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It's a double pit story day! Earlier we heard from Leave The Living about an overly large mammal (homo sapien in fact) taking a short but devastating flight through a bar door, and now Pennsylvania band Rosetta shares another story about a questionable venue and a fan short on cash hoping to trade sex for merch. Rosetta's Matt Weed (guitar) offers up this tale:
Years ago we had booked a weekend of shows around playing the Emissions From the Monolith Festival. The last show was in the Virginia panhandle, in an area none of us had ever seen before. When we got there, the town was mostly just a collection of trailers on the side of a hill, at the foot of an enormous mountain. The show turned out to be your basic punk house show – except that the show wasn't in the house, it was in a corrugated metal shed next to the house.
By the time we got our amps in there, set up cockeyed on the gravel floor, you could get about 13 people in there with us. But almost a hundred people showed up to the show. So we played with the shed doors open, to a crowd that was mostly in the driveway and the street, looking at this huge mountain while the sun went down behind it. Totally surreal.
After the show, we decided to pack up early because there were a lot of underage kids drinking and things were getting rowdy. A girl came up to the van and wanted to buy a CD before we left. We told her it was $10, and she replied with “do ya'll take sex?” One of us yelled “NO” and we all jumped in the van and shut the doors, after which she started licking the van's side window. We bailed and drove all the way home to Philadelphia.
In last week's Pit Story we learned you are just not ready for the insanity of a Terror show, and this week Canadian band Leave The Living steps up to share a new tale of a bar that's usually clam and quiet - until one crazy of night of metal rolls around. Leave The Living had this Pit Story to share:
We used to play shows in this little dive bar in our home town, maybe an 80 person capacity. The owner couldn't care less how many people we jam in the place as long as they're drinking. There were literally no issues for over a year. No fights, no one got too crazy, an all around good time for all involved.
Well, this one time we throw a 7 band rager in there and the place was jumping. 130-150 people, I mean, it was packed. Still, the night is going really, really well. We get up to play and the set is just flying along when a couple of our good buddies decide to get in the pit. Now these are two very large land mammals we're talking about. So they start moshing, everything is fine.
We get to the last song and one of the guys picks the other up by the front of his battle jacket and throws him through the door to the kitchen! Door comes off the hinges and breaks in half, owner comes up screaming, we have to move our gear now. Long story short, no pay, no more shows there. Totally worth it. I can still see him flying through the air.
Argonauta Records has released a new sampler for free streaming and download (available here), and the label also comments:
"Today we celebrate other 12 months spent together, with 12 great bands and awesome albums! This new sampler is our gift to thank you for the continued support. 'Devouring the Mountains Vol. 2' features tons of heavy riffs from our stoner, sludge, doom, drone, and post metal roster. It's a free download make sure to not miss it! 12 songs also featuring a previously unreleased track by Italian psych sludgers Nibiru, directly from the 'Padmalotus' recording sessions."
1. BANTORIAK - Entering the Temple 02:19
2. WITCH CHARMER - A Watching of Wolves 06:47
3. DEAF EYES - Black Canvas 04:30
4. TOVARISH - Call of the Kursk 05:40
5. DENIZEN - Whoresmoker 04:59
6. THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE - Mariguanda 08:31
7. KAYLETH - Lies of Mind 04:40
8. ['selv?] - Persistent 06:46
9. LAST MINUTE TO JAFFNA - Chapter DCCXV 08:08
10. OBESE - Down the Gauntlet 04:18
11. MAGI - A Million Questions 06:28
12. NIBIRU - Carma Geta (previously unreleased) 10:35 More...
After singing Justice Scalia's dissent over marriage equality, Coheed and Cambria will release new album "The Color Before The Sun" on October 9th via 300 Entertainment.
The band is giving fans an early listen, streaming the song and lyrics for “You Got Spirit, Kid” below, with the digital download of the single available globally on July 10th.
"The Color Before The Sun" is the outfit’s eighth studio album and first non-conceptual release, with the previous offerings forming the larger story of The Amory Wars, a science fiction saga depicting the story of Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon. "The Color Before The Sun" was recorded at St. Charles Studio in Nashville, and produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Eric Church).
"I kind of want people to know that Coheed can write that sort of record," explained Claudio Sanchez of the album’s departure from The Amory Wars. "I've always said in the past that there's never been a limitation on the band. It makes no sense to me to draw a line in the sand and never cross it."
300 Entertainment co-founder Lyor Cohen offers, “Coheed and Cambria have created a lane and legacy for themselves that is very much their own. Their DIY approach fits the ethos of 300. They’ve taken some brave artistic steps on this forthcoming new album and we are looking forward to sharing it with the world.” More...
The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal from Fear Factory are proud to announce they will be touring Europe in celebration of the 20th anniversary of second studio album "Demanufacture."
The tour will be a very rare event for fans with Fear Factory playing "Demanufacture" in its entirety. The band will also showcase songs from new album "Genexus," due out 7th August via Nuclear Blast.
