Metal News for September 12, 2012
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The Path Less Traveled Records will release "Tomb of Feathers," the debut album from crusty bay area blackened noise doomsters Abstracter September 18th on digital format. The CD and vinyl versions will be released in early 2013, while a cassette tape version of the album will be available for sale in fall of 2012 through the band's own imprint Anti-Everything Laboratories.
Consisting of three tracks spanning 40 minutes, "Tomb of Feathers" was entirely self-produced and self-funded by the band and was recorded live in three days (one track per day), directly to 22-track, 2-inch analog tape mounted on 30-minute reels processed by a mid-80's Akai tape recorder, by sound engineer Josh Garcia (Depeche Mode, Melvins, Dwarves).
The recordings were then passed on to Greg Wilkinson at Hearhammer Studios for mixing, and were then shipped to Philadelphia to be mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Sunn O))), Old, Khanate, etc.). Stream all three tracks over at Bandcamp or below in the widget.
For the first time in years, the debut from Italian tech-minded brutalists Septycal Gorge, "Growing Seeds of Decay," is being made available worldwide. On September 25th, Comatose Music will unleash this crushing album as digipack containing the original release in its entirety and three bonus tracks taken from the band's 2008 split, "Da Vinci Death Code." The entire tracklisting follows below.
2. Unidentified Corpse
3. Abominated Hierarchy
4. Waltz of Desperation
5. Ultima Lucida Follia
6. Growing Seeds of Decay
7. Poisoned Human Flesh
8. Infected Dreams
9. Vacuous Retaliation
10. Forgotten Face of Human Prism
11. Psychotic Redemption
12. Deformed Heretic Impalement
German progressive death metal titans Obscura have announced their first ever Latin American appearance this December in Mexico City. This special one-off show will take place on December 8th at Circo Volador with Portugal’s Moonspell. Guitarist/Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming appearance:
"We are proud to announce our very first show in Mexico City after almost 10 years of playing Death Metal! This is the first show in Latin America for Obscura and our fan base in Mexico is just incredible. Since there were rumors spread about this single show we receive every day more and more messages from fans if this is going to be true. We can confirm the concert with Portugal's finest, Moonspell, and make this a special show for everyone. We are looking forward to playing for you!"
Additionally, Obscura is about to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary with a string of shows in Germany. More details will be announced shortly. The band is also currently streaming 2011’s "Omnivium" (reviewed here) in the bandcamp player below. More...
Rogue Records America is very proud to announce the label has inked a deal with The Korea, with releases to be distributed through Century Media Distro.
"I'm a huge fan of The Korea so when they agreed to join our growing family it was like getting Christmas early," said label owner Dean Martinetti. "We couldn't be happier with how fast the label is growing and having another powerhouse band like this in the lineup just shows how serious we are about our metal."
The Korea was formed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in 2003 and in the summer of 2011 the band entered the studio to record third long player "The Chariots Of The Gods." The Korea commented on the new collaboration:
"We are very glad for our creative union with Rogue Records America! It is a great honor and a big step for us and we hope that our music will be greatly appreciated outside of our country! We would like to thank the guys from Rogue Records America for letting us join their big family! We hope that our work together will be successful and we can bring to our fans many awesome songs! Thank you for support and see you at the concerts, friends!"
The first album out the gate is a re-issue Digipack for "Chariots of the Gods," which will be offered with a free t-shirt. The album will also be sold digitally through the label's bandcamp page with a free digital booklet. The next album "Saturnus" is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2013.
Sylencer is the brainchild of vocalist/lead guitarist Markus Johansson, who spent almost six years working on the band’s debut album, “A Lethal Dose Of Truth.” Some of that time was spent gathering an enormous list of guest appearances, including the likes of Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), and Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death). All together, there are over a dozen recognizable musicians who guest throughout the 16 songs on “A Lethal Dose Of Truth.”
