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Italian experimental metal act Ephel Duath will return with its first album in five years, Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, set to release November 26 in North America (November 19 in Europe) via Agonia Records. A new lyric video for the track “Shaped By Darkness” is now streaming


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A two-song EP by Philip Anselmo & The Illegals will be released as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl disc, initially available at Anselmo’s sold-out, first-ever Housecore Horror Film Festival that kicks off tomorrow, Friday, in Austin, TX.  The EP, available in a selection of different colors, will be released on Anselmo’s own Housecore Records and distributed by Scion A/V.

The EP’s two tracks, “Ugly Mug” and “Pigs Kissing Pigs,” both written by Anselmo, were recorded during the Walk Through Exits Only sessions at Anselmo’s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, and produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson. The beginning of “Ugly Mug” is actually the end of the hidden track on WTEO.


Said Anselmo, “This two-song EP is a great departure from our earlier full-length, ‘Walk Through Exits Only.’  The material is a different approach to extreme music in general, and perhaps some of the most epic songs written to date from our camp.  Enjoy.”

PRIMATE: Hardcore Grinders Confirm South Pacific January Tour


Just confirmed, hardcore punk pirates, PRIMATE have locked down a Winter assault on the South Pacific this January, with a week-and-a-half of soiling venues across Japan, Australia and New Zealand now on their calendar. Also joining the invasion will be Portland’s crossover thrashers Wehrmacht and legendary Swedish death metal assassins, Grave.

At the end of 2012, PRIMATE decimated a good portion of the American East Coast with a similar style attack, on that run supporting minions High On Fire and a host of others, the trek preceded by other quick regional invasions throughout the country in support of their debut LP, Draw Back A Stump. Initially released on the band’s own initiative, Relapse Records recruited the clan to their roster to help inundate the planet with the album on a more massive scale and with a remixed/boosted auditory punch and additional armaments. The Atlanta-based quintet takes it back to the early days of punk and hardcore when unharnessed energy and devastating speed was the only way to live. To place oneself in the band’s way is simply irresponsible.

PRIMATE 2014 South Pacific Tour w/ Grave, Wehrmacht
1/07/2014 Pangea – Osaka, Japan
1/08/2014 Unit – Tokyo, Japan
1/10/2014 Hi-Fi – Brisbane, Australia
1/11/2014 Hi-Fi – Sydney, Australia
1/12/2014 The Bendigo Hotel – Melbourne, Australia
1/14/2014 The Hi-Fi – Melbourne, Australia
1/16/2014 The Brisbane Hotel – Hobart, Australia
1/17/2014 Enigma – Adelaide, Australia
1/18/2014 Civic Hotel – Perth, Australia
1/20/2013 The King’s Arms – Auckland, New Zealand

NOISEM: Tour With Skeletonwitch And The Black Dahlia Murder Begins Today


Baltimore thrash metal savages NOISEM are loading their axes of aggression into the van as we speak, preparing to take off on their most widespread and extreme tour to date as support for Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder on stages across North America. Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the NOISEM crew will hit more than two dozen cities across the US and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, followed by a newly-confirmed run of headlining dates on their way back to the East Coast. Get there early and watch these young assassins lay down a wall of divebomb-strewn high-octane thrash intensity.

Following the Summer release of their killer debut LP, Agony Defined, NOISEM has just wrapped up sessions at Developing Nations, recording a new single for A389 and some compilation tracks that will surface early 2014.

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

NOISEM Headlining Dates
11/20/2013 The Tofu House – San Antonio, TX
11/21/2013 Sons Of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX w/ Cleric
11/22/2013 Vinos – Little Rock, AR
11/23/2013 The Owl Farm – Nashville, TN
11/24/2013 Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Louisville, KY
11/25/2013 Carabar – Columbus, OH

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Reveals First New Track – New Album ‘Deprive’ Available December 10, 2013


DISFIGURING THE GODDESS is pleased to announce a brand new album, entitled Deprive, hitting music outlets December 10th via Decomp Records. Take a listen to the first track released from the album, ‘The Pathway to Everlasting Nothingness.’ DTG will be releasing a new track each week between now and the release of the album.

