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EXODUS Premieres New Track ‘Salt The Wound’ Featuring METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett

The wait is over! Today, Bay Area thrash metal pioneers EXODUS unleash their blistering new track ‘Salt The Wound, which features an intense guitar solo from none other than original EXODUS/Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett! ‘Salt The Wound’ is cut from the new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out, hitting stores on October 14, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Listen right now, exclusively via RollingStone.

Guitarist Gary Holt explains that Hammett was more than ready to play on Blood In, Blood Out. “Having Kirk play on the new EXODUS record kind of came about after I played so many shows with Metallica while touring with Slayer over the past four year. It started the same way most of these things do, as a lot of chatter while having a good time, but Kirk was more stoked to play on the new record than anyone. He never got to play on anything with EXODUS since the first demo despite being a founding member, so I think it really meant a lot to him. Coming full circle so to speak. So I chose the song “Salt the Wound” since I thought the rhythm section for the first lead was right in his wheelhouse, and he killed it! He came in and busted out several takes and his solo compliments mine perfectly. Then we drank beer and ate barbecue! Epic time!”



Due to a critical and immediate family emergency, Austria’s diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR have been forced to cancel their planned headlining North American “Voices From The Dark” tour with ROTTING CHRIST (Greece), BEHEADED (Malta), and SVART CROWN (France), which was scheduled to launch September 24th in New York City.

BELPHEGOR frontman & guitarist Helmuth Lehner has issued the following statement:

“After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end. Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time.”

Conjuring The Dead – the band’s tenth studio album – was released last month and debuted at #13 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and at #58 on the Canadian Hard Music chart. Recorded under the direction of Eric Rutan (CANNABAL CORPSE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MALEVOLENT CREATION), the album artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton.

Watch the official video for the album’s title track, directed by Walter Fanninger and featuring German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror, on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Legendary Death Metal Unit Unleashes “The Murderer’s Pact”

Following its premiere this past weekend on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show, today long-running death metal behemoths, CANNIBAL CORPSE, deliver “The Murderer’s Pact” via empire sound portal, Loudwire.

“The Murderer’s Pact” serves as the sixth cut of sonic punishment from CANNIBAL CORPSE’s forthcoming A Skeletal Domain full-length, set for official detonation via Metal Blade Records on September 16th, 2014.


THE HAUNTED’s Ola Englund (guitars) launches play-through video of “Time (Will Not Heal)”

Ola Englund, guitarist of Swedish death-thrashers THE HAUNTED, has launched a new play-through video for “Time (Will Not Heal)”, one of the singles from the band’s new album, Exit Wounds;

THE HAUNTED released their 8th full-length, Exit Wounds, this week worldwide via



Fans can catch their first glimpse of footage from Swedish extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH?s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, The Ophidian Trek, due out in North America on September 30th.

Watch The Ophidian Trek teaser;

Celebrating the band?s 25-year anniversary since the recording of their first EP with their second live release, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake has previously stated:

“It’s been 4 years since the release of ‘Alive’ and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! Hope you guys dig it and here’s to another 25 (or maybe just a little less)!!’

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).

“We The People Of Wacken” Photography Book

What started as a ‘thank you’ from the W:O:A – Open Air organizers to the community which unflinchingly attends annually has become a huge critical success. We The People of Wacken, a photography book shot by award-winning photographer Pep Bonet and edited by renowned music journalist Steffan Chirazi, continues to receive wide-acclaim for capturing the unique community that is the Wacken Festival audience in a rousing series of unconventional, dynamic and story-laden images.

Shot by over three days at W:O:A Open Air 2013, Bonet traversed all corners of the Wacken festival site to bring unique views of a community which comes together to form its own state annually. Employing a sensibility that has seen him achieve World Press Photography awards for human documentation in the likes of Sierra Leone, Haiti, Chad and India, Bonet integrated with the people of Wacken to capture moments of action and emotion which present a unique view of this enormous festival. Complemented by an essay from Chirazi about the Wacken community, We The People of Wacken is a stunning portfolio which will appeal to anyone who enjoys fine photography and intriguing stories. Added to the stunning visual presentation is a 2 CD soundtrack of the bands who played the festival, allowing the reader a dual-immersion into the world of the Wacken community if desired.

