December 20, 2014
Den Headz, video has been uploaded of ALICE COOPER’s “Christmas Pudding” event benefiting his and wife Sheryl Cooper’s “Solid Rock Foundation”, a Phoenix, AZ-based organization centered on helping young people get involved in music, the arts, community service, etc. The event took place Saturday, December 13th at The Commercia Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Alice and band played a one-hour headlining set with full production. Other acts on the bill were NIGHT RANGER, P.O.D., a band dubbed “Super Group” consisting of Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Johnny Lang, Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and Cooper sticksman Glen Sobel. Christian hard rockers THOUSAND FOOT CRUTCH performed as well as did CO-OP, fronted by Alice Cooper’s son Dash Cooper.
To conclude the event Alice and band invited all performers on stage for the grand finale, a cover of THE BEATLES’ “Revolution”, dedicated in part to recently deceased guitar tech Chris Leahy who had worked for Alice, TOOL, and many others. Video of the finale can be seen below as well as footage of the Super Group performing RAINBOW’s “Stone Cold” and also NIGHT RANGER performing “Sister Christian” with Glen Sobel on drums giving drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy a chance to step out front and sing lead.
Alice Cooper band and all guests – “Revolution”
Super Group – “Stone Cold”
December 20, 2014
Are you ready for the world’s greatest BLACK SABBATH cover band? Guitar hero Zakk Wylde, along with bassist John Deservio and drummer John Tempesta will rock out the doomy blues for what is to be their one and only U.S. performance tonight at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California with special guest Royal Machine (Camp Freddy). It’s going to be a goddamn electric event! This show is already SOLD OUT!!
December 20, 2014
Den Headz, the Prince of Darkness shocked everyone when he showed up unannounced to the world famous Roxy nighclub in West Hollywood, California last night for a gig by Royal Machines (Camp Freddy) The coolest part is that Ozzy comes out to actually sing a Sabbath tune. Watch the rocking fan-filmed footage HERE.
December 20, 2014
This competition is open to all subgenres of heavy metal music! Bands must be unsigned and submit new music from either 2014 or 2015 in full length album format. Deadline to enter this online contest is January 15th, 2015. There is NO entry fee to participate. This is an online contest where the judging is based on the recorded music, video of live performance and your popularity on sites Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.
Metal industry experts will be selected as judges shortly and announced when the first round of judging goes down on January 30, 2015.
The band to make it through the final round of judging on February 5th, 2015 with the most overall points from the judging panel will win a label representation deal with THE METAL DEN RECORDS!! (Value $3,000)
To submit your band, simply email your EPK (Electronic Press Kit) to: email@example.com
The Metal Den Records owner/operator Randy “Rocket” Cody adds:
“Best of luck to all the bands that enter this rocking competition to see who is making the biggest noise right now in the underground of metal!”
December 20, 2014
Thrashing black metal unit MELECHESH are streaming new track ‘Multiple Truths’ online now! The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Enki, which is due to be released on the 2nd of March via Nuclear Blast. Listen HERE.
The follow-up to 2010’s masterpiece ‘The Epigenesis’ marks the band’s sixth full-length album and will feature iconic guests Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED), Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST) and Rob Caggiano (VOLBEAT, ex-ANTHRAX).
Singer, songwriter and main man Ashmed commented: “I am flattered and honoured to have esteemed guests appear on this multifaceted album. ‘Enki’ solicited different approaches and new experiences. Max is a lion – I love his voice and the tribal and historic parallels of our lives are uncanny, he did an amazing job on ‘Lost Tribes’. Sakis is an old friend and we toured together in the past. His voice added another dimension of mysticism on our ‘Enki – Divine Nature Awoken’. Rob and I always wanted to collaborate and he is an agile and excellent guitar player so the lead he did on ‘The Palm, the Eye and Lapis Lazuli’ was perfect , it rocks and serves the track well. They all did an outstanding job and went above and beyond to make it happen despite their busy schedules. MELECHESH is more than a band – it is a society!”
