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THE AGONIST premieres “A Necessary Evil” play through video via Guitar

Premiering on, guitarists Danny Marino and Paco Jobin of THE AGONIST take listeners through “A Necessary Evil” in the first of a three part play through video series of fan requested singles from their latest album, Eye Of Providence.

Watch the play through video for “A Necessary Evil”

We’re stoked to have our guitar playthrough video premiered on Guitar World! We’ve been getting a lot of requests from fans for guitar playthrough videos from our new album Eye of Providence. So after listening to the fans, we picked a few songs and got our resident bassist/video director Chris Kells to shoot a couple songs. This first video is for one of my favorite songs on the album, A Necessary Evil. It has a nice blend of staccato riffing, interesting chord extensions and of course, a ripping solo by my man Paco Jobin! states Guitarist Danny Marino)”

On the live front, THE AGONIST will join EPICA and ELUVEITIE on the Revolver North American tour beginning September 8th. THE AGONIST will also perform at the infamous Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal in August. Full tour schedule below. Get Eye Of Providence now on iTunes.

THE AGONIST tour dates:

“Revolver Magazine presents EPICA and ELUVEITIE with special guests THE AGONIST, North American Tour”

08/08/2015 – Heavy MTL Festival: Montreal, QC

09/08/2015 – Soundstage: Baltimore, MD

09/09/2015 – Paradise Rock Club: Boston, MA

09/11/2015 – Corona Theatre: Montreal, QC

09/12/2015 – Imperial Theatre: Quebec City, QC

09/13/2015 – Phoenix Concert Theatre: Toronto, ON

09/15/2015 – House Of Blues: Chicago, IL

09/16/2015 – Mill City Nights: Minneapolis, MN

09/18/2015 – O’Brians Event Centre: Saskatoon, SK

09/19/2015 – Union Hall: Edmonton, AB

09/20/2015 – MacEwan Ballroom: Calgary, AB

09/22/2015 – Vogue Theatre: Vancouver, BC

09/23/2015 – Neumos: Seattle, WA

09/25/2015 – The Regency Ballroom: San Francisco, CA

09/26/2015 – Fonda Theatre: Los Angeles, CA

09/28/2015 – Gothic Theatre: Denver, CO

09/29/2015 – Sokol Auditorium: Omaha, NE

10/01/2015 – Mercury Ballroom: Louisville, KY

10/02/2015 – Agora Ballroom: Cleveland, OH

10/03/2015 – Irving Plaza: New York, NY


Vicky Psarakis – Vocals

Danny Marino – Guitar

Chris Kells – Bass

Simon McKay- Drums

Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

FORCED ORDER: California Hardcore Act To Release Debut LP Via Revelation Records; Track Playing At Revolver + Band To Tour North America With Terror, Bane And More

Revelation Records will proudly issue the Vanished Crusade debut LP from Southern California hardcore quintet, FORCED ORDER, in early August, and Revolver Magazine has exclusively premiered the opening track from the album, “New Forms.”

FORCED ORDER‘s rampaging, metallic hardcore especially romanticizes ’90s Cleveland genre pioneers Integrity, Ringworm and In Cold Blood, merging said acts takes on beatdown riffs, dominating backup chants and malevolent, divebombing metal leads. Uniting a tight-knit set of diehards whom also spend time in Twitching Tongues, Disgrace, Soul Search, and others, the band’s jaw-clenching angst courses through every second of their debut LP, Vanished Crusade, the record delivering their metallic hardcore with unchained urgency, with haunting instrumental pieces infiltrating the ill-omened delivery of the record, helping to paint an appropriately bleak view of the world. The follow-up to their Retribution 7″, also released through Revelation, the band’s Vanished Crusade debut LP was produced by Taylor Young at The Pit (Nails, Xibalba, Twitching Tongues), the album delivering fourteen merciless, by the throat tracks that become instantly addictive. The first single and opening track fromVanished Crusade makes itself known through Revolver Magazine today, with the opening track, “New Forms,” issuing within the mangling debut, “We exist to watch you die, FORCED ORDER!”

Groundbreaking and longstanding hardcore entity Revelation Records will issue FORCED ORDER‘s Vanished Crusade on CD and digital platforms on August 7th, with the vinyl version to follow shortly afterward. Stand by for preorders to be posted in the coming days.

In support of Vanished Crusade, FORCED ORDER will take part in the final day of this year’s massive This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, set to perform on Sunday, July 26th alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and more. Afterwards, a three-day, cross-country run sees the band playing in Arizona, Oklahoma and Virginia between August 1st and 5th where FORCED ORDER will join up with The Life & Death Tour. Featuring headliners, Terror, as well as Bane, Turnstile, Backtrack and Heavy Chains, the tour begins in Rochester, New York on August 6th and runs a clockwise stampede ending August 31st in Amityville, New York, with twenty-six cites on the itinerary.


7/26/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]

8/01/2015 The Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

8/03/2015 Boulevard Trash – Tulsa, OK

8/05/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

FORCED ORDER on The Life & Death Tour 2015 w/ Terror, Bane, Turnstile, Backtrack, Heavy Chains:

8/06/2015 The Harmony House – Rochester, NY

8/07/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

8/08/2015 Gamechanger World – Howell, NJ

8/09/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

8/10/2015 Greene St – Greensboro, NC

8/11/2015 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

8/12/2015 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL

8/13/2015 The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA

8/14/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX

8/15/2015 Sons of Herman Hall – Dallas, TX

8/16/2015 The Korova – San Antonio, TX

8/17/2015 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ

8/18/2015 Epicenter – San Diego, CA

8/19/2015 Chain Raction – Anaheim, CA

8/20/2015 Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA

8/21/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA

8/22/2015 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV

8/23/2015 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

8/24/2015 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

8/25/2015 Aftershock Bar and Grill – Merriam, KS

8/26/2015 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

8/27/2015 Legends – Cincinnati, OH

8/28/2015 Magestic Cafe – Detroit, MI

8/29/2015 The Rockpile – Toronto, ON

8/30/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC

8/31/2015 Revolution – Amityville, NY

Vanished Crusade Track Listing:

1. New Forms

2. Unexist

3. Turn The Knife

4. Sense Walker

5. The Pain Enclosed

6. Blind To Trust

7. Forced Order

8. Retribution

9. Ischys

10. Seven Realms Of Fear

11. Disintegrate

12. March Of The Diseased

13. Dechrau

14. Allanfa

Windhand Share New Song “Two Urns” First Single From Grief’s Infernal Flower Out on Relapse Records September 18th

Windhand floor us with “Two Urns” – the leading single from their third full-length album, Grief’s Infernal Flower. Produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Soundgarden), the album stands to see Windhand cementing themselves as one of the premier metal bands of our time. Windhand convey an irrepressible sense of motion even within the slowest of songs. It’s a massive sound, heavy, personal and a modern testament to the power of doom and stoner metal’s legacies.

On Grief’s Infernal Flower, front woman Dorthia Cottrell firmly establishes herself as one of today’s most powerful vocalists – perfectly balancing beauty with enormous force. The twin-guitar attack of Garrett Morris and Asechiah Bogdan weaves together nine songs of perfect riffs and fuzzed-out bliss. That often-delicate splendor is all tempered by the colossal rhythmic mastery of bassist Parker Chandler and drummer Ryan Wolfe, whose lower-register expertise serves as the backbone of the new record.

