Triptykon/Former Celtic Frost Frontman Tom Warrior Comments On Martin Ain’s Death

Following the news earlier today that former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost bass player Martin Eric Ain has died at the age of fifty, his former bandmate Tom G. Fischer (AKA Tom Warrior,) has posted his thoughts online via his blog.

“I am deeply affected by Martin Eric Ain’s passing. Our relationship was very complex and definitely not free of conflicts, but Martin’s life and mine were very closely intertwined, since we first met in 1982. My life will be painfully incomplete without his existence.

“Today, when Reed and I talked about Martin’s death on the phone, Reed said to me: “Now, there’s only the two of us.” It completely broke my heart.”

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GWAR premieres video for “I’ll Be Your Monster” via HowardStern.com

– October 19th, 2017 –

The wait is almost over, GWAR are set to release their latest opus The Blood of Gods tomorrow (October 20th) via Metal Blade Records. Today they have teamed up with HowardStern.com, the online home of the Howard Stern Show, for an exclusive premiere of their new video for “I’ll Be Your Monster.” Get a first look at the video, directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye, here: facebook.com

GWAR are set to return to the The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show this Halloween, Tuesday October 31st. The band is set to perform two songs, including their new single “I’ll Be Your Monster” and another special song. The show is hosted by Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein and airs at 11:00AM EST on Howard 100 and Howard 101 on SiriusXM and repeats throughout the day.

The Blood of Gods is available for pre-order at metalblade.com/gwar. Digital pre-orders come with instant downloads of “Fuck This Place,” “El Presidente” and “I’ll Be Your Monster.”

GWAR are set to return to the long road starting tomorrow on “The Blood Of Gods Tour,” which kicks off in Richmond, VA. The first leg of the tour features support from Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards, and the second leg of the tour will feature Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards. The tour runs through December 10th in Detroit, MI. A complete list of dates can be found below.

GWAR‘s new album is being hailed by critics as the greatest sonic event since the Big Bang. The Blood of Gods chronicles the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that oppose them. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of humanity from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are: a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry!

GWAR LIVES MOTHERFUCKERS!

GWAR tour dates
w/ Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards:

Oct. 20: Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct. 21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Oct. 22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
Oct. 23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Oct. 25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
Oct. 26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Oct. 28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Oct. 31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov. 2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
Nov. 3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Nov. 4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
Nov. 5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

GWAR tour dates
w/ Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards

Nov. 7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
Nov. 9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
Nov. 10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Nov. 11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
Nov. 13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Nov. 14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Nov. 17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Nov. 18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
Nov. 19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov. 21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Nov. 23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Nov. 24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov. 25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Nov. 28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Nov. 30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Dec. 1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Dec. 2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
Dec. 3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Dec. 6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Dec. 8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Dec. 9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Dec. 10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

GWAR online:
http://www.gwar.net
http://instagram.com/gwar
https://twitter.com/GWARofficial
http://www.youtube.com/gwar
http://www.facebook.com/gwar
http://www.gwarbq.com
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Cattle Decapitation launches European tour documentary online

– October 19th, 2017 –

This past summer, Cattle Decapitation embarked on a European trek, during which the band filmed a tour documentary, directed by Paul McGuire / Obscenery Films (https://obsceneryfilms.com/). To watch the behind-the-scenes and live footage from Cattle Decapitation on the road, please visit: facebook.com/cattledecapitation, where the video is now streaming live. Fans can also watch on YouTube here: youtube.com/watch?v=CqKmkq_zEl8

Guitarist Josh Elmore comments: “For several years now, fans have been asking the band to release a video chronicle with live performance footage and enhanced or ‘behind the scenes’ documentation. During a recent European run, our friend Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films traveled with the band and captured glimpses of what day-to-day life on the road is like for Cattle Decapitation and spoke with the members as they reflected on years of touring and what their future holds. The result is an entertaining, humorous and informative documentary that shows the band as a live entity and also what goes on during their down time on tour; play-throughs, interviews, concert chaos, Euro-tourism and more. We hope you enjoy it!”

Cattle Decapitation is currently headlining the Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support. See below for all dates.

