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Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."
This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.
These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.
“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”
Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.
The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!
The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
The old say proclaims that experience is something you cannot improvise or replicate. You need to acquire it through years at the war front, whatever your skill set is. That was demonstrated on July 29 when the now mandatory Summer Slaughter Tour came to the State Theater, located in St. Pete, Florida. None of the participating bands on the current tour (including heavyweights Goatwhore, Origin, and the mighty Dying Fetus) were remotely close to reach the level of obliterating power and majestic sense of darkness showcased by legendary headliners, Morbid Angel.
Some people might disagree but to us, it's clear that after three decades pioneering and redefining the Death Metal genre, the appeal and panache of this Floridian quartet is impossible to emulate. That was demonstrated in the way every song on their set list (both old or new) was received by the rabid fans. "Rapture" "Fall from Grace", "Where The Slime Lives" and even the most recent "Existo Vulgoré" were all worshiped with equal level of euphoria by those in attendance. If that doesn't prove the longevity and influence of the band's repertory on older and newer generations, then, nothing else will.
Despite some minor technical issues here and there, the current line up couldn't perform any in better. Frontman, David Vincent, used his quasi-zen evil persona to set his own set of rules on stage. Both menacing and alluring at the same time, he commanded the masses through the show like if they were experiencing an unique religious experience. Axeman Trey Azagthoth went into total communion with his guitar while the newest generation, represented by guitarist Destructhor and drummer Tim Yeung delivered the goods as the seasoned performers they have become after several years playing with the band.
Experience is something you cannot improvise. Definitely, Morbid Angel is a living proof of this universal truth. They just demonstrated that on this unforgettable show and probably will do it again tomorrow and in the years to come. If you don't trust us, go to one of their shows... you will become a believer.
Summer Slaughter came in to the same venue, Scoot Inn, as last year's stop off at Texas' capital city. The mid-July temperatures reached a scorching 99 degrees, which everyone from fans to bands did their best to stay hydrated (kudos to Scoot Inn for providing water). Keep in mind, this was still a good 5 degrees cooler than last year.
In regards to the lineup, Summer Slaughter 2014 featured artists expected from a death metal-based tour. This year the brutality of Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Origin and Decrepit Birth replaced the shredding progression of Animals As Leaders and Periphery.
While death metal was at the forefront of this year's festivities, complex timing and long-winded solos were dispersed throughout the bill. Memories In Broken Glass, this year's battle of the bands winner, concentrated less on guitar solos as they did low tuned, (7 or 8-string guitar) jumping rhythms and samples. I'm sure they were happy to have played a showed promoted by Come And Take It Productions as they played in front of an impressive, jumping early crowd. More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
At The Gates
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
Morbid Angel has announced a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the milestone release "Covenant" by performing the complete album live. See the band celebrating "Covenant" on these dates:
08 Nov 14 Rennes (FR) Etage
09 Nov 14 Limoges (FR) CC John Lennon
11 Nov 14 Toulon (FR) Vox
12 Nov 14 Vevey (CH) Rocking Chair
13 Nov 14 Bologna (IT) Estragon
14 Nov 14 Milan (IT) Live Club
15 Nov 14 Lindau (DE) Club Vaudeville
16 Nov 14 Pratteln (CH) Z7
18 Nov 14 Nürnberg (DE) Hirsch
19 Nov 14 Berlin (DE) Postbahnhof
20 Nov 14 Gdansk (PL) B90
21 Nov 14 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
22 Nov 14 Zlin (CZ) Hala Euronics (Winter Masters Of Rock)
23 Nov 14 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
26 Nov 14 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
27 Nov 14 Strasbourg (FR) La Laiterie
28 Nov 14 Paris (FR) Le Trabendo
29 Nov 14 Louvain-la-Neuve (BE) La Ferme du Bireau (Mass Deathtruction Festival)
02 Dec 14 München (DE) Backstage
03 Dec 14 Mannheim (DE) Alte Seilerei
04 Dec 14 Essen (DE) Turock
07 Dec 14 Dublin (IR) The Academy
08 Dec 14 Manchester (UK) Sound Control
09 Dec 14 Glasgow (UK) The Garage
10 Dec 14 Birmingham (UK) The Asylum
11 Dec 14 Bristol (UK) Bierkeller
12 Dec 14 London (UK) 02 Academy Islington
13 Dec 14 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar (Eindhoven Metal Meeting)
14 Dec 14 Hamburg (DE) Klubsen
16 Dec 14 København (DK) Pumpehuset
17 Dec 14 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
18 Dec 14 Malmö (SE) KB
19 Dec 14 Norrköping (SE) Black (Christmas Festival Flygeln)
20 Dec 14 Oslo (NO) Vulkan Arena More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour will feature Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.
