Neck of the Woods Announce Updated North American Tour Dates

Vancouver, BC’s progressive tech death metallers Neck of the Woods have issued an update of North American tour dates in support of their debut album “The Passenger” released last September via Basick Records. The debut album was recorded at Rain City Recorders and produced by Stu McKillop and the band, with art direction by vocalist Jeff Radomsky and layout design by Kevin Moore at Soft Surrogate. The nine-track offering truly captures the band’s crushing blend of progressive, death-inspired, technical, and groove-laden metal.

Guitarist Dave Carr comments: “We can’t wait to hit the road and make some new friends. Being from Ontario myself, I’m personally very excited to bring this band back to where I grew up and play the circuit. This is a huge opportunity to get our music out to a whole new fan base, especially with the US dates. We’re ready to hit the road and show everyone what NOTW is all about!”

Vocalist Jeff Radomsky adds: “We’re all looking forward to playing for a ton of new audiences across Canada and the Eastern U.S.. We’ll be branching into so many new areas, most of which I’ve never traveled to! Save the date, this tour will be one you won’t forget!”

“The Passenger” is available digitally through Basick Records and on physical CD through the band’s Bandcamp page.

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Here are the latest Neck of the Woods North American Tour Dates:

April 12 – Seattle, WA – Funhouse
April 13 – Tacoma, WA – Real Art
April 14 – Olympia, WA – McCoy’s Tavern
April 20 – Regina, SK – The German Club
April 21 – Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel
April 22 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
April 25 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – TBA
April 26 – North Bay, ON – White Water Gallery
April 27 – Guelph, ON – Dstrct
April 28 – Toronto, ON – Coalition
April 29 – Windsor, ON – Windsor Beer Exchange
May 2 – Owen Sound, ON – The H2O Lounge
May 3 – Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
May 4 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
May 5 – Drummondville, QC – Pub Hariot
May 6 – Quebec City, QC – TBA
May 8 – Manchester, NH – Bungalow Bar
May 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Gold Sound
May 10 – Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
May 11 – Detroit, MI – The Ritz
May 12 – Peoria, IL – The Rail II
May 13 – Barrington, IL – Penny Road Pub
May 14 – Beach Park, IL – Hattrix
May 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Opinion Brew Co.
May 17 – Saskatoon, SK – Black Cat Tavern
May 18 – Edmonton , AB – The Starlite Room
May 19 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat
May 20 – Calgary, AB – Broken City

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Treedeon Debut New Music Video “Breathing A Vein”

A newly-completed video for “Breathing A Vein” – the new single from German sludge metal trio TREEDEON and their second LP, Under The Manchineel – is now streaming below. The video hits just days ahead of the record’s release this Friday through Exile On Mainstream.

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German speed metallers Vulture sign to Metal Blade Records!

– February 7th, 2018 –

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the sealing of a pact with German speed metallers Vulture. The full metal quintet has signed a multiple album deal with the Blade and is right now in the songwriting process for their tentative new album to be released by the end of 2018.

Vulture comments: “We feel proud and honored to officially announce our contract conclusion with METAL BLADE RECORDS! Signing up with the legendary label that released many of those albums that sparked our passion for extreme metal in our youths feels like completing the circle. Now, more motivated and bloodthirsty than ever, we are already eagerly working on new tracks for our second full-length. Attention posers! Prepare to die!”

The high speed metal militia that is Vulture was formed in late summer 2015. It was only half a year later when their first demo entitled Victim To The Blade saw the light of the day.

Their first output contains four fast, eerie and face melting tracks that created a huge furor around the scene. The feedback was so tremendous that it not only resulted in multiple re-releases as an EP on vinyl and CD, but also for participations in renowned concerts and festivals around Europe such as Metal Assault, Hell Over Hammaburg or the infamous Live Evil festival in London.

Vulture released their debut LP The Guillotine in the summer of 2017 and straight on the boys continued their killing streak with eight massive songs that contained even more aggression and fury than their predecessors. Having added more melody and variation to their songwriting, Vulture clearly emphasizes that they are not in line for being yet another homage to the 80s metal scene.

Being joined by a fifth member and now permanent drummer just a few months ago, Vulture has lifted off higher than ever in order to deliver another full-length album soon. The studio has already been booked for this summer and we can definitely assure you: Vulture kills!

Vulture line-up:
L. Steeler – vocals
S. Genozider – guitar
M. Outlaw – guitar
A. Axetinctor – bass
G. Deceiver – drums

Vulture online:
http://www.vulturekills.com
https://www.facebook.com/vulturekills

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Destruction Drummer Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz Explains Why He’s Leaving The Band

As previously reported, Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz, drummer of German thrash metal legends Destruction, has announced that he will leave the band this March. He has since given a statement explaining his reasons for doing so, which reads:

“It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with Destruction – the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with Destruction means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, Destruction needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career. I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Destruction. I tried my best to enhance the band’s sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans’ reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80’s. It has been a truly unforgettable experience! I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough Destruction seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!”

Destruction frontman Schmier adds: “There is not much more to add in this moment of sorrow. We all know it really sucks to separate with people you cherish for reasons beyond control. So ‘family first’ is something we all have to accept. Vaaver was not just the best drummer we ever had and I don’t wanna diminish the dignity of any of our old drummers here, but he also was a killer dude and a great friend. So yes, this really hurts…of course he will stay a part of our clan and the big Destruction family! Cheers for all those fantastic years, our paths will definitely cross again and all the best for your future, Vaavski!”

