September 24, 2016
You can currently preview all of the tracks from THE AGONIST’s new album “Five” HERE. A September 30th release date on Napalm has been set.
Source: The PRP
September 24, 2016
U.S. black metal band KULT OV AZAZEL have announced the “Archons of Darkness II – Eastern Annihilation” tour together with Vesterian. Here are the confirmed dates:
October 07 – Miami, FL – Black Kvlt Festival IV @ Churschills
October 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
October 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
October 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Black Metal Ritual V @ Lucky 13
At this time, the band has half a new album recorded as a pre-production demo and continues to forge forward with the pre-production recordings. “Violators of the Covenant” will be the first album recorded with the new line-up and will be the first recording appearances of Hag (vocals), Necrol (guitar), Armanen (bass), along with longtime members Xaphan (guitar/vocals) and Hammer (drums).
September 24, 2016
Den Headz, Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story is a new book written by author Paul Brannigan and due for release by Da Capo Press on August 1st, 2017. The 320-page book is described as follows:
Since their debut in 1978, Van Halen has set a high bar for the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of good times and debauchery. It created an entirely new style of post-’60s hard rock and, unlike bands with a similar sound, managed to gain cross-gender appeal.
There is an undercurrent of tragedy to the band’s saga, however. Although Eddie Van Halen is a rock god, he is by all accounts hypersensitive and emotionally insecure. Living in the spotlight, his struggles have played out in public, from a battle with cancer that left him without one-third of his tongue to the break-up of his longtime marriage to Valerie Bertinelli.
With insights from Van Halen himself, Eruption reaches beyond the boundaries of a conventional rock biography to explore the cultural, political, and social contexts that shaped an icon while turning up the volume on a life lived in the fast lane.
September 24, 2016
KVELERTAK and SKELETONWITCH are booked to tour Europe together later this fall. Here are the confirmed dates:
11/16 Berlin, DE @ SO36
11/17 Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
11/18 Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka-Klub
11/19 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
11/21 Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
11/22 Vienna, AT @ Arena
11/23 Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
11/24 Bulle, CH @ Ebullition
11/25 Zurich, CH @ Plaza
11/26 Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 2
11/27 Madrid, ES @ Sala Heineken
11/29 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
11/30 Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
12/01 Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
12/02 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
12/03 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
12/04 Glasgow, UK @ ABC2
12/05 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
12/06 Cologne, DE @ Kantine
12/07 Brussels, BE @ VK
12/08 Deventer, NL @ Burger Weeshuis
12/09 Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
12/10 Wiesbaden, DE @ Alter Schlachthof
12/11 Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
September 23, 2016
SUPERJOINT was resurrected in 2015 after the original band broke up a decade earlier. At the behest of the late Corey Mitchell, co-founder of The Housecore Horror Film Festival, SUPERJOINT founders Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Scour, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Arson Anthem et al), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) joined forces with longtime comrades, drummer José “Blue” Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power). A new era of the band was born.
Mitchell’s idea worked brilliantly, as the band members found true joy in playing together again. After just two tours, new material followed culminating in the scathing sounds of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application. Set for release on November 11th, 2016 via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application was captured at Nodferatu’s Lair and marks the band’s first new output since 2003’s critically-lauded Lethal Dose Of American Hatred. Produced by Anselmo and Stephen Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole etc.) and mastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer) at Visceral Sounds, Caught Up In The Gears Of Application remains true to SUPERJOINT’s original strategy: to spew forth an acrimonious crossover of hardcore punk, metal, and unrelenting, hostile, New Orleans-style angst.