Motörhead Music/UDR GmBH to Present Youngest Lead Guitarist in W:O:A History–Nik Kai–at Germany’s Wacken 2015

On Thursday July 30, virtuoso guitar prodigy Nik Kai will unveil the bombastic-yet-melodic 6 piece rock/metal/alternative band NO WORDS to over 80,000 people at Wacken Open Air, the world?s biggest, loudest and most established hard rock/heavy metal music festival. Wacken will be No Words? European debut, and the first time a festival audience will be witnessing the precocious, engaging and exciting guitar work of Nik Kai.

Kai, at 14 years old is the youngest lead guitarist ever invited to play Wacken, an exhilarating new musician who will be featured on Motörhead Music, the label set up in partnership with UDR GmBH. The label?s objective is to offer a world stage to fresh and innovative new talents who carry an independent and heartfelt spirit throughout their art. It will be a label by musicians for musicians, and it will be an honest and powerful gateway to the next generation of rock?n?rollers.

Despite his youth, Nik Kai has already garnered acclaim and recognition from many avenues, appearing on Howard Stern?s show at 10 years old, being the youngest to receive a Metal Hammer Golden God award nomination and receiving endorsements from the likes of Gibson/Epiphone, Marshall and Dunlop.

NO WORDS is a 6 man heavy metal band headed by Nik Kai who hand picked every member. An American band from the west coast, NO WORDS was founded in Laguna Beach, California. In addition to founder Nik Kai, the band is fronted by Las Vegas native and former model Atonio Savelio, a powerful vocalist who brings passion, and gut-wrenching soul to every song. On bass is Izzy Maxx, a throwback to bassists like Rudy Sarzo with an infectious spirited enthusiasm on stage. Keys and backup vox is classically trained Shane Zimm, on skins is Drew Moses, a former Marine and Arizona native who looks up to Thomas Lang as his number one source of drum mastery. Rounding out this six piece band is rhythm guitarist Chris Garcia, a Las Vegas resident who has toured nationally. Upcoming shows are Vamp?d Vegas July 23rd, W:O:A & Hamburg, Germany July 29-Aug. 3 and Motörhead?s Motörböat Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015

CANCER BATS To Kick Off Tour With Danzig And Pennywise

Canada punk metal perpetrators, CANCER BATS, will kick off a short sprint of North American dates supporting Danzig and Pennywise this weekend. Set to commence tomorrow, July 11th in Pomona, California, the tour will wind its way through fifteen cities in eleven states and provinces, coming to a close on July 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, the band will take part in this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia in August.

CANCER BATS will be touring in support of their Searching For Zero full-length, released via Metal Blade Records earlier this year. Recorded in the Summer of 2014 with legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) at his studio in Venice, California. Robinson and the band shared a singular vision to create a personal, vibrant album and the results are apparent. The multiple-JUNO nominated hardcore band’s fifth studio offering features ten tracks that are the most melodic, yet menacing CANCER BATS tunes compositions to date. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant, and the more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps And Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

CANCER BATS w/ Danzig, Pennywise:
7/11/2015 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA *no Pennywise
7/12/2015 Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Flagstaff, AZ
7/13/2015 Friendz Bar & Zombie Burger – Amarillo, TX *CANCER BATS only
7/14/2015 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
7/15/2015 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
7/17/2015 South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
7/18/2015 Club Brady – Tulsa, OK
7/19/2015 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO
7/21/2015 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
7/24/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
7/25/2015 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
7/27/2015 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
7/28/2015 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
7/30/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
End Tour
8/15/2015 Gwar BQ @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond VA

In related CANCER BATS news, leading Canadian rock/metal/punk/hardcore website recently released Zeroed In, its first-ever mini documentary. The site teamed with CANCER BATS and The Visual Medium to cover in detail the release Searching For Zero, plus the album release show held at The Phoenix Concert Theatre last March. Through extensive fan-interviews at the release show, plus a frank discussion with the CANCER BATS, the twenty-minute Zeroed In documentary sets out to not only explore the intricacies behind Searching For Zero but to also demonstrate the impact and influence the group continues to have on the local scene, fans and bands alike.

SUPERJOINT To Kick Off The It Takes Guts Summer Tour

Reactivated metal icons, SUPERJOINT — who feature within their ranks members of Down, Eyehategod, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast etc. — will kick off a near two-week long US tour tomorrow. Presented by frontman Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, the It Takes Guts Summer takeover marks the band’s first official touring venture in over a decade! The caravan of chaos will commence Friday, July 10th in Oklahoma City and ravage its way through twelve US cities with support provided by punk metal/noise rock misfits, Child Bite, and Australian grind miscreants, King Parrot, both members of the Housecore Records family.

Now featuring Anselmo (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Pantera et al), guitarists Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) and Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horsepower), the long-anticipated trek follows SUPERJOINT’s first ever performance in Europe at this year’s edition of Hellfest last month in Clisson, France.

SUPERJOINT: The It Takes Guts Tour w/ King Parrot, Child Bite:

7/10/2015 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7/11/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston TX
7/12/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas TX
7/14/2015 Bogarts – Cincinnati OH
7/15/2015 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
7/17/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie NY
7/18/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster PA
7/19/2015 V-Club – Huntington, WV
7/21/2015 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
7/23/2015 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
7/24/2015 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola FL
7/25/2015 Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

KING PARROT released their eagerly-anticipated Dead Set full-length earlier this year via Housecore Records. Captured by Anselmo and Michael Thompson with Steve Berrigan at the famed Nodferatu’s Lair, KING PARROT’s Dead Set brandishes ten grind-laden, punk-infused odes of defiant audio savagery bedecked in the dark, cynical humor for which the band has become notorious.

CHILD BITE will be touring in support of their Strange Waste EP, a deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More, released last Fall via Housecore. The band recently tracked their forthcoming new full-length with Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. Titled Negative Noise, the LP will be released later this year via Housecore.

SUPERJOINT churns out a debaucherous crossover of hardcore punk and metal a la Pantera and unleashed two critically-lauded full-lengths – 2002’s Use Once And Destroy and 2003’s Lethal Dose Of American Hatred – before taking hiatus in 2005.

CANDLEBOX Announces Summer and Fall Tour Dates To Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Critically-Acclaimed Album Lucy

Band Reveals Lineup Changes As It Moves Forward

Los Angeles, CA (July 8, 2015) – CANDLEBOX is reigniting the flame this summer as it announces plans for a summer and fall tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Lucy.

Released in 1995, Lucy was the successful follow up album to CANDLEBOX‘s debut and achieved Gold certification thanks to songs like “Simple Lessons”, “Best Friend” and the title track “Lucy”.

The tour, which will kick off July 23 in Lake Charles, LA and run through the fall, will feature hits from Lucy as well as fan favorites.

In addition to revealing tour news, CANDLEBOX has also confirmed a lineup change.

After twenty plus years of rocking the road and creating great music together Peter Klett and Scott Mercado have decided to take a break from touring with CANDLEBOX. Parting ways amicably, Klett and Mercado have decided to devote their careers full time to Lotus Crush and their other side projects.

“I’m stoked that Pete and Scott are having such great success with Lotus Crush and their other projects. I wish them nothing but the best,” said Kevin Martin, lead singer for CANDLEBOX.

Peter Klett added, “It’s time; there is nothing greater than playing music you’ve created in front of fans who love it with their heart and soul. That is what we have done with CANDLEBOX for 20 plus years. The wonderful people who have embraced us have done it with class. For that, Scott and I are extremely grateful.”

