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EXMORTUS: California shredders pledge ‘Metal Is King’ in new music video

 

Raise your fists (and swords) to the rousing track “Metal Is King” by shredders EXMORTUS, which provides the soundtrack to the group’s latest music video. Taken from their Prosthetic debut “Slave To The Sword,” which LA Weekly calls “a blistering blend of European-influenced, neo-classical thrash metal,” the song features a prominent message echoed by drummer Mario Moreno: “Let it be known that METAL IS KING!”

Moreno reveals that the new video was shot in a small warehouse in the band’s hometown of Whittier, Calif. — “a straightforward video for a straightforward song,” he says. Watch it now on Metal Injection or stream it below!

“Slave To The Sword” has been heavily heralded by some of the metal industry’s most notable buzzmakers, including heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s “Liquid Metal” show with Jose Mangin and extensive coverage on influential blogs including (MetalSucks, No Clean Singing, etc). Throughout the year, the band has thoroughly showcased their “impressive blend of thundering melo-death and acrobatic power metal? (Revolver) by taking no mercy on the highways of North America, continuously appearing with acts inluding Flotsam & Jetsam, Destruction, Dark Tranquillity, Krisiun, Hatchet & more. In addition to a heavy touring schedule, the band also made time to appear in a nationally-aired commercial for Virgin Mobile and perform a shred-tastic rendition of the national anthem at a minor league baseball game!

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AT THE GATES launches title track from upcoming album, ‘At War With Reality’

Today marks the debut of AT THE GATES’ first new material in 19 years: the title track from their highly anticipated album, At War With Reality, due out worldwide on October 27th via Century Media Records! To hear this momentous single from the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal pioneers, click the link below:

AT THE GATES’ Jonas Björler (bass) comments: “We have finally reached the moment for the unveiling of a first full brand new AT THE GATES song! We have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this record for the past year, and we are very happy to now present you the title track of ‘At War With Reality’. Let the journey begin…”

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DECAPITATED: SECOND ALBUM PREVIEW RELEASED

A second clip featuring 30-second previews of the last four songs from Blood Mantra – the sixth studio album by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED – is now available for streaming on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland, Blood Mantra will be released in North America on September 30th.

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EYEHATEGOD Announces Autumn Live Assault

Louisiana volume visionaries, EYEHATEGOD, are pleased to announce their next run of live demolitions this Fall. The band’s latest itinerary includes a short rash of one-off dates in Denver, Orlando and Miami as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, team EYEHATEGOD will head west razing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates.

Comments frontman Mike IX Williams, “New Orleans sons of the hurricane and battered filthy communists, EYEHATEGOD, will embark on a severely damaging run of US shows this October 2014 that are guaranteed to please the dirt starved masses of nasty rock ‘n’ roll tenfold. See ya’ll on the railroad tracks!”

EYEHATEGOD continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Released in May via Housecore, the record continues to reap praise and critical “fuck-yeahs” from fans and media globally. In an 8/10 score Pitchfork declares, “After fourteen years, they’ve come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That Eyehategod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary.” Stereoboard dubs the record, “a vitriolic demonstration of everything that made this band so great in the first place. There are brilliant riffs, moments of barely contained aural violence and, most memorably of all, the ever-distinctive vocals of Mike IX Williams… a worthy addition to the band’s already impenetrable legacy.” Added The New York Times in a live review, “Something happened to EYEHATEGOD in the last decade, since its members got on the other side of those disasters: some kind of stability – a realization of exactly what the band has and how to use it. And its show at Club Europa, in Brooklyn… fell in line with the last three I’ve seen… It was an extended family of riffs, played over the new drummer Aaron Hill’s weaving, swinging drum patterns, and under the singer Mike IX Williams’ wretched howl and crinkly-eyed, mirthless smile. It was low-end body music, half-slovenly, half-graceful, impossibly deep – music for moving to in fluid motion.”