However, there’s much more to the album than just stacked-up guest spots. The music goes everywhere from power metal to progressive metal, not sticking to one style for a long period. Though the names will bring in interest, the music will keep people around after the names are mentioned. I had the opportunity to speak to Johansson about getting all these noteworthy musicians involved, and translating this album to a live setting. More...
In the second of eight installments, Enslaved bassist/vocalist/lyricist Grutle Kjellson and rhythm guitarist/songwriter/lyricist Ivar Bjørnson offer song commentaries on their trademarked Norwegian strain of progressive extreme metal that will be unveiled with their twelfth studio album, "RIITIIR." The album is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 9th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Kjellson comments on “Death In The Eyes Of Dawn:"
“It is impossible for a band like ENSLAVED not to be inspired by Bathory! And we somehow always end up paying a little tribute to Quorthon on each album. Bathory is our musical roots, maybe more than any other band. On Axioma Ethica Odini, the song ‘Singular’ became ‘the Bathory song,’ and this time it was ‘Death In The Eyes Of Dawn’ that got that honor! The song changed a whole lot from the first sketches, partly because of mine and Herbrand’s vocal arrangements and partly because of co-producer Iver Sandøy´s crazy idea that the second theme in the song sounded very Beatles-like and thus we had to develop that theme in a more Beatles-like direction! We did so, and ended up sounding nothing like the Beatles whatsoever! Maybe the bass guitar does, but I doubt that Macca [McCartney] ever sounded like I do vocally… not even on the demos for Magical Mystery Tour. The lyrics are inspired by the idea of self-destruction and the final judgment (Ragnarok in the Norse Mythology). You can find in several of the different mythologies around the globe: the mutual fear of the ‘dark’ forces in cosmos.” More...
Alpine black/death occultists Valdur recently completed composing their upcoming, as-yet untitled new full-length. Official recording sessions will commence on November 12th at Earhammer Studios. Additionally, Valdur recently unleashed a limited two-song EP entitled "The Hammer Pit" containing a rough version of two new songs. Taste the blood of track one, “Conjuring The Fire Plagues,” at the group’s official bandcamp page.
When asked to talk about the upcoming new material, the band said in a collective statement: “We wish not to elaborate too much and allow the music that we will be putting out in the near future to do the talking."
Samuel - Guitars/Vocals
William - Bass
Sxuperion - Drums More...
On September 25th, Colorado's Execration will unleash its second full-length, "The Acceptance of Zero Existence," on Comatose Music. Now with a solid line up and a more serious approach, their music has become darker and more technical than the previous material with extreme aggressiveness. The lyrical themes explore the malicious side of 'death worship' while dealing with the acceptance of an alternate reality. The tracklisting of "The Acceptance of Zero Existence" follows below, along with an upload of "Infernal Rites of Exsanguination" from the album.
1. Through the Portal
2. Awake the Darkened
3. The Acceptance of Zero Existence
4. Infernal Rites of Exsanguination
5. Serpentine Changeling
6. The Stars Will Make Known My Rage
7. Further Through the Portal
8. Queen Amongst the Wolves
9. The Great Fall
10. Falling Through the Portal
11. The First Death
Ambient blackened doom metallers Vattnet Viskar have announced their first string of dates across North America, marking their first-ever national tour. In regards to this upcoming trek, the band comments: "We're beyond excited to hit the road in support of our EP and recent signing to Century Media. To our West Coast fans: don't worry, more dates will be added soon in November...We look forward to meeting all of you on the road!"
Dates for the trek are available below, and Century Media Records also commented on the band:
"Hailing from the small town of Plaistow, New Hampshire, Vattnet Viskar is anything but small. Formed in the fall of 2010, the band has quickly risen amongst the ranks of US black metal acts with their self-titled EP (available at their Bandcamp page) that has been met with praise from both fans and the press alike.
"Not content to keep their blackened-doom alchemy confined to the studio, however, they back it up with a thundering live performance. To witness Vattnet Viskar's live show for yourself, check the tour dates below to see if they'll be coming to a city near you (more tour dates to come!)."
