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Trace Your Steps Releases “Animal (Creature Of Habit)” Music Video

Long Island, New York based Metalcore band Trace Your Steps has released a music video for their track “Animal (Creature Of Habit)” (originally premiering on Metal Underground) from their upcoming album Beating Hearts and Uncertainty which is due out this Spring. The video was directed by Anthony Lopardo at Slate Media while the song was produced by Ian Schneider & Andover Studios, and mixed and mastered by Westfall Studios.

Watch Trace Your Steps’s “Animal (Creature Of Habit)” music video:

We really wanted to take our time with this release and put everything we had into it. After parting ways with our former drummer, we decided that while we searched for a replacement we would make sure that this song was the best it could possibly be. “Animal” is the collaborative effort of everyone in this band, and we felt it captured everything we try to portray in our music, ranging from the chorus to the breakdown. We incorporate a lot of different elements into what we create and we thought this track really showed who we are as a band from every angle.Ian Schneider (Guitar)

Alesana Release Part 1 of “Comedy of Errors” Music Video/Mini-Movie


The pop-metal group Alesana has just released part one of their ‘Comedy of Errors” music video/mini-movie via Loudwire. The song comes from the band’s recent release Confessions and part two of the video’s saga will conclude later this winter.

“It is with great pleasure that we unveil part 1 of our short film / music video for ‘Comedy of Errors’,” says vocalist Shawn Milke. “The video was directed by our great friend Justin Reich and as always he did a killer job! The video takes you on a visual journey through the 3rd installment of our Annabel trilogy. With the third part of the story releasing later this winter, this video is an awesome way to get a glimpse into some of the twists and turns that are soon to haunt your mind. ‘Comedy of Errors’, which is one of my favorite Alesana tunes of all time, is featured on our most recent studio album ‘Confessions’ so check it out!”

 

The Order Of Elijah Streams New Album In Full

War At Heart Due Out Friday

Los Angeles CA – Luxor Records? Joplin, MO metalcore outfit The Order Of Elijah has premiered their forthcoming album, entitled War At Heart, in full before it is set to be released January 8th on Revolver Magazine.

“This album has been a turning point for The Order. Each member had more opportunity to bring their own touch to each track. After 2 years of touring Dethrone and writing, it’s really refreshing to have some new tracks to drop for the fans and play live.” – Shannon Low (Vocalist)

1. Heresy
2. War at Heart
3. Tyler Durden
4. God’s Unwanted Children
5. From the Dusk
6. From the Dawn
7. All American Plague
8. Jennifer Mckenzie vs The Vampire Slayer (Featuring Zachary Scott)
9. Haunted
10. The Art of Forgiveness
11. Beautiful

BEHEMOTH Announces North American Tour With Myrkur And Plans To Play The Satanist In Its Entirety; “The Congregation” Exhibition To Appear At All Dates

Polish death/black metal outfit, BEHEMOTH, has announced their return to North America this Spring with a special tour, featuring support from Myrkur. With plans to play their latest album, The Satanist, in its entirety, the journey – which runs from April 21st through May 7th – is one not to be missed! A limited number of premium ticketing packages which include a commemorative laminate, meet & greet session with the band, an 18″ x 24″ poster set (three posters), 42″ x 42″ wall flag, and general admission ticket are available now at showstubs.com/behemoth. Only fifty fans per show can purchase the package, so reserve yours now!

In addition to the concert, fans will also have the chance to view “The Congregation” exhibition at each venue. Dubbed, “a symbiosis of BEHEMOTH and Toxic Vision,” the display showcases the collaboration between the two parties. Over the years, the artist behind Toxic Vision (Sharon Toxic) has worked closely with the band to create their stage outfits, music videos, stage/photo props and more. “The Congregation” is a new experience and built solely for this tour.

BEHEMOTH frontman Nergal elaborates: “We’ve always pushed ourselves very hard trying to reach the highest peaks of artistic creativity. This time around, we are not only coming back to perform The Satanist in its entirety, but are also bringing along a collaboration that’s unheard of! Toxic Vision, who is a renowned and absolutely brilliant artist and designer from Canada whom we’ve worked with on several projects in the past (BEHEMOTH stage gear, video clips, costumes…), will be accompanying us on this trek with a unique exhibition called ‘The Congregation.’ We are beyond excited to see how these synergies coexist! Sharon, it’s an honor to welcome you aboard!”

Adds Toxic Vision CEO Sharon Toxic: “It is a real honor to work alongside BEHEMOTH and have this opportunity to bring a vision to life! We aim to dazzle and inspire, I am inviting everyone to step into the dark world of ‘The Congregation’ – an exclusive showcase of my work with BEHEMOTH. Nothing like this has been done before, and of course, nothing is really as it seems with Toxic Vision. This is a culmination of craft and magic … once you step inside, you might never find your way out.”

BEHEMOTH w/ Myrkur:
4/21/2016 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/22/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/23/2016 Royale – Boston, MA
4/25/2016 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
4/26/2016 The Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
4/27/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/29/2016 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
4/30/2016 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
5/01/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/03/2016 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
5/04/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/06/2016 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
5/07/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Declared, “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever,” by Decibel Magazine, The Satanist was released earlier last year to critical acclaim, debuting at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

SUNN O))) To Reissue Dømkirke Vinyl Live Double-LP

2015 was a busy year for SUNN O))). Following the recent release of the triadic entity Kannon — their first full-length album since 2009’s Monoliths And Dimensions — a series of magnificent European appearances, culminating in their curation of four days at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? festival, the band now presents the news that their live album, Dømkirke, will see dawn of day again this February.

Kannon, in its earliest incarnation, was spawned and inspired from live compositions of SUNN O))); elements of which were present at Dømkirke, Dømkirke itself was recorded at the Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, Norway during the Borealis Festival in 2007. The four-song double album was initially released in September 2008 and is available on vinyl only, with one track featuring on each side of the records. This performance features intrinsic members of SUNN O)))’s mythology, including Attila Csihar (vocals), Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog), Lasse Marhaug (noise), Steve Moore (organ, trombone) with Greg Anderson (guitar) and Stephen O’Malley (guitar) vitally remaining at the center of the constellation.

