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Venom Inc. to tour North America with Necrophagia

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM (PST)

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The UK black metallers in Venom Inc. are preparing to tear across North America in the new year.

Venom Inc. will be supported on the tour by Necrophagia.

The bands will play twenty-one shows starting in Atlanta, Georgia on January 5 and wrapping up on January 28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Check out the full list of tour dates here.

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Album Review: Exmortus – “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM (PST)

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Exmortus return with Ride Forth, another powerful team up between the band and Prosthetic Records. From a razor edged cover of Beethoven’s “Apassionata” that would make The Great Kat and Bill & Ted of Wyld Stallyns proud to rugged and rowdy thrash originals with grimy yowls that invigorate with the same battle hardened intensity you’d expect from Skeletonwitch or the much missed crimson screams of early 3 Inches Of Blood.

“Black Sails” is a mid paced march that really stands out, the band a single entity of undeniable dueling guitars, melodic veined fiery runs and drumming that pumps you up and holds things together. Exmortus always get me charged up and wanting to go jog up a mountain. “For The Horde” is one of the fastest tunes from the group yet, a lightning blur of guitars that swipe like the downward killing stroke of a vorpal blade. It’s easy to envision the ramparts, just sayin’.

“Let Us Roam” is another favorite, the band really allowing themselves to cut loose with the shred but with an emphasis on cool songwriting arrangements and strong vocal engagement that deifies the grasp of some tech death bands, for example. Perhaps it is the thrashier influence at the heart of these also very classic heavy metal influenced tunes that invigorates rather than the distraction that comes with tech death in knowing that you could be listening to classic old school death metal and it would probably be better (though I love some tech stuff like Revocation and Fallujah bigtime). “Fire and Ice” gives Evile a run for their money with a very Metallica-tastic intro before a super medieval tinged gallop ensues, just an epic metal treat for fans of this stuff.

Verdict is once again Exmortus fans shall behold triumph.

Band Spotlight: Battlecross

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM (PST)

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Are Battlecross the hardest working blokes in metal? In recent years they have certainly seemed like it. The thrashers released their best album yet Rise To Power in 2015 and were a constant presence on big tours, connecting to fans and in online discussions. This band already has the potential to be one of the next generation of thrash greats if they stay the course. We hope they continue their rise. They prove that you can’t do this if you are bound by fear! Get out there and hustle! \m/

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Blood Mantra Across North America adds Black Effin’ Breath

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:04 AM (PST)

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Having mercilessly dropped their Slaves Beyond Death LP through Southern Lord at the end of September, BLACK BREATH now adds their impending participation in the Blood Mantra Across North America Tour with Decapitated and Theories to their upcoming live actions in support of the record.

First up, next week the BLACK BREATH horde will take on the Pacific Northwest on a mini-tour running from December 17th through the 20th, with shows in Seattle, Walla Walla, Spokane and Vancouver, joined by Skelator on all but the final show. December 30th sees the band close out the year with a one-off show in Bellingham supporting Red Fang.

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Exumer announce “The Raging Tides”, tracklisting and art

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM (PST)

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German thrash metallers Exumer have announced The Raging Tides as their upcoming fourth full-length, set to be released January 29th via Metal Blade Records! To hear the first single – the album’s title track – and to pre-order the record in various formats, head over to:http://www.metalblade.com/exumer

Recorded with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund, Germany, The Raging Tides is a deliberate and violent thrash attack that stays true to the band’s 30 year legacy. Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering – specifically “caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain,” Stein asserts. Inspired by a wide range of books and articles, the title of the album itself, according to Stein, “represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.”

See below for The Raging Tides‘ track-listing, with more news coming soon!

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Slayer announce U.S. tour with Testament and Carcass

Posted by Metal Dude on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:19 AM (PST)

slayer testament carcass tourThrash metal icons Slayer have announced a U.S. tour with Testament and Carcass, which will take place in February and March of next year. The dates and locations are below.

Slayer released Repentless, their first album in six years, last September on Nuclear Blast. Testament are currently working on a new album, which will be their first since 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth, while Carcass last released Surgical Steel in 2013.

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Top 5 Metal Videos of 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM (PST)

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In the basically post MTV age people pretty much have to search for music videos unless they are forced down our throats like “Hotline Bling”, but it means that in more underground musical chambers there are still some really cool things being done. Whether as incentive to wow ever fickle blog culture based fans or because artists just feel like they are supposed to make music videos, the following 5 clips really kicked ass and went the extra mile to create a special experience for fans.

Read the list Below.

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As many readers of my bloody quill scribbles know, I tend to prefer to write about bands I like then give more press to bands I think suck or who are assholes, unless they have personally wronged me in which case I will take them to task with a vengeance. Exmortus are a band I have zero complaints about and they seem to be quite diehard, just out there to kick ass and support metal’s growth like Battlecross, Napalm Death or other bands who live to tour and hit it hard and true with a stake through the heart of poseurs.

Exmortus are one of my favorites in the modern metal scene and I can firmly get behind their sentiments in “Death To Tyrants”. a killer new Ride Forth track which has a new lyric video premiering at Revolver HERE. The Exmortus bunch are sounding ever more Skeletonwitchy meets Exodus to me, but it aint like that is a bad thing at all. The song has the same name as one of the best newer Sick Of It All albums but we’ll let that slide this time.

