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Below is our complete HOD news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Impiety To Play Rites Of Darkness Festival

Impiety has issued the following brief statement about the band's first U.S. performance at the Rites of Darkness festival: "Impiety's debut U.S. appearance headlining Rites of Darkness II Festival in San Antonio, Texas this Dec 10th-11th. Demons strike - from above and below...." The festival lineup is as follows:

December 10th:

Engaged in Mutilating - 5:20 - 5:45
Speedwolf - 6:00 - 6:30
Grave Ritual - 6:45 - 7:15
Spiculum Iratus - 7:30 - 8:00
Manticore - 8:15 - 8:50
Infernal Stronghold - 9:05 - 9:35
Grave Miasma - 9:55 - 10:35
Ghoul - 10:55 - 11:35
Blasphemophahger - 11:55 - 12:35
Weapon - 12:55 - close

December 11th:

Blaspherian - 3:40 - 4:10
Obeisance - 4:25 - 4:55
Necroholocaust - 5:10 - 5:40
Hod - 5:55 - 6:25
Morbosidad - 6:40 - 7:10
Vasaeleth - 7:35 - 8:10
Disma - 8:25 - 9:00
Cruciamentum - 9:15 - 9:50
Black Witchery - 10:05 - 10:45
Surrender of Divinity - 11:05 - 11:55
Diocletian - 12:10 12:50
Impiety - 1:05 to close

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Lineup Announced For Anti-Christ Mass XIII

The Anti-Christ Mass XIII festival is set to take place on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Houston, Texas. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Morbus 666
Death Rites 666
Funeral Rites
Cerebral Rot
Venomous Supremacy
Sculpting Atrocity
Spectral Manifest
Bound in Flesh

The details of the show are as follows: More...

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Texas

There are a plethora of high-quality metal bands emerging from the state of Texas, and those who only know the state for Pantera will be shocked to learn about the high number of extreme metal bands who call Texas home. In addition to classic extreme metal bands like Absu, Averse Sefira, Thornspawn, and Imprecation, there are also a number of newer bands who are waving the flag of Texas extreme metal high. Today, we'll take a look at a few newer bands who hail from central Texas (basically, the areas in and around Austin and San Antonio), starting with Hexlust. More...

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Fatalist Added To Campaign For Death Metal Purity

With a newly revamped lineup, Fatalist has announced they have been added to select dates of the Campaign For Death Metal Purity 2010 tour. California's answer to Stockholm-style death metal will join Ibex Moon Records label mates Gravehill, Cardiac Arrest, and Hod. Kicking off July 2nd in Portland, OR, this tour was designed for the sole purpose of taking death metal back to its roots. Additionally, the July 10th date at Belvedere's Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA has been dubbed the Ibex Moon Records Fest and will feature performances by Incantation and Funerus.

The currently announced dates are as follows:

7/2nd @ Plan B - Portland, OR*
7/3rd @ The Parkside - San Fransisco, CA*
7/4th @ The Blvd - Los Angeles, CA*
7/5th @ The Drunken Lass - Prescott, AZ
7/7th @ Beerland - Austin, TX
7/8th @ The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
7/9th @ Nightcap - Chicago, IL
7/10th @ Belvedere's Lounge - Pittsburgh, PA**
7/11th @ Jimmy's Place - Allentown, PA
7/12th @ Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
7/13th @ Fontana's - New York, NY
7/14th @ Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
7/15th @ TBA - Memphis, TN
7/16th @ Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR
7/17th @ Walters - Houston, TX
7/18th @ Ten Eleven - San Antonio, TX

* - w/ Fatalist
** w/ Incantation, Funerus and Abysme

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"Campaign For Death Metal Purity" Tour Announced

Cardiac Arrest, Gravehill, and Hod will be touring together as the "Campaign For Death Metal Purity" 2010 tour. Ibex Moon Records issued the following statement about the tour:

"Death Metal has grown weak and soft… with the infiltration of hard-core breakdowns; gravity blasts, emo singing, and MTV saturated 'fashion agenda'…what a sad affair when Death Metal becomes another genre of pop music!" Ibex Moon Records would like to invite the True Death Metal Elite to a series of select dates across the United States of America! A Tour designed for the sole purpose of taking Death Metal back to its roots, a time when metal wasn’t a fashion statement and Death Metal came from some place much more sinister and far more deadly!"

