Twenty-Three years after their last record, and nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, DFW TX Speed/Thrash Metal pioneers, RIGOR MORTIS, will release their fourth and final studio album – Slaves to the Grave (Due October 7th via Rigor Mortis Records). This marks the bands first studio album in 23 years, and the first with the classic original line up (Mike Scaccia – guitar, Casey Orr – Bass, Bruce Corbitt – Vocals, and Harden Harrison on drums), since their 1988 eponymous debut album.
Slaves to the Grave is available for pre-order HERE.
Today the band premieres the third blistering track from Slaves to the Grave. Noisey is hosting an exclusive premiere of the song “Ancient Horror”. Check out an exclusive interview with bassist Casey Orr and listen to the song HERE.
The first song made available from Slaves to the Grave for streaming was “Flesh for Flies” check it out HERE. The second offering “Poltergeist” is streaming HERE.
Two special shows in support of the album have been announced including a CD Release Party and an appearance at the Housecore Horror Film Fest. The surviving members of Rigor Mortis will be performing as Wizards of Gore at both events.
Saturday Sept 27th – Curtain Club- Dallas, TX
Featuring Dead Horse, Wizards of Gore (RIGOR MORTIS), Dead Earth Politics, and more tba. The new RIGOR MORTIS record will be available for purchase at this show.
WIZARDS OF GORE AT HOUSECORE HORROR FILM FEST
Oct. 23rd – 26th – Emo’s – Austin, TX
The second annual event boasts underground and classic horror screenings and merch, full reunion of cast from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2, as well as a great line up of bands like Superjoint Ritual, GWAR, Danzig, Samhain, Wizards Of Gore (RIGOR MORTIS), Warbeast, Portal, Randy Blythe, Satyricon, Eyehategod, Cattle Decapitation, Unearth, Acid Witch, and many more
Recorded less than a year before Mike’s passing, Slaves To The Grave was to going to herald the band’s long overdue comeback. In February 2012, RIGOR MORTIS entered 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, and recorded the 10 tracks that would become STTG. The artwork was done Michael Broom.
Without question, this record contains some of Mike’s finest work. In his zone and with no restraints, he delivered some absolutely stellar performances. His solo at the end of “Blood Bath”, for instance, is absolutely breathtaking, exposing more heart and soul than precious few of his contemporaries possess.
The subject matter hasn’t strayed much. Twisted tales of horror and woe, monsters and madmen, warfare and plague abound! The tracks are fast and heavy as one would expect, but there is also a maturity and growth that only comes with age and experience. Musically, STTG draws from a legacy of brutal influence. The Speed and Thrash Metal that RIGOR MORTIS cut their teeth on is evident throughout the record in the intensity and velocity of tracks like “Flesh For Flies”, but also, one could argue, are influences such as Italian horror soundtracks by Goblin, as heard on the outro solo of “Poltergeist”. While STTG was very much a group effort, and all four came together like a fist to crush all doubt, It has to be said, of course, that the highlight of this record, and indeed RIGOR MORTIS as a whole musically, is Mike Scacciaʼs incredible guitar playing. His freakish speed picking and beautiful sense of melody is mesmerizing. His solos are stupefying. Mike’s style was much closer to Paganini, than to say, Mustaine or Dimebag. He was unique.
RIGOR MORTIS dedicates this record to Mike Scaccia 1965-2012.
Slaves to the Grave Track Listing:
2. Rain of Ruin
3. Flesh for Flies
4. The Infected
5. Blood Bath
6. Ancient Horror
7. Fragrance of Corpse
8. Curse of the Draugr
9. Sacramentum Gladiatorum
10. Ludus Magnus
WHITESNAKE fans worldwide now have something to be excited about! To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s multi-platinum ‘Slide It In’ album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release “Live In ‘84 – Back To The Bone”, a complete celebration of the group’s awe inspiring lineup during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what Coverdale called his desire to make Whitesnake more ‘electrifying’ on record and on-stage.
Set for release in the EU on November 7th, in the UK on November 10th and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.
Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler will sit out the bands upcoming ‘THRASH INVSION TOUR’ of the US / Canada / South America, featuring ‘ONSLAUGHT / ARTILLERY / VX36 due to health issues with his son.
Sy Keeler comments:
I know you are going to be disappointed with my decision as am I, but I sincerely hope you can understand our situation.
My reason for this is the ongoing health issues with my son who has been suffering with a debilitating illness for some time, he is still on a downward path with no sign of any recovery on the horizon, therefore to be away for 2 months will put a lot of pressure on the family and increased anxiety on my son. We also have regular visits to specialists coming up during the next 6 months.
