Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Cryptopsy, Decapitated members join forces on Nader Sadek's free "The Malefic: Chapter III" EP
Multi-media artist Nader Sadek's new four-song EP "The Malefic: Chapter III" will be released as a free CD insert this November and December via Decibel Magazine (#122), Terrorizer Magazine in the UK (#254) and Legacy Magazine in Germany (#94). The Decibel release has a different mix and master from the UK and German versions. The album will also be released digitally in December.
1. Deformation by Incision
2. Carrion Whispers
3. Entropy Eternal
Returning to the fold are main songwriters Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy, master composer and guitarist Rune Eriksen of Aura Noir and multi-voiced growler Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Bobby Koelble, whose jazz-influenced technique mixed with tinges of Eastern passion, brings a fresh flare into the sound. Depending mostly on what sounds like millions of notes being touched at sensational speed, Koelble is best known for his work with genre creating band Death, as he collaborated in creating their most revered record, "Symbolic". Lastly, the solos of Brazilian guitarist Andreas Kisser from yet another genre defining band, Sepultura bring an emotion that is both chaotic and yet full of feeling, and whose whammy-bar twisting and dragged notes introduce a wicked counterpoint to Koelble's style. Shimmering on the surface are the angelic sirens of Carmen Simoes formerly of the Ava Inferi and current Moonspell backing vocalist, who conjures a sense of depth to the song "Descent".
Musically, the EP runs through a variety of emotions and styles, resulting in a schizophrenic sound that nonetheless yields a tight, cacophonous, and nightmarish unit, serving the album's concept of a man's struggle with the self-defeating consequences of his own decisions. It can be said that each track leans towards a different sub-genre of extreme metal, starting with mid 90's style Death metal, coursing through Black metal, going back to late '80s era Death metal and finally concluding with a Doom metal track. However, the general feel of the EP is an undeniably intense Death metal vibe.
The album concept conjures an unknown time and place from which God has withdrawn, and even his arch-nemesis has resigned from his post due to inactivity, stranding all souls in Limbo. In order to rescue his loved ones, and all the souls of humankind, from this afterlife, a nameless protagonist journeys to the sacred mountain of the divine. Convinced by the righteousness of his mission, he believes that his enthronement on the divine mountain will release all souls to eternal bliss. Yet blinded by his own arrogance, he realizes only too late that he has reactivated and occupied the throne of the devil, condemning all souls, even those of his family, to an eternal inferno. Chapter III signifies the final act and conclusion of the story, which is set to be re-released as a graphic novel in the future along with Chapters I & II
The fantastical imagery and vocabulary of "The Malefic: Chapter III" conceals a combative political allegory in that the journey of the nameless protagonist replays the journey of most politicians. Seeking power to serve righteous ends, their arrogance and access to the corridors of power corrupts them until they pursue personal gain above all else, even to the point of destroying the very things they originally desired to save.
Other important production choices amplify this wide-ranging sonic palette. For example, almost each song uses a different bass player.
As artist / lyricist / producer Sadek notes:-
"While the composition of a song is the most important part of its architecture and aesthetic success, I believe that bass is the agent that congeals all the instruments, giving it backbone and weight. That's why I have chosen some of the hardest working and original bassists who I personally find to be the most important members in their respective and former bands."
These include the prodigy, newcomer to the project and permanent bassist Martin Rygiel, formerly of Decapitated, who also mixed and mastered the EP, plays a highly controlled yet grinding low end frequency; and guests Cannibal Corpse chief-songwriter Alex Webster, adds his signature sound of truly sickening rhythms to the song "Deformation by Incision"; while the young Olivier Pinard, formerly of Neuraxis and currently touring bassist for Cryptopsy, brings a dark and foreboding vibe to "Carrion Whispers".
