For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before Despised Icon, given the massive influence they’ve subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and released ‘Consumed by Your Poison’ the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore. But Despised Icon were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound.
Now Despised Icon have returned with their upcoming album entitled, ‘Beast’. The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalogue, ‘Beast’ is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself.
"It's been 7 years since our last record and our batteries are fully recharged," comments the band. "The O.G. line-up is back and the new shit hits hard. You'll hear sounds of our older slammin' death metal days blended with the speed and technicality of our latest records. Cheers to everyone that has stood by us after all these years. Can't wait to unleash the Beast."
Nuclear Blast’s head of retail Roy Culver added:
"I signed Despised Icon to Century Media back in 2004 after hearing their debut record ‘Consumed By Your Poison’. The band perfected the mix of ferocious, technical death metal with a modern take on hardcore and their first record for the label, ‘The Healing Process’, broadened the minds of a whole new generation of metal heads. I love these guys and couldn’t be happier to be working with them again here at Nuclear Blast. The Icon is back!"
Check out the album teaser for ‘Beast’ here.
Despised Icon UK tour dates:
2nd May - Manchester @ Academy, Impericon Festival
3rd May - London @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, Impericon Festival
"Chapters of Misery" EP track list:
6. Crowned & Conquered
7. As The Vultures Circle (Bonus Track)
Physical pre-orders are available now via killermerch.com with digital pre-orders available soon.
Slaughter to Prevail reissue the "Chapters of Misery" EP, with bonus track “As The Vultures Circle” and new artwork by Pär Olofsson, on May 6 via Sumerian Records.
The six-song EP from the Russian-meets-British band is the Sumerian Records’ debut for the deathcore band. The Circle Pit dubbed the EP, “earth cracking music,” adding it “pushes boundaries of heaviness.”
Slaughter to Prevail have also released a play through video for the song “As The Vultures Circle” which can be watched above.
After The Burial, the Minneapolis outfit who have “garnered a reputation from their techy, eight-stringed, djent riff wizardry” (Rock Sound), share new song, “Collapse” (watch the above) from the band’s forthcoming album, "Dig Deep" (Feb. 19, Sumerian Records).
“When you think you don’t have anything left in you, you have to rely on that inner strength,” says guitar player Trent Hafdahl. “That’s where we are as a band. So many things beyond our control went wrong, but we started to dig deep as brothers.”
“We went through hell to finish this record, and the music translates that,” singer Anthony Notarmaso agrees. “Trent worked his ass off, and it shows. It’s crazy because I think it brought us closer as band. Justin wrote some riffs that ended up on the, but after a couple of days in the studio he left. He obviously wasn’t okay, and we wanted him to get well. I arrived a few days after the guys had gotten there. I never got to see him.” Notarmaso is referring to the untimely death of the band mate Justin Lowe in July.
Pre-orders for the nine-song album are available now with instant downloads of “Lost in the Static” (https://youtu.be/hUNAX1UYeAE) and “Collapse” available with digital downloads via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/DigDeep-iTunes) and Google Play (http://smarturl.it/DigDeep-GooglePlay).
Physical bundles are available via Sumerian Records (http://sumerianmerch.com).
"Dig Deep" was recorded at Graphic Nature Audio in New Jersey with producer Will Putney (The Amity Affliction, Upon A Burning Body). The album is the first where the band partnered with a producer. “We had not tried it before,” explains Hafdahl. “It felt like a fresh idea to do something new. We were still running the show obviously, but he brought a good ear for tone and melody. He encouraged us to explore more. To have that perspective was helpful.”
After The Burial join label mates Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Bad Omens and ERRA for Sumerian Records’ 10 Year Tour:
February 19 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
February 20 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
February 21 Millvale, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
February 22 Indianapolis, IN The Emerson Theater
February 23 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
February 24 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
February 25 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
February 26 Worcester, MA The Palladium
February 27 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
February 28 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
February 29 Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club
March 2 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
March 4 San Antonio, TX Korova
March 5 Houston, TX Walters Downtown
March 6 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
March 7 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
March 8 Mesa, AZ Nile Theater
March 9 Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre
March 10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
March 11 Fresno, CA Strummer’s (w/Veil of Maya only)
March 12 San Diego, CA Soma
March 13 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
March 14 Las Vegas, NV Eagle Aerie Hall (headlining date)
March 15 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre (w/Born of Osiris only)
March 16 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
March 17 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
March 18 St. Louis, MO Fubar
Tickets are available via http://sumerian10year.com.
Brisbane metal destroyers Aversions Crown have released had their new digital single "Erebus" available via iTunes.
Fans can also check the visualizer / lyric video, here: https://youtu.be/eb5z5AULWCw
“’Erebus’ is the first taste of what's to come from AVERSIONS CROWN in 2016,” comments guitarist Chris Cougan. “We've written over 20 songs for our next record, we're really excited about Mark's vocals, he is killing it. We couldn't wait to share some of it with you so head bang to 'Erebus' and we'll see you on the road soon with more new music!”
'Erebus' will appear on Aversions Crown’s next monstrous slab of brutality, which they will be tracking this month. The new year is set to get even more oppressive as the band delve further into their extraterrestrial dystopian nightmare.
