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NECRONOMICON Premiere New Music Video‏

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Canadian extreme metal horde NECRONOMICON have released a video for the title track off their latest full length, ‘Rise of the Elder Ones‘. If you can get past the hokey video you will discover a truly mediocre song. ‘Rise of the Elder Ones‘ is available at the official NECRONOMICON Bandcamp page.

SEPTICFLESH: New album title revealed; first behind-the-scenes studio video posted‏

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Greek symphonic death metal group SEPTICFLESH have chosen “Titan” as the title of their highly anticipated Prosthetic debut, due out this summer. The group has also posted the first in a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes videos documenting the making of the album, which sees them collaborate with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a full children’s choir.

Stay tuned for further information on “Titan” in the coming weeks.

SEPTICFLESH TOUR DATES
2/12       Nagoya, JP – Imaike Club 3Star ^
2/13       Osaka, JP – Nanba Rockets ^
2/14       Fukuoka, JP – Graf ^
2/15       Hiroshima Shi, JP – BORDER ^
2/16       Shizuoka, JP – Shunash  ^
2/17       Tokyo, JP – Cyclone ^
5/14       Brisbane, AU – The Hi Fi  #
5/15       Adelaide, AU – Fowlers Live #
5/16       Melbourne, AU – The Hi Fi #
5/17       Sydney, AU – Manning Bar #
5/18       Perth, AU – Amplifier #
^ with Eyeconoclast & Svart Crown
# with Fleshgod Apocalypse

GWAR Announces Australian Headline Dates‏

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As they continued to prepare the Scumship for war, the unstoppable force known as GWAR has announced two Australian headline shows in addition to their highly anticipated appearances at this year’s Soundwave Festival.  The first show is set for Wednesday February 26th in Sydney at The Factory Theater and the second show is set for the following night Thursday February 27th in Melbourne at 170 Russell.  Supporting the Scumdogs on these two dates of devastation are Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder.

In other GWAR news that you probably heard about already, the most tasteless band in rock recently announced they would be bringing more of it! That’s right, the most disgusting spectacle in rock ‘n roll history is coming all the way from their homeland of Antarctica to the Land of the Rising Sun. After 28 years of relentless touring, getting lost and other general mayhem, GWAR is finally playing Japan! After playing the gigantic Soundwave Festival in Australia and a couple of special headline dates, GWAR will travel north to play two exclusive shows in Japan, where legions of GWAR fans have been waiting patiently for years for their chance to die in the presence of their hulking metal overlords. Their wishes shall at last come true on Thursday, March 6th at Big Cat in Osaka, Japan, and Friday, March 7th at Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo.

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL 2014
2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder
2/26: Sydney, Australia @ The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

LORD DYING Kick Off North Headline American Tour, Announce Plans For New Album

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Portland, Oregon’s LORD DYING have completed the first leg of their European tour and have returned to the states to begin their North American headline tour tonight (including select dates with Pallbearer, The Body, Subrosa, and Eagle Twin).   The tour runs through March 7th in Boise, ID.  Following the North American dates LORD DYING will return back to Europe alongside label-mates Red Fang and The Shrine. A complete list of all dates can be found below.

Upon their return the band plans on entering the studio to being work on the follow up to Summon the Faithless.  Vocalist/Guitarist  Erik Olson checked in with an update on the progress of their new record:

“The first two weeks of May we will be recording our second album. This one will be featuring Joel Grind as producer/engineer.  The material is already written and the album will be the meanest most concise effort to date.  We will reveal the title/artwork in the coming months.  Expect a Fall of 2014 release date on Relapse Records with extensive touring to follow!”

*** US Winter Headlining Tour***
Feb 11        Portland, OR                  Rotture w/ Pallbearer, The Body
Feb 12        Sacramento, CA             Press Club w/ Black Majik Acid, Horseneck, Cura Cochino
Feb 13        San Francisco, CA        The Parkside
Feb 14        Los Angeles, CA           Complex w/ Yidhra, Deathkings
Feb 15        Tucson, AZ                   The Rock w/ Godhunter
Feb 16        Albuquerque, NM         Launchpad w/ Echoes of the Fallen
Feb 17        Marfa, TX                     Padres
Feb 18        Austin, TX                    Hotel Vegas w/ Communion
Feb 19        Texarkana                     Silver Dollar
Feb 20        Little Rock, AR            Vino’s
Feb 21        Memphis, TN                HiTone
Feb 22        New Orleans LA           Siberia w/ Shroud Eater, Orbweaver
Feb 23        Atlanta, GA                   The Earl w/ Order of the Owl, Lazer/Wulf
Feb 24        Raleigh, NC                  The Maywood w/Demon Eye
Feb 25        Washington DC             DC9
Feb 26        Philadelphia, PA            Kung Fu Necktie
Feb 27        Brooklyn, NY                Saint Vitus Bar
Feb 28        Boston, MA                   O’Brien’s w/Vaporizer, Modern Voice
Mar 01        Syracuse, NY                TBA
Mar 02        Cleveland, OH              Now That’s Class
Mar 03        Chicago, IL                   Empty Bottle (free Monday)
Mar 05        Denver, CO                   3 Kings Tavern
Mar 06        Salt Lake City, UT        Urban Lounge w/ Eagle Twin, SubRosa
Mar 07        Boise, ID                      The Shredder w/ Krystos
Mar 08        Missoula, MT               The ZACC Below
Mar 09        Portland CA                  The Tonic Lounge w/ Christian Mistress

