July 29, 2015
BLACK FAST will release their all new LP, Terms Of Surrender, on August 7th via eOne Music. Check out the new track, “The Coming Swarm”, streaming below.
Ripping pages from Death’s technical death metal guidebook, the St. Louis foursome conjures the spirit of the late, great Chuck Schuldiner while channeling the viciousness of Megadeth’s young-and-hungry Dave Mustaine and blistering aggression of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza. The band tapped veteran producer Erik Rutan for the effort on their debut LP for eOne Music. Known for his work with Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Goatwhore and Cannibal Corpse, Rutan was an easy choice.
Terms of Surrender will be the band’s follow-up to their self-released Starving Out The Light. Black Fast has a short but concentrated history. Started in 2010 by fellow music students Aaron Akin, Trevor Johanson, Ryan Thompson and Ross Burnett, the band has bulldozed on an upward trajectory ever since. Their soundtrack to society’s collapse is relentless. Possessed by unbridled energy and a palpable desperation, the band has a fierce vitality that will not go unnoticed.
“The Coming Swarm”:
July 29, 2015
Belgian death metal horde, SERIAL BUTCHER – which features current and formers members of Aborted, Emeth, Moker, Ectopia and more — will spew forth their first full-length offering in five years this Fall via Unique Leader Records. Titled Brute Force Lobotomy, the follow-up to 2010’s lauded A Crash Course In Cranium Crushing offering was recorded and mixed by Lander Cluyse (Hessian, Oathbreaker, Amenra etc.) at Hearse Studio, mastered by SERIAL BUTCHER guitarist Kenneth Keysers at Badass Audio Mastering and boasts ten brilliantly-formulated and expertly-executed death metal mantras. For twenty-two venomous minutes, SERIAL BUTCHER punches you in the throat rapidly and repeatedly with a brutal assortment of blistering leads, bestial hooks, blasts, grooves and guttural grotesqueries, its raw, crisp production only heightening its devious aural annihilation. If you consider yourself a sincere fan of boundless brutal death metal, you owe it to yourself to investigate this ingenious monstrosity.
Comments the band in a collective statement, “Sometimes there’s need for careful thought… for tranquil conversation… for peaceful mediation. And sometimes… you just want to stab someone in the eye with a blunt, rusty knife. Until (s)he’s dead. And then you stab some more… Just to be sure…. It’s the very definition of the latest SERIAL BUTCHER recording, Brute Force Lobotomy.”
Brute Force Lobotomy Track Listing:
1. Hypovolemic Shock
2. Sadistic Spare Parts Surgery
3. Brute Force Lobotomy
4. Born On A Chopping Block
5. Bowel Soup
6. Fresh Frozen Females
7. Flayed Human Skin
8. Facialized By A Flamethrower
9. Rusty Lawnmowing Massacre
10. Worm Buffet
SERIAL BUTCHER was forged in 1995 by drummer Nico Veroeven (Emeth, ex-Apocryph, ex-Leptotrichia) and guitarist Hendrik Dobbelaere who were later joined by bassist Bob D’Hondt and vocalist Steven De Craeker (Putrid Inbred). A self-titled demo tape was unleashed upon an unsuspecting underground two years later. Likened to a more brutal version of Cannibal Corpse, the band performed regularly throughout the country, opening for international acts such as Loudblast, Natron, Suffocation and Aborted. Two more demos would surface by 2001 and – limited to just a few hundred copies – sold out quickly. D’Hondt and Dobbelaere eventually fled the band and the remaining members were joined by guitarist Nicolas Malfeyt (Leng Tche), leaving them bass-less for a time. SERIAL BUTCHER joined the Deepsend Records roster for the release of their Kris Belaen (Aborted, In-Quest etc.)-recorded Genocide Landscape EP (2003) before undergoing another bout of lineup shifts which saw the addition of bassist Koen Van Goethem (ex-Bloodfart), second vocalist Kurt Termonia (ex-Ectopia) and guitarist Gijs Cielen (ex-Apocryph) replacing Malfeyt who’d also left the group. Both De Craeker and Cielen would exit the lineup in 2007 paving the way for guitarist Kenneth Keysers (ex-Acephalous, Moker, Steengruis) who would eventually join the ranks, marking their first stable lineup in years. By 2008, SERIAL BUTCHER proved more punishing sonically than ever before as evinced by their A Crash Course In Cranium Crushing full-length. Tracked at the famed Berno Studio in Sweden with producer Henrik Larsson (The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Vomitory etc.), the record’s terminally crushing assaults earned the interest of Unique Leader Records, who released the record in 2010. The band continued to slay stages opening for the likes of such extreme metal powerhouses as Malevolent Creation, Obituary, Vader, Exhumed, Brutal Truth, Leng Tche, Ulcerate and more.
