January 26, 2015
New York industrial/noise/power electronics entity, THEOLOGIAN, has penned several new live actions for the coming months, beginning with a performance at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar this Thursday, January 29th supporting British sound experimentalists and Crucial Blast labelmates, Ramleh. Another show at Saint Vitus Bar is slated for March 20th with Dispirit and others, and another performance set for April 17th in Baltimore with Father Murphy. Additional live announcements will follow in the coming weeks.
THEOLOGIAN’s latest works have just been unleashed on January 7th in the form of Pain Of The Saints, a brutalizing two-disc venture released via Malignant Records — the first disc, Piss, and the second, Jism. With twenty-one nightmarish hymns orchestrated by Theologian Prime, a.k.a. Leech, and featuring returning collaborators Matt Slagle and Fade Kainer (Batillus, Statiqbloom), guest contributions from David Castillo, Joan Hacker, Crimson Joules, Christiana Key, Matthew Melnick, Eric J. Morgan, Jessica Way and more also infiltrate the mix.
Pain Of The Saints follows THEOLOGIAN’s Some Things Have To Be Endured, released by Crucial Blast in 2013 on CD and digitally, and followed by a massive vinyl edition later. With eight new tracks of punishing black industrial, apocalyptic darkwave frequencies, and nerve-rending electronic deathscapes, Some Thins Have To Be Endured is a collection of collaborations between Theologian and a lineup of female vocalists/artists from both within the industrial / noise / dark ambient / coldwave realm and beyond, with contributions from Rachael Kozak (Hecate), Kristen MacArthur (Sewer Goddess), Rachel Maloney (Tonikom), Nikki Telladictorian (Prometheus Burning), Patricia Benitez (Fetish Drone), Gillian Leigh Bowling (Teloahqaal), Christiana Key (Delphic Oracle), Joan Hacker (Factoria), Shari Vari (Void Vision), and professional opera singer Melissa C. Kelly. The album was co-produced with Derek Rush/Dream Into Dust and mastered by James Plotkin.
1/29/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ramleh, JFK, Alberich, York Factory Complaint
3/20/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Dispirit, Vorde, Anicon
4/17/2015 Holy Underground – Baltimore, MD w/ Father Murphy, Jeff Carey
January 26, 2015
NAPALM DEATH and CARCASS will team up for some Australia touring in April. The trek will feature direct support from Extortion, and confirmed dates include:
04/16 Perth @ Capitol, 18+
04/17 Melbourne @ Prince Bandroom, 18+
04/18 Sydney @ The Factory Theatre, 18+
04/19 Brisbane @ The Hifi, 18+
January 26, 2015
VISION OF DISORDER has checked in with the following brief announcement about beginning work on a new full-length album:
“Pre-production for our new album on Candlelight Records has begun with the mighty Zeuss! (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie).”
Stay tuned for details on the upcoming release.
January 26, 2015
Guitar legend Steve Vai has announced Vai Academy 2015 – All About The Guitar, the ultimate guitar experience music camp. It will be held in Vail, Colorado August 2nd – 6th.
The immersive 4-day experience features master classes by Vai, and very special guests Eric Johnson and Sonny Landreth. This is a hands-on education in all things guitar, featuring informative sessions, evening jams with the students/teachers, informal chats, food and friends. For complete information, to reserve your spot visit http://www.VaiAcademy.com.
Vai’s recent Musicians Institute interview is available HERE. He discusses the perils of ego, the addiction of monogamy and why he always avoids drugs. He also shares some inspiring insight into his creativity and playing, discusses touring, what he looks for in bandmates, composing for orchestras, and playing with Zappa back in the day.
For the final Story Of Light tour date, Vai was sought out to perform his original orchestral compositions at the Grand Opening of the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Hall in Poland:
“It was truly a magical evening with the 72 piece orchestra and Steve showcasing a range of imaginative music, ranging from absolutely monstrous to perfectly subtle and delicate.”
Vai’s setlist on the night was as follows:
“Frangelica Pt. I” (without Vai)
“Racing The World”
“The Attitude Song”
“Salamanders In The Sun”
“The Crying Machine”
“The Fire Garden Suite”
“For The Love Of God”
January 26, 2015
Den Headz, RANGER will release their Spinefarm debut Where Evil Dwells on March 17. True to old school form, the album is an analogue recording, featuring the glorious sound of melting Marshall amps. Where Evil Dwells will be out in CD, LP, cassette and digital formats.
Get a taste of RANGER by checking out the lyric video for “Defcon 1″ HERE.
Helsinki’s RANGER will overload all of your senses with a relentless onslaught of turbo-charged, old school heavy/speed metal, thanks to a torrent of riffs, a twin-guitar assault, intense rapid-fire drumming, a pummeling bass onslaught and banshee-like, old school vocal delivery, all of which combine to thrash you into oblivion.
We’re talking real heavy metal here, the sort that transcends generations. It’s organic, authentic, old-school and, more blatantly put, it’s crazy as a fucking shithouse rat. It’s also contagious and unstoppable.
Want to know more about RANGER? A true product of the Finnish underground, the four-piece unit was founded in 2008. Skyrocketing in success and popularity ever since the release of their Knights of Darkness 12″EP (Ektro) in 2013, they have already laid waste to the stages of basically every Finnish major festival.
Their rabidly energetic shows have wreaked havoc in a manner unprecedented in Finland, whipping punk and metal audiences alike into riotous thrashing frenzy, leaving behind mangled armies of euphoric fans drenched in sweat, parched with thirst and smiling like morons.
After a couple of demos and EP releases, and a compilation comprised of the aforementioned, Where Evil Dwells is RANGER’s debut full-length album, proving that their frenzied output is every bit as effective in larger portions as it is on EPs.