The CANDLEBOX lineup continues with current member: Adam Kury on bass and guitar. Drummer Dave Krusen, who played with CANDLEBOX from 1996-2001 and was in Pearl Jam and was featured on the iconic 10 album, Mike Leslie (Mike Leslie Band) and Fosterchild Guitarist Brian Quinn, who was label mates and friends with Martin for years.

CANDLEBOX tour dates include:

*Note: Additional dates to be added.


7/23: Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge du Lac

7/25: St. Clair, MI @ St. Clair Riverfest

7/30: New Bedford, MA @ Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

8/1: Sturgis, SD @ Easyriders Saloon

8/8: Fort Bliss, TX @ Ft. Bliss Army Base

8/15: Glen Flora, WI @ North Woods Rock Rally

8/21: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock

8/22: Island Lake, IL @ Sideouts Bands in the Sand

8/28: Tacoma WA @ Uncle Sams

8/29: Central Point, OR @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater

9/11: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Amphitheater

9/19: Cottonwood, AZ @ Thunder Valley Rally

10/17: Houston, TX @ CWM Pavilion


Formed in 1990, CANDLEBOX is considered one of the greatest American rock bands of its time. CANDLEBOX was the first successful act on Madonna’s Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones and The Prodigy. The band found immediate success with the release of its self-titled debut album in July 1993. It featured some of the band’s biggest hit singles, including “Far Behind”, “You” and “Cover Me” and was certified platinum by the RIAA four times. The group has sold over 8,000,000 albums worldwide. They continued their success releasing two highly successful albums (Lucy and Happy Pills), toured relentlessly and in the year 2000 took an indefinite hiatus.

Following the six-year hiatus, the band reunited in 2006, and two years later, they released their fourth album Into the Sun, followed by an extensive tour. Their latest album, Love Stories & Other Musings, was released in April 2012. CANDLEBOX are currently hard at work on their new album, which is set for an early 2016 release. More details on the new album and additional tour dates will be coming soon.

RIVERSIDE – Launch new track “Discard Your Fear” via lyric-video

Polish Prog masters RIVERSIDE are now kicking off the promotional activities for their much anticipated new studio album “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”, which will be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

Today, the band is revealing the first track off the album via a lyric-video.

RIVERSIDE‘s Mariusz Duda checked in about “Discard Your Fear” as follows:
“On the new album I wanted to combine the 70’s and the 80’s. The 80’s were a decade of musical growing up for me. I remember being enchanted by music deep with bass, chorus and all kinds of reverb. ‘Discard Your Fear’ is a good example of this flow. The lyrics are about the most popular kind of fear that touches most of us – the fear of the unknown.”

RIVERSIDE‘s 6th studio album features cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and will contain the following track-listing:

RIVERSIDE – “Love, Fear and the Time Machine”

1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)

2. Under the Pillow

3. #Addicted

4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire

5. Saturate Me

6. Afloat

7. Discard Your Fear

8. Towards the Blue Horizon

9. Time Travellers

10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)

A musical package entitled “Day Session”, the brighter companion of the “Night Session” presented on the band’s previous album “Shrine of New Generation Slaves”, will be available as bonus material well.

In other news, RIVERSIDE are kicking off a string of European dates this weekend at “Be Prog! My Friend” festival in Barcelona, Spain and also visit Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK on this run, on which the band will already showcase some of the new album’s material.

Below is an overview of the upcoming RIVERSIDE tour dates for North America. More dates will be confirmed soon…

RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:

Sep 12 – Atlanta, GA – ProgPower USA Center stage

Sep 13 – Richmond, VA – The Canal Club

Sep 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Bull Shooters Saloon

Sep 16 – New Brunswick, NJ – NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre

Sep 19 – Montreal, QC – Theatre La Tulipe

Sep 20 – Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial

Sep 22 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club

Sep 23 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge

Sep 24 – Chicago, IL – Reggies

More dates to be confirmed soon…

RIVERSIDE‘s previous album, “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves”, entered the national sales charts of several countries upon release as follows (highest chart week position mentioned!): Germany: # 33, Poland: # 2, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands (Alternative Charts): # 9, Switzerland: # 51, UK (Rock Charts): # 24, Finland: # 41, France (Top 200): # 194, USA (Billboard New Artists Chart): # 18.

More details about “Love, Fear and the Time Machine” will follow soon…

NAPALM RECORDS News Updates For July 9th

THE ANSWER Premiere New Video For “Gone Too Long” via Pop Matters

THE ANSWER overcame the recent US Visa system crash and made it to the USA in time for their tour with Whitesnake! The band’s new single “Gone Too Long”which was mixed for radio by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters / Biffy Clyro) – will be released July 31, 2015 following the band’s North American Tour and in anticipation of their European Festival appearances & a special one off London Planet Rock London Borderline show on July 29th!

Today the band premieres their latest video for”Gone Too Long” taken from their latest album “Raise A Little Hell” (Napalm Records).

With over 300,000 sales worldwide, THE ANSWER are one of the hardest working Irish artists in rock, having performed over 200 shows worldwide in the last eighteen months.


July 09th St Louis MO @ ORH Headline show
July 10th Kansas City MO @ Daveys Headline show
July 11th St Paul MN @ Myth (w/ Whitesnake)
July 12th Chicago, IL @ Reggies (w/ Whitesnake)
July 14th Clear Lake IA @ Surf Ballroom (w/ Whitesnake)
July 16th OshKosh WI @ Rock USA Festival
July 17th Geneva IL @ Geneva Music Pk (w/ Whitesnake)
July 18th Merrillville IN @ Star Plaza (w/ Whitesnake)
July 20th Greensburg PN @ Palace Theatre (w/ Whitesnake)
July 21st Washington DC @ DC9 Headline show
July 22nd New York @ Knitting Factory Headline show
July 24th Green Bay WI @ Burning Cow Festival
July 29th London @ The Borderline Special Headline show
July 30th Wacken Festival DE

AMBERIAN DAWN Unveil Album Title And Release Date!

Finish Symphonic Metallers AMBERIAN DAWN are pleased to unveil the first details of their next masterpiece! Together with AD’s co-producer Mikko P. Mustonen (known for his work with Delain, Ensiferum and Sonata Arctica), vocalist Capri and the band’s composer Tuomas Seppälä the band are hard at work right now on the new album. The album will be released worldwide on October 23rd via Napalm Records! Handling production duties on the record is composer Tuomas Seppälä who also plays keyboards and guitar.

AMBERIAN DAWN mastermind Tuomas Seppälä on the upcoming album, entitled Innuendo:

“This is one of the most melodic and vocal-driven album in AD’s history. I’ve composed these songs in a little bit of a different way than I’ve used to do before. I have worked with these songs without any limitations. Some of the elements I’ve used have been quite unusual in the heavy metal genre and there’s going to be a fresh new sound for AD. Musically these songs are still very much influenced by classical music but also by electro-composers like Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis for example. Our new vocalist Capri was able to bring tons of emotion with her sound and lyric writing and I’m sure that this album will be our best so far “

Together with their label mates in DELAIN & Anneke van Giersbergen of THE GENTLE STORM, AMBERIAN DAWN is going to hit the road in October & November!


14.08.15 CZ – Hodonin / Made Of Metal Open Air

27.10.15 CH – Solothurn / Kopfmehl

28.10.15 FR – Strasbourg / La Laiterie

29.10.15 FR – Paris / Divan Du Monde

30.10.15 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob

31.10.15 DE – Andernach / Juz Live Club

02.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle

03.11.15 IT – Milan / Live Club

04.11.15 AT – Graz / Explosiv

05.11.15 HU – Budapest / Club 202

06.11.15 SK – Bratislava / Randal Club

07.11.15 PL – Warsaw / Club Progresia

08.11.15 DE – Berlin / K17

NEUROSIS: Relapse Vinyl Reissues Announced

As the next chapter in Relapse Records? ongoing 25th anniversary commemoration, heavy music visionaries NEUROSIS will have two of their most revered and long out-of-print titles reissued on super deluxe 180-gram double vinyl this fall. Through Silver in Blood (1996), which Fact Magazine recently deemed the #1 best post-metal album of all time, has not been printed on vinyl in ten years, while Times of Grace (1999) is seeing its first pressing in over fifteen years. Additionally, Grace, the 1999 Tribes of Neurot companion piece to Times of Grace, will also see a deluxe Relapse reissue, its first time ever on vinyl.

Each reissue will contain reinterpretations of the original iconic artwork and will be housed in heavy duty ?tip-on? jackets and will be available in a variety of limited edition exclusive colors. The reissues are set for worldwide release on September 4th and will also include full album digital download codes.

In concurrence with the deluxe reissues, NEUROSIS are preparing to embark on a headlining North American tour this summer alongside Neurot Recordings doomsters Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, experimental sludge/noise technicians The Body and sludgesters SUMAC. A full list of dates is included below.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

7/31/2015 Liberty Hall ? Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City ? Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic ? Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall ? Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five ? Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews ? Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House ? Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal ? Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy
8/08/2015 Paradise ? Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw ? Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/10/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer ? Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry ? Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade ? Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues ? New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live ? Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

INSOMNIUM announces split 7″ with OMNIUM GATHERUM for upcoming North American tour

Ready to embark on their first USA headlining tour this August, Finnish melodic death metallers INSOMNIUM have announced a split 7″ with OMNIUM GATHERUM, who will be direct support on the trek. This release is “double A-sided” (meaning, each band has their own front-cover side) and contains one track from INSOMNIUM, “Out To The Sea” (which previously appeared on the now sold-out Shadows Of The Dying Sun deluxe CD box-set edition), and one track from OMNIUM GATHERUM, “Skyline” (which will appear on the band’s new album due out February 2016). Featuring artwork by Olli-Pekka Lappalainen (who previously created designs for both bands), this tour exclusive 7″ is limited to 500 copies and available at all shows while supplies last. See below the track-listing and dates:

INSOMNIUM/ OMNIUM GATHERUM split “double A-side” 7″ (black vinyl; limited to 500 copies)
Side A
1. Out To The Sea (INSOMNIUM)
Side A

Aug. 9 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL festival
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Aug. 12 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Aug. 13 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 14 – Clifton Park, NY – Trick Shot & Billiards
Aug. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Aug. 16 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Aug. 17 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
Aug. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Aug. 19 – Winnipeg, MB – Zoo Cabaret
Aug. 21 – Edmonton, AL – The Starlite Room
Aug. 22 – Calgary, AL – Nite Owl
Aug. 23 – Vancouver, BC – Red Room
Aug. 24 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Aug. 25 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Aug. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Aug. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Aug. 30 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Sept. 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Sept. 2 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sept. 3 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Sept. 4 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Sept. 5 – Toronto, ON – Garrison
Sept. 6 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual
Sept. 7 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle

INSOMNIUM will be touring in support of their latest album, Shadows Of The Dying Sun. Born out of the melancholy, sorrow and dreariness of long winter nights, their 6th full-length is even more intense and dynamic than its predecessor (2011’s acclaimed masterpiece, One For Sorrow). With each new album, the quartet seems to bring their songwriting craftsmanship closer to perfection; Shadows Of The Dying Sun is irrefutably “…melodic death metal done right” (METAL

ICED EARTH classic albums re-released on vinyl

Century Media will release the first four studio albums of ICED EARTH in July.

“Iced Earth” and “Night Of The Stormrider” will be released on June 10th, “Burnt Offerings” and “The Dark Saga” will be released on June 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well. Each LP includes a 60×60 artwork poster and 180 g vinyl. The LP sound has been kept in its original form, with a special vinyl mastering of Patrick Engel, known from his careful mastering works for bands as Jag Panzer, Exodus, Trouble, Tokyo Blade or Candlemass, delivering you the best vinyl listening experience of these US power metal classics.

While “The Dark Saga” has already seen one vinyl re-issue in 2010 (which is a rare edition by now), the first three ICED EARTH albums have never seen an LP re-issue since their initial release. As prices have reached ridiculous heights lately, it’s time to offer you these outstanding and influential albums for a regular price. The albums “Days Of Purgatory”, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Horror Show” will follow in the first quarter of 2016.

Here is the info on the vinyl color splits:

“Iced Earth” LP:

Clear vinyl – 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)

Turquoise vinyl – 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro US)

Green vinyl – 400 copies (available at various mailorder stores)

Black vinyl – unlimited

“Night Of The Stormrider” LP:

Clear vinyl – 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)

Silver vinyl – 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro US)

Blue vinyl – 400 copies (available at various mailorder stores)

Black vinyl – unlimited

“Burnt Offerings” 2LP:

Clear vinyl – 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)

Orange vinyl – 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro US)

Red vinyl – 400 copies (available at various mailorder stores)

Black vinyl – unlimited

“The Dark Saga” LP:

Clear vinyl – 100 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro Europe)

Lilac vinyl – 200 copies (exclusively available at CM Distro US)

Yellow vinyl – 400 copies (available at various mailorder stores)

Black vinyl – unlimited


ICED EARTH Line-Up (2015):

Jon Schaffer – guitars

Stu Block – vocals

Troy Seele – guitars

Luke Appleton – bass

Brent Smedley – drums

ICED EARTH Discography (studio albums only):

Iced Earth (1990)

Night Of The Stormrider (1991)

Burnt Offerings (1995)

The Dark Saga (1996)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)

Horrow Show (2001)

The Glorious Burden (2004)

Framing Armageddon – Something Wicked Part 1 (2007)

The Crucible Of Man – Something Wicked Part 2 (2008)

Dystopia (2011)

Plagues Of Babylon (2014)

AT THE GATES announces new live appearances worldwide



Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES show no sign of slowing down with the promotional activities for their highly acclaimed At War With Reality comeback-album.

Most recently and following a blistering set at UK’s prestigious Download Festival on the main stage, AT THE GATES has won an “Inspiration Award” at this year’s Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods award ceremony and celebrated the occasion with a live-performance of four tracks (“Death And The Labyrinth”, “Slaughter Of The Soul”, “Heroes And Tombs” and “Blinded By Fear”) at the event.

