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Earlier in the year Metal Underground presented its annual “Best Of” awards and with his finger always on the pulse, deathbringer mentioned a new dominance in metal leading us into 2009. Maybe you’ve noticed the extra acoustic interludes, the blazing shred solos, the disjointed poly-rhythms or maybe you haven’t - but either way a cloud of progressive influence has undoubtedly emerged over the metal scene. Not just in our minds here at MU, but in the minds of fans Opeth, Cynic, Meshuggah, Nachtmystium and Ihsahn stood out with impressive 2008 releases. Even more excitement and interest has been generated by collaborations between Ihsahn and Opeth, and 2009 hasn’t let up with Mastodon’s progressive opus “Crack The Skye” and Obscura’s “Cosmogenesis” leading the charge.
So what magic is at work here aside from great prog-metal releases? Larger bands such as the explosive power metal act DragonForce and progressive groovers Mastodon have played a large part in the uprising of the pursuit of extreme talent for more mainstream metal fans - opening legions of otherwise clueless greenhorns to the bar of instrumental ability. Old hands such as Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and numerous thrash acts have also not been untouched by the progressive aura and have regained the thirst for pushing technical boundaries - a truly founding ideal of metal if ever there was one. Another force at play here is the power the internet has had in exposing technical freak shows like Necrophagist as well as many young tech-metal heads being introduced to metal and fostered through 90s progressive acts such as Tool or Dream Theater. Not enough for you? Let’s take a little trip back in time then. More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.
The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.
“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.
The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.
Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.
Bands scheduled to perform this year include: More...
The Haunted's show at Le Medley on April 16th has been combined with the SUFFOCATION tour package. That means it will be a co-headline bill with THE HAUNTED and SUFFOCATION and support from:
Veil of Maya
Arsis has announced that they will not be taking part in Carcass's tour of North America which kicks off next week. Suicide Silence, Samael and Psycroptic will still be on board however. A message from Arsis drummer Dave Kinkade states:
"This is due to situations in Arsis that are out of my hands. I do not feel that it is my place to go into specific reasons leading up to this decision but being the drummer of Arsis, it is in my best interest to NOT keep the fans in the dark. There are major personal and communication issues in this band that need be resolved before anything can continue as Arsis. I will leave it at that. Again, my apologies to the fans and the other bands on the bill.
"Due to the situation, I am available for session/ possible long-term drum work nationally and internationally. Those interested can contact me at: Anti_cosmic_drummer@yahoo.com
"On a positive note, the new Borknagar album is nearing the final completion stages. Having spoken with Øystein today, I am told that vocals and synths are well under way and we will all be meeting in Oslo at the end of April for the final mixing and mastering. So far, drums and guitars are finished and let me be the first to say that this album is going to be immense. By far the most brilliant material that Borknagar has ever written, this work is going to have all the “meat n’ potatoes” musically and production wise. I trust that all the fans will enjoy this effort."
New York's death metal legends Suffocation has added some more shows to their lengthy tour of North America this year. Joining them throughout the whole tour will be Veil Of Maya and Whitechapel.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
with Whitechapel, Beneath The Massacre, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya
March 14 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA
March 15 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
March 16 - The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
March 17 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
March 18 - Matthew’s Bar & Grill – Birmingham, AL
March 20 - Grant Street Hall – Lafayette, LA
March 21 - Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX (with CARCASS, SUICIDE SILENCE)
March 22 - House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
March 23 - The Zoo – Amarillo, TX
March 24 - Chic’s Bar and Billiards – El Paso, TX
March 26 - The Crossing – Palmdale, CA
March 27 - The Marquee Theater – Phoenix, AZ (Arizona Metal Fest)
with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic
March 28 - The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest)
March 29 - The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
March 30 - Modesto Virtual – Modesto, CA
March 31 - House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
April 1 - Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
April 2 - The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
April 3 - Tequila Jungle – Lubbock, TX
April 4 - Red Seven – Austin, TX
April 5 - El Cine Rey Theatre – McAllen, TX
April 6 - Java Jazz – Houston, TX
April 7 - The Village – Little Rock, AR
April 8 - The Muse – Nashville, TN
April 9 - The Valarium – Knoxville, TN (with CHIMAIRA)
April 10 - Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
April 11 - The Loft – Madison, WI
April 12 - The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
April 14 - Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
April 15 - Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
April 16 - Le Medley – Montreal, QC (with THE HAUNTED, NACHTMYSTIUM, INTRONAUT)
April 17 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
April 18 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more tour dates for their trek across North America. Joining them on the tour will be Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis and Psycroptic plus some special guests on select shows.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
13 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
14 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH (with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
15 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL (with Black Dahlia Murder)
16 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI (with Black Dahlia Murder)
17 - Headliner’s - Louisville, KY
18 - Pops - St. Louis - Sauget, IL
20 - Flytrap - Tulsa, OK
21 - Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX (with Suffocation)
22 - Meridian - Houston, TX
24 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
25 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
26 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA (with The Faceless, Toxic Holocaust)
27 - The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ (with Suffocation)
28 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest with Suffocation, Exodus, The Faceless etc.)
