ENTHRONED announces UK/Ireland tour and two new European dates

January 30th, 2013
by EvilG

Belgium-based metal legends ENTHRONED have announced new live shows in United Kingdom and Ireland as part of their Obsidium Campaign 2013. The tour will kick off on the 27th of February in Belfast (IE)and play in Dublin (IE), Glasgow (UK), London (UK) and Exeter (UK). More news below.

The band will be touring in support of their latest full-length album entitled “Obsidium”, released in March 2012 on Agonia Records, and quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Premier track off the album is available at this location:


ENTHRONED Obsidium Campaign 2013 dates:
February 27 – Ireland, Belfast – Voodoo
February 28 – Ireland, Dublin – The Pint
March 01 – UK, Glasgow – Audio
March 02 – UK, London – Elektrowerkz
March 03 – UK, Exeter – Cavern

Other confirmed shows:
May 30th – Serbia, Belgrade – Darkness Rising Festival
July 27th – Holland, Steenwijk – Stonehenge Festival

ENTHRONED on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Frater.Silurian


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Vigilance: ‘Queen of the Midnight Fire’ Artwork Revealed

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG
Vigilance: 'Queen of the Midnight Fire'

Vigilance: ‘Queen of the Midnight Fire’

The Slovenian occult act Vigilance is proud to reveal the artwork of their upcoming album entitled “Queen of the Midnight Fire”.

“Queen of the Midnight Fire” is scheduled to be released on Metal Tank Records (Exact date T.B.A.). Ripping with its excellent mixture of genuine traditional Speed / Heavy Metal filled with profound devotion for primordial occultism, Vigilance itself reflects perfectly a lethal dose of true metal, real old school attitude fueled with dark emotions and spell bound intensity.

Prepare for a voyage beyond mortal knowledge.

The following song titles are expected to appear on “Queen of the Midnight Fire”:

1. Queen of the Midnight Fire
2. Behind the Cellar Door
3. SpeedWave
4. What Lies Beyond…
5. Night Terrors
6. Four Crowns of Hell
7. Poetry and the Gods
8. Under Sulphurous Skies
9. Ritual of Death

More information can be obtained by visiting the renewed site at www.metaltankrecords.com


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SUFFOCATION: Photos from “As Grace Descends” Video Shoot Now Online

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Suffocation_3.jpgNew York death metal veterans, SUFFOCATION, have posted photos from their recent video shoot for the song “As Grace Descends” here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152111275674298.496675.62183074297&type=1. The clip was shot by director Tommy Jones (KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK, DEATH ANGEL) at Duff’s in Brooklyn, NY where several fans showed up for the filming.  The song comes from their upcoming soon-to-be-death-metal-classic, Pinnacle of Bedlam.

Pinnacle of Bedlam album trailers:
#1 http://youtu.be/osLxPA7CQ1w
#2 http://youtu.be/6EmebFUqeuw

Pinnacle of Bedlam is now available for pre-order! Order the CD or deluxe CD/DVD digipak version of the record, with or without an exclusive t-shirt design while supplies last, from the following location http://jsrdirect.com/webstores/nuclearblast/. Pinnacle of  Bedlam will be released on February 15th in Europe and on February 19th in North America.

Pinnacle of Bedlam deluxe digipak track listing:
01. Cycles Of Suffering
02. Purgatorial Punishment
03. Eminent Wrath
04. As Grace Descends
05. Sullen Days
06. Pinnacle Of Bedlam
07. My Demise
08. Inversion
09. Rapture Of Revocation
10. Beginning Of Sorrow
Bonus: The making of Pinnacle of Bedlam DVD

The brand new tracks “Cycles of Suffering” and “As Grace Descends” are available for streaming and free download now!

Pinnacle of Bedlam was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering was handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDE SILENCE). Pinnacle of Bedlam features 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who played with the band previously on their Despise The Sun EP. Artwork was handled by artist Raymond Swanland (DEEDS OF FLESH, PSYCROPTIC).

SUFFOCATION were among the inductees for this year’s class of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. The event was held on October 18, 2012 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Pictures from the press conference can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151091714073649.445624.41340788648&type=3.

