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Not every pit is a massive mosh from hell with a horde of metal fans. Sometimes the crowd just isn't into it, and then a metal fan has to make his own mosh - even if its a pit of only two!
For this week's Pit Story, vocalist / guitarist Farhad Hossain of Shumaun shares this story of the two guys in the back who aren't content to just fold their arms and bob their heads:
Three years ago was the last time I played all original music live with a band of my own, which happened to be my last show with my previous band Iris Divine. That is a long time for a musician who prefers to play live as opposed to being stuck in a studio day in and day out. As you can imagine, the itch to play live again was intense, but it was also quite daunting. How will the music be received? Will the crowd like it? Will I play okay? Will we suck? These are all questions that run through your mind when you debut your new band to a crowd that has never heard a single note from you.
So, here we are at Shumaun’s first show. I look onto a crowd of mainly progressive rock and avant-garde fans, with a few scattered metalheads wearing tees consisting of prickly logos. Intro tape plays, and all eyes are on us as the hi-hat count begins. The first thing I notice is people bobbing their heads back and forth with their arms crossed. For a band that’s used to getting the “prog” label thrown its way, this is a pretty standard audience reaction, so all was good. Shumaun tends to shift in and out of various styles of hard rock, with progressive and metal elements sprinkled in throughout, but that didn’t seem to impress the extreme metal dudes I noticed in the back of the room who just stared at us with no readable expression.
However, soon into our second song, it happened: that magical moment when we got into one of our more metal-inspired sections. I noticed two of the dudes in the back who were wearing the tees with the indecipherable band logos getting a mosh pit started, which unfortunately just consisted of the two of them. They continued bashing up against each other until one of them hit the ground. Sadly, the heavy portion of the song didn’t last long enough for the guy to get up and continue to wreak havoc on the subdued and focused prog crowd, which was more interested in analyzing our every note. It was the best moment of the show for me, and what made it even better was that the two dudes approached me afterward to tell me that they really enjoyed our set. You got to raise the horns up for them!
Let's hear YOUR stories of that time it was just you and a buddy moshing - share away in the comments below!
Alex Horley – who has collaborated with Rob Zombie on many projects from album art to movie poster designs – will be contributing to the brand new official Rob Zombie pinball machine, which will be out in 2016.
The machine, built by Spooky Pinball, will feature 10 Zombie tracks as well as the voice of Rob Zombie himself. Feast your eyes below on what the art from the regular edition back glass will look like.
In other Zombie news, he has a slew of projects soon coming to fruition, like the upcoming horror/comedy TV show "Trapped", the ongoing annual Great American Nightmare event, and the upcoming "31" movie. More...
Inner Sanctum (the German one, not the Indian one) today releases a preview of upcoming album "Metric Genesis" by unleashing the track "Machine Made God," which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Since Playboy has recently announced to give up showing pictures of naked people, we also want to keep our erotic pictures private. Just the way Hugh would want us to. But to keep you satisfied, we have nevertheless decided to comfort you with something special. Feel aroused and enjoy the exceptional official teaser of our upcoming album."
French black metal cult Hegemon is streaming another new track taken from new album "The Hierarch" - check out "Credo Quia Absurdum" below.
"The Hierarch," the band's first new album in 7 years, will be released by Season of Mist on November 13 worldwide across multiple CD and LP formats. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hatred From The Core: Tempus Incognito
