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Last updated on September 1, 2015 at 3:39 PM ET
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Gather around for another edition of Pit Stories this week, as we take a look at a really, really bad idea: pregnant moshing during a Mayhem show.
This week Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen from the Norwegian outfit Anfinnsaas shares the following tale of a truly odd pair of moshers who were going to get into the pit no matter what at Wacken 2011:
I'm not a big mosh pit guy myself, but this time I really had no choice. I was at the Mayhem concert at the Wacken festival in 2011. I’ve waited for hours to get to stand in the front and I was really looking forward to this concert. After a while the mosh pit magically started as mosh pits do, but I was able to hang on to the fence and continue to watch the show for a while.
Then this one guy and his girl walked up to me and dragged me with them right in the middle of the pit. Not an uncommon thing at concerts, but this couple really was a unusual sight at mosh pits. He had both hands and one foot completely covered in casts with metal pins sticking out, moshing like it was the last thing he would do before he died. The girl was pregnant and looking like she was about to give birth at any moment.
The pit people noticed this and backed off, probably afraid to hurt this couple. I didn’t see that everyone backed off, so I just continued the mosh pit activities with the two of them. So there we were alone in the middle of the mosh pit; a confused Norwegian, a guy almost covered in casts and his very pregnant girlfriend.
Anfinnsaas is a duo that was formed by Knut Finsaas and Geir Anfinn Halland Johansen in 2013, with a self-titled, debut album now due out this year. The earth-shattering blend of Nordic traditional music and metal that is "Anfinnsaas" is coming September 18 via Autumnsongs Records. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. More...
Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival has joined forces with Slipknot's Scream Park for the Aftershock Pre-Party on Friday, October 23 from 7pm to midnight in Sacramento, CA.
Hell or Highwater will headline the Pre-Party (with more bands to be announced) and has also been added to the Saturday, October 24 lineup of the Aftershock Festival at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan have partnered with Sacramento based Scream Park California to produce an event that explores a whole new, intensely visceral world of horror, as only Slipknot can provide. Slipknot's Scream Park features three haunted houses and thunderous live horror entertainment and will also have an onsite presence at Aftershock on October 24 and 25. More...
After unleashing new album "Desire Will Rot" last week via the band's indie label Noise Salvation, Canadian grindcore group Fuck The Facts is proud to announce additional dates across Canada and the USA in support of the release (dates listed below).
Guitarist Topon Das comments: "The new FTF album is officially released. Its been a hell of a ride full of 'ups and downs' while we've been working towards this, but in the end I'm just really stoked that we managed to pull it off... and independently to boot!
"A band with an unacceptable name, playing unacceptable music; I probably shouldn't still be doing this 15 years later, but the support we've gotten while building up to this release has been so awesome that I can't imagine why I would stop. Thanks to all of you that have already ordered a copy of the record and supported us on this bastardized musical journey. I can't wait to hit the road and see many of you in person!" More...
After we premiered Obscene Entity's "Hymns of the Faithless" earlier this summer, the band has now launched another auditory offensive with the track "Euphoric Vanity."
Check out this blistering 4 minute furious death metal track below, taken off the impending "Lamentia" album due out November 27, 2015 via Tridoid Records.
The band describes the song as: "A small exploration on duality of opinion. This song focuses on one man's thoughts of another's exploitative chemical endeavours. 'Euphoric Vanity' is a small window into the mind of the fickle." More...
Edmonton’s own Tylor Dory Trio is offering a free stream and download of the single "Time, The Beholder" to introduce people to the band's prog metal/rock fusion found on new EP "Carried Away."
Listen to the track below, or you can download a free copy at PureGrainAudio here. Jonathan Webster (Drums and Backing Vocals) had this to say about the new EP:
“The songs on 'Carried Away' are some of the first that we wrote together as a three piece, and really capture the dark, moody, and more complex elements of the band. They embrace both the high and low energy of progressive music as well as some of the brutality of metal with a sense of melody that binds it all together. We definitely pay homage to our influences here, but tried to do so in a way that it stands on its own, rather than in the shadow of those influences. As well, we were able to work with some of the best names in the international progressive/metal scene along the way, and are very excited to share our labour of love with you.”
