July 30, 2014
HIGH ON FIRE previously hoped to be in the studio around September/October, but it’s looking like the latter is more likely. The group have announced a string of dates to lead them up to their appearance on ‘Motörhead’s Motörboat‘. Here’s what they have lined up for the US:
08/12 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (free show)
08/15 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (free show)
09/06 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
09/19 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
09/20 Miami, FL – Grand Central
09/21 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
09/22 Miami, FL – Motorhead’s Motorboat
Source: The PRP
July 29, 2014
This September, Tankcrimes will reissue the debut full-length from Oakland-born punishing sludge power trio, BRAINOIL.
As long time contributors to the underground punk and metal scenes with members having collectively done time in Laudanum, Stormcrow, Watch Them Die, Destroy!, Dead Language, Grimple, Pig Heart Transplant and more, BRAINOIL’s sludge style is chock full of up-tempo crust-inspired breaks and monstrously baked breakdowns undoubtedly suited for diehards of Black Cobra, Iron Lung, Iron Monkey, Dystopia, Whitehorse, Buzzov*en and El Dopa. Originally released on Life Is Abuse Records in 2003 but sold out for over five years, the monolithic Brainoil was recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone) and flaunts seven scathing anthems of sonic enormity.
Tankcrimes will bring this beast back to the public on September 14th, 2014 on CD and vinyl limited to 500 copies in two color variants: 150 – gold, bone, brown mashed vinyl and 350 – bone vinyl. All vinyl orders come with a download card to satiate your digital listening pleasures.
Brainoil Track Listing:
1. Dark Eyes of My Past
2. Naïve In A Bliss
3. Wielding Strength
4. Complete? / Lucid Vision
5. One Leaf Untouched
7. Support in Numbers
Catch BRAINOIL live next month at Distress Fest in Seattle August 8th alongside Graves At Sea, Bell Witch, Ephemeros and more and then the Oakland Metro on August 25th for a scathing show with Dropdead, Noisem and Full Of Hell!
8/8/2014 Distress Fest Seattle @ Highline Bar – Seattle, WA w/ Graves at Sea, Bell Witch, Ephemeros, more
8/25/2014 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Dropdead, Noisem, Full Of Hell
Preorder Brainoil TODAY at THIS LOCATION.
July 29, 2014
American thrash metal behemoths, BATTLECROSS, will join MACHINE HEAD, CHILDREN OF BODOM and EPICA on a live takeover this Fall! Set to commence on October 4th in Denver, the trek will trample its way through two dozen cities, coming to a close on November 2nd in San Diego. All tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10:00am Eastern.
Comments guitarist Tony Asta: “What an honor to be on this tour! We’re really stoked to reunite with Machine Head and Children Of Bodom, both legendary bands and friends from last Summer’s Mayhem Fest, and to see what Epica is all about. This is a tour with something for every metal head and we can’t wait to be bring it brutal throughout the USA and Canada, banging heads and melting faces from coast-to-coast. See you in the pit!”
In related BATTLECROSSisms, the band will also be heading to Mexico City with Black Label Society, and then on to Brazil for three dates with Killswitch Engage and Memphis May Fire.
Relays guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala: “What a year this has been for us so far. We’ve been to Europe twice and now we’re going to Mexico and South America! We’re so honored to be invited to play with Black Label Society in Mexico City. We have so many loyal rabid fans there and we finally get to play for them! After that we fly to Brazil for three dates with our good friends Killswitch Engage, who we can’t thank enough for always inviting us out for awesome opportunities like this one. Get ready to rage my friends! This will be one for the books!”
BATTLECROSS kicked off their Summer headlining tour on July 24th in Columbus with New York’s IKILLYA. The entire confirmed listing of dates can be seen below.
