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IMMORTAL BIRD: Chicagoan Blackened Death Thrashers Announce Autumn Live Infiltration

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

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

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

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

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

DEVIL YOU KNOW: “My Own” Lyric Video Posted

DEVIL YOU KNOW, the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED), have posted an official lyric video for the track “My Own”;

The song comes on the cusp of their upcoming tour with LACUNA COIL, which kicks off this Sunday at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA. The track is taken from their recently released debut album The Beauty of Destruction, which was released last April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The Beauty of Destruction was produced by Logan Mader (5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA) and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer/mixer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (HATEBREED, CHELSEA GRIN). Artwork was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND).

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FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

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The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal, FEAR FACTORY, have signed a deal for North America & Europe with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989, FEAR FACTORY changed the world of metal and have become a huge influence on the genre ever since their inception. The band?s unique sound helped bridge the gap between death metal, grindcore, thrash, and industrial on landmark releases like Soul Of A New Machine, Demanufacture, and the gold-selling release, Obsolete.

“Evolution and change are key elements in the non-stop growth of FEAR FACTORY,” comments guitarist  Dino Cazares. “With that said, I am proud to be back working alongside the first man to believe in what we were doing back in 1990. He took a chance and signed us, and the rest is history. Monte Conner, once the main A&R man at Roadrunner Records, has now once again come back into the FEAR FACTORYfamily with his new home – Nuclear Blast Entertainment. We can’t wait to deliver an epic new album to kick off this new era.”

FEAR FACTORY are truly one of the groundbreaking metal bands of our time,” adds Conner. “On their 1992 debut Soul Of A New Machine, Burton C. Bell introduced the world to the alternating heavy and melodic dual vocal approach that would go on to become a staple in metal to this very day. The following year, they were the first metal band to enter the industrial/dance remix world with the pioneering Fear Is The Mindkiller EP. And look at the countless metal bands who have since imitated the unique machine gun-style rhythm section, created when Dino Cazares‘ staccato riffs locked in perfectly with the syncopated kick drums. I am excited to be reunited with this legendary band, and I am certain their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be another FEAR FACTORY classic.”

FEAR FACTORY are currently working on material for their Nuclear Blast debut. The as-of-yet-untitled album will be co-produced by long-time collaborator Rhys Fulber, along with Cazares and Bell. A Winter 2015 release is expected.

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Left to right: Burton C. Bell, Monte Conner, Dino Cazares

FEAR FACTORY‘s latest album, The Industrialist, debuted at position No. 38 on the American Billboard Top 200 chart in 2012.  The band’s 2010 release, Mechanize, debuted at No. 72 on the American Billboard Top 200.

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Burton C. Bell – Vocals
Dino Cazares – Guitars
Matt DeVries – Bass
Mike Heller – Drums

1349 announce European tour

Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 (Ravn -Vocals, Frost [SATYRICON] – Drums, Seidemann – Bass, Archaon – Guitars) have announced a European headline tour in support of their forthcoming new album ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The headline run, dubbed the ‘Chaos Raids’ Tour, kicks off on Nov. 12 and runs through seven countries. A full listing of confirmed 1349 tour dates can be found below.

Additionally, the band are featured on the cover of the September issue of Norway’s Scream Magazine. The cover appears below, and further details can be found at the Scream website.

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

1349 are streaming three songs from their forthcoming album: “Exorcism”, “Cauldron”, and “Slaves”. “Slaves” is available for stream and purchase at iTunes and Bandcamp.