And it seems Caggiano and Cavalera are just as honoured to be involved in the project, with both musicians commenting:
“I’ve been a fan of MELECHESH for a while now and it was an honour for me to play a solo on their new album!! These guys sound like nothing else out there!” – Caggiano
“I was very honoured that MELECHESH asked me to sing on their new album! I’m a big fan and I think ‘The Epigenesis’ is one of the greatest extreme metal records ever done! I love the fact that they come from a different part of the world like me. So our worlds finally collide! Long live MELECHESH!” – Cavalera
ROTTING CHRIST’s Sakis Tolis gushed further: “When I was told that our brother band MELECHESH would record their upcoming album in my hometown, I immediately picked up the phone and called Ashmedi to participate somehow. Ashmedi responded positively so I was ready to raise some serious hell… It is very interesting since we are sharing the same Mediterranean mentality as individuals. I believe this new album is one of the most unique and atmospheric metal albums I have heard the last years. Ashmedi took me to their majestic oriental path and showed me the way to the new Babylon. I am definitely proud working with the Kings of Fire and I really recommend to check the new MELECHESH album – it is really good!”
Enki features 12 string electric guitars aside from the 6 string played on the entire album, for a heavier and subtly richer harmonic sound. The band also tuned their instruments to the pitch perfect 432 Hz frequency, rather than the standardized 440 Hz one, for a deeper sonic experience within the human psyche and in accordance to the vibrations of the universe. The majority of the album was recorded in Greece and was mixed & mastered at Black Lounge Studio in Sweden by Jonas Kjellgren.
December 19, 2014
Den Headz, dates have now been announced for 1349’s February U.S. tour with Origin, Abysmal Dawn, and Wolvhammer. Here’s the schedule:
2/8 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
2/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
2/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
2/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
2/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Complex
2/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
2/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
2/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
2/22 Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar
2/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
December 19, 2014
Unique Leader Records is very pleased to announce the re-signing of long-running brutal death metal behemoths, INTERNAL SUFFERING.
Comments the band in a collective statement, “We are stoked to announce that we have resigned with Unique Leader! We are all very proud to be again a part of a label that has released some of the finest extreme death metal albums in history from bands such as Deeds Of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Disgorge, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding, Disavowed, Hour Of Penance, Aeon, Beheaded, Psycroptic and Spawn Of Possession, just to name a few. This is the beginning of a new chapter for us. We would like to thank Erik Lindmark and all the staff at Unique Leader for welcoming us back into their incredible roaster. Few other labels can touch their legacy when it comes to high quality brutal death metal. We’ll be starting the recording sessions this Winter. We look forward to previously undreamed-of levels of brutality, speed and intensity with this new record. Stay tuned for more details!”
Spawned in 1996, INTERNAL SUFFERING recently relocated from their homebase in Pereira, Columbia to Madrid, Spain. Notorious for their apocalyptic brand of brutal, blasting, technically proficient death metal, the band’s bestial discography includes four full-lengths: 2000’s Supreme Knowledge Domain (Repulse Records), 2002’s Chaotic Matrix (Displeased Records), 2004’s Choronzonic Force Domination (Displeased Records) and 2006’s Awakening of the Rebel (Unique Leader Records), the last two of which featured the production prowess of extreme metal sound-wizard Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel). A maniacal work ethic and thirst to spread their audio peril globally has allowed INTERNAL SUFFERING the opportunity to ransack stages throughout the US, Europe and Asia along the iconic likes of Cannibal Corpse, Sodom, Incantation, Exodus and Origin, among many more. The band has also graced the bills of some of the most important extreme metal festivals in the world including the Maryland Deathfest, Extreme Fest, Neurotic Death Fest, Barroselas Metal Fest, Tokyo Death Fest, Bangkok Deathfest, Fuck The Commerce Fest, Obscene Extreme Festival and Kaltenbach Open Air Fest as well as an appearance last year at the massive Rock At The Park. Among the most populated open air fests in Latin America, Rock At The Park draws over 100,000 headbangers annually!
INTERNAL SUFFERING will release their long-awaited fifth studio album via Unique Leader Records in 2015. Details to be unveiled in due time.
December 19, 2014
The release of the upcoming 5th studio album by Spanish thrash metal band ANGELUS APATRIDA is drawing nearer: “Hidden Evolution” will be unleashed on January 19th in Europe and January 27th in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records.
In anticipation of its release, today the band is now launching the album’s first promotional video clip for the song “End Man.” Check it out HERE.
