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SIXTY WATT SHAMAN: Long-Running Desert Rock/Doom Unit Joins Ripple Music; Band To Enter Studio With J. Robbins + Live Assaults Announced

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Long-running, Baltimore-based heavy desert rock/doom unit, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, are pleased to announce their official union with California rock powerhouse, Ripple Music, for the release of their forthcoming new full-length. Titled Tabula Rasa and slated for release this Winter, the record will be tracked by J. Robbins of Jawbox at Magpie Cage Studio in Baltimore, Maryland next month.

Comments the band: “We are honored, proud, and excited to release our fourth album, Tabula Rasa, with Ripple Music, and join the incredible roster of such a fan driven, artist supportive and creatively freeing label. With our new material we have wiped the slate clean, the past is the past. It’s darker and heavier than our previous efforts, with the energy and soul that made us who we were, and will always be. Brothers, climbing up and down that mountain. Toss genre tags around as you will, we’re SIXTY WATT SHAMAN, and we’re back.”

In the meantime, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN – vocalist/guitarist Daniel Soren, lead guitarist Todd Ingram (King Giant), bassist/backing vocalist Rev. Jim Forrester and drummer/backing vocalist Chuck Dukehart III – will bring their blues-laden swagger to the stage of the The Opera House next month in Sheperdstown, West Virginia with Karma To Burn and RHIN. The following evening, the band will rumble the Empire in Springfield, Virginia as part of King Giant’s record release show. In June the band will quake pavement at The Maryland Doom Fest in Frederick, Maryland with additional onstage jam sessions to be announced soon.

5/29/2015 The Opera House – Sheperdstown, WV w/ Karma To Burn, RHIN
5/30/2015 Empire – Springfield, VA King Giant CD Release Party w/ Foghound
6/26/2015 The Maryland Doom Fest @ Club 611 – Frederick, MD

SIXTY WATT SHAMAN delivers a varied repertoire of hard hitting groove rock and ethereal psychedelic jams. The band’s influences vary from classic tube tones to heavy blues, southern groove, doom, and even the ghostly spirit of historic Americana and Appalachian bluegrass. With emotive impact as a center point in every song, from fully-amped hard hitters to the celestial space of acoustic tones, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN are true masters of all things heavy. With diverse musical influences and backgrounds, from punk, hardcore, and thrash metal to the distorted, fuzzed out, bands of the ‘70s to dark, experimental sludge, crust and noise and bluegrass, outlaw country and American southern rock, SIXTY WATT SHAMAN has become a true amalgamation of stimuli making for an uniquely undeniable “Sixty Watt Sound.” Having spent the nearly two decades manifesting their own untouchable brew of creativity and power this year SIXTY WATT SHAMAN are back to defy and erase categorical definitions and make their own brand of bad ass, American rock ‘n’ roll.

Stay tuned for further SIXTY WATT SHAMAN developments to be announced in the coming weeks.

CANCER BATS Confirms Tour With Danzig And Pennywise

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Canadian hardcore punk metallers, CANCER BATS, who are currently on tour in Europe, are ecstatic to announce theeir inclusion on a string of North American dates with Danzig and Pennywise this July! The tour will commence July 11th  in Pomona, California and run through fourteen cities, coming to a close on July 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vocalist Liam Cormier commented via e-mail from Switzerland: “Were so excited to be heading out with Danzig and Pennywise! Both bands have been our favorites since we first got into punk and metal so to have a chance to tour with both is like a dream come true! We’ll be ripping the pit and headbanging until we puke every night!!”

CANCER BATS’ previously announced performances on June 25th and 26th in Calgary and Edmonton had to be cancelled. Cormier clarifies: “Calgary and Edmonton, I’m so sorry that we have to cancel our upcoming shows in June! You know how much we love you ripping babes and bros and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t have good reason. The reason we can’t play is because are coming back in July to party with fucking Danzig and Pennywise! It’s going to be fuckin amazing! Sorry for June and see you in July!”

