WORMROT, Singapore’s number 1 grindcore export are set to conquer the US once again on the Dirge Across America tour. When last seen in the US on their ABUSE tour, WORMROT played in every sweaty basement, dingy shoebox club and abandoned party supply store they could book and loved every minute of it. The band loved the US so much that they made sure to come back as fast as they could to play the newest material from their upcoming opus, DIRGE for their crazed American fans.
The Dirge Across America tour will take WORMROT from coast to coast in the months of March and April of this year. Appearances at the highly anticipated Scion Rock Fest and SXSW music festival will be among many of the tour’s major highlights to come. Here are the first batch of confirmed dates:
Mar 03 – San Diego, CA – The Ruby Room
Mar 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Blvd.
Mar 05 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House (Scion Rock Fest)
Mar 07 – Sacramento, CA – On The Y
Mar 08 – Reno, NV – Ground Zero (House Show)
Mar 11 – Seattle, WA – The Morgue
Mar 12 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
Mar 14 – Cheyenne, WY – Ernie November (In-store)
Mar 15 – Denver, CO – Blast-O-Mat
Mar 29 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5
Check out “Manipulation,” the debut track from WORMROT‘s forthcoming album, DIRGE, as well as a first look at the album’s cover art, created by Andrei Bouzikov (MUNICIPAL WASTE, SKELETONWITCH, CANNABIS CORPSE) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1Pt3TojQ6g.
TEXAS – North Texas devastating death metal act, The Famine, has posted a third track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page. “The New Hell”, the album’s punishing opening track, can be streamed online now at: http://www.myspace.com/thefaminedestroys, while a mobile-web-accessible YouTube audio stream is also available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0eZCCz2rbA. “The New Hell” joins the recently released, “Ad Mortem” and “VII The Fraudulent”, as the first songs to be revealed from The Famine’s sophomore Solid State Records release.
“’The New Hell’ is a place where Brian Deneke can be killed in part because he has a Mohawk and a leather jacket, and his murderer can get probation for being a good Christian,” explains vocalist Nick Nowell of the new track. “’The New Hell’ is a place where James Byrd can have his body parts strewn across several miles of country road because of his skin color. ‘The New Hell’ is a place where we can all look the other way, and that is much more horrifying than anything I ever read about in Sunday school.”
The Architects of Guilt will hit stores on February 15th.
“NYC SUCKS” VOLUME 1 OUT NOW! FREE DIGITAL COMPILATION HIGHLIGHTS THE BEST OF NYC’S METAL SCENE FEAT. BLACK ANVIL, MADE OUT OF BABIES, BATILLUS, NAAM AND MORE
IT’S HERE! IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! Volume 1 of NYC Sucks, the completely free comp we’ve compiled to spotlight some of the best metal bands currently dominating the New York metal scene. This volume features fourteen songs by as many bands, who run the gamut of genres, from death to tech to prog to grind to black to hardcore to doom and more. We truly feel that this is a great sampling of all that New York’s thriving metal scene has to offer, and we’re beyond proud to be sharing it with you — absolutely, 100% free of charge.
You can stream, or, better yet, just download the comp at the below address. It contains high-quality 320kbps MP3s, and as well as a PDF of digital liner notes with information about all the bands. Please help get the word out… send the comp to your friends, put it up on torrent sites, submit it to .rar Mediafire blogs… just spread the friggin’ music by any means necessary!
1. East of the Wall, “The Ladder”
2. Made out of Babies, “Invisible Ink”
3. Tiger Flowers, “Cuts”
4. Black Anvil, “The Evil of All Roots”
5. Naam, “Frosted Tread”
6. Batillus, “The Children of the Night Make Their Music”
7. Meek is Murder, “Sundowners” (demo)
8. The Binary Code, “Encircled”
9. Castevet, “Stones”
10. Hung, “Desert of Sad”
11. Wizardry, “The Falconer”
12. Pyrrhon, “King of All Tears”
13. Mutant Supremacy, “Epitaph”
14. Incendiary, “Victory in Defeat”
And don’t forget that Volume 2, featuring thirteen more great bands and songs, will be out on February 22nd!!!
THE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUM !
It’s been 9 years since the Australian Metallers of PEGAZUS have released their last studio album and although the band always stayed active, they are now back with a worldwide release !
PEGAZUS will release their brand new album “IN METAL WE TRUST” on April 15, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The distribution is in hands of the German company TWILIGHT VERTRIEB.