Due out September 25, the "Carried Away" EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Time, The Beholder (8:43)
2. Carried Away (5:19)
3. The Black Lodge (8:33)
4. Anne (6:49) More...
Los Angeles-based, post-apocalyptic sludge outfit Ancient Altar has released sinister sophomore album, "Dead Earth," today via Black Voodoo Records.
The album depicts the end of humanity at the hands of vile and corrupt politics (well-timed, given the current state of affairs) and the necessary destruction of Earth while a lucky few escape to rebuild on a distant planet.
A cassette version will be released later via Midnite Collective, and more U.S. tour announcements will follow, but for now, buckle in and give this one a spin below. The track listing is:
1. Leader, Liar
3. Dead Earth
4. Void More...
It is with great pleasure that Metal Blade announces the signing of Greek black metallers Ravencult!
The band comments on the signing: "Ravencult is proud to join forces with legendary Metal Blade Records for a worldwide deal. We are honored that our upcoming third full length album in 2016 will be added to a glorious back catalogue that includes masters like Slayer, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Cirith Ungol, Immolation, Bolt Thrower amongst others.
"Those who are familiar with us know our driving force has always been a deep devotion to real, straightforward riff-based metal, defending the sound of Old and the mentality that follows. Not only this remains the case, but shall be also enforced as we consider this a new channel for us to spread our aural primitivism."
Listen to the latest recording of Ravencult - the "Into Depths" track from this year's split with Thou Art Lord - in the player below. More...
The black-‘n’-rollers from Death Motif have unveiled all of their three-track blast "The Water," which can be heard below.
The EP is a short blast of the band’s signature sound: 15-minutes of rumbling riffs uniting High On Fire-esque Southern groove with dissonant black metal in the vein of Regarde Les Hommes Tomber.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. The Water
2. His And Hers
3. Slow Dance More...
Lucifer's Child just dropped a self-titled music video taken off the band's upcoming album "The Wiccan," due out via Dark Essence Records on September 25 and available for pre-order at this location.
Aside from George Emmanuel (Rotting Christ) on guitars and Stathis Ridis on bass, the Lucifer's Child lineup also includes Marios Dupont on vocals and Nick Vell on drums. The new album's track listing is:
1. Hors de Combat
2. A True Mayhem
3. Spirits of Amenta
4. He, who Punishes and Slays
5. King ov Hell
6. The Wiccan
7. Lucifer’s Child
8. Doom More...
Formed in 2013 by Matt Couto (Elder), Darryl Shepard (Black Pyramid, The Scimitar) and Tom Corino (Rozamov), doom group Kind quickly cemented its formation with the addition of Roadsaw vocalist Craig Riggs.
Out of the mind-bending riffs and extended jam sessions, whole songs began to take shape through winter rehearsals down in Couto’s freezing cold basement in 2014, where the newly formed quartet began laying down ideas for the soon to be released debut, "Rocket Science," which officially lands this December on Ripple Music.
More news will follow soon but in the meantime, check out the new song "German For Lucy" in the SoundCloud player below. More...
Sweden's Cult Of Luna begins a North American tour in New York City at Gramercy Theater today. This is the first appearance stateside for the band since 2013 supporting last release, "Vertikal" (Density Records).
Supporting Cult of Luna on the east coast will be Kylesa and InAeona and on the west coast the band will be joined by Minsk and Subrosa.
09/01 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
09/02 – Montreal, QC @ Café Campus
09/03 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
09/04 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
09/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
09/06 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
09/07 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
09/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
09/09 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy More...
The Minnesota post-hardcore band Arms For Elephants just released debut full-length album "My Judas Scene" today and all the tracks are now online for streaming below.
Arms For Elephants had this to say about the release: "Our debut full-length album 'My Judas Scene' is an intensely personal album, and we're extremely excited to finally be able to share it with the world. We strive to make music that is therapeutic, and that means writing lyrics that are honest and vulnerable. In a scene that's both amazing and often overly generic, this is just sincere music with a cause." More...