“The minute we started writing, I knew this record would be brutal,” reflects Bower, “Sticking to our true hardcore roots and signature SUPERJOINT sound, we accomplished a record that needed to happen in today’s underground. It’s pissed off! After being on hiatus for eleven-plus years, the chance at a new SUPERJOINT record wasn’t something we took lightly. With newcomers Steven and Joey, we were psyched and eager to get in the Lair and start writing and after two tours with the new lineup, we were able to hit the writing hard! Didn’t take long to accomplish, and we stood and smirked at the playback of what would be the new SUPERJOINT record. With songs like ‘Receiving No Answer To The Knock’ and ‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ we had everything to smirk about! This record brings our viscous style of hardcore back to life. Pissed off with everything to prove, SUPERJOINT is back!”
Adds Anselmo of the offering, “The overall theme means many things, or no things, but there is an underlying message regardless, about how modern technology — computers and all that comes with them, mainly — has affected our lives. As a musician, it has affected my life both negatively (music being stolen) and positively (being in touch with fellow musicians around the world and staying visible). But when looking at the broader spectrum, computer-land has given everyday people a platform in which to bellow like carnival barkers about anything and everything, humdrum or political, whether qualified or not, some with good intentions, some with disingenuous intentions, and some with ideas that lay somewhere in the middle, creating a mishmash of results.”
As a precursor to the release of Caught Up In The Gears Of Application, today the band offers up the confrontational “Sociopathic Herd Delusion,” for communal ingestion. Issues Anselmo simply, “‘Sociopathic Herd Delusion’ is an absolute SUPERJOINT hook-a-rama done in one-thousand-percent SUPERJOINT form! It’s a state of cerebral address, and thicker than a hundred-year-old deck of collectable boxing cards.” Listen to the jamming new track below.
Preorder bundles for SUPERJOINT’s Caught Up In The Gears Of Application are available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, point your browser to iTunes HERE or Apple Music HERE. SUPERJOINT will bring their venom to the stage for their official record release show on November 12th, 2016 in Dallas with future onstage abrasions to be announced in the coming weeks.
11/12/2016 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Caught Up In The Gears Of Application Track Listing:
1. Today And Tomorrow
2. Burning The Blanket
3. Ruin You
4. Caught Up In The Gears Of The Application
5. Sociopathic Herd Delusion
6. Circling The Drain
9. Mutts Bite Too
10. Rigging The Fight
11. Receiving No Answer To The Knock
September 23, 2016
On November 11th, DOWNFALL OF GAIA will release their fourth full-length, Atrophy, via Metal Blade Records. Recorded in June 2016 at Hidden Planet Studio Berlin with Jan Oberg, Atrophy was mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco, CA, and is a record about the absurdity of life and human existence – an album about the constant dialog between life and death. For a first preview of Atrophy, the new single, “Woe,” is streaming below and also at: http://www.metalblade.com/downfallofgaia – where the record can also be pre-ordered.
Downfall Of Gaia comments: “Today we are pleased to share the first single from our upcoming album, ‘Atrophy’, with you guys! This record continues directly where the recent one stopped. Harsh blast-beats combined with atmospheric elements. In my opinion the straightest piece of music we’ve written so far! ‘Atrophy’ is a story told about the constant dialogue between life and death in which each and everyone is caught day by day, where life itself became the Sisyphean masterpiece. We hope you will enjoy these new tunes as much as we do!”
Downfall of Gaia is a dark wall, moving forward relentlessly, enveloping the listener, absorbing one’s spirit to take one into the realm of the band’s potent sound. Founded in 2008 and having undergone several line-up changes, the quartet is now comprised of the two founding members Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar and vocals) and Anton Lisovoj (bass and vocals), plus Marco Mazzola (guitar) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are located respectively in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City. Although the group’s roots lie within the DIY / crust scene, Downfall of Gaia has expanded their sound to incorporate elements of black, doom, and sludge metal. For their efforts, the band has earned many “album of the year” accolades – and with their upcoming release, Atrophy, they will surely earn praise from media and fans alike, once again.
4. Ephemerol II
September 22, 2016
Den Headz, the semi final round of judging is completed. Only ten bands out of twenty will move forward in the contest today. The groups with the lowest scoring have already been eliminated by TMD’s 3 judges. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. But now it’s time to find out who the best of the best is!!
