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Philip Anselmo and The Illegals will hit the road bright and early in 2014 for Leg Two of its “Technicians of Distortion” tour.  The trek kicks off January 10 in Houston, will play intimate rock clubs exclusively, and is in support of Anselmo’s first solo album, the critically-acclaimed Walk Through Exits Only that was released last July, as well as the recently-released, limited-edition two-song Housecore Horror Fest 10-inch vinyl EP that will be available for purchase on all tour dates.

Reprising his support slot from Leg One will be Author & Punisher, while the avant-garde metal band Hymns (signed to Anselmo’s label Housecore Records) will open all shows.  Hymn’s self-titled album will be available on all tour dates.

Philip Anselmo and The Illegals
10   Warehouse Live/Studio Room, Houston, TX
11   Riverside Warehouse, Shreveport, LA
13   Pop’s Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
14   Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
15   Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
17   El Corazon, Seattle, WA
18   Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20   Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
22   Metal Masters, Los Angeles, CA
24   Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
25   Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
27   Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
28   Trees, Dallas, TX

TOXIC HOLOCAUST Unite With Exhumed For 2014 European Takeover + US Tour Underway


Portland punk metal day-ruiners, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will team up with death metal gore tacticians/labelmates, Exhumed, for a venomous trek through Europe next year! The extreme tag team will traverse the continent for an entire month leaving a trail of molten metal bangovers and beer cans in their wake.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST are currently spreading their contagion across the US on the first tour in support of their recently released Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length. The two-plus week expedition commenced this past weekend in Trenton, New Jersey and will level much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1stin Island Park, New York. The band is joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence.

In related news, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, who recently appeared on the cover of the December 2013 issue of Decibel Magazine, will feature in the next issue’s limited edition flexi series with the track “Life Is A Lie.

w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence [remaining dates]
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 Kingdom – Richmond, VA *supporting Municipal Waste
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
11/28/2013 Fitzie’s Pub – Binghampton, NY * Just Added
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Club – Island Park, NY

w/ Exhumed
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, BEL
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, SWE
3/22/2014 Revolver – Oslo, NOR
3/23/2014 Truckstop – Gothenburg, SWE
3/24/2014 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
3/25/2014  Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE

SUNN O))) & ULVER: Collaborative Work Entitled Terrestrials Due For February 2014 Release Via Southern Lord

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SUNN O)))‘s most recent studio album, 2009’s Monoliths and Dimensions, and ULVER’s 2013 album, Messe I.X-VI.X, found both evolving and longstanding groups venturing into the world of acoustic arrangement and contemporary orchestration. Besides arriving at this seeming parallel in vision, the pair’s long standing camaraderie was initiated during SUNN O)))’s 2003’s White1 sessions with the track “CutWOODED” which was produced by ULVER, in tribute to deceased film director Ed Wood.

Today, it comes with great pleasure to confirm that SUNN O))) and ULVER, together, represent an astonishing yet somehow totally tenable matrimony of these two earthshakingly powerful forces, coming together like tectonic plates. The result of this union is a three-track recording entitled Terrestrials; a trio of movements which flow like magma beneath the Earth’s crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring, yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful. Southern Lord shall release Terrestrials in February 2014.

BASTARD FEAST Finish Recording New Album‏


Portland, Oregon’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse BASTARD FEAST have completed recording their new full-length. The album, the band’s second will be released on Season of Mist’s Underground Activist Division in 2014. BASTARD FEAST’s forthcoming full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Hawkes (ATTILA, EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO, RED FANG) at Interlace Audio (RED FANG, CHINO MORENO, CHELSEA GRIN) in Portland, Oregon.

BASTARD FEAST recently announced the offering of a track titled “A Howling Wind

NOISEM Forced To Miss Several Dates Of Current Tour For Carnage Cleanup


The NOISEM boys accidentally smeared a deer in California over the weekend while trekking as part of the ongoing North American tour with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder, forcing them off the road to repair their ride and miss the last few shows. It looks like they will have everything back in order in time to pick up where their headlining tour hits Dallas this Thursday, November 21st with Cleric.

Further updates on NOISEM’s upcoming A389 single and other release news for the band will continue through the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and don’t get in front of their van, please.