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MACABRE: October Tour With Ringworm Precedes November Mini-Tour With Carcass

Chicago’s Murder Metal trio, MACABRE, is set to rampage across the US on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October. Joined by openers, Panzerfaust, and with direct support from the mighty Ringworm, MACABRE will spread their grisly tales of terror across the country from October third through Halloween night. The trek includes participation in Philip H. Anselmo’s second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, alongside Gwar, Voivod, Neurosis, Danzig, Samhain, Eyehategod, Vader, Corrections House, Lustmord and others.

After returning home to resupply with fresh provisions, just a week-and-a-half later MACABRE will caravan through the Midwestern region on a brutal escapade as direct support for the legendary Carcass. The five-date invasion will see Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Madison, Des Moines and Joliet ravaged by the vicious lineup, which also includes the berserk invigoration of Exhumed and Noisem.

MACABRE will also be headlining the Chicago Music Factory and Rebel Radio’s seventeenth annual Holiday Of Horrors in their hometown on December 26th, joined by Jungle Rot, Scythe and Armored Assault.

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FALLUJAH: Atmospheric Death Metal Faction Announces Pacific Northwest Trek With Archspire; European Tour Draws Near

 

Following their successful Summer Slaughter takeover, atmospheric death metal faction, FALLUJAH, will embark upon a short but punishing run of Pacific Northwest dates next month.

Slated to commence on October 9th in Eugene, Oregon, and accompanied by Canadian tech death metaler wizards, Archspire, the band will level nine cities, with the journey drawing to a close October 19th in Santa Cruz, California. The tour marks FALLUJAH’s first appearance on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming European invasion later this year with Dying Fetus, Goatwhore and Malevolence.

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RINGS OF SATURN Drops Lyric Video For “Unsympathetic Intellect”

With the October 14th release date for RINGS OF SATURN’s second LP, Lugal Ki En, rapidly approaching, another brand new single has been declassified and is now on public display through a lyric video for “Unsympathetic Intellect” at Revolver Magazine’s website. The ninth of the album’s twelve tracks which unarguably display the band’s most innovative and damaging material to date, “Unsympathetic Intellect” not only bears some of the most beautifully eerie passages and debilitating low-end drops of the entire Lugal Ki En, the lyric video brings the equally otherworldly album art to vibrant life while the song’s lyrics inundate the listener from all angles, the video created by Alex T. Reinhard of Brutal Productions.

Explore the “Unsympathetic Intellect” lyric video;

Unique Leader Records will release Lugal Ki En in North America October 14th and in Europe on the 17th, the album produced by Brette Ciamarra at Studio 344 (Kamikabe, Those Who Fear, Trophies) and the custom, conceptual art pieces created by Mark Cooper of Mind Rape Art. The LP version comes in two limited edition color varieties — purple and four-color splatter — bound in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download card. The album will also see CD and digital release.

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Two GWAR Members To Join Their Scumdog Brothers on the GWAR Eternal Tour this Fall!

GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the GWAR Eternal Tour. The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR’s lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious…Both will feature prominently in the anticipated GWAR Eternal Tour – which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp!

Blóthar

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1349 debuts Slaves video

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 have premiered their new video for “Slaves” here. “Slaves” is the lead track from the bands forthcoming new album ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’.

‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ will be released in North America on September 30, and will be available across multiple CD, vinyl, and cassette formats.

1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) also recently announced the ‘Chaos Raids’ European headline tour. A full listing of confirmed 1349 tour dates can be found below.

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.

1349 Tour Dates:

Sept. 26 Oslo, Norway @ Pokalen Pub – ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ record release show
‘Chaos Raids” European Tour 2014
Nov. 12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
Nov. 13 Aalen, Germany @ Rock It
Nov. 14 Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
Nov. 15 Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
Nov. 16 Biebob, Belgium @ Vosselaar
Nov. 17 Paris, France @ Glazart
Nov. 18 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 19 London, England @ Underworld
Nov. 20 Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
Nov. 21 Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
Nov. 22 Manchester, England @ Sound Control

DECAPITATED ANNOUNCE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “BLOOD MANTRA” + HEADLINING FALL TOUR OFF-DATES

Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED have released a lyric video for the title track off their sixth studio album Blood Mantra, due out in North America on September 30th. Watch it on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Additionally, DECAPITATED have added five headlining off-dates to their upcoming trek with GWAR on the “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014,” which launches on October 15th in Norfolk, Virginia and ends in Seattle on November 12th. The venues & cities hosting these headlining shows include:

