June 19, 2013
Now just days from release, MUMAKIL’s jackhammering third LP Flies Will Starve will hit the streets first thing next week via Relapse, out on June 25th in North America, preceded by release June 21st in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24th in the UK and abroad. In an ongoing torrent of brutalizing propaganda, today the Swiss foursome shove another dose of ripping blastbeat treatment down your throats with the album’s third anthem “War Therapist” through the providers of pummel at Cvlt Nation.
Get your shit together ASAP, and schedule an appointment with your “War Therapist” RIGHT HERE.
With several European shows and festival dates pending for the Summer months, more tour plans are to be divulged in the very near future; you have been notified, now let’s see if you’ll heed the warnings.
6/21/2013 Fête de la musique 2013, stage Post Tenebras Rock – Geneva, Switzerland
6/28/2013 Moloko – Geneva, Switzerland *Flies Will Starve release party
7/05/2013 Obscene Extreme Festival 15 – Trutnov, Czech Republic
8/11/2013 Sylak Open Air Fest @ Stade Regis Perrin – St Maurice de Gourdans, France w/ Haemorrhage
8/30/2013 La Neuville @ Festival des arts bourrins 2013 – Chant d’Oisel, France
June 19, 2013
Pennsylvania metal act POWER THEORY has announced that bassist Drew Foster would be departing the band due to the constraints and commitments of his job. Foster will continue to fill in for live shows when if there was a need and he would continue to work on the side project with guitarist BB Ballinger. The new bassist is Alan D’Angelo (Ex-Sleepy Hollow/Livesay).
The band’s announcement reads as follows: “We are…very pleased to announce Alan D`Angelo (Livesay, ex-Sleepy Hollow) will be taking over duties as Power Theory bassist for Warriors of Metal IV – Open Air and the fall ‘Metal Masters Tour’ with Vicious Rumors, Leather Wolf, Seven Witches, and Power Theory’s support role starting 10/03/13 in our home town, Philadelphia, and the forthcoming ‘Driven By Fear’ final recording sessions. Alan is a kick ass bass player and has great stage presence.”
The band was forced to cancel its upcoming appearance in Delaware this weekend: “Unfortunately, we will have to cancel our 6/22/13 date with label mates Widow and good friends Infernal Opera at Mojo 13 in Wilmington, Delaware to prepare with Alan for our Warriors of Metal IV set in Ohio, on 6/29/13, but will attend to support the bands, and rest assured we will be in top form for our scheduled set at WOM IV.”
Power Theory recently hired new vocalist Jeff Rose last month.
June 19, 2013
Texas metal squad MAMMOTH GRINDER are preparing to unleash hell with their third LP, and first in nearly four years, with the crushing Underworlds, scheduled for public execution via 20 Buck Spin on July 23rd. The bulldozing album aggressively rips up nearly thirty minutes of material with ten new anthems which expose the band’s most virulent strain.
Today MAMMOTH GRINDER cast their first live rounds at the public with the first single from Underworlds with a premiere at Invisible Oranges. “Paragon Pusher” surges with an aggro, midpaced d-beating circle pit pounding for the first half of the track, jacked-up with a twitchy riff that leads directly into a classic Entombed/Carcass-inspired transition then directly into the closing breakdown. Gnarly. Brutal. Crucial.
Unload “Paragon Pusher” at Invisible Oranges HERE.
MAMMOTH GRINDER will take their thunder down under in late July into early August on a run of Australian dates alongside Innumerable Forms. Immediately upon their stateside return they’ll tear a hole in the West Coast US with a four-city run, including shows with Black Breath, Early Graves and a spot on the massive The Power Of The Riff joining The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, Hirax, Black Breath, M.D.C., Iceburn, Bastard Noise, Dead In The Dirt and more. View the itinerary below and watch out for stateside tour updates in the coming weeks.
MAMMOTH GRINDER Australian Tour:
7/26/2013 The Tote – Melbourne
7/27/2013 Animal House – Adelaide
7/28/2013 Gasometer – Melbourne
8/01/2013 The Potbelly – Canberra
8/02/2013 The Square – Sydney
8/03/2013 Sun Distortion – Brisbane
MAMMOTH GRINDER West Coast US Tour:
8/06/2013 Ash St Saloon – Portland, OR w/ Black Breath
8/07/2013 Submission Art Space – San Francisco, CA
8/08/2013 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Black Breath, Obliterations
8/09/2013 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA @ Power Of The Riff
Underworlds marks a peak at which MAMMOTH GRINDER have sharpened and perfected their sound into a seething grind/death/thrash maelstrom of intense degree; unrelenting in its concentrated raw precision and focused power, Underworlds careens violently through ten tracks with effortless versatility and the fixated songcraft expected of a band on their third record. The album’s cover artwork was crafted by the legendary Joe Petagno who has worked Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Marduk and countless others.