NOISEM Tour 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
11/26/2013 The Depot – York, PA
12/20/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pig Destroyer
1/18/2013 A389 X Bash – Baltimore, MD

HOD: San Antonio Blackened Death Horde To Embark Upon Mini Live Takeover; Band Releases Fuckin’ Metal Volume 1 Compilation


Blackened death horde, HOD, will embark upon a short run of live invasions to close out the year. Set to commence tomorrow in their hometown of San Antonio, the bestial legion will spread their sonic blasphemy through Little Rock, Lombard, and Indianapolis leaving behind nothing but chaos, destruction and broken beer bottles. The band will be toting the forbidden psalms of Fuckin’ Metal Volume 1, a collection of demo and comp tracks available for the first time on one CD.

HOD unleashed three new hymns of heinousness earlier this year by way of The Uncreated Demo. These songs serve as a disease-ridden apocalyptic precursor to the band’s forthcoming Book of the Worm full-length. 

Check out the track When the Ghouls Feed

HOD Live Chaos 2013
11/20/2013 Korova Basement – San Antonio, TX w/ Plutonian Shore, Sardonic Witchery, Goatcraft
11/21/2013 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR w/ Vore, Splattered In Traffic
11/22/2013 Brauerhouse – Lombard, IL w/ Morgue Supplier, Mass Mutilation, Reprobation, Vermillion
11/23/2013 Rock House Cafe – Indianapolis, IN w/ Summon The Destroyer, Hordes Of Nebulah, Coffinsville

CRYPTOPSY To Tour Canada Again December 2013


Oh, what’s that United States, you want to see us perform songs live for you in the comfort of your own home? Well, the border is a bitch, so we’re gonna stay in Canada. Yes, because apparently the US just doesn’t want it enough, Canadian tech-death vanguards CRYPTOPSY have announced a string of dates for December throughout their motherland. Starting in Jonquière, QC, and ending in London, ON (yeah, Britain, you’re in the same boat as us, just across the pond–no Cryptopsy for you), The December Massacre will find the band playing to a wide variety of people who don’t reside in the United States. No, we’re not bitter at all…

12/4 Jonquière, QC

12/5 Quebec, QC

12/6 Ottowa, ON

12/7 Toronto, ON

12/8 Hamilton. ON

12/9 Windsor, ON

12/10 London, ON

PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT Announce New Album For Early 2014


The depraved Dutch death metal delinquents collectively known as PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT have announced a release date for their new album. Creatively titled From Crotch To Crown, the band’s fifth LP will be unleashed February 4, 2014 through Willowtip. The album was recorded in various parts of the band’s homeland, the Netherlands, and judging by the teaser below, it’s still the same Prostitute Disfigurement you’ve grown to love when nobody else is around because the band name alone would probably ensure that person not being your friend anymore. Unless that person is Bob Macabre maybe–I’m sure he’d be all for it.

ANNIHILATOR To Headline Total Metal Festival Open Air 2014 In Italy


Shortly after their initial announcement, the promoters of the 2014 edition of Total Metal Festival Open Air have confirmed legendary thrashers ANNIHILATOR will be sharing headlining duties with the previously-announced MOONSPELL. TMFOA 2014 (that’s a little better, isn’t it?) will take place July 19 and 20 in Bitonto, near Bari in southern Italy, and will feature a diverse lineup–as far as metal’s concerned. This will be the first time in their illustrious career that ANNIHILATOR will be in Italy. You know what they say, “When in Rome, listen to thrash” or something like that.



Currently riding a wave of critical acclaim for their new album “Serpents Unleashed,” midwestern blackened metal heathens SKELETONWITCH — who are currently touring North America with The Black Dahlia Murder — will head overseas to join legendary thrashers Overkill on a spring tour of Western Europe that will begin shortly after the completion of their early 2014 U.S. tour with Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Additional international tour dates will be announced shortly. A complete list of all currently confirmed SKELETONWITCH concerts appears below.

