Lik releases video for third single, “Celebration of the Twisted”

– April 24th, 2018 –

Death Metallers Lik from Stockholm, Sweden have just released the third single taken off their new album, Carnage, to be released May 4th via Metal Blade Records. To watch the video for “Celebration Of The Twisted”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=Qh1K-87uQKM

Lik comments: “We wanted to depict just how dark and gloomy Stockholm can be during the long winter we’re given here in the north. That sets a mood perfect to write old school death metal. You can say that the inspiration is always just around the corner. The one who knows his or hers Stockholm death metal will rejoice as there’s some major landmarks included in this video!”

The video was shot, produced and edited by Niklas Sandin. Thanks to Jonas Renkse & Linus Johansson.

Head over to metalblade.com/lik to check out the videos for the first two singles, “Rid You Of Your Flesh” and “Dr. Duschanka”. At the same location you can pre-order the album in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl
–grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of Lik, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named Mass Funeral Evocation in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, Carnage will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.U). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, Lik has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what you hear is what you get”-experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.

Carnage track-listing
1. To Kill
2. Rid You Of Your Flesh
3. Celebration Of The Twisted
4. Dr. Duschanka
5. Left To Die
6. Cannibalistic Infancy
7. Death Cult
8. The Deranged
9. Only Death Is Left Alive
10. Embrace The End

Lik line-up:
Chris Barkensjo – drums & vocals
Tomas Akvik – vocals & guitars
Niklas “Nille” Sandin – guitars & bass

Lik online:
https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial
https://www.instagram.com/lik_official
https://twitter.com/lik_official

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Glenn Tipton Rejoins Judas Priest On Stage For Encores In San Francisco

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed earlier this year that he was struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Clarifying later that, he would still get up on stage for some songs here and there.

Glenn Tipton first kept that promise on March 20 in Newark, NJ, when he joined Judas Priest on stage for three songs. Past week he’s done it again at the band’s April 19 performance in San Francisco, CA. Tipton played “Metal Gods”, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”.

Filling in for Tipton on the road has been Judas Priest producer Andy Sneap.

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LIK releases video for 2nd single, “Dr. Duschanka”

– April 5th, 2018 –

Death metallers Lik from Stockholm, Sweden have just released the 2nd single taken off their new album, Carnage, to be released May 4th via Metal Blade Records. To watch the video for “Dr. Duschanka”, please visit: youtube.com/watch?v=pqYrg8Jf1R8

Lik comments: “‘Dr. Duschanka’ is a gruesome piece about what can go down if you happen to book yourself into the appointment of your nightmares. We were looking for a video that necessarily didn’t need to depict what happens in the lyrics, but reflects the dark and gritty story. At an early stage it was decided to do a classical performance video inspired by old classics like Pantera‘s ‘I’m Broken’. Together with crew of ‘The Happy Creative’ we achieved this and the visual distortion goes well with the sonical!”

The first single, “Rid You Of Your Flesh”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/lik – where the record can pre-ordered in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl
–grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of Lik, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named Mass Funeral Evocation in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, Carnage will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.U). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, Lik has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what you hear is what you get”-experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.

Carnage track-listing
1. To Kill
2. Rid You Of Your Flesh
3. Celebration Of The Twisted
4. Dr. Duschanka
5. Left To Die
6. Cannibalistic Infancy
7. Death Cult
8. The Deranged
9. Only Death Is Left Alive
10. Embrace The End

Lik line-up:
Chris Barkensjo – drums & vocals
Tomas Akvik – vocals & guitars
Niklas “Nille” Sandin – guitars & bass

Lik online:
https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial
https://www.instagram.com/lik_official
https://twitter.com/lik_official

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Rivers of Nihil lands on international charts with new album, ‘Where Owls Know My Name’

– March 28th, 2018 –

Rivers of Nihil recently released their new album, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the international charts! See below for all positions:

#3 Top New Artist Albums (USA)
#9 Current Hard Music Albums (USA)
#11 Top New Artist Albums Consumption (USA)
#12 Record Label Independent Current Albums (USA)
#21 Current Rock Albums (USA)
#25 Internet Albums (USA)
#40 Record Label Independent Current Albums Consumption (USA)
#51 Current Digital Albums (USA)
#53 Digital Albums (USA)
#57 Top 200 Current Albums (USA)
#61 Billboard Top 200 Albums (USA)
#91 Top Albums w/ TEA (USA)
#50 Top 200 Chart (Canada)
#10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada)
#38 Top Digital Charts (Canada)