View the video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification” at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYSU4XGLpI. The footage was directed by David Brodsky (ARSIS, GOD FORBID, KATAKLYSM, SWASHBUCKLE) with animation by Tim Kellen.

Blood Oath, the follow-up to 2006′s self-titled record, was recorded by Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band’s last two releases) and mixed by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH). Cover artwork was once again brought to life by Jon Zig (DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE, GORGASM). The album was released on July 14, 2009.

For more info visit: www.facebook.com/Suffocation | www.nuclearblastusa.com/Suffocation | www.myspace.com/Suffocation


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Battlecross To Enter The Studio Next Month; New Album Scheduled For Summer Release

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG
BATTLECROSS, In Flames, Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish

BATTLECROSS, In Flames, Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish

Band set to hit the road this weekend with In Flames and will make its first appearance at New England Metal Fest in April

Detroit Thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record their follow-up to their 2011 Metal Blade debut Pursuit of Honor, which topped the Sirius XM Liquid Metal charts, garnered great reviews and earned the band high profile tours, including last summer’s Trespass America Festival Tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. The band will begin recording immediately after the ‘Another Year, Another Tour’ with In Flames, Demon Hunter and All Shall Perish for 27 North American dates that begins on February 2 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Battlecross will look to Mark Lewis and crew at Audiohammer Studios in Florida to record their follow up to 2011/2012′s breakout album, scheduled for release in summer 2013. Lewis, responsible for the production and/or engineering for bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Deicide said, “I can’t wait to be a part of Battlecross‘ next record. From the moment I heard the band I knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it’s all about.”

Eyal Levy will handle engineering duties on the record and Armored Saint’s Joey Vera, who mastered the band’s cover version of Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile,” will master.

Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is “stoked to be working with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We’re so focused on making a killer follow up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will help bring our raw, live sound to life.”

Metal Blade President Michael Faley said, “2013 is destined to be big year for Battlecross starting with a tour with In Flames in February, followed by recording the new album with Mark Lewis in March and April. We have high expectations for the bands sophomore effort which will be released to coincide with a massive tour this summer (stay tuned for details). We are excited by the band’s “non-stop” approach which has landed them on significant tours and support from Jose Mangin at Sirius XM Liquid Metal. Thanks for all the support from the metal community.”

In addition, festival organizer Scott Lee, recently announced the addition of Battlecross to the 15th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. This will be the band’s first appearance and will join Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Opeth and many more.

Pursuit of Honor’s three singles ‘Push Pull Destroy,’ ‘Man of Stone’ and ‘Breaking You,’ spent more than 50 combined weeks on Sirius XM Liquid Metal ‘Devil’s Dozen’ list of most requested songs, with ‘Push Pull Destroy’ at the top spot for five weeks last spring. The accompanying video has racked up more than 1.5 million views on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZLob1Hi4I and was the break-out track for these high-energy thrashers.

Catch Battlecross on the road starting this weekend:

w/ In Flames, Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish
02/02 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
02/04 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
02/05 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
02/07 Covington, KY The Madison Theatre
02/08 Joilet, IL Mojoes
02/09 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
02/10 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
02/12 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
02/13 San Diego, CA House of Blues
02/14 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
02/15 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
02/16 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
02/18 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
02/20 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
02/21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
02/22 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre
02/23 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Centre
02/24 Fargo, ND The Venue
02/26 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
02/27 Guelph, ON Guelph Concert Theatre
02/28 Quebec City, QB Theatre Imperial
03/01 Moncton, NB Casino NB
03/02 Halifax, NS Cunard Centre
03/04 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
03/05 Clifton Park, NJ Upstate Concert Hall
03/06 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
03/07 Norfolk, VA The NorVa

New England Metal Festival
04/18 Worcester, MA The Palladium



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FINNTROLL reveals cover artwork and track-listing for new album, ‘Blodsvept’

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG
Finntroll - Blodsvept

Finntroll – Blodsvept

FINNTROLL has now finished recording their 6th album, Blodsvept, which will be released via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and March 26th in North America! Recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Blodsvept features cover artwork by the band’s own guitarist Skrymer (who also did the artwork for the band’s previous releases). This painting perfectly visualizes the musical aura of FINNTROLL that combines influences of black and death metal with folk music, ska, Latin music, psychobilly, and Klezmer in a unique and insane sonic assault.


