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From: Washington D.C., United States
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Reigning grindcore champions Pig Destroyer have announced a series of summer and fall festival appearances in support of their upcoming 5th full-length record. The band will be heading to Europe on August 10th to play the Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault Festival and Belgium’s Ieper Fest followed by a string of Japanese and Canadian dates.
Then in November, Pig Destroyer is set to headline the UK’s Damnation Festival along with a round of headlining dates. These shows mark the first live performances with new drummer Adam Jarvis behind the kit. A complete listing of dates is included below with more to be announced shortly.
Pig Destroyer recently entered guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios to record the band's first album in 5 years. The as-of-yet-titled album is a return to a raw, primitive sound and will feature 19 songs of the band's signature misanthropic grind. A late 2012 release is expected via Relapse Records. More...
The extreme music world is about to get a much needed cinderblock to the face as the mighty Pig Destroyer has entered the studio to record a 5th full-length record and first album in over five years. The band is self-producing and recording the new album at guitarist Scott Hull's Visceral Sound Studios in Alexandria, VA.
According to a press release, the as-yet-untitled album is a "return to a raw, primitive sound and will feature 19 songs of Pig Destroyer' signature misanthropic grind." A late 2012 release is expected via Relapse Records.
This time around, Pig Destroyer has enlisted the help of Adam Jarvis (Misery Index) to lend inhuman drumming skills to the aural hatred. Now a full time member, Scott Hull commented on the addition of Adam:
"Tracking the drums happened this week and I'm honestly amazed at how Adam stepped up to the task of learning some challenging shit outside of his standard comfort zone. He came into the studio ready to destroy and destroy he did. And in the haze of long studio hours he never settled for a bad take. He's a real soldier. Adam has helped breathe new life into the band and we feel like we are starting fresh. Everyone here is excited for people to check out the new jams."
Additionally, Pig Destroyer has been confirmed for the UK's Damnation Festival this November with numerous other dates and festivals to be announced shortly.
Relapse Records has unleashed the label's prestigious 20+ year catalog online via Bandcamp at this location. All of the albums from the catalog can now be streamed for free.
The official Relapse page features over 122 artists including Baroness, Dying Fetus, Pig Destroyer, Red Fang, Necrophagist, Revocation, and many more, each streaming their entire Relapse catalog for free in addition to offering the albums as high quality 320k mp3 or FLAC downloads.
Additionally, the label has made available a page for Relapse alumni including Mastodon, Neurosis, Amorphis, Nile, High in Fire, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and over 20 additional artists at this location.
Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just re-released the book "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" as a free PDF Download. Featuring new cover art and a redesigned look, this new version finally does visual justice to the original.
The product of one year spent traveling the USA underground, "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" is a genre-bending work of nonfiction that is at once a road book and a journalistic expose on American counterculture as well.
In "The Big Shiny Prison (Volume One)" Bartek makes it through 35 states, spends 600+ hours on Greyhounds while interviewing a variety of celebrities, musicians, journalists and travelers. Covering all forms of counterculture with a heavy emphasis on extreme metal & hardcore punk, “The Big Shiny Prison” refuses to become a stereotypical “music book.” It instead falls into the category of the autobiographical road novel using a relevant approach that appeals to both the average reader & the critical academia.
Originally released on 11/15/09, the book features interviews/appearances by DWARVES, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, MDC, Repulsion, Psyopus, Cephalic Carnage, Downtown Brown, HIMSA, Atheist, Foxy Shazam, STALAGGH, Absymal Dawn, Ludicra, The Angelic Process, AxCx & many more. More...
Ryan Bartek has made his new book "The Big Shiny Prison" available as a free PDF download. The book can be found at this location. "The Big Shiny Prison" is an expose on various forms of underground music ranging from extreme metal to punk to rock. Interviews are included in the book with bands such as Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer, and Abysmal Dawn. Bartek issued the following statement about the book:
"My name is Ryan Bartek. For the past 3 years I’ve sacrificed everything for the successful completion of this project. I spent a year on the road, another year completing & shopping it, and another year of total rejection. It is only karmically fitting that both the demise of magazine & book publishing come in one fell swoop.
