Swedish melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES recently wrapped a successful run of international summer festival appearances and will continue to tour in support of their highly acclaimed album To Drink From The Night Itself (Century Media Records, 2018). The band is set to tour across North America in an All-Swedish package with Amon Amarth, labelmates Arch Enemy and Grand Magus, before heading out on another European tour, this time as headliners with Nifelheim and labelmates Deserted Fear as support.

“Finally it is time for us to return to Europe for a real headline run! We have been looking forward to this for a while…It is always so special playing in front of your own crowd. We can’t wait for these special shows. We also have the privilege to share the tour with our Swedish metal brothers Nifelheim. We have played a few select shows in Sweden together before and it is always a blast. This will be the one tour you don’t want to miss this winter. We are all very fired up! Along for the ride is also German death metal warriors Deserted Fear. Prepare for a night of classic metal mayhem in your hometown! See you there,” states AT THE GATES frontman Tomas Lindberg about the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Check all the Gates dates below. (and if you don’t go, yr an effin’ loser!)

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The name of the band Job for a Cowboy was taken from a line in a high school text book that read "Sounds like a job for a Cowboy" by frontman Johnny Davy.


Big news today on the murky death metal front as VASTUM‘s new set of deranged arrangements is announced! The first single ‘Reveries in Autophagia’ marches in boldly with not a moment’s hesitation from the get go, lots of Morbid Angel-drenched riffery on this one. Even by the two minute mark on first listen this shit makes a lot of other metal songs this year sound quaint and frankly mouse-like in contrast.

 

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Havok announces US headlining tour with Ringworm and Mobile Deathcamp

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 5:19 PM (PST)

Colorado thrashers Havok are preparing to head out on a headlining US tour with Ringworm and Mobile Deathcamp.

The band will be hitting the road this October for the West coast tour starting October 15th in Colorado Springs and wrapping on October 23rd in Grand Junction.

Says Havok frontman David Sanchez about the tour: “We’re pumped to hit the road with two great live bands and hit some roads less traveled in the process. We don’t often make it to many of these cities, so get out to a show because it may be a while until we roll through your neck of the woods again!”

Havok will be touring in support of their most recent full-length album Conformicide, which was produced, engineered and mixed by Steve Evetts (Sepultra, The Dillinger Escape Plan, M.O.D.).

Check out Havok tour dates here.

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“Whatever you may see. The change resides in me. Fluidly. Any genre any dream sphinges, sibling selves and queens. A rollercoaster for each moment mood or picture frame. Please love me the same.’ from “Observation Deck/Shinges Sibling Selves And Queens”

I identify as multi-gender at this point, after a lot of research and therapy and trans groups and not feeling quite like what other people were discussing wrapped up my experiences similarly in a bow. I know that can be confusing for people. They are like ,”what do you want? It has to be this or that.” Nope. MYE.

This is a lengthy interview conducted in July by Kriegmaster Hatesturm of the great anti fascist agitators Neckbeard Deathcamp, kind enough to inquire into the guest artists, overall album background and the reasons behind prominent multi-gender/non binary themes on my new Walking Bombs album Sphinges, Sibling Selves and Queens. The album is out now via Nefarious Industries HERE.

Read the interview BELOW and thank you.

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Pittsburgh metallers Signs of the Swarm have released their newest lyric video for their track “Tempting Death.” The track features Tom Barber of Chelsea Grin.

The track was released via Slam Worldwide and comes off the band’s forthcoming album Vital Deprivation. The album is due out October 11 via Unique Leader Records. The 10 track album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Rivers of Nihil, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) at Think Loud Studios in York, Pa.

Signs of the Swarm said of the release:

“We are pleased to present our third album via Unique Leader Records, Vital Deprivation. We began writing for the album shortly after TDOE was released. From the beginning we had a sound in mind that was more aggressive and fast paced, but equally as brutal as our previous releases. What makes this album different from our past is that we wrote with pleasing ourselves in mind first and foremost. We’ve covered a lot of ground in just under 40 minutes. Some of the album may be what you expect to hear from us, and hopefully some may not. David Simonich is a powerhouse of a vocalist bringing a whole new range of motion to the band’s spectrum. His lyrical content and cadence bring a more emotional and poetic energy to Signs while retaining the aggression he’s become known for. We’d like to thank Carson Slovak & Grant McFarland for helping us to shape this album into a coherent message from beginning to end. Thank you to our fans who have supported us relentlessly, this is the first of many to come. Please enjoy Vital Deprivation.”

