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by Ian Chainey

Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)
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Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.

And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.

Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.

In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for the seriously heavy Animal Mother. The album will be out on October 14 via Southern Lord Records. And if you don't mind taking a shower in two minutes, Animal Mother's pitch-perfect movie accompaniment can be viewed below.

October 14 is also the date of release for blackened sludgesters Inter Arma's The Cavern, a single track 40 minute EP coming out courtesy of Relapse. You can watch a trailer for that below.

A trailer triumvirate, you say? Why not. The MDF-bound/DTA-joining Obituary also have samples rolling on YouTube for the forthcoming Inked In Blood. That one is also coming out through Relapse on October 28. Check it out below. . . and marvel at Relapse's productivity. And then feel bad about your comparative slothfulness. Seriously: get off the couch and go to the doctor.

Another icon had an announcement this week: With Brutal Truth done, Dan Lilker will have time for other endeavors, including thrashers Nuclear Assault who may cut a new album and tour in the near future. Lilker will also be working on Nokturnal Hellstorm, Blurring, and Venomous Concept. Retired Dan Lilker, taking it easy.

Finally, if you're going to do something right, you might as well do it yourself. That's the rationale behind tech-deathers Defeated Sanity's next split. . . with themselves. "YES, we will record a SPLIT album with ourselves!!" the band said through a statement. "One side will be the most brutal, more simple, more caveman Brutal Death that we ever made - but don't worry it will NOT be boring!! The other side will be everything else. Technical, oldschool, progressive - just like we love to hear it from our old Prog Thrash&Death heros [sic] but of course we do it in our own way!" Do you, Defeated Sanity. Always do you.

Opeth
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

If you were wondering if the streams dried up, this week was a flood. First, here are the full albums: The soon-to-be-touring Opeth unveiled Pale Communion (August 26, Roadrunner Records - preorder). . . on a Euro-only site. Argh, so close! As for things readily available, Midnight dropped No Mercy for Mayhem on the Hells Headbangers bandcamp. Solstafir showcased all of Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). And Principality Of Hell offered up the venomous Fire & Brimstone. (Note: Invisible Oranges interviewed both Opeth and Solstafir frontmen recently if you want to know more.) All streams appear below.

As for the singles, we got a taste of Death Penalty's self-titled LP debut (September 16, Rise Above Records - preorder). You can also check out an interview with Rise Above head Lee Dorrian at Invisible Oranges. A music video for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeat's "Runaway Girls" has been made available. Uncle Acid are cycling through North America in September. Lo-Pan, who are hitting the road with Black Cobra and will play an Invisible Oranges-presented show, tossed out a track from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone - preorder). In addition, Small Stone was flooded earlier in the month and you can help out. Witch Mountain showed off another from singer Uta Plotkin's farewell, Mobile Of Angels (October 6, Profound Lore). Classic gore-hounds Necrophagia are back with the first transmission from WhiteWorm Cathedral (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder). And death metallers Lago have dropped a cut from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Check out all the songs below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/23): The speedy and now-signed Bat, Chainbreaker, and Iron Force step into the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, Europa has a blast of old-school punk with Off!, Bad Antics, and Gay Kiss (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/24): At Red Hook's Pioneer Works, the suddenly touring Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns, and Kyle Eyre Clyd will play a matinee (tickets). That should leave you enough time to either get your shred on at Saint Vitus with Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen (tickets). Or to go punk with Vile Intent, NARC, and Limbs Bin at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (8/24): Jorge Elbrecht's new band Coral Cross (who just made their live debut earlier this week, play a late-night set.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: New releases? Tons of them: Upcoming Metal Releases recounts them. Want the word straight from the artists themselves? We had interviews with Lee Dorrian and Ex-Breathers. Fresh tunes? We had those, too: Megaton Leviathan and Abazagorath. We also went deep on Pallbearer's freshly released Foundations of Burden. Finally, Scab Casserole either made you smile or caused you to destroy your keyboard with his breakdown of Agalloch's career.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "Heavy Lowdown: Pig Destoyer, Puig Destroyer, At the Gates, Today is the Day, Obituary, Nuclear Assault, Opeth, more"

By Ian Chainey

At the Gates
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So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.

Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .

The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.

Cigwar

GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).

Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.

Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.

Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.

And band of many interests Tombs have a moving picture for "Seance." They'll hit the road again in October and will swing into Saint Vitus on October 27. You can check out the videos below.

As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).

Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.

The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).

Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).

Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).

And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.

Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:

TODAY (8/15): Punk rock that's as heavy as metal: Jungbluth, Centuries, Hexis, Plebian Grandstand, and Reproacher will shake The Acheron (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)

We put on our best presenter attire with a number of upcoming shows and tours: Virus at Saint Vitus, Old Wounds and Exalt on tour, and KEN mode at Saint Vitus. KEN mode tickets are finally on sale.

We also took on the task as the integrator, asking Qs and getting As from Lee Dorrian and Pallbearer.

We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.

And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: At the Gates, Mastodon, Death, GWAR, Windhand, Tombs, KEN mode, Bat, Bludded Head and more"

by Ian Chainey

An artist rendering of 'Kingnites diamondi' at its fossil unveiling
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Professor Mats E. Eriksson, a paleontologist, discovered a 420-million-year-old worm fossil and published a paper about it in 2012. Being the metal nut that he is, he named the worm Kingnites diamondi. (Question: Will King now play Give Me Your Soil... Please on his North American tour?) But the nerdity didn't stop there. Mats hooked up with Science Slam Sonic Explorers, which the barely coherent PR memo explains like this: "The SSSE group was formed in 2013 to bring published scientists together with published musicians, and combine their talents to create a new form of sound and visual art -- one that specialized in distilling complex scientific ideas into a language all could understand, set to music and complemented with visual art." Okay, so what does that mean for Kingnites diamondi?

How about At the Gates' Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg singing about the worm over tunes supplied by industrial BMers Invertia? Sure. That's exactly what I expected. Ohm Resistance have cobbled together an EP of material, including the song mentioned above, a take of Tompa reading the Kingnites diamondi paper's abstract, a death metal version from Denata, and a dubby remix pitting Invertia against Submerged. I'd hesitate to call it, you know, "good," but if your collection is made up of metal curios, it's now incomplete without this weird specimen.

Stream the EP below...

Continue reading "At the Gates' frontman Tompa sings about worm fossil named after King Diamond (listen)"

by Ian Chainey

Phil Anselmo and Ben Weinman
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"Me and my uncle @philiphanselmo have a gang," Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman said on Twitter. "And these pants are our uniform." And now that's burned in your retinas, let's take a walk on the newswire:

At the Gates have hinted subtly and not so subtly about a new album for 2014. Now we have something of a timeline. At War With Reality will land around October/November through Century Media Records. One word, guys: GO! Check out a rehearsal update from singer Tomas Lindberg below. In other recording news, Norwegian grindsters Beaten to Death will be hitting the studio, too. Says bassist Mika Martinussen, ""Third time's a charm; Beaten To Death will record the follow-up to Dødsfest! in July, because - let's face it - we're not getting any younger, and ground-breaking records in the grindcore genre don't record and release themselves!" No? Thanks for crushing my dreams of a sentient grindcore bot. Check out some Beaten to Death GoPro-shot live footage below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Misery Index
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Misery Index shot a video for "The Calling" from their recently released album The Killing Gods. It's black and white, and pulls footage from a silent, bible-themed flick, thus giving it an early '90s death metal air. Appropriate, as Jason Netherton's book on the scene is out now. And the speedy Evil Invaders -- good metal sign: band named after a Razor song -- were captured live by a pro crew while covering Exciter. Find both videos below.

Quite a few artists decided to show off their albums in full this week. Mastodon put up a copy of Once More 'Round the Sun on iTunes (June 24, Reprise - preorder). The chamber folk outfit Musk Ox, fresh off their Agalloch collaboration, are now streaming Woodfall. And DRCALSONALBION, the guise of Earth's Dylan Carlson, is streaming all of Gold, his original soundtrack for the film of the same name. Woodfall and Gold were released this week and you can stream both below.