Parallel to the publication of the book, there were already an exhibition of photographs of the book, which were displayed on large billboards, banners and screens around on the 25th Wacken Open Air 2014 festival.


AT THE GATES launches ‘At War With Reality’ album teaser, reveals track-listing

“Gothenburg style” melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will soon release their highly anticipated At War With Reality comeback album, their first studio effort in 19 years. A first music teaser, featuring more of the stunning artwork designed by Costin Chioreanu ( for At War With Reality, can be seen here:

Due out October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records, At War With Reality features the band’s classic line-up from their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995).


Cover Artwork Unveiled for Upcoming Heavy Metal Art Book …And Justice For Art

Veteran Metal/Rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos ( METAL Magazine/ just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer’s “Reign In Blood,” Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick,” Metallica’s “And Justice For All,” Black Sabbath?s “13,” Death’s “Symbolic,” Carcass “Heartwork,” Cormorant’s “Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music?s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) among many others. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by critically-acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.


INTERNAL BLEEDING: Lyric Video From Fifth Full-Length By NYC Slam Instigators Now Playing At Skulls ‘N’ Bones

As Imperium, the first new album in more than a decade from institutional New York City-based death metal outfit, INTERNAL BLEEDING, is being prepared to see its official unveiling late this month, a lyric video from the release is now viewable via Skulls ‘N’ Bones.

The third of nine horrendously destructive hymns harnessed by INTERNAL BLEEDING under direction of Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio in NYC (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) and set to see release as Imperium, “The Pageantry Of Savagery” is an aptly destructive example of what the front-runners of the “slam movement” have conceived and delivered; an inexorable, enraged and yet focused album that yields no mercy. Reports IB vocalist Keith Devito on the song’s basis,



A very unfortunate situation has come to the attention of Bay Area thrash metal band EXODUS.

It appears 31-year-old James “Jamie” Evans, an EXODUS fan living in Greenville, Kentucky, has been arrested – and is currently being jailed – for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” from the band?s 2010 Billboard-charting album Exhibit B: The Human Condition.

No past or present member of EXODUS has ever promoted or condoned terrorists, threats, or bullying. Band members are baffled by what appears to be a violation of the right to Freedom of Speech, which is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

EXODUS guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following statement:


CANNIBAL CORPSE: American Death Metal Icons Debut “The Murderer’s Pact”

This weekend, death metal devotees will get to hear the devouring cadence of CANNIBAL COPRSE’s “The Murderer’s Pact” from their forthcoming new full-length, A Skeletal Domain, along with an in-depth interview with bassist Alex Webster, on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show!

Full Metal Jackie Radio is two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie (FMQB Metal Host Of The Year, four time winner), featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present. The show is syndicated on over seventy-five stations nationwide. Visit for more details, and a list of stations carrying the show.

The “The Murderer’s Pact” premiere comes on the heels of the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s thirteenth full-length. With A Skeletal Domain, the band has decidedly switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three outings (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.

RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Approaches

As RINGS OF SATURN’s disparaging Lugal Ki En encroaches inundating the human population, this week preorders for the album via iTunes are made apparent, following the disbursal of links to the physical manifestation of the album in recent weeks.

RINGS OF SATURN recently dominated stages across the Americas on the month-long The Face Implosion Tour, immediately followed by the Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour, and with immense further tour plans imminent in conjunction with Lugal Ki En’s mid-October release, the outfit’s obvious focused on mass consumption of the human race becomes ever more apparent. A cataclysmic nearly forty-five-minute display of the most vicious, sci-fi obliteration from the band to date, Lugal Ki En fuses cosmic elements into a forward-thinking form of malevolent death metal/deathcore, through a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity — the album title translated from ancient Sumerian cuneiform to mean “King Of The Earthlings, Lord Of The Cosmic World.”


