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Al Jourgensen, six-time Grammy nominated godfather of industrial metal, will release his band Ministry’s 13th studio album, From Beer To Eternity, on September 6 (13th Planet Records).  Pre-order info will be posted soon on Ministry’s Facebook.  As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another Ministry album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, “I had no choice.”

Sessions for what would become From Beer to Eternity began last December at Jourgensen’s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos.  Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band Rigor Mortis in Dallas, TX.  Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.

“We have never, in the history of Ministry, ever had a tracking session like that before,” states Jourgensen, “everything went so smoothly, it was surreal.  And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record.”  After returning from Scaccia’s funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D’Ambruoso for three excruciating months.  ”There was no choice,” Jourgensen says of the bittersweet production process.  ”During the tracking sessions, Mikey was smiling and going, ‘You know what, Al?  This is by far and away the best Ministry album we’ve ever done together. This is awesome.’  I’m super proud of From Beer to Eternity because it’s my tribute to Mikey’s incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music.”

In addition to From Beer to Eternity coming in September, July 9 will see the release of Jourgensen’s authorized biography, ”Ministry:  The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen,” penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Books.  ”" is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises.”  Then, the two-disc DVD “Ministry: Enjoy the Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012” debuts at the already sold-out Wacken Open Air 2013 festival in Germany August 1-3.  Shot live in concert at one of Ministry’s final shows of the band’s 2012 tour at Wacken’s Open Air in front of 75,000 fans, the DVD features “New World Order,” “99 Percenters,” “Ghouldiggers,” “Psalm 69,” “Thieves,” “Just One Fix,” and “Khyber Pass.”

REVOCATION Premiere First New Song From Upcoming Album

revocation album art

Today REVOCATION has posted the first full-length track from their upcoming release.  The song is entitled “The Hive

The album is now available for pre-order in exclusive bundle packages at The Relapse Records Online Store.  The album will be available in a deluxe CD, standard CD, 2xLP and Digital Formats.  The Deluxe CD and LP contain an exclusive bonus track, a cover of the Metallica classic “Dyer’s Eve

REVOCATION will be taking part in this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside the likes of Dillenger Escape Plan, Cattle Decapitation and others.  The tour starts July 19th in San Francisco, CA and runs through August 20th in Portland, OR.  In addition to the Summer Slaughter dates, the band has announced a handful of headline shows leading up to the Summer Slaughter and immediately following the tour.  All dates are listed below.

REVOCATION Headline Dates
7/14 Reading, PA @ Reverb
7/15 Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
7/18 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory

***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***
7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/25-Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (NO CATTLE DECAPITATION)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO NORMA JEAN)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
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

TURISAS reveals cover artwork for upcoming album, ‘Turisas2013′


Get ready for TURISAS to paint your town red and black again! The band has now revealed the first details about their upcoming album: ‘Turisas2013‘ is scheduled to be released on September 3rd in North America (August 26th in Europe) via Century Media Records.

The album was produced yet again by vocalist Mathias Nygård, and the majority of the album was recorded by Mathias Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that served as the Turisas2013 command center and headquarters. Additional recordings were done in 3 other studios: drums at Atomic Spa Studio (Helsinki), orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio (Helsinki), and most of the vocals and additional acoustic elements at Sound Supreme Studio (Hämeenlinna), where TURISAS also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight. The mixing and mastering was done by London-based producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, who previously worked with GHOST B.C., PRIMORDIAL, and ULVER, just to name a few.

