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GORGUTS Kick off North American Tour!‏


Canadian technical death metal legends GORGUTS begin their next North American tour tonight. The band will trek through the Northeast US and Eastern Canada on a short headlining run that starts tonight  in Burlington VT. GORGUTS will be supported by ORIGIN and NERO DI MARTE, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

GORGUTS also recently announced their participation in the 2014 DECIBEL Magazine North American Tour. The DECIBEL tour will be the band’s first national trek since the release of their critically-acclaimed new album ‘Colored Sands‘ and see them play alongside CARCASS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, and NOISEM. Presented by Nuclear Blast, Peavey, Metal Blade,, Season of Mist and Lace Music, the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour will fester across North America for 21 putrefying dates, once again seamlessly integrating the past, present and future of extreme music.

Dec. 11 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s
Dec. 12 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Dec. 13 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Dec. 14 Columbus, OH @Alrosa Villa
Dec. 15 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
Dec. 16 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Dec. 17 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
Dec. 18 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
Dec. 19 Quebec City, QC @ Cégep de Limoilou
Dec. 20 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Dec. 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

March 18 Orlando, FL @ The Beachum Theater
March 19 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
March 21 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
March 22 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
March 24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room
March 25 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
March 26 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
March 28 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 29 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
March 30 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 02 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
April 04 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
April 05 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
April 06 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 07 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
April 08 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
April 09 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
April 10 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 11 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
April 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
April 13 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore


Metallica broke through another barrier yesterday by becoming the first and only band in history to perform concerts on all seven continents in the same year. This past Sunday, December 8th, the multi-platinum, award-winning band brought their live show to Antarctica and performed at a site near the heliport at Carlini Argentine Base, making them the only foreign band to play on the continent.

As another first for the band and due to the unique conditions of Antarctica, Metallica performed without amplifiers, broadcasting audio from their career spanning set to the audience members via headphones, much like a silent disco. The audience for this once-in-a-lifetime gig was made up of contest winners from five Latin American countries and the unique setting allowed the band and its fans to participate in an expedition to see the wonders of a place reserved for peace, international cooperation, and science. The show was streamed to residents of all Spanish-speaking Latin American countries last night.

In other Metallica news, their groundbreaking 3D feature film, Metallica Through The Never, directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) on January 28, 2014 through Blackened Recordings.

The band also recently announced that they will spend the summer touring Europe and as a special tribute to their fans, introduced “Metallica By Request“. Fans who purchase tickets online to see the upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on 17 of the 18 slots in the set list; the last being reserved by the band for brand new song.

THE KENNEDY VEIL: In-Studio Drum Footage Posted At SickDrummer


Next month, Sacramento death metal militia, THE KENNEDY VEIL, will drop their Trinity Of Falsehood long player upon the planet. Produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, California and featuring the debut of vocalist, Taylor Wientjes, Trinity Of Falsehood is the band’s most technically precise, indisputably brutal material to date.

Merging the influences of classic DM legends like Deicide, Morbid Angel and Suffocation with the more refined aggression of bands like Origin, Psycroptic and Decapitated, THE KENNEDY VEIL invoke their own crushing brand of straight forward modern death metal. No throwbacks, no breakdowns, no wanking, no trends. With Unique Leader as the catalyst, humanity is about to be reduced to ashes! (Or humanity will carry on as normal, just with one more death metal album in circulation)

Check out in-studio footage of drummer Gabe Seeber (Alterbeast, Decrepit Birth) abusing his kit to new track “In The Ashes Of Humanity,” courtesy of SickDrummer

Trinity Of Falsehood will be released worldwide on January 21, 2014 via Unique Leader Records.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Unites With EXHUMED For 2014 North American Live Assaults


Oregon punk metal ruffians, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will unite with California gore tacticians/labelmates EXHUMED, for a North American bout of live abrasions this Winter! The chaos will prevail on January 22nd in Seattle and wind its way through seventeen cities before coming to a mutinous close February 9th in Sacramento. Special guests include Ramming Speed and Mammoth Grinder. The journey precedes the previously announced TOXIC/EXHUMED European invasion set to commence February 22nd.

