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ABYSMAL DAWN Debut First Song From ‘Obsolescence’

ABYSMAL DAWN return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence, scheduled to be released October 28th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records.

Today the first full song from Obsolescence has been released.  Check out an exclusive stream of the song “Inanimate.”


In support of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN will be hitting the road with a handful of headline dates before joining up with Deicide.  The headline shows start September 30th in Riverside, CA and go through October 5th in Nashville, TN.   The tour with Deicide kicks off October 7th in West Springfield, VA and will run through October 28th in Dallas, TX.

ABYSMAL DAWN Headline Dates
9/30: Riverside, CA @ The Vibe
10/1: Las Cruces, NM @ Green Room
10/2: Amarillo, TX @ TBA
10/3:14 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
10/4:14 Fort Smith, AR @ Hero’s
10/5: Nashville, TN @ The End

ABYSMAL DAWN W/ Deicide, Septicflesh, Inquisition, and Carach Angren
10/7: Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/8: Hartford, CT @ Webster
10/9: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/11: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
10/12: Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13: Newport, KY @ Thompson House
10/14: Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
10/15: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
10/16: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/17: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
10/21: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/22: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/23: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
10/25: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
10/26: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
10/28: Dallas, TX @ Rail Club

GHOUL: Creepsylvanian Marauders Prepare To Soil The US Supporting Skeletonwitch And Black Anvil‏


The masked mutants in GHOUL are preparing to terrorize the US next month on a live intrusion supporting blackened thrash headliners, Skeletonwitch, and black metal tyrants, Black Anvil! The caravan of chaos will begin September 5th in Chicago and sully nearly two dozen municipalities before coming to a mutinous close on September 24th, 2014 in San Francisco.

Additionally, GHOUL announced a new addition to their maggot-infested back-catalog, with the vinyl manifestation of their debut album, We Came For The Dead!!! Initially released in 2002, We Came For The Dead!!! was an instant cult classic in the most putrid depths of the metal underworld, delivering a slick, punk-infused style of American goregrind from an unidentified tomb in the depths of CreepsylvaniaWe Came For The Dead!!! will be available for public consumption September 9th,2014 via Tankcrimes on three gruesome color variants: a “More Blood” red edition in a run of 666, the ultra-limited “Torch” pressing in a tri-color yellow/orange/bone scheme, and the Die Hard edition, which bears a “Blood Spill” red inside clear vinyl, foil stamped jacket, flexi postcard w/ bonus track “We Are Creepsylvanians” by Igvar Shmeltzy and the Turnips. All vinyl editions include an instant download.

GHOUL w/ Skeletonwitch, Black Anvil
9/05/2014 Double door – Chicago, IL
9/06/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/07/2014 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
9/08/2014 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
9/09/2014 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY ** Noisey Presents: GHOUL, Mutant Supremacy, Grudges
9/10/2014 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
9/11/2014 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
9/12/2014 The Empire – Springfield, VA
9/13/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
9/14/2014 Tin Roof – Charleston SC *
9/15/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/16/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/17/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
9/18/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/19/2014 Trees – Dallas, TX
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*No Skeletonwitch
** No Skeletonwitch/Black Anvil

Charlie Benante (Drums) – Anthrax

Being a huge ANTHRAX fan from day one, this was an honor to speak with one of my drumming influences in Charlie Benante.

Q: Hey Charlie it’s Mark with SMNnews and we have an interview scheduled for now, How are you?

A: I’m good!

Q: You guys have a new DVD coming out

A: Correct!

Q: So tell me a little bit about Chile On Hell!

A: Well, Chile On Hell, first of all people don’t understand the title. We have a song on our record called Earth On Hell and it’s just a play on words for Hell On Earth. Every time we would play a city or country, we would send out a Facebook announcement or Tweet saying ‘Chicago is on Hell tonight’ so that was it. I thought about that whole thing we were doing. Instead of wasting time coming up with a title of a DVD or calling it Anthrax Live In Chile, let’s just call it Chile On Hell!

Q: Being able to watch this in advance was really cool. I like how you opened up with Side One of Among The Living, and then bust in to your past and the crowd was just amazing that night.

A: The crowd is so passionate about their music down there, and especially heavy metal music. The previous times that we played down there, and I’ve said this a few other times, and we would finish the show, and we would be backstage, and it was like why didn’t we just roll this? What an experience it is to come down here and play for these people. They make you, once again, love what you do. It was such a pleasure to go down there and play 2 hours or so for them, it was such a great experience.

Q: They sing along with every word too!

A: Yeah, it is very encouraging to go down there and have this feeling of, ‘Wow’ they really get it.

Q: It’s interesting because you watch this video and other bands that go down to that same region and it’s not a “heritage crowd” down there. The people in the front row are 16 year olds in the crowd and they know all the music and lyrics.

A: They know the lyrics, they sing all the melodies, they get involved.

Q: It’s a phenomenal show but you made a comment saying it made you ‘love music again.’ How has that inspired you today?

A: That’s a good question and the thing I’m most happy with now, is that I’ve been inspired by our fans, and I’m so happy that I have this whole healthy type of outlook on it because I just want to make something special. Our last record, for me, it was a turning point in our career because we went through some peaks and valleys and it was good to see that the record that we released that we were 100% confident with was really well received by our fans and other people. I think people, maybe, maybe they were sleeping on us for a couple of years and didn’t give us a shot or chance but I think they really took notice of this record and gave it a try and they were really happy with it. Music, nowadays is so diluded, it’s so sterile, there’s no real heart and soul in it.

