Ice Nine Kills Premiere New Music Video For “Stabbing In The Dark”

Ice Nine Kills debut a new music video for their track “Stabbing In The Dark” off their latest effort, “The Silver Scream“.

Comments Ice Nine Kills’ vocalist Spencer Charnas:

“I am proud to present what I believe to be the most intense installment yet of The Silver Scream film. ‘Stabbing In The Dark‘ is our tribute to John Carpenter‘s holy grail of slasher flicks — ‘Halloween‘. We also combine franchises here with a nod to ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street‘, as the security guard in the clip is played by the fantastic Ricky Dean Logan. He met his demise in ‘Freddy’s Dead‘ and that particular kill, where he gets his ear cut off, is widely known as Robert Englund‘s favorite death in the series.

He’s been in everything from horror to ‘Seinfeld‘ to ‘Back To The Future‘, so I knew he would be able to capture the essence of terror but with an underlying tongue-in-cheek spirit. The amazing people at Haunted Overload horror park in Lee, New Hampshire lent their amazing resources to us to make this the most visually stunning episode so far.”

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“Loud Fest” Shut Down By Police Following Altercation Between Audience And Security

Past Saturday’s “Loud Fest” at GameChangerWorld in South Howell, NJ was cut short by police after an altercation between security and some audience members. The fest was booked to feature Despised Icon, Knocked Loose, Internal Bleeding, On Broken Wings, Jesus Piece. The venue issued the below statement on that matter:

“A message from GameChangerWorld & Diamond Concerts:

Due to an altercation between a private contracted security officer and a few concert goers, Howell Township Police cancelled the remainder of tonight’s scheduled show. GameChangerWorld security and staff were NOT involved in the altercation and supported the Howell Police as needed.

Media reports of multiple injuries and transports are fabricated. Howell Police responded to a 911 call and with our staff, we were all able to exit the venue. Any reports of the contrary are not true.

GameChangerWorld has never had any problems with any of our crowds over the 4 years we have been in Howell and tonight’s incident with our security contractor will be reviewed and addressed so future incidents are avoided.

We appreciate the fans and artist support. GameChangerWorld management is cooperating with Howell Police as they investigate the incident between the security officer and the entire situation.

We also appreciate the fans for their cooperation and despite negative comments surrounding the incident, you all pulled together and evacuated the premises. This is not something that typically happens so thank you all for your patience throughout the night.”

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Elitist Releases “Idle Hands” Music Video

Elitist’s self-titled album dropped today (June 30th) and now a new music video has also come online for the disc’s fourth track “Idle Hands,” which can be seen below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Vision Red (streaming here)
2. Sense and Security
3. Numbered
4. Idle Hands
5. Deadweight
6. Return to Sender
7. Amber
8. Lonely Giant
9. Gone
10. Creatures of Habit
11. End Game

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Pit Stories: Anything To Be At The Front Of The Show

The pit is where the action is, and that’s why every week we check in with metal bands from across the entire planet to get their most memorable Pit Stories.

Today Myles Yang from Metal Blade Records outfit Native Construct shares this story of showing up to a Between The Buried and Me show early, only to have another show goer try to pry him away from the front of the crowd:

About five years ago, I was at a Between the Buried and Me concert in North Carolina with some friends. We were huge fans, so we made sure to arrive at the venue several hours before the doors opened in order to secure spots at the very front row of the main floor, right up against the barricade between the stage and the audience.

The show was going great at first, and the crowd was becoming increasingly rowdy, as expected with music like BTBAM’s. There was the usual light pushing and scuffling, and people trying to weasel their way to the front of the crowd. One girl who was standing directly behind us, however, was absolutely hell-bent on getting our spot in the front.

This girl – I’ll just call her Lisa for now – started off with some unremarkable tugging on my arms and clothes in an attempt to pry me off the barricade. I did my best to ignore it and enjoy the show. As BTBAM’s set went on, Lisa became more and more determined, and her tactics escalated to clawing, pulling, and shoving with all her might to remove me from the front row. I wasn’t having it.

Eventually, Lisa’s boyfriend got involved. I was still trying to just focus on the show as much as possible at this point, but all of the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my left shoulder. I immediately turned my head to see what was happening behind me, and found myself staring directly into the crazed face of Lisa’s boyfriend, whose mouth was currently clamped down on my shoulder. He had bitten me. He was still biting me. It was as difficult to believe in that moment as it is now. As the reality of the magnitude of savagery I was dealing with in these people was sinking in, I managed to struggle out of the clutches of his blood-soaked jaw.

