Avatar Announces North American Tour With Devin Townsend

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on February 5th in the Year of the King (2019).

In the midst of a mostly sold out European trek, Avatar has announced their return to North America on the aptly named Avatar Country World Tour 2019 Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16th in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17th, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26th, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3rd.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” says vocalist Johannes Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.

“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.”

“I am a lifelong fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”

The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with Trivium on the The Sin and the Sentence World Tour last October.

General on-sale will be available this Friday, February 8th, 2019.

May 3 – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
May 16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
May 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 19 – Portland, ME – Aura
May 21 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
May 24 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
May 25 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
May 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
May 31 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
June 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 7 – Reno, NV – Cargo
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
June 9 – Grand ction, CO – Mesa Theater
June 10 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
June 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
June 14 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

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Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Athanasia Posts Debut Album “The Order Of The Silver Compass” Teaser Trailer

Los Angeles-based metal trio Athanasia – featuring former members of Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Murderdolls – will release its upcoming full-length album, “The Order Of The Silver Compass,” on March 15th via Seeing Red Records and Rock Of Angels Records. This one-minute teaser showcases clips of several tracks from the band’s scorching debut and can be seen below.

One might not expect the former members of such bands to be rooted in the fabric of extreme metal, but Athanasia is more than your average power trio. Questioning the moral fabric of man amidst complex narratives tackling power, corruption and greed, the band’s unique amalgamation of melodic metal is enough to satisfy the desires of casual listeners and extreme metal fans alike.

Recorded and produced by Bingham at Nightmare Sound, The Order Of The Silver Compass embodies all things heavy, dark and stylish. The album’s eight tracks were mixed by Chris Collier (Prong, Flotsam And Jetsam, Metal Church) at Mission:Black Studios and mastered by Joe Bozzi (Mastodon, L.A. Guns) at Bernie Grundman Mastering, while Jorden Haley (Dååth, Deicide, Mindless Self Indulgence) handled the cover art and design.

Athanasia was founded in California by guitarist Caleb Bingham under the band’s original name Ascension. As a result of passing the band’s early demos around LA’s Sunset Strip, the young guitarist landed a gig with newly-formed Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. Upon being released from the group in 2007 due to his age, Bingham continued to write under the name Ascension, recording several more unreleased demos (and one EP) at the behest of veteran Roadrunner Records A&R Monte Conner. Largely due to the label’s merger with WMG, negotiations broke down and the band was once again shelved while Bingham played with Swedish death metal act Zonaria from 2010-2014. After parting ways with Zonaria due to a leg injury sustained while playing with the group, Bingham decided to put all his efforts back into what he worked so hard to create…

Joined by bassist Brandon Miller and veteran drummer Jason West (Murderdolls, Wednesday 13, Sebastian Bach), Caleb Bingham resurrected the project under a new moniker, Athanasia, diligently recording its first full-length release over the span of several years.

“I’m very proud to announce that after years of literal blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of hard work, Athanasia’s debut LP The Order Of The Silver Compass is finally about to see the light of day,” says frontman Caleb Bingham. “Blast it in the car and you’ll notice your gas pedal hitting the floor in a matter of seconds! m/”

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Tanith signs worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

– January 17th, 2019 –

Photo credit: Chris Shonting

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Tanith to its worldwide roster! Since the release of their debut 7″ Citadel in February 2018, Brooklyn, New York’s Tanith has garnered a swift rise of interest. Formed between a group of musicians and friends, this US/UK collaboration features the stellar musicianship of Russ Tippins (guitar, vocals) of Satan fame, this time around sharing lead vocals with Cindy Maynard (bass, vocals) and lead guitar with Charles Newton. The line-up is completed by Keith Robinson on drums.

Tanith comments: “It is a great honor to be working with Metal Blade. We started this band as friends, trying to make something new and exciting. Just one year later, we find ourselves signed to a label that we grew up with.”

While the music is evocative of 70s-era bands like Blue Oyster Cult and Wishbone Ash, the band itself conveys a signature sound, mixing hard rock and folk elements. The dual lead voices and harmonies are warm and melodic, the twin guitars anthemic and soaring, all grounded by Robinson’s adept drumming.

