Brooklyn, New York-based triple-guitar led sludge merchants HULL recently came out of hiding to play a surprise CMJ performance with Kylesa at Public Assembly on their home turf. The crushing performance brought with it an unexpected, brand new, as-yet-untitled track from the band’s upcoming full-length. Check it out HERE.
HULL have been holed up at an undisclosed location working on the follow-up to their Sole Lord debut, issued via The End Records in 2009. The unsung five-piece’s difficult-to-pinpoint but ultimately all-consuming brand of post-hardcore/sludge metal continues to draw praise from the masses. Metal Hammer said the band sit, “…somewhere between the somnambulant art metal of Neurosis, the clattering abrasive prog of Mastodon and the raging doom rock of High On Fire,” while a Sole Lord review from The Sleeping Shaman insists, “HULL can barely be contained within the confines of a mere CD, their ideas, energy and exuberance flow forth and threaten to break free and cause all manner of trouble.” Added The Dreaded Press: “Because you can hear as clear as day that HULL have no shortage of musical skill available to them, not just in the guitar work and drumming but in their ear for song structures that keep things moving, making shifts from down-tuned bludgeon to gentle clean-tone tapping lines or subtle tonal swells seem not just effortless but utterly appropriate.”
HULL‘s sophomore full-length will be co-produced by Brett Romnes (who played drums on the band’s long coveted Viking Funeral EP, initially self-released in 2007) and mixed by Bill Anderson (Sleep, High On Fire, Neurosis, EHG, Melvins et al). A May 2011 street date is expected.
Check out additional footage of the band playing “Viking Funeral” (Movement #2) HERE.
Further updates on HULL‘s recording process will be announced in the coming weeks.
New York, NY, November 8, 2010….EMI Label Services is once again bringing metal to the masses with an extensive new retail program known as The Metal Crew. This will include online, retail and consumer components aimed at spreading the word about some of EMI’s heaviest metal acts. The campaign will work with retail to create ongoing discounts, official seal of approval stickers and better placement for their legendary list of metal labels including: Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Earache and Candlelight along with Season of Mist, Willowtip and Crash Music.
In addition to the retail elements, The Metal Crew will have an interactive web home for fans and industry alike. Metal heads will be encouraged to visit the website for news and reviews about upcoming releases, behind the scenes footage of some of metal’s top artists and a comprehensive look at all things metal for each month – including a list of where you can buy new metal releases.
The Metal Crew will build upon EMI’s already storied history of supporting the genre and serve as a lead in to their popular March is Metal Month campaign, which has become an event in itself for both retail and metal heads. Sarah Wefald, Senior Coordinator of Customer Marketing for EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution said “Obviously we love metal, so it was really nice to see the hard work pay off with March is Metal Month for the last two years, with fans and record stores coming together to spread the good word of metal. We hope this new way for everyone to interact will make it even better.”
Century Media’s Vice President of Sales, Andrew Hosner, adds “Century Media is excited that metal will finally be getting the retail recognition it so richly deserves in the form of The Metal Crew. The Crew will help to bring metal fans together and make it easier for them to track down and support the latest releases from some of the best metal labels the world has to offer.”
The Metal Crew’s website will launch on November 9th, featuring Dimmu Borgir, Kylesa, Daath, and King’s X as November’s Crew. The Metal Crew will not only be the best new spot to read up on metal’s top stories, but will also create discounts and other great initiatives for your favorite artists. Raise your horns to salute EMI Label Services and check out http://www.themetalcrew.com for more info!
Hate Eternal is working on their fifth studio album (second for Metal Blade Records) and follow up to Fury & Flames once again at Erik Rutan’s own Mana Recording Studios. JJ Hrubovcak has been added as the band’s bassist and the devastating combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums is at work once again. The album promises to be one of the most intense death metal albums of 2011.
Front man Erik Rutan offers the following update: “The band has been locked up in Mana Recording Studios doing pre-production for the past 2 months, finishing up songs that we have been writing over the last year in between tours and albums that I’ve produced, and we feel we have come up with one of Hate Eternal’s heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet.
It was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant Hate Eternal style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store. Look out for updates from the studio over the next few months.”
Head over to the premier horror movie site Bloody Disgusting to check out DAWN OF ASHES’ first production video for the track Transformation Within Fictional Mutation off the band’s Metal Blade debut, Genocide Chapters. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/1145
DAWN OF ASHES shot the video just weeks ago with director by David H. Greathouse (special effects master, film director, and music video director behind Mushroomhead’s videos), which was produced by Robert Kurtzman’s (KNB EFX founder, special effects legend, director) PRECINCT 13, who also handled the special effects. DoA shot on location at the Bissman Building in Mansfield, Ohio, which is widely rumored to be haunted and was recently featured on an episode of the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters.