10/4--Chicago, IL--The Empty Bottle
10/5--Windsor, ON--The Coach and Horses
10/6--Toronto, ON--The Comfort Zone
10/11--Montreal, QC--The Death Church
10/14--New London, CT--El N Gee
10/15--New York, NY--Lit Lounge
10/17--Richmond, VA--Strange Matter
10/24--Austin, TX--Hoek's Death Metal Pizza
10/27--Phoenix, AZ--The Red Owl
10/30--Salt Lake City, UT--Burt's Tiki Lounge
10/31--Idaho Falls, ID--The Wax House
Portuguese death metal denizens Undersave recently released their debut full-length "Now...Submit Your Flesh To The Master's Imagination" over on Bandcamp. Stream all seven songs from the album below. The album was recorded with Paulo Vieira at Brugo Sound Studios and Moshpit Studios during the end of 2011. The cover art on it was by André Coelho and it was released worldwide by War Producitions. On the same Bandcamp page, you can also stream the band's debut EP "After the Domestication Comes the Manipulation," which the Lisboa natives released in 2008.
Solid State Records is excited to announce the latest addition to its roster of artists: Pennsylvania metallers My Heart To Fear, which is wasting no time in announcing the November 20th release of debut EP, "Lost Between Brilliance and Insanity." Solid State Records commented:
"The EP follows up several DIY releases that showcased the band’s penchant for technical riffs, swaggering vocals and sky-high choruses, elements that helped them build the fervent fanbase that supports them today.
"The Williamsport, PA-based act hails from the same geographic region and musical circles that spawned a number of metalcore successes in recent years - most notably genre giants August Burns Red, in addition to the likes of Texas In July (Equal Vision) and This Or The Apocalypse (eOne Entertainment). While a less confident band may look to steal a page or two out of those artists’ playbooks, My Heart To Fear are intent on forging their own sound."
“When we write music we don't stick to any one formula,” explains vocalist Trevor Pool. “We don't write to please a certain group of people or to fit into specific genres. Nor do we sit down with a preconceived idea of what a song should or should not sound like. Instead we allow the music itself to reveal subconscious and spiritual paths. Rather than deriving inspiration solely from music, we find influence in the world around us and aim to transpose these non-musical entities into the musical aspects of a song.”
“Signing with Solid State is a huge step for us,” says Pool. “It is almost surreal to look back at all of the literal blood, sweat, and tears of our journey and to wonder what we would have thought at each phase if we could have seen, just for a moment, where we are now. We love the family-centered mentality of the Solid State staff and artists and hope to strengthen the family in whatever way possible!”
“We want to encourage everyone to not just shoot for their dreams, but to fight relentlessly for them,” Pool goes on to say. “We could not have made it this far in our journey without the endless support of those around us.”
Heavy metal dark horse Thy Will Be Done will be releasing a new 6-song EP entitled "Temple" on September 25th. The EP was produced and engineered by Thy Will Be Done, mixed by metal producer Zeuzz (Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Soulfly) at Planet Z, and is the inaugural release on the band's own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling world-wide distribution.
Today Absolute Punk has premiered a new song from "Temple." The track "The Great Rebuilding"
is described by frontman J. Costa as "a song that has attitude, disgusting riffs, and for me it was another way to deal with infidelity to channel the negative into something positive to keep myself motivated to live." Get a first listen to "The Great Rebuilding" right here. More...
The Swiss metal masters in Samael will embark on a new "Eastern Crusade" in September, and they have now posted a teaser clip online, which can be viewed below.
