September 14, 2014
SVART CROWN was to appear on the now-cancelled Belphegor North American tour, but the French outfit still has a few upcoming festival appearances that will proceed as planned.
After previously announcing the departure of drummer Nicolas “Ranko” Muller, Svart Crown has now issued the following update about lineup shifts on these live appearances:
“We would like to inform you that Kévin Paradis will replace Ranko for the next shows/tour.
“Also, Clément Flandrois, will not be available for touring next few month regarding his work duties. He’s still in the band no worries. Vagus Nox (also know for his work Mayhem & Satyricon) will replace him.”
17.09 – Incubate fest – Tilbug/ Extase
18.09 – Bruxelle – DNA
20.09 – Thrash Attack Fest – Colmar/ Legrillen Grillen
September 13, 2014
INVOCATION drummer Alex Todd-Weller had initially gone missing. Now the band has issued the following update that Alex was found and has passed away:
“To all our friends, family and fans.
“As I’m sure you are all aware now, we lost our brother Alex Todd-Weller. He was 21.
“There don’t seem to be any words that can truly describe the loss we and his family have had but all we can say is how thankful we are for the support and love that each and every one of you have shown for us and them.
“Alex was a literal larger than life phenomenon and his talent was awe inspiring. It was an absolute pleasure to share a stage with him over the last 2 1/2 years and his passion and ability shone through in every hit of a drum. We played across the UK and in Europe and the adventures and shenanigans we had will always live through some incredible memories and ridiculous catchphrases.
“His kind, gentle and heart warming nature will be truly missed and he will always be with us and with you all.
“As a band, this isn’t the end of Invocation. We will find the strength and passion to play again at some point in the future as it would be what he wanted. We will finish the album titled ‘Atlas’ in his honour.
“From the bottoms our heart, we thank and love you all.
“Rest in Peace Alex. 21/8/93 – 11/9/14
“Love you brother.
“Duffy, Robin, James and Tom.”
September 13, 2014
Italian death metal miscreants, BLOODTRUTH, will levy the auditory punishment of their debut album, Obedience, upon the ears of the living this coming Tuesday. Flaunting ten blazing anthems of unadulterated lyrical hatred released through incinerating waves of limb-removing, guttural metal, Obedience was engineered by Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera (both of Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Sonic Hammer Studios, mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer and legend Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Inherit Disease), and is enshrouded with some of the most intense artwork to date by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm). Says Dead Rhetoric in an 8/10 review of the record, “despite the blitzkrieg that is invoked through these nine tracks (the album opens to some cool chanting), there is a flow and careful precision to the album and the fusion of the vocals and guitar riffs will keep you quite intrigued. ‘Quench Your Thirst,’ ‘Firesworn,’ and ‘Surrounded By Blind Bigots’ should all convey this message effectively: riff fast and furious, but with purpose (and tasteful solos).”
In advance of its impending release, Gear Gods brings fans and soon-to-be BLOODTRUTH converts a “Surrounded By Blind Bigots” playthrough video that’ll probably make you wish you practiced more. Notes the doers of Gear Gods, “There’s something to be said for making things look easy. Wait; let me rephrase that. You could know fuck all about playing an instrument and it would still be obvious that nothing happening in BLOODTRUTH’s ‘Surrounded By Blind Bigots’ playthrough is easy. The word I’m looking for is ‘effortless.’ Guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci in particular looks like he’s waiting for a bus. He seems vaguely aware of the guitar on his knee, and would likely be surprised that it’s his hands flying around at light speed on that fretboard. I suppose that drummer Giacomo Torti can probably tell that his legs are flailing around to pull of that heel/toe double kick wizard shit he has going on, but he doesn’t seem particularly winded by it.”
Peep for yourself at THIS LOCATION.
Initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi and now featuring the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer Giacomo Torti, BLOODTRUTH heaves forth a sonic fireball of speed, brutality and fiery hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early ’90s death metal and evocative Gregorian chant, representing the band’s homeland and history, with methodical technicality, BLOODTRUTH are ceaseless in their ear-lacerating capabilities.
September 13, 2014
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September 12, 2014
THE RED CHORD has been on hiatus for several years while its members pursued other ventures (e.g. frontman Guy Kozowyk is a police officer in New England).
Fans rejoiced when the band revealed that they would be playing a November show. It’s in Japan, performing as part of the Pump Up The Volume Fest 2014 on November 8th at Kawasaki Club Citta along with Unbroken, Strife, and others.
September 12, 2014
Den Headz, KAMELOT have announced they are returning to North America in 2015, in support of their new album due for release in March 2015! The band is busy in the studio now and cannot wait to return to the USA and Canada for their biggest North American stage setup ever.
Special guests on this tour will be Dragonforce from the UK. This is will be a Symphonic Power Metal Extravaganza!
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Ticket to the show
An exclusive Meet & Greet with all the band members
Have your picture taken with the band
Early entrance to the venue
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See you in April/May 2015!!!