Check out Alonzo Mosely’s review of Serpents Unleashed here

11/14     South Lake Tahoe, CA  – Whiskey Dick?s Saloon ^
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 – 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 &
1/9/14    Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
1/11/14  Indianapolis, IN – Beale Street Live Indy
1/17/14  Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues *
1/18/14  Phoenix, AZ – Club Red *
1/20/14  San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
1/21/14  Dallas, TX – House of Blues *
1/22/14  Houston, TX – House of Blues *
1/23/14  New Orleans, LA – Siberia
1/24/14  Atlanta, GA – Center Stage *
1/25/14  Tampa, FL – The Ritz *
1/26/14  Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution *
1/27/14  Jacksonville, FL – Atticus Bar
1/28/14  Savannah, GA – The Jinx
1/29/14  Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore *
1/30/14  Norflok, VA – The NorVA *
1/31/14  Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
2/01/14  Boston, MA – House of Blues *
2/03/14  Philadelphia, PA – TLA *
2/04/14  New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/07/14  Chicago, IL – House of Blues *
2/08/14  Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights *
2/09/14  Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater *
2/11/14  Denver, CO – Summit Tree *
2/12/14  Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater *
2/14/14  San Francisco, CA – The Regency *
2/15/14  Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
2/16/14  San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/15/14  Dublin, UK – The Academy %
3/16/14  Glasgow, UK – Cathouse %
3/17/14  Manchester, UK – Sound Control %
3/19/14  Cologne, DE – Essigfabrik %
3/20/14  Bochum, DE – Matrix %
3/21/14  Braunschweig, DE – Meyer?s %
3/22/14  Leipzig, DE – Hellraiser %
3/24/14  Milan, IT – Bloom Club %
3/25/14  Aarau, CH – Kiff %
3/26/14  Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos-Saal%
3/27/14  Ludwigsburg, DE – Rockfabrik %
3/28/14  Nuremberg, DE – Hirsch %
3/29/14  Saarbrücken, DE – Garage %
^ with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
* with Amon Amarth & Enslaved
# with Amon Amarth
% with Overkill

VALDUR: Long-Running Alpine Black/Death Conjurors Confirm Details Of Imminent New Full-Length


Alpine black/death conjurors, VALDUR, today confirm preliminary details of their impending new full-length. Dubbed At War With, the follow up to the band’s 2010-released Raven Gods Among Us was recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson at the helm, is currently being mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios and boasts ten psalms of sonic repugnance.

Feel the infernal enormity of a rough version of the title track, At War With


At War With will rise on December 17, 2013 via BloodyMountain Records. Additional details to be unveiled in due time.

LEGION OF THE DAMNED to Release Ravenous Plague January 7, 2014 in North America on Napalm Records


In 2004 LEGION OF THE DAMNED rose from the ashes of OCCULT in the Dutch city of Venlo, where the music scene yearned for pure and brutal thrash metal. In 2005, LEGION OF THE DAMNED teamed up with producer Andy Classen and entered his Stage-One-Studio (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany) in order to record Malevolent Rapture, a true classic of Euro-Thrash!

Eight busy and productive years later, the quartet comes full circle with the release of their latest album Ravenous Plague that harkens back to their phenomenal debut. The band has made one song from Ravenous Plague available for streaming.  Get a first listen to “Mountain Wolves Under a Crescent Moon

HAMMERCULT Release Second Teaser Video For Steelcrusher


HAMMERCULT has released the second in a series of teasers for their new studio album Steelcrusher, which will be released as CD and colored vinyl version on February 4, 2014 in North America via Sonic Attack / SPV

MAMMOTH GRINDER Declares New Live Actions


Following several other live runs, first bashing a trail across Australia on their first tour of that continent, followed by a tour of the West Coast US including a performance at The Power Of The Riff, Texas brutalizers MAMMOTH GRINDER have declared new live actions for the coming weeks.

These new melees will begin to transpire across North America this weekend, as the MAMMOTH GRINDER crew raids Canada for shows in Montreal this Thursday, November 14th and Toronto on Friday the 15th. Next month they’ll head back out on a trek kicking off December 14th at the first annual Denver Black Sky Festival joining Dying Fetus, Ghoul, Exhumed, Skinless, Power Trip, Weekend Nachos, Iron Reagan and a pile of others. From there MAMMOTH GRINDER will rip through the Midwest and Gulf Coast states with nine more shows with Power Trip, also sharing the stage with Iron Reagan, Windhand and more along the way. The band is currently devising additional tour plans for early 2014.

11/14/2013 Turbo Haus – Montreal, QC w/ Iron Age, Napalm Raid, Oath
11/15/2013 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Mind Eraser, Needles, Warthog
12/14/2013 The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky Festival [info]
12/15/2013 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/16/2013 Club Dada – Dallas, TX w/ Power Trip,Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/17/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/18/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/19/2013 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/20/2013 Talent Farm – Pembroke Pines, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/21/2013 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/22/2013 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA w/ Power Trip
12/23/2013 The Forge – Birmingham, AL w/ Power Trip, Legion


‘The Best Day Ever’ just kicked it up a notch!

