Fall Of Summer 2017 Lineup Announced

The Fall of Summer team is very pleased to add five new names to its 2017 lineup taking place Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of September by the Torcy lake, situated 30 kilometres east of Paris. The festival’s organizers comment:

“With over 45 years difference between the newest and the oldest band, we have decided to introduce them in chronological order.

“First of all we are very excited to announce two mythical bands formed in the late 60s who have been a big influence for many metal artists for almost half a century. We are glad that the American occult rock band Coven will play their very first show in France at Fall of Summer and thrilled that one of our biggest national prides, the French progressive rock band Magma also joins us this year.

“Coming from the 80’s, we’re proud to welcome the American cult thrash metal band Morbid Saint who’ll play for the first time in France. We’re also thrilled that the emblematic Swedish black Metal band Marduk joins forces with us.

“To close this announcement, we invite those who would not know them, to discover Au-Dessus, as those young Lithuanians playing post-black metal since 2014, definitely deserve your attention.”

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Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Thinks Thy Art Is Murder’s CJ McMahon Is A “Sellout”

Speaking with live-metal.net, Suicide Silence’s frontman Eddie Hermida opens up on the “feud” with Thy Art Is Murder that recently sparked off online. Hermida in particlar criticized Thy Art Is Murder for being stuck in a deathcore rut and spoofing U.S. President Donald Trump‘s campaign hats with TAIM’s new “Make Deathcore Great Again”-hats.

Offers Hermida: “Thy Art Is Murder absolutely saw an opportunity and ran with it, and honestly, they did the silliest thing you could ever do in mimicking somebody like Trump and say that they are not selling out. They are literally going, “Hey, we’re not sell-outs, but please buy this hat. You need to buy this hat.” It’s completely backwards thinking. They’re looking for their fans to feed into the chaos. They’re looking for the attention, and that’s fine. It goes exactly with what I said—we don’t need that kind of attention anymore. I praise them for jumping on an opportunity just like they should. When you’re desperate for making money, you’re going to serve the fans, you’re going to create the same music so that they can feel safe in their sound, and you’re going to try your hardest to maintain in that world.

I know from experience. I know from being in a band that was desperate to serve the fans, creating music that served us and the fans at the same time. All Shall Perish was a band that did that 100 percent. Especially with members leaving and all that, we always worried about what other bands were doing and how to be better than that. In that process, you forget who you are.

It’s really funny that it’s become such a thing, but the reality is that I didn’t say anything that was that hurtful towards that band. They saw an opportunity, and they ran with it. If anything, they’re hurting themselves by continuing that mentality and continuing that really tongue-in-cheek way of doing things.

It’s not showing anybody any kind of strength. It’s not showing any kind of value. It’s just going, “Oh, I see this opportunity where my band’s name is in the media. Let’s sell some stuff.

[Referring to Thy Art Is Murder vocalist C.J. McMahon] ‘You, know, nothing else is selling, so I quit the band to begin with. There’s no money in it, so let me write this long-ass fuckin’ expose about how band members don’t make any money, then later come right back and basically say I’m not a sellout.’

And at the end of the day, that is a sellout. A person who is looking for money and a person who talks about money and focuses on money when they’re making music is a complete sellout. I would say that straight to his face, and I would say that to any band member in this genre that isn’t challenging anybody.

Anybody that’s going out there for the sake of making money and for the sake of being in a huge band for selling albums are out of their minds. They’re completely backwards.
When we started making music as 15- and 16-year-old kids, you don’t have dreams and aspirations of being a money-making person. When Mitch [Lucker] created his band, all he wanted was to be is the best band in the world.

He didn’t give a fuck about Lamborghinis or houses or anything. When the band started making money, it was because he realized in order to make money in this world, you have to work your ass off. You have to break yourself emotionally and physically in order to get paid the little amount that we do get paid.

That’s all any musician who is a musician wants. They want comfort, and they just want to live. I don’t think that is selling out at all, I think that’s being a musician. It’s having some sort of value for your art and giving it for the value that it is. Everything else is literally just a copy of that, and if you want to run with it, you can. But personally, I didn’t write this record to sell a bunch of records. If it does, sweet. If it doesn’t, sweet, I still got to do what I wanted to do.

