Cognitive To Tour The Northeast With Replacire

New Jersey based brutal death metal group COGNITIVE have announced a brief tour throughout the Northeast United States alongside Boston, Ma band Replacire. The tour, which runs from April 11-15 will see COGNITIVE continuing to support their 2016 full length Deformity which Metal Injection called “a perfect mix between brutal, progressive, and chaotic that all melds together into one singular form with only one goal: sheer destruction.”

COGNITIVE w/ Replacire

4/11 Philadelphia, Pa @ Kung Fu Necktie
4/12 Secaucus, Nj @ The Blue Room
4/13 Cambridge, Ma @ Middle East Upstairs
4/14 Greenfield, Ma @ Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
4/15 Brooklyn, Ny @ The Kingsland

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Conan New Album & New Tour Dates Announced

While constantly touring all over Europe and the United States, Conan are currently putting the final touches on the follow up to their latest 2016-studio record ‘Revengeance’. Now the band unveiled first details about their upcoming full length, titled ‘Existential Void Guardian’ and which will see the light of day on August 31st 2018 via Napalm Records.

Says guitarist & vocalist Jon Paul Davis:

“Existential Void Guardian expands upon our previous lyrical and conceptual ideas. Bringing the listener’s focus from the screens of our favourite arcade machines to the minds of the characters through who’s eyes we view the 2 dimensional plane. Chris Fielding produced this album at Skyhammer Studio and we had audio wizard James Plotkin handle the mastering again. Artwork will be by Tony Roberts.”

Beside a heavy UK-touring schedule with MONOLORD this Spring, CONAN are currently on tour in North America. Make sure to catch these doom heavyweights and their massive wall of sound live on the following dates:

2/13: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
2/15: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
2/16: Portland, OR @ Sabertooth Fest*
2/17: Eugene, OR @ Old Nicks
2/18: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
2/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
2/20: Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap
2/21: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
2/22: El Paso, TX @ Neon Rose
2/23: Austin, TX @ Lost Well
2/24: Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
2/25: Memphis, TN @ Growlers
2/26: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
2/27: Atlanta, GA @ The 529
2/28: Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
3/1: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/2: Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works
3/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/4: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/5: Providence, RI @ Alchemy
3/6: Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
3/7: Rochester, NY @ Photo City
3/8: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/9: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
3/10: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
3/11: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
3/12: Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
3/13: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

*CONAN Only

CONAN on tour with MONOLORD:

May 04 – Berlin, DE: Desertfest*
May 05 – Nijmegen, NE: Doornroosje (w/Monster Magnet)*
May 06 – TBA*
May 07 – Birmingham, UK: Mama Roux’s
May 08 – Manchester, UK: Rebellion
May 09 – Glasgow, UK: Audio
May 10 – Nottingham, UK: Rescue Rooms
May 11 – Brighton, UK: The Green Door Store
May 12 – Bournemouth, UK: The Anvil*
May 12 – Madrid, ES: Kristonfest**
May 14 – Bristol, UK: Thekla
May 15 – Dublin, IE: Voodoo Lounge
May 16 – Belfast, UK: Voodoo
May 17 – Stoke, UK: Sugarmill
May 19 – TBC
May 20 – Leiden, NE: Gebr De Nobel (Small Hall)*

*Monolord only
**Conan only

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Red Cain Premiere New Video “Snakebouquet”

Unleashing their self-titled EP in 2016, Red Cain are returning in 2018 with a debut full length entitled “Kindred” planned for later release this year. Produced by Sascha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) with the band at Perfect Filth Studios, Red Cain are ready to reveal their new video for their first single “Snakebouquet”.

Check out the video below.

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis North American & European Tours Announced

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis announces the dates for his solo world tour, supporting his upcoming new solo album, which is due out this year via Sumerian Records. The first track from it, “What It Is“, was recently premiered and can be streamed here.

04/06 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox
04/09 Vancouver, BC – Commodore
04/10 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/12 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
04/13 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco
04/16 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
04/18 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
04/20 Tempe, AZ – Ufest
04/21 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/22 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
04/24 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
04/25 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/26 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/01 Kansas City, MO – Truman Theater
05/04 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
05/06 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
05/08 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
05/09 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
05/11 Portland, ME – Aura
05/12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/14 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
05/15 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
05/17 Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
05/18 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
06/01 Nuremberg, GER – Rock Am Ring
06/02 Nurnberg, GER – Rock Im Park
06/04 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
06/08 Newbury, UK – Download Festival
06/10 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal Club
06/11 Pratteln, SWI – Z7
06/13 Prague, CZE – Prague Rocks
06/14 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/16 Florence, ITA – Firenze Rocks
06/20 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Debuts Music Video For New Solo Single “What It Is”

Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis debuts the below music video for his new solo track, “What It Is“. The track appears on the recently released ‘American Satan‘ soundtrack, which is now available in stores. The song also serves as the first single from his forthcoming solo release. That effort is expected to be unleashed later in the year via Sumerian Records with more details to come.

