by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Deathwish Inc. Summer Sampler (MP3 ALBUM ZIP*)
DOWNLOAD: AKIMBO - Great White Bull (EXCLUSIVE MP3) from the forthcoming Jersey Shores

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.

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Maryland Deathfest - May 24, 2008 (Metal Chris)
Maryland Deathfest

A definite contender for "Most Metal" film of 2008 is Vice's Heavy Metal In Baghdad, out on DVD June 10th. You can pre-order the DVD here (with all the mahhhvelous special features including a post-doc featurette), but if you're lucky, you can win on DVD for FREE along with a signed copy of the movie poster! Email us at to enter! (subject: metal).

Om's previously mentioned Live At Jerusalem LP, aka the last LP featuring drummer and ex-Sleep-er Chris Hakius, is available now, so get it here while they last (2,999 left after my trip over there). We have a taste of it below in video form. In other news, The previously mentioned Gebel Barkal 7" featuring new drummer Emil Amos is on the way. Om was recently added to the lineup at ATP Monticello.

The reunited Brutal Truth have announced a handful of US tour dates including one date at Rebel on August 17th! Ticket info is currently unavailable, but full tour dates are below. Brutal Truth are currently streaming a new song at their myspace, and are on Relapse's new grind comp, This Comp Kills Fascists.

Louisville insano punks Lords have announced a US tour with Suicide Note for the tail end of June through early July, including one date in NYC on June 28th. Details are forthcoming, but the whole tour schedule is down below. Suicide Note has a new record, Empty Rooms produced by (guess) Kurt Ballou (Converge) who did some guitar and bass work on the album. Look for it August 5th on Hawthorne Street Records. Lords drummer Tony Bailey's other band, Dead Child, recently dropped a video for "Sweet Chariot", which is viewable here.

Disfear @ Maryland Deathfest. Also available, Tomas Lindberg puts to bed rumors of a new At The Gates record.

PossessedBay-Area death pioneers Possessed, or at least Jeff Becerra and backing band, will hit the stages of Europa flanked by a veritable mountain of support acts including Mortician, Malkuth, and Rumplestiltskin Grinder. What's more, the show will be documented for a DVD! Tickets are on sale. Cavelera Conspiracy recently posted a cover of Possessed's "The Exorcist" (along with an unreleased track "In Conspiracy") to their myspace.

A Storm Of Light will finally shine brightly on June 10th when Neurot drops And We Wept the Black Ocean Within. The boys have been added a few of shows with Harvey Milk (including the show at Europa with Growing - tix still availa>) as well as a european tour with Neurosis! Full Harvey Milk tour dates & Neurosis/A Storm Of Light tour dates below. If you missed it, check out an interview we did with Josh of A Storm Of Light/Neurosis.

Romans have posted four new songs from the forthcoming All Those Wrists to their myspace and will hit the road on a coast to coast tour, including two dates at Lit Lounge for Precious Metal (June 16th and July 28th). Labelmates The_Network & Architect will also hit up Precious Metal on July 14th. Architect is working on their new one.

An ENTIRE Converge show, from 4/30 in Va Beach, VA. (Below is part one, here are parts two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine)!

Final aka Justin Broadrick was dropped a new digital only release on his Avalanche Records imprint. With four pieces clocking in at a mighty 47 minutes, Fade Away marks Justin's newest release since is now legendary 150 piece 4CD set by Final, INFINITE GUITAR 1 & 2 / GUITAR & BASS IMPROVISATIONS VOL 1 & 2 (which is fetching upwards of $300 on ebay). Pick it up here.

At The Gates performing their classic "Blinded By Fear" on May 31st, 2008 in Madrid.

Doomers Atavist & drone ninjas Nadja have announced that they will pair up again to release II: Points At Infinity, for release in late August on Profound Lore. Nadja will also drop a re-issue of a 2xCD version of Bodycage in late fall on Profound Lore.

ASCEND - Ample Fire Within: A hulking mass of experimental ambient drone doom that as interesting as it's pedigree (sunn o))), Iceburn, Goatsnake). Highly recommended. Out NOW.
COFFINS - Buried Death: Repulsive, foul, hideous doom-death-crust. Great stuff! Out NOW.
BURNING SKIES - : Napalm Death grind meets metalcore, but sans all the tough guy bandanas and basketball jerseys. Heavy heavy. Out NOW.
OPETH - Watershed: Ballsy and epic, Watershed is another stunning addition to Opeth's unbelieveably consistent canon. This is one of those few records that expands with every listen. Out 6/3
MADE OUT OF BABIES - The Ruiner: Punishing razor sharp noise punk that slashes & burns past the obvious Jesus Lizard/Am-Rep influence. And if you ever had a problem with female frontwomen in heavy music, Julie Christmas'll meet ya in the parking lot. Out June 24th.
CULT OF LUNA - Eternal Kingdom: Imperial-fanfare horns. Homages to the Blade Runner soundtrack. Oh, and did i mention massive thundering riffs that outnumber those on Somewhere by almost 2 to 1? Possibly Cult Of Luna's best one yet, and a contender for best albums of the year. Out 7/1.