In the meantime, previously released CANCER BATS videos for the “Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake,” “Satellites,” and “True Zero” are currently streaming now at Fans in the US can order copies of Searching For Zero now at

CANCER BATS w/ While She Sleeps:
4/15/2015 Dynamo – Zurich, CH
4/16/2015 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, DE
4/17/2015 Substage – Karlsruhe, DE
4/19/2015 Rockhal – Luxembourg, LU
4/20/2015 Petit bain – Paris, FR
4/22/2015 The Institute – Birmingham, GB
4/23/2015 The Ritz – Manchester, GB
4/24/2015 The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA – Norwich, GB
4/25/2015 Hit the Deck Festival – Bristol, GB
4/26/2015 Hit the Deck Festival – Nottingham, GB
4/28/2015 University – Newcastle, GB
4/29/2015 O2 ABC – Glasgow, GB
4/30/2015 Forum – London, GB
5/01/2015 Groezrock Festival – Meerhout, BE
w/ Danzig, Pennywise:
7/11/2015 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA *no Pennywise
7/12/2015 Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Flagstaff, AZ
7/14/2015 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
7/15/2015 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
7/17/2015 South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
7/18/2015 Club Brady – Tulsa, OK
7/19/2015 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland -  Kansas City, MO
7/21/2015 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
7/24/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
7/25/2015 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
7/27/2015 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
7/28/2015 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
7/30/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

During the summer of 2014, Toronto’s CANCER BATS spent several weeks with legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) at his studio in Venice, California. The Canadian act was pulled out of their normal, more winter-y element to the beaches of California for the tracking of Searching For Zero. Robinson and the band shared a singular vision to create a personal, vibrant album and the results are apparent. In the series of four studio videos, the CANCER BATS — Liam Cormier, Scott Middleton, Jaye Schwarzer, and Mike Peters — will share their experiences during tracking, what it was like to work with Robinson and what made this recording session different from their previous records. Jaye Schwarzer stated in one episode, “Let everything that’s fake and bullshit fall to the wayside, and you’re left with like a raw, open wound.” Watch episode 1 now at and pre-order your copy on iTunes!

The beloved multiple-JUNO nominated hardcore punk metal band’s fifth studio album, Searching For Zero, features ten tracks that are simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing CANCER BATS tunes compositions to date. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant, and the more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps And Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

JADED STAR: Debut Album Streaming At PureGrainAudio; Memories From The Future Out Now On Sensory Records

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

JADED STAR’s magnificent debut album, Memories From The Future, is available in North America this week via Sensory Records, and to celebrate its inauguration into the public domain, the entire album is now playing in its entirety at PureGrainAudio.

Formed in 2013, JADED STAR was founded by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis) and drummer Raphael Saini (ex-Iced Earth), who recruited guitarist Kosta Vreto (Wardrum, Horizon’s End) and bassist Babis Nikou (Astral DNA, Opened Paradise, Dia Mageias) to complete the lineup. The quartet instantly amassed a vast array of new material and began touring across Europe. Taking this energy directly into the studio, the band created their debut album, Memories From The Future. Produced by vocalist Maxi Nil, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at the legendary Fredman Studios in Sweden (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Opeth, etc.), the album presents over forty-five minutes of vigorous and forward-thinking melodic heavy metal through ten brand new epic anthems.

Listen to JADED STAR’s Memories From The Future in its entirety now courtesy of PureGrainAudio at THIS LOCATION.

Also check out the lyric video for “Stars” from the album RIGHT HERE,

Memories From The Future is out this week in North America through Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. The album’s April 24th European street date is closing in as well. Stateside orders for the digital download can be placed HERE, and the digipak CD including a massive 24-page booklet, HERE.

Following several recent live performances with Epica in their native Greece in advance of the album’s street date, JADED STAR has confirmed a record release show for Memories From The Future to take place on Saturday, May 2nd in Athens. Additional tour dates including multiple Summer festivals and a European Fall tour are in the planning stages.

5/02/2015 Methodia Stage Live – Athens, GR w/ C.O.D.E.

For review copies of Memories From The Future and interviews with JADED STAR, in North America contact

WOLVHAMMER Confirms US Tour With Taake, Young And In The Way

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

WOLVHAMMER has declared the band’s next round of live beatings for the public to endure as they bring their scathing, blackened, rock depravity to the stage again, this time with Taake and Young And In The Way.

