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Arkaik – Lucid Dawn

Californian progressive death metal outfit, ARKAIK, are set to unleash their third full-length via Unique Leader Records this Fall. Entitled Lucid Dawn, the ten-track magnum opus was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and takes ARKAIK?s multifaceted sound to an entirely new dimension, showcasing each musician?s creative potential and upping the proverbial ante of the brutality and technicality of their back catalog. With the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as additional composers, Lucid Dawn delivers a fresh approach to the band?s sound and the entire progressive death metal genre. As an added bonus, the album features guest appearances from death metal heavy weights, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as Bay Area live string quartet, Amaranth in addition to the stunning art renderings of Tyler Space.
Lucid Dawn is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix?s world, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell?s monomyth, and the beginning of Cyrix?s ?Hero?s Journey.? Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn carries the listener on a visceral expedition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.
In conjunction with the release of Lucid Dawn, ARKAIK will embark upon a near month-long headlining tour from October 16th through November 8th. See confirmed dates below:.
ARKAIK ? Lucid RevolutionTour w/ Bermuda, Inanimate Existence:
10/16/15 On The Y ? Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub ? Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) ? Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! ? Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder ? Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees ? Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon ? Denver, CO
10/23/15 Yellow City Bomber Chelter ? Amarillo, TX
10/24/15 Walters ? Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova ? San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock ? Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar   Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West ? Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas ? San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix ? Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee ? Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue ? Scottsdale, AZ **
11/02/15 Doll Hut ? Anaheim, CA **
11/03/15 Elks Lodge ? San Bernardino, CA **
11/04/15 Five Star Bar ? Los Angeles, CA **
11/05/15 Brick By Brick ? San Diego, CA **
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center ? Fresno, CA **
11/07/15 PB&J?s ? Reno, NV **
11/08/15 DNA Lounge ? San Francisco, CA **
** w/ Inanimate Existence

?ARKAIK treats you to a head-spinning display of insectile tech-death frenzy ? the kind of performance that somehow feels both machine-tight and berserk. And in the midst of that crazed but calculated opening performance, they?re already beginning to inject a melodic theme into your brain that just gets more insidiously infectious as the song unfolds.? — No Clean Singing
ARKAIK?s Lucid Dawn will be released on October 30th, 2015 worldwide via Unique Leader Records.


Hornwood Fell – “Yheri” Release October 15

Via Avantgarde Music

“Two years ago we promoted their self-titled debut album as the contemporary answer to Norwegian black metal classics from the 90’s like Ulver (Nattens Madrigal era), Kvist, Darkthrone…. Responses were truely over expectations: people got hit by the incredible grim atmospheres mixed up with the relevant technical skill of the two brothers leading Hornwood Fell.
With ‘Yheri’, Hornwood Fell embarked in the writing of a concept album and most of all, introduce new elements in their music with more atmopheric passages an even clean vocals. Again resemblances of some Norwegian more psychotic and evolved black metal bands come to mind: like Ved Buens Ende or early Virus.
But the root and the core of the album remains a fast, aggressive, super technical black metal with a giant performance on drums.”


Track List

1. Walking in the Woods 04:45
2. The Encounter 05:46
3. At His Awakening 07:15
4. The Snowstorm 03:52
5. The Rebellion 04:05
6. The Other Generated 06:33
7. These Trees Are Watching 02:33
8. Them 06:14

Watch for a review on this album this week!

GHOST – Album and Show review

MELIORA – Released August 21, 2015 via Loma Vista Recordings

Let me tell you why reviewing albums is kind of a sucky and laborious process. It obviously isn’t a difficult enterprise, it’s not like I’m digging ditches or roofing in the middle of summer, but it is time consuming because, the way I see it, I owe each album a minimum of three listens. So, imagine the worst album you’ve ever heard. Now imagine a pile of equally crappy albums. Then imagine listening to each one three times and trying to formulate some coherent way to describe the garbage you just listened to. That is the sucky and laborious part (I will admit, some albums let you know one way or the other after one listen. They’re either superb or horrid).

The first listen is done at home, in front of my meticulously designed and crafted audio dissection workstation (otherwise known as my computer). This is a formal listen done without distractions. During this listen I’m obviously forming initial opinions about the songs themselves, but also about the mixing and mastering (some bands have MAJOR problems in this area), song order, cover art, etc. The next listen is done in the car. This is a much more relaxed listen. This listen is all about how the album feels. Does it make me want to play drums on the steering wheel? Do I have a natural inclination to listen to it loud? Am I wanting to sing along? Or is it embarrassing garbage that I turn WAY down at red lights so nobody thinks I actually enjoy this trash? During this listen I will turn my car radio up all the way to test the limits of the mix. Does the mix hold true at all volumes or does the low end start to overpower? Do I hear any distortion that was maybe covered up at lower volumes? That shit is important. With all the Tools (pun intended) available in the studio these days there is no reason for a poorly mixed album (unless you’re one of those lo-fi ignoramuses and that’s what you’re going for). During the third listen I go song by song and decide whether or not I think this song is good enough to be in the band’s live set. A good album will have a majority of it’s songs be ones that you’d want to see live. One or two strong songs and a bunch of filler doesn’t make a good album.

I say all of that in order to say this: Think about some of your favorite albums, I’m sure many of them were instant classics and you loved them immediately, but I’m willing to bet that there are others that you had to listen to for a little bit before you discovered their greatness. That is exactly what happened with me and Meliora. Now that I think about it, that has happened to me with each GHOST album so far. At first I’m like “Nope. I don’t hear it, I don’t get it, this isn’t for me.” Then, upon further inspection, the songs present their nuance and detail and before you know it I’m singing along like a huge nerd, which of course I am.

So, those of you familiar with GHOST know that their first album Opus Eponymous is more of a rock record, and that their second album Infestissumam was a little more poppy. Most people will say that they prefer Opus EponymousI liked them both, but I think I prefer InfestissumamThe new album is somewhere in between, probably closer to Opus EponymousThe first two songs, Spirit and From The Pinnacle To The Pit both struck me as competent rock songs. Not great, not terrible either. Pretty good (Subsequent listens have shown these songs to be better than I originally thought). The third song, Ciriceis the first song that really “brings it.” I’m a big believer in leading with your strongest songs, so I might have put this song first, but that’s a minor quibble. The fourth song Spöksonat and the eight song Devil Church are both short instrumentals. Not much here in the way of interesting content. It would have been awesome if they made these instrumentals engaging and integral parts of the album, the way MORBID ANGEL did on Blessed Are The Sick. Song number five, He Is, is a great fucking song. The chorus sounds like something you’d teach children to sing, except that it’s, you know, about the Devil, which makes it like 1000 times better. Definite sing along. The next song, Mummy Dust, has a kind of metal sounding intro and a cool, haunting piano in the chorus. By this time I’m starting to notice that there are some pretty heavy riffs on this album. The next song, Majesty, is another competent rock song, much like the first two (I’ve been starting to skip this song when I listen to the album, not because it’s bad, but because it doesn’t live up to the other songs). Absolution is another song that starts off with a metal sounding riff and has a really great, singable chorus, then back to the metal riff. The final song on the album, Deus in Absentia, has a goddamn beautiful chorus. It’s so catchy that if you don’t sing along it makes you a bad person. I’d say that at least seven of these songs could go directly into a live setlist, and I would leave that show satisfied that I heard their best.

