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PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT: New Lyric Video From Dutch Death Metal Deviants


Today, long running Dutch death metal deviants, PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT, spew forth the lyric-laced video demonstration for “Crowned In Entrails.” The latest ballad of bedlam comes by way of the band’s charmingly titled From Crotch To Crown full-length. Slated to drop later this Winter, the long-anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Descendants Of Depravity long player features ten groin-churning tracks of guttural brutality.

A meticulous mesh of old-school mayhem and modern, technical riffing, From Crotch To Crown was recorded in multiple locations throughout The Netherlands including Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam, guitarist Frank Schiphorst’s home studio in Zwolle, guitarist Martijn Moes’ home studio in Meppel and Final Focus Studio in Tilburg, and was re-amped, mixed and mastered by Yuma Van Eekelen and Bart Hennephof (also at Final Focus). The end product oozes forty-one heinous minutes of the band’s sickest, most instrumentally refined and unapologetically sadistic material to date. From Crotch To Crown will be released via Willowtip Records on February 4, 2014.

THE KENNEDY VEIL Premiere “Enslave.Defile.Erase”


Today, Sacramento death metal heathens, THE KENNEDY VEIL, bring you “Enslave.Defile.Erase.” The vicious little number comes by way of the band’s forthcoming Trinity Of Falsehood long player.

Comments vocalist Taylor Wientjes, “Trinity of Falsehood is thematically focused around the concept of religion being deceitful and contradictory, inherently corrupt and filled with excess amounts of greed. In many instances, there’s an almost complete disregard to the inconsistencies in their respective doctrines. ‘Enslave.Defile.Erase,’ in particular, represents the perspective of how religious dogma is perpetuated through faith and lies, and how it can drive men to do both asinine and downright insane things in the name of their respective deities.”

Merging 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 features within their ranks Wientjes alongside guitarist KC Childers (ex-Forktung), drummer Gabe Seeber (Alterbeast, Decrepit Birth, ex-Wretched Dawn), and bassist Shawn Peterson.

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

GRAVEBORNE – Through the Window of the Night


Releases January 20 through Seance Records

Tremolo picking? Check. Blastbeats? Check. Snarled vocals about blasphemous imagery? Check. Yes, it would appear that Graveborne‘s sophomore outing contains all the hallmarks of standard black metal, but after spending an entire album with the boys from Helsinki, it starts to sink in that they might have more to offer than what initially meets the eye.

Whereas the current trend in black metal seems to be focused on each band trying to be more dissonant or atmospheric than the next, it’s nice to be able to sit down with an album that paints in broad strokes. Without a single song exceeding the five-minute mark, it’s impossible to call this album indulgent. Not that Through the Window of the Night is completely bereft of the suffocating moodiness of early black metal–in fact, it’s a sterling example.

The especially pummeling “Into the Abyss” features some serpentine riffing with a more cascading riff that gives the listener a sense of claustrophobia that only the best black metal can. Meanwhile, the truly epic closer, “Men Behind the Sun,” exudes black metal majesty with melodic tremolo riffing that envelopes the listener in triumphant glory.

There are no long pauses between movements or extended periods of ambient noise to be found on Graveborne‘s latest, and it’s all the better for it. Recalling early Necrophobic at its best, both in musicianship and replayability, if you hadn’t been paying attention already, it’s high time to start.


Mike Melvin wrote this review. He doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter though, so kindly direct all pejoratives to the comments section.

EXODUS Confirmed For Kirk Von Hammett’s 1st Annual Fear FestEvil


Because apparently Kirk Hammett has a thing for thrash metal (don’t ask us, we just write the stuff), legendary Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been added to his first annual FEAR FESTEVIL. Set to take place at the historic Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA from February 8-10, 2014, Exodus will join the previously announced acts DEATH ANGEL, ORCHID, and CARCASS for the 3-day jaunt/flea market, which will also include appearances from special FX professionals and “Private Crypt tours.” Whatever the hell that means. If this sounds like your idea of fun, or the above picture arouses you in any way, head over to the Festevil website for further details.

Luc Lemay – Gorguts


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

SMN: First, a simple and meaningful thank you is in order for Colored Sands. That album is a triumph from start to finish.

Luc: Thank you very much for your words… I am very proud of the album. It was a long journey to write, but long doesn’t mean painful or unpleasant. It was a true labor of love. Also, I’m totally overwhelmed by the metal community’s generosity. This is amazing to share and reconnect with the fans.