Presented by MetalSucks, from June 14th through 21st, WOLVHAMMER will provide direct support for Norway’s Taake, the two bands set to raid Allston, Montreal, Toronto, Lansing, Lakewood, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Kansas City. On June 22nd, that’s when North Carolina’s Young And In The Way join the caravan, and together the three acts continue on to raid St. Louis, Atlanta, Asheville and Baltimore before the final show in Brooklyn on June 26th. A session of WOLVHAMMER headlining dates surrounding the tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.

6/14/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA w/ Taake
6/15/2015 Théâtre Plaza – Montreal, QC w/ Taake
6/16/2015 Hard Luck- Toronto, ON w/ Taake
6/17/2015 The Loft – Lansing, MI w/ Taake
6/18/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH w/ Taake
6/19/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Taake
6/20/2015 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Taake
6/21/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Taake
6/22/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/23/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/24/2015 New Mountain – Asheville, NC w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/25/2015 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Taake, Young And In The Way
6/26/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Taake, Young And In The Way

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s Disorder Recordings handling the LP version. Recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, the nearly fifty-minute album showed the band’s gloomy and pessimistic hymns delivered with elevated levels of songwriting and execution, and the album reigned in international print and online media outlets for months surrounding its release. Following US tours with Mortals, Black Cobra and more, the band took on the entire country with 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn, and now continues to bring their wrath to your doorsteps again with the impending Taake and Young And In The Way trek.

News on future WOLVHAMMER recorded output will be released in the months ahead as new material continues to amass within the horde.

WRVTH: New Hymn From Eclectic Technical Death Weavers Now Playing At No Clean Singing; Dawn Of The Shred Tour Looms

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

California technical death metal tacticians and recent Unique Leader signees, WRVTH, (formerly Wrath Of Vesuvius), will release their third full-length this June. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, All Shall Perish et al.) at SharkBite/Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, the self-titled opus features a guest appearance from Daniel Casares ofBay Area jazz group, Atta Kid,  on saxophone and boasts eleven tracks of jolting, transcendental death metal that tread a fine line between peaceful and punishing.

The first official album Wrvth teaser comes today in the form of opening psalm, “Harrowing Winds,” now  playing at No Clean Singing who issues accurately of the track, “The music builds in volume, weight, and intensity — eventually accelerating into a brain-twisting frenzy of tech-death dissonance, full of exuberant guitar and bass machinations. But as freaked-out as the instrumental work is (and as unpredictable as the vocal array of shrieks, growls, and roars becomes), the band also hits some jack-hammering grooves and infiltrates the track with off-world melodies, along with delivering a beautiful guitar solo. And that opening dual guitar harmony returns, along with a badass bass solo. Together, they act as a bridge to a final mind-expanding display of progressively inclined pyrotechnics.”

Bask in the visionary sounds of WRVTH’s “Harrowing Winds” at THIS LOCATION.

Following their recent journey breaking stages alongside labelmates, Inanimate Existence, WRVTH, will return to the road next month for another round of live debauchery, this time supporting Ænimus as part of the Dawn Of The Shred tour. Assembled by Sojourner Booking and presented by Digital Tour Bus and Mt. Baker Vapor, Dawn Of The Shred kicks off May 6th in Van Nuys, California and will stomp through eighteen cities, the final show to take place on May 26th in Fresno, California. Additional support will be provided by Shapist and Memories In Broken Glass on select dates.

WRVTH w/ Ænimus:
5/06/2015 White Oak Music – Van Nuys, CA
5/07/2015 OMD – Las Vegas, NV
5/08/2015 Roxy Theater – Denver, CO
w/ Ænimus, Shapist:
5/09/2015 The Down Under – Omaha, NE
5/10/2015 Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
5/12/2015 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
5/13/2015 The Rittz – Warren, MI
5/14/2015 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Springfield, IL
5/16/2015 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/17/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
w/ Ænimus, Memories In Broken Glass:
5/20/2015 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX
5/21/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Yayas – Abilene, TX
5/23/2015 Dream Center – Las Cruces, NM
5/24/2015 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ
5/25/2015 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
5/26/2015 The CYC – Fresno, CA

Wrvth will be released on June 16th, 2015. Preorder packages to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST: Appalachian Valley Sets Stage For Inaugural Open-Air Camping And Metal Fest