The clip was directed by Adriana Lorente and Sara Cort, who already worked with Angelus Apatrida on the preview clips for “You Are Next” and “Blast Off.” The group comments:
“Behind the meaning of ‘End Man’ lies the desperation of someone who has reached the limit, on the verge of exploding. Going though certain tough situations in life creates inner demons that sometimes show when least expected. That feeling of stressing intensity is present during the whole song, only letting loose when choruses appear. Adriana and Sara have once again done an amazing work adapting the concept of the song to a video by melting the meaning of this track to the inner general concept of the album and its artwork, based around the astronaut (See here!) with such an amazing and super detailed result.”
The new album’s track listing is as follows:
2. First World Of Terror
4. Tug Of War
5. Serpents On Parade
6. Wanderers Forever
7. End Man
8. Speed Of Light
9. I Owe You Nothing
10. Hidden Evolution
December 19, 2014
New Orleans instrumental riff conjurors, MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD – who feature within their ranks members of EyeHateGod, Classhole and Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight — will kick off the new year with short run of live rituals supporting amplification kings, High On Fire. Set to commence in Birmingham,
MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD will levy their smoky, bottom-heavy jams upon the ears of West Columbia, Richmond, Brooklyn, Hartford, Portland, Poughkeepsie and Providence with additional shows to be announced in the weeks to come.
Formed in 2008, MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD worships at the altar of the riff boasting a thick, raging, blues-ridden Bayou swagger seemingly inherent to their swampy surroundings. The band independently released a two-song seven inch earlier this year with a full-length slated to surface sometime in 2015 via Swedish imprint, Skrammel Records. In the meantime, turn up and tune out to the soul-shrouded sounds of “Sorceror’s Deathbed” at THIS LOCATION.
MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD w/ High On Fire:
1/06/2015 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
1/07/2015 New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
1/08/2015 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
1/09/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
1/10/2015 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
1/11/2015 Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
1/13/2015 The Loft at the Chance Theatre – Poughkeepsie, NY
1/14/2015 Simon’s 677 – Providence, RI.
Further MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD news to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
December 19, 2014
Pomona, California’s XIBALBA has unchained the first single from their approaching Tierra Y Libertad LP with a stream of the album’s third track, “Invierno,” now playing at Noisey.
Bearing an impressive arsenal of recordings amassed since 2010, including notable splits, EPs, demos and two prior LPs, each chapter of XIBALBA’s recordedbloodline to date has seen the band expand upon their dense, hateful sound, and their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, proves to follow this ominous path. With some of the band’s most savage death metal-fueled hardcore and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA still continues to impress with new atmospheric tones and harrowing elements without straying from their unstoppable warpath. With nearly forty-four minutes of unrelenting revolutionary violence, Tierra Y Libertad was recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, as with their lauded Hasta La Muerte LP, and the cover art as well following the path of Hasta with the employment of Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for Tierra Y Libertad’s cover artwork.
VICE Magazine’s music joint, Noisey, is exclusively streaming Tierra Y Libertad’s most literally intoxicating third track, “Invierno,” at THIS LOCATION.
Southern Lord will issue Tierra Y Libertad on CD, LP and digital outlets on January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America.
In union with the release of their new works, the notorious road warriors will begin punishing audiences with the new album live. XIBALBA has declared a string of Tierra Y Libertad record release shows, with tour dates now scheduled on both the West and East Coasts in January and February. XIBALBA will hit Los Angeles and Berkeley on January 30th and 21st with All Out War and Skinfather, followed by a San Diego show on February 7th with Excel and Rotting Out. Directly after that they’ll raid the East Coast with five shows from February 18th through 22nd. With shows in Albany, Haverhill, Amityville, Baltimore and Providence slated with The Banner on all dates, Rude Awakening will play the last three shows, and All Out War will also join the Amityville and Baltimore dates.
Stand by for further XIBALBA developments in January including an official video for the album’s opening track, “Enemigo,” additional tour dates and more.
XIBALBA Tierra Y Libertad Record Release Shows:
1/30/2015 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ All Out War, Skinfather
1/31/2015 Gilman – Berkeley, CA w/ All Out War, Skinfather
2/07/2015 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Excel, Rotting Out
2/18/2015 Bogies – Albany, NY w/ The Banner
2/19/2015 Haverhill – Haverhill, MA w/ The Banner
2/20/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening
2/21/2015 Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD w/ All Out War, The Banner, Rude Awakening
2/22/2015 Firehouse 13 – Providence, RI w/ The Banner, Rude Awakening