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In addition to the previously announced Arizona dates, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The Halloween horror event will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26th - November 1st at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL.
"I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” said Zombie. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year."
The Great American Nightmare’s second city will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013 Great American Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.
The immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.
”After the tremendous success last year we all felt we wanted to bring Great American Nightmare to as many people as possible,” says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. “Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades. We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate Chicagoland Halloween event.”
As previously announced, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19th - November 1st. This engagement will feature the following three attractions--two that have never been seen before--based on Rob Zombie’s horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.
Full details on Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare can be found at this location.
German black metal cult Dysangelium is streaming the entirety of the "Leviaxxis" demo below, thanks to the glorious site NoCleanSinging.com.
Released today by W.T.C. Productions, "Leviaxxis" is but a precursor to Dysangelium's forthcoming debut full-length. The demo's track listing is as follows:
1. 'Til Only Thy Light Is Left
2. Obelisk of the Sevencrowned Son
3. Chaomega More...
Montreal's The Agonist will release new album "Eye Of Providence" on November 11th in North America and on November 10th in Europe/Australia/New Zealand.
"Eye Of Providence" is the follow-up to 2012 album "Prisoners" and will be the debut of new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The lead vocalist change happened in the early part of this year when previous singer Alissa White-Gluz joined Arch Enemy.
The album was recorded by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and you can see a new video from the studio below. See the band live on these dates:
Jul 31 - Rockpile East - Toronto, Canada
Aug 01 - Rockpile West - Toronto, Canada
Aug 02 - Mavericks - Ottawa, Canada
Aug 05 - Viper Room - Vienna, Austria
Aug 06 - Brutal Assault Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
Aug 07 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gävle, Sweden
Aug 08 - Elfer Club - Frankfurt, Germany
Aug 09 - Little Devil - Tilburg, Netherlands
Aug 10 - The Underworld - London, United Kingdom
Aug 11 - The Face Bar - Reading, United Kingdom
Aug 12 - The Robin - Bilston, United Kingdom
Aug 14 - Metal Frenzy Festival - Gardelegen, Germany
Aug 15 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
Aug 16 - Rockstadt Extreme Festival - Rasnov, Romania
Aug 30 - Beaverfest 2014 - Valleyview, Canada More...
Godsmack today launches pre-orders for new album "1000Hp" (available at iTunes here), which will come with a free download of the title track single. "1000Hp" is due out August 5th, 2014.
You can also stream the title track at this location, and the band has now revealed the full track listing will be:
3. Something Different
4. What's Next?
5. Generation Day
6. Locked & Loaded
7. Living In the Gray
8. I Don't Belong
9. Nothing Comes Easy
10. Turning To Stone More...
Brazilian metal band Jackdevil has released a music video for "Age of Antichrist," taken off the "Unholy Sacrifice" album. Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Unholy Sacrifice
3. Thrash Demons Attack
4. Age of Antichrist
5. The Coven
6. Vixen of Satan
7. Killing Razors
8. Behind the Walls
9. Insane Speed Metal
10. Under the Metal Command
The jazz thrash architects in Expain are proud to unleash - in conjunction with Bloody-Disgusting.com - a new music video for "Allegiance To Pain" in support of debut album "Just The Tip." Check it out below.
"Expain in incredibly proud to be releasing this video to you guys! We take ourselves very seriously and you will be able to tell that a LOT of preparation went into making this video perfect. This is one of our favorite songs to play live so sit back and enjoy!" comments guitarist Pat Peeve.
See Expain live on these dates:
August 1 - International Summer Night Market - Richmond, BC w/ Lethal Halo
Sept 13 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ West of Hell, Revenger, Hellchamber
November 13 - Red Room Ultra Bar - Vancouver, BC w/ Onslaught, Artillery, Striker More...
Wake Me If We Land has released the band's full new EP online for streaming via YouTube. Check out all of "WMIWL" in the playlist below. The track listing is as follows:
1. House of Cards
2. Porcelain Eyes
3. Asleep for the Crash
4. Two Beats 'Til Sunrise
5. The Landing
6. The Life I Want
Clermont-Ferrand, France-based Solar Flare Records proudly announces the signing of Chicago-based quartet American Heritage for the release of the band’s recently completed sixth full-length album. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since 1996, American Heritage has relentlessly dispatched their ripping concoction of technical, mangled metal/hardcore backed with their cynical, lowbrow music and human relations, both on record and on the stage.