Dømkirke will be re-released on February 5th, 2016 on 2xLP only.

Dømkirke Track Listing:
1. Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself in Clouds?
2. Cannon
3. Cymatics
4. Masks the Ætmospheres

Kannon is now available via Southern Lord on gatefold LP, CD and digital formats worldwide. Order through the SUNN O))) store, the Southern Lord store, and the European Southern Lord store.

SUNN O))) will embark on a series of tour dates in Australia this March. For these three special shows, the band will perform on March 12th at Adelaide Festival with Magma and many more, followed by two Life Is Noise shows on March 15th and 16th in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

SUNN O))) Australian Tour Dates:
3/12/2016 Adelaide Festival – Adelaide, AUw/ Magma
3/15/2016 Manning Bar – Sydney, AU
3/16/2016 Max Watts – Melbourne, AU

“Any review of Dømkirke would be remiss without commending Southern Lord’s dedication to presenting its records as non-disposable pieces of art” – Pitchfork

“Domkirke exceeds expectations; it is an unexpectedly dynamic, labyrinthine document of texture and space, and sees Sunn O))) defend its title as one of the most prestigious (and prolific) bands of American metal.” – Consequence Of Sound

“Dømkirke still stands up far beyond many of the drone releases today.” – Sputnik Music

CHILD BITE: Detroit Road Hounds Announce Winter Live Dates With Poison Idea And Against The Grain

After a short holiday slumber, Detroit’s favorite road hounds, CHILD BITE, will take to the streets again for another round of onstage pandemonium. The live chaos will commence February 11th in Saginaw, Michigan and trample through eleven cities, the trek coming to a close on February 21st again in their home state in Grand Rapids. The band will be joined by Against The Grain for the first three dates before uniting with hardcore punk legends, Poison Idea, for the remaining run.

Comments frontman Shawn Knight: “Us CHILD BITE assholes have been chomping at the bit to hit the road again. Feels weird to sit still for more than a week or so. We are tickled pink to finally be doing a few out of state shows with our Detroit bros Against The Grain! Both of our bands have been hitting it hard for a while now; I’m glad we can combine forces. We met Poison Idea when we both played Berserker Fest last year, so when they asked us to do some East Coast and Canadian dates with them we responded with a resounding, ‘duh!.’ These are our first shows of the New Year and we are ready to blast off with a big kaboom!”

CHILD BITE:
2/11/2016 Counter Culture – Saginaw, MI w/ Against The Grain
2/12/2016 Buzzbin Art & Music – Canton, OH w/ Against The Grain
2/13/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Against The Grain
2/14/2016 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Poison Idea
2/15/2016 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ Poison Idea, Sheer Terror, Death Cycle
2/16/2016 Cherry Street Station – Wallingford, CT w/ Poison Idea
2/17/2016 Once – Somerville, MA w/ Poison Idea
2/18/2016 Fuzebo – Albany, NY w/ Poison Idea
2/19/2016 Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC w/ Poison Idea
2/20/2016 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON w/ Poison Idea
2/21/2016 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Poison Idea

In related CHILD BITE missives, the band recently issued a new video for the track “Still Fucked Up After All These Years” from their most recent release — the 2014 Housecore Records-issued Strange Waste EP which offers up a delightfully bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. Elaborates longtime band comrade and director, Nathaniel Shannon of the band’s milky new video: “Over the Summer I went out on a mini-tour with CHILD BITE, my old buds from our mutual hometown of Detroit. I was pleased to learn that these dudes eat nothing but milkshakes. This isn’t a ‘three meals a day’ type thing. Just milkshakes, all day, every day. It gives them fuel like Dave Mustaine’s bangs, which I’m sure would taste great if they were frozen in a cup with milk and sugar. They even built a mini freezer with a tap that has milk shake in it, so they can have milkshakes on demand in the van. A great way to unwind as you cruise across America during the swells of July with your hair in the wind. We felt that their love of milkshakes needed to make love to sweet sweet music.”

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED Premieres “Deathbed”

Infamous extreme metal unit, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, have shared “Deathbed,” the second track from the band’s forthcoming new EP Arc, via MetalSucks today issuing of the track, “AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED’s Arc is a masterpiece. And while your response to that news might be, ‘Well yeah, no duh!,’ if Arc were a grind record, it’s not: the first of four separate albums, each in a different style, Arc is a doom album, its charge befittingly led by vocalist Kat Katz, who made her name fronting the slower-than-slow, heavier-than-heavy Salome. That the music on Arc is every bit as good as more ‘traditional’ ANb material is a testament to the genius of Katz and guitarist/producer Scott Hull. In other words: Arc cements AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED’s position as one of the best metal bands of their time. May they live to make a million more releases.”

Led by the distinctive howl of vocalist Kat Katz, Arc is a crushing, three-song onslaught of misanthropic, musical violence and the first in a series of four AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED EPs designed to decimate your total being. The twenty-five+ minute sludge-fueled feast finds AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED sounding heavier, doomier and more destructive than ever before. Believe it.

In conjunction with the release of Arc, both AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED’s Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States Of America full-lengths will be available on vinyl for the first time in over a decade.

Arc, along with the vinyl editions of Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States Of America will be available on January 22nd, 2016.

An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring of perceptual stimuli, the band’s second full-length, the 2002-issued Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope, referenced the glory days of early ’00s grindcore while disregarding the genre’s then-current ideals, becoming one of the most talked-about grindcore records in recent history. The album and band were featured in numerous high-profile media outlets such as Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ and dozens more. Perhaps Frozen Corpse’s best description came from vocalist J. Randall who surmised, “Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope is like ripping through back catalog Earache blastbeat shit armed with a submachine gun at 400 rounds per minute.”

