2017 is still young and yet one of the heaviest line-up's this year rolled into London on the back-end of a performance in Paris, Fleshgod Apocalypse were on the last few dates of their European run that saw them and their supporting buddies in Carach Angren and Nightland rack up over ten countries.
Italy's most extreme metal band has visited London endless times, 9 or 10 if you were to count and yet the expectation was riding even higher on the Classical-Death Metal outfit as this was their first ever headlining tour. Sure they had support from the Dutch Symphonic / Melodic Black Metal horde Carach Angren and their own fellow-countrymen in the form of Nightland, this did not however make them sweat one bit - despite the cold outside the didn't seem phased by the bitter English weather at all.
Who'd have thought that a band like Nightland were virtually unheard of in this part of Europe and yet with their magical combination of Symphonic Death Metal and on-stage armour-clad outfits, they came with the ferocity of a thousand stallions rampaging through the old Roman towns and cities of Italia. Here is a band who try to emulate the apocalyptic sound that Fleshgod Apocalypse have nurtured but simultaneously try to resist becoming a fad or indeed a clone, they manage to pull it off.
Sure the notable absence of a pianist helps, but truth be told Nightland dealt their cards well with this performance as the crowd bathed in their mighty, yet mesmerising performance and craft. They certainly knew how to get the party started (and this is not a P!nk reference) but more so knew how to crack the London audience, after all some of the British metalheads can be a tough crowd to arouse if not motivate to spark moshpits and related motions found within the metal music repertoire.
No doubt Nightland done themselves proud and will certainly be welcomed back to these shores with open arms in the times ahead.
[8/10] RHYS STEVENSON
Carach Angren are no strangers to the European circuit having pillaged and rampaged across the European plains for many years, blasting their infectious mix of Symphonic and Melodic Black Metal whilst adding horror and ghost stories to the fray. A perfect partner to Fleshgod Apocalypse, the Dutch horde demanded immediate attention when it came to their slaying performance.
No show is a show without some form of theatrics (lets be honest), so when Ardek's keyboard is shown to move up, down, left, right, sideways and horizontally, the crowd practically wet themselves as the motion demonstrated is one of complete amazement but more so gives the impression of being on a ship... cue The Flying Dutchman. But given their overall performance, it would be nice to see Carach Angren grace some UK festivals this year, this was deserving of a slot by far.
Ardek at one point donned a mask that was very reminiscent of The Purge artwork, so despite it's creepy nature the aesthetic was sensual and sexual simultaneously; yes there is such as a thing as a ghost orgy. As song after song came rallying out like a machine gun on endless rounds, it was time for the hauntings to cease and for the renaissance to step in... cue Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Hail to the Fleshgod Apocalypse, hail to the King! This is what was chanted by the already aroused crowd as the anthemic crescendo tune of 'Marche Royale' erupted into the venue as the Italian classical maestros made their way on stage, unfortunately Cristiano Trionfera was not in attendance but his stand-in replacement (whose name one has forgotten) done justice and would have made signor Trionfera rather proud.
In fact as the traditional quintet (with exception to the minor personnel change) and Veronica Bordacchini (live opera vocals) led the charge with 'In Aeternum', 'The Fool' and 'The Violation' as the stapled songs in their set-list, few could argue that Fleshgod Apocalypse are Italy's latest successful metal export and are ones who join the upper echelons that Lacuna Coil are perched on. Having the expected swig of wine during the performance, Tommaso looked rather stern at the media, suspecting his bottle of limoncello had been taken (of course this is not true... yet limoncello is undoubtedly nice).
This was a performance to savour and as Fleshgod Apocalypse finished their set with the epic melodic tune 'The Forsaken', it was a night that will live long in the memories of those who attended for here were three bands who despite having different styles of symphonic metal at their very foundations, all indulge in the extreme metal faculty and do so with such admirable interest. As they would say in Italy, 'tutto è bene che riesce bene'.
[8.5/10] RHYS STEVENSON
It's always a special occasion when a band decides to do an album launch concert, gig, party, however you wish to term it. The truth of the matter is that not only are album launch parties great for showcasing a wide variety of bands, in this case metal bands, but also the nationalities drawn it from it. With Epica's EpicMetalFest II, people from far and wide came to the 013 Poppodium in Tilburg to witness bands from Europe and as far away as Tunisia and Canada.
