VALDUR, California lords of all that is black and abysmal, are readying to unleash their long-awaited new full-length Raven God Amongst Us. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed/self-produced long player will be released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.
Said Sxuperion of the infernal offering: ” The new full length is named after a song from our split with Lightning Swords Of Death that came out a couple of years ago. This all makes sense to us as it is another necessary piece of the dark and mysterious puzzle that is called ‘Creation.’ Once again, it is self-funded by the band and released on my own BloodyMountain Records, proof that we truly believe in what we are doing and how important it is at this time to delve deeper into the abyss that is VALDUR.”
Raven God Amongst Us follows the band’s limited two-song 7″ released via SatansMight/CultoftheHorns and the three-way split with Killgasm and Shitestrom released via ChristHammer Records earlier this year.
Raven God Amongst Us Track Listing
2. “Wound Fires In The Afterlife”
3. “Great Abyss Unfold”
4. “Gravlagt I Morkets Natt!”
5. “Med Fjell I Horisonten”
7. “Past Of Wolves”
8. “Vicious Existence”
In addition, VALDUR will embark on a rare set of live dates later this month. Confirmed dates thus far include:
7/16/2010 J.R.’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Dekap Attak, Returner + TBA
7/17/2010 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Funeral Pyre, Early Grave and Mutilation RIghts
7/18/2010 KC’s Tap – Pawtucket, RI w/ Sin of Angels + TBA
7/19/2010 Lit Lounge – New York, NY w/ Mutilation Rites, Syphilitic Lust
7/21/2010 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Stonehaven, Othis, Witchreign, Mithral
7/23/2010 Lucky Lady - Las Vegas, Nevada w/ Morbosidad, Ritual Combat, Sumeria, Obeisance
7/24/2010 Dog Pound – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Iconoclast Contra, Ritual Combat
“…one of the most promising black metal acts…in America today.” — Metal Flows In My Veins“First things first, ‘Raven God Amongst Us’ is basically black metal nirvana; this track spews sparks of brilliance, streaking trails of incandescent melody leaving wisps of joy within the brain. I could eat this song for breakfast….” — Metal Observer on the Lightning Swords Of Death/VALDUR split.
Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga and Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel discuss classic metal albums in a 4 part series for Metal Blade TV
Recently, Brian Slagel and Primordial’s AA Nemtheanga had a chance to talk about some of their favorite classic metal albums from the Metal Blade vault. The conversation has been broken up into a four part series to focus on each of the four albums that they discussed. In part 1, the metal connoisseurs reminisce about Cirith Ungol’s King Of The Dead. Nemtheanga talks about that album’s influence on himself and Primordial while Brian Slagel talks about what it was like to work with the band back in the early 1980s.
This video series will be a fascinating and enthralling experience for metal heads new and old. Remember some of your favorite classics or discover an album that influenced hordes of modern musicians.
Part 1 of this series is available for viewing on Metal Blade TV HERE. Stay tuned to metalblade.tv for parts 2, 3 and 4 next week!
The studio diary was filmed entirely at Hansen Studios in Denmark where SIC recently recorded its sophomore album, “Fighters They Bleed”, together with producer Jakob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE, HATESPHERE, PYRAMAZE). This segment of the studio diary features commentary by Hansen himself. “Fighters They Bleed” was mixed & mastered by producer Tue Madsen (DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, MNEMIC, CATARACT) and will be released later this year after a record deal has been sought. The album will be the first with Dennis Buhl (ex-HATESPHERE) behind the drums. Earlier this year Buhl replaced Magnus Hansen who parted ways with the band for personal reasons.
