Candiria announces Beyond Twenty Tour 2018

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 2:20 PM (PST)

Metal alchemists Candiria will be hitting the road for a spate of headline dates commemorating 20-plus years of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Beyond Reasonable Doubt.

The tour kicks off on April 20 in Long Island and will feature support from Clericon most dates. The trek will take the band through the Northeast and the Midwest. It also includes an appearance at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. The band will also play two shows supporting Killswitch Engage. Additional dates will be added and all confirmed dates are below.

The band has crafted a special set list for the tour to celebrate the definitive Beyond Reasonable Doubt album. At the shows, Candiria will also be selling a special “Collector’s Edition” of Beyond Reasonable Doubt. This version is packed with memorabilia and imagery from the period in which the band was writing, recording, and supporting the album. It also boasts newly revised artwork, audio taken from the original 1997 masters, and a forward by original drummer Ken Schalk. It is a piece that diehard Candiria fans will certainly want for their musical libraries.

Additionally, vocalist Carley Coma has also launched a series of videos for the band’s latest album While They Were Sleeping. The series dives deep into the story behind the album’s concept. New videos for each track are revealed in sequence each week. The latest clip, for the eighth track on the album “The Whole World Will Burn,” can be seen here.

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Death metal band Cannibal Corpse appears as the band in a heavy metal concert scene in the 1994 film "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" playing the song "Hammer Smashed Face."


Shadow Woods is back from the brink! After the original Maryland based property was sold, things looked bleak. Somehow the organizers pulled things back together and this looks to be the best year yet!

Shadow Woods is the Mid-Atlantic’s only open-air camping heavy metal gathering and runs from Thursday, September 20th through Saturday, September 22th in Purcellville, VA at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (HFAC).

For the fourth year, the festival will host over 40 of the underground’s leading bands, representing many genres and subgenres of heavy metal, folk, rock, experimental, and noise. “It was pretty clear from the positive feedback I received after the 2017 fest that festival goers did not want to see Shadow Woods end, even though our property in Maryland had been sold,” said Mary Spiro, fest founder. So without a venue or a confirmed lineup, I started quietly raising the funds to do a new fest via the contributions of past attendees. In January 2018, I was able to find an fantastic site to host the fest that was even better than what we had before. The lineup came together very quickly and I am extremely proud and excited to present these past favorites and new discoveries.” 

Imperial Trumphant, Cloak, Rozamov, Tombs, Xasthur, Destroyer Of Light, Hubris, Heavy Temple, Uada, Forest Of Legend and many more will play the festival over three days in September of 2018!

 

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Scientist killing it live (photo by Josh Dagenais)

Lara Noel McGlynn is the head organizer of Chicago Doomed And Stoned Festival, one of the funnest smaller underground niche extreme musical festivals of the year. We highly recommend you make the trip to Reggie’s in Chicago from June 1st-3rd. From some of the best bands in Chicago to like minded souls from around the country, this festival has a killer grouping of acts from Brume to Whores to The Skull to Scientist to Inter Arma and on and on.

It seems like only yesterday that Lara and I were completely shitfaced watching NIN, Soundgarden and Dillinger but now Dillinger is gone, Chris Cornell is dead and in hindsight I was so drunk I wish I remembered a lot more of that show! Anyway, Lara moved away from my area and has been kicking major ass in the metal scene supporting bands and so it was great to catch up with her and find out what is gonna make this festival super special and lit!

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Black Tusk sign to Season Of Mist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:52 PM (PST)

Season Of Mist has backed some bands I deeply love (Alkaloid, Kylesa, Archspire) and others that have proven to be problematic (The Casualties, Shining, Destroyer 666 especially). But I like the people at the label and very much love the good bands they sign, so it makes me stoked to see a very worthy band like Black Tusk get a wider platform through a big label like this.

Yes, that is correct.

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of the Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK. The band will release a new album via Season of Mist worldwide.

Regarding the signing, BLACK TUSK (Andrew Fidler (Guitars, Vocals) James May (Drums, Vocals), Corey Barhorst (Bass, Vocals)) comment: “After more than a decade of pushing through as a band, we have opened a new chapter and are ready and excited for everyone to hear it.”

BLACK TUSK are currently holed up at the Garage Savannah recording their forthcoming new album, the first to feature Barhorst on bass and vocals. The as-yet-untitled album will be produced by the band in conjunction with Aphelion, mixed by engineer and long-time collaborator Chris “Scary” Adams, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (YOB, MUTOID MAN, STRANGER THINGS, SLEEP, CODE ORANGE).

Corey is a very cool dude. I met him briefly once when he was in Kylesa. Can’t think of a better person to keep the band’s legacy going and he certainly has held it down with them filling Athon’s big shoes live. Here is hoping the band have many more years of growth and popularity. They are truly one of the best groups out there in the heavy scene. Hails.