RANGER are: Dimi Pontiac -bass & vocals; Mikael-guitar; Ville-guitar; Miko-drums.
Where Evil Dwells Track Listing:
1. “Defcon 1″
2. “Deadly Feast”
3. “Phantom Soldier”
4. “Dead Zone”
5. “Black Circle (S.Y.L.S.)”
6. “Where Evil Dwells”
7. “Storm of Power”
Knights of Darkness 12″ (2013)
Shock Skull 7″ (2014)
Skull Splitting Metal Comp. (2014)
Where Evil Dwells (2015)
Source: Metal Rules
January 26, 2015
HEAVEN THE AXE have issued the following statement: “We are pleased to announce our next show will be at Hammersonic Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday March 8. Hammersonic is the largest metal festival in the Southern Hemisphere and bands such as Lamb Of God, Terrorizer, Unearth, Mayhem, Warbringer, The Faceless. We welcome back our original line up members Matt “Skitz” Sanders on Drums and Mat Silcock on Bass as well as welcoming Azza “Axe” on Guitar to the fold. Tickets and more information here: http://www.hammersonic.com/ – See more at: http://heaventheaxe.com/news/hammersonic/#sthash.pxqPQJcT.dpuf
January 26, 2015
FULL OF HELL has lined up a March tour surrounding their appearance at this year’s SXSW. Dates are as follows:
3/10 Claymont, DE @ VFW
3/11 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
3/12 Sayton, OH @ Rockstar Arena
3/13 Detroit, MI @ Berserker Fest
3/14 Evansville, IN PG
3/15 Memphis, TX @ Hi-Tone
3/16 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
3/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/21 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/22 Baton Rouge, LA @ TBA
3/23 Florence, AL @ The End
3/24 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
January 26, 2015
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January 25, 2015
San Antonio, Texas blackened death horde, HOD, is pleased to officially induct bassist, ZVS Gastelum, into their infernal ranks. Gastelum comes by way of Texas black metal legion, Plutonian Shore, as well as Gnostic and replaced longtime HOD comrade, Robert “Trans AM” Coleman.
Comments the band, “Changes suck but sometimes they have to happen. After many years of service and brotherhood our brother Robert ‘Trans AM’ Coleman is no longer in HOD. TA will be missed for sure. We hope he gets everything he wants with his current projects and future endeavors. Best of luck to you, brother! We would also like to welcome ZVS Gastelum. ZVS had been filling in on bass while TA was out with Goatwhore, and did a great job. So the choice to bring ZVS into the fold was an easy one to make. ZVS fronts his own band Plutonian Shore, and brings with him many years of live experience. The guy will crush your skull! We are stoked to get out on the road with this demon and unleash hell!”
In related HOD developments, the band will bring their bestial hymns to the stage of the 5th Quarter Lounge in Indianapolis tonight with Carpathian Funeral followed by a performance in Chicago the following evening. HOD will also devour New Orleans and Miami in the coming weeks with additional live invasions in the plotting stages.
1/23/2015 5th Quarter Lounge – Indianapolis, IN w/ Carpathian Funeral, Ptahil, more
1/24/2015 Cobra Lounge- Chicago, IL w/ Carpathian Funeral, Imperial Savagery, more
3/20/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2015 Churchill’s Pub – Miami, FL w/ Kult Ov Azazel, Solstice, Druid Lord, more
HOD released their Book Of The Worm full-length last Fall via Arctic Music. Named in honor of the Norse figure known as “the blind god,” a son of Odin, HOD persecutes the believers of more traditional religious beliefs with a relentless, kingdom-toppling brew of blackened death fans of Angel Corpse, early Morbid Angel, Deströyer 666, Von, Bloody Sign and other dealers of the evil arts won’t hesitate to burn a stack of bibles to. Produced by Dennis Munoz (Solstice) and featuring artwork by Jon Zig (Averse Sefira, Deeds of Flesh, Pyrexia), Book Of The Worm is HOD’s first full-length since 2009’s Ibex Moon-released Serpent, amidst several smaller releases, delivering their most catastrophic material to date.
January 24, 2015
This Island, Our Funeral is the latest long player from Scottish melancholic post-metallers, FALLOCH. Set for release in North America via Candlelight next week, the follow up to 2011’s Where Distant Spirits Remain was tracked at London’s Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez Arellanu (Ghost, Cathedral, Ulver), and delivers nearly an hour’s worth of dark, chilling odes of atmospheric beauty.
Metal Injection likens the record’s sound to, “a gorgeous blend of the spirit of an Agalloch epic with the epic majesty of a band like Borknagar,” while Lonesome Noise notes, “FALLOCH has created an album that soars above us like a bird of prey, so majestic, so gorgeous, yet ready to strike at any point without much warning. It’s an album that fans of everything from Opeth to Jesu to Agalloch to Tool could find something to latch onto and one that deserves as many repeat listens as you’re willing to give.” Adds Metal Purgatory in a perfect 5/5 review, “If this album can teach us anything, it is that we all come from this Earth and that this will be our funeral grounds. The emotions and power behind this album is immense and incomparable to anything else you will experience…”
Delve into the forlorn world of FALLOCH’s This Island, Our Funeral, currently streaming in full at Skulls ‘N’ Bones HERE.
Forged in Glasgow, Scotland in 2010 by Andy Marshall and Scott McLean and named after the Falls of Falloch waterfall in Crianlarich, FALLOCH draws inspiration from an assortment of genres from metal, atmospheric rock, post-rock and Scottish folk to minimalist composers like Arvo Pärt and Yann Tiersen. Formerly a duo, the band now features an expanded lineup of new vocalist/guitarist Tony Dunn, bassist Ben Brown, and drummer Steve Scott with founder/guitarist McLean.