Kataklysm Tap Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) For New Album “Meditations”

Montreal-based Kataklysm recently announced that their next offering, ‘Meditations’, is slated for an April 2018 release via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band reveals they have enlisted acclaimed Los Angeles based producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) to mix and master their new upcoming album.

Watch the trailer for ‘Meditations’, below:

Guitarist JF Dagenais adds:

“This album has so much to offer that we decided to search for someone outside the box for it. Someone who comes with a fresh outlook and hasn’t work with extreme or death metal bands. We wanted someone with a more organic feel but at the same time can pound a mix into your chest with the power and definition it deserves. When Jay accepted to work with us, we knew he would bring just that! So far, the first mixes coming in are incredible. We will be turning some heads on this album folks. That’s all I can say for now, can’t wait!”

Kataklysm have spent the last 25 years cementing their legacy in the extreme metal genre. 2016 marked a whirlwind of excitement as the band added a Juno Award to their collection as well as landing their highest Billboard charting. They are one of a handful of bands that have the title of “Longest Standing Artist” on the Nuclear Blast roster.
Born in 1992 from the cold winds of Montreal, Québec, Canada comes one of the country’s top extreme musical exports to date: Kataklysm. With a career spanning 25 years, Kataklysm is a leading force in the most brutal & powerful genre in heavy metal and has conquered territories such as Europe, North & South America, Australia, and Asia while recently becoming the first Canadian metal band to ever play South Africa.

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Through Fire

Through Fire After touring coast to coast as support for bands such as Seether, Black Stone Cherry and All That Remains, Through Fireannounces their first headline run, the 2017 BREAKOUT TOUR!!They’ll be hitting the road with Dangerkids, Righteous Vendettaand Sumerian Records label mates American Sin. It’s been an amazing year with their single “Breathe” going top 10 in the Country at rock radio, #1 on Billboards Mainstream […]

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Hollow World Signs With Truth Inc. Records

Truth Inc Records are very excited to announce the signing of rising melo-death outfit Hollow World. The five-piece hails from Melbourne and has taken the Australian heavy scene by storm in 2017 with the release of its debut album “Exanimate” as well as gracing stages around the country with some of the best bands Australia, and the world, has to offer.

After playing coveted festivals such as the inaugural Thrash, Blast and Grind Festival in Melbourne, Blacken Open Air in Alice Springs and the Dead of Winter festival in Brisbane and supporting the likes of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Fallujah, Hollow World are set to tour Australia with Once Human in early 2018 and then are planning on setting their sights beyond Australian shores.

“We are excited to join a label like Truth Inc. We’ve always admired the Truth Corroded guys and their drive and now, to work with their label after seeing what they have done in the past with other Australian bands, we are very keen. They have impressed us with their vision for the future and we are looking forward to moving ahead with them as we grow our career,” says vocalist Ben Roberts of the decision.

Truth Inc are equally excited at the prospect of working with Hollow World and helping them reach their potential.

“We are incredibly stoked to have Hollow World join the label! They are one of the best bands to have come out of the frenetic Melbourne heavy music scene in recent years and have been as unrelenting in their work ethic as in the extremity of their music. Having firmly established themselves as a leader in the industry I look forward to working with them on the bands next album and see them grow internationally,” label manager Greg Shaw adds.

Check out their latest film clip for “Wildfire” below.

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Australian Tour Dates Announced By Mono

Japanese instrumental rock outfit Mono is returning to Australian shores this November for a string of tour dates. They will be supported by Sydney’s visceral Dumbsaint and a plethora of local talent across the country.

Brisbane’s show will feature Balloons Kill Babies (who just released the EP “Prodromal”), Sydney gets Grun (who released the first record in many years earlier in 2017), Melbourne gets Solkyri and Adelaide gets Last Days of Kali.

The tour is In celebration of ten years since the debut visit to Australia and the band will visit Adelaide for the first time ever, as well as returning to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth – adding this – this visit follows the 2016 album “Requiem for Hell” and will feature the band playing music that spans the entire catalogue across a close to two hour show.

Mono was originally formed in 1999 – a unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise which has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship was praised. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with a 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

The Australian tour dates are as follows:

Wednesday, November 8th – Brisbane, QLD @ The Triffid
With support from Balloons Kill Babies

Thursday, November 9th – Sydney, NSW @ Manning Bar
With support from Grun

Friday, November 10th – Melbourne, VIC @ Max Watts
With Support from Solkyri

Saturday, November 11th – Adelaide, SA @ Unibar
With support from Last Days of Kali

Sunday, November 12th – Perth, WA @ Badlands

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New Video Clip “American Scum” Posted By Death On Fire

Death On Fire has teamed up with Nine Circles to reveal a new video for the single “American Scum,” which you can check out at this location, or even better, down in the player below. Order the single at this location.