In 2013, SERIAL BUTCHER was selected to take part of a worldwide art project called A Box-Sized Die created by Portuguese artist, Joao Onofre. The band was asked to perform in a fully sound and oxygen proof box measuring 5 feet and 10.87 inches at all sides and managed to do so for nearly twenty-five minutes. The audience could not see or hear the band but only capture vibrations coming of the cube. The event took place at the Center For Contemporary Art in Aalst, Belgium, was broadcast on regional TV and reaped the band commercial airplay on Studio Brussel with a live interview.
Enter Brute Force Lobotomy. The band’s epitome of pure sonic sickness. The record comes bedecked in the twisted renderings of renowned artist, Tony Koehl and sees the addition of Koen Verstraete (ex-Leptotrichia, ex-Aborted), replacing longtime bassist Van Goethem, who departed the band just before the record’s completion.
Brute Force Lobotomy will be released on CD and digital formats on September 18th, 2015 via Unique Leader Records. Teaser tracks and preorder info to be announced in the days to come.
SERIAL BUTCHER Personnel:
Kurt Termonia – vocals
Nico Veroeven – drums
Kenneth Keysers – guitar
Koen Verstraete – bass
July 29, 2015
Following divisive comments from both members of bands and organizers involved in Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015, festival co-founder John Reese has issued an open letter addressing the controversy:
Dear fans of heavy music and metal bands everywhere,
We are one community. It is vitally important to our community that we all unite, not divide! Without each other’s support, the only thing that suffers is metal as a genre!
In the midst of our most challenging year in eight years of producing the festival, my partner Kevin Lyman made some comments that he has subsequently apologized for.
Kevin is an honorable man and has given everything he has to the presentation of music and expanding the profile of countless artists! I am proud of our partnership and our results throughout the years! We have always tried to deliver a platform for artists to expand their fan base and the genre as a whole!
In saying this, various people involved with the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and some from the metal community have understandably made some divisive comments regarding the event. The event has suffered as a result of these many comments. What’s done is done, but I am here to say that heavy metal music is alive and well! I shouldn’t have to remind everyone that we as a culture have faced ostracism from the mainstream for decades and we should not let over-sensationalized media hype separate us! I think we are ALL tired of all of the bullshit. I know I am!
Let’s move the conversation forward supporting each other not dividing.
Thank you to Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears PradaA and every single one of the incredibly talented bands that have performed this year on Mayhem!
I would also just like to add a few other choice things for any media conspiracy headlines:
‘Can’t we all just get along!’ – Rodney King 1994
Marilyn Manson did NOT cause Columbine!
Obama is not the Antichrist!! And he ain’t taking our guns!
Justin Bieber….. uhhhh… no comment!
Heavy metal does not cure cancer, but it is good to fuck to.
Hopefully I will see many of you at Knotfest 2015!
July 29, 2015
Metal Allegiance has a self-titled album due to drop September 18, 2015 and the massive supergroup has been releasing a series of teaser discussing the songs off the release.
Today webisode #4 comes online as the band talks about “Can’t Kill The Devil,” which features Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser. Watch this new one HERE.
July 29, 2015
Sweden-based melodic death metal experts, SOILWORK, will release their 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, on August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records. In preparation of the album’s release, Soilwork has created a two-part mini-documentary inviting fans and newcomers alike to take an insider’s look at their musical history.
Vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid gives a one-on-one, personal account of what has shaped Soilwork as the one of the greatest European metal bands in modern music. Take a look at part one of the documentary, HERE.
July 29, 2015
Den Headz, it’s time TMD announces the 10 bands that received the highest point total among the online judges in the semi final round of the ‘Battle of Unsigned Thrash’ online contest at The Metal Den!
Here is the basic breakdown on exactly how the scoring process works:
1st round (Semi-Finals)- Scoring for STUDIO RECORDING (1-10 point scale) is based on 3 separate criteria:
1. Production Quality
The finals (Top 5) will be announced July 31st. First place wins a label representation deal with The Metal Den Records (value $3,000). This is an online contest so there will be no live performance. Judging in finals is based off video of live performance. Good luck, thrashers!!!
Randy “Rocket” Cody – Hope Cody – Nathan Cody
TMD’s 2015 Battle of Thrash Metal
Online Contest: Top 10!
Semi Finals Scoring:
July 28, 2015
In honor of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell, this event was created to give back to the community, just like Darrell gave back to his fans. 5 local Portland, Oregon bands and people involved are volunteering their time and talent to not only remember Dime but also to help children have access to music. There will be a silent auction and raffle with amazing prizes.
Saturday, Sep 5
7:00 pm doors / 7:30 pm show
Stronger Than All PDX
All proceeds will go to Prowus Portland PROWUS is a non-profit organization that provides grants for students age 8 – 18 in the greater Portland, Oregon metro area who are pursuing extra-curricular music education. Lets help the future generations grow and thrive.
All ages venue with bars for 21 & over For tickets, please go to the link below.
Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Please invite as many people as you can. Lets pack the house and support this worthy cause.
July 28, 2015
Deluxe editions of LED ZEPPELIN’s final three studio albums: Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda will be released on July 31st. The reaction to the first six Led Zepplin album reissues has been extraordinary, with albums charting in the Top 10 around the globe whilst also garnering 5-star reviews and other critical accolades along the way. View trailer HERE.
July 28, 2015
German progressive metal/death metal outfit OBSCURA has been forced to withdraw from The Summer Slaughter Tour 2015 due to visa procurement issues, costing the band roughly $15,000. Here is a statement from Steffen Kummerer (guitar/vocals):
“Obscura won’t be able to participate in this year’s Summer Slaughter due to visa issues. We started the visa process in April a few days after we confirmed the tour but it seems that US Immigration is a lottery to get a visa in time or not.
“We lost all of our flights, our gear is in Los Angeles, our US crew lost their job for a whole month and the $3000 we paid for visas are non-refundable. In total Obscura lost $15,000 with this stunt to be straight. This is an existential amount of money for a band of this size. And personally, I face this situation a second time after 2012’s Death DTA disaster.
“We have been prepared, hired a professional agency to have all visas been applied for correctly and in time – starting in April. The immigration failed to file a necessary I-797 form (the final work permission) from June 3rd – this takes up to two weeks according to their official information but they did not even started at this point, so we won’t get an estimate when we can pick up our passports/visas. To clarify, if we would try to get into the country with a tourist visa or without a visa at all the band will get deported on our own costs and get banned from the United States for 10 years.
“If we jump on the tour at a later point we will lose even more money since all of our gear, production and breakables arrived in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Also booking flights a second time costs us another $8000. Our coach is based in Los Angeles and paying $1000 per day until we finally would be able to enter the country would ruin the band completely.
“It is a bitter, frustrating situation we, our loyal fan base and all promoters and agents have to face right now. We won’t give up and we will come back to the United States, but we have to drop off Summer Slaughter 2015.”
July 28, 2015
Progressive metal band FATES WARNING will be releasing 3 CD/DVD deluxe reissue of their critically acclaimed 1997 release “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” October 2nd on Metal Blade Records. “A Pleasant Shade of Gray” is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.
This all encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of “We Only Say Goodbye” and a studio cover version of the Scorpions “In Trance”. The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for “A Pleasant Shade of Gray”. Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”. The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band’s 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Friday August 6th.
FATES WARNING will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA.