July 23, 2014
Swedish power metal act Axenstar, featuring Skyfire guitarist Joakim Jonsson, has signed on with Sweden’s Inner Wound Recordings. The band’s sixth studio release will be entitled “Where Dreams Are Forgotten,” and is targeted for release later this year, with more information and samples expected in late summer.
The band commented: “This is an album we’re extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album. As always we have recorded the album at Studio Underground with Pelle Saether in charge of the mixing and producing. And of course we’re really excited to have been signed to Inner Wound Recordings and to work with them on this release! Make sure to check out our new album “Where Dreams Are Forgotten” later this year!”
Axenstar was formed in 1998 and has released five albums: “Perpetual Twilight” (2002), “Far From Heaven” (2003), “The Inquisition” (2005), “The Final Requiem” (2006) and “Aftermath” (2011).
July 23, 2014
Pottsville, Pennsylvania quartet CROBOT have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
“We’re honored to have Nuclear Blast as the international wind beneath our beards,” states CROBOT vocalist Brandon Yeagley. “With bands like GRAVEYARD, SCORPION CHILD, ORCHID, and KADAVAR on their roster, Nuclear Blast is the perfect place for CROBOT to nest.”
The band will work with acclaimed producer Machine (CLUTCH, LAMB OF GOD) on their upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, due out this fall.
Bound by their “Always. On. Tour.” oath, CROBOT have spilled their heavy riffs & sweat on stages at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas and across the country while touring with CLUTCH, SCORPION CHILD, TRUCK FIGHTERS, and THE SWORD.
Source: The Gauntlet
July 23, 2014
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July 22, 2014
Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band’s upcoming live dates.
Reads an official statement from the band: “We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He’s been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That’s a seriously bum shoulder. So he’s going to get that repaired and rehabbed. During the interim, we’re enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez formerly of Kylesa to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of Torche about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in Torche a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately.”
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia which will be followed by a two-week North American run scheduled to commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY [remaining dates]:
7/24/2014 Crowbar – Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC – Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel – Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar – Adelaide AUS
w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/19/2014The Hop – Spokane, WA
8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA
8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA
8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR
8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their fittingly titled IX full-length earlier this month via Candlelight Records. Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. If you missed it, check out the lyric video for “Tarquinius Superbus” at THIS LOCATION.
“COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012′s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” – Decibel
“The album’s production is full with plenty of low end, showcasing the thick riffs and potent rhythm section. Clocking in at just over forty-two-minutes, the band delivers the goods and doesn’t overstay their welcome.” – Loudwire
“…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast.” – A.V. Club
“This band is vital, this record a triumph.” – The Obelisk
July 22, 2014
SUFFOKATE has dropped off their co-headline tour with Abiotic in the wake of the departures of both guitarist Jason Graff and bassist Ivan Munguia. The band has issued the following statement:
“We unfortunately have to announce that we are officially dropping off the remaining dates of the Murder Without Motive tour.
“Our guitarist Jason Graff and bass player Ivan Munguia informed us 2 days ago that they have decided to leave the band and that they would not finish the remaining tour dates. We apologize all our fans, the promoters, booking agents, as well as the bands on the tour package (Abiotic, As They Sleep).
“The remaining band members did want to finish the tour, and made our best attempt at making that happen but were unable to track down a van, trailer, guitarist, and bass player with such short notice.
“This does not mean the band will be breaking up, our vocalist John, lead guitarist Miguel, and drummer Lars are all here to stay. On that note if you are a bass or guitar player, preferably with tour experience, and are interested in auditioning please message us at this page. Thanks.”
July 21, 2014
Female-fronted metal act, HELLION, have announced details of their first new album and tour in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, Hellion’s new mini-LP is set for release October 7th on New Renaissance Records in North America, and via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8th in Europe and the UK. The cover artwork (pictured below) was designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art.
With a stellar lineup featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, Dio, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with Dio and Heaven & Hell), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion’s strongest lineup ever.
Hellion’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups.
A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for The Beatles. He has engineered countless classic works, including George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Elton John’s Madman Across The Water, Honky Chateau and Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player. Other credits include gold and platinum albums by Supertramp, David Bowie, Missing Persons, Kanzas, and more.
Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: “Working with Bowie or working with Ann of Hellion, you’ve got sheer talent.”
Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: “Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it’s new musicians. The one constant thing about Hellion is Ann, and her incredible voice.”
North American tour dates;
2 – Whiskey a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
3 – Count Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
4 – Cactus Moon – Mesa, AZ
7 – Lasalle’s – Chico, CA
9 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
10 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11- The Bouquet – Boise, ID
15 – Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
16 – TBA – Detroit, MI
17 – Rock Pile West – Toronto, ON
18 – Obsession Live – Ottawa, ON
19 – Legendary Dobbs – Philadelphia, PA
22 – Devils Tail – Junction City, KS
23 -The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
24 -The Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
25 – Concert Pub North Metal Fest – Houston, TX
30 – Brick By Brick – San Diego
July 21, 2014
“A Decade of Guilt” North American tour has been announced, featuring ARSIS, along with Allegaeon, and Exmortus. James Malone from ARSIS comments:
“10 years ago I was a full time college student that was given an opportunity. The musical project that I had been working on ‘for fun’ on breaks from school was asked to record a full length album for a small independent record label.
