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WARFATHER Debut ‘Orchestrating The Apocalypse’ Coming 2014

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Ever since the first details started leaking out, WARFATHER, Steve Tucker’s new project following that thing called NADER SADEK, has jumped to many fan’s most-anticipated lists. Now, after months of waiting, the cover art has been released and the release date set. The former is clearly visible above, and it looks pretty spacey, while the latter is now confirmed with the date of January 21, 2014. I know this listener is looking forward to it, but don’t take my word for it–Tucker himself states (warns?): “WARFATHER is more than just a metal band; it is a belief system and a meeting of the minds, the ones that can see what is truly happening in the times we are living in.” On second thought, maybe I’d better temper my anticipation.

Dissection Returns with Limited Picture Disc Vinyl!

The End Records reissued Dissection’s classic first two albums The Somberlain and Storm of the Lights Bane back in 2006.  Those reissues quickly sold out and started commanding very high prices on the secondary market.  Now in 2013 after several production delays these classic albums plus the last effort from Jon Andreas Nödtveidt Reinkaos are finally available again exclusively through The End Records mailorder.  Reviews for these reissues will be coming next week.

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Nocturnus Thresholds Vinyl on Nov. 25th

On July 1st, Earache successfully funded this vinyl reissue through it’s Kickstarter campaign. Now, It comes to the rest of the world beyond those who originally donated. Earache has given this album the FDR (Full Dynamic Range) treatment. So Death Metal fans can rejoice in the pure analog destruction.

Earache’s FDR releases utilize original masters to create the most authentic reproduction possible. Look for upcoming vinyl reviews of some recently announced FDR titles such as Carcass- Swansong, Morbid Angel- Covenant and Entombed- Clandestine

Previous entries in the line include albums by Carcass, Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death.

ORDER HERE from the Earache webstore.

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Arizona’s own,EYES SET TO KILL, (members ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ, ANISSA RODRIGUEZ, CALEB CLIFTON, and CISKO MIRANDA) took time to talk with us at www.SMNnews.com from the 1st date of their US tour with KILL DEVIL HILL. Hear what they have to say about their latest release, touring the world, and some crazy fan moments in this open forum.

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KILL DEVIL HILL vocalist, DEWEY BRAGG took time after dinner to talk with us at www.SMNnews.com from the 2nd date of their US tour to celebrate the release of their 2nd album, Revolution Rise which is in stores now

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BROKEN HOPE And DEICIDE Quash Infidelity Rumors, Kiss And Make Up

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In what has to be one of the more absurd bits of news to trickle down the death metal pipeline in recent memory, Floridian bible-bashers DEICIDE, and Chicago gorehounds BROKEN HOPE have announced their reconciliation following the dissolution of the No Salvation tour. Both bands have “extended olive branches to each other,” as all death metal grievances are supposed to be rectified in accordance with The Big Book of Silly Shit That You Couldn’t Make Up If You Tried.

DEICIDE release “Thou Begone” lyric video‏

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Thou Begone” is the second track to be released from the band’s upcoming new studio album ‘IN THE MINDS OF EVIL‘, which will hit stores November 25 in North America via Century Media Records and is the eleventh studio recording of an illustrious career spanning more than 25 years.

GHOUL/CANNABIS CORPSE To Release Splatterhash Split 12″ Via Tankcrimes This January

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This January, unearthly splatterthrash and weedian death metal will unite in an unholy matrimony of sonic decay as GHOUL and CANNABIS CORPSE unleash a split 12″ fittingly dubbed Splatterhash.

Featuring four tracks of rabid, brutalic insanity, the Splatterhash split will be unleashed via Tankcrimes January 7, 2014 on 12″, CD and digital download. The release marks the first CANNABIS CORPSE material to feature Land Phil on vocals and Brent Purgason (Pustulus Maximus of Gwar) on lead guitar.