HANK3 Announces Upcoming Central/West Coast Tour

HANK3, the most famous hellbilly rock n? roll outlaw of all time, will perform at 15 central and western U.S. tour stops this fall! The grand, four-hours-a-night, country/metal/punk HANK3 musical experience chugs on, beginning September 17th in Springfield, MO at Outland Ballroom. The tour will travel out to the southwest, ultimately making its way up north and stopping in Denver, CO at the Ogden Theatre on October 6th.


WOLVHAMMER: First Wave Of Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour Announced

Like rubbing battery acid into an open wound, WOLVHAMMER is now chasing the release of their grating new album, Clawing Into Black Sun, with live actions across the Americas, having just announced the initial leg of their multi-pronged Desanctifying North America 2014.

The newest incursion of performances will run the Northeastern US from late October through mid-November, seeing the Midwestern-based WOLVHAMMER cult headlining all dates in support of their Profound Lore-released third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, with direct support from NYC-based Relapse artists, Mortals. Several more dates will be added to the currently booked two-week-long itinerary.


EXHUMED: West Coast Gore Hounds Return To The Road This Fall


West Coast gore hounds, EXHUMED, will take to the streets this Fall on another rash of live incursions with extreme metal technicians Carcass and manic death thrashers Noisem. Slated to kick off on October 24th in San Diego, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will trample nearly two dozen cities with additional sonic devourment from death metal legends Obituary and Macabre on select dates. From there the band will march overseas for more onstage devastation with Aborted, Origin and Miasmal. See confirmed shows below.

Comments Matt Harvey, he of the decrepit death rattle and repugnant requiems: “We’ve been enjoying a rare few months of quiet in the EXHUMED camp, but we’re finally emerging from the death metal equivalent of cryo-sleep to make some noise again. We’re totally psyched to be back out amongst all you mutants and maniacs again for some beers, laughs and our usual brand of heavy metal mayhem. It’ll be great to worm our way back into your little black hearts. We couldn’t ask for a better tour package than with Carcass and Obituary, and our solo dates will allow us to unleash a full spectrum of stuff onstage – more songs, more production, more Marshall cabinets. It’s gonna be a blast (beat). See you fuckers there! Bring beer!”

EXHUMED will be touring in support of their critically adored Necrocracy full-length. Released last Summer via Relapse Records, the record serves as the band’s most musically adept, sonically punishing and conceptually provocative recording of their mammoth catalog of chaos. Outburn gave Necrocracy a 9/10 score, noting, (more…)

Brandon Saller (drums, vocals) – Atreyu

In continuing with our AFTERSHOCK interviews, here we go with BRANDON SALLER from ATREYU. Putting this out on the same day as they put out their first new song in 4 years.

Q: Congrats on the return of ATREYU! How was the time away?

A: It was great. I started my other band HELL OR HIGHWATER. We basically toured and made music since Atreyu stopped. Obviously, that will continue still.

Q: How is ATREYU different today than 5 years ago? 10 years ago?

A: I think we’ve just grown up. We’ve learned about ourselves. What we want. What we need. How we want to create. How this business works.

Q: Is there anything you regret about ATREYU’s career?

A: No. I love every step we’ve made, even down to our hiatus. Even that brought me things that I never imagined.

Q: You’re playing Aftershock in Sacramento in September, what bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing?

A: Stoked for awolnation, of mice & men, rob zombie. To name a few.

Q: Do you prefer Festivals or Clubs?

A: I love both. Nothing compares to a crowd that you can’t see the end of going nuts though.

Q: If you could create your ‘dream band’ for yourself, who would be the players with you?

A: Dave grohl drums. Josh home guitar. Brian May guitar. Joey Bradford bass. I’ll sing.

Q: What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object?

A: Saxe?