"Their self-titled 1998 debut EP released on The Rosewood Union was chased by the full-length, Why Everyone Gets Cancer, released in 1999 on the same label, and their Through The Age Of Quarrel And Into The Era Of Putting Up With It album released in 2001 by Troubleman Unlimited, and then the Bipolar album through Escape Artist in 2004. More...
Portland’s furious sci-fi punks in Big Black Cloud are back from the lab with their latest dirty bomb, the cassette EP "Lessons In Fuck You 2," due out August 5th.
"Lessons In Fuck You 2" was borne of demo sessions recorded and mixed by Andrew Grosse of Caravan Recording (Drunk Dad, Tyrants, Tiny Knives) for the next Big Black Cloud LP, the record capturing the band in its own anxiety-fueled element, a rollercoaster ride through a collapsing amusement park of overdriven shout-alongs and untethered instrumentals.
The recordings, done on location with a mobile unit in the underground lair of the The Fancy Fox, gave the ever-prolific trio a chance to work through a host of new and old ideas. Whether due to the (dis)comfort of their own space, nothing-to-lose abandon, or present states-of-mind, "Lessons In Fuck You 2" finds the band in top form: frantic, pissed-off, and sinister. The track listing is as follows:
1. Black Sunday
2. Reptile Brain 2
7. Hate in Outer Space
10. Open Eye / Yadnus Kcalb More...
Disfiguring Jenova is a project created by guitarist and musician Christian Kragh and vocalist Jon Davis. The duo has now released a self-titled EP online, which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Death, I Arise 03:37
2. Lost 04:52
3. Soul Consumer 01:46
4. Eradication, I Am Summoned 04:14
5. Through The Flames of Dismantled Dreams 01:57 More...
In celebration of the band’s upcoming European Tour, Portland, OR's Red Fang has released a free acoustic EP, which can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here.
The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for TeamRock.com. The songs mark the first time the band has recorded acoustic interpretations of its material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well.
Additionally, the band recently shot a music video for new song “The Meadows” from a Scion A/V 7” released in May. The video was directed by David Brodsky (Kylesa, Helmet, Municipal Waste) and will premiere shortly.
The acoustic EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Failure (Acoustic) 04:38
2. Human Herd (Acoustic) 03:44
3. Malverde (Acoustic) 03:51
4. Failure (Album Version) 04:57
5. Human Herd (Album Version) 03:51
6. Malverde (Album Version) 04:02 More...
The Edmonton, AB trio of Display of Decay is giving everyone a chance to experience a taste of the new EP, "Outbreak of Infection," before its full release on August 26th by offering a free download of the title track.
Pick up your copy of the track via Bandcamp here (type in zero for free download). Painting audiences a picture of a much darker and more hostile world than our own, DOD's gore-filled lyrics and rhythmic brutal death metal ring true throughout this EP, which even includes a DOD take of KISS' "Black Diamond."
You can also catch the band live on these dates:
Aug 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop - Harvesting Hell w/ The Faceless, Origin, Beyond Creation, Rings of Saturn, King Parrot, Fallujah, Archspire
Aug 31 - Drumheller, AB - Loud As Hell Fest w/ Protest The Hero, Titans Eve, Ninjaspy, Death Toll Rising More...
After being denied entry to Canada for a tour, Black Cobra today announces a more than month-long U.S. trek, set to begin in late August and running into the beginning of October.
With thirty-two cities confirmed to endure the Black Cobra live treatment at press time, the actions begin in Phoenix, Arizona on August 28th. Direct support for Black Cobra on all dates will be provided by Ohio riff rock quartet, Lo Pan.
Stand by for updates from Black Cobra as the band soon records a next LP, due for release in early 2015. More...
Miseo has released a new lyric video for the title track to "Lunatic Confessions," which can be seen below.