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Primordial Posts New Song, “Stolen Years” Online, Reveals “Exile Amongst The Ruins” Release Date

Irish metal veterans Primordial has announced that their new album, “Exile Amongst The Ruins” will be released through Metal Blade on March 30th and also revealed the tracklisting, which can be viewed below. The group has also premiered the first single from the album, “Stolen Years,” for which a music video can also be viewed below.

Commenting about the album’s first single, “Stolen Years,” A.A. Nemtheanga added: “’Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of if I guess it is. It’s not a blood and thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it 9 minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also but to open this time we chose something different. This album has some surprises and this is one of them, a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage, the song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all, sometimes we never know when that might be, hold your loved ones tight tonight, this could be it…”

Teaming with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on Primordial’s 2016 live album Gods To The Godless and has also overseen releases from the likes of Dead Lord, Tribulation and Nemtheanga’s Dread Sovereign, the record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to their rehearsal room. While this proved very convenient for all concerned, the recording process was anything but easy. “Sessions were good and productive to start, but as we were thinking on our feet for some songs and getting to hear things for the first time, we had to reassess at times, and this caused a bit of tension,” says MacUiliam. “Also, we had gaps between recording sessions, so an idea which was good in week one didn’t always sound so good in hindsight, and sometimes one person’s vision did not match another’s, and quarrels would ensue.” Nemtheanga notes that the environment in which they tracked Where Greater Men Have Fallen was comfortable for them – based in an old farmhouse in the Irish countryside with time and space from each other, and having a big, open live room available to them.

With the circumstances they found themselves in tracking “Exile Amongst The Ruins” almost the polar opposite, the vocalist feels that “I had to pay for the last one with the stress and darkness surrounding this one. It was fucking hard, cold, nothing worked like it should and it was more or less a total endurance test filled with conflict and discomfort.” However, he is quick to note, wryly, that while this adds up to a miserable experience, the results are unequivocally Primordial, and the record ultimately benefited from the trials faced. “It all adds to making the music what it is – and if it was easy, we’d be a power metal band, right? Strife is life.”

“Exile Amongst The Ruins” tracklisting:

1. Nail Their Tongues
2. Hell Or The Hangman
3. Where Lie The Gods
4. Exile Amongst The Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call

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Blacklight Media Records announces its very first label showcase (hosted by Jose Mangin) in New York City

– January 16th, 2018 –

Featuring Candiria, Gozu, Good Tiger, Mother Feather, Oni, and Eyes Of The Sun

On March 8th, Blacklight Media Records will throw a label showcase (hosted by Jose Mangin!) at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Featuring Blacklight Media artists Gozu, Good Tiger, Mother Feather, Oni, and Eyes Of The Sun, all leading up to very special guest headliner Metal Blade Records artist Candiria! This is one show not to be missed! Tickets will go on-sale this Friday (January 19th) at: concerts1.livenation.com

Blacklight Media Records’ Chris Santos comments: “I could not be more excited to announce the very first Blacklight Media Showcase! To say this is a lifelong dream come true doesn’t begin to articulate how proud I am of this show and more importantly, how proud I am of the bands who call Blacklight Media and Metal Blade Records their home. This is truly a once in a lifetime show for all of us and for all the amazing fans of these talented artists. Having Jose Mangin as the Master of Ceremonies is icing on the cake! We can’t wait to celebrate a night of crushing multi-genre Metal with you on March 8. Long Live Metal!”

About Blacklight Media Records:
Blacklight Media is a hard rock and heavy metal label founded in February 2016 by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, in partnership with Brian Slagel, founder of Metal Blade Records. Blacklight has a distinct focus on releasing music that possesses an extensive amount of melody, mixed with heavy ebbs and flow.