24.09.12: Bingo -- Kiev, Ukraine
26.09.12: Republic Club -- Minsk, Belarus
27.09.12: Artica -- St Petersbourg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club -- Moscow, Russia
Elvenking has posted a music video online for "The Loser," taken from the new album "Era," which is due for release on September 14th, 2012 through AFM Records. Watch the video below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Loser
2. I Am The Monster
3. Midnight Skies, Winter Sighs
4. A Song For The People
5. We, Animals
6. Through Wolf's Eyes
7. Walking Dead
9. Poor Little Baroness (see lyric video here)
10. The Time Of Your Life
11. Chronicle Of A Frozen Era
12. Ophale More...
Avulsed has issued the following announcement about performing upcoming live shows in Turkey:
"It's now 100% confirmed that we'll play two shows in Turkey:
12.07 - Ankara (2012 Performans Club)
12.08 - Istanbul (Pulp Live Club)
"We know we have a strong fanbase in Turkey, so we've done all what's in our hand to make these shows happen. Thanx to the essential help of Arda from www.metaltr.net who's organizing everything and soon will confirm all bands that will be sharing the stage with us.
"So we invite all Turkish Avulsed fans not to miss any of these shows, as they'll be most probably the only Avulsed shows ever to be played over there. Unforgettable shows are guaranteed! See you there!" More...
Housecore Records thrashers Warbeast are set to head out on tour with Down next week. The band will join the U.S. tour on September 18th in its hometown of Fort Worth, TX and will travel with Down and label mates haarp, along with a few shows with special guests Pentagram and Saint Vitus and othersm until October 2nd in Charlotte, NC.
The band is also pleased to announce upcoming European tour dates with Down. The group will then continue the tour in November with several stops in Germany. Down vocalist Philip Anselmo had some words to add about bringing Warbeast on the road.
“I am extremely pleased we (Down) are bringing the band Warbeast with us to Europe. They are what I'd call 'pure' thrash metal, in a classic Dallas/Ft. Worth style,” states Anselmo. “These guys are tailor made for our brothers and sisters across the pond, and I expect them to fucking kick some almighty ass, and gain a shitload of new fans.”
“This has been a goal for each one of us from our earliest bands and from the inception Warbeast,” states Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “Here in the USA, many of us are envious of the European metal scene. So going on a European Tour with our bro's in DOWN is even better than a dream-come-true for us. It honestly feels unreal and surreal that this is actually going to happen. Special thanks to our label Houscecore Records for believing in us in the first place!” More...
Conspiracy theory focused act The HAARP Machine has signed to Sumerian Records and will be releasing debut full-length album, "Disclosure," on October 16th. In celebration of the release, The HAARP Machine has now posted a video clip for "Pleiadian Keys" online, which can be viewed below. For more details on the band, head over to Facebook.
Al Mu'min (guitars) states: “Our debut album is an amalgamation of many influences across the spectrum and lyrically addresses many of the socioeconomic and political issues in our society today. We hope it will open doors for listeners and broaden their musical horizons as well as spark an interest in areas that dictate our lives, but are swept under the rug to maintain the status quo and keep the populace aloof to the sick capitalist venture of the big money cartels.
"We feel very fortunate to be in this position and wish to use this opportunity to spread the word on social change via the application of the scientific method for the betterment of humankind. There IS an alternative to the un-sane society we live in and it is our duty to this planet and all its inhabitants to awaken the sleepers. We can no longer ignore the writings on the wall. The time for change is now.” More...
German act Antichrist has posted snippets online of new demo material the group is currently working on. You can check out a segment of the new song "Throatfucked" in the YouTube player available below or hear more samples over at SoundCloud here.
Ohio's In Hell and Fury has posted lost footage online as a new music video for "Consumed By Fear," which can be viewed below. While driving to a venue, the band's vehicle broke down and the group decided to shoot quick video, which has become the clip below. More info on In Hell And Fury can be found at Facebook here.
As the first annual Tuscon-based Southwest Terror Fest metal gathering approaches, confirmed to deafen concertgoers for two full days this October, this week several updates to the lineup have been confirmed. As -16- canceled the band's performance due to other touring options during that time, Bereft has been added instead. Several other minor shifts to the overall lineup are reflected on the updated flyer available below.