Therefore at this time I am having to think of my family first and sadly I am unable to be away in the Americas for the duration intended..
Today Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.
Chilean Death Metal horde THORNAFIRE are back with their fourth full-length, Magnaa.
With Magnaa, the band presents 11 classically-inspired technical death metal compositions (plus intro, intermezzo and outro) that walk the jagged edge between modern death metal and Morbid Angel-worshipping Floridian brutality. Mixed and mastered by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studio (Keitzer,Slaughterday), Magnaa is without a doubt THORNAFIRE’s finest work to date. Album artwork for Magnaa was created by Misanthropic Art. Read the rest of this entry »
Primordial have announced they will play three shows in the UK including their first Glasgow appearance in ten years.
“After the success of this year’s Bloodstock appearance, not to mention our two night stand in the UK for the last album, we can now announce a three date tour of the UK next February in support of our forthcoming ‘Where Greater Men Have Fallen’ album. First support comes from up and coming Irish band Malthusian and a yet to be revealed main support will be announced in time. The UK has always been a loyal and dedicated stronghold for Primordial so we are proud to be coming back under the speed of album number 8! In addition to returning to Manchester and London, we are excited to this time add our first visit to Glasgow in over a decade! Vae Victis!” Read the rest of this entry »
The official MOTÖRHEAD website is currently running a competition inviting submissions for a live video version of “Killed By Death” from the special tour edition of the Aftershock album.
MOTÖRHEAD fans who have dreamt of making an official video for their favorite band have finally got their wish. To celebrate the Tour Edition of the Aftershock album (a double-disc set containing Aftershock and a bonus live disc from MOTÖRHEAD’s Spring US dates titled Best of the West Coast Tour) fans are invited to create a video for the live version of “Killed By Death” from the release.
Creativity is greatly encouraged (don’t be boring!), and the production can be as mighty or modest as the imagination desires. Let the thunderous riff and wry lyrics conjure your best Motörvisions, and the video that wins will be premiered on major music video stations plus websites worldwide by the band’s label UDR/MOTÖRHEAD Records. The winning director/creator will also receive some very exclusive MOTÖRHEAD prizes, as well as the satisfaction of having one of the band’s official videos under their creative belt.
Entrants must use the audio of “Killed By Death” from the new touring edition of Aftershock and entries should be uploaded to YouTube with “Killed By Death Fan Video Motörhead Contest” in the subject line. Also visit the band’s Official Facebook page and post links to your video creations there too. We will pick the very best submissions, and then the fans will vote for the winner.
All entries must be uploaded by NEXT TUESDAY, September 30th, 2014.
We look forward to seeing some great pieces of film in the coming weeks and remember, MOTÖRHEAD For Life.
Poland – September 24, 2014 – Vesania, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Vader, and Decapitated, have been toiling for over a decade.. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard now on metalblade.com/vesania, where fans can also pre-order a copy of the album!
A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Additionally, A Skeletal Domain ranked in at #3 on the Hard Music chart, #5 on the Independent chart, #7 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #21 on the Physical Albums chart, #31 on the Top Current Albums chart, #59 on the Digital Albums chart and #4 on iTunes Metal! In Canada, the record also broke CANNIBAL CORPSE‘s previous charting records landing at #21 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #4 on the Hard Music chart, #58 on Digital chart, #39 on iTunes’ Top 200, #5 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a flooring #2 on iTunes’ Metal chart! The band pummeled in Germany as well with A Skeletal Domain rivaling all the band’s prior positions peaking at #21 on the Top 100 Albums chart, #21 on the Media Control charts and position #19 on the Media Market charts. Elsewhere, the record debuted at #21 on the UK Rock/Metal charts, #39 on the UK Independent Albums charts, #28 in Austria and #50 in Switzerland.
Wild and hot – that was the Wacken Open Air 2013! The 24th Wacken Open Air included over 120 bands on seven stages, 75.000 fans and most of all sun, sun and more sun. Metalheads from all over the world celebrated the most legendary party of them all and turned the little village of Wacken in Northern Germany into the place to be for any self-respecting Metalhead.
The 24th Wacken Open Air once more proved to be unique, with a special vibe which has to be experienced to understand. “Live at Wacken 2013“, brings this atmosphere right home on DVD, Bu and CD! The hits, the legends, the fans – and many, many memorable shows.