Signs of the Swarm will hit the road this Fall as part of the Disentomb-headlined Bloodletting North America tour alongside Visceral Disgorge, Continuum, Organectomy, and Mental Cruelty.

Check out the video for “Tempting Death” and Signs of the Swarm tour dates here.

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KING DIAMOND , the iconic classic metal power horror vocalist, has big news.

KING DIAMOND will embark on a North American headlining tour later year. The trek will commence on November 2nd and run through December 4th. Support will be provided by Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats and Idle Hands.

Comments KING DIAMOND, “Watch out North America, we are coming for you this Winter. I’m very proud to bring two special and amazing guests to you. Their names are Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, plus Idle Hands. Make an appointment now… kingdiamondcoven.com.

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats notes, “As the long nights draw in and the temperatures drop, I can’t think of a better artist to creep around North America with than the legendary KING DIAMOND. You’ll all be in for a treat…See you there!”
Adds Idle Hands, “Touring with the iconic KING DIAMOND is nothing short of a dream and we are excited to make it a reality.”

See all confirmed dates below. VIP packages with KING DIAMOND are available for the first time ever on this tour. Visit kingdiamondcoven.com to purchase your ticket or VIP upgrade now.

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When writing about noise based releases I tend to try to evoke the feeling more than spending time attempting to wager what gear was involved or micro-manage increasingly sub-atomic sub-genres with fancy descriptors. Even though noise to some people is one of the more atonal and thus mechanical or perhaps dehumanizing of genres – the potential for dystopian hallucination running very high – I find that in itself lends me to have MORE not less of an emotional reaction. The best noise to me feels like immersion into a sort of industrial fan’s isolation chamber nightmare, black waves of dread or out of body astral projection above dead cities calling my name in ghost impressions amidst static and blips.

The new terrifying WHITEPHOSPHOROUS release GOD//BLESS//AMERICA – a noise offshoot project of antifascist black metal mischief maker’s Neckbeard Deathcamp – delivers on most of the above checklist. If we were playing some sort of sick and sad bingo for the death of hope in this country, this could certainly soundtrack it if you add claustrophobic dread of state violence, gun addiction and a mounting wish to shake the complacent out of their shells. This is a really engaging tape release that you’ll want to listen to in a dimly lit room and question if your bills are even worth paying or if there is any way out of the hellscape. It’s a powerful surprise statement midway through an awfully fucked up year. From “Walmart Footsoldier” to the grim opener “226”, the release manages to find the sad heart struggling to sing and beat beneath the deep soul bruise and desensitization of a constant barrage of hate in our society. It’s ok to be angry and not accept this as a normal, ok life. It’s also ok to damn well give your listeners an out of body experience expressing your discomfort at things (“Predator” may be the, no pun intended, apex of that here) – the saddest realization being there may be nowhere left to go but up.

So the choice now is, try or die? Or “No Future”.

I am a big Killswitch Engage fan and will always have a place for them in my heart of moshing hearts. I have fond memories of seeing the band live with various line-ups from Ozzfest to touring with Disturbed to Jesse’s first show back at NEMHC (that was insane) and more. It is hard to say who is my favorite vocalist for the band as my two favorite records from the band Disarm the Descent and The End of Heartache each feature a different lead singer. I think Jesse has the edge for me lyrically but there is something about Howard’s big melodic voice I always really loved. No shade on Jesse’s singing though, which is also the force propelling many anthems.

Suffice to say, “The Signal Fire” track from the band’s new album bringing Howard and Jesse together for fans again was anticipated! I don’t feel let down. The video is great and shows a lot of love plus the songs high speed intro makes me think the band had a lot of fun touring with Anthrax. I have been jamming the promo for Atonement and am glad now the public can have as much fun with the record as I have. I coulda used a little more of that big melodic Howard voice on this someplace, but overall the song showcases both of them well -if understandably leaning more towards the current (and OG) singer Jesse.

I know y’all are gassed up at Slipknot being #1 right now but can we get KSE to #2?

“This video is a demonstration of solidarity and unity,” says Leach. “This is for the fans and this is our testimony to all who see this video. In these times we live in, I believe this is an important message – not just for us as a band and our fans but for all of humanity. This is a call for compassion and understanding! There is strength in unity.”