The man behind it all, Cameron Argon, writes, records, produces, and sings on all of the tracks, as well as plays all of the instruments on each DISFIGURING THE GODDESS album. At 15-years old, Cameron was busy recording death metal vocals in his room, and years later concreted his name in the metal industry by fronting death metal band Burning the Masses and remixing tracks for bands like Suicide Silence, As I Lay Dying and Whitechapel. Fast forward a few years, and we arrive at the heaviest, most devastating DISFIGURING THE GODDESS release yet



DETHKLOK mastermind Brendon Small is pleased to reveal the official METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack track listing today! See below for the full list of original score tracks, including the bonus track ‘Blazing Star‘, (below) released last week. The original score will be released on Tuesday, October 29th.

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die
2. Magnus and the Assassin
3. Partying around the World
4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge
5. How Can I Be a Hero?
6. The Fans are Chatting
7. Abigail’s lullaby
8. Some Time Ago…
9. The Duel
10. I Believe
11. A Traitor Amongst Them
12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother
13. The Answer is in Your Past
14. The Depths of Humanity
15. Givin’ Back to You
16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti
17. The Crossroads
18. Morte Lumina
19. Blazing Star
20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

In other DETHKLOK happenings, Adult Swim unveiled a five-minute intro clip of METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA special yesterday. Take a sneak peek at the special now before the air date on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth – his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

SKINLESS: Reunited Death Metal Assassins Welcome Second Guitarist; 2014 Live Assaults Announced


Reunited death metal assassins, SKINLESS, are pleased to welcome new guitarist Dave Matthews to their rambunctious ranks. Matthews will join founding guitarist, Noah Carpenter, in full-on axe combat yet to be experienced by mere mortals.

SKINLESS reformed earlier this year under the original Progression Towards Evil lineup featuring Carpenter, Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. A new and improved SKINLESS will bring their sonic devastation to the stage this December in Denver, Colorado for the first annual Black Sky gala. Founded by Webber, Denver Black Sky will be held on December 14th, 2013. The three-stage event features a very special “Grind In The Round” stage and offers up a ridiculously sick lineup of: Dying Fetus, Ghoul, Exhumed, Speedwolf, Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Call Of The Void, Reproacher, Weekend, Nachos, Iron Reagan, Axeslasher, Primitive Man, Vimana, Of Feather And Bone, Native Daughters, Black Sleep Of Kali, Dead Temple and Flight Of Sleipnir. Following their imminent devastation of Denver, SKINLESS will punish upstate New York with two already sold out shows at the Upstate Concert Hall. Additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Get your riot gear ready.

SKINLESS Live Assaults
12/14/2013 Denver Black Sky @ The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO [tickets]
01/17/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY w/ Section 8, Stigmata, Overcast, Wartime Manner, Facecast
01/18/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY w/ Stigmata, Section 8, Wartime Manner, The Final Sleep, Born Low


Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is auctioning Rob’s custom macabre-style 1967 Ford F-100 truck for charity. Rob donated the truck–as seen on HISTORY®’s Counting Cars–for the charity auction which will benefit The Puppy Rescue Mission.

The Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare charity auction will take place from Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 PM PT to Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 PM PT at  or eBay Keywords: “Rob Zombie Charity Truck.”

Counting Cars star Danny “The Count” Koker and his crew surprised Rob with the customized truck while he was on tour headlining the Mayhem Festival this summer. The truck is now on display for all to see firsthand at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare at the FEARplex in Pomona, CA through November 2.

Here’s a list of custom improvements and upgrades that the 1967 Ford F-100 Short Bed Fleetside truck has received from Ken Mack, General Manager at Count’s Kustoms:

429 Cobra Jet V8, C-6 Automatic transmission, Edelbrock intake, Quick fuel carburetor, MSD distributor, Taylor spark plug wires, MSD core, Cobra valve covers & air cleaner, DJM front lowering I-beams, rear drop kit, Wheel Smith Steelie Wheels, Hoosier rear slicks, new front tires, Flow Master custom exhaust, Gennie 3-gear shifter, custom spider shift knob, mini-tubed, semi-pro street look, welded and smoothed tailgate and bed, Alpine CD/Radio with two 6″ speakers, custom paint (flat black), hand pin-striping, full color gloss Zombie graphics, airbrushing and custom deep green sparkle upholstery, doors, dash and bed cover.