Q: What are the 5 albums you need if you were the last person on earth?

A: Tom Petty -greatest hits, Kenna-new sacred cow, Soilwork-natural born chaos, Misfits-famous monsters, Jimmy eat world- bleed American

Mark Thompson

Unlocking The Truth (entire band)

In continuing our interviews for the AFTERSHOCK Festival in Sacramento, here’s our interview with UNLOCKING THE TRUTH

Q: Congrats on the record deal, how does it feel?

Jarad: Thank You! It feels great! To have a big supporter (Sony Red) who is helping to guide us to the top of the charts is exciting. They are also helping us with the recording of our first EP. I’m grateful.

Alec: It feels great to have a record deal at my age.

Q: Please describe UNLOCKING THE TRUTH for those that have not checked you out live or online yet?

Jarad: Unlocking the Truth is a custom Metal Band. We write & create our own music. We have different style of than what you would normally hear from the modern metal band.

Malcolm: How I would describe Unlocking the Truth is being different. We stand up for people who do things outside the box and we try to encourage kids to do things that they want to do no matter what anybody says.

Q: What is the lyrical focus for you?

Jarad: My lyrical focus is some of my life experiences. Though I’m twelve turning thirteen there are lots of new things I’m discovering about the world and myself. I also like to watch horror movies and think about the music I would’ve liked to hear for a/that certain theme or scene.

Q: You’re also playing Aftershock in Sacramento in September, what bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing?

Jarad: One of my favorite bands to see would be Lacuna Coil! I really like that they are an Italian Metal Goth Band and I’ve been listening to them since I was eight yrs. old. Their music is very inspiring.

Alec: The bands I am looking forward to seeing at Aftershock in Sacramento are Lacuna Coil and Escape The Fate.

Q: Do you prefer Festivals (like Coachella) or Clubs?

Jarad: I prefer festivals like Coachella. The band and I had a great experience there. We met and talked to a lot of people of all races, and they were very welcoming to the band?s music. A lot of them said to be so young and in the game we rocked! We gave great performances both weekends. To me that was like playing at the Rock am Ring festivals in Germany! One day I wish to see that happen.

Alec: I prefer Festivals because at festivals the crowd seem more energetic there’s seem to be more of an appreciation for the music.

Malcolm: I like clubs better than festivals because when you’re in a club you can interact with the fans more and the fans are the people who motivate me to give a good performance. Big crowds at festivals are nice too but you can’t interact with the fans as much.

Q: If you could create your ‘dream band’ for yourself, who would be the players with you?

Jarad: Malcolm & Alec. I like how we are already expressing ourselves now, we collaborate and understand each other. We also know what we like to hear and each one contributes something to a song. There would be others I would like to see join the band but these are my true troopers.

Malcolm: I have been creating my own music at home and saving in on Logic Pro X but I haven’t found any members yet. I’m still in search of people, but I would also like Jeff Loomis, Corey Taylor (SlipKnot), Ghost (Motionless in White), Pablo (Chelsea Grin) and myself.

Q: What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object?

Jarad: Well then I would have to find another route. Because I don?t want anything stopping me from doing what I love to do and that play music. Only way that I would stop playing is if someone cuts my hands/arms off. Other than that I?m unstoppable when it comes to my music.

Alec: When the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object it’s a standoff.

Malcolm: When the unstoppable force and the unmovable object collide, they burst into million of pieces and those pieces become more unstoppable forces and unmovable objects.

Q: What are the 5 albums you need if you were the last person on earth?

Jarad: Jill Scott, Kelly Price, Anthony Hamilton, Memphis May Fire, & Lacuna Coil, Disturbed, Paramore and so much more. I know you said 5. But I love all kinds/genres of music. I sometime listen to jazz and opera too.