(This was my first time at a concert abroad and first time flying alone having come from the UK)
Sadly despite best efforts, due to some rather annoying maintenance works going on the Dutch railway and highway between Arnhem and Tilburg, I missed Off The Cross (BE), For I Am King (NL) and Myrath (FR / TN) and so cannot really report on either band. However, by chatting to some punters who said all three bands were on the ball, I'll take their word for it and give all three bands a 7.50/10.
Dutch Modern Metal outfit Textures certainly had their A-game in check as they carried off where Tunisian Oriental Metallers Myrath had finished. By unleashing a charismatic on-stage presence with some rather tight and malicious sounding music, there was no reason why the crowd couldn't have matched the intensity radiating from Textures performance. Underrated at times, Textures have shown during this evening why they're worthy of a Bloodstock slot next year. Ballistic at all angels, Textures were simply raising the bar for the evening, was there anyone capable of stealing the show (besides Epica)?
Having only made their Napalm Records debut last year, Belgian Speed Metallers Evil Invaders showed exactly why the Austrian label snapped up the quartet without question. Blisteringly fast riffs crashed against all four walls of the Universe Stage, all whilst Textures were doing their own shindig next year on the Storm Stage. Evil Invaders have been knocking around for nearly 10 years and yet despite the age of the band as a unit, the members started off as teenagers, yet they're capable of proving that they've shed their teenage skins and morphed into a formidable, respectable force. By belting out songs as if they went out of fashion, Evil Invaders only had one thing in mind... total carnage and boy did they deliver.
One of a handful of Dutch Metal bands performing at this year's EpicMetalFest, Stream Of Passion are really no newcomers to the erotic world of female-fronted Symphonic Metal, in fact all but one band member have been in previous bands thus being no strangers to the scene. Moreover here is a band who despite their best efforts at delivering sweet music that is so sumptuously good to the ears, hasn't yet managed to reach the heights of their fellow contemporaries in Within Temptation and Epica. However their set demonstrated that they're on the path to achieve that goal and despite it still being late afternoon, had no reservations about keeping the crowd on their toes. Drinking was in full flow during their set, Stream of Passion? A Stream of alcohol more like.
Since the departure of Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist kicked Alissa out of the band, thus enabling her to join Arch Enemy after Angela Gossow became band manager; thereabouts), The Agonist have been finding their way with their new vocalist Vicky Psarakis. Now, Vicky showed she is up to the task-in-hand by delivering a performance worthy of continuous applause if not for some of the other band members who seemed rather lost and at times not fully convincing; it's as if they haven't stepped out of the shadows of their former vocalist, resulting in a rather disappointing set. Not entirely sure what their plans were for the evening but it seemed to not involve band practise, despite this the whole set was of reasonable standard yet without a doubt, probably the most disinteresting performance of the night.
Herewith is an example of grandiose perversion of the extremely meticulous kind, and now you're probably thinking what the actual f*ck am I on about? It's certainly a technical sentence no? Perfect for Italy's Fleshgod Apocalypse who once again don the theatrics and emit such musical ferocity that earth tremors could be felt. Seriously enough they did not put a foot wrong, in fact they are so rehearsed in their dramatis personae that they would do well at Eurovision next year (are you reading this RAI?). Strobe lights abound and an air of operatic grandeur circumventing the venue was certainly the case, plenty more where those came from as walls of death came to and fro by the commands of Tommaso Riccardi; it was as if he was playing the king and the punters as the fools, either way Fleshgod Apocalypse demonstrated once again why they are still underrated.
Where Fleshgod Apocalypse managed to succeed in shitting the audience, Katatonia did not, instead they commenced the slitting. A once great and brutal institution has now turned for the dank and dismal worse; it was as if they weren't meant to be here because to be quite frank, the music did not fit in with the rest of the evenings line-up. That said, at least Katatonia trump Justin Bieber hands down and have the decency to sing, not lip sync live. But Katatonia just could not get the audience going, some just standing and watching bare-face, expressionless, it was as if they have been subjected to a public culling of animals, it was horrific. Despite all their might, Katatonia just did not deliver tonight... well they delivered, but the music was stale and too depressive.
