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ABIOTIC And Suffokate Join Forces For Murder Without Motive Co-Headlining Tour

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South Florida’s ABIOTIC are currently wrapping up song writing for their second full-length album for Metal Blade Records. As a precursor to entering the studio, the band will embark upon a July tour with with Suffokate. The Murder Without Motive Tour also includes support from Aegaeon and As They Sleep.

ABIOTIC
7/1/2014 Bombshell’s – Orlando, FL
7/2/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL

w/ Suffokate, Aegaeon, As They Sleep
7/3/2014 Walter’s – Houston, TX
7/4/2014 The White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
7/5/2014 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
7/6/2014 Tomcats West – Dallas, TX
7/7/2014 Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
7/8/2014 Bada Brew – Chicago, IL w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/9/2014 The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/10/2014 The Garage – Burnsville, MN w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/11/2014 Gabes – Iowa City, IA w/ Reaping Asmodeia
7/12/2014 The Rock House – Denver, CO
7/13/2014 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
7/14/2014 The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
7/16/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/17/2014 Rays Golden Lion – Richland, WA
7/18/2014 The Nest – Salem, OR
7/19/2014 Live Musicians Co-Op – Santa Rosa, CA
7/20/2014 San Jose Rock Shop – San Jose, CA
7/21/2014 Clash City Studios – Riverside, CA
7/22/2014 Nevada Sports Centre – Las Vegas, NV
7/23/2014 The Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
7/24/2014 Mirror Image Studios – Anaheim, CA
7/25/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
7/26 Blackwater – Albuquerque, NM

LAMB OF GOD’S “As The Palaces Burn” Feature Film Debuts on Video On Demand on June 3rd

After a successful worldwide theatrical showing that had the film playing in over 400 theaters and garnering universal critical acclaim, LAMB OF GOD announce today that their feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, will be available on Video On Demand starting June 3rd with an exclusive 30-day digital worldwide run on Vimeo On Demand.  The link below goes directly to the Vimeo player where the film is available for rent or purchase.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/asthepalacesburn

In addition, the film’s theatrical distributor Specticast has teamed with Gravitas Ventures to place the film on multiple cable, satellite, and telco Video On Demand platforms also commencing on June 3rd. These platforms include Cox Cable, Charter On Demand, Verizon Fios, Dish Network, Mediacom, Blue Ridge Communications, Suddenlink, Wave Broadband, Rogers on Demand, Shaw, Cogeco Cable, and East Link TV.

For more information on As The Palaces Burn, go to Asthepalacesburn.com

ARCH ENEMY launches new video for “You Will Know My Name”

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There’s no doubt – ARCH ENEMY is on the rise! For another preview of one of the most anticipated albums of the year, be sure to check out the new video for “You Will Know My Name“, once again directed by the band’s long-time friend and collaborator Patric Ullaeus.

ARCH ENEMY live
23.05.2014 – Turbohalle – Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 – Mixtape 5 – Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 – Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
30.05.2014 – New Age Club – Roncade, Italy
31.05.2014 – Rock and Roll Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
02.06.2014 – L’Etage – Rénnes, France
03.06.2014 – Le 106 – Rouen, France
04.06.2014 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 – Rosenhof – Osnabrück, Germany *
07.06.2014 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 – Studio USF – Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 – John Dee – Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany *
14.06.2014 – Conrad Sohm – Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 – RockMaraton – Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 – Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 – Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 – Seven Festival – Wegorzewo, Poland
17.07.2014 – Devilstone Festival – Anyksciai, Lithuania
18.07.2014 – American Beauty Car Show – Haapsalu, Estonia
19.07.2014 – Dong Open Air – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 – Getaway Rock – Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 – Leyendas Del Rock – Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 – Alcatraz Metal Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 – Alt-Fest – Kettering, UK
17.09.2014 – Kerubi – Joensuu, Finland
18.09.2014 – Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
19.09.2014 – The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
20.09.2014 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, Finland
22.09.2014 – Re:Republic – Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 – Yunost’ – Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 – Arena Hall – Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 – Glav Club – Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 – Zal Ozhidaniya – Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 – Otdykh Club – Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 – Angar Club – Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 – Tele Club – Yekaterinburg, Russia
19.10.2014 – Loudpark 2014 – Saitama City, Japan
26.11.2014 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France **
27.11.2014 – L’Usine – Istres, France **
01.12.2014 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France **
02.12.2014 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France **
04.12.2014 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands **
05.12.2014 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany **
06.12.2014 – Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, Germany **
07.12.2014 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany **
08.12.2014 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany **
09.12.2014 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany **
11.12.2014 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany **
12.12.2014 – Eventhall – Geiselwind, Germany **
13.12.2014 – Tonhalle – München, Germany **
14.12.2014 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland **
16.12.2014 – Institute – Birmingham, UK **
17.12.2014 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK **
18.12.2014 – The Forum – London, UK **
19.12.2014 – Academy – Manchester, UK **
20.12.2014 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland **
21.12.2014 – QMU – Glasgow, UK **
22.12.2014 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK **
*=support by IZEGRIM and DYING GORGEOUS LIES
**=supporting KREATOR