About Candiria:
Since their inception in 1992, the name Candiria has become synonymous with the kind of experimentation and genre-bending not often associated with the hard/metalcore community, a testament to the band’s skillful musicianship and intelligent sonic aesthetic. Born in Brooklyn, NY, they have been lauded for their ability to mesh decidedly different styles in a seamless way. They were named one of the “10 Most Important Bands in Metal” by Rolling Stone back in 1999 for consistently releasing music that challenges listeners, thrills critics, and – most importantly – attracts a legion of dedicated, diehard fans. Their latest release While They Were Sleeping certainly continues that legacy, with Pitchfork hailing the band as one of “the most convincingly flexible acts that metal and hardcore have ever seen.” It’s a concept album that tells the tale of a failed musician who rises up against a NYC monarchy. To preview and purchase While They Were Sleeping, please visit: metalblade.com/candiria

About Gozu:
Formed in 2010, Gozu has released one EP and three full-lengths to-date, and are currently writing their fourth studio album, set for a 2018 release via Blacklight Media. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves. Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media, with worldwide touring to follow. Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2018 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.

About Good Tiger:
Comprised of guitarists Derya “Dez” Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, bassist Morgan Sinclair, drummer Alex Rudinger, and vocalist Elliot Coleman, Good Tiger has raised the stakes across the board on their upcoming sophomore effort, We Will All Be Gone. Every track on the album has a definitive character of its own, and none stay in a single gear, all of them dynamic and textured as they evoke various tones and moods. Tracking at Middle Farm Studios in southwest England, the band recruited producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool/Dead Letter Circus), and engineer/mixer Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery/Animals As Leaders). “We worked with Nolly on the last album, we had a great working relationship, and wanted to explore that further in a more developed situation,” Dez explains. “Forrester has made some of our favorite albums, and is someone we could trust steering the ship. Having self-produced for so long it can be at times quite difficult to let go, so it was important we found people we could fully entrust to help create the album we wanted to make.” To preview and pre-order We Will All Be Gone, please visit: metalblade.com/goodtiger

About Mother Feather:
Mother Feather will release their upcoming album in 2018 via Blacklight Media. “The newest songs for the album were written last fall and winter in the midst and aftermath of the US presidential election,” Courtney comments. “The political climate and outcome were personally devastating, but it also re-ignited my sense of purpose. I locked myself away to write, face my depression, and stare down some uncomfortable feelings. Truthfully, I went to some very dark and lonely places. So there’s a lot of fever – and intimacy – in the new music. When I emerged from my self-exile, I discovered my band waiting for me on the other side, so there’s exuberance and catharsis there too. It’s good to have friends, ya know?! Together, we worked to develop the songs and shape them into some of Mother Feather‘s best, most eclectic work yet.” To preview and purchase Mother Feather‘s previous release – the band’s self-titled debut – please visit: metalblade.com/motherfeather

About Oni:
With their influences rooted in progressive metal, Oni‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on their debut, Ironshore. Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira), the album takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. To preview and purchase Ironshore, please visit: metalblade.com/oni

About Eyes Of The Sun:
Eyes Of The Sun was conceived in early 2007 by bassist/vocalist Jeff Blanchard. Long-time friend Miguel De Jesus Jr. joined the ranks with Jeff a few months later on guitar. Within a few years, and after a couple of past members on second guitar and drums, Chris O’Neil joined as the permanent drummer. As a trio, they performed countless shows over the past 10 years, delivering their unique brand of doom metal – which leaves listeners with a range of emotions, that the band themselves then experience and extract from. The band explains: “It is known throughout the laws of science and nature that the sun creates and sustains life…Now it stands witness to the atrocities, depletion and vile consumption manifested by mankind, which it originally sustained life for. In our way, we portray what is seen through the Eyes Of The Sun.”

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Don’t miss Dimebash at Observatory OC in Santa Ana, CA on January 25!

– January 14th, 2018 –

SoCal metal fans, don’t miss this! Santa Ana’s Observatory OC (3503 S Harbor Blvd) will host a massive Dimebash, fueled by Monster Energy, on Thursday, January 25! The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and sponsored by Rock’D Vodka, Dean Guitars, Affliction Clothing, Dunlop and Metal Blade Records. The event is all ages and costs only $33 at the door. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available via observatoryoc.com

Dimebash will feature an unprecedented all-star jam featuring members of bands such as Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, Act Of Defiance, and more to come!

