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Time for another round of Pit Stories! This week Toothgrinder drummer Will Weller shares a tale of something that just never goes as planned: climbing up the stage lighting. Weller had this to say:
OK so this takes place at a Toothgrinder show. We were playing in Brooklyn, NY that night and I won't even mention the venue. If you have seen us live then you know our shows get a little crazy on stage. So that night we were in a tighter space packed in like sardines. We made it to the last song and as any band would you absolutely give it your all at that point.
So we're headed full speed into the last minute of the last song and I see our singer climbing up onto one of the guitar cabinets. This is typical so I think nothing of it and continue on drumming. Well as I looked away he reached for the lights to pull himself up and you can guess what happened next. The whole light rig ripped out of the wall and came crashing down ripping out the cables that were plugged into the amps and smashing the snake on the stage.
No sound on the entire left side of stage or lights for that matter. So our guitar player without skipping a beat ripped his guitar off and just started singing with him. Needless to say after we finished the song the entire show stopped, lights came on, and everyone was asked to leave (2 bands were scheduled to play after us). We weren't looking to break anything it was just a freak thing that happened and we helped pay for it to be fixed of course. Now looking back on it it must have been kind of crazy to be in the crowd to see that unfold.
Toothgrinder's new album “Nocturnal Masquerade” will be released January 29, 2016 on Spinefarm Records. More...
Blood Harvest Records is proud to present the self-titled debut album from Triumvir Foul, due to be released on December 11 for the CD version, while the vinyl LP will follow on February 15, 2016.
Today the album's opening track "Labyrinthine - The Blood Serpent Unwinds" comes online and can be heard below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
1. Labyrinthine - The Blood Serpent Unwinds
2. Profanation (of the Wicked)
3. Pathways to Decay
4. Hedonistic Prayer - the Abhorrent Depths of Perversion
5. The Vomit of the Three Serpents (Ušumgallu, Bašmu, Mušma??u)
6. Endless Spiritual Violence
7. Banished to Silence and Slavery
8. Carnal Spectre
9. Tower of Bašmu - The Corruption of Flesh and Spirit More...
A work of rare passion, drama, and intrigue released just over a week ago via Metal Blade Records: the self-titled debut from occult heavy metal alchemists, Mirror.
Today you can hear the album in its entirety below, and you can order your own copy at this location. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Curse of the Gypsy
3. Year of the Red Moon
4. Heavy King
5. Madness and Magik
7. Cloak of a Thousand Secrets
8. Orion's Sword
9. Elysian More...
Born Of Osiris just released a new music video for "Illuminate," taken off the "Soul Sphere" album. Check out the clip below, or you can also hear the full album at this location.
"Illuminate" was directed by Ramon Boutviseth and mixed, mastered and reamped by Buster Odeholm at Fatal Studios (Sweden).
After signing with Debemur Morti Productions, Latitudes will release "Old Sunlight" this coming January 22, 2016. Pre-orders are now online at this location.
The band's last show of the year is in Brighton, U.K. this coming Saturday where you can hear new tracks from "Old Sunlight" live. The album's full track listing is a sfollows:
2. Body Within A Body
5. In Rushes Bound
7. Quandary More...
Traitors is very excited to release a brand new single for "Phantasm" that can now be heard in the player below. Due to drop January 1, 2016, pre-orders for the "Night Terrors" EP are already online at this location. You can also catch Traitors live on these dates:
1/1 - Orlando, FL - BackBooth
1/3 - Fayetteville, NC - Drunken Horse Pub
1/4 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
1/5 - Allentown, PA - Croc Rock
1/6 - New York City, NY - Santos Party House
1/7 - Providence, RI - Simon's 677
1/8 - Holyoke, MA - Waterfront Tavern
1/9 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joes
1/10 - Kent, OH - The Outpost
1/11 - Detroit, MI - The Ritz
1/12 - Valparaiso, IN - Big Shots
1/14 - Denver, CO - Trailside Saloon
1/15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loading Dock
1/16 - Spokane, WA - The Pin
1/17 - Walla Walla, WA - Main Street Studios
1/19 - Cupertino, CA - The X Bar
1/20 - Los Angeles, CA - White Oak Music & Arts
1/21 - Las Vegas, NV - Eagle Aerie Hall
1/22 - Mesa, AZ - The Underground
1/23 - Albuquerque, NM - The Co-Op
1/24 - San Angelo, TX - Yaya's
1/25 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
1/27 - Odessa, FL - The Goathouse More...
