Venenum Releasing Debut Album “Trance Of Death”

The Ajna Offensive just set March 17th as the North American release date for Venenum’s debut album, “Trance of Death.” The label comments:

“It makes a difference in effort and time either to dig six feet deep or to build a necropolis. Venenum decided for the latter…and it was worth every fucking second of waiting. Five years after the successful self-titled mini-album, Venenum strikes with debut full-length, ‘Trance of Death.’

“The album presents Venenum on a new level of devotion and continues new and never-before-heard layers of darkness. The six new compositions and introduction theme are a grand melding of unique visions and unaltered traditions woven and blended into a complex unit of sacred horror. ‘Trance of Death’ is far away from being another one-dimensional tribute to the grave: it is reverence and praise, a hymn to the impending end of all things.”

1. Entrance
2. Merging Nebular Drapes
3. The Nature of the Ground
4. Cold Threat
5. Trance of Death Part I – Reflections
6. Trance of Death Part II – Metanola Journey
7. Trance of Death Part III – There Are Other Worlds…

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MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons To Kick Off North American Tour Next Week; De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Out Now And Streaming

  MAYHEM: Norwegian Black Metal Icons To Kick Off North American Tour Next Week; De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Out Now And Streaming Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a full North American takeover. Set to commence on January 20th in Montreal, Quebec, […]

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Cognitive Kicking Off North Americam Tour

Garden State death metal troupe Cognitive will kick off a ten-date U.S. journey with tech death collective Artificial Brain tonight. The “Deformity Constellation” tour will commence in North Arlington, New Jersey and run through January 22nd in Chicago Illinois.

From there, the band — who recently joined forces with the Continental Concerts talent agency — will take a short break before returning to the road for a North American trek supporting Seeker. The journey will stretch from February 12th to March 4th with additional support provided by The Grindmother and Wvrm on select dates.

“We are extremely excited and pleased to announce we are now a part of the Continental Concerts family,” comments team Cognitive. “We will be joining a family of artist that includes Aborted, Decrepit Birth, Defeated Sanity, Psycroptic, Rivers Of Nihil and more. With our new partnership with Continental Concerts, we will be hitting the road in February with Seeker, The Grind Mother, And Wvrm! We are excited to be touring with these three bands and traveling to some new cites and to Canada. We are stoked to have our inaugural tour with Continental Concerts coming up so quickly.”

1/13/2017 Hartley’s – North Arlington, NJ
1/14/2017 Maximum Capacity – Chicopee, MA
1/15/2017 Dusk – Providence, RI
1/16/2017 The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
1/17/2017 Webster Hall – New York, NY
1/18/2017 Club Risque – Philadelphia, PA
1/19/2017 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD
1/20/2017 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
1/21/2017 The End, Nashville – TN
1/22/2017 Reggies Music Joint – Chicago, IL

w/ Seeker, The Grindmother, Wvrm:
2/12/2017 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
2/13/2017 Center Stage – Lake Charles, LA
2/15/2017 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL
2/16/2017 Kelly’s Live – Sarasota, FL
2/17/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
2/18/2017 RainDogs – Jacksonville, FL
2/19/2017 The Estate – Columbus, GA
2/20/2017 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/21/2017 The Radio Room – Columbia, SC
2/22/2017 The Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
2/23/2017 Riffhouse Pub – Chesapeake, VA
2/24/2017 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
2/25/2017 The Pinch – Washington, DC
2/26/2017 Revolution – Amityville, NY
2/28/2017 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
3/1/2017 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
3/2/2017 Foufounes Électrique – Montreal, QC
3/3/2017 House Of Targ – Ottawa, ON
3/4/2017 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

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Intervals Premieres New Video For “Libra” With Footage From Tour With Animals As Leaders

Canadian technical progressive metal act Intervals premieres a new music video for “Libra”. The clip is a collection of footage captured by Randy Edwards, taken across Europe and North America on the band’s tour with Animals As Leaders.

Check out now “Libra” below.

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Psycho Las Vegas 2017: King Diamond to Headline

– January 10th, 2017 –

Today, Psycho Las Vegas unveils King Diamond as the festival’s grand headliner. In coming to Psycho, King Diamond mark 30 years since the release of Abigail, and this will be King‘s only USA performance of 2017!

With a career spanning more than 35 groundbreaking years, King Diamond‘s namesake stands among the ultimate heavy metal icons. From landmark records with Mercyful Fate to establishing the band King Diamond in 1985 and unleashing the unholy trinity of Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987) and “Them” (1988) on the world, King Diamond‘s vocals, atmosphere and songs have become the staple diet of multiple generations of headbangers.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of metal’s ultimate legends take the stage at the biggest underground fest the US has ever known when King Diamond plays Psycho Las Vegas 2017 in August at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

Additional headliners, full lineup & official festival artwork revealed Jan 2017.

– confirmed lineup –

KING DIAMOND (Headliner / USA 2017 exclusive)

VIP tickets are on sale as of Jan. 18.

Payment options for Psycho Las Vegas 2017 are available through Affirm, with immediate delivery of tickets. More info at

Psycho Las Vegas 2017 is set for Aug. 18-20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available at

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New Album “Scatterbrain” Announced By KXM

Building upon the success of the 2014 self-titled debut, KXM returns with the sophomore album “Scatterbrain.” The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. “Scatterbrain” is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts at this location. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes.

KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. “Scatterbrain” features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM has created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. “Scatterbrain” is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.

Recorded over the span of 10 days, every song on “Scatterbrain” was the result of a musical jam from all three members playing together in the same room. Ray Luzier explains on the process, “We wanted to use the same formula as the 1st KXM record: book studio time, come in fresh every day with a new idea & run with it and not over think anything.” George Lynch described the sessions as Record-topia: “we showed up in the studio, camped out with a bunch of gear and let the tape roll! Just like the first album, no pre-production, no rehearsal, no pre-written songs.” dUg Pinnick adds: “The vibe was like a bunch of old friends having fun creating music like the previous record, nothing but fun!”

The track listing for Scatterbrain is:

1. Scatterbrain
2. Breakout
3. Big Sky Country
4. Calypso
5. Not a Single Word
6. Obsession
7. Noises In The Sky
8. Panic Attack
9. It’s Never Enough
10. True Deceivers
11. Stand
12. Together
13. Angel

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Old Wounds Kicking Off 2017 Touring

Old Wounds officially kicks off 2017 tonight in Saginaw, Michigan, for the band’s first show of the year. Tonight’s show is the first stop in a series of weekend jaunts that takes the Wounds across North America this month, hitting venues from Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus to Berkeley’s 924 Gilman St, and supported by bands like Exalt and Seizures.

Tonight also sees the live debut of new vocalist Brandon Gallagher, who has stepped out from behind the drum kit to lead the band after the departure of former frontman Kevin Iavaroni. Gallagher was the band’s original vocalist in its earliest days.

Old Wounds’ next full-length album, the follow-up to 2015’s “The Suffering Spirit,” is currently in the works and will see a 2017 release on Good Fight Music. A teaser video at Instagram here gives a glimpse of what’s to come.

Old Wounds, Exalt, Safe to Say:
Jan 6 – Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture
Jan 7 – Toronto, ON @ The Cave
Jan 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

Old Wounds, Exalt, Lost Souls:
Jan 12 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs
Jan 13 – Albany, NY @ Trickshots
Jan 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Jan 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus

Old Wounds, Seizures, Poison Headache:
Jan 19 – Sacramento, CA @ The Colony
Jan 20 – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman St
Jan 21 – Kingsburg, CA @ Bullfrogs
Jan 22 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

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Nuclear Blast Signs Pallbearer, Details Of New Album “Heartless” Posted

Nuclear Blast Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of ruminant Arkansas progressive doom quartet Pallbearer for the territories of UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. Pallbearer can also reveal today that the highly anticipated forthcoming third record titled “Heartless” is due for release on 24th March 2017! The album will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand and via Profound Lore in North America.