SISTER have released a brand new EP online! The “Deadboys Making Noise” EP is available now on Spotify and iTunes. The EP features early material from the band, and different versions of songs from their “Hated” debut album. In essence, these are the songs that got the band signed to Metal Blade! Learn more about the band and the EP in a new video on the band’s youtube channel HERE.
SISTER will be touring throughout October with the legendary Skid Row! The tour begins on October 17 in Bristol and continues through October 28 with the final show of the tour at the Underworld in London. Earlier this year, the band launched a music video for one of the most vitriol-filled cuts from their latest album, “Disguised Vultures.” “Slay Yourself” was filmed at venues in Sweden and Finland and captures the sweaty and raw energy unleashed on the club stages on tour. Watch the video now on youtube.com/sisterofficial.
SISTER w/ Skid Row
10/17 Bristol, GB Bierkeller
10/18 Cambridge, GB The Junction
10/19 Hull, GB The Well
10/20 Edinburgh, GB Liquid Room
10/22 Bournemouth, GB Old Fire Station
10/23 Stourbridge, GB River Rooms
10/24 Wakefield, GB Warehouse 23
10/25 Buckley, GB Tivoli
10/26 Nuneaton, GB Queen’s Hall
10/28 London, GB Underworld|
Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D. just started their European tour with label-mates GRAVE! To kick off the trek, the band has launched a new video, “Kill To Live”, taken from their recently released album, Back To The Front. Filmed at Party-San Open Air in Germany by Oliver Barth from Visions In Fear (www.visions-in-fear.de), “Kill To Live” can be viewed here:
ENTOMBED A.D. is BACK TO THE FRONT! Don’t miss them on the road this year; see below for all upcoming dates.
ENTOMBED A.D. line-up:
L-G Petrov – Vocals
Nico Elgstrand – Guitars
Olle Dahlstedt – Drums
Victor Brandt – Bass
ENTOMBED A.D. – “Back To The Front” tour 2014 with GRAVE & support
24.09.14 – Gebäude 9 – Köln, DE
25.09.14 – Divan du Monde – Paris, FR
26.09.14 – Carnage Feast – Lyss, CH
27.09.14 – Dynamo – Toulouse, FR
28.09.14 – Apolo 2 – Barcelona, SP
29.09.14 – Shoko – Madrid, SP
30.09.14 – Sonora – Bilbao, SP
01.10.14 – MJC Picaud – Cannes, FR
02.10.14 – Ex Haus – Trier, DE
03.10.14 – Turock – Essen, DE
04.10.14 – Feierwerk – München, DE
05.10.14 – Circolo Colony – Brescia, IT
06.10.14 – Gala Hala – Ljubljana, SI
07.10.14 – Club Sloga – Sarajevo, BH
08.10.14 – Dom Omladine – Belgrad, RS
09.10.14 – Club Havana – Skopje, MK
10.10.14 – Jet Rock Club – Sofia, BU
11.10.14 – Romanian Thrash Metal Fest – Bucharest, RO
12.10.14 – Dürer Kert – Budapest, HU
13.10.14 – Explosiv – Graz, AT
14.10.14 – Viper Room – Vienna, AT
15.10.14 – Barrak – Ostrava, CZ
16.10.14 – Colloseum Club – Kosice, SK
17.10.14 – Fabryka – Krakow, PL
18.10.14 – Eskulap – Poznan, PL
19.10.14 – B90 – Gdansk, PL
20.10.14 – New York – Vilnius, LT
21.10.14 – Melna Piektdiena – Riga, LV
22.10.14 – Rockclub Tapper – Tallinn, EE
23.10.14 – Klubi – Turku, FI
24.10.14 – Klubi – Tampere, FI
25.10.14 – Nosturi – Helsinki, FI
ENTOMBED A.D. with HANG THE BASTARD:
11.11.2014 – Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
12.11.2014 – Audio – Glasgow, UK
13.11.2014 – Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IRE
14.11.2014 – Underworld – London, UK
ENTOMBED A.D. live:
14-15.11.2014 – Metal Hammer Paradise – Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
“As everybody already knows, Roberto has decided to part ways with the band in order to start his solo career. We wish him all the best and we thank him for the long walk we have had together. At the same time “the show must go on”, as somebody said, and the good news is that we have started working on the new album. This is not the only good news, anyway, ’cause we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that our new singer is none other than a top-notch artist and a piece of history in the metal world: we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Boals on board (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and we can’t wait to let you all listen to some of the new songs we are working on! Sincerely yours, Labyrinth“