10/20/14 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/09/14 Babcock Theater – Billings, MT
11/14/14 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/15/14 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/16/14 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

“GWAR Eternal Tour 2014″ dates + DECAPITATED headlining dates are:
10/15/14 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/16/14 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
10/17/14 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
10/18/14 The Palladium “Rock and Shock Festival” – Worcester, MA
10/19/14 The Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
10/20/14 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH ***DECAPITATED ONLY***
10/21/14 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
10/22/14 New Daisy Theater – Memphis, TN
10/23/14 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/24/14 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
10/25/14 Emo’s “Housecore Horror Film Festival? – Austin, TX
10/26/14 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/28/14 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/14 Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget, IL
10/30/14 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
10/31/14 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/01/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
11/02/14 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
11/03/14 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
11/04/14 Knitting Factory Concert House – Reno, NV
11/05/14 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/06/14 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/07/14 Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
11/08/14 The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
11/09/14 Babcock Theater – Billings, MT ***DECAPITATED ONLY***
11/10/14 Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
11/11/14 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
11/12/14 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
11/14/14 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL ***DECAPITATED ONLY***
11/15/14 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH ***DECAPITATED ONLY***
11/16/14 St. Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY ***DECAPITATED ONLY***

OBITUARY Premieres New Song, Announce European Tour

Death metal legends OBITUARY make their Relapse debut with Inked In Blood, their 9th full length LP. Inked in Blood will be released October 28th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography.

So far only one song has been heard by the public from Inked in Blood today that will change as Metal Sucks is hosting an exclusive premiere of the second single from the new album “Violence”. Check out the stream;

Inked in Blood is available for pre-order from Relapse Records and via iTunes. The album will be released on CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital. The limited edition, one time press deluxe CD includes two exclusive bonus songs and is packaged in a 3D embossed digipak along with a die-cut album cover sticker. The bonus songs, available on the deluxe CD and digital verisons, are two classic tracks (“Intoxicated” and “Bloodsoaked”), from ‘Slowly We Rot’, re-recorded this year live out of Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL and engineered by legendary death metal producer Jim Morris. A special vinyl color will be available exclusively via each of the following means: North American Indie Stores, Florida record stores, Relapse.com and for Kickstarter backers.

The first song from Inked in Blood entitled “Visions in My Head” can be heard here;

In support of their new album, OBITUARY will be hitting the road this fall.

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MESHUGGAH RELEASE TRAILER FOR RE-MASTERED I EP

American Billboard Top 100 artist & 9th Wonder of the Unnatural World, Sweden?s MESHUGGAH have released a trailer for their re-mastered version of I, the band?s one song EP from 2004 set for mutant resurrection on September 30th in North America.

Watch the trailer:

The I EP re-issue includes the re-mastered 21-minute title track, two live tracks recorded during the 2012 – 2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour, plus an extremely limited studio track recorded in July 2003 (at MESHUGGAH?s own Fear & Loathing studio in Stockholm, Sweden) which has never appeared on a studio album. Album artwork & concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake.

The track listing for I is:
1 – I
2 – Bleed (Live)
3 – Dancers To A Discordant System (Live)
4 – Pitch Black

Enslaved and Wardruna To Perform Skuggsjá, The Sound of Norway’s Norse History at Roadburn Festival 2015

We’re elated to announce that Enslaved and Wardruna will perform Skuggsjá, the sound of Norway’s Norse History at Houses of the Holistic, Ivar Bjørnson’s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik’s curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Written by Bjørnson and Selvik for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered this past weekend at the Eidsivablot festival, this will be Skuggsjá’s first performance outside of Norway, and will certainly be one of the highlights of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.

Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the commissioned piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.

By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, Skuggsjá will tell the history of Norway and reflect relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of this they will reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway and Scandinavia?s oldest instruments, and poetry in Proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá will be a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.

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SKELETONWITCH added to Roadburn 2015, band continues shredding across US/CA

Today, the prestigious Roadburn Festival announced that SKELETONWITCH has been invited to perform at the 2015 edition of the event, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland next April. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Oct. 16.

