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Last updated on February 9, 2016 at 4:13 PM ET
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There's less nudity and fecal matter this time around, but the story isn't any less crazy as Necronomicon vocalist Rob The Witch shares a cautionary tale about retaliation: it never goes the way you think it will.
Due to a case of mistaken identity, the band ended up with a useless RV that had to be scrapped following a North American tour. Rob had this to say:
We were on a U.S. / Canadian tour (not the latest one) and when we arrived in San Francisco everything was looking like a regular day at the job, you know, load in the gear installing the merch booth, setting the dressing room and of course verifying our RV to be sure everything is in order.
All was perfect and the show was rumbling with a crazy crowd. After performing we went to the merch section and talked with the fans, signed autographs and took pictures. So far all good and nothing special.
Then after we loaded out and hit the road my drummer told me there’s a was a weird stain on the side of the RV. Like something splashed around the back part on driver side. We didn't pay too much attention saying ‘’you know its a big city a lot of stupid stuff happen’’ ...yeah right.
While driving in the night we started to have engine problems and going up in the mountains on our way to Lake Tahoe the RV was backfiring 2 meter flames out of the exhaust pipes, like artillery shots. Trust me it was loud as fuck in the night with the echo of the valley and mountains.
We soon realized that someone added something to our gas tank, and from there the real shit started. We lost our LA show in that run due to the fact that we had to stop so many times to drain the tank again and again. We arrived at the Whiskey a GO GO 5 mins after the beginning of OUR time on the tour schedule. We had to deal with that for the rest of the entire tour, all the way up to Canada.
2 weeks later we received some details telling us we were victim of an error. The day of the show in San Francisco, one guy from another band with us on that tour got into a fist fight with someone from the production at the venue. Thinking our RV belonged to the other band, someone added some powder cement to our tank.
We did receive a form of apologies, without being given the name of the person who did that, but it was done and we haven't been able to rescue the RV, too many problems happened as a result of that and we had to dump it during the next tour. But that is another story.
Necronomicon's new single "Unification of Four Pillars" can be heard below, taken off upcoming album "Advent of The Human God." The album is due out through Season of Mist (Europe March 18th / North America March 25th) and pre-orders are up now at this location. More...
Last June, the premier annual metal festival in France - Hellfest - boasted three day's worth of shows from some of the best acts in the scene.
For the first time, Metal Blade TV was present at the fest, ready to capture live performances from the label's artists, as well as exclusive interviews with host Don Jamieson.
Check out multi-camera footage of Cannibal Corpse, Armored Saint, Ensiferum, and Twitching Tongues below.
For the upcoming 2016 installment of Hellfest, Metal Blade artists Amon Amarth, King Diamond, Sacred Reich, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Entrails, and DragonForce are set to appear over the course of June 17th - 19th in Clisson, France. More...
Shadow Woods Metal Fest, the Mid-Atlantic's open air camping metal party, will once again terrorize the woodlands of central Maryland this fall with three days of more than thirty bands from diverse metal genres and regions.
The 2016 festival runs from Thursday, September 15th through Sunday, September 18th at Camp Hidden Valley in White Hall, Maryland.
"The response from performers and attendees to the 2015 event was overwhelmingly positive with many people telling me it was the best weekend of their lives!" says festival founder Mary Spiro of Metallomusikum.com/Shadow Woods Productions LLC. "We are humbled and frankly completely surprised by the outpouring of praise for the fest. There has been enormous interest from the metal community for certain bands to perform. Our team is taking its time to make sure the lineup matches our attendee's expectations and sets us apart from other fests. We also want each day to have flow. It's a balancing act."
Spiro says that when all is said and done, the final lineup will surpass the ferocity of the inaugural installment. As of February 9th, twenty-one bands have been announced, with more still in the works.
"It could be late Spring before we have the whole lineup in hand," Spiro said. "It's taking longer than we anticipated, but we think our patience will be rewarded, and festival goers will be really pleased with the bands yet to be announced." More...
Abyssus will release the "Once Entombed" compilation via Transcending Obscurity on February 28th, 2016. Today the compilation's third track "Morbid Inheritance" comes online, which can be heard below.
The "Once Entombed" release puts together the band's latest split material with crust grinders Slaktgrav, infamous EP "Summon the Dead," a split with death metal warlords Nocturnal Vomit, and finally, the debut EP "Monarch to the Kingdom of the Dead" - all in reverse chronological order, having the latest material first. The full track listing is:
2. Chaos is my Life
3. Morbid Inheritance
4. Summon the Dead
6. Remnants of War
7. Outbreak of Evil
8. Days of Wrath
9. Remnants of War
10. Left to Suffer
11. Unleash the Storm
13. Servants to Hypocrisy
15. Left to Suffer
17. No Tolerance
18. Sacred Serenity (Death cover)
19. Postmortem (Slayer cover) More...
Swedish / British death metal duo Ashcloud is currently in the studio recording a sophomore album to be entitled "Children of the Chainsaw."