June 19, 2013
Get ready for TURISAS to paint your town red and black again! The band has now revealed the first details about their upcoming album: Turisas2013 is scheduled to be released on September 3rd in North America (August 26th in Europe) via Century Media Records.
The album was produced yet again by vocalist Mathias Nygård, and the majority of the album was recorded by Mathias Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that served as the Turisas2013 command center and headquarters. Additional recordings were done in 3 other studios: drums at Atomic Spa Studio (Helsinki), orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio (Helsinki), and most of the vocals and additional acoustic elements at Sound Supreme Studio (Hämeenlinna), where TURISAS also recorded The Varangian Way and Stand Up And Fight.
With Turisas2013, the band deliberately aimed for a more organic sound. Mathias “Warlord” Nygård further comments: “When it comes to the production it’s just the opposite of the polished and massive ‘Stand Up And Fight’. It’s raw and dry and in your face, but still maintaining that TURISAS-largeness. People attest to us that we are a great live band and we wanted the album to be based more around that than orchestral massiveness. It’s our most varied record to date and even if some of the songs sound very different, I think the common thread is that every single one has a lot of energy to it.”
The mixing and mastering was done by London-based producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, who previously worked with GHOST B.C., PRIMORDIAL, and ULVER, just to name a few.
6.14.2013 – (UK) Donington Park – Download Festival
6.21.2013 – (PL) Jaworzno – Metalfest Open Air Poland
6.22.2013 – (DE) St. Goarshausen / Loreley – Metalfest Germany
6.23.2013 – (LIT) Varniai – Kilkim Zaibu
7.24.2013 – (SLO) Tolmin – Metaldays
7.25.2013 – (DE) Chemnitz – Rock im Betonwerk
7.26.2013 – (DE) Oberalfingen – Betonwerk
8.17.2013 – (SE) Falun – Sabaton Open Air
8.31.2013 – (DE) Crispendorf – Wolfszeit Metal Open Air
Heidenfest 2013 feat. TURISAS w/ ENSIFERUM, EQUILIBRIUM, SUIDAKRA + special guests (TBA)
Metal Hammer, Legacy, Blast!, Musix, Noiseletter, XtraX, Metalnews present:
9.20. 2013 – (DE) Leipzig – Hellraiser
9.21.2013 – (DE) Gießen – Hessenhallen **, ***
9.22.2013 – (DE) Antwerp – Trix *, ***
9.23.2013 – (F) Paris – Bataclan
9.24.2013 – (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage
9.25.2013 – (DE) Milan – Live Club
9.26.2013 – (CH) Lausanne – Docks
9.27.2013 – (DE) Geiselwind – Musichall **, ***
9.28.2013 – (DE) Munich – Backstage **, ***
9.29.2013 – (CH) Pratteln – Z7
9.30.2013 – (DE) Hamburg – Markthalle
10.1.2013 – (DE) Berlin – Postbahnhof
10.2.2013 – (CZ) Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe ****
10.3.2013 – (AT) Vienna – Arena
10.4.2013 – (DE) Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn **, ***
10.5.2013 – (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle *, **, ***
10.6.2013 – (NL) Tilburg – O13 *, ***
* with HEIDEVOLK
** with RIGER, GERNOTSHAGEN
*** with WINTERSTORM
**** without ENSIFERUM
Check http://heidenfest.eu for more information; ticket link: http://www.hardticket.eu/
TURISAS UK headlining dates:
10.8.2013 – (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
10.9.2013 – (UK) London – O2 Academy Islington
10.10.2013 – (UK) Nottingham – Rock City
10.11.2013 – (UK) Glasgow – Cathouse
10.12.2013 – (UK) Manchester – Club Academy
Turisas2013 is the first album introducing the band’s revamped line-up:
Mathias Nygård – vocals
Jussi Wickström – guitar
Olli Vänskä – violin
Robert Engstrand – keyboards
Jaakko Jakku – drums
Jesper Anastasiadis – bass
Source: Metal Rules
June 19, 2013
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June 18, 2013
Al Jourgensen, six-time Grammy-nominated godfather of industrial metal, will release his band MINISTRY’s 13th studio album, “From Beer To Eternity”, on September 6 via 13th Planet Records.