With the Australian summer just around the corner, the Australia 2013 Vans Warped Tour is damn excited to announce another round of kick ass bands to join the already killer line-up!

Esteemed punk rock juggernauts, MILLENCOLIN are spearheading the second announcement. Our favourite Swedes will be bringing their immense catalogue of classic albums and will be playing all the fan favourites!

Coming off their biggest headline tour ever, THE AMITY AFFLICTION , are primed to finish off 2013 with a bang and will be storming the Warped stages this Summer.

Consistently throwing one of the most exciting, energetic live rock shows you’ll ever witness REEL BIG FISH are also joining the party!

Metal fans can also get their fix as we are bloody stoked to announce CONFESSION , explosive Canberra lads HANDS LIKE HOUSES and metalcore heavy weights BURIED IN VERONA and HAND OF MERCY .


VANS WARPED TOUR®  is the well established premier music and lifestyle festival tour of the American summer. A music lover’s playground, the VANS WARPED TOUR has been breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as both creating and showcasing major established artists since 1995. The nationally-renowned touring festival will be bringing the “Best Day Ever” to fans across AUSTRALIA in November and December 2013.

Vans Warped Tour Tickets on sale now 

Friday, 29th November – Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds
Saturday, 30th November – Coffs Harbour, Showground
Sunday, 1st December – Sydney, Barangaroo
Friday, 6th December – Canberra, Exhibition Park
Saturday, 7th December – Melbourne, Birrarung Marr
Sunday, 8th December – Adelaide, Ellis Park

Stream Ghost B.C.’s Dave Grohl Produced EP, ‘If You Have Ghost’‏


Sweden’s Ghost B.C. today revealed their new EP If You Have Ghost in its entirety. If You Have Ghost will be released by Loma Vista Recordings on November 19th. The five track EP was recorded and produced by Dave Grohl and includes cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, Depeche Mode, and a live version of their offering “Secular Haze” recorded at a live ritual in Brooklyn earlier this year.

Ghost B.C. recently returned to the U.S. and have joined Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones for the Hail To The King Tour. These dates mark the band’s first proper US tour since their Haze Over America trek earlier this year. The band also appeared at various music festivals across the country this summer including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock On The Range.

Ghost B.C. released their second psalm INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th via Loma Vista Recordings.

If You Have Ghosts EP — Track Listing
1. If You Have Ghosts (Originally Recorded By Roky Erickson)
2. I Am A Marionette (Originally Recorded By ABBA)
3. Crucified (Originally Recorded By Army Of Lovers)
4. Waiting For The Night (Originally Recorded By Depeche Mode)
5. Secular Haze (Recorded Live At Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

DARK FUNERAL announces release date for ‘Diabolis Interium’, ‘Attera Totus Sanctus’, and ‘Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus’ re-issues

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After releasing re-issues for The Secrets of the Black Arts, Vobiscum Satanas, and In the Sign… yesterday in North America, Swedish black metal masters DARK FUNERAL have now announced the street date for their second batch of re-issues: Diabolis Interium, Attera Totus Sanctus, Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus. Due out November 25th in Europe and North America, these new editions have been expanded with previously unseen photos from Lord Ahriman’s personal archive, extensive liner notes by Olivier “Zoltar” Badin (Terrorizer / Iron Fist), bonus material and revamped layouts.

NEUROSIS Confirms Two Year-End California Performances


Over a year since the dominating release of their tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay, the unstoppable NEUROSIS has locked down two new performances in their ongoing, sporadic live ceremonies in support of the album.

The newly-confirmed duo of concerts will take place at the cusp of the New Year, both in California, and both feature very special guests. NEUROSIS will first storm into Santa Ana on December 28th, then occupying their Bay Area origin once again the next evening, performing in San Francisco on December 29th. Both of these performances will feature direct support from Santa Cruz hardcore legends, Bl’ast — recently reunited, and here, performing their first live shows in over fifteen years — as well as mighty psychedelic doom trio, YOB. Additional opening support on the Orange County show will be provided by Helen Money, and the San Fran gig will showcase The Body leading off the night’s actions.

