Akurion Recording Debut Album

Montreal-based Akurion has begun recording a long-awaited debut album. Vocalist Mike DiSalvo (ex-Cryptopsy) had this to say about the recording process:

“All the base tracks from the four of us are gonna be recorded live with only some overdubs added after the fact. We wanted a real earthy and deep sound from the inception of this project and we feel that jamming the tunes live in our room together, we will be able to capture the best feel and performance of these songs.”

The band entered the studio on April 14th with Alex Hebert (Ages, Empire De Mu). The album will be mixed by John Strieder of Magma Studios and will feature the great metal voices of Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy), Luc Lemay (Gorguts), and Jean-Marie Leblanc (Vengeful) as guest appearances.

Look for the upcoming new album to be released by the end of the year. Akurion’s base lineup consists of:

Mike DiSalvo – Vocals (Coma Cluster Void/Fireside Sessions/ex-Cryptopsy/ex-Infestation)
Rob Milley – Guitars (Neuraxis/Phobocosm(live)/Fireside Sessions/Torn Within)
Oli Pinard – Bass (Cryptopsy/Neuraxis/Vengeful)
Tommy McKinnon – Drums (Conflux/Ages/Empire De Mu/ex-Neuraxis/ex-Augury)

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River Black Posts New Song “Low”

River Black is now streaming the first brutal track taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, scheduled for release on July 7th, 2017. Check out advance song “Low” in the YouTube player. Vocalist Mike Olender comments on behalf of River Black:

“Our first track out, ‘Low’ is an expression of horror at how religion can become twisted and manipulated by charlatans and demagogues. It was inspired by a news report I heard about a journalist who spent some time with the now-deceased Isis leader ‘Johnny Jihad.’

“It revealed how this man used brutality with the purpose of inspiring others with similarly twisted minds. He used videos of his actions as recruiting tools. I was struck by the thought that there are people out there, who not only wouldn’t be repelled by these horrific videos, but actually excited and inspired by the images of this man gleefully sawing off the heads of the orange-clad victims kneeling before him. Faiths have always had these characters throughout history, but it is surreal to realize we are living in such dark historic times.”

1. Jaws
2. Honor
3. Low
4. Shipwreck
5. River Black
6. South by South
7. Boat
8. Move
9. #Victim
10. Haunt
11. Sink
12. Everywhere

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MeltDown Posts “Trust Fall” Music Video

Tucson, Arizona based rapcore band MeltDown has released an official music video for the track “Trust Fall,” taken from upcoming debut album “No Filter,” which is due out in early 2017.

The video was filmed in Phoenix, AZ by Irin Daniels of Marmera Films, and the song was recorded & mixed by Matt Good of Good Studios in Phoenix AZ.

Vocalist Mike Prince comments: “‘Trust Fall’ is a strong statement about putting all of the faith in the world in someone else’s hands. A trust you carry to your grave.”

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EYEHATEGOD Issues Statement Regarding Cancellation Of Tour Dates In Australia And Mexico

On the heels of the recent cancellation of their Australian tour, EYEHATEGOD was regrettably forced to postpone their three-day run through Mexico as well. In an official statement, the band notes: “We regret to have to cancel both our Australian and Mexican dates until further notice. Vocalist Mike IX Williams’ mental stability and health are […]

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EYEHATEGOD Issues Statement Regarding Cancellation Of Tour Dates In Australia And Mexico

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EyeHateGod Comments On Australian And Mexican Tour Cancellations

On the heels of the recent cancellation of an Australian tour, EyeHateGod was regrettably forced to postpone a three-day run through Mexico as well. The band comments:

“We regret to have to cancel both our Australian and Mexican dates until further notice. Vocalist Mike IX Williams’ mental stability and health are major serious issues at this point, and we are very, very sorry for putting our fans and business partners in this miserable position.

“We feel horrible about these empty spaces in our schedule and will make up these tours as soon as possible. The cancellation of these tours is in no way any fault of the promoters or foreign booking agents. We hope our fans understand.”

Since part of the problem included long flights, EyeHateGod recently embarked upon two separate short runs of shows on the West and East coast, fully against doctor’s orders. These shows were found to be physically draining and a detriment, performance-wise, to Williams.

