Slayer To Reportedly Tour With Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth And Testament

Rumours are spreading across the internet that a huge tour of North America will take place this Summer, which will see Slayer and Lamb Of God co-headline a trek which will also feature fellow thrash metal legends Anthrax and Testament, as well as Polish blackened death metal favourites, Behemoth. Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe have both spoken of signing on for an exciting tour of North America and this, one would assume is it. More details including tour dates etc. will be revealed once this is confirmed.

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Morbid Angel Frontman Steve Tucker: “The Most Uninformed People In The World Have To Be Poor American People”

Morbid Angel frontman Steve Tucker, who is currently promoting the band’s upcoming album “Kingdoms Disdained”, states in an interview he recently gave Metal Mofos:

“Honestly, dude, the most uninformed people in the world have to be poor American people. If you’re so poor that you can’t afford cable or the Internet to get varying opinions of things, then the opinion that is shoved down your throat is the most uninformed, unnewsworthy thing that you can ever hear.”

You can now listen to the entire chat below.

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Inanimate Existence Vocalist Cameron Porras Denies All Rape Accusations

Yesterday we reported that The Faceless booted Inanimate Existence from their upcoming December mini-tour after a woman came forward alleging that she was raped by Inanimate Existence vocalist/guitarist Cameron Porras some ten years prior.

Now Cameron Porras himself publicly denies the allegations via a statement he just posted via his Facebook profile, which can be read below:

“Hey everybody I wanted to clear the air about whats been going on with us and The Faceless.

I want to preface this whole thing by saying I am 1000% against rape. It’s one of the most heinous things a human can do to another human that leaves life long mental damage and I wouldn’t nor couldn’t bring that kind of harm to someone. Anyone who knows me I’m sure will tell you that I’m a gentle person who doesn’t like confrontation and all I want is to make people happy.

Our band theme is all about spiritual growth and love that’s who I am. I know exactly who I am and will not let something like this change my outlook on life. I have never been to jail, never been to juvenile hall, never a violent crime, nothing. It’s all public record so feel free to check.

If you or someone you know has been raped PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GO TO THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY. That is the only way to achieve justice in a situation like this.

This situation has nothing to do with Ron or Scott and I’m sorry to them that they are lumped in with this situation.
So the story begins 10 or 11 years ago when I was in high school. My friend had a girlfriend who was really mentally unstable and would cut her wrists quite often and be sent to psych wards (There’s nothing wrong with that I have many many friends who deal with mental trauma daily.)

One day my friend calls me and tells me that she is telling everybody that I raped her. He also mentioned that she accused several other people around the same time. Him being my close friend since middle school did not believe for a second that I did because he knew both me and her very well.

At the time I told her the same thing I’d tell anyone in that situation, that she needs to go to the police if she was raped. It’s not a joke. It’s not some game. It’s a serious thing that cannot be taken lightly. She never did anything and never contacted me again and after her and my friend stopped seeing each other I never saw her again.

Now flash forward to yesterday morning. Ron wakes me up telling me that this girl is making allegations again to the faceless and I tried to explain myself but in todays world it doesnt seem to matter what the truth is, even an allegation is grounds for you to lose great opportunities.

This girl happens to be friends with ken from The Faceless and so they seemed to immediately want jump on the opportunity to blow up this literal high school drama on the internet 10 years later. I really wish that they would have handled it like adults because it’s not fair to any of the parties involved and especially its not fair to the many many women out there who really have been raped.

I refuse to entertain the faceless‘s detective fantasy. It’s not their place and they should be ashamed of themselves for taking away power from someone who has a real accusation. The police will help you, the faceless will cause an internet shit storm (which is all she wanted in the first place)

Situations like these really show you who really knows you and has your back and I’m lucky to have good friends who stand by me. I will not let this women destroy who I am. I will continue writing music about love, growth, and understanding. As a free thinking person myself I implore all of you to think for yourself and not get caught up in this whirlwind of hate.

This will be my only public statement about this situation because I do not want to feed my positive energy into such a petty drama. It hurts my heart to think that someone out there may think it’s true =(

So like I said if you or someone you know was raped or abused or anything at all please seek justice immediately, it’s the best way to get actual evidence that will help your case. Just talking shit online is not the way to handle business and it’s harmful to our growth as a society.

I wish you all the best. Please be good to each other. We are all in this world together and no one deserves to be hurt.