SIC‘s debut album, “Pandemonium”, was released in 2007 via Tutl Records and was recorded at Jailhouse Studios with producer Tommy Hansen. SIC is:
Mik - Vocals Eddie - Guitar Frans – Guitar Gudmar – Bass Dennis – Drums
Judgment Day is here! This summer’s most extreme carnival of death metal starts tonight, July 2, 2010 in Portland, OR. Featuring Ibex Moon Records artists GRAVEHILL, CARDIAC ARREST and HOD (with FATALIST appearing on select dates), The Campaign For Death Metal Purity Tour gets underway at Plan B in Portland, OR. The antithesis of the pre-packaged, garden-variety tours we’re typically exposed to every summer, The Campaign For Death Metal Purity was designed for the sole purpose of taking Death Metal back to its roots, a time when metal wasn’t a fashion statement and Death Metal came from some place much more sinister and far more deadly!
Additionally, the July 10th date at Belvedere’s Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA has been dubbed the Ibex Moon Records Fest and will feature performances by Incantation and Funerus.
CAMPAIGN FOR DEATH METAL PURITY 2010 TOUR DATES
July 2nd @ Plan B – Portland, OR*
July 3rd @ The Parkside – San Fransisco, CA*
July 4th @ The Blvd – Los Angeles, CA*
July 5th @ The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ
July 7th @ Beerland – Austin, TX
July 8th @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
July 9th @ Nightcap – Chicago, IL
July 10th @ Belvedere’s Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA**
July 11th @ Jimmy’s Place – Allentown, PA
July 12th @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
July 13th @ Fontana’s – New York, NY
July 14th @ Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
July 15th @ The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN
July 16th @ Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
July 17th @ Walters – Houston, TX
July 18th @ Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX
* – w/ Fatalist
** w/ Incantation, Funerus and Abysme
EMPTY PLAYGROUND has recently prepared new, amazing official website. Everyone who appreciates their focus on details and unique atmosphere of this industrial-horror band won’t be disappointed. Enter the haunted house if you dare – www.emptyplayground.com
Meanwhile you can check 4 new songs from their debut album – available at official Myspace profile – www.myspace.com/niemaboga – don’t forget to check: „Godless”, „Morning Of The Beast”, „Rage” i „God Is Testing You”
Next gig of Empty Playground will take place on 19th September in Blue Note club in Poznan. During the fest called Basement Burial band will share the stage with Esqarial, Anthem and Authoritysin.
Debut album of Empty Playground contains over 50 minutes of extreme sound entitled “Under Dead Skin” and was released in April via Witching Hour (distributed by Listenable and Plastic Head among others). The band is using classical gore riffs to transform them into black metal fused with electronic beats! The most astonishing thing about Empty Playground is how they handle the variety of sounds & genres. All this has been neatly done, both musically by Wieslawski Brothers in Hertz Studio, and visually by Krysiuk&Kajko duo with the help of make-up artist Grzegorz Gawrysiak. All this is sealed in a 9 panel digipack T-letter fold with graphics created by mentalporn.com.
Along with the debut album comes 500 copies hand numbered 7″ EP entitled “Make My Pain Go Away” on red vinyl. We’ve got also special packs with t-shirts & EP’s. Check it out in Witching Hour webstore – www.witchinghour.pl/shop .
July 16th 2010 sees the release of two of the most anticipated instrumental albums of the year with new releases from George Bellas and Alex Masi. To celebrate these releases we felt it was a good opportunity to show some more appreciation to some of the labels wealth of guitar talent with some spotlight features and new interviews. Amongst these players are a range of styles and individual musical personalities and all are recommended. Keep checking back as new features/interviews will be added every couple of days.
As a special tie in we have a number of instrumental titles all packed full of stunning guitar work on sale this month only at incredibly low prices. All deals for the respective artist will be shown on the artists page but if you can’t wait head on over to the Lion Music store now.
July2010 sees the release of ‘Strong Enough’ a new E.P from melodic thrash/death metal band Broken Mirrors, featuring two tracks that will appear on their next album as well two raucous punk rock cover versions. The infectious melodies combined with powerful, hard hitting thrash are quickly becoming the trademarks of this young French metal band. ‘Strong Enough’ will be released digitally through UK based label Hunter’s Moon Records.