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The concept of the open-air heavy metal music and camping fest, so popular in Europe, seems to be a rarity in America. The organizers of SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST hope to change that with their inaugural fest happening Sept 25th – 27th, 2015 in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST features lead performances from Midnight, Falls of Rauros, Occultation, Menace Ruine, Velnias, Iron Man, Anagnorisis, The Flight of Sleipnir and Stone Breath along with twenty-seven additional acts throughout the event. The fest showcases underground black, doom, death, and noise and experimental metal bands on two alternating stages all day Friday and Saturday. Camping and workshops on topics such as runes, guitar maintenance, yoga and more will be offered and are included in the ticket price. Artists and record labels will be vending alongside several onsite food stands. SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST is BYOB and age restricted to 21+. To keep the fest intimate, only 350 tickets will be sold, and the fest is already 1/3 sold out. Tickets are $92 (plus a 99 cent processing fee). A limited number of group cabins will also be available.

View the new trailer for SHADOW WOODS FEST at THIS LOCATION.

Anagnorisis (Louisville, KY – black metal)
Anicon (New York, NY – black metal)
Ashagal (New Hope, PA – ritual folk)
Bridesmaid (Columbus, OH – instrumental doom-sludge)
Cladonia Rangiferina (VA – ritual black metal, doom, acid rock)
Dendritic Arbor (Pittsburgh, PA – black metal / powerviolence)
Destroying Angel (Philadelphia, PA – folk music for exorcisms)
Dreadlords (Philadelphia, PA – ritual black metal blues)
Dweller In The Valley (Frederick, MD – black, death, doom)
Existentium (Baltimore, MD – melodic technical death metal)
Falls of Rauros (Portland, ME – folk/atmospheric black metal)
Fin (Chicago, IL – black metal; unsigned)
Heavy Temple (Philadelphia, PA – psychedelic doom)
Hivelords (Philadelphia, PA – experimental psychedelic black doom)
Immortal Bird (Chicago, IL – black/death metal)
Iron Man (MD – doom metal/heavy rock)
Menace Ruine (Montreal, QC – avant-garde drone black metal)
Midnight (Cleveland, Ohio – black heavy metal)
Molasses Barge (Pittsburgh, PA – traditional doom metal)
Occultation (New York, NY – doom metal)
Oneirogen (New York, NY – dark, doom, drone)
Psalm Zero (New York, NY – experimental black doom)
Sentience (Woodland Park, NJ – death metal)
Slagstorm (Hagerstown, MD – prehistoric doom thrash)
Snakefeast (Baltimore, MD – jazz metal sludge)
Stone Breath (Red Lion, PA – experimental folk)
The Black Moriah (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Western occult black/thrash)
The Day of the Beast (Virginia Beach, VA – blackened death metal)
The Expanding Man (Baltimore, MD – solo improvisational electronic soundscapes)
The Flight of Sleipnir (Denver, CO – black metal)
The Owls Are Not What They Seem (York, PA – experimental ritual soundscapes)
Tyrant’s Hand (Baltimore, MD – deathened black metal)
Unsacred (Richmond, VA – savage black metal)
Velnias (Denver, CO – blackened folk/doom metal)
Wormreich (Huntsville, AL & Nashville, TN – black metal)
ZUD (Portland, ME – bluesy outlaw black metal)

“The U.S. has big fests like Coachella that involve camping, but they don’t feature any bands I want to see,” said lead organizer Mary Spiro who runs the blog and who books shows in Baltimore, Maryland. “We also have great metal fests like Maryland Deathfest and Martydoom, but those events happen on parking lots or inside of venues. I wanted to experience the music I loved in a more aesthetically pleasing environment.”

After attending the California camping and music festival Stella Natura, held in the Tahoe National Forest in 2013, Spiro was further inspired to pursue her dream. “Stella Natura was a case study for me and helped me form sort of an overall vision for the event. Also, the way that Under the Black Sun in Germany is set up is inspiring. Initially, all I wanted to do was to get a small group of bands I liked together for a weekend, maybe at a private farm or something. But apparently I don’t know anyone willing to offer up their property for such shenanigans,” she said. “I didn’t want something huge though. I didn’t want it to have thousands of people. I wanted it to be intimate, relaxing, manageable and most of all allow attendees to see all of the bands, if they wanted to.”

