Corrosion Of Conformity Reveals New Album “No Cross No Crown” Details, Posts New Song “Cast The First Stone”

American heavy metal veterans Corrosion Of Conformity has announced that they will be releasing a new studio album, “No Cross No Crown” on January 12th next year through Nuclear Blast Records. This will mark their first album with frontman Pepper Keenan since the 2005 release, “In the Arms of God” and will contain no less than fifteen tracks, the first of which, “Cast The First Stone” can be heard below and will be available as a free download when the album is pre-ordered.

The tracklisting for “No Cross No Crown” is as follows:

1. Novus Deus
2. The Luddite
3. Cast The First Stone
4. No Cross
5. Wolf Named Crow
6. Little Man
7. Matre’s Diem
8. Forgive Me
9. Nothing Left To Say
10. Sacred Isolation
11. Old Disaster
12. E.L.M.
13. No Cross No Crown
14. A Quest To Believe (A Call To The Void)
15. Son And Daughter

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Down Cancels New Orleans Live Show

The sad saga of Down’s ordeal since Dimebash continues, as tonight’s show in New Orleans has been canned. The band’s management posted online via Facebook:

“To the Down faithful, after conferring with the promoters of the upcoming February 8th show at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans we felt it would be in everyone’s best interest to postpone the concert.

“It is our belief that this is the right thing to do at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“With respect, Down management.”

Down was also recently booted from the FortaRock 2016 lineup in response to Phil Anselmo’s white power antics at the Dimebash 2016 event.

Anselmo subsequently released an apology video (available here) and bandmate Pepper Keenan recently released a statement about the situation asking fans to join him in forgiving Anselmo.

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Down’s Pepper Keenan Comments On Phil Anselmo Controversy

Following news that Down had been removed from the FortaRock 2016 lineup due to Phil Anselmo’s recent on-stage antics, fellow Down member Pepper Keenan has now issued a statement about the situation. He had this to say:

“Any one who knows me is aware that I am not one to dabble much in social media, however due to what transpired last week at Dimebash I feel the need to respond and reach out to friends, family, music peers and fans worldwide.

“I am saddened and confused by the behavior of Philip Anselmo last week. I do not condone what was gestured and said. This lapse in judgment of ‘making a joke’ was in terribly poor taste and unacceptable.

“That philosophy is the opposite of what I am about. My heart follows love and soul and my music has been inspired from people of all walks of life and musical styles. I view music as a gift that is universal and intended for all of humanity. As a proud New Orleanian, life is about celebrating diversity through music, it’s about bringing people together, not tearing apart.

“I won’t speak for Phil but I’ve known him most of my life and I know there is not hate in his heart, however I hope at this moment in time Phil will focus his energy on self-reflection and begin the process of regaining perspective, healing himself and those lives he has touched through music.

“Through Down, Philip and I have written many beautiful and powerful songs in the past that have touched and inspired people from all walks of life positively and have helped pull many out of their own darkest hours. This is not something I take for granted and should always be at the forefront of one’s conscience to keep you grounded, humbled and grateful.

“One of the responsibilities and joys, in my opinion, of being an artist or musician is having the ability to help make the world a better place.

“I accept Phil’s apology, and I believe he can.

“I’ll be there…if needed. Love and Respect, Pepper Keenan.”

If you missed it, you can view Phil’s official apology video here, or read his most recent statement – in which he suggests Down should go on without him – at this location.

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Cretus Releasing Debut EP “Dux Mea Lux”

After an explosive run on the famed New Orleans metal scene in 2014, Cretus is releasing debut EP, “Dux Mea Lux,” this coming September 4 on Pavement Music.

Rock vet Pepper Keenan (Down, Corrosion Of Conformity) has been singing the mysterious group’s praises, stating: “Cretus is a killer band with ripping guitar work and clear vocal hooks. For sure a future global outfit. They wear masks and slaughter virgins on stage. Need I say more?”

