Goatwhore streams new single, “Mankind Will Have No Mercy”, online

– June 21st, 2017 –

New album, ‘Vengeful Ascension’, to see release this Friday + headlining tour with Anciients underway

“Mankind Will Have No Mercy” is the latest single from New Orleans metal legion Goatwhore. The punishing hymn comes by way of the band’s anticipated new full-length, Vengeful Ascension, set for worldwide release this Friday, June 23rd, via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the audio menace of “Mankind Will Have No Mercy” at: metalblade.com/goatwhore – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–Limited “spell book” edition including two CDs (limited to 3000 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–sepia/white-splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet-red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–Clear with black and white swirls (limited to 1500 copies – US exclusive)
–sepia-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The band’s seventh full-length offering and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

In a near-perfect 9.5/10 rating, Metal Assault writes, “With their consistent, exclusive, unbridled sound, they leave a lasting impression… they prove just honest, pure heavy metal can still be a thing. It’s bands like this that give hope and power to the metal scene. This album is inspiring and one to put on repeat.” Heavy Blog Is Heavy concurs, Goatwhore have eclipsed their previous work by creating an expansive and involving album that is as heavy as it is musically diverse and unusually catchy.” While Team Rock calls it, “…the most mature recording in the Goatwhore canon,” furthering, “Its combination of disparate subgenres from opposite ends of the structural and melodic continuum is masterful, resulting in a remarkably non-contrasting display of good and evil; that being good songs that sound as evil as all hell.”

Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Metal Wani hails another, “perfectly-sculpted Goatwhore masterpiece of raw aggressiveness and the band’s classic instrumentals.” New Noise Magazine gushes, “‘Vengeful Ascension‘ is Goatwhore‘s most diverse and interesting work to-date. The band proves that they can do more than just shred away from beginning to end, but build upon their foundation to introduce deeper chemistry…The record is one of those works that taps into the vein of human existence, and unleashes it in devastating heavy metal fashion.” Metal Insider notes, “There’s no filler here. It’s fast, sometimes slow, painfully brutal yet also restrained where needed… Their live show proves to everyone that these guys are for real and there’s no dependency on pro-tools and gimmicks. They record ‘track to tape’ so any fakery is thrown out the window. It’s like the opposite of Instagram. It’s pure sweat equity with these guys year after year and it pays off.”

Goatwhore is currently ravaging stages through the USA and Canada on a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers, Anciients. The tour commenced June 9th and will run through July 1st. The band’s latest journey comes in advance of their previously announced North American fall takeover supporting UK-based metal icons Venom Inc. “The Blood Stained Earth Tour” will pillage twenty-eight cities from September 1st through October 2nd. Additional support will be provided by Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Ohio deathcore unit The Convalescence. See all confirmed dates below.

Goatwhore tour dates
w/ Anciients:

June 9 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
June 10 – Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
June 11 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
June 12 – The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
June 14 – Stork Club – Oakland, CA
June 15 – Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
June 16 – Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
June 20 – Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
June 21 – Distortion – Calgary, AB
June 22 – Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
June 23 – Riddell Center – Regina, SK
June 24 – Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
June 25 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
June 26 – The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
June 27 – Frankies – Bryan, OH
June 28 – Fubar – St. Louis, OH
June 29 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
June 30 – Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
July 1 – Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

Goatwhore tour dates
w/ Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescence

Sept. 1 – Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 2 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
Sept. 3 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Sept. 4 – Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
Sept. 5 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Sept. 7 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Sept. 8 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
Sept. 9 – Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
Sept. 10 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Sept. 11 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Sept. 13 – The Pin – Spokane, WA
Sept. 14 – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
Sept. 15 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
Sept. 16 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Sept. 18 – Slims – San Francisco, CA
Sept. 19 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 20 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Sept. 21 – Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
Sept. 22 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
Sept. 23 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Sept. 24 – Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
Sept. 25 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
Sept. 26 – Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
Sept. 28 – Churchill’s – Miami, FL
Sept. 29 – Orpheum – Tampa, FL
Sept. 30 – The Haven – Orlando, FL
Oct. 1 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Oct. 2 – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

A sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom, Vengeful Ascension finds its members at their most accomplished – both individually and as a cohesive unit. Guitarist Sammy Duet’s dense, sub nuclear riff work and possessed solo blitzes are at their most devastating, spiraling flawlessly and instinctually around drummer Zack Simmons’ and bassist James Harvey’s hammering rhythms with front-man Ben Falgoust’s distinctly commanding roar, his acidic prose more enunciated than ever before, complimenting the apocalyptic proceedings.

