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Following crushing performances at this year's editions of the Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona and Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, Tristan Shone will bring his sonic decompositions know as Author & Punisher to the streets again for a final round of live incursions to close out the year.
Set to commence on December 3rd in San Diego, California, Shone will level the stages of ten venues, with the audio punishment coming to a ceremonial conclusion on December 13th in Boise, Idaho.
Shone is in the midst of recording the follow-up to Author & Punisher's "Women & Children" full-length, released last year via Seventh Rule Recordings. The as-yet-untitled long player, and first for Housecore Records, is being tracked at Nodferatu's Lair in North Shore, Louisiana with Housecore founder Philip H. Anselmo.
Comments Shone, "There are four reasons to come check out this Author & Punisher tour. First, I will be playing mostly new material fresh from the studio with Philip H. Anselmo. Second, this tour will be painful as all hell, as I drag out a combination of both old and new Drone Machines that I literally have to climb over to get in and out of and will likely ruin me and the underpaid slaves I employ. Third, I will have the double LP of the 2010 Drone Machines album [out on Seventh Rule] on hand with me in the flesh with the machines themselves for the first time. Finally, in what has become a staple of an Author & Punisher show, Cutmod [Will Michaelsen] will be flashing his visual wares in full high count lumens as he has with me for the last two years."
12/03/2014 Ths Casbah - San Diego, CA
12/04/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA
12/05/2014 Lee Golde - San Luis Obispo, CA
12/06/2014 Press Club - Sacramento, CA
12/08/2014 Wow Hall - Eugene, OR
12/09/2014 Tonic Portland, OR
12/10/2014 Highline - Seattle, WA
12/11/2014 Hindenburg - Vancouver, BC
12/12/2014 Shakedown - Bellingham, WA
12/13/2014 Crazy Horse - Boise, ID More...
After previous album “A Perfect Dawn,” North Carolina-based band From Oceans To Autumn recorded two new songs with a total time of twenty minutes, offering a psychedelic spectrum of atmospheric post-metal sounds.
The new single “Autumn | Part 2” is available via digital download through Argonauta Records here. A forthcoming album through the label is also due out in mid-2015 and will feature on one of the new songs on the single.
Between The Buried And Me has confirmed two headlining shows in Mexico for next year. The band will be heading to Guadalajara and Mexico City on the 20th and 21st of February, respectively.
This will be the band's first time back in Mexico since 2008: fans south of the border might recall BTBAM's show that year in Mexico City with Dream Theater in front of a crowd 10,000 strong.
2/20/15 - Guadalajara, Mexico - C3 Stage
2/21/15 - Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario
Between the Buried and Me's first ever blu-ray release, "Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium" was released in September and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart. A sample of the video, "Extremophile Elite," in its 10:03 entirety can be seen now on YouTube. More...
U.S. rock act American Mafia, featuring former members of Quiet Riot, Doro, Artension and Riot, released a new music video for the "Friendly Fire." The song appears on the debut album "Rock N' Roll Hit Machine," which is available via Grooveyard Records.
Check out the video here:
20 Buck Spin begins confirming the label's massive 2015 release schedule with the announcement of "Cessation," the upcoming debut full-length from mysterious entity, Dead In The Manger. The label comments:
"In early 2014, a damaging new musical force made itself apparent, when Dead In The Manger appeared seemingly from out of nowhere with their debut EP, Transience, a six-movement EP which brandished a monstrous blend of extreme metal with elements born of black/war metal realms as well as standards of the grindcore movement in a seamless and endlessly destructive alloy.
"Dead In The Manger follows up the Transience debut with six new stages in the grief process, resolved in their adherence to dispiriting melodic atmosphere and frenzied black carnage, ever reaching upward yet inevitably pulled down into the mire.
"Whether grinding forth in a cascade of blinding black metal violence or cloaked in despondent post-rock gloom, Cessation leaves no space for hope, compelling the paradoxical embrace of suffering. As before, song titles, production credits, individual personalities and origins and all impertinent topical self-gratification remain trivial in service of the one true purpose for Dead In The Manger; internal disorder from external domination. The machinery of plutocratic slavery, churning and grinding the spirit of life until little remains but the last gasp of a doomed humanity, a cessation of the primal light in an absurdist nightmare." More...