The album contains 11 brand new classic Heavy Metal songs with original singer Justin Fleming back on vocals ! As a tribute to the great guitarists of the 80’s, Pegazus has invited Ross The Boss ( Founding member Manowar, Ross The Boss, The Dictators a.o. ), Jeff Watson ( ex-Night Ranger / Mothers Army ) and David Shankle ( formerly of Manowar, DSG ) to contribute a solo for the song “Old Skool Metal Dayz”.
In addition, the band has put up today a brand new MySpace design based on the new CD cover artwork. The first sample ( for the song “Metal Messiah” ) from the new album can be found there as well. You can check this all out here : www.myspace.com/pegazusmusic
The band is revealing now for the very first time the cover artwork for “IN METAL WE TRUST” with the complete tracklisting :
TRACK LIST :
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz
Extended Version feat. David Shankle, Ross the Boss & Jeff Watson
Anyone who has ever done any reading of metal books have no doubt read Joel McIver. From best selling books on Metallica to books on Slayer, Cliff Burton, Black Sabbath, etc. to his contributions in magazines like Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, and Rolling Stone, he is one of the most identifiable metal authors in the world. We recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Joel about his beginnings to his current endeavors in metal journalism. Enjoy!
“PleasuresMakes Me Paranoid“, a brand new track from Latvian modern thrash metallers TRENDKILLMETHOD, featuring in their ranks guest musicians Esben Hansen(HATESPHERE,ASWE FIGHT) on vocal and Magnus Soderman(SLAPDASH,AXENSTAR,INRAGE) on lead guitar is available for streaming at the band’s official Myspace. The song comes off the group’s second album, “Affective Arousal”, which was recorded in TRENDKILL METHOD‘s hometown of Riga and produced by Denis Melnik (GUST OF ANGER, HOSTILEBREED, ULTRA) and Sergey ”Amsterdam” Laletin (SANCTIMONY, SOULARIS), and mixed by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studio (FEAR MYTHOUGHTS, TYR, ABORTED).
Album design was made by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media. TRENDKILL METHODis currently seeking a suitable record label to release the CD.
SWEDEN – Swedish melodic death metal master, Arch Enemy, has announced the title of the band’s long awaited successor to 2007’s acclaimed, Rise Of The Tyrant. Prior to entering the studio this winter, the band caught up with the UK’s, Bonkers Entertainment, at a headlining show at the HMV Forum in London to discuss Arch Enemy’s plans for 2011. During the interview, the band revealed the name of the forthcoming full-length as Khaos Legions. The full interview can be seen online below.
Arch Enemy is currently locked up in the Sweet Spot Studio facilities in the south of Sweden piecing together the much-anticipated, Khaos Legions, which is being engineered/mixed by Rickard Bengtsson (whom produced 2005’s Doomsday Machine).
After releasing the Tyrants Of The Rising Sun – Live In Japan live DVD/CD (2008) and the re-recordings album, The Root Of All Evil (2009), the band’s ninth studio album will mark a return to new, original material.
Khaos Legions is slated for a May 2011 release, courtesy of Century Media Records.
Arch Enemy has confirmed several summer dates and festivals in support of the forthcoming album.
Stay tuned for more information on Arch Enemy and Khaos Legions.
ARCH ENEMY – Live 2011:
27-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Switzerland, Pratteln
28-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Germany, Dessau
29-May-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Austria, Mining
31-May 2011 – Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
04-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Hungary
05-June-2011 – Metalfest Open Air Czech Republic
25-June-2011 – Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
12-July-2011 – Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
14-July-2011 – Lez’ Art Scenique Festival, Selesat, France
22-July-2011 – Tuska, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
18/19/20-August-2011 – Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbühl, Germany
27-August-2011 – Summers End Open Air, Andernach, Germany
Sweden’s AMON AMARTH are currently gearing up to unleash, Surtur Rising, the eighth studio offering in their critically revered pantheon of Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record, which was listed among Decibel Magazine’s most anticipated albums of 2011, features 10 tracks of sword-wielding, fist-pumping, hyper climactic battle anthems. The follow up to 2008’s monolithic Twilight Of The Thunder God full-length, was recorded again at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and features strikingly brutal cover art by Tom Thiel.
Surtur Rising Track Listing:
01. War of the Gods
02. Töck’s Taunt – Loke’s Treachery Part II
03. Destroyer of the Universe
04. Slaves of Fear
05. Live Without Regrets
06. The Last Stand of Frej
07. For Victory or Death
08. Wrath of the Norsemen
09. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man
As an unofficial kick off to its release, AMON AMARTH will make a live appearance on the long anticipated 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, scheduled to take place from January 24th – 28th. The voyage will begin in Miami, Florida, make its way to Cozumel, Mexico and play host to 40 bands including Voivod, Sodom, Iced Earth, Fear Factory and Obituary. For more info, visit: http://www.70000tons.com/.