The German death metal band's forthcoming full-length debut album is due out on September 3rd, 2014. "Lunatic Confessions" follows the 2013 EP release "The Dead Will Predominate."
In August 2010, Prog Sphere started a compilation series called 'Progstravaganza.' Almost four years later, with 19 released editions (the 20th part will be released by the end of July), with over 430 bands and more than 50,000 downloads, Prog Sphere is compiling the first physical edition of the series.
Prog Sphere invites unsigned bands from all around the world to take part on the physical Progstravaganza edition. In addition to the feature on the sampler, the selected bands will receive special treatment on Prog Sphere’s main website through interviews, reviews, special articles, podcasts, radio features, lyric/photo videos, streaming, advertisements and more, with exposure of 2M views per month. More...
Bio-Cancer is gearing up to release "Tormenting The Innocent" via Candlelight Records, with details available in the promo poster below.
Bio-Cancer last released the "Ear Piercing Thrash" full-length album back in 2012. You can also find further info on the Greek thrash band over at the Bio-Cancer Facebook profile here.
Created in 2002, Nonexistence is the project of musician Philip Santoll. Now backed by Finnish multi-instrumentalist and FME awardee Tuomas Saukkonen (Black Sun Aeon and Before The Dawn), Philip endured a “troublesome production” recording and producing the 2007 debut album "Nihil" on his own to create “ten songs of solitude and void.”
"Nihil" will now be available digitally for the first time ever via Candlelight Records on September 29th, 2014. Pre-orders are available here, and the label commetns:
"Combining the desolated gloom and intense majesty of both Doom and Black Metal with a lyrical concept of voidness in many forms, the music of Nonexistence is the soundtrack to darkness, solitude and emptiness in both cosmological scales and personal dimensions. Opulent soundscapes between slow motion and blast beats, a haunting bleakness devoid of compare. Freezing walls of guitars, epic leads, atmospheric layers of keyboards and versatile fierce vocals from ultra low to piercing high create a musical symbiosis of its own: Cosmic Doom Black Metal."
The track listing is as follows:
1. A Myriad of Dead Stars
2. Descending Horizons
3. Twilight Inferno
4. Reflections of Emptiness
5. De Nihilo Nihil
7. Fallen Apart
9. Ekpyrosis Suicide
10. Metastability More...
The gore maniacs in Necrophagia are back: "WhiteWorm Cathedral," the U.S. cult death metal act’s new album, will hit stores on October 24th (October 28th in North America), just in time for Halloween. Further details are forthcoming.
Last year, the band also released an exclusive non-album track entitled "The Wicked," which can still be heard here.
Formed in 1983, Necrophagia was one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the "horror metal" genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting its teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows chalk full of blood, guts, and gore. The band went on to receive acclaim for the 1998 release of "Holocausto de la Morte," which featured Pantera's Phil Anselmo. More...
Los Angeles / London based gothic rock band Die So Fluid has released an official music video for the track "Black Blizzard" directed by David Kenny.
The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, which will be released in the U.S. later this year. Watch for Die So Fluid on tour in the U.S. this fall.
"Black Blizzard was inspired by the Dust Bowl tragedy of the 1930s. It's referred to as a natural disaster but it was caused by man. Nature is wild and untamable, and my character in the video is the storm personified-bringing wrath after she has been abused and disrespected." - Grog (Die So Fluid) More...
Bleed From Within is gearing up to release the crowd funded "Death Walk" EP, and today the band has revealed the cover artwork and track listing. You can also check out a previously posted teaser trailer at this location.
1. Death Walk
2. Silence Them All
3. The Fight Song (Marilyn Manson cover)
4. The Pretender (Foo Fighters cover) More...
White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has premiered a new music video for the track "Darkness Encroaching" over at Bloody-Disgusting.com at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the debut album "Rise of the Empress," which will be out this fall on Peaceville Records.
Allender commented on the video: "This video is the first of very many, and represents how White Empress has broken away from the usual 'safe' mundane scene we have today in our metal world. We have created our own sound, our own style in visuals. We are innovators, not imitators, a force to be reckoned with. Hail the White Empress!"