The Puppy Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that fundraises and assists in pet rescue, fostering and re-homing pets of soldiers. Rob Zombie was attracted to The Puppy Rescue Mission during their participation in 2013 Mayhem Festival. In a recent interview with, Rob explained, “?a lot of soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them.  It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them.  Some of the stories I’ve heard are horrible: people would torture these dogs, and kill them for fun. These guys saved these dogs, and really bonded with them. But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind. Imagine being that far from home and bonding with a dog and then being told to just leave him there and then get on a plane to go home. No way!” (July 30, 2013).

Anna Maria Cannan created The Puppy Rescue Mission in 2012 to fundraise to help rescue “The Lucky Seven” out of Afghanistan where her fiancé was deployed. Due to Anna’s fundraising efforts, several of “The Lucky Seven” are now living stateside along with their respective soldiers. It?s PRM’s mission to continue Anna’s work by fundraising and helping to rescue dogs and cats from Afghanistan for soldiers who wish to have their furry friends brought back from war. These are “Soldiers Saving Puppies…Puppies Saving Soldiers.”

Anna says, “My husband Chris and his dog Bear are the reason Puppy Rescue Mission began. Meeting Rob Zombie is something he truly will never forget. Rob‘s love for animals truly touched both of us. These dogs are the best therapy a soldier could ask for…and Rob is making more of these reunions possible for other soldiers with his incredible generosity. We are so grateful.”


DRUDKH Announce Split EP‏


Ukrainian black metal pioneers DRUDKH have announced a new split EP alongside the UK’s WINTERFYLLETH. The EP, titled ‘Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates’, will feature four-tracks taking the shape of cover songs recorded by both bands, paying tribute to their early influences.

Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates’ will see a North American release on Jan. 21st (Jan. 17th worldwide) as a gold, hand-numbered 12″ Lp, and as a separate CD titled ‘Eastern Frontier in Flames‘, which will include all DRUDKH?s tracks from ‘Thousands of Moons Ago‘, as well as the ‘Anti-Urban‘ and ‘Slavonic Chronicles‘ EPs.



To help mark the band’s very first performance at the Hollywood Palladium in 25 years, Slayer will play a special, one-time-only set at their show this Sunday, October 27. According to Kerry King, Sunday will be “Old School Slayer Night,” and the band’s set list will be comprised of songs dating back to the band’s inception, will include tracks from the genre-defining Reign In Blood as well as South of Heaven, up to and including Seasons In The Abyss.

Sunday and Monday’s Palladium dates are part of Slayer’s five-week North American headline tour – the band’s first in two years – that kicks off this Friday, October 25 in Las Vegas.  Slayer will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Slayer w/ Gojira and 4arm
10.25.13     Las Vegas, NV     The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10.27.13     Hollywood, CA     Hollywood Palladium
10.28.13     Hollywood, CA     Hollywood Palladium
10.30.13     San Jose, CA     Events Center
11.01.13     Seattle, WA     WAMU Center
11.03.13     Calgary, AB     Stampede Corrall
11.04.13     Edmonton, AB     Shaw Center
11.05.13     Saskatoon, SK     Praireland Park Center
11.07.13     Winnipeg, MB     MTS Center
11.08.13     Minneapolis, MN     Myth
11.10.13     Austin, Texas     Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Auditorium Shores
11.12.13     Houston, TX     Bayou Music Center
11.13.13     Dallas, TX     South Side Ballroom
11.15.13     Chicago, IL     Aragon Ballroom
11.16.13     Detroit, MI     The Fillmore
11.17.13     Columbus, OH     LC Pavilion
11.19.13     Washington, DC     The Fillmore
11.20.13     Pittsburgh, PA     Stage AE
11.21.13     Toronto, ON     Ricoh Colibsum
11.23.13     Montreal, QC     CEPSUM/ University of Montreal
11.24.13     Quebec, QC     Pavilion de la Jeunesse
11.26.13     Wallingford, CT     Oakdale Theatre
11.27.13     New York, NY     Theater at Madison Square Garden
11.29.13     Camden, NJ     Susquehanna Bank Center
11.30.13     Boston, MA     Tsongas Arena

TRIPTYKON set to release second album MELANA CHASMATA


TRIPTYKON is the occult/avant-garde metal band formed by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer, Tom Gabriel Warrior. After his exit from Celtic Frost in 2008, Warrior is proud to announce the groups’ second album, Melana Chasmata, set to be released on April 15 in North America. The album’s release will is a collaboration between the group’s own label, Prowling Death Records Ltd., and renowned metal giant Century Media Records. This is the same label partnership already responsible for Celtic Frost’s final album, Monotheist (2006), Hellhammer’s Demon Entrails demo compendium (2008), and Triptykon’s debut album, Eparistera Daimones, and Shatter EP (2010).

