Anthrax Announces Tour Dates, Comments On New Album

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Anthrax will begin the set-up of a brand new album when the band hits the road late next month. First up is a six-week-plus North American trek that will include 24-dates with Volbeat, as well as appearances at five major outdoor festivals – Northern Invasion (outside of Minneapolis), Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH), Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK), and the San Antonio and Kansas City Rockfests. Dates start in Denver, CO on April 24 (the complete itinerary is below).

On this first leg, Anthrax will play a “fan favorites” set, comprised of band classics such as “Anti-Social,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “I Am The Law” and “Indians.” The set will also feature one brand new song, “Soror Irrumator (Lords of The Rock),” Anthrax’s contribution to HBO’s “Game of Thrones'” “Catch The Throne Mixtape, Vol II.”

Anthrax’s new album follows the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated “Worship Music.” The new album is also the recording debut for guitarist and newest band member Jon Donais. “Jon’s been great,” said Scott Ian. “So far, he’s played lead on at least seven or eight of the tracks, and they all sound amazing.”

The writing process for the new album began as far back as late 2013 when Benante began exchanging suggested riffs and other musical ideas with Bello and Ian. With producer (and “sixth member of the band”) Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions began last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.

Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that, especially on this new record.”

“The lyrics I write tend to go along with the way the music sounds, and this new music is very angry,” Ian added. “Lots of people said that ‘Worship Music’ was a return to the roots of the band…well, this record is even more so. Unlike ‘Worship Music,’ we wrote this new album with a line-up, with Joey in the band, and that has made all the difference in the world. Joey being a part of the band again, going on five years already, it definitely feels like a unit. Everything that was great about him on ‘Worship’ is there even more on this new record.”

“I know that there are a lot of expectations out there for this new album,” Bello admitted, “but that doesn’t really affect us because we write the way we write. We’re all from New York, so we love a challenge, and while I’m happy to have people say that Anthrax is back and that ‘Worship Music’ was the best album of our career, we raised the bar on this one, I think we have the goods with the new songs, and I’m proud to say that. At the end of the day, all you can do is have it come from the heart, do your best, and hope that people like it. That’s what we did with ‘Worship Music,’ and look what happened.”

Anthrax’s new album, as yet untitled, will likely be released later this year. Catch the band live on these dates:

4/24 1stBank Center, Denver, CO*
4/25 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD*
4/27 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA*
4/28 Adams Center, Missoula, MT*
4/29 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
5/1 Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB*
5/2 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB*
5/3 Calgary Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB*
5/4 SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, SK*
5/6 Brandt Centre, Regina, SK*
5/7 Ralph Englestad Arena, Grand Forks, ND*
5/9 Northern Invasion Festival, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI
5/10 WJJO MayDay MayLay, Alliant Energy Ctr. Memorial, Madison, WI
5/12 General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON*
5/13 TD Place, Ottawa, ON*
5/14 Quebec Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC*
5/15 CEPSUM Montreal, Montreal, QC*
5/17 Rock on the Range – Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
5/18 Dow Events Center, Saginaw, MI*
5/19 Ford Center, Evansville, IN*
5/20 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
5/22 Tyson IBF Events Center, Sioux City, IA*
5/23 Rocklahoma/Prior Creek Music, Pryor, OK
5/24 Rockfest, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
5/25 Baloonfest, Wet & Wild Water World, El Paso
5/27 Verizon Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX*
5/28 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX*
5/30 Rockfest, Liberty Me. Park, Kansas City, MO
5/31 Outdoors at Pop’s, St. Louis, MO*
6/2 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY*

* Volbeat dates

Anaal Nathrakh Gearing Up For North American Tour Dates

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

UK-based extreme metal duo Anaal Nathrakh will wage war on North America later this Spring, slated to embark on May 11th in Sacramento.

The antagonistic twosome will march through a dozen metropolises, with the final massacre to take place at this year’s Maryland Death Fest on May 24th. The band will be joined by special guests Incite and labelmates, Secrets Of The Sky.

