The Acacia Strain, Year Of The Knife, Chamber, Etc. December Tour Announced

The Acacia Strain announce a mini tour for the holidays with Year Of The Knife, Chamber and Vatican. The run will hit the following cities:

12/18 Providence, RI – Alchemy
12/19 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
12/20 Trenton, NJ – Championship
12/21 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
12/22 Waterford, NY – Chrome (feat. Recon) (toy drive show)

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Premiere New ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Inspired Music Video

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals‘ official new music video for their song “Choosing Mental Illness” has made its online premiere streaming below. Anselmo‘s wife Katherine Richardson-Anselmo directed the ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ inspired video, starring Michael St. Michaels (‘The Greasy Strangler‘).

Comments Phillip Anselmo of the video:

“This video is based on one of my favorite films about the harshness of mental illness. Being up close and personal with the struggle, I often feel like R. P. McMurphy, who I play in the clip.

I’ve had a lot of questions about the LP title, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue‘ and song title, ‘Choosing Mental Illness,’ but make no mistake, I take mental illness very seriously, especially because it often goes untreated. We’ve taken some extra steps at the end of the video with information that you, or someone close to you might need.

On a lighter note, it’s always a blast to do creative things like the video with my band, crew, and family. Bringing Michael St. Michaels into the fold was like having your favorite wacky uncle over for the holidays! He did a great job as our version of Nurse Ratched and he’s an absolutely lovable and talented guy…go see The Greasy Strangler!”

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals will be on the road in September on this U.S. tour with King Parrot:

09/06 New Orleans, LA – Santos
09/07 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
09/08 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/09 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09/11 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
09/12 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
09/14 Harrisburg, PA – The Capitol Room
09/15 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
09/16 Long Island, NY – Mulcahy’s
09/18 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
09/20 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
09/21 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
09/22 Harrison, OH – The Blue Note
09/23 Louisville, KY – Diamond’s
09/25 Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Distillery
09/27 Joliet, IL – The Forge
09/28 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot (‘Berserker Fest‘)
09/29 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/30 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic

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Vektor’s Future In Peril As All Members Defect From David DiSanto

Vektor’s David DiSanto has apparently parted ways with all other members of the band: drummer Blake Anderson, guitarist Erik Nelson and bassist Frank Chin.

A post went live on the Vektor Facebook page explaining those three members were departing the group, which was shortly after deleted (but can still be read below). Since then David DiSanto issued this statement:

“I apologize to anyone who was concerned about the post from earlier today. Vektor is not stopping. I started writing Vektor songs in 1999 and I’m still writing Vektor songs. As long as I live, Vektor will not die. I appreciate everything that Blake, Frank, and Erik have done to help this ship take off. I also appreciate all of my band mates before them: Willy, Pablo, Adam, Mike, and Kian. See you on the road!”

The original message (since removed from Vektor’s social media) reads as follows:

Greetings Vektonauts. With sadness we must inform you that we, Blake, Frank, and Erik, are all departing from Vektor effective immediately. It has been a completely incredible 10-ish years that has brought us all around the world and introduced us to so many super generous, passionate, friendly people and produced three albums of which we are extremely proud. Seeing the reception for “Terminal Redux” in particular after all of the hard work put into it has been very humbling. Sadly we’ve reached a point where we can’t continue with the working arrangement we have, for a number of reasons that we find unnecessary to discuss publicly. There’s no big story or drama, people and personalities simply change and drift apart and we’ve reached our limit.

The three of us are lifer musicians and will continue to be. You’ll be seeing us in other contexts, other bands, recordings, tours, and more. Our time in Vektor has been a major part of our lives and parting with that will be a serious adjustment, but ultimately we’re excited to see other new ways we can put our ideas to use. We are -hugely- grateful to everyone that came out to shows, picked up merch, listened to the music, showed us a great time and kept us going. We accomplished more than we ever thought was possible when we joined and we hope you’ll stay tuned for what we do next – you have certainly not seen the last of us.

We don’t know if this means Dave will seek new members and continue Vektor or not, that is for him to decide and announce in his own time. Given that it’s the holidays and the future of the band is out of our hands, we’d appreciate some space for the time being as we enjoy time with friends and family (please don’t message our personal pages about it, we won’t reply). All the best and we’ll see you down the road.

Vektor released the “Terminal Redux” album back in May, which can be heard in full below.

Terminal Redux by Vektor

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The Project Hate MCMXCIX Issues New Album Update

Following the “There Is No Earth I Will Leave Unscorched” album from 2014, The Project Hate MCMXCIX is continuing work on new album “Of Chaos And Carnal Pleasures.” The band comments:

“And we’re halfway towards the completion of the mixing for ‘Of Chaos And Carnal Pleasures!’ The third tune, “Reign” has been finalized. That means 3 songs down and but 3 to go.