"I was never in it for the money, nor the aspect of celebrity. I have spent an upwards of $10,000 on it, which I remark only to underline my absolute sincerity. No one would deny its quality -- but the raw nature of the work, as well as its excessive length, made it impossible to pigeon hole or successfully shop. Nothing quite like it has ever surfaced, at least not in the format I’ve undertaken.
"After this seemingly endless struggle, I have decided to offer it to the public domain. While I retain the copyright/trademark, I both encourage and support file sharing. It is my only wish that this manuscript be circulated & appreciated. Perhaps when all is said and done, someone might offer a physical print run."
Baroness has announced a full U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming album "Blue Record." This month-long headlining tour will kick-off on November 18th in Washington, DC and include a number of guests along the way including Earthless, Torche, Pig Destroyer, Iron Age, and more.
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Goatwhore has finished filming a video for the first single from "Carving Out The Eyes Of God," "Apocalyptic Havoc," which was recently filmed by acclaimed video director, Dave Brodsky (The Red Chord, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder). You can check out the video below. More...
EYEHATEGOD have lined up the following upcoming East Coast tour dates with GOATWHORE and STRONG INTENTION:
October 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Pig Destroyer, Swarm of the Lotus, Triac
October 24 – New York, NY @ The Temptress (boat cruise) w/ Pig Destroyer
October 25 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Anal Cunt, Howl, Rampant Decay
Relapse Records has issued the following statement about an upcoming New York show with Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, and Repulsion:
"Three legendary metal bands, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer and Repulsion, will team up for the inaugural Blackened Music Series show to be held Friday, July 31st in Brooklyn, NY. This event will also serve as a release party for the forthcoming book, Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces that will see a July 15th release via De Capo Press.
"To celebrate their first-ever New York show and the inclusion of their legendary album Horrified in Precious Metal, Repulsion will be performing the influential release in its entirety."
The full details are as follows:
Friday, July 31st 2009
Brooklyn Masonic Temple – 317 Clermont Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Show starts @ 8:00 pm EST (doors at 7:30 pm)
With the date fast approaching, it'd be good for you to get your tickets to the Maryland Deathfest VII soon. They have a stellar lineup planned, most notably Napalm Death, Trap Them, Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation. But their website is down, so you can't buy tickets directly. From the Deathfest Myspace:
"Unfortunately we're dealing with the headache of our website being down for the next day or so, so here's the deal with the tickets.
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY TICKETS: These can be purchased through paypal. Friday only is $38 and Sunday only is $43. Paypal payment can be sent to email@example.com. Visit www.paypal.com and enter that e-mail address to send payment to. If you send payment for tickets between now and the fest, they will automatically be placed at WILL CALL. Friday and Sunday only tickets can also be purchased at the door.
SATURDAY ONLY TICKETS: An outside only ticket for Saturday will be available AT THE DOOR ONLY for $25."
Maryland Deathfest has announced Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation as replacements for Enslaved, Keep of Kalessin, and Swallow The Sun, whose North American tour together was scrapped. One more band will be announced before January 1st.
Maryland Deathfest VII will take place on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are currently on sale.
Here is a curre?nt list of confirmed bands for the Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...
More bands were recently confirmed for Maryland Deathfest VII. Just announced to appear at MDF 2009 are:
Swallow the Sun
The Red Chord
Keep of Kalessin
Agenda of Swine
Pretty Little Flower
Bolt Thrower has released this bit of news regarding their first trip to the USA in 14 years:
"Due to the fact that we are not real festival lovers or great fans of flying, the chances of us ever coming to the States for a one-off show was always very small. But after years of relentless emails from Ryan we've finally given in. It's hard to believe that it's been 14 years since we last played in the US, so we are very happy to announce that we are finally coming back. Bolt Thrower will be playing Maryland Deathfest VII, on May 22-24, 2009, at Sonar, Baltimore, MD."