Anaal Nathrakh unleashed the band’s eighth studio offering, “Desideratum,” via Metal Blade Records last Fall.

5/11/2015 Starlite – Sacramento, CA
5/12/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA
5/13/2015 Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
5/14/2015 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/16/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/17/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
5/18/2015 Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
5/19/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/20/2015 Foufounes – Montreal, QC
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
5/24/2015 Maryland Death Fest – Baltimore, MD

Gutter Instinct Posts “The Insurrection” EP Teaser

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Swedish death metal quintet Gutter Instinct will release debut EP, the four-track “The Insurrection,” on May 19th (North America), May 18th (UK/EU) and May 22nd (DE).

Recorded at Helsingborg’s Studio Mangelrum with Kristofer Orstadius, the band drew inspiration from Teitanblood, Bölzer, Grave Miasma, Black Witchery, and Portal to expand its distinct grinding tone with dark, haunting blackened smatterings.

Further details on the new EP will be released in the coming weeks, including the worldwide premiere of the new track “The Invisble Hand” on April 14th.

Battlecross Streaming New Live Drum-Cam Playthrough For “Ghosts Alive”

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Detroit, Michigan’s Battlecross has released a brand new live drum-cam video, showcasing drummer Alex Bent blasting through the song “Ghosts Alive”.

Check out now the clip below (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine).

Scalafrea Streaming New Song “The Bastard One”

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Colorado-based technical death metal trio Scalafrea is streaming another new song titled “The Bastard One” taken from the upcoming new EP “Opposites In Polarity” which will be released on April 15th.

Check out now “The Bastard One” below.

Oblivionized Posts Title Track “Life Is A Struggle, Give Up”

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Deathgrinders of Oblivionized – a trio hailing from London – are nearing the release of their debut album “Life Is A Struggle, Give Up” and premiere the title-track of the upcoming release.

“Life Is A Struggle, Give Up” is scheduled for release in April on Secret Law Records (vinyl, CD, digital download).

Check out the new song below.

Employed To Serve Premieres New Video “Watching Films To Forget I Exist”

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

Post-hardcore outfit Employed To Serve (featuring members of Oblivionized and Regurgitate Life) premieres a new video “Watching Films To Forget I Exist” taken from their upcoming debutalbum “Greyer Than You Remember”.

Check out now “Watching Films To Forget I Exist” below.

States the band about the song:

“”Watching Films To Forget I Exist” is the first song we’re releasing off our debut album “Greyer Than You Remember” which is out on Holy Roar Records/Shock Records on the 25th of May. The song is a reflection on people’s everyday rituals they go through in order to escape reality for a moment.”

Sun & Sail Club Premieres New Song “Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight”

By dhmn On March 31st, 2015

The heavy stoner rockers of Sun & Sail Club premiere the first song titled “Dresden Fireball Freakout Flight” taken from their new album “The Great White Dope”, which is set to drop in May 2015 on CD and vinyl.

Check out now the new track below.

ESCHATON: New England-Based Progressive Death Metal Unit Unmasks “Immortal Mutilation” Video

By dhmn On March 30th, 2015

Sentinel Apocalypse is the impending new full-length from New England-based progressive death metal engineers, ESCHATON. Set to detonate this May via Unique Leader Records, Sentinel Apocalypse was captured at drummer Darren Cesca’s House Of Grind Studios in southern Connecticut and brandishes eleven tracks rife with surgically precise guitar sweeps, incapacitating drum work and enough vocal […]

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PYREXIA set to re-issue Sermon Of Mockery

By dhmn On March 30th, 2015

Ground breaking, Genre-defining, no holds barred, brutal death metal act PYREXIA will re-issue their 1993 classic Sermon Of Mockery on April 21, 2015 via Century Media. Remaining original member, Chris Basile had this to say about the re-issue: “20 years ago we could only imagine that this record would find a home at The Metal […]

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