6.14.2013 – (UK) Donington Park – Download Festival
6.21.2013 – (PL) Jaworzno – Metalfest Open Air Poland
6.22.2013 – (DE) St. Goarshausen / Loreley – Metalfest Germany
6.23.2013 – (LIT) Varniai – Kilkim Zaibu
7.24.2013 – (SLO) Tolmin – Metaldays
7.25.2013 – (DE) Chemnitz – Rock im Betonwerk
7.26.2013 – (DE) Oberalfingen – Betonwerk
8.17.2013 – (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air
8.31.2013 – (DE) Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air

9.20. 2013 – (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser
9.21.2013 – (DE) Gießen – Hessenhallen **, ***
9.22.2013 – (DE) Antwerp – Trix *, ***
9.23.2013 – (F) Paris – Bataclan
9.24.2013 – (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage
9.25.2013 – (DE) Milan – Live Club
9.26.2013 – (CH) Lausanne – Docks
9.27.2013 – (DE) Geiselwind – Musichall **, ***
9.28.2013 – (DE) Munich – Backstage **, ***
9.29.2013 – (CH) Pratteln  – Z7
9.30.2013 – (DE) Hamburg – Markthalle
10.1.2013 – (DE) Berlin – Postbahnhof
10.2.2013 – (CZ) Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe ****
10.3.2013 – (AT) Vienna – Arena
10.4.2013 – (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn **, ***
10.5.2013 – (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *, **, ***
10.6.2013 – (NL) Tilburg – O13 *, ***
**** without ENSIFERUM

TURISAS UK headlining dates
10.8.2013 – (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
10.9.2013 – (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 – (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
10.11.2013 – (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
10.12.2013 – (UK) Manchester – Club Academy

AMON AMARTH: Track-By-Track Video Premiere


In celebration of its impending North American release just one week away, today Metal Insider offers up an exclusive track-by-track video premiere of AMON AMARTH’s Deceiver of the Gods.  The vibrant art clip includes snippets of each of the record’s epic ten tracks. Additionally, fans can enjoy the accompanying written commentary discussing the themes of each song as relayed by vocalist Johan Hegg.

1) “Deceiver of the Gods”  This is basically an introduction to Loke. He describes his background and his devious mind in these lyrics.

2) “As Loke Falls” …is the tale of the battle between Loke and Heimdall at Raganrok, the end of the world.

3) “Father of the Wolf “… is the story of how the fearsome nemesis of Oden, the wolf Fenris, was born.

4) “Shapeshifter” … is based on Loke’s quarrel with the Asa Gods, but also him describing his traits of being able to shift his appearance into different animal shapes, as well as shifting from doing good or bad deeds.

5) “Under Siege” …tells the story of a fortress under siege, where the residents have to make a choice: either starve to death, or make one final desperate attack that is doomed to fail.

6) “Blood Eagle”  This is a nasty piece of work. Basically describing a very brutal type of execution.

7) “We Shall Destroy” … is a story about a battle where the warriors of both sides are forming a wall of shields. It’s a story of strength through unity.

8) “Hel”  In this song Hel, the ruler for the realm of the dead welcomes the listener to her “humble home” to join her at the banquet of the dead where Famine is your plate and Hunger is your knife. This song features a special guest appearance by Messiah Marcolin!

9) “Coming of the Tide”  These lyrics are related to “Under Siege.” It’s the story of how a mounted legion of warriors are rushing to the aid of the besieged, but they arrive too late. Realising everyone is dead they take up the pursuit of those responsible . 

10) “The Warriors of the North”  This is a story of a group of loyal warriors who are betrayed by their king, and banished from their land. But twenty years later the kingdom is under attack, and they are called back to defend the king who betrayed them, to restore their honour and to get a final chance to die the warriors death so that they can reach Valhalla.

Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th.

Following a run of European festival dates already underway, AMON AMARTH will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest

SEPULTURA: Dave Lombardo to Guest on New Album!


Dave Lombardo, former drummer for thrash legends SLAYER, will be featured on the upcoming album by Brazilian-American thrashers SEPULTURA.  Lombardo was having some quality-time with his kids and dog at the beach near the studio where SEPULTURA is recording, when sound guru Ross Robinson (MACHINE HEAD, SLIPKNOT, KORN, FEAR FACTORY) asked him if he wanted to guest on the recording.

Commented Kisser: “He came and it was so nice, so special, so awesome! He is one of the nicest guys in business and he enjoyed the idea a lot. Ross and Mike prepared two drum sets on the living room, facing each other, no cymbals, just tribal drums! When the mics were all ready and running Eloy and Dave started playing and the magic was on; so great! The part they recorded will be a special part on the middle of one of the songs. It came out crazy!”