Now whilst I interviewed Anis Jouini from Myrath, The Ocean were doing their thing (and we could hear it, so let's give them a decent 7/10). Now the time had come for the star performance of the evening, well it is Epica's show of course... joking aside, Epica are another band who know how to deliver a mesmerizing yet epic live show and they did not disappoint. Using props designed to mimic their new album's artwork (The Holographic Principle), Epica used laser deflecting pyramids to divert light beams across the stage, creating a psychedelic feeling as a result. Additionally in tow was Coen Janssen and his 'keyscooter' (let's call it that because it's a keyboard on wheels) and of course the expected pyrotechnics (which culminated in the end to a firework explosion). Epica simply were sensational, by delivering a set, performance and indeed day-concert worthy of being unleashed on DVD, all in the namesake of their new album, calling it magical is simply not enough and does not describe the overarching package that is EpicMetalFest... may the 2017 edition be as breathtaking.
Carach Angren will be joining Fleshgod Apocalypse on their "King European Tour" in January 2017. The package that has already been a major success in the US in early 2016 will be completed by Nightland as opening act.
The Dutch masters of horror metal and the Italian opera fanatics will kick off their road trip at the Backstage in Munich on January 7th and continue all month to hit 10 more European countries before a final curtain at Haunting the Chapel in the French city of Metz on the 28th of January.
Carach Angren comment: "After three long years and many tours around the globe we are very much looking forward to haunt Europe once again. Make sure not to miss this great billing!"
Fleshgod Apocalypse announce: "Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about this. For our first headlining run across Europe we are preparing a whole new show, a unique live experience that will blow your mind! We cannot think of a better way to start the new year."
A list of all confirmed shows can be viewed below.
CARACH ANGREN + FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE + NIGHTLAND
07 Jan 17 München (DE) Backstage
08 Jan 17 Graz (AT) Explosiv
09 Jan 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
10 Jan 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
11 Jan 17 Wien (AT) Arena
12 Jan 17 Praha (CZ) Futurum
13 Jan 17 Cham (DE) LA
14 Jan 17 Zürich (CH) Dynamo
15 Jan 17 Dunkerque (FR) 4 Ecluses
16 Jan 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
17 Jan 17 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
18 Jan 17 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
19 Jan 17 London (UK) Underworld
20 Jan 17 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
21 Jan 17 Lindau (DE) Vaudeville
22 Jan 17 Annecy (FR) Le Brise Glace
24 Jan 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
25 Jan 17 Madrid (ES) Arena
26 Jan 17 Bilbao (ES) Stage Live
27 Jan 17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
28 Jan 17 Metz (FR) Haunting The Chapel
CARACH ANGREN special X-Mass show
24 Dec 16 Amstelveen (NL) P60
It's always a blessing when a band from a country so far away comes over to play in the UK, it's even more majestic when it's their second and consequential time(s). But for Scarab (previously known as Hate Suffocation), this was another step in their quest to place their beloved Egypt on the metal map. Having pummelled out their second album 'Serpents of the Nile' last year (released via ViciSolum Productions), it was clear that Scarab are to become eminent within the MENA region alongside fellow bands Myrath (Tunisia), Nervecell (UAE), Acrassicauda (Iraq), Orphaned Land (Israel) and to a newer extent Blaakyum (The Lebanon).
However fixating complete attention onto Scarab and you begin to realize this is a band breaking boundaries, opposing Governmental oppression and above all us standing up for a form of music they feel has a powerful presence and message within. This was evident at their London show, performing in front of a mere 50/60 people, it was almost as if they were born to play music; come on they've already got Bloodstock pedigree.
As the crowd began to increase and doors were well open, Atvm were the first band to set the mood for the evening.
Having only been beating around the bush for four years, you would have thought that Atvm would have had a near-perfect craft to showcase, sadly this was not the case. Despite the best efforts from Harry (vocals) and Luke (bass), the atmosphere did not ignite and the rest of the band seemed to lack confidence in their stage presence. Sure the stage width-wise was not the largest, but to compensate you can easily think of something to get the crowd going; some seem perplexed as to what to make of Atvm, with the occasional arousing cheer making itself known.
Musically they seem ok, a bit sloppy here and there and at times trying to make their set more artificial than natural. If they're to gain a name for themselves further afield, then they need to redesign their blueprints because this effort has very little to appraise for (unless being sarcastic, then it's the case of turning up...).
As soon as Atvm wrapped up their 'could-have-gone-better' set, the Egyptian horde known as Scarab were donning their make-up in traditional Pharaoh-style, setting up their stage layout and even managing to set the mood with some incense candles... the sandwalkers have arrived.
