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Maruta Sign To Relapse Records. Set To Record New Album with Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer


Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of tech savvy grind specialists Maruta! Founded in the swamplands of South Florida in 2005 Maruta have been blurring the lines between grindcore and technical death metal ever since.

The band has released two full lengths through Willowtip records, 2008’s “In Narcosis” and 2011’s “Forward Into Regression“, to very positive reviews. Their forthcoming full length and Relapse Records debut promises to follow their upward trajectory of extreme music innovation.

Maruta will begin recording their next full length with Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer / Agoraphobic Nosebleed at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, MD early next year. This collaboration marks the first time that Scott Hull has agreed to record a band that is not his own, and certainly lays the groundwork for an ear shattering Relapse debut.

MARUTA sign to Relapse Records, Record new album with Scott Hull


In what seems to be an increasing trend, Relapse Records have acquired yet another Willowtip alum in the form of Florida deathgrinders MARUTA. They will follow previous labelmates such as Kill The Client and Ulcerate who have found a new home at Relapse.

Vocalist Mitchell Luna had this to say on the signing:

?Relapse is a label with a very diverse roster, and one that has put out several records in the past that we consider highly influential. A partnership with them just felt like the next logical choice, and we feel like we fit right in.?

The band is set to start recording their forthcoming LP alongside Pig Destroyer mastermind Scott Hull early next year at his own Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, MD.

MINISTRY – From Beer To Eternity


Releases Sept. 10th via AFM Records

It’s almost unfair to review this album. I say that because even if this was a good, solid Ministry record (which it isn’t) it would never be able to live up to Ministry’s early releases. When talking about Ministry, and Al Jourgensen specifically, you have to keep in mind that this is a band that pioneered an entire genre of music. Any metal band that incorporates industrial elements into their sound can trace their roots back to Ministry. Before Pro Tools made it easy to drop samples into songs, before every other band “with something to say” peppered their songs with the same Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket samples, before every kid with a laptop and a pirated copy of Cubase could make ultra annoying robot music, there was Ministry. Ministry is like the Big Bang of industrial metal. Also, during the period of time when Ministry was releasing The Land of Rape and Honey, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, and Psalm 69 (1987 – 1992) they were kind of a big deal. In 1992, when Lollapalooza was still a traveling tour and not a three day festival you have to travel to, the only band to headline over Ministry was Red Hot Chili Peppers – and that was at the height of their Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic popularity – and Ministry stole the show anyway.

But that was 20 years ago. The new Ministry release, From Beer To Eternity, (which right off the bat is a terrible album title) is less impressive. Even before I started listening to this album it had the feel of an album that was thrown together from older, discarded ideas. The opening track, Hail To His Majesty, sets the tone for the rest of the record in that the song is boring, too long, and the lyrics are stupid. (The lyrics on the following song, Punch In The Face, are doubly stupid)

After the third song it started to become apparent that the energy and ferocity that were the hallmark of those early Ministry albums has been lost. The next two songs, Fairly Unbalanced and The Horror are both dedicated to the idea that Fox News doesn’t tell the truth. Don’t get me wrong, Fox News is a lie factory, but I don’t need two bad songs in a row to drive that point home.

I did kinda like the song Thanx But No Thanx. It had a cool, relaxed bass line that ran through most of the song. Not a lot of lyrical content in this song, just a cool bass riff. In fact, for most of the song it didn’t really sound like a Ministry song. The end of Thanx But No Thanx trails into the beginning of Change of Luck, which is another slow paced song that is kinda cool, but doesn’t sound much like traditional Ministry.

The last song on the album, Enjoy The Quiet, is just two and a half minutes of noise. After listening to the entirety of From Beer To Eternity I had to immediately listen to The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste just so I could remember what Ministry is supposed to sound like.

Overall score 5.5/10 because at times there were bits of songs that sounded like the Ministry I remember.

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely, aka Slippery Jim – the other half of the legendary Crotchduster. Alonzo also plays guitar for the undeniably badass thrash/punk band Destructonomicon

GIGAN: Psychedelic Tech Metal Eccentrics Announce Fall Tour Dates


Extreme psychedelic tech metal eccentrics, GIGAN, are pleased to announce the Ritualistic Projection Tour 2013 headlining trek. Set to commence October 18 in Appleton, Wisconsin, the brief but pulverizing run will trample through seven cities and include an in-store matinee performance at Reckless Records in Chicago with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks.

