Monthly Archives February 2013

ORCHID – “The Mouths Of Madness” Track-By-Track Commentary


Members of San Francisco-based doom metallers ORCHID have provided commentary on the track listing for their upcoming full-length album, The Mouths Of Madness, which is scheduled for North American release on May 14th.

Track 1: Mouths Of Madness

“One of the first tracks written for this album. I was struck immediately by the soaring yet totally sinister sounding vocals against that pulsing beat. A great opening number.” – Mark Thomas Baker, guitar

Track 2: Marching Dogs Of War

“We really struggled with this one to get ‘the feel’ right. It’s a simple enough song on the surface, but the subtlety of the shuffle can really be illusive sometimes...

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AEGAEON – Drops Off Tour


AEGAEON has posted the following message online about dropping off the band’s current tour dates with Dark Sermon and The World We Knew:

“Thanks to all the guys in The World We Knew and Dark Sermon. Unfortunately, due to issues beyond our control, we must drop all of our remaining tour dates in the US And Canada.

“If you planned on attending one of these dates only to watch us play, I’d like to encourage you to go anyway. It is The World We Knew’s final tour EVER, and Dark Sermon are one of the most promising young groups we’ve seen in the realm of heavy music (BIG things coming from them in the future).

“Also, don’t worry about us… Have no fear, writing mode is engaged. We will return to the road this summer, and we WILL make up the dates we missed/are missing. We love all of you...

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SUFFOCATION – Enter American Billboard Chart


Den Headz, SUFFOCATION have sold 3,213 copies of their new album Pinnacle of Bedlam in the U.S. during its first week of release. That puts the band at #152 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) Chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Pinnacle of Bedlam is an album that we couldn’t be prouder of,” commented the band. “A lot of blood and sweat went into the making of this album and the fans have responded! Thank you to all of you who support SUFFOCATION, as well as Nuclear Blast for their support in helping to bring this brutal beast to the masses, and to our management team for keeping all the pieces together...

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Relapse Records is extremely excited to announce the signing of Cleveland, OH metal/hardcore veterans RINGWORM. Formed in 1990, Ringworm (Human Furnace – Vocals, Matt Sorg – Guitar, John Comprix – Guitar, Ed Stephens – Bass, Danny Zink – Drums) has previously released six full-length records on labels Deathwish, A389 and Victory Records in addition to playing countless shows with the likes of Cro-Mags, Integrity, Kreator, Goatwhore, Nasum, and many others. The band will be entering the studio to record their Relapse debut this April. Vocalist Human Furnace commented on the signing:

“Throughout our existence I’ve felt that RINGWORM has always been the “black sheep”, never quite fitting into any specific genre mold. Sometimes too metal for hardcore, other times too hardcore for metal...

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SEPULTURA – Begins Work On New Album


SEPULTURA has announced that they’ve begun work on their next album. Writing commenced earlier this week, with the band working out of High Five Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A late-2013 release via Nuclear Blast Records is expected.

Source: Lambgoat

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TESTAMENT – Cancels Shows In China And Taiwan


TESTAMENT has issued the following statement:

“To all our friends in China and Taiwan:

It is with regret that we must inform you of the cancellation of our performances in Shanghai and Taipei until further notice due to visa issues beyond the control of the band or promoter. Fans in the Asian Pacific region are encouraged to come visit us at our shows in Japan. As we had a terrific experience performing in China and Taiwan in 2007, we eagerly await the resolution of the visa issues and hope to visit again very soon.

Thanks for your understanding and your undying support.

– TestAmenT

Upcoming Tour Dates
Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
Feb 27, 2013

Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Feb 28, 2013

Arena VFG – Guadalajara, Mexico
May 18, 2013

Arena VFG – Guadalajara, Mexico
May 19, 2013

Source: Th...

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HYPOCRISY – North American Headliner Dates


HYPOCRISY will headline a North American tour in May in support of their new album “End Of Disclosure” (out April 02nd on Nuclear Blast). Krisiun, Aborted and Arsis will comprise the main support acts for the bill with Autumn’s End and Starkill appearing on select dates. Here’s how the schedule for the trek will run:

With Starkill:

05/01 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
05/02 Stafford, CT – Palace Theater
05/03 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
05/04 Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
05/06 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
05/07 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
05/08 Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
05/09 Regina, SK – The Exchange
05/10 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
05/11 Calgary, AB – Republik
05/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater

With Autumn’s End:

05/13 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Thea...

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CARCASS – New Album Details


CARCASS has revealed that their forthcoming album will be titled Surgical Steel. In a new interview with Terrorizer, the group announced that they are currently wrapping up mixing for the effort with producer Colin Richardson (Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death).

Guitarist Bill Steer told Terrorizer:

“It definitely sounds like Carcass. I think we just generally by accident captured the flavour of past music that we have done and you can’t help but push it forward. We have really been creative and when you are looking at things like guitar harmonies, it’s way more adventurous on this record. It’s not just parallel harmony like we did in the past, things branch off in different directions.”

While the final track listing hasn’t been confirmed, the following songs recorded include:

The Master B...

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PSYCHONAUT – Release “False Metal” Music Video Teaser


Check out the rocking teaser for the official “False Metal” music video due March 2013 – taken from the 2012 album ‘Shock Em Dead!’ via Firestarter Distribution.

This song is dedicated to all those metal warriors out there that write songs about epic battles and then cry when they get a paper cut from their lyrics sheet.

Watch the teaser HERE.

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MACHINE HEAD – Robb Flynn Explains Firing Of Bassist


MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has posted a lengthy explanation regarding the firing of bass player Adam Duce. Here is his official statement:

That is the date we fired Adam Duce. That is the day that I had to tell Adam that after 21 years of being in a band together, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

That is the day I said “My hope is that this can be amicable.”

The words sounded like someone else had spoken them.

It was like being outside of my body watching someone else deliver these painful words.

But, it was me saying it.

And we all said it.

We had our say sitting in our jam room in Oakland. Dave said it. Joseph (our manager) said it. Phil said it. We all said that we couldn’t take being in a band with him anymore...

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