Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets July 14th as the international release date for Vesicant's highly anticipated debut album, Shadows of Cleansing Iron. Hailing from New Zealand's fertile black/death underground, Vesicant create a constantly churning momentum of coil-and-release dynamics, draped in dread and doom and grinding to ash all who stand in their way. Verily, Shadows of Cleansing Iron is aptly titled: the duo's world-eating sound approximates the inexorable crush of hulking, rusty tanks lurking across battlefields from time immemorial.
Vesicant started as a serious band in 2014 when Profanum moved to Wellington and immediately began writing material with then-drummer Carnifex. In late 2014, Mordance joined on drums, who quickly became a core member - while assisting with lyrics, he also does vocals on Shadows of Cleansing Iron. Carnifex and Pravus had left the band prior to the full-length; their contributions can be found on our demo. Vesicant's core concept became the abject horrors and untold abysmal affliction for those men who fought in WWI - more specifically, "Vesicant" or gas attacks used as a method of psychological deterrence with intent to do physical bodily harm en mass. Vesicant's purpose isn't to glorify war, but merely an attempt to channel the intense feelings of those who lived or died during that hellish era.
Of course, neither side are excluded. We saw Entente and Central powers fighting in unison against a greater enemy: FEAR. Fear of losing their brothers in arms, fear of retreat, fear of embarrassing their nation's flag, fear of being torn apart by shrapnel, or worse... Vesicant's music is largely inspired by novels of the Great War, such as Ernst Jünger's Storm of Steel - in particular, the author's point of view that the war provided each man a stark purpose and direct path of ascension towards personal heroism and immortality. Other concepts buttress the overall carnage and harrowing annihilation of the Great War, such as nature's reverence for the sacrifice, yet its soil drinks up the blood of these men ambivalently.
For now, Shadows of Cleansing Iron is an aural assault of the most harrowing violent proportions. Darkness and despair mixed with confusion provides the basis while moments of heroism provide the smallest glimmering hope of survival. Begin to face the onslaught HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud with lead-off track "Blood Miller."
January 2017 will see the worldwide release of the EP Vengeance of the Slain by Forsaken Age on Metal Hell Records! Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand Forsaken Age is traditional heavy metal for fans of classic acts like Manowar, Running Wild, Hellion, Doro…
Formed in 2009 Forsaken Age cast their eye over a scene that was quick to forget the very essence of Heavy Metal and it’s origins. Heavy Metal was fast becoming a memory from a forgotten age. Forsaken Age made the call for all heavy metal warriors to stand together, make their mark and battle to keep true metal alive
Forsaken Age released their debut album “Back From Extinction” in 2012, signalling the band’s intention and desire to honour only the true warriors of steel. This was followed by two New Zealand tours and a tour with Ripper Owens. From there the band went from strength to strength as a live act supporting Nightwish, Korpiklanni, Alestorm and many Australian touring bands. So far having played a number of festivals in New Zealand and Australia including Steel Assassins – True Metal Festival. The road will call again in 2017.
2017 will see the worldwide release of the EP Vengeance of the Slain on Metal Hell Records on CD & Digital formats. True to form the EP is traditional heavy metal - sounding a call to metal warriors everywhere!
Iron Bonehead Productions sets October 21st as the international release date for Verberis' highly anticipated debut album, Vexamen. In the spring of 2014, Iron Bonehead located this mysterious New Zealand entity and released its first demo, Vastitas. What started as an otherwise-quiet release from an unknown band soon became a conflagration of interest and acclaim: for those who heard it, Verberis' Vastitas was hailed as the grand birth of something special or at least unusually promising. Indeed, the demo was both special and unusual, solely existing to traverse the devastating terrain of ravenous death metal from the spaces in between. Obscure and doubly vitriolic, narrated with chants of ascending and descending through creation and desolation, Vastitas was imbued with a hideous energy brimming with the essence of DEATH.
But as much as the psychic terrain of that demo was vast and unknown, it is soundly trumped by Verberis' Vexamen. Whereas the band's demo lurked among the lonely landscape where early bestial metal splintered into more deathly shapes - think Finland's Belial and Mythos - here on their first album, Verberis aim for a more singular and idiosyncratic expression. Verily, this is DEATH METAL, ever blackened and always abyss-ward, but the four shadow-draped figures of Verberis finesse it into a feverishly flowing fount of highly dynamic and darkly memorable madness. There is a certain alchemy at work across Vexamen; call it clarity of thought and execution or something similar, but the cleaner, more-clanging textures found here ably elucidate a wealth of songwriting ideas otherwise rare (or even nonexistent) in the subgenres of cavernous death metal and bestial black/death. And yet, simple categorization such as that eludes Verberis during these 10 songs totaling nearly an hour - rather, it is a journey, restless and wild and wide-eyed and soberly awake, to realms both forgotten and remembered, both imagined and very fucking real. Not for nothing does the band reveal its first photo, much less start an official website: Vexamen is the beginning of a new era, both for the band and especially the wider consciousness of death metal.