Dylan's main gig, Earth, also released a new song, this one from the forthcoming Primitive & Deadly (September 2, Southern Lord). "From the Zodiacal Light" features a guest vocal from Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows. Earth is currently touring Australia. The nasty Nunslaughter are streaming another from the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder).

Mortals killer crusty metal keeps coming. "The Summoning" is the latest track pulled from Cursed to See the Future (July 8, Relapse - preorder). On July 18, they'll swing into the Acheron for a record release show. Illustrations are showing off "Iron Rain" from their digital EP that will see a release this summer. The thrashin' Algebra -- the one you haven't forgotten -- put up a video for "Survival Nowadays" from Feed the Ego (September 7, Unspeakable Axe). The twisted tech metallers Diskord debuted "Lethargic Regression" from the mini-LP Oscillations (August, Australopithecus Records - preorder). And the first post-Cathedral band has formed. Guitarist Gaz Jenning's Death Penalty, are releasing a single via Rise Above Records. The title track, "Sign of Times" is available below along with the aforementioned streams and all of the tour dates.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY 6/20): NYHC, reform! Shape of the original '87 demo lineup of Breakdown. They're joined by White Widows Pact, Manipulate, and Heavy Chains at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (6/21): Filthy doomers Serpentine Path headline an Invisible Oranges/Signature Riff presented show with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge at Archeron (tickets). If you wanna go old school with the metal of death, Dr. Shrinker, Desolate, False Prophet, Kurnugia, and Sin Eater are at Saint Vitus (tickets). Then, there's the bill so nice they had it twice. . . and added a few more: Breakdown, Altered Boys, Heavy Chains, White Widows Pact, Born Annoying, and No One Rules hit Asbury Lanes (tickets). More punk? Sure: Oblivionation, Raw Nerves, Demon Brother, and Concrete Cross play Death By Audio. Tickets are $7 at the door. And finally, tech kings Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me will play the Best Buy Theater, which is sold out.

SUNDAY (6/22): You can check out Black Flag, HOR, and Cinema Cinema at Europa (tickets). Hey, you don't have to tell people what year you saw Black Flag, just that you saw them.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It wasn't as packed as most weeks, but the new releases were varied and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We streamed the full album for Diseased Reason and had a giveaway that's still ongoing. Listen, bang your head, and then comment to win. We interviewed Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod and Attila Csihar of Mayhem. And we checked out the Austerity Program, Incantation, and Trap Them in our round of reviews.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Phil Anselmo's pants ++ At the Gates, Misery Index, Earth, weekend shows & lots more"

by Ian Chainey (and Jonathan Dick, Wyatt Marshall & Scab Casserole)

Cancer at Maryland Deathfest

The 12th annual Maryland Deathfest, not to be confused with Maryland Deathscape, wrapped on May 25, bringing an end to another headbanging blockbuster. Though there were unforeseen cancellations -- Mitochondrion and Aeternus encountered visa/boarder issues, Triptykon attended H.R. Giger's funeral service -- the fest was another success, providing a four-day-long release for lucky metalheads and those following them on Twitter.

In fact, half the fun for vicarious attendees was keeping tabs on the travel to and from Maryland. Jonathan Dick, making his first trip to MDF, wrote a hilarious dispatch for Invisible Oranges detailing his experience with an eccentric woman aboard one of his connecting flights.

It was the greatest flight in the history of US Airways thanks to a passenger who I can only refer to as 33C. She essentially brought everyone on board into her conversational dimension of pretzel descriptions, the inadequacy of Subway sandwiches, and genuine concerns over who was "driving" the plane.
His trials were paid back in full by a Thursday bill at Ram's Head Live that focused on the slow and low. Seven Sisters of Sleep, Whitehorse, Sourvein, Torche, Coffins, and Crowbar all crushed. Crowbar's Kirk Windstein even delivered a kick (see video below). It was a great way to grease the fest wheels, but IO editor Scab Casserole sensed a void. "Everyone's psyched, but the consensus on yesterday was that Triptykon was truly supposed to be the gem of last night. Their absence was felt." More from Scab's memories will appear later on this week at Invisible Oranges.

