Californian metal bruisers Butcher Babies have returned with their most abrasive and aggressive offering yet and while unrelenting, it also delivers crushing grooves backed with extremely catchy hooks. The much-anticipated new offering, "Take It Like a Man" (Century Media Records) was recorded in the Hollywood Hills with renowned producer Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira) and it is set for an 21st August release.
Butcher Babies kick off a massive European touring run at Download Fest in the UK this weekend and then will join Gwar and Battlecross across North America from August 25th to September 18th.
A new track called “Monsters Ball” can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/monstersball
“We all come from different places and backgrounds, but every member of this band had to fight to be the person he or she is today,” affirms co-vocalist Carla Harvey. “That’s the whole basis for the record. It’s not a gender thing. It’s the inner strength you have to find in order to pull your boots up and keep moving forward, whatever the situation may be.”
While penning lyrics, Shepherd and Harvey also opened up like never before. Blatant, brutal, and (sometimes) belligerent honesty was the only rule.
“You have to dig to get that emotion out,” sighs Harvey. “Metal heads can sense authenticity. They know when you’re real. Everything we write comes straight from the heart and our own experiences. It’s not cookie cutter bullshit.”
That openness has already turned countless fans into believers. "Take It Like a Man" espouses an inspiring final word.“We want to coerce feeling,” Shepherd leaves off. “If you’re a musician who does that, you’ve succeeded. We just want to inspire anyone who listens to us—and melt their faces off.”
BUTCHER BABIES live:
Jun 14 @ Download Festival in Castle Donington, United Kingdom
Jun 17 @ Rock Cafe St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany
Jun 18 @ Copenhell in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun 19 @ Graspop Metal Meeting 2015 in Dessel, Belgium
Jun 20 @ Hellfest in Clisson, France
Jul 07 @ Le Splendid in Lille, France – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 08 @ La Rodia in Besancon, France – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 09 @ Hirsh in Nuremberg, Germany
Jul 10 @ Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg, Germany
Jul 11 @ Barrak in Ostrava, Czech Republic – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 12 @ EXIT-US in Prague, Czech Republic
Jul 13 @ Randall in Bratislava, Slovakia – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 15 @ Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 16 @ Substage in Karlsruhe, Germany – supporting FEAR FACTORY
Jul 18 @ Divan Du Monde in Paris, France
Jul 20 @ Metaldays 2015 in Tolmin, Slovenia
Jul 22 @ Z7 KONZERTFABRIK in Pratteln, Switzerland – supporting TERROR
Jul 23 @ Le Grillen in Colmar, France
Jul 24 @ Fuorionda in Pavia, Italy
Jul 25 @ Festa in Tenda in Mortegliano, Italy
Jul 26 @ Bluesiana in Velden, Austria
Jul 28 @ Alte Seilerei in Mannheim, Germany
Jul 29 @ Free & Easy Festival in Munich, Germany – FREE ENTRY!
Jul 30 @ The Jack in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Jul 31 @ Wacken 2015 in Wacken, Germany
Aug 25 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale, PA
Aug 26 @ Cheers Pub in South Bend, IN
Aug 27 @ Wooly's in Des Moines, IA
Aug 28 @ Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE
Aug 30 @ Granada @ Lawrence, KS
Aug 31 @ Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
Sep 01 @ Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, TX
Sep 02 @ Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 03 @ Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL
Sep 04 @ Iron City in Birmingham, AL
Sep 06 @ Ziggy's in Winston Salem, NC
Sep 08 @ Ziggy's By The Sea in Wilmington, NC
Sep 09 @ Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL
Sep 10 @ Track 29 in Chattanooga, TN
Sep 11 @ Pop's in Sauget, IL
Sep 14 @ The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 15 @ Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
Sep 16 @ Reverb in Reading, PA
Sep 17 @ The Paramount in Huntington, NY
Sep 18 @ Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY
Texan metal group Shattered Sin have inked a deal with Victory Records, this follows the bands attraction of Breaking Bands LLC management (owned by PR CEO Maria Ferrero, Jon Zazula and Testament front-man Chuck Billy).This means that Shattered Sin will be releasing their highly-anticipated new album "Hope Within Hatred" on April 21st, 2015.
For those who do not know who this sextet are, you can check out the lyric video for the title track “Hope Within Hatred” by clicking the red writing.
As for vocalist Marcos Leal, he admits that it was a childhood dream for the band to be signed to Victory Records, a label of whose bands are some of the band members favorites. For Shattered Sun, they collectively feel that "it's truly an honor to be a part of this family". Building up this news, the six-piece are conformed to perofm at the 17th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, taking place in Worcester, MA at The Palladium, on Saturday, April 18th.
In context with the festival, Marco feels that the band are ready to unleash a barrage of Texan brutality upon the New England crowd.
For more information on the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and details on how to purchase tickets, please visit www.metalandhardcorefestival.com.
Shattered Sun at Victory Records
Shattered Sun on Facebook
Napalm Records are excited to announce the signing of Michigan’s Walls Of Jericho, who are currently conjuring up their new album which will be released via Napalm Records later this year.
Drummer Dustin Schoenhofer expressed the band's excitement and honor they have being accepted into the Napalm Records family, whilst suggesting previous record label deals were not 100% satisfactory as the band "are looking forward to finally finding the right partnership"; indicating not all was well with previous relationships. The band are grateful for their fans and families patience as it has been seven years since the band had released an album.
Napalm Records' Vice-President Thomas Caser expressed his delight at the news, calling Walls Of Jericho "one of the most exciting acts out of this genre", heavily praising their live performances and expressing his belief that the band stands out in the music industry.
Walls Of Jericho seem to have gone from strength to strength, negating the whole genre-tagging and image fiasco that never seems to end in the music industry, whilst using their wealth of talent to create music meant to last and stand on it's own feet.
Walls Of Jericho is:
It is with sad regret that we have to announce that Wayne Static, formerly of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. Wayne's publicist confirmed this with Global Metal Apocalypse early this morning.
He was always known for his spiked up hair (which took around 20 minutes to do) and his highly successful band Static-X, of whom had their song 'The Only' featured on the Need For Speed: Underground video game. After Static-X split, he pursued his own successful solo career; with a reformation of Static-X in 2012 however this was very short-lived (split in 2013).
Wayne Static was confirmed earlier this week to tour with Drowning Pool and Powerman 5000 and over the next several months, their European stint was meant to take place at the following locations and dates:
1/8: Ekaterinburg, RUSSIA @ Tele Club
1/10: St Petersburg, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/11: Moscow, RUSSIA @ Glav Club
1/13: Norwich, ENGLAND @ Waterfront
1/14: Reading, ENGLAND @ Sub 89
1/15: Wolverhampton, ENGLAND @ Slade Rooms
1/16 Manchester, ENGLAND @ Club Academy
1/17 Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Classic Grand
1/18: Newcastle, ENGLAND @ Riverside
1/19: Leeds, ENGLAND @ The Stylus
1/21: London, ENGLAND @ The Garage
1/22: Southampton, ENGLAND @ 1865
1/23: Brighton, ENGLAND @ Concorde 2
1/24: Plymouth, ENGLAND @ The Hub
1/25: Bristol, ENGLAND @ The Fleece
Wayne Richard Wells (Wayne Static) is survived by his widow Tera Wray
Cause of death has not been confirmed at this point, we will keep you all posted.
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.
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