Basically, if only this song came with donuts it would be perfect.
Be one of the first 300 customers to pre-order “Ride Forth” on CD, LP (black, red or smoke variants) or bundled with a t-shirt, long sleeve or zip-up hoodie from the Prosthetic webshop and you’ll receive a phone call from one of the band members! Order it now: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/bands/exmortus

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“This is the modern world. We don’t need no one to tell us what’s right or
wrong.” – The Jam.

The Jam’s 2nd album came out in 1977, but we still could relate to the
sentiments expressed in the title track to The Modern World today. It is very
interesting to me how the 80’s and early 90’s seemed the decades of the greatest “shock
value” or censorship battles and today we still have moralizing pundits and morons like
Donald Trump or fake christians who denounce people as trash or sinners yet
support racist platforms or heinously compassion free social positions.

At the same time that we live in an age of gamergate and twitter battles
against “the evils of SJWs”, we have morphed into a culture where Nothing’s
Shocking– not because of conjoined topless twins with their heads on fire or
whatever titillated in the early rock alternative days when Jane’s Addiction
popularized the phrase, but because any carnival barker like Trump gets
absorbed into the overall white noise (even when they lead the headlines).
Thus you can seemingly say anything as long as it bleeds and leads and yet the
deeper contextual meaning is lost, ramifications be damned. Like George Bush
literally lying out of his ass about the Iraq war constantly, for example.

So what I’m saying is, God bless John Oliver or Pussy Riot for injecting some content back into the mainstream. Or a band like death metal’s Jungle Rot who released the awesome Order Shall Prevail this year, which looks at issues like marshall law.

We live in a time of a glut of pop and even political desperation. Politicians
will say anything to get elected. Pop stars are rewarded for portraying edgy,
co-opted looks and styles but towing the corporate line.

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Megadeth release “The Threat Is Real” audio.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM (PST)

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Megadeth‘s new track is probably the best thing from the band since the System Has Failed stuff, the last time I was really into more than one or two songs off a record (though Endgame was pretty decent). This new tune “The Threat Is Real” is awesome, though. Kudos to Mustaine for listening to the fans desire for some of the thrashier, more virtuoso side of Megadeth we have been missing. Listen HERE.

That said, I have never been able to listen to the band the same way since the Mustaine comments about Obama being behind the movie theater Dark Knight Rises Shootings. Look, we know he calls shots on the drone kill list but believing in the false flag movie theater shooting stuff as a plot to take away gun rights was really too much. We don’t need to fabricate shootings because they happen way too often. And I’m not even anti-gun. I think it is a tool like anything else but way too many people are not mature or sane enough to handle the responsibility. So yeah, Mustaine saying that made me go running for my Testament CDs instead. I’m not sure I’m ever gonna be won back fully from that, despite this track having some great performances on it. That said, it’s a real shredder and I loved it.

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Black Tusk reveal “God’s On Vacation” single, new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PST)

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The death of Athon was a tragedy for metal and it is heartening to learn his final studio tracks will be included on a January release from Black Tusk entitled Pillars Of Ash. Despite keeping an ear to the ground, I had no idea about this and so was thrilled to get the news yesterday. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of distortion and volume triumphing over tragedy I’d also mention Drew Cook of Dimesland, who passed away unexpectedly last year, is immortalized on that great guitar band’s Psychogenic Atrophy HERE.

But yes, NPR has the stream of a new Black Tusk single HERE. The song is as stomping and awesome as anything in the band’s rad catalogue and underscores their place near the top of metal’s upstart crop of most relentless bands. There is a dark, punk rock heart to this band’s sludge and it gives them a more rock n roll heart possessed by few bands this side of High On Fire, The Bronx and other really rowdy groups. Athon’s presence will always be felt. Truly one of my best memories as a music fan was that I got to share a small bill opening for them once while he was alive.

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Exmortus reveal Philip Lawvere artwork for “Ride Forth”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PST)

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The Los Angeles-based, neoclassical metal-inspired extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS will further their claim that “metal is king” in early 2016 with their blistering new album, Ride Forth. The menacing cover for the new release – featuring oil-painted artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost), who previously contributed his epic artistry to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 label debut, Slave To The Sword – can be seen above.

“Ride Forth” was recorded earlier this year with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) before the group hit the road alongside guitar legend Marty Friedman on his recent North American tour. More details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Battlecross announce North American tour w/ Havok

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:27 AM (PST)

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Michigan thrash metallers Battlecross have announced a headlining North American tour.

Battlecross will see support from HavokNekrogoblikon and Black Fast.

Check out Battlecross tour dates here.

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An announcement from ANTHRAX.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10 PM (PST)

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Album Review: Act Of Defiance – “Birth and the Burial”

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:43 AM (PST)

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So, I picked up the ACT OF DEFIANCE debut album Birth And The Burial today. I was a little skeptical at first, since the last time two dudes left MEGADETH and tried something new, David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso gave us F5, which left a lot to be desired. Not to say that the band wasn’t any good, but you would expect more out of ex-MEGADETH guys. A lot more.

ACT OF DEFIANCE, formed by ex-MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitars), along with singer Henry Derek (ex-SCAR THE MARTYR) and bassist Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) went down a completely opposite path as the boys in F5. The band is a perfect blend of so many different sun-genres of metal, there’s something for virtually everyone. Very old school, no nonsense, in your face metal, but still very new school at the same time.

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