New York death metal legends Suffocation has announced a headlining tour of North American to celebrate the bands twentieth anniversary and forthcoming new album, "Blood Oath." Drummer Mike Smith comments: "We are looking forward to this upcoming tour and playing with all the bands involved. It will be the first run on our 20 year celebration in the genre! We thank all our friends and fans in advance for their participation in the upcoming ‘Blood Oath’ sessions across the world. We look forward to the mayhem it will create!"
The tour dates are as follows:
March (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya)
11 - Long Island, NY - Crazy Donkey
14 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Masonic Temple
16 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
17 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
20 - Lafayetta, LA - Grant Street Hall
21 - Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre (+ Carcass, Suicide Silence)
22 - Corpus Christi, TX - House of Rock
24 - El Paso, TX - Chic's
26 - Palmdale, CA - The Crossing
27 - Phoenix, AZ - The Marquee Theatre
March (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic)
28 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove (California Metal Fest)
29 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk
30 - Modesto, CA - Modesto Virtual
April (with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic)
2 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
3 - Lubbock, TX - Tequila Jungle
11 - Madison, WI - The Loft
17 - Worcester, MA - New England Metalfest
18 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Reunited U.K. melo-death/gore-grind legends, CARCASS, will return to the United States this March for the “Exhumed to Consume II” tour. The follow up to last years highly successful “Exhume to Consume” tour will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates. Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:
"Well, I'm pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"
Here are the latest Carcass North American tour dates: More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will enter its second decade this April with an eclectic mixture of bands from the metal and hardcore genres. Returning to the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the event will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with a an extra special pre-party on Thursday, April 16.
Headlining Friday will be All That Remains, one of the many bands that got its start at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. Saturday will be headlined by metal giants Lamb of God as part of their No Fear Energy Music Tour along with As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, God Forbid and Municipal Waste. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage.
Other bands schedule to perform on Friday are: August Burns Red, Suffocation, The Acacia Strain, The Haunted, Napalm Death, WhiteChapel, Kataklysm, Cattle Decapitation, Veil of Maya, Abigail Williams, Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Intronaut, Withered, Left to Vanish, Lazarus A.D., Kylesa, XAFBX, Trap Them, Aggressive Dogs, Toxic Holocaust, XWarX, Psyopus, Woe of Tyrants, Rose Funeral and more to be announced. Doors open at 12 noon. More...
Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more dates in the United States this year.
The bands current tour schedule is as follows:
March 21 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
w/ Suicide Silence, Suffocation, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Beneath The Massacre, Arsis, Samael, Decripit Birth, Psycroptic
March 22 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
w/ Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Pinhead
March 24 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
March 28 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
w/ Suffocation, The Faceless, Whitechapel, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Veil of Maya, Psycroptic
The California Metalfest has announced the initial lineup for the event which will be held in Anaheim, California on March 28th at The Grove. The event will be headlined by British death metal legends Carcass and will also feature Suffocation, Samael, The Faceless, Whitechapel, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya and Psycroptic.
UK based magazine TERRORIZER recently launched an exclusive full album stream of PSYCROPTIC’s latest album "Ob(Servant)". The album can be heard in its entirety here.
"Ob(Servant)" was released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast Records, following their appearance as part of this years SUMMER SLAUGHTER tour installment, which included THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and KATAKLYSM among others. The follow-up to 2006's "Symbols of Failure" was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and was recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley. The album includes a free bonus DVD featuring a studio diary as well as performance footage from a 2006 gig in Amsterdam, Netherlands and 2008 concert in Wellington, New Zealand. The free bonus DVD runs approximately 85 minutes.
PSYCROPTIC's third full-length album, "Symbols of Failure", was released in February 2006 via Neurotic Records. The follow-up of 2003's "The Scepter of the Ancients" marked the recording debut of vocalist Jason Peppiatt.
The Black Dahlia Murder will be heading to the United Kingdom and the Republic Of Ireland next February for a tour alongside Cephalic Carnage, Psycroptic and Sylosis.
The tour dates are as follows:
February 13th - London Islington Academy February
February 15th - Peterborough Park
February 16th - Sheffield Corporation
February 17th - Dublin Button Factory
February 18th - Glasgow Ivory Blacks
February 19th - Newport TJ's
Dubai-based death/thrash metal act NERVECELL have posted the following update:
"We have finally finished shooting the music video for the song "Demean" off our latest album 'Preaching Venom.' The video was shot in Dubai and is currently being edited at this stage. The video is scheduled to be released towards the end of 2008. In the meantime you can check out some photos taken from the video shoot below (Thanks to Sam Johnston for the photos)."
Nervecell's latest effort "Preaching Venom" was released April 1, 2008 and features PSYCROPTIC's David Haley (also of THE AMENTA, RUINS) on drums. The CD was mixed at Hertz Studio (VADER, DECAPITATED, HATE) in Poland by Wieslawscy Bros. and was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION, UNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York.