Goatwhore recording line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
James Harvey – Bass

Goatwhore touring line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – Bass

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Execration releases new single, “Eternal Recurrence”, online

– June 20th, 2017 –

On July 14th, Norwegian death metallers Execration will release their new album, Return To The Void, via Metal Blade Records. Today the band premieres a new album track, “Eternal Recurrence” – which can be heard at: youtube.com/watch?v=fTpOOBc0U8A

Execration comments: “‘Eternal Recurrence’ is the first track off ‘Return To The Void‘ – it will grab hold of you and throw you into space, drag you back down to earth and take you on a journey through ancient caves and deep into the graveyard of your inner mind. The song was one of the first written for ‘Return To The Void‘, and it set the stage for the rest of the song-writing for the album.”

For another preview of Return To The Void, the title track can be heard at: metalblade.com/execration – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–pot green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-splatter vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–white/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 120 copies – USA exclusive)
–red transparent vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Hells Headbangers exclusive)
* plus digital options are also available!

“Coming off of two double 12″ vinyl albums, the first clear goal for writing ‘Return To The Void‘ was to deliver the same kind of dynamic and shifting song-writing in a more condensed to-the-point package”, comments Execration. Stripping songs down to their essential core has been a driving force while writing, and it shows – there is not a wasted moment on the album. Ticking in at 42 minutes – a perfect fit for the vinyl format – the album takes the listener through a whirlwind of thrash, death, black, and even heavy metal, fast and slow parts, and the trademark Execration shifts in mood, tempo, and atmosphere.

“As with the previous two albums, we wanted to capture the feel of a live performance, so all the basic tracks (drums, guitars, bass) were recorded live in our rehearsal studio in Oslo over the course of a weekend. Vocals, synths, and various effects where recorded the following weeks with assistance from Andreas Tylden (One Tail, One Head / Altaar). The album was then mixed and mastered by Tom Kvalsvoll of Kvalsonic Labs.”

Thematically, the album takes off into outer space, the world of dreams, and philosophic musings on time and space. The album’s seven songs and two instrumental tracks are permeated with the mysteries of the universe, both in lyrical content and concept, and in the music itself. This theme is further brought to life by the magnificent art of Zbigniew M. Bielak that adorns the front cover.

Return To The Void track-listing:
1. Eternal Recurrence
2. Hammers of Vulcan
3. Nekrocosm
4. Cephalic Transmissions
5. Blood Moon Eclipse
6. Unicursal Horrorscope
7. Through the Oculus
8. Return to the Void
9. Det Uransakelige Dyp

Execration line-up:
Cato Syversrud – Drums
Christian Johansen – Guitar / Vocals
Jorgen Maristuen – Guitar / Vocals
Jonas Helgemo – Bass

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Harm’s Way announces USA tour dates with Soulfly, Noisem, Lody Kong

– June 15th, 2017 –

After completing a USA trek with Every Time I Die, Knocked Loose and Eternal Sleep earlier this year, Chicagoan metal/hardcore unit Harm’s Way is ready to head back out on the road again this fall with Soulfly, Noisem, and Lody Kong, making this another tour not to be missed! See below for all dates.