It took her more than a year to find a good location to hold SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST, which turned out to be a camp used primarily for children’s Summer programs. Mountain Lake Summer Camp caters to kids from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but off-season the owners rent the property to groups. The well-maintained private property features cabins, a lodge, electricity, indoor plumbing, a professional kitchen and cafeteria and is located adjacent to a swimmable lake. Attendees can tent camp on the grounds or bid to stay in one of six large cabins that can house up to twelve adults each. Attendees may also drive from home or stay off site in a hotel in one of the neighboring towns.

Spiro assembled a team of enthusiastic promoters and others with expertise in fields such as sound, event security and hospitality to help make SHADOW WOODS METAL Fest a reality. The fest is co-hosted with Metallomusikum by Lokvlt Productions in Philadelphia, WinterForge Promotions in Pittsburgh, Leftover Pizza Productions in Frederick, Maryland and Slimehole/Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. Bands chosen to perform reflect the diversity of the underground music scene in mid-Atlantic region plus a few from across the country and even Canada.

“There are not many outdoor metal festivals on the East Coast that aim to offer a variety of underground metal bands in an intimate setting. SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST beckons those to come witness what is brilliant and wild about metal in this decade,” said Christopher Woodford of WinterForge Promotions.

Some hope the gathering will offer opportunities to explore one’s spiritual side.

“This music fest is a crucible of underground metal, an affirmation of alternative ways of being, and a congregation of kindred spirits. To me, it is a beacon of hope and health in a dark and confused world,” said Annie C. Humphrey of Lokvlt. Humphrey will present a workshop on runes during the fest.

Leading underground record labels will vend at the fest and have shown support for its mission. “A multi-day festival on the East Coast featuring an eclectic lineup of bands from across the underground metal, folk and experimental spectrum is a rare enough thing, but one that has been as thoughtfully curated as the inaugural SHADOW WOODS FEST promises to be a particularly unique and exciting event,” said Adam Wright, founder of Crucial Blast Records and a member of the fest’s planning group. “Anyone into the more atmospheric fringes of the extreme music scene should definitely be marking off their calendars for this.”

Official sponsors for the 2015 SHADOW WOODS METAL FEST include Grimoire Records and

ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself.

Following a Fall tour of their native Canada, ZEX took their energetic live set to fans across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand on the Wanderlust Tour in February and March. The tour was a raging success, uniting with fans at raging, intimate DIY gigs in nearly twenty cities. Yet just shortly after their return home, great misfortune struck as the band’s longtime comrade and touring drummer for the Wanderlust trek, Vassil Mester, tragically passed away. In honor of their great friend’s passing, ZEX has issued a tribute video to Vassil, which includes a ton of live footage and fan interaction from their tour through the South Pacific.

Check out ZEX’s heartfelt tribute to Vassil Mester RIGHT HERE.

Subsequent to the band’s initial independent release of their first LP, Magic Bullet Records has officially issued Fight For Yourself worldwide, the album now available on all digital platforms, slipcase CD and now with both black and clear pressings 12” wax. ZEX will continue touring on the new album, this week issuing the first bout of confirmed tour dates for their impending US Invasion. With nearly forty cities on the list, ZEX will trample the country from May 5th through June 13th — including one show in Mexico — with more than half of the routing now available. The remaining dates are being confirmed for announcement in the coming days. ZEX will also be releasing a brand new 7” single called “Fear No Man” for this tour.

The band’s “Wanderlust” video is playing at THIS LOCATION, the “Fight For Yourself” video HERE and the “Savage City” video HERE. Fight For Yourself is playing in its entirety HERE.

