by Black Bubblegum

Dark Castle
Dark Castle

DIY is the name of the game for Florida's Dark Castle, as the duo has garnered a ton of buzz on the southern metal scene as of late due to their self-released EP and incessant touring. The northeastern touring love is on the way (this summer?), but in the meantime, Dark Castle's new LP, Spirited Migration is out NOW in digital formats (iTunes, amazon) with one of those amazing tracks, "Awake In Sleep" available for download above! Spirited Migration is due on May 26th in hard formats (CD, Vinyl) via the mighty At A Loss Records, so y'all wax lovers betta recognize!

Nebula will illustrate truth in advertising on July 7th when the trio drops their new album, Heavy Psych. Tee Pee Records will plead guilty to releasing the follow-up to 2006's Apollo, which includes "The Dagger" downloadable above. For the unaware, Nebula features former members of Fu Manchu, Mondo Generator, and Karma To Burn (who recently played Lit).

Australia's dark kings of blackened thrash, Destroyer 666, will release their NEW album on July 14th via Season of Mist! Defiance will be D666's first release in six years and first LP in seven, and will have artwork that'll look a little somethin' like this:
Destroyer 666

Another set of Aussies, black metallers Nazxul, will release their first new material in more than ten years via Moribund! Look for more details on the new album, Iconoclast, in the months ahead as well as some US dates.

Show No Mercy on June 7th at Public Assembly is SET with the recent additions of the the ungodly Woe, Black Anvil, and Snake Sustaine (mems-ALOL) to the previously announced Salome. While we wait for the show, you can check out some recent interviews that the guys in Woe did here, here and here. Flyer is below.

Obscura has pulled out of the previously mentioned Relapse Contamination tour due to sickness, rendering all dates after May 11th cancelled. That includes NYC's date at Fontana's.

News and videos from Clutch, Ocean, Swarm Of The Lotus, Torche, Cripple Bastards, Orange Goblin and More, as This Week In Metal continues!

Ocean LIVE at Death By Audio

Swarm of The Lotus is BACK! In a recent myspace update, the band issued this statement:

"We aren't jumping into any extrvagent plans on touring but we aren't completely ruling it out... Overall, we want to keep the atmosphere pressure-free and layed back. We also have definate future plans on writing and recording new material and in fact, in the few practices we've had recently, we already have begun...

As far as the line-up is concerned, we have decided to become a 3-piece, which is a bit different than the bands' tradition, but we like the way it sounds and feels, and chemistry wise, it's perfect and we don't want to disrupt that. So the line-up will be:

Jon-John Michaud-DRUMS

We are ready to go and are hard at work putting together a set, in order to be able to play once again. Look for us to start playing shows by Fall-2009 or there abouts.... "

Clutch will release their upcoming J.Robbins produced LP Strange Cousins From the West on July 7th via their Weathermaker imprint. Look for the first single, "50,000 Unstoppable Watts", to drop digitally and accompanied by a music video before Memorial Day.

Batillus with new recruit Fade of Inswarm LIVE @ Jungle

Besides their awesome LP, Evolution Through Revolution, their upcoming dates at Maryland Deathfest & Auditory Assault, the guys in Brutal Truth have something ELSE to be proud about... a new DVD! Season of Mist will drop For the Ugly and Unwanted - This is Grindcore, a collection of FIVE full shows by the band including one mutli-camera show from 2007 and four from the Animal Kingdom era! More details at Blabbermouth.

Torche - "Across The Shields" Music Video

Cripple Bastards have cancelled their west coast tour, as well as the LA Murderfest appearance due to their drummer's tendinitis in his hand. Frown. No word on a replacement for Murderfest, but Cripple Bastards have already committed to Murderfest 2010.

John Blank of Rezin and recently, Wino solo fame has died of an apparent drug overdose. RIP.

UK doom monsters Orange Goblin, fresh off of their triumphant appearance at Roadburn that was recorded for posterity, recently released a few new song titles from their upcoming LP. Look for "Red Tide Rising" & "The Bishop's Wolf" to appear on their upcoming album, and catch them on tour in Europe!

Burnt By The Sun Heart of Darkness studio footage

Trap Them Live in New Brunswick, NJ

Did ya rest up? YOU BETTER HAVE. If you like heavy music then you have quite a busy few weeks in front of you....
MAY 8th - The Studio @ WH: Paint It Black, Blacklisted, Crude, Unit 21
MAY 8th - Society For Ethical Culture: Mono
MAY 9th - ABC No Rio: Crude, Unit 21, No Fucker
MAY 9th - Le Poisson Rouge: Mono
MAY 9th - MHOW: Ghost
MAY 9th - Irving Plaza: Mastodon, Kylesa, Intronaut
MAY 9th - Europa: Anal Cunt, Anal Blast, Shat
MAY 9th - Union Pool: Big Business, Tweak Bird
MAY 9th - Starr Space: Malkuth, Orphan, Antietam 1862
MAY 10th - Death By Audio: Frodus, Nakatomi Plaza
MAY 10th - Mercury Lounge: Big Business, Tweak Bird, Titan
MAY 10th - MHOW: Mastodon, Kylesa, Intronaut
MAY 12th - CANCELLED - Fontana's: Obscura, Graves Of Valor, Abysmal Dawn
MAY 15th - Webster Hall: Melvins performing Houdini!!!!
MAY 16th - Europa: Auditory Assault Festival
MAY 16th - Union Pool: Children
MAY 17th - Europa: Auditory Assault Festival
MAY 20th - Europa: Antigama, Complete Failure
MAY 21st - Irving Plaza: Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Withered
MAY 22nd - Studio @ Webster Hall: Wolves In The Throne Room, A Storm Of Light, Thrones