Yep, another masked, mysterious band. The following press release was issued about Cretus: “While it is unknown exactly when or where Cretus formed, the group began publicly spreading its message through music in 2014. Devout followers of Cretus pack into shows wearing the group’s signature black masks and cloaks, bobbing their heads in support as hypnotic lights pulse and dense fog surrounds them, becoming a raving heavy metal congregation unable and unwilling to escape the dark energy emanating from the speakers.”

The new EP’s track listing is:

1. Price Of Immortality
2. Darkness Bites
3. What I Will
4. The Leader
5. Little Children

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King Diamond To Perform Abigail Album At Housecore Horror Film Fest

This November, Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what’s morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!

Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin doing a live score of George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar’s fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!

And the awesome won’t stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.

Comments Anselmo: “I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King.”

Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who’s shaping this year’s HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: “It’s been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It’s gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!”

Housecore Horror Festival Day-To-Day Lineup:

Aztec Theater
Friday:
King Diamond *
Superjoint
Exodus *
Eyehategod
Warbeast
Child Bite

Saturday:
Suffocation
Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Corrosion Of Conformity
Negative Approach
Crowbar
Nails
Poison Idea
Dropdead
Cripple Bastards
Gasmiasma *

Sunday:
Goblin (Dawn Of The Dead live score)
Autopsy
Incantation *
Zombi
YOB
Ghoul
Author And Punisher
Gristnam
Muscle And Marrow *
*newly added!

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Noisey Announces “NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou” Series

Noisey, the music arm of Vice, is proud to present “NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou,” a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped foster bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Goatwhore and many others.

Launching on September 16th, the series features appearances from names like Philip H. Anselmo (Housecore Records, Down, ex-Pantera), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Down, Superjoint Ritual), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, ex-Down), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity, Down), and Sammy Duet (Goatwhore, ex-Acid Bath) amongst others, discussing the bands, Hurricane Katrina, drugs, suicide, murder, and records that helped shape the New Orleans sound known the world over.

From the crawfish-littered tables of the secluded Anselmo compound to a fishing boat with Eyehategod in the swamps, Noisey delves in deep with the NOLA natives on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on September 16th and coming to a conclusion on October 7th.

Check out a teaser trailer below, courtesy of Metal Sucks.

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Warbeast Issues U.S. Tour Road Report, Gearing Up For European Shows

Warbeast just wrapped up a string of U.S. tour dates with Down, and is now on a break before heading over to Europe, also alongside Down, on the 19th. The band has now issued the following road report:

“Warbeast has been on the road home since about 1am. Looking like we will be home around 6:30. Once again we want to thank DOWN for this tremendous opportunity to tour with them. We appreciate it so much Philip H. Anselmo, Kirk Windstein, Pepper Keenan, Jimmy Bower and Patrick Bruders Also thanks to Kate Richardson, Scott Earnhart, Chad Piriano, Carter Withey, Mike Thompson, Eightball and Darrin Jones for being such a great crew and making us feel welcome.

“Also thanks to our brothers and label mates in haarp! Plus Big Okie Doom, Mount.Carmel, Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Child Bite for also sharing the stage with us on some of the shows during this tour.

“Easily the BEST and most successful tour for Warbeast so far. Got to play in front of some very large and receptive crowds. We sold tons of merch too. It was obvious we gained some new fans too.

“Some typical comments after our set at shows: ‘I’ve never heard of you guys before tour, but you’ve got a new fan now.’ ‘Your album and YouTube videos don’t do you justice, you are so much more intense live.’ ‘Thanks for bringing back true old school thrash metal.’ ‘You guys are the best band out of D/FW since Pantera.’ ‘The new songs ruled!’ ‘When you guys come back here I will be there.’ Needless to say, hearing that shit is very cool for all of us.

“The one thing we didn’t hear is… ‘I wish you guys would’ve played more songs off of your first album.’ They just praised the new songs instead. Which is a very good sign for us with the Split release and full-length coming soon.

“We must thank everyone that donated to our tour fund, gave us a place to crash out, helped with hotel rooms and fed us. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Anyway, we are going to rest and relax for a few days and then start preparing to Destroy Europe with Down in 2 weeks. It just keeps getting better and better. Living the dream is better than we could have ever imagined… YOU KNOW DAMN WELL!”

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