nice people and understood what we needed as a band and went into the contract. It’s nice to have a home for a while. The record has sold more records faster than our other records.

THE HARDROCKCORE

EYEHATEGOD Announces 25th Anniversary Shows

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, New Orleans’ legendary purveyors of hardcore, blues-based, post-amplified audio wreckage, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce three very special performances next month.  The ruckus begins September 13 where EYEHATEGOD will return to the Ottobar in Baltimore for the first time since 2009, alongside New York Hardcore progenitors Agnostic Front and Cro Mags and the original lineup of Los Angeles crossover legends Final Conflict! That same weekend, EYEHATEGOD will cause maritime chaos for the second time as part of The Rocks Off Boatshow! Confirmed dates and ticket links are included below.

EYEHATEGOD is currently crumbling stages throughout Europe. The live debauchery kicked off on July 19th in Warsaw, Poland and continues to systematically bludgeon the eardrums of the willing and unwilling throughout the lands. The journey will come to a ceremonial close on August 20th in Toulouse, France.

In related news, the band will make an appearance at Philip Anselmo’s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival this Fall in Austin, Texas. Set to take place October 24th ? October 27th team EYEHATEGOD will share the stage with an explosive lineup that includes Down, Gwar, Goblin, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Crowbar, Goatwhore, Warbeast, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion and many many more!

Stay tuned for further EYEHATEGOD intelligence – including new album details – to be disclosed in the coming weeks.

EYEHATEGOD – Undermining Society’s Rules Since 1998 European Tour 2013 [remaining dates]
8/03/2013 The Garage – London, UK
8/04/2013 The White Rabbit – Plymouth UK
8/06/2013 Beta – Copenhagen, Denmark
8/07/2013 Kuudas Linja – Helsinki, Finland
8/08/2013 Kuudas Linja – Helsinki, Finland
8/10/2013 Sylak Festival – Lyon, France
8/12/2013 Backstage – Munchen, Germany
8/13/2013 K4 – Nurnberg, Germany
8/14/2013 Keller Klub – Stuttgart, Germany
8/15/2013 Provinz Pudua Mav Fest – Trebaseleghe, Italy
8/16/2013 Rock Altitude Fest – Le Locle, Switzerland
8/17/2013 Glazart – Paris, France
8/18/2013 Motocultor 2013 – Theix, France
8/19/2013 Raymond – Clermont FD, France
8/20/2013 Le St Des Seins – Toulouse, France

EYEHATEGOD 25th Anniversary Shows
9/13/2013 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, Final Conflict
9/14/2013 Mojo 13 – Wilmington DE w/ Agnostic Front , Final Conflict
9/15/2013 Rocks Off Boat Show – New York, NY w/ Final Conflict
10/25 ? 27/2013 – Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX

DEATH ANGEL: CD Release Show Announced!

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DEATH ANGEL have announced a CD release show for their upcoming 7th full-length release! Catch the band October 18th at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA with special guests 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS and REVOCATION. Everyone that purchases a ticket will also receive a copy of the new DEATH ANGEL album at the show!

DEATH ANGEL recently wrapped recording the follow up to their 2010 release, Relentless Retribution, at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).  Cover art will once again be handled by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY,CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). More details will be revealed shortly.

ONE BAND RULES THEM ALL! Canada’s CRIMSON SHADOWS Wins Wacken Metal Battle 2013 @ Wacken Open Air

CANUCK METAL RULES! One band rules them all as Canadian epic power/death metallers Crimson Shadows from Toronto, ON have won the international 2013 Wacken Metal Battle. With their mix of Epic Death & Power Metal they left their competitors from almost 30 other countries behind. Besides the desired label deal with Nuclear Blast the band also won lots of high quality endorsements from Marshall, Washburn, Markbass, Paiste, Woodbrass and Vision Backdrops. Congratulations to the band! We are curious and are looking forward to your musical future!

In additional news, upon returning from the Wacken Metal Battle international finals, CRIMSON SHADOWS with VESPERIA will hit the trans-Canada Highway from Southern Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide for their WESTERN CRUSADE CANADIAN TOUR.