AMON AMARTH To Return To North America This Fall With Sabaton And Skeletonwitch‏

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AMON AMARTH will be reconquering North America this Fall. This time around, the band will bring fellow Swedes, Sabaton, along for the ride. Additionally, Skeletonwitch will once again be opening the show, with the exception of New York City where fans will be treated to the first-ever North American performance from extreme metal supergroup, Vallenfyre as part of the Decibel Magazine 10th anniversary celebrations (which will include additional news and events to be announced soon). In February of this year, AMON AMARTH devotees in Los Angeles witnessed the exclusive appearance of the band’s epic Viking ship stage setup. For this tour, New York enthusiasts will take in the Viking ship spectacle at the Best Buy Theatre on October 18th.

AMON AMARTH w/ Sabaton, Skeletonwitch
9/25/2014 Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA
9/26/2014 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
9/27/2014 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
9/29/2014 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
9/30/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10/01/2014 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
10/03/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
10/04/2014 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
10/05/2014 Louis’ Pub – Saskatoon, SK
10/06/2014 The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
10/07/2014 Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
10/10/2014 The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/11/2014 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
10/12/2014 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
10/14/2014 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
10/15/2014 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
10/17/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
10/18/2014 Best Buy Theatre – New York , NY *
10/19/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
10/21/2014 Track 29 -Chattanooga, TN
10/22/2014 Bijou Theater -Knoxville, TN
10/24/2014 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
10/25/2014 Freebird – Jacksonville, FL
10/26/2014 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
10/27/2014 The Civic – New Orleans, LA
10/29/2014 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10/30/2014 Mojoes – Jolie, IL
10/31/2014 Royal Oak – Detroit, MI
11/01/2014 The Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI
11/02/2014 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
11/04/2014 Bourbon Stree – Lincoln, NE
11/05/2014 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/07/2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/08/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/09/2014 Club XS – Tucson, AZ
* no Skeletonwitch

SEPTICFLESH DEBUTS NEW TRACK “PROTOTYPE”‏

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Greek metal masters SEPTICFLESH have unveiled another new track from their upcoming Prosthetic debut “Titan.” Watch a video stream for “Prototype” below featuring intense graphic artwork completed by the band’s vocalist/bassist Seth “Siro” Anton.

Scheduled for release on June 23, “Titan” is available either as a 2CD digipak (which includes a bonus disc featuring the orchestral score recording featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Children’s Choir) or gatefold 2LP.

2014 Conquerors of the World Tour Dates
06/22/14  Springfield, Va. – Empire
06/23/14 Wilmington, Del. – Mojo 13
06/24/14  New York, N.Y. – Gramercy Theatre
06/25/14  Cambridge, Mass. – Middle East
06/26/14  Montreal, Quebec – Café Campus
06/27/14  Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
06/28/14  Lakewood, Ohio – The Foundry
06/29/14  Chicago, Ill. – Reggie’s
06/30/14  Minneapolis, Minn. – Triple Rock
07/01/14  Winnipeg, Manitoba – Park Theatre
07/03/14  Edmonton, Alberta – Starlite Room
07/04/14  Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre
07/05/14  Seattle, Wash. – Studio Seven
07/06/14  Portland, Ore. – Tonic Lounge
07/07/14  Oakland, Calif. – Metro Opera House
07/08/14  West Hollywood, Calif. – House of Blues
07/09/14  Las Vegas, Nev. – Cheyenne Saloon
07/10/14  Phoenix, Ariz. – Joe’s Grotto
07/12/14  Denver, Colo. – Summit Music Hall

Anthrax Announces “Chile On Hell” Live DVD

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ANTHRAX have announced the release of “Chile On Hell,” a live-in-concert DVD that is set for a September 16, 2014 release.  “Chile On Hell” was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013.

The band performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax’s entire catalogue – all the fan-favorites including “I Am The Law,” “Indians,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “The Devil You Know,” and “I’m Alive.”  “Chile On Hell” will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound.

“Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante.  “When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room.  But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap.  I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop.  One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense.  Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”

“Plus,” Benante continued, the time was right to do this DVD.”  The band was in the home stretch of a three-plus-year campaign to record and support Worship Music and the Anthems EP, a period of time that was loaded with high points: the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey BelladonnaWorship Music making the band’s highest chart debut in two decades, the series of Big Four shows that culminated in the September 2011 Big Four spectacular at Yankee Stadium in the band’s home town of New York, “Anthrax Day” declared in the Bronx, becoming the first metal band to have its music (“Got The Time“) played on Mars, two Grammy nominations, and sold out shows in every corner of the globe.  “We wanted to finish on a high note,” Benante continued, “we didn’t want to look back and regret that we didn’t record the live show.”