Q: Being in America and growing up in a different timeframe than the youth of today, and the social media and internet has hurt conversation and the attention span, it’s not there anymore. Bands would sell a million albums before and today if you sell 100,000 you’re the king of the world.

A: Yeah, music has been in a sad state for a long time. And for our type of music, a few years ago, there was a renaissance when the younger generation started to understand when maybe they listened to their older brother’s records or dad’s records and they said, ‘Wow,’ who are these bands I’m not getting exposed to these days. Maybe that whole generation discovered heavy metal and filtered out all the crap that was there and got into the bands that survived.

Q: Are there any bands out today that maybe you have toured with or shared a stage with and thought, ‘these guys are doing something cool and interesting?’

A: There’s a few bands out there that I really, really dig. GHOST are one of them. I love the band, I love their songs, I just think they’re great. I saw KILLSWITCH ENGAGE about two weeks ago and I love their songs. I think they’re a great band. But if this were twenty years ago I’d probably give you 15 bands that I love. Kids today bitch about paying for music but they’ll pay $400 for a phone. Then they waste their time on the phone doing stupid shit and downloading music for free. If they understood the theory behind the whole thing, that if you steal music all the time, then they don’t give the artist the chance to make more music because it costs money to make more music. I know people are into the Spotify and all that other shit, but that’s just stealing music as well. Spotify doesn’t pay us artists anything. If they say they are paying the artists they are lying. The record companies are getting paid for that. The artist make, are you ready, a quarter of a penny for a download. So when people say they are only streaming, what’s the point of buying anything when it can be streamed at any time.

Q: I had a conversation recently when someone said they download music. I said you’re stealing! Imagine you own a McDonald’s and all of your employees are taking the food for free and hooking up their friends with free food and drinks, after a year of that you’re going to be out of business. That’s what you’re doing to musicians by illegally downloading.

A: That comparison is very accurate! Maybe they just don’t know it or it’s not brought to their attention.

Q: You guys have the DVD coming out in a couple of weeks then in October you have KNOTFEST coming up, are you excited about that show?

A: Oh yeah! That’s gonna be great! I’ve heard some of the new SLIPKNOT stuff and it’s great.

Q: I’ll ask the proverbial question, are you the new SLIPKNOT drummer? (laughs)

A: HaHa! No No No!

Q: I look forward to seeing you guys at the end of October!

A: Thank You for this! Have a good night!

Mark Thompson

Jake Scherer (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) – New Medicine

Q: Congrats on the new album and its release, how is this one different from its predecessor?

A: Thank you!! On our first record we were very young and new to the whole process of making records and being on a record label, it all went so fast it seemed like a blur. Some of the songs on our first record we had been playing for awhile as a local band so we were very familiar with them. On this record everything was new and fresh and we took our time on the writing. We also took our time recording the record, and we pushed ourselves to the creative limits both sonically and writing wise. This new record “Breaking the Model” is basically our musical mission statement. We’ve always prided ourselves on being different and not fitting the mold or formula.

Q: What is your focus this time around lyrically and musically?

A: As far as lyrics and songs go, I’ve always tried to write about real life things I think people can relate to or things that inspire me in my life or things I’m going through. I try not to have one subject matter, I don’t like records that every song sounds the same or gets too repetitive musically or lyrically. I think this record has a wide variety of songs for different moods or inspirations and that’s why it’s exciting cause you never know what’s coming next. I’ve taken some flack from critics in the past because people will say “some of the songs sound so different from each” but I could care less. I take pride in being a very creative person and not a one trick pony. There should be no rules when making art, if there are, I don’t follow them. As far as musically on this record, we tried to integrate some new sonic sounds and use some modern production with the feel of a real band playing. There are so many killer sounds you can mess with nowadays when using modern production with synths and strings etc. We explored a lot of new territory on this record in that sense, but we made sure it was still rock.

Q: Tell me about your touring plans?

A: Coming up in a couple weeks we head out for some shows on the Rockstar Uproar tour with Seether and Godsmack and Skillet. In October we are doing some radio festivals down in Texas and doing a short little run with Pop Evil. In November we head out with our friends Halestorm which we are pumped about! We will be supporting them on their tour all the way through December, looking forward to getting back out there and playing the new songs!

Q: You’re also playing Aftershock in Sacramento in September, what bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing?

A: That line up is so sick. I look at that and see so many bands I grew up listening to and I get to play on the same stage as them, its crazy!! I love Weezer and have never seen them so I’m stoked for that. Also Offsrpring, Bad Religion, Rise Against, Zombie is always sick. So many killer bands!

Q: Do you prefer Festivals or Clubs?

A: Hard to say, I really like doing both, but if I had to choose, there’s just something so bad ass about going out on a huge festival stage for 25,000 people and hearing them roar, there’s nothing better.

Q: If you could create your ‘dream band’ for yourself, who would be the players with you?

A: Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age on guitar, he’s a bad ass, other guitar player would be Jimmy Page, obviously. On bass we have Sir Paul McCartney, enough said. On drums we have Dave Grohl, OBVIOUSLY.

Q: What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object?