By this time, surrounding audience members had noticed that something abnormal was going on, and many people intervened and pulled Lisa and her boyfriend off of us. The venue security also got involved. Of course, they had no information about the nature of the conflict, and their job is to simply end any conflicts as swiftly as possible in order to keep everyone safe. So they understandably rounded up Lisa, her boyfriend, and myself, and began escorting us all the way back across the main floor and through the crowd, in order to eject us all from the venue. Needless to say, though, I was rather unhappy about having to miss the rest of the show due to the behavior of a couple of strangers.

But, to my great fortune, as I was passing through the center of the crowd with my respective security guard escort, Between the Buried and Me began their next song, “Augment of Rebirth.” If you’ve heard this tune, you know that it has a fairly intense start. The crowd instantly erupted into a rambunctious hurricane, and I was quickly separated from the security guard and lost in the dense and chaotic sea of people. There was no chance of security finding me again, and so I was able to see the rest of the show after all – from the pit.

Let us know if you’ve ever had to deal with overly aggressive fans at the front of the show through the comments section.

Native Construct signed to Metal Blade Records earlier this year and will release debut album “Quiet World” on April 21st. Check out a video playthrough off the album below.

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Excel Announces Full Details On “Split Image” Re-Issue

After reuniting last year, California hardcore/thrash metal crossover act Excel has since teamed up with Southern Lord for a forthcoming reissue of the debut album, “Split Image.”

Originally released in 1987 through Suicidal and Caroline Records, “Split Image” was produced by Randy Burns (Death, Possessed, Megadeth, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies). The reissue of the album will now be officially re-released in North America on September 30th.

Remastered by Brad Boatright (Bl’ast!, Sleep, Obituary, Black Breath) the Southern Lord issue of “Split Image” comes with a massive amount of bonus material including the “Welcome to Venice” comp tracks, “Personal Onslaught” demo, and the “Refuse to Quit” demo.

The LP Includes a 32-page 7″ X 7″ booklet with photos from the era and a 11″ x 17″ poster of the original Michael Seiff album cover artwork. The CD contains bonus demo material, including the “Personal Onslaught” and “Refuse to Quit” demos, as well as a booklet with many rare and unseen photos. The track listing is:

1. Your Life, My Life
2. Insecurity
3. Split Image
4. Never Look Away
5. Wreck Your World
6. Social Security
7. Set Yourself Apart
8. The Joke’s On You
9. Looking For You
10. Spare The Pain

Personal Onslaught demo (1985)
11. Split Image
12. Insecurity
13. Looking For You
14. Spare The Pain

Refuse To Quit demo (1986)
15. Never Look Away
16. Gods Of Power
17. Set Yourself Apart
18. Blitz In Confinement

You can also see Excel live on these dates:

10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Goatsnake, The Offenders
10/25/2014 Clash Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Where Giants Once Stood Posts “Living In Security” Music Video

Toronto, ON’s metalcore quartet Where Giants Once Stood return with a video for the new single “Living In Security,” directed by LoganSwinkels of Logan Lights Creative.

The video, available below, is an anthem for taking control of your own destiny, and deconstructs small-town complacency to showcase the band’s most creatively ambitious material to date.

“Living In Security” is the first single from the band’s new EP “Live Above,” due for release September 2nd, 2014.

“Since we started up last year, we’ve grown so much as musicians, as songwriters and as performers,” reveals lead guitarist Jordan Turnbull. “We knew the sound of this new material had to be something special to reflect that, and Jon Howard’s production has really taken the Giants sound to the next level!”

The EP’s track listing is as follows:

1. Living in Security (4:27)
2. Illuminate (4:54)
3. The Damaged (4:08)
4. Myths Lies And Crimes (5:20)

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Serj Tankian Comments On Possibility Of American Airstrikes In Syria

Serj Tankian, current solo artist and formerly from System of a Down, has been known for his lyrics involving politics and warfare.

Serj has now chimed in on the current situation with Syria – in which the United States is considering missile strikes against the country’s government for suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels seeking to overthrow the current regime. Serj posted the following message online via Facebook:

“I’m really concerned about the ‘evidence’ against the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the ‘slam dunk’ evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts.”