AT THE GATES has now also confirmed appearances at Japan’s Loud Park festival (with SLAYER, MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, etc.), Knotfest in San Bernardino, CA (with SLIPKNOT, JUDAS PRIEST, KORN, etc.), as well as the upcoming 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise (with CHILDREN OF BODOM, ICED EARTH, SODOM, etc.) in early 2016. Here is a list of all upcoming gigs announced so far (latest updates and revisions marked *):

AT THE GATES – live:

16.07.2015 – Tokaj (Hungary) – Kingdom of Hegyalja Festival

18.07.2015 – Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands – G! Festival

31.07.2015 – Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air

06.08.2015 – Gävle (Sweden) – Getaway Rock Festival

08.08.2015 – Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival

12.08.2015 – Oslo (Norway) – Oyafestivalen

15.08.2015 – Cetatea Rasnov (Romania) – Rockstadt Extreme Fest

29.08.2015 – Istanbul (Turkey) – Headbangers Weekend

02.09.2015 – Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3

03.09.2015 – Monterrey (Mexico) – Café Iguana

04.09.2015 – Mexico City (Mexico) – Circo Volador

05.09.2015 – San Jose (Costa Rica) – Pepper’s Club

06.09.2015 – Bogotá (Colombia) – Teatro Metropol

08.09.2015 – Santiago (Chile) – Teatro Cariola

10.09.2015 – Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Teatro Flores

11.09.2015 – Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) – Teatro Odisseia

12.09.2015 – Limeira (Brazil) – Mirage

14.09.2015 – Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Clash Club

18.09.2015 – Gårda (Sweden) – Liseberg

11.10.2015 – Tokyo (Japan) – Loud Park Festival *

24.10.2015 – San Bernardino (US) – Knotfest *

28.10.2015 – Perth (Australia) – Amplifier Bar

29.10.2015 – Adelaide (Australia) – The Unibar

30.10.2015 – Melbourne (Australia) – Corner Hotel

31.10.2015 – Sydney (Australia) – Manning Bar

01.11.2015 – Brisbane (Australia) – Brightside

07.11.2015 – Leeds (UK) – Damnation Festival

13.11.2015 – Weissenhäuser Strand (Germany) – Metal Hammer Paradise

04.-08.02.2015 – Miami/Jamaica – 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise *

24.-27.03.2016 – Johannesburg (South Africa) – Witchfest *

NAPALM DEATH announce “Deathcrusher” tour; Nepal charity track; John Peel archive video; On the road now!

British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much-praised studio album release “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” and have recently announced their participation on what will be one of the heaviest tour packages of the year: The “Deathcrusher Tour” 2015, which sees NAPALM DEATH and labelmates VOIVOD join up with headliners Carcass, Obituary as well as Herod all throughout November in Europe. Here are the dates revealed so far:

“Deathcrusher Tour 2015”
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Rage Wear, Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin & Big Cheese

01.11. Gent (Belgium) – De Vooruit
02.11. Köln (Germany) – Live Music Hall
03.11. Geneva (Switzerland) – L’Usine
04.11. Stuttgart (Germany) – LKA Longhorn
05.11. Prague (Czech Republic) – Folimanka Hall
06.11. Magdeburg (Germany) – Factory
08.11. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Tradgar’n
09.11. Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
11.11. Gdansk (Poland) – B90
12.11. Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
13.11. Leipzig (Germany) – Täubchenthal
15.11. Vienna (Austria) – Simm City
16.11. Munich (Germany) – Kesselhaus
17.11. Bologna (Italy) – Estragon Club
18.11. Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
19.11. Wiesbaden (Germany) – Schlachthof
21.11. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Speedfest
26.11. Madrid (Spain) – Sala Riviera
27.11. Lisboa (Portugal) – Cine Teatro Corrois
28.11. Bilbao (Spain) – Sala Santana 27
29.11. Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Razzmatazz

More dates to be announced soon…

NAPALM DEATH’s Shane Embury comments as follows:

“It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to the upcoming “Deathcrusher Tour”. The Musical history and relevance between all 4 of the bands truly speaks for itself I think – It’s heartwarming to be a part of it.

All of the bands involved in this tour have been great friends for what I guess is a lifetime now – we have played together on many separate occasions before BUT this tour! This tour is something very special, I mean come on…VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY & CARCASS are you kidding? All on the same bill night after night?? This is the A to Z of heavy, grinding, progressive, crushing riffs in one insane package!

I expect to see nothing less than savage mosh pit mayhem every evening….this is one tour nobody should miss…”

But before that, NAPALM DEATH will be playing various runs of headline club shows and appear at several open-air events as well. Here is a list of the upcoming NAPALM DEATH shows (including newly announced dates for North America), kicking off today in The Netherlands.

NAPALM DEATH – Live 2015:
03.07. Deventer (The Netherlands) – Burgerweeshuis
04.07. Trier (Germany) – Ex- Haus / Death Shall Rise Festival
05.07. Köln (Germany) – Underground
06.07. Osnabrück (Germany) – Bastard Club
07.07. Freiburg (Germany) – Atlantik
09.07. Novi Sad (Serbia) – Exit Festival
10.07. Strasskirchen (Germany) – Plutonium Klub
11.07. Berlin (Germany) – SO36
26.07. Austin (USA) – Austin Music Hall
27.07. Dallas (USA) – South Side Ballroom
28.07. Houston (USA) – Bayou Music Center
07.08. Jaromer (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
08.08. Derbyshire (UK) – Bloodstock Festival
28.08. Gigors et Lozeron (France) – Freakshow Festival
29.08. Wörrstadt (Germany) – Neuborn Open Air Festival
11.09. Frederick (USA) – Café 611
12.09. Cave-In-Rock (USA) – Full Terror Assault Open Air
02.10. Krasnodar (Russia) – Arena Hall
04.10. Yaroslavl (Russia) – Gorka Club
06.10. Samara (Russia) – Zvezda Club
07.10. St. Petersburg (Russia) – Zal Ozhidaniya
08.10. Moscow (Russia) – Volta
11.10. Tokyo (Japan) – Saitama Super Arena / Loudpark Festival

More dates soon…

On other news, NAPALM DEATH have just made an unreleased track from the sessions of their latest album “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” available as charity download for Nepal. Look for the track “Earthwire” and further information on their website.

Here are some words by NAPALM DEATH about this project:

“Having been fortunate to be invited to Kathmandu just over three years ago to play a gig, I remember fondly the unique, enriching experience that it gave us as a band. When you’re bouncing from continent to continent in short spaces of time, it might be very easy to become complacent to where you process all those continents through the same perceptive filter. I think you owe it those who receive you – and to yourself – to have a deeper sense of understanding.

Nepal, therefore, seemed not only a place of striking beauty, but also a tougher place for things that you would normally take for granted e.g. a stage to play on and a place for a concert festival. A wider viewing revealed such grim inequalities – in comparison to the wider world – as people living in holes at the side of the road, which then actually became one of the reference points for our current album, ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’.

When the earthquake struck on the 25th April 2015, I recalled the general frailty of the buildings in Kathmandu (something which you see on several continents where deprivation makes everyday habitation a very hazardous experience) and could already imagine the consequences – I didn’t necessarily need to view the inevitable volume of TV / internet footage.

Shane, our bass player, was already thinking of what Napalm Death could do to alleviate things in our own small way and knowing that Bill Gould from Faith No More had been involved in the region, Shane was kindly directed by him to the DZI. We like the fact that the community has an overriding hand in deciding how to best use resources, and the spirit of independence that the DZI encourages is something that runs in parallel with the ethos of Napalm Death.

We therefore present an exclusive track from the aforementioned album session written by our guitarist, Mitch Harris – to raise funds for the work and resources required through the DZI. The lyrics can be interpreted in several different ways, but to me they signify acknowledging and embracing humanity beyond the relentless march of technology. Perhaps somewhat apt here.

Please give what you can to aid the rebuilding of people’s lives – and bathe in the sonic extremity.”