SMN: Was it difficult for you to get back in the Gorguts “writing mode” for this record, or were these ideas you’ve had floating around for awhile?

Luc: No, it was not difficult to get back in the writing mode. As a matter of fact, two of the songs which are on Colored Sands were written back when I was in Negativa. The music from the song “Reduced to Silence” was a song I wrote for Negativa. It was way shorter in Negativa. I kept the same structure but I stretched some parts here and there. Also, just before I left Negativa I had written all the music for “An Ocean of Wisdom,” but this one never got fully arranged within Negativa, so I knew I would use this material for Gorguts.

SMN: One of my favorite aspects of your work with Gorguts is the feeling you get out of a song–each piece has a unique movement and feel unto itself. Would you say your songwriting comes naturally in song form, or do you find yourself just writing a ton of riffs, and then worry about arranging them into a cohesive song structure–has your approach varied throughout the years?

Luc: I usually come up with a few riffs, and then arrange them together. The hardest part for me is to get a song beginning. Each song’s beginning has to be very, very different from one another. For example, imagine reading a book and that every chapter would begin the same way or slightly similar, that would make the story uninteresting. With music it’s the same thing. So from there, I keep writing a logical continuation for the song as if I would write a story.

SMN: The metal community took a tremendous blow when your old bandmate and close friend Steeve Hurdle passed away, and you have my condolences. You’ve said in the past that it was actually Steeve who gave you the idea to restart Gorguts–was he in your heart while writing this album?

Luc: Well, of course I thought about him while I finished the record. One of my biggest regrets is that he never got to hear the record… since he’s the one that gave me the idea about making a new album, to me he was the first on the list to hear it… but unfortunately it never happened.

SMN: Although you’ve mainly attributed Negativa to being wholly Steeve’s project, having been in the band, do you know if the unreleased material he recorded will ever see the light of day?

Luc: No, that’s not my decision… I have no idea at what stage his project was when he passed away. I don’t know if he did any recordings after I left? We never got the chance to share on this.

SMN: As for Gorguts, your North American tour begins in earnest next week–how does it feel to be going out in support of your first new material in over a decade?

Luc: Totally amazing! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time! It’s going to be awesome to perform this new material live!

SMN: With the members of your band residing so far from one another, has rehearsing for this tour been difficult?

Luc: Not at all. We’re used to the process. We are very meticulous musicians. When we get together, everybody is very well-rehearsed and ready. So it’s just a matter of playing a couple of sets and it’s right on! It’s like if we would jam together all the time.

SMN: Although you’ve expressed interest in performing the entirety of the new record live, are there any other older you songs you haven’t played in years you’d like to dust off and play live? If so, have you experienced difficulty trying to remember particular songs you wrote in your youth?

Luc: Oh yes! Back in the days, I was not writing my music on paper. It was only played by memory… so most of the songs from Erosion, Considered, and Obscura I don’t remember at all. Now it’s different; for Colored Sands, everything is written down in tablatures.

SMN: For this tour you’ve decided to bring along bandmate John Longstreth’s other project, Origin, as well as Italian upstarts Nero di Marte. The package speaks for itself, but when you were planning the tour did you always have them in mind?

Luc: 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 for them to come over in America from New Zealand. You know, flights, working visas, etc… so when I was told it was not possible, I asked for Nero di Marte. I really like their music! Their album hit me like a ton of bricks! I think it’s going to be a great metal evening with them and Origin.

SMN: Is there any band you would still like to tour with?

Luc: Would love to tour with Ulcerate, Opeth, Hate Eternal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, The Ocean, Bloodbath, Carcass, Cult of Luna, Voivod, Napalm Death, Neurosis.

SMN: Aside from a handful of dates here and there, this seems to be the first longer-form tour you’ve undergone since reactivating the band. Are the shorter-run tours and one-off dates out of necessity or preference?

Luc: Yes, this is the longest one for America, but we did a similar tour length last year in Europe.

SMN: Shifting gears a bit, your passion for woodworking is well-documented. Have you ever tried your hand at making a guitar, or is that something you would like to try in the future?

Luc: No, I never built a guitar… it never really appealed to me as far as building it. If I would ever build a music instrument, it would be a harpsichord. I already bought books on the subject. There’s not much documentation available on this craft. While I was studying at the Conservatory, I would often go in the harpsichord class to play on the instrument… I find it very inspiring. Also, I love ancient and baroque music.