In other news DAWN OF ASHES hits the road next week as a part of the Darkness Reborn Tour featuring Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, and Blood Red Throne!
11/05 Worcester, MA The Palladium
11/06 Albany, NY Northern Lights
11/07 Towson, MD Recher Theater
11/08 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
11/13 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/14 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/15 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
11/16 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze 11/18 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
11/19 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
11/21 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater 11/22 Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory
11/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
11/24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
11/26 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
11/27 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater
11/28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
11/30 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
12/01 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
12/02 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
12/03 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
12/04 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
12/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/07 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/09 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
12/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
12/11 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom 12/12 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
12/13 Montreal, QC Metropolis
12/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial
Japan’s premier Extreme Metallers, METAL SAFARI celebrated its 5th year anniversary and the release of their second album “Prisoner” by playing a 2-hour set in Tokyo on Saturday, October 30th. As if to coincide what’s being held on the other side of the Pacific (Dimebash), they played a medley of PANTERA songs, whom they cite as one of their biggest influences. A fan-filmed video can be seen below:
Their new single “How to die.” from the same concert:
As previously informed, the drummer YAZU recently inked an endorsement deal with MAPEX Drums (Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra, Hangar), Gregg Bissonette, John Boecklin (DevilDriver) Moe Carlson (Protest The Hero) and Dani (ChthoniC) among others), and this was one of the very first shows he played their drum kit in front of the audience.
Milwaukee metal/hardcore band Cause For Revelation have debuted their new video for the track, “Destroying Recollections”, which can be viewed here…
The video was directed by Jason Meudt and Emmet Austin of Vision 4 Films (Megadeth, Lazarus AD, GWAR, Dirge Within, Hellyeah, Slayer). “Destroying Recollections” is the first single featured from Cause For Revelation’s latest album, “Resurrecting The Hostility”.
The Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL have issued the following statement:
We have set “DEATH INFERNAL” as the title for our upcoming third full-length album. Some of the chants tentative to be included are:
“The Arrival of Armageddon”
“All will Perish (The Final Liberation)”
“March for Victory”
“From Northern Shores”
Final tracklisting to be presented later.
The album is currently being recorded. mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studios in Alvik, Sweden, under the leadership of Sverker Widgren, front commander of DEMONICAL. December 31st is set as the deadline for the recording, the curse will then be released upon mankind in April 2011 through Cyclone Empire. Exact release date tba.
Other individuals taking part in the creation of “DEATH INFERNAL” are Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media and photographer Soile Siirtola.
“DEATH INFERNAL” will be a lethal dose of fast Stockholm-style old-school death metal mixed with more epic and cold elements, hence creating the most deadly and victorious soundtrack for the upcoming downfall of Mother Earth.
The album will be supported by a headlining tour across European soil during May 2011.
Chicago-based independent label PLANET METAL is proud to announce its first label showcase, presented in partnership with the ongoing “Metal Up Your Tap” series at Red Line Tap. Appropriately titled “Planet Metal Up Your Tap”, the show will take place on in Chicago on Saturday, November 27, 2010. In addition to label giveaways and intoxicating beer specials, Chicago-area maniacs will be treated to sets from Planet Metal recording artists Kommandant, Wastelander, Sauron, and, making their much-anticipated live debut, Bones, all for the fan-friendly price of $5.
What: Planet Metal Up Your Tap
Who: Kommandant, Wastelander, Sauron, Bones
Where: Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago, Il. 60626
Having returned home safely from their Midwestern mini-tour, Atlanta sludge demons SONS OF TONATIUH are stoked to announce the next bout of live happenings to round out 2010 (and usher in 2011). Elaborated drummer Tim Genius: “We’d first like to report that the tour was a resounding success. Thank you in no small part to the hospitality of our label boss at Hydrophonic, the rad bands we shared bills with and the swell folks we met along the way. A special thanks is due to our driver and road-man extraordinaire, Greg who delivered us safe, if not sound. We wish the same could be said for a certain feline representative of Grand Rapids who had a bit of a run-in with our van. That part was a bummer.
So we’re back in Atlanta, and after a couple of days, we’ve got the inevitable ‘ants-in-our-pants’ associated with a post-super fun road trip. What did we do? The only thing we know to do. We booked a tour. That’s right, come January 6 SONS OF TONATIUH will be heading out for a ten-day stretch from Florida to Texas and back. And what will we do with ourselves until then? Well, how about a particular hometown gig with fellow southern teetotalers, Eyehategod? And if that wasn’t enough, what if we told you that our pals and recent touring accomplices Phobia would be there too? That’s right. Sludge legends, Eyehategod AND grind pioneers, Phobia with SONS OF TONATIUH at The Earl in Atlanta, December 4, 2010!
That’s all for now. But do yourselves a favor. Let’s see you there! Or just do it for the Mr. Wiggles.”
SONS OF TONATIUH Live 2010/2011 11/12/2010 529 East – Atlanta, GA
11/13/2010 New Brooklyn Tavern – Columbia, SC w/ Hollow Leg & Black Tusk
12/04/2010 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Eyehategod, Phobia
01/06/2011 TBA – Jacksonville, FL
01/07/2011 Fubar – St. Petersburg, FL w/ Hollow Leg
01/08/2011 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL w/ Hollow Leg
01/09/2011 Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
01/10/2011 TBA – Mobile, AL
01/11/2011 TBA – New Orleans, LA
01/12/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
01/13/2011 Dalzell House – Shreveport, LA w/ Currents
01/14/2011 The Doom Room – Vicksburg, MS
01/15/2011 JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
SONS OF TONATIUH — drummer Tim Genius, guitarist/vocalist Dan Caycedo, bassist Mike Tunno and guitarist/vocalist Darby Wilson — unleashed their self-titled debut full-length via Michigan’s Hyodrophonic Records earlier this year. Engineered by Jay Matheson (Kylesa, Black Tusk) at the legendary Jam Room Studio in Columbia, South Carolina, the crushing eight-track long player features the artwork of Rodney Githens and is available on CD as well as blue and gold-colored wax.
Swedish black/death battalion TRIDENT have unleashed the first official video from their blistering Regain Records-released World Destruction debut, for the track “Jaws Of Satan.”
“To make this video we used a good friend of ours; Carlos from Blackshadows” stated TRIDENT bassist Alexander Friberg. “He is a talented artist with a good eye for the visual. He is the guy behind Blackshadows Tattoos & Blackshadows Film Production [www.black-shadows.com]. We wanted to do a raw and rough video that suites the sound and energy of the song and I think we nailed it!”
Check out the newly completed “Jaws Of Satan” video — as well as recent live footage of the band’s first show in North America last month — HERE!
Canadian leading artists in modern metal tunes are coming with a vengeance! THREAT SIGNAL intense metal songs have skyrocketed up the internet charts, ignited an international fan base and earned them a worldwide deal with powerhouse Nuclear Blast Records.
Although the band took a quite long break after the release of the highly acclaimed breaking debut album “Under Reprisal”, THREAT SIGNAL have worked hard and intensively on their second strike. “Vigilance” takes modern metal to another level of brutality, diversity, depth and intensity, with loads of thrash influences, a little bit of Swedish upper class metal, shattering screams and perfectly set up clean vocal lines.
This prompted THREAT SIGNAL to fly over the old continent to launch their first European tour with a promise to include lots of past songs into their set list and to hang out in the crowd all nights long.
Lifeforce Records futuristic metallers RAUNCHY and vicious industrial groove masters SYBREED comprise major support acts in this Threat Over Europe Tour. Hitting the road with THREAT SIGNAL are also special guests M.A.N and IN COLD BLOOD.
THREAT OVER EUROPE 2010
28 NOVEMBER 2010 | PT | PORTO | PORTO-RIO | 21:00
Austria’s BELPHEGOR have revealed the cover art (see right) to their upcoming Blood Magick Necromance release! The piece was designed by renowned Austrian artist Joachim Luetke (DIMMUBORGIR, ARCHENEMY, KREATOR, etc).
Blood Magick Necromance Track Listing:
1. IN BLOOD – DEVOUR THIS SANCTITY
2. RISE TO FALL AND FALL TO RISE
3. BLOOD MAGICK NECROMANCE
4. DISCIPLINE THROUGH PUNISHMENT
5. ANGELI MORTIS DE PROFUNDIS
6. IMPALED UPON THE TONGUE OF SATHAN
7. POSSESSED BURNING EYES
8. SADO MESSIAH BELPHEGOR recently wrapped up work on their new blackened death metal masterpiece Blood Magick Necromance!The albumwas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album will be released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America!
“This will be the most epic and monumental BELPHEGOR work to date,“ commented frontman and lead shredder Helmuth.
BELPHEGOR will also be direct support to DEICIDE on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour”, which kicks off on Feb. 15th of next year. The trek is being sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features BLACKGUARD, NEURAXIS and PATHOLOGY. Tickets for the tour are available now via www.enterthevault.com and all other normal ticketing systems.
New Orleans-based, doomed-out, punk/blues/southern rock hardcore freaks, EYEHATEGOD, will head out on another American trek this December in support of absolutely nothing but the glory of hedonism and debauchery. EHG are the originators of a genre now known as “sludge,” a combination of raw, sick vocals and slow, heavy, down-tuned, grooving negative riffs that run together in a live setting in a sometimes volatile mess of guitar feedback, pounding drums, cigarettes, beer, vodka and hurt feelings. See the band in the following cities before they self-destruct: EYEHATEGOD Winter Tour 2010w/ Phobia
11/30/2010 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
12/01/2010 Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
12/02/2010 Tremont – Charlotte, NC w/ Crowbar
12/03/2010 The Oasis – Charleston, SC
12/04/2010 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Sons Of Tonatiuh
12/05/2010 Hi Tine – Memphis, TN
12/06/2010 Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN w/ Goatwhore
12/07/2010 Downtown – Little Rock, AR w/ Goatwhore
12/08/2010 Drifter’s – Fayetteville, AR
12/09/2010 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
12/10/2010 Kordova – San Antonio,TX
“Finally we’re hitting the road properly after the summer’s festival season. Going to be great to get out there to meet up with all our fans and friends from before, as well as new, to play some old and new material. Opening for Airbourne is also a good opportunity for us to spread our message in a broader way. Get ready for Diamonds on the road!”
Catch ENFORCER live in Europe with AIRBOURNE at the following shows:
06 Nov – Bochum, Germany – Ruhcongress
07 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Mainhall
09 Nov – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
10 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
12 Nov – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahoune
13 Nov – Helsinki, Finland – Cable Factory
16 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
17 Nov – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
18 Nov – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
20 Nov – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
22 Nov – Munich, Germany – Zenith
23 Nov – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
24 Nov – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
26 Nov – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
27 Nov – Lille, France – Aeronef
29 Nov – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
30 Nov – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
02 Dec – London, UK – Brixton Academy
04 Dec – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
05 Dec – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy
ENFORCER recently filmed a new music video with PATRIC ULLAEUS (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE) for the track ‘Midnight Vice’, from the band’s latest album, DIAMONDS. The video will be released in the next few weeks.
Sitra Ahra, the latest album by Sweden’s genre-defying THERION, has debuted at #44 on the Billboard Top New Artists (Heatseekers) chart, #58 on the Current Hard Music Albums, and #122 Independent Current Albums chart following its October 26th release.
THERION founder, songwriter, and composer Christofer Johnsson takes some time off from the band’s current European tour just a few hours before they take the stage in the Czech Republic to comment on this accomplishment in North America:
“The band is thrilled about our Billboard debuts. It also shows that very alternative music styles have a future in the overall somewhat crumbling music market in the USA. Full speed ahead!”
Asked about THERION’s sole North American appearance as headliners at 2011’s ProgPower XII Festival on Saturday, September 17th in Atlanta, Georgia, Johnsson shares:
“We never thought we’d play music on U.S. soil again after the last tour [in 2005]. We were offered a fair fee for last year[‘s ProgPower Festival], but as our costs would be nearly double of that, we had to reject it and never expected to hear back from [the organizer] again. So we were totally surprised by being offered the double for next year. We are very happy for this opportunity and it is great that our fans in the U.S. will be able to catch us on stage again, as touring there again is totally out of question.”
Tickets to ProgPower XII will be available for purchase in March, 2011 via TicketMaster.
Sitra Ahra was produced by Christofer Johnsson and mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (James LaBrie, Avantasia, Darkane, Edguy). Of the material on Sitra Ahra, Johnsson has commented:
“…only a few of the songs [were] written in recent years. The majority of the[m] are from the same pool of songs from which [2004’s] Sirius B and Lemuria were created from, meaning they were written between 2000-2004 (there was even a song from 1999, but we decided not to use it on the album in the end). By no means they are to be regarded as ‘leftovers.’ These were songs equal to those ending up on Lemuria and Sirius B; we just divided the songs we had onto three albums [Sirius B, Lemuria, and 2007’s Gothic Kabalah]. This really created a unique approach to the songs, as I have evolved so much musically since those songs were written. I think of it in terms as a vintage wine that becomes better and better with the years.”