Founded in Norway in 1997, 1349 have remained a constant influence on the Norwegian black metal scene. With a penchant for lightning speed riffing, blazing drums, and apocalyptic lyrics, the band has trail-blazed the underground, surpassing many of their peers through brute musical force. Following a a trio of landmark albums, namely 2003’s Liberation, 2004’s Beyond the Apocalypse, and 2005’s Hellfire, 1349 is set to re-establish their dominance in the world-wide extreme metal scene.
1349 is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact Enrique Sagarnaga via email or phone (215-625-8400). Updated 1349 news will be made available through the Season of Mist website, and the official 1349 website and Facebook pages.
1349 Tour Dates:
Sept. 26 Oslo, Norway @ Pokalen Pub – ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’ record release show
‘Chaos Raids” European Tour 2014
Nov. 12 Munchen, Germany @ Backstage
Nov. 13 Aalen, Germany @ Rock It
Nov. 14 Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
Nov. 15 Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ Baroeg
Nov. 16 Biebob, Belgium @ Vosselaar
Nov. 17 Paris, France @ Glazart
Nov. 18 Lyss, Switzerland @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 19 London, England @ Underworld
Nov. 20 Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
Nov. 21 Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
Nov. 22 Manchester, England @ Sound Control

GOATWHORE Readies For Forthcoming Live Assaults; Additional Dates Announced

Louisiana blackened thrash perpetrators, GOATWHORE, are currently readying for their next round of headlining live assaults. Slated to commence in Houston on September 15th, the band will quash nearly two dozen US cities including recently added dates in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Virginia, Georgia and Florida as well as five shows supporting death rock/horror punk icons, Samhain! From there, GOATWHORE will bring their canticles of chaos overseas for a European invasion with Dying Fetus, Malevolence and Fallujah. The lengthy expedition embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium and comes to a ceremonial close on December 19th in Hamburg, Germany.

Due to the upcoming birth of his first son, GOATWHORE bassist James Harvey will be sitting out both tours. In the interim, the band has enlisted bassist TA from San Antonio blackened death horde, HOD.

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INCITE Releases Music Video for New Track “Fallen”

 

Aggressive modern metal band INCITE, fronted by Richie Cavalera, released their new album Up In Hell last week via Minus HEAD Records. Today, the band has unveiled a brand new music video for their track ‘Fallen’, directed by Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed director, Robert Sexton (Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Angel). The music video was shot earlier this year in Hollywood, CA. Check out the new video for ‘Fallen’ here;

Front man Richie Cavalera says, “Working with Robert was awesome. The man has a twisted and very dark vision. He knocked this one out of the park, couldn’t have asked for a better director or video. Enjoy ‘Fallen’.”

Up In Hell was produced at Hideaway Studios by Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Hatebreed, Parkway Drive), who is also responsible for the recording, mixing and mastering of the record. Production assistance was provided by Thomas Bellier and Jon Nicholson of Drum Fetish is credited as drum technician on the album.

Over the years, INCITE has toured alongside the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, Soulfly, Throwdown, Cavalera Conspiracy, and more. Moreover, they’ve been praised by everybody from Kerrang! and Revolver to ARTISTdirect. In addition, INCITE has reached Top-40-status on Sirius Metal Charts with tracks like ‘Army of Darkness’ and the Devil’s Dozen on Liquid Metal with ‘The Aftermath’. Revolver also named 2012’s All Out War its “Album of the Week” upon release.

Motorhead’s Motorboat: Megadeth Withdraws Due To Medical Issue, Metal Allegiance All-Star Band Added

Motörhead’s Motörboat regrets to announce that thrash metal trailblazers Megadeth have been forced to withdraw from the September 22-26 cruise due to medical reasons. Heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance – including Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick – has been added to the Motörhead’s Motörboat music lineup.

Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) andMike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs.

Megadeth issued the following statement about their unfortunate cancellation: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next 8 weeks. With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!”

“You can’t replace a band like Megadeth, who have done so much to change the landscape of heavy music over the past 30 years. We wish Dave Mustaine all the best in his recovery,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment. “But we’re excited that Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick will still be joining us. The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can?t get anywhere else – and bringing Metal Allegiance onboard with metal’s most loyal fans fits that bill.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, “I’m really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal.”

“I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet,” says Philip Anselmo.

Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, “We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!”

Mike Portnoy agrees: “I’ve been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there’s something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much.”

The first annual Motörhead?s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at MotorheadCruise.com.

