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British Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH continue to promote their 15th and much-praised studio album release "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" and have recently announced their participation on what will be one of the heaviest tour packages of the year: The "Deathcrusher Tour" 2015, which sees NAPALM DEATH and label mates VOIVOD join up with headliners Carcass, Obituary as well as Herod all throughout November in Europe. Here are the dates revealed so far:
"Deathcrusher Tour 2015"
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Rage Wear, Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin & Big Cheese
01.11. Gent (Belgium) - De Vooruit
02.11. Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
03.11. Geneva (Switzerland) - L'Usine
04.11. Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
05.11. Prague (Czech Republic) - Folimanka Hall
06.11. Magdeburg (Germany) - Factory
08.11. Gothenburg (Sweden) - Tradgar'n
09.11. Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan
11.11. Gdansk (Poland) - B90
12.11. Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
13.11. Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
15.11. Vienna (Austria) - Simm City
16.11. Munich (Germany) - Kesselhaus
17.11. Bologna (Italy) - Estragon Club
18.11. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
19.11. Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
21.11. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest
26.11. Madrid (Spain) - Sala Riviera
27.11. Lisboa (Portugal) - Cine Teatro Corrois
28.11. Bilbao (Spain) - Sala Santana 27
29.11. Barcelona (Spain) - Sala Razzmatazz
More dates to be announced soon...
NAPALM DEATH's Shane Embury comments as follows:
"It goes without saying that we are really looking forward to the upcoming "Deathcrusher Tour". The Musical history and relevance between all 4 of the bands truly speaks for itself I think - It's heartwarming to be a part of it.
All of the bands involved in this tour have been great friends for what I guess is a lifetime now - we have played together on many separate occasions before BUT this tour! This tour is something very special, I mean come on...VOIVOD, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY & CARCASS are you kidding? All on the same bill night after night?? This is the A to Z of heavy, grinding, progressive, crushing riffs in one insane package!
I expect to see nothing less than savage mosh pit mayhem every evening....this is one tour nobody should miss..." More...
The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers from At The Gates show no sign of slowing down with the promotional activities for comeback album "At War With Reality" (reviewed here).
Following a blistering set at Download Festival on the main stage, At The Gates has won an "Inspiration Award" at this year's Metal Hammer U.K. Golden Gods ceremony and celebrated the occasion with a live performance of four tracks at the event.
At The Gates has now also confirmed appearances at Japan's Loud Park festival, Knotfest in California, as well as the upcoming 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise in early 2016. Here is a list of all upcoming gigs announced so far: More...
Italian black / thrash metal band Extirpation just inked a record deal for the release of an upcoming full-length, with the group commenting:
"We have signed a deal with Nightbreaker Productions for the release of our new album 'Wings of Decadence.' Prepare your ears for an overdose of chaotic and furious blackthrashing thunder!"
Nightbreaker Productions also issued the following press release about Extirpation: "The band is born in July 2009 from the will of Eros and Darak of keep on playing together following the split of their first band, shortly after their schoolmate Elia joins as drummer.
"Following a first covers repertoire the band begins to write original songs and play the first lives how until recording a first self titled demo in the summer of 2010. During 2012 the band enters the studio to record the single 'Door of Madness' that earns a fairly good success in the underground local scene leading them to play many live show in the north of Italy. More...
Just For Fun
Apparently there are still Creed fans out there, and they are mighty pissed that the upcoming "Rocky" spinoff movie will be titled "Creed" (a reference to the son of Apollo Creed from the "Rocky" franchise).
They feel so passionately about people confusing the band with the movie that an online petition has been launched to change the film's name. Get your chuckles for the day here, or you can read excerpts from their demands below.
The movie CREED about the son of Rocky Balboa's deceased trainer's son, is making it difficult, if not impossible, for the still-vital online Creed fanbase to exchange thoughts and discussion regarding band developments, song interpretation, rumors, non-erotic fanfiction, and deeper insights into the expanded Creed universe. MGM has completely disrespected the Creedmunity by using the name of the still-popular band for their non-Creed related movie and have been stifling conversation by flooding social media hashtags and searches with non-music Creed discussion. MGM should have consulted Creed experts and online leaders before titling this movie. The Creedmunity will not be silenced.
