Deathwhite Inks Deal With Season Of Mist

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of enigmatic dark metal band Deathwhite. Regarding this signing, the band comments:

“We are incredibly honored to join the Season of Mist roster. Deathwhite started in 2012 as a basic studio project with the aim of playing dark metal in the vein of some of our most beloved bands. To have Season of Mist take an interest in us is far beyond our expectations.

“We now turn our attention to the proper release of our first full-length, ‘For a Black Tomorrow,’ and look forward to among other things, our first live performances, and an enduring partnership with Season of Mist.”

Formed in 2012, Deathwhite was created in part to follow the path created by dark metal torchbearers such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Anathema.

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Shining’s Portland Show Cancelled After Accusations Of Racism & Groping Women

The Tonic Lounge (Portland, Oregon) has cancelled today’s (May 17th) Shining show, due to vocalist Niklas Kvarforth’s alleged behavior at a bar and show a few nights prior.

States the Tonic Lounge:

“Tonic Lounge has decided to cancel the Shining show that was scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17th.
All tickets will be refunded.

We regret having not researched this band more before approving their show. After booking them, it was brought to our attention that Shining’s singer has done and said many things that could be considered offensive, dangerous, or destructive. While we were learning about and considering these issues, the list continued to grow, including a recent report that the he may have been involved in the drugging of someone’s drink.

This morning we received a call from a trusted friend in Boise Idaho, detailing the events that took place while Shining were there on Sunday. We were told that the singer of Shining went to the local punk bar Mulligans before their concert, and was groping women and threatening to stab employees, and had to be removed.

We were also told that later, while performing at The Shredder, he used many blatant racist and homophobic slurs on stage, threatened audience members with rape, slapped audience members in the face, and was sieg heil saluting repeatedly throughout their performance.

Sometimes words and allegations on the internet can be difficult to navigate, but a story like this coming from a friend is not. The above types of behavior are simply not acceptable at Tonic Lounge. This isn’t about censorship. This is about protecting our venue, our staff, and our patrons.

This decision was not made under pressure by any individuals or political groups. We believe in freedom of expression and are not quick to pull the plug on any band booked at our club. However, we are not going to invite someone into our space to spout hate speech on our stage, and/or put our staff and patrons in harm’s way.

We are still in full support of Famine Fest Presents, the other bands who were on the bill, and all of our friends and customers who planned on attending. We hope you all can respect our decision to do what’s best for our club and those within it.”

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Empyrean Throne Signs With M-Theory Audio

Southern California black / death metal group Empyrean Throne has signed with M-Theory Audio, helmed by Marco Barbieri (former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America). The group’s debut album, “Chaosborne” – produced by Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh – will be released this summer.

Over the past five years, Empyrean Throne – which describes itself as a “clandestine order of Chaos-Gnostic black metal practitioners” – has built a steady regional following through theatrical performances alongside the likes of Nile, Overkill, Kataklysm, Aborted and Cattle Decapitation, as well as two West Coast tours. 2013 debut EP “Demonseed” and subsequent digital singles (including a cover of Behemoth’s “Ov Fire and the Void”) have hinted at the promise that’s on full display on “Chaosborne.”

Comments Empyrean Throne vocalist Andrew Knudsen, “Marco is a man of vision, and his continuing hard work and achievements in the music industry are a testament to this. His excitement and enthusiasm for what our Order hopes to achieve and cultivate is what we have been searching for in a label. We are hungry for the growth Marco has planned for us and are ready to carve a path of sonic destruction across the face of the extreme music scene. We’re both honored and humbled to join Marco and the M-Theory ranks for the release of ‘Chaosborne.’”

Adds Barbieri, “Empyrean Throne came to my attention when I noticed the ‘Haereticus’ video. It blew me away that such a promising visual band with top-notch production and a high-quality concept video were planning to self-release their album. After some research and conversations with the band and Mark Muller at Extreme Management Group, I knew I had to join the team and help further spread the good word. I’m very excited about the potential of these guys and look forward towards the future.”

Catch these upcoming Empyrean Throne tour dates:

5/6 Rites ov Ascension II Festival – Laguna Niguel, CA
5/19 Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)
5/20 Complex – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer)
5/26 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA (w/ Taake)
7/30 Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA (w/ Helsott, Apothesary, Sicocis)

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Kingsmen Posts Teaser, Announces Big Kahuna Festival Appearance

Rhode Island based unit Kingsmen packs a heavy punch incorporating melodic passages into deathcore. The band has hit the ground running this year with the release a teaser for “Outsider,” which can be seen below, along with attracting the attention of Extreme Management Group Inc.

The band comments: “We are happy to announce our new partnership with Joann Gullo and Mark Muller at Extreme Management Group. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with two amazing, driven and hardworking individuals. We are happy to welcome them into the Kingsmen family and we hope you welcome them with open arms as well.”

Kingsmen is scheduled to appear at Big Kahuna Festival on September 9th, supporting Unearth, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, and many others.

Joann Gullo from EMG comments: “Kingsmen are an extremely hard working group of musicians aspiring for great things and we’re proud to have them on the EMG roster!”

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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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