Tom Gabriel Warrior: “We have been working on Melana Chasmata for some three years, in various shapes and forms. It’s not an easy album by any means, and to me personally it reflects an extremely complex gestation period, musically, spiritually, and, due to certain circumstances in my life, emotionally. At the same time, the album unquestionably reflects the continuity I was longing for so much during Celtic Frost’s period of self-destruction and demise. Hearing Triptykon creating such utter darkness again and exploring the potential of these new songs has been incredibly invigorating and inspiring.”

February 21 Bergen (Norway) – USF Verftet / Blastfest
April 13 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Roadburn Festival
April 30 Tilburg (Germany) – Backstage / Dark Easter Metal Meeting
More dates are to be announced soon…

NECROWRETCH premieres track, “Sadistic Expiation”


France’s most vicious death metal band is back! After releasing their debut album Putrid Death Sorcery earlier this year, NECROWRETCH has now unleashed their new compilation, Bestial Rites 2009-2012, today in Europe (the album will be released digitally on November 5th in North America with CD imports available at CM Distro). Bestial Rites 2009-2012 includes all tracks from NECROWRETCH’s demos and EPs, as well as an unreleased cover version of MERCILESS’Pure Hate“. The cover artwork for this compilation was once again created by Milovan Novakovic, who previously worked with NECROWRETCH on their EPs, Putrefactive Infestation and Now You’re In Hell, as well as Putrid Death Sorcery.

Bestial Rites 2009-2012 track-listing
1. Putrefactive Infestation
2. Sepulchral Pleading
3. A Rancid Spree
4. Sadistic Expiation
5. From A Hideous Summoning
6. Zombie Ritual (DEATH cover)
7. Pure Hate (MERCILESS cover)
8. Evil Dismay / Necrollections
9. Unholy Stench Of Sin
10. Supposed To Rot (NIHILIST cover)
11. Called From The Grave
12. Regurgitated Remains
13. Impending Morbidity
14. Repugnizer
15. Assumed Dead
16. Rising From Purulence
17. Buried To Death

Tracks 1-4: taken from the Putrefactive Infestation 12″ MLP, originally released on Detest Records in 2011
Tracks 5-6: taken from the Now You’re In Hell 7″ EP, originally released on Detest Records in 2012
Track 7: previously unreleased track, recorded in 2012
Tracks 8-10: taken from the Necrollections demo tape, released on Aural Offerings in 2010
Tracks 11-17: taken from the Rising From Purulence demo tape, released on Adzove Vrbe Records in 2009

EXHUMED: Additional Tour Dates With Iron Reagan Announced


West Coast roadhounds, EXHUMED, currently spreading their gory delectables throughout North America on tour with labelmates Dying Fetus, today announce another stretch of live assaults with hardcore thrashbangers, Iron Reagan! The havoc will commence December 8th in Las Vegas followed by the systematic demolition of Oakland, San Diego, Anaheim, Tempe and Denver. See confirmed dates below. EXHUMED are currently taking over the nation in support of their critically lauded Necrocracy full-length

EXHUMED w/ Dying Fetus, Abiotic [remaining dates]
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

w/ Dying Fetus, Abiotic, Rivers Of Nihil
10/26/2013 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
10/27/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
10/28/2013 The High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
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

w/ Iron Reagan
12/08/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
12/09/2013 The Metro – Oakland, CA
12/10/2013 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
12/11/2013 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/12/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
12/14/2013 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO

NEUROSIS Confirms Duo Of January Shows In Montreal With Godspeed You! Black Emperor


This week, NEUROSIS confirms two new upcoming live performances as the quintet continues to steadily infiltrate new audiences with material from their lauded tenth LP, Honor Found In Decay.