While the fires left burning in Frozen Corpse’s wake were still smoldering, AGORAPHOBIC set to work on a concept so bizarre, no one would believe it. With a focused mindset, and a plethora of mind-confounding ideas, the band wrote and recorded Altered States Of America, a 100-track three-CD set. Initially released on April Fools Day, 2003, Altered States Of America delivered the most ambitious AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED yet: completely inhuman music with a consummate disregard for its listener. Round after round, clip after clip, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED unloaded an arsenal of stupefying guitar work, experimental noise and drum machine-gun blast beats while swarming vocalists hatefully taunted the listener into the crossfire. Kerrang! called the mini-CD, “disorientating, hallucinatory, utterly deranged and a truly fantastic work of musical extremity.”

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED will bring their sonic abrasions to stages later this year with performances at the Netherlands Deathfest in February and Hellfest in June.

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED:
2/26-28/2016 Netherlands Deathfest – Tilburg, NL
6/18/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Announces Co-Headlining North American Tour With August Burns Red

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and August Burns Red will be joining forces for a co-headlining North American tour that kicks off on March 4th in Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom. With additional support from The Faceless and Good Tiger, the trek will wrap-up in New York, New York on April 17th at Webster Hall.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, January 8th at 10am local time, with VIP Packages including general admission ticket, 18×24 signed poster, VIP laminate/Skip The Line Pass, BTBAM/ABR pintone pin set, and exclusive tour t-shirt. The full tour routing is listed below.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME completed an extensive North American headlining tour with Enslaved, Intronaut, and Native Construct this past November and December in support of their latest album, Coma Ecliptic. Described as, “a 68-minute cosmic opera that’s part Stravinsky, part Queensryche,” by Rolling Stone. Following their upcoming co-headlining tour with August Burns Red, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will appear at premier festivals across the country, including Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, and more.

The tour directly follows August Burns Red’s appearance at the 58th annual Grammy Award Ceremony where the Lancaster, Pennsylvania five-piece is nominated for Best Metal Performance for their song “Identity.” The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15th, 2016. The song is featured on the band’s newest album Found In Far Away Places, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top Albums Chart, #9 on the Billboard Top 200, and is available now on iTunes. Since their formation in 2003, the local upstarts have evolved into one of the biggest names among the modern metal scene. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME w/ August Burns Red, The Faceless, Good Tiger:
3/04/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
3/05/2016 The National – Richmond, VA
3/07/2016 Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
3/08/2016 Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/09/2016 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
3/10/2016 Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
3/11/2016 Minglewood Theater – Memphis, TN
3/12/2016 Pageant – St. Louis, MO
3/14/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/15/2016 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/16/2016 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
3/17/2016 Rialto – Tucson, AZ
3/18/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/19/2016 Self Help Festival | NOS Event Center – San Bernardino, CA
3/21/2016 Regency – San Francisco, CA
3/22/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
3/23/2016 Roseland – Portland, OR
3/24/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/25/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
3/26/2016 Vogue – Vancouver, BC
3/28/2016 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
3/29/2016 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
3/30/2016 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/01/2016 Garrick – Winnipeg, MB
4/02/2016 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2016 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/05/2016 Emo’s – Austin, TX
4/06/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/07/2016 Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, IL
4/08/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/09/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/10/2016 Guelph Concert Theatre – Guelph, ON
4/12/2016 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/13/2016 State Theatre – Portland, ME
4/14/2016 Lupos – Providence, RI
4/15/2016 Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
4/16/2016 Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
4/17/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
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5/06/2016 Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
5/22/2016 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

VENOM INC.: North American Tour With Necrophagia To Commence Today

UK-based metallers, VENOM INC., will kick off their long-anticipated North American tour tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia. Initially slated to take place this past Fall but postponed, the rescheduled takeover will raze nearly two dozen cities through January 28th, coming to a close in Fort Worth, Texas. Support will be provided by American death metal legion, Necrophagia.

VENOM INC. features original Venom members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray with former Venom bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. The band made their live debut as VENOM INC. in April 2015 at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, performing a full set of Venom classics and played to over 30,000 people at Heavy Montreal last August. Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in M:Pire Of Evil, who released their latest full-length, Crucified, in May 2013. VENOM INC. took to the streets early this past Fall on the lengthy Iron And Steel European Tour before closing the year with a Latin American live infiltration. This month, North America will finally get its venomous baptism with the band again performing a full set of Venom’s most revered tunes.

Necrophagia will be touring in support of their latest full-length WhiteWorm Cathedral out now via Season Of Mist. Formed in 1983, Necrophagia stands among the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers of the “horror metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows chock full of blood, guts and gore. Necrophagia earned world-wide acclaim for the 1998 genre-defining Holocausto de la Morte full-length featuring Pantera frontman Philip H. Anselmo. Following this landmark album, Necrophagia went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs.

VENOM INC. w/ Necrophagia:
1/05/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
1/06/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/07/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
1/08/2016 The Ballroom At The Outer Space – Hamden, CT
1/09/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
1/10/2016 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
1/11/2016 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
1/12/2016 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
1/13/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
1/14/2016 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
1/16/2016 Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
1/17/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA
1/18/2016 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
1/20/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
1/21/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
1/22/2016 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
1/23/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/24/2016 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
1/26/2016 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
1/27/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
1/28/2016 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX

BOBAFLEX HIT THE ROAD WITH ORGY TO CELEBRATE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2016

 BOBAFLEX HIT THE ROAD WITH ORGY TO CELEBRATE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2016

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BOBAFLEX released their 7th studio album Anything That Moves July 17.   Anything That Moves is the follow-up to 2013?s Charlatan?s Webthat featured the radio singles ?Bad Man?, ?I?m Glad You?re Dead” and “Never Coming Back“.    The first single from Anything That Moveswas ?Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away)“, the music video can be view here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2PEt8IGFhA.  

Anything That Moves is the first album with Dave Tipple (guitars) andJymmy Tolland (bass) who join original members, brothers Shaun andMarty McCoy and drummer Tommy Johnson.

 BOBAFLEX are hitting the road in January with ORGY and DEATH VALLEY HIGH.  ?The ORGY tour is the first of many shows in the new year? states Marty McCoy.  ?2016 will be our busiest year in the band?s history?.  More tour announcements including festivals are coming soon.”