Alec: I don’t listen to albums, I listen to singles and these are the five singles I would need if I were the last person on earth Fade To Black – Metallica, In The End -Linkin Park, So Faraway -Avenged Sevenfold, Master Of Puppets – Metallica and One – Metallica

Malcolm: The 5 albums I would need would be Escape The Fate-Ungrateful, Disturbed-The Sickness, Disturbed-Asylum, Asking Alexandria-From Death To Destiny, and Asking Alexandria- Reckless & Relentless.

Q: Thanks for your time and answering the questions! Any final words for your fans?

Jarad: Yes to all the fans out there as we say be free. Express your thoughts either on paper or thru song. Always be You. Let no one take away your glory in what makes you happy. Look out for our EP coming to you real soon.

Mark Thompson

Hernan “Eddie” Hermida (vocals) – Suicide Silence

Driving on his way home from Sacramento back to the East Bay, SUICIDE SILENCE frontman HERNAN “Eddie” HERMIDA took a few moments, despite flakey cell phone service, to talk on a myriad of topics. Please read on for another of our interviews with KNOTFEST Bands.

Q: You ready to do this interview?

A: Yeah man! I’m just driving home from Sacramento!

Q: As long as you don’t crash it’s alright with me.

A: That’s why this Bluetooth is hooked up so we’re good!

Q: I’m not trying to be negative, but the last thing we need is another frontman of SS to leave us in an accident.

A: (laughs) and it would be all your fault!

Q: Why can’t we stop you?

A: Why can’t you stop me? Well, really, the lyrics were written by MITCH LUCKER so that’s an answer in itself. He’s still with us in death and is still with us in life.

a lot of cell interference happens right here

Q: You have an album out, it’s selling well, stepping away from your previous project (ALL SHALL PERISH), how did you approach that decision?

A: It was a plethora of things. The main one being I was really good friends with these guys for a really long time. It was situation whereas much as they lost a brother, I lost a brother as well. Not to the same extent. However, I’ve been friends with these guys for a long time and did my first national tour with these guys. When they came and asked me, it was basically something I couldn’t say No to. They told me I was the guy they were really stoked on and they felt I could knock the ball out of the park. It took some coercing but I did agree with them in the long run. They knew I could perform live and could bring it on the record. My only big concern was don’t make me quit my other band and they were all on board and they never asked me to step away.

Q: You guys are home right now, correct?

A: Yeah, we just spent two and a half months on the road. So it’s some long due chill time you know?

Q: And you have KNOTFEST coming up at the end of October?

A: Yes Sir! Very stoked at that! It’s going to be the tail end of this tour we have coming up with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. It’s a co-headliner with support from CHELSEA GRIN.

Q: When you’re approaching the live shows, do you have a say in the format of the setlist?

A: I’ve never been the dude that picks the set list. My taste in music is so far left field from what anybody else likes so when I pick a set list it’s my favorite songs and my favorite songs don’t tend to be the crowd’s favorites they end up being niche favorites so I’ve always kept my hands out of that pot. I let the guys decide. Mark is the dude that’s really in tune with the set list, he’s a really good DJ. Whenever we’re on road trips he plays most of the music that’s played on the bus. He has a good idea for the movement of each song and how they flow into each other.

Q: I read a quote somewhere where somebody asked RONNIE JAMES DIO how he has such a great voice night after night and his reply was something to the nature of, ‘you either got it or you don’t!’ What do you do to warm up, do you have a ritual?

A: Yeah, I have a ritual! I warm up, but it’s mainly for myself. In the end, being on stage, is kind of like looking in the mirror if you will. Your mind is going to see what it sees. If I’m down in the dumps, I feel like I don’t perform as well on stage. But then I watch videos and I crushed it. Truth is I don’t really need to warm up, but rather to get my mind centered and making sure I’m clear of any negative thought or anything in there that could fuck up the show. It’s like putting on your suit before going to work. You gotta put on your stinky band clothes. I have a ritual where I put on the same Spiderman socks for every show. It’s kind of gross, but it’s stuff like that.

Q: You said something earlier about your musical taste being so left field, if there was one band or album that you listen to that would surprise people, what or who is it?