GIGAN will be touring in support of their forthcoming Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science full-length. A kaleidoscopic sound voyage that is at once musically complex and meticulously concise, Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science dishes up eight hymns of cranium-bending, hallucinatory brutality. The multi-textured offering was recorded with renowned sound-weaver Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) at Earth Analog Studios in Chicago and is set to drop this Fall via Willowtip Records.

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



Following its crushingly triumphant debut maiden occurrence last year, the second Tucson, Arizona-based SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST 2013: Year Of The Snake has been confirmed and the full lineup for the massive gala announced!

This fully DIY undertaking, booked by musicians, for musicians, is a low-cost event for all ages. Once again organized and hosted by Tucson sludgetroopers GODHUNTER, the now annual SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST brings a one-of-a-kind extreme underground music festival to the Southwestern quadrant of America. This year, the experience has been expanded into an immense four-day event, now confirmed to invade Tucson venue The Rock from Thursday, October, 10th through Sunday, October 13th. The SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST 2013: Year Of The Snake lineup features even more national headlining acts than last year, including legends like Sacred Reich and Vehemence, along with Kylesa, Red Fang, Demon Lung, Ancestors, Subrosa, Landmine Marathon, Early Graves and others, and a long line of newer underground acts, totaling more than sixty bands! Whether you like punk, sludge, black metal, thrash, grindcore, post-metal, etc., something for all fans of extreme music is to be found at this event.

10/10-13/2013 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

Thursday, October 10th: Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra, Ancestors, Demon Lung, Godhunter, Anakim, Vanish Twin, Goatroper

Friday, October 11th: Sacred Reich, Landmine Marathon, Vehemence, Transient, Magguts, Cave Dweller, Angelic To Ashes, Necrambulant, Sovereign, Our Daily Trespasses, Lethal Dosage, Casket Birth, Kvasura, Evasion, Eight Legged Horse, Napalm Strike

Saturday, October 12th: Red Fang, Helms Alee, Dog Shredder, Subrosa, Deathkings, Crankbait, Aseethe, Thorncaster, North, Sorxe, Goya, Ladybird, Oryx, Skulldron, Bhorelord, Acidalia, Funerary, Methra, Conqueror Worm, Destroy Her

Sunday, October 13th: Early Graves, Children Of God, Theories, ACxDC, Lost Lands, GAT ROT, Territory, Inoculara, Magnum Force, Sex Prisoner, Seas Will Rise, Sorrower, American Standards, Biocidio, Berith, Freedom Assault, Swamp Wolf, Wookiee Rage, Get A Grip, SLUG.



Canadian tech-death pioneers BENEATH THE MASSACRE will cross the border for an east coast headlining tour this fall, the band’s first U.S. appearances in four years. Sponsored by MetalSucks, the tour will feature support from Rings of Saturn, Legion and Rivers of Nihil. Dates can be found below.

10/3   Montreal, QC – Underworld #
10/4   Amityville, NY – Revolution #
10/5   Albany, NY – Bogies #
10/6   Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 #
10/8   Springfield, VA – Empire #
10/9   Jeanette, PA – Gators #
10/10  Rochester, NY – Dubland Underground #
10/11  Trenton, NY – Championship Bar & Grill #
10/12  New York, NY – Tobacco Road #
10/13  Worcester, MA – The Palladium #
# with Rings of Saturn, Legion, Rivers of Nihil

IHSAHN’s ‘Das Seelenbrechen’ Set For October Release


Candlelight Records today confirms October 22 as the North American release date for Das Seelenbrechen, the fifth solo album from IHSAHN. Das Seelenbrechen will be available on compact disc, a limited edition digibook (with expanded graphics and liner notes), and double 180-gram clear vinyl. Pre-orders are set to launch via online and physical retail outlets beginning September 10.

Recorded at his own studio in Norway in collaboration with drummer Tobias Ornes Anderson (Leprous), Das Seelenbrechen courageously eschews traditional metal instrumentation in favor of a limitless textural landscape that evokes the freewheeling spirit of artists like Diamanda Galas, Scott Walker, and John Zorn. In discussing the album IHSAHN notes, “even though my music has changed over the years, I feel there is a source of inspiration at the bottom of it all that is constant. The general idea for this album was to try and dig deep into this raw source and express it without too much refinery and do so within a less familiar musical landscape. It is the reason for several purely improvised songs and parts on this album. I spontaneously performed with just lyrics and the idea of the atmosphere I was wishing to create. While many will feel it sounds different, I don’t think it is necessarily different from my previous album. And in my head, it will fit in perfectly with my plans for the sixth album.”