Their first release, Citadel, was recorded 100% analog from tape to mixing to cutting the master direct to lathe, making it a very special record. According to Russ, “for some time now, I’ve wanted to make music modelled on the organic sounding bands of the early 1970s. In particular, I wanted to record it entirely on analog tape, the way all music used to be made.” Tracked over two days by Hugh Pool at Excello Studios in Brooklyn, NY, Citadel is the sound of a full band playing live to 2″ tape, with none of today’s digital editing fixes. The 7″ vinyl release of Citadel sold out in 10 weeks.

Since then, Hoove Child Records and Antheos Records have both put out cassette versions of the single, while Tanith made live appearances across the USA, culminating at the Frost and Fire Festival in Ventura, California in 2018.

Following the initial release and tour, the band has been writing to record enough songs for a full-length. Fans can expect this new Tanith album in spring 2019, so stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Tanith online:
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC

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Deathchant Premiere New Song “Control” From Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album

Los Angeles-based psychedelic heavy proto-metal collective DEATHCHANT will release their self-titled debut this January via King Volume Records. Captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California, the seven-track recording manifests an immersive wall of noise-induced heavy metal mania that is equal parts paranoia and transcendental harmony.

In advance of the release, the band premiere another new track “Control” for communal feasting. Check out the new song below:

DEATHCHANT by DEATHCHANT

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Glacial Tomb Announce Winter Tour Dates

Death metal trio Glacial Tomb announce a winter tour beginning on January 4th in Bozeman, MT. The tour will lead them down the Pacific Northwest, into California, and back to their home state of Colorado on January 12th.

Glacial Tomb are touring in support of their self-titled debut which was released on October 26th (LP/CD/digital) via Gilead Media.

Tour dates:
01.04 – Bozeman, MT, The Filling Station
01.05 – Spokane, WA, TBA
01.06 – Seattle, WA, Highline
01.07 – Portland, OR, High Water Mark
01.08 – Eureka, CA, Siren’s Song Tavern
01.09 – Oakland, CA, Elbo Room Jack London
01.10 – Los Angeles, CA, 5 Star Bar
01.11 – Salt Lake City, UT, The Beehive
01.12 – Denver, CO – TBA

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Deathchant Premiere New Song “Hex” From Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album

Los Angeles-based psychedelic heavy proto-metal collective DEATHCHANT will release their self-titled debut this January via King Volume Records. Captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California, the seven-track recording manifests an immersive wall of noise-induced heavy metal mania that is equal parts paranoia and transcendental harmony.

In advance of its release the band is streaming first single, “Hex,” for you below:

DEATHCHANT by DEATHCHANT

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Deathchant Premiere New Song “Hex” From Upcoming Self-Titled Debut Album

Los Angeles-based psychedelic heavy proto-metal collective DEATHCHANT will release their self-titled debut this January via King Volume Records. Captured live over a two-day period at a secluded cabin in Big Bear, California, the seven-track recording manifests an immersive wall of noise-induced heavy metal mania that is equal parts paranoia and transcendental harmony.

In advance of its release the band is streaming first single, “Hex,” for you below:

DEATHCHANT by DEATHCHANT

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Vomitory: ‘Raped In Their Own Blood’ and ‘Redemption’ now available as vinyl and digipak CD re-issues with bonus tracks!

– November 29th, 2018 –

Metal Blade Records will re-issue the first two albums by Swedish Death Metal legends Vomitory on January 11th, 2019. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the band – expect more releases and live shows next year!

Both albums will be re-mastered and released on spinesleeve vinyl in the best quality possible – as well as on digipak CD with bonus tracks!

Vomitory comments: “Originally released on a small underground label in 1996, ‘Raped in Their Own Blood‘ marked the end of the demo years and the start of a new era of Vomitory. And ‘Redemption‘ (1999) showed a remarkable increase in brutality and progress towards what was about to come. It feels great to have these two death metal classics released by our long-time partner, Metal Blade Records, in time for our 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2019!”