These newly locked performances, set to take place on January 18th and 19th at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, will see NEUROSIS co-headlining the stage with Godspeed You! Black Emperor both evenings. What makes the performances that much more special is the fact that the duo of shows will mark the first time NEUROSIS has performed on Canadian soil in nearly a decade-and-a-half.

Previous communiqués from NEUROSIS have also confirmed the band’s presence in Portland, Oregon, playing the Rosleand Theater Saturday, November 23rd. This exclusive Pacific Northwest engagement presented by Mike Thrasher will also feature an incredible support bill, including Tragedy, The Body and Atriarch. NEUROSIS is also the first band confirmed to partake in the maiden booking of the Temples Festival, May 3rd in Bristol, UK; a heavy music event covering a broad range of genres within the heavy music spectrum, featuring key international and domestic artists with equal focus.

NEUROSIS Live Actions
11/23/2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body
1/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
1/19/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
5/03/2014 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK

TRVE BREWING CO. to manufacture ABSU beer


What, you’re saying that three robed dudes from Texas playing black metal isn’t the first thing you think of when you reach for a nice, cold, frosty ale? Well TRVE BREWING COMPANY is looking to change all that with their upcoming collaboration with ABSU. The Denver-based company is set to release four different ales in honor of the legendary black metallers in the near future, with the first commemorating the 20th anniversary of the band’s classic album, The Sun Of Tiphareth. The company describes each beer as follows, but the important take-away is: alcohol. Drink demonically.

Eastern Candle – A pale wheat beer fermented with brettanomyces in white wine barrels. The ale is a fine equilibrium of wheat and white wine with a slight, fruit-like yeast character. (Fittingly named after the song Never Blow Out The Eastern Candle).

Tiphareth – Red Ale: This will be a soured beer with a mild strain of brettanomyces fermented in red wine barrels. This fusion will have a nice malty, tart, yet dry balance including red wine adding a background complexity.

Manannán – Brown Ale: The Manannán batch will feature rye in the grain bill, as it will be soured and fermented with a shrouded strain of brettanomyces in whiskey barrels. This will be a more assertive brew with malt character and plenty of obscurity from the yeast while also showcasing the barrel flavors.

Winter Zephyr - Black Ale: A dark wheat and dark rye concoction giving the beer its cryptic color. This ale will highlight a fair amount of oats to retain vast body after the brettanomyces have alchemically fermented in wine barrels.

ABSU North American Connexus Continuation Tour
11/08/2013 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
11/09/2013 Down And Over Pub – Milwaukee, WI @(November Coming Fire Festival
11/10/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/11/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
11/12/2013 Beale Street Live – Indianapolis, IN
11/13/2013 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
11/14/2013 The Pinch – Washington, DC
11/15/2013 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY
11/16/2013 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
11/17/2013 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
11/18/2013 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

BROKEN HOPE release music video for “The Flesh Mechanic” starring Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY


To promote the band’s first new album in 15 years, Chicago’s BROKEN HOPE have unveiled a truly gruesome video for the single “The Flesh Mechanic” starring FEAR FACTORY‘s own Dino Cazares. Well, he doesn’t so much star in it as he does get killed in it… and mutilated… to an incredible degree. This horrific display is all thanks to Hollywood special FX guru Jamie Grove who handled all the blood and guts for the video.

Read SMN‘s review for Omen of Disease right here.

GIGAN Kicks Off Ritualistic Projection Tour


Today, progressive tech metal giants, GIGAN, kick of their long-awaited Ritualistic Projection Tour. Scheduled to commence tonight in Appleton, Wisconsin, the brief but threatening expedition will crush seven metropolises and includes an in-store matinee performance at Reckless Records in Chicago.

The journey marks GIGAN’s first roadside excursion in support of their titanic Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science full-length, released early this week via Willowtip Records.

GIGAN Ritualistic Projection Tour 2013
10/18/2013 The Maritime – Appleton, WI
10/19/2013 Reckless Records (In-Store Matinee) – Chicago, IL
10/19/2013 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI
10/20/2013 The Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/23/2013 St, Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
10/24/2013 Roggie’s – Boston, MA
10/25/2013 The Boneyard – Atlantic City, NJ
10/26/2013 Trickshots – Albany, NY

CHTHONIC To Kick Off European Tour With Satyricon Next Month


Taiwanese avant metal ensemble, CHTHONIC, are readying to kick off a massive European trek supporting Norwegian metal titans, Satyricon. Slated to begin on November 7th in Copenhagen, the extensive journey marks the band’s first performances on European soil since the release of their latest studio album, Bú-Tik, and will also mark their first-ever shows in Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Luxembourg!

“We are looking forward to the tour in Europe, especially because we will be visiting some cities for the first time,” said the bassist Doris Yeh. “CHTHONIC’s music is full of Oriental martial art spirits and traditional music; we are confident that the blend of traditional elements and heavy metal could bring some very different sensations to those audiences.”

CHTHONIC released their seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik,in North America via Spinefarm Records US June 25, 2013. Bú-Tik is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits.”

CHTHONIC w/ Satyricon
11/07/2013 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark,
11/08/2013 Turock-   Essen, Germany
11/09/2013 Le 106 – Rouen, France
11/10/2013 Academy 3 – Manchester, England
11/11/2013 The Limelight – Belfast, N. Ireland
11/12/2013 Buttn Factory – Dublin, Ireland
11/14/2013 O2 Academy Islington – London, England
11/15/2013 Le Maroquinerie – Paris, France
11/16/2013 L’echonova – Vannes, France
11/17/2013 Cc John Lennoné – Limoges, France
11/19/2013 Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal
11/20/2013 Sala But – Madrid, Spain
11/21/2013 Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
11/22/2013 La Tannerie – Bourg En Bresse, France
11/23/2013 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
11/24/2013 Distortion Festival – Eindhoven, Holland
11/26/2013 Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
11/27/2013 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
11/28/2013 Lido – Berlin, Germany
11/29/2013 Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
11/30/2013 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Rep.
12/01/2013 Arena – Vienna, Austria
12/03/2013 Randall – Bratislava, Slovakia
12/04/2013 A38 – Budapest, Hungary
12/05/2013 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
12/06/2013 Orion Club – Rome, Italy
12/07/2013 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
12/08/2013 Backstage Halle – München, Germany
12/10/2013 Konzerthaus – Luzern, Switzerland
12/11/2013 L’usine – Geneva, Switzerland
12/12/2013 Club Zentral – Stuttgart, Germany
12/13/2013 Kulturfabrik – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
12/15/2013 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
12/17/2013 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
12/18/2013 Klubi – Tampere, Finland
12/20/2013 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden



With the Oct. 29 release of new album “Serpents Unleashed” just around the corner, blackened metal quintet SKELETONWITCH have unveiled the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes videos about the recording process. In this edition, drummer Dustin Boltjes and guitarist Nate Garnette discuss some of their favorite songs from the album, including two tracks — “Beneath Dead Leaves” and “This Evil Embrace” — that, until now, have yet to be heard publicly.

Having just completed a second round of dates supporting Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., SKELETONWITCH will next perform a record release show in their Athens, Ohio hometown on Oct. 23. The following night, the band will kick off an extensive North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. A complete list of the group’s upcoming tour dates (including their early 2014 schedule with Amon Amarth and Enslaved) is below.

10/23   Athens, OH – The Union (record release party)
10/24   Cleveland, OH – Peabody?s Concert Club ^
10/25   Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club ^
10/26   Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
10/27   Pawtucket, RI – The Met ^
10/28   Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
10/29   Quebec City. QC – Le Cercle ^
10/30   Montreal, QC – La Tulipe ^
10/31   Ottawa, ON – Ritual ^
11/1     London, ON – Rum Runners ^
11/2     Toronto, ON – Mod Club ^
11/4     Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ^
11/6     Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre ^
11/7     Saskatoon, SK – Louis? Pub ^
11/8     Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre ^
11/9     Calgary, AB – The Den ^
11/11   Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret ^
11/12   Spokane, WA – The Center ^
11/13   Eugene, OR -WOW Hall ^
11/14   South Lake Tahoe, CA  – Whiskey Dick?s Saloon ^
11/15   Fresno, CA – Rasputin (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
11/15   Fresno, CA – Strummer?s ^
11/16   Pomona, CA – Glasshouse ^
11/17   Tucson, AZ – The Rock ^
11/18   El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
11/19   Odessa, TX – Club Patron ^
11/20   Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory &
11/21   Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom &
11/22   St. Louis, MO – Vintage Vinyl (6 p.m. meet-and-greet/shopping spree contest)
11/22   St. Louis, MO – Firebird &
11/23   Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose &
11/24   Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre &
11/25   Joliet, IL – Mojoes of Joliet ^ &
11/26   Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection &
11/27   Flint, MI – The Machine Shop &
1/17     Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18     Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20     San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21     Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22     Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23     New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24     Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25     Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26     Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/28     Savannah, GA – The Jinx
1/29     Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
1/30     Norfolk, VA – The NorVA *
1/31     Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
2/1       Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/3       Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/4       New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/7       Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/8       Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/9       Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11     Denver, CO – Summit Tree *
2/12     Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater *
2/14     San Francisco, CA – The Regency *
2/15     Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16     San Diego, CA – House of Blues %
^ with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
*  with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
% with Amon Amarth