There is no public performance in this Battle Of Bands online contest. Judging is based solely on most current studio music and video posted on YouTube of live performance. Scoring is 1-10 for each category. Obviously 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. The winning band with the highest point total overall in these categories: Presentation, Musicianship and Popularity – will be given a 1 year label representation deal with The Metal Den Records (Value $2,000) OR a 4 month ‘full-time publicist’ deal with TMD Promotions (Value $2,000).
The winner is allowed to choose which grand prize they want between those two options.
The final round, ‘Live Video Performance’, goes down next Thursday, Sep 29th at www.themetalden.com, and the top 5 overall scores (between semi & final rounds) will receive prizes worth thousands of dollars, including worldwide publicity that only TMD provides!!!
NUCLEAR SALVATION (82 points)(Sweden Death/thrash metal)
DIEVERSITY (80 points) (Germany – Melodic Death metal)
PSYCHOMANCER (79 points) (Michigan City, IN)
DISTORTED REACTION (79 points) (Chicago, IL)
SUBJECT TO SLAUGHTER (76 points)(South Africa)
INTO THE ABYSS (73 points) (Santa Maria, CA)
PITVIRUS (73 points) (South Africa)
TRAIL OF WRECKAGE (72 points) (Virginia – Industrial Doom)
A BRIBE FOR THE FERRYMAN (70 points) (Colchester in Essex, England)
Band Scout, THE METAL DEN
September 22, 2016
With their third full-length, What Graceless Dawn, dark ethereal doom alchemists WORM OUROBOROS have brought into existence their deepest and most moving work to date. Set for release this December via Profound Lore, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Come The Thaw LP finds the Oakland-based trio of bassist/vocalist Lorraine Rath (ex-The Gault, Amber Asylum), guitarist/vocalist Jessica Way (Barren Harvest), and drummer Aesop Dekker (Vhol, ex-Agalloch, Ludicra) elevating the WORM OUROBOROS sound to a new echelon of sophistication through their amalgam of morose, 4AD-esque doom, introspective death rock, dark ambient, and enchanting chamber music. Through obsessive bass lines, ambient guitar movements, layers and overtones, the alluring vocal intertwining between Rath and Way, and Dekker’s subtle-yet-procession-like percussion What Graceless Dawn is a sonic vision of tragedy and despair, one of the saddest, most crippling, and gut-wrenching releases in the realm of heavy, dark, introspective music to bring the curtain down on the year.
Recorded and mixed at Oakland’s Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Noothgrush) Graceless Dawn will see official unveiling on December 2nd, 2016.
In the meantime, hear the forlorn sounds of second track, “Broken Movements,” via Profound Lore’s Soundcloud page at THIS LOCATION.
What Graceless Dawn Track Listing:
2. Broken Movements
3. Suffering Tree
4. Ribbon Of Shadow
5. (Was It) The Cruelest Thing
WORM OUROBOROS formed in June 2007 by Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way. With both musicians already having experience within the Bay Area heavy music scene — Way was previously part of metal band World Eater and Rath being a part of the influential Amber Asylum lineup as well as being co-mastermind of The Gault — WORM OUROBOROS set out to create music which explores the lines between fragility and strength, darkness and light, harmony and discord. Drawing inspiration from many places, including metal, doom, folk, progressive, and dark ambient genres, WORM OUROBOROS creates its own space; a creeping, dark landscape full of murky dreams and emotions. The band would see the inclusion of drummer Aesop Dekker in 2010 who would replace original drummer Justin Green.
September 22, 2016
Turkish death metal unit CARNOPHAGE will unleash their sophomore full-length, Monument, tomorrow via Unique Leader Records. In advance of its release, today Dead Rhetoric is streaming the nine-track bruiser in full noting, “The term well-rounded comes into play when discussing Momument’s approach to death metal. There’s enough primal aggression to suit the more brutal crowd, while the technically-slanted riffs and sometimes melodic leadwork will make sure that album stays fresh and interesting from start to finish. A welcome return to the fold from CARNOPHAGE.”