Tour Dates
August 5th – Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Zoo
August 7th – Calgary, Alberta – Dickens Pub
August 9th – Victoria, British Columbia – Lucky Bar
August 10th – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre
August 12th – TBA
August 14th – Edmonton, Alberta – DV8 Tavern
August 16th – Medicine Hat, Alberta – Liquid Niteclub
August 17th – Lethbridge, Alberta – The Slice Bar

PIG DESTROYER Confirm Upcoming Festival Appearances

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The undisputed Kings of Grind PIG DESTROYER will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals this including GWAR-B-Q, Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be viewed below.

PIG DESTROYER released their fifth studio album Book Burner this past October on Relapse Records.  Book Burner features 19 tracks with a return to the band’s raw, misanthropic sound.  Book Burner is available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, Cassette and Digital.

PIG DESTROYER Tour Dates
Aug 17           Richmond, VA            GWAR-B-Q (Hadad’s Lake Water Park)
Sep 06            Raleigh, NC                Hopscotch Fest w/ Gorguts, Loincloth, and Double
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Sep 13            Hudson, NY               Basilica Sound Scape 2013
Oct 25- 27      Austin, TX                 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo’s East w/ Repulsion, Lord Dying,  Down , Pallbearer

My Day at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – Alonzo Mosely

So Wednesday morning (7/31) as I was making my way to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and just as I was about to get on Interstate 4 from Orlando to Tampa I made a fucking brilliant decision. I went to Subway and got a foot-long Big Philly and two oatmeal raisin cookies. I know that the Big Philly isn’t part of the 5 dollar foot long menu, but sometimes you gotta live a little and pay the extra $1.25. Anyway, I ate half my sub and one cookie on the way to the show.

An hour and a half later I got to the fairgrounds, parked, got my ticket and press pass, and headed in. The first thing I noticed (other than the fact that it was at least a million degrees out) was that the sound on the smaller stages (Jagermeister and Musicians Institute) was orders of magnitude better than last year. My game plan for the day was to catch Battlecross, Born of Osiris, Job For a Cowboy, and Amon Amarth (SEE MY INTERVIEW WITH TED LUNDSTROM FROM AMON AMARTH HERE). I wasn’t very interested in seeing Rob Zombie or Five Finger Death Punch because, let’s be honest, that’s radio rock. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for acts like that on a festival like this. You gotta sell huge amounts of tickets in order for this kind of undertaking to work, and radio rock sells huge amounts of tickets. But that doesn’t make me want to watch it. I wasn’t too sure about Mastodon either. They kinda lost me after Blood Mountain. So I used the same strategy with them that I used with Slipknot last year. I’ll leave as soon as they play a song I don’t recognize. That didn’t take long.

Anyway, Battlecross was starting right as I got in the gate, so I watched them and they were awesome. Same with Born of Osiris. I thought about going down into the photo pit between the stage and the railing, but then I decided not to because I was busy people watching. As the afternoon went on I started to notice two distinct groups of people emerge from the thousands of socially awkward miscreants there that day. One group was shirtless men who had no business being shirtless, with big wooly rapist beards and the worst fucking tattoos you can imagine. If you’re one of these guys, might I humbly suggest some serious introspection on your part, because you’re clearly making poor choices. The other group I noticed was girls who were obviously not into metal who were there with their boyfriends, who were. These girls all had the same look of horror and despair as they realized that this event was going to last all day and into the night. These girls were clearly not provided with enough information to make an informed decision about attending this kind of festival.

After Born of Osiris I headed over to the press area to conduct my interview with Ted Lundstrom of Amon Amarth, which was really awesome and he was super cool. Unfortunately, while I was doing that I missed Job For A Cowboy. I caught a little bit of Machine Head’s set as well as Children of Bodom, and I saw at least two dozen more people who looked like they should be, or recently were, in prison.

When they opened the main stage area (which was inside a covered amphitheater) I found a place directly behind and above the front of house mixing console. There was some kid, maybe 10 years old, there with his parents. He couldn’t have looked more bored. But, when Amon Amarth’s intro music started and they came out and launched into Destroyer of the Universe this kid couldn’t look away. He was totally transfixed on the Viking ship backdrop and the force of the songs coming at him. When they played Pursuit of Vikings second, that was it – metal fan for life. So, in a day where I got to see several bands that I like, interview one of them, and have a good time doing it, that was the best thing I saw all day.

