The Convalescence Kicked Off Otep’s “The Resistance” Tour

Yet another band has run afoul of performing live with Otep on the road.

After that ugliness during the “Civil Unrest” tour a few years back and a handful of instances in the interim, The Convalescence has now been kicked off the “Resistance” tour by Otep.

The Convalescence issued this statement about the situation:

“We will no longer be a part of the remaining dates of ‘The Resistance Tour’ with Otep. After years spent on the road touring worldwide and never having a problem, this is a first. Otep kicked us off the tour after already loading in for tonight’s event in Pittsburgh. This stemming from an alleged incident that occurred in Michigan two nights previously where claims were made that we sold merchandise during the intro of their set.

“This was not the first time being threatened to remove us from the tour. First happening in Jacksonville, FL after their driver accused us of buying weed from venue staff the night before and went as far as to say we forced a venue runner to drive with him and a kid in the car to pick it up. This was in an attempt to take the heat off the driver himself because he called the police on the band’s guitarist after an argument between them that morning.

“In both instances, we were unable to explain or make any attempt to approach the situation since even after 50+ dates as direct support – unless she felt the need to threaten to kick us off the tour and belittle us, we weren’t even allowed in the same room.

“After being told we were not needed on the tour, that we were not helping the attendance, we were simply a time filler and countless other negative comments about us being part of this tour we came to a mutual decision that we could no longer share a stage together.

“We are all about being team players on the road. After going out of our way with things like covering her merch table every night during their set, helping the band with security at understaffed venues, and helping her band and crew load in and out daily. We were met with only disrespect from Otep herself.

“We have no hard feelings towards her hired band and crew but Otep is an absolute nightmare to work with. Again, we apologize to any of our fans that had planned to see us on this tour. Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you on the road this Fall!”

Otep, of course, had a different take on the situation, issuing this video response:

A member of the band also commented on the video: “Let’s be clear on something, while the whole incident with selling of merch is going to be looked at as the straw that broke the camel’s back, Otep wasn’t looking to kick the Convalescence off the tour. In fact, Otep instead came up with that the Convalescence and Brand of Julez switch places in the lineup for the last few days Brand of Julez was on the tour.

“Brand of Julez was only playing selected dates on the tour, and they only had 5 or 6 shows left with the tour. After that, everything would have went back in terms of the lineup, but the Convalescence was having none of it. So this isn’t people trying to say Otep got pissed because they sold merch during Otep’s set and thus kicked them off the tour. They’d still be on the tour with Otep if they just did the lineup change for a few shows.”

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Tribulation Announces Lineup Change, Working On New Album

With the release of “The Children Of The Night” in April 2015 (reviewed here), Sweden’s Tribulation has made a massive impact on the worldwide metal scene. After excessive touring in North America and Europe, the group took a well-deserved break not only to recover from the intense album campaign, but also to focus on what lies ahead: a change of drummer and a new album.

Tribulation published the following statement about the departure of drummer Jakob Ljungberg, who had been with the group since the album “The Formulas Of Death:”

“As the summer in the year of their lord 2017 draws near and the world in the north is again fully starting to wake from its slumber we, on the other hand, are forced to face an inevitable end in the departure of our drummer Jakob Ljungberg who has decided to leave the band. We have spent the last five years together through pain to heaven, in chaos to bliss!

“It’s been such a strange, wonderful, tiring and inspiring time and we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this time the most important in the history of the band. We surely couldn’t have done it without you. We were like brothers even before the time of Tribulation and we certainly will be in the time after! Make sure to check out Jakob’s unique and most excellent band Second Sun where he sings and plays guitar!”

Jakob Ljungberg also commented as follows: “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Tribulation. These last years have been among the best in my life, but they wore me out and now I have to continue life on different paths. Thanks to everyone involved – you made this journey spectacular, thanks to everyone that came up and said hi – it meant the world to me, thanks to everyone who believed in me – you made me believe in myself. Jonathan, Adam and Johannes: I love you. ‘The end of nights we tried to die – this is the end.’”

But as every end is also a new beginning, Tribulation has already secured a new drummer in Oscar Leander and has further good news to spread: “After this period of silence, renewal and contemplation the time has now come to give you the new Tribulation! We have now fully immersed ourselves in the making of a new album that will be recorded at summer’s end. We are very pleased to announce that Oscar Leander (previously in Deathstars) is our new drummer. He will make his first appearance with us on Muskelrock now on Thursday, June 1st! Are you ready? We are!”

Stay alert for Tribulation’s new studio album which is planned to be released early 2018, and catch these upcoming tour dates:

6/1 Alvesta, SE – Muskelrock Festival
6/16 Dessel, BE – Graspop Metal Meeting
7/7 Idraetsvej, DK – Metal Magic Festival
8/25 Siegen, DE – Jomsviking Open Air
9/28 Hultsfred, SE – Mörkaste Småland Festzival
10/7 Hoogeveen, NL – Graveland Festival

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Lyric Video For New Song “Dead Girls” Issued By Walpyrgus

North Carolina metal act Walpyrgus issued a lyric video for the new song “Dead Girls.” The song is taken from the full length debut “Walpyrgus Nights,” which drops on June 9th via Cruz Del Sur Records. The vinyl version of the release will feature a 56-page comic book with lyrics).