TOXIC HOLOCUAST, who recently wrapped up a short run of US shows with Ramming Speed and In Defence, released their mammoth Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length earlier this year to the riotous applause of fans and media stateside and abroad.

EXHUMED are presently scattering their seeds of wrath alongside hardcore thrash mutants Iron Reagan and, habitually hooked on van life, recently added additional dates to their journey (see a complete listing of EXHUMED assaults below). The band is touring in support of their critically adored Necrocracy full-length.

EXHUMED w/ Iron Reagan [remaining dates]
12/11/2013 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
12/12/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
12/14/2013 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO * Denver Blacksky

12/15/2013 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
12/16/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
12/18/2013 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
12/19/2013 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
12/21/2013 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
12/22/2013 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

TOXIC HOLOCAUST/EXHUMED North American Live Assaults 2014
w/ Ramming Speed, Mammoth Grinder
1/22/2014 The Studio – Seattle, WA
1/23/2014 The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC *
1/24/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
1/25/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
1/26/2014 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
1/27/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
1/28/2014 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
1/29/2014 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
1/30/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
1/31/2014 Mohawk – Austin, TX
2/01/2014 The Limelight – San Antonio, TX
2/02/2014 Fitzgerald’s (downstairs) – Houston, TX
2/03/2014 Three Links – Dallas, TX
2/04/2014 Chameleon Room –  OK City, OK
2/05/2014 Marquis – Denver, CO
2/06/2014 Ernie November – Cheyenne, WY
2/07/2014 Club Manhattan – Salt Lake City, UT
2/08/2014 The Alley – Sparks, NV
2/09/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA

TOXIC HOLOCAUST/EXHUMED European Invasion 2014
2/22/2014 East Club – Bischofswerda, DE
2/23/2014 Underground – Köln, DE
2/24/2014 Merleyn –  Nijmegen, NL
2/25/2014 Underworld – London, UK
2/26/2014 Queens Hall – Warwickshire, UK
2/27/2014 Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, UK
2/28/2014 Hobos – Bridgend, UK
3/01/2014 Ieper Winter Fest – Ieper, BE
3/02/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR
3/03/2014 Le Saint des Seins – Toulouse, FR
3/04/2014 Sala Sonora – Bilbao, ES
3/05/2014 Hard Club –  Oporto, PT
3/06/2014 Sala Lemon – Madrid, ES
3/07/2014 Sala Estraperlo – Barcelona, ES
3/08/2014 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
3/09/2014 Schlachthaus – Dornbirn, AT
3/10/2014 Freakout – Bologna, IT
3/11/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
3/12/2014 Feierwerk – München, DE
3/13/2014 Arena – Wien, AT
3/14/2014 Conne Island – Leipzig, DE
3/15/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
3/16/2014 Magnet – Berlin, DE
3/17/2014 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
3/19/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
3/21/2014 Püssy a Go Go / The Liffey – Stockholm, SE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NO
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

Putrid Pile debut music video‏ for “Blood Fetish”


Tippett Films and Sevared Records are proud to announce the release of Putrid Pile’s first ever music video for the track “Blood Fetish.” One badass song, a couple cameras, some friends, and several pairs of camoflage pants – you’ve got yourself a pretty impressive metal video.

LAMB OF GOD Partners with Specticast for Worldwide Distribution of “As The Palaces Burn” Feature Film


LAMB OF GOD is pleased to announce that they have entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for their Don Argott (Last Days Here, Art of the Steal, School of Rock) directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn“. Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013.

As The Palaces Burn“, not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 LAMB OF GOD album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world and its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences. After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band?s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012. Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013.

As The Palaces Burn” will debut worldwide on February 27th. Following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with the entire band and director Don Argott will be shown. The Q&A was conducted by VH1 Classics Eddie Trunk and filmed at the final show of the band’s North American tour in support of their most recent release, Resolution.