With thanks and in solidarity, Mark “Barney” Greenway for and on behalf of Napalm Death

Upon release in January, NAPALM DEATH’s latest album “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” managed to enter the sales charts in several countries across the world with the following highest positions: Germany: #36, Switzerland: #64, France: #69, Greece: #60, Belgium (Flemish): #103, Belgium (Wallonia): #111, UK: #120, UK Rock Chart: #15, US Top 200: #113, US New Artist Top 50: #2.

You can purchase various formats of “Apex Predator – Easy Meat” as well as previous NAPALM DEATH releases at a fine retailer near you.



Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the sort of town of which there are many hundred all across America: post-industrial, blue collar and, on occasion, more than a little bleak. As is so often the case though, it is in these relative backwards towns that authentic, compelling creativity truly thrives – the monotony of the landscape punctuated by brilliant flares of art. FROM ASHES TO NEW are one such flare; a thoroughly modern rock band wielding both a state-of-the-art sound and an old-as-the-hills work ethic.

Formed barely two years ago by vocalist, programmer and creative mastermind Matt Brandyberry, the sextet consists of the cream of Lancaster?s underground scene. ?We have all played with each other in old bands and other projects,? explains Brandyberry. ?And when those things stalled or fell apart, the guys who wanted to take things a little more seriously began to gravitate toward FATN. It all came together incredibly organically and we clicked almost instantaneously. It was a real ?Aha!? moment, like this was the band we should have been in all along.?

For Brandyberry in particular, FATN represents a creative endeavor a long time in the making. As a young kid obsessed by world-changing flows of Tupac and Biggie as well as the local Philadelphia Hip Hop scene that surrounded him, writing rhymes became a natural pastime. ?It was until my late teens that my interest in hard rock music properly developed,? explains the frontman ?slowly but surely I got into things like Sevendust and it all snowballed from there.?

Before long, Brandyberry was obsessively playing guitar and piano and, most importantly, penning his own music to go with the raps he had been developing since junior high. ?I decided I was going to put everything I had inside of me into doing music, it became everything to me. I was like a sponge – I wanted to learn every technique, every skill so that I had what I needed to out the ideas that I had in my head on paper and eventually turn them into records.?

And turn those ideas into records is exactly what he did. With the assistance of producer Grant McFarland, FATN set about molding their rap/rock hybrid into a sky-scrapingly monolithic proposition.

?We always wanted our songs to sound huge,? admits co-vocalist and melodic linchpin Chris Musser. ?Our ambition is to throw as much as we can into them and give the listener the most connecting experience possible. We vent a lot of emotion, a lot of frustrations, a lot of angst through our songs, but we always want them to have a craft to them – something which shines through.?

And if recent four-track EP Downfall was a glistening opening gambit, then the forthcoming full-length album will radiate with the fire of a thousand suns. A fearsome mix of contemporary metalcore crunch and soul-searching rap, the band are already punching with a heavyweight strength that belies their so far brief career. It?s a potent approach galvanized further by the background from which the band all come from.

?When we were recording the album, we were all holding down full time jobs,? explains Musser. ?I work fixing up body panels for airplanes. I?d start work at 6, finish at 4 then go straight to the studio to work until 2 in the morning. That has been my life for the past year and the discontentment of working in a dead-end job has filtered through onto this album massively. We go through the same things that everyone else who has to wake up in the morning and go do something they hate.?

?To put it bluntly, there?s a lot of ?Fuck you? on this album,? laughs Brandyberry. ?A lot of stuff about shitty relationships, about working hard for something and people telling you can?t do it, about never accepting that things are just ?beyond you?. We?re not the cool band from LA or New York or any of those places, we?re six regular guys from a regular place but that is in our favor, not against us. We understand what it?s like.?

Yet with major tours with the likes of Hollywood Undead under their belts and a record deal that puts them among some of the best known commercial rock bands already signed, FATN look set to take their message to a bigger stage than they could ever previously have imagined.

Blessed with honesty, integrity, grit, determination and, most vitally, a genuinely devastating arsenal of gut-mangling tunes  FROM ASHES TO NEW have got all the ingredients to turn your world, and the entire scene, on its head.

Thrash Legends EXODUS Featured in Latest SPOTIFY “Metal Talks” Episode

Thrash metal legends EXODUS are featured on the latest episode of premier music streaming service Spotify?s ?Metal Talks? series, and fans can head to the show?s landing page now to listen: Spotify ?Metal Talks? is a podcast-style show showcasing metal/heavy/hard rock?s most important artists. Each episode features intimate and in-depth conversations with an artist, interspersed with their own music and favorites from other artists. It?s a rare opportunity to get into the heads of the folks producing some of the most vital and tribal music out there.

As of very recently, fans can hear the first three classic EXODUS records on Spotify ? Bonded By Blood, Pleasures of the Flesh, and Fabulous Disaster.

EXODUS just wrapped up a successful European tour that comprised of several one-off dates and festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air.

Later this year, EXODUS will take part in the Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th. Motörhead’s Motörboat offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an experience with their favorite bands and to see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship and on the island of Great Stirrup Cay. The full lineup for Motörhead’s Motörboat is as follows: Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Exodus, Corrosion of Conformity, Phil Campbell?s All Starr Band, Crobot, Motor Sister, KYNG, Brian Posehn, Fireball Ministry, Huntress, Big Jay Oakerson, The Shrine, Others, No Words, Budderside, Sonia Harley, and The Dead Deads. Visit to reserve a stateroom.


This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal?s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica?s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever ? #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada?s Hard Music chart.

ZEBRAS The City Of Sun Secret Records Release: 14 July 2015

Wisconsin-based, scream-laden hardcore crossover hooligans, ZEBRAS ? who features within their ranks members of Those Poor Bastards and Call Me Lightning (French Kiss/Revelation Records) ? will release their brand new full-length next month via Secret Records.

Titled The City Of Sun, the follow-up to their self-titled debut, which Heavy Mental dubbed, ?a mindless moment of bravery; psycho,? and Sonic Abuse crowned, ?irredeemably, spectacularly horrid,? was recorded at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by drummer Shane Hochstetler (Call Me Lightning, Multiple Truths, Haymarket Riot, Enabler etc.), mastered by Carl Saff (Pencil, Lustre King, Windmills By The Ocean etc.) in Chicago, Illinois and boasts ten sordid tracks of raucous, battering, stripped down punk-infused metal made of huge drums, huger amps, bowel shaking bass, chainsaw guitars, and head exploding screams. Backed by the twisted tales of the occult, ancient texts, and lesser known military operations, The City Of Sun is both sonically and thematically terrorizing. In an advance review of the record, Pig Squeals And Breakdowns hails the trio noting, ?these three musicians know how to write angry pissed off songs?,? further elaborating, “?Levitation? is a pretty deranged, maniacal song; definitely not for the lightest of hearts. ?Solomon? has some of the nastiest, elephant riffs; it punches.?

The City Of Sun Track Listing:
1. Hollow Earth
2. The Turning Of The Bones
3. My Apocalypse
4. The Bell
5. Baalbek
6. The Garden
7. Levitation
8. Solomon
9. Vitrified
10. Filled With Fire

ZEBRAS was forged in 2007 and often likened to Dead Kennedys, Lard, and various Am Rep bands before forging their own perverse brand of heaviness. Since pairing with Shane Hochstetler, the band has shelved all prior material, had a complete gear overhaul, and considers themselves an entirely new outfit. Their self-titled LP was a mix of newer songs with older, now abandoned numbers and reaped praise from underground outlets both stateside and abroad. Their latest offering finds the new and improved ZEBRAS completely emerged into all things heavy and sounds miles away from where they left off in 2012. ZEBRAS has shared bills with the likes of Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, High On Fire, Negative Approach, Black Flag, Goatwhore, Die Kreuzen, Melt Banana, Poison Idea, Atlas Moth, Northless, Lo-Pan, DRI, and will return to the stage later this month alongside Melt Banana, Torche and Hot Nerds. In September, the band will open shows with Old Man Gloom and Mare in Chicago and DRI and Population Control in Madison, Wisconsin with future live abrasions to be announced in the weeks to come. Stand by.