VATTNET VISKAR streaming debut album SKY SWALLOWER on Pitchfork


New Hampshire black metal outfit VATTNET VISKAR are now streaming their debut album entitled Sky Swallower on internet music collective/hipster haven Pitchfork. The album boasts original cover artwork from PALLBEARER‘s own Bryan Proteau, and will be released physically through Century Media Records on September 3. They will provide direct support for INTRONAUT on tour throughout September, behind their debut album.

Tour Dates
9/12/2013    Rocky Point Cantina    Tempe         AZ
9/14/2013    Launchpad            Albuquerque NM
9/16/2013    Club Dada            Dallas        TX
9/18/2013    The Firebird            St. Louis   MO
9/19/2013    Diamond Pub & Billiards    Louisville  KY
9/20/2013    Montage Music Hall    Rochester   NY
9/21/2013    The Summit            Columbus    OH
9/22/2013    Montage Music Hall    Rochester   NY

CARCASS: “Unfit for Human Consumption” Track Debut!


CARCASS have made the track “Unfit for Human Consumption” available for streaming. The song comes from their upcoming record Surgical Steel, which will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America).

9/21/13 Mac Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
9/23/13 Reggie?s – Chicago, IL (w/ MACABRE) SOLD OUT
9/25/13 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (w/ IMMOLATION) SOLD OUT
9/26/13 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (w/ IMMOLATION) SOLD OUT
9/28/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED) SOLD OUT
9/29/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED) SOLD OUT

Mike Wengren (drums) – Fight Or Flight

I first met Mike Wengren (drums, DISTURBED) back in late 1999 prior to the release of THE SICKNESS. Being a drummer myself, we talked of our favorite drummers, bands, and the general observations of the explosion of the heavy music scene at that time. Move forward through over a decade, many tours, four number one albums, and it’s time for a different avenue of expression. Now we have FIGHT OR FLIGHT and I was able to have a quick chat with Mike over the phone.

Q: How’s the family?

A: Good, Good, real good! It was great to be home for a little while. I get a chance to see them today they’re going to come out to the show.

Q: Great! Are you going for a 2nd child?

A: We’re talkin about it. But scheduling is real tough.

Q: How is it being a Dad?

A: I love it! The best thing ever!

Q: Let’s talk Fight Or Flight! I just got the album and I was way surprised. I usually don’t get excited about side projects, but I’m excited for FOF!

A: Thanks! We are too! It didn’t start out to necessarily start a whole new band, it just kinda evolved over the two Dan’s (Chandler – from EVANS BLUE and Donegan – Disturbed). They reached out to each other, mutual fans of each other and thought during the downtime it would be cool to write some new material and it just continued to evolve. Then Dan approached me and says hey, I’ve been working with this guy, I got some music. You think you’d be interested in laying some tracks down, laying some drums down? I was like yeah, absolutely! I’m not doing anything right now anyway. He and I had been playing together for so long it was just natural. Once I heard the material I was totally in. We decided to go in the studio and just track some of the material and record an album for ourselves. We were so happy with the way it turned out, we just figured we should try to put a band together and tour with it. We got the rest of the guys in and put the record out and now we’re out on the road. We didn’t even tell Management, tell the label. Dan and I financed it ourselves, recorded it ourselves, mixed it, produced it, and showed up on the label’s doorstep and said, here’s the record, can you put this out? And they said OK!

Q: When you’re doing it for yourself, was it a more fulfilling experience?

A: Yeah, it absolutely is! We had been doing things for so long, the same way with Disturbed. It was really nice to something really fresh and it was outside the box for us. Dan Chandler is also a musician, he plays guitar himself. A lot of the material started that way with him singing and playing guitar. That was a new approach for us. With Disturbed it starts with Danny writing guitar riffs, then throwing it to me and laying the beat down and once we have music down we send it over to David (Draiman – vocals – Disturbed) and lyrics come last, the melodies as well. It was nice to think outside the box and do something fresh. We’re having a lot of fun with it.

Q: FOF is a lot more organic sounding as well!

A: Yeah, I definitely think so! We tried to stay away from, um, obviously when you put Donegan and myself together, there’s going to be some things that sound similar, just because of the way we play and play together. But we did try to keep a conscience effort to stay away from anything that sounds like any of our other bands. It would have defeated the purpose at that point if we wanted it to sound like the other bands we could have went back and did a record with those bands.