Surtur Rising will be released in North America on March 29, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
Today legendary Finnish melodic metal troupe STRATOVARIUS unleashed their thirteenth studio album, Elysium, to North American fans. Recorded at 5-By-5 studios in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki, Finland, the nine-track full-length will is available via Armoury Records and features the gorgeous cover art of Gyula Havancsák. In an advance review, About.com called Elysium “one of STRATOVARIUS‘ strongest CDs in years.” Noted SMN News: “The record bristles with gorgeous keyboard landscapes, fiery solos, and the most glorious choruses this side of Gamma Ray,” while Blistering added: “STRATOVARIUS haven’t sounded this focused and on-point since they seemed poised to overtake the melodic metal world over a decade ago.”
In conjunction with the record’s release, Loudtrax.com is currently selling Elysium for the low price of $6.66. For more info, point your browser HERE.
3 INCHES OF BLOOD made a huge splash on the heavy metal community with the release of their last epic ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’, now the band is preparing for an exciting tour as direct support to ELUVEITIE, but before that gets started they will be making a quick pit stop into Shostroud Productions in Vancouver to record a couple of their new cuts with Sho Murray (City of Fire) and Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory). One of the songs will be played live on the upcoming tour and will be making its way online soon. The band comments:
“It’s a great time for us to be touring North America again. We haven’t slugged it out in the US since Mayhem fest in summer 2010 and we’re always happy to play to our loyal Canadian brethren. Everyone in the 3IOB camp have been eagerly anticipating this tour. We’ve never toured with a band like Eluveitie before. Their fan base is probably more similar to ours than most other bands we’ve toured with in the past. The Holy Grail guys are always fun to hang out with and we’re curious to check out System Divide. We’re extra pumped for this tour because it will give us the opportunity to road-test a new song or two. Hope everyone digs the new jams.”
Following a tragic car accident on November 3rd, 2008, Chi Cheng, bassist of the world renowned hard rock band, The Deftones, has been in a state of semi-consciousness after suffering severe TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Under the supervision of Dr. DeFina, Chief Scientific Officer and founder of International Brain Research Foundation (http://www.ibrfinc.org/), Chi has shown remarkable signs of recovery. Although great strides and great progress have been made in administering a pioneering method of treatment to wake Chi up, funds are needed to continue Chi’s treatment and bring him back to total consciousness.
Chi’s mother, Jeanne Cheng, her son and Chi’s brother, Ming Cheng, and family friends Gina Blackmore and Dennis Morrow have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and money for towards continuing Chi’s treatment. Benefit shows have already commenced, and on Saturday, January 22nd, WAKE UP FEST, a series of shows around the world that will be donating 100% of their ticket sales to the cause, will continue. A complete list of shows can be found at http://wakeupfest.com/.
But it doesn’t end on the 22nd. Shows are being scheduled well into 2011, and will continue to roll on as long as people are willing to play and raise money for the cause. On top of the benefit shows, national recording artists are being asked to donate $.25 from their ticket sales from any specified show to help get Chi to a treatment facility in New Jersey for six months of rehabilitation. Relocation is still an issue, and anyone willing to donate a motor home, tour bus, or any other mode of transportation to get Chi from coast to coast is urged to contact the family at www.oneloveforchi.com.
If you give to one charity this year, let it be this one. Individual donations can be made through www.oneloveforchi.com. So many beautiful people have come together to raise money for a phenomenal human being who deserves a second chance; what better way than through music, something so near and dear to Chi, that has the power to unite people of all races and creeds across the globe for positive change. Come out to the shows and be a part of this truly amazing movement.
Not yet satiated by the free booze and such available to them over the last few American jaunts, hardcore blues band EYEHATEGOD again prepare to ride around in a small crappy van and get as unhealthy as possible. The games will commence this February with a blatant hit to the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Washington on February 5th at El Corazon. The performance will coincide with the club’s six-year anniversary. From there, the depraved New Orleans-based sludge miscreants will preach to the unwashed masses in the following cities:
EYEHATEGOD – February 2011 U.S. Tour 2/05/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/16/2011 JB’s – Philadelphia, PA
2/17/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
2/18/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
2/19/2011 Lucien’s Entertainment Complex – Syracuse, NY
2/20/2011 Lido’s – Boston, MA
2/21/2011 Daniel St. – Milford, CT
2/25/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
Ending the whole fiasco will be the annual EYEHATEGOD Mardi Gras show on February 25 in New Orleans with guests, crust/grind legends Phobia and Texas newcomers Venomous Maximus.