A: An interesting paradox there. I mean, if an immovable object does not move, how could it ever hope to stop an unstoppable force? This question is hurting my brain, next question! Lol

Q: What are the 5 albums you need if you were the last person on earth?

A: Dude these questions are so hard!!! You need at least one Beatles album, maybe two, literally any of them. Led Zeppelin same thing. Then I would say Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, Tom Petty Wildflowers, Fleetwood Mac Rumours. Oh and Eminem, Marshall Mathers LP. Let’s just say I have a very eclectic taste in music.

Q: Thanks for your time and answering the questions! Any final words for your fans?

A: Thanks for the great questions!! Can’t wait to get out on the road and play this new record live!!!

Mark Thompson

Unearth Announce New LP, Tour Dates‏


New England Metal pioneers UNEARTH have announced Watchers of Rule to be released via eOne Music on October 28th, 2014. Produced by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), this marks the band’s six full length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure. Lewis also produced the band’s previous release, Darkness in the Light in 2011.

UNEARTH recently wrapped up a highly publicized Oncoming Storm Tour, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the band’s fan favorite LP. The band also took part in the famed HEAVY MONTREAL FESTIVAL where they debuted a track off the new LP called “The Swarm.”

This time, the band is heading out with friends DARKEST HOUR on the Hell or High Wattage Tour with CARNIFEX, ORIGIN, I BREATHER and fellow label mates BLACK CROWN INITIATE in support.

PRONG Premieres New Video for “Remove, Separate Self”


Fresh off their European festival summer, New York Metal mainstays PRONG are gearing up to hit the road this September in North America in support of their latest release Ruining Lives which was released earlier this year by SPV/Steamhammer.  The tour begins September 10th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through October 14th in San Francisco, CA.  Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill.  Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’sKnotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

PRONG North American Tour
9/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
9/11: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
9/12: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
9/13: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
9/14: Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
9/15: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon*
9/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
9/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/18: Dallas, TX @ Trees*
9/19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
9/20: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*
9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*
9/22: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom*
9/23: Toronto, ON @ Opera House*
9/24: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec*
9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*
9/26: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*
9/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
9/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/29: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
9/30: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/1: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
10/3: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
10/4: Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage
10/5: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards
10/7: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/9: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
10/11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/12: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
10/14: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
*With Overkill

10/25: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre

THE HAUNTED premieres video for “Cutting Teeth”

Swedish death-thrashers THE HAUNTED are releasing their 8th full-length, Exit Wounds, today in Europe (August 25) and on September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records! To celebrate the release, THE HAUNTED is now launching the video clip for the album’s opening track “Cutting Teeth.”

THE HAUNTED live 2014
Sept. 23 – Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko + TUONI
Sept. 24 – Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia + TUONI
Sept. 25 – Tampere (Finland) – Klubi + TUONI
Sept. 27 – Örebro (Sweden) – Ritz + DEAD SOUL & LEECH
Oct. 2 – Oslo (Norway) – John Dee + DEAD SOUL & MIASMAL
Oct. 3 – Borlänge (Sweden) – Liljan + DEAD SOUL
Oct. 4 – Malmö (Sweden) – Kulturbolaget + DEAD SOUL
Oct. 9 – Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben + DEAD SOUL
Oct. 10 – Karlstad (Sweden) – Verket + DEAD SOUL
Oct. 11 – Göteborg (Sweden) – Trädgårn + DEAD SOUL
Oct. 19 – Tokyo (JP) – Loud Park festival

SEPULTURA Premieres “Territory” Clip From ‘Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio’

SEPULTURA – who stands among Brazil’s most successful bands ever – will unveil a new live offering entitled Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio next month. In a spectacular performance that finds SEPULTURA accompanied throughout by the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles, the show was recorded from the band’s main stage appearance at the legendary Rock In Rio gala in 2013. The sheer volume of sound, percussive enormity and powerful presentation sets this presentation apart from any previous SEPULTURA concert release to date.

Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio boasts some of SEPULTURA’s most revered tunes including “Refuse/Resist,” and “Roots Bloody Roots,” which sees the audience chanting the entire cut from beginning to end. With a one-hour run time divided into thirteen cuts, the album also features a cover of Prodigy’sFirestarter,” the fan-chanted “Sepulnation” hymn, and music from the band’s Kairos full-length. Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio will come availableon CD, DVD and for the first time in the band’s history, Blu-Ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and sound-check footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage.

TORCHE Announce US Tour Dates‏


TORCHE, the Florida-meets-Georgia heavy rock quartet have announced a short run of US headlining dates this September / October.  The dates kick off September 18th in Miami, FL and run through October 1st in Orlando, FL. The band has also recently announced a headlining Australian tour in October.

The band, who recently signed to Relapse Records, completed recording their newest full-length earlier this year at Pinecrust Studio in Miami, with bassist Jonathan Nunez behind the boards. The album was then mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou and will see a release in early 2015 via Relapse.