Q: You have some tour dates right now, are you looking to morph it into a bigger tour.

A: We’re trying to let everybody know that this is a real band, it’s a legitimate band. We plan on being out for a long time. We look to get some more tour dates booked and just continue on and play everywhere and anywhere we can. We got some things in the works, you know how it goes, nothing to confirm yet. Hopefully we will announce something soon.

Q: It’s good to see you guys not waiting around for something else to happen. In your downtime, did you think you would end up playing in another band, did you aspire to play in another band, or were you looking forward to the downtime?

A: You know what, things with Disturbed just became a big machine and rolling forward and felt like it was going to roll forward with or without us like we didn’t have a lot of control and some of the fun was being lost. So we agreed we don’t want this to end, we’re not going to break up, we’re not going to quit. Let’s just put it aside for a little bit and take a break and relax, get away from each other, and go home and enjoy our families. The thing is, that sounds great on paper, but once we got home, we’re musicians. We play, we create, we write! And that was missing! And without that, there was a hole in our lives and I think we were just miserable. So, it was a natural progression for us to start working on some form of music.

Q: Do you or Dan have any interest in producing other bands?

A: Danny’s got his feet wet a couple times. He’s done some producing with other bands. That’s not necessarily my forte. I don’t know if I have the patience to sit there and deal with other bands. I’d rather do the creating and play myself.

Q: It’s almost 15 years since your debut came out and at that point in time, the music business was starting to peak and bands were selling albums. And in that time, it has changed drastically. How do you feel about it now?

A: It’s definitely a tough business to survive in. I guess with any new business starting out it’s tough to survive in, especially with this economy. We’re just having fun with it. It’s definitely tough trying to stay afloat, trying to sell records, but like you said, the business has changed, but it’s also evolved. So whereas there were certain avenues before that bands could use to get their name out there, now there’s other means. Whether it’s social media or video games as those didn’t exist as they do today back then. We’re just trying to use the avenues we can take and try to get the name out there and let people know here we are!


PIG DESTROYER Guitarist Scott Hull Featured Guest on Decibel Magazine Podcast


Scott Hull, guitarist for the legendary grind kings PIG DESTROYER is this month’s featured guest on the Decibel Magazine Podcast.  In their first own location podcast, Decibel infiltrated the sordid underworld of Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound studio to talk PIG DESTROYER, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the Decibel 100 show and much more.

PIG DESTROYER will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals including Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX.  A complete list of dates can be viewed below.

Frontman JR Hayes commented on the upcoming shows: “In September, we’ll be at the Hopscotch Fest where I’m pretty sure we’ll be making our NC debut. Only took us 16 years. Oh yeah, and Gorguts will be there to tech-metal your face off. The following Friday we’ll be in Hudson NY in an old glue factory for a show/art exhibit masterminded by legendary cult director Matthew Barney. All bets are off for that one. Anything could happen. We’ll be capping things off in late October with a performance at the Housecore Horror festival in Austin TX alongside a list of awesome bands as long as your arm and Goblin doing a live soundtrack to Suspiria. Should be an amazing show.”

Sep 06            Raleigh, NC                Hopscotch Fest w/ Gorguts, Loincloth, and Double Negative
Sep 13             Hudson, NY                Basilica Sound Scape 2013
Oct 25- 27       Austin, TX                  Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo’s East w/ Repulsion, Lord Dying,Down,Pallbearer

Season of Mist to re-issue ‘Ildjarn’ debut along with ‘strength and anger’ and ‘forest poetry’




The name ILDJARN originally spread through the underground Black Metal scene like a whisper during the early 90’s, when this type of music was still considered dangerous and kept within secretive circles. Now Season of Mist will honour the legacy of ILDJARN by releasing his most important works. Time to rediscover one of the key bands of Norwegian Black Metal. Release date August 16th, 2013 – US September 3rd, 2013.

Available formats
Jewel Case CD
Gatefold Double LP

CLUTCH confirms Australian dates at SOUNDWAVE 2014 and North American tour


Maryland hard-rockers CLUTCH have confirmed that they will be taking part in next year’s iteration of the Soundwave Festival, including stops at five different Australian locales. These appearances will be in support of the band’s latest album Earth Rocker, which they self-released through Weathermaker Records back in March.

Preceding the band’s Australian appearances in 2014, CLUTCH will be back on the road in North America starting later this month and going all the way through the end of the year. Support for these shows will come in the form of fellow stoner rockers THE SWORD, and groovy up-and-comers CROBOT. A full list of dates can be found below.

8/31: Lacombe, AB @ Alberta Downs – (Alberta’s Own)
9/14: Baltimore, MD @ Carroll Park – “The Shindig”
9/15: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
9/16: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/17: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/19: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
9/20: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
9/21: Vienna, WV @ Fishbone Gill & Grill
9/22: South Bend, IN @ Club Landing
9/24: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/25: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
9/26: Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
9/27: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/28: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/26: Virginia Beach, VA @ Motorworld – Localpalooza
10/27: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/28: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
10/29: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
10/31: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/01: Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
11/02: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/04: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock11/05: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
11/07: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/08: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
11/09: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/10: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/11: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
11/14: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/15: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11/16: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
11/17: Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
11/19: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/20: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
11/21: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
11/22: Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
11/23: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
12/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth



Sirius XM Radio announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 pm ET.

Metallica will perform songs from their 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band’s limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the band’s upcoming 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never, which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27 and wide on October 4.

SiriusXM’s Mandatory Metallica, the limited-run 24/7 commercial-free music channel featuring hits, rarities and concert recordings from throughout the band’s iconic career, will launch on Friday, September 13 at 12:00 pm ET and air through Sunday, October 6, via satellite on channel 40 (SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal channel), and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at Liquid Metal will continue to be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online. Mandatory Metallica will continue to be available on SiriusXM Internet Radio through the Summer of 2014.

Listeners will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event through dedicated listener emails as well as various call-in promotions across SiriusXM’s diverse music, talk and sports channels. SiriusXM subscribers can enter for the chance to win tickets starting August 22, 2013 and, starting September 10, 2013, can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to see the concert.  See Official Rules at

NEUROSIS To Perform Exclusive East Coast Show At NecronomiCon In Providence This Weekend


Fresh off their recent two-pronged European tour, NEUROSIS will congregate at a one-off performance in Providence, Rhode Island this Saturday, August 24th.

This special ceremony has been arranged as part of the city-wide NecronomiCon — a four-day convention exploring the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other past and present writers as an exploration of the intersection of science and art that lays at the foundation of the “Cthulhu Mythos” genre. NEUROSIS will take the stage at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel to perform a massive set as part of the festivities, with support from avant/crushing solo act LUSTMORD. The early show open with the 45-minute silent film, “The Call of Cthulhu,” about the Strand Theater — now Lupo’s — and how it was Lovecraft’s favorite movie theater to attend.

NEUROSIS at NecronomiCon
8/24/2013 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI w/ Lustmord [5pm doors]

ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE: September Live Takeover Announced


California metal technicians, ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE, will bring their rage to the stage next month on along overdue run of live takeovers! Set to commence in Chico, California on September 10th, the Oceans To Summits Tour will pillage its way through seventeen cities, with additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks. The band will be joined by Iconocaust on select dates.

ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE will be touring in support of their The Road Will End full-length, released via Ironclad Recordings earlier this Summer. Featuring ten tracks of slow-building, maniacal, sludge-laden urgency, The Road Will End is a complex study in heaviness.

9/10/2013 Dex Records – Chico, CA
9/11/2013 Press Club Sacramento – CA
9/12/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
9/13/2013 Characters Sports Bar – Pomona, CA
9/14/2013 Sin Fronteras Fest – San Diego, CA
9/15/2013 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
9/16/2013 Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
9/17/2013 Yucca Taproom – Tempe, AZ
9/18/2013 Gasworks – Albuquerque, NM

w/ Iconocaust
9/19/2013 The Compound – Alamogordo, NM
9/20/2013 Jake’s Sports Cafe and Backroom – Lubbock, TX
9/21/2013 Billiards Plus – Abilene, TX
9/22/2013 Naked Bean Cafe – Shreveport, LA
9/24/2013 Back Booth – Orlando, FL
9/25/2013 Surfer’s Pub – Cocoa Beach, FL
9/27/2013 The Squeaky Lizard – Oceans Springs, MS
9/28/2013 The Hangout – Omaha, NE

ULCERATE Releases New Track “Weight Of Emptiness”


Here is a new track from Vermis, the pending new album from Auckland, New Zealand’s death metal innovators, ULCERATE. The fourth of the album’s nine cataclysmic hymns, the volatile “Weight Of Emptiness” is its lengthiest, inundating the listener with over seven-and-a-half minutes of purely contorted, dissonant and suffocating death metal, the track slowly swelling, building, breathing, and eventually exploding, rushing the listener like a pyroclastic flow — an inescapable scorching demise of unimaginable power — ultimately resulting in one of the most unforgettable and haunting tracks on Vermis.