VALLENFYRE to play Decibel Magazine anniversary show in October‏

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To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Decibel Magazine will host two exclusive, blowout concerts on Saturday, October 18th in Brooklyn and Manhattan! The first show will take place at the Best Buy Theater with AMON AMARTH, SABATON and VALLENFYRE kicking off the party; afterwards, SKELETONWITCH and EVOKEN will headline Saint Vitus Bar (with another very special guest soon to be announced).

This special event marks VALLENFYRE’s first stateside appearance.VALLENFYRE will be playing in support of their recently released sophomore effort, Splinters. For a preview of the album, the video for the crushing title track can be viewed below.

Best known as a founding member of UK gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, Greg Mackintosh transformed the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into VALLENFYRE’s death/doom/crust debut, A Fragile King (2011). This heartfelt and cathartic release is now followed-up by the even more abrasive and extreme second full-length, Splinters.

FALLUJAH: New Hymn From Atmospheric Death Metal Unit

San Francisco atmospheric death metal unit, FALLUJAH, is very pleased to hurl forth new track, “Sapphire.”

Sapphire‘comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, The Flesh Prevails. Mixed, mastered and engineered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California over the course of a few months, The Flesh Prevails features guest appearances from guitarist Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist) and the voice of Roniit Alkayam. The cover artwork was a collaborative effort between Poland’s Tomasz Alen Kopera and FALLUJAH vocalist, Alex Hofmann.

The Flesh Prevails will be released via Unique Leader Records on July 22, 2014 during FALLUJAH’s participation in this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more.

BASTARD FEAST announce ‘Osculum Infame’, stream “Bloated City”‏

Portland, Oregon’s extreme metal/sludge powerhouse BASTARD FEAST are streaming the first track, titled “Bloated City,” off their forthcoming new album, ‘Osculum Infame‘ (‘The Shameful Kiss’).

BASTARD FEAST’s forthcoming full-length was recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephan Hawkes (ATTILA, EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO, RED FANG) at Interlace Audio (RED FANG, CHINO MORENO, CHELSEA GRIN) in Portland, Oregon. ‘Osculum Infame‘ will be released by Season of Mist on July 22 (July 18 worldwide).

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Releases Track From Upcoming Instrumental LP

As Cascadian duo, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, prepares for the release of Celstite — the instrumental companion to their 2011 Celestial Lineage LP — they offer the public a foretaste of the impending album with an exclusive stream of its magnum opus, “Celestite Mirror.”

With over forty-five minutes of stunning, reworked versions of the powerful black metal anthems that surged on Celestial Lineage, on Celestite, the band takes a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, they unearthed a hidden soundscape that is only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM.

Celestite will see release in North America on July 8th through the band’s own newly forged label, Artemisia Records, with digipak CD, gatefold LP and digital download editions pending.

While Celesite bears new “non-metal” and fully synth-based output, the album does not represent a “change in direction” for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM as a whole. In fact, the duo will once again join forces with additional musical cohorts this Summer and bring their torrid and transcendental blackened whirlwind back to the masses this year, beginning with a West Coast tour this Summer. From July 11th through the 20th, WITTR will raid their hometown of Olympia Washington followed by Bellingham, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Los Angeles. Additional tour dates will follow over the coming months.

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM Tour Dates
7/11/2014 Capital Theatre Backstage – Olympia, WA
7/12/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
7/13/2014 The Venue – Vancouver, BC
7/14/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
7/15/2014 Star Theatre – Portland, OR
7/17/2014 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
7/19/2014 Che Café – San Diego, CA
7/20/2014 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Expain ‘Aggressions Progression’; Free Exclusive Download on SMNnews

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There’s something to be said about technology and its ability to bring musicians together and Vancouver’s Expain has Craigslist to thanks for its birth.

Mixing thrash with jazzier elements and everything in between, the band delivers music that’s energetic, diverse and thoughtful in every sense of the word. “Our music tends to be very melodic and we put a big emphasis on the songwriting, as well as the individual riffs,” says guitarist Eric Morrison.

The band’s debut album, ‘Just the Tip’, plays to its sense of humor, but also represents the beginning of a musical journey that’s not bound to stop or slow down any time soon. Writing about everything from overcoming adversity to partying hard, living in an ever-changing city and the state of today’s society as a whole, Expain has captured its true identity on record.

As Morrison explains, “We go through many different concepts on this album but I think throughout all of it there is an attempt to stay hopeful and make something positive out of difficult or unpleasant situations.”

Listen to Expain’s new single ‘Aggression Progression’ right here;

and get the free exclusive download here.