Williams – who is currently dealing with exhaustion and chronic fatigue from a near nonstop tour schedule over the last five years — is resting and will be ready to conquer Europe and the U.K. on tour this April.

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Gravehill Releasing Third Album Via Dark Descent

California death horde Gravehill and Dark Descent Records have announced April 1st as the release date for the band’s third full-length, “Death Curse,” on CD and digital formats with vinyl treatment coming soon. Below is the cover art of “Death Curse,” the tracklisting of all nine songs, and a rough preview mix of the track “At Hell’s Command.”

“Death Curse” features over 35 minutes of powerful death metal in the old-school vein and includes guest appearances from some of the biggest legends of death metal. Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler of Autopsy and Kam Lee (Massacre, Death and Bone Gnawer) all made contributions to what threatens to be one of 2014’s most skin-grating albums. “Death Curse” features artwork by Christopher Moyen (Incantation, Blasphemy and more).

Vocalist Mike Abominator had this to say about Death Curse: “We have some filthy fucking death metal terror here with ‘Death Curse.’ These are the things of nightmares, the stench that makes you puke. This is what this album will make you do when you hear it.

We are going with the raw, putrid and dismal live sound this time, to try and capture the feel of one of our live show performances, of which we feel hasn’t been represented with our releases so far. Expect the same rotten and old school death metal from us. Fuck triggers! Fuck trends! Fuck technical bullshit! Fuck progress! AND FUCK YOU!”

Gates of Hell
Death Curse
At Hell’s Command
Open Their Throats
Fear the Reaper
Unending Lust for Evil
Black Blood Rising
Crucified
The Ascending Fire

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Ordinance Working On New Album, Two Members Join The Haarp Machine

Vocalist Mike Semesky of Maryland act Ordinance has issued the following announcement about working on a new album and joining another band:

“Hey guys, Mike here with an Ordinance update! As you may or may not know, Alex and I have joined The|HAARP|Machine. We’re both thrilled to be a part of this project hailing from the lovely United Kingdom, and we have an album coming out via Sumerian Records on October 16th (cough)Buy it(cough)!

“Although Alex and I will be tied up with THM, Ordinance is still very much alive. In fact, we are almost done writing our second album! Yes, you read that correctly; our second full length album is almost fully written! Without giving too much away, let me just say that this second record is going to be our most technical, thematic, and lyrically compelling material to date. We’re all extremely pumped!

“Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for more updates!”

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Mike IX Williams Of EyeHateGod Comments On The Filming Of HBO’s "Treme"

The long-running fathers of southern sludge metal EyeHateGod were filmed for an upcoming episode of HBO’s “Treme.” The show follows the recovery of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer strived to make a true-to-life portrait of the lives of people living close to the historic Treme (pronounced Tre-may) neighborhood in New Orleans. They decided to involve as many local actors and real locations as possible; including filming many musicians like Dr. John, rapper Juvenile, bounce artists Big Freedia and Katey Red, and brass bands Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and the Dirty Dozen. “Treme” has produced two seasons and will premiere the third season, containing the episode with the metal band, this fall. The episode including EyeHateGod was filmed at Southport Hall on February 15th and is set in January 2008.

Vocalist Mike IX Williams commented: “Getting to do the “Treme” shoot was tremendously painless and great, great fun. Everyone we dealt with was as easy going and nice as could be. Not the horrid Hollywood atmosphere I was expecting! Being asked to do it in the first place was cool as hell and something they’ve teased us with for a while, so when they contacted us finally we were majorly prepared and ready to be a part of it, in any way we could.” Mike went to school years ago with the man that the character Davis McAlary is based on. “I went to high school with Steve Zann’s character (DJ) Davis Rogan and I remember Davis being a bit.. ummm… of a nerd back then? Sorry Davis. Me, being criminal minded and a little useless (nerdy) Punk Rock kid, actually set Davis’ locker on fire when I skipped out once, while everyone else was in classes at McMain Magnet School in the early 80’s… Not something I’m proud of, but it’s definitely a piece of New Orleans music past history I suppose!!! I’m totally interested to see where this season of “Treme” evolves to and I’m also looking to see EyeHateGod and more local talent on upcoming episodes.”

Mike IX Williams and bandmate Ryan McKern will be appearing in their band The Guilt Of… at the WTF Fest during the SXSW festival this month on Wednesday the 14th.

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