Torche Tour Dates
Sep 18 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
Sep 19 Jacksonville, FL Burro Bar
Sep 20 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic
Sep 21 Atlanta, GA 97 Estoria
Sep 22 Nashville, TN The End
Sep 23 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
Sep 24 Akron, OH Musica
Sep 25 Chicago, IL The Promontory
Sep 26 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moos
Sep 27 Brooklyn, NY St. Vitus
Sep 29 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Sep 30 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Oct 01 Orlando, FL Backbooth
Oct 16 Brisbane, AUS Crowbar
Oct 17 North Perth, AUS Rosemount Hotel
Oct 18 Richmond, AUS The Corner Hotel
Oct 19 Sydney, AUS Manning Bar
May 29-31 Bristol, UK Temples Festival (2105)

Dez Fafara (vocals) – Devildriver

DEVILDRIVER is getting ready to wrap up their touring cycle for Winter Kills as they play some shows in Australia in September and returning home to play KNOTFEST, but frontman Dez Fafara was kind enough to have a conversation and discuss several topics including the passing of Robin Williams, songwriting, his praise of Corey Taylor, and what has kept him going for 20 years now. We pick up as Dez was wrapping up some last minute travel items before heading Down Under.

Q: How has your day been at the Passport Office?

A: Pretty uneventful! Had to sit there and wait to pick a few things up. We’re heading to Australia in September then playing Knotfest in October; it’s going to be great! This is my first vacation in the summer time in about 15 years.

Q: Is that a good vacation for you?

A: Oh dude, come on, I need it! Just hang out with my wife, my kids. Just being off the road and being a normal dad is amazing so I’m having a great time with it. I’ve always been extremely grounded anyways and away from the limelight. I’m an extremely private person. A lot of people tell me often I picked the wrong job because I’m socially awkward, I’m uncomfortable around big groups of people, and I really do keep to myself on the road. I don’t do the backstage thing or any of that. Nothing really changed for me once I got in this industry. I live out in Murrietta, CA, a very small town, everybody knows your name, and I keep myself grounded. I do music for the love of music, the love of traveling, and the love of the stage.

Q: You grew up in Los Angeles didn’t you?

A: Definitely! I ran away from home at 15 and slept under bridges in order to be in bands.

Q: Then you moved to Santa Barbara, CA? Was that to get away from it all?

A: Well what happened was when on my 2nd record when I did the song Shock The Monkey with OZZY, I was leaving his house for dinner and went to the House of Blues early for a cocktail with one of his assistants and ran into a really beautiful woman that was leaving after dinner and turned out that’s my wife and we’ve been together for 16 years so she is why I moved up to Santa Barbara. We spent about 10 years up there. We found a great little place in Murrietta to raise children. The first week we moved here the cops brought my sons home at 9:30 at night for skateboarding because it was too late. I talked to the officer for about an hour and a half because he was in to Free Masonry as well.

Q: It’s interesting you bring up the social awkwardness because something hit my life last week when Robin Williams passed away and the turmoil he had, do you have any insight or thoughts on to him leaving us?

A: Well, what a sad thing. That next morning we woke up and ALADDIN was on TV and we watched it and laughed our asses off and without him this movie would not have been what it was. He must have been extremely distraught and to the point of no help and coming from someone who had a stepfather that put a shotgun in his mouth and commit suicide, it’s like, ‘I get it.’ He thought he was past help. Who knows what goes through a person at that moment? It’s a terrible tragedy! You pray for his family.

Q: It’s interesting as I read something controversial in the LA WEEKLY this week where HENRY ROLLINS is chastising his suicide.

A: Are you kidding me?

Q: No, it’s just came out this week. I’ve been around people that suffer from depression and have social anxieties and I know it’s not always easy for them.

A: It’s not easy at all. I dealt with it all through school. It’s an overpowering thing. No amounts of drugs or booze can take that away from you. The minute I walk into a room with more than 15 people my hands start sweating and I feel like leaving. I hope that Henry gets a lot of flack for that. I can’t get over the fact that Henry Rollins is saying this. Once a mind goes to that point, who knows where the mind is going to go next? Let’s talk about the beautiful things. When an artist dies, there’s something extremely beautiful left behind. He has left such majesty and art. 48 hours after he passed away we watched WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, that movie changed my life.

Q: Winter Kills came out, and in my opinion it’s probably the best one yet. And each time you put out an album it’s a step up.

A: Thank You very much! You have to go backwards and realize we were only together for 6 or 7 months before we got our first record deal. So we’ve really been developing and hitting our stride over the records. When we first signed to Roadrunner, I kept telling people the later records would be better because there would be members that would come and go, which happened, and we would also really learn how to write with each other and hone in on our sound. How to make sure we keep to what we’re doing and not follow suit with others and not sound the same. The guys start writing riffs and putting them together, they send them to me and I start arranging, remove riffs that don’t belong, and really find the hook in the song and build. That’s what we’re all about, the groove and the hook. I’ve watched all of the guys around me step up over the years. I’m proud of all of the musicians I’ve played with over the years from COAL CHAMBER and everyone that has come and gone in Devildriver.

Q: Is there anything on the books after Knotfest?

A: No! Nothing past Knotfest! We’re planning on ending the Winter Kills cycle, unless something comes up. Actually somebody gave me a call yesterday about something in February and March for Devildriver that I’m going to consider right now. But as of right now Knotfest is it. And I thank the SLIPKNOT guys for thinking of me. When they actually called me to do this, they wanted Devildriver to do one day and Coal Chamber to do the next which I thought was an awesome idea. But I couldn’t tell them at that point that Coal Chamber was going to be in the studio writing a record. Coal Chamber was the first band to take Slipknot on tour in the United States for two and a half months when Coal Chamber had a gold record. Those guys turning around and putting us on a show here and there. That makes me believe that Corey Taylor thinks about the people that helped him out on the way up so he’s a good dude in my book. I saw those guys come up and do their thing and take over the world. Corey’s keeping his head together and calling on me to do this. That’s the one thing I want printed, “thanks for remembering the people that helped you on the way up.”