ZEX US Invasion:
5/05/2015 Low Beat – Albany, NY [info]
5/06/2015 Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA [info]
5/07/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/08/2015 Barclay House – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/09/2015 TBA – Virginia Beach, VA
5/10/2015 New Price Books – Raleigh, NC
5/12/2015 Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL [info]
5/13/2015 A-Space – Gainesville, FL
5/14/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2015 Betty’s Grill – Nashville, TN
5/16/2015 Mono – Birmingham, AL [info]
5/17/2015 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL [info]
5/18/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
5/19/2015 Black Barbie – Houston, TX
5/20/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2015 TBA – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Padaneria Chitchen-Itza – Dallas, TX [info]
5/23/2015 Sound Pony – Tulsa, OK [info]
5/24/2015 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
5/26/2015 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ [info]
5/27/2015 Time Out Lounge – Phoenix, AZ [info]
5/28/2015 Mods – Tijuana, MX [info]
5/29/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
5/30/2015 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA
5/31/2015 TBA – Riverside, CA
6/01/2015 East Side Joes – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2015 Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/04/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO
6/05/2015 Hideout – Omaha, NE [info]
6/06/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
6/07/2015 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/08/2015 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI [info]
6/09/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL [info]
6/10/2015 Last House On The Left – Cincinnati, OH [info]
6/11/2015 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/13/2015 Genesse Park – Rochester, NY

Channeling traditional heavy metal leads into their classic early punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

Physical copies of Fight For Yourself can be obtained via Magic Bullet Records HERE, and the digital HERE.

COWARDS: European Live Domination In Support Of Rise To Infamy Continues; LP Now Available In The US Via Deathwish

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Parisian legion, COWARDS, continues to follow-up the monstrous release of their Rise To Infamy sophomore LP with loads of tour dates confirmed through early June. Additionally, following its February worldwide release through a network of underground labels including Throatruiner Records, RVINS Records and Deadlight Entertainment, the Rise To Infamy LP has been made available to North American fans with a stateside distribution deal with Deathwish Records.

The latest tour dates in the Infamous Tour MMXV will see COWARDS hitting the European peoples with three more waves of the pummeling live aggression they’re now infamous for on stage. The action begins on April 24th and runs through June 5th, with the final clubs being locked up this week. Amidst the tour dates, the band is confirmed to play at the Throatruiner Records Festival dates in both France and Switzerland, and will see the band crossing paths with Nuclear Devastation, Revok, Oblivionized, Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Soul Grip and many others along the way. Additional European tour dates are being planned, and COWARDS is devising a scam which will get them onto North American shores in the near future as well.

Watch COWARDS’ “Bend The Knee” video through Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION and stream Rise To Infamy HERE.

COWARDS Infamous Tour MMXV:
4/24/2015 Soundcheck Schiedam – Rotterdam, NL w/ Nuclear Devastation, Voulge [info]
4/25/2015 Jeugdhuis JOB – Sint-Amandsberg, BE w/ Dali Thundering Project, Soul Grip [info]
4/26/2015 Vortnvis – Ieper, BE w/ Oblivionized, Implore [info]
4/27/2015 Trixxxter – Berlin, DE w/ Sick Eater, Whorns [info]
4/28/2015 Kawiarnia Naukowa – Wydarzenia – Kraków, PL [info]
4/29/2015 Emokeller – Essen, DE w/ Slowly We Rot [info]
4/30/2015 Papagei – Minden, DE w/ Soul Grip [info]
5/01/2015 AK44 – Giessen, DE w/ Revok, Membrane, Stand Der Dinge, Potence [info]
5/02/2015 Juz St. Ingbert – Saint-Ingbert, DE w/ Implore, Slowly We Rot [info]
5/03/2015 Sunset Bar – Martigny, CH w/ Circle Of Execution [info]
5/04/2015 La Scierie – La chaux-de-fonds, CH
5/05/2015 L’assommoir – Saint-Etienne, FR w/ Plèvre [info]
5/06/2015 Music City – Antwerp, BE w/ San Diablo [info]
5/07/2015 Simplon – Groningen, NL
5/08/2015 Le Chapeau Rouge – Troyes, FR [info]
5/14/2015 GlazArt – Paris, FR @ Throatruiner Records Festival [info]
5/15/2015 TBA
5/16/2015 L’Usine – Geneva, CH @ Throatruiner Records Festival [info]
6/02/2015 Le Klub – Paris, FR w/ Suburban Scum, Rude Awakening, Pyrecult [info]
6/03/2015 TBA – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, FR
6/04/2015 Kawati Studios – Strasbourg, FR w/ Haut&Court [info]
6/05/2015 TBA – CH

A digipak CD version and 180-gram vinyl edition of Rise To Infamy have been produced (150 on clear and 350 on black), the wax in heavyweight jackets with spot UV varnish. A bundle including all physical editions and a shirt is available from COWARDS directly RIGHT HERE. North American fans can now order the LP through Deathwish Mailorder RIGHT HERE. Orders for the CD and shirt bundles are available through Deadlight Entertainment HERE, and LP and shirt bundles via RVINS Records HERE and Throatruiner Records HERE.