The mix on this album is outstanding. The guitars are quite a bit thicker and more present in the mix than they were on Infestissumam. Everything holds together at high volumes. The mastering allows for the dynamics in the music to be appreciated. They didn’t try to make every second of the album the loudest thing that ever lived (I’m looking at you, Metallica).

Overall this is a damn good album, and it is solid proof that GHOST is much more than a costume gimmick band. If we’re comparing Satan bands, head to head, I’d take GHOST over BEHEMOTH ten times out of ten. Yeah that’s right I said it, fight me!! 8.5/10. The 1.5 is because I thought the instrumentals could have added more to the overall album.

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GHOST – Beacham Theater. Orlando,FL 10/10/2015

So this was my second time seeing GHOST. I saw them for the first time about a year and a half ago, in the same venue, on the Infestissumam tour. Review here. As I arrived at the venue (once again by car and not Sun Rail) and found my spot (upstairs, as close to the center as possible, as always) I started to notice three distinct groups of people that I did not see last year.

Group 1: Old people. Let’s face it, a significant portion of the GHOST sound is cheesy 70’s rock. It is my belief that these old codgers, who probably listen exclusively to cheesy 70’s rock, heard their kids or grandkids listening to GHOST and took a shine to it. I’m ok with that. Have fun old man.

Group 2: Middle aged goths who found a reason to dress up, hire a babysitter, and come plague the rest of us with patchouli oil and clove cigarettes. Rage intensifying. By the way, you still look funny.

Group 3: Normies. So like halfway through the set this suburbanite woman behind me starts complaining to her significant other about GHOST not playing a long enough set (they played for like an hour and a half) and bitching about the venue. She was doing this loud enough for me to hear her over the music. You know how sometimes you start to feel like you should legally be allowed to beat people to within 1 3/8 inches of their life, smear their blood all over your face, and go on a fucking indiscriminate rampage? Well I was starting to feel that coming on so I got myself a Crown and Coke and re-positioned. Look, I don’t come to your Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts and scream about the devil or do death metal growls between songs. You know why? Because I’m a fucking civilized person and I have manners. You know what this is? It’s cultural appropriation, and I don’t appreciate it.

The dreadful opening band was about halfway through their set when I got there. The change-over between sets was very short (because no amps – more on that later) and before you know it GHOST was on. For those of you who don’t think GHOST is a heavy band, you have obviously never seen them live. They fucking crush it. Their sound is so clean and heavy and huge. There is a reason for this, and it needs to be discussed in detail.

For anybody who doesn’t know, here is a simple overview: a concert works by putting microphones in front of everything that produces sound. Every guitar amp, bass amp, every individual drum, and all vocals. Those microphones feed into a mixing console. The mixing console is used to manipulate the volume and equalization of each sound being sent to it. The output of the mixing console is amplified and blasted at you through the PA system. The band has a smaller PA, called a monitor system, pointed at them so that they can hear everything. That’s the way it’s been done for thousands of years. However, GHOST (and a growing number of other bands) don’t do it that way.

Both of the guitar players and the bass player are using digital pre-amps that can not only model almost any amplifier on the market, but any cabinet and even microphone in front of the cabinet. Meaning that there is no need for big speaker cabinets. No need for microphones in front of those cabinets. The output of the pre-amps (AXE-FX made by a company called Fractal Audio. I’m not here to shill for Fractal, unless they want to send some gear my way, then I’d shill for them morning, noon and night. I’d be the shillingest motherfucker you ever met. I’d work Fractal Audio and the AXE-FX into every conversation I ever had. I’d even mention that shit during a eulogy. To be fair, I’m also aware of the Kemper profiling amp, so keep your panties on Kemper people, it just so happens that GHOST uses AXE-FX, so that’s what we’re talking about here) is fed directly into the mixing console. So they’ve eliminated all amps on stage and any variation in sound that might come with mic selection or placement. That leaves drums and vocals being delivered to FOH via microphones. GHOST goes the extra step and eliminates the monitor system by using in ear monitors. This is a HUGE amount of stage noise that has been eliminated from the equation, not to mention the ability to travel much lighter. No huge backline of heavy amps and cabinets to haul around. The result is a fucking crushing, clean sound. No feedback, no ugly stage guitar sound smacking you right in the face, no singer struggling to hear himself over all the stage noise. ALL BANDS SHOULD BE DOING THIS!! Fucking METALLICA is doing it!!

The show itself was great. Almost every song I wanted to hear off Meliora, plus all the best songs from Opus Eponymous and Infestissumam. I’ve seen literally thousands of bands in my life, so I’m not easily impressed. GHOST really fucking impressed me. I will go see them whenever they come here (or near here) from now on. You should too.

Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely, guitarist for the undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON and lover of long winded reviews.

Shawn Milke (Alesana) Joins Disruption on Debut Single

Conceived out of a deep love for classic rock and all things heavy, the metalcore band Disruption has released their debut single “Skylines” via Alternative Press. The band recruited Shawn Milke from Alesana for song and video, which was shot by Paradyme Pix. The song was engineered in Portland with Stephan Hawkes who is known for his work with Attila, Chelsea Grin, Jonny Craig and more.

“Having Robyn August Reinstadler direct this was truly an awesome experience,” says vocalist/guitarist Rob Ramos. “It was incredible to watch this monster come alive on set!”

“Skylines” will be available on the band’s debut album that is due out early 2016.