SMN: And finally, because your fans (including myself) can never be satisfied, is there new Gorguts material on the way, and what are the chances you would release a full album devoted to your classical compositions?

Luc: I would love to do a record with my compositions, but the costs are very high. For example, I would need to hire about 20 musicians to record the flute concerto, and that’s way beyond what I can pay. I would need to find a label to finance this. Maybe in the future. Thanks for the interview! And thanks to all the fans! I’ll see you one tour!

Interview conducted by Mike Melvin via email in December 2013.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: Recordings Penned For 2014 Release


Barring the recent release of their BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini live 12″, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have been keeping a low profile since the conclusion of the world-spanning tour that supported their most recent LP, Celestial Lineage. Now, word comes that the band, along with producer Randall Dunn, has been quietly cultivating the next chapter in their ongoing musical evolution. While little else is known of the impending recordings as of now, the brothers Weaver have confirmed that, the music is currently in the final stages, being prepared for release in the first quarter of 2014. An official communiqué on WITTR’s impending 2014 actions will be announced very early in the New Year.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini was released in late November, once again via Southern Lord Recordings, who also unveiled the act’s acclaimed second LP, Two Hunters (2007), the Malevolent Grain EP and Black Cascade LP (2009), and most recently the triumphant Celestial Lineage LP (2011). The BBC 12″ contains the massive “Prayer of Transformation” and “Thuja Magus Imperium” — pieces culled from Celestial Lineage and recorded live at the BBC’s storied Maida Vale Studios while WITTR was in the midst of a tour of the UK. While far from a full length LP, BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini served to tide anxious fans over, while new production was still being organized.

New information on exactly what WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM will deliver in 2014 will be released early in January.

EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN: Combo Assault Now Streaming In All Its Gory Glory + New Video Posted


Just in time for your holiday rituals, Noisey hurls forth a delectable stream of the EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN split twelve-inch! A profane union of repugnant spirits, the forthcoming vinyl-only offering features eight unrepentant tracks of high-paced riotous fury that’ll blow the stockings right off your chimney, two of which find EXHUMED delivering ripping covers of Minor Threat’sSeeing Red” and Negative Approach’s “Ready To Fight.” The album is streaming here. The EXHUMED/ IRON REAGAN split 12″ will be see release via the miscreants at Tankcrimes on January 7, 2014.

And as if that isn’t enough to throw you into a Christmas stupor, today Decibel Magazine is hosting a brand spankin’ new video from IRON REAGAN

Following a short run of dueling live sets, both bands are currently sleighing stages separately to close out the year. A complete list of remaining offensives appear below.

EXHUMED [remaining dates]
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

IRON REAGAN w/ Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder [remaining dates]
12/18/2013 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
12/19/2013 Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
12/20/2013 The Talent Farm – Pembroke Pines, FL
12/21/2013 The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL

w/ Gwar, Battlecross
12/27/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/28/2013 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/29/2013 The National – Richmond, VA



San Diego death metal outfit CARNIFEX is pleased to announce the release of their Nuclear Blast debut on March 4th (North America) and March 7th (Europe), 2014. The new album, entitled Die Without Hope, was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and produced by the esteemed Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER).

Cover art for the album was created by renowned artist and longtime collaborator, Godmachine. “CARNIFEX and Godmachine have been working together for many years,” commented vocalist Scott Lewis. “To be able to bring his art to the cover of this album is truly when all the pieces fell into place. The artwork here represents the tone and overall blackened feeling Die Without Hope captures.”    

Die Without Hope will deliver 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing metal. Lewis states, “Die Without Hope is CARNIFEX at our very best. This is an album over two years in the making. We pushed ourselves every step of the process to include new elements never before heard on any previous CARNIFEX album.”

TSJUDER Stream Full Album‏


Cult Norwegian trio TSJUDER are streaming their latest full length, ‘Legion Helvete‘. The album can be heard in its entirety here. The band recently announced the offering of a track for free download off the record, titled “The Daemon Throne” at their Bandcamp page.


The band’s previous 2004 full length, ‘Desert Northern Hell‘ was recently deemed as one of the black metal genre’s 50 best records of all time by DECIBEL Magazine. TSJUDER re-issued ‘Desert Northern Hell‘ with 4 previously unreleased live tracks and a bonus DVD titled “Norwegian Apocalypse” that captures the band’s aggressive live performances. It is available for purchase from Season of Mist.

