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This November, Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what's morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!
Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar's fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!
And the awesome won't stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.
Comments Anselmo: "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King."
Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who's shaping this year's HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: "It's been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It's gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!" More...
Fuck The Facts just released a guitar playthrough for the track "The Path of Most Resistance" taken off upcoming album "Desire Will Rot."
This new album is due out on August 25 via indie label Noise Salvation, and available for pre-order right here. The track listing is:
1. Everywhere Yet Nowhere (2:58)
2. Shadows Collide (2:49)
3. The Path of Most Resistance (1:34)
4. La Mort I (1:36)
5. La Mort II (1:34)
6. Prey (2:22)
7. Storm of Silence (2:38)
8. Solitude (3:11)
9. False Hope (5:46)
10. Circle (7:54)
11. Nothing Changes (6:20 More...
Puerto Rican guitar shredder Ramon Ortiz (Puya, Ankla) is back in action with new album "Portal," set to drop on September 15, 2015.
Today Ortiz is giving fans an early taste of "Portal" by streaming the first single “82512,” which features percussion by Paoli Mejias of Santana. Listen in below. Ortiz states:
“I had heard about Paoli’s legendary drumming for a long time but never had seen him perform, which is ironic since we’re both from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Likely because we’re from different musical scenes, he’s more from the Latin Jazz side and I’ve always been more on the rock/metal side.
"People kept telling me 'you should do something with him because you’re both doing musical fusion and are both innovators in different genres.' I finally saw him perform with his own band at a Jazzfest in San Juan and I was floored – very high energy Latin Jazz fused with Puerto Rican folklore and his incredible virtuosic conga drum playing. I couldn’t talk to him after the show, but luckily a few days later I ran into him, and congratulated him on his show, and mentioned to him that I had an instrumental track called '82512' which featured a fusion of metal and latin jazz and that I would love him to play conga drums in it. He heard it loved it and put new life into it with his conga drumming style.” More...
With the official unveiling of "The Anthropocene Extinction," the new full-length from San Diego deathgrind tacticians Cattle Decapitation, now just four days away, the record has been made available online in its entirety. Listen in below.
In related news, Cattle Decapitation today confirms a North American headlining tour this fall. The trek will commence on September 19th and run through October 7th with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Support will be provided by Australian grind miscreants, King Parrot, Pennsylvania progressive death metallers, Black Crown Initiate, and Florida metal assault, Dark Sermon. All upcoming tour dates are available after the jump. More...
Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land) & his band have released a live video from their last show in Tel Aviv, Israel featuring an oriental metal cover of Opeth's "Bleak." Yossi's latest release was a full-length album titled "Desert Butterflies," which is available at this location.
Queensryche's "Condition Hüman" is set for a release via Century Media Records on Oct 2nd. Check out the cover below, and Todd LaTorre (vocals) states: "The artwork depicts a beautiful innocence surrounded by the darkness of a jaded unpredictable world."
The album opening track, “Arrow of Time,” can also be heard at this location, and you can see Queensryche live both supporting Scorpions and on headlining dates this fall - full date and venue info is available below. The "Arrow of Time" track listing is:
1. Arrow of Time
4. Toxic Remedy
5. Selfish Lives
9. Just Us
10. All There Was
11. The Aftermath
12. Condition Hüman More...
Conveyer has released a first music video for the song “Haven,” taken from the group's upcoming album "When Given Time To Grow," which is set to drop September 4th through Victory Records.
“We chose 'Haven' as the first single because we love the song and felt very strongly about the message that this song has, and we couldn't be happier with the way that the video came out,” states guitarist Ty Brooks.
On the background of "Haven," guitarist Nick Matako says, “We are broken people, with broken hearts and faulted bodies. Through God, we are able to overcome negativity in a productive mindset. It’s a declaration of those shortcomings and setting a personal standard of happiness.”
It is with great regret that Eluveitie has to announce the departure of violin player Nicole Ansperger. The band enjoyed a wonderful year of adventures with Nicole, circling the globe and completing the first part of the "Origins" world tour together. Eluveitie comments:
“Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to manage personal obligations and take care of a family alongside a life of constant touring, and Nicole’s priorities are with her family - where they should be. We are parting amicably and would like to thank Nicole for the good times and her musical contribution. It’s been an honour to share stage and studio with such a talented musician!“
Nicole would like to add a few words herself: “Dear fans, as mentioned before, it can become pretty difficult to reconcile personal obligations and the touring life. A lot of things have changed within my family and my personal situation during the last twelve months; and now my familial situation makes it impossible to me to be on the road with my band constantly.
