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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces More Bands

Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced another wave of bands. Corrosion of Conformity will be appearing with Pepper Kennan as their front man. Crowbar will make its second appearance at the festival. Agoraphobic Nosebleed will make its second ever live appearance. Also, on the bill are hardcore veterans Negative Approach and Gristnam (formerly known as haarp). More...

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Nails Streaming New Tracks

Southern California based four-man hatecrew Nails just revealed the band's first new music since the release of 2013's "Abandon All Life."

The two brand new tracks "Among The Arches Of Intolerance" and "In Pain" were recorded for Decibel Magazine and have been pressed to an extremely limited Flexi-Disc given away with February's issue. You can also hear the tracks at this location.

Nuclear Blast announced the signing of Nails last year and will be releasing an upcoming as-of-yet-untitled third album in 2015. See the band live with Terror on these dates: More...

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The Red Chord And Allegaeon Added To NEM&H Fest

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:

Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
Code Orange
The Atlas Moth
The Banner
Black Mask
Downpour More...

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Nails To Support Terror On Tour

After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and concluding a successful headlining tour this summer, Southern California-based four man hatecrew Nails announces a return to European shores for March 2015.

The band will be supporting Los Angeles-based hardcore outlet Terror. Joining in the live shenanigans will be Redemption Denies and Risk It.

Commented Nails vocalist & guitarist Todd Jones: “We're coming to Europe March 2015. Our last European excursion was successful beyond our imagination so we decided to come back when the opportunity to tour with the almighty Terror presented itself. A match made in mosh pit heaven. See all you maniacs soon.”

05.03. D Berlin - Lido
06.03. D Schleiz - Woodys
07.03. D Magdeburg - Factory
08.03. NL Sneek - Bolwerk
09.03. D Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
10.03. D Cham - La Cafe
11.03. D Weinheim - Cafe Central
12.03. FR Paris - Petit Bain
13.03. D Bochum - Bahnhof Langendreer
14.03. BE Hasselt - Music O Drom
15.03. UK London - Underground (without NAILS)

Furthermore, Nails just published two brand new and previously unreleased songs: "Among The Arches Of Intolerance" and "In Pain." The songs are available on a flexi disc with the newest issue of Decibel Magazine. More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30


Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Denver Black Sky Adds Three More Bands

Denver Black Sky - set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ - has announced plans to extend the lineup of the two-day, three-stage event with three additional acts.

The festival organizers are pleased to welcome Mexican death grind perpetrators, Rottenness, which features Mile High City metal veteran Ben Pitts on vocals. The band will drag its own special brand of filthtified death metal to the DBS stage on Saturday.

Also making its way to the ceremony of chaos is Los Angeles powerviolence troupe Maladjusted, and finally Denver Black Sky welcomes iconic grindcore/crust combatants Nausea to the riotous bill.

The second edition of Denver Black Sky features another vicious lineup that includes appearances by 908, ACxDC, Annul, Brutal Truth, Cannabis Corpse, Cattleist, Cephalic Carnage, Condemned Remains, Dead Temple, Doperunner, Early Graves, Ghosts of Glaciers, Gomorrah, In The Company Of Serpents, Khemmis, Municipal Waste, Nails, Noisem, North, Phobia, Resurrection, Scalafrea, Skinned, The Drip, The Xiphoid Process, Theories, Transient, Vale of Pnath, Wayfarer, Xibalba, and Zombie Hate Brigade.

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CreativeLive To Stream Metal Songwriting Class

CreativeLive will livestream its next Music & Audio channel course, "Mastering Metal Songwriting," tomorrow (Tuesday, June 17th) at 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Eyal Levi, producer at Audiohammer Studios (The Black Dahlia Murder, August Burns Red, Whitechapel), will host the two-day class along with special guests Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter), Todd Jones (Nails) and John Browne (Monuments).

In this course, free to watch live, Levi, Clark, Jones and Browne will explore what it takes to craft great songs, from basic song structure and riff-writing, to writing melodies, leads and vocals, and then fine-tuning the arrangement to take your song from good to great.

The class will also feature critiques of songs from Kaine, Sacred Ash, and Mechanigod - which were chosen out of more than 300 entries submitted by bands at the Metalunderground Facebook page. More...

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Nails Signs To Nuclear Blast

Southern California-based four man hatecrew Nails has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment to release an as-of-yet-untitled third album. This full-length is tentatively scheduled to be unleashed upon the masses sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

“After waging an oppressive blitzkrieg against the world in 2013 with Abandon All Life, Nails will join the ranks of the legendary Nuclear Blast for our next campaign of grindcore/death/punk tyranny,” comments vocalist/guitarist Todd Jones. “Alongside the hate dogs is none other than Monte Conner, building on his work with gods like Obituary, Death, and Sepultura in bringing the extreme underground to the forefront of heavy music. Deep in a Southern California bunker crafting our newest LP, the tyrants offer sincere thanks to our former team at Southern Lord for their commitment to NAILS' vision. Long live bleak aggression, crushing rage, and audial warfare. Long live Nails. HATRED AD INFINITUM…”

The Nails crew consists of:

Todd Jones – Vocals, Guitar
Saba – Guitar
John Gianelli – Bass
Taylor Young – Drums

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Denver Black Sky Announces Second Edition

Following a successful debut last December, the bringers of Denver Black Sky are pleased to announce a second edition of live debauchery.