NOISEM: Baltimore Thrashers To Join Decibel Magazine Tour With Carcass, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder


Baltimore thrash metal puritans, NOISEM, have been touring regionally across North America all year — most recently assaulting the US and Canada with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder for an entire month this Fall — all in support of their Agony Defined debut, which A389 Recordings fired into the public in June.

Just announced last week was the confirmed lineup and routing for the upcoming third Decibel Magazine Tour, which will see NOISEM directly supporting The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Carcass for three weeks across North America from March 18th through April 13th, 2014. When asked to comment on the band’s invite to take part in the brutal cross-country venture with such acts, NOISEM guitarist Sebastian Phillips keeps his thoughts on the tour perfectly succinct: “Dream come true. Period.”

NOISEM will rip through Richmond, Virginia supporting Pig Destroyer later this month, and in mid-January will take part in day two of the A389 X Bash in Baltimore, Maryland alongside Integrity, All Out War, Bloodlet, Weekend Nachos, Power Trip, Pick Your Side, Homewrecker, Empire Of Rats and more.

NOISEM Tour Dates
12/20/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pig Destroyer, Occultist, Street Pizza
1/18/2014 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD @ A389 X Bash

Decibel Magazine Tour 2014
w/ Carcass, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, Noisem
3/18/2014 The Beachum Theater – Orlando, FL
3/19/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/21/2014 Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
3/22/2014 Mohawk – Austin, TX
3/24/2014 The Press Room – Phoenix, AZ
3/25/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
3/26/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/28/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
3/29/2014 Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
3/30/2014 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
4/02/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
4/04/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
4/05/2014 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/06/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
4/07/2014 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/08/2014 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
4/09/2014 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/10/2014 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
4/11/2014 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
4/12/2014 Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
4/13/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

SUNN O))) & ULVER: First Audio Sample Unveiled

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With words from the creators themselves, the story of how the impending collaborative Terrestrials LP from SUNN O))) and ULVER was conceptualized and created has been dispatched to the public, in addition to the first auditory indication of the material the album presents.

Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three “live in improvisation” pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.

After the session, ULVER spent a fortnight enhancing the dynamics of the original recordings, adding their own distinctive sheen to the mix, while never losing sight of the SUNN O))) gestaltqualität and remaining careful not to become caught up in studio stratagems.

In advance of Terrestrials’ street date, now confirmed as February 4th, 2014 in North America, an excerpt of Terrestrials‘ immense third composition, Eternal Return

CRIPPLE BASTARDS: Relapse Confirms Album Details For Italian Grind/Hardcore Masters

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Having mauled the planet for over 25 years through an enormous arsenal of releases and widespread touring, Northwestern Italy’s unstoppable hardcore/grind masters, CRIPPLE BASTARDS, begin their next full-on sonic attack now, as Relapse Records prepares to dispatch the band’s new album in early 2014.

Two and-a-half decades after their conception, CRIPPLE BASTARDS reign as Italy’s most hostile and aggressive musical unit in existence, and are ready to prove it all over again with their newly completed debut LP for Relapse, the monstrous Nero In Metastasi. Packing some of their most dense and metallic destruction into eighteen new tracks harnessed under the thirty-seven minute mark, the album was recorded at the infamous Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity). While retaining the riotous old-school hatecore attributes they’ve carried forth since formation, yet elevating their delivery to put them on par with the most cutting-edge bands in the grindcore genre, Nero In Metastasi is the next major movement in CRIPPLE BASTARDS’ steadfast campaign of extreme auditory revolution.

Nero In Metastasi will see release on CD, LP and digital formats via Relapse in North America on February 18th, preceded by a February 14th street date in Germany/Benelux, and February 17th in the UK. Precursory warning shots from the album will be firing into the population as a New Year of degradation ensues, among widespread CRIPPLE BASTARDS tour actions, including the band’s return to the US on a full tour surrounding their performance at Maryland Deathfest 2014 and more.