“I had no idea at the time what the response would be to the album, or if there would be any response at all. Almost as soon as the album was released, much to my surprise, we were getting attention from around the world and my life was forever changed.
“That album was called A Celebration of Guilt and myself and everyone in Arsis, would like to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary by playing the album…in it’s entirety…on tour. Many of songs have not been played live in years, if ever. Here’s to a decade of guilt and METAL!!!”
09/01/14 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
09/02/14 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
09/03/14 – New York, NY @ Santos
09/04/14 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
09/05/14 – Montreal, @ QC Foufounes Electriques
09/06/14 – Quebec City, @ QC Dagobert
09/08/14 – Lakewood, @ OH The Foundry
09/12/14 – Winnipeg, @ MB The Zoo
09/13/14 – Saskatoon, @ SK Rock Bottom
09/16/14 – Vancouver, @ BC Red Room
09/17/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
09/18/14 – Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
09/20/14 – Anaheim, CA @ O.C. Music Hall
09/21/14 – San Diego, CA @ New Royal Dive
09/23/14 – Denver, CO @ Moon Room
09/25/14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
09/27/14 – Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
09/28/14 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
July 21, 2014
“Bitter Pill”, the new video from New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL, can be seen online. The track is taken from the band’s new album, “White Devil Armory”, which will be released on July 22 in North America via eOne Music (July 18 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records). Watch here. The effort was tracked at Gear Recording and was mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012′s “The Electric Age”.
OVERKILL’s videos for “Bitter Pill” and “Armorist” wre filmed with veteran director Kevin J. Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION). Custer previously worked with OVERKILL on the “Electric Rattlesnake” and “Bring Me The Night” clips.
Said OVERKILL frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: “[It's] fantastic to have Kevin on board again. When he’s directing, the direction is intense!”
He added: “Each time, the prior results have been spot-on, so our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director’s eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!”
“White Devil Armory” track listing:
01. Freedom Rings
02. Where There’s Smoke…
05. Down To The Bone
06. Bitter Pill
07. King Of The Rat Bastards
08. Another Day To Die
09. It’s All Yours
10. In The Name
The limited-edition box-set version of “White Devil Armory” includes a digipack CD, a leather belt and buckle plus a certificate of authenticity.
Speaking about what OVERKILL was trying to accomplish with “White Devil Armory”, vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth told Artisan News: “My personal motivation, and I can probably speak for my partner D.D. [Verni, bass], is that you don’t want repetition. Obviously, we are what we are — a thrash metal band — [and] we fall into, let’s say, a subgenre of this metal community, but the idea is that you wanna stay interested with it, you want to try, to some degree, to reinvent yourself. And I think the thing I’m most proud of when it comes to a record like Number 17, being ‘White Devil Armory’, is that that’s the push for it. No repetition. Let’s get in there and let’s define that line between repetition and what style is. I write all these notes in my office where I have my little studio — ‘Don’t repeat yourself,’ ‘Don’t use this,’ ‘Don’t use that’ — and that becomes kind of the flavor of the writing: Stay relevant, great execution, modern presentation. Make Number 17 relevant in 2014.”
July 21, 2014
New York death metal tyrants, INTERNAL BLEEDING, will release their long-anticipated new full-length, Imperium, to the masses this Fall via Unique Leader Records. Produced by the band alongside Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) in Ronkonkoma, New York and engineered by Cincotta and Derek Boyer, Imperium boasts the menacing artwork of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (Carcass, Cryptopsy, The Haunted, Nevermore et al) and serves as the band’s most sonically debilitating and plainly brutal manifestation of their winding career.
Although Imperium is a new album, it is, in many ways, deeply rooted in the band’s past — a culmination of strong emotions that have been bubbling their way to the surface since 1992′s now-legendary Invocation Of Evil demo reared its maniacal head upon the underground circuit.
Elaborates the band in a thorough analysis of the record, “Ever since Invocation Of Evil was released, many in the music press and industry simply dismissed INTERNAL BLEEDING as another generic death metal band. We knew different, our fans knew different and the underground press certainly knew different. They understood that we offered something fresh and unique: death metal that focused on pit-friendly grooves, catchiness and hooks that you could actually remember. At the time, we called this approach to death metal ‘Total Fucking Slam.’ And though we garnered a great deal of underground acceptance, we had to fight a perpetual uphill battle against critics, naysayers and elitists who did nothing but talk a lot shit and run their mouths behind our backs or in print. We ignored them and kept plowing forward, but we never forget….
