Skull Pit (feat. Mem of Exumer and Tatsu of Church Of Misery) releases new single, “Blood Titan”

– November 6th, 2018 –

On November 16th, Metal Blade Records will finally release Skull Pit, the debut album by American/Japanese collaboration Skull Pit!

Skull Pit is a tale of two musicians from opposite sides of the heavy metal spectrum and the planet: Tatsu, hailing from Tokyo/Japan, is the bassist and mastermind behind the internationally acclaimed doom outfit Church Of Misery; Mem, from New York/USA, is the singer and front-man of German thrash pioneers Exumer!

For a preview of Skull Pit, the new single, “Blood Titan”, can be heard at: youtu.be/654Ru-5KdTU

Skull Pit vocalist Mem comments: “‘Blood Titan’ is a straight up stomper with a very recognizable chorus that could’ve been on Motorhead‘s ‘Bomber’ album or any late 70s/early 80s NWOBHM record for that matter. We were very happy with the guitar tones on this song as they appear to conjure up the spirit of the late Fast Eddie Clarke.”

To hear the previous singles, “Fire Breather” and “Marauders”, please visit: metalblade.com/skullpit – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
–ltd. Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–silver/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–gold/black splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – EU-exclusive)
–gold/silver splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

The two veterans endeavored to combine their favorite elements of bands like Motorhead along with the countless outfits of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal into one blistering and highly energetic nine-track album. The songs on Skull Pit‘s debut are a clear departure from what Exumer or Church Of Misery usually sound like. Stepping away from Exumer‘s lighting fast rhythms and Church of Misery‘s slowed down, Iommi-inspired riffs, Skull Pit creates melodies in the vein of 70s hard rock and 80s NWOBHM with Lemmy’s punk attitude.

Mixed in Tokyo by O-mi Kihara, Skull Pit was recorded in New York and Japan during Exumer‘s and Church of Misery‘s time off from playing live around the globe. The result is a free-flowing album that switches effortlessly between genres and boundaries, but always with the intent to deliver a razor sharp riff or a memorable hook.

Skull Pit didn’t shy away from further expanding their all-inclusive attitude when it came to choosing and recording a cover song as a bonus track: Rose Tattoo‘s “All the Lessons”. The song features Brian “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball), who produced Mem’s vocal tracks in New York.

Skull Pit track-listing
1. Double Cross
2. Roller
3. Fire Breather
4. Year Of The Dog
5. Soul Raiders
6. Blood Titan
7. Marauders
8. The Line
9. Wolf Spirit
10. All The Lessons (bonus track)

Skull Pit online:
https://www.facebook.com/skullpitofficial
https://www.instagram.com/skull_pit/
https://twitter.com/pit_skull

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Saxon Drummer Nigel Glockler Attacked By Dog

Nigel Glockler, the drummer for British heavy metal icons Saxon, has revealed that part of his nose had to be re-attached after he was attacked by a dog last Friday night. A post on his Facebook page reads as follows:

“I was at the pub last night, petting a dog when it decided it did not like my face and took off half my nose. I’ve had over 100 stitches inside and out of the nose and it’s been reattached. (Wife) Gina says between this and the scar on my scalp I should change my name to FrankenNigel. The good news is no problems for the upcoming shows – see you soon!”

Saxon will be performing in England next week in Bath, Nottingham and Newcastle, with support coming from Doro and Wayward Sons. This will be followed by a string of headlining shows in the United States in February, which are as follows:

February 13 – Tulsa, OK – ID Ballroom
February 14 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
February 15 – San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
February 16 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
February 17 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
February 20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
February 21 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
February 23 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
February 24-28 – Monsters of Rock Cruise

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Skull Pit (feat. Mem of Exumer and Tatsu of Church Of Misery) releases new single, “Marauders”

– October 24th, 2018 –

On November 16th, Metal Blade Records will finally release Skull Pit, the debut album by American/Japanese collaboration Skull Pit!

Skull Pit is a tale of two musicians from opposite sides of the heavy metal spectrum and the planet: Tatsu, hailing from Tokyo/Japan, is the bassist and mastermind behind the internationally acclaimed doom outfit Church Of Misery; Mem, from New York/USA, is the singer and front-man of German thrash pioneers Exumer!

For a preview of Skull Pit, the new single, “Marauders”, can be heard at: youtu.be/MGSZTBYsjHc

Skull Pit vocalist Mem comments: “Think about the first time you heard ‘Ace Of Spades’, or the ferocity of early Tank records, and how you felt when those songs hit you like a ton of bricks. That’s what we went for when we wrote that song. Marauding for your ears, hearts and soul.”

To hear the previous single, “Fire Breather”, please visit: metalblade.com/skullpit – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–ltd. Digipak-CD
–180 g black vinyl
–silver/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–gold/black splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – EU-exclusive)
–gold/silver splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – US-exclusive)

The two veterans endeavored to combine their favorite elements of bands like Motorhead along with the countless outfits of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal into one blistering and highly energetic nine-track album. The songs on Skull Pit‘s debut are a clear departure from what Exumer or Church Of Misery usually sound like. Stepping away from Exumer‘s lighting fast rhythms and Church of Misery‘s slowed down, Iommi-inspired riffs, Skull Pit creates melodies in the vein of 70s hard rock and 80s NWOBHM with Lemmy’s punk attitude.

Mixed in Tokyo by O-mi Kihara, Skull Pit was recorded in New York and Japan during Exumer‘s and Church of Misery‘s time off from playing live around the globe. The result is a free-flowing album that switches effortlessly between genres and boundaries, but always with the intent to deliver a razor sharp riff or a memorable hook.

