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Considering the huge potential for crossover between metal and gaming fans, it's always baffled me that there aren't more heavy metal focused video game soundtracks. Rather than going for sounds that make the player bang their heads and launch their controller through the television, most games – even highly action focused ones – tend to stick with more tepid ambient soundtracks based on electronica. Techno is about as “heavy” as most game soundtracks tend to get.
This week we're going to take a look at a handful of games that buck that trend and offer up honest-to-Lucifer extreme metal in their playlists. Not an exhaustive list (and we'll be looking at more in the future), this is just a few that are worth your time and are notable for their inclusion of tracks from excellent metal bands or for having original soundtracks rooted strongly in the metal tradition.
This one's a no-brainer, as it's essentially THE heavy metal video game, created solely to celebrate our beloved genre. Eddie may be a lowly roadie, but through the power of metal (and a battleax, wicked car, and some magic powers) he can annihilate the goths, please the gods, and get the girl (or two).
Although it seems like a gimmick to get heavy music fans interested, the gameplay is actually really solid and revolves around three different styles: strategy large-scale combat as a general over an army, open world GTA car driving shenanigans, and elements of combat-heavy action games like God of War or Dante's Inferno
The game features more than 100 metal tracks (some of which have to be unlocked in-game) covering a huge range of sub-genres with everything from In Flames to Cradle Of Filth, along with a whole lot of classics from the likes of Motorhead and Judas Priest.
Last week the body of After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe was discovered near the St. Croix River after he was reported missing. The band has now issued the following statement about Justin's passing:
"In the wake of our loss, it comes with heavy hearts to inform everyone that we have decided not to perform on this years Summer Slaughter tour.
"The recent events have been unimaginably heartbreaking, and Justin's passing is something that each of us needs time with our families and friends to recover from.
"Justin Lowe’s story may have a sad ending, but the legacy he leaves us is one that should do nothing but inspire.
"From the bottom of our hearts, we'd like to thank everyone who has reached out in support and with kind words for him, his family, and us. It has been truly amazing to see all the people whose live's he impacted in a positive way." More...
Late last month After The Burial parted ways with guitarist Justin Lowe after he posted a rambling paranoid rant about the other band members, prompting a statement about Lowe suffering from mental health issues.
After going missing earlier this week, we are saddened to announce that Lowe has passed away and apparently died in a fall. RiverTowns.net reports:
St. Croix County authorities on Wednesday released the identity of the man whose body was found near the St. Croix River. The deceased man was identified as 32-year-old Justin A. Lowe of Vadnais Heights, Minn., according to St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
Lowe's body was discovered by a hiker early Tuesday beneath the Arcola High Bridge connecting Minnesota and the town of Somerset. Knudson said Lowe had been reported missing July 18 in Washington County, Minn. Foul play was not suspected, Knudson said, adding that the cause of death was consistent with a fall.
Our condolences to the band members and family of Lowe, and if you'd like to leave a message to the band you can do so at Facebook here.
Read the full article at RiverTowns.net.
After guitarist Justin Lowe posted a paranoid rant on Facebook (which now appears to have either been taken down or made private) accusing the other members of various bizarre actions and effectively leaving the group, After The Burial has now issued the following statement about the situation:
"To our fans, friends and family, and everyone else who has reached out in light of Justin's recent statement. We genuinely appreciate your support and concern. This is a very sad and hurtful situation for us to grasp, and unfortunately it is one we still don't fully understand.
"Our dear friend, our brother onstage and off, has fallen into a very broken state of mind. A state that, despite our continued efforts, we have been powerless to get him out of.
"We are very sorry we haven't made a statement until now, but there is reasoning behind our decision. Early yesterday after he made the post, he went missing for the entire day. He was in minimal contact with only a few people over the phone, and the information we gathered from them gave us reason to believe he was unsafe in his current state of mind. We were on our phones all day with family, friends, and local authorities trying to regain control of the situation.
"We felt it was definitely not the appropriate time for us to make a statement, in fear that it may escalate things further. Fortunately, he's back home now. He's safe and in the care of his family.
The context of his words and the thoughts he expressed came with as much surprise to us as it did to anyone, including his family and closest friends. These are thoughts he has kept hidden from everyone very well until now, and it's so very unfortunate he felt he couldn't reach out and talk to someone about the things that were affecting him before it got to this point.
"Justin is ill, and right now he needs more than ever to be shown that the world is not against him. He needs support and love from everyone, and to know that we only want what's best for him. We will continue to support him and his family as best we can through this tough time.
"We must ask that, out of respect for friends and family, you refrain from making any comments or speculations about what's going on. We ask also that you respect the privacy of everyone involved while we work through this.
"Mental illness is a very serious matter, and we are treating it as such. If you or anyone you know may be suffering from a mental illness, the time to find help is now."