Harm’s Way tour dates
w/ Soulfly, Noisem, Lody Kong
Oct. 28 – The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
Oct. 29 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov. 1 – Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
Nov. 2 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
Nov. 3 – Warehouse Live – Ballroom – Houston, TX
Nov. 4 – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill – Dallas, TX
Nov. 5 – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
Nov. 6 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
Nov. 7 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
Nov. 8 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

Harm’s Way has emerged from the wreckage of past genres to set a new standard in contemporary heavy music. With their latest offering, Rust, the four-piece brilliantly combines industrial repetition (ala Godflesh) with the aggressive attack of metal/hardcore. Hailed as “pure, molten brutality” (Noisey.Vice.com), Rust continues down the path that Harm’s Way started when they formed in 2006, before releasing 2009′s Reality Approaches, 2011′s Isolation, and several EPs. Fans can expect another seminal album with the group’s upcoming, currently untitled record, which will be released via Metal Blade Records in 2018.

To preview and purchase Rust, please visit: https://harmswayband.bandcamp.com/album/rust

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Igorrr launches “The Making of ‘Savage Sinusoid’ [part3]“

– June 13th, 2017 –

On June 16th, Igorrr – the brainchild of French musician and eclectic composer Gautier Serre – will release their new album, Savage Sinusoid, via Metal Blade Records. On this record, electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals – and as chaotic as this might sometimes seem, there is no lack of heart behind everything thundering from the speakers. To watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Savage Sinusoid, part 3 of the series can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/nLGLPWrfkI4

The previous episodes can be seen below:
–Part 1: https://youtu.be/Yq7_Kax-DwI
–Part 2: https://youtu.be/emJ1l8853pU

For another preview of Savage Sinusoid, the previously released singles, “ieuD” and Cheval” (featuring guest vocals by Cattle Decapitation‘s Travis Ryan!), can also be heard at: metalblade.com/igorrr – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–pale skin clear vinyl (limited to 500 copies)
–cream/white splatter (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–golden yellow vinyl (limited to 100 copies – Bandcamp exclusive)
–tan-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Savage Sinusoid track-listing:
1. Viande
2. ieuD
3. Houmous
4. Opus Brain
5. Problème d’émotion
6. Spaghetti Forever
7. Cheval
8. Apopathodiaphulatophobie
9. Va te foutre
10. Robert
11. Au Revoir

To realize Savage Sinusoid as a completely sample-free record, Serre reunited with vocalists Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec, along with drummer Sylvain Bouvier, and collaborated with more musicians than on any of his previous releases – one of those guests being Cattle Decapitation‘s Travis Ryan, who lends his vocals on “Cheval”, “Apopathodiaphulatophobie” and “Robert”. “Viande” also sees Teloch (Mayhem) contribute some guitar/bass work, while “Houmous” features accordionists Pierre Mussi and Adam Stacey (the latter of whom is in Secret Chiefs 3 – a project by Mr. Bungle‘s Trey Spruance). While Savage Sinusoid draws from a plethora of genres, Serre has no intention of baffling or alienating potential listeners. As he explains:“I just want to make the music I love, without asking myself if it’s gonna be too complex or too far from what people like. I want to make the music which has sense to me, with no restrictions, like a big party with metalheads, electronics nerds, classical and baroque-heads and gypsy violinists getting drunk and joining together to bring the best of every genre.”