And, when I got back to my car I still had half of a Big Philly sub and a cookie. It was fucking glorious.

Oh, and I took these pics during Butcher Babies set:

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CARCASS: North American Tour Dates Announced!

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Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, will embark on a select amount of intimate headlining North American shows this September in support of their upcoming sixth full-length release, Surgical Steel. “Well we thought we’d play a few small key shows, kinda like the vibe we had in London earlier this year,” commented bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. “Maybe we’re being a bit optimistic thinking we can fill these venues? Well to make sure we do we’re bringing along some old friends & bands who will probably blow us away. We’re too much of a bunch of tight wads to throw a record release party so this is the closest you’ll get – come on down, and bring your receipt with the new album purchase and demand a refund!”

CARCASS
9/21/13 Mac Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
9/23/13 Reggie?s – Chicago, IL (w/ MACABRE)
9/25/13 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (w/ IMMOLATION)
9/26/13 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (w/ IMMOLATION)
9/28/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED)

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: “Minotaur” Lyric Video Posted

Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, have posted a lyric video for the track “Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon).” Their album Labyrinth will be released August 16, 2013 in Europe and August 20, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast.

WINTERSUN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, ARSIS, STARKILL
08/06/13 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
08/07/13 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
08/08/13 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
08/09 /13Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
08/10/13 Montreal, QC – HEAVY MTL FESTIVAL
08/11/13 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
08/13/13 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
08/14/13 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
08/15/13 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
08/16/13 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
08/17/13 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
08/18/13 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
08/19/13 Regina, SK – Riddel Center @ UoR
08/20/13 Edmonton, AB – Starlight Room
08/21/13 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
08/23/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
08/24/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
08/25/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
08/26/13 West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
08/27/13 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
08/28/13 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
08/29/13 Tempe, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
08/31/13 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
09/01/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
09/03/13 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
09/04/13 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
09/05/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
09/06/13 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

SOULFLY: “Savages” Album Cover Revealed!‏

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SOULFLY have revealed the album cover to their upcoming ninth studio album Savages. The artwork was created by renowned artist Paul Stottler, who is best known for SCARED REICH’s legendary Surf Nicaragua cover.

“My teammates were awesome” commented the legendary frontman Max Cavalera on the recording of Savages. “Marc did some crazy guitar noises and we did a ‘Mars Part Two‘ at the end of ‘El Comegente‘ – it’s very LED ZEPPELIN influenced and Marc kicked some ass on it.  I wrote ‘El Comegente‘ with Tony Campos. It’s in Portuguese and Spanish and it’s about Vargas – a Venezuelan cannibal from the 80′s. He is the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. Crazy shit!  I worked for the first time on a full album with my son, Zyon. Before recording the album I first worked closely at home with him in pre-production, and it was great to spend weeks on the songs with Zyon, shaping the sound of the record. Zyon did a great job and he hits really hard just like his uncle Igor – it was amazing recording with my son.  A whole record!  A dream come true for a father whose life is dedicated to metal. Savages is a celebration of all that.”

Savages is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013

TEMPLE OF VOID sign with Rain Without End and Saw Her Ghost for debut full length in 2014

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Death / Doom Metal band TEMPLE OF VOID recently signed on with Rain Without End Records (Canada / Germany) and Saw Her Ghost Records (Detroit, USA) to release their debut full-length in 2014. TEMPLE OF VOID’s debut full-length will be released on both CD (Rain Without End – early 2014) and Vinyl LP (Saw Her Ghost – 2014). TEMPLE OF VOID are currently writing music for their debut full-length.

TEMPLE OF VOID self-released their demo “DEMO MMXIII” in May 2013. It will be released as a digipac with a previously unreleased track on Archaic Sound (Poland) later this year. “DEMO MMXIII” is also available through the band in physical & digital formats on their bandcamp page.

The track “Examinate Gaze” from “DEMO MMXIII” can be heard here

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