Watch the album teaser for ‘Just The Tip’;

Track Listing:
1. Bacchus (1:05)
2. Aggressions Progression (3:40)
3. Phoenix Writhing (3:19)
4. The King (5:04)
5. Don’t Worry The Worst Is Yet To Come (3:33)
6. Idol Worship (5:23)
7. Allegiance To Pain (2:18)
8. Manatee (4:58)
9. Headbang Your Head Off (2:31)
10. A.T.M. (3:44)
11. Eating A Beating Heart (4:57)

Total Length: 40:37

Album Credits:
All Songs performed by – Expain
All songs written by – Expain
Produced by – Matthew Roach
Mixed by – Matthew Roach

“a band built on displaying technical skills behind the instruments. A heavy and potent mixture of thrash and jazz metal, Vancouver, Canada?s Expain is hoping to become a staple in a genre built on technical skill and speed” – Under The Gun Review

“a perfect blend of the technical and melodic, combining together to create a sound that is incredibly unique and forthright. I have listened to the album several times now, and each time I find myself enjoying some new dimension to the sound, or some new aspect of the music. It just keeps getting better.” – Vancouver Metal

“Wildly diverse band that combines elements of thrash, punk, tech metal and even some jazz with an off-the-wall comedic streak.” Prog NW Metal Zone

“It?s one of the finest independently released albums I?ve ever heard in my life. From the short intro track ‘Bacchus’ all the way to the perfect closer in ‘Eating A Beating Heart,’ there’s so many quality thrashers on the disc. ‘The King’ is a personal favorite of mine as the musicianship is ridiculously tight. ‘Aggressions Progressions’ has an absolutely beautiful dueling solo section and ‘Manatee’ has a sick bass solo. Overall it’s 11 tracks of pure thrash mayhem” – Broken Neck Radio

“The band comes racing out of the gate with three dementedly heavy fist-pumpers… a promising metal act that is well worth a listen.” – Discorder (E.P.E.P Review)

“a strong mixture of early Thrash and Crossover Thrash concepts, blending them with a Melodic Death Metal sound, and plenty of energetic aggression.” – Apochs Metal Review (E.P.E.P Review)

“Don’t leave your children alone with The Almighty Excruciating Pain” – Metal Sucks (E.P.E.P Review)

TICKET GIVEAWAY: SKID ROW with KILL DEVIL HILL

Enter to win a pair of FREE tickets to see SKID ROW and KILL DEVIL HILL at Sellersville Theater 1894 in Sellersville, PA (located between Allentown and Philadelphia) on 7/22.

Tweet using the hashtag #beheresellersville and tag @ST94_Insider to be entered to win.  One winner will be announced 5/28 via Twitter.

SKID ROW still feature founding members Dave “The Snake” Sabo and Rachel Bolan with Scotti Hill and Rob Hammersmith.

KILL DEVIL HILL featuring PANTERA’s Rex Brown recently welcomed DANZIG and former TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly.

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WATAIN announces special performance in Brooklyn‏

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On Sunday, June 15th at the Brooklyn Bazaar, Swedish black metal tyrants WATAIN will ascend upon New York, this time with their infamous stage show entirely uncompromised! Expect a harsh and wild ceremony of blood, fire and death.

Presented by The Bunce Group, Brooklyn Bazaar, Blackened Music Series and Northside Festival, this special appearance will be WATAIN’s only US show this summer.

WATAIN will be playing in support of their critically acclaimed fifth full-length, The Wild Hunt, which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records.

PRONG Announce More Tour Dates

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PRONG has added more tour dates in Europe and North America as special guest to OVERKILL and additional headline appearances. The new album “Ruining Lives” is out now on Steamhammer/SPV as a limited Digipak version that includes 1 bonus track and a poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard CD version and download.

PRONG European Summer Dates 2014
22.07. I-Milano – Lo-Fi
24.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays
26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival
27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo
29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central
31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
02.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air
06.08. GB-Belfast – Limelight 2
07.08. IRE-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air
09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival
19.08. D-Düsseldorf – Stahlwerk Club
20.08. D-Aachen – Musikbunker
21.08. D-Stuttgart – Universum
22.08. D-Würzburg – Posthalle
23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