To add insult to injury, our first two albums suffered from horrendous productions which no doubt made it more challenging to get people to truly understand our music. And by the time our third and fourth albums were released, we had no label or tour support and limited resources to keep things going. By the early-to-mid 2000s, we were a broken and dispirited unit and eventually fell into inactivity and disarray.
Eventually our term – slam – had been picked up by hundreds of underground bands and a whole new genre of death metal was spawned. The seeds we had planted had finally come to bloom yet we were unable to enjoy even a modicum of recognition for it. It had been an extremely frustrating twenty years. We gave it our best, but in the end, we fell short of our goals.
These experiences, plus other personal setbacks and tragedies, are the impetus behind the album title Imperium. It means a dominion of absolute power. It’s a statement to those who’ve caused anyone to feel slighted, disrespected, tormented and generally abused. It’s a clarion call to the victims of these tormentors – the abused child, the bands that struggle and come up short, the outcast, the geek and the populations that have been crushed under the boot of totalitarianism – to rise up, join us and take a rightful place at the throne of power. With Imperium, the time has finally come to turn the tables on the tormentors and make them suffer.
The artwork is also deeply meaningful. We wanted to create an atmosphere that was dark and threatening and were really impressed by the work of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie. He nailed it almost immediately. At the center of the cover is a half-human/half-alien creature holding a withered skull. This creature represents the new master that has risen to power. It is half alien because as our fans know, we have carried on a tradition of using alien themes on our albums since day one. It also represents those who are outcast and treated as an alien to their own race. This alien is holding the skull of his past tormentor, which represents the change in power and the rise of the new Imperium. There are a lot of interesting things that go on in the background, which we’d rather leave open to interpretation. And then there’s the music…”
Imperium delivers seven tracks including a three-part trilogy featuring guest appearances by Suffocation’s Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen as well as former INTERNAL BLEEDING throat Frank Rini.
Imperium Track listing:
1. Fabricating Bliss
2. The Visitant
3. The Pageantry of Savagery
4. Patterns of Force:
Part I. The Discovery
Part II.Plague Agenda
Part III. Aftermath
5. Placate the Ancients
6. (In the) Absence of Soul
7. Castigo Corpus Meum
Coinciding with the release of Imperium, INTERNAL BLEEDING will wage war on North America as part of this year’s Carnival Of Death tour. Set to embark on October 3rd, 2014 in New York City, the trek will fracture the infrastructures of more than two-dozen cities coming to a close on November 3rd, 2014, in Montreal. The band will be joined by Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot and Pyrexia.
Carnival Of Death Tour 2014 w/ Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia:
10/03/2014 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/04/2014 The Webster – Hartford, CT
10/05/2014 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
10/06/2014 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
10/07/2014 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/08/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/10/2014 Empire – Springfield, VA
10/11/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/12/2014 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/15/2014 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/16/2014 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
10/17/2014 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
10/18/2014 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
10/19/2014 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2014 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2014 The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
10/22/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/23/2014 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 The Level – Kelowna, BC
10/27/2014 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK
10/29/2014 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
10/31/2014 Mine Mill Hall – Sudbury, ON
11/01/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/02/2014 Paramount – Rouyn, QC
11/03/2014 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
July 21, 2014
Phoenix, AZ natives and modern thrashers INCITE, founded by Richie Cavalera, son of Soulfly’s Max Cavelara, recently finished the recordings for the upcoming new album entitled “Up In Hell.” The band’s third full length release will be out on September 2, 2014 via Minus HEAD Records.
The band took up studio time with Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer, Hatebreed, Parkway Drive) at Hideaway Studios, who produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the record. Production assistance was provided by Thomas Bellier and Jon Nicholson of Drum Fetish is credited as drum technician on the album.
“Matt Hyde definitely took us out of our comfort zone, but the result is, in my opinion, the best INCITE album to date,” adds bassist Christopher “EL”. Drummer Lennon adds, “This record has everything. It grooves, it slams, it thrashes, it stomps and it moshes!”
Vocalist Richie Cavalera added: “Matt was incredible was the perfect person to head us in the right direction in every way. I feel this album captures INCITE perfectly from the drums to the guitar to bass it’s all just how it needed to be. He worked us hard and pushed us the max to get the best out of each member and each song. I had times where i wanted to give up but he just said keep doing it you’ll get it and that’s what you need someone to push you but still keep you focused. He paid attention to everything and i loved that he told us when something sucked and when it was awesome. He got me to build structure like never before on lyrics and i think that’s what you notice right away on this record. I couldn’t have asked for a better person, he has the history and the knowledge we wanted and thank him every day for this record.”
The track listing for “Up in Hell” is:
Up In Hell Track Listing:
1. Up In Hell
3. False Flag
5. Rightful Spot (feat. Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats)
6. Rise to Greatness
7. Who Am I
8. Still Here
9. Losing Grip
10. To the Depths