Undeniably one of the most anticipated extreme underground albums of 2013, Vermis will see release September 17th in North America, preceded by September 13th in Germany and Benelux, and September 16th in the UK and rest of the world.

MEPHISTOPHELES: Tasmanian Technical Death Legion Unveil New Track ‘Silver Doors’


Tasmanian technical death metal legion, MEPHISTOPHELES, are pleased to unveil new track “Silver Doors.” Called “vicious, artful, and sonically different,” the latest hell hymn comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Sounds of the End. The devious, ten-track release was recorded at Red Planet Studio with Jake Long and presents some of the band’s most complex, intricately arranged and plainly engaging compositions to date.

Featuring former members of Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic and Space Raven among others, MEPHISTOPHELES is a four-piece technical metal band from Hobart, Tasmania drawing inspiration from the likes of bands like Athiest, Deeds of Flesh, Opeth, Cynic and Deicide. Originally formed by four high school friends in 2004, MEPHISTOPHELES fuses black and death metal with occasional jazz elements, with a focus on composing challenging but memorable music. The band has continually thrived on fashioning fresh sounds that purposely step well beyond conventional genre structures, but have also maintained a firm footing within traditional death metal realms.

Sounds of the End will deafen North America on October 1, 2013 via Willowtip Records.

NOISEM To Slay North America Supporting Skeletonwitch And The Black Dahlia Murder


Baltimore thrashers NOISEM will embark on their most widespread and extreme tour to date this fall, the quartet having been confirmed as support for a massive chunk of the upcoming North American trek with Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder! Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the NOISEM crew will hit twenty-four cities across the US and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, the band promising to remove faces every night. Get there early and watch these young assassins lay down a wall of divebomb-strewn high-octane thrash intensity.

Preceding the tour, NOISEM will tear it down at several other regional gigs including three dates with A389 labelmates Full Of Hell in September.

8/24/2013 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Wehrmacht, Strong Intention, Lifetime Shitlist, March to Victory
9/16/2013 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC w/ Full Of Hell
9/17/2013 Ziggy’s – Wilmington, NC w/ Full Of Hell
9/18/2013 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Full Of Hell

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

DEVILDRIVER Premiere Title Track of Winter Kills


DEVILDRIVER will be releasing their sixth studio album Winter Kills August 27th via Napalm Records.  Check out the premiere of the title track, Winter Kills

In support of their new release Winter Kills, DEVILDRIVER will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium.  Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis.  Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA

DevilDriver with Trivium, After the Burial and Sylosis
9/12: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
9/13: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/14: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
9/16: Calgary, AB @ Macewan Ballroom
9/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
9/18: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon
9/19: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick
9/21: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/23: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/25: Montreal, QC @ Corona
9/27: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
9/28: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/29: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
10/2: Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
10/3: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/5: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/7: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/10: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/11: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
10/12: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/15: San Francisco, CA @ Regency
10/16: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/17: San Diego, CA @ SOMA



Metal legends DEICIDE will release ‘IN THE MINDS OF EVIL‘ this fall via Century Media Records. The album is the eleventh studio recording of an illustrious career spanning more than 25 years, and is being produced by Jason Suecoff [ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM, DEATH ANGEL, BATTLECROSS].

The band will preview ‘IN THE MINDS OF EVIL‘ on the road this fall on the NO SALVATION TOUR 2013 – a DEICIDE headlining run with fellow Century Media labelmates and death metal favorites BROKEN HOPE in support. Also opening are DISGORGE and NECRONOMICON. The North American tour launches October 2 in Atlanta, GA, and ends October 24 in Austin, TX. Highlights include a convergence with the Delaware Death Fest October 5, as well as stops in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Complete dates are listed below.