After that message set off a firestorm of comments, Serj followed up with this statement:

“I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I’ve read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov’t and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes.

“Once the civil war has ended it will be easier to deduce the guilty parties on both sides who have broken international laws and conventions and bring them to justice, preferably through the ICC or World Court to help strengthen those institutions to deal with crimes against humanity instead of weakening them as the US has in the past. Any thoughts on this?”

Earlier this summer Serj spoke about the lack of a new System of a Down album in an interview available here, prompted by discontent from other band members. He also recently took part in a collaborative track titled “We Are” with Devin Townsend and Ihsahn, which can be heard below.

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Barbarian Prophecies Signs With WormHoleDeath To Release “XIII”

Wormholedeath and Lost Penguin Conspiracy present: Barbarian Prophecies. Wormholedeath will distribute and market the new album from Spanish death metal assault Barbarian Prophecies titled “XIII.” The release date is set for early autumn 2013, and a preview clip can be heard below. The band comments:

“We are very proud to announce that our next album, ‘XIII,” will be released under the label WormHoleDeath, which makes us one of the first Spanish bands in being part of this label. After having self-released our previous record, ‘Remember the Fallen,’ we decided that it was necessary to count with the support of a label to give greater international projection to our work. For this reason, and after assessing the options that we had, we think that WHD was the record label that is more suited to our needs.

“Their professionalism and interest in the band provides the security that their work will be thinking in seeking the best for Barbarian Prophecies. Also want to thank our agency ‘Lost Penguin Conspiracy’ by the management in the process from the first minute, always looking for the best for the band, and without which we had not reached this agreement.”

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Downfall Of Gaia Streaming New Album "Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes"

Downfall of Gaia has launched a stream of new album “Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes” in its entirety through CvltNation.com here. In addition to the stream, vocalist/guitarist Dominik Goncalves dos Reis has written descriptions for each song on the album, which should be of interest to fans as the entire album is sung in German.

“Suffocating In The Swarm of Cranes” is a concept album about an individual’s struggles with living in modern, oft over-stimulated society. Comments Downfall of Gaia:

“The concept album ‘Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes’ is telling a story about a person who falls victim to his thoughts and becomes consumed by the pressures of the outside world. Suffering from insomnia, the day by day routine and the security that things are completely out of control nowadays, all of this puts so much pressure on him that he is slowly losing his mind. It’s a huge story about a person and the sickness, his state of mind and how his psychological conscience develops.

“This story is representative for a more and more fast moving time such as today where it’s way too easy to lose control and to get buried by the growing weights on our own backs. Compared to our last releases, we’ve got the most mixed style on the new album and it has a lot of dynamic. It’s more aggressive than the other stuff. It still has influences from sludge, black metal, doom, hardcore or post rock parts. It’s a wide range of music which makes all of us feel really comfortable!”

The album’s track listing is:

1. [vulnus]
2. Drowning By Wing Beats
3. In the Rivers Bleak
4. I Fade Away
5. Beneath The Crown Of Cranes
6. Giving Their Heir to the Masses
7. [asphyxia]

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Downfall Of Gaia Streams New Song "Drowning By Wing Beats"

Downfall of Gaia has now released the second song off new album, “Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes.” Surf over to the Metal Hammer Germany website here to stream the new song “Drowning By Wing Beats.”

The previously posted first single “In The Rivers Bleak” is also still available for streaming at this location.

Comments Downfall of Gaia: “The concept album ‘Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes’ is telling a story about a person who falls victim to his thoughts and becomes consumed by the pressures of the outside world. Suffering from insomnia, the day by day routine and the security that things are completely out of control nowadays, all of this puts so much pressure on him that he is slowly losing his mind. It’s a huge story about a person and the sickness, his state of mind and how his psychological conscience develops.

“This story is representative for a more and more fast moving time such as today where it’s way too easy to lose control and to get buried by the growing weights on our own backs. Compared to our last releases, we’ve got the most mixed style on the new album and it has a lot of dynamic. It’s more aggressive than the other stuff. It still has influences from sludge, black metal, doom, hardcore or post rock parts. It’s a wide range of music which makes all of us feel really comfortable!”

The album’s track listing is:

1. [vulnus]
2. Drowning By Wing Beats
3. In the Rivers Bleak
4. I Fade Away
5. Beneath The Crown Of Cranes
6. Giving Their Heir to the Masses
7. [asphyxia]

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