SEPULTURA have reunited with producer Ross Robinson (KORN,) for their upcoming record, which is tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is currently being tracked at Robinson‘s studio in Venice, California and is being co-produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLENGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, INCANTATION), who previously worked with SEPULTURA on their Nation (2001), Revolusongs(2002) and Roorback (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. The as of yet untitled album is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.



darkane supremacy

Swedish melodic death/technical thrash quintet DARKANE have unveiled “Mechanically Divine,” a new song from their PROSTHETIC RECORDS debut, “The Sinister Supremacy.” The album, scheduled to be released in North America on July 2, marks the first new music from the band in five years, as well as the return of vocalist Lawrence Mackrory (who left the band after their acclaimed 1999 debut, “Rusted Angel”). Listen via the video below:




Metal veterans UNEARTH have signed a North American record deal with eOne Music. The band plans to release a brand new LP later this year, their sixth spanning the band’s 15 year tenure. Vocalist Trevor Phipps offers the state of the band and their intentions for this new release in his comments below:

“A new chapter has begun for Unearth as we have found a few new places to call home. By joining forces with eOne (North America), Century Media (Europe), Howling Bull (Japan) and 3Wise (Australia) we will have a more focused attack from some of the most well known and respected labels in the world. We know this new beginning of sorts will bring bigger and better things for Unearth and our fans and we couldn’t be more excited for the future of all things Unearth. We are currently in the studio recording some of the most aggressive, anthemic and energized metal we have ever written and we look forward to unleashing it to you all when it is finished.  Expect to hear more about our new album, release dates and future world wide touring plans later this summer.”

“We also want to take this opportunity to thank Metal Blade Records for being our label home for almost a decade. In that time we released four LP’s and a double DVD, circled the Globe playing Heavy Metal dozens of times and experienced some of the greatest moments of our collective lives.  Metal Blade helped us along the path of our dream and we are eternally grateful.  We start new label relationships today, but we will always consider ourselves part of the Metal Blade Records family.”


BATTLECROSS debut new song via; new studio video posted

- June 17th, 2013 ?

Detroit, MI?s Battlecross made a HUGE impact at Orion Music and More last on June 8th and 9th, with appearances at the event?s press conference with Metallica, and receiving praise from local and national press at the event. Now, less than a month away from the release of War of Will, Battlecross have unveiled a brand new song. Fans can stream Flesh and Bone on-line now at!

Additionally, the band has posted their second studio video with exclusive, candid footage from their recording sessions at Audio Hammer Studios. The band-filmed clips include guitar tacking, as well as an extended jam by virtuoso bassist, Don Slater. Watch clip #2 at At that page, fans can also stream ?Force Fed Lies? and pre-order the album.

BATTLECROSS triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. Co-produced at Audio Hammer Studios by famed producers Mark Lewis and Eyal Levi, the sophomore effort from Detroit?s newest soldiers of steel will soon prove as one of the most impressive follow-up releases, destined to become a heavy metal classic for fans of all sub-genres. ?War of Will triggers a strange Déjà Vu while feeling completely brand new? says Levi.

After a fist-pumping debut, impressive breakout tours in 2012, BATTLECROSS will continue their climb as one of metal?s most impressive new bands with appearances at Orion Music +More with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Suicidal Tendencies in the band?s hometown of Detroit and the 4th Annual Gwar-BQ with Municipal Waste and Corrosion of Conformity.

War of Will releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Behemoth, Mastodon and more. For tickets and details, head to

06/27 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/01 Lake Tahoe, CA Whiskey Dick?s w/ Huntress
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler?s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/22 New York, NY Saint Vitus w/ Huntress
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX TBA
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
End Tour
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop?s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody?s w/ Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Huntress

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Drum Wars starring Vinny & Carmine Appice

Calling all drum nerds, fans of Sabbath, Dio, Vanilla Fudge and umm, Rod Stewart (hey, who doesn’t have room in their heart for Rod?) in the Philadelphia and Allentown area; courtesy of the Sellersville Theater we have THREE pairs of tickets for Drum Wars Starring Vinny & Carmine Appice on Thursday June 27th at 8pm.