Hear Monument, courtesy of Dead Rhetoric, at THIS LOCATION.
Monument was recorded by Unsal Ozata at Studio Deep (Burial Invocation, Cenotaph, Decaying Purity, Inhuman Depravity etc.), mixed and mastered by Sasha Borovykh at TsunTsun Productions (Cerebral Effusion, Soils Of Fate, Epicardiectomy, Fleshbomb etc.), and comes adorned in the tormented, Baroque-era influenced cover art of Cihan Engin. Boasting an inexorable assault of jackhammering blasts, churning riffs, and inhuman death grunts, Monument is a true exercise in controlled chaos and, following an eight-year dormancy, finds the band at the peak of their methodical and unapologetically diabolical ingenuity.
Brutalism likens CARNOPHAGE’s approach to Nile, Suffocation, and Decapitated, “in terms of what they are doing and quality,” adding, “This is a superb release; it’s air tight in its delivery and covers so much ground in a short time… Essential.” Wonderbox Metal concurs hailing the band’s meticulous mesh of, “brutal heaviness, engaging technicality, and thoughtful song-structures,” calling it, “thoroughly enjoyable,” and, “just what’s needed to rip your face off on a Sunday morning. Or, indeed, at any time of the day.” Adds No Clean Singing of the track “Resistance Against Mind Clouding Heresy” specifically, “The song hammers like a pile-driver, and the vocals are convincingly gruesome and barbaric, but the guitar work is so intricate and inventive that the music is also capable of twisting your neurons into new configurations and setting off fireworks behind your eyes. The band also find room for tendrils of bleak, ominous melody that generate a foreboding atmosphere of inhuman threat, while keeping listeners off-balance with unpredictable changes in tempo and time signature.”
CARNOPHAGE was formed in early 2006 and released their debut Deformed Future/Genetic Nightmare in 2008 through Unique Leader Records. The band played numerous shows in support of the record before going on unofficial hiatus. They reunited in 2014 with an updated lineup of bassist Bengi Öztürk, drummer Onur Özçelik (Black Omen), guitarists Mert Kaya and Serhat Kaya (ex Cenotaph), and vocalist Oral Akyol (Cidesphere) and are ready to rumble infrastructures globally with the subterranean sounds of Monument.
September 22, 2016
On November 11th, RAVENCULT will release their third full-length (and Metal Blade Records debut), Force Of Profanation. The first single, “Beneath The Relics Of Old”, is streaming HERE. Pre-order the record in various formats HERE.
Ravencult comments: “In this first sample of our new album, one can witness a big part of what Ravencult is all about in the Force Of Profanation era. Almost all important elements of the band’s sound here shine in their entirety, combining our adoration for the old thrash/d-beat pace with sinister black metal in a variety of tempos. Lyric-wise, “Beneath The Relics Of Old” is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness, completing our vision of descending into bottomless depths of horror. For us, making steps forward means definitely not incorporating modern or more complex/technical parts; it’s all about honoring our roots and sound by maximizing aggression and morbidity each time, maintaining the riff-after-riff mentality while everything is executed with absolute determination.”
Originating from Athens, Greece, Ravencult was spawned to revive the relentless side of black/thrash metal, bringing forth an unpolished, organic sound to manifest their morbid darkness. With Force Of Profanation, they dive even deeper into the abyss of metal obscurity, delivering a merciless barrage of metallic death that continues the tradition of their trademark conceptual axis: revenge, horror and mocking of all that is holy.
“Tormentor Of Flesh”
“In Macabre Triumph”
“Beneath The Relics Of Old”
“Altar Of Impurity”
“Temple Of The Void”
Alex – Vocals
Stef – Guitars
Kostas – Bass
JV – Drums