Fitting for such a monumental release, Vexamen will be released on CD, cassette, and double-LP formats, all graced with majestic 'n' malevolent cover art by Artem Grigoryev. Aptly titled, "The Gaping Hollow of Divinity" is the first track to be revealed from Verberis' Vexamen, and can be heard exclusively HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud page. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
On October 3rd, Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present the debut recording of New Zealand's Solar Mass, Pseudomorphosis, first to be presented on cassette tape and then 12" MLP and CD later on. Just as a prehistoric universe exploded into being like a hell-storm of raging chaos, so, too, the sounds of Solar Mass leap into existence in the present era before you with five new songs in random acts of ferocious violence across a broad spectrum of subgenres to escape the mediocrity of the governing Magian death-cult. Listen as the Faustian aristocracy announce a declaration of war and leads a counter-attack to reclaim the right to metallic existence. Hear the atomic warlords impose a new epoch, a nascent culture on a dying world swamped with obsolete low-tech assets resembling mindless automatons managed by the invisible hand of media moguls and alien usurpers. Bear witness to the war cry, the four-string fog-horns of doom, the clanging of metal armour, the rattle of sabre-lazers, and the sound of air-raid sirens screaming across the fire-lit crimson skies into night's dawn as the mechanized battalion marches with savage brutality and cutting-edge technology towards the nuclear horizons of the future.
A deafening roar from the tomb of Diocletian asserts dominance over the cowering effeminate indie and lowbrow radio-wave slaves, to relinquish and thwart the encroaching vanguard of invading subcontinental simian hominids. See how, in their confusion and fear, the label-stables huddle together, seeking shelter and refuge in the subterranean sewers of pop music, hiding from the six-string extermination squads sent in to ethnically cleanse the inferior mongoloids under a reign of bombastic fire from overhead atomic cannons, an aural pogrom set in motion as a consequence of fashion’s own making, a cataclysm repaid in kind for their criminal psychopathic altruism of which they have committed with impunity against the music world. So begins an assault and a long, cold nuclear winter for the subhuman to endure as deadly amplifiers detonate like one billion megatons of TNT to stamp out their miserable campfires, breaking their linked hands and murdering their "Kumbaya" mantras, smashing their acoustic guitars over their befuddled heads, snuffing their dreams of an egalitarian planet. Watch as their pop-stars are mercilessly extinguished for singing hymns to a third world from the sun. Lift up your chalice and quaff the toxic heavy metal which overflows like a sonic shock-wave into the deepest recesses of the eternal space drama. Toast, if you will, the good fight against immeasurable odds in the timeless face of a seemingly inevitable order of death: Solar Mass' Pseudomorphosis! Hear the first nuclear detonation with the track "Weaponised" at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE
New Zealand death metal innovators Ulcerate have revealed the cover art and preliminary details surrounding their forthcoming fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2013's critically-acclaimed "Vermis". "Shrines Of Paralysis" is due out via Relapse this fall (release date TBA soon). The cover art can be viewed above.
Additionally, Ulcerate have announced a headlining North American tour with Icelandic dissonance-mongers Zhrine and Montreal death metal quartet Phobocosm. Ulcerate will also be performing two exclusive dates in New Zealand at the end of October before the tour's kick-off. A full list of dates is available below.
Oct 21 Auckland, NZ Kings Arms
Oct 22 Wellington, NZ San Fran
***Dates With Zhrine and Phobocosm***
Nov 02 Los Angeles, CA Complex
Nov 03 San Francisco CA Elbo Room
Nov 04 Portland, OR Panic Room
Nov 05 Seattle, WA Highline
Nov 06 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Nov 08 Oakland, CA The Golden Bull
Nov 09 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Nov 10 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
Nov 11 El Paso, TX Mesa Music Hall
Nov 12 San Antonio, TX Limelight
Nov 13 Houston, TX Acadia Bar
Nov 15 New Orleans, LA Siberia
Nov 16 Gainesville, FL Atlantic
Nov 17 Tampa, FL The Brass Mug
Nov 18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Nov 19 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Nov 20 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
Nov 22 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
Nov 23 Boston, MA Great Scott
Nov 24 Montreal, QC Piranha Bar
Nov 25 Toronto, ON Coalition
Nov 26 Detroit, MI Corktown Tavern
Nov 27 Chicago, IL Reggies
Nov 28 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
Nov 29 NYC, NY Saint Vitus
The Steel Panther and Black Stone Cherry Australian tour date in Adelaide, Wednesday 22nd of June will be moving venue to the mighty HQ Complex, Australia's most awarded Nightclub. The promoters have made the change from the Thebarton Theatre to HQ Complex in order to make it far more intimate for you to get up close and personal with Michael Starr, Lexxi, Stix and Satchel...
Any ticket holders that can’t make it to HQ will be offered a full refund, otherwise hold on to your purchased tickets, print them and bring them along - As all current tickets fans are holding are valid and will get you entry into HQ. Anyone wishing to grab some of the last remaining tickets can click here to purchase: http://eventtree.co.uk/steelpanther/
Steel Panther arrive today in Australia and New Zealand to promote the release of their Live Acoustic record and feature film, “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage.”