A: I am a huge fan of MR. BUNGLE! The album Disco Volante is a very skud record. Most death metal fans, rock n roll fans, and punk fans want the Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus, they want something they can sing along with. The reality is that Mr. Bungle is the opposite of that on purpose, it’s not structured music, it doesn’t have choruses, you can sing along but that’s because MIKE PATTON is a musical genius and his lyrical depth has as much depth as you have. Which means that it’s true art. It’s out there for you to make your own interpretation. It’s just one of those things when you strive to be really, really different it makes for more entertaining music for me. I’ve grown up playing music, and grown up understanding the structures of how to build music for so long that I need something completely from out of that realm.

a lot of cell interference happens here again, broken conversation

Q: What’s your next year look like?

A: Dude, a lot of fucking touring! This record is highly important to us to get it out there and show the record label that we are worth their while. And once we settle down in 2015 I think we’re going to really focus and write another record, get out there, and push our own boundaries. We’ve talked about doing something different that will really set us apart as a band and it’s time to show people that Suicide Silence is always going to progress and move forward!

Mark Thompson

PIG DESTROYER: Announce Mass & Volume EP Release; Confirm Live Appearances‏


Grindcore Masters PIG DESTROYER are set to release a two song doom EP entitled Mass & Volume this fall. Previously available for a limited time as a digital only release with all of the proceeds going to the family of former Relapse Records employee Pat Egan, who tragically passed away last year, this cult release will now be available on physical formats for the first time ever.

Written and recorded during the final hours of the sessions for 2007’s Phantom Limb LP, Mass & Volume finds PIG DESTROYER’s typically break neck speed virtually come to a grinding halt with two epic songs of crushing doom. The album will be available on October 14th in North America, October 13th in the UK/World and October 10th in Germany/Benelux/Finland. Mass & Volume will be limited to a one time press of 2000 CDs worldwide and a limited run of colored vinyl, each featuring the stunning cover art from legendary artist Arik Roper (High on Fire, Sleep).

Additionally, the band has announced two special winter shows with direct support from Dropdead, including the band?s first ever appearance in Boston, MA.

Pig Destroyer Tour Dates
Dec 19 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Dec 20 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church

OBITUARY Release Album Trailer For Inked in Blood – First Samples of New Music Available


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.

Today the first taste of Inked in Blood has been made available in an exclusive album teaser video.  Samples from three brand new tracks can be heard in the video.

In support of their new album, OBITUARY will be hitting the road this fall.  They will begin with an appearance at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA on September 27th. Following those dates, OBITUARY hits the road with Carcass, Exhumed and Noisem from October 28th through November 9th. Then after a quick break the band will provide direct support for the upcoming “Death to All” Tour.  The tour kicks off November 14th in Los Angeles, CA and runs through December 7th in Miami, FL.

9/27: Reading, PA @ East Coast Tsunami @ Reverb

OBITUARY W/ Carcass, Exhumed and Noisem
10/28: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/29: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/31: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
11/1: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
11/2: Sauget, IL @ Pops
11/4: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
11/5: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/6: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/7: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/8: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub & Billiards
11/9: Cincinnati, OH @ The Madison Theater

OBITUARY on The Death to All Tour, w/Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
11/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
11/15: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
11/16: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
11/18: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/19: Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
11/21: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
11/22: Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11/23: Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
11/24: St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
11/25: Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater and Ballroom
11/27: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11/28: Montreal, QC @ Le National
11/29: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/30: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
12/3: North Springfield, VA @ Empire
12/4: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
12/5: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/6: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
12/7: Miami, FL @ Grand Central

5/21 – 5/24: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015)

MAYHEM announce second leg of 30th anniversary tour‏


Legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM have announced the second leg of their European tour celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary. The new tour kicks off on November 2 in Gdansk, Poland and will run until November 16 for a final performance in Gothenburg, Sweden. MAYHEM are touring in support of their new album, ‘Esoteric Warfare‘.