Scarab, the more beautiful sister to Nile, are no strangers to these shores. Having played Bloodstock a few years ago to a relatively-packed Sophie Stage tent, they were once again gracing us with their 'True Egyptian Death Metal' sound. Rallying out with epics such as 'Blinding The Masses', 'Valley Of The Sandwalkers' and 'Serpents Of The Nile' among others, they wasted no time in correcting the atmosphere left unbalanced by Atvm.
Tight, precise, brutal, you could probably whip out a thesaurus and find better words to describe their performance but truth be told, these are guys who know their craft, know how to put on a damn good show and above all are showing to the world that metal is global, and that it's about bloody time the Western metalheads acknowledge this.
Having had a line-up change since their first outing on British soil, with bassist Bombest, drummer Hatem El Akkad and guitarist Tarek Amr being replaced by Omar Assem, Michel Khater and Stephen Moss respectively, their sound remains unchanged... it's as if Ra spared the death of the previous incantation. Slamming away through their set like a desert storm blasting Cairo with such intensity, the sandwalkers are on the path to international recognition and a sharp contender to challenging the metal band elite.
With moshpits, the expected headbanging and sweat emerging all around, it was too clear that the crowd love this band as much as Scarab loves their fans, they will be welcomed back to British soils and indeed London anytime. As the desert storm calmed down and Horus signalling that the Egyptians are finishing their set, it was time for De Profundis to limber up, pay respect to their brothers and co-headliners in Scarab and wrap up this interesting evening.
Four albums in and eleven years of activity, not bad for a band who by far deserve more attention than they currently have. Bloodstock 2017? Why the f**k not! De Profundis came prepared for this, by unleashing a barrage of Progressive Black / Death Metal to the statically-charged crowd; after being immersed by the energy Scarab spewed out, De Profundis knew that they had a challenge on their hands and one that they achieved in style.
Here is a band who should be gracing the European shores on an annual basis, with their performance this evening leaving the crowd gasping for air or maybe thirsty for more, De Profundis show that they're no pushovers. Intricately balanced and finely tuned, these London chaps know how to leave a scar in their backyard scene, savage yet epically sound, De Profundis are a sight to behold.
Of course there is much more this band can deliver, time will come for sure as they continue the path to success, for now they're decent enough to earn themselves a slot at Bloodstock next year (Scarab in tow of course). What makes the De Profundis unit a force to be reckoned with is they're craft, perfecting it over years and mastering a sound that can be identified as their own, something that seems to lack with some bands these days.
De Profundis, Scarab and Atvm have collectively proven one thing, metal is not dead. Metal is a thriving, breathing animal that has a lot of love, passion and life coursing through it and as the night came to a close, there was indeed the feeling of ultimate satisfaction radiating from the punters. Not even the nicest smile went amiss, the crowd were left totally content.
Atvm , Scarab , De Profundis 
The new album "Haeresis" by Iberian Extreme Metallers Noctem is now available and a full streaming is available on Terrorizer.com (click HERE to listen).
Now you can watch the new video of the band for the track "The Submission Discipline" (watch it HERE) (directed by Ghilherme Enriques). Want to watch a story about the inquisition tortures, witch hunt and necromancy? Then this is your cup of tea. A few days ago the third and last single of this new album was released, you can watch the visualizer for "Pactum With The Indomitable Darkness" (watch it HERE).
CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
01/10 – Valencia / Paberse Matao.
26/10 – Lisboa – RCA.
27/10 – Salamanca – Nave Bunker
28/10 – Madrid – Sala Silikona
29/10 – Zaragoza – C.C. Valdefierro
30/10 – Barcelona – Sala Monasterio
25/11 – Alicante / Marearock.
28/11 – Porto (Pt) / Hard Club.
29/11 – Lisboa (Pt) / RCA.
30/11 – Sevilla (Sp) / Sala X.
01/12 – Barcelona (Sp) / Boveda.
02/12 – Oviedo (Sp) / Franel Rock .
03/12 – Vigo (Sp) / Transilvania pub.
04/12 – Irun (Sp) / Tunk.
06/12 – Montpellier (Fr) / Secret Place.
07/12 – Brescia (It) / Circolo Colony.
08/12 – TBA.
09/12 – Oberhausen (Ger) / Helvete.
10/12 – Havirov (Cz) / Club my rocket.
11/12 Dec – Lille (Fr) / El Diablo.
12/12 – London (UK) / Boston Music Room.