"After careful consideration and with a heavy and bleeding heart I made the decision to leave Eluveitie. I was a very hard step to me and I will miss Eluveitie - the music, the band, the crew and very much also YOU, the fans! I wanna thank you all - you‘ve been the best fans of the world to me! You rock, you‘ve been wonderful and I won‘t forget you!
"Also I‘d like to thank my mates in Eluveitie - thank you for the amazing and intense time we had together! Yo‘`ll always be in my remembrance! I wish you all the very best for your future ways and of course I wish you a awesome new fiddle player. :) This certainly doesn‘t mean an end to my musical career. Music will always be a very important part of my life and who knows - maybe we‘ll see each other again one day. Keep on rockin‘, guys & girls!" More...
Castrofate has a new music video online for "United," which comes off the band's self-titled, fifth album (still available for streaming here). The band also comments:
"'United' features an all new mix and all new guitar solo performed by Heather Faulkner and she's in the video playing along to it with me, also features Mike Hell Gambino from Woods of Arden & Hail Action playing along to The Predator's drum track and James Corallo from Zandelle & Mirror Queen playing along to Dok Dwyer's bass track." More...
King Diamond will be back on tour soon for an extra special event for fans - one not to be missed. As part of the set, the band will be performing the classic 1987 album "Abigail" in its entirety.
The tour will begin on October 29th and runs through December 5th with legendary bay area thrash metal band Exodus as the opening act. The full list of confirmed dates is below. The general on sale for tickets begins Friday, August 7th at 10am ET.
10/29 Denver, CO The Fillmore
10/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/02 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/05 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
11/08 Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
11/09 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
11/13 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11/15 New Orleans, LA The Civic Auditorium
11/16 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
11/24 Boston, MA Orpheum
11/25 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
11/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/28 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
11/30 Minneapolis, MN Myth
12/02 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
12/04 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/05 Dallas, TX House of Blues More...
Mindscar just issued the following announcement online about recruiting a new drummer and working on upcoming material:
"Drummer Robbie Young (Double Veteran/Nailshitter) joins Mindscar! We're really excited to have Robbie as our drummer.
"Robbie is extremely talented and we have a lot in the works: new shows, new EP & tour announcement! Join us Friday, August 15th at The-Stamp Bar in Vero Beach, Florida along with Blame the Tyrant, Playing With Blood & Venomous Fiction." More...
In just under three weeks, Rivers Of Nihil will release sophomore album "Monarchy" via Metal Blade Records. Today a video for the song "Sand Baptism" comes online, which was directed by David Brodsky (GWAR). Lead guitarist Brody Uttley comments on the new song and video:
"'Sand Baptism' is a track where we purposely fused our more traditional death metal sound with the newer elements that we brought to the table on this new album. This track is a well-balanced serving of emotion, brutality, technicality, and catchiness. We really wanted to focus on writing SONGS on this record instead of just stringing riffs together. 'Sand Baptism' does a great job of showing how we have evolved as a band both in a song writing capacity and also as individual players."
Rivers Of Nihil also has these upcoming record release shows planned:
August 15 - Reading, PA - Reverb
August 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus More...
Vulvodynia's new album "Finis Omnium Ignorantiam" is out now (and available at Bandcamp here), with all the tracks online for streaming below. The band comments:
"Praenuntius is upon us! Here it is guys! Our 3rd studio album 'Finis Omnium Ignorantiam!' With an intense 9 months in the making we are so proud to unleash it upon you all! Be sure to blast it whilst you read the lyrics so that you get the full effect of the story being told!"
1. New World Order
2. Superluminal Wormhole Divulgation
3. Praenuntius Descends
4. The Bilderberg Extermination [Feat. Guillaume Villeneuve of Beyond Deviation]
5. Consuming Thee Illuminatus
6. Genetically Reengineered Repugnance [Feat. Matt Turkington of Internal Devour]
7. Infinite Darkness [Feat. Lukas Vaas of Architect Of Dissonance & Ricardo Proença of Analepsy]
8. Raped, Pillaged & Gutted [Waking The Cadaver Cover]
9. New World Order [Instrumental Version]
10. Superluminal Wormhole Divulgation [Instrumental Version]
11. Praenuntius Descends [Instrumental Version]
12. The Bilderberg Extermination [Instrumental Version]
13. Consuming Thee Illuminatus [Instrumental Version]
14. Genetically Reengineered Repugnance [Instrumental Version]
15. Infinite Darkness [Instrumental Version]
16. Raped, Pillaged & Gutted [Waking The Cadaver Cover] [Instrumental Version] More...
Israeli metal band Adamas has an official music video for "You Can Come Home" online, which is a single from the band's debut EP to be released on September 2015. The clip was filmed and edited by Vadim Mechona and can be seen below. Adamas consists of:
Orel Levy - Vocals
Amit Bachar - Guitar, Vocals
Boaz Goldstein - Guitar
Ilay Bernstein - Bass
Nir Leberstein - Drums
Carma will release debut album, "Carma," on limited-edition pro-tape via Labyrinth Productions (the doom sub-label of Altare Productions) on October 1.