BATTLECROSS w/ Crimson Shadows, IKILLYA [remaining dates]:
7/28/2014 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
7/30/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA
7/31/2014 Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
8/01/2014 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/02/2014 Bogie’s Albany, NY
8/03/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
8/04/2014 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
8/05/2014 Rum Runners – London, ON co-headline w/ Macabre
8/06/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
8/07/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
8/08/2014 Expo 5 – Louisville, KY w/ Killswitch Engage, After The Burial, Code Orange Kids
8/09/2014 DIRT Fest – Birch Run, MI
8/10/2014 Austin’s – Libertyville, IL w/ Killswitch Engage, After The Burial, Code Orange Kids
8/20/2014 Jose Cuervo Salon – Mexico City, MX w/ Black Label Society
w/ Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire:
8/22/2014 Music Hall – Curitiba, Brazil
8/23/2014 Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
8/24/2014 Circo Voador – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
w/ Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Epica:
10/04/2014 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/05/2014 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
10/06/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/07/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
10/09/2014 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
10/10/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/11/2014 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
10/12/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10/14/2014 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/15/2014 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
10/16/2014 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/17/2014 Rock and Shock/The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/18/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
10/20/2014 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
10/21/2014 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
10/22/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
10/23/2014 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
10/24/2014 O’Brians Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
10/25/2014 The Republik – Calgary, AB
10/26/2014 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
10/28/2014 Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
10/29/2014 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
10/30/2014 Hawthorne Theatre- Portland, OR
10/31/2014 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/01/2014 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
11/02/2014 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Following three busy summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium, the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Metallica’s Orion Fest, as well as a series of European festival dates in June, BATTLECROSS looks forward to some time off before their October run of dates. They will use the time to write the follow up to War Of Will on Metal Blade Records, which debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the top current albums chart, and #2 on the Heatseekers chart.
July 29, 2014
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July 28, 2014
Polish doom metal band, LACRIMA, have announced the release of a new CD to celebrate their 18th anniversary. It’s the band’s fifth CD. For a few years Lacrima was inactive – it reactivated in 2011 and realeased the CD “Old Man’s Hands”, followed by tours in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic and Finland.
Early in 2014 Lacrima toured with Antimatter. This summer, Lacrima has a festival tour over a number of large festivals, among others, Masters of Rock (CZ), Castle Party (PL), Gothoom Open Air (SVK), Klang Open Air (LV).
The tracklist for the new CD includes the compilation of songs from the earliest releases of Lacrima through its later CDs:
1. Trivial Wishes
3. I shouldn’t
4. The Light
6. Black Funeral Rose (instrumental)
7. The Time of the Knight’s Return
8. Chalice of Memories
11. Alar Shadows
“A Story from Limbo” will be released on the 9.13.2014.
Source: Metal Rules
July 28, 2014
INTRONAUT will hit the road again after a short break and their recent tour with TesseracT. The band has been on the road in support of their current album Habitual Levitations ever since its release on Century Media in March of 2013. This special run of shows is in celebration of the band’s 10 year anniversary.
Guitarist/singer Sacha Dunable had this to say about the tour:
“We’re taking a break from writing a new record to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a band with this special run of shows. We haven’t finalized a set list yet, but expect at least one song from every release, and maybe a special guest or two to come out and help us play them. Joining us on these shows will be our Canadian friends Anciients, and the LA show will feature Ides Of Gemini, Silver Snakes, and The Great Wall.
“We are also planning a couple special 10th Anniversary releases, hopefully to be available by this tour, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to everyone who has supported Intronaut for these past 10 years! We love you forever.”
11/6 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge w/ Anciients
11/7 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge w/ Anciients
11/8 Portland, OR @ Branx w/ Anciients
11/9 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile w/ Anciients
11/10 Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Anciients
11/12 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater w/ Anciients
11/14 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats w/ Anciients
11/15 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs w/ Anciients
11/16 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar w/ Anciients
11/18 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Anciients
11/19 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red w/ Anciients
July 28, 2014
Burly, Texan doom rockers LAS CRUCES have signed to California’s Ripple Music for a world-wide onslaught of heavy rock. The group, who just completed a standout performance at the infamous Doom in June Festival, have already started writing and making demos and will enter an undisclosed studio this summer to record their Ripple Music debut and follow up to 2010′s Dusk, which The Obelisk hailed as “something not to be missed by loyal doomers.”