John McEntee, Ibex Moon Records label mastermind and guitarist/vocalist for Incantation, had this to say about the tour: “With all the trends in metal these days and all these fest type tours that mostly only highlight the flavor of the month bands. We wanted to put together a tour with 3 strong Death Metal bands that all in their own right have proven themselves to be true warriors of death! Each band has forged their own legacy by being 100% true to themselves and it shows with their intense live performances. This is the time to take back our underground scene and show your support to some of Death Metal’s top extreme bands. Death Metal is Eternal Under the Ibex Moon." More...

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HOD Checks In With Road Report

HOD guitarist Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder has checked in with the following tour road report:

"The Texas onslaught with Gravehill has been merciless. P.A. Systems crashing to ground. Women beating women. Men beating men. Holy hell it's been brutal! Gravehill's death metal assault has to be witnessed live to understand the brutality. HOD has unleashed some new songs on this tour including 'Under Tyranny's Hammer' and 'Walking Wounded.' The crowd response has been killer for the new material. We hope to see all you maniacs out on the road soon."

The upcoming HOD tour dates are as follows:

3/13 The Nat Ballroom – West Texas Death Fest, Amarillo, TX
3/16 Club Encore w/ Book of Black Earth, Austin, TX
3/18 Pedicab Bar w/ Withered, Javelina, & Howl, San Antonio, TX
5/21 The Ten Eleven w/ The Gates of Slumber & Bastardwolf, San Antonio, TX
6/6 Emo’s w/ Obituary & Pack of Wolves, Austin, TX
6/19 TBA, Hattiesburg or Jackson, MS
7/9 TBA w/ Immolith & Maax, Austin, TX
7/10 TBA w/ Immolith & Maax, Dallas or Houston?

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Hod Announces Texas Mini-Tour with Gravehill

Hod has announced that they will be part of a mini tour of Texas with Gravehill starting at the end of the month. The band has issued the following statement on the Lone Star State assault:

"San Antonio, Houston and Austin prepare for a crushing metal onslaught. Coming from California will be death metal lunatics Gravehill. This will be their first Texas shows ever, so everyone needs to come out and represent Texas Metal Pride. Also on the tour will be new Deathgasm Records recording artists Blaspherian! Anyone who has seen this band live knows what a totally heavy death metal performance they will bring. Death Metal done the old true way! And from San Mucas, I mean San Marcus, Texas will be Disfigured on the tour as well. You can always expect a solid grinding death metal assault from these guys. We look forward to sharing the stage with these bands! We look forward to drinking all your beer. We look forward to raising some Hell!"

Hod's "Serpent" was released last year on Ibex Moon Records

Recent Ibex Moon signees Gravehill are scheduled to release the special diehard vinyl version of "Rites of the Pentagram" within the next month. Following it in the spring will be a CD re-release of the album, which will contain the five-track "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. Finally, the summer will see the release of new full-length album "Pravus Tyrannis."

Here are the latest tour dates for both bands: More...

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Gravehill Signs To Ibex Moon Records

GRAVEHILL has announced the conclusion of their agreement with ENUCLEATION RECORDS and subsequent signing with IBEX MOON RECORDS. The band has three new releases on the horizon with their new deal.

The first order of business is the 12” Vinyl Release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will contain special packaging strictly for the die-hard collector. Look for this release on IBEX MOON RECORDS in February/March 2010.

The second is the CD re-release of "Rites of the Pentagram," which will include the five-song "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP, complete with new packaging. This re-release will follow the vinyl version in the spring of 2010.

The last item is GRAVEHILL’s sophomore record "Pravus Tyrannis," which will be released sometime over the summer of 2010. Some titles set to appear on this release are "Unholy Executioner," "Suffer No Man to Live," "When All Roads Lead to Hell," "Devil Worshiper," and "War Prayers" to name a few.

Early 2010 will also see the release of the Relapse Records "Death Metal EP Series," which is a strictly 7” EP vinyl release featuring one band per side. The first of said series features GRAVEHILL and CARDIAC ARREST. This exclusive release has the song "Of Wolves and Wickedness” recorded during the "Metal of Death/Advocation of Murder & Suicide" EP session. This series will eventually see a CD release; refer to relapse.com for more details.