ZEBRAS Live Abrasions:
7/14/2015 The High Noon Saloon ? Madison, WI w/ Melt Banana, Torche, Hot Nerds.
9/06/2015 The Empty Bottle ? Chicago, IL w/ Old Man Gloom, Mare
9/23/2015 The Frequency ? Madison, WI w/ DRI, Population Control

ZEBRAS Personnel:
Vincent Presley ? guitars/vocals
Shane Hochstetler ? drums
Lacey Smith ? analog synths

The City Of Sun will be released on CD and digitally on July 14th, 2015 and on limited edition vinyl September 22nd, 2015. The wax version will come in two color variants: 400 black vinyl copies and 100 special hand-numbered preorder copies on color vinyl plus downloads.

Emberville Releases “Scare City” Music Video

July 9, 2015 – Perth, WA – Post Hardcore band Emberville have released their “Scare City” music video from their new album of the same name which is available for purchase now on iTunes.

Watch Emberville’s “Scare City” music video below:

CATTLE DECAPITATION Unveils New Track From Forthcoming Full-Length

The Anthropocene Extinction is the forthcoming new full-length from San Diego deathgrind icons, CATTLE DECAPITATION. Set for world wide release August 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records, the followup to 2012’s critically lauded Monolith Of Inhumanity was again captured by producer Dave Otero (Allegaeon, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and includes guest appearances from the legendary Philip H. Anselmo, Tristan Shone/Author & Punisher and Bethlehem’s Mr. Jurgen Bartsch.

Thematically, with The Anthropocene Extinction we are transported forward to man’s last gasps, reminiscent of what is currently going on with the Laysan Albatrosses on the island of Midway Atoll. The birds and aquatic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean are mistaking the vast amounts of man-made plastic items for food, ingesting it and are dying in large numbers, rotting where they fall and exposing to the world what is happening to the ecosystems of the earth’s oceans – the most unknown and unexplored part of our planet. The breakdown of the earth’s ecosystems has begun long ago due to human interaction as well as the domino effect that will surely seal the fate for our species: The Anthropocene Extinction.

As a precursor to its release, today Revolver Magazine is offering up seventh track and second single, “Mammals In Babylon,” for communal appreciation. Offers guitarist Josh Elmore,

“‘Mammals In Babylon’ was one of the earliest songs written for the new album. At that time we had completed several other tunes that fell more on the epic side of our writing style. As a foil to that strategy, ‘Mammals’ came about based upon a desire to concoct a no-BS, straight-forward ripper. Blending a brutal death metal assault with groovier passages that leads into a bleak, yet triumphant chorus, ‘Mammals’ has a pounding quality that gives way to a buzz-sawing completion. All the while [vocalist] Travis’ [Ryan] lyrics frame humanity’s infancy in paradise and our evolution to ‘maturity’ which now finds us dwelling in a wasteland of our own creation. We invite you to take a listen to the next track from The Anthropocene Extinction.”

Witness “Mammals In Babylon,” courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.

Coinciding with The AnthropoceneExtinction’s official unveiling, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter tour with Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Obscura and more. Slated to commence on July 28th in Denver, the trek will run through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close August 24th in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the Summer Slaughter Tour, the band is very pleased to announce a special Halfway To Slaughter contest! It’s easy to enter. Simply go to the Summer Slaughter Tour’s FaceBook page and share the streaming single post to enter: One random fan on FaceBook will be selected on July 6th to win prizes courtesy of Indie Merch and Metal Blade Records. The mega prize pack will include:

– The Anthropocene Extinction T-shirt
– 30″ x 60″ full-color custom album art beach towel
– Aluminum water bottle with gold band logo print
– 4′ x 2′ full-color album art tapestry
– 4-count button pack with custom hangcard
– 5″ square full-color album art sticker
– 5″ embroidered patch with gold band logo
– Cassette copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– CD copy of The Anthropocene Extinction
– Double LP copy of The Anthropocene Extinction

Prior to their Summer Slaughter run, CATTLE DECAPITATION will appear at the Brick By Brick in San Diego, California on July 11th to perform a special album release party. Joining CATTLE DECAPITATION for the occasion will be Author & Punisher, Noctuary, and Mortuus Terror. Those in attendance will have a chance to win some killer prizes courtesy of Metal Blade Records. There will also be a hosted bar by Sailor Jerry from 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Get in early, grab some drinks and pick up a ticket for a chance to win some awesome swag! If you’re a local or just in town for the infamous San Diego Comic-Con, make your way down to the Brick By Brick – just a short ride away from the SD Convention Center! Tickets are available for purchase HERE. Additional headlining shows prior to and throughout the Summer Slaughter excursion will be announced in the coming weeks. See confirmed tour listing below.

7/10/2015 Bay Area Deathfest – Oakland, CA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show [info]
7/11/2015 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
7/18/2015 Armstrong Metalfest – Armstrong, BC * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show
The Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Arch Enemy, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, …After The Burial, Beyond Creation:
7/28/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
7/30/2015 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
7/31/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
8/01/2015 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
8/02/2015 The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/03/2015 The Northland Performing Arts Center – Columbus, OH
8/04/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/05/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
8/06/2015 Club 77 – Hamilton, ON
8/07/2015 Heavy MTL* – Montreal, QC
8/08/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/09/2015 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
8/10/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/12/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ The All Stars Tour
8/13/2015 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
8/14/2015 Gwar-B-Q Fest – Richmond, VA
8/15/2015 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/16/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation [info]
8/17/2015 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/18/2015 Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX
8/19/2015 Tricky Fall’s – El Paso, TX * CATTLE DECAPITATION headlining show w/ Beyond Creation
8/20/2015 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/21/2015 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/22/2015 City National Grove Of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
8/23/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
8/24/2015 Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA
More Dates Coming Soon!

HELLBASTARD: New Bruiser From Long-Running UK Crust Metal Crossover Crew Streaming At Cvlt Nation; Band Announces Special Feral Contest

As the imminent release of Feral, the brand new full-length from long-running UK crust metal crossover crew, HELLBASTARD, draws ever closer, today Cvlt Nation sears the ears of the willing with a stream of second track, “Outsider Of The Year.”

HELLBASTARD’s Feral is unlike any other modern crossover album. This is primal, back-to-nature shit; a tsunami of raw emotion made sound that demands everything of the listener, no half measures. Not ever. You have to give yourself to the flow completely, or not at all, but the reward for such fearless trust in others is great indeed. An adrenaline shot of pure punk energy, for starters, all filtered through with some of thrash metal’s intricacies – but thankfully none of its overblown ego. And there is melody to be had here too, but you have to dig deep, claw through the wreckage and get your hands bloodied; subtle harmonies in the guitar interplays and peaceful interludes where you can rest a while between the harrowing heaviness of most of the material. Because honesty is always harrowing, isn’t it? And this is so honest, so utterly uncompromising in its pure existentialism, it will shake you to your core. As the album title suggests, this is a force of nature that refuses to be tamed, and will sweep everything before it asunder, rending it apart with its violent rhythmic contortions. A social hand grenade jammed in your teeth, literally blowing your skull apart with endless possibilities.