MDF got rolling on Friday, splitting bands up on four different stages -- Edison Lot A, Edison Lot B, Rams Head Live, and Baltimore Soundstage. The set-up was an improvement, according to Scab. "The new lot is impressive. Expansive, and comprehensive stage-wise. But it's super-hot."

This day, the blackened acts garnered the greatest response, as social media was flooded with kudos for Mgla, Taake, and the two-man Bölzer. Scab later said, "Taake fucking OWNED it. They might have been the best band of yesterday." Wyatt agreed, "Many wondered if the Norwegian band would make it into the US -- it was fortunate for those who were there that they encountered smooth sailing."

Agalloch played a set beloved by most, though the sound was mentioned to be muddy. Better things should be in store when they hit the road with Jex Thoth in June.

But, the death metal one-two punch of Cancer followed by At the Gates was an undeniable pinnacle. It had been a bit since both acts played the States and fans weren't left disappointed. And, lucky us, At the Gates' singer Tomas "Tompa" Lindberg was down to shed light on the status of the new album. All systems GO!

Speaking of fans, the event brought out its share of oddballs. If you had time between sets, people-watching was an attraction. If a Slayer trampstamp didn't display dedication, windmilling while holding crutches was a sure sign of devotion. Of course, then there were the Symbolic speedos:

MDF recap, photos & video continued below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest 2014 is a wrap (our highlights, Taake, Bolzer, Dark Angel, the Crowbar kick incident & more)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Amon Amarth at The Paramount earlier this year (more by Greg Cristman)

In what feels a little like deja-vu, Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth is heading back to North America for round two of the Deceiver of the Gods tour bringing fellow Swedish power metal band Sabaton and Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch (again) with them. The tour is a decently long one and lands in NYC on October 18 at Best Buy Theater. All dates are listed below.

That NYC show is also a special one -- it's a gig to celebrate Decibel Magazine's 10th anniversary, and for this show Skeletonwitch will be replaced by death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre. Vallenfyre contains members of At the Gates (who just played Maryland Deathfest and Invisible Oranges interviewed), Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride (also played MDF) and Extinction of Mankind (played MDF, are playing NYC tonight 5/29) and, counting CVs, many more notable bands. Vallenfyre just released a Decibel flexi, and the show will be Vallenfyre's first (and only one currently scheduled) in North America. Tickets for the NYC show go on presale today at 10 AM: password = METAL.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday (5/30) at noon.

Those hoping to catch Skeletonwitch in NYC aren't out of luck. At Saint Vitus the same night (10/18), Skeletonwitch will be playing Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest. That show is also in celebration of Decibel's ten years, and tickets go on sale on Friday (5/30) at noon.

Pretty good night to be a metalhead in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Amon Amarth touring w/ Skeletonwitch (who's playing Vitus), playing NYC w/ death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre (dates)"

By Doug Moore

Morbid Saint at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Since it's impossible to avoid, you surely already know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. NYC show options are thus a little thin that day, but there are some good ones coming up this weekend nonetheless.

Tonight (1/31), Coliseum will hit Saint Vitus alongside Primitive Weapons & Tidal Arms (tix). On Saturday (2/1), you have a few options: Morbid Saint at Saint Vitus (tix), Nomad / Sad Boys / EEL at the Acheron (tix), and Throaat / Blackout / Call of the Wild / Hessian at Union Pool. Keep an eye on our NYC Metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.

In other news:

Local live staples Tiger Flowers have signed to Melotov Records.

Ævangelist, who headlined a sick show last Saturday, have released a new track. Stream it below.

Agalloch will release their much-anticipated new album, The Serpent & The Sphere, on May 13 via Profound Lore.

Mötley Crüe are breaking up after roughly 35 years as a band. They've even signed a contract that bars them from reforming to tour again. Tens of people are surely heartbroken. Alice Cooper opens their final tour, which hits Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center (tickets).

On a darker note, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was not included in the "In Memoriam" portion of the Grammys Awards ceremony, drawing their fanbase's ire. Hanneman would've turned 50 today.

At the Gates are releasing a new album, for which the prognosis is pretty good. Young Widows, meanwhile, debuted their own new album in sneaky fashion.