“Simply put: if you want blackened thrash (or whatever you want to call it – everybody has their own definition of what these Ohio rednecks are supposed to be defined as) of the absolutely highest order, these are your guys,” proclaimed Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who alongside Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (Wardruna) has curated the line-up for Roadburn 2015.

Having hand-picked SKELETONWITCH to play, Bjørnson – who toured alongside the group earlier this year – added, “Okay, I?ve gotta admit that once again sharing a backstage area with these wonderful specimens of the human variety is a motivation in itself – but it is of course first and foremost the music that brought about the invite. This is the perfect band to tear down the walls at Roadburn 2015 and seriously shake things up/slap us silly. If ‘Witch’s high-octane metal doesn?t make you headbang like there?s no tomorrow, you?re probably dead.”

SKELETONWITCH recently took a short break from their non-stop touring schedule to film a music video for the dynamic track “Unending, Everliving.” Taken from their 2013 release “Serpents Unleashed,” which marked the band’s highest Billboard chart postion to date, the gory, horror-themed clip can be seen below. A 7-inch single of the song — limited to only 300 copies, and featuring a hand-screened B-side with exclusive artwork — is available now via the Prosthetic web shop.

Recorded in Salem, Mass. at Godcity Studios with Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge), “Serpents Unleashed” features 11 tracks of “pure, unapologetic heavy metal” (Decibel). The album is on sale now at Amazon MP3, Bandcamp and the Prosthetic web shop.

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IRON REAGAN Premieres Video For “Miserable Failure”

The wait is over and The Tyranny of Will, IRON REAGAN’s Relapse debut is available now! This 24 song-wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury. The album was recorded with guitarist Phil Hall at Blaze of Torment Studios in Richmond, VA and self-produced plus it was mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The cover art was done by Alexis Maybree AKA NevaSafe.

The Tyranny of Will is available for in multiple configurations and formats. including standard CD, Deluxe CD that features a bonus track, cassette, LP and Digital Download.

IRON REAGAN recently completed work on their video for the song “Miserable Failure”. The video was directed by Whitey McConnaughy (Red Fang) and is receiving its exclusive premiere today courtesy of Noisey. Check the video out;

Singer Tony Foresta on the video:
“Whitey McConnaughy and Iron Reagan proudly present to you the world’s first (or at least as we know of) FLASH MOSH!!!! Enjoy!”

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ANAAL NATHRAKH: UK Extreme Metal Duo Wages War With “Monstrum In Animo,” Now Playing At Decibel

Long running UK extreme metal duo/recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to soil your day with the repugnant sounds of “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel Magazine.

The ferocious new hymn comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be detonated Desideratum full-length. Produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, and music tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California, Desideratum flaunts eleven fantastically mischievous odes of agony and despair. Declares Decibel Magazine, “the ridiculously consistent Birmingham black metallers are simply one of the most utterly fearsome and inventive outfits currently operating in the modern extreme metal scene. Elite level mind-fuckers. Aural devastators…”

Feel the scorch of third movement, “Monstrum In Animo,” now playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

Named, “one of the best bands out there when it comes to evoking horror and terror… a master class in extreme metal,” by MetalSucks, “a thrill ride of horrors,” by Pitchfork and the, “soundtrack to our demise,” by PopMatters, ANAAL NATHRAKH – Kenney alongside vocalist David Hunt AKA V.I.T.R.I.O.L. – exists for one purpose: to replicate the sounds of true evil. Forged in fury in 1999, the pair has gained a reputation for expressing precisely that. With both screaming banshee and traditional vocals set against an impenetrable wall of controlled chaos, what ANAAL NATHRAKH manifests is plainly terrifying. Their winding resume includes not only the release of seven critically lauded long-players and an EP but collaborations with such legendary talents as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and more. Combined with rankings among “best album of the year” polls and “album of the month” in the press and cover appearances on revered magazines such as Terrorizer, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s position as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is irrefutable. Hallmarked by pulverizing musical dexterity, ingenuity and breadth, married with mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, ANAAL NATHRAKH’s sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in the metal world.