With much love,

–Cam“

The girl herself later replied to The Faceless‘ post via Facebook, alleging that she was raped by Inanimate Existence frontman/guitarist Cameron Porras some ten years prior. In her post, she also says that two other girls have come forward with similar allegations since the story originally broke.

Her statement reads as follows:

“I was raped by Cameron when I was 16. I tried to report it, and went to the ER, but things didn’t work out. Reporting rape is not as easy as people may think. Not only do victims have to retell the traumatic story over and over, but there is a big chance that there will be no justice.

Cameron says I’m lying, and people who experience rape should report it right away. I did try to report it right away, the records at the ER prove this, and no one pays for ER bills for something they make up. We were paying the bills from that visit to the ER for years after this incident.

I’m not a liar just because I used to cut myself when I was 16. People who cut themselves might want to take their own life, but there is no correlation to cutting and wanting to hurt other people directly. Saying that people who cut themselves are likely to make things up is a terrible thing to say about those who do suffer with suicidal thoughts. Wanting to take your own life is different then someone who wants to hurt others.

I have been suffering with thoughts of not being able to get justice, and worries that others may have went through what I went through. I wish that I could have prevented their suffering, because since The Faceless made this post, two other victims have come forward and said that they had a similar experience with Cameron. Who knows how many others there are. This is simply heartbreaking.

In Cameron‘s post about me, he never addressed the fake photo shopped screen shots that he took. He photo shopped words into my mouth before I even saw that he messaged me. When he was asked by his band manager to take a video of this supposed message, Cameron refused.

Why would an innocent man refuse to prove that he did not photo shop a message to make himself look innocent? Why would an innocent person try to lie to make himself look innocent if he has nothing to hide? I have attached the photo shopped messages, and the real messages that I replied saying to him.

When I replied to him saying why did you photo shop words in my mouth, all he said was that he was going to get an attorney. Even his band mate, Ron, messaged me, and told me to lie or else he would get a lawyer. I attached this message for you all as well.

Why did IE post jokes on their page saying “they like to vape” when addressing these allegations? You know what “vape” rhymes with? It rhymes with RAPE. This should not be a joking matter. If someone makes serious allegations against you it should not be joked about, and they even had the nerve to say the allegations were “not as serious as they seem”. Somehow rape is not that serious. Okay?

Another thing that is heart breaking is all the victim shaming on this post and the Metal Sucks article. I am completely disgusted with these comments, and they are blatantly blaming the victim for everything. It is not my fault that this happened ten years ago, and when I did try to report it things did not work out. I knew Cameron long before IE.

I met this guy over a decade ago, and had no sexual interest in him what so ever. Stop victim blaming, everyone victim blaming is making the metal subculture look bad. You guys wonder why the metal heads in all the movies are the bad guy? It’s because of people like that- victim shaming.

So many people are saying why wasn’t this reported or taken to the police- it was. Justice in not just magically served, the judicial system and hospitals are not perfect.

Another thing about that- to all of you victim shaming and saying horrendous things about me, and then saying I should report it: you wonder why people don’t report it. It’s people like you, doubting victims, shaming them, saying I asked for it, and blaming me, that make people afraid to come forward with rape allegations and charges.

It is this kind of behavior that scares women from reporting rape. Everyone who victim shamed here is part of the problem. Those commenters are the reason why people don’t report this. All this hatred will tear apart any strong person.

I don’t owe you an explanation, I’m only posting this to prove that the members of The Faceless are good people, and that this is 100% real. They did not turn their backs on me and carry on. They actually took action and did the right thing, and that, I want to thank you all for. Thank you.”

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Social Arsonist Gearing Up For Spring Tour Dates

Chilean/Canadian thrash hybrid Social Arsonist will be hitting the road for dates across British Columbia and Alberta for the month of May, which will then be followed by a tour of Chile and a return to Canada to perform at the Loud As Hell festival in Drumheller, AB (full dates listed below).

Formed in Chile in 2009 by bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado, the two musicians were unable to locate the perfect vocalist in their home country and turned the web. Finding Canadian singer Cayle Charlton, the duo worked with him for years via the internet, honing material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.

With a full line up in Vancouver, BC, the fiery crucible of Chilean thrash met the icy cauldron of Canadian metal to create an explosive storm built on a foundation of classic thrash and modern metal resulting in two releases: 2016 full-length “Duality of Perception” and 2014 debut EP “De-Evolution of Thy Self.”