Track listing for ‘Strong Enough’
01 Strong Enough
02 Holding The Trigger
03 The Kids Aren’t Alright (Offspring Cover)
04 Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols Cover)
A video interview with Alice In Chains‘ guitarist Jerry Cantrell can be watched on METALHEAD accesing the link below. Jerry talks about the band and their music, about the future and about the trust he has in the young generation and the power the music still has on us.
The interview was taken June the 27th at Sonisphere Bucharest in Romania when the band co-headlined along side with Rammstein the third day of the festival.
Sweden’s genre-defying THERION have uploaded the artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Hammerfall, Edguy, Avantasia) for their new album, Sitra Ahra, onto their official website (best viewed with Mozilla Firefox). Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Sitra Ahra will be released later this year. In regards to the new album, THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson stated back in February, “Expect something spectacular, even by THERION’s standards!”
The track listing for THERION’s upcoming studio release is:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
11. After The Inquisition: Children
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death masters, DECREPIT BIRTH, will employ the help of ex-ABIGAIL WILLIAMS drummer Samus Paulicelli as a session member during this years installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Footage of Paulicelli playing the new track “Symbiosis” can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkPYJo5KO1M.
DECREPIT BIRTH recently uploaded the track “(A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil” to their newly designed Myspace (www.myspace.com/DecrepitBirth). The song comes from their upcoming Polarity album set to be released on July 27th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was completed by cult artist Dan Seagrave (MORBID ANGEL, ENTOMBED, SUFFOCATION, etc.) and can be viewed here http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=374702.
Polarity Track Listing:
1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
3. The Resonance
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
11. Darkness Embrace
Mail order edition bonus track:
12. See Through Dreams (DEATH Cover)
St. Paul, Minnesota’s progressive experimentalists THE CRINN have announced four regional shows in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Chad White, bassist for THE CRINN, states: “We are extremely excited to share the stage for a couple of dates with some of the heaviest hitters in modern metal! They are sure to be amazing shows.”
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
July 17th – Wayne Stock @ Eagles Club Grounds, Lake Station, IN
July 23rd – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI with Soilwork, Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, Swashbuckle
July 24th – The Rock, Maplewood, MN with Soilwork, Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, Swashbuckle
October 8th – Station 4, St. Paul, MN with Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, and Pathology
White elaborates on his relationship with music and playing live: “I have been making music since I was old enough to be in school band. My dad taught me how to play the drums and I played sax in the jazz ensemble. I’m self taught on bass and guitar. My best live performance experience so far was getting to open for The Dillinger Escape Plan. They are the band that shaped my view of metal to where it is today, and getting to play with them was an amazing honor.”
Dreaming Saturn, praised by Outburn Magazine for being “more than math [for] combining the best elements of Meshuggah, Cynic and Psyopus,” was released worldwide in April.
Pasadena, Calif.’s GYPSYHAWK have signed with Creator-Destructor Records and will release the band’s debut album, ‘Patience And Perseverance’ July 6 on CD and double gatefold LP through the Bay Area-based record label. The band will also depart for a West Coast tour in early July to support the release, heading up to Seattle and back.
Inspired by Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, and 70s rock of all sorts, GYPSYHAWK is led by former Skeletonwitch member Eric Harris (bass/vocals) and rounded out by Scotty Conant, Andrew Packer (guitars), and Joe Fabio (drums). The latter recorded and mixed the band’s eight-track demo that surfaced in late 2009. Since the formation of GYPSYHAWK, the band has played in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood, and even the Bay Area, before and during their recording schedule with producer Zack Ohren (Animosity, All Shall Perish, Heartsounds) at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, Calif.
Extreme metal legends have united as INSIDIOUS DISEASE will unleash the most violent death metal album to come along in years. The evil breed consisting of Dimmu Borgir’s main songwriter Silenoz, bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death), guitarist Jardar (Old Mans Child), drummer Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe (from German death metal legends Morgoth) will release its debut album Shadowcast via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in North America.
INSIDIOUS DISEASE is proud to unveil a brand new artwork trailer for Shadowcast offering a glimpse at the morbid visuals accompanying the release. Click on the link below to check it out now.