In the meantime, check out some of their music on the band's official MySpace page.

Finally, here are the latest Gravehill upcoming gigs in 2010:

Jan 16 The Black Castle w/ Order from Chaos Inglewood, CA
Feb 20 Cheyenne Saloon w/ Spun in Darkness Las Vegas, NV
Feb 26 The Ten Eleven w/ Hod San Antonio, TX
Feb 27 Walter’s w/ Hod Houston, TX
Feb 28 Emo’s w/ Hod Austin, TX
Jul 17 Blondie’s: Michigan Death Fest Detroit, MI

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Hod Parts Ways With Bassist

Hod bassist Derrick Rivers has announced his departure from the band to focus his efforts on battling cancer. Vocalist Beer Reebs shares the following information about Rivers, as well as other Hod happenings:

“Our original bassist Dirty Derrick has been battling cancer and thus far has been successful. However, he was recently informed that it had come back in his liver and possibly his lungs and will begin treatment for it again within a few weeks. He’s decided in the interest of his health, that he will be hanging up the bass to focus on taking care of himself. Although the band hates to see him go we all completely understand and support his decision to do so. His last performance with Hod will be this Saturday, November 14th, at The Goregrowler's Ball 3 in San Antonio, TX at The Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar. Taking Dirty Derek's place on the bludgeoning four strings will be Trans Am from the Austin, TX based grindcore band, Pleasant Valley. His first live performance with Hod will be Saturday December 5th at Downtown Music in Littlerock, AR with Deadbird and Vore.

“In other Hod news, I’m pleased to announce that the band is four songs into the second full length album and follow up to Serpent. It is scheduled for recording in early 2010 and set to be recorded at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, TX by Ignitor/Agony Column guitarist Stuart 'Batlord' Lawrence. It is set to be mixed and mastered at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios and released by Ibex Moon Records. Finally, 2010 also has some heavy show activity coming up. We have shows lined up with bands like Gravehill, Godless Rising, Blaspherian, and legendary crossover band D.R.I., to name a few.”

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"Slow Southern Steel" Documentary In The Works

One of the most comprehensive southern metal documentaries ever made is coming in 2010. Appropriately dubbed "Slow Southern Steel," the 80+ minute film is executive produced by Karim Khan (I'm Better Than Everyone Records) and directed by Rwake vocalist CT and David Lipke with the additional and integral assistance of George Hancock, Alix Petrovich and Beer Wolf guitarist Christian Sweeney (who will be releasing a paperback version of the production) among many others.

"Slow Southern Steel" peers into the world of true southern metal/doom through live footage and personal interviews; CT's devout commitment/knowledge/love of the topic at hand bringing the movie to life in a way few first-time directors can. Said CT about the laborious undertaking: "I knew there were things I could get out of these bands that other film makers could not." Added Khan, "There's just something very appealing to me about taking unyielding heavy songs and adding a strong southern element to them."

At press time, the film was still being shot and thus far, featured bands will include (in alphabetical order): A Hanging, ASG, Baron Grod, Beaten Back To Pure, Beer Wolf, Black Skies, Black Tusk, Blackblood Division, Blood Of The Sun, Collapsar, Colossus, Cough, Dark Castle, Deadbird, Dead-I-On, Dixie Witch, Doomsayer, Eyehategod, Flesh Parade, Haarp, Hawg Jaw, HOD, Hope And Suicide, Hostile Apostle, House Of Lightning, In The Lurch, Jucifer, Ketea, Khann, Kylesa, Mala Suerte, Music Hates You, Parasytic, Queen Beast, Royal Thunder, Rwake, Seahag, SeaWitch, Sourvein, Speedealer, Spickle, Suplecs, Subrig Destroyer, The Devil And The Sea, The Dumps, The Roller, The Unbeheld, Vessel Of The Divine, Weedeater, Withered and Zoroaster.

"Slow Southern Steel" will make its debut at the renowned Little Rock Film Festival in May of 2010 (www.littlerockfilmfestival.org) where many of the bands featured will be in attendance. Additional festival previews will follow.

The DVD edition is slated to be released in 2011 via fast-growing, vinyl-only (and now DVD) Chicago imprint, I'm Better Than Everyone Records.