Igorrr tour dates
June 17 – Hellfest Open Air – Clisson, France
Jul. 7 – What The Fest?!#2 – Vendargues, France
Jul. 9 – UK Tech Fest – Winthorpe, United Kingdom
Jul. 15 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium
Aug. 11 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer, Czech Republic
Oct. 4 – Gagarin – Tel Aviv, Israel
Oct. 6 – Paloma – Nimes, France
Oct. 7 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 8 – Caracol – Madrid, Spain
Oct. 9 – Iboat – Bordeaux, France
Oct. 10 – Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, France
Oct. 11 – La Carene – Brest, France
Oct. 13 – Rvlt Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Oct. 14 – Willemeen – Arnhem, Netherlands
Oct. 15 – La Cartonnerie – Reims, France
Oct. 16 – Le 106 – Rouen, France
Oct. 17 – Aeronef – Lille, France
Oct. 19 – Les Trinitaires – Metz, France
Oct. 20 – Rock Your Brain Festival – Selestat, France
Oct. 21 – Make Some Noise Festival – Cannes, France
Oct. 22 – Magnolia – Milano, Italy
Oct. 23 – Cycle Club – Calenzano, Italy
Oct. 25 – Randal – Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct. 26 – Durer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
Oct. 27 – Nova Chmelnice – Praha, Czech Republic
Oct. 28 – Bi Nuu – Berlin, Germany
Oct. 29 – Scheune – Dresden, Germany
Oct. 30 – Logo – Hamburg. Germany
Nov. 1 – Glocksee – Hannover, Germany
Nov. 2 – TBA – Athens, Greece
Nov. 4 – GrindWaarpen Festival – Antwerpen, Belgium
Nov. 5 – The Craufurd Arms – Milton, UK
Nov. 7 – The Flapper – Birmingham, UK
Nov. 8 – 02 Academy Islington – London, UK
Nov. 9 – Audio – Glasgow, UK
Nov. 10 – Rebellion – Manchester, UK
Nov. 13 – Rex – Toulouse, France
Nov. 14 – La Cooperative De mai – Clermont-Ferrand, France
Nov. 15 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
Nov. 16 – CCO – Lyon, France
Nov. 17 – Wooz Club – Bulach, Switzerland
Nov. 18 – Ebullition – Bulle, Switzerland

Igorrr online:
http://igorrr.com
https://www.facebook.com/IgorrrBarrroque
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The Black Dahlia Murder to co-headline “The Summer Slaughter Tour” with Dying Fetus

– June 12th, 2017 –

New album due out this fall

Currently finishing work on their upcoming 8th full-length, The Black Dahlia Murder will head back out on the road this summer, as co-headliners of “The Summer Slaughter Tour” with Dying Fetus! Featuring Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs and Lorna Shore as support, this USA trek will also see The Black Dahlia Murder perform Nocturnal in its entirety, for the album’s 10-year anniversary – making this one show not to be missed! See below for all dates.

“The Summer Slaughter Tour” dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Origin, Slaughter to Prevail, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying the Martyrs, Lorna Shore

July 27 – Reverb – Reading, PA
July 28 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
July 29 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
July 30 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Aug. 2 – The International – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 3 – The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 5 – Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
Aug. 6 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
Aug. 7 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Aug. 9 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 10 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Aug. 11 – City National Grove of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
Aug. 12 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Aug. 15 – The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall – Berkeley, CA
Aug. 17 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Aug. 19 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Aug. 21 – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 22 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Aug. 23 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 25 – The Majestic – Detroit, MI
Aug. 26 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

The Black Dahlia Murder will release their new untitled album in fall 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Guitars, bass, and drums were tracked with former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan Williams (facebook.com/Augmented.Audio), while vocals were tracked with Joe Cincotta (http://fullforcestudio.com); Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Volbeat, etc.) is currently mixing and mastering the record at Hansen Studios in Demark. This upcoming full-length is the follow-up to 2015′s critically acclaimed Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. To preview and purchase Abysmal, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm

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DragonForce enters Billboard charts for new album, ‘Reaching into Infinity’

– May 31st, 2017 –

International metal superstars DragonForce recently released their new album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA; for their efforts, the band has now entered the Billboard charts! See below for all positions:

#5 Billboard Hard Music Albums
#12 Billboard Independent Albums
#16 Billboard Rock Albums
#48 Billboard Digital Albums
#58 Billboard Top 200 Current Albums
#70 Billboard Top 200

For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).

To preview and purchase Reaching Into Infinity, please visit: metalblade.com/dragonforce

DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer with Once Human as support! See below for all dates.