***European Tour Leg 2 w/ Red Fang & The Shrine***
Mar 14        Köln GER                      Essigfabrik
Mar 15        Hasselt  BEL                  Muziekodroom
Mar 16        Paris FR                         Trabendo (New Venue)
Mar 17        Sheffield UK                  Corporation
Mar 18        Manchester UK              Sound Control
Mar 19        Glasgow UK                  Classic Grand
Mar 20        Birmingham UK            Institute Temple
Mar 21        London  UK                   Electric Ballroom (New Venue)
Mar 22        Eindhoven NL                Effenaar
Mar 23        Nijmegen  NL                Doornroosje
Mar 25        Hamburg GER               Knust
Mar 26        Gothenburg SWE          Truckstop Alaska
Mar 27        Oslo NOR                      John Dee
Mar 28        Stockholm SWE            Debaser Strand
Mar 29        Copenhagen   DK          Pumpehuset
Mar 30        Berlin GER                    Lido
Mar 31        Warsaw POL                  Basen
Apr 01        Wien AT                         Arena
Apr 03        München GER               Backstage
Apr 04        Leipzig GER                  Taubchenthal
Apr 05        Stuttgart GER                 LKA
Apr 06        Wiesbaden GER             Schlachthof
Apr 10        Tilburg, NL                   Roadburn Festival

KILL DEVIL HILL Premiere “Leave It All Behind”

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KILL DEVIL HILL have partnered with REVOLVER MAGAZINE for the world premiere of “Leave It All Behind,” the first music video from the band’s sophomore studio release ‘REVOLUTION RISE’.

“We’re all fired up and ready to kick this year off right!” says bassist Rex Brown, whose autobiography ‘Official Truth – 101 Proof: The Official Story Of Pantera’ will be released in paperback March 24, 2014, with North American KILL DEVIL HILL tour dates to follow. “‘Leave It All Behind’ was shot with a very different approach for us. It’s a story board video that intertwines the band with a guy that has faced some apocalyptic demons in his own mind. We shot the video at an old missile site in Southern California that had been burned out by fires years ago. The story hits very close to home with the lyrical content of the song, which makes it even more surreal and sublime – we’ll leave the rest up to your interpretation!”

Featuring PANTERA and former DOWN bassist Rex Brown, former DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN AND HELL drummer Vinny Appice, ex-PISSING RAZORS singer Dewey Bragg and acclaimed session/touring guitarist Mark Zavon, ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ was produced by KILL DEVIL HILL and Jeff Pilson, and mixed by Jay Ruston [STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX]. The album is available now in your favorite record stores, via iTunes (featuring exclusive bonus tracks “Revolution Rise” and an acoustic version of album closer “Life Goes On”), and at Amazon. Exclusive and unique bundles are also available through both CM Distro and the KILL DEVIL HILL online store.

A fixture on 2013 best-of lists, the album has fans and critics alike raving…
“A spectacular sophomore effort that hits all the right buttons… Expertly played, pristinely produced, catchy (but not tacky) and richly textured, ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ is a monster of an album!” -About.com / Heavy Metal

“An earthquake inducing album… The new record is a sweltering masterpiece that crackles with intensity and rhythmic syncopation.” -The Front Row Report

“The first KILL DEVIL HILL record kicked everyone in the ass. The second, ‘REVOLUTION RISE’, will not only kick your ass, it will crush your ears and your mind as well… It’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s KILL DEVIL HILL!” -The Hellion Rocks

“Throw away the tired super-group label, KILL DEVIL HILL is simply one ass-kicking hard rock outfit making heavy as f*ck rock and roll music.” -Metalholic

LAMB OF GOD’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler to Guest ON VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”

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In anticipation of the February 27th worldwide release of the feature film, “As The Palaces Burn”, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler will appear on VH1 Classic?s “That Metal Show” on February 22nd, airing at 11 p.m. This will be the first LAMB OF GOD visit to “That Metal Show”. The host of the show, Eddie Trunk, conducts the 30 minute Q&A that will follow all showings of “As The Palaces Burn” in theaters and venues.

In addition, Sirius XM?s Liquid Metal (channel 40) will present a weeklong special on the film, February 21st through 28th. The special will feature newly recorded interviews by Jose Mangin with Blythe, Adler, and film director Don Argott.

“As The Palaces Burn” is now set for showings in over 25 countries in addition to the U.S. For a complete updated list of theaters, venues, and show times go to asthepalacesburn.com

Pyramido Interview – Sludge band from Sweden

Interview with Pyramido, Swedish Sludge/Doom band with a hardcore edge

Pyramido has gone from strength-to-strength and the latest album ‘Saga’ is truly that – an epic album in all intents, destroying the myth of this style of music being too “stoner” and psychedelic and churning out a beast of an album that will melt your ears with the grittiness and yet remaining somewhat true to the style. It’s Sludge with the Swedish Hardcore/Crust influence, or so it sounds to these ears, something devastatingly heavy at the same time evoking emotions that only a few genres allow. It takes real talent to do that and this band is at the top of its game presently.

 

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SMNnews (Kunal Choksi): Please tell us what made you call the new album ‘Saga’. All your album names are unconventional, the first one was called ‘Sand’ and the second one ‘Salt’. Why aren’t there any sentences for album names? 

Dan H: A nice word that fit together well with the two albums before beginning with the letters S and A also. We just came up with the title and then we adapted this word to the idea of the cover art. We like to do things our way and one part of that is to not be generic, so that’s maybe why you find the titles for our records to feel unconventional.

Dan B once said, “don’t be shy, be different”, in a drunken haze. I think you can apply that “logic” to our album titles/art.

PW: A short, strong word sets the tone for the album, and fits the atmosphere of each of our albums hopefully.

Dan B: Agree with the guys. Plus it’s fun to find just one word that fits for an album title. We like to have fun in our band. We’re not evil metal dudes. We are an ordinary band that play ordinary music for ordinary people.

 

SMNnews: Secondly, please tell us about the album concept. Also your logos have varied since the band’s inception, how important do you think is the image to your band and to what extent would you keep evolving, like your music?

PW: I like when bands takes each album as far as possible, to delve as deep as possible into each specific aspect. When you have left nothing undone, it means you can let the album go, and do something completely different next time.

Viktor: I think that Pyramido’s image is to have no image which of course in the end still is an image. We wanna do songs we think are good, and we wanna do covers for the albums that we think looks good. Usually we get an idea and then we go all in. Musicwise we will just continue to do new songs, and they will sound the way they will. I really have no idea what will happen.

 

SMNnews: How would you compare in your own words the evolution from your debut album to your latest one?

Dan H:  Sand – Too generic

Salt – Not so generic, but still…

Saga – Beautiful, great art. Kinda like Bror-Eric Bergqvist or ABBA.

Viktor: We’ve gone from crappy to decent. If we make another three or four records I think I will get to a place where I’m satisfied.

Dan B: We might learn to write ok songs one day. The ‘Saga’ album is the best album we’ve done…

 

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SMNnews: I can’t help but detect an all-too-palpable sense of emotional fragility in your devastating music. Please explain its place in music of this kind, which adds a contrast and immediate memorability.

Dan H: It’s great that you notice that! A friend of our said that he heard a kind of hopefulness in our music and that has really grown on me. We never intended it to be that way, we just really wanted to work with a lot of melodies and harmonies on ‘Saga’, so I’m really satisfied that people can hear something besides the obvious doom n gloom in our music!

Dan B: A good song needs variation, brutality and some hooks. I think we got those ingredients in the ‘Saga’ album.

 

SMNnews: How has Sweden, your home place, contributed to your sound? It’s all too apparent in your music if ‘Saga’ was to be judged. Is it deliberate, is it something you’ve always wanted to play, or is it just natural progression?

Dan H: Hard to say. I guess it has affected us in some way since it’s the place we live in. It must have to be about the influences you pick up and I don’t know how much that has to do with Sweden really.

I think it’s way more interesting to hear your perception on Sweden and how you think it has contributed to our music, being from a place so far away from where we’re living!

Dan B: If you listen to our albums you can hear a progression towards more classic song structures and more bangable riffs and melodies that stick to your head.

 

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SMNnews: I noticed the band members of Pyramido being a part of many other bands, most notably Deranged which is one of my favourite bands. How important do you think the band members’ influences should match the sound of Pyramido or the style?

Dan H: Very important, but that has not got much to do with any current or previous bands that we’re in. Those bands have not made such a big impact on Pyramido’s music. The way we sound have much more to do with the music we listen to at home than any band we play/have played in I think.

Dan B: No impact at all. I played in Deranged for 4 years or so. I don’t wanna play that style of music again and I am proud to play the bass in Pyramido!

 

SMNnews: Please tell us about your shows and memorable moments. What is your take on this style of music in the future? It’s role and accessibility.

PW: Hopefully more great bands will come out, and stand out more from the generic masses of de-tune and distortion. Our last tour was really amazing, I think some of our finest live moments happened back then. Can’t wait to get out on the roads again!

Viktor: One of my favourite moments is when Wendel got his chewing-gum stuck in his hair during a show. He tried to play and get it out of there at the same time which made the gum stick even worse in the hair on his left side. After the show he tried to fix but it was impossible so he had to cut ALOT of his hair off on that side of the head which made him look like Marilyn Manson -98.

 

SMNnews: Thank you very much for your time. Before you conclude, tell us about the creation process and the idea behind the now famous video of the song ‘År av onåd’.

PW: Well, thank you!  The creation process of the video started with “let’s NOT make a video where we are playing live, or doing anything cheesy”, and then there was just one way to go from there.

Dan B: It’s me and a friend who did the video. As PW says, we didn’t want us, Pyramido, to perform so I came up with this simple story of two kids in animal costumes that fight over a Pyramido tshirt. I think it came out kinda fine with no budget what so ever…

And if there are any band/artist that want a video made contact me!

 

SICKENING HORROR Announce Third Album ‘Overflow’

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Greek technical death metal act SICKENING HORROR have finally provided some concrete details on their upcoming third LP Overflow. Granted, not a lot of details–since they still don’t quite have that whole label thing worked out, and thus also don’t have a release date set, but at least we have art. Their latest effort will be composed of nine tracks that, if the rehearsal video below is any indication, will continue the eerie tremolo-laden tradition they have cemented with both prior albums. Sometime in the vague future can’t come soon enough!

BIRDFLESH Preview New Split LP With P.L.F.

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It’s been six long years since we’ve enjoyed a new release from cult Swedish grindcore maniacs BIRDFLESH, but as of last week, our prayers have been answered in the form of a new split LP. Cirkus Kristus, a collaboration with Texas grind act P.L.F., sees Birdflesh adding ten new tracks plus an UNHOLY GRAVE cover to their repertoire, and indie label Haunted Hotel Records has offered two preview tracks from each band in the embedded player below. If you like what you hear, and why wouldn’t you, with a track title as brilliant as “Assfix,” head on over to the Haunted Hotel Records mailorder page to secure a copy of the limited pink wax. And be sure to catch the crazy Swedes at your local MARYLAND DEATHFEST this May.