“Heavy Over The Home,” the debut full-length from Australian death metal group Sanzu, will be released in just a few days, yet today the five-piece is giving fans a chance to hear the entire record ahead of time. Listen in below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.
The follow-up to this year’s previous EP “Painless” will be out on December 3, 2015 and features ten new tracks, all recorded by the band in Perth – Australia. You can see Sanzu live on these upcoming dates:
Brisbane, Dec 3rd @ New Globe Theatre – w/Hope Drone, Eternal Rest + More
Sydney, Dec 4th @ Valve Bar , Underground – w/Rise of Avernus, Gods of Eden + More
Melbourne, Dec 5th @ Reverence Hotel – w/Hollow World, Athenas Wake + More
Perth, Dec 11th @ Amplifier Capitol – w/LO!, Förstöra, Bayou, Deadspace
Melbourne, Dec 12th @ The Tote - Metal Obsession Fest w/Orpheus Omega, Hybrid Nightmares More...
Next month the stoner/doom bringers in Yidhra will undrape a brand new EP via Black Voodoo Records. Titled "Cult Of Bathory," the follow-up to 2013's "Hexed" full-length was captured live with master engineer and producer Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Productions and boasts four murky, lead-footed anthems centered on the occult, witchcraft, inhumanity, life, death and imminent destruction.
As a precursor to its release, today the record's title track comes online for public intoxication. Listen in below.
"'Cult Of Bathory,' at its root, is about the inhumanity of humanity. I've always found it fascinating how the words, which are typically considered opposites, felt so synonymous," issues Yidhra vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ted Venemann of the lumbering track. "The most vile and inhumane acts are always perpetrated by humans. In nature, most seemingly atrocious acts can be explained by the base instinct to survive."
He goes on to say, "That is definitely not the case with mankind. With our industrial capabilities and 'advances' in science and technology, we've grown quite efficient at destroying and profiting off of nature. Not even the most docile and innocent are immune to our perverse behaviors. The legend says the Countess Bathory bathed in the blood of virgins to maintain her youth. Millions of people are inadvertently doing the exact same thing every day. The truth is, no matter how hard we try to be 'cruelty free,' we're not. At some point along the way there's a product that you use, or there's a component used in the manufacturing of that product that is covered in the blood of innocence. In that instance we are all guilty. We are all members in the Cult of Bathory." More...
Hell yes: a new Into Infernus track just finally came online! Check out "Painted In Red" below, and the band also comments:
"We're proud to unveil our first single from a new series that we are working on called 'Grimoire.' 'Grimoire' was created to tie you over, whilst we work on our 3rd full-length album.
"Each track will include a story, audiobook and piece of art. More singles will be released to this series in the near future but not in a set time frame.
World Management and Symphony X are pleased to announce the complete lineup for the "Underworld Europe Tour 2016."
Support will be coming from Tunisia’s fantastic progressive rockers Myrath and from France the incredible Melted Space.
Symphony X states: “Together we are excited to offer what we feel will be a great night of live music for the fans and hope to see all of you at these shows.“
Catch Symphony X live on these upcoming dates:
February 12th – Wolverhampton, Robin 2
February 13th – Manchester, Club Academy
February 15th – Sheffield, Corporation
February 16th – Glasgow, Garage
February 18th – Bristol, Bierkeller
February 19th – London, Islington Assembly Hall More...
"Under Bio-lence," the new album from Chilean crossover thrashers Conflicted, will be released December 4, 2015 via Sick Bangers.
The album was recorded between February 21 and 26, 2015 at Riveraudio studios in Arica, Chile and the track listing is as follows:
1. Legal Emptiness
2. Structural Violence
3. Public Privacy
4. Centuries Of Abuse
5. Instrument Of Death
6. Neuronal Riots
7. Divine Business
8. Your Speech
10. OBDC More...
Against The Plagues will release "Purified Through Devastation" via Non Serviam Records this coming December 18, 2015. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"At 47 minutes, Against The Plagues' 'Purified Through Devastation' is just long enough to satisfy, although it still leaves you wanting more. The sound is massive; the riffs are unbelievably chunky and the drumming is in your face and devastatingly heavy. Mixing speed with slower tempos works successfully throughout. This is one excellent slab of blackened death metal that can be considered yet another of this year's elite Extreme Metal releases. A prime example of frightening savagery, amazing musical execution, and excellent songwriting. This one is guaranteed to make year-end top 10 lists."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Man's Modern World
2. All Flesh Had Corrupted
3. Praetorian Icon
6. Extermination Event
7. Falling Further (Instrumental)
9. Enemy Herein More...
In promotion of his current sophomore album “Brand New Revolution," Gus G. just wrapped up a massive touring run, both supporting Kamelot and then hosting guitar clinics all over Europe.