The show is a sort of sibling rivalry turned mega jam, with both Appices performing duets, and the Drum Wars band will be thrashing out hits from Vinny and Carmine?s back catalogue. With Vinny that means Heaven & Hell-era Sabbath and Dio; for older brother Carmine, that means Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Beck amongst others.

—> See information on how to enter at




THE CONTORTIONIST have announced new tour dates supporting this fall. Dates stretch coast to coast kicking off in Winston Salem, NC on September 13th and will wrap up more than a month later in Nashville, TN.

THE CONTORTIONIST released “Intrinsic” earlier this year to much critical acclaim.

Check out the video for “Dreaming Schematics


CHIMAIRA ANNOUNCE HEADLINING TOUR. New Album “Crown Of Phantoms” Available July 30th!


CHIMAIRA has announced the “CROWN OF PHANTOMS” tour surrounding their highly anticipated new LP of the same name. Dates will stretch coast to coast in the U.S. with support from THE BROWNING, THREAT SIGNAL and label-mates DARK SERMON.


HAVOK: Candlelight Unveils Special Lyric Video For Latest Single

havok unnatural

Candlelight Records has premiered a special pre-release lyric video for HAVOK’s latest single, “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death,” taken from their forthcoming new album Unnatural Selection.

Unnatural Selection is set to be released in North America on June 25 and is currently available as a pre-order now at Candlelight’s official webstore. Special bundle packages of the album are available exclusively at the HAVOK’s official merchandise store. Unnatural Selection was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death). 

HAVOK just completed their second European tour and will perform three special “hometown” pre-release shows June 21-23.  The band will kick off their first headline tour of North America on July 22.  More dates have been confirmed on the tour now stretching through early September.



German thrash overlords KREATOR have revealed the zombiefied artwork for their upcoming Dying Alive DVD. The live DVD will be released in North America on September 3rd and features the band’s sold-out, hometown, December 22nd, 2012 performance in Oberhausen, Germany shot by 24 cameras plus guitar and mosh-pit POV cams.

Also, in support of their thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, KREATOR will co-headline the “Legends Of Thrash” tour this fall through the U.S. & Canada with Overkill.  Opening each night will be Warbringer.


The first of 24 shows takes place on October 30th at the Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland with KREATOR headlining. Overkill will end the tour with a headlining set at New York City’s Stage 48 on November 24th.

Legends Of Thrash tour dates
10/30/13  Soundstage    Baltimore, MD  *KREATOR headlines*
10/31/13  The Trocadero    Philadelphia, PA  *Overkill headlines*
11/01/13  The Palladium    Worcester, MA  *Overkill headlines*
11/02/13  Club Soda    Montreal, QC CANADA  *KREATOR headlines*
11/03/13  Opera House    Toronto, ON CANADA *KREATOR headlines*
11/04/13  Altar Bar    Pittsburgh, PA  *KREATOR headlines*
11/05/13  Al Rosa Villa    Columbus, OH  *Overkill headlines*
11/06/13  Mojoes    Joliet, IL  *Overkill headlines*
11/07/13  Granada    Lawrence, KS *KREATOR headlines*
11/08/13  Gothic Theater    Englewood, CO  *KREATOR headlined*
11/09/13  In The Venue    Salt Lake City, UT  *Overkill headlines*
11/11/13  Rickshaw Theater    Vancouver, B.C. CANADA  *KREATOR headlines*
11/12/13  El Corazón    Seattle, WA  *Overkill headlines*
11/13/13  Hawthorne Theatre    Portland, OR  *KREATOR headlines*
11/14/13  Fillmore    San Francisco, CA  *KREATOR headlines*
11/15/13  The Grove    Anaheim, CA  *KREATOR headlines*
11/16/13  Marquee Theatre    Tempe, AZ  *KREATOR headlines*
11/17/13  Sunshine Theater    Albuquerque, NM  *Overkill headlines*
11/18/13  Trees    Dallas, TX  *Overkill headlines*
11/19/13  Backstage Live    San Antonio, TX  *KREATOR headlines*
11/21/13  Diamond Pub & Billiards    Louisville, KY  *KREATOR headlines*
11/22/13  Empire    W. Springfield, VA  *Overkill headlines*
11/23/13  Stage 48    New York City, NY  *Overkill headlines*
11/24/13  Stage 48    New York City, NY  *Overkill headlines*