Duality Of Perception by Social Arsonist

Catch these upcoming Social Arsonist 2017 tour dates:

May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 19 – Vernon, BC – Record City
May 20 – Prince George, BC – Legion
May 21 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
May 25 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
May 26 – TBA
May 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
May 28 – Lethbridge, AB – Smokehouse
May 29 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
July 14 – Abbotsford, BC – Brother’s Bowling and Billiards
August 5 – Drumheller, AB – Loud As Hell Fest

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Blood Music Comments On Bandcamp ACLU Fundraiser

Yesterday – Friday, the 3rd – Bandcamp donated all the company’s profits to the ACLU, and a horde of bands and labels also joined in to further donate all their individual profits for the day. One such label was underground metal champion Blood Music, which just issued this statement:

“OK – that was pure insanity! The fundraising is over but was an INSANE success!! The breakdown – Bandcamp estimated that it was going to bring in about $1 million for the day. Meanwhile, Blood Music’s high fundraising goal was 600 EUR net. However, it looks like we brought in FOUR TIMES THAT – somewhere between 2500-3000 EUR (!!!!) in gross revenue. Estimates:

“Blood Music (Bandcamp revenue side) – around 300 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by Bandcamp.

“Blood Music (label revenue side) – around 2500 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by the label.

“That is an estimated 2800 USD that we raised to donate in one day. I will go through all the transactions one-by-one within a week or so and start sending off the donations. And I’m going to throw in an extra 50 EUR on top of the label’s own money just to participate as well.

“The craziest news of all? Bandcamp estimated it will donate 120,000 USD. If we donate 2500 USD extra we’ll be adding more than 2% to the entire total of Bandcamp’s donations. That is HUGE considering the amount of users / labels / artists on the site! This was just one page out of many thousands on Bandcamp, so we made a SERIOUS dent.

“Thank you to all of you. I will make an update in the future once everything has been calculated and paid out. I would expect *somewhere* around:

“850 USD to ACLU (protecting Americans’ civil liberties – from right to left)

“850 USD to Doctors Without Borders (delivering emergency aid to anywhere in the world it is most needed)

“850 USD to No One Left Behind (protecting foreign combat interpreters who have helped American armed forces in battle)

“I know some people here were against the entire cause, but just know that most of us are here, able to appreciate music of all styles and freely use the internet and express ourselves (even calling people ‘faggoty’ as one eloquent gentleman put it) because of rights and safety already devised by generations before us and constantly maintained.

“I believe a lot of people are taking this for granted, the goal is to preserve these rights and to continue to solve complex world problems together. I’m pretty sure insults never solved anything. Thank you to all for participating in this and hopefully you got a lot of great music out of it!”

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Blood Music Comments On Bandcamp ACLU Fundraiser

Yesterday – Friday, the 3rd – Bandcamp donated all the company’s profits to the ACLU, and a horde of bands and labels also joined in to further donate all their individual profits for the day. One such label was underground metal champion Blood Music, which just issued this statement:

“OK – that was pure insanity! The fundraising is over but was an INSANE success!! The breakdown – Bandcamp estimated that it was going to bring in about $1 million for the day. Meanwhile, Blood Music’s high fundraising goal was 600 EUR net. However, it looks like we brought in FOUR TIMES THAT – somewhere between 2500-3000 EUR (!!!!) in gross revenue. Estimates:

“Blood Music (Bandcamp revenue side) – around 300 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by Bandcamp.

“Blood Music (label revenue side) – around 2500 USD of the receipts raised will be donated by the label.

“That is an estimated 2800 USD that we raised to donate in one day. I will go through all the transactions one-by-one within a week or so and start sending off the donations. And I’m going to throw in an extra 50 EUR on top of the label’s own money just to participate as well.

“The craziest news of all? Bandcamp estimated it will donate 120,000 USD. If we donate 2500 USD extra we’ll be adding more than 2% to the entire total of Bandcamp’s donations. That is HUGE considering the amount of users / labels / artists on the site! This was just one page out of many thousands on Bandcamp, so we made a SERIOUS dent.