2. Interpreting Signs For War: Aruspicine (streaming here)
3. Elysean Expectations, Earthly Deceptions
4. Rays Of Lie: There Will Be A Time You Will Give Anything For A Piece Of Salvation
5. Atomos: Seed Of The Quantic Gods
6. Renovatio Imperii
7. Credo Quia Absurdum
8. Hierarch: The Empire Of Zero More...
While gearing up for extensive European touring, Sylosis just released a music video for "Servitude," taken off the "Dormant Heart" album - check it out below. Fans can catch Sylosis live with Children Of Bodom and Lamb Of God on these dates:
2015-10-25 Gdansk (B90) PL
2015-10-26 Krakow (Fabryka) PL
2015-10-27 Brno (Club Fleda) CZ
2015-10-29 Marseille (Espace Julien) FR
2015-11-04 Bordeaux (Le Rocher De Palmer) FR
2015-11-05 Lyon (Le Transbordeur) FR
2015-11-06 Paris (Le Bataclan) FR
2015-11-07 Strasbourg (Le Laiterie) FR
2015-11-09 Dublin (3Arena) IE
2015-11-11 Glasgow (Braehead Arena) GB
2015-11-12 Manchester (O2 Apollo Manchester) GB
2015-11-14 London (The SSE Arena Wembley) GB
2015-11-15 Birmingham (Birmingham O2 Academy) GB
2015-11-17 Stuttgart (LKA Longhorn) DE
2015-11-18 Tilbourg (O13) NL
2015-11-19 Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) DE
2015-11-20 Wiesbaden (Schlachthof) DE
2015-11-22 Zurich (Komplex) CH
2015-11-23 Lausanne (Les Docks) CH
2015-11-24 Milan (Alcatraz) IT
2015-11-25 München (Kesselhaus) DE
2015-11-26 Wien (Gasometer) AT
2015-11-28 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE
2015-11-29 Brussels (Ancienne Belgique) BE
2015-11-30 Hamburg (Docks) DE
2015-12-01 Copenhagen (Store Vega) DK
2015-12-05 Södra Hammarbyhamnen (Fryshuset) SE
2015-12-06 Oslo (Rockefeller Music Hall) NO More...
Days away from the release of White Widows Pact's debut full-length, "True Will," the full album has come online and can be heard below. The following press release was also issued:
"Built of machine-like metal, Southern grooves, and existential NYC despair, 'True Will' is a perfect slab of steel that rings with echoes of Napalm Death, Obituary, Crowbar, and even Madball. The album was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, High on Fire).
"The Brooklyn quintet stands at the center of its city's metal scene, with members also doing time in Primitive Weapons, Cleanteeth, Grudges, and more. Frontman David Castillo co-owns Saint Vitus Bar, New York's go-to metal venue." More...
Eye Of Nix was forged in the autumn of 2012, the result of five veteran Seattle musicians from diverse backgrounds in underground metal, experimental/classical, harsh noise and dark country coming together to create abrasive yet shape-shifting sounds.
The following year the band -- vocalist Joy Von Spain, drummer Justin Straw (Same-Sex Dictator), guitarist Nicholas Martinez, bassist Gerald Hansen, and noise artist Masaaki Masao -- recorded and self-released a four-song cassette demo and toured the West Coast with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer.
With an eclectic, difficult-to-pinpoint sound that's at once graceful and threatening, Eye Of Nix would move on to share the stage with the equally-eclectic likes of Jarboe, Sea Of Bones, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Helen Money, and Eight Bells, among other notable acts.
Earlier this year, Eye Of Nix released debut LP "Moros" via Eugene, Oregon-based imprint Belief Mower. The record was captured by the hands of engineer Brandon Fitzsimons (Bell Witch, Anhedonist, Haunted Horses) at Airport Grocery in Seattle, mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco and features the shadowy cover renderings of Ogo Eion. More...
Denver, Colorado trio Muscle Beach presents its debut full-length album: the self-titled "Muscle Beach," coming December 4, 2015 through Sailor Records.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) at Flatline Audio in Denver, "Muscle Beach" delivers hit after hit. Lyrically, the songs tell tales of pirates, sharks, extra-terrestrials, prostitutes, and even the topic of love.
Stream album opener "Tiger Lily" – a song about alien contact with Earth – in the player below. The album's track listing is:
1. Tiger Lily
3. Eagle Wizard
4. Shark 22: Electric Boogaloo
5. Pressure Kills
6. Hot Trash
7. Feint Steps
9. Secrets of the Crooze
10. John Mahoney
11. Smooch Booth More...
Long-running Greek black metal outfit Varathron is streaming a live version of the band's classic song, "Unholy Funeral," taken from upcoming EP, "The Confessional Of The Black Penitents," set to be released on October 23, 2015 through Agonia Records.