Q: You brought up the CC words, you just signed a new record deal for Coal Chamber.

A: Yes! Napalm Records; extremely excited! Also signed with Metal Blade for Australia and Japan and I’m really excited for that pairing. I love Brian Slagel (The Man at Metal Blade), he’s a really intelligent guy and he likes what I’m doing with both bands and we’re friends. We’re very excited. I’m writing now through November. The guys are recording in October and I’m recording in November and hope to be done by the first or second week of December. We’re not sure if it will be out in Spring or in Summer. But I’ve already written 17 songs. How many times do you get to go back in life and revisit that friendship? People don’t realize that I lived in a one bedroom apartment with Meegs, Mikey, and the original bass player. We traded Top Ramen for food. We were starving as a band. Then you get up there, you get gold records, you get money, and some people find drugs and other avenues and that’s exactly what happened and we broke up. It fell apart at the most magical point too, the third record Dark Days. I don’t know how many times in a life you get a change to go back and revisit that. I will tell you that the relationships are far more than mended. They are beautiful between me and everyone in the band. Everyone since has gotten married, has children, really has their head on their shoulders, no hard drugs going on because I said if there were hard drugs I wasn’t going to play in the band. I enjoy an occasional cocktail and I am all for the legalization of marijuana, but don’t bring the hard drugs around because it will ruin the scenario. I feel blessed. I feel like the world is on our side.

Q: In closing, what’s the one thing that has kept you going for 20 years now?

A: The love of the stage. The love of the people. The love of being able to make art. I have a wonderful wife who is my best friend of 17 years who is my rock. When I left Coal Chamber I told her, where do I go from here? I could do a million things that would keep me home with the kids and family and she went, ‘No! This is what you do’ and I got back out in a van and in the RV and I opened up for everybody whoever opened up for me and started the thing with Devildriver and look at us now. You have to love what you do and if you love what you do it’s not work!

Mark Thompson

GWAR to Embark Upon the “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014″‏


“Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny’s final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader’s favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: ‘Where is Oderus Urungus?'”

GWAR fans have been mourning the loss of Dave Brockie, GWAR’s founder and lead singer, since March. The “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014” gives them an opportunity to gather and share a bunch of feels as a community while experiencing the sickest band in this or any other world.

The first leg of the tour will include direct support from Decapitated; the second leg will have direct support from Corrosion of ConformityAmerican Sharks will open all shows.  The tour kicks off October 15th in Norfolk, VA and runs through December 13th in Baltimore, MD.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

9/12: Chicago, IL @ RIOT FEST

GWAR W/ Decapitated and American Sharks
10/15: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/16: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/17: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/18: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – “Rock and Shock Festival”
10/19: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
10/21: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
10/22: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo’s – “Housecore Horror Film Festival*
10/26: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

GWAR W/ TBA and American Sharks
11/14: Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom

GWAR W/ Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks
11/15: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/22: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11/25: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/2: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/4: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
12/5: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/7: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/8: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/9: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/10: Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/13: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
*No American Sharks
** Havok plays on this show

WHITECHAPEL Announces Headlining Tour With Upon A Burning Body And Glass Cloud‏


WHITECHAPEL will be returning to the road this Fall. The trek features support from Upon A Burning Body and Glass Cloud and includes a stop at Slipknot’s KNOTFEST 2014 on October 26th in San Bernardino, CA. WHITECHAPEL will be touring in support of their Our Endless War full-length issued in April via Metal Blade Records.

WHITECHAPEL w/ Upon A Burning Body, Glass Cloud
10/04/2014 Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA
10/10/2014 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
10/11/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/12/2014 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
10/13/2014 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
10/14/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
10/15/2014 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/16/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/18/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/19/2014 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
10/20/2014 The Door – Dallas, TX
10/21/2014 Club Patron – Odessa, TX
10/23/2014 The Nile – Mesa, AZ
10/24/2014 Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
10/25/2014 SOMA – San Diego, CA
10/26/2014 San Manuel Amphitheatre – San Bernardino CA * KNOTFEST 2014
10/28/2014 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
10/29/2014 Hawthorne Theatre – Hawthorne, OR
10/31/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/01/2014 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/02/2014 Murray Theater – Murray, UT
11/03/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/05/2014 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
11/06/2014 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/07/2014 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/08/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/09/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/10/2014 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
11/12/2014 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
11/13/2014 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
11/14/2014 The Norva – Norfolk, VA

CARNIFEX: “Hatred and Slaughter” Music Video Now Online


San Diego, CA death metal outfit CARNIFEX, has made the music video for the song ‘Hatred and Slaughter.’  The track comes from their latest album Die Without Hope.

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. The recording also marks the introduction of new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey.

IRON REAGAN Premiere New Song ‘Four More Years’

IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut The Tyranny Of Will is a 24 song wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury.  The album was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.  The album will be released September 16th in North America, (Sept 15 (UK/World), Sept 12th (Germany/Benelux/World). Today IRON REAGAN debuts the song “Four More Years.”