Lots of GREAT releases in the coming week, including the Dark Castle (loves it), Narrows, and a side project from members of Pelican (Chord).
Dark Castle - Spirited Migration
Narrows - New Distance
Big Business - Mind The Drift
Chord - Flora
Goes Cube - Another Day Has Passed

- Crustcake has posted a new Elder mp3 for download.
- Justin Broadrick is now on Twitter.
- Multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder of the mighty Cobalt will accompany Jarboe on her European treak.
- Motorhead & Reverend Horton Heat will team up for a few dates, including Atlantic City on 9/5. Dates are below.
- Bison BC are currently touring the Northwest. Dates are below.
- Reverend Bizarre's Harbinger of Metal and So Long Suckers will received the 2LP deluxe treatment via Svart Records.
- Baroness are currently working on the follow-up to the Red Album, due in 2009!
- Lords will hit the Canadian highways in June with Barn Burner, Titan (the Canadian one), Vilipend, dates are below.
- Metalsucks interviewed Barney Greenway of Napalm Death.
- Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom broke his shoulder, but will soldier on with Lamb of God, Municipal Waste, and others on the No Fear Energy Tour.
- Willowtip has signed German DMers Defeated Sanity.
- Check out an interview with Johannes Persson of Cult of Luna.
- Earache is reissuing Iron Monkey's first two albums, Iron Monkey & Our Problem, with bonus tracks.
- Check out an ENTIRE Outlaw Order show here, and if you're in LA, make SURE to catch them at LA Murderfest with the mighty Eyehategod!

Toxic Holocaust - "Nuke The Cross" video

5/5 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Barn Burner
5/6 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
5/7 Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
5/8 Fort Wayne, IN @ Miss Q's
5/9 Indianapolis, IL @ Melody Inn (Templars Of Doom Festival)
5/10 Green Bay, WI @ Revolutions Ballroom
5/13 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/14 Lincoln, NE @ Knickerbockers
5/15 Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre
5/18 Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon
5/19 Tacoma, WA @ Hells Kitchen
5/20 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

6/10 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
6/11 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees
6/12 Ottawa, ON @ Cafe Dekeuf
6/13 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
6/14 Sudbury, ON @ Adanac Shack
6/15 TBA
6/16 London, ON @ Call The Office
6/17 St. Catharines, ON @ 73
6/18 Kingston, ON @ Bar None
6/19 Guelph, ON @ Shadow
6/20 Mississauga, ON @ City Center/Coliseum Stage
6/21 Windsor, ON @ Coach and Horse

Aug. 30 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
Sep. 01 - Detroit, MI - Motor City Casino
Sep. 02 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
Sep. 05 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues

Jun. 21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jul. 25 - Gdynia, Poland - Globaltica
Aug. 14 - Castellina Marittima, Nr. Pisa, Italy - Musica W
Sep. 12 - London, UK - The Camden Underworld

DESTROYER 666 - Defiance Tracklisting:
01. Weapons Of Conquest
02. I Am Not Deceived
03. Blood For Blood
04. The Barricades Are breaking
05. A Stand Defiant
06. A Path To Conflict
07. A Thousand Plagues
08. Human All Too Human
09. A Sermon To The Dead

22 May 2009 Trix, Antwerp
23 May 2009 Glaz' Art, Paris
24 May 2009 Little Devil, Tilburg
25 May 2009 Batschkapp, Frankfurt
26 May 2009 Turock, Essen
27 May 2009 Kato, Berlin
28 May 2009 Markthalle, Hamburg
29 May 2009 tba, Copenhagen
2 Jun 2009 turku tba, Turku
3 Jun 2009 Nosturi, Helsinki
5 Jun 2009 No Mercy, Warsaw
6 Jun 2009 Firlej, Wroclaw
7 Jun 2009 Rock Cafe, Prague
8 Jun 2009 tba, Budapest
9 Jun 2009 Vienna tba, Vienna
10 Jun 2009 tba, Salzburg
11 Jun 2009 Padova, Padova
12 Jun 2009 Le Korigan, Marseille
13 Jun 2009 tba, Barcelona
14 Jun 2009 Ritmo, Madrid
15 Jun 2009 Santiago Alquimista, Lisbon
16 Jun 2009 Passos Manuel, Porto
17 Jun 2009 Plateruena, Bilbao
18 Jun 2009 tba, Toulouse
19 Jun 2009 HELLFEST Clisson, Pays de la Loire
20 Jun 2009 UNDERWORLD, London
26 Jul 2009 SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL, Birmingham U.K.


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