If people want to turn something into an opportunity because I mentioned their band’s name, so be it. That’s not why I mentioned it. I mentioned it to show people why we’re doing what we’re doing. We didn’t want to create the same record that Suicide Silence would have written if we had written a record to make money.

If we would’ve written that record, we wouldn’t even be talked about. I could have mentioned fucking Pantera, and it would have fallen on deaf ears. That fact is we did something huge, and now I can say something like ‘Thy Art Is Murder‘ and it gets talked about a month later. When you make waves, people want to try to surf.”

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M-Theory Audio Records Inks Deal With Helsott

California act Helsott – whose exotic sound mixes melodic death with pagan influences – has signed with M-Theory Audio Records, who will release the group’s new five-song EP, “The Healer,” on April 28. The cover art by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) can be seen below.

Since forming seven years ago, Helsott – whose name means “fatal illness” in Old Norse – has paid homage to pagan cultures and mythologies while keeping true to their American influences. The group’s unique mix of folk metal, death metal, symphonic metal, thrash, classical and rock first caught the attention of audiences on a large scale during the 2013 Paganfest North American tour, where they performed with Ensiferum, Tyr and Trollfest. The group built further momentum the following year with the release of their debut full-length, Woven, behind which they toured alongside Arkona and Heidevolk.

Helsott now returns with “The Healer,” a five-song EP recorded in part at Southern California’s Trench Studios (Intronaut, Abysmal Dawn) and mixed and mastered by J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo). The release spawned from the band’s successful crowd-sourcing campaign to fund the recording of “Woven,” when they offered to write a song about a fan who pledged a certain amount. A patron named Doc – who was indeed a doctor – took them up on their offer, and the band liked the final result so much that they decided to write and record additional new songs to be issued in conjunction.

M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, the former president of Century Media Records’ North American office. Its roster also includes Bay Area thrash outfit Cultural Warfare, Las Vegas heavyweights Sicocis and Sacramento headbangers Blessed Curse, among others.

“We are beyond excited to be working with the M-Theory Audio team,” says Helsott vocalist Eric Dow. “Marco is one of the true good guys of the industry and we look forward to everything he and his respected team brings to the table. We plan on bringing an equal amount of work to this partnership and we feel like this union will only benefit everyone involved, especially our amazing fans!”

Helsott will perform live in California in the coming weeks alongside Immolation and Evergrey. Additional tour dates will be announced shortly.

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Hells Headbangers Records Signs Hammr For Debut Album

Today, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Hammr. Highly impressed by the band’s self-titled debut EP in 2015, not to mention hailing from the label’s home base of Cleveland, the first fruit of this union shall be Hammr’s debut album “Unholy Destruction,” which shall be released later this year.

Hammr was formed in Cleveland, Ohio by J. Hammer in 2013. As a strictly solo endeavor, Hammr recorded a full digital-only demos album, which caught the attention of several labels. From there, the band went on to release the Hammr EP in 2015, first digitally and then on cassette tape through Hota Rex, the latter of which quickly sold out. Other plans for releases were delayed due to label managers going to jail as well as the usual financial delays, which led J. Hammer to start releasing demo singles directly to the metal people. It was during this time that he met the folks behind Hells Headbangers and also Demona founder Tanza Speed, who both took a lot of interest in Hammr. Once he received the offer, J. Hammer decided to hold off on recordings for other labels, and use some of his demos and new material for the imminent debut album, “Unholy Destruction.”

Hammr’s influences proudly include early Bathory, Celtic Frost, Iron Angel, Discharge, early Slayer, Sodom, and Venom. “These are influences that get me going,” says J. Hammer, “and also embody the spirit of my music, but Hammr is definitely not a ‘worship’ band. I dub it ‘Satanic speed,’ as it combines fast speed metal riffing with D-beat drums and relentless arrangements. This isn’t a quick-startup, Lemmy-worshiping metal/punk band that we see a lot of; Hammr goes for your throat and doesn’t give a fuck about that shit.”