8/21: Trenton, NJ @ MillHill Basement
8/22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere’s (Skull Fist Festival)
8/23: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
8/24: Harrisonburgh, VA @ The Blue Mile
11/9: Austin TX Fun Fun Fest @ Auditorium Shores



Returning to the U.S. in support of their sixth studio album Blood Mantra (due out in North America on September 30th), Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED are direct support to Earth’s only openly extraterrestrial rock band GWAR on the first leg of the “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014,” launching on October 15th in Norfolk, Virginia and ending in Seattle on November 12th.  Opening will be Texan trio American Sharks.

“GWAR Eternal Tour 2014″ Confirmed first-leg dates
10/15/14 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/16/14 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
10/17/14 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
10/18/14 The Palladium “Rock and Shock Festival” – Worcester, MA
10/19/14 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/21/14 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
10/22/14 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
10/23/14 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/24/14 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
10/25/14 Emo’s “Housecore Horror Film Festival” – Austin, TX
10/26/14 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/28/14 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/14 Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget, IL
10/30/14 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
10/31/14 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/01/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
11/02/14 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
11/03/14 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/04/14 Knitting Factory Concert House – Reno, NV
11/05/14 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/06/14 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/07/14 Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
11/08/14 The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
11/10/14 Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
11/11/14 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
11/12/14 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY To Kick Off West Coast Tour; ‘Blind’ Inducted Into The Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame


Following their recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults. The near two-week trek will commence tomorrow in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord DyingCORROSION OF CONFORMITY will be touring in support of their fittingly titled IX full-length released last month via Candlelight Records.

In related news, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s seminal Blind full-length was recently inducted into the Decibel Magazine Hall Of Fame! Check out the piece in the September 2014 issue here.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/19/2014The Hop – Spokane, WA
8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA
8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA
8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR
8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC


Last night, when Anthrax headlined the Rock Al Parquet 2014 Festival in Bogota, Colombia, the band’s drummer Charlie Benate took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – in front of more than 140,000 screaming fans. (Click on the image below.)

Mike Portnoy had challenged Charlie, and he accepted, in large part because Mike Wright, the father of his friend Brandon Wright, has had ALS for 10 years – so this was personal.

Bandmates Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello did the dousing, and afterwards Charlie nominated Philip H. Anselmo, Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser and music producer Jay Ruston, who produced Anthrax’ Worship Music, named Album of the Year in countless media outlets.

Anthrax’s live DVD, “Chile On Hell,” will be released on September 16 (Megaforce).

AT THE GATES completes new album, ‘At War With Reality'; release dates and further live activity announced‏


AT THE GATES has just wrapped up recording, mixing and mastering work for their much anticipated comeback studio album, At War With Reality, and has now confirmed release dates of October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records.

With the classic line-up of their masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995), AT THE GATES held the recording sessions for At War With Reality with Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DIMMU BORGIR) and then proceeded to mix the material with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR).

AT THE GATES have also announced their next international touring runs for 2015, which include visiting South Africa for the very first time in May, as well as shows in Greece and Turkey in January, plus also Norway in February.

20.11.2014 – Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
21.11.2014 – Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
22.11.2014 – Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi

27.11.2014 – Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
28.11.2014 – Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
29.11.2014 – Malmö (Sweden) – KB

04.12.2014 – London (UK) – Forum
05.12.2014 – Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
06.12.2014 – Glasgow (UK) – Garage
07.12.2014 – Birmingham (UK) – Academy
08.12.2014 – Cardiff (UK) – Solus
10.12.2014 – Essen (Germany) – Turock
11.12.2014 – Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
12.12.2014 – Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
13.12.2014 – Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
14.12.2014 – Wien (Austria) – Arena
16.12.2014 – Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
17.12.2014 – Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
18.12.2014 – Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
19.12.2014 – Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
20.12.2014 – Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof

08.01.2015 – Istanbul (Turkey) – Jolly Joker
09.01.2015 – Athens (Greece) – Stage Volume 1
10.01.2015 – Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club
31.01.2015 – Dublin (Ireland) – Academy
26.02.2015 – Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
29.05.2015 – Johannesburg (South Africa) – TBA
30.05.2015 – Cape Town (South Africa) – TBA

GOATWHORE: Headlining Takeovers Commence + Band To Support Samhain On Select Dates‏


Following a near month-long run of live debauchery on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour, today New Orleans’ favorite metal horde/perpetual road hounds, GOATWHORE, kick off a short bout of headlining takeovers through Pittsburgh, Newport, and Poughkeepsie before making a special appearance at this year’s Gwar B-Q on August 16th. The band will take a short break before going roadbound again in September supporting death rock/horror punk icons Samhain on select dates. Additionally, GOATWHORE will make their way to Europe this Fall/Winter with headliners Dying Fetus. Set to commence on November 8th in Liege, Belgium, the epic journey will trample its way through nearly four dozen metropolises, coming to a close on December 20th in Leer, Germany. Additional support will be provided by Malevolence and FallujahGOATWHORE is currently touring in support of their Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length.

