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I'll admit that I've been out of the death metal scene for a few years and mostly listening to a lot of already established artists at the expense of new ones. In fact, I haven't been to a Summer Slaughter since 2011. So it was good to see a concert full of artists who I mostly haven't seen yet. Some really impressed me, other didn't. Either way, I wanted to be surprised by hearing artists who I mostly wasn't familiar with.
This year's Summer Slaughter Tour was primarily backed by Sumerian Records (who were also a major backer of Chicago Open Air) as a promotion of Sumerian's upcoming entry into films with American Satan. I'd normally have a problem with the biggest annual heavy metal tour in North America being rendered into a commercial for something completely unrelated but the former bearer of that torch was really just an advertisement for Monster Energy Drink. More...
Sumerian Records continues to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, announcing the “10 Years In The Black Tour” featuring label artists Asking Alexandria and Born Of Osiris.
I See Stars, After The Burial, Upon a Burning Body and Bad Omens round out the North American tour, which launches on October 25 at Seattle’s Showbox Sodo and wraps up in early December.
“I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a tour,” Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce said. “Not only is this our first true North American headlining tour in two years, as well as our first real U.S. headliner with Denis [Stoff] as our vocalist, but this is also a tour celebrating the incredible 10 year journey of Sumerian Records. We couldn’t be more proud to headline such a pivotal tour package and to celebrate the music Sumerian has released. The tour will include our biggest production to date and the first trek out in support of our new album, The Black. This is going to be something incredibly special.”
“To see the celebration of a decade of Sumerian culminate with this tour is a true reflection of the communal spirit and vision that this label was built upon,” said Sumerian Records Founder Ash Avildsen. “Fans will get to see five headliners all go out together, which is very rare these days because of tour politics, egos, money and everything else that gets in the way of giving music lovers an unforgettable line-up. The fact that these five bands are sharing the stage together and still bringing an opening act to kick off the show makes this a truly special tour. I comment them all. Stay tuned for for lots of upcoming announcements about different activities for bands and fans to interact at at these shows that go beyond just watching them perform on stage. Mark my words: This will be the most progressive and interactive tour we have ever done. See you on the road.” More...
Bad Omens premieres a new song and music video for the track "The Worst In Me". The band is currently out on the road with Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Upon A Burning Body, and ERRA on the latest leg of the "Sumerian 10 Year Tour".
The remaining dates are as follows:
5/12 - Corpus Christi TX - House of Rock
5/14 - Birmingham AL - Zydeco
5/15 - Orlando FL - The Beacham Theatre
5/16 - Fort Lauderdale FL - Culture Room
5/18 - Jacksonville FL - 1904 Music Hall
5/19 - Atlanta GA - The Masquerade
5/20 - Charlotte NC - Amos’ Southend
5/21 - Richmond VA - The Canal Club
5/22 - Schaghticoke NY - Rock ’N Derby *BOO only
5/24 - Buffalo NY - Waiting Room
5/25 - Amityville NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall
5/26 - Hartford CT - The Webster Theater
5/27 - Freehold NJ - GameChangerWorld
5/28 - Reading PA - Reverb
5/29 - Columbus OH - Park Street Saloon
Check out now "The Worst In Me" below.
After The Burial, celebrating chart debuts for new album, "Dig Deep," today releases a video for “Collapse." The nine-song album landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music and Independent Album charts as well as #18 on the Top Current Album chart and #50 on the Top 200.
The album title is a nod to the circumstances surrounding this album, one that found the five-piece moving on without founding member Justin Lowe after his suicide in July.
“We coped as well as we could have—we still are,” admits singer Anthony Notarmaso. “Losing someone isn’t easy, and we all dealt with it in our own way. I was angry and sad at the same time. I didn’t know how to feel, and it took time to accept that he really was gone. After the dust settled, we got on the phone to see where we stood. To be honest, we thought about giving up. We asked ourselves if it was right to go on without him, or maybe if it was time to start a new band together. In the end, we felt like we couldn’t let what beat him beat us. That would’ve been even more tragic, and we felt like he wouldn’t have wanted us to stop. I know I wouldn’t have.”
“When you think you don’t have anything left in you, you have to rely on that inner strength,” adds guitar player Trent Hafdahl. “That’s where we are as a band. So many things beyond our control went wrong, but we started to dig deep as brothers.”
New album "Dig Deep" was recorded at Graphic Nature Audio in New Jersey with producer Will Putney (The Amity Affliction, Upon A Burning Body). The album is the first where the band partnered with a producer. “We had not tried it before,” explains Hafdahl. “It felt like a fresh idea to do something new. We were still running the show obviously, but he brought a good ear for tone and melody. He encouraged us to explore more. To have that perspective was helpful.” More...
After The Burial premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Dig Deep", which will be out in stores February 19th via Sumerian Records.
Check out now "Dig Deep" in its entirety below.
After The Burial premieres previews for each track from the band's upcoming new album "Dig Deep", which will be out in stores February 19th through Sumerian Records.
Check it out now below.
After The Burial premieres a new song entitled "Collapse", taken from the upcoming new album "Dig Deep", which will be out in stores February 19th through Sumerian Records.
Check out now "Collapse" below.
Says vocalist Anthony Notarmaso of the loss of guitarist Justin Lowe and moving on without him: More...
Sumerian Records marks its 10 year anniversary with a four week tour featuring five of the Los Angeles labels’ bands: Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, Erra and Bad Omens.
“Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial have all played a crucial role in the new wave of progressive, heavy music and in the pedigree of Sumerian,” said label founder, Ash Avildsen.
Ash goes on to say, “They are some of the most genuine, hard-working and talented musicians I have had the privilege to work with. I vividly remember first seeing all three of them play together at a tiny legion hall in a small Illinois town when Sumerian was less than a year old and they were all unsigned. I can proudly say that without Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya and After The Burial together on the label, Sumerian would not have become the entity it is today. I am honored to have this Midwest menagerie carrying the 10 Year Tour and excited for our newcomers Erra and Bad Omens. Thank you to all of the fans who support the bands and the music. Without you, none of this would be possible. See you in the pit.” More...
After The Burial had a rough 2015 with the death of guitarist Lustin Lowe and cancelled tour dates, but now the band is ready to hit back hard this year and premieres a new music video today for "Lost In The Static". The track is taken from the upcoming new album "Dig Deep", which will be out in stores February 19th via Sumerian Records.
Check out now ""Lost In The Static" below.
After The Burial had a rough 2015 with the death of guitarist Lustin Lowe and cancelled tour dates, but now the band is ready to hit back hard this year.
The band just revealed new album "Dig Deep" is coming February 19th, 2016 and pre-orders will be available next week. Cover artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Lost In The Static
5. Laurentian Ghosts
6. Heavy Lies The Ground
8. The Endless March
9. Sway Of The Break More...
We've almost got another year in the bag, so it's time to take a look back at all that went down throughout 2015 in the world of heavy metal.
This was an uneven year featuring both highs and lows, and metal didn't escape the drama frequent in other styles of music at all in the last 12 months. Echoing previous schisms in famous black metal bands, Immortal finally took its turn imploding and split into two, and this was probably the worst year in recent memory for U.S. metal tours.
On the flip side of that, a solid number of amazing albums saw release, and metal also catapulted to the top of the charts with some major releases that made people outside the underground take notice.
After two solid years dominated by reunions and reboots, it looks like that craze is finally winding down. This year most notably we saw the return of Faith No More with “Sol Invictus,” but on the more underground end industrial black metal outfit Diabolicum also came back with a first album in 14 years. Although not quite on the same scale of time, Arcturus finally returned with a new full-length after a decade's waiting.
While there are less surprise reunions announced for the coming year, there is one classic outfit hitting the road to take note of, as Black Sabbath's “final” tour - dubbed The End - runs through most of 2016 across the globe. While we wait to see what's in store in the coming year, first we'll look back at everything that went down throughout 2015.
The Good: The Best Of Metal In 2015
Both Slayer and Lamb Of God ended up topping the charts with their latest albums (with Lamb Of God even getting nominated for a Grammy). It's not often a metal album hits #2 in the world, but Slayer managed to do it. While not everyone loved the album, the exposure alone is good for the genre overall.
But how was the more underground metal? Simply put: pretty killer, if you knew were to look. There was a solid mix of great albums from long time bands like Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Enslaved, and Soilwork, as well as excellent material from newer and less prolific groups like Alkaloid, Tribulation, and Lychgate.
The tried and true classic outfits from Cradle Of Filth to Iron Maiden to My Dying Bride made appearances, and there were some seriously ambitious undertakings (Swallow The Sun released a TRIPLE album). A handful of bands that were already solid managed to really outdo themselves with stellar material this year though, including Subterannean Masquerade, Code, Shining, and Melechesh. More...
Still recovering from the death of guitarist Justin Lowe, After The Burial has now released a new single titled "Lost In Static," which can be heard below. The band will also be taking to the road early next month alongside The Faceless. Dates are as follows:
11/5 San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
11/7 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
11/8 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
11/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/11 Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/12 San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio Bar
11/13 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/14 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
11/15 St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
11/17 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11/18 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
11/19 New York, NY @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
11/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
11/21 Worcester, MA @ Upstairs at The Palladium
11/22 Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus
11/23 Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mob Club
11/24 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at The Crofoot
11/25 Cleveland, OH @ Agore Ballroom
11/27 Chicago, IL @ The Abby
11/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/29 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
12/1 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
12/2 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
12/5 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/6 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
12/8 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
12/9 West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
12/11 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction More...
Back in July, After The Burial cancelled upcoming live appearances due to the death of guitarist Justin Lowe and now the band is finally gearing up to return to live stages on a run with The Faceless. Today the band issued this statement about impending live shows:
"As you know, we canceled our appearance on the Summer Slaughter tour to spend time with friends and family in an effort to rebuild after the loss of our brother.
"Everybody deals with tragedy in their own way, and at their own pace. Each way is unique to that person, but the common goal that all people share is to get back to living a normal life. A normal life to us is being on the road, meeting our fans, and sharing our music with the world.
"We're excited to announce this upcoming tour with The Faceless. It represents a huge step forward emotionally for us in the band. We still have the drive and motivation to deliver music to you guys, and we want you all to be able to look to us for strength.
"We wouldn't be here without your support, and we want to give it back to you. We love you all, and we'll see you on the road." More...
Technical death metal masters of The Faceless premiere a brand new song entitled "The Spiraling Void" taken from the band's rumored upcoming new album. The current lineup still remains a mystery though.
Check out now "The Spiraling Void" below.
The Faceless have also revealed the dates for a North America tour with After The Burial, Rings Of Saturn and Toothgrinder this fall. Check out all dates below: More...
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...