BLACK TUSK live
Mar. 31 Atlanta, GA @ Hammerhead Fest
Apr. 13 Columbia, SC @ Indie Grits Festival
May 12 Savannah, GA @ Sulfur Studios

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Wormed drummer G-Calero passes away at age of 27

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:16 PM (PST)

Sad news today as we learn that Wormed‘s technical percussive marvel G-Calero, real name Guillermo Calero, has passed away at the age of just 27. Truly sad and Calero was so talented. Our condolences to the band, friends and family of the departed.

Wormed are by far one of the more interesting technical extreme death bands. We highly recommend you check out their recent Krighsu effort. It is more than worth your time and money.

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Band Spotlight: Harvey & Wolf

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:35 AM (PST)

Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up!

If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n’ roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP.

Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge.  Let’s hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us!

Check out our favorite track “The Prowl”! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.

 

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After releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, last year, Tombs is now heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time joining Bloodbath on select dates, before headlining a few shows with Barishi. See below for all upcoming dates!

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You just can’t mess with the apocalyptic blood soaked precise deathly potency of any given Skinless release. The savagery unfolds for sure on the title track for the new effort from the long running underground titans. Check it out below and be sure to pre order the new monster fucker of an album. It drops via Relapse in May! Major grooves and deadly heaviness. Loving the sluggish and full bass sound and the low ass riffs. Reminds me of some major Obituary meets Morbid vibes, with the scales tipped towards the Obituary side. This new song totally slaughters.

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Ministry’s ‘AmeriKKKant’ is in stores today.

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:02 PM (PST)

 

At long last, the day has arrived when Ministry‘s provocateur-in-chief Al Jourgensen – never one to shy away from making political statements – can share with the world the fruits of what started as what he thought was a bad, bad dream on November 9, 2016…the day the world woke up to find that Donald J. Trump had been elected President of the United States.  Ministry’s AmeriKKKant is in stores today.

 

 In this “release day video,” Al provides one last look at what we can expect from the new album.  According to Al, the album’s lead-off track “Twilight Zone,” harkens back to the chilling moment of realization:  “How did this happen??”  “Victims of a Clown” looks at us, American citizens, we who were about to be led by a man with no intellectual curiosity or emphathy.  “TV 5/4 Chan” looks at Trump’s followers who get wrapped up in their little soundbites for TV, put out their own “fake news,” and then crawl back into the hole they came from.  “We’re Tired of It,” “Antifa,” and “Wargasm” make up a trilogy that screams “We’re not snowflakes!  We’re not going to be led around by the nose, we’re going to stand up for ourselves!”  The next track, “Game Over,” illustrates the realization of the “new reality” of what happened, how we got caught in Trump’s BS.  “AmeriKKKant” closes the album with a look at the journey of what’s been going on, what brought us to the place where we, the American people, would vote for a man like Trump.

MINISTRY – Song Topics on AmeriKKKant (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

The new Ministry album "AmeriKKKant" is out now! Watch as Al runs down all the song topics on the album and make sure to pick up your copy in physical, digital and streaming formats at http://www.nuclearblast.com/ministry-amerikkkant

Posted by Ministry on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ministry hits the road with a brand new concert tour on March 22 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The full itinerary is below.
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Album Review: L.A. Guns – “Made In Milan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 4:45 PM (PST)

I did not expect to be reviewing an L.A. Guns record today as I had a lot going on, but hearing the scorching performance captured on Made In Milan, one of the most red hot live records I have heard in a damn minute, made me have to get hoppin’ on letting you all know this baby is bad news! I dare any rock fan worth their salt to pretend “Over The Edge” on here doesn’t knock you across the room and send your socks flying.

After more than a decade apart, Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunited under the L.A. Guns’ banner and have been kicking butt. The chemistry is on full display here and the recording has an lot of body and vibe to the sound. The performances absolutely smoke. You will feel like you are in the room with the guys. “Killing Machine” and “Sex Action” positively get your leg stomping with revved up delivery and throwback glam grit. The band sound like they are having a blast and in no way is this set dialed in. “Malaria” is another standout, guitar heroics aplenty that just remind you how people used to be able to really play and not just need deathcore smoosh riffs with two notes in every song. This is real hard rock, baby. The bass thump, the snarled yet sung vocals and the searing guitar ballsy blues influenced riffs paired with killer harmonies…it’s a real treat.

Of course you also get “The Ballad Of Jayne” for a great slower moment to break up the set and make you wish people held up lighters still instead of cell phones. Tracii is positively a maniac on this, giving one of the best performances of the dude’s career. If you are a fan of his work you will not want to miss this. Alessandro Del Vecchio captured the band on a very special hot streak and th solos and energy are fuckin’ glorious. This record is WELL worth your time and is out March 23rd on CD/DVD (yes, there is live concert footage of the night!), Blu-Ray, vinyl and MP3. Pick it up!

Ruby The Hatchet announce headlining tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12:58 PM (PST)

Philadelphia psych rock quintet Ruby the Hatchet has announced U.S. headlining tour dates in support of its celebrated new album Planetary Space Child. This band is so talented. I played some tracks for one of my best friend’s recently when she asked me what is a band that I think rocks so hard right now and she agreed that they indeed kick ass. So cool to hear a band that is so authentic about what they do and with such powerhouse tunes. 