We had a good week over at IO, with exciting new jams by Yautja, Artificial Brain, and House of Apparition. We also ran down all the riffs fit to buy, as always. Plus, y'know, googly eyes.

Check out that new Ævangelist song below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Morbid Saint, Coliseum, Aevangelist, Motley Crue's Final Exit, & more"

By Doug Moore

At the Gates

This past Friday's teaser video made it pretty obvious that Swedish death metal giants At the Gates are going to release their first new album in almost 20 years this year, but stopped short of officially confirming it. Unsurprisingly, they've made it official -- they'll record their new album, entitled At War With Reality, over the summer and aim for a late-2014 release via Century Media.

It's not totally clear to me why the band bothered with an obvious teaser video so shortly before the announcement itself, but such are the vagaries of the modern press cycle. This album will undoubtedly be one of the most talked-about metal releases of the year, regardless of how well it turns out. After the recent spate of successful death metal reunion albums, expectations are running high for this effort, but it bears remembering that ATG's lineup have gone on to checkered careers since their original breakup. Vocalist Tomas Lindberg has done both well (Disfear, Lock Up) and poorly (The Great Deceiver) by turns, while the Björler brothers and Adrian Erlandsson have had an inconsistent run with The Haunted. Still, the prospect of new ATG has considerable awesomeness potential, and it increases chances that they'll tour North America extensively in the coming year or so -- always a bonus.

Read the band's full statement on the new album below...

Continue reading "At the Gates confirm new album, due late 2014"

by Doug Moore

post-reunion At the Gates performing in 2011
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There's a pretty good argument to be made that At the Gates's 1995 swansong Slaughter of the Soul was the most influential metal album to come out during the '90s. Even if you don't think much of the many imitators it spawned, it's hard to dispute the album's quality; there's a reason that their 2007 reunion and ensuing festival appearances have drawn such enthusiastic responses.

This stature also explains the somewhat breathless coverage that a 12-second teaser video that the band posted on Tuesday received. The video was totally vague, containing nothing but some grainy, out-of-focus shots of lyrics in a Word document and blocky "2014" flash caption, but it was enough to initiate speculation that ATG will do the Carcass/Gorguts thing this year and release a reunion album.

The band posted a second teaser video today. If nothing else, this one will add fuel to the speculative fire -- you see a photo of the band, some (grainy, blurry) closeups of plugins and waveforms in a production program, shots of microphones and guitars, and those lyrics again. The phrase "AT WAR WITH REALITY" (album title?) and "2014" flash across the screen. So yeah, no definite confirmation yet, but this looks an awful lot like the initial PR push for a new At the Gates album. If it is, let's hope that they can live up to the rather high bar set by last year's crop of '90s death metal reunions.

Watch both teaser videos and stream Slaughter of the Soul in full below...

Continue reading "At the Gates recording reunion album (probably)"

by Doug Moore

Maryland Deathfest

Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:

CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.

SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.

NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.

CROWBAR

DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)

For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.

Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest announces more bands (Nocturnus A.D., Cancer, Crowbar & more)"

photos by Shaun Regan

Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Decibel 100th Issue show

Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.

In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.

More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...

Continue reading "'Decibel' celebrated 100 issues in Philly w/ Converge + more (pics); announce tour w/ Napalm Death & Cannibal Corpse"

by BBG

Shane Embury on stage with Venomous Concept (more by BBG)
Shane Embury

Lock Up is a deathgrind side project originally formed by Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), Nicholas Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and Jesse Pintado (Napalm Death, Terrorizer). Lock Up was joined by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) for its debut album, 1999's Pleasures Pave Sewers, and Tomas Lindberg for 2002's Hate Breeds Suffering and a Japanese tour...

Lock Up have played very few live shows. In 2009, the band announced that they would play the Damnation Festival that year. The line-up featured Embury, Barker, Lindberg and Reisenegger. It was touted as the band's last ever live show; however, they later booked more shows for 2010. -[Wiki]

Lock Up, who is now Shane Embury, Nicholas Barker, Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear, etc), and Anton Reisenegger (Chile's Pentagram, Criminal), cancelled their MDF appearance last year but will hit the road for a string of US dates this winter with Goatwhore (who just played Europa with Exhumed) and Strong Intention, including Europa on 2/16. Ticketing info and additional support are still forthcoming.

