by Black Bubblegum


Happy New Year and Welcome Back to The Week In Metal! We took some time away, but believe me, the hate only grew STRONGER.

Wolves In The Throne Room have emerged from the dark forests of the Pacific Northwest to announce a pair of new releases and drop more details on their previously announced upcoming live LP, Live At Roadburn 08! First up, the Malevolent Grain EP will hit Southern Lord with a 180-gram LP bang, with Conspiracy Records dropping a small pressing of picture discs for the record (a limited batch of CDs will be available on tour). Then on March 31st, the band will drop Black Cascade their new full-length on Southern Lord! Both Malevolent Grain and Black Cascade were recorded by Randall Dunn/Mell Dettmer and are the first to feature new guitarist (former touring member) Will Lindsay of ex-Middian / Age Eternal fame. In addition, WITTR's Live at Roadburn 08 will be released with a companion DVD available with the first pressing of 500 copies, with 150 coming in gold vinyl with a silkscreen. Full WITTR tour dates are below, including their date at Scion Rock Fest.

Obscura, an astonishing tech-death band from Deutchland that may or may not be named after the classic Gorguts LP, are streaming a trio of new tracks from massive and recommended upcoming LP Cosmogenesis. Relapse has been kind enough to allow one of those tracks to be made available here for download... check out "Universe Momentum" available above! Cosmogenesis impacts on Feb 17th.

Tombs is pulling double duty on Feb 21st, having scheduled a day show at ABC No Rio with Black Anvil, Woe, and Bastard Sapling and a Winter Hours Record Release show with Defeatist, Engineer, and The Wayward later that night at Death By Audio. Winter Hours is due on Feb 17th via Relapse.

YOB have announced that they will hit the studio in late March with Sanford Parker to record their new album of "5 songs hitting about the 60+ minute mark". Look for it to surface in late summer 2009. In the meantime, Northwesterners can catch the band at their first reunion gig on 2/28 at The Ash Street Saloon in Portland, Oregon.


Shrinebuilder is in progress! The band blogged through the weekend as they completed recording of their debut album for Neurot.

The previously announced Down/Weedeater/Evil Army tour has been postponed.

With a tagline like "2 stages + 2 days = Total Brutality", you better f'n deliver. That said, The LA Murder Fest will turn those sunny California skies black on May 9th & 10th when Coffins, Landmine Marathon, Ghoul, Stormcrow, Agenda of Swine, and Lack of Interest hit the stages of The Knitting Factory in Hollywood! Also on the bill are sickening sludgemeisters -16-, who's new record Bridges To Burn drops on Jan 20th. Check out "So Broken Down" available for download above from the record and to all y'all left coasters, support the band when they hit the road with Giant Squid! Tour schedule is below.
General Surgery will also report for duty at the LA Murderfest, and recently announced the release of their split with Butcher ABC. Look for it on CD via Obliteration Records on January 11 (email for a copy) and limited-to-1,000 LP in February via Living Dead Society/Coperaction Records (email for a copy). The band will also hit the road with Ghoul following the Murderfest and leading up to Maryland Death Fest (thx SMNNews). Full tour dates are below.

Malkuth, an absolutely killer black metal band featuring members of No Neck Blues Band, have scheduled a show on 1/25 at Public Assembly with Villians, Castevet, and Ipsissimus. Malkuth recently released Mutus Liber out on Hospital Productions and are prepping their second LP for the label.

Converge have scheduled a show at Europa on March 27th! Tickets are on sale. Converge has been added to the Scion Rock Festival in Atlanta... yet one more reason to go! (Thanks Chris!)

Also recently added at Europa, Young Widows will team up with The Austerity Program, My Disco, and Tournament for a show on April 1st! Ticket info is forthcoming, full Young Widows tour dates below. Tournament is lined up to play with Kylesa, Tombs, and Black Anvil at The Charleston.

Satyricon's new record The Age of Nero drops on Jan 13th via KOCH Records, and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed it a hell of alot more than Now, Diabolical. Check out the video for "Black Crow On a Tombstone" below and dig on "The Sign Of The Trident", which the band has made available for download above! Satyricon will hit the road opening for Cradle of Filth at Starland Ballroom on Jan 15th (tix here) and have scheduled an NYC date at Nokia Theater on Feb 27th (tix here).

That Satyricon video, Mastodon, Khanate, Burnt By The Sun, Dillinger Escape Plan, Coliseum, Amenra, Pestilence and more as The Week In Metal continues...

Satyricon - "Black Crow On A Tombstone" Video

Mastodon posted a teaser clip of "Oblivian" from their upcoming Crack The Skye (look for it in Feb). Check it out here.