London 5-piece Zoax, the new project of Joe Copcutt (bassist for Axewound and original bassist for Rise To Remain), has revealed the title, track listing, and artwork for forthcoming EP "Is Everybody Listening?"
The EP is set to be released digitally only on February 9th in Europe and February 10th in North America via Century Media Records.
Adam Carroll (vocals) comments: "I could just say the same old jazz, that our blood, sweat and tears went into this release, but I would be lying. It was big smiles, high-5's and good times, that's the truth. We couldn't be happier with how this release turned out, and we hope you love it as much as we do. 2015 should be very exciting for all us catz and kittenz."
"Is Everybody Listening?" was once again recorded and produced by Derya "Dez" Nagle of Black Bear Productions. The track listing is as follows:
2. Lonely Souls
4. Zero Point Seven
5. Right Words
6. Innocent Eyes More...
Just in time for the Winter season, The Midnight Ghost Train has unveiled the details on upcoming album "Cold Was The Ground."
The album will drop on March 10th, 2015 in North America via Napalm Records and February 28th in Europe. The track listing is as follows:
1. Along The Chasm
3. BC Trucker
5. One Last Shelter
6. The Canfield
7. Straight To The North
8. No. 227
9. The Little Sparrow
10. Twin Souls
11. Mantis More...
With the release of Baring Teeth's blistering "Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins" full-length now less than one week away, today Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of the full release. Give it a listen below.
Elaborates guitarist/vocalist Andrew Hawkins of the recording, "This album was a really difficult one to make. We pushed ourselves as songwriters and as musicians, but I think the extra focus we placed on crafting a complete, focused album really paid off. Every song plays into the larger whole while still being brutal and catchy, and we wrote much more concertedly this time around. Our goal was to make an album that pushes the extremes of [debut full-length] Atrophy as far as possible, and we're really happy with the result."
Catch Baring Teeth live on these dates:
12/05/2014 The Lost Well - Austin, TX
12/06/2014 The Scorpion's Den - Midland, TX
12/13/2014 Liquid Lounge - Dallas, TX
12/20/2014 Gatsby's Mansion - Denton, TX
01/09/2015 TBA - New Orleans, LA
01/10/2015 Hangar 21 - Shreveport, LA More...
Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir rides again by land, water, and air in the Nordic underworld. On its back it carries very precious cargo: the fifth album from Colorado's The Flight Of Sleipnir, shortly and concisely titled "V."
Today the band presents a brand new video for the track "Beacon in Black Horizons" from the new album. Check out the premiere below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
"V" is due out November 24th US/CAN & December 1st in the U.K. via Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. Sidereal Course
3. The Casting
4. Nothing Stands Obscured
6. Archaic Rites
7. Beacon in Black Horizon More...
Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Celtic metal star Leah to the label. Her new album "Kings & Queens" will be released on January 30th in Europe and February 3rd in North America. Inner Wound also comments:
"Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of Delain, and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian and Vengeance, this 14-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases.
"Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year."
The artwork for "Kings & Queens" was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Sirenia] and the track listing is as follows:
02. Save the World
03. Angel Fell
04. Enter the Highlands
05. In the Palm of Your Hands
06. Alpha et Omega
07. Heart of Poison
09. Palace of Dreams
10. This Present Darkness
11. The Crown
13. There Is No Farewell
14. Siúil a Rún (Acoustic Version) More...
Swedish outfit Denied - featuring Johan Fahlberg of Jaded Heart on vocals and former members of Opeth, Therion, and Grave - has a brand new video out now from latest album "Let Them Burn."
Check out "Seven Times Your Sin" in the player below. "Let Them Burn" was produced, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Folkare of Unleashed at Chrome Studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
Xibalba today reveals further details regarding third album, "Tierra Y Libertad," which is set to be unleashed on January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America through Southern Lord. The label had this to say:
"The Pomona California five-piece, infamous for their deliriously heavy hardcore death metal, are proving once again that their colossal clout outweighs the sum of their contemporaries. Tierra Y Libertad finds Xibalba in their most threatening form yet, forcibly colliding elite ‘90s death metal with reckless down-tuned doom tones and their most fist-swinging beatdowns yet.