As fans of the band know, after last year there wasn’t going to be another MINISTRY album, but as Jourgensen put it recently, “I had no choice.”
Sessions for what would become “From Beer To Eternity” began last December at Jourgensen’s 13th Planet compound in El Paso, Texas, with Jourgensen (who produced the album, composed the music and wrote the lyrics for all 11 songs), guitarists Mike Scaccia and Sin Quirin, drummer Aaron Rossi and bassist Tony Campos. Rough tracks for 18 songs were finished on December 19, and three days later, the 47-year old Scaccia died from a heart attack he suffered onstage while playing a live show with his band RIGOR MORTIS in Dallas, Texas. Jourgensen, Quirin, Rossi and Campos were absolutely devastated.
“We have never, in the history of MINISTRY, ever had a tracking session like that before,” states Jourgensen. “Everything went so smoothly, it was surreal. And Mikey was so on fire and inspired, and really a driving force for this record.”
After returning from Scaccia’s funeral in Dallas, and shouldering the weight of grief as well as the desire to honor his fallen comrade, Jourgensen locked himself in his studio with his engineer and co-producer Sammy D’Ambruoso for three excruciating months. “There was no choice,” Jourgensen says of the bittersweet production process. “During the tracking sessions, Mikey was smiling and going, ‘You know what, Al? This is by far and away the best MINISTRY album we’ve ever done together. This is awesome.’
“I’m super proud of ‘From Beer To Eternity’, because it’s my tribute to Mikey’s incredible talent, and I feel it honors him and all of the years we spent together making music.”
From the schizophrenic opening cut, the sarcasm-dripping, sound effect-laden “Hail To His Majesty (Peasants)” to the thrash-punk riffs andbooming bass reverberations of “Punch In The Face”, to “Change Of Luck”, a song that Jourgensen wrote directly about Scaccia’s death, “From Beer To Eternity” pulls no punches, sounding at once familiar, yet completely fresh and inspired. The release also includes “Side F/X Include Mikey’s Middle Finger / TV4″, which old-school MINISTRY fans will recognize as a continuum in a series of TV songs that began in the mid-1990s, and underscores Scaccia’s birthright as one of the greatest metal guitarists in the world.
“PermaWar”, the first single from “From Beer To Eternity”, will drop digitally via iTunes in late July as a three-track maxi single. Additionally, 13th Planet Records will be releasing special products for “From Beer To Eternity”, including a special limited-edition digipak with 13 tracks, a special FanBox edition, as well as vinyl and limited-edition 12-inch picture discs.
MINISTRY will support “From Beer To Eternity” with a cavalcade of music videos, off-the-wall making-of digital clips, and an ongoing “dog-blog” commentary by Jourgensen’s two Labradors, Lemmy and Ozzy, who were present every step of the way during the recording and mixing of “From Beer To Eternity”, and have launched their own Facebook page.
But wait, there’s more. In addition to “From Beer To Eternity” coming in September, July 9 will see the release of Jourgensen’s authorized biography, “Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen”, penned by Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn on DaCapo Press. “Ministry” is a memoir both ugly and captivating, revealing Jourgensen as a man who lived a hard life his own way without making compromises. Then, the two-disc DVD “Ministry: Enjoy the Quiet – Live at Wacken 2012″ debuts at the already sold-out Wacken Open Air 2013 festival in Germany August 1-3. Shot live in concert at one of MINISTRY’s final shows of the band’s 2012 tour at Wacken Open Air in front of 75,000 fans, the DVD features “New World Order”, “99 Percenters”, “Ghouldiggers”, “Psalm 69″, “Thieves”, “Just One Fix” and “Khyber Pass”.
June 18, 2013
Australian power thrash act TABERAH, who recently signed with Dust on the Tracks Records, has unveiled the album artwork for the sophomore LP “Necromancer” (seen above). The artwork was created by Hannah Flowers, a Tasmanian tattoo artist. The album is scheduled for a July 2013 release.