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Las Cruces has spent the past several years bludgeoning audiences with their doom-driven, precision sound. Originated in 1994 by George Trevino, their influences range from Venom, Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning to vintage Sabbath. Las Cruces has risen to the top of the South Texas metal heap and left its mark across the Lone Star State, with a resume that includes opening slots with such acts as Overkill, Nebula, Kyuss, Trouble, Spirit Caravan, Solitude Aeturnus, Cathedral, Monster Magnet, Rob Zombie, Bio-Hazard, Pissing Razors, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Sixty Watt Shaman, Vader, Kreator., Atomic Bitchwax, Gates of Slumber, Lo Pan, Earthride, Pale Devine, Kamelot, Sour Vein, Weedeater and many others.
Shortly after forming, Las Cruces began touring the Texas scene, gaining widespread recognition and the interest of John Perez, guitarist of Solitude Aeturnus & owner of Brainticket Records, thus forging the Debut release, S.O.L. After a year of touring Texas and the Southern States, Las Cruces decided to re-enter the studio. Driven by the hunger and sharpness of old school metal along with the power melodies of 70s rock, Las Cruces released their skull-crushing follow-up, 1998′s Ringmaster. Las Cruces was invited to perform at the first-annual Stoner Hands of Doom Fest in August of 1999 and have been asked to perform regularly at many heavy rock festivals in North America ever since.
Over the years Las Cruces has gone through line-up changes and rumors of break-up. However, these things have not foiled the bands ideology. The band was honored to be featured in The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal by author Daniel Bukszpan in 2003 as well as in the publication Rockdetector Music Presents: Stoner, Doom and Gothic Metal series published in 2003.
Described as “a journey into a parallel sonic universe of all that is heavy,” their songs are sprinkled mighty, bludgeoning riffs; barn-burning guitar work, and apocalyptic vocals that melt listener’s brains. Las Cruces is poised to begin the metal onslaught for the masses as they prepare to record their fourth full-length album.
“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Ripple Music to unleash the fourth Las Cruces record upon the underground,” comments Trevino. “Many of our friends and contemporaries have passed through the ranks and we’re thrilled to march onward into the streets with them at our side.”
In addition to George Trevino on guitar, Las Cruces features Mando Tovar – Lead Guitar, Paul De Leon – Drums and vocals, and Jimmy Bell – Bass Guitar
Las Cruces is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, contact email@example.com.
“Dusk is rudely riffer’s doom. I hesitate, though, to call Las Cruces traditional doom. Guitarists George Trevino and Mando Tovar know their Sabbath, but there’s a grittier, more uniquely American thrust to their tones that feels more in line with modern biker metal. There are souls being burned, Christians being slaughtered and no shortage of blood being spilled otherwise.” — The Obelisk
“Dusk is a welcome return from Las Cruces. This is another album that will be high up on peoples list for best albums for 2010 so you will want to check it out as soon as possible. 9/10” — Doommantia
July 28, 2014
This coming October, 2014, the death metal veterans in DEICIDE will be hitting the road for the “In The Minds of Evil” North American trek.
Support on the tour will come from the Swedish black metal masters in Marduk, the Greek symphonic death outfit Septicflesh, and fellow symphonic extreme metal group Carach Angren.
Dates are forthcoming, and the tour promo poster can be seen above.
July 28, 2014
BELPHEGOR have uploaded the official video clip for title-track of their new upcoming album, Conjuring The Dead. The clip was shot and edited this past May by director Walter Fanninger, and features German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror. Check it out here.
July 27, 2014
Den Headz, Montreal technical death metal outfit BEYOND CREATION will release a new album this fall. Titled Earthborn Evolution, the effort will hit streets on October 28 (in North America) via Season of Mist.