Pallbearer commented on the signing: “We are very excited to be working with Nuclear Blast on this record, as so many of the bands that have helped to shape our own artistic pathways have before us.”

Monte Conner, Nuclear Blast Entertainment president adds: “Pallbearer continue to evolve and scale new creative and sonic heights with Heartless. I am very honoured to be working hand-in-hand with the band, Profound Lore and Oblique Artist Management, and look forward to Nuclear Blast playing a key role in exposing new fans to this incredible band.”

Initially formed in 2008, Pallbearer grew from the fertile underground metal scene of Little Rock, Arkansas – releasing the debut full length “Sorrow and Extinction” in early 2012. The record made an immediate and immense impact on die-hard doom fans and metal critics alike, also forming the four piece fans outside of the metal scene. The formidable sophomore record, 2014’s “Foundations Of Burden” – featured on countless critic’s end of year lists – cemented the band’s reputation as an unstoppable and emotive force – driving doom beyond its imagined limits, carving themselves an entirely original path through the realm of heavy music.

Pallbearer commented on “Heartless”: “This album finds us exploring new territories; instead of staring into to the void – both above and within – ‘Heartless’ concentrates its power on a grim reality. Our lives, our homes and our world are all plumbing the depths of utter darkness, as we seek to find any shred of hope we can.”

And on the ruminative album artwork (shown below), created by hugely talented Indiana based oil painter Michael Lierly: “Michael Lierly’s indelibly expressive work perfectly captures the feelings of fear and heartbreak we hoped to convey as our world crumbles around us.” The album layout was handled by Chimere Noire.

‘Heartless’ was recorded entirely to analogue tape at Fellowship Hall Sound, Little Rock, Arkansas between June and August 2016. The record was produced by Pallbearer, and mixed by acclaimed producer Joe Barresi (Tool, The Melvins, QOTSA, Fu Manchu). Engineering was handled by Jason Weinheimer and Zach Reeves, and mastered by Grammy winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Soundgarden, Sting).

The track listing is as follows:

1. I Saw the End
2. Thorns
3. Lie of Survival
4. Dancing in Madness
5. Cruel Road
6. Heartless
7. A Plea for Understanding

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Neurosis Issues 2016 Recap Message

Following a string of shows supporting eleventh studio album, “Fires Within Fires,” Neurosis has now posted this 2016 recap message:

“Ending the year as we began the year. Last December at this time we were spending our 30th anniversary recording and mixing Fires Within Fires. 365 days later we are together in a small cedar cabin in North Idaho writing riffs and seeing where the sound gods take us after such a monumental year.

“Our year in brief summary: 3 amazing 30th anniversary shows in SF with heroes and brothers alike; 2 more at the unrivaled Roadburn festival; the release of the ‘Strength and Vision’ boxset of our entire catalog; a European tour including our first time in Portugal; the release of our 11th album, ‘Fires Within Fires;’ the Decibel Neurosis Issue and album of the year in Terrorizer and Cvlt Nation; a short trip to London to play with teenage heroes.

“Great shows up and down the West Coast and now this, back where it all happens, sitting in a room together as brothers, instruments in hand, waiting to see where this journey takes us next. Eternal gratitude as always to our families. #sonicgeometry #neurosis30.”

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Svart Crown Unveils New Album “Abreaction”

Century Media is honored to announce the release of “Abreaction,” a new studio album by French black/death metal outfit Svart Crown. The album will land March 3rd in Europe and March 17th in North America.

On January 13th, the track “Transsubstantiation” will be launched as a static Youtube video and instant grat track via Amazon and iTunes pre-orders.

“Abreaction” will be released as a limited deluxe digipak that folds out to a cross (EU version), limited digipak (US version), limited gatefold LP+CD with a 12-page LP-booklet, and as digital download/stream.

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