13/12 – Glasgow (UK) / Audio Glasgow.
15/12 – Derby (UK) / The Hairy dog.
16/12 – Plymouth (UK) / The Junction.
17/12 – Nancy (Fr) / Le Hublot.
18/12 – Rotterdam (Hol) / Baroeg.
PRE-ORDER “HAERESIS” NOW!
Defiled are now unleashing a first live video for a track taken from their latest crushing full-length 'Towards Inevitable Ruin'.
The clip "Conspiracy (Live in Mongolia 2015)" has been recorded at last year's edition of the Noise Metal Fest in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
"Conspiracy (Live in Mongolia 2015)" is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Rock'n'Reel Reviews (UK)
Mastermind Yusuke Sumita comments on behalf of Defiled:
"For most people in the West, metal in Asia probably remains much of a mystery. We want to show how far the love for heavy music reaches and were therefore glad to take the opportunity to record a song of our show at a great festival in Mongolia. Metal gets you further than you might think. We hope that you will enjoy this video and the enthusiasm of the crowd."
Defiled are furthermore announcing dates in Arabia and Iberia this October. More converts in Europe will be confirmed in the near future. Please see below for a list of all confirmed dates.
26 Oct 16 Dubai (AE) The Fridge - Al Quoz
27 Oct 16 Abu Dhabi (AE) Sura - Ramada Downtown Hotel
28 Oct 16 Vigo (ES) Frenoatiko
29 Oct 16 Viseu (PT) Fora De Rebanho
30 Oct 16 Porto (PT) Porto Death Fest
31 Oct 16 Burgos (ES) La New Miel
Defiled will be touring in support of their latest album 'Towards Inevitable Ruin', which is still available through the Season of Mist shop at the link below.
Today, San Diego deathgrind unit Cattle Decapitation will head back out on the road for a nine-date North American headlining tour before joining Mexico's Brujeria for a trek across the US in October. The entire stretch will run from September 22nd through October 21st and includes support from Eternal Sleep and Piñata Protest on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.
9/22/2016 The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
9/23/2016 Sidewinder - Austin, TX
9/24/2016 18th Street Pier Bar And Grill (BTDF TXDM Assembly) - San Leon, TX
9/25/2016 The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX
9/26/2016 Pop's - Sauget, IL w/ Eternal Sleep
9/27/2016 5th Quarter - Indianapolis, IN w/ Eternal Sleep
9/28/2016 The Token Lounge - Westland, MI w/ Eternal Sleep
9/29/2016 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY w/ Eternal Sleep
9/30/2016 Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, ON w/ Eternal Sleep
w/ Brujeria, Piñata Protest:
10/01/2016 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
10/02/2016 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
10/03/2016 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
10/04/2016 Voltage - Philadelphia, PA
10/06/2016 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
10/07/2016 Reggie's- Chicago, IL
10/08/2016 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
10/09/2016 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/10/2016 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
10/12/2016 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
10/13/2016 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
10/17/2016 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
10/18/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
10/19/2016 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
10/20/2016 LVCS - Las Vegas, NV
10/21/2016 Strummers - Fresno, CA
Cattle Decapitation will be touring in support of their seventh full-length, The Anthropocene Extinction. Hailed as, "another stroke of genius by one of the best heavy bands of all time" by Exclaim, "the best Cattle Decapitation album so far," by Metal Injection, and, "a furious blast of noise that takes absolutely no prisoners. It not only pounds its listeners into pulp, it also seems to be pounding its own concept of music as well," by No Clean Singing, The Anthropocene Extinction is the most sonically and thematically engrossing record of Cattle Decapitation's maniacal discography. For their efforts, the album landed at #41 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, in addition to earning Album Of The Year accolades from Loudwire.com, MetalSucks.net, and MetalInjection.net, among many others.
To preview and purchase the acclaimed The Anthropocene Extinction, visit: metalblade.com/cattledecapitation.
Italian death metal combo Mechanical God Creation are confirmed for Titanfest, set to take place on November 19th in London (UK), sharing the stage with Onslaught, Oliver / Dawson Saxon, Skyclad, Anihilated, Nightlord, Beholder, Hysterica, Huron, Weapon UK, Furnaze, Dethonator and more.
Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751336325110152
Front-lady Lucy comments:
"We are really glad to take part of Titanfest in London with so many cool bands like Onslaught , never played in UK before so we are excited to conquer a new land very soon!! Stay metal \m/"
Mechanical God Creation are currently busy writing new material for the third album, scheduled to be released in 2016. Earlier this year the band toured with Septicflesh, supporting them in Russia. A video footage for their song “Walking Dead” has been posted on YouTube, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJo7JU46X_0
Titanfest takes its name from The Underground Titans Tour '92, a showcase tour of the finest up-and-coming underground metal bands of the era, in an unprecedented air of cooperation between bands creating what is still hailed by many as the first underground metal tour. Now, that spirit of brotherhood and unity shines through as some of the most time-hardened bands work side-by-side with the newer generation of underground bands to bring a full day's worth of aural assault from the finest in old school thrash, metal and death metal around.
Benighted have announced the final round of European shows in support of their latest album 'Carnivore Sublime', which will kick off tomorrow at Deathfeast Open Air in Andernach, Germany.
A full list of confirmed BENIGHTED dates can be viewed below.
03 Sep 16 Andernach (DE) Jugendzentrum Andernach (Deathfeast Open Air)
10 Sep 16 Belley (FR) Le Réservoir
17 Sep 16 Villeurbanne (FR) Metalhead For Refugees
28 Oct 16 Sofia (BG) Club Live and Loud
29 Oct 16 Bucharest (RO) Club Quantic
30 Oct 16 Cluj (RO) Napoca Flying Circus
12 Nov 16 Stockholm (SW) Prostatattack Fest
16 Dec 16 Eindhoven (NL) Eindhoven Metal Meeting (exact date tbc )
21 Jan 17 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
17 Feb 17 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
Benighted will soon reveal the first details about their new upcoming album.
The current album 'Carnivore Sublime' is still available from the Season of Mist shop: http://smarturl.it/BenightedShop and streaming in full here: https://benighted.bandcamp.com/album/carnivore-sublime
New Zealand's Ulcerate shares "Extinguished Light" from Relapse-bound Shrines Of Paralysis; album and tour details announced
Forward-thinking, unorthodox New Zealand death metal trio Ulcerate returns this October with their latest master-work Shrines Of Paralysis. A flawless continuation of the band's signature sonic philosophy, this week the band shares the album's street date and pre-orders, as well as the first single, "Extinguished Light."
Shrines Of Paralysis spans eight tracks of Ulcerate's singular death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques flesh out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal styles. As is characteristic of the band, Shrines Of Paralysis is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape Ulcerate's music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band's most cohesive and powerful release to date.
Stream "Extinguished Light," the first single from Shrines Of Paralysis, via Relapse HERE and the label's Soundcloud HERE.
Shrines Of Paralysis is due out October 28th, 2016 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital pre-orders are available HERE.
Additionally, Ulceratehas announced a headlining North American Fall tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm. The trek embarks out of Los Angeles on November 2nd and consumes the rest of the month, the final show taking place November 29th in Brooklyn, New York. Ulcerate will also be performing two exclusive dates in New Zealand at the end of October preceding the North American tour.
Ulcerate Tour Dates:
10/21/2016 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
10/22/2015 San Fran - Wellington, NZ
w/ Zhrine & Phobocosm:
11/02/2016 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
11/03/2016 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
11/04/2016 Panic Room - Portland, OR
11/05/2016 Highline - Seattle, WA
11/06/2016 Astoria - Vancouver, BC
11/07/2016 The Golden Bull - Oakland, CA
11/09/2016 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
11/10/2016 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ
11/11/2016 Mesa Music Hall - El Paso, TX
11/12/2016 Limelight - San Antonio, TX
11/13/2016 Acadia Bar - Houston, TX
11/14/2016 Reno's Chop Shop - Dallas, TX
11/15/2016 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
11/16/2016 Atlantic - Gainesville, FL
11/17/2016 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
11/18/2016 529 - Atlanta, GA
11/19/2016 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
11/20/2016 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
11/22/2016 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA
11/23/2016 Great Scott - Boston, MA
11/24/2016 Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC
11/25/2016 Coalition - Toronto, ON
11/26/2016 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
11/27/2016 Reggies - Chicago, IL
11/28/2016 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2016 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
Shrines Of Paralysis Track Listing:
2. Yield To Naught
3. There Are No Saviours
4. Shrines Of Paralysis
5. Bow To Spite
6. Chasm Of Fire
7. Extinguished Light
8. End The Hope
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