REVOCATION Premiere Video for “Fracked.” Kick off North American Tour Tomorrow Night!

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REVOCATION recently completed work on a video for their song “Fracked“, which comes from their recently released self-titled 4th album via Relapse Records. Frontman Dave Davidson commented on the video and the bands upcoming tour: “Greetings heavy metal warriors! We are pleased to present to you our video for “Fracked.” Lyrically this song is about the rape and destruction of our environment at the hands of profit driven sociopaths, in other words a real feel good hit to brighten up your day. We’ll be jamming this new tune on our upcoming tour, see you in the pit!”

After returning home from a killer European tour REVOCATION will hit the road tomorrow in North America alongside Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Diamond Plate.  The first show is in San Francisco, CA and the tour runs through November 10th in Santa Ana, CA.

REVOCATION with Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross and Diamond Plate
10/18: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/19: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/20: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
10/21: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
10/23: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
10/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/25: Dallas, TX @ South by So What
10/26: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
10/27: St. Louis, MO @ FuBar
10/29: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/30: Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/31: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/1: Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
11/2: Boston, MA @ Middle East
11/3: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
11/4: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
11/5: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/7: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/8: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/9: Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
11/10: Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory

12/7-Santurce, Puerto Rico @ La Respuesta

SUNN O))) Initiates Online Store; Black One 2xLP Reissue Set For Release

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Today, SUNN O))) has unveiled a massive online entity through a newly-developed webstore/online presence. The SUNN O))) site is now the direct outlet for not only all releases from the long-running drone/atmospheric sect, it will serve as the source for an ongoing series of reissued merch/clothing designs. Every two to three months the band will reprint/reissue two out-of-print designs in an edition fit for the demand. In addition, SUNN O))) has and will continue to release rare and limited audio items available through this site exclusively, as well as all current catalog releases.

One of the first additions to this new web presence for SUNN O))), is an ultra-deluxe reissue of the now classic album, Black One. Having just marked its eighth birthday since its initial release, Black One was issued in October of 2005, the sixth full-length from the band formed by Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley unveiling the darkest and most suffocating material from them to date, and arguably since.

This new pressing of Black One is issued in a 180-gram, 2xLP fashion, bound in a thick Stoughton style gatefold jacket in an exclusive Record Store Day edition of 1,000 copies on black vinyl, with an official street date of November 26th. As a special bonus fans can order the new pressing of the album on white or grey vinyl now, in runs of 1,000 each, a month and-a-half early. A silver edition of 1,000 be available in Europe-only via Southern Lord Europe shortly.

Additionally, SUNN O))) has declared two brand new live incantations in the Benelux collective this December. The first performance will transpire on the 12th of December in Kortrijk, Belgium with support to be announced at a future date. The following night SUNN O))) will appear at State-X New Forms Festival in Den Hagg, Netherlands with The Orb, Amenra and others. The act’s full live lineup for this duo of performances remains unannounced.

SUNN O))) Live Actions
12/12/2013 De Kreun – Kortrijk, Belgium
12/13/2013 State-X New Forms – Den Hagg, Netherlands

KATAKLYSM: “Elevate” Video Clip Now Online


Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, in cooperation with Metal Hammer UK, have made the video clip for the song “Elevate” available for viewing. The song comes from their upcoming album Waiting for the End to Come, which will be released on October 25th (Europe) and October 29th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.