Pre-order your copies now in the USA at: indiemerch.com

See below for an overview of all versions:

Raped In Their Own Blood
–Digipak CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Red/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 300 copies; EU exclusive)
–Silver-grey/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 copies; EU exclusive)
–Crystal-clear/red splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 copies; EU exclusive)
–Clear / red & black splattered vinyl (ltd. 300 copies; USA exclusive)

Redemption
–Digipak CD
–180 g black vinyl
–Opague turquoise/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 300 copies; EU exclusive)
–Clear blue/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 copies; EU exclusive)
–Silver / blue & black splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 copies; EU exclusive)
–Crystal clear/turqoise / white splattered vinyl (ltd. 300 copies; USA exclusive)

Vomitory Raped In Their Own Blood track-listing
1. Nervegasclouds
2. Raped In Their Own Blood
3. Dark Grey Epoch
4. Pure Death
5. Through Sepulchral Shadows
6. Inferno
7. Sad Fog Over Sinister Runes
8. Into Winter Through Sorrow
9. Perdition
10. Thorns
CD-bonus (Through Sepulchral Shadows – demo 1994)
11. Through Sepulchral Shadows
12. Thorns
13. Sad Fog Over Sinister Runes

Vomitory Redemption track-listing
1. The Voyage
2. Forty Seconds Bloodbath
3. Forever In Gloom
4. Heaps Of Blood
5. Embraced By Pain
6. Redemption
7. Ashes Of Mourning Life
8. Partly Dead
CD-bonus (10″ picture disc – mini-LP 1999)
9. The Art Of War
10. Undivulged
11. Extremity Retained
12. Dead Cold
13. Christ Passion

Vomitory live:
Jan. 12 – Zurich, Switzerland – Meh Suff! Winter Festival @ Dynamo
Jan. 31-Feb. 4 – USA @ 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
Mar. 14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Upload Club
Mar. 15 – Madrid, Spain @ Sound Stage
Mar. 16 – Burgos, Spain @ Sala Hangar
Mar. 17 – Palma de Mallorca, Spain @ Factoria de So
Mar. 22 – Germany @ Heidelberg Deathfest @ halle02
Mar. 28 – Sweden @ Close Up Baten Cruise
Mar. 30 – Germany @ Braincrusher Festival @ Jahnhalle
Apr. 5 – Denmark @ Royal Metal Fest @ Voxhall
Apr. 19 – Norway @ Inferno Festival @ Rockefeller Music Hall
Apr. 28 – Portugal @ SWR Barroselas Festival @ Avendia Sao Paulo da Cruz
May 4 – Netherlands @ Netherlands Deathfest @ 013
May 24 – USA @ Maryland Deathfest @ Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage
May 31 – Germany @ Fuck The Commerce Festival @ Alte Heimat
June 1 – Grangesberg, Sweden @ Gamrocken
June 23 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
July 4 – Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme Festival @ Battlefield Trutnov
July 19 – Slovakia @ Gothoom Open Air @ Revistske Podzamcie
July 27 – Los Angeles, USA @ California Deathfest @ 1720
Aug. 10 – Germany @ Party San Open Air @ Flugplatz Obermehler
Aug. 17 – Belgium @ Metal Mean Festival @ Sur Hodemont
Aug. 22 – Austria @ Kaltenbach Open Air @ Kaltenbachgraben
Sept. 28 – Mailand, Italy @ Slaughter Club

Vomitory online:
https://www.facebook.com/vomitoryband
https://www.vomitory.net
https://www.instagram.com/vomitoryband

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Ulthar Premiere Full-Album Stream Of Brand New Debut Album “Cosmovore”

Cosmovore is the debut full-length from Bay Area death metal trio, ULTHAR. Out now via 20 Buck Spin, Cosmovore was engineered, recorded, and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Deathgrave, Vastum, Noothgrush) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California, mastered by Justin Weis at Trackworx, and unleashes the feral urgency of dizzying, Absu-like black metal with the bludgeoning ferocity of classic death metal.

Stream Cosmovore is its entirety below:

Cosmovore by Ulthar

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