The track was recorded live in Larisa (Greece) on May 16 amongst three other classic Varathron anthems; the four live songs along with three brand new tracks (with a total playling time of 40 minutes) make up "The Confessional Of The Black Penitents" EP.
Varathron commented: "Infernal warriors we salute you! The Abyssic Black Cult strikes again! 'The Confessional...' is the closing chapter of the 'Untrodden' era. Featuring 3 brand new tracks of amazing occult atmosphere. For the first time we also include 4 live tracks from our show in Greece in 2015. Classic masterpieces from the dark past like 'Unholy Funeral' and 'Cassiopeia's Ode' will be unleashed upon you!"
The full track listing is as follows:
01. The Confessional Of The Black Penitents
02. Sinister Recollections
03. Utter Blackness
04. Unholy Funeral*
05. Cassiopeia's Ode*
06. Descent Of A Prophetic Vision*
07. Kabalistic Invocation Of Solomon*
* recorded live More...
"Night Of Your Ascension" is the impending new full-length from J.R. Robinson's Wrekmeister Harmonies, slated for release this November 13 via Thrill Jockey Records.
The two-track offering was nearly a year in the making, and boasts an astounding cast of thirty musicians including Lee Buford and Chip King (both of The Body), Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Cooper Crain (Cave), Marissa Nadler, Mary Lattimore, Olivia Block, Eric Chaleff (Bloodiest), Dylan O'Toole and Ron DeFries (both of Indian), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit), Solomon Lee Walker, Chris Brokaw (Come), and Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors).
In advance of its release, today the band offers up "Run Priest Run" for communal intoxication. "Run Priest Run" serves as the second movement on "Night Of Your Ascension" and traces the death of Father John Geoghan, a priest convicted of molesting some one-hundred-fifty children who was violently executed by a fellow inmate while held in solitary confinement.
Following the record's official release, Robinson will take the eclectic sound manifestations of Wrekmeister Harmonies to the stage on an extensive North American tour in December.
12/02/2015 Barboza - Seattle, WA
12/03/2015 The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
12/04/2015 Obsidian - Olympia, WA
12/06/2015 Ash Street Saloon - Portland, OR
12/07/2015 The Metro - Oakland, CA
12/08/2015 Starlite Lounge - Sacramento, CA
12/09/2015 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
12/10/2015 Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
12/11/2015 Flycatcher - Tucson, AZ
12/13/2015 Mohawk - Austin, TX
12/14/2015 Double Wide - Dallas, TX
12/15/2015 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
12/16/2015 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
12/17/2015 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
12/18/2015 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
12/20/2015 Marquis - Denver, CO
12/21/2015 Diabolical Records - Salt Lake City, UT More...
This one will mangle your brains: Aussie grindcore band Tanned Christ is streaming all of "Antipodean Sickness," which will fit right in for fans of Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer and Discordance Axis. Listen in below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Grindhead Records is one of the oldest and most experienced labels in Australia right now. Its latest release is from this bizarre and shocking band called Tanned Christ. 'Antipodean Sickness' will hit you like a bottle of tequila and then it'll start making sense, somehow. I hope. Initially difficult to comprehend, things fall in place once you determine its intent and approach.
"It becomes the music your inner complacent critic secretly yearns for - something challenging, something vile and something that's demanding enough to get you to sit up and listen intently. It'll make you scratch your head. While volatile and harsh in its expression, it's surprisingly intricate and technical.
"Many bands have tried to push the limits but listening to this one, you know Tanned Christ has done something exceptional and truly challenging. In terms of its boldness, this is in the same league of bands like Pig Destroyer, Dephosphorus, Morgue Supplier and Antigama (mid-period)." More...
Out of Ravenna Italy, post-hardcore outfit Elyne today unveils a brand new single and music video for a track entitled "Frames." The video was shot north of the band's home city on a beach near Ferrara with director Andrea Larosa.