No politics, no party, no drinks: J. Hammer is an introverted lone-wolf, and has since become the guitarist and active songwriter for Demona, who played last year’s Hells Headbangers-curated Hells Headbash. At present, Hammr is finishing up drums for Unholy Destruction at Audio Alchemy Studios, and finishing guitars, bass, vocals, and mixing with Vanik from Midnight. Toxic Holocaust maiman Joel Grind is handling the mastering, with the album slated to be complete by early March.

A statement from J. Hammer reads: “I’m honored to be part of the Hells Headbangers roster, a label I have followed for years and also from my hometown of Cleveland. I’m very excited to unleash Unholy Destruction through such a well-respected and renowned label.” More Hammr news to be revealed shortly.

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“Underground Inc. The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock” Trailer Posted

It was the early 90’s – seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as alternative or post-punk went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales – and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life – so what happened?

Verity is revealed in “Underground Inc: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock,” an upcoming documentary destined to be the ultimate look at the alternative punk and metal scene in the 90’s, and a must see for serious music lovers. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the 90’s – exposing viewers to an amazing catalog of the era’s rarities and buried treasures, while re-living the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery.

“Underground Inc.” features interviews with members of White Zombie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primus, Bad Religion, Stone Sour, Clutch, Red Fang, Failure, Ministry, Quicksand, Helmet, Steve Albini, Sepultura and dozens more.

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Stratovarius’ Rolf Pilve Named New Drummer Of The Hypothesis

After releasing the successful melodic death metal full length debut album “Origin” in May 2016, The Hypothesis is announces a lineup change. Drummer Waltteri Väyrynen will focus his attention on his main band Paradise Lost and The Hypothesis has added new drummer, Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius).

There is no drama involved with the line change. The Hypothesis frontman Juuso Turkki commented: “Waltteri is and always will be a friend of ours and we will share the stage again someday!”

Rolf Pilve commented: “I am so glad to be a part of The Hypothesis! Juuso is an old friend of mine and the collaboration with him and the guys of The Hypothesis has always been fantastic!”

The band has already set their foot into the studio to record new material. Stay tuned for more information.

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First Fragment Posts “L’entité” Guitar Playthrough

With the recent release of debut album “Dasein” in May 2016, Montreal’s neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment has caught the attention of many guitar fanatics worldwide. Combining ’80s neoclassical metal, flamenco, and extreme metal influences, the music of First Fragment is a a bold, over-the-top monument of shred.”

Today the band is pleased to unveil the first in a series of guitar playthrough videos featuring Phil Tougas. Check out “L’entité” below, and stay tuned for more clips to come.

Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track “Dasein” features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention).

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Siaskel Announces “Haruwen Airen” CD Release

Signal Rex is proud to present Siaskel’s second album, “Haruwen Airen,” on CD format this coming November 18th. All songs can be heard below, and the label comments:

“Born in 2003 in Santiago, Chile, Siaskel started as a project between K´hmal Jauke on bass and Sinn Hayek on drums. After two years of a changing lineup, the band recruited Ma´hai Jippen, who became an essential member of Siaskel. Years passed and different members, as well, giving birth to a demo released in 2010, Nar Kra Hohopen.

“With their lineup now complete, Siaskel worked on their first full-length album and recorded it over the course of 2010 and 2011. After different logistic problems with a label, the band decided to self-release this first album. Bearing the title Jatenentolpen Thejin, it finally saw the light on May 21, 2014. Less than a year later, Siaskel recorded their second full-length, Haruwen Airen, and released it on cassette via Graceless Recordings in Febuary 2016. Quickly becoming a dark horse hit with many in the underground, Signal Rex saw fit to release the album on a wider scale.

“Both in general and specifically to Haruwen Airen, Siaskel summon an ominous legacy through the mythology and cosmogony of Selk’nam culture. All music, lyrics, and ideology of Siaskel are related to the historical, religious, and astral concepts of the ones who rose up in the coldest and most hostile southern lands of the world: the Patagonian region of southern Argentina and Chile, once ruled by the Selk’nam but who eventually became extinct by the mid-20th Century due to invasion by ethnic Europeans.