Set to occupy The Rock club on October 19th and 20th, the main/headlining acts for the maiden voyage of Southwest Terror Fest will include Bereft, Hull, Sons of Tonatiuh, Diseased Reason, Pigeonwing, North, Ladybird, Godhunter, and more. Entrance fee for the event is only $15 per person, for both days, so you can save the rest of your money for merch and booze! Tickets are available right here.
The festival's lineup is as follows: More...
?Lecherous Nocturne's "Behold Almighty Doctrine" album is now set for an official street date on February 19th, 2012. The album's artwork is available below,a nd Unique Leader Records commented:
"After the success of their debut release 'The Age of Miracles has Passed' on Unique Leader Records and an extensive tour history, blackened death metal juggernauts Lecherous Nocturne are set to bring forth their highly anticipated release 'Behold almighty doctrine.' A ferocious firestorm of controlled chaos sure to satiate fans of the genre, street date for the release is set for February 19th, 2013." More...
Fractal Artifact has posted a new studio update video online chronicling the band's time working on a new full-length album. Check out the footage below. You can also find a teaser trailer, containing artwork and music to appear on the album, over at this location.
French act Magoa has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP:
"Magoa is proud to announce the release of the new EP 'Animal' in partnership with the french label Klonosphere (Hacride, Klone, Trepalium, etc.)! 'Animal' will be available worldwide on November 1st through iTunes & all legal downloading platforms.
"The label Season of Mist will put the CD in stores from November 2nd. Here is for you today the new Magoa artwork for the release of 'Animal' Share it as much as you can!
"The 'Animal' EP will include 6 rockin' tracks + a digital bonus track featuring Shawter from Dagoba! Stay tuned guys… Lotta stuff incoming!" More...
Aaron Turner of Hydra Head Records has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation. We've spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos. Though not every second of doing this label has been enjoyable, it has been a very rewarding and meaningful project for me, and I hope for many of the other lives to which it has been directly connected. The fact that it has lasted close to two decades at this point is astonishing, and much has changed during that time - the lives of those directly involved with running the label, the bands and artists we've worked with, and the nature of the music industry itself. Though many of these changes have been positive, or at least illuminating, the impact of our history and current industry circumstances are culminating into a slow and somewhat painful death for the label. It certainly isn't an entirely unforeseen event, but we didn't think it would come quite so abruptly, or (perhaps naively) ever.
"The decision to pull the plug has not been an easy one, and in some ways is a not a choice at all. The simple fact of the matter is we've been running on empty for a while now and cannot afford to keep our doors open for much longer. Years of imbalance between creative ideals and financial realities, personal problems amongst the label operators, an unwillingness to compromise our aesthetic standards, a tendency towards releasing challenging (i.e. unmarketable) artists, and the steady decline of the music industry in general, are amongst the chief reasons for our inability to continue. It is a harsh but undeniable reality, and one which we are attempting to confront with as much integrity and grace as is afforded by the circumstances. More...
Dutch death metal mongers Centurian are finishing their new album entitled "Contra Rationem," which is set for a Winter release on Listenable Records. Centurian's Rob Oorthuis comments:
"'Contra Rationem' is an adversive record in the broadest sense of the word. It lacks all the ethics of contemporary productions. Leaving only the dynamic range of decay and rats exploring your skeleton. Through the rattle of bones...One might even hear flesh on instruments.
"We keep our death metal underproduced. All songs were nailed with conviction, without hesitation. In one take. Guided only by tongues of fire descending upon our heads. Uncorrected. As real as we are not."
For more info on Centurian, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Nidingr's upcoming album "Greatest of Deceivers" is set to be released on November 16th in Norway and November 20th in Europe via Indie Recordings. The Metastazis created artwork is available below, and the track listing is:
1. Greatest of deceivers
2. All crowns fall
3. O thou empty God
4. The balances
5. Vim patior
6. Rags upon a beggar
7. The worm is crowned
8. Pure pale gold
9. Mother of Abominations
10. Dweller in the Abyss More...
Leprous is heading out for the European Progressive Assult tour in September/October of 2012. To count down to the tour, the guys in Leprous have decided to show that they don't live up to the myth that "bands on tour doesn't know anything about the cities they're in."
