March 28, 2015
Den Headz, after many months of ‘crazy ass’ speculation and rumors, legendary American thrashers MEGADETH have reportedly confirmed the hiring of drummer Chris Adler (of Lamb of God) on their forthcoming album. As our friends over at Lambgoat site humorously point out: ‘an hour ago the band posted a photo of Adler wearing a Megadeth t-shirt, accompanied by the hashtag “#Megadeth15.” There are three possibilities here: the band is messing with everyone; they’ve hired a Chris Adler look-a-like to play on their album; or, they’ve hired Chris Adler to play on their new album. Only one of those possibilities seems likely.’
March 28, 2015
HATE STORM ANNIHILATION has checked in with the following update about beginning the process of recording a new full-length release:
“HSA IS OFFICIALLY WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM!!! Right here are a few moments from our writing sessions.
“Keep an eye out, as we will be showing many more of these, as well as some rehearsal videos for our upcoming US tour with the legendary Master!! Also, follow the page for tour dates, we might be bringing the fire to you city!!!”
March 28, 2015
Just hours after DARK SERMON announced plans to tour North America this spring, the band discovered that their touring van was stolen in Florida. The group has issued the following statement:
“In the spirit of no good news going unpunished, we are troubled to inform you that we just found out that our van has been stolen. You’ve probably heard of vans being broken into, and personal items and cash being taken, but rarely ever is a band’s touring vehicle jacked from a parking lot.
“The missing vehicle is a white 2000 Dodge Ram 3500. The license tag is 839 TEF. It was last seen at US19 and Sunset in Clearwater, FL.
“We leave for a 2.5 month tour a week from today, as some of you know, so this is a very dire situation. We have filed a police report, and we believe we have security camera footage of the man who took it. If you could please SHARE this post on your Facebook and spread awareness about this incident, we might be able to catch the thief and maybe even get our van back.
“Any and all posts and help are appreciated more than you know. Thank you to everyone in advance for your support.”
March 28, 2015
Dutch death metal squad, APOPHYS – who unites members of God Dethroned, Prostitute Disfigurement, Detonation and Toxocara among others – will uncork their smoldering Prime Incursion debut full-length in less than two weeks via Metal Blade Records. Thrusting forth nine deviant hymns of grisly, sci-fi-tinged death metal centered on themes extending from transcendental travel, rapid evolutionary progression, and global epidemics, to artificial intelligence in all-out war with their maker, Prime Incursion recalls the repugnant charm of death metal legends like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Immolation and Pyrexia.
Already piquing the ears of critics both stateside and abroad, Sound The Charge issues of the offering, “APOPHYS, while still quick and with a good chunk of technicality present, have clearly made the song writing the number one focus and as such, have created songs that are memorable and succinct. The songs don’t blend into one death metal mess…,” while Glacially Musical notes, “Prime Incursion is uptempo, dynamic, and has a great mix. APOPHYS has quickly carved out their own niche in a genre full of too many imitators.” Adds No Clean Singing of the track “Miscreants” specifically, “The pummeling begins immediately with a phalanx of hammering riffs that seem dedicated to pounding you into the ground like a nail driven through wood, and the start-stop jackhammering doesn’t stop. The music is a ticket straight to headbang city, but that’s not all it is.”
As another Prime Incursion teaser, today Gear Gods is hosting the play-through video accompaniment to “The Antidote,” with the band elaborating of the track, “‘The Antidote’ is a death metal must. The drums are fast, the riffs are fast, the vocals are fast, you get the picture. The song tells a story of humanity’s ultimate cure for itself, a final solution as people start to transform into beings that are focused on nothing other than consumption. This gives it a twist one could see relevant to our current society. Eventually the urge to consume backfires resulting in humanity consuming itself and thus, providing the answer to the final problem; us.”
View “The Antidote” at THIS LOCATION.