Adds Flo added that:-
"Rune, Nader and I really wanted to create something unique with this release. Our styles adapted to form this new direction and sound that was only touched upon for "In This Flesh". We've grown to have total confidence in each others musical and creative abilities which allows us to try anything we want. I think it was our differences that made this what it has become. And all the rest of the unique talents on this release and you pretty much have a global effort like none other! The perfect elements and chemistry to create the hybrid which is The Malefic: Chapter III."
While Sadek is well-known for curating this musical collective and hand-drawing all the artwork, for this EP he has also written all the lyrics and composed most of the vocal phrasings delivered by Ryan.
Multi-platinum rock / metal band Avenged Sevenfold's highly anticipated release, "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected", is now available via Hopeless Records. Personally curated by the band, the release is a rare, never before seen look at their genre defining, seminal album "Waking The Fallen". The new three-disc set includes the original studio album, new artwork, 11 previously unreleased b-sides, live and alternate versions of songs, three music videos and a 30 minute documentary with never before seen live footage from some of the band's earliest shows.
Fans can purchase "Waking The Fallen": Resurrected now in stores worldwide and digitally here.
Today, the band also debuted the original first cut of their music video for "Unholy Confessions," which appears on the DVD portion of the release. Watch it now here
Take a closer look at "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected's" content:
* Two unreleased songs, including the lead track "Waking The Fallen: Resurrected," which had been lost to history before it was discovered buried deep within the original multi-track recordings. Originally intended to make the album as a full song, it was ultimately reworked into a vocal free intro. Later the band drew inspiration from this lost song's piano intro, building it out into their hit song "Beast And The Harlot" off of their next album "City Of Evil". This song is a previously unknown link between two major eras in the band's career.
* Four never before heard demos recorded by Thrice's Teppei Teranishi including "Chapter Four," "Remenissions," "I Won't See You Tonight Part 1," and "I Won't See You Tonight Part 2." These early version demos contain alternate lyrics, melodies, and arrangements giving fans a unique and unprecedented behind the scenes look at the evolution of four of the band's most popular songs.
* Five live versions recorded in 2004 from some of the band's earliest shows including "Chapter Four (Live In Ventura)," "Desecrate Through Reverence (Live In Pomona)," "Eternal Rest (Live In Pomona)," "Unholy Confessions (Live In Ventura)," and "Second Heartbeat (Live In Ventura)." Very little live material from this era of Avenged Sevenfold's career has ever seen the light of day.
* A 30 minute documentary featuring brand new interviews from band looking back on the lead up, demoing, recording and touring around the "Waking The Fallen" album. The 30 minute film includes personal behind the scenes home movies and photos from the band's earliest days.
* The original first cut of the "Unholy Confessions" music video.
Waking The Fallen: Resurrected Track Listing
1. Waking The Fallen
2. Unholy Confessions
3. Chapter Four
5. Desecrate Through Reverence
6. Eternal Rest
7. Second Heartbeat
8. Radiant Eclipse
9. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1
10. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2
11. Clairvoyant Disease
12. And All Things Will End
1. Waking The Fallen: Resurrected
2. Second Heartbeat (Alternate Version)
3. Chapter Four (Demo)
4. Remenissions (Demo)
5. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 (Demo)
6. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 (Demo)
7. Intro/Chapter Four (Live In Ventura)
8 Desecrate Through Reverence (Live In Pomona)
9. Eternal Rest (Live In Pomona)
10. Unholy Confessions (Live In Ventura)
11. Second Heartbeat (Live In Ventura)
12. I Won't See You Tonight Pt. 1 (Live In Ventura)*
13. I Won't See You Tonight Pt. 2 (Live In Ventura)*
*Denotes bonus tracks only available deluxe version
DVD Track Listing:
1. Waking The Fallen: Resurrected Documentary
2. Chapter Four (Live Footage Video)
3. Unholy Confessions (Official Music Video)
4. Unholy Confessions (Original First Cut Music Video)
Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth has contributed vocals to the forthcoming Motionless In White 'Reincarnate' album to be released on September 15th, for the song 'Puppets lll'. Maria Brink and Tom Hane from In This Moment also guest. MIW frontman Chris Motionless has said, 'It's very cool and we're really excited for people to hear it'.