PRONG NORTH AMERICAN Dates 2014
10.09. US-Los Angeles,CA – Viper Room
11.09. US-Las Vegas,ND – LVCS
12.09. US-Anaheim,CA – The Grove
13.09. US-Tempe,AZ – Club Red
14.09. US-Albuquerque,NM – Launch Pad
15.09. US-Oklahoma City,OK – The Chameleon (with Overkill)
16.09. US-San Antonio,TX – Backstage Live
17.09. US-Houston,TX – Scout Bar
18.09. US-Dallas,TX – Trees (with Overkill)
19.09. US-Merriam,KS – Aftershock
20.09. US-Milwaukee,WI – Rave (with Overkill)
21.09. US-Joliet,IL – Mojoes (with Overkill)
22.09. US-Cleveland,OH – Agora Ballroom (with Overkill)
23.09. CAN-Toronto,ONT – Opera House (with Overkill)
24.09. CAN-Quebec Ciry,QUE – Imperial de Quebec (with Overkill)
25.09. US-Philadelphia,PA – The Trocadero (with Overkill)
26.09. US-Hartford,CT – Webster Theater (with Overkill)
27.09. US-Sayreville,NJ – Starland Ballroom (with Overkill)
28.09. US-Worcester,MA – The Palladium
29.09. US-Albany,NY – Bogie`s
30.09. US-New York,NY – The Gramercy Theatre
01.10. US-West Springfield,VA – Empire
02.10. US-Pittsburgh,PA – Smiling Moose
03.10. US-Westland,MI – Token Lounge
04.10. US-Kokomo,IN – Centerstage
05.10. US-Louisville,KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards
07.10. US-Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
09.10. US-Seatlle,WA – El Corazon
10.10. CAN-Vancouver,BC – Rickshaw Theater
11.10. US-Portland,OR – Hawthorne Theatre
12.10. US-Boise,ID – The Shredder
14.10. US-San Francisco – Thee Parkside

PRONG European Dates with OVERKILL 2014
30.10. E-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
31.10. E-Madrid – Shoko
01.11. P-Lisbon – Paradise Garage
02.11. E-Bilbao – Kafe Antzokia
04.11. I-Milano – Live Club
05.11. CH-Pratteln – Z7
06.11. D-Karlsruhe – Substage
07.11. D-Osnabrück – Rosenhof
08.11. D-Bremen – Tivoli
09.11. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
11.11. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
12.11. D-Hamburg – Markthalle
13.11. D-Berlin – Postbahnhof
14.11. D-Cologne – Essigfabrik
15.11. NL-Uden – De Pul

MUTILATION RITES PREMIERES NEW SONG; LIMITED-EDITION 7-INCH ON SALE NOW‏

As they make their way to the prestigious Maryland Deathfest this weekend, New York-based “filthy black metallers” MUTILATION RITES have unveiled “Suffer The Children,” their first new music in two years. This new track is from their forthcoming album “Harbinger,” the highly anticipated follow-up to their Prosthetic debut “Empyrean.”


Although “Harbinger” will not be released until the summer, “Suffer The Children” is now available as a limited-edition 7″ single featuring two B-sides ? covers of “Police Bastard” by Doom and “Protest and Survive” by Discharge). It features mind-altering artwork from grotesque death metal artist Mark Riddick (Metalocalpyse, Aborted, Suffocation). The A-side was recorded with producer Kevin Bernsten (Magrudergrind, Triac) at Developing Nations in Baltimore, while the covers were self-recorded. Says the band, “The two covers were recorded in our practice space in a whirlwind of drugs and alcohol. We picked our favorite and most tasteful ‘real’ punk songs and did them live in one take.”

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
5/25 Baltimore,MD – Maryland Deathfest (10 p.m. set @ Ram’s Head Live)
5/26 Hartford, CT – Webster Undergound ^
5/27 Cambridge, MA – Sinclair ^
5/28 New York, NY – Santos Party House ^
5/29 Cleveland, OH – Foundry ^
5/30 Detroit, MI – The Shelter ^
5/31 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club ^
7/18-20 Oshkosh, WI – Gilead Fest 2014 @ Oshkosh Masonic Center
7/21 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club *
^ with Black Breath
* with Ash Borer

VALDUR To Emerge From Their Catacombs; New Material Planned For 2014 Release‏

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While their third full-length, At War With, inundated the masses in 2013, black/death trio VALDUR has remained secluded from band actions for several months, but now the cult confirms their upcoming emergence from their Sierra Nevada catacombs for a special live performance, as well as the penning of new material.

On July 9th, VALDUR will invade Sacramento to provide direct support for the only West Coast appearance of the mighty Sargeist, the bill also including Killgasm and Pale Chalice.

Further information on VALDUR will be released later in 2014 upon the completion of their next recorded works. In the meantime, the first run of At War With CDs has already sold out, and the cassettes are already running low, so get em while you can.

Infecting the Swarm – Pathogenesis REVIEW

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Infecting the Swarm is the latest Brutal Death Metal band from Germany. That scene has just picked up ever since Defeated Sanity made a mark. This band however prefers to do it straight – Disgorge happens to be the primary influence and of course related bands like Pathology (early) and Liturgy. There’s the heft of American bands like Devourment and Guttural Secrete too and the mind-boggling speed as well. On these grounds the band is ace. Perfect brutality and speed, although there’s not that much technicality or flamboyancy like say Rings of Saturn or even recent Pathology. Vocals are among the best and deepest you’ll hear – from the Matti Way school of infernal chasmic growling. The artwork is a refreshing change from the misogynist or overly cheesy gore kinds. Apparently, ‘Pathogenesis’ is the first of three sci-fi themed albums. That’s any day more interesting with at least the imagery leaving something to the imagination, something cerebral at least.