GHOUL: Masked Mutants Of Creepsylvania To Release ‘Hang Ten’ Via Tankcrimes; Headline Night One Of Brainsqueeze Fest

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In recognition of that holiest of holy days, Record Store Day, the masked mutants in GHOUL are releasing Hang Ten, a limited edition six-song (mostly) instrumental 10″ EP. Featuring guest vocals from Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan) as Henchman #1 and the inimitable R.A. MacLean (ex-Deadbolt) as Kreeg, alongside Digestor, Cremator, Fermentor, Dissector and The Moron Cavern-Shackled Choir, Hang Ten was recorded by Salvador Raya at Earhammer Studios in Oakland (birthing home of Splatterhash, Splatterthrash and Transmission Zero), mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and sports cover art by Sean Aaberg of Pork Magazine. Hang Ten will be released on April 19, 2014 via Tankcrimes Records.

Surely an anomaly in GHOUL’s catalog, the EP features songs written exclusively in their unique brand of surf metal the quartet has previously only dabbled in. Hang Ten picks up right where Transmission Zero left off, relaying the tale of a Creepsylvania in tatters, and the terrible power struggle that ensues between two vicious motorcycle gangs. Noted Cambridge University musical anthropologist Dr. Mantle Bannister PhD had this to say about this odd assortment of tenebrous tunes: “Why, it’s quite remarkable. I’ve never heard the like. Is it surf? Not quite. Is it metal? Maybe. Is it jazz? No, that’s a stupid question, unfit for a real life noted musical anthropologist such as myself. It’s from Creepsylvania, you say? Ghastly country. Absolutely crawling with gypsies. Say, old chap, who let you in to my office?”

In related news, GHOUL will headline the first night of this year’s edition of Brainsqueeze Fest. Set to take place April 18th and 19th at the Oakland Metro and April 20th at Eli’s Mile High Club, which will include BBQ and an Andrei Bouzikov art show, the mammoth event features more than a dozen acts including Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up and Cannabis Corpse as well as a gaggle of new Tankcrimes releases to be revealed in the coming weeks! Get your riot gear ready.

MAYAN RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “HUMAN SACRIFICE”‏

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Dutch symphonic death metal band MAYAN have released their second lyric video, this one for the new album track “Human Sacrifice.” Led by EPICA guitarist & songwriter Mark Jansen, MAYAN’s second studio album, Antagonise, was released on February 4th. The album was recorded at Sandlane Studio with producer Joost van den Broek (REVAMP, STREAM OF PASSION). Guests on the album include: Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION), and Greek virtuoso violinist Dimitris Katsoulis.

ORBWEAVER: Psychedelic Death Metal Ensemble To Kick Off Winter Tour

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Sunshine State psychedelic death metal ensemble,ORBWEAVER, is readying to kick off a twenty-date stretch of roadside assaults next week. The live abrasions will commence on Tuesday, February 18th with a special hometown kick off show before the band joins fellow Floridian sludge assassins, Shroud Eater for a westward run of audio debauchery.

Offers guitarist/vocalist Randy Piro (ex-Hate Eternal, Gigan): “We are really excited to team up with our good friends and riff lords, Shroud Eater, for the slow invasion of the Orb-Eaters…a tour which will take us from our homes in Miami, to the West Coast and back. Brains will be twisted, senses warped, and a mysterious trail of green slime will be left in our wake. May the strangers be listening!”

ORBWEAVER will be touring in support of their Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon EP, released upon the masses last Summer. Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon was initially released in alimited run of 100 cassette tapes via Primitive Violence Records and on CD direct through the band. The record is also available digitally via their official BandCamp page.

ORBWEAVER
2/18/2014 Churchill’s – Miami, FL

w/ Shroud Eater
2/19/2014 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL w/ Ad Nauseum, Ex Vietnam
2/20/2014 The Shark Tank – Tallahassee, FL w/ Atrocitus, Short Walk
2/21/2014 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/22/2014 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Lordy Dying, Gristnam
2/23/2014 Beerland – Austin, TX
2/25/2014 Kim’s Sports Bar – Riverside, CA
2/26/2014 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA
2/27/2014 Frankie Teardrops – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Hashmouth
2/28/2014 The Complex – LA, CA w/ Lightning Swords Of Death
3/01/2014 Yucca Tap Room – Phoneix, AZ
3/02/2014 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM
3/03/2014 Taqueria Pedritos – Dallas, TX
3/04/2014 Vino’s Pizza And Pub – Little Rock, AR
3/05/2014 The End – Nashville, TN
3/06/2014 Chapel Hill Underground – Chapel Hill, NC
3/07/2014 The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
3/08/2014 529 – Atlanta, GA
3/09/2014 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL w/ Porter, Atma
3/10/2014 Fubar Downtown – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Landbridge, Ulcer, Cosm

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Releases Mini Video In Anticipation Of Upcoming Headlining Tour

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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the journey, the band recently released a short video recorded during their most recent North American excursion at the end of 2013. The video, as the band describes is, “The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let’s switch off together.” The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson, with editing by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual effects by Wes Richardson.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred
2/20/2014 Empire – West Springfield, VA
2/21/2014 Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
2/22/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
2/23/2014 Royale Nightclub – Boston, MA
2/24/2014 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
2/26/2014 Corona Theater – Montreal,QC
2/27/2014 Imperial De Quebec – Quebec City, QC
2/28/2014 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON
3/01/2014 London Music Hall – London, ON
3/02/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
3/04/2014 Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/05/2014 Durty Nellie’s – Palatine, IL
3/06/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/07/2014 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
3/08/2014 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
3/10/2014 The Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/11/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
3/12/2014 Glasshouse – Pomona, CA
3/14/2014 Jake’s Sports Café – Lubbock, TX
3/15/2014 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/16/2014 South By So What?! Festival  – Grand Prarie, TX
3/18/2014 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/20/2014 The Ritz Ybor – Ybor City, FL
3/21/2014 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/22/2014 40 Watt – Athens, GA
3/23/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

RIVERS OF NIHIL Confirms Tour Dates Leading Up To The Best In Brutality Tour + SXSW

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RIVERS OF NIHIL have announced a handful of live assaults leading up to their appearance on The Best In Brutality Tour with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan. The latest run of dates in support of their The Conscious Seed Of Light full-length will initiate in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 10th and include a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 13th before kicking off The Best In Brutality Tour on March 18th in Phoenix, Arizona. The trek will come to a close on April 19th in Columbus, Ohio and includes an appearance at this year’s edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts.

RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their debut full-length, The Conscious Seed Of Light. Recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan, the band began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together by one common theme, each reflecting a particular season of a year. Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates: “The Conscious Seed Of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward, they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept.”

RIVERS OF NIHIL
3/10/2014 The Drunken Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
3/11/2014 the Bonnie Kate Theatre – Elizabethton, TN
3/13/2014 SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14/2014 Korova (Basement) – San Antonio, TX
3/17/2014 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

The Best In Brutality Tour w/ Oceano, Broken Hope, Fallujah, Kublai Khan
3/18/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
3/19/2014 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
3/20/2014 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
3/22/2014 Industry Theater – Lancaster, CA
3/23/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/25/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
3/26/2014 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
3/27/2014 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
3/28/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
3/29/2014 Golden Age Club – Calgary, AB
3/31/2014 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
4/01/2014 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
4/04/2014 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
4/06/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
4/08/2014 Le Dagobert – Quebec City, QC
4/09/2014 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
4/11/2014 Underworld – Montreal, QC
4/12/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
4/13/2014 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
4/15/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA
4/16/2014 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
4/17/2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest – Worcester, MA
4/18/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/19/2014 Alrosa Ville – Columbus, OH

ALTERBEAST Premieres New Track; Band To Drop New Full-Length Next Month

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The newest track from ALTERBEASTMutilated Marvel,” from the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Immortal, set for release via Unique Leader Records next month.

Meticulously assembled in several locals throughout 2013, with guitars and bass recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles by former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams, vocals arranged at Mayhemeness Studios in Sacramento by Bob Swanson (Rings Of Saturn et al) and drums tracked at Castle Ultimate Studios with Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al), who also mixed and mastered the release, Immortal vows to supply some of the most dynamic, instrumentally adept and plainly scathing material of the year.

FALLUJAH: Begins Recording New Album; Band To Take Part In The Best In Brutality Tour‏

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San Francisco-based atmospheric death metal collective, FALLUJAH, are very pleased to take part in The Best In Brutality Tour 2014 this Spring with co-headliners Oceano and Broken Hope. Set to join the tour on March 20th in Los Angeles, California, the near month-long run of live assaults will storm its way across North America, drawing to a close on April 19th in Columbus, Ohio. Additional support will be provided by Rivers Of Nihil and Kublai Khan.

Comments vocalist Alex Hofmann: “We are always excited to be part of tours such as this that feature such a wide array of palettes and styles. We’re really excited to meet the guys in Rivers Of Nihil, whom we’ve been following for some time now, as well as regroup with Broken Hope whom we met over the Summer in Europe. This tour is the beginning of what is sure to be a busy and exciting year for us as we are to embark just after finishing our new full-length album in the studio. We hope to see all our old friends on the West Coast, our new friends in Canada, and visit some fresh territory in the Northeast and Midwest. See you there.”

FALLUJAH
The Best In Brutality Tour w/ Oceano, Broken Hope, Rivers Of Nihil, Kublai Khan
3/20/2014 Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
3/22/2014 Industry Theater – Lancaster, CA
3/23/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
3/25/2014 Branx – Portland, OR
3/26/2014 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
3/27/2014 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
3/28/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
3/29/2014 Golden Age Club – Calgary, AB
3/31/2014 Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
4/01/2014 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
4/03/2014 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
4/04/2014 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
4/06/2014 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
4/08/2014 Le Dagobert – Quebec City, QC
4/09/2014 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
4/11/2014 Underworld – Montreal, QC
4/12/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
4/13/2014 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
4/15/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA
4/16/2014 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
4/17/2014 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest – Worcester, MA
4/18/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/19/2014 Alrosa Ville – Columbus, OH

THE HAUNTED premieres new track, “My Enemy”, announces Scandinavian tour dates

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Having just returned from the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in the Caribbean, Sweden’s metal pioneers THE HAUNTED are now debuting another new song from the recently released 3-track single, Eye Of The Storm.

THE HAUNTED is currently working on their upcoming studio album, expected for a summer 2014 release.

THE HAUNTED live 2014
March 28, 2014 — Göteborg (Sweden) — Trädgårn
March 29, 2014 — Örebro (Sweden) — Ritz
April 4, 2014 — Oslo (Norway) — John Dee
April 5, 2014 — Malmö (Sweden) — Kulturbolaget
April 17, 2014 — Turku (Finland) — Klubi
April 18, 2014 — Tampere  (Finland) — Klubi
April 19, 2014 — Helsinki (Finland) — Tavastia
May 8, 2014 — Stockholm (Sweden) — Klubben
May 10, 2014 — Karlstad (Sweden) — Rockbaren
More dates will be announced soon!

BRUTAL TRUTH Unveils New Video And Confirms Final European Festival Dates

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Following the recent news that BRUTAL TRUTH will be calling it a day this October, the band has started to announce their final European shows. The grind crew will play several more dates throughout the year, including their final appearances on British soil as they play Temples Festival this May alongside the likes of Electric Wizard, Neurosis, Tombs, Clutch and many others.