Burton and Dino had to say of this unique event:
"If you had told us in 1995 that we would be touring 'Demanufacture' for its 20th Anniversary in 2015, we would have said 'YA RIGHT! GET FUCKED!' The years have flown by in colourful and adventurous memory. 2015 has arrived, and Fear Factory WILL be performing 'Demanufacture' in its entirety for the very first time for the UK and Ireland fans in December. We are very excited to perform this seminal album for the audience that made 'Demanufacture' a legendary success.” More...
Vesperia - the Canadian epic metal quartet and recently crowned 2015 champions of Wacken Metal Battle Canada - just released a track titled "Iron Saga," which is one of three songs offered on upcoming EP "The Iron Tempests" being released on July 10th.
The EP was co-produced with the effort of Ryan Bovaird, frontman of Canadian melodeath band Hallow's Die. The EP artwork was also created by none other than Vesperia's frontman Morgan Rider at his own White North Studios.
Rider comments: "'Iron Saga' is about the forging of steel blades from the viewpoint of the steel itself as a sentient, blood-hungry presence. The lyrics talk about the steel coming to awareness while being shaped and it's eagerness to leave the forge to see battle and taste blood. As the song progresses, the steel recalls the ebb and flow of ancient battles and the shaping of the world." More...
In anticipation of a new upcoming record, the masters of historical-themed brutality from Nile today reveal the track listing for "What Should Not Be Unearthed," which will be released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast.
Mastermind Karl Sanders comments on the band’s new output: “The goal for the new record was sheer epic brutality. The focus this time around is on brutal heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact.
"So we believe that we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from us over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around.”
01. Call To Destruction
02. Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep
03. Liber Stellae Rubeae
04. In The Name Of Amun
05. What Should Not Be Unearthed
06. Evil To Cast Out Evil
07. Age Of Famine
08. Ushabti Reanimator
09. Rape Of The Black Earth
10. To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed More...
Lucifer is talking to you metalheads - check out this first teaser of a brand new Firespawn single set to drop on August 7th, 2015.
The single will be available as a silver vinyl (100 copies) only at the Part.San Open Air 2015, with a black vinyl edition to be available through Century Media. This single also precedes a full-length album set to drop in November. Firespawn consists of:
LG Petrov - vocals [Entombed A.D., Morbid, Nihilist]
Fredrik Folkare – guitar [Necrophobic, Unleashed]
Victor Brandt – guitar [Entombed A.D., Six Feet Under (live)]
A. Impaler - bass [Necrophobic, Naglfar (live)]
Matte Modin – drums [Raised Fist, ex-Dark Funeral, ex-Defleshed, ex-Infernal]
Fuck The Facts just dropped a new track today titled "The Path of Most Resistance" taken from upcoming album "Desire Will Rot" that is due out on August 25th.
"Desire Will Rot" was recorded and mixed by FTF guitarist Topon Das at his Apartment 2 recording studio in Ottawa, ON and is the band's first full length since 2011's "Die Miserable." The full 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...
Century Media will release the first four studio albums from Iced Earth in July on vinyl format in a variety of color configurations.
"Iced Earth" and "Night Of The Stormrider" will be released on June 10th, "Burnt Offerings" and "The Dark Saga" will be released on June 17th.
All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well. Each LP includes a 60x60 artwork poster and 180 g vinyl. The LP sound has been kept in its original form, with a special vinyl mastering of Patrick Engel, known from his careful mastering works for bands as Jag Panzer, Exodus, Trouble, Tokyo Blade and Candlemass.
While "The Dark Saga" has already seen one vinyl re-issue in 2010 (which is a rare edition by now), the first three Iced Earth albums have never seen an LP re-issue since their initial releases. As prices have reached ridiculous heights lately, it's time to offer you these outstanding and influential albums for a regular price. Pre-order info is available at this location.
The albums "Days Of Purgatory", "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "Horror Show" will follow in the first quarter of 2016. More...
Conan is now in the midst of writing new material for an upcoming album, with the band commenting:
"We are currently channelling the forces of the valve to complete the writing process for the follow up to 'Blood Eagle.' This will be our fourth album, and our second release on Napalm Records.
"We have been holed up at Skyhammer Studio writing and recording new demos for the next release (out early 2016 on Napalm Records). Not a single distortion pedal was overlooked. Expect riffs, command mountains, seek solace." More...
Black Fast has released the second new single titled "I Conspire" off forthcoming LP "Terms of Surrender," due out August 7th. Check it out below.
"I like to think of the album in three chapters, and this is the midway point." says frontman Aaron Akin. "It is not a concept album, more like a treatise on fear, isolation, and madness. The manic ramblings of a conflicted narrator, dragged under by the stagnation of his own laments, in contempt of his contradictions, a grand unified vision of folly and disease." More...
Ready to embark on their first USA headlining tour this August, Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium have announced a split 7" with Omnium Gatherum, who will be direct support on the trek. This release is "double A-sided" (meaning, each band has their own front-cover side) and contains one track from Insomnium, "Out To The Sea" (which previously appeared on the now sold-out Shadows Of The Dying Sun deluxe CD box-set edition), and one track from Omnium Gatherum, "Skyline" (which will appear on the band's new album due out February 2016). Featuring artwork by Olli-Pekka Lappalainen (who previously created designs for both bands), this tour exclusive 7" is limited to 500 copies and available at all shows while supplies last. See below the track-listing and dates: More...