The band’s latest album, Tyrant, was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane’s summer with Thy Art Is Murder’s Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Carnifex) of Audio Hammer mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage Aversions Crown churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion.
Watch the music video for “Earth Sterilizer” as well as “Hollow Planet,” “Vectors,” and “The Glass Sentiment” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/UpOczU
Order 'Tyrant' online:
Base.com - http://bit.ly/avercrobase
Amazon - http://bit.ly/AvCroTyrantCD
Death/slam/core metallers The Juliet Massacre will release their new album “Human Abuse” on May 26th. In anticipation, the band is streaming the entire album a week ahead of its release. Listen the new songs at this link.
Vocalist Antomega shares the following about the new album: “Its long gestation period has meant that the successor to ‘Pray for an Afterlife’ appears to be faster, more brutal, more intense, but also more deep. We have written about how much the mankind likes to abuse and destroy everything, even itself, and how all this is leading us to an inevitable collapse. These are all tangible things that each of us savor every day and against which ordinary people can do little or nothing. ‘Human Abuse’ can be considered as an anthem to what actually the mankind should never be. We are totally convinced that this new work will satisfy all fans of the genre and, in some way, will satisfy even the most discerning ears”.
Recorded and mixed at Underroom Studios, 3 international guests (Julien Truchan from Benighted, Radim from Spasm and Alessandro Falà from Sawthis) and the precious collaboration of Gozer Vision on the artwork, “Human Abuse” is probably one of the most interesting extreme album of the year.
Pre-order available on the official merchstore.
“Human Abuse” tracklisting:
01. Human Abuse 02. Earth Annihilation
03. Chocking the Last Breath - feat. Alessandro Falà
04. Drown in the Dust 05. Suffering in a Lake of Solitude
06. The Tragedy of the Guns - feat. Julien Truchan
07. Beaten & Killed
08. Her Violated Body
09. Freedom of Speech
10. Slam Against the Injustice - feat. Radim
11. Gli anni di piombo
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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
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
The Browning are due to kick off their US tour with Upon This Dawning tomorrow - Friday 18th April - just a few weeks after The Browning wrapped up a European trek with Chelsea Grin.
The "Across the Nation" tour starts off at the House of Blues in San Diego, California, and finishes up at the legendary Whiskey A Go G in West Hollywood on 18th May. Also performing alongside The Browning and Upon This Dawning are Adestria, Phinehas and Dayseeker.
Apr. 18 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Apr. 19 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theater
Apr. 20 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Apr. 22 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
Apr. 23 - San Antonio, TX - Korova
Apr. 24 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Apr. 25 - Dallas, TX - Tomcats West
Apr. 26 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Apr. 27 - Kansas City, MO - Granada Theater
Apr. 28 - Kokomo, IN - Center Stage
Apr. 30 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
May 01 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
May 02 - Lemoyne, PA - The Champ
May 03 - Fayetteville, NC - The Drunken Horse Pub
May 04 - Springfield, VA - Empire
May 05 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House
May 06 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
May 07 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Music Hall
May 08 - Akron, OH - Rock Factory
May 09 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
May 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
May 11 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
May 13 - Denver, CO - The Roxy Theatre
May 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
May 16 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly Music Hall
May 17 - Santa Ana, CA - Malones Concert Venue
May 18 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Martyr Defiled have revealed their video for the single 'Demons In The Mist'. View the video online here:
'Demons In The Mist' is the first track to be taken from the punishing new full length 'No Hope No Morality' which is set for release April 29th via Siege Of Amida Records.
Catch the band on tour in the UK from tomorrow. Dates below.
Chicago's Oceano are due to kick off their first ever tour of Australia this Friday, October 4th at Blackmarket in Adelaide.
The band will be playing nine headline shows across the country in support of their long-awaited new album, "Incisions". Supporting Oceano are Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks.
Oceano frontman Adam Warren was all too happy about the news:
"Finally Oceano is headed to Australia! To our Aussie fans, we told you we'd make it up to you from the last time we couldn't make it, and now the time is upon us! We are very, very delighted and grateful to have this opportunity. We plan to leave Australia bruised from circle pits and necks sore from hair spins and head bangs every show. See you soon!"
Oceano w/ Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks.
Oct. 04 - Adelaide, Australia - Blackmarket (18+)
Oct. 05 - Melbourne, Australia - Bang (18+)
Oct. 06 - Melbourne, Australia - Phoenix Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 08 - Canberra, Australia - The Basement (18+)
Oct. 09 - Newcastle, Australia - Cambridge Hotel (18+)
Oct. 10 - Sydney, Australia - Hot Damn (18+)
Oct. 11 - Frenches Forest, Australia - YoYo's Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 12 - Brisbane, Australia - Thriller (18+)
Oct. 13 - Brisbane, Australia - Tall Poppies Studios (all ages)
"Incisions" is out now in North America and is due to be released in Europe on October 14th. The album was recorded at Electrowerks Studio in Downers Grove, Illinois, and features artwork by Ken Sarafin (The Bridal Procession, Catalepsy).
Get "Incisions" in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/oceano or in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/oceano or on iTunes
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