Noisey Debuts REVOCATION’s “Madness Opus”

REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band.

“Deathless” is set for an October 14th release, today the artwork, track listing and first single which is the title track, have been unveiled. The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Today the second song from “Deathless” is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of Noisey. The song entitled “Madness Opus can be heard HERE.

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Dave Lombardo’s PHILM Streams Another New Track “Train” via DRUM! Magazine – New Album “Fire From The Evening Sun” Out Today

“They’ve definitely nailed it on Fire From The Evening Sun? Packed full of ideas and sounding like nothing except PHILM, the trio – Lombardo especially – are on superb form.” – Rock-A-Rolla Mag

“Gerry Nestler’s vocals veer from haunting whispers to manic screams, while Dave Lombardo and bassist Pancho Tomaselli provide some truly dazzling rhythmic interplay.” – Rock Sound

“Fire From The Evening Sun is an eerie must-listen for a different slant on your usual metal genre. Imagine a unique Quentin Tarantino movie, a romantic yet violent adventure?” – Planet Mosh

Today marks the release of PHILM?s brand new album, Fire From The Evening Sun, via UDR Music! Right now, in celebration of the new release, DRUM! Magazine is streaming the track ‘Train’. Listen here: http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/exclusive-philm-track-with-dave-lombardo/

“I couldn’t be more excited about the release of our sophomore album”, states Dave Lombardo. “I think fans will appreciate the many maniacal levels of our combined personalities showing their crazed head on this record. I believe Fire From The Evening Sun is a combination of being fearless, methodical, focused and charming. I recently read that those are the four traits that successful entrepreneurs and psychopaths have in common. So.. listen at your own risk.”

PHILM just wrapped up a successful tour of Europe in support of Fire From The Evening Sun, and have recently confirmed dates on October 2nd in Bogota, Columbia, and October 16th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go.

CANNIBAL CORPSE: A Skeletal Domain Out TODAY On Metal Blade Records

Today marks of the official unveiling of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s anticipated A Skeletal Domain full-length! Out NOW via Metal Blade Records, the thirteenth full-length from the American death metal institution was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, and delivers twelve ill-omened tracks in forty-four minutes, the result of which is a colossal, confrontational, and meticulously-executed display of unparalleled brutality.

In an 8/10 review, Decibel Magazine gushes, “‘Vector Of Cruelty’ is a masterful combination of coruscating mid-pace burl and quirky thrash, ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ pushes boundaries in the fields of lead work and atonality, while ‘Kill Or Become’ has a sizzling, infectious quality and the potential to be a set closer should they ever quit it with ‘Hammer Smashed Face.’… the point is, there’s material on lucky number thirteen that stands up to the classics.” Ghost Cult commends, “A Skeletal Domain has shown the world that CANNIBAL CORPSE is still on top of their death metal game and just how evil these guys can be,” while The Guardian boasts, “A cleaner, sharper production certainly gives the likes of teeth-shattering opener ‘High Velocity Impact Spatter’ and the scattershot thud of ‘Sadistic Embodiment’ a more pristine air than anything on 2012’s Torture, but it is the subtle flights of perverse structural fancy lurking within the sustained riff tirade of ‘The Murderer’s Pact’ and the gleefully unsavory ‘Asphyxiate To Resuscitate’ that make this one of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s most absorbing records in years.” In a 4/5 verdict, Sputnik Music notes, “CANNIBAL CORPSE have pushed the technicality of their songs without forgetting the brutality or speed that fans have come to expect. They’ve also added a thrash element that periodically rears its head before being murdered by another blast beat and atonal guitar solo. Together these elements have created a CANNIBAL CORPSE album that is darker and more chaotic than normal…with A Skeletal Domain there is even more of a reason for people to give CANNIBAL CORPSE a listen,” while MetalSucks adds succinctly, “[CANNIBAL CORPSE] fucking rule their fucking roost with talons of fucking steel.”

To celebrate A Skeletal Domain’s release, the band is offering listeners a chance to win a mega CANNIBAL CORPSE prize pack though mid-October. Thirty retail stores throughout the US are currently festooned with special A Skeletal Domain CD displays.