All tour dates and some video below...

Continue reading "Lock Up (mems of Napalm Death/Disfear) schedule tour with Goatwhore (dates)"

by BBG

Let us beer, Entombed!
Entombed

Let the flood gates open... some of the great artists lined up for MDF are starting to announce US dates surrounding the epic festival. So far that list includes Converge and now the latest additions Entombed! The Swedish Death Metal masters have announced a string of US dates with Merauder including Gramercy Theater on June 2nd. Tickets are currently on presale.

Meanwhile, fellow Swedish Death Metal gods At The Gates are preparing The Flames of The End DVD, a 3DVD set that includes a documentary on the band, and entire live set from Wacken, and a compilation of live clips. Preorder that now.

It goes without saying that bands like At The Gates and Entombed have heavily influenced the current crop of metal big shots like The Black Dahlia Murder, who will also be in NYC in the coming months as part of a greater tour with the killer death metal of Obscura as well as Hatesphere and Augury. The NYC show is at Santos on 3/20. Tickets are on sale.

Some videos and full Entombed and BDM dates are below....

Continue reading "Entombed announces shows w/ Merauder, The Black Dahlia Murder touring too - 2010 dates "

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Suffocation

Sunday night (July 13th) at their BB King's show, Strong Island's own Suffocation confirmed it's participation in Carcass's "Exhume To Consume" tour (as we reported earlier). So let's recount, shall we? That makes Carcass, Suffocation, Necrophagist, & Aborted, but there are also rumors circulating that Rotten Sound (who still haven't confirmed) and 1349 are on board as well, bolstered by Sonar's (a club in Baltimore, MD) advertisement for "Carcass, 1349, Aborted, Rotten Sound, and special guest TBA". Considering that Necrophagist & Aborted have been confirmed for the tour, that should round out the lineup. We'll keep you posted, but just the thought of Carcass, 1349, Suffocation AND Rotten Sound... yikes. Sounds awesome.

Early Man have announced that they have signed with The End and will release a new EP this fall produced by Jack Endino! Early Man is currently on the road with Valient Thorr and are scheduled to hit the Bowery with Monotonix on July 25th. Tickets are still available. Tour mates Skeletonwitch have added a few headlining dates around the Early Man tour, including one at the Knitting Factory on July 26th with the mighty Titan and Krallice. Tickets are on sale. More Skeletonwitch headlining dates below. Skeletonwitch hits the road this fall on the Blackest Of The Black tour. Also available over at Metalkult, footage from their April show at BB Kings.

The mayhem-inducing Gaza have announced they will head into the studio, "hoping" to have their new record out in October. Gaza released their last record, the critically acclaimed I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die in 2006. Me = stoked.

Cursed, At The Gates, Agnostic Front and much much more below......

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Day two of the At The Gates mayhem - July 10, 2008 (sabeth)
At The Gates

It doesn't matter what kind of band you have, if you have a room full of people who let go of the ol' jaded-NYC-crossed-arms-seen-all-before thing - it's gonna come off well. That's exactly how it went down with At The Gates last night at Irving Plaza (July 10, 2008) It was their second NYC show in a row, and the second show of their North American "Suicidal Final" reunion tour. While they were technically excellent and crowd-participation was on high (to say the least), I wasn't blown away by their stage presence or their mostly stoic stage show. That said, the sound was excellent from my vantage point and I almost wanted to be one of THOSE guys..."Dude, I was in the pit for AT THE GATES!" Remember, I said almost. Video from the show and setlist follows.

Continue reading "At the Gates @ the Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza (night 2)"

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AT THE F'n GATES Live @ Irving Plaza July 9 (zenametalz)
ATG

Night one has passed in..... ah, f it....let's just call it Metal Appreciation Week here in NYC. At The Gates / Darkest Hour / Municipal Waste / Toxic Holocaust opened up the festivities and by many accounts, to borrow from Parliament-Funkadelic, "tore the roof of the sucker". We have video and the setlist below, along with the latest Municipal Waste video, "Sadistic Magician".