02: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03: Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
04: Springfield, VA – Empire
05: Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 (Delaware Death Fest, co-headline with Suffocation)
06: New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
07: Montreal, QC – Club Soda
08: Toronto, ON – WreckRoom
10: Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
11: Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
12: Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
13: Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
15: Spokane, WA – The Hop
16: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
17: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
18: San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
19: S. Lake Tahoe, CA – Whisky Dick’s
20: W. Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
21: Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
22: El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
23: Dallas, TX – Trees
24: Austin, TX – Infest

CARCASS: Track-By-Track Video Part 1


CARCASS have made their first track-by-track video available, which breaks down the songs from their upcoming album Surgical Steel. Watch guitarist Bill Steer and drummer Dan Wilding explain the songwriting process for “1985“, “Thrasher’s Abattoir“, “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System” and “A Congealed Clot Of Blood.” Surgical Steel will be released on September 16 (UK), September 13 (Rest of Europe) and September 17 (North America). The highly-anticipated sixth full-length album by CARCASS, will be made available on several collectible formats.

9/21/13 Mac Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
9/23/13 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL (w/ MACABRE) SOLD OUT
9/25/13 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (w/ IMMOLATION) SOLD OUT
9/26/13 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY (w/ IMMOLATION) SOLD OUT
9/28/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED) SOLD OUT
9/29/13 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (w/ EXHUMED) SOLD OUT

DARK FUNERAL to re-issue first six albums starting in September; new vocalist search announced


After recently signing to Century Media Records for their upcoming studio album, DARK FUNERAL is now ready to present a series of stunning re-issues for their previous six albums that offer melodic yet blasting satanic hymns in absolute perfection. Created with the band’s close cooperation, the first batch of DARK FUNERAL re-issues covers the self-titled MCD (plus bonus material), The Secrets Of The Black Arts (including the re-mixed/re-mastered 8-track Unisound mix as a bonus), and Vobiscum Satanas (including live tracks). These titles will be released in Europe on September 9 and in North America on November 12 via Century Media Records.

All re-issues will be available on black vinyl, in addition to a limited transparent blue vinyl (only 100 copies!). With previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes by Olivier “Zoltar” Badin (Terrorizer / Iron Fist), bonus material and revamped layouts, these re-mastered classics are essential for every black metal maniac out there! See below for each album’s track-listing (all bonus tracks are also included on the respective vinyls).

In The Sign… (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as CD, LP (plus poster), digital download**
1. Open The Gates (4:36)
2. Shadows Over Transylvania (4:22)
3. My Dark Desires (3:52)
4. In The Sign Of The Horns (3:43)
5. Equimanthorn (BATHORY cover) (3:21)
6. Call From The Grave (BATHORY cover) (4:34)
7. Open The Gates (live 2003) (3:54)
8. Shadows Over Transylvania (live 2003) (3:16)
9. My Dark Desires (live 2003) (3:48)
NOTE: tracks 1-4 are taken from the self-titled MCD (1994), tracks 6-7 are taken from ‘In Conspiracy With Satan‘ BATHORY-tribute sampler

The Secrets Of The Black Arts (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as 2CD, Gatefold 2LP (plus poster), digital download**
1. The Dark Age Has Arrived (00:18)
2. The Secrets Of The Black Arts (03:40)
3. My Dark Desires (03:46)
4. The Dawn No More Rises (03:58)
5. When Angels Forever Die (04:06)
6. The Fire Eternal (03:54)
7. Satan’s Mayhem (04:52)
8. Shadows Over Transylvania (03:41)
9. Bloodfrozen (04:20)
10. Satanic Blood (VON cover) (02:12)
11. Dark Are The Paths To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) (05:56)
1. Shadows Over Transylvania (Unisound version (03:39)
2. The Dawn No More Rises (Unisound version) (03:40)
3. The Secrets Of The Black Arts (Unisound version) (03:26)
4. Satan’s Mayhem (Unisound Version) (04:48)
5. Bloodfrozen (Unisound Version) (03:36)
6. My Dark Desires (Unisound Version) (03:21)
7. Dark Are The Paths To Eternity (A Summoning Nocturnal) (Unisound Version) (05:39)
8. The Fire Eternal (Unisound Version) (03:38)

Vobiscum Satanas (re-issue+bonus) track-listing **available as CD, LP, digital download**
1. Ravenna Strigoi Mortii (04:26)
2. Enriched By Evil (04:40)
3. Thy Legions Come (04:11)
4. Evil Prevail (04:28)
5. Slava Satan (03:56)
6. The Black Winged Horde (04:37)
7. Vobiscum Satanas (05:00)
8. Ineffable King Of Darkness (03:38)
9. Enriched By Evil (live 1998) (04:43)
10. Thy Legions Come (live 1998) (04:14)
11. Vobiscum Satanas (live 1998) (05:00)
12. Ineffable King Of Darkness (live 1998) (03:28)