11/01 Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
11/02 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
11/03 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/04 Seattle, WA – Neumos
11/07 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/08 Sauget, IL – Pops Nightclub
11/09 Detroit, MI – Harpos
11/10 Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
11/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/13 Springfield, VA – Empire
11/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium
11/15 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
11/16 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/17 Reading, PA – Reverb
11/18 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
11/20 Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
11/21 Miami, FL – Grand Central
11/23 Fort Worth, TX – Queen City Hall
11/24 Austin, TX – Emo’s East

OBLITERATION Release Virulent New Track


Norwegian death metal cult OBLITERATION have just premiered a new track off their upcoming LP ‘Black Death Horizon,’ which is due out in North America via Relapse Records on November 12, 2013.

Hailing from Kolbotn, Norway (the home of Darkthrone) OBLITERATION are true heirs to a long line of gritty Scandinavian death metal. ‘Black Death Horizon‘ both invokes the classics of the genre and puts a new and fresh spin on the sound to make it their own. As Pitchfork says, “If you liked to hear Celtic Frost and Darkthrone go out searching for something strange, OBLITERATION wields that weirdness like a newborn superpower.” Fenriz himself hails ‘Black Death Horizon‘ as “A brand new old organic sounding death metal masterpiece.”

Check out the track ‘Goat Skull Crown

The band plans to return to North America in early 2014 in support of their new record. Until then, put the needle on the record and prepare for aural OBLITERATION!

INQUISITION premiere new track off forthcoming LP

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Just in case you needed a little more reassurance before pulling the trigger on the new INQUISITION album, the band has offered the title track “Obscure Verses for the Multiverse” for your streaming pleasure at Lambgoat. And while you may have missed the boat on snagging the goat leather-sleeved double vinyl edition, Season of Mist still has plenty of preorder options before that fateful day of October 25.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Confirms US Takeover This November


Portland’s favorite metal/punk hooligans, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, today confirm details of their US headlining tour. Set to commence November 16th in Trenton, New Jersey, the 15-date expedition will find TOXIC HOLOCAUST spreading their contagion through much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1st in Island Park, New York. The band will be joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence. Additionally, TOXIC HOLOCAUST will perform a special Halloween procedural in Portland on October 31st with Stovokor. See a confirmed listing of dates below. European takeovers will be announced in the coming weeks.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be touring in support of their impending new beast of a long player,Chemistry Of Consciousness. Recorded by the band, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering,Chemistry Of Consciousness pays tribute to the likes of Anti-Cimex, Warfare, Infernal Majesty, GBH, Discharge, Autopsy and Chaos UK without replicating them and has already raised the eyebrows of critics nationally. Loudwire calls Chemistry Of Consciousness,”one of thrash’s most exciting modern bands,” MetalSucks equates the record to “…the aural equivalent of a cobra with a chest tattoo of a double helix and syringes for fangs getting ready to strike amidst two flesh-like walls of anxious, bloodshot eyes…” while Axis of Metal gushes, “This album is the result of Discharge, GBH and Motorhead meeting old school thrash metal and having a demented baby. The riffs are super-fast, and have that classic d-beat aggressiveness to them. It’s delicious…this album is one of the best TOXIC HOLOCAUST albums to date.”

Chemistry Of Consciousness will drop in North America on October 29th (October 25th in Benelux/Germany/Finland and October 28th in UK/World) on CD, LP and digitally via Sky TV offers.

10/31/0213 White Owl Social Club – Portland, OR w/ Stovokor
w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence
11/16/2013 Championship – Trenton, NJ
11/17/2013 Dusk – Providence, RI
11/18/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
11/19/2013 Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY
11/20/2013 Mojo Main – Newark, DE
11/21/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2013 Gallery 5 – Richmond, VA
11/23/2013 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
11/24/2013 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
11/25/2013 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/26/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
11/27/2013 The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Clubn – Island Park, NY

TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences – Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones – TOXIC HOLOCAUST offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

“…a thoroughly dynamic piece, delivering an evil intensity truly captivating in approach. Of course, the guitar rushes in for a blistering solo, bridging the song towards a conclusion with plenty of muscle.” – Loudwire on the track “Rat Eater”

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