GOATWHORE Live Assaults
8/13/2014 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
8/14/2014 Thompson House – Newport, KY
8/15/2014 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
8/16/2014 Gwar BQ @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA
9/19/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
9/20/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA w/ Samhain, Kyng
10/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA w/ Samhain, Midnight
10/31/2014 The Howard Theatre – Washington DC w/ Samhain Midnight
11/01/2014 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY w/ Samhain, Midnight

w/ Dying Fetus, Malevolence, Fallujah
11/08/2014 Fonck – Liege, BE
11/09/2014 Turock – Essen, DE
11/10/2014 11er – Frankfurt, DE
11/11/2014 Beatclub – Dessau, DE
11/12/2014 Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
11/13/2014 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
11/14/2014 Lido – Berlin, DE
11/15/2014 Dynamo – Eindhoven, NL
11/16/2014 Exhaus – Trier, DE
11/17/2014 Audio – Brighton, GB
11/18/2014 Clwb Ifor – Bach Cardiff, GB
11/19/2014 Cathouse – Glasgow, GB
11/20/2014 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IE
11/21/2014 Sound Control – Manchester, GB
11/22/2014 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, GB
11/23/2014 Garage – London, GB
11/24/2014 Divan Du Monde – Paris, FR
11/25/2014 La Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
11/26/2014 Escenario – Santander, ES
11/27/2014 Hard Club – Porto, PT
11/28/2014 Penélope – Madrid, ES
11/29/2014 Estraperlo – Club Badalona, ES
11/30/2014 Paloma – Nimes, FR
12/01/2014 Le Tremplin – Clermont-Ferrand, FR
12/02/2014 Kiff – Aarau, CH
12/03/2014 Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
12/04/2014 Backstage – München, DE
12/05/2014 Blue Hell – Budapest, HU
12/06/2014 Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
12/07/2014 Flying Circus – Cluj-Napoca, RO
12/08/2014 Jet Rock – Sofia, BG
12/09/2014 Club Rockstadt – Brasov, RO
12/10/2014 Collosseum – Kosice, SI
12/11/2014 Viper Room – Wien, AT
12/12/2014 Rockfabrik – Nürnberg, DE
12/13/2014 Voxhall – Aarhus, DK
12/14/2014 John Dee – Oslo, NO
12/16/2014 Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
12/18/2014 Debaser Medis – Stockholm, SE
12/19/2014 Kaiserkeller, Große Freiheit – Hambur, DE
12/20/2014 Zollhaus – Leer, DE

REVOCATION Announce Details for Metal Blade Records Debut “Deathless”


REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums and an EP with Scion AV. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for their new label, Metal Blade, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.

Deathless” was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts, and is set for an October 14th release. Get a first listen to the title track, Deathless.

Revocation begins touring in support of “Deathless” in September with Crowbar in North America, followed by a full European tour with new label mates Cannibal Corpse and Aeon.

REVOCATION w/ Crowbar, Havok, Fit For An Autopsy, Armed for Apocalypse
09/11 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
09/12 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
09/13 Charlotte, NC The Chop Shop
09/14 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
09/15 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
09/16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
09/17 Montreal, QC Il Motore
09/18 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
09/19 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
09/20 Chicago, IL Subterranean
09/21 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
09/22 St. Louis, MO Fubar
09/23 Merriam, KS Aftershock
09/24 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
09/27 Spokane, WA The Hop
09/28 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre
09/29 Seattle, WA El Corazon
09/30 Boise, ID Crazy Horse
10/01 Portland, OR Dante’s
10/02 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
10/03 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
10/04 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos
10/05 Mesa, AZ Club Red
10/06 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
10/08 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
10/09 Austin, TX Mohawk
10/10 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s

w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon
10/14 Jyvaskyla, FI Lutakko
10/15 Helsinki, FI Nosturi
10/17 Stockholm, SE Debaser Strand
10/18 Oslo, NO Vulkan Arena
10/19 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers
10/21 Zwolle, NL Hedon
10/22 Saarbrücken, DE Garage
10/23 Lyon, FR Ninksi Kao
10/24 Barcelona, ES Razzmatazz 2
10/25 Madrid, ES Arena
10/27 Toulouse, FR Le Bikini
10/28 Paris, FR Trabendo
10/29 Strasbourg, FR La Laiterie
10/30 Antwerp, BE Trix
10/31 London, GB Forum
11/02 Lille, FR Splendid
11/04 Frankfurt, DE Batschkapp
11/05 Ludwigsburg, DE Rockfabrik
11/06 Osnabrück, DE Rosenhof
11/07 Hamburg, DE Klubsen
11/08 Aalborg, DK Metal Festival
11/09 Copenhagen, DK Amager Bio
11/11 Berlin, DE C-Club
11/12 Prague, CZ Club Roxy
11/13 München, DE Backstage
11/14 Glauchau, DE AlteSpinnerei
11/15 Brno, CZ Fleda
11/16 Cracow, PL Fabryka
11/17 Warsaw, PL Progresja
11/19 Graz, AT Explosiv
11/20 Budapest, HU Club 202
11/21 Zilina, SK KlubSmer
11/22 Wien, AT Szene
11/23 Nova Gorica, SI Mostovna Club
11/25 Treviso, IT New Age
11/26 Milan, IT Alcatrazz
11/27 Lausanne, CH Les Docks
11/28 Pratteln, CH Z7
11/29 Bochum, DE Matrix
11/30 Uden, NL De Pul

w/ Thy Art is Murder
12/12 Adelaide, AU Fowlers Live
12/13 Melbourne, AU The HiFi
12/14 Melbourne, AU Ringwood OLP
12/17 Perth, AU YMCA HQ
12/18 Perth, AU Capitol
12/19 Sydney, AU Manning Bar
12/20 Birsbane, AU Crowbar
12/21 Brisbane, AU Crowbar

INTERNAL BLEEDING Unleashes First-Ever Music Video

Having shattered legs and various other limbs with their pioneering style of slam since the early ’90s, New York death metal legends, INTERNAL BLEEDING, are preparing to initiate their latest offensive with the release of Imperium – their first new-full length in close to a decade.