We can make a difference. The online Creed fanbase and the discussion of this movie do not have to be enemies. We can be friends. However I can guarantee that if MGM does NOT change the title that no self-respecting Creed fan will EVER see this movie, not even on bootleg!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sort of concerned about the need to qualify that the fan fiction they are discussing is non-erotic in nature, because now I know that erotic Creed fan fiction exists online somewhere, and that bums me right the fuck out. The whole thing seems too silly to be serious, but that's not stopping people from signing the petition. Anyway, check out a trailer for "Creed" below. More...
Detroit-based electronic rock mastermind Celldweller has released "New Elysium," the first single off of "End of an Empire (Chapter 04: Death)" via Bloody Disgusting.com.
The song features Celldweller at the pinnacle of his career—mixing modular electronics with pounding metal guitar riffs. The song highlights the artist's strength's in both the electronic and metal music world.
"Death" is the final chapter installment of the four-part "End of an Empire" series. The full-length LP, which will feature two additional songs yet to be released, is due out later this year. Instead of releasing End of an Empire in a traditional format, Celldweller has released the album in chapters to give fans a better insight to the world he is building with his music.
For "Death", Celldweller's collaborated with the finest producers and artists to deliver unique and gripping remixes for the record's tracks. Appearing on the release includes Zardonic, Drumcorps, The Algorithm and Rhys Fulber. More...
France's Gojira has issued the following statement about cancelling upcoming shows due to a death in the family:
"We are deeply saddened to report that the brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier's mother passed away last night. As a result, Gojira will be postponing their upcoming performances this week in Luxembourg July 6th, Martigny July 7th, and Prattein July 8th.
"Best efforts will be made to reschedule these dates, and refunds will be available at point of purchase. We sincerely thank all of you for your understanding and support during this difficult time."
Fans can express their condolences to the members of Gojira by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Following the band's signing with Prosthetic Records earlier this year, the Oregonian metallians from Spellcaster will take a break from working on their forthcoming Prosthetic debut this month to tour along the West Coast with some like-minded acts before heading overseas for a handful of Dutch and German shows. The dates are as follows:
7/9 Portland, OR – Rotture (w/ Night Demon)
7/11 Glendale, CA – Complex (w/ Holy Grail, Exmortus)
7/12 Los Osos, CA – Sweet Spring Saloon (w/ Night Demon)
7/15 Ashland, OR – Club 66
7/16 Portland, OR – Dante’s (w/ Riot)
7/17 Victoria, BC – Intrepid Theatre
7/18 Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans
7/24 The Hague, NL – Haags Pop Centrum
7/25 Hamburg, DE – Headbanger’s Open Air (w/ Death Angel, Hirax, Exumer, Satan, etc.)
7/30 Oldenburg, DE – MLS City Sound
7/31 Etzenrot, DE – Soundcheck One
8/1 Tilburg, NL – Little Devil (w/ Flotsam and Jetsam)
Following the previous release of the "Absolution" music video, Maïeutiste has a new clip online now for "The Fall."
This new video, available below, features images taken from "Faust" (1926) by F.W. Murnau and comes off the band's self-titled album set to drop on September 19th via Les Acteurs de l'Ombre productions. A release party is also scheduled for that same day at Le Ferrailleur in Nantes, France.
Exotype has a new music video online for "Wide Awake," featuring guest vocals from Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams). Check it out below. "Wide Awake" comes off the band's self-titled album, which has the following track listing:
1. Stand Up
2. Wide Awake
3. Break the Silence
4. Red Pulse
5. For Those Afraid To Speak
6. Breathe Me In
9. The Fall
After Shining performed a set atop a freezing mountain in Norway, Colorado's atmospheric black metal band Wayfarer is getting into the higher altitude action.
Wayfarer is scheduled to perform on August 1st at this year’s Fire on The Mountain, a “secret” exclusive event that will take place at an undisclosed location in the Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The event is being organized by a local Wyoming radio station, with the details of the performance only made available to those interested in attending. The show will begin at dusk with Wayfarer performing in front of a bonfire. Attendees are invited to camp overnight. The band will be capturing the event on video and will post footage in the coming weeks.
Any interested parties can e-mail heavymetalmassacre666[at]gmail.com for further information. More...
Exodus is currently featured on the latest episode of Spotify’s “Metal Talks” series, and fans can head to the show’s landing page now to listen.
Spotify “Metal Talks” is a podcast-style show showcasing hard rock / heavy metal bands. Each episode features intimate and in-depth conversations with an artist, interspersed with their own music and favorites from other artists.