DragonForce tour dates
w/ Once Human

July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Sept. 9 – Mashantucket, CT – Revolution Rock Festival

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Tombs premieres new track, “November Wolves”, via Decibel Magazine

– May 31st, 2017 –

On June 16th, Brooklyn’s Tombs will release their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, via Metal Blade Records. Produced once again by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal), The Grand Annihilation remains rooted in the blackened, post-metallic sound that the band has become known for since 2007′s self-titled EP, while also being their most experimental record to-date. To hear the new single, “November Wolves”, fans can head over to Decibel Magazine’s Facebook for the exclusive stream: facebook.com

To hear the previously released singles, “Cold” and “Saturnalian”, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs – where The Grand Annihilation can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–dark olive-marbled vinyl (limited to 400 copies – EU exclusive)
–ivory/grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–orange/brown-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray/green-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

To kick off the album’s release, Tombs will embark on a USA tour on release date (June 16th) with Fit For An Autopsy and Moon Tooth. See below for all dates!

Tombs tour dates
w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Moon Tooth

June 16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
June 17 – Reading, PA – Reverb
June 18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
June 20 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
June 21 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
June 22 – New Orleans, LA – Neutral Ground Coffeehouse
June 23 – Austin, TX – Grizzly
June 24 – Houston, TX – Walters
June 25 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
June 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix
June 27 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Half Room
June 28 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy
June 29 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
June 30 – Chico, CA – Lost on Main
July 1 – Portland, OR – Analog
July 2 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
July 4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall (Black Metal & Drag BBQ) *
July 5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
July 6 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
July 7 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
July 8 – Cleveland, OH – Foundry
July 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
*=Tombs headline show

Tombs front-man Mike Hill is not a man interested in appeasing his existing audience or modifying the music he makes in the hope of luring in a broader one. Letting the songs come as and when inspiration hits him is integral to Hill’s process, and this accounts in part for The Grand Annihilation‘s diversity. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own. While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. “If you’ve been following Tombs, you probably know to expect the unexpected, and I always strive to present a full range of emotion on everything with the band’s name on it,” Hill explains. “That said, this is a very dark and introspective record that digs deep into the common ideas of mortality, infinity and cosmic mysteries. The lyrics on the new record are a celebration of freedom through embracing the dark side. Once you realize that you follow the dark path – the path of the individual – there is a certain feeling of liberation that accompanies it.”

The Grand Annihilation track-listing
1. Black Sun Horizon
2. Cold
3. Old Wounds
4. November Wolves
5. Underneath
6. Way of the Storm
7. Shadows at the End of the World
8. Walk with Me in Nightmares
9. Saturnalian
10. Temple of Mars

Tombs online:
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Riot: ‘Inishmore’, ‘Shine On’, ‘Sons Of Society’ CD and LP re-issues now available via Metal Blade Records

– May 31st, 2017 –

On June 30th, Metal Blade Records will release three new re-issues of Riot‘s classic catalog: Inishmore, Shine On and Sons Of Society. These two studio albums (Inishmore, Sons Of Society) and live album (Shine On) are melodic power metal gems, and these new editions are a must-have for any fan’s collection. All three albums have been re-mastered by Patrick Engel for optimal sound quality; the vinyl versions also include 350 g covers, an insert and free poster, while the digipak CDs include poster booklets. See below for more details about each re-issue, and pre-order your copies now at: metalblade.com/riot – where the re-mastered versions of “Angel Eyes” (from Inishmore), “Dragonfire” (from Sons Of Society), and “Soldier (live)” (from Shine On) are also streaming.


Inishmore will be available as a digipak CD with four bonus tracks [“15 Rivers”, “Red Reign”, “Danny Boy” and “15 Rivers (acoustic demo)”], as well as vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–night blue violet marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–lime green vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–clear dawn red vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Sons Of Society will be available as a digipak CD with five bonus tracks (all instrumental rough mixes of album songs), as well as vinyl in four different versions:
–180 g black vinyl
–clear orange-red vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–purple blue vinyl (limited to 200 copies – Metalizer exclusive)
–orange-brown vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)

Shine On will be available as a digipak CD with the Live At Club Citta January 31st, 1998 DVD as a bonus. The DVD features a full live show as well as extra live clips and video clips – 27 tracks in total!