A word derived from Apophis, an asteroid that, upon initial observations, indicated a probability that it would hit Earth on April 13th, 2029 causing a collision of immeasurable proportions, APOPHYS was spawned in 2012 and have since been surgically carving their path within the annals of the modern death metal scene. Prime Incursion was mixed by vocalist Kevin Quilligan and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance etc.), and will be released in North America on April 7th, 2015 via Metal Blade Records. Preorder bundles are still available at http://metalblade.com/apophys where you can also test drive first single, “Requiem For The Absurd.”
March 28, 2015
Den Headz, ABORTED will tour North America along with Fit For An Autopsy, Archspire, and Dark Sermon together this spring. Dates are as follows:
5/8 Clifton Park, NY @ Trick Shot Billiards
5/9 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
5/10 Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/11 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
5/12 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
5/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/14 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
5/15 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
5/17 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/18 Co. Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/19 Denver, CO @ Moon Room
5/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
5/21 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
5/22 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
5/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
5/24 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/25 S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whisky Dick’s
5/26 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
5/27 Seattle, WA @ TBA
5/28 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/29 Kamloops, BC @ Inlander Pub
5/30 Calgary, AB @ Nite Owl
6/1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
6/2 Eau Claire, WI @ House of Rock
6/3 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
6/4 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
6/5 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
6/7 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
March 28, 2015
New Orleans volume assassins, EYEHATEGOD, will kick off their Staggering Backwards European takeover next week. Set to embark on March 30th in Finland, the trek will fester its way through nearly two dozen cities throughout Europe including a stop at the Durbuy Rock Festival in Belgium, Desertfest in the UK and Roadburn in The Netherlands where, in addition to rupturing the stage, both guitarist Jimmy Bower and vocalist Mike IX Williams will appear on a special Q&A panel April 10th to discuss Noisey’s NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou documentary. Released last year, the fascinating seven-part series explores the people and culture that helped spawn the Crescent City’s now-legendary hotbed of talent. A full screening of the documentary will follow the Q&A as part of Roadburn Cinema. For further info go to THIS LOCATION.
In related EYEHATEGOD tour news, the band will return to the West Coast in May to deafen ears on day one of Psycho California in Santa Ana, California alongside Atriarch, Author & Punisher, Old Man Gloom, Cough and more. The following month the band will return to France to raze Hellfest 2015 with additional onstage abrasions being conspired.
EYEHATEGOD – Staggering Backwards European Tour:
3/30/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI
3/31/2015 Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, FI
4/01/2015 Klubi – Tampere, FI
4/03/2015 Debaser – Stockholm, SW
4/04/2015 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SW
4/05/2015 1000Fryd – Aalborg, DK
4/06/2015 Atlas – Aahus, DK
4/07/2015 Loppen – Kopenhagen, DK
4/08/2015 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
4/09/2015 Roadburn Festival 2015 – Tilburg,NL
4/10/2015 Roadburn Festival 2015 – Tilburg, NL
4/11/2015 Durbuy Rockfestival 2015 – Durbuy, BE
4/12/2015 Bastard Club – Osnabrück, DE
4/13/2015 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
4/14/2015 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
4/16/2015 Lo Fi Club – Milano, IT
4/17/2015 Init – Roma, IT
4/18/2015 The Cage – Livorno, IT
4/19/2015 Freakout Club – Bologna, IT
4/20/2015 Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
4/21/2015 Usine – Geneve, CH
4/22/2015 Mjc Totem – Lyon, FR
4/23/2015 Molodoi – Strasbourg, FR
4/24/2015 Le 106 – Rouen, FR
4/25/2015 Desertfest 2015 @ Electric Ballroom – London, UK
5/15/2015 Psycho California @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
6/20/2015 Hellfest 2015 – Clisson, FR
March 27, 2015
British extreme metal band CARCASS is the latest act prohibited from performing in Malaysia. This morning the group revealed that their visas were declined due to “lyrical content.” Doing little to disguise their contempt for the decision, Carcass issued the following:
“Sorry Malaysia, no show for you guys in May. Seems like your government officials still haven’t updated their calendars to the 21st century – we’ve had our visas declined on the basis of our ‘lyrical content’. Laughable and embarrassing. Give us a call when you get yourselves a sensible secular state. PS if you’re reading this you’re too late, we already ‘corrupted’ your youth and played Kuching last year!”