MUMAKIL’s “Death From Below” Video Premieres


Today an official new video from MUMAKIL has been unleashed just in time to get you fired up for the weekend. The “Death From Below” video matches the immaculately captured yet crushing audio direct from the album to brutal live footage of the band performing the album’s whirlwind opening track.

Produced by the band at Terrier 5 Studio in Geneva, and the first MUMAKIL album to be released in four years, Flies Will Starve will hit the streets June 25th in North America, preceded by its release June 21st in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24th in the UK and abroad. Stay tuned for tour updates and more on MUMAKIL as Flies Will Starve nears release; for now several European shows and festival dates are pending for the Summer months.

6/21/2013 Fête de la musique 2013, stage Post Tenebras Rock – Geneva, Switzerland
6/28/2013 Moloko – Geneva, Switzerland *Flies Will Starve release party
7/05/2013 Obscene Extreme Festival 15 – Trutnov, Czech Republic
8/11/2013 Sylak Open Air Fest @ Stade Regis Perrin – St Maurice de Gourdans, France w/ Haemorrhage
8/30/2013 La Neuville @ Festival des arts bourrins 2013 – Chant d’Oisel, France

KALMAH: Full Album “Seventh Swamphony” Streaming


Celebrate your Friday with a hearty dose of Seventh Swamphony, the impending new full-length from Finnish death metal instigators, KALMAH.

Recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, the follow-up to 2010′s critically acclaimed 12 Gauge release was mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al) and showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.

Check out the track “Windlake Tale” below

Additionally, if you missed it, check out the band’s “Seventh Swamphony” video




ATTIKA 7  have just been added to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this summer. Yes, you heard right! ATTIKA 7 will be bringing its brand of outlaw biker metal to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL.

ATTIKA 7′s concept and uncompromising metal and hardcore-influenced riffs were originally conceived from behind the walls of the United States Federal Penitentiary system.  In addition to including music veterans like Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard and other members boasting credits like Nonpoint, UPO, andVicious Rumors, the band features true motorcycle legend and lead guitarist Rusty Coones, who is also recognized internationally as the character” Quinn” of FX’s hit series SONS OF ANARCHY.

Unfortunately this is not a joke. Not in the traditional sense of the word, anyway.



By popular demand, Prosthetic Records will soon issue gatefold double-LP editions of the two albums that rocketed the French progressive tech-death quartet GOJIRA from the European underground to international stardom. “From Mars To Sirius” and “The Way Of All Flesh” — two of the most acclaimed metal releases of the past decade — will be released on vinyl on August 27. Pre-orders are available now.


Originally issued overseas in 2005, “From Mars To Sirius” — released by Prosthetic in 2006, and never before available on LP in North America — was the Western Hemisphere’s formal introduction to GOJIRA. One of MetalSucks’ Top 10 “best metal albums of the 21st Century so far,” the album was supported by U.S. tours with the likes of Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Behemoth and Amon Amarth. The gatefold 2LP set will be available in three 180-gram variants: “Eco-Green” (600 copies), “Mars Red” (200 copies) and “Sea Blue” (200 copies), the latter two of which are mail-order exclusives.


Engineered, mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, DevilDriver, Fear Factory), follow-up “The Way Of All Flesh” (2008) cemented GOJIRA’s status as one of metal’s most important acts. The band’s first release to crack the Billboard Top 200, the album — which features a guest appearance by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe — was supported by tours with the likes of In Flames and All That Remains, in addition to a month touring North American arenas with Metallica. The gatefold 2LP set marks the first time in three years that the album will be available on vinyl, and it will be offered in two new variants: 180-gram clear (500 copies), and a mail-order exclusive, standard-weight blue/white split vinyl (500 copies).


