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DOWNLOAD: Minsk - "Three Moons" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Excommunicated" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Lyrical Ammunition For Scene Warfare" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Klinisk Digital Kyla" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Borja Fran Noll" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Into The Void" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Lord Of This World" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Black Sabbath" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Pyramid - "Visions of Gehenna" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gnaw Their Tongues - "Rife with Deep Teeth Marks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - Heal No Evil (ZIPPED MP3 Album)


Lots of ground to cover, since we missed ya last week, so lets get right to it with the mighty Minsk! The Chicagoan's new album With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone is out now, and it definitely delivers on the promises of The Ritual Fires of Abandonment. Highly recommended, as evidenced by the monstrosity "Three Moons" available for download above!

At The Charleston on 5/29, I managed to catch the pummeling Magrudergrind along with the equally awesome powerviolence of The Endless Blockade. The pair are touring surrounding their MDF appearance, and while TEB doesn't have a new album out, Magrudergrind DOES; a self-titled LP available now via Willowtip! Cop that here, and cop a pair of songs from the record above!

Also up at Willowtip, the new LPs by Defeatist and Afgrund! The new Defeatist LP, Sharp Blade Sinks Deep Into Dull Minds, is actually a compilation of previous EPs and other releases, but definitely provides a good preview as to what these grinders are about before their new LP drops (soon). Meanwhile Afgrund's new LP, Vid Helvetets Grindar, is also on preorder. Check out the band's deathgrind-y groove on tracks like "Klinisk Digital Kyla", "Borja Fran Noll", both downloadable above.

Check out two noteworthy streams... Khanate's Clean Hands Go Foul and Xasthur's All Reflections Drained. Both albums are out NOW via Hydra Head Records. In the meantime, check out an awesome interview with James Plotkin of Khanate and make sure and buy that Khanate hunting knife too!

Goes Cube are finally home from their tour promoting the massive Another Day Has Passed. Their "homecoming show" is scheduled for tonight (6/5) at Union Hall with The Detachment Kit amd The Thin Man. Tickets are still available.

Ancestors have completed recording their follow-up to last year's Neptune With Fire. Featuring four songs, and three interludes, I had a chance to preview a few tracks which are definitely as epic as their previous material, and just as compelling. Look for Sera Timms from Black Math Horseman and David Scott Stone to make an apperance on the as-yet untitled LP, and look for more news very soon!

A member of Pelican and a member of Tombs have agreed to a "bro tat" commemorating their current tour together. So what you say? YOU can decide what it is! Pictures from their recent show together at Irving Plaza are HERE in case you missed them.

Iron Age and Sex Vid are in town this weekend. More info, dates, and an MP3 from Iron Age's Tee Pee Records debut, HERE.

Black Pyramid has released their new self-titled LP on the doom stable Meteor City Records. While vocalist Andy Beresky comes off sounding like J.D. Cronise at times (NOT a bad thing), these Massachusetts boys definitely are in a whole different category than The Sword. With an ability to balance their bombastic blues riffs with stylistic touches of the greats (ie Electric Wizard, Sleep, Pentagram, etc) without sounding derivative, check out a video for Black Pyramid's "And The Gods Made War/Visions of Gehenna" below and download "Visions of Gehenna" above! Full BP tour dates are below, including their appearance at the Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival.

That video and Thou, Indian, Ulver, Brutal Truth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Municipal Waste, and Narrows as This Week In Metal Continues...

Thou have released Through The Empires Of Eternal Void, an LP featuring four reinterpretations of Black Sabbath tunes. Pick that up here, it is in EXTREMELY limited numbers. In the meantime, download all four tracks of the LP above! In other Thou news, the band has repressed their awesome Peasant LP on Southern Lord. Pick that up here.

Indian is hitting the road in June including a show scheduled in NYC on June 12th at Rock Star Bar. Full tour dates are below. Indian released Slights And Abuse / The Sycophant via Seventh Rule in 2008 and share a band member with Lord Mantis.

Destroyer 666 have posted "A Stand Defiant" from their upcoming LP Defiance, due July 14th on Season Of Mist. Stream that here.

Narrows - "Gypsy Kids"

The mighty Bone Awl are currently touring with Volahn and will impact NYC on June 19th at Fontana's with a special guest appearance from Canada's own Akitsa! Full tour dates are below. The band is currently touring off of their Night's Middle 7" out now on Klaxon Records.

Municipal Waste's cover art from their upcoming Massive Aggressive.

Both Averse Sefira AND Glorior Belli have bailed off of their tour with Absu and Sothis, which recently added Rumplestiltskin Grinder. That includes the previously discussed NYC date at BB Kings on June 21 (tickets still available). Disappointing yes, but I can definitely vouch for Absu's power live after seeing them at SXSW.

