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Corrosion Of Conformity vets to perform “Blind” at K.Ludwig benefit

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM (PST)
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Vocalist Karl Agell, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s 1991 seminal Blind full-length and founding drummer Reed Mullin will perform the LP in its entirety on Sunday, November 9th at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. The concert is a benefit show for Katherine Ludwig, former editor of long-running heavy metal magazine, Metal Maniacs, who is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Footage of the band rehearsing for the upcoming performance (plus jamming some Slayer and Motorhead!!!) can be viewed at THIS LOCATION.

Comments Mullin, “I only heard about Katherine’s medical problems a month ago, and the minute after, I was on the phone with Karl Agell to see if he’d be into doing a benefit for her. I’m not sure folks today know just how instrumental she was in introducing and exposing your typical ‘metal maniac’ of the early ’90s to so many bad ass bands. A lot of which, like COC, had never been given an audience like that before. We had been in fanzines with circulations of maybe a couple hundred, but Metal Maniacs was thousands and thousands! A great advocate for little known underground metal, as well as hardcore/punk bands, she promoted the Blind album to the point where by the end of the year it was on virtually everyone’s top ten metal albums of 1991. I can’t overstate how important she was to COC’s success. Without her, Blind wouldn’t have sold what it did. And after that, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there probably would never have been a Deliverance album. Katherine Ludwig is wonderful person and I hope we can give back a little for all the goodness she gave us.”

 

A Facebook page has been launched by Alicia Morgan, who worked as Ludwig’s assistant and was editor for several issues of the magazine. Writes Morgan: “[Katherine would] cover bands before they were on the mainstream radar: Sepultura, Voivod, Prong, Kreator, White Zombie, Obituary, Cathedral, Cro-Mags, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Carcass, Corrosion Of Conformity etc. She gave a voice to underground punk/doom and crust bands like  Amebix, Deviated Instinct and Winter. She gave a platform to unsigned bands and ‘zines. In her editorials, she wrote about issues that meant something to her. Racism. Sexism. Human rights. Animal rights. Vegetarianism. Homophobia. Even if she got flack about it, she’d soldier on, and call people out… I’m asking you to give Katherine, this leader, this beautiful and strong warrior, donations that will relieve some of the burden to ease costs that go along with all of the guts and glory that go along with chemo, and cancer, and everything and everything that will help as she helped all of you.”

Katherine Ludwig Benefit Concert

November 9th, 2014

Doors 5pm – Show 6pm.

Lincoln Theater – 126 E Cabarrus St. – Raleigh, NC  27601

$15 advance/$20 day of show.

Buy tickets HERE.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/lymphomaniac-help-katherine-ludwig-annihilate-her-cancer-/224784

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Neurotic Deathfest 2015 adds Hate Eternal, Nader Sadek and more

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM (PST)

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Europe’s premier indoor extreme metal festival, Neurotic Deathfest, has announced new names for the 2015 installment, set to take place at 013 venue in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 17-19, 2015. Eleven new acts are confirmed, including Hate Eternal, Devourment and Nader Sadek. The organization earlier confirmed heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath and Immolation. Tickets are available through neuroticdeathfest.com.

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Best reunion news of the day: Despised Icon!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM (PST)

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Despised Icon were so nasty and precise. It’ll be killer to briefly have them back for these four godless shows.

Sez the band,” There won’t be any other dates, so don’t miss out.”

 

Here are the details:

12/13 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
12/14 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/20 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
12/21 Worcester, MA @ Palladium w/The Red Chord!!!

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There are few bands as widely respected and as influential as the Ramones. And now, the group’s long-time drummer is gearing up to unveil his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone,’ which will be released on January 13, 2015, via Touchstone Books. And what better way to celebrate the book’s arrival than with gloriously mega-decibel renditions of Ramones classics, which is exactly what Marky will be offering up on Saturday, January 17th at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC.

Joining Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg that night will be special guest Andrew W.K. on vocals.

“These songs are too good not to be played,” says Marky. “I am really looking forward to playing live once more in my hometown of NYC, and celebrating the arrival of the book.”

‘Punk Rock Blitzkrieg’ will serve as a social history of the New York punk scene from an eyewitness. Yes, it has plenty of tales from the dirty streets, drugs, and rock and roll, but it also takes readers on a musical journey of a legendary band. And a few days after it’s release, fans will get the opportunity to rock out – and possibly meet – one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers of all time.