12/21/2013 White Lion – Leini/Torino, Italy
1/11/2014 Cueva Rock Live – Cagliari, Italy
1/14/2014 Cycle Club – Florence, Italy
2/25/2014 Kingcobra Squat – Osaka, Japan w/ Palm
2/28/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia
5/22-25/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

Surprise! DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Reveals Secret Second Full-Length Album “Black Earth Child” Today – TWO New Albums Out Now, Including “Deprive”



It’s that time of year, and DISFIGURING THE GODDESS is in the giving spirit. Not only does the brand new death-tastic record Deprive drop today, but DTG mastermind Cameron Argon has revealed a second, completely new, completely separate full-length album for fans, entitled Black Earth Child.

With this unprecedented move, fans can pick up both records now, digitally and physically, via the official DTG Benchmark merch store. Not only are the records available via the DTG Benchmark site, but so is a slew of Deprive AND Black Earth Child merch! Both records are also available now via iTunes.

Cameron Argon comments on his decision to release two completely separate records: “To put it simply, during the process of writing and recording Deprive, I realized I wasn’t done, that I had more in me. I decided to make this second record, Black Earth Child, start to finish in about four weeks time and release it as a surprise – two albums, one day. So here are two separate albums. Directly from me to you.”

Check out Admiration of Anger off Black Earth Child



In a year that saw BLACK SABBATH earn the first U.S. #1 record in their career, the band has now been honored by the Grammys® with multiple nominations for their 2013 critically acclaimed 13 album.  BLACK SABBATH’s nominations are for Best Rock Album for 13 and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God Is Dead?

In support of the release of 13, BLACK SABBATH kicked off their triumphant 2013-2014 world tour in April, captured for the just released “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses“, available in five different configurations, the most comprehensive of which is a deluxe box including a Blu-ray disc of the live show with exclusive bonus visual extras; two DVD discs; and a CD featuring live audio from the show. BLACK SABBATH are currently on the road in Europe through the end of the year and next year.  The band also have additional shows in North America and Europe in 2014.

A teaser from Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses


G4 EXPERIENCEFrom August 11-15, 2014, musicians of all ages and levels will converge in California’s scenic Central Coast for the G4 Experience with guitar virtuosos Joe SatrianiPaul GilbertAndy Timmons, and Mike Keneally. This unique music camp that combines entertainment, education and a vacation experience will be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Produced by Dreamcatcher Events, the G4 Experience is an extension of the G3 tour, a concert tour Satriani organizes that features him alongside two other well-known guitarists. “In 1996 I wanted to find a way to work with the guitar players I respected and we launched the first G3 tour,” explains Satriani. “Since then I have enjoyed countless hours playing and ‘experiencing’ the amazing talents of my peers. The G4 Experience is my chance to expand on the G3 idea. I’ve invited my friends Paul GilbertMike Keneally and Andy Timmons. I know these guys can play amazing guitar and I want them to share that knowledge with the campers and with me!”

The event will kick off Monday, August 11 with a meet and greet with Joe, Paul, Andy, Mike and G4 Experience guests, which will be followed by a live performance from Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert that evening. Both Joe and Paul will offer daily master classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while there will be breakout sessions with Andy and Mike. Evenings will feature live performances and once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions where instructors and guests can collaborate. Paul Gilbert calls the experience “fuel for the musical soul” and Joe Satriani feels the event offers guests “a chance to improve their skills, meet like minded players and be inspired.” “I hope to explore new facets of the instrument, meet some cool new players and make some great guitar music,” he continues.

The intimate G4 Experience is available for a maximum of 175 attendees. The event size is limited so every guest will have the opportunity to spend time with each of the featured artists. “There are star performers at the camp, but this is much more than a handshake and a photo,” says Gilbert. “We have enough time to relax and hang out. And you?ll get plenty of concrete guitar ideas, and inspiring memories to take home.”

Tickets for the G4 Experience are on sale now at Admission includes lodging, meals, master classes, breakout sessions, live performances and jam sessions. Every attendee will also receive a welcome kit with items including Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert guitar picks, an Ibanez guitar strap, and a commemorative G4 Experience poster.

As an added bonus, the first 100 people to register for the event will receive an Ibanez RG electric guitar courtesy of Hoshino. Each guitar will be signed bySatrianiGilbertTimmons and Keneally.