Divebomb Records has issued the following announcement about re-issuing the '88 and '91 albums from Norwegian metal band Artch:
"We are excited to announce our partnership with Metal Blade Records to bring the fans new editions of both Artch albums. Each release contains new liner notes with full lyrics, essays by Carlos Ramirez of Noecho.net as well as archival photos and vintage articles. They will be available direct from the Divebomb Records store starting September 25th. The first 100 customers to order both albums get a free, limited edition, Artch logo magnet. Be sure to catch Artch appearing at Keep It True XIX in April 2016."
The label goes on to give this history of Artch: "History books have heralded Norway as the black metal movement’s most fertile breeding ground, but the country’s heavy metal scene isn’t exclusively about corpse paint and Helvete. One of the finest and most underrated groups to come out of the land of 10,000 lakes is undoubtedly Artch. Formed in 1983, the power metal outfit released two demos before hooking up with Eric Hawk, a killer vocalist from Iceland.
"With Hawk on board, Artch would eventually sign with Metal Blade Records and release Another Return, their debut full-length. Arriving in stores in 1988, the album garnered rave reviews from the heavy metal media of the day. Kerrang! blessed the record with a perfect 5-K rating, while Metal Forces deemed it an instant classic, giving it 100 points, the magazine’s top score.
"1991 saw Artch unleash their sophomore album, For the Sake of Mankind. The record was packed with anthemic tracks such as When Angels Cry and Titanic, and it also finds the band also introducing more hard rock elements into their sound. As great as For the Sake of Mankind is, it failed to bring them commercial success, eventually leading to Artch’s breakup in the early ‘90s. More...
Following the "Storms of Unholy Black Mass" mini-LP from last year, Abysmal Lord is set to unleash a hellstorm of evil vengeance with a debut full-length album for Hells Headbangers, "Disciples of the Inferno," set for international release on November 27.
A statement from the band reads: "With our first full-length album, we continue on the bloody path set forth by our previous abominations with a more antagonizing sound and hymns of archaic evil. Come take part in the Black Mass. Spit on the trinity and drink the blood of the martyrs. Celebrate the Black Liturgy amongst the desecrated graves and defile your soul with sin."
1. Incensation of the Altar
3. Temple of Perversion
4. Tormenting the Virgin
5. Golgotha Crucifixion
6. Immortalis Impietas
7. Black Liturgy
8. Disciples of the Inferno
9. Sermon of Fire
10. Tyrant's Wrath More...
Soulfly just released a music video for the title track of 10th studio album, "Archangel." The clip was directed by Robert Sexton and can be viewed below.
"Archangel" was released on August 14 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment and charted in several territories around the globe.
"I woke up this morning and I saw the charts for 'Archangel' worldwide and I was very happy," commented frontman Max Cavalera. "I want to thank all of the tribe and everyone at Nuclear Blast for supporting this record, and making all the hard work meaningful. I would also like to thank Matt Hyde of the great production and Eliran Kantor for the killer artwork. Can't wait to see the tribe on tour!" More...
Phoenix Arizona's Twingiant is pleased to announce the band will be embarking on a tour of America's Midwest in October. The tour, which is dubbed "Bringing the Devil Down to the Midwest," will consist of 8 dates.
This live journey is in support of the band's album "Devil Down" released on vinyl, cassette and digital formats in February of 2015. The album can be purchased on vinyl and digital at this location.
The band's guitarist Nikos had the following to say about the tour: "After many months of planning, we’re stoked to be touring the Midwest this October. We’ve been relearning a bunch of songs from Mass Driver and Sin Nombre and of course we’ll be playing a bunch from Devil Down also. And maybe…just maybe…a new song that no one’s heard yet!"
10/20 Las Cruces NM@TBD
10/21 Austin TX@Beerland
10/22 Memphis TN @The Buccaneer Lounge
10/23 St. Louis MO@The Demo
10/24 Chicago IL@Underground Lounge
10/25 Lincoln NE@The Spigot
10/26 Denver CO@Hi-Dive
10/27 Las Vegas NV@The Womb Room More...
The 4th of September is near, and on that day Terrible Old Man will release debut album "Cosmic Poems" via MDD Records.