NEUROSIS has already announced their upcoming plans to invade Portland, Oregon with support from Tragedy, The Body and Atriarch on November 23rd, as well as two performances in Montreal January 18th and 19th alongside Godspeed You! Black Emperor — their first Canadian shows in nearly twenty years — followed by a set at the first inaugural Temples Festival in Bristol, UK in May. Other live actions will be declared as time continues to erode the calendar in the weeks before us.

NEUROSIS Live Actions
11/23/2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body, Atriarch
12/28/2013 The Observatory Orange County – Santa Ana, CA w/ Bl’ast, YOB, Helen Money
12/29/2013 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ Bl’ast, YOB, 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

THE KENNEDY VEIL: Sacramento Death Metal Legion To Release Trinity Of Falsehood This January


In 2009, the world bore witness to a whole new brand of brutality. Ascending from the depths of the Northern California Valley, THE KENNEDY VEIL unleashed upon the scene their own fanatical perspective of American death metal. A quartet composed of Casey Childers (ex-Forktung), Gabe Seeber (Alterbeast, Decrepit Birth, ex-Wretched Dawn), Cody Walker (ex-Skribble) and Shawn Peterson, THE KENNEDY VEIL recorded their first album, The Sentence Of Their Conqueror, with engineer Josh Williams at Metal Works Studios, and released a compilation of eight visceral tracks which quickly grabbed the attention of the metal underground. With the release of this album, the band played shows relentlessly with legendary acts such as Cephalic Carnage, Exhumed, Cattle Decapitation, Macabre, Decrepit Birth, Origin, Divine Heresy and Abysmal Dawn.

In 2012, THE KENNEDY VEIL went to work on writing the follow up to The Sentence Of Their Conqueror and prepared an onslaught of hostile yet dynamic tracks that would come together in the form of Trinity Of Falsehood.

Check out the track Disciples of Dead Aeons


Trinity Of Falsehood will be released worldwide on January 21, 2014 via Unique Leader Records. Further info including track listing, teasers and live assaults, to be announced in the weeks to come.

AGRIMONIA: Gothenburg Quintet’s Nights Of Rites MMXXIII U.S. Tour Begins Today


Today marks the beginning of the Nights Of Rites MMXXIII, a trek which brings Gothenburg, Sweden-based doom/crust quintet, AGRIMONIA, on an extensive three-week tour of America’s metropolitan areas and backwoods realms.

Touring in support of their intense third LP, Rites Of Separation, AGRIMONIA has requisitioned support from Arizona blackrollers, Take Over And Destroy, for the full run, which kicks off tonight in Glendale, California. After that, the tour will plow a clockwise path into the map through twenty more cities until the final riff devastates Phoenix on December 4th, along the way the duo also crossing paths with Ancestors, Embers, Eight Bells, Tragedy, SubRosa, Wayfarer, Enabler, Sannhet and many more.

Check out the track ‘Talion‘ off Rites of Separation


11/12/2013 Complex – Glendale, CA w/ Take Over And Destroy, Ancestors
11/13/2013 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Take Over And Destroy, Embers, Augurs
11/14/2013 Alibi – Arcata, CA w/ Take Over And Destroy
11/15/2013 Branx – Portland, OR w/ Take Over And Destroy, Eight Bells, Night Nurse
11/16/2013 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Tragedy, Take Over And Destroy, Death Raid
11/17/2013 Shredder – Boise, ID w/ Take Over And Destroy, Hatchet, Exmortus
11/18/2013 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT w/ SubRosa, Take Over And Destroy
11/19/2013 3 Kings – Denver, CO w/ Take Over And Destroy, Wayfarer, Weaponizer
11/20/2013 Duffy’s – Lincoln, NE w/ Take Over And Destroy, Scaphe, Vickers
11/21/2013 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ Take Over And Destroy, Enabler, Black Fast
11/22/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL Take Over And Destroy, Enabler, Moral Void
11/23/2013 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Take Over And Destroy, Locktender
11/24/2013 Howler’s – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Take Over And Destroy, Wrathcobra, Wrought Iron
11/25/2013 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Take Over And Destroy, Sannhet
11/26/2013 Black Cat – Washington DC w/ Take Over And Destroy
11/27/2013 Pinhook – Durham, NC w/ Take Over And Destroy, City of Medicine
11/29/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Take Over And Destroy, Sumerian, DIAB
11/30/2013 Mango’s – Houston, TX w/ Take Over And Destroy
12/01/2013 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ Take Over And Destroy
12/03/2013 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Take Over And Destroy, Hanta, Laminectomy
12/04/2013 Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ w/ Take Over And Destroy, Cave Dweller

BASTARD NOISE / BRUTAL TRUTH Split Release Now Streaming on Bandcamp


Legendary grindcore godfathers BRUTAL TRUTH and seminal, abrasive-noise terrorists BASTARD NOISE are currently streaming their new split on Bandcamp. The Axiom of Post Inhumanity is available today on CD, LP and digital. Both the CD and LP formats of the release contain entirely different sets of music from both bands while the digital version collects all of the tracks onto one compilation.