Today the dates have been revealed and can be found below. A teaser trailer is also available after the jump.
7/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
7/18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater
7/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/23 - Denver, CO @ Summit
7/25 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/26 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
7/27 - Dallas, TX @ GMBG
7/29 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
7/30 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31 - Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
8/02 - Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
8/03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
8/05 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/06 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
8/07 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
8/08 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/09 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero More...
Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) kicks off this week’s Official Podcast with a special announcement: Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL is sponsoring a ticket giveaway for the upcoming Ghost show this Wednesday, May 7th.
If you’d like to get in on it, contact Kevin via Twitter or Instagram (he goes by “n0thinghead” on both) and provide your full name, which must match your ID at the box office.
Next, Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) react to the recently announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup, featuring headliners Morbid Angel and including such bands as Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore, and Origin.
Then, Mike reviews the recent Century Media release “Back From Beyond,” the third studio album (and first since 1996) by Tampa, Florida death metal outfit Massacre. The band features former members of Death, Six Feet Under, and many other acts.
Finally, Mike and Kevin indulge in their shared love of melodic death metal by co-reviewing another Century Media release: “Shadows Of The Dying Sun,” the fresh and highly anticipated new album from Finland’s Insomnium.
Check out the podcast here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th.
This year's edition features Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.
The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows. Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.
David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: "Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel."
Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) adds: "Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer." More...
Persian metal outfit Azooma recently inked a deal with Stargazer Consultancy. The band comments:
"We are excited to announce that we have recently signed a contract with Stargazer Consultancy, which is powered by the first Iranian metal music journalist and publicist Mohsen Fayyazi. We started to find our way in the metal world about 10 years ago, it was not easy as perhaps many of you know, we faced several difficulties, but now we took another step forward into the metal music industry. Ahmad, Saeed, Shahin and Farid's best wishes to you all, especially to all Persian metalheads."
Azooma recently finished recording a conceptual EP, which includes stories about human misery, time travelling and awakening. The band has also paid tribute to the legendary Morbid Angel by covering “Dawn Of Angry." Check it out in the clip below. More...
On December 3rd, 2013, Morbid Angel came to Austin, Texas to promote the 20-year anniversary of its breakout album "Covenant." The said album marked the group's dramatic rise out of the death metal underground. MTV showcased the album's brilliance through videos of "Rapture" and "God of Emptiness"--the latter track was made more famous by the nitwit ridicule of "Beavis and Butthead." This was a wickedly satanic album, possibly their fastest and purest death metal album, but also introduced more clean vocals. The group celebrated the recording by bringing it to their fans in full. More...
Morbid Angel has announced that the band will embark on a U.S. tour in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 album "Covenant." The album will be played in its entirety and the tour kicks off in Atlanta on November 7th.
Confirmed dates are:
11/07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masuerade
11/08 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/09 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/10 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/12 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
11/15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/16 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
11/17 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues More...
World Management would like to announce that Morbid Angel has added three more shows in Brazil: May 21st at Opiniao Porto Alegre/RS, May 23rd at Cine Joia São Paulo/SP, and on May 25 at Music Hall Curitiba/PR.
The band will also appear on April 13th at "The Metal Fest 2013" in Santiago, Chile and at the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday May 18th. In additional festival appearances, the band will hit the Hellfest Open Air 2013 In Clisson, France on Saturday June 22nd, 2013.