To preview and purchase Where Owls Know My Name, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Threshold Announces European Tour, Will Play “Legends Of The Shires” In Full

UK progressive metal quintet Threshold released their colossal double concept album ‘Legends Of The Shires’ on September 8th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. It’s the band’s most successful album to date and was followed by a hugely successful 2-week European headline run with several sold out shows. Reasons enough, then, for the band to announce a second leg today. This time, though, Threshold will be performing ‘Legends Of The Shires’ in its entirety and more. Special guests for this trek will be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.

Guitarist Karl Groom comments: “Far from the stereotypical image of being reserved, the UK Threshold fans are some of the loudest in Europe now! We had a fantastic homecoming to the O2 Islington last time out and look forward to another great show in Autumn 2018.”

‘Legends Of The Shires’ Album Tour 2018
w/ special guests:
10.10. Colmar – Le Grillen (FR)
11.10. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
12.10. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (DE)
13.10. Zoetermeer – Boerderij (NL)
14.10. Hamburg – Markthalle (DE)
16.10. Jena – F-Haus (DE)
17.10. Prague – Nová Chmelnice (CZ)
18.10. Munich – Feierwerk (DE)
19.10. Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex (DE)
20.10. Essen – Turock (DE)
21.10. London – Islington Assembly Hall (UK)

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Rivers of Nihil launches behind-the-scenes clip for latest video, “A Home”

– March 21st, 2018 –

Last week, Rivers of Nihil released their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records, along with a video for the album track, “A Home”. Guitarist Jonathan Topore filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary of the video shoot for “A Home,” which can be seen now at: youtube.com/watch?v=dlZe-aXc4Ck

To watch “A Home” [directed by David Brodsky (www.davidsbrodsky.com)] and purchase Where Owls Know My Name, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Rivers of Nihil launches video for “A Home”

– March 16th, 2018 –

New album, ‘Where Owls Know My Name’, out now

Rivers of Nihil has released their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, today via Metal Blade Records! To purchase the album, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil

To coincide with Where Owls Know My Name‘s release, Rivers of Nihil has launched a new video for “A Home”, directed by David Brodsky (davidsbrodsky.com) – which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=Es35XYlKNnA

Rivers of Nihil comments: “Once again we have partnered up with the legendary Dave Brodsky and the rest of the fine folks at MyGoodEye Visuals to bring you this video for ‘A Home’ from our new record ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ out today! This video was shot in our hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, so going along with the song title this video feels very much at home for us. Catch us out on tour for the next five weeks across the US and Canada with Dying Fetus, Thy Art is Murder, Enterprise Earth, and Sanction!”

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Where Owls Know My Name track-listing
1. Cancer / Moonspeak
2. The Silent Life
3. A Home
4. Old Nothing
5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition
6. Terrestria III: Wither
7. Hollow
8. Death Is Real
9. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 16 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Rivers of Nihil challenges The Black Dahlia Murder to a beer pong game, while streaming their new album, ‘Where Owls Know My Name’ (out tomorrow!)

– March 15th, 2018 –

Kicks off North American tour with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction today

Tomorrow (March 16th), Rivers of Nihil will release their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records. In support of this new album, the band is hitting the road today with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, and Sanction for a North American tour that’s not to be missed (see below for dates).

For a preview of Where Owls Know My Name, fans can watch a video of Rivers of Nihil challenging labelmates The Black Dahlia Murder to a beer pong game – with a part of the album streaming during the clip. Head over to the Metal Sucks Facebook page now for the exclusive: facebook.com

To hear the previous singles – “The Silent Life”, “A Home”, “Where Owls Know My Name” – please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–CD
–Swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 400 copies – USA exclusive)
–Olive green w/ black splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–Doublemint inside swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Where Owls Know My Name track-listing
1. Cancer / Moonspeak
2. The Silent Life
3. A Home
4. Old Nothing
5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition
6. Terrestria III: Wither
7. Hollow
8. Death Is Real
9. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 15 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mar. 16 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall *
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 2 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Jamspot *
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 16 – Hot Springs Village, AR @ The Building *
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
*=Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth only