 The second single ?A Spider In The Dark? will be going to radio onJanuary 12th. Listen here: https://youtu.be/CN3nq_IEoeU . An official music video to follow.

 

BOBAFLEX Tour Dates

 12-31-15 in San Leon, TX at 18th St Pier Bar & Grill

01-01-16 in Dallas, TX at Trees

01-02-16 in Austin, TX at Dirty Dog

01-03-16 in San Antonio, TX at The Korova

01-05-16 in Newport, KY at The Southgate House Revival

01-07-16 in NYC, NY at The Gramercy Theater

01-08-16 in Long Branch, NJ at Brighton Bar

01-09-16 in Providence, RI at Fete Music Hall

01-10-16 in Manchester, NH at Jewel Night Club

01-13-16 in Toronto, ON at The Rockpile

01-14-16 in Kent, OH at Outpost

01-15-16 in Marietta, OH at Adelphia Music Hall

01-16-16 in Detroit, MI at Harpos Concert Theatre

01-17-16 in Arlington Heights, IL at Home Of Music & Entertainment

01-18-16 in Chippewa Falls, WI at Every Buddy’s Bar

01-20-16 in Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall

01-22-16 in Seattle, WA at El Corazon

01-23-16 in Spokane, WA at The Viking

01-24-16 in Portland, OR at The Bossanova Ballroom

01-27-16 in Costa Mesa, CA at The Wayfarer

01-28-16 in San Diego, CA at Brick By Brick

01-29-16 in W Hollywood, CA at The Whisky

01-30-16 in Las Vegas, NV at LVCS

 For more  information, check out the band?s web properties:

Preview YouTube video Bobaflex – Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away) – Official Music Video

Bobaflex – Mama (Don’t Take My Drugs Away) – Official Music Video

Preview YouTube video A Spider in the Dark

A Spider in the Dark

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Sprint Center KC

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We had the amazing experience of seeing TSO live at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on December 26.  This was a performance I had been waiting for since “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” was first televised.  And I was not disappointed.

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First, let me say that I was so impressed with the fact that for each ticket sold, $1 goes to a local charity.  From this performance, over $8000 was raised for the Pediatric Wing at KU Medical Center.

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Then the lights go down and the show begins…..

The amazing light show, the huge screen behind the orchestra, and the special effects (snow?  yes, snow….sort of) made this a performance to remember.  Watching the reactions of the crowd made it clear that this is a performance that is cherished by Kansas City every year.  And rightfully so.  It is most certainly an entertainment extravaganza.  The fantastic blend of classical music and heavy metal was amazing composition.  I am thoroughly impressed every time I hear these songs.

The narrator throughout “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” did an awesome job.  Animated and heartfelt, you truly believe he felt was he was saying and not that it was scripted.  You never would have known by watching this group of performers that they have been on the road for weeks doing this show twice a day and that this was the second performance of the day.  They put an amazing amount of energy into entertaining the crowd.

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Overall….this was an experience that no one in Kansas City will forget any time soon.

 

 

 

Christine Cochran

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Ok….now for a few little miscellaneous tidbits:

The “heavy metal hair flip” never ceases to bring a smile to anyone who has been a metalhead for decades.

Sitting close enough to the stage that you can feel the heat from the pyrotechnics is awesome.

The inter-play between guitarists was a lot of fun to watch.

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The keyboardists work SO hard through the entire show.

I absolutely love the huge LED screens used as a backdrop.

We had an amazing photographer doing photos for us during this show.  Thank you Frank Kuhl.

 

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VENOM INC. To Kick Off Rescheduled North American Tour With Necrophagia This January

UK-based metallers, VENOM INC., will kick off their long-anticipated North American tour next month. Initially scheduled to take place this past Fall but postponed, the rescheduled demolition will pillage its way through nearly two dozen cities from January 5th through January 28th.

VENOM INC. features original Venom members guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray with former Venom bassist/vocalist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. The band made their live debut as VENOM INC. in April 2015 at the Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, performing a full set of Venom classics and played to over 30,000 people at Heavy Montreal last August. Dolan and Dunn have spent the last few years collaborating in M:Pire Of Evil, who released their latest full-length, Crucified, in May 2013. VENOM INC. took to the streets early this past Fall on the lengthy Iron And Steel European Tour before closing the year with a Latin American live takeover. This January, North America will finally get its venomous baptism with the band again performing a full set of Venom’s most revered tunes.

VENOM INC. w/ Necrophagia:
1/05/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
1/06/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
1/07/2016 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
1/08/2016 The Ballroom At The Outer Space – Hamden, CT
1/09/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
1/10/2016 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
1/11/2016 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
1/12/2016 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
1/13/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
1/14/2016 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
1/16/2016 Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
1/17/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA
1/18/2016 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
1/20/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
1/21/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
1/22/2016 The Ritz – San Jose, CA
1/23/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
1/24/2016 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
1/26/2016 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
1/27/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
1/28/2016 Tomcats West – Ft Worth, TX

Necrophagia will be touring in support of their latest full-length WhiteWorm Cathedral out now via Season Of Mist. Formed in 1983, Necrophagia was one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “horror metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chock full of blood, guts and gore. Necrophagia went on to receive world-wide acclaim for 1998’s genre-defining Holocausto de la Morte full-length featuring Pantera frontman Philip H. Anselmo. Following this landmark album, the band went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs.

CRADLE OF FILTH To Embark Upon The Inquisitional Torture North American Tour Next Month

Barbarous hellhounds, CRADLE OF FILTH, will return to North America next year on the Inquisitional Torture Tour 2016! The debaucherous trek will run from January 26th through March 8th, leveling a total of twenty-seven cities. Support will be provided by Butcher Babies and Ne Obliviscaris. Tickets are now available at THIS LOCATION.