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents
“The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”
w/ Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

Oct. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 21 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct. 22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 28 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Nov. 6 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Nov. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Nov. 11 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Nov. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St Collective
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Nov. 18 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Nov. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

Cattle Decapitation is touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015′s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

Cattle Decapitation online:
http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
http://twitter.com/cattledecap
http://www.youtube.com/officialcattledecap
http://instagram.com/cattle_decapitation
http://www.indiemerch.com/cattledecap

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Cattle Decapitation launches European tour documentary online

– October 19th, 2017 –

This past summer, Cattle Decapitation embarked on a European trek, during which the band filmed a tour documentary, directed by Paul McGuire / Obscenery Films (https://obsceneryfilms.com/). To watch the behind-the-scenes and live footage from Cattle Decapitation on the road, please visit: facebook.com/cattledecapitation, where the video is now streaming live. Fans can also watch on YouTube here: youtube.com/watch?v=CqKmkq_zEl8

Guitarist Josh Elmore comments: “For several years now, fans have been asking the band to release a video chronicle with live performance footage and enhanced or ‘behind the scenes’ documentation. During a recent European run, our friend Paul McGuire of Obscenery Films traveled with the band and captured glimpses of what day-to-day life on the road is like for Cattle Decapitation and spoke with the members as they reflected on years of touring and what their future holds. The result is an entertaining, humorous and informative documentary that shows the band as a live entity and also what goes on during their down time on tour; play-throughs, interviews, concert chaos, Euro-tourism and more. We hope you enjoy it!”

Cattle Decapitation is currently headlining the Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents “The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”, featuring Revocation, Full Of Hell, and Artificial Brain as support. See below for all dates.

Metalsucks & Exclaim! Aggressive Tendencies Presents
“The North American Extinction Tour Part II: Inhuman Beings”
w/ Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full Of Hell, Artificial Brain

Oct. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 21 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
Oct. 22 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
Oct. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Oct. 27 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 28 – Covington, KY – Madison Live
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Nov. 1 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov. 3 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
Nov. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage
Nov. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Nov. 6 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Nov. 8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
Nov. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 10 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
Nov. 11 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
Nov. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 15 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Nov. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St Collective
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Nov. 18 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Nov. 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

Cattle Decapitation is touring in support of their most recent full-length, 2015′s The Anthropocene Extinction. As the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation‘s maniacal discography, The Anthropocene Extinction was named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, MetalInjection.net, among many others. To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, please visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation

Cattle Decapitation online:
http://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation
http://twitter.com/cattledecap
http://www.youtube.com/officialcattledecap
http://instagram.com/cattle_decapitation
http://www.indiemerch.com/cattledecap

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Sorcerer launches lyric video for new single “The Devils Incubus”

– October 18th, 2017 –

Swedish Epic Heavy Doom Metal warlords Sorcerer will release their new album, The Crowning Of The Fire King, this Friday (October 20th) via Metal Blade Records! Sorcerer have now released a lyric video for the new single “The Devils Incubus” at: youtube.com/watch?v=8i39_TeAhuk

To hear the first single, “Sirens”, please visit: metalblade.com/sorcerer – where The Crowning Of The Fire King can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Digipak-CD (with bonus tracks)
–180 g black vinyl
–Clear Turquoise Blue Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
–Golden Sand Marbled Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–Cool Grey Orange Marbled Vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–Dark Sky Blue/Gray Marbled Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–Clear/Black Marbled Vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 200 copies)

Sorcerer comments: “We have aimed to write an album with diversity and intensity, an album that we want to listen to ourselves. ‘The Crowning Of The Fire King‘ is by far our best recording ever with songs that are strong, powerful and doomy. We have captured what Sorcerer is about and taken the songs to the next level for the band.”

The Crowning Of The Fire King track-listing:
1. Sirens
2. Ship Of Doom
3. Abandoned By The Gods
4. The Devils Incubus
5. Nattvaka
6. Crimson Cross
7. The Crowning Of The Fire King
8. Unbearable Sorrow

Read on for some reviews of The Crowning Of The Fire King:

“A unique feel for gigantic melodies! Nobody will top ‘The Crowning Of The Fire King‘ this year!”Rock Hard Germany, 10/10 points, # 1 soundcheck

“‘The Crowning Of The Fire King‘ surpasses its already great predecessor ‘In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross‘ with ease!”Deaf Forever Germany, 9.5/10 points, # 2 soundcheck

“A little masterpiece that could become the genre album of the year!”Metal Hammer Germany, 6/7 points, # 6 soundcheck

“The world of Epic Doom has not experienced anything like this since Candlemass’ ‘Death Magic Doom’! A highlight beyond comparison!”Legacy Germany, 14/15 points, # 6 soundcheck