VOMIT FIST: NYC Father/Son Grindcore Project Taps Spin Studios (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Testament) for New EP

Think back – what did you do with your father when you were a teenager? Perhaps you went on fishing trips, learned how to change the oil in your first car, or even enjoyed a ballgame together from time to time? Such is not the case for impressive 17-year-old drummer Leo ?Lurkrot? Didkovsky, who proposed the idea of forming a blackened-grindcore band with his guitarist/composer father, Nick “Vürdoth” Didkovsky, in 2013. With the later addition of fellow 18-year-old family friend and vocalist Malcolm “Skrag the Screecher” Hoyt, this connection birthed the ultra-high energy project VOMIT FIST, hailing from the depths of New York City.

The trio’s recently released debut digital EP, Forgive But Avenge, will be made available in hard copy CD format via independent release on October 28, 2014. Take a listen to the track ‘Under The Rind’ now;

Featuring raw, in-your-face sonics, the Forgive But Avenge EP was recorded and engineered at Nik Chinboukas at Spin Studios (studio credits include Lamb of God, Testament and Gojira). The tracks rip through themes of rebirth, apocalyptic chaos, ecstatic dermal auto-excoriation, and transgressive ancient tantric poetry.

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NEUROSIS To Headline Bestia Festival In Mexico This November

Slowly and steadily, NEUROSIS maintains their infiltration of all corners of the planet with new live performances continuing to be scheduled into 2015.

Today, the promoters of the second annual Bestia Festival in Ciudad, Mexico have unveiled the lineup for the upcoming 2014 installment of the gathering, with the name NEUROSIS dominating the list as the fest headliner. The three-day Bestia Festival is set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, with performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed. In addition to the concerts, an array of music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. For five days, the venues Teatro de la Ciudad, Cineteca Nacional, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Estación Indianilla and Museo Universitario del Chopo will host the festival around the city. The program brings the opportunity to see bands and projects that can’t easily be seen throughout Mexico, and the promoters strive to create a live experience with high standards in sound and production. Tickets for Bestia Festival will go on sale on September 17th.

This new development with Bestia Festival follows other recent NEUROSIS live announcements, including the band’s upcoming performances at the four-day Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, where they’ll headline the main stage on Saturday, October 18th, joined by The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe, followed by a concert in Denver the following evening, Sunday, October 19th, with Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents supporting. Later that same week, NEUROSIS will perform at the second Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas with Voivod, Samhain, Corrections House, Eyehategod, Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Author & Punisher and more. And even more recently, the promoters of the annual Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore will bring NEUROSIS back to their mighty gathering in 2015 where they’ll perform on the final day, Sunday, May 24th, with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.

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

NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights like Isis, Mastodon and High on Fire. As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, the band continues to perform across the planet sporadically but steadily — not having toured this heavily since the earlier years of their career — in seemingly unending support of their 2012-released tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay.

DECAPITATED: FIRST ALBUM PREVIEW RELEASED

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

Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland, Blood Mantra features the debut of new drummer Michal Lysejko and is due out in North America on September 30th.

RINGS OF SATURN Posts Album Teaser Video for Lugal Ki En; Month-Long North American Tour Announced

San Francisco Bay Area-based innovative death metal quartet, RINGS OF SATURN, has released a teaser for their impending Lugal Ki En LP, the album nearing release in one month via Unique Leader Records. Featuring a sampling of some of the music from the blistering, cutting-edge album, as well as the vibrant alien-based artwork, the five-minute-long trailer gives technical death metal-seeking enthusiasts a brutally diverse sampling of the beautifully progressive and downright savage tunes quarantined on Lugal Ki En.

Check out the Lugal Ki En album trailer now;

The bandtoday also announces their next phase of widespread touring in support of Lugal Ki En, with another massive trek confirmed. Following their recent headlining month-long Face Implosion Tour, and direct support placement on the subsequent Summer Slaughter The Canada Club Tour, the tour will see RINGS OF SATURN as special guest support for As Blood Runs Black for a five-week US run, also joined by Upon This Dawning, Elitist, The Convalescence and Those Who Fear for the majority of the tour. From October 23rd through November 29th, the thirty-city maelstrom will wind through the entire country and into Canada in a clockwise pattern, the mission beginning and concluding in California.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Legends Premiere New Video; Band Prepares For Live Run Supporting Gwar

North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are pleased to unveil their latest music video for “On Your Way,” the sixth cut from their recently released IX full-length.