Crowned "Colorado's Best Metal Festival" by Denver Westword, this year's Denver Black Sky event will take place August 2nd and 3rd again at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ and feature another vicious lineup that includes appearances by:

Day 1 - August 2nd, 2014
Municipal Waste
Cephalic Carnage
Dead Temple
In The Company Of Serpents
Vale of Pnath
Ghosts of Glaciers
The Xiphoid Process
Wayfarer More...

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NEM&HF Finalizes 2014 Lineup

The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.

Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.

This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:

Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Darkest Hour
Death Rattle
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...

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Nails Announces New Shows

California's Nails has confirmed a new set of West Coast shows in a headlining run at the beginning of May.

This new five-date Nails bombing run will see Oxnard's hardcore/crust warriors headlining all dates, with support from Seattle powerviolence duo, Iron Lung, Olympia's putrid death metal horde, Bone Sickness, and Southern Cali-based death act, Skinfather.

"Abandon All Life," the demoralizing second full-length from Nails, was released via Southern Lord in March 2013. Catch the band live: More...

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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For NEM&HF 2014

The gatekeepers of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars of Tomorrow and Thy Art is Murder.

The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.

Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase at this location.

In related news, Break Thru Music is proud to announce the yearly Battle for Metal Fest competition. Throughout early 2014, local bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year's massacre. Performances will take place January - March at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, email booking@breakthrumusic.net now. More...

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Nails Gearing Up For Live Shows

Nails will take its combative anthems back to the streets again in the coming months with several new tours and shows confirmed.

First up, the band will return to the annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, with Nails performing alongside All Out War, Ringworm, Judge, World War 4, and countless others on Saturday, August 10th. Upon returning to California the band has locked down a pair of shows in Lancaster, California at the end of August.

Nails also recently confirmed the band has been invited to support industrial/metal pioneers Godflesh on four West Coast dates this Fall, the package also featuring experimentalist act Prurient. Nails will assault the crowds attending these special Godflesh appearances in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles as the tour makes its way south in late October.

Just two weeks later, the American tyrants will invade the U.K. for the first time in three years for a string of dates across the country on the Campaign For Elimination U.K. Tour. Catch the band live: More...

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Nails Streaming Full New Album

"Abandon All Life," the demoralizing second full-length from American tyrants Nails, is out now in North America via Southern Lord.

With "Abandon All Life" out wreaking havoc on the masses, today Nails gives the beaten public a full-on lashing with a full stream of the album via Revolver Magazine. Unleash pure hell right here.

Nails’ upcoming North American Spring tour in support of "Abandon All Life," alongside Early Graves and labelmates/co-headliners Xibalba, is set to begin in one month. The confrontations begin at the Chicago-based two-day The Rumble, with the three bands joining The Killer, Twitching Tongues, Crown of Thornz, Hoods, Wisdom In Chains, Weekend Nachos, Expire, Power Trip, Alpha and Omega and more, then pounds through eight cities throughout the Northeast U.S. as well as Toronto and Montreal.

4/26/2013 The Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL @ The Rumble
4/27/2013 Now That’s Class - Cleveland, OH
4/28/2013 The Funeral Home - Buffalo, NY
4/29/2013 Sneaky Dea's - Toronto, ON
4/30/2013 Il Motore - Montreal, QC
5/01/2013 Bogies - Albany, NY
5/02/2013 Great Scott - Boston, MA
5/03/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
5/04/2013 O'Reillys - Philadelphia, PA

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Nails Announces New Tour Dates, Streaming Song

Nails has teamed up with Terrorizer to stream the song "Wide Open Wound," which can be heard below or at Terrorizer.com here. The following press release was also issued about the track:

"Let's get straight to the point - if NAILS' new record Abandon All Life is a howling war cry, then the track 'Wide Open Wound' is the battle. Replete with bludgeoning beatdowns, grinding blasts, hyper-distorted vocals, hard-hitting metallic chugs and early death metal riffs, rage intensifies to a climatic end where the guitars wail and militant drum breakdowns send us marching. Clocking in at 3:37, 'Wide Open Wound' is an absolute epic for NAILS and it accentuates just how dynamic Abandon All Life really is.

"Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise). 'Abandon All Life' will drop in North America via Southern Lord on March 19th."

With tour plans already coming together to support "Abandon All Life," Nails has locked down a brutal run through the upper Midwest into Canada and down the East Coast at the end of April and beginning of May. Dates are available below. More...

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Nails Announces Tour Dates

Following a recent attack of shows down the West Coast supporting Converge and Torche, Nail has just confirmed a new three-day January West Coast assault.