“Suitably, the music of Siaskel – and Haruwen Airen specifically – is an invigorating brand of black/death metal that’s a subtle balance of not-so-subtle extremes: filthy yet clear, epic yet linear, aggressive yet nuanced. Favorable comparisons can be made to Dissection, Angelcorpse, and old Marduk as well as countrymen Demonic Rage, Occidens, and Insorcist, and Signal Rex couldn’t be more pleased to get this special album the attention it deserves.”

Haruwen Airen by Siaskel

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Madder Mortem Streams Full New “Red In Tooth And Claw” Album

Today marks the long-awaited release of “Red In Tooth And Claw,” the sixth full-length studio offering from Norwegian avant metal collective, Madder Mortem. Alongside its official unveiling, you can now hear the full release below. Elaborates Madder Mortem vocalist Agnete M. Kirkevaag of the album:

“We’ve been away for seven years. It’s been a long wait, both for you and us, but we’re back, and back with a vengeance. Like always before, we’ve made an album that represents absolutely nothing except exactly the music we want to make.

“We want to make music that is different. We want to make music that assumes that the listener is too smart to accept stale, second-hand ideas hidden in non-threatening commercialist packaging and production. We want to make music that demands your attention, that you must invest in to understand, but that will keep giving you something fresh on the tenth and the hundredth listen. We want to make music that is true and real and living, that freaks you out or thrills you, that you love or hate, but that will never leave you indifferent.

“That’s what ‘Red In Tooth And Claw’ is about to us, and what we hope it will be about to you as well. Pay your dues to howl with the underdogs!”

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Destrage launches video for new single, “Don’t Stare at the Edge”, online

– October 17th, 2016 –

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, due out October 21st via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, a video for the new track, “Don’t Stare At The Edge”, is now online. Written, edited and directed by Lorenzo Ameri and produced by Camilla Romeo, “Don’t Stare At The Edge” can be viewed here: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage comments: “‘Don’t Stare At The Edge’ faces the theme of fear, an emotion that paralyzes. Should we want more? Should we be cautious and stay with what we have? ‘Maybe I’m trying too hard to keep this much together, when the pile falls apart into pieces, I have no hands to grab them’ means that the expression ‘less is more’ may be true when it is about possessions, but wrong when it is about settling for undesirable, humble conditions like jobs – we refer to that as ‘just a means to an end…’
The fact is, ‘less is a bore’. That’s why we think that jumping down the cliff, hand in hand with fear, is a good thing. ‘Don’t stare at the edge, take a good look down’, even though heroes tell you to not look down when they come and they think they are saving you.”

For another preview of A Means To No End, a lyric video (directed by The Jack Stupid / thejackstupid.com) for the first single, “Symphony of the Ego”, can be seen at: metalblade.com/destrage – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–CD
–180g black vinyl
–olive marble vinyl (limited to 200 copies!)
*an exclusive t-shirt bundle, plus digital options are also available!

Destrage recorded A Means To No End at RecLab Studios in Milan, reuniting with their longtime collaborator Larsen Premoli, and his assistant Alex D’Errico. While tracking, at the suggestion of drummer Federico Paulovich, they brought percussionist Alessandro “Pacho” Rossi into the fold. Having entered into the writing process with no plans beyond simply wanting to write good music, the finished product – which is mixed by Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches – is somewhat revelatory, and will certainly grab the attention of anyone exposed to it. Known for their powerful live shows, these tracks are sure to sound incredible when blasted from titanic speakers as the band take them to the masses.

See below for the official track-listing!

A Means To No End track-listing
1. A Means to No End
2. Don’t Stare at the Edge
3. Symphony of the Ego
4. Silent Consent
5. The Flight
6. Dreamers
7. Ending to a Means
8. Peacefully Lost
9. Not Everything Is Said
10. To Be Tolerated
11. Blah Blah
12. A Promise, a Debt
13. Abandon to Random

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
http://www.facebook.com/destrage
http://www.youtube.com/destrage
http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
http://www.soundcloud.com/destrage

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