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SICK OF IT ALL premiere lyric video for “DNC” from LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE

New York Hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have just launched a new lyric video for the song “DNC” via Invisible Oranges. To understand the full meaning of the song that comes with the addition “DNC (Do Not Comply)” to the title, check it out here:

After playing a run of (festival) dates in Europe during the past summer SICK OF IT ALL will headline the 2015 edition of the EMP Persistence Tour which will be the perfect setting to present LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE live. Before that they will do two shows in the U.S.

October 4th – Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
November 8th – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

EMP Persistence Tour 2015
SICK OF IT ALL
w/ Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, Turnstile, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

15.01.2015 (DE) Berlin – Astra
16.01.2015 (DE) Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36
17.01.2015 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
18.01.2015 (F) Paris – Bataclan
19.01.2015 (NL) Utrecht – Tivoli
20.01.2015 (DE) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
21.01.2015 (CH) Pratteln – Z7
22.01.2015 (DE) Munich – Backstage Werk
23.01.2015 (CZ) Ostrava – Trojhali Karolina
24.01.2015 (DE) Dresden – Eventwerk
25.01.2015 (BE) Deinze – Brielpoort

LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE is set for a release on the following dates:
Europe, Australia / NZ: September 29th, 2014
USA, Canada: September 30th, 2014

LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.

NECROWRETCH announces new 7″, plus upcoming album details

On October 13th, the French grand masters of blasphemy, NECROWRETCH, will return with the release of the 7″, Even Death May Die. This strictly limited 7″ includes one brand new track (the title track), as well as an evil cover version of SLAYER’s classic “Black Magic”. It’s also the first taste of NECROWRETCH’s upcoming second album, With Serpents Scourge, which is scheduled for release in January 2015.

With the recruitment of Ilmar as NECROWRETCH’s new drummer, the band has managed to push their limits further than ever before, delivering their filthiest, most ruthless and most diverse material to date. NECROWRETCH has retained their bestial intensity while adding a touch of melody as well. Expect a ferocious mix of Sweden’s MERCILESS, the insane fury of classic IMPALED NAZARENE and a dose of mid 90’s black/death!

Even Death May Die is limited to 500 copies worldwide: 400 on black vinyl, 100 on golden vinyl. Stay tuned for the CM Distro USA pre-order coming soon!

Even Death May Die track-listing:
Side 1
Even Death May Die
Side 2
Black Magic (SLAYER cover version)

NECROWRETCH line-up:
Vlad – guitars, vocals
Amphycion – bass
Ilmar – drums

Black Crown Initiate Debuts More New Music

PA metal torchbearers BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted a second song titled “Withering Waves” from their upcoming debut LP The Wreckage Of Stars, due out on September 30th, 2014.

The band will release The Wreckage Of Stars on September 30, 2014 via eOne Music. The band signed their brand new label deal earlier this summer and have since been hitting the road hard. The band will be touring with fellow PA metal heads THE RIVERS OF NIHIL throughout the North East before heading out with label-mates UNEARTH on the HELL OR HIGH WATTAGE tour.

Black Crown Initiate, or commonly referred as BCI, was firmly planted at Atrium Audio, (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil) with producer Carson Slovak on their debut LP.

Renowned artist and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann was tapped to create the visually sunning cover art for The Wreckage Of Stars.

The effort will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed Song of the Crippled Bull EP they released last year. BCI got their big break on THE METAL ALLIANCE TOUR supporting BEHEMOTH earlier this year. The band managed to get the attention and more than a few nods in the press, most notably landing on the “Albums That Will #$@&%*! Your Face Off in 2014″ list released by Metal Sucks throughout the year. They touted the EP as a “rare beast that’ll both catch your ear on first listen and keep getting better and better each time.”

MESHUGGAH: WORLD PREMIERE OF “DO NOT LOOK DOWN” LIVE VIDEO

Extreme music fans of all things deviant can visit the DrumMagazine.com homepage to watch the world debut of the live video for “Do Not Look Down” by Sweden’s MESHUGGAH;

The footage comes from MESHUGGAH’s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, The Ophidian Trek – which celebrates the 25-year anniversary since the recording of the band’s first EP – due out in North America on September 30th.

Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany. The live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).

The Ophidian Trek’s track listings are:

Live DVD / Blu-Ray:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus
10 – Bleed
11 – Demiurge
12 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
13 – Dancers To A Discordant System
14 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
15 – The Last Vigil

Live CD 1:
01 – Swarmer
02 – Swarm
03 – Combustion
04 – Rational Gaze
05 – obZen
06 – Lethargica
07 – Do Not Look Down
08 – The Hurt That Finds You First
09 – I Am Colossus

Live CD 2:
01 – Bleed
02 – Demiurge
03 – New Millennium Cyanide Christ
04 – Dancers To A Discordant System
05 – Mind’s Mirrors / In Death – Is Life / In Death – Is Death
06 – The Last Vigil

NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB: Three Key Neurot Recordings Artists To Perform At Maryland Deathfest XIII

Neurot Recordings is proud to have three major acts from their expansive family of acts confirmed to perform at Maryland Deathfest XIII, the annual festival once again set to take over Baltimore from May 21st to May 24th, with NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT and YOB joining the list of more than eighty bands to perform at the 2015 gathering, marking the label’s largest invasion of the annual festival to date.

The opening night of Maryland Deathfest XIII, Thursday, May 21st, will see UFOMAMMUT and YOB both making their way to the event for the very first time. The two bands will headline the Rams Head Live stage, taking over the venue with Bevar Sea, Conan, Iron Man, Jex Thoth, Mantar and Primitive Man. And following their mesmerizing and destructive set amidst a thunderstorm at MDF 2011, the mighty NEUROSIS will make their way back to the event this year. A major highlight of the festival, NEUROSIS will perform outdoors on the Edison Lot stage on the final day, Sunday, May 24th, joining Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Prosanctus Inferi, Skepticism, Tombs and Winter.

NEUROSIS continues to tour the planet, in their most intense years of touring since the band’s earlier days, following the 2012 release of their acclaimed tenth LP, Honor Found In Decay. Following tours of North America, Europe and their first trek to Australia earlier this year, the remainder of 2014 will see the band as one of the main headliners at Arizona’s Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. The festival will consume Tucson, Arizona from October 16th through 19th, with main acts Goatsnake and Sunn O))) in addition to NEUROSIS, who will headline Saturday, October 18th with support from The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe. The same weekend, the band will invade Denver on Sunday, October 19th with support from Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents. The following weekend they’ll join Voivod, Samhain, Danzig, Lustmord, Corrections House, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more at the second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest, running from October 23rd through 26th in Austin, Texas. And on November 22nd, NEUROSIS will travel to Mexico City to perform at Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others performing, alongside an array of music workshops, film screenings and more.

Currently celebrating their fifteenth year in existence, Italian trio, UFOMAMMUT,will return to North America for their first major tour of the continent in 2015, including their first trip to Maryland Deathfest. With only a brief 2008 West Coast venture in the US under their belt, the full-on upcoming tour will see the band spending several weeks stateside, bringing their magical, mysterious and pulverizing doom metal to the masses in support of their acclaimed ORO double-album set, released in 2013, as well as their next full-length release, which the band is currently preparing to record in October for release again through Neurot in early 2015. UFOMAMMUT will also be releasing a massive DVD entitled XV through their own Supernatural Cat Recordsthis October, with more than three hours of material documenting their decade-and-a-half together. The band is also set to perform at Up In Smoke in Pratteln, Switzerland with Fu Manchu, Kadavar, Blues Pills, Brant Bjork, Dozer, Naam, Conan and tons more on October 3rd and 4th.

Oregon’s psychedelic doom metal trio, YOB, is currently embarked on a massive European tour with Pallbearer, supporting their recently-released seventh studio full-length, Clearing The Path To Ascend. The widely lauded album is currently thriving with great accolades pouring in from media outlets and fans worldwide, being recognized as another massive achievement for the now institutional act, and marks one of the most essential extreme albums of the year. Their first release as part of the Neurot family, the album was just released by the label on CD and all digital download, with Relapse Records handling the vinyl version. Following the ongoing five-week voyage which is permeating every corner of the European continent, YOB will tour heavily in North America as well, with new tour dates to be announced in conjunction with their MDF performance in the coming months.

