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ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:
Church of Misery
The Devil's Blood
Today Is The Day
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
Goregrowler Entertainment announced the addition of old school thrashers Hirax to the fifth-annual Goregrowler's Ball on November 19th, 2011 in San Antonio,Texas. Hirax will co-headline the Saturday show with Swedish death metal morticians, Aborted. This appearance marks the band's first visit to San Antonio.
Forming in 1984 among California's emerging thrash scene, Hirax became one of the more respected and steadfast punk-crossover-thrash bands.
Other artists on the three-day bill include Suffocation, Exhumed, Woods of Ypres, Hod, Lair of the Minotaur and Internal Bleeding.
Additional details on the Goregrowler's Ball are available by heading over to the festival's official website at this location.
American deathcore act Suicide Silence has revealed the track listing and guest musicians that are set to appear on its forthcoming new album. The album, titled "The Black Crown," is the third full length release from the group and is set to hit store shelves on July 12, 2011. You can view the album's track listing below.
1. Slaves To Substance
3. Human Violence
4. You Only Live Once
5. Fuck Everything
6. March To The Black Crown
7. Witness The Addiction feat. Jonathan Davis of KoRn
8. Cross-Eyed Catastrophe
9. Smashed feat. Frank Mullen of Suffocation
10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
11. Cancerous Skies
On February 11th the "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" clip compilation will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download. A teaser trailer for the compilation, which features over 40 clips and 190 minutes running time, can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows: More...
Nuclear Blast has announced that the forthcoming "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" DVD / Bluray compilation has been postponed to February 11th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Accept - Teutonic Terror
2. Sabaton – Uprising
3. Blind Guardian - A Voice In The Dark
4. Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
5. Immortal - All Shall Fall
6. Death Angel - Truce
7. Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
8. Sonic Syndicate - Turn It Up
9. Filter - The Inevitable Relapse
10. Soilwork - Deliverance Is Mine
11. Exodus - Downfall
12. Kataklysm - Push The Venom
13. Overkill - Bring Me The Night
14. Eluveitie - Thousandfold
15. Equilibrium - Der Ewige Sieg
16. Ex Deo - The Final War
17. Suicidal Angels - Beyond The Laws Of Church
18. Arsis - Forced To Rock
19. Mnemic - Diesel Uterus
20. Tarot - I Walk Forever
21. Indica - Islands Of Light
22. Callejon - Sommer, Liebe, Kokain
23. Scar Symmetry - The Iconoclast
24. Filter - No Love
25. All Ends - Generation Disgrace
26. Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
27. Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
28. Suffocation - Cataclysmic Purification
29. Nile - Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
30. Behemoth - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me (censored) More...
Decibel magazine has issued the following update about Suffocation's live show on November 11th being canceled until a new venue is found:
"Decibel presents the Decibel Defiance Tour w/Suffocation show update! So to address the rumors the 11/11 Suffocation show in Philly is currently canceled. The original venue (Polaris) could no longer run the show and we are currently looking for another venue to host it. Don't fret Philly we are working on it. More details are forthcoming."
Emmure has now been confirmed to play the upcoming TMT metal festival, which takes place from September 24th - 26th, 2010 in Middletown, New York. Emmure will be performing on the 25th. The list of confirmed bands so far includes Mushroomhead, Silent Civilian, Tantric, Steel Kingdom, Uncaged, Diecast, Goatwhore, Suffocation, Otep, Winds of Plague, Carnifex, and more.
The organizers of New York's TMT Metal Fest have issued the following statement about rumors of bands dropping off the bill:
"Well folks, Contrary to whatever idiots out there in metal land that are saying that any of the National Acts on the Fest are dropping out is a complete lie! I say this! Fuck them all! They are just weak ass haters with nothing else better to do. So if you want to listen to whomever, then go right ahead & sit home!"
The festival is set to take place from September 24th - 26th, 2010 in Middletown, New York. Announced bands for the lineup include Goatwhore, Suffocation, Otep, Winds of Plague, Carnifex, and more.
Pathologically Explicit Recordings has announced the signing of San Antonio, Texas death metal band Iniquitous, which features Mike Smith of Suffocation as well as members of Solstice and Sarcolytic. The band entered the studio earlier this year to record new material as well as re-record some old material for a split with Psychotic Realm.
Check out some of their music on the band's MySpace page.
Dates have been announced for "The Decibel Defiance 2010 Tour" this fall, which will see PROSTHETIC RECORDS' THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD supporting the legendary SUFFOCATION, along with THE FACELESS, DECREPIT BIRTH and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour kicks off at the annual "Rock and Shock" Horror and Music Fest in Worcester, MA on October 15th, and concludes on November 13th, in Allentown, PA.
Through The Eyes of the Dead guitarist Justin Longshore commented on the tour; "'The Decibel Defiance' tour is a dream come true for any fan of extreme music. I must say we are extremely honored to share the stage with the almighty Suffocation and some of the best up and coming bands in death metal out there. This tour is a huge deal for Through The Eyes Of The Dead as Suffocation has been a big inspiration since the early days and continues to be a huge impact on our music. If the 'Decibel Defiance' tour is coming to your area, do not miss the best line up this fall!"
Here are the DECIBEL DEFIANCE TOUR 2010 dates:
10/15-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (ROCK AND SHOCK)
10/16-New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/17-Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
10/18-Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
10/19-Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
10/20-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/21-Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/22-Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23-Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
10/24-St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27-Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28-Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
10/29-Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30-Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31-Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01-Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02-Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03-Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05-Austin, TX @ Emo's
11/06-Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08-Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09-Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11-Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
11/12-Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13-Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
"Skepsis," Through The Eyes of the Dead's third proper full length, was released on February 2, 2010. The self-produced effort is the first Through The Eyes of the Dead release to feature new vocalist Danny Rodriguez, drummer Mike Ranne and guitarist Chris "Hank" Henckel. The album was recorded at Geller Cellar Studios in New York and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall), and features cover art by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium).