The fifth city is Beograd, where Leprous will play at Gun Club, October 7th and the sixth city on the tour is Bucharest, where a performance will take place at The Silver Church, October 9th. Check out these new videos below, or find the previous entries in the series right here.
Brighton act From Afar has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Mat Taylor:
"This week has definitely been one of the most tumultuous in terms of events for our band and we feel that we owe you the courtesy of keeping all of you in the loop because of the support you have shown us.
"A parting of ways has been decided between our drummer, Mat, and the rest of the band. It is with tremendous pain that we announce the departure of one of the founding members of the band, however this decision has been reached with no animosity as people's interest and priorities lay in different places.
"Mat will be playing with us for a last couple of shows at the end of this month and we wish him the absolute best in whatever direction he decides to go in. We are still working on new material and we will be conducting auditions to find a new drummer soon.
"We thank you all for your time and consideration. We will keep you posted on upcoming auditions." More...
East Coast Tsunami Fest returns to Reading, PA this coming September 29th & 30th. A teaser trailer for the festival can be viewed below. The following bands will be performing at the East Coast Tsunami Fest:
Vision of Disorder
One Life Crew
Strength for a Reason
No Turning Back
Sick of it All
Swiss act Make Me A Donut has posted a new demo song online titled "Revelations," which is available for streaming in the player below. More info on the band can also be found via Facebook. Make Me A Donut is:
Nathan Botelho - Bass
Marc Chevalley - Guitar
Julien Toscini - Guitar
Joan "Yout's" Liechti - Drums
Isaïe Massy - Vocals
Chilean metallers Mierdaster have shared a new song from their upcoming third album "La Furia." Check out the upload of "Verte Caer" below, a track which will be on the ten song offering. "La Furia," will be out on November 15th via Digmetalworld Records. The album was recorded at Calavero Studios by Eduardo Cabezas and mixed and mastered by Sebastian Puente at AudioCustom studios in Santiago, Chile.
With more than 15 years of experience and two albums previously released independently, Mierdaster is a familiar name on the scene. Mauricio Almazan, guitarist of the band, said:
"The new album 'La Furia' is a new challenge for us. On this new album we have done the heaviest and fastest music than ever before. There is no compromise and there is no horizon, we just want to walk all over you if you come to our shows". The track list of album "La Furia" is the following:
1. La Envidia
2. Verte Caer
6. Ahora Estas Solo
7. No Quieres Ver
10. La Furia
Gun Shy Assassin has posted a stream of the title track from Waylander's new fourth album "Kindred Spirits." To access the track, head over to this location. The Northern Irish pagan metallers just issued the album via Listenable Records. In other news, Waylander will be appearing at the Siege Of Limerick VIII on October 28th at Dolan's Warehouse along with 25 other bands.
German act The Prophecy 23 has posted footage online of the band performing the song "Princess Of Gorleben," which comes off the band's new album "Green Machine Laser Beam," released through Massacre Records this past June. Check out the clip below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
Mexican traditional metal band Excellion has posted an official video for the track "Beyond the Last Thrust," which is streaming below. The track comes from the La Paz band's latest EP "Until Hope Collapses." Tracking was done at DNZ Studio, the mixing performed by Herman Nunes at TRM LABS Studio, and the mastering by Ed Garnett at X3 Mastering Studio/Bajamuth Productions.
Ontario's The Afterimage is set to release debut EP "Formless" in Europe via Ghost Music on October 28th. The band's new single "Reverie" has now been posted online and can be heard in the player below.