Cattle Decap to live debut new tune at Housecore Horror

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM (PST)

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Cattle Decapitation will be performing a brand new song off their upcoming 2015 Metal Blade release at the mid day show of the Housecore Horror Film Festival. The show will be at Midway’s on Friday, 10/24 with Unearth, Brian Posehn, Origin, fellow San Diegan and friend Author & Punisher, and Evil United! The band is looking forward to debuting new material for the festival crowd. Later that same evening, Cattle Decapitation‘s vocalist Travis Ryan will be performing vocals with Wizards of Gore (the legendary gore thrash act Rigor Mortis under a different name) for his all time favorite Rigor Mortis track “Foaming at the Mouth”, which will mark this the band’s first time playing the song in over 25 years!

Click HERE for more.

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Ivar Bjørnson picks Skeletonwitch for Roadburn 2015

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM (PST)

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Today, the prestigious Roadburn Festival announced that SKELETONWITCH has been invited to perform at the 2015 edition of the event, which takes place in Tilburg, Holland next April. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Oct. 16.

 “Simply put: if you want blackened thrash (or whatever you want to call it – everybody has their own definition of what these Ohio rednecks are supposed to be defined as) of the absolutely highest order, these are your guys,” proclaimed Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, who alongside Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (Wardruna) has curated the line-up for Roadburn 2015.

Having hand-picked SKELETONWITCH to play, Bjørnson — who toured alongside the group earlier this year — added, “Okay, I’ve gotta admit that once again sharing a backstage area with these wonderful specimens of the human variety is a motivation in itself – but it is of course first and foremost the music that brought about the invite. This is the perfect band to tear down the walls at Roadburn 2015 and seriously shake things up/slap us silly. If ‘Witch’s high-octane metal doesn’t make you headbang like there’s no tomorrow, you’re probably dead.”

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Regulator (Cro-Mags with Bad Brains guests) play NYC benefit show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:05 AM (PST)

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Regulator has confirmed that they will be headlining a benefit concert to take place on Thursday, September 25th at Bowery Electric. A NYHC all-star event, Regulator includes John Joseph & Mackie of The Cro-Mags and performs all classic Bad Brains material. Mackie, of course, also was in Bad Brains previously.

Special guests to join Regulator during this performance will be none other than the Bad Brains own, Darryl Jennifer & Dr. Know. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Childrens Tumor Foundation (which is also the charity John Joseph supports through competing in Ironman Triathlons).

Also performing will be Wilding Incident (which features members of Crown Of Thornz, Maximum Penalty and The White Mandingos) and the recently re-united Subzero.

Purchase tickets here. PMA!

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Falconer announce final live shows

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM (PST)

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ProgPower USA has announced the line up for ProgPower XVI, which will include Falconer‘s final live performance. A video featuring music from the bands announced so far can be found on facebook.com/ProgPowerUSA. The festival is scheduled to take place in Atlanta, GA September 11-12 next year. Tickets will go on sale on October 4 through Ticketmaster.

Falconer has released the following statement online:

“As the news has been dropped that we won’t continue as a live act we take the opportunity to explain, not that it really differs much from the state the band usually is in. The last show will take place at ProgPower USA in 2015.

 “As I (Stefan Weinerhall) started Falconer in 1999 it was meant to be a studio project, I have always looked upon myself as a writer more than an artist, the creative work has been the reason and driving force. We started doing some shows after a while but never really going all in although the shows themselves was really rewarding, fun and filled with fond memories. It is due to conscious decisions that we have built the band up around our obligations, work schedules and family lives so there is no bitterness to this decision although the decisions were harder to make in the early years when everything started rolling. If we’re not a proper live act we’re better of as the studio project we were meant to be.

 “The inconsistency of doing very few shows with huge gaps between them has meant that we’ve had to start up the rusty machinery from scratch each time. So now as we all are becoming grumpy old men, we realise that the output don’t match the input although the experiences from the past gigs have been great!

“We owe it to our fans and ourselves to do some more appearances before becoming even more reclusive than we already are, haha! So for 2015 we have looked into our windows of opportunity and seen which festivals we CAN do. Those festivals are now contacted and know of the exclusivity in the offer. So with this I hope that those of you who really want to catch us a last time will succeed, even though we haven’t directly booked a world tour!

 

“Cheers from the metal minstrels from the north!”

Stefan, Mathias, Karsten, Jimmy and Magnus

 

Falconer’s most recent album, Black Moon Rising was released in June of this year and can be previewed and purchased at metalblade.com/falconer.

Much luck to the band in their future endeavors and thanks for their efforts to date bringing great metal to true fans.

 

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Amon Amarth added to Knotfest Japan (that is a melting pot!)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:41 AM (PST)

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Sweden’s Amon Amarth will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for KNOTFEST 2014! The festival takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days. Amon Amarth will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, Five Finger Death Punch, and more. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at http://knotfestjapan.com.