Gnaw Their Tongues are prepping to release all the dread magnificence of perversity on Crucial Blast with Burning World Records doing the vinyl honors. The vinyl will contain exclusive tracks, and is pre-orderable here.

Portal have released their demo on a limited edition 7". Pick that up here.

An Interview with Aaron Weaver of Wolves In The Throne Room by HardTimes.Ca. As always, he is fascinating. We interviewed him here, and WITTR recently played The Studio @ Webster Hall. Check out a video of their ENTIRE SET at Europa below!

The ever-prolific Nadja have released a new 12" entitled Clinging To The Edge Of The Sky via Vendetta @ Adagio830 Records available here. Nadja released their covers LP When I See the Sun Always Shines on TV via The End Records in April.

Asshole Parade is currently scheduling an East Coast tour including a date in NYC that is TBA and another confirmed at The Charleston on August 16th. Full tour dates are below.

If you missed it, Complete Failure is giving away their new album, Heal No Evil.

Ulver have added 200% more shows, just after before their first live show in 15 years Oslo this weekend. Look for them at Mollafestivalen 2009 and at pstereo 2009 in August.

Dysrhythmia is currently streaming a pair of new tracks on their myspace page from their upcoming LP, Psychic Maps. The band also added a few east coast dates including July 18th at Union Pool. Full tour dates are below.

Brutal Truth performing "Evolution Through Revolution" in San Fran is below. Tickets are on sale for their previously announced show with Repulsion and Pig Destroyer!

Goatwhore is currently streaming "Apocalyptic Havoc" from their upcoming LP Carving Out The Eyes Of God due on June 23rd via Metal Blade. Goatwhore will be in NYC at Gramercy on September 29th with Abigail Williams. Tickets are still available.

Nattefrost has entered the studio to begin work on his new solo-outing, tentatively titled Opfergang. Look for appearances from Dirge Rep (Orcustus) and Vrangsinn (Carpathian Forest). In semi-related news, Nattefrost's other project, Carpathian Forest, recently lost guitarist Tchort. Tchort also plays guitar for Blood Red Throne, who will release Souls of Damnation on June 30th.

For all of you that made it down to Maryland Death Fest, yada-yada-yada, I realize it was awesome. I realize that Pestilence had to cancel their appearance and that Bolt Thrower played TWICE instead. Is it wrong to say I hate you? I guess I will have live vicariously through photo sets by Return To The Pit (here, here, and here).

While we wait for the Grey Machine LP, pick up the 12" single at Hydra Head. And if you haven't heard it, pick up the "Vultures Descend" MP3 that we posted in September.

So just kick me while I'm down, why don't you! I know that I also missed Chaos In Tejas, but luckily Austinist has a short breakdown for me (here, here, here, and here)

Check out an audio sample of "Everything Said Before" from the upcoming Drudkh (mems-Hate Forest) LP Microcosmos.

Stream three songs on the upcoming Anaal Nathrakh album, In The Constellation Of The Black Widow, via e-card.

Dismember will release a new DVD, Under Bloodred Skies, in June via Regain. The 2DVD set will include footage from two shows in Europe as well as tons of backstage material and bonus features.

Deicide & Vital Remains have scheduled a date at BB Kings on July 5th. Tickets are available here. Hopefully Glen Benton won't cancel again.

Irepress are hitting the road with Junius and will impact The Studio at Webster Hall on June 12th with Moving Mountains. Tickets are available here, and full Irepress dates are below. Irepress released Sol Eye Sea I earlier this year.

The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced that they will leave Relapse Records to form their own label, Phonogetic Records, which will work in collaboration with Season Of Mist. The band talked about it with Metal Insider.