The track is a three and a half minute scorcher of melodic death metal and is highly recommended for fans of Carcass and At The Gates.

Band founder Tim Kenefic commented “This video along with the lyrical content is meant to show how the corporate aristocracy is ruining this country with lies, false promises, and a shameless distain for the middle and lower classes. We have the ability to change that but we are to ignorant and or uninformed. We need action at the ballots not marches and memes.”

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Guitar Playthrough Clip For “Faces Of Meth” Issued By Narcotic Wasteland

Extreme metal four-piece Narcotic Wasteland – the full-time project of former Nile frontman Dallas Toler-Wade – will release a brand new full-length album, entitled “Delirium Tremens,” on October 13, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI. The album is now available for pre-orders via Amazon, with more options coming soon.

A few weeks ago, Narcotic Wasteland surprised fans with a brand new track, “Faces of Meth,” to great acclaim. Today, you can watch a guitar playthrough of the track, courtesy of Dallas Toler-Wade, via Guitar World at this location, or simply clicking in the player at the bottom.

Dallas says, “When writing this song, I was tapping into some of the musical ideas I had in the early 90s. I have always loved the toxic tri-tone sound. So, years ago I figured out a way to play them using my index and middle, then kind of hammering on the next strings over with my middle and pinky. This is all over the two albums in one form or another, and it is something I have quite enjoyed experimenting with over the years.”

“Delirium Tremens” shines a spotlight on negative human behavior, inspired by – but not entirely based on – our country’s addiction epidemic. Narcotic Wasteland named the new album after the title track, which is about delirium tremens, the medical term for symptoms an alcoholic suffers after about three days without a drink. Over the years, many of Toler-Wade’s friends and family have fallen into the abyss of addiction, and some have never returned. of remaining silent about the scourge that has surrounded him, the band addresses it throughout “Delirium Tremens.”

“Delirium Tremens” is a dramatic musical evolution from the band’s first release. Not only is the production better, the chemistry between Ed Rhone and Toler-Wade is impeccable, each feeling out and feeding off of the other’s playing. And bassist Chris Dupre and drummer Phil Cancilla form a whirlwind rhythm section that’s tighter than a locked door. Coupled with trenchant grooves and impacting vocals, “Delirium Tremens” is more than an homage to the band’s favorite musicians, it’s a new style wrought from some of the best pages of the past.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Introspective Nightmares
2. Faces of Meth
3. Return to the Underground
4. We Agnostics
5. In Memoriam (intro)
6. Bleed and Swell
7. Delirium Tremens
8. Self Immolation
9. Life Revolted
10. You Will Die Alone
11. Husk
12. Pharma Culture

Check out the clip here:

Check out Narcotic Wasteland on tour:

10/21 – Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
10/24 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
10/25 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
10/26 – OKC, OK @ Thunder Alley
10/27 – Wichita, KS @ The Elbow Room
10/28 – Gallup, NM @ Juggernaut Music
10/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
10/30 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
10/31 – Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut
11/01 – Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
11/03 – Bend, OR @ The Third Street Pub
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Astoria
11/07 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room (BRIXX)
11/08 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
11/09 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
11/14 – Kansas City, Mo @ The Riot Rook
11/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Pourhouse
11/16 – Appleton, WI @ Gibson Hall
11/17 – Des Moines, ID @ Lefty’s Live Music
11/18 – Omaha, NE @ Dr. Jack’s Drinkery
11/22 – Akron, OH @ The Empire
11/23 – Toronto, On @ Rockpile
11/24 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
11/26 – Westland, MI @ The Token
11/27 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
11/28 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
11/29 – Quebec City, QC @ l’anti bar & spectacles
11/30 – Manchester, NH @ The Jewel
12/01 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution Room
12/02 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51
12/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
12/04 – Wallingford, Ct @ Cherry St. Station
12/06 – Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse
12/08 – Charleston, SC @ The Sparrow
12/09 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells Tavern

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New Album “A Ruined Oak” Streaming In Full From Omotai

Houston-based riff dealers Omotai present their latest album, the conceptual and crushing “A Ruined Oak” – the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence – which will be issued this Friday through Tofu Carnage Records. Advancing its official release, Cvlt Nation is streaming the album in its entirety, while the band tours across the western half of the country. Stream “A Ruined Oak” either at Cvlt Nation over at this location, or simply in the player at the bottom.

Recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, “A Ruined Oak” delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock.

Check it out here:

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New Album “A Ruined Oak” Streaming In Full From Omotai

Houston-based riff dealers Omotai present their latest album, the conceptual and crushing “A Ruined Oak” – the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence – which will be issued this Friday through Tofu Carnage Records. Advancing its official release, Cvlt Nation is streaming the album in its entirety, while the band tours across the western half of the country. Stream “A Ruined Oak” either at Cvlt Nation over at this location, or simply in the player at the bottom.

Recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, “A Ruined Oak” delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock.

Check it out here:

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This is xFiruath, Officially Signing Off

My long journey with Metalunderground began nearly a decade ago. Obama wasn’t President yet, and I still had a day job. I was tired of people screaming at me on the phone over problems with their cell service that I hadn’t caused and had no ability to fix. It was time for a change, so the wife and I decided to give a big old middle finger to the daily grind and dive headfirst into freelancing online.

It wasn’t long after getting in touch with Deathbringer that I found myself in Seattle on a tour bus shaking hands with Mikael Akerfeldt and blathering like an idiot about what a big fan I was. Its an experience I’ll never forget, seeing a legend in the flesh and learning what his daily life was like while performing across the country. I was so star struck I accidentally left my audio recorder on the bus after the interview and didn’t get it back until after the show. I’ve got a good half an hour of Mikael on the phone talking to family in Sweden that I’m never going to delete.

Never in my life did I figure I’d be talking to Kyle Gass about the death of Dio and whether there might ever be a Pick Of Destiny 2, but there I was on the phone with one half of Tenacious D chatting about legalizing drugs and how mortality sucks. Phone calls with lifelong idols like Emperor’s Ihsahn and Vorph from Samael became semi-regular occurrences. I actually ended up discussing the infamous “Jesus is a cunt” t-shirt directly with Dani Filth.

The Metalunderground of those golden days feels like a completely different era now. I remember back when every Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot thread had 150+ comments and became any given reader’s personal chat room. That time Deathbringer made a forum link on the main page as an April Fool’s joke (royally pissing off everyone who wanted a message board long before we actually had one) had me in stitches while fending off angry emails.

Looking back at those days, I think of shirtless Wilco and his creative grammar. Regulars like americanpatriot1 and Gorecunt keeping conversations going. InfernoNecrosis oversharing about bodily functions. KMADD and Korndogg trolling. The constant cry of “That’s not Rob Zombie!!” All those times I accidentally wrote “Mike Porntoy” or “Windows Of Plague” in a headline. Branded or Kali getting into massive fights with anyone about anything. Blindgreed1 coming up with ever more inventive insults to anyone who would dare besmirch the Metalunderground name or anybody who called MU home.

If you got past the hazing phase, you were a regular – you were on of us, and that meant something. Those were the days of R10 and Wolf, Natsquatch and Cozen, BrunoHockalugie and Jackrum, Terminator and BrianSD, IrishMetal and Trendkill91, PorcupineTreeFan and IrishMetal, Fuck_A_Name and Drum_Junkie (who blessedly has stayed active). Whoever thought a grown man could look back at a forum thread titled “I’d put my tongue in her butt” and feel nostalgic?

It wasn’t just the readers that made us into that powerhouse of metal though, it was also the contributors. It was Vicky bringing absurdly underground pornogrind bands to the world’s attention. It was CROMCarl’s pun-tastic reviews. It was James (Cynic), Zack (zMETALlica), Peggy (darkstar), Cody (The_Avant_Garde), Dan (heavytothebone2), Kevin (n0thinghead), Joel (bloodofheroes), Andrew (remembermetal?), Matt (Dasher10), psythe, and more turning this thing into a community. All the while there was Deathbringer keeping us together and introducing me to bands like Acid Bath.

Along the way I’ve had the distinct pleasure of running our staff voting and writing up the yearly best-of articles, chronicling an absurd number of releases and how they ranked in the metalverse. I’ll never forget those dueling articles about the merits of Opeth’s “Heritage” with Darren (if you think the comments we get now are negative, oh boy, you should see some of the shit that hit my inbox back then when I dared to state a negative opinion about the Swedish golden boys). There were the fabulous inverse Valentine’s Day articles with Ollie, as well as meeting fascinating people who have since moved on to other endeavors like Frank (Progressivity_In_All) and Mike (OverkillExposure).

This journey of a staggering 603 reviews and just shy of 62,000 news stories has included everything from spending time talking to a band absurdly named Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot to moments that truly defined my life.