Coinciding with the release of Imperium, INTERNAL BLEEDING will level stages across North America as part of this year’s crushing Carnival Of Death tour. Set to commence on October 3rd, 2014 in New York City, the tour will leave nearly two-dozen cities in ruin, coming to a close on November 3rd, 2014, in Montreal. The band will be joined by Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia.

Carnival Of Death Tour 2014 w/ Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia
10/03/2014 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/04/2014 The Webster – Hartford, CT
10/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
10/06/2014 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
10/07/2014 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/08/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
10/11/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/12/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/16/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
10/17/2014 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/18/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/19/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2014 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2014 The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
10/22/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 The Level – Kelowna, BC
10/27/2014 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK
10/29/2014 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/2014 Mine Mill Hall – Sudbury, ON
11/01/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/02/2014 Paramount – Rouyn, QC
11/03/2014 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

BLACK ANVIL: Tour With Skeletonwitch And Ghoul To Commence Next Month‏


New York black metallers, BLACK ANVIL, are gathering their ammo for a live infiltration alongside Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. Set to embark on September 5th in Chicago, the nefarious caravan will blister its way through seventeen cities, coming to a close on September 24th in San Francisco. From there, BLACK ANVIL will perform four additional headlining shows in Salt Lake City, Denver, St. Louis and Covington with more live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks.  BLACK ANVIL will be touring in support of their recently unleashed Hail Death full-length.

BLACK ANVIL w/ Skeletonwitch, Ghoul
9/05/2014 Double Door – Chicago, IL
9/06/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/07/2014 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
9/08/2014 The Sinclair – Boston, MA
9/10/2014 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
9/11/2014 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
9/12/2014 The Empire – Springfield, VA
9/13/2014 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
9/15/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/16/2014 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/17/2014 One-Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/18/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
9/19/2014 Trees – Dallas, TX
9/20/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/22/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/23/2014 Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/24/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
9/26/2014 Woodshed Bar – Salt Lake City, UT*
9/27/2014 Moon Room – Denver, CO*
9/29/2014 Fubar – St Louis, MO*
9/30/2014 The Parlor @ Thompson House – Covington, KY*
*BLACK ANVIL headlining

RINGS OF SATURN Debuts Single From Third Full-Length; Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour Begins Today

Bay Area tech-death outfit, RINGS OF SATURN, has unveiled the initial single from their highly awaited third full-length album, Lugal Ki En, through a conceptual 3-D video for the album’s opening track, “Senseless Massacre.” Lugal Ki En will see worldwide impact via Unique Leader Records this October, in North America on the 14th and in Europe on the 17th.

The newly constructed “Senseless Massacre” video was directed and edited by Alex T Reinhard and shot and produced by Brooke Brennan, both of Brutal Productions, and features visual effects courtesy of Harsh Wayne Enterprises. The video was also constructed with 3-D viewing enabled via Youtube player settings, though 3-D glasses are required to delve into the other dimension full-on.

Having just completed the month-long The Face Implosion Tour with Arsonists Get All the Girls, Auras and AEnimus, RINGS OF SATURN is embarking on the Summer Slaughter: The Canada Club Tour this week. The two-week excursion sees ROS joining The Faceless, Archspire, labelmates Fallujah and Black Crown Initiate from this Wednesday, August 13th through Thursday the 28th, with ten of the shows taking place in Canada and the other four in the US. Additionally, RINGS OF SATURN will hit Mexico with four special performances with Lack Of Remorse and Victim Of Greed in November, with other widespread live sightings to be reported shortly.

Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour
RINGS OF SATURN w/ The Faceless, Archspire, Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate
8/13/2014 Forvm – Amherst, NY
8/14/2014 Salle Multi Quebec City, QC
8/15/2014 Les Founfounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
8/16/2014 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
8/17/2014 Salle Nikitoutagan – Saguenay, QC
8/18/2014 Rock Cafe – Trois Rivières, QC
8/19/2014 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
8/20/2014 Babylon Nightclub – Ottawa, ON
8/23/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
8/24/2014 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
8/25/2014 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/27/2014 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/28/2014 The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA

RINGS OF SATURN Mexico Tour w/ Lack Of Remorse, Victim Of Greed
11/20/2014 Morfos Bar – Monterrey, MX
11/21/2014 Black Dog – Queretaro, MX
11/22/2014 Salon Bolivar – Mexico City, MX
11/23/2014 Bar Un Mundo Raro – Leon, MX



Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland – Blood Mantra, DECAPITATED?s sixth studio album – is due out in North America on September 30th. In the meantime, check out the single “The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation.”

Black Crown Initiate Debuts New Music

BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted “The Great Mistake” from their forthcoming debut LP The Wreckage Of Stars due out on September 30th, 2014.

The band will release The Wreckage Of Stars on September 30, 2014 via eOne Music. The band signed their brand new label deal earlier this summer and have since been hitting the road hard with acts like SEPTIC FLESH and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The band will be participating on the all new SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR: THE CANADA CLUB TOUR 2014 with THE FACELESS

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