Dan also takes over Johnny Doom's evening session on Kerrang! Radio for a week beginning Monday 14th July, whilst said DJ is on holiday. Listen to his nightly buffoonery on DAB digital radio, Freeview, online at www.kerrangradio.co.uk or through one of the free Kerrang! Music apps, all next week between 7 and 10pm... When he will also premiere an exclusive Devilment track, - 'Summer Arteries' - which shall be aired once a show.
American Deathcore leviathans Suicide Silence are primed to play the UK in November, they will be visiting England as well as Cardiff’s ‘Solus’ and Glasgow’s ‘Cathouse’ venues, finished the tour off at the Camden venue ‘Koko’ on Friday 21st November.
Emotions are already running high in the camp:
"UK!!! We love you blokes so much, it's been too long since a proper tour and we couldn't be happier to let you know it's happening soon. Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! Whatever it is, just let it happen. See you wonderful humans soon!!" - exclaimed Mark Heylmun
They will be backed by Fit For An Autopsy and Black Tongue, with the main support coming from label mates Thy Art Is Murder. The Australian mob released their crushing sophomore album ‘Hate’ last year and toured the UK at the beginning of the year to rave reviews:
‘There’s no subtlety, no nuance – just a non-stop assault. Full of force.’ Kerrang!
They are scheduled to release their brand new masterpiece, 'You Can't Stop Me' on July 14th via Nuclear Blast with latest addition to the family, Eddie Hermida on vocals following the tragic death of original front-man Mitch Lucker in 2012.
So far their press for the forthcoming album has been overwhelming:
‘A true display of the healing power of music’ - Rocksound
‘This is an essential listen for any self-respecting metalhead.’ - Metal Hammer
‘Suicide Silence haven’t just come back from tragedy – this feels like genuine rebirth. There really will be no stopping them now’ - Kerrang!
You can order ‘You Can’t Stop Me here’:
Tickets will be on sale this Friday 4th July. - Tour Dates as follows (click through for tickets):
FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER – BIRMINGHAM ASYLUM
SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER – NEWCASTLE RIVERSIDE
SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER – GLASGOW CATHOUSE
MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER – MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2
TUESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER – LEEDS COCKPIT
WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER –SOUTHAMPTON MO CLUB
THURSDAY 20TH NOVEMBER – CARDIFF SOLUS 2
FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER – LONDON KOKO
Corrosion Of Conformity announce North American Live Assault; IX streaming in entirely At A.V. Club
With the official release of their new full-length, fittingly titled "IX", now just days away, North Carolina crossover icons, Corrosion Of Conformity are very pleased to announce their first North American live assaults in support of the offering. The near two-week run will commence on August 20th in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying!
The trek follows the band's live takeovers next month in New Zealand and Australia. "We are really fired up to bring COC back to New Zealand and Australia for the first time in over a decade," says vocalist/bassist Mike Dean. "I've been with Vista Chino and had a great experience on Soundwave and the shows on the side. Our set is shaping up to include songs from IX, Deliverance, the self-titled, and Animosity."
7/18/2014 Kings Arms - Auckland, NZ
7/19/2014 Valhalla - Wellington, NZ
7/20/2014 Churchills - NZ
7/24/2014 Crowbar - Brisbane, AUS
7/25/2014 NSC - Sydney AUS
7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel - Melbourne AUS
7/27/2014 Enigma Bar - Adelaide AUS
w/ Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying
8/20/2014The Hop - Spokane, WA [tickets]
8/21/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT [tickets]
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO [tickets]
8/23/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM [tickets]
8/24/2014 Club Red - Mesa, AZ [tickets]
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA [on sale next week]
8/27/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA [tickets]
8/28/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA [tickets]
8/29/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA [tickets]
8/30/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR [tickets]
8/31/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA [tickets]
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC [tickets]
Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, writing for "IX" commenced in the early months of 2013 with demoing and recording starting by Summer's end. Completed in January, "IX" clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk... it's all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from Corrosion Of Conformity.