CRADLE OF FILTH w/ Butcher Babies, Ne Obliviscaris:
1/26/2016 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
1/27/2016 House Of Blues – Boston, MA
1/28/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
1/29/2016 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
1/31/2016 Filmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
2/01/2016 The Masquerade – Heaven – Atlanta, GA
2/02/2016 Venue 578 – Orlando, FL
2/03/2016 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
2/09/2016 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
2/10/2016 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
2/11/2016 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
2/12/2016 The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
2/14/2016 Gothic Theater – Eaglewood, CO
2/15/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
2/17/2016 Avalon – Los Angeles, CA
2/18/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
2/20/2016 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
2/21/2016 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
2/23/2016 The Showbox – Seattle, WA
2/29/2016 Q And Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
3/01/2016 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/02/2016 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/03/2016 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
3/05/2016 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
3/06/2016 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
3/07/2016 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC
3/08/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY

CRADLE OF FILTH’s latest album, Hammer Of The Witches, was brought to fruition in Britain’s Witch County, in darkest rural Suffolk at the reputedly haunted Grindstone Studios. The album’s title is named after the “Malleus Maleficarum,” a medieval document of guidelines regarding the persecution and torture of witches – but CRADLE OF FILTH’s title version is more retributory: It’s the Hammer Of The Witches; the hammer is in the witches’ hands and it’s payback time.

CRADLE OF FILTH have cast a commanding and macabre shadow across the metal scene for nearly a quarter of a century. Armed with their trademark, cross-pollinated assault that taps into myriad strands of sonic extremity and morbid opulence, they have steadily conquered the entire world, unleashing a malevolent slew of classic albums along the way. From the raw and rambunctious savagery of their 1994 debut The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh to the wickedly monstrous, technicolor bombast of 2012’s The Manticore & Other Horrors, the CRADLE ethos and aesthetic has had a huge impact on the evolution of metal, the band’s insatiable appetite for performing live and frontman Dani Filth’s unerring charisma and sense of occasion ensuring that they have established a powerful and enduring connection with Hell-bound acolytes everywhere.

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED Premieres New Song “Not A Daughter” Via NPR

Today, infamous extreme metal instigators, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, debuts “Not A Daughter,” from the band’s forthcoming new EP, Arc, via NPR Music. Said NPR of the opening track, “Led by [vocalist Kat] Katz, ‘Not A Daughter’ is from the twenty-seven-minute Arc, a relentlessly sludgy and doomy three-track EP from a band mostly known for delivering digital distress in twenty seconds or less. Since joining the band for 2009’s Agorapocalypse, Katz has proven to be the most feral of the three AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED vocalists. Here, her full-throated shrieks push and pull [guitarist Scott] Hull’s Crowbar-thick grooves and mean MC5 riffs. It’s as if ANb was always meant to be the scummiest rock ‘n’ roll band alive.”

Stream “Not A Daughter” now at THIS LOCATION.

Led by the distinctive howl of vocalist Kat Katz, Arc is a crushing, three-song onslaught of misanthropic, musical violence and the first in a series of four AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED EPs designed to decimate your total being. The sludge-fueled feast is AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED sounding heavier, doomier and more destructive than ever before.

In related news and in conjunction with the release of Arc, both AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED’s Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope and Altered States Of America full-lengths will be available on vinyl for the first time in over a decade.

An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring of perceptual stimuli, the band’s second full-length, the 2002-issued Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope, referenced the glory days of early ’00s grindcore while disregarding the genre’s then-current ideals, becoming one of the most talked-about grindcore records in recent history. The album and band were featured in numerous high-profile media outlets such as Alternative Press, Kerrang!, CMJ and dozens more. Perhaps Frozen Corpse’s best description came from vocalist J. Randall who surmised, “Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope is like ripping through back catalog Earache blastbeat shit armed with a submachine gun at 400 rounds per minute.”

While the fires left burning in Frozen Corpse’s wake were still smoldering, AGORAPHOBIC set to work on a concept so bizarre, no one would believe it. With a focused mindset, and a plethora of mind-confounding ideas, the band wrote and recorded Altered States Of America, a 100-track three-CD set. Initially released on April Fools Day, 2003, Altered States Of America delivered the most ambitious AGORAPHOBIC yet: completely inhuman music with a consummate disregard for its listener. Round after round, clip after clip, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED unloaded an arsenal of stupefying guitar work, experimental noise and drum machine-gun blast beats while swarming vocalists hatefully taunted the listener into the crossfire. Kerrang! called the mini-CD, “disorientating, hallucinatory, utterly deranged and a truly fantastic work of musical extremity.”

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED will bring their sonic abrasions to stages next year with performances at the Netherlands Deathfest in February and Hellfest in June.

AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED Live:
2/26-28/2016 NetherlandsDeathfest – Tilburg, NL
6/18/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR

RIVERS OF NIHIL Announces Winter Headlining Tour With Black Fast And Dark Sermon

Following their North American trek with Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation last month, RIVERS OF NIHIL are ready to return to the road again – this time with support from Black Fast and Dark Sermon. Slated to commence February 17th and run through March 6th, the tour marks the band’s first headlining run on the Monarchy album cycle.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Black Fast, Dark Sermon:
2/17/2016 Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
2/18/2016 Once Ballroom – Somerville, MA
2/19/2016 Saint Vitus Bar – New York, NY
2/20/2016 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
2/21/2016 Club 611 – Frederick, MD
2/22/2016 The DHP – Fayetteville, NC
2/23/2016 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
2/24/2016 The Haven – Orlando, FL
2/25/2016 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
2/26/2016 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/27/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/28/2016 The End – Nashville, TN *
3/01/2016 The Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN *
3/02/2016 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL *
3/03/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH *
3/04/2016 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH *
3/05/2016 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA *
3/06/2016 The Pinch – Washington D.C. *
*RIVERS OF NIHIL, Dark Sermon only

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their recently released, sophomore album, Monarchy. Hailed as, “the gold standard for extreme, technical, progressive, and passionate death metal right now,” (HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com), Monarchy continues the seasonal concept that began with spring on RIVERS OF NIHIl’s acclaimed debut, The Conscious Seed Of Light — this time, welcoming the oppressive Summer heat. 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.”