The album will contain 11 songs with a total length of around 45 minutes and will follow the same patterns shown on last years' debut "Abandon All Light," which was pure raw and rotting Swedish death metal.
A release date for "Children of the Chainsaw" is being set for spring 2016, with full details and the cover artwork to be unveiled soon. In the mean time, check out previous album "Abandon All Light" below. More...
Lizzies recently announced the inking of a worldwide deal with Swedish label The Sign Records to release the "Good Luck" album on April 1st. The album's artwork, handled by Mario Rivière, can now be seen below.
New album "Good Luck" features 9 songs recorded and produced by Ola Ersfjord (Dead Lord, Tribulation, Primordial) at Moontower Studios in Terrassa and Cuervo Studios in Madrid during August 2015. Mastering was handled by Magnus Lindberg and the track listing is as follows:
2. 666 Miles
4. Mirror Maze
5. Night in Tokyo
6. Speed On The Road
7. One Night Woman
8. Russian Roulette
9. 8 Ball More...
Death metal outfit Inherit Disease just released the opening track "Spiritual Paralysis" from upcoming album "Ephemeral," due out April 8th via Unique Leader Records. Listen in below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Spiritual Paralysis
2. Mutant 2.0
4. Synaptic Reanimation
5. Ephemeral Morality
6. Binary Alchemy
8. Pixelated Hallucinations
9. Digested By Invertebrates
10. Lord Cyborg
The release date of new Dperd album "V" has been set for March 14th, 2016 and below you can check out the cover and complete track listing. "V" is obviously Dperd's fifth full-length album and the most intense and elegant of the band's 15 year career.
2. Cercando Solitudine
3. I Believe In You Song
4. Aggrappata Al Silenzio
5. The Way Down Song
6. Aspettare Che Il Mondo Passi
7. But I Love You Song
8. Vorrei Una Vita Semplice
9. Paura E Fede
10. They Do Know Song More...
West Of Hell today announces ''The Rights Of Spring'' western Canadian tour, set to kick off in early April, 2016.
The band also introduce a new lineup for this tour consisting of vocalist Chris "The Heathen" Valagao (Zimmers Hole), bassist Jordan Kemp, guitar virtuosos Sean Parkinson and Kris Shultz (Mechanism, Cocaine Moustache), and drummer Bryan Newbury (Into Eternity, Death Toll Rising and Untimely Demise).
West Of Hell will be playing tracks from debut release ''Spiral Empire'' along with a few sneak peaks from a forthcoming release. Catch the band live on these tour dates: More...
Haiduk - the Calgary, AB one man thrashing black and death metal project fronted by Luka Milojica - is offering a free download of tracks "Nazon" and "Nergion" from latest concept album "Demonicon."
Nab your free digital downloads of the songs at Bandcamp here. Three years in the making, "Demonicon" is the follow up to 2012's debut full length "Spellbook."
Luka comments: "It's a crusher! This album has some of my best riffs. I don't waste my time, I don't waste your time. This is true Haiduk the way it was meant to be: cold, evil, blasting arrangements featuring some unique guitar work. 9 songs, 9 demons, risen from the volcanic underworld of Octavia in the realm of Callost - a fantasy world setting, which serves as the basis for the map, lyrics, and short stories contained in the CD booklet." More...
U.S. black metal act Chaos Moon recently posted a brand new track online titled "Amissum," which can be heard below.
The song was written in January 2016 by Alex Poole (of Krieg, Martröð, Skáphe, Esoterica, Lithotome) with a vocal contribution from E. Baker. It will be featured on the extended CD edition of the "Amissum" EP, set for release in March through Hellthrasher Productions.
Previously self-issued digitally in September 2015, this EP forms an interim release between the band's latest album "Resurrection Extract" and the upcoming one "Æschaton Mémoire." More...
Brooklyn grind/powerviolence trio Magrudergrid is set to release "II" this coming Friday on CD/LP/digital formats via Relapse Records. A full stream is now online and can be heard below.
With regards to the live circuit, Magrudergrind is set to embark on a month-long European tour with Primitive Man beginning February 26th in Tilburg, NL and running through March 27th in Antwerpen, BE.
That tour will be immediately followed by a week-long run of U.K. dates with Corrupt Moral Altar before the band returns stateside for a set of U.S. dates with nihilistic Nashville sludge trio Yautja. Currently announced dates are available after the jump. More...
U.S. one-man black metal force Ashen Horde is reinventing the wheel, shattering the typical black metal template and forging a new spirited sound.