Blodsvept track-listing:

1. Blodsvept

2. Ett Folk Förbannat

3. När Jättar Marschera

4. Mordminnen

5. Rösets Kung

6. Skövlarens Död

7. Skogsdotter

8. Häxbrygd

9. Två Ormar

10. Fanskapsfylld

11. Midvinterdraken



20.06.2013 – Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland

22.06.2013 – Clisson @ Hellfest

20.06.2013 – Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland

13.07.2013 – Ballenstedt @ Rock Harz Festival


More dates to be announced soon!







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Shai Hulud “The Mean Spirits, Breathing” guitar tracking studio video now online

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

“Reach Beyond the Sun” pre-order bundles, including vinyl and exclusive t-shirt available now

Shai Hulud has launched a brand new studio video on MetalBlade.com. The video spotlights guitar tracking for “The Mean Spirits, Breathing” from Reach Beyond the Sun, with guitarist Matt Fox, producer Chad Gilbert, and engineer Kyle Black. The video is streaming now on metalblade.com/shaihulud.

Shai Hulud recently unveiled the second single from Reach Beyond the Sun. The band partnered with Alternative Press to stream A Human Failing on AltPress.com. Fans might recall Alternative Press issue #216 from July of 2006, which featured a comprehensive oral history on Shai Hulud. To listen to A Human Failing, head over to AltPress.com HERE.

Shai Hulud’s new album, Reach Beyond the Sun, will be released on February 19th, 2013. The title track for the album is streaming on-line, and is available for purchase on iTunes HERE. To listen, visit metalblade.com/shaihulud. Throughout the next few weeks, the band will also be posting candid studio video blogs, new music, and more, so watch out for updates as they are made available.

“10 seconds into opener “The Mean Spirits, Breathing,” it’s indisputable that Reach Beyond the Sun is Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion proper sequel…the best Shai Hulud has sounded in 15 years.” 10/10, Outburn Magazine

“Matt Fox might not be a household name, but his influence on modern metal is irrefutable.” Noisecreep.com

East Coast record release shows
02/13 Amityville, NY Revolution
02/15 Haverhill, MA Anchors Up
02/16 Trenton, NJ Backstage at Champions
02/17 Danbury, CT Heirloom Arts Theater

Soundwave Festival (SOLD OUT)
02/23 Brisbane, Australia
02/24 Sydney, Australia
03/01 Melbourne, Australia
03/02 Adelaide, Australia
03/04 Perth, Australia

Failed States European Tour 2013
w/ Propagandhi, War on Women
04/12 Berlin, DE SO36
04/13 Hamburg, DE Grünspan
04/14 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
04/15 Nottingham, UK Rock City w/ Comeback Kid
04/17 London, UK The Electric Ballroom w/ Comeback Kid
04/18 Glasgow, UK Garage w/ Comeback Kid
04/19 Sheffield, UK Corporation w/ Comeback Kid
04/20 Hasselt, BE Muziekodroom
04/21 Köln, DE Essigfabrik
04/23 München, DE Backstage
04/24 Zürich, CH Komplex
04/25 Wien, AT Arena
04/26 Milano, IT Officina Creative Ansaldo
04/27 Stuttgart, DE LKA



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Tom Keifer Premieres New Track “The Flower Song” on USAToday.com

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG



The time has come for fans of Tom Keifer who’ve been waiting over 10 years to finally hear his solo music. “The Flower Song” has premiered on USAToday.com, who proclaim “has the feel of a vintage Faces cut – a little ‘Maggie May,’ a little ‘Ooh La La’ – with Keifer’s gritty vocals front and center.” It’s the first single from his highly anticipated solo album, The Way Life Goes, due out April 30 via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services.

“The Flower Song” will be serviced to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4, while “Solid Ground” will be serviced to all Rock formats on March 11.