"The breakdown has become Xibalba’s crippling modus operandi, refined over the course of their career and re-envisioned as a new terrifying beast, creating a nefarious intensity on Tierra Y Libertad usually only reserved for majestic black metal, transcendental doom and post-metal, but here hewn from furious violence.
"Across forty-five minutes and eight tracks of brutality, Xibalba carries their disregard for the recommended dosage of unholy stomp that a listener could possibly take, made all the more devastating by the returning hand of Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) behind the recording controls at The Pit in Van Nuys. Similarly, Xibalba called upon Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) to create Tierra Y Libertad’s cover artwork, as with Hasta La Muerte." More...
The rumors have been doing the rounds for months, and now it's official at last: February 23rd, 2015 will see the European release (US: March 3rd) of the latest studio recording by UFO.
The album will be called "A Conspiracy Of Stars," and the band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) have recorded almost a dozen new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides.
Close to the release, UFO is also scheduled to go on tour in February and March 2015, playing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Switzerland, and more, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland in April and May.
The band is already looking forward to the reactions to this latest release, commenting: "A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We're confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money's worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!" More...
Richmond, Virginia's Iron Reagan released the 24-song wrecking ball "The Tyranny Of Will" earlier this year via Relapse Records.
Today, Iron Reagan brings to you another cinematic masterpiece from "The Tyranny of Will." The video for "I Won't Go" was filmed in the band's state of the art practice space and directed by Steve Krandall of FMB BMX. Check it out below.
After a quick break, Iron Reagan will also return to the road this January alongside Napalm Death, Voivod and Exhumed. The tour starts January 27th in Miami, FL and runs through February 28th in Houston, TX.
Be sure to also check out our recent interview with the band at the Fun Fun Fest over here.
Northlane has a video out now that features new vocalist Marcus Bridge and can be seen below. The band comments:
"We are proud to welcome Marcus Bridge to the Northlane family as our new vocalist. Marcus gave an outstanding audition video and as we spent time with him we found that he was truly the best person for the job.
"However, we will let the music speak for itself. Watch and hear our new single 'Rot,' which we finished recording just last week, and we decided to release this all one day early."
The video was directed and produced by Jason Eshraghian, and the "Rot" single will be available digitally on November 28th.
Slovenian black metal band Cvinger today releases a music video for the track "Summoning," taken from upcoming full-length album "The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls."
The video was filmed at Profont by MRK productions and produced / edited by Cvinger. Check it out in the YouTube clip below.
"The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls" is expected to be released before the end of 2014, with more details to be released soon. Cvinger also released the "Monastery of Fallen" EP in July of 2013. More...
Twelve Gauge Records kicks off the new year with the January 27th release of Youth Funeral's new EP, "See You When I See You."
Youth Funeral's "See You When I See You" was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere, Magrudergrind) at Dead Air Studios. Check out the song "When It Pours" below, thanks to Brooklyn Vegan. Twelve Gauge Records also comments:
"The New Hampshire band paint in colors familiar to fans of screamo's old guard – the full-throttle blasts of Jeromes Dream and Usurp Synapse, the melodic detours of Saetia and Off Minor – but these kids own their sound. No tribute act, Youth Funeral know their history but this music is theirs. From the chaotic to the serene, they play it like they mean it. More...
On Tuesday November 18th, PBS stood for Public Bruising Association as The Moody Theater filmed Slayer for another broadcast of ACL Live. Not only did Slayer bring the darkest and fastest songs to ever appear on public broadcasting, they did it with an old school thrasher’s dream lineup of Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies supporting. Fans were treated to one of the best light shows, sound systems and seating in the town of Austin. More...
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie just issued the following announcement about parting ways with Päde Kistler:
"With a heavy heart we have to share with you the news that Päde is no longer a part of Eluveitie. After six years and four albums, he leaves big shoes to fill. While we have no further comment at this time, we would like to wish him all the best for his future endeavours.
"At the same time, we can announce that we have already found a very talented musician to step in and keep the show going: multi-instrumentalist Matteo Sisti, from our friends and colleagues at Krampus, has not hesitated to jump in and learn our full set in just a few days.