BENIGHTED Reveal New Album Details, Announce European Tour‏


European death metal extremists BENIGHTED have announced new details behind their forthcoming album, titled ‘Carnivore Sublime‘. ‘Carnivore Sublime‘ has been set for a  North American release on February 18th (February 14th worldwide). The album art was designed by ABORTED vocalist Sven de Caluwé.

A limited edition, deluxe digibox set of ‘Carnivore Sublime‘ will also be released and include a bonus CD  featuring live material, covers, and demos. BENIGHTED previously announced a European tour with death metal legends LOUDBLAST. The tour, which will hit various french territories, is scheduled to start in late February and will end in mid March. A full list of confimed dates can be found below.

2/27  Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace
2/28  Lyon (FR) Transbordeur
3/1 Toulon (FR) Le Vox
3/2 Perpignan (FR) Le Crockmore
3/4 Toulouse (FR) Connexion Live
3/6 Bordeaux (FR) Le Bootleg
3/7 Limoges (FR) CCM John Lennon
3/8 Bourges (FR) Le Nadir
3/9 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
3/10 Poitiers (FR) Le Confort Moderne
3/11 Eragny (FR) Covent Garden
3/12 Paris (FR) Le Divan du Monde
3/13 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
3/14 Rombas (FR) Espace Culturel
3/15 Dommarien (FR) La Niche



Heavy metal shredders EXMORTUS will release their full-length Prosthetic debut, “Slave To The Sword,” in North America on Feb. 4. Recorded earlier this year at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, Calif. with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation, Immolation), the album features 10 rousing tracks that dynamically blend technical and traditional heavy metal with elements of thrash, prog and death metal. 

Drummer Mario Moreno commented, “2013 has been a pretty exciting year for EXMORTUS. We recorded a killer album with engineer/producer  Zack Ohren, got amazing album art done by Phil Lawvere, signed a record deal with Prosthetic Records and now we’re finally announcing a release date for our upcoming album. Pretty damn exciting, right? The year isn’t over, and we’re already stoked on 2014. Our relationship with Prosthetic is still fresh, but things are already off to a great start. Be sure to pick up a copy of ‘Slave To The Sword‘ online, in stores or on our upcoming North American Tour with Dark Tranquility and Omnium Gatherum starting Feb. 1 in Atlanta. See you all soon!”

Catch EXMORTUS live at one of the following dates:
12/26     Cardiff, CA – The Kraken
1/23       Anaheim, CA – The Juke Joint
2/1         Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
2/2         Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
2/3         New York, NY – Stage 48 #
2/4         Worcester, MA – The Palladium #
2/5         Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
2/6         Quebec City, QC – Dagobert #
2/7         Ottawa, ON – Mavericks #
2/8         Toronto, ON – The Opera House #
2/9         London, ON – London Concert Theatre #
2/10        Cleveland, OH – Peabody?s #
2/11        Columbus, OH – The Shrunken Head #
2/12        Joliet, IL – Mojoes 22 #
2/13        Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater #
2/14        Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater #
2/15        Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue #
2/17        Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
2/18        Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
2/19        Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater #
2/20        San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #
2/21        Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #
2/22        West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues #
2/23        Tempe, AZ – Club Red #
2/25        Dallas, TX – Trees #
2/26        Houston, TX – Scout Bar #
2/28        Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards #
3/1          Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar #
3/2          Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero #
# with Dark Tranquillity & Omnium Gatherum

Timely New Biography of Iconic Metal Band SLAYER Tops Amazon Charts


A new full-length biography of iconic heavy metal band Slayer continues to top key charts. Written by award-winning journalist D.X. Ferris, the timely Slayer 66 2/3: The Jeff and Dave Years… has spent 11 straight days as the No. 1 top seller on the Amazon Kindle Store’s Hot New Releases in Popular Culture chart.

Available in paperback and e-book, the exhaustively researched book features 59 chapters, 400 footnotes, 3 appendices (e-book, 2 in the paperback), 11 illustrations, and 33 photos by photographers including Harald Oimoen of “Murder in the Front Row” renown. Says Ferris: “It started as a standard-but-detailed rock biography. And it ended with some fairly complicated journalism. I found some material that nobody ever thought to look for before – not TMZ, not the music press, not local newspapers, nobody. 2013 was a year of attrition and loss for Slayer. Fans have questions, and I found answers.”