Silenoz further explains the concept of Shadowcast, which has way more to offer than just typical death metal gore galore: “The basic idea behind Shadowcast lyrically is an attempt to describe the ‘misfits’ in this world: the misunderstood, mentally defect and depraved individuals that walk among us – rapists, serial killers, pedophiles, necrophiles and drug addicts, etc. It could be your neighbor, you just never know, it could be YOU!
“Denial and self-denial are taboos that seldom are touched upon unless it’s behind closed doors at the shrink’s office. Even so, no matter how disturbing the subject might be, we hardly get to the bottom of it. Each text tries to approach the many outcast stereotypes we face in today’s modern society, and how most of them once caught get neglected and pushed away instead of being offered proper assistance, support and help through various institutions according to their ‘needs.’ Let’s face it, we humans equal shit.
“In some countries where death penalties apply the convicts also have to wait years before being executed, which is inhumane as things need to be dealt with as soon as possible. We humans are better at pushing things away and destroying than facing a problem and try to rehabilitate. Most people reading the lyrics and seeing the booklet photos will perhaps immediately assume that it’s all about glorifying violence and hatred, but if you read between the lines it’s actually kind of the opposite, portraying this very issue.
“So, the album title Shadowcast has somewhat of a double meaning; all of these ‘actors and actresses’ star in the shadowcast. They are the true stars of the underground, our very own dark backyard. The backyard we humans hate dealing with because it means interacting with other people and as they mingle among us daily they continue to ‘cast their shadows’ at us.”
INSIDIOUS DISEASE also faced serious problems during the manufacturing process as pressing plants refused to produce the original design of the booklet due to its violent content as well as print the equally controversial lyrics, Silenoz states: “It’s quite fascinating that in the year of 2010 album artwork can be so scary that manufacturing plants don’t even dare to print it. I always thought reality still was more frightening compared to art in that sense, but I guess I was wrong! Controversy is still to be reckoned with in the world of metal and if we’re being censored for being realistic and touch upon human flaws through our lyrics and art – then so be it.”
NASHVILLE, TN – Have you ever wondered what it is like to go through the grueling process of recording a full-length record? Well, Tennessee’s Southern-fried heavy metal outfit, The Showdown, is giving fans the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the their recent recording session in Nashville, as they record their fourth studio album, Blood In The Gears, to be released on Solid State Records on August 24th. Head to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Npjt9Rv_s (or watch is below) to see the band cook various Southern delicacies and enjoy a rare Tennessee snowfall, as they track drums for the forthcoming record. The Showdown will post more behind-the-scenes footage each week, so stay tuned for updates.
Blood In The Gears was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc.
The track “Blood In The Gears” is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page at: http://www.myspace.com/theshowdown. Blood In The Gears is The Showdown’s second Solid State release, following 2008’s Back Breaker.
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have announced a free show in London, UK this July, just days before the band kicks off a UK tour supporting Brazilian thrash legends SEPULTURA.
GAMA BOMB, who have recently been confirmed for their first ever US tour with OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, EVILE and BONDED BY BLOOD later this year, will be playing the free show on July 12th at The Unicorn in London with support from local thrashers DAMNAS. GAMA BOMB kick off their UK tour with SEPULTURA on July 14th in Bristol.
Frontman PHILLY BYRNE describes the experience of witnessing a GAMA BOMB show:
“In many ways a GAMA BOMB gig is like a Ryanair flight. Firstly, our ‘passengers’ are subjected to a sonic barrage of babbled spoken word and mechanical screaming noises by a crew of foreign people who look bad in tight-fitting clothes – namely, us. Secondly, we’re constantly trying to force people to drink sub-standard liquor and buy shoddy mementos. Finally, our gigs often end with a bumpy landing and a round of applause that half the crowd don’t think is deserved. We’re looking forward to hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones on this UK tour with Sepultura. Oh, and we’re going to start charging fans to use the toilet. Thanks for flying Gama Bomb, Europe’s number one budget thrash band.” Read the rest of this entry »