The masked legion known as GHOULCremator, Fermentor, Digestor, and Dissector – are mutants from Creepsylvania specializing in the execution of bone-snapping splatterthrash, grave robbing, flesh devourment and a variety of gory night time rituals. The band will bring their audio indecency to the stage tonight, Halloween, opening for the mighty Danzig in San Francisco. Additionally, GHOUL will co-headline the first annual Black Sky gala founded by Skinless’ Sherwood Webber. Denver Black Sky will be held on December 14th, 2013 and features a absurdly sick lineup of: Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Speedwolf, Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Call Of The Void, Reproacher, Weekend Nachos, Iron Reagan, Axeslasher, Primitive Man, Vimana, Of Feather And Bone, Native Daughters, Black Sleep Of Kali, Dead Temple and Flight Of Sleipnir.

CANNABIS CORPSE, who recently joined the Season Of Mist roster, is a marijuana-themed death metal assault from Richmond, Virginia. Featuring members of Municipal Waste and Gwar, CANNABIS CORPSE pride themselves in their exceptional knowledge of good green, face raping riffs and death metal parodies. Future live ceremonials from both bands to be announced in the months to come.

Splatterhash Split 12″ Track Listing
1. The Inhalation Plague (CANNABIS CORPSE)
2. Shatter Their Bongs (CANNABIS CORPSE)
3. Inner Sanctum (GHOUL)
4. Spill Your Guts (GHOUL)

GHOUL Live Rituals
10/31/2013 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA w/Danzig, Butcher Babies, A Pale Horse Named Death
12/14/2013 Denver Black Sky @ The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO

DISFIGURING THE GODDESS Unleashes Second New Track “Death’s Head Mask”

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DISFIGURING THE GODDESS recently announced a brand new album, Deprive, hitting music outlets December 10th via Decomp Records. Today DTG is unveiling the second new track, ‘Death’s Head Mask.’

EYEHATEGOD Welcomes New Drummer; Additional Shows Announced

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Following an intensely moving Joey LaCaze tribute performance at the first annual Housecore Horror Film Fest this past weekend, a set which featured Dale Crover from the mighty Melvins holding down the drum kit, EYEHATEGOD continues moving forward with new drummer Aaron Hill. Hill comes by way of New Orleans’ local acts Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard.

Hill will play his first official show with EYEHATEGOD tonight at the world famous House of Shock with horror surf band The Unnaturals. From there, the band will ride on to take Columbus’ Al Rosa Villa on November 1st and bring things to a chaotic close with two back-to-back nights of mischief at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge November 2nd and 3rd. Later next month, EYEHATEGOD will stomp their way through Brooklyn, New York, West Chester, Pennsylvania and Quincy, Massachusetts with additional live takeovers to be announced in the weeks to come.

The ever elusive new LP is moving closer to release with mixes being done by renowned sound wizard Sanford Parker as we speak. Stay tuned for further info as it becomes available.

EYEHATEGOD Live 2013
10/31/2013 The House Of Shock – Jefferson, LA
11/01/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/03/2013 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/14/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/15/2013 The Note – West Chester, PA
11/16/2013 TBA
11/17/2013 Presidents Rock Club – Quincy, MA

NECROPHAGIA Release New Track “The Wicked” As Free Halloween Download‏

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Gore metal maniacs NECROPHAGIA are offering a new track “The Wicked” as a free download at their Bandcamp page. “The Wicked” is an exclusive new song, recorded by the band specifically for release today, and as a thank you for their fans for their patience while the band finished their new album. NECROPHAGIA are currently putting the finishing touches on a brand new full-length titled ‘White Worm Cathedral‘. A follow up to ‘Deathtrip69‘, ‘White Worm Cathedral‘ will be released by Season of Mist in 2014.

 

Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chalk full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte‘, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. Following the landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs, including the highly-sought-after ‘Cannibal Holocaust‘ EP (2001).

PESTILENCE Premieres “Aura Negative;” New Full-Length Nears Release

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With the official North American release of their new full-length Obsideo nearly two weeks away, today Dutch progressive metal extremists PESTILENCE offer up a premiere of “Aura Negative.”

 

Produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli, Obsideo, which means “to besiege,” is the band’s inaugural recording for Candlelight Records and first new material from the four-piece since 2011. Obsideo boasts Mameli and his innovative guitar work. Utilizing eight-string guitars for the album’s recording, the celebrated musician expands his already massive arsenal of riffs. Together with long-time guitarist Patrick Uterwijk, Mameli, bassist George Maier and drummer Dave Haley deliver a scorching, genre-defying effort.

Death Metal Short Film “M is For Mariachi”

We previously had announced a call for extras for the shooting of a death metal short film named “M Is For Mariachi”, produced for entry in to the ABCs of Death series.

Just in time for Halloween, the final film is now available to view below.

If you like it, they could really use your votes on the ABC’s of Death website.

 

MOTÖRHEAD Lands Biggest Selling First Week and Highest US Chart Numbers to Date with ‘Aftershock’!

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MOTÖRHEAD is tremendously honored to announce that their most recent release, Aftershock, has garnered their biggest selling first week and highest US chart debut numbers to date! Aftershock, the band’s 21st album, landed at #22 on the Billboard Top 200 charts this week, as well as #3 on the Hard Music chart, #8 on the Rock chart, and more! See below for all US Billboard and international chart numbers. MOTÖRHEAD would like to thank their fans around the world for their undying support and dedication.

US Billboard Numbers:
# 22 Billboard Top 200
#3 Hard Music
#8 Rock
#16 Physical
#59 Digital

Top Chart Debuts Internationally:
Germany #5
Finland #5
Austria #7
Holland #64
Belgium #61

CMJ:
#18 to #2 bullet gain on CMJ Loud Rock

Mediabase:
#26 Mediabase Mainstream Rock Airplay

MOTÖRHEAD’s Phil Campbell had a few words to share with fans, “Hope all our fans out there are diggin’ the new record! It should be played daily and on a loud basis… and blast it to your friends and enemies!”

SKELETONWITCH: Video For New Album’s Title Track Now Playing; Serpents Unleashed Available Worldwide

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Not only does today mark the official North American release of Serpents Unleashed, the fifth full-length from Midwestern blackened thrash metal conjurers, SKELETONWITCH, but the band has also chosen today to premiere the music video for the album’s ferocious title track! Filmed in black and white, the video features just over two minutes of stylized, in-your-face performance footage produced and directed by Ralph Miller (Turnstyle Fims) and edited by Jon Nix. Comments SKELETONWITCH guitarist Nate Garnette, “Time to double-check that snakebite kit, because the motherfuckin’ serpents have been unleashed.”

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w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Noisem [remaining dates]
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

w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Wolvhammer
11/20/2013 Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
11/21/2013 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
11/22/2013 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
11/23/2013 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
11/24/2013 The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
11/25/2013 Mojoes of Joliet – Joliet, IL
11/26/2013 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/27/2013 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

w/ Amon Amarth, Enslaved
1/17/2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
1/18/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
1/20/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
1/21/2014 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
1/22/2014 House of Blues – Houston, TX
1/24/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
1/25/2014 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
1/26/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/29/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
1/30/2014 NorVA – Norfolk, VA
1/31/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
2/01/2014 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/03/2014 TLA – Philadelphia, PA
2/04/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/07/2014 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2/08/2014 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/09/2014 Grenada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
2/11/2014 Summit Theatre – Denver, CO
2/12/2014 Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
2/14/2014 The Regency – San Francisco, CA
2/15/2014 Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

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2/16/2014 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

Check out Alonzo Mosely’s review of Serpents Unleashed here

TOXIC HOLOCAUST: New Video Now Available. Chemistry Of Consciousness To Smother North America Tomorrow!‏

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Today Portland metal/punk unit, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, unveils their latest audiovisual undertaking for the track, “Acid Fuzz.” The Technicolor animation film was created by director Adam Avilla and comes on the eve of the official North American release of Chemistry Of Consciousness!

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will take their sonic wreckage roadside next month on the first tour in support of Chemistry Of Consciousness. The shenanigans will commence November 16th in Trenton, New Jersey and find the band spreading their contagion through much of the Northeast, coming to a close December 1st in Island Park, New York. TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be joined by Ramming Speed and In Defence. Additionally, the band will perform a special Halloween procedural in Portland on October 31st with Stovokor, followed by a show in Seattle with Poison Idea and the Dwarves on November 1st. See a confirmed listing of dates below. More live assaults to be announced in the coming weeks.