Echo Black Releases “Burn Another Day” Music Video (Featuring Davey Suicide) And Announces U.S. Tour With Combichrist & The Birthday Massacre

New York based Dark Alternative Rock band Echo Black has released their debut music video “Burn Another Day” (featuring Davey Suicide) which originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine and was directed by Nathan Crooker. The track was produced by Nick Scott and is available for purchase now on iTunes & Amazon. The band also has announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour with Combichrist and The Birthday Massacre. The tour kicks off on October 28th in Baltimore, Maryland and works its way throughout the United States wrapping up on November 23rd in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This song marks both a beginning and an end for us; the close of one chapter and the opening of another. The four of us have spent a lot of years waiting for this very moment and we each poured our individual sets of influence and experience into this song and video. We are hungry and we are coming out with guns blazing. We are the sound of midnight. – Danny Blu (Lead Vocals)

Tour Dates:
10/28 ? Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland

10/29 ? Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, New York

10/30 ? Fete Music Hall – Providence, Rhode Island

11/02 ? The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11/03 ? Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio

11/04 ? The Abbey – Chicago, Illinois

11/05 ? Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, Minnesota

11/06 ? Granada Theater – Lawrence, Kansas

11/07 ? The Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colorado

11/08 ? Area 51 – Salt Lake City, Utah (no Birthday Massacre)

11/10 ? Slim’s – San Francisco, California

11/11 ? The Whisky – West Hollywood, California

11/12 ? The Glasshouse – Pomona, California

11/13 ? Nile Theater – Mesa, Arizona

11/14 ? The Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, New Mexico

11/15 – TBA – El Paso, Texas

11/16 ? Korova – San Antonio, Texas

11/17 ? Gas Monkey – Dallas, Texas

11/19 ? The Ready Room – St Louis, Missouri

11/20 ? The Rave – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

11/21 ? The Stache – Grand Rapids, Michigan

11/22 ? St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, Michigan

11/23 ? Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, Indianapolis (no Birthday Massacre)

Freakangel Releases Live DVD “The Show Of Violence”

 “The Show Of Violence” live album to be released along with video.

October 9th 2015 Tallinn, Estonia- Industrial-Metal artist, Freakangel have released their live DVD “The Show Of Violence” for free. “The Show Of Violence ” is a 45 minute live performance video that was filmed during Freakangel’s “The Ones To Fall” tour in the winter of 2014 in their home town of Tallinn, Estonia. “The Show of Violence” can be streamed for free via the bands website starting today as well as Freakangel’s You Tube Channel.. Freakangel states ” They have made the video available for free to thank their fans for the many years of support” The video can be found below.

“The Show Of Violence” will also be available as an eleven track live album today. It will be released as a digital only album by the Belgium based label Alfa Matrix



?The Ghosts of Christmas Eve? Tour On-Sales:
Fan Club On-Sale to Begin September 9
Public Tickets Available Beginning September 18

Los Angeles, CA ? September 9, 2015 ? Earlier this month, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced the dates of its 2015 Winter Tour based on the group?s cherished Yuletide story, ?The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.? Now, TSO is pleased to announce that each concert ticket will come with a digital copy of the group?s highly-anticipated upcoming studio album, Letters From The Labyrinth (Lava Records/Republic Records). Letters From The Labyrinth, which is set to be released Nov. 13, 2015 is TSO?s first full-length album since 2009?s Night Castle, and fans who purchase tickets to the 2015 Winter Tour will be among the first to hear it.

Tour pre-sale tickets will be available to fan club members from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Sept. 18 (see for details). For every ticket purchased online, fans will receive a digital download of Letters From The Labyrinth on the album?s release date.

Letters From The Labyrinth is a bold, conceptually provocative song cycle that finds TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O?Neill along with his composers, arrangers, singers and players pushing the proverbial envelope yet again ? this time with what he calls TSO?s ?first straight-ahead album? in the wake of its signature rock operas.

Fans of the rock operas will still be sated, as the 2015 Winter Tour is based on TSO?s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the ?The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.? This enchanting story follows the journey of a young runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall?s past. ?The Ghosts of Christmas Eve? features such lasting crowd-pleasers as ?Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,? ?O? Come All Ye Faithful,? ?Good King Joy,? ?Christmas Canon,? ?Music Box Blues,? ?Promises To Keep,? and ?This Christmas Day.? TSO will take the 2015 Winter Tour to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.

This year?s tour follows the massive success of The 2014 Winter Tour, which grossed more than $51 million in just 52 days, played to nearly 1,000,000 fans. In total, TSO has played in excess of 1,600 shows for more than 11 million fans cementing itself as one of the world?s biggest arena rock acts. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for attendance and grosses according to Pollstar, the touring industry trade publication, and was named among the ?Top Touring Artists of the Decade? by Billboard (in 2009). This ongoing success is due to Paul O?Neill?s vision. O?Neill has melded the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique amalgamation he calls ?rock theater? that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. With new fans being introduced to the wonder presented on stage every year, and TSO constantly striving to provide a new experience, audiences can be assured the best is yet to come in 2015.

As in all previous years, a portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit select national and local charities. To date, TSO has donated approximately $12 million to charities.

Visit for more details.

Melodic Metalcore Band Blinding Sunrise Announce Debut Album

The Italian melodic metalcore band Blinding Sunrise will be releasing their debut album This World Won’t Listen on Sept. 9th, but you can stream it early at Revolver Magazine. The record is a follow-up to their ?Cold Like Winter? EP and is a good listen for fans of Eyes Set To Kill and Bullet For My Valentine. The album also features guest vocals from their friend Dani Nelli of Upon This Dawning on one of the tracks.

?We put all ourselves in this album and it’s been quite an amazing experience,? says vocalist Francesca Erredia. ?It was pretty fun, but it’s been hard too, especially for me. I caught a bad cold just a few days before we had to record the last song on the album, so I had to record it while I was barely able to stand on my feet. Thinking about it now, it just makes me smile. I wrote a good part of all the songs on this record and it means a lot. Most of them are very personal and I had to uncover and reveal my soul and all my intimate thoughts and emotions.?

This World Won’t Listen Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. If You Don’t Live for Something, You’ll Die for Nothing

3. Waterfalls

4. Let Me Breathe

5. Oniria

6. Scream Til You Can

7. Sinking with my Pain (FT. Dani Nelli)

8. Children’s Wishes are Men’s Regrets

9. Cold Black Sea

10. Lonely Sailors

11. The Longest Night

12. Broken Windows


New Disorder Releases “A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)” Music Video Off Upcoming Album

Rome, Italy based Alternative Metal band New Disorder has released their ?A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)? music video (originally premiering with Bloody Disgusting) from their upcoming album Straight To The Pain (out September 18th in North America). The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Wolf Recording Studios (San Cesareo, Rome, Italy) by Gianmarco Bellumori (as a sound engineer) for Agoge Records.
Watch New Disorder’s “A Senseless Tragedy (Bloodstreams)” music video:


Finally our new album is next to be released in North America and we are so proud and excited about that. The topics dealt range from the death of a friend, love, hate and other strong emotions, to sex spiked with pain, existential issues, as well as escape from popularity?s oppression under a new identity. We decided to celebrate with a new video out just a few days before the album. The song we have choosen for that video has one of the catchiest choruses we?ve ever written and direct, biting lyrics. It takes free inspiration from current events we often read in the newspaper nowadays. We love introducing that song in this way : ?When dreams and nightmares collide, things have no sense anymore, and love can be close to hate and joy turns into pain. Now, sit down and be the beholder of the movie of your life? The video is directed by the talented Paul Sciò and starring our friends and musicians Andrej Surace, Francesca Di Ventura and Alessio Secondini Morelli.Francesco Lattes (New Disorder)

TYRANNY: New Track From Finnish Funeral Doom Duo Playing At Decibel; Aeons In Tectonic Interment Release Day Draws Near

With the Dark Descent-bound release of Aeons In Tectonic Interment, the long-awaited new full-length from Finnish funeral doom duo, TYRANNY, now less than two weeks away, today the gloom-bringers at Decibel Magazine hurl forth second movement, “A Voice Given Unto Ruin” for communal depression.