Alongside US rockers Black Stone Cherry, they hit the Big Top Sydney this Friday night 17th June, Festival Hall in Melbourne 18th June, Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane 20th June, HQ Complex in Adelaide 22nd June and 23rd June at Metro City in Perth, then jump over to Auckland, NZ for the 26th June at Powerstation, alongside Blue Ruin.
“Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” is the band’s first full length film, featuring a live ten song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band’s unmatched shenanigans and debauchery. The one hour film is now available on DVD from Steel Panther’s label, Kobalt Records, at SteelPantherRocks.com. The album only version can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever music is sold.
For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). The fearsome foursome are not stopping anytime soon. “Our drive to bring heavy metal back has not lessened,” concludes Michael Starr. “It’s actually gotten stronger. We’re not going to stop. I look forward to our continued world domination.”
Last in Australia for Soundwave 2015, the band played main stages at the festival and drew massive numbers to their bombastic set, simultaneously offending and salaciously delighting all in attendance. In recent times, they have almost entirely sold out their UK tour, which included Wembley Stadium and played main stage at Download Festival.
For ticket information, go to mjrpresents.com or blackstonecherry.com
STEEL PANTHER - AUSTRALIAN TOUR
with special guests
BLACK STONE CHERRY
AUSTRALIAN TOUR June 2016 | TICKETS ON SALE NOW
FRIDAY 17TH JUNE - BIG TOP SYDNEY, NSW
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE - FESTIVAL HALL MELBOURNE, VIC
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au
MONDAY 20TH JUNE - EATONS HILL HOTEL BRISBANE, QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE - HQ COMPLEX ADELAIDE, SA
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
THURSDAY 23RD JUNE - METRO CITY PERTH, WA
Tickets available from www.megatix.com.au
SUNDAY 26TH JUNE - POWERSTATION AUCKLAND, NZ
Tickets available from www.aaaticketing.co.nz
- BLACK STONE CHERRY NOT APPEARING -
Supported by Blue Ruin
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In support of their most demoralizing recorded works to date with their fourth LP, "Vermis", New Zealand Death Metal innovators, Ulcerate, will bring their audio terror to North American fans this spring, on their second tour of the continent.
Sponsored by Metal Injection, Ulcerate will inundate the American and Canadian peoples for nineteen days and nights on the Vermis North America MMXIV tour, which will include the band's first shows on the West Coast. Beginning the first day of May, the horde will bring their incredibly destructive, dynamic style of delivering the most extreme, cutting edge Death Metal imaginable to a clockwise arc of cities, the mayhem coming to a close with a performance at the massive, annual Maryland Death Fest on May 19th. Support for Ulcerate will be provided by Relapse lable mates, Inter Arma, on the majority of the dates, joining the tour in Philadelphia on the 9th and pushing through until May 21st, the final date of the tour before MDF.
Vermis North America MMXIV will be Ulcerate's first return to the continent since their initial stateside mini-tour in 2012, culminated with their memorably punishing set at Maryland Deathfest that year. Stated the band on the upcoming live incursion, "After months of planning we are now in full lock-down mode with rehearsals for what is going to be one of the most intense tours we've done to date. We can't wait to bring the "Vermis" material to life and finally attack both East and West coasts of the continent - particularly with Inter Arma joining us for the second half of the run."
ULCERATE Vermis North America MMXIV:
5/01/2014 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
5/02/2014 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
5/03/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
5/04/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
5/06/2014 Starlight Lounge - Sacramento, CA
5/09/2014 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/10/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma
5/11/2014 Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA w/ Inter Arma
5/12/2014 Les Katacombes - Montreal, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/13/2014 Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/14/5012 Comfort Zone - Toronto, ON w/ Inter Arma
5/15/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Inter Arma
5/16/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Inter Arma
5/17/2014 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Inter Arma
5/18/2014 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Inter Arma
5/19/2014 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/20/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/21/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/25/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
"Jamie Saint Merat bashes out more seemingly impossible 'rhythms' in a minute than most drummers will manage in a career. It's less an ad for Vermis than a badass example of human capability." - Decibel
"In any discussion about bands that are pushing death metal into new and uncharted territory, New Zealand's Ulcerate have become a frequent refrain... Vermis is incredibly dense -- in fact, it's downright suffocating at times." - Revolver
"With such overreaching bleakness and no hope of salvation, it seems that the end of the world might have found its soundtrack. 9/10" - Outburn
"There's little space, but it's not lawless-- there's a tight grip at work here... It's true that many bands live or die by their drummer, but for Ulcerate's flights of tar-drenched fancy, only Saint Merat has the skill and the feel." - Pitchfork
"The blackness and hopeless abandonment of floating through space combines with the crushing force of a black hole to form Ulcerate's sound... truly one of the heaviest, most atmospheric and precise death metal bands in the world." - Loudwire
"Like Enslaved, Ulcerate has become one of those bands who reliably put out amazing music and it would be rather fruitless to try and decide whether Vermis is 'better' or 'not better' than Everything Is Fire or Destroyers of All. It's an Ulcerate album, and all metal is better off for its existence. 9.5/10" - Last Rites
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