“With Candlemass at the crossroad and Solitude Aeturnus MIA, the aptly-titled ‘The Crowning of the Fire King‘ is their ticket to the throne!”Metal Hammer UK, 8/10

Sorcerer line-up:
Anders Engberg – vocals
Kristian Niemann – guitars
Peter Hallgren – guitars
Johnny Hagel – bass
Richard Evensand – drums

Sorcerer online:
https://www.facebook.com/sorcererdoom
http://www.sorcererdoom.com

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The Black Dahlia Murder lands on international charts with new album, ‘Nightbringers’

– October 17th, 2017 –

The Black Dahlia Murder recently released their new album, Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the worldwide charts! See below for all positions:

#8 Billboard Top Current Albums (USA)
#9 Billboard Top Albums (USA)
#2 Internet Albums (USA)
#3 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#3 LP Vinyl Albums (USA)
#3 Independent Current Albums (USA)
#4 Current Rock Albums (USA)
#6 Independent Current Albums Consumption (USA)
#15 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#16 Digital Albums (USA)
#35 Billboard Top 200 (USA)
#2 Hard Music Charts (Canada)
#12 Top Album Charts (Canada)
#17 Top Digital Charts (Canada)
#22 Rock/Metal Albums (UK)
#47 (Germany)
#97 (Switzerland)

To preview and purchase the album, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm – where an exclusive interview with front-man Trevor Strnad (written by Kim Kelly) can also be viewed. Read on for some reviews of the critically acclaimed Nightbringers:

“‘Nightbringers‘ is the album of the year.”MetalSucks.net

“‘Nightbringers‘ makes for one of the band’s best records… if not their best.”MetalInjection.net

“…’Nightbringers‘ is without a doubt the band’s best release since their 2007 breakthrough.”NoCleanSinging.com

“While the Black Dahlia Murder have always been an impressive band, ‘Nightbringers’ finds them on top of their game and performing better than ever before.”Exclaim.ca

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

The Black Dahlia Murder is currently on tour in North America, with Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, and Wormwitch joining them on the run as support. See below for all upcoming dates.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch

Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 19 – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed
Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed
Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed
Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed
Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Cannibal Corpse, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)

Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm
Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory
Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann
Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope
Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil
Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo
Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli*
Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse*
Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder online:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal
https://instagram.com/theblackdahliamurder_official

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The Black Dahlia Murder lands on international charts with new album, ‘Nightbringers’

– October 17th, 2017 –

The Black Dahlia Murder recently released their new album, Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the worldwide charts! See below for all positions:

#8 Billboard Top Current Albums (USA)
#9 Billboard Top Albums (USA)
#2 Internet Albums (USA)
#3 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#3 LP Vinyl Albums (USA)
#3 Independent Current Albums (USA)
#4 Current Rock Albums (USA)
#6 Independent Current Albums Consumption (USA)
#15 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#16 Digital Albums (USA)
#35 Billboard Top 200 (USA)
#2 Hard Music Charts (Canada)
#12 Top Album Charts (Canada)
#17 Top Digital Charts (Canada)
#22 Rock/Metal Albums (UK)
#47 (Germany)
#97 (Switzerland)

To preview and purchase the album, please visit: metalblade.com/tbdm – where an exclusive interview with front-man Trevor Strnad (written by Kim Kelly) can also be viewed. Read on for some reviews of the critically acclaimed Nightbringers:

“‘Nightbringers‘ is the album of the year.”MetalSucks.net

“‘Nightbringers‘ makes for one of the band’s best records… if not their best.”MetalInjection.net

“…’Nightbringers‘ is without a doubt the band’s best release since their 2007 breakthrough.”NoCleanSinging.com

“While the Black Dahlia Murder have always been an impressive band, ‘Nightbringers’ finds them on top of their game and performing better than ever before.”Exclaim.ca

Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

The Black Dahlia Murder is currently on tour in North America, with Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, and Wormwitch joining them on the run as support. See below for all upcoming dates.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch

Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 19 – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory
Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed
Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed
Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed
Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed
Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Cannibal Corpse, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)

Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm
Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory
Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann
Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope
Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil
Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo
Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli*
Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse*
Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder online:
http://www.tbdmofficial.com
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://twitter.com/bdmmetal
https://instagram.com/theblackdahliamurder_official

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Monte Pittman launches “New Blood Keeps Us Alive” video