Earlier this month, a brand new trailer was released for Northmen – A Viking Saga, the upcoming action film featuring Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg. Hegg appears alongside Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Knights of Badassdom), Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Tom Hopper (Merlin, Doctor Who), and more. To view the official trailer (watch for Hegg in action around the 1:28 mark), visit facebook.com/NorthmenMovie or simply click HERE.

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Kingston, NY’s hardcore kings Painmask are underground vets who real heads know have been in this dogfight for decades. Now, the band have an upcoming gig with Cro-Mags and Sub Zero in Poughkeepsie, NY

Says intelligent vocalist Jay Avery:

“Were really excited for this upcoming show and the chance to meet and hang with great local acts and support two legendary New York Hardcore bands. Both Subzero and Cro-mags have pioneered the style and scene that we have always been proud to be part of. We’re taking this  opportunity to introduce new members of the band and material that is soon to be released. We’re confident that the new additions to the Painmask roster will once again deliver! Were a solid group of lifelong metalheads with endless ambition. Our strict mission is to deliver the most intense, thought provoking, heavy music set one could ask for.  And If you don’t believe me come see for yourself. We offer a money back guarantee!”

I asked Avery how about the material they recently tracked with Joey Z. of Life Of Agony fame at various studios?

“Were working on final mixes with the new tracks and couldn’t be more happier with the outcome. We were a little concerned at first with the recent member changes, but what has emerged is incredible! Life’s circumstances have parlayed into something bigger and stronger then we could have imagined. JoeyZ really is a cut above to work with. His advice and professionalism is second to none! But with the recent resurgence of Life of Agony and their European shows this month, we’ve had to take a short pause from mastering. We should have these songs available by mid September. But if you’re one of the lucky ticket holders and we see you at the sold out LOA reunion on Sept 13 in Sayreville NJ. I might even have a copy for you.”
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Starland Life Of Agony show will be epic

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM (PST)

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From Mina Caputo’s Facebook:

Tix on sale now.!!! Let’s sell this bitch OUT today.!!! http://www.starlandballroom.com/events/detail/252459

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Ereb Altor to decimate Summer Breeze 2014

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST)

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So, this news is a month old, but I am looking for any reason to post about Ereb Altor today. I am stoned and listening to “Nifelheim”. More people simply need to appreciate the majestic, vast strength of this band.

The festival announcement update from the Summer Breeze folks recently proclaimed:

All fans of harsh, yet epic sounds are already familiar with our next confirmed band: EREB ALTOR are coming to SUMMER BREEZE 2014!
The Swedes can be considered the legitimate successors of Bathory, because, just as the viking metal pioneers, EREB ALTOR know too well how to perfectly combine snappy melodies with epic song structures. Add to this a bit of ice-cold nordic atmosphere and what you get is a sonic brew that grabs you and won’t let you go. As an example, may we mention their 2013 album ‘Fire Meets Ice’, the title of which is a pretty accurate description of EREB ALTOR’s music, and that belongs in every proper metal collection. Check it out!

Tickets: http://www.summer-breeze.de/de/tickets/info.html

Some of the other confirmed acts this year include Alcest, Bodyfarm, Of Mice & Men, Enforcer, Biohazard and too many more to list!

 

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Mournful Congregation post Martyrdoom Footage!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM (PST)

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This is a fuckin’ unexpected treat for my weekend!

From the Mournful Congregation Official Facebook:

Full footage of our second and final performance at this year’s Martyrdoom Fest in NYC.
Thanks to Vinny and the Signature Riff crew for making this possible, along with everyone who came out to our shows!

Next stop is Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen before returning to our desolate shores.

I can’t believe this. I’m thrilled. Was so bummed I wasn’t there but this is next best thing. Click HERE for the footage and keepi it on and on…doom on through the Golden fireworks Dawn.

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Show Review: The Vans Warped Tour 2014

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:09 PM (PST)

WT Punk rock summer camp…wasn’t so punk rock. The Vans Warped Tour rolled into town on June 20th in Pomona, CA. The Warped Tour line up this year is made up of heavier bands, but punk bands? Not so much. (I’m not complaining).

Click here to read more.

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Show Photos: “Trust” in Sevendust at Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM (PST)

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Some bands go acoustic and make a hot mess of it, but not Sevendust. The melodic and syncopated groove metal road warriors killed it on 2014’s crowd sourced win win win Time Travelers & Bonfires.  Live the retooled classic material like “Black” and “Crucified” and great new cuts like “Come Down” or “The Wait” are singalong ritual release. Dudes prove yet again you can never count them out and they can’t be pigeonholed. I feel bad for anyone who has missed out on so many great moments in the 7D timeline for fear of liking a “Nu Metal” associated act.

Catharina Christiana shot the band at Upstate Concert Hall on a recent tour stop for us and you can check the warm and energized photos out HERE.

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