Following the appearance at Temples, the next day BRUTAL TRUTH will play their farewell show in the Netherlands at Neurotic Deathfest, and their final show in France will take place at Hellfest in June.

In addition to announcing their final tour dates, BRUTAL TRUTH has also unveiled the brand new video for the track “The Stroy.” Stroy is taken from BRUTAL TRUTH’s scathing recent split with Bastard Noise, entitled The Axiom of Post Inhumanity, released by Relapse in November. It’s seven minutes of annoying noise, but if you’re interested, have at it.

Confirmed BRUTAL TRUTH European shows
5/02/2014 Temples Festival – Bristol, UK – Last ever UK show
5/03/2014 Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg, NL – Last ever Netherlands show
5/21/2014 Hellfest – Clisson, France – Last ever France show

Despised Icon Announce Reunion shows

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Montreal, Canadian death metal pioneers, Despised Icon, have announced several upcoming reunion shows this Spring, this coming from their 2010 announcement that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist, Alex Erian comments:

“It’s been over 3 years already since we played our last shows and long story short, we genuinely miss it.  After a few talks and a couple of beers, we decided to get back together temporarily to play a handful of shows.  We’re excited to announce that we’ll be returning to Europe in April on the Impericon Festivals in Vienna, Manchester and Cologne.  To our friends in Canada and the US, we’ll have some good news for you as well in a few weeks.  Thanks for sticking around with us after all these years.  Can’t wait to see you all and crush the stage, one more time.  Keep it brutal.”

Confirmed dates thus far
4/25/14                Vienna, AT                          Impericon Festival
4/27/14                Manchester, UK                               Impericon Festival
4/30/14                Koln, DE                               Impericon Festival

ARTIFICIAL BRAIN – Labyrinth Constellation

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Releases February 18 through Profound Lore

Few debuts come as fully-realized and self-defined as ARTIFICIAL BRAIN’s Labyrinth Constellation. Hailing from New York–home of weirdo death metal godfathers IMMOLATION and up-and-comers PYRRHON–Artificial Brain bring a certain style of off-kilter harmonic and atmospheric death metal filtered through a sci-fi lens to the table that kind of defies description. DYSRHYTHMIA with gutturals is an oversimplification, but if that doesn’t get you at least a little excited, you might want to leave the room now. As for the rest of you, prepare for a death metal trip I guarantee you’ve never taken before, and one you won’t soon forget.

Formed from the ashes of the DEMILICH worship band known as BIOLiCH, Artificial Brain thrives off the juxtaposition between the tag-team guitar attack of Locastro and Gargiulo and vocalist Will Smith’s inhuman gutturals–a pairing which will certainly throw listeners for a loop upon the initial spin, but one that quickly validates its existence (see a certain title track for all the justification you might need). And while the vocals are certainly a major component of the Brain’s sound, some of the most enjoyable moments on this record come from simply basking in the interplay between instruments. Whereas some bands might rely on a headstrong guitarist to carry the weight of the music or an exceptional bassist to give their band an edge, Artificial Brain operates best as one unit, performing in perfect harmony with all instruments contributing equally and meaningfully. The bass playfully counterpoints the guitar when there is a lull in the action, and the guitars shimmer over some serious snare-pummeling drums to create one of the most sonically-interesting death metal albums in a while.

While the entire LP should be taken in as a whole, some moments shine brighter than others. The burly, heaving-type riffs typified in the second track, “Absorbing Black Ignition,” for example, induce a sort of hypnotic trance resembling waves crashing on a seashore. Or, since space is their bag, whatever the space equivalent of waves crashing is, we’ll go with that. The back half of the record is no slouch either, such as the tremolo riffing in “Hormone’s Echo,” which actually gives off a black metal vibe and provides some interesting variation. A few seconds shy of two minutes into “Bastard Planet,” an album highlight, comes a cascading section that resembles the stylings of fellow New Yorkers CASTEVET, and much like their NY brethren, the moment washes over you musically and emotionally.

Creating a seven-minute death metal song that keeps a listener’s attention is a difficult task, but Artificial Brain pass with flying colors on the album closer “Moon Funeral.” Not a second is wasted on the album’s final offering, and that goes for the entire record as well. From composition to performance, Artificial Brain is the real deal, and after the final feedback fades out on the album closer, just like the Dharma Initiative training video, you’re gonna want to play it again.

10/10

Mike Melvin wrote this review. He doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter though, so kindly direct all pejoratives to the comments section.

 

TRIPTYKON Reveal Specifics For ‘Melana Chasmata’

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Tom G. Warrior don’t need no CELTIC FROST to get his metal on. Warrior’s current musical outlet and CF successor, TRIPTYKON, has announced an April 15 release date for its sophomore album, Melana Chasmata. Distributed through Century Media/Prowling Death Records, the album title roughly translates to “black, deep depressions/valleys,” and will surely include plenty of witty lyricism about the internal strife that comes with trying to photograph chasms at nighttime. But wait, there’s more! Just in case 67 minutes of new material isn’t enough to satiate your dark metal needs, you needn’t worry, as the band has already recorded an EP’s worth of material as well. And in true Warrior fashion, the cover art above was done by none other than one H.R. Giger. Those Swiss like to stick together.

Dominique Persi (vocals, accordion) – Stolen Babies

After witnessing the spectacle that is STOLEN BABIES, I was taken to a small room at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA by Drummer GIL SHARONE and had a conversation with frontwoman DOMINIQUE PERSI, who is soft spoken, which you might not expect from the focal point of the experimental sounding, STOLEN BABIES.