The band is trying to mix things up within the confinement of the sound it’s created for itself, resembling Suffocation, but it seems rather linear. This is something the band could work on, throwing more distinct breaks and tempo changes. The occasional solo or atmospheric parts are too few and far between. But if it’s brutality you’re looking for, this is something that will satisfy you for sure. It depends what you’re looking for when you approach a Brutal Death Metal release – subgenres serve a purpose and this one won’t disappoint you. It saves you the getting-into time because it’s going straight for the jugular.

Let’s hope the band is able to keep up its brutality in the upcoming albums as well and does something a little out of the ordinary. Something perhaps more original or unpredictable. As it stands, ‘Pathogenesis’ is a solid album, for fans of US Death Metal – the fast, utterly brutal and savage kind.

 
Kunal Choksi

Aposento – Self-Titled REVIEW

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Aposento is a Spanish Death Metal band from the early ’90s. Unfortunately the band couldn’t release any full length albums back in the day and broke up. Nonetheless, the band released a couple of demos, and upon reuniting, a couple of EPs as well but it’s only now that the band has released its debut full length under the banner of Xtreem Music. Personally, I’m almost tired of new bands attempting to play old school Death Metal – there’s nothing like the old guys understanding the essence of that style and playing it naturally than kids getting in the studio and contriving to sound somewhat like that. There’s a difference you see and in this case it’s quite apparent. Aposento has more substance than many of such aesthetic-driven bands put together. And it sounds as relevant as any Death Metal music out there.

This isn’t some slow, dragging music doled out under the pretext of washed out old school legends releasing an album. No sir, this is something that will kick the shit out of even the modern bands in terms of speed and drive. I daresay it will even give them a run for their money, especially the ones trying too hard. Aposento has roots in the primitive style of Death Metal comparable to the likes of early Massacre, Master, even Benediction – it’s that meat and potatoes kind of Death Metal. It’s got this Thrash vibe to it as well which renders the proceedings lively. There’s hardly any slow shit here. It’s just raging and blasting Death Metal music with the emphasis on delivering pure riffy Death Metal than anything else. Everything else takes a backseat.

This kind of riffy Death Metal has come from around the world. I could liken it to Monstrosity circa ‘In Dark Purity’ for its riff-oriented meatiness and equally, to the Brazilian legends Headhunter D.C. It’s the kind of Death Metal that will never lose its appeal. It’s the basis of this genre. There’s this inherent rabidity which is reminiscent of South American bands, mostly early Sepultura. Just combine all the cited bands and imagine a potent and highly competent band delivering Death Metal. It’s bound to please you, unless you’re a stickler for technicality or brutality or modern pit grooves. Or you could thrash like a maniac, throw your horns up frantically and just bang your head off in classic style.

Aposento has delivered an album late in its career but going by the quality, better late than never I’d say. It’s a reminder of how good Death Metal can sound with the heart being in the right place.

 

Kunal Choksi

 

Wardead Records announces Vomiting Corpses reissue

New label Wardead Records (www.wardeadrecords.com) announces the much-awaited reissue of the long out of print Vomiting Corpses material. For the uninitiated, Vomiting Corpses is a Death Metal band from Germany that was around since the late ’80s and released a couple of well-received demos and a legendary album in ‘Coma: The Spheres of Innocence’ before splitting up and forming Anasarca and Fearer. The whole release can be streamed over here -

 

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ARCH ENEMY posts in-depth video interview with Michael Amott & Alissa White-Gluz

ARCH ENEMY’s highly anticipated album, War Eternal, will be released in less than a month’s time! Check out this interview with Michael Amott (guitar) and new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz.