"A big THANK YOU goes out to Matteo and Krampus at this point - in the midst of the European leg of our Origins World Tour, their support is much appreciated. Matteo is joining us as a temporary session musician for the remainder of this tour. We can’t wait to rock the stages together for you!"
Upcoming dates on the Origins European tour are: More...
Texas outfit Venmous Maximus has issued the following brief announcement about inking a new record deal:
"We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Shadow Kingdom Records!!! New record will be out in the spring. Details to come soon."
Portugal's Moonspell has announced the band's new album "Extinct" is due out March 2015 via Napalm Records. This will be the follow-up to the 2012 album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here).
"Extinct" was produced by Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Paradise Lost) and the track listing is as follows:
1. Until We Are No More (Breathe)
3. Funeral Bloom
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last Of Us
7. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark More...
After being on hiatus since 2008 to reform in 2013 with a renewed hunger and dedication, Montreal, QC metal quintet Fayne is coming back to the Canadian metal scene with third EP "The Queen of Kings" - out today, November 20th.
The EP is the follow-up to the 2004 debut "You Took it All Away" and 2006's "Delivering The Final Blow." Vocalist Joseph Espinosa comments:
"The moment has arrived, our EP 'The Queen Of Kings' is ready to hit the digital airwaves as of November 20th. We're looking forward to introducing the band to all metal core fans around the world."
Metallica just kicked off a week long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
In case you missed it, Metallica performed "For Whom the Bell Tolls" on night three of the residency. Check out footage below.
Don't miss the band's next performance tonight at 12:35/11:35 C on CBS.
Following an explosive European live debut supporting The Virginmarys in the U.K. back in September of this year, Central Pennsylvania-based retro rock band Crobot is pleased to head back next year in support of new album "Something Supernatural."
The band will be supporting Black Label Society on a forthcoming run of dates in February and March 2015. Crobot had this to say:
“ATTENTION BEARDOS OF THE EUROPEAN NEBULAE: We just received a Mothership transmission confirming that we'll be heading back across the pond in February for a full fledged European invasion with the one and only Black Label Society! Bring your own beard and get ready to riff!
"We only got a taste of what Europe has to offer last venture across the pond, now we get the whole full course meal, a case of beer, and tasty riffpies courtesy of BLS.”
The tour dates rack up as follows: More...
Bartek Beben has released his new album "Attempt At Communication," which can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here. The following press release was also issued about Beben:
"It all started as he set out to learn how to play the drums. His music teacher handed him guitar to check if he had an ear for rhythm. The teacher was stunned by his natural talent for music and guitar playing and asked if 'he had played the guitar before.' The answer was ‘no.’
"Now – internationally traveled, picking up music styles and skills along the way, Bartek developed his own heavy metal style in which he excels. Be prepared to be inspired by his debut album – ‘Attempt At Communication.’ Six own songs followed by provoking cover of screaming child will show you heavy guitar riffs and brilliance of Bartek’s talent, closed on tape. The story tells of difficulties one had faced in communication."
The album features guest vocals by Natalia Rozanska & Cz Arny and the track listing is as follows:
1. Rupture The Limbs Of Your Martyr
2. Mother's Daughter
3. Rest In Peace
4. Short Love Story
5. This Is The End
6. Cowboys Legacy More...
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of black sludge sensation This Gift Is A Curse. The band comments:
"After negotiations back and forth ever since the release of our debut album, the planets finally came into alignment: we are proud to announce to have signed to Season of Mist."
"We have admired this label for years," continues the band. "We have all grown up listening to their numerous bands and releases, which have contributed to shape the very sound of what we like to call This Gift Is A Curse. A new full length album will be out in 2015. We can hardly wait to unleash it upon you!"
Season Of Mist also had this to say: "This Gift Is A Curse was ounded in Stockholm, Sweden by a chance meeting of vocalist Jonas A. Holmberg and drummer Johan Nordlund in late summer 2008. Combining elements of hardcore and sludge with influences from occult black metal as well as drone, they soon recruited guitarist Patrik Andersson and Lars Gunnarsson on bass. More...