As of very recently, fans can hear the first three classic Exodus records on Spotify – "Bonded By Blood," "Pleasures of the Flesh," and "Fabulous Disaster."
Exodus just wrapped up a European tour that comprised of several one-off dates and festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Forta Rock Festival, Copenhell Festival, Metal Frenzy Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Festival, and Tuska Open Air.
Later this year, Exodus will take part in the Motörhead's Motörboat Cruise, departing from Miami, FL on September 28th.
Bulgarian metal band Concrete has a new track online for streaming (listen in below) and the band also comments:
"Listen to another single from the upcoming 'Chambers Of Afterlife' full-length below, which will be out in September, more details on that soon. Cheers and greets to Playground studio Varna, Bulgaria and the art of Angel Angelov.
Metal vocalist Norman Skinner (Hellscream, Niviane, ex-Imagika) announced today his global search for musicians to join the new Skinner line-up.
Skinner was formed from the fallout of the now defunct American power\thrash band Imagika in late 2010. Signed to Dead Inside Records in 2014, Skinner released full-length album “Sleepwalkers” to fans worldwide.
Unfortunately just as momentum was on the rise for Skinner, 2015 would mark the end of the 1st chapter for the band as many of the members parted ways due to life changes and to pursue other musical endeavors.
Norman Skinner comments: "Unfortunately keeping a solid line-up together is never an easy task and member changes are an all too common occurrence these days. Life changes… people change and priorities change. All you can do is roll with the punches and come back stronger than ever. To do just that I realized I could no longer rely on the small talent network in my local area. There are so many incredible musicians in this world and I want to find the right guys to create our next phenomenal release."
Interested musicians can contact Norman at skinnermetal[at]gmail.com or through deadinsiderecords[at]deadinsiderecords.com. More...
Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me is streaming the full "Coma Ecliptic" album online, which can be heard below. "Coma Ecliptic" is set to drop via Metal Blade Records on Friday, July 10th worldwide and can still be pre-ordered at this location.
Tomorrow, July 7th, Between The Buried And Me will celebrate the release of "Coma Ecliptic" by kicking off a headlining tour with support from Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist.
Between The Buried and Me is composed of vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarist Paul Waggoner, guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs and drummer Blake Richardson. The new album's track listing is:
2. The Coma Machine
3. Dim Ignition
4. Famine Wolf
5. King Redeem / Queen Serene
6. Turn on the Darkness
7. The Ectopic Stroll
8. Rapid Calm
9. Memory Palace
10. Option Oblivion
11. Life in Velvet More...
Svartsot just released an official video for the track "Midsommer" from the album "Vældet," which is available straight from the band at this location.
"Midsommer" was filmed and edited by Christian Søes on location at Jels Vikingeby, Denmark. The video is available below but seems to be restricted in certain countries. If you can't view it here, watch "Midsommer" at Vimeo.com instead.
Fear Factory has released the first in a series of webisodes chronicling the band's summer 2015 European tour.
This first clip - over 22 minutes long - showcases the first date on the tour at the With Full Force Festival in Germany on July 3rd. Check it out below.
Fear Factory's new Album "Genexus" will be available early August, 2015.
A lyric video for the song "Soul Hacker" can be seen here, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Autonomous Combat System
4. Soul Hacker
7. Church Of Execution
9. Battle For Utopia
10. Expiration Date
Digipak Bonus Tracks
11. Mandatory Sacrifice (Genexus Remix)
12. Enhanced Reality More...
Music Choice Now asked Scott Ian of Anthrax which noble house he'd want to be a part of if he were in the deadly and soul crushing "Game of Thrones," in which anyone you remotely like is never safe, and anyone who is evil to the core will likely never get their just comeuppance. His answer may surprise you - check it out below.
Earlier this year Anthrax contributed the song "Soror Irrumator" to the second installment of "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape" in support of the HBO series adapting George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels.
In other news, Anthrax also recently released "The Devil You Know" bourbon, with full details available here. Anthrax is currently in the final stages of recording the follow up to Grammy-nominated 2011 hit, "Worship Music." The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. More...
Australia's Lord has released a teaser trailer for the band's 25 minute track "What Tomorrow Brings," which is being released together with a series of cover tracks. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"'What Tomorrow Brings' is a 25+ minute long concept song that retraces the life of a man who has lost everything that matters to him - the highs and lows of his life up until the point where he has to make a decision that could mean the difference between life or death. What led him to this point? What will he ultimately choose?