A few more bands were exected to be included in this announcement, but the organizers are still working on the details. Therefore, another announcement is expected with even more band confirmations in the near future, as they wrap up the booking process for Maryland Deathfest 2009
Tickets will definitely go on sale on Friday, November 7th.
Here is a full list of currently confirmed bands for Maryland Deathfest 2009: More...
Thanks to Heathen Skulls, Soundworks, and RW Entertainment, Pig Destroyer have announced they will be touring Australia and New Zealand this October in support of their latest album, 'Phantom Limb.' The dates for the tour are as follows:
Friday 24th: Hi Fi Bar – Melbourne
with Blood Duster, Terrorust, and Fuck... I'm Dead
Tickets available through Missing Link and Hi Fi Bar
Saturday 25th: Gaelic Club – Sydney
with Terrorust, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace, and special guest
Tickets available through Moshtix (Ph: 1300 438 849)
Sunday 26th: Rosies – Brisbane
with special guests (TBC)
Tickets available through Moshtix (Ph: 1300 438 849)
Monday 27th: Fowlers – Adelaide
with Robotosauras, Grey Daturas, and Captain Clean Off
Tickets available through Moshtix (Ph: 1300 438 849)
Tuesday 28th: Amplifier Bar – Perth
with special guests (TBC)
Tickets available through Moshtix (Ph: 1300 438 849)
Wednesday 29th: Brisbane Hotel – Hobart
with Ruins, and special guests
No pre-sales Tickets available.
Saturday 1st: Transmission Room – Auckland (All Ages)
with Terrorust, and special guests
Tickets available from Real Groovey, and Ticketek
In the tradition of the legendary "Cry Now, Cry Later" compilations of the 90's, PIG DESTROYER / AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED's Scott Hull has brought together some of the very best of today's underground grindcore, hardcore, and power violence bands making up volume one of "This Comp Kills Fascists."
The complete listing of bands included is: AGENTS OF SATAN, A.S.R.A, BRUTAL TRUTH, CHAINSAW TO THE FACE, INSECT WARFARE, KILL THE CLIENT, MAGRUDERGRIND, MAN WILL DESTROY HIMSELF, SHITSTORM, SPOONFUL OF VICODIN, TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION, WASTEOID, and WEEKEND NACHOS.
A number of participants on the "This Comp Kills Fascists" compilation have posted audio previews of their new and exclusive tracks that will appear on the disc. MAGRUDERGRIND has posted "Burden," MARUTA "Chemical Tomb," A.S.R.A. "Pig Squealer," CHAINSAW TO THE FACE "Hating Life," WASTEOID "Bangover," TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION "a href="http://www.myspace.com/totalfuckingdestruction">Human Is The Bastard," and SHITSTORM "Brainwashed." And BRUTAL TRUTH, who's contribution is the first new material from the band in almost ten years, has posted the brand new track "Turmoil."
Additionally, the compilation's artwork has been unveiled at the comp's MySpace page.
"This Comp Kills Fascists" will see its North American release on July 8th, July 14th internationally with pre-orders being accepted now.
In the tradition of the legendary "Cry Now, Cry Later" compilations of the 90's, PIG DESTROYER / AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED's Scott Hull has brought together some of the very best of today's underground grindcore, hardcore, and power violence bands for volume one of "This Comp Kills Fascists."
"This Comp Kills Fascists" features new and exclusive material from such bands as recently disbanded INSECT WARFARE, MAGRUDERGRIND, KILL THE CLIENT, WEEKEND NACHOS, A.S.R.A, and more. "This Comp Kills Fascists" also includes the first new material in almost ten years from legendary grinders BRUTAL TRUTH and AGENTS OF SATAN.
