Archive for October, 2012

EXHUMED Complete New Album; Live Takeover With Napalm Death And Municipal Waste To Commence Today

Friday, October 26th, 2012

West Coast death gore hooligans, EXHUMED, recently completed recording the follow-up to 2011’s All Guts, No Glory full-length. The as-yet-untitled long player was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia). All drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). The unholy offering will be unleashed by Relapse Records sometime next year.

In the interim, the West Coast road burners, who recently returned from a short run of Japanese dates with death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, will embark upon a five-week North American Tour with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste. See all confirmed dates below.

EXHUMED 2012 features the smoldering lineup of vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey alongside bassist Rob “Body Bag” Babcock, drummer Mike Hamilton and guitarist/vocalist Bud Burke, who played bass with the band from 1999 – 2004 and recently rejoined the legion for their live rituals on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour.

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Vektor:
10/26/2012 Empire – Springfield, VA [Tickets]
10/27/2012 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY [Tickets]
10/28/2012 El N Gee – New London, CT [Tickets]
10/29/2012 Middle East – Boston, MA [Tickets]
10/31/2012 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC [Tickets]
11/01/2012 The Opera House – Toronto, ON [Tickets]
11/03/2012 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL*** [Tickets]
11/04/2012 Station 4 – St Paul, MN* [Tickets]

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Dayglo Abortions:
11/05/2012 Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB [Tickets]
11/06/2012 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK
11/07/2012 The Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB [Tickets]
11/09/2012 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC [Tickets]

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Attitude Adjustment:
11/10/2012 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ Martha Splatterhead’s Revenge [Tickets]
11/11/2012 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR [Tickets]
11/13/2012 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA [Tickets]
11/14/2012 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Repulsion [Tickets]
11/15/2012 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA w/ Dwarves [Tickets]
11/16/2012 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
11/17/2012 House Of Rock – El Paso, TX*

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Speedwolf:
11/18/2012 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX***
11/20/2012 Exit In – Nashville, TN [Tickets]
11/23/2012 Kingdom – Richmond, VA [Tickets]
11/24/2012 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC [Tickets]
11/25/2012 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN [Tickets]
11/26/2012 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL [Tickets]
11/27/2012 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/30/2012 Terminal West – Atlanta, GA [Tickets]
12/01/2012 Orpheum Theater – Tampa, FL [Tickets]
* Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, EXHUMED Only
*** Napalm Death, EXHUMED Only

FEAR FACTORY: “The Industrialist” Video Premiere At Metal Injection

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Metal Injection has premiered the full-length version of FEAR FACTORY’s video for the song “The Industrialist” at THIS LOCATION.

The video, directed/edited by James Zahn, utilizes live footage of the band against a visual backdrop that pulls topical subjects from the story written by Burton C. Bell that served as inspiration for the band’s latest album. Released on June 5, the concept-driven The Industrialist was released on CD, vinyl, and digibook; the later includes the entire Bell story and illustrations by the vocalist. Limited copies of the digibook remain available at select retailers.

FEAR FACTORY has been touring non-stop with only 16 shows on US soil since the release of The Industrialist. Making stops in Venezuela, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and next week set to embark on their second European trek (a 41-city endeavor with support coming from Devin Townsend), Bell with guitarist Dino Cazares, bassist Matt DeVries, and drummer Mike Heller are one well-tuned performance machine. Their set currently consists of selections from The Industrialist, 2010’s Mechanize, and classics from the FEAR FACTORY vault. Cazares notes, “We are beyond pumped to bring this new leg of the World Industrialist tour cycle overseas with a mighty package. We have added a few classics which have not been in our set list for some time. We are ready to unleash the new Machine’s of Hate unto all.”

A part of “The Industrialist” video was revealed earlier this year leading up to the release of the album. Over half a million views of the excerpt has been logged to date. Now with the full video, the visual door to the concepts presented on the album are available for music fans to experience. Bell says, “We allowed James to take his time to create the video so that he could match his expertise with the conceptual imagery that was written in ‘The Industrialist.’ Being that he has been a long-time fan of FEAR FACTORY, he understood the nature of the FF-machine; the concepts, imagery, and history. I believe he achieved a new era for FEAR FACTORY video concepts.”