They demonize Irving Plaza (the Fillmore) once again tonight (July 10, 2008), but with a little friendly competition. Fangsanalsatan (aka Atsuo) and his band Boris, along with the mighty Torche, & Cave-In-er Adam McGrath's Clouds (who recently dropped the lovely We Are Above You) are playing Webster Hall.

Metal Appreciation Week then continues with Jucifer for FREE on Friday, Monstrosity/Sourvein/Demiricous/Javelina on Monday, Architect on Monday, and Jucifer/Bloody Panda on Tuesday.

Videos and setlist below...

Continue reading "At the Gates played Irving w/ Municipal Waste -- videos, again tonight, or Boris ++ other metal shows"

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Weedeater sets fires while Jeff Matz (High On Fire, Zeke) admires (wusspie)
Weedeater

Smoke monsters Weedeater have announced a co-headlining tour with Black Cobra, including one date in NYC at the Knitting Factory! Tickets are on sale. Tour details are below. Black Cobra's Feather & Stone is now available on gatefold LP at their webstore. Weedeater is still touring off the might of God Luck & Good Speed.

At the GatesJust because At The Gates doubleheader (July 9th & 10th @ Irving Plaza) (and many of their announced dates) is sold out, doesn't mean that the Bjorler twins are forgetting their day job. The Haunted dropped an update on their new record and plans to tour the US in 2009!

Roooooadtrip! Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Kingdom Of Sorrow) has announced that Crowbar and the legendary Eyehategod will share the stage in New Orleans at One-Eyed Jack's on August 29th for their 20th anniversary show! Crowbar also recently announced that they will tour "every country that's got electricity" with their forthcoming 2009 album.

Totimoshi and Nebula announced a US tour, sweeping coast to coast in early August and concluding in mid-September. NYC has been blessed with August 25th at the Knitting Factory with Tournament. Tickets are on sale. Nebula have just finished an EP, Heavy Psych, though there is no release date as of yet. Totimoshi will drop Milagrosa on July 8th celebrating with a record release party with Big Business and Triclops! Check out the newly minted video "Gnat" featuring Eugene Robinson of Oxbow....

That video, Watain, Graf Orlock, Carcass, Converge, and much much more below...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (07/07/08)"

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Lemmy Is God (Rui M Leal)
Lemmy Is God

I haven't even seen it yet, but I have hereby declared the following as one of the most metal movies of 2008. It's called Lemmy: The Movie. A feature-length documentary on the man, the legend, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. In case you had some doubt about how amazing this will be, check out this video of Lemmy and his then drummer "Philthy Animal" trashing a hotel room. Motorhead are one of the Metal Masters, and tickets are still available.

AkimboDownloadable above, check out the first tasty nugget from Akimbo, pulled from their upcoming Jersey Shores LP! Akimbo's new concept album, about how "sharks.... will totally fuck you up" is due later this year on Neurot Recordings. Akimbo are scheduled to play Jello Biafra's 50th BDay party with the Melvins.

While all of us are getting riled up for Monticello, All Tomorrow's Parties have announced the curators for 2008's Nightmare Before Christmas.... Melvins & Mike Patton! Info is limited so far, but we do know it'll take place between December 5 - 7 at Butlins Holiday Camp in Minehead and you can expect to see the following confirmed performers: Melvins, Isis, Neil Hamburger, Dälek, Big Business, The Locust, Zu, and Fantômas performing The Director's Cut! More deets are available here. Melvins will drop Nude with Boots this July on Ipecac. Mike Patton recently released a soundtrack to a short film, A Perfect Place.

keep going....

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (06/03/08)"

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Made Out of Babies
Made Out of Babies

Word of the day:
Pantagruelian
pan-tuh-groo-eh-lee-uhn; adj
1. huge, gigantic, enormous.
EX: Despite her relatively lilliputian stature, Julie Christmas's pantagruelian voice sails above an otherwise intimidating blast of Jesus Lizard-meets-Isis thunder on "Cooker" (above).
"Cooker" comes from Made Out Of Babies's aforementioned new record The Ruiner which comes out on June 24th, the same day as their record release party at Union Pool with Dianogah and The Austerity Program (who are also playing the After The Jump Fest).