As noted, Carcass did perform in the country last fall.
This is certainly not the first time an act has been barred from playing in Malaysia. As you may recall, Lamb of God dealt with the same issue in September 2013. Maylasia’s strict policies aren’t merely limited to metal bands either; American pop artist Kesha was prevented from putting on a Malaysian concert in 2013 as well.
March 27, 2015
Ukrainian power metal band CONQUEST (a/k/a W. Angel’s Conquest) released a music video for the new track “Sunrise.” The song will appear on the upcoming new album “Taste of Life” – the first to feature vocalist Konstantin “Laars” Naumenko, who ironically fronts the band Sunrise.
March 27, 2015
Italy’s masters of torrential, psychedelic, audio/visual, doom metal decimation, UFOMAMMUT, will see the release of their seventh LP, Ecate, through the gates from their plane of existence into ours — through Neurosis’ mighty label cult, Neurot Recordings, in conjunction with the band’s own Supernatural Cat Records — on Tuesday, March 31st.
Mere days after the official unveiling of Ecate, UFOMAMMUT begins a European tour with Conan in support of the album for nearly the entire month of April, including appearances at both of this year’s Desertfest events in London and Berlin. Several days later, the band will traverse the globe to embark on their first North American tour, with direct support from Usnea, including the band’s debut at Maryland Deathfest.
Open the gates to UFOMAMMUT’s Ecate at THIS LOCATION.
Preorders for Ecate including limited edition vinyl, CD, shirt, and bundle deals are now available. In North America stop by the Neurot Recordings store HERE and internationally click to Supernatural Cat’s store HERE.
UFOMAMMUT Ecate European Tour Dates:
4/04/2015 e20 Underground – Montecchio Maggiore IT
4/10/2015 Bloom – Mezzago IT
4/18/2015 Impetus festival – Delemont CH
4/19/2015 Glazart – Paris FR w/ Conan
4/21/2015 Forum – Bielefeld DE w/Conan
4/22/2015 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden DE w/ Conan
4/23/2015 Feierwerk – Munich DE w/ Conan
4/24/2015 Desertfest – Berlin DE w/ Conan
4/25/2015 AB – Brussels BE w/ Conan
4/26/2015 Desertfest – London UK w/ Conan
4/28/2015 Vortex – Siegen DE w/ Conan
4/29/2015 Kellerclub – Stuttgart DE
4/30/2015 Weekender Club – Innsbruck AT
UFOMAMMUT North America Spring 2015 w/ Usnea:
5/13/2015 Reggies – Chicago, IL
5/14/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/15/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
5/16/2015 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/17/2015 Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
5/19/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/20/2015 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
5/21/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD [no Usnea]
5/22/2015 King’s – Raleigh, NC
5/23/2015 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
5/25/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/26/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
5/27/2015 Red 7 – Austin, TX
5/29/2015 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
5/30/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
5/31/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
6/02/2015 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
6/03/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
6/04/2015 Press Club – Sacramento, CA
6/05/2015 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR [no Usnea]
6/06/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
6/07/2015 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
6/08/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/09/2015 Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
6/10/2015 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
6/12/2015 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
6/13/2015 Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI
March 26, 2015
earMUSIC has signed an exclusive deal with Entertainment One Distribution for distribution in the U.S., it was announced today. The deal is the first of many planned elements that will further nurture the earMusic label, brand and artists in the United States in 2015 and beyond.