Featured musician/instructor Paul Gilbert elaborates on one of his favorite parts of hosting a camp like this: “I set up a massive jam session where I can play with every single person at the camp. I have everyone form a line, and have a guitar tech ready to help each person get plugged in, so when it’s their turn, they can start rocking with no distractions. When everyone is ready, I start a groove going, and give each person a few chances to trade solos with me. And don’t worry, it’s not a competitive event. Everyone soon gets into the groove, and as the ‘bandleader’, I steer the jam to make it friendly, and as musical as possible. At the same time, I know that everyone leaves with a serious shot of adrenaline.”

For the G4 Experience, guests will choose from a variety of room options at Cambria Pines Lodge in scenic Cambria, CA on California?s Central Coast. Located on 25 acres of Monterey pines and landscaped gardens, Cambria Pines Lodge is within minutes of the Pacific Ocean and Hearst Castle, and is close to hundreds of wineries. Cambria is easily accessible by air via the San Luis Obispo airport and by car via the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

Beauty In The Suffering Release “The Crazies (The Zombie Song)” Official Video

Beauty In The Suffering The CraziesBeauty In The Suffering have released the much anticipated Official Video for “The Crazies (The Zombie Song)” – the ultimate zombie apocalypse party/rally as told from the perspective of the zombies. The video, premiered on Bloody-Disgusting, is directed by Jonathan Shahan andMike Walsh of Rev Hi-Fi Productions, the mixing performance footage with a horde of zombies descending on the band.

Check out Beauty In The Suffering’s “The Crazies (The Zombie Song)” Official Video:

“Visualizing the music for Beauty In The Suffering has been a primary goal of this project from day one.

For as long as I can remember I have always heard music in my head. Usually while I am in songwriting mode and I start scatting scratch vocals I will get a good sense of a lyrical theme and from there a story emerges. Sometimes the story is vast and communal and sometimes it?s just a feeling or a mood and much more personal.

From every aspect of this project ; music, lyrics, album artwork, and video, I wanted to try and create a multi-media experience that would shine a light from different angles on different core aspects of concepts that were running around in my head despite all of the financial roadblocks most independent bands face.

For my bands first videos it just so happens the first couple of songs took a zombie apocalypse turn. But whether the setting is that of a dystopian future or focuses on interpersonal pain from the present or demons from the past my goal has and will always be to enhance the musical experience through a cinematic approach.

Having so many creative, talented, and enthusiastic people involved made the entire experience one I will never forget piecing together and being a part of so a very big bunch of kudos to those involved who helped take this project to the next level.? -DieTrich Thrall

Name your own price to download your copy of Beauty In The Suffering’s “The Crazies (The Zombie Song)” Official Video on Bandcamp!

EXHUMED Release New Track “Gravewalker”


Never ones to rest in between releases (well, except for all that time they took off after Anatomy), EXHUMED are preparing to release a split with IRON REAGAN, and have offered the new track “Gravewalker” for your ears to feast upon. The split, which releases January 7 on Tankcrimes Records, finds both bands contributing four tracks each–two of Exhumed‘s being covers of MINOR THREAT and NEGATIVE APPROACH, respectively. “Gravewalker” is one of two original tracks that Exhumed contributes, and it finds them in a bit more death ‘n’ roll mode, with crunchy guitars and galloping drums–in fact, it sounds a bit like MOTORHEAD. If that sounds like your kind of thing, head over to MetalSucks to stream the new track before it drops next month.

EXHUMED 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

Saxon – “Unplugged and Strung Up”

After 35 years, UK metal stalwart, Saxon, continue to deliver pioneering hard rock with their latest Unplugged and Strung Up.

Brilliantly recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Accept, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Megadeth), Biff Byford and his metal brethren bring new elements to New Wave of British Heavy Metal classics like The Eagle Has Landed (1983), Crusader (84), and Broken Heroes (85).

Bathed and layered in modern acoustic orchestration or re-evaluated with an ear catching remix, Saxon Unplugged  gives music fans a celebratory understanding on how significant these archetypal rock songs are.
Vibrant and inspired, Unplugged  and Strung Up is a true bench mark for a pioneering metal band and should be held has a compass for younger  bands who see themselves still significant 35 years from now.

