Hostile Media Inks Deal With The Vicious Head Society

Earlier this year, The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane released the debut album “Abject Tomorrow,” which gained applause the world over. Featuring guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley “Abject Tomorrow” tickled the ears of progressive metal fans and those with a taste for all things guitar.

Today, Keane can reveal he has teamed up with Hostile Media to reissue his acclaimed debut on December 15th. The reissue will also include a bonus track “Xylematic Disembowelment.” Keane comments, “When Hostile Media offered me a contract which guarantees huge amounts of cash, fame and at least two limousine rides in exchange for my earthly soul, it was a no brainer! In seriousness, I’m delighted to sign with HM, it presents me with a chance to reach more people with my music. To celebrate, I recorded an out take from the Abject sessions and we just about managed to squeeze it on to the CD. ‘Xylematic Disembowelment’ is a zappa inspired instrumental combined with death metal. I don’t think I need to say any more than that!”

The track list for the album is:

1. The Sycophants
2. Abject Tomorrow
3. Downfall
4. Agenda
5. The 11th Hour
6. Psychedelic Torture Trip
7. Gods Of The New Age
8. Analogue Spectre
9. Xylematic Disembowelment

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Hostile Media Inks Deal With The Vicious Head Society

Earlier this year, The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane released the debut album “Abject Tomorrow,” which gained applause the world over. Featuring guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, Steve Vai, and Joe Bonamassa fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley “Abject Tomorrow” tickled the ears of progressive metal fans and those with a taste for all things guitar.

Today, Keane can reveal he has teamed up with Hostile Media to reissue his acclaimed debut on December 15th. The reissue will also include a bonus track “Xylematic Disembowelment.” Keane comments, “When Hostile Media offered me a contract which guarantees huge amounts of cash, fame and at least two limousine rides in exchange for my earthly soul, it was a no brainer! In seriousness, I’m delighted to sign with HM, it presents me with a chance to reach more people with my music. To celebrate, I recorded an out take from the Abject sessions and we just about managed to squeeze it on to the CD. ‘Xylematic Disembowelment’ is a zappa inspired instrumental combined with death metal. I don’t think I need to say any more than that!”

The track list for the album is:

1. The Sycophants
2. Abject Tomorrow
3. Downfall
4. Agenda
5. The 11th Hour
6. Psychedelic Torture Trip
7. Gods Of The New Age
8. Analogue Spectre
9. Xylematic Disembowelment

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New Video Clip “God Of Delusion” Released By Overoth

Late last month Irish death dealers Overoth released the second full length album “The Forgotten Tome” via Hostile Media. Today, the band released the video clip for the song “God of Delusion,” which comes via Overdrive at this location, or simply in the player at the bottom.

Filmed by Adam Edgerley and edited by Chris Bevan, “God Of Delusion” was filmed in a dying wood in County Down, Northern Ireland. “It was a real nightmare of a location to get to,” states the band. “The wood itself was quite dense, so there was no chance we’d get our vehicles close to the location we had scouted, so with nothing but manpower we had to lug all our gear, generators, lights, camera gear, up and over hills, over streams and dead tress… they were everywhere… and it was a little sketchy at times, because we were surrounded by these massive trees, that with not much force would and were falling over. Needless to say, we all got out alive.”

Check out “God of Delusion” here:

Catch Overoth live on these dates:

Oct 07 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, Ireland w/ Rotting Christ
Oct 20 Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 21 The Star & Garter – Manchester, England
Oct 22 The Dev – London, England
Oct 27 Voodoo – Belfast, N. Ireland
Oct 28 The Cellar – Galway, Ireland
Oct 29 Siege of Limerick – Limerick, Ireland
Nov 16 Jazzkantine – Lucerne, Switzerland
Nov 17 Palazzo Club – Chur, Switzerland
Nov 18 Met Bar – Lenzburg, Switzerland

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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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Hate Moon Announces “The Imprisoning War” Release

Folkvangr Records is pleased to announce that “The Imprisoning War” by USBM band Hate Moon will be released on September 15th, 2017.

The album is notable as the label’s first exclusive release on compact disc. Check out the song “Mountain Of Death” below, and you can also check out pre-order information at Bandcamp here.

Hate Moon is a Norse-Gael symphonic black metal band hailing from Pennsylvania. Formed by two Irish American descendants of Norse Vikings, Hate Moon is a celebration of the members’ culture. Full of wonder and lore, the music of Hate Moon romanticizes the ancient Celtic world through a soundscape of historical fantasy.

