Mass Destruction Metal Fest 2017 Details Announced

Mass Destruction Metal Fest – in partnership with A. Rippin’ Prodcution – today announces 15 extreme metal bands to perform at The Loft at Center Stage in Atlanta on November 3rd & 4th, 2017.

Announced bands include Demoncy, Macabre, Deceased, Brutality, Acheron, Profanatica, Demonic Christ, Loss, Morbosidad, Sacrocurse, Abazagorath, Tombstalker, Embalmer, Sadistic Vision, and Nocturnus AD.

“The goal from the onset was to bring a diverse lineup within the parameters of ‘Black and Death Metal’ home to the Atlanta fans,” said co-organizer Cody Martin. “Not everyone can travel the lengthy distances to other locations and partake in these experiences—now the south east region has extreme metal within driving distance!”

Tickets for Mass Destruction Metal Fest are $75 for a two-day pass, $45 for a single-day pass ($50 day-of-show) and can be purchased via Ticket Alternative or the Center Stage box office. Full info is available here.

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Metal Church Recruits New Drummer Stet Howland

Fans that have seen Metal Church live at recent shows in the United States and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage. The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitional process is complete, Metal Church is happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band’s permanent new drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe commented: “I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together.”

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added: “We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!”

Stet Howland shares his excitement about joining Metal Church: “After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself ‘Oh shit, what did I do?’ But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

“It’s no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre! And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering ‘YES!’

“On my maiden journey I was blown away by Mike Howe’s consistent crowd destruction, Kurdt’s ridiculously heavy riffs, Rick Van Zandt’s refusal to make even one mistake and my glue-like bond with Steve (it’s a well-known fact that Metal Church bass player Steve Unger is one of my closest friends and it was Steve who initially suggested me to the band).

“There is understanding, mutual respect and camaraderie present here that is missing in so many ‘famous’ acts. I am honoured to be a member of such a group of people and will do my best to deliver strong performances both live and in the studio.”

Metal Church – Summer shows 2017:

1st Aug (NO) Oslo – Sentrum Scene (w/ MEGADETH)
2nd Aug (DK) Copenhagen – Store Vega (w/ MEGADETH)
4th Aug (CH) Zurich – Dynamo (w/ GONOREAS, BURNING WITCHES)
5th Aug (FR) Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans – Sylak Open Air
6th Aug (IT) Cusano Milanino – Blues Rose Fest Open Air
8th Aug (SK) Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
9th Aug (CZ) Jaromer – Brutal Assault
10th Aug (DE) Nuremberg – Hirsch
11th Aug (NL) Leeuwarden – Into the Grave
12th Aug (PL) Vagos – Vagos Metal Fest
7th Sept (USA) Atlanta, GA – ProgPower USA XVIII

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Acephalix Unveils New LP “Decreation”

California death metal horde Acephalix – featuring members of Vastum, Necrot, Depressor, and more – has completed a third LP, and is preparing to unleash “Decreation” upon the public masses in September.

New label home 20 Buck Spin has unloaded a YouTube stream of the album’s pummeling second track, “Suffer (Life In Fragments),” along with early pre-orders for the record here.

The rotten corpse of Acephalix, the Bay Area’s beast of barbarism, has been re-animated. Abnormally deceased since the band’s Southern Lord debut, “Deathless Master,” the crushing return of “Decreation” leaves no bone unbroken and no skull intact. The album was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Vastum, Necrot, Ghoul), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Obituary, Black Breath), and completed with artwork by Adam Burke (Occultation, Loss, Gatecreeper, Artificial Brain).

1. Upon This Altar
2. Suffer (Life In Fragments)
3. Mnemonic Death
4. God Is Laughing
5. Excremental Offerings
6. Egoic Skin
7. Decreation

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New Video Clip “Spymania” Posted By Soul Enema

Heroes and villians are fighting the world in a mystic conspiracy thriller, coming from the factory of an Israeli Progressive band Soul Enema. “Spymania” is a part of a new album “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns,” released back on June 23rd via InsideOutMusic. The colorful and diverse 73-minute work features guest appearances from Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land) and was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend).