“Necromancer” was engineered by Theo B (Scorpion), produced and mixed by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and mastered by Australian Metal Icon Stu Marshall (Death Dealer/Empires Of Eden/Dungeon/Paindivision).
June 18, 2013
After playing a string of dates in the U.S. last month, BOLT THROWER have issued this official statement:
“Well, we’ve overcome the jet lag and have been looking back on the killer time we had in the USA.
“The tour didn’t get off to the best of starts, though; we turned up at Baltimore not knowing if we could even play due to severe thunderstorms in the area. Thankfully, we eventually got the green light, but the combination of bad weather, poor organization, a town curfew, etc. meant that we only got to play for a chaotic and under-par 50 minutes.
“Luckily the shows that followed were problem free, and we’d like to thank everyone who came along to see us, we were blown away by both the turnout and the reaction each night.
“Teaming up again with the legendary AUTOPSY for the two Californian shows was an absolute pleasure. And, of course, we’re very chuffed that we finally got to finish our U.S. business with the BENEDICTION hooligans.
“Cheers to Timmy the Texas Turd, all the local promoters who all helped make the shows even more enjoyable.
“And, as always, massive thanks to our long-suffering crew who continue to help keep the BOLT THROWER machine rolling.
“Hopefully it won’t be another 20 years ’till we hit U.S. soil again.”
Source: The Gauntlet
June 18, 2013
Metal vets UNEARTH have signed a North American record deal with eOne Music. The band plans to release a brand new LP later this year, their sixth spanning the band’s 15 year tenure. Vocalist Trevor Phipps offers the state of the band and their intentions for this new release in his comments below:
“A new chapter has begun for Unearth as we have found a few new places to call home. By joining forces with eOne (North America), Century Media (Europe), Howling Bull (Japan) and 3Wise (Australia) we will have a more focused attack from some of the most well known and respected labels in the world. We know this new beginning of sorts will bring bigger and better things for Unearth and our fans and we couldn’t be more excited for the future of all things Unearth. We are currently in the studio recording some of the most aggressive, anthemic and energized metal we have ever written and we look forward to unleashing it to you all when it is finished. Expect to hear more about our new album, release dates and future world wide touring plans later this summer.”
“We also want to take this opportunity to thank Metal Blade Records for being our label home for almost a decade. In that time we released four LP’s and a double DVD, circled the Globe playing Heavy Metal dozens of times and experienced some of the greatest moments of our collective lives. Metal Blade helped us along the path of our dream and we are eternally grateful. We start new label relationships today, but we will always consider ourselves part of the Metal Blade Records family.”
After an awe-inspiring 15 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, Unearth is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, Blue Collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.
Like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament and Anthrax before them, Unearth emerged as part of a burgeoning revolution in heavy music but continued to maintain their relevance and mastery of their craft. They’ve resisted and prevailed against changing trends, subcultural fashions and the way music is obtained and distributed with their credibility, integrity and unique persona intact.
With roughly 500,000 in worldwide sales, Unearth’s continued staying power has also hinged on their highly interactive and toweringly heavy live performances. Over the course of a relentlessly impressive career, Unearth have played amphitheaters, sheds, theaters, halls and clubs with a diverse group of bands that includes Slipknot, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, All That Remains, DevilDriver, Dimmu Borgir, Gwar and Whitechapel. They’ve appeared at prestigious festivals like Download in the UK, Germany’s With Full Force and Wacken, Belgium’s Graspop, Hellfest in France and Japan’s Loud Park.
With an average age still well behind the genre-forefathers and legends ahead of them, Unearth are committed to collaborating on uncharted new heights within their music. No sellout, no experimental adventurousness and no letdown for their extremely dedicated fans on the horizon. With a blank slate in front of them, Unearth will always steadily maintain and powerfully proclaim their allegiance to the lifestyle, the ethos and the community of heavy metal, both now and forever.
June 17, 2013
A KING DIAMOND concert promoter has posted the following message.
“We regret to inform you that the St. Petersburg King Diamond concert, scheduled for June 18, 2013, has been canceled due to technical reasons. Tickets purchased for the St. Petersburg concert are valid for the Moscow concert. The Moscow concert will be held June 20, 2013 at Club Stadium Live. Tickets for the canceled concert in St. Petersburg can be returned. Details for returning tickets will be announced soon.”
Source: The Gauntlet