“To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you’re able to find that one person that’s perfect for you,” as Tom Keifer explained to USA Today’s Brian Mansfield. “Obviously, it’s told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it’s true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it’s a miracle.”

The Way Life Goes ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound which has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella.

In touring news, Keifer will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s. The 14-city trek of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from The Way Life Goes, along with some Cinderella classics. Dates beyond February 28 are currently in the works.

Check out Tom Keifer at any of the following stops:

2/09 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s

2/11 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

2/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC Dobbs

2/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

2/16 – Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean

2/17 – Portland, ME @ Asylum

2/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

2/20 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd& Lindsley

2/22 – Chicago, IL @ Viper Alley

2/23 – Lexington, KY @ Buster’s

2/24 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag

2/26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

2/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century

2/28 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock

Visit Tom Keifer online:

Official Website  l  Facebook  l  Twitter


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BROKEN HOPE posts new EPK online and offers new album update

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Chicago death metallers BROKEN HOPE have now posted a new EPK, which includes a brief recap of the band’s history, information about their upcoming album, and more. To watch it, please click the link below:


In regards to BROKEN HOPE’s new album, Jeremy Wagner (guitars) comments: “We finished writing the new BROKEN HOPE album and plan to start recording in March with Chris Djuric at Belle City Sound and Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios. As reported recently, the 11 tracks include, ‘The Flesh Mechanic’ and ‘Give Me the Bottom Half’…and these are just the tip of a massive and sick iceberg. We plan to turn this new monstrosity in to Century Media in May–before our appearances at Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest 2013.”

BH was formed in 1988 by Wagner while he was in high school. Shortly after formation, they recorded two demo tapes and signed with indie label, Grind-Core Records. Then in 1991, they released their debut album, Swamped In Gore, launching the band out of the underground and into the mainstream. From there, the band signed to Metal Blade Records and released three more albums, all stellar examples of BH’s fury, which etched their place in death metal history.

After BH’s last album (1999′s Grotesque Blessings) and world tours, Wagner cleaned house and put BH into “metal hibernation” in 2000. On January 20, 2010, original BH vocalist Joe Ptacek tragically committed suicide. He was only 37 years old. Before his death, Ptacek met with Wagner and Glass and discussed the resurrection of BH. With Ptacek’s death, Wagner and Glass took time off to reconsider their next moves.

In 2012, BH signed with Hard Impact Management and vowed to make BH a full-time monster– forever. Wagner and Glass recruited longtime friend and GORGASM vocalist, Damian Leski, as their new vocalist, and shortly after marked their return on the highly successful Carnival of Death tour. BH’s high-intensity COD concerts received top-praise, and confirmed BH was back, and more rabid than ever. BH is currently booked for the 2013 editions of Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest.

BH’s first decade was filled with non-stop writing, touring, and constant visibility. The next chapter in their career will be even more productive as the band vows to never go away again.

Damian Leski – vocals
Jeremy Wagner – guitars
Shaun Glass – bass
Chuck Wepfer – lead guitars
Mike Miczek – drums

Swamped in Gore (1991)
The Bowels of Repugnance (1993)
Repulsive Conception (1995)
Loathing (1997)
Grotesque Blessings (1999)





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CANNIBAL CORPSE “Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal” Box Set Revealed

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Second annual Decibel Magazine tour to commence in May

Cannibal Corpse will be releasing a box set to commemorate their 25th anniversary: Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal. The box contains: all 12 full length studio albums in a 12 CD foldout case with new artwork, “Torturing and Eviscerating LIVE” on CD and LP Picture Disc recorded in Tampa, FL 2010 / Milwaukee, WI 2012, PLUS: NEW EXCLUSIVE images by VINCE LOCKE, 12″ X 12″ graphic prints of all 13 original album covers, and a 2013 Cannibal Corpse Calendar. The box will be in stores on March 19th and is available for pre-order, along with the previously announced series of Cannibal Corpse picture discs, at metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse.