The planned June 24th release date of "IX" was moved to July 1st with the 180-gram vinyl pressing expected later in the month. Fans that preordered the CD directly from Candlelight should be finding their copy in post boxes now as the eleven-song digipak continues to garner glowing reviews critics nationally.
In a recent 8/10 review of the long player, Decibel Magazine gushes, "COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012's self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band's strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song." Crowning the record "Album Of The Month," Metal Reviews commends, "the sound of an experienced band who can still make a heavy and fresh-sounding album," while Loudwire adds, "The album's production is full with plenty of low end, showcasing the thick riffs and potent rhythm section. Clocking in at just over forty-two-minutes, the band delivers the goods and doesn't overstay their welcome."
In celebration of its approaching release, The Onion's A.V. Club is currently streaming "IX" in its entirety, lauding its variation between "smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence, the album is a meat-and-potatoes feast."
Hear IX in full at THIS LOCATION.
The Ghost Of You has just released their brand new single featuring Zach Norman of Beyond Our Eyes. “This House Is Not My Home,” can be heard HERE and is expected to be featured on the band’s forthcoming EP that will drop in the latter half of 2014 while the band continues to tour the east coast and play regional shows. Fans can expect more news from the band as the summer moves on.
About The Ghost Of You:
The Ghost Of You has been traveling and playing shows all over North and South Carolina since December 2012. For an entire year they fought up the ranks of small hole in the wall coffee shops and bars and played around 30 shows to establish a state wide fan base. Since December 2013, they have shared the stage with almost 20 national well renowned acts such as: Veil Of Maya, Vildhjarta, Structures, Northlane, Here Comes The Kraken, Chimaira, Iwrestledabearonce, Reflections, Oceano, Fit For An Autopsy, I See Stars, Like Moths To Flames, Miss Fortune. Ghost Town, Upon A Burning Body, Lorna Shore, It Lies Within, and One Year Later. The band has a constantly evolving live sound that is consistent with that of the national acts they have played with. They are currently in the process of recording an EP due to drop in the latter half of 2014.
Pre-Order 'Remission' (Reissue) Here »
Digital Pre-Orders Available Here »
Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of Mastodon's seminal debut LP "Remission", a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy music. Exploding onto the scene in 2002, Mastodon combined an unparalleled level of musicianship together with songwriting sophistication that simply did not exist amongst their peers.
Over a decade after its release "Remission" remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s rich catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band themselves. The album has been fully remixed by original producer and engineer Matt Bayles and remastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.
The CD cover art has been dramatically enhanced to showcase the iconic "Remission" horse in a beautiful custom 3D embossing with a UV gloss, special custom varnish and foil stamping. Additionally, album artist Paul Romano scoured his vaults to unearth 24+ pages of previously unreleased artwork originally created for the Remission album.
The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (North America), August 4th (UK / World) and August 1st (Germany / Benelux / Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset. Physical pre-orders along with a new line of Remission merchandise are available HERE while digital pre-orders can be made HERE. A trailer showcasing the new and expanded packaging can be viewed HERE.
The CD version comes with a Remission sticker while the 2xLP box set is strictly limited to 2000 copies worldwide and includes a 11”x11” 24 page book featuring the gorgeous new artwork from Paul Romano along with an exclusive etching of the Remission horse. A special black/gold vinyl box set edition is available exclusively at Relapse.com and comes with a special, full color Remission turntable slipmat.
Watch a Trailer Featuring the Reissue Packages Here »
Exodus announce exclusive VIP packs for their forthcoming Scion-Presented Slayer Tour w/ Suicidal Tendencies
This fall, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus will support Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on the Scion-sponsored fall leg of their United States onslaught. The tour begins on November 12th in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater and will tour throughout the states, coming to close in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore on December 5th.
Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27th at 10:00AM (local time).
“This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions! For my first tour back with Exodus, I’m beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I’m also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour,” states newly returning vocalist Zetro.
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, Exodus is making VIP experience packages available for the entire tour. The packages are scheduled to go on sale this Friday! Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day.
To purchase VIP packages via SLOtix.com – click here.
**If you already purchased your ticket and would like to be part of the Exodus VIP package experience, contact SLOtix customer service at 888-756-4849 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exodus Meet & Greet Package includes:
- One Premium Reserved ticket OR One General Admission Ticket with early entry to venue
- Meet & Greet with select members of Exodus
- Autographed Exodus Poster
- Exodus tour T-Shirt
- Collectible Exodus laminate to remember your evening
- Coupon for 25% discount at the online Exodus merchandise store
- Onsite check-in staff
Attendees will be included in a giveaway for an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or Exodus guitar (at the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!)
Gary Holt, guitarist for Exodus and filling in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman says that “After the way incredible and seriously awesome but short run with Suicidal Tendencies and the mighty Slayer, Exodus are happy to once again be a part of this lineup, only this time… I get to kick my own ass with the double duty madness for a full tour! Insanity? Of course it is! Is it worth it? You fucking know it! Looking forward to this one in a big, big way! Last tour couldn't have gone any better, and this tour will prove to be more of the over-the-top awesome level of metal as the last run, but now only bigger and more intense! See you there!”
Exodus w/ Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies
11/12 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
11/14 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
11/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter
11/18 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/19 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/21 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live
11/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
11/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/25 – Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory
11/26 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/28 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/29 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
11/30 – Upper Darby, PA (Philadelphia) @ Tower Theater
12/2 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12/4 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
12/5 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
Southern California’s Suicide SIlence have just announced a one-off, intimate show at London's Borderline on Friday 27th June! This is a ridiculously small venue for a band of their stature so prepare for utter chaos to break out. With support coming from Londoners Heart Of A Coward and Black Tongue, this really will be a hot and heavy night to remember! Alongside this, the band have also been announced as headliners for the Saturday of this summer's Ghostfest up at Leeds University over the weekend of June 28th & 29th.
Guitarist Mark Heylmun had this to say:
"Foggy London Town were Rollin' through to rock some socks and hang the hell out. No need for a huge stage or a cool breeze lets get up close and personal for this one... See everyone soon." -
Suicide SIlence are scheduled to release their brand new masterpiece, 'You Can't Stop Me' on July 14th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment with latest addition to the family, Eddie Hermida, on vocals.
For tickets please head over to:
LONDON - THE BORDERLINE - JUNE 27TH
LEEDS - GHOSTFEST - LEEDS UNIVERSITY - SATURDAY JUNE 27TH
Steel Panther continue to be the definition of true artist development in a disposable music industry. The band comprised of Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia have just announced their biggest UK tour to date in March 2015. They announced the Wembley date on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on Thursday 12th June in the most talked about radio appearance in many years - click here to watch it.
Tour dates are as follows:
FRIDAY 6th O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER
MONDAY 9th O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW
THURSDAY 12th CIVIC HALL WOLVERHAMPTON
SATURDAY 14th THE SSE ARENA LONDON, WEMBLEY
Tickets will be priced at £21.50 regionally and £24.00 in London. Tickets will be on general sale on Friday 20th June at 9am. VIP packages will be available to meet the band and gets lots of extra perks – check out http://steelpantherrocks.com/news/tour-dates/ for more details!
The band recently grabbed the highest chart debut of their career with their latest album, "All You Can Eat", released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. The album stormed the top of the charts landing at #12 on the UK Album Chart.
The 3rd single to be taken from the album,"You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk", will impact in the UK on Monday to coincide with the bands main stage performance at Download Festival this Sunday. Additionally the band will be hosting this years’ Metal Hammer Golden God Awards at the 02 Indigo on Monday night (16th June).