Max Vaccaro, General Manager of earMUSIC comments, “During the first five years of earMUSIC, we have seen our label becoming a constant presence on the charts all over Europe. After some excellent years with our close friends at Eagle, we now feel its time to ‘walk on our own two feet’ and start developing our own presence in the United States. We approach this step in the most important market in the world knowing how challenging it will be to be as successful as we are in Europe. In a market where some of the best companies operate, we feel strong with having met a partner like eOne to share this ambition with.”
Michael Healy, Executive Vice President of eOne Music, states, “We feel very fortunate to be able to add EarMUSIC to our strong list of labels and artists. It will be exciting to be a part of their continued success as they take these next steps to expand their footprint in the U.S. marketplace.”
Scott Givens, VP Metal of eOne Music, adds, “I am thrilled to have earMUSIC join eOne Distribution and look forward to working with Max and his staff. This is another example of eOne’s ongoing commitment to the rock and metal genres.”
earMUSIC is the international record company of Edel Group. The label features an impressive repertoire of rock, pop, metal, and alternative rock artists. earMUSIC fuses the experience and tradition, a product of Edel’s 25-plus years of worldwide success, with a renewed musical direction and a fresh approach to further artist’s careers and to foster their new releases.
Additionally, earMUSIC offers artists a strong network of owned affiliates and long-term international partners. These top professionals and highly-regarded companies have been responsible for the success of countless independent labels and artists, all of which have benefitted greatly from their marketing, promotion, and distribution services, as well as their expertise, their experience, and their “know how.”
Domestic label management for earMUSIC will be provided by the U.S. team of international promotion and marketing firm International Solutions, headed by Elias Chios in New York.
Internationally, earMUSIC’s roster in Europe boasts some of the biggest names in rock music, including Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, Status Quo, Ash, Foreigner, Tarja, Thunder, Joe Jackson, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Stratovarius, Christopher Cross, and many others.
eOne Distribution is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America and holds the highest market share of any independent. The company boasts an unparalleled roster ranging from leading independent labels to major Hollywood studios covering a wide spectrum of genres in both music and video. In addition to offering traditional wholesale and managed inventory services to some of North America’s largest retailers, the company’s fully staffed digital team operates its own in-house digital suite and provides a wide range of digital strategic services.
The first set of releases for May under this new deal are as follows:
Deep Purple, Long Beach 1971: The release is the latest in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple live series of the past two years, boasting rare material. Recorded at the Long Beach Arena on July 30, 1971 and broadcast on KUSC, 91.5 FM, this is a “must own” for fans of Deep Purple, spanning over 70 minutes of music that was remastered in 2014. earMUSIC has reached Gold Status with Deep Purple latest release “NOW What?!” in Germany where it charted at No. 1, and achieved over 10 top 10 positions worldwide, four of which were No. 1.
Angra, Secret Garden: Brazilian metal icons Angra, who have been a unit for two decades, are releasing their first music in over four years in the form of Secret Garden. It’s a concept album which asks a critical question: Can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?
SOTO, Inside the Vertigo: Soto casts vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, formerly of Journey, amidst talented young turks who know their way around their instruments. The album is cathartic, as it finds Soto releasing the buildup of tension and frustration he has dealt with over the past several years, making for a fascinating listen that rock fans will love and be unable to turn away from.
Thunder, Wonder Days: One of the most enduring British bands of the past two decades, Thunder roar again with their 10th studio album—their first in six years. Their sound is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power and they have rightfully ascended into the rock pantheon. The album entered the UK Top 10, a first for the band in over 20 years.
ASH Kablammo!: A brand new studio album from the pop-punk sensations Ash, one of the most successful bands to emerge from Ireland in the last 20 years, is upon us. The album offers a great collection of instant classics for a band that has managed to stop time. It’s a return home, as Ash had enjoyed great success in collaboration with the Edel network for their first three seminal albums.
Gamma Ray, Best Of: The German power metal institution offers a selection of their best, most representative songs on one album! It’s a collection of true greatness preparing the way to a complete catalogue reissue with extra disc made of brand new exclusive material.
Source: Metal Rules