Marc Vanderberg releases “Smoking Kills- But Only Love Can Break Your Heart” Worldwide through HearYou Music

MARC VANDERBERG?s first EP ?The Four Elements? received great reviews worldwide. Now Marc is releasing his new song ?Smoking Kills ? But Only Love Can Break Your Heart.? This song will also be featured on his upcoming EP entitled ?This is Marc Vanderberg?, scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 2016. While Marc worked on his first EP with artists like Paulo Cuevas and Göran Edman (ex-Malmsteen), the new song features Chris Divine (Luna Rise) and Tåve Wanning (Adrenaline Rush).

Stylistically, the new song ?Smoking Kills ? But Only Love Can Break Your Heart,? is a combination of Sisters of Mercy and HIM with a mix of thundering guitars and a catchy chorus, Marc describes the new song. ?I am absolutely happy about the participation of Chris and Tåve. Both were my first choice for the song. Chris? and Tåve?s voices sound absolutely fantastic together. While Chris? voice gives the verse and the chorus the melancholic and powerful touch, Tåve comes up with something sweet, that is the counterpart to Chris´ vocals.?.

About Marc Vanderberg

Marc Vanderberg is a german guitarist/songwriter. He describes his genre as Hard Rock / Metal Rock. His guitar style was mainly influenced by the guitar players Kee Marcello (ex-Europe), John Norum and Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Vanderbergs Debut-Single ?Key to your Heart? was released in October 2014. The EP ?The four Elements: was released in Europe in May 2015 and in the US in Novembe 2015. Marc Vanderberg uses VGS Guitars (VGS Eruption Relic).

www.marcvanderberg.com www.soundcloud.com/marc-vanderberg

About `Luna Rise`

LUNA RISE, a Melodic-Rock band from Enns in Upper Austria are skillfully crossing the boundaries between heavy and emotional music and catchy but mighty melodies. Their sound strikes one in a hell-for-leather manner while simultaneously revealing influences ranging from Hardrock to Progressive Metal, incorporating traces of mysterious Doom and Gothic Rock.

www.lunarisemusic.com

About `Adrenaline Rush`

Tave Wanning and Erik Martensson (of Eclipse and W.E.T.) joined forces and began recording what was to become the first Adrenaline Rush album, featuring live oriented tracks with strong melodies, powerful guitars and interesting arrangements. The band members were hand-picked from bands around Stockholm, all having different backgrounds but each an important piece of the puzzle.

CANNIBAL CORPSE Enlists Obituary, Cryptopsy, And Abysmal Dawn For 2016 North American Tour

CANNIBAL CORPSE will kick off 2016 with one of the most bludgeoning death metal tour lineups of the year! The over month-long trek, presented by The Noise, will tear across North America beginning on February 12th and run through March 20th. The band will be joined by fellow Floridian death metal progenitors, Obituary, as direct support, followed by Canada’s Cryptopsy, and Los Angeles’ Abysmal Dawn. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 11th, at 10:00am local time through all local and national ticket outlets.

The Noise presents CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn:
2/12/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/13/2016 The Sea – Wilmington, NC
2/14/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
2/15/2016 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
2/16/2016 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
2/18/2016 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
2/19/2016 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
2/20/2016 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/21/2016 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/23/2016 Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
2/24/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
2/25/2016 The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
2/26/2016 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
2/27/2016 Metro – Chicago, IL
2/29/2016 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
3/01/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/02/2016 Revolution Center – Boise, ID
3/03/2016 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
3/04/2016 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
3/05/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/07/2016 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
3/08/2016 Avalon Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
3/09/2016 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
3/10/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
3/11/2016 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
3/12/2016 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/14/2016 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
3/15/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
3/16/2016 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
3/17/2016 Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
3/18/2016 The Side Bar Theatre – Tallahassee, FL
3/19/2016 The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL *no Obituary
3/20/2016 Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

CANNIBAL CORPSE continues to tour in support of their A Skeletal Domain full-length, released last year via Metal Blade Records. The band’s thirteenth studio offering debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart upon its first week of release, 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.

BATTLECROSS To Kick Off Winter Warriors Tour 2015 Tonight With Havok, Nekrogoblikon And Black Fast

Tonight, BATTLECROSS will kick off the second installment of the Winter Warriors Tour launched to honor American armed forces veterans. Sponsored by Metal Injection, the six-date trek will commence later this evening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and run through December 18th in Flint, Michigan. Support will be provided by Havok, Nekrogoblikon and Black Fast. The latest journey follows the band’s recent North American takeover supporting labelmates Gwar.

BATTLECROSS has united again with the Veterans Ticket Foundation to provide armed forces veterans with free admission to The Winter Warriors Tour. Service members can sign up at www.vettix.org. Advanced ticket buyers for these shows will again be entered to win a guitar, and a portion of the proceeds from the band’s tour shirts will be donated to VetTix to help veterans and their families attend concerts and other events in their area, free of charge.

BATTLECROSS Winter Warriors 2015 w/ Havok, Nekrogoblikon, Black Fast:
12/11/2015 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
12/12/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL *Battlecross and Black Fast only
12/13/2015 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
12/14/2015 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
12/17/2015 The Garrison – Toronto, ON
12/18/2015 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI *3rd Annual Battle Christmas

BATTLECROSS continues to tour in support of Rise To Power, their latest Metal Blade full-length, which debuted on the Billboard charts in September at #103, marking it the band’s second Billboard chart entry (2013’s War Of Will entered the charts at #130).

First Annual Florida Metal Fest, Forged By Obituary’s John And Donald Tardy, To Commence January 30th, 2016

First Annual Florida Metal Fest, Forged By Obituary’s John And Donald Tardy, To Commence January 30th, 2016
Event To Feature Performances By Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Deicide And More!

January 30th, 2016 will mark the official kick off of the first annual Florida Metal Fest! Organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends, Obituary, and set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, year one of the brutal gala will see some of the Sunshine State’s most iconic bands – including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Deicide and Atheist – unite and return to their roots in the very heart of the death metal world. Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist!

Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was
Untoten Krieg. The second battle will take place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City to determine the final band of this year’s lineup.

Said John Tardy of fest: “My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. We want to put together a first class festival. From the venue to the PA, from the lights to the lineup we are trying our best to make this as memorable event as possible. No festival, anywhere in the world, even with the best possible lineup, would work if the area does not support it. I think that Tampa, and its surrounding cities, is a great music area and one that is ready to make this event come to life.”

Florida Metal Fest I Lineup:
Obituary
Corrosion Of Conformity
Deicide
Trouble
Madball
Malevolent Creation
Atheist
Broken Hope
Generichrist
Untoten Krieg [Battle Of the Bands Winner]

The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, Florida, home to the Florida Metal Fest, is located just fifteen minutes from the Tampa International Airport. The Cuban Club is surrounded by dozen of bars and restaurants, includes easy parking and is in walking distance or a short cab ride to dozens of hotels at a variety of prices. For further info visit http://www.floridametalfest.com where you’ll find ticket, lodging and travel info.

BLACK BREATH Confirms Tour With Decapitated And Theories; Dates With Skelator Begin Next Week + Band Beer Announced

Having mercilessly dropped their Slaves Beyond Death LP through Southern Lord at the end of September, BLACK BREATH now adds their impending participation in the Blood Mantra Across North America Tour with Decapitated and Theories to their upcoming live actions in support of the record.

First up, next week the BLACK BREATH horde will take on the Pacific Northwest on a mini-tour running from December 17th through the 20th, with shows in Seattle, Walla Walla, Spokane and Vancouver, joined by Skelator on all but the final show. December 30th sees the band close out the year with a one-off show in Bellingham supporting Red Fang.

BLACK BREATH will then kick off 2016 with a special release of their own brand of beer! Thorugh the guidance of Portland-based powerhouse, McMenamins Breweries, a Black Breath Cascadian Dark Ale will be put into production this month, and the suds will pour forth in a brutal deluge onto the local populous on January 13th as BLACK BREATH performs a special beer release show in Portland with Hellshock and Usnea.

Kicking into heavy duty tour gear two weeks later, BLACK BREATH will take part in the Blood Mantra Across North America Tour with Decapitated and Theories. From January 27th through February 6th, the caravan will storm across the continent with shows in Denver, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Quebec City, New York, Philadelphia and Frederick before BLACK BREATH splits off to head out west. Expect additional tour dates to be announced for their trek back to Seattle in the coming days.

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MARC VANDERBERG – THE FOUR ELEMENTS NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE

“The Four Elements,” The debut EP by German rock guitarist, MARC VANDERBERG, has been released in the US and Canada.

MARC VANDERBERG’s debut EP, “The Four Elements,” was released November 20 through HearYou Music. It is now available on iTunes.

 

For review copies of Marc’s EP, “The 4 Elements,” or for interview requests, contact christine.cochran@hearyoumusic.com

GHOSTLIGHTS: ARTWORK + TRACKLIST REVEALED!

AVANTASIA’s outstanding 7th album, »Ghostlights«, will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast and Avalon Marquee (Asia). Today, Tobias proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklists as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason,Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing »Ghostlights«, too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

The instrumentalists on »Ghostlights« are the following:
Sascha Paeth – rhythm guitars, lead guitars, bass, additional keys
Michael Rodenberg – orchestration, keys
Tobias Sammet – additional keys and bass
Bruce Kulick – lead guitars
Oliver Hartmann – lead guitars
Felix Bohnke – drums

CD
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
Lead vocals: Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
Lead vocals: Tobias, Jorn Lande, Ronnie Atkins, Robert Mason
Lead guitar: Oliver Hartmann
03. The Haunting
Lead vocals: Dee Snider, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
04. Seduction Of Decay
Lead vocals: Geoff Tate, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
05. Ghostlights
Lead vocals: Michael Kiske, Tobias, Jorn Lande
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
06. Draconian Love
Lead vocals: Herbie Langhans, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
07. Master Of The Pendulum
Lead vocals: Marco Hietala, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
08. Isle Of Evermore
Lead vocals: Sharon Den Adel, Tobias
09. Babylon Vampyres
Lead vocals: Tobias, Robert Mason
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann, Sascha Paeth
10. Lucifer
Lead vocals: Jorn Lande, Tobias
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
11. Unchain The Light
Lead vocals: Tobias, Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
Lead vocals: Bob Catley, Tobias
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick

DIGIBOOK
CD 1
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
13. Wake Up To The Moon (Bonus Track)

CD 2 (Bonus Disc – AVANTASIA live)
01. Spectres
02. Invoke The Machine
03. The Story Ain’t Over
04. Prelude
05. Reach Out For The Light
06. Avantasia
07. Whats Left Of Me
08. Dying For An Angel
09. Twisted Mind
10. The Watchmakers’ Dream
11. Another Angel Down

DELUXE EDITION BOOK

(incl. 68page photobook ca. 28,5×28,5cm)
+ CD 3 Karaoke Version of CD 1 w/o bonus track
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

In March an all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHT WORLD TOUR. Madrid is already sold out, a second show has been announced. More dates are about to sell out shortly, Hamburg next. For tickets & info go to www.avantasia.net.

NASHVILLE PUSSY Announces North American Tour Headline Dates and Dates Supporting Reverend Horton Heat

Earlier this year southern hard rockers NASHVILLE PUSSY released Ten Years of Pussy, a retrospective of the bands ten years of working with SPV/Steamhammer. In support of the release NASHVILLE PUSSY are hitting the road again on a North American tour including headline shows and in November and December and then will hit the road supporting Reverend Horton Heat in January! A complete list of dates is below.