LP Track Listing
1. Brutal Truth – Control Room: Peace is the Victory Mix
2. Bastard Noise – Preemptive Epitaph for the Living
3. Bastard Noise – The Antenna Galaxies (ngc 4038-4039)
4. Bastard Noise – Frack Baby Frack

CD Track Listing
1. Bastard Noise – The Duel of the Ant and the Dragonfly
2. Bastard Noise – The Horizon on Lynx
3. Bastard Noise – Horned Beetle Conflict
4. Bastard Noise – Mantis Colony
5. Brutal Truth – Control Room: Smoke Grind and Sleep Mix
6. Brutal Truth – The Stroy

Ho Ho Ho, HATE ETERNAL Bassist Records Death Metal Christmas Album


Today in just because, HATE ETERNAL bassist J.J. Hrubovcak has recorded a death metal-fied Christmas album, and wants you to listen to it. Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics is far more than your average YouTube parody however, as Hrubovcak has, for some strange reason, given these songs brand new arrangements, and a lyrical through line depicting a child named Azrael’s upbringing in a yada, yada, yada. Basically, it’s Hate Eternal with a yuletide twist. Enticing enough? Come on, I embedded the preview track “Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen),” and everything…

PIG DESTROYER Announce Final Live Shows (For 2013)


Because any PIG DESTROYER news, no matter how slight,  is worth posting, the band has announced two final shows for 2013. It isn’t a tour by any means, but apparently being “adults” with “jobs” is a valid excuse for only playing five shows a year even for the biggest grind band on the planet. Tour dates (all two of them!) are below–I’ve heard Virginia is beautiful this time of year…

12/20: Richmond VA @ Strange Matter w/ Noisem and Occultist

12/21: Silver Spring MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring w/ Darkest Hour, Black Clouds

Previously, the band announced the addition of a bassist.

SATYRICON Release Music Video for “Phoenix”


Proving that metal, especially black metal, still needs music videos to justify its existence, the mighty SATYRICON have released one for a track off their latest self-titled album. Well, technically it’s a music video since it’s a video that contains music, but really it’s just the album version of the track “Phoenix,” synched poorly to a live performance of the song from the Den Norske Opera & Ballet. The track, as well as the video–again, two completely different things–contain vocals from Sivert Høyem of Madrugada. I suppose it’s better than any alternative they probably came up with, but remains baffling nonetheless.

Lita Ford – A Christmas Song and a Book On The Way

LITA FORD, right before her last show of the year, sat down with and spoke about what she has going on right now. Besides having her memory jarred about touring with Y&T back in the day, she just released her live album, The Bitch Is Back this past Tuesday. Lita commented on her upcoming book stating, “because it’s the holiday season, we’re trying to take advantage of, the music industry sort of shuts down in December and early January, so we’re going to take advantage of that time to finish up the book.” The book will surface in March 2014. It’s an autobiography detailing what Lita has had to deal with being a woman in the music industry and told from the female point of view. It will be released by Harper Collins.

Lita performing live at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA

Lita also mentioned her recent collaboration with CHERIE CURRIE of THE RUNAWAYS saying, “it should come out around Thanksgiving. It’s an original, it’s rockin’, absolutely rockin called, Rock This Christmas Down and it’s pretty cool to have her and I together, it’s good to see her and sing with her again.”

Lita performing live at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA

There are still some soft moments in talking with her that she really just wants to be herself and write good rock songs that are stripped down. She made a focused effort to get back to her roots without overlaying guitars and keyboards and vocals and got back to just having good songs. She hopes to have another new album out in 2014 and to get back on the road again. She handpicked her current lineup (Bobby Rock on Drums, Marty O’Brien on Bass, and Mitch Perry on Guitar) and knows that they can read and feel each other on stage.

Mitch Perry performing live at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA


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