Rise of the Empress can be pre-ordered now through PledgeMusic over at this location which affords plenty of White Empress goodies from signed artwork, signed guitars, to the opportunity to record in Paul Allender's studio and more. Pledgers will also be able to download a track from "Rise of the Empress."
Check out "Darkness Encroaching" here: More...
Swedish experimental metal act Freak Kitchen, featuring Planet Alliance guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh, has announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Cooking With Pagans."
The album will be issued on September 16th in North America via Lasers Edge Records, and this will be the band's first release in five years since 2009's "Land of the Freaks" (reviewed here).
Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, bringing in almost $150,000, a very ambitious animated video directed by legendary artist (and author of Blacksad) Juanjo Guarnido to the track "Freak of the Week" is in production by a world-class team of animators. The video will premiere at Comic Con in New York this October.
Freak Kitchen has always been a respected live act and for the first time the energetic live vibe of the band has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music the three Norsemen truly have a sound of their own. "Cooking with Pagans" offers eleven intense original songs plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit "Goody Goody" like you've never heard it before.
Mattias IA Eklundh commented: "You can expect a beefy rock album, freak style. I think that Cooking With Pagans finally has the sound and energy of Freak Kitchen live; the energy and rawness. It is anything but overproduced, stripped down, drums, bass and guitar. To the point."
The band will tour the world from November and the better part of 2015 to support the new release. The track listing for "Cooking With Pagans" is:
1. Professional Help
2. Freak of the Week
4. Goody Goody
5. (Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach
6. Private Property
7. Methematics of Defeat
8. I Don't Want to Golf
10. Come Back to Comeback
11. Ranks of the Terrified
12. Once Upon a Time in Scandanaviastan More...
Spanish hard rock act/traditional metal act Calibre Zero, featuring ex-Steel Horse vocalist Ricardo Lázaro, has signed on with Pure Steel Publishing for the release of the band's fourth studio album, as of yet untitled. More information on the new album will be announced soon, but the release date has been set for September 19th. The album is the follow up to the 2011 release "Muerde la Vida" (issued via Gaser Records).
The band commented: "It´s great to announce Calibre Zero and Pure Steel Records are going to be working together for our new album, a great company which offers us the chance of an important presence in European metal scene.
"We have been working very hard all around America and Spain for 4 years with more than 200 shows and 3 albums released, and now, is the moment for Europe. Our best work is going to be released for a great a company and we are absolutely exited about it! A new time is in front of us and we are going to do our best work for making a successful relationship between Pure Steel and Calibre Zero. Thanks for trusting in us!"
Calibre Zero is:
Pedro Peláez – bass
Ricardo Lázaro (Opus Dead, Thunderheart, ex-Steel Horse) – vocals
Antonio Cuenca – drums
Miguel Lázaro - guitars More...
U.K. progressive metal act Threshold released a lyric video for the new track "Watchtower on the Moon." The song is the opening track of the upcoming new release "For The Journey." The album was produced by Karl Groom and Threshold keyboardist Richard West at Thin Ice Studios in England and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox in Finland. It is scheduled for release on September 19th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The track listing is:
1. Watchtower on the Moon
3. The Box
4. Turned to Dust
5. Lost in Your Memory
6. Autumn Red
7. The Mystery Show
8. Siren Sky
9. I Wish I Could (Bonus Track - digipak, vinyl and download versions)
10. Lost in Your Memory (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track - vinyl and download versions)
Check out "Watchtower on the Moon" here: More...
Sweden's The Order of Israfel posted an interactive preview clip, which features clips from the entire debut release "Wisdom." The album is set to be released via Napalm Records on September 9th in North America (full release schedule listed below).
The full release schedule is:
Aug. 27th: NOR/SWE
Aug. 29th: G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
Sept. 1st: UK & Rest of Europe
Sept. 3rd: ESP
Sept. 9th: USA/CAN
The track listing for "Wisdom" is:
2. The Black Wings A Demon
3. The Noctuus
4. The Earth Will Deliver What Heaven Desires
5. The Order
6. Born For War
7. Promises Made To The Earth
8. The Vow
9. Morning Sun (Satanas)
Check out the preview here: More...