MAYHEM tour dates
11/2 Gdansk, Poland @ B90
11/3 Vilnius, Lithuania @ Club New York
11/4 Kiev, Ukraine @ Younost club
11/6 Riga, Latvia @ Melna Piektdiena
11/7 Tallinn, Estonia, @ Klubi Tapper
11/8 Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
11/9 Jyväskylä, Finland @ Lutakko
11/10 Tampere, Finland @ Yo-talo
11/11 Turku, Finland @ LoGoMO
11/13 Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
11/14 Örebro, Sweden @ Kulturhuset
11/15 Malmö, Sweden @ KB
11/16 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Trädgårn

SKELETONWITCH premieres blood-soaked new music video; hand-screened 7-inch single on sale now‏


SKELETONWITCH premiers “Unending, Everliving,” the track for the gruesome new music video was taken from 2013’s acclaimed “Serpents Unleashed” and was put to film by Cleveland, Ohio’s Turnstyle Films, with whom the band also collaborated on the promo clips for “I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” and “Serpents Unleashed.”

The band have also released a limited-edition “Unending, Everliving” 7-inch featuring hand-screened artwork designed by Jeremy Hush (Black Tusk, Rwake) on the B-side. Limited to just 300 copies, the 7-inch is now available exclusively through the Prosthetic webshop paired with a t-shirt (as seen above) or alongside sale-priced copies of “Serpents Unleashed” on CD or LP!

Having recently returned from a month-long jaunt throughout Europe, where they toured alongside Suffocation and Havok and appeared at several notable festivals (Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, Party.San Open Air), SKELETONWITCH will continue to punish audiences throughout North America on a headlining run before joining Amon Amarth and Sabaton for a seven-week tour.

9/5 Chicago, IL – Double Door ^^
9/6 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom ^^
9/7 Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room^^
9/8 Boston, MA – The Sinclair ^^
9/10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts: Black Box ^^
9/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls ^^
9/12 Springfield, VA – The Empire ^^
9/13 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry ^^
9/15 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum ^^
9/16 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Hell ^^
9/18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald?s ^^
9/19 Dallas, TX – Trees ^^
9/20 Austin, TX – Red 7 ^^
9/22 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red ^^
9/23 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre ^^
9/24 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge ^^
9/25 Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium ^
9/26 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst ^
9/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades ^
9/29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom ^
9/30 Seattle, WA – El Corazon ^
10/1 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom ^
10/3 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall ^
10/4 Calgary, AB – Flames Central ^
10/5 Saskatoon, SK – Louis? Pub ^
10/6 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick ^
10/7 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ^
10/10 Toronto, ON – The Sound Academy ^
10/11 Montreal, QC – Metropolis ^
10/12 Quebec City, QC – Imperial ^
10/14 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground ^
10/15 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre ^
10/17 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall ^
10/18 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
10/19 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall ^
10/21 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29 ^
10/22 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater ^
10/24 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore ^
10/25 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird ^
10/26 Birmingham, AL – Iron City ^
10/27 New Orleans, LA – The Civic ^
10/29 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant ^
10/30 Joliet, IL – Mojoes ^
10/31 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak ^
11/1 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave ^
11/2 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s ^
11/4 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre ^
11/5 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom ^
11/8 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
11/9 Tucson, AZ – Club XS ^
^ with Amon Amarth & Sabaton
^^ with Ghoul & Black Anvil
# with Black Anvil, Evoken (Decibel anniversary show / Amon Amarth after-party)

ANAAL NATHRAKH To Release ‘Desideratum’ This October Via Metal Blade Records; New Track Streaming


Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts ten emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil.

Desideratum will devour the masses whole on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime, you are cordially invited to sear the skin right off your bones with first single, “Idol.”