Stand by for further label and tour developments from NEUROSIS, UFOMAMMUT, YOB and other talented acts hailing from the Neurot Recordings clan over the rest of 2014 and into next year.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest III
10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents
10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX
11/22/2014 Bestia Festival – Mexico City, Mexico
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

UFOMAMMUT Tour Dates:

10/03-05/2014 Up In Smoke – Pratteln, Switzerland
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

YOB Tour Dates:
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI w/ Pallbearer
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE w/ Pallbearer
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK w/ Pallbearer
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE w/ Pallbearer
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL w/ Pallbearer
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE w/ Pallbearer
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ w/ Pallbearer
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT w/ Pallbearer
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT w/ Pallbearer
9/26/2014 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH w/ Pallbearer
9/27/2014 Lo-fi Club – Milan, IT w/ Pallbearer
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH w/ Pallbearer
9/30/2014 Jubez – Karlsruhe, DE w/ Pallbearer
10/01/2014 Blackship – Montpellier, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT w/ Pallbearer
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES w/ Pallbearer
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo – Toulouse, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/08/2014 Glazart – Paris, FR w/ Pallbearer
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR w/ Pallbearer
10/11/2014 Desertfest – Antwerp, BE w/ Pallbearer
5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicagoan Blackened Death Thrashers Announce Autumn Live Infiltration

Chicagoan blackened death/thrash day-ruiners, IMMORTAL BIRD, will bring their odes of deviance and decay to the stage next month on a short rash of North American live incursions.

Set to initiate on October 15th, 2014 on their home turf at the Cobra Lounge, IMMORTAL BIRD will pillage their way through nine metropolises sharing the stages with Pyrrhon, Krieg and Dead Congregation on select dates. The tour follows the band’s recent takeover of Tampa’s Southern Darkness Fest last month and marks their first time ever performing on Canadian soil.

Relays vocalist/drummer Rae Amitay: “Our little road trip to St. Louis with Mortals in July and our not-so-little road trip to Tampa for Southern Darkness Fest made us want to go out for a bit longer this Fall. We’ve been writing a lot of material for our new album and we’re looking forward to taking some of it on the road before we record. Plus, we all want to see some of that famed New England Fall foliage. Nothing says ‘kvlt as fvck’ like hot apple cider and sweater weather.”

IMMORTAL BIRD Autumn 2014 Tour:
10/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL at Cobra Lounge w/ Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain
10/16/2014 Coach & Horses – Windsor, ON
10/17/2014 Duffy’s Tavern – Toronto, ON
10/18/2014 Sammy’s Patio – Revere, MA
10/20/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY w/ Dead Congregation, Mausoleum, Pissgrave, Svart Crown
10/21/2014 Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA w/ Krieg
10/22/2014 Skid Row Garage – York, PA w/ Krieg
10/23/2014 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
10/24/2014 Carabar – Columbus, OH

IMMORTAL BIRD continues to tour in support of their maniacal Akrasia EP, released late last year via .Closed Casket Recordings. Recorded at Lo-Tech Laboratories by unsung Windy City audio magician Jeff Ziolo, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Isis, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch) at Godcity Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails, All Pigs Must Die) at Audiosiege, Akrasia thrusts forth four disparaging hymns of hate, gracefully consuming grimness and psychosomatic anguish all led by the punishing vocal ambushes of Amitay (Thrawsunblat). Nearly twelve months since its official descent, the EP continues to earn critical accolades from respected media outlets both stateside and abroad. Decibel Magazine calls Akrasia, “dark and twisting,” while Invisible Oranges commends the EP’s, “inward-looking cosmopolitan ugliness that sometimes evokes a less-patient version of early Castevet.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. The Chicago Reader applauds the band’s, “…sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart,” in a 10/10 rating This Is Not A Scene applauds Akrasia’s “…nineteen minutes of metal greatness,” while Metalbandcamp.com likens the band to a, “death metal Ludicra.”

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