Issues guitarist/vocalist Scruff Lewty of “Outsider Of The Year,” “You know that feeling you get where you don’t like anything about what you experience? Where you’d rather be somewhere else? Like in the company of a beloved pet, like a cat or dog you love spending time with. Anything but the drone of the shitty experience you’re having? That’s what ‘Outsider…’ is about. The urge to escape the fools.”

Plan your exodus with “Outsider Of The Year” streaming at THIS LOCATION.

In celebration of its release, HELLBASTARD is hosting is special Feral contest. To win, HELLBASTARD devotees need only send the band the most “interesting” photo of themselves holding a copy of their Feral CD, set for official unveiling worldwide on July 17th 2015. Photos should be sent via the band’s official FaceBook page: The winner will be announced on the page exactly one month after the official street release date. Mega prize pack includes:

– A signed guitar (matte black – typical HELLBASTARD fashion) used on several Feral tracks complete with carry case, spare set of strings, a tuner, a DVD of tutorials and basic methodologies of guitar playing.

– Loads of records, some signed, some not, colored vinyl galore
– A DVD featuring full sets from HELLBASTARD and Panzerbastard filmed on the Bastards Over Europe 2011 tour.

Formed in 1985 in the North East of England in the midst of Thatcherism, HELLBASTARD set out to play what they wanted to listen to themselves…. too “metal” for the punks and too “punk” for the metallers the band went on hiatus in 1992 before officially reuniting in 2008 and continue to bring a relevant lyric and sound to counteract against, mediocre sub-standard radio friendly, safety-rock.

Feral was tracked at the prestigious Hellfire Recording Studios (Slayer, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, Napalm Death etc.) in Derbyshire, engineered, recorded, produced and mixed by Ajeet Gill (Warlock UK, Slab, I Am Colossus, etc) and includes guest appearances from Andy “A. Droid” Wiggins (ex Amebix) on “In Praise Of Bast – Feral,” Rob “The Baron” Miller (also ex-Amebix… indeed, the love of all things Amebix permeates every note and beat of this album) on “Wychcraft” and Andy Sneap (ex-Sabbat/Hell) on “And The Point Of Your Being Is….?”

Feral will be officially unleashed worldwide on July 17th 2015 on CD and digitally via PATAC Records with exclusive distribution by Independent Label Distribution. The first CD pressing will include a bonus track (not available on digital download or the upcoming 2016 vinyl edition) as well as an eight-page booklet and embossed digipack packaging.

“As ever, the legendary punk-thrashers, led by founder-member guitarist/vocalist Scruff, have poured into this album a massive amount of passion, sadness, anger and sincerity: the work sways from incandescent, bone-crushing, proper (and I mean proper – proper – proper!) thrash to heart-breaking, bleak ambience magnificence…” –

Agony in the Garden Releases New Video


Agony in the Garden has released their first video from their EP – Where Olympus Dwells.  The new lyric video for the title song, is now available on YouTube.

You can also watch Mack’s tutorial videos for WT Foster Guitars.  Here is the first installment.

Watch for release information on Agony’s second EP.


Atom Heart

ATOM HEART was formed in March 2015 and to listen to them, you would never know they have been playing together for such a short time.  An awesome blend of hard rock, metal, and blues that is guaranteed to blow you away.

They are in the process of working on their first release, expected in late September.

Located in Warsaw, Poland, they are working on their first release, recording in Sonic Disorder Studio.

Their live shows are like their studio work, high energy, excellent quality.  Don?t miss any chances to see them play live!


Daniel Brühl       Vocals
Ilya Mayeuski     Drums
Tomek Kozie?   Bass
Kamil Wysocki    Guitar

Check out their demo EP at:

LEPROUS – Launch lyric-video for album track “Slave”


After having performed last weekend at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS continue to promote their newest studio album “The Congregation”, which was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Today, LEPROUS are pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track “Slave”.

The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Check out the lyric video for “Slave” here:

LEPROUS’ Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track:
“I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album.
The foundation is simple, but the content is rich”.

LEPROUS previously launched a video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album’s opening track “The Price”, which can be seen here
“The Congregation” entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release, as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.

Here is the track-listing for the 65 minutes long album release:

LEPROUS – “The Congregation”

1. The Price (5:14)

2. Third Law (6:18)

3. Rewind (7:07)

4. The Flood (7:51)

5. Triumphant (4:25)

6. Within My Fence (3:16)

7. Red (6:35)

8. Slave (6:37)

9. Moon (7:13)

10. Down (6:26)

11. Lower (4:34)

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums “Bilateral” and “Coal”, “The Congregation” was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album’s artwork was created by Nihil

REVOCATION Announces Headlining Tour With Support From Cannabis Corpse

REVOCATION will hit the road this Fall on a North American headlining tour. Presented by Gear Gods and featuring support from Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, and Black Fast, the trek marks REVOCATION’s first headlining tour following the release of their latest album, Deathless. The passage will commence on September 3rd in Providence, Rhode Island with the opening acts joining the package the following day in at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City and stampede through over two dozen cities. On October 3rd, Boston fans will be treated to a huge hometown show to bring the run to a close.


9/03/15 Dusk – Providence, RI

w/ Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, Black Fast:
9/04/15 Studio @ Webster – New York, NY
9/05/15 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
9/06/15 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
9/08/15 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
9/09/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/10/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave in Rock, IL REVOCATION + Cannabis Corpse Only
9/12/2015 Rail Club – Ft Worth, TX
9/13/2015 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
9/14/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
9/16/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/17/2015 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2015 Mystery Box – Los Angeles, CA
9/19/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
9/20/2015 Analog Cafe Portland, OR
9/21/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/22/2015 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
9/24/2015 Starlite Edmonton, CA
9/25/2015 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
9/26/2015 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
9/27/2015 Skyway Theater Studio B – Minneapolis, MN
9/29/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
9/30/2015 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON *
10/01/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON *
10/02/2015 La Source – Quebec City, QC *
10/03/2015 Great Scott – Boston, MA *

*No Cannabis Corpse

REVOCATION has spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full-length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass and the recent addition Ash Pearson on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. The band’s latest full-length, Deathless, was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts.

Deathless debuted on the Billboard Charts beating their previous album by more than 30 spots to land at #124 on the Top 200 Chart. Deathless also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #114 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart.


Dave Davidson – guitars/vocals
Dan Gargiulo – guitars/vocals
Brett Bamberger – bass/vocals
Ash Pearson – drums

NWOBHM Legends RAVEN Announce US Tour!

NWOBHM legends RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals you can cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Thus will be the case when RAVEN returns to the road in North America supporting their latest release ExtermiNation. The tour kicks off August 27th in Baltimore, MD and runs through September 9th in Vienna, VA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

ExtermiNation combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades. Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) – the band have taken their game to the next level…this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!


8/27: Baltimore, MD @ Club Orpheus

8/28: Brooklyn, NY @ Nihil Gallery

8/29: Kenilworth, NJ @ 10th Street Live

8/30: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s

8/31: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

9/1: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electrique

9/2: Toronto, ON @ Garrison

9/3: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

9/4: Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

9/5: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St. Pub

9/6: Dayton, OH @ Rockstar Pro Arena

9/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

9/9 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java

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