To celebrate the start of a worldwide touring campaign, the Swedish melodic death metal pioneers from At The Gates are now presenting a new video for the track "Heroes And Tombs," which hails from comeback album "At War With Reality" (reviewed here).
The animated clip was created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight 13 Media, who also designed the artwork for the album. Watch "Heroes And Tombs" below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com.
At The Gates vocalist and lyricist Tomas Lindberg comments: "I am very proud to be able to present the second video from 'AWWR,' 'Heroes And Tombs.' To have Costin work on one of our songs this way has been very rewarding. It's like the next step of the album artwork, and basically more than I could have ever hoped for. Costin paints up a fevered and dark nightmare world that complements the lyrics and music up to the point of perfection. Now I just have to go convince him to do a full length movie for the whole album..."
Generation Kill, featuring ex-Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes, released a new music video for the track "We're All Going to Die." The song is the title track of the band's latest album (2013), which is available from Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the video here:
Texas act White Arms of Athena released a music video for the new track "Heavy Sleep." The song appears on the upcoming self-titled debut album that is set for release on December 2nd via Prosthetic Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Truth, The Greatest Lie Ever Told
2. Heavy Sleep
3. On The Edge (song streaming here)
4. Time Is Nothing (Or Maybe Just One Thing)
5. This Transition
6. Manifest; Withdrawal)
7. Participating In and Awakening To The Cycle
8. The “I”
Check out "Heavy Sleep" here:
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Italian symphonic Power metal act Wind Rose, featuring ex-Labyrinth/ex-Vision Divine bassist Cristiano Bertocchi, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of the sophomore album "Wardens Of The West Wind." The album drops on February 3, 2015.
After attracting enthusiastic reviews for the debut release "Shadows Over Lothadruin" in 2012 and performing in shows in Europe with acts such as Wintersun, Finntroll and Epica, the band started working on the follow-up under the supervision of producer/bassist Bertocchi. The combination of classical with powerful guitars, huge orchestrations and epic atmospheres Bertocchi was so impressed with the material, he decided to join the band.
"Wardens Of The West Wind" was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM). The artwork - expected to be revealed soon - was handled by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Rage, Rhapsody Of Fire). More...
Maegi, the power/progressive side project of Dreamtone vocalist Oganalp Canatan, released a video studio update on the upcoming sophomore release "Tales From the King's Court." The video contains a demo version of the new track "The King Who Sold His Men."
In the video Canatan explains that the band will start rehearsing and recording the album at the end of this month and a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign will be launched to help with the production costs and the album is targeted for a 2015 release. Details on the release are expected soon.
Check out the clip here:
Finnish gothic metal band To/Die/For is streaming a new single entitled "Screaming Birds." The song will appear on the band's seventh full length studio album, as of yet untitled, which is due out on May 22, 2015 via Massacre Records.
Details on the new album, as well as a music video for the track, are expected soon. Check out "Screaming Birds" here:
Cannibal Corpse & Behemoth are streaming a trailer for their co-headlining North America Winter Tour 2015. The two headliners will be supported by Aeon and Tribulation.
For special fan packages please visit Ticketspin at this location.
Premium packages include: a meet and greet with Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth, an exclusive t-shirt, early entry into the show, an exclusive screen printed poster, and a VIP Laminate.
Austrian black metal multi-talent Feanor Omega (guitars and vocals for Sakrileg, drums and vocals for Echelon) released the first 2 songs from his solo album "Anima."
You can now listen to the songs "Risen" and "Otherworld" below. More...
Greek black metal outfit Varathron are streaming their entire forthcoming album "Untrodden Corridors of Hades" on Soundcloud.
The album is set to be released on the 21st of November in Europe and on the 9th of December in the rest of the world via Agonia Records.
You can now listen to the entire album below. More...
Reformed Swedish death metal outfit Centinex will be releasing new album "Redeeming Filth" on Agonia Records tomorrow, but you can hear the whole album below first.
The album is available to pre-order in digital form at Agonia's bandcamp page. There are t-shirt bundles, digipack CDs and vinyl copies available.
You can now check out the entire album below, courtesy of Terrorizer Magazine.