You can watch studio footage from the making of "Preaching Venom" by below: More...
The Black Dahlia Murder has announced a headlining run of Europe with support from Cephalic Carnage, Psycroptic and Sylosis.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 23 - Karlsruhe, GER @ Substage
January 24 - Essen, GER @ Turock
January 25 - Hamburg, GER @ Uebel And Gefahrlich
January 26 - Aarhus, DEN @ Voxhall
January 27 - Berlin, GER @ Kato
January 28 - Wroclaw, POL @ Firlej
January 29 - Schweinfurt, GER @ Alter Stattbahnhof
January 30 - Leipzig, GER @ Conne island
January 31 - Prague, CZE @ Chmelnice
February 1 - Budapest, HUN @ A38
February 2 - Wein, AUT @ Arena
February 3 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Gala Hala
February 4 - Munchen, GER @ Feierwerk
February 5 - Bologna, ITA @ Estragon
February 6 - San Girgio, ITA @ La Gabbia
February 7 - Erstfeld, SWI @ Transilvania Live Club
February 9 - Barcelona, SPA @ Mephisto
February 10 - Madrid, SPA @ Caracol
February 11 - Bilbao, SPA @ Plateruena
February 12 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive
February 13 - Newport, UK @ TJ’s
February 15 - Peterborough, UK @ The Park
February 16 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
February 17 - Dublin, IRE @ The Button Factory
February 18 - Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
February 19 - London, UK @ Carling Academy
February 20 - Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
February 21 - Enschede, NET @ Atak
February 22 - Esch-Alzette, LUX @ Kulturfabrik
Tasmanian tech death metal band PSYCROPTIC just put another new song online. The title track of their upcoming album, “Ob(Servant),” is now available on the band’s MySpace profile.
“Ob(Servant)” will be out on September 26th in Europe and October 14th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records.
PSYCROPTIC's third full-length album, "Symbols of Failure," was released in February 2006 via Neurotic Records. The follow-up of 2003's "The Scepter of the Ancients" marks the recording debut of the band's new vocalist Jason Peppiatt.
Tasmanian tech-death masters, PSYCROPTIC, have uploaded a brand new track and cover art to the bands Myspace page. The song “Immortal Army of One” was taken from “Ob(Servant),” the band’s first album for Nuclear Blast Records and fourth album overall. “Ob(Servant)” will be released on October 14th in North America.
Drummer Dave Haley commented:
“'Immortal Army of One' is one of my personal favorites on “Ob(servant)”. The riffs on it are catchy as hell and stick in your head, and it is a very brutal song. Yet, it has a lot of dynamics throughout and is quite technical. It’s very PSYCROPTIC sounding, yet there are a lot of new sounds and ideas introduced. Just an all round cool track both to listen to and play.
"Lyrically, the song explores the the idea of a suicidal god like being – one who has omnipotence yet wants to relinquish it. A twisted thought - a being who has the choice to do anything desired, except giving up such a power; all powerful yet powerless at the same time.”
“Ob(Servant)” was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley.
PSYCROPTIC recently returned home after a very successful US debut on this years Summer Slaughter tour, which included THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED and WHITECHAPEL.
Tasmanian tech-death metallers, PSYCROPTIC, have officially announced the title of their follow-up to 2006's "Symbols of Failure." "Ob(Servant)," the band's first album for Nuclear Blast Records and fourth overall, will be released sometime in the Fall of 2008.
"Ob(Servant)" was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley. More...
Tasmanian tech-death masters, PSYCROPTIC, have officially announced the title of their follow-up to 2006’s “Symbols of Failure.” “Ob(Servant),” the band’s first album for Nuclear Blast Records and fourth overall, will be released sometime in the fall of 2008. “Ob(Servant)” was mixed and mastered by former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (DIVINE HERESY, GOJIRA) and recorded once again by guitarist Joe Haley. Drummer Dave Haley commented on their upcoming release:
“'Ob(Servant)' is definitely our finest hour (well, finest 49 minutes and 49 seconds anyway). It’s of course a cliché of every band to say that their newest album is their best and so on, but we are very proud of what we have done on this album. The writing process was a little different for this album, with Joe (guitarist) writing pretty much all the material. This gives the album a very coheisive and flowing feel, and this album is definatley our most diverse material thus far. The artwork is also amazing, having been completed by Raymand Swanland (DEEDS OF FLESH). Those not familiar with his work should check it out – you will be amazed! More...
Due to the high pre-sales of the Summer Slaughter show at the House of Blues Hollywood on July 17th, the most extreme tour of the year has just announced another Southern California date. The package featuring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, KATAKLYSM, VADER, CRYPTOPSY, THE FACELESS, DESPISED ICON, ABORTED, BORN OF OSIRIS, PSYCROPTIC and WHITECHAPEL, can now also been seen on Monday July 14th at The Vault 350 in Long Beach, CA. This is a special show dedicated to the die-hard fans of extreme metal, that will only cost $15 in advance and will include special guests SUICIDE SILENCE.