Professionally shot footage of Accursed Spawn performing "Clotheshanger Abortion" has been posted following the band's recent performance at the Montreal edition of Parkinson Metal.
The track is from the band's second EP "Putrid" and was filmed and edited by Dr. Lights Productions. Check it out below.
Accused Spawn is currently working on a debut full-length, and will be performing at the following dates as part of the Summer 2015 Burned into Sterili-tour:
07/31: Oshawa Deathfest III
08/15: Grind Your Mind Open Air
08/25: Trailer Thrash Festival More...
Wolf Brew Games and Digerati are excited to announce Curt Victor Bryant (formally of Celtic Frost) will be recording the full soundtrack for upcoming 2D platformer "Slain."
Check out a trailer below for this Gothic combat-puzzle platform adventure with gore galore. Created by a team of 2 (yes, 2!), "Slain" will drop on PC in fall 2015 and on PS/V/WiiU/XB1 in early January. The designers also comment on the game:
"Players control Bathoryn, a hero in a Gothic world, seeking to liberate seven great towers from 7 deadly overlords. Bathoryn must battle his way through a doomed land packed with gruesome pixel art foes before ascending (or sometimes descending) each tower, defeating puzzles, traps and monsters alike. At the heart of each tower, he must confront a mighty overlord. Defeat it and Bathoryn’s quest continues. Fail, and you’ll die gruesomely – mauled by werewolves, disintegrated by floating monstrosities, squashed by great weights or torn apart by hidden blades. And you will fail…" More...
As Detroit, Michigan's Walls Of Jericho prepares to enter the studio to record a Napalm Records debut and first album in over seven years, the band is asking for fans to help be a part of the process.
Walls of Jericho wants you to record yourself saying the phrase "I Am Relentless." The band will then take these clips and make them part of an intro for a song on the new album. Please email the audio clips to woj.iamrelentless[at]gmail.com.
This new song is attached to the Relentless Foundation, which has a mission to build relationships and change lives by uniting strong men and women with even stronger children. The Relentless Detroit Foundation was created to raise money, awareness and support for local MI families with children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.
The foundation raises the bulk of the money donated by hosting a yearly powerlifting meet. Power lifters from the United States and Canada come together for this event after spending months training and raising funds to support the families involved.
Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the exclusive video premiere of Emberville's "Scare City." The video appears off the band's debut album of the same name and is something you shouldn't show "your mum." It is a sinner's delight.
In its near-five-minutes running time you will see the kidnapping of a priest, smoking, profanity, drinking and brandishing of weapons. Musically, the song is heavy and hook-laden. More...
King Diamond - named our best live metal performer of 2014 - performed earlier this month at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix during the Rockstar Mayhem festival.
Footage from that show of the band performing "The Candle / Sleepless Nights" and "Eye of the Witch" can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Dick Blitzky.
King Diamond is currently writing for a new album, so stay tuned for more details on that forthcoming release.
Today the maverick U.K. death metallers from Scythian premiere the new track "Beyond the Dust" online. The track is the opening salvo from "Hubris in Excelsis," the second Scythian album, set for international release on August 21st via Hells Headbangers.
Heavily inspired by apocalyptic science fiction, morbid poetry, and the unlikely mix of Sodom, Bathory, and Angelcorpse, here on "Hubris in Excelsis," Scythian better the bold sound & vision triumphantly displayed across debut album "To Those Who Stand Against Us." The new album's track listing is:
1. Beyond the Dust...
2. Hubris in Excelsis
3. Apocalyptic Visions
4. As Tyrants Feast...
5. Penultimate Truth : Ultimate Deceit
6. The Laws...
7. Three Stigmata
8. War Graves (Dulce et Decorum Est...)
9. Dystopia More...
Pennsylvania-based avantgarde death/black metal maniacs of Veilburner premiere a new track titled "Ever Relapsing Fever" taken from the forthcoming new album "Noumenom", which is set to drop July 31st 2015.
Check out now "Ever Relapsing Fever" below.
Bay Area thrashers Chemical Burn premieres the track "I Rise I Fly" below taken from the upcoming new album "Raining Anvils", which will be out on August 7 via MegaSonic Records.
Explains Vocalist/bassist Mike Garnica: More...
The Prestige debuts a new single titled "Revival" below, which was produced and mixed by Antoine Lussier (Obey The Brave, Ion Dissonance).
The Prestige and Bermuda will head out this summer on "The Vertebroken Tour", with The Funeral Portrait and 2×4 also appearing on select dates. Check out all the dates below: More...
The Plot In You frontman Landon Tewers premieres a brand new track titled "Debate" below, taken from his new concept EP under the moniker of Ai640.
Explains Landon Tewers:
"Sup friends, Landon here. I felt shitty that all this stuff with the release of our new record is taking a lot longer than expected. Sucks for us too, the record is completely done and we’ll be announcing our new signing any day now. Anyways, I wanted to write something to at least HELP tide everyone over for a little bit. I wrote a concept EP under the name Ai640. More...