Japanese sickos Coffins have released their latest Buried Death on 20 Buck Spin and even though it wasn't SUPPOSED to be available until June 24th, it's available now at the label website and at their upcoming shows. Check out the track "Under The Stench" above.

Set times and details have arrived for the 2008 Maryland Death Fest (May 23-25). Check 'em out below. Tickets are still available.

Iron Maiden kick off their North American tour next week. Single tickets are still available for the show at MSG, and you should have no problems getting lawn seats for PNC.

continued......

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (05/16/08)"

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Municipal Waste @ Red 7, Austin TX, SXSW 2008 (Jason Fisher)
Municipal Waste @ SXSW

At The Gates have added another night (July 9th) at The Fillmore East At Irving Plaza, due to "overwhelming demand". The first one is sold out. Just make sure you get those tickets this time, mmmkay? Internet pre-sale starts here this Saturday March 29, and on sale to the public next week.

And lest you west-coasters wanna get all salty, just remember that At The Gates shows in Cali will ALSO feature deathgrinders Repulsion in addition to tour openers Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. All dates below....

Continue reading "At the Gates add 2nd NYC show -- updated Tour Dates"

At the GatesThe At The Gates show is on, - July 10th at The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza, and it's on sale now. Tix are $33.50 for GA and $58.50 for VIP tickets which include "entrance to soundcheck (1 hour prior to doors) and a VIP Poster created exclusively for the show". -black bubblegum

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The Ocean live in Milan, Nov 4, 2007 (nerochiaro)
The Ocean

Deutchlanders The Ocean have announced a date (May 26) at the Knitting Factory in NYC with Kylesa, AND Lair Of The Minotaur! New Prostethic signees Withered will also be on hand to start off the night. Tickets are on sale. No word on a full tour, but there is one in the works. The Ocean is currently in Europe with Trap Them. Lair Of The Minotaur have a new album out March 25th.

Illinois' Nachtmystium have released details on their new LP... and EP! Yepper, thats a double whammy from the Chicago dudes with the killer "Instinct". Check out the new song "Your True Enemy" from full-length Assassins and "Depravity" from their Worldfall e.p. at their myspace.

One group heavily influenced by the newly reformed Amebix (along with Hellhammer/early Celtic Frost) is Gallhammer, who have released the limited edition gatefold 2LP of last year's triumphant Ill Innocence. Pick that up at Peaceville and look for the recently announced DVD for "Ruin Of A Church", documenting their 2007 tour with production/audio mix by Justin Broadrick.

Don't miss the pre-sale for the recently-announced At The Gates reunion tour dates.

Much more below.....

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (03/10/08)"

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At The Gates

As previously reported, Lindberg and the brothers Bjorler WILL be in NYC on July 10th at The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza. What was not announced until now is that the NYC date will be their first of many U.S. shows with Darkest Hour & Municipal Waste. Full tour schedule and Video below.

Continue reading "At The Gates reunited - 2008 Tour Dates, U.S. included"

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At The Gates

We knew it was coming.... that didn't prepare us. At The Gates are playing Irving Plaza in NYC on July 10th. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Friday March 7th. Darkest Hour opens. More dates to come....

Continue reading "At The Gates announce NYC show at Irving Plaza, video"

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At The Gates Is Back!

We knew they were coming back from the dead..... they were scheduled to play at a gajillion European festivals. What we didn't know is that melodic death metal legends At The Gates were making other plans as well.... plans for a two week tour of the US! According to the guys at Decibel, At The Gates will embark on their first US tour in eleven years. They last toured here in the summer of 1996 - in the opening slot for Napalm Death. The NYC show was at the now defunct Wetlands. Stay tuned for the new dates and cities. We'll post them when they get announced.

The core of At The Gates splintered into multiple bands including The Haunted, Disfear (who has an excellent new record), Skitsystem, and Cradle Of Filth. For more, read the whole awesome feature Decibel ran in their March issue.