New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour is being called the “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010” and is being sponsored by Decibel Magazine and the Extreme Management Group. Tour dates will be announced shortly.
"SUFFOCATION is excited that Nuclear Blast, Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group have teamed up to deliver you the most heinous tour of the Fall,” commented the group. “This is one of the most brutal lineups for us ever including THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. We welcome you to come experience the devastating speed, mind-bending technicality, and relentless brutality of The Decibel Defiance Tour!”
Finnish death metal band Sadistik Forest has signed a deal with VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS. The band’s self titled debut will be released on August 12th 2010. The official album release show is scheduled for August 14th 2010 in Jalometalli Metal Festival, Oulu, Finland. Other confirmed acts are Destruction, Suffocation, Carcass, Triptykon etc.
Sadistik Forest was formed in 2007 by guitarist Antti Heikkinen, drummer Vesa Mutka and bassist/vocalist Markus Makkonen. The line-up was completed early this year, when guitarist Matti Salo joined the ranks. Sadistik Forest’s riff-based, ferocious and brutal, assault has often been compared to Unleashed and early Morbid Angel. More...
Norwegian black metal act Gravdal is set to perform at the 2010 edition of the Hole in the Sky festival on August 28th in Bergen. Other confirmed acts for the festival, which takes place from the 24th - 28th, include Ihsahn, Suffocation, Rotting Christ, VON, Evile, The Devil's Blood, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Gravdal has also posted a new widget online containing sample tracks and press clippings about the band, which can be viewed below. More...
The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:
"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."
Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."
The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...
The New York death metal scene may not be quite as revered as the New York hardcore scene, but no-one can deny that it has produced some great results. One of the most acclaimed bands in death metal emerged from this scene, namely the grindcore-influenced Suffocation. Suffocation was formed in 1989 by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Guy Marchais and Todd German, bassist Josh Barohn and a friend of his, though lineup would prove to be brief, as Mullen formed a new version of the band shortly afterwards with guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs, along with drummer Mike Smith, all previously in the band Mortuary. The band took influences from the likes of British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and Brazilian thrashers Sepultura and released their first EP, "Human Waste," in 1991 through Relapse Records, with a full length debut, "Effigy Of The Forgotten," following later that year via Roadrunner Records. The album was well received and the band went back to the studio to record their second album soon after. "Breeding The Spawn" was released in 1993 through Roadrunner, which was not quite as praised as the bands previous effort.
Drummer Mike Smith left the band after this release and was replaced by Doug Bohn and the band recorded their third studio album, "Pierced From Within," which has since become an extremely influential album in the field of extreme metal. After an EP in 1998 named "Despise The Sun," the band decided to call it a day. The band was not to remain inactive for long however, as Mullen decided to reform the band in 2003, being joined by original guitarist Guy Marchais, as well as guitarist Terrance Hobbs and drummer Mike Smith, in addition to new bass player Derek Boyer, who was formerly a member of Decrepit Birth. They quickly released a new album, entitled "Souls To Deny," the next year and set about making their mark in the world of metal once again by touring relentlessly, before releasing another well received album in 2006, which was self-titled. The band gained exposure to a completely different kind of audience in 2007, when they appeared in a commercial for The History Channel's documentary on The Dark Ages before splitting from Relapse Records to sign with German label Nuclear Blast for their next album, "Blood Oath," which was released in 2009 and earned the band their first entry into the Billboard album charts, when it reached number 135.
Suffocation is currently touring in support of "Blood Oath" and plans to release a documentary film entitled "Legacy Of Violence" this year, along with many other projects including a comic book and a video game. They are regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of death metal and many young bands today can be seen wearing Suffocation merchandise and praising the individual members as well as the band itself, with drummer Mike Smith being credited as one of the best drummers in the genre and AllMusic.com naming Frank Mullen as one of the best vocalists in death metal. More...
Ireland's Mourning Beloveth are the latest act to be confirmed for Portugal's SWR festival, which takes place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2010. More details on the SWR festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Dying Fetus, Orphaned Land, Beneath the Massacre, Zeni Geva, Men Eater, Defeated Sanity, Putrid Pile, KK Null, Process of Guilt, Nesseria, Cerebral Bore, Crysys, Kryptos, Prayers of Sanity, and Suffocation.
Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has been confirmed to perform at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland this summer. The festival takes place on August 13th and 14th, 2010. More details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Suffocation, Carcass, Destruction, and Dream Evil.
New York based extreme metal act Suffocation recently stopped by the studios of Fuel TV to perform two songs for “The Daily Habit." Watch the band perform the tracks “Cataclysmic Purification," which can be viewed below, and "Blood Oath,” which can be found after the jump.
Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer has checked in from the bands current headlining tour with a message to the band's fans. It reads as follows:
"It feels so good to be on a full-on metal tour again in the States. Our second tour with Thy Will Be Done and our first with Suffocation and Goatwhore. All excellent bands and a shit load of fun to get drunk with. All the shows have been amazing. Last night we played the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO just outside of Denver. We had a great show and made our way to a club that a friend of ours works at (which means free drinks!!!!) I'm not sure what the theme of the night was at the club but I have never seen so many transvestites in one place. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!!!!)"
Guitarist Jeff Kendrick states: "Into the second week of our Bound By The Road tour (2010) edition and it is going fucking fantastic! First of all, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope everyone is off to a great start of the year and I wish everyone a bright and prosperous 2010! More...