The Power Of The Riff: Fourth Annual Installment Of Los Angeles Fest Confirmed

The 2013 installment of the The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles is right around the corner, this being the fourth annual occurrence of the massive event.

Curated and organized by Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde, The Power Of The Riff honors fans and musicians of all ages from within all walks and lifestyles under the umbrella of the heavy music underground. Tapping into a lineup that represents forefathers, milestones and current touring acts, while shedding light on up and coming bands and local acts, The Power Of The Riff festival is an all-day, all-ages event. The festival also includes an on-location record swap-meet of local stores and features pop-up stores by independent record labels and vendors, DJ sets between performances, a gourmet food truck court with some of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining, and more.

The fourth annual The Power Of The Riff is spreading it’s wings a bit more this time around, this year adding a pre-party on Friday, August 9th at The Echo. The massive full-day lineup the next day, Saturday, August 10th, at both The Echo and Echoplex, offers another stellar lineup of classic heavyweights, and crushing newcomers. The combined events offer 26 bands in total.

August 9th & 10th 2013 @ The Echo & Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

The Obsessed
Final Conflict
From Ashes Rise
Black Breath
Iron Lung
Early Graves
Mammoth Grinder
Bastard Noise
Dead In The Dirt
Creative Adult
Completed Exposition
Whip Hand
Children of God
Old Wounds
Opposition Rising


Tickets for TPOTR go on sale this Saturday, June 15th; a discounted combined ticket price will be available for both events

Farewell 2 Fear Premiere “Diamonds” Video

The video for Farewell 2 Fear?s single ?Diamonds? has made it?s debut, stream it below.

GYPSYHAWK debut video for “Silver Queen” on; on tour now with Valient Thorr!

- June 13th, 2013 ?

GYPSYHAWK recently completed a brand new video for ?Silver Queen? from their most recent album, Revelry & Resilience. That video was directed by Farron Loathing for Mortichrome Films with producer Brian Sowell, and editor/visual FX artist Josh Ethier. The complete list of the crew is below as it took many talented people to complete this project! Fans can view the video now, and exclusively, at

Vocalist and bassist Eric Harris summarizes the ?Silver Queen? video shoot experience: ?One bottle of fireball, a fifth of Jim, some Kessler, some more beers, a couple of joints, sandwiches, one ditch, zero acting classes, 6 titties and a LARPers wet dream. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you? Silver Queen.?

?Silver Queen? crew:
Farron Loathing ? Director / Producer
Brian Sowell ? Director of Photography / Producer
Josh Ethier ? Editor / visual FX
Rachel P Hsuing ? Wardrobe / Props / Set Decorator
Erika Clum ? Wardrobe /  Props / set decorator
Michael Hsuing ? Art Department
Chris Veliz ? Art Department
Cliff Düyn ? Visual FX
April Edwards ? Still Photographer
John Paul Altamirano  ? Location Scout
Jennifer Ziliotto ? hair and makeup

GYPSYHAWKhit the road last week to meet up for a tour with Valient Thorr and Ramming Speed across the US. Fans can see the bands on tour until July 12th. The list of dates are below, as well as at

?You won?t find a more charismatic band in their subgenre.? Decibel Magazine

?Gypsyhawk?s new album, Revelry & Resilience, is stuffed with twin-guitar melodies around every turn and instantly memorable hooks.?