Skull Pit didn’t shy away from further expanding their all-inclusive attitude when it came to choosing and recording a cover song as a bonus track: Rose Tattoo‘s “All the Lessons”. The song features Brian “Mitts” Daniels (ex-Madball), who produced Mem’s vocal tracks in New York.

Skull Pit track-listing
1. Double Cross
2. Roller
3. Fire Breather
4. Year Of The Dog
5. Soul Raiders
6. Blood Titan
7. Marauders
8. The Line
9. Wolf Spirit
10. All The Lessons (Bonus Track)

Skull Pit online:
https://www.facebook.com/skullpitofficial
https://www.instagram.com/skull_pit/
https://twitter.com/pit_skull

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Gross Misconduct Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Equinox”

Vancouver, British Columbia based band Gross Misconduct premiere the title track of their upcoming new album “Equinox”, which will be out in stores November 2nd via CD Baby.

Check out now “Equinox” below.

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Gross Misconduct Premiere Title Track Of Upcoming New Album “Equinox”

Vancouver, British Columbia based band Gross Misconduct premiere the title track of their upcoming new album “Equinox”, which will be out in stores November 2nd via CD Baby.

Check out now “Equinox” below.

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Headliners Announced For Download Festival 2019

The organisers of Britain’s largest rock and metal festival, Download has announced the three headlining bands for next year’s event. Capping off the first night will be legendary British rockers Def Leppard, who will be performing the classic album, “Hysteria” in full, while on Saturday, Iowa nine piece Slipknot will headline the festival for the third time, before the weekend comes to a close with a performance from Tool.

In addition to this, a number of bands have been confirmed to perform at the event, including Slash and Myles Kennedy, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Carcass, Opeth, Die Antwoord, Delain, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Power Trip, Reel Big Fish, Skindred, Tesla, Starset, Underoath and The Amity Affliction.

The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th – 16th next year.

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Paradise Lost & Tristania Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced a further two bands for the 2019 edition of the event. Joining the lineup will be British Gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost, who are currently promoting their latest studio album, “Medusa,” as well as fellow Gothic metal veterans Tristania, which will mark their first live performances since 2016. The floating festival will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on January 31 and dock in Labadee, Haiti, before returning on February 4.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accept
Arkona
Coroner
Dark Funeral
Delain
Eluveitie
Ensiferum
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Gloryhammer
Heidevolk
In Vain
Max & Iggor: Return To Roots
Mayan
Ne Obliviscaris
Nile
Obituary
Onslaught
Paradise Lost
Persefone
Pestilence
Riot V
Soulfly
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
Subway To Sally
The Black Dahlia Murder
Tiamat
Tristania
Twilight Force
Unleash The Archers
Visions Of Atlantis
Vomitory
Warbringer

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Saxon Announces U.S. Headline Tour Dates

“We’re bringing the Thunderbolt Tour back to the USA in February, this time as headliners!,” states a message from Biff Byford, frontman of British metal legends, Saxon. “Come and join the party, THE THUNDERBOLT COMETH!”

Saxon are pleased to announce a new string of US tour dates, following the incredibly successful tour with Judas Priest earlier this year and prior to their appearance on the 2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise out of Florida.

Says Saxon: “See you on the road and be sure to get your tix fast – we expect these shows will sell out fast!”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 10th at 10 AM (local time). Dates are listed below.

February 13 – Tulsa, OK – ID Ballroom
February 14 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
February 15 – San Antonio, TX – The Vibes Event Center Showroom
February 16 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
February 17 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
February 20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
February 21 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
February 23 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
February 24-28 – Monsters of Rock Cruise

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Bloodstock Announces More Bands For 2019 Edition

The organisers of Britain’s Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced six more bands for next year’s edition of the event, in addition to the previously announced headliners, Sabaton. Bands now added include Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom, who will be performing their only British show of 2019 at the festival, as well as Gothic stalwarts Cradle Of Filth, Swedish death metal veterans Hypocrisy and Soilwork, the former will also be performing their only UK show at Bloodstock, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and progressive metal legends Queensryche.

The festival is set to take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019. You can read reviews of this year’s festival below, as well as checking some interviews with Power Trip, Exhorder, Orphaned Land and At The Gates which Metal Underground conducted.

Bloodstock Open Air Day 1

Bloodstock Open Air Day 2

Bloodstock Open Air Day 3

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Raven Announces North American Tour Dates With Extinction A.D.

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites Raven has announced a string of headlining shows across the United States and Canada this Fall, where they will be joined by Extinction A.D. and on select dates, Mobile Deathcamp.

“We are firing on all cylinders right now in Europe and are looking forward to blasting out a revised headline set with a few surprises!,” says frontman and bassist John Gallagher, who was recently interviewed by Metal Underground (see video below.)

The tour dates are as follows:

November 1 – Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
November 2 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
November 3 – El Paso, TX – Joey’s Badcompany*
November 4 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
November 6 – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
November 8 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
November 9 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Lounge
November 10 – Seattle, WA – Tony V’s
November 11 – Vancouver, BC – The Wise Hall
November 12 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
November 14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge
November 15 – Denver, CO – Hermans Hideaway
November 16 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
November 17 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
November 18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar
November 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Lee’s Liquor Lounge
November 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
November 21 – Ft Atkinson, WI – Hijynx
November 23 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
November 24 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
November 25 – Rochester, NY – The Montage
November 26 – Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland
November 27 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
November 28 – Frederick, MD – Café 611
November 29 – Chesapeaker VA – The Riffhouse
December 1 – Jonesboro, GA – Furnace 41

* no Mobile Deathcamp

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