Gus G. also just launched a new promo clip for the album track “What Lies Below,” which features Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) on vocals. The clip was once again shot by longtime visual design partner / director Patric Ullaeus and can be seen below.
In addition to further solo shows throughout the end of this year, his long-running melodic metal band Firewind is finally returning to the spotlight with a new singer and selected live activity in 2016 featuring Henning Basse on vocals. Stay tuned for concrete details. More...
Oslo, Norway’s experimental metal outfit Shaving The Werewolf just premiered the first single from upcoming EP "The Pissing Link." Get your brains blown out in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors below with the track “Death of the Dying Corpses of Death.”
Produced, mixed and mastered by Rolf-Arne Strandjord, “The Pissing Link” is set for release on December 5, 2015 via Negative Vibe Records and is a much more groove-orientated sonic proposition than its predecessor, "You Say Tomato, I Say Fuck Off." The track listing is as follows:
1. Death of the Dying Corpses of Death
2. Do Mind If I Don’t
3. Earth Song
4. The Pissing Link More...
Brooklyn, NY's post rock / metal outfit Disparager has unleashed a new video for the track "At Least I Still Have Bon Iver" off the debut EP "Timeless, Ageless" that was produced by Jay Maas. Check out the new video below, thanks to MetalSucks.net.
Regarding the song, vocalist Chris AhKao comments: "The song 'At Least I Still Have Bon Iver' is, at its core, a redemption song. I cannot wake up and look in the mirror without acknowledging with gratitude the horrifying fact that I have been given a second chance at this life-and in more ways than one. This video, in its narrative, violence, themes, and imagery, explores the song's spirit of redemption, and I hope you enjoy it."
Disparager has also announced an East Coast tour for this winter, featuring a hometown Brooklyn, NY Show on December 14 followed by a string of shows in January.
12/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
1/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
1/15: Norfolk, VA @ The Tap House
1/16: Wilmington, NC @ Scrap Iron Bicycle Gallery
1/17: Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
1/18: Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
1/19: Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony More...
The instrumetallers from Telepathy have some extremely exciting news regarding their second album, as yet untitled, due in the first half of 2016.
The band will enter the studio on January 20, 2016 and has tapped none other than Jaime Gomez Arellano - who has worked with such luminaries as Paradise Lost, Ghost, Sunn O))), Altar of Plagues and Primordial - to bring his production skill to the record.
The news was revealed originally to Heavy Blog Is Heavy in an interview yesterday, where guitarist Rich Powley stated: "We are chomping at the bit to hear the songs come to life, and to work with such a great producer on this project is a privilege."
You can read the rest of the interview here. In the meantime, the band is due to hit the road at the end of the week, kicking off with a bang playing a show with the reunited Raging Speedhorn in London, before then hanging with Conjurer & Latitudes in Brighton, and Conjurer, King Goat & Iron Swan in Nottingham.
Nov 27th - The Underworld, London w/ Raging Speedhorn, Gurt & Ten Foot Wizard
Nov 28th - Bleach, Brighton w/Conjurer & Latitudes
Nov 29th - Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham w/ Conjurer, King Goat & Iron Swan
Guitarist Masaki Murashita has posted a play through video for the title track from his recently released EP, "Inescapable Damnation." The video features a close up shot of the guitarist showcasing his shredding skills.
In addition to the band's namesake, Murashita's "Inescapable Damnation" features performances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity) and Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent). More...