In regards to these upcoming re-issues (plus DARK FUNERAL’s new vocalist search), the band’s mastermind, Lord Ahriman (guitar), comments:

“I’m proud to announce that we are finally doing proper re-issues of our classic albums through Century Media. And to really spice things up, I have dug deep into my personal photo archives to come up with some killer photos/flyers, previously mostly unseen by the public eye. These will be the definite versions of our classic albums, especially the nice vinyls! Each album also contains detailed liner notes — and besides myself, Themgoroth, Dan Swanö & some other old friends that were present at the time I formed the band contributed to this. Unfortunately, I could not finish off these re-issues with Blackmoon, who sadly passed away earlier this year, but he was fully aware of them and for ‘In The Sign…’ and ‘The Secrets…’ we at least added a tribute page to commemorate him.

We’ve just ended our festival season with a killer show at Germany’s Summer Breeze festival. Now, my/our main focus will be to resume writing the next masterpiece, tentatively set for release in 2014.

DARK FUNERAL is currently looking for a permanent new vocalist – preferable from Scandinavia”



Have a question you’ve always wanted to ask SKELETONWITCH? Here’s your chance! Head over to Reddit’s AmA page on Monday (26) at 7 p.m. EST and ask away, as the entire band will answer questions as part of a virtual Q&A.

Having recently announced an Oct. 29 release date for their highly anticipated fifth album “Serpents UnleashedSKELETONWITCH will hit the road this fall with The Black Dahlia Murder. Prior to that, SKELETONWITCH will once again support Ghost B.C. on the Swedish occult rock group’s October headlining dates in addition to playing a pair of headline gigs of their own. The band’s complete upcoming itinerary is listed below.

10/4      Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre #
10/5      Milwaukee, WI – Frank’s Power Plant
10/6      Mishawaka, IN – Smith?s Downtown
10/7      Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #
10/14    Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
10/24    Cleveland, OH – Peabody?s Concert Club ^
10/25    Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club ^
10/26    Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory ^
10/27    Pawtucket, RI – The Met ^
10/28    Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
10/29    Quebec City. QC – Le Cercle ^
10/30    Montreal, QC – La Tulipe ^
10/31    Ottawa, ON – Ritual ^
11/1      London, ON – Rum Runners ^
11/2      Toronto, ON – Mod Club ^
11/4      Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ^
11/6      Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre ^
11/7      Saskatoon, SK – Louis? Pub ^
11/8      Edmonton, AB – Avenue Theatre ^
11/9      Calgary, AB – The Den ^
11/11    Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret ^
11/12    Spokane, WA – The Center ^
11/13    Eugene, OR – WOW Hall ^
11/14    South Lake Tahoe, CA  – Whiskey Dick?s Saloon ^
11/15    Fresno, CA – Strummer?s ^
11/16    Pomona, CA – Glass House ^
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 &
# with Ghost
^ with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem
& with The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer


HUNTRESS Premiere Video for “Zenith”


HUNTRESS has kicked off yet another year of relentless touring, following the release of their critically acclaimed album Starbound Beast.  The band had an amazing run on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and is currently out on the road with the legendary Danzig for his 25th Anniversary tour with Misfits guitarist Doyle.

Today HUNTRESS is proud to present their video for the song “Zenith“.

The band will also be hitting the road with heavy metal heavyweights Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament!  The tour kicks off October 22nd in Toronto, ON, and runs through November 26th in Silver Spring, MD.  Tickets are on sale now.

HUNTRESS on tour with Danzig and Scar the Martyr
8/21: Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
8/22: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
8/25: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
8/27: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/28: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
8/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
8/31: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

HUNTRESS on tour with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament
10/22: Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
10/23: Quebec City, QC @ Pavillon de la Jeunesse
10/24: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/25: New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
10/26: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater
10/28: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
10/29: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
10/30: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
11/1: Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
11/2: Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
11/3: Socorro, TX @ Socorro Entertainment Center – Free Show
11/5: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
11/7: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/8: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium*
11/9: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/11: Kent, WA @ ShoWare Center
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
11/15: Calgary, AB @ Big Four
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Prairieland Park
11/18: St. Paul, MN @ Myth
11/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/22: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/23: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/24: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/25: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/26: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring

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