Inspired by funeral doom, black metal, and dark ambient, "Carma" is a 38-minute journey through the atmospheric soundscape of melancholy, nostalgia, and ephemerality of life. The lyrics, written in the band's native Portuguese, explore such themes as death, loss, and mourning. The track "Lamento"| is based on three movements from the "Peer Gynt" suites written by Edvard Grieg.
Carma is formed by the three members of Everto Signum: Æminus (guitars, bass and compositions), Nekruss (vocals and lyrics), and Igniferum (drums). This self-titled album was recorded and produced by Carma and mastered by Stefan Traunmüller at Soundtempel Studio. The somber and elegant album artwork was created by Infected Minds Alliance and a guest appearance on the track "Feto" occurs from Sérgio Correia. The full track listing is:
6. Adeus More...
Wildlights has another track online from the band's forthcoming self-titled album - check out "Lions" in the player below.
Wildlights features ASG vocalist/guitarist Jason Shi and Thunderlip! drummer Johnny Collins. The band's Matt Hyde-produced debut will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on August 21. The "Wildlights" track listing is:
2. Rebel Smiles
3. Part of the Sea (reviewed here)
4. Snow Song
5. Hellfire Forever
7. Onward Upward
8. Lights Out (reviewed here)
9. New Year Repeat
10. Climb in the Throne
12. Big Frontier More...
Always on the lookout for the most savage and unrelenting sounds in the metal underground, Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present Tetragrammacide's insanely abrasive "Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ" on 12" vinyl, set for international release on October 2nd.
Hailing from the rising Indian scene, Tetragrammacide burst forth in 2014 with the "Tetragrammacidal Oration" promo, laying bare the barbarity to soon follow. Now, the shadowy duo decimate all contenders and pretenders with with "Typhonian Wormholes," a seven-song mushroom cloud of utter devastation. Literally sounding like its title, "Typhonian Wormholes| is an overwhelming onslaught of blown-out barbarism, in-the-red frequencies, and holocaustic atmosphere. The track listing is:
2. Paramilitant Entropic Initiation
3. Intricate Acosmic Engineering
5. Extra-Terroristical Chaosophic Intelligence
6. Eructation of Anti-Existence
7. Outro More...
It's been awhile since we heard from Belgian epic black metal band Saille, and now the band has release a new music video for "Aklo," taken off the "Eldritch" album release late last year via Code666 Records (reviewed here).
The video was shot under the auspices of Sam Velghe and recorded last May. Velghe comments: "As always I try to visualise the atmosphere and feel of a certain song in my videos. A song like 'Aklo' wants to be recorded and edited in a basic, raw way without the use of tripods, sliders or steadycam. The song dynamics are reflected in the energetic movement of the band members and the backlight enhances the dark and emphasises the song.
"The additional slow motion parts contribute to the mystery of 'Aklo' and the story behind the lyrics. This video is all about performance, but in a different way than Saille is usually seen, with lightshow and bigger stages. This is pure, raw and dark, as the song, as it should be."
Upcoming Saille tour dates include:
9th Aug - Bloodstock Open Air (UK)
22nd Aug - Tattoofest (NL)
29th Aug - Headbangers Desaster Fest (AT)
5th Sep - Occultfest (NL)
12th Sep - Solarfall Fest (NL)
27th Mar - Dark Easter Metal Meeting (DE More...
Battlecross will release impending third album "Rise To Power" via Metal Blade Records this coming August 21.
During the recording of the album, the band shot a series of mini-episodes documenting the recording process. The second in that series is now online and can be seen below.
If you missed it, also check out part 1 of the webisode sequence right here. The album's track listing is:
Brazilian power metal act Hibria released a music video for the new track "Live," which is taken from the self-titled new release. The album is set to be released on August 7th via Power Prog Records in Europe and Test Your Metal Records in North America.
The track listing for the new album is:
11. Life (Orchestral Version)
Check out "Life" here: More...
Greek death metal quintet Mortal Torment has revealed full album details on forthcoming studio release "Cleaver Redemption."
"The new album is going to sound a lot heavier, groovier and more brutal at the same time when compared to anything we've done before," states vocalist Giannis Nakos. "We've put a lot of work into it and the result is massive!"