In related news, N’Awlin’s sickest brothers of the riff have a brand new website at: http://www.eyehategod.ee. Go forth and destroy.
KIUAS, whose vocalist Ilja Jalkanen last year officially left the band because his musical tastes have changed, now had one final concert with Ilja, which took place at Nosturi, Helsinki, on January 15. Ilja will not leave the stage, just sing other kinds of music.
At their previous gig at Pakkahuone, Tampere, on October 29, 2010, KIUAS performed with stand-in-vocalist Asim Searah [THE NIBIRUAN], who also was a guest at Ilja’s farewell-concert.
The whole evening, including the other bands on the schedule, AMORAL and RYTMIHÄIRIÖ, was under the headline of being dedicated to a late friend to all of these bands (and many more Finnish musicians), Lauri Mailasalo. He was the bass player of CODEON and also a lighting technician to the mentioned bands who passed away due to leukemia.
All the proceeds of the evening are going to Sylva Ry, an organization of parents whose children have leukemia.
Some videos are online now, thanks to user Rosvin3006:
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Internationally established thrash metal band INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND is thrilled to announce their recent signing with UK record label Rising Records. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this spring with the label, entitled Heaven Sent, Hellbound. The release is being produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth), and the artwork is illustrated by famous artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).
“Rising Records are delighted to be releasing the new album from the legendary INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND and look forward to a brutal and successful partnership,” mentions label representative Mark Daghorn.
“I heard the music and knew right away I would like to work with these guys,” states producer Fredrik Nordström. “Good to see a band that was there from the start come back so strong and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Last week, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND’s new EP Bleed the Linedebutedat #4 Most Added on the CMJ Loud Rock charts. You can listen to the EP now on the following commercial stations:
KHTB Salt Lake City, UT
KMKF Manhattan, KS
KROX Austin, TX
KUPD Tempe, AZ
WCHZ in Augusta, GA
WHJY Providence, RI
WHMH Sauk Rapids, MN
WHUX Syracuse, NY
WRIF Detroit, MI
WSOU South Orange, NJ
WXRX Rockford, IL
WXTB Tampa, FL
Bleed the Line EP is available now in digital format. Fans can download the record at iTunes and Amazon.com now. The Bleed the Line EP was written, recorded and produced by the band between the spring and summer of 2010, aside from the single ‘God Loves Violence’, which was cut by seasoned producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth). The Bleed the Line EP is released on the band’s label, M90 Records, and is the first music that the band has released in 20 years. The artwork for the Bleed the Line EP was illustrated by Dennis Guevera.
1- God Loves Violence (Fredrik Nordström mix)
2- Bleed the Line
3- Rain (feat. Ron Thal of Guns N’ Roses)
4- Full Metal Jacket
5- If I Were President
6- Fueled By Regret
MetalUnderground.com recently posted the brand new music video for the single ‘God Loves Violence’. Head to this link to view the new video. An original music video depicting scenes of violence and war was posted on YouTube several months ago, but after receiving over 100,000 views in under two weeks, the video was banned. This new video was filmed by New York City based filmmaker Justin Johnson. Justin is known for his popular short political satire, Hillary in Bosnia, which has over 2.4 million views, and was featured on Fox News and other TV outlets.
In a recent interview with Metal Sanaz, guitarist Erik Barath mentions more upcoming plans for the band. “We will shoot another video in April and planning to tour the UK in the summer and hopefully other parts of Europe as well. We want to play the US end of summer, start of fall but things change all the time and we may tour sooner.”
Through humble beginnings in Connecticut, INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND exceeded their own expectations and the expectations of others with two successful full-length Giant Records releases, Razorback (1987)and The Visitor (1988). Giant Records signed I.N.C. after witnessing the band’s crushing live performances with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond; all of which taking place only six months after they had graduated high school. In 1988 with The Visitor, the band hit #1 on the CMJ Metal charts and stole the U.K. #2 Import slot out from underneath Aerosmith. Now based in New York City, the band is back with their Bleed the Line EP and Heaven Sent, Hellbound. I.N.C. is an original pioneer of the thrash metal scene, resurrected in order to take back a genre recently flooded with neo-thrash carbon copies. Revived and back with a vengeance, I.N.C. is ready to prove ownership of the scene in 2011.
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND is:
Erik Barath – Guitar
Tony Fabrizi – Guitar
Dennis Gergely – Vocals
Dennis Leeflang – Drums
Samuel J. Roon – Bass
For more information on INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND, please visit these sites: