At the East Los Angeles’ iconic venue The Vex, a collection of eleven of underground grindcore’s sickest will performed in tribute to the Grindfather himself, Jesse Pintado. The brainchild of the late guitarist’s sister, Emma Pintado, the Sept 14th show featured performances by Nausea, Sadistic Intent, Repulsion, Excruciating Terror, Endless Demise, Fenders Ballroom, Anarchus, Stapled Shut, Bloodcum, Malpractice Insurance, and Your Enemy.
Mike Abominator, LA’s Gravehill and host of Hellheim Radio, had the following to say the event, “I just wanted to spread the word about this killer gig! I’m very proud of what my friends here have put together and the way everyone came together to support this insane time! The Los Angeles Underground has really come together to support and help out with this special event. The mighty Emma Pintado, sister of Jesse Pintado, has put together, with her GRINDCORE COLLECTIVE, an amazing show that will take place this Saturday September 14th. The line up is legendary and in place. All due respects and hails to Emma and the Grind Familia, the bands playing and the maniacs attending. Get ready to GRIND YOUR MIND, FACES AND EAR DRUMS! THIS IS FOR YOU JESSE!” Read the rest of this entry »
Soldierfield album pre-production has now begun and release is scheduled for early 2014. Commented Leigh: “We’re really happy with how things are going, the songs are shaping up great and we’re really building on the blueprint we laid out with the EP but taking the song writing further. Look out for the crushing riffs and massive hooks like before and the odd new element! It’s great to be working with Steve (Wray) again on the production side and we can’t wait for you all to hear it!”
25 October – Hark To Towler, Tottington (plus Sinnergod and Asylum City Zoo)
1 November – The Tudor, Wigan (supporting Sinnergod)
23 November – Snooty Fox, Wakefield (plus Sinnergod and Asylum City Zoo)
Debut EP ‘Bury The Ones We Love’ (October 2012)
“Something that makes ‘Bury The Ones We Love’ an impressive and exciting debut is that it bristles with an urgency and energy most bands fail to muster in an entire career” Fireworks
“Leigh’s voice is quite exceptional – melodic, powerful and passionate – and is the perfect accompaniment to the huge, driving riffs that are at the heart of the Soldierfield sound”. Zero Tolerance
Keep an eye on the website for forthcoming news and sneak previews along the way.
Tokyo based Japanese warriors in Cyclamen are back with a new line-up, and are releasing yet another tech metal infused album, entitled ‘Ashura’, a follow on from their album ‘Senjyu’.
But this time, it’s going to be available in two different masters, one from Hayato Imanishi (vocals), and the other master from Acle Kahney (TesseracT), to accommodate both preferences in production, the bedroom sound and the larger studio sound.
This album consists of a manic array of Japanese riffs and authentic vocals in the Japanese tongue.
Midwestern metal quintet, SKELETONWITCH, have released a second behind-the-scenes video documenting the recording of their highly anticipated new album, Serpents Unleashed, due to drop this October. Check it out at Invisible Oranges, HERE.
Serpents Unleashed – which ties a bow around the band’s rambunctious first decade of blackened metal — will be released in North America on October 29th, in Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on October 25th and on October 28th in the UK and the rest of Europe. The album, which was recorded at GodCity Studio earlier this year with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, High on Fire), has been hailed by Decibel as SKELETONWITCH‘s “best effort to date.” Agrees Metalholic in 9.5/10 rating: “Every song, every melody, every note just screams metal.” View a sneak peak of the band tracking “Burned From Bone” at THIS LOCATION.
Serpents Unleashed is now available for preorder on CD, audio cassette, three different 180-gram LP variants (black, clear or red) and a limited-edition seen-inch collector’s box via http://www.skeletonwitch.com.
Candlelight Records today confirms November 11th as the North American release date for Obsideo, the new album from Dutch metal extremists PESTILENCE. Produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli, the album is the band’s inaugural recording for the label and first new material from the four-piece since 2011.
“We have gone beyond our human limits to achieve the highest form of brutal music,” reveals Mameli when discussing the album’s creation. “The musicianship is such high quality; it is really ten of the most demanding songs written in death metal.”
DAGOBA ANNOUNCES U.S. STREET DATE FOR NEW RECORD
“POST MORTEM NIHIL EST” AVAILABLE 11/5/13
NEW SONG DEBUTED TODAY
French metal act DAGOBA have officially announced the release of their new LP “Post Mortem Nihil Est,” which will be available in the states on November 5, 2013. In anticipation of its release, the band has released another single called “The Great Wonder.”