Dubbed “United & Strong 2013,” the short tour will feature Nail headlining three California dates with support from Death Threat, Twitching Tongues, and Incendiary in late January. These shows will serve as a record release weekend for the upcoming "Obscene Humanity" 7”, boasting three of the most iconic tracks from the band's 2009 "Obscene Humanity" 12” EP, re-recorded during the "Unsilent Death" recording sessions.

Cvlt Nation is hosting a stream of the reanimated title track “Obscene Humanity,” alongside a detailed breakdown of the process behind bringing these songs back to life for this 7” by founding guitarist/vocalist Todd Jones, at this location.

Nail will enter Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with Converge’s Kurt Ballou from late December into early January, where the band will set hate onto tape once again, recording the "Abandon All Life" full-length. The album set for release mid-year once again through Southern Lord.

1/25 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA w/ Lecherous Gaze
1/26 Rock City - Camarillo, CA w/ Catholic Spit, Violent Americans
1/27 Aladdin Jr. - Pomona, CA w/ Retaliate, New Brigade

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Nails Streaming Re-Recorded Track

This week Southern California killers Nails will storm the West Coast on a six-city tour supporting Converge, alongside Torche and Kvelertak. The riot will originate in Seattle this Wednesday and spread through Portland, San Francisco, Pomona and Los Angeles before burning down Mesa, Arizona on October 30th.

Nails will drop a new 7” via Southern Lord at the turn of the year. The "Obscene Humanity" 7” captures three of the most iconic tracks from the band's raging debut 12” EP of the same name, re-recorded during the "Unsilent Death" sessions with a more modern, low-end tonal attack.

Today Cvlt Nation is hosting a stream of the reanimated title track “Obscene Humanity,” alongside a detailed breakdown of the process behind bringing these songs back to life for this 7” by founding guitarist/vocalist Todd Jones, at this location.

To round out the year, Nails will enter the caverns of Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with Converge’s Kurt Ballou from late December into early January, recording a next full-length. The new album, "Abandon All Life," will be finished early in the year for a Springtime release on Southern Lord.

Nail w/ Converge, Torche, Kvelertak:
10/24/2012 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
10/25/2012 Branx - Portland, OR
10/26/2012 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
10/27/2012 Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
10/28/2012 EchoPlex - Los Angeles, CA
10/30/2012 The Nile - Mesa, AZ

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Nails To Record New Album

Southern California killers Nails will enter the studio this Winter to record a new full-length, but preceding that the band has a more imminent campaign of carnage in place, as Nails will first release a new 7” and tour with Converge.

Following a self-released split 7” with Skin Like Iron that blazed the masses in January, California-based Nails will drop a new 7” via Southern Lord, which picked up the band’s 2010 LP "Unsilent Death."

The upcoming "Obscene Humanity" 7” reanimates three of the most iconic tracks from the band's raging debut 12” of the same name – “Confront Them,” “Lies,” and the title track -- re-recorded during the "Unsilent Death" sessions with a more modern, metallic, pulverizing low-end tonal attack.

"Obscene Humanity" will be released at the end of October amidst Nails’ six-date West Coast tour supporting Converge alongside Torche and Kvelertak. This will be the first time the band has played any of these cities since being joined by new guitarist Saba, the trio now becoming a quartet. More...

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Nails Streaming Split Release Online

The split 7? EP between Nails and Skin Like Iron, being collaboratively released by both bands at the end of January, is now streaming in its entirety via Decibel Magazine’s website right here. The following press release about the split was also posted online:

"Running the show on side A, San Francisco’s Skin Like Iron has already become a well-known entity in modern hardcore with nearly ten releases on such admirable dissident hardcore labels as Six Feet Under and React Records. The split leads off with two tracks of the band's melodic, yet abrasive hardcore, boasting an ambitious and emotive energy that many similar contemporary acts lack in severely.

"The B-side of this crushing joint venture is owned by Nails, hailing from Oxnard, California (the same town as the legendary Dr. Know), and undoubtedly one of the most devastating acts within the present expanses of hardcore. As on the band's Southern Lord debut LP "Unsilent Death," Nails gets in, kills, and gets out, just as fans expect on these two tracks, which are in fact a preview of what is to be expected of their upcoming full-length, now being constructed for release via Southern Lord in sometime in 2012.

"The limited one-time pressing of this raging hardcore EP has been manufactured to supply the public with 900 copies on black wax and 100 copies on blue. The artwork was handled by SKIN LIKE IRON’s Alex Capasso who has handled the art duties for previous releases for the band. Preorders for the EP can be found here."

Nails and Skin Like Iron have the following upcoming shows:

1/18/2012 Center For The Arts – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dangers [*no SLI]
1/19/2012 Rec Center – Oakland, CA [*no Nails]
1/21/2012 Aladdin Jr. – Pomona, CA w/ The Funeral Pyre, Hordes
1/28/2012 Submission Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Skin Like Iron, Creatures, Rievers, Corruption Scheme
1/29/2012 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Walls, True Radical Miracle [*no SLI]

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