- Biohazard's only US reunion shows are scheduled for (how appropo) Staten Island at the newly relocated L'Amour on June 20th & 21st. Tickets are on sale Check out the flyer.
- Lamb of God will host the world premiere of the Walk With Me In Hell DVD set at Chelsea Cinemas on June 30th. The band will be in attendance, and tickets are available by ordering the DVD at their site.
- The guys at Metalsucks posted a great interview with Paul Ryan of Origin.
- Amebix have announced thre relase of The Spiderleg Recordings a compilation of Amebix's No Sanctuary 12", Who's The Enemy 7", and the Winter 7". Remastered by Jello Biafra, pick it up at Alternative Tentacles.
- Machine Head has posted their new video for "Halo" from last year's awesome comeback The Blackening at MTV Overdrive.
- Trash Talk have posted a new song to their myspace.
- Genghis Tron will board up the plane to hit some more shows in Europe and Brazil. Dates below.
- Gorgoroth will release a new live album Live Grieghallen in June on Regain featuring features Infernus on bass and guitar, Gaahl on vocals, and Garghuf on drums. Gorgoroth have a new DVD on the way.
- Keep Of Kalessin have made their entire new album Kolossus available for stream at their myspace.
- Danzig has announced The Blackest Of The Black Tour with Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Winds Of Plague, & Skeletonwitch. No word if this is a new tour or part of the last tour ever that he announced in 2005.
- Joe Duplantier from the mighty Gojira stopped in with Revolver magazine to discuss current recording sessions for their new album due in October, describing it as "more brutal" (read here). In other news, every band ever has described their new record as "their best one yet".
- Crustcake has photos of The Ocean/Kylesa/Lair Of The Minotaur/Withered shindig. Sheckit. Also avail over at Crustcake, an interview with John Baizley of Baroness.
- The kind folks at Temporary Residence have pointed us to video of Envy performing at ATP 2008. Also available, an entire show from San Diego in 2006.
- Neurosis has announced a few European dates, but no new US ones. Sigh. Details are below...
- Iann Robinson sat down with badass Julie Christmas of Made Out Of Babies
- Lambgoat interviewed Meshuggah.
- has got it on LOCK when it comes to Maryland Deathfest pics. Check out day 1, day 2, and day 3. By the way, set your calendars, Maryland Deathfest 2009 is scheduled for May 22nd - 24th.
- Level Plane Records has dropped a 500 copy limited edition of Bloody Panda's Pheremone LP. Get your order on.
- Iron Kodex will release Slough Feg's 2006 opus Hardworlder on vinyl. Pick it up here.
- Sweet Cobra has signed to Black Market Activities, who will re-release last years awesome Forever.
- Machine Head has posted their new video for "Halo" from last year's awesome comeback The Blackening at MTV Overdrive. Machine Head are scheduled to play Poughkeepsie with Mastodon.

* album ZIP on the top of this posts features Killing The Dream, Blacklisted, Cold World, Reign Supreme, Narrows, Trap Them and many many more.

Jun 17 - The Earl Atlanta, Georgia*
Jun 18 - The Milestone Charlotte, North Carolina*
Jun 19 - Canal Club Richmond, Virginia**
Jun 20 - Knitting Factory NYC, New York***
Jun 21 - Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts**
Jun 22 - The Elevens Northampton, Massachusetts
Jun 23 - Europa Brooklyn, New York%
Jun 24 - Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania**
Jun 25 - Otto Bar Baltimore, Maryland%%
Jun 26 - Soapbox Wilmington, North Carolina
Jun 27 - 40 Watt Athens, Georgia @
Jun 28 - Bottle Tree Birmingham, Alabama @
Jul 6 - Feierwerk Munich#
Jul 7 - Club Schocken Stuttgart#
Jul 8 - Festaal Kreuzberg Berlin##
Jul 9 - Hafenklang Hamburg#
Jul 10 - Worm Rotterdam#
Jul 11 - Recyclart Brussels#
Jul 12 - Supersonic Festival Birmingham#
Jul 13 - Glasgow Stereo / ABC 2#
Jul 14 - The Ruby Lounge Manchester#
Jul 15 - Underworld London##
Jul 16 - La Maroquinerie Paris##
Jul 17 - FZW Dortmund#
Jul 18 - Dour Festival Dour#