To be clear, all shows will still be going ahead with Vaaver playing with Destruction until March. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until the band has decided who will be Vaaver’s worthy successor.

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Primordial announces new album “Exile Amongst The Ruins” for March 30th!

– January 18th, 2018 –

“Stolen Years” video streaming now!

Irish pagan metal gods PRIMORDIAL announces their new album Exile Amongst The Ruins for a March 30th release through Metal Blade Records. The band teamed with producer Ola Ersfjord, who worked on their 2016 live album Gods to the Godless. The record was tracked at Dublin’s Camelot Studios, located adjacent to PRIMORDIAL‘s rehearsal room.

Visit metalblade.com/primordial to check out the video for the first single “Stolen Years.” At the same location, fans can pre-order Exile Amongst The Ruins in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digibook-CD with bonus-CD
–jewelcase-CD
–ltd. ed. Artbook (incl. 5 x 10″ in golden vinyl)
–180g black vinyl
–clear gray-brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–violet red purple marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–clear pale pink/white splattered vinyl (EU eBay exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–purple red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent green vinyl (Blast exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–dead gold marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–rosy brown/purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–tan clear vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Once again building upon their signature sound, the follow up to 2014′s Where Greater Men Have Fallen is a more raw, “old school sounding” record than its predecessor. Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of tragedy and might like no one else. Likewise, the evolution in their sound continues to be organic and unforced, ensuring that Exile Amongst The Ruins is essential listening for both their long term faithful and those only now drawn into their world.

Commenting about the album’s first single, ‘Stolen Years’, A.A. Nemtheanga added: “‘Stolen Years’ may seem like a strange choice as our lead single, and on the face of if I guess it is. It’s not a blood and thunder epic about tragedy and might and the ruin of nations, nor is it 9 minute epistle of doom. Have no fear, the album does contain those also but to open this time we chose something different. This album has some surprises and this is one of them, a short and painfully simple song which almost didn’t make the final cut if you can believe so. The video, cut by Costin Chioreanu, is about the journey involved in finally getting to that moment where you walk on stage, the song itself about that last night on earth that comes to us all, sometimes we never know when that might be, hold your loved ones tight tonight, this could be it…

Exile Amongst The Ruins track listing:
1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call

To coincide with the album release the Irishmen have just announced two special and rather intimate album-release shows in Germany as well as their appearance on the Heathen Crusade European tour with Finnish MOONSORROW as co-headliners and German DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT as support act!

PRIMORDIAL – Exile Amongst The Ruins release shows:
30/03/18 DE – Berlin – Cassiopeia
31/03/18 DE – Köln – Jungle Club

Heathen Crusade 2018
Presented by Metal Hammer, Deaf Forever, Guitar, Kulturnews, Metal.de, Firebird Industries & Dragon Productions
PRIMORDIAL
+ MOONSORROW
+ DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

Get your tickets now: dragon-productions.eu
Further info here: facebook.com/HeathenCrusade

Further PRIMORDIAL festival appearances:
12/05/18 NO – Haugesund – Karmoygeddon
09/06/18 SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock
14/07/18 DE – Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
20/07/18 DE – Bertingen – Rock Unter Den Eichen
27/07/18 SI – Tolmin – Metaldays
11/08/18 ES – Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
12/08/18 BE – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
26/08/18 RO – Suceava – Bucovina Rock Castle

PRIMORDIAL line-up:
A.A. Nemtheanga – Vocals
Ciarán MacUilliam – Guitar
Michael O’Floinn – Guitar
Pól MacAmlaigh – Bass
Simon O’Laoghaire – Drums

http://www.primordialweb.com
https://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/primordialvideo

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Destruction And Seven Spires Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal 2018

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal event has announced a further two bands to perform on this year’s cruise. Joining the fray will be legendary German thrash trio Destruction and Boston based symphonic death metal outfit, Seven Spires. This brings the list of confirmed bands up to fifty, with only ten more groups to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Former Sodom Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas “Angelripper” Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to “start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.”

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Former Sodom Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas “Angelripper” Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to “start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians.”

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Soldiers Of Solace Reveal ‘We Are Immortal’ Album Details & Posts Video Teaser

US heavy rockers Soldiers Of Solace, will release their debut album ‘We Are Immortal’ on January 26, 2018 via German based label Rock’N’Growl Records. The album includes 10 tracks and was produced by the band itself and recorded at Dexters Lab Recording LLC by Nick Bellmore and Zeuss. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Zeuss.

The official ‘We Are Immortal’ album video teaser can be viewed below.

The cover artwork was made by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Soil, Flotsam & Jetsam, Fury, Kissin’ Dynamite, Bloodstock Festival).

Tracklist:

1. Rude Awakening
2. We Are Immortal
3. Cold As A Stone
4. Naked Truth
5. Walk Tall
6. Circus Clown
7. Washed In Flames
8. Dear John,
9. Freedom’s Children
10. Hannah

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Tankard Premiere New Lyric Video For “Pay To Pray” From Latest Album “One Foot In The Grave”

Tankard’s new lyric video for “Pay To Pray”, a track taken from the German thrash metal veterans’ 17th studio album, “One Foot In The Grave”, can be seen below. The follow-up to 2014’s “R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (Destruction, etc.).

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