Kicking off in May, this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Presented by Metal Blade, Indiemerchstore.com, Nuclear Blast, Lace Pickups, Century Media and Season of Mist, the 2013 Decibel Magazine Tour will bring together the kind of globally-renowned, boundary-pushing innovators that have made it possible for the magazine to continue thriving for over 100 issues. Coming off a tour noted for Behemoth frontman Nergal’s triumphant return to the States following his battle with leukemia—which culminated in an explosive sold-out closing gig in New York City—Decibel had no choice but to go bigger and even more badass.

“We’re psyched to be headlining this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour along with Immolation and Napalm Death,” says Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. “This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we’re proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music.”

Here’s an early opportunity to score a great deal AND avoid standing in line. Twenty premium packages are available in each market that include your ticket to the show, a tour T-shirt, a tour poster, a super-exclusive “Skip the Line” pass to move you to the front when doors open, one free track, Scourge of Iron, from the forthcoming Cannibal Corpse box set, Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal (3/19), and one 10% off coupon for a purchase on IndieMerchStore.com. The price of this package is less than you would spend on a ticket and a tour shirt at the show! More details, including ticket info, will be announced at www.decibelmagazinetour.com.

May 10 / Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
May 11 / Dallas, TX / Trees
May 12 / San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
May 14 / Tucson, AZ / The Rock
May 15 / Ramona, CA / Ramona Mainstage
May 16 / Santa Ana, CA / The Observatory
May 17 / Oakland, CA / Oakland Metro
May 18 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom
May 19 / Seattle, WA / El Corazon
May 21 / Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
May 22 / Calgary, AB / MacEwan Ballroom
May 23 / Edmonton, AB / Starlight Room
May 24 / Regina, SK / Riddell Centre
May 25 / Winnipeg, MB / The Garrick
May 26 / St. Paul, MN / Mill City Nights
May 28 / Chicago, IL / Bottom Lounge
May 29 / Detroit, MI / Harpos
May 30 / Buffalo, NY / Town Ballroom
May 31 / Toronto, ON / The Phoenix
Jun 01 / Montreal, QC / Club Soda
Jun 02 / Boston, MA / Royale
Jun 04 / New Haven, CT / Toad’s Place
Jun 05 / Brooklyn, NY / Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 06 / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer
Jun 07 / Cleveland, OH / Peabodys
Jun 09 / St. Louis, MO / Pops
Jun 11 / Atlanta, GA / Masquerade
Jun 12 / Orlando, FL / Beacham

Cannibal Corpse’s latest release, Torture, landed the band at #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its first week of release, making it the highest debut in Cannibal Corpse history! Torture landed at #7 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart and #32 Billboard Top Current Albums Chart. Produced by Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan, Torture continues to reap critical accolades from critics and fans around the globe and is yet another testament to Cannibal Corpse’s permanent allegiance to shrewdly arranged, pile-driving death metal madness.



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IMPUREZA strikes back

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

“It’s official, the band of “Hispanic Brutal Death”  IMPUREZA welcomes the incredible Esteban Martin (Ex COMO MUERTOS) @ the mic ! “El Maestro” in position of their new “cantador” (Singer) is a great thing to over-motivate IMPUREZA for a great come back with a true, pure and brutal Spanish album which will be released in 2013 !

More united, more powerful and, mainly, more Hispanic than ever… Just beware of the this new IMPUREZA, because it will be a no retreat, no surrender session, without any concession !!! Just prepare to be blast !

To follow, here are the official links:
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Impurezaconquista
BANDCAMP : http://impureza.bandcamp.com/
TWITTER : http://twitter.com/ImpurezaBan


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Caricature Stream New Track ‘Monuments’

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Allston, MA groove heavy prog metallers, Caricature, have made the ‘Most Anticipated albums of 2013‘ list over at Heavy Blog is Heavy. The band has teamed up with Heavy Blog is Heavy in the past to premiere the track “Saviors II” from their forthcoming debut album ‘The Sound of One Man’s World Collapsing,’ and as Heavy Blog states in their Primer for 2013: “If that single is any indication of how well the album will pair heavy and catchy, then I think we’ve got a shoe-in for one of the best albums of the year already.”