Arch Enemy will return to North America this July/August to headline the 2015 installment of the Summer Slaughter tour.
Featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Obscura, After the Burial, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation as support, this tour will mark the band's second North American run on this album cycle - but the first stateside trek to feature new guitarist Jeff Loomis.
Arch Enemy founder and guitarist Michael Amott comments: "Very pleased to be returning to North America on our current 'War Eternal' campaign...It's an absolute honor to headline the 2015 edition of the legendary Summer Slaughter tour! See you all very soon!"
Dates are as follows (more to be added in the coming weeks): More...
Pennsylvania metal band Texas In July will join After The Burial on a Fall headlining tour, which kicks off on September 13th in Moorhead, MN.
The band will be touring as direct support behind new full-length record, "Bloodwork," which is due out on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at this location.
Texas In July recently debuted a video for the song "Broken Soul," which can be seen right here. The new song and upcoming album marks the band’s first record with new singer, JT Cavey, who has reinvigorated the band with his brutal screams and cathartic vocals.
With the addition of Cavey, along with cohorts Adam Gray (drums), Chris Davis (guitar) and Ben Witkowski (bass), Texas In July approached the recording of "Bloodwork" with a new sense of purpose and direction, holding nothing back as they unleashed some of the heaviest riffs and aggressive music the band has ever written.
The band is currently on the road in Europe with IWrestledABearOnce and will return in September for a tour with After The Burial. Dates are available below. More...
Friday, March 14, 2014, my third day attending SXSW music festivities, started just after 3 pm. This event was my only excursion outside of live music. Members of Landshark Promotions and DJ Chuck Loesch of 101X "No Control Radio" premiered a CD of the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life." The three-person panel presented each track from the forthcoming recording featuring an all-star lineup of modern and classic metal artists. It felt good singing along to these majestic reworkings done in the name of charity. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Wendy Dio's "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" .
South By Southwest (SXSW) has successfully kicked off another year of conferences, showcases and events. By now, thousands of badge and wrist band wearers have consumed hundreds of film premieres and attended conferences on the latest innovations in the fields of interactive technology and education. Now it's time to pump up the volume and flip a middle finger at mainstream music as we descend into the festival's music segment. This year reveals a full week of metallic offerings. Check below for a listing of metal themed official showcases (times and card may be subject to change). More...
Born of Osiris is headed to Europe alongside After The Burial, Betraying the Martyrs, and Buried In Verona this coming May. Dates are as follows:
09.05.14 Holland Eindhoven @ Dynamo
10.05.14 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
11.05.14 UK Bridgend @ Hobos Bridgend, Throwfest
12.05.14 UK Southampton @ Joiners
13.05.14 UK Glasgow @ G2
14.05.14 UK Manchester @ Sound Control
15.05.14 UK London @ O2 Islington Academy
16.05.14 UK Leeds @ University Mine Bar
17.05.14 Belgium Liege @ Fonck, 6k Fest
18.05.14 France Paris @ Divan du Monde
19.05.14 France Lyon @ MJC O Totem
20.05.14 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
21.05.14 Austria Wien @ Arena
22.05.14 Italy Milan @ Live Forum
23.05.14 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
24.05.14 Germany München @ Backstage (Matinee)
25.05.14 Germany Nürnberg @ Rockfabrik
26.05.14 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
27.05.14 Germany Hamburg @ Logo
28.05.14 Norway Oslo @ John Dee
29.05.14 Sweden Stockholm @ Bryggarsalen
30.05.14 Sweden Gothenburg @ Sticky Fingers
31.05.14 Germany Dresden @ Scheune More...
MetalSucks.net has today announced the details for the upcoming 4th annual South By South Death showcase.
This year's showcase will be headlined by instrumental icons Animals As Leaders and feature support from extreme metal hybrid After The Burial, hardcore heavyweights Ringworm, two supergroups in the form of Iron Reagan (featuring current and former members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour) and Mutoid Man (featuring members of Pelican and Converge), plus perennial favorites Whores and East of the Wall. Poster artwork was once again produced by Mike Wohlberg.
See this metal extravaganza at The Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 7PM. Admission is free to SXSW badge holders and wristband wearers, and a limited number of spots will be open to general public at the door day-of. More...
Animals As Leaders will kick off the New Year with a massive headlining North American tour on February 24th with After The Burial, Navene Koperweis, and Chon.
The first batch of dates are listed below and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The debut Sumerian Records album from Animals As Leaders is targeted for March release and a new track will surface online in late January.
Javier Reyes states: "We are definitely very excited about our upcoming headliner as it's been over two years since we did our last headlining North American tour. I think we have chosen a line-up that consist of extremely talented acts. Our labelmates, After the Burial, are a band we have yet to ever share the same stage with, so we are definitely looking forward to that. Ex-AAL drummer Navene Koperweis is coming out and performing solo and Chon are a very cool band we think people will enjoy.