TYRANNY’s first proper recording in a decade and third overall spews forth five decaying psalms of slow, tortured, soul-consuming grimness. Composed, performed and tracked by members Matti Mäkelä and Lauri Lindqvist with additional percussion by Jussi-Pekka Manner and mastered by D. Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studio (Absu, Pallbearer, Profetus, Sigh, Wodensthrone etc.), Aeons In Tectonic Interment is a traumatic, fifty-one-minute audio apocalypse where misanthropy, suffering and imminent ruin become one achieving purification through sonic degeneration.

“Aeons In Tectonic Interment is an imperious, ambitious listen; the ‘death’ aspect of their corroded death/doom takes the reins, allowing the doomier tempo and atmosphere to decay around it,” issues Noisey of the opus, further noting “Its graceless, lumbering pace is almost unbearably slow, adding to the tension that hangs between the ringing notes and the pregnant pauses before each drawn-out roars erupts.” Elsewhere Decibel Magazine notes, “TYRANNY have chosen to play all their music in the key of crushing.” Glacially Musical concurs, “The ringing, sludgy chords, the forlorn vocals, the wisps of melody, it all adds up to an immersing experience. TYRANNY has made a depressing, metal, vicious Pink Floyd album from their pre-Darkside Of The Moon Era. Settle in, this ride will be long and bumpy, but worth it.” Abysmal Hymns calls the record, “heavy as fuck,” warning, “This album goes to the extreme to grind you down with its weight.” Metal Injection likens the band to the “crawl of a spider web-laden crypt, ” while We Love Metal adds, “It doesn’t get any darker than TYRANNY… The droning and depression ensuring tracks off… Aeons In Tectonic Interment cement the darkness… ”

Get gloomy with a helping of “A Voice Given Unto Ruin,” courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

And if you missed it, sample “Sunless Deluge” still streaming at Noisey.

Forged in 2001 by Mäkelä and Lindqvist, TYRANNY was conceived under the strain of a Stranger Will to channel the Ageless resonations of Earth and Oceans and sonorous visions and fevered dreams by the means of epic, Funereal Soundscapes.

Aeons In Tectonic Interment will see release via Dark Descent Records on CD, double LP and digitally on September 18th, 2015.

Melodic Metalcore Band Blinding Sunrise Announce Debut Album

The Italian melodic metalcore band Blinding Sunrise will be releasing their debut album This World Won’t Listen on Sept. 9th, but you can stream it early at Revolver Magazine. The record is a follow-up to their ?Cold Like Winter? EP and is a good listen for fans of Eyes Set To Kill and Bullet For My Valentine. The album also features guest vocals from their friend Dani Nelli of Upon This Dawning on one of the tracks.

?We put all ourselves in this album and it’s been quite an amazing experience,? says vocalist Francesca Erredia. ?It was pretty fun, but it’s been hard too, especially for me. I caught a bad cold just a few days before we had to record the last song on the album, so I had to record it while I was barely able to stand on my feet. Thinking about it now, it just makes me smile. I wrote a good part of all the songs on this record and it means a lot. Most of them are very personal and I had to uncover and reveal my soul and all my intimate thoughts and emotions.?

This World Won’t Listen Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. If You Don’t Live for Something, You’ll Die for Nothing

3. Waterfalls

4. Let Me Breathe

5. Oniria

6. Scream Til You Can

7. Sinking with my Pain (FT. Dani Nelli)

8. Children’s Wishes are Men’s Regrets

9. Cold Black Sea

10. Lonely Sailors

11. The Longest Night

12. Broken Windows



 About Blinding Sunrise:

Blinding Sunrise is a Melodic Metalcore band formed in May of 2011 in Vittoria, a small town in Italy. The band consists of Francesca Ereddia (Vocals), Mattia Giuffrida (Vocals), Matteo Lorefice (Guitar), Onofrio Butera (Bass), Luca Pace (Guitar) and Valerio Macca (Drums).On September 2011, they composed the first single, “Stab”. The band discovered a lot of different influences by mixing the power of Metalcore and the melody of Emocore.

In 2013, the band released their debut EP Cold Like Winter distributed by MYO Agency. The record was mixed and mastered at Adrenaline Recording Studios and featured the singles “Hundred Pieces” and “Scream Till You Can”.

Their debut album This World Won’t Listen will be released on 9/9.

IIVII: Colony Full-Length From Ambient Space Project Featuring A Storm Of Light’s Josh Graham Out NOW And Streaming


“If I can even approach the territory of personal heroes like Brian Eno, Arvo Part, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Hair And Skin Trading Company, then I can float happily away into space.” – Josh Graham

Colony, the debut full-length from IIVII, is out today on Consouling Sounds. An intergalactic solo project spearheaded by visual artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Josh Graham, with IIVII, Graham expands upon his sonic body of work traversing new electronic territory that focuses on the subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense comic-styled atmospheres, rather than the bombastic approach found in his primary band, A Storm Of Light.

In an advance investigation, Noisey relays of the comic journey, “with his new project… Graham delves deep into uncharted territory to explore dark synth soundscapes and ambient,” likening the recording to a, “score for a trip into the great black beyond.” Two Guys Metal Reviews gushes, “This is the kind of music that provides a sort of background track to life, guiding you through triumphs and failures as you seek to move forward whilst suffocating in a storm of cranes. IIVII pull apart every iota of what it means to be a depressed being and force you to look at it in a strangely beautiful and very poignant way… ambient mastery for a new generation and it will ring for years to come.” Wonderbox Metal notes, “This is expertly judged, with each track really giving the impression of a far-flung, lonely colony, adrift in the endless night. It’s the perfect soundtrack for its science fiction-theme. Perfect for lonely, dark nights.” Adds, “The soundscapes come across moody and beautiful, embodying the desolation, isolation and wonder of space. Song titles reflect these themes such as ‘Shaping Itself From Dust,’ ‘Colliding Horizons’ and ‘On The Shores Of Markarian 335.’ These soundtracks to the exploration of the unknown caress the unfathomable depths of space and time through sound with a haunting, alien dread countering an unshakable sense of reverence.”