As a long-time fan of FEAR FACTORY, director James Zahn knew his work on “The Industrialist” would be enhanced by his extensive knowledge of the band. “Growing up listening to FEAR FACTORY and being captivated with the heavy industrial scene of the 1990s, the one thing that always stuck with me was the accompanying visual aspect.” He continues by affirming, “those videos that featured stock footage intercut with live performance clips were such a staple of the time and helped in editing ‘The Industrialist.’ Broken technology working alongside machinery in the midst of social change served as inspiration.”

FEAR FACTORY has confirmed the first of many shows expected for 2013; a home town show at Key Club in Los Angeles on January 26. Tickets are on sale now HERE. Prong, Thrown Into Exile, and Scrap Metal will open the show. It will be the band’s first performance in Los Angeles in over two years.

FEAR FACTORY tour dates for the remainder of 2012 are:
10/27/2012 Rock City – Nottingham, England
10/28/2012 Quarterhouse – Folkestone, England
10/29/2012 La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
10/30/2012 Kulturfabrik – Esch-Suralzette, Luxembourg
10/31/2012 Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
11/02/2012 Alborg Metal Festival – Alborg, Denmark
11/04/2012 Betong – Oslo, Norway
11/06/2012 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
11/07/2012 The Circus – Helsinki, Finland
11/08/2012 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
11/11/2012 Amager Bio – Copenhagen, Denmark
11/12/2012 C Club – Berlin, Germany
11/13/2012 Essigfabrik – Koln, Germany
11/14/2012 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
11/16/2012 Barbey Club – Bordeaux, France
11/17/2012 Plateruena – Durango, Spain
11/18/2012 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
11/19/2012 Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal
11/20/2012 Fanatic – Seville, Spain
11/22/2012 Penelope – Madrid, Spain
11/23/2012 Rock City – Valencia, Spain
11/24/2012 Le Rockstore – Montpellier, France
11/25/2012 Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy
11/26/2012 27 – Pratteln, Switzerland
11/28/2012 Backstage Halle/Werk Arena – Muchen, Germany
11/29/2012 Arena – Vienna, Austria
11/30/2012 Kino Siska – Ljubljana, Slovenia
12/01/2012 Boogaloo – Zagreb, Croatia
12/02/2012 A38 – Budapest, Hungary
12/04/2012 Progresja – Warsaw, Poland
12/05/2012 Eskulap – Poznan, Poland
12/06/2012 Republic Roxy – Prague, Czech
12/08/2012 Christmas Metal Festival – Geiselwind, Germany
12/09/2012 Metal Fest – Klokgebouw, Holland
12/10/2012 Bataclan – Paris, France
12/11/2012 Trix – Antwerp, Belgium
12/13/2012 Wulfrum Hall – Wolverhampton, England
12/14/2012 ABC – Glasgow, Scotland
12/15/2012 Ritz – Manchester, England
12/16/2012 Academy – Bristol, England
12/17/2012 Mo’ Club – Southhampton, England
12/18/2012 London KoKo – London, England

GENERAL LEE Unite With Play The Assassin Records; Track Stream Available

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

French post-hardcore unit, GENERAL LEE, have inked a worldwide deal with New Jersey-based Play The Assassin Records. The band’s new full-length, Raiders Of The Evil Eye, will be released on November 15, 2012.

Since their formation, the triple-guitar led GENERAL LEE have set out to create a tense musical climate; mixing heavy metallic riffing and icy, oppressive atmospheres with cathartic hardcore screaming. The band’s 2008 Hannibal Ad Portas debut is a culmination of early influences, namely Botch, Neurosis, The Chariot and assorted Belgian beers. A chaotic symphony of blackened intensity and bombastic euphoria, the record received critical praise from press and fans alike. GENERAL LEE would go on to share the road with the likes of Baroness, Helmet, This Will Destroy You, and Cult of Luna.