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God Dethroned “Under the Golden Wings of Death” – new Throwback Thursday video of the week!

– May 25th, 2017 –

In celebration of Metal Blade Records‘ 35th anniversary, a recently digitized video from the archives will be launched every Thursday on the label’s official YouTube channel. These videos have never been officially uploaded by the label, and some are not currently available anywhere else online. Previous Throwback Thursday videos include classic cuts from Lizzy Borden, Candlemass, Nevada Beach, Skrew, and more. Watch the latest video and more at the official YouTube playlist.

This week’s installment is God Dethroned “Under the Golden Wings of Death” from their Bloody Blasphemy album. The band recently returned with The World Ablaze earlier this month, so it’s only fitting that this Throwback Thursday celebrates a cut from their third full-length album, released all the way back in 1999!

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Goatwhore unveils “Chaos Arcane” lyric video

– May 24th, 2017 –

‘Vengeful Ascension’ release day draws near; band to kick off headlining tour June 9th

Vengeful Ascension is the imminent new full-length from New Orleans’ metal legion Goatwhore. Set to drop on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records worldwide, the band’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

In advance of its release, today the band shares the official lyric video for “Chaos Arcane.” Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s character who attempts to recount the inexplicable sense of fear in expectancy of an unknown evil, the track conveys that sensation of impending doom through sound in a way only Goatwhore can. To view “Chaos Arcane”, please visit: metalblade.com/goatwhore – where you can also stream the title track, and pre-order Vengeful Ascension in the following formats:

–Digipak CD
–Limited “spell book” edition including two CDs (limited to 3000 copies)
–180g black vinyl
–clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–sepia/white-splatter vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet-red marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–Clear with black and white swirls (limited to 1500 copies – US exclusive)
–sepia-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – US exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Mixed by Chris Common (Tribulation, Pelican) and mastered by Maor Applebaum (Faith No More, Halford, Today Is The Day), the ten-track Vengeful Ascension is a sonic manifestation of war, chaos, desolation, and emotional conflict, seamlessly bridging twenty years of the band’s signature brand of audio venom. While hardly a concept record in the traditional sense, Vengeful Ascension loosely revolves itself around Luciferian notions in title and spirit where the symbol of Lucifer serves not as a fiendish, all-destroying demon but rather an emancipator or guiding light. It’s a theme of struggle and transcendence derived from John Milton’s Paradise Lost epic and one that has appeared, whether directly or indirectly, within Goatwhore works of the past.

Goatwhore recently wrapped up a successful tour with label-mates Amon Amarth. The band will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Wort, Texas this weekend before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American headlining journey from June 9th through July 1st. Support will be provided by Vancouver metallers, Anciients. See all confirmed dates below.

Goatwhore tour dates:
May 27-28 – Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
w/ Anciients:
June 9 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
June 10 – Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
June 11 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
June 12 – The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
June 14 – Stork Club – Oakland, CA
June 15 – Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
June 16 – Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
June 20 – Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
June 21 – Distortion – Calgary, AB
June 22 – Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
June 23 – Riddell Center – Regina, SK
June 24 – Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
June 25 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
June 26 – The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
June 27 – Frankies – Bryan, OH
June 29 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
June 30 – Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
July 1 – Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

Vengeful Ascension track-listing:
1. Forsaken
2. Under The Flesh, Into The Soul
3. Vengeful Ascension
4. Chaos Arcane
5. Where The Sun Is Silent
6. Drowned In Grim Rebirth
7. Abandon Indoctrination
8. Mankind Will Have No Mercy
9. Decayed Omen Reborn
10. Those Who Denied God’s Will

Goatwhore recording line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
James Harvey – Bass

Goatwhore touring line-up:
Louis B. Falgoust II – Vocals
Sammy Duet – Guitars, Vocals
Zack Simmons – Drums
Robert “TA” Coleman – Bass

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