ARCH ENEMY War Eternal release dates
SWEDEN / JAPAN (through Trooper Entertainment): Wednesday, June 4, 2014
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, June 6, 2014
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, June 9, 2014
USA / CANADA / ITALY / SPAIN / POLAND: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ARCH ENEMY live
23.05.2014 – Turbohalle – Bucharest, Romania
24.05.2014 – Metal Summer Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
25.05.2014 – Mixtape 5 – Sofia, Bulgaria
27.05.2014 – Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
30.05.2014 – New Age Club – Roncade, Italy
31.05.2014 – Rock and Roll Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Novara), Italy
02.06.2014 – L’Etage – Rénnes, France
03.06.2014 – Le 106 – Rouen, France
04.06.2014 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
05.06.2014 – Rosenhof – Osnabrück, Germany *
07.06.2014 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, Sweden
09.06.2014 – Studio USF – Bergen, Norway
10.06.2014 – John Dee – Oslo, Norway
11.06.2014 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
13.06.2014 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany *
14.06.2014 – Conrad Sohm – Dornbirn, Austria
15.06.2014 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
27.06.2014 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Dischingen, Germany
09.07.2014 – RockMaraton – Pecs, Hungary
11.07.2014 – Rock Harz Open Air – Ballenstedt, Germany
12.07.2014 – Masters Of Rock – Vizovice, Czech Republic
13.07.2014 – Seven Festival – Wegorzewo, Poland
17.07.2014 – Devilstone Festival – Anyksciai, Lithuania
18.07.2014 – American Beauty Car Show – Haapsalu, Estonia
19.07.2014 – Dong Open Air – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
02.08.2014 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
07.08.2014 – Getaway Rock – Gävle, Sweden
08.08.2014 – Leyendas Del Rock – Alicante, Spain
09.08.2014 – Alcatraz Metal Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium
14.08.2014 – Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, Germany
17.08.2014 – Alt-Fest – Kettering, UK
17.09.2014 – Kerubi – Joensuu, Finland
18.09.2014 – Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
19.09.2014 – The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
20.09.2014 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, Finland
22.09.2014 – Re:Republic – Minsk, Belarus
23.09.2014 – Yunost’ – Kiev, Ukraine
25.09.2014 – Arena Hall – Krasnodar, Russia
27.09.2014 – Glav Club – Moscow, Russia
28.09.2014 – Zal Ozhidaniya – Saint Petersburg, Russia
30.09.2014 – Otdykh Club – Novosibirsk, Russia
01.10.2014 – Angar Club – Omsk, Russia
03.10.2014 – Tele Club – Yekaterinburg, Russia
19.10.2014 – Loudpark 2014 – Saitama City, Japan
26.11.2014 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France **
27.11.2014 – L’Usine – Istres, France **
01.12.2014 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France **
02.12.2014 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France **
04.12.2014 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands **
05.12.2014 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany **
06.12.2014 – Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, Germany **
07.12.2014 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany **
08.12.2014 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany **
09.12.2014 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany **
11.12.2014 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany **
12.12.2014 – Eventhall – Geiselwind, Germany **
13.12.2014 – Tonhalle – München, Germany **
14.12.2014 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland **
16.12.2014 – Institute – Birmingham, UK **
17.12.2014 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK **
18.12.2014 – The Forum – London, UK **
19.12.2014 – Academy – Manchester, UK **
20.12.2014 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland **
21.12.2014 – QMU – Glasgow, UK **
22.12.2014 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK **
*=support by IZEGRIM and DYING GORGEOUS LIES
**=supporting KREATOR

MARDUK announce official “La Grande Danse Macabre” and “World Funeral” re-issues

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Century Media Records are proud to announce stunning reissues of the classic MARDUK albums “La Grande Danse Macabre” (2001) and “World Funeral” (2003) set for release on June 23, 2014 in Europe and June 24, 2014 in the US. Both albums have been out of print for quite a while and will now be released in revamped editions featuring new covers, liner notes, rare photos from the band’s archive and bonus tracks on the CDs / digital albums. Both titles were also remastered by current MARDUK bassist Devo Andersson.

MARDUK – La Grande Danse Macabre (re-issue + bonus) CD/digital album track-list
1. Ars Moriendi
2. Azrael
3. Pompa Funebris 1660
4. Obedience unto Death
5. Bonds of Unholy Matrimony
6. La Grande Danse Macabre
7. Death Sex Ejaculation
8. Funeral Bitch
9. Summers End
10. Jesus Christ… Sodomized
11. Samhain (Samhain cover)
12. Obedience
13. Funeral Bitch – EP Version
14. Into The Crypts Of Rays (Celtic Frost cover)
Tracks 1-6 = LP Side A
Tracks 7-10 = LP Side B

MARDUK – “La Grande Danse Macabre” LP
180gr white LP (100 copies) – exclusive to CM Distro Europe
180gr lilac LP (200 copies) – exclusive to CM Distro USA
180gr silver LP (100 copies) – exclusive to Nuclear Blast Europe
180gr black LP (600 copies)

MARDUK – World Funeral (re-issue + bonus) CD/digital album track-list
1. With Satan and Victorious Weapons
2. Bleached Bones
3. Cloven Hoof
4. World Funeral
5. To the Death’s Head True
6. Castrum Doloris
7. Hearse
8. Night of the Long Knives
9. Bloodletting
10. Blessed Unholy
11. Blackcrowned
12. Phantasm (Possessed cover)
13. With Satan and Victorious Weapons (rehearsal 2002)
14. World Funeral (rehearsal 2002)
15. Hearse / The Neverdead (rehearsal 2002)
16. Night of the Long Knives (rehearsal 2002)
17. Bleached Bones (rehearsal 2002)
18. To the Death’s Head True (rehearsal 2002)
Tracks 1-5 = LP Side A
Tracks 6-11 = LP Side B