Colony is currently streaming in full courtesy of Fact Magazine who issues of the release, “It’s not unheard of for metal and ambience to mix, but rather than something like Burzum’s Filosofem, Graham feels closer to Fenriz’s Darkthrone-side project, Neptune Towers, by pushing off from metal’s earthy roots and into deep space. Colony is a record that embraces science fiction tones, often feeling like the soundtrack to some unfilmed epic through all its textured drift and bubbling synths.”

Elaborates Graham, “Earlier this year, we were cooped up in a seemingly endless New York Winter. So much snow. I needed an escape. What started as a textural experiment into vast synth layers, turned into a personal journey into the meditative aspects of sound. For me, the music winds in and out of soothing and tension-building soundscapes, while still progressing as songs rather than drones. If I can even approach the territory of personal heroes like Brian Eno, Arvo Part, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Hair And Skin Trading Co, then I can float happily away into space.”

IIVII live shows will fuse guitar, analogue and digital keyboards, cassette loops, and more. Select performances also welcome multi-instrumentalist Will Lindsay to the mix. Lindsay is a longtime collaborator in A Storm of Light, and his resume includes Indian, Wolves In The Throne Room, Bloodyminded, Lord Mantis, Anatomy Of Habit and more.

Colony is out TODAY on Consouling Sounds digitally, on CD and on vinyl.

Losing September Release “American Hero” Music Video & Prepare For Upcoming Tour

Hard Rock / Metal band Losing September have released their “American Hero” music video which was directed by Nick Rage and originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine. The song comes from the band’s American Hero EP which is available now on iTunes. Losing September will be supporting their “American Hero” EP on their upcoming “American Hero Tour” which kicks off on September 4th in Akron, Ohio and works it’s way throughout the midwest wrapping up on Septmeber 25th in Slidell, Louisiana.

 This was one of the most stressful videos to shoot for sure. We had to take multiple takes of us getting shot by a host of paintball guns from about 10 yards away while blindfolded. It was the first music video off our new 5 song EP called American Hero, so it had be a little more daring than our other music videos we’ve done. We wanted to push the envelop a little bit more on this one. – Nick Foreman (Lead Guitarist)

American Hero Tour Dates:

09/04 – Empire – Akron, Ohio

09/05 – Pappy Z’s Farm Fest – Negley, Ohio

09/09 – Acoustic Room – Muncie, Indiana

09/10 – 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, Indiana

09/11 – The Warehouse – Clarksville, Tennessee

09/17 – RBC – Dallas, Texas

09/18 – Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, Texas

09/19 – BFE Rock Club – Houston, Texas

09/26 – Corner Pub – Slidell, Louisiana

Destructonomicon to release new EP

The undeniably badass DESTRUCTONOMICON will be releasing their new EP later this month. Check out Parasite, a track form the EP.


2015 turned out to be a busy year for DESTRUCTONOMICON. Aside from recording they shared stages with heavyweights Agnostic Front, Biohazard, Life Of Agony, Cryptopsy, Terrorizer, and Noisem among others. They will round out the year with a few hometown shows with Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Deicide, and D.R.I.


9/20 Orlando, FL @The Haven w/ TOXIC HOLOCAUST, LORD DYING
10/30 Sanford, FL @West End Trading Co. w/ DEICIDE
12/10 Orlando,FL @Bombshells Tavern 2/DRI

W.A.S.P. Debut Lyric Video For “Scream” on Blabbermouth

 W.A.S.P. Debut Lyric Video For “Scream” on Blabbermouth
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P.  This October 9th, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.
The first lyric video from Golgotha is being exclusively premiered today courtesy of  Get a first look at the lyric video for “Scream”HERE.
Frontman Blackie Lawless on “Scream”:
“Scream” was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for.  The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip.  ‘Your gonna cry if you want me, Your gonna lie if you love me!!!  It’s enough to make you wanna “Scream’!!!
The first single from Golgotha “Last Runaway” is available for streaming at HERE.
Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records WebstoreHERE.
Golgotha Track Listing:
1. Scream
2. Last Runaway
3. Shotgun
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
9. Golgotha

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins.  Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’sDominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!



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RIVERS OF NIHIL Release “Monarchy”

“Monarchy” is not only their darkest record to date, but their most dynamic, atmospheric and powerful”
-9/10 Outburn Magazine-

“Monarchy” is the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now, and it probably won’t change any time soon.”
-Heavy Blog is Heavy-

Today RIVERS OF NIHIL have released their sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Fans can purchase the album, which No Clean Singing calls “…a pinnacle of the band’s union of atmospheric and progressive aims” on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp or directly from Metal Blade Records.

The album can be streamed via Apple Music and Spotify.

This week, the band played a special album release show in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus. Fans were treated to songs from “Monarchy” as well as classic tracks from the band’s debut. A full North American tour will be announced soon.


The seasonal concept that began with spring on “The Conscious Seed of Light” continues, of course, with “Monarchy”, as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in “The Conscious Seed of Light”. Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band’s primary lyricist, explains: “The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet.”

ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin Reissue

This October, extreme metal powerhouse, Unique Leader Records, will reissue The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, the second full-length from Russian death metal behemoths and recent label signees, ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY. The out-of-print brutalizer was initially released in 2012 via Brutal Bands Records and earned the adulation of underground slam fiends in the proverbial know. Sputnik Music praised in a 4/5 rating, ?The Anomalies? is an album made for death metal fans, emphasizing everything they love and amplifying it in grotesque proportions. The riffs, drums and vocals have all been honed to near perfection, creating an album full of sci-fi based anthems that will bring the alien mosh warrior right out of you.? In an 8.5/10 score, Metal Storm named the record, the ?top slam death album of the year,? adding, ?For those who are unfamiliar with ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY, all you need to know is that their sophomore release is quite literally stronger in every aspect: groove, technicality, brutality, flow, clarity, and songwriting prowess. Far be it from me to say these guys are the Tool of brutal death metal, but their overall abilities have improved immensely, surpassing their peers with a vulgar display of power.? Spirit Of Metal concurred crowning The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, ?Russian death metal at its best,? commending its, ?musical quality and bombarding brutality,? while Skull Fracturing Metal called the record, ?a perfect example of what brutal death metal has to offer. It features relentless blast beats, an endless barrage of vocals that discuss pseudo-intellectual topics, and low-tuned slamming guitars.?

The Anomalies Of Artificial redux was remixed and remastered by Ivan Anthropocide at Anthropocide Studios and includes the wicked sci-fi cover renderings of Par Olofsson, Matti Way (Cinerary, Liturgy, ex-Disgorge, ex-Pathology) on lead vocals and guest backing vocals by Angel Ochoa (Condemned, Cephalotripsy), Corey Athos (Deeds Of Flesh, Flesh Consumed), and A.J. Magana (Disgorge).

The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin Track Listing:
1. Remnants Of The Tortured
2. A Massacre In The North
3. Letting Them Fall…
4. A Burial For The Abandoned
5. Lack Of Oxygen
6. Wormhole Inversion
7. The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin
8. The Last Communion

Hailing from the Moscow region, ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY was forged in 2003 under the original moniker of Devoured Entrails. Through various lineup shifts over the next several years the band began performing regularly, and released several decimating recordings, leading with their initial promo demo in 2006, followed by their debut long playee, In The End Of Human Existence, released the following year by Lacerated Enemy Records. A four-year gap and multiple more lineup shifts would bridge their first full-length and their next release, a new promotional CD in 2011, which gained the attention of Brutal Bands Records, who issued the band?s second album, The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin, in 2012.

2015 sees the ABOMINABLE PUTRIDITY lineup more stable than ever, and ready for the next chapter in their destructive history, having been picked up by Unique Leader Records. The band is currently composing material for their upcoming third full-length album which will be recorded later this year for release through Unique Leader in 2016. Fans of Devourment, Disgorge, Skinless, Pathology, Katalepsy and the like stay alert.

The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin will be reissued on CD and LP (with alternative artwork by Matt Auer of Mottla Art) via Unique Leader Records on October 30th. Preorders are currently available.



The Icelandic Viking Metal band SKÀLMÖLD are set to hit the road from end of November through mid-December together with ELUVEITIE again for an extensive European and Scandinavian tour!
The latest album Með vættum promises epic Viking stories and fleshes with a cool Icelandic breeze.
Get ready for your fix of Pagan and Viking Metal on these upcoming tour dates:

23.11.15 DE – Kiel / Orange Club
24.11.15 DK – Aarhus / Voxhall
25.11.15 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
27.11.15 NO – Haugesund / Byscenen
28.11.15 NO – Bergen / Garage
29.11.15 NO – Oslo / John Dee
30.11.15 SE – Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
01.12.15 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
03.12.15 FI – Helsinki / Nosturi
04.12.15 FI – Turku / Klubi
05.12.15 FI – Tampere / Pakkahuone
06.12.15 EE – Tallinn / Tapper
08.12.15 LV – Riga / Melna Piektdiena
09.12.15 LT – Vilnius / Loftas
10.12.15 PL – Gdansk / B 90
11.12.15 DE – Rostock / Alte Zuckerfabrik

TELOCH VOVIN: No Clean Singing Issues “Adoration/Vexation” From Further Down The Tunnel EP By NYC Occult Black Metal Sect

As New York City-based occult black metal collective, TELOCH VOVIN, prepares to release their Further Down The Tunnel EP on 2015 Fall Equinox, the first public foretaste of the grisly recording has been made available early, with both audio and video versions of the track “Adoration/Vexation” premiered through No Clean Singing.

TELOCH VOVIN’s latest release, Further Down The Tunnel sees the outfit’s cruel tones delivered with more searing clarity than ever, showing the band honing their craft while retaining the Khaotic unchained maliciousness one would expect from the band through five tracks engineered, mixed and mastered by Jos-Sothoth. With nearly a half-hour of tormented disharmony, the EP takes the listener one step further from the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and deepening the souls fall into Khaos. The maiden single to be issued from the record comes with the closing track, “Adoration/Vexation,” which features some of the most intense moments of the EP, and includes guest vocals by Paul Delaney of Black Anvil.

“Adoration/Vexation” is spat forth through the underground metal loyalists at No Clean singing in both audio and video formats, the site issuing, “The first part of the song is mid-paced, with rolling tremolo chords expressing a melancholy melody that does indeed reflect an atmosphere of worship – though the multitude of savage voices that erupt over the music come across not as solemn, but as explosively ferocious. You’ll have no trouble detecting when the song segues into the second half of the duality – the band start to thrash and slash at high speed, spewing unrestrained destruction, still accompanied by those thoroughly unhinged shrieks, growls, and roars, but now with the addition of clean vocals that give the song a ritualistic aura.”

TELOCH VOVIN will independently issue Further Down The Tunnel digitally and on CD on the first day of Fall, September 23rd. Preorders for the CD and other merch including two patch designs, a t-shirt design, a few remaining physical copies of the band’s I and Atah Gebur Le-Olam Sathanas live CDR releases as well as a limited number of Red (Lilith) and Black (Samael) ritual candles are available.

Following an absence of shows since last year, TELOCH VOVIN will also return to the stage in support of their new works. Already confirmed is an appearance at the first day of the Rage Of Armageddon Fest at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn alongside Broken Hope, Embalmer and more, with additional live Rituals to be announced.

10/16/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY @ Rage Of Armageddon Fest w/ Broken Hope, Embalmer

The cryptic works of the TELOCH VOVIN coven have amassed a respectable and diehard legion of devotees for the cult over the past three years, regionally via notable live performances throughout the greater New York City area and internationally through their independently-released I rehearsal promo CD in 2013, and last year’s Atah Gebur Le-Olam Sathanas limited edition live CDR. Unloading a Khaotic disease ridden, occult-based, black/death metal attack infiltrated with ceremonial bells, chimes and unorthodox instrumentation amidst layered vocal insanity, the band’s on-stage rituals include candlelight altars, sacrificial bones and ritual blood, and ablaze with an atmosphere of pure death worship. Lyrically, the outfit delves further into the abyssal unknown than a great majority of their peers, with an incredibly devoted intensity to their craft based upon the rites and rituals of the temple surrounding the band.


Torche Announce Additional Fall European Headlining Tour Dates

Torche has confirmed an additional round of dates for their previously announced month-long fall European headlining tour starting this November. Having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Western Europe over the past year, this tour will see Torche bring their unique brand of doom metal and hard rock to Scandinavia and much of Eastern Europe. A complete listing of dates is available below.

Torche recently released Restarter, the band?s debut for Relapse Records, and their best selling album to date, with the ten-song collection landing on multiple worldwide charts and Pitchfork calling the set ?their most compelling record since Meanderthal? and Entertainment Weekly dubbing the band ?loud rock?s most adroit genre-benders.? The album can be streamed in it’s entirety via Bandcamp.

Restarter is available on CD/LP/2xLP/Digital and can be purchased via Relapse.


Torche Tour Dates:

Nov 05 Bremen, DE Tower

Nov 06 Aalborg, DK Aalborg Metal Festival

Nov 07 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers

Nov 08 Copenhagen, DK BETA

Nov 09 Kongsberg, NO Energimolla

Nov 10 Stavanger, NO Folken

Nov 11 Bergen, NO Garage

Nov 12 Oslo, NO John Dee

Nov 13 Stockholm, SE Debaser Strand

Nov 15 Helsinki, FI Tavastia

Nov 16 Tallinn, ES Tapper

Nov 17 Riga, LT Nabaklab

Nov 18 Vilnius, LT Kablys

Nov 20 Warsaw, PL Hydrozagadka

Nov 21 Krakow, PL Zascianek

Nov 22 Bratislava, SK Randall

Nov 23 Budapest, HU Durer Kert

Nov 25 Bucharest, RO Fabrica

Nov 26 Sofia, BG Mixtape 5

Nov 27 Belgrade, RS DomOmladine Beograde

Nov 28 Sarajevo, BA Ag Club

Nov 29 Zagreb, HR Klub Attack

Nov 30 Nova Gorcia, SI Mostovna

Dec 01 Vienna, AU Arena – 3 Raum Bar

Dec 03 Athens, GR An Club

CANNIBAL CORPSE Announces Fall Headlining Tour With Cattle Decapitation And Soreption

CANNIBAL CORPSE has spent the summer of 2015 conquering Europe, with included stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows. But they aren’t even close to being finished with 2015. The band today reveals their plans for a massive US tour this Fall, bringing a brutal package of acts with them across the United States beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th. Direct support is slated to come from Metal Blade labelmates, Cattle Decapitation, preceded by Sweden’s Soreption, plus a local opener on each show. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th. VIP upgrades will be announced soon. Check for details as they are made available.

Comments CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster: “We’re very excited to be hitting the road this Fall with Cattle Decapitation and Soreption, two killer bands that we know our fans will love. Get ready for a night of complete brutality!”

Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan expresses the band’s excitement for the upcoming shows: “We’ve wanted to tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE ever since we started touring and we’re glad that’s finally going to be a reality! Looking forward to making memories with these guys and Soreption!”

CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Cattle Decapitation, Soreption:
10/08/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
10/09/2015 Motorco – Durham, NC
10/10/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC
10/12/2015 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
10/13/2015 Reverb – Reading, PA
10/14/2015 The Emporium – The Emporium – Long Island, NY
10/15/2015 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
10/16/2015 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/17/2015 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
10/19/2015 VClub Live – Huntington, WV
10/20/2015 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
10/21/2015 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
10/23/2015 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/24/2015 Club XS – Tucson, AZ
10/25/2015 KnotFest – San Bernardino, CA
10/27/2015 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
10/28/2015 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2015 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
10/30/2015 Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
10/31/2015 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
11/01/2015 The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
11/03/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
11/05/2015 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
11/06/2015 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/07/2015 Venue 578 – Orlando, FL

A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE and thirteenth full-length overall, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida, the record boasts twelve ravenous tracks of confrontational, meticulously-executed ill-omened brutality as only CANNIBAL CORPSE can deliver.

Cattle Decapitation’s The Anthropocene Extinction was just released this past Friday, August 7th, and has amassed the praise from press and fans globally. Decibel Magazine commends, “abundant hooks, extremity meeting musicality, a diverse vocal performance, an almost surprisingly bittersweet tone, and hairpin temp shifts,” adding, “there’s always been a fine line between extremity and listenability and CATTLE DECAPITATION have marvelously tiptoed that line again… their command of craft has never been better.”

Swedish technical death metal unit, Soreption, released their Engineering The Void full-length last year via Unique Leader Records.A scrupulously-executed display of methodical genius, Engineering The Void spouts a wholly sophisticated barrage of Meshuggian riff sequences, obscure time signatures, head-jarring rhythms, and intervals of orchestral enormity all backed by the calloused growls of lead throat Fredrik Söderberg. The band’s latest North American jaunt follows their run earlier this year supporting Cryptopsy and Disgorge.

YOB: Psychedelic Doom Bringers Announce North American Headlining Tour With Support From Black Cobra This Fall

Pacific Northwestern psychedelic doom bringers, YOB, will bring their sonic enormity to stages this Fall on a lengthy North American headlining trek. Slated to commence on October 22nd in Boise, Idaho and conclude on November 21st in Oakland, California, the trio will quake the stages of over two dozen venues including a special performance at this year’s edition of Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Fest in San Antonio, Texas. Support will come from San Francisco volume dealers, Black Cobra. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 14th.

YOB w/ Black Cobra:
10/22/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
10/23/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/24/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
10/25/2015 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
10/27/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
10/28/2015 High Noon – Madison, WI w/ Jex Thoth
10/29/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Acid King
10/30/2015 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ Ethicist
10/31/2015 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/01/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
11/02/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC w/ Dopethrone
11/03/2015 Brighton – Boston, MA
11/05/2015 Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
11/06/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
11/07/2015 Webster Hall (Marlin Room) – New York, NY
11/08/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/09/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/11/2015 Tiger Mountain – Asheville, NC
11/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Author & Punisher, Muscle & Marrow
11/14/2015 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX
11/15/2015 Housecore Horror Festival – San Antonio, TX *
11/17/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ Deafheaven, Tribulation*
11/18/2015 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
11/19/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/20/2015 Echo – Los Angeles, CA
11/21/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA
* no Black Cobra

YOB’s live show is everything you’d want from a power trio. From frenetic riffs and furious drumming to slow, crushing doom, a YOB gig is less a performance and more a communal brain-fuck. They hold their audience transfixed with brief moments of brooding, atmospheric, almost ambient respite, before pulverizing them with a massive, brutal crush of noise. The band will be touring in support of their universally-adored Clearing The Path To Ascend full-length, released early last Fall via Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend topped Rolling Stone’s 2014 list of the best metal albums and was praised by countless media outlets from Pitchfork to The New York Times. Never before has doom metal been at the forefront of the public consciousness, and it’s easy to see why: though it’s come almost two decades into their existence, YOB have created not just the best album of their career – they’ve made what will come to be regarded as one of the defining records in the pantheon of doom metal.

YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings.

“YOB might be one of the best bands in North America.” – The New York Times

“Psychedelic rock, stoner rock, stoner metal, blues metal, ambient: all reside comfortably in YOB’s wheelhouse, coalescing and collapsing on a path that stretches as far as the listener’s imagination.” – Pitchfork

“The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB … makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” – Rolling Stone

“Mike Scheidt’s songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic… a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse.” – Decibel

“Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied (‘Nothing To Win’) as well as their gentlest (‘Marrow’), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us.” – Stereogum

“An absolute monument of musicianship, songcraft, and raw emotion…” — Free Williamsburg

“All dreams must end-but by extension, so must all nightmares. On Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB has beautifully, brutally conjured a bit of both.” – The A.V. Club

WITH THE DEAD To Release Self-Titled Debut October 16th on Rise Above Records

Supergroup is such an erroneous term – images of bored playboys pissing on their legacy spring to mind – but the members of WITH THE DEAD have a history of creating criminally good records as long as your arm. They’ve all served hard time in the subterranean worlds of Doom and the heaviest forms of Metal and have now reconvened to surpass previous projects. They’re back – and this time the aim is to maim.

WITH THE DEAD were formed by the founding rhythm section of occultist Doom overloads Electric Wizard: guitarist/bassist Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening, a pair once notorious for the sheer brute heaviness of their bowel-shaking sound and early extra-curricular activities that involved excess, injury and low-level criminality (arrests for the theft of a crucifix from a church roof and drunkenly robbing an off-licence to name but two). Both have also played together in Ramesses.

Completing the triangle is frontman Lee Dorrian, co-founder of Doom pioneers Cathedral, former frontman with grindcore legends Napalm Death and owner of Rise Above Records, the UK’s finest independent purveyors of all sounds heavy and underground, whose stable of bands include Ghost, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lucifer, Blood Ceremony and Witchcraft. Having been in business since 1988, Rise Above is also one of the most enduring.

Existing doom-heads will already know that the longstanding relationship between Rise Above and Electric Wizard is one that was fractious and fraught. Much mud has been slung between band, label and former members in recent years, but the WITH THE DEAD trio are of the opinion that big words meant little – it’s the action that truly counts. And as the fire that is Electric Wizard peters out, WITH THE DEAD burn with eyebrow-singeing intensity. WITH THE DEAD are heavy. No – scratch that. WITH THE DEAD are heavy.H.E.A.V.Y!!! They are a band with teeth and talons.

Like the product of some sort of alchemical alignment or a diabolical modern demon summoned by a whispered incantatory spell, WITH THE DEAD formed on All Hallow’s Eve 2014. They worked quickly and the result is a six-track, self-titled debut broadside that draws on the members’ rich musical legacy but without ever taking a backward step. Rising like a fecund creature from the fetid bogs of old England, With The Dead is a malevolent beast that lurches and staggers, flattening everything in its path. Guitars moil and curdle, bubbling up through the loam like black tar, while existing fans will surely welcome the return of Dorrian’s distinctly hateful vocals. The album was recorded at Orgone Studios in High Barnet, London, with producer/engineer Jaime Gomez Arellano in late March/early April 2015, With The Dead’s vocals were then added in two very short evening sessions in April and May 2015.

With The Dead Track Listing:
1. Crown of Burning Stars
2. The Cross
3. Nephthys`
4. Living With The Dead
5. I Am The Virus
6. Screams From My Own Grave

Lee Dorrian – vocals
Tim Bagshaw – guitar / bass
Mark Greening – drums

BLACK YO)))GA: First Ever CD/DVD To See Release This Fall Via Screaming Crow Records; Official Trailer Posted At Cvlt Nation

This October, Screaming Crow Records will release the first ever BLACK YO)))GA CD/DVD. Created by 200-hour RYT-certified instructor, Kimee Massie, BLACK YO)))GA is vinyasa style yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. It incorporates basic poses in a relaxed environment, while focusing on safe body mechanics. It’s a traditional yoga class in practice, however darker than what you may typically associate with the practice in the Western world.

Since 2012, the music for classes has been a series of mix-tapes. This particular recording — Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 — was performed and created by the BLACK YO)))GA Meditation Ensemble, an eclectic group of metallic hippies and doomlords, headed up by Kimee’s husband, Scott Massie. With members involved from Storm King, Veniculture, Agnes Wired For Sound, Moonstation Burning, Vulture, Deathcrawl, Complete Failure, Hero Destroyed, Filth On Demand, Secant Prime, Emay, Crown Of Eternity, Torrential Bleeding, and more, this ensemble has produced a soundscape tailored to create a heavy meditative space in order to spread the benefits of yoga to people within their own art and music communities: people who may battle depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma/PTSD, phobias, dark passengers, etc.; those who may not feel they fit into typical yoga classes; the people who, in all rights, may most need the balance and release of yoga to return to and lead rich, fulfilling lives.
This project consists of two releases. The first will be the BLACK YO)))GA DVD/instructional video, Asanas Ritual Vol 1, directed by Joseph Stammerjohn of Eyes To The Sky Films, containing a full one-hour yoga class, stylized and set to their original score. The second release will be a CD version of the soundtrack on its own. Both releases contain plenty of bonus features and will be available in stores and online by the first of October via Screaming Crow Records.

Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. A Wandering Through
2. The Dark Places In Our Lives
3. Carmentis
4. Hungry Ghosts
5. Negative Confession
6. Lament
7. Nest Of Thorns
8. Loopholes In The Universe

Asanas Ritual, Vol. 1 will see release via Screaming Crow Records on October 30th, 2015.


Death metal legends BROKEN HOPE, have confirmed their appearance at the 2015 OBSCENE EXTREME AMERICA festival on Saturday August, 22nd in Montreal Canada.
Obscene Extreme is one of the few remaining pure underground festivals bringing together some of the biggest extreme metal pioneers with cult-classic bands from around the world. The festival lineup features BROKEN HOPE, IMMOLATION, TRAP THEM and many more.
“BROKEN HOPE just played OBSCENE EXTREME in the Czech Republic for the first time last month–and it was a HUGE and INSANE concert experience for us! Now we’re back to play the MONTREAL edition of OEF, and we’re BEYOND STOKED! We haven’t played MONTREAL since 2013, and we have a longtime love for MONTREAL and our fans there, so this entire festival and the city hosting it makes BROKEN HOPE extremely excited for our appearance on August 21st! Moreover, BH will be playing a longer and extremely lethal set at OEF… you’ve been warned!!!!” states guitarist and founding father, Jeremy Wagner.

BROKEN HOPE will release the “LIVE DISEASE at BRUTAL ASSAULT” Blu-Ray Concert DVD and Live Album worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18th, 2015. In case you missed the Decibel Magazine preview, watch it now:


This Live Concert Blu-Ray and Live Album are historic firsts as BROKEN HOPE has never before released a Live Concert DVD or Live album-until NOW!

Damian Leski – Vocals

Jeremy Wagner – Guitars

Diego Soria – Bass

Matt Szlachta – Lead Guitars

Mike Miczek – Drums

BROKEN HOPE discography:

Omen of Disease (2013)
Grotesque Blessings (1999)
Loathing (1997)
Repulsive Conception (1995)
The Bowels Of Repugnance (1993)
Hobo Stew EP (1993)
Swamped In Gore (1991)

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