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10/31/0213 White Owl Social Club – Portland, OR w/ Stovokor
11/01/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Poison Idea, the Dwarves

w/ Ramming Speed, In Defence
11/16/2013 Championship – Trenton, NJ
11/17/2013 Dusk – Providence, RI
11/18/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
11/19/2013 Sounds Asylum – Middletown, NY
11/20/2013 Mojo Main – Newark, DE
11/21/2013 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/22/2013 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
11/29/2013 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/30/2013 Cherry St. Station – Wallingford, CT
12/01/2013 No Fun Clubn – Island Park, NY

CHILDREN OF BODOM ANNOUNCE 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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Award-winning Finnish heavy metal powerhouse CHILDREN OF BODOM will make their triumphant, headlining return to North America with a six week “Halo Of Blood Over North America” tour sponsored by ESP Guitars.  The second trek supporting COB’s new album Halo of Blood kicks off on February 14th, 2014 in Canada’s Quebec City, Québec, hits eight other Canadian markets, and then plays in 25 U.S. cities ending with a two-night stand on March 28th & 29th at New York City’s Irving Plaza.  Support will come from Faroe Islands folk metallers TÝR.  The tour’s very special guests will soon be announced.

With plans for two unique Irving Plaza performances showcasing different sets each night, CHILDREN OF BODOM are offering their New York City fans the opportunity to purchase a “two-night package” that will grant admission to both New York City shows plus early entry to the venue both nights, an exclusive show poster, and access to the VIP Balcony section.  Only 100 of these limited packages will be available to the public when they go on sale on November 8th at 10 a.m. EASTERN

CHILDREN OF BODOM “Halo Of Blood Over North America” tour dates
2/14/14      Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
2/15/14      Metropolis – Montreal, QC – CANADA
2/16/14      Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
2/18/14      Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON – CANADA
2/20/14      The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
2/21/14      Louis Pub – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
2/22/14      Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
2/23/14      MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
2/25/14      Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
2/26/14      El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/28/14      The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/01/14      House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
3/02/14      The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
3/03/14      Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
3/05/14      The Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
3/06/14      Summit Theater – Denver, CO
3/07/14      Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/08/14      Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
3/10/14      Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
3/11/14      House of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/12/14      House of Blues – Houston, TX
3/14/14      Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/15/14      Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/16/14      The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
3/18/14      Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
3/19/14      The Fillmore  – Charlotte, NC
3/21/14      The Fillmore  – Silver Spring, MD
3/22/14      Theatre of  Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/23/14      House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/24/14      St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
3/25/14      House of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/27/14      Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
3/28/14      Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/29/14      Irving Plaza – New York, NY

HAMMERCULT Releases Teaser For Steelcrusher

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HAMMERCULT has released the first 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

SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TOUR CANCELLATION‏

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Brazilian thrashers SEPULTURA have issued the following statement: “Due to the delay in obtaining a visa for the band to enter the United States, we regret to inform all fans that the previously announced North American tour is being cancelled.  We apologize to the fans, promoters, and the bands who were going to be part of the Tsunami Of Metal tour – UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR, ANCIIENTS, and DARK SERMON.” Fans who purchased advanced tickets will be entitled to a full refund.

Released today in the U.S. & Canada, SEPULTURA’s new album, The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart, was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson (KORN, MACHINE HEAD, FEAR FACTORY) and co-produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X, INCANTATION).

INQUISITION – Obscure Verses for the Multiverse

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Releases October 29 through Season of Mist.

True black metal warriors beware: black n’ roll incoming. No, no, it isn’t that bad–there is some black n’ roll here, but Inquisition seems to be one of the only bands that blends these parts with more traditional blasting black metal sections without the combination sounding too incongruous or ineffective. The perfect example of this formula is in the title track where the guitars shift from a very groovy riff into a more meditative section before totally blowing the doors off with pure blasting black metal fury – an album highlight for sure. Unfortunately, if there’s one thing this album suffers from, it’s that the material has simply been done before, and at the end of it you’re left struggling to remember what you just listened to. When there are only on average, say three riffs in each track that isn’t the best takeaway.