Leach continues, “The making of the video was a great experience as well. Just all of us guys hanging out and having fun together. Ian McFarland did a hell of a job capturing the vibe and energy of our performances.”

“It was another silly day at the office,” says Jones. “Good food, lots of wrestling talk, and hanging with the boys is a great way to spend the day and get a little work done. Shout out to Ian McFarland for making everything painless at the shoot. The day was all smiles – with a hint of metal.”

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Entrails announce ‘Rise Of The Reaper’ album for October.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM (PST)

Linneryd Crew Death(and)Roll?

On October 11th, death metal vagabonds Entrails will release their new album, Rise of the Reaper, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, the new single, “Crawl In Your Guts”, can be heard below or at: metalblade.com/entrails – where Rise of the Reaper can also be pre-ordered. Yes, the cover art is kind of ridiculous in a Bodom way but a lot about metal is ridiculous yet awesome as fuck at the same time. Deal with it, poseur!

Such a sweet sentiment. Don’t you love it when things want to crawl in your guts? I am not sure if this is like some kind of alien or giant bugs in the guts type thing bursting out or more of like a post slasher movie guts slip and slide/twister/crawl in the red spaghetti type thing, but this is 2:54 minutes of chunky Malmö -esque evil death.

Entrails tour dates:
Aug. 31 – Malmö Massacre, Plan B – Malmö, Sweden
Oct. 11-13 – Scandinavia Deathfest, Kraken/ Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm, Sweden
Jan. 17 – 2 Years Under the Sign of the Black Serpent, @ Matrix – Bochum, Germany
Jan. 18 – Drachten Deathfest. Drachten Poppodium – Iduna, Netherlands
Jan. 19 – Bambi Galore/Königsaal – Hamburg, Germany

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Chicago metallers Snow Burial earlier this month released a music video for their song “Sever the Bloodline” over at Decibel.

“Sever the Bloodline” comes off of Snow Burial’s upcoming album Ostrava due out on September 20 via Prosthetic Records.

About the video, SNOW BURIAL frontman, Ben Bowman comments, “This video was conceived, directed and edited by Derek Cox of Polymyth Studios. He’s been a long time colleague of Nick [Delehanty]’s and was inspired by the song’s dark imagery. The song itself is born from the despair bred by the wild inequality and greed we see daily and invokes some rather violent themes to make a point. We’re hardly ever literal, but the extremity of the sound and words have intent.”

Head over to Decibel to stream “Sever the Bloodline.” You can also check out the album art and track list for Ostrava here.

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Diamond Head release “The Sleeper”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM (PST)

British heavy metal icons Diamond Head released a lyric video for their song “The Sleeper” on August 8.

“The Sleeper” is the fourth single off of the band’s latest album The Coffin Train, which came out in May via Silver Lining Music.

Of the track, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersens comments, “It’s such a big sounding track that it almost takes you on a cinematic journey. ‘The Sleeper’ is a follow up to ‘Silence’ off the last record. We had fans who loved the orchestral elements and I wanted to give them some more. It was inspired by a favorite Sci-fi movie from my childhood.”

Adds guitarist Brian Tatler, “Starting life in 2016 with the main riff, I decided to demo it and see if I could make it into a song. With a bit of work this grew into a powerful monster with Ras’ lyrics inspired by the 1984 film Dune. It’s very moody and dynamic with brilliant orchestration.”

Check out the video for “The Sleeper” as well Diamond Head tour dates here.

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Drugs of Faith premiere “Nihilists” over at BrooklynVegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10:59 AM (PST)

Virginia noise makers Drugs of Faith have premiered their newest track “Nihilists” over at BrooklynVegan earlier this week.

“Nihilists” is the first single off of the upcoming Decay 7″ EP which will be released through Selfmadegod Records in early September.

Drugs of Faith’s Decay EP marks the outfit’s first full-length studio release since 2013’s Architectural Failures. Recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations in Baltimore (Full Of Hell, Magrudergrind) and mastered by JC Griffin at Lakebottom Recording (Cloud Rat, Ceremony Of Senses, Blind Haven), Decay delivers five searing tracks.

Founding guitarist/vocalist Richard Johnson offers of the track, “‘Nihilists’ shows our love for Voivod and Demigod. It’s one of the more aggressive songs from the Decay EP.”