The first six and a half chapters can be read at the Kindle book’s Amazon page.

Author D.X. Ferris is an Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Reporter of the Year. His previous book about Slayer is part of the prestigious 33 1/3 series (from Bloomsbury Academic, formerly Continuum). He began the project shortly after the band and drummer Dave Lombardo parted ways for the third time, in February 2013. After guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s unexpected death in May 2013, it turned into a career-spanning look at the group’s ups, downs, hiatuses, breakdowns, and rebirth.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY Signs With Napalm Records


Napalm Records are honored to announce the signing of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!  The Thrash Metal outfit, who released the critically acclaimed and universally praised albums “Inflikted” & “Blunt Force Trauma,” have signed a worldwide record deal with the Austrian based label.  The band revolving around the legendary brothers Max and Igor Cavalera is currently working on their still untitled third studio effort. Stay tuned for more updates with regard to the highly anticipated follow-up to “Blunt Force Trauma!”



The gatekeepers of the annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars of Tomorrow and Thy Art is Murder. The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.

Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase.

HUNTRESS Ends 2013 Victoriously – Ready to Start 2014 With a Fury


HUNTRESS has locked down another year of victories as a newcomer metal band. Forming only three years ago, the powerful pentad continues to deliver stellar live performances. 2013 was a landmark year for HUNTRESS, having released their sophomore album Starbound Beast, touring non-stop in support of their critically-acclaimed album, while continuing their quest to bring true heavy metal to the masses.

Vocalist Jill Janus spoke about HUNTRESS’s amazing year: “This has been an incredible year for the band, 2013 began with Huntress writing and recording our 2nd album Starbound Beast, which was produced by Zeuss. We’ve been touring virtually non-stop — Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival, The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Heavy MTL, Danzig’s 25th Anniversary Tour with Doyle, and ending a wild year as the opening act for Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament in North America. No rest for the wicked!”

2014 will begin right where 2013 left off – seeing HUNTRESS join forces again with Lamb of God, this time for a European/UK tour with Decapitated. The band will also play a string of headline shows; four of which have been announced so far with more to be added soon.  See below for a complete list of all dates.

HUNTRESS w/ Lamb of God
06.01.14 AT – Vienna / TBC
07.01.14 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
09.01.14 CH – Zurich / Komplex
10.01.14 NL – Tilburg / 013
11.01.14 BE – Brussels / AB Hall
12.01.14 UK – Southampton / Southampton Guildhall
13.01.14 UK – Leeds / O2 Academy
14.01.14 UK – Newcastle Upon Tyne / O2 Academy
16.01.14 UK – Glasgow / O2 Academy
17.01.14 UK – Birmingham / O2 Academy
18.01.14 UK – London / Brixton Academy
19.01.14 UK – Manchester / Academy
20.01.14 UK – Bristol / O2 Academy

HUNTRESS headlining
25.01.14 DE – Hamburg / Rock Café
26.01.14 DE – Köln / Underground
27.01.14 DE – Berlin / White Trash
28.01.14 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben

LEGION OF THE DAMNED Premiere Video for “Doom Priest”


2014 might prove to be yet another pivotal year for LEGION OF THE DAMNED, as Ravenous Plague makes it more than clear that the evolution of the band is far from over. The band’s video for the song “Doom Priest” has been completed and is receiving its North American premiere.

Ravenous Plague available January 7th in North America on Napalm Records

A389 X Anniversary Bash Weekend Lineup Complete


The full two-day itinerary for the massive tenth installment of A389 Recordings’ annual label Bash in Baltimore, Maryland is now finalized, as the stellar gathering is now just over one month away.

Sponsored by Invisible Oranges, the A389 X Bash will see A389 turning a decade old, the massive melee to be held on January 17th and 18th, 2014. The newest and final show of the two-day massacre has just been confirmed, with the declaration of a second Sideshow, confirmed to lead off the festivities Thursday, January 16th. The newly locked gig will showcase Pharaoh, Occultist, Ampallang Infection, Frightened Teeth (Members of Frightener and Pulling Teeth playing Frightener songs) and headliners, Ringworm.

The full lineup and running order for both days of this now monumental hardcore/metal celebration can be found below, including exclusive performances from All Out War, Infest and Haymaker, a one-time Bloodlet reunion set, the exclusive one time performance from Intergrity’s Systems Overload lineup — the first in over twenty years — Full Of Hell, Noisem, Empire Of Rats, Iron Reagan, Power Trip, Ilsa, Weekend Nachos and more.

