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Formed: 1970
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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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Pentagram Splits With Guitarist

Guitarist Victor Griffin has posted the following message online about parting ways with Pentagram:

"Tonight at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD will be my last live appearance with Pentagram in the US, and my last UK/European live appearances with Pentagram on our 'Relentless' tour this Oct/Nov.

"Of course the future is always uncertain...but for now, it's time to move on with my new band's album and tour plans for 2013.

"Thanks to Bobby, Greg, Sean Saley, Pellet, Klaus Koschel, Metal Blade Records, Svarte Records, Albert Born, Gary Isom, & most importantly...YOU FANS!...for keeping the wheels turning faster and louder than any other time in the band's history!

"I wish the very best to the band and a prosperous future. Thanks again to all you fans for your amazing support...hope to see you soon! Godspeed!"

You can follow the latest on Victor Griffin's music by heading over to his official Facebook profile.

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Pentagram To Perform Full "Relentless" Album

Legendary cult rock band Pentagram is pleased to announce the group will be playing a very special set for the first Power of the Riff - East on September 1st, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. The band will play the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album "Relentless" in its entirety for the first time since the early 1980's.

Pentagram will also be playing other beloved songs spanning the band's career including tracks from most recent album, "Last Rites." The influential doom legends will also be playing shows in Philly and Maryland supporting Down. Details are available below.

Power of the Riff Festival
09/01 New York, NY Warsaw
On tour w/ Down
09/26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
09/30 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

In other news, fans can finally get their hands on the Pentagram documentary "Last Days Here" - winner of the Best Music Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival - which was just recently released. Fans can order from Amazon.com, iTunes, Best Buy, and other online and physical retailers. "Last Days Here" is also available for viewing via Netflix (DVD and Streaming).

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Coven Appearing At Hammer Of Doom Fest

Legendary U.S. doom act Coven (also known as Coven 13) has been confirmed to appear at Germany's Hammer Of Doom Festival on November 10th at Posthalle in Würzburg. The festival begins on November 9th for Epic Night at which Ross The Boss will headline. Coven will join Pentagram, The Skull, Solstice and others in performing the next day, appropriately called 'Doomsday.' Shadow Kingdom Records reissued Coven's legendary 1987 album "Worship New Gods" on July 31st of this year. Visit the Facebook Hammer Of Doom Festival page for more information on the event and an updated list of bands that have confirmed.

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Maryland Death Fest 2013 Confirms 8 More Bands

Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

REPULSION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
BROKEN HOPE
PIG DESTROYER
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
WEEDEATER
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
LOSS

An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:

!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
BROKEN HOPE
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
INTEGRITY
KOMMANDANT
LOSS
MANILLA ROAD
MIDNIGHT
MORGION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
PELICAN
PENTAGRAM
PIG DESTROYER
REPULSION
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
VENOM (UK)
VINTERLAND (Sweden)
WEEDEATER

Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.

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Pentagram Reveals September Tour Dates

Influential doom legends Pentagram will be playing a few select dates in the U.S. in September. To kick off the month, Pentagram will be headlining the Power of the Riff 2012 in Brooklyn, NY with support from Agnostic Front and many others.

The full lineup, as well as tickets can be found at this location. On September 26th and 30th, fans can also catch Pentagram supporting Down for two shows.

Sundance Selects / 9.14 Pictures, in conjunction with MPI Home Video, will release the award-winning documentary, "Last Days Here" on DVD format in the U.S. and Canada on July 31st. "Last Days Here" is based on the life and struggles of vocalist / founder Bobby Liebling and metal pioneers Pentagram. The film most recently won the Jury Award for "Best Documentary" at the Calgary Underground Film Festival. More...

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Agnostic Front Joins The Power of the Riff Fest

Agnostic Front has been added to the lineup of The Power of the Riff East festival. The NYC HC legends will play a set of material focused exclusively on songs from their classic "United Blood/Victim In Pain" releases.

Other recent additions include Coffinworm and Double Negative. The newly named artists joined a roster that includes Pentagram, Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Sunn 0))), Winter, Repulsion, Salvation, and Dead in the Dirt in this first installment of the festival.

Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's Warsaw Club.

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Power Of The Riff Fest To Invade NYC

Following the recent announcement of the third annual West Coast installment of The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 11th, today the first ever East Coast chapter of the festivities have been confirmed!

TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, the devastating two-day The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's massive Warsaw club, boasting an incredible roster of riffcrushing artists from across the country.

At press time the lineup for day one of TPOTR East includes PENTAGRAM, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA and POWER TRIP, while day two will show SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, SALVATION and DEAD IN THE DIRT hitting the stage, with additional support and headlining acts still to be announced in the days ahead.

A limited number of two-day passes for The Power Of The Riff East are available for purchase right now at this location. Single day tickets for both days will go on sale this Monday, July 2nd at 12pm EST. Saturday tickets will be available at this location and Sunday tickets over here. tuned for more announcements in the days ahead as the lineup for this behemoth event expands.

Full info and tickets for The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place on Saturday, August 11th at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex -- are available now here. More...