Featuring album art by Remedy Art (Keep of Kalessin, The Crown, Uncleansed), "Cleaver Redemption" was recorded at Bree Studio in Athens, Greece and is is set for release October 16, 2015 via Gore House Productions.
1. Epileptic Defecation
3. A Million Skulls to Bludgeon
4. Cleaver Redemption
5. Sculpting the Dead
7. Masturbating the Deranged
9. Fucked In the Eye Socket And Left to Die
10. Hymn to the Rotten More...
In a heartfelt post, ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Sweden's Morgana Lefay will be be participating in this year's festival due to "dreaded VISA issues." The process has become worse and worse lately, as Harveston points out - and the cancellation of Morgana Lefay's appearance is just another in a myriad of tour and appearances that have been lost to the process.
The statement reads: "Over the years, I have had to write a post like this a few times. It is the absolute worst part of the job. It’s one that pisses me off and makes you want to retire.
"Due to the dreaded 'visa issues,' Morgana Lefay will not be performing at the festival this year. The band has been truly professional and understanding of the situation. Unfortunately, there is nothing within our means that can be done to meet a potential deadline required for scheduling interviews at the Swedish consul and having assurance the actual physical visas will be in hand prior to travel for the festival.
"There was a worldwide shutdown on the visa process in June for an unspecified time due to “technical difficulties.” This has caused chaos around the world across not only the entertainment industry, but the private sector as well. There is no guarantee that even paying a premium fee will change things as well. Class action lawsuits against the UCIS have started to become more frequent as well because of delays. The issue continues to hurt bands in our genres as Obscura just announced they had to cancel a U.S. tour and lost $15,000 as a result of visa delays. The list goes on and on. As a point of reference, Morgana Lefay’s paperwork was submitted in late April. More...
Art of Anarchy - Scott Weiland and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai - released a new music video for the track "Time Every Time." The song appears on the debut self-titled album, which is available via Another Century/Century Media Records.
Check out the clip here:
Melodic death/thrash metal act Nonexist, featuring Skyfire guitarist Johan Reinholdz, is streaming the new track "Throne of Scars." The song is the title track of the band's forthcoming third studio effort, which is set to drop worldwide in October 2015 via Mighty Music.
The track listing for the album is is as follows:
1. Pyroclastic Cluster Torment
2. A Promise Unfulfilled
3. The New Flesh
4. Throne of Scars
5. Before the Storm Takes Me
6. Rodents of War
7. Cathedrals Beyond
8. Enter Night Eternal
9. The Anatomy of Insanity
11. Chance of Ages/Dawn of Eternity (Massacre cover)
12. Escape to the Void (Sepultura cover)
Check out "Throne of Scars" here: More...
Germany's U.D.O. - featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider - released a live clip of the track "Independence Day" (originally appearing on the 1997 album "Solid"). The clip was taken from the upcoming new live DVD/2CD set "Navy Metal Night," which was just released this past Friday via AFM Records.
The release was captured from the event on February of 2014, in which U.D.O. played a very special sold out show accompanied by the German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee).
Check out the clip here:
California Christian metal pioneers Stryper are back to reclaim the throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the latest song from their upcoming 9th studio album "Fallen." The title track can be heard in the player below.
The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening choral refrains of "Yahweh" to the signature vocal scream at the end of "King Of Kings," it is apparent that Stryper is back with the heaviest and most inspired work to date that is scheduled for release on October 16th via Frontiers Music SRL.
"Fallen" is available for pre-order via digital retailers and can be ordered via iTunes at this location and via AmazonMP3 over here. It is also available in various physical configurations at the band's Official Website. "Fallen" was produced by vocalist Michael Sweet.
"Fallen is about Lucifer before he became Satan. It’s the story of how he got kicked out of Heaven. He tried to overthrow God and take over,” describes Michael Sweet. “The song talks about how beautiful he was. When he walked, there was music. He was the angel of worship and this incredibly powerful and beautiful being."
The track listing for Fallen is:
4. Big Screen Lies
6. Love You Like I Do
7. All Over Again
8. After Forever (Black Sabbath Cover)
9. 'Till I Get What I Need
10. Let There Be Light
11. The Calling
12. King Of Kings
Check out "Fallen" here: More...
Fan-Filmed footage of Metallica taking the stage and performing "Ecstasy of Gold/Fuel" at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 1,2015 can be seen below. The band last appeared on the Lollapalooza bill back in 1996, when it was still a traveling festival.
Check out now the clip below.
Slipknot had to perform as an eight-piece last night after bassist Alessandro Venturella was rushed to hospital six songs into the set. A short clip of frontman Corey Taylor addressing the fans can be seen below:
"I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now. I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make fucking noise for him, send him some fucking love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some shit, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would fucking want."