Vocalist Daniele Faccani discusses the meaning behind the song: "The lyrics of 'Frames' talk about the mystery surrounding the pursuit of happiness and our continued search for the meaning and purpose in life.
"For many years humans have tried to find the answers, find out about the 'big things' or the 'big place', but we've recognized that it's the little moments and the darkness in life that makes everything... sometimes a second can change your life forever." More...
Dissecting, slicing and recombining the musical DNA of extreme metal since 2001, Otargos is back with a sixth studio full-length. "Xeno Kaos" is coming via Kaotoxin Records on November 13, with the record label commenting:
"Completing the stylistic turn started with previous album 'Apex Terror,' Otargos is back stronger than ever with a dark extreme metal full-length adding to the bands’ trademark blackened death metal structures bits of industrial metal, death metal, black metal, orchestral gothic metal (think SepticFlesh) and more for a unique result: dynamic, strong, heavy, dark, intense and modern yet absolutely catchy, full of dark anthems.
"The lyrical concept Otargos has been developing since its inception, based on quantum physics chaos, multiverse evilness, alien predation and the Warhammer 40K RPG, 'Xeno Kaos' is the great Beast that will prey on humans."
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. The Ruinous Powers
3. Chariots ov the Godz
4. Dark Mechanicus
5. Phase Shifters
6. Xeno Kaos
7. Realm of the Dead
8. Human Terminate More...
The prolific Russian/Ukrainian post rock/doom outfit Kauan returns with a seventh album: "Sorni Nai."
This coming release, due out November 10 through Blood Music, is a concept album that references and expands upon territory explored in previous work "Pirut," showcasing a single 52-minute long track, twisting through lush string orchestrations into sinister and operatic doom metal. Blood Music comments:
"The album's concept focuses on the infamous Djatlov Pass Incident. In 1959, nine Soviet hikers went on a trip to reach Mt. Ortorten in the Ural Mountains. None of the hikers were seen alive again. Their bodies were found a mile from their campsite, missing their skis, shoes, and coats while braving -30°C weather.
"Two of them had fractured skulls, two had major chest fractures, and one was missing her tongue. Investigators listed the cause of death as 'a compelling natural force,' and the case was immediately closed.
"Even though the album is intended to be one single track, the band has split it up into chapters for the CD release, which are titled in the native Mansi language." More...
On November 27, Germany's Ketzer will release a brand new 7" entitled "Starless" featuring two new songs. Both songs ("Starless" and "Count To Ten") were recorded during a demo session in December 2014, and will soon be available to the public for the first time ever.
Ketzer comments: "You have waited for years to hear some new Ketzer material - so here it is. Back in December 2014, our new record 'Starless' started to take shape in our minds and we tracked down some tunes in our rehearsal room. These demo recordings offer a rare glimpse into the beginnings of the work on our third album. We burn forever. Burn with us!"
Welsh quintet Skindred will release new album "Volume" this coming October 30 on Napalm Records. With a little less then three weeks left before the release the Skindred guys have unleashed their new video for the title track - check it out below.
"Volume" will be the bands first release on Napalm Records. The album was recorded at The Strongroom studio in East London and was produced by longtime collaborator James 'Lerock' Loughrey (previously worked with the likes of White Zombie, Depeche Mode, Manic Street Preachers). More...
Bay Area tech death / thrash band Insanity is set to release a first full-length album since 1994: "Visions of Apocalypse" will be released on CD November 13, 2015 via Unspeakable Axe Records. A vinyl LP version on Dark Descent Records is also in the works, tentatively set for a late year release. The track listing is as follows:
6. Dread The Dawn
9. Visions Of Apocalypse More...
Spanish thrash group Holycide - led by Dave Rotten from Avulsed on vocals - just launched a brand new video clip for the song "No Escape," which is the opening track of the band's debut EP "Toxic Mutilation."
The video was directed by Mikel Larequi (who previously worked on a video clip for Dani Fernánde's former band Clockwork) and can be seen below.