?Pasadena?s Gypsyhawk deftly blend metallic guitars and fantasy/science-obsessed lyrics with a rock and roll boogie swagger.? LA Weekly

w/ Valient Thorr, Ramming Speed
06/12 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
06/13 Richmond, VA Kingdom
06/14 Baltimore, MD Wind-Up
06/15 West Chester, PA The Note
06/16 Allston, MA Great Scott
06/17 New York, NY The Studio at Webster Hall
06/18 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
06/19 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar
06/20 Columbus, OH Ace Of Cups
06/21 Detroit, MI The Shelter
06/22 Chicago, IL Reggie?s
06/24 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
06/25 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
06/26 Tulsa, OK Downtown Lounge
06/27 Dallas, TX Three Links
06/28 Houston, TX Fitzgerald?s
06/29 Austin, TX Red 7
06/30 New Orleans, LA Siberia
07/01 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
07/02 Gainesville, FL High Dive
07/03 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
07/04 Orlando, FL Will?s Pub
07/05 Atlanta, GA The Earl
07/06 Raleigh, NC King?s Barcade
07/12 Englewood, CO Moe?s

EXHUMED: Album Details + Trailer Revealed. North American Fall Tour With Dying Fetus!

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With over two decades of gruesome grinding under the belts, you might assume West Coast horror hellions would be ready to slow down.  You’d be deathly wrong.  A true work of sonic repulsion, EXHUMED’s upcoming Necrocracy full-length is the band’s political manifesto for a new dark day. There is no democracy, no equal rights, no freedom of choice — bow down to your one true master: THE SAW!

Necrocracy will be released via Relapse Records in North America on August 6th, 2013, August 2nd, 2013  in Germany/Benelux and August 5th, 2013 in the UK/world and come available in CD, LP, Deluxe LP and digital formats. The limited edition Necrocracy Party 2013 Political Rally Pack contains a deluxe LP plus a bonus CD with the entire album + five exclusive tracks, a pin set, bumper sticker and poster pack!  Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies worldwide!

In related news, EXHUMED, who are in the midst of soiling stages across Europe, will embark upon a mega North American tour this Fall supporting headliners Dying Fetus.  The onstage battery will commence on October 4, 2013 in Wilmington, Delaware and devour nearly a month’s worth of cities, coming to a close on November 2, 2013 in Springfield, Virginia. Additional support will be provided by Devourment, Waking The Cadaver, Abiotic and Rivers Of Nihil. See confirmed dates below.

EXHUMED European Takeover 2013 [remaining dates]
6/15/2013 Tavernu Du Theatre    La Louvière, Belgium
6/17/2013 Jc Cerberus Hengelo    Hengelo, Netherlands
6/18/2013 Hafenklang    Hamburg, Germany
6/22/2013 Metal Fest Open Air Poland    Jaworzno, Poland
6/23/2013 Kilkim Zaibu    Varniai, Lithuania
7/05/2013 In Flammen Open Air    Torgau, Germany
7/06/2013 Obscene Extreme Afterparty    Trutnov, Czech Republic
7/17/2013 Vlamrock    As, Belgium
7/23/2013 Metal Days    Tolmin, Slovenia
7/24/2013 Garage    Munich, Germany
7/25/2013 Eisenwahn    Obersinn, Germany

w/ Dying Fetus, Devourment, Waking The Cadaver, Abiotic, Rivers Of Nihil
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

Female-Fronted Technical Death Metal Band “YOUR CHANCE TO DIE” Release New Album ‘The American Dream’


South Carolina female-fronted technical death metal band YOUR CHANCE TO DIE is thrilled to announce the release of their sophomore full-length album, The American Dream via Red Cord Records. The record is available on iTunes as of yesterday.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Female-fronted technical death metal? Really? Can that possibly work and still be legitimate death metal? Yes, really. Take one listen/watch of their new music video for the single ‘Oscuridad’ and it will become increasingly apparent that this band is all skill and no frill.

In support of The American Dream, 2013 will bring a national tour, a Central/South America tour, and a European tour.

Check out Alonzo Mosely’s review of The American Dream here

DYING FETUS Announce North American Headline Tour, Re-Sign to Relapse Records


Death Metal powerhouse DYING FETUS have announced a North American headline tour for this fall.  The tour kicks off October 5th in Wilmington, NC and runs through November 2nd in Springfield, VA.  The tour features support from label mates Exhumed and Devourment, as well as Waking the Cadaver, Abiotic and Rivers of Nihil. General admission tickets go on sale this Friday.