You can check out a two-minute "Slow Southern Steel" trailer below.

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Hod Appearing In New Metal Documentary

Hod guitarist Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder has issued the following statement about appearing in the upcoming metal documentary "Slow Southern Steel:"

"The South will rise again! Now that we got your attention. Hod is a part of a new metal documentary about bands from the South called 'Slow Southern Steel'. The film focuses on Southern acts that play doom, sludge, death metal. HOD represents the more extreme side of things in the South, so they asked us to represent the death/black/thrash/whatever-you-want-to-call-it metal in the South. The film includes live footage of the band playing that is shot with multi camera so it some cool stuff. HOD vocalist Beer Reebs does a killer interview in the film too. Any fan of metal will enjoy this film."

The 80-plus-minute film is executive-produced by Karim Khan (I'm Better Than Everyone Records) and directed by RWAKE vocalist CT and David Lipke with the additional assistance of George Hancock, Alix Petrovich and BEER WOLF guitarist Christian Sweeney (who will be releasing a paperback version of the production) among many others. A trailer for the film can be viewed below.

"Slow Southern Steel" will make its debut at the Little Rock Film Festival in May of 2010. The DVD edition is slated to be released in 2011. More...

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Solitude Aeturnus Announces Texas Tour Date

Solitude Aeturnus has announced that they will be playing a show on September 5th at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. The band issued the following statement about the show:

"A blackened night of doom and mayhem done 'Texas' style! Averse Sefira (Austin), HOD (San Antonio, ex-Thornspawn member) and KNON 89.3 FM DJ Thrashin Alan's band, Violent Intentions, opens up so don't be late!"

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Absu Issues Update On Fort Worth Tour Date

Absu has issued the following update about their upcoming make up show in Forth Worth:

"San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD has recently been added to the make up performance on Saturday, September 5th. HOD has also recently released their excellent debut album, 'Serpent,' via Ibex Moon Records.

"ABSU's Dallas/Ft. Worth concert, which was originally supposed to take place on June 29th, has been rescheduled for September 5th at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. This show will also feature doom metal legends SOLITUDE AETURNUS and Austin-based black metal band AVERSE SEFIRA. All tickets for the original concert on June 29th will be honored for the September 5th make-up performance. Tickets are available here and at the box office the day of the show.

"ABSU will embark on a full European tour later this year. Support on the trek will come from psychedelic black metal band NACHTMYSTIUM, England's RAZOR OF OCCAM (featuring members of DESTROYER 666) and ZOROASTER."

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Hod Announces Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates

Guitarist Lord Necron of Texas metal band Hod has issued the following brief statement about their current U.S. tour:

"The tour is going well. It's great playing to new crowds and spreading the metal. West coast be warned, you're next!"

The rest of Hod's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

7/15 @ The Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada
7/16 @ Fredo’s Club Los Angeles, California
7/17 @ The Jumping Turtle San Marcos, California
7/18 @ Ub’s Bar Mesa, Arizona
7/20 @ The War Legion Underground Amarillo, Texas
7/21 @ The Gypsy Fayetteville, Arkansas
7/22 @ The Muse Nashville, Tennessee
7/23 @ The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
7/24 @ The Oasis Charleston, South Carolina
7/25 @ Bourbon Street New Port Richey, Florida

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Hod Streaming "Harbinger of Death" Online

Texas metal band Hod is currently streaming the song "Harbinger of Death" online, which comes from their latest album "Serpent." The track can be heard here.

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Hod Streaming New Song "Victims" Online

Texas metal band Hod has issued the following statement about streaming a new song online and the release date of their upcoming album:

"It is official, March 17th, 2009 "Sepent" will be unleashed to the world. You will be able to get this album at Best Buy, FYE, and of course your local independent record shops. So start asking these places for your copy now! Also, if you want to pre-order the album you can at Amazon.com and Ibex moon Records. Help spread the serpent's plague. Take a listen to our new track "Victims" for a preview of it."

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HOD Completes New Album, "Serpent," Issues Update

San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD have completed recording their debut album for IBEX MOON RECORDS, titled "Serpent," and has issued a band update.