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Lik announces new album, ‘Carnage’, for a May 4th release

– March 15th, 2018 –

Launches first single and pre-order

Death Metallers Lik from Stockholm, Sweden announce their new album, Carnage, for a May 4th release through Metal Blade Records. Please visit metalblade.com/lik to hear the first single, “Rid You Of Your Flesh” – where you can also pre-order the record in the following formats:


–ltd. 1st ed. Digipak-CD
–180g black vinyl
–grey black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–red opaque/black splattered vinyl (EU/EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–clear/black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Comments Lik about the first single: “With its sheer power coming at you as a knuckle sandwich to your face, but keeping a melodic side to it, it was easy to choose ‘Rid You Of Your Flesh’ as the first single for this album. Showcasing what we’ve done in the past and a hint of what you can expect on ‘Carnage‘, it was a natural choice!”

In the dirt where fallen idols lay to rest, the maggots and seeds in 2014 spawned a new creation. This took the ugly form of Lik, which fittingly means corpse in Swedish. An un-dead creation which offers a plate of savory old school death metal. Walking the earth for three cold winters, and with the first offer named Mass Funeral Evocation in 2015, it’ll have a sister released in May of 2018. Through iconic Metal Blade Records, Carnage will reach even further in the quest to spread the beauty of imperfection.

Responsible to capture this on tape was once again Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane, F.K.U). This time things where stepped up a notch as the recording took place in the famous Dugout studios in Uppsala where Daniel Bergstrand also added some spice to the infernal stew. In the land where the craft is polished to resemble something else than brute reality, Lik has no passage as this entity is devoted to make a permanent mark in those who lay down their souls to rock’n’roll. That’s why the recipe will always, and has always been, to record as much live as possible. Keeping editing to a minimum offers a “what you hear is what you get”-experience. That’s why it feels like you’re on the spot at a live gig, rather than a calm studio environment when you spin the disc.

The new offering from the Stockholm group delivers more of what you got on the debut. It’s an effort where you can expect everything from slow and bone crushing songs to fast and furious riffs. The lyrics are once again about everything between heaven and hell, both in reality and in fiction. It portrays the deepest corners of humanity and it also flirts with old school horror.

Carnage track-listing
1. To Kill
2. Rid You Of Your Flesh
3. Celebration Of The Twisted
4. Dr. Duschanka
5. Left To Die
6. Cannibalistic Infancy
7. Death Cult
8. The Deranged
9. Only Death Is Left Alive
10. Embrace The End

Lik line-up:
Chris Barkensjo – drums & vocals
Tomas Akvik – vocals & guitars
Niklas “Nille” Sandin – guitars & bass

Lik online:
https://www.facebook.com/LIKofficial
https://www.instagram.com/lik_official
https://twitter.com/lik_official

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Tombs announces tour dates supporting Bloodbath, headlining dates with Barishi

– March 13th, 2018 –

After releasing their fourth full-length, The Grand Annihilation, last year, Tombs is now heading back out on the road again in support of it, this time joining Bloodbath on select dates, before headlining a few shows with Barishi. See below for all upcoming dates!

Tombs tour dates
May 25 – New Brunswick, NJ – Court Tavern
May 26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *
May 27 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
May 28 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theater *
May 29 – Montreal, QC – Corona *
May 30 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti Bar & Spectacles +
May 31 – Brattleboro, VT – The Stone Church +
June 1 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club +
*=supporting Bloodbath
+=with Barishi

While every track on The Grand Annihilation stands separate from those around it, it is still a cohesive collection, and at no point do the stylistic twists and turns undermine its coherence. The blasting, scathing yet melodic black metal savagery of opener “Black Sun Horizon” and “Way Of The Storm” are very much built to destroy, while wielding a poignancy that is undeniable – both of which stand in strong contrast to the uncomfortable post-punk squall of “Underneath” that showcases front-man Mike Hill’s Nick Cave/Ian Curtis-esque singing voice, while the likes of the throbbing “Saturnalian” and unnerving tribal thunder of “Walk With Me In Nightmares” stand in categories all of their own.

To preview and purchase The Grand Annihilation, please visit: metalblade.com/tombs

Tombs online:
https://www.facebook.com/TombsBklyn
https://twitter.com/TOMBS666
https://www.instagram.com/tombscult
https://www.youtube.com/tombscult

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