Crowned, “a triumph,” by The Obelisk and, “eccentric and engaging,” by Sputnik Music, the John Custer-produced IX thrusts forth nearly forty-five minutes of the band’s signature “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence (The Onions’s A.V. Club).”

View the apocalyptic clip for “On Your Way” HERE;

In related CORROSION OF CONFORMITY happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting Gwar! Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek — which follows the band’s recent run with Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying — will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
w/ Gwar, American Sharks:
11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
11/19/2014 The Venue – Fargo, ND
11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/23/2014 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/02/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Strategists Premiere New Video

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, today unveil the official video for “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing new clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and comes by way of the band’s Ryan Jones – (Mutilation Rites) produced The Mother Of Virtues full-length, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

And if you missed it, the quartet recently unleashed a play-through video for the track “Balkanized” via Gear Gods.

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PRONG Kicks off North American Tour

New York Metal mainstays PRONG are hitting the the road beginning tomorrow September 10th in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA. This is the band’s first North American headline tour behind Ruining Lives The tour. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

“PRONG starts our U.S. / Canada tour tomorrow September 9th at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7″ single out “Remove, Separate Self” and will be selling it at shows as well as our first “Turnover” 7″. This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP “Primitive Origins” at shows. So please check out our dates at http://www.prongmusic.com. We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies OVERKILL on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I’ll see you on the road.

Check out the band’s new video for “Remove, Separate Self” HERE.

SPV/Steamhammer has released a new digital single and will release a 7″ single of “Remove, Separate Self”. The digital single is available now on iTunes.

The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

1. Remove, Separate Self (album version)

2. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by Prong (Matt Heafy de-mix)

Matt Heafy about the “de-mix” he created: “With “Remove, Separate Self” –

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Unearth Debut New Single, “The Swarm”

UNEARTH has released a new single called “The Swarm,” the first bit of new music from their forthcoming LP today, exclusively via Revolver Magazine.

The band recently announced their all new LP Watchers of Rule to be released via eOne Music on October 28th, 2014. Mixed by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), this marks the band’s six full length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure. Pre order bundles are now available from the band, seen here.

This time, the band is heading out with friends DARKEST HOUR on the Hell or High Wattage Tour with CARNIFEX, ORIGIN, I BREATHER and fellow label mates BLACK CROWN INITIATE in support.

1. Intro
2. The Swarm
3. Lifetime In Ruins
4. Guards Of Contagion
5. From The Tombs Of Five Below
6. Never Cease
7. Trail To Fire
8. To The Ground
9. Burial Lines
10. Birth Of A Legion
11. Watchers Of Rule

NECROPHAGIA stream “Reborn through Black Magic”

Horror-obsessed death metal maniacs NECROPHAGIA have released the second new track from their highly-anticipated new album ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’. The new track, titled “Reborn through Black Magic” is streaming now at Revolver Magazine.

NECROPHAGIA previously premiered the album track “Fear the Priest”. ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop. The artwork and track listing for ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ can be found below:

Track List:
1. Reborn through Black Mass
2. ???
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral

Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chalk full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte’, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. Following the landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs, including the highly-sought-after ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ EP (2001).

KING DIAMOND Announces Opening Act For North American Tour

KING DIAMOND would like to welcome Jess And The Ancient Ones as the opening act for the North American tour this Fall.

Jess And The Ancient Ones, personally selected by KING DIAMOND himself to be the openers on the trek, is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music, creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent, Jess, as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from heavy metal and rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba. Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat”;

In other news, the Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles shows on the tour are SOLD OUT! Additionally, only a handful of tickets remain for the Seattle date. Get your tickets now before they are gone!

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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!”

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BELPHEGOR FORCED TO CANCEL HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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.

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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

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MESHUGGAH RELEASE VIDEO TEASER FOR THE OPHIDIAN TREK

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.

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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 (twilight13media.com) 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).

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

Veteran Metal/Rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos (MetalUnderground.com/THIS METAL Magazine/ PureGrainAudio.com) 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.

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