Not to say this album is completely devoid of variation however, since the band does throw a few curve balls here and there. The tribal drumming intro of “Spiritual Plasma Evocation,” for example provides a nice diversion, but even this is quickly squandered when the guitars kick in with another riff you’ve already heard on this album–let alone in the band’s prior work.

Late-album entry “Inversion of Ethereal White Stars” features a beautiful, melodic tremolo riff, and as a result becomes one of the most powerful tracks on the album. Dagon’s unique guitar noodling toward the end really punctuates the anthemic feel of the track, and elevates the album beyond the scope of orthodox black metal. And of course, it would be shameful to neglect mentioning the unholy pinch harmonics on the final track–always a welcome sound.

While this album starts at breakneck speed, unfortunately it fails to keep that energy up and ultimately becomes a victim of its own success. Inquisition have boiled their musical approach down to a science, and while this makes their music almost immediately recognizable, it also strips the material of much-needed variation. Obscure Verses for the Multiverse will certainly satiate your bloodthirst, but whether it satisfies is another question.

6/10

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

Hypocrisy’s Penetralia returns for brutal assault on limited vinyl from Nuclear Blast records!

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A vinyl review
The Music:

The 1992 debut record from Hypocrisy is filled with all of the cornerstones of early90s death metal.  Brutal vocals courtesy of Masse Broberg, wicked riffs and bass lines and skull-crushing drumming.  Mastermind Peter Tägtgren spent time in Florida during the burgeoning years of death metal before returning to his homeland of Sweden.  Penetralia infuses some of the classic Swedish sounds but owes a great portion of its destructive force to the Florida scene in the United States.  If you are familiar with the trajectory of Hypocrisy, you know the sound of this album is incredibly different than the alien themed melodic death metal they are famous for creating.  However, I can hear roots of that sound in this album and it is incredible to go back and listen to this knowing where they headed.  Penetralia is a very good debut  album and holds up very well.  Is it a complete classic?  Probably not but don’t let that stop you from revisiting the early days of the band.  I give the album 8/10.  I also think it is  superior to their follow up Osculum Obscenum.

The Vinyl:

This album comes from Nuclear Blast on three limited colors: White, Blue and Purple.  I was able to get a white copy as the others are sold out.  The album comes as a 180 gram gatefold.  The front cover seems to be a little on the fuzzy side but not enough to totally write it off.  The interior of the gatefold features a cropped portion of the album art with a picture of the band and the production credits.  The record has a really great etching of the Hypocrisy logo on the D side.  The jacket is made with thick cardboard and has a nice weight that feels good.  This LP also comes with a large A2 poster of the album art.

This album was remastered and sometimes than can spell certain doom but when I spin this record it sounds huge.  It sounds nuanced for a early 90s death metal album.  When the first notes of Impotent God rip through the speakers you know this LP is going to sound great and get you headbanging.  I though the pressing was quiet with minimal noise and distractions.  It is always the worst thing when you get a record and can’t enjoy the music because of some annoyance with the pressing.

Overall Nuclear Blast has done a good job of bringing us this slice of Hypocrisy history back onto the vinyl format.  One last note; this edition features two live bonus tracks. Left to Rot and God is a Lie.  I usually prefer albums to end when it ends.  Bonus tracks should be on a seperate LP but they are on side C here with the final two tracks of the album.

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Hypocrisy is currently on tour in Europe supporting their new LP End of Disclosure.

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DEIVOS Sign to Selfmadegod Records

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Polish tech-death warriors and noted cowbell-abusers DEIVOS have signed to Selfmadegod Records. This news follows their split with Unique Leader Records who released the band’s previous two albums. The band is currently slated to head back to the studio early next year to record their followup to 2011’s Demiurge of the Void for release mid-2014. Contrary to popular belief, Devin Townsend is in fact not in the band, even though he’s reported to be in the picture above.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

It’s less than a week before Halloween and for those of us in Southern California, there are many options on how to spend your hard earned money when it comes to thrills and chills. Some may opt for big name themed park attractions with overpriced tickets and extremely long lines, some may opt for a friends party, but this year there’s a new alternative. Complete with alcohol, typical carnival munchies, and a rock n roll twist, we now welcome Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare.