Roads followed in 2010 and showcased a more controlled and mature band. GENERAL LEE’s sound started to take a more individualistic shape that melded the genres of metal, hardcore and ethereal-like beauty. Roads was mastered by Tom Baker (Deftones, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Monster Magnet) at Precision Studios.

November of 2012 will see the birth of the band’s third full-length, Raiders Of The Evil Eye. With their first two releases primarily finding audiences in France, the band has signed with Play The Assassin Records and will be exposed to their largest audience yet. Raiders Of The Evil Eye finds the band teetering on the edge of a molecular meltdown; further blurring the lines of the posts-metal/hardcore. A seven-song thirty-three-minute explosion of extremes, Raiders Of The Evil Eye is chaotic yet controlled; extreme yet blissful. Raiders Of The Evil Eye will be presented in a limited edition, six-panel digipak.

Check out opening track “The Witching Hour” as well as pre-order options at THIS LOCATION.

Raiders Of The Evil Eye Track-Listing:
1. The Witching Hour
2. Medusa Howls With Wolves
3. Alone With Everybody
4. Overwhelming Truth
5. The End of Bravery
7. Running With Sharp Scissors

Arnaud – Vocals
Fabien – Guitar
Martin – Guitar
Alexis – Guitar
Vincent – Bass
Paul – Drums!/generalleeband

KILLING JOKE: New Track Stream Brought To You By Decibel Magazine

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Today Decibel Magazine brings you “In Cythera,” from KILLING JOKE’s upcoming MMXII full-length. Set for North American release next Tuesday, October 30, 2012 through Spinefarm Records US, MMXII is a dense and multi-layered work. The songs – 11 in total –are great washes of sound; a death disco with mammoth slabs of guitar that soundtracks our dangerous times. It’s an end-of-time album that somehow finds moments of optimism in the downward swirl of the planet. Finding hope in the apocalypse, this album just could be KILLING JOKE’s magnum opus.

Sample “In Cythera” at THIS LOCATION.

At a time when the news is on fast-forward and the planet seems to be descending into lunacy, who better than KILLING JOKE to reflect such a sentiment? When their original lineup of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul reconvened in 2008 after working together intermittently, that strange voodoo once again filled the room. Individually, they have a power, but together they have something sulphurous and strong that few bands can match. KILLING JOKE are not an average band with an average agenda; they lock the door and let the ritual commence, and MMXII is the result.

“[MMXII] easily ranks amongst some of the band’s most critically acclaimed efforts …it will stand as one of the best albums to emerge from 2012.” — Blistering

What KILLING JOKE have offered up to us is another slice of their genius. This band doesn’t simply write music, the open their minds and souls and leave it all on the album. Themes that played into the band’s first album are still alive in this record, though they’ve taken another form. KILLING JOKE is about evolution, about the forward thought and new ways of a mankind we would all be a part of.” – Crave Online

“Dense forest, dark threatening shadows and the heaviest of missives. Indeed, as the title nods to the on-rushing apocalypse, and even if one takes serious note of such a prophecy, it is still warming to discover that, in the final year of man’s painful plight, Killing Joke are still making the kind of record that my partner referred to as ‘Stormin.’” – The Quietus

“The thing about this album is its flow and solidity: The sound doesn’t progress too far from four-on-the-floor, dense chords and repeated anthemic lyrics, but there are bits that make it sound so special, so unlike what KJ have done before.” – Ultimate-Guitar

MMXII is not a celebration of the destruction that comes with the impending apocalypse; instead, it’s a scared preparation, which makes it easier to relate to and a lot easier to be terrified by. In trading out excess for introspection, they manage to hit a very human vein quite effectively.” — PopMatters

SUNN O))) Confirms West Coast Tour With Dead In The Dirt, Loincloth

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Following their performances at the third annual The Power Of The Riff West in Los Angeles this August, followed by the first edition of The Power Of The Riff East in Brooklyn amidst a September East Coast tour, SUNN O))) announces a cluster of West Coast live ceremonies for December.