Fresh off U.S. dates alongside Pallbearer, Ruby the Hatchet will launch the upcoming tour on April 13 in Canton, OH. The spring trek will include support from Youngblood Supercult and Heavy Temple and also see Ruby the Hatchet‘s perform as part of Austin’s acclaimed Levitation Festival on April 26. From April 19-23, Ruby the Hatchet will play west coast live dates supporting Windhand, which ought to be extremely rad.

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YOB, the Oregon-based trio that Pitchfork proclaimed “one of the progressive acts of their generation,” will release Our Raw Heart, the band’s eighth full-length album and Relapse Records’ debut, on June 8.

“We’re very excited to share this new music,” says singer/guitar player Mike Scheidt. “We gave it everything we have. Going from an uncertain future in the beginning of 2017, to writing and then recording a new album at the end of it, it was quite a year. We’re very grateful. We’re looking forward to hitting the road again and celebrating decibels and good cheer with friends worldwide. Can’t wait.”

The news of the seven-track album’s release arrives as the band confirm a North American tour, kicking off June 14 at 89th Street in Oklahoma City. The outing, which will feature direct support from Bell Witch, also includes performances at Austin Terror Fest and Mutants of the Monster 2018. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive). Decibel Magazine and Stereogum named the release as one of their most anticipated albums of 2018. Pre-Orders for Our Raw Heart will be available April 10 via Relapse.com.

YOB’s most recent release, Clearing the Path to Ascend, was one of 2014’s most heralded releases, with Rolling Stone saying the music “makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence.” Stereogum said the four-track album offers “a universe unto itself” while Decibel said the songs were “as riveting as you could ever hope for them to be.”

YOB recently reissued their fifth full-length album, The Great Cessation, in December via Relapse. That album can be streamed via all digital retail outlets HERE and ordered via Relapse.com HERE.

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Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches crowdfunding new album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 5:58 PM (PST)

The art and music of Karyn Crisis has been more influential to me than most other performers by a long shot. I have been a fan of Karyn’s unique blend of soul dredging in pursuit of finding the light out of the darkness for several decades now. It pleases me greatly to tell our readers that Gospel Of The Witches, Karyn’s most recent musical act, is working on a second record. But they need our help, fam!

The new record will be entitled Covenant.

Says Karyn, “It’s been a long journey since we last connected during the release of
Salem’s Wounds. While our debut began as a crowdfunded album, and was successfully released with Century Media acting as the last campaign funder, the band is now label-less. Century Media was bought out by Sony and Sony dropped GOTW (Editor’s Note: Sony, you morons). We will fund this album ourselves, bit by bit. We will record drums in the spring and continue from there.”


Once again, Karyn will have handmade collectible items accompanying the release of Covenant.
Keep an eye on the band’s facebook page, website, and instagram for updates: facebook.com/gospelofthewitches, @gospelofthewitches, gospelofthewitches.com vimeo.com/258785446

Karyn Crisis' GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES is now preparing their new album, "COVENANT" for studio. More details soon! vimeo.com/258785446

Posted by Gospel Of The Witches on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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Apocalyptic death rockers ATRIARCH are pleased to unveil the official video for “Void” off their Dead As Truth full-length.

Watch the full video via Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, ATRIARCH has partnered with Cvlt Nation for the “We Are The Dead” Remix Project to celebrate the website’s seven-year anniversary. For more info, point your browser HERE.

Watch ATRIARCH’s previously released Daniel Menche-directed video for “Repent” HERE.

Dead As Truth was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Om, Graves At Sea, Vhol) and featuring artwork by Stevie Floyd (Yob, Dark Castle), Dead As Truth sees ATRIARCH venture deeper into the blackened abyss with haunting incantations, exotic drones, and crushing aural experimentations that boldly embrace death’s cold heart. Fragments of post-punk, gothic doom, black metal, sludge, and noise complement the band’s desolate universe and further supplement their most immediate and formidable release to date. ATRIARCH prescribe the order that there is but one truth and that is death.

Dead As Truth is out now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

ATRIARCH will perform this Thursday, March 8th with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, Oregon. The band is also confirmed to play with Will Haven and Witch Mountain on June 23rd at Star Theater PDX also in Portland. Stay tuned for more tour announcements in the near future.

ATRIARCH:
3/08/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR w/ Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
6/23/2018 Star Theater PDX – Portland, OR w/ Will Haven, Witch Mountain

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Gruesome complete new record, Summer European tour announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 2:53 PM (PST)

Cool death metal news today as Gruesome have completed the follow up to Savage Land. Yes, the other releases from them were EPs. Their latest studio offering, titled Twisted Prayers, was recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349, Goatwhore, Wolvhammer) at New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida. Twisted Prayers follows Death’s paradigm shift during the Spiritual Healing era, incorporating more cerebral, melodic instrumentation with elements of thrash and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The record once again features artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Venom) and is expected to be released this summer via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for more info to be announced in the coming weeks.

Love this project, just a big fat Death appreciation party in good fun. You know each time Gruesome return that it will be a very metal time. The band also have a slew of Euro tour dates you can check out BELOW.

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