“Mr. Swanö is outdoing himself this time around and I couldn’t be happier. The album is turning out to be all kinds of amazing.

“Now the holidays are coming up so a little break is warranted, but we’re back at it again shortly.
Stay tuned for more Hate.”

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Banned From Hell Posts “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Cover

Sliptrick Records group Banned From Hell just dropped a metallic cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” available below, and the band also comments: “With this sick cover we wanna wish you all an Heavy Metal Christmas! Happy Holidays folks!”

Banned From Hell’s latest album, the 10 track “Fall Of Humanity,” was released this past summer and is available via iTunes here.

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Civil War Splits With Vocalist Patrik Johansson

After just announcing an upcoming tour with Nightmare, vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson has unexpectedly parted ways with Civil War. The band comments:

“Good evening to you all! As some of you probably already noticed our vocalist Patrik suddenly left the band without any further notice. It came as a really big surprise to us all.

“We just had a meeting and we came to the conclusion that Civil War will go on! We’ll take the holidays now to let all this sink in and then we’ll start the hunt for a new singer after that.

“Best Regards, Myhr, Mullback, Rikard and Petrus! STAY TUNED!”

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Spazz Releasing “Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla”

Following the reissue treatment of “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” and “Sweatin’ 3: Skatin’, Satan & Katon” from the now-defunct hardcore punk powerviolence trio Spazz, the ear bleeders at Tankcrimes Records are pleased to bring fans “Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla” just in time for the holidays.

Initially released on 625 Records in 2001 as “Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Dwarf,” the updated “Sweatin’ 2: Deported Live Gorilla” boasts a whopping thirty-five tracks from 1995-1996 culled from splits with Subversion (1995, Deported Records) and Romantic Gorilla (1996, Sound Pollution Records) not included on the original version, plus a full live set from KFJC radio (1996). Everything is remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time ever, by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound.

Sweatin’ II: Deported Live Gorilla by Spazz

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Willis
2. Leonard The Dirt Thrower
3. Death Rivals Of Shaolin
4. R.T.S.
5. Tender Vittles
6. Dan Lifting Banner
7. Pager Warz
8. Tonzigong
9. Donut Hole Gremlins
10. Intro
11. Epic
12. Shrimp On The Barbie
13. Torino
14. Katon W. Depena Without The W Is Like Grilled Cheese Without The Grill (Parts 1 And 2)
15. Spazzze
16. Judgement Of Ito
17. Sasquatch Ii – Leech’s Himilayan Adventure
18. Total Meathead Fuck
19. Wall Of Death
20. Climate Best
21. R.T.S.
22. Lethal
23. Hot Dog Water Popsicle In The Hand Of Eric Wood
24. The Box
25. Droppin’ Many Ravers
26. Mervyns
27. Hardboiled
28. Problems In The Homeland
29. 4x A Day
30. Daljeet’s Detonation
31. WWF Rematch At The Cow Palace (Aluta Continua)
32. All Urban Outfield
33. Loach
34. War In The Head (7 Seconds)
35. Elder Mutant Stomp

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Witches Mark Releases New Single “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due”

Witches Mark just uploaded new track “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due,” which can be heard in the YouTube player below.

Taken from a forthcoming third album, “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” arrives after previous single “Road Razor” released this past June, the first new studio material Witches Mark has released since last full-length album “Witching Metal Ritual” in 2013.

Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates: “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined Ignitor on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band Uada on bass and has been touring with them.

“Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about Witches Mark and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We hope to have this new record completed by the first quarter of next year.”

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Halestorm Streaming Cover Of AC/DC’s “Mistress For Christmas”

Halestorm shares a cover of AC/DC’s “Mistress For Christmas” in celebration of the upcoming holidays. Comments the band:

“NEW MUSIC! Hey Freaks, is it too early to be saying “Happy Holidays”? Regardless if it is or not, we’re jumping into the holiday spirit TODAY with the release of a cover of the always excellent AC/DC! Check out our version of “Mistress For Christmas” at the links below and start spreading the holiday cheer to your friends and family! And yes, we DO have a new covers EP in the works (this song will NOT be on it), details of which we will release very soon!”

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Zafakon Issues 2016 Year-End Update

Zafakon just checked in with this year-end announcement about upcoming live activity and releasing a new video:

“We won’t be playing more shows for the remainder of year. This has been a roller coaster of a year and we want to thank everyone that came out to watch us play this year. 2017 is going to be very intense, so we want to rest for the holidays and get back to work for you guys right after.

“We will release the video for ‘Sirens’ very, very soon. We will post updates about it in the coming weeks and trust us, it will be worth the wait.

“The year is not over yet and we got a HUGE announcement for you at the end of the year, stay tuned.

“We have always been grateful for your support since day one, but this year you guys reassure us why we keep doing this. Spread the word. THANK YOU!”

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