Although most of it took place in my home office, this has been a truly global journey, like when I had the opportunity to interview dozens of both Christian and Satanic black metal bands across the world for that unblack metal article. I got a whole new perspective on humanity while talking to people who lived through different denominations of the same religion trying to bomb each other into eternity in Croatia side by side with people who believe that prayer can literally resurrect the dead. I ended up interviewing utter misanthropes who did not want to be talking to any metal sites and were openly antagonistic, as well as extremely friendly bands who were beyond grateful someone was just simply paying attention to them.

There was the monumental undertaking of putting together our Peter Steele tribute album with bands from around the world to just simply meeting up with people I never could have imagined. Shared musical connections were forged with fans and musicians from far flung locales like Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium, Iceland, Argentina, Israel, Chile, Norway, Maldives, the Czech Republic and even more! If it wasn’t for Metalunderground, I’d never have interacted with any of those amazing musicians and metal fans.

Far all those people I met online in far off lands, there were also plenty closer to home, from the trio of excellent lads in Spokane instrumental group Odyssey to local Montana scene stalwart Rashid (aka Zebulon Kosted). Probably the most surprising (and humbling) moment of my life took place right here in my own town, when the teller at my local bank saw my name and recognized who I was from Metalunderground, excitedly chatting me up about metal news.

While there were changes to the site, it was really metal itself that changed over these past 10 years. There was the appearance (and ignominious end) of djent. The love/hate phenomena that is Ghost. Pirate metal. Melodic post-hardcore (aka whiny mallcore that all sounds the same). Nu-metal’s unexpected return. That God Of Atheists album that never came out (and probably never will). Watching several different bands implode in public. Hearing bands I’d adored since I was a teenager slowly turn to utter shit. Terrible fires and even terrorist shootings that took the lives of our fellow music lovers. Hilariously awesome metal covers that deserve way more attention than they ever got. Finding nobody bands from a place no one’s ever heard of who could outperform absolutely anyone on the Metal Blade or Roadrunner rosters (which was hands down my favorite part of this job).

There have been huge ups and yes, some downs. There have been times when Metalunderground sat triumphantly among the top 5 metal sites in the entire world and times when we’ve struggled to get comments and views. The fall of MySpace, subsequent great exodus to Facebook, and rising dominance of clickbait content completely changed how music sites operate. We went from a few scant thousand Facebook followers and catapaulted to more than a million. Sometimes its good and sometimes its bad, but change happens whether you want it to or not, and sadly now those changes are leading me away from the place that’s been my online home for most of my adult life.

Many of the people I’ve met through Metalunderground have legitimately become friends, whether its our contributors, readers, or even PR and label folks like Curtis Dewar, Tom George, and Ryan Feldman. Plenty of those friendships have gone way beyond “hey, we like the same bands” over the years. We’ve been there for each other through marriages, divorces, births, mental breakdowns, and even funerals (RIP DeathInEye, Godlike, and Tom Himself – the three of you will not be forgotten).

At this point, some of the people reading this post are more like family. I’ve given job recommendations over the phone for some of you. Regulars have emailed me asking what they can do to help our writers who were going through hard times and vice versa. When my wife and I lost our first child, there were probably more MU readers messaging me their support and condolences than anyone else – even people I’d openly argued and clashed with before. We’re metal heads. No one else understands us, so we fucking stick together.

It’s been my honor to serve the metal community and do my part to keep the scene thriving. I have no doubt the rest of the staff and the regular readers will keep things running smoothly. For my part, I’ll now be writing for Gameskinny, working on my next fiction release, and handling a few PR campaigns for metal bands I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know to over the years.

I may be leaving the site, but I’m not going to vanish from the metal community, so keep in touch. For everyone reading this, whether you’ve been around since those heady early days or just recently got on the MU train, please know you have my thanks.

All good things come to an end, and my time here is finally done. This is xFiruath, officially signing off. Farewell Metal Underground.

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VATICAN To Embark On New Tour Dates In Support Of Ache Of Eternity Including Set At Hope For Shelter Fest

Savanna, Georgia-based VATICAN announces more upcoming tour dates supporting their Ache Of Eternity EP, which was issued through Sorrow Carrier Records at the end of August. The vicious straight edge outfit will take their crushing metallic hardcore wrath into the southernmost regions of the country on a week-long massacre surrounding their performance at Hope For […]

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VATICAN To Embark On New Tour Dates In Support Of Ache Of Eternity Including Set At Hope For Shelter Fest

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