Caricature also recently posted a new track entitled ‘Monuments,’ which is streaming now via Soundcloud and has once again landed on Heavy Blog’s radar. You can check out the piece and jam the song at this location: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2013/01/28/caricature-streaming-new-song-monuments/. The band also recently shot their first music video which is now in post production. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Fans in the Northeast will be able to catch Caricature live throughout February at the dates listed below. The band is also currently working out plans for a Spring tour that will take them all over the East Coast and Midwest. Upcoming live performances are as follows:

Feb 2 – Railroad Tavern – Keane, NH (w/ My Missing Half, Dream of Scipio, Help Me Kill My Ex)
Feb 16 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA (w/ Too Late The Hero, Begat The Nephilim, Vivisepulture)
Feb 22 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (w/ Pathogenic, A Wanted Awakening, Post-Existence, The Atlas Collapse +more)

For more information, please visit:



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January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

In Vain is back and ready to release their 3rd attack of progressive extreme metal! “Ænigma” is their most extreme work to date, mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar ++). The album will be released March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway and March 15th in Germany and Austria. Check out In Vain’s tour dates for 2013 below!

The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along. “Ænigma” sees excellent appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald.

With “Ænigma” In Vain is back in the game with their strongest album by far. Additionally, on the album the production is taken to another level, with stellar production provided by Mr. Jens Bogren. Johnar Håland comments: “We had a solid impression of the releases coming out of the Fascination Street Studio, and believed Jens was the right guy to give the music the crystal clear and powerful sound that it demands. Jens did not cut any corners and delivered a production par excellente.”

The very talented designer Robert Høyem has designed the cover art on the album.

23.02.13 Haugesund (w/ Vreid, Kråke and Mistur)
27.03.13 Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway
04.04.12 Barfly – London, United Kingdom
05.04.13 Helvete – Oberhausen, Germany
06.04.13 Ragnarok Festival – Lichtenfels, Germany
07.04.13 ECI – Roermond, Netherlands
08.04.13 Nacthleben – Frankfurt, Germany
09.04.13 K17 – Berlin, Germany
10.04.13 Durer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
11.04.13 Gromka – Ljubljana, Slovenia
12.04.13 Escape Metalcorner – Vienna, Austria
13.04.13 CIRCOLO COLONY – Travagliato, Italy
14.04.13 Cycle – Firenze, Italy
15.04.13 Alte Kaserne – Zurich, Switzerland
17.04.13 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
14.09.13 Fimbul Festival Dettelbach, Germany



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January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Cradle of Filth headlining “North American Tour 2013″ to kick off next month

Paul Allender, lead guitarist for acclaimed British heavy metal act, Cradle of Filth, has announced via his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vomitoriumltd the start of his one on one online guitar lessons over Skype. Fans can write to Allender at: paul@winterlandstudios.com for further details.

“After being a professional player for almost 20 years, I decided I wanted to start teaching guitar to fans who wanted to learn,” said Allender. “The best way I could think was to teach over Skype. My lessons have been up and running for a month now and are going very well. Lessons have also evolved past guitar; I teach songwriting and arranging and how to use Pro Tools as well as advice for anyone who wants to get ahead in the industry.”

Cradle of Filth is currently gearing up for a massive headlining February/March North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist. Cradle of Filth “North American Tour 2013″ will mark the band’s return to North American shores in nearly two years. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.

Ticketless VIP packages are on sale now through ArtistArena.com at: http://packages.artistarena.com/cradleoffilth/. Each package includes a meet-and-greet with the band, signed Cradle of Filth poster and commemorative VIP laminate. General ticket information for Cradle of Filth “North American Tour 2013″ is available online at: http://theorderofthedragon.com/page/on-the-road.

Cradle of Filth is touring in support of The Manticore and Other Horrors, its 10th studio release, out now on Nuclear Blast. The Manticore and Other Horrors entered the Billboard Top 200 at #96 with its first-week sales last fall.

Stay tuned for more information on Cradle of Filth and the impending North American tour.