9.5 out of 10.



The SMN Interview: Luc Lemay of GORGUTS


Below is a write-up on SMN’s interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts. For the full transcript, click here.

With his first full-fledged North American tour since reactivating the band set to begin next week, Luc Lemay of Gorguts is the furthest thing from nervous. In fact, he’s “been waiting for this moment for a very long time,” and is eager to “reconnect with the fans.” Given the fact that this will be the ‘Guts first long-form tour of America since reactivating, I’d wager to say that the fans are just as ecstatic. Outside of a few shows here and there, including a memorable stint on the 2012 Death To All tour, Lemay’s merry band of metallers have been biding their time, waiting for the official release of Colored Sands, before deciding to take it on the road.

The headlining tour in question finds Italian imports Nero di Marte opening, and Gorguts drummer John Longstreth’s other band, Origin, sharing the bill, but Lemay reveals that this was not always the case. “Initially, it was supposed to be Ulcerate that were going to open the evenings, but there was not enough shows for them to cover all the fees,” such as airfare and visa sponsorship, so he asked for Nero di Marte. His touring wish list reads like an encyclopedia of all things heavy: “Neurosis, Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Napalm Death, Carcass,” and the list goes on. As for the latter-most band on that list… well, it looks like his wish was granted, since Gorguts will be opening up for Carcass on the 2014 iteration of the Decibel Magazine Tour. Before that happens however, there’s still the matter of this headlining tour.

Even though rehearsing might seem difficult when the members of your band are scattered across various parts of North America, Lemay insists his crew is composed of “very meticulous musicians,” so the end result feels like they “jam together all the time.” Maybe that’s not surprising though, when half of your band consists of Dysrhythmia‘s string section, and your drummer is a human metronome. Although it might be unwise to expect a lot of older material being played on this tour–or any Gorguts tour for that matter, since Lemay just doesn’t remember how to play some of those old songs that have been permanently etched into the minds of many a fan. He concedes, “most of the songs from Erosion, Considered and Obscura I don’t remember at all,” but to remedy this from happening 20 years down the line, he’s a bit more proactive now, making sure he has “everything written down in tablatures.” Hopefully this translates into a tab book, thus sparing the YouTube-viewing masses from having to watch inevitable deluge of wrong cover videos.

Although Gorguts has never had the most consistent lineup, Lemay has always been surrounded by exceptional musicians; perhaps none more unique than Steeve Hurdle–a crucial element to 1998’s landmark album, Obscura, and one of Lemay’s closest friends. When Hurdle passed away last year, the metal community lost one of its brightest lights, and even though he was not coming back for Gorguts, Lemay credits Steeve for giving him “the idea about making a new album.” Lemay reveals that “one of my biggest regrets is that he never got to hear the record… to me he was the first on the list to hear it.” And while Steeve unfortunately never got to hear the new album, his influence can be heard very specifically in two songs off the new record. “The music from the song “Reduced To Silence” was a song I wrote for Negativa, [and] just before I left Negativa I had written all the music for “An Ocean Of Wisdom.”  As for the album’s instrumental piece “The Battle of Chamdo,” Lemay has more where that came from, and would “love to do a record with my compositions, but the costs are very high.”

Gorguts is a band defined by reinvention and bold new beginnings. Each album has a distinct feeling of immersion unique to itself, and Lemay’s golden songwriting rule mirrors this. “Each song’s beginnings have to be very, very different from one another,” and judging by the reception Colored Sands has received, it’s probably fair to say this is his strongest beginning yet. Now who wants to spearhead the Luc Does Classical Kickstarter?

Interview conducted by Mike Melvin in December 2013.

WATAIN reveals their first ever video for the song “Outlaw”

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We are proud to reveal the first ever video for WATAIN. The song “Outlaw” is taken from their latest album, The Wild Hunt, which came out in August 2013 through the band’s own label His Master’s Noise via Century Media Records.