A389 X Bash Lineup
Thursday, January 16th @ Sidebar Tavern:
Ringworm / Frightened Teeth / Pharaoh / Occultist / Ampallang Infection

Friday, January 17th @ Baltimore Soundstage:
Infest / Haymaker / In Cold Blood / Full Of Hell / Iron Reagan / Sex Prisoner / Jarhead Fertilizer

Saturday, January, 18th @ Sidebar Tavern [Matinee]:
Ilsa / Like Rats / Sick/Tired / Sokushinbutsu

Saturday, January 18th @ Baltimore Soundstage:
Integrity / All Out War / Bloodlet / Weekend Nachos / Noisem / Power Trip / Pick Your Side / Homewrecker / Empire Of Rats


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Ugly Mug” was recorded exclusively for Scion A/V to mark the inaugural edition of Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film and Music Festival, held in Austin, TX last October.  Released as a free, limited edition 10″ available only at the October event, “Pigs Kissing Pigs” and “Ugly Mug” are available for download via  

Anselmo recently announced the second leg of the Technicians of Distortion Tour with special guests Author & Punisher and Hymns.

January 10     Houston, TX     Warehouse Live (Studio Room)
January 11     Shreveport, LA     Riverside Warehouse
January 13     St. Louis, MO     Pop’s Nightclub
January 14     Omaha, NE     Waiting Room
January 15     Denver, CO     Summit Music Hall
January 17     Seattle, WA     El Corazon
January 18     Portland, OR     Hawthorne Theatre
January 20     Sacramento, CA     Ace of Spades
January 22     Anaheim, CA     Metal Master (non-Technicians of Distortion date)
January 24     Scottsdale, AZ     Pub Rock
January 25     Albuquerque, NM     The Launchpad
January 27     San Antonio, TX     Backstage Live
January 28     Dallas, TX     Tree’s

VALDUR Wages Further War On Humanity With New Track “Incantre”


Sierra Mountains blackened death conjurors are casting spells and taking names with latest hymn “Incantre.” The tune comes courtesy of the band’s impending new long player, At War With, scheduled to implode via BloodyMountain Records tomorrow! Recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson and mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios, At War With douses its listeners with ten punishing hymns of audio abhorrence. A grotesque outpouring of war march blasts, harrowing riff torrents, possessed vocal tirades and an all-consuming atmosphere of chaos, apprehension and maniacal discontent, At War With is easily among extreme metal’s best kept secrets.

Featuring past and current members of Weverin, Endless Blizzard and Plutocracy, VALDUR was forged at the turn of the century in a small mountain town located in the pulsating heart of the Sierra Mountain Range near the Nevada border. It is where desert (Death Valley) meets mountain (Mt. Whitney) and where the unholy trio celebrate the freedom and space to dwell without interference of fashionable “scenes” or “rulebooks.”

HAMMERCULT Premiere New Song “Metal Rules Tonight”


HAMMERCULT will release their debut album Steelcrusher on CD and colored vinyl February 4, 2014 in North America via Sonic Attack / SPV. The track “Metal Rules Tonight” can be heard below.

HAMMERCULT are hell-bent on stirring up the international metal scene with their hard-as-nails debut album. Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front), mixed and mastered the album, and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), contributed a furious guitar solo on “We Are The People“.


British extreme metal legends CARCASS, in cooperation with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL, have made the music video for the track “Unfit for Human Consumption.” Directed by Glenn Maguire, the song comes from CARCASS‘ recent chart-toping and critically acclaimed release, Surgical Steel.

Make sure you catch CARCASS perform this upcoming February at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL, Hammett’s first annual horror convention in San Francisco.  Private “crypt” tours, signing sessions, and musical performances by Nuclear Blast Bay Area artists DEATH ANGEL, ORCHID, and CARCASS, will also be included in the three-day event.

Upcoming CARCASS performances
02/06/14 – 02/08/14 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA  (Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil)

03/18/14  The Beacham Theater – Orlando, FL
03/19/14  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
03/21/14  Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
03/22/14  Mohawk – Austin, TX
03/24/14  The Press Room – Phoenix, AZ
03/25/14  The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/26/14  The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA *WITH REPULSION
03/28/14  Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC CANADA
03/29/14  Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
03/30/14  Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
04/02/14  Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
04/04/14  Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
04/05/14  House of Blues – Chicago, IL
04/06/14  Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
04/07/14  Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
04/08/14  Sound Academy – Toronto, ON CANADA
04/09/14  Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
04/10/14  Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
04/11/14  Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
04/12/14  Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
04/13/14  The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD



Releases January 7 through Tankcrimes Records.