Hypertension Records is gearing up to drop Amenra's Mass IIII on vinyl while the band gets ready to tour the US in celebration of the domestic release of Mass III and Mass IIII on Init Records. The Belgians will be in town TWICE next month... once with A Storm of Light and Zoroaster at Europa on Feb 15th (tix here) and once with Starkweather and Hipster Holocaust on Feb 28th at ABC No Rio. Justin of the mighty Samothrace shared his thoughts on Amenra with Deciblog. Hypertension will also release the vinyl for Withered's Folie Circulaire.

Speaking of A Storm of Light, the band is streaming "Sister" from their upcoming split with Nadja at their myspace.

With the final work by the mighty Khanate lingering in the near distance, Hydra Head posted a cryptic description of the upcoming Clean Hands Go Foul. While we wait for that record, take solace in the fact that James Plotkin and Aaron Turner (owner of Hydra Head) recently joined forces with Tim Wyskida (also Khanate) to form JODIS. Having recorded an albums worth of material, Plotkin describes the record as having a "streched out, tempo-less nature of Khanate but of a much more "relaxed", "ambient" or even "tonal" focus". The JODIS track "Continents" is available for download; check it out above and check out a Khanate performing "German Dental Work" below.

Meanwhile, Stephen O'Malley announced that KTL, his collabo with Peter Rehberg, have released KTL IV via Editions Mego. Pick it up here.

Khanate - "German Dental Work" LIVE

Battlefields have posted a new track, "Quake and Flood", from their upcoming Thresholds of Imbalance. Look for the record in March of 2009 on Translation Loss.

MVD have announced the release of a compilation of live performances and vile putridity from the legendary East-Village-punk (before St Marks had a Supercuts and a Pinkberry) GG Allin. Titled The Best of GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (couldn't that also be the worst?), the DVD hits the racks on Jan 20th and Interpunk is offering it up with a free poster (add shipping & handling) here. If you aren't familiar with the pervert scumfuc that is GG, this is an easy way to get wise.

Reunited death metallers Pestilence have posted a new song, "Horror Detox", from their upcoming Resurrection Macabre due on April 14 in the U.S. via Mascot Records. The band will be in the US to play Maryland Death Fest in May.

Burnt By The Sun are hitting the studio this year to record their follow-up to The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good. In the meantime, check out the demo track "F-Unit" streaming at their myspace as well as a short video teaser below!

Is it news when The Dillinger Escape Plan loses a drummer? Well, they did. But he has been replaced.

The Coliseum tour with Blacklisted which was set to incinerate Europa has been cancelled.

1349 have announced a new set of tour dates including a date at BB King's on March 2nd and Feb 28th at the Scion Rock Fest. Tickets for BB Kings are available here.

Gojira's "All The Tears" Video
All The Tears

Gods & Queens have added a pair shows including Lit Lounge on Feb 2nd and March 26th at Union Pool with Ghastly City Sleep (mems pg.99). In addition, Ghastly City Sleep have a headlining show of their own lined up for cake shop on Jan 28th. Jamie Getz of Gs & Qs recently weighed in on his favorite hardcore wrestlers to Decibel Magazine.

Charlie Zeleney has left Behold... The Arctopus. Think you have the chops? Hit up the band.

Coalesce are currently mixing their as-yet untitled new album, shooting for a spring 2009 release.

LI's own Deathcycle have decided to call it quits, and while I don't believe I ever wrote about the band here, their latest Prelude To Tyranny was fantastic and they will be sorely missed. Make sure and get out to support the band when they play their final show with The Communion, Disnihil, and Inhuman on Feb 28th at Rock Star Bar. Flyer below.

The Abominable Iron Sloth (mems Will Haven) and blowupnihilist are currently on the road and have scheduled a pair of dates in NYC including one on 1/22 with The Network at The Charleston and a second show at ABC No Rio on 1/24 with Combat, Apocalyptic Visions, and Savage Skull. The Abominable Iron Sloth will work on their follow-up to their self-titled effort for their new label, Black Market Activities, after they return from tour.

Gnaw Their Tongues have posted three new songs from their (his) upcoming pair of releases... Two from All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity (due this spring) and one song from the upcoming Eschatological Scatology, due "sometime in 2009".

Justin Broadrick announced the digital only releases of Krackhead's From Hell and Council Estate Electronics's Kitsland on his own Avalanche imprint. From Hell compiles all of the previous Krackhead works by Broadrick recorded between 1997 and 1999. Council Estate Electronics is a new collaboration between Broadrick and Diarmuid Dalton, which focuses on "vintage analog only synth and fx improvisations". Check out both at the Avalanche website.

Stinking Lizaveta have announced their new album, Sacrifice and Bliss due in the first quarter of 2009. In addition, the band released a two song single to iTunes, Rights For Bicyclists. Sanford Parker served as head knob-twiddler on both ventures.

A new Neurosis record? Kylesa is playing The Charleston and touring with Nachtmystium, Intronaut and The Haunted? Pentagram at Webster Hall? Witch & Earthless are touring together? Hull signed to The End? Catch up on what you missed since the last Week In Metal.