COWARDS dredges forth a deep, oppressive, urban harshness amidst their crushing wall of amplification which stabs blackened sludge metal savagery into the band’s Holy Terror/H8000 inspired-hardcore. Recorded by engineer Francis Caste at Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Eibon, Kickback), the band’s monstrous tones here sound more callous than ever. This is nothing but a monument of down-to-earth, unvarnished violence, punishing from start to finish. American Aftermath scored the new album with a 9/10, their review offering, “From Shooting Blanks & Pills, to the Hoarder EP to now, it only seems like COWARDS are becoming colder, more violent and more massive. Rise To Infamy sets the bar high with its overbearing blackened, sludge-ridden hybrid and its grimy yet clear and concise production quality. If you are in need of something punishingly heavy, then you can do no wrong with this record. They may call themselves COWARDS but they certainly do not shy away from anything, and that includes beating you senselessly.” MetalSucks says the album, “will play like the soundtrack to a jetliner stuffed with burn victims plummeting into an ocean of bent nails,” while Stereokiller gave it a 4/5, comparing the band to, “a hyper Eyehategod or a lethargic Converge, take your pick,” continuing, “COWARDS present an unsettling group of songs on Rise To Infamy that I don’t recommend listening to if you’re enjoying your day.” Metal Observer noted, “Rise To Infamy is a challenging, punishing experience. It has a grating, ugly sound that rarely settles into extended grooves and is almost entirely devoid of melody. The production gives each instrument clarity and distinction, while keeping a grainy, scraping tone. No one would deny that COWARDS sound intense and uncompromising and if blackened, filthy hardcore/sludge sounds appealing, Rise To Infamy will be a surefire winner, as there’s much here to enjoy.” And Cvlt Nation’s review included, “even if they kept the same core in terms of musicality, the album is really different than the previous ones. There is much more chaotic hardcore going on, and they have a lot more fun jumping from a slow sludge atmosphere to a more speedy blackish hardcore. I love it.”

SKINLESS: First New Single From Forthcoming Only The Ruthless Remain Full-Length Revealed + Studio Footage Posted

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Only The Ruthless Remain is the imminent new full-length from recently reactivated New York death metal kings, SKINLESS. Boasting their classic late ‘90s lineup of founding guitarist Noah Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac, with the recent addition of second guitar gun, Dave Matthews, Only The Ruthless Remain is an unrelenting, seven-track symphony of sonic sickness as only SKINLESS could compose.

Captured by Tom Case at Edie Road Studio and Doomsday Bunker Studio, both in upstate New York, with vocals tracked by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man etc.) at Flatline Audio in Denver, Colorado, and the entire monster mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails, Integrity etc.) at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, SKINLESS returns, triumphant and thirsty. Brandishing their signature fusion of punishing, war-waging grooves and, blast-laden mayhem delivered with surgical precision, Only The Ruthless Remain is cruel, sadistic, and poised to stand among the most addictive death metal offerings of the year.

Today, SKINLESS is pleased to officially unleash the gut-wrenching sounds of opening psalm, “Serpenticide” for public inebriation. Relays Webber, “[Illustrator] Ken Sarafin summed it up best when he said that upon listening to the new SKINLESS, his balls exploded and bigger ones grew in their place. That’s how we felt when making it! ‘Serpenticide’ was the song that got us into the flow of creating this album. This track has the grind, dirge, and vengeful bludgeoning that makes it a slicing cross cut of Only The Ruthless Remain. You’ve heard the live version; here is the final in all its ruthlessness. The countdown is on. Much more to come. As the old saying goes, it’s time to stop the teasin’ and start the pleasin’, haaa!”

Shatter some gonads with “Serpenticide,” now soiling the airwaves at via SoundCloud HERE and YouTube HERE. Additionally, you can get up close and personal with SKINLESS in the studio with the first part of the “Making Of” Only The Ruthless Remain video series at THIS LOCATION.

SKINLESS will wage their audio war upon Baltimore this May as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest as well as Hellfest in France this June with further live conquests to be announced in the coming weeks. Stand by for future hearing loss opportunities.