You can also hear the previously posted song "Shallows" at this location. The following press release was issued about the band and the upcoming EP:
"The Afterimage serves up progressive metal with hardcore attitude and the ‘Formless EP’ is an addictive taster of the exciting things to come from this young band. Intertwining guitar lines, tight riffage, scatty rhythms and big breakdowns lay the foundation for the guttural growls and technical leads taking centre stage, and combined with euphoric melodies and atmospheric synths, they create a ferocious and stimulating barrage of sound. Following upcoming tours in Canada, the band hopes to come to Europe mid-2013 to support their as yet unreleased debut album." More...
After it was announced that Titans Eve would be joining Arch Enemy for upcoming tour dates, Hackneyed has now issued the following statement about also joining the European trek:
"We're very proud to announce that Hackneyed will support Arch Enemy on their upcoming european tour in October 2012! It's a honor for us to play with such a great band! Hope to see a lot of you guys there!" More...
Footage has been posted online of Pandemia performing live in Slovakia at the Gothoom Extreme Core Terror festival 2012. Check out the video clip below, and you can find more videos of bands that performed during the gathering at the Gothoom festival's YouTube page here.
Sick Drummer Magazine has issued an update entitled "The Current Situation Surrounding The Death To All Tour" pertaining to online rumors and talk surrounding the tour. The Death To All tour was a five-city tour featuring a majority of DEATH’s musicians, as well as special guests to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems. Here's what Sick Drummer had to say:
We have seen everything online regarding the Death To All Tour and the negative light being shined upon us. There are always two sides to every story and we assure you that we did nothing more than tried to the best of our abilities to put on a great tour for all involved. The tour was (from what we understand) one of the best shows the majority of those who attended have ever seen, but unfortunately the tour just did not make as much money as originally projected.
As for the talk of VIP merch orders not being filled or money from merch orders being held, we never held that money at all, as it was collected by a third party and all the post-tour orders have shipped. We personally made replies on the DTA facebook regarding the post-tour merch orders and when they all shipped, but are no longer able to post on that page as we have been removed, even though we created it. Regarding the CD/LP for the VIP package holders, if our recordings are never able to be released, we have another exclusive item to make it up to all of you.
The Atlanta and Dallas dates that were postponed were changed to cancelled so that general admission/VIP ticket holders could get their refunds if they wanted them, rather than wait for new dates. We always had the intent of making up those shows. If you have not received a VIP package refund for those dates, please send us a message and we will take care of you in short order.
We can assure you that everyone on the tour has received full or partial payment and we have entered into individual agreements to resolve all payments remaining. As far as Sweet Relief is concerned, they will receive the full amount that was originally pledged, based on the agreement we have in place with them. We are the only ones to walk away from this tour making nothing and that's fine with us. We lost money on the tour and to imply otherwise is simply false.
We have spent the last 4 years promoting music for next to nothing and know our true fans understand our dedication, loyalty and sacrifice. Seeing recent posts on facebook pages and other websites that have garnered physical threats of violence against us, is both shocking and sad. Were there mistakes made? yes, there are mistakes made on most tours. Do tours fail on a regular basis? yes. Was this a huge tour to put together? yes. Do we deserve to have violent threats made against us? absolutely not.
In the end we are still happy and honored to have been the ones to conceive, create and bring this tour to all the fans that were able to see it. We stand by all of our commitments/responsibilities and have never ventured from that ground.
To this, Eric Greif commented on Death's official Facebook page:
OK - I guess I shall now do a press release of my own on what actually happened with Sick Drummer Magazine and the DEATH TO ALL Tour (tomorrow). Stuff like the fact they never gave the charity Sweet Relief ONE PENNY, despite claiming that 20% of ticket sales & merch would go straight to Sweet Relief - they owe close to $30K and think a promise to pay somehow puts them in the clear! Or that they gave a bit of cash to the musicians and then handed them all bouncing checks in Orlando. Or that they never paid a nickel to us (the Schuldiners). Or that they haven't given ten cents to the booking agency. Oh, and they owe the crew money, too. They refused to relinquish their 'claim' on the name DEATH TO ALL. How mega pathetic - and all in Chuck's name. This has been an awful time.