An official afterparty, presented by Affliction, will take place at Affliction Soundstage (1799 Apollo Ct., Seal Beach, CA) with doors opening at 10:30 PM and starting at 11:00 PM. The taco metal afterparty will be 21+ and will feature Whiskeydick, Kyng and all female Pantera cover band Cowgirls From Hell. The afterparty is sponsored by Modelo, Riazul, QSC, Roland, Sirius XM Liquid Metal, Rock’d Vodka and Monster Energy, and will also be hosted by Jose Mangin.

For both events, all proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Kyng‘s GoFundMe Campaign set up to help them recover stolen gear and transportation.

VIP options can be purchased via:
Nolan – 714.624.7720
Nolan@noisegrp.com

Dug Pinnick of King’s X says, “I love being a part of Dimebash. So many friends and musicians show up and it’s like a family reunion. And keeping Dime’s party tradition in full bloom,” and Pantera‘s Rex Brown adds, Dimebash, to me, is the epitome of celebrating his life and music all in one night! He was always about camaraderie, brotherhood and a killer f*ckin time! Dimebash Smokes On.”

Kyng‘s Eddie Veliz says, Dimebash is one of the best shows/parties Kyng has played. One of the greatest memories of my career happened at Dimebash 2016 when I had the pleasure of playing Pink Floyd‘s ‘Wish You Were Here’, the details to this story are very long winded but let’s just say it involved a couple of acoustic guitars and Dave Grohl. We are proud once again to play Dimebash 2018 because the proceeds always go to a good cause and a life is celebrated. Dimebag helped me mold the sound of Kyng through his music and I will always have a massive place in my heart for him, Rita Haney and the entire Pantera family.”

Right now, fans can order Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, the follow up to the poignant first Dimebag Darrell video memorial set, Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have, via Metal Blade Records. In its first week, Dimevision Vol 2 debuted at #3 on the Top DVD Music Video chart.

Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is a true celebration of Dimebag and how he lived his life. The DVD/CD set – which includes more footage, true gems and classic moments – also includes five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since longtime girlfriend Rita Haney gave him his first 4-track in 1984. Dimebag’s personally-written lyrics, dates and notes on those tracks are also included. You can order Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over now via Metal Blade here, or via the official PledgeMusic campaign, which includes an assortment of rare items to buy – hurry, items are moving fast. Visit the PledgeMusic page here: pledgemusic.com/projects/dimevision2

For more information, visit the Metal Blade Records landing page here: metalblade.com/dimevision

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Usurpress Premiere New Song & Reveal Album Details

Friday, 23rd of February 2018, will witness the release of “Interregnum”, the 4th album and follow up to the ambitious concept suite “The Regal Tribe” (2016), by Swedish self proclaimed “primitive and progressive” death metallers Usurpress. The album will be available via Agonia Records. Listen to the first single “In Books Without Pages” below:

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Allegaeon launches cover of Rush’s “Animate” on all digital music services

– January 5th, 2018 –

During the recording sessions for Proponent for Sentience, Denver, CO’s Allegaeon recorded two Rush covers. Fans have already heard “Subdivisions”, which was included on the album and has since become the band’s most streamed track on Spotify. Today, in celebration of January 6, 2018, the date version of the band’s song 1.618, Allegaeon is releasing their cover of “Animate” worldwide on all digital music services. Listen to the song and stream/download from your preferred provider here: smarturl.it/allegaeon-animate

Guitarist Greg Burgess elaborates: “When we settled on Rush to cover during the ‘Proponent‘ sessions, I simply couldn’t pick which song to do. ‘Subdivisions’ or ‘Animate.’ Both were favorites for me personally, and both were sort of ‘under the radar’ eg. not ‘Tom Sawyer’ or ‘Spirit of the Radio.’ Where the original idea was to do a cover for a Japanese bonus track, we figured if we did both we could cover a special song for both the Japan AND Europe pressing. Then the powers that be decided to just include ‘Subdivisions’ on the album, and keep ‘Animate’ in reserve for something. Jan 6th, 2018 is the only occurrence of the golden ratio in date form that will occur during our life time. So 1.6.18 seemed like the perfect date to release it in Allegaeon fashion.”

Proponent for Sentience was released in September of 2016. The album was produced by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation) and is a complex, intelligent, and absorbing concept record that can rightfully sit alongside the true greats of the medium. Allegaeon will begin recording their fifth full-length album with Otero at Flatline Audio in March.

Allegaeon online:
http://www.facebook.com/allegaeon
http://www.youtube.com/ALLEGAEON
http://twitter.com/allegaeon
http://instagram.com/allegaeonofficial

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