The German underground black metal visionaries from Der Weg Einher Freiheit have announced a headlining European tour beginning on March 11 and seeing the band making stops in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, and more. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Der Weg Einer Freiheit is touring in support of the "Stellar" album out now via Season Of Mist. See the band live with Harakiri For The Sky and The Great Old Ones on these dates:
Mar. 11 Münster, DE @ Gleis 22
Mar. 12 London, UK @ Our Black Heart
Mar. 13 Antwerpen, BE @ Kavka
Mar. 14 Weinheim, DE @ Café Central
Mar. 15 Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
Mar. 16 Bremen, DE @ Tower
Mar. 17 Drachten, NL @ Iduna
Mar. 18 Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie
Mar. 19 Paris, FR @ Le Glaz'Art
Mar. 21 Bordeaux, FR @ I.Boat
Mar. 22 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Begood
Mar. 23 Luynes, FR @ Le Korigan
Mar. 24 Aarau, CH @ Flösserplatz
Mar. 25 Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville
Mar. 26 Wien, AT @ Arena
Mar. 27 Budapest, HU @ Dürer Kert
Mar. 28 Tarnów, PL @ Garage
Mar. 29 Wroc?aw, PL @ Liverpool
Mar. 30 Warszawa, PL @ Hydrozagadka
Mar. 31 Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
Apr. 1 Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
Apr 2 Würzburg, DE @ B-Hof More...
Dutch old school death metal band Bodyfarm just released an official audio stream for “Firing Squad,” taken from new album “Battle Breed.” The new opus was released on November 6, 2015 via Cyclone Empire and follows 2013’s “The Coming Scourge.”
"Battle Breed" was mixed & produced by Ronnie Björnström from Enhanced Audio Productions and the intro “Hell March” was orchestrated by Clemens Wijers. The cover artwork for “Battle Breed” was designed by Juanjo Castellano.
1. Hell March (Intro)
2. The Dark Age (featuring Martin Van Drunen)
3. Saxon Victory
4. Dawn Of Defeat
5. The Last Crusade
6. Prince Of Wallachia
7. Storming Revolution (watch the video here)
8. Firing Squad
10. Death By Fire
11. Slaves Of War More...
LADLO Productions just signed a deal with Wildernessking for the release of "Mystic Future" coming February 26, 2016. The label comments:
"This band from South Africa delivers a blend of post rock and black metal and represents a new challenge for Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Prod: to bring Wildernessking's music to as many people as possible as we know they will be just as thrilled as we are.
"We hope you will be as excited as we are! Below is an introduction to the band and their music along with the first extract from the album titled 'With Arms Like Wands.'" More...
The Casualties is now streaming the first track taken from new full-length "Chaos Sound," which has been slated for worldwide release on January 22, 2016 via Season Of Mist.
The track "Running Through The Night" can be heard below, while the full track listing for "Chaos Sound" is as follows:
2. Chaos Sound
3. Visions Of Greed
4. Running Through The Night
5. Brothers And Sisters
6. Murder Us All
7. Work Our Lives Away
8. Countdown To Tomorrow
9. Fight for What’s Mine
10. Keep Your Distance
11. In the Lost City
12. Bomb Blast
13. R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (Motörhead cover)
14. Halfway To Hell
15. United Streets More...
With the release of the "Nail Them To The Cross" single earlier this year, Swedish black metal masters Dark Funeral are now preparing the release of their next studio album. Mastermind Lord Ahriman comments:
"Cold winds are blowing over Scandinavia and the winter will arrive very soon. The world is bleak and dark days await. During the past months we have been forging the foundation of what will become the new Dark Funeral album.
"Music and lyrics are falling in place, piece by piece. The actual plan for the release is also slowly taking shape and everything has finally started to move. We aim to hit the studio in early 2016 and to have the actual album in your hands during the first half of the year! More info to follow..."
Along with Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting is a founding member of Exodus. He also originally did vocals for the band. While Kirk Hammett left Exodus to play in Metallica, Hunting went on to play drums on Exodus’ first three albums: “Bonded By Blood” (1985), “Pleasures of the Flesh” (1987) and “Fabulous Disaster” (1989). Hunting has appeared on seven of Exodus’ ten albums including their most recent opus “Blood In Blood Out.” Ex-White Zombie, Testament drummer John Tempesta and current Slayer skin basher Paul Bostaph stepped in during Hunting’s absence.