Q: The folk at Adrenaline PR have been pushing you all to me but the last time you rolled through town I was out of town.

A: That was with OTEP, at The Whisky. I felt the show that show was better than tonight’s show. I felt a little more on point, and we had a little bit of a longer set so that’s always more fun.

Q: How’s this tour treating you?

A: Good, they’re all good in different ways. Are we starting now (the interview – tape was rolling the whole time)?

Q: I like to keep the interviews open, simple conversation, nothing scripted.

A: Yeah, more open like that! We’ve had some epic shows, Kansas City we had crowd surfing. It’s funny, we have our fans that come out to shows. But the majority of people at these shows have never seen us, never heard of us, they’re like, “what the fuck is this?” I don’t consider us a strange band, we really aren’t, but I guess for a crowd that likes mainstream rock, it is weird to them. And we knew that going into it, and we just go into it because we’re at a point now where we’ll play for almost any crowd. We’re not going to play a ‘Metal Festival’ or something like that. But this is rock, and I think we can handle rock.

Q: Strange things always happen, get out there in front of the right crowd at the right time and you get fans out of it.

A: The ‘E’ word, Exposure. We’re putting ourselves out there and if people don’t like it, they don’t like it. You can’t be afraid of people not liking it.

Q: This is a bit different because you’re being exposed to more of a radio based crowd.

A: Yeah! It’s quite different.

Q: They seem to be accepting of it. I’m not sure about last night because it was LA, but tonight was pretty good I thought.

A: Yeah, it’s weird for me. When I’m personally performing, I don’t see what others are seeing. I don’t feel like the SoCal shows have been good. It could be technical, it could be, well the LA show, we were driving for 15 hours before the show from Denver, through Utah, Arizona, then LA. It’s so draining. We got to the venue and there was no space and I tend to get Agoraphobic and get Panic Attacks. So it was after being confined in the van for so long and having nowhere to go I actually had a panic attack last night. Once we get on stage it doesn’t matter, it just goes away. It’s not like I don’t like people, I really like people. It’s just something you can’t control, it happens for no reason, I’m not PMSing, I’m not angry, there’s no drama in my life, it just happens

Q: It could happen at any time. Did you play Denver and Arizona?

A: Arizona is coming up. We played Denver. There’s no Utah on this tour. We played there with Otep. Salt Lake City, not that we’re necessarily a goth band, but we do draw from some of those elements and there’s a really great goth community out there. The first time we ever played there was at the Dark Arts Festival. We saw that community and they ban together. Denver we have some great support there. The thing about this tour, we had a lot of fans writing to us saying they’re not going to go to the shows. Maybe they weren’t into the other bands, maybe the tickets were too expensive, or in some cases the shows sold out early because STONE SOUR is humongous. A lot of our fans didn’t get into these shows so it’s exposing ourselves to a new crowd and when we go back we can headline and make it up to our fans.

Q: Which is nice to get back just for ‘those’ fans as not everybody has $50 for a gig.

A: Yeah, a longer set too. I understand, I’m poor myself and don’t know if I’d spend that much on a show.

Q: People have to pick and choose where they spend their money.

A: And $50 for a half hour set…

Q: How did Stolen Babies come to fruition, was it a goal to be what you are now, or a natural evolution?

A: The goal for me has always been to live up to our potential and explore as much of ourselves musically and artistically as possible. And that’s something you work toward everyday, every year. I’m still working for it. The evolution of the band has been really fun. We’ve always been a small band but we’ve been playing together for a really long time. And it’s not like we started a band thinking, ‘we’re gonna be famous rockstars!’ [laughs] It was always we play music together. Gil and RANI SHARONE (Gil’s twin brother – bass, guitar, and other miscellaneous devices) are brothers, they play together in other projects, they’ve always been playing together. And I sort of became their triplet over the years. They’re my brothers, I have a history with them, I don’t know how I got wrangled into it, and I swear a lot more since I met them. I’m a little more agro. Stolen Babies, the band I’ve always considered as a friend, not a career choice. But a relationship, a friend that I could tell my problems to and be there for me. And like any relationship, can be off and on. This friend has been around and we’re doing a lot more together. There’s no goal but to be the best we can, get more tours, and get more exposure.

THE HARDROCKCORE

Leigh Kakaty (vocals) – Pop Evil

Being main support to STONE SOUR is an honor for any band. Now input hard-working Michigan based POP EVIL into that slot and vocalist Leigh Kakaty expresses his gratitude for the opportunity night after night. As Leigh was finishing his day of rides in the park, he’s a bit wobbly as the last ride didn’t fair too well with his stomach. Not a good thing 2 hours before set time. Here’s our conversation (picking up mid conversation about the Tea Cup Ride) from the happiest place on earth, yes, Disneyland, where they were performing at the House Of Blues.

Q: Did they give you free admission into the park today?

A: Yeah, they hooked it up!

Q: House of Blues treats you good right?

A: They do, They do! It seems the bigger we get the more spoiled we get.

Q: That’s good, remember it on the way up!

A: Yeah, but I don’t know if it was good for me leaving the park not happy and a little bit sad because it is the happiest place on earth (talking about his motion sickness from the last ride) because I’ve been preaching it all day but I leave with a grumpy feeling.

Q: Were you in there all day?

A: We got there around 2:00pm. 1:30 maybe.

Q: Bill (eOne) was cool enough to hook this up for us today on short notice.

A: Yeah, he’s awesome. The whole company’s been great so keep rockin!

Q: It’s been a good year (referring to 2013) for POP EVIL.