EXMORTUS performs shred-tastic rendition of National Anthem at local baseball game; metal road warriors back on tour now‏

Heavy metal up-and-comers EXMORTUS decided to warm up for their current North American tour supporting Arsis and Allegaeon by stopping by a home game of the Class A minor league baseball team Bakersfield Blaze to deliver a rousing, metallic rendition of the National Anthem! You can watch guitarists’ Conan and David shred-worthy performance below!

Combining “thrash riffs, fretboard-searing solos and neo-classical technique” (OC Weekly), EXMORTUS acclaimed Prosthetic debut “Slave to the Sword” proved that the SoCal based quartet are a force to be reckoned with. The road warriors have spent the past year barnstorming relentlessly throughout North America alongside acts including Flotsam & Jetsam, Dark Tranquillity, Destruction, Krisiun, Hatchet, Omnium Gatherum and Lich King. The group also took over the nation’s airwaves with continuous radio play and features on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal along with a stint on national television appearing on a commercial for Virgin Mobile.

8/27 Amarillo, TX – Wreck Room
8/28 Oklahoma City, OK – Leon’s Lounge
8/30 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
9/1 Springfield, VA – Empire #
9/2 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar #
9/3 New York, NY – Santos #
9/4 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
9/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
9/6 Quebec City, QC – Dagobert #
9/7 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall #
9/8 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry #
9/10 Joliet, IL – Mojoes #
9/11 Eau Claire, WI – House of Rock #
9/12 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo #
9/13 Saskatoon, SK – Rock Bottom #
9/14 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop #
9/16 Vancouver, BC – Red Room #
9/17 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
9/18 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
9/19 Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Studios #
9/20 Anaheim, CA – OC Music Hall #
9/21 La Jolla, CA – Porter’s Pub #
9/22 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater #
9/23 Denver, CO – Moon Room #
9/24 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
9/25 Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club #
9/27 Orlando, FL – Haven Lounge #
9/28 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum #
10/2 Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn
10/3 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic
10/4 Pensacola, FL – The Handlebars
10/5 Houston, TX – Mango’s
10/6 McAllen, TX – Aces North
10/7 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain
10/8 San Angelo, TX – Penny Pub & Grill
10/9 Midland, TX – Blue Max
10/26 San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest (Extreme Stage 005) @ San Manuel Ampitheater
#with Arsis & Allegaeon



Two seminal albums by metal pioneers Corrosion of Conformity — the 1991 landmark “Blind” and its acclaimed 1994 follow-up “Deliverance” — will be reissued on vinyl by Prosthetic Records this fall. While an exact release date has not yet been confirmed, both titles — limited to 1,000 copies each — are currently available for pre-order in the Prosthetic webshop. New editions of vintage merch designs from the era are now available as well.

Freshly inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame, “Blind” — originally released on Relativity Records — signified an important transition for C.O.C., as the group began to move away from their crossover past toward a more streamlined, metallic thrash sound. Hailed by All Music Guide as “one of the most important heavy rock albums of the decade,” the album saw the addition of guitarist Pepper Keenan and yielded two notable singles: “Dance of the Dead” and “Vote With A Bullet.”

Previously unreleased on vinyl in North America, “Blind” will be reissued as a gatefold double-LP available in three different 180-gram colors: purple (approx. 700 copies), black (approx. 200 copies) and clear (approx. 100 copies). A color lyric insert and liner notes by music journalist Chris Dick will also be included, as will three bonus tracks from the 1995 Columbia Records re-release of the album.


Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the sludge/stoner metal linchpin “Deliverance” — the first C.O.C. album to feature Keenan on lead vocals exclusively — was the group’s first record to crack the Billboard Top 200, and it remains their best-selling title to this day. Praised by Kerrang! as a “true ’90s classic,” the 14-track album (originally released by Columbia) includes “Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds,” both of which cracked the Top 20 at U.S. rock radio.

After being out of print for nearly two decades, “Deliverance” will once again be available on vinyl with a new-and-improved gatefold jacket in three different 180-gram colors: green (approx. 700 copies), black (approx. 200 copies) and red (approx. 100 copies).

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