“Thank you to all of you. I will make an update in the future once everything has been calculated and paid out. I would expect *somewhere* around:

“850 USD to ACLU (protecting Americans’ civil liberties – from right to left)

“850 USD to Doctors Without Borders (delivering emergency aid to anywhere in the world it is most needed)

“850 USD to No One Left Behind (protecting foreign combat interpreters who have helped American armed forces in battle)

“I know some people here were against the entire cause, but just know that most of us are here, able to appreciate music of all styles and freely use the internet and express ourselves (even calling people ‘faggoty’ as one eloquent gentleman put it) because of rights and safety already devised by generations before us and constantly maintained.

“I believe a lot of people are taking this for granted, the goal is to preserve these rights and to continue to solve complex world problems together. I’m pretty sure insults never solved anything. Thank you to all for participating in this and hopefully you got a lot of great music out of it!”

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Assemble The Chariots Parts With Vocalist Kristo Sundström

Vocalist Kristo Sundström from Finnish outfit Assemble The Chariots just issued this announcement about departing the band:

“After a long period of uncertainty and doubt I have finally come to the decision that after today I will be stepping down from the lead vocalist position in Assemble the Chariots. Now, many of you will probably start speculating for the reasons of my departure from the band due to recent events, but let me assure you this is not a heat of the moment decision but rather one that took me years to decide.

“Being in ATC has been…interesting. When I first joined I was taken by their technical skills and the song ‘Necrophilia’ blew me away, but things chance and people change and I have come the conclusion that I am not the right person to be in Assemble the Chariots.

“A mix between professional and personal difference in opinions and other long term things have contributed to this decision, I felt it to be best that the band continues onwards with someone else leading the helm. What it all basically boils down to is how we wanted to act and work as a band and after a prolonged period of working against my own style this was an relatively easy decision.

“Now, I know how the internet works and that people will read that as in ‘oh he’s blaming the band for everything’ but in fact quite the opposite, they had their ways of doing things and I had mine, in the end I didn’t want to work like that and like with every job, if you are unhappy you should leave.

“This decision is best for me personally and professionally for Assemble. I will take a hiatus from music as I have been in bands for the better part of 14 years and I feel like I need to search myself a bit to find what I want to do in terms of music.

“But as in all things even bad news comes with a silver lining, now all you great growlers and screamers have your chance to hop on board one of the biggest Extreme core metal bands in Finland! I do feel this is an end of an era so to speak but I feel that this is 100% the right thing to do and best for all participating parties.

“So to all the wonderfull people I had the pleasure of working over the years, and all the fantastic people in the crowds and moshpits, I salute you and I thank you for you have given me the best memories a metal head like me could hope for, you are the MVP 🙂 I hope to see you guys in the bloodfilled moshpits real soon again! Thank you for everything and the best of luck!”

World Architects by Assemble the Chariots

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Death Metal Bird Song Releases An Ode To “Tits”

Shapeshifter PR is proud to report Bill “CUCKO!!” Braaaaains Barnes’ recent success on the internet. Although he has a song about death metal bird calls, “Tits” is really where Barnes caught his first break (poor guy finally caught a brake).

After seeing a tufted-black-crested titmouse for the first time, his grandmother scolded him. He had to convince his grandmother his intentions were not vulgar, it was simply the name of the bird, but she still didn’t believe him, so he whipped out his trusty guide manual: “Southern Texas Birds” by professor Haoory Hooligar, and proved his grandmother it was just a bird. She quit shaking her head after a while and accepted it as a real thing, although was still pissed at Billie baby bird for using such crude language in a house of the LORD!

Your childhood developing years are tough, and his grandmother scolding him after seeing his favorite bird of all time was too much for Cucko Brains. He got into doing drugs, buying hookers, he had a drinking problem (couldn’t reach the water), gambling, riding roller coasters really fast and tearing the tags off mattresses. He had severe PTSD and didn’t know where to turn. The forests were where he belonged, but the thought of tits no longer excited him, even when their crest thrusts high in the air, gleaming like grey-haired punk rockers with a mullet.

So Bill went down a morbid path. This harrowing experience made him attempt suicide twice. Bill sniffs and comments: “I was drunk as fuck everyday. I didn’t want to go birding. I didn’t want to chase tail feathers and look for a new nest, anything. I was down and out…I was down further in the swamp than a muck-raking chicken duck. Anyhow, what brought me back was watching this pelican swallow a pigeon.”