In a statement from the band, guitarist Lord Necron posts: "Our debut album is now finished. The album will be titled 'Serpent' as announced earlier. We had Proscriptor of ABSU master the album at his studio Tarot Productions. He did a great job of making it all come together. We expect this album to be out this February on IBEX MOON RECORDS. Cover art was done by the very talented Mark Riddick. We plan to put some new songs on our MySpace page in the coming weeks."

The final track listing for "Serpent" is:

1. Victims
2. Ritual of Vengeance
3. God of Darkness and Winter
4. Nine Days
5. Demoralizer
6. Harbinger of Death
7. The Serpent of the Nightmare Empire

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Hod Checks In From The Studio

San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD has posted a studio update on their upcoming album, "Serpent," and various live dates.

In a statement from the band, guitarist Lord Necron states:

"The recording process with Stuart 'BatLord' Laurence (Thornspawn, Averse Sefira) is going very well with the new album. We have completed all major tracking. This recording so far is really heavy. You really feel the crunch in the guitars and pounding of the kick drums. All we have left is the vocals and then the final mix down. Prepare to have you neck ripped from your body trying to headbang to those blast beats!"

The band has also added a few shows in their hometown and surrounding area. The upcoming HOD shows are:

Sep 12, 2008 White Rabbit - San Antonio, Texas (w/ Sigh, Unexpect)
Oct 11, 2008 Room 710 - Austin, Texas (w/ Averse Sefira, Mortality)
Oct 17, 2008 Warhol - San Antonio, Texas (w/ Exmortus, A Devoured Deception, Hexlust, Criminals of Assault)
Oct 23, 2008 White Rabbit - San Antonio, Texas (w/ Master)

The band is set to release their debut album on Ibex Moon Records sometime in early 2009.

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HOD In The Studio Working on Debut Album

San Antonio, Texas-based extreme metal band HOD will release their debut album on Ibex Moon Records sometime in early 2009.

The band, comprised of members from Necrovore, Thornspawn, Exulcerate and Pillcrusher, is currently in the studio working on their debut, titled "Serpent."

HOD guitarist Lord Necron issues the following update: "We have started work on the recording of our debut album for Ibex Moon Records. We are working with Stuart "BatLord" Laurence for the recording. Stuart has recorded many Texas metal bands over the years such as Thornspawn, Averse Sefira, Death Of Millions and so on. Stuart knows metal since he too has been in many bands over the years, including Agony Column and his present band Ignitor. I can tell you the recording has a very dark and brutal edge to it. The songs appearing on the record will be:

Serpent of the Nightmare Empire
Harbinger of Death
Black Rites
Nine Days
God Of Darkness and Winter

"It is definitely a leap forward from our demo. We plan on unleashing this beast sometime early next year."

Check out HOD at their official MySpace page.

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HOD Signs To Ibex Moon Records

Ibex Moon Records are proud to announce the signing of HOD from San Antonio, TX. HOD features vocalist Beer Reebs (ex-Pillcrusher, Rancid Vat), Bjorn Haga (ex-Necrovore) on guitars, Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder (ex-Thornspawn) also on guitars, Dirty Derick Rivers (past GG Allin) on bass and Dennis Sanders (ex-Exculcerate) on drums.

John McEntee Owner of Ibex Moon Records comments on teh signing:
“HOD is a real blasphemous power house. I have known Carl and Bjorn for a long time now and jumped at the opportunity to work with them. They play aggressive and twisted black/death metal and bring in the best of the original black/death metal fundamentals without being outdated. They will forge a new standard on the future of extreme metal. I look forward to a monstrous debut album. HOD will for sure be a metal force to be reckoned with!”

Carl "Lord Necron" Snyder HOD guitarist comments:
“We are pleased to announce our signing to Ibex Moon Records. Ibex Moon is the label that is right for HOD. Working with a label that is run by people that are actually fans of extreme metal was a major consideration for us. So this makes a perfect union. Prepare for annihilation...You have been warned!"

You can check out some of HOD's material on their MySpace page.

Here are the latest tour HOD shows planned:

February 29, 2008 @ Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, 1033 Ave. B, San Antonio, TX 78215
w/ Rotting Christ, Immolation, Belphagor, Averse Sephira, Hod, Disfigured

April 12, 2008 @ Red Seven, 611 E. 7th St., Austin, Tx 78701
w/ Hod, Gates of Enoch, Sakrefix, Adumus, Golgotha, Nosferion

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