With support for SUNN O))) being provide by Loincloth and Dead In The Dirt, the shows will begin in Portland on December 14th, and plow through Bellingham, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, the Bellingham show to also boast support from Black Breath, and the Seattle show to feature a special guest performance to be announced shortly. The finale will take place at the newly confirmed The Power Of The Riff Presents year-end bash at LA’s Fonda Theatre on December 20th, where SUNN O))), Loincloth and Dead In The Dirt will all celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar with High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Breath and Void Ov Voices.

SUNN O))) West Coast Tour 2012 w/ Dead In The Dirt, Loincloth:
12/14/2012 Roseland/Peter’s Room – Portland, OR [info]
12/15/2012 The Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA w/ Black Breath [info]
12/16/2012 The Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA [info]
12/18/2012 The Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA [info]
12/19/2012 The Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA [info]
12/20/2012 The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Presents w/ High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Breath, Void Ov Voices [info]

GOLD: Dutch Rock Act Drops Video From Debut LP On Ván Records

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Germany’s cult label Ván Records is proud to unleash the opening track to Interbellum, the debut album from Dutch rock outfit, GOLD, confirmed for worldwide release on the edge of the Mayan calendar, December 7th, 2012.

Recorded at the Amsterdam Recording Company, Interbellum offers nine hard-rocking pop songs that will enrich the contemporary rock landscape with its fresh vocals, catchy riffing, its driving rhythms and refreshing songwriting. A world in crisis needs a rock album full of urgency, anger and hope. Here it is.

The opening track to Interbellum, “One Of Us,” was shot on a gloomy Autumn afternoon at GOLD’s rehearsal space at Studio SanteBoutique, Rotterdam.

The main drive of GOLD’s songwriting takes place between vocalist Milena Eva and guitarist Thomas Sciarone (ex-The Devil’s Blood). Longtime friends, drummer Igor Wouters and bassist Harm Haverman provide a steady yet adventurous foundation and guitarist Nick Polak completes the bunch with his talent for harmony and melody. Each song on Interbellum is a well-crafted piece of music and a story on its own, and overall is a monument to our time and to a civilization in decline. It deals with instability and the fear of things to come, yet offers a spark of love and hope in an attempt to give meaning to life in modern times. The album’s authentic tone and warmth completes the richness of GOLD’s sound, produced by Igor Wouters and Vanderbuyst main man Willem Verbuyst.

GOLD will be performing live by the end of 2012, delivering their songs to every soul that cares to listen.

Interbellum Track Listing:
1. One Of Us
2. Antebellum
3. Love, The Magician
4. Gone Under
5. Dreams
6. North
7. Medicine Man
8. The Hunt
9. Ruby

DOOMSDAY Release New Track At Pitchfork; Tour With Wolvhammer, Krieg Begins This Week

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

As DOOMSDAY prepare to assault the lands alongside Krieg and Wolvhammer this week in support of their pending self-titled debut release, today Pitchfork is hosting a stream of the third track from Doomsday.

The longest song from the record, “Bring Down The Knife” features additional lead guitar tracks from Will Lindsay (Nachtmystium, Indian, ex-Wolves In The Throne Room) and Russ Strahan (Pentagram), as well as lyrics written by Chris Black (Dawnbringer, Superchrist, Nachtmystium).


Also be trampled by Doomsday’s “The Punishment” AT BROOKLYN VEGAN, HERE.

DOOMSDAY is set to embark on a nine-date rampage alongside Krieg and Wolvhammer later this week, where the Doomsday CD will be available directly from the band ahead of its November 6th release date. Several new dates have been added since previous announcements, including Philly on November 1st and Columbus, Ohio  closing down the trek three days later.

Preorders for the Doomsday CD can now be placed via Disorder Recordings.