Slow release week as I can only reccommend the new Satyricon record, The Age of Nero and Kreator's Hordes of Chaos. In the meantime, catch up on some great 2008 releases!

- Deadbird' Alan Short has joined Seahag as their new vocalist.
- Blabbermouth is reporting that a Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth, etc) book is in the works!
- The Sleeping Shaman posted interviews with Saros and Coffins.
- Deaf Sparrow interviewed Richard Hoak (Total Fucking Destruction), Black Sun, and Landmine Marathon.
- Orange Goblin has delayed the production of their new album due to "unforseen circumstances".
- Glorior Belli have added a new live bass player.
- Bird Eater, featuring members of Gaza, have announced that they are working on their debut LP.
- Testament will perform The Legacy and The New World Order at Islington Academy in London, England on March 25.
- Behemoth is prepping to enter the studio to follow up the Ezkaton EP.
- Voivod are putting the finishing touches on what will be their final album of material written by Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who fell to colon cancer in 2005.
- Harvey Milk, who is ALSO playing the Scion Rock fest, is currently readying the 2LP vinyl for Life...The Best Game In Town.
- Monarch's new album Mer Morte is currently on sale at Throne Records. It's limited to 666 vinyl copies so act quick!
- Carpathian Forest is currently working material for a new album and will co-headline the Inferno festival (April 8-11 in Oslo), capturing the proceedings for an upcoming live DVD. Carpathian Forest dropped the inviting Fuck You All!!! in 2006.
- Cult of Luna have announced a live DVD entitled Fire was Born, culled from a live set at Scala in London, England. Mixed and produced by the band, look for it this spring.
- Deicide are currently working on a new album for their brand new label, Century Media.
- Lamb of God have announced the tracklisting for Wrath, available down below.
- Guilty pleasure alert! Every Time I Die have signed with Epitaph Records and are gearing up to hit Australia and NZ in Feb by playing three shows in the northeast including on at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Jan 29. Full tour dates below.
- Ceremony have announced a set of west coast dates with Cruel Hand. Tour dates below.
- Check out an interview with Watain's Erik Danielsson here.

January 11 2009 Insomkneeacks, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
January 12 2009 The Saturn Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana
January 13 2009 The Bombshelter, Jackson, Mississippi
January 14 2009 Murphy's, Memphis, Tennessee
January 15 2009 Cave 9, Birmingham, Alabama
January 16 2009 House Show, Charleston, South Carolina
January 17 2009 Swayze's, Atlanta, Georgia
January 18 2009 The Wherehouse, Winston Salem, North Carolina
January 19 2009 Nara's Sushi, Richmond, Virginia
January 20 2009 The Velvet Lounge! Inauguration day!, Washington DC
January 21 2009 The Khyber, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 22 2009 The Charleston, NY, New York
January 23 2009 MARS, Providence, Rhode Island
January 24 2009 ABC No Rio, Manhattan, New York
January 25 2009 Westcott Community Center, Syracuse, New York
January 26 2009 Mr. Roboto Project, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
January 27 2009 The Factory, Rochester, Michigan
January 28 2009 The Dayton Dirt Collective Space, Dayton, Ohio
January 29 2009 Skull Alley, Louisville, Kentucky
January 30 2009 the Anchor, Nashville, Tennessee
January 31 2009 LEMP arts Center, St. Louis, Missouri
February 1 2009 Mojos, Columbia, Missouri
February 2 2009 The Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri
February 3 2009 The Nerdcore house, Omaha, Nebraska
February 4 2009 Blastomat, Denver, Colorado
February 5 2009 ?, SLC, Utah
February 6 2009 the Bouquet, Boise, Idaho
February 7 2009 Plan B, Portland, Oregon
February 13 2009 Paradise Lost, Chico, California
March 16 2009 Plan B, Portland, Oregon

January 16 Underground Events Center, Seattle, Washington
January 17 The Big Room, Olympia, Washington*
January 22 Vera, Gronigen
January 23 JAZ, Rostock
January 24 Loppen, Copenhagen
January 25 Cassiopea, Berlin**
January 27 DNA, Brussels
January 28 Underworld, London
January 29 The Croft, Bristol
January 30 Barfly, Birmingham
February 1 Star and Garter, Manchester
February 2 Engine Rooms, Brighton
February 3 Boule Noir, Paris
February 4 Heretic Club, Bordeaux
February 5 El Balca de la Lola, Bilbao
February 6 Sala Whippoorwill, Oviedo
February 7 Porto Rio, Porto
February 8 Ritmo Y Compas, Madrid
February 9 Be Good Club, Barcelona
February 11 Magnolia, Milan
February 12 Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome
February 13 Cage Club, Livorno
February 15 Kunstverein, Nurnberg
February 16 007, Prague
February 17 Arena, Vienna
February 18 Beatpol, Dresden
February 19 Scheldapen, Antwerp
February 20 Willem 2, Den Bosch
February 21 Festung, Bitterfeld
February 28 The Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia***
April 23 Roadburn 013, Tilburg Roadburn 2009
* w/ Mt Eerie
** w/ Neithan and Mueller of Death
*** Scion Rock Fest
**** Roadburn