Hull says of the compilation: "There are a lot of killer young bands out there with the same kind of vibe that was around back when Chris Dodge was doing Slap-a-Ham and Fiesta Grande was the all-important mecca to which every underground hardcore listener would make a pilgrimage every year. It was a lot different back then. There was no MySpace. No Ebay. You actually had tapes and 7-inches that you found out about in photo copied fanzines. You had to hunt this shit down. It was about discovery. You'd seek out some obscure split or tape, and when you got them, a million small flyers for other releases fell out of the package. If you were a band, you didn't have photoshop. Kinko's was vital to your band's existence and you learned how to tear out logos, steal artwork, cut, paste, cut, paste..." "I don't pretend to be any kind of grand poobah for power violence, but it absolutely had its own sound, attitude, values...it was it's own scene. And it seems there are both a lot of bands from the day that are coming back (Despise You, Apartment 213, Crom), that never left (Lack of Interest, Hellnation), and a LOT of younger bands that are re-invigorating that scene altogether. This comp is generally about a theme, but somewhat spread across PV, grind, and other hardcore elements. It's supposed to be a tribute to the way the underground hardcore scene should always be. Fast, loose, ferociously independent, unpretentious, and fun."
"This Comp Kills Fascists" will see its North American release on July 8th, July 14th internationally.
Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed member Scott Hull will issue his first-ever solo release, "Requiem," in June via Relapse Records.
According to Relapse, "Requiem sees Hull explore his long-time love for movies and cinema score in the form of a beautifully crafted piece of work."
"Requiem" will see its release on June 10th in North America (June 16th internationally). Advance song titles from the album include: "Consequenze", "Visita all'ospedale", "Morte sul treno", and "Il funerale di Bonnie." Audio samples from the album can be heard online here.
PIG DESTROYER has announced some upcoming live performances.
The band will first perform a local Washington, DC show on April 11th at the Black Cat along with label-mates MISERY INDEX as well as MAGRUDERGRIND and THE WAYWARD. Tickets are on sale now at this location.
Pig Destroyer will then head to Japan in early May for Extreme The Dojo 20 as headlined by the reunited AT THE GATES. Also on the tour are labelmates THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. A listing of live dates can be found below with more tour plans to be announced shortly.
Pig Destroyer has also recently launched a mobile store (here) where US cellular phone users can purchase ring tones and wallpaper. More...
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have announced a series of headlining tours in support of their acclaimed new album Ire Works.
The band will first head out on an U.S. headlining tour in April that will also include an appearance at Bamboozle Left in Irvine, CA. Then in early May, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will head to Japan for “Extreme The Dojo 20” with the re-united AT THE GATES along with PIG DESTROYER and MAYHEM.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will follow the Japanese tour with a headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand. A complete listing of tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon.
Additionally, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman recently spoke with MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog about broken bones, border patrol, reality shows, and more. Visit headbangersblog.mtv.com to read the complete interview.
Grindcore masters PIG DESTROYER will be performing at the Black Cat in Washington, DC on Friday, April 11th. Also at the show will be MISERY INDEX, MAGRUDERGRIND, and THE WAYWARD.
When indie metal mag, Decibel, ranked Pig Destroyer’s Phantom Limb as the best disc of 2007 — above records by Dillinger Escape Plan, Down and Machine Head — it seemed like a bold move. But it wasn’t as audacious as the publication’s decision to emphasize its choice with a year-end cover story interview.
Most bands would sell their sisters’ souls to achieve such an endorsement, however Pig Destroyer are too concerned with staying true to themselves to worry about what other people think of them. While he was flattered by the attention, singer J.R. Hayes told us he hasn’t even taken the magazine out of the shrink-wrap, and can’t understand why the band is drawing praise from everyone from fanzines to major monthlies.
Hayes explains in the latest Headbangers Ball Blog Pig Destroyer podcast, Pig Destroyer would rather remain an underground entity than ever become popular.
Hayes discusses why he likes to be called a misogynist (even though he isn’t one), his struggle with depression and anxiety, why he hates shooting videos, how Pig Destroyer will never tour more than a few days at a time and the bitterness and hate that makes Phantom Limb so powerful.
Read the full article at Headbanger's Blog.