5/21/2015 Maryland Deathfest @ Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
6/20/2015 Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, FR

Forged in 1992 by guitarist Noah Carpenter with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band ever, SKINLESS established a solid, dedicated lineup from 1997-2001 in the form of Carpenter, vocalist Sherwood Webber, bassist Joe Keyser and drummer Bob Beaulac. This version of the band would later become known as the “classic” lineup. By 1998, the band released their now-iconic Progression Towards Evil debut. Showcasing the visceral onstage energy the band had become notorious for, the independently-released offering reaped the adoration of fans and critics globally and remains a cornerstone release in the annals of death metal. A union with Relapse Records ensued and from 2001-2006 three more bludgeoning platters were served with Foreshadowing Our Demise, From Sacrifice To Survival, and Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Despite various lineup shifts, the band remained as brutal and busy as ever, touring the globe with the likes of Slayer, Pantera, Slipknot, Exodus, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Immolation, Misery Index, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and so many others consequently spawning an ever expanding horde of devout metal enthusiasts.

Following a lengthy hiatus, SKINLESS returned to action with their “classic” formation in 2013. Only The Ruthless Remain includes artwork by Ken Sarafin and will be unleashed on CD, LP and digitally via Relapse Records on June 2nd, 2015 in North America (June 1st in the UK/EU and May 29th in DE/Benelux/Finland). Limited Relapse 25 Year Anniversary editions of the CD and LP will also be available. For preorder bundles, visit THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals, go HERE.

SKINLESS excels where so many others have failed. The songwriting is fantastic, the unit is tight beyond belief, and the brutality is delectably cranium crushing. And man, those grooves are deadly.” – Blabbermouth

WISDOM IN CHAINS Releases Video On Fifth LP The God Rhythm Via New Noise Magazine; Cover Art, Album Info And More Revealed

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Late this June, Fast Break! Records will release the fifth full-length from Eastern Pennsylvania’s hardcore champions, WISDOM IN CHAINS, and today, an extensive video on the creation of The God Rhythm has been released through New Noise Magazine. The nearly eleven-minute trailer includes bits of several new songs and the insight into their conception, interviews with all five members of the band, a breakdown of the cover art’s meaning, samples of several tracks from the new album, live footage, and a look into what the future holds for WIC as they take their new anthems to their rabid worldwide fanbase in support of The God Rhythm.

WISDOM IN CHAINS’ anxiously anticipated fifth studio full-length, The God Rhythm, will see release on CD, LP and digital formats on June 30th through Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records. With a continued evolution of awareness and intelligence into the genre while destroying clichés, relentlessly crossing boundaries and claiming those new territories, The God Rhythm effectively ushers in a new era for the band. Mixing a hardline return and development of infectious oi!/punk-inspired hooks and courses, while maintaining their traditional hardcore roots, WISDOM IN CHAINS has clearly has pushed the envelope of their previous works beyond all previous thresholds, and the result is the band’s most challenging album yet. The music for The God Rhythm was recorded by Len Carmichael — drums and bass Trax East and guitars at Carmichael Sound — and the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, and the album’s tattoo-style artwork by Chris Jones bears obvious and obfuscated meanings, which carry through the entire layout by Jonathan Buske.

Get the scoop on WISDOM IN CHAINS’ incoming The God Rhythm through New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.

The God Rhythm Track Listing:
1. People Die
2. When We Were Young
3. Resonate
4. How Far Will You Go
5. Songs to My Killer
6. Thorn In Your Side
7. Mathematics
8. Fatherless
9. Best of Me
10. The God Rhythm
11. Violent Americans
12. Joey Ramone
13. Skinhead Gang
14. Outro

WISDOM IN CHAINS continues to tour in advance of The God Rhythm’s release, and will storm the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, April 18th. On May 17th, they’ll raid the second day of New York City’s annual Black N’ Blue Bowl. A record release show for the new LP has been scheduled to go down on June 27th in Reading, Pennsylvania, and July will see WIC back at Philadelphia’s massive This Is Hardcore festival. Much more is in store for the band in coming months.

4/18/2015 The Palladium – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest [info]
5/17/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY @ Black N’ Blue Bowl [info]
6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA * record release show
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]