It has also been confirmed that DYING FETUS have re-signed with their long time record label Relapse Records.

The band will return to Europe this summer.  Their tour begins July 24th in Slovenia and runs through August 18th in France.  The tour includes appearances at numerous festivals including Brutal Assault, Party San, Bloodstock, Summer Breeze and many more.

Recently the band confirmed a string of Canadian tour dates for later summer.  This run also includes select dates in the US. The tour is set to kick off August 23rd in Clifton Park, NY and will run through September 3rd in Providence, RI.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

DYING FETUS European Tour
7/24: Slovenia Tolmin @ Metaldays Fest
7/25: Italy Point @ Neumarkt
7/27: Holland Steenwijk @ Stonehenge Fest
7/30: Russia Moscow @ Plan B
8/1: Ukraine Evpatoriya @ Metal Heads Mission Fest
8/3: France Albi Carmaux @ Xtreme Fest
8/5: Germany München @ Free & Easy Fest
8/6: Austria Dornbirn @ Schlachthof
8/7: Austria Wien @ Viper Room
8/8: Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault Fest
8/9: Germany Schlotheim @ Party San Fest
8/10: Switzerland Hüttikon @ Meh Suff! Metal-Fest
8/11: UK Catton Hall @ Bloodstock Fest
8/12: UK London @ Barfly
8/13: France Paris @ Nouveau Casino
8/14: Germany Trier @ Exhaus
8/15: Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze Fest
8/16: Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
8/17: Belgium Méan @ Metal Méan Fest
8/18: France Saint Nolff @ Motocultor Fest

DYING FETUS North American Dates
8/23: Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shot
8/24: Hamilton, ON @ @ Club Absinthe
8/25: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
8/26: Rimouski, QC @ Le Cactus
8/27: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
8/29: Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Magog
8/30: Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
9/2: Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
9/3: Providence, RI @ King of Clubs

DYING FETUS North American Headline Tour
10/5: Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
10/6: Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
10/7: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/9: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
10/10: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/11: Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
10/13: Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
10/14: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
10/15: Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
10/16: W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/17: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/18: Portland, OR @ Branx
10/19: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/20: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
10/22: Calgary, AB @ Republik
10/23: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
10/24: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
10/25: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
10/27: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
10/29: Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
10/30: Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
10/31: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
11/1: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
11/2: Springfield, VA @ Empire


WATAIN reveals album artwork for ‘The Wild Hunt’

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Sweden’s most notorious metal extremists, WATAIN, have revealed the album cover artwork and track-listing for their fifth studio album, The Wild Hunt. Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of The Wild Hunt was done by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the Lawless Darkness artwork.

The Wild Hunt will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America by His Master’s Noise, via Century Media Records.

On August 24th, WATAIN will kick off The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown of Uppsala.

HUNTRESS Starbound Beast iTunes Pre-Order Available Now


HUNTRESS has generated a massive amount of buzz since the release of their debut album Spell Eater in 2012. The follow up to last year’s kill is Starbound Beast, to be released on July 2nd during the band’s run with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  The album is now available for pre-order on iTunes.  Pre-ordering the album entitles you to an instant track download of “I Want to Fuck You to Death” (which was co-written by Lemmy of Motorhead) from the new album.

Starbound Beast will be released on June 28th in Europe and on July 2nd in North America via Napalm Records.  The band recorded the album at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front).  The artwork for Starbound Beast was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).

HUNTRESS on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
6/29 San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/3 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
7/5 Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
7/14 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/16 Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME – Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21 Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
7/31 Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre at the FL State
8/2 Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheatre
8/3 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Additional Huntress Dates
7/1 South Lake Tahoe, CA – Whiskey Dick’s Saloon (w/Battlecross)
7/9 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross)
7/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (w/Battlecross)
7/29 Louisville, KY – Expo Five (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth)
8/5 Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room (w/Butcher Babies, Batltlecross)
8/7 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub (w/Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Battlecross)
8/8 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/9 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/10 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
8/11 Montreal, QC – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau (w/ Heavy MTL)


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