Cradle of Filth “North American Tour 2013″ dates…


2/22 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater Of Living Arts

2/26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
2/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
2/28 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
3/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/03 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
3/04 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
3/06 – W. Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
3/07 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
3/08 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
3/09 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
3/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
3/14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3/16 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

3/17 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

3/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
3/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
3/21 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
3/22 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
3/23 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
3/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
3/26 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre

3/27 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

3/28 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount


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January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Chicago’s OCEANO have started work on a brand new studio album, which the band have revealed will be titled INCISIONS.

The five-piece are currently hard at work writing the long-awaited follow-up to 2010′s CONTAGION, with plans to release the new album later this year on Earache Records.

OCEANO have released an official lyric video for a brand new track which is set to appear on INCISIONS, titled “Slow Murder”, giving fans a taste of the brutality to come.

Check out “Slow Murder” now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFZ3I6ZTXR4

OCEANO guitarist NICK CONSER comments:

“The new Oceano comes out today.  Get ready for it.  We’re starting a new chapter in this band.  We’re not selling out.  We’re not getting soft.  We’re getting more fucked up and bringing more hate.  And if you want us to change, then you’re gonna be disappointed.  We’re not gonna replicate any album that we’ve ever released.  We’re going to get more evil than anything you’ve heard from this band.  Today will show the start of how hateful this record is gonna be.”

OCEANO will be hitting the road again full-time this summer in support of the new album, with tour dates due to be announced in the near future.  The band also have a hometown show scheduled for this Friday, February 1st at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, featuring support from MONSTERS, THE OX KING, THIEVES and NO ZODIAC.

View a new photo of OCEANO at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/oceano_2013.jpg

OCEANO’s first two albums, DEPTHS and CONTAGION, are available on CD in North America at http://bit.ly/du4Fen and in Europe at http://bit.ly/hYpDqY

Get more OCEANO news and info at:

Facebook – http://facebook.com/oceanometal
Twitter – http://twitter.com/oceanometal


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ENSIFERUM: Finnish Folk Metal Merchants To Headline Paganfest America IV

January 29th, 2013
by EvilG

Finnish folk metal merchants, ENSIFERUM, are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Among the strongest Paganfest lineups assembled thus far, support will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott.

Comments the band: “Finally, ENSIFERUM will to return to North America! It’s been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it’s a great honor to join forces with Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour.”

ENSIFERUM: Paganfest America IV

w/ Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest, Helsott

3/30/2013 The Summit – Denver, CO

4/01/2013 901 Live – Tempe, AZ

4/02/2013 TBA – Los Angeles/West Hollywood, CA

4/03/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

4/04/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV

4/05/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR

4/06/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

4/07/2013 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

4/09/2013 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

4/10/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK

4/11/2013 Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB

4/12/2013 Station 4 – Saint Paul, MN

4/13/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

4/14/2013 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH

4/15/2013 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

4/16/2013 The Note – Philadelphia, PA

4/17/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/18/2013 Metropolis – Montreal, QC

4/19/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

4/20/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Hardcore Fest)

4/21/2013 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY


ENSIFERUM will be touring in support of their mammoth Unsung Heroes full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records U.S. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), with special guest appearances by members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and legendary Finnish singer/actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Unsung Heroes continues to earn praise from critics and fans domestically and abroad. “…Mount the longboats, light the torches, and prepare for battle,” warns Metal Injection, while Outburn gushes, “Unsung Heroes is a totally solid entry ionto the hallowed halls of Valhalla made by a band that knows what it’s doing,” commending its “epic scope and reliance on catchy melodies.” Stereokiller boasts, “This is nothing short of amazing, beautiful in every way possible.” Elaborates Blistering in an 8/10 rating: “ENSIFERUM weren’t necessarily the first band out of the epic/folk gate, but they’re probably the best… One jaunt through 2009’s thoroughly captivating From Afar supports that notion, as the Finns were able to brandish a mighty sonic sword that kept the speed on 10, the jovial acoustics ‘a hustling, and above all else, managed to bring a sort of mild sophistication to a style that is usually anything but. Essentially, ENSIFERUM doesn’t play the stupid, folk metal game, and on Unsung Heroes, they manage to stay the course with sterling results.”

For review links, interviews and guest list requests, contact EarsplitPR.






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