KAMELOT NORTH AMERICA 2015 w special guests DragonForce
Mon Apr 27 ’15 Baltimore MD Soundstage
Tue Apr 28 ’15 Philadelphia PA The Trocadero
Wed Apr 29 ’15 NYC NY Webster Hall
Fri May 1 ’15 Worcester MA The Palladium
May 2 ’15 Montreal QUE Metropolis
Sun May 3 ’15 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tue May 5 ’15 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
Wed May 6 ’15 Joliet Il Mojoes
Thu May 7 ’15 Minn Mn Mill City Nights
Sat May 9 ’15 Winnipeg MB Garrick Centre
Sun May 10 ’15 Saskatoon SK Louis Pub
Mon May 11 ’15 Calgary AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Tue May 12 ’15 Edmonton AB Union Hall
Thu May 14 ’15 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom
Regency Center Fri May 15 ’15 Anaheim CA The Grove
Sat May 16 ’15 Tempe Az Marquee Theatre
Mon May 18 ’15 Denver CO Ogden Theater
Wed May 20 ’15 Austin TX Emos
Fri May 22 ’15 Birmingham AL Iron City Live
Fri May 22 ’15 New Orleans LA New Orleans Civic Theatre
Sat May 23 ’15 Lake Buena Vista FL House of Blues
Source: Metal Rules
September 12, 2014
Epic Scandinavian metallers, SONS OF CROM, are streaming their debut album, Riddle Of Steel, in it’s entirety. Listen HERE.
Described as a mix of different influences among which are Bathory, Arcturus, and Enslaved, Riddle Of Steel is the tragic, grand tale of a lone warrior’s fate in this world and beyond. The dramatic atmosphere of this archaic saga is portrayed by genre-defying songs that take the listener on a journey through grandiose sceneries, barren wastelands and vast halls of the slain, filled with epic heavy metal, thrashing brutality, classical moods, folky acoustic interludes, soaring melodies, and much more.
The artwork (seen above) was conceived by the talented Helgorth from Babalon Graphics.
September 12, 2014
British metal band SOLDIERFIELD are ready to unleash their brand new album ‘Catharsis’ on November 17 and are set to hit the ground running with this highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed EP ‘Bury The Ones We Love’.
Album teasers will be streamed from the band’s website every Friday leading up to the release date, so keep an eye on the website!
September 12, 2014
SLIPKNOT’s music video for the band’s new single, “The Devil In I”, has been released. The song is taken from the band’s fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter”, which arrives on October 21. Singer Corey Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio about the clip: “[SLIPKNOT percussionist] Clown directed it and we were able to put something really, really cool together. I’ve seen the early cut — it looks really, really awesome. I mean, Clown did a hell of a job, he’s got such a great eye for everything and is really just getting better and better at everything he does. I’m stoked for everybody to see it.”
“The Devil In I” is more melodic than the first song released from the new album, “The Negative One”, which came out earlier this summer, and features cleaner vocals from Taylor, who told The Pulse Of Radio what the track is about. “‘The Devil In I’ is really about the war inside yourself,” he said. “Trying not to give into defeatism, trying not to give into negativity, trying not to give up basically. It’s a struggle. It’s one of the hardest thing you can do, is to give in to that side of yourself.”
SLIPKNOT issued and quickly fulfilled a casting call on August 17 for fans — also known as “maggots” — to appear in the video for “The Devil In I”. The call for extras to appear as “human maggots,” requiring that applicants be between 20 and 35 years old and “comfortable to be shooting in barefoot,” was issued that weekend and was no longer accepting submissions by August 18.
The shoot was scheduled to take place on either August 22 or August 23 in the Los Angeles area.
“.5: The Gray Chapter” is the first SLIPKNOT album without bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in 2013.
The identity of SLIPKNOT’s new drummer is still a secret, although it is widely believed to be Jay Weinberg, son of longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg.
It is also rumored that SLIPKNOT is no longer working with Donnie Steele, the group’s original guitar player who has been playing bass since they resumed touring in 2011.
Watch the video HERE.
September 12, 2014
With the release of Back From The Abyss, the forthcoming new full-length from stoner metal icons ORANGE GOBLIN, now less than one month away, today thrusts forth opening rager, “Sabbath Hex.”
Bedecked in high-speed psychedelic visuals and an occultish-vibe, the Michael Dickinson-produced clip is currently slaying eye holes at THIS LOCATION.
Recorded earlier this year in London, ORANGE GOBLIN’s Back From The Abyss was produced by Jamie Dodd, mastered at Turan Audio and follows the band’s most successful release, 2012’s A Eulogy For The Damned, and the recent reissue of their 2007 album Healing Through Fire. Rocking hard as fans have come expect, Back From The Abyss shows not only the band’s signature blues ‘n’ doom persuasion but the high caliber of their musicianship. In an advance 9/10 review of the record, This Is Not A Scene crowns Back From The Abyss, “another triumph for ORANGE GOBLIN,” furthering that it maintains the band’s, “consistent level of songwriting and performance all the way through its twelve tracks that make this their most accomplished album to date. Proof that hard work does indeed pay off.”
Together since 1995, ORANGE GOBLIN has released seven full-length studio albums. A Eulogy For The Damned was the band’s first for Candlelight Records and closed a five year recording hiatus. The album was supported with the most live dates by the band in their history; touring that saw the band on North American soil first alongside Clutch then on a full-scale headlining tour that found them on thirty-eight stages across the US and Canada. Two videos were filmed and released for the album, including “Red Tide Rising” and the special Scion A/V video for “Acid Trials.”