JUNE 5th - Union Hall - Goes Cube, Detachment Kit
JUNE 5th - Death By Audio - Rosetta, Architect, The Handshake Murders, Hot Cha Cha
JUNE 5th - Market Hotel - Liturgy, Gay Beast, Nymph, Child Abuse, Titan (trio)
JUNE 6th - ABC No Rio - State of Decline, Infernal Stronghold, Caulfield, Trigger Effect, Oak & Bone (early)
JUNE 6th - Cake Shop - Sex Vid, Mind Eraser, Iron Age, Brain Handle (early)
JUNE 6th - Death By Audio - Sex Vid, Mind Eraser, Iron Age, Failures, Drunkdriver (late)
JUNE 7th - Public Assembly - Salome, Woe, Black Anvil, Snake Sustaine
JUNE 8th - Lit Lounge - Wizardry, Animals Killing People
JUNE 10th - Union Pool - Bloodhorse, Medusa, Pollution
JUNE 11th - The Charleston - Victims, Trap Them, Black Breath
JUNE 12th - Silent Barn - Liturgy, Animal, Vaz, Musclebrain, Acid Tiger
JUNE 12th - Gramercy Theater - Agnostic Front
JUNE 13th - ABC No Rio - Comadre, Trainwreck, Black Kites, The Saddest Landscape
JUNE 13th - VICE PARTY, 107 Suffolk St - Orphan, White Mice, Animal
JUNE 14th - Stolen Sleeves - Comadre, Trainwreck, Swallowed Up, Gods & Queens
JUNE 14th - Europa - Doomriders, Zoroaster, Clouds, Sourvein, Howl, Cough, Wetnurse, Javelina, Liturgy!
JUNE 15th - Lit Lounge - The Cast Pattern, Tiger Flowers
JUNE 21st - BB Kings - Absu, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Sothis

Magrudergrind - Magrudergrind
Bloodhorse - Horizoner
Graves Of Valor - Salarian Gate
Hull - Sole Lord
Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul
Minsk - With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone
Xasthur - All Reflections Drained
Pelican - Ephemeral

- The previously discussed sunn 0))) / Pan Sonic 10" is now accepting pre-orders.
- Check out two songs streaming from Voivod's final album Infini at their myspace.
- Three Inches Of Blood will release their new album Here Waits Thy Doom via Century Media on 9/8.
- Check out an interview with Chris and Mike of Pulling Teeth at SMNNews.
- Tom Warrior has signed a publishing deal with Bazillion Points (who released the ultra-comprehensive Swedish Death Metal book last year) to release Only Death Is Real a history of Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost.
- Check out pics from the Hull record Release Party at Charleston.
- Maryland Death Fest has set May 28th to 30th as the dates for 2010.
- Paste Magazine is hosting a studio diary by Baroness. Baroness will hit the road with Clutch this summer.
- UK Stoner faves Taint will drop a new EP, Despite Isolation in October.
- Check out an interview with Salome regarding their appearance at Scion Rock Fest.
- MyYearbook conducted an interview with Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. HardTimesCA did too.
- Vader have completed work on their new album, Necropolis, due in August via Nuclear Blast.
- Stream an audio interview with Nergal of Behemoth conducted with Metal Hammer here.
- Brann Dailor of Mastodon was interviewed by Nikki Blakk of San Francisco's 107.7 The Bone. Check out the videos here.
- Impaled Nazarene will reissue Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz and Ugra Karma on Osmose Productions as gatefold double 10", limited to 700 copies each. Look for them June 15th here.
- Check out some Bison BC live footage from Cologne, Germany and an interview here.
- Engineer and TidesTides are scheduling dates for a summer tour. Get in touch with the band to help out.
- Crowbar will re-release "the majority of" their back catalog (and on vinyl) via Housecore Records.
- Check out a video interview from Ft. Worth, TX with Barney Greenway of Napalm Death.
- Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust conducted an interview with here.
- Get a riff lesson from 1349 courtesy Guitar World.
- Nuclear Blast has signed Textures.
- Stream an audio interview with Aaron Turner of Isis conducted by Australian radio show Triple J's The Racket here via WindowsMedia. Fast forward to minute 51.
- Suffocation will film a video clip for the track "Cataclysmic Purification" on May 31 with director David Brodsky.
- Decibel's editor Albert Mudrian will issue Precious Metal, a new book that will compile expanded interviews from the Decibel Hall Of Fame series of the reknowned magazine. For more on the book, head here.
- Stream the new Coalesce at Lambgoat.
- Check out a piece that the LA Weekly ran on sunn 0))).
- Bison BC will team up with Woe of Tyrants and Lazarus AD for a few dates
- Buried Inside is hitting the road, having scheduled a string of dates with the mighty KEN Mode and Battlefields.