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Dead of Night
2. Somewhere Under Summerwind
3. Dead Girls
4. Lauralone
5. Palmystry
6. She Lives
7. Light of a Torch (Witch Cross Cover)
8. Walpyrgus Nights

Check out “Dead Girls” here:

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Municipal Waste Streams “Slime And Punishment” Title Track

Richmond Virginia’s Municipal Waste will unleash latest piece of toxic detritus “Slime And Punishment” on June 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band releases a brand new single and title track off the upcoming album – check it out via the visualizer video below. Pre-orders are online here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Breathe Grease
2. Enjoy The Night
3. Dingy Situations
4. Shrednecks
5. Poison The Preacher
6. Bourbon Discipline
7. Parole Violators
8. Slime And Punishment
9. Amateur Sketch
10. Excessive Celebration
11. Low Tolerance
12. Under The Waste Command
13. Death Proof
14. Think Fast

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El Camino Releasing “Cursed Congregation” Album

Swedish group El Camino will release “Cursed Congregation” on LP, CD, and cassette formats this coming July 2nd, 2017 via To The Death / Night Tripper Records. Check out advance song “Stars and Silence” below, while the full track listing is as follows:

1. Into the Dark
2. Intent of Man’s Heart
3. Cursed Congregation
4. Penance Upon the Pyre
5. Häxkraft I – Domens Hand
6. Crooked Wand
7. Häxkraft II – Elin
8. Vengeance
9. Stars and Silence
10. Ordeal of Faith
11. Häxkraft III – Vags Ande

Stars and Silence by el CAMINO

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Graveshadow Kicking Off Tour Dates With Arkona And Sirenia

Having just completed a U.S. tour opening for Anvil and Nightdemon, now symphonic metal band Graveshadow will begin a west coast tour today in Seattle opening for Russia’s Arkona and Norway’s Sirenia.

“It’s great to be back on the road, especially with bands that have had a profound impact on the genre and us as musicians,” states guitarist Will Walker. “We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, it promises to be one helluva week!”

In between tours, Graveshadow has continued working on new material for the follow-up to 2015’s :Nocturnal Resurrection,” which will be the band’s M-Theory Audio debut.

“The new album is shaping up very nicely and all that’s really left is to fine-tune arrangements and continue rehearsing,” continues Will. “We will record in July with Night Demon’s Armand [John Anthony – guitarist] and we’re very excited about the project. It’s interesting to see how the new material has developed and we can’t wait to share with everyone. Keep an eye out!”

5/23 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
5/24 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
5/25 Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
5/26 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
5/27 Pranksters – Scottsdale, AZ

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New Song “The Beginning Of The Night” Streaming From Kaledon

Italian symphonic power metal act Kaledon – now featuring Overtures vocalist Michele Guaitoli – is streaming the new song “The Beginning of the Night.” The song is taken from “Carnagus: Emperor Of The Darkness,” the new album which drops on May 25th via Sleaszy Rider Records.

The track listing is:

1. Tenebrae Venture Sunt
2. The Beginning of the Night
3. Eyes Without Life
4. The Evil Witch (see video clip here)
5. Dark Reality
6. The Two Bailouts (song streaming here)
7. Trapped on the Throne
8. Telepathic Messages
9. Evil Beheaded
10. The End of the Undead

Check out the tune here:

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Zornheym Announces Debut Album “Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns”

Swedish symphonic extreme metal band Zornheym is preparing to unleash new album “Where Hatred Dwells and Darkness Reigns” this September 15th via Non Serviam Records.

With magnificent visual artistry in the form of cover art by Lordigan Pedro Sena and a concept expanding graphic novel illustrated by Anu Bring, every chapter tells gruesome tales of an asylum for the criminally insane.

The band comments: “This is the first chapter in the history of Zornheym and we are so very proud of the outcome. The performance of everyone involved has been amazing. To use so many real instruments from day one feels like such an accomplishment. This is just the beginning!”

Wing Studio’s sound wizard Sverker Widgren comments: “It was a great pleasure to take part in the journey of the creation of this record. To have Zornheym here in the studio with the ambition to make an album that is so much more than an ordinary metal album made me very excited to produce this recording from day one. Now looking at the final result, the power of Zornheym’s music can’t be denied really.”

1. The Opposed
2. Subjugation of the Cellist
3. A Silent God
4. Prologue to a Hypnosis
5. Trifecta of Horrors
6. …and the Darkness Came Swiftly
7. Whom the Night Brings…
8. Decessit Vita Patris
9. Hestia

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Black Metal Celebration “Black II” Details Announced

For it’s second year, “Black” – Vancouver’s assembly celebrating everything black metal – is being held at the Rickshaw Theatre on June 10th.

This year’s event will have an art exhibition of black metal culture featuring works from Kevin Eisenlord and lord of logos Christophe Szpajdel. In addition to showcasing black metal art, Szpajdel will be hosting a very special live art performance piece plus will be joined by Youtube sensation Vegan Black Metal Chef for a live cooking segment on stage along with serving a vegan buffet (wrist bands will be sold for the buffet at $10).

There will also be a short documentary showing about Christophe Szpajdel and his work over the years in the black metal community. Closing the night’s festivities will be local black metal band Svneater. Full details are available here.

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Kaledon Releases “The Evil Witch” Music Video

Kaledon just released a new music video for “The Evil Witch,” which was filmed near the city of Rimini by director Matteo Ermeti.

“The Evil Witch” is the latest single from forthcoming album “Carnagus: Emperor Of The Darkness,” which drops tomorrow, May 15th.

1. Tenebrae Venture Sunt
2. The Beginning of the Night
3. Eyes Without Life
4. The Evil Witch
5. Dark Reality
6. The Two Bailouts (song streaming here)
7. Trapped on the Throne
8. Telepathic Messages
9. Evil Beheaded
10. The End of the Undead

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