DOOMSDAY Fall Tour w/ Wolvhammer, Krieg:
10/26/2012 Ultra Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/27/2012 Hexagon Bar – Minneapolis, MN
10/28/2012 Crunchy Frog – Green Bay, WI
10/29/2012 Jukebox – Indianapolis, IN
10/30/2012 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
10/31/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
11/01/2012 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/02/2012 PA’s Lounge – Somerville, MA
11/03/2012 Union Pool – New York, NY
11/04/2012 Kobo – Columbus, OH

Chicago-based DOOMSDAY unites guitarist Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Wolvhammer, ex-Nachtmystium), guitarist/vocalist Jon Necromancer (Bones, ex-Usurper, ex-Nachtmystium), drummer Zack Simmons (Goatwhore, ex-Nachtmystium), vocalist Zion Meagher (Anti-Human Thesis, ex-Forest Of Impaled, ex-Nachtmystium) and bassist Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Chrome Waves, Apostle Of Solitude). A twenty-one minute assault, their self-titled debut was engineered by Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Twilight, Circle of Animals) and Carl Byers (Coffinworm), and melds the members’ cruel musical insight resulting in a depressingly grim crust-influenced blackened musical holocaust as invigorating as it is intimidating.

THE POWER OF THE RIFF Celebrates The End Of Civilization With LA-Based Event

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

According the Mayan calendar, civilization as we know it will see its apocalyptic downfall as 2012 comes to an end. So to celebrate these end-times with full force, THE POWER OF THE RIFF is throwing one last bash for the year.

THE POWER OF THE RIFF presents a massive all-ages event taking place on December 20th at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The lineup for this gala will feature massive sets by HIGH ON FIRE, SUNN 0))), CORROSION OF CONFORMITY playing a set that will include classics from Animosity, Eye For An Eye and more, BLACK BREATH, DEAD IN THE DIRT, LOINCLOTH (featuring members of Confessor) and VOID OV VOICES (featuring Atilla Csihar).

Tickets for this devastating occasion are available now AT THIS LOCATION.!/TPOTR

USX: Psychedelic, Blues Rock Conjurors Unleash New Video Via Metal Injection

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Today, the good folks at Metal Injection offer up the exclusive video premiere of “Wolf On Anareta,” from psychedelic, Appalachian blues rock conjurors, USX. The production was directed by Paul Anderson with additional creative help/execution by USX violinist Meg Mulhearn and a virtual army of imaginative friends. Partially shot in an upscale restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, the trippy, blood strewn, six-plus-minute “Wolf On Anareta” comes from the band’s Run Thick In The Night full-length, released via Neurot Recordings in 2010.

Comments violinist/video producer Meg Mulhearn of the clip: “This video is the result of a lot of hard work by some very talented people. The plague doctor/Muppet fusion idea had been rattling around in my head for awhile in association with this song. Luckily my friends are complete badasses, as well as being extremely generous with their time. Eternal thanks to Paul Anderson, Jenny Webb, Bonnie Beckwith, Tony Plichta, Charlie Howes, Will Lyons, Neal Wilson, David Lynch and my very patient bandmates in USX. Additional thanks to Jim Henson, wherever you are.”

Adds guitarist/vocalist/wordsmith Nate Hall: “This was the first and only time we ever filmed anything professionally. All said, it was a good experience. We had control, we trusted Paul to do it right and he did. We got to torment people in an upscale restaurant with several hours of full-on sonic assault, pointy guitars, and general dirtbaggery. It has all the things I love about music videos: tons of guitars, amps, angry bass, drummers, creepy Muppets, leather pants, dark woods, and fake bloody Tony Plichta. Dig it. My life would be complete if we could just get Beavis and Butthead to make fun of our video.”


AEON: Swedish Death Metallers Premiere New Track Exclusively Through Metal Hammer Germany

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Swedish Satanic death metal squadron, AEON, today reveal the opening track from their forthcoming new full-length, Aeons Black! Entitled “Still They Pray,” the exclusive track premiere is brought to you by Metal Hammer Germany and is currently available for your maniacal listening pleasures at THIS LOCATION.

Set to detonate in North America on November 20, 2012 via Metal Blade Records, the 15-track Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al). Aeons Black is the follow up to 2010’s Path of Fire, which called ”a juicy slab of prime-cut blasphemous death metal,” that, according to, ”doesn’t let up in terms of insanely fast tempos, chugging guitars, and demonic vocals,” landing the album an 8 out of 10 score. AEON is already confirmed for a UK tour which will take place in January 2013 with more dates for Europe and North America in the works.

Check out the title track as well as studio videos and pre-order info HERE.