Ten Years Of Pussy highlights the band’s most relevant work of their decade history on label SPV. Up The Dosage (2014), featuring rock solid bassist Bonnie Buitrago, has been called “NASHVILLE PUSSY’S Back In Black” and was Pick Of The Week on That Metal Show. From Hell To Texas (2009) was recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio in Texas and featured some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date. And Get Some (2005), was the first SPV release and the first collaboration with Daniel Rey, and has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box. And of course the bonus live CD includes the ultimate version of Nutbush City Limits with special guest Ron Heathman from The Supersuckers on guitar.

Ten Years of Pussy is available on iTunes and Amazon.

NASHVILLE PUSSY Headline Shows:
11/27: San Diego, CA @ The Hideout San Diego
11/28: Costa Mesa, CA @ Tiki Bar
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
12/1: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater
12/2: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
12/3: Reno, NV @ Shea’s Tavern
12/4: Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
12/5: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
12/6: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/7: Whistler, BC @ Garibaldi Lift Co
12/8: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
12/10: Edmonton, AB @ Denizen Hall
12/11: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
12/12: Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
12/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club X
12/15: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
12/16: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
12/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
12/18: Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
12/19: Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar

NASHVILLE PUSSY W/Reverend Horton Heat:
1/13: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
1/14: Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly
1/15: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/16: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
1/17: Orlando, FL @ Johnny’s Fillin’
1/19: Melbourne, FL @ Boondocks Live
1/20: Deland, FL @ Café DeVinci
1/21: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
1/22: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
1/23: Charleston, SC @ Charleston Pour
1/24: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
1/26: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
1/27: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Music Hall
1/28: Charlotte, NC @ Neighboorhood Theater
1/29: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
1/30: Carboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
1/31: Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
2/2: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
2/3: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
2/4: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
2/5: Nashville, TN @ Cannery
2/6: St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
2/7: Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

AHTME: Kansas City Technical Death Metal Strategists Formerly Known As The Roman Holiday Join The Unique Leader Roster

AHTME: Kansas City Technical Death Metal Strategists Formerly Known As The Roman Holiday Join The Unique Leader Roster

Kansas City technical death metal strategists, AHTME, formerly known as The Roman Holiday, are the latest addition to Unique Leader Records’ expanding roster of brutality. The label will be reissuing the band’s 2013-issued The Demonization debut in early 2016.

Forged in 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri, the band brings a signature and unique sound to the table. Start with surgically precise but groove-infused guitar riffs, lay them atop a percussion section as sturdy as a field of steel girders and as intricate as a handmade Swiss grandfather clock, throw in a heaping helping of raw, violent vocal incursions, and you have yourself AHTME. Following a near three-year hiatus, AHTME, are indeed back with a proverbial vengeance.

Issues the band of their union with Unique Leader, “We are excited to announce that we have signed a deal with Unique Leader. We can’t explain how awesome it is to be featured alongside all these incredible bands and such a talented roster of death metal musicians. Our first album as AHTME is fully written and we are VERY quickly making progress in hammering out every little detail. We can’t wait to work with UL for these new releases and we hope to carve out a little home for ourselves here among all these other incredible artists! Thanks to everyone who has been a fan over the years and cheers to the future! Hail AHTME!”

Though the band’s The Demonization long-player, recorded under the moniker The Roman Holiday, never had an official release, the forty-minute bruiser was well-received among their extensive local fan base and online community. Originally recorded with Navene Koperweis (Animosity, Animals As Leaders, Entheos) in San Francisco in 2009, the album is set to be reissued during the Winter of 2016 by Unique Leader Records. Further info to be announced in the coming weeks.

DIMESLAND: CD Version Of Debut Full-Length From Oakland Avant-Metal Unit Out This Week On Crucial Blast; New Trailer Posted

DIMESLAND’s debut full-length album, Psychogenic Atrophy, sees its CD release through the cultivators of disobedient audio at Crucial Blast this Friday.

Appearing at the end of 2014 as a digital-only, self-released title, Oakland, California-based DIMESLAND’s Psychogenic Atrophy made an immediate and powerful impression upon those who heard it, invaded numerous end-of-year/best-of lists, and flattened just about everyone who encountered it. An in-house favorite, Crucial Blast was so blown away by this album that the label wanted to make it available as a physical release, reissuing Psychogenic Atrophy on CD in digipack packaging that features subtly unnerving cover art from Swiss photographer and performance artist Chantal Michel. This album cannot be recommend enough if you’re a fan of avant-garde death metal and progressive thrash, as DIMESLAND have produced a work of challenging, terrifying extreme metal which stands amongst the more unconventional likes of Gorguts, Cynic, Confessor, Voivod, Deathspell Omega and the like.

Shortly after the initial digital release of Psychogenic Atrophy as DIMESLAND was preparing to tour heavily on the new album, guitarist Drew Cook tragically passed away. While this leaves the future of the band uncertain for the time being, the remaining members — Drew’s brother, guitarist Nolan Cook, drummer Harland Burkhart, and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace — continue to honor their fallen comrade’s memory, and this new physical version of Psychogenic Atrophy is meant to do exactly that, even commemorating Drew in the new layout.

With members of art rock legends The Residents’ touring band and blackened prog-doom ensemble Wild Hunt amongst their ranks, DIMESLAND released the promising Creepmoon EP a couple of years prior, but even that only hinted at just how maniacal the band’s sound was to become. The eight songs on Psychogenic Atrophy combine dizzying musical complexity and fearsome dissonance with a sort of off-kilter thrash. Frantically barked vocals are employed judiciously, allowing the band to weave long stretches of instrumental mayhem. Violent, discordant riffs are folded around psychotic time signature changes, and then suddenly expand into passages of moody, doom-laden darkness. Cyclical rhythms churn beneath waves of dense, alien sound, and spastic skronk-assaults suddenly swerve into vicious angular thrash. And these guys have some serious chops. Psychogenic Atrophy’s brutality is sharpened by their technical precision and prowess and driven by utterly frenetic drumming. But it’s also a heavily layered album, each listen revealing added details and degrees of delirium. Intense stuff for sure, with an unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere that makes this album stand out further amongst the progressive metal horde. There is a surreal, ever-present malevolence lurking under the surface of these songs.

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