Holycide will be offering another live performance for fans this Saturday in Madrid (We Rock Club) as part of the release party for Kaothic's new album "Lights and Shadows." More...
Sweden's Mindless Sinner is streaming the new track "The New Messiah," the title track of the upcoming new album, the band's sophomore release and first in 29 years. The album drops on October 16th via Pure Steel Records.
The track list is as follows:
1. Men Of Steel
2. Where Worlds Collide
3. The New Messiah
4. Follow Your Path
6. We’re The Ones
7. Dance Of The Devil
8. Time Of Fear
9. Step Into the Fire
Check out "The New Messiah" here: More...
German metal act Ninja has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Pure Steel Records. The band was formed 1986, broke up in 1992, reformed briefly in 1997 and then again with a new lineup in 2014. The band issued three full length albums before the 2014 reformation. In December 2014, the band self-released the fourth record "Into the Fire."
"Into The Fire" will be officially released via Pure Steel Records on CD (date to be announced later) and the first three albums "Invincible," "Liberty" and "Valley of Wolves" will be re-released as part of the classic series on Karthago Records.
The band's current lineup features ex-Black Messiah guitarist Frangus, who joined earlier this year, as well as Universe drummer Hans Heringer, who join original members Ulrich Siefen (guitar) and Holger vom Scheidt (vocals). More...
Australia's prog sensation Caligula's Horse premiered a music video for the new track "Firelight" over at Billboard.com at this location (also in the player below). The song will appear on the upcoming third album "Bloom," which will be issued via InsideOutMusic on October 16th (EU) and October 30th (USA).
The full track listing for "Bloom" is:
2. Marigold streaming here)
7. Daughter Of The Mountain
Check out "Firelight" here: More...
Finnish metal act Crimson Day will release the debut full length album "Order of the Shadows" via Iron Shield Records (with distribution via Pure Steel Records) on Friday, October 16th. This is the follow up to the 2013 debut self-titled EP. A music video for the track "Blessed Be Thy Hate" can be viewed in the player below.
The track list for the album is:
1. Enter the Order
4. And Then Came Death
5. Order of the Shadows
6. Lies About Paradise
7. Far From Serenity
8. Burning Redemption
9. Fatal Destination
10. Blessed Be Thy Hate
11. The Gathering More...
The seventh full length studio album "Raben Im Herz" was announced by German gothic/epic metal band Coronatus. The album is set for release as a limited edition digipak (with exclusive bonus CD) and digital download on December 4th.
"Raben Im Herz" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock (The Vision Bleak, Empyrium, Eisregen, Eluveitie) at Klangschmiede Studio E in Mellrichstadt, Germany. The cover artwork (shown below) was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Apocalyptica, Manowar, Legion Of The Damned, Korpiklaani, Impaled Nazarene, Stratovarius).
More information on the album is expected soon.
German metal act Messenger unveiled the album artwork (shown below) for the band's upcoming sixth full length studio effort, which is entitled "Starwolf, Pt. II: Novastorm." The album is set to drop as standard CD, limited edition digipak with two bonus tracks and digital download on December 5th via Massacre Records.
More information is expected soon.
Swiss metal act Headless Crown released a music video for the new track "Edge of Sanity." The song will appear on the upcoming debut release "Time For Revolution," which is set for release on December 4th via Massacre Records.
"Time For Revolution" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Serge Morattel at REC Studio in Le Lignon-Genève, Switzerland and was produced and arranged by Headless Crown.
Check out the clip here:
Metalcore outfit Fire From The Gods premieres the band's new single "Pretenders" taken from the upcoming full-length debut which will be out via Rise Records in 2016.
Check out now "Pretenders" below.
You can catch the band live on the following dates: More...
Lamb Of God is streaming a new clip providing insight in regards to playing shows with the band. The short video also captures the band readying themselves to perform in Las Vegas this past August.
You can now check out the clip "5 Minutes To The Stage Clip" w/ Lamb Of God below.