New Album ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ Hits Stores in North American on October 1, 2013
U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled Darkness In A Different Light on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Another song from the new album, ‘I Am’, can be checked out now via a static video on the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel:
Darkyra Black, the musical vision of one woman, a vision made reality with the completion of some of Europe’s best musicians. For those not familiar with Darkyra Black, she takes the best parts of female fronted symphonic metal and bends it to her will with her beautiful soaring melodies. Upon first listen you may liken it to industry greats such as Within Temptation or even Tarja (ex-Nightwish) but in doing so you wouldn’t even come close. Very few women in the industry are able to weave music in such as way as Darkyra and make music her own muse.
Latest video clip “Tears By Candlelight” proved just that when it took over Youtube with over 30000 views in less than a week. Unfortunately, resulting in an A-typical corporate response to flag it and remove the video. Still, the video has been reintroduced to demonstrate the untapped talent that Darkyra demonstrates and melodies that she bends to her own style.
With BLACK SABBATH’s North American tour wrapping up last week (September 3) with a sold-out show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, fans who didn’t see the band live will now have the chance to experience them via a new DVD, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic).
Pics and article by Arto Lehtinen & Timo Hanhirova
The 3rd Hammer Open Air was held at a new location. The line-up of this year’s Hammer Open Air was utterly killer and offered everything from sludge stoner to extreme black/death metal. The whole festival is an authentic event, even though there is quite a limited capacity as just over a thousand extreme underground metal diggers had crawled to the fest. Read the rest of this entry »
New Swedish doomsters AVATARIUM – featuring legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS) on bass, Marcus Jidell (EVERGREY) on guitar, Carl Westholm (CANDLEMASS) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith – have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming self-titled debut album, due out in the North America on November 26th.
“As opposed to many contemporary artists eager to express their inner emotional turmoil, my ambitions as a painter stand first and foremost from a lifelong love of hard rockin´music and the inherently darker iconography of that genre,” states Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä (CANDLEMASS), who created the album artwork. “I’m seldom one to channel personal experiences in my art but rather view my work as part of the Heavy Metal tradition forged by likes of Derek Riggs [IRON MAIDEN], Ken Kelly [RAINBOW, KISS], and many more. In the specific case of AVATARIUM, my sources of inspiration have come to include the heretical idolatry of the pre-Christianized cults throughout ancient Europe and esoteric allegories of the late medieval secret societies.” Read the rest of this entry »
Since Black Sabbath unleashed the floodgates of the hellish sounds of heavy metal in 1970 it’s been believed that heavy metal is the domain of white, heterosexual males. Is this representation accurate?
Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, answers to stereotypes during a free “Women in Metal” seminar at 7PM, Thursday, September 19, at the Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival and Conference in Calgary, Canada. She will be joined by metal photographer/journalist Sarah Kitteringham and special guest Dr. Deena Weinstein (author of Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology). The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen of San Francisco State University.
The ambitious three-day Noctis festival will also feature performances by top-tier metal bands including Carcass, Candlemass, Girlschool, Pagan Altar, Blasphemy, and Possessed.
To celebrate the news, the band has premiered a stunning video clip of “The Final Countdown – Live”. Click HERE to see the video performance of this classic song in its entirety.
On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »
Rivers of Nihil have released their final studio up from their recording sessions at Mana Recording Studios in Florida. In this clip, guitarist Brody Uttley details some of the guitar gear used on the record, and tracks a portion of “Rain Eater.” Watch this clip now at metalblade.com/riversofnihil, where “Rain Eater” is streaming and pre-order bundles for “The Conscious Seed of Light” are available.
Rivers of Nihil have added to their already busy Fall touring schedule. In October, fans will be able to see Rivers of Nihil touring with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion throughout the east coast. Confirmed dates can be seen below, as well as at facebook.com/riversofnihil.
On August 30th the „Cry Wolf“ was unleashed – WOLFPAKK’s second album. The melodic metal allstar-project again managed to gather an impressive list of guest stars, including Amanda Somerville, one of the best female voices in the scene and known from her works with Kiske/Somerville and Avantasia a.o.
Amanda now also appears in the new video clip for the heartfelt ballad “Cold Winter”.