MARDUK – “World Funeral” LP
180gr white LP (100 copies) – exclusive to CM Distro Europe
180gr silver LP (200 copies) – exclusive to CM Distro USA
180gr gold LP (100 copies) – exclusive to Nuclear Blast Europe
180gr black LP (600 copies)

MARDUK live 2014
Aug 02, 2014 (SWE) Ludvika @ Gamrocken
Aug 07-09, 2014 (GER) Schlotheim @ Party San Open Air
Aug 12-14, 2014 (ITA) Torre Degli Iblei – Contrada Torre Ludica @ Metal Camp Open Air Sicily

VATTNET VISKAR announce run of dates with SILVER SNAKES‏

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VATTNET VISKAR recently wrapped up a string of shows with Dillinger Escape Plan and have been touring non-stop since the release of their album SKY SWALLOWER on Century Media (2013).  The band’s signature style of Black Metal has gained them some great critical acclaim and has kept them on the road making new fans.  The next batch of shows will be with SILVER SNAKES.

Vattnet Viskar w/ Silver Snakes
7-17-14 – Livewire Lounge – Chicago, IL
7-18-14 – Now Thats Class – Cleveland, OH
7-19-14 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
7-20-14 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
7-22-14 – Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
7-23-14 – The Camel – Richmond, VA

MAYHEM kick off European headlining tour‏

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Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM have kicked off their European headlining tour. The tour sees the band perform in Bochum, DE, and will continue through ten countries, before concluding in Denmark’s capital København at Pumpehuset. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

MAYHEM is touring in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare‘ which will be released on June 10th in North America via Season of Mist Records.

MAYHEM tour dates
5/14 Hamburg (DE) @ Markthalle
5/16 Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
5/17 Köln (DE) @ Essigfabrik
5/18 Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
5/20 Bruxelles (BE) @ AB
5/21 London (GB) @ Electric Ballroom
5/22 Paris (FR) @ Le Divan du Monde
5/23 Winterthur (CH) @ Gaswerk
5/24 Milan (IT) @ Factory
5/26 Bratislava (SK) @ Randal
5/27 München (DE) @ Backstage Club
5/28 Berlin (DE) @ C-Club
5/29 Warsaw (PL) @ Proxima
5/30 Plzen (CZ) @ Metalfest Open Air Festival
5/31 København (DK) @ Pumpehuset
8/8 Øya (NO) @ Tøyenparken (Øya Festival)

EXMORTUS ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH FLOTSAM AND JETSAM‏

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One of the hardest-working young bands in metal today, California shredders EXMORTUS have announced yet another round of tour dates! The group, which has spent most of 2014 (and a decent chunk of 2013 as well) touring non-stop with acts including Destruction, Krisiun, Dark Tranquillity, Hatchet, Omnium Gatherum and Lich King, will head out this June with esteemed classic thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam on their Western U.S. run.

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, EXMORTUS, HATCHET
7/9 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go #
7/10 San Francisco, CA – Slim?s #
7/11 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk #
7/12 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
7/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
7/15 Spokane, WA – Club 412 #
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT – LoFi Cafe #
7/18 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #
7/19 Mesa, AZ – Club Red #
# with Flotsam and Jetsam & Hatchet

HOUR OF PENANCE ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH CANNIBAL CORPSE‏

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HOUR OF PENANCE have announced they will join Cannibal Corpse as direct support on their upcoming tour throughout Australia this September. The group has previously toured with Cannibal Corpse in America and Europe; the fall tour will mark their first performances Down Under since an October 2013 tour with Behemoth.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
5/31 Bari, Italy – Bloodfest @ Demode Disco Club
6/22 Springfield, VA – Empire #
6/23 Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13 #
6/24 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
6/25 Cambridge, MA – Middle East #
6/26 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus #
6/27 Toronto, ON – Opera House #
6/28 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
6/29 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s #
6/30 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
7/1 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre #
7/3 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
7/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre #
7/5 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
7/6 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
7/7 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House #
7/8 West Hollywood, CA — House of Blues #
7/9 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon #
7/10 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto #
7/12 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
9/7 Valletta, MT – Malta Death Fest
9/9 Perth, AU – Capitol %
9/10 Adelaide, AU – Fowler’s Live %
9/11 Sydney, AU – The Metro Theatre %
9/12 Melbourne, AU – 170 Russell %
9/13 Brisbane, AU – The HiFi %
# with Septicflesh & Fleshgod Apocalypse & Necronomicon
% with Cannibal Corpse

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