New Ashen Horde album "Nine Plagues" is out now and can be picked up here or streaming in full below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Desecration of the Sanctuary
2. Sans Apricity
4. Famine's Feast
5. The Stranger
6. Atra Mors
9. A Reversal of Misfortune More...
Swedish thrash outfit The Haunted is finally returning to North American ground in support of current full-length album, "Exit Wounds," released via Century Media Records.
In addition to this run of tour dates starting today supporting At The Gates together with Decapitated and Harms Way - as well as new tour dates and festival appearances across Europe - The Haunted continues songwriting work for an upcoming studio album release, which is expected to be recorded later this year.
The band checked in with the following comment: "Next to playing a U.S. tour and a bunch of dates in Europe, The Haunted is hard at work for the follow-up album to 'Exit Wounds.' The material we are currently looking at is both super heavy and dynamic, so we are excited to be recording the new tracks later in the year!"
The complete list of announced dates are avaialble below, with more album details to follow. Stay tuned! More...
Frontiers Music Srl will release the "II" album from melodic metal band Lords Of Black on March 18th, 2016.
Today the band premieres the second track from "II" online - check out "Tears I Will Be" below. Pre-orders for "II" are available now at this location.
Lords Of Black is the band formed by singer Ronnie Romero, guitarist Tony Hernando and drummer Andy C. Their vision was to form a metal band with a modern approach blended with catchy, melodic and progressive elements. The new album's track listing is:
1. Malevolently Beautiful (Intro)
3. Only One Life Away
4. Everything You're No
5. New World's Comin'
6. Cry No More
7. Tears I Will Be
9. Live by the Lie, Die by the Truth
10. Ghost of You
11. The Art of Illusions Part III: The Wasteland
12. Shadows of War
13. Lady of the Lake (Rainbow Cover) (Bonus Track - CD Edition)
14. Innuendo (Queen Cover) (Bonus Track - Digital Edition) More...
Secrets Of The Sky - which released the "Pathway" album through Metal Blade last year - is now breaking up as the members of the band part ways with vocalist Garett Gazay. The group posted this message to fans online:
"Hey everyone, Andy here... Due to recent circumstances, Garett Gazay will no longer be a part of Secrets of the Sky. Ryan, Lance, and myself have decided to move on and start a new project.
"Its been a fucking blast over these last 4+ years and we love each and every one of you who came out to any of our shows. We've met some incredible people along our journey, and made friends with many killer bands. Good luck to all of you who live your lives on the road. Stay true to yourselves and to your music.
"We want to thank Metal Blade Records for all of the help they've given us throughout this last year, plus a very special thank you to Kelli Malella who has bent over backwards for us, probably more than she needed to and more than we deserved. We are forever grateful to you!
"Another special thanks to David Rodgers of Godhunter and Battleground Records. Thank you for helping us with some of the business side of things, but more importantly for all of the times you and Miki let us crash at your house, fed us, and for just being genuinely good people. Someday down the road our paths may cross again. Until then, Cheers! More...
This week, Lamb Of God wraps up a winter tour with special guests Anthrax and supporters Deafheaven and Power Trip.
If you didn't get a chance to see Lamb Of God on that trek, you will get another opportunity soon as the band is pleased to announce a next U.S. headline tour, which kicks off Saturday, April 30th and features support from renowned rockers Clutch and heavy metal veterans Corrosion of Conformity.
This of course, is all assuming Donald Trump doesn't get the Republican nomination and Randy Blythe doesn't flee the country.
Throughout the tour, Lamb Of God will perform at several festivals, including Bonnaroo, Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Rock'n Derby, and more.
This news comes on the heels of Lamb Of God's recent Grammy nomination for the song "512" in the category of "best metal performance." The 2016 Grammys will take place on February 15th. Catch Lamb Of God live on these dates: More...
The progressive death metal masters from Fallajuah will release their third full-length album, entitled "Dreamless," on April 29th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Dreamless" follows 2014 release "The Flesh Prevails" (reviewed here).
In support of the album, Fallujah will join The Black Dahlia Murder on tour in the U.S. with full date and venue info available here.
This new album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios with producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth), and was mixed and mastered by Mark Lewis (Devildriver, Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex) in Orlando, FL at Audiohammer.
Cover art was created by Peter Mohrbacher and the track listing for "Dreamless" will be as follows:
1. Face Of Death
3. The Void Alone
5. Scar Queen
7. The Prodigal Son
8. Amber Gaze
10. Wind For Wings
11. Les Silences
12. Lacuna More...
German outfit Dust Bolt is currently embroiled in recording a third album and the follow-up to 2014 full-length release "Awake The Riot."
Today a new studio progress report video comes online, which can be seen below. This new album is being targeted for a summer release and you can follow the recording process over at Facebook here.
Roxx Records outfit ForChristSake just issued this statement online about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Hey folks, just a quick announcement to give you an update on FCS currently. It is with regret that we say goodbye to our long term drummer Ignatios.
