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Below is our complete Critical Assembly news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Day three of Texas Independence was the day I looked forward to the most. The headliners included Corrosion of Conformity-Blind, Death Angel and Cavalera Conspiracy.
This day was by far the most stacked for talent. Bands as well known as Allegaeon played early in the day. I didn’t make it to the club until 2:30. The Agonist was the first band I caught. I wasn’t able to see the band with Alissa White-Gluz before she left for Arch Enemy, so it’s difficult to compare her to her replacement Vicky Psarakis. Psarakis’s vocals seemed fine, but she appeared to have lost the monitor. Her band mates were in fine form, though.
Metal bands at SXSW and metal showcases have been released to the public. The Dirty Dog Bar is a major player at this year's festivities. Both Metalsucks.net's South By South Death and Metal Injection's showcases will take place in this venue. Saturday offers three big shows and a chance to see some bands such as The Skull and Goatsnake twice. More...
The second annual Housecore Horror Film Festival was a dream event for metal and horror fans alike. Iconic bands such as Voivod, Napalm Death, Danzig, Gwar and Superjoint Ritual all played phenomenal sets and then were on hand to sign autographs during organized sessions or just in the crowd watching with the rest of the fans. Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was at the festival for a live interview following the showing of LOG’s “As the Palace Burn Documentary.” He popped up all around the fest and always made time to talk to his fans. Blythe was in the photo pit right next to me taking photos along with the rest of the photographers and journalists. Cast members from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Part 2, including Bill Moseley, sat at tables in the court yard ready to tell stories about making the films. More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s groundbreaking horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival, has just released individual day tickets! On a tight schedule? Dying to see that one special band? Mean old boss won't let you have the whole weekend off? Never fear, HHFF is here for you! It’s all going down at Emo’s in Austin, TX, right before Halloween, between the unhallowed dates of October 23-26, 2014; tickets for each show are now available, as well as the Combo and Music badges. More...
Ever wonder what it would be like to be held hostage in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre house and break bread with the craziest family in horror history? Have you always dreamed of eating in the same room as Leatherface?! Well, the fiendish ghouls from the Housecore™ Horror Film Festival would love to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to make your nightmare a reality!
On Saturday, October 25th, for the first time in 40 years, the entire cast of TXCM will return to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, 90 minutes outside of Austin,to spend an afternoon at the actual Texas Chain Saw Massacre house. In addition, they will be joined by the cast of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2,as well as HHFF co-founders heavy metal legend Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author, Corey Mitchell. More...
Central Texas shredders Critical Assembly are out of the studio, booking summer tours, and releasing new album "From Ashes Comes Honor."
The new album features six original tracks with hard hitting groove oriented tones. "From Ashes Comes Honor" was recorded and produced by Joey Duenas of Un Loco and Anew Revolution, in the capital city of Austin, Texas.
Critical Assembly also had the pleasure of pre-production work with John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) who helped out on the track “Soap Box Scurvy.” The band decided to return to Masterdisk Studios New York with Roger Lian for this album. Roger has worked with Pantera, Muse, Damageplan, Korn, Rush, Overkill, and many more. The band also comments on the new album:
"This sophomore release has a different feel than their previous album. Tracks like 'Facetime with The Dead' explore the bands darker and heavier songwriting approach, while 'The Blood Vendetta' starts as a typical thrash metal song, and then hits home with a huge hooky vocal chorus. There are no tracks that sound the same here. They all find their place in today’s ever evolving metal genre."
"From Ashes Comes Honor" will be distributed worldwide in late July, 2013 through iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Google, CD Baby and other publications. More...