1349 - 2009 TOUR DATES
Feb. 28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade*
Mar. 01 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx **
Mar. 02 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Mar. 03 - Montreal, QUE @ Petit Campus
Mar. 04 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Mar. 05 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
* w/ Scion Rock Fest
** w/ Satyricon

January 15 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
January 16 Worcester, MA The Palladium
January 17 Montreal, QC Metropolis
January 18 Quebec City, QC Theatre Capitole
January 20 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
January 21 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
January 23 Detroit, MI Harpo's
January 24 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
January 25 Chicago, IL House of Blues
January 26 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
January 28 Englewood, COGothic Theatre
January 30 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom
January 31 Edmonton, AB The Union
February 2 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
February 3 Seattle, WA Showbox
February 4 Portland, OR Roseland
February 9 Orangevale, CAThe Boardwalk
February 10 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
February 11 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
February 12 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim
February 13 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
February 14 Las Vegas, NVHouse of Blues
February 16 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
February 17 Dallas, TX House of Blues
February 18 Houston, TX House of Blues
February 20 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
February 21 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
February 22 Pompano Beach, FL Cinema Club
February 24 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
February 25 Norfolk, VA The Norva
February 26 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
February 27 New York, NY Nokia Theater
February 28 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

Jan 17 2009 242 main Burlington, Vermont
Feb 21 2009 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York*
*w/ Tombs & The Wayward


Lamb of God - Wrath Tracklisting
01. The Passing
02. In Your Words
03. Set To Fail
04. Contractor
05. Fake Messiah
06. Grace
07. Broken Hands
08. Dead Seeds
09. Everything To Nothing
10. Choke Sermon
11. Reclamation

-16- - 2008/09 TOUR DATES
January 24 2009 ART AND MAYHEM GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA
February 5 2009 KNITTING FACTORY Los Angeles, CA*
February 6 2009 THEE PARKSIDE Berkeley, California
February 7 2009 THE BLUE LAMP, Sacramento, California*
February 8 2009 STORK CLUB, Oakland, CA
February 9 2009 NICKS NIGHT CLUB Chico, California**
February 10 2009 SAMURAI DUCK, Eugene, Oregon**
February 11 2009 STILLWATER Spokane, Washington**
February 12 2009 HELL'S KITCHEN, Tacoma, Washington**
February 13 2009 THE FUNHOUSE, Seattle, Washington**
February 14 2009 CLUB SATYRICON, Portland, Oregon 97201**
May 10 2009 KNITTING FACTORY Los Angeles, CA**
* w/ Giant Squid, Intronaut
** w/ Giant Squid

2/25 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
2/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Motion LA
2/27 Fresno, CA @ Knights Hall
2/28 Berkeley, CA @ Gilman
3/1 Redding, CA @ MLK Center
3/2 Portland, OR @ TBA
3/3 seattle, WA @ YMCA

May 9 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory*
May 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ The PHiX**
May 11 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon**
May 12 - Oakland, CA @ Your House**
May 13 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon***
May 14 - Olympia, WA @ T.B.A.***
May 22-24 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar ^
* Los Angeles Murderfest 5.0
** w/ Ghoul
*** w/ Engorged, Funerot
^ Maryland Deathfest VII

February 6 2009 Elfer Music Club, Frankfurt, Hessen
February 7 2009 Nexus, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen
February 9 2009 Lokal, Rosenthaler Str. 71, Berlin, Berlin
February 10 2009 007 Klub, Prague
February 11 2009 Drieraum @ Arena, Vienna, Wien
February 12 2009 DurerKurt, Budapest
February 13 2009 The For Sale Club, Piacenza, Milano
February 14 2009 Baolard, Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon
February 15 2009 Le Romandie, Lausanne, Waadt
February 16 2009 Le Sonic, Lyon, RhôneAlpes
February 17 2009 Le Klub, Paris, IledeFrance
February 18 2009 The Prince Albert, Brighton, East
February 19 2009 Tiger Lounge, Manchester, Northwest
February 20 2009 Captains Rest, Glasgow, Scotland
February 21 2009 Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds,
February 22 2009 Corporation, Milton Street, Sheffield,
February 23 2009 The Croft, Bristol, Southwest
February 24 2009 Lexington, London,
February 25 2009 The Strip, Kortrijk, West Flanders
April 1 2009 Club Europa, Brooklyn, NY

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