"We wish him all the best with his future musical and spiritual endeavors. A massive thank you to all of our fans around the globe for your continued support of the band, we are truly blessed to have you.
"All plans with gigs, festivals and recording are going ahead as planned - exciting times ahead. In the next few months, we will have a new EP released. There also appears to be two Facebook pages for the band, this one is our official page. Lastly, for our Dutch fans - we'll see you in March!! More...
It's an issue some think should be forever scrapped for sexist overtones and focusing on entirely the wrong aspects of musicians, while others eagerly await its arrival every year... the "hottest chicks in hard rock" issue of Revolver is here!
Cristina Scabbia has landed the cover feature slot for this year's issue, which is on-stands everywhere now. This marks a record third time she has graced the front cover of Revolver.
The new issue features an exclusive look into Cristina’s life and can also be picked up online right here. Scabbia states:
"The photoshoot for the new Revolver cover was one of the coolest I've ever done, not only because it was inspired by Suspiria (an Italian horror movie directed by the horror master Dario Argento), but also because the whole working team were been simply incredible.
"From Jimmy Hubbard (the photographer), who build up a panel that resembles the colored glass windows you see in the movie itself (and made me feel so comfortable during the whole working day) to the beautiful make-up artist and the stylists.
"I can't thank enough Sammi, Jimmy and the Revolver crew for being so cool with me and Dan Epstein for the cool interview! I'd do it all again tomorrow!" More...
Connecticut's cinematic and progressive outfit Earthside released the stunning debut album "A Dream In Static" last year (still streaming here in full if you haven't heard it), the strength of which sees Earthside joining Leprous on tour this coming April.
Today we're giving you another look at a track from that album with an exclusive premiere of an epic drum playthrough video for “Mob Mentality” single.
Featuring video filmed, directed, and edited by Mike Magilnick of Watching Earth Productions, catch Ben Shanbrom performing the song below. Ben also had this to say:
"I almost had a nervous breakdown learning ‘Mob Mentality.’ Earthside songs most often come together in a democratic and organic fashion - we start with our individual ideas and build around each other, allowing each member to make his mark and play to his individual strengths. That is not at all how this song worked out!
“Jamie (our guitarist) wrote almost every section of this track - from the orchestration, down to the cymbal accents. Everything had to lock and flow in a very specific way to allow all of the elements to work together in harmony (or intended dissonance). Most crushing of all was the fact that Jamie programmed most of the demo drum parts in Logic without my consultation, resulting in more than a few sections that both delighted my ears and crippled me with despair! More...
Set to release new full-length "Fear Itself" on March 11th worldwide via Metal Blade Records, Anglo-Chilean thrashers Criminal today unleashes the album's second single "Shock Doctrine." Listen in through the player below, provided courtesy of NoCleanSinging.
Criminal vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger comments: "I think this track encompasses everything that defines Criminal: the groove, the speed, the melody and the aggression. The lyrics deal with the way politicians use certain events to instill fear in the population, be it a terrorist attack, an economic crisis, or just lately the refugee crisis, in order to be able to put new policies in place and tighten the grip on the very people they are supposed to be protecting."
Recorded at Criminal bassist Danny Biggin's HVR Studios in Suffolk with a "no bullshit" approach to recording, the band purposely avoided the vices of modern metal production such as samples, quantizing and amp simulators.
The striking artwork by renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Mayhem, etc.) perfectly represents the bleak, dystopian atmosphere of the lyrics, which denounce warmongering, misinformation, exploitation and other ills of modern society. More...
Formed in 2013, hard rocking Ohio outfit Lift The Medium originally released the "Mastermind" album the next year, getting a solid 800 copies out into the hands of eager fans solely through live shows.
With a sound that brings to mind some of the best of Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, or Velvet Revolver with touch of the heavy thrown in for good measure, its no surprise word of mouth saw that self-released effort go so far and wide.
Fast forward to 2016 and now a proper deluxe edition of the album is set to arrive on a wider scale this coming March 11th.
Recorded and Mastered by Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge (except for "In The City" recorded by Chris Schmidt/Shepherd's Pie Recording), the deluxe version includes new artwork and a bonus track called "Fact of the Matter."
Now ahead of that new version's release we're stoked to be premiering the title track online in advance - check out "Mastermind" below, and you can also follow Lift The Medium's latest antics at Facebook here. The full track listing is: More...
In Dying Arms premieres a new song entitled "Skeleton Queen", taken from the upcoming new album "Original Sin", which will be out in stores April 1, 2016 via Tragic Hero Records.
Check out now "Skeleton Queen" below.
Nightmarer - featuring members of The Ocean, War From A Harlots Mouth & Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky - premieres a new song titled "Ceremony Of Control", taken from the upcoming new EP "Chasm", which will be out in stores May 01st.
Check out now "Ceremony Of Control" below.