In its initial year, the GAM offers tickets at a very affordable price with VIP Options for those who want to spend a little more even though the lines were minimal and the regular priced admission lines moves just as fast as the VIP lines. But what is different is that this haunt comes straight from the mastermind of shock rock and horror, Mr. Rob Zombie. What he offers is real life versions of some of his movies including THE LORDS OF SALEM and HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES. Not to give too much away, but there are mazes, one that even gives you the option to have a bag placed over your head to walk the maze as well as an attraction that introduces you to not only characters from his movies, but also some of the most notorious serial killers throughout history. People scream, jump, and overall have a hell of a time at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. Bottom line, it’s worth the money and time involved, not to mention there are different live bands every night and November 1 and 2 will be headlined by Rob Zombie himself.

For more info, go to www.greatamericannightmare.com

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METAL MASTERS 5 – The “Masters” of Reality Return to Destroy Anaheim This January

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The successful Metal Masters clinic series, which has been growing since it started four years ago, returns this January with what promises to be its most impressive concert to date.

Metal Masters 5 will take place in Anaheim, California on January 22nd at the House Of Blues, marking the first time this legendary series plays in Anaheim. Doors will open at 8:00PM with the show starting at 9:00PM. The event will be streamed live worldwide via GearGods.net for those around the globe unable to attend. Metal Masters 5 is bringing back some of the best performers from the previous clinics while adding some new faces as well as some unannounced surprises. As always, fans can expect unforgettable performances, instructional lessons and once-in-a-lifetime musical partnerships. Metal Masters 5 will be comprised of Philip Anselmo (Pantera/Down), Kerry King (Slayer), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Frank Bello (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs), Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs) and newly added master Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill). More additions will be announced in the upcoming weeks and the lineup is always subject to change.

If the still circulating buzz from Metal Masters 4 is any indication, Metal Masters 5 will not disappoint. Metal Masters 4 marked the clinic?s return to New York City where it played before a sold-out crowd at the Gramercy Theater. The evening featured musical clinics by Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Billy Sheehan, Charlie Benante and an opening set by Philm featuring Dave Lombardo. The concert finale that night was one for the ages featuring metal classics such as Anthrax’sRoom For One More,” Pantera’sMouth For War” and “5 Minutes Alone” as well as Slayer’sChemical Warfare” to name a few. The 13-song set let the crowd know they had just witnessed a once in a lifetime moment.

PIG DESTROYER Announce Addition of Bassist

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The undisputed kings of grind PIG DESTROYER have added a new member to the fold.  Adam Jarvis’ cousin John Jarvis has joined PIG DESTROYER as the band’s first bass player.  John will make his live debut at the bands appearance at the Housecore Film Festival curated by Phillip Anselmo in Austin, TX on October 27th at Antone’s.

John commented on joining PIG DESTROYER: “It’s an honor to be a part of PIG DESTROYER. I’m looking forward to making new music with the guys, as well as adding some “low end” to the older material live. After being able to see every incarnation of the band live in the past, I can honestly say that the guys are at the top of their game. See you at Big Phil’s Housecore Horror Fest!!!”

Founding member and guitarist Scott Hull added: “Having John come into the band adds the ability to expand musically into new territories that we haven’t explored yet.  For many years we haven’t had a bass player or second guitarist because, as JR once put it; “mo people, mo problems”.  But a band is a living organism.  Change is good.  New blood.  New energy. We’d thought about adding a bassist for some time, but it always seemed like it would be more of a hassle than anything else.  John has come in like a soldier and has mastered everything we’ve thrown his way.  We’re excited for you guys to hear how the older material sounds with an expanded low end and can’t wait to get to work on new material.”

PIG DESTROYER Tour Dates
10/27: Austin, TX @ Antone’s (Housecore Horror Film Fest)

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