"Featuring a host of actors, orchestration and an emotional rollercoaster of a journey through all of the musical styles that Lord is renowned for to fully flesh out this epic tale."
Rob Zombie has a dropped a series of new still photos from his upcoming crowd funded "31," which follows his bizarro movie "Lords of Salem."
It should surprise no one that it of course stars his wife, and the plot centers around carnival workers kidnapped and held hostage in "Murder World," where they are tasked with surviving the night while be chased down by killer clowns.
New photos can be seen below, and Zombie comments:
"Yet another shot from 31 featuring Father Murder (Malcolm McDowell) and Sister Serpent ( Jane Carr) during a rather calm moment in their secret 31 hideaway. The naughty bits have been censored for your protection, ha ha."
In an odd bit of news, Zombie has announced for his next film project he's leaving horror behind and make a flick about Groucho Marx. Time will tell if that comes together or if it ends up being like when he mentioned he was making a remake of "The Blob" that never happened. More...
Today the defiant black metallers from Azavatar stream the entirety of their debut album, self-titled album, which is out now via Art Of Propaganda. Listen in below.
Formed in 2013 by former Saeculum Obscurum guitarist Azavatar as a solo-project, the selfsame band features C.A. (Odem Arcarum) on drums, Khotrhon (Saeculum Obscurum) on vocals, and umbrA (Atrorum, Nebelkrähe) on keys. Together, the German quartet create a spiraling whirlwind of unease and unrest. The new album's track listing is:
5. KRYPT More...
After announcing back in April that the long overdue third Dragonlord album would be titled "Dominion" and see release next year, band mastermind Eric Peterson (Testament) has now given another update in a video interview with the Nada Que Hacer show.
Peterson comments: "I'm pretty much done with the new record. I'm pretty happy with it. It's very, very, very melodic and heavy. I'm excited about that. So it'll be killer."
A music video for new song "Love Of The Damned" off the upcoming album is now on the way, so stay tuned! Although no release date was announced, Peterson states the album will likely drop between Hallowen and Christmas, 2016.
The full interview (featuring Eric discussing Testament as well as Dragonlord) can be seen below. "Dominion" will follow Dragonlord's 2005 album "Black Wings of Destiny." More...
Human Fortress is currently working on the band's 5th studio album, which will be a crowd funded affair. The band comments:
"To give you a top of the notch experience in both music and video production, we need some support to realise the project as planned. Therefore we started a crowd funding campaign at this location.
"So what you are waiting for? Hop over to the campaign site and support the music you love. Of course every supporter gets some cool rewards, so go, go, go and stay metal."
We've got something to kick the week off this Monday morning that's going to stick in your head all day from Archaea.
The band offers up Swedish melodic death metal with a twist - it's not just copy/paste Gothenburg sound worship. These Swedes roll out a thrashy style of melodeath, with orchestral strains to counterbalance the harsh ’n’ heavy.
Arcahaea's "Catalyst" will see an official physical release on August 28th, and today we're bringing you the premiere of second track "Silhouette." Give it a listen below and be sure to let us know if you dig it! The full album's track listing is:
07. Quad Damage
08. His Wanted Position
09. Helios Ascend
10. Sol More...
Obscura taps Ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rüdinger (see also clip below) - now drummer of Conquering Dystopia - for the bands run on this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Original drummer Sebastian Lanser will be forced to sit out the tour due to health issues.
Explains Stefan Kummerer:
"Regrettably, we are unable to perform at Progstage Festival, Tel Aviv and Metaldays Festival Slovenia this year. Our drummer Sebastian Lanser overstrung his left hand and suffers from a serious inflammation since then. Playing this complex music with this condition won’t allow us to play a tight 80 minute headlining show our fans and we as musicians demand.
"We decided not to play a halfhearted set, instead we postpone both concerts and come back with an extended live show including songs of our new, upcoming album. Dates will be published soon.
"In the meantime Alex Rüdinger (Conquering Dystopia) will step in to play this year’s Summer Slaughter festival tour in North America.” More...
Sirens And Sailors is streaming another new song titled "Chorus Of The Dead" from the upcoming new effort “Rising Moon : Setting Sun” which will be released on August 7th via Artery Records.
You can now check out "Chorus Of The Dead" below.