Then he watched “Traces of Death II” (“Faces” was good, but this was 100% real) with that old school Century Media soundtrack, Bill unhooked his beak from his cage and starting banging his head like a cockatoo!

Then one day while he was out at Blunt Creak burnin’ a doober, he listened to the call of the White-eyed Vireo and went home in wonder, cranking Cannibal Corpse “Tombs of the Mutilated.”

Bill continues: “My life changed drastically since that incident. I could get my mind back on what I love: seeing humans die miserably, cannibals, birds, birds, bird, boobs, boobs, BOOOOBIES!”

Right after this conversation Bill had a relapse and went back to the mental institution where he wonders why they won’t let this caged bird sing. He just wants to vent his sexual frustration on staff members and do it with karaoke style “Making Love to Meadowlark Calls.” This gets all their tale feathers flashing. “Tits” was the perfect medium to express this frustration, his love for tits (human and avian) and, well, his love for boobies.

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Phil Anselmo Slams Internet Pile-On Culture In New Interview

During a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation”, Phil Anselmo repeatedly apologized for the his usage of racist gestures/phrases at the “Dimebash” event last January and later went onto state that it was a drunken reaction to hecklers at the performance who had been calling him racist throughout the night.

Now in the below interview with Loudwire Anselmo hints that some of his peers decrying his actions may not be so innocent themselves. States Phil Anselmo:

“I’ve been sitting back and silently observing the scrutiny and the hypocrisy and the online, what you call I guess pile-on and you know I sit there and I’m like ‘ok, alright.’ It’s interesting to me, it really is interesting to me how many people I know in the music business that I could name by name, but I won’t because I got too much class for that who pretend to be virtuous and pure and pious and perfect in their lives. I’m glad that they know deep down inside they know who they are, they know that I know they are phonies.

To end this, when I apologized, I meant it. As far as anyone I may have truly offended… But in this day and age I have come way too far, my book is way… my life is open, I’m open about everything. You ask me about drug use, you ask me about anything in this world, I’m an open book. And I think that there is this online community and then there’s the real world. You know? There’s the real world. Over this past year I’ve seen that for my very own eyes that there’s an online community and then there’s real life.”

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Continues Anselmo:

“It’s dangerous in the long run because it goes hand in hand with instantaneous everything—and that is where the internet is very interesting with Facebook and all this shit where everyone has a platform, everyone is an expert, everyone’s a fucking mind reader, everyone knows everything about everybody because they can look at a couple pictures and ‘I know you from head to toe from the beginning of your birth. I know your every thought.’ And it’s fake and it’s sociopathic.”

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Debut Release “The Great Void Of Mystery” Announced By Heaven’s Decay

Chaos Records will release the debut album from Heaven’s Decay, “The Great Void of Mystery,” on December 12th. Led by Julio Viterbo (Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph, The Chasm), the music is primarily NWOBHM-inspired metal infused with the range of influences from Viterbo’s impressive career as a musician.

After a long and illustrious career in death metal as a guitarist in the aforementioned bands, Viterbo decided to reconnect with the heavy metal that enveloped him as a youth and gave meaning to his life. The groundwork was laid in August 2013 when Viterbo participated in the recording of Acerus debut album “The Unreachable Salvation,” a traditional metal album for which he composed half the songs. The work was a turning point in his career as a guitarist, allowing Viterbo to explore new sounds and expand his compositional scope.

The result was the launch of Heaven’s Decay in 2015. After composing several songs, Viterbo invited Oscar Clorio (Damned Cross, Cenotaph, Shub Niggurath, Denial) to join him on the journey as drummer, The pair then recruited Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) as vocalist. The songs were completed via the internet, as Oscar lives in Mexico City, while Julio and Nick call Chicago home.

Finally in July 2016, Heaven’s Decay recorded “The Great Void Of Mystery” in Chicago’s Minbal Studios. The album was engineered by Matt Russell and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound studios in Sweden. Chaos Records will release the album on CD and digital formats. The band is already working on new material for the next installment of heavy metal fury.

The artwork for “The Great Void of Mystery” was created by Arturo Vargas (Zombirefication) at Souls Crematorium Art Studio. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Born in Fire
3. Where the Ravens Fly Free
4. Thunder of the Guns
5. Ritual Site
6. Witches Pray
7. Reaper in Wait
8. The Exile
9. Endless Fire

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