7/21 Raleigh NC @ Volume 11
7/22 Nashville TN @ Muse
7/23 Jackson MS @ Club Fire
7/24 Fayetteville AR @ The Gypsy
7/25 Amarillo TX @ The War Legion Underground
7/26 Dallas TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/28 Phoenix AZ @ Club 910
7/29 Las Vegas NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
7/31 San Jose CA @ Voodoo Lounge
8/1 Portland OR @ Ash St Saloon
8/2 Seattle WA @ El Corazon

7/1 Sudbury, ON @ The Adanac Chalet
7/2 Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroy's
7/3 Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert*
7/4 Saskatoon, SK @ Maguires*
7/5 Edmonton, AB @ The Hydeaway*
7/7 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt*
7/8 Kamloops, BC @ TBA*
7/9 Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Club*
7/10 Calgary, AB @ The Stetson*
7/11 Calgary, AB @ New Black Center*
7/12 Regina, SK @ TBA*
7/13 Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn*
7/14 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (early show)**
7/14 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (late show) ***
7/15 Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North ^
7/16 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^^
7/17 Pella, IA @ Wolf Hangar ^^^
7/18 Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theatre (Dudefest)
7/19 Windsor, ON @ The Coach And Horses
* w/ Ken Mode
** w/ I Apparatus, Life Won't Wait
*** w/ Battlefields, Frontier
^ w/ Battlefields, The Blinding Light
^^ w/ Battlefields, Frontier
^^^ w/ Battlefields, Ringbearer

6/3 Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi*
6/5 Johnston City, TN @ Rutting Plum Festival**
6/6 Columbus, GA @ Summer Sideshow Fest**
6/9 Charlotte/Raleigh, NC @ TBA**
6/11 Philadelphia, PA @ PiLam***
6/12 New York, NY @ Studio, Webster Hall****
6/13 New Hampshire @ TBA**
6/19 Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile^
6/21 Richmond, VA @ Nara^
6/22 Norfolk, VA @ TBA^
6/23 Greenville, NC @ The Spazzatorium^
6/24 Carrboro, NC @ the Resevoir^
6/25 Asheville, NC @ TBA^
6/26 TBA^
6/27 Greenbrier, TN @ Loudhouse Coffee^
6/28 TBA^
6/29 Tallahassee, FL @ the Engine Room^
6/30 TBA^
7/1 New Orleans, LA @ the Forum^
7/2 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Funland^
7/3 Denton, TX @ J&J's^
7/4 Dallas, TX @ The Victor House^
7/5 Austin, TX @ Emos^
* w/ Junius, Rosetta
** w/ Junius
*** w/ Junius, City of Ships, Liquid Limbs
**** w/ Junius, Moving Mountains
^ w/ Gifts From Enola

July 18 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool (Psychic Maps CD release show)
July 19 Danbury, CT Cousin Larry's
July 22 Binghamton, NY Voodoo Lounge
July 23 Wilkes-Barre, PA Café Metropolis
July 24 Richmond, VA Nara Sushi (w/ BLOODY PANDA)
July 25 Baltimore, MD Sonar
July 26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's

Aug 13 2009 Asheville, NC @ BROADWAYS Asheville, North Carolina*
Aug 14 2009 Washington D.C. Washington DC, Washington DC**
Aug 15 2009 Baltimore, MD @ THE TALKING HEAD ((FILTH CITY FEST 2)) Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 16 2009 Brooklyn NY @ The Charleston New York, New York
Aug 17 2009 Boston (Allston), MA @ GAY GARDENS Allston, Massachusetts
Aug 18 2009 Providence, RI or New Jersey tba
Aug 19 2009 BETHLEHEM, PA @ tba Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Aug 20 2009 TBA, NYC
Aug 23 2009 Best Friends Day @ THE BIKE LOT (free show?) Richmond, Virginia
Aug 24 2009 ATHENS OR ATLANTA tba
Aug 25 2009 St.Augustine, Florida tba
Aug 26 2009 Gainesville, Florida tba
Aug 27 2009 UK tba
Aug 28 2009 UK tba
Aug 29 2009 UK tba
Aug 30 2009 UK tba
Sep 1 2009 UK tba
Sep 2 2009 UK tba
Sep 3 2009 UK tba
Sep 4 2009 tba - TRAINSPOTTING FEST Wurzburg
Sep 5 2009 PLAT FAST OR DON'T FEST HRADEC KRALOVE, Czech Republic***
Sep 6 2009 RUSSIA
Sep 7 2009 RUSSIA
Sep 8 2009 Rostock, Germany @ tba Rostock
Sep 9 2009 Berlin, Germany @ Lokal Berlin
Sep 10 2009 Braunschweig, Ger @ Nexus Braunschweig
Sep 11 2009 Hamburg, Ger @ Lobusch Hamburg
Sep 12 2009 Aarlborg, Denmark @1000Fryd WAarlborg
Sep 13 2009 tba
Sep 14 2009 Arnhem, Netherlands @ ONDERBROEK Arnhem
Sep 15 2009 Kortrijk Belgium @ THE PIT Kortrijk
Sep 16 2009 Brussels, Belgium @ T'KANGIKWOET Brussels
Sep 17 2009 Muhlheim, Germany @ AZ Muhlheim
Sep 18 2009 Trier, Ger @ EXhaus Trier
Sep 19 2009 Freiburg, Germany @ KTS Freiburg
Sep 20 2009 tba
Sep 21 2009 Mannheim, Germany @ JUZ Mannheim
Sep 22 2009 Munchen, Germany @ Kafe Kult Munchen
Sep 23 2009 Vienna, Asutria @ ARENA 3-RAUM Vienna
Sep 24 2009 Regensburg, Germany @ Alte Malze Regensburg
Sep 25 2009 ZORO @ ZOROFEST Leipzig
Sep 26 2009 Frankfurt, Germany @ Exzess Frankfurt
*** w/COLD WORLD, YAECOPSAE,extinction of mankind, s.a.t.a.n., and others