In the time Hunting’s been in the band, Exodus toured America with Venom and Slayer in 1985 during their “Bonded By Blood” days as part of the Combat Records Tour, which released the VHS gem Combat Tour Live: The Ultimate Revenge." More recently, Hunting joined unholy forces with Slayer again on a thrasher’s dream package of Slayer, Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies. While commanding heads to bang across America with King Diamond, the group stopped in San Antonio, Texas to play Phil Anselmo’s third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival. We caught up with Hunting to discuss these tours, “Blood In Blood Out,” as well as personal influences, drumming styles and how everybody is doing the “Toxic Waltz.” More...
German blackened death metal warriors Varg have premiered the music video title track from the forthcoming new release "Das Ende aller Lügen," which drops on January 15th via Napalm Records. Pre-order the album at this location.
Already the opener, which will be an established monument of the German’s live set within a very short time, presents Varg’s new direction: The political leaders of the world exposed as false prophets and seducers, Varg invokes the united resistance. Uncompromisingly, the herd chants together as a solid, massive structure to conjure up the “Revolution” – a track that not only pushes forward with both anthemic and martial character, but also encourages revelry, a sound that carries throughout the entire album.
Although Varg are more monstrous than ever, “Das Ende aller Lügen” is perhaps one of the best examples that the calm always comes before the storm, how the calming moments that tend to emphasize the coming thunder and accentuate it. This concept is perfectly executed in “Achtung” and “Dunkelheit”, which are rumbling monsterous epics that somehow surprise you with their very menacing and grim undertones. “Streyfzug” is solemn, and even tenuto in some places, with an almost hymn-like melancholy, while “Totentanz” with its seductive two-part vocal harmonies are reminiscent of the mating calls of the “Erlkönig” – and inevitably lead down to everything that creeps, deep down into the musty earth. The proud “Einherjer”, who had to fight his way through clinking-harsh “Wintersturm” and acrid “Ascheregen” knows what he is talking about …
With their fifth album, Varg prove that offense is often the best defense – and how impulsivity and unpredictability always makes the best generals. In this battle you will need the best and only the best, those who surreptitiously allure one into the trap, but are also open minded for the frontal attack. In this battle you need the brute force that is called Varg, and this force alone.
The track list for "Das Ende aller Lügen" is:
1. Der große Diktator
2. Das Ende aller Lügen
Metal Underground.com is proud to present "Das Ende aller Lügen" here: More...
Extreme Cold Winter premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Paradise Ends Here", which will be out in stores November 30 via Vic Records.
Check out now "Paradise Ends Here" below.
Chicago-based experimental metal outfit Scientist premieres a new song entitled "The Lighthouse", taken from the upcoming new album "10100II00101", which will be out in stores on double LP December 11, 2015 via Hell Comes Home Records.
Check out now "The Lighthouse" below.
DSGNS premieres a new song entitled "Nothing Pretty to See Here", taken from the upcoming new album "Hexes", which will be out in stores December 7 via Pluto Records.
Check out now "Nothing Pretty to See Here" below.
Explains the band: More...
Pittsburgh's experimental black metal grindcore outfit Dendritic Arbor premieres a new song entitled "Cotard Delusion", taken from the upcoming new album "Sentient Village, Obsolescent Garden", which will be out in stores December 20, 2015.
Check out now "Cotard Delusion" below.
Lesser Life from North Carolina premieres a new song entitled "Anticosmic Invocation", produced by producers Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed), and Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche).
Check out now "Anticosmic Invocation" below.
Following the "Dark Abstraction" album earlier this year, Alabama death metal outfit Ectovoid's next official release comes in the form of a stunning four-way split release. While splits are part and parcel to the metal underground, this one's a rarity in that it's also a full-length album composed of 10 separate tracks.
"4 Doors To Death" isn't officially dropping until January, but we're now bringing you some dark and dirty death metal ahead of time with an exclusive stream of "Possessed By Ancient Dread," the second of two offerings from Ectovoid and fifth track overall on the split release.
Each band on "4 Doors To Death" has their own individual cover image, with the full Ectovoid cover art also revealed in the player below along with the song stream (check out the overall cover artwork here).
Ectovoid was initially formed in 2010, recording a first demo titled "Breathing Blackness" in January of 2011 and releasing it later that March. It wasn't until later in 2012 that debut full-length album "Fractured In the Timeless Abyss" was unleashed through Hellthrasher Productions, followed by second album "Dark Abstraction" earlier this summer. If you like what you hear below and want more Ectovoid, be sure to check out a track from that previous album at this location. More...