The band just published an animated lyric video for the track "Book Of Wonder," which can be seen below. "Cosmic Poems" will contain 11 songs with a running time of 39 minutes with all lyrics based around the work of H.P. Lovecraft. More...
Visigoth will be performing in southern California in October for a true heavy metal festival that is not to be missed: the Frost and Fire Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at Bombay Bar and Grill.
Other bands scheduled to appear include Manilla Road, Ashbury, Night Demon, Gygax, Steel Prophet, and more. Tickets and information can be found online at this location.
Metal Blade, Hell's Headbangers, Century Media, Shadow Kingdom Records, and Skol Records will all be in attendance with giveaways for attendees. Members of Cirith Ungol will also be in attendance for a meet and greet.
Visigoth comments on the upcoming festival appearance: "We are extremely excited and honored to share the stage with colossal metal titans Manilla Road, majestic hard rockers Ashbury, and some of the best new heavy metal bands out there at the only traditional heavy metal festival on the west coast. The crushing lineup and beautiful seaside location make this a must for fans of heavy metal worldwide. We'll see you in Ventura!" More...
L.A. metal act W.A.S.P. released a lyric video for the new track "Scream" - which can be seen in the player below (or by heading over to this location). The song will appear on the upcoming release "Golgotha," which is set to drop on October 9th via Napalm Records.
Frontman Blackie Lawless commented: "'Scream' was the track we felt really opened the album with the kick we were looking for. The animation on the video is outstanding and truly takes you on a trip. 'Your gonna cry if you want me, Your gonna lie if you love me!!! It's enough to make you wanna 'Scream'!!!
The track listing for the album is:
2. Last Runaway (track streaming here)
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
Check out "Scream" here: More...
Israeli death thrashers Hammercult are about to pound North America with a metallic machine that is "Built For War" this Friday, September 4th via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album can be pre-ordered via Amazon at this location or digitally via iTunes over here.
Today, Metal Underground.com is proud to bring you the world premiere of the lyric video for the new track "I Live For This Shit," which can be heard in the player below. Vocalist Yakir Shochat commented on the track" "Intense, rough and dirty - that's what it's all about. This song really speaks out about who we are as metalheads - and why we do the shit we do. The truth is that there is no better way of living for us metallians - we live for this shit!"
1. From Parts Unknown (Intro)
2. Rise Of The Hammer
3. I Live For This Shit
4. Spoils Of War (song streaming here)
5. Ready To Roll
6. Raise Some Hell
7. Blackened Blade
8. Let It Roar
9. Ode To Ares (Interlude)
10. Altar Of Pain
11. Blood And Fire
12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight
13. Road To Hell
Check out "I Live For This Shit" here: More...
Swiss melodic death metal act Promethee released a music video for the new track "Broken Structures." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Unrest," which drops this Friday, Sept. 4th in Europe and on October 2nd in North America via Lifeforce Records.
The track listing for "Unrest" is:
1. Our Common Fall
3. Dark Souls
5. Age of Unrest
6. The Sour Taste
7. Broken Structures
9. Inert and Bound
10. Dead Motion
11. Lost Body
12. Echoes of the Universe
Check out "Broken Structures" here: More...
Belgian based progressive/power metal act Max Pie released a new lyric video for track "Promised Land." The song was taken from the third - and latest - studio effort "Odd Memories," which is available via Mausoleum Records.
Check out "Promised Land" here:
Romanian atmospheric black metal act Negura Bunget released a new music video for the track "La Hotaru Cu Cinci Culmi." The song appears on the band's latest album "Tau," which was issued back in February via Lupus Lounge.
Check out the clip here:
Dutch black metallers of Kaeck premiere their entire new album "Stormkult", out in stores now via Folter Records. Kaeck was formed in the winter of 2014, consisting of members of Sammath, Kjeld, and Noordelingen.
Check out now the full-album stream of "Stormkult" below.
Exalt premieres a new music video for the song "Deafen", taken from the band's new album "Pale Light", which will be reissued this winter via Good Fight Music.
Check out now the new video "Deafen" below.
Slayer premieres a brand new song titled "Cast The First Stone", taken from the band's eleventh studio album "Repentless", which will be released on September 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out now "Cast The First Stone" below.