Jun 3 2009 Nashville TBA NASHVILLE, Tennessee
Jun 4 2009 Dishaus KNOXVILLE, Tennessee
Jun 5 2009 STELLA BLUE Ashville, North Carolina
Jun 6 2009 Reggie's 42nd Street Tavern wilmington, North Carolina
Jun 8 2009 McCormacks Richmond, Virginia
Jun 9 2009 Nowarehouse Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 10 2009 Firehouse 13 Providence, Rhode Island
Jun 11 2009 O'Briens Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 13 2009 Philadelphia WE NEED HELP! PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Jun 14 2009 CARABAR COLUMBUS, Ohio
Jun 15 2009 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois

Jun 13 2009 The Mill with Sonorous Gale Greenfield, Massachusetts
Jun 20 2009 The Butcher Shoppe w/Elder, Queen Elephantine Allston, Massachusetts
Jul 11 2009 The Elevens CD release party with special guests Northampton, Massachusetts
Jul 24 2009 The Room at Rebel Sound Radio Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Aug 14 2009 O'Briens w/Sin of Angels Allston, Massachusetts
Sep 3 2009 Stoner Hand of Doom Festival @ Krug's Place Frederick, Maryland
Sep 4 2009 Stoner Hand of Doom Festival @ Krug's Place Frederick, Maryland
Sep 5 2009 Stoner Hand of Doom Festival @ Krug's Place Frederick, Maryland
Sep 6 2009 Stoner Hand of Doom Festival @ Krug's Place Frederick, Maryland

July 11 - Rochester, NY @ TBA
July 12 - Morgantown, WV @ TBA
July 13 - Kent, OH @ TBA
July 14 - Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA
July 15 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
July 16 - Indiana @ TBA
July 17 - Kentucky @ TBA
July 18 - Tennessee @ TBA
July 19 - Charlotte, North Carolina @ TBA
July 20 - Richmond, VA @ TBA
July 21 - Washington, DC @ The Velvet Lounge
July 22 - Baltimore, MD @ TBA
July 23 - New Jersey @ TBA
July 24 - Connecticut @ TBA
July 25 - Providence, RI @ TBA
July 26 - Boston, MA @ TBA

June 3rd 3 Kings Tavern-60 S. Broadway Denver, CO
June 5th Big V-1567 University Ave. St. Paul, MN
June 6th Matchitehew Fest-3219 S. Morgan Chicago, IL
June 8th Double 00 Pub 25044 Grand River Redford, MI
June 9th Carabar-115 Parsons Ave Columbus, OH
June 10th The Nerve-500 Dargan Street Pittsburgh, PA
June 11th Now That's Class-11213 Detroit Ave Cleveland, OH
June 12th Funeral Home-366 Ontario St Buffalo, NY
June 13th Bugjar-219 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY
June 15th O'Briens - 3 Harvard Ave Allston, Mass
June 16th Armageddon Shop-436 Broadway Providence, RI
June 17th Cherry Street Station-491 N. Cherry St. Ext. Wallingford, CT
June 19th Fontana's-105 Eldridge st. New York City, NY*
June 23rd Disgraceland Philadelphia, PA**
June 24th Nara Sushi-1309 W Main St. Richmond, VA
June 26th Eyedrum-290 Martin Luther King Jr Dr Atlanta, Ga
June 27th Nashville, TN
June 28th Cranky Yellow - 2847 Cherokee St. St Louis, MO
June 29th The Riot Room-4048 Broadway Kansas City, KC
June 30th Pinkeye-1539 e. 11th st. Tulsa, OK
July 2nd House of Tinnitus-628 Lakey St. Denton, TX
July 3rd Red 7-611 E 7th St Austin TX
July 6th El Paso, TX
July 7th 202 Harvard Dr Albuquerque, NM
July 9th Phoenix, AZ
July 10th Yayo Taco-4632 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV

* w/ Akitsa

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