Ah, Cannabis Corpse and Ghoul: one, a weed-themed classic death metal worship band, the other, a Giallo-obsessed thrashing group of gorehounds. Whoever thought to marry these two bands in split-record matrimony should be applauded. At least, that’s what I thought before I heard the songs.

Cannabis Corpse perform the opening ceremonies on this split, contributing two tracks of straightforward, mid-paced, weed-themed death metal. Unfortunately, the band just doesn’t bring the fun energy to this split that makes their full-lengths so enjoyable, and even though their combined run time is hardly six minutes, they prove to be a bit of a slog. Never having been the biggest Cannibal Corpse fan in the world, hearing Tube of the Resinated a few years ago seemed like the album I had always wanted from the legendary band that they just never managed to deliver, so it’s a bummer to see the band’s weak contributions to this split. Perhaps there’s a limit to the number of ways you can rearrange a riff.

Luckily for the listener, Ghoul’s tracks are worth the price of admission alone, and ultimately make this split worth seeking out. The magic of this Creepsylvanian collective is hard to boil down–something in the delivery that makes them stand out, but when the gang vocals of “Inner Sanctum” kick in, you just can’t help the smile on your face. Like Cannabis Corpse, Ghoul aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel here, but at least they aren’t wasting your time either. I can think of worse ways to spend twelve minutes, but I can also think of far better ways as well, and that’s the downfall of this split. What might have seemed like a good idea on paper just doesn’t click in the end, as Cannabis Corpse end up bogging down a split that could’ve been more successful with less derivative music.


Mike Melvin wrote this review. He doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter though, so kindly direct all pejoratives to the comments section.

Classic INTEGRITY Lineup Records First New Material In 20 Years


Hardcore just ain’t what it used to be, and depending on who you talk to, the classic band INTEGRITY aren’t either. The band heard your complaints however, and decided to reunite the lineup that cemented Systems Overload in the hardcore hall of fame and record their first new material in over 20 years–a track titled “”7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch.” Since we all know you’re at least a little curious, head on over to the band’s Bandcamp page to hear a snippet of what it would sound like if you took a vital hardcore band and transplanted them 20 years into the future. In the year 2000…

INTEGRITY will take part in the A389 X Bash at Baltimore on January 18, with the classic lineup in tow.

GHOUL Stream New Track Off Split With CANNABIS CORPSE


The fiendish thrash collective known as GHOUL have served up another slice of their trademark horror-tinged metal in the form of “Spill Your Guts,” a new track off their upcoming split currently streaming at LoudWire. The split with the THC-obsessed CANNABIS CORPSE, is appropriately titled Splatterhash, and is coming to a Tankcrimes Records near you on January 7. But just in case this track didn’t seal the deal for you, CANNABIS CORPSE have also done everyone the pleasure of uploading a track here, even though you shouldn’t really be on the fence about this one–I mean, the cover art alone is worth the price of admission!

ROTTING CHRIST Announce Worldwide Tour Dates


What better way to kick off 2014 than with the Greek masters of occult metal, ROTTING CHRIST? Touring in support of their latest effort, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, the upcoming international tour finds the band hopping around Australia before hitting up Japan–all this in addition to previously announced dates in Greece and Israel. For a full list of tour dates, as well as the music video for their track “? ? ? (666),” hit the jump.

12/14 Thessaloniki, GR @ Principal
12/20 Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading
12/23 Ródos, GR @ Stinky Fingers
1/16 Brisbane, AU @ Crowbar
1/17 Sidney, AU @ The Hifi – Heavy Fest
1/18 Melbourne, AU @ The Hifi – HeavyFest
1/21 Sendai, JP @ Flying Son
1/22 Nagoya, JP @ Imaike
1/23 Fukouka, JP @ Graf
1/24 Osaka, JP @ Namba Rocket
1/25 Shizouka, Jp @ Sunash
1/26 Tokyo, JP @ Cyclone
6/14 Weimain, GR @ Legacy Open Air
6/21 Varnia, LT @ Kilkim Zaibu Fest
8/15 Rasnov, RO @ Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8/16 Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summer Breeze

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