– October 12th, 2017 –

Having released his latest full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance, last year via Metal Blade Records, Monte Pittman is now launching a new video for the album track, “New Blood Keeps Us Alive” (by Travis Colbert: http://bit.ly/2iijkXC). To view the video, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=tU6RECXtUi8

Monte Pittman comments: “I discovered the Bravo Tip Or Pay app from performing for the Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go. I think it’s something that could change every musicians’ life. I’ve been selling tickets to my shows and selling merchandise at shows using their app. They’ve been coming with me on some shows and brought along Travis Colbert to film content. While in New York, I was sitting around playing my acoustic where we were staying and Travis started filming me. He said, ‘We could make a video’. Once I saw what he filmed, we immediately started filming the ‘New Blood Keeps Us Alive’ video since that’s the only track that has acoustic guitar on it. We have been filming for more videos coming out soon also.”

Catch Monte Pittman live across the USA this fall/winter – see below for upcoming dates!
Oct. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat (Metal Assault showcase)
Nov. 4 – Shreveport, LA – Strange Brew
Dec. 1 – Dubuque, IA – The Lift
Dec. 2 – Milwaukee, WI – Lucky Chance
Dec. 9 – New York, NY – VYNL (Black Rose Room)
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A GoGo

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base. The record also features powerhouse drummer Richard Christy of Charred Walls Of The Damned/Iced Earth/Death fame and virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan, famous for his work with a plethora of talented artists – including David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and, more recently, Winery Dogs. The skill of all concerned explodes from the speakers!

To preview and purchase Inverted Grasp of Balance, please visit: metalblade.com/montepittman

Monte Pittman online:
http://www.montepittman.com
https://www.facebook.com/MontePittman
http://www.youtube.com/MontePittmanMusic
https://soundcloud.com/montepittman
http://twitter.com/montepittman
http://www.instagram.com/montepittman
https://montepittman.bandpage.com
https://myspace.com/montepittman

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RAM releases video for new single, “On Wings Of No Return”

– October 12th, 2017 –

Swedish heavy metallers RAM will release their striking new album, Rod, on November 3rd via Metal Blade Records! In anticipation of this release, RAM have now unleashed a full production video for the 2nd single, “On Wings Of No Return”, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=juR0WfvA6xc

RAM comments: “We assembled the same team that worked on the ‘Flame of the Tyrants’ video, to present this macabre tale of unhealthy fandom, the countryside, digestion of biohazardous waste, chainsaws and family! The song is another RAM neckbreaker that we are certain will become a live classic!”

To watch the lyric video for the first single, “Gulag”, please visit: metalblade.com/ram – where the record can be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–Jewelcase CD
–Digipak CD
–180g black vinyl
–orange red vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–flame splatter vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red brown marbled vinyl (ebay-exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–transparent orange vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–box-set (limited to 500 copies) with the album on orange-brown/black-marbled vinyl and digipak CD, plus a flag, a back patch, a photo card (hand signed by all members), and the Monuments Of Masters 7″ featuring covers of Venom (“In League With Satan”) and Exciter (“Beyond The Gates Of Doom”).
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

RAM comments about Rod: “We are very proud to release our fifth studio album entitled ‘Rod‘. On this album for the first time ever we wrote a conceptual story over 6 songs, something that we always wanted to do but never got right. This album contains probably our most epic moments to date but it is still definitely Heavy Metal Tyranny!”

Rod track-listing
1. Declaration of Independence
2. On Wings of No Return
3. Gulag
4. A Throne at Midnight
5. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 1: Anno Infinitus
6. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 2: Ignitor
7. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 3: The Cease to Be
8. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 4: Voices of Death
9. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 5: Incinerating Storms
10. Ramrod the Destroyer, Pt. 6: Ashes

RAM line-up:
Oscar Carlquist: Vocals
Morgan Pettersson: Drums
Harry Granroth: Guitar
Martin Jonsson: Guitar
Tobias Petterson: Bass

RAM online:
http://ram-metal.com
https://www.facebook.com/RAMheavymetal

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ACT OF DEFIANCE Lands on International Charts with New Album “Old Scars, New Wounds”

Old Scars, New Wounds, out Now via Metal Blade Records Order Here: www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance ACT OF DEFIANCE – the heavy metal group featuring the veteran talents of Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – released their latest full-length album, Old Scars, New Wounds, just under two weeks ago […]

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ACT OF DEFIANCE Lands on International Charts with New Album “Old Scars, New Wounds”

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