* w/ Pride Parade and Major Stars
** w/ A Storm Of Light
*** w/ Growing, Bloody Panda, Dead Bird
% w/ Growing and A Storm Of Light
%% w/ A Storm Of Light and Dianogah
@ w/ Pride Parade
# with Oxbow
## with Oxbow, Parts & Labor
### with Oxbow, Red Sparowes

Jun 15 - TOUR KICKOFF @ Oddfellow's Temple Burlington, Vermont
Jun 16 - Lit Lounge NYC, New York^
Jun 17 - Krasner's Frederick, Maryland
Jun 18 - The Keynote Underground Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Jun 19 - Games 'N At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun 20 - 1032 Elmwood Buffalo, New York
Jun 21 - Hartfield Bay Cafe Mayville, New York
Jun 22 - Mooselodge Oakwood, Illinois
Jun 23 - Lemp Arts Center St. Louis, Missouri
Jun 24 - Br. Migstuffs Malta Bend, Missouri
Jun 25 - The Rox Omaha, Nebraska
Jun 26 - The Underground Sioux City, Iowa
Jun 27 - TBA Rapid City, South Dakota
Jun 28 - HELP?! Anywhere!, Wyoming
Jun 29 - Broken Record Bar Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 30 - Tony's Billiards Blackfoot, Idaho
Jul 1 - Myrtle Morgue Boise, Idaho
Jul 2 - West Seattle Legion Hall Seattle, Washington
Jul 3 TBA Portland, Oregon
Jul 5 - Balazo Gallery San Francisco, California
Jul 6 - Help?! Central California, California
Jul 7 - Suzy's Bar & Grill Hermosa Beach, California
Jul 8 - Help?! San Diego, California

Jul 9 - The Livingroom Tucson, Arizona
Jul 10 - The Main Street Project Anthony, Texas
Jul 11 - Whiskey Dix Lubbock, Texas
Jul 12 - 1919 Hemphill Fort Worth, Texas
Jul 13 - Red 7 Austin, Texas
Jul 14 - Help?! New Orleans, Louisiana
Jul 15 - Shenaniganz Alabaster, Alabama
Jul 16 - TBA Tallahassee, Florida*
Jul 17 - TBA Tampa, Florida*
Jul 18 - TBA Miami Beach, Florida*
Jul 19 - TBA Orlando, Florida*
Jul 20 - TBA Jacksonville, Florida*
Jul 21 - The Treehaus Valdosta, Georgia
Jul 22 - Lunchbox Records Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 23 - Livin Lattes Cafe Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
Jul 24 - TBA w/ Monarchist Raleigh/Wilmington, North Carolina
Jul 25 - Ramakins Richmond, Virginia
Jul 26 - TBA The Capital, Washington DC
Jul 27 - TBA TBA, New Jersey
Jul 28 - Lit Lounge NYC, New York%
Jul 29 - Rocko's Manchester, New Hampshire
^ w/ Harpoon, The Muzzler, Bazooka Christ
* w/ Khann & Republicorpse
% w/ Bearathon, Ancient Shores

06/14 Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theater (A Storm of Light only)*
08/14 Warsaw, PL @ TBA
08/15 Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/16 Kiewit Hasselt, BEL @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/18 Leipzig, DE @ TBA
08/20 Dortmund, DE @ TBA
08/21 Munich, DE @ TBA
08/22 Le Locle, CH @ VNV Festival
08/23 Ancona, IT @ Mamamia
09/03 Tilburg, NL @ 013 (A Storm Of Light only)
* w/ The Red Chord

Akimbo - 2008 Tour Dates
Jun 17 - GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL - JELLO BIAFRA'S B-DAY! San Francisco, California
Jul 26 - CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY Seattle, Washington

June 15 Sao Paulo, Brazil Kool Metal Fest
June 30 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal*
July 1 Budapest, Hungary Rocktogon
July 2 Prague, Czech Republic Klub 007
July 3 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof
July 4 Belfort, France Eurockeennes Festival**
July 5 Oslo, Norway Club Maiden


6/21 Indianapolis IN @ Zanies Too (Dude Fest)
6/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Blue Rock Tavern
6/23 Johnstown, PA @ 709 Railroad St.
6/24 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
6/25 Richmond, VA @ TBA
6/26 Washington, DC @ The Red and Black Bar
6/27 West Berlin, NJ @ The Fly Trap
6/28 New York, NY @ TBA
6/29 Allston, MA @ Obriens Pub
6/30 Colchester, VT @ Wasted City
7/1 Oswego, NY @ Red Planet Skatepark
7/2 Rochester, NY @ Sakes Alive Space
7/3 Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's
7/4 Ypsilanti, MI @ Andrews
7/5 Chicago IL @ Beat Kitchen

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