WATAIN Black Death tour
Dec 05 Manchester, Academy 2, UK
Dec 06 Glasgow, Garage, UK
Dec 07 Birmingham, The Library, UK
Dec 08 London, Electric Ballroom, UK
Dec 13 Eindhoven Metal Meeting, NL
Dec 14 Paris, Le Trabendo, FRA

Black Metal Australia Tour with MAYHEM
09.01.2014 Amplifier Bra, Perth, Australia (WATAIN only)
10.10.2014 The HiFi, Melbourne, Australia
11.01.2014 The Factory Theater, Sydney, Australia
12.01.2014 The HiFi, Brisbane, Australia

23.01.2014 Fryshuset
25.01.2014 Lille Vega, Vesterbro, Denmark
20.06.2014 Hellfest, Clisson, France

07.-09.08.2014 Party-San Open Air, Schlotheim, Germany
More dates to be announced soon!

Alonzo Mosely’s review of The Wild Hunt here

SOREPTION: Swedish Death Metal Horde To Unleash Engineering The Void


Sundsvall, Sweden-based technical death metal horde, SOREPTION, is pleased to announce February 18, 2014 as the official worldwide release date of their forthcoming new full-length, Engineering The Void. Album teaser below

SOREPTION will unleash Engineering The Void to the masses this February followed by a reissue of Deterioration Of Minds, both via Unique Leader Records. Preorder links and video clips to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

MORTA SKULD Release Remastered Debut Through PEACEVILLE


Maybe it’s my misguided Midwestern pride, or just the fact that their music still holds up today, but I’ve always been a fan of Wisconsin’s MORTA SKULD. While they certainly don’t seem out of place with the older bands such as OBITUARY or AUTOPSY, there’s always been something off-kilter in those old records that make Morta Skuld stand out. Something in the riffs, the atmosphere… maybe it’s just the dumb name. Whatever the case may be, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album by releasing a remastered version of the cult classic through their original label Peaceville, and I implore you to listen. If not for me, then for the band who is no doubt banking on this remaster to pay off their vacation homes in Tahiti.

DEICIDE Release Music Video, Chart Third on BILLBOARD


Proving that if you hang in there long enough, you’re bound to end up on the Billboard charts one way or another, DEICIDE‘s latest effort In the Minds of Evil ranked third on the Heatseekers chart last week with 2,706 copies sold. While that’s probably the amount of records Michael Jackson still sells a day, it’s nothing to sneeze at for the old Bible-bashers. In addition to this personal-best record, the band just released a music video for the track “End the Wrath of God,” which can be viewed below. It’s black and white so it’s more brutal and stuff.

DRUDKH Preview New Track Off Split With WINTERFYLLETH


Who better to brighten up a dreary day than melancholic black metallers DRUDKH? The band is currently streaming the track “…W Krainie Drzew,” originally recorded by the Polish band HEFEYSTOS, off their upcoming split with WINTERFYLLETH due for release in January 2014. Truth be told, I think they were just trying to fit as many inarticulate band names as they could into one press release. Regardless, the track is definitely worth listening to, and you can find out for yourself over at Stereogum. Who said the Ukraine was weak?



The beautifully burly gentlemen of INTRONAUT have released an appropriately trippy video for the song “Harmonomicon” off their latest album Habitual Levitations. In addition to the video, which can be viewed below, the band has announced a United States tour in support of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME starting February 2014. The package also includes the always-controversial quasi-black metal act DEAFHEAVEN, as well as openers THE KINDRED. For a full list of tour dates, look below the video.

02/20   West Springfield, VA      Empire
02/21   Huntington, NY             Paramount Theater
02/22   Clifton Park, NY             Upstate Concert Hall
02/23   Boston, MA                   Royale Nightclub
02/24   Burlington, VT              Higher Ground
02/26   Montreal, QC                Corona Theater
02/27   Quebec City, QC           Imperial De Quebec
02/28   Toronto, ON                  Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01   London, ON                  London Music Hall
03/02   Syracuse, NY                Lost Horizon
03/04   Grand Rapids, MI          Intersection
03/05   Palatine, IL                   Durty Nellie’s
03/06   Milwaukee, WI              The Rave
03/07   Lawrence, KS                Granada Theatre
03/08   Omaha, NE                   The Waiting Room
03/10   Reno, NV                      The Knitting Factory
03/11   Oakland, CA                  Oakland Metro
03/12   Pomona, CA                  Glasshouse
03/14   Lubbock, TX                  Jake’s Sports Café
03/15   San Antonio, TX             White Rabbit
03/16   Grand Prairie, TX           South By So What?! Festival
03/18   Sauget, IL                     Pop’s
03/20   Ybor City, FL                 The Ritz Ybor
03/21   Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Revolution
03/22   Athens, GA                   40 Watt
03/23   Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall

ARTIFICIAL BRAIN Tease Debut Album ‘Labyrinth Constellation’


In a year filled with death metal reunions (GORGUTS!), here comes ARTIFICIAL BRAIN to restore faith in the masses that believed only the legends could do the genre justice. The band features half of the guitar-team behind REVOCATION, but luckily that’s where the connections end, as Artificial Brain proves to be a tad more interesting fare. MetalSucks is currently streaming the 2nd track off their forthcoming (and awesomely-titled) LP, Labyrinth Constellation, and I implore you to listen to it. You know how sometimes bloggers say something, but they don’t really mean it? Well, this isn’t that–this is serious. February is shaping up to be a busy month, and you might as well mark the 18th on your calendar, as that’s when you’ll be able to get your hands on this heaving, filthy slab. Listen!

BENIGHTED Announce New Album ‘Carnivore Sublime’ For 2014

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French bastions of brutality, BENIGHTED, have announced a follow-up to their 2011 effort Asylum Cave. Set for release on February 18 in North America through Season of Mist, Carnivore Sublime will most certainly retain all the aspects of Benighted you’ve come to know and love–if you love Benighted that is. While Asylum Cave told “the story of a schizophrenic, delusional man and his violent obsession with notorious Austrian torturer Joseph Fritzl,” the band is keeping the lyrical themes for the new album under wraps. If we had to guess though, it’s probably about the sublimity of the carnivore? I can’t be certain, but something in the album’s title just points me in that direction…


Metallica today announced that they will bring their explosive live show to fans throughout Europe next summer with an All Request show, a first for the multi-platinum, award-winning band. As a special tribute to their fans, the band will introduce “Metallica By Request“, the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience.

Fans who purchase tickets online to these upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at their show – giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica’s material and close to 140 recorded songs to date. Metallica’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs and as the band did not want to be left out of the fun, their vote for the 18th slot goes to adding a brand new song!

The first announced show will take place in Hamburg, Germany on June 4th with additional dates announced in Nuremberg, Germany and Nürburgring, Germany. Tickets for the Nuremberg and Nürburgring dates will go on-sale on Wednesday, November 27th. Tickets for the Hamburg date will go on-sale on Friday, November 29th at 10AM CET. Stay tuned for additional European dates to be announced next week

Metallica By Request 2014 Live Dates (New Additions in Bold)
May 28, 2014 – Beach Sonisphere – Helsinki, Finland
May 30, 2014 – Gardet Royal Park – Stockholm, Sweden
June 1, 2014 – Valle Hoven Sonisphere – Oslo, Norway
June 3, 2014 – Gaol – Horsens, Denmark
June 4, 2014 – Imtech Arena, Sonisphere – Hamburg, Germany
June 5-8, 2014 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany
June 6-9, 2014 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany
June 9, 2014 – Landgraaf Pink Pop – Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 1, 2014 – Rock In Rome Sonisphere – Rome, Italy  
July 3, 2014 – Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium
July 4, 2014 – St. Jakobspark Sonisphere – Basel, Switzerland
July 6, 2014 – Knebworth Park Sonisphere – Knebworth, England
July 8, 2014 – Aerodrome Festival – Prague, Czech Republic
July 9, 2014 – Krieau Rocks – Vienna, Austria
July 11, 2014 – National Stadium Sonisphere – Warsaw, Poland

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