"However, we are mostly excited about finally playing new material. I think some of the new tracks are some of AAL's strongest and musical material yet, so I am looking forward to seeing the crowd reactions. I am really happy how the album is coming out. Everyone who took part with this album (Misha Mansoor, Adam Getgood, Diego Farias, and Navene Koperweis) is extremely talented and I think we've done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third Animals As Leaders album. See you all soon." More...
After The Burial's new full-length album, "Wolves Within," can be streamed in its entirety now in the YouTube playlist below.
The album will be available everywhere tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17th. Sumerian Records also comments on the full-length release:
"Minnesota based After The Burial has returned with what is being hailed as their career defining album, Wolves Within, which is now set for a Dec 17th release.
"It's been three years since the band has released any new material, but upon first listen it's very evident that it's been well worth the wait. The tech wizardry is amped way up, the breakdowns are massive and face melting and the vocal delivery is the most devastating yet.
"Already lauded for their technically impressive yet well structured style of songwriting, After The Burial certainly takes things up a notch or two with this newest outing." More...
After The Burial is streaming the new song "Of Fearful Men," which appears on the upcoming new release "Wolves Within." The album is set for release on December 17th via Sumerian Records.
The track list for the album is:
Minnesota based After The Burial is returning with new album, "Wolves Within," which is now set for a December 17th release.
After the Burial has also re-signed with longtime label Sumerian Records and will hit the road across North America this week with DevilDriver and Trivium. A brand new After The Burial track, “A Wolf Amongst Ravens,” can be heard now below.
Justin Lowe (guitars) states: “We are beyond excited to announce that our new album, Wolves Within, will be released December 17th on Sumerian Records. We've spent the last two years pushing our own limits in an attempt to give you what we feel is some of the most crushing and dynamic material we've written to date. We feel like this record is a new beginning for us. We are continually trying to push our own musical and creative boundaries that have yet to be explored, and simultaneously paving the way for the future of our sound. More...
Devildriver will be hitting the road tomorrow in support of latest release "Winter Kills" (reviewed here).
This co-headlining run with Trivium features support from Sylosis and After The Burial and will run through October 17th.
Today Devildriver has also announced a second leg of the North American co-headline tour with Trivium. Support on this leg will come from After the Burial and Thy Will Be Done. The dates begin November 5th in Seattle and will run through December 14th in San Diego, CA. More...
After The Burial has announced a new album will be coming soon via Sumerian Records. The band also posted a brief teaser trailer online, which can be found below. After the Burial will also soon be out on tour with Trivium and DevilDriver. Dates are available after the jump.
In support of the new release "Winter Kills," California groove metallers DevilDriver will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium.
Trivium will also be on the road in support of a new release, details on which will be announced soon. Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis. Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA
Devildriver Frontman Dez Fafara cannot wait to be back on the road in North America: "It's been almost a year since Devildriver have toured the US. I am Stoked to finally be getting the chance to go back out and hit the road with 'The Groove Machine!' More...
After The Burial's new EP, "This Life Is All We Have," is available now on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon MP3 . This three-song release shows the band revamping very early tracks with new vocals from current vocalist Anthony Notarmaso.
This special digital EP was produced, engineered and mixed by renowned producer Terry Date alongside guitarists Justin Lowe and Trent Hafdahl. Lowe states:
"I'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who has checked out the streams or even picked up a copy of this new EP. We had always toyed around with the idea of revisiting some of these old jams, but it hadn't really made sense to us yet. However, after talking about it more and more, we realized these are songs we will always play live. Ultimately, we wanted to give you the best representation of what to expect on stage every night, so we decided to go in and recreate these songs for you again from the ground up. When it came to the production, it was an absolute pleasure and honor for us to have the opportunity to work together with Terry Date, which was something we were all very, very excited about.
"Right now we are currently right in the middle of the tracking process of our new album. We're almost finished with the guitars, with just a couple tracks to go. When we track the guitars for our albums we like to take our time getting the good takes, not relying on too much editing. There also usually tends to be changes being made along the way, with new ideas being born within the tracking process.
"If I had to describe the sound of the new material in one shot, it wouldn't be easy. We've dedicated a lot of time working on these songs to make sure that you are hearing something fresh and new. Something that makes you feel good when you hear it. There's some 6,7 and 8 string work in there and also a new lower tuning in C#. It's hard to describe the sound unless you hear it. It's almost 'mechanical' and very percussive. We love trying all sorts of new ideas, sounds, and pushing boundaries of new musical territory that will help set us apart from the rest. We've never been afraid to try anything; we want to keep you on your toes."
The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.
A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.
Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...
Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:
"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.
"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'
"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.
"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."
The lineup includes: More...