4-13-2013 THE METAL FEST 2013, SANTIAGO CHILE
5-18-2013 HELL AND HEAVEN METAL FEST 2013, GUADALAJARA MEXICO
5-21-2013 Opiniao, Porto Alegre / Brazil
5-23-2013 CINE JOIA, SAO PAULO /SP BRAZIL
5-25-2013 MUSIC HALL , CURITIBA / PR BRAZIL
6-22-2013 HELLFEST OPEN AIR, CLISSON FRANCE
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Chaostar album:
"After a long wait, it is now time to unveil the title of the new Chaostar album! The Greek band’s forthcoming fourth opus is entitled ‘Anomima’ and will hit the stores on May 10th (May 14th in North America). As previously announced, ‘Anomima’ will feature guest appearances by Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent and Moonspell singer Fernando Ribeiro. More news soon!"
Chaostar’s current line-up is as follows:
Christos Antoniou: Composer / Synths
Androniki Skoula: Vocals
Fotis Benardo: Percussion
George Diamandopoulos: Traditional instruments
Charalampos Paritsis: Electric violin
John Thermos: Synths
Superskum.com has posted video clips online of Morbid Angel performing live at a Denver show on October 7th, 2012. Check out footage of "Rapture" and "Nevermore" in the YouTube clips available below. You can also check out a show report of a recent Morbid Angel show over at this location.
If Satan needed a house band in Hell, he could certainly call on Morbid Angel. Thanks to his guitar acrobatics, journalists have long dubbed band-founder Trey Azagthoth as the Eddie Van Halen of death metal. When the group emerged in 1989 with their first proper release, few, if any, could match the Mercury-footed speed of Pete Sandoval’s double-bass-blasting feet. The groove, mind-blowing skill and heretical lyrics and imagery landed the group at the top of the extreme metal world. Massive touring cycles transformed the band into one of the most prolific, underground touring acts of the 1990s. Their devilish music found its largest audience opening for Slayer and Pantera in the beginning of the new millennium.
After the Pantera gigs, Morbid Angel largely stayed out of the limelight. An opening stint for Soulfly in 2005 was the only North American tour I recall since Pantera. Assumingly, much of the crowd in attendance at Backstage Live in San Antonio had not seen the group in seven or even twelve years. Many long-time fans bemoaned “Illud Divinium Insanus,” the group’s first album in eight years, as the lowest point of artistry in the group’s near-thirty-year career. In fact, many of these fans felt the album was so poor they wouldn’t even venture out to see the band play, which is such a shame because they missed one of the best extreme metal tours of the year! More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user "impaledonafence1," of Morbid Angel playing live at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA on September 28th.
Watch the video clips for "Maze of Torment" and "Existo Vulgore" in the clips available below, or find more footage at YouTube here.
After recently releasing 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls," Swedish death metal masters Grave are now ready to return to North America for a trek with label-mates Dark Funeral and headliners Morbid Angel. Newly signed to Century Media Records, Dark Funeral will be bringing Swedish black metal at its finest (fans can expect a new album in 2013 to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary). Dates are available below.
Sept 24 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Sept 25 - Albany, NY -Bogie's
Sept 26 - New York City - B.B. King's
Sept 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Sept 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sept 29 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept 30 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 1 - Toronto, ONT - Opera House
Oct 2 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct 3 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Oct 4 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct 5 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct 6 - Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
Oct 7 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
Oct 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct 10 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct 11 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct 12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct 13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Oct 14 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct 15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct 16 - El Paso, TX - House of Rock
Oct 17 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct 18 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Oct 19 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Oct 21 - St. Louis. MO - The Firebird **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 22 - Lansing, MI - The Blackened Moon **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Oct 23 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's **DARK FUNERAL and GRAVE only**
Due to an overwhelming demand from metal fans worldwide, Grammy-nominated and Juno award-winning Banger Films is setting out to raise funds to make what has become known as "The Lost Episode" a reality. Metal Evolution: Extreme Metal “The Lost Episode” covers co-director Sam Dunn’s favorite genres: Death Metal, Black Metal and Grindcore, and he is reaching out to metal fans to help make it happen.
“Hundreds of fans have emailed us demanding, pleading, that we do this episode,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “So in response we're launching an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funding within the Metal community to finance the episode. The goal is to raise $175,000 in 90 days!” The campaign kicked off Friday, September 14th. Details of the campaign, including cool donor gifts at various contribution levels. More...