01. A Hero Awakens
02. Golden Power
03. The Seal is Broken!
04. To Desolate Lands
05. Mountain of Death
06. Storm the Gates!
07. The Skeleton Forest
08. Sanctuary

The Imprisoning War by Hate Moon

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Belphegor Reveals “Totenritual” Album Cover

On September 15th, European diabolical death/black metal group Belphegor will unleash new full-length inferno “Totenritual.” Today, the band unveils the cover design for that upcoming album.

The artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton, who also painted the cover artwork for “Pestokalypse V”’ in 2006 and “Conjuring The Dead” in 2014.

Belphegor is also pleased to announce a return to U.K. and Irish shores. Support bands on this run will include Destroyer666, Enthroned, Nervochaos, and Nordjevel. The dates are a part of a wider European hellride which will kick off September 28th in Copenhagen, Denmark.

28.09.2017 – DEN – Copenhagen, Pumpuheset
04.10.2017 – GER – Weinheim, Café Central
05.10.2017 – GER – Oberhausen, Helvete
06.10.2017 – BEL – Bruges, Het Entrepot
07.10.2017 – BEL – Marbehan, Salle du Bois Isles
08.10.2017 – London, The Dome
10.10.2017 – Glasgow, Audio
12.10.2017 – Belfast, Limelight 2
13.10.2017 – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
17.10.2017 – FR – Marseille, Jas’ Rod
18.10.2017 – CH – Lucurne, Schuur
20.10.2017 – AUT – Graz, Xplosiv

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The Vicious Head Society Posts New Lyric Video

The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane, today reveals a brand new lyric video for “Agenda (I) Cryptograms (II) A Digital Self.”

The track is available below and was culled from debut album “Abject Tomorrow.” The album was released March 24th, 2017 and features guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley.

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Goatwhore Kicking Off Tour Dates With Anciients

This Friday, Goatwhore will kick off a near-three-week headlining tour with Vancouver metallers Anciients. The tour will commence June 9th and run through July 1st.

The band’s latest journey comes in advance of a previously announced North American fall takeover supporting 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 will furthermore release the “Vengeful Ascension” full-length worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records.

GOATWHORE w/ Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion – Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/28/2017 Fubar – St Louis, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL
End Tour

w/ Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, The Convalescence:
9/1/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
9/2/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
9/3/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
9/4/2017 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/5/2017 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
9/7/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/8/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
9/9/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/15/2017 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slims – San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
10/1/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/2/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

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Goatwhore Posts “Chaos Arcane” Lyric Video

“Vengeful Ascension” is the imminent new full-length album 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 an official lyric video for “Chaos Arcane.” Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s character Nyarlathotep 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.

Goatwhore recently wrapping up a successful tour with labelmates Amon Amarth. The band will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the The Rail Club in Fort Worth, 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.

5/27-28/2017 Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX

w/ Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion – Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

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Goatwhore Announces Summer Tour Dates With Anciients

Goatwhore, which is currently wrapping up a tour with label mates Amon Amarth, will play the Fort Worth Metal Fest at the end of the month before taking to the streets again for a near-three-week North American journey from June 9th through July 1st. Support will be provided by Vancouver metallers, Anciients. See all confirmed dates below.

The band will release new album “Vengeful Ascension” worldwide on June 23rd via Metal Blade Records. Goatwhore’s seventh full-length and second recorded reel-to-reel, “Vengeful Ascension” was captured at Earth Analog in Tolono, Illinois near Champaign with longtime soundman and comrade Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Gruesome).

Goatwhore w/ Amon Amarth [remaining dates]:
5/16/2017 The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
5/17/2017 Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
5/18/2017 Lookout – Omaha, NE * GOATWHORE only
5/19/2017 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
5/20/2017 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
End Tour

5/27-28/2017 Fort Worth Metal Fest @ The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

w/ Anciients:
6/09/2017 The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
6/10/2017 Backstage Lubbock Depot – Lubbock, TX
6/11/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/12/2017 The Green Rom – Flagstaff, AZ
6/14/2017 Stork Club – Oakland, CA
6/15/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
6/16/2017 Northwest Terror Fest @ Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/20/2017 Generator Cabaret – Prince George, BC
6/21/2017 Distortion – Calgary, AB
6/22/2017 Brixx Bar & Grill – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2017 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
6/24/2017 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
6/25/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/26/2017 The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
6/27/2017 Frankies – Bryan, OH
6/29/2017 George’s Majestic Lounge – Springdale, AR
6/30/2017 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
7/01/2017 Maggie Meyers Irish Pub – Huntsville, AL

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