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Pentagram Announces New Drummer

Pentagram has issued the following announcement about recruiting new drummer Sean Saley:

"Drummer Sean Saley has joined Pentagram. Influenced by the likes of Bill Ward, Ian Paice, and Les Binks, drummer Sean Saley grew up on hard rock and heavy metal before taking a turn as drummer for DC underground punk legends Government Issue in the 80s.

"Anyone familiar with the Maryland metal scene may also remember Sean from 90s-era technical/doom/thrash wizards Angstrom, which also featured blind guitarist Torey Ferguson. Sean had been a longtime Pentagram fan before joining the band in June 2012."

For more on Pentragram, you can check out our recent look at the band for our Sunday Old School column.

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Petition For Doom "Big Four" Tour Circulating

Smokin’ Johnny (apparently the same guy who’s responsible for the Danzig rumours) has created an online petition by asking its fans to help make a “Big 4 of Doom Metal” tour featuring Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass happen. On why “The Big 4 of Doom Metal” tour should happen, the creator explains:

Since a Big 4 of thrash metal exists, how about a Big 4 of doom metal? Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass all helped shape that genre and a Big 4 lineup featuring all of those bands would be one hell of a tour. They all excelled and made doom metal popular. Unlike the other three bands, Candlemass is from Sweden, but their music has become an important American phenomenon in over the last few decades, and yes, this is one reason why they’re in the lineup.

Over a two year period, from 1984 to 1986, all four of the Big 4 bands released defining debut albums; Saint Vitus released their eponymous album, Trouble released "Psalm 9," Pentagram released "Relentless" and Candlemass released "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus." Not only did all of those albums give the scene a united front and further the awareness of doom metal as a genre, but they would influence and inspire many well-known later musicians.

Another thing in common about Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass is that they all cite Black Sabbath as an influence. Candlemass recorded a track called “Black Sabbath Medley” on their 1988 album “Ancient Dreams," which is composed of both parts and lyrics to many of their songs, while Saint Vitus named themselves after a song from Black Sabbath’s 1972 album Vol. 4 called “St. Vitus’ Dance”. Seeing Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass tour together would be such an honor. We, as fans, would love to thank all of them for their hard work and all the classics they’ve been putting out since the 1980's.

If you think the tour should happen, go here to sign the petition. “The Big 4 of Doom Metal” also has a Facebook page, go here to 'like' it.

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

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Pentagram Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Doom pioneers Pentagram will be hitting the shores of Great Britain for their first ever UK tour during October/November 2012 and will be bringing retro rockers Gentlemans Pistols along for the ride. Pentagram will be touring Europe in August through October, which will include an appearance at the Hammer Of Doom festival. Check out the four dates confirmed below.


Oct 31st @ The Fleece, Bristol
Nov 1st @ The Garage, London
Nov 2nd @ Academy 3 Manchester *
Nov 4th @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

* The Manchester date was switched from the 3rd to the 2nd to avoid clashing with the Damnation Fest.


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Pentagram Announces New Tour Dates

Pentagram has announced a string of upcoming European tour dates in June, along with an appearance at the Hammer of Doom festival later this year. The currently announced dates are as follows:

08/06/12 - SE - Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
10/06/12 - GR - Athens - AN Club
12/06/12 - DE - Köln - Gebäude 9
14/06/12 - ES - Azkena - Azkena Open Air
15/06/12 - IT - Cesena - Go Down Festival Big Barre
17/06/12 - FR - Clisson - Hellfest
10/11/12 - DE - Würzburg - Hammer Of Doom Festival More...

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

To the diehard music fan, there is hardly an act more inconceivable than parting with The Collection. Most metal heads, those of us who still buy CDs, records, and even tapes, anyway, will pawn everything of value when times get tough, move back in with our parents, beg, borrow, steal, and take just about any form of mind numbing and depraved work imaginable to keep The Collection in our grubby, greasy little hands. Sadly, even this isn’t always enough, and in these economically turbulent and uncertain times, the hour inevitably comes when hard decisions must be made, and priorities must be put in order. More...

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Exciter Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Exciter to play the floating festival:

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has reached the Canadian East Coast. Before turning the ship around, they dropped off a scouting party to explore this vast country. Given secret orders, they headed West to the nation's capital of Ottawa where they received a raving welcome. Are you all getting a little EXCITER yet?

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!"

The following 31 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
EXCITER
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pentagram Posts Teaser Clip From New DVD

Metal Blade Records will be releasing the first ever Pentagram DVD in the 40 year history of the band, titled "When The Screams Come." The release features a full Pentagram show, recorded on May 30th, 2010 at the tail end of the Liebling / Griffin reunion dates at Sonar in Baltimore Maryland during the Maryland Deathfest. The latest clip from the DVD of the song "Relentless" has been made available through DecibelMagazine.com and can be viewed below.

The "When The Screams Come" track listing is as follows:

1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Forever My Queen
3. Ask No More
4. Run My Course
5. You're Lost, I'm Free
6. Review Your Choices
7. Relentless
8. All Your Sins
9. 20 Buck Spin
10. Sign Of The Wolf
11. When The Screams Come

The new live DVD "When The Screams Come" will be released in North America on August 30th.

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