Drugs of Faith is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Richard Johnson (Enemy Soil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), bassist Ivan Khilko (Immanent Voiceless, Destroyer of Worlds), and drummer Ethan Griffiths (Embra). Since its 2002 inception, the band has released an array of recordings through Selfmadegod Records, Malokul, Contaminated Tones, and more. The band has appeared in the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series, on a Godflesh tribute compilation, has recorded a split 7″ with Cloud Rat and a split 3″ CD with Antigama, and most recently issued a track on an anti-Trump compilation.

Head over to BrooklynVegan to stream “Nihilists.”

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California death metallers Arkaik have signed with The Artisan Era to release their newest album, due out next year.

Ahead of next year’s release, Arkaik have released a lyric video for their song “Supernal Flame.”

After the release of Nemethia in 2017, the band has added new guitarists Cris Portugal (Enslave the Creation) and Alex Haddad (live for Vale of Pnath, Dessiderium) plus new drummer Nathan Bigelow (Singularity) who had previously played live for Alterbeast and Virvum. While a new bass player had been added, the band is currently working on a permanent replacement to be announced when the time comes.

Arkaik will be touring this fall with Beyond Creation, Fallujah, and Equipoise on the Algorythm North America tour from September 20th to October 22nd.

Arkaik vocalist Jared comments on signing with The Artisan Era:

“It’s definitely a massive honor to be a part of The Artisan Era family. They have consistently been putting out forward-thinking, top-tier progressive metal and we feel like its the perfect fit for Arkaik. The enthusiasm from supporters of the label is also extremely humbling to be a part of. It’s really exciting for us because its also a new era in the band, so couldn’t be more stoked to be working with them now.
We’re still pretty deep into writing the next album, but we wanted to put out a new song with this announcement. We picked a song that we felt would be a good fit for a single and went to our trusted audio engineering wizard Zack Ohren in Oakland. He engineered and mixed the song and we got our friend Mendel bij de Leij (ex-Aborted) to master the track. They were a perfect combo to be working on this song and they nailed it.

Lyrically the song ties all our previous concept albums together into one song. It acts as an overview of the entire journey of Cyrix, through the last three albums, up until now, and points to where we are going next. We’ve never done a stand-alone single like this, so I felt like it would be a cool opportunity to tell the story as best I can in one song. If you want to learn more about our history and concept albums, check out the podcast I did with Steel Legion Podcast here. You can follow the Arkaik Street Team Group on Facebook here.

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting us through the years, Arkaik wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for you. Cheers!”

Check out the lyric video for “Supernal  Flame” and Arkaik tour dates here.

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Toxic Holocaust prepare to release ‘Primal Future: 2019’ this fall

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4:22 PM (PST)

Portland, Oregon crossover legends Toxic Holocaust are preparing to release their latest full-length Primal Future: 2019 via Entertainment One on October 4.

Joel Grind had this to say about the new album:

“When I started the band in 1999, I never imagined I’d still be doing it in 2019. It’s been a long time coming but the new album is finally ready and it’s sort of a culmination of my past twenty years of doing this band. Most notably, I decided to go back to my roots and record this entire album by myself and play all of the instruments like I did in the early days. It was a lot of fun and nostalgic and at the same time exciting to be able to apply everything I’ve learned over the years. ‘Chemical Warlords’ opens the album and sets the tone for the rest of the record. My vision for this album was sort of a cyberpunk dystopian future. Enjoy!”
Primal Future: 2019 was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grind with artwork by Steve Crisp.
Toxic Holocaust will join Gwar’s massive North American Use Your Collusion Tour next month. The journey begins September 16th in Grand Rapids, Michigan and runs through November 5th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Additional support will be provided by Sacred Reich and Against The Grain.
Check out the lyric video for “Chemical Warlords” and Toxic Holocaust tour dates here.
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High Reeper announce fall east coast tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4:09 PM (PST)

Philadelphia stoner metallers High Reeper have announced a fall east coast tour. The tour will be in support of the band’s newest full-length Higher Reeper.

Higher Reeper is out now via Heavy Psych Sounds.

The week-long trek will launch on September 20 in Northampton, MA and run through September 26 in Holbrook, NY.

You can stream Higher ReeperDecibel over at .

Check out High Reeper tour dates and the video for “Bring The Dead” here.

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