A: For Sure For Sure! It keeps going and going in 2014 so we’re excited man!

Q: This tour is treating you well?

A: Probably the biggest tour of our career. With the timing, and where the band is, of course with STONE SOUR, nothing like starting 2014 off right. Normally the year starts off slow then you get into the spring swing, then the festivals come, then you wind the up. This year started unique as we’re out with Stone Sour, then we head to Europe with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH so no time to get sick on a ride I’ll tell you that [laughs].

Q: What have been some of the high points of this tour so far?

A: Every show has been sold out! I think it started in Orlando, we had a great time in New York when DMC (from RUN DMC) came out and did the remix version of Trenches so that was definitely an interesting highlight. Just watching the fanbase grow. You can just kind of feel it on stage, the Active Rock crowd is finally accepting the band. There’s a lot of them that have seen us before so they’re coming back seeing us multiple times. Now being out here on the West Coast we’re finally being seen by people that may have heard us on the radio but haven’t seen the band live. I think that’s part of what has made this tour special. It’s fun to see that hard work paying off.

Q: It’s interesting you played LA (Los Angeles/Hollywood) last night, OC (Orange County) tonight, and LA is notoriously a crap crowd so how was it last night?

A: They’re um, unique. I think in LA’s defense we haven’t played LA a ton so a lot of people are seeing us going, ‘wow, so this is POP EVIL.’ But hands down, by far this is the best reception we’ve had in LA. They were great. With any big city, Chicago, New York, it’s about introducing the band and proving it live on stage.

Q: What are your Top 5 markets where the crowds are just living for it right now?

A: There’s been so many! Obviously we’re from Grand Rapids, MI so the home town, Orlando was insane, Sioux Falls was insane, Chicago was actually insane, Cleveland, I would be lying if I said one was better than the other. Every show on this tour has been wall to wall packed. And packed for POPEVIL. Direct support for STONE SOUR is awesome.

Q: How are they [Stone Sour] treating you guys?

A: Phenomenal! Both class acts on and off the stage. COREY (TAYLOR, vocals) and the boys have just been remarkable. It’s nice to be on a tour with a band you look up to and grew up listening to and have them treat you with respect and open their arms with so much love and pride for the next generation of rock and hard work.

Q: New single this week?

A: This week, just dropped February 4th, the ballad Torn To Pieces. We had the two rockers so now we try the ballad.

Q: But being in LA there’s no radio here.

A: We’re just gonna grind, keep touring, let the fans tell the story.

Q: What’s after the FFDP tour?

A: Man, you’re goin too far ahead, I don’t even know where I am at tomorrow. There will be more touring, we just don’t have the set just yet. I’d like to see a couple weeks off because I’m going to need it to just be normal at home for a minute. Then get back into the Spring/Summer festivals.

Q: Do you like the festival type environment?

A: Love it! Love it! It’s like band camp. You meet up with the bands you have toured with before, you give High 5′s, you give hugs, do shots, the camaraderie as festivals for us behind the scenes is just great, and of course on stage it speaks for itself.

Q: What do you miss most about home?

A: Aw man, Family! We’re from Michigan so we miss the Great Lakes, growing up there, being on the beaches. Don’t miss it this time of year because of the weather. Being at home without anything to do. The adolescence that came which is being, dreaming about being here where we’re at, it’s just a whole different animal once you’re in it and the responsibility that comes with it. There’s a lot of responsibility that you’re obligated to be for your fans. It’s important that you stay healthy for them cause they wanna hear you tomorrow. So if you’re selfish and just doing things for you, it really wears you down, especially from a lead singer standpoint. I want to sound as best as we can. Eating right, exercise, I think it becomes a part of our musical experience.

THE HARDROCKCORE

New RONNIE JAMES DIO Covers Album “This Is Your Life” Celebrates the Life and Legacy of a Legend

New RONNIE JAMES DIO Covers Album “This Is Your Life”

Celebrates the Life and Legacy of a Legend 

Available April 1, 2014 via Rhino

This Is Your Life Pays Tribute To The Late Singer With Covers Of

His Greatest Songs From Rainbow, Black Sabbath, And Dio

Features Newly Recorded Tracks From Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, And Tenacious D, Among Others

To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

RONNIE JAMES DIO Covers Album

New RONNIE JAMES DIO Covers Album “This Is Your Life” Celebrates the Life and Legacy of a Legend — Available April 1, 2014 via Rhino

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow,Black SabbathHeaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for theRonnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as MetallicaMotörheadScorpionsAnthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dioover the years.

This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.

Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley”, which combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”, and “Kill The King”. Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck”. Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain”. The final line-up of Dio’s solo band – Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren – are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep PurpleBlack Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow”, a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.

Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from Dehumanizer.

This Is Your Life also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart”, Corey Taylor (Stone SourSlipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” and Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line”. Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver”, a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.

Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album?s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life”. Originally released on Angry Machines (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

RONNIE JAMES DIOThis Is Your Life Track Listing:

  1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
  2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
  3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
  4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
  5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
  6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
  7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
  8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
  9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
  10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
  11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
  12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
  13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
  14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

* Previously unreleased

 

MASSACRE Preview Teaser Track “As We Wait To Die”

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Well that didn’t take long. Shortly after announcing the impending release of their first record in some 18 years, death metal legion MASSACRE have offered up a preview track from said album. “As We Wait To Die,” while certainly not an exceptional track of death metal goodness (Kam Lee’s monstrous vocals are sorely absent), sounds pretty much in line with what you’d expect if someone told you a particular old Florida death metal band was back in action. Back From Beyond drops April 1 through Century Media, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t pre-order it right away.

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