“As it turns out, an evil reptilians from planet Nibiru came down to Earth, and they are very close to get the key to universal knowledge. The super-human powers of Batman and Chuck Norris stand on their way, but it turns out, that only something related to the world of music is able to save the human race. What is it? Watch out till the end!,” the band commented.

“We used some paintings of a brilliant modern Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin, who’s a big phenomenon in his home country, but still not really known in the Western World yet,” says songwriter and keyboard player Constantin Glantz, adding, “I must state that ‘Spymania’ has some amusing background. The lyrics for this song were written way back in 2006, or maybe even earlier, and it features a kind of goofy, paranoid mock story about someone being mysteriously thrown down from the roof of Empire State Building, and seen too much things you ain’t allowed to see, while flying down to the ground. So much, in fact, that this person was forcefully killed even before he naturally hit the ground. Fast forward to the year 2015, and guess what — suddenly we have a totally real conspiracy scandal taking place around the same Empire State Building during a big ecological happening, when some claimed there’s Kali or Satan images projected on a building windows, as part of some mystic apocalyptic ritual! The Hell you know, indeed.”

Check it out here:

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Video Clip For New Song “Hollow Chains” Posted By Shattered Sun

With a week away from the release of “The Evolution Of Anger,” the second album for Victory Records, modern metal act Shattered Sun has unveiled the video for the new single “Hollow Chains.” Perfectly outlining the demise of cultural and social consciousness, the video also exhibits the ferociousness Shattered Sun is known to deliver on stage.

“Everyone hides behind a keyboard nowadays, and ‘Hollow Chains’ is a call for individuals to take back their identity,” prompts Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal. “Everyone seems to take their arguments to the digital front and fight unnecessary battles between each other every day. All of a sudden any particular event takes away our identities as human beings and replaces it with a close-minded, cold-hearted dismissal of another person that disagrees. It’s fueling the divide by turning us on each other. Take away unity and replace it with the ‘every man for himself’ attitude, and it creates a hollow chain around us all.”

Check out “Hollow Chain” here:

Shattered Sun will channel fury to the stages beginning with a hometown album release show on July 20th with label-mates Darkness Divided, and then join the 2017 Vans Warped Tour on July 26th outside of St. Louis, MO, and round out the tour on its final date in Pomona, CA on August 6th. Additional dates supporting “The Evolution Of Anger” will be announced soon.

Confirmed dates are:

07/20 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House (Album Release Show)
07/26 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour)
07/27 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour)
07/28 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion (Vans Warped Tour)
07/29 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center (Vans Warped Tour)
07/30 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park (Vans Warped Tour)
08/01 – Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Intramural Field (Vans Warped Tour)
08/04 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre (Vans Warped Tour)
08/05 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium (Vans Warped Tour)
08/06 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex (Vans Warped Tour)

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Debut Self-Titled Album From Bigfoot Expected This Fall

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut of one of the latest U.K. signings – Bigfoot. The album will be released October 13th.

Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall.

Order the debut album at this location or digitally through iTunes or Google Play. Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of the new song “The Fear,” the video clip of which you can see in the player below.

“The Fear” was written shortly after the release of the second EP. Sam Millar describes it as
“a song about the fear in our heads and how it can consume your whole life and take over”, while musically Mick McCullagh states that “it is a Jekyll and Hyde type affair. There’s the gnarly, in your face heavy rock guitar side of it, then the melodic, anthemic side with big uplifting vocals. It’s very dynamic, which adds to the tension we were aiming for.”

The video for “The Fear” was shot by Shane Green at The Giffard in Wolverhampton.
Tom Aspinall says “we had played there a month or so before and thought the stage would be perfect for the shots we wanted with the idea of it being quite dark and frantic. We’ve worked with Shane in the past and knew he would deliver a fast paced and exciting video.”

Having toured constantly around the UK and performed at festivals including Breakout, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and more, the quintet have built themselves a loyal grassroots following in home territory. Two successful self-released EP’s also drew the attention of the Naples based rock powerhouse Frontiers Music Srl, who signed them to their roster as fast as it could.

The self-titled debut album was co-produced by the band with Justin Richards (who also mixed the record), it consists of eleven songs. The artwork and track listing are as follows:

1. Karma
2. The Fear
3. Tell Me A Lie
4. Forever Alone
5. Eat Your Words
6. Prisoner Of War
7. Freak Show
8. I Dare You
9. The Devil In Me
10. Uninvited
11. Yours

Check out “The Fear” here:

This Bigfoot is no myth, but they are about to become legends.

Upcoming UK shows:
25.08.17 HULL Hair Metal Heaven
14.10.17 MANCHESTER Sound Control (album launch event)
11.11.17 SHEFFIELD Corporation (with Tyketto)
25.11.17 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (with Tyketto)

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At Home In Hell Posts Tour Recap Video

Montana-based group At Home In Hell recently embarked on a midwest / west coast tour that wrapped up in Bremerton, WA on June 4th.

Today the band drops a full recap video chronicling everything that went down on that tour, which can be seen below.

If you missed it, At Home In Hell also released a music video for “My Pain,” available at this location. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming music and other media releases from AHIH coming shortly.

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Demon Eye Posts New Song “The Redeemer”

“Prophecies And Lies” is the forthcoming full-length release from North Carolina-based occult metal unit Demon Eye. Set for release via Soulseller Records, the eleven-track burner was recorded by Corrosion Of Conformity’s Mike Dean in the band’s hometown of Raleigh.

In advance of its release, today “The Redeemer” is offered up for public consumption below. Issues Demon Eye of the track: “With ‘The Redeemer,’ the band was trying something new. The riffing is stripped down to a sparse pattern in order to create a powerful dynamic through melody and the use of space. Lyrically, the song is an observation on human behavior, and how emotions like fear and anger are flip sides of the same coin.”

Furthermore, Demon Eye will a play a record release show this coming August with Captain Beyond, with additional live performances to be announced in the weeks ahead.

8/18/2017 Pourhouse – Raleigh, NC w/ Captain Beyond

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Venom Prison Releases “Perpetrator Emasculation” Video

Coming off the Metal Hammer/Golden Gods “Best New Band” award, U.K. death metal outfit Venom Prison is now premiering new video “Perpetrator Emasculation.” The track is taken from debut full-length album, Animus, which is out now. The video was shot at a house show by Ashlea Bea Photography in the band’s hometown.

Frontwoman Larissa comments: “Venom Prison grew from a grass roots hardcore scene, and have no intention of forgetting where we have come from. VP recently decided to do a home town show at a secret location and as you can see, it was intense.

“Living in a time where music venues close down or just aren’t affordable for underground promoters and bands, supporting your local scene is very important as it helps expanding musical boundaries and help to evolve the bands involved in it. Hopefully this footage from ‘Perpetrator Emasculation’ spreads word that shows like this are going on all over the world in DIY spaces.

“This year has been relentless for us so far. Venom Prison has had all sorts happening recently including Download Festival and winning Best Newcomer award at the Golden Gods. It reflects everything that goes into making this happen because this band genuinely works continuously.”

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Atoll Signs With Gore House Poroductions

Gore House Productions is proud to welcome Arizona group Atoll to the label’s roster. Gore House comments:

“Emerging from the scorched wasteland of the Sonoran Desert, the Phoenix-based slammers from Atoll have been crushing eardrums with their unique blend of brutal death metal. Since 2014, Atoll remains true to the genre whilst force-feeding metallers the grinding melodies, clever breakdowns, and catchy onslaughts of pure American brutality!”

Bassist Cameron Broomfield adds: “We are beyond stoked to be joining forces with Gore House Productions, and proud to be a part of their amazing roster. This new shit is some of the most crushingly heavy material of our careers, and we couldn’t ask for a better place to call home. To the